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Pending the further consideration of the joint resolution,

The hour of 3 o'clock P. M. having arrived, the chair was vacated until 8 o'clock P. M.

EVENING SESSION.

The chair was resumed at 8 o'clock P. M..

No. 261. Senate bill to provide for the appointment of fish commissioners for the State of Virginia (unfinished business), came up.

The substitute proposed by the committee on Chesapeake and its tributaries was further amended.

Hr. Massey moved to dismiss the bill, which was agreed to.

Mr. Gilliam moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the bill was dismissed, which was rejected-yeas 47; nays 48.

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

YEAS--- Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Bagwell, Blair, Bohannon, Branch, Brooks, Campbell, Peter J. Carter, Cecil, Coghill, Fitzpatrick, Franklin, Gaines, P. Gibson, Ilarrison, Henderson, Hoenniger, Howard, Hunter, Jett, B. W. Lacy, J. H. Laey, Lee, Lewis, Lightner, Lipps, Loving, Magruder, May, Morris, Morrison, John L. Nash, Nickens,

Norton, Pannill, Popham, Scruggs, Shumate, Swann, Taliaferro, Webb, Wharton, Williams, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-47.

NAYS—Messrs. Armstrong, Bickings, Boykin, J. A. Carter, Matt Clark, Cox, Crank, Flood, Friend, Fulkerson, T. S. Gibson, Gilliam, Goodwyn, Graves, Grayson, Haden, Hale, Hamilton, Harris, Hill, John T. Hoskins, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Jordan, Koiner, Lamkin, Lipscomb, Lovell, Lovenstein, Lucas, Lybrook, Massey, McGonigal, McMullan, Montague, W. A. Nash, O'Neal, Paige, Powell, Rogers, Round, Sellers, Stovall, Thomas, Turner, Wallace, Whittaker, and Wthers-48.

No. 334. House bill to appropriate the sum of five hundred dollars to the Richmond Howitzers, was read a second time.

Mr. Foster moved to amend the bill by adding at end of first section the following: "and that the same amount be appropriated to the Norfolk light artillery Blues for a similar purpose," which was reected-yeas 47; nays 53.

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

YEAS-Messrs. Bickings, Blair, Boykin, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, P. J. Carter, Cecil, A. J. Clark, Matt Clark, Foster, Franklin, P. Gibson, Gilliam, Graves, Haden, Harris, Hill, Howard, Hunter, James, Jett, R. S. Jones, Jordan, B. W. Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lightner, Lipps, Lovell, Lybrook, May, McMullan, Morris, J. L. Vash, W. A. Nash, Norton, Paige, Pannill, Powell, Scruggs, Shumate, Stovall, Webb, Wharton, Whittaker, Winn, and Withers—47.

NAYS-Messrs. Allen, Armstrong, Bagwell, Bohannon, Branch, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, Cockerille, Coghill, Critz, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Friend, Fulkerson, Gaines, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Goodwyn, Grayson, Hale, Hamilton, Harrison, Henderson, Hoenniger, J. T. Hoskins, P. K. Jones, Koiner, J. Horace Lacy, Lewis, Lipscomb, Longley, Lovenstein, Loving, Lucas, Magruder, Massey, McGonigal, Montagne, Morrison, O'Neal, Popham, Richmond, Rogers, Round, Sellers, Taliaferro, Turner, Wallace, Williams, Yager, and Mr. Speaker--53.

The bill was ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.
No. 209. Senate bill entitled an act repealing the charter granted to

the Manchester cotton mills by the judges of the second circuit, and reincorporating said company, was read a third time and passed.

No. 260. House joint resolution directing the president and directors of the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio railroad company to commence the work on the road to Cumberland Gap, was read a second time.

Pending its consideration,

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 1874.

Prayer by Rev. George C. Vanderslice, of the Methodist church.
The journal was read by the clerk.
A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

In Senate, April 21, 1874. The senate have passed house bills entitled

An act to amend and re-enact 1st and 2d sections of an act to incorporate the North river railroad company, approved March 21st, 1872, and to change the name; No. 204.

An act to provide for working the public roads in Princess Anne, Charles City and New Kent counties; No. 229. And

An act to amend and re-enact the 7th section of chapter 100 of Code of 1873, prohibiting non-residents from taking or catching fish in the waters of this Commonwealth; No. 352.

And they have passed bills entitled

An act requiring vouchers of payments made by the first or second auditors, and providing for cancelling the bonds redeemed by the commissioners of the sinking fund; No. 281.

An act amending 2d section of the act incorporating the Bloom Grove quarrying, mining and manufacturing company, reducing the capital stock of said company; No. 324. And

An act to amend and re-enact the 2d section of an act approved February 11th, 1874, entitled an act to prevent obstructing with timber or rendering foul the water courses of this State; No. 325.

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

No. 324. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

No. 281. Senate bill, was read twice and referred to the committee on finance.

No. 325. Senate bill, was read twice and placed on the calendar, the rules having been suspended (on motion of Mr. Popham) requiring its reference.

No. 3091. Senate bill entitled an act authorizing the auditor of public accounts to sell the three steam tug-boats used in collecting the oyster revenue of the State, was read twice and placed on the calendar, the rules having been suspended (on motion of Mr. Taliaferro) requiring its reference to a committee.

No. 267. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the James river coal company, was read twice and placed on the calendar, the rules having been suspended (on motion of Mr. Hoenniger) requiring its reference to a committee.

