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Van Buren county, to borrow money for the purpose of paying any judgment that has been or may be hereafter rendered against said township, and to issue bonds for the payment of the same,

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the House, and recommend that the bill be referred to the committee on ways and means, and ask to be discharged from the furtber consideration of the subject.

LEROY PARKER, Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged. On motion of Mr. Parker, The House concurred in the recommendation of the committee. By the committee on judiciary: The committee on judiciary, to whom was referred House bill No. 12, entitled

A bill to amend section 2 of an act entitled “An act relative to the costs of proceedings in criminal cases," approved March 13, 1849, being section 7489 of the Compiled Laws of 1871,

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and bave directed me to report the same back to the House, with the accompanying substitute therefor, recommending that the substitute be concurred in, and that the substitute do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

LEROY PARKER, Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged. On motion of Mr. Parker,

The House concurred in the adoption of the substitute reported by the committee.

The bill was then ordered printed, referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order.

By the committee on judiciary:
The committee on judiciary, to whom was referred
House bill No. 45, entitled
A bill for the protection of the rights of laborers and mechanics,

Respectfully report that they have had the game under consideration, and bare directed me to report the same back to the House, without amendment, and recommend that the bill do not pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

LEROY PARKER, Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged. On motion of Mr. Parker, The bill was laid on the table. By the committee on towns and counties: The committee on towns and counties, to wbom was referred House bill No. 56, entitled A bill to organize the township of Cove, iu Keweenaw county,

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the House, without amendment, and recommend that the bill do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

S. ARMSTRONG, Chairman.. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The bill was ordered printed, referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order.

By the committee on lumber and salt interests:
The committee on lumber and salt interests, to whom was referred
House bill No. 88, entitled

A bill to amend section fourteen of an act entitled “An act to amend sections two and fourteen of chapter eighty-eight of the Compiled Laws of 1871, entitled 'An act to authorize the formation of corporations for the running, booming, and rafting of logs,'

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the House, without amendment, and recommend that the bill do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

AMOS R. WHEELER, Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The bill was ordered printed, referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order.

By the committee on municipal corporations:
The committee on municipal corporations, to whom was referred
House bill No. 86, entitled
A bill to re-incorporate the village of Augusta, in the county of Kalamazoo,

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the House, without amendment, and recommend that the same do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

HENRY HART, Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The bill was ordered printed, referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order.

By the committee on municipal corporations:
The committee on municipal corporations, to whom was referred
House bill No. 66, entitled
A bill to incorporate the village of Hancock,

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the House, without amendment, and recommend that the same do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

HENRY HART, Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The bill was ordered printed, referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order.

By the committee on religious and benevolent societies :

The committee on religious and benevolent societies, to whom was referred

House bill No. 83, entitled,

A bill to provide for the exercise by religious societies of corporate powers for certain purposes,

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the House, without amendment, and recommend that the bill do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

S. M. GARFIELD, Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The bill was ordered printed, referred to the committee of the whole, aud placed on the general order.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM STATE OFFICERS. The Speaker announced the following:

AUDITOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Lansing, February 1st, 1875. Hon. J. P. Hoyt, Speaker of the House of Representatives :

SIR-In response to a resolution of the House, adopted January 18, there is transmitted herewith a detailed statement, showing by companies, “ the annual amount of specific taxes that have been derived from the production of copper and iron from the Upper Peninsula of the State; also, the yearly number of tons of copper and of iron produced,” as shown by the books of this office and the reports of the several companies on file.

No specific taxes were paid into the State Treasury in 1848 by unining companies of the Upper Peninsula.

Under Act No. 177, laws of 1863, "all specific taxes provided by law to be paid to the State by mining, manfacturing, smelting, and other companies liable to pay such taxes, of the Upper Peninsula,” were “remitted to the counties in which said companies are located, for a period of five years from and after the passage” of said act, and the taxes 80 “ remitted,” were, by the same act, made payable to the treasurers of the proper counties.

Very respectfully,

RALPH ELY,

Auditor General. The communication was laid on the table. The following is the statement:

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