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ernor has notified the House of Representatives that he has on this day approved.
An act to divorce Peter Howard from his wife, Sarah How. ard, and to change the name of said Howard."
The President signed the acts and resolutions referred to in the preceding message.
The amendments of the House of Representatives to bill No. 4, entitled "a bill supplemental to the act concerning testimony and depositions," were taken up;
And the first amendment having been read, the same was concurred in..
The second amendment was then read; when
Mr. Upham then moved to lay the bill on the table.
The motion was disagreed to.
The question was then taken on concurring in the second amendment and disagreed to.
The 3d and 4th amendments were then concurred in.
Bill No. 30, [H. of R.] entitled "a bill regulating trials of the right [of property,"] was read the first time; when On motion of Mr. Arndt,
Ordered, That the bill be rejected.
The following bills from the House of Representatives were read a first and second times, viz :
No. 47. A bill supplementary to an act entitled an act rela. ting to the militia ;
No. 62. A bill to provide for the payment of the unpaid ap. propriations of the Legislative Assembly and for other purposes;
No. 64. A bill in addition to an act entitled an act supple. mentary to the several act in relation to the Milwaukee and Rock River canal.
On motion of Mr. Collins,.
The Council was resolved into committee of the whole, Mr.
Arndt in the chair, for the consideration of bill No. 47, (H. of R.) entitled a bill supplementary to an act entitled an act rela. ting to the militia ;"
And after some time, the committee rose and reported the bill with amendments.
The amendments were concurred in and the bill was ordered to a third reading.
On motion of Mr. Rountree,
The Council was again resolved into committee of the whole, Mr. Sterling in the chair, for the consideration of bill No. 64, [H. of R.] entitled "a bill in addition to an act supplementary to the several acts in relation to the Milwaukee and Rock River canal;"
And after some time the committee rose and reported the bill without amendment.
The bill was thereupon ordered to a third reading.
On motion of Mr. Stirling,
Ordered, That so much of the 27th rule as prohibits bills from being read a second and third times on the same day, be sus. pended with reference to bills, Nos. 47 and 64 [H. of R.] in or. der that the same may be read the third time now.
The said bills [Nos. 47 and 64, H. of R.] were thereupon read the third time, passed, and the titles thereof were agreed to. On motion of Mr. Arnold,
The Council adjourned until 3 o'clock P. M.
Three O'clock, P. M.
Mr. Arndt presented the account of W. W. Wyman, for printing.
Mr. Arnold presented the account of John F. O'Neil for services as commissioner of public buildings.
Which were referred to committee on claims.
On motion of Mr. Janes,
Resolution No. 14, [H. of R.] entitled resolution relative to the fiscal agency of Moses M. Strong; was taken up;
When Mr. Janes moved to reconsider the votes ordering the bill to a third reading, and adopting the amendment reported by the committee of the whole.
The motion was agreed to.
And, the question being again put on concurring in the amendment of the committee, it was determined in the nega. tive-ayes 3, noes 9.
And the ayes and noes being called for,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Arnold, Arndt, and Collins.
Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Brigham, Bullen, Janes, Martin, Rountree, Sterling, Upham, Vineyard, and Maxwell, (President.)
Mr. Janes then moved to amend the resolution by adding thereto, as follows: "And the said Secretary shall charge to Nathaniel C. Prentiss the sum of four hundred and forty-seven dollars and forty-four cents, as a part payment of an appropriation made to him by the appropriation act, approved January 13th, 1840; which sum has been paid by the said Moses M. Strong."
The motion was agreed to-ayes 9 noes 3.
And the ayes and noes being called for,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Brigham, Bul. Jen, Janes, Martin, Rountree, Sterling, Upham, Vineyard and Maxwell, (President.)
Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Arnold, Arndt, and Collins.
The resolution was then ordered to a third reading.
On motion of Mr. Sterling,
Ordered, That so much of the 27th rule as prohibits bills from being read a second and third times on the same day, be suspended with reference to the resolution just ordered to a third reading, in order that the same may be read the third time now. The resolution was thereupon read the third time, passed and the title was agreed to.
The following message was received from the House of Rep. resentatives, by the clerk thereof, viz :
"Mr. President-I am directed to present the following bills for your signature, to wit:
An act to amend an act entitled an act to provide for the support of common schools and for other purposes; and
An act to enlarge the boundaries of Portage county, and for other purposes.
And the following for the concurrence of this House, to wit: No. 39. A bill to organize the county of Winnebago ;
No. 66. A bill to authorize the construction of a towing path from the western termination of the Milwaukee and Rock River Canal to Jefferson."
Mr. Martin, from the joint committee of conference, to which the subject had been referred, made report thereon, as follows:
The committee of conference on the disagreeing vote of the two Houses on the amends of the Council to bill No. 27, enti. tled "a bill to provide for the completion of the Capitol at Madison," ask leave to report:
That they regard the early completion of the Capitol as of great importance to the people of the Territory, both on account of the danger of its proving a total loss if left longer in its present unfinished state, and of the necessity of having suit. able rooins for the accommodation of the Legislature and the several Territorial officers.
The original bill proposes to raise a sum of money for that purpose on the bonds of the Territory; and the amendments of
the Council propose directly to give the contract for its completion to James Morrison, at the price stipulated in his original contract. In either case, the Territory is responsible for the fulfilment of any contract which may be made, and is equally bound to raise a sufficient sum of money to comply with the terms of payment stipulated in it.
By inquiry of Mr. Morrison, it appears that he has receivedexclusive of extra work-on his former contract, about $14,000; and if he now goes on and completes it, he will be entitled to $12,600 more, to make up the price agreed upon, for the com. pletion of the Capitol. There is also, as we are informed by the commissioner of public buildings, some extra work yet to be done, which may amount to $1,400, which, added to the price agreed to be paid Morrison, will make the sum of $14,000, which will be required to pay him to complete the Capitol on the original plan.
The committee are informed that the entire cost of its completion need not exceed the sum of $9,000, if the contract is given out according to the plan proposed in this bill. It is therefore evident, that should the amendments be adopted, the Territory must lose at least $5,000 by the operation, which would otherwise be saved.
The liability of the Territory to ultimate payment for this work is the same in either case, and the committee cannot but believe that the fear entertained by some that an act creating a public debt, on this account, is entirely idle. The fund now in the hands of the old commissioners, they have no doubt, will be made available before the time arrives when the bonds of the Territory will become due, and even without this, that it would be better to incur a small debt, than sacrifice the interests of the people by leaving the public building in its present state.
The committee therefore recommend the provisions of the bill