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Code of the Public Local Laws of Maryland, 1930
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every person who leads a dissolute or disorderly course of life, and cannot
give an account of the means by which he or she procures a legitimate
livelihood, and every nomad, gypsy, or other person practicing that which
is commonly called fortune-telling by acts, signs or omens, for value or
otherwise, or any common gambler shall be deemed a vagabond; and every
person who habitually wanders about and begs in the limits of Wicomico
or Somerset Counties from house to house, or sits or stands or takes a
position in any place or begs from passers-by; either by words or gestures,
shall be deemed a habitual beggar; and every person who wanders about
and lodges in outhouses, market places, barracks, sheds, barns, or in any
public building, or in the open air, and has no permanent place of abode,
or visible means of maintenance, shall be deemed a vagrant.

1914, ch. 762, sec. 2.

404. Every vagabond, habitual beggar, vagrant or fortune-teller, men-
tioned in Section 403, of this subtitle, upon conviction before the Circuit
Court for Wicomico or Somerset Counties, or before any Justice of the
Peace having criminal jurisdiction, shall be deemed guilty of a misde-
meanor, and shall be subject to a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars
($25.00), nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.00), or be confined
in the Maryland House of Correction for a period of not less than two
months, nor more than six months, or both fine and imprisonment, within
the discretion of the Cricuit Court or the Justice of the Peace; provided
that any person found to be a vagabond or an habitual beggar who may
not be able-bodied, but aged or infirm or seriously crippled, may in the
discretion of the Court or Justice of the Peace, be committed to the alms-
house, or be paroled; and provided also that any minor committed under
this Act may be sent to any reformatory institution to which minors may
be committed under Article 27 of the Code of Public General Laws of
Maryland or paroled in the discretion of the Court or Justice of the Peace.
Provided, however, that if any person when brought before any such
Justice of the Peace having jurisdiction in the case shall, before trial for
the alleged offense, pray a jury trial, or if the State's Attorney for the
County shall before trial pray a jury trial no the part of the State, it
shall be the duty of said Justice to commit such alleged offender for trial,
or to hold him to bail to appear for trial in the Circuit Court of Wicomico
or Somerset Counties at its then or next session and to return said com-
mitment or recognizance with the names and residences of the witnesses
for the prosecution endorsed thereon, forthwith to the Clerk of the said
Court; and the Justice of the Peace before whom the accused is brought
to trial shall prior to the beginning of the trial, inform him or her of his
or her right to a jury trial.


(All local laws relating to Wild Fowl were repealed by ch. 568, 1927. See 1929
Supplement to Annotated Code, Art. 99.)


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