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Otsego Herald

April 17, 2014

Fire Prevention

From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, April 16, 1814

Compiled, with comments

by HUGH C. MacDOUGALL

COOPERSTOWN FIRE LAW

The Trustees of the village of Cooperstown, are determined rigidly to enforce the following Bye-Law:

And be it further ordained, That no person shall, between the thirtieth day of April and the first day of December, in each and every year, deposit any fire-wood, timber, boards or other obstructions, in any street or alley within this village, and suffer the same to remain twenty-four hours, under the penalty of one dollar, for each and every offence, and further penalty of fifty cents, for every twenty-four hours thereafter.

—Providing always, that lumber and other materials, for the purpose of building, may be deposited opposite the lot so to be built upon, by a written permission of one of the Trustees.

COMMENT: This Bye-law was Section IV of the Village Street Law enacted by the Cooperstown Trustees on May 21, 1813. Reprinting it again (and for weeks) was no doubt because the Bye-Law, obviously intended to reduce the danger of fire when during the warmer months, would have come into effect again on April 30, 1814. NOTE; It is our intention to continue to print in full any and all Cooperstown Village Bye-Laws and other official enactments printed in the Otsego Herald.

New Cooperstown Business

NEW FIRM. Cabinet-Making Business. ELI F. BENJAMIN, informs the public generally, that he has taken Mr. CHARLES E. BARNARD, into co-partnership, and that in future the above business will be carried on by them, under the firm of Benjamin & Barnard, at Mr. Benjamin’s old stand, one door north of the dwelling-house of Dr. J. Russell, and nearly opposite L. M’Namee’s store;

--where they intend keeping constantly on hand, a general assortment of MAHOGANY and CHERRY FURNITURE, of the newest fashions and as low as can be purchased in Albany or New-York. Mr. Benjamin tenders his sincere thanks to his former customers, and the firm are confident of giving satisfaction to those that please to favor them in their line of business. ELI F. BENJAMIN, CHARLES E. BARNARD.

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