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GENERAL ORDINANCES

OF THE

CITY OF SAINT JOSEPH.

CHAPTER I.

ABSTRACTER ABSTRACTER OF TITLES.

SECTION 1.

SECTION I. Abstracter, license for.

Abstracter. No person, firm or corporation shall engage in or carry on the business of an abstracter of titles without a license therefor from said city, and the charge therefor shall be twenty dollars per year. [General Ordinance No. 441, Sec. 11. Amended G. O. No. 496.

[For penalty for violating this Chapter see Sec. 20, Chap. entitled "licenses."]

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SECTION 1.

Policeman to notify chief of accident. -It shall hereafter be the duty of any policeman in the city of St. Joseph to notify the chief of police of any accident or injury to persons or property occurring at any time within the

bounds of the beat of such policeman, and the notification of such policeman shall be in writing stating the nature of the accident, the name of the person or the kind of property injured, and the time and place at which the accident occurred. [Revised Ordinances 1888, Chap. 1, Sec. 1.

SEC. 2. Duties of city officers on receipt of notice.-Immediately upon receiving the information mentioned in section one, the chief of police shall transmit a copy thereof to the city detective, and in case of personal injuries it shall be the duty of such detective to proceed at once to the place of such accident, and ascertain from all available witnesses, the manner in which the accident occurred and the cause thereof, if possible, and reduce to writing the names and places of residence of such witnesses; and it shall be also the duty of the city physician and detective to visit the person injured, and ascertain the nature and extent of the injury received, and obtain from such person a statement of the manner and cause of the accident, and if in the opinion of the city physician or city detective it be deemed proper, he or they shall offer to attend to the injuries of such person free of charge. All information received by the city physician or city detective shall be reduced to writing, and immediately transmitted to the city counselor, who shall preserve the same for reference in case of suit being brought against the city for any such injury or accident. [R. O. 1888, Chap. 1, Sec. 2.

SEC. 3. Engineer to diagram location, etc.-It shall be the duty of the chief of police to notify the city engineer in writing of the time and location of such accident, and immediately thereupon the city engineer shall cause the the spot or location of said accident to be diagramed or photographed, and obtain the names and statements of witnesses as to the nature and condition of the street, alley or sidewalk where such accident occurred, and upon reducing the same to writing, shall transmit the same to the city counselor, who shall preserve such information in such manner and for the

same purpose as required in section two. [R. O. 1888, Chap. 1, Sec. 3.

SEC. 4.

Effort to obtain settlement for injury.In case of injuries arising from defects or obstructions in streets, alleys or sidewalks, it shall be the duty of the city physician and city detective, upon visiting the person injured and ascertaining the nature and extent of such injuries, to recommend, by and with the approval of the city counselor, to the claims committee of the common council, a basis of settlement for such injuries, stating therein the nature and extent of the injuries received by such person, an amount which in the opinion of the city physician and city detective would be a proper and just allowance for such injuries, and upon such recommendation, if the claims committee or a majority thereof shall approve the same, then the city counselor shall have the authority to settle with such person for such sum, provided that such person so injured shall sign an agreement to the effect that upon payment of said amount the city of St. Joseph shall be released from all further liability on account of such injury, but no such settlement or agreement shall be binding upon the city until an ordinance appropriating the money to pay the same shall have been passed by the common council and approved by the mayor. [R. O. 1888, Chap. 1, Sec. 4.

SEC. 5. Blank forms to be prepared.-The city clerk and city counselor are hereby instructed to prepare blank forms for the reports of the different officers mentioned herein, and to so prepare them as to carry into effect all the terms of this ordinance. [R. O. 1888, Chap. 1, Sec. 5.

SEC. 6. Counselor may require services of detective. The city counselor shall have the right to call upon the city detective at any time he may deem proper, to assist in investigating any case or suit against the city, or in any case where suit may, in his opinion, be brought; and it shall be the duty of such city detective to at once investigate such

case, in such manner as he shall, by the city counselor, be directed to, and make report from time to time to the city counselor. [R. O. 1888, Chap. 1, Sec. 6.

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SECTION 1.

Public entertainments--amusements,

etc., license for.-No person shall give a public entertainment for gain or profit without a license therefor from said city, and the charge for such license shall be as follows:

First. Menagerie and circus combined three hundred dollars per day; which license shall include the privilege of a street parade, and no street parade shall be permitted unless a license as aforesaid has been obtained, unless a license for such street parade shall first be obtained, and the charge for such license, for such street parade shall be three hundred dollars for each parade.

Second. Menagerie fifty dollars per day; circus or equestrian exhibition two hundred and fifty dollars per day, which license shall include the privilege of a street parade ; and no street parade shall be permitted unless a license as aforesaid has been obtained, unless a license therefor shall first be obtained, and the charge for such license for such street parade shall be fifty dollars for a menagerie, and two

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