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The committee would state that the certificate of Thomas J. Ferrier has attached to it a certificate of the Clerk of the County Court of Cook county, hereto attached, which we herewith return to the House, with our report, for its action. All of which is respectfully submitted.
JULIUS A. CARPENTER,
JOHN H. OBERLY.
County of Cook. I, Joseph Pollak, clerk of the county court of Cook county, in the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that there was a misprint in the "election return sheet," furnished by Culver, Page & Hoyne. The return in the poll books of the precincts comprised in the fourth Senatorial District, show that Thomas E. Ferrier was elected a representative of the Twenty-eighth General Assembly, and not Thomas J., as the election return sheet" shows. All of which appears from the records and files of my oflice.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said county court, at my SEAL.) office in the city of Chicago, in said county, thi
Olerk of the County Court. On motion of Mr. Carpenter, Said report was adopted.
On motion of Mr. Hildrup, it was Resolved, That the Clerk pro tem. proceed to prepare the oath of office prescribed by the constitution for each member elect of the House of Representatives. the number of representative districts, and subscribe to such oath. That Chief Justice Lawrence, of tbe supreme court, de respectfully invited to administer the oath of office to the members, and that a committee of three be appointed to extend to him the invitation, in behalf of this House.
On motion of Mr. Armstrong, The vote by which the report of the committee on credentials was adopted was reconsidered, and the error referred to in the certificate of the clerk of the county court of Cook county was corrected, by making the name “Thomas J. Ferrier" read “Thomas E. Ferrier," and the report, as corrected, was then adopted.
In pursuance of a preceding resolution, the Speaker pro tem. appointed as a committee to wait on Chief Justice Lawrence, and extend to him an invitation to administer the oath prescribed by the constitution to the members elect of this House, Messrs. Hay, Chambers and Thornton.
The committee performed the duty required of them, and the Clerk pro tem. proceeded to call the roll, and the following members appeared and subscribed to the oath prescribed by the constitution, which was administered by Chief Justice Lawrence :
Messrs. Alexander of Crawford, Alexander of Montgomery, Anderson, Armstrong of Grundy, Arm.
On motion of Mr. Inscore, it was Resołred, That the House now proceed to its permanent organization, by the nomination and election of ofticers, vira roce.
The nomination of Speaker being now in order,
Mr. Hildrup nominated Hon. SHELBY M. CULLOM, of Sangamon county.
Mr. Armstrong of Grundy nominated Hon. NEWTON R. CASEY, of Pulaski county.
Whereupon, the Clerk proceeded to call the roll, which resulted as
Those voting for Mr. CULLOM are: Messis. Anderson, Barkley, Bocock, Bradwell, Branson, Bullard, Bushnell, Casey, Cassedy, Carpenter. Chambers, Connoly, Cross, Cullerton, Davis, Dement, Dolton, Efner, Ferrier, Freeland, Freeman, Golden, Gordon, Grabam, Granger, Grant, Grey, Gridley, Hart, Harvey, Hawes, Hay, Henry, Herting, Hildrur. Hollenback, Hopkins, Inscore, Jaquess, Johnston, Jones, Lane of Hancock, Lietze, Lomax, Mann, Massie, McGee, Mitchell. Moore of Marshall, Moffit. Mulvane, Oakwood, Oleson, Penfield, PinDell Plowman, Pollock, Race, Ramey, Rankin, Ray, Rice, Rountree, Savage, Sawyer, Scanlan, Senne. Shaw. Sheridan, Snow. Sonle, Starr, Stewart of Winnebago, Stewart of McLean, Swan, Taggart, Thomas, Trnitt, Warner, Washburn, Wayman, Webster, Westfall, Wicker, Wood, Wymore_86.
