Sect. 5. Children set to work or bound out. The overseers shall set to work, in the workhouse or elsewhere, or bind out as apprentices, all children residing in their respective towns who are not employed in some lawful business, and whose parents are unable or neglect to maintain them, --males until the age of twenty-one years, and females until the age of eighteen years. [ R.S. 66:5, C.S. 70:5, G.S. 74:5, G.L. 82:5, v, 401, xv 486, xxx, 104.]
Sect. 6. Mode of binding out. Such contract shall be in writing, shall be made equitably and as much as may be for the interest of the persons bound out, and shall provide that they shall be instructed to read, write, and cipher, and to do such work or business as is suitable to their condition. The overseers shall inquire into the treatment of all persons so bound out, shall see that the contract is fulfilled, and that all wrongs or injuries are redressed. The rights and obligations of such master and apprentice shall be the same as in the case of other apprentices. [ R.S. 66:6, C.S. 70:6, G.S. 74: 6, G.L. 83: 6, xxx, 104.]
LAWS 1895, CHAPTER 116. Support of Dependent Minor Children. (page 277-278)
1893, CH. 61, Sect. 1. The overseers of the poor in any town, or county commissioners for any county, may send to the New Hampshire Orphans' Home or to any orphans' home in this state, or other instittution devoted to or suitable for the care, protection, and education of children, upon such terms as may be agreed upon, all children residing in their respective towns or counties who are not employed in some lawful business, and whose parents are unable or neglect to maintain them; but, in the selection of such home or institution, said overseers and commissioners shall give the preference to that home or institution that is conducted by or under the auspices of the church or religious denomination of which the child or the child's parents are members; and said home or institution shall thereupon have the same authority in respect to such children as in now vested in overseers of the poor and count commissioners.
1895, CH. 116, Sect. 4. The governor and council shall appoint fiver persons to serve as a state board of charities and correction, whose duty it shall be to see that the provisions of this act are faithfully carried out, and that said minor children receive suitable education, training, and support. They shall first be appointed for one, two, three, four, and five years, and afterwards for fiver years as vacancies arise, and shall receive no compensation except expenses incurred.
Chapter 92. School Board, Teachers, and Truant Officers (page 301)
Sect. 17.Duties in regard to truants. Truant officers shall, under the direction of the school board, enforce the laws and regulations relating to truants and children between the ages of [eight] and sixteen years not attending school and without any regular and lawful occupation, [and the laws relating to the attendance at school of children between the ages of eight and sixteen years.] [1852, 1278, C.S. 78:2, G.S 83:7, G.L. 91:7, 1881, 42:3, 1899, 70:2]
Sect. 18. Duties in regard to children in manufacturing and other establishments. Truant offices shall, if required by the school board, force the laws prohibiting the employment of children in manufacturing [mechanical or mercantile] establishments who have not attended school the prescribed time; [and for this purpose, they may, when so authorized and required by vote of the school board, visit the manufacturing, mechanical, and mercantile establishments in their respective cities and towns, and ascertain whether any children under the age of sixteen are employed therein contrary to the provisions of law, and they shall report any cases of such illegal employment to the school board; and the truant officers, when authorized as aforesaid, may demand the names of all children under sixteen years of age employed in such manufacturing, mechanical, and mercantile establishments, and may require that the certificates and lists of such children provided for by law shall be produced for their inspection. Truant officers shall inquire into the employment, otherwise than in such manufacturing, mechanical and mercantile establishments, of children under the age of sixteen years, during the hours when the public schools are in session, and may require that the certificates of all children under sixteen shall be produced for their inspection; and any such officer may bring a prosecution against a person or corporation employing any such children, otherwise than as aforesaid, during the hours when the public schools are in session, contrary to the provisions of law. A refusal or failure on the part of the employer of children under sixteen years of age to produce the certificate required by law, when requested by a truant officer, shall be prima facie evidence of the illegal employment of the child whose certificate is not produced. truant officers shall have authority without a warrant to take and place in school any children found employed contrary to the laws relating to the employment of children, or violating the laws relating to the compulsory attendance at school of children between the ages of six and sixteen years.] [1881, 42:4, 1890, 70:3.]
Chapter 93. Scholars
Sect. 6. District may make by-laws as to truants. [1852, 1278. C.S. 78:1, G.S. 83:6, G.L. 9:6.]
Districts may make by-laws, not repugnant to law, concerning habitual truants and children between the ages of six and sixteen years not attending school and not having a regular and lawful occupation, and to compel the attendance of such children at school, and may annex penalties for the breach thereof not exceeding ten dollars for each offense. (page 303)
Sect. 14. Parents to send children to school. [1871 2:1. G.L. 91:14.] (page 304)
Every person having the custody and control of any child between the ages of eight and sixteen years, residing in any school district in which a public school is annually taught, shall cause such child to attend public school for twelve weeks at least in every year, six weeks at least of which attendance shall be consecutive, unless such child shall be excused by the school board of the district because his physical or mental condition is such as to prevent his attendance at school for the period required, or because he was instructed in a private school for at least twelve weeks during the year in the common English branches or, having acquired those branches, in other more advanced studies.