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commence and continue during session 1878–79, shall be construed to continue during the present session.
The House refused to refer the resolution to a committee.
Resolved, That the clerk of this House employ a stenographer to report the debates upon Senate bill No. 1, entitled an act to provide a plan of settlement of the public debt, provided the services of such can be procured at the rate of six dollars per day during said debate.
The substitute was rejected.
Resolved, That the committee on finance be instructed to examine particularly the machinery and working of the Daire & Johnson register, and report as early as practicable as to the expediency of adopting the same in lieu of the Moffett registers.
The House referred the resolution to the committee on finance.
The following were presented and referred under rule 57:
By Mr. McCabe: A bill for the biring of convict labor and the leasing of the penitentiary to the Washington, Cincinnati and St. Louis railroad company. Referred to the committee on asyluns and prisons.
By Mr. ATTKISSON: A bill to amend and re-enact an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact an act for the protection of game. Referred to the special committee on game.
By Mr. OGLESBY: A bill to authorize the sheriff of Wythe county to return to Alonzo Grinnell the amount of a judgment on a recognizance recorded in the circuit court of Wythe county. Referred to the committee on finance.
By Mr. RYLAND: A bill to amend and re-enact section 12, chapter 162 of the Acts of 1875-6, in regard to the tax on collateral inheritances, &c. Referred to the committee on finance.
The morning hour having expired, the House proceeded to the business on the calendar.
No. 105. House bill to amend and re-enact sections 7, 10 and 11 of chapter 181, Acts of 1874–5, to provide for working and keeping in order the roads of the commonwealth, was, on motion of Mr. GRAVES, taken up out of its order on the calendar.
The bill was read a second time. On motion of Mr. GRAVES, the bill was amended by inserting in 22d line of 7th section, as proposed to be amended, after “matter," the words “shall be."
The bill as amended was ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.
No. 20. House bill revising and amending the registration and elec. tion laws, and repealing chapters 6, 7 and 8 of the Code of 1873, and all acts or parts of acts in conflict with this act, was, on motion of Mr. JOHNSTON of Giles, taken up out of its order on the calendar.
Mr. Johnston of Giles moved to postpone the bill and make it a special continuing order for Monday next at 11 o'clock A. M.
Mr. Hanger moved to amend the motion by striking out “ Monday next at 11 o'clock A. M.," and inserting “ Thursday next at 12 o'clock M”; which was agreed to.
The motion by Mr. JOHNSTON of Giles as amended was agreed to.
The hour of 11} o'clock A. M. having arrived, special order
No. 5. House bill for the assessment of taxes on licenses, &c., and imposing taxes thereon for the support of government, the free schools, and to pay the interest on the public debt, came up.
Pending the consideration of the substitute,
No. 1. Senate bill entitled an act to provide a plan of settlement of the public debt, came up:
Pending its consideration,
On motion of Mr. GRAVES, the IIouse adjourned until to-morrow at 10 o'clock A. M.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 1879.
Prayer by Right Reverend Bishop Keane, of the Catholic church.
On motion of Mr. Robinson, the reading of the Journal was dispensed with.
No. 127. Honse bill authorizing an increase of the salary of the county judge of Loudoun, reported from the committee for courts of justice, was read a first time.
Leave of absence was granted Messrs. WINGFIELD and IIARVIE two days each, and McCaull three days.
Mr. Farr stated that had be been present when the vote was taken on agreeing to the amendment offered by Mr. FOWLER, submitting the question of the settlement of the public debt, as contained in Senate bill No. 1, to the people, he would have voted in the affirmative.
The following were presented and referred under rule 37:
By Mr. HENKEL: A bill to amend and re-enact the 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 10th sections, and to repeal sections 5, 14 and 21 of an act entitled an act imposing a tax and prescribing the mode of collecting the same on the privilege of selling wine, ardent spirits, or malt liquors, within the limits of the commonwealth for the support of the government, and to pay the interest on the public debt, approved March 30, 1877, as amended by an act approved April 2, 1877. Referred to the committee on finance.
The morning hour baving expired, the House proceeded to the busi ness on the calendar.
The motion made by Mr. WALKER of Northumberland to reconsider the vote by which No. 17, House bill to amend and re-enact an act entitled an act prescribing the duties, powers, liabilities and compensation of district officers, and to repeal chapter 47 and section 1 of chapter 48, Code of 1873, approved March 20, 1375, was passed, was, on motion of Mr. Lovell, passed by.
No. 13. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for an inspection of cattle, came up.
Mr. Robinson moved to lay the bill on the table; which was rejected.
Mr. Lacy moved to add at end of the first section the following:
Provided: That nothing contained in this act shall be so construed as to require cattle raised in North Carolina, east of the Blue Ridge mountains, to be inspected when brought into that part of Virginia east of the said Blue Ridge mountains.
Mr. BERNARD moved to commit the bill to the committee on agriculture and mining; which was agreed to.
The hour of 113 o'clock having arrived, special order,
No. 5. llonse bill for the assessment of taxes on licenses, &c., and imposing taxes thereon for the support of government, the free schools, and to pay the interest on the public debt, came up.
The question being on agreeing to the substitute offered by Mr. TALIAFERRO of Norfolk city,
Mr JOHNSTON of Giles moved to postpone the special order until Saturday next; which was agreed to.
The following House engrossed bills were read a third time and passed:
No. 27. House engrossed bill to incorporate the Roxboro, Leasburg and Danville turnpike company.
Mr. WILKINSON moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed; which motion was rejected.
No. 2. House engrossed bill to amend and re-enact section 6 of chapter 100 of the Code of 1873, as amended by the act approved February 20, 1878, in relation to unlawful fishing,
Mr. TALIAFERRO of Gloucester moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed; which motion was rejected.
