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ACT NO. 274
ACT NO. 274 - AN ACT PROHIBITING
THE UNAUTHORIZED DESTRUCTION OF TIMBER ON PUBLIC LANDS
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|Section 1. "Caingins"
Prohibited. — The making of so-called "caingins," or clearings on
public lands, by felling or burning trees, is hereby prohibited.
Sec. 2. Punishment, Charges on Timber. — Any
person violating the foregoing provision of this Act shall, upon
conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars,
in money of the United States, or by imprisonment for not more than
thirty days, or both, in the discretion of the court, for each offense,
and shall pay charges on timber unlawfully cut or burned in accordance
with the rates fixed in General Order Number Ninety-two, Office of the
United States Military Governor in the Philippine Islands, issued June
twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred, or in lieu of such payment shall
suffer one day's imprisonment for each dollar or unpaid charges.
Sec. 3. Arrest. — It shall be the duty of the
civil governors of provinces, of the Philippines Constabulary, and of
municipal presidents to arrest and turn over to the proper authorities
for trial all persons within the territory under their respective
jurisdiction who violate the provisions of this Act, and municipal
presidents are hereby empowered to use the municipal police in making
such arrests. a
Sec. 4. Non-Christians Tribes. — Where the person
or persons found making "caingins" are members of a non-Christian
tribe, or are ignorant of the law, they shall be dismissed with a
warning, in the case of a first offense, but, upon conviction for a
second offense, shall be punished as hereinbefore provided.
Sec. 5. The public good requiring the speedy
enactment of this bill, the passage of the same is hereby expedited in
accordance with section two of "An Act prescribing the order of
procedure by the Commission in the enactment of laws," passed September
twenty-sixth, nineteen hundred.
Sec. 6. This Act shall take effect on its passage.