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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 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 read and approved. A message from the Senate by Mr. McManis, Assistant 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, to-wit:

SENATE BILL No. 17. A bill for "An act to amend section 10 of chapter 47, entitled 'An act to provide for the exercise of the right of eminent domain,'” approved April 10, 1872, in force July 1, 1872.

Passed the Senate February 16, 1897.

SENATE BILL No. 41. A bill for “An act to authorize cities of a certain class to make contracts for a period exceeding one year, relating to the collection and final disposition of garbage.”

Passed the Senate February 16, 1897, by a two-thirds vote.

SENATE Bill No. 91. A bill for "An act to legalize certain elections held under 'An act to provide for the incorporation of cities and villages,' approved April 10, 1872, in force July 1, 1872. Passed the Senate February 16, 1897, by a two-thirds vote.

J. H. PADDOCK,

Secretary of the Senate. The foregoing bills were ordered printed and to a first reading.

Mr. Craig asked leave of absence for Mr. Stewart, which was granted.

The House again proceeding upon the order of Petitions.

Mr. Needles presented a petition relating to Shiloh Battlefield Association,

Which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Nohe presented a petition relating to suffrage,
Which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Mr. Parrish presented a petition relating to Shiloh Battlefield Association,

Which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
Mr. Dinneen presented a petition relating to suffrage,
Which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
Mr. Bailey presented a petition relating to suffrage,
Which was referred to the Committee on Elections.
Mr. Houghton presented a petition relating to suffrage,
Which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Mr. Powell, of Iroquois, presented a petition relating to Battlefield of Shiloh,

Which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
Mr. Hart presented a petition relating to suffrage,
Which was referred to the Committee on Elections.

Mr. Johnson, of Fulton, presented a petition relating to National Park of Shiloh,

Which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
Mr. Wiley presented a petition relating to suffrage,
Which was referred to the Committee on Elections.

Mr. Joy presented a petition relating to Shiloh Battlefield Association,

Which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
Mr. Noling presented a petition relating to suffrage,
Which was referred to the Committee on Elections.
Mr. Payne presented a petition relating to suffrage,
Which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
Mr. Ely presented a petition relating to suffrage,
Which was referred to the Committee on Elections.
Mr. Thiemann presented a petition relating to roads,
Which was referred to the Committee on Roads and Bridges.
Mr. Miller presented a petition relating to suffrage,
Which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
Mr. Perry presented a petition relating to the Supreme Court,

Which was referred to the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice.

The House proceeding upon the order of reports of Standing Committees.

Mr. Cavanaugh, from the Committee on Enrolled and Engrossed Bills, reports that a bill of the following title has been correctly engrossed and returned herewith:

HOUSE BILL No. 73. A bill for “An act to repeal an act entitled 'An act in relation to libel,'" approved June 24, 1895, in force July 1, 1895.

Whereupon, the bill was placed in the order of House bills on third reading

Mr. Cavanaugh, from the Committee on Enrolled and Engrossed Bills, reports that a bill of the following title has been correctly engrossed and returned herewith:

HOUSE BILL No. 8. A bill for “An act to provide for an additional term of the Circuit Court in the county of Boone."

Whereupon, the bill was placed in the order of House bills on third reading.

Mr. Cavanaugh, from the Committee on Enrolled and Engrossed Bills, reports that a bill of the following title has been correctly engrossed and returned herewith:

HOUSE BILL No. 234. A bill for “An act to provide for casual deficits or failures in revenue."

Whereupon, the bill was placed in the order of House bills on third reading

Mr. Murdock, from the Committee on Corporations, to whom was referred the following resolution:

Resolved, that the Speaker is hereby authorized to appoint two pages and one extra clerk.

Reported the same back favorably and recommended that it be adopted.

The report of the committee was adopted.