Those voting for Mr. CASEY are: Messrs. Alexander of Crawford, Alexander of Montgomery, Armstrong of Grundy, Armstrong of LaSalle, Ballow. Bishop of Sdgar, Bishop of McHenry, Blakely, Booth, Bryant, Collins, Condon, Cronk. rite, Callom, Darnell, Dewey. Dolan, Dresser, Dunbam, Easley, Flanders. Forth, Halpin. Herrington, Hite of Madison, Hite of St. Clair, Hoiles, Jackson, James, Jessup, Kann, Lane of DeWitt, Lemma, Lewis, Loopis, Marsh, MeAdams, McDonald, McLanghlin, McPherran, Meacham, Middlecoff, Moore of Adams, Moose, Morrison, Neville, Newton, Nulton, Oberly, Orendorff, Peltzer, Quinn, Rogers, Scott.
. Smith, Streetor, Stroud, Sylvester, Thornton, Virden, Walker, Webber, Weinheimer, Wick-66.
Mr. Cullom, having received a majority of all the votes cast, was de. clared duly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The Speaker pro tem. appointed Messrs. Casey, Rice and Bushnell to wait upon Mr. Čullom, and conduct him to the chair; which duty being performed, Mr. Cullom addressed the House as follows: Gentlemen of the House of Representatives :
For this distinguished honor which you have conferred upon me, I pray you to accept my warm and grateful acknowledgments. Without solicitation on my part, you have made me your presiding officer, and I accept the position with a grateful sense of your kindness, which I can scarcely find words to express. I am not unmindful of the trying and grave responsibilities incident to the position. From general experience in legislative assemblies, and having been called to this chair once be. fore in years that are past, I have long since learned that the duties devolving upou the presiding officer of the popular branch of a Legislature are difficult and arduous, and demand for faithful execution the most careful and diligent attention. It shall be my constant purpose, gentlemen, to discharge the functions of this station impartially, and with a singleness of purpose to do my duty, that shall secure the approval of the just, without regard to difference of political sentiment or party affiliations. I appeal to you for that support and forbearance, by the aid of which alone I can even hope to succeed.
Much, gentlemen, will depend upon yourselves, individually and collectively. A strict observance of the rules and orders of the house is essential in giving digvity and character to our deliberations. Good order is indispensable to the proper and intelligent conduct of business, and without it we cannot claim the respect of those who may witness our sessions. It is our duty, gentlemen, as members of the popular branch of our Legislature, under the constitution, to reflect the popular will.
There is much important work for us to do. The laws of the State are but imperfectly conforined to our present constitution. The people are looking to this Legislature with confidence that our labors will result in positive good, and not in evil, to the great body of the people of the State. It is not needful, however, that I should admonish you of the magnitude of the trust in our hands, or the manner in which it ought to be discharged. The State of Illinois has, within her borders, nearly three millions of people. They look to their Legislature to guard and protect their interests, and give relief, if possible, in times of distress or oppression.
Then, gentlemen, let us approach the questions which are demanding our attention with thoughtfulness and an honest purpose to do our duty. Let our proceedings be marked with forbearance, moderation and dig. nity ; let us give attention to those subjects only which are calculated to advance the best interests and happiness of our people and glory of our State; and when our session shall close, may we all feel that we have faithfully performed our work, so that our constituents may be justified in saying to us on our return to them, “Well done, good and faithful servants."
Again thanking you, gentlemen, I am now ready to enter upon the duties you have assigned me.
The Speaker announced that nominations for Clerk were now in order.
Whereupon, Mr. Swan placed in nomination DANIEL SHEPARD, of Cook county.
Mr. Armstrong, of Grundy, placed in nomination JOSHUA L. MARSH, of Cook county.
