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benefits of the Act of Congress approved July 2, 1862, and the United States Department of Agriculture under which benefits available from the National Treasury are largely increased.
A wise policy of agricultural development has been adopted by the National Government, and for the purpose of extending the benefits of study and research with respect to agriculture to all parts of the Union, generous appropriations of public funds have been provided for cooperative agricultural extension work.
The Act above referred to popularly known as the Smith-Lever Act con. tains amongst others, the following provisions:
SEC. 2. That cooperative agricultural extension 'work shall consist of the giving of instruction and practical demonstrations in agriculture and home economics to persons not attending or resident in said colleges in the several communities, and imparting to such persons information on said subjects through field demonstrations, publications, and otherwise; and this work shall be carried on in such manner as may be mutually agreed upon by the Secretary of Agriculture and the State Agricultural College or colleges receiving the benefits of this Act.
SEC. 3. That for the purpose of paying the expenses of said cooperative agricultural extension work and the necessary printing and distributing of information in connection with the same, there is permanently appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $480,000 for each year, $10,000 of which shall be paid annually, in the manner hereinafter provided, to each state which shall by action of its legislature assent to the provisions of this Act: Provided, that payment of such installments of the appropriation hereinbefore made as shall become due to any state before the adjournment of the reguiar session of the legislature meeting after the passage of this Act may, in the absence of prior legislative assent be made upon the assent of the governor, thereof, duly certified to the Secretary of the Treasury: Provided, further, that there is also appropriated an additional sum of $600,000 for the fiscal year following that in which the foregoing appropriation first becomes available and for each year thereafter, for seven years, a sum exceeding by $500,000, the sum appropriated for each preceding year, and for each year thereafter there is permanently appropriated for each year the sum of $4,100,000 in addition to the sum of $480,000 hereinbefore provided: Provided, further, that before the funds herein appropriated shall become available to any college for any fiscal year, plans for the work to be carried on under this Act shall be submitted by the proper officials of each college and approved by the Secretary of Agriculture. Such additional sums shall be used only for the purposes hereinbefore stated, and shall be allotted annually to each state by the Secretary of Agriculture and paid in the manner hereinbefore provided, in the proportion which the rural population of each state bears to the total rural population of all the states as determined by the next preceding Federal census: Provided, further, that no payment out of the additional appropriations herein provided shall be made in any year to any state until an equal sum has been appropriated for that year by the legislature of such state, or provided by state, county, college, local authority, or individual contributions from within the state, for the maintenance of the cooperative agricultural extension work provided for in this Act.
In no state of the Union is agriculture more truly the basis and foundation of general prosperity than in Illinois. Fortunately, too, Illinois is in a position to reap largely of the benefits contemplated by the Act of Congress above referred to on account of the size of the rural population.
The heaviest demand the future make upon us is for the products of our farms. Not our own people alone but others will constantly draw upon our farm resources for sustenance and much of the comfort and wellbeing of our citizens depends upon how well we husband our farm resources. To eliminate the enormous waste and to develop the full capacity of the farm are the important tasks for the accomplishment of which we may profitably exert our energies. Increase in farm products means prosperity for the farmer and reasonable cost to the consumer, two highly desirable results.
The extension work contemplated by the Acts of Congress is of special value for this purpose. It is intended to carry education beyond the school,
into the field and the home. To teach farm economics popularly and by demonstration.
Under the terms of the Act of 1862 there is immediately available upon the consent of the Legislature the sum of ten thousand (10,000) dollars. There is an additional sum available for the term 1915-1916 of twenty-six thousand two hundred eighty-two (26,282) dollars; for the term 1916-1917, forty-eight thousand one hundred eighty-four (48,184) dollars; and larger sums thereafter to 1923.
