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No. 86. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee for courts of justice.

Senate joint resolution giving further time to the auditor of public accounts within which to qualify, was read twice.

On motion of Mr. Anderson, the rule was suspended requiring its reference to a committee.

The senate joint resolution was placed on the calendar.

No. 22. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Richmond and Trans-Alleghany railway company, was read 'twice and referred to the committee on roads and internal navigation.

No. 35. House bill incorporating the Virginia relief association, (heretofore recommitted to the committee on propositions and grievances), was reported back.

No. 127. House bill to amend the second section of an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact an act to amend and re-enact the second sectiou of an act to regulate the taking of fish for the purpose of manufacturing oil or manure, reported from the committee on Chesapeake and its tributaries, was read a first time.

No. 128. House bill to authorize the payment of seven hundred dollars to General Gasper Tochman, for disbursements made by him while acting as State agent for immigration, reported from the committee on finance, was read a first time.

No. 129. House bill to amend and re-enact section 22 of chapter 206 of the Code of 1873, in relation to the hiring out of convicts, reported from the committee on asylums and prisons, was read a first time.

No. 130. House bill incorporating the Germania Mænnerchor of the city of Richmond, reported from the committee on propositions and grievances, was read a first time.

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Lovell and Williams for four days each.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37 :

By Mr. Stuart: A bill to amend section 10 of chapter 195 of the Code of 1873, in relation to offences. Referred to committee on courts of justice

By Mr. Hoenniger: A bill to provide for the establishment of a true meridian line in each county of the Commonwealth. Referred to committee on counties, cities and towns.

By Mr. Hoenniger : A petition and protest of citizens and tax-payers of Henrico county against the location of the Central lunatic asylum in said county. Referred to committee on asylums and prisons.

By Mr. Holbrook: A bill to amend section 23, chapter 49 of Code of 1873, in relation to supplying the office of sheriff or sergeant, and the appointment of criers in certain cases. Referred to commmittee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Neeley : A bill to amend and re-enact section 35 of chapter 172 of the Code, in relation to the issuing of commissions to take depositions. Referred to committee for courts of justice. By Mr. Armstrong: A bill reducing into one the several acts in relation to the seat of government of this Commonwealth, providing for the custody and care of the property of the State in or adjacent thereto, and for the sale of a part of the said property. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr, Armstrong:

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice inquire into the expediency of rearranging the 12th, 13th and 14th judicial circuits of the Commonwealth, and that they have leave to report by bill or otherwise.

By Mr. Critz: A bill to amend section 5, chapter 48 of the Code of 1874, in relation to fees of justices. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

The morning hour having expired, the house proceeded to the business on the calendar.

No. 100. House bill to incorporate the Virginia chemical and mining company (unfinished business), came up.

Mr. Anderson moved to amend the amendment offered by Mr. A. J. Clark, by striking out all after the word “corporation," in the 6th line of the 5th section, down to and including the word “thercon," in the 15th line, and inserting the following: “that the company construct railroads to connect with the James River and Kanawha canal, or with any railroad at the nearest and most practicable point on such canal or railroad from their works, but shall not pass through the land of any person without his or her consent, and they may also own and employ canal barges and sea-going vessels ;” which was agreed to.

The bill was further amended.
Mr. Blair moved to strike out the sixth section.
The sixth section is as follows:

“Iu consideration of the important objects and purposes of this company, to wit: the development of now hidden and neglecteil sources of wealth, and the inauguration of new and useful branches of manufacture, and as an inducement for the investment of foreign capital in such enterprises in the State, its property shall be exempt from any additional taxation above the present rate of fifty cents upon the one hundred dollars for the term of ten years from the date of this act, and thereafter shall be subject as to all its property to the same rate of taxation as is imposed upon other like properiy in the State."

