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A Journal of the proceedings of the House of Representatives of the ... session of the Legislature of the State of Florida
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Title: A Journal of the proceedings of the House of Representatives of the ... session of the Legislature of the State of Florida
Alternate Title: House journal
Caption title: Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of Florida
Physical Description: v. : ; 23 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida -- Legislature. -- House of Representatives
Publisher: Florida
s.n.
Place of Publication: S.l
Manufacturer: N.M. Bowen
Publication Date: April-June 1887
Copyright Date: 1887
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Subjects / Keywords: Legislative journals -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Genre: government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
serial   ( sobekcm )
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Additional Physical Form: Electronic reproduction of copy from George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida also available.
General Note: At head of title: House journal.
General Note: Description based on: Extra session (1889).
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 12901225
alephbibnum - 003417932
electronic_aleph - 003317845
electronic_oclc - 60745909
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System ID: UF00027834:00001
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Preceded by: Journal of the proceedings of the Assembly of the State of Florida, at its ... session
Succeeded by: Journal of proceedings of the House of Representatives of the Legislature of the State of Florida

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Full Text





HOUSE JOURNAL.



A JOURNAL

OF THE

PROCEEDINGS

OF THEr


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

OF TIll

FIRST LEGISLATURE,

OF' TiHE


STATE OF FLORIDA,
Held Under Vte Constitution Adopted by the Convention of 1885.

BIHtUN AND IHEhi) A' 77'IE (,AP11TOL, IV TVIE CITY OP
TALLAIIASREE. OX TUESDAT, APRIL 5188,7.


SAMUEL PASCO (of .Jefferson), SPEAKER..
WM. H. REYNOLDS (of Polk), CHIEF CLERK.


TALLAIIASSEE, FLA.
N. M. BOWEN, State Printer.
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JOURNAL
Of the House of Representatives of the First Session of the
Legislature, under the Constitution of A. D. 1885, begun
and held at the Capitol, in the City of Tallahassee, in
the State of Florida, on Tuesday, the 5th day of April,
A. D. 1887, being the day fixed by the Constitution of the
State of Florida for the meeting of the Legislature.



TUESDAY, April 5, 1887.

The House of Representatives was called to order by W. H.
Reynolds, former Chief Clerk of the Assembly.
Mr. Campbell moved that W. H. Reynolds be elected tem-
porary Clerk;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Daniels moved that the roll of counties be called;
Which was agreed to.
The roll of counties being called, the following list of mem-
bers, furnished and certified by the Secretary of State, an-
swered to their names:
From the county of Alachua-R. H. Hall, W. M. Blitch and
H. G. Mason.
From the county of Baker-Walter A. Drake.
From the county of Bradford-Jerry M. Johns and C. W.
Douglass.
From the county of Brevard-Riley Johnson.
From the county of Calhoun-John H. McClellan.
From the county of Clay-William Wilson.
From the county of Columbia-James O. Farnell, George
P. Jones and John W. Tompkins.
From the county of Duval-T. V. Gibbs, J. H. Anderson,
S. Anderson and Jacob S. Parker.
From the county of Dade-J. William Ewan.
From the county of Escambia-A. C. Tippin, J. T. Fillin-
gin and P. H. Davidson, Jr.
From the county of Franklin-Henry C. Hicks.
From the county of Gadsden-Henry.H. Spear, Samuel H.
Strom and Matthew B. Floyd.











From the county of Hillsborough-William A. Belcher and
John W. Matchett.
From the county of Hernando-F. E. Saxon and J. F.
Latham.
From the county of Holmes-C. R. Kelly.
From the county of Hamilton-James M. Duncan and Wil-
liam L. Peeples.
From the county of Jackson-Thomas E. Clarke, Henry C."
Neel and William J. Daniels.
From the county of Jefferson-Samuel Pasco, W. B. Lamar,
J. J. Willie and W. C. Thomas.
From the county of Levy-Newton A. Blitch and James L.
Cottrell.
From the county of Leon-Clinton Sneed, Samuel W. Fra-
zier, John W. Mitchell and \allace B. Carr.
From the county of Liberty-Thomas P. Shuler.
From the county of Lafayette-Thomas S. G6odbread.
From the county of Marion-Francis D. Pooser and Alonzo
P. Baskin.
From the county of Monroe-Charles Shavers.
From the county of Madison-James J. Walker, M. H.
Waring and Henry Haven.
From the county of Manatee-John C. Pelot.
From the county of Nassau-Benton G. Dyal and John J.
Upchurch.
From fthe county of Orange-George II. Brown and R. G.
Robinson.
From the county of Polk-U. A. Lightsby.
From the county of Putnam-,Thomas Hind and McKeen
Carleton.
From the county of Suwannee-B. F. Umstead and J. IS.
Newlan.
From the county of Sumter-M. W. D. Chapman and H. If.
Duncan.
From the county of Santa Rosa-John Rourke and John
Woods.
From the county of St. Johns-Earnest Washington and
Charles F. Perpall.
From the county of Taylor-James M, Hendry.
From the county of Volusia-C. F. A. Bielby.
From the county of Wakulla-Henry Clay Crawford.
From the county of Walton--Daniel Campbell and C. L.
McKinnon.
From the county of Washington-Walter R. Gainer.
A quorum present.
Mr. Hicks moved that the roll of counties be again c dled,











and the members present come forward and take the oath of
office;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Hicks moved that the Clerk appoint a committee to
wait on the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and request
him to administer the oath of office to the members;
Which was agreed to.
The Clerk appointed Messrs. Hicks, Ewan and Duncan, of
Hamilton, who, after a brief absence, returned to the House
with the Chief Justice and reported that they had discharged
their duty, and the committee were thereupon discharged.
The following members came forward and took the oath of
office prescribed by the Constitution before His Honor, Chief
Justice G. G. McWhorter, of the Supreme Court, to-wit:
Anderson, J. H., of Duval county.
Anderson, S., of Duval county.
Baskin, of Marion county.
Belcher, of Hillsborough county.
Bielby, of Volusia county.
Blitch, of Alachua county.
Blitch, of Levy county.
Brown, of Orange county.
Campbell, of Walton county.
Carleton, of Putnam county.
Carr, of Leon county.
Chapman, of Sumter county.
Clark, of Jackson county.
Cottrell, of Levy county.
Crawford, of Wakulla county.
Daniels, of Jackson county.
Davidson, of Escambia county.
Douglass, of Bradford county.
Drake, of Baker county.
Duncan, of Sumter county.
Duncan, of Hamilton county.
Dyal, of Nassau county.
Ew:n, of Dade county.
Farnell, of Columbia county.
Fillingin, of Escambia county.
Floyd, of Gadsden county.
Frazier, of Leon county.
Gainer, of Washington county.
Gibbs, of Duval county.
Goodbread, of Lafayette county.
Hall, of Alachua county.
Haven, of Madison county.
Hendry, of Taylor county.











Hicks, of Franklin county.
Hind, of Putnam county.
Johns, of Bradford county.
Johnson, of Brevard county.
Jones, of Columbia county.
Kelley, of Holmes county.
Lamar, of Jefferson county.
Latham, of Hernando county.
Lightsey, of Polk county.
McClellan, of Calhoun county.
McKinnon, of Walton county.
Mason, of Alachua county.
Matchett, of Hillsborough county.
Mitchell, of Leon county.
Neel, of Jackson county.
Newlan, of Suwafinee county.
Parker, of Duval county.
Pasco, of Jefferson county.
Peeples, of Hamilton county.
Pelot, of Manatee county.
Perpall, of St. Johns county.
Pooser, of Marion county.
Robinson, ot Orange county.
Rourke, of Santa Rosa county.
Saxon, of Hernando county.
Shavers, of Monroe county.
Shuler, of Liberty county.
Snead, of Leon county.
Spear, of Gadsden county.
Strom, of Gadsden county.
Thomas, of Jefferson county.
Tompkins, of Columbia county.
Tippin, of Escambia county.
Umstead, of Suwannee county.
Upchurch, of Nassau county.
Walker, of Madison county.
Waring, of Madison county.
Washington, of St. Johns county.
Willie, of Jefferson county.
Wilson, of Clay county.
Woods, of Santa Rosa county.
A quorum present.
On motion of Mr. Hicks, Mr. Pelot, of Manatee, was elect-
ed Speaker, pro tern.
On motion of Mr. Spear, Mr. Reynolds was chosen Clerk,
pro tern.










Mr. Campbell moved that the House proceed to the election
of Speaker;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Campbell nominated the Hon. 'Samuel Pasco, of Jeffer-
son, for permanent Speaker.
Mr. Bielby nominated Mr. Hind, of Putnam.
The vote was:
For Mr. Pasco-Messrs. Baskin, Belcher, Blitch of Alachua,
Blitch of Levy, Brown, Campbell, Chapman, Clarke, Cottrell,
Crawford, Daniels, Douglass, Drake, Duncan of Sumter,
Duncan of Hamilton, Dyal, Ewan, Farnell, Fillingin,Floyd,
Gainer, Goodbread, Hall, Haven, Hendry, Hicks, Hind, Johns,
Johnson, Jones, Kelley, Lamar, Latham, Lightsey, McClel-
lan, McKinnon, Mason, Matchett, Neel, Newlan, Pee-
ples, Pelot, Perpall, Pooser, Robinson, Rourke, Saxon, Shuler,
Spear, Strom, Thomas, Tippin, Umpstead, Upchurch, Walker,
Waring, Washington, Willie, Wilson andWoods-59.
For Mr. Hind -J. H. Anderson, S. Anderson, Bielby,
Carleton, Carr, Davidson, Frazier, Gibbs, Mitchell, Parker,
Shavers, Snead and Tompkins-13.
Mr. Bielby moved that the election of Mr. Pasco be made
unanimous;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Ewan moved that a committee of three be appointed to
conduct the Speaker to the chair;
Which was agreed to, and Messrs. Ewan, Campbell and
Carleton were appointed said committee.
On taking the chair Mr. Pasco made the following remarks:
Fellow members of the House of Representatives:
Were I to consider only my own comfort and convenience I
should hesitate before accepting this high and honorable office
you have just elected me to fill. It is attended with weighty
responsibilities which I would gladly avoid. But when I
agreed to act as a Representative of the People of Jefferson
county in this body, I made up my mind to work in whatever
position my fellow members should see fit to place me, in.
I have not in the past declined to serve the people in public
positions simply because the work was irksome and burden-
some, and I shall not now shrink from this call, which coming
from your action, I recognize as a call of duty.
It will be my chief aim as Presiding officer of this House to
'expedite the public business, and the work to be performed is
unusually large. Upon us will devolve the labor of putting
into effect such parts of the New Constitution as will require
Legislative action, and much will be expected of us in the dis-










charge of that duty for the same constituency elected a large
part of the membership of this body that gave to that instru-
ment a popular majority of more than 10,000.
The Constitution of 1885 is here in the hands of its friends,
and we shall be expected to shape its provisions so as to ac-
complish all that the Convention planned, and all that the peo-
ple anticipated from it when they voted for its ratification.
This work is all in addition to the usual business that our
State Legislatures haive to discharge in their regular biennial
sessions; and we are to be governed by the same Constitution-
al limit as to the length of the session that has controlled our
predecessors.
We must commence diligently, and work industriously, or
go home at the close of our session to a disappointed constit-
uency to report and make excuses for our shortcomings. Be
assured, gentlemen, that I will do my utmost to assist your
efforts in this direction, so that we may carry on our work to
a successful and satisfactory completion.
I shall strive to discharge my duties.as Speaker with entire
impartiality. I know that I shall have your cordial assistance
and co operation; the manner in which you have elected me is
a sufficient assurance of this, and without it I would not at-
tempt to fill this position.
I realize that it is a distinguished honor to be elected to the
highest office in your gift by you as representatives of the
people of the entire State, and its acceptance is made particu-
larly pleasing because it has come by your voluntary action,
unasked for and unsought.
It will be among the pleasures of the future to recall what
you have done for me to-day, and to remember the generous
manner in which your confidence has been manifested.
And now, gentlemen, in humble dependence upon that
Divine Power which should influence our public'as well as our
private acts, let us proceed with the work of the session.
Mr. Hicks moved to proceed to the election of Chief Clerk;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Hicks nominated W. It. Reynolds, of Polk, for the po-
sition of Chief Clerk.
The roll being called, the vote was .
For Reynolds-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Anderson, J. H.,
Anderson, S., Baskin, lielcher, Bielby, Blitch of Alachua,
Blitch- of Levy, Brown, Campbell, Carleton, Chapman,
Clark, Cottrell, Crawford, Cromwell, Daniels, Davidson,
Douglass, Drake, Duncan of Sumter, Duncan of Hamilton,
Dyal, Ewan, Farnell, Fillingin, Floyd, Gainer, Gibbs, Good-
bread, Hall, Haven, Hendry, Hicks, Hind, Johns, Johnson,











