The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 351
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Municipal Government of San Fernando de Bxar. 351
a juez de campo, who, with authority over the sindics of ranches,
shall watch and see to the fulfillment of the duties of these, and
observe and follow, on his own part, the folowing rules:
He shall have cognizance of thefts, robberies, carrying aw'ay of
properties by force, and rape, as well as of murders, inflictions of
wounds which may be through malice or treachery, and also of
the burning of houses, gratin, ,or other things, whenever the said
crimes may be committed in unsettled districts--by this is meant
every place not a villa or lugar-unless the government shall have
had previous knowledge of the crime and shall commission some
other person [as judge thereof.]
He shall see that the roads and ranches are kept free from the
said class of people, pursuing them with spirit until he shall either
arrest them, or put them to flight. I, therefore, order all the
sindics of ranches and ever other person of any class whatsoever
to obey and help him every way necessary for this purpose.
The fees which he is to receive for these arrests will be fixed by
this government, according to the distances and circumstances.
He shall make frequent expedite ions from this capital, visiting
the district under his jurisdiction with the object of carrying out
whatever may be ordered; and to recompense him in part for his
work, he shall be exempt from all other municipal and public
duties, and shall ble given Ithe preference in matters of privileges
and grants that may be made to him, to his children and his de-
scendants, provided that faithful service in favor of his country
make him worthy of this distinction.
Persons who do not respect ot who insult hi1e person of the juez
de campo shall incur the same penalties established in the case
of all other judges; and person who shall be injured or ill-treated
by him shall come before this government, where they will be heard
with the proofs they shall present-it being understood that if the
complaint brought be proved to be without foundation and made
only to calumniate the juf?, the complainant shall be punished
with all rigor, since the reputation of one exercising similar duties
should never be compromised.
All sindics of ranches shall be obliged to give information to
the juez de campo of occurrences worthy of mention and of of-
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