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Mr. Knight moved that an indefinite leave of absence be granted to Mr. Parks on account of illness.

The motion prevailed.

Mr. Ashley moved that Mr. Brown be excused from today's session.
The motion prevailed.

Mr. Haviland moved that the other absentees without leave be excused from today's session.

The motion prevailed.


The Speaker directed the Clerk to read the certified copy of the Governor's proclamation, which is as follows:



I, Frederick C. Martindale, Secretary of State of the State of Michigan and custodian of the Great Seal of the State, hereby certify that the attached is a true and correct transcript of a proclamation issued by the Governor convening an extra session of the Legislature, the original of which is on file in this office.

In witness whereof, I have hereto affixed my signature

and the Great Seal of the State, at Lansing, this thir[SEAL] teenth day of February, in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred twelve.


Secretary of State. Clerk, House of Representatives, Lansing, Mich.

State of Michigan



To All Whom It May Concern-Greeting:

This is an era in this country during which government by the people is becoming a reality. The tendency is to have the governmental function exercised on the part of the people as directly as possible. This is in obedience to much of the best thought that is applied to the solution of problems involved by the science of government. It is equally the result of a demand on the part of the people that their action shall not be subject to embarrassing or harassing scrutiny and that the rights of those who are living in subordinate capacity shall not be trespassed upon or in any manner endangered or selfishly directed by those in positions





ich that cued the

of strength and influence over them and about them. Any condit that makes for unfair competition in exercising the rights of citizens causes both oppression and suppression.

If this nation and this state, under God, are to be perpetuated lands of liberty where worthy humanity of all the world shall find a lum and the insurance of equal rights, there must be provided the full and fairest means of expression of those rights. This is necessary these rights are to exist at all and to be in any sense meaningful. state of mind that relies upon all the people for the defense of o country in time of war; that is willing to sacrifice the lives of our ci zens without regard to number or value in the service of the countı and in peace withholds from all or any citizens their most sacred pri leges, or trammels them with difficulty in their use, is intolerable.

Because of the growing appreciation of this sentiment the Legislatu in Michigan and legislatures in other states have improved and are sti improving methods of election. In Michigan at this moment there exi an extraordinary condition and occasion which have never been paralle ed. Thousands of voters in both of the great political parties, an many in parties of less magnitude as well, demand an opportunity vote directly upon presidential candidates. If this, which is their righ is withheld at this time there can be no exercise of it for four moi years, even if obtained by legislatures in regular session during tha time. No candidate and no party should wish to obtain a privileg through a minority.

Believing fully that it is the right of the citizens of Michigan, irr spective of political affiliations, to immediately have a presidenti preference primary law, I have decided to convene the Legislature i special session.

Acting under the authority of Section 7, Article 6, of the Constit tion of the State of Michigan, I hereby call the Legislature of ti State of Michigan to meet in extraordinary session on Monday, ti 26th day of February, A. D. 1912, at twelve o'clock noon, for the purpos of enacting a presidential preference primary law and for the consider tion of such other matters as shall be submitted by special message.

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the Sta

at the Capitol, in Lansing, this thirteenth day of Febr

ary, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hu [SEAL] dred and twelve, and of the independence of the Unite States, the one hundred and thirty-sixth.


By the Governor,

Secretary of State.

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Messrs. Baldwin and Reynolds entered the House and took their seat

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The Sergeant-at-Arms announced a committee from the Senate.

The committee, through its chairman, informed the House that the Senate was organized and ready to proceed with business.

The Speaker laid before the House the following communication :

February 26, 1912, To the members of the House of Representatives :

Gentlemen-I hereby tender my resignation as Clerk of this House to take effect upon the election and qualification of my successor.

In this connection permit me to say a personal word. While my new relationships are exceedingly delightful and enjoyable, I assure you that it is with no small degree of regret that I sever my connection with you and with the legislative service. The experiences of twenty years of one's life perhaps ought not to be lightly brushed aside by a curt note of withdrawal. Some things have been accomplished in the way of perfecting the work of keeping the records of the House among which might be mentioned the maintenance of a card index covering all phases of legislative action, the changing of the formal record from three to two volumes, and the consequent saving in printing to the state. Much, of course, remains to be done. I had always hoped that it might be my good fortune to help inaugurate a verbatim record of the proceedings of the House, but that and other improvements will have to be left to a successor.

I wish at this time to express to you my deep feeling of personal appreciation of your many manifestations of confidence and esteem. 1 shall remember them always, and if at any time I may have the oppor. tunity of being of service to you, either collectively or individually, I shall deem it a great privilege.

Very respectfully,

Paul H. KING,

Clerk, House of Representatives. Mr. Lord moved that the resignation be accepted with the regrets of the House.

The motion prevailed.

The Speaker announced that the next order of business was the election of a Clerk to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. King, and that nominations for such office were in order.

Mr. Amerson placed in nomination the name of Charles S. Pierce, exClerk of the House of Representatives.

The roll of the House was then called, and the members voted as follows:

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The Speaker announced that Charles S. Pierce, having received a majority of all the votes cast for the office of Clerk of the House, was duly elected to said office.

The Clerk-elect then took and subscribed the constitutional oath of office, which was administered by the Speaker.

By unanimous consent, the House took up the order of


Mr. Lord offered the following resolution :
House resolution No. 1.

Resolved, That a special committee, consisting of three members, be appointed by the Speaker to inform the Senate that, in pursuance of a proclamation of the Governor calling a special session, a quorum of the House is present and is ready to proceed to business.

The resolution was adopted.

The Speaker appointed as such committee Messrs. Lord, Knight and Stewart.

Mr. Ashley offered the following resolution:
House resolution No. 2.

Resolved, That a special committee, consisting of three members, be appointed by the Speaker to act with a like committee of the Senate to inform the Governor that, in pursuance of his proclamation calling a special session of the Legislature, a quorum of each of the houses is present and that they will be pleased to meet in joint convention at such time as he may designate to receive any communication that he may wish to make.

The resolution was adopted.

The Speaker appointed as such committee Messrs. Ashley, Hinkley and Fralick.

Mr. Smith offered the following resolution:
House resolution No. 3.

Resolved, That the hour of 10 o'clock a. m., be fixed as the time at which the House shall convene in daily session.

The resolution was adopted.

Mr. Straight offered the following resolution:
House resolution No. 4.

Resolved, That the rules of the House adopted for the regular session of 1911 be and are hereby adopted for this special session.

The resolution was adopted.

Mr. Perry offered the following resolution:
House resolution No. 5.

Resolved, that the committee on Supplies and Expenditures be authorized to purchase such supplies as are needed for the members during the special session of 1912.

The resolution was adopted.

Mr. Pearson offered the following resolution:
House resolution No. 6.

Resolved by the House (the Senate concurring), That the Clerk of the House and the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to mail copies of the daily Journal to such persons as received them during the regular session of the Legislature, according to the several mailing lists furnished by the members thereof, subject to such changes and corrections as may be desirable; and that the amount of postage on such copies of said Journal so sent out shall be paid by the State Treasurer on the warrant of the Auditor General on the presentation of bills duly certified by the Clerk of the House or the Secretary of the Senate, showing that such stamps have been purchased and used only for the payment of postage in mailing copies of the Journal hereby ordered to be distributed.

The Speaker announced that under Rule 50 the resolution would lie upon the table one day. Mr. Pearson moved that Rule 50 be suspended.

The motion prevailed, two-thirds of all the members present voting therefor.

The question being on the adoption of the resolution,
The resolution was adopted.

The committee appointed to notify the Senate that the House was in

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