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The house refused to refer the joint rules to a committee.
The joint rules were agreed to.

Mr. Hudgin moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the joint rules were agreed to, which motion was rejected.

Ordered, That Mr. Hudgin carry the joint rules to the senate and request their concurrence.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. A. J. Clark: A bill to make valid the charter of the Virginia savings banks of Lynchburg, Virginia, granted by the Lynchburg circuit court. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Wharton: Petition of the mayor, council and citizens of the town of Newburn, Pulaski county, Virginia, asking an amendment to charter of said town authorizing a tax on dogs. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Morrison: A bill in relation to the wills of Isaac and Mary M. Davis, devising property to certain ministers of the gospel. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Morris: A bill to incorporate the Martinsville warehouse company, in the county of Henry. Referred to committee on banks, currency and commerce.

By Mr. Powell: Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice report by bill or otherwise as to the necessity of a formal adoption of the Code of 1873.

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Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending section 25, chapter 158 of the Cole of 1873, so as to allow additional pay to the grand jurors of Lee county.

By Mr. Riddlebarger : A petition of citizens of Strasburg, in Shenandoah county, praying for a special license law. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Matt Clark: Joint resolution instructing our senators in congress, &c., to adopt measures of relief in our present financial difficulties. Referred to committee on Federal relations and resolutions.

By Mr. Graves :

Resolved, That the committee on schools and colleges inquire into the expediency of sub-districting each school district in the Commonwealth, and report by bill or otherwise.

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Alexander and Van Auken six days each.

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 1874.

The journal was read by the clerk.
On motion of Mr. Lovenstein,

Resolved, That when this house adjourn to-day it adjourn to meet to-morrow at 111 o'clock A. M.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Nowlin, who informed the house that the senate had agreed to the joint rules for the government of the senate and house of delegates when convened in joint assembly for the election of senators in congress.

On motion of Mr. Anderson, the chair was vacated until 5 o'clock P. M.

EVENING SESSION.

The house met at 5 o'clock P. M.
Mr. A. J. Clark offered the following joint resolution:

Resolved (with the concurrence of the senate), That the two houses will now proceed to elect a senator to the congress of the United States, according to the provisions of the act of congress, for the term of six years, commencing on March 4th, 1875.

Which was agreed to. Mr. A. J. Clark moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the joint resolution was agreed to, which motion was rejected.

Ordered, That Mr. A. J. Clark 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. A. J. Clark nominated Robert E. Withers.
Mr. Norton nominated John F. Lewis.
Mr. Syphax nominated J. P. Evans.
Mr. McGonigal nominated Williams C. Wickham.

Ordered, That Mr. A. J. Clark inform the senate of the nominations made in the house.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Terry, who informed the house that no additional nominations had been made in the senate.

The roll was called with the following result:

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For ROBERT E. WITHERS-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Bagwell, Banks, Beaton, Blair, Bohannon, Boykin, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, J. Armistead Carter, Jack Carter, Cecil, A. J. Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Crank, Critz, Davis, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Fulkerson, Gaines, Gardner, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Graves, Grayson, Griffith, Haden, Hale, Harrison, Henderson, Hoeninger, Holbrook, Wm. Hoskins, Howard, Hudgin, Hunter, James, Jett, Jordan, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Longley, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lybrook, Magruder, Massey, McMullan, Moore, Morris, Morrison, John L. Nash, Neeley, Pannill, Pendleton, Popham, Powell, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Scruggs, Sellers, Shumate, Spratt, Strother, Stuart, Swann, Taliaferro, Taylor, Wallace, Webb, Wharton, Williams, Winn, Withers, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-93.

For J. P. EVANS-Messrs. Bickings, Branch, Peter J. Carter, Matt Clark, Cox, Gilliam, Goodwyn, Harris, Hill, Rufus S. Jones, Lipscomb, Moss, Nickens, Syphax, and Whittaker--15.

For John F. LEWIS-Messrs. Jno. T. Hoskins, May, W. A. Nash, Norton, O'Neal, and Rains-6.

For WILLIAMS C. WICKHAM-Messrs. McGonigal, Thomas, Van Auken, and Young-4.

For CALEB CUSHING-Mr. Round-1.

Robert E. Withers received a majority of the whole number of votes cast for United States senator.

On motion of Mr. Lovenstein, the house adjourned until to-morrow at 113 o'clock A. M.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1874.

Prayer by Rev. Dr. J. L. Burrows, of the Baptist church.
The journal was read by the clerk.

No. 20. House bill to amend and re-enact the third section of the Code of 1873, in relation to sheriffs' bonds, reported from the committee on finance with a recommendation that it do not pass, was read a first time.

The committee on enrolled bills reported that the governor had this day approved joint resolution in reference to the sale of forfeited and delinquent lands.

