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The following was presented and referred under rule No. 37:
By Mr. Fitzpatrick:

Resolved, That the committee on constitutional amendments inquire into the expediency of amending Article XI, section 1, in regard to homestead and other exemptions, so as to allow to physicians the same exemption from its operation for their services as is allowed to laboring persons and mechanics by said first section.

Mr. Coghill offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the clerk of the house of delegates and keeper of the rolls be authorized to retain the services of one of the committee clerks after the adjournment of the general assembly, at the present rate of compensation, for a period not to exceed thirty days, to assist in the performance of official duties in the office of the clerk of the house of delegates and keeper of the rolls.

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

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

The following senate bills were taken up out of their order on the calendar:

No. 124. Senate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 5 of an act for the encouragement of immigration, approved March 29, 1873.

Read a third time and passed.

No. 344. Senate bill entitled an act to authorize the trustees of the Presbyterian church at Leesburg, in the county of Loudoun, to borrow money and to execute a deed of trust securing its payment.

Read a third time and passed.

No. 325. Sevate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact the 2d section of an act approved February 11, 1874, entitled an act to prevent obstructing with timber or rendering foul the water-courses of this State.

Read a third time and passed.

No. 324. Senate bill entitled an act incorporating the Bloom Grove quarrying, mining and manufacturing company, reducing the capital stock of said company.

Read a third time and passed.

The following senate bills were taken up out of their order on the calendar:

No. 285. Senate bill entitled an act authorizing the division of cities and towns of more than 5,000 inhabitants into wards.

On motion of Mr. Brooks, the bill was amended by adding, as an independent section, to come in after the 2d section, the words: “All acts or parts of acts in conflict with this act are hereby repealed."

The question being on ordering the bill to its third reading, Mr. Powell moved the pending question, which was ordered-yeas 62; nays 40.

On motion of Mr. R. S. Jones, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS-Messrs. Allen, Armstrong, Bagwell, Beaton, Blair, Bohannon, Boykin, Brooks, Brown, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, A. J. Clark, Coghill, Davis, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Friend, Fulkerson, Gaines, Gilman, Graves, Haden, Harrison, Henderson, Hoenniger, Wm. Hoskins, Hudgin, Jett, Jordan, J. H. Lacy, Lamkin, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Longley, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Magruder, Massey, McMullan, Moore, J. L. Nash, Neeley, Ould, Powell. Riddlebarger, Rogers, Scruggs, Shumate, Spratt, Strother, Stuart, Taylor, Wallace, Wharton, Williams, Withers, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-62.

Nays-Messrs. Anderson, Armentront, Bickings, Branch, P. J. Carter, Matt Clark, Cox, P. Gibson, Goodwyn, Hamilton, Harris, Hill, James, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, B. W. Lacy, Lee, Lipscomb, Lucas, Lybrook, May, McGonigal, Montague, Moss, Nickens, Norton, O'Neal, Paige, Pannill, Pendleton, Rains, Round, Syphax, Taliaferro, Turner, Van Auken, Webb, Whittaker, Winn, and Young-40.

The bill was ordered to its third reading.

Mr. Syphax entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which the bill was ordered to its third reading.

No. 318. Senate bill entitled an act to extend the time for repairing and rebuilding mills and machinery burned during the war.

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

No. 327. Senate bill entitled an act to repeal the act approved March 27th, 1874, entitled an act requiring the county judges of the counties of Albemarle, King William, Sussex and Surry to submit the question of continuing or repealing the fence law to the voters of their townships in their respective counties on certain conditions.

On motion of Mr. Brown, the bill was amended by adding to the end of the 1st section the following: "So far as the counties of Albemarle, King William and Sussex are concerned.”

The bill was ordered to its third reading.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Smith, of Russell, who informed the house that the senate had passed senate bill entitled an act for the relief of Hiram P. Dillion, late township collector in Powell township, in the county of Scott, No. 313; in which they respectfully request the concurrence of the house.

Mr. Powell moved that the house proceed to the consideration of house engrossed bills, which was agreed to.

The motion entered by Mr. Taliaferro to reconsider the vote by which house engrossed bill No. 243, to authorize the board of supervisors of York county to borrow money to rebuild the courthouse, jail and clerk's office of said county was passed, was agreed to.

The question recurring on the passage of the bill,

On motion of Mr. B. W. Lacy, the bill was recommitted to the committee on counties, cities and towns.

No. 366. House engrossed bill to authorize the Richmond and Danville railroad company to change and regulate the gauge of its road, was read a third time and passed.

Ordered, That Mr. Ould carry the bill to the senate and request their concurrence.

Mr. Jack Carter moved that the house proceed to the consideration of bills on their second reading, which was rejected-yeas 12; nays 84.

On motion of Mr. A. J. Clark, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS—Messrs. Bickings, Brady, Branch, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, Fulkerson, Goodwyn, Lee, Longley, May, Morrison, and Round-12.

Nays-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Bagwell, Beaton, Blair, Bohannon, Boykin, Brown, Campbell, P. J. Carter, Cecil, A. J. Clark, Coghill, Cox, Dooley, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Franklin, Friend, Gardner, P. Gibson, Gilman, Graves, Grayson, Haden, Hamilton, Harris, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Hoenviger, Holbrook, W. Hoskins, J. T. Hoskins, Hudgin, Hunter, James, Jett, P. K. Jones, Rufus S. Jones, Jordan, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lightner, Lipps, Lipscomb, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lucas, Magruder, Massey, McGonigal, McMullan, Montague, Moore, Moss, Nickens, O'Neal, Pannill, Pendleton, Popham. Powell, Rains, Rogers, Serngys, sellers, Shumate, Spratt, Strother, Syphax, Taliaferro, Turner, Wallace, Webb, Williams, Withers, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-84.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Evans, who informed the house that the senate had passed senate bill entitled an act to extend the corporate limits of the city of Petersburg, so as to include therein a lot of land, the property of said city, No. 333; in which they respectfully request the concurrence of the house.

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

Mr. Round moved to strike out the 8th section, which was rejected— yeas 20; nays 59.

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

YEAS-Messrs. Armentrout, Bickings, Matt Clark, Goodwyn, Grayson, Hamilton, Harris, Hoenniger, William Hoskins, John T. Hoskins, Lipscomb, May, Moss, Nickens, Pendleton, Round, Turner, Webb, Whittaker, and Winn–20.

NAys-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armstrong, Bagwell, Beaton, Blair, Bohannon, Brady, Branch, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, A. J. Clark, Coghill, Davis, Finney, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Friend, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Graves, Haden, Harrison, Henderson, Holbrook, Hudgin, Hunter, James, P. K. Jones, Rufus S. Jones, Jordan, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, Lamkin, Lewis, Lightner, Lovell, Loving, Lucas, Magruder, Massey, Montague. Morrison, Paunill, Powell, Rogers, Scrnggs, Shumate, Spratt, Strother, Stuart, Taliaferro, Wharton, Withers, Yager, and Young—59.

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

No. 284. Senate bill entitled an act constituting a portion of the Rappahannock river a lawful fence.

No. 52. Senate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 61 of chapter 3, acts of 1865-0, in relation to the release of taxes prior to the year 1865-yeas 83; nays 1.

The vote required by the constitution was recorded as follows:

YEAS-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Bagwell, Bickings, Blair, Bobannon, Boykin, Brady, Branch, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, A. J. Clark, Matt Clark, Coghill, Crank, Dooley, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Friend, Gardner, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Goodwyn, Graves, Grayson, Haden, Harris, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Hoenniger, Holbrook, William Hoskins, John T. Hoskins, James, Jett, Jordan, B. W. Lacy, Lee, Lightner, Lipps, Lipscomb, Longley, Lovenstein, Loving, Lucas, Lybrook, Magruder, Massey,

Montague, John L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Nickens, Norton, Ould, Pannill,
Pendleton, Popham, Rogers, Scruggs, Shumate, Spratt, Stuart, Syphax, Taylor,
Wallace, Webb, Wharton, Whittaker, Winn, Withers, Yager, Young, and Mr.
Speaker-83.
NAYS-Mr. Round-1.

No. 293. Senate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 3 of an act entitled an act to incorporate the Pittsylvania and Patrick railroad company, approved March 30, 1871.

No. 271. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the New river and Piedmont narrow guage railroad company:

No. 205. Senate bill entitled an act making additional appropriation to the Central lunatic asylum upon certain conditions, was read a third time and rejected-yeas 63; nays 33.

The vote required by the constitution was recorded as follows:

YEAS-Messrs. Anderson, Armentrout, Bickings, Blair, Boykin, Brady, Branch, Jack Carter, Peter J. Carter, Matt Clark, Cox, Dooley, Finney, Flood, Friend, Gardner, P. Gibson, Gilman, Goodwyn, Grayson, Hamilton, Harris, Harrison, Hill, Wm. Hoskins, J. T. Hoskins, Hudgin, James, Jett, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Jordan, B. W. Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps. Lovenstein, Lucas, Lybrook, May, McGonigal, John L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Nickens, Norton, Ould, Paige, Pendletoni, Powell, Rains, Round, Scruggs, Syphax, Taliaferro, Turner, Wharton, Whittaker, Withers, Young, and Mr. Speaker-63.

NAys-Messrs. Allen, Armstrong, Beaton, Bohannon, Brown, A. J. Clark, Coghill, Crank, Davis, Fitzpatrick, Franklin, Fulkerson, T. S. Gibson, Graves, Haden, Henderson, Hoenniger, Koiner, Lovell, Loving, Massey, Montague, Moore, Pannill, Richmond, Rogers, Shumate, Strother, Stuart, Wallace, Webb, Winn, and Yager-33.

