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October 2, 1863


Journal of the Senate of West Virginia
150-53

Friday, October 2, 1863.

Journal read and approved.

A message from the House of Delegates, by the Clerk, announced that the Speaker had appointed as the special “Committee on Claims” on the part of the House, Messrs. McGrew, Ross, and Little; that the House insisted on its disagreement to the Senate amendment to House Bill No. 79, “A Bill prescribing how lands heretofore or hereafter sold for taxes and not redeemed, may be surveyed and conveyed,” and asked a committee of conference to consider the same; that it had disagreed to the Senate amendment to the Preamble and resolutions relating to the navigation of the Ohio river; and that it had passed and asked concurrence in, House Bill No. 87, “A Bill to authorize the suspension of specie payments till March first, eighteen hundred and sixty-five,” which was read the first time.

The President appointed as the committee of conference on the part of the Senate, with relation to the disagreement upon said first named bill, Messrs. Brown and Maxwell, and Mr. Maxwell was ordered to notify the House of Delegates thereof.

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the Senate insisted on its amendment to the Preamble and Resolutions relating to the navigation of the Ohio river.

Ordered, That the Clerk inform the House of Delegates thereof.

Mr. Maxwell, from the committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws, reported back House Bill No. 80, “A Bill to dispense with the indexes to the Journals of the Senate and House of Delegates, and with the sketch of the acts and resolutions, heretofore required by law,” with a recommendation that it pass with the following amendment:

Strike out all after the word “requires” in the 2d line, to and including the word “and” in the 5th line; and strike out all after the word “prepare” in the 6th line, to and including the word “and” in the 7th line.

The amendment was adopted, and the bill as amended, was read the third time and passed:

YEAS – Messrs. Phelps, (President), Atkinson, Bechtol, Bowen, Bunker, Burley, Copley, Hawkins, Haymond, Hubbard, Mahon, Maxwell, Rollyson, Stevenson, and Young – 16.

NAYS – None.

On motion of Mr. Hubbard, the words “with the indexes to the Journals of the Senate and House of Delegates, and” were stricken from the title; the title as amended, was then adopted.

Ordered, That the Clerk inform the House of Delegates thereof, and ask concurrence in said amendments.

Mr. Brown, from the committee on Finance and Claims, reported back with a recommendation that it pass, House Bill No. 69, “A Bill for the relief of William Nixon, collector of the revenue for Wayne county.”

Said bill was read the third time, and passed with its title:

YEAS – Messrs. Phelps, (President), Atkinson, Bechtol, Bowen, Bunker, Burley, Copley, Hawkins, Haymond, Hubbard, Mahon, Maxwell, Rollyson, Stevenson, and Young – 16.

NAYS – None.

Ordered, That the Clerk inform the House of Delegates thereof.

On motion of Mr. Young,

Resolved, That the Committee on Internal Improvements take into consideration the propriety of selling all the interest in public improvements, both of land and water, belonging to the State of West Virginia, and appropriate the proceeds accruing therefrom to the liquidation of the public debt.

On motion of Mr. Atkinson,

Senate Bill No. 13, “A Bill for the establishment of Free Schools,” was taken up.

On motion of Mr. Hubbard, the 37th section was amended by inserting after the word “appoint” in the 630th line, the words “two competent persons, who together with the county superintendent shall form;” and striking out of the 631st line the words “to consist of three competent persons.”

Mr. Hubbard moved to amend the 39th section by striking out all after the period in the 666th line to the word “be” in the 669th line, and inserting “all necessary expenses of the board in the discharge of their official duties, shall.”

On motion of Mr. Atkinson, the amendment was amended by inserting after the word “board” the words “for blank books and stationery.” The amendment, as amended, was then adopted.

Mr. Stevenson moved to strike out of the 672d line the words “one dollar” and insert in lieu thereof, the words “fifty cents,” but the motion was lost.

On motion of Mr. Young, the 656th line was amended by inserting after the word “character” the words “and of their loyalty to the governments of the United States and the State of West Virginia.”

On motion of Mr. Brown, the 39th section was further amended, by inserting at the end of the 675th line the words “of the clerk of said board.”

On motion of Mr. Hubbard, the bill was laid on the table.

And on motion of Mr. Atkinson, the Senate took a recess.

3 O’Clock, P. M.

On motion of Mr. Mahon,

Senate Bill No. 13, “A Bill for the establishment of a system of Free Schools,” was taken up.

Mr. Stevenson moved to strike out the word “county” where it twice occurs in the 679th line, and to insert in the first instance the words “Senatorial district,” and in the second, the word “district,” but the motion was lost.

Mr. Phelps (Mr. Haymond in the chair) moved to amend the 40th section by striking out all to the word “of” in the 680th line, and inserting in lieu thereof “The Governor shall have authority to appoint the county superintendents.”

Mr. Young moved to amend the amendment by striking out the word “Governor” and inserting in lieu thereof, the words “circuit judges,” which was lost as was the original amendment.

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the 685th line was amended by striking out the words “one thousand” and inserting the words “five hundred.”

On motion of Mr. Brown, the words “payable to the State of West Virginia, and,” were stricken out of the 686th line.

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the following was inserted after the word “duty” in the 697th line: “But no such superintendent shall be removed for such violation of law or omission of duty, unless charges thereof shall be preferred to the board of supervisors, and a notice of the hearing, with a copy of the charges, delivered to such superintendent, and an opportunity given him to be heard in his defense.”

On motion of Mr. Bunker, the words “on demand” were stricken from the 704th line.

On motion of Mr. Hubbard the 43d section was amended by striking out of the 711th and 712th lines the words “together with the township board of education or the local directors.”

Mr. Bunker moved to strike out after the word “concerned” in the 722d line, the residue of the section, but the motion failed.

On motion of Mr. Copley, the 718th line was amended by striking out the words “the several counties” and inserting in lieu thereof, the words “any county.”

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the words “when requested” were stricken from the 736th line.

And on motion of Mr. Copley, the Senate adjourned.


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