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lodging, tenement, boarding house, or other dwelling, in the City
of St. Louis, shall be provided with proper stench traps, directly
under each sink, basin, or stationary tub, so connected with waste
or soil pipe, and so constructed as directed by the Health Com-
missioner, approved by the Board of Health, and with the traps
so adjusted as to prevent the escape therefrom of foul odors and
gases.

Sec. 7. Any person or persons violating any of the provisions
of this ordinance, for which no special penalty has been provided,
shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than twenty nor more than
five hundred dollars, to be recovered for the use of the City of St.
Louis, before any court or officer having competent jurisdiction.

Sec. 8. Ordinance 10,361, entitled ** An ordinance concern-
ing the construction of privies and their connection with sewers,
and prescribing the duties of the Health Commissioner in relation
thereto, and repealing sections one, two, three, four, five and six,
of article two of chapter twelve of the Revised Ordinances of the
City of St. Louis, approved March 31, 1871, and sections one, two.



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three, four, five and six of article two of chapter twelve of the
Revised Ordinances of the City of St. Louis, approved March 31,
1871," are hereby repealed.
Approved July 5, 1878.

[10,617.]

AN ORDINANCE in relation to streets, sidewalks, gutters and
private alleys, and to repeal article eleven of chapter twelve of
the Revised Ordinances of the City of St. Louis.

Be it ordained by the Municipal Assembly of the City of St. Louis,
asfolloivs:

Section 1. The owners, or agents, or occupiers of tenements
and vacant lots, owned by them, under their charge or occupied
by them, shall keep the sidewalks and gutters in front of and
adjoining their property clean, and also all the private alleys in
the rear of or adjoining the property owned by them, clean to the
center of such alley, and after any fall of snow to cause the snow
to be immediately removed from the sidewalk, fronting their
respective lots, into the carriage way of the street. Any person
failing to comply with the requirements of this section shall be
deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof be
'fined not less than five nor more than twenty dollars.

Sec. 2. No person shall deposit any dead animal, or excre-
ments, or filth from privies, or any hay or straw, or refuse vege-
tables, or dirt, or rubbish of any kind or description, or any
kitchen slops, or manure, upon any streets, alleys or public or
private property in this city. Any person found guilty of vio-
lating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty
of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof be fined not less
than five nor more than fifty dollars. Provided, that nothing in
this section shall be so construed as to include manure deposited
upon any private property for the purpose of cultivating the same.

Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the police within their respec-
tive districts, to watch for and arrest persons throwing or permit-
ting to be thrown from their premises into any street, alley, market
place, sidewalk or gutter any filth or other matter prohibited by
section two of this ordinance.

Sec. 4. The police shall examine the condition of the streets
and alleys within their respective districts from time to time, and
report to the Street Commissioner, through the Police Commis-
sioners, such as need repairing, they shall also observe within
their respective districts the cleaning of the streets, alleys, ave-
nues, market places and public squares of the city, and report to
the Street Commissioner, through the Police Commissioners, such
as need cleaning.



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Sec. 5. Article eleven, chapter twelve, of the Kevised Ordi-
nances of the City of St. Louis, approved March thirty-first,
eighteen hundred and seventy-one, is hereby repealed.

Approved February 19, 1878.

[10,750.]

AN ORDINANCE to secure the general health of the inhabit-
ants of the City of St. Louis, and to provide for the abatement
of nuisances on the public streets and alleys of the City of St.
Louis and to provide for the carrying out of necessary sanitary
measures.

Whereas, It is provided in clause 6, of section 26, of article 3,
of the Charter of the City of St. Louis, that the Municipal As-
sembly shall have power by any measure necessary to secure the
health of the inhabitants of said city and to prevent and abate
nuisances on public property, and

Whereas, There is no ordinance now in existence in relation to
the above, and in the judgment of the Municipal Assembly an
emergency exists, therefore this ordinance shall take effect and be
in force from and after its passage.

Be it ordained by the Municipal Assembly of the Oily of St. Louis,
as follows:

Section 1. Whenever, in the opinion of the Health Commis-
sioner, preservation of the health of the inhabitants of the City
of St. Louis, or any portion thereof, requires steps to be taken to
remove any causes that in his opinion are dangerous to the lives
of the citizens of St. Louis, or* where, in his opinion, certain
public work is necessary to be done in a sanitary point of view,
or where there exists any ponds on the dedicated streets or alleys
of the City of St. Louis, which ponds, in the opinion of the
Health Commissioner, are nuisances and detrimental to the public
health, it shall be his duty to make a report to the Board of
Health, setting forth all the facts in the case, which facts shall
specify what matters, in his opinion, are deleterious to the public
health, in what locality of the city they are situated, their char-
acter and cause and the manner, in his opinion, in which they
should be removed, and, when possible, the estimated cost of the
work proposed to be done.

Sec. 2. The Board of Health, whenever the Health Commis-
sioner shall make any report to them, as provided for in section
1 of this ordinance, shall make a careful inquiry into the same,
and if, in the opinion of the Board of Health, the sanitary meas-
ures recommended by the Health Commissioner are necessary and
proper to be carried out, they shall so officially declare the same



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of record, and shall direct the work to be done in the manner as
provided for hereafter in this ordinance.

Sec. 3. Whenever any sanitary measures are to be carried out
or work to be done as provided for in this ordinance, the Board
of Health shall by order direct the President of the Board of
Public Improvements to cause said work to be done in the man-
ner and by means as shall be indicated by the Board of Health,
and the cost of said work, when fully completed, shall be certi-
lied to by the President of the Board of Public Improvements,
and shall be approved and signed by a majority of the Board of
Health, and when so signed and approved shall be paid out
of the fund set apart for the abatement of nuisances on public
property, and for specific sanitary measures.

Sec. 4. If, in the opinion of the President of the Board of
Public Improvements, the work to be done, or the method pro-
posed by the Board of Health for such work, are not judicious or
practicable, he shall so notify the Board of Plealth, giving his
reasons therefor and his recommendations in the premises, and if, in
the opinion of the Board of Health, such reasons and opinions of
the President of the Board of Public Improvements are reasonable
and proper, they may order the work to be done in the manner
indicated by the President of the Board of Public Improvements.

Approved May 18, 1878.

[10,375.]

AN OliDINANCE to prohibit the sale of any kind of diseased,
corrupted, adulterated or unwholesome provisions and the sale of
adulterated drugs or medicines.

Be it ordained by the Municipal Assembly of the City of St. Louis^
asfolloivs :

Section 1 . Whoever shall sell any kind of diseased, corrupted,
adulterated or unwholesome provisions, or meat to be used for
food or drink, without making the same known at the time of sale
to the purchaser, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

Sec. 2. Whoever shall adulterate, for the purpose of sale,
any bread, milk or other article of food or drink whatever, with
any substance injurious to health, shall be deemed guilty of a
misdemeanor.

Sec. 3. Whoever shall adulterate, for the purpose of sale, any
liquor or fluid used or intended for drink, with substances poison-
ous or injurious to health, and whoever, in this city, shall sell any
such liquor or fluid so adulterated, shall be deemed guilty of a
misdemeanor.



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Sec. 4. Whoever shall adulterate, for the purpose of sale, any
drugs or medicines, or sell any adulterated drugs or medicines,
without making the same known at the time of sale to the pur-
chaser, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

Sec. 5. Whoever shall sell or offer for sale any milk adulter-
ated with water or other substance, or any milk produced from
diseased cows, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

Sec. 6. All persons violating any of the provisions of the fore-
going sections of this ordinance, shall, upon conviction thereof,
be fined not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than one hun-
dred dollars, to be recovered for the use of the City of St. Louis
before any court or officer having competent jurisdiction.

Approved September 25, 1877.

[10,383.]

AN ORDINANCE authorizing and empowering the Board of
Health of the city of St. Louis to do all acts and perform all
functions which have heretofore been done and performed by the
County Court of the County of St. Louis, in relation to the admis-
sion of deaf and dumb persons to the Missouri Institution for the
Education of the Deaf and Dumb, and the admission of blind per-
sons to the Missouri Institution for the Education of the Blind.

Be it ordained by the Mum,cipal Assembly of the City of 8t. Louis,
as follows :

Section 1. The Board of Health of the City of St. Louis is
hereby authorized and empowered to do all acts and perform all
functions which have heretofore been done and performed by the
County Court of the County of St. Louis prior to the adoption of
the Scheme for the separation and reorganization of the govern-
ment of the City and County of St. Louis, and the adjustment of
their relations in reference to the admission of deaf and dumb
persons to the Missouri Institution for the Education of the Deaf
and Dumb, and the admission of blind persons to the Missouri
Institution for the Education of the Blind.

Sec. 2. The Board of Health is hereby authorized and em-
powered to execute and carry out all existing laws, and such laws
as may hereafter be passed by the General Assembly of the State
of Missouri which confer any power or require the performance of
any duty by County Courts in reference to the admission of deaf
and dumb and blind persons to the institutions provided by the
State for their education.

Sec. 3. There being no ordinance in existence in relation to
the subject matter referred to in sections one and two of this
ordinance, in the opinion of the Municipal Assembly it is deemed



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that an emergency exists, therefore this ordinance shall take eiFect
and be in full force from and after its passage.
Approved October 11, 1877.

/ [10,062.]

AN ORDINANCE to repeal ordinance number six thousand
seven hundred and forty-five, entitled "An ordinance to repeal
ordinance six thousand and sixteen, entitled *An ordinance to
amend ordinance number five thousand four hundred and thirty-
three,'" and to provide for the removal of the carcasses of dead
animals from the streets of the City of St. Louis.

Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of St. Louis:

Section 1. It shall be the exclusive privilege and duty of
the River Rendering Company of St. Louis, for a period of eight
years from and after the passage of this ordinance, to remove out
of the city and beyond the jurisdiction of the Board of Health
as now or as may be hereafter established, the remains and car-
casses of every dead horse, mare, mule, ox, steer, cow, ass, hog,
goat, dog or other animals within ten hours after a report shall
be made to the said River Rendering Company by the Chief of
Police, or any authorized agent of the Board of Health ; and
appropriate them to their own use, observing every care, and
using the utmost precaution that the carcasses of said animals be
conveyed away in the most unoffensive manner possible, causing
them to be covered with tarpaulins or otherwise. The drivers of
the teams conveying away said carcasses shall not stop on the
way unless detained by some unforeseen accident under a penalty
of not less than five nor more than twenty-five dollars for each
offence, which fine shall, upon the conviction of any driver or
drivers of such teams be recovered and enforced as other fines
before the Police Justice.

Sec. 2. The River Rendering Company shall cause to be re-
moved and placed upon a receiving boat or boats of suitable size,
strength and dimensions, all carcasses and remains of dead
animals mentioned in section one of this ordinance, within six
hours after a report shall be made to said River Rendering Com-
pany, in conformity with the provisions of said section one ; and
no rendering or manufacturing upon such receiving boat or boats
shall be done inside the city limits, and only in such manner and
in such place as may be designated by the Board of Health, and
so that no nuisance may be created thereby ; provided, however,
that during the winter months, when the river is blocked with
ice, such steam rendering or manufacturins: may be done in such



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manner, in such place and at such hours as may be designated by
the Board of Health.

Sec. 3. The River Rendering Company shall, before being
authorized to perform the duties and enjoy the privileges granted
by this ordinance, execute to the city of St. Louis a bond,
with good and sufficient securities, in the sum of five thousand
dollars, to be approved by the Mayor and filed and preserved in
the office of the City Register, conditioned for the faithful and
punctual performance of the duties imposed by the provisions of
this ordinance.

Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of the Police Department to
notify the River Rendering Company, their officers or agents, of
the whereabouts of every animal carcass which they may find or
of the existence of which within the city limits they may be
informed, as soon as possible, and within six hours of their being
so notified it shall be the duty of said River Rendering Company
to remove the same in the manner specified in section one of this
ordinance ; and, upon the faihire of said company to so remove the
carcass of any dead animal within the time so specified, the Manager
or Chief Officer thereof shall be subject to a fine of ten dolhirs
for the first offence, and for every subsequent offence twenty dol-
lars, to be recovered as other fines before the Police Justice.

