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No. 124. House bill, was referred to the committee on roads and internal navigation.

No. 153. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on privileges and elections.

The following senate bills were reported from the committee for courts of justice :

No. 91. Senate bill entitled an act prescribing the manner in which records for the supreme court of appeals shall be printed, and providing for letting the same to contract.

No. 112. Senate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 19, chapter 192, Code of 1873, in regard to the disturbance of religious worship, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 129. Senate bill entitled an act to authorize the Shenandoah valley agricultural society to borrow money.

No. 136. Senate bill entitled an act to enable married women to insure the lives of their husbands, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

No. 140. Senate bill entitled an act to authorize the appointment of trustees for benevolent societies having no lands.

No. 244. House bill to permit the people of Northumberland county to vote on the disposition of the glebe fund, reported from the committee on schools and colleges, was read a first time.

No. 245. House bill in relation to fences between the lands of coterminous owners, reported from the committee on agriculture and mining, with a recommendation that it do not pass, was read a first time,

No. 246. House bill to amend and re-enact the 17th section of chapter 52 of the Code of 1873, relative to the mode of keeping public roads in repair, reported from the committee for courts of justice, was read a first time.

Mr. McMullan offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That the committee on finance be instructed to inquire into the expediency of preparing and reporting a bill providing for the destruction of the bonds prepared and signed by the former treasurer of the Commonwealth, but not used for the funding and payment of the public debt under act of general assembly approved March 30, 1871.

The house refused to refer the resolution to a committee.
The resolution was agreed to.
Lave of absence was granted Mr. Winn for six days.

Messrs. Massey, Taliaferro and Morris stated that had they been present when the vote was taken on the passage of senate bill No. 5, entitled an act to provide a charter for the city of Petersburg, they would have voted in the affirmative.

Mr. Bohannon stated that he would have voted against the passage of the bill, but he had pared off with Mr. B. W. Lacy.

The following report was presented :
The committee on enrolled bills have the honor to report that the

following bills and joint resolutions have been approved by the governor, February 28, 1874:

An act to amend section 6, chapter 201 of the Code of 1873, with reference to larceny.

An act to amend and re-enact section 9 of chapter 188 of the Code of 1873, in relation to offences against property.

An act to regulate the granting of ordinary and other license in Bland and Giles counties.

An act to prevent dogs from running at large in the town of Winchester, in Frederick county, Virginia.

An act to repeal chapter 89 of acts of assembly, session of 1872–73, entitled “an act to anthorize the board of supervisors for Wythe county to contract for keeping in repair certain public roads in said county."

An act providing for the abolition of the office of superintendent of public buildings.

An act to amend and re-enact the charter of the town of Woodstock, in the county of Shenandoah.

An act to incorporate the town of Gladesville, in the county of Wise.

An act to amend and re-enact section 20 of chapter 146 of the Code of 1873, relative to the limitation of suits.

An act to authorize the Richmond, York river and Chesapeake railroad company to subscribe to the stock of the Baltimore, Chesapeake and Richmond steamboat company.

An act to amend section 1, chapter 175, Code of 1873, with reference to injunctions.

An act to amend and re-enact an act entitled an act authorizing certain commissioners to sell a certain lot of land in Winchester belonging to the Winchester academy.

An act to amend and re-enact section 17, chapter 23, Code of 1873, in relation to aids to the governor.

An act to authorize the Valley mining and manufacturing company to borrow money, and to pledge the property of the company to secure the payment.

An act to amend and re-enact section 25 of chapter 158 of the Code of 1873, so as to increase the pay of grand jurors.

Joint resolution requesting the auditor of public accounts to furnish the general assembly with amounts of certain levies.

An act to amend the charter of the Female humane association of the city of Richmond.

An act to incorporate the town of Big Lick.
An act to protect mocking birds in the Commonwealth.
The following were presented and referred under rule 37 :

By Mr. Yager: Memorial of the bar of Page county, asking increase of pay for sheriffs. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Howard : Petition of Z. T. Dobyn, and others, asking increase of compensation for sheriffs of this Commonwealth. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Sellers: Petition of citizens of Rockingham county, praying the passage of a bill making sheriffs the proper officers to sell lands under decrees of courts. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Williams :

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be requested to inquire what legislation, if any, is necessary to authorize the proper authorities of counties and townships to impose taxes on the real and personal estate of railroad companies, and report by bill or otherwise.

By Mr. Massey :

Resolved, that the committee on roads and internal navigation be requested to inquire into the expediency of so legislating as to prevent railroad companies from having their regular freight trains run on the Sabbath day anywhere within this Commonwealth,

By Mr. Stuart:

Resolved, That the committee on finance be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill providing for a re-assessment of the lands of this Commonwealth in conformity with the sixth section of article ten of the constitution; and that they also inquire into the expediency of providing for the appointment of a board of equalization similar to that provided for by the act of March 24, 1838.

By Mr. Strother:

Resolved, That the committee on finance inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill allowing an increase of fees of sheriffs.

