From the Otsego Herald
for Saturday, Nov. 13, 1813
Compiled, with comments
by HUGH C. MacDOUGALL
Destroying Public Property
Be it ordained by the trustees of the village of Cooperstown, That if any person shall wilfully injure or destroy any building, pump, pound, or other property, belonging to the trustees of this village, he shall forfeit and pay Five Dollars, besides a just compensation for the damage so done, to be recovered with costs of suit in any court having cognizance thereof.
And be it further ordained, That upon any pound breach or rescous [sic] of any hog, shoat or pig distrained for breach of the bye laws of this village, the pound keeper shall in an action in his own name, recover ten dollars, and costs of suit, against the offender or offenders, in any such rescous or pound breach, or against the owner of the hog, shoat or pig so distrained, in case the same be afterwards found to have come unto his possession—the one half, when recovered to be paid to the trustees of the village, and the other half, after paying the person distraining, to his own use.
GEO. POMEROY, Clerk of the Board of Trustees. November 13, 1813.
COMMENT: As is our practice, we transcribe Cooperstown Village Ordinances in full. It will be remembered that a couple of weeks ago the Village trustees enacted that hogs, shoats or pigs wandering in village streets could be seized by anyone and delivered to the Village Pound (where other stray animals were collected). Such pigs could be recovered by the owner only by paying a fine. Evidently some such owner had decided to take the law into his own hands, and sought to “rescous” one of his pigs being held at the pound.
Deserter from Cherry Valley
Ten Dollars Reward. Deserted from the rendezvous at Cherry-Valley, on the 9th of November instant, a private calling himself Owen Potter, but proves to be John Scoval, who deserted some time since from the 6th regiment and enlisted at this rendez-vous.