Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bailiff or sheriff: in the Dutch settlements in America this officer corresponded nearly to a sheriff, but had some functions resembling those of a municipal chief justice.
“There was one officer called a schout, very much the same as a mayor is in these days.”
“The schout came from the hill frome those that hoped no victorie upone the Engliss parte; the schout ryses, (we say,) "Thei flye, thei flie;" but at the first it could nott be beleved, till at the last it was clearlie sein, that all had gevin backis, and then begane a cruell slawchtter, (which was the greattar be reassone of the lait displeasur of the men of armes.)”
“Stuyvesant allowed the burgomasters and schepens to nominate their successors, but the city did not have a schout of its own until 1660.”
“He sent the schout-fiscal as a prisoner to Holland, which was a foolish thing for him to do.”
“Then came the schout-fiscal, who worked still harder, being half sheriff, half attorney-general, and all customs officer.”
“Many of the colonists did not take kindly to Governor Van Twiller's methods, and among them was Van Dincklagen, the schout-fiscal.”
“He told the schout-fiscal not to expect any more salary, that it would be stopped from that minute.”
“This did not worry the schout-fiscal much, as he had not been paid his salary in three years!”
“Thus, he made a new fort of earthen banks with stone bastions, enclosing within its walls not only the soldier's barracks, but also at first the governmental residence and public offices; he also built several windmills and the first church which was used solely as such, as well as houses for the dominie and for the schout-fiscal.”
“For nearly a year the city was suffered to retain its old form of government; then the schout, schepens, and burgomasters were changed for sheriff, aldermen mayor, and justices.”
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