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 January 1881
 February 1881
 March 1881
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Group Title: Journal of the proceedings of the Assembly of the State of Florida.
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Table of Contents
    January 1881
        Tuesday, January 4
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            Page 2
            Page 3
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            Page 8
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        Wednesday, January 5
            Page 10
            Page 11
            Page 12
        Thursday, January 6
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        Friday, January 7
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        Saturday, January 8
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        Monday, January 10
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        Tuesday, January 11
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        Wednesday, January 12
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        Thursday, January 13
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        Friday, January 14
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        Monday, January 17
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        Tuesday, January 18
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        Wednesday, January 19
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        Thursday, January 20
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        Saturday, January 22
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        Monday, January 24
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        Tuesday, January 25
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        Wednesday, January 26
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        Thursday, January 27
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        Friday, January 28
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        Saturday, January 29
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        Monday, January 31
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    February 1881
        Tuesday, February 1
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        Wednesday, February 2
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        Thursday, February 3
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        Friday, February 4
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        Saturday, February 5
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        Monday, February 7
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        Tuesday, February 8
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        Wednesday, February 9
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        Thursday, February 10
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        Friday, February 11
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        Monday, February 14
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        Tuesday, February 15
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        Wednesday, February 16
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        Thursday, February 17
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        Friday, February 18
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        Saturday, February 19
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        Monday, February 21
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        Tuesday, February 22
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        Wednesday, February 23
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        Thursday, February 24
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        Friday, February 25
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        Report of the comptroller of the state of Florida for the fiscal year 1879
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)f the Assembly of the Sta cif F16rlda, 't the 'e h i 1.
son of dhe Legislature, begun A held at the Ca'pitol, .
Sthe city of Tallahassee. iI the State Floria;, on Tuesday, -
the 4th day of January, X. D ..in th c ed b *
the Constitution of the statfep Floiida for the .jeniuig of_ d?
the Legislature.

STUE DA Yanua y 4, 1881.


* The Assethbly wah called to, order by Dlr. Williatm Forsyth!..
Bynum, former Chief Clcrk.
On motion of Mr. Hai*i of Oringe, lon :, Ii. D ',V
erty was elected Speaker f4ro.ten. '
On motion of Mr, Bryant;j PoIkk DTW. Will F,,.. -y U' Y ,
num was elected O1fJ. '
On 4iotiuii of MiW Coti.ell, of Levy, the f members
kiiiiiIdgh iv the Secretary of Sttte wa- aj- the follow-
,ing mqpibers came tborard and we -w M i. William
M ,-TnkLa, i., N,...; y I '.l.1;,-: *
F, '* ISamel T. Slagliter, W. ('ridg. 1. D.
"Fow k lh:.Lf. L. [ilies.
Fr:.,h /---li.- \\U-ims.
F,*rov i r,,'-.-JolhtK. Cason and Berry M. Williams.
^.*.i / -1 Riunty' I Parlr .
I""' .... -.l ^111 '1 B. Clark. *
"F, 'u,, '. A !-..il. i ,I. Morgan.
Fr6'on Coliu1bia--Waltt.r R. Moore, Tl'omas 1\V. i.-t ,' ii '
.Joseph M .''lf l, .-,.. *
Fvro .'. ',hard B. 'otter.
-1'",'.. ... I, I,. Brown, W H. .:'ia .. hler, l
",ai.1 ;.,v NAthi,-1 .
1: ,..... ^v ,,,- Ismw Welch, I. DR. Ik


rr..^. Vr- Hin ',I[ [.-Miltlvl.. lini M. HA L
i ll H "
"r n I 1 a-ll.i. J,, i t.-
MAI 1 1 PA ir 'i K














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I"r,,I Hillsboroughl-N. C. Bryan and Corley S. Reyvnol.d
Fri'on Holmes-William F. Green.
Front Jackson-Andrew F. McCrary, James A. Robinslr
iond Hinton J. Watson.
From Jefferson-A. J. 'Pollock, B. C. Gibbs, L. N. B. Me(' rtay
_nd John W. Hall.
FProm Lafayette-Thomas C. Goodbread.
SFrom Leon-Julius Ball. W. B. Carr and Phillip ('tiColl.
From Liberty-William H. Neal.
Promo Levy-James L. F. Cottrell and W. H. Bigham.
SFrom, Jladison--F. M. Tooke, W. D. Griffin and II. M..
Fryar.
FronI .Manateie-John \V. \Vhidden.
From Marion-Wesley A. Wilkinson.
FrPna Monroe-Robert .J. Perry and J. W. V. iR. P'lunm,::
'ro,,, N.ossau-Charles Angel and George C. Colenmin.
l'ron Oranoiqe--J.. Ha-rris and John M. Bryan.
"rumn /'Pln'--John W. Blryant.
From Pl'iiio m-F. kL M1leMeekin and L. L. Newsoni.
Pl'roi Snila 4osa--Jolmni McClellan and George Marqu.i-
Fj'rii .. Johns-Charles M. Cooper and R. B. Canova.
From n' itler-L. E. Snow and Claiborne Bevill.
Fruoi Suwannee-George W. Umstead afd Jasper N. IvLi.
Front, 7Talor--Wiley I. Parker.
'Froi,, Volusia-Charles Dougherty.
iFri I-aktlla-Nathatii W. Butler.
l",'r1, iallton-Neil J. McKinnon.
",, I s :,..,: ..j.. W illiam Miller.
Mr. li;rint, of Polk. moved that the Assembly proceed to
Ili, elhtion of permanent Spieaker:
\Vilii.h motion was agreed to.
Mr. (',,llrll. of L ,ew. nfminatil thle Hon. J. .1. -Harris. c,`

li i n was :
/F, / iH,,irisi-Mess rs. Bll. levill of Hamilton. LUevill t
Sunllil. lighatm, Bryuil ()l' Orange, Bryan of Hillsboroiuglh
EBr':I. Butler, Byrne. Canova. Cason, Clark, Cooper. Cottrell,
Craig. Dougherty. Filtes. Fryar, Getzen, Ooodbread,
I rady. Green, Griffin ol' Madison. HIinson. Iowren,
iMarqui.. Miller. Moore. Mlor:gan, McCrary, McKinnon,
(MClellan. McMeekin. .McMillan. Neel, Newsom, Perry, P'lnm-
mer. Reynolds. Robinson. Slaughter, Snow, Stringer, Tipliin
Took. Tolbert, Umstead, Watson, Welsh, Whidden. Williamn
of Bradford, Williams of Baker. Zipperer-53.
8/anLk-Messrs. Angel, Brown, Carroll, Coleman. (Uonaut,
Iucas. MeCray. Nattiel, Pollock. Potter, Wilkinson-l1.










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The Hon. J. J. Harris, having received a majority ol' th0
votes, was declared elected Speaker of the Assejtbly.
Upon taking the Chair. Mr. Harris, Speaker-elect, made the
following address: ,
Gentlemen of the Assembly:
I thank you for the honor which you have conferred upon
me, and I desire to say, in all frankness and# candor, that I
mistrust my ability adequately to meet the responsibilities it
involves. This remark may not seem reconcilable with the
t'act that I have voluntarily consented to--indeed, you may
say have sought its imposition. But I assure you that in
seeking this preferment, I have had in view the gratification
of the nbble people who are my constituents, rather than honor
for myself. The condition in which we find ourselves as the
custodians of the weal of ouroaggregated constituency is one of
peculiar delicacy and difficulty. The large majority of us have
been placed here by a dominant political party.' That party
came into power four years ago inl obedience to a popular de-
mand for relief from evils in the administration of our State
affairs, the prolongation of which, we believed, would have
overwhelmed us with disaster. During these 'our years we
claim to have largely abated those evils and to have started
our. beybved Commonwealth upon a "career of prosperity un-
known in her past history and pregnant with blessings to us
and our posterity. Did time and the occasion warrant, it
would e profitable to us, as well as pleasant, to pause and
ponder upon the statesmanship, the self-denial, the devotion to
duty, the patriotism of those noble men who have wrought the
change., 'But I can only stop to say that to' George F: Drew
and his co-laborers in the grand work.of reform, Florida owes
a debt of gratitude which can never be paid. This, then, is the
situation. The people, grateful for what has been done for
them, and confiding in the promises-of the Democratic party
of a continuation of the' good work inaugurated tour years
ago, have endorsed the nominees of that party by overwhelm-
ing majorities, and have placed in the Gubernatorial Chair,
for the first time in her history, a native-born Floridian,
charged with the duty of speeding the car of progress. And
to us they have committed the responsible duty of provid-
ing the ways and means for the grand expedition.
That Governor Bloxham will be equal to the occasion, and
meet our most sanguine expectations, cannot be doubted. And
if we but do our duty, fully appreciating the wants of our peo-
ple, and wisely discerning the appropriate changes in and ad-
ditions to her system of laws, we shall deserve and receive the
plaudits of the good and true all over the land.



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Order, gentlemen, is nature's first law, and we cannot trans-
act business either wisely or expeditiously without its observ-
ance. It will be my earnest effort to preserve order, and if
each and'all of you co-operate with me in that effort, the busi-
ness of the session will be conducted harmoniously and well.
In advance crave your indulgence for such errors and de-
fects of administration as may occur, assuring you that I will
unremittingly strive to do impartial justice to each and every
member of this body, and that every decision I may make will
be in the conscientious conviction of its correctness.
Beseeching you that, laying all other matters aside, you
assiduously address yourselves to the great interests committed
to your care, the Chair announces its readiness to hear any'
motion looking to the further organization of the Assembly.
The Assembly proceeded to the election of a Chief Clerk.
Mr.. Dougherty nominated Dr. Wm. Forsyth Byrnum for
Chief Clerk.
The vote was:
For Bynum--Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bell, Bevill of Hamil-
ton, Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Bryan ,of Orange, Bryan
of Hillsborough, Bryant, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Carr, Car-
roll, Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Cottrell, Craig,rDough-
erty, Fildes, Friar, Getzen, Goodbread, Grady, Green, Griffin,
Hinson, Howren, Ivey, Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, Mc-
Crary, McKinnon, McLellan, McMeekin, McMillan, Neel, New-
som, Parker of Taylor, P'arker of Brevard, Perry, Plummer,
Reynolds, Robinson, Slaughter, Snow, Spear4 Stringer, Tippin,
Tooke, Tolbert, Umstead, Watson, Welch, Whidden, Williams
of Bradford, Williams of Baker, Zipperer--61.
Blank-Messrs. Angel, Brown, Conant, Hall, Lucas, McCray,
Nattiel, Pollock, Potter, Wilkinson-9.
Dr. Wm. Forsyth Bynum, having received a majority of the
votes, was declared elected Chief Clerk.
The oath of office was administered to the Speaker and
Chief Clerk by the Hon. Charles Doughprty, of Volusia.
The Assembly proceeded to the election of Assistant Clerk.
Mr. Fildes nominated Mr. Robert W. Davis for Assistant
Clerk.
On motion of Mr. Bryan, of Orange, Mr. Robert W. Davis
was elected Assistant Clerk of the Assembly by acclamation.
The Assembly proceeded to the election .of Sergeant-at-
Arms.
Mr. Cottrell, of Levy, nominated M Jaspler 4. Gonzalez for
* Sergeant-at-Arifis. '. .
On motion "of' Mr. Dougheirty, "of Yolusia, ir. Jasper N.
.Gonzalez was elected; Sergeant-at-Arms by acclamation.
The Assembly proceeded to the election of Reading Clerk.













Mr. Griffin, of Madison, nominated Mr. R. B. Whitfield for
Reading Clerk.
Mr. Bevill, of Hamilton, moved that Mr. R. B. Whitfield be
,elected Reading Clerk by acclamation ;
Which was agreed- to.
The Assistant Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms were sworn in by'
'the Speaker.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER. TIALLAHASSEE, FIA., January 4, 1881.
HON. J. J. HABtlms,
* Speaker of the Assembly :'
Sin: I am instructed to inform the Assembly that the- Sen-
ate has adopted the following resolution :
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to confer
with a similar committee of the Assembly (which they are re-
spectfully requested to appoint) with regard to the inaugural;
And have appointed Messrs. Niblack. Mallory. and McKinne
such committee.
J. U. GiBnm:s Secretary.
Which was read, and, on motion of Mr. Dougherty. the Sen-
ate resolution was adopted;
And the Speaker appointed Messrs. Dougherty. Miller, and
Conant %uch committee on the part of the Assembly.
The committee, after a brief absence, reported that the inau-
guration of the Hon. William D. Bloxham, Governor-elect,
would take place in the Assembly Hall, in joint session, at 2
o'clock P. M., and'were discharged.
Mr. Cottrell moved that the rules of the Assembly at its last
session be adopted for the government of this Assembly dur-
ing the present session until further ordered;
Which -was agreed to.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until ten minutes of
two o'clock.


TEN MINUTES OF TWO O'CLOCK.

The Assembly resumed its session. '
A .quorum present.
SThe Senate entered the Assembly-H:il a.lu, the Lieutenant-
Governor having taken the chair, announced the Senate and As-
sembly to be in Joint Session.
The Hon. W. D. Bloxham, accompanied by Governor George
F. Drew and his Cabinet, entered the Assembly Hall, and the










oath of office having been administered to -the llo. W. 1).
Bloxham.. Governor-elect, by his onor, David S. Walker.
Judge of the Second Judicial. Circuit. ihe delivered .tIhe tllw-
"ing
INAUGURAL AIDDIIJRE :
In response to the summons of the people a., officially n-
nounced, I have come to take the oath pleseribel by the (.Col-
stitution, preparatory to entering upon the duties appertain in:11
to the position-of Governor of Florida.
Fully appreciating the importance of these duties. I ask the
indulgence and seek the assistance of tll lovers of1 the State in
their proper and faithful discharge.
Looking alone to the interest. welTrre and prosperity of our
State, it will be my pleasure as well as my duty to hi, il \eveI
energy to promote her future progress and growth. That 19-
ture rests.-to a large extent, with her people. To sclre its
full fruits to ourselves and our posterity, we must i\nite ta
healthy immigration ; develop our internal resoturces by. secur-
ing proper transportation ; and educate the rising generation.
These are the three great links in the grand chain of prog'res-
upon which we can confidently rely for onr future growthll :ind
prosperity.
Immigrants come where the blessings of good governmentl
secure to them the protection of life. liberty and property : :1114
it is a source of profound gratification to know tlhl tlle Ilfilh-
ful enforcement of the laws h: s secured that protec-tion in
Florida, as fnlly as in any State of the Union, and she is rIl:,-
ing her just reward, not only in the general prosperity ot lher
varied industries, but in the constantly increasing tide of' ilm-
migration that seeks her shores. .\nd it is due to the Stat: .
that all patriotic citizens, and all public associations. :Ind the
public press, that great lever that in:kes and moves lpulic
sentiment. should unite in allaying the misaplpr)ehosioln
sought to be created for partisan purposes *daring the late p.-
litical campaign, and by all proper means afford assurances to
capital and industry of safe and profitable investment. Yes.
let us invite and encourage immigration by every legitimate
means at our command. And I feel that I but utter the senti-
ments of the entire people-from Escambia's beautiful bay to
the magnificent St. Johns, from our northern limits to the
bright Key of the Gulf, where the lone exile rests in conscious
security under the broad segis of our flag, whilst weeping over
the fate of the beautiful Queen of the Antilles--when I extend
a hearty welcome to all visitors, and a God-speed to every set-
tler who desires to become a citizen of Florida. We question
neither their nativity, their political views, nor religious senti-










inents. All that we can desire is. that they be honor-loving aind
law-abiding.
Owing to our geographical aid semi-tropical position, we
possess advantages claimed by n6 other State of the Union.
To utilize these advantages to their full extent it is not only
necessary to- secure immigration, but also that handmaid of
progress, transportation. With the Peninsula of our State
furnished with proper transportation, and railroad facilities
secured to the West, with their magnificent lands and virgin
forests, who can predict our future? Owing to the embar-
rassed condition of our Internal Improvement Fund, all may
not be accomplished at once that is desirable, but let us work
unitedly and unceasingly tb the success of these grand objects.
Florida, indeed,.stands but upon the threshold of her great-
ncs. ,With her climate and soil, and her varied productions.
her future is full of hope and. full of promise. An intelligent
and enterprising people blessed with such resources can but
build up a great and prosperous Commonwealth.- Let us then
devote ourselves to these great objects1 worthy of the consid-
eration-of the leading minds of our State.
Let us hope that the asperities engendered by the heated
discussions of the canvass have died away, and that as American
citizens, proud of our country, we will cherish our republican
institutions and lend a hearty acquiescence and cordial support
to those placed in power by the people. With true loyalty
and devotion to an indissoluable union of indestrictable
States," we will cherish and obey, without mental reservation..
the Constitution of our country, with all of its amendments..
believing that a strict adherence to all of its provisions will
prove the prophet's rod which is to sweeten the waters from
which have flown the bitter strifes of the past. Knowing no
sectional lines, and fostering no sectional animosities, let our
patriotic impulses be as broad as the Union itself, and as pure
as the inspiration tat gave us the Divine injunction of" peace
bn earth,'good will towards men."
As .to our colored population, 1 can but assure them that
their rights and liberties are secured by the great fundamental
law of the Union as well as that of the State; and that they-
need entertain no fears of their violation. Their equal rights
before the legal tribunals will be maintained; equal justice-
flly meted out, and their future prosperity left to their own
industry and thrift, assisted and encouraged by good govern-
ment as the result of equal and just laws.
To you, Governor Drew, allow me to say that in laying aside
yjor official robes,. you carry with you the affections and es-
teem of the people of Florida, whom ybu haTv so faithfully, so
honorably and so efficiently served. And ft is a source .of



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'great pleasure to me, having been officially and intimately as-
sociated with you for nearly four years, to bear willing testi-
mony to your devotion to the State's best interests. May
your years be long, peaceful and prosperous to wear the laurels
so freely placed by the people of your'State upon your honored
'brow.
And now, fellow-citizens, animated alone by a desire to pro-
mote the best'initerests of bur beloved State, I crave your con-
fidence and support. Remembering that it is impossible to
satisfy and gratify the wishes of all-particularly in the un-
pleasant duty placed by the Constitution upon the Executive
of selecting officers-I shall go forward in the discharge of my
",duty strengthened by the purity of my motives and trusting to
time and the good judgment and patriotism.of the people for a
proper vindication. And in the discharge of these duties I ask
'the protecting and guiding hand of the Supreme Ruler of the
Universe. to the end that Florida may be free, prosperous and
happy.
And now, sir, I am prepared to take the solemn oath to sup-
'port, protect and defend the Constitution and Government of
the United States and of the State of Florida, and bear true
faith. loyalty and allegiance to the same.
On motion, the.Joint Session adjourned.
On motion, the -Assembly adjourned until to-morrow at 12
o'clock.





WEDNESDAY, January d 1881.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Ball, Bell, Bevill of Hamilton,
Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryant of Polk, Butler,
Canova, Carroll, Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Cot-
'trell, Crdig, Dougherty,;. Fildes, Friar, Getzen, Goodbread,
Grady, Green, Hall, Hrivren, Ivey, LcKas, Marquis, Miller,
Mooreu,Migau, 'MeCray,' McCrary, McLe'lah 'McMeekin,
MIcMillhu, N.tti.l,'''epr, .Nbwsor;"Pai.l r"'f" aylor, Perry,
Plummer, 'TPol0 K6Pk Pptter, Rey nolds,'1 Jbbiiin,- Slaughter,
Snow. Spear, Stiingei, Tooke, Tolb'ert, 'Umistead, Watson,
Welch, Whidden, Wilkinson, Williams of Bradford, Williams
of Baker, Zipperer-63.









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A quorum present.
Prayer by the Rev. C. S. Reynolds, of Hillsborough.
The Reading Clerk and Messrs. W! J. McGrath and Isaac
Jenkins, members of the Assembly from Marion and Leon
counties, presented themselves and were sworn in by Mr.
Charles Dougherty, of Volusia.
A message was received from the Senate announcing that
body as organized and ready for business.
On motion of Mr. Cottrell, the Assembly proceeded to per-
fect its organization.
Mr. Cottrell nominated Mr. Chas. W. Downing for En-
grossing Clerk.
The vote was:
For Mr. Downing-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bell, Bevill of
Hamilton, Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange,
Bryan of Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Can-
ova, Cason, Clark, Cooper, Cottrell, Craig, Dougherty, Fildes,
Friar, Getzen, Goodbread, Grady, Green, Howren, Ivey,
Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCrary, McKinnon,
McLellan, McMeekin, McMillan, Neel, Newsom, Parker of
Taylor, Parker of Brevard, Perry, Plummer, Reynolds, Rob-
inson, Slaughter, Snow, Spear, Stringer, Tippin, Tooke, Tol-
bert, Umstead, Watson, Welch, Whidden, Williams of Brad-
ford, Williams of Baker-55.
Blank-Messrs. Angel, Ball, Carr, Carroll, Coleman, Conant,
Gibbs, Hall, Jenkins, Lucas, McCray, McGrath, Nattiel, Pol-
lock, Potter, Wilkinson-16.
Mr. Dowfling was therefore declared elected Engrossing
Clerk.
Mr. Cottrell nominated Mr. Fred. L. Robertson for Enroll-
ing Clerk.
The vote was:
For Robertson-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bell, Bevill of Ham-
ilton, Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Bryan of Orange, Bryan ot
Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Cason,
Clark, Cooper, Cottrell, Craig, Dougherty, Fildes, Friar, Get-
zen, Goodbread, Grady, Green, Hinson, Howren, Ivey, Mar-
quis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCrary, McKinnon, McLellan,
McMeekin, McMillan, Neel, Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Perry,
Plummer, Reyolds, Robinson, Slaughter, Snow, Spear, Strin-
ger; Tippin, T. oke, Tolbert, Umstea4'Watson,- Welch, Whid-
depi, Wiliaams .Biadford and Willimm 'of Baker--55.
Blank-Messrs. Aikgel, Ball, Brop, Carr,, Carroll, Cole-
mana, Conant, Gibs,, Hall, Jenkins, Lucas, McCray, McGrath,
Nattiel, Pollock, Potter and Wilkipon--18. ..:
Mr. F. L. Robertson having received a majority of the votes
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Mr. Cottrell nominated Mi. W. N. Baker for Recording
Clerk.
The vote was:
For .Mr. Baker-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bell, Bevill of Hanm-
ilton, Bevill of Sumter,' Bigham, Bryan ot Orange, Bryan of
Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Cason.
Clark, Cooper, Cottrell, Craig, Dougherty, Fildes, Friar. Get-
zen, Goodbread, Grady, Green, Hinson, Howren, Ivey, Mar-
quis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCrary, McKinnon, McLellan.
McMeekin, McMillan, Neel, Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Perry.
Plummer, Reynolds, Robinson,'Slaughter, Snow, Spear, Strin-
ger, Tippin, Tooke, Tolbert, Umstead, Watson, Welch, Whid-
den, Williams of Bradford and Williams of Baker-55,
Blank-Messrs. Angel, Ball. Brown, Carroll, Coleman.
Conant, Gibbs, Hall, Jenkins, Lucas, McCray, McGrath, Nat-
tiel, Pollock, Potter and Wilkinson-16.
Mr. Baker was therefore declared elected Recording Clerk.
On motion of Mr. Cottrell, the Assembly proceeded to elect
a Door-keeper.
Mr. Denham was nominated for that position.
The vote was :
For Mr. Denhamn-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bell, Bevill, of Ham-
ilton, Bevill, of Sumter, Bigham, Bryan, of Orange, Bryan, of
Hillsborough, Bryant,. Butler, Byrne, Canova, Cason, Clark,
Cooper, Cottrell, Craig, Dougherty, Fildes, Friar, Getzen.
Goodbread, Grady, Green, Hinson, Howren, Ivey, Marquis.
Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCrary, McKinnon, McLellan, Mc-
Meekin, McMillan, Neel, Newsom, Parker, of Taylor, Perry.
Plummer, Reynolds, Robinson, Slaughter, Snow, Spear, Strin-
ger, Tippin, Tooke, Tolbert, Umstead, Watson, Welch, Whid-
den, Williams, of Bradford; and Williams of Baker-56.
Blank-Messrs. Angel, Ball, Brown, Carroll, doleman.
Conant, Gibbs, Hall, Jenkins, Lucas, McCray, McGrath, Nattiel.
Pollock, Potter and Wilkinson-16.
Mr. Denham having received a majority of the votes wa.
declared elected Door-keeper.
On motion of Mr. Cottrell, the Recording Clerk, Engrossing
Clerk and Door-keeper came forward and were sworn in by
the Speaker.
On motion of Mr. Bryan, of Orange, the Sergeant-at-Arms
was instructed to finish the members with stationery and
writing material, and also to have the desk looks repaired.
On motion of Mr. Green a committee of three was appointed.
consisting of Messrs. Green, Howren and Lucanq to notify the
Senate of the organization of the Assembly.
On motion of Mr. Dougherty the Speaker was authorized to
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On motion of Mr. Grady the Speaker was authorized to ap-
point a.Kemsenger and two Janitors.
On motion of Mr. Bryan, of Orange, the Sargeant-at-A rms
was authorized to appoint two pages for the Assembly.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SSENATE CHAMHBUF, Tallahasssee, Jan. 5, 1881.
HON. J: J. HARRIS,
S Speaker of the A..sembly :
SIa: I am directed by the Senate to inform the Assembly
that the Senate has appointed Messrs. McKinnon. Jones and
Willard to'act with a similar committee on the part of the As-
sembly to wait on the Governor and notify him of the organi-
zation of the -Legislature. and of their readiness to pro(:.eed to
business, and to receive any message.
'Very respectfully,
W. H..BABCOUi,..
Secretary of the Senate.
Which was read, and Messrs. Cooper, Miller and Conant
were appointed such committee on the part- of the A'ssembly.
On motion of Mr. Bryan, of Orange, the Assembly adjourned
uitil 10 o'clock to-morrow morning.






THURSDA Y, .Itnuary. 6, 188.1.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names: -:
, Mr.'Speaker, Messrs. Angel,. Ball. Bll,.BevilL of l amilton,
Bevill, of, Sumter, Bigham. Brown, Bryanj of Oraige, Bryan,
of Hillsborough, Bryant of. Polk, Butler, Byrne. Can-
ova, Carr, Carroll, Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant,
Cottrell, -,Dougherty, Fildes,. Friar, Getzen, Gibbs,. Grady,
Green, Griffin, Hall, Hinson. Howren,-Ivey, Jenkins. Lucas,
Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan,. Mcray, McCrary, McGratht.
McKinnon, MpLellan, McMeekin, McMillen, Nattiel, Neel,
Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Perry, Plummier, Pollock, Potter,
Reynolds, Robinson, Slaughter, Snow, .pear, Stringer, Tippin,
Tooke, Tolbert, Umstead, Watson, Welch, Whidden, Wllkinson,
Williams ofBradford, Williams of Baker, and Zipperer-74: -.








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A quorum present.
Prayer by Rev. C. S. Reynolds of Hillsborough.
The journal of yesterday was read and approved.
On motion of Mr. Dougherty, a committee of three, consist-
ing of Messrs. Dougherty, Tolbert and Pollock were appointed
to act in concert with a similar committee of the Senate in
preparing joint rules for this Legislature.
The committee appointed on yesterday to inform the Senate
of the organization of the Assembly reported'that they had
performed that duty and were discharged. '
'On motion of Mr. McGrath, it was ordered that each mem-
ber of the Assembly be furnished with.a copy of the Standing
Rules. I
On motion of Mr. Bryan of Orange, it was ordered that the
Clerk be instructed to have 100 copies of the Standing Rules
printed.
.On motion of Mr. Conant, it was ordered that the Rules he
printed in pamphlet form.

STANDING RULES OF THE ASSEMBLY.


OF THE DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE SPEAkKER.
RULE 1. The Speaker shall, take the chair every day at the
hour to which the Assembly shall have adjourned, shall call
the members to order, and on the appearance of a quorum
shall proceed to business.
RULE 2. He shall preserve decorum and order, may speak to
points of order in preference to other members, and shall de-
cide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Assem-
bly by motion regularly seconded, and no other business shall
be in order till the question on the appeal shall have been de-
cided.
RULE :. He shall declare all votes, but if any member rise.-
to doubt a vote the Speaker shall order a return of the number
voting in the affirmative and in the negative,.without any
further debate upon the question.
RULE 4. He shall rise to put a question or to address tlhe
Assembly, but may read sitting'.
RULE 5. In all cases the Speaker may vote.
RULE 6i. When the Assembly shall determine to go into a
committee of the whole Assemnbl the Speaker shall appoint
the member- who shall take the chair.
RULE 7. On all questions and motions whatsoever, the
Speaker shall take the sense of the Assembly by yeas and nays,
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the yeas and nays are taken the roll of the Assembly shall bIe
called in alphabetical order, and no member shdll be allowed
to vote who shall not be upon the floor of th _:- assembly at'tie
time his name is called, or before the roll-call is finished.
RULE 8. He shall propound all questions in the order in
which they are moved, unless the subsequent lotion be pre-
vious in its nature, except that in naming sums and fliing
times the largest sums and the longest time sllJl be put first.
RULE 9. After a motion is stated or read by the Speaker it
shall be deemed to be in possession of the Assembly. and shall
be disposed of by vote of the Assembly, but the mover lInIy
withdraw it at any time before a decision or amendment, ex-
cept a motion to reconsider, which shall not he withdrawn after
the-time has elapsed within which it could be originally made.
RULE 10. When a question is under debate the Speaker shall
receive no motion uint to adjourn, to lay on the table. foi the
previous question, to postpone to a day certain, to commit, to
amend, or to postpone indefinitely, which several motions shall
have precedence in the order in which they stand arranged.
and a motion to strike out the enabling clause of a bill shall be
equivalent to a motion to postpone indefinitely. If an amend-
ment to any subject under, consideration be laid on the table.
or postponed. such action shall not arrayy the subject matter
with it.
RULE 11. He shall consider a motion to adjourn as always
first in order; and that motion, and the motions to lay on the
table, to take up from the table, and for yeas and lna;s, 11all
be decided without debate.
RULE 12. He shall put the previous question in the follow--
ing form: S/hall h/' iimi qi/tesio ui' n' p' ." and all de-
bate upon the main question and pending ainmendmients shall
be suspended until the previous question shall lie decided.
After the adoption of the previous question, the sense of the
Assembly shall forthwith be takell on pending amendments in
-'their regular order, and then upon the main question.
RULE 13. On tlie previous question there shall be no debate.
RULE 14. When two or more members happen to rise at
once, the Speaker shall nime the member who is first to
speak.
R.UL,; 15. All comillittees lhiall Ie appointed I il lill)oln i
by the Speaker. unless otherwise spec-i:ly dli!erie by tite As-
semubly.
RUiLE, to. The Speaker shall have the right to namne :ai
member to perform the duties of the (Chair : lit suih suilstiti.,
tion shall not extend ndeyol l :i1i djournmnct.









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,OY THE DUTIES, RIGHTS AND DECORUM' ,F THE MEMBERS.'
RULE 17. Every member, when about to speak, shall rise
and respectfully address the Speaker.; shall confine himself to
the question under debate, and avoid personality, and shall sit
down when he has finished. No member shall speak out of his
place without leave of the Speaker.
RULE 18. No member speaking shall be interrupted by an
other but by rising to call to oi-der.
RULE 19. NO member shall speak more than twice on one
question, without first obtaining leave of the ,Assembly; nor
more than once, until the other members who have not spoken
shall speak, if they desire it.
RULE 20. When a vote has passed, it shall be in order fol
any member of the majority to move for a reconsideration
thereof on the same or the succeeding day; and such motion
(except in the last week of the session) shall be placed first in
the orders of the day for the day succeeding that on which
the motion is made; and when a motion for reconsideration is
decided, that decision shall not be reconsidered, and no ques-
:tion shall be twice reconsidered: Provided, however. That a
,motion to reconsider a vote, upon any collateral matter, shall
not remove the main subject under consideration from before
the Assembly, but shall be considered at the time when it is
made.
RULE 21. Bills, resolves and other .papers, except orders of
notice, in reference to which any member has a right to move
a reconsideration, shall remain in. the possessionaof the Clerhi
until the right of reconsideration has expired; Provided, That
"the operation of this rule shall be suspended during the last
week of the session.
RULE 22. No member shall be obliged to be on more than
two committees at the same time, nor chairman of more than
'ene.
RULE 23. No member shall be permitted to stand up to the
interruption, of another while. any member is speaking, or to
pass unnecessarily between the Speaker of the Assembly and
the person speaking; nor shall any members be permitted in
the alleys, or in the area in front of the Chair, during the ses-
sion of the Assembly.
RULE 24- All proceedings of the Assembly, with closed
.doors, and every matter relating to the same, shall be kept
secret until after the Assembly shall remove the injunction of
secresy.
RULE 25.. Every member .who shall neglect to give his at-
tendance in the Assembly for, more than six days after the
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be reld to ren.der'the reason of such neglect; and in. ase the
reason assigned .shall be deemed by the Assembly sufficient,
:such member shall be entitled'to receive pay for his travel,
:and not otherwise; and no member shall be absent more than
one day without leave of the Assembly, and a vote of leave of
-absence dihll be inoperative unless the member obtaining it
shall avail himself of it within five days.
RULE'26. When any member shall be guilty of a breach of
either 'of the rules and orders of the Assembly, he may be
required by the Assembly, on motion, to make satisfaction
therefor,,and shall not be allowed to vote or speak, except by
way of excuse, till he has done so.
"RULE 27. No member shall be permitted to vote, or serve
on any committee, in any question where his private right is
immediately concerned, distinct from the public interest.
RULE 28. Every member, who shall be in the Assembly when
a question is put, when he is not excluded by interest,-shall
'give -his vote, unless the Assembly, for special reasons, shall
,excuse him. Any member desiring to be so-excused on any
,question shall make application to that effect before the call-
ing of the yeas and nays; and such application shall be accom-
panied by a brief statement of reasons, and shall be decided
-without debate.
RULE 29. Every motion shall be reduced to writing if the
'Speaker shall so direct.
'RULE 30. 'Any member may call for the division of a ques-
tion when the sense will admit of it. A motion to strike out
and insert shll be deemed indivisible;- but a motion to strike
out, being lost, shall neither preclude amendment nor a motion
to strike out and insert.
RULE 31. Motions and reports may be committed or re-com-
mitted, at the pleasure of the Assembly.
RULE 32. No motion or proposition of a subject different
from that under consideration shall be admitted under color of
amendment.
RULE 33. The unfinished business in which the Assembly
was engaged at the time of the last adjournment shall have the
preference in the orders of the day, next' after motion for re-
consideration.
RULE 34. No rule or order of the Assembly shall be dis-
pensed with or repealed unless a majority of the members
present shall consent thereto.
RULE 35. When a vote is doubted, the members for or
against the question, when called on by the Speoker, shall rise
and stand uncovered till they are counted.
RULE 36. All questions relating to the priority of business
to be acted upon shall be decided without debate.
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RULE 37. When a motion "a made to refer; ny subject, and'
different committees shall be jropose'(,l the tuestiion shall be
taken in the folllwi.ng oerdet: A. StantUng Committee' o tlih
Assembly, a Joint' Staudinig Cominitti'e, a Select (Committc.:.
a Joint Selectc opimittee.
RULE 38. .It shall be the duty .of each uiubeml er oflhe Assem-
bly who moyes that any Standing Committee be instructed to
inquire into the expediencyy of amenL:liug an exi'stiug law or
' aws to point out the amenL-dm-Int'wbi:Ch i.' dedms expedient,
in writing, to accompany his motiiou, or to :furnish a written
statement thereof to such committee, if .y .thlim required.
RULE 39. No stranger shall be admitted t the seats pf mem-
bers, or upon the floor of the Ashewnliy, without leave of the
Speaker or consent of the Assembly,
OF PETITIONS, MEMORIALS, ETC. '
RULE. 40. All papers addressed to the Assembly, except pe-
tions, memorials and remonstrances, shall be presented by
the Speaker, or a member in his place, and shall be read by
the-Speaker, Clerk, or such other person as the Speaker may
request, and shall be taken up in the order in which they were
presented, unless where the Assembly shall otherwise direct.
RULE 41. Every member presenting to the Assembly a peti-
tion, memorial or remonstrance, shall endorse his name there-
on, with a brief statement of the nature and object of the in-
strument, and the reading of the same from the Chair shall, in
all instances, be dispensed with, unless specially ordered by
the Assembly.
RULE 42. AJl reports, petitions, memorials, remonstances,
and papers of a like nature, shall be presented during the first
hour of each session of the Assembly, and at no other time;
and the Speaker shall call on the several, divisions, in regular
succession, for such paper.
RULE 43. All applications for the use of the Assembly
Chamber shall be made to and decided upon by the Committee
on Public Building, subject, however, to the control and order
of the Assembly.
ON BILLS, RESOLUTIONS AND GRANTS.
RULE 44. Every bill, and all resolutions of a public nature,
or for the appropriation of thh public money,, shall receive
three readings previously to the final passage of such. bill or
resolution; and the Clerk shall give notice of each, whether it
be the first, second or third readings, which readings shall be
on three different days, unless two-thirds of the members pres-
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RULE 45. All bills and resolves shall be written in a fair,
round hand, without interlineations, on not less than one sheet
of paper, with suitable margins and spaces between the several
sections, or resolves.
RULE 46. At the second reading of any bill or resolution it
shall be in order for any member to move its commitment to a
Committee of the Whole House; that it lay on the table; for
its indefinite postponement; for its postponement to a day cer-
tain not beyond the session; for its commitment to a.Standing
Committee; to a Select Committee; or to amend; which mo-
tions shall have precedence in the order above stated.
RULE 47. It shall not be in order to amend the title of any
bill or resolution until it shall have passed its third reading.
RULE 48. All bills or resolutions to be engrossed shall be ex-
ecuted in a fair, round hand, and without erasure or interlina-
tions.
RULE 49. Before a bill or resolution requiring three readings
shall be read the third time, it shall be carefully engrossed, un-
der the direction of the Committee on Engrossed Bills, and
upon the third reading of the bill or resolution it shall not be
committed or amended without the consent of a majority of
the members present.
RULE 50. When a bill or resolution shall have passed its
third reading, it shall be certified by the Clerk, endorsing
thereon the day of its passage, and be transmitted to the Sen-
ate, accompanied with a message stating the title of the bill or
resolution, and asking the concurrence of that body. and the
(late of its transmission entered upon the journal.
CO3MMITTEES-THEIR POWERS AND DU'TES.
RULE 51. Bills committed to a committee of the whole As-
"sembly shall be read and debated, or amended by clauses or
sections, leaving the title or preamble to be last considered.
The body of said bill shall not be interlined or defaced, but all
amendments, noting the page and line shall be duly entered by
the Clerk on separate paper, as the same shall be agreed to by
the committee, and so reported to the Assembly. After re-
port the bill shall again be subject to be debated and amended
by clauses or sections.
ROLE 52. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Enrolled
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Ti? 'oai .oHmEIth kPT 1S ti1D AiDTIbS.
-Ru t 58. The !following .Standing Committees -shall be'ap-
pointed at the commencement of the political year, viz:
Judicihry, Claims,
Finance and Taxation, 'City 'ad 'Coutity Origanization,
Incd6iortion, -Eduiation,
Wilitia, Legislative VExp6nditutes,
Agricultural, Pfiblic 'Priniting,
Enrolled Bills, 'EngrossetBills,
Privileges and Elections, 'State Institutions,
Railroads, Public 'aLfids,
Indian Affairs, Commerce and Navigation,
and each of these committees shall consist of five members.
RULE 54. All papers relative to any business before the
Assembly shall be left with the Clerk, by any member who
shall obtain leave of absence an04may have any such papers in
his possession.
RULE 55. The chairman of any committee, except the stand-
ing committees, who shall have business referred to them, shall
make report of their doings therein within four days after such
reference.
RULE 56. All committees may report by bill, resolve or oth-
erwise.
RULE 57. Messages shall be transmitted to the Governor or
Senate.by the Clerk or Sergeant-at-Arms.
RULE 58. Order of business: -
1st. Motions.
2d. Petitions, memorials and other papers addressed to
either to the Assembly or the Speaker thereof.
3d. Resolutions.
4th. Reports of Standing Committees.
5th. Reports of Select Committees.
6th. Messages lying on the table.
7th. Orders of the day.
RULE 59. The rule of Parliamentary practice comprised in
Jefferson's Manual shall govern the Assembly in all cases to
which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsis-
tent with the Standing Rules, order of the Assembly, or the
Joint Rules of the two branches of the Legislature.
The committee appointed on yesterday to inform the Gov-
ernor of the organization of this Assembly reported that they
had performed that duty and were discharged.
Mr. Dougherty moved that all ex-members of the Assembly
- present in the city be invited to seats on the floor,
Which was agreed to.











On motion of Mr. Bryant of Polk, the Assembly adjourned
to 10 o'clock to-morrow morning.






FRIDAY, January 7, 1881.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Ball, Bell, Bevill of Hamilton,
Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryan of
Hillsborough, Bryant,, Butler, Byrni, Caoya, Carr, Carroll,
Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Cottrell, raig, Dough-
erty, Fildes, Friar, Gaezen, Gibbs, Goodbread, Qamdy, Green,
Grifin, Hall, Hinson, Howren, Ivey, Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis,
Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCray, iCr;ary, McGrath, McKin-
non, McLellan, McMeekin, McMillan, Nattiel, Neel, Newsom,
Parker of Taylor, Parker of Brevard, Perry, Plummer, Pol-
lock, Potter, Reynolds, Robinson, Slaughter, Snow, Spear,
Stringer, Tippin, Tooke, Tolbert, Umstead, Watson, Welch,
Whidden, Wilkinson, Williams of Bradford, Williams of Ba-
ker, Zipperer-73,
A quorum present.
Prayer by Rev. C. S. Reynolds.
Mr. Speaker announced the following Standing Committees
or the present session:
STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE ASSEMBLY.


