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Sobriety of the state of Virginia, No. 7; an act to provide for the creation of a commissioner and bureau of immigration, No. 4; an act to authorize the city of Fredericksburg to provide for supplying the city with water, No. 5; an act authorizing the trustees of the Methodist Episcopal church south, in Fredericksburg, to sell and convey a part of their church lot, and invest the proceeds of the sale, No. 6; an act authorizing the board of supervisors of the respective counties and common councils of the respective cities, to determine what allowances shall be made to commonwealth's attorneys, clerk and sheriffe of their counties and cities, payable out of the county or city treasuries, No. 9; an act to amend and re-enact section 1, chapter 13, Code 1873, as amended by an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact certain sections of the Code of 1873, and certain acts of assembly amendatory thereof, and other acts of assembly in relation to the salaries of certain officers of the government and their employees; compensation of members and officers of the general assembly, mileage and other allowances; to define the salaries of certain officers, and to repeal chapter 153 of the Acts of 1874, and section 27 of chapter 16, and sections 2, 4 and 5 of chapter 161, and sections -5, 16 and 24 of chapter 13 of the Code of 1873, and all other acts and parts of acts in conflict, approved March 12, 1878, No. 11; an act to incorporate the Keezeltown cemetery company, No. 24; an act to amend and re-enact an act passed March 21, 1871, entitled an act to incorporate the town of Luray, in the county of Page, and an act approved April, 30th, 1874, entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 5th of an act to incorporate the town of Luray, No. 20; an act authorizing the trustees of the Augusta Zion Methodist Episcopal church at Waynesboro' to sell and purchase property and to borrow money, No 32; an act to amend and re-enact section 8, chapter 97, Code of 1873, in relation to damages for trespasses by animals, No. 37; an act to provide for publishing together the acts, journals and documents of the present and last session of the general assembly, No. 89; and an act authorizing the sale of tobacco remaining on storage at the public warehouse undemanded for three years after its inspection, No. 101.
In which amendments and bills they respectfully ask the concurrence of the House of Delegates.
The following IIouse bills (from the Senate), under a suspension of the rule, were placed on the calendar:
No. 6. IIouse bill (on motion of Mr. EDMUNDS).
The following Senate bills were read twice, and under a suspension of the rule, were placed on the calendar:
No. 10. Senate bill (on motion of Mr. JORDAN).
No. 24. Senate bill (on motion of Mr. MOFFETT).
The following Senate bills were read twice, and referred to committees;
No. 7. Senate bill to propositions and grievances.
No. 89. Senate bill to printing. · No. 128. House bill to amend section 32, chapter 36 of Code of 1873, as amended by an act approved April 4, 1877, in relation to sale of bonds of foreign insurance companies failing to pay their liabilities, reported from the committee for courts of justice, was read a first time,
No. 129, House bill to authorize the commissioned officers of the Suffolk Greys to change their uniform, reported from the committee on militia and police, was read a first time.
No. 130. House bill to incorporate the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Good Templars for the state of Virginia, reported from the committee of propositions and grievances, was read a first time.
No. 131. House bill to pay to Jas. T. Sutton, Jr., a sum of money for adjusting Virginia muster rolls, and a general index for same, reported from the committee on finance, was read a first time.
Mr. TALIAFERRO of Norfolk city, under a suspension of the rule, presented
No. 132. Ilouse bill authorizing the city of Norfolk to issue its bonds for the purpose of retiring and refunding certain bonds now outstanding, which was read a first time.
The following were presented and referred under rule 37 :
Resolved, That the committee on finance examine the Tucker register and report upon the expediency of adopting the same for use by the state.
By Mr. MYERS: A bill to amend and re-enact sections 1, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11 and 12 of the act imposing a tax and prescribing the mode of collecting the same, etc., passed March 30, 1877. Referred to committee on finance.
By Mr. RYLAND: A bill to allow the Methodist Episcopal church south, in the town of West Point, to sell and convey certain real estate. Referred to committee for courts of justice.
Mr. Adams offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That all speeches on Senate bill No. 1, entitled an act to provide a plan of settlement of the public debt, or on any amendment thereto, be limited to ten minutes.
The IIouse refused to refer the resolution to a committee.
Mr. Johnston of Giles moved to strike out “ten minutes," and insert “ twenty-five minutes."
Mr. Ragland moved the pending question; which was ordered.
The amendment offered by Mr. JOHNSTON of Giles was agreed to--yeas 67; nays 35.
