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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1878.

The Journal was read by the clerk.

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

In Senate, December 17, 1878. The Senate have passed House bill entitled an act to authorize the colored Baptist church of Liberty, Virginia, to borrow money and secure the payment of same by deed of trust on the church property, No. 9. And they have agreed to Ilouse joint resolution in relation to the terms of office of the circuit judges, No. 15.

They have passed bills entitled an act to expedite proceedings in court, No. 27; and an act to amend and re-enact the first and second sections of chapter one hundred and seventy, Code of eighteen hundred and seventy-three, in relation to the removal of causes pending in one court to another, No. 41. In which bills they respectfully request the concurrence of the House of Delegates.

Nos. 27 and 41. Senate bills were read twice and referred to the committee for courts of justice.

No. 2. House bill entitled an act for the relief of the sureties of John Huddleson, late collector of Central township, of the county of Rockingham, was reported from the committee on finance, with a recommendation that the lIouse agree to the amendment of the Senate.

No. 44. House joint resolutions providing for a conference of the creditors of the State with the committees on finance of the House and Senate, and declaring the basis on which a settlement of the public debt can be made—reported from the committee on financewas read a first time.

The following report was agreed to:

The committee for courts of justice have, according to order, had under consideration the following bills, petitions and resolutions referred to them, and respectfully ask that they be discharged from the further consideration thereof, and that the same be referred to the joint committee on constitutional amendments:

1. A joint resolution proposing amendments to the constitution. 2. Petition of citizens of Frederick county relative to public schools.

3. Resolution enquiring into the expediency of so changing the constitution as to relieve the state from imposing a tax for the support of free schools, &c.

4. Resolution enquiring into the expediency of proposing an amendment to second section, article three, of the constitution so as to provide that in all elections votes shall be given openly, or viva voce, and not by ballot.

5. Joint resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution.

6. Resolution enquiring into the expediency of holding quadrennial sessions of the legislature, fixing the governor's salary at $3,000“ &c., &c.

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. ECHOLS, passed by.

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Witten, James of Goochland, Fowler, Johnston of Giles, Sandidge, Fulton and McConnell, one day each, and Fulkerson, James of Franklin, and McCaull, two days each.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37:
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 change the time for the election of county district officers from the fourth Thursday in May to Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Also to extend the term of office for all county and district officers to four years.

By Mr. TROUT: A bill to prohibit in certain cases the granting of license to sell ardent spirits by retail. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. BOHANAN:

Resolved, That the joint committee of the Senate and House of Delegates, upon the library, enquire into the expediency of providing by law for the sale of so many copies of the map of the boundary line between the states of Maryland and Virginia, accompanying the award of the commissioners appointed by said states, to determine the said line, as it may not in the judgment of said joint committee be necessary to retain among the archives of this state, at such price as will cover the cost incurred by this state in the preparation of such copies.

By Mr. SHRIVER: A bill to amend the charter of the town of Suffolk. Referred to committee on counties, cities and towns.

By Mr. Edwards: Resolution enquiring into the expediency of allowing the levy of a tax on merchants for county purposes. Referred to the committee on counties, cities and towns.

By Mr. DICKERSON of Floyd :

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice enquire into the expediency of summoning grand jurors to serve for one year.

By Mr. BERNARD: A bill to amend and re-enact section 20, of chapter 10 of the act of assembly approved March 14, 1878. relating to crimes and punishments. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. WITTEN: A bill to amend the act granting a charter to the Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio railroad company. Referred to committee on roads and internal navigation.

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

No. 2. House bill entitled an act for the relief of the sureties of John Huddleson, late sheriff of Central township, of the county of Rockingham, came up.

The amendment of the Senate as follows

Add at the end of the first section the following: “But nothing herein contained shall be construed as affecting the liability of said Huddleson, collector as aforesaid, under said judgment, except that 'the bonds so received shall be credited at their market value at the time of delivery, and the said sureties shall be entitled to contribution as amongst themselves according to the amount paid by them: provided, however, that such payment must be made within twelve months from the passage of this act.” Was agreed to-yeas 100; nays 3.

The vote required by the constitution was recorded as follows:

YEAS-Messrs. Adams, Akers, Anderson, Ashton, Attkisson, Barbour, Bernard, Browni, John R. Carter, Chase, Coleman, Cox, Crank, Crutchtield, Dance, Davidson, Dickerson, Dyer, Echols, Edmunds, Edwards, Evans, Farr, Fauntleroy. Fowler, Frazier, Fry, Fulkerson, Fulton, Goode, Graves, Gray, Grigsby, Hail, Hamilton, Ilardesty, II. II. Harrison, Reuben N. Harrison, Henkel, Henry, llenson, Ilunter, R. D. James, Waddy T. James, Johnson, Johnston, Keyser, Kyle, Lady, Lee, Lovell, Luck, McCabe, McCaull, McConnell, McCraw, McDaniel, VeMullan, Michie, Moffett, Voncure, Moorman, Muslibach, Nelson, Norton, Oglesby, Pitts, Powell, Pulliam, Ragland, Reese, J. II. Robinson, Ryland, Shannon, Shelburne, Shumate, J. IIoward Smith, Southward, Spessard, Starke, Stevens, William B. Taliaferro, Warner T. Taliaferro, Andrew J. Taylor, William Taylor, Trout, VanLear, George Walker, Joseph Walker, William M. Walker, Walace, Walsh, Waring, Watson, Whitacre, Smith J. R. White, Thomas M. White, Wilkinson, Witten, and Wright-100.

NAYS-Vessrs. Finney, Jordan and E. II. Smith-3.

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, was read a third time and passed.

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, was read a third time and passed-yeas 101.

The vote required by the constitution was recorded as follows:

YEAS-Messrs. ‘Adams, Akers, Anderson, Ashton, Attkisson, Barbour, Bernard, Bland, Burger, Burnham, John R. Carter, Chase, Coghill, Coleman, Cox, Crank, Crutchfield, Dance, Davidson, Davis, Dickerson, Dickenson, Dyer, Edmunds, Edwards, Farr, Fauntleroy, Ficklin, Fry, Fulkerson, Fulton, Gray, Green, Grigshy, Hall, Hanger, lIarilesty, Reuben N. Harrison, Harvie, Henkel, Heuson, Hunter, R. D. James, Waddy T. James, Johnson, Johnston, Jordan, Kelly, Keyser, Kyle, Lady, Lee, Lovell, Luck, McCabe, McCaull, McConnell, McCraw, McDaniel, McMullan, Michie, Moffett, Moncure, Moorman, Mushbach, Nelson, Norton, Oglesby, Parrish, Ragland, Reese, Edmund ('. Robinson, J. H, Robinson, Rylınd, Sandidge, Shannon, Shelburne, Shumate, E. H. Smith, J. Howard Smith, Southward, Spessard, Starke, Stevens, William B. Taliaferro, Warner T. Taliaferro, Andrew J. Taylor, William Taylor, Tront, VanLear, George Walker, Joseph Walker, Wallace Walslı, Waring, Watson, Whitacre, Smith J. R. White, Thomas M. White, Wilkinson, and Witten-101..

Mr. TALIAFERRO of Norfolk city moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed; which was rejected.

The hour of 12 o'clock P. M. having arrived, a message was received from the Senate by Mr. Nunn, who informed the IIouse that the Senate is ready on its part to proceed to the further execution of the joint order which has for its object the election of circuit judges.

Mr. HIExty noininated Beverly R. Wellford for the office of judge of the seventh judicial circuit.

Ordered, That Mr. IIENRY inform the Senate that the Ilouse is ready on its part to proceed to the further execution of the joint order, and that Beverly R. Wellford is the only person in nomination before the House.

A message was received from the Senate by Mr. TANNER, who informed the House that Beverly R. Wellford is the only person in nomination before the Senate.

The roll was called with the following result :

For Beverly R. Wellford,

119

The vote was recorded as follows:

For BEVERLY R. WELLFORT)- Messrs. Adams, Akers, Anderson, Ashton, Attkisson, Barbour, Bernard, Bland. Bocock, Bohanan, Brown, Burger, Burnham, John R. Carter, Chase, Coghill, Coleman, ('ox, Crutchfield, Curlett, Dance, Davidson, Davis, Dickerson, Dickenson, Dyer, Echols, Edmunds, Edwards, Evans, Farr, Fauntleroy, Ficklin, Fowler, Frazier, Fry, Fulkerson, Fulton, Goode, Graves, Gray, Green, Grigsby, Hall, Hamilton, Hanger, Hardesty, II. II. Harrison, Reuben X. Ilarrison, Healy, Henkel, Henry, Henson, Hiner, Hunter, R. I). James, Waddy T. James, Johnson, Johnston, Jordan, Keily, Keyser, Kyle, Lady, Lee, Lovell, Luck, McCabe, McCaul, McConnell, MeCraw, McDaniel, McMullan, Michie, Moifett. Moneure, Moorman, Mushbach, Nelson, Norton, Oglesby, Parrish, Pitts, Powell. Pulliam, Raglandi, Reese', Edmund ('. Robinson, J. II. Robinson, Ryland, Sandidge, Shannon, Shelburne, Shriver, Shumate, E. II. Smith, J. Loward Smith, Southward, Spessard, Starke, Stevens. William B. Taliaferro, Warner T. Taliaforro, Andrew J. Taylor, William Taylor, Tront, VanLear, George Walker, Joseph Walker, William M. Walker, Wallace, Walsh, Waring, Watson, Whitacre, Smith J. R. White, Thomas M. White, Wilkinson, and Witten–119.

The SPEAKER appointed Messrs. WALLACE, Trout and IIENKEL the committee on the part of the Ilouse to count and report the joint vote.

The committee subsequently, by their chairman, reported as follows:

Whole number of votes cast,
Necessary to a choice,
Beverly R. Wellford received

150

76 150

Beverly R. Wellford having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected judge of the seventh judicial circuit for the term of eight years, commencing on the 1st of January, 1879.

Mr. ROBINSON of Portsmouth, nominated B. W. Lacy, of New Kent, for the office of judge of the eighth judicial circuit.

Mr. Bohanan nominated Robert L. Montague, of Middlesex.

A message was received from the Senate by Mr. BLAND, who informed the House that B. W. Lacy and Robert L. Montague are the only persons in nomination before the Senate.

Ordered, That Mr. Robinson of Portsmouth, inform the Senate that B. W. Lacy and Robert L. Montague are the only persons in nomination before the House,

The roll was called with the following result:

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For B. W. LACY–Messrs. Akers, Attkisson, Barbour, Bernard, Burnham, John R. Carter, Chase, Coleman, Crank, Dance, Davidson, Dickerson, Dickenson, Farr, Fowler, Frazier, Fulkerson, Fulton, Goode, H. II. Harrison, Hunter, Waddy T. James, Kelly, Lady, McCaull, McConnell, McMullan, Michie, Moffett, Oglesby, Parrish, Popham, Powell, J. II. Robinson, E. H. Smith, Southward, Starke, Stevens, Andrew J. Taylor, William Taylor, Joseph Walker, Walsh, Smith J. R. White, Witten and Wright-46.

For R. L. MONTAGUE-Messrs. Anderson, Ashton, Bland, Bocock, Bohanan, Brown, Burger, Coghill, Cox, Crutchfield, Curlett, Dyer, Echols, Edmunds, Edwards, Evans, Fauntleroy, Ficklin, Finney, Fry, Graves, Gray, Green, Grigsby, Hall, Hamilton, Hanger, Harvie, Healey, Henkel, IIenry, Henson, Iliner, Johnson, Johnston, Jordan, Keyser, Kyle, Lee, Lovell, Luck, YcCabe, McCraw, McDaniel, Moncure, Moorman, Mushbach, Nelson, Norton, Pitts, Ragland, Reese, Edmund C. Robinson, Ryland, Sandidge, Shannon, Shelburne, Shriver, Shumate, J. Howard Smith, Spessard, William B. Taliaferro, Warner T. Taliaferro, Trout, VanLear, George Walker, William M. Walker, Waring, Watson, Whitacre, Thomas M. White, Wilkinson, Wingfield and Young-74.

The committee, by their chairman, reported as follows:

Whole number of votes cast,
Necessary to a choice,
B. W. Lacy received
Robert L. Montague received

158
80
53
105

Robert L. Montague having received a majority of the whole number of votes cast, was declared duly elected judge of the 8th judicial circuit for the term of eight years, commencing on the 1st of Janua

ry, 1879.

Mr. Cox nominated James M. Jeffries of the county of King and Queen, for the office of judge of the 9th judicial circuit.

Ordered, That Mr. Cox inform the Senate that James M. Jeffries is the only person in nomination before the Ilouse.

A message was received from the Senate by Mr. Nunn, who informed the House that James M. Jeffries is the only person in nomination before the Senate.

The roll was called with the following result:

For James M. Jeffries,

101

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