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No. 1. master of every vessel for each letter delivered by him at the postOrd. No.5, office. 1854. V. That the owners, charterers, or consignees of vessels inward

bound, and the owners or consignees of goods on board vessels inLetters exempt from postage.

ward bound, shall have their letters by such vessels free from postage; and the owner, charter, or consignee shall be described as such on the address ; and in the case of owners, shippers, or consignees of goods, it shall also appear by the ship's manifest that they have goods on board the vessel ; and the persons hereby exempted shall be entitled to have their letters which come within the above conditions, delivered on demand before the master of the vessel deposits the other letters in his charge at the post-office.

VI. That every master of a vessel inward bound shall cause all

letters on board his vessel (except those belonging to the owners or Declaration of consignees of the vessel, or of the goods on board) to be delivered delivery of at the post-office at Grand Cay, and shall sign a declaration in letters.

the presence of the said postmaster or his deputy who shall witness the same; and such declaration shall be to the effect following :-1, A. B., master of the (state the name of the ship or vessel) arriving from (state the place) do solemnly declare that I have to the best of my knowledge and belief delivered or caused to be delivered at the post-office every letter which was on board the

(state the name of the ship) except such letters as are exempt by law. To be produced And no Receiver-General or other revenue officer shall permit at the Receiver- such vessel to come to an entry until such declaration shall have General's Office been produced to him, under a penalty not exceeding Ten pounds. before entry.

And all letters brought by a vessel quarantined shall be delivered to the health officer, that all proper precautions may be taken by him before he cause such letters to be forwarded to the post

office. Persons in

VII. That every person being either the master of a vessel, inpossession of

ward bound, one of the officers, or one of the crew, or a passenger letters after the delivery

thereof who shall knowingly have any letter in his possession not of letter-bag,

exempted as hereinbefore is mentioned, after the master shall have fined 10s. lodged the letters in his charge at the post-office, shall forfeit for

every letter a sum not exceeding Ten shillings; and such letter,

whether it be in the baggage or on the person of the offender or Refusing to

otherwise in his custody, shall be held to be in his possession : and deliver the any such person who shall detain any such letter after demand same, fined £1. made by the revenue officer shall forfeit for every such letter a

sum not exceeding One pound. Penalties for VIII. That every master of a vessel or other person who shall opening letter

open a sealed letter-bag shall forfeit a sum not exceeding Five bag.

pounds; and every master of a vessel who shall take out of a letterbag with which he shall have been intrusted for conveyance, a

letter or any other thing, shall forfeit a sum not exceeding Twenty Penalty for pounds; and every master of a vessel who shall not duly deliver wilful delay of all letters liable to postage at the post-office on his arrival, without letters.

wilful or unavoidable delay, shall forfeit a sum not exceeding Five pounds; and every master of a vessel quarantined who shall refuse to deliver to the health officer all letters in his possession, shall

forfeit a sum not exceeding Five pounds. Penalties, how IX. That all offences against this Ordinance may be heard, and recovered. all pecuniary penalties imposed be recovered in any Court having

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X. That all pecuniary penalties incurred under this Ordinance No. 1. which shall be recovered by or in the name of a person other than Ord. No. 5, the Queen's Advocate of this Presidency shall be distributed in 1854. manner following; that is to say :-One moiety thereof to Her

Distribution of Majesty, her heirs, and successors, towards the support of the

Penalties. Government of these islands; and the other moiety thereof, with full costs of suit, to the person who shall inform and sue for the same: and all such pecuniary penalties as aforesaid which shall be recovered by or in the name of the Queen's Advocate shall be applied to the use of Her Majesty for and towards the support of the Government of these islands : Provided always that the President at his discretion may give all or any part of such penalties or shares of penalties belonging to Her Majesty, as rewards to any person who shall have detected such offences or given information which may have led to the discovery thereof, or to the conviction of the offenders.

XI. That all penalties incurred by any person for offences Penalties to against this Ordinance shall be sued for within the space of one

be sued for

within one year next after the penalty shall be incurred.

year. XII. That so soon as a Deputy-Postmaster or agent of the Postmaster-General shall be appointed in this colony, so much of this Ordinance as may be inconsistent with any of the statutes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, or to any regulation of the post-office authorities in England, shall cease to be of any force or effect.

SCHEDULE. I, A. B., do solemnly declare that I will not knowingly or willingly open or delay, or cause or suffer to be opened or delayed, contrary to my duty, any letter or thing which may come into my hands or custody as postmaster, except by the consent of the person or persons to whom the same shall be directed; except in such cases where the party or parties to whom such letter or anything sent by the post shall be directed, and who is or are chargeable with the payment of the postage therefor shall refuse or neglect to pay the same, and except the party or parties to whom the same shall be directed cannot be found. This declaration was made

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No. 2.-ORDINANCE No, 19 of 1860.

No. 2. An Ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 5, of 1854, and to provide Ord. No. 19,

1860. for the more frequent communication between the Islands of this Government, and for other purposes. (Passed 29th May,

1860. Confirmed 14th June, 1861.) HEREAS the uncertainty and infrequency of the communica- PREAMBLE.

tion between the different islands of this Government present an obstacle to the prosperity and cordial co-operation between the inhabitants of the said islands, and it is therefore expedient that such impediments should be removed ; May it, therefore, &c.,

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I. That it shall be lawful for the President, by and with the Ord. No 19, advice of the Council, from time to time to contract for a fit and 1860. proper boat or vessel to be employed in conveying passengers,

freight, and letters, to and from the following ports of this Government: viz., Grand Turk, Salt Cay, and Cockburn Harbour, and according to such plan as may be fixed on by the President and

Council aforesaid. £60 per annum II. That all arrangements for the proper management of such allowed for the boat or vessel in sailing to and from the said ports, and for the conveyance of letters. management of the several post-offices in this colony, shall be made

from time to time by the President and Council, and that a sum of money not exceeding Sixty pounds shall be annually paid, by warrant, out of the Public Treasury in the usual manner, for the hire

of a boat or vessel to carry out the provisions of this Ordinance. All Freight and

III. That any party contracting for the hire of the said boat or Passage-money vessel shall be legally entitled to all freight and passage-money paid to the use of owner of accruing from any passengers and freight conveyed in such boat or such boat. vessel ; provided that all officials of the colony when travelling on

duty, and not otherwise, shall be entitled to travel to and fro in such boat or vessel free from all and every charge for passage

money. Rules to be IV. That the rules and regulations to be made, as aforesaid, shall published.

be kept exhibited for public information at the several post-offices of the colony.

V. That a branch post-office be established at Salt Cay and one office established and Deputy

at Cockburn Harbour, and it shall be lawful for the President to Postmasters

appoint deputy postmasters thereat, who shall make and subscribe, established. before some Justice of the Peace, the declaration to this Ordi

nance annexed. Their duties

VI. That there shall be allowed and paid out of the Public Treaand allowances.

sury of these islands, for salary and office-rent, by warrant in the usual manner, to the deputy postmaster at Salt Cay the sum of Ten pounds, and in like manner to the deputy postmaster at Cockburn Harbour the sum of Five pounds: Provided, in the first place, that the buildings or rooms used for post-offices at Salt Cay and Cockburn Harbour shall be situated in some convenient part of each town as shall from time to time be approved of by the President in Council; and, secondly, that the deputy postmasters, as aforesaid, shall personally, or by sufficient assistants, give their attendance at at their respective offices at such hours and times as may from time to time be appointed by the President in Council; and thirdly, that such officers shall, at least once in every week, cause a list of all unclaimed letters to be exhibited outside of the doors of their respective offices : Provided, however, that no letters shall be delivered out of such offices without first having the postage paid

thereon. Clauses of Ordi- VII. That the following provisions contained in Ordinance nance No. 5

No. 5 of 1854: viz., sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and all others of 1854, de

so far as the same can apply to Salt Cay and Cockburn Harbour, clared in force,

shall be held and taken to apply to the said places, and to the said deputy postmasters and their offices respectively, as fully and in the same manner as if such places and deputy postmasters and their offices were particularly mentioned and designated in the aforesaid Ordinance.

VIII. That upon all letters lodged at any of the aforesaid offices

for transmission to any place, there shall be charged and paid a No. 2. rate of One penny halfpenny as inland postage, in addition to any Ord. No. 19, other postage which may be chargeable on such letters, and all 1860. letters shall be pre-paid before forwarded : Provided, however, that

Rate of Inland all consignees' letters and all letters on Government service shall

Postage. go free. And all sums of money coming into the hands of any postmaster as postage shall be accounted for and paid once in every Three months, to the Assistant Receiver-General at Salt Cay, or revenue officer at Cockburn Harbour, as the case may be.