On Judicialy :
Mr. COOPER, Chairman.
Messrs. COTTRELL, MOORE,
DOUGHERTY, PERRY.
HOWREN, CONANT.

On Finance and Taxation:
Mr. GETZEN, Chairman.
Messrs. McMEEKIN, MILLER,
TOOKE, STRINGER,
BRYAN of Orange, POTTER.



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On Commerce and Navigation :
Mr. PLUMMER, Chairman.
Messrs. TIPPIN, CANOVA,
HIDDEN, GRAD,
BIGHAM, BALL.

On Public Printing :
Mr. FILDES, Chairman.
Messrs. REYNOLDS, COOPER,
McKINNON, TOLBERT,
BROWN.

On Engrossed Bills:
Mr. MARQUIS, Chairman.
Messrs. FILDES, SPEAR,
IVEY, JENKINS.

On Enrolled Bills :
Mr. GRADY, Chairman.
Messrs. McMILLAN, MARQUIS,
BRYAN of Hillsboro, FRIAR,
COLEMAN.

On State Institutions:
Mr. SPEAR, Chairman.
Messrs. BELL, GRIFFIN,
HIDDEN, BYRNE.
STRINGER, McCRAY of Jefferson.

On Public Lands:
Mr. McKINNON, Chairman.
Messrs. McCLELLAN, ZIPPERER,
SLAUGHTER, PARKER of Brevard.
POLLOCK.
On Militia:
Mr. MILLER. Chairman.
Messrs. BUTLER, BEVILL,,of Sumter,
CARROLL, ROBINSON.









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On Privileges and Elections:



Mr.
Messrs. MILLER,
GETZEN,
PLUMMER,
ANGEL,



MORGAN, Chairman.
UMSTEAD
COOPER,
HOWREN,
McGRATH.
On Education :



Mr. DOUGHERTY, Chairman.
Messrs. NEWSOM, ROBINSON,
WELCH, HOWREN,
"REYNOLDS, CONANT.

On -Legislative Expenses :
Mr. TOLBERT, Chairman.
Messrs. GREEN, BRYANT, of Polk,
NEEL, CANOVA
McCRARY, HALL.



On Claims:
Mr. BEVILL, of Hamilton, Chairman.
Messrs. BELL, CRAIG,
WATSON, SNOW,
HINSON, i-McGRATH.
On City and County Organization :
Mr. PERRY, Chairman.



Messrs. TIPPIN,
CLARK,
GOODBREAD,



CRAIG,
CASON,
WILKINSON.



On Agriculture:
Mr. MOORE, Chairman.
Messrs. PARKER, of Taylor, WILLIAMS, of Bradford,
NEWSOM, DOUGHERTY,
HINSON, McCLELLAN,
CARR.
On Railroads and Canals:
Mr. McMEEKIN, Chairman.
Messrs. BYRNE, STRINGER,
HIDDEN, TOLBERT,
TOOK, PLUMMER,
IVEY, LUCAS.
BRYAN, of Orange.








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Ow Immigration:
Mr. BRYAN,: of Orange,, Ohaliki an.
Messrs. STRIBNGJ MILLER,
WILLIA, ;ofiBaker McMILLAeN.
GRIFFIr, CARROhlb.
On Indian Afairs:
Mr. BRYANT of Polk, Chairman.
Messrs. WHIDDEN, PLUMM-ER,
BRYAN of Hilsborough, GIBBS.

On" Colporations :
Mr. SNOW, Chairman.
Messrs. REYNOLDS, CLARK,
FRIAR, NATTIEL.
On Post Routes :
Mr. UMSTEAD, Chairman.
Messrs. BUTLER, CASON,
GREEN, McCRAY.
Orn Appropriations :
Mr. BRYAN of Iillsborough, Chairman.
Messrs. McKI-NNON,' GETZEN,
McMEEKIN, DOUGHE TY.
McMILLAN, BALL.
Mr. Dougherty moved that the Committee on P'iinting be
instructed to have 600 copies of the journal of to-day printed
for the use of the Senate and Assembly;
Which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Ivey, Mr. Goodbread was granted leave of
absence on account of sickness.
On motion of Mr. Whidden, Mr. Potter of Dade and Mr.
Fred L. Robertson, the Enrolling Clerk, were sworn in.
Mr. Conant moved that Mr. Potter be excused from further
attendance until the 17 inst.;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Bryan of Orange moved that a committee of three from
the House be appointed to act with a similar committee of the
Senate to examine the Comptroller's and Treasurer's books,
and employ such clerical aid as may be needed;
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The following committee was appointed: Messrs. Bryan of
Orange, Bevill of Hamilton, and Marquis.
The following motion by Mr., Cottrell swamade;
That? representatives off all newspapersihte invited to seats
upon the floor of this Assembly, and that the Sergeant-at-
Arms be instructed to provide seats.
Mr. Bryan-of Orange moved as a substitute:
That all members of the Elorida press and the Savannah
News, of the city of Savannah, State of Georgia, be invited to
seats on this floor;
Which was agreed t.
Mr.n Tippin moved that, a committee of three be appointed to
examine the books of the Commissioner of Lands and Immi-
gration;
Which was agreed to.
Messrs. Tippin, .ewsom and Umstead! were appointed such
committee.
Mri MeMillan moved- that Mr. Spear be excused from at-
tendapce in. the House till Tuesday;
Which was agreed to.
A message from the Governor was received.
Mr. Dougherty moved that the Clerk proceed to read the
Governor's message;
Which was agreed to as follows::













GOVERNOR S MESSAGE.


!EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
TAkLLAHsiEE, FiA., Janutary1, ,:881.
Gentlemen of the Senate and Assembly :
S In welcoming you to the Capital for the. discharge of your
-constitutional duties, I have the honor to lay before you a
communication left on file in the Executive office. by my hon-
ored predecessor, George F. Drew, in which he presents the
financial condition and necessities of the Commonwealth,
and touches upon other matters of public interest. Although
it has not been the custom for the out-going Governor to ad-
dress a communication to the Legislature, yet, upon full con-
sultation between Governor Drew and 6ther gentlemen and
myself, it was decided for the best interest of the State, as well
as in justice to him, that' he should lay before the Legislature
his transactions as Executive 'for the last two years. The
communication is as follows:
EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
TALLAHASSEE, January 3, 1881.
Gentlemen of the Senate and Assembly :
It has not been the custom for the outgoing Governor to
present a message, yet after consultation with the members of
the Cabinet, the Governor-elect, and others, it has been decided
best that I should leave on file in this office for your consider-
ation a discussion of such matters of interest to the State as
in my opinion requires it.
FINANCE.
From the reports of the Treasurer and Comptroller,
you will see that-
The floating debt of the State, in Comptroller's. Warrants
and Treasurer's Certificates for and during the past two
years was ............................................$21,611 81
,Of this amount there has been paid................... ... 16,276 56

Making the amount outstanding January 1, 1881...........$ 5,335 25









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Amount of Juror.and Witness Certificates outstanding Jan-
ary 1,.1881, .. .,\ ..... : .... ...... ? .. .... .... 25,951 68

Making the total floating debt January 1 881.. ...... ..$31,286 93
Of iQuire.thi doesn'tt include the salaries of the Executive
-and Judiciary Departments, for the last quarter of 1880 and for
which warrants were issued January 1, 1881 .
The deficiencies for 1879 were: ..
For maintenance of lunatics ........... ... ...$2,908 56
For contingent expenses of State......... ..... 17 18-$ 2.925 74
The deficiencies for 1880 were:
For maintenance of lunatics .................... $4,591 44
For contingent expenses of Supreme Court...... 1,338 08
For repairs of Capitol......................... 370 93
For expense of collecting Revenue for 1880 and
previous years........................... 20,000 00
For printing and advertising election notices, etc. 4,500 00
For conveying prisoners to Penitentiary in 1877 29 00-830,829 45

Making the total deficiencies of the two years............ $ 833,755 19
The current expenses of the State for 1879 were ........:.. 215,047 85
The current expenses of the State for 1880 were........... 167,755 64
These deficiencies were anticipated, and the necessity of in-
,creasing the assessment urged upon the last Legislature, but
they failed to carry out the suggestions then made, and to this
fact as well as to the increased demand on the several appro-
priations is due the scarcity of funds in the Treasury. In pri-
'vate interviews with prominent members of the last Legislature
I urged the fixing of a sliding scale rate of taxation upon the
ground that if the assessment was increased largely; as antici-
pated, the rate could be diminished; or, if it failed to be in-
creased as much as expected a rate higher enough to raise suf-
ficient money to meet the interest and pay all appropriations
could be fixed. But this they failed to do, and fixed the rate
at, seven mills, expecting the assessment to runup to $35,000,-
N00 or $40,000,000; but instead of this it reached only $30,382,-
209, rendering it absolutely necessary for myself and Cabinet,
in order to maintain the bredit- ahd keep the State at a cash
basis, to borrow on our own re6ioinsibility enough money in
part to meet the interest on the State bonds for January, 1880,
and for the interest, $490.76, on the amount borrowed, an ap-








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propriation will be. required. In this connection. I think it
would be advisable to pass a law similar to the one in operation
in our sister State Georgia,and other States where the fixing
of the rate of taxation is left to the Governor and Comptroller,
who,, after the assessment is finished, fix a rate sufficient to
raise money enough to pay all interest and the several appro-
priations. At the present valuation of property and rate of
taxation the State cannot be kept at a cash basis and the in-
terest on the public debt paid.
The bonded debt is as follows :
Bonds of 1871 .........................................$850,000 00
Bonds of 1873........................................ 925,000,00
-Bonds of 1857........................................ 8,760 00
Convention Bonds...................................... 1,500 00
Of this indebtedness there is
In Sinking Funds .................................... $150,700 00
In School Funds................ .................. 246,900.00
In Seminary Funds..................................... 85,000 00
In Agricultural Funds................................. 121,600 00
Leaving in the hands of private parties................... $681,060 00
This.shows a decrease of thebonded.debt during the present
administration. ....................................... $50,800 00
Besides the bonds above mentoned there is held by the
Indian Trust; Fua. of the TQ. S., State bonds to the amount of
$,32,000, with interest, but as .ag, offset tp this the State has a
claim against the U. S. for. an amount more than sufficient to
cover the face of these bonds with interest. And in order to
stop the large amount of interest thus accumulating against
the State, and in order to bring into the State Treasury any
overplus that there might be after an adjustment of these
claims, I have thought best to have some considerable effort
made to effect an early settlement, but a more detailed state-
ment in reference to this matter will be made further on.
The value of our bonds in the market to-day is much im-
proved to what it was four years ago. Then the 6 per cent.
bonds were worth 80 cents, while to-day they are scarce at par.
the 7 per cent. bonds were worth 94 cents, while now there are
few, if any, to be had for $1.06. And here I would say that the
law in reference thereto should be so amended as, to allow the
Treasurer to purchase bonds at their market value. As it
now stands the law provides that he can invest in State or Na-









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tional bonds at not exceeding their face value, thus -virtually
excluding him from the market.
UsPFOWMITY OF TA'XATION.
In my message to the last Legislatire, in referring to this sutb-
ject, I said, ''It is naturallythe -desite of all that the taxes
stdi1fd be^redluced to the lowest;possible figure; but a certain
amount of revenue has to be raised annually to meet the ex-
penses of the government and to pay the interest on our bonded
iridebtedness. To distribute this burden -equally amongst all
the tar-payers of the'State should be the-desire and aim of all
lovers of a fair and impartial government. The present rev.
-enue laws of this State do not seem to fully meet these require-
-ments. Under the present system of assessment great deal
of -property is assessed at a greatly less valuation than the
Usual selling price' the annual crop would sell for in the mar-
ket, -and in some instances at less than half the value of -the
crop, and scarcely one-tenth of what the owner would demand
for the property were he to offer it for sale. This is a great-
injustice to those tax-payers who return their property to the
assessors at a legal and just valuation."
Acting upon the recommendation then made for a change in
the law, the Legislature passed "An act for the assessment
and collection of revenue," which was approved March 7th,
1879, putting in operation the present revenue law. But this
has failed to accomplish the very thing for which it was in-
tended, i. e. the equalization of assessments and the uniformity
of taxes. It was thought that the present law, when put in
force, would increase the assessment from $30,000,000 to 35 or
$40,000,000, but the assessment has not been increased, and
the same injustice to other tax-payers and wrong to the State
is practiced by some-the less conscientious man having deci-
dedly the advantage of his more scrupulous neighbor. This
is due to the fact that no penalty was attached sufficient to
carry out the intention and spirit of the law. And in oider
that you may yet be able to remedy this want of uniformity in
assessments, and this imposition upon the State, I think that
the present law should be repealed, and in its stead an act passed
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two appraisers, whose duty it sl4ilbe,:t0-accompany.the asses-
sor on his rounds, and with hinuto-- fis the-'valuation of all
lands subject to ,taxatip.t asgl -w .e valuation shall be final,
and shall stand fpr fp9";r year.. In, this way a spirit of im-
proyement,of all real, Ieste xyil. be developed, .and property
will b assessed at something likeits cash alpe, and though
larger icreals;in the valu of taxable property, it will give
tunifoprm ty of, n.s.-e-,in.-nt.
And ere I would saythat ll tLi.:Li 34, of the revenue law,
should, besopamended as.to pln.c tin: power:of issuing the second
warrant for the extension of the time for the collection of taxes
in the hands of the Comptroller entirely, instead of the .county
commissioners. As the law now stands the matter rests en-
tirely with the commissioners, who may arbitrarily suspend
the collection.(as has been done in one county this year) to
the detriment of the State's interest. Besides this, the Comp-
troller, from his position, coupled with the advice from tihe
Governor and Cabinet, is certainly the .best qualified person
to say when the collections shall be delayed.
And for many various reasons it would be decidedly for the
interest of the State to have the revenue law so amended as to
require the close of the collector's books by the 30th day of
November, if not earlier, and the fixing of the sales day of
property for the non-payment of taxes to the first day of Jan-
nary of each year instead of the first day of April, as it now
stands.
PUBLIC LANDS.
From the very full and able report of the Commissioner it will
be seen that the sales of public lands have continued to increase,
and that the general condition of matters in his department
"has been improved.
In this connection it will be well for me to state that shortly
after coming into office I learned that there was a large-amount
of swamp and overflowed lands which.Jiad been selected by the
State, but for which the general government failed, or declined
to issue patents. Soon afterwards I visited Washington, and
finding such to be the facts in the case, and also finding that it
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residing in Washington to prosecute these claims before the
Departmentt' appointed Colonel 8: I. Wailes, 6f'that city, an
ageit (witlibit 'compensation) in behalf of the State to examine
into the condition of the claims of this State for lands under
the Acts of Congress, known as the swamp and overflowed
land acts. Upon receiving the report of'Colonel Wailes it was
laid before the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Fund, .and subsequently two contracts were made by the Board
with ,him to procure an adjustment of the claims of the--State
for lands granted by Congress under the several acts. Under
these contracts he has had patented, and has turned over pa-
tents to the State, for 3,761,880.87-100 acres.
Full' and complete information as to the progress of the
work, the terms of contracts, and compensation, can be found
in his -report.
LANDS SOLD FOR TAXES.
From the report of the Commissioner of Lands and Immi-
gration it will be seen that he has been unable to make the nec-
essary advertisement of lands sold for taxes and subject to
redemption, as contemplated by section 3 of the "Act to pro-
vide for the redemption of lands sold for taxes," approved
March 11th, 1879; and as there is a large amount yet unre-
deemed, T think that the time should be extended to January
1st, 1882.
INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT.
The Board of Trustees of this Fund, recognizing the wisdom
and soundness of that policy which would tend to encourage
and foster such improvements as would promote the interest of
the State and its citizens, have ever been willing and ready to
countenance and aid any legitimate, bona fide scheme looking
to this end. During the past two years several propositions
and proposals for the internal improvement of the State have
been presented to the Board, which were not accepted, as it
Swas believed the material interests of the State would not be
advanced by them. Several railroads, canals and other .cor-
porations have been' incorporated under the general act and
are now pushing forward their work, notably among which are
several railroads in the eastern part of the State, which are-








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now nearly completed. A;fall.and'conpIete list ofthe ,corpor-
ations reoently-or1anized accorapanies the report of :the.Secre-
tary of State.
HOMESTEADS.
In regard to .the entries and sale of State land, I-desire to
make the following suggestions:
The law, as itmnow stands, requires the payment of-the:pur-
chase money in cash upon the entryof any.public land, -and
many of our citizens and some of Athe poorer immigrants are
unable to do this, and so they settle -upon these lands -without
entry. And there these squatters remain. They make only
such improvements as are essentially necessary to health and
life; frequently they live on in this way for years, exhaust-
ing whatever fertility there may be in the land, and when worn
out they move off, leaving only worn out land and (dilapidated
improvements, while, in the meantime, the State has received
not one cent of tax or remuneration in any way for the use of
.the land. Then, again, it checks and kills the spirit of im-
provement among the class of people settling on these lands.
If asked why they do. not build more comfortable houses,
plant fruit trees and make other improvements, the reply in-
variably is: This is State land ; I am not able to buy, and
1 don't know how soon I may be entered out." And on this
account many a poor man is prevented from becoming a land-
holder and a tax-payer. To obviate these difficulties in the
way of their becoming tax-payers instead of squatters, and
to increase the revenue from the public domain, I think
every settler or intending settler upon State land should
be allowed to pay for his homestead (say 160 acres or less),
*in three installments. One-third of the purchase money in cash
upon entry, one-third two years and the other in three years
after date of entry,-in the meantime the land to be assessed
and taxed as the property of the settler. In this way not only
a considerable revenue will be brought into the Treasury from
lands which, under the present system, are of little orno ben-
fit to the State, but a door will be thrown open for the encour-
agement of settling and improvement among the poorer classes
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years, prove of incalculable benefit to the State of Florida.
A home will be placed within easy reach of the poorest, and
a feeling of. protection and security will be produced among
the settlers on public lands that will develop the thrift and
economy necessary to secure the means with which to buy the
land.
IMMIGRATION.
From-her local advantages and internal resources our State
has always offered superior inducements to immigration, but
it is only within the past two years that any decided step was
taken to secure that increase of population and capital for
which all are now so anxious. Two- years ago, by^n act of
the, Legislature, a Bureau of Immigration was established,
with power to appoint a commissioner for the purpose of in-
viting and encouraging immigration, with a view to the speedy
settlement of the vacant lands of the State. This was done.
and Hon. Seth French appointed Commissioner. With head-
quarters at Jacksonville, he commenced operations soon after
the adjournment of the last session of the Legislature, and has
continued to work for the desired end.- A pamphlet with a
map accompanying it was published by him early in 1879,
which has been extensively circulated, and notwithstanding the
defects and imperfections necessarily incident to the getting
tp of such a work without any reliable information or data,
much goQd has been done by it. Another has recently been
published giving fuller and more reliable information, and will
no doubt do much more towards furthering the purposes of the
act. It is gratifying to know that the records and corres-
pondence of this Department show much interest awakened
and still growing in all sections in behalf of Florida.
From the report of the Commissioner, it will be seeing
that an increase in the appropriation is asked. And now that
the movement has been fairly made and some progress at-
tained in this work of rapidly peopling the State, it would be
bad policy to stay the work. Rather let us strengthen the
efforts until the flood tide of immigration is turned from the
West to Florida and the South. Within the last two years
much has been done, and the influx of capital and labor has
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been much greater than for any previous years, but much can
and must be done before we can realize the full fruition of the
purposes fdr which the Bureau of Immigration was established.
LANDS IN THE FORMER PALATKA MILITARY RESERVATION.
In accordance with a resolution of the Board of Trustees of
"the Internal Improvement Fund I think that the State
should relinquish all -claim to the swamp lands embraced in
the former Palatka Military Reservation, which have been
entered by settlers under the homestead laws, and in which
said settlers have in good-faith complied with the requirements
of saidaws, or which have been entered at the United States
Land Office at private entry, or located with military land
warrants.
DIGEST OF THE STATUTES.
The act of 1879 entitled An Act to Provide for the Com-
pilihg and Digesting of the Laws of Florida" provided that
the digest then under preparation by Colonel J. F. McClellan
should as soon as completed be submitted to a commission, to
consist of Hons. P. W. White, John A. Henderson and Geo. P.
Raney, for revision and examination. Colonel McClellan com-
pleted the digest in the early summer of 1880, but the gentle-
men composing the commission announced their inability, on
account of other engagements, to undertake the task of such
revision and examination., They, however, recomiendled that
it be placed in the hands of Colonel C. C. Yonge if he would
undertake the work which the statute contemplated they should
perform, and that I agreed to recommend to the Legislature
that Colonel Yonge be. paid a proper and just compensation for
such revision and examination when completed. They con-
sented too to receive.the digest and deliver it to Colonel Yonge
under this arrangement, which was agreed to by all concerned.
I am informed that Colonel, Yonge will soon have completed
this important work, requiring, as it does, great 'care and
accuracy. From all I can learn, no one in the State is better
qualified than Colonel, Ypnge; for, the, task. and I have no doubt-
as to, the, digest,, whep litshall have ,passed froin his hands.
being a reliable and creditable repository. of our statute law.
Colonel Yonge should be paid a just compensation. He is en-











"titled to great credit or being willing to undertake the work
under the circumstances.
INDIAN WAR COAlLS.
The Indian Trust Fund of the United States holds, and has
held for many years, bonds of the State of Florida to the
amount of $132,000, with large arrearages of interest due on
them, aggregating now, principal and interest, over $300,000,
In all estimates of the State's indebtedness, these bonds amre
mentioned, but coupled with the remark that as the State. has
large claims against the United States for expenses inemuued
:and paid by the State in suppressing Indian hostilities, these
bonds should be considered as ah offset, and not fe included
among the State's debts. But allowing this matter to remain
in this condition has resulted in, and-will continue to do, great
.injustice.to the State.
The State claims that the United States are indebted.to her
in a much larger sum, in principal, than the face of her bonds,
i, e., $132,000, and if she is allowed interest which is clearly
her due, an adjustment of the accounts would show a large bal-
.ance in her favor. Again, the State is at a great disadvantage
in the .present condition of her accounts with the United
.States, for when a State is indebted to the United States, any
moneys coming to her from the proceeds of sales of public lands,
*or any other source, are stopped and applied to her debt-
And again, our bonds now in the Indian Trust Fund bear seven
per cent. interest,. and it is questionable at least whether the
State will be allowed that rate of interest, on .her claim. An
effort was made in 1860 to adjust these claims.with the General
Government, and a bill was introduced for that purpose in Con-
gress, and referred to a committee,.but never reported on.
The matter since that time has, so,.fhr as I have been ad-
vised, been allowed to rest' until the :present administrationi
.came, into, power. Recognizing the..impgrtance and necessity
"of, stopping the large amount of interest annually accumulating
agist us,, as well as the.b nefits o an eacly.settlement with the
'General Governmeut, I. appointed..Colonel S I.. Wailes, of
Washington City, with the request that he associate with him
Colonel W. K. Beard, of Tallahassee, as agents of the State, to








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represent her before the Department at Washington to procure
this settlement, with the distinct understanding that. the fee
was a contingent one of fifteen per cent. of the amount col-
lected.
They immediately commenced the examination and prepara-
tion of the'State's claim, but ehbouniteredn many diffidlties in
consequence of the displacement of importaiit records : and
documents'during the military occupation f 'the State govern-
ment.
Having completed the examination as far as it was practica-
ble, Colonel Beard went to Washington in September, 1879, to
present, with Colonel Wailes, the claim at the proper' Depart-
ment, where he expected to find documents and other evidence
bearing upon the claim, and to put the claim in such definite
form as to be reported to Congress for the necessary appropria-
tion. On arriving in Washington Colonel Beard, with Colonel
Wailes, went to the Treasury Department, and there they were
met with' the objection that no State 'claim could be' adjusted
or examined without 'special authority from Congress. On the
meeting of Congress these gentlemen prepared, and Senator
Jones and Representative Davidson introduced in the Senate
and House respectively, a resolution directing the Secretary of
the Treasury to examine and adjust the claim 'of the State
of Florida, and to pay her any balance that might be found
due after providing.for her bonds held by the Indian Trust
Fund. The resolution was referred to appropriate committees
and amended in committee, by making the reference of the
claim to the Secretary of War instead of the Treasury, and
requiring that Department to examine the claim and report to
Congress such amount as may be found due.
The resolution, as amended, passed the Senate on the 28th
of May last and was on the same day certified to the House
but failed to pass that body at that session. It is now pending
in the House and will, I trust, be Passed at the present session.
Until this resolution passes, thus giving the agent of the State
access to the files and records of the War and Treasury De-
partments, definite statement of the claim of the State cannot
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State's claim is about $280,000, (principal,) of which there are
about $48,000, for which the vouchers and evidence are not
complete, but for which additional evidence is expected to be
found in the Departments at Washington.
The question of interest on the State's claim is one of mate-
aial importance, and a statement prepared by the agents is
herewith filed which will show the equity of the claim and
the abundant precedent for its payment.
WARRANTS ISSUED UNDER ACT OF FEBRUARY 8th, 1861.
By an act approved March 11, 1879, the Governor was em-
powered to appoint three suitable persons as commissioners to
examine and approve or reject any and all warrants issued
under and by virtue of Chapter 1175 of the Laws of Florida,
approved February 8, 1861.
.iO the first day of December, 1879, I appointed as such
commissioners Hon. George P. Raney, Colonel Robert Bul-
lock, of Marion, and W. C. Brown, of Hillsborough. Mr.
Raney not being able to accept the appointment, I appointed,
January 14, 1880, Colonel W. K. Beard, of Tallahassee, in his
,place.
I am informed by the commissioners that they are not yet
prepared to make a definite report, but will be able to do so
early in the present session of the Legislature, which will be
transmitted by my successor. It may be proper for ie to
state here that the work of this commiission, and the claims
they are appointed to investigate, have no connection with the
claim now pending before Congress, of which mention is made
above.
COMMON SCHOOLS.
The condition of our common schools has been greatly im-
proved and the cause of education somewhat advanced during
the past two years, as is shown by the report of the Su-
perihtendent of Public Instruction. But there is yet much
rooin for imp-ovement, and minch to lie done towards arous-
ing our people to a proper appreciation of the vital impor-
taiic of this iiestion. The fitiuiie prosperity and safety
bf Florida, and th'e South generally, depends upon the educa-
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and statesman to encourage and foster every object looking to-
wards the mental and moral improvement of the country.
That the present system, in its practical operations, is not all
that it should be, and that our State, as well as the country at
large, is not fully aroused to the importance and necessity of
perfecting that system, are truths that need not be dwelt upon,
for the remedy lies not in words-but work: and therefore any
measure calculated to invigorate and strengthen the system,
and to develop the educational interest, should be looked to at
once. I am pleased to see that this matter is receiving some
special attention just now in the national council, and the
newly-elected Senator from Georgia, in a speech on this sub-
ject before the United States Senate, has so clearly and forcibly
presented the importance of this subject, that I would be glad
to know that a copy of it had found its way to every fireside
in our State and the South. But, as the Superintendent has so
fully discussed the whole subject in his able report, I will do
no more than invite your careful consideration to the changes
and modifications 'suggested by him.
AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS.
Agriculture is our main support in all the various pursuits
of life, and it cannot be too carefully festered and encouraged.
In some of the other States, Bureaus of Agriculture have been
established for the purpose of developing and guarding this
most important interest, and much has been done in this di-
rection for its prosperity and progress. In our present finan-
cial condition we are hardly prepared to take sqch a decided
step in relation to our agricultural interest; but we may take
initiatory steps which in after years will prove of great benefit
and service to such a bureau, should one ever be established,
by requiring the tax assessors to gather all statistical in-
formation possible on this subject while making their usual
rounds. This matter was called to the attention of the last
Legislature, but they failed to take any action in regard to it.
At that time I suggested that the law defining the duties of the
assessor should be so amended "as to require them to collect
this statistical information while going their rounds assessing
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to forward the same to some one of the officers of the Cabinet
to arrange and have printed in the proper manner;" and con-.
sidering this of such vital importance to the interest of agri-
culture and the State at large, and appreciating the vast fund
of valuable and interesting information to be thus gathered, I
can but renew the suggestion and to urge upon you, gentle-
men, to take such action as will enable us to give to our citi-
zens and the world at large some definite and reliable informa-
tion in reference to the productions and resources of our State.
In our sister State of Georgia, as well as in some others, there
are also laws of compulsory inspection of commercial fertilizers,
. which in their operations are satisfactory not only to the con-
sumer, but also to the dealer, as they protect both from impo-
sition and fraud. In Georgia during the year 1879, after pay-
ing all fees necessary for the support of the Agricultural
Bureau, the surplus paid into the Treasury from the fund raised
in this manner amounted to about $50,000. The adoption of a
similar law for this State and the appointment of a State
cliemist would no doubt produce similar results.
INSANE ASYLUM.
Under act of the Legislature approved March 8, 1879, during
the past two years this institution has been under the imme-
diate charge of Dr. W. B. Foreman as Superintendent, under
the general direction of the Board of Commissioners of Public
Institutions. And while the appropriation for the past two
years has been insufficient, owing to the very large increase in
the number of patients, still the management, I think, has been
,economical and the treatment successful. From a report of
Dr. Foreman's to the Board of Commissioners of Public Insti-
tutions for the month ending December 31, 1880, I quote:
-' The number present since my last biennial report was 55,
since which time 93 have been admitted, making a total of 148
patients in the Asylum from January 1, 1879, to January 1,
1881. Discharged 38. Died 14. Total discharged 52, which
deducted.from 148 leaves 96, the number now present. With
scarcely,an exception I can conscientiously, say that the con-
dition of the patients has greatly improved upder the treatment
at theAsylum, and that the benefits derived therefrom have







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been incalculable to the unfortunate ones under our charge."
SMonthly reports and abstracts of all expenditures of money.
provisions, &c. have been regularly made to the Board, and
the expenditures of the appropriation has been judicious and
economical, and taking into consideration the large increase of
patients: which necessarily greatly increased the current ex-
penses, the deficiencies now asked, as well as the appropriation.
is not thought unreasonable. From the report of the Adjutant
General, it will be seen that there is an urgent demand
for increased and enlarged accommodations at the Asy-
lum. The number of patients at that institution now
is so great as to leave no room for the accommodation of any
others,:unless some provision is made for increased quarters.
PENITENTIARY.
The efforts to make the Penitentiary, or more properly the
State convicts, self-sustaining, have not proven fruitless. Un-
der the act authorizing the same, the contract for their hire for
1879 and 1880, was given to Major H. A. Wyse, of Live Oak,
Fla., who gave good and sufficient bond for the fulfillment of
the terms of the contract, which required of him to pay all
costs accruing after sentence; to receive the convicts at the
jail of the. county where sentenced, arid to furnish all necessary
food, cldthihg,'aiid medical attention requisite to the health
and comfort of the prisoners, and to pay $100 per annum into
the State Treasury, thus making a clear saving to the State of
more than $4000 over 1878, and more than $21,000 over 187(;.
The Board of Commissioners of Public Institutions, or
some members of it, together with myself, have visited the
camp where they were kept, and they were always found well
treated and cared for. This contract expired on the first day
of the present month.
Early in December, after consultation with the Board, it was
thought best to advertise for bids for the hire of the convicts
for another year, so that they' might be received and opened.
and the contract awarded before the' first of January, since.
usually persons having contracts to make for any considerable
amount of labor consunimate their arrangements in time to
commfice "bpei'atirbns withlithe opening year. Accordingly,








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due advertisements were made throughout the State, and bids
"were received, asid on the 18th of December were opened..
The East Florida Railway Company agreeing to pay $15 a
year for eacihcbnvict now on hand and for all to be received
during the year; to pay all costs accruing after conviction; to
receive thle convicts at the jail of the county where convicted.
.and t'furnish all necessary food, clothing, and medical atten-
tion, was awarded the contract. This bid being so advantage-
ous, and the company being willing, it was made for two years
instead of one. They have given good and sufficient bond for
the performance of their contract, and no doubt the prisoners
will fare equally as well, if not better, than locked up within
the walls of a penitentiary. Certainly this curtailing all ex-
pense, and the bringing into the treasury from $2,500 to $3,000'
per annum, makes it much better for the tax-payers of the
State.
The number of convicts on hand January 1, 1879, was 163;
pardoned, 8; escaped, '; died, 8.
The number of convicts on hand January 1, 1880, was 151;.
pardoned, 6; escaped, 6; died, 9.
In compliance with the above-mentioned contract, the Adju-
tant General has turned over to the company 125 convicts, for
the hire of whom he received and paid into the treasury $1,950.
CRIMINALS AND FUGITIVES FROM JUSTICE.
An appropriation was made by the last Legislature .for the
"Arrest of criminals and fugitives from justice." Several re-
wards have, at different times, been offered for murders in vari-
ous parts of the State, but none have been paid out of this fund,:
as none of the criminals were captured. The proper papers
having been filed, and the law relating thereto duly complied
with, several requisitions for the extradition of fugitives from
justice in other States have been made, and ten were brought
back and either tried or committed to await the action of the
courts. In every instance, I am pleased to say, the Executives
of other States have complied promptly with the request.
CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION.
In accordance with the terms of ,the joint resolution,,of
Legislature, approved March 4th, 1879, the question of a Con-







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stitutional Convention was submitted to the, people at a gen-
eral election held on the 2d day of November last, at which
time there were cast, according to the official canvass of the
State Canvassing Board, 14,713 votes for a convention, and
23,281 votes against a convention. I would suggest that such
legislative action be taken as will be necessary to ,take the
initiatory steps towards ridding the Constitution of such fe-.
tures as are objectionable.
ELECTION LAWS.
No set oT laws, or combination of statutes on this subject,
under existing circumstances, can be produced which would
operate so well as to give perfect satisfaction to all.
From many sections come cries of irregularities and'fraud,
and without stopping to discuss the justice or injustice of these,
I will say that every voter should have thrown around him all
the protection possible to secure his perfect independence in
preparing and casting his ballot, and that no means should he
left to effectually check every species of fraud in our elections.
e'OADS ANb ROATi LAWS,' '.
Notwithstanding the nauy changes invade in the road laws
of this State, there still exist good grounds for dissatisfaction
and -complaint as to the condition 'f the roads iii most off the
counties.' ii some way th'elaws as they now stand are inoper-
ative in so far as correcting the condition of the roads is con-
cerned, for in many instances they continue bad. However I
feel confident that the Legislature will fully realize the in-
portance of this subject, which forms a part of the material
advancement of the State, and which is so essentially necessary
to the convenience .and advantage of all its citizens.
CAPITOL AND 'GROUNDS.
"The appropriation for the repairs and improvement of the
Capitol and grounds has been entirely exhausted and there is
a small deficiency asked to cover the outstanding bills incur-
red in necessary improvements and repairs. It is gratifying
to me, and I am sure will be pleasing to all, to see the
"decided improvement that has been effected by the Adjutant-
General in the judicious expenditure of a part of the appropri-








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nation for the neat and substantial fence enclosing the Capitol
grounds. *
MANUFACTURING INTERESTS.
I cannot close without calling especial attention to the
manufacturing interest and industries of the State.. While
Florida is keeping pace with the other States in many respects,
a casual glance will show that she lags in this one. Something
should be done to encourage and build up in our midst such
manufacturing establishments and industrial interests as will
put our State in the ranks with the foremost of her Southern
sisters, and that will secure for our people that influx of capital
and skill so desirable for the rapid growth and development of
Florida. And I think such constitutional amendment should
be :made as will, exempt any such interest or establish-
ment from taxation for the first. five or ten years after its
commencement of operations.
CONCLUSION.
Inclosing mny connection with the Executive Department of
the State, I desire 'to express to the people of the State, my
sincere thanks for the honor they conferred in electing me
to the office I am about to deliver to my honorable suc-
cessor, and to thank them for. the confidence and support
I have ever received while discharging the duties of Gov-
ernor. It affords me pleasure to be able to say that the
several departments have been faithfully and economically ad-
ministered, and it has ever been my constant aim and earnest
desire to throw the weight of Executive influence on the side
of economy. The reins of government were assumed when
the State, with a depreciated credit, groaned under a heavy
debt, and in restoring heri even to her present condition, many
obstacles and difficulties had to be met and mastered.
I retire from the Executive Chair with the consciousness of
having honestly endeavored to prove true to the oath adminis-
tered upon my inauguration.
In the many arduous duties I have had to perform, the offi-
cers of my Cabinet have always yielded their steadfast support
and counsel. The harmony of our intercourse has been un-








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broken, and for this they will ever be remembered by me with
the most pleasant recollections.
Very respectfully,
GEO. F. DREW.
I ask for this communication a careful and respectful consid-
eration, as it treats upon matters of vital moment to the inter-
est of the State.
I also invite your careful examination of the lucid and full
reports of the several departments, herewith transmitted.
Under the existing system of biennial legislative sessions, a
largely-increased responsibility is devolved upon you, and your
meetings concern more deeply than before the prosperity of
our beloved State. In this age of progress, two years of inac-
tion, or of error, upon the vital subjects of immigration, inter-
nal improvements and education, may well involve a loss that
cannot be recalled. If necessary, I shall take occasion at a
later day to call other matters to your attention.
With the assurance, gentlemen, of my. hearty co-operation
with you in all measures appertaining to the welfare of the
State, and wishing you an agreeable, harmonious and useful
session, I am, very respectfully,
W. D. BLQXHAM, Governor.
On motion of Mr. Bryan of Orange, the further reading of
the message was suspended, and 500 copies ordered printed;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Dougherty moved that 1,000 copies of the Governor's
message (in addition to those already ordered printed) be
printed for the use of the Senate and Assembly;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Perry moved that St. John's Episcopal Parish be
allowed to hold their meetings in the Assembly Hall, their
church building having been burned, and a new church not yet
built.
Upon the vote a division was called for.
The motion was agreed to.
Messrs. Conant and Carr were excused until Monday morn-
mig.
The following petitions .of contestants for seats in the As-
sembly were presented and referred to the Committee on Priv-
ileges and Electionis:'
Petition of A. B. McLeod, of Walton.
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Petition of John 'H. Abbott, et al., contestants, of Duval.
Petition of J, B.. McCarthy, of Lafayette.:
On motioniofiMr.' McCray, the Assenibly adjourned until
10 o'clock A. :M to-morrow.






i. : SATURDAY, January 8, 1881.
The'Assenbly met pursuant to adjoinrmerint.
The roll being called/,the folldiovig members answered to
their names:
Mr. S'paker, Messrs. Angel, Bell, Bevill oi Hamilton,
Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryan
of Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler,, Byrne, Canova,
Carrqll, Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, :.Cottrell, Craig,
Dougherty, Fildes, Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Grady, Green, Grif-
fin, Hall, Hinson, Howren, Ivey, Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis,.Mil-
ler, Moore, Morgan, McCray, McCrary, McGxath, McKinriin,
McLellan, M}Mkeekin, McMillan, Nattiel, Neel, Newsom, Park-
er of Taylor, 'arker of Brevard, Perry, Plummer, Pollock,
Reynolds, Robinson, Slaughter, Snow, Spear, Stringer, Tippin,
Tooke, Tolbert, Umstead, Watson, Welch, Whidden, Wilkin-
son, Williams of Bradford, Wiliams of Baker, Zipperer.-70.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Rev. C. S. Reynolds..
On motion of Mr. Green, the reading of the journal was dis-
pensed with.
Mr. Byrne moved that the committee appointed to examine
the books of the Land and Immigration Office be permitted.to
employ such clerical aid as may be needed;
Which agreed to.
Mr.. Morgan moved that.Captain Charles Dougherty be ex-
cused from attendance in the Assembly until Monday;
Which was agreed to.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, Tallahasssee, Jan. 7, 1881.
HON. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIm: I amdirected by the Senate to inform the Assembly
that the Senate has adopted the following resolution:
WHEREAS, The present condition of the Internal Improve-









