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ting a personal staff of a military character for the executive, paid and on duty as such in time of peace, an office which I decline to fill, be abolished, and such provision made for securing needful clerical assistance in this office as may appear to be proper; that the office of superintendent of public buildings, of comparatively recent origin as a separate office, as such wholly unnecessary, and creating a charge upon the treasury excessively disproportionate to the services performed, be abolished, and its duties devolved upon the adjutant-general, or such other officer as may be properly designated for the purpose, with such readjustment of the salary of the latter officer as the increase of his duties may render appropriate ; and that each department and office of the government be rigidly inspected and scrutinized for the purpose of purging the public service of all unnecessary officers and employees.

The opportunity and duty are ours to inaugurate a new era of efficiency in the government. If the task of building up the foundations of a prosperous Commonwealth be great, we have good assurance that here and now it can be happily accomplished. It was at an earlier period of her growth that Virginia, after leading in revolution, in achieving independence, in founding a government of constitutional liberty, was still able to strengthen the young republic, which her wisdom and valor had freely nurtured, and to enrich it with the dowry of a more than imperial domain. With motives not less pure than those which inspired our great forefathers, we have passed through suffering and sacrifice such as they were not called to endure; and the dire chastenings of adversity have fitted us to renew their virtues, and to signalize this as the true heroic age of our State. Let us rise above the controversies and passions of the past. By a noble union of all the elements of her strength ; by promoting cordial relations among ourselves and the resolute co-operation of true men of all classes and parties of our people; "by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance and virtue," and by the wise and bold use of our great opportunities and resources, we will more than restore the pristine power and splendor of Virginia. The best of her possessions yet remains unimpaired. Emerging from great disasters, stricken with sorrows, mutilated, poor, a stainless honor crowns her brow—still shining with courage and hope. With great expectations, she now turns to the representatives of the people. My unremitting and laborious co-operation will second your every effort to advance the general welfare. And my profoundest desires, my sole ambition, will be accomplished in the glory of the Commonwealth,

JAMES L. KEMPER.

Mr. Jack Carter moved that the message be laid on the table, and that 1,500 copies be printed for the use of the house.

Mr. Paige moved to strike out 1,500 and insert 1,000, which was agreed to.

The resolution as amended was agreed to.

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

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 1874.
Prayer by Rev. Moses D. Hoge, of the Presbyterian church.
The journal was read by the clerk.

The speaker laid before the house a communication from the board appointed by the governor to visit Mount Vernon. (Doc. No. 1.)

The speaker laid before the house a communication from the executive in relation to pardons, reprieves, commutations, etc., of punishment during the

year 1873. (Doc. No. 2.) The speaker laid before the house the following communication from the clerks of the senate and house of delegates in relation to the proposed amendments to the constitution of Virginia in relation to county organizations :

CERTIFIED COPY OF JOINT RESOLUTIONS Proposing amendments to the constitution of Virginia in relation to

county organizations.

RICHMOND, January 1st, 1874. To the General Assembly of Virginia:

We have the honor to transmit herewith a certified copy of joint resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution of Virginia in relation to county organizations, and providing for the publication of the said amendments, and for the communication of a copy thereof and of these resolutions to the general assembly to be chosen at the next general election of senators and members of the house of delegates, together with a certificate of publication by the publisher of the newspaper in which the proposed amendments have been published. Very respectfully, your obedient servants,

SHELTON C. DAVIS,
Clerk of the senate of Virginia.

J. BELL BIGGER,
Clerk of house of delegates of Virginia.

OFFICE CLERK OF HOUSE OF DELEGATES OF VIRGINIA,

Richmond, July 30, 1873. The following proposed amendments to the constitution of Virginia, in relation to county organizations, is published as required.

J. BELL BIGGER,
Clerk of the house of delegates of Virginia.

JOINT RESOLUTIONS Proposing amendments to sections one, two, three and four of the sev

enth article of the constitution of this Commonwealth in relation to county organization, for publishing said amendments and certifying the same to the next general assembly.

[Agreed to March 31, 1873.] Resolved by the senate and house of delegates (a majority of the members elected to each of the two houses agreeting thereto), That the

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following amendments and the schedule annexed thereto, be and they are hereby proposed to the constitution of Virginia, and are hereby referred to the general assembly, to be chosen at the next general election of senators and members of the house of delegates, for its concurrence, in conformity with Article XII of said constitution, viz:

Strike from the constitution of Virginia the first and second sections of the seventh article, in reference to county organizations, which are in these words:

County Organizations. SEC. 1. There shall be elected by the qualified voters of the county one sheriff; one attorney for the Commonwealth, who shall also be the Commonwealth's attorney for the circuit court; one county clerk, who shall also be the clerk of the circuit court, except that in counties containing fifteen thousand inhabitants there may be a separate clerk for the circuit court; one county treasurer, and one superintendent of the poor. And there shall be appointed, in the manner provided for in Article VIII, one superintendent of schools : provided, that counties containing less than eight thousand inhabitants may be attached to adjoining counties for the formation of districts for superintendents of schools : provided, also, that in counties containing thirty thousand inhabitants there may be appointed an additional superintendent of schools therein. All regular elections for county officers shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and all officers elected or appointed under this provision shall enter upon the duties of their offices on the first day of January next succeeding their election, and shall hold their respective offices for the term of three years, except that the county and circuit court clerks shall hold their offices for

four years.

Townships. SEC. 2. Each county of the State shall be divided into so many compactly located townships as may be deemed necessary, not less than three; provided, that after three have been formed no additional township shall be made containing less than thirty square miles. Each township shall be known as the township of -, in the county of

-, and may sue and be sued by such title. In each township there shall be elected, annually, one supervisor, one township clerk, one assessor, one collector, one commissioner of roads, one overseer of the poor, one justice of the peace, who shall hold his office three years, one constable, who shall hold his office three years : provided, that at the first election held under this provision, there shall be three justices of the peace and three constables elected, whose terms shall be one, two and three years, respectively. All regular elections for township officers shall take place on the fourth Thursday in May, and all officers so elected shall enter upon the duties of their respective offices on the first day of July next succeeding their election. The supervisors of each township shall constitute the board of supervisors for that county, and shall assemble at the court-house thereof on the first Monday in De

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cember in each year, and proceed to audit the accounts of said county, examine the books of the assessors, regulate and equalize the valuation of property, fix the county levies for the ensuing year, apportion the same among the various townships, and perform such other duties as shall be prescribed by law.

And insert, in lieu thereof, the following:

ARTICLE VII.

County Organizations. SEC. 1. There shall be elected by the qualified voters of the county, one sheriff, one attorney for the Commonwealth, who shall also be the Commonwealth's attorney for the circuit court; one county clerk, who shall be clerk of the circuit court, except that in counties containing fifteen thousand inhabitants there may be a separate clerk of the circuit court; one county treasurer; and so many commissioners of the revenue as may be provided by law; and there shall be appointed, in a manner to be provided by law, one superintendent of the poor and one county surveyor; and there shall also be appointed in the manner provided for in article eight, one superintendent of schools. All regular elections for county officers shall be held on the fourth Thursday in May, and all officers elected or appointed under this provision shall enter upon the duties of their offices on the first day of July next succeeding their election, and shall hold their respective offices for the term of four years, except that county and circuit court clerks shall hold their offices for six years.

SEC. 2. Each county of the State shall be divided into so many compactly located magisterial districts as may be deemed necessary, not less than three: provided, that after these have been formed, no additional districts shall be made containing less than thirty square miles. Each magisterial district to be known as magisterial district of county. In each district there shall be elected one supervisor, three justices of the peace, one constable and one overseer of the poor, who shall hold their respective offices for the term of two years.

All

regular elections for magisterial district officers shall take place on the fourth Thursday in May, and all officers so elected shall enter upon the duties of their respective offices on the first day of July next succeeding their election. The supervisors of the districts shall constitute the board of supervisors for that county, whose duty it shall be to audit the accounts of the county, examine the books of the commissioners of the revenue, regulate and equalize the valuation of property, fix the county levies of the ensuing year, and perform any other duties required of them by law.

Strike out the third section of the same article, which is in these words:

School Districts.

SEC. 3. Each township shall be divided into so many compactly located school districts as may be deemed necessary : provided, that no

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school district shall be formed containing less than one hundred inhabitants. In each shool district there shall be elected or appointed annually one school trustee, who shall hold his office three years : provided, that at the first election held under this provision there shall be three trustees elected, whose terms shall be one, two and three years, respectively.

And insert in lieu thereof the following:

SEC. 3. Each magisterial district shall be divided into so many compactly located shool district as may be deemed necessary: provided, that no school district shall be formed containing less than one hundred inhabitants. In each school districts there shall be elected or appointed annually one school trustee, who shall hold his office three years : provided, that at the first election held under this provision there shall be three trustees elected, whose terms shall be one, two, and and three years, respectively.

From the same article strike out the fourth section, which is in these words:

Road Districts.

SEC. 4. Each township shall be divided into one or more road districts. In each road district there shall be elected annually, one overseer of roads, under whose direction the roads shall be kept in repair at the public expense, in a mode prescribed by law.

The legally constituted officers of the several counties and townships of the State, at the date of the ratification of these amendments by the people, shall continue to discharge the duties of their respective offices until the officers provided for by these amendments shall have been elected, or appointed, and qualified ; and all bonds or recognizances entered into by any county or township officer for the faithful discharge of the duties of his office shall remain valid and binding, and all rights and liabilities under the same shall continue, and may be prosecuted as provided by law.

Resolved, That the clerk of the house of delegates, or the clerk of the senate be authorized and required, or if a vacancy happen in both of said offices, the presiding officer of either house of the general assembly be authorized and requested to cause the proposed amendments and these resolutions to be published in some newspaper published in the city of Richmond for three months previous to the time of choosing the members of the general assembly at the next general election of senators and members of the house of delegates.

Resolved, That the clerk of the senate and the clerk of the house of delegates be required to transmit to the general assembly to be chosen at the next general election of senators and members of the house of delegates a certified copy of said amendments and these resolutions, to

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