IX. That if any person shall become possessed of any letter or Penalty for newspaper addressed to another person, and shall wilfully and unlawfully unlawfully break open the cover or envelope of such letter or paper, withholding or shall withhold such letter or paper when claimed by the party to whom the same shall be addressed, every person so offending shall papers. forfeit and pay for every such offence à sum not exceeding Five pounds, to be recovered and applied in like manner as other penalties are by this Ordinance.

letters or

SCHEDULE. I, A. B., do solemnly declare that I will not knowingly or willingly open or delay any letter or thing which may come into my hand or custody as deputy-postmaster, except by the consent of the person or persons to whom the same shall be directed, except in such cases where the party or parties to whom such letter or anything sent by the post shall be directed, and who is or are chargeable with the payment of the postage therefor, shall refuse or neglect to pay the same, and except the party or parties to whom the same shall be directed cannot be found. This declaration was made before me this

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No. 1.-ORDINANCE No. 9 of 1860.

No. 1.

Ord. No.9, An Ordinance to establish and regulate a Public Bank for the Turks

1860. and Caicos Islands. (Passed 17th April, 1860. Confirmed

25th July, 1861.)

HEREAS the establishment of a public bank would be highly PREAMBLE. That as soon as this Ordinance shall come into operation, it shall to appoint a and may be lawful for the President of these islands to appoint a Turk for Public

place at Grand fit and proper place at Grand Turk for a public bank.

Bank. II. That the said bank shall be under the supervision and direc- Bank to be tion of five Directors, to be appointed annually by the President, under superwith the advice of the Council; and in case of the death or refusal vision of five

Directors to act, or removal of any such Director, such vacancy shall be filled

appointed up by the President in manner aforesaid.

annually. III. That it shall and may be lawful for the President in Coun- President and cil to appoint a fit and proper person to act as cashier of the said Council to bank.

appoint a Cashier,

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No. 1. IV. That it shall be the duty of such cashier, to keep written Ord. No.9, up the books and respective statements of the accounts, of all

1860. parties concerned with the said bank, who may have borrowed Duty of

money therefrom, or deposited money therein; and to cause obserCashier. vance of strict punctuality of payment, of all sums of money,

that may from time to time become due and owing to the said bank, Hours of and such cashier shall give daily attendance at the bank, Sundays attendance. and holidays excepted, from the hour of ten A.m. to three P.m.,

unless otherwise ordered by any rule to be made under this Ordi.

nance. Cashier to give

V. That such cashier, before entering on the duties of his office, bond.

shall give a bond or bonds to Her Majesty, her heirs, and successors, with sufficient sureties, which bond or bonds shall be taken by the Colonial Secretary, and shall be conditioned for the due discharge of the trust reposed in such cashier, and for his and their liability

for all sums of money deposited in such bank, such bond or bonds Bond to be in the first instance to be in the sum of Five hundred pounds; and renewed when such bond or bonds shall be renewed as often as the President necessary. shall require, with sufficient sureties in such amount as such Presi

dent shall think necessary for the due security of the money de

posited in the said bank. Remuneration VI. That in the first instance such cashier shall receive for a to Cashier. remuneration a sum equal to the entire profits of such bank, to be

paid to him by warrant in the usual manner, until such remuneration shall amount to Two hundred pounds per annum, and the salary aforesaid shall then remain fixed at the said sum of Two hundred pounds per annum : Provided that such profit shall con

tinue to amount to the said sum of Two hundred pounds. Cashier to make VII. That it shall be the duty of such cashier to make a return return monthly to the President and Directors once in every month of the affairs of of the affairs of such bank, which return shall be rendered within seven days after the Bank.

such term shall expire; and no warrant shall be passed for the payment of the salary of such cashier so long as the return afore

said shall be in arrear. The President VIII. That it shall be lawful for the President, from time to to appoint time, at least once in every six months, to appoint a committee to committee to

examine and report upon the state and affairs generally of the said bank; and such committee shall have power to examine the books, accounts, and vouchers of the said bank, and to ascertain that the

balances of cash in the bank correspond with the books of the bank. President and IX. That it shall and may be lawful for the President and Council to make rules

Council, at the recommendation of the Directors, to make rules and to regulate the regulations for the guidance of the cashier, and for regulating the Bank.

business of the bank; and from time to time to alter and amend the same, which rules shall bind all parties transacting business with the said bank : Provided that such rules be not repugnant to the provisions of this or any other Ordinance of these islands, and a copy of such rules shall be hung up in the said bank for the in

formation of the public. Director autho- X. That it shall and may be lawful for the directors of the said rized to receive bank, in their discretion, to receive from individuals, or from any deposits at interest.

friendly society, or authorized company, deposits in the said bank; and to open an account with any such parties for such amount, and for such period as in their discretion they shall think fit, at the respective rates of interest hereinafter mentioned.

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