Jones, Kelley, Lamar, Latham, Lightsey. McClellan, McKin-
non, Mason, Matchett, Neel, Newlan, Parker, Peeples, Pelot,
Perpall, Pooser, Robinson, Rourke, Saxon, Shavers, Shuler,
Snead, Spear, Strom, Thomas, Tompkins, Tippin, Umstead,
Upchurch, Walker, Waring, Washington, Willie, Wilson and
Woods-73.
For Stewart-Mr. Carr-1.
Mr. Reynolds having received the highest number of votes
was declared elected Chief Clerk.
Mr. Spear moved that the House proceed to the e section of
a Sergeant-at-Arms;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Spear nominated J. B. Sparrow.
Mr. Bielby nominated Mr. Geo. Count.
The vote was:
For John Sparrow-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baskin, Belcher,
Blitch of Alachua, Blitch of Levy, Brown, Campbell, Chap-
man, Clark, Cottrell, Crawford, Daniels, Douglass, Drake, Dun-
can of Sumter, Duncan of Hamilton, Dyal, Ewan, Farnell, Fillin-
gin, Floyd, Gainer, Goodbread, Haven, Hendry, Hicks, Johns,
Jones, Kelley, Latham, Lightsey, McClellan, McKinnon, Ma-
son, Matchett, Neel, Newlan, Peeples, Pelot, Perpall, Pooser,
Robinson, Rourke, Saxon, Shuler, Spear, Strom, Tippin, Um-
stead, Upchurch, Walker, Waring, Washington, Willie, Wil-
son and Woods-56.
For Geo. H. Count Messrs. Anderson J, H., Anderson S.,
Bielby, Carleton, Carr, Davidson, Frazier, Gibbs, Hall, Hind,
Mitchell. Parker, Shavers, Snead and Tompkins-15.
Mr. Sparrow having received the highest number of votes
was declared elected Sergeant at Arms.
On motion of Mr. Hicks, the House proceeded to the elec-
tion of Doorkeeper.
Mr. Hicks nominated G. W. Hinsey.
The vote was:
For G. W. Hinsey-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Anderson, J. H.,
Anderson, S., Baskin, Belcher. Bielby, Blitch of Alachua,
Blitch of Levy, Brown, Campbell, Carleton, Carr, Chapman,
Cottrell, Crawford, Daniels, Davidson, Douglass, Drake, Dun-
can of Sumter, Duncan of Hamilton, Dyal, Ewan, Fillingin,
Floyd, Gainer, Gibbs, Goodbread, Hall, Haven, Hendry,
Hicks, Hind, Johns, Johnson, Jones, Kelley, Latham, Lightsey,
Mason, Matchett, McClellan, Mitchell, Neel,'Newlan, Parker,
Pooser, Pelot, Perpall, Robinson, Rourke, Saxon, Shavers, Shu-
ler, Snead, Spear, Strom, Thomas, Tippin, Umpstead, Upchurch,
Walker, Waring, Washington, Willie, Wilson and Woods-66.
For Charles W. Jones-Messrs. Tompkins, Pooser and Mc-
Clellan-3.











Mr. Hinsey having received the highest number of votes
cast, was declared elected Doorkeeper.
On motion of Mr. Washington, the officers elected came for-
ward and were sworn in by the Speaker.
Mr. Ewan moved that a committee of three be appointed
to wait on the Senate and inform that body that the House of
Representatives is now organized and ready for business ;
Which was agreed to, and Messrs. Ewan, Saxon and Bielby
were appointed said committee.
Mr. Daniels moved that a committee of three be appointed to
wait on His Excellency, the Governor, and inform him that the
House of Representatives is now organized and ready for busi-
ness;
Which was agreed to, and Messrs. Daniels, Washington and
Hind were appointed said committee.
A committee of the Senate, consisting of Senators Bryan,
Walker, Jr., and Mann, appeared at the bar of the House and
announced that the Senate was organized and ready to proceed
to business.
On motion of Mr. Hicks, the House took a recess until three
o'clock P. M.



THREE O'CLOCK P. M.

The House resumed its session.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Anderson, J. H., Anderson, S., Bas-
kin, Bielby, Blitch of Levy, Brown, Campbell, Carleton,
Carr, Chapman, Clark, Cottrell, Crawford, Daniels, David-
son, Duncan of Sumter, Duncan of Hamilton, Dyal, Ewan,
Farnell, Fillingin, Floyd, Frazier, Gainer, Gibbs, Goodbread,
Hall, Haven, Hicks, Hind, Johns, Johnson, Jones, Kelley,
Latham, Lightsey, McKinnon, Matchett, Mitchell, Neel, New
lan, Parker, Peeples, Pelot, Perpall, Pooser, Saxonl, Shavers,
Snead, Spear, Strom, Thomas, Tippin, Umpstead, Upchurch,
Walker, Waring, Washington, Willie and Wilson.-60.
A quorum present.
.Mr. Campbell moved that the House proceed to complete its
organization by the election of an Assistant Clerk, Engross-
ing Clerk, Enrolling Clerk, Recording Clerk, and Sergeant-
at-Arms;
Which was agreed to.











Mr. Kelley nominated Mr. D. G. McLeod, of Walton, for
Assistant Clerk.
The vote was :
For Mr. McLeod-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. .. H. Anderson,
S. Anderson, Baskin, Belcher, Blitch or Levy, Brown,
Campbell, Carleton, Clark, Cottrell, Crawford, Dan-
iels, Davidson, Duncan of Sumter, Duncan of Hamilton,
Dyal, Ewan, Farnell, Fillingin, Floyd, Frazier, Gainer, Gibbs,
Goodbread, Hall, Haven, Hicks, Johns, Johnson, Jones, Kel-
ley, Latham, Lightsey, McClellan, McKinnon, Matchett,
Mitchell, Neel, Newlan, Peeples, Pelot, Perpall, Pooser, Robin-
son, Rourke, Shavers, Snead, Spear, Strom, Thomas, Tippin,
Umpstead, Upchurch, Walker, Waring, Willie, Wilson and
Woods-59.
Mr. McLeod having received all the votes cast, was declared
duly elected Assistant Clerk.
Mr. Umstead nominated B. F. Jackson, of Hernando, for
Recording Clerk.
Mr. B. F. Jackson was duly elected Recording Clerk.
Mr. Farnell nominated Mr. J. A. Colson for Engrossing
Clerk.
Mr. Spear moved that the remaining officers be elected viva
voce;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. J. A. Colson was unanimously elected Engrossing
Clerk.
Mr. Hicks nominated J. C. Clark for Enrolling Clerk, and
Mr. Clark was unanimously elected Enrolling Clerk.
Mr. McClellan nominated Nat R. Walker, of Wakulla, for
Reading Clerk.
Mr. Gihbs nominated Philip Walter.
The vote was:
For Mr. Walker-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baskin, Belcher,
Blitch of Alachua, Blitch of Levy, Brown, Campbell, Carr,
Chapman, Clark, Cottrell, Crawford, Daniels, Douglass, Drake,
Duncan of Sumter, Duncan of Hamilton. Dyal, Ewan, Farnell,
Fillingin, Floyd, Frazier, Gainer, Hall, Haven, Hendry, Hlicks,
Johns, Johnson. Jones, Kelley, Latham, Lightsey, McClellan,
McKinnon, Matchctt, Mitchell, Neel, Newlan, Peeples, Pelot,
Perpall, Pooser, Robinson, Rourke, Saxon, Shuler, Spear,
,Strom, Thomas, Tippin, Upchurch, W alker, Waring, Washing-
ton, Willie, Wilson and Woods-58..
For Mr. Walter-Messrs. Anderson, J. H., Anderson, S.,
Bielby, Carleton, Davidson, Gibbs, Hind, Parker*and Shav-
ers-9.
Mr. Walker having received the highest number of votes was
declared elected Heading Clerk.









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Mr. Thomas nominated J. L. Bryan for Assistant Sergeant-
at-Arms.
Mr. Bryan was unanimously elected Assistant Sergeant-at-
Arms.
A message was received from the Governor.
Mr. Ewan moved that the message-be received and read;
Which was agreed to, and the reading of the message com-
menced.
Mr. Ewan moved that the further reading of the message be
dispensed with, and that the message be spread upon the Jour-
nal, and 2,000 copies ordered printed for the use of the House;
Which was agreed to.














MESSAGE OF THE GOVERNOR.



EXECUTIVE OFFICE, L
TA'ALAHIASSEE, Fla., April 5, 1887.
To the Legiislature of the State of Florida :
The Constitution requires that The Governor shall com-
municate by message to the Legislature, at each regular ses-
sion, information concerning the condition of the State, and
recommend such measures as he may deem expedient."
This duty I will endeavor to discharge in as brief a manner
as possible.
It is a cause for congratulation that our State has, since the
adjournment of your last session, made such rapid advance-
ment, and that we are favored with so many signs of continued
.and increasing prosperity.
No better evidence could be presented of Florida's material
progress than is shown by her tax-rolls, however much those
rolls lack of exhibiting the full value of the taxable property
of the State. The aggregate of the tax lists for 1884 was
$60,042,655.00 ; for 1886, $76,611,409.00, showing an increase
in two years of $16,561,754.00, or over 27 per cent.; and that
notwithstanding the discouraging effects of the phenomenal
winter of 1885-6 upon one of our most important industries.
A striking illustration of the confidence which universally
timid capital has in Florida's future, and its reliance upon her
capabilities and development, is the marvelous increase which
two years have furnished in her transportation facilities. Re-
mote and almost inaccessible points have been brought within
easy distance of one another, and of the markets of our own
State and of the outside world.
The two years last past have witnessed the building and
equipment of more than five hundred miles of new, and the
renovation of as many miles of almost worse than useless old











road, thus substantially adding to first-class railroad facilities
fully one thousand miles. In no other equal time in the his-
tory of our State has such .progress been made in the import-
ant matter of trade and travel facilities so essential to the de-
velopment of the resources of our Commonwealth.
THE STATE DEBT.
The condition of our bonded indebtedness is shown by the
following table:
7 per cerft. bonds of 1871, amount issued............... $350,000.00
i per cent. bonds of 1873, amount issued............ .... 925,000.00
Original issue..................................... $1,275,000.00
Deduct bonds of 1871 in sinking fund....... 873,800.00
Deduct bonds of 1873 in sinking fund....... 145,000.00 218,800.00
$1,056,200.00
L)educt 7 per cent. bonds in School, Seminary
and Agricultural College Funds......... $128,400.00 ,
Deduct 6 percent. bonds in School, Seminary
and Agricultural College Funds......... 497,100.00 -625,500.00
Leaving outstanding in hands of individuals. .......... $430,700.00
Showing a decrease of amount outstanding in hands of
individuals during the past two years.............. $126,800.00
Did the State possess, as I think every State should always
reserve, the option of calling in her outstanding bonds, they
could in a short time be absorbed in, and furnish the very best
investment for, our different educational funds.
FINANCES.
I commend to your careful consideration the reports of the
Comptroller and Treasurer, which show in detail the receipts
and disbursements of the public revenue, and the healthy
financial condition of the State. I invite your attention to
their several recommendations. The Treasurer's recommend-
ation, that the law be so amended as to require an official
bond proportioned to the increased responsibility of that
officer, is in keeping with the purposes evinced by the new
Constitution in requiring bonds from all county officers. The
people are entitled to all the protection which substantial
official bonds can afford.
TAXATION.
Such a satisfactory increase in the assessment rolls would
have authorized a reduction of the rate of taxation for general










revenue, but for the great and growing increase of the expenses
of jurors and witnesses, expenses over which the Executive
and his Administrative officers can exercise no control, and the
additional expense imposed upon the State by the provision in
the new Constitution requiring the State, instead of the coun-
ties, to pay the costs and expenses in criminal cases when the
defendant is insolvent or discharged, a change which, I fear,
experience will demonstrate to be unwise, as leading to a
greater expenditure of public money and a corresponding in-
crease of burden upon the people, without any commensurate
benefit. The Constitution requires that you shall prescribe
such regulations as shall secure a just valuation of all property,
both real and personal, excepting such as may be exempted by
law." A valuation or assessment of property, for the purposes
of taxation, to be just, should be upon some basis of, uniform-
ity and equality throughout the. State. If regulations are
such that property in one county, or of one individual, can be
assessed and taxed at only one-half or two-thirds of its market
value, while that in another county, or of another individual,
is assessed and taxed at its market value, then those regula-
tions tall short of the constitutional requirement. I deem a
proper compliance with this mandate of the Constitution one
of the most important, although perhaps one of the most dif-
ficult, duties imposed upon you, for upon-its proper discharge
depends that fair and equal distribution of the burdens of gov-
ernment which every tax-payer has a right to demand. With
such regulations as will secure a just valuation of all taxable
property the tax rate might safely be reduced, notwithstand-
ing the increased expense which will devolve upon the State
under the new Constitution, but I dare not venture to recom-
mend a reduction at this time; but I suggest that, as at your
last session, you empower the Governor to reduce the tax, if
it be found possible to do so, and still continue upon a strict
cash basis.
STATE PRISON.
The condition of the State Prison is shown by the report of
the Adjutant-General. The prisoners are now kept at health-
ful labor and humanely cared for, without any burden whatever
upon the taxpayers. Their condition, health and treatment











have been subjects of watchful care on the part of the Com-
missioners of Public Institutions.
That there are objections to the leasing out system, as to
all other methods of disposing of the StaTe's prisoners, is
manifest, but it is doubtful if without imposing a heavy
burden upon the people there could be adopted a better system
of prison labor for our State at this time. Every practicable
precaution, however; should be used to keep out of the system
such abuses as have in some of the States attached to it so
much odium.
I concur with the Attorney General and the Adjutant Gen-
eral as to the necessity of adopting some system of punish-
ment and confinement qf young convicts different than for old
and hardened criminals.
THE INSANE ASYLUM.
For the details of the management and condition of this
institution and its inmates, I refer you to the report of the
Adjutant General and the Superintendent. The Commissioners
of State Institutions and the officials of the Asylum have
labored faithfully to accomplish the best possible results with
the limited means at their disposal. That it is not all 'hat
could be desired in an institution of the kind is freely admit-
ted, but year by year great improvements are being made at as
little additional cost to the people as possible.
EDUCATION.
Measured by the ordinary rule the cause of education and
public -chools in our State has kept pace with, if it has not
outrun, our material progress.
I commend to you, with no little pride and pleasure in the
advancement it exhibits, the report of the State Superintend-
ent of Public Instruction; from it one can see that in the
matter of public schools Florida is fast taking rank with some
of the foremost States.
The following shows the increase in number of schools and
of school attendance in the last two years:
Number of schools, "eptember 30, 1884......1,504
Number of schools September 30. 1885 ..... 1,724
Number of schools September 3l0, 1886......1,919











An increase in schools for 188( over 1885 of 105, and over 1884 of
415 schools.
The school attendance for 1881 was 58,311
The school attendance for 1885 was 62,327
The school attendance for 1886 was 70,997
An increase in 1885 over 1884 of 4,016 pupils. and an increase in 1886
over 1885 of 8,670, or an increase for two years of 12,686 in total at-
tendance.
But though our public school system is making such unimis-
takable progress, and is accomplishing great good, I am im-
pressed with the consciousness that it is not yet just what the
State needs; that by some means the training in our public
schools should have a more direct tendency to fit men and
women for the practical duties of their respective stations in
life. To this end there should be, I think, in our public
schools some other education than that obtained by the mere
conning of books.
It seems to me that the introduction into our school system
of some degree of manual training and industrial teaching will
tend to much more effectually make it an instrument of good
to the State. and it must be remembered that only upon the
theory that popular education is for the good of the whole
State can its support by general taxation bejustified. Whether
such industrial teachings should be confined to separate schools,
or made a part of the system applicable to all schools, is a
question deserving careful consideration. I am inclined to
favor the latter, for it seems more in harmony with the princi-
ple that whatever is supplied by general taxation becomes the
riglit of the many, and cannot, with justice, be converted into
a privilege of the few.
TEACHERS' INSTITUTES.
Through the zeal of the State Superintendent, and'the school
officials in the various counties, increased pride and interest
in their high calling has been engendered in the teachers, and
it is believed great good accomplished by the Institutes held
throughout the State.
NORMAL SCHOOLS.
Such an increased interest was manifested in these schools
in 1886, and consequently so much more benefit derived from
them than in the year preceding, as to give satisfactory assur-
ance that the expenditure for their maintenance is a wise one.
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THE FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL COL.LEOK.
The growth and prosperity of this institution is a subject in
which every citizen of Florida should feel a pride. Its condi-
tion is shown by the report of the Superintendent of Public
Instruction.
THE SEMINARIES.
From the same report will be seen the satisfactory progress
being made by the East Florida Seminary at Gainesville, and
the West Florida Seminary at Tallahassee.
THE INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND, DEAF AND DUMB.
Could the parents and guardians of the afflicted children for
whose instruction this Institute has been ,organized, know
what comforts and benefits the State has provided for this
class of unfortunates, there certainly would be no longer
occasion for complaint of the difficulty in gathering
together within its walls such blind, deaf and dumb
as are within the age prescribed by the statute. The condition
of this Institute is shown by the report of the Principal em-
braced in the report of the Superintendent of Public In-
struction.
INt IAN WAR CLAIM.
1 regret not being able to report an adjustment of the long
pending mutual accounts and demands between the State and
the United States.
A bill embracing the necessary legislation to tairly adjust
Small demIands and counter demands passed one branch of the
Congress recently ended, but unfortunately failed to become a
law. Thuso our hopes for such u settlement as will nt only reim-
burse the Slate for her exptuditures for account, it may be
said, of the United States, but at the same time untie a large
sum admitted to be due to our School Fund, as well as a large
amount due as swamp land indemnity, are necessarily deferred
until the next Congress. As this is to the State a matter of
vastly more importance than any other measure which has
been, or for a long time will be, before Congress, I hope such
instructions will be given to our Senators and Representatives
in Congress as will secure their zealous and united efforts in
its behalf.










It seems proper to observe that the claim before Congress
is exclusively the claim of the State to be. reimbursed
for money actually paid out by her. and embraces no un-
paid claim against the State; that any money realized
from the claim would go directly into the State Treasury, and
be as absolutely the State's money and at the State's disposal
as is the tax collected for general revenue, and not a dollar of
said money could be paid out except by legislative appropria-
tion.
No occasion then will exist for asking Congress to interpose,
as has been suggested, to prevent an improvident or improper
disposition of this money when realized, as long as any degree
of confidence can be placed in the competency and integrity of
The unpaid claims forservices referred to in Gov. M. S. Perry's
message to the General Assembly, of date December 9th, 1859,
Senate Journal, 1859, page 102, and which were the subject of
the report of the committee appointed under Chapter 3113,
Laws of Florida, printed in Assembly Journal, 1881, pige 291,
(which claims, as will be seen, have never been, but should be
finally adjusted,) are in no wise involved in or dependent upon
the State's claim, except that should the State realize her
claim against the United States it would enable her to pay
such of said claims as may upon proper proof and auditing be
found to be just, without imposing additional burden at this
time upon the taxpayers. Whether the State succeeds or fails
in her claim in no wise affects her liability or duty in regard
to these unpaid claims.
I further recommend that you advise our Senators and Rep-
resentatives in Congress, whether they shall endeavor to secure
an adjustment upon the basis of the bill which passed the
House of Representatives last Congress, or upon the basis of
the proposition to pay the State the sum of $92,648.09 in full.
settlement, which proposition my predecessor in office, on be-
half ot the State, rejected in 1884.
The wisdom of such rejection seeming not to be questioned,
but to have been acquiesced in by all, especially by the Legis-
lature of the State at its last session, it was reasonably be-
lieved that an effort should be made to get for the State a










more favorable adjustment. This occasioned the intro-
duction in, and passage through, the popular branch of
Congress of the bill first above referred to,' which,
beside providing for the payment to the State of the
said sum of $92,648.09 principal, provides for the payment of
interest thereon from 1856, and farther allows the State to
file additional testimony to establish her right to demand pay-
ment of items disallowed or suspended by the Secretary of
War, in his report upon the claim in 1882. to the amount of
$54,985.58.
It now appears that there is among our delegates in Con-
gress, and perhaps among others, a difference of opinion as to
whether the proposition by the United States Senate (so re-
jected in 1884), or that by the House of Representatives of
1887, offers more advantages to the State. It is due to our
Senators and Representatives in Congress, and to all who are
looking solely to the good of the State, that you should clearly
Point out which way, in your judgment, leads to lhat end, and
Should distinctly declare your will in the premises.
THE STATE'S SWAMP LANDS.
Unfortunately on the 22d day of November, 1885, all pro-
ceedings by the General Land Department at Washington, to
segregate the State's lands from the lands of the United
States, were suspended, and since that time no patents or in-
demnity certificateshave been issued to the State except, within
a few days, one patent of 80 acres.
This delay has worked no little prejudice to those leg-
islative grantees who have faithfully fulfilled the con-
ditions of their grants, and no little hardship to many
actual settlers who are -waiting for their titles before
more substantially improving the lands upon which they have
settled, and a serious detriment to the State in deterring set-
tlement upon and improvement of her lands and in keeping
them off the tax books. It is hoped that this work, so im-
portant to the State and her progress and development, will
now be resumed and continued, so that at an early day the
trusts created in the lands may be executed and the grants
that are binding upon the State be satisfied.
The wisest use that a State can make of public lands is such











a use as will most surely and quickly subject them to honest
settlement for actual cultivation and substantial improvement,
and I earnestly favor such use and disposition of our public
lands so far as compatible with good faith in the satisfaction
of grants lawfully made and honestly earned, and the faithful
execution of the trusts created. But care should be taken
that mere speculators be not allowed to take advantage of the
benefits and facilities intended only for bona fide settlers, and
to this end the statute (Chapter 3451) having in view the sale
of lands at a reduced price to a settler should be so amended
as to give the State a better guaranty of settlement and culti-
vation than the purchaser's statement of intention.
RAILROADS.
Without doubt the greatest factors in Florida's progress are
her railroads. It is not material to determine whether rail-
roads are more or less the cause than the effect of our State's
development. It is evident they are partly the cause and
partly the effect; thus Florida, because of her geographical
locality, her climate and manifold natural advantages, attracted
the attention of the world ; this gave prospective value to her
lands, which enabled them to be utilized for building railroads,
while, on the other hand. the building of railroads gave the
lands an intrinsic and actual value and encouraged their settle-
ment and every character of industry, thus converting our
wilds into productive farms and orange groves, busy towns
and thriving villages. It may be well said that railroads are
fast becoming essential to commercial, agricultural, manufac-
turing, and every other industrial prosperity-indeed that they
are indispensable to the very existence of the civilization of
the age. Any effort to destroy, cripple or oppress these great
interests, whether influenced by prejudice or induced by popu-
lar clamor, would betoken a willingness to turn back the wheels
of progress, to sacrifice the best interests of the State and
people, and to trample upon every principle of right and ignore
every dictate of justice.
It is the duty of the State, and of every department of
which its government is composed, to defend and protect every
right, whether it be the right of the most powerful corporation
or of the humblest individual; the same and no greater con-











sideration should be had for the one than the other: but on the
other hand, while the corporation may justly demand the
protection of every legal right by the State, the Stale may as
justly demand the faithful discharge of every legal liability
and duty by the corporation.
Let there be thorough mutuality. Protect the corporation io
every right and exact from it every legal duty to the State
and the people.
There may reasonably be. exacted from a railroad, simply
as a common carrier, regardless of what it may have had from
the State, that it should at all times be in a condition to do
the service reasonably required of it by the public, and that
such service shall be done for a reasonable consideration. This
the common law in force in the State exacts, but the customer,
who is unreasonably charged for service, often prefers to sub-
mit to the extortion rather than incur the expense and ill-will
involved in obtaining his remedy in the courts.
As a corporation endowed by the State with valuable fran-
chises, and in Florida liberally aided by grants of land, it
owes the people not only its service at reasonable rates, but as
a quasi public servant it owes equal service to every customer
and every locality at the same price, under the same or similar
circumstances, without any unjust discrimination between per-
sons or between localities.
That the State has pawer to so legislate as to enforce these
and other reasonable obligations it is too late to question ; the
highest courts of the United States and of many of the States
have determined it with a remarkable unanimity. It is merely
a question as to when legislative control becomes necessary,
and how that control shall be exercised.
In my opinion'the interests of the railroads and of the
people, which tiie to a greater extent than is generally imag-
ined identical, will be best subserved by proper legislation
upon the subject before antagonisms become so bitter that vi-
tuperation and abuse supplant argument and deliberation, and
passion and prejudice warpjudgment, blind reason, and dethrone
justice.
I think there should be enactments prohibiting unreasona-
ble charges and unjust discrimination between individuals,










and between localities, and that, beside the civil remedies there-
for, unreasonable charges 'and unjust discrimination by any
common carrier should be made offenses against and be made
punishable by,the State.
Experience in most of the'States has demonstrated that the
Commissioner system is a safe one for all interests, when the
Commissioners are able and incorruptible, conservative and
just men, though given ample powers and bound by rules
having no little flexibility.
I invoke your calm, deliberate and dispassionate considera-
tion of this important subject, confidently trusting that every
right, whether of corporation or of the people, as well as the
great interests of the State, will be regarded as sacred and
find in every member of your honorable body a fearless and
steadfast defender.
In this connection I beg to remind you that the statute,
chapter 2060, page 66, Laws of 1875, has been held by the
Supreme Court (Savannah, Florida & Western R. R. Co.
vs. J. H. Geiger, January term, 1886,) inadequate to give the
owners of stock killed upon railroads that relief which it was
popularly supposed to provide.
There should be new legislation upon this subject. As a
guide to such legislation as will not only afford proper relief
but will stand the crucial test of our courts, I quote from the
opinion of the court in the case above cited:
It is within the power of the Legislature to provide that
proof of the killing or of damage to live stock by railroad en-
gines or trains shall be prima facie evidence of negligence on
the part of the company or person operating them, as has been
wisely done in some States, in view of the fact that the com-
pany always has witnesses to the killing or injury, and it may
also require railroad companies to fence the tracks, and as a
penalty for not doing so subject them to payment for all stock
killed or'injured, even to double the amount of the value or
injury. Jones,.vs C. & U. R. R. Co., 16 Iowa, 6; Mo. P. R.
Co. vs. Henner, 115, U. S."
I recommend also such modification of the statutes upon
the subject as will preclude the consolidation of parallel or










competing,lines of railway without special legislative author-
ity in each case.
In every action against a railroad company for death or in-
jury to a human being the chief reliance of the company, how-
ever gross may be its own negligence, is the plea of contribu-
tory negligence by the killed or maimed victim. I suggest
that for the protection of human life the statutes should
prescribe reasonable precautionary measures to be used in
running engines and cars in or across frequented streets,
and should provide that the neglect to use any of those pre-
\scribed means should bar the negligent operator of the road of
the right of setting up in defence of an action for killing or in-
juring a human being any other than willful contributory negli-
gence.
EMPLOYER'S LIABILITY.
I recommend such legislation as will better define than does
the law now the responsibility of an employer for negligence
or inefficiency on the part of an agent or employee from which
result injury and damage to another employee.
NEW ORLEANS EXPOSITION.
The appropriation by the Legislature at its last session for
the purpose of completing the State's Exhibit at the World's
Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition at New Orleans
was expended as directed, and a detailed account of such ex-
penditures, with the vouchers, will be found in the office of the
Comptroller.
I respectfully invite your attention to the published report
of'the Commissioner, from which will be seen not only the at-
tention attracted to our State by the exhibit and represents
tion at the Exposition,but her successful competition with other
States in various departments.
THE AMERICAN EXHIBITION IN LONDON.
There is in contemplation the opening on the 2d of May,
1887, in London, England, of an exhibition exclusively of the
arts, inventions, manufactures, products and resources of the
United States.
Though fully realizing how favorable the opportunity to
advertise abroad our State's manifold resources and attractions,











and though earnestly solicited by the management and by
many of our citizens to do so, I have, in the absence of legisla-
tive authority, not felt authorized to appoint a commissioner
or take any step to involve the State in expense.
I respectfully refer the matter to you for such action as to
you may seem best for the interests of the State.
CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF THE FRAMING AND PROMULGATION
OF THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION.
On the 17th day of September, 1886, a convention of the
governors and representatives' of the thirteen colonial States
was held in Philadelphia to initiate provision for the proper
celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Framing and
Promulgation of the Constitution of the United States of
America.
In pursuance of resolutions adopted by such convention, and
in response to their invitation communicated by the Hon.
Fitzhugh Lee as chairman, I appointed the Hon. J. J. Finley
to represent Florida, as a Commissioner at a Convention of all
the States and Territories, which was held in Philadelphia on
the 2d day of December, 1886. Through the forethought of
said Commissioner a sufficient number of copies of the printed
proceedings of the Convention will be supplied, so that a
copy can be placed upon the desk of each member of your
body, and I bespeak such action as will enable the State to
take an honorable part in this patriotic movement.
EXCHANGE OF BONDS.
I have to report an exercise of the authority given me by
Chapter 3564, of the Laws of Florida, entitled "An Act to pro-
vide for the issue of bonds in exchange for the bnds of the
State of Florida belonging to the Common School Fund and
Seminary Fund and Agricultural College Fund of the State. "
On the 29th day of December, 1885, I issued bonds in ex-
change for bonds of 1871 and 1873 to the several designated
funds, as follows
One 7 per cent. bond for $79.800 to the Common School Fund.
One 7 per cent. bond for $14,400 to the East and West Florida Sem-
inary Fund.
One 7 per cent. bod for $3,900 to the Agricultural College Fund.
One 6 per cent. bond for $288,600.00 to Common School Fund.











One 6 per 6ent. bond for $76,600.00 to the East and West Florida
Seminary Fund.
One 6 per cent. bond for $131,900.00 to the Agricultural College
Fund.
Making new bonds in exchange for bonds held by said funds to the
amount of $594,000.
The old bonds together with their unmatured coupons re-
ceived in exchange for the said six so issued bonds, were de-
stroyed by the Governor, Comptroller and Treasurer, by burn-
ing in the presence of witnesses, and the proper list and cer-
tificate duly made, recorded and deposited, all in'conformitv
with the statute.
OKEECIIOBEE DRAINAGE.
I have tlso to report that in exercising the authority em-
braced in Chapter 3639, of the Laws of Florida, entitled "An
Act authorizing the Governor to appoint a committee to invest-
igate and ascertain what quantity of land, and the number of
acres, the Atlantic and Gulf Canal and Okeechobee Land
Company has reclaimed for the State, and other purposes,"
not only for the purposes designated in said statute, but also
acting in co-operation with the other members of the Board of
Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund in discharge of
the duty imposed by their trust, I appointed a committee of
three, instead of two, discreet and practical men, all expe-
rienced civil engineers, and in every respect qualified, viz.:
Col.' J. J. Daniel, of Duval; Col. John Bradford, of Leon; and
Capt. W. H. Davidson, of Escambia county, to whom I gave
the following instructions:
"A commission is hereby appointed and constituted-to
consist of J. J. Daniel, of Duval county; John Bradford, of
Leon county; and W. H. Davidson, of Escambia county, to
perform all the duties indicated and prescribed by Chapter
3639, being an act entitled 'An Act authorizing the Governor
to appoint a committee to investigate and ascertain what
quantity of land, and the number of acres, the Atlantic and
Gulf Canal and Okeechobee Land Company has reclaimed for
the State, and for other purposes.'
"The said commissioners will be furnished by the Secretary
of the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund
with a copy of the contract of said Atlantic and Gulf Canal











and Okeechbbee Land Company, and of all the reports hereto-
fore made to the said Board, and of all other information in
the possession of the Board, which will aid the commission in
its investigation and determination of the matters referred
to it.
"Beside the matters indicated in said Chapter 3639,which the
said commission is requested to investigate, determine and
report to the Governor, the said commission will please report,
for the benefit of the Board of' Trustees of the Internal Im-
provement Fund, all information as to the progress, prospects
and possibilities of the drainage and reclamation of that
region of country embraced in said drainage contract, with
such suggestions as may, in the opinion of said commissioners,
be of assistance to said Board and of benefit to the State."
That committee, on the 4th day of February, 1887, rendered
its report, which I respectfully submit to you.
Immediately upon the coming in of said report, it appearing
therefrom that the Internal Improvement Board had conveyed
to the said Atlantic and Gulf Coast Canal and Okeechobee
Land Company lands that said company have not earned or
reclaimed, I, in compliance with the requirements in section
5.of said statute, instructed the Attorney-General to take such
steps as necessary to recover said lands so conveyed, which
instructions he is carrying out as speedily as the circumstances
and difficulties of the case will permit.
THE FLORIDA COAST LINE CANAL AND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY.
I regret that I have not been able to visit and inspect in
person the work done by the Coast Line Canal Company, but
from information altogether reliable I venture to report this
important work so far progressed that steamers can now run
S in the Company's canal through what is known as the Haul-
over, which opens commodious navigation from Mosquito La-
goon into Indian river.
OUR VOLUNTEER MILITIA.
There are already formed organizations of volunteer militia
of which any State might well be proud. Not only should the
present organizations be assisted in still further perfecting
themselves as citizen soldiers, but our young men should be











encouraged to organize additional companies as fast as the ap-
propriation by the United States will furnish arms and equip-
ments, until there shall be at least one efficient company in
every town of any considerable size in the State.
I am pleased.to be able to report that by virtue of an act of
Congress, approved March 3, 1887, a credit to Florida of arms
:nd equipment to the amount of $7,314.99, which had been
covered into the Treasury of the United States, has been re-
stored, and is subject to requisition ; and further, that the an-
nual appropriation for distribution of arms will be doubled
after the 1st day of July next. I recommend an appropria-
tion to be expended in annual encampments for instruction
upon such companies in the State as maintain such a standard
of membership, soldierly character and discipline as shall be
prescribed by law or fixed by the Commander-in-Chief.
In this connection I beg to say that on the 31st day of
March ultimo, I received a communication from Mr. John-
stone Jones, of North Carolina, alleging that it was through
his efforts that the above referred to act of Congress of March
3d, 1887, was passed, avnd that by reason of an agreement be-
tween him and the State, entered into in April, 1884, he is en-
titled as compensation theretor to 12- per cent. of the said
credit, or $914.37.
This claim I respectfully refer to you for your action. f If
you determine that the demand should be paid it can only be
done upon an appropriation by you.
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY.
Appreciating the great value to our State as well as to sci-
ence of a geological survey, and having no available funds for
this purpose, I was gratified at a most liberal proposition from
Dr. J. Kost to make a preliminary geological survey of the
State without any expense to the State. This has been done,
and I respectfully invite your attention to the result as shown in
the report of Dr. Kost. In this gratuitous work, for which we
are indebted to the generosity of Dr. Kost, the railroad and
transportation lines have rendered liberal aid, as in all other
cases in which their aid has been solicited in enterprises hav-
ing for their purpose the good of the State and benefit of the
people.











