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Whole number of votes cast,
Necessary to a choice,
R. M. T. Hunter received
P. G. Thomas received

134

68 117 17

R. M. T. Hunter having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected treasurer to fill the vacancy occasioned by the removal of Joseph Mayo, Jr., from the office of treasurer.

Special order

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

Mr. Round moved to strike out section 233, and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"It is hereby enacted that all taxes provided for by this bill shall be paid either in gold, silver, National bank notes, or United States treasury notes, and all acts and parts of acts inconsistent with this act are hereby repealed."

Which was rejected-yeas 10; nays 80.
On motion of Mr. Round, the vote was recorded as follows :

YEAS—Messrs. Bickings, Cox, Crank, Haden, Harris, Hill, May, Round, Stovall, and Turner-10.

NAYS—Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Bagwell, Beaton, Blair, Boykin, Branch, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, A. J. Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Dooley, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Friend, Gardner, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Graves, Harrison, Hoenniger, Holbrook, William Hoskins, Howard, Hudgin, Hunter, Jett, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Jordan, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lee, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Longley, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lucas, Lybrook, Magruder, Massey, McMullan, Moore, Moss, John L. Nash, Neeley, Norton, O'Neal, Paige, Pendleton, Popham, Richmond, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Scruggs, Sellers, Shumate, Strother, Stuart, Syphax, Taliaferro, Taylor, Van Auken, Webb, Wharton, Winn, Withers, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-80.

Mr. Stuart offered a substitute for section 104 as follows:

104. On

every license to a merchant or mercantile firm the tax to be paid shall be graduated as follows: If the amount of sales shall be less than five hundred dollars, the tax shall be ten dollars; if over five hundred and less than one thousand dollars, the tax shall be twenty dollars; if over one thousand and less than fifteen hundred dollars, the tax shall be twenty-four dollars; if fifteen hundred dollars and under twenty-five hundred dollars, and under five thousand dollars, fortyeight dollars; if five thousand dollars and under ten thousand dollars, seventy-six dollars; if ten thousand dollars and under fifteen thousand dollars, ninety-six dollars; if fifteen thousand dollars and under twenty thousand, one hundred and twelve dollars; if twenty thousand dollars and under thirty thousand dollars, one hundred and forty dollars; if thirty thousand dollars and under fifty thousand dollars, two hundred and eight dollars; and if over fifty thousand dollars, ten dollars for every ten thousand dollars excess over said sum of fifty thousand dollars. And merchant tailors, lumber merchants, dealers in coal and ice

or wood shall be embraced in this section. The taxes imposed and paid under this section shall be in lieu of all State taxes on the capital employed in business by the merchant or mercantile firm paying the same.

Which was rejected—yeas 46; nays 46.
On motion of Mr. Howard, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS–Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Bagwell, Beaton, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, A. J. Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Dooley, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Franklin, Gardner, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Haden, Harrison, Hoenniger, Holbrook, Wm. Hoskins, Hudgin, Hunter, Jordon, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, Lee, Lewis, Lightner, Lovenstein, Loving, Lybrook, McMullan, Morrison, John L. Nash, Neeley, Scruggs, Shumate, Stuart, Taliaferro, Taylor, Winn, Withers, and Mr. Speaker46.

Nays-Messrs. Armentrout, Armstrong, Bickings, Blair, Brady, Branch, Brooks, Jack Carter, Foster, Friend, Goodwyn, Grayson, Harris, Hill, John T. Hoskins, Howard, Jett, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Lamkin, Lipps, Lipscomb, Longley, Lovell, Lucas, Massey, McGonigal, Moore, Moss, W. A. Nash, Norton, Paige, Pendleton, Popham, Richmond, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Round, Sellers, Stovall, Syphax, Thomas, Turner, Webb, Wharton, and Yager-46.

Mr. Cecil moved to adjourn, which was rejected-yeas 36; nays 53. On motion of Mr. Howard, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS— Messrs. Bagwell, Beaton, Bickings, Boykin, Branch, Cecil, Cox, Crank, Gardner, Gilliam, Goodwyn, Harris, Hill, Hoenniger, John T. Hoskins, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Lightner, Lipps, Lipscomb, Lucas, Morrison, Moss, W. A. Nash, Norton, Paige, Pendleton, Rogers, Sellers, Shumate, Stovall, Swann, Taliaferro, Turner, Van Auken, and Webb—36.

NAYS—Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Blair, Brady, Brooks, Brown, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, A. J. Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Critz, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Franklin, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Graves, Grayson, Haden, Harrison, Holbrook, Wm. Hoskins, Howard, Hudgin, IIunter, Jett, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lewis, Longley, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lybrook, Massey, J. L. Nash, Neeley, Popham, Richmond, Round, Scruggs, Spratt, Stuart, Taylor, Wharton, Withers, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-53.

The hour of 3 o'clock P. M. having arrived, the chair was vacated until 8 o'clock P. M.

EVENING SESSION.

The chair was resumed at 8 o'clock P. M.
The following senate bills were read a third time and passed:

No. 4. Senate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact the 1st, 7th and 9th sections of the act entitled an act to incorporate the Washington, Cincinnati and Saint Louis railroad company.

On motion of Mr. Armstrong, the title was amended by striking out “ 7th.

No. 231. Senate bill entitled an act providing for submission to the people of the proposed amendments to the constitution of Virginia, in relation to county organizations.

Motions (severally made) to reconsider the votes by which senate bills Nos. 4 and 231 were passed, were rejected.

No. 136. Senate bill entitled an act to enable married women to insure the lives of their husbands, came up.

The question recurring on agreeing to the motion by Mr. Holbrook to dismiss the bill, was put and decided in the affirmative.

No. 165. Senate bill entitled an act to prescribe how hypothecations of products and commodities shall be made, and to prohibit the hypothecation of consignments except on conditions, came up.

The amendments proposed by the committee for courts of justice were agreed to. The bill was ordered to its third reading.

Mr. McMullan moved that the house proceed to the consideration of bills on their second reading, which was agreed to-yeas 85.

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

YEAS-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Beaton, Blair, Boykin, Brady, Branch, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, A. J. Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Cox, Crank, Dooley, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Gardner, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilliam, Graves, Grayson, Griffith, Haden, Hale, Harris, Harrison, Hill, Holbrook, Wm. Hoskins, John T. Hoskins, Howard, Hunter, Jett, R. S. Jones, Jordan, Koiner, J. H. Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Longley, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lucas, Lybrook, Magruder, Massey, McGonigal, McMullan, Morrison, J. L. Nash, Neeley, Norton, Ould, Pendleton, Popham, Richmond, Riddlebarger, Round, Scruggs, Shumate. Spratt, Swann, Syphax, Taliaferro, Taylor, Thomas, Wallace, Webb, Wharton, Whittaker, Winn, Withers, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-85.

The following house bills were dismissed:

No. 134. House bill to amend and re-enact section 26, chapter 47, in relation to clerks of boards of supervisors (on motion of Mr. Fulkerson).

No. 136. House bill to amend and re-enact an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact an act providing for the re-assessment of the lands of the Commonwealth, which became a law March 13th, 1873, so as to enable those counties in the State which failed to avail themselves of the provisions of said act to do so, and to give those counties which re-assessed their lands in 1873, but failed to return the books of re-assessment to the auditor by July 1st, 1873, the benefits of the re-assessment for the year 1873 (on motion of Mr. Boykin).

The following house bills were read a second time and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time:

No. 133. House bill to amend and re-enact the 17th secticn of chapter 99 of the Code of 1873, for the protection of game (amended).

No. 138. House bill to provide for the completion of the Black Lick Cove plaster bank turnpike, in Wythe county.

No. 139. House bill authorizing and directing the commissioners of the sinking fund to convert into six per cent. registered stock of the State of Virginia all bonds, stocks, &c., received by virtue of the 5th section of the act passed March 30, 1871.

No. 140. House bill to amend and re-enact sections 34 and 35, chapter 172, Code of 1873, with reference to depositions.

Mr. Griffith offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That J. B. Syphax, the member from Alexandria, be and he is hereby expelled from his seat in this house.

Mr. Round offered the following as a substitute:

Resolved, That J. B. Syphax, delegate from Alexandria, be censured by this house for an improper attack on the delegate from Fairfax, contrary to the rules of this house and the courtesy due from one member to another on this floor.

Mr. P. K. Jones moved to refer the resolution to the committee on propositions and grievances, which was rejected.

Nr. Coghill moved to amend the resolution offered by Mr. Griffith, by striking out all after the word "Alexandria,” and inserting “having flagrantly violated the rules of the house, and persisted therein after the admonition of the speaker, is liable to the censure of the house for such conduct, and is required to apologize."

Mr. Round withdrew his substitute. The amendment offered by Mr. Coghill was agreed to. The resolution, as amended, was agreed to. Mr. Syphax accordingly apologized to the house. Mr. Winn entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which house bill to amend and re-enact sections 34 and 35, chapter 172, Code of 1873, with reference to depositions, No. 140, was ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 1874.

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

In Senate, April 9, 1874. . The senate have agreed to the substitute proposed by the house of delegates to senate bill entitled

An act to amend and re-enact the 1st sectiou of an act passed March 4th, 1872, amending the act to incorporate the Potomac and Manassas railroad company, as amended by an act approved March 6th, 1873; No. 176.

The following senate bills were reported from the committee on asylums and prisons:

No. 141. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for the removal of the penitentiary.

No. 205. Senate bill entitled an act making an additional appropriation to the Central lunatic asylum upon certain conditions, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 289. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for repairing the green-house of the governor's mansion, was reported from the committee on public property.

No. 360. House bill appropriating $500 for the construction of a building in which the guns of the Norfolk light artillery blues may be taken care of, reported from the committee on public property, was read a first time.

The following house bills, reported from the committee for courts of justice with recommendations that they do not pass, were read a first time: No. 361. House bill to abolish all acts authorizing the organization

No. 362. House bill to amend section 25, chapter 97 of Code of 1873, in relation to fences.

No. 363. House bill to prohibit keepers of drinking and gambling saloons from allowing minors to become intoxicated or gamble therein.

of chain gangs.

The following reports were agreed to:

The committee for courts of justice recommend that the following resolution be agreed to:

Resolved, That the report of the commissioners on the boundary line between Virginia and Maryland be printed for the use of the general assembly.

The committee on public property have had under consideration the resolution, to them referred, inquiring into the expediency and probable cost of erecting a building for the accommodation of the committees of the two houses of the general assembly, and have come to the following resolution:

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

The committee on finance, having under consideration the petition of A. B. Dunnawey, late sheriff of Lancaster county, for relief, beg leave to report that the prayer of the petitioner be rejected.

The committee on finance, having under consideration the petition of J. H. Whitehead, of Prince Edward county, asking that a portion of license tax be refunded, respectfully report that the prayer of the petitioner be rejected.

The committee on finance, having under consideration the petition of citizens of Cumberland county, praying for the passage of some law for the taxation of dogs, for the purpose of the protection of the great interest of sheep raising in Virginia, and the protection of the people against the danger of the terrible disease of canine madness, respectfully report that the prayer of the petitioners be rejected.

The following report was presented :

The committee on finance, having under consideration the petition of practicing attorneys in Prince George and Surry, asking the general assembly for increase of pay for county judge, beg leave to report that the prayer of the petitioners be rejected.

On motion of Mr. B. W. Lacy, the report was passed by.

The following report was presented:

The committee on enrolled bills have the honor to report that the following bills have been approved by the governor April 9, 1874:

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