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of 1873, in relation to parties to suits testifying in their own behalf. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. J. A. Carter :

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice inquire what further legislation is necessary to punish persons obstructing public roads, and report by bill or otherwise.

By Mr. Allen : A bill to provide for the payment of claims due by the State on account of construction of the Covington and Ohio railroad. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. B. W. Lacy : A bill for the relief of Stafford G. Cooke. Referred to committee on finance.

By. Mr. B. W. Lacy : A resolution as to the expediency of making the Chickahominy a public highway between certain points. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

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

No. 16. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Masonic mutual relief association of Virginia, was read a third time and passed.

Mr. A. J. Clark moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the bill was passed, which motion was rejected.

The following house engrossed bills were read a third time and passed :

No. 7. House engrossed bill to amend section 10, chapter 202, Code 1873, with reference to jurors in criminal cases—yeas 104; nays 2.

The vote required by the constitution was recorded as follows:

YEAS-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Banks, Bickings, Blair, Brady, Branch, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, J. Armistead Carter, Jack Carter, Peter J. Carter, Cecil, A. J. Clark, Matt. Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Cox, Crank, Critz, Davis, Dooley, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Fulkerson, Gardner, T. S. Gibson, Gilliam, Gilman, Graves, Grayson, Haden, Hale, Harris, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Holbrook, John T. Hoskins, Howard, Hunter, James, Jett, Ruius S. Jones, Jordan, B. W. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Lipscomb, Longley, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lucas, Lybrook, Magruder, Massey, May, McGonigal, McMullan, Moore, Morris, Morrison, Moss, John L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Nickens, O'Neal, Ould, Pannill, Pendleton, Powell, Richmond, Rogers, Round, Scruggs, Sellers, Shumate, Stovall, Stuart, Swann, Syphax, Taylor, Thomas, Turner, Van Auken, Walke, Wallace, Webb, Williams, Winn, Withers, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-104.

NAYS-Messrs. Hamilton and Norton-2.

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

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

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

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

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

Motions (severally made) to reconsider the votes by which house bills Nos. 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 and 16 were passed, were rejected.

Ordered, That Mr. Koiner carry house bill No. 16 to the senate and request their concurrence.

No 3. House bill to incorporate the Lynchburg Masonic mutual relief association, was, on motion of Mr. A. J. Clark, dismissed.

No. 6. House bill to release the securities of Joseph Charlton from the payment of a forfeited recognizance, was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.

No. 20. House bill to amend and re-enact the 3d section of the Code of 1873, in relation to sheriffs' bonds, was, on motion of Mr. Longley, recommitted to the committee on finance.

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 1874.

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

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

In Senate, January 15, 1874.

The senate have agreed to a joint resolution requiring inspectors of tobacco to report the amount of insurance kept on their several warehouses during the year 1873, covering planters' tobacco.

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

The senate joint resolution is as follows:

Resolved (the house of delegates concurring), That inspectors of tobacco at all warehouses where tobacco is inspected by law be required to report at as early a day as possible to both branches of the legislature the amount of insurance that the proprietors of every such warehouse are required to keep by section 52, chapter 85 of the Code (edition 1873), has been so kept during the year 1873, covering planters' tobacco.

The joint resolution was read twice, and,

On motion of Mr. A. J. Clark, the rule was suspended requiring its reference to a committee.

The senate joint resolution was placed on the calendar.

The speaker laid before the house a communication from the governor as follows:

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA,

EXECUTIVE OFFICE, January 16th, 1874. Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Delegates:

In compliance with the wishes of the president and director-general of the United States centennial commission, I transmit herewith for your consideration several communications and documents relating to the proposed national celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the independence of the United States. JAMES L. KEMPER.

Which communications were referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

No. 30. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Marion female college, was reported from the committee on schools and colleges.

No. 45. Senate bill entitled an act to extend the time in which Posey Whalen, elected superintendent of the poor for Rappahannock county, shall be permitted to qualify, was reported from the committee for courts of justice, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 22. House bill to make valid the charter of the Virginia savings bank of Lynchburg, Virginia, granted by the Lynchburg circuit court, reported from the committee for courts of justice, was read a first time.

The following house bills, reported from the committee on agriculture and mining, were read a first time:

No. 23. House bill to repeal an act declaring a portion of Smith's creek and Cohoon's creek a lawful fence, approved 8th March, 1873.

No. 24. House bill indemnifying owners of land against damages sustained from tenants upon adjoining farms.

No. 25. House bill to amend section 9 of chapter 188 of Code of 1873, in regard to setting fire to fences, &c.

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Loving, McMullen, Wharton, Beaton, Henderson and Scruggs three days each, A. J. Clark two days, Lucas one day, and Branch an indefinite leave.

