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articles of furniture, and repairs done to the executive mansion by Messrs. Doggett & Anderson, in November, 1869, and ordered to be paid (out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated) by General Canby, then commanding this military district. Your committee are of the opinion that the appropriation referred to in the resolution was made by the general assembly to legalize these orders of General Canby, as by reference to the auditor's report of warrants drawn upon the treasury, from the 1st of Ootober, 1869, to the 30th of September, 1870, both inclusive, this charge of $6,900 64 is the only one made for that fiscal year upon the fund for the governor's house.
In view of the foregoing facts, your committee ask to be discharged from the further consideration of this subject. Very respectfully,
F. MCMULLAN, Chairman committee on executive expenditures. A report of the joint committee of investigation into the management of the basement offices, &c., was presented.
On motion of Mr. Riddlebarger, the report was laid on the table and ordered to be printed. (Doc. No. 7.)
The motion entered by Mr. Van Auken to reconsider the vote by which the report of the committee of seven, to investigate charges, &c. made by minority report of committee on roads and internal navigation in relation to the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio railroad company was agreed to, was rejected.
The joint resolution offered by Mr. Neeley (cffered April 11th, 1874, and subsequently postponed until this day) came up.
The joint resolution offered by Mr. Neeley is as follows:
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 office 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.
Mr. Fulkerson offered the following as a substitute for the joint resolution offered by Mr. Neeley :
Whereas, Sydney Smith, Esq., a citizen of Williamsburg, Virginia, has made charges of a serious character, in a printed paper signed Payer," and dated January 24th, 1874, addressed to the general assembly of Virginia, against the superintendent and directors of the Eastern lunatic asylum; and whereas W. W. Vest, Esq., another citizen of Williamsburg, has expressed his belief, in a private letter addressed to a member of the house of delegates, that said charges are true: therefore,
Resolved (the senate concurring), That a committee of two on the part of the house and one on the part of the senate be appointed to investigate the said charges, and report the result of their investigation to this general assembly. The said committee shall proceed with the investigation at once, and it is hereby clothed with power to send for persons and papers.
An amendment, heretofore offered by Mr. Fulkerson to the joint resolution offered by Mr. Neeley, to strike out the words "and that said committee be authorized to make the said investigation during the recess of the general assembly," and insert “the said committee is authorized to send for persons and papers and are directed to proceed with the investigation at once,” was agreed to.
The substitute offered by Mr. Fulkerson to the joint resolution offered by Mr. Neeley was agreed to.
The joint resolution offered by Mr. Neeley, as amended by the substitute offered by Mr. Fulkerson, was agreed to.
Mr. Fulkerson moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the joint resolution was agreed to, which was rejected.
Ordered, That Mr. Neeley carry the joint resolution to the senate and request their concurrence.
The following were presented and referred under rule 37 :
By Mr. Hudgin: A bill to amend and re-enact section 11 of the act approved March 21, 1871, entitled an act to incorporate the Life insurance company of Virginia. Referred to committee on propositions and grievances.
By Mr. Montague: Petition of citizens of the counties of Elizabeth City and Warwick, asking an increase of the pay of county judge of said counties. Referred to committee on finance.
By Mr. Bagwell: A bill appropriating $1,000 for repairing and refitting Margaret academy in the county of Accomac. Referred to committee on schools and colleges.
By Mr. Morris:
Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be instructed to inquire and report whether or not existing contracts, or any of them, for the hire of penitentiary convicts, can be legally revoked.
The morning hour expired.
A message was received from the senate by Mr. Connally, who informed the house that the senate had agreed to house joint resolution appointing a committee to investigate the management of the Eastern lunatic asylum, with an amendment; in which they respectfully request the concurrence of the house.
A message was received from the senate by Mr. Smith of Nelson, who informed the house that the senate had passed senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Richmond hotel company, No. 326; in which they respectfully request the concurrence of the house.
The hour of 12 o'clock M. having arrived, special order
No. 133. Senate bill entitled an act for the encouragement of land purchasers and actual settlers in Virginia, and to repeal an act approved March 29th, 1873, entitled an act for the encouragement of immigration, came up.
The hour of 3 o'clock P. M. having arrived, the chair was vacated until 8 o'clock P. M.
The chair was resumed at 8 o'clock P. M.
Special order, senate bill No. 133, was, on motion of Mr. Armstrong, postponed until to-morrow.
No. 311. House bill for the assessment, levy and collection of taxes on railroad, canal and other companies, was, on motion of Mr. Riddlebarger, postponed until Wednesday.
On motion of Mr. Harrison, the calendar was postponed for five minutes.
Mr. Harrison offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That hereafter, for the residue of the session, no member shall be allowed to occupy the floor in debate, upon any one question at any one time, for a longer period than ten minutes, nor shall his time be extended for a longer period than ten minutes additional, without the unanimous consent of the house.
The house refused to refer the resolution to a committee.
On motion of Mr. Williams, the resolution was amended by striking out the word “unanimous."
On motion of Mr. Riddlebarger, the resolution was amended by adding, at the end thereof, the following: “Provided, that this resolution shall not apply to the special orders already made."
The resolution, as amended, was agreed to.
No. 333. House bill to amend and re-enact sections 17 and 23 of an act entitled an act to provide a new charter for the town of Charlottesville, approved March 28th, 1871, was read a second time, amended and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.
