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Senate joint resolution was read twice and referred to the committee on finance.

The speaker laid before the house the following communication:

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA,

EXECUTIVE CHAMBERS,

Richmond, January 7th, 1874. To the Senate and House of Delegates of Virginia:

The enclosed application for the relinquishment of State jurisdiction over the parcels of land constituting the national cemeteries at Glendale, Henrico county, and at Danville, Pittsylvania county, made by the assistant quartermaster at Fort Monroe, under instructions from the quartermaster-general, United States army, was received by my predecessor in November last, and is now, with the accompanying papers, respectfully communicated to the general assembly for such action as may seem proper.

JAMES L. KEMPER. The application and accompanying papers were referred to the committee for courts of justice.

No. 5. House bili to amend 4th section, chapter 182, Code 1873, with reference to judgment liens, reported from the committee for courts of justice, was read a first time.

Mr. Williams offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That the secretary of the Commonwealth be required to furnish the several committee clerks of this house with a copy of the Code of 1873, for the use of their respective committees, said copies to be returned at the end of this session.

The house refused to refer the resolution to a committee.
The resolution was agreed to.
The following reports were agreed to:

The committee on roads and internal navigation have had under consideration a bill to them referred " for the relief of the corporation of the Woodstock and Wardensville turnpike company,” and as it proposes to refund a tax imposed on its charter, we ask to be discharged from its further consideration, and that the same be referred to the committee on finance.

The committee on roads and internal navigation have, according to order, had under consideration the “report and exhibits of AttorneyGeneral Taylor as to the sale of the State's interest in certain internal improvement companies of the State," and recommend that the said report and exhibits be referred to the present attorney-general for his examination, with the request that he report to this house at his earliest convenience.

Mr. Harrison offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That the secretary of the Commonwealth be instructed to furnish such members of the present house of delegates, who have not

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already been furnished therewith, with a copy of the Code of 1873, to be returned at the end of the session.

The house refused to refer the resolution to a committee.
The resolution was agreed to.
Mr. Koiner offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That the superintendent of public printing be authorized and required to have printed eight hundred copies of the annual report of the deaf, dumb and blind asylum, for the use of that institution.

The house refused to refer the resolution to a committee.
The resolution was agreed to.
Mr. Koiner offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That the superintendent of public printing be authorized and required to have printed and bound in paper covers one thousand copies of the report of the Western lunatic asylum, for the use of that institution.

The house refused to refer the resolution to a committee. Mr. P. K. Jones moved to amend the resolution by inserting “Central lunatic asylum,” which was agreed to.

The resolution as amended was agreed to.

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Rufus S. Jones and P. J. Carter one day each.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr Howard: A bill to transfer the interest of the State in certain turnpike companies to the counties through which they pass. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. Round :

Resolved, That the committee on finance be requested to report on the expediency of authorizing the boards of supervisors to add to the delinquent State taxes reported by the auditor, the delinquent county, corporation, road and school taxes in their respective counties, and of authorizing all future sales of delinquent lands to be for all the taxes due thereon.

By Mr. Morrison : Petition of Michael G. Harman for the correction of an erroneous and excessive assessment of a certain tenement in the town of Lexington. Referred to the committee on finance.

By Mr. Neeley: A bill authorizing plaintiff in action for the recovery of specific personal property, the delivery of the thing sued for to the plaintiff. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Morrison : A bill to amend and re-enact an act for the relief of the late sheriffs of the Commonwealth. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Round :

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be requested to inquire and report upon the expediency of extending the jurisdiction of justices of the peace to two hundred dollars, and particularly whether such extension would decrease the expense of the administration of justice.

By Mr. Holbrook: A bill to amend an act incorporating the town of Wytheville. Referred to committee on counties, cities and towns.

By Mr. Armstrong: A bill authorizing D. A. Plecker to erect a tollbridge, across North river, at Mount Crawford, in Rockingham county. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. Hoeninger: A bill to amend sections 8 and 9 of chapter 188, Code of 1873, in relation to the protection of forest and other property. Referred to committee on agriculture and mining.

By Mr. Taliaferro: Memorial of the bar of Nottoway, praying the restoration to the county courts of their former jurisdiction, or an increase of the number of circuit judges. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Wharton: Memorial of the board of visitors of the Virginia agricultural and mechanical college. Referred to committee on schools and colleges.

