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Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into what additional legislation, if any, is necessary to more fully carry into effect the provisions of an act entitled "An act to provide for the sale of the school lands,” approved February 22, 1864, and to report at an early day, by bill or otherwise
The private secretary of the Governor read the following message:
Genti men of the Senate and House of Representatives:
With profound gratitude to Almighty God, who has directed 125 safely through four years of the most fearful and bloody civil war that ever tried the patriotism of any people, or tested the stability of any government, I, this day, in accordance with constitutional requirement, communicate to you in writing, and recommend such measures as in my julyment are deemed expedient. One year has passed since you last assembled to enact laws for the government and well-being of the people of this State. During the year the formidable armies of the rebellion have been crushed. Peace and prosperity again return to bless the land. And, while we live to enjoy the blessings of this, the best of all earthly governments, let us nerer forget the brave patriots who perilled their lives for the perpetuity and lasting glory of the Republic, and in a substantial manner remember, care for and amply provide for the families of those from our own State who sacrificed their lives upon the altar of their country, to transmit the blessings of this free government to future generations. Our government owes its very existence to the efforts of these brave men. Our statesmen have constructed and put into successful operation a yovernment which is both the wonder and admiration of the present age and a model for the future. What we have already accomplished only shows what we are capable of doing. The sun of Independence rose fair and bright on many a people before it warmed us into being; but, in every instance where the vital influences of gratitude, freedom and christianity have been wanting, their sun soon set in a night of despotism that was dark, drear and stormy. And nu peuple ever preserved their liberties--and, it is not presumptive to assert, never will — where these salutary influences do not exist. Freedom is the twin sister of Virtue; where she dwells, there Freedom dwells, rules where she rules, expires where she expires."
Eleven and one-half years have passed since the Territorial organization of Kansas. The contest between slavery and freedom commenced here, and it was almost impossible, in the early history of the Territory, for any one to live in it in personal security who loved freedom more than slavery. Those who inaugurated the late rebellion were the principal leaders in organizing and sustaining a party in Kansas which manifested the same spirit in its early history that actuated their imperious masters during the four years of the war. Those who so fondly loved treason as to leave this State, to cast their fortunes with those seeking to de. stroy the government, should never more. in my judgment, be permitted t exercise the rights, privileges and immunities of loyal citizens of Kansas. The great majority of the people of Kansas, from its earliest history, have been true to the principles of freedom, anel.fduring the recent struggle of the Federal Government for national existence, no State more promptly responded to its every call for troops to defend its flag and maintain its honor. And our soldiers have won a reputation and fame imperishable as history it-elf. The year 1966 is the first which brings with it no fearful apprehensions of invasion from other States or of desolation and ruin, as threatened for the last four years. This year brings with it peace and universal freedom to our citizens. No Federal bayonets now, as in 1856, threaten (by order of the then Secretary of War, now incarcerated in Fortress Monroe) to disperse our Legislative Assembly Those days of trial have passed; freedom has triumphed; Kansas is free, and now offers the immigrant a home unsurpassed in richness, beauty and fertility. It is now for us to cultivate this magnificent garden, and make it blossom and bloom with beauty, and bear in rich exuberance the fruits of peace and plenty
I herewith transmit the reports of the Auditor and Treasurer of State, containing a detailed statement of the financial condition of the State.
Total liabilities and resources of the State, for the year ending
Vovember 30th, 1865: Amount of 7 per cent. bonds,
$204,000.00 6 per cent. funding,
54,400.00 7 per cent. military,
93,000.00 6 per cent. bonds, refunding taxes, 39,675 00 Penitentiary bonds,
50,000.00 State Warrants outstanding,
59,455.92 Territorial warrants,
Contra. Amount uncollected State tax,
$101,536.74 Territorial (uncertain),
71,050.83 State military expenditures, General Gov't, 100,000.00 Taxes levied for 1865,
216,756.79 Due from General Gorernment,
12,352.00 Funds in treasury,
26,079.21 Territorial funds,
Balance of resources,
Estimate of current expenses for the year 1863, as
per Auditor's report, Interest on public debt and sinking fund,
Military. Your attention is invited to the report of the Adjutant General of the State, from which the following exhibit is given:
1st Reg. Infantry,
from Kansas, 875 177 88 from other States, 17
122 23 2nd Reg. Infantry,
from Kansas. 162 32
from other States, 1 16 2nd Reg. Cavalry,
from Kansas, 658 303 18
from other States, 300 132, 2 5th Reg. Cavalry,
from Kansas, 787 321 22 from other States, 117
7 6th Reg. Cavalry.
from Kansas, 675 512 66
from other States. 175 161 41 7th Reg. Cavalry,
! from Kansas. 087 108225 39 168 from other States, 107 82182, 1701 8th Reg. Infantry.
from Kancas, 363 411121 + from other States.
85 99 9th Rey, ('avalry from Kansas
009. 151 from other States, 101 71 1 10th Rey. Infantry.
from Kansas, 41 139 147
from other States, 13 121 20 11th Reg. Cavalry,
from Kansas, 1.101 330 from other States,
26 12th Reg. Infantry, from Kansas
125 from other States,