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CHAPTER XV.

SLAVE DEALING.

(No. 1-1874.)

Ordinance.

1. This Ordinance shall apply to the Colony and the Protectorate. Application of 2. Slave dealing is hereby declared unlawful and is prohibited. Slave dealing prohibited. 3. Whosoever shall do or shall attempt to do any of the acts Offence of hereinafter mentioned, that is to say:slave dealing defined.

(1) Deal or trade in, purchase, sell, barter, transfer, or take any slave,

(2) Deal, or trade in, purchase, sell, barter, transfer, or take any person in order or so that such person should be held or treated as a slave,

(3) Place or receive any person in servitude as a pledge or security for debt whether then due and owing or to be incurred or contingent, whether under the name of a pawn, or by whatever other name such person may be called or known,

(4) Convey or induce any person to come within the limits of the Colony or Protectorate in order or so that such person should be dealt or traded in, purchased, sold, bartered, transferred or become a slave, or be placed in servitude as a pledge or security for debt,

(5) Convey or send or induce any person to go out of the limits of the Colony or Protectorate in order or so that such person should be dealt or traded in, purchased, sold, bartered, transferred, or become a slave, or be placed in servitude as a pledge or security for debt,

(6) Enter into any contract or agreement with or without consideration for doing any of the acts or accomplishing any of the purposes herein-above enumerated,

shall, and shall be deemed to have committed the offence of slave dealing.

4. Whosoever shall aid, assist, counsel, request, order or procure Accessories to any person to commit the offence of slave dealing shall be deemed be deemed

guilty of

principal offence, may be tried with principal offender or separately.

Courts

in which offences may be tried.

and be guilty of slave dealing, and may be tried and convicted either as an accessory before the fact to the principal offence or after the conviction of the principal offender, or may be indicted and convicted of the substantive offence, whether the principal offender shall or shall not have been previously convicted or shall or shall not be amenable to justice.

Punishment

6. Whosoever shall be convicted of slave dealing, shall be liable on conviction. to be punished by imprisonment with or without hard labour for a period which may extend to Seven years, and shall also be liable to be fined either in addition to, or in substitution for such imprisonment; and where any fine shall have been imposed, such fine shall be recoverable by distress and sale of the goods and chattels of the party convicted, and in default of sufficient distress, or, without proceeding by distress in case the Court pronouncing sentence shall so order, by imprisonment with or without hard labour for any term not exceeding Two years, unless such fine shall be sooner paid.

Slave-dealing
contracts
void.

5. Every offence of slave dealing may be inquired of, tried, determined and dealt with by any Court having within the Colony or Protectorate competent jurisdiction to try crimes and offences.

Persons

the protectorate for

7. Every person who as a slave or otherwise shall be brought or brought into induced to come within the Colony or Protectorate, so, or in order that such person should be dealt or traded in, sold, purchased, slave-dealing bartered, transferred, or taken, or should become or be a slave or purposes to be placed in servitude or transferred as a pledge or security for be ipso facto free. debt, shall become, and be, and is hereby declared to be a free person.

Short title.

8. Every present contract in which it is stipulated or agreed that any person shall be bought or sold, or placed in servitude, or be transferred either as a pledge or security for debt, or in any other way, shall so far as regards any such stipulation or agreement, be, and is hereby declared to be wholly and in every particular null and void, and every future contract which shall contain any such stipulation or agreement shall be absolutely illegal.

9. This Ordinance shall be sufficiently cited for all purposes as "The Slave Dealing Ordinance."

CHAPTER XVI.

FALSIFICATION OF ACCOUNTS.

(No. 7-1888.)

1. If any officer, agent, clerk or servant, or any person employed Punishment or acting in the capacity of an officer, agent, clerk or servant, shall, for fraudulent wilfully and with intent to defraud, destroy, secrete, mutilate, accounts, &c. alter or falsify any book, account, valuable security, writing or paper received by him for or on behalf of his employer, or belonging to, or in the possession of, his employer, or shall, wilfully and with intent to defraud, make, or concur in making, any false entry in, or omit or alter, or concur in omitting or altering, any material particular from or in, any such book, account, valuable security, writing or paper, he shall, in every such case, be guilty of a misdemeanour, and be liable to be imprisoned, with or without hard labour, for any term not exceeding seven years.

