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Early Ordinances

Ordinance No. 2
An Ordinance Concerning Swine.
Adopted December 22, 1869

The City of Seattle does ordain as follows:

That from and after the fifteenth day of January, A.D. 1870, no hogs shall be permitted to run at large within the City of Seattle at any time, and if found running at large it is made the duty of the City Marshal to impound each and every such swine, in a common pound prepared by said Marshal for such purpose; whence they shall not be released until the owner or some other person shall pay to the City Marshal the sum of one dollar for his fee in receiving and discharging or selling each and every swine so impounded, and the sum of fifty cents for the proper sustenance of every such animal for every twenty-four hours the same shall be kept, and such owner shall be subject to a penalty of two dollars for every such animal found running at large; and it shall be the duty of said Marshal, when he shall have impounded any such animal, to give forty-eight hours notice of the sale of said swine, by posting notices in two public places; and if the owner fails to redeem said swine, the same shall be sold at Public Vendue and the proceeds used to defray the expenses of said sale, and the overplus, if any, to be paid into the City Treasury.


Ordinance No. 3
An Ordinance Regulating Stove Pipes.
Approved December 22, 1869

The City of Seattle does ordain as follows:

Section 1. That no stove pipe of any stove shall be put up unless it be conducted into a chimney made of brick or stone; except when the Marshall shall deem it equally safe if otherwise put up to be certified under his hand. And any person putting up the pipe of any stove contrary to the provisions of this Ordinance, shall for every such offence forfeit two dollars, and the further sum of one dollar for every twenty four hours the same shall remain up, after the notice given by the City Marshal.

Sec. 2. No chimney shall hereafter be commenced in any loft, unless there are stairs or a fixed ladder leading to the same, and is easy of access at all times, under a penalty of ten dollars for every week either shall remain, after notice shall be given by the Marshall to alter the same.

Sec. 3. Stove pipes shall not be less than four inches from any wood or other combustible material, unless there is a double circle of tin connected together, and air holes through the connecting tin between said pipe and the combustible substance, under a penalty of five dollars, and the sum of one dollar for every day it shall remain after notice from the Marshal to alter the same; and all fines or penalties collected under this Ordinance to be paid into the City Treasury.


Ordinance No. 5
An Ordinance Concerning Dogs.
Approved December 23, 1869

The City of Seattle does ordain as follows:

That from and after the fifteenth day of January, A.D. 1870, no dog or bitch shall be permitted to run at large within the limits of the City of Seattle. If so found running at large, it shall be the duty of the City Marshal to impound each and every such dog or bitch in common pound, prepared by said Marshal for such purpose; from thence they shall not be released until the owner or some other person shall pay to the City Marshal his fee of one dollar for the impounding of said dog or bitch, and the sum of fifty cents for the keeping of said dog or bitch for every twenty-four hours they shall be kept, an and such owner shall be subject to a penalty of three dollars for every such dog or bitch running at large; and said dog or bitch shall not be retained in said pound over forty eight hours; and if said owner does not redeem said dog or bitch by paying said penalty and fees, the City Marshal may kill or dispose of said dog or bitch; and if the owner refuses to pay said penalty and fees, he shall be compelled to notify the same in the manner set forth in Ordinance No. 2. Provided that nothing in this ordinance shall authorize the destruction of any dog or bitch running at large, if said dog or bitch shall be licensed or numbered, as provided in the Second section of this Ordinance.

Sec. 2. The Clerk of the Common Council is hereby instructed, and it is made his duty upon the application of any person for a license for any dog or bitch, upon the receipt of five dollars, issue license to such person, numbering said license, which number shall be put upon a collar of leather or metal in plain characters, which collar shall be placed upon the neck of said dog or bitch, so licensed; such license to continue for one year.

Sec. 3. Any person who shall put upon the neck of any dog or bitch any number without first obtaining a license, shall pay a penalty of twenty-five dollars, and in default of payment to be obtained in the same manner as other fines are recovered.

Sec. 4. No slut shall be allowed to run at large while in heat, under a penalty of five dollars for each offense.

Sec. 5. It shall be duty of the Clerk to pay all moneys received by him tin the cases provided in this Ordinance into the City Treasury, retaining fifty cents for every licensed issued, for his fee.


Ordinance No. 6
An Ordinance Relating to Theatricals, Shows or Exhibitions, &c.
Approved December 23, 1869

The City of Seattle does ordain as follows:

That all theatricals, shows, concerts or exhibitions, wherein a compensation is received, shall be required to obtain a license or permit from the Clerk of the Common Council, and it is made the duty of the Clerk to issue license to any person or persons making application for said license, upon the receipt of five dollars for each exhibition, and the Clerk shall retain fifty cents for his fee for every license issued.

Sec. 2. Hereafter all circuses and menageries are hereby required to pay to the Clerk of the Common Council the sum of twenty-five dollars for each exhibition, for a permit or license, before they shall be allowed to proceed with said performance.

Sec. 3. If any person or persons shall attempt to exhibit or perform as aforesaid, without first obtaining a license according to the provisions of this Ordinance, he or they so offending shall forfeit or pay for every such offense a sum not less than ten nor more than fifty dollars in addition to the amount of the license, in the discretion of the City Recorder, to be paid over to the City Treasury.


Ordinance No. 7
An Ordinance for the Prevention of Reckless and Fast Driving Through the Streets and Upon Sidewalks Within the City of Seattle.
Approved December 23, 1869

The City of Seattle does ordain as follows:

Section 1. That from and after the passage of this Ordinance if any person or persons shall willfully ride any horse, or drive and horse or other animal attached to any carriage, wagon, cart or other vehicle whatsoever at a reckless or immoderate gait through the streets, lanes or alleys of the said City of Seattle, the person or persons so offending shall for each and every such offense forfeit and pay a fine of not less than five nor more than fifty dollars.

Sec. 2. That if any person or persons shall unnecessarily ride, drive or lead any horse upon any sidewalk within the said City of Seattle, he or they shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined in any sum not exceeding twenty-five dollars.

Sec. 3. Persons violating the foregoing sections may be apprehended by the Marshal if seen in the act; or arrested upon a warrant to be issued by the City Recorder on the complaint of any citizen.

Sec. 4. Fines and penalties under this Ordinance shall be paid over by the City Recorder into the city treasury.


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