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consideration, and that they report it back to the House, with the recommendation that it do not pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration thereof.

The report of the committee was concurred in, and the bill laid on the table.

Mr. Ferrier, from the committee on elections, submitted the following: To the Speaker of the House of Representatives :

The committee on elections, to which was referred House bill, No. 15, for "An act to amend section sixty-five (65) of an act entitled an act in regard to elections, and to provide for filling vacancies in elective offices, approved April 3, 1872," would beg leave to report the same back, with the recommendation that it be laid upon the table.

The report of the committee was concurred in, and the bill laid upon the table.

A message from the Governor, by Mr. Pinkham, Private Secretary.

Mr. Speaker: I am directed by the Governor to lay before the House of Representatives the following communication, in relation to an appropriation for Antietam Cemetery:

STATE OF ILLINOIS, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

SPRINGFIELD, January 21, 1873. To the Honorable the General Assembly :

I have the honor to transmit herewith a memorial signed by a committee of the Antietam National Cemetery, presenting for your consideration certain statements in regard to the organization of the association, the present condition of the monunent and grounds around it, in which are buried the dead of the battle of Antietam, and the principles of apportionment to each State, whose dead are buried there, of the means to secure its early completion. By this statement it will be seen that the State of Illinois is called upon to donate the sum of seven thousand eight hundred and four dollars ($7,804 00), no portion of this sum having been appropriated heretofore.

I submit the subject to your favorable consideration and request that such action in regard thereto as may seem expedient may be taken at an early day, as it is important to the committee having this worthy project in hand to be enabled to make such arrangements as may become necessary from your action by the coming summer.

R. J. OGLESBY. To His Excellency, R. J. OGLESBY,

Governor of Illinois : SIR: The undersigned are a committee, appointed at the last meeting of the board of trustees of Antietam National Cemetery, to visit your State, and present to your Excellency, and through you to the General Assembly, the claims of the cemetery upon the patriotism and liberality of your State in aid of that benevolent enterprise.

By the terms of the charter incorporating this association, it was provided that the expense incident to the removal of the id, inclosing and ornamenting the cemetery, and all the work connected therewith, should be apportioned among the States connecting themselves with the corporation, according to the population, as indicated by their representation in Congress.

It was not kuown, at the time the charter was granted, whether any other State than Maryland would participate in the enterprise, and

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$15,000 was appropriated and expended by that State, before the dead were collected, or the States represented known. Ten acres of beautiful undulating ground was selected, and work of improving the grounds, collecting and interring the dead, was commenced in 1865.

The attention of the following States was called to this subject, and, from time to time, as the funds have been wanted, the amounts have been appropriated and paid over, viz: Maryland..

$15, 000
New York,
Pennsylvania.
Ohio
Indiana
Massachusetts
Wisconsin
Michigan
Maine.
West Virginia.
New Jersey.

2, 787
Connecticut
Vermont.

1, 672 New Hampshire.

1, 650 Rhode Island

1, 114
Minnesota...
Total..

$88, 984 Of this amount $80,545 81 has already been expended for the purchase of the ground, interment of the dead, building of lodge house, inclosing the cemetery with a substantial stone wall, ornamenting the grounds with trees, shrubbery and flowers, and the payment of $15,000 on the monument.

There are interred in the cemetery 4,667 Union soldiers, 3,211 of whom have been identified, and a complete registry of them is kept at the lodge house, showing the name, rank, company, regiment, State, date of death, location and number of grave. Of the balance, 1,406 are unknown. Of the whole number 29 are known to be from this State, and of unknown, Illinois is credited, by pro rata distribution, with 80.

Applying the same rule of assessment to the State of Illinois, as accepted by the other States, except Maryland and West Virginia, the amount chargeable to your State is $7,804, which we presume would have been appropriated in part or fully, by this time, had your attention been called to the subject, or the money needed. All that now remains to complete the cemetery and turn it over to the general government, as has been done with Gettysburg cemetery, is the completion and erection of the monument, which is now nearly finished, and will be placed in position by the first of September next.

