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THURSDAY, February 10th, 1887-11 o'clock, A. M.

Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by the Chaplain.

Roll called-Members present-Messrs. Bacon, Cooper, Crossan, Dorman, Ferguson, Lewis, Martin, McWhorter, and Mr. Speaker.

Journal read and approved.

Mr. Martin presented the petition of Annie M. Loyd, praying for a divorce from her husband, John M. Loyd,

Which, on his motion, was read,

And, on his further motion, was referred to the Committee on Divorce.

Mr. Ferguson, in pursuance of previous notice, asked, and, on motion of Mr. McWhorter, obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled,

"An act to change and straighten a part of a public road in Blackbird Hundred,'

Which, on motion of Mr. Ferguson, was read.

On motion of Mr. Cooper, the Senate bill entitled,

"An act to transfer the property of Walter Ford from School District No. 65 to District No. 69, New Castle County,"

Was read a second time by its title.

On motion of Mr. Martin, the House bill entitled,

"An act to amend Chapter 407 of the 13th Volume of the Laws of Delaware,"

Was read a second time by its title,

And, on his further motion, was referred to the Committee on Revised Statutes.

Mr. McWhorter, from the Committee on Cities and Towns, reported back, with an amendment, the Senate bill entitled, "An act relating to the government of the City of Wilmington."

On motion of Mr. McWhorter, the bill was taken up for consideration,

And, on his further motion, the amendment was read,

And further, on his motion, was

Adopted,

And, on his further motion, the bill, as amended, was read a third time, by paragraphs, in order to pass the Senate.

On the question, "Shall this bill pass the Senate?"

The yeas and nays were ordered, which, being taken, were as follows:

Yeas-Messrs. Bacon, Crossan, Dorman, Ferguson, Lewis, Martin, McWhorter, and Mr. Speaker-8.

Nays-None.

So the question was decided in the affirmative, and the bill, having received the required constitutional majority,

Ordered to the House for concurrence.

Passed the Senate.

Mr. Martin, from the Committee on Revised Statutes, reported back, with favorable recommendation, the House bill entitled,

"An act to amend Chapter 407 of the 13th Volume of the Laws of Delaware."

Mr. Martin moved that Rule 14 be suspended in order that the bill just reported might be taken up,

Which motion

Prevailed,

And, on his further motion, the bill was taken up for consider

And further, on his motion, was read a third time, by paragraphs, in order to pass the Senate.

On the question, "Shall this bill pass the Senate?"

It was decided in the affirmative, and the bill, having received the required majority,

Passed the Senate.

Ordered that the House be informed thereof and the bill returned to that body.

Mr. McWhorter gave notice that, on to-morrow or some future day, he would ask leave to introduce a bill entitled,

"An act to incorporate the I. O. H. Publishing Company."

On motion of Mr. Martin, the Senate bill entitled,

"An act to provide an unexceptionable mode of ascertaining the sense of the people upon the question of calling a Constitutional Convention,

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Was read a second time by its title,

And, on his further motion, was referred to the special Committee on Constitutional Reform.

On motion of Mr. McWhorter, the Senate bill entitled,

"An act to amend Chapter 345, Vol. 16 of the Laws of Delaware,"

Was read a second time by its title,

And, on his further motion, was referred to the Committee on Revised Statutes.

On motion, the Senate took a recess until 3 o'clock, P. M.

SAME DAY-3 o'clock, P. M.

Senate reässembled at the expiration of the recess.

Mr. McWhorter, from the Committee on Cities and Towns, reported back, with favorable recommendation, the Senate bill entitled,

"A supplement to the act entitled, 'An act to allow the Commissioners of the Town of Smyrna to issue bonds,' passed at Dover, March 16th, 1885,"

Which, on his motion, was taken up for consideration,

And, on his further motion, was read a third time, by paragraphs, in order to pass the Senate.

On the question, "Shall this bill pass the Senate?"

The yeas and nays were ordered, which, being taken, were as follows:

Yeas-Messrs. Crossan, Dorman, Ferguson, Lewis, Martin, McWhorter, and Mr. Speaker-7.

Nays-None.

So the question was decided in the affirmative, and the bill, having received the required constitutional majority,

Ordered to the House for concurrence.

Passed the Senate.

Mr. Crossan, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported, as duly and correctly enrolled, and signed by the Speaker of the House, the following House bills and joint resolution, viz:

"An act to divorce Bevins M. Cain from the bonds of matrimony with his wife, Alice Cain;"

"An act to reenact and continue in force the act incorporating the Felton Institute and Classical Seminary;"

"An act amendatory of the charter of the City of Wilmington;"

"Joint resolution to defray the expenses of the inauguration ceremonies,"

And presented the same for the signature of the Speaker of the Senate.

Mr. McWhorter, from the Committee on Cities and Towns, reported, with an amendment, the House bill entitled,

"An act to authorize the Commissioners of the Town of Middletown to borrow money to erect water works."

On motion of Mr. McWhorter, the bill was taken up for consideration,

And, on his further motion, the amendment was read, as follows:

Amend the bill by striking out all after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

SECTION 1. That the Town Commissioners of the Town of Middletown shall have power and authority, under and by virtue of an ordinance to be passed by said commissioners, to borrow, on the faith and credit of said town, a sum of money not exceeding fifteen thousand dollars, and which shall be applied, appropriated and expended for the purpose of supplying said town with water. The said commissioners shall also have authority to issue bonds therefor, of such denominations as they shall deem best, bearing interest at a rate not exceeding six per centum per annum, payable semi-annually. The principal of such bonds shall be made payable at such time or times, not less than ten years nor more than twenty years from the date thereof, and in such manner as shall be prescribed by the said commissioners. The form of said bonds shall be prescribed by the said commissioners, and shall be signed by the President of the said Town Commissioners, and the Treasurer of said town, and sealed with the corporate seal of said town, and shall be exempt from all taxation.

SECTION 2. That the Treasurer of said town, in addition to the security he is now required by law to give, shall give security

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