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ON ELECTIONS.

Messrs. Gaskill, Shannon, Vineyard, Cavis, and Lewis.

ON MILEAGE.

Messrs. Shurtleff, Quint, and Bogart.

ON CONTINGENT EXPENSES.

Messrs. Powers, Lewis, Bogart, Shannon, and McNabb.

Senator Higby, from the Joint Committee to wait on the Governor, reported verbally that the Governor would, to-day, present his Annual Message, with accompanying documents.

Mr. Oulton asked leave to introduce a bill for an Act to amend an Act entitled an Act to define the Senatorial and Assembly Districts of this State, and to apportion the representation thereof, approved May eighteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one.

Objection being made by Mr. Porter of Contra Costa, Mr. Oulton moved the suspension of Rule Twelfth.

Carried.

Bill read first and second times, and referred to Judiciary Committee.

NOTICES OF BILLS.

Notices of the introduction of bills were given as follows:

By Mr. Van Dyke, for an Act concerning Courts of Justice in this State, and Judicial Officers.

By Mr. McNabb, for an Act to provide for the appointment of a Measurer of Wood, in and for the City and County of San Francisco, approved April twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two.

RESOLUTIONS.

Mr. Whiting offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Senate now proceed to the election of a Chaplain to serve during the present session.

Mr. Gaskill offered the following as a substitute:

Resolved, That the President of the Senate invite the unconditional Union clergymen of the City of Sacramento to open the Senate with prayer each morning, and to arrange the order among themselves.

On the adoption of the substitute, the ayes and noes were demanded, by Messrs. Crane, Shannon, and Powers, and taken, with the following result:

AYES-Messrs. Abell, Anderson, Bogart, Booth, Burnell, Cavis, Chamberlain, Doll, Gaskill, Harriman, Harvey, Oulton, Parks, Perkins, Porter of Contra Costa, Van Dyke, and Wallis-17.

NOES-Messrs. Baker, Birdseye, Clark, Crane, Cunningham, Hathaway, Higby, Higgins, Kutz, Lewis, McCullough, McNabb, Nixon, Porter of

Santa Cruz, Powers, Saxton, Shannon, Shurtleff, Vineyard, and Whiting-20.

Mr. Gaskill moved to insert ten dollars per day as a compensation. Mr. Shannon moved to insert five dollars per day, instead of ten dollars.

The question being on the adoption of Mr. Shannon's motion, the ayes and noes were demanded, by Messrs. Crane, Chamberlain, and Porter of Santa Cruz, and taken, with the following result:

AYES--Messrs. Birdseye, Burnell, Cavis, Chamberlain, Clark, Crane, Cunningham, Harriman, Hathaway, Higby, Higgins, McCullough, McNabb, Nixon, Pacheco, Parks, Porter of Contra Costa, Porter of Santa Cruz, Powers, Shannon, Van Dyke, and Whiting-21.

NOES-Messrs. Abell, Anderson, Baker, Bogart, Booth, Doll, Gaskill, Harvey, Holden, Lewis, Oulton, Perkins, Saxton, Shurtleff, Vineyard, and Wallis-17.

Mr. Gaskill offered the following substitute for the original resolution :

Resolved, That the President of the Senate invite loyal clergymen of the City of Sacramento to open the Senate with prayer each morning, and to arrange the order among themselves, at a per diem of five dollars.

Adopted

Mr. Parks moved to amend the substitute just adopted so that the consideration shall not exceed five dollars per day for each day's services rendered.

Mr. Doll raised a point of order that amendments are not in order after a substitute has been adopted:

The Chair ruled the point of order not well taken.

Mr. Doll appealed from the decision of the Chair.

Chair sustained.

Mr. Parks's amendment was then adopted.

On the adoption of the resolution as amended, the ayes and noes were demanded, by Messrs. Doll, Holden, and Gaskill, and taken, with the following result:

AYES-Messrs. Birdseye, Bogart, Burnell, Cavis, Chamberlain, Clark, Cunningham, Gaskill, Harriman, Hathaway, Higby, Higgins, Kutz, McCullough, McNabb, Nixon, Porter of Contra Costa, Porter of Santa Cruz, Shannon, Van Dyke, Wallis, and Whiting—22.

NOES-Messrs. Anderson, Baker, Doll, Harvey, Holden, Lewis, Oulton, Parks, Perkins, Shurtleff, and Vineyard-11.

Mr. Birdseye offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the President, to investigate the transactions between the State Treasurer and the Assistant Treasurer of the United States, and that said committee be instructed to report to this body at an early day.

Adopted.

Mr. Higby moved to reconsider the vote by which the above resolution was passed.

The rules were suspended, and the motion to reconsider carried.
Mr. Gaskill offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms be authorized to make arrangements with the Postmaster and Express Agents for the transportation of letters and papers, until further provided by law.

Lost.

Mr. Oulton gave notice that he would introduce a bill for an Act to amend sections thirty-two and thirty-eight of an Act to provide revenue for the support of the Civil Government of the State, approved May seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, approved May fourteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two;

Also, a bill for the relief of Manasseh Sleeper, Tax Collector of Siskiyou County.

Mr. Chamberlain gave notice that he would introduce a bill for an Act amendatory of and supplementary to an Act concerning Attorneys and Counsellors at Law, passed February nineteenth, eighteen hundred and fifty-one.

Mr. Van Dyke offered the following resolution:

Resolved, By the Senate, the Assembly concurring, that the Senate and Assembly meet together in Joint Convention, in the Assembly Chamber, on Wednesday, the fourteenth day of January, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, at twelve o'clock, M., for the purpose of electing a United States Senator, for the full term commencing March fourth, A. D. eighteen hundred and sixty-three.

Mr. Higby moved to amend by inserting Wednesday, twenty-first. Upon which, the ayes and noes were demanded, by Messrs. Doll, Oulton, and Saxton, and taken, with the following result:

AYES-Messrs. Anderson, Birdseye, Cavis, Cunningham, Harvey, Higby, Lewis, Shannon, and Whiting—9.

NOES-Messrs. Booth, Burnell, Chamberlain, Doll, Gaskill, Harriman, Hathaway, Holden, Kutz, McCullough, McNabb, Nixon, Oulton, Pacheco, Parks, Perkins, Porter of Contra Costa, Porter of Santa Cruz, Powers, Shurtleff, Van Dyke, Vineyard, and Wallis-23.

Mr. Shannon moved to lay the resolution on the table.

Upon which, the ayes and noes were demanded by Messrs. Doll, Gaskill, and Van Dyke, and taken, with the following result :

AYES-Messrs. Anderson, Booth, Cavis, Chamberlain, Cunningham, Harvey, Holden, Lewis, Nixon, Parks, Perkins, Porter of Santa Cruz, Powers, Saxton, Shannon, and Whiting-16.

NOES-Messrs. Birdseye, Burnell, Doll, Gaskill, Harriman, Hathaway, Higby, Higgins, Kutz, McCullough, McNabb, Oulton, Pacheco, Shurtleff, Van Dyke, Vineyard, and Wallis-17.

On the adoption of the resolution, the ayes and noes were demanded, by Messrs. Doll, Oulton, and Van Dyke, and taken, with the following result:

AYES-Messrs. Birdseye, Burnell, Cavis, Doll, Gaskill, Harriman, Hathaway, Higby, Kutz, McCullough, McNabb, Oulton, Porter of Contra Costa, Shurtleff, Van Dyke, Vineyard, and Wallis-17.

NOES-Messrs. Anderson, Booth, Chamberlain, Cunningham, Harvey, Higgins, Holden, Nixon, Pacheco, Parks, Perkins, Porter of Santa Cruz, Powers, Saxton, Shannon, and Whiting-16.

Mr. Shurtleff gave notice of the introduction of a bill for an Act to divide the State into Congressional Districts.

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVernor.

The following Annual Message of the Governor, with accompanying documents, was received:

STATE OF CALIFORNIA, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Sacramento, January 7th, 1863.

GENTLEMEN OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY :

You are convened under circumstances which call for expressions of gratitude to that benignant Power, who has thus far preserved us from those perils which afflict so large a portion of our common country. Since your adjournment, the peace and quietude of the State has been undisturbed by any political commotion, and we have been blessed with a season of general health.

You meet together at a period in the history of our State which bears a marked and glowing contrast to that under which your immediate predecessors were assembled. Then a calamity, unprecedented in the annals of California, overwhelmed our people. A succession of floods were sweeping over and around us, visiting in their remorseless fury every corner of the State-covering our farms, and surrounding our farm houses, with their rising tide-rushing with a like impetuous torrent through the rugged cañons of Siskiyou, and over the vine-clad plains of Los Angeles. No section was exempt from their terrible devastation, and no community was free from the general gloom that awaited the receding waters. Mines were flooded, farms were desolated, bridges were swept away, and roads were ploughed up, by the surging element, that for a time threatened an irreparable injury to the best interests of the State.

But vast as was the peril, and destructive the character, of these repeated disasters, the recuperative energies of our people have surmounted, for the most part, their devastating effects. Our mines have resumed their accustomed yield, and our farms their wonted verdure. Bridges have been rebuilt, and roads have been repaired. New channels. of trade have been opened, and new fields of industry explored, and the Legislature of the present year represents a State, not only recovered from the desolation of a year ago, but absolutely richer in population and wealth-in mineral, agricultural, and manufacturing resources.

STATE FINANCES.

With all our unparalleled prosperity as a State, our finances are in a condition, to say the least, far from flattering. The present Administra

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tion received the government from the hands of its predecessors largely in debt, from which it has been impossible to extricate it.

The accompanying carefully prepared reports of the State Treasurer and the State Controller, present a minute detail of our financial condition on the first of December, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and from these reports I gather the condensed synopsis which follows:

State Debt, December 1, 1862.

Bonds issued under the Act of April 28th, 1857, and out-
standing December 1st, 1862....
Bonds issued under the Act of April 30th, 1860, and out-
standing December 1st, 1862.....

Amount due the School Fund, on sales of school lands, un-
der Act of April 23d, 1858.....
Appropriated by last Legislature for support of Schools....
Indebtedness claimed by the holders of War Bonds and
Coupons, issued previous to 1857, estimated by the
Treasurer of State

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$3,727,500 00

198,500 00

475,520 00 50,433 70

220,000 00

Due on War Bonds issued since 1857, payable when appropriations are made by Congress..

338,930 01

Claims audited by the War Board, not bonded......................
Outstanding Claims, as ascertained by the Controller of
State, December 1st, 1862.........

68,621 05

489,780 00

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Which shows the total indebtedness of the General Fund, upon the advent of the present Administration, January 10th, 1862...

$535,603 93

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