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inent Fund is of the greatest interest to the people of the State
and the purposes for which it was intended; therefore,
Be it resolved. That a committee of three from the Senate,
and five from the Assembly be appointed to consider and re-
port the feasibility of, and best plan for securing the construc-
tion of of a railroad from the Apalachicola river to Pensacola
Bay, and a railroad from Ocala, in Marion county, to the wa-
ters of Tampa Bay.
Also, That the Senate has cocurred in the Joint Resolution.
"that a Joint Committee of three on the part of the Assembly
and two on the part of the Senate be appointed to draft Joint
Rules for the government of the two houses," and have ap-
pointed as such committee Messrs. McKinnon and Chandler..
Very respectfully,
W. H. BABCOCK,
Secretary of the Senate..
Which was read.
A memorial from the Mayor and Aldermen of Mellonville was
received, read and referred to the Committee on Corpora-
tions.
Mr. Newsom introduced the following resolution:
Resolued, That the Senate be requested to appoint a- com-
mittee to act in concert with the Assembly Committee to in-
vestigate the books of the Commissioner of Lands and Immi-
gration;
Which was agreed to.
The following Senate rdsolutiol was read, and on motion of
Mr. Marquis, was put upon its adoption:
WHEREAS, The present condition of the Internal Improve-
ment Fund is of the greatest interest to the people of the
State, and the purpose for which it was intended. therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate and the Assembly, That a com-
mittee of three from the Senate and five from the Assembly be
appointed to consider and report the feasibility of and the
best plan for relieving the Internal Improvement Fund, and
securing the construction of a railroad from' the Apalachicola
River'to Pensacola Bay, and a railroad fiom Ocala, in'Marion
county, to the waters of Tampa Bay.
Mr. Cooper offered the following amendment
And a railroad from Live Oak, in Suwannee county, Florida;
to Rowland's Bluff, on the Suwannee River, in, Su$annee
county, Florida, and an inland water route from the Mantanzas
River, in St. John's county, Florida, through Hmalifax River
and adjoining water couisesi in Voltsia county, to Indimn River.
in Brevardcounty, Florida.
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Mr. Bryant of Polk moved that the Senate resolution be
amended by striking out all after the words "Internal Im-
provement Fund;"
Which amendment was adopted, and the resolution, as
amended, was adopted.
The following bills were introduced:
By Mr. Fildes:
A bill for the relief of the Sun Publishing Company, of
Gainesville, Fla.;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Claims.
By Mr. Plummer:
A bill to prohibit obscene language on the public high-
ways;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.
Mr. Pollock presented the contesting papers of F. E.
Hughes, et al., of Alachua county.
Referred to the Committee on Privileges and Elections.
Mr. Grady offered the following petition:
A petition of T. L. Mitchell for relief.
Referred to the Committee on Finance and Taxation.
Mr. Tippin moved that three hundred copies of the Journal
be printed daily.
Mr. Bryant of Polk moved that five hundred copies be
printed;
Which was agreed to, and five hundred copies ordered
printed daily.
The Governor's Message was read.
SMr. Wilkinson moved that the Governor's Message be re-
ferred to appropriate committees.
Mr. Cottrell moved to amend by referring 'the 'message to a
committee of the whole house; .
Whidh was agreed to.
The following message was received from the Senate:
'SENATrE.C.IIAMBER. 'rnllahassee:,,Fa., January 8,:1881.
HON. J. JUNjus HARRIS, '
Speaker of the .ernbl.: ,
SIR--I am directed by the .Senate,oto. inforn the Assembly.
that the Senate has passed-- .
Seriate bill Nd. 4, being an a.cti, auhorize, Commissioners
to swearwitgesses and Jegalizig )olhseretofore administered
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Senate bill No. 5, an act to authorize Dunlap F. Judah, of
Pensacola. to take charge of and control his estate.
Yeiry respectfully,
W. H. BABCOCK,
Secretary of the Senate.
And the accompanying bills placed among the orders of the
day.
The Assembly went into committee of the whole on the Gov-
ernor's Message, Mr. Cottrell in the chair.
Mr. Cooper moved that the committee rise and report pro-
gress;
Which was done.
Senate bills Nos. 4 and 5 were referred to the Judiciary
Committee.
On motion of Mr. Cooper, the Assembly adjourned until
Monday morning at 10 o'clock






MONDAY, January 10, 1881.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Ball, Bell, Bevill of Hamilton, Bevill
of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryan of Hills-
borough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Carr, Carroll,
Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Cottrell, Craig, Fildes,
Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Grady, Green, Griffin, Hall, Howren,
Ivey, Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, Mc-
Cray, McCrary, McGrath, McKinnon, McLellan, McMillen,
Nattiel, Neel, Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Parker of Brevard,
Perry, Plummer, Pollock, Potter, Reynolds, Robinson, Slaugh-
ter, Snow, Spear, Stringer, Tippin, Tooke, Tolbert, Umstead,
Watson, Welch, Whidden, Wilkinson, Williams of Bradford,
Williams of Baker and Zipperer-66.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Rev. C. S. Reynolds.
On motion of Mr. Bryant of Polk, the reading of the jour-
nal of Saturday was dispensed with.
Mr. Cooper moved that 500 copies of the Reports of Heads
of Departments, accompanying the Governor's Message, be
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Which was agreed to.
Mr. McGrath moved that Mr. Angel be indefinitely excused
from attendance on the Assembly on account of sickness;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Morgan moved that Mr. Dougherty be excused;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Neel moved that Mr. Clark be excused to-day on account
of sickness;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. McMillan moved that Mr. Hinson be excused for to-day;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Morgan moved that the Committee on Privileges and
Elections be authorized to employ such clerical aid as may be
necessary;
Which was agreed to.
Mt'. Plummer moved that the Chief Clerk be authorized to
procure and furnish to the chairmen of the Standing Commit-
tees printed blank notices containing the names of the mem-
'bers of the respective committees, with a notice to the same
that they will meet at a time and place to be named in said
notice; and the chairmen of the committees shall fill up the
blanks in said notices and cause the members of their commit-
tees to have full and ample notice of the time and place of
meeting of said committee;
Which was agreed to.
The following bills and memorials were introduced :
By Mr. Grady:
A memorial to the Congress of the United States asking an
appropriation n for the Apalachicola Bay Channel;
Which was read the first time and referred to the Committee
on Commerce and Navigation.
By Mr. Reynolds:
Assembly Bill No. 3 : A bill entitled an act in relation to
granting licenses;
Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
Committee.
By Mr. Fildes:
Assembly bill No. 4.
A Bill for the Relief of James B. Dawkins, Judge of the.
Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Claims.
By Mr. Fildes:
Assembly bill No. 5,
A Bill to be entitled An Act to amend an Act for the
Assessment and Collection of Revenue, approved March
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Mr. NewBom moved that 100 copies of Assembly bill No.
5 be printed.
The motion to print was lost.
The bill, on motion of Mr. Cooper, was referred to the Com-
mittee on Finance.
By Mr. McMillan:
Assembly bill No. 6,
An Act regulating the Sale of Ardent Spirits.
Read the first time, and referred to the Judiciary Committee.
By Mr. Byrne:
Assembly bill No. 7,
An Act to amend an Act to establish and keep in Repair the
Public Roads and Highways of this State, approved February
19, 1874.
Read the first time, and referred to the Committee on Rail-
roads.
On motion of Mr. Cottrell, the Assembly resolved itself into
committee of the whole on the Governor's Message;
After some time spent therein the committee arose and re-
ported the Governor's Message back to the House, and asked
to be discharged.
The committee was discharged.
Mr. Bryan of Orange moved that the Assembly take up the
Message;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. McMeekin moved that that part of the Message refer-
ring to taxation be referred to the Committee on Taxation.
Agreed to, and the reference made.
Mr. Grady moved that so much of the message as referred
to public lands be referred to the Committee on Public
Lands;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Newsom moved that so much of the message as retfer
to the Insane Asylum be referred to the Committee on State
Institutions.
Mr. Perry moved to add so much as referred to the Peni-
tentiary ;"
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Perry moved that so much of the message as refers tu
railroads and canals be referred to the Committee on Railroads
aand Canals;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Wilkinson moved a reference of that part of mess.agi
referring to immigration to the Committee on Immigration ;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Wilkinson moved that the subject of homestendrs con(-









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tainted in Governor's message be referred to the Committee oil
Public Lands;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Bryant of Polk, moved that the Speaker do himself rcfer
these subjects to appropriate committees;
Which was agreed to, and the Speaker made the following
references:
The subject of lands in former Palatka Military Reservation
to the Committee on Militia.
The subject of the Digest of the Statutes to the Judici:ary
Cemmitttee.
The subject of Indian War Claims to the Committee oni
Claims.
The subject of warrants issued under act of February 8.
1861, to Committee on Finance and Taxation.
The subject of common schools to the Committee on Ediu
cation.
The subject of agricultural statistics to the Committee on
Agriculture.
SThe subject of criminals and fugitives from justice to the
Committee on Judiciary.
The subject of election laws to the Committee on Judiciary.
The subject of Capitol Grounds to the Committee on State
Institutions.
The subject of manufacturing interests to the Committee on
Judiciary.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATF, CTHATBER, Tallalhssee, Fla., .Jan. 8, 1881.
HoN. .1. .J1iNTis HAURIS.
Speaker of the AI.ni.bl :
SIL--I am directed by the Senate to inform the Assembly
that the Senate has concurred in the Assembly amendment to
the resolution for the appointment of a Joint Committee to
consider and report the feasibility of. and best plan for, reliev-
ing the Internal Improvement Fund, and has appointed :as such
committee Messrs. McKinne, Mallory and Lykes.
Also, that the Senate has concurred in the resolution of thw
Assembly to appoint a Joint (Committeu to investigate the
books of- the Commissioner of Lands and lnmigration. \and
has appointed Messrs. Robinson and Lee.
Also, that the Senate has appointed Messrs. Speer and Dun-
can to act with the committee appointed by the Assembly t (
investigate the books of the Comptroller and Tre:isuIer.
Very respectfully,
W. H. liABnocK,
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Which was read.
The Speaker appointed the following committee to report
upon the best plan to relieve the Internal Improvement Fund:
Messrs. Cooper, Bevill of Hamilton, Bryan of Orange, Newsom
and Marquis.
On motion of Mr. Cooper, the Assembly adjourned until to-
morrow at 10 o'clock A.. M.






TUESDAY, January 11, 1881.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Ball, Bell, Bevill of Hamilton, Bevill
of SumteiS Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryan of Hills-
borough, Bryant, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Carr, Carroll, Ca-
son, Clark, Coleman, Cooper,Conant, Cottrell,Craig, Dougherty,
Fildes, Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Grady, Green, Griffin, Hall, Ivey,
Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCray, Mc-
Crary, McGrath, McKinnon, McLellah, McMeekin, McMillan,
Nattiel, Neel, Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Parker of Brevard,
Perry, Plummer, Pollock, Reynolds, Robinson, Slaughter,
Snow, Spear, Tippin, Tooke, Tolbert, Umstead, Watson,
Welch, Whidden, Wilkinson, Williams of Bradford, Williams
of Baker, Zipperer-69.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Rev. C. S. Reynolds.
On motion of Mr. Green, the reading of the journal was dis-
pensed with.
Mr. Bryant moved that Rule No. 58, relative to the order
of business, as adopted at the last session, be spread upon the
journal of today;
Which was agreed to.
RULE 58-ORDER OF BUSINESS.
1. Reading of the journal.
2. Correction of the journal.
3. Introduction of memorials, petitions, or other papers,
addressed to the Assembly or the Speaker thereof.
4. Introduction of resolutions and consideration of all reso-
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5. Introduction of bills.
6. Reports of standing committees.
-. Reports of select committees.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
1. Select orders of the day.
2. Consideration of bills and resolutions on their third
reading.
3. Consideration of bills and resolutions on their second
reading.
4. Consideration of messages from the Senate.
5. Consideration of bills and resolutions on their first
reading.
6. Consideration of communications from the Governor, and
other papers, addressed to the Assembly or the Speaker thereof.
Mr. Marquis moved that the Sergeant-at-Arms have five
copies of the journal pf the Assembly placed upon the desk
of each member daily.
Adopted.
Mr. Fildes moved that Mr. Howren be excused from attend-
ance to-day.
Agreed to.
Mr. Umstead moved that Mr. Goodbread be indefinitely ex-
cused from attendance, on account of sickness.
Agreed to.
The following bills and memorials were introduced:
By Mr. Perry:
Assembly bill No. 8:
An act to amend section 1 of an act entitled an act to pro-
vide a uniform system of quarantine in this State, approved
March 11, 1879 ;
Was read the first time by its title and referred to the Ju-
diciary Committee.
Also,
Assembly bill No. 9:
To be entitled an act for the better government of the cities
and towns in this State;
Was read the first time by its title and referred to the Com-
mittee on City and County Organizations.
By Mr. Reynolds:
Assembly bill No. 10:
To be entitled an act to amend an act for the assessment and
collection of revenue, approved March 7, 1879 ;
Was read the first time by its title and referred to Commit-
tee on Finance and Taxation.
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To be entitled an act to enable settlers on State lands to ob-
tain titles thereto;
* Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Public Lands.
By Mr. Cooper:
Assembly bill No. 12:
An act to regulate the bringing of suits by married women.
By Mr. Moore:
Assembly bill No. 13:
To be entitled an act to amend an act to repeal an act to
provide for the redemption of land sold for taxes, approved
March 7, 1877, and to dispose of lands sold for taxes and
bought by the State or any county;
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on Fi-
nance and Taxation.
By Mr. McMeekin:
Assembly bill No. 14:
To be entitled an act to prevent illegal voting;
Was read the first time and referred to Committee on Privi-
leges and Elections.
By Mr. McGrath:
Assembly bill No. 15:
To be entitled an act for hpe relief of Frederick N. Foy, Tax
Collector of Marion county ;
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Claims.
By Mr. Tooke:
Assembly bill No. 1( :
To be entitled An act fixing the time for holding the Circuit
Courts in the Third Judicial Circuit;
Was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary Com-
mittee.
By Mr.. Byrne:
Assembly bill No. 17 :
To provide for the payment of costs, so as to enable Justices
of the Peace to enforce the law in petty crimes where both
plaintiff and defendant are insolvent and unable to pay,
Was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary Com-
mittee.
By Mr. Green:
Assembly bill No. 18:
To be entitled An act to provide for the payment of asses-
sors for enrolling the militia in the year 1876,
Was read first time and referred to the Committee, on Claims.
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A memorial to Congress for the improvement of the Waca-
-sassa and Wekiva rivers in this State;
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Commerce and Navigation.
By Mr. Robinson:
Assembly bill No. 19 :
To be entitled an act regulating the sale of personal property
levied upon for the payment of taxes due and unpaid;
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Finance and Taxation.
Mr. Spear offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That this Assembly, as a body, will visit the Lu-
natic Asylum, at Chattahoochee, on Saturday next, January
15th, and we respectfully ask that the Senate will coneur and.
visit the same with the Assembly;
Which was adopted.
Mr. Morgan, Chairman of the Committee on Privileges and
Elections, made the following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 11, 1881.
HON. J. JUNIUS HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: Your Committee on Privileges and Elections, to
whom was referred the case of A. B. McLeod and A. S. Ken-
nedy, contested election from the county of Walton, having had
the same under consideration, and, after a careful examination
of all the evidence before us, beg leave to make ths following
report:
That upon examination of the evidence, we find that for the
office of Assemblyman from the county of Walton that there
was a tie vote between Messrs. A.. B. McLeod and A. S. Ken-
nedy, each having received two hundred and fifty-eight votes,
consequently there was no election, therefore creating a va-
cancy of one Assemblyman from said county of Walton.
We, upon said conclusion, recommend the adoption of the
following resolutions:
Resolved, That, owing to a tic vote for Assemblyman in the
county of Walton between A. B. McLeod and A. S. Kennedy,
thereby creating a vacancy, we therefore respectfully request
the Governor to order an election for Assemblyman in said
county of Walton as early as practicable.
/ Resolved, That we recommend the Committee on Appropri-
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and A. S. Kennedy in the general appropriation bill, to remin-:
nerate them for actual expenses incurred.
Very respectfully submitted,
A. G. MORGAN, Chairman.
Which was read and adopted.
On motion.of Mr. Conant, the Chief Clerk of the Assembly
was ordered to certify the same to the Governor.
Mr. Plummer, Chairman of the Committee on Commerce and
Navigation, made the following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 10, 1881.
HoN. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: The Committee on Commerce and Navigation, to whoi,
was referred-
Assembly memorial No. 2, memorial to Congress of the Uni-
ted States asking for an appropriation for deepening and clean-
ing out the Apalachicola bay channel, beg leave to report that
they have examined the same and recommend that it do pass.
J. W. V. R. PLUMMER, Chairman.
Which was read and the accompanying memorial placed
among the orders of the day.
Mr. Cooper, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, made
the following reports:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January. 11, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS:
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: Your Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was re-
ferred Assembly bill No. 1, entitled An act to prohibit the ius
of indecent or obscene language on the public highways, lanes.
streets, or public grounds in this State, beg leave to report
that they have examined the same and report the accomplan:y-
ing bill as a substitute therefore, which substitute they recom-
mend do pass. M. Coo'Eit,
(Chairnman.
ASSEMBLY HALL. Tallahassee. January 11. 1881.
HON. J. J: HARRIS:
Speaker of the Assembly :
Sin: Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred
Senate bill No. 4, entitled An act to authorize commissioners
to swear witnesses, and legalizing oaths heretofore adminis-
tered by them, beg leave to report that they have examined(
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That they have examined Senate bill No. 5, entitled An'act
to authorize Dunlap F. Judah, of Pensacola, to take charge of
and control his estate, and report the same without recom-
mendation. C. M. COOPER,
Chairman.
Which were read and the bills placed among the orders of
the day.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
The following bills were read the second time, and ordered
,engrossed for second reading to-morrow:
Assembly bill No. 1:
To be entitled An act to prohibit the use of Indecent and
obscene language on public highways, lanes, streets or public
grounds.
A substitute was offered by the Judiciary Committee, and
the substitute adopted in lieu of the original, and ordered en-
grossed.
Senate bill No. 4:
An act to authorize Commissioners to swear witnesses, and
legalizing oaths heretofore administered by them,
Was ordered for a third reading on to-morrow.
Senate bill No. 5:
An act to authorize Dunlap F. Judah, of Pensacola, to take
charge of and manage his own estate.
Mr. Bryan, of Orange, moved that the bill be read a third
time and put upon its passage;
Which was agreed to.
The bill was read a third time and put upon its passage.
'The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Ball, Bell, Bevill of Hamilton,
Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryan of
Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Carr,
Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Craig, Fildes, Friar.
Getzen, Grady, Green, Griffin, Howren, Ivey, Jenkins, Lucas.
Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCrary, McGrath, McKin-
non, McLellan, McMeekin, McMillan, Nattiel, Neel, Newsonm,
Parker of Taylor, Parker of Brevard, Perry, Plummer, Pol-
lock, Reynolds, Robinson, Slaughter,. Snow, Spear, Tippin.
Tooke, Tolbert, Umstead, Watson, Welch, Whidden, Wilkin-
,son, Williams of Bradford and Williams of Baker, Zipperer-
2.
Nays-Messrs. Carroll, Gibbs, Hall, McCray-3.
And the bill was passed, title as stated, and was ordered to-
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Mr. Moore moved a suspension of the rule to allow him t<
introduce a bill;
Which was agreed to.
By Mr. Moore:
Assembly bill No. 20:
To be entitled an act to establish a Department of Agricul
-ture for the State of Florida,
Was read the first time by its title and referred to the Corn
mittee on Agriculture.
Assembly memorial No. 2 was read second time and ordered
engrossed.
The Speaker announced the following Standing Committee
-on Fisheries :
Mr. Perry, of Monroe, Chairman; Messrs. Cottrell, Strin
ger, Canova and Whidden.
The following message was received from the Senate :
SENATE CHAMBER, )
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., January 10, 1881.
HoN. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR-I am directed by the Senate to inform the Assembly
that the Senate has adopted a joint resolution that a committee
of three from the Senate and five from the Assembly be ap-
pointed for the purpose,of proposing andmdments to the Con-
stitution.
Also the following joint resolution:
Be it resolved by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That
a committee of three from the Senate and five from the
Assembly be appointed to visit the State Asylum and report
the condition of the inmates and the management of the Asy-
Inm, and to ascertain what repairs and enlargement of build-
ings will be necessary for the comfort and health of the pa-
tients, and make such other recommendations as will be for
the best interest of the State and good government of the
Asylum.
Be it further resolved, That a like committee be appointed
to visit the convict camp and report the. condition, manage-
ment and treatment of the prisoners, and report what legisla-
tion, if any, is necessary for the treatment, government, main-
agement and discipline of the convicts.
Which was read, and Senate joint resolution relative to thte
Asylum and convict camp was taken up, read and adopted.
Senate joint resolution relative to constitutional amendi-
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The Speaker announced Dr. W. H. Carter as Chaplain for
"the Assembly.
On motion of Mr. Cooper, the Assembly adjourned until
,to-morrow at 10 o'clock A. M. -






