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The bill was read a second time, amended, and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.

Special order

No. 105. House bill to amend and re-enact sections 3, 4, 6 and 12 of chapter 154 of the Code of 1873, in relation to the jurisdiction of county courts, again came up.

Mr. Stuart offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the bill reported by the committee for courts of justice, in relation to the jurisdiction of county courts, be and the same is hereby recommitted to said committee, with instructions to report in lieu thereof a bill restoring the jurisdiction of said courts, as it existed prior to the 1st day of August, 1873, and providing that the salaries of the judges of said courts shall be the same that they were prior to said 1st August, 1873, but that they shall be paid out of the treasuries of the respective counties.

Mr. McMullan moved to amend the resolution offered by Mr. Stuart by striking out the words “and providing that the salaries of the judges of said courts shall be the same that they were prior to said 1st August, 1873, but that they shall be paid out of the treasuries of the respective counties;" which was rejected.

Mr. Stuart called for the yeas and nays on his resolution; which was sustained.

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

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1874.

Prayer by Rev. C..C. Bitting, of the Baptist church.
The journal was read by the clerk.
A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

In Senate, February 23, 1874. The senate have agreed to a resolution from the house of delegates asking for the appointment of a committee of conference on senate bill No. 31, to define and declare the true intent and meaning of the act in force April 2d, 1873, entitled an act to amend and re-enact sections five and seven of an act to regulate and define the jurisdiction of the county and circuit courts, to prescribe the number of terms of the circuit court, and to fix the pay of county judges.

The speaker appointed Messrs. Blair, Brooks and Hudgin the committee of conference on the part of the house under the foregoing joint resolution.

No. 15. House bill entitled an act authorizing D, A. Plecker to erect a toll-bridge across North river at Mount Crawford, in Rockingham

county, was placed on the calendar, the rules having been suspended, on motion of Mr. Armstrong, requiring its reference to a committee.

No. 68. House bill entitled an act repealing so much of the act in force December 28th, 1871, entitled an act to provide for the protection of fish in the waters of New river and its tributaries, as applies to that portion of New river above Grayson springs, in Carroll county, was referred to the committee on Chesapeake and its tributaries.

No. 76. House bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 4, chapter 6 of Code of Virginia (edition of 1873), in relation to vacancies in offices of governor and lieutenant-governor, was referred to the committee for courts of justice.

No. 10. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for the lease of the penitentiary, was reported from the committee on asylums and prisons.

No. 71. Senate bill entitled an act to re-enact and amend 27th section of chapter 118 of Code of 1873, in reference to proof of wills where the witnesses thereto reside beyond the county where the will is offered for probate, was reported from the committee for courts of justice, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 73. Senate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact the first section of chapter 200 of the Code of Virginia (edition of 1873), in relation to grand juries, was reported from the committee for courts of justice, with a recommendation that the house insist on its amendments and ask for a committee of conference.

No. 104. House bill to amend and re-enact sections 6, 8 and 9 of chapter 90 of Code of 1860, in relation to weighing and selling live stock (heretofore recommitted to the committee on public property), was reported back with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

The following house bills, reported from the committee for courts of justice, were read a first time:

No. 190. House bill in relation to the wills of Isaac and Mary M. Davis, devising property to certain ministers of the Gospel, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 191. House bill to amend and re-enact the 1st section of chapter 112 of Code of 1873, in relation to the creation and limitation of estates, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

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

No. 192. House bill to amend the charter of the city of Richmond.

No. 193. House bill to provide for making and keeping in repair the public roads of Albemarle county, with a recommendation that it

do not pass

The following house bills, and joint resolution, reported from the committee on finance, were read a first time:

No. 194. House bill for the relief of Stafford G. Cooke.

No. 195. House bill for the relief of William T. Albright, late sheriff of Montgomery county, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 196 House bill for the relief of William W. Phelps, late sheriff of Wythe county, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 197. House bill for the relief of Isaac N. Bussels, of Lancaster county, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 198. House joint resolution in relation to payment of interest on bonds held by the literary fund.

The following house bills, reported from the committee on Chesapeake and its tributaries, were read a first time:

No. 199. House bill to prevent the destruction of fish in the north fork of Holston river.

No. 200. House bill repealing the act passed April 1st, 1873, for the preservation of oysters and to obtain revenue for the privilege of taking them within the waters of the Commonwealth, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 201. House bill to amend section 47, chapter 100, Code of 1873, in relation to fishing in Clinch river.

The following house bills reported from the committee on roads and internal navigation, were read a first time • No. 202. House bill to declare the north fork of Clinch river, in the county of Scott, navigable for rafts, flat-bottom boats &c.

No. 203. House bill providing a remedy against turnpike companies failing to keep their roads in order.

No. 204. House bill to amend and re-enact 1st and 2d sections of an act to incorporate the North river railroad company, approved March 21st, 1872, and to change the name.

No. 205. House bill fixing the pay and mileage of the presiding officers and members of the general assembly, reported from the committee on retrenchment and economy, with a recommendation that it do not pass, was read a first time.

The following reports were agreed to:

The committee on the Chesapeake and its tributaries have, according to order, bad under consideration the resolution in relation to inquiring into the expediency of reporting a bill regulating the charges by law on persons and freight made by steamers between the different landings or wharves on the Rappahannock river, have come to the following resolution :

Resolved, That it is deemed inexpedient to legislate on the subject.

The committee on finance having had under consideration a resolution instructing them to inquire into the expediency of leasing out the James river and Kanawha canal, have adopted the following resolution :

Resolved, That at present it is inexpedient to legislate upon the subject.

The following report was presented :

The committee on finance have, according to order, had under consideration a petition of citizens of Chincoteague island, Accomac county, praying the privilege of a local option law, regulating the sale of alcoholic liquors, &c., and respectfully report that, in their opinion, it would be of at least doubtful expediency to grant to even an entire county the privilege asked for by the petitioners, but they are persuaded that to grant it to a particular township would tend to create heart-burnings and ill feeling among neighbors, and do incalculable mischief. They therefore ask that the following resolution be agreed to:

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioners be rejected.
On motion of Mr. Bagwell, the report was passed by.
The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. Hoenniger: A bill to incorporate the James river coal company. Referred to committee on agriculture and mining.

By Mr. John L. Nash: A bill to provide for working the public roads in Princess Anne county. Referred to committee on counties, cities and towns.

By Mr. Bohannon: Petition of citizens of Mathews county in regard to the protection of oysters. Referred to committee on Chesapeake and its tributaries.

By Mr. Gaines : A bill to incorporate the town of Smithville, in the county of Charlotte. Referred to committee on counties, cities and towns.

By Mr. Ould: A bill to amend and re-enact the eighteenth section of the act passed January 8, 1856, entitled an act incorporating the Firemen and Merchants insurance company of Petersburg. Referred to committee on propositions and grievances.

By Mr. O'Neal: A bill to authorize the appointment of an additional commissioner in chancery for the corporation court of the city of Alexandria. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Blair : A bill for protection of fish in rivers of this State above tide-water. Referred to committee on Chesapeake and its tributaries.

By Mr. Crank: Petition of the citizens of Albemarle county for increase of sheriff's fees. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Montague: A bill to amend the fourteenth section of chapter 188, Code of 1873, in relation to larceny. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. A. J. Clark:

Resolved, That the committee on agriculture and mining inquire into the expediency of repealing sections 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61 and 62, of chapter 85, Code of 1873, requiring leaf tobacco to be inspected before the same can be exported out of the State.

By Mr. Lovell : A bill for the relief of William R. Garrison, of Warren county. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Boykin: A bill allowing John R. Kilby to erect a pier on Nansemond river. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. Boykin: A bill to authorize the treasurer of Nansemond county to invest, by order of the school trustees of the town of Suffolk, the district school tax of the town of Suffolk. Referred to committee on schools and colleges.

By Mr. Massey :

Resolved, That the committee on constitutional amendments be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so amending section 4 of article 6 of the constitution, as to allow the supreme court of appeals to dispense with giving written reasons for reversing or affirming judge ments or decrees when, in the opinion of said court, the public interest will not suffer thereby.

The morning hour having expired, special order

No. 105. House bill to amend and re-enact sections 3, 4, 6 and 12 of chapter 154 of the Code of 1873, in relation to the jurisdiction of county courts, came up.

On motion of Mr. Bagwell, the special order was postponed for fifteen minutes.

No. 123. House bill to pay Henry A. Wise for his services as commissioner, and for his expenses on the commission, to adjust the boundary line between Virginia and Maryland, was,

On motion of Mr. Bagwell, taken up out of its order on the calendar.

The bill was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.

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

No. 206. House joint resolution to provide for the safe keeping of certain bonds of the Commonwealth, which was read a first time.

Mr. Bagwell moved that the joint resolution be read a second time this day, which was agreed to, two-thirds of the members in the house so determining.

The joint resolution was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.

The joint resolution being presently engrossed,

On motion of Mr. Boykin, it was read a third time this day, twothirds of the members in the house so determining.

The joint resolution was agreed to.

Mr. Powell moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the joint resolution was agreed to, which was rejected.

No. 132. House bill to provide for the payment of interest on the public debt, was,

On motion of Mr. Stuart, taken up out of its order on the calendar,

Mr. Stuart moved to amend the bill by inserting after "debt,” in twelfth line of second section, the words "assumed by this State under act of March 30, 1871."

Mr. Holbrook moved to postpone the bill for ten days.

Special order

No. 105. House bill to amend and re-enact sections 3, 4, 6 and 12 of chapter 154 of the Code of 1873, in relation to the jurisdiction of county courts, again came up.

Mr. Stuart (by leave of the house) withdrew his resolution to recommit the bill with instructions.

Mr. Hunter moved to postpone the special order until Thursday next, 26th instant, which was rejected-yeas 39; nays 62.

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

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