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James, P. K. Jones, Lamkin, Lipps, Lipscomb, Lucas, May, Morris, John L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Nickens, Norton, Powell, Rains, Sellers, Spratt, Stovall, Syphax, Turner, Whittaker, Yager, and Young-44.

NAYS-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Bagwell, Banks, Beaton, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, P. J. Carter, Coghill, Cox, Critz, Dooley, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Franklin, Friend, Gardner, Gilman, Graves, Goodwyn, Harrison, Henderson, Hoenniger, Hunter, R. S. Jones, B. W. Lacy, Lightner, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lybrook, Magruder, Massey, Moss, Neeley, Ould, Pannill, Richmond, Shumate, Strother, Stuart, Swann, Taliaferro, Wallace, Webb, Wharton, Williams, Winn, Withers, and Mr. Speaker–52.

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 1874. Prayer by Rev. J. Z. Tyler, of the Seventh-street Christian church. The journal was read by the clerk. A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

In Senate, March 16, 1874. The senate have passed bills entitled

An act to incorporate the Saint Mary's Catholic benevolent society of Fredericksburg, Virginia ; No. 193.

An act to amend and re-enact section 15 of chapter 173 of the Code of Virginia (edition of 1873), in relation to new trials ; No. 207.

An act repealing the charter granted to the Manchester cotton mills by the judge of the second circuit, and reincorporating said company; No. 209.

An act to amend and re-enact sixty-third section of chapter fifty-seven Code of 1873, with reference to chartered companies; No. 211.

An act amending sections eleven and fourteen of chapter 155 of Code of 1873, in relation to the terms of the circuit and chancery courts of the city of Richmond ; No. 214.

An act authorizing the trustees of the Presbyterian church at Culpeper to borrow money and execute a mortgage therefor; No. 226.

An act in relation to subscriptions to the stock of incorporated companies by counties, cities, towns or townships ; No. 212.

An act to amend and re-enact section 63, chapter 52 of the Code of 1873, in relation to tram-roads ; No. 220. And

An act to provide a charter for the city of Winchester ; No. 239. In which bills they respectfully request the concurrence of the house of delegates.

Senate bills Nos. 207, 211, 214 and 226 were read twice and referred to the committee for courts of justice.

Senate bills Nos. 193 and 209 were read twice and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

Senate bills Nos. 212 and 220 were read twice and referred to the committee on roads and internal navigation.

Senate bill No. 239 was read twice and referred to the committee on counties, cities ond towns.

The following report was agreed to:

The committee on public grounds and buildings having had under consideration the resolution inquiring into the expediency of furnishing sixty thousand bricks to the Richmond Howitzers from the old armory for the purpose of building an armory for their battery of four guns, have come to the following resolution:

Resolved, That it is deemed inexpedient to legislate on the subject.

The speaker laid before the house the following communications :

EXCHANGE HOTEL AND BALLARD HOUSE,

RICHMOND, VA., March 17, 1874. To his Excellency J. L. Kemper, governor of Virginia :

Dear Sir—The undersigned, citizens of Maryland, have the honor to announce our arrival in this city, charged by the general assembly of Maryland with the very agreeable duty of presenting to the general assembly of Virginia resolutions of the general assembly of Maryland relating to the adjustment of the question of boundary between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland. We have the honor to request that your excellency will inform the general assembly of Virginia that we await their pleasure and convenience as to the time and manner of this presentation. With high regard, Your excellency's obedient servants,

Isaac D. JONES,
JAMES U. DENNIS,
JOHN W. DAVIS.

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA,

GOVERNOR'S OFFICE,

Richmond, 17th March, 1873. To the senate and house of delegates :

I have the honor to transmit herewith a communication from the Honorables Isaac D. Jones, James U. Dennis and John W. Davis, who are now here as duly accredited commissioners on the part of the State of Maryland with the object of conferring with the authorities of Virginia in respect to the unsettled question of boundary between the two States. It is not doubted that it will be the pleasure of the general assembly to accord to these distinguished gentlemen such reception and marked welcome as are due alike to their eminent characters and to the great Commonwealth they represent.

JAMES L. KEMPER.

Mr. Coghill offered the following joint preamble and resolution:

Whereas, the governor has informed the general assembly that Messrs. Isaac D. Jones, James U. Dennis and John W. Davis, commissioners appointed by the State of Maryland to communicate to this general assembly certain resolutions of the general assembly of that State touching the controversy in regard to the boundary of the two States, are in the city of Richmond and desire to execute said commission,

Resolved (the senate concurring), That a committee of two members of the senate and three members of the house of delegates be appointed to confer with said commissioners, ascertain their wishes as to the manner of presenting said resolutions and tender to them the privileges of the floor of the two houses.

Which was agreed to.

Mr. Coghill moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the joint preamble and resolution were agreed to, which was rejected.

Ordered, That Mr. Coghill carry the joint preamble and resolution to the senate and request their concurrence.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Smith, of Russell, who informed the house that the senate had agreed to the joint preamble and resolution.

The speaker appointed Messrs. Coghill, Ould and Taliaferro the committee on the part of the house.

Mr. Morris entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which the house refused to order house bill No. 253, to amend and re-enact the thirteenth and fifty-ninth sections of chapter 78 of the Code of 1873, in relation to public free schools to be engrossed to be read a third time.

Mr. Griffith offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That a special committee of five be appointed by the speaker of this house with instructions to prepare and report a bill with the following provisions, viz: That all moneys now in the treasury (or which may hereafter be received from whatever sources), not otherwise appropriated, and not necessary to defray the current expenses of the State government, be constituted a part of the sinking fund for the redemption of the State debt as ascertained by the act of March 30, 1871, and commonly known as the funding bill, and that the commissioners of the sinking fund designated in said act be instructed to invest such moneys so transferred to said fund in bonds of the State of Virginia at their present market value.

The house refused to refer the resolution to a committee.

Mr. Anderson moved to lay the resolution on the table, which was rejected-yeas 33; nays 55.

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

YEAS-Messrs. Anderson, Banks, Beaton, Bohannon, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, A. J. Clark, Dooley, Fitzpatrick, Franklin, Gilman, Harrison, Henderson, Hudgin, Hunter, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, Lewis, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Magruder, Moss, Neeley, Shumate, Strother, Stuart, Swann, Wallace, Williams, Withers, and Mr. Speaker--33.

NAYS—Messrs. Armentrout, Armstrong, Brady, Jack Carter, P. J. Carter, Matt Clark, Cox, Crank, Finney, Foster, Friend, Fukerson, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Goodwyn, Graysori, Griffith, Haden, Hale, Hamilton, Harris, Hill, Holbrook, Wm. Hoskins, John T. Hoskins, Howard, James, Rufus S. Jones, Jordan, Lamkin, Lee, Lipps, Lipscomb, Massey, May, McGonigal, Morris, Jno. L. Nash, Nickens, Norton, Pannill, Popham, Powell, Rains, Sellers, Spratt, Stovall, Taylor, Thomas, Turner, Webb, Wharton, Whittaker, Yager, and Young—55.

Mr. Stuart moved to amend the resolution by striking out,“ with instructions to prepare and report,” and inserting" inquire into the expediency of reporting,” which was rejected-yeas 44; nays 57.

On motion of Mr. Lovenstein, the vote was recorded as follows: YEAS—Messrs. Anderson, Bagwell, Banks, Beaton, Bohannon, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, A. J. Clark, Coghill, Critz, Dooley, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Franklin, Gardner, Gilman, Graves, Harrison, Henderson, Hudgin, Hunter, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, Lewis, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lybrook, Magruder, Neeley, Shumate, Strother, Stuart, Swann, Taliaferro, Wallace, Webb, Wharton, Williams, Winn, Withers, and Mr. Speaker-44.

NAYS-Messrs. Armentrout, Armstrong, Brady, Jack Carter, P. J. Carter, Matt Clark, Cox, Crank, Davis, Finney, Foster, Friend, Fulkerson, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Goodwyn, Grayson, Griffith, Haden, Hale, Hamilton, Harris, Hill, Holbrook, Wm. Hoskins, J. T. Hoskins, Howard, James, P. K. Jones, Rufus S. Jones, Jordan, Lamkin, Lee, Lipps, Lucas, Massey, May, McGonigal, Morris, Moss, J. L. Nash, Nickens, Norton, Pannill, Popham, Powell, Rains, Sellers, Spratt, Stovall, Syphax, Taylor, Thomas, Turner, Whittaker, Yager, and Young–57.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. Strother: A bill to amend the charter of the town of Culpeper.

Referred to committee on counties, cities and towns. By Mr. O'Neal: A bill to incorporate the Virginia turnpike company.

Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation. By Mr. Grayson : A bill to regulate the granting of ordinary and other licenses in the town of Jeffersonville, in the county of Tazewell. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Brooks: Resolution of the Clinton agricultural club of Cumberland county, approving memorials of certain other agricultural clubs in relation to the protection of sheep. Referred to the committee on agriculture and mining.

By Mr. Taliaferro: A bill to release to Theodore Haroth the Commonwealth's rights to certain real estate of which Frederick D. Haroth died seized, upon proof before the circuit court of the city of Richmond that he is the son and heir of the said deceased. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. O'Neal: A bill to extend the corporate powers of the German banking company of Alexandria, Virginia. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Ould: A bill to dispense with security in the trial of certain controversies between the State and the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad company relating to the taxation of the property, earnings and indebtedness of said company. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. Harrison : Protest of citizens of Loudoun county against a repeal of the fence law. Referred to committee on agriculture and mining.

The morning hour having expired,

On motion of Mr. Popham, the calendar was postponed until 3 o'clock P. M.

The house resumed consideration of the resolution offered by Mr. Griffith.

Mr. Griffith moved to amend the resolution by striking out the words, “as ascertained by the act of March 30, 1871, and commonly known as the funding bill."

Mr. Koiner offered the following as a substitute for the resolution offered by Mr. Griffith :

Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed to take into consideration the condition of the State debt, and report upon the same as early as practicable, any recommendations which they may find best, by bill or otherwise, to relieve the financial embarrassments of the State.

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

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 1874. Prayer by Rev. J. Z. Tyler, of the Seventh Street Christian church. The journal was read by the clerk. A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

In Senate, March 17, 1874. The senate have passed bills entitled

An act to amend and re-enact section 61 of chapter 3, acts of 1865–6, in relation to the release of taxes prior to the year 1865; No. 52. And

An act authorizing the African Methodist Episcopal church and congregation, at Staunton, to execute deeds of trust; No. 251.

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

No. 52. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on finance.

No. 251. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee for courts of justice.

The following senate bills were reported from the committee on propositions and grievances :

No. 20. Senate bill entitled an act to amend an act to incorporate the Potomac land and improvement company, passed February 13, 1873.

No. 209. Senate bill entitled an act repealing the charter granted to the Manchester cotton mills by the judge of the Second circuit, and re-incorporating said company.

No. 193. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the St. Mary's Catholic benevolent society of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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