To avail ourselves of the benefits of this Act of Congress the State must appropriate a sum equal to the annually increased appropriation over and above ten thousand (10,000) dollars. It is therefore incumbent upon this General Assembly to adopt joint resolutions consenting to the benefits of this Act, and also to make the required appropriations to duplicate the appropriation made by Congress which for 1915-1916 is twenty-six thousand two hundred eighty-two (26,282) dollars and for 1916-1917 is forty-eight thousand one hundred eighty-four (48,184) dollars.
I therefore respectfully request the General Assembly to take action in accordance with the provisions of the Act of Congress.
E. F. DUNNE, Governor. The foregoing message from the Governor was received, and ordered placed on file.
Mr. Shurtleff rose to a question of personal privilege, and with appropriate remarks, on behalf of the Springfield friends of the Lincoln Home, presented the Speaker, Hon. David E. Shanahan, with a gavel, as a token of their friendship and esteem.
The House proceeding upon the order of petitions, the Speaker presented a petition from the Chicago Real Estate Board, relating to deep waterways, which was referred, under the rules, to the Committee on Waterways, when appointed.
The Speaker asked and obtained unanimous consent to increase the membership of the Committee on Education to twenty-nine, and thereupon laid before the House the appointment of the following standing committees, to wit:
Agriculture-Dudgeon, Chairman; Barker, Shurtleff, Benson, Brewer, Drake, Ellis, Green, E. W., Gregory, Lantz, Moore, Rentchler, Rethmeier, Rowe, W., Stanfield, Stewart, Wilson, H., Wood, Elliott, Farrell, Felts, Graham, T. E., Hilton, Huston, Morris, Mulcahy, Quisenberry, Richardson, Smith, Strubinger, and Thomason.
Appropriations-Smejkal, Chairman; Dudgeon, Tice, od, Bentley, Boyd, Boyer, Brown, W. M., Burres, Campbell, Curran, T., Curren, C., Flagg, Harvey, Kessinger, Leach, Lynch, Lyon, Meents, Murphy, Pace, Sonnemann, Tompkins, Young, Donahue, Fahy, Foster, Gorman, Griffin, Hoffman, Hubbard, Huston, Igoe, Kilans, Merritt, O'Rourke, Purdunn, Quisenberry, Richardson, Roe, A., Schuberth, Shepherd, and Wilson, R. E.
Banks, Banking and Building and Loan Associations-Shephard, Chairman; Pierson, Wilson, G. H., Brown, W. M., Curren, C., Gregory, Meents, Murphy, Roderick, Rowe, W., Foster, Groves, Hruby, Huston, Lipshulch, Mitchell, O'Connell, Purdunn, Quisenberry, Ryan, J. W., and Strubinger.
Charities and Corrections-Garesche, Chairman; Curran, T., Lyle, Gardner, Scoles, Stanfield, Tompkins, Watson, Rostenkowski, Basel, Bruce, Donlan, Hruby, Lipshulch, Mason, Weber, and Groves.
Civil Service-O'Rourke, Chairman; Provine, McCormick, Brown, W. M., Butler, Curran, T., Dahlberg, Gardner, Kessinger, McCabe, Murphy, Rothschild, Turner, Thon, Cooper, Donlan, Elliott, Igoe, Kasserman, McGloon, Mitchell, Prendergast, and Rinehart.
Congressional Apportionment—Burres, Chairman; Pierson, Wilson, G., Brown, W. M., Campbell, Curren, C., Fieldstack, Hamlin, Holaday, Lantz, Meents, Perkins, Rentchler, Tuttle, West, Wilson, H., Desmond, Epstein, Fahy, Franz, Green, C., Groves, Hubbard, Kasserman, Lipshulch, Morris, and Ryan, J. W.
Contingent Expense Boyer, Chairman; Flagg, Roe, A., Harvey, Meents, Shephard, and Richardson.
Education-Pierson, Chairman; Scanlan, Turnbaugh, Benson, Brewer, Drake, Flagg, Frankhauser, Hicks, Lynch, McCabe, Moore, Pace, Sonnemann, Vursell, Wilson, H., Desmond, Devine, Garesche, Groves, Hubbard, Madsen, Merritt, Morrasy, Seif, Ryan, F. J., Weber, Williamson, and Trandell.
