The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 2 Page: 95
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Laws of the Repttblic of Texas.
Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That the Mayor, Recorder, and
each of the Aldermen, appointed by virtue of this act, and also all
subordinate officers to be appointed under the same, shall before
they enter upon the duties of their said offices respectively, take
and subscribe an oath to perform the duties thereof, according to
the best of their knowledge and ability; which oath shall be taken
by the said Mayor, before the Chief Justice of the county, and by
the officers respectively before the said Mayor.
Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That the Mayor and City Council
of the city of Houston, shall have full power and authority to
make and pass such by-laws or ordinances as they shall deem necessary
to maintain the cleanliness and salubrity of said city, to secure
the safety and convenience of passing in the streets and squares,
ways, levees and other public roads, to fix the squaring and to prevent
any encroachment or other undertaking on the said public
roads, to determine the completion and dimensions, the maintenance
and repair of the said pavements in the said streets at the
cost of the proprietors of houses, lands or neighboring lots, to fix
the place and anchoring for all water crafts in the bayou. to establish
an active system of inspection over the conduct of slaves,
to establish a city guard or patrols, to provide for lighting the
streets, to determine in what part of the city wooden chimnies
shall not be allowed to be erected, to prevent gunpowder being
stowed within the city and suburbs in such quantity as to endanger
the public safety, to determine on the means to be resorted to in
order to extinguish conflagration and to prevent the same, to regulate
the service of persons employed in working fire engines, to
permit or forbid theatres, balls and other public amusements, to
cause the playhouses and other places for shows or exibitions to be
closed whenever the preservation of order, tranquility or public
safety shall require it, to establish one or more market places, and
to determine the mode of inspection for all comestibles sold publicly
either in said market or markets, or in other places, to
regulate every thing which relates to bakers, butchers, tavern
keepers or of grog shops, and other persons keeping public
houses, draymen. horse drivers, water carriers and slaves employed
as day laborers, to fix the salaries of said draymen,
horse drivers. water carriers and day laborers, and to make
other regulations which may contribute to the better administration
of the affairs of said corporation, as well as for the
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 2, book, 1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6726/m1/99/: accessed April 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .