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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1899-10 O'CLOCK A. M.

Senate met pursuant to adjournment,

Hon. William A. Northcott, President of the Senate, presiding. Prayer by the Chaplain.

The journal of yesterday was being read when, on motion of Mr. Humphrey, the further reading of the same was dispensed with, and it was ordered to stand approved.

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Bollinger, Senate Bill No. 147, a bill for "An act to provide for the removal of the Asylum for Insane Criminals from its present location at Chester to a more favorable location, and making appropriation therefor," was recalled from the Committee on Appropriations and referred to the Committee on State Charitable Institutions.

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Chapman, Senate Bill No. 76, a bill for "An act making appropriations for the IllinoisAsylum for the Incurable Insane at Peoria, and to confer certain powers and impose certain duties upon the trustees thereof, also to change the corporate title of the institution," was recalled from the Committee on Appropriations and referred to the Committee on State Charitable Institutions.

A message from the House by Mr. Cooper, Third Assistant Clerk:

Mr. President:-I am directed to inform the Senate that the House of Representatives has adopted the following resolution, in the adoption of which I am directed to ask the concurrence of the Senate, to-wit:

Resolved, by the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois, the Senate concurring, That the Senators and Representatives of the State of Illinois in the National Congress be requested to favor and assist in securing a fair and liberal service pension to every Union soldier veteran of the civil war, not already a pensioner, regardless of any disability occurring from said services or since, whenever said soldier shall have arrived at the age of sixty two years.

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A message from the House by Mr. Cooper, Third Assistant Clerk:

Mr. President:-I am directed to inform the Senate that the House of Representatives has adopted the following resolution, in the adoption of which I am directed to ask the concurrence of the Senate, to-wit:

WHEREAS, The late war with Spain called forth expressions of patriotism unsurpassed in the annals of history; and

WHEREAS, Race, creed, sex, social and official positions were not considered; therefore, be it

Resolved, by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That the thanks of the General Assembly are extended to the Sisters of Charity and Mercy and to the members of the Red Cross Society, whether at home or on the battlefield, or in the hospitals, and to the organizers, solicitors and donors of all movements tending to ameliorate the suffering of our gallant soldiers and sailors, and we hereby extend to the relatives and friends of the following named Sisters who died ministering to the wants of our soldiers and sailors, our sincere sympathy, namely, Sister Mary Larkin, who died at San Juan, and Sister Caroline, who died from typhoid contracted while nursing our sick soldiers at Knoxville, and our thanks are hereby extended to Clara Barton, Miss Chanler, and all other ladies and charitable organizations for like services rendered.

Resolved, further, That William McKinley, our honored President, is to be congratulated upon the successful conduct of the war for "humanity's sake," and for smiting the rocks of sectionalism that overwhelming streams of patriotism might gush forth to forever wipe out the landmarks of secession; be it further

Resolved. That a copy of these resolutions be properly engrossed upon parchment, suitably framed, and forwarded to the President of the United States, and like copies to the parties named herein, or to their nearest relatives or friends.

Adopted by the House January 31, 1899.

JOHN A. REEVE,

Clerk of the House of Representatives.

A message from the House by Mr. Cooper, Third Assistant Clerk: Mr. President:-I am directed to inform the Senate that the House of Representatives has adopted the following resolution, in the adoption of which I am directed to ask the concurrence of the Senate, to-wit:

WHEREAS, B. H. Roberts, a Democratic member of Congress from the State of Utah, boasts of being the husband of four wives at this time; and

WHEREAS, His persisting in the practice of polygamy is in direct violation of the laws of the land, in shameless disregard of the morals of modern society, and in flagrant contempt of public decency and high standard of Christian civilization; therefore, be it

Resolved, by the House of Representatives of the 41st General Assembly of Illinois, the Senate concurring herein, That it is the sense of this body that said Roberts is disqualified from sitting as a representative in the House and his seat ought to be declared vacant; be it further

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the Speaker of the National House of Representatives.

Adopted by the House January 31, 1899.

JOHN A. REEVE,

Clerk of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Aspinwall moved that the foregoing messages from the House of Representatives be taken up for consideration, and the resolutions be concurred in by the Senate.

Mr. Humphrey moved to refer the resolutions to the Committee on Federal Relations.

On motion of Mr. Aspinwall, the motion to refer the resolutions to the Committee on Federal Relations, was laid on the table, and

The question then being, "Shall the Senate concur with the House of Representatives in the adoption of the foregoing resolutions?" it was decided in the affirmative.

A message from the Governor by J. Mack Tanner, Private Secretary:

Mr. President:-I am directed by the Governor to lay before the Senate the following communication:

STATE OF ILLINOIS, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
SPRINGFIELD, February 2, 1899.

To the Honorable, the Senate:

I have the honor to nominate and appoint William P. Sloan, of McLeansboro, member of the Board of Commissioners of Public Charities to succeed J. C. Corbus, resigned, and I respectfully ask that this appointment be confirmed.

JOHN R. TANNER, Governor.

At 10:13 o'clock a. m., on motion of Mr. Aspinwall, the Senate went into executive session for the purpose of considering messages from his Excellency, the Governor.

On motion of Mr. Aspinwall, the rule of the Senate requiring all executive sessions of the Senate to take place with closed doors, was suspended.

Whereupon, the foregoing executive message was taken up for consideration.

And the question being, "Does the Senate advise and consent to the nomination just made?" it was decided in the affirmative by the following vote: Yeas, 42.

The following voted in the affirmative: Messrs.

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Mr. Stubblefield presented a petition from the mayor of the city of Bloomington in favor of the passage of "An act to amend the law concerning local improvements,"

Which, on motion of Mr. Stubblefield, was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

REPORTS FROM STANDING COMMITTEES.

Mr. Chapman, from the Committee on Appropriations, to which was referred a bill, Senate Bill No. 88, for "An act making appropriations for the Illinois Farmers' Institute and County Farmers' Institutes," reported the same back with the recommendation that the bill do pass.

The report of the committee was concurred in, and the bill was ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Chapman, from the Committee on Appropriations, to which was referred a bill, Senate Bill No. 104, for "An act to make appropriation for the payment of amounts awarded by the Commission of Claims to certain persons named therein," reported the same back with the recommendation that the bill do pass.

The report of the committee was concurred in, and the bill was ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Chapman, from the Committee on Appropriations, to which was referred a bill, Senate Bill No. 107, for "An act making an appropriation in aid of the Illinois State Horticultural Society," reported the same back with an amendment thereto, and recommended that the amendment be adopted, and that the bill as amended do pass. Under the rules the bill was ordered to a second reading, and to be printed with the amendment.

Mr. Chapman, from the Committee on Appropriations, to which was referred a bill, Senate Bill No. 108, for "An act to prevent the introduction and spread in Illinois of the San José scale and other dangerous insects and contagious diseases of fruits," reported the same back with amendments thereto, and recommended that the amendments be adopted, and that the bill as amended do pass.

Under the rules the bill was ordered to a second reading, and to be printed with the amendments.

By unanimous consent on motion of Mr. Chapman, Senate Bill No. 108, a bill for "An act to prevent the introduction and spread in Illinois of the San Josè scale and other dangerous insects and contagious diseases of fruits,"

Was taken up and read at large a second time, together with the following amendments thereto, reported from the Committee on Appropriations February 2, 1899:

Amend printed bill by adding letter "s" to word "year" in line 3 of section 6, on page 5.

Amend by striking out the words and figures "the sum of five thousand (5,000) dollars for the years" in line 3 and 4 of section 6, page 5.

The question being "Shall the report of, and the amendments reported from said committee be adopted?" it was decided in the affirmative.

The question then being "Shall the bill, as amended, be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Busse, from the Committee on Engrossed and Enrolled Bills reports that a bill of the following title has been correctly engrossed and is returned herewith:

SENATE BILL No. 4.

A bill for "An act to amend section 16 of 'An act to provide for the printing and distribution of ballots at public expense, and for the nomination of candidates for public offices, to regulate the manner of noiding elections and to enforce the Secrecy of the ballot,' approved June 22, 1891, in force July 1, 1891."

Mr. Hall, from the Committee on Municipalities, to which was referred a bill, Senate Bill No. 27, for "An act to provide for the incorporation, management and regulation of pawners' societies and limiting the rate of compensation to be paid for advances, storage and insurance on pawns and pledges and to allow the loaning of money upon personal property," reported the same back with the recommendation that the bill do pass,

The report of the committee was concurred in, and the bill was ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Hall from the Committee on Municipalities, to which was referred a bill, Senate Bill No. 74, for "An act to repeal an act entitled 'An act in relation to gas companies,' approved June 5, 1897, in force July 1, 1897," reported the same back with the recommendation that the bill do pass.

The report of the committee was concurred in, and the bill was ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Brenholt, from the Committee on Elections, made the following report:

To the Honorable, the President of the Senate.

The Committee on Elections, to whom was referred the election contest of John C. Sterchie vs. Daniel J. May, of the First Senatorial District, respectfully begs leave to report the same back to the Senate, and recommend that it be dismissed, as the plaintiff did not appear to contest the seat of the defendant. JOHN J. BRENHOLT,

Chairman.

The question being, "Shall the report of the committee be concurred in?" it was decided in the affirmative.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Campbell offered the following reso lution, which was unanimously adopted:

SENATE RESOLUTION No. 21..

Resolved, That the Committee on Fish and Game be assigned to group 1, room 1, west wing, and that Edward Fuller be assigned as clerk to said committee at a compensation of $3 per day from January 4, 1899.

2. That Fannie M. Worthington be appointed assistant bill clerk, at a compensation of $3 per day from January 4, 1899.

3. That William Baker, O. C. Welch, A. V. Broady, Benjamin Weaver, Thomas Crinigan and William Pettit be appointed committee clerks, at a compensation of $3 per day from February 1, 1899.

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