Which was rejected-yeas 44; nays 62. On motion of Mr. Critz, the vote was recorded as follows: YEAS-Messrs. Alexander, Anderson, Armentrout, Bagwell, Banks, Beaton, Blair, Boykin, Branch, Jack Carter, Cecil, A. J. Clark, Cox, Crank, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Fulkerson, Holbrook, Hudgin, Jett, Jordan, Koiner, Lipscomb, Longley, Lovell, Magruder, Massey, May, McMullan, Neeley, Pendleton, Popham, Scruggs, Shumate, Stuart, Swann, Taliaferro, Taylor, Winn, Withers, and Mr. Speaker-14.

Nays-Messrs. Allen, Armstrong, Bickings, Bohannon, Brooks, Campbell, J. Armistead Carter, Matt Clark, Cockerille, Critz, Davis, Gaines, Gardner, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilliam, Gilman, Goodwyn, Graves, Haden, Hale, Harris, Henderson Hoenniger, Jno. T. Hoskins, Hunter, James, Jones, B. W. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lewis, Lipps, Lovenstein, Lucas, McGonigal, Montague, Moore, Morris, W. A. Nash, Nickens, O'Neal, 'Ould, Pannill, Powell, Rains, Richmond, Round, Sellers, Spratt, Stovall, Syphax, Thomas, Turner, Van Auken, Wallace, Webb, Wharton, Whittaker, Williains, and Yager-62.

The motion by Mr. Blair to dismiss the bill was rejected.
The bill was ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.

Mr. Critz moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the bill was ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time, which was rejected.

The hour of one o'clock P. M. having arrived, special order

No. 62. House joint resolutions proposing amendments to the State constitution in relation to county organization, came up.

Mr. Cockerille moved that the joint resolutions be committed to the joint committee on constitutional amendments, which was rejected yeas 33; nays 75.

On motion of Mr. Popham, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS Messrs. Armentrout, Armstrong, Bickings, Branch, Matt Clark, Cockcrille, Cox, Davis, Foster, Gilliam, Goolwyn, Gr.ives, Harris, Harrison, Hill, Hoenniger, Jolin T. Hoskins, Lipscomb, Lucas, May, McGonigal, Montague, Moss, Nickens, O'Neal, Rains, Round, Shuinate, Stovall, Taylor, Turuer, Van Auken, and Whittaker-33.

Nays—Vessrs. Alexinder, Allen, Anderson, Bagwell, Banks, Beaton, Blair, Bobannon, Brooks. J. Armistead Carter, Jack Carter. Peter J. Cater, Cecil, A. J. Clark, Crank, Critz, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Franklin, Fulkerson, Gaines, Garilner, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Griffith, Hailen, Hale, Henderson, Holbrook, Hudgin, Il'inter, James, Jett, Jones, Jordan, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Longley, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Magruder. Massey, McMullan, Moore, Morris, John L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Pannill, Penilleton, Popham, Powell, Richmond, Scruggs, Sellers, Spratt, Stuart, Swann, Syphax, Thomas, Wallace, Webb, Wharton, Winn, Withers, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-75.

The joint resolutions were ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.

Mr. Critz moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the joint resolutions were ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time, which motion was rejected.

No. 63. Senate bill to provide artificial limbs for soldiers maimed in war, and for other purposes, was read a third time and passed-yeas 103; nays 5.

The vote required by the constitution was recorded as follows: YEAS-Messrs. Alexander, Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Bagwell, Bank, Beaton, Bickings. Blair, Bohannon, Boykin, Branch, Brooks, Campbell, J. Armistead Carter, Jack Carter, P. J. Carter, Cecil, A. J. Clark, Cockerille, Crank, Critz, Davis, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Fulkerson, Gaines, Gardner, T. S. Gibson), Gilliain, Gilman, Goodwyn, Graves, Griffith, Haden, Ilale, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Hoenniger, Holbrook. John T. Hoskins, Hudgin, Junter, James, Jett, Jordan, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Longley, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving. Lircas, Magruder, Massey, May, McGonigal, McMullan, Montagne, Moore, Morris, J. L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Nickens, O'Neal, Pannill, Pendleton, Popham, Powell, Rains, Richmond, Round. Seruzzs, Sellers, Shumate, Spratt, Stnart, Swann, Taliaferro, Taylor, Thomas, Turner, Van Auken, Wallace, Webb, Wharton, Williams, Winn, Withers, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-103.