The Clerk pro tem proceeded to call the roll, which resulted as fol. lows:
Those voting for Mr. SHEPARD are: Messrs. Anderson, Armstrong of La Salle, Barkley, Bocock, Bradwell, Branson, Bullard, Bushnell, Cassedy, Carpenter, Chambers, Connolly, Cross, Cullerton, Davis, Dement, Dolton, Efner, Ferrier, Freeland, Freeman, Golden, Gordon, Graham, Granger, Grant, Grey, Gridley, Hart, Harvey, Hawes, Hay, Henry, Herting, Hildrup, Hollenback, Hopkins, Inscore, Jaquess, Johnston, Jones, Kann, Lane of Hancock, Mann, Massie, McGee, Middlecoff, Mitchell, Moore of Marshall. Moftit, Mulvane, Oakwood, Oleson, Penfield, Pinnell. Plowman, Pollock Race, Ramey, Rankin, Ray, Rice, Rountree. Sar. age, Sawyer, Scanlan, Senne, Shaw, Sheridan, Snow, Soule, Starr, Stewart of Winnebago, Stewart of McLean, Swan, Taggart, Thomas, Truitt, Warner, Washburn, Wayman, Webster, Westfall, Wicker, Wood, Wymore, Mr. Speaker-36.
Those voting for Mr. Marsh are : Messrs. Alexander of Crawford, Alexander of Montgomery, Arinstrong of Grundy, Ballow, Bishop af Edgar. Bishop of McHenry, Blakely, Booth, Bryant. Casey, Collins, Condon, Cropkrite, Darnell, Dewes, Dolan. Dresser. Dunham, Easley, Flanders. Forth, Halpin, Hite of Madison, Hite of St. Clair, Holes, Jackson, James, Jessup, Lane of De Witt, Lewis, Lietze, Lomax, Loomis, Marsh, McAdams, MeDonald, McLaughlin, McPherran, Meacham, Moore of Adams, Moose, Morrison, Neville, Newton, Salton, Oberly, Orendortr, Peltzer, Qninn, Rogers, Scott, Shumway, Smith, Streetor, Stroud, Sylvester, Thornton, Virden, Walker, Webber, Weinheimer, Wick–61.
Mr. SHEPARD, having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected Clerk of the House of Representatives.
Mr. Wicker submitted the following resolution, and moved its adoption :
Resolved. That the following named persons be declared elected to the offices for which they are
u and Engrossing Clerk. WM. I. ALLEX, of Sangamon county.
Mr. Armstrong, of Grundy, submitted the following as a substitute for said resolution :
Rezolved. That tbe following named persons be and they are hereby elected officers of the House,
The question recurring upon the adoption of the resolution proposed by Mr. Wicker, it was agreed to.
The officers of the House having been elected, they appeared and took the oath prescribed by the constitution, which was administered by Hon. Edward Rummel, Secretary of State.
On motion of Mr. Wood, it was Resolved. That a committee of seven be appointed to report rules for the government of this House, to consist of the Speaker as chairman, and six members.
On motion of Mr. Mann, it was Resolved, that the Clerk of the Honse of Representatives inform the Senate that the Honse of Rep. resentatives has met and organized by the election of Shelby M. Cullom, as Speaker ; Daniel Shepard, Clerk; J. F. Allison, First Assistant Clerk: J. D. Hamilton, Second Assistant Clerk: G. W. Johns, Third Assistant Clerk: W. I. Allen, Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk ; V. W. Dasl 1, First Assistant Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk; Edmund Roach, Second Assistant Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk ; A B Kirkbride. Doorkeeper: Thomas Rountree, First Assistant Doorkeeper: J. R. Roberts, Second Assistant Doorkeeper; W. F. Wilton, Postmaster; Thomas E. Woods Assistant Postmaster.
On motion of Mr. Efner, it was Resolved, That a commttee of three be appointed to wait on the Governor and inform him that the House of Representatives is now organized and ready to receive any communication he may see proper to make
The Speaker appointed as such committee Messrs. Efner, Rountree and Oberly.
On motion of Mr. Moffit, it was Resolred, That the acting Clergymen of the city of Springfield, are hereby respectfully requested, In such order as they may determine upon for their own convenience, to attend and open each daily ssion with prayer. 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: