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Grand Traverse-Jacob N. Tinklepaugh.
Ionia-1st District, Frank E. Doremus; 2d District, Willard Hawley.
Kalamazoo-1st District, John J. Lusk; 2d District, William A. Blake.
Kent-1st District, Arthur S. White, John W. Hayward; 2d District, Edmond M. Barnard; 3d District, Norton Fitch.
Lapeer--1st District, Frederick G. Bullock; 2d District, Willard Harwood.
Leelanaw-Dennison F. Holden.
Marquette-1st District, George Wagner; 2d District, Eugene G. St.
Monroe-1st District, Samuel P. Jackson; 2d District, Charles D.
Montcalm—1st District, George H. Lester; 2d District, Lucius L. Church.
Muskegon-1st District, Francis W. Cook; 2d District, Frank E. Thatcher.
Oakland—1st District, Arthur R. Tripp; 2d District, William E. Carpenter.
Oceana, William F. Lewis.
Ottawa-1st District, Gerritt J. Diekema; 2d District, George F. Richardson.
Saginaw—1st District, Edward L. Stone; 2d District, Rowland Connor; 3:1 District, James W. Graham; 4th District, Hiram W. Robinson.
Sanilac-1st District, Frank J. Ryland; 2d District, Alonzo Downing.
Shiawassee-1st District, Hiram Johnson; 2d District, Philip V. M. Botsford.
St. Clair-1st District, Frederick H. Bathey; 2d District, Joseph Gibbons.
St. Joseph-George W. Osborn.
Van Buren-1st District, Charles L. Eaton; 2d District, Milan Wiggins.
Washtenaw—1st District, John V. N. Gregory; 2d District, James L. Lowden.
Wayne-1st District, John Miner, William B. Jackson, Francis Fildew, John M. Herz, William E. Henze, Lawrence Nolan, Adolph N. Marion; 2d District, William M. Holton; 3d District, W. Worth Wendell; 4th District, James McCloy. Wexford-Sylvanus Alexander.
STATE OF MICHIGAN, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE.
I, Daniel E. Soper, Secretary of State of the State of Michigan, do hereby certify that I have compared the annexed and foregoing list of all the members elect of the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, for the years 1890 and 1891, with the original returns as transmitted to me by the clerks of the various counties of the State, and that it is a true and correct list.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the great seal of the State of Michigan, at Lansing, this 2d day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and ninety-one. [L. s.]
DANIEL E. SOPER,
Secretary of State. All of whom were found present except Rowland Connor of Saginaw county.
During the calling of the roll when the name of Devere Hall, memberelect from the Ogemaw representative district was reached, Mr. Cook, of the first district of Muskegon county, arose in his place and presented the protest of Eugene Kiely against the administration of the oath to Mr. Hall.
The following is the protest: To the Honorable Daniel L. Crossman, Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan:
SIR-I protest against the administration of the oath of office to Devere Hall as a Representative in the State Legislature and against his admission to a seat in the House of Representatives for the following reasons, to wit:
First, That the registration of electors in the township of Comins in Oscoda county was illegal and void.
Second, For the reason that such influence was exercised on election day at said election held in the township of Comins that the electors were unable to reap the full benefit and advantage of Act No. 263 of the Session Laws of 1889 entitled, "An Act to prescribe the manner of and to prevent fraud and deception at general elections."
Third, For the reason that electors were allowed to vote who were not registered in compliance with the law at said election held Nov. 4, 1890.
Fourth, For the reason that ballots cast at said election held in said township of Comins, and other townships hereinafter mentioned, were not counted and filed in the manner provided by law.
Fifth, For the reason that the tickets and slips for pasters, which were hung up in strict compliance with the provisions of Section 21 of said Act No. 263 of the Session Laws of 1889, were taken from the place where they were so hung, and carried away, with the full knowledge of the board of inspectors, in violation of section eleven of said Act No. 263, and that said board of inspectors did not cause a new supply of tickets and slips for pasters to be replaced, so that tickets and slips for pasters were on deposit and hung up during the entire time that the polls were open, in compliance with Section twenty-one (21) of said Act No. 263.
Sixth, For the reason that in violation of the provisions of said act more than one elector was allowed at one and the same time inside of the inclosure and booths erected at said election in said township, thereby defeating the purposes of said Act No. 263 of the Session Laws of 1889.
Seventh, For the further reason that the enclosure and booths erected at the polling place where said election was held in said township of Comins were not erected and built in strict compliance with the provisions of section twenty (20) of said act aforesaid, there being no fence or railing built through and across the center of the room as required by said section and act aforesaid.
Eighth, And for the reason that fraud and deception was generally practiced at said election in said township.
Ninth, For the further reason that persons of foreign birth who had never declared their intention to become citizens of the United States were permitted to register their names as voters in said township of Comins, and that such persons after being so registered were permitted to vote at said election, and that persons voted at said election who were not legal residents of said township of Comins.
Tenth, For the reason that there was no legal registration in the township of Maple Forest, in Crawford County (the same being in the Ogemaw representative district).