On motion of Mr. FAUNTLEROY, the vote was recorded as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Speaker, Adams, Ashton, Bland, Bocock, Bohannan, Brown, Burger, Burnham, Coghill, Coleman, Cox, Crutchfield, Curlett, Dance, Dyer, Echols, Edmunds, Edwards, Fauntleroy, Ficklin, Finney, Fry, Goode, Graves, Green, Hall, Harilesty, H. II. Harrison, Reuben N. Harrison, Ilealy, Henkel, Henry, Henson, Iliner, R. D. James, Johnston, Køyser, Kyle, Luck, McCraw, Moffett, Moncure, Moorman, Myers, Nelson, Oglesby, Parrish, Pitts, Pulliam, Ragland, Reese, Ryland, Sandidge, Shannon, E. H. Smith, J. IIoward Smith, William B. Taliaferro, Warner T. Taliaferro, Trout, VanLear, Wallace, Waring, Watson, Thomas M. White, Wilkinson, and Witten-67.
NAYS— Messrs. Akers, Bernard, John R. Carter, Chase, Crank, Dickerson, Evans, Farr, Fulkerson, Gray, Grigsby, Hanger, Hunter, Waddy T. James, Johnson, Jordan, Lacy, Lady, Lee, McDaniel, Mushbach, Norton, Powell, Shelburne, Shumate, Southward, Spessard, Sykes, Andrew J. Taylor, William Taylor, George Walker, Smith J. R. White, Witmer, Wright, and Young-35.
Mr. FARR moved to lay the resolution on the table; which was rejected yeas 53; nays 59,
On motion of Mr. Farr, the vote was recorded as follows;
YEAS-Messrs. Akers, Barbour, Burnham, John R. Carter, Chase, Colemen, Crank, Davidson, Dickerson, Dickenson, Dyer, Evans, Farr, Fauntleroy, Finney, Fowler, Frazier, Fry, Fulkerson, Grigsby, H. II. Harrison, Reuben N. Harrison, Henson, Hunter, Waddy T. James, Johnston, Kelly, Lacy, Lady, Lee, McConnell, McDaniel, Moffett, Norton, Powell, Ryland, Shumate, J. Howard Sniith, Southward, Spessard, Stevens, William B. Taliaferro, Warner T. Taliaferro, Andrew J. Taylor, William Taylor, VanLear, Smith J. R. White, Thomas M. White, Wilkinson, Witmer, Witten, Wright, and Young-53.
VAYS-Messrs. Speaker, Adams, Anderson, Ashton, Attkisson, Bernard, Bland, Bobannan, Brown, Burger, Coghill, Cox, Crutchfield, Curlett, Dance, Davis, Echols, Edmumds, Edwards, Ficklin, Goode, Graves, Gray, Green, Hall, Hanger, Hardesty, Healy, Ilenkel, Ileury, Hiner, R. D. James, Johnson, Jordan, Keyser, Kyle, Luck, McCraw, Moncure, Moorman, Mushbach, Myers, Nelson, () slesby, Parrish, Pitts, Pulliam, Ragland, Reese, Sandidge, Shannon, Shelburne, E. II. Smith, Sykes, Trout, George Walker, Wallace, Waring, and Watson–59.
The question being on agreeing to the resolution as amended, the morning hour expired, and special order,
No. 1. Senate bill to provide a plan of settlement of the public debt, came up.
The question being on agreeing to the amendment offered by Mr. ALLEN,
Mr. ALLEN moditied the amendment offered by himself by inserting before the last paragraph of the amendment the following:
• In case the auditor shall not be able to borrow the sums needed, as aforesaid, without security, he shall be and is hereby authorized to hypothecate such amounts of the said certificates as may be fixed on by the commissioners of the sinking fund at a value to be fixed as aforesaid but in no case to be at a less value than seventy-five cents upon the dollar, and in case of a sale of said certificates, whether they may have been so hypothecated or not, they shall be offered for sale in suitable and proportionate amounts in the difierent counties, towns and cities of this state, so far as practicable, under regulations to be fixed by the commissioners of the sinking fund.”
Mr. JORDAN moved the pending question ; which was ordered.
The amentment offered by Mr. ALLEN, as modified, was agreed toyeas 64; navs 50.
On motion of Mr. Lacy, the vote was recorded as follows: YEAS-Messrs. Speaker, Adams, Anderson, Ashton, Attkisson, Bernard, Bland, Bocock, Burger, Coghill, Cox, Crutchfield, Curlett, Dance, Davis, Dyer, Echols, Edmunds, Edwards, Ficklin, Finney, Goode, Graves, Gray, Green, Hall, IIardesty, Healy, Henkel, Henry, Hiner, R. D. James, Johnson, Johnston, Jordan, Kyle, Luck, McCraw, McMullan, Moorman, Mushbach, Myers, Nelson, Oglesby, Pitts, Popham, Pulliam, Ragland, Reese, Sandidge, Shannon, Shelburne, Shriver, William B. Taliaferro, Warner T. Taliaferro, Trout, George Walker, William M. Walker, Wallace, Walsh, Watson, Thomas M. White, and Wilkinson–61.
