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reassessment made in 1873, and to apply the amount so retained to the payment of county levies, was,

On motion of Mr. Fulkerson, postponed until Tuesday, January 27th.

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 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 23, 1874. The senate have agreed to the substitute proposed by the house of delegates to senate bill entitled

An act to allow further time for the judge of Norfolk county to qualify; No. 21.

And they have passed bills entitled

An act to incorporate the town of Banister in the county of Halifax; No. 57. And

An act to amend and re-enact sections one and six of an act entitled an act to incorporate the Norfolk and Princess Anne turnpike company, approved March twenty-sixth, eighteen hundred and seventy-two; No. 61.

In which bills they respectfully request the concurrence of the honse of delegates.

No. 57. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on counties, cities and towns.

No. 61. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on roads and internal navigation.

No. 34. Senate bill 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, was reported from the committee on propositions and grievances.

No. 56. Senate bill entitled an act to extend the time within which the Farmville, Charlottesville and Stanardsville narrow-gauge railroad may be commenced and completed, was reported from the committee on roads and internal navigation with an amendment.

No. 36. Senate bill entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 12, chapter 63 of the Code of Virginia, of 1873, so as more affectually to require millers to grind for toll all grain brought to their mills for the consumption of the person bringing or sending it, or his family, was reported from the committee for courts of justice.

No. 63. House bill to amend and re-enact section 12 of chapter 63 of the Code of 1873, in relation to mills, reported from the committee for courts of justice with a recommendation that it do not pass, was read a first time.

No. 64. House bill to amend and re-enact the first section of an act entitled an act to incorporate the Brock's Gap, Hardy and Hampshire railroad company, approved March 31st, 1873, and to change its name, reported from the committee on roads and internal navigation, was read a first time.

No. 65. House bill to incorporate the Grand Lodge of the Independant Order of Good Templars in the State of Virginia, reported from the committee on propositions and grievances, was read a first time.

The following house bills, reported from the committee on counties, cities and towns, were read a first time:

No. 66. House bill to incorporate the town of Big Lick.

No. 67. House bill to authorize the town of Culpeper to borrow money.

No. 68. House bill repealing so much of the act in force December 21st, 1873, entitled "an act to provide for the protection of fish in the waters of New river and its tributaries," as applies to that portion of New river above Grayson Springs, in Carroll county, reported from the committee on Chesapeake and its tributaries, was read a first time.

The speaker laid before the house a communication from the inspectors of tobacco at Shockoe warehouse, in answer to a resolution in relation to the amount of insurance on planters' tobacco, which communication was referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

Leave of absence was granted Mesers. J. H. Lacy and Pannill three days each, Morris four days, and Allen seven days.

The following report was agreed to:

The committee on propositions and grievances have, according to order, had under consideration a petition of the mayor, council and citizens of the town of Newburn, Pulaski county, Virginia, asking an amendment to charter of said town-authorizing a tax on dogsrespectfully ask to be relieved from its further consideration, and that it be referred to committee on counties, cities and towns.

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

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA,

EXECUTIVE OFFICE, 24th January, 1874. To the Senate and House of Delegates :

I have the honor to transmit herewith the semi-annual report of the board of visitors of the Virginia Military Institute, dated the 230 instant, and the accompanying papers.

Your attention is specially invited to the enclosed letter, addressed to me on behalf of the board, in respect to the memorial in honor of the late Commodore M. F. Maury, proposed by eminent foreign author

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ities. It is fit that Virginia, who gave Maury'to mankind, should afford moral support to this tribute to his great name, and I commend it to your most favorable consideration.

JAMES L. KEMPER.

The communication, annual report and accompanying papers were referred to the committee on schools and colleges.

The following report was presented :

The committee on rules recommend that the following resolution be agreed to :

Resolved by the house of delegates, That the 24th rule be amended and readopted so as to read as follows:

24. Committees shall in all cases report by bill or resolution, in such form that, if passed or agreed to, it will carry into effect their recommendations. Every such bill or resolution shall be printed, unless the committee recommend that the same be not printed; but no papers returned therewith shall be printed unless the committee shall so recommend. But any committee, with the consent of the house, may order such bills referred to it to be printed, as may be deemed necessary by said committee.

The report was agreed to, two-thirds of the members present voting in the affirmative.

Mr. Blair moved a reconsideratian of the vote by which the report of the committee on rules was agreed to, which motion was rejected.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37 :

By Mr. Hoeninger : A bill incorporating the Virginia Deep Run mining company. Referred to committee on agriculture and mining.