WEDNESDAY, January 12, 1881.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
Upon a call of the roll the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Ball, Bell, Bevill of Hamilton, Bevill
.of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryan of Hills-
.borough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Carr, Car-
roll, Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Cottrell, Craig,
Dougherty, Fildes, Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Grady, Green,
rifin. Hall, Hinson, Howren,. Ivey, Jenkins. Lucas,
Marquis, Miller,*Moore, Morgan, McCray, McCrary, McGrath,
Mc.Kiiion. McLellan, McMeekin, McMillan, Nattiel, Neel,
Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Parker of Brevard, Perry, Plum-
mer. Pollock, Potter, Reynolds, Robinson, Slaughter, Snow,
Spear, Tippin, Tooke, Tolbert, Ulmstead, Watson, Welch,
Whidden, Wilkinson, Williams of Bradford, Williams of Baker,
Zipperer-'2.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Rev. Mr. Carter, Chaplain of the Assembly.
On motion of Mr. Green, the reading of the journal was dis-
pensed with.
Mr. Bryan of Orange introduced a memorial from the com-
mittee of the Florida Conference of the M. E. Church South
apon the subject of regulating the sale of intoxicating liquors.
Mr. Bryan of Orange introduced the following:
Resolved, That a special committee of five be apliointed by
the Speaker to report such legislation as may be expedient to
regulate and control the sale of intoxicating liquors, and that
all bills and memorials upon this subject be referred to said
committee;
Which was adopted.
Mr. Snow introduced a memorial to Congress asking an ap-
propriation for the improvement of Withlacoochee river;
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By Mr. Moore :
A memorial from the State Grange, Patrons of Husbandry,
State of Florida;
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Education.
Mr. McMeekin moved that only members of the Assembly
present at roll-call shall have their names entered as such:
Provided, That members coming in after roll-call may have
their names entered on the Journal, upon application to the
Assembly;
Which was agreed to.
The Speaker announced the following Joint Committees of
the Assembly: .
Committee' on Convict Camp-Messrs. Newsom, McCray,
Tippin, Howren and Potter.
Committee on Asylum-Messrs. Tolbert, Perry, Speer, Miller
ren and Coleman.
Mr. Whidden offered the following:
Be it resolved by the Assembly, That the Judiciary Commit-
tee be and they are hereby instructed to inquire into the con-
dition of the public lands on either side pf Peace creek
granted for specific purposes by the act approved February 12,
1861, which said act was amended by an act passed February
9, 1870, and to report what action is necessary to disincumber
the lands tied up under the grant aforesaid ;
Which was adopted.
Mr. Reynolds offered the following joint resolution:
Proposing an amendment to section 3 of Article 16 of the
Constitution of Florida;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
The following bills were introduced:
By Mr. Zipperer:
Assembly bill No. 21:
To be entitled an act for the relief of J. J. Duncan and N.
Hall.
Placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. McKinnon:
Assembly bill No. 22:
An act for the relief of F. J. White, of Walton county.
Placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Byrne:
Assembly bill No. 23:
An act to be entitled an act to permit A. M. McMillan to
straighten the streams known as Little and Big Pine Barren,
in Escambia county.
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Also,
Assembly bill No. 24:
An act to be entitled an act to levy a tax on all liquors now
known and sold as bitters.
Placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Williams of Bradford:
Assembly bill No. 25:
An act authorizing the adoption of a child by Martin L.
Douglass and Martha J. Douglass, and to change her name.
Placed among the orders of the day.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
The following Senate bill was read a third time and put upon
its passage:
An act authorizing Commissioners to swear witnesses, and
legalizing oaths heretofore administered by them.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Ball, Bell, Bevill of Hamilton,
Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryan of
Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Carr,
Carroll, Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Cottrell,
Craig, Fildes, Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Grady, Green, Griffin, Hall,
Hinson, Howren, Ivey, Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis, Miller, Moore,
Morgan, McCray, McCrary, McGrath, McKinnon, McLellan,
McMillan, Nattiel, Neel, Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Parker of
Brevard, Perry, Plummer, Pollock, Reynolds, Robinson,
Slaughter, Snow, Spear, Tippin, Tooke, Tolbert, Umstead,
Watson, Welch, Whidden, Wilkinson. Williams of Bradford
Williams of Baker, Zipperer-73.
Nays-McMeekin-1.
So the bill passed, title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
The rule being suspended the following bill was introduced
by Mr. Zipperer:
Assembly bill No. 26:
A bill for the relief of Ely C. Horn.
Placed among orders of the day.
The ru,e being suspended the following report was made,
and accompanying bills placed upon the orders of the day:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 12, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly:
SIm: The Committee on City and County Organization, hav-
ing had under advisement Assembly bill No. 9 to be entitled
An act for the better government of incorporated cities and











towns in this State, do unanimously and respectfully recom--
mend that the bill do pass.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
ROBERM J, PERRY, of Monroe,
Chairman.
Also the following report was made and accompanying me-
morial placed among orders of the day:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 11, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARR S,
Speaker of' the Assembly :
SiR: The Committee on Commerce and Navigation, to whom
was referred Assembly memorial A memorial to Congress
to remove obstructions from Wacassassa and Wekiva rivers.
beg leave to report that they have examined the same and rec-
ommend that it do pass.
J. W. V. R. PLUMMER,
Chairmiin.
Also the following bill was read the first time:
Assembly bill No. 9:
To' be entitled an act for the better government of Cities and
Towns
Mr. Cooper moved that 125 copies of the bill be printed*-;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Getzen moved that the further consideration of the bill
be postponed to this day two weeks ;
Which was agreed to.
The following bills were read the first time:
Assenibly bill No., 21 ;
Was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Assembly bill No. 22;
Was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Assembly bill No. 23;
Was referred to the Committee on Commerce and Naviga-
tion.
Assembly bill No. 24:
Was referred to the Special Committee on Temperance.
Assembly bill No. 25;
Was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Assembly bill No. 26;
Was referred to the Committee oni Claims.
The following joint resolution-
Proposing an amendment to Section 3, Article XVI.. Con-
stitution of Florida.
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The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, Tallahassee, January 12, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: :I am directed by the Senate to inform the Assembly
that the Senate has passed-
Senate bill No. 22, to be entitled an act relative to the prac-
tice of Dentistry in this State, and respectfully request the con-
currence of the Assembly therein.
Very respectfully,
W. H. BABCOCK,
Secretary of the Senate.
Which was read and the accompanying bill placed among
orders of the of the day.
Mr. Conant moved that the courtesies of the floor be ex-
tended to Dr. J. C. Kenworthy, President of the State Medical
Association, and to Mr. J. L. Bnrch, a distinguished orator;
Which was agreed to.
The Speaker presented the following letter:
MADISON, FLA., January 10, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
DEAR Si t: By this mail I send you several copies of the
minutes of the annual meeting of the Florida Baptist Associa-
tion, for 1881, which contains a report from the Committee on
Temperance in reference to the Local Option question, which
was adopted. By instructions from said body, I send the
minutes, with the request that you l:iy the same before the
Assembly.
Yours very truly,
E. D. BE:,(i, Clerk.
Which was read, and the accompanying document referred
to Special Committee on Temperance.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAM[BER, Tallahassee, .Inuary 12, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker ol' the Assembly :
SIR : I am directed by the Senate to inform the Asscmbly
that the Senate has-
Adopted the following resolution, anId ask the concurreuce
of the' Assembly:
WHEREAS, A caucus of the Democratic members of this Leg-
islature have nominated Hon. Charges W. oness to be his own









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successor as U. S. Senator from this State, and on next Tues
day he will be re-elected as such U. S. Senator; therefore,
Resolved by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That i,
committee, consisting of the President of the Senate and the
Speaker of the Assembly, together with two Senators and three
Assemblymen, be appointed to telegraph Mr. Jones, inviting
him to be with us on the day of his election.
SVery Respectfully,
W. H. BABCOcK,
Secretary of the Senate.
As a substitute to the Senate Resolution contained in tlh
above message, Mr. Fildes offered the following resolution:
Be it resolved by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That
Senator Jones be invited to address the Senate and Assembly
on Tuesday next, and that a committee, consisting.of the
President of the Senate and Speaker of the Assembly, together
with two Senators and three Assemblymen, be appointed to
telegraph the invition to Senator Jones.
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for by Mr. Co-
nant.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bell, Bevill of Hamilton, Bevill
of Sumter, Bigham, Bryan of Orange, Bryan of Hillsborough,
Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Cason, Clark, Cooper,
Cottrell, Craig, Fildes, Friar, Getzen, Grady, Green, Griffin,
Hinson, Howren, Ivey, Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, Mc.
Crary, McKinnon, McLellan, McMeekin, McMillan, Neel, New-
som, Parker of Taylor, Parker of Brevard, Perry, Plummer,
Reynolds, Robinson, Slaughter, Snow, Spear, Tippin, Tooke,
Tolbert, Umstead, Watson, Welch, Whidden, Williams of Brad-
ford, Williams of Baker and Zipperer-55.
Nays-Messrs. Ball, Brown,.Carr, Carroll, Coleman, Conant.
Gibbs, Jenkins, Lucas, McCray, McGrath, Nattiel, Pollock and
Wilkinson-14.
So the substitute was adopted.
The following communication was received from Dr. A. L.
Randolph, Secretary of the Florida Medical Association:
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., January 12, 1881.
To the Honorable Speaker of the House of Representatives of
Florida:
SIa: I am instructed by the Florida Medical Association to
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at a meeting of our Association, to be held in the Senate
Chamber-at half-past seven o'clock this evening.
Very respectfully,
-A. L. RANDOLPH,
Secretary Florida Medical Association.
Which was read.
SThe following communication was received from the Receiv-
ers of the Jacksonville, Petsacola and Mobile Railroad:
JACKSONVILLE, PENSACOLA AND MOBILE RAILROAD,
RECEIVER'S OFFICE, Tallahassee, Fla., Jan. 11, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly:
SiB: The managers of the Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mo-
bile Railroad respectfully tender a special train, for the use of
the General Assembly, to visit the Lunatic Asylum at Chatta-
hoochee on Saturday, the 15th inst., free of charge.
Respectfully,
S. CONANT,
A. B. HAWKINS,
Receivers.
Which was read.
Mr. Codper moved that the thanks of the Assembly be ten-
dered to the gentlemen signing each of the above communica-
tions ;
Which was unanimously agreed to.
The following Special Committee on Temperance was ap-
pointed :
Messrs. Bryan, Reynolds, Bell, Howren and Conant.
Mr. Conant moved that the Special Committee on Temper-
ance be allowed to employ a Clerk for not exceeding fifteen
days;
Which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Conant, the Assembly adjourned until 10
o'clock to-morrow morning.






THURSDAY, January 13, 1881.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
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Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Ball, Bell, Bevill of Hamilton,,
Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryan of
Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Byrne, Canova, Carr, Carroll,
Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Dougherty, Fildes,
Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Grady, Green, Griffin, Hall, Hinson,
Howren, Ivey, Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis, Miller, Moore, Mor-
gan, McCray, McCrary, McGrath, McKinnon, McLellan, Mc-
Meekin, McMillan, Nattiel, Neel, lewsom, Parker of Taylor,
Parker of Brevard, Perry, Plummer, Pollock, Reynolds, Rob-
inson, Slaughter, Snow, Spear, Stringer, Tippin, Tooke, Tol-
bert, Umstead, Watson, Welch, Whidden, Wilkinson, Williams
of Bradford, Williams of Baker and Zipperer-69.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Carter, Chaplain of the Assembly.
On motion of Mr. Hall, the reading of the Journal was dis-
pensed with.
On motion of Mr. Neel, Mr. Butler was excused until Satur-
day next on account of sickness.
Mr. Bell moved that Mr. Stringer be excused indefinitely oni
account of sickness;
Which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Griffin, George Dice, Messenger, was ex-
cased until Monday next on account of sickness.
The following memorials and joint resolutions were intro-
duced and placed among the orders of the day:
By Mr. Bevill, of Hamilton:
A memorial to Congress for the establishment of a mail
route from Live Oak, in Suwannee county, to Bellville, in
Hamilton county.
Also,
Memorial to Congress to establish a mail route from Bell-
ville, Fla., to Monticello, Fla.
By Mr. Bevill, of Sumter:
A memorial to Congress asking for a mail route from Sum-
terville, in Sumter county, Fla., to Bartow, in Polk county, Fla.
On motion, Mr. McCray was added to the committee on the
committee to visit the convict camps.
By Mr. Bevill, of Hamilton:
Joint resolution asking an appropriation from Congress to
survey and open the Swwannee river from its mouth to Ella-
ville, Fla., at the mouth of the Withlacoochee river.
Also,
Joint resolution to amend Section 18. Article 5, of the Con-
stitution of the State of Florida.
Also,
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stitution so as to give the election of county officers tothe
people.
Mr. Speer introduced the following Joint Resolution:
Resolved, That the members of the Florida State Medical
Society, now in session at Tallahassee, and the Governor and
Cabinet, be invited to visit the State Lunatic Asylum at Chat-
"tahoochee on Saturday next, in company with this Assembly;
Which was adopted.
By Mr. Miller:
Resolved, That the courtesies of the house be extended to
ex-Governors of the State, Judges of the Supreme Court, and
of the Circuit Courts.
Mr. Conant moved that the resolution of Mr. Miller be re-
ferred to the Joint Committee on Rules, with the request that
the said committee report a Joint Rule carrying into effect the
said resolution;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Getzen introduced a Joint Resolution requiring the
Committee on Public Lands to inquire into stumpage privi-
lege;
Which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.
The following bills were introduced and placed among the
orders of the day:
By Mr. Plummer:
Assembly bill No. 27 :
To be entitled an act for the relief.of Charles Gwynn, James
Elwood, Joseph Acosta and John Smith, of Monroe county.
By Mr. Nattiel:
Assembly bill No. 28 :
To be entitled an act to require stevedores to pay a license
tax.
By Mr. Byrne:
Assembly bill No. 29:
To be entitled An act for the protection of sheep and other
stock, and for the benefit of stock raisers.
By Mr. Robinson:
Assembly bill No. 30:
To be entitled An act for the better protection of animals
running at large.
By Mr. Green:
Assembly bill No. 31:
To be entitled An act for the relief of Daniel Morrison, Jr.
REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES.
By Mr. Morgan. Chairman of the Committee on Privileges
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ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 13, 1881.
HoN. J. J. HARRIs,
Speaker qf the Assembly :
SIR: The Committee on Privileges and Elections, to whom
was referred the case of contested election of F. E. Hughes, et
al. against Charles L. Fildes et al. from the county of Alachua,
beg leave to make the following
REPORT:
Whereas, the Assembly did, on January 15, 1875, adopt and
declare the following to be the law governing notice of contest
to a seat in this Assembly, your committee report: That the
law governing contest of election is very explicit, arid not to be
mistaken, and is as follows, (see Thompson's Digest, page 78,
section 10, Art. Contesting Elections): If any candidate of the
proper county or district contest the election of any Assembly-
man, he shall give notice thereof in writing to the person whose
election he contests, or leave written notice thereof at the house
where such person last resided, within ten days after the can-
vass by the Judge of Probate, expressing in such notice the
points on which the same will be contested, and name the
Judge of Probate or clerk of the Circuit Court, who will at-
tend the taking of the depositions and when and where
such depositions will be taken." And should any doubt
arise in relation to the present force of the plain law
above quoted, your committee beg leave to refer to Arti-
cle 15, section 2, of the Constitution of Florida, and your
committee, after careful examination, can find no repealing act
has passed the Legislature under the present Constitution,
(see report of the Committee on Privileges and Elections of the
Assembly session, 1875, signed by W. W. Hicks, Chairman,
H. L. Mitchell and others); and that F. E. Hughes, et al. having
failed or neglected to give the legal notice as required by the
law above quoted, we recommend the adoption of the follow-
ing resolution:
Resolved, That said contest be dismissed, and that Charles
L. Fildes, W. T. Craig, H. D. Howren and S..B. Slaughter, ap-
pearing to have been duly elected, are hereby declared mem-
bers of the present Assembly Florida Legislature.
Respectfully submitted,
ALEXANDER G. MORGAN, Chairman,
WILLIAM MILLER,
THOMAS W. GETZEN,
J. W. V. R. PLUMMER,
GEORGE W. UMSTEAD,
CHARLES M. COOPER,
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"Which was read.
Mr. Dougherty of Volusia moved the adoption of the reso-
lution offered by the committee and moved the previous ques-
tion.
The previous question was ordered and the resolution was
adopted.
Mr. Cooper, Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary,
made the following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 13, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARBIs,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: Your committee to whom was referred-
Assembly bill No. 3, entitled an act in relation to granting
licenses to sell intoxicating liquors; also,
Assembly bill No. 6, entitled an act to regulate the sale or
other disposal of ardent spirits outside of the corporate limits
of a town or city, beg leave to report said bills back to the
Assembly, and ask that they be referred to the Special Com-
mittee on Temperance.
Very respectfully,
C. M. Cooper,
Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Which was read and the accompanying bills placed among
the orders of the day.
Also the following:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 13, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: Your committee to whom was referred-
Assembly bill No. 12, entitled an act to regulate the bring-
ing of suits by married women, beg leave to report that they
have examined said bill, and recommend that the same do
pass.
Very respectfully,
C. M. COOPER,
Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Which was read and the accompanying bill placed among the
orders of the day.
Also the following:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 13, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: Your committee to whom was referred-
Assembly bill No. 17, entitled an act to provide for the pay-









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ment of costs, so as to enable a Justice of the Peace to enforce
the law in petty crimes and criminal cases where both plaintiff
and defendant are insolvent and unable to pay, beg leave to
report that they have examined said bill and recommend that
it do not pass; also,
Assembly bill No. 16, entitled an act fixing the time of hold-
ing the Circuit Court in the Third Judicial Circuit, and report
the same without any recommendation.
Respectfully,
C. M. COOPER,
Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Which was read and the accompanying bills placed among
the orders of the day.
By Mr. Marquis, Chairman of the Committee on Engrossed
Bills:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahasssee, Jan. 13, 1881.
HON .. J. J. HARRIs,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR-Your Committee, to whom was referred-
Substitute for Assembly bill No. 1, also memorial to the
Congress of the United States asking for an appropriation for
the Apalachicola Bay channel, No. 2,
Beg leave to report that they have examined the same, and
find them correctly engrossed.
GEO. MARQUIS, Chairman.
Which was read, and the bill and the memorial were placed
Among the orders of the day.
Mr. Dougherty moved:
That the Sergeant-at-Arms be instructed to furnish two
dozen chairs, to be placed inside the bar of the Assembly
Hall, also to provide a comfortable chair for the Speaker;
Which was agreed to.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, Tallahassee, Jan.12, 1881.
HoN. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR-I am directed by the Senate to inform the Assembly
that the Senate has concurred in the House resolution request-
.ing Senator Jones to address the Legislature on the 18th inst.,
and for the appointment of a committee to notify him of the
same.
Also that the Senate has passed bill No. 6,
To be entitled An act to amend Chapter 1,986 of the Laws
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Chaptr 8, of an act to provide for the punishment of crimes
and proceedings in criminal cases, approved February 3, 1874.
Very respectfully,
W. H. BABCOCK,
Secretary of the Senate.
Which was read and the bill placed among the orders of the
day.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Assembly bill No. 1:
To be entitled an act to make the public use of indecent or
obscene language a misdemeanor, and provide for the punish-
ment thereof,
"Was read the third time and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Ball, Bell, Bevill of Ham-
ilton, Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bry-
an of Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Byrne, Canova, Carroll,
Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Cottrell, Dougherty,
Fildes, Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Green, Hinson, Howren, Ivey,
Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCray, Mc-
Crary, McGrath, McKinnon, McLellan, McMeekin, McMillan,
Nattiel, Neel, Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Parker of Brevard,
Perry, Plummer, Reynolds, Robinson, Slaughter, Snow, Tooke,
Tolbert, Umstead, Watson, Welch, Whidden, Wilkinson, Wil-
.liams of Bradford, Williams of Baker and Zipperer-63.
Nays-Mr. Hall-1.
*So the bill passed, title as stated.
!Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Assembly memorial No. 2:
To the Congress of the United States asking for an appro-
priation for the Apalachicola bay channel,
Was read and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Ball, Bell, Bevill of Ham-
ilton, Be-vill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bry-
an of Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Byrne, Canova, Carroll,
',Cark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Cottrell, Dougherty, Fildes,
'Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Green, Hall, Hinson, Howren, Ivey, Jen-
;kins, Lucas, Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCray, Mc-
'Crary, McGrath MeKinnon, McClellan, McMeekin, McMillan.
.Nattiel, Neel, N;iwsom, Parker of Taylor, Parker of Brevard,
EPerry, Plummer, Reynolds, Robinson, Slaughter, Snow, Spear,
"Tooke, Tolbert, Umstead, Watson, Welch, Whidden, Wilkin-
son, Williams of Bradford, Williams of Baker, Zipperer-63.
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Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Assembly bill No. 3:: ,; ..
To be entitled an act relative to granting license to sell in-
toxicating liquors, and.memorial relative to the same subject,
Were read and referred, on motion of Mr. Cooper, to the
Committee on Temperance.
Assembly bill No. 6:
Was read and referred to the Committee on Temperance.
Assembly bill No. 12:
To be entitled an act to regulate the bringing of suits by
married women,
Was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a
third reading.
Assembly bill No. 17:
To be entitled an act to provide for the payment of cost so
as to enable a Justice of the Peace to enforce the law in petty
crimes and criminal cases where both plaintiff and defendant
are insolvent and unable to pay cost,
Was read the second time, and on motion of Mr. Fildes, in-
definitely postponed.
Mr. Bryant of Polk moved that the Hon. Robert L. Sum-
merlin, of the county of Orange, be invited to a seat within
the bar of the Assembly;
Which was agreed to.
Assembly bill No. 16,
To be entitled An act fixing the time of holding the Circuit
Court in the Third Judicial Circuit,
Was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for
a third reading.
The following bills were read the first time:
Senate bill No. 6,
To be entitled An act to amend Chapter 1,986 of the Laws
of Florida, and for other purposes.
Referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Senate bill No. 22,
To be entitled An act relative to the practice of Dentistry in
this State.
On motion of Mr. Conant, the bill was made the special
order of the day for the 27th inst.
Assembly bill No. 28,
To be entitled An act to require stevedores to pay a license
tax.
Referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Assembly bill No. 29,
To be entitled An act for the protection of sheep and other
stock, and for the benefit of stock raisers.
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Assembly bill No. 30 :
To be entitled an act for the better protection of animaIs
running at large,
Was read the first time'and referred to the Committee on
Agriculture.
Assembly bill No. 31:
To be entitled an act for the relief of Daniel Morrison, Jr.,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
the Judiciary.
Assembly bill No. 27 :
To be entitled an act for the relief of Charles Gwynn, James
Elwood, Joseph A. Coster and John Smith, of Monroe county,
Was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary Com-
mittee.
The Speaker announced the following committees:
On Convict Camp-Messrs. Newsom, McCrary, Tippin,
Howren, Potter and McCray.
On Asylum-Messrs. Perry, Tolbert, Speer, Miller and Cole-
man.
On Invitation to the Hon. C. W. Jones to address the Legis-
lature on Tuesday the 18th inst.-Messrs. Miller, Cottrell and
Howren.
On motion of Mr. Bryan, of Orange, the Assembly ad-
journed until 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.






