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they are not recognized, in the hall of exhibition seventy-two
hours, or longer if deemed necessary by the Coroner. The
clothing shall also be exhibited near the body, and shall remain
exposed twenty days longer if the body has not been recognized,
Bodies when identified shall be immediately withdrawn from ex-
hibition and placed in a private room subject to the act of the
Coroner.

Sec. 6. On the first day of each month the Coroner shall
make a report to the Health Commissioner, who shall present the
same to the Board of Health at its next session, giving the follow-
ing details : First — Date of reception of identified bodies.
Second — Name, age, profession and residence of deceased. Third
— Cause of death. Fourth — Mode of death. Fifth— Hour of
death. Sixth — Place of death. Seventh — By whom removed.
Eighth — Name of undertaker. Ninth — When it can be learned,
the place where the body has been buried.

Sec. 7. The Coroner shall also furnish a statement of bodies
not identified, as follows : First — A succinct description of the
body and whether male or female. Second — Probable age, and
whether white or colored. Third — Mode of death. Fourth —
Place where found.

Sec. 8. The Coroner shall make requisitions on the Commis-
sioner of Supplies for all articles needed for the Morgue, but said
requisitions must in all cases be first approved by the Mayor.
Whenever any repairs are needed the Coroner shall make a repair
requisition on the President of the Board of Public Improve-
ments ; said requisition shall first be approved by the Mayor.

Sec. 9. The Coronor shall cause to be kept in suitable books
a full and correct account of all the expenses of the Morgue.
Before any money is paid the accounts shall be examined and ap-
proved by the Mayor.

Sec. 10. The Coroner may, by and with the approval of the
Mayor, appoint one assistant to the Superintendent.



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Sec. U. The salary of the Superintendent shall be nine hun-
dred dollars per annum, payable monthly. The salary of the
assistant shall be six hundred dollars, payable monthly.

Approved April 5, 1879.

[10,320.]

AN ORDINANCE in relation to insane persons and paupers,
and to repeal article 8, chapter 12, of the Revised Ordinances of
the City of St. Louis, approved March 31, 1871.

Be it ordained hy the Municipal Assembly of the City of St. Louis,
asfolloiDs:

Section 1. The president, directors or owners of any rail-
road, and the conductor in charge of any railroad car, or train of
railroad cars, or the master or person in charge of any steamboat
or other vessel, or the owner or driver of any wagon or vehicle,
who shall bring into the city of St. Louis a person or persons
who are insane or paupers, who are likely to become a charge to
the city, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on convic-
tion thereof be fined not less than twenty-five nor more than three
hundred dollars for each and every oifense, in addition to which
penalty the person so ofl:ending shall be required to enter into
bonds before the Police Justice of not less than ^yq hundred nor
more than one thousand dollars, to defriay the expenses of the
insane or paupers thus brought, so long as they remain in the city.

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the Board of Police Commis-
sioners to instruct the police to report to the Chief of Police any
violation of this ordinance.

Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the Marshal or policemen,
whenever complaint is made before the Police Justice of a viola-
tion of any of the provisions of this ordinance, to arrest the
offender forthwith, and bring such oflTender without delay .before
the Police Justice for trial.

Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of the Marshal and police if any
lunatic, idiot or persons of unsound mind be found by them with-
in the City of St. Louis, unprotected by guardian or friend, to
take such person in custody and give notice thereof forthwith to
the Board of Police Commissioners and the President thereof shall
immediately notify the Health Commissioner, whose duty it shall
be to take charge of such idiot, lunatic or insane person and place
such person in the Insane Asylum of the City of St. Louis and to
report to the Board of Health his action thereon and all facts and
information regarding such idiot, lunatic or insane person that
may come to his knowledge.



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Sec. 5. Article 8, chapter 12 of the Kevised Ordinance of the
City of St. Louis, approved March thirty-first, eighteen hundred
and seventy-one, is hereby repealed.

Approved July 7, 1877.

[10,348.]

AN ORDINANCE establishing and regulating the Poor House
of the City of St. Louis, and providing for the management
thereof.

Be it ordained hy the Municipal Assembly of the City of bt. Louis,
as follows ;

Section 1 . The building known as the County Poor House,
situated on Arsenal street, and acquired by the City of St. Louis
by the ratification of the Scheme and Charter, is hereby establish-
ed, and shall be known as the Poor House of the City of St. Louis,
and shall be kept for the reception and accommodation of the
indigent and decrepit persons who from physical inability or from
any other cause are incapacitated from supporting themselves, and
such only shall be placed therein by competent authority.

Sec. 2. The Health Commissioner shall have the general
supervision and management of the Poor House, and shall exer-
cise a general control over all the officers and employes connected
with or employed at the same. He shall make all necessary
rules and regulations for the government and management of the
Poor House, subject to the approval of the Board of Health. He
shall appoint all assistants, except the Superintendent, determine
the number to be employed, whether male or female, and shall fix
their daily compensation, subject to the approval of the Mayor.
He shall examine all accounts against the Poor House, and if he
finds them correct, shall certify and state upon them specifically
by what authority the account was incurred. All such accounts,
when so certified, shall be presented to the Comptroller, and if he
finds them correct and properly authorized, he shall so certify up-
on them, and the Auditor shall audit the same and draw his war-
rant therefor upon the Treasurer, and charge the same to the fund
appropriated for the maintenance of the Poor House.

Sec. 3. The Health Commissioner shall prescribe the condi-
tions for admission to and discharge from the Poor House, subject
to the approval of the Board of Health, but no person shall be
admitted to the Poor House as an inmate who shall not have re-
sided in the City of St. Louis at least one year next preceding the
date of application for admission.



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Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of the Health Commissioner to
make such rules and regulations as shall be approved by the
Board of Health as will establish a system whereby the persons
admitted to the Poor House shall respectively earn what they re-
ceive to the extent of their ability ; Provided, that this section
shall not be so construed as to exclude from the Poor House such
indigent persons entitled to admission asnnay be unable to work ;
Provided y also, that no minor in good health, over eight years of
age shall be maintained at the Poor House ; but it shall be the
duty of the Health Commissioner and Board of Health to make
suitable provisions for such minors whereby they shall be placed
in some family until they ai-rive at the age of eighteen years.

Sec. 5. It shall be the duty of the Health Commissioner to re-
port to the Municipal Assemby, at its first session in each year, a
particular and detailed account of the affairs of the Poor House,
together with such suggestions or recommendations as may to him
seem proper.

Approved August 10, 1877.

[10,359.]

AN OEDINANCE establishing and regulating the office of
Superintendent of the Poor House, prescribing his duties and
fixing his bond and salary.

Be it ordained by the Municipal Asse7nbly of the City of /St.
Louis, as follows :

Section 1. There is hereby created and established the office
of Superintendent of the Poor House.

Sec. 2. The Superintendent of the Poor House shall be ap-
pointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council, and shall
hold his office for four years, and until his successor is appointed
and qualified. Provided, that the first appointment, under this
ordinance, shall be for two years only.

Sec. 3. The Superintendent of the Poor House shall have the
general management of the Poor House, and control of all em-
ployes thereat. He shall have power to suspend or discharge any
employe for neglect of duty or gross violation of the rules and
regulations. When he shall so suspend or discharge any one, he
shall immediately report the fact of such suspension or discharge,
and the cause thereof, to the Board of Health, which shall take
such action on the matter as shall to it seem proper. He shall
execute and carry out all rules and regulations which may be made
by the Health Commissioner, approved by the Board of Health,
and shall be responsible for the care and welfare of the inmates
of the Poor House.



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Sec. 4, The Superintendent of the Poor House shall give
bond to the City of St. Louis in the sum of ten thousand dollars,
conditioned upon the faithful discharge of his duties and account-
ing for all property of the city which may come into his possession
or under his control. Said bond shall l)e secured by two or more
sureties, who shall be owners of unincumbered real estate in the
City of St. Louis, and shall be approved by the Mayor and
Council.

Sec. 5. The Superintendent shall possess all the qualifications
prescribed in section ten, article four, of the Charter. He shall
reside at the Poor House, and shall receive his board and washing
at the Poor House. He shall devote all his time to the discharge
of the duties of his office.

Sec. 6. The salary of the Superintendent of the Poor House
shall be at the rate of one thousand dollars per annum, payable
monthly, whi(^h sum shall be in full for all services of an official
nature.

Approved August 14, 1877.

[10,420.]

AN ORDINANCE amendatory of ordinance number ten thou-
sand three hundred and forty-eight, entitled '*An ordinance
establishing and regulating the Poor House of the City of St.
Louis, and providing for the management thereof."

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

Section 1. Amend section two to read as follows :
Sec. 2. The Health Commissioner shall have the general
supervision and management of the Poor House, and shall exerr
cise a general control over all the officers and employes connected
with or employed at the same. He shall make all necessary rules
and regulations for the government and management of the Poor
House subject to the approval of the Board of Health. He shall
appoint all assistants except the Superintendent, determining the
number to be employed, whether male or fi^male, and shall fix
their daily (U)mi)ensation, subject to the a})pr()val of the Mayor.
He shall examine all accounts against the Poor House, and if lie
finds them correct shall so certif}'. All such accounts, when so
certified, shall be audited and paid as provided by charter.
Approved November 24, 1877.



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[10,538.]

AN ORDINANCE regulating the cutting of ice from the
ponds, sink-holes and sloughs within the limits of the city.

Whereas, an emergency has arisen, there being no ordinance in
existence regulating the cutting of ice within the limits of the
city, therefore this ordinance shall take effect and be in full force
from and after its passage.

Be it ordained by the Municipal Assembly of the Cit^ of St,
Louis, as follows:

Section 1. No person, tirm or corporation shall cut or take
any ice from any pond, sink-hole or slough within the limits of
city without first having obtained a permit from the Health Com-
missioner so to do.

Sec. 2. Except where it may otherwise be provided for in
this ordinance, the Health Commissioner shall only grant permits
to cut or take ice from the ponds, sink-holes or sloughs within the
limits of the city, when he is satisfied that said ice cut from said
ponds, sink-holes or sloughs is not to be used, sold or given away
for drinking purposes, but that the ice taken from such ponds,
sink-holes or sloughs is to be only used for the cooling of articles,
and for no other purpose whatever.

Sec. 3. Any person desiring to cut ice from any pond, sink-
hole or slough within the limits of the city, shall make an appli-
cation to the Health Commissioner for a permit to do so, stating
the locality of the pond, sink-hole or slough from which the ice
is proposed to be cut, and the purpose for which the ice is to be
used and the locality within the city where the ice is to be stored.

Sec. 4. Before the Health Commissioner shall issue any such
permit he shall require the parties to file a good and sufiicient
bond in the sum of two thousand dollars, with two or more good
securities, to be approved by the Mayor; said bond shall provide
that the ice cut from the pond, sink-h6le or slough, for which a
permit has been granted by the Health Commissioner, shall not
be sold or used by him or them for drinking purposes, and that
it is to be stored in the locality mentioned in the permit, and that
any violation of the provisions and stipulations as provided for in
the permit shall work a forfeiture of the bond and the same shall
be collected and paid into the Treasury of the city for the benefit
of the City of St. Louis.

Sec. 5. All permits to cut ice as provided for by the ordi-
nance shall be signed by the Health Commissioner, attested by
the Clerk of the Board of Health and countersigned by the City
Register and Comptroller, and for all such permits the Health




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Commissioner shall charge a fee of one dollar, which he shall
account for and pay into the City Treasury.

Sec. 6. No permit shall he issued to cover more than one
block in the old city limits, nor more than one acre in the new or
extended limits.

Sec. 7. The Health Commissioner may at any time, by and
with the approval of the Board of Health, recall such permit if
any of the rules or orders of the Health Commissioner are vio-
lated.

Sec. 8. It is hereby made the duty of the police officers to
arrest any person found cutting or removing imy ice from any
pond, sink-hole or slough, within the limits of the city, who have
not first obtained a permit from the Health Commissioner as pro-
vided for in this ordinance.