No. 302. Senate bill entitled an act incorporating the Masonic college of Virginia, was read twice and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

No. 381. House bill to amend an act entitled an act to provide a charter for the city of Winchester, approved April 2d, 1874, reported from the committee on counties, cities and towns, was read a first time.

No. 314. Senate bill entitled an act to authorize the townships of Christiansville, Blue Stone, Clarksville and Boydton to subscribe to the stock of the Roanoke valley railroad, was read twice and referred to the committee on roads and internal navigation.

No. 319. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for a new registration in the city of Manchester, was read twice and referred to the committee on privileges and elections.

The following senate bills were reported from the committee on finance:

No. 242. Senate bill entitled an act for the relief of William C. Moncure, William McGruder and others, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

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

No. 380. House bill appropriating $1,000 for repairing and refitting Margaret academy, in the county of Accomac.

The following report was agreed to:

The committee for courts of justice have, according to order, had under consideration a resolution instructing "them to report whether or not existing contracts, or any of them, for the hire of penitentiary convicts can be legally revoked," and have adopted the following resolution:

It appears to the committee that one of the contracts now existing, executed on the 17th October, 1871, contains a clause "that in case of any violation of any of the terms and provisions of said contracts, Ohe same may be declared null and void at the option of the governor, and the other, executed on the 15th September, 1873, the following clause: “But it is an express condition of this contract that the present governor, or his successors, shall have the right, at any time they may see fit so to do, to revoke and annul this contract as to the whole num

ber of convicts, or any part thereof, to be furnished as aforesaid, without prejudice to the State.” It also appears that there are no other contracts now existing: therefore,

Resolved (as the opinion of this committee), That such contracts may be revoked by the governor, as respectively prescribed therein.

The unfinished business of the morning hour being the question on agreeing to the resolation of Mr. Graves (as amended), On motion of Mr. Critz, the resolution was dismissed.

Messrs. Gilman, Beaton and B. W. Lacy stated that had they been present when the vote was taken on the passage of 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 29, 1873, entitled an act for the encouragement of immigration, they would have voted in the affirmative. Messrs. Strother, Wharton and R. S. Jones stated that they would have voted in the negative

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Spratt and Brady three days each, and an indefinite leave for Mr. Hale.

The following report was presented:

The committee on enrolled bills have the honor to report that the following bills were approved April 22, 1874:

An act to provide for the payment of interest on the public debt.

An act giving the consent of the State to the purchase by the United States of a tract of land in the county of Henrico, and of two parcels of land in the town of Danville, to be used for military cemeteries,

An act to amend and re-enact sections 28 and 42 of an act entitled an act providing a charter for the city of Staunton.

An act for the relief of the sureties of A. 8. Modesitt, late treasurer of Page county.

An act to authorize the Lynchburg and Campbell courthouse turnpike company to transfer to the city of Lynchburg the portion of said turnpike road which lies within the limits of said city.

An act to authorize the town council of Marion, in Smyth county, to borrow money.

An act to provide counsel to appear before the arbitrators on the boundary between this State and Maryland, and making an appropriation to pay the expenses of said arbitration.

An act to incorporate the Virginia turnpike company.

An act to require western tobacco coming into the State to be inspected before it can be sold or offered for sale.

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.

On motion of Mr. Round,

Resolved, That on and after April 23d the house meet at 10 o'clock A. M.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:
By Mr. P. K. Jones: Joint resolution appropriating $15,000 to the

sufferers by the recent floods in Louisiana. Referred to committee on finance,

By Mr. Hoenniger:

Resolved, That the committee on public property inquire into the expediency of removing the gates around the capital square, and providing a fine for stock trespassing thereon.

The morning hour having expired

No. 198. House engrossed joint resolution in relation to payment of interest on bonds held by the literary fund (unfinished business); came up. The hour of 12 o'clock M. having arrived, special order

No. 311. House bill for the assessment, levy and collection of taxes on railroad, canal and other companies, came up.

On motion of Mr. Hoenniger, the special order was postponed for fifteen minutes, and subsequently, on motion of Mr. Critz, the special order was postponed until 1 o'clock P. M.

No. 198. House engrossed joint resolution in relation to payment of interest on bonds held by the literary fund (unfinished business), again came up:

On motion of Mr. Loving, the joint resolution was laid on the table,

The motion by Mr. B. W. Lacy to reconsider the vote by which house engrossed bill No. 341, authorizing the boards of supervisors of the counties of Prince George and Surry, Charles City and New Kent to increase the pay of the judge of the county courts of said counties, was rejected, was put and decided in the negative.

The hour of 1 o'clock P. M. having arrived,

Ordered, That Mr. Taliaferro inform the senate that the house is ready on its part to proceed to the execution of the joint order, which has for its object the election of a county judge for Gloucester.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Bland, who informed the house that the senate was ready on its part to proceed to the execution of the joint order.

Mr. Taliaferro nominated Warner T. Jones.

Ordered, That Mr. Taliaferro inform the senate that. Warner T. Jones is the only person in nomination before the house.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Bland, who informed the house that Warner T. Jones is the only person in nomination before the senate.

The roll was called with the following result:

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For WARNER T. JONES—Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Armentrout, Armstrong, Bagwell, Beaton, Bickings, Blair, Branch, Brooks, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, Cecil, A. J. Clark, Matt Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Critz, Davis, Dooley, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Flood, Foster, Franklin, Friend, Gaines, Gardner, P.

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