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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:

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

duly elected a senator in the congress of the United States from the State of Virginia for the term of six years commencing on March 4th, 1875. On motion of Mr. Grimsley, the joint assembly adjourned sine die.

The following house bills were read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time:

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

No. 8. House bill to change the name of the Augusta county fair to the Baldwin Augusta fair.

No. 9. House bill to amend an act incorporating the town of Witheville.

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

No. 13. House bill to amend section 6, chapter 201 of the Code of 1873, with reference to larceny.

No. 14. House bill to amend the 34th section of chapter 202, Code of 1873, with reference to the trial of felonies.

No. 16. House bill incorporating the Virginia porcelain and terracotta company in the county of Augusta.

No. 19. House bill to amend and re-enact an act for the relief of the late sheriffs of the Commonwealth, came up.

On motion of Mr. Morrison, the bill was recommitted to the committee on finance.

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, came up.

On motion of Mr. Graves, the joint resolution was dismissed.

No. 11. House bill to extend the time for the collection of taxes and county and township levies throughout the Commonwealth, came up.

On motion of Mr. Graves, the bill was dismissed.

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 1874.

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

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

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

In Senate, January 14, 1874. The senate have passed bills entitled An act to incorporate the Marion female college; No. 30. And

An act to extend the time in which Posey Whalin, elected superintendent of the poor for Rappahannock county, shall be permitted to qualify; No. 45.

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

No. 30. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on schools and colleges.

No. 45. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee for courts of justice.

No. 21. House bill to transfer the interest of the State in certain turnpike companies to the counties through which they pass, reported from the committee on roads and internal navigation, was read a first time.

The following reports were agreed to:

The committee on privileges and elections respectfully ask permission of the house to print such papers and testimony as a majority of said committee shall deem proper.

The committee on public property have had under consideration a resolution that the adjutant-general of the Commonwealth be requested to inform this house, at an early day, what additional legislation would in his opinion be necessary to enable him to perform the duties now devolving by law upon the superintendent of public buildings. They respectfully report that inasmuch as the duties of the superintendent of public buildings have never devolved upon the present adjutant-general, that it is inexpedient to request the information of him.

The committee on roads and internal navigation have had under consideration a bill to them referred, to "amend and re-enact section 48, chapter 52 of the Code of 1873, in relation to county roads,” and respectfully report, that as it proposes an appeal to the circuit courts in certain cases, they ask to be discharged from its further consideration, and that the same be referred to the committee for courts of justice.

The following report was presented :

The committee on public property have had under consideration the communications from the governor and superintendent of public buildings in relation to the condition of the capitol building, and respectfully ask that the committee have authority to employ a competnt architect or engineer, who, in connection with a sub-committee (of the committee on public property), shall examine the building, and report upon its safety, &c., to said committee.

Mr. Hoeninger moved to postpone the report, which was rejected. The report was agreed to. Mr. Jack Carter moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the report was agreed to, which motion was rejected.

Leave of absence was granted Messers. Lee and Banks two days each. The following where presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. B. W. Lacy: Petition of the securities of J. S. Jones, late treasurer of York county, for relief. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Fulkerson: A bill to validate the reasessment of the lands of Washington county, made in the year 1873 for the year 1873, and to authorize the treasurer of said county to retain out of the taxes due the State for the

year 1873 when collected an amount equal to the excess of the taxes due on the lands of said county as assessed in the year 1870 over the amount that would be due by the valuation under the reassesment made in 1873, and to apply the amount so retained to the payment of county levies. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Brooks: A bill to provide for the collection of taxes and county levy in the township of Manchester, Chesterfield county, assessed for the year 1873. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Allen: A bill for the relief of J. L. Boswell, administrator &c., for work done on the Covington and Ohio railroad. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Critz: A bill to amend and re-enact section 3, chapter 46 of the Code of 1873, in relation to sheriffs' bonds. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Armstrong: A bill to amend and re-enact sections six, eigh and nine of chapter ninety, Code of 1860, in relation to weighing and selling live stock. Referred to committee on public property.

By Mr. Van Auken:

Resolved, That it shall be the duty of the board of supervisors of Sussex county, at their next meeting to submit to the qualified voters of Wakefield township in said county of Sussex, by ordering an election upon the fence question, to be conducted in accordance with the provisions made by sections 23, 24 and 25, chapter 97 of the Code of Virginia of 1873. Referred to committee on agriculture and mining.

By Mr. Gilman: A bill to amend the charter of the Female humane association of the city of Richmond. Referred to committee on propositions and grievances.

By Mr. Graves: A bill to impose a stamp tax on wholesale dealing in distilled spirits. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Lewis :

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be instructed to report upon the propriety of so amending the State constitution as to require all voters to show the treasurer's receipt for the poll tax assessed against them before voting.

By Mr. Lucas : A bill to amend and re-enact section 14, chapter 188 of the Code of 1873, in relation to larceny. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Blair : Petition of citizens of Big Lick, Roanoke county, asking for an act of incorporation for the town of Big Lick. Referred to committee on counties, cities and towns.

By Mr. Cecil: A bill to repeal sections 21, 22, 23 and 24 of Code

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