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gether with a certificate of publication by the publisher of the newspaper in which the proposed amendments shall have been published. A copy from the rolls—Teste:

J. BELL BIGGER, Clerk house of delegates and keeper of the rolls of Virginia.

OFFICE OF RICHMOND WHIG,

Richmond, November 15, 1873. I hereby certify that the annexed order of publication, in relation to proposed amendments to the constitution of Virginia in reference to county organizations, was published in the Richmond Whig for three months previous to the time of choosing the members of the general assembly at the late election of senators and members of the house of delegates of Virginia, which said election was held on Tuesday, 4th day of November, 1873.

J. C. SHIELDS,

Publisher Richmond Whig. Which was referred to the committee for courts of justice.

Mr. Paige offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the secretary of Commonwealth be ordered to furnish each member of this body with a copy of the acts of 1872–73, and a copy of the Code of Virginia of 1860, such copies to be returned three days before the expiration of this session.

The house refused to refer the resolution to a committee.

Mr. Critz offered the following as a substitute for the resolution by Mr. Paige:

Resolved, That the secretary of the Commonwealth be requested to furnish each member of this house a copy of the acts of the last general assembly, the Code of Virginia, together with copies of the acts of 1869-'70, to be returned at the close of the session.

Which was agreed to.
The resolution as amended was agreed to.
Mr. P. K. Jones offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That 300 copies of the rules be printed for the use of the members of this house.

Which was referred to the committee on printing.
Mr. Winn offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the house of delegates, by and with the concurrence of the senate, do on Saturday, the 3d of Jan., 1874, at 1 o'clock P. M., proceed to the election of the following officers, viz: Secretary of the Commonwealth, auditor of public accounts, second auditor, treasurer, superintendent of public printing, superintendent of public instruction, superintendent of penitentiary, general agent and storekeeper of the penitentiary, and register of the land office.

The house refused to refer the resolution to a committee. The resolution was agreed to. Mr. Winn moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the resolution was agreed to, which motion was rejected.

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The speaker appointed the following committee, under resolution offered on yesterday by Mr. Lacy, of New Kent, in relation to rules: Messrs. Lacy, of New Kent, Harrison, Riddlebarger, Taliaferro, Dooley, Wharton, Bagwell, Magruder and Van Auken.

Mr. McMullan (under a suspension of the rules) presented

No. 1. House joint resolution extending the time for the collection of taxes and county and township levies for the year 1873, which was read a first time.

Mr. Taylor (under a suspension of the rules) presented

No. 2. House bill to provide for the collection of the revenue of the city of Norfolk for the year 1873, which was read a first time.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. Wm. E. Nash: Petition of Joseph Walker contesting the election of John W. Walke, of Chesterfield. Referred to committee on privileges and elections.

By Mr. Brady: Joint resolution requesting the repeal of the act of congress increasing the salary of the president of the United States and members of congress. Referred to committee on resolutions.

By Mr. McGonigal:

Resolved, That the committee on finance be requested to inquire into the expediency of extending the time for the collection of taxes from April first to the first day of May.

By Mr. Rufus S. Jones: A bill to amend and re-enact section 18, chapter 196, Code of Virginia (edition of 1860), in reference to offences against morality and decency. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Rufus S. Jones: A 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. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Scruggs: A bill to extend the time for the collection of taxes and county and township levies throughout the Commonwealth. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. A. J. Clark:

Resolved, That the committee on privileges and elections, when appointed, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill for the registration of the voters of this Commonwealth.

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

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 1874.

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

A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

In Senate, January 2, 1874. The senate have passed a bill entitled

An act to render valid the charter of incorporation of the Peoples Savings Bank of Lynchburg, Virginia, and to legalize all acts done under and in accordance with the original charter; No. 1.

In which they respectfully request the concurrence of the house of delegates.

No. 1. Senate bill, was read twice.

On motion of Mr. Coghill, the rule was suspended requiring its reference to a committee, and the bill was placed on the calendar.

The speaker laid before the house a communication from the school board of the city of Lynchburg, which was referred to the committee on schools and colleges.

The speaker laid before the house the following communication:

OFFICE CLERK HOUSE OF DELEGATES,

Richmond, Va., January 1, 1874. MARSHALL HANGER, Esq.,

Speaker House of Delegates : DEAR SIR—In conformity with the requirements of section 14, chapter 15 of the Code of Virginia (edition of 1860), I herewith submit a condensed abstract from the reports made to me by the clerks of courts. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. BELL BIGGER,

Clerk of house of delegates. The abstract was ordered to be printed. (Doc. No. 3.)

The following report was presented:

The report of the special committee appointed by order of the house of delegates to consider and report a set of rules for the permanent government of the house:

The said committee having considered the matters referred to them, ask leave to report,

That the rules of the last house of delegates of Virginia, except the ninth rule, be adopted by this house for its permanent government; that the ninth rule be amended so as to read as follows:

RULE 9. A sergeant-at-arms shall be elected by the house, and shall continue in office during its pleasure. He shall have as his assistants

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four doorkeepers, who shall be elected by the house, and six pages, to be appointed by the speaker, who shall receive as compensation one-half the amount provided by law for a doorkeeper.