Efficiency and Economy-Devine, Chairman; De Young, Provine, Burres, Butler, Green, E. W., Kessinger, McCormick, Murphy, Rothschild, Burns, Igoe, Kilens, Lipshulch, Madsen, McGloon, and O'Rourke.
Elections-Scholes, Chairman; Watson, Perkins, Bentley, Brinkman, Butler, Curren, C., Dahlberg, De Young, Flagg, Graham, W. J., McCormick, Rostenkowski, Vickers, Moore, Browne, L. O'N., Burns, Conlon, Desmond, Donlan, Griffin, Madsen, Kasserman, Purdunn, and Wilson, R. E.
Enrolled and Engrossed Bills--Lynch, Chairman; Purdunn, Graham, W. J., Green, E. W., Ellis, Morrasy, and Mason.
Farm Drainage-Morrasy, Chairman; Graham, W. J., Burres, Benson, Brewer, Buxton, Campbell, Drake, Stanfield, West, Wood, Graham, T. E., Kane, Maucker, Thomason, Williamson, and Taylor.
Fish and Game-Roe, A., Chairman; Garesche, Graham, T. E., Foster, Devereux, Festerling, Graham, W. J., LePage, Lynch, Pierson, Rethmeier, Thon, Fahy, Franz, Gorman, Hennebry, Prendergast, Placek, Smith, Thompson, and Desmond.
Insurance Scanlan, Chairman; Merritt, Kessinger, Bippus, Butler, Fieldstack, Hamlin, Jackson, LePage, Roderick, Turner, Tuttle, Bruce, Conlon, Donahue, Franz, Graham, T. E., Hruby, Rinehart, Schuberth, and O'Connell.
Industrial Affairs—Turnbaugh, Chairman; Brinkman, Bippus, Davis, Fieldstack, Leach, McCabe, Rentchler, Rostenkowski, Stanfield, Stewart, Tompkins, Tuttle, Boyd, McCormick, Hicks, Bruce, Green, C., Hilton, Kilens, Madsen, McGloon, Mitchell, Morrasy, Morris, Placek, Prendergast, Ryan, F. J., Walsh, Santry, and Taylor.
Judiciary-Holaday, Chairman; Shurtleff, Browne, L. O'N., Provine, Butler, Dahlberg, Davis, De Young, Ellis, Frankhauser, Gardner, Graham, W. J., Hamlin, Hicks, Leach, Lyle, Lyon, Moore, Perkins, Pierson, Roderick, Rothschild, Scanlan, Scholes, Thon, Turnbaugh, Tuttle, Watson, Wilson, G. H., Cooper, Devine, Donahue, Garesche, Green, C., Hennebry, Igoe, Kane, Kasserman, Ray, Rinehart, Roe, A., Taylor, Thomason, Weber, and Williamson.
Judicial Apportionment-Graham, W. J., Chairman; Atwood, Barker, Buxton, Davis, Dudgeon, Ellis, Harvey, Hicks, Leach, LePage, Lynch, Lyon, Stewart, Scanlan, Shurtleff, Sonnemann, Tice, Turnbaugh, Browne, L. O'N., Cooper, Dalton, Donahue, Elliott, Felts, Garesche, Gorman, Jacobson, O'Connell, Maucker, Morrasy, Placek, Purdunn, Roe, A., and Thompson.
Judicial Department and Practice-Provine, Chairman; Wilson, G. H., Rothschild, Browne, L. O'N., Dahlberg, DeYoung, Ellis, Hamlin, Lyle, Moore, Pierson, Roderick, Scholes, Thon, Watson, Devine, Green, C., Kane, Rinehart, Taylor, Thomason, Weber, and Williamson.
Liberal Committee-Curran, T., Chairman; Festerling, Devereux, Curren, C., LePage, Moore, Rethmeier, Rostenkowski, Tompkins, Turner, Vickers, Desmond, Donlan, Fahy, Hennebry, Hilton, Frank Ryan, Seif, and Smith.
