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No. 168. House bill to incorporate the town of Lawrenceville, in Brunswick county (amended).

No. 163. House bill to encourage intermediate grades of instruction in public schools.

No. 353. House bill to prevent obstructions to the free passage of fish in the streams of the State (amended).

No. 231. House bill to authorize the treasurer of Nansemond county, to invest, by order of the school trustees of the town of Suffolk, the district school tax of the town of Suffolk.

No. 259. House bill to amend the charter of the Matoaca manufacturing company, in the county of Chesterfield.

No. 158. House bill to amend and re-enact the 16th section of chapter 128 of the Code of 1873 in reference to commissioners in chancery.

No. 283. House bill to amend and re-enact section 54 of chapter 78 of the Code of 1873 in relation to the condemnation of lands for schoolbouses.

No. 352. House engrossed 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 read a third time and passed.

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 1874.

Prayer by Rev. Dr. H. A. Tupper, of the Baptist church.
The journal was read by the clerk.
A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

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

An act giving the consent of this State to the purchase by the United States of a tract of land in the county of Henrico, and of two parcels of land in the town of Danville, to be used for military cemeteries ; No. 27. And

An act to provide for the payment of interest on the public debt; No. 132.

And they have passed, with amendments, house bills entitled

An act to amend the charter of the town of Chatham, in Pittsylvania county ; No. 224. And

An act to provide for the organization and government of the volunteer militia of the State, and to repeal existing laws concerning the same; No. 207.

They have passed bills entitled

An act for the relief of William C. Moncure, William McGruder and others; No. 242. And

An act to provide a charter for the town of Waynesboro', in the county of Augusta ; No. 322.

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

No. 224. House bill, was placed on the calendar, the rules having been suspended, on motion of Mr. Scruggs, requiring its reference to a committee.

No. 207. House bill, was referred to the committee on militia and police.

Nos. 242 and 322. Senate bills, were read twice and placed on the calendar, the rules having been suspended requiring their reference to committees.

No. 261. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for the appointment of fish commissioners for the State of Virginia, was reported from the committee on Chesapeake and its tributaries with an amendment in the rature of a substitute.

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

No. 241. Senate bill entitled an act to authorize the councils of Norfolk city to drain or otherwise improve certain low or marsh land, and to change Back creek in said city.

No. 231. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Odd Fellows relief association of Virginia.

No. 296. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Ladies memorial association of Fredericksburg.

No. 272. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Presbyterian cemetery at Lynchburg, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 278. Senate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact the first and second sections of an act entitled an act to incorporate the Hollywood cemetery company, passed February 26, 1856.

No. 375. House bill to authorize the sale of the Union church property in Prince William county to the Old School Baptist church, reported from the committee on propositions and grievances with a recommendation that it do not pass, was read a first time.

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Hill and Magruder two days each.

Mr. Powell stated that had he been present when the vote was taken on the passage of No. 276, house bill for the assessment, levy and collection of taxes, he would have voted in the affirmative.

Mr. Van Anken entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which the report of the committee of seven to investigate charges, &c., made by minority report of committee on roads and internal navigation, in relation to the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio railroad company, was agreed to.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37 :

By Mr. Bagwell: A bill in relation to certain school funds in the county of Accomac. Referred to committee on schools and colleges.

By Mr. Round : Petition of T. L. Selecman, and other citizens of Occoquan, for a reduction of the tax on land agents in the interest of immigration. Referred to committee on immigration.

By Mr. Koiner:

Resolved, That the committee on constitutional amendments be directed to inquire into the expediency of reporting an amendment to the constitution reducing the number of members in each branch of the general assembly, so as to make it a more efficient body.

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

No. 367. House joint resolution extending the privileges of taking fish to the land owners of Lancaster and other counties, was read a second time.

The question being on ordering the bill to be engrossed to be read a third time, was put and decided in the negative.

Mr. Taliaferro moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the house refused to order the bill to be engrossed to be read a third time, which was agreed to-yeas 54; nays 39.

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

YEAS— Messrs. Anderson, Armstrong, Blair, Bohannon, Boykin, Brown,

Campbell, J. A. Carter, P. J. Carter, A. J. Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Critz, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, P. Gibson, Gilman, Haden, Hale, Henderson, Howard, Hunter, James, Jett, R. S. Jones, B. W. Lacy, J. H. Lacy, Lamkin. Lee, Lightner, Lovell, Loving, Massey, McMullan, Montague, Morris, Neeley, Nickens, Pannill, Round, Scruggs, Spratt, Stuart, Taliaferro, Taylor, Webb, Wharton, Withers, Yager, Young, and Mr. Speaker-54.

NAYS-Messrs. Allen, Bickens, Brady, Branch, Cecil, Matt Clark, Cox, Crank, Friendl, Gaines, T. S. Gibson, Goodwyn, Hamilton, Harris, Harrison, Hill, John T. Hoskins, P. K. Jones, Lipps, Lipscomb, Longley, Lovenstein, Lucas, Lybrook, May, Moss, W. A. Nash, Norton, O'Neal, Pendleton, Powell, Richmond, Rogers, Shumate, Stovall, Syphax, Van Auken, Wallace, and Whittaker-39.

The question recurring on ordering the bill to be engrossed to be read a third time, was put and decided in the affirmative.

