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No. 26. House bill to amend and re-enact an act entitled an act to regulate the working of the public roads in the counties of Prince William, Montgomery, Chesterfield and Lancaster, approved February 25, 1878.

No. 27. House bill to amend and re-enact 26th section of an act entitled an act to provide for working and keeping in order the roads of the commonwealth, approved March 20, 1875.

No. 28. House bill in relation to the assessment of real property in purposes of municipal taxation in the city of Alexandria, and to tiempt and except said city from the operation of an act entitled an act to provide a basis of municipal taxation on the real property in cities and towns, approved March 29, 1877.

Mr. Taylor of Fluvanna moved that the lIouse do now adjourn; which was rejected-yeas 46; nays 67. On motion of Mr. Echols, the vote was recorded as follows:

TEAS-Messrs. Adams, Akers, Anderson, Attkisson, Barbour, Bernard, Bland, Becock, Bohanan, Burnham, John R. Carter, Coghill, Crutchfield, Dance, Davis, Dirkerson, Dickenson, Edwards, Fauntleroy, Finney, Fulton, Green, Hanger, llardusty, Healy, Henkel, Henry, Johnson, Lacy, McCabe, McDaniel, Mushbach, Pitts, PWell, Sandidge, Shumate, Spessard. Stevens, Sykes, William B. Taliaferro, Andren J. Taylor, George Walker, William M. Walker, Smith J. R.White, Wingfield, and Wright - 46.

Nars-Messrs. Speaker, Ashton, Brown, Burger, Chase, Coleman, Crank, Curlett. Davidson, Dyer, Echols, Edmunds, Farr, Ficklin, Fowler, Frazier, Fry, Fulbroon, Goode, Graves, Gray, Grigsby, Hall, H. H. Harrison, Reuben N. Harrison, Henson, Hiner, Hunter, Waddy T. James, Johnston, Jordan, Kelly, Keyser, Kyle, Lady, Lee, Lovell, Luck, McCaull, McConnell, McCraw, Moffett, Moncure, Moorman, Nelson, Oglesby, Pulliam, Ragland, Edmund C. Robinson, J. H. Robinson, Ryland, Shannon, Shelburne, E. H. Smith, J. Howard Smith, Southwarl, Warner T. Taliaferro, William Taylor, Van Lear, Joseph Walker, Walsh, Waring, Watson, Whitacre, Wilkinson, Witten, and Young-67.

The calendar having been called through, the morning hour was renimed.

Mr. HINER offered the following resolution : Resolved, That all speeches, nominating or seconding the nomination of circuit judges, shall be limited to ten minutes.

The question being on the reference of the resolution to a commit

Mr. Hiner demanded the yeas and nays; which was not sustained. The House referred the resolution to the committee on rules. Mr. BLAND moved that the House do now adjourn. Mr. CURLETT demanded the yeas and nays; which was not sustained.

The motion by Mr. Bland was agreed to. The SPEAKER declared the House adjourned until Monday next at 12 o'clock M.

MONDAY, DECEMBER, 16, 1878.

nion bridge comesed IIouse bills entitate, December 14. 1

The Journal was read by the clerk.

A communication from the Senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

In Senate, December 14, 1878. The Senate bave passed House bills entitled an act to incorporate the Union bridge company, No. 6, and an act to incorporate the the Planters savings bank at Chatham, Virginia, No. 29.

They have passed, with amendment. Ilouse bill entitled an act for the relief of the sureties of John IIuddleson, late collector of Central township, of the county of Rockingham, No. 2.

And they have passed a bill entitled an act for the relief of Thomas Wilson, of Montgomery county, No. 33.

In which amendment and bill they respecfully request the concurrence of the House of Delegates.

No. 2. IIouse bill, was referred to the committee on finance.

No. 33. Senate bill was read twice and referred to the committee on finance.

No. 22. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Clover masonic building association, was reported from the committee of propositions and greivances.

No. 34. IIouse bill to provide for the protection of fish in the Appomattox river, reported from the committee on Chesapeake and its tributaries, was read a first time.

The following reports were agreed to :

Committee for schools and colleges have, according to order, had under consideration certain resolutions of the county school board of Prince William county, in relation to the public school tax, and recommend adoption of the following resolution :

Resolved, That the committee for schools and colleges be discharged from the further consideration thereof, and that the same be referred to joint committee on constitutional amendments.

The committee on privileges and elections have had under consideration a resolution to them referred, to enquire into the expediency of so amending the constitution as to reduce the number of elections now held by causing the election of city, county and state officers to be held on the same day with elections for members of the general assembly, and adopt the following:

Resolved, That the committee be discharged from its further consideration, and that the same be referred to the joint committee on constitutional amendments.

Senate joint resolution returning thanks to W. W. Corcoran, Esq., of Washington city, for the gift of a valuable painting, was, on motion of Mr. GRAVES, passed by.

Mr. Ashton, under a suspension of the rule, offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the governor be and he is hereby requested to inform the House what action has been taken by him under an act approved February 25, 1878, entitled an act to empower the governor of Virginia to enter into negotiation with the governor of Maryland in relation to marking and designating the boundary line between the states of Virginia and Maryland, and that he further inform the House what action, if any, has been taken by the legislature of Maryland and the Congress of the United States as to the ratification of the award of J. S. Black and Charles J. Jenkins, establishing the boundary line between the states of Virginia and Maryland.