License and Misecllany-Festerling, Chairman; Bippus, Boyer, Burres, Curran, T., Devereux, Fieldstack, Jackson, Rostenowski, Turner, Vickers, Basel, Epstein, Farrell, Hruby, Mason, O'Rourke, Placek, Santry, Strubinger, and Thompson.
Military Affairs-Burns, Chairman; Atwood, Barker, Brewer, Campbell, Davis, Green, E. W., Jackson, Stewart, Vickers, Young, Bruce, Felts, Hoffman, Jacobson, Lipshulch, Frank Ryan, Schuberth, and Seif.
Municipalities-Gorman, Chairman; Frankhauser, Lyle, Bippus, Buxton, Davis, Gardner Helwig, Hicks, West, Young, Conlon, Dalton, Epstein, Farrell, Griffin, Santry, Jacobson, Maucker, Mitchell, Mulcahy, Ray, Frank Ryan, Trandel, Wilson, R. E., Seif, and Ryan, J. W.
Public Utilities and Transportation-McCormick, Chairman; Shurtleff. DeYoung, Brinkman, Brown, W. M., Dudgeon, Gregory, Hamlin, Helwig, Lantz, LePage, Murphy, Provine, Turnbaugh, Turner, Vickers, Vursell, West, Browne, L. O'N., Burns, Cooper, Dalton, Franz, Gorman, Hilton, Jacobson, McGloon, Mulcahy, Ryan, F. J., Smith, and Thompson.
Revenue-Fahy, Chairman; Rothschild, Lyle, Boyd, Dahlberg, Field. stack, Green, E. W., Jackson, Perkins, Rentchler, Stanfield, Thon, Wood, Epstein, Kane, Mason, Mulcahy, Ryan, J. W., Walsh, Maucker, and Trandell.
Roads and Bridges—Tice, Chairman; Atwood, Barker, Benson, Bentley, Buxton, Davis, Drake, Festerling, Lantz, Pace, Perkins, Rentchler, Rathmeier, Rowe, W., Basel, Browne, L. O'N., Dalton, Donahue, Felts, Morrasy, Ray, Frank Ryan, Shephard, and Trandell.
Rules—The Speaker, Shurtleff, McCormick, Dudgeon, Tice, Curran, T., Rothschild, Lyon, Frankhauser, Rentchler, Browne, L. O'N., Devine, Garesche, Gorman, Hubbard, Igoe, and Roe, A.
Senatorial Apportionment—Gregory, Chairman; Boyer, Frankhauser, Bentley, Brinkman, Devereux, Green, E. W., Helwig, Jackson, Kessinger, Rethmeier, Rostenkowski, Rowe, W., Vursell, Watson, Wood, Basel, Bruce, Conlon, Farrell, Hennebry, Hoffman, O'Rourke, Prendergast, Quisenberry, Ray, Schuberth, Walsh, and Wilson, R. E.
Temperance—Wilson, G. H., Chairman; Boyd, Brewer, Ellis, Groves, Hubbard, Huston, Kane, Lyle, Provine, Richardson, Strubinger, Shurtleff, Tice, Vursell, West, Williamson, Wilson, H., and Wood.
To Visit Charitable Institutions-Foster, Chairman; Campbell, Vickers, Griffin, and Elliott.
To Visit Educational Institutions-Hilton, Chairman; Flagg, Barker, Pace, and Frank Ryan.
To Visit Penal Institutions-Ryan, F. J., Chairman; Atwood, Gregory, Graham, T. E., and Donlan.
Waterways-Igoe, Chairman; Dudgeon, Boyer, Devereux, Festerling, Gardner, Harvey, Helwig, McCabe, Scanlan, Scholes, Smejkal, Sonnemann, Tompkins, Young, Browne, L. O’N., Burns, Devine, Hennebry, Hoffman, Kilens, Mitchell, O'Connell, Placek, Santry, Walsh, Prendergast, Wilson, R. E., and Shurtleff.
The Speaker laid before the House the following communication from the State Board of Live Stock Commissioners, together with the data accompanying it, which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations :
March 10, 1915. To the Honorable House of Representatives of the Forty-ninth General Assembly.
GENTLEMEN: In compliance with your House Resolution No. 45, we herewith hand you an itemized statement of the expense incurred on account of the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease. These facts and the data are compiled from appraisement sheets, and bills now on file in this office, up to and including March 8. There has been 978 quarantines issued on various farms. The reports on some of them being incomplete, but it is our opinion that the estimated figures given you on March 3 will cover all expenses except compensation of animals slaughtered.
You will note that this report does not cover disinfection of premises, for the reason that the disinfecting is being done by Federal authorities and they have as yet submitted no figures except by phone and gave the information in this way, that the disinfecting of each farm will average $286.
Our report of March 3 shows 705 farms disinfected, making a total of $ 201,630. We have given you all the figures and data available at this time, and will be very glad to appear before you at any time and give you such other information as is available.
Very truly yours,
(Signed) B. J. SHANLEY,
L. F. BROWN,
R. M. PATTERSON. The House proceeding upon the order of House bills on second reading, House Bill No. 42, a bill for “An Act to amend an Act entitled, ‘An Act to amend an Act concerning circuit courts and to fix the time for holding the same in the several counties in the judicial circuit of the State of Illinois, exclusive of the county of Cook, approved May 24,
1879, in force July 1, 1879, approved June 11, 1897, in force July 1, 1897, as amended by an Act entitled, 'An Act to amend section seven (7) of chapter thirty-seven (37) of an Act fixing the terms of holding court in the several judicial circuits of the State of Illinois, exclusive of Cook County, approved June 11, 1897, and in force July 1, 1897, approved May 11, 1903, in force July 1, 1903,' by amending section seven (7) thereof,"
Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time,
And the question being, “Shall the bill be engrossed for a third reading ?" it was decided in the affirmative.
The House proceeding upon the order of Senate bills on first reading, Senate Bill No. 1, a bill for "An Act making an appropriation for the payment of claims arising from loss on account of the slaughter of animals having the foot and mouth disease,”
Having been printed, was taken up, read at large a first time, and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
The House proceeding upon the order of introduction of bills, the roll was called for that purpose, whereupon,
Mr. Bruce introduced a bill, House Bill No. 151, a bill for “An Act concerning fees in adoption cases."
The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice.
Mr. Bruce introduced a bill, House Bill No. 152, a bill for "An Act to amend an Act entitled, 'An Act to revise the law in relation to the adoption of children,' approved February 27, 1874, in force July 1, 1874."
The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
Mr. Dalton introduced a bill, House Bill No. 153, a bill for "An Act to prohibit any person, firm, or corporation from obtaining money or property by the practice of fortune telling, clairvoyance, astrology, palmistry, spirit mediumship, card reading, seership or like crafty science.”
The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on License and Miscellany.
Mr. Dalton introduced a bill, House Bill No. 154, a bill for “An Act to amend an Act entitled, 'An Act defining motor vehicles, and providing for the registration of the same and of motor bicycles, and uniform rules regulating the use and speed thereof; prohibiting the use of motor vehicles without the consent of the owner, and the offer or acceptance of any bonus or discount or other consideration for the purchase of supplies or parts for any such motor vehicle, or for work or repairs done thereon by others, and defining chauffeurs and providing for the examination and licensing thereof and to repeal certain acts therein named,' approved June 10, 1911, in force July 1, 1911, by amending section three (3) thereof."
The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
Mr. Desmond introduced a bill, House Bill No. 155, a bill for “An Act to amend an Act entitled, 'An Act to secure the enforcement of the law for prevention of cruelty to animals,' approved May 25, 1877, in force July 1, 1877, as amended by an Act approved June 30, 1885, in