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No. 101. Senate bill entitled an act to amend the charter of the town of Potomac.
The following senate bills were reported from the committee for courts of justice :
No. 226. Senate bill entitled an act authorizing the trustees of the Presbyterian church at Culpeper to borrow money and execute a mort
No. 214, Senate bill entitled an act amending sections 11 and 14 of chapter 155 of Code of 1873, in relation to the terms of the circuit and chancery courts of the city of Richmond.
No. 211. Senate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact sixty-third section of chapter 57, Code of 1873, with reference to chartered companies.
No. 207. Senate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 15 of chapter 173 of the Code of Virginia (edition of 1873), in relation to new trials.
No. 93. Senate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 26, chapter 52, Code of 1873, in relation to proceedings on report of commissioners of roads, with a recommendation that it do not pass.
No. 107. House bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 13 of chapter 123 of the Code of 1873, relative to the power of circuit and corporation courts over guardians and wards, was reported from the committee for courts of justice, with a recommendation that the house agree to the amendment of the senate.
No. 311. House bill for the assessment, levy and collection of taxes on railroad, canal and other companies, reported from the committee on finance, was read a first time.
The following report was presented :
The committee on enrolled bills have the honor to report that the following joint resolutions and bills have been approved by the governor :
Joint resolutions proposing amendments to the State constitution in relation to county organization; approved March 14, 1874.
An act to provide for the registration of the voters of the city of Lynchburg; approved March 14, 1874.
An act to amend section 41 of an act entitled an act providing a charter for the city of Norfolk, in force March 16, 1871; approved March 14, 1874.
An act to incorporate the Piedmont farmers' association; approved March 14, 1874.
An act to appoint a board of trustees for the Virginia female institute at Staunton, and to provide for the future government of said institute; approved March 14, 1874.
An act to amend and re-enact section 39 of chapter 49 of the Code of 1873, in reference to sales under judgments, warrants or decrees for debts contracted prior to April 10, 1865; approved March 14, 1874.
An act for the relief of the sureties of W. R. Millan, late sheriff of Fairfax county; approved March 14, 1874.
An act to amend and re-enact section 19, chapter 192, Code of 1873, in regard to the disturbance of religious worship; approved March 14, 1874.
An act for the relief of George W. Eldridge, R. C. Motley and George W. Johnston, securities of John A. Graves, late collector of Giles township, in the county of Amelia ; approved March 16, 1874.
An act to amend and re-enact section 45, chapter 49 of the Code of 1873, in relation to motions against officers and their deputies; approved March 16, 1874.
An act to amend and re-enact sections 6 and 9 and to repeal section 7 of an act entitled an act to incorporate the New York and Norfolk railroad company, approved March 15, 1872, and to make further provisions in regard to the charter of said company; approved March 13, 1874.
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 the point where the dividing line between the counties of Carroll and Grayson crosses said river; approved March 16, 1874.
An act to amend and re-enact the first section of the act to incorporate the Richmond and Henrico turnpike company, approved March 2, 1873; approved March 14, 1874.
An act to provide an artificial leg for A. J. Nunn; approved March 15, 1874.
An act to amend and re-enact section 19 of chapter 77 of the Code of Virginia (edition of 1873), concerning the board of visitors of the Virginia agricultural and mechanical college, and the board of curators of the Hampton normal and agricultural institute; approved March 14, 1874.
An act to provide for the payment of the indebtedness of Harrisonburg township, in the county of Rockingham; approved March 14, 1874.
An act to authorize the Shenandoah valley agricultural society to borrow money ; approved March 14, 1874.
An act to authorize the appointment of trustees for benevolent societies having no lands; approved March 14, 1874.
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; approved March 14, 1874.
An act to incorporate the Westham granite company of Virginia; approved March 16, 1874.
An act for the relief of the sureties of Charles Short, late sheriff of Culpeper county; approved March 16, 1874.
An act to incorporate the Richmond, Creighton and Hanover turnpike company, in the counties of Henrico and Hanover; approved March 16, 1874.
An act to incorporate the town of Boydton, in the county of Mecklenburg; approved March 16, 1874. An act to pay Henry A. Wise for his services as commissioner, and for his expenses on the commission to adjust the boundary line between Virginia and Maryland; approved March 16, 1874.
Leave of absence was granted Messrs. May two days and Brown four days.
Mr. Coghill presented the following report :
The joint committee appointed to confer with the commissioners appointed by the State of Maryland, and ascertain their wishes as to the manner of communicating to this general assembly the resolutions of that State relative to the adjustment of the boundary line between the two States, respectfully report, that after conferring with said commissioners, the committee have ascertained that it will be agreeable to them to appear
before the general assembly of Virginia in joint convention, and in person present said resolutions. The committee, as directed by said resolutions have tendered to them the privileges of the floor of the two houses, and recommend the adoption of the following resolutions :
Resolved by the general assembly, That the senate and house of delegates will at one o'clock P. M. of this day assemble in joint convention in the hall of the house of delegates to receive the commissioners of the State of Maryland, appointed by the general assembly of that State to present to this general assembly certain resolutions in relation to the adjustment of the boundary of the two States, and to hear such other and further communication as they may desire to make in respect to that subject.
Resolved, That the rules adopted for the joint meeting of the senate and house of delegates in the election of a senator of this state in the congress of the United States, on the 12th day of January, 1874, be adopted as the rules for the government of the joint meeting on this day, as far as the same may be applicable.
