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And to the amendments proposed by the house of delegates to senate bill entitled

An act to amend and re-enact the 1st, 7th and 9th sections of the act entitled an act to incorporate the Washington, Cincinnati and Saint Louis railroad company; No. 4.

They have passed house bills entitled

An act to amend and re-enact section 1 of chapter 14 of the Code of 1873, in relation to the meeting of the general assembly; No. 343.

An act to permit the people of Northumberland county to vote on the disposition of the glebe fund; No. 244.

An act to authorize the trustees of the German chapel of the Methodist Episcopal church South, in Petersburg, Virginia, to borrow money and execute a deed of trust to secure the same; No. 284. And

An act to extend the time for the collection of taxes and county and township levies; No. 342.

And they have agreed to

House joint resolution extending the privilege of taking fish from the waters of the Potomac river to the citizens of Westmoreland ; No. 300.

They have passed, with an amendment, house bill entitled

An act to amend the charter of the town of Chatham, in Pittsylvania county; No. 224.

And have agreed, with substitutes therefor, to house joint resolutions entitled

Joint resolution in regard to a further adjustment of the debt of the Commonwealth of Virginia; No. 286.

Joint resolution to provide for the safe-keeping of certain bonds of the Commonwealth; No. 206.

They have passed, with amendments, house bill entitled
An act to amend the charter of the city of Richmond; No. 192.
They have passed bills entitled

An act to provide for amending and correcting informalities in the returns of judges and clerks of elections; No. 229.

An act amending section 5, chapter 84, Code of Virginia (edition 1873), entitled an act establishing a State board of health; No. 73. And

An act providing for the re-assessment of lands in this commonwealth, as required by the constitution; No. 254.

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

Nos. 192 and 224. House bills, were placed on the calendar, the rules having been suspended requiring their reference to committees.

Nos. 206 and 286. House joint resolutions, were referred to the committee on finance.

No. 254. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on finance.

No. 73. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

No. 229. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on privileges and elections.

No. 169. Senate bill entitled an act securing to married women all property acquired by them before or after marriage, was read twice and referred to the committee for courts of justice.

No. 232. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on finance.

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

No. 233. Senate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 14 of chapter 62 of the Code of 1873 in relation to the Chickahominy river.

No. 247. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for the appointment of trustees for the town of Columbia, in the county of Fluvanna.

No. 283. Senate bill entitled an act to authorize the wn council of Marion, in Smyth county, to borrow mor

No. 265. Senate bill entitled an act to amend the charter of the town of Culpeper.

No. 285. Senate bill entitled an act authorizing the division of cities and towns of more than 5,000 inhabitants into wards.

The following senate bills were reported from the committee on banks, currency and commerce:

No. 279. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the bank of Virginia.

No. 197. Senate bill entitled an act chartering the bank of commerce.

No. 236. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for the registration of bonds issued by local authorities in aid of internal improvements, was reported from the committee on roads and internal navigation.

No. 254. House bill entitled an act for the preservation of oysters, and to obtain revenue for the privilege of taking them within the waters of the Commonwealth, was reported from the committee on the Chesapeake and its tributaries, with a recommendation that the house agree to the amendments of the senate.

No. 364. House bill to establish the boundary line between the counties of Wythe and Grayson, reported from the committee on counties, cities and towns, was read a first time.

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. A. J. Clark two days, Thomas, Cockerille and Matt Clark three days each, and Powell an indefinite leave.

Mr. Neeley offered the following resolution:

Resolved (the senate concurring), That a special committee of one on the part of the senate and two on the part of the house be appointed to investigate the affairs of the Eastern lunatic asylum, and to report upon its general condition and the manner in which appropriations made during the term of the present superintendent have been expended; and that said committee be authorized to make the said investigation during the recess of the general assembly.

The house refused to refer the resolution to a committee.

Mr. Fulkerson moved to pass by the resolution, which was rejectedyeas 42; nays 43.

