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No. 304. House bill to provide for the payment to the county of Alleghany of the amount of the judgments against said county for damages to land-holders arising from the construction of the Covington and Ohio railroad, reported from the committee on claims, with a recommendation that it do not pass, was read a first time.

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

No. 305. House bill authorizing the surveyors of Craig and Giles counties to rearrange boundary lines so as to include James M. Reynolds in the county of Craig.

No. 306. House bill to provide a charter for the city of Winchester.

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

No. 307. House bill authorizing the board of supervisors of each county in this State to increase the salary of the county court judges.

No. 308. House bill to amend section 21 of chapter 146, Code of 1873, concerning conservators of the peace.

No. 309. House bill to amend and re-enact section 1, chapter 167, Code of 1873, in relation to rules, with a recommendation that it do

not pass.

The following reports were agreed to:

The committee on finance, having under consideration the memorial of W. W. Newman, praying for the payment of $512 30 for services rendered, beg leave to report that it is inexpedient to grant it, and ask to be discharged from its further consideration.

The committee on roads aud internal navigation have had under consideration senate bill No. 200, entitled "An act to authorize the qualified voters of Halifax county to vote on the question of the purchase of the toll-bridge at South Boston in that county, in order to make it a free bridge,” and as the subject in another form is now before the committee on propositions and grievances, they therefore ask to be discharged from its further consideration, and that the same be referred to the committee on propositions and grievances..

The committee for courts of justice have, according to order, taken into consideration a petition of the bar of the county of Bedford, and of sundry other counties in the Commonwealth, each for an increase of the salaries of the circuit court judges, and have adopted the following resolution :

Resolved (as the opinion of this committee), That it is inexpedient to increase the said salaries.

'Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Pendleton, A. J. Clark and Round two days, J. Horace Lacy, Koiner and Morrison three days each.

Mr. Gardner moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the house agreed to the senate joint resolution directing the keeper of the rolls to return to the senate house bill No. 227, entitled an act to amend the first, third and fourth sections of the charter of the town of Ashland.

Ordered, That Mr. Gardner inform the senate that the house had agreed to the senate joint resolution, and return the bill to the senate.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. Coghill: A bill to amend section 1, chapter 167 of the Code of 1873, in relation to proceedings at rules. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Round: A bill to establish a system of normal schools for the training of public school teachers. Referred to committee on schools and colleges.

By Mr. Cecil : Petition of citizens of Jeffersonville, Virginia, to impose certain conditions in granting licenses to sell ardent spirits. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Fulkerson :

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be instructed to inquire into the expediency of increasing or re-arranging the judicial circuits of the State, and to report a bill for the purpose if deemed proper:

By Mr. Foster: A remonstrance against the proposed construction of a railroad through certain counties to the Southern boundary line of the State of Virginia by the common and select council of the city of Norfolk. Referred to the committee on roads and internal navigation,

The morning hour having expired, the house proceeded to the consideration of the business on the calendar.

The motion by Mr. Taliaferro to reconsider the vote by which house bill No. 254, for the preservation of oysters, and to obtain revenue for the privilege of taking them within the waters of the Commonwealth, was ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time, was rejected.

No. 253. House bill to amend and re-enact the 13th and 59th sections of chapter 78 of the Code of 1873, in relation to public free schools (unfinished business), came up.

The bill was amended.

The question being shall the bill be engrossed to be read a third time, was put and decided in the negative-yeas 48; nays 50.

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

YEAS—Messrs. Armstrong, Banks, Bickings, Jack Carter, Cecil, Matt Clark, Critz, Finney, Fulkerson, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Graves, Griffith, Hale, Hamilton, Holbrook, William Hoskins, John T. Hoskins, Howard, Hudgin, Hunter, James, B. W. Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Lucas, May, Montague, O'Neal, Popham, Powell, Rains, Richmond, Round, Sellers, Spratt, Stovall, Strother, Swann, Taylor, Turner, Wallace, Wharton, Whittaker, and Yager-48.

Nays-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Bagwell, Beaton, Blair, Bohannon, Boykin, Brooks, J. Armistead Carter, P. J. Carter, Coghill, Cox, Crank, Davis, Dooley, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Franklin, Friend, Gilman, Haden, Harris, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Hoenniger, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Lipscomb, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lybrook, Magruder, Massey, Morris, Moss, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Nickens, Norton, Shumate, Stuart, Syphax, Taliaferro, Webb, Winn, Withers, and Mr. Speaker-50.

On motion of Mr. Taylor, the house adjourned until Monday next at 11 o'clock A. M.

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 1874.

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

In Senate, March 14, 1874. The senate have passed house bill entitled

An act to amend and re-enact the 31st section of the 108th chapter of the Code of 1873, relative to proceedings on a caveat; No. 106.

And they have agreed to the report of the committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two houses in relation to house bill entitled an act amending section twenty-four of chapter one hundred and ninety-six of the Code of 1873, providing for organizing chain-gangs; No. 31.

The report of the committee of conference on house bill No. 31, as follows:

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 15th line of the amended section, and insert in lien thereof the words “adjoining county or city or town of that or of an adjoining county."

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

R. A. COGHILL,

Chairman house committee.. Was agreed to.

Mr. Lovenstein moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the report of the committee of conference was agreed to, which was rejected.

No. 200. Senate bill entitled an act to authorize the qualified voters of Halifax county to vote on the question of the purchase of the tollbridge at South Boston, in that county, in order to make it a free bridge, was reported from the committee on propositions and grievances.

The following senate bills were reported from the committee on finance :

No. 223. Senate bill entitled an act making an annual appropriation to the sinking fund, for the purchase of certain bonds of the State, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 143. Senate bill entitled an act for the relief of Ira M. Hurt and Ira Hurt, sureties for Richard A. Hurt, a lunatic,

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No. 46. House bill entitled an act in relation to action of detinue, was reported from the committee for courts of justice, with a recommendation that the amendments of the senate be disagreed to.

No. 91. Senate bill entitled an act prescribing the manner in which records of the supreme court of appeals shall be printed, and providing for letting the same to contract, was reported from the committee for courts of justice, with an amendment and a recommendation that it do

not pass.

Mr. Fulkerson (under a suspension of the rules) presented—

No. 310. House bill to enlarge the corporate limits of the town of Goodson, Virginia, which was read a first time.

The following report was agreed to:

The committee for courts of justice have, according to order, had under consideration a resolution instructing them to consider and report what measures should be adopted by the general assembly to insure a speedy adjustment between the States of Virginia and West Virginia, of the amounts for which they are respectively liable on account of the debt of the Commonwealth of Virginia incurred prior to its division into two States, and have adopted the following resolution :

Resolved (as the opinion of this committe), That it is inexpedient to legislate upon this subject.

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Montague and Longley three days each, Blair six days, and Cecil indefinite.

Mr. Powell offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That on and after to-morrow, the 17th, the house meet at 10 o'clock Á. M., and that the chair be vacated at 2 o'clock P. M., and resumed again at 4 P. M., for the purpose of considering private or local bills.

The house referred the resolution to the committee on rules-yeas 50; nays 34.

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

YEAS-Messrs. Anderson, Armentrout, Bagwell, Bohannon, Brooks, Jack Carter, Matt Clark, Cox, Dooley, Fitzpatrick, Franklin, Fulkerson, Griffith, Hamilton, Harris, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Holbrook, John T. Hoskins, Hudgin, Hunter, P. K. Jones, Lipscomb, Lovenstein, Lucas, Lybrook, Magruder, May, Montague, Moss, Nickens, Norton, Rains, Shumate, Spratt, Stovall, Strother, Stuart, Swann, Syphax, Taliaferro, Taylor, Turner, Webb, Whittaker, Williams, Withers, Young, and Mr. Speaker–50.

Nays-Messrs. Allen, Armstrong, Banks, Brown, J. A. Carter, Coghill, Crank, Critz, Finney, Flood, Friend, Gardner, T. S. Gibson, Graves, Grayson, Haden, William Hoskins, IIoward, B. W. Lacy, Lamkin, Lewis, Lipps, Lovell, Loving, Massey, Morris, Pannill, Popham, Powell, Richmond, Sellers, Wallace, Wharton, and Yager-34.

Mr. Richmond offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That on and after the 17th instant the chair be vacated at 3 o'clock P. M., and resumed at 71 P. M., for the consideration of private bills on the calendar.

The house referred the resolution to the committee on rules--yeas 46; nays 43.

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

YEAS-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Bagwell, Bohannon, Brady, Jack Carter, Matt Clark, Cox, Davis, Dooley, Franklin, P. Gibson, Griffith, Hamilton, Harris, Harrison, Hill, Holbrook, J. T. Hoskins, Hudgin, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Lipscomb, Lovenstein, Lucas, Magruder, May, Montague, Morris, Moss, Nickens, Norton, Rains, Shumate, Spratt, Stovall, Strother, Swann, Syphax, Taliaferro, Webb, Whittaker, Winn, Withers, Young, and Mr. Speaker-46.

NAYS— Messrs. Armentrout, Armstrong, Banks, Brooks, Brown, J. A. Carter, Coghill, Crank, Critz, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Friend, Fulkerson, Gardner, T. S. Gibson, Graves, Grayson, Haden, Henderson, William Hoskins, Howard, Hunter, B. W. Lacy, Lamkin, Lewis, Lipps, Lovell, Loving, Lybrook, Massey, Pannill, Popham, Powell, Richmond, Sellers, Stuart, Taylor, Turner, Wallace, Wharton, Williams, and Yager-43.

Mr. Allen moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the house referred the resolution (offered by Mr. Richmond) to the committee on rules, which was rejected.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. Swann: A bill to amend an act passed January 29, 1829, entitled an act to appoint trustees for the town of Port Royal, in the county of Caroline. Referred to committee on counties, cities and towns.

By Mr. Foster :

Resolved, That the committee on public property inquire into the expediency of giving to the Richmond Howitzers, a military organization of the city of Richmond, sixty thousand of the bricks now standing on the armory lot, for the purpose of building an armory for the battery of four guns, the property of the State, now in possession of the company.

The morning hour having expired, special order

No. 276. House bill for the assessment, levy and collection of taxes, came up:

The hour of 12 o'clock M. having arrived, special order

No. 10. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for the lease of the penitentiary, came up.

On motion of Mr. Winn, the special order (senate bill No. 10) was postponed until Monday next.

Special order

No. 276. House bill for the assessment, levy and collection of taxes, again came up.

Mr. Holbrook moved to recommit the bill to the committee on finance, with instructions to report the tax bill now existing as a law, with modification of the liquor licenses to correspond with the bill now pending, which was rejected-yeas 44; nays 52.

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

YEAS-Messrs. Armstrong, Bickings, Brady, Jack Carter, Matt Clark, Crank, Davis, Foster, Fulkerson, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Grayson, Griffith, Haden, Hale, Hamilton, Harris, Hill, Holbrook, William Hoskins, John T. Hoskins, Howard,

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