THE LABORER AND HIS HIRE.
No more important or binding duty is imposed upon you by
the mandate of the people's will, as expressed in the Constitu-
tion drafted by their delegates and ratified by their votes since
your last session, than that embodied in Section 22, of Article
XVI. The command is that The Legislature shall provide for
giving to mechanics and laborers an adequate lien on the sub-
ject matter of their labor." Legislation which gives the con-
tractor a lien, but makes no provision for giving the under-
worker and humble laborer a lien upon the subject matter of-
their labor, whatever that may be, does not meet the require-
meit.
The statute intended to give lumbermen a lien, Chapter
2066, Laws of Florida, or Sec. 39, p. 729, McClellan's Digest, is
defective in this respect. as recently held by the Supreme
Court. The laborer is worthy of his hire, and legislation
should be so framed as to secure it to him as far as possible,
and the method of enforcing his security should he as simple
and inexpensive as practicable, and the necessary expense of
collecting should be collectable with the hire.
A WRONG TO THE SHIPOWNER OR TO THE STEVEDORE.
I understand that at some at least of our ports it is growing
into practice for the shipping merchant to sell for his own gain
the contract for stowing the cargo, a service which laborers
perform and for which the ship pays. This would seem to be a
wrong either to the shipowner or to the laborer, and probably
to both, for either the ship is thus required to pay more or the
laborer to receive less than the service is reasonably worth.
Such a practice either unnecessarily increases a ship's ex-
penses, and thus works a serious injury to our ports, or it un-
justly deprives the laborer of a part of the value of his labor,
and in either case is against public policy, right and justice,
and should if possible be prevented by law.
BUREAU OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL STATISTICS.
Many of the States have made provision for the collection
and publication of statistical information affecting the interests
of labor and the various industries, and experience has demon-










strated that such information carefully and intelligently col-
lected is of much value. Many inquiries have come to me
from departments of the United/'States Government, from
different States and from individuals, which I have been unable
to satisfactorily answer for the want of such reliable information
as such a bureau would gather and supply.
WEATHER SERVICE.
It, is thought that. in our State, as in some others, a State
weather service can be organized and maintained at a trifling
expense, which, by co-operation,with the United States Signal
Service, wduld not only provide the State with an authentic
meteorological record, but be otherwise of great value to our
people. The advantages of an efficient weather service, which
carefully gathers and widely and promptly diffuses its infor-
mation, are admitted by all who have given the slightest at:
tention to the practical benefits resulting from the development
of the science of meteorology and its utilization, especially in
the interests of agriculture and shipping.
AGRICULTURE.
The importance which the people of Florida attach to Agri-
culture is manifest from the constitutional provision making
that an Administrative Department of our State Government.
The interests of this great industry merit your most careful
consideration in framing necessary legislation under Section
26, Article IV, and Section 8, of Article XVIII, of the Con-
stitution.
THE BURNING OF WOODS.
There should be such legislation as will prevent the whole-
sale destruction by burning of the food which nature provides
for the hungry soil.
ST[IE PRESERVATION O' TIMBER.
Though nothing short of the most urgent demands for the
public good can justify legislative dictation as to the use one
shall make of that which is his own, yet every legitimate effort
should'be used to prevent a wasteful destruction of our for-
ests and to encourage the growth of trees for use and for or-
nament as well as for their effect upon climate and health.











CARE FOR OUR POOR.
In section 3, of Article XIII, is the constitutional mandate
that Th.e respective counties of the State shall provide, in the
manner prescribed by law, for those of the inhabitants that by
reason of age, infirmity or misfortune may have claims upon
the aid and sympathy of society." I respectfully ask at your
hands such legislation as is evidently contemplated by this
section. The manner in which counties shall provide for their
poor should be prescribed and means should be provided for
enforcing the constitutional obligation. The county farm sys-
tem has many features to recommend it, and in counties where
tried under proper management, seems to be reasonably satis-
factory.
The want of proper legislation upon this subject, under a
similar requirement of the old Constitution, has occasioned no
little embarrassment, and has in some of our counties prevented
that county relief to unfortunates which the people by their
organic law intended to provide.
STATUTORY LIMITATION OF PUNISHMENT.
Under our Constitution, which forbids excessive fines or in-
definite imprisonment, the Legislature should, in every
instance, prescribe a maximum of the penalty which
courts may inflict for any offence. I respectfully call
your attention to section 12, of chapter 3413, as seriously
objectionable, as it fixes no maximum limit to the pen-
alty it provides for conducting an occupation without a
license, and thus, inasmuch as the power to fine embraces the
power to imprison until the fine be paid, practically authorizes
an excessive fine and'an indefinite or perpetual imprisonment.
I recommend an amendment of this section at as early a day
as practicable, and that such amendment be made to take effect
upon its approval.
I also recommend such legislation as will require the courts
to fix the period of imprisonment for the non-payment of the
fines they impose fdr minor offences.
THE REGISTRATION OF VOTERS.
It is made your duty to provide for the registration of all
legally qualified voters in each county. I ug...-~ L that all en-









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titled to register should -be enabled to do so at any time; ex-
cept perhaps within such a period preceding an election as may
be reasonably required for making up necessary registra-
tion lists for use'at such election.
While the law should provide every facility for those quali-
tied to do so to register, it should strictly prohibit and severely
punish registration by one not qualified.
ELECTION NOTICES.
The provision for publishing election notices should be so
modified as to require only the publication in each county of
notice of the election of such officers as are to be voted for in
that county.
RECORDING OFFICERS.
The law should more clearly define the relative rights of
Clerks of the Circuit Courts as Recorders and those seeking in-
formation from their records.
COMMERCIAL AGENTS.
There should be eliminated from the 5th sub-division of sec-
tion 11, of chapter 3413, so much as prescribes a license tax
upon commercial agents, usually known. as "drummers."
THE NEW CONSTITUTION.
I adopt and submit to you, without quoting it here, the list
of subjects carefully prepared, by the Attorney-General, upon
which the adoption of the New Constitution necessitates either
new or revisory legislation. From this list,'and the number of
othe- matters I have felt it my duty to bring to your attention,
will be seen the volume and importance of the duties devolv-
ing upon you.
UNITED STATES SENATOR.
By reason of a vacancy happening from the expiration of the
term of the Hon. C. W. Jones as United States Senator on the
fourth day of March, 1887, and during the recess of the Legis-
lature, I, by virtue of the'power vested in me by the Constitu-
tion of the United States, inade temporary appointment
of the Hon. Jesse J. Finley, of Marion county, to be
Senator ,in the Congress' of the United States
from said fourth day of March until tlI Legislature shall fill
such vacancy.











REPORTS OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS.
The reports of all the Administrative Officers are herewith
submitted, and their recommendations are commended to your
careful consideration.
REPRIEVES, PARDONS AND COMMUTATIONS.
I also transmit herewith, as required by Section 11, of Arti-
cle IV, of the Constitution, a report of every case of fine or
forfeiture remitted, or reprieve, pardon or commutation
granted.
CONCLUSION.
GENTLEMEN:-You, as the chosen representatives of the
people, are to-day entering upon a session which presents
more important subjects for legislative consideration than any
that has convened for many years. Vast interests, involving
great care and labor, and calling for the most patient industry
and faithful application, and demanding dispassionate and un-
prejudiced deliberation and judgment, are in your keeping.
It is said, and is in a measure true, that the least governed
is the best governed State, yet the people have a right to ex-
pect' that while you avoid all unnecessary legislation and ex-
travagant expenditures, you will enact such legislation and au-
thorize such expenditures as are needful to conserve, protect
and advance their interests.
They reasonably demand strict economy and the most rigid
accountability in the expenditure of their money, and a simple
but business-like and efficient management of their affairs.
They demand that the burdens of the government, which
should be kept as light as practicable, shall be distributed like
its benefits, fairly and impartially.
In all matters looking to the welfare of the people and the
prosperity and advancement of our beloved State you shall
have my most cordial and hearty co-operation.
It is my sincere hope that by cherishing a spirit of unselfish
devotion to public duty we may each one so discharge our
respective trusts as to enjoy at least the satisfaction to be de-
rived from an approving conscience.
E. A. PERRY.
















REPRIEVES, PARDONS AND COMMUTATIONS.


In accordance with section 11, Article IV, of the Constitu-
tion, I have the honor to make report of the reprieves made,
sentences commuted, fines remitted and pardons granted since
the 1st day of January, A. D. 1885, to wit:
SAM WILLIAMS, convicted of larceny, Fall Term of the Circuit
Court for Escambia county, A. D. 1882; sentenced to pay a fine
of fifty dollars and costs of court. Fine and costs remitted
and party released from imprisonment January 30, 1885.
JAMES JOHNSON, convicted of assault with intent to murder,
Fall Term of the Circuit Court for Marion county, 1883, and sen-
tenced.to the State prison for two years. Granted a pardon
January 30, 1885.
THOMAS STALNAKER, convicted of an affray, Spring Term of
the Circuit Court for Columbia county, A. D. 1884; sentenced
to pay a fine of fifty dollars and costs. Fine remitted, costs
having been paid January 30, 1885.
DAN CARROLL, convicted of assault with intent to commit
manslaughter, Fall Term of the Circuit Court for Santa Rosa
county, A. D. 1879; sentenced to the State prison for one year.
Granted a full and free pardon February 24, 1885.
ARCHIE LESco, convicted of larceny before Thomas Jackson,
Esq.,a Justice of the Peace in Duvnl county, December 30, 1883.
Granted a full and free pardon March 11, 1885.
FRAZIEa LYONS, convicted of obstructing a railroad track,
Fall Term of the Circuit Court for Alachua county, A. D. 1884;
sentenced to the State prison for two years. Granted a full
and free pardon April 9, 1885.
WILLIAM fH. REVELS, convicted of larceny, Fall Term of the
Circuit Court for Lafayette county, A. D. 1877; sentenced to
the State prison for one year. Pardoned and restored to rights
of citizenship April 9, 1885.
JESSE J. HINSON, convicted Of selling liquors without a
licen-e, Spring Term of the Circuit Court of Columbia county,
A. D. 1885; sentenced to pay a fine of eight hundred dollars
and costs. Pardoned and six hundred and fifty dollars of the
fine remitted, upon payment of one hundred and fifty dollars
and costs, June 16, 1885.
CHARLEs SMITH AND JAMES TAYLOR, convicted of selling
liquors without a license, Spring Term of the Circuit Court for











