Thursday, April 9, 2009

Life in 1898

As if getting that copy of the Necronomicon didn't cost enough!
You must pay "two dollars for each exhibition or performance" for a city license to perform "feats of jugglery, sleight-of-hand or necromancy." (pp. 15-16)

Can't a robot get a drink around here?
"Subject to the regulations and restrictions hereinafter contained, persons engaged in the business of vending drugs, commonly called druggists, may sell intoxicating liquors in less quantity than one gallon for medicinal, sacramental, mechanical and chemical purposes only." (p. 55)

Is it possible to have a bar without "loud or boisterous talking"?
"Sec. 22,. No dealers in liquors shall suffer or permit any loud or boisterous talking, obscene or profane language, singing, fighting, or other disturbance in or about his place of business, or in any place adjacent thereto, under his control, to the annoyance or disturbance of any persons passing along any street or public place in the vicinity thereof, or to the disturbance of the peace and quiet of persons doing business or residing in the neighborhood thereof, under a penalty of not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars for each violation thereof." (p. 83)

On national holidays, all bets are off.
"Sec. 70. No boy or person shall, in the inhabited part of the city (except on national holidays or other public and general celebrations) make or kindle any bonfire, or fire, explode or set off any fire-arms, fire-balls, fire-crackers, torpedos, rockets, or other fire-works, or shall otherwise pursue any amusement or exercise calculated to impede travel or frighten animals, or injure or annoy persons passing along the streets, or sidewalks, incur a penalty not exceeding five dollars in each case." (p. 106)

Ah, those nuisance bicyclists. Always frightening the mules.
"Sec. 75. Whoever shall, by riding any bicycle in the streets or or. the sidewalks of the City of Urbana, or shall by any other means willfully or negligently frighten any horse, mule or other animal being at the time ridden by any person or attached to any vehicle, shall be subject to a penalty of not less than three dollars, nor more than fifty dollars." (p. 107)

From Revised ordinances of City of Urbana Illinois : published by authority of the City Council of the City of Urbana, Illinois, December 3, A.D. 1898 (1898)

1 comment:

MsMolly said...

More misdemeanors:

Don't let your horses breed in sight of the public:

"Sec. 26. Whoever shall indecently exhibit any horse, bull, jackass or other animal, in any public place open to public view, or shall let any such animal perform service except in some enclosed place out of public view, shall be subject to a penalty of not less than five dollars nor more than fifty dollars."

Wow, this list of places one can't take a lady of the evening probably covers all options:

"Sec. 30. Whoever shall solicit, or shall coax, hire, persuade or induce, any female or any prostitute, to go to his sleeping-room, or into any business house, or office, or other
place of business, or to go into any park or public ground, or into any car, or into any alley way or street, or to any private
or secluded place for the purpose of fornication, adultery or prostitution, shall be subject to a penalty of not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars."