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and exercised for the space of two Hours by the Captain or oldest Subaltern Officer present -- that their Arms ammunition and Accoutrements be carefully examined and Punishment inflic- ted for every Deficiency - In a Time of the most profound Peace those Laws could not be dispensed with - The present Situation of the Country most particularly requires that they should be enforced, and the welfare of the reople demands it - No Excuse therefore will be admitted for Negligence or Inattention of Officers to the militia Laws. A most shameful Practice of discharging Fire Arms by night and Day, in direct Violation of the Laws of the Territory, en- dangering the Lives of the People, and ereating false Alarrs has, of late, very much prevailed in the Town of Cincinati - The distressing Tendency of such Crimes must be so obvious to every one that it is astonish- ing there should be a single Person in the Territory base enough to commit them- The militia Officers are required to afford every Assistance to the civil magistrates in immediately suppressing such Conduct and apprehending the authors - By martial Law Persons found guilty of making false Alarms may be punished with Death,

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