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On motion of Mr. Howard, the vote by which the bill was ordered to be engrossed was reconsidered.

The bill was amended and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.

No. 9. House engrossed bill to amend an act incorporating the town of Wytheville, came up, and

On motion of Mr. Holbrook, was passed by.

No. 15. House bill authorizing D. A. Plecker to erect a toll-bridge across North'river, at Mount Crawford in Rockingham county, was,

On motion of Mr. Armstrong, laid on the table.

No. 18. House bill incorporating the Rich Valley tanning and leather manufacturing company, in the county of Washington, was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.

Mr. Bagwell offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That when this house adjourns to day it adjourn to meet at 12 o'clock M. to-morrow

Which was agreed to.

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 1874.

Prayer by Rev. Dr. Geo. Woodbridge, of the Episcopal church.
The journal was read by the clerk.

No. 40. Senate bill entitled an act to constitute the secretary and superintendent of the Mount Vernon association a conservator of the peace for the limits of Mount Vernon estate, was reported from the committee for courts of justice.

No. 43. House bill fixing the pay and mileage of members of the general assembly, reported from the committee on retrenchment and economy, was read a first time.

No. 44. House bill to amend and re-enact section 4, chapter 129, acts of 1871-'72, entitled an act to incorporate the town of Newport, in Giles county, Virginia, reported from the committee on counties, cities and towns, was read a first time.

No. 45. House bill to incorporate the Columbia, Fairfax and Prince William railroad company, reported from the committee on roads and internal navigation, was read a first time.

No. 46. House bill authorizing in actions for the recovery of specific personal property the delivery of the thing sued for to the plaintiff, reported from the committee for courts of justice, was read a first time.

The following reports were agreed to:

The committee on privileges and elections have had under consideration the petition of B. A. L. Holt and Benjamin J. Walker, contesting the right of George W. Young and Ross Hamilton to seats in the house delegates from the county of Mecklenburg, have maturely considered the same, and beg leave to submit the following report :

The committee are of the opinion that the evidence does not show any such irregularities or illegality in the returns from the election precincts objected to by contestants as could vitiate said returns, and they respectfully recommend the adoption of the following resolutions :

ist. Resolved, That Geo. W. Young, one of the sitting members from the county of Mecklenburg, is entitled to a seat in the house of delegates.

2d. Resolved, That Ross Hamilton, one of the sitting members from the county of Mecklenburg, is entitled to a seat in the house of delegates,

The committee on roads and internal navigation have had under consideration a resolution to them referred, 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, excepting a capitation tax of one day upon every citizen not already exempt by the law of 1872–73,” report that the subject of local and county roads properly belong to the committee on counties, cities and towns, and ask to be relieved from its further consideration, and that the same be referred to the said committee.

The following resolution, reported from the committee for courts of justice, was agreed to:

Resolved, That the supreme court of appeals be requested to report to this house whether it is necessary to the dispatch of the business in that court that the special court of appeals shall be continued, and whether any amendment to the law creating that court is deemed necessary, and whether any and what changes should be made in the laws authorizing appeals and writs of error, with any other matter touching the administration of justice in the supreme court of appeals which may tend to expedite its business.

On motion of Mr. Riddlebarger, Mr. Brooks was excused from service on the committee of privileges and elections during the investigation of the contested election case of Walker vs. Walke, from Chesterfield county.

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Norton one day, R. S. Jones three days, and Critz four days.

The committee on enrolled bills have the honor to report that the following bills have been approved by the governor:

An act to incorporate the Masonic mutual relief association of Virginia; approved January 20, 1874.

An act incorporating the Virginia porcelain and terracotta company in the county of Augusta; approved January 20, 1874.

An act to change the name of the Augusta county fair to the Baldwin Augusta fair; approved January 20, 1874.

An act to amend section 10, chapter 202, Code of 1873, with reference to jurors in criminal cases; approved January 20, 1874.

An act to authorize the common council of the corporation of Winchester to borrow money; approved January 20, 1874.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. Graves: A bill to amend and re-enact section one of chapter one hundred and forty-seven of the Code of 1873, extending the jurisdiction of justices in civil cases to $100. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Lovell: A bill for the relief of sheriffs in the service of civil process of other counties than the one in which they reside. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Stuart: A petition of members of the bar of Staunton, asking that the jurisdiction of county courts be restored, or a special act may be passed restoring the jurisdiction of the county court of Augusta. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Brooks:

Resolved, That the committee on finance be instructed to inquire as to the expediency of so amending the existing revenue law of the State, as to require the payment of only one license tax for the privilege of selling wine, ardent spirits, malt liquors, cider, or any mixture of any of them, by retail, or to be drunk at the place where sold.

By Mr. Flood: A bill to amend and re-enact the 58th section of the 78th chapter of the Code of Virginia (edition of 1873), in relation to public free schools. Referred to committee on schools and colleges.

