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Mr. Crane, having received all the votes cast, was declared duly elected.

Mr. Crane then assumed the Chair, and made the following address:

SENATORS :-For the honor conferred and confidence implied in electing me to preside on such occasions as your constitutional presiding officer may be absent, I return you my sincere and heartfelt thanks, and I can only hope that I may to some extent be able to justify your choice by a fair and impartial administration to the best of my ability of those rules and parliamentary usages which may be adopted for the control and guidance of our action. In the strict and firm adherence to these rules, the wisdom of which has been so abundantly demonstrated by the experience of the past, consists our only safety, and may we not all now resolve that this body will not upon the slightest pretext, heretofore so common, suspend or abrogate them? Such favors are generally solicited, and, out of mistaken courtesy, granted to special or local legislation, and thus our statutes in the last two sessions have grown to an unseemly bulk, occasioned mainly by the great facility afforded by the continuous suspension of all parliamentary rules in its favor. This special legislation, if it must be endured, should at least be held under the same checks by which general Acts are passed, and by this means will not only much mischievous or useless legislation be suppressed, but the time and deliberation required will prevent the adoption of many objectionable laws. The amendments to the organic law, finally adopted by the people at the last election, will call for much important legislation to carry them into effect, and upon us, as a co-ordinate branch of the Legislature, will devolve the duty and labor of accomplishing the purposes of those amendments. It shall be my effort as one of the working members of this Senate, (by which designation I am more ambitious to be known than as the recipient of its honors,) to aid in the attainment of this result, so that by a clear, well digested system of laws, avoiding the perplexities of loose and indefinite expression, we may present plain and easily understood Acts for the guidance of the various departments of the Government and the protection of the citizens.

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Mr. White, having received all the votes cast, was declared duly elected.

FOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY.

Mr. Cavis nominated H. G. Stebbins.

The roll was called with the following result :

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Mr. Stebbins, having received all the votes cast, was declared duly elected.

FOR SERGEANT-AT-ARMS.

Mr. Nixon nominated George I. Lytle.

The roll was called with the following result:

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Mr. Lytle, having received all the votes cast, was declared duly elected.

FOR ASSISTANT SERGEANT-AT-ARMS.

Mr. Cunningham nominated E. W. Councilman.
The roll was called with the following result:

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Mr. Councilman, having reeeived all the votes cast, was declared duly elected.

FOR MINUTE CLERK.

Mr. McNabb nominated John S. Van Doren.
The roll was called with the following result:

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