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be made a special order for Thursday morning March 11, immediately after the reading of the journal.

It was so ordered,

And the same was made a special order for Thursday a. m., March 11, 1897.

Mr. Cochran offered the following resolution, and moved its adoption:

WHEREAS, Sylvester Scovel, a native of the State of Ohio and a citizen of the United States, has been arrested by the Spanish military authorities in Cuba and is now held a prisoner upon no specific accusation of crime, and, according to creditable reports, is in imminent danger of death from disease or violence; and,

WHEREAS, The Spanish authorities in Cuba have declined to bring said Seovel to Havana, where he may be under the protection of the Consul General of the United States; therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Illinois: That we heartily concur in the resolutions adopted by the General Assemblies of the States of New York and New Jersey, and in the resolutions adopted by the Senate of the United States, earnestly requesting the Secretary of State to use his good offices with the Spanish government in behalf of said Scovel, to the end that all his rights and priyileges as an American citizen may be fully protected.

And the resolution was unanimously adopted.

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

Mr. Allen, of Vermilion, introduced a bill, House Bill No. 318, a bill for "An act to amend section two of 'An act to provide for the burial of deceased indigent and friendless Union soldiers and sailors or marines of the late war,'” approved June 16, 1891, in force July 1, 1891.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Soldiers' and Sailors' Home.

Mr. Bryan introduced a bill, House Bill No. 319, a bill for "An act providing for agreements to submit certain questions to arbitration, supplemental to an act entitled 'An act to revise the law relating to arbitration and awards,'” in force July 1, 1873.

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

Mr. Bryant introduced a bill, House Bill No. 320, a bill for “An act to increase the efficiency of our public schools."

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

Mr. Bryant introduced a bill, House Bill No. 321, a bill for “An act in relation to petit larceny.'

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

Mr. Buckner introduced a bill, House Bill No. 322, a bill for "An act to provide for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Illinois National Guard and the improvement and repair of the rifle ranges of the Illinois National Guard."

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

Mr. Horn introduced a bill, House Bill No. 323, a bill for "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to revise the law in relation to mandamus,'” approved February 25, 1874, in force July 1, 1874.

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

Mr. Needles introduced a bill, House Bill No. 324, a bill for "An act to amend section four (4) 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, in force July 1, 1879, and amended by an act approved June 13, 1891, in force July 1, 1891.

The bill was taken up, whereupon Mr. Needles asked unanimous consent to have House Bill No. 324 read a first time.

Thereupon, the bill was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading.

Mr. McEniry introduced a bill, House Bill No. 325, a bill for “An act making appropriation for the Illinois Western Hospital for the Insane at Rock Island, Illinois."

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

Mr. McEniry introduced a bill, House Bill No. 326, a bill for "An act making appropriation for the Illinois Western Hospital at Rock Island, Illinois."

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

Mr. Marquiss introduced a bill, House Bill No. 327, a bill for “An act to amend section 66 of an act entitled 'An act in regard to practice in courts of record,'” approved February 22, 1872, in force July 1, 1872.

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

Mr. Merriam introduced a bill, House Bill No. 328, a bill for "An act to provide for and fix the salary of the judges of the Supreme Court and to make allowance for clerks to certain judges.'

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

Mr. Murray, of Sangamon, introduced a bill, House Bill No. 329, a bill for "An act to prevent baseball playing and bicycle racing on the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday.”

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

Mr. Kilcourse introduced a bill, House Bill No. 330, a bill for “An act to prohibit the issuance of certificates of stock in a corporation unless the same be fully paid for at its par value.”

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

Mr. Nohe introduced a bill, House Bill No. 331, a bill for "An act to prevent the illegal use of public streets for street railroads or other purposes in municipalities.

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

Mr. Payne introduced a bill, House Bill No. 332, a bill for "An act making appropriation to the Illinois Western Hospital for the insane at Rock Island."

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

Mr. Payne introduced a bill, House Bill No. 333, a bill for "An act making appropriation for the Illinois Western Hospital for the insane at Rock Island, Illinois."

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

Mr. Trowbridge introduced a bill, House Bill No. 334, a bill for "An act to amend section 27 of an act entitled 'An act to create sanitary districts and to remove obstructions in the Des Plaines and Illinois rivers,' ” approved May 29, 1889, in force July 1, 1889.

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

Mr. Wylie introduced a bill, House Bill No. 335, a bill for "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to provide for the organization and management cf fraternal beneficiary societies for the purpose of furnishing life indemnity of pecuniary benefits to beneficiaries of deceased members or accident of permanent indemnity disability to members thereof, and to control such societies of this State and of other states doing business in this State and providing and fixing punishment for violation of the provisions thereof and to repeal all laws now existing which conflict herewith by adding thereto an additional section hereby designated as section 73

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

Mr. Selby offered the following resolution and moved its adoption: Resolred, by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring therein: That when the two houses adjourn on Friday, February 19, 1897, they stand adjourned until Tuesday, February 23, 1897, at 10 o'clock a. m.

And the resolution was adopted.

Mr. Miller moved that the House proceed to the order of House Bills on second reading.

The motion prevailed.

The House proceeding upon the order of House Bills on second reading

House Bill No. 24, was taken up and on motion of Mr. Miller the same was made a special order for Tuesday, February 23, 1897.

House Bill No. 19, a bill for “An act to amend section one (1) of an act entitled 'An act to exempt certain personal property from attachment and sale on execution, and from distress for rent, approved May 24, 1877, in force July 1, 1877.

Was taken up and read at large a second time and ordered engrossed and to a third reading.

House Bill No. 23, a bill for “An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to establish appellate courts,'” approved June 2, 1877, and providing for the creation of branch appellate courts.

Having been printed was taken up and read at large a second time.

Whereupon the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice offered the following amendments to said bill:

1. Amend House Bill No. 23 by striking out in line 3, section 1, the words “within twenty days from the first day of each terin of said appellate court," and insert in lieu thereof, the words, whenever so directed by the judges of the appellate court of which he is clerk.”

And the amendment was adopted. 2. Amend House Bill No. 23 by striking out lines 5 and 6 in section 2, beginning after the word "state" at the end of the fifth line the words “or of the Superior court of Cook county."

And the amendment was adopted. 3. Amend House Bill No. 23 by striking out of line 7, section 2, the word "forth with" and insert in lieu thereof the words “as soon as practicable."

And the amendment was adopted. 4. Amend House Bill No.23 by striking out of line 9, in section 2, the word “forthwith” also by striking out of said line 9, section 2, the word “have" and insert in lieu of said word, the word “hear."

And the amendment was adopted. 5. Amend House Bill No. 23 in line 6, of section 3, by striking out the word "the" where it first appears and insert in lieu thereof the wordthat."

And the amendment was adopted. 6. Amend House Bill No. 23 by striking out the period after the word "court'' in line 10, of section 3, and insert in lieu thereof a semi-colon, and also after the said word "court" insert the words "but said branch court may fix its own hours for business and times for temporary or permanent adjournment so as least to interfere with other judicial duties of the judges thereof."

And the amendment was adopted. 7. Amend House Bill No. 23 in line 4, of section 5, by striking out the words “any of."

And the amendment was adopted.

8. Amend House Bill No. 23 in line 5, of section 5, by striking out the words “to duty” and by inserting after the word “assigned” in said line 5 the words "to do duty.

And the amendment was adopted. 9. Amend House Bill No. 23 in line 7, of section 5, by striking out the word 'five" and inserting in lieu thereof the word "ten."

And the amendment was adopted.

10. Amend House Bill No. 23 in line 15, section 6, by striking out the word “appropriation" and inserting the word “appropriations.

And the amendment was adopted. 11. Amend House Bill No. 23 in line 11, of section 7, by inserting between the words “their” and “duties” the words “usual judicial”! and by striking out after the words “duties” in said line 11, the words “at circuit."*

And the amendment was adopted.

12. Amend House Bill No. 23 in line 14, of section 7, by striking out the words “fort with” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “forthwith.”

And the amendment was adopted. Mr. Perry offered the following amendment to House Bill No. 23: Amend by striking out of line 5, of section 1, of the printed bill the words "the then present” and inserting the word "that.”

And the amendment was adopted.

There being no further amendments, the amendments were ordered engrossed and printed, and the question now being, "Shall the bill as amended, be engrossed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Wanger, Assistant Secretary:

Mr. Speaker:-I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that the Senate has adopted the following joint resolution, in the adoption of wbich I am instructed to ask the concurrence of the House of Representatives, to-wit:

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION No. 11. Resolved, by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring therein: That when the two houses adjourn on Friday, February 26, 1897, they stand adjourned until Tuesday, March 9, 1897, at 10 o'clock a. m. Adopted February 19, 1897.

J. H. PADDOCK,

Secretary of the Senate. Thereupon, Mr. Selby moved to make the consideration of said message a special order for Wednesday morning February 24,

And the motion prevailed.

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

House Bill No. 71, a bill for "An act to amend section two (2) of an act entitled 'An act concerning circuit courts, and to fix the time

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