· No. 21. House engrossed bill providing commutation for Zachariah Peters of the county of Franklin, a one-legged soldier who is unable to wear the leg furnished him-yeas 98.
The vote required by the constitution was recorded as follows:
YEAS--Messrs. Speaker, Adams, Akers, Anderson, Ashton, Attkisson, Barbour, Bernard, Bland, Bocock, Burger, Burnham, John R. Carter, Chase, Coleman, Cox, Crutchfield, Davidson, Davis, Dickerson, Dickenson, Dyer, Echols, Edmunds, Edwards, Evans, Fauntleroy, Ficklin, Finney, Fowler, Frazier, Fry, Fulkerson, Goode, Gray, Green, Grigsby, Hall, Hardesty, II. H. Harrison, Henkel, Henson, Iliner, Hunter, R. D. James, Waddy T. James, Johnson, Johnston, Keyser, Kyle, Lacy, Lady, Lovell, Luck, McCabe, McConnell, McCraw, McDaniel, Michie, Moffett, Moorman, Mushbach, Myers, Nelson, Norton, Oglesby, Pitts, Popham, Powell, Pulliam, Ragland, Reese, Robinson, Ryland, Sandidge, Shannon, Shriver, Shumate, E. H. Smith, J. Howard Smith, Southward, Spessard, Sykes, William B. Taliafarro, Warner T. Taliaferro, William Taylor, Trout, VanLear, Joseph Walker, William M. Walker, Wallace, Walsh, Watson, Smith J. R. White, Thomas M. White, Witmer, Witten, and Young-98.
On motion of Mr. James of Franklin, the title was amended by striking out the whole of the same and inserting in lieu thereof the following: “Providing commutation for Zachariah Peters of the county of Franklin and Gcorge II. Hudson of the county of Augusta, one-legged soldiers who are unable to wear the legs furnished them."
The SPEAKER laid before the House a communication from the governor, transmitting a communication from the treasurer in relation to some missing coupons that had been cut off of bonds of the state, which was referred to the committee on finance.
The hour of 12 o'clock M. having arrived, special order,
No. 1. Senate bill entitled an act to provide a plan of settlement of the public debt, came up.
Mr. ALLEN moved to amend the bill by inserting as an independent section, to come in after the eleventh, the following:
“12. Whenever there shall not be a sufficient amount of money in the treasury of the state to meet the accruing interest on the said bonds promptly, the auditor is hereby authorized and directed, by and with the advice of the governor of the state, to raise by temporary loan, to be returned out of the accruing revenues of the state, a sum sufficient to enable him to meet promptly the said interest as it accrues. And in case the auditor shall not be able to raise a sufficient sum for the said purpose by loans, he is hereby authorized and directed to issue non-interest-bearing certificates of indebtedness of this state, to be signed by himself and countersigned by the treasurer, and properly registered in the offices of the auditor and treasurer, for the sum of one dollar and multiples thereof; the same to be printed from plates, which shall be the property of the state, and to sell the same at not less than a minimum price to be fixed by the commissioners of the sinking fund, which shall not be less than seventy-five cents upon the dollar. The said certificates shall be receivable for all taxes, debts, dues and demands due the state, and this shall be expressed on their face.
“The amount of such certificates which may be issued at any one time shall be fixed by the commissioners of the sinking fund, and the proceeds of the sale thereof shall be devoted exclusively to the payment of interest as aforesaid. The auditor shall report regularly to the general assembly the amount and character of certificates issued under this act, and the net proceeds thereof.
“The said certificates shall be received by the treasurer of the state, and be cancelled on receipt thereof, under the same regulations and prohibitions now existing in relation to coupons for interest on the public debt, except that no tax shall be deducted therefrom, and the fact of their cancellation shall be noted on the said registers.”
Mr. Popham moved that the House take a recess until 5 o'clock P. M., which was rejected.
Mr. HUNTER demanded the yeas and nays, which was not sustained.
Mr. FAUNTLEROY moved that the House do now adjourn, which was rejected.
On motion of Mr. II ANGER, the special order was postponed until to-morrow immediately after the expiration of the morning hour.
On motion of Mr. Hanger, the House adjourned until to-morrow at 10 o'clock A. M.
THURSDAY, March 20, 1879.
Prayer by Right Reverend Bishop Keane, of the Catholic church.
On motion of Mr. WALLACE, the reading of the Journal was dispensed with.
A communication from the Senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:
In Senate, March 19, 1879. The Senate have passed House bills entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 24, chapter 61, of the Code of 1873, as amended by section 1 of an act approved March 31, 1875, in relation to works of internal improvement, No. 9; an act to require the railroad commissioner to cause to be printed and conspicuously posted at railroad depots and stations, certain portions of the railroad laws of the commonwealth, with proper explanations thereof, and suggestions thereasto, for the benefit of the public, No. 25; an act to refund to N. Reusch, of Pittsylvania county, a license tax, No. 4; and an act to protect regularly-hauled fishing shores in the counties of Accomac and Northampton, No. 8.
They have passed, with amendments, IIouse bills entitled an act to amend and re-enact the 1st and 2d sections of an act approved March 21, 1877, entitled an act to secure the payment of wages or salaries to certain employees of railway, canal, steamboat and other transportation companies, No. 6; an act to provide convict labor for the Virginia and Statesville air-line narrow-gauge railroad, No. 12; and an act to incorporate the Buckingham railroad company, No. 18.
And they have passed bills entitled an act to amend ard re-enact section two of chapter two hundred and thirty-six of an act approved March 29th, 1877, entitled an act in relation to the time for holding elections for town officers in the town of Smithfield, in Isle of Wight county, No. 10; an act for the relief of Ira F. Jordan & Co., of Louia county, No. 8; an act to incorporate the grand lodge of the Sons of