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conduct on his part; and (if necessary) such amount may be sued No. 1. for by the Colonial Secretary, and recovered in the Court for the Ord. No. 5, recovery of small debts, and shall, when recovered, be paid into 1860. the Public Treasury.
Colonial IX. That it shall be lawful for the Colonial Secretary to recover Secretary all copies of such laws as may get into the possession of any person may sue for or persons not entitled to retain the same, by action of detinue, or any copy in other fit action, in any Court of competent jurisdiction.
the hands of X. That it shall be lawful for the President, by warrant under entitled.
party not his hand in the usual manner, to direct the issue out of the Public Ernense of Treasury of these islands of such sum and sums of money as from printing, how time to time may be requisite for defraying the expense of copy- defrayed. ing, printing, and binding the said laws and index.
DIVISION I.-PENSIONS TO PUBLIC OFFICERS'
WIDOWS AND ORPHANS. No. 1.-7 Vic. ch. 23. An Act to authorize certain deductions from No.1..
the Salaries of Public Officers, and to provide for the Payment Act 7 Vic.
of Pensions to their Widows and Orphans. (7th Feb., 1844.) c. 23. W HEREAS there are no institutions within this colony for PREAMBLE,
effecting life-assurance; And whereas an Act has been for many years in force in this colony for granting pensions to the widows and orphans of clergymen dying within the same, which has proved highly beneficial to such widows and orphans without having been of any extra expense to the colony; and it is consequently expedient to extend the principle of the said Act to all persons holding civil appointment under Her Majesty within this colony ; May it, &c., That from and after the Twenty-fifth day of After the 25th June next after the passing of this Act, the Receiver-General and June, 1844, Treasurer shall deduct from each and every of the annual stipends Receiver
General to deor salaries of the several public officers of this colony, a sum of
duct from the money at and after the rate of Five pounds out of every Hundred
anni pounds : and whenever such public officer residing in these islands, or salaries of and officiating as such therein, or during leave of absence, shall the several
Public Officers die, leaving a widow and child, or children, or either, it shall and Func
enumerated in may be lawful for the President for the time being, by and with the the Schedule advice and consent of Her Majesty's Council for these islands, to
Rates of Penannually pay such widow and child, or children, a pension or an- sions to Widows nuity, viz., To the widow at and after the rate of Twelve pounds for and Children every Hundred pounds of salary or allowance attaching to the office of Public of her deceased husband, and so in a lesser or greater proportion of
Pensions of any such salary or allowance; and to each child under Ten years of age, Four pounds in like proportion; and to each child over Ten Female Chile years of age, Six pounds in like proportion, to be paid to such dren to cease on widow or other guardian of such child, by warrant on the Treasury marriage : Male
Children to in the usual form : Provided, however, if such widow shall marry,
that m y , cease after she shall no longer be entitled to her annuity aforesaid ; neither 18th ,
No. 1. shall any male child be entitled to such annuity after he shall have Act 7 Vic. completed the eighteenth year of his age, nor any female after
c. 23. marriage.*
No. 2. No. 2.—8 Vic. ch. 42. An Act to amend an Act entitled “ An Act Act 8 Vic.
to authorize certain Deductions from the Salaries of Public c. 42.