The monument is to be erected near the centre of the cemetery on elevated grounds, to be built of white granite, the base to be 22 feet square, surmounted by a colossal statue of an American soldier, clad in uniform; the statue to be of same material as base, standing 21 feet 6 inches in hight; the whole monument to be 44 feet 7 inches in hight, and when completed will be the largest statue of modern times.

The contract price of inonument is $30,000, of which one-balf has already been paid. The balance will be paid as the work progresses, and when finished. It is proposed on the 17th of September next, the anniversary of the battle, to unveil and dedicate the monument.

The appropriation asked for from your State, with the balance due from a few other States, will enable the board to complete the work. Without your appropriation it cannot be done.

We most respectfully ask your excellency to present this matter to your honorable legislature, believing that a simple presentation of the subject, with a knowledge of the facts, is all that will be necessary to

secure the desired appropriation; and when made, it will become the
duty, as we trust the privilege of your excellency, to appoint a trustee
for your State, who will be sufficiently interested in the subject to at-
tend the meetings of our board, and see that your appropriation is hon.
estly and judiciously expended.
All of which is respectfully submitted.

G. S. CRANMER,
GEO. B. WRIGHT,
S. RUTLEDGE MONARY,
THOMAS A. BRALLT,

Committee. SPRINGFIELD, ILL., January 20, 1873.

Mr. Jones, from the committee on contingent expenses, submitted the following report: TO THE HON. SHELBY M. CULLOM,

Speaker of the House of Representatives : The committee on contingent expenses, to whom was referred the resolution authorizing the Secretary of State to purchase Edmunds' Statutes, etc., would beg leave to respectfully report that the resolution be adopted.

A. M. JONES,

Ch'm. Com. on Contingent Expenses. The report of the committee was concurred in.

Mr. Jones, from the committee on contingent expenses, submitted the following report: TO THE HON. SHELBY M. CULLOM,

Speaker of the House of Representatives : Tho committee on contingent expenses, to whom was referred the resolution to ascertain the amount due to each of the temporary pages, would beg leave to respectfully report that the following named per. sons are entitled to eight days each : 1. Thomas Jewell,

7. John Farley, 2. Willie Henry,

8. Washington J. Penniman,
3. James Kelly,

9. Henry Oppel,
4. William E. Dennis, 10. George Ferguson,
5. Arthur Cole,

11. Morry Barney, 6. Harry Gallagher, 12. Benjamin Walker. And would recommend that they be allowed such service, and that this report and resolution be referred to the committee on fees and salaries, to fix the per diem for said pages.

A. M. JONES,

Ch'm. Com. on Contingent Expenses. On motion of Mr. Orendorff, The name of John Nelson was added to the report.

The report of the committee was referred to the committee on fees and salaries.

Mr. Jones, from the committee on contingent expenses, submitted the following report: TO THE HON. SHELBY M. CULLOM,

Speaker of the House of Representatives : The committee on contingent expenses, to whom was referred the resolution that the following named standing committees be allowed a clerk each, etc., would beg leave to respectfully report that the resolution be amended to read as follows:

Resolved, That the chairman of each of the following named committees be allowed to engage one clerk each: Judiciary, railroads,, judicial department, revenue, enrolled and engrossed bills, and penitentiary; and that the following committees be grouped together, and allowed one clerk to each group, and that the respective chairmen of said groups shall be authorized to engage one clerk to serve The committees so grouped together, to-wit : 1. Corporations and militia. 2. Manufactures, inland commerce and warehouses, and banks and banking. 3. Finance, agriculture and horticulture. 4. Appropriations and insurance. 5. Education, federal relations, roads and highways and miscellaneous subjects. 6. State institutions, public charities and public buildings and grounds. 7. County and township organization and equalization of taxes. 8. Canal and river improvements, civil service and retrenchment. 9. Contingent expenses, elections and executive department. 10. Rules and claims. 11. Drainage, state and public library and mileage. 11. Fees and salaries, geological survey and printing. 13, Municipal affairs and mines and mining; and that such clerks be engaged at such time as the business of their respective committees requires such services, and that the chairmen discharge such clerks whenever the duties devolving upon the committee no longer demand clerical aid. And that the resolution, so amended, be adopted.