Sec. 5. The River Rendering Company, or any person, co-
partnership of persons or corporation who shall remove the car-
cass or carcasses of any dead animalor animals not slain for the
purposes of human food, shall give a bond of five thousand dol-
lars as a guarantee that none of the product of any carcass speci-
fied in section one of this ordinance shall be employed or utilized
for purposes of human food, and that all grease and other pro-
ducts rendered or manufactured or packed for use or transporta-
tion, to or from market in the city of St. Louis or elscAvhere,
shall be branded with a burning brand as follows : "Product of
dead animals, St. Louis."

Sec. 6. Hereafter it shall not be lawful for any person, co-
partnership of persons or corporation, except the River Render-
ing company, to remove the carcasses of any dead animals as
specified in this ordinance, without first having oi)tained a permit
so to do from the Clerk of the Board of Health, said permit specify-
ing date, when, and person to whom issued, the kind of carcass or
animal to be removed, the place to and from which the same is to
be taken, and the character of the products to be derived from
the same.

Sec. 7. The River Rendering Company shall have free use of
the levee for the receiving boats provided for in section 2 of this
ordinance, at not less than two suitable places, one of which shall
be near the northern and one near the southern portion of the city,



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such places to be designated by the City Engineer, with the ap-
proval of the Board of Health.

Sec. 8. Any failure of the River Rendering Company to com-
ply with or fulfill any of the provisions of this ordinance, or when
so reported to the City Council by the Board of Health, and upon
the recommendation of said Board of Health, this ordinance may
be amended, altered or repealed.

Sec. 9. The River Rendering Company, at the time of filing
the bonds provided for in sections 3 and 5 of this ordinance, shall
also file their written acceptance of the provisions of this ordi-
nance.

Sec. 10. Any person or persons violating any of the provis-
ions of this ordinance, shall be adjudged guilty of a misdmeanor,
and on conviction thereof before the Police Justice, shall be fined
in a sum not less than ten nor more than fifty dollars for each of-
fence.

Sec. 11. Ordinance No. 6,745, entitled <'An ordinance to re-
peal ordinance No. 6,016, entitled 'An ordinance to amend ordi-
nance luunber five thousand four hundred and thirty-three, and to
provide for the removal of the carcasses of dead animals from the
streets of the City of St. Louis," is hereby repealed.

Approved July 7, 1876.

[10,325.]

AN ORDINANCE to provide for the removal of slops and to
repeal article ten 'of chapter twelve of the Revised Ordinances of
the City of St. Louis, approved March 31, 1871.

Be it ordained by the Municipal Assembly of the City of St.
Louis, as foUoivs:

Section 1. The Board of Health is hereby authorized and
instructed to contract for the removal of slops from the streets,
alleys and roads within the City of St. Louis, in such manner and
under such conditions as said Board of Health may deem expe-
dient, to be specified in the contract, and the said contract shall
be awarded to the lowest and best bidder, after advertising for
proposals in the papers doing the city printing for not less than
five days ; said advertisement shall be made by and under the
supervision of the Register.

Sec. 2. The word slops is intended to mean all refuse matter
and articles, whether vegetable or animal, thrown out or rejected
from the kitchens of the inhabitants of the city.

Sec. 3. The Board of Health shall order and direct to what
point and in what manner the slops shall be removed.



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Sec. 4. If the contractor refuses or neglects to remove the
slops in the manner as provided by contract and nnder the regu-
lations as prescribed by the Board, he shall forfeit and pay not
less than ten per cent of the amount due him. Should the amount
then due be insufficient to cover all expense caused by reason of
such failure to comply with his contract, then, in that event, the
bondfsmen shall be responsible for any deficiency and the Board
of Health shall have the right to annul said contract.