Officers, and to Provide for the payment of Pensions to their
Widows and Orphans. (14th May, 1845.) PREAMBLE. VHEREAS by an Act passed in the seventh year of Her Ma
Vy jesty's reign, entitled, “ An Act to authorize certain Deductions from the Salaries of Public Officers, and to provide for the Payment of Pensions to their Widows and Orphans," it is enacted, that the Receiver-General and Treasurer shall deduct from the salaries of certain public officers named in the Schedule to the said Act annexed, who might notify, within a definite period, their desire to avail themselves of the provisions of the said Act, a sum of money at the rate of Five pounds per centum per annum, and that whenever any such officer shall die, leaving a widow and child, or children, or either, the President for the time being, by and with the advice and consent of Her Majesty's Council for these islands, should pay annually to such widow and child or children, under certain restrictions and limitations in the said Act set forth, pensions or annuities, at and after the rates therein specified; And whereas it is desirable that the deductions from salaries should be made more general, and the
provisions of the said Act also made more generally available to Upon 24th
the salaried officers of the colony and their families ; May it, &c., June, 1845, That upon and from the Twenty-fourth day of June of the present Receiver year One thousand eight hundred and forty-five, the Receiver-GeGeneral to
neral and Treasurer shall make the deduction aforesaid, of Five per deduct a specified per centage
centum per annum, from every salary payable under and by virtue from officers of any Act of the Legislature of these islands, of One hundred salaries (except pounds per annum and upwards, except the salaries of clergymen, the Clergy); subject to a similar deduction, under the provisions of the Act of and the Widows and Orphan
WS Assembly, 4 Wm. 4, ch. 36, and a deduction of three per centum Children of from every such salary, as aforesaid, of Fifty pounds, and under One officers from hundred pounds per annum; and in virtue of such deduction, the whose salaries widow and child, or children, or either, of every such officer
shall be entitled to participate in all the benefits accruing from tions shall be made
the said Act, anything therein contained to the contrary notwithconsequently standing.t entitled to the II. And whereas many of the public officers of the colony are in Pension
ons spe- the receipt of stipends from the mother-country, which will not be cified. Officers in
subject to deductions under the preceding section, or under the Act receipt of
to which this is an amendment, and it is desirable that such officers stipend from should be permitted to contribute, in the ratio aforesaid, in respect mother-country of the said stipends; Be it enacted, that it shall be lawful for every may contribute
te public officer, whose salary is paid, either whole or in part from thereupon en the mother-country, to pay quarterly to the Receiver-General and titled to the consequent * The remainder of this Act is virtually repealed by the 8 Vic. c. 42, post No. 2. benefits of this of this Class. Act.
+ 'The part in italics is repealed by Ord. No. 7, 1855, Sect. 23.
Treasurer, commencing on the said Twenty-fourth day of June, or No. 2.
III. That every officer from whose salary the deductions afore- Privileges to
situations or General, in respect to his salary from the mother-country, shall, s
not, or remainwhether he continues to hold his office or not (or whether he re- in
T o or whether he re- ing or quitting. mains in the colony or quits it), have the option of continuing to make quarterly payments equal in amount to such deductions, and such other payments, as aforesaid, or either, or be entitled to have a moiety of the said deductions and payments returned to him ; and if any such person shall elect to continue the said quarterly payments, and shall make the same punctually at the stated period at which the same shall be due, his widow and children shall be entitled, upon his death, to the same and the like pensions as if he had died under the circumstances set forth in the said first section of the Act to which this Act is an amendment, anything in the said Act or in this Act to the contrary notwithstanding: Provided always, that the payments of such deceased person shall not be in arrear at the time of his death more than one quarter, if he shall have continued to reside within the colony, or more than six months if he shall have resided abroad, in either of which cases, unless such arrears be paid, as in the next preceding section is permitted, the right of such widow and children to the pensions aforesaid shall be forfeited.
IV. That no pension shall be payable under the Act hereinbefore Pension, when recited, or under this Act, until the subscriptions or deductions in payable.
Widows not respect of which the same may be claimed shall have been made it
entitled to continuously for and during a period of two years, nor shall the pension un widow of any officer be entitled to such pension unless she had been married twelve married to such officer twelve months prior to his decease.
months prior to V. That an account shall be opened in the books of the Receiver
decease. General and Treasurer, headed, “ Public Officers' Widows' and Or
Receiverphans' Fund,” which shall be kept in the usual debtor and creditor General to form, and shall be charged with all sums of money which may have open an account been or shall be paid out of the Treasury on account of the same, in his office, to and shall be credited with all sums of money which have been or
lic Officers' shall be deducted from the salaries of any public officers, under the Widows, provisions of the Act to which this Act is an amendment, or of this Orphans' Act, or which shall be received on account thereof, and once in Fund." every year, to wit, on the Twenty-fourth day of June, the said
No. 2. account shall be made up with interest at the rate accruing on the Act 8 Vic. public debt of the colony for the time being, and the balance c. 42. carried to the account for the succeeding year; and it shall be the
duty of the Receiver-General and Treasurer, and he is hereby required to transmit to the Public Secretary, on or before the Thirtyfirst day of July in every year, a statement, in triplicate, of the said account for the year ending the Twenty-fourth day of June next preceding, authenticated by his signature, and a copy of the said account shall, by the said Public Secretary, be laid before the President in Council and the respective branches of the legislature,
at the first meeting of those bodies respectively. This Act not VI. That nothing in this Act contained shall operate to the to operate to
prejudice of any claim that has accrued, or may accrue, in virtue of the prejudice of claims
any deduction already made under the Act to which this Act is an under the Act amendment. hereliv amended. No. 3.