Louis C. H. FINNEY, Chairman senate committee.
R. A. COGHILL,
Chairman house committee. Which was agreed to.
Mr. Coghill moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the report was agreed to, which was rejected.
Ordered, That Mr. Coghill carry the report to the senate and request their concurrence.
A message was received from the senate by Mr. Finney, who informed the house that the senate had agreed to the report.
The following were presented and referred under rule 37:
By Mr. Banks: A bill for the relief of the late township collectors of the counties of the Commonwealth. Referred to committee on finance.
By Mr. Cockerille: Petition of the citizens of Fairfax county, asking the passage of a law for the protection of sheep. Referred to committee on finance.
By Mr. Alexander: Petition of the members of the bar of Pulaski county, asking an increase of the compensation of sheriffs. Referred to committee on finance.
By Mr. Lipps: Resolution instructing the committee on schools and colleges to inquire into and amend certain sections of the law relating to free schools.
By Mr. Cockerille :
Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be requested to report a bill amending the act passed February 20, 1874, for the relief of the sheriffs of the Commonwealth.
The resolution offered by Mr. Griffith (unfinished business of the morning hour), came up.
The hour of 12 o'clock M. having arrived,
On motion of Mr. Lovenstein, the calendar was postponed until 1 o'clock P. M.
The resolution offered by Mr. Griffith again came up.
The hour of one o'clock P. M. having arrived
The senate of Virginia entered the hall of the house of delegates, preceded by the president of the senate and the clerk of the senate; whereupon the president of the senate, in accordance with a joint rule, assumed the chair and called the joint assembly to order.
The commissioners appointed by the State of Maryland to communicate to this general assembly the resolutions of that State relative to the adjustment of the boundary line between the two States, entered the hall of the house of delegates, accompanied by the joint committee appointed to tender to them the privileges of the floor of the two houses.
The commissioners were presented to the joint assembly by Mr. Finney of the senate, and a welcome was extended by the president of the joint assembly:
Mr. Isaac D. Jones, on the part of the Maryland commissioners, addressed the joint assembly on the subject of the boundary line between the two States, and presented the following preamble and resolutions : Senate joint resolutions in relation to the boundary line between the
States of Maryland and Virginia. Whereas, the commissioners heretofore appointed by the States of Virginia and Maryland to adjust the boundary line between said States have submitted to their respective legislatures their final report, setting forth the propositions for adjustment reciprocally submitted and declined, and finally their inability to agree upon a boundary line to be jointly recommended for adoption by the legislatures of the two States; and
Whereas, the general assembly of Maryland, upon consideration of the several propositions of boundary which have been suggested pending the present controversy, is impressed with the justice and fairness of the following lines of boundary, to wit: The boundary line from “Smith's Point to be a right line across the Chesapeake bay to the centre of “ Cedar Straits” upon the Tangier sound, near the south end of Watkins' Point; thence by a right line in a southeasterly direction to the channel of Pocomoke bay or river nearest to " Cedar Straits ;” thence up by and with the channel of said Pocomoke bay and river to a point therein opposite to the place on the east shore of said river ascertained by De La Camp in eighteen hundred and sixty-seven to be the beginning on said shore of the divisional line said to have been run and marked by “ Calvert and Scarborough” in sixteen hundred and sixtyeight; thence by and with said divisional line as surveyed and laid down on the map made by said De La Camp for the joint commissioners of Virginia and Maryland in eighteen hundred and sixty-eight to the Atlantic ocean. The right of fishing and taking oysters in Pocomoke bay and river to be common to the citizens of both States and subject to concurrent regulations by the two States, or, if preferred by the Commonwealth of Virginia, this latter provision may be omitted: therefore,
First. Be it resolved by the general assembly of Maryland, That the said line of boundary be and is hereby respectfully submitted by the State of Maryland to the general assembly of Virginia for adoption as the line of boundary between the two States from Smith's Point to the Atlantic ocean;
and if concurred in by the general assembly of Virginia, that the same be declared by concurrent act of the general assembly of each State to be and remain forever the line of boundary between the two States.
Second. And be it further resolved by the general assembly of Maryland, That in the event that the general assembly of Virginia shall decline to concur in adopting the said line, that this general assembly does hereby propose that the general assembly of Virginia and of this State pass concurrent acts referring the entire controversy concerning the line of boundary between the two States to the arbitrament and final decision and determination of the Honorable Jeremiah S. Black, of the State of Pennsylvania, as chancellor, exercising the equity jurisdiction in the premises of the supreme court of the United States, each State in and by said concurrent acts of assembly pledging its faith to accept and abide by his award in the premises as final; each State to be represented by counsel before the said arbitrator, subject to such regulations as he may prescribe.
Third. And be it further resolved by the general assembly of Maryland, That pending the said boundary controversy the general assembly of Virginia be and it is hereby respectfully requested to take such action as shall secure to the citizens of Maryland equal rights with the citizens of Virginia to take oysters and terrapins in the waters of Pocomoke bay and sound and river; and further, that in the waters of Tangier sound, pending said controversy, the rights of the citizens of the two States shall be regulated according to the line and agreement known as the “ Lovett and Davidson line” and agreement.
Fourth. And be it further resolved by the general assembly of Maryland, That Honorable John W. Davis and Isaac D. Jones, of Balti