By Mr. Gibson :

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice inquire into the expediency of so amending the law in regard to judicial sales as to provide that the owner of the real estate sold may within three years redeem said estate on payment of the purchase money with interest and costs.

By Mr. Riddlebarger : Petition of citizens on the line of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, asking for legislation to prevent illegal discriminations in the transportation of stock freights. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. Holbrook : Petition of Michael Cassell and others, to authorize the county court of Wythe to provide for the completion of the Black Lick and Cove Plaster Bank turnpike company, in said county. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. O'Neal: A bill to incorporate the benevolent association known as the Gallilean Fishermen of Virginia. Referred to committee on propositions and grievances.

By Mr. Branch : Petition of members of the bar and citizens of Prince Edward county, asking a restoration of the county court system. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Morrison : A bill to re-enact and amend section 4 of chapter 154 of the Code of 1873, in relation to county and corporation courts. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Lee : Petition of citizens of Craig county, asking the general'assembly of Virginia to adopt measures asking congress of the United States to call a national convention for change of constitution of the United States. Referred to committee on Federal relations and resolutions.

By Mr. Gardner: A bill providing a remedy against turnpike companies failing to keep their roads in order. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. Hoeninger: A bill to authorize the Springfield and Deep Run coal mining and manufacturing company to issue preferred stocks and mortgage and other bonds. Referred to committee on agriculture and mining

By Mr. Hoeninger : House joint resolution asking congress to provide for the sepulture of southern soldiers deceased during the late war. Referred to committee on Federal relations and resolutions.

By Mr. Brady:

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be requested to take into consideration the repeal of the bill approved March 31, 1873, so as to restore the jurisdiction of county courts.

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

No. 31. Senate bill entitled an act to define and declare the true intent and meaning of the act in force April 2d, 1873, entitled an act to amend and re-enact sections five and seven of an act to regulate and define the jurisdiction of the county and circuit courts, to prescribe the number of terms of the circuit court, and to fix the pay of county judges, came up.

The amendment (in the nature of a substitute) reported by the committee for courts of justice was agreed to.

The bill was ordered to its third reading.

No. 34. Senate bill 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, was read a third time and passed.

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

No. 56. Senate bill entitled an act to extend the time within which the Farmville, Charlottesville and Stanardsville narrow-gauge railroad may be commenced and completed, came up.

The amendment proposed by the committee on roads and internal navigation was agreed to.

The bill was ordered to its third reading.

No. 36. Senate bill entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 12, chapter 63 of the Code of Virginia of 1873, so as more effectually to require millers to grind for toll all grain brought to their mills for the consumption of the person bringing or sending it or his family, came up.

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JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.

Mr. B. W. Lacy offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

On motion of Mr. B. W. Lacy, the bill was passed by, and the substitute ordered to be printed.

No. 30. House engrossed bill to prevent pulling and leaving fences down, and of opening and leaving open gates without permission of owner, was read a third time and passed.

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

No. 46. House engrossed bill authorizing in actions for the recovery of specific personal property, the delivery of the thing sued for to the plaintiff

, was read a third time and passed. On motion of Mr. Dooley, the title was amended by striking out the whole of the same, and inserting in lieu thereof the following: “An act in relation to action of detinue."

The title as amended was agreed to.

No. 40. House bill for the relief of Wm. M. McGruder and others, sureties of Patrick H. Huffman, late sheriff of Henrico county, was, on motion of Mr. Anderson, recommitted to the committee on finance.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Lawson, who informed the house that the senate had agreed to a joint resolution that a select committee be appointed, consisting of five members of the house of delegates and three of the senate, to whom shall be referred the communication of the governor in reference to Commodore Matthew F. Maury, deceased, in which they respectfully request the concurrence of the house.

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

No. 48. House bill requiring claims for jury service to be presented for payment within two years.

No. 49. House bill to provide for the collection of the revenue of the city of Norfolk for the year 1873.

No. 51. House bill authorizing the trustees of the religious society in Frederick county, known as the United Brethren in Christ, to sell and convey certain property.

No. 52. House bill to authorize the trustees of the Union Station Methodist Church South to make a deed of trust on parsonage property.

No. 50. House 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, was read a second time.

Mr. Armstrong moved to amend the bill by striking out the following words : “But no person shall be allowed to attend any public school whose father, if he be alive and a resident within the school district, and not a pauper, shall not have paid the capitation tax in aid of the public free schools last assessed on him in pursuance of section five of article ten of the constitution, and section sixty-seven of this act."

Mr. Anderson moved to dismiss the bill.
The amendment offered by Mr. Armstrong was rejected.

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