Mr. Richmond moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the bill was rejected, which was agreed to.

The question recurring on the passage of the bill, was put and decided in the affirmative-yeas 71 ; nays 38.

The vote required by the constitution was recorded as follows:

YEAS-Messrs. Anderson, Armentrout, Bickings, Blair, Boykin, Brady, Branch, Jack Carter, P. J. Carter, Cecil, Matt Clark, Cox, Dooley, Finney, Flood, Foster, Friend, Gardner, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Goodwyn, Grayson, Hamilton, Harris, Harrison, Hill, Hoenniger, William Hoskins, John 'T'. Hoskins, James, Jett, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Jordan, B. W. Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lightner, Lipps, Longley, Lovenstein, Lucas, Lybrook, Magruder, May, McGonigal, McMullan, J. L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Nickens, Norton, Ould, Pendleton, Popham, Powell, Rains, Richmond, Riddlebarger, Round, Scruggs, Spratt, Syphax, Taliaferro, Taylor, Wharton, Whittaker, Withers, Young, and Mr. Speaker—71.

Nays-Messrs. Allen, Armstrong, Bagwell, Beaton, Bohannon, Brown, J. A. Carter, A. J. Clark, Coghill, Crank, Davis, Fitzpatrick. Franklin, Fulkerson, Graves, Haden, Henderson, Holbrook, Hudgin, Hunter, Koiner, Lewis, Lovell, Loving, Massey, Montagne, Moore, Pannill, Rogers, Sellers, Shumate, Strother, Stuart, Wallace, Webb, Williams, Winn, and Yager-38.

The following report was presented :

The committee of conference to whom was referred the disagreement between the two houses upon house bill entitled an act for the assessment, levy and collection of taxes on railroads, canal, telegraph, transportation, insurance and other companies for the support of government, recommend that the senate recede from their amendment of one per cent., in the 15th section, upon net receipts, and that the house recede from its original proposition of a tax of two and a half per cent upon gross receipts, and that a tax of two per cent. de imposed on the net receipts, and that the section be so amended as to impose two per cent. upon the net receipts of said companies, and to read as follows:

“Every such corporation shall pay as license for the privilege of transacting business in this State a sum equal to two per cent. on the net amount of the receipts so returned to the auditor of public accounts, which license shall be paid to the said auditor quarterly on the days such returns are made to him.”

H. W. THOMAS, Chairman senate committee.

JOHN NEELEY,

Chairman house committee. The report was agreed to.

Ordered, That Mr. Neeley inform the senate of the action of the house.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Duffield, who informed the house that the senate had agreed to the report of the committee of conference on house bill No. 311.

No. 345. Senate bill entitled an act appropriating the public revenue for the fiscal year 1873–74, was,

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

Mr. Fulkerson moved to amend the bill by striking out the words “For penitentiary manufacturing purposes twenty thousand dollars,” which was rejected-yeas 36; nay's 60.

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

YEAS—Messrs. Anderson, Armstrong, Beaton, Blair, Brooks, Brown, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, A. J. Clark, Matt Clark, Dooley, Finney, Foster, Franklin, Fulkerson, P. Gibson, Gilman, Harrison, Holbrook, William Hoskins, John T. Hoskins, Hunter, Jett, Jordan, Koiner, Lewis, Lipps, Longley, Lovenstein, Massey, McGonigal, Montague, Ould, Rogers, Sellers, and Yager-36.

Nays-Messrs. Allen, Bagwell, Bickings, Bohannon, Boykin, Branch, Peter J. Carter, Coghill, Cox, Crank, Davis, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Friend, T. S. Gibson, Goodwyn, Haden, Hamilton, Harris, Henderson, Hill, Hoenniger, Hudgin, James, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, B. W. Lacy, J. H. Lacy, Lipscomb, Lovell, Loving, Lucas, Lybrook, Magruder, McMullan, Moore, w. A. Nash, Nickens, O'Neal, Pannill, Popham, Powell, Rains, Richmond, Round, Scruggs, Shumate, Stovall, Strother, Stuart, Syphax, Taylor, Wallace, Webb, Wharton, Whittaker, Williams, Winn, Young, and Mr. Speaker-60.

Mr. Graves moved to amend the bill by striking out the words “and clerk hire, five hundred dollars” in the office of the adjutant-general, which was agreed to-yeas 64; nays 44.

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

YEAS-Messrs. Beaton, Blair, Bohannon, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, P. J. Carter, A. J. Clark, Crank, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Friend, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Graves, Grayson, Haden, Hamilton, Harrison, Henderson, Hoenniger, Holbrook, Wm. Hoskins, J. T. Hoskins, Hudgin, Hunter, James, Jett, R. S. Jones, Koiner, J. H. Lacy, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Longley, Loving, Lybrook, Massey, Montague, Moore, John L. Nash, Pannill,

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