A. M. JONES,

Ch'm. Com. on Contingent Expenses. Mr. Swan moved to amend the report by allowing the committee on fees and salaries to have a clerk; which was not agreed to.

The report of the committee was then concurred in.

Mr. Jones, from the committee on contingent expenses, submitted the following report: TO THE HON. SHELBY M. CULLOM,

Speaker of the House of Representatives : The committee on contingent expenses, to whom was referred a resolution to reconsider the vote on the proposition of A. L. Ide, for heating the hall, etc., would beg leave to present a majority report in favor of adopting the resolution.

S. P. HOPKINS,
J. W. MEACHAM,

J. L. FLANDERS.
TO THE HON. SHELBY M. CULLOM,

Speaker of the House of Representatives : The committee on contingent expenses, to whom was referred the resolution to reconsider the vote of the proposition of A. L. Ide, for heating the hall, etc., would beg leave to report a minority report against adopting the resolution.

A. M. JONES,

GEO. M, HOLLENBACK. On motion of Mr. Cassedy, The majority report was laid on the table. 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:

WHEREAS it has become evident that the ventilation of the Senate Chamber is of such a character as to seriously affect the health of all who have occasion to occupy it; and whereas, time is needed for the purpose of renovating the

said chamber and making the ventilation more perfect; therefore, Resolved by the Senate, the House concurring herein, That when the two houses adjourn on Wednes. day, January 22, they adjourn to meet on Wednesday, January 29th, at 10 o'clock A. M.

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

Mr. Bushnell, from the committee on judiciary, submitted the following report: To the Speaker of the House of Representatives :

The judiciary committee, to whom was referred the report of the Hon. John A. McClernand, judge of the 30th judicial circuit, have had

the same before them, and have directed that the same be reported back to the House with the recommendation that the same be referred to the committee on the judicial department.

The report of the committee on judiciary was concurred in, and the report of Judge John A. McClernand referred to the committee on judicial department.

Mr. Bushnell, from the committee on judiciary, submitted the following report: To the Speaker of the House of Representatives :

The judiciary committee, to whom was referred the following resolution :

Resolved, that the Secretary of State be and he is hereby authorized to furnish the several committees of this House, during the present session thereof, with necessary stationery for the use of such committees, upon the written requisition of the chairmen of said committees.

Having had the same under consideration, respectfully report that, in the judgment of this committee, the constitutional limitation of fifty dollars to each member of the General Assembly, in lieu of the articles enumerated in the constitution, relates only to such articles as may be furnished for the several members in the nature of additional compensation, to personal perquisites properly so called, which pass into the possession of individual members, as private property, to be applied by each member, in his discretion, like any other private property, to his own personal and private use, and not to such articles as may be required for the use of either house of the General Assembly, either as a whole, or any part thereof, in its various organized forms, as the necessary means and appliances for its work; that in applying this construction of the provision of the constitution under consideration to one only of a numerous class of cases in which this House has been daily, and almost hourly, supplying its various component parts with the necessary means and implements for the discharge of their duties, your committee find, in this provision, no restriction on the power of the General Assembly, or of either house thereof, to provide and furnish committee rooms, or the necessary clerks, or other employees, or for committee use, whatever may be necessary to enable committees to properly discharge their duties. The procuring and furnishing committee rooms, and the furnishing committees with clerks and janitors, is a conceded power. The last General Assembly made numerous appropriations for those purposes, and this House has already followed the example without question. If, as has been suggested, the constitution does not recognize committees, and therefore, whatever is done by the authority of this House in furnishing stationery for their use, is in the nature of an additional perquisite to the members of the committee, as individuals, the same argument would seem to apply with the same force to the providing and furnishing not only the rooms themselves but clerks and janitors. If committees are not recognized by the constitution for the purpose of being supplied with the necessary stationery for their use, neither are they recognized for the purpose of being supplied with rooms and the necessary employees therein; for rooms, clerks and janitors are only additional appliances to facilitate the proper performance of the duties of the committees; and if, in the sense of the constitution, and for the purposes of the provision under consideration, the members of committees organized for committee work are to be considered merely as individual members of this body, then whatever is supplied to aid them in the performance of their committee duties is an additional per

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