Columbia county, A. D. 1885; sentenced to pay a fine
of six hundred dollars each and costs of conviction. Granted
full and free pardons June 16, 1885.
BENJAMIN S. ROBERTS, convicted of selling liquors without a
license, Spring Termof the Circuit Court for Columbia county,
A. D. 1885; sentenced to pay a fine of one thousand dollars.
Pardoned and six hundred dollars of said fine remitted upon
the payment of four hundred dollars and costs of conviction,
June 16, 1885.
E. G. HEWITT, convicted of an aggravated assault, Spring
Term of the Circuit Court for Volusia county, A. D. 1884; sen-
tenced to pay a fine of seventy-five dollars. Fine remitted
upon payment of costs, June 16, 1885.
SALLIE ANN MALLOY, convicted of larceny, Fall Term of the
Circuit Court for Escambia county, A. D. 1884. Granted a full
and free pardon, June 19, 1885.
JoHN G. GRIFFIS, convicted of selling spirituous liquors
without a license, Spring Term of the Circuit Court for Hamil-
ton county, A. D. 1885 ; sentenced to pay a fine of six hundred
dollars. The fine remitted July 24, 1885.
Louis RIDDICK, convicted of larceny, before J. H. Harp,
Justice of the Peace, Putnam county, February 25, 1885; sen-
tenced to pay a fine of $25.00 and costs of conviction. Grant-
ed a full and free pardon August 4, 1885.
W. D. WESsoN, convicted of an aggravated assault, Spring
Term of the Circuit Court for Hamilton county, A. D. 1885;
sentenced to pay a fine of five hundred dollars. Three hun-
dred and fifty dollars of said fine remitted upon payment of
one hundred and fifty dollars and costs of conviction, August
4,1885.
EDWARD RIONEY, convicted of selling liqour without a per-
mit, Special Term of the Circuit Court for Duval county, A.
D. 1885; sentenced to pay a fine of six hundred and fifty dol-
lars. Three hundred and twenty-five dollars of said fine re-
mitted upon the payment of three hundred and twenty-five
dollars and costs of conviction, August 8, 1885.
J. II. RAMAGE, convicted of forgery, Fall Term of the Circuit
Court for Brevard county, A. D. 1884; sentenced to the State
prison for five years. Granted a full pardon September 30,
1885.
CHARLES W. WILTZ, convicted of entering a building in the
night time with intent to commit a felony, Spring Term of the
Circuit Court for Alachua county, A. D. 1884 ; sentenced to the
State prison for five years. Granted a full and free pardon
September 30, 1885.
A. DAVIDSON, convicted of selling liquor without a license,
Spring Term of the Circuit Court for Columbia county, A. D











1885; sentenced to pay a fine of six hundred dollars. Two
hundred dollars of said fine remitted October 1, 1885.
WILLIAM WOOD, Sn, convicted of larceny, before Robert H.
Cook, a Justice of the Peace for Sumter county, Fla., Novem-
ber 25, 1884; sentenced to pay a fine of one dollar and costs.
Granted a full pardon upon the payment of fine and costs No-
vember 24, 1885.
N. A. HARRELL, convicted of larceny before Robert H. Cook,
a Justice of the Peace for Sumter county, Fla., November 24,
1884; sentenced to pay a fine of one dollar and costs. FuCll
pardon granted upon payment of fine and costs November 24,
1885.
EDWIN J. DUNHAM, convicted of assault and battery, before
Walter Tate, Esq., County Judge and ex-o.flcio Justice of the
Peace for Escambia county, Fla., November 24, 1885; sen-
tenced to be confined in the county jail for three months.
Sentence commuted to a fine of fifty dollars and costs of con-
viction December 21, 1885.
WILLIAM 1. HARRIS, convicted of breaking and entering a
building in the night time with intent to commit a felony,
Spring Term of the Circuit Court for Marion county, A. D. 1885;
sentenced to the State prison for five years. Pardoned upon the
express condition that said Harris should be taken to his home
in Wyoming Territory, and not to return to the State of Flor-
ida for four years, pardon to be inoperative if conditions are
violated, January 28, 1886.
CHARLES S. KING, convicted at same time and for same
offence as Harris. Pardoned upon exactly the same terms and
conditions, January 28, 1886.
CATO GREEN, convicted of larceny, Fall Term of the Circuit
Court for Duval county, A. D. 1870; sentenced to the State
prison for one year. Granted a full pardon and restored to the
rights of citizenship January 28, 1886.
FRANK LASTINGER, convicted of conveying tools into jail
with intent to facilitate the escape of prisoners confined in :Or-
ange county jail, Fall Term of the Circuit Court for Orange
county, A. D. 1883; sentenced to the State prison for four
years. Pardoned January 28, 1886.
JOHN BusH, convicted of the crime of murder in thelfirst de-
gree, Fall Term of the Circuit Court for Leon county, A. D.
1884; sentenced to be hung. Sentence commuted to impris-
onment in the State prison for life January 28, 1886.
WILLIAM HERON, convicted of malicious destruction of the
property of another, Fall Term of the Circuit Court of Orange
county, A. D. 1883; sentenced to be confined in county jail
five hours and to pay a fine of two hundred dollars. Full par-








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don granted upon condition that he pay a fine of fifty dollars
and costs, February 24, 1886.
GOODMAN BOND, convicted of murder at the Spring Term of
the Circuit Court for Manatee county, A. D. 1885; sentenced
to the State prison for life. Granted a full and free pardon
April 19, 1886.
LENN LUCAS, convicted of carrying concealed weapons, Fall
Term of the Circuit Court, A. D. 1885, for Escambia county;
sentenced to pay a fine of five dollars and costs. Fine and costs
remitted and party released from jail April 19, 1886.
EMILY McNULTY, convicted of assault and battery before J.
H. Harp, a Justice of the Peace for Putnam county, Fla., Sep-
tember 10, 1883; sentenced to pay a fine of one hundred dol-
lars and costs. Fine and costs remitted and party ordered re-
leased from confinement April 19, 1886.
CHARLES COLLINS, convicted of entering a building in 'the
night time without breaking with intent to commit a felony;
Fall Term of the Circuit Court for Levy county, A. D. 1884;
sentenced to the State prison for four years. Sentence com-
muted to two years in the State prison May 5, 1886.
LEONARD DOUGLASS, convicted of an aggravated assault, Fall
Term of the Circuit Court for Clay county, A. D. 1885; sen-
tenced to pay a fine of one hundred dollars and costs of court.
Fine and costs remitted and a full pardon granted May 5, A. D.
1886.
LOTT DANIEL, convicted of an aggravated assault, Fall Term
of the Circuit Court for Alachua county, A. D. 1884; sentenced
to pay a fine of two hundred dollars and costs. Fine and costs
remitted and party ordered released from confinement May 29,
1886.
ELIZABETH STRONG, convicted of larceny of property removed
from a building on account of an alarm caused by fire, Spring
Term of the Circuit Court for Monroe county, A. D. 1886 ; sen-
tenced to the State prison for two years. Sentence commuted
to three months imprisonment in State prison June 10, 1886.
HILLARD WHITEIEAD, convicted of larceny, Spring Term of:
the Circuit Court for Jackson county, A. D. 1885, and sentenced
to pay a fine of three hundred dollars and costs of court. Fine
and costs remitted and party ordered released from confinement
June 29, 1886.
WILLIAM TAYLOR AND J. H. BETHEA, convicted of selling
liquor without a license, Fall Teim of the Circuit Court for Co-
lumbia county, A. D. 1885; sentenced to pay a fine of six hun-
dred dollars each and costs of court. Fine and costs remitted
and both parties ordered released fiom jail July 8, 1886.
SAMUEL JACKSOk, convicted of larceny before Edward
Owens, Esq., Justice of the Peace for Gadsden county, Fla.,










August 21, 1877 ; sentenced to pay a fine of ten dollars and
costs. Full pardon granted and restored to the rights of citi-
zenship July 8, 1886.
MILTON HARRIS, convicted of an aggravated assault. Fall
Term of the Circuit Court for Escambia county, A. D. 1885;
sentenced to pay a fine of one hundred dollars and stand com-
mitted until said fine was paid. Fine remitted and party or-
dered discharged from custody July 24, 1886.
CATHERINE CAMPBELL, convicted.of polygamy, Spring Term
of the Circuit Court for Walton county, A. D. 1886; sentenced
to be confined in the county jail six months. Pardoned and
ordered released from confinement July 24, A. D. 1886.
HENRY JOHNSON, convicted of an aggravated assault, Spring
term of the Circuit Court for Gadsden county, A. D. 1886;
sentenced to pay a fine of one hundred and nine dollars and
fifty cents, and costs of prosecution. Full pardon granted
July 29, 1886.
ALFRED B. BIDWELL, convicted of being accessory before
the fact of murder in the first degree of one Harrison T. Riley,
Special Term of the Circuit Court for Manatee county, A. D.
1885; sentenced to be hung. Sentence commuted to impris-
onment in the State prison for life, August 3. 1886.
CHARLES MITCHELL, convicted of murder in the second de-
gree, Fall T, rm of the Circuit Court for Alachua county, A. D.
1878; sentenced to the State prison for life. Pardoned Septem-
ber 11, 1886.
GEORGE THOMAS, convicted 'of burning a building in the
night time,Spring Term of the Circuit Court for Marion county,
A. D. 1886; sentenced to the State prison for three years.
Pardoned and ordered released from confinement October 15,
1886.
THOMAS LEGGAT, convicted of assault with intent to murder,
Spring Term of .the Circuit Court for Escambia county, A. D.
1885; sentenced to State prison for three years. Granted a
full pardon October 15, 1886
ROBERT R. ROBINSON, convicted of larceny before John
Cordero, Esq., a Justice of the Peace for Marion county, No-
vember 4, 1883; sentenced to pay a fine of five dollars and
costs of court. Granted a full and free pardon October 15,
1886.
ISAAC COLEMAN, convicted of carrying concealed weapons,
Spring Term of the Circuit Court for Madis,.n county. A. D.
1886; sentenced to pay a fine often dollars and costs of court.
Pardon granted, and fine and cost remitted, October 15, 1886.
PETER GREEN, convicted of murder, Fall Term of the Circuit
Court for Volusia county, A. D. 1877 ; sentenced to the State









prison for the term of his natural life. Granted a full pardon
October 23, 1886.
JAMES BOYD, convicted of carrying concealed weapons,Spring
Term of 'he Circuit Court, A. D. 1886, for Escambia county ;
sentenced to pay a fine of five dollars and costs of prosecution.
Fine and costs remitted, and party ordered released from con-
finement November 1, 1886.
D. A. THOMASON, convicted of embezzlement before A. D.
Marlow, Esq., a Justice of the Peace for Marion county, Flor-
ida, July 9, 1886; sentenced to pay a fine of five dollars and
costs of court. Granted a full and free pardon November 15.
1886.
CORNELIUS C. WILLIAMS, convicted of larceny, Fall Term of
the Circuit Court for Columbia county, A. D. 1886; sentenced
to the State prison for one year. Granted a full pardon, and
restored to the rights of citizenship December 8, 1886.
ALEXANDER YOUNG, convicted of breaking and entering a
building in the night time, with intent to commit larceny, Fall
Term of the Circuit Court for Orange county, A D. 1879; sen-
tenced to be confined in the State prison for fifteen years. Grant-
ed a full and free pardon December 8, 1886.
BRIBTOW BELL, convicted of larceny of a goat, .Fall Term of
the Circuit Court for Leon county, A. D. 1886 ; sentenced to
pay a fine of fifty dollars and costs of prosecution.- Party re-
leased from imprisonment but not from any bonds or 'other
liability given to pay fine and costs January 17, 1887.
GEORGE WALKER, convicted of murder in the first degree,
Fall Term of the Circuit Court for Gadsden county, A. D. 1886;
sentenced to be hung. Sentence commuted to imprisonment
in State prison for the term of his natural life February 7, 1887.
HENRY KLINGMAN, convicted of an aggravated assault, Fall
Term of the Circuit Court for Orange county, A. D. 1886; sen-
tenced to be confined at hard labor in Orange county for two
months. Commuted to a fine of one hundred dollars and costs
of prosecution, February 8,1887,
ARNOLD JORDAN, convicted of selling spirituous liquors
without license, Spring Term of the Circuit Court for Leon
county, A. D. 1885; sentenced to pay a fine of four hundred
and sixty-five dollars and costs. Fine and costs remitted and
party ordered released from confinement March 4, 1887.
JOHN HARDY, convicted of murder in the first degree, at the
Spring Term of the Circuit Court for Alachua county, A. D.
1886; sentenced to be hung. Reprieve of fifteen days granted
June 29, 1886. Party executed July 15, 1886.
ENOCH CARTER, convicted of murder in the first degree, Fall
Term of the Circuit Court for Orange county, A. D. 1885; sen-
tenced to be hung. Reprieve of nine days granted January








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11, 1887; reprieve of fifty-two days granted January 19, 1887.
Party executed March 12, 1887.
GEORGE WALKER, convicted of murder in the first degree,
Fall Term of the Circuit Court for Gadsden county, A. D. 1886;
sentenced to be hung. Reprieve of thirty-one days granted
January 11, 1887. Sentence afterwards commuted to imprison-
ment for life.
E. A. PERRY.










