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The motion prevailed and the foregoing resolution was made a special order for February 10, 1897, at 10:30.

Mr. Barnett offered the following resolution and on motion of Mr. Allen it was referred to the Committee on Revenue when appointed.

Joint resolution offered by James R. Barnett, of Warren county:

WHEREAS, We, the people of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, having in mind the interests of the country at large and the interests of the masses, who are the weaker in securing their rights as against the interests of the more oppulent and being mindful of the fact that great and greedy corporations are securing the major portion of the business of the land, are enjoying the protection of the land and are not contributing to the sustainance of the nation and the State by the payment of their just proportion of the taxes or contributing to the national revenues, and

WHEREAS, Great wealth is sequestered and aggregated in these growing and absorbing corporations, and drawing the wealth of the country to a comparatively few places or centers, thus leaving less to the distributive share of those outside of these combines, and

WHEREAS, It is almost impossible to reach by direct assessment the wealth thus aggregated and the burden of taxation is therefore greatly increased on those who possess small accounts but readily assessed property, and recognizing the fact thereof that the present law is unjust and unequal, and in order that taxation may be levied on all alike with exact and equal justice, be it

Resolred, That we urge our Representatives in Congress in both branches of the National Legislature to use all honorable means to secure the passage of an income tax that may in all ways conform with the Constitution of the l'nited States and render adequate revenue to supply the expenses of the Government economically administered.

Resolred. Also that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the Speaker of the lower House of Congress, one to be sent to the President of the National Senate and one to the President of the United States, and be it further

Resolred, That we urge all members of the National Legislature to assist in this much needed reform in our Revenue Laws.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Paddock, Secretary:

Mr. Speaker:-I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that the Senate has passed bills of the following titles, in the passage of which I am instructed to ask the concurrence of the House of Representatives, tn-wit:

SENATE BILL No. 25. "An act to provide for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the State government, incurred or to be incurred, and now unprovided for until the 1st day of July, A. D. 1897."

SENATE BILL No. 36. A bill for "An act for the participation of the State of Illinois in the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition.” Passed the Senate February 3, 1897.

J. H. PADDOCK,

Secretary of the Senate. The foregoing Senate Bills Nos. 25 and 36 were ordered printed and to a first reading.

At the hour of 11:00 o'clock a. m. Mr. Schwab moved that the House do now adjourn.

The Motion prevailed.
And the House stood adjourned.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1897–10 o'clOCK A. M.

The House met pursuant to adjournment,
The Speaker in the Chair.
Prayer by the Chaplain.

The journal of yesterday was being read, when, on motion of Mr. Stoskopf the further reading of the same was dispensed with, and it was ordered approved.

Mr. Lyon moved that when the House adjourn it adjourn to meet to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock.

The motion prevailed,

Mr. Miller, from the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice, to whom was referred House Bill No. 8, being a bill for "An act to provide for an additional term of the Circuit Court in the county of Boone,” reported the same back and recommended that it do pass.

The report of the committee was adopted, and the bill ordered to its first reading.

Mr. Miller, from the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice, to whom was referred House Bill No. 20, being a bill for "An act to amend section eight (8) of chapter ninety-five (95) of the Revised Statutes of the State of Illinois, entitled 'An act to revise the law in relation to mortgages of real and personal property,'” approved March 26, 1874, in force July 1, 1874, reported the same back, together with amendments, and recommended that the amendments be adopted, and that the bill as amended do pass.

The report of the committee was concurred in, and the bill ordered to its first reading.

Amendment 1. Amend House Bill No. 20 by inserting after the word “which," in line 8, the words release or satisfaction shall be attested upon the margin of said record by the recorder of said county, and when so attested."

Amendment 2. Amend House Bill No. 20 by inserting after the word “enter," in line 7, the words "a release or.'

The House proceeding upon the order of introduction of Bills, the roll was called for that purpose, whereupon

Mr. Compton introduced a bill, House Bill No. 170, a bill for “An act to prohibit the notes, bonds, contracts or other obligations in writing payable in money in any other than lawful money of the United States."

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice.

Mr. Compton introduced a bill, House Bill No. 171, a bill for “An act to amend sections four (4) and six (6) of an act to revise the law in relation to the rate of interest and repeal certain acts therein named." approved May 24, 1879, in force July 1, 1879, as amended by an act approved July 17, 1891, in force July 1, 1891.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Banks and Banking.

Mr. Horn introduced a bill, House Bill No. 172, a bill for "An act to amend an act approved March 9, 1872, in force July 1, 1872, in regard to garnishments as contained in the Revised Statutes of 1895."

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Judicial Apportionment.

Mr. Johnson, of Fulton, introduced a bill, House Bill No. 173, a bill for “An act to divide the State of Illinois, exclusive of Cook county, into judicial circuits and to repeal certain acts."

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Judicial Apportionment.

Mr. Joy introduced a bill, House Bill No. 174, a bill for "An act making an appropriation for the Illinois Institution for the Education of the Blind."

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

Mr. King introduced a bill, House Bill No. 175, a bill for "An act to license shanty boats and other water craft, fixing the fees therefor and providing penalties.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on License.

Mr. McGee introduced a bill, House Bill No. 176, a bill for “An act to amend section 2, to repeal section 3, and to amend section 4 of an act entitled 'An act to revise the law in relation to mortgages of real and personal property,'” approved March 26, 1874, in force July 1. 1874.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Mr. Mitchell introduced a bill, House Bill No. 177, a bill for "An act declaring express companies or corporations common carriers and providing for their government and control, and empowering the Board of Railroad and Warehouse Commissioners to regulate and fix the charges made by said companies or corporations.'

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Corporations.

Mr. Murray, of Sangamon, introduced a bill. House Bill No. 178, .a bill for "An act in relation to the consolidation of school districts and for the election of a board of education for such consolidated districts."

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Education.

Mr. Nohe introduced a bill, House Bill No. 179, a bill for "An act to regulate the use in cities of one hundred thousand inhabitants and over of dangerous currents of electric lighting or electrical transmission of power, and to compel all persons, companies or corporations using electrical currents of 300 volts or over to place under ground all wires and cables conducting such currents, and to provide penalties for the violations of its provisions.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Municipal Corporations.

Mr. Nohe introduced a bill, House Bill No. 180, a bill for “An act concerning corporations with banking powers."

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Banks and Banking.

Mr. O'Donnel introduced a bill, House Bill No. 181, a bill for "An act to regulate the taxation of mortgages, trust deeds and instruments in the nature of trust deeds and mortgages.”

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Mr. Revell introduced a bill, House Bill No. 182. a bill for An act to regulate the price of illuminating and fuel gas.'

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Municipal Corporations.

Mr Salmans introduced a bill, House Bill No. 183, a bill for “An act to amend section five (5) of an act entitled “An act to provide for the examination of mine managers and to regulate their employment,'" approved June 18, 1891, in force July 1, 1891.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Mines and Mining.

Mr. Salmans introduced a bill, House Bill No. 184, a bill for “An act to amend sections four (4), six (6), seven (7) and eight (8) of an act' entitled “An act to revise the law in relation to the rate of interest and repeal certain sections therein named,'” approved May 24, 1879, in force July 1, 1879, as amended by law of 1891, approved June 17, 1891, in force July 1. 1891, and to repeal acts or parts of acts inconsistent herewith.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Banks and Banking,

Mr. Suttle introduced a bill, House Bill No. 185, a bill for “An act to amend section 4 of an act entitled 'An act to regulate the traffic of deadly weapons and to prevent the sale of them to minors,'” proved April 16, 1891.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Miscellany.

Mr. Torrence introduced a bill, House Bill No. 186, a bill for "An act to amend section 3 of article 7 of an act entitled 'An act to establish and maintain a system of free schools,' approved and in force May 21, 1889, as amended by an act approved June 21, 1895, in force July 1, 1895.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Education.

The House proceeding upon the order of House bills on first reading.

House Bill No. 39, a bill for “An act making appropriation for the State Board of Arbitration,"

Was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading

On motion of Mr. Salmans, House Bill No.'74 was withdrawn from the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

The House proceeding upon the order of Senate bills on first reading.

Senate Bill No. 25, a bill for “An act to provide for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the State government incurred or to be incurred and now unprovided for until the first day of July, A. D. 1897.

Was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

Senate Bill No. 36, a bill for “An act for the participation of the State of Illinois in the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition.”

Was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

House Bill No. 41, a bill for “An act to amend section three of an act entitled 'An act to extend the jurisdiction of county courts and to provide for the practice thereof, to fix the time for holding the same, and to repeal an act therein named,'” approved March 26, 1874, and in force July 1, 1874,

Was taken up and read at large a second time.

The Committee on Judicial Department and Practice then offered the following amendment:

Amendment No. 1. Amend House Bill No. 41 by striking out beginning after the word “lawyer," in line six, the words "experienced in the practice of his profession."

The question being on the adoption of the amendment,
It was decided in the affirmative.

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