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YEAS—Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Brooks, Campbell, Jack Carter, Cockerille, Coghill, Davis, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Gaines, Gilman, Haden, Henderson, Holbrook, William Hoskins, Hudgin, Hunter, Jordan, B. W. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lovell

, Lovenstein, Loving, Magruder, Montague, Morrison, J. L. Nash, Neeley, Ould, Pannill, Popham, Round, Shumate, Taylor, Williams, and Withers-39.

NAYS—Messrs. Alexander, Armentrout, Armstrong, Banks, Bickings, Blair, Bohannon, Brady, Branch, Brown, J. Armistead Carter, Peter J. Carter, Matt Clark, Cox, Crank, Finney, Gardner, T. S. Gibson, Gilliam, Goodwyn, Grayson, Hale, Hamilton, Harris, Harrison, Bill, Hoenniger, John T. Hoskins, Howard, Koiner, Lamkin, Lee, Lightner, Lipps, Lipscomb, Lucas, Lybrook, Massey, May, McGonigal, McMullan, Moore, Moss, W. A. Nash, Norton, Paige, Pendleton, Rains, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Scruggs, Sellers, Stuart, Swann, Syphax, Taliaferro, Van Auken, Wallace, Webb, Winn, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-62.

Mr. Riddlebarger offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

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

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 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 24, 1874. The senate have passed bills entitled

An act to provide for the registration of the voters of the city of Lynchburg; No. 13.

An act to amend and re-enact the first section of the act to incorporate the Richmond and Henrico turnpike company, approved March twentieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-three; No. 98.

An act to incorporate the Chesapeake and Albemarle railway company; No. 94.

An act to amend the charter of the town of Potomac; No. 101. And

An act act to amend and re-enact section thirty-nine of the Code of 1873, in reference to sales under judgments, warrants or decrees, for debts contracted prior to April tenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-five; No. 106.

In wbich bills they respectfully request the concurrence of the house of delegates.

No. 13. Senate bill, was read twice, and referred to the committee on privileges and elections.

Nos. 94 and 98. Senate bills, were read twice and referred to the committee on roads and internal navigation.

No. 101. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on counties, cities and towns.

No. 106. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee for courts of justice.

No. 69. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Piedmont farmers' association, was reported from the committee on agriculture and mining

No. 145. Senate bill entitled an act to appoint a board of trustees for the Virginia female institute at Staunton, and to provide for the future government of said institute, was reported from the committee on schools and colleges.

No. 27. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the American and European land company, was reported from the committee of propositions and grievances with an amendment.

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 reported from the committee for courts of justice with a recommendation that the house agree to the amendment of the senate.

The following house bills, reported from the committee on militia and police, were read a first time :

No. 207. House bill to provide for the organization and government of the volunteer militia of the State, and to repeal existing laws concerning the same.

No. 208. House bill to amend and re-enact certain sections and chapters of the eleventh title of the Code of 1873, relative to the public defence.

No. 209. House bill for the relief of William B. Garrison, of Warren county, reported from the committee on finance with a recommendation that it do not pass, was read a first time.

The following house bills, reported from the committee on privileges and elections, were read a first time:

Na 210. House bill amending the law in relation to contested elections.

No. 211. House bill entitled an act to amend chapter 48, section 42, Code of 1873, in relation to elections, with a recommendation that it do

not pass.

The following house bills, reported from the committee on propositions and grievances, were read a first time:

No. 212. House bill to prevent the sale of ardent spirits to confirmed drunkards.

No. 213. House 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.

No. 214. House bill to prohibit unlawful hunting, fishing and ranging in the county of Alexandria, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 215. House bill to authorize the vestry of Grace Protestant Episcopal Church, Lexington, to borrow money.

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

No. 216. House bill to amend the fourteenth section of chapter 188, Code of 1873, in relation to larceny, with a recommendation that it do

not pass.

No. 217. House bill to amend and re-enact section 1 of chapter 146 of the Code of 1873, in relation to limitation of entry on or action for land, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

The following reports were agreed to:

The committee for courts of justice have, according to order, had under consideration a resolution upon the expediency of the State's uniting with the corporate authorities of the city of Richmond for the erection of a suitable courthouse for the use of the court of appeals and law library, in connection with the courts of the city of Richmond; and in view of such action, to determine what disposition shall be made of the property of the State now used for the purposes of the said court of appeals and said library; and have adopted the following resolution:

Resolved, That a joint committee of three of the senate, and five of the house of delegates, be appointed to confer with the proper authorities of the city of Richmond, to ascertain the terms upon which a contract may be entered into between the Commonwealth and said city for the erection of a suitable courthouse for the use of the court of appeals and law library, in connection with the courts of the city of Richmond.