Mr. Brown moved to proceed to the election of three Pages
for the House;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Ewan moved that Walter Davis, E. M. Brevard and
Patrick McGriff be elected said Pages;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Willie moveU that the Speaker be authorized to appoint
a Chaplain, two Messengers and one Janitor;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Pelot moved that a committee of seven be appointed, of
which the Speaker shall be one, to report rules for the govern-
ment of this body;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Spear moved that the rules of .the Assembly at its last
session be adopted for the government of this body during the
present session till otherwise ordered;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Gibbs introduced the following resolution:
Resolved, That the members now retire from their seats,
and that the Clerk prepare slips, eaeh to have the name of a
member, said slips to include all members, and that said slips
be placed in a box or hat by him. The Sergeant-at-Arms
shall then draw said slips out, one at a time, and the Clerk
shall announce thename thereon when the member whose name
appears, together with all other members from his county, shall
enter and select their seats in this hall, which seats shall be
their permanent seats during the session of the House of Rep-
resentatives.
Mr. Hicks moved to amend so that the Sergeant-at Arms
draw.the names of each member, and that said member select
his own seat.
Mr. Campbell moved as a substitute for the whole matter,
the following:
That the seats in this Assembly be drawn in the following
manner: That the name of each county be written upon a slip
of paper and placed in a hat, and that the Sergeant-at-Arms
proceed to draw from the hat-the slips--and as the slip having
the name of the county the members of such county shall se-
lect such seats;
Which was accepted by Mr. Gibbs in lieu of his original
resolution.
The yeas and nays were called for.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker. Messrs. Anderson, J. H., Anderson, S.,
Baskin, Belcher, Bielby, Blitch of Alachua, Blitch of Levy,
Brown, Campbell, Carleton,Chapman, Clark, Daniels, Davidson,









Douglass, Drake, Duncan of Sumter, Duncan of Hamilton,
Dyal, Ewan, Farnell, Fillingin, Floyd, Frazier, Gibbs, Good-
bread, Hall, Haven, Hendry, Hicks, Hind, Johns, Jones,
Latham, McKinnon, Mason, Neel, Newlan, 'Parker, Peeples,
Pelot, Perpall, Pooser, Robinson, Rourke, Shavers, Snead,
Spear, Strom, Thomas, Tippin, Umpstead, Upchurch, Walker,
Waring, Willie and Woods-58.
Nays-Messrs. Carr, Crawford, Gainer, Johnson, Liglitsey,
Matchett,Mitchell, Shuler, Washington and Wilson-10.
So the resolution was adopted.
Mr. Hicks gave notice that on to-morrow morning he would
move to reconsider the vote lust taken.
Messrs. Campbell aid Gibbs were appointed by the Speaker
to carry out the order of the Hoise.
The following officers and attaches were duly sworn in by
the Speaker, to wit:
D. G. McLeod, Assistant Clerk.
Nat R. Walker, Reading Clerk.
J. C. Clark,' Enrolling Clerk.
J. A. Colson, Engrossing Clerk.
B. F. Jackson, Recording Clerk.
John L. Bryan, Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms.
Mr. Ewan moved to reconsider the vote by which the reso-
lution of Mr. Gibbs, in relation to the drawing of seats, was
adopted, and moved to lay that motion on the table ;
Which was agreed to.
The Speaker announced the following appointments, to-
wit:
For Messengers-J. H. Sylvester, of Gadsden county; Wm.
J. Smith, of Jefferson county.
For Janitor-H. C. Billingsley, of Leon county.
For Chaplain-Rev. H. E. Partridge, of Leon county.
COMMITTEE ON RULES.
Messrs. Pelot, Campbell, Farnell, Spear, Ewan, Bielby and
Gibbs.
On motion of Mr. Spear, 9:30 o'clock A. M. standard time,
was appointed as the hour for the meeting of the House.
On motion of Mr. Fillingin, the House adjourned until half-
past 9 o'clock A. M. to-morrow.











WEDNESDAY, April 6th, A. D. 1887.
The House of Representatives met pursuant to adjouri,-
ment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. J. H. Anderson, S. Anderson, Baskin,
Belcher, Bielby, Blitch of Alachua, Blitch of Levy. Brown,
Campbell, Carleton, Carr, Chapman, Clark, Cottrell, Craw-
ford, Daniel, Davidson, Douglass, Drake, Duncan of Sumter,
Duncan of Hamilton, Dyal, Ewan, Farnell, Fillingin, Floyd,
Frazier, Gainer, Gibbs, Goodbread, Hall, Haven, Hendry,
Hicks, Hind, Johns, Johnson, Jones, Kelley, Lamar, Latham,
Lightsey, McClellan, McKinnon, Mason, Matchett, Mitchell,
Neel, Newlan, Parker, Peeples, Pelot, Perpall, Pooser, Robin-
son, Rourke, Saxon Shavers, Shuler, Snead, Spear, Strom,
Thomas, Tompkins, Tippin, Umstead, Upchurch, Walker,
Waring, Washington, Willie, Wilson and Woods-74.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Rev. H. E. Partridge, Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Tippin the reading of the Journal was
dispensed with and the Journal corrected and approved.
Mr. Ewan moved that Hon. H. F. Sharon and other mem-
bers of past Legislatures of Florida be invited to sit within
the bar of the House of Representatives;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Umstead moved that Hon. R. F. Rogers and Col. J. S.
White, of Suwannee, be invited to seats within the bar;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Spear moved that the representatives of the press of
Florida and of the Morning News of Savannah, Georgia, and
of the press at large, be invited to seats on the floor of the
House;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Daniels offered the following resolution:
Resolved, The Senate concurring, that a committee, consist-
ing of two on the part of the Senate, and three from the House,
be appointed to investigate the books, records and accounts of
the Comptroller and Treasurer; and they are authorized to
employ such clerical aid as will enable them to make thorough
investigation.
Mr. Peeples'offered the following substitute:
Resolved, That a special committee of five be appointed by
the Speaker to act with a similar committee from the Senate,










whose duty it shall be to investigate and report the condition
of the offices of the Comptroller and Treasurer; and that said
committee be authorized to send for persons and papers, and
to employ such aid as may be deemed necessary.
Mr. Daniel moved to lay the substitute on the table;
Which was agreed to.
The original resolution of Mr. Daniels was adopted, and the
following-named members were appointed on the part of the
House, to wit:.
Messrs. Daniels, Lamar and Pooser.
Mr. Mitchell offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms be instructed to fur-
nish all the members of this Assembly with a copy of the Con-
stitution framed and adopted in 1886;
Which was adopted:
Mr. Johns offered the following:
Resolved, That the Secretary of State be required to furnish
this House of Representatives with twelve copies of McClel-
lan's Digest of the laws of the State of Florida;
Which was adopted.
The roll of counties being called no bills were introduced.
The committee appointed on yesterday to wait on the Sen.
ate and notify them that the House of Representatives was or-
ganized and ready for business reported that they had dis-
charged that duty, and, on motion, were discharged.
Mr. Pelot, Chairman of the Committee on Rules, made the
following report:
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 6, 1887.1
HON. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives:
SiR: Your Committee on Rules, to whom was referred the
matter of reporting rules for the government of the House of
Representatives, beg leave to submit the following:


STANDING RULES.


OF THE DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE SPEAKER.
RULE 1. The Speaker shall take the chair every day at the
hour to which the House of Representatives shall have ad-










journed, shall call the members to order, and on the appear-
ance'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 House of
Representatives by motion regularly seconded, and no other
business shall be in order till the question on the appeal shall
have been decided.
RULE 3. He shall declare all votes, but if any member rises
to doubt a vote the Speaker shall order a return of the number
voting in the affirmative and in the negative, without any fur-
ther debate npt n the question.
RULE 4. He shall.rise to put a question or to address the
House of Representatives, but may read sitting.
RULE 5. In all cases 'the Speaker may vote.
RULE 6. When the House of Representatives shall deter-
mine to go into a committee of the whole House of Represent-
atives, 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 House of Representatives
by yeas and nays, provided five of the members present shall
so require. When the yeas' and nays are taken the roll of the
House of Representatives shall be called in alphabetical order,
and no member shall be allowed to vote who shall not be upon
the floor of the House of Representatives at the 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 motion be pre-
vious in its nature, except that in naming sums, and fixing
times the largest sums and the longest time shall 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 House of Representa-
tives, and shall be disposed of by vote of the House of Repre-
sentatives, but the mover may withdraw it at any times before
a decision or amendment, except a motion to reconsider, which
shall not be 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 but to adjourn, to lay on the table, for the pre
vious 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 tbl,le,









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or postponed, such action shall not carry 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 nays, shall
be decided without debate.
'RULE 12. He shall put the previous question in the following
form : Shall the main question be now put?" and all debate
upon the main question and pending amendments shall be sus-
pended until the previous question shall be decided. After the
adoption of the previous question, the sense of the House of
Representatives shall forthwith be taken on pending amend-
ments in their regular order, and then upon the main question.
RULE 13. On the previous question there shall be no debate.
RULE 14. When two or more members happen to rise at
once, the Speaker shall name the member who is first to speak.
RULE 15. All committees shall be appointed and announced
by the Speaker, unless otherwise specially directed by the
House of Representatives.
RULE 16. The Speaker shall have the right to name any mem-
ber to perform the duties of the chair; but such substitution
shall not extend beyond an adjournment.
OF THE DUTIES, RIGHTS AND DECORUM OF 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. N o 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 order.
RULE 19. No member shall speak more than twice on one
question, without first obtaining leave of the House of Re-
presentatives; 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 for
any member ot the majority to move for a reconsideration there-
of on the same or the succeeding day; and such motion (ex-
cept 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 de-
cided, that decision shall not be reconsidered, and no question
shall be twice reconsidered : Provided, however, That a motion
to reconsider a vote, upon any collateral matter, shall not re-
move the main subject under consideration from before the
House of Representatives, 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 possession of the Clerk
until the right ot reconsideration has expired: Provided, That
the operation of this rule shall be suspended during the last
week of the session.
RUri 22. No member shall be obliged to be on more than
two committees at the same time, nor chairman of more than
one.
RULE 23. No member shall bo permitted to stand up to the
interruption of another while any member is speaking, or to
pass unnecessarily between the Speaker of the House of Rep-
resentatives and the person speaking; nor shall any members
be permitted in the alleys, or in the area in front of the Chair,
-luring the session ol the House of Representatives.
RULE 24. Every member who shall neglect to give his at-
tendance in the House of Representatives for more than six
days after the session commences, shall, on making his appear-
ance therein, be held to render the reason of such neglect; and
in case the reason assigned shall be deemed by the House of
Representatives 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 House
of Representatives, and a vote of leave of absence shall be in-
operative unless the member obtaining it shall avail himself of
it within five days.
RUvL 25. When any member shall be guilty of a breach of
either of the rules and orders of the House of Representatives,
ihe may be required by the House of Representatives, on mo-
tion, to make satisfaction therefore, and shall not be allowed to
vote or speak, except by way of excuse, till he has done so.
Rum 26. No member shall be permitted to vote, or serve on
any committee, in any question where his private right is im-
mediately concerned, distinct from the public interest.
RULE 27. Every member, who shall be in the House of Rep-
resentatives when a question is put, when he is not excluded
by interest, shall give his vote, unless the House of Representa-
tives, tor special reasons, shall excuse him. Any member de-
siring to be so excused on any question shall make application
to that effect before the calling of the yeas and nays; and such
application shall be accompanied by a brief statement of rea-
sons, and shall be decided without debate.
RULE 28. Every motion shall be reduced to writing, if the
Speaker shall so direct.
RULE 29. 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 shall be deemed indivisible; but a motion to strike











out, being lost, shall neither preclude amendment nor a motion
to strike out and insert.
RULE 30. Motions and reports may be committed or recom-
mitted at the pleasure of the House of Representatives.
RULE 31. No motion or proposition of a subject different
from that under consideration shall be admitted under color of
amendment.
RULE 32. The unfinished business in which the House of
Representatives was engaged at the time of the last adjourn-
ment shall have the preference in the orders of the day, next
after motions for reconsideration.
RULE 33. No rule or order of the House of Representatives
shall be dispensed with or repealed unless a majority of the
members present shall consent thereto.
RULE 34. When a vote is doubted, the members for or against
the question, when' called on by the Speaker, shall rise and
stand uncovered until they are counted.
.RULE 35. All questions relating to the priority of business to
be acted upon shall be decided without debate.
RULE 36. When a motion is made, to refer any subject, and
different committees shall be proposed, the question shall be
taken in the following order: A Standing Committee of the
House of Representatives, a Joint Standing Committee, a Se-
lect Committee, a Joint Select Committee.
RULE 37. It shall be the duty of each member of the House
of Representatives who moves tht any Standing Committee
be instructed to inquire into the expediency ot amending any
existing law or laws, to point out the amendment which he
deems expedient, in writing, to accompany his motion, or to
furnish a written statement thereof to such committee, if by
them required.
RULE 38. No stranger shall be admitted to the seats of mem-
bers, or upon the floor of the House of Representatives, with-
out leave of the Speaker or consent of the House of Represen-
tatives.
OF PETITIONS, MEMORIALS, ETC.
RULE 39. All papers addressed to the House of Representa-
tives, except petitions, 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 House of Repre-
sentatives shall otherwise direct.
RULE 40. Evtry member presenting to the House of Repre-
sentatives a petition, memorial or remonstrance, shall endorse
his name thereon, with a brief statement of the nature and ob-
ject of the instrument, and the reading of the same from the










