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

Mr. Stuart (under a suspension of the rules) offered the following joint resolution :

Resolved by the general assembly of Virginia, That all bills, resolutions and other business which may be pending and undisposed of in the senate or house of delegates at the close of the present session of the general assembly, shall not fail in consequence of the adjournment, but shall retain the places which they respectively held on the calendars, tables or before the committees of the senate and house at the time of adjournment, and at the commencement of the next session shall be proceeded in in like manner as if the senate and house had merely taken

a recess.

The joint resolution was agreed to.

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

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. Lybrook: A bill to incorporate the Giles county iron company. Referred to committee on propositions and grievances.

By Mr. Morris : A bill to incorporate the New river and Piedmont narrow gauge railroad company. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. Brooks: A bill to incorporate the Mecklenburg agricultural society. Referred to committee on agriculture and mining.

By Mr. Beaton: Petition of the bar of Southampton county, asking for an increase of sheriffs' fees. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Lovell: Petition from Warren county, asking additional compensation to sheriffs. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Loving: Petition of the members of the bar of Amherst county, asking for an increase of pay of the judge of the court of ap-. peal. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. McMullan : Petition of the bar of Greene county, asking for an increase of sheriffs' fees. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Cecil: Petition of the bar of Tazewell county, asking for an increase of sheriffs' fees. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Brooks:

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be instructed to inquire as to the expediency of a rearrangement of the first, second, third and fifth judicial circuits, and the formation of an additional circuit, to be composed of the counties of Chesterfield, Powhatan, Amelia, Cumberland and Buckingham.

By Mr. Hanger: Petition of trustees of Mount Tabor church to sell parsonage. 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.

The question being on agreeing to the substitute offered by Mr. Riddlebarger,

Mr. Powell moved the pending question, which was not ordered— yeas 35; nays 64.

On motion of Mr. A. J. Clark, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS–Messrs. Alexander, Armentrout, Bagwell, Banks, Blair, J. A. Carter, Cockerille, Critz, Davis, Graves, Henderson, Howard, Jordan, Lee, Lipps, Longley, Lucas, Lybrook, Montague, Moore, Morris, Morrison, Pannill, Pendleton, Poweil, Richmond, Round, Sellers, Shumate, Taylor, Van Auken, Wallace, Webb, Williams, and Yager-35.

Nays—Messrs. Anderson, Armstrong, Bohannon, Boykin, Brown, Campbell, P. J. Carter, A.J. Clark, Coghill, Cox, Crank, Dooley, Flood, Franklin, Gardner, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Goodwyn, Haden, Hale, Hamilton, Harris, Harrison, Hoenniger, Hudgin, Hunter, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, J. H. Lacy, Lamkin, Lightner, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Magruder, Massey, McGonigal, McMullan, Moss, J. L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Nickens, Norton, Popham, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Scruggs, Spratt, Strother, Stuart, Swann, Syphax, Taliaferro, Thomas, Turner, Wharton, Whittaker, Withers, Young, and Mr. Speaker-64.

The substitute offered by Mr. Riddlebarger was amended, on motion by Mr. A. J. Clark, by inserting in the thirteenth line the words “may grant letters of administration, admit wills to probate, appoint guardians, curators and committees, and.”.

The substitute was rejected-yeas 39; nays 64.
On motion of Mr. Boykin, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS-Messrs. Beaton, Boykin, Peter J., Carter, A. J. Clark, Crank, Davis, Franklin, Gardner, P. Gibson, Goodwyn, Harris, Ilill, Hoenniger, Jett, R. S. Jones, Jordan, Koiner, J. H. Lacy, Lamkin, Lightner, Lucas, McGonigal, McMullan, Moore, Moss, J. L. Nash, Nickens, Norton, Riddlebarger, Round, Scruggs, Stuart, Swann, Thomas, Van Auken, Wallace, Whittaker, Withers, and Mr. Speaker-39.

Nays-Messrs. Alexander, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Banks, Blair, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, Cecil, Cockerille, Coghill, Critz, Dooley, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Fulkerson, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Graves, Grayson, Haden, Hale, Hamilton, Harrison, Henderson, Howard, Hunter, P. K. Jones, B. W. Lacy, Lee, Lewis, Lipps, Longley, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lybrook, Magruder, Massey, Montague, Morris, Morrison, W. A. Nash, Neeley, O'Neal, Pannill, Pendleton, Popham, Powell, Richmond, Rogers, Sellers, Shumate, Spratt, Syphax, Taliaferro, Turner, Webb, Wharton, Williams, and Yager-64.

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. Harrison, the special order was postponed for one hour.

Special order

No. 105. House bill to amend and re-enact sections 3, 4, 6 and 12 of chapter 151 of the Code of 1873, in relation to the jurisdiction of county courts, again came up.

Mr. Riddlebarger moved to amend the bill by inserting the following:

“Sec. 5. The county court shall likewise have jurisdiction of all presentments, informations and indictments for felonies, misdemeanors, and other criminal offences;" which was rejected.

On motion of Mr. Montague, the bill was amended by striking out in the 22d line the words “neither said county court nor the judge,” and inserting “the said county courts or judges.”

