The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 4 Page: 148
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said corporation, shall be deemed a qualified elector under this
Sec. 8. The MIavor and Aldermen shall constitute the Town
Council; provided, that the Mayor and three Aldermen, or five Aldermen,
shall constitute a quorum to do business; and provided further,
that any three or more of said Council, if the remaining offices
be vacant, shall have the power to fill vacancies.
Sec. 9. That the Mayor and Aldermen of said corporation shall
have power to levy, assess and collect a license tax on all vocations
subject to taxation under the laws of the State; provided, the license
tax for retailing spirituous liquors in quantities less than one quart,
shall not exceed the sum of five hundred dollars per annum.
Sec. 10. The Town Council shall have power to pass such laws
as they think proper for the government of the corporation and the
property therein. They shall also have power to regulate their own
proceedings, shall have entire control over the streets, squares, al]eys
and police of the town, may regulate the markets, remove nuisances
and obstructions in the streets and alleys, may establish offences,
assess and collect fines; provided, no fine shall exceed one
huldred dollars, and shall have general control over the whole corporation.
Sec. 11. Said Council shall also have power to levy and collect
a tax upon all persons and property, real, personal land mixed in
said corporation; provided, the same shall not for any one year exceed
one per cent. ad valorem on property. They may also levy and
collect a license tax on all taverns. tippling houses, nine and ten
pin alleys and billiard tables in the corporation, and upon all ferries,
one bank of which is in the corporation. Said taxes shall be assessed
and collected by the Constable. under such regulations as the Council
may prescribe, and if any person shall fail or refuse to pay the
taxes assessed against him or his property within the time prescribed
by the Council, the. Miayor shall issue execution. against him or her
for the amount of tax and the costs, and the same proceedings shall
be had under said execution as are provided in the law governing
executions in this State.
Sec. 12. All the property of said corporation shall be under the
control of the Council, and they may sell, lease and exercise every
other act of ownership over the same; they may also purchase property
in the corporate name, but in no other.
Sec. 13. The Mavor in said corporation shall have and exercise
the full jurisdiction, civil and criminal, of a Justice of the
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 4, book, 1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6730/m1/152/?q=white%20free%20negro%20negroes%20color%20slave%20slaves: accessed December 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .