Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Riot Act

My human read The Riot Act to me today. Literally, from Anno primo GEORGE III. Stat. 2. C. 5.

An act for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies, and for the more speedy and effectual punishing the rioters.


Whereas of late many rebellious riots and tumults have been in divers parts of this kingdom, to the disturbance of the publick peace, and the endangering of his Majesty's person and government, and the same are yet continued and fomented by persons disaffected to his Majesty, presuming so to do, for that the punishments provided by the laws now in being are not adequate to such heinous offences; and by such rioters his Majesty and his administration have been most maliciously and falsly traduced, with an intent to raise divisions, and to alienate the affections of the people from his Majesty therefore for the preventing and suppressing of such riots and tumults, and for the more speedy and effectual punishing the offenders therein; be it enacted by the King's most excellent majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal and of the commons, in this present parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, That if any persons to the number of twelve or more, being unlawfully, riotously, and tumultuously assembled together, to the disturbance of the publick peace, at any time after the last day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifteen, and being required or commanded by any one or more justice or justices of the peace, or by the sheriff of the county, or his under-sheriff, or by the mayor, bailiff or bailiffs, or other head-officer, or justice of the peace of any city or town corporate, where such assembly shall be, by proclamation to be made in the King's name, in the form herin after directed, to disperse themselves, and peaceably to depart to their habitations, or to their lawful business, shall, to the number of twelve or more (notwithstanding such proclamation made) unlawfully, riotously, and tumultuously remain or continue together by the space of one hour after such command or request made by proclamation, that then such continuing together to the number of twelve or more, after such command or request made by proclamation, shall be adjudged felony without benefit of clergy, and the offenders therein shall be adjudged felons, and shall suffer death as in a case of felony without benefit of clergy.

There was more, but I meowed to my human to stop. You can read the rest of it from Project Gutenberg.

I wasn't being rowdy or anything. My human was just being silly.

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


My human and I stayed up late last night to watch Memoirs of a Geisha. It was quite good and my human told me that the film has been a long time coming since he read Arthur Golden's book about 7 years ago. Although he mentioned that it would be worth reading Mineko Iwasaki's true account.

My human and I watched the football game on TV, though he also was doing chores at the same time. He then spent some time in the kitchen without producing anything edible for me.

Then Kettles' humans Klaudia and Sally came over for a dinner of braised duck in Chianti wine, porcini, chestnuts, onions and gypsy speck. It was served with mashed Bintje potatoes, and red cabbage which Klaudia brought over. I got to lie on Klaudia and Sally's lap for sometime and I left lots of messages for Kettles. Sally told me that she has a new Jazz CD out called Take It In Colour.>


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who will you go for in the finals Keiser? Aunty Em

Wednesday, 09 August, 2006  

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