Eleventh, For the further reason that in said township of Maple Forest electors were allowed to vote who were not legally registered.
Twelfth, For the reason that in said township of Maple Forest aforesaid at said election held Nov. 4, 1890, in violation of the provisions of Sec. number twenty (20) of Act No. 263, Session Laws of 1889, more than one elector was allowed at one and the same time inside of the inclosure and booths erected at said polling place.
Thirteenth, For the reason that the inspectors of election, to wit: the supervisor left his place on the board on several occasions and entered the booth when electors were preparing their ballots, and upon several occasions said supervisor advised and tried to persuade electors to change their tickets and vote for persons whom he, said supervisor, was desirous of having elected.
Fourteenth, For the reason that the supervisor, one of the inspectors of election so held as aforesaid, was intoxicated and incompetent to perform the duty of an inspector of election upon said occasion and that other members of the board of inspectors at said election were under the influence of liquor while pretending to discharge the duty of inspectors of election at said election.
Fifteenth, And for the further reason that tickets and slips for posters were not kept on deposit and hung up after a supply had been exhausted and carried away with full knowledge of the board of inspectors.
Sirteenth, And for the further reason that in the township of Grove in said county of Crawford (being in said Ogemaw representative district) there was no meeting of the board of registration on the Saturday preceding the day of election and that electors were permitted to register on election day without taking the oath required by law.
Seventeenth, For the reason that the election held in the township of
Grove aforesaid, was illegal and void for the reason that there was no legally constituted board of inspectors at said election. The person who was appointed to act as clerk of said Board did not take the oath prescribed by Sec. 3 of said Act No. 263.
Eighteenth, And that the ballot box at said election so held in Grove township aforesaid was not sealed as provided by Sec. 15 of said Act aforesaid when said board of inspectors adjourned at noon, and the poll-lists used were not deposited in the ballot box at said adjournment.
Nineteenth, For the reason that persons were permitted to vote at said election so held as aforesaid who were not residents of the township or State.
Twentieth, For the reason that persons were permitted to vote at said election whose names did not appear upon the registration roll of said township of Grove.
The total vote as reported for Mr. Hall was fourteen hundred and twenty and for your contestant thirteen hundred and eighty-six, so that by the rejection of illegal votes your contestant has a large majority and he therefore is entitled to the seat. He therefore prays for an investigation of the aforesaid and that he may be declared elected.
Protestant, The clerk announced that the protest would be received and referred to the committee on elections, when appointed.
The oath of office having been duly administered to the members elect present, by the clerk of the last House,
On motion of Mr. Lowden the House took a recess until 2:30 p. m.
2:30 o'clock P. M. The House met and was called to order by the Clerk. Roll called, quorum present.
Mr. Marion moved that indefinite leave of absence be granted to Mr. Henze on account of sickness. The Clerk announced that the next business in order was the election of
The election of Speaker was then proceeded with, and the roll being called the members voted as follows:
FOR PHILLIP B. WACHTEL.
Baldwin Bark worth Bathey Blake Botsford
Mr. Downing Mr. Johnson, H. Mr. Miller
Johnson, L. S. Miner
Mr. Harley Mr. Lowden
FOR GERRITT J. DIEKEMA.
Mr. Alexander - Mr. Eaton, R. C. Mr. Lusk Mr. Spencer
Smith, A. A. Watts
31 The Clerk announced that Philip B. Wachtel, having received a majority of all the votes cast for the office of Speaker, was duly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Mr. A. F. Furguson moved that a committeee of three be appointed to wait on the Speaker elect and conduct him to the chair.
The Clerk announced as such committee Messrs. A. F. Furguson, Richardson, and Diekema.
The committee then performed the duty assigned them, and the Speaker elect on assuming the chair, addressed the House as follows: Gentlemen of the House:
For the honor which you have conferred upon me in electing me to this high position among you, I desire to return my heartfelt thanks. To be worthy of the confidence you have shown, to use the power conferred with strictest impartiality; to discharge the duties imposed with wisdom, and to direct your sessions with a proper dignity, shall be, I assure you, my constant effort. Nor is it trite for me to beg your patience and kindly aid and bespeak mutual sympathy and helpfulness in the discharge of the business that is to come before us.
The work we have to do is of the most serious and important nature. We
may well summon to our aid the very best powers with which we are endowed. It is no mean thing nor any trifling task to undertake the legislation of this great State. Countless interests are at stake. Large trust is placed within our keeping and grave issues shall result from our administration.
Perhaps no state in the Union presents more varied resources to be developed, more far-reaching interests to be protected, from its treasures of copper, iron and gold in the north to its pastures and orchards in the south, from its salt and saw-dust to its commerce and husbandry. Here is a State most highly favored, most richly blessed, peopled with happy and prosperous communities; and in all this surely we shall find inspiration for faithful service.
Allow me a single word of warning. Questions of greatest importance demanding impartial and unprejudiced hearing will come before us. We will find ourselves subjected to great pressure from outside influences. Such influence is right and good when confined to proper channels. In