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cate, which hath been altered or erased, knowing the same to have been altered or erased, and shall not discover such press, types, stamp, plate, instrument, paper, or altered or erased bill of credit or treasury note, or loan office certificate, to two justices of the peace before the last day of June, in this present year, one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine, or within five days after they shall have come to his possession. When the justices of a county in which any such felo- Proceedings ny as is before described skall be supposed to have against ofbeen done, shall have determined, upon examination, that the person charged therewith ought to be tried before the general court, the high sheriff, or if he be not able to attend, the coroner shall deliver to them a list of the names of thirty six good and lawful men, out of which, twenty four shall be stricken, one after another, the justices and the prisoner striking alternately, or if the prisoner refuse to strike, the justices striking only, and the remaining twelve men shall be summoned by the writ of venire facius for trial of the prisone:. When a justice of peace, before whom a person charged upon oath with any such felony as aforesaid, shall inform the governour that he hath cause to suspect that the offender, if he or she should be committed to the jail of the county in which the felony was done would be rescued (which information the justice is required to give in writing, with secrecy and despatch) or when a person shall be charged upon oath made before the governour with such felony, in either case, the governour, with advice of the council of state, inay by his warrant, empower and order so many men as shall be judged sufficient to apprehend the person accused, and convey and commit him or her to any other jail, in which he or she shall be detained, and shall by another warrant direct the sheriff of that county in which the last mentioned jail is, to summon the justices thereof to meet at the courthouse before the end of twenty days afterwards; and thereupon the said justices shall proceed in the same manner as they might have proceeded if the fact alledged against the prisoner had been done in their own county. And if he or she be remanded, the clerk of the peace attending the said justices, shall, within twenty days afterwards, certify the same to the sheriff of the county in which the fact was done, or failing to do so, shall forfeit one
hundred pounds; and the same sheriff shall summon the justices of his county to meet at the courthouse thereof, within ten days after receipt of such certificate, and then deliver to them such list as aforesaid, out of which, twenty four shall be stricken, in manner before directed, any agent authorized by the prisoner, striking for him or her, or if no such appear, the justices striking only; and the remaining twelve shall be sumninoned as jurors for trial of the prisoner, by writ of venire, facias, to be issued by the clerk of the last mentioned county. Every juror summoned by virtue of any such writ of venire facias, who shall fail at the return thereof, and from that time until he be discharged, to attend the general court, shall forfeit one hundred pounds, unless the defaulter shew good cause to
the contrary, having been summoned for that purpose. persons gus- Any justice of the peace may, by his warrant, cause pected of
to be apprehended and brought before him, every such having forged or coun: person travelling in the county of the said justice, as terfeited he shall suspect to carry forged bills of credit or treanotes, how
sury potes, or loan office certificates, and search to be apprehended.
made in the wearing apparel and baggage of the said traveller by force, if he or she expose them not voluntarily. The
governour, with advice of the council of Rewards for state, may offer rewards for apprebending those who, apprehend- having been charged upon aath with any of the feloing
nies before described, shall bave fled from justice, and may draw warrants for such rewards not exceeding one thousand pounds for any one fugitive, which shall be paid out of the publick treasury. The auditors
shall grant certificates to all witnesses, veniremen, and Allowances
sheriffs, for their attendance in criminal cases, and shall to witnesses, veniremen, allow them in such certificates two shillings per mile and sheriffs, for travelling, and four pounds per day for their atwhat, and how paid.
tendance, besides ferriages (instead of the allowances heretofore established by law) which the treasurer is directed to pay for their attendance at the general court, held in this present month, and to all others who may attend at future general courts after the passing this act. The certificate from the auditors to be granted upon testimonial from the clerk of the court at which the witnesses, veniremen, or sheriffs shall have attended. This act shall be in force until the first day of January, one thousand seven hundred and eighty one; and so much of the act of last session “ For more