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April 6, 1840: The town adopted the following by-laws :--

1. If any one deface a building, fence, &c., he shall be fined not more than twenty dollars.

2. If any one neglect to keep in repair any cellar-door which projects into the street, he shall be fined $20.

3. If any cellar-door be left open in the night, without a light to reveal it, the owner shall be fined $20.

4. No awnings to project more than eight feet from the front wall.

5. No gate swing across the street; and no coal left on side-walk; penalty $5.

6. Notice to build shall be given; penalty $5.

7. No post put up in the street without permission from the selectmen; penalty $10.

8. No obstructions of the street; penalty $5.

9. No dirt, ashes, &c., put in the streets; penalty $10.

10. No wheelbarrow or cart on side-walks; penalty $5.

11. Snow-balling, throwing stones, &c., whereby persons may be annoyed in the streets; penalty $5.

12. No bathing in exposed places; penalty $5.

13. Fast driving forbidden; penalty $10.

14. Clerk of the market shall be appointed annually.

15. Dogs without a collar, between 1st May and 1st October, to be killed by the police.

16. No dog shall disturb any neighborhood, and after being warned, penalty $1 for each day after notice is served.

17. Police shall see to the peace of the town, and complain of all disorderly boys.

18. All fines to be paid into the treasury.

While these by-laws show the care of the inhabitants of Medford for externals, the following votes show a deeper care for moral interests:--

Feb. 13, 1843:
Voted that all good citizens should cease using spirituous and intoxicating liquors, and should unite to prosecute those who sell them.

March 8, 1847:

Voted that a Committee of twelve be chosen to enforce the License Law.

Voted that the Selectmen be instructed to oppose the granting of licenses for the sale of intoxicating drinks in this town; and draw on the treasury for all necessary expenses in this duty.

Voted that said Committee prosecute without lenity in all cases of the breach of the license law.

Voted that the overseers of the poor be instructed not to purchase

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