No pernicious discharges tonight!

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As an annual public service, Hoxsie would once again like to remind you: no pernicious discharges!
Chapter 81 of the Laws of 1785 was passed to restrict your New Year’s Eve celebration options:

“Whereas great dangers have arisen, and mischief been done, by the pernicious practice of firing guns, pistols, rockets, squibs, and other fire works on the eve of the last day of December, and the first and second days of January; for prevention whereof for the future . . . .” Therefore it was enacted by the State of New York “that if any person or persons whomsoever, shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol, rocket, squib or other firework, within a quarter of a mile of any building, on the said eve, or days beforementioned, every such person so offending . . . shall for every such offence forfeit the sum of forty shillings with costs of suit, to be levied by distress and sale of the offenders goods and chattles . . . . ” In other words, fire a gun between Saturday and Monday, have one credible witness rat you out, and the man can sell your stuff to raise the fine, in the neighborhood of $200 in 21st century money.

Also, there was something about a “moiety.”

On the other hand, 2012 should leave on a rocket. Happy New Year to all.

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