The resolution was agreed to. Jr. STEVENS offered the following resolution: Whereas the James river and Kanawha company was authorized to issue its bonds for the sum of three hundred and fifty thousand dollars, for the purpose of connecting the canal with tidewater, and to secure the payment of the interest and principal thereof was authorized to pledge the net revenues of the dock, including water privileges, &c.; and whereas the said bonds were guaranteed by the state and have been converted into registered bonds of the state, and have thereby become an absolute indebtedness of the state; therefore be it

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be instructed to report to this House whether the state has by any act deprived herself of the right to assert her claim to the net revenues and rents authorized to be pledged as aforesaid.

The House refused to refer the resolution to a committee.
The resolution was agreed to.
Leave of absence was granted Mr. ALLEN for four days.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:

By Mr. LOVELL: Petition of Jas. B. Fristoe, F. II. Bolen, Wm. A. Compton, R. A. Finnell. G. E. Roy and other citizens of Warren county, asking that the diversion of the taxes levied for public free sehool purposes, b: stopped. Referred to the committee on schools and colleges.

By Mr. EDWARDS: Resolution by county school board of Southampton county, in regard to the diversion of school funds. Referred to committee on schools and colleges. By Mr. JORDAN: Resolved, That the joint committee on constitutional amendments be and are hereby required and instructed to enquire into and report upon the expediency of returning to the old magisterial system of county courts.

By Mr. JORDAN:

Resolved, That the joint committee on constitutional amendments be and are hereby instructed to enquire into and report upon the expediency of so amending the constitution as to allow the counties and public free school districts, to raise additional sums by a cavitation tax

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for the support of public free schools, to be used exclusively in said counties and public free school districts.

By Mr. BLAND:

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice be requested to enquire into the expediency of so amending the law as to allow pay to all persons summoned and in attendance upon the courts as veniremen, until discharged, whether they serve on the jury or not.

By Mr. STEVENS: A bill to repeal an act entitled an act to provide for the consolidation of the public debt, and the payment of a uniform rate of interest thereupon, approved March 14, 1878. Referred to the committee on finance.

By Mr. GRAVES: Petition of members of the bar of Bedford county asking the re-election of Judge G. A. Wingfield, in the fifth judicial circuit. Referred to the committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. SYKES: Petition of citizens of Norfolk county asking the passage of a bill authorizing John N. Borden to close and dam Little Bridge creek in said county. Referred to the committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. IIUNTER:

Resolved, That the committee on asylums and prisons be instructed to inquire whether or not the directors of the state penitentiary have exceeded their powers, by illegally purchasing supplies for said penitentiary.

By Mr. FULTON:

Resolved, That the fish commissioner is hereby instructed and directed to collect and lay before the general assembly such information in regard to the oyster and fish culture; the extent of the public domain suited to this culture; the present and possible fish and oyster product of the Virginia tidal waters; and the peculiar advantages of our waters for rearing, and taking oysters and fish, as will throw light on the question of the feasibility and expediency of dividing our tidai domain into sections and leasing the same for a long term of years. Referred to Committee on the Chesapeake and its tributaries.

By Mr. FAUNTLEROY: A bill to amend and re-enact section 27, chapter 16, of an act approved March 14, 1878, revising, amending and re-enacting the laws regulating crimes and punishments. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. SYKES: Petition of citizens of Norfolk county, protesting against the passage of a bill to authorize J. A. Borden to close and dam Little Bridge creek in said county. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

By Mr. Fark: A bill to amend and re-enact section 5, of an an act to amend and re-enact section 4 of an act to incorporate the Mt. Vernon ladies association of the Union, passed March 9, 1878, and to add an additionad section, approved April 4, 1877. Referred to committee on propositions and grievances.

By Mr. MOORMAN:

Resolved, That the committee of finance be and it is hereby instructed to enquire and report to this body, as soon as may be practi

cable, where are the plates from which were engraved the bonds and coupons issued under the funding act, approved March 30, 1871; whose property and in whose custody they are; and whether or not any legislation is needful to secure the state against their illigitimate use.

The morning hour having expired, the House proceeded to the business on the calendar.

No. 8. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the Afton brotherhood in Nelson county, to conduct a mutual life insurance company was read a third time and passed.

The following House engrossed bills were read a third time and passed :

No. 20. House engrossed bill to amend section 58, chapter 8, Code 1873, with reference to pay of commissioners of election.

No. 23. House engrossed bill to authorize trustees of certain school property in the county of Roanoke, to sell the same and re-invest the proceeds.

No. 24. House engrossed bill to amend an act entitled an act to define the limits of tide-water on the south side of James river, approved March 14, 1878.

No. 25. House engrossed bill to enable the board of supervisors of Chesterfield county to assist the Manchester free bridge commissioners in keeping the free bridge in repair.

No. 26. House engrossed bill to amend and re-enact an act to regulate the working of the public roads in the counties of Prince William, Montgomery, Chesterfield and Lancaster, approved February 25, 1878.

No. 27. House engrossed bill to amend and re-enact the 26 section of an act entitled an act to provide for working and keeping in order the roads of the commonwealth, approved March 20, 1875.

No. 28. House engrossed bill in relation to the assessment of real property, for purposes of municipal taxation, in the city of Alexandria, and to exempt and except said city from the operation of an act entitled an act to provide a basis of municipal taxation on the real property in cities and towns, approved March 29, 1877. .

Motions severally made to reconsider the votes by which House engrossed bills Nos. 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28 were passed, were rejected. .

No. 30. House bill authorizing the use of district school funds for the payment of teachers, was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.

Mr. FARR moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was ordered to be engrossed; which motion was rejected.

No. 32. House bill to extend the time for the repeal of the present fence law in the magisterial district of Rowanty, in the county of Dinwiddie, was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed to be read a third time.

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