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Justice's Certificate thereof.

day of

to wit. I, S. P. Esq. one of His Majesty's justices of the peace for the county of , do hereby certify that A. B. of came before me at the

-, 1817, and made oath that he was by trade a

, and that C. D. was bound to serve as an apprentice to him in the said trade, by indenture dated the - day of for the term of

years, and that the said apprentice did on or about the

day of abscond and quit the service of him the said A. B. without his consent, and that to the best of his knowledge and belief the said apprentice is aged about — year's,

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STAMPS.

The act of 19 Ann, c. 19, s. 172, gives authority to justices to hear and determine upon any penalties incurred, not exceeding £20. relative to the stamp duties; but the statute 44 Geo, III. c. 98, s. 10, requires all informations to be instituted by the Attorney-General, consequently they are brought in the Exchequer.-The last act regulating the stamp duties is 55 Geo. III. c. 184.

STOCKS.

Stocks are to be provided at the expense of the town, and every vill is bound to provide a pair. 2 Haw. c. 11, s. 5.-A constable may confine offenders in the stocks by way of security, but not as punishment. Confinement in the stocks is by divers statutes the punishment inflicted for various offences.

STOCKING AND LACE FRAMES.

The act 28 Geo. III. c. 55, was by 52 Geo. III. c. 16, amended and its penal operation extended. Any person or persons who should by day or night enter into any house, shop, &c. to wilfully and maliciously cut or destroy frame work, knitted pieces, stockings or lace; or to break or destroy any frame or any tool or instrument used therein, are declared guilty of felony without benefit of clergy: s. 1.Persons in whose house or custody any frames or engines are destroyed, shall give information thereof to the owner, and also go before a justice of the peace, and depose to the facts; and on refusal or neglect, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. 8. 3.

But by 54 Geo. III. C. 42, persons so offending are adjudged guilty of felony, and shall be transported for life or for a term of not less than seven years, at the discretion of the judge. s. 12.

STORES.

By statute 31 Eliz. C. 4, and 22 Car. II. c. 5, persons embezzling His Majesty's naval or military stores of 20s. value, to be adjudged guilty of felony without benefit of clergy; and by 9 Geo. III. c. 30, s. 5, the treasurer, comptroller, surveyor or any other commissioner of the navy, may act as justices, and cause the offender to be apprehended and prosecuted.

By 39 and 40 Geo. III. c. 89, any person (except contractors) receiving or having in their possession stores of war, shall be a receiver of stolen goods. s. 1. See “ Cordage for Shipping."

By 49 Geo. III. c. 122, s. 17, all persons who shall trade in anchors, cables, sails, old junk, old iron or marine stores of any kind, shall have their names painted distinctly, with the words Dealer in Marine Stores," in letters six inches at least in length over the front of their warehouse, &c. on pain of forfeiting on conviction by one justice, on the oath of one witness, or by confession, not exceeding £20. nor less than £10. half to the informer and half to the poor where offence is committed; and such dealers not to cut up any cable exceeding five fathoms in length, or untwine the same, without a permit from some neighbouring justice, which permit shall not be granted unless oath made that it had been bona fide purchased, on pain of forfeiting for the first offence not more than £20. nor less than £10. for the second or further offence not more than £50. nor less than £20. to be recovered before a justice, half to the informer and balf to the poor.

All dealers to keep a book, in which they shall regularly enter all old marine stores bought by them from time to time, with an account when bought, and of the names and abodes of the sellers; and before any person obtaining such permit shall

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cut up the same, there shall be published, one week at least before, an advertisement in some public newspaper printed nearest to the storehouse, &c. notifying that such party had obtained such permit for cutting up such cable of such kind and quality, and specifying where the articles are deposited; whereupon all

may have just cause to suspect that such articles are the property of such person, and shall have verified such suspicion on oath before some justice near the said storehouse, may by warrant thereupon granted, require of such dealer the production and examination of such book of entries, and inspection of the cables described in the permit; and in case such dealer should neglect or refuse to produce to such person such book, or to keep such book, or to permit such inspection or examination, or neglect so to publish one such advertisement as aforesaid, he shall on conviction before any justice or magistrate residing near as aforesaid, forfeit for the first offence not more than £20. nor less than £10. and for every further offence not exceeding £50. nor less than

£20. one half to go to the informer and half to the poor where the offence shall be committed ; and if the said penalties with the charges of conviction be not immediately paid, they may be levied by warrant of distress and sale, and if there be no sufficient distress found, the offender may be committed by such justice to gaol, for the first offence for six calendar months, and for the second or further

ofsence for twelve calendar months, unless the penalty and charges shall be sooner paid. s. 18.

Any person convicted by any justice or justices of any offence or offences against this act may within three calendar months next after such conviction appeal to the sessions holden for the county, city or place where the matter of appeal shall arise, giving ten days notice of such appeal to the person appealed against and of the matter thereof, and entering into recognizance before some justice, with two sufficient sureties to try such appeal and abide the determination of the court therein; and such justices at the sessions shall upon due proof of such notice given and recognizance entered into hear and determine the appeal, and either confirm ør quash and annul the said conviction, and award such costs to either party as to them shall seem just and reasonable, and such judgment shall be final and conclusive : no proceeding shall be quashed for want of form, and no certiorari shall be granted. s. 21. Inhabitants of the parish may be witnesses to prove the offence committed, though the penalty incurred be applicable to the poor of the parish. s. 22.

By 55 Geo. III. c. 127, it is enacted that from, the passing of this act, the acts of 9 and 10 W.6.41. -9 Geo. I. c. 8.-17 Geo. II.-40 Geo. III. and all the penalties, forfeitures, clauses and provisions, matters and things therein contained as far as relates to naval, ordnance and victualling stores,

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