The committee having completed the duties assigned to them, ask to be discharged from further service.

Mr. McMullan moved to amend the report by striking out where it first appears in the report the words “ninth rule," and inserting “ninth and eighty-seventh rules,” which was agreed to.

Mr. McMullan moved further to amend the report by adding the following:

That rule eighty-seven be amended so as to read as follows:

87. The rules of the house shall not be changed or suspended, except by a vote of two-thirds of the members present, to be ascertained by an actual division of the house; and upon a motion to suspend a rule of the house, the mover shall be allowed two minutes to state the reasons for his motion, and one member opposed to the motion shall be allowed a like time to object.

Which was agreed to.

Mr. Massey moved to amend the report by striking out “four doorkeepers” and inserting "two doorkeepers,” which was agreed to.

Nr. Critz moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the amendment was agreed to, which motion was agreed to-yeas 74; nays 46.

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

TEAS—Messrs. Bagwell, Beaton, Blair, Bohannon, Boykin, Brooks, Jack Carter, P. J. Carter, A. J. Clark, Coghill, Cox, Critz, Davis, Dooley, Fitspatrick, Franklin, Fulkerson, Gardner, T. S. Gibson, Gilliam, Gilman, Goodwyn, Griffith, Hale, Hamilton, Harris, Hill, Hoeninger, Holbrook, W. Hoskins, J. T. Hoskins, Hudgin, Hunter, P. K. Jones, Rufus S. Jones, B. W. Lacy, J. H. Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lightner, Longley, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lucas, Lybrook, Magruder, May, McMullan, Moss, Jno. L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Nickens, Norton, Ould, Pannill, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Spratt, Stovall, Strother, Swann, Syphax, Taliaferro, Walke, Wallace, Webb, Wharton, Whittaker, Williams, Winn, Withers, and Mr. Speaker-74.

Nays-Messrs. Alexander, Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Brady, Brown, Campbell, J. Armistead Carter, Cockerille, Crank, Finney, Flood, Foster, P. Gibson, Graves, Grayson, Haden, Harrison, Henderson, Howard, James, Jett, Jordan, Koiner, Lewis, Lipps, Massey, Moore, Morris, Morrison, O'Neal, Pendleton, Popham, Powell, Richmond, Round, Sernges, Sellers, Shumate, Stuart, Taylor, Thomas, Turner, Yager, and Young—46.

The question recurring on agreeing to the motion by Mr. Massey to strike out “four doorkeepers” and insert “two doorkeepers” —

Mr. Critz moved as an amendment to insert "three,” which was agreed to.

Mr. Popham moved to amend the report by striking out “six pages.” and inserting "four pages,” which was rejected.

The report as amended was agreed to.

Mr. Critz moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the report was agreed to, which motion was rejected.

Mr. Hunter moved to amend the rules by striking out in the 16th rule the word “resolutions,” and inserting the words "Federal relations and resolutions,” which was agreed to.

The rules of the house of delegates are as follows:

1.-ORGANIZATION.

Elections. 1. At elections in the house, the voting shall be viva voce, unless otherwise expressly provided; and only one person shall be chosen at a time. If on the first voting no one receives a majority, the person having the smallest number of votes shall not be voted for on the next trial; and so on, until some one shall receive a majority of the whole vote. If the election be by joint vote of the two houses, messages shall be exchanged before each voting, announcing the names of the persons in nomination. A committee of three members from each house shall compare the votes, and ascertain and report the result.

The Speaker. 2. “The house of delegates shall choose its own speaker.” The speaker may call any member to the chair, who shall exercise its functions for the time; but no member by virtue of such appointment shall preside for a longer time than three days. During such substitution, the speaker may participate in the debates. If the speaker be absent, and have named no one to act in his stead, the duties shall be performed by the chairman of one of the standing committees, taking precedence in the order in which the committees are named in rule 16.

3. The speaker shall take the chair every day precisely at the hour to which the house shall have adjourned on the preceding day; shall immediately call the house to order; and, a quorum being present, shall cause the journal of the preceding day to be read. Any mistakes in the entries shall, upon motion, then be corrected.

4. The speaker shall have power to supervise and correct the journal before it is read. He shall have a general direction of the hall, with power, in case of disturbance or disorderly conduct in such part thereof as may

be appropriated to spectators, to have the same cleared. Stenographers and reporters for the press, wishing to take down the proceedings of the house, may be admitted by the speaker, who shall assign them to such places on the floor as shall not interfere with the convenience of the members.

5. All acts, addresses and joint resolutions shall be signed by the speaker; and all writs and warrants issued by order of the house shall be under his hand and seal, attested by the clerk.

The Clerk. 6. A clerk shall be elected by the house, and shall be deemed to continue in office until' another is chosen. He may employ an assistant clerk, and shall, subject to the approval of the speaker, appoint the six committee clerks provided for by law. He shall be charged with the whole clerical business of the house, and of its committees, and shall see that the committee clerks discharge properly the duties required of them by the several committees to which they are assigned, and that, when not so employed, they render such assistance as may be required to other committees and in the business of the house. The committee

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