On motion of Mr. Neeley, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS-Messrs. Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Bickings, Branch, Cecil, Critz, Friend, Fulkerson, T. S. Gibson, Goodwyn, Grayson, Hamilton, Harris, Harrison, Hill, Holbrook, William Hoskins, John T. Hoskins, P. K. Jones, Lee, Lightner, Lipps, Lovell, Lovenstein, Lucas, Lybrook, May, Moore, Morris, Moss, W. A. Nash, Norton, Round, Sellers, Stovall, Taliaferro, Turner, Whittaker, Yager, Young, and Mr. Speaker--42.

Nays-Messrs. Allen, Beaton, Blair, Bohannon, Boykin, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, P. J. Carter, Coghill, Davis, Fitzpatrick, Flood, P. Gibson, Graves, Griffith, Haden, Hale, Hoenniger, Howard, Hudgin, Koiner, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lewis, Loving, Magruder, McMullan, Morrison, John L. Nash, Neeley, Richmond, Rogers, Scruggs, Shumate, Spratt, Stuart, Swann, Taylor, Webb, Wharton, and Winn-43.

Mr. Blair moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the motion to pass by the resolution was rejected, which was rejected.

On motion of Mr. Fulkerson, the resolution was postponed until Monday next.

The morning hour having expired, special order

No. 276. House bill for the assessment, levy and collection of taxes, came up:

The question being on agreeing to the substitute offered by Mr. Armstrong, as amended, for the 104th section,

Mr. Anderson moved to amend the substitute by striking out all after the word “on,” in first line, and inserting the following: "the capital of every merchant or mercantile firm employed in business there shall be a tax of seventy-five cents on every hundred dollars thereof."

Which was rejected-yeas 4; nays 83.
On motion of Mr. Anderson, the vote was recorded as follows:

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YEAS—Messrs. Anderson, Bagwell, Dooley, and Neeley—4.

NAYS–Messrs. Allen, Armentrout, Armstrong, Beaton, Bickings, Blair, Bohannon, Boykin, Brady, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, P. J. Carter, Cecil, Coghill, Cox, Davis, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Franklin, Friend, Fulkerson, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Goodwyn, Graves, Grayson, Haden, Hale, Hamilton, Harrison, Hill, Hoenniger, Wm. Hoskins, Howard, Hudgin, P. K. Jones, Jordan, Koiner, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lewis, Lipps, Lipscomb, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lucas, Lybrook, Magruder, McMullan, Moore, Morris, Morrison, Moss, J. L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Norton, Ould, Popham, Richmond, Rogers, Round, Scruggs, Sellers, Shumate, Spratt, Stovall, Stuart, Syphax, Taliaferro, Taylor, Turner, Van Auken, Wallace, Webb, Wharton, Winn, Yager, Young, and Mr. Speaker-83.

Mr. Anderson moved to amend the substitute by striking out all after the word “on,” in first line, and inserting "the capital of every merchant or mercantile firm employed in business there shall be a tax of fifty cents on every hundred dollars thereof."

And the question being on agreeing thereto, was put.
No quorum voting,
Mr. Jack Carter moved to adjourn, which was rejected-yeas 33;

nays 48.

On motion of Mr. Graves, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS_Messrs. Anderson, Bickings, Boykin, Brooks, P. J. Carter, Cecil, Davis, Dooley, Friend, P. Gibson, Goodwyn, Grayson, Hale, Hamilton, Harris, William Hoskins, J. Horace Lacy, Lipscomb, Lucas, Moss, W. A. Nash, Neeley, Norton, Richmond, Rogers, Spratt, Stovall, Swann, Taylor, Wallace, Wharton, Winn, and Young-33.

NAYS-Messrs. Allen, Armentrout, Armstrong, Beaton, Blair, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, Coghill, Flood, Franklin, Fulkerson, Gardner, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Graves, Haden, Harrison, Hill, Hoenniger, Holbrook, Howard, Hudgin, Jordan, Koiner, Lamkin, Lee, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Lybrook, Magruder, McMullan, J. L. Nash, Ould, Popham, Round, Scruggs, Sellers, Shumate, Stuart, Taliaferro, Webb, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-48.

The amendment offered by Mr. Anderson was rejected.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Lawson, who informed the house that the senate had passed senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Richmond hotel and dramatic company, No. 304; in which they respectfully request the concurrence of the house.

