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in Pennsylvania and Kentucky; no limit being given in Vermont and Georgia.

Amendments to the constitution of a State may be proposed by the State legislature for confirmation by the people of the State (except in Kentucky and New Hampshire), or the citizens may be asked to decide on the advisability of holding a convention for the reform of the constitution. If a convention is decided upon, the amendments made by it are referred for ratification or rejection to the vote of the people. The periods, however, vary as to when this may be done.

In this connection the following table is given, showing the numbers, term of office by years, salaries, and the time of meeting of State and Territorial legislatures: Numbers, term of office (years), salaries, and time of meeling of State and TerriNumber, term of office (years), salaries, etc.—Continued.

torial legislatures.


Month and day.

Limit of

Term of senators.
Term of rep's.



Alabama Bien. Tu. aft. 2 Mon. Nov... 50 days.. 33 100 4 2 $4 a day and 10c. mile.
Bien. 2d Mon. Jan

60 days.. 32 92 4 2 $6 a av. California Bien 1st Mon aft. Jan. 1... 60 days.. 40 80 4 2 $$8 a day and 10c.

milear and $25. Colorado... Bien. Wed, aft. 1 Mon. Jan.. 90 days.. 20 49 4 2 $7 a day and 15c, mile. Connecticut.. ADD. Wed, aft. 1 Mon. Jan.. None.... 21249 2 2 $300 and mileage. Delaware Bien. Ist Tu. Jan

None.. 9 20 4 2 $3 a day and mileage. Florida Bien.

60 days. 132 76 4 $i aday anı 10c. mile. Georgia Bien. Ist Wed. Nov

40 daga. H1175 2 2 $1 a day and mileage. Idaho Bien. 2d Mon. Dec..

60 days.. 12 24 22 $1 a dayanıl 20 mile. Illinois Bien Wed, aft. 1 Mon. Jan None 51 1534 235 a day ad hoc.

mileage and $30. Indiana.

Bien. Thur. aft. 1 Mon. Jan ou days.. 50 100 4 2 $i a day and mileage.
Biep. 20 Mon. Jan

None 50 100 4 2 $350 a year.
K nsas
Bien 211 Tu. Jan

50 days.. 119 125 4 2 $3 aday and 15c. mile. Kentucky Bien.! Last Wed. Dec. 60 (layy.38 1CO 4, 2 $ia dai and 156. mile. Louisiana Bien. 24 Mon. May

6)days.. 36 38 4 4 $t a day and mileage. Maine Bien. Ist Wed. Jai

None 131 151 2 2 $150 anil 200. mile. Maryland Bien.' Ist Wed. Jan

90 days 20117 4 2 $5 a day and mileage. Massachusetts Aun. Ist Wed, Jan

Nobe 10 240 1 ) $750 yr, and 20€. mile. Michigan Bien. Ist Wed. Jan

None.... 32.100 2 2 $3 a day and 10c. mile. Minnesota Bien Tu. att. 1 Mon Jan 60 days.. 13 107 4 2 $5a day and 15c. mile. Mississippi Bien. Tu, aft, 1 Mon. Jan None.... 40 120 4 2 $100 a year. Missouri. Bien.) Wed, aft. Jan. 1

$5 a day and mile. 70 days . 31 140 4 2

? age and $30. Montana Bien. 2d Mon. Jan

60 days

12 24 2 2 $1 a day and 20c, mile. Nebraska Bien. 1st Tu. Jan

40 days
33 100 2 2 \$3 a day and 10c.

mi ea e. Nevada

1st Mon. Jan

60 days.. 20 40 4 2 $3 a day and 40c. milo. N Hampshire. Bien.' Ist Wed. in Jan None.... 24321; 22 $250 and mileage. New Jersey. Ano. 20 l'u in Jan

None.... 21 60 3 ) $500 a year. New York Ann.! 1st Tu. Jan


$1,500 a year and 21

2 10c. mileage. North Carolina. Bien. Wed, aft. 1 Mon. Jan. 60 days. . 30 120 2 2 $4 a day and ide, milo.

* Unless extended by special vote.



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North Dakota Bien. 2d Tu. Jan..

Bien. 1st Mon. Jan..

Bien. 20 Mon. Jan Pennsylvania.. Bien. Ist Tu. Jan Rhode Island 1. Ann. Last Tu. May. South Carolina. Ann. 4th Tu. Nov South Dakota.. Bien. 21 Tu. Jan. Teunesseo Bien. Ist Mon. Jan... Texas


2d Tu Jan Vermont.

