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An act to amend and re-enact section 1st, chapter 100, Code of 1873, in relation to hauling seines in the waters of Accomac and Northampton,

An act to incorporate the Virginia and Maryland steam ferry company.

An act to provide for purging the registration books of illegal voters.

An act to amend and re-enact section 20, chapter 85, Code of 1873, to prevent the fraudulent marking or branding of planters' tobacco.

An act to amend and re-enact section 27, chapter 16, Code of Virginia (edition of 1873), so as to provide necessary clerical assistance in the office of the executive.

An act to prescribe the pay of road commissioners in Nelson county for 1874, 1875 and 1876.

An act to amend and re-enact section 1 of an act passed February 28th, 1867, entitled an act to authorize the erection of a bridge across Indian creek, in Norfolk county.

An act to authorize the township board of Western Branch township, Norfolk county, to make a special levy for the cost of rebuilding Scott's creek bridge or causeway.

An act io authorize the Valley railroad company to construct a free macadamized turppike road from the town of Fincastle to the said company's railroad.

An act for the relief of J. H. C. Jones and A. C. Walker, executors of Peter Toombs, who was the surety of John L. Boughton, late sheriff of Essex county.

An act to provide for a general registration of the voters of the city of Petersburg.

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.

An art authorizing the chancery court of the city of Richmond to permit the last will of Charles Liston Brown to be withdrawn from the elerk's office of the said court.

An act in relation to the records of Alexandria county.

An act to incorporate the Rappahannock banking and insurance company.

An act to provide for the establishment of a new school district in the county of Carroll.

An act authorizing the trustees of the Presbyterian church at Culpeper to borrow money and execute a mortgage therefor.

An act amending sections 11 and 14 of chapter 155 of Code of 1873, in relation to the terms of the circuit and chancery courts of the city of Richmond.

An act to amend and re-enact the 63d section of chapter 57, Code of 1873, with reference to chartered companies.

An act for the relief of Ira M. Hurt and Ira Hurt, sureties for Richard A. Hurt, a lunatic.

An act to amend the charter of the town of Potomac.
Joint resolution authorizing the superintendent of public buildings,

with the approval of the governor, to furnish accommodation in the capitol for the records of the Southern historical society.

An act to provide for a new registration in Alexandria city and county.

An act to incorporate the Chesapeake and Albemarle railway company.

An act to authorize the school trustees of Stonewall township, in the county of Richmond, out of the dog tax of 1872, to build one or more school-houses in said township.

An act to amend the charter of Randolph Macon college.
An act to incorporate the American and European land company.

An act to amend and re-enact section 18 of an act approved March 27, 1874, fixing the times for holding the circuit courts of the State.

An act to incorporate the town of Mechanicsburg, in the county of Bland.

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.

An act to incorporate the Virginia chemical and mining company.

An act to amend and re-enact sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the charter of the town of Ashland.

An act to amend and re-enact section 63, chapter 52 of the Code of 1873, in relation to tram roads.

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. R. S. Jones and O'Neal two days each, Massey, Withers and Jett three days each.

Mr. Lybrook offered the following joint resolution:

Resolved (the senate concurring), That on the 16th of April, 1874, at 1 o'clock, the general assembly proceed to the election of a judge for the fourteenth judicial circuit.

The house refused to refer the joint resolution to a committee.
The joint resolution was agreed to.

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

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

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Lackland, who informed the house that the senate had agreed to the house joint resolution.

The following report was agreed to:

The committee of conference, appointed on the part of the senate and the house, to take into consideration the disagreeing votes of the two houses on house bill entitled an act in relation to action of detinue (No. 46), unanimously recommend that the senate recede from its amendments to said bill.

CHARLES HERNDON, Chairman of senate committee.

JOHN J. ALLEN, Chairman of house committee.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. Davis: A bill to require steam vessels to blow their whistles on approaching certain bends of James river. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. J. Armistead Carter: Petition of members of town council of Upperville, asking restrictions on licenses to sell liquor in said town. Referred to committee on finance.

