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The members elect were called to order, at eleven o'clock A. M., Edward M. Johnson, Clerk of the last Assembly.

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The proceedings were opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Darling. The Hon. G. Hilton Scribner, Secretary of State, administered to the members present the oath of office prescribed by the twelfth section of the Constitution of this State, and the said oath was thereupon subscribed by the members.

Mr. Fort offered for the consideration of the House a resolution, in the words following, to wit:

Resolved, That the House do now proceed to the election of a Speaker; that the roll of members be called by the Clerk, and that each member, as his name is called, rise in his place and openly name his choice for such officer; and that after the election of Speaker, we proceed to the election of a Clerk and sergeant-at-arms, in the same manner.

The Clerk put the question whether the House would agree to said resolution, and it was determined in the affirmative.

The Clerk then proceeded to call the roll of members; whereupon, each member, as his name was called, rose in his place and nominated as follows:

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Alonzo B. Cornell having received a majority of all the votes given, the Clerk declared him duly elected Speaker.

The Clerk appointed Messrs. Alberger and Jacobs a committee to conduct the Speaker to the chair.

Upon taking the chair, the Speaker arose and addressed the House as follows:

GENTLEMEN OF THE ASSEMBLY-I thank you sincerely for this evidence of your confidence and esteem; and I regret that I have no words in which to fitly express my appreciation of the distinguished honor you have so generously bestowed upon me.

The position to which I am assigned is one of difficulty under the most favorable circumstances, and doubly so, when, as in this instance, one is called to it without legislative experience of any kind. In its proper discharge, I shall need and I invoke your kindest sympathy and support. While I shall fully sustain all privileges of the majority, I shall guard, with jealous care, every right of the minority, as well as that of each individual member.

Gentlemen, we have before us a grave responsibility. The people of our State, after being robbed in the name of law and in violation of law, until forbearance ceased to be a virtue, have arisen, in their majesty, and overthrown their unworthy rulers. They have placed in the executive chairs of the State and its chief city men of the highest character, and it is for us to assist them in restoring an honest and economical government. If we devote ourselves to this duty with industry and integrity purpose, we shall record one of the brightest pages in the history of the Empire State.

The House then proceeded, in the same manner, to the election of Clerk, with the following result:

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John O'Donnell, having received a majority of all the votes given, was

declared elected Clerk of the Assembly.

The House then proceeded, in the same manner, to the election of sergeant-at-arms, with the following result:

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Edward M. Goring, having received a majority of all the votes given, was declared duly elected sergeant-at-arms for the current year.

Messrs. Chatfield and Palmer, a committee on the part of the Senate, appeared at the bar of the House and informed the Assembly that the Senate had organized and was ready for business.

Mr. Snyder offered for the consideration of the House a resolution, in the words following, to wit:

Resolved, That Eugene L. Demers be and he is hereby duly elected doorkeeper of this House for the current year.

Mr. Ray moved to amend by striking out the name of "Eugene L. Demers," and inserting the name of "W. H. Creed."

Mr. Speaker put the question whether the House would agree to said motion to amend, and it was determined in the negative.

Mr. Speaker then put the question whether the House would agree to said resolution, and it was determined in the affirmative.

Mr. Townsend offered for the consideration of the House a resolution, in the words following, to wit:

Resolved, That James Hogan be and he is hereby duly elected first assistant doorkeeper of this House for the current year.

Mr. Ray moved to amend by striking out the name of "James Hogan," and inserting in lieu thereof the name of "A. W. Seaman."

Mr. Speaker put the question whether the House would agree to said motion to amend, and it was determined in the negative.

Mr. Speaker then put the question whether the House would agree to said resolution, and it was determined in the affirmative.

Mr. Coggeshall offered for the consideration of the House a resolution, in the words following, to wit:

Resolved, That John S. Aitken be and he is hereby duly elected second assistant doorkeeper of this House for the current year.

Mr. Speaker put the question whether the House would agree to said resolution, and it was determined in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Tobey,

Resolved, That the rules of the last Assembly be and they are hereby adopted for the government of this body until otherwise ordered, and that a select committee of five be appointed, to whom they shall be referred, to make such revision thereof as they shall deem advisable, and report such revision to the House.

On motion of Mr. Kennedy,

Resolved, That Worden E. Payne be and he is hereby duly elected stenographer of this House for the current year.

On motion of Mr. Alberger,

Resolved, That when this House adjourns to-day it does so to meet again at four o'clock, P. M., and that when so convened the members pro

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