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William Kilty et. al., (eds).The Laws of Maryland from the End of the Year 1799,...
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authority to enact and pass all such ordinances and by-laws as they
may deem necessary to prevent and remove nuisances, to prohibit
the running of horses, or driving of carts, waggons or other carriages,
unreasonably fast within the limits of the said towns, to restrain
or prohibit excessive gaming; to prohibit the firing of guns
or pistols in the streets or prescribed limits of the said towns; to
prevent the storage of gunpowder, or the accumulation of other
combustible matter or article, in such quantities or places within
the said towns respectively as may be deemed dangerous to the 
safety of the same; to ascertain and lay down, or to aid, assist or 
direct, in ascertaining, laying down, meting and bounding, the limits
of the said towns; and to provide for improving and amending
the streets, lanes and alleys, of the same; to make, or cause to be
made, a fair and just assessment and valuation of the real and personal
property within the limits of the said towns annually, for
the improvement of the said towns, and other purposes herein mentioned,
and the said commissioners may appoint some suitable discreet
person to make such assessment or valuation as aforesaid, and
levy a tax on said real and personal property in just and fair proportion,
according to the valuation as aforesaid, provided, that the
whole of the said sum or sums of money levied so as aforesaid shall
not exceed, in any one year, the sum of sixty dollars; to make such
ordinances and regulations as shall be necessary for levying and
collecting annually a tax of fifty cents on every dog within the limits
of said towns; to impose such fines, penalties or forfeitures, for
a breach of any of the by-laws or ordinances as they may think proper,
not exceeding three dollars for any one offence; to pass all ordinances
necessary to give effect and operation to all the powers
hereby vested in the commissioners, provided that the by-laws or
ordinances of the said commissioners shall not in anywise contravene
the laws of the state or of the United States.


CHAP. 26.

    3.  AND BE IT ENACTED, That the commissioners may appoint
and qualify an active and discreet person annually, to be bailiff of
the said towns, and to give him such directions in the execution of
his office as shall be necessary to accomplish the objects of this act,
and before he shall proceed to the execution of his office, he shall
take an oath, or affirmation, before the said commissioners, that he
will faithfully and impartially perform the duties required of him as
bailiff of the said towns by this act, according to his skill and judgment,
and without favour, affection or prejudice; and the duties of
said bailiff shall be to attend the meetings of the said commissioners
whenever he shall be so required, to perform such services for the
more effectually accomplishing the objects of this act as shall be
directed by the said commissioners, to prevent the tumultuous and
irregular meetings of slaves, or of free negroes or mulattoes, within
the limits of the said towns, or if so assembled, to disperse them
by reasonable and lawful means, and also to punish, by moderate
correction, all such negroes, or other slaves, as shall be found cursing
and swearing profanely in the streets, or strolling about or frequenting
the houses of other persons in unseasonable hours of the
To appoint a bailiff
—his duty.   
    4.  AND BE IT ENACTED, That if no justice of the peace is present
at the time of holding the annual election for commissioners,
the commissioners, or a majority of them, may hold the said election;
May hold elections
in case no justice
is present.

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