2. It shall be sufficient, in any summons, warrant, charge or Allegation of information under this Ordinance, to allege a general intent to general intent defraud, without naming any particular person as the intended to defraud to object of fraud.

be sufficient information.

3. In every case of an alleged offence against this Ordinance, where any book, account, valuable security, writing or paper, the subject or part of the subject of such offence, shall be public property, it shall be sufficient, in any summons, warrant, charge or information, to lay the property in such book, account, valuable security, writing or paper in the Colonial Government.

4. Nothing in this Ordinance contained shall have the effect of Proviso. abrogating or superseding, or shall be deemed to have been enacted in substitution for, any provision of any enactment now in force in the Colony.

5. In the interpretation of this Ordinance:

The term "employer" shall include the Colonial Government; The term "valuable security" shall include any order, treasury or exchequer acquittance, or other security whatsoever,

The property in accounts," &c. may be

d in the Colonial Government

in certain

cases.

Interpretation clause.

Short title.

entitling, or evidencing the title of, any person or body
corporate to any share or interest in any public stock or fund,
or in any fund of any body corporate, company or society, or
to any deposit in any bank, and shall also include any deben-
ture, deed, bond, bill, note, warrant, order or other security
whatsoever for money or for payment of money, whether of
the United Kingdom, or of Great Britain, or of Ireland, or of
any foreign state, any document of title to lands and any
document of title to goods;

The term "document of title to lands" shall include any deed,
map, parchment or paper, written or printed, or partly written
and partly printed, being, or containing, evidence of the title,
or any part of the title, to any real estate, or to any interest
in or out of any real estate, wheresoever situate;
The term "document of title to goods" shall include any bill of
lading, warehouse-keeper's certificate, warrant or order for the
delivery or transfer of any goods or valuable thing, bought
and sold note, or any other document used in the ordinary
course of business as proof of the ownership, possession or
control of goods, or authorising or purporting to authorise,
either by indorsement or by delivery, the possessor of such
document to transfer or receive any goods thereby represented
or therein mentioned or referred to;
"Colony" includes Protectorate.

6. This Ordinance may be cited as "The Falsification of Accounts Ordinance."

CHAPTER XVII.

CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.

(No. 1-1894.)

1. Any person who shall

(a) Cruelly and unnecessarily beat, ill-treat, overdrive, over-
ride, abuse, or torture, or cause or procure to be cruelly
and unnecessarily beaten, ill-treated, overdriven, over-
ridden, abused, or tortured any animal:

(b) Starve, or by other neglect, cause unnecessary pain or
suffering to any animal: or

(c) Convey or carry, or cause to be conveyed or carried, in
any ship, boat, canoe, or in any vehicle, basket, box, or
cage, or otherwise, any animal in such manner or
position as to subject such animal to unnecessary pain
or suffering:

Cruelty defined.

shall be guilty of an offence under this Ordinance, and shall be Penalty. liable upon summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five pounds, or to imprisonment, with or without hard labour, for a period not exceeding three calendar months.

ordered to be

2. If any person shall by any of the acts or means mentioned in Compensathe first section of this Ordinance do any injury to such animal, or tion may be shall thereby cause any damage or injury to be done to any person paid by person or to any property, every such offender shall on conviction pay to convicted of the owner of such animal or to the person who shall sustain cruelty. damage or injury as aforesaid such sum of money by way of compensation, not exceeding ten pounds, as shall be ascertained and determined by the District Commissioner by whom such person shall be convicted:

Provided always that the payment of such compensation, or any Compensaimprisonment for the non-payment thereof, shall not prevent or in tion not to any manner affect the punishment to which such person or the affect other penalty inowner of the animal may be liable for or in respect of any offence ficted under under the first section of this Ordinance:

this Ordi

nance.

Provided also that nothing herein contained shall prevent any proceeding by action against such offender, or the employer of Where comsuch offender, where such compensation is not sought to be not claimed recovered under this Ordinance.

pensation is right of

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