No. 293. House bill to amend and re-enact section 48, chapter 52 of the Code of 1873, in relation to county roads, was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.

The following house engrossed bills were read a third time and passed :

No. 277. House engrossed bill to provide an increase of the county and district school funds of Bland and Prince William counties.

No. 229. House engrossed bill to provide for working the public roads in Princess Anne county.

On motion of Mr. A. J. Clark, the title was amended by striking out "county," and inserting "Charles City and New Kent counties.

The following senate bills were read a third time and passed :

No. 305. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Virginia turnpike company.

No. 313. Senate bill entitled an act to provide counsel to appear before the arbitrators on the boundary between this State and Maryland, and making an appropriation to pay the expenses of said arbitrationyeas 101; nays 3.

The vote required by the constitution was recorded as follows :

YEAS-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Bagwell, Bickings, Blair, Boykin, Brady, Branch, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, P. J. Carter, Cecil, A. J. Clark, Matt Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Cox, Crank, Critz, Dooley, Finney, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Friend, Fulkerson, Gaines, Gardner, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Goodwyn, Haden, Hale, Hamilton, Harris, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Hoenniger, J. T. Hoskins, Howard, Hudgin, Hunter, James, P. K. Jones, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lipps, Lipscomb, Longley, Lovell, Lovenstien, Loving, Lucas, Lybrook, Massey, May, McMullan, Montague, Morris, Morrison, Moss, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Nickens, Norton, O'Neal, Ould, Pannill, Powell, Richmond, Rogers, Scruggs, Sellers, Shumate, Spratt, Stovall, Stuart, Swann, Syphax, Taliaferro, Taylor, Turner, Van Auken, Wallace, Webb, Wharton, Whittaker, Williams, Winn, Withers, Yager, Young, and Mr. Speaker-101. NAYS-Messrs. R. S. Jones, Riddlebarger, and Round-3.

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

No. 133. Senate bill entitled an act for the encouragement of land purchasers and actual settlers in Virginia, and to repeal an act approved March 29, 1873, entitled an act for the encouragement of immigration, came up:

Mr. Powell moved to lay the bill on the table, which was rejected yeas 18; nays 66.

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

YEAS— Messrs. Armentrout, Branch, Crank, Critz, T. S. Gibson, Hale, Hamilton, Harris, James, Lybrook, Morris, Moss, Nickens, Powell, Rogers, Stovall, Webb, and Yager-18. Nays-Messrs. Allen,

Anderson, Armstrong, Blair, Boykin, Brady, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, P. J. Carter, Cecil, A. J. Clark, Coghill, Dooley, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Friend, Gaines, P. Gibson, Gilman, Goodwyn, Haden, Harrison, Henderson, Hoenniger, John T. Hoskins, Hudgin, Jett, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, B. W. Lacy, J. H. Lacy, Lamkin, Lipscomb, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lucas, Massey, McMullan, Montague, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Ould, Pannill, Pendleton, Richmond, Round, Scruggs, Shumate, Spratt, Strother, Stuart, Swann, Syphax, Taliaferro, Taylor, Turner, Van Auken, Wallace, Wharton, Winn, and Young---66.

The ho.lr of 1 o'clock P. M. having arrived, special order

No. 335. House joint resolutions in relation to a bill now before the congress of the United States for the establishment of a national exchequer, came up.

On motion of Mr. Anderson, the joint resolution was laid on the table.

Special order

No. 133. Senate bill entitled an act for the encouragement of land purchasers and actual settlers in Virginia, and to repeal an act approved March 29, 1873, entitled an act for the encouragement of immigration, again came up.

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

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1874.

Prayer by Rev. George C. Vanderslice, of the Methodist church.
The journal was read by the clerk.
A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

In Senate, April 18, 1874. The senate have agreed to the

Joint resolution fixing the time for the election of a county judge for Gloucester.

And they have rejected house bill entitled

An act for the relief of the late township collectors of the counties of the Commonwealth; No. 317.

No. 207. House bill entitled an act to provide for the organization ard government of the volunteer militia of the State, and to repeal existing laws concerning the same, was reported from the committee on militia and police, with a recommendation that the house agree to the amendments of the senate.

No. 376. House bill to amend and re-enact section ten of chapter 175 of the Code of 1873 in relation to injunction bonds, reported from the committee for courts of justice, was read a first time.

No. 377. House bill for the relief of C. Wendlinger, George Guvernator and E. Lohman, for certain damages as sureties of F. King, late sheriff of Surry county, reported from the committee on finance, was read a first time.

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:

An act to incorporate the Little sisters of the poor in Richmond; approved April 17, 1874.

An act for the preservation of oysters and to obtain revenue for the privilege of taking them within the waters of the Commonwealth ; approved April 18, 1874.

An act to incorporate the Sons of Levi of the city of Petersburg; approved April 18, 1874.

The following report was agreed to: To the house of delegates of Virginia :

Your committee on executive expenditures having had under consideration a resolution to them referred, making inquiry how and for what the $7,000 appropriated by act of general assembly, approved July 11th, 1870, for repairs to governor's house, were expended, respectfully report that they have looked into this matter and have found, properly filed in the auditor's office, vouchers for $6,900 64, for various

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