By Mr. Bagwell: A petition of two hundred citizens of the county of Accomac, praying for the repeal of present oyster law. Referred to committee on Chesapeake and its tributaries.

By Mr. B. W. Lacy:

Resolved, That the committee on counties, cities and towns inquire into the expediency of making Holt's creek, in the county of New Kent, a lawful fence from the mouth of Tonkey Gut to the Thoroughfare, and also making the said Thoroughfare a lawful fence from the mouth of Holt's creek to the Pamunkey river, and to report by bill or otherwise.

By Mr. Williams:

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be and are hereby instructed to inquire what increase, if any, in the number of judicial circuits is necessary to the proper dispatch of business, and also whether an increase of the salaries of the circuit judges is proper and expedient, and that said committee report by bill or otherwise.

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

No. 21. Senate bill entitled an act to allow further time for the judge of Norfolk county to qualify, was read a third time and passed.

The amendment proposed by the committee for courts of justice as follows:

Amend title by striking out same, and inserting in lieu thereof the following: "An act to amend chapter 157 of the Code of 1873, so as to vacate the office of judges for removal or for failure to qualify," was agreed to. The title as amended was agreed to. Senate joint resolution as follows:

Resolved by the general assembly, 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 a third time and rejected.

No. 40. Senate bill entitled an act to constitute the secretary and superintendent of the Mount Vernon association a conservator of the peace for the limits of Mount Vernon estate, was read a third time and passed.

No. 9. House engrossed bill to amend an act incorporating the town of Wytheville, was,

On motion of Mr. Holbrook, postponed until January 30, 1874.

No. 21. House engrossed bill to transfer the interest of the State in certain turnpike companies to the counties through which they pass, was read a third time and passed-yeas 86 ; nays 4.

The vote required by the constitution was recorded as follows:

YEAS-Messrs. Allen, Armstrong, Bagwell, Blair, Brooks, Campbell, J. Armistead Carter, Cecil, Matt. Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Crank, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Fulkerson, Gaines, Gardner, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilliam, Gilman, Goodwyn, Graves, Grayson, Griffith, Haden, Hale, Harris, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Hæninger, Holbrook, Wm. Hoskins, Howard, Hudgin, Hunter, James, Jett, Peter K. Jones, Jordan, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Lipscomb, Longley, Lovell, Lovenstein, Lucas, Lybrook, Massey, May, McGonigal, Morris, Morrison, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Nickens, Ould, Pannill, Pendleton, Powell, Rains, Riddlebarger, Rogers, Sellers, Shumate, Spratt, Stovall, Stuart, Swann, Taliaferro, Thomas, Van Auken, Walke, Wallace, Webb, Williams, Withers, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-86. NAYS-Messrs. Jack Carter, Montague, Moss, and Richmond-4.

On motion of Mr. Lovenstein, the title was amended by striking out the same, and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

“ To transfer the interest of the State in the Jacksonville and Christiansburg turnpike company to the counties through which it passes.”

The title as amended was agreed to.

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

No. 18. House engrossed bill incorporating the Rich Valley tanning and leather manufacturing company in the county of Washington, was read a third time.

Mr. Lucas moved to pass by the bill, which was rejected.
The bill was passed.

Mr. Longley moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the bill was passed; which motion was rejected.

No. 20. House bill to amend and re-enact the third section of the Code of 1873 in relation to sheriffs bonds, was, on motion of Mr. Stuart, dismissed.

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

No. 22. House bill to make valid the charter of the Virginia savings bank of Lynchburg, Virginia, granted by the Lynchburg circuit court.

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. 25. House bill to amend section 9 of chapter 188 of Code 1873, in regard to setting fire to fenoes, &c., (amended).

No. 24. House bill indemnifying owners of land against damages sustained from tenants upon adjoining farms, was read a second time.

Mr. Hill moved to pass by the bill, which was rejected.
Mr. Neeley moved to dismiss the bill, which was agreed to.

Mr. Massey moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the bill was dismissed, which motion was rejected.

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1874.

Prayer by Rev. Dr. Geo. Woodbridge, of the Episcopal church.
The journal was read by the clerk.
A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

In Senate, January 20, 1874. The senate have passed bills entitled

An act to amend and re-enact the ninth section of an act to incorporate the Insurance and Savings company of Virginia, passed February 28th, 1866; No. 34. And

An act to incorporate the Atlantic bridge company ; No. 49.
And they have agreed to

A joint resolution asking information of the supreme court of appeals touching a continuance of the special court of appeals.

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

No. 34. Senate bill to amend and re-enact the ninth section of an act to incorporate the Insurance and Savings company of Virginia, passed February 28th, 1866, was read twice and referred to committee on propositions and grievances.

No. 49. Senate bill to incorporate the Atlantic bridge company, was read twice and referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

Senate joint resolution asking information of the supreme court of appeals, touching a continuance of the special court of appeals, as follows:

Resolved (the house of delegates concurring), That the judges of the supreme court of appeals be respectfully requested to state to the gen

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