Nr. Stuart offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be instructed to consider and report what measures should be adopted by the general assembly to insure a speedy adjustment between the States of Virginia and West Virginia of the amounts for which they are respectively liable on account of the debt of the Commonwealth of Virginia incurred prior to its division into two States.

The house referred the resolution to the committee for courts of justice.

Mr. Stuart offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be instructed to consider and report upon the expediency of restoring the jurisdiction of the county courts as it existed prior to the last session of the general assembly, and in the event that they should deem it inexpedent to adopt

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a general law on the subject, they are instructed to consider and report on the expediency of restoring the jurisdiction in those counties which have a population exceeding thousand.

The house referred the resolution to the committee for courts of justice.

Mr. Critz offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That the committee on finance be instructed to examine the law prescribing the amount of bonds of the sheriffs of the Commonwealth, and if found necessary report a bill modifying said law.

The house referred the resolution to the committee on finance.
Mr. Riddlebarger offered the following:

Whereas it has just come to the notice of the representatives of the people that that revered institution known as the Democratic party is recently deceased; therefore,

Resolved, That a proper manifestation of respect to the memory of deceased requires that the two houses of the general assembly shall adjourn to attend the funeral in a body, and the members thereof shall wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.

The house refused to refer the resolution to a committee.
On motion of Mr. Winn, the resolution was laid on the table.

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. P. Gibson and William Hoskins three days each.

Messrs. Richmond, Ould and Dooley asked to have it entered on the journal that had they been present on yesterday when the vote was taken for the election of a United States senator they would have voted for Robert E. Withers.

A message was was received from the senate by Mr. Clark, who informed the house that the senate had agreed to a joint resolution that the superintendent of public printing cause to be printed for immediate distribution one thousand copies of house joint resolution No. 1 for an extension of the time for collecting the taxes of 1873, in which they respectfully request the concurrence of the house.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. Ould: A bill continuing the special court of appeals. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Powell: A bill to amend the 22d section of chapter 206 of the Code of 1873, as to the hiring out of convicts in the penitentiary. Referred to committee on asylums and prisons.

By Mr. Scruggs:

Resolved, That the committe for courts of justice inquire into and report the propriety of increasing the pay of jurors in civil, criminal and misdemeanor cases.

By Mr. Holbrook: Joint resolution agreeing to amendments to sections one, two, three and four of the seventh article of the constitution of Virginia, in relation to county organization, and directing a submission of said proposed amendments to the people for their approval and ratification. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Lovenstein:

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Resolved, That the committee on asylums and prisons inquire into the expediency of making some provision for persons of idiotic mind, and report by bill or otherwise.

By Mr. Round: A bill to amend and re-enact section 48, chapter 52 of the Code of 1873, in relation to county roads. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. Hunter: A bill authorizing the trustees of the religious society in Frederick county, known as the United Brethern in Christ, to sell and convey certain property. Referred to committee on propositions and grievances.

By Mr. McMullan:

Resolved, That the committee on executive expenditures be instructed to inquire what repairs and refurnishing are necessary to the executive mansion, to preserve the property and make it a comfortable residence for the governor of the State, and to report by bill or otherwise.

By Mr. McGonigal:

Resolved, That the committee on roads and internal navigation be requested to inquire into the expediency of so amending the road law of the State as to require the taxable property of the State to bear the burdens of opening new roads, and keeping in repair the roads of the Commonwealth, except a capitation tax of one day upon every citizen not already exempt by the law of 1872–73.

By Mr. Hoeninger: A bill to amend section 16, chapter 52, Code of 1873, for the more efficient collection of fines for failure to work upon public roads. Referred to committee on counties, cities and towns.

By Mr. Spratt: Petition of citizens of the county of Smyth asking amendments to constitution of Virginia. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

The hour of 12 o'clock M. having arrived (which being the hour according to an act of congress entitled "an act to regulate the times and manner of holding elections for senators in congress”) for the meeting of the members of the two houses in joint assembly for the election of a senator in congress, the senate of Virginia entered the hall of the house of delegates, preceded by Mr. Thomas, the president (pro tem.) of the senate, and the clerk of the senate: whereupon the president (pro tem.) of the senate, in accordance with a joint rule, assumed the chair and called the joint assembly to order.

The journal of the senate of yesterday was read, from which it appeared that Robert E. Withers had received 30 votes (being a majority of all the votes cast) for senator in the congress of the United States from the State of Virginia for the term of six years commencing on March 4th, 1875.

The journal of the house of delegates of yesterday was read, from which it appeared that Robert E. Withers had received 93 votes (being a majority of all the votes cast) for senator in the congress of the United States from the State of Virginia, for the term of six years commencing on March 4th, 1875.

The president of the joint assembly then declared that Robert E. Withers having received a majority of all the votes cast in each house, was

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