On motion of Mr. Stuart,

Resolved, That when this house adjourns this day it adjourn to meet hereafter at one o'clock P. M. for one week.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. Anderson: A bill to incorporate the Virginia chemical and mining company. Referred to committee on manufactures and mechanic arts.

By Mr. Foster: A bill to amend and re-enact section 15 of chapter 155 of the Code of 1873, authorizing the judges of circuit courts to fix the time for holding their courts. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Hudgin: A bill to abolish the office of superintendent of public buildings, and devolve its duties on the adjutant-general. Referred to committee on public property. By Mr. Foster: A bill to incorporate the Hampton and Fort Monroe

railroad company. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. Massey: A bill to authorize the voters of Scottsville township, in the county of Albemarle, to vote upon the question of continuing or repealing the present fence law. Referred to committee on agriculture and mining.

By Mr. Round: A bill to abolish the office of superintendent of public buildings, and to devolve the duties now performed by said officer upon the adjutant-general. Referred to committee on public property

By Mr. Critz: A bill to amend and re-enact section 1, chapter 116 of Code of 1873, in relation to notaries public. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Cockerille: A bill to incorporate the Columbia, Fairfax and Prince William railroad company. Referred to committee on roads and · internal pavigation.

By Mr. Gardner: A bill to incorporate the Richmond, Craigton and Hanover turnpike company, in the counties of Henrico and Hanover. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. Boykin: Petition of members of the bar of the first judicial circuit asking a restoration of the county court system to its former jurisdiction. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Critz:

Resolved, That the committee on library inquire into the expediency of purchasing for the State the great historical painting by E. B. D. Julio of the last meeting between Generals Lee and Jackson on the day before the battle of Chancellorsville.

By Mr. Howard :

Resolved, That the committee on finance inquire into the expedency of engrafting in the tax bill a provision imposing a license tax on merchants. Referred to committee on finance.

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

No. 45. Senate bill entitled an act to extend the time in which Posey Whalen, elected superintendent of the poor for Rappahannock county, shall be permitted to qualify, came up.

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

Senate joint resolution requiring inspectors of tobacco to report the amount of insurance kept on their several warehouses during the year 1873, covering planters' tobacco, was read a third time and agreed to.

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

No. 6. House engrossed bill to release the securities of Joseph Charlton from the payment of a forfeited recognizance, was read a third time and passed-yeas 88; nays 18.

The vote required by the constitution was recorded as follows:

YEAS— Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Bagwell, Boykin, Brady, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, Cecil, A. J. Clark, Matt Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Crank, Critz, Davis, Dooley, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Franklin, Fulkerson, Gains, Gardner, T.

S. Gibson, Grayson, Griffith, Haden, Hale, Hamilton, Harris, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Holbrook, Howard, Hudgin, Hunter, James, Jett, Jordan, B. W. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Longley, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lucas, Lybrook, Magruder, Massey, McGonigal, Montague, Morris, Morrison, John L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Norton, O'Neal, Pannill, Pendleton, Popham, Powell, Richmond, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Round, Sellers, Spratt, Stovall, Swann, Syphax, Turner, Walke, Wallace, Webb, Wharton, Whittaker, Williams, Withers, Yager, and Young--88.

Nays-Messrs. Armstrong, J. Armistead Carter, Jack Carter, Peter J. Carter, Cox, Foster, Goodwyn, Graves, Hoeninger, Rufus S. Jones, Koiner, Lipscomb, Moss, Nickens, Stuart, Taylor, Winn, and Mr. Speaker-18.

Mr. Wharton moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the bill was passed, which motion was rejected.

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

No. 17. House bill to prevent obstructing with timber or rendering foul the water courses of this State.

No. 21. House bill to transfer the interest of the State in certain turnpike companies to the counties through which they pass.

The house resumed the business of the morning hour.
Mr. Stuart offered the following resolution.

Resolved, That the superintendent of public printing be directed to furnish one thousand extra copies of the second auditor's last report, seven hundred and fifty copies for the use of the general assembly, and the balance for the second auditor's office.

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

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Brown and Taylor three days each, and O'Neal one day.

Mr. Gilman (under a suspension of the rules) presented

No. 26. House joint resolution to amend and re-enact joint resolution directing a distribution of the Code when published, approved April second, 1873, which was read a first time.

On motion of Mr. Riddlebarger,

Resolved, That when this house adjourns to day it adjourn to meet again on Monday at one o'clock P. M.

On motion of Mr. Riddlebarger, the house adjourned until Monday next at 1 o'clock P. M.

MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 1874.

The journal was read by the clerk.

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

In Senate, January 16, 1874. The senate have passed house bills entitled

An act incorporating the Virginia porcelain and terracotta company, in the county of Augusta; No. 16.

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