Mr. Franklin moved to amend the substitute offered by Mr. Armstrong, as amended, by striking out all after the word “firm," and inserting the following:

“The tax to be levied shall be graduated as follows: If the amounts of the purchases by any merchants or mercantile firm shall be under five hundred dollars, the tax shall be ten dollars; if over five hundred and under one thousand dollars, the tax shall be twenty dollars; if over one thousand and under fifteen hundred dollars, twenty-four dollars; if fifteen hundred and under twenty-five hundred dollars, thirtytwo dollars; if over twenty-five hundred and under five thousand dollars, forty-eight dollars; if over five thousand dollars and under ten thousand dollars, seventy-six dollars; if over ten thousand and under fifteen thousand dollars, ninety-six dollars; if over fifteen thousand dollars and under twenty thousand dollars, one hundred and twelve dollars; if twenty thousand dollars and under thirty thousand dollars, one hundred and forty dollars; if over thirty thousand and under fifty thousand dollars, two hundred and eight dollars; and ten dollars for every ten thousand dollars in excess of said fifty thousand dollars. The tax on purchases shall be in lieu of all tax for State purposes on the capital employed in said business; but this license tax shall not be construed to authorize any merchant or mercantile firm to sell wine, ardent spirits, or a mixture thereof, without paying the additional license tax presented therefor."

Which was rejected.

The substitute offered by Mr. Armstrong, as amended, was rejectedyeas 33; nays 37.

On motion of Mr. Harrison, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS Messrs. Armentrout, Armstrong, Blair, Cecil, Grayson, Haden, Hale, Harris, Hill, Holbrook, Wm. Hoskins, Howard, Koiner, Lamkin, Lee, Lipps, Lipscomb, Lovell, Loving, Lucas, Morris, John L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Pophain, Richmond, Rogers, Round, Sellers, Spratt, Stovall, Syphax, Winn, and Yager-33.

Nays-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Bagwell, Beaton, Bohannon, Boykin, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, Coghill, Critz, Davis, Dooley, Flood, Franklin, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Graves, Harrison, Hoenniger, Hudgin, Jordan, Lewis, Love enstein, Lybrook, Magruder, Moore, Ould, Scruggs, Shumate, Stuart, Taliaferro, Taylor, Webb, Wharton, and Mr. Speaker-37.

On motion of Mr. Winn, the house adjourned until Monday next at 11 o'clock A. M.

MONDAY, APRIL 13, 1874.

The journal was read by the clerk.
A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

In Senate, April 11, 1874.

The senate have passed, with amendments, house bill entitled

An act to amend and re-enact section ten of chapter nine, and section two of chapter one hundred and fifty-five of the Code of 1873, in reference to the jurisdiction of circuit courts; No. 109.

And they have passed house bills entitled

An act to amend and re-enact section six of chapter 155 of the Code of Virginia, relative to the jurisdiction of the chancery court of the city of Richmond ; No. 156.

An act to allow the voters of the town of Suffolk to elect a supervisor; No. 226.

An act to amend and re-enact section one 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 Highland; No. 252.

An act to establish corporation courts for the cities of Manchester and Winchester; No. 258.

An act allowing Robert B. Batte & Co. to erect a pier or wharf on the James river; No. 280.

An act to amend section 21 of chapter 196, Code of 1873, concerning conservators of the peace; No. 308. And

An act to allow R. R. Farr, late sheriff, and the collecting officers of the county of Fairfax, to collect taxes, fee bills and county levies for 1869 and 1870; No. 319.

They have passed bills entitled

An act to allow the citizens of the northern portion of Red Bank township to vote upon the question of continuing or repealing the fence law; No. 204.

An act to amend an act to incorporate the town of Rocky Mount, in the county of Franklin, in force February 17, 1873; No. 309.

An act to authorize the Fredericksburg and Gordonsville railroad company to connect with the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad at or near Gordonsville; No. 303.

An act for the relief of the sureties of Silas B. Johnson, late sheriff of Rappahannock county; No. 310. And

An act to incorporate the Augusta fire company of the city of Staunton ; No. 311.

And they have agreed to joint resolution allowing further time for

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