By Mr. Walker:

Resolved, That the committee on agriculture and mining inquire into the expediency of so amending the law as to better protect the farmer against the depredation of dogs.

By Mr. Harris:

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be, and they are hereby instructed, to report as to the expediency of a bill which, while relieving the judges of the Commonwealth from the embarrassments thrown around them by existing laws as indicated by Judge Guigon in his opinions as reported, will entorce the constitutional rights of all the citizens of the State in relation to the jury system.

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

No. 4. House bill to amend and re-enact section 18, chapter 196, Code of Virginia (edition of 1860), in reference to offences against morality and decency, was read a second time, and, on motion of Mr. Coghill, was dismissed.

On motion of Mr. Lovenstein, the house adjourned until to-morrow at 12 o'clock M.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 1874. Prayer by Rev. A. C. Bledsoe, 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, January 8, 1874. The senate have passed bills entitled

An act to incorporate the Masonic mutual relief association of Virginia; No. 16. And

An act to allow further time for the judge of Norfolk county to qualify; No. 21.

And they have agreed to
House joint resolution extending the time for the collection of taxes

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and county and township levies for the year 1873, No. 1, with amendments.

And they have also agreed to

House joint resolution in relation to the election of a judge for the county court of Halifax.

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

No. 1. House joint resolution extending the time for the collection of taxes and county and township levies for the year 1873, was referred to the committee on finance.

No. 21. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee for courts of justice.

No. 16. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

The following bills, reported from the committee for courts of justice, were read a first time :

No. 6. House bill to release the securities of Joseph Charlton from the payment of a forfeited recognizance.

No. 7. House bill to amend section 10, chapter 202, Code 1873, with reference to juries in criminal cases.

No. 8. House bill to change the name of the Augusta county fair to the Baldwin fair, reported from the committee on agriculture and mining, was read a first time.

No. 9. House bill to amend an act incorporating the town of Wytheville, reported from the committee on counties, cities and towns, was read a first time.

The following bills, reported from the committee on finance, were read a first time:

No. 10. House joint resolution extending the time for the collection of taxes and county and township levies in the Commonwealth for the year 1873, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 11. House bill to extend the time for the collection of taxes and county and township levies throughout the Commonwealth, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 12. House bill to authorize the common council of the corporation of Winchester to borrow money.

Senate joint resolution in reference to the sale of forfeited and delinquent lands, was reported from the committee on finance.

Leave of absence was granted Mr. Branch for two days.

The following reports were agreed to:

The committee for courts of justice have, according to order, taken into consideration a resolution to make it a penal offence for any person to pull and leave down the fence of another, or for opening or leaving open the gate of another, and have adopted the following resolution thereon :

Resolved (as the opinion of this committee), That it is inexpedient to adopt the proposed change in the law.

The committee on printing have had under consideration a resolution to inquire into the expediency of having the Code of Virginia published in two volumes, and have come to the following resolution :

Resolved, That it is inexpedient to have the Code so published.

Mr. Critz offered the following joint resolution :

Resolved (the senate concurring), That the general assembly proceed at one o'clock to-day to elect a county judge for Tazewell county, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the failure of Wm. P. Cecil to qualify.

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

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

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

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

Mr. Richmond offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed, to whom shall be referred all petitions and resolutions upon amendments to the State constitution.

The house referred the resolution to the committee on rules.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37.

By Mr. Rogers: A bill to amend and re-enact section 77 of chapter 159 of acts of 1871-'72, as to compensation of assessors. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Rogers : A bill to amend and re-enact section 2 of chapter 170 of Code of 1873, as to removal of causes pending in one court to another. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Walke :

Resolved, That the committee on agriculture and mining inquire whether any, and if so, what further legislation is necessary to insure full compensation to owners of land on railroads for damages sustained by fire from sparks from railroad engines.

By Mr. Lee: Petition of James M. Reynolds to change boundary line of Craig and Giles, so as to include the petitioner in Craig county. Referred to committee on counties, cities and towns.

By Mr. Koiner:

Resolved, That the committee on finance inquire into the expediency of providing by law that all claims for jury service against the general or county treasury in any county, which are not presented at said treasury for payment within one year from the time of rendering the service, shall be null and void, and any money retained by a county treasurer to liquidate such claims as have become void, shall be accounted for in the general or county funds to which they may severally belong, thereby preventing an unnecessary accumulation of inoperative money in the

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