Sec. 5. Whenever the contractor fails or neglects to perform
his work or whenever the Board of Health shall have annulled
said contract, the Board of Health it hereby authorized to pro-
vide by private contract for the removal of slops. All contracts
for such removal shall be temporary, and only until a public
letting can be had. Such private contract shall contain clauses
that one months' pay be always kept in arrears until its termin-
ation ; that for neglect of removal it may be annulled by the
Board of Health, and if so annulled, whatever pay then in arrears
and due shall be forfeited by the contractor and the city shall not
be liable therefor.

Sec. 6. The contract for the removal of slops shall be for not
more than the term of three years, and the contractor is required
to enter into a bond with the city in the penal sum of five thou-
sand dollars, with not less than two good securities, owners of
unincumbered real estate in the City of St. Louis, to be approved
by the Mayor, for the faithful performance of his contract. The
Board of Health is directed to deduct ten per cent, from the
amount due said contractor on his monthly payment until the
same shall amount to one thousand dollars, which sum shall be
retained until the full completion of the contract.

Sec. 7. The Board of Health is authorized to certify to the
Auditor, on or before the tenth of each month, the amount due
said contractor, and the Auditor is instructed to draw his warrant
on the Treasurer in favor of said contractor for the same, payable
out of the appropriation for the removal of slops.

Sec. 8. It shall be the duty of the police to see that all slops
are removed from the premises of private citizens, and any failure
on the part of the slop contractor to do this under the terms of
the contract, shall at once be reported to the Health Commis-
sioner.

Sec. 9. Article 10, chapter 12, of the Revised Ordinances of
the City of St. Louis, approved March 31, 1871, is hereby re-
pealed.

[10,830.]

AN ORDINANCE amendatory of ordinance number ten thou-
sand seven hundred and fifty-seven.



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Be it ordained by the Municipal Assembly of the City of St. Louis,
as follows:

Section 1. Section one of ordinance nnmber ten thousand
seven hundred and fifty-seven is hereby amended to read as
follows : I On the first Monday of April and October of each
year the several elected and appointed ofiicers, clerks, employes,
and all persons holding office in the corporation of the City of St.
Louis, shall make a full and accurate return list of all property of
whatever kind or nature in their said office, or that may come into
their possession during their term of office, or that comes to them
in any way after they have become qualified and taken charge of
their said office ; and which return list shall embrace, in tabular
form, the name, number, kind of article, for what purpose used,
C(jndition and full description and general remarks attached to each
entry in order to render full satisfaction as regards the same.

Approved August 20, 1878.

[11,063.]

AN ORDINANCE to transfer the control of the Morgue from
the charge of the Health Commissioner to the Coroner, providing
for its management, the appointment of its officers and fixing their
salaries.

WJiei'eas, by section four of article twelve of the Charter of the
City of St. Louis, it is provided that the charge of the Morgue
shall be under the Health Commissioner ; and.

Whereas, it is provided in section thirty-two of article three of
the Charter of the City of St. Louis, that the Assembly shall have
the^power, by a vote of three-fourths of the members of each
House, to transfer and distribute the powers and duties, in part
or in whole, of any office provided for in the Charter to another;
and it being the opinion of the Municipal Assembly that the
charge and control of the Morgue should more properly belong
to the office of Coroner; therefore,

Be it ordained by the Municipal Assembly of the City of St.
Louis, as follows :

Section 1. The. control and management of the Morgue is
hereby transferred from the charge of the Health Commissioner to
the Coroner, and after the passage of this ordinance the Health
Commissioner shall relinquish, and the Coroner shall assume, the
control of the Morgue.

Sec. 2. The Coroner, by and with the approval of the Mayor,
shall make all necessary rules for the government of the Morgue.



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Sec. 3. The Morgue shall be in charge of the Superintendent,
appointed by the Coroner and approved by the Mayor, and shall
be open at all hours of the day and night for the reception of
bodies. The exhibition hall shall be open daily from sunrise to
sunset, when a body is in the Morgue that has not been recognized.

Sec. 4. The Superintendent shall have full charge and control
of the Morgue building and all property therein contained, and
shall keep a record-book in the office of the Morgue in which citi-
zens may record the names of missing friends and describe their
person and clothing, and give the address to which information
respecting them may be sent.

Sec. 5. All bodies brought to the Morgue shall remain, if


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