The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1 Page: 347
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Laws and Decrees of Coahuila and Texas.
Wherefore I command it to be printed, published, circulated and duly
(Given in the city of Mionclova on the 27th of February, 1834.
F. V. y VILLASENOR.
JOSE M. FALcoN, Secretary.
Executive Department of the State olf
Coahuila and Texas.
The Governor of the State of Coahuila and Texas; to all the inhabitants
thereof: Be it known, that the congress of said state has decreed
DECREE No. 262.
The Congress of the State of Coahuila and Texas has thought proper
ART. 1. The Ayuntamientos of the towns,which of themselves or with
their jurisdiction do not contain a population exceeding five thousand
souls, shall be composed of an Alcalde, who shall be the president, two
Regidores, and one Procurator. In those whose population exceeds this
numbe-r, whatever it may be, there shall be two Regidores more; and for
their election and periodical renewal the provision made in the constitution
and regulations for the politico-financial administration of the towns
shall be observed. Article 98 of said regulations is hereby repealed.
ART. 2. The Alcaldes shall be the exclusive officers of the peace, and
shall moreover possess the attributes assigned them by the aforesaid
regulations as political authorities, and in default shall be replaced by
substitutes agreeably to the present custom.
AET. 3. In towns whichl the constitution and laws require to have an
Aynntamiento, even when their population does not amount to one thousand,
and in those having from this number to five thousand, there shall
be one primary judge; in those from five to ten thousand, two shall be
appointed; and in all others, three, be their population what it may. San
Buena Ventura shall be excepted, wherein two primary judges shall be
appointed, although it does not contain a population of five thousand.
ART. 4. The attributes of said judges shall be the same that the law
regulating the administration of justice, and others concordant, intrusted
to Alcaldes, both for verbal demands and business in writing: and they
shall, in civil cases only, receive the fees in the form the law provides.
ART. 5. Said judges shall use a staff with black tassels in token of distinction
of office, and when attending upon acts of public ceremony shall
unite with the Ayuntamiento after the Alcalde; and for their appointment
the provision of the following articles shall be observed:
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