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Hoskins, Hudgin, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lewis, Lipps, Lovenstien, . Magruder, McGonigal, W. A. Nash, Ould, Pannill, Powell, Rains, Richmond, Ronni, Scrnggs, Stovall, Stuart, Syphax, Taliaferro, Turner, Van Anken, Whittaker, and Young—52.

Nays-Messrs. Allen, Armentrout, Armstrong, Bagwell, Beaton, Bickings, Blair, Boykin, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, A. J. Clark, Cockerille, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Friend, Fulkerson, Gardner, Goodwyn, Graves, Haden, Harrison, Henderson, Holbrook, Ilunter, James, Jett, Jordan, J. H. Lacy, Lightner. Lipscomb, Lovell, Loving, Lucas, Lybrook, Massey, Mar, MeMullan, Montagne, Moore, Moss, J. L. Nash, Nickens, O'Neal, Popham, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Sellers. Shumate, Spratt, Strother, Swann, Taylor, Wallace, Webb, Williams, Winn, Withers, Yager, and Mr. Speaker—63.

The amendment offered by Mr. Williams, as amended by the amandment offered by Mr. McMullan, was agreed to.

Mr. Anderson moved to amend the bill by striking out, in the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22d and 23 I lines of 1st section, the words "and provided further, the board of public works may, in their discretion, at any time hereafter require the said railroad to lay a third rail upon that part of its road between Richmond and Burkeville within twelve months after giving notice to that end to said railroad company, so that cars of five feet gauge may be transported thereon,” and insert the following:

“And provided further, That there shall always be maintained by said company a track of uniform gauge between Richmond and Danville of the same width as the track from Danville to Greensboro', North Carolina, and a track from Richmond to Burkeville of the same gauge as that of the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio railroad.”

Which was rejected-yeas 53; nays 59.
On motion of Mr. Ould, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS—Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Beaton, Blair, Boykin, Branch, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, A. J. Clark, Davis, Dooley, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Friend, Fulkerson, Gardner, Gilman, Goodwyn, Graves, Grayson, William Hoskins, Hunter, R. S. Jones, Jordan, J. H. Lacy, Lee, Lipscomb, Lovell, Loving, Lucas, Lybrook, May, McGovigal, Moore, J. L. Nash, Pannill, Popham, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Round, Spratt, Strother, Swann, Taliaferro, Taylor, Williams, Winn, Withers, and Yager-53.

Nays-Messrs. Armstrong, Bickings, Bohannon, Brady, Jack Carter, P.J. Carter, Matt Clark, Cockerille, Coghill. Cox, Critz, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Gaines, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilliam, Haren, Hamilton, Harris, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Hoenniger, Holbrook, John T. Hoskins, Hudgin, James, P. K. Jones. Koiner, B. W. Lacy, Lamkin, Lewis, Lipps, Lovenstein, Magruder, Massey, McMullan, Montague, Moss, W. A. Nash, Nickens, Ould, Paige. Powell, Rains, Richmond, Scruggs, Sellers, Shumate, Stovall, Stuart, Turner, Van Auken, Wallace, Webb, Whittaker, Young, and Mr. Speaker-59.

Mr. Lewis moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the amendment offered by Mr. Anderson was rejected, which motion wns agreed to.

The question recurring on agreeing to the amendment offered by Mr. Anderson, was put and decided in the affirmative-yeas 68; nays 43.

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

YEAS—Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentront, Bagwell, Beaton, Blair, Brykin, Branch, Brooks, Brown, J. A. Carter, A. J. Clark, Crank, Davis, Dooley, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Friend, Fukerson, Gaines. Gardner. Gilliam, Gilman, Goodwyn, Graves, Grayson, Hoenniger, Holbrouk, William Hoskins, Hudgin, Hunter, James,

J. H. Lacy, Lee, Lewis. Lipps, Lipscomb, Lovell, Lovenstein, Lucas, Lybrook, Massey, May, McGonigal, Montague, Moore, J. L. Nash, O'Neal, Pannill, Popham, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Round, Sellers, Spratt, Strother, Stuart, Swann, Taliaferro, Taylor, Wallace, Webb, Williams, Winn, Withers, Yager, and Mr. Speaker—68.

NAYS-Messrs. Armstrong, Bickings, Bohannon, Brady, Jack Carter, Peter J. Carter. Matt Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Cox, Critz, Finney, Fitzpatrick, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Haden, Hamilton, Harris, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, John T. Hoskins, P. K. Jones. R. S. Jones, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, Lamkin, Loving, McMullan, Moss, W. A. Nash. Nickens, Paige, Rains, Richmond, Scruggs, Shumate, Stovall, Syphax, Turner, Van Auken, Whittaker, and Young-43.

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

Mr. Lovenstein moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the bill was ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time, which was rejected.

On motion of Mr. Williams, the house adjourned until to-morrow at 10 o'clock A. M.

TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 1874.

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

In Senate, April 27, 1874. The senate have agreed to the amendment proposed by the house of delegates to senate

Joint resolution appointing a committee to visit Kentucky and ascertain the probability of securing a railroad connection at Cumberland gap.

They have agreed to the amendments proposed by the house of delegates to senate bills entitled

An act to incorporate the Sames river coal company; No. 267. And

An act to authorize the Fredericksburg and Gordonsville railroad company to connect with the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad at or near Gordonsville; No. 303.

They have agreed to the report of the joint committee in reference to the prosecution of the claim due the State from Selden, Withers & Co., and the compensation paid the agent of the State.

They have passed house bills entitled

An act to provide the mode of ascertaining compensation for land condemned for a road or landing; No. 219. And

An act to amend and re-enact an act approved March 28th, 1871, entitled an act providing for the assessment of the shares of banks or banking associations authorized by the laws of this State or of the United States, and imposing a tax thereon; No. 316.

And they have agreed, with amendments, to house
Joint resolution directing the president and directors of the Atlantic,

Mississippi and Ohio railroad company to commence the work on the road to Cumberland gap; No. 260.

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

Mr. Coghill moved that the rules be suspended requiring the reference of No. 260, house joint resolution directing the president and directors of the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio railroad company to commence the work on the road to Cumberland gap, to a committee, which was rejected-yeas 61; nays 43—(not two-thirds of the members present. voting in the affirmative).

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

YEAS— Messrs. Armstrong, Bagwell, Beaton, Bickings, Boykin, Brady, Brown, Campbell, P. J. Carter, Coghill, Cox, Crank, Davis, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Friend, Fulkerson, Gardner, Gilman, Goodwyn, Graves, Haden, Hill, Hoenniger, Jett, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Jordan, B. W. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lipscomb, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lucas, Magruder, Massey, May, Montague, Moore, Moss, Nickens, Norton, Paige, Pendleton, Popham, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Sellers, Stovall, Strother, Taylor, Wallace, Wharton, Whittaker, Williams, Withers, Yager, and Young–61.

Nays-Messrs. Anderson, Armentrout, Blair, Bobannon, Branch, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, Matt Clark, Finney, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Grayson, Harris, Henderson, Holbrook, William Hoskins, John T. Hoskins, Hudgin, Hunter, James, Koiner, Lamkin, Lewis, Lipps, Longley, Lybrook, McGonigal, McMullan, Morrison, Ould, Pannill, Powell, Rains, Richmond, Round, Scruggs, Shumate, Stuart, Syphax, Taliaferro, Van Auken, Webb, and Mr. Speaker-43

No. 339. Senate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact the 9th section of chapter 156 of the Code of 1873, for the transfer of causes from the counties of Amherst and Nelson to the court at Staunton, was read twice and referred to the committee for courts of justice.

The following house joint resolutions, reported from the committee on finance, were read a first time:

No. 384. House joint resolution to suspend appropriation to Virginia agricultural college, under act of March 27th, 1874.

No. 385. House joint resolution providing an investigation of the operations and present condition of the executive offices of the Commonwealth.

The following report was agreed to:

The joint committee to whom was referred the examination of the agency of James Neeson, Esq., in the matter of the collection of the debt due the State from Selden, Withers & Co., beg leave to report that, by the resolution of the general assembly of March 2d, 1866, the govcrnor was authorized to appoint an agent for the prosecution of said claim upon such terms as he may deem reasonable, a copy of which contract is filed with the board of public works; that upon the 20th March, 1866, the governor appointed James Neeson, Esq., at an annual compensation of $3,000; that the said agent immediately entered upon the prosecution of said claim, and that he has realized therefrom the sum of $104,615 28, and that he has accounted for and paid into the treasury $96,808 60, leaving in his hands $7,806 60, which is less than three year's compensation by the contract the sum of $1,193 32. There is still remaining, unsettled and uncollected, against said parties, an amount greater than will realize said amount of $1,193 22. Your committee would therefore recommend that Mr. Neeson be continued as the agent, but that his compensation shall cease with the termination of the three years from 20th March, 1866, as such, which meets with his approval, and that he be authorized to close up and settle all the remaining business unadjusted as early as practicable, and that for such additional services lie be allowed such compensation as may be agreed upon between him and the board of public works.