Sec. 9. Whenever any person, firm or corporation desire to
cut ice or to grant or sell the privilege of cutting ice from any
pond or sink-hole situated on their own property, and when they
believe that the ice from said pond or sink-hole is clean and pure,
and fit and proper to be used for other purposes than the cooling
of articles, they shall make application to the Health Commis-
sioner for a permit to do so, and if upon examination by the
Health Commissioner, or by a proper officer authorized by the
Health Commissioner, to make the examination, the Health Com-
missioner is satisfied that the ice proposed to be cut is clean, and
fit and proper to be used for other purposes besides the cooling of
articles, he shall grant a permit to the parties applying to cut said
ice ; but said permit shall state where the ice is to be stored, but
when the permits are granted as provided for in this section no
bond shall be required of the parties, but a fee for the permit
shall be charged as provided for in section five of this ordinance.

Sec. 10. All parties bringing ice into the City of St. Louis
from a less distance than ten miles from this city shall file a state-
ment with the Health Commissioner, which statement shall be
sworn to ; said statement shall specify the locality from which the
ice has been brought and when cut, and if in the opinion of the
Health Commissioner said ice is only fit for the cooling of articles
he shall require said parties to give a bond and comply with all
the provisions as provided for in section four of this ordinance.
If in the opinion of the Health Conmiissioner said ice is clean and
fit and proper to be used for any purpose whatever, he shall grant
a permit to such parties in the same manner as provided for in
section nine of this ordinance. Any person bringing or storing
ice within the limits of the city without having obtained a permit
so to do, as provided for in this section, shall he deemed guilty of
a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not
less than fifty nor more than two hundred and fifty dollars, to be



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recovered as in all the cases of misdemeanor, before any court
having competent jurisdiction.

Sec. 11.. Any person, firm or corporation found guilty of
violating this orclinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor,
and upon conviction shall be lined not less than fifty nor more
than two hundred and fifty dollars for each and every violation of
this ordinance, to be recovered as in all other cases of misde-
meanor before any court of competent jurisdiction.

Approved February 1, 1878.

[10,377.]

AN ORDINANCE establishing ancT fixing the salaries of the
officers and employes of the Health Department not heretofore
fixed by ordinance.

Be it ordained by the Municipal Assembly of the City of St,
8t, Louis, as follows:

Section 1. The several officers and employes of the Health
Department, hereinafter named, shall receive the following com-
pensation per annum, payable monthly, for their services, to-wit :
Steward, Insane Asylum, one thousand dollars; clerk at the City
Hospital, six hundred dollars; clerk at the Insane Asylum, five
hundred dollars; steward of the Female Hospital, who shall also
/l)erform the duties of clerk and storekeeper, eight hundred dol-
lars ; eiis^ineer of the City Hospital, nine hundred dollars ; en-
gineer of the Insane Asylum, nine hundred dollars ; engineer of
the Poor House, nine hundred dollars ; engineer of the Female
Hospital, seven hundred dollars; all of whom shall be licensed
and practical engineers; firemen at the City Hospital, Insane
Asylum, Poor House, and Female Hospital, four hundred and
twenty dollars each ; assistant engineers at the City Hospital,
Insane As3'lum, Poor House, and Female Hospital at the rate of
six hundred dollars each for the time for which they are employed,
all of whom shall be licensed and practical engineers; carpenters
at the City Hospital, Insane Asylum, Poor House, and Female
Hospital, live hundred and forty dollars each; druggist at the
City Hospital, six hundred dollars ; druggist at the Insane Asylum,
four hundred and twenty dollars ; druggist at the Female Hospital,
four hundred and twenty dollars ; an assistant physician at the
Poor House, who shall act as the druggist, five hundred dollars ;
ward-master at the City Hospital, four hundred and twenty dol-
lars ; whitener and plasterer at the City Hospital, four hundred
and eighty dollars ; dining-room master and storekeeper at the
City Hospital, four hundred and twenty dollars ; hall-master at
the City Hospital, four hundred and twenty dollars ; nurses in the



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male department at the Insane Asylum, three hundred and thirty-
six dollars each ; nurses in the female department at the Insane
Asylum, three hundred dollars each ; nurses at the City Hospital,
Female Hospital and Poor House, two hundred and forty dollars
each ; clerk at the Poor House, who shall also perform the duties
of storekeeper, six hundred dollars ; one chief cook at the City
Hos.pital, Insane Asylum and Poor House, six hundred dollars each ;
cooks at the Female Hospital, three hundred dollars each ; one
chief seamstress at the City Hospital, Insane Asylum, Poor House
and Female Hospital, three hundred dollars each; male watch-
men at the Insane Asylum, four hundred and forty dollars each ;
female watch at the Insane Asylum, three l)undred and sixty dollars
each ; watchman at the Female Hospital, four hundred and twenty
dollars ; female night nurse at the Female Hospital, three hundred
dollars ; night watchman and nurse at the Poor House, five hundred
and forty dollars ; one chief laundress at the City Hospital, Female
Hospital and Poor House, two hundred and forty dollars each ; one
chief laundress at the Insane Asylum, three hundred dollars ;
assistant laundresses at the Insane Asylum, two hundred and forty
dollars each; and at the City and Female Hospitals, one hundred
and eighty dollars each ; one hostler at the Insane Asylum and at
the Female Hospital, three hundred dollars each ; male attendants
in the insane wards at the Poor House, three hundred and thirty
dollars each ; female attendants in the insane wards at the Poor
House, three hundred dollars each ; driver of the dead wagon and
small-pox ambulance, five hundred and forty dollars ; ambulance
driver of the wngon for the Female Hospital, Insane Asylum and
Poor House, the duty to be performed by the one person, five
hundred and forty dollars ; driver of the provision wagon from the
Poor House to or from any public institution, four hundred and
twenty dollars ; and all drivers of ambulances and all other wagons
shall be required to assist in taking care of their horses, and
vehicles, if necessary ; male hall-masters in the Insane Asylum
four hundred and twenty dollars each ; hall superintendents in the
female department at the Insane Asylum throe hundred and sixty
dollars each ; matrons at the Insane Asylum and Poor House, three
hundred dollars each ; assistant cook at the City Hospital, two
hundred and forty dollars, and the chief cook at the City Hospital
shall superintend the cooking for the officers thereof; male and
female help at the City Hospital, Insane Asylum, Poor House and
Female Hospital, one hundred and eighty dollars each ; gardeners
at the Insane Asylum, Poor House and Female Hospital three
hundred dollars each ; steward of the Quarantine and Small-pox
Hospital, the duty to be perforriied l)y one man, six hundred
dollars ; male nurse at the Small-pox Hospital three hundred
and sixty dollars ; female nurse at the Small-pox Hospital three



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Imi.uitid dollars ; watchman at Quaiautiiie, three hundred and
sixty dollars ; bakers at Poor House, fiye hundred and forty dollars
each ; two assistant physicians at the Insane Asylum, three hun-
dred dollars each. All the above named officers and employes
shall receive, in addition to their salaries as mentioned in section
one of this ordinance, their board and washing in the institutions
in which they are employed.

Sec. 2. The following officers and employes of the Health
Department hereinafter named shall receive the following com-
j)ensation per annum, payable monthly, for their services, to-wit :
One assistant clerk in the office of the Board of Health and Health
Commissioner, one thousand dollars ; one record clerk in the
Health Commissioner's Office, nine hundred dollars; sanitary
officers, in the Health Commissioner's Office, one at twelve
hundred dollars and three at nine hundred dollars each, one
ambulance driver for the City Dispeysary, seven hundred and
twenty dollars ; one Superintendent' of the Morgue, nine hundred
dolfJtrs ; one assistant at the Morgue, shall also be the driver of the
ambulance for the Morgue, six hundred dollars ; night watchman
and nurse at- the City Hospital, seven hundred and twenty dollars ;
but none of the officers or employes mentioned in this section of
this ordinance shall receive board or washing in any o*f the city
institutions.

Approved October 3, 1877.

[10,314.]

AN ORDINANCE establishing the office of Commissioner of
Supplies, regulating its management and the manner of purchasing
all articles needed by the several departments of the City of St.
Louis ; defining the duties of the Commissioner, and fixing his
salary and bond.

Whereas^ An emergency exists, there being no ordinance now
in existence establishing the office of Commissioner of Supplies,
defining the duties of said Commissioner, or fixing his salary and
bond ; and

Whereas^ The Charter of the City of St. Louis, in section
twenty-nine, article four, provides that all articles needed by the
city in its several departments shall be purchased by the Commis-
sioner of Supplies, therefore this ordinance shall take effect and
be in full force from and after its passage.


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