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THE GENERAL AND SPECIAL LAWS RELATING TO TILE
DOWN TO AND INCLUDING THE YEAR 1871,
TO WHICH ARE ADDED
SUITABLE FORMS WITH NOTES AND EXPLANATIONS
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED BY
NY 135 p 823
The Secretary of State is hereby authorized and directed to cause this act, together with all the general and special poor laws now in force in this State, to be compiled and published in pamphlet form, with such notes and explanations, forms and instructions adapted to the several systems of supporting the poor, as in his opinion may be necessary, and that he cause the same, when published, to be distributed to superintendents and overseers of the poor, and keepers of poorhouses in this State; also to town and city clerks, county clerks and clerks of boards of supervisors of this State. (8 7, Chapter 424 Laws of 1870.)
The First sıx TITLES OF CHAPTER XX, PART I, OF THE
REVISED STATUTES, AND SUCH SUBSEQUENT ACTS AS
RELIEF AND SUPPORT OF INDIGENT PERSONS. SECTION 1. The father, mother and children, who are of sufficient ability, of any poor' person who is blind, old, Poor to be
lame, impotent or decrepit, so as to be unable by work to by relatives le maintain himself, shall at their own charge relieve and 18 Barb. 100
maintain such poor person in such manner as shall be 17 Barb. 410
§ 2. Upon any failure of any such relative so to relieve
Powers of court, 177 Barb. 414.
directed, in case of his absence therefrom, with some per-
$ 3, The court to which the said application may be
$ 4. If it shall appear that any such relative is unable wholly to maintain such poor person, but is able to contribute toward his support, the court may in its discretion direct two or more relatives of different degrees to maintain such poor person, and shall prescribe the proportion which each shall contribute for that purpose; and if it shall appear that the relatives liable as aforesaid are not of sufficient ability wholly to maintain such poor person, but are able to contribute something, the court shall direct the sum in proportion to their ability, which such relatives shall pay weekly for that purpose. $4, same title.
$5. Such order may specify the time during which the
relatives aforesaid shall maintain such poor person or Order of during which any of the said sums so directed by the
court shall be paid, or it may be indefinite and until the
$ 6. The costs and expenses of such application shall
$*7. If any relative who shall have been required by og Barb. ion, such order to relieve or maintain any poor person
shall 17 id. 410 neglect to do so in such manner as shall be approved by
the overseers of the poor of the town where such poor
How enforced ; costs.
person may be, and shall neglect to pay
such overseers weekly the sami prescribed by the court for the support of such poor person, the said overseers may maintain an action as for moneys had and received against such relative, and shall recover therein the sum so prescribed by the said court for every week the said order shall have been disobeyed, up to the time of such recovery, with costs of suit, for the use of the poor. § 7, title 1, chap. 20, part 1, R. S.
$ 8. Whenever the father, or mother being a widow or Father, &c., living separate from her husband, shall abscond from ingcom their
children, or a husband from his wife, leaving any % Barbu, of them chargeable or likely to become chargeable upon 236. the public for their support, the overseers of the poor of the town where such wife or children may be may apply to any two justices of the peace of any county in which any estate, real or personal, of the said father, mother, or husband
may be situated, for a warrant to seize the same. Upon due proof of the facts aforesaid, the said justices shall issue their warrant authorizing the said overseers to take and seize the goods, chattels and effects, things in action, and the lands and tenements of the person so absconding. $ 8, same title.
$ 9. By virtue of such warrant the said overseers may Effect of seize and take the said property wherever the same may be found, in the same county; and shall be vested with all the right and title to the said property which the person so absconding had at the time of his or her departure. All sales and transfers of any personal property left in the county from which such person absconded, made by him after the issuing of such warrant, whether in payment of an antecedent debt, or for a new consideration, shall be absolutely void. The overseers shall immediately Duty of make an inventory of the property so seized by them, and overseers. return the same, together with their proceedings, to the next court of sessions of the county where such overseers reside, to be filed. $ 9, same title.
§ 10. The said court, .upon inquiring into the facts and Proceedcircumstances of the case, may confirm the said warrant gions, 23 and seizure, or may discharge the same; and, if the same Barb., 236 be confirmed, shalí
, from time to time, direct what part of the personal property shall be sold, and how much of the proceeds of such sale and of the rents and profits of the real estate, if any, shall be applied toward the maintenance of the children or the wife of the person so absconding. $ 10, same title.