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

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

Messages were received from the senate by Messrs. Taylor and Nowlin, who informed the house that the senate had agreed to joint resolutions asking the return to the senate of

No. 172. Senate bill entitled an act to repeal section 41 of chapter 86, Code of 1873, in relation to exportations or sale, without inspection, of flour, corn meal, bread, salt, fish, pork, beef, tar, pitch, turpentine, butter, lard, lumber, &c.; and

No. 177. House bill entitled an act to prescribe the times for holding the terms of the circuit courts of this Commonwealth, and to repeal the 15th section of the 155th chapter of Code of 1873, which authorizes the judges of said courts to fix said terms.

Special order-
No. 61. House bill in relation to the interest on money, again came up.

On motion of Mr. B. W. Lacy, the special order was postponed until to-morrow immediately after the morning hour.

On motion of Mr. Brooks, the house adjourned until to-morrow at 11 o'clock A. M.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 1874.

Prayer by Rev. Dr. C. H. Read, 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, March 4, 1874. The senate have passed bills entitled

An act to authorize the township board of Western Branch township, Norfolk county, to make a special levy for the costs of rebuilding Scott's creek or causeway; No. 156.

An act in relation to the records of Alexandria county ; No. 161.

An act to authorize the board of school trustees of King & Queen county to sell the Smithfield tract of land in said county ; No. 189.

An act to incorporate the Bank of Jacksonville ; No. 198. And

An act to extend the time within which the township collectors of the counties of Wise and Buchanan may return their delinquent lists for the years eighteen hundred and seventy-two and eighteen hundred and seventy-three; No. 203.

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

No. 156. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on roads and internal navigation.

Nos. 161 and 189. Senate bills, were read twice and referred to the committee for courts of justice.

No. 198. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on banks and commerce.

No. 203. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on finance.

The following senate joint resolutions were agreed to :

Resolved, That the house of delegates be respectfully requested to return to the senate senate bill No. 172, entitled “An act to repeal section 41 of chapter 86, Code of 1873, in relation to exportations or sale, without inspection, of flour, corn meal, bread, salt, fish, pork, beef, tar, pitch, turpentine, butter, lard, lumber, &c."

Resolved, That the house of delegates be requested to return to the senate house bill No. 177, entitled “An act to prescribe the times for holding the terms of the circuit courts of this Commonwealth, and to repeal the 15th section of the 155th chapter of Code of 1873, which authorizes the judges of said courts to fix said terms."

Motions (severally made) by Mr. Critz to reconsider the votes by which the senate joint resolutions were agreed to, were rejected.

Ordered, That Mr. Blair inform the senate that the house bave agreed to the joint resolutions of the senate, and they return the bills asked for to the senate.

The following senate bills were reported from the committee on counties, cities and towns :

No. 160. Senate bill entitled an act to prescribe the pay of road commissioners in Nelson county for 1874, 1875 and 1876.

No. 183. Senate bill entitled an act to authorize the councils of Norfolk city to use, hold, sell, lease and dispose of a certain tract, or parcel of land, in Norfolk county, belonging to said city.

The following senate bills were reported from the committee on privileges and elections :

No. 32. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for a new registration in Alexandria city and county:

No. 180. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for purging the registration books of illegal voters.

No. 6. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for a general registration of voters of the city of Petersburg.

No. 124. House bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact sections six and nine and to repeal section seven of an act to incorporate the New York and Norfolk railroad company, approved March 15, 1872, and to make further provisions in regard to the charter of said company, was reported from the committee on roads and internal naviga

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tion, with a recommendation that the house agree to the first, second and third and disagree to the fourth amendment of the senate.

No. 258. House bill to establish a corporation court for the city of Manchester, reported from the committee for courts of justice, was read a first time.

No. 259. House bill to amend the charter of the Matoaco manufacturing company in the county of Chesterfield, reported from the committee on manufactures and mechanic arts, was read a first time.

The following reports were agreed to:

The committee on roads and internal navigation have had under consideration a petition of citizens of Bedford and Franklin counties, 'asking that the charter of the Otter bridge company be repealed, report that, in their opinion, remedies against the complaints are in the hands of the courts, and they ask to be discharged from its further consideration.

The committe on roads and internal navigation have had under consideration a report of the board of public works, containing “a statement of the stocks in and claims against internal improvement companies held by the Commonwealth May 1, 1865, showing what disposition has been made of them; if sold, to whom sold, at what price, and by what authority; also, what amount of said stocks and claims are still held by the Commonwealth,” in response to a resolution of the committee, and they recommend that the report be laid on the table and printed.

The committee on finance having under consideration a petition from the citizens of Rockingham, praying the passage of a bill authorizing sheriffs to take charge of all sales of land under a decree of court, &c., beg leave to be discharged from its further consideration, and that it bé referred to committee for courts of justice.

Mr. Holbrook stated that had be been present he would have voted against the substitute to 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, and for the bill, but had pared off with Mr. Gaines.

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Brooks one day, Powell and Goodwyn two days each, Norton three days, and Lipscomb five days.

Mr. Hudgin (under a suspension of the rules) offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be instructed to report a bill empowering the county courts to try all cases of felony except where the accused may be punished with death or confinement in the penitentiary for a term of eighteen years.

On motion of Mr. Critz, the resolution was amended by striking out the words “be instructed to report," and inserting “inquire into the expediency of reporting."

The resolution as amended was agreed to.

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