The committee of privileges and elections have, according to order, had under consideration a communication from the board of State canvassers, and also a communication from the commissioners of the special election to elect a delegate for the county of Greenesville to the house of delegates, held on the 17th day of February, 1874, in which said commissioners state that Peter K. Jones received the greatest number of votes cast in the said election; but they declined to give him the return because they did not consider him to be a citizen of the said county, respectfully present as their report the following resolution, which they ask the house of delegates to adopt :

Resolved, That Peter K. Jones shall be entitled to qualify as the member of the house of delegates from the county of Greenesville.

The committee of conference appointed to consider the subjects of disagreement between the two houses in relation to house bill (No. 31), entitled "An act amending section 24 of chapter 196 of the Code of 1873, providing for organizing chain-gangs,” respectfully recommend :

1st. That the house of delegates agree to the first amendment proposed by the senate to said bill.

2d. That the following amendment be adopted in lieu of the second amendment of the senate : Strike out the words "city, county, or corporation, which occur in the fifteenth line of the amended section, and insert in lieu thereof the words “adjoining county, or city or town of an adjoining county."

R. A. COGHILL, Chairman house committee.

A. W. C. NOWLIN, Chairman senate committee.

The committee of conference appointed to consider the disagreement between the two houses as to the senate bill entitled “An act prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors on the Sabbath day,” report that they have agreed upon the following amendment, and recommend that the same be adopted in lieu of the amendment proposed by the house of delegates, add at the end of first section the following:

Provided that this law shall not apply to any city having police regulations on this subject, and an ordinance inflicting a penalty equal to the penalty inflicted by this statute.

H. W. THOMAS, Chairman senate committee.

JAMES H. DOOLEY, Chairman house committee.

Motions (severally made) to reconsider the votes by which the foregoing reports were agreed to, were rejected.

Ordered, That Mr. Gilman carry the joint resolution contained in the report of the committee for courts of justice to the senate and request their 'concurrence.

The report of the committee on finance on the petition of citizens of Chincoteague island, Accomac county, praying the passage of a local option law, regulating the sale of alcoholic liquors, &c., (passed by on yesterday), came up.

On motion of Mr. Swann, the report was laid on the table.
The following report was presented :

The committee on enrolled bills have the honor to report that the following bills have been approved by the governor, February 24, 1874:

An act providing for the submission of the repeal of the fence law in Mount Vernon township, Fairfax county, to the voters of said township.

An act to give effect to a compromise of the litigation in respect to the construction and effect of the will of Samuel Miller, deceased, and to establish the “Manual labor school,” provided for in the 25th clause of said will.

An act to prevent fraudulent conversions of money or property, and the fraudulent failure to comply with certain contracts or agreements, and to repeal sections 20 and 21 of chapter 188 of the Code of 1873, in relation to embezzlement.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. Pannill: Memorial from members of the bar of Orange county, relating to compensation of sheriffs. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Moore: Memorial of the bar of Shenandoah, asking an increase in the compensation of sheriffs. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Holbrook : A bill to provide for submission to the people of the proposed amendments to sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of article 7 of the

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constitution of Virginia, in relation to and entitled county organizations. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Montague: Petition of members of the bar of Essex county, asking increase of salary for circuit judges. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Williams: A bill to provide a charter for the city of Winchester. Referred to committee on counties, cities and towns.

By Mr. Montague: Petition of members of the bar of the ninth judicial circuit, asking an increase of salary for the circuit judges. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Williams :

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice inquire into the expediency of so amending the fourth section of chapter 174 of Code of 1873, in reference to judicial sales of real estate, as to provide that unless at the third exposure thereof for sale there shall be bid twothirds of its assessed value, the said real estate shall be rented out for at least twelve months.

By Mr. Rogers: A bill to amend and re-enact section 1, chapter 167, Code of 1873, in relation to wills. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Lamkin: A bill to prohibit keepers of drinking and gambling saloons from allowing minors to become intoxicated or gamble therein. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

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.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Ragland, who informed the house that the senate had agreed to a joint resolution of welcome and congratulation to the British settlers in Virginia; in which they respectfully request the concurrence of the house.

The speaker laid before the house a communication from the auditor of public accounts in answer to a resolution of the house of delegates), showing the number of bushels of oysters shipped from the waters of Virginia from September 1, 1872, to September 1, 1873, which communication was referred to the committee on the Chesapeake and its tributaries.

The hour of one o'clock P. M. having arrived, special orderNo. 61. House bill in relation to the interest on money, came up.

On motion of Mr. Ould, special order (house bill No. 61) was postponed until Friday next, 27th instant-yeas 76; nays 27.

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

YEAS—Messrs. Alexander, Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Bagwell, Banks, Beaton, Blair, Boykin, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, Jack Carter, A. J. Clark, Cockerille, Coghill

, Crank, Davis, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Fulkerson, Gaines, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Grayson, Haden, Hale, Henderson, Hoenniger, Holbrook, Wm. Hoskins, J. T. Hoskins, Howard, Hunter, Jett, Jordan,

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