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am directed to report the said bill to the Senate with the recommendation that it be passed. J. W. ROGERS, Chairman.

Mr. Schmidt, chairman of the committee on counties and county lines, made the following reports:

MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee on counties and county lines, to whom was referred Senate bill No. 122, "An act to authorize the Austin mill company to build and maintain a dam across the Neosho river, in Neosho county,” have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate with the recommendation that it be passed.

FRANK SCHMIDT, Chairman. MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee on counties and county lines, to whom was referred Senate bill No. 145, "An act authorizing counties to maintain ferries and for other purposes," have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate with the recommendation that it be rejected.

FRANK SCHMIDT, Chairman. MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee on counties and county lines, to whom was referred House bill No. 12, "An act to extend the boundary lines of the city of Columbus, in the county of Cherokee,” have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report to the Senate with the recommendation that substitute for House bill No. 12 be passed.

FRANK SCHMIDT, Chairman. Mr. PRESIDENT: Your committee on counties and county lines, to whom was referred House bill No. 154, "An act authorizing the board of county commissioners of Jefferson county, State of Kansas, to issue and sell the bonds of said county for the purpose of completing bridges," have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate with the recommendation that it be passed.

FRANK SCHMIDT, Chairman. Mr. Rogers, chairman of the committee on engrossed bills, made the following reports:

MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee on engrossed bills, to whom was referred Senate bill No. 90, “An act to change the terms of court in the fourteenth judicial district, and establishing courts in certain counties therein named,” have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate correctly engrossed.

J. W. ROGERS, Chairman. MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee on engrossed bills, to whom was referred Senate bill No. 69, "An act to correct an error in an act to amend 'An act defining the boundaries of counties,"” have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate correctly engrossed.

J. W. ROGERS, Chairman. MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee on engrossed bills, to whom was referred Senate bill No. 64, “An act to establish a state board of education,” have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate correctly engrossed.

J. W. ROGERS, Chairman. Mr. O'Neil, chairman of the committee on fees and salaries, made the following report:

MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee on fees and salaries, to whom was referred Senate bill No. 146, “An act to amend sections 1, 2, 7 and 11 of chapter 150, laws of 1871," have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate with the recommendation that it be passed.

M. A. O'NEIL, Chairman. Mr. Morrill, chairman of the committee on education, made the following reports:

MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee on education, to whom was referred House bill No. 118, "An act authorizing school district No. 1, of Barton county, Kansas, to issue additional bonds," have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate with the recommendation that it be rejected.

E. N. MORRILL, Chairman. MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee on education, to whom was referred House bill No. 99, “An act to amend section 48 of the school law of the State of Kansas,” have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate with the recommendation that it be passed.

E. N. MORRILL, Chairman.

Mr. Topping, chairman of the committee on roads and bridges, made the following reports:

MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee on roads and bridges, to whom was referred House bill No. 25, “An act to declare certain section lines public highways,” have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate with the recommendation that it be passed with the following amendments: end of Sec. 1., "Provided, A petition signed by a majority of the legal voters of said township, asking for the same, shall be presented to said board ;” and add: “Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication once in the Kansas Weekly Commonwealth.

E. H. TOPPING, Chairman. MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee on roads and bridges, to whom was referred Senate bill No. 143, “An act to amend an act entitled 'An act in relation to roads and highways,' approved March 2, 1868," have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate with the recommendation that it be passed.

E. H. TOPPING, Chairman. MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee on roads and bridges, to whom was referred House bill No. 182, "An act to locate a state road from Larned, Pawnee county, Kansas, to Hays City, Ellis county, Kansas," have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate with the recommendation that it be passed.

E. H. TOPPING, Chairman. MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee on roads and bridges, to whom was referred House bill No. 176, “An act to vacate a part of the Eldorado and Emporia state road,” have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate with the recommendation that it be rejected.

E. H. TOPPING, Chairman. Mr. McWirt, chairman of the special committee on House bill No. 10, made the following report:

MR. PRESIDENT: Your special committee to whom was referred House bill No. 10, "An act to create a metropolitan police for cities of the first class,” have had the same under consideration, and I am directed to report the said bill to the Senate with the recommendation that it be rejected.

I. T. MCWIRT, Chairman. Mr. Butler, chairman of the special committee appointed to visit the State insane asylum, made the following report:

Mr. PRESIDENT: Your joint committee, appointed under concurrent resolution No. made an examination of the insane asylum and its general conduct on Friday and Saturday, February 7th and 8th.

We are pleased to be able to report that we found the asylum under the management of Dr. Jacobs, the superintendent, conducted in a very creditable and satisfactory manner.

The sleeping rooms of the patients were supplied with good, clean and comfortable bedding; the bed-chambers, wards and halls were kept in a clean and orderly condition; the food of the

a patients was of the same kind as furnished to the superintendent and help of the asylum, and was of a nutritious, plain and substantial character, and was well prepared.

The rooms of the asylum are all occupied, and the institution is very much crowded; so much so that many rooms are made to accommodate double the number originally intended. There are many of the patients compelled to sleep on the floor of the wards.

The crowded condition of the various wards prevents a proper classification of the patients; mild patients and convalescent ones are, in many instances, compelled to be kept with the raving maniac, which cannot but retard their recovery.

The state is very much in need of more room for patients, and the necessity is imperative and pressing. The necessity must be considered by the legislature in connection with the depressed condition of the finances of the state, and her other pressing demands from the other state institutions and the state's indebtedness.

Economy in every department of the state should be rigidly applied where it can be done consistent with the welfare of the state institutions.

The insane of the state are the most helpless of its unfortunates, and the highest dictates of humanity require that we should discriminate, if at all, in favor of those that are not only utterly

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unable to take care of themselves, but, if uncared for, are both dangerous to themselves and to society.

As to the propriety of appropriations to be made for further buildings the present year, your committee will make no recommendation, but content themselves with submitting the facts to the careful consideration of a humane legislature.

The site of the present building is a very beautiful piece of rolling prairie that commands a fine view of the surrounding country, but it is six miles from any railroad station, and is only accessible by one line of railroad, which makes it very inconvenient for many locations to reach. Much of the water used in the institution is brought from the river, a distance of a little less than one mile, which requires the constant service of one man and team, and much of the time the services of two, which is the source of considerable expense; and with new buildings erected on the present site, and a consequent increase of patients to be cared for, could only be supplied by a stationary steam engine or wind mill.

The position of a housekeeper for the asylum appears to be an office for which there is no necessity, and we would recommend that the appropriation of $500, made last year for that office, be omitted in the appropriation for current expenses.

We examined the steward's accounts, and found the vouchers accompanying each purchase, and the prices paid, very reasonable.

We would recommend that the steward be required to keep a day-book, in which shall be entered daily his financial transactions-also a journal and ledger; and that he be required to verify his accounts at quarterly settlement with the trustees, by his oath, that the accounts are true and correct, that the articles were purchased for and used by the patients.

We would also suggest that the treasurer of the asylum fund should be in close proximity to the institution, and that he be required to pay all bills upon an order given to the person bearing the demand, payable to him or his order.

Your committee had the pleasure of attending a party in the chapel hall of the asylum, which was attended by a large number of the mild and convalescent patients, and the dancing and

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