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No. 31. House bill to secure to tax-payers in cities the right of public education for their children, was, on motion of Mr. JORDAN, passed by.

No. 33. House bill to make parties accused of rape and seduction competent witnesses, was, on motion of Mr. EDMUNDS, passed by.

Mr. WATSON offered the following resolutions :

Whereas the sad intelligence has reached this House of the death of Captain Greenville T. Pace, a good and worthy representative of the county of Pittsylvania; and whereas it is eminently proper that we should testify our sorrow for the loss of one whose lofty patriotism, noble, manly and christian bearing have left so deep and loving an impression upon our hearts and memories; therefore be it

Resolved, That this IIouse recognizes in the death of Greenville T. Pace the termination of a life the example of which it would be well to emulate both as a private citizen and public servant.

Resolved, That the members of this House will long hold in loving remembrance the many virtues which characterized their departed colleague, to whose sorrowing family they tender their heartfelt sympathies.

Resolved, That the members and officers of this body will wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.

Resolved, That copies of these resolutions be sent by the clerk of this House to the family of the deceased.

Resolved, That in further token of respect to the memory of the deceased this House do now adjourn.

Messrs. Watson, WILKINSON, DAVIS and Bocock made appropriate remarks on the life and services of the deceased.

The resolutions were unanimously agreed to.

The SPEAKER declared the House adjourned until to-morrow at 12 o'clock M.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th, 1878.

MARSHALL HANGER in the Chair at the request of the SPEAKER.
The Journal was read by the clerk.

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

In Senate, December 16, 1878. The Senate have passed bills entitled an act to amend section 2, chapter 171, Code of 1873, and the acts amendatory thereto, in regard to commissioners of courts, No. 17; and an act to amend and re-enact the 2d section of an act approved March 15, 1875, entitled an act to amend and re-enact the charter of the Bank of Manchester, No. 24.

In which bills they respectfully request the concurrence of the House of Delegates.

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No. 24. Senate bill was read twice and referred to the committee on banks, currency and commerce.

No. 17. Senate bill was read twice and referred to the committee for courts of justice.

The following Senate bills were reported from the committee for courts of justice:

No. 15. Senate bill entitled an act authorizing a lien on all animals, vehicles and harness kept by the keeper of a livery stable, or of a house of private entertainment, to secure the payment of all charges due for keeping the same (with a substitute).

No. 26. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for the relinquishment to the United States of title to and jurisdiction 'over lands within the state of Virginia for sites of life-saving stations.

Senate joint resolution relative to the purchase of machinery for the penitentiary, was reported from the committee on asylums and prisons with a recommendation that it do not pass.

The following House bills reported from the committee for courts of justice were read a first time.

No. 35. House bill for the relief of Francis J. Waggle, of Lee county.

No. 36. House bill to amend and re-enact section 7 of chapter 161 of the Code of 1873, in relation to compensation of commonwealth's attorneys (with a substitute).

The following House bills reported from the committee on counties, cities and towns, were read a first time.

No. 37. House bill to amend and re-enact section 15 of an act approved March 29, 1875, as amended by an act approved March 29, 1876, and section 30 of the same act as amended by the said act approved March 29, 1876, and act approved April 2, 1877, and section 18 of an act approved March 29, 1875, as amended by an act approved April 2, 1877, prescribing the duties, powers, liabilities and compensation of certain county officers.

No. 38. lIouse bill to authorize the board of supervisors of Amelia county to pay counsel employed by them to prosecute certain suits on behalf of the county.

No. 39. Ilouse bill to amend and re-enact an act approved March 8, 1875, declaring South Anna river, in Louisa county a lawful fence, reported from the committee on agriculture and mining, was read a first time.

The following House bills reported from the committee of propositions and greivances were read a first time:

No. 40. House bill to amend sections 7 and 9 of an act approved December 29, 1877, entitled an act to amend the act entitled an act to incorporate the Lee monument association, approved January 25, 1871.

No. 41. House bill to incorporate the Centreville grange, No. 706, of Princess Anne county.

No. 42. House bill to amend and re-enact section 5 of an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 4 of an act to amend the act to incorporate the Mount Vernon ladies' association of the Union, passed March 9, 1858, and to add an additional section, approved April 4, 1877.

No. 43. House bill to incorporate the Bangen's hydraulic mining and manufacturing company.

The following report was agreed to:

The committee on asylums and prisons have had under consideration a resolution as to the expediency of abolishing the board of directors for the penitentiary, and have come to the following resolution :

Resolved, That it is inexpedient to legislate upon the subject.

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. Taliaferro of Norfolk city, passed by.

Mr. GRAVES offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That nominating and seconding speeches for circuit judges be limited to fifteen minutes.

The Ilouse refused to refer the resolution to a committee.

Mr. HENRY moved to amend the resolution by striking out “fifteen” and inserting “ten”; which motion was rejected.

The resolution was agreed to.

Mr. HENKEL moved to reconsider the vote by which the resolution was agreed to; which motion was rejected.

The SPEAKER laid before the House a communication from the governor in response to a resolution of the House in relation to the boundary line between Virginia and Maryland; which was referred to the committee for courts of justice.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:
By Mr. LOVELL:

Resolved, That the committee on banks, currency and commerce enquire and report as to the expediency of so amending the law in relation to the interest on money as to prohibit the taking of more than six per centum, under the penalty of a forfeiture of the whole debt, principal and interest, if more than the rate of interest therein named is enacted.

By Mr. Bocock: Memorial to legislature in regard to the Hampton normal and agricultural institute.

By Mr. OGLESBY: A bill in relation to interest on money. Referred to committee on banks, currency and commerce.

By Mr. MusIBACH: Petition of Alexandria barbers and other citizens, and accompanying bill. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. CARTER of Loudoun : A bill to amend and re-enact sections 1 and 3 of an act to provide for the election of three commissioners of the revenue for the county of Loudoun, approved March 12, 1878. Referred to the committee on finance.

By Mr. MUSHBACH: A bill to amend and re-enact the 17th section of the 7th chapter of an act revising, amending and re-enacting certain sections and chapters of the criminal laws of the commonwealth, approved March 14, 1878, and found in Session Acts, 187778, pages 279 to 380. Referred to the committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. MUSHBACH: Petition of Alexandria printers relative to superintendent of public printing. Referred to the conimittee on printing.

By Mr. JORDAN:

Resolved, That the committee on asylums and prisons be instructed to enquire into and report by bill or otherwise, upon the plan submitted by the superintendent of the penitentiary for the re-organization of the guard.

By Mr. CARTER of Loudoun : A bill in relation to making and working roads in the county of Loudoun, and to repeal sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32 and 33 of chapter 87, Session Acts of 1874-5; and to amend and re-enact sections 13 and 21 of said chapter, approved February 2, 1875. Referred to the committee on counties, cities and towns.

By Mr. OGLESBY; Joint resolution approving the efforts of Mr. C. R. Boyd to disseminate information in regard to the resources of the state, &c. Referred to the committee on agriculture and mining.

By Mr. Farr: Bill to amend and re-enact sections 6 and 8 of the Code of 1873, in relation to treasurers and other officers receiving coupons for taxes. Referred to the committee on finance.

By Mr. CARTER of Loudoun : A bill to provide a fence law for the county of Loudoun, and repeal an act entitled an act relating to fences and for the protection of crops, approved January 26, 1866, in so far as it applies to the county of Loudoun, and to amend and re-enact the 4th, 5th and 7th sections of an act approved February 20, 1878. Referred to the committee on agriculture and mining.

By Mr. ASHTON : Joint resolution proposing amendments to the 8th section of the 8th article concerning education, and to the 5th section of the 10th article concerning taxation and finance, of the constitution of this commonwealth ; for publishing said amendments and certifying the same to the next general assembly. Referred to committee on constitutional amendments.

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

No. 15. Senate bill entitled an act authorizing a lien on all animals, vehicles and harness kept by the keeper of a livery stable, or of a house of private entertainment, to secure the payment of all charges due for keeping the same, came up.

The substitute proposed by the committee for courts of justice was agreed to,

The bill was ordered to its third reading. No. 26. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for the relinquishment to the United States of a title to and jurisdiction over lands within the state of Virginia for sites of life saving stations, came up.

On motion of Mr. FAUNTLEROY, the bill was amended as follows:

Add at end of 3d section the following:

“ Provided further, that if the United States shall ever discontinue the use of the land so ceded for the purpose of a life saving station, it shall escheat to the state of Virginia.”

The bill was ordered to its third reading.

Mr. TALIAFERRO of Norfolk city moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was ordered to its third reading; which motion was rejected.

Senate joint resolution relative to the purchase of machinery for the penitentiary, was read a third time and agreed to.

Mr. MOFFETT moved to reconsider the vote by which the joint resolution was agreed to; which motion was agreed to.

The question recurriug on agreeing to the joint resolution, was put and decided in the negative.

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

Mr. Farr moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed, which motion was rejected.

No. 32. IIouse engrossed 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, on motion of Mr. BERNARD, passed br.

No. 31. House bill to secure to tax payers in cities the right of public education for their children, was read a second time.

Mr. MUSHBACI moved to amend the bill by inserting after “ city," wherever it occurs in the bill, the words “ or county.”

Mr. JORDAN moved to postpone the pill until January 6th, 1879; pending which,

The hour of one o'clock having arrived,

Ordered, That Mr. COGHILL inform the Senate that the Ilouse is ready on its part to proceed to the execution of the joint order which has for its object the election of circuit judges.

A message was received from the Senate by Mr. PHLEGAR, who informed the House that the Senate was ready, on its part, to proceed to the execution of the joint order.

Mr. TALIAFERRO of Norfolk city nominated George Blow, Jr., of Norfolk city, for the office of judge of the first judicial circuit.

Ordered, That Mr. TALIAFERRO of Norfolk city inform the Senate that George Blow, Jr., is the only person in nomination before the House.

A message was received from the Senate by Mr. GAYLE, who informed the House that George Blow, Jr. is the only person in nomination before the Senate. The roll was called with following result: For George Blow, Jr.,

125 The vote was recorded as follows:

For GEORGE BLOW, JR.-Messrs. Adams, Akers, Anderson, Ashton, Attkisson, Barbour, Bernard, Bland, Bocock, Bohanan, Brown, Burger, Burnham, John R. Carter, Chase, Coghill, Coleman, Cox, Crank, Crutchfield, Dance, Davis, David

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