Bien ist Wed. Oct. Virginia

Bien. Ist Wed. Dec Washington


1st Mon. Jan. West Virginia. Biep. 20 Wed. Jan Wisconsin ... Bien, 1st Mon. Jan. Wyoming Bien. 2d Tu. Jan.


Bien. Ist Mon. Jan
New Mexico... Bien. Last Mon. Dec.

Bien. 2d Mon. Jan

60 days.. 24 48 2 2 $1 a day and 20e.mile. None 37 110 2 2 600 yr. and 12c. mile. 40 days.. 30 60 4 2 $3 a day and 150. mile.

$$1,500 a year, 5c. None.... 50 201 4 2

> mileage. None. 361 72 1 1 $1 a day and 86. mile. None 35 124 4 2 $5 a day and 10c. mile. 69 days.. 24 48 2 2 $4 a day and 200. mile. 75 days..33 992 2 $1 a day and i60. mile. 90 days.. 31 106 4 2 $3 a day and mileage. Solue 30 240 2 2 $3 a day. 90 dayst. 40 100 4 2 $540 a year. 60 days.. 12 24 2 2 B4 aday and 200 mile. 43 dayst. 26 65 4 2 $4 a day and 10c. mile. None.... 33 100 4 2

$300 a year and lve. 2

mileage. 60 days.. 12 24 2 2 84 a day and 20e. mile.

60 days.. 12 24 2 2
60 days.. 12 24 2 2 ($1 a day and 200.

60 days.. 12 24 2 2 J

* In Ohio and a few other States, where the legislative sessions are biennial, the legisla. ture holds "adjourned sessions," pract lly amounting to annual meetings.

+ The Rhode Island legislature is required to meet annually the last Tuesday in May, at Newport, and an adjourued session to be holden annually at Providence.

Unless extended by special vote.




The act of June 20, 1874 (Lars, 1, 43, p. 4), revived the laws in force in regard to stationery prior to March 3, 1873.

By the act of Angust 26, 1842, it is provided that all stationery, of every name and nature, for the use of the House of Representatives, shall be furnished by contract by the lowest bidder. The Clerk of the House of Representatives shall advertise, once a week for at least four weeks, in one or more of the principal papers published in the city of Washington, for sealed proposals for furnishing such articles, or the whole of any particular class of articles, specifying in such advertisement the amount, quantity, and description of each kind of articles to be furnished ; and all such proposals shall be kept sealed until the day specified in such advertisement for opening the same, when they shall be opened by or under the direction of the Clerk, in the presence of at least two persons; and the person offering to furnish any class of such articles, and giving satisfactory security for the performance thereof, under a forfeiture not exceeding twice the contract price in case of failure, shall receive a contract for doing the same; and in case the lowest bidder shall fail to enter into such contract and give such security within a reasonable time, to be fixed by such advertisement, then the contract shall be given to the next lowest bidder who shall enter into such contract and give such security. And in case of a failure to supply the articles by the person entering into such contract, he and his sureties shall be liable for the forfeiture specified in such contract, as liquidated damages, to be sued for in the name of the United States in any court having jurisdiction thereof.- Stat. at Large, Vol. V, pp. 526, 527. See also Stat. at Large, Vol. XXIV, p. 596.

By a resolution of the House on the 24th of July, 1868 (Journal, 2, 40, p. 1173), it is provided that the Clerk be authorized, as the agent of the House, to purchase, in the manner provided by law, on the best terms he may find practicable, such stationery as may be requisite for the use of the House and Clerk's office, giving preference in all cases to Ainerican manufacture, provided it be equally cheap and of as good quality; that he cause to be recorded in a well-bound book, suited to that purpose, the bills and invoices of all the stationery he may so purchase from time to time; that he deliver to the members of Congress and officers hereinafter named the amounts of stationery hereinafter specified, keeping an accurate account of the same, and also of the quantity and value of that used in the Clerk's ottice; and that hereafter, in the annual reports now required by law to be made by the Clerk, showing the amount of expenditure from the contingent fund of the House, he be required to state, accurately and distinctly, the quantity and cost of all the stationery delivered pursuant to the provisions hereof and that used in the Clerk's office; also the amount remaining on hand at the time of making such statement, and the amount of unexpended appropriation for stationery: Provided, That the amount furnished to members of Congress may be embraced in a single item.

And he is required to deliver to every member of the House the usual articles of stationery now furnished to members to an amount not exceeding in value that authorized by law, at the cost price, in the stationery-room, or, at the option of the members, to pay them the proper commutation in money ; that he keep a true and accurate account of all stationery which he may so deliver to the several members of the House; and if in any case a member shall receive a greater amount of stationery during any session than is above provided, the Clerk shall, be. fore the close of such session, furnish to the Sergeant-at-Arms an account of such excess beyond the amount above specified, who is hereby required to deduct the amount of such excess from the pay and mileage of such member, and refund the same into the Treasury: Provided, That this limitation is not intended to be made applicable to the use of wrapping paper and envelopes which may be required in the folding-room.

And he is also authorized and required to deliver to every chairman of the committees of the House, for the use of such committees, and to the Postmaster, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Doorkeeper, for the use of their respective offices, at every session of Congress, similar articles of stationery, not exceeding in value an amount which from time to time shall be fixed upon by the Committee on Accounts and approved by the Speaker.

By the act of the second session Fortieth Congress it is provided that no Representative shall receive any newspaper except the Congressional Globe; or stationery, or commutation therefor, exceeding $125 for any one session of Congress.—Stat. at Large, Vol. XV, p. 35.


TABLE showing the contents of the twenty five volumes of the Stat

utes at Large.


Matter contained.

Period covered.

1 Statates of the 1st to the 5th Congresses, inclusive. June 1, 1789, to Mar. 3, 1799. 2 Statutes of the 6th to the 12th Congresses, inclusive. Dec. 24, 1799, to Mar. 3, 1813. 3 Statutes of the 13th to the 17th Congressos, inclu. June 18, 1813, to Mar. 3, 1823.

sive. 4 Statutes of the 18th to the 23d Congresses

Jan. 1, 1824, to Mar. 3, 1835. 5 Statutes of the 24th to the 28th Congresses, inclu. Jan. 14, 1836, to Mar, 3, 1845.

sive. 6 Private laws enacted by the first twenty-eight 1789-1845.

Congresses. 7 Indian treaties made during the first twenty. 1789-1815.

eight Congresses. 8 Foreign treaties made during the first twenty. 1789-1815.

eight Congresses. 9

Statutes of the 29th to the 31st Congresses, inclu: Dec. 29, 1845, to Mar. 3, 1851.

sive. 10 Statutes of the 32d and 33d Congresses

Jan. 13, 1852, to Mar. 3, 1855. 11 Statutes of the 34th and 35th Congresses

Feb. 20, 1856, to Mar. 3, 1859. 12 Statutes of the 36th and 37th Congresses

Feb. 16, 1860, to Mar. 3, 1863. 13 Statutes of the 38th Congress...

Jan. 16, 1861, to Mar. 3, 1865. 14 Statntes of the 39th Congress.

Dec. 18, 1865, to Mar. 3, 1867. 15 | Statutes of the 40th Congress..

Mar. 12, 1867, to Mar. 3, 1869. 16 Statutes of the 41st Congress..

Mar. 18, 1869, to Mar. 3, 1871. 17 Statutes of the 420 Congress

Mar. 20, 1871, to Mar. 3, 1873. 18 Statutes of the 43d Congress

Dec. 17, 1873, to Mar. 3, 1875. 19 Statutes of the 44th Congress

Dec. 24, 1875, to Mar. 3, 1877. 20 Statutes of the 45th Congress

Nov. 21, 1877, to Mar. 3, 1879. 21 Statutes of the 46th Congress

Apr. 18, 1879, to Mar. 3, 1881. 22 Statutes of the 47th Congress

Dec. 20, 1831, to Mar. 3, 1883. 23 Statutes of the 48th Congress

De', 18, 1883, Lo Mar. 3, 188.5. 24 Statutes of the 49th Congress

Dec. 7, 1885, to Mar. 3, 1887. 25 Statutes of the 50th Congress

Jan. 20, 1888, to Mar. 3, 1889.

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(NOTE.— The synoptical index to the laws of the United States is an excellent analyt. ical index to the first nine volumes. The Revised Statutes, second edition, contains the amendatory acts passed up to the close of the second session Forty-fourth Congress, end. ing March 4, 1877. The Revised Statutes relating to the Distriet of Columbia and postroads, passed first session Forty-third Congress, contain also the public treaties in force on December 1, 1873. The supplement to the Revised Statutes, published in 1881, contains log. islation of Forty-third, Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth, and Forty-sixth Congressos, volumes 18, 19, 20, and 21.]

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