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WHEREAS, the enactments of the 28th General Assembly have made great changes in our Statuto laws, and it is desirable that the public otficers throughout the State be made acquainted therewith at the earliest possible moment; therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That 6,000 copies of the laws of this session of the 28th General Assembly be published, in the usual manner and style of bipiling, and in lieu of the number required by law to be made, for immediate distribution, and that the Secretary of State be, and he is hereby directed to forward without delay, as soon as published, one copy thereof to the clerks of each of the Circuit and County Courts of the State, and twenty-two copies thereof to each member of the General Assembly, provided the same can be done within thirty days after the adjournment of this session of the General Assembly, the Secretary to pay the cost of distributing said lawn, and of copying the same for the printer, at not exceeding four cents per hundred words, out of the contingent fund of his office.

In accordance with said resolution I have distributed the copies as directed, the number so distributed amounting to 4,488. There were still left in my possession 1,512 bound copies of the laws for distribu. tion, for which there was no definite instruction, and believing it was the intention of the General Assemblr that they should be distributed among the people, I took the responsibility to set aside enough copies for the use of the members of the 28th General Assembly at its adjourned session, and then distributed the balance as follows, viz: One copy to each Judge of the Supreme, Circuit and County Courts in the State; one copy to each college library in the State ; one copy to every public library in the State, so far as known to me; one copy to each newspaper in the State, so far as I was able to ascertain; and one copy to each State and Territory in the United States.

In my opinion, it would have been wise if the aforesaid resolution of instruction to me had provided for the printing of a number sufficient to have allowed for the distrivution of a copy not only to members of the General Assembly and others, but also to each Justice of the Peace, Police Magistrate, and judicial officer in the State ; but (after complying with the instructions of the resolution) the number of copies left being insufficient, I could not, without “ unjust discrimination," send to any of the County Clerks for distribution to such officers. I therefore determined to do the best I could to get the laws before the people, and pursued the course as designated above, and in which I hope and believe I will be sustained by your Excellency and the General Assembly.

Near the close of the first session of the 28th General Assembly, the following joint resolution of instruction was adopted, viz:

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That the Secretary of State be directed to have published during the recess, and in the usual form, the Journals of both Houses up to the time of the alljournment of the present regular session: Provided, that this publication, so far as it goes, shall be in lieu of that required by law to be made, and within the same time as if the General Assembly adjourned sine die on the 6th day of May, 1873.

As the number of copies of the Journals to be published was not designated in the above resolution, I was obliged to act on my judgment as to what I believed was the intention of the members of the Legisla. ture in this matter, and therefore ordered the Public Printer to print tive hundred copies each of the Senate and House Journals; and at the same time, desiring to reflect the wishes of the members aforesaid, I instructed the State Binder to bind two hundred and twenty-five (225) copies of said Journals in a inore substantial manner than ordinary, for the use of the members of the present session. In this I am sustained by the other members of the Board of Commissioners of Public Printing, and hope to be by the General Assembly.

In this counection it may be proper for me to report, that upon consultation with the Cominissioners of Public Printing, it was decided that it would be for the interests of the people of the State that the various reports, which were laid before your Excellency, and the present General Assembly, at its first session, (wbich are to be printed and distributed pursuant to law) should be printed and distributed as speeedily

as possible, in order that the people, who are to be benefited by the information contained in said reports, should receive them soon. I therefore ordered the State Printer to print the reports as provided by law, and the same are now in the hands of the State Binder, who has orders to finish his work as speedily as possible. The Commissioners, believing they have acted in this, as in other matters, for the best interests of the State and the people, hope to be sustained in their action by your Excellency and the Legislature.

In accordance with section 15 of the law for Public Printing, a practical printer has been employed by the Secretary of State since December, 1872, and is still so employed.

The present law regulating the public printing, with the few changes as suggested by the committee on revision, is, in my opinion, a most excellent law, and I do not think could be made more satisfactory in any respect. [Signed]

GEO. H. HARLOW,

Secretary of State. Mr. Dunham, from the committee on revision, introduced House bill, No. 644, for "An act to revise the law in relation to joint rights and obligations."

Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Dunham, from the committee on revision, introduced House bill, No. 645, for “An act to revise the law in relation to limited partner: ships.”

Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Dunham, from the committee on revision, introduced House bill, No. 646, for “An act to revise the law in relation to mandamus."

Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Dunham, from the committee on revision, introduced House bill, No. 647, for "An act to revise the law in relation to names."

Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Dunham, from the committee on revision, introduced House bill, No. 648, for "An act to revise the law in relation to notices."

Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading. Mr. Dunham, from the committee on revision, introduced House bill, No. 649, for “An act to revise the law in relation to oaths and affirmations."

Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Dunham, from the committee on revision, introduced House bill, No. 650, for "An'act to revise the law in relation to plats."

Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Dunham, from the committee on revision, introduced House bill, No. 651, for "An act to revise the law in relation to promissory notes."

Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Dunham, from the committee on revision, introduced House bill, No. 652, for "An act to revise the law in relation to state library.” Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

On motion of Mr. Granger,
At 12 M., the House adjourned to 2 P. M.

Two O'CLOCK P. M.

The House met, pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Dunham, from the committee on revision, introduced House bill, No. 653, for "An act to revise the law in relation to township organization."

Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

By consent, Mr. Mulvane was permitted to record his vote in favor of concurring in the Senate amendment to the House resolution in relation to the saiary of Congressmen, which was before the House on yesterday.

Mr. Dunham, from the committee on revision, introduced House bill, No..654, for “An act to amend an act entitled 'an act for the assess ment of property, and for the levy and collection of taxes, approved March 30, 1872."

Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Dunham, from the committee on revision, introduced House bill, No. 655, for "An act to amend an act entitled an act concerning bail in civil cases,' approved January 22, 1872." I

Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.
A message from the Senate by Mr. Paddock.

Mr. Speaker: I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that the Senate has adopted the following resolution, to-wit:

Resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring therein, That the joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on revision, be and the same is hereby continued during the present session of the General Assembly, and that said committee is hereby authorized to employ a clerk, when, in its discretion, the business before said committee shall require.

In the adoption of which I am instructed to ask the concurrence of the House of Representatives.

House bills on first reading being in order,
House bill, No. 259, for "An act to simplify the forms of pleading,"
Was taken up, read a first time, and

On motion of Mr. Connolly,
The bill was referred to the committee on judiciary,

By consent, Mr. Oleson introduced House bill, No. 656, for “An act to amend section sixty.four (64) of an act entitled can act to provide for the election and qualification of justices of the peace and constables, and to provide for the jurisdiction and practice of justices of the peace in civil cases, and fix the duties of constables, and to repeal certain acts therein named, in force July 1, 1872."

Which was referred to the committee on judiciary. By consent, Mr. Wicker submitted the following resolution: WHEREAS, We, the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, being in full sympathy with the wants of commerce, and satisfied that our great State is, and that all the States of the northwest are in commercial trouble because of the want of sufficient circulating medium to do their business, the evidence of which we have seen in the late commercial panio, the amount of such circulating medium authorized by Congress being inadequate to the wants and requirements of the business and commerce of the country, which is sufficiently proved by the almost universal call from all parts of the south and west for an increase of circulation ; and, whereas, the Congress of the United States many years ago did assume the power to contract the issue and limit the volume of paper money to be used in transacting the business of the nation, since which time the settlement of new territories, with greatly increased population, has so widened and extended the boundaries of the government as to render an increase of currency in either national bank or legal-tender notes an absolute necessity, to the end that the citizens of the United States, as a whole, may successfully maintain their commercial influence and prosperity, and thus aid in the development of the greut agricultural and mineral resources of the country, be it, therefore,

Resolved, 1. That our Representatives and Senators in Congress be and they are hereby respectfully requested to use their influence to obtain from Congress the passage of an act authorizing an increase

of legal-tonder notes or national bank paper of not less than $100.000.000. That such amendment shall be made to the national bank act as will permit of the issue of national bank bills to the extent of tho wants of all parties who shall desire to organize banks under the provisions of said law.

2. That in the opinion of this legislature the resumption of specie payments at the present time would be disastrous to the commercial, manufacturing, and agricultural interests of the northwest, and

og that the nation is not prepared for a return to specie payments, we respectfully urge upon our representatives that they oppose any such measure.

3. That a copy of this preamble and resolutions be forwarded to each of the Senators and Representatives of our State at Washington, with the request that their influence be used for the passage of laws embraced in the foregoing resolutions.

On motion of Mr. Wicker, The resolution was referred to the committee on banks and banking.

House bill, No. 302, for “An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to provide for the exereise of the right of eminent domain," approved April 10, 1872,"

Was taken up, read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

House bill, No. 160, for "An act relating to grades in cities and towns,"

Was taken up, read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

House bill, No. 227, for "An act to amend section twelve and section fourteen of an act entitled “Au act to provide for the removal of county seats," approved March 15, 1872," Was taken up, read a first time, and,

Ou motion of Mr. Dement, Was laid on the table.

Mr. Armstrong of Grundy (by consent) introduced House bill, No. 657, for "An act to correct an error in section two of eurolled House bill, No. 304, entitled 'An act concerning jurors,' in force July 1, 1873."

Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Lietze (by consent) introduced House bill, No. 658, for “An act to amend section three (3) of an act entitled 'An act in regard to prac. tice in courts of record,' approved February 22, 1872, in force July 1, 1872."

Which was referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Harvey (by consent) introduced House bill, No. 659 for "An act to protect the citizens of the State of Illinois from empiricism, and to elevate the standing of the medical profession."

Which was referred to the committee on judiciary. Mr. Carpenter (by consent) submitted the following resolution : Resolved, That the Railroad Commissioners be and hereby are requested to furnish to this House a detailed statement of all moneys expended, or contracted to be expended by them, as retaining fees, or for any other purpose, since the adjournment of the General Assembly in May last

Which was adopted. Mr. Sawyer (by consent) submitted the following resolution : Resolved, That the committee on revenue be and are hereby instructed to draft a bill extending the time of the payment of the taxes of 1863, and the return of the collectors' books to May 10, 1874.

Which was not adopted.

Mr. Savage (by consent) presented a petition from citizens of Will county, asking for a change in the revenue law.

Which was referred to the committee on revenue.

Mr. Pollock (by consent) presented a petition from citizens of Ford county, asking for au extension of time for payment of taxes.

Which was referred to the committee on revenue.

Mr. Snow (by consent) introduced House bill, No. 660, for “An act to amend an act entitled 'Practice in courts of record,' approved February 22, A. D. 1872."

Which was referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Grant (by consent) introduced House bill, No. 661, for “An act to ainend an act entitled "An act to fix the salaries of state officers, etc.,' approved March 29, 1872, in force July 1, 1872."

Which was read a first time, and referred to the committee on fees and salaries.

On motion of Mr. Rountree, By consent, the Senate resolution in relation to continuing the conmittee on revision was taken up and concurred in.

Mr. Walker (by consent) submitted the following resolution : Resolved, That the committee on revision be requested to report a bill providing for a means of trying the rights of property, when a levy is made in any execution, before à county judge or some other competent person.

On motion of Mr. Lane of Hancock, The resolution was referred to the committee on judiciary: Mr. Orendorff (by cousent) submitted the following resolution : Resolved by the House of Representatives, That his Excellency, the Governor of the State of Illinois, is hereby respectfully reqnested to lay before this House a copy of all official documents in the execu: tive office relating to the death of Henry Williams, a couvict in the State Penitentiary.

Mr. Lietze moved to Jar the resolution on the table.

Which was not agreed to-yeas 8, navs 92—the yeas and nays being demanded by five members.

Those voting in the affirmative are,
Messrs. Bryant, Bullard, Drosser, Forth, Lietze, McPherran, Sheridan, Westfall—8.

Those voting in the negative are,
Messrs. Alexander of Crawford, Anderson, Armstrong of Grundy, Armstrong of La Salle, Ballow.
Bishop of McHenry. Booth, Bradwell, Branson, Casey, Carpenter, Chambers, Counolly, Crawford,
Cronkrite, Crosby, Darnell, Davis, Dement, Dewey, Dolan, Dolton, Easley, Efner, Freeland, Freeman,
Gordon, Graham. Granger, Grant. Gridley, Griffith, Hart, Hawes, Henry, Herrington, Hite of St,
Clair, Hoiles, Hollenback. Hopkins, Jaquess, Jessup, Jones, Kase, Lane of Hancock, Lemma, Mann,
Marsh, Massie, McAdams, McDonald, Meacham, Moore of Adams, Moose, Morrison, Moffett, Mul.
vane, Nulton, Oakwood, Oberly, Oleson, Orendorff, Pinnell, Plowinan, Pollock, Pyatt, Ray, Roger's,
Rountree, Savage, Scanlan, Scott, Senne, Shumway, Snow, Soule, Starr, Stewart of Winnebago, Stew.
art of McLean, Streetor, Stroud, Taggart, Thomas, Thornton, Virden. Walker, Warner, Washburn,
Webber, Webster, Wicker, Mr. Speaker.

So the motion to lay on the table was not agreed to.

Mr. Hawes moved to postpone the further consideration of the resolution until 7:30 o'clock P. M. Which was not agreed to.

On motion of Mr. Hite of St. Clair, The previous question was ordered.

The question then being on the adoption of the resolution, it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Cronkrite,
At 4:20 P. M. the House adjourned to 10 A. M. to-morrow.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 1874.

The House met at 10 o'clock A. M.
Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Paynter.
The Clerk proceeded to read the journal of yesterday, when,

Ou motion of Mr. Cassedy,
The further reading of the same was dispensed with.

On motion of Mr. Cassedy, The rules were suspended, and he was permitted to submit the follow. ing resolution ;

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