By Mr. Strother: Petition of the bar of Culpeper to increase the compensation of sheriffs in certain cases. Referred to committee on finance.

The morning hour having expired, special order

No. 105. House bill to amend and re-enact sections 3, 4, 6 and 12 of chapter 154 of the Code of 1873, in relation to the jurisdiction of county courts, came up.

Mr. Taliaferro moved to postpone the special order until Wednesday next, which was rejected.

On motion of Mr. Morrison, the house adjourned until to-morrow at 11 o'clock A. M.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 1874.

Mr. R. L. Montague in the chair.
Prayer by Rev. Dr. C. H. Read, of the Presbyterian church.
The journal was read by the clerk.
A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

In Senate, March 2, 1874. The senate have passed house bill entitled

An act to change the name of the Union lead mine company, and re-incorporate the same under the name and style of the Wythe lead and zinc mine company; No. 149.

And they have passed bills entitled

An act to amend and re-enact section twenty, chapter eighty-five, Code of 1873, to prevent the fraudulent marking or branding of planters' tobacco; No. 84.

An act to amend and re-enact section second of chapter 181 of an act entitled an act to incorporate the Front Royal turnpike company, passed March 27, 1848, and also section one of chapter 119 of an act entitled an act to authorize the Sperryville and Rappahannock and Thornton's gap turnpike, the Winchester and Berry's ferry, and the Front Royal turnpike companies, to construct their roads of plank, passed March 16, 1850; No. 159.

An act to prescribe the pay of road commissioners in Nelson county for 1874, 1875 and 1876; No. 160.

An act to amend and re-enact section sixth of chapter forty-six of the Code of 1873 in relation to filling vacancies in the office of county or city treasurer; No. 163.

An act to repeal section 41 of chapter 86, Code of 1873, in relation to exportations or sale, without inspection, of flour, corn meal, bread, salt fish, pork, beef, tar, pitch, turpentine, butter, lard, lumber, &c.; No. 172.

An act to amend and re-enact section first, chapter 100, Code of 1873, in relation to hauling seines in the waters of Accomac and Northampton counties; No. 173.

An act to amend and re-enact the first section of an act passed March 4, 1872, amending the act to incorporate the Potomac and Manassas railroad company, as amended by an act approved March 6, 1873; No. 176.

An act to provide for purging the registration books of illegal voters; No. 180.

An act to provide for aiding in the erection of additional buildings for the Virginia agricultural and mechanical college; No. 181. And

An act to authorize the council of Norfolk city to use, hold, sell, lease and dispose of a certain tract or parcel of land, in Norfolk county, belonging to said city; No. 183.

They have passed, with amendments, house bill entitled

An act to prescribe the times for holding the terms of the circuit courts of this Commonwealth, and to repeal the 15th section of the 155th chapter of the Code of 1873, which authorizes the judges of said courts to fix said terms; No. 177.

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

They have agreed to the report of the committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two houses on senate bill entitled

An act to define and declare the true intent and meaning of the act in force April 2, 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 ; No. 31.

The said committee failing to agree, ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

No. 177. House bill, was referred to the committee for courts of justice.

Nos. 84 and 172. Senate bills, were read twice and referred to the committee on agriculture and mining.

Nos. 159 and 176. Senate bills, were read twice and referred to the committee on roads and internal navigation.

Nos. 160, 163 and 183. Senate bills, were read twice and referred to the committee on counties, cities and towns.

No. 173. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on the Chesapeake and its tributaries.

No. 180. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on privileges and elections.

No. 181. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on schools and colleges.

The following senate bills were reported from the committee on counties, cities and towns:

No. 171. Senate bill entitled an act to authorize the trustees of the town of Banister to elect a president, who shall act as mayor, and to elect a sergeant for said town.

No. 89. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the town of Mechanicsburg, in the county of Bland, with an amendment.

No. 68. House bill entitled an act repealing so much of the act in force December 28, 1871, 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 Spring, in Carroll county, was reported from the committee on the Chesapeake and its tributaries, with a recommendation that the house agree to the amendments of the senate.

The following house bills and joint resolution, reported from the committee on roads and internal navigation, were read a first time:

No. 247. House bill in relation to subscriptions to the stock of incorporated companies by counties, cities, towns or townships.

No. 248. House bill to incorporate the Virginia and West Virginia narrow guage railway.

No. 249. House joint resolution directing suit to be instituted against the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad company to recover amount of certain bonds.

No. 250. House bill to authorize the Potomac bridge company to increase its capital stock, and to make said stock preferred stock, reported from the committee on counties, cities and towns, was read a first time.

No. 251. House bill to provide for the repairing of the green-house of governor's mansion, reported from the committee on public property, was read a first time.

No. 252. House bill to amend and re-enact section 1 of an act approved March 28, 1873, entitled an act for the protection of fish in Jackson and Cowpasture rivers and their tributaries, from the junction of said rivers to the boundary line between the counties of Bath and

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