No. 3.-ORDINANCE No. 7 of 1855. Ord. No.7, An Ordinance to consolidat 1855.
An Ordinance to consolidate and amend the several Laws at present
in force, regulating the Division of Parishes within these Is
lands, &c. Pension for By section 18 of this Ordinance it is ordained,- that all salaries Widows, &c., of Clergy.
payable under this Ordinance shall be liable to the deductions for the widows' and orphans' fund as regulated by the Act of the General Assembly of the Bahama Islands, 8th Victoria, chapter 42, extended to these islands, and the widows and orphans of the persons so contributing shall be entitled to the same benefits as other public officers contributing thereto.
No. 4.-ORDINANCE No. 4 of 1857. Ord. No.4,
An Ordinance to restrict contributions to the Widows' and Orphans'
An Ordinance to restrict 1857.
Fund of these Islands to the present Public Officers of the
1857.) PREAMBLE. W HEREAS by virtue of the Acts of the Bahama Legislature,
WV 7th Vic. ch. 23; and 8th Vic. ch. 42, for providing pensions for the widows and orphans of public officers in force within this colony, certain deductions from the salaries of public officers are authorized to provide for the payment of pensions to their widows and orphans; and whereas pensions may become payable by virtue of the hereinbefore-recited Acts, which from the limited resources of the colony may hereafter prove burdensome to the community, and it is therefore expedient that provision should be made to obviate prospectively the probable results of the Acts re
ferred to as aforesaid ; May it, &c., Deduction from I. That from and after Her Majesty's assent to this Ordinance salaries of
s shall have been proclaimed within these islands, all future appointPublic Officers for lension ments to any offices within this colony shall be exempted from any Fund to cease contributions or deductions from the salaries attached to such prospectively.
offices towards the said public officers' widows' and orphans' fund; No. 4. and it shall not be lawful for the Receiver-General and Treasurer to Ord. No. 4, make any such deductions therefrom, any law now in force within 1857. these islands to the contrary notwithstanding.
II. That if any person contributing to the public officers' One moiety of widows' and orphans' fund of this colony under the hereinbefore- contribution recited Acts shall at any time signify to the President of these may be re
turned to islands, in writing, his desire to be allowed to discontinue con- an Officer tributing to the said fund, and his willingness to forego any rights ceasing to or claims that may have arisen from such contributions, such per- contribute. son, on ceasing to be a contributor, shall be entitled to receive back one moiety of all the contributions that he shall have made to such fund, and it shall not be lawful for such person again to become a contributor to the said widows' and orphans' fund, nor for himself or any one through him to be entitled to any further advantage therefrom.
DIVISION II.-PENSIONS AND RETIRING ALLOW
No. 5. An Ordinance for granting a Retiring Allowance to William Hamilton, Oi
ance to William Hamilton Ord. No. 22,
1860. Esquire, Provost Marshal, Police Magistrate, and Port Officer of these Islands. (Passed 8th June, 1860. Confirmed 17th
Oct., 1860.) THEREAS William Hamilton, Esquire, Provost Marshal, Po- PREAMBLE. V lice Magistrate, and Port Officer of these islands, has been in the colonial service in Her Majesty's colonial possessions for a period of more than thirty years, and being desirous, in consequence of his age and infirmities, of retiring from service, it is just and proper that a sufficient provision should be made for him for the remainder of his life; May it, &c.,
1. That upon the resignation of the said William Hamilton, Esquire, of the several offices now held by him, there shall be allowed and paid to him during the term of his life out of the Public Treasury of these islands, by warrant in the usual manner, a retiring allowance at and after the rate of One hundred and fifty pounds per annum.
II. That for and during the period that such retiring allowance shall continue payable to the said William Hamilton, the Police Magistrate for this Presidency shall receive a salary at and after the rate of One hundred and fifty pounds per annum for discharging the duties of the combined offices of Provost Marshal and Police Magistrate, subject to the provisions of the 28th section of Ordinance No. 12 of 1855 respecting the fees of the Police Magistrate.
III. That so much of the first section of Ordinance No. 11 of 1849 as provides that the lighthouse shall be under the direction, superintendence, and management of a port officer, also the seventh section of the said Ordinance shall be, and they are hereby repealed.