FRIDAY, January 14, 1881.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Ball, Bell, Bevill of Hamilton,
Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryan of
Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Byrne, Canova, Carr, Carroll,
Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Cottrell, Craig, Dougherty,
F*riar, Getzen, Gibbs, Grady, Green, Hinson, Howren, Ivey,
Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCray, Mc-
Crary, McGrath, McKinnon, McLellan, McMeekin, McMillan,
Neel, Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Parker of Brevard, Perry,
Plummer, Pollock, Reynolds, Robinson, Slaughter, Snow,
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Whidden, Wilkinson, Williams of Bradford, Williams of Baker,
Zipperer-66.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Rev. Dr. Carter, Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Coleman, the reading of the journal was
-dispensed with.
The following memorials were introduced:
By Mr. Cason:
A memorial from the people of Bradford county upon the
subject of temperance.
Placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Tippin:,
A memorial petitioning proper legislation in behalf of aids
to immigration;
Placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Hinson:
A memorial from the Middle Florida Agricultural and Me-
chanical Association;
Placed among the orders of the day.
Mr. Tippin moyed that the Chairman of the Committee o';
State Institutions be added to the committee to visit the Con-
vict Camp;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Bryan of Orange moved that Mr. Dougherty of Volusi,
and Mr. Bryant of Polk be added to the Committee on Tem-
perance;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. McCray moved that Mr. Hall, of Jefferson, be excused
indefinitely on account of sickness;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. McGrath moved that Mr. Coleman be added to the Con-
mittee.to visit the Convict Camp;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Coleman moved that Mr. Nattiel be excused until Mol-
day on account of sickness;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Iowren moved that Mr. Fildes be excused from atten-
.dance to-day;
Which was agreed to.
The following bills were introduced :
By Mr. Plummer:
Assembly bill No. 32:
To be entitled an act for the protection of officers in the dis-
icharge of their duties and for other purposes;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Reynolds:
Assembly bill No. 33:



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To be entitled an act to amend Section 7, Chapter 3010, of
the Laws of Florida, approved February 17, 1877;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Dougherty:
Assembly bill No. 34:
To be entitled an act for the redemption of lands sold for
taxes and to quiet titles therefore;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Byrne:
Assembly bill No. 35:
To be entitled an act to prohibit the sale of intoxicating liq-
quors within six miles of Williams' camp ground in Escambia,
county;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Bryan of Hillsborough:
Assembly bill No. 36: *
To be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to reg-
ulate criminal proceedings before justices of the peace, being
Chapter 2093 of the Laws of Florida;
Which was placed among the orders'of the day.
By Mr. Welch:
Assembly bill No. 37 :
To be entitled an act for the relief of F. E. Richardson, of
Escambia county;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
"By Mr. McCrary :
Assembly bill No. 38:
To be entitled an act for the relief of maimed or crippled
men;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Green:
Resolved by the Assembly the Senate concurring, That the
Legislature of the State of Florida adjourn sine die on Tues-
day, the 8th of February, 1881;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
Mr. Grady asked leave to withdraw the petition of Thos. L.
Mitchell for relief;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Bryant of Polk, offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Committee on Post Routes be instructed
to retain all memorials for post routes or post-offices, referred
to said committee, until the first day of February next, and
on or after that day present a general memorial embracing all
post routes or post-offices in the hands of the committee;
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The Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Taxation
"made the following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 14, 1881.
HoN. J. J. HARRIS:
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: Your Committee on Finance and Taxation, to whom
was referred-
The petition of T. L. Mitchell, respectfully return the same
without recommendation to the Assembly.
Respectfully,
T. W. GETZEN, Chairman.
Which was read and the accompanying petition placed
among the orders of the day.
Mr. Plummer, Chairmax of the Committee on Commerce and
Navigation, made the following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 14, 1881.
HoN. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: The Committee on Commerce and Navigation, to whom
was referred-
Assembly Memorial No. -, a memorial to the Congress of
the United States asking for an appropriation for the improve-
ment of the Withlacoochie river, in the State of Florida, beg
leave to report that they have had the same under considera-
tion and recommend that it do pass.
J. W. V. R. PLUMMER,
Chairman.
Which was read and the accompanying memorial placed
among the orders of the day.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
A memorial to Congress asking an appropriation for the im-
provement of the Withlacoochie River, in the State of Florida,
Was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a
third reading on to-morrow.
A memorial to Congress to remove obstructions from Waca-
sassa and Wekiwa Rivers.
Read the second time.
A memorial to Congress to-establish a mail route from Bell-
ville to Monticello, Florida.
Read the second time.
The following bills were read the first time:
Assembly bill No. 34.
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Assembly bill No. 38.
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Assembly bill No. 37.
Referred to the Committee on Claims.
Assembly bill No. 36.
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Assembly bill No. 33.
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Assembly bill No. 32.
Referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Assembly bill No. 35.
Referred to the Judiciary Committee.
A memorial to Congress to establish a mail route from
Bellville to Menticello, Florida.
Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Post
Routes.
, Mr. Grady moved that the Sergeant-at-Arms inquire and re-
port the time of departure of the special train for carrying the
Legislature visiting the Lunatic Asylum to-morrow;
Which was agreed to.
Bills and memorials on their first reading were continued:
A memorial t5 Congress for the establishment of a mail
route from Live Oak to Belleville, Florida;
Which was referred to the Committee on Post Routes.
A memorial from the Middle Florida Agricultural and Me-
chanjcal Association;
Which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture.
A resolution asking an appropriation from Congress to sur-
vey and open the Suwannee river;
Which was referred to the Committee on Commerce and
Navigation.
A resolution to amend Section 1 of Article XIV. of the
Constitution;
Which was referred to the Committee on Constitutional
Amendments.
A memorial for a mail route from Sumterville to Bartow,
Florida;
Which was referred to the Committee on Post Routes.
A memorial from the citizens of Bradford county upon the
subject of temperance;
Which was referred to the Committee on Temperance.
A memorial petitioning for proper legislation in behalf of
immigration;
Which was referred to the Committee on Immigration.
By Mr. Bevill of Hamilton:
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Constitution, so as to give the election .of county officers to,
the people;
Which was referred to the Committee on Constitutional
Amendments.
On motion, the resolution of Mr. Green, to adjourn sine die
on the 8th of February, 1881, was laid on the table.
The following appointments were reported by the Sergeant-
at-Arms as having been made:
George Eugene Bryson of Orange, and George Dice of Mad-
ison, Pages;
David Ellis of Leon, and W. F. Fletcher, Messengers;
John White and Wm. Martin, Janitors.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, Tallahassee, January 14, 1881..
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: I amn directed by the Senate to inform the Assembly
that the Senate has passed-
Senate bill No. 20, to be entitled an act to make Usay Smith
an heir-at-law of R. W. Nelson.
Very respectfully,
W. H. BABCOCK,
Secretary of the Senate.
Which was read and the accompanying bill placed among
orders of the day.
Senate bill No. 20:
To be entitled an act to make Usay Smith an heir-at-law of
R. W. Nelson,
Was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary Com-
mittee.
The following telegram was received from the Iloni. Charles
W. Jones:
WASHINGTON, I). C., January 14, 1881:
HON. .1. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Alssembly:
Invitation accepted. Will be present if inevitable accident
does not prevent C. W. JONES.
Which was read.
On motion of Mr. Bevill, the Assembly adjourned until 10
o'clock Monday morning.



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MONDAY, January 17, 1881.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Bell, Bevill of Hamilton, Bevill
of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryan of Hills-
borough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Carroll, Ca-
son, Clark, Coleman, Cooper,Conant, Cottrell,'Dougherty, Friar,
Getzen, Gibbs, Grady, Green, Hall, Howren, Ivey, Jenkins, Lu-
cas, Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCray, McCrary, Mc-
Grath, McKinnon, McLellan, McMeekin, Nattiel, Neel, New-
som, Parker of Taylor, Parker of Brevard, Perry, Plummer,
Pollock, Reynolds, Slaughter, Snow, Tippin, Tolbert, Umstead,
Welch, Whidden; Wilkinson, Williams of Bradford, Williams
of Baker, Zipperer-61.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Rev. Dr. Carter, Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. McCrary, the reading of the journal was
dispensed with.
Mr. Cooper moved that the Judiciary Committee be author-
ized to employ a clerk;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Friar moved that Mr. Tooke be excused from attend-
ance, on account of sickness, until Tuesday;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Tippin moved that the Door-keeper be excused until
Monday next, on account of sickness;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Bevill moved that Mr. Spear be excused from attend-
ance. on account of sickness;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Green moved that Messrs. Hinson, McMillan, Robinson
and Watson be excused from further attendance on the Assem-
bly until to-morrow at 10 o'clock;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Bryan, of Orange, moved that the Sergeant at arms be
empowered to employ a Door-keeper until Monday next;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Howrea moved a leave of absence for Messrs. Craig and
Fildes from attendance to-day;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Reynolds moved that Mr. Plummer be excused from at-
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Mr. Snow moved that Mr. Perry be excused from attendance
until Saturday next;
"Which was agreed to.
Mr. McGrath moved that Mr. Potter, of Dade, be excused
from attendance for to-day;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Newsom moved a call of the House;
Which was agreed to.
The following members answered to their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel,-Ball, Bell, Bevill of Hamilton,
Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryan
of Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Carr,
Carroll, Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Cottrell,
Craig, Dougherty, Fildes, Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Goodbread,
Grady, Green, Griffin, Hall, Hinson, Howren, Ivey, Jenkins,
Lucas, Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, M'cCray, McCrary,
McGrath, McKinnon, McLellan, McMeekin, Nattiel, Neel,
Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Parker of Brevard, Perry, Plum-
mer, Pollock, Reynolds, Slaughter, Snow, Tippin, Tolbert,
Umstead, Welch, Whidden, Wilkinson, Williams of Bradford.
Williams of Baker, Zipperer-65.
A quorum present.
Mr. Dougherty moved that the Committee on Printing be
instructed to furnish one hundred copies of the Constitution
(in pamphlet form) for the use of the Assembly.
Mr. Cooper moved to refer the motion to Committee on
Printing;
Which was agreed to.
The Committee on Printing was ordered to report the cost
of printing these copies of the Constitution.
Mr. Cooper offered the following, and its adoption was
moved:
Resolved, That the Committee on Finance and Taxation be
instructed to inquire into the expediency of imposing a stamp
tax on legal and commercial instruments, such as wills, deeds
mortgages, bonds, notes, receipts, bills of lading and the like;
and also as to the expediency of requiring additional fees for
all proceedings in civil suits in the courts of this State, which
additional fees shall go to the State to assist in paying for the
maintenance of courts;
Which was agreed to.
The Speaker announced the following Joint Committee on
Constitutional Amendments, on the part of the Assembly:
Messrs. Bryan of Orange, Cooper of St. Johns, Miller of
Washington, Bevill of Hamilton, Conant of Duval, Dougherty
of Volusia, and Fildes of Alachua.



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Mr. Howren offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Joint. Committee on Constitutional
Amendments be enlarged so that it shall consist of four from
the Senate, and seven from the House, the Senate concurring;
Which was agreed to.
The following bills were introduced and placed among the
orders of the day:
By Mr. Griffin,
Assembly bill No. 39.
A bill to be entitled An act for the relief of B. W. Tedder.
Placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Miller:
Assembly bill No. 40:
To be entitled an act to give concurrent jurisdiction to the
courts of Walton and Washington counties over the waters of
Choctawhatchie-bay;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Reynolds:
Assembly bill No. 41:
To be entitled an act for the relief of Robert Funke, O. E.
Archer, James Somerville, Jeremiah Dynem, A. G. Andrews,
J. E. Russell, James A. Barnes and N. McCallum;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Tolbert:
Assembly bill No. 42:
To be entitled an act to amend Section 1, Chapter 3135, of
the Laws of Florida, entitled an act to keep in good repair the
public roads;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Jenkins:
Assembly bill No. 43:
To be entitled an act to amend an act to provide for the in-
corporation of cities and town;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Brown:
Assembly bill No. 44:
To be entitled an act for prohibiting selling of liquors to
minors;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. McCray:
Assembly bill No. 45:
To be entitled an act concerning registration in this State;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Perry:
Assembly bill No. 46:
To be entitled an act to prevent the selling, hiring, barter-
ing, lending or giving of fire-arms or other dangerous weapons
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to minors under eighteen years of age, or to persons of un-
sound mind;
Placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Green:
Assembly bill No. 47 :
To be entitled an act to levy a tax on neat cattle, sheep and
swine the property of non-residents;
Placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Dougherty:
Assembly bill No. 48:
To be entitled an act to amend an act to incorporate the Pro-
testant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Florida, approved
February 18, 1838;
Placed among the orders of the day.
Mr. Bevill of Hamilton introduced the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Committee on Claims be allowed to em-
ploy such clerical aid as they may need; clerk to be paid for
only the days that he is in the service of the said committee;
Which was adopted.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, Tallahassee, Fla., January 17, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SI--I am directed by the Senate to inform the Assembly
that the Senate has passed-
Senate bill No. 17, to be entitled an act concerning the
county site of Calhoun county; also,
That it has adopted Assembly memorial to the Congress of
the United States asking for an appropriation for the Apalach-
icola bay channel; also,
Memorial asking Congress for an appropriation to clean out
the Suwannee river from New Troy to Ellaville,
And respectfully request the concurrence of the Assembly
therein.
Very Respectfully,
W. H. BABCOCK,
Secretary of the Senate.
Which was read, and the Assembly memorial ordered to be
enrolled, and Senate bill No. 17 and Senate memorial placed
among the orders of the day.
Mr. McKinnon moved that a special committee of five be ap-
pointed to revise the road laws of this State;
Which was agreed to.
The Speaker announced the following special committee to
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Messrs. McKinnon, Ivey, McCrary, Marquis and Conant.
Mr. Marquis, Chairman of the Committee on Engrossed
Bills, made the following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, Fla., Jan. 17, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS.
Speaker of the Assembly :
'SIR: Your committee to whom was referred-
Assembly bill No. 16. to be entitled an act fixing the time of
holding the Circuit Court in the Third Judicial Circuit, and
Assembly Bill No. 12, to be entitled an act to regulate the
bringing of suits by married women; also,
A memorial to Congress to remove obstructions from Waca-
sassa and Wekiva rivers; also,
Memorial to Congress asking for the improvement of the
Withlacoochee river, in the State of Florida,
Beg leave to report that the same have been examined and'
found correctly engrossed.
Very respectfully,
GEORGE MARQUIS,
Chairman Committee on Engrossed Bills.
Which was read, and the engrossed bills placed among the
orders of the day.
Mr. Plummer, Chairman of the Committee on Commerce
and Navigation, made the following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 17, 1881.
HoN..J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR-Your Committee, to whom was referred-
Joint resolution asking an appropriation from Congress to
survey and open the Suwannee River from its mouth to Ella-
ville, Fla., at the mouth of the Withlacoochee,
Beg leave to report that they have had the same under ad-
visement, and recommend that it do pass.
J. W. V. I. PLUMMER. Chairman.
Which was read and placed among the orders of the day.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Memorial to Congress to remove obstructions from Wac a-
sassee and Wekiva Rivers,
Was read the third time and put upon its passage.
The vote was :
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Ball, Bell, Bevill of
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Bryan of Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova,
Carr, Carroll, Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Cot-
trell, Dougherty, Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Grady, Green, Griffin,
Hall, Howren, Ivey, Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis, Miller, Moore,
Morgan, McCray, McCrary, McGrath, McKinnon, McLellan,
McMeekin, Nattiel, Neel, Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Parker of
Brevard, Perry, Plummer, Pollock, Reynolds, Robinson,
Slaifghter, Snow, Tippin, Tolbert, Umstead, Welch, Whidden,
Wilkinson, Williams of Bradford, Williams of Baker, Zip-
perer-65.
Nays-None.
So the memorial passed, title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Memorial to Congress asking an appropriation for the im-
provement of the Withlacoochee River, in the State of Florida,
Was read the third time and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Ball, Bell, Bevill of
Hamilton, Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown. Bryan ot Orange,
Bryan of Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Cano-
va, Carr, Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Cottrell,
Dougherty, Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Grady, Green, Griffin, Hall,
Howren, Ivey, Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis, Miller, Moore, Mor-
gan, McCray, McCrary, McGrath, McKinnon, McLellan, Mc-
Meekin, Nattiel, Neel, Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Parker of
Brevard, Perry, Plummer, Pollock, Reynolds, Slaughter, Snow,
Tippin, Tolbert, Umstead, Welch, Whidden, Wilkinson, Wil-
liams of Bradford, Williams of Baker, Zipperer-65,
Nays-None.
So the memorial passed, title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Assembly bill No. 12:
An act to regulate the bringing of suits by married women;
Was read the third time and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Ball, Bell, Bevill of Ham-
ilton.Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryaa
ot Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Carr,
Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Cottrell, Friar, Getzen, Gibbs,
Grady, Green, Howren, Ivey, Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis, Miller,
Moore, Morgan, McCray, McCrary, McGrath, McKinnbn, Mc-
McLellan, McMeekin, Nattiel, Neel, Newsom, Parker of Taylor,
Parker of Brevard, Perry, Plummer, Pollock, Re. nolds, Slaugh-
ter, Snow, Tippin, Tolbert, Umstead, Welch, Whidden, Wil-
liams of Bradford, Williams of Baker, Zipperer-(0.
Nays-Messrs. Conant, Hall, Wilkinson-3.
So the bill passed, title as stated.









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Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
The following resolution was read the second time:
Joint Resolution to Congress, asking an appropriation to
open the Suwannee river, and ordered engrossed for a third
reading.
BILLS ON FIRST READING.
Assembly bill No. 48;
"Was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Assembly bill No. 47;
Was referred to the Committee on Finance and Taxation.
Assembly bill No. 46;
Was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Assembly bill No. 45;
Was referred to the Committee on Privileges and Elec-
tions.
Assembly bill No. 44;
Was referred to the Special Committee on Temperance.
Assembly bill No. 43;
Was referred to the Committee on City and County Organi-
zations.
Assembly bill No. 42;
Was referred to the Committee on the Revision of the Road
Laws.
Assembly bill No. 41;
Was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Assembly bill No. 40;
Was referred to the Committee on Commerce and Naviga-
tion.
Assembly bill No. 39;
Was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Senate bill No 17 :
To be entitled an act concerning county site of Calhoun
county;
Was referred to the Committee on City and County Organ-
izations.
Senate memorial asking an appropriation by Congress to
clear and open the Suwannee river from New Troy to Ella-
ville ;
Was referred to the Committee on Commerce and Naviga-
tion.
The Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills made the following
report:







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ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 17, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: The Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills beg leave to
report that they have examined Senate bill No. 5, to be enti-
tled an act to authorize Dunlap F. Judah, of Pensacola, to take
charge of and control his own estate, and find it correctly en-
rolled.
Respectfully,
H. L. GRADY,
Chairman Assembly Committee.
J. C. WALKER,
Chairman Senate Committee.
Which was read.
Also,
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 17, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS:
Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: The Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills beg leave to
report that they have examined-
Senate bill No. 4, an act to authorize commissioners to swear
witnesses and legalizing oaths heretofore administered by them,
and find it. correctly enrolled.
Respectfully,
H. L. GRADY,
Chairman Assembly Committee.
J. C. WALKER,
Chairman Senate Committee.
Which was read.
The following Senate bills were signed by the Hon. J. J.
Harris, Speaker of the Assembly, and Win. Forsyth Bynum,
Chief Clerk:
Senate bill to be entitled an act to authorize Dunlap F. Ju-
dah, of Pensacola, to take charge of and control his estate.
Also,
Seante bill to be entitled an act to authorize commissioners
to swear witnesses and legalizing oaths heretofore administer
by them.
On motion of Mr. McCray, the Assembly adjourned until to-
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TUESDAY, January 18, 1881.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, 4essrs. Angel, Bell, Bevill of Hamilton, Bevill
of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryan of Hills-
borough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Carr, Carroll,
Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Cottrell, Craig,
Dougherty, Fildes, Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Grady, Green, Grif-
fin, Hall, Hinson, Howren, Ivey, Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis,
Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCray, McCrary, McGrath, McKin-
non, McLellan, McMeekin, McMillan, Nattiel, Neel, Newsom,
Parker of Taylor, Parker of Brevard, Pollock, Potter, Rey-
nolds, Slaughter, Snow, Spear, Tippin, Tooke, Tolbert, Um-
stead, Welch, Whidden, Wilkinson, Williams of Bradford, Wil-
liams of Baker and Zipperer--0.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Rev. Dr. Carter, Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Hall, the reading of yesterday's journal
wvas dispensed with.
The following memorials were introduced:
By Mr. Marquis:
A memorial to Congress asking an appropriation for the im-
provement of LaGrange bayou, in Walton county;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Green:
A memorial to Congress for an appropriation for clearing
,out and making more navigable the Choctawhatchic river;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
Mr. McKinnon offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the clerical aid allowed the several commit-
tees of this Assembly be allowed pay only for the time actually
employed by said committees, the chairman of each committee
,certifying to the same;
Which was agreed to.
The following bills were introduced:
By Mr. Moore:
Assembly bill No. 49:
To be entitled an act to authorize W. H. and D. N. Cone to
establish and maintain a toll bridge across the Suwannee
river;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
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To be entitled an act to define the boundary line between
Leon and Jefferson counties:
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Dougherty:
Assembly bill No. 51:
To be entitled an act to incorporate the Qrange Ridge, De-
Land and Atlantic Railroad Company;
"Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Bryan of Hillsborough:
Assembly bill No. 52 :
To be entitled an act to prevent wanton injury to animals,
and to repeal Chapter 1846, entitled an act for the better pro-
tection of animals running at large," approved January 27th.
1871;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Welch:
Assembly bill No. 53:
' To be entitled an act for the better protection of cattle and
other stock;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
Also:
Assembly No. 54:
To be entitled an act to prohibit certain judicial and execu-
tive officers from demanding and receiving payment of costs in
certain cases;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
HILLS AND MEMORIALS ON TIIIR)D READING.
Joint resolution asking Congress for an appropriation to
survey and open the Suwannee river from its mouth to Ella-
ville, Fla.
The following was the vote:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Ball, Bell, Bevill ol'
Hamilton, Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange,
Bryan of Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova.
Carr, Carroll, Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Cottrell, Craig,
Dougherty, Fildes, Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Green, Griffin, Hall.
Hinson, Ivey, Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan,
McCray, McCrary, McGrath, McKinnon, McLellan, McMeekin,
McMillan, Nattiel, Neel, Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Parker of
Brevard, Pollock, Potter, Reynolds, Slaughter, Snow, Spear,
Tippin, Tooke, Tolbert, Ulmstead, Welch, Whidden, Wilkin-
son, Williams of Bradford, Williams of Baker, Zipperer-67.
Nays-None.
So the memorial was adopted and ordered to be certified to
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Senate bill No. 16,
A bill to be entitled An act fixing the time of holding the
Circuit Courts in ihe Third Judicial Circuit,
"Was read the third time and put upon its passage.
The following was the vote:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Ball, Bell, Bevill of
Hamilton, Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange'
Bryan of Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova,
Carr, Carroll, Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Cottrell,
Craig, Dougherty, Fildes, Friar, Getzen, Gibbs, Grady, Green,
Griffin, Hall, Hinson, Ivey, Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis, Miller,
Moore, Morgan, McCray, McCrary, McGrath, McKinnon,
McLellan, McMeekin, McMillan, Nattiel, Neel, Newsom, Parker
of Taylor, Parker of Brevard, Pollock, Potter, Reynolds,
Slaughter, Snow, Spear, Tooke, Tolbert, Ulmstead, Welch,
"Whidden, Wilkinson, Williams of Bradford, Williams of
Baker, Zipperer-68.
Nays-None.
So the bill passed, title as stated, and was ordered to be cer-
tified to the Senate.
Mr. Cooper, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, made
the following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 18, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: Your committee to whom was referred-
Assembly bill No. 34, to be entitled an act for the redemp-
tion of lands sold for taxes and to quiet titles therefore,
Beg leave to report said bill back to the Assembly and rec-
ommend that it be printed.
Very respectfully,
C. M. COOPER,
Chairman Judiciary Committee.
Also the following:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 18, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: Your committee to whom was referred-
Senate bill No. 6, to be entitled an act to amend Chapter
1986 of the Laws of Florida, being an act entitled an. act to
amend Section 3, Chapter 8, of an act to provide for the punish-
ment of crime and proceedings in criminal cases, approved Feb-
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Beg leave to report that they have examined said bill and
recommend that the same do not pass.
Very respectfully,
C. M. COOPER,
Chairman Judiciary Committee.
Also the following:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 18, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: Your-committee to whom was referred-
Assembly bill No. 35, to be entitled an act to prohibit the
sale of intoxicating liquors within six miles of Williams' camp
ground in Escambia county,
Beg leave to report said bill back to the Assembly, and ask
that it be referred to the Committee on Temperance.
Very respectfully,
Q. M. COOPER,
Chairman Judiciary Committee.
Also the following:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, Jan. 18, 1881.
HoN. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR-Your committee to whom was referred-
Assembly bill No. 38, entitled an act for the relief of maimed
or crippled men,
Beg leave to report that they have examined said bill, and
are compelled to recommend that it do not pass, as it makes a
discrimination in taxation, which is required to be uniform.
Very respectfully,
C. M. COOPER,
Chairman Judiciary Committee.
Also the following:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, Jan. 18, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR-Your committee to whom was referred-
Assembly bill No. 25, entitled an act to authorize the adop-
tion of a child by Martin L. Douglas and Martha J. Douglas,
and to change the name of said child,
Beg leave to report that they have examined said bill; that
there is nothing to prevent any person from adopting any child
and obtaining the guardianship thereof under proper circum-







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stances from the proper court; the rules of inheritance are pre-
scribed by the general statutes of the State,,and any person
wishing to make other disposition of his property can do so by
will; a special act to change the name of any person is prohib-
ited by the Constitution; wherefore, your committee recom-
mend that said bill do not pass.
They also beg leave to report that they have examined Sen-
:ate bill No. 20, entitled an act to make Usay Smith an heir-at-
law of R. W. Nelson, and for like reasons recommend that said
bill do not pass. Very respectfully,
C. M. COOPER,
Chairman Judiciary Committee.
Which were read and the bills reported therein placed among
the orders of the day.
Mr. Plummer, Chairman of the Committee on Commerce and
Navigation, made the following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, Jan. 18, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR-The Committee on Committee on Commerce and Navi-
gation, to whom was referred-
A bill entitled an act to grant to A. M. McMillan the right
to straighten the stream known as Little and Big Pine Barren,
in Escambia county, beg leave to report that they have consid-
ered the same, and recommend the adoption of the accompany-
ing substitute entitled an act to grant to A. M. McMillan the
right to straighten, clear and improve the creek known as Big
Pine Barren Creek in Escambia county, Florida.
Very respectfully,
J. W. V. R. PLUMMER,
Chairman.
Also the following:
ASSEMBLY HALL, January 18, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIs,
Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: The Standing Committee on Commerce and Naviga-
tion having considered a bill to be entitled An act to give con-
current jurisdiction in the courts of Walton and Washington
counties over the waters of the Choctawhatchee bay, referred to
them, beg leave to report the same back, and recommend that
it do pass. Very respectfully,
J. W. V. R. PLUMMER,
Chairman.
Which were read and the bills placed among the order of the
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Mr. Moore, Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture,
made the following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 18, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: Your committee to whom was referred Assembly bill
No. 29, entitled An act for the benefit of sheep raisers and the
protection of sheep and other stock against dogs, by making
the owners of the dogs responsible for the depredations of
their dogs, beg leave to report that they have had the same
under consideration and recommend that it do pass, with the
following amendment to the title of said bill, viz.: Strike out
all after the words against dogs" in the title of said bill.
Very respectfully,
W. R. MOORE,
Chairman.
Which was read and the bill placed among the orders of the
day.
Mr. McMeekin, Chairman of the Committee on Railroads
and Canals, made the following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 17, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: Your Committee on Railroads and Canals, to whom
was referred Assembly bill No. 7, entitled Amendment to an
act approved February 19, 1874, to establish and keep in good
repair the public roads and highways of this State, beg leave
to return the same, and request that it be referred to the
Special Committee for the revision of the road laws.
Very respectfully,
F. M. MOMEEKIN,
Chairman.
Which was read and the bill placed among the orders of the
day.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, Tallahassee, January 18, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform the Assembly
that the Senate has passed--
Senate bill No. 25, to be entitled an act in relation to the
punishment of crimes and misdemeanors; also,
Memorial relating to the introduction of certain fish into the
waters of this State; also,








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That Messrs. Mallory, Speer, Walker and Cole have been
appointed on the Joint Committee on Constitutional Amend-
ments on the part of the Senate; also,
That the Senate has appointed Messrs. Walker and Crill to
act with a similar committee of the Assembly on Enrolled
Bills; also,
That the Senate has referred the memorial of the Florida
Conference, on the subject of temperance, to a special joint
committee, to be composed of three from the Senate and five
from the Assembly.
Very respectfully,
W. H. BABCOCK,
Secretary of the Senate.
Which was read and the accompanying bill and memorial
placed among the orders of the day.
Mr. Marquis, Chairman of the Committee on Engrossed Bills,
made the following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 18, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: Your Committee on Engrossed Bills, to whom was re-
ferred-
Joint resolution asking an appropriation from Congress to
survey and open Suwannee river, from its mouth to Ellaville,
Fla., at the mouth of the Withlacoochee,
Beg leave to report that the same has been examined and
found correctly engrossed.
Very respectfully,
GEO. MARQUIS,
Chairman Commitee.
Which was read and the accompanying joint resolution
placed among the orders of the day.
Mr. Bevill of Hamilton, Chairman of the Committee on
Claims, made the following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 18, 1881.
HON. J. J. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: Your committee to whom was referred-
Assembly bill No. 15, to be entitled an act for the relief of
Frederick N. Foy, Tax Collector for Marion county, in this









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State, beg leave to rei)ort that they have examined the same
and recommend that the said bill do pass.
Very respectfully,
R. J. BEVILL, Chairman.
L. E. SNow,
R. E. BELL,
W. T. CRAIG,
W. J. MCGRATH,
Committee on Claims.
Wbich was read and the accompanying bill placed among
the others of the day.
Mr. Reynolds, Chairman of the Committee on Printing,
made following report:
ASSEMBLY HALL, Tallahassee, January 18, 1881.
Hox. J. J. HAauIs,
Speaker of the Assembly :
Sin: The Committee on Public Printing, in compliance
with instructions from the Assembly, report that this commit-
tee applied to Mr. C. E. Dyke to ascertain the cost of printing
100 copies of the Constitution of Florida, (in pamphlet form,)
and was informed that it was impracticable to print the same
at present, owing to the necessity of attaching thereto recent
constructions of the Supreme Court, and press of other work.
Respectfully, C. S. R.EYNOLDS, Acting Chairman.
Which was read and ordered spread upon the journal.
BILLS ON SECOND IRADTINI.
Assembly bill No. 29 :
The Committee on Agriculture offered an amendment to the
title of the bill.
The bill was read the second time.
Mr. Conapt moved to amend by striking out all the first sec-
tion after the last mention of the word dog." where it occurs
the second time.
The amendment was adopted.
Mr. Cooper moved to amend as follows:
Strike out the word out," and insert for after the word
" sued," in second section;
Which amendment was adopted.
Mr. Cooper also moved to amend as follows:
Strike out all after so established," in second section;
Which amendment was adopted.
The bill was ordered engrossed as amended for third reading
on to-morrow.
Assembly bill No. 40.









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Was read the second time and ordered ito be engrossed for a
third reading to-morrow.
Assembly bill No. 23,
A bill to be entitled An act to grant to A. M. McMillan the
right toltraighten, clear and improve the streams known as
Little and Big Pine Barren, in Escambia county,
"Was reported back by the Committee on Commerce and
Navigation, with a substitute.
Mr. Conant moved to postpone to this day two weeks;
"Which was not agreed to.
Mr. Dougherty moved to recommit the bill to the Judiciary
Committee;
Which was agreed to.
Assembly bill No. 7,
A bill to be entitled An act to amend an act to keep in re-
pair the roads and highways of the State, approved February
19, 1874.
Referred to Committee on Public roads.
Assembly bill No. 34:
To be entitled An act for the redemption of lands sold for
taxes and to quiet titles,
Was reported back by Committee on Judiciary, who recom-
mended that 100 copies be printed;
Which was agreed to.
Assembly No. 25:
To be entitled an act to authorize the adoption of a child by
M. L. and M. J. Douglass,
Was reported back by Committee on Judiciary, who recom-
mended that the bill do not pass.
Mr. Dougherty moved that the bill be indefinitely post-
poned;
Which was agreed to.
Assembly bill No. 38:
Which was reported on unfavorably by Judiciary Committee.
Mr. Dougherty moved that the bill be indefinitely postponed;
Which was agreed to.
Assembly bill No. 35:
Which was referred to the Committee on Temperance.
Assembly bill No. 15:
To be entitled An act for the relief of Frederick N. Foy,
Tax Collector of Marion county.
Reported back by Committee on Claims, with a recommenda-
tion that it do pass.
Mr. Cooper moved that further consideration of this bill be
postponed until day after to-morrow
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To be entitled an act to amend Section 3, Chapter 8, of an
act to punish crime, approved February 3, 1874.
On motion of Mr. Cottrell, the further consideration of this
bill was postponed until to-morrow.
Senate bill No. 20 : V
To be entitled an act to make Usay Smith heir-at-law of R.
W. Nelson.
Reported back by Judiciary Committee, with recommenda-
dation that it do not pass.
Mr. Dougherty moved that the bill be indefinitely post-
poned;
Whi6h was agreed to.
Mr. McCray moved that Mr. Gibbs be excused from at-
tendance until Thursday morning.
Agreed to.
Mr. Green moved that Messrs. Robinson and Watson be ex-
cused until to-morrow.
Agreed to.
Mr. Bryan of Orange moved that the Assembly do now pro-
ceed to vote for the election of a United States Senator from
Florida for the term of office which will expire March 4, 1887;
Which was agreed to.
The Speaker at 12 o'clock M. announced the election of
United States Senator now in order.
Mr. Cottrell nominated the Hon. Charles W. Jones of
Escambia.
Mr. Conant nominated the Hon. William M. Ledwith of
Duval.
T:e vote was:
For Charles W. Jones-Mr. Speaker,-Messrs. Bell, Bevill of
Hamilton, Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Bryan of Orange, Bryan
of Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova,
Cason, Clark, Cooper, Cottrcll, Craig, Dougherty, Fildes,
Friar, Getzen, Gr dy, Green, Griffin, HIinson, Howren, Ivey,
Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCrary, McKinnon,
McClellan, McMeekin, McMillan, Neal, Newsom, Parker of
Taylor, Parker of Brevard, Reynolds, Slaughter, Snow, Speer,
Tippin, Tooke, Tolbert, Ulmstead, Welch, Whidden, Williams
of Bradford, Willia-ns of B:ker and Zipperer-52.
For William M. Ledwith--Messrs. Angel, Ball, Brown, Carr,
Carroll, Coleman, Conant, Gibbs, Hall, Jenkins, Lucas,
McCray, McGrath, Nattiel, Pollock. Potter and Wilkinson-17.
The Speaker announced that the Hon. Charles W. Jones had
received a inijority of all the votes cast
On motion of lMr. Cottrell, the Assembly adjourned until
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WEDNESDAY, January 19, 1881.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Ball, Bell, Bevill of Hamilton,
Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bryan of
Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova, Carr,
Cason, Clark, Coleman, Cooper, Conant, Cottrell, Dougherty,
Fildes, Friar, Getzen, Grady, Green, Griffin, Hall, Howien, Ivey,
Jenkins, Lucas, Marquis, Miller, Moore, Morgan, McCray, Mc-
Crary, McGrath, McKinnon, McLellan, McMeekin, McMillan;
Nattiel, Neel, Newsom, Parker of Taylor, Parker of Brevard,
Pollock, Reynolds, Slaughter, Snow, Speer, Tippin, Tooke,
Tolbert, Umstead, Watson, Welch, Whidden, Wilkinson, Will-
iams of Bradford, Williams of Baker and Zipperer--0.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Carter, Chaplain of the Assembly.
On motion of Mr. Green, t..e reading of the journal was
dispensed with.
On motion of Mr. Dougherty, Mr. Conant was excused in-
definitely.
Mr. Angel moved that Mr. Pott.r be excused until to-mor-
row;
Which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Watson, Mr. Robinson was indefinitely
excused.
Mr. McKinnon moved that the vote taken on yesterday on
a bill to be entitled an act to make Usay Smith heir-at- law of
R. W. Nelson be reconsidered ;
Which was plauad among the orders of the day for to-mor-
row.
Mr. Fildes moved a reconsideration of the vote by which
the following resolutions passed the Assembly yesterd-y:
"&'Resolved, That the clerical aid allowed the several com-
mittees of this Assembly be allowed pay only for the time
actually employed by said committees, the chairman of each
committee certifying to the same;"
And offered the following in lieu thereof:
Resolved, That all clerks employed by the several commit-
tees receive pay for'their services from the date of their em-
ployment by said committees until they are discharged, the
chairman of each committee certifying to the same;
Which was placed among the orders of the day for to-morrow.
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expressed. was introduced and referred to the Committee on
Militia.
The following bills were introduced'and:placed among the
orders of the day:
By Mr. Snow :
Assembly bill No. 55.
To be entitled An act to provide for the surrender of muni-
cipal franchises by cities and towns.
By Mr. Fildes:
Assembly bill No. 58,
To be entitled An act to repeal Chapter 3,128, being an act
in relation to the issue and service of criminal process in cer-
tain cases without payment of fees;
Also.
Assembly bill No. 59,
To be entitled An act for the payment of costs adjudged
against the State of Florida by the Supreme Court;
Also,
Assembly bill No. 56,
To be entitled An act to provide for levying the per centage
rate of taxation upon the assessed valuation of taxable prop-
erty of the State.
By Mr. Speer:
Assembly bill No. 57,
To be entitled An act for the relief of indigent maimed
sailors and soldiers.
By Mr. Williams of Bradford:
Assembly bill No. 63,
To be entitled An act to authorize Irvin Johns to erect a
mill dam across the Sampson River Creek. and to back water
on certain swamp and overflowed lands.
By Mr. Watson :
Assembly bill No. 61,
To be entitled An act for the relief of Meredith B. Abernathy.
Mr. Tolbert introduced bill No. 60:
To be entitled an act to authorize Hiram Wilson, a minor, of
Columbia county, to take charge of and control his estate.
Mr. Whidden introduced bill No. 62:
To be entitled an act for the relief of Walter L. Tresea :
Which were placed among the orders of the day.
Senate bill No. 6,
Was read the second time and recommitted to the Commit-
tee on Judiciary.
Assembly bill No. 49,
Which was read the first time and referred to the Committee
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Assembly bill No. 50,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Corporations.
Assembly bill No. 51,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Railroads.
'Upon a suspension of the rules, Mr. Bryan of Orange intro..
duced the following resolution:
Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That a
joint committee of three from the Senate and seven from the
Assembly be appointed on Temperance;
Which was adopted.
Assembly bill No. 52,
Was read the first time and referred to the -Committee on
Judiciary.
SAssembly bill No. 53,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Judiciary.
Assembly bill No. 54,
SWas read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Judiciary.
Assembly bill No. 55,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
4Cities and Towns.
Assembly bill No. 56,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Finance and Taxation.
Assembly bill No. 57,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Finance and Taxation.
Assembly bill No. 58,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Judiciary.
Mr. Marquis: Chairman of the Committee on Engrossed
Bills, made the following report:
AssEMBLY IHALL, Tralahasssee, Jan. 19, 1881.
HON. J. .1. HARRIS,
Speaker of the Assembly:
SiR: Your Committee on Engrossed Bills, to whom was re-
ferred-
Bill No. 29, to be entitled an act for the protection of sheep
and other stock, and for the benefit of stock raisers; also,
"B':ill No. 40, to be entitled an act to.give concurrent jurisdic-
ti6o to the courts of Walton and Washington counties over
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Beg leave to report that they have examined the same, and
find them correctly engrossed.
GEO. MARQUIS, Chairman.
Which was read and the accompanying bills placed among
the orders of the day.
Assembly bill No. 59,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Judiciary.
Assemby bill No. 60,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Judiciary.
Assembly bill No. 61,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Claims.
Assembly bill No. 63,
Was read the first time and referred the Committee on Cor-
porations.
Assembly memorial to Congress, asking for the improve-
ment of the navigation of Lagrange Bayou in Walton county,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Commerce and Navigation.
Senate bill No. 25,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Judiciary.
Senate memorial No. 6,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on
Fisheries.
Assembly bill No. 29,
Was read the third time and Mr. Cooper offered the follow-
ing amendment:
Strike out established where it occurs first in second sec-
tion and word "so be stricken out before "established in
last line;
Which was adopted.
Mr. Brown offered the following amendment:
Provided, That the sheep or other animals at the time of
said damages shall not be upon the enclosed premises of the
owner of the dog, which sheep or other animals shall have
made an entrance upon said enclosed premises by force, and in
such cases the owner of the dog or dogs doing said damage
shall not be held responsible for said damages;
Which Mr. Cooper moved to lay on the table;
Which was carried by the following vote:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Angel, Ball, Bell, Bevill of Haim-
ilton. Bevill of Sumter, Bigham, Brown, Bryan of Orange, Bry-
an 1f Hillsborough, Bryant of Polk, Butler, Byrne, Canova,





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