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Charter and Constitution and By-Laws of the Atlantic Steam Fire Engine Co., Page 1


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An act to incorporate the Atlantic Fire Company No. 1, in the town of New Bern.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That J. J. H. Van Bokkelin. William H. Harvey, James C. Justice, John L. Durant and others free white male citizens of the town of New Bern, are hereby authorized to enroll and form themselves into a fire engine company, to be styled the "Atlantic Fire Company No. 1," and by that name may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, and exercise all other powers and privileges incident to corporate bodies: Provided, that the members thereof shall not at any time exceed seventy-five in number.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the said fire company to turn out, for the exercise of themselves and their engines, in the mode used by firemen, at least four times per year. under a penalty of fifty dollars, to be recovered against said company by the commissioners of the town, before any tribunal having jurisdiction of such suits, unless the said company shall be prevented from exercising as aforesaid by the inclemency of the weather, or some unavoidable circumstance.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That a majority of the members of said fire company shall have power and authority to adopt such constitution and pass such by-laws, rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the constitution of the United States and of this State, as to them shall deem best; and that all fines and penalties which maybe collected

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