The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 313
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Municipal Government of San Fernando de Bexar. 313
that at least three rounds per month be made to secure proper
order in the villal--the alcalde being the first officer; and that
the cabildo shall elect two ward commissioners and two jzes de
campo2 whose duty it shall be to watch over crops in the district,
to prevent the cutting of valuable timbers, to see that fires, except
on stated occasions, are not built within a certain distance of the
villa, and that roads in their districts are kept in good condition.
The next chapter of part 2 deals with public accommodations.
It provides that all members shall have the right to propose such
measures as they may think necessary for the well-being of the set-
tlement; that in times of scarcity of seed or other necessaries, the
ayuntamiento shall secure a supply with municipal funds, when
possible, taking measures to see that these supplies last and that
prices do not become exorbitant; and that it shall build bridges
and sidewalks, repair streets,- care for unfortunates, establish and
control private schools,4 selecting from its own number a treasurer
for the school fund.
Chapter IV, part 2, deals with the question of public improve-
ment and provides that the ayuntamiento shall attend to the lay-
ing out of a cemetery, and see that all citizens contribute to this
work, and that it be properly kept; that a municipal hall be
erected; and that an alameda be planted for which the procurador
The last chapters of part 2 deal with the collection and ex-
penditure of municipal funds.5
Further light on the work of the cabildo may be had from an
examination of the functions of the several officers. Those having
1The whole cabildo seems to have made these rounds on occasions at
San Fernando. (Expediente concerning the preservation of order in the
villa, February, 1783, B6xar Archives.)
20f. commission and instructions of Don Vicente Travieso as juez de
campo, July 1, 1810, B6xar Archives.
'At San Fernando, this duty was performed by the procurador. (See
Expendiente concerning election for 1784, in Poseciones de Oficios, etc.,
1778-1784, B6xar Archives.)
'See ante p. 309.
'With these municipal ordinances compare the Ordinances and Instruc-
tions of Don Alexander O'Reilly; Bancroft, California. Pastoral, 540-547.
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