The morning hour having expired, special order

No. 276. House bill for the assessment, levy and collection of taxes, came up: Mr. Bohannon moved that the special order be postponed for five

Innon minutes, which was agreed to-yeas 66; nays 30.

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

YEAS-Messrs. Allen, Armentrout, Armstrong, Beaton, Bickings, Blair, Bohannon, Boykin, Brady, Branch, Jack Carter, Cecil, Cockerille, Coghill, Cox, Critz, Fitzpatrick, Foster, Gardner, Gilman, Goodwyn, Haden, Hale, Harris, Hill, Holbrook, William Hoskins, John T. Hoskins, Hudgin, Jett, Jordan, B. w. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lipps, Lipscomb, Lovell, Loving, Lucas, Lybrook, Magruder, May, McMullao, Morris, Morrison, Moss, J. L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Norton, Paige, Rogers, Round, Shumate, Stovall, Strother, Swann, Syphax, Taylor, Thomas, Vau Auken, Wallace, Webb, Whittaker, and Yager-66.

NAYS-Messrs. Anderson, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, A. J. Clark, Dooley, Flood, Franklin, Friend, Fulkerson, T. S. Gibson, Graves, Harrison, Howard, Koiner, Lewis, Longley, McGonigal, Moore, Ould, Pendleton, Richmond, Riddlebarger, Scruggs, Sellers, Spratt, Stuart, Winn, and Mr. Speaker-30.

No. 352. House bill to amend and re-enact the 7th section of chapter 100 of Code of 1873, prohibiting non-residents from taking or catching fish in the waters of this Commonwealth, was,

On motion of Mr. Bohannon, taken up out of its order on the calendar.

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

No. 317. House bill for the relief of the late township collectors of the counties of the Commonwealth, was,

On motion of Mr. McMullan, taken up out of its order on the calendar.

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

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Thomas, who informed the house that the senate had passed senate bill entitled “An act imposing a tax on stamps upon contracts, &c.," No. 232, in which they request the concurrence of the house.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Smith, of Nelson, who informed the house that the senate had passed senate bill entitled “An act securing to married women all property acquired by them before or after marriage,” No. 169, in which they respectfully request the concurrence of the house.

Special order

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

The question being on agreeing to a substitute offered by Mr. Williams for section 104, which was heretofore agreed to and reconsidered, as follows:

On every license to a merchant, or mercantile firm, where a specific tax is to be paid, sixty dollars : provided, however, that where the amount of the purchases of goods, wares and merchandise of said merchant or firm are less than $12,000, the specific tax shall be ascertained by charging on the amount of the said purchases half of one per centum, but in no case shall the said specific tax be less than $500. In addition to said tax of $60, the said merchant or firm shall

, on their said purchases, pay half of one per cent. on the excess above $12,000.

The tax imposed under and by virtue of this section shall be in lieu of any taxation for State purposes on the capital actually employed by said firm or merchant in said business.

The tax in excess of $60, provided for in this section, shall be paid in equal instalments on the 10th of January, 10th of April, 10th of July, and 10th of October, in each year, and shall be collected in the same manner that license taxes are collected.

Mr. Lovenstein moved to amend the substitute offered by Mr. Williams by striking out all after the word "paid," where it first appears, and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

104. Said tax shall be as follows: If the purchases of said merchant or firm shall be ascertained not to be in excess of $1,000, the specific tax shall be $5 00; if $1,001 and under $1,500, $7 50; if $1,500 and under $2,000, $10 00; if $2,000 and under $2,500, $15 00; if $2,500 and under $3,500, $20 00; if $3,500 and under $6,000, $30 00; if $6,000 and under $8,000, $40 00; if $8,000 and under $10,000, $50 00; if $10,000 and not more than $12,000, $60 00; and in case the said purchases exceed $12,000, then for the first $8,000 in excess of $12,000, the further tax of $2 50 on each $1,000 of said excess; if said purchases exceed $20,000, then for the first $20,000 in excess, the further tax of $2 00 on each thousand dollars of said excess; and on each $1,000 in excess of $40,000, the further tax of $1 00 on each $1,000 of said excess; and merchant tailors, lumber merchants, dealers in coal, ice or wood shall be embraced in this section. The taxes hereby imposed shall exempt from further taxation for State purposes the capital actually employed in the business of said merchant or firm. The taxes hereby imposed in excess of $60 00 shall be paid and collected in equal instalments on the 10th of July and 10th of January in each year,

and in the same manner as other taxes are collected.

Which was rejected—yeas 29; nays 64.
On motion of Mr. Howard, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS-Messrs. Anderson, Beaton, Blair; Boykin, Branch, Brooks, Campbell, Davis, Dooley, Gilman, Goodwyn, Hill, Holbrook, Hunter, P. K. Jones, Lipscomb,

Lovenstein, Magruder, May, John L. Nash, Neeley, Norton, Ould, Paige, Taylor, Van Auken, Wharton, Whittaker, and Winn—29.

NAYS—Messrs. Allen, Armentrout, Armstrong, Bickings, Bohannon, Brown, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, A. J. Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Franklin, Fulkerson, P. Gibson, Graves, Haden, Hale, Harris, Harrison, Hoenniger, William Hoskins, John T. Hoskins, Howard, Hudgin, Jett, Jordan, Koiner, J. H. Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Longley, Lovell, Loving, Lucas, McGonigal, Moore, Morrison, Moss, W. A. Nash, Pendleton, Popham, Richmond, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Round, Scruggs, Sellers, Shumate, Spratt, Stovall, Strother, Stuart, Swann, Syphax, Thomas, Turner, Wallace,

Webb, and Mr. Speaker-64.

The substitute for the 104th section offered by Mr. Williams was rejected.

Mr. Armstrong offered the following as a substitute for the 104th section :

"On every license to a merchant or mercantile firm the tax to be paid shall be graduated as follows: If the amount of purchases shall not exceed $500, the specific tax shall be $5; and for all purchases over $500, and less than $60,000, one-half of one per centum. Upon all purchases over $60,000, and less than $80,000, forty cents on the hundred dollars of said purchases. If $80,000, and less than $100,000, there shall be paid 30 cents on the $100 of said purchases in excess of $80,000. If $100,000, and less than $200,000, there shall be paid twenty cents on every $100 of said purchases in excess of $100,000. And all purchases in excess of $200,000, there shall be paid ten cents upon each hundred dollars of said purchases.

“The tax imposed under and by virtue of this section shall be in lieu of all tax for State purposes on the capital actually employed by said firm or merchant in said business. The tax in excess of $60 imposed by this section shall be paid in equal instalments on the 10th of January, 10th of April, 10th of July, and 10th of October in each year, and shall be collected in the same manner that license taxes are collected. And merchant tailors, lumber merchants, dealers in coal, ice or wood shall be embraced in this section."

On motion of Mr. Longley, the substitute offered by Mr. Armstrong was amended by inserting after the word "purchases,” where it appears in the fifth place the following: "In excess of eighty thousand dollars."

On motion of Mr. Longley, the substitute offered by Mr. Armstrong was amended by inserting after the word "purchases,” where it appears in the sixth place, the following: “In excess of one hundred thousand dollars."

Mr. Koiner moved to refer the 104th section (with the amendments proposed thereto) to the committee on finance, which was agreed toyeas 47; nays 45.

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

YEAS-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Beaton, Bohannon, Boykin, Branch, Campbell, Coghill, Cox, Davis, Dooley, Flood, Friend, Gardner, P. Gibson, Gilman, Haden, Hoenniger; William Hoskins, Hudgin, Jordan, Koiner, J. Horace Lacy, Lewis, Lightner, Lovenstein, Magruder, MC Mullan, Moss, John L. Nash, Neeley, Ould, Richmond, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Round, Scruggs, Sellers, Spratt, Stuart, Taylor, Thomas, Wallace, Wharton, Whittaker, and Yager-47.

Nays-Messrs. Armstrong, Bickens, Blair, Brady, Brooks, Brown, J. A. Carter,

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