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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Dance Halls

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Dance Halls 3 II 196 3/2/1792 Governor: Carondelet: Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time a petition from Filberto Jorge (Fargo) was read asking that he be permitted to open a dance hall (like the one the Count de Galvez permitted him to establish at His Majesty's Warehouse) and to rent to him for a period of four years the ground formerly occupied by the market on which to build the dance hall, with the understanding that at the end of four years the Cabildo may take over the building - paying its just value after appraisal.
Dance Halls 4 I 95 3/11/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The four years having expired, Don Filberto Jorge (Fargo) requests the Commissioners to take over the building and pay him the appraised value. The Commissioners decided to put the building up for public auction or for rental, with the proceeds to go to Jorge (Fargo) until he is paid.
Dance Halls 4 I 102 4/1/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time a place was needed for the storage of rice; (see "Rice"). It was decided to make an arrangement with Filberto Jorge (Fargo) whereby he would provide space in this building to store the rice, receive and distribute the same and remit the proceeds of sales to the City Treasurer; the city to take a mortgage on the building as security for the money he will handle and for the rice in his charge.
Dance Halls 4 I 107 4/22/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Commissioners discuss the wages to be paid Filberto Jorge (Fargo) for distributing the rice, and resolved that the space to be used for rice must be lined with tin to keep out the rats. At this same time Filberto Jorge (Fargo) verbally proposed that he would take charge of the building for a period of five years and pay a rental of twenty Pesos per month, provided he is allowed the privilege of giving public dances for white people during the same five years. (This proposition was accepted - see "Rice.")
Dance Halls 4 IV 6 10/3/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time Don Jayme Jorda, who was commissioned to construct the sidewalk in front of the house where the public dances are held, (this being city property), reported that he could find no lumber. The Commissioners agreed to construct the sidewalk with brick, same being cheaper and more durable than lumber.

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