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October 31, 1863


Journal of the Senate

SATURDAY, October 31, 1863.

The Journal was read and approved.

A message from the House of Delegates, by the Clerk, announced the concurrence of that body in the 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th, and disagreement to the 8th, 9th, 12th and 17th of the Senate’s amendments to House Bill No. 116, “A Bill relating to townships and township officers;” that the House had concurred in the Senate’s amendment to House Bill No. 118, “A Bill to incorporate the Wheeling Creek and Pennsylvania Turnpike Company;” and that it had passed House Bill No. 125, “A Bill to extend the corporate limits of the city of Parkersburg.”

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the Senate insisted on its 8th, 9th, 12th and 17th amendments to the first named bill.

Ordered, That Mr. Stevenson inform the House of Delegates thereof.

A message from the House of Delegates, by Mr. Van Winkle, announced that the House had insisted on its disagreement to the Senate’s amendments to House Bill No. 57, “A Bill defining, in part, the powers and duties, and regulating the proceedings, of the boards of supervisors in the several counties of the State,” and had asked for a committee of conference to consider the same.

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the Senate concurred in said request, and the President appointed as such committee, on the part of the Senate, Messrs. Stevenson and Bunker.

Ordered, That Mr. Stevenson so inform the House.

Mr. Maxwell, from the Committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws, reported Senate Bill No. 40, “A Bill fixing the limits for allowances to county officers,” which was read the first time.

Mr. Brown, from the Committee on Finance and Claims, to whom was referred, on Tuesday last, the resolution in regard to a bounty for volunteers, reported that it is, at this time, inexpedient to legislate upon that subject.

He, also, from the same committee, to whom was referred, on Thursday last, the resolution in relation to the amount and character of property to be exempted from distress, levy or sale, reported that it is inexpedient to legislate upon the subject at present.

Mr. Atkinson, from the Committee on Education, reported back Senate Bill No. 13, “A Bill for the establishment of a system of free schools, with the following additional amendments:

1. In the amendment inserted in the 32d line, fill the blanks with “first Monday of May.”

2. In the 33d lien, fill the first blank with the word “first,” and the second blank with the work “May.”

3. In the 8th line, where the words “township treasurer” have been stricken out, re-insert them, and the same throughout the bill.

4. In the 167th line strike out “fourth,” and insert “second,” and strike out “April” and insert “May.”

5. In the 16th line strike out “fourth” and insert “second,” and strike out “October,” and insert “November.”

6. In the 168th line, after the word “year,” insert “but the first regular session shall take place on the Monday next succeeding the first election of school directors in the township.”

7. In the 174th lien, after the work “aforesaid,” insert “or a majority may call a meeting of the board at any time upon delivering a written notice to each member.”

8. In the 252d line strike out the word “been” and insert “or which may hereafter be.”

9. Strike out from the work “district,” in the 258th line, to the word “of” in the 259th line.

10. Strike out from the word “district,” in the 262d line, to the work “and,” where it first occurs in the 263d line.

11. Fill the blank in the 345th line with the work “ten.”

12. Strike out from the word “year,” in the 369th line, to the word “and” in the 370th line.

13. Strike out from the work “meeting,” in the 370th line, to the word “shall” in the 371st line.

14. Fill the blank in the 376th line with the word “ten.”

15. Fill the blank in the 379th line with the word “ten.”

16. Fill the blank in the 381st line with the word “ten.”

17. Strike out from the word “township,” in the 390th line, to the end of the section, and insert “And all such taxes, so levied for school purposes, may be paid to the township treasurer on or before the first day of September next, after said levy has been made. If not paid at that time the township treasurer shall place tickets for said taxes, with ten per cent, added thereto, in the hands of the collecting officer of the township, taking his receipt therefor, who shall collect and pay said taxes to the treasurer as other township taxes are collected and paid. Said collecting shall receive for his services ten per cent, upon all money by him so collected.”

18. In the 449th line strike out the word “April” and insert “May.”

19. In the 456th line fill the blank with the words “township treasurer,” and strike out the words “in each township.”

20. In the 485th line fill the blank with “May.”

21. In the 574th line fill the blank with the word “treasurer.”

22. Strike out from the work “year,” in the 592d line, to the word “and” in the 595th line.

23. Strike out from the work “year,” in the 592d line, to the word “and” in the 595th line.

23. In the 596th line, after the word “law,” insert “shall be appointed.”

24. in the 657th line, after the word “arithmetic,” insert “geography.”

25. In the 675th line fill the blank with “county treasurer, and strike out the word “treasury.

26. In the 676th line fill the blank with “county treasurer.”

27. In the 748th line strike out “in case” and insert “when.”

28. In the 840th line, after the word “white,” insert “or free colored.”

Mr. Stevenson, from the Committee on Township, &c., reported back House Bill No. 101, “A Bill admitting the county of Jefferson into, and making the same part of this State,” with a recommendation that it pass.

Mr. Carskadon, from the committee of conference on House Bill No. 80, “A Bill to dispense with the indexes to the Journals of the Senate and House of Delegates, and with the Sketches of the Acts and Resolutions, heretofore required by law,” submitted the following report:

The committee recommend that the Senate recede from their amendment to said bill and title.

This report was adopted.

A message from the House of Delegates, by Mr. Van Winkle, announced that the House had insisted on its disagreement to the Senate’s amendments, No. 8, 9, 12 and 17, to House Bill No. 116, “A Bill relating to townships and township officers,” asked for a committee of conference to consider the same, on which it had placed Messrs. Van Winkle, Ruffner and Lamb, and also that the Speaker had placed the same gentlemen on the like committee to consider House Bill No. 57, “A Bill defining, in part, the powers and duties, and regulating the proceedings, of the boards of supervisors in the several counties of the State.”

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the Senate concurred in the request for said committee of conference in regard to the bill first named in said message, and the President appointed thereon, on the part of the Senate, Messrs. Stevenson and Bunker.

A message from the House of Delegates, by Mr. Ruffner, announced that the House had passed, and asked concurrence in House Bill No. 122, “A Bill to authorize the recovery of damages where death is caused by the wrongful act or default of another;” and House Bill No. 123, “A Bill declaring certain combinations unlawful.”

On motion of Mr. Hubbard, the Senate reconsidered the vote ordering to be engrossed Senate Bill No. 37, “A Bill to amend and re-enact the first section of an act entitled, “An Act concerning oaths and affirmations,” passed June 26, 1863.

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the bill was tabled.

On motion of Mr. Bunker, Mr. Copley was granted leave of absence until the 10th of November, and Mr. Mahon until Wednesday exit.

On motion of Mr. Young, the Senate adjourned.


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