“AN ACT TO PREVENT THE DESTRUCTION OF FISH IN THE WATERS OF BLACK RIVER AND SIX RUNS IN THE COUNTIES OF NEW HANOVER, SAMPSON, CUMBERLAND AND HARNETT.
SECTION 1. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact, That it shall be unlawful for any person to catch or destroy with seins, nets, firearms, bows and arrows or by muddying or stirring the waters, or by striking any fish of any kind in the waters of Black or South rivers in the counties of Now Hanover, Sampson, Cumberland and Harnett and of the waters of Six Runs in the counties of New Hanover and Sampson, between the fifteenth day of May and the fifteenth day of August in each and every year.
SEC. 2. That any person violating the provisions of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof before any justice of the peace in the county where the offence was committee, shall be fined not to exceed five dollars, which fine shall be paid to the treasurer of the county where the offence was committed for the benefit of the school fund.
SEC. 3. This act shall be in force from and after its ratification.”
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Public Laws of the State of North Carolina, Passed by the General Assembly at Its Session 1871-‘72 begun and Held in the City of Raleigh on the Twentieth Day of November, 1871; to Which Are Prefixed a Register of State Officers, Members of the General Assembly and Judiciary, and a List of Commissioners of Affidavits (Raleigh, NC: Theo N. Ramsay, 1872), 241. Chapter 152—An Act to Prevent the Destruction of Fish in the Waters of Black River and Six Runs in the Counties of New Hanover, Sampson, Cumberland and Harnett, §§ 1-3. Ratified February 8, 1872.