NAYS--Messrs. Cox, Harris, Jones, Lipscomb, and Moss-5.

Mr. Jack Carter moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the bill was passed, which motion was rejected. The speaker laid before the house the following communication :

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA,

EXECUTIVE CHAMBERS,

Richmond, February 11, 1874. To the Senate and House of Delegates :

I have the honor to transmit herewith a communication from the board of the commissioners of the sinking fund in relation to the recent defalcation on the part of William D. Coleman, late secretary of the board. I respectfully recommend an investigation by the general assembly of this the first defalcation which has occurred in any State office during the present generation, and that stringent precautions be provided against its repetition in future.

JAMES L. KEMPER.

The communication of the governor and board of commissioners of the sinking fund were referred to the committee on finance.

No. 36. Senate bill entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to amend and reenact section 12, chapter 63 of the Code of Virginia of 1873, so as more effectually to require millers to grind for toll all grain brought to their mills for the consumption of the person bringing or sending it, or his family, came up.

The question being on agreeing to the substitute offered by Mr. B. W. Lacy,

Mr. Popham moved to dismiss the bill.

On motion of Mr. Winn, the house adjourned until to-morrow at 12 o'clock M.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1874. Prayer by Rev. J. C. Granberry, of the Methodist church. The journal was read by the clerk. A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

In Senate, February 11, 1874. The senate have passed, with an amendment, house bill entitled

An act to provide for the collection of taxes and county levy in the township of Manchester, Chesterfield county, assessed for the year 1873; No. 57.

And they have agreed to a preamble and joint resolution in reference to the construction of a suitable memorial to commemorate the achievements and perpetuate the fame of Commodore M. F. Maury, deceased.

In which amendment and joint resolution they respectfully request the concurrence of the house of delegates.

No. 57. House bill, was referred to the committee on finance. Senate preamble and joint resolution in reference to the construction of a suitable memorial to commemorate the achievements and perpetuate the fame of Commodore M. F. Maury, deceased, was read twice.

On motion of Mr. Anderson, the rule was suspended requiring its reference to a committee.

The senate preamble and joint resolution was placed on the calendar.

No. 26. House joint resolution to amend and re-enact joint resolution directing a distribution of the Code when published, approved April 2, 1873 (heretofore recommitted to the committee on finance), was reported back with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

No. 49. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Atlantic bridge company, was reported from the committee on roads and internal navition with an amendment.

No. 86. Senate bill entitled an act prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors on the Sabbath day, was reported from the committee for courts of justice with an amendment.

No. 131. House bill to regulate and protect the operations of railroad companies in this State, reported from the committee on roads and internal navigation, was read a first time.

No. 132. House bill to provide for the payment of interest on the public debt, reported from the committee on finance, was read a first time.

The following house bills, reported from the committee on counties, cities and towns, were read a first time:

No. 133. House bill to amend and re-enact the 17th section of chapter 99 of the Code of 1873, for the protection of game.

No. 134. House bill to amend and re-enact section 26, chapter 47, in relation to clerks of boards of supervisors, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

Mr. Finney (under a suspension of the rules), presented

No. 135. House joint resolution amending the joint resolution extending the time for collection of taxes and county and township levies for the year 1873, approved January 23, 1874, which was read a first time.

The following reports were agreed to :

The committee on asylums and prisons have, according to order, had under consideration a petition and protest of citizens and tax-payers of Henrico county, against the location of the “Central lunatic asylum” in said county, respectfully report, that in their opinion it is inexpedient to buy said property for this purpose.

The committee on banks, currency and commerce have had under consideration a bill to them referred in relation to the capital stock of chartered companies, and respectfully ask to be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred to the committee for courts of justice.

The following report was presented :
The committee on finance have, according to order, had under con-

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