The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1 Page: 225
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Laws and Decrees of Coahuila and Texas.
ART. 2. The reward, designated by article 3 of the aforesaid decree,
shall be delivered entire to the informer when the tobacco to be burned
exceeds sixty-two and a half pounds, and should the tobacco seized be of
a less quantity, he shall be rewarded with eight dollars, also out of the
funds of the State.
ART. 3. The course provided in article 4 of the aforementioned decree,
for investigating the crime of smuggling and inflicting the punishment
prescribed, shall be that marked out by Decree No. 7, relative to thieves;
the duties to be determined by the Alcalde, agreeably to article 8 of the
confiscation compact, circulated on the 6th of December, 1822, should
the value of the tobacco permit; and if not, the proceedings shall be conducted
ART. 4. Receivers of smuggled tobacco shall be subject to the same
trials and penalties as smugglers, and each one shall suffer them of himself,
whatever be the number.
For its fulfilment, the Governor of the State shall cause it to be printed,
published, and circulated.
Given in the city of Leona Vicario on the 26th of Februtary, 1829.
[The same Signers.]
DECREE No. 81.
The Congress of the State of Coahuila and Texas has thought proper
ART. 1. Permission is hereby granted to establish in this city a confraternity,
styled Santo Entierro.
ART. 2. A set of internal regulations shall be drawn up, which through
the channel of the Executive, shall be transmitted to Congress for approval.
ART. 3. A scheme reducing the contributions of the brothers to a regular
co-operation, regulating the manner of their collection, custody and
distribution: also the attendance on public ceremonies, and appointing
the periods for the meetings, shall constitute the basis of these regulations.
ART. 4. The meetings of the members of the confraternity shall always
be public, and shall be presided by one of the Alcaldes, or by the Regidor,
whom the Ayuntamiento shall designate.
ART. 5. No civil or political subject shall be agitated in said meetings,
nor shall it be permitted to molest those who do not join the confraternity,
or who belong to another, and under. no pretence shall scapularies,
girdles, or any thing else called relics (of saints) be established.
ART. 6. Members who avail themselves of the occasion of the meetings
to promote the discussion of civil or political subjects, shall incur the
penalties prescribed in article 2, of the decree of the general Congress
of the 25th of October, 1828.
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1, book, 1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5872/m1/233/: accessed May 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .