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By the returns of the officers of New Castle County, appointed by law judges of election, it appeared that on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November last, at the several and respective places appointed by law for holding the election in and for said county, John Pyle was duly chosen to represent said county in the Senate of the State of Delaware for the ensuing term of four years.

By the returns of the officers of Kent County, appointed by law judges of election, it appeared that on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November last, at the several and respective places appointed by law for holding the election in and for said county, Thomas T. Lacey was duly chosen to represent the said county in the Senate of the State of Delaware to fill out the unexpired term of the late John W. Hall, terminating on the first Tuesday of January, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety-five; and also that William T. Watson was duly chosen to represent the said county in the Senate of the State of Delaware for the ensuing term of four years.

By the returns of the officers of Sussex County, appointed by law judges of election, it appeared that on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November last, at the several and respective places appointed by law for holding the election in and for said county, William T. Records was duly chosen to represent the said county in the Senate of the State of Delaware for the ensuing term of four years.

On motion of Mr. Pyle, the Senate proceeded by ballot to elect a Speaker.

On motion of Mr. Pilling, the Speaker pro tempore was directed to appoint two tellers.

Whereupon the Speaker pro tempore appointed Mr. Records and Mr. Watson as such tellers.

Upon the votes being counted it was found that Charles B. Houston had received five votes and blank three votes.

Whereupon Charles B. Houston, having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected Speaker of the Senate.

The Speaker pro tempore appointed Mr. Pilling and Mr. Pyle a committee to conduct the Speaker elect to the chair.

Mr. Houston, the Speaker elect, was conducted to the chair by the committee appointed for that purpose.

The Speaker and Members elect were then qualified according to the Constitution of the State and the provisions of the act of Congress entitled "An act to regulate the time and manner of administering certain oaths," as appears by the following certificate, to wit:

I. Willie M. Ross, a member of the Senate of the State of Delaware from the County of Sussex, do hereby certify that Charles B. Houston, a member of the Senate from Sussex County, was, previous to taking his seat as Speaker, duly sworn by me to support the Constitution of the United States, to support the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and to perform his duties as Speaker of the Senate of the said State with fidelity;

And I, Charles B. Houston, Speaker of the Senate of the State of Delaware, do hereby certify that John Pyle, of New Castle County, member elect and present of the Senate, was, previous to entering upon any other business, and previous to taking his seat, sworn by me, in due form of law, that he would support the Constitution of the United States, support the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and perform his duty as a member of the General Assembly of the said State with fidelity;

And I, Charles B. Houston, Speaker of the Senate of the State of Delaware, do hereby certify that Thomas T. Lacey and William T. Watson, both of Kent County, members elect and present of the Senate, were, previous to entering upon any other business, and previous to taking their seats, sworn by me, in due form of law, that they and each of them would respectively support the Constitution of the United States, support the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and perform their duties as members of the General Assembly of the said State with fidelity;

And I, Charles B. Houston, Speaker of the Senate of the State of Delaware, do hereby certify that William T. Records, of Sussex County, member elect and present of the Senate, was, previous to entering upon any other business, and previous to taking his seat, sworn by me, in due form of law, that he would

support the Constitution of the United States, support the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and perform his duty as a member of the General Assembly of the said State with fidelity. Witness our hands this third day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-three.

WILLIE M. ROSS.

CHARLES B. HOUSTON.

Mr. Houston, the Speaker elect, then addressed the Senate as follows:

Senators: I wish it were in my power to express to you my appreciation of the honor you have conferred upon me in selecting me as your presiding officer; but I can only say, that while I appreciate the honor, I feel more deeply the responsibilities of the position which, reluctantly, I have been called upon to fill.

I assure you that I assume the duties of the position with a deep sense of its requirements. In the exercise of its duties I shall endeavor to be guided by fairness and justice to all, and hope your forbearance will be exercised if, upon any occasion, I may appear to be at fault.

There will doubtless be many delicate questions, in the course of the session, that will require wise discretion on the part of each one of us, and I trust that we all may be able to act in accord.

Feeling assured that I shall have your indulgence and hearty coöperation in the discharge of my duties, and again thanking you for this evidence of your trust, I now declare the Senate ready for business.

On motion of Mr. Watson, the Senate proceeded to elect by ballot a Clerk.

On motion of Mr. Pilling, the Speaker was directed to appoint two tellers.

• Whereupon the Speaker appointed Mr. Pilling and Mr. Watson as such tellers.

Upon the votes being counted it was found that William A. C. Hardcastle had received six votes and blank two votes.

Whereupon William A. C. Hardcastle, having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected Clerk of the Senate.

Mr. Lacey moved that a committee of two be appointed to wait upon Mr. Hardcastle and inform him of his election and conduct him to the Senate Chamber,

Which motion

Prevailed.

Whereupon the Speaker appointed Mr. Lacey and Mr. Watson as such committee.

Mr. Hardcastle, being introduced, was duly qualified and assumed the duties of his office.

On motion of Mr. Watson, the Senate proceeded to elect by ballot a Sergeant-at-Arms.

Mr. Watson moved that the Speaker be requested to appoint two tellers,

Which motion

Prevailed.

Whereupon the Speaker appointed Messrs. Watson and Pilling as such tellers.

Upon the votes being counted it was found that John Doran had received six votes and blank two votes.

Whereupon John Doran, having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate..

Mr. Watson moved that a committee of two be appointed to wait upon Mr. Doran and inform him of his election, Which motion

Prevailed.

Whereupon the Speaker appointed Messrs. Watson and Pilling as such committee.

Mr. Doran, being introduced, was duly qualified and assumed the duties of his office.

On motion of Mr. Records, Michael Joseph Scanlon was appointed Messenger.

Mr. Watson moved that the Rev. J. P. DuHamel, D. D., be requested to act as Chaplain of the Senate during the present session,

Which motion

Prevailed.

Mr. Watson further moved that a committee of two be appointed to wait upon Mr. DuHamel and inform him of the action of the Senate,

Which motion

Prevailed.

Whereupon the Speaker appointed Messrs. Ross and Pilling as such committee.

On motion of Mr. Ross, the Clerk was directed to inform the House that the Senate was organized and ready to proceed to business.

On motion of Mr. Watson, reporters of the press were invited to seats upon the floor of the Senate.

On motion of Mr. Pyle, the rules governing the last session were adopted until new rules shall be reported.

Mr. Ross offered a joint resolution entitled,

"Joint resolution appointing a joint committee of both houses to wait upon the Governor and inform him that the two houses of the General Assembly are organized and ready to receive any communication he might see proper to make,"

Which, on his motion, was read,

And, on his further motion, was

Ordered to the House for concurrence.

Adopted.

The Speaker announced as the members, on the part of the Senate, of the committee provided for in said joint resolution, Messrs. Records and McMullin.

Mr. Layton, Clerk of the House, being admitted, informed the Senate that the House was duly organized by the election of J. H. Whiteman as Speaker and John H. Layton as Clerk, and was ready to proceed to business.

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