The committee find that Mr. Neeson has conducted the business in a satisfactory manner, and that the State has through his exertions realized the amount heretofore stated, which otherwise might have been lost.

H. W. THOMAS, Chairman senate committee.

T. G. POPHAM, Chairman house committee.

Ro. L. MONTAGUE.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Duffield, who informed the house that the senate had agreed to house joint resolution asking a committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two houses on house bill entitled an act for the assessment, levy and collection of taxes on railroad, canal, telegraph, transportation, insurance, and other companies, for the support of the government, payment of interest on the public debt and support of public free schools; No. 311.

The speaker appointed Messrs. Neeley, Riddlebarger and Stuart the committee on the part of the house.

The following report was presented :

The committee on enrolled bills report the following bills as having been approved by the governor:

An act to amend and re-enact sections 1 and 3 of chapter 200 of the Code of 1873, as amended by an act approved March 27th, 1874, entitled an act to amend and re-enact sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9 of the 200th chapter of the Code of 1873, in relation to grand juries; approved April 23d, 1874.

An act repealing the charter granted to the Manchester cotton mills by the judge of the second circuit, and re-incorporating said company; approved April 27th, 1874.

An act to provide for working the public roads in Princess Anne, Charles City and New Kent counties; approved April 24th, 1874.

An act 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; approved April 27th, 1874.

An act for the relief of James O. Swanson, of Pittsylvania county; approved April 27th, 1874.

An act to incorporate the Lexington gas company; approved April 27th, 1874.

An act to enlarge the corporate limits of Goodson, Virginia; approved April 27th, 1874.

An act to incorporate the town of Smithville, in the county of Charlotte; approved April 27th, 1874.

An act to provide for the completion of the Black Lick and Cove plaster bank turnpike, in Wythe county; approved April 27th, 1874.

An act to incorporate the Alleghany improvement company; approved April 27th, 1874.

An act to amend and re-enact the 11th section of an act entitled an act to prescribe the times for holding the terms of the circuit courts of this Commonwealth, and to repeal the 15th section of the 155th chapter of the Code of 1873, which authorizes the judges of said courts to fix said terms, approved March 27th, 1874; approved April 27th, 1874.

Mr. Coghill moved a suspension of the rules to enable him to introduce a joint resolution for the appointment of a commission to prepare a constitution, to be submitted to the general assembly at its next session, by way of amendment to the existing constitution under the 12th. article thereof, which was rejected-yeas 49; nays 65.

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

YEAS-Messrs. Anderson, Armstrong, Beaton, Brooks, Brown, J. A. Carter, Cecil, A. J. Clark, Coghill, Crank, Davis, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Friend, Fulkerson, Gaines, Gardner, P. Gibson, Gilman, Haden, Henderson, Hunter, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lee. Lewis, Lovell, Loving, Magruder, McMullan, Montague, John L. Nash, Neeley, Ould, Pannill, Pendleton, Powell, Rogers, Scruggs, Shumate, Strother, Stuart, Taylor, Wallace, Williams, and Withers—49.

NAYS—Messrs. Armentrout, Bagwell, Bickings, Blair, Bohannon, Boykin, Brady, Branch, Jack Carter, Peter J. Carter, Matt Clark, Cox, Dooley, T. S. Gibson, Goodwyn, Graves, Grayson, Hamilton, Harris, Hill, Hoenniger, Holbrook, William Hoskins, John T. Hoskins, Hudgin, James, Jett, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Jordan, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, Lightner, Lipps, Lipscomb. Longley, Lovenstein, Lucas, Massey, May, McGonigal, Moore, Morrison, Moss, Nickens, Norton, O'Neal, Paige, Popham, Richmond, Round, Sellers, Spratt, Stovall, Syphax, Taliaferro, Turner, Van Auken, Webb, Wharton, Whittaker, Winn, Yager, Young, and Mr. Speaker-65.

The joint resolution was referred to the committee on constitutional amendments.

Leave of absence was granted Mr. T. S. Gibson for two days.

Mr. Round offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the rules under which the house is acting after 8 P. M. he adopted for to-day's session, and that immediately after the morning hour the calling of the roll be proceeded with. The house referred the resolution to the committee on rules.

Mr. Stuart moved that senate bill entitled an act appropriating the public revenue for the fiscal year 1873-'74 be taken up from the table, which was agreed to.

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