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Senate. Comm. on the Judiciary. Act to preserve order on public days … 1831
Senate No. 32 On March 7, 1831, the Committee on the Judiciary considered authorizing the selectmen in towns to license a few people to open houses
of entertainment for two days during big public events. It delivered the following: An Act more effectually to preserve order and decorum on public
days and to prevent the sale of spirituous liquors and refreshments in booths and other places without a license, 1831. When a town had a big public
event that overwhelmed the capacity of its licensed houses, the selectmen could license people to sell liquor and other refreshments for two days in a
building, tent, or booth, with one licensee per location. [In 2023, these are called pop-ups.] The licensee paid $2.00, and had to put up a sort of
peace bond so there would be no swearing or betting, etc. The premises had to close by 10 pm. Violators might end up in court. If someone chose to
sell without a license and was caught, all stock was confiscated. Obstructing the Sheriff and any helpers was a misdemeanor. (Digitized from a
microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   Ordered, that the Committee on the Judiciary consider the expediency of authorizing the selectmen of the several towns in this Commonwealth, to license such number of suitable persons, being inhabitants of their respective towns, as they may think necessary, to open and keep for a term not exceeding two days at any one time, houses or places of entertainment, on any public occasion, when in their opinion, the licensed houses in their towns cannot afford the public sufficient accommodation.
OCLC Number:   1394866549
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