No. 236. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for the registration of bonds issued by local authorities in aid of internal improvements, was read a third time and rejected-yeas 40; nays 58.
On motion of Mr. Round, the vote was recorded as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Bagwell, Blair, Branch, Brooks, Jack Carter, Matt Clark, Cockerille, Critz, Davis, Dooley, Finney, Franklin, Friend, Fukerson, Gaines, Gardner, T. S. Gibson, Grayson, Hale, Hamilton, Harris, Howard, James, Lipps, Lipscomb, Longley, Lybrook, Magruder, W. A. Nash, Powell, Richmond, Rogers, Scruggs, Stovall, Thomas, Van Auken, Wallace, Webb, Wharton, and Young-—40.
NAys-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Bohannon, Boykin, Brown, Campbell, P. J. Carter, A. J. Clark, Coghill, Crank, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, P. Gibson, Goodwyn, Graves, Haden, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, J.T. Hoskins, Hudgin, Hụnter, P. K. Jones, Jordan, Koiner, J. H. Lacy, Lamkin, Lewis, Lovell, Loving, Massey, May, McGonigal, McMullan, Montague, Morris, Morrison, John L. Nash, Neeley, Nickens, O'Neal, Ould, Pannill, Pendleton, Round, Sellers, Stuart, Syphax, Taliaferro, Taylor, Turner, Whittaker, Williams, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-58.
Mr. Morris moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the bill was rejected.
On motion of Mr. Critz, the motion to reconsider was passed by.
Moncure, William McGruder and others, was, on motion of Mr. Magruder, committed to the committee on finance.
No. 207. House bill entitled an act to provide for the organization and government of the volunteer militia of the State, and to repeal existing laws concerning the same.
The amendments of the senate were agreed to.
No. 224. House bill entitled an act to amend the charter of the town of Chatham, in Pittsylvania county.
The amendments of the senate were agreed to.
No. 204. House engrossed bill to amend and re-enact first and second sections of an act to incorporate the North river railroad company, approved March 21, 1872, and to change the name, was read a third time and passed.
No. 240. Senate bill entitled an act to repeal section 3 of an act passed in 1801, entitled an act concerning the docks and wharves in the borough of Norfolk, was read a third time and passed.
No. 296. Senate bill entitled an act to require western tobacco coming into the State to be inspected before it can be sold or offered for sale, was read a third time and passed.
No. 368. House bill reducing into one the several acts in relation to the seat of government of this Commonwealth, providing for the custody and care of the property of the State in or adjacent thereto, and for the sale of a part of the said property, was read a second time.
The substitute proposed by the committee for courts of justice was amended and agreed to.
The bill was ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.
No. 188. House bill to authorize the qualified voters of the county of Chesterfield to vote upon the question of the removal of the county courthouse, was read a second time, amended and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.
No. 220. House bill to incorporate the Abingdon academy of medicine, was read a second time, amended and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.
No. 327. House bill to incorporate the Charlotte county immigration society, was read a second time, amended and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.
No. 203. House bill providing a remedy against turnpike companies failing to keep their roads in order, was read a second time, amended and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.
No. 261. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for the appointment of fish commissioners for the State of Virginia.
The substitute proposed by the committee on Chesapeake and its tributaries was amended.
Pending the further consideration of the bill,
On motion of Mr. Graves, the house adjourned until to-morrow at 11 o'clock A. M.
TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 1874.
Prayer by Rev. George C. Vanderslice, of the Methodist church.
In Senate, April 20, 1874. The senate have passed house bills entitled
An act to amend and re-enact the tenth clause of the seventh section of the seventy-eighth chapter of the Code of Virginia (edition of 1873), in relation to public free schools; No. 102. And
An act to incorporate the Valley educational association of Shenandoah county, Virginia; No. 186.
They have agreed to house joint resolution asking the government of the United States for public lands, to be devoted to public free schools ; No. 103.
No. 326. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Richmond hotel company, was read twice and placed on the calendar, the rules having been suspended, on motion of Mr. Gilman, requiring its reference to a committee.
No. 378. House bill to amend and re-enact section 79, chapter 47, Code of 1873, in relation to the duties, &c., of township collectors, reported from the committee on finance with a recommendation that it do not pass, was read a first time.
No. 379. House bill to repeal section 10, chapter 100, Code of 1873, in relation to fishing in Roanoke river, west of Blue Ridge, reported from the committee for courts of justice, was read a first time.
The following report was agreed to:
The committee on finance having under consideration the petition “of the members of the town council of Upperville, asking the passage of a law requiring all applicants for licenses to sell whiskey in the town of Upperville to produce to the county court, before it shall grant such application, the consent in writing signed by at least two-thirds of said council,” ask to be discharged from a further consideration of this petition.
A report of the committee for courts of justice on the resolution relative to the responsibility of the auditor, second auditor and late treasurer for default or loss in the sinking fund, was presented.
On motion of Mr. Coghill, the report was laid on the table and ordered to be printed. (Doc. No. 8.)
House joint resolution appointing a joint committee to investigate charges against management of Eastern lunatic asylum, came up.
The amendment of the senate to strike out "two" and "one," and insert "three" and "two," was agreed to.