NAYS-- Messrs. Akers, Barbour, Burnham, John R. Carter, Chase, Coleman, Crank, Davidson, Dickerson, Dickenson, Evans, Farr, Fauntleroy, Fowler, Frazier, Fry, Fulkerson, Grigsby, Hanger, Reuben N. Harrison, Henson, Ilunter, Waddy T. James, Kelly, Keyser, Lacy, Lady, Lee, McConnell, McDaniel, Michie, Moffett, Norton, Parrish, Ryland, Shumate, J. Howard Smith, Southward, Spessard, Stevens, Sykes, Audrew J. Taylor. William Taylor, VanLear, Joseph Walker, Waring, Smith J. R. White, Witten, Wright, and Young–50.
Mr. HUNTER moved that the House do now adjourn, which was rejected. Mr. FOWLER offered a substitute as follows:
Whereas this general assembly has expressed the belief that the present rate of taxation is as high as can be borne without destroying or at least greatly impairing the industrial interests and recuperative power of the state; and whereas the present general assembly was elected with especial reference to a readjustment of the public debt of the state, so that the interest may be punctually paid alike on all classes of it without an increase of the rate or aggregate of taxation, so that said readjustment may be satisfactory and final, and public agitation of the subject may cease; and whereas the general assembly, recognizing its duty first to preserve and ensure the continued existence of the state, including the public free school system, is willing and anxious to restore the former equality of all the public creditors by distributing ratably among them the entire excess of the public revenues derived from the present rate of taxation, after the most economical administration of the state government consistent with the efficiency of the public service; therefore,
1. Be it enacted by the general assembly of Virginia, That the governor is hereby authorized to cause to be exchanged dollar for dollar, for the principal of each outstanding bond of the state, issued under the acts approved March 30th, 1871, and March 7th, 1872, a registered bond, bearing interest at the rate of three per cent. per annum, for eighteen years, and four per cent. per annum for thirty-two years, until paid, and exempt, both principal and interest, from taxation by the state, or by any county or corporation therein, which shall be expressed on the face of the bond; the interest payable semi-annually, on the 1st day of January and July of each year, at the treasury, said bonds to be dated on the 1st day of January, 1880, to be due and payable fifty years after date, but redeemable after ten years, at the pleasure of the general assembly: provided that no exchange of bonds, as herein provided for, shall be made except in the proportion of twothirds of those bonds, in amount, bearing tax-receivable coupons to one-third of any bonds bearing no such tax-receivable coupons.
2. The owners of any other interest-bearing bonds of the state, which are recognized by the constitution and laws as legal, and wbich have not been funded under the aforementioned acts, may fund two-thirds of the amount thereof, together with two-thirds of the unpaid interest accrued thereon up to the 1st day of July, 1871, in the bonds described in the 1st section of this act; and the said owners may receive for the remaining one-third of the principal and interest a certificate that said amount is due and payable by the state of West Virginia, and that payment of the same has been apportioned to the said state of West Virginia in part settlement of the liability of said state for the debt of the commonwealth of Virginia, as it was at the time of the contracting the said debt: provided that no such bonds and no such certificates shall be issued, as in this section provided, except and until the owner or owners, or his or their authorized agent, shall enter in a book to be kept for that purpose, and acknowledge before the second auditor that he or they do release and forever quit claim and discharge the commonwealth of Virginia from all liability for said remaining one-third, and it shall be the duty of the second auditor to countersign and preserve such entry and acknowledgment.
3. The treasurer shall issue and register non-interest-bearing certificates for the amount of the accrued and unpaid interest up to January, 1880, upon all classes of the debt exchanged under this act, to the parties entitled thereto, which shall be redeemable at the pleasure of the general assembly, and to be so expressed on the face of the certificate: and provided further, in regard to the bonds allowed to be funded under the second section of this act, that such non-interestbearing certificates shall be issued for two-thirds only of the unpaid interest accrued thereupon between the 1st day of July, 1871, and the 1st day of July, 1878, and for the remaining one-third a certificate may be issued apportioning said amounts to the state of West Virginia, as in said second section is provided.
4. The rules prescribed in the act approved March 30th, 1871, in respect to preparing, signing, and issuing the new bonds and certificates, regulating the same, and in taking in, cancelling, and registering the old bonds, shall be observed by the officers of the treasury in the execution of this act, except so far as the same be modified by the provisions of this act: provided that all parts of such bonds and certificates as may be necessary to be printed shall be printed from a plate which shall be the property of the commonwealth, and shall remain in the keeping or under the control of the second auditor: and provided further, that the whole amount of bonds so printed, or in man