The Speaker announced the following additional pages: Willie Schrader,

Benny Donegan. Mr. Miller, from the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice, to whom was referred House Bill No. 23, being a bill for “An act to provide for the creation of branch Appellate Courts,” reported the same back, together with amendments thereto, and recommended that the amendments be adopted, and that the bill as amended do pass.

The report of the committe was adopted.

Whereupon, Mr. Miller asked unanimous consent to have said House Bill No. 23 read a first time now, and there being no objection the bill was read a first time and ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Miller, from the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice, to whom was referred House Bill No. 71, being a bill for “An act to amend section two (2) of an act entitled 'An act concerning Circuit Courts, and to fix the time of holding the same in the several counties in the Judicial Circuits in the State of Illinois, exclusive of Cook county,' "approved May 24, 1879, and in force July 1, 1879, and amended by an act approved June 17, 1891, in force July 1, 1891, giving to Saline county an additional term of court, and changing the March term of Saline county to the first Monday in April, 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. Sherman, from the Committee on Elections, to whom was referred the contested election casos of Joseph W. Bacharach against Victor H. Bovey, and same against Henry Andrus, hereby report the same back to the House, with the recommendation that the cases be dismissed and that no further proceedings be had therein.

The report of the committee was adopted.

Mr. Sherman, from the Committee on Elections, to whom was referred House Bill No. 244, being a bill for “An act in relation to the election of aldermen in cities under the minority representation plan," 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. Needles, from the Committee on Appropriations, made the the following report: To the Honorable, the Speaker of the House of Representatires:

The Committee on Appropriations, to whom was referred House Bill No. 109, being a bill for "An act for the participation of the State of Illinois in the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition,” respectfully begs leave to report the same back and recommend that it do pass.

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

Mr. Needles, from the Committee on Appropriations, made the fol lowing report: 10 the Honorable, the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

The Committee on Appropriations, to whom was referred House Bill No. 53, being a bill for "An act appropriating thirty-one thousand dollars ($31, 000 for the purpose of furnishing and caring for the memorial hall constructed in the public library building in the city of Chicago," respectfully begs leave to report the same back and recommend that it do pass.

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

Mr. Buckner asked unanimous consent to have Senate Bill No. 36 read a second time, which was ojected to.

The Speaker laid before the House the following Senate joint resolution, which was concurred in by the House:

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION No. 7. WHEREAS, It is well known that a large and well organized army now exists on the Island of Cuba, which by its valor and endurance has conquered and now holds about three-fourths of that Island, and has for nearly two years resisted the whole power of Spain, thereby earning not only the admiration of our people but the further rights of belligerents; therefore

Resolved, by the Senate, the House concurring therein: That our Senators and Representatives in Congress be respectfully urged to use their influence and vote to recognize the belligerent rights of these noble patriots. Adopted by the Senate February 10, 1897.

The House proceeding upon the order of Introduction of Bills, the roll was called for that purpose, whereupon, Mr. Avery introduced a bill, Flouse Bill No. 258, a bill for "An act to amend the law of 1889, relating to the study in the public schools of physiology and hygiene and the effects of alcoholic beverages and narcotics on the human system.”

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

Mr. Boyd introduced a bill, House Bill No. 259, a bill for “An act for the more perfect registration of births and the protection of infant life.”

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

Mr. Boyd introduced a bill, House Bill No. 260, a bill for An act to increase the powers and efficiency of the Illinois Humane Society.”

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

Mr. Boyd introduced a bill, House Bill No. 261, a bill for "An act to amend section fifteen of an act entitled, “An act to revise the law in relation to the commitment and detention of lunatics, and to provide for the appointment and removal of conservators; and to repe certain acts therein named,'” approved June 21, 1893, in force July 1, 1893.

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

Mr. Brown introduced a bill, House Bill No. 262, a bill for “An act to provide for a deficiency in the ordinary expenses of the Southern Illinois Penitentiary, and for the repairs of buildings damaged by fire."

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

Mr. Buckner introduced a bill, House Bill No. 263. a bill for “An act to prevent abandonment and pauperism."

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