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Senator Hutt submitted the following report from the Committee on Federal Relations, which was read:

MR. PRESIDENT: Your Committee on Federal Relations, to whom was referred substitute for House joint and concurrent resolution No. 49, relating to duty on salt, beg leave to report that they have considered the same, and recommend that it do pass.

Substitute for House joint and concurrent resolution No. 49, entitled “ Joint and concurrent resolution relating to duty on salt," was taken up, read third time and passed by the following uote:

AYES-Senators Allen, Bryant, Cabell, DeArmond, Dungan, Edwards of Lafayette, Edwards of St. Charles, Headlee, Hutt, McGrath, Mabrey, Mackay, Morrisson, Naylor, Pehle, Rouse, Stephens and Walker-18.

NO-Senator Rogers.

ABSENT–Senators Cottey, Dobyns, Gottschalk, Heard and Manistre-5.

ABSENT ON LEAVE-Senators Bradley, Byrns, Bland, Caldwell, Heaston, Jacobs, Lloyd, McMahan, Manring and Perkins-10.

The title of the resolution was read and agreed to.

Senator Edwards of St. Charles, moved to reconsider the vote by which the resolution passed and to lay the motion to reconsider on the table; the latter motion prevailed.

The following messages were received from the Governor through his private secretary, Mr. Farr :

SIR: I return to the Senate with my approval endorsed thereon, a bill of the following title:

“An act to amend section twenty-six hundred and eighty-nine (2689), chapter 39 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, 'Of homesteads."

And a joint and concurrent resolution of the following title:

Joint and concurrent resolution instructing our Senators and requesting our Representatives in Congress to use all means in their representative capacity to secure the appropriation of $25,000 for the purpose of improving Grand river and reclaiming the swamp lands lying along said river.

Very respectfully,

THOS. T. CRITTENDEN, Hon. R. A. CAMPBELL, President of the Senate.

EXECUTIVE OFFICE,

CITY OF JEFFERSON, March 25, 1881.) SIR:I have the honor to appoint Hon. T. J. O. Morrisson, upon the part of the Senate, and Representatives Anthony of Nodaway and McGinnis of St. Louis city, upon the part of the House, to constitute a committee to examine the books of the State Treasurer for the years 1877 and 1878. Said committee shall meet in the City of Jefferson on Tuesday, May 3, 1881, to begin its labors. Very respectfully,

THOS. T. CRITTENDEN. Hon. Robert A. CAMPBELL, President of the Senate.

Senator McGrath from the Special Committee, submitted the following report and resolution, which was read first and second times and adopted :

MR. PRESIDENT: Your Committee appointed to confer with the secretary, for the purpose of ascertaining the length of time and the clerical force necessary to complete and make perfect the records of the present session, respectfully beg leave to report that they have complied with the resolution by which the committee was appointed, and do recommend that the Secretary be allowed, in addition to the assistant Secretary, a clerical force of eight men for ten days; also, Mr. Foley, janitor, to attend to fire, etc., during the time that said clerical force is employed.

The following message, was received from the Governor, through his Private Secretary, Mr. F. C. Farr, which was read:

EXECUTIVE OFFICE, CWarch 28, 188RSON, } SIR: I return to the Senate with my approval endorsed thereon, a bill of the following title:

“An act to amend chapter 119 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, entitled 'Of insurance,' by providing for the imposition and collection of fines and penalties.”

Very respectfully,

THOS. T, ORITTENDEN. Hon. R. A. CAMPBELL, President of the Senate.

The President announced that all other business would be suspended, and directed the Secretary to read at length House bill No. 708, entitled "An act to amend section 1829, article 16, chapter 24, Revised Statutes, 'Of crimes and criminal procedure," and that unless objection be made, he would sign the same to the end that it might become a law.

Said bill was thereupon read at length by the Secretary, in open session, in the presence of the Senate, no other business intervening, and no objection being made, the President affixed his signature thereto.

Also, House bill No. 714, entitled "An act prescribing how grand juries shall be selected in cities having over three hundred thousand inhabitants,” was read at length by the Secretary, in open session, in the presence of the Senate, no other business intervening, and no objection being made, the President affixed his signature thereto.

The president also announced that all other business would be suspended, and directed the Secretary to read at length House bill No. 734, entitled "An act regulating the levying of taxes upon real and personal property, including choses in action in cities containing more than thirty thousand and less than fifty thousand inhabitants,” and that unless objection be made, he would sign the same to the end that it might become a law,

Said bill was thereupon read at length by the Secretary, in the presence of the Senate in open session, no other business intervening, and no objection being made, the President affixed his signature thereto.

The President announced that all other business would be suspended, and directed the Secretary to read at length House bill No. 325, entitled "An act to amend section 1182, chapter 23, article 5, Revised Statutes of Missouri, relating to probate courts,” and that unless objection be made, he would sign the same to the end that it might become a law.

Said bill was thereuaon read at length by the Secretary, in the presnnce of the Senate in open session, no other business intervening, and no objection being made, the President affixed his signature thereto.

The President further announced that House bill No. 415, entitled "An act to amend section 3489, article 4 of chapter 59 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, 'Of the manner of commencing suits and the service of notices,'" would now be read at length, and that unless objection be made, he would sign the same to the end that it might become a law.

Said bill was thereupon read at length by the Secretary, in the presence of the Senate in open session, no other business intervening, and no objection being made, the President signed the same.

The President announced that all other business would be suspended, and directed the Secretary to read at length House bill No. 395, entitled “An act to amend section two thousand seven hundred and forty three (2743), chapter 42 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, ‘Of judgments,'” and that unless objection be made, he would sign the same to the end that it might become a law.

Said bill was thereupon read at length by the Secretary, in the presence of the Senate in open session, no other business intervening, and no objection being made, the President signed the same.

The President announced that all other business would be suspended, and directed the Secretary to read at length House bill No.683,

entitled "An act to more fully protect miners in weights, and punish persons who weigh minerals for not giving correct statements of weights,” and that unless objection be made, he would sign the same to the end that it might become a law.

Said bill was thereupon read at length by the Secretary in the presence of the Senate in open session, no other business intervening, and no objection being made, the President signed the same.

Senate bill No. 247, entitled “ An act to provide for the indexing of the minutes of judges of courts of record in certain cases," was taken up with the following House amendment, the same having been printed for the use of the Senate:

Amend by adding at the end of section 1, the following: “And when the record of county and probate business shall have been kept together, and said record is in the exclusive possession of one of said courts, the clerk of the other court is hereby authorized and empowered to copy that portion of said record pertaining to his office at a cost not exceeding eight cents per hundred words and figures, which shall be properly certified by the judge of said court to the county court and paid out of the county treasury.”

Which was read the first and second times and concurred in by the following vote :

AYES-Senators Allen, Bryant, Cabell, Cottey, DeArmond, Dobyns, Edwards of Lafayette, Edwards of St. Charles, Headlee, Heard, Hutt, McGrath, Mackay, Morrisson, Naylor, Pehle, Rogers, Rouse, Stephens and Walker_20.

NO–Senator Mabrey.
ABSENT–Senators Gottschalk, Manistre and Perkins-3.

ABSENT ON LEAVE–Senators Bradley, Byrns, Bland, Caldwell, Dungan, Heaston, Jacobs, Lloyd, McMahan and Manring—10.

Senator Walker moved to reconsider the vote by which the amendment was concurred in and to lay the motion to reconsider on the table; the latter motion prevailed.

Senator Hutt submitted the following report from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, which was read:

MR. PRESIDENT: Your Committee on Enrolled Bills, to whom was referred Senate bill No. 247, entitled “ An act to provide for the indexing of the minutes of judges of courts of record in certain cases,” beg leave to report that they have compared the same and find it to be truly and correctly enrolled.

The President announced that all other business would be suspended, and directed the Secretary to read at length Senate bill No. 247, entitled "An act to provide for the indexing of the minutes of judges of courts of record in certain cases,” and that unless objection be made he would sign the same, to the end that it might become a law.

The bill was read at length, no other business intervening, and no objection being made, the president in the presence of the Senate, in open session, signed said bill.

Said bill was immediately sent to the House of Representatives for the signature of the Speaker thereof, and having been signed by the presiding officers of the two Houses, was this day presented to the Governor for his approval.

Senator McGrath offered the following resolution, which was read and adopted :

Resolved, That the Commissioner of Permanent Seat of Government be instructed to have prepared a design for a new desk for the President and Secretary's stand, which design shall set forth in detail all arrangements and accomodations necessary for both President and Secretary; said design to conform strictly to the architectural character of the Senate chamber; that said plans and specifications shall be submitted to the Governor for his approval; and when the same shall have been approved by the Governor, it shall be the duty of said com. missioner to ascertain if said desk can be made either in part or in whole by convict labor in the penitentiary, and if not, he shall make a contract with a suitable party and have the same carried into execution strictly in accordance with the said plans and specifications."

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The following message was received from the Governor through his Private Secretary, Mr. Farr, which was read:

EXECUTIVE OFFICE,

JEFFERSON City, March 28, 1881. Sir: I return to the Senate, with my approval indorsed thereon, a bill of the following title: “ An act in relation to set off.”

Very respectfully,

THOS. T. ORITTENDEN. Hon. R. A. CAMPBELL, President of the Senate.

The President announced that all other business would be suspended and directed the Secretary to read at length House joint and concurrent resolution No. 49, entitled “Joint and concurrent resolution relating to duty on salt," and that unless objection be made he would sign the same, to the end that it might become a law.

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