Chair shall, in all instances, be dispensed with, unless specially
ordered by the House of Representatives.
RULE 41. All reports, petitions, memorials, remonstrances,
and papers of a like nature, shall be presented during the first
Sour of each session of the House of Representatives, and at no
other time; and the Speaker shall call on the'several divisions,
in regular succession, for such paper.
RULE 42. All applications for the use of the House of Rep-
resentives Chamber shall be made to, and decided upon by,
the Commiteee on Public Building, subject, however, to the
control and order of the House of Representatives.
ON BILLS, RESOLUTIONS AND GRANTS.
RULE 43. Every bill, and all resolutions of a public nature,
or for the appropriation of the public money, shall receive three
readings previously to the final passage of such bill or resolu-
tion; 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 present shall
decide otherwise.
RULE 44. 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 sever-
al sections or resolves.
RULE 45. 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; ,r to amend; which mo-
tion shall have precedence in the order above stated.
RULE 46. It shall not be in order to amend the title of any
bill or resolution until it shall have passed its third reading.
RULE 47. All bills or resolutions to be engrossed shall be ex-
ecuted in a fair, round hand, and without erasure or interlinea-
tions.
RULE 48. 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 49. 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
date of its transmission entered upon the Journal.
COMMITTEES-THEIR POWERS AND DUTIES.
'RULE 50. Bills committed to a committee of the whole House
of Representatives 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 House
of Representatives. After report the bill shall- again be sub-
ject to be debated and amended by clauses or sections.
RULE 51. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Enrolled
Bills to report at any time.
OF COMMITTEES, THEIR POWERS AND DUTIES.
RULE 52. The following Standing Committees shall be ap-
pointed at the commencementof each session of the Legislature:
Judiciary, Claims,
Finance and Taxation, City and County Organization,
Commerce and Navigation, Agriculture,
Railroads and Canals, Immigration,
Corporations, Indian Affairs,
Public Printing, Post Routes,
Engrossed Bills, Appropriations,
Enrolled Bills, Fisheries,
.State Institutions, Public Health,
Public Lands, Temperance,
Militia, Census and Apportionment,
Privileges and Elections, Rules,
Education, Unfinished Business,
Public Roads and Highways, Journal,
Legislative Expenses,
and each of those committees shall consist of not less than five
nor more than nine members of the House.
RULE 53. All papers relative to any business before the
House of Representatives shall be left with the Clerk by any
member who shall obtain leave of absence, and may have any
such papers in his possession.
RULE 54. 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 55. All committees may report by bill, resolve or
otherwise.










RULE 56. Messages shall be transmitted to the Governor or
Senate by the Clerk or Sergtzant-at-Arms.

RULE 57-ORDER OF BUSINESS.

1. Reading of the Journal.
2. Correction of the Journal.
3. Introduction of memorials, petitions or other papers ad-
dressed to the House of Representatives or.to the Speaker
thereof.
4. Introduction of resolutions and consideration of all reso-
lutions other than joint or concurrent resolutions.
5. Introduction of bills by call of counties.
6. Reports of Standing Committees.
7. Reports of Select Committees.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.
1. Select orders of the day.
2. Consideration of bills and resolutions on their third read-

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 read,
ing.
6. Consideration of communications from the Governor and
other-papers addressed to the House of Representatives or the
Speaker thereof.
RULE 58. The rule of Parliamentary practice comprised in
Jefferson's Manual shall govern the House of Representatives
in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are
not inconsistent with the Standing Rules, order of the House
of Representatives, or the Joint Rules of the two branches of
the Legislature.

JOINT RULES.
RULE 1. While bills are on their passage between the two
houses, they shall be on paper, and under signature of the Sec-
retary, or Clerk, of each house, respectively.
RULE 2. After a bill shall have passed both houses, it shall
be duly enrolled on parchment by the Clerk of the House of
Representatives, or Secretary of the Senate, as the bill may
have originated in one or the other house, before it shall be
presented to the Governor of the State.
RULE 3. When bills are thus enrolled, they shall be exam-
ined by a joint committee of two from the Senate and two










from the House of Representatives, appointed as a Stand-
ing Committee for that purpose, who shall carefully compare
the enrollment with the engrossed bill as passed in the two
houses, and correcting any errors that may be discovered in
the enrolled bills, make their reports forthwith to their respect-
ive houses.
RULE 4. After examination and report, each bill shall be
signed in the respective hotises-first by the Speaker of the
House of Representatives, then by the President of the Senate.
RULE 5. After a bill 'shall have been thus signed in each
house, it shall be presented by the said committee to the Gov-
ernor of the State for his approbation, it being first endorsed
on the back of the roll, certifying in which house the same
originated, which endorsement shall be signed by the Secretary
of the Senate or Clerk (as the case may be) of the House, in
which it did originate, and shall be entered on the journal of
each house. The said committee shall report the day of pre-
sentation to the Governor, which time shall also be carefully
entered on the journal of each house.
RULB 6. All orders, resolutions and votes which are are to
be presented to the Governor of the State for his approbation,
shall in the same manner, be previously enrolled, examined and
signed, and shall be presented in the same manner and by the
same committee as provided in cases of bills.
Very respectfully,
J. C. PELOT,
Chairman \Committee.
DANIEL CAMPBELL,
J. 0. FARNELL,
H. H. SPEAR,
J. W. EWAN,
C. F. A. BIELBY,
T. V. GIBBS,
S. PAsco.
On motion of Mr. Mitchell, the House of Representatives
adjourned until half-past nine o'clock A. M. to-morrow.











THURSDAY, April 7th, 1887.
The House of Representatives met persuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Anderson, J. H., Anderson, S., of Du-
val, Baskin, Belcher, Bielby, Blitch of Alachua, Blitch of
Levy, Brown, Campbell, Carleton, Carr, Chapman, Clark,
Cottrell, Crawford, Daniel, Davidson, Douglass, Drake. Dun-
can of Sumter, Duncan of Hamilton, Dyal, Ewan, Farnell, Fil-
lingin, Floyd, Frazier, Gainer, Gibbs, Goodbread, Hall, Ha-
ven, Hicks, Hind, Johns, Johnson, Jones, Kelley, Lamar,
Latham, Lightsey, McClellan, McKinnon, \lason, Matchett,
Mitchell, Neel, Newlan, Parker, Peeples, Pelot, Perpall, Pooser,
Robinson, Rourke, Saxon, Shavers, Shuler, Snead, Strom,
Thomas, Tompkins, Tippin, Umstead, Upchurch, Walker,
Waring, Washington, Willie, Wilson and Woods-73.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Pelot the reading of the Journal was dis-
pensed with and the Journal corrected and approved.
Papers in relation to a contest from Dade county were pre-
sented, and on motion of Mr. Hicks, h.id over until the Com-
mittee on Privileges and Elections is organized, and then be
referred to said committee.
Mr. Tippin offered the following resolution :
Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of For-
idi, That a special committee of seven be appointed to act with
a similar committee of the Senate to visit the convict camp, to
investigate and report upon the condition, management, treat-
tnent and general welfare of the convicts, the investigation to
cover the period since the last session of the Legislature;
Which was adopted.
Mr. Saxon offered the following resolution:
WHEREAS. It has been frequently charged by sundry news-
papers of the State of Florida that the missing section on
printing of the New Constitetion of Florida, was destroyed
by interested parties, to-wit, the editors of the Floridian;
therefore, be it
Besolved, That a committee of five be appointed by the
Speaker, with full power to send for persons and papers and
power to employ such clerical aid as they may deem necessary,
and to report such facts as they may ascertain to this body
for action thereon ; also, to prepare a bill by the provisions of










which the public printing shall be let to the lowest responsible
bidder.
Which was ordered laid over under the rules until to-mor-
row.
Mr. Laiham offered the following:
WHEREAS, There has been considerable agitation in regard
to'the appointment of a Railroad Commission in this State,
affecting largely the interests of both the people and the rail-
road companies as it does, we deem it expedient to promote
the best interests of all, that a committee be formed to con-
sider the same therefore be it
Resolved, That a committee of five (5) be appointed by the
Speaker, with full power to send for persons and papers, and
from the mass of the information obtainable prepare and sub-
mit a bill on this subject, at as early a day as practicable, for
the consideration of this House;
Which was laid over under the rules until to morrow.
Mr. Washington offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That a special committee of three be appointed by
the Speaker to examine the statutes of Florida and report to
she House such amendments as as may be necessary to make
laid statutes conform to the constitutionn of 1885, and adopted
1886;
Which was laid over under the rules.
Mr. Hicks offered the following resolution:
Resoleed, That permission is hereby given E. A. Davidson
to establish in the vestibule of the Capitol, during the sessions
of the Legislature, a lemonade, fruit and cigar and tobacco
stand, to take effect after adoption of resolution ;
Which was laid over under the rules until to-morrow,
Mr. Umstead offered the following:
Resolved, That a committee of five to visit the State Agri-
cultural College located at Lake City and report the state of
property purchased by Trustees of said College-the building
and equipment of the same, and upon all matters connected
therewith;
Which was laid over under the rules until to-morrow.
Mr. Hicks offered the following joint resolution:
Joint Resolution for the appointment of a Committee to inves-
tigate the affairs of the office of the Commissioner of
Lands and Immigration:
Be it resolved by the Senate and Hor.e ,f Representatives
of the State of Florida, That a committee of five (5) be ap-
pointed, consisting of three from the House and two from the










Senate, to investigate the affairs of the office of the Commis-
sioner of Lands and Immigration of the State of Florida, and
be empowered to employ clerical aid if deemed actually
necessary;
Which was laid over under the rules until to-morrow.
Mr. Strom moved that all bills upon their first reading, shall
be read by their titles, and referred to appropriate commit-
ees;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Ewan moved that Mr. Spear, of Gadsden, be excused
from attendance for three days or more, on account of sick-
ness;
Which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Hieks, Mr. Hinsey, the Door-Keeper, was
excused from duty for two or more days on account of sick-
ness, he having furnished a substitute.
On motion of Mr. Gibbs, the lion. J. R. Challen, of Duval,
was invited to a seat within the bar of the House.
The roll of counties being called, the following bills were
introduced:
By Mr. Hall, of Alachua:
House bill No. 1:
To be entitled an act concerning railroads and other com-
mon carriers;
Which was read by its title and placed among the orders
of the day.
By Mr. Mason, of Alachua:
House bill No. 2:
To be entitled an act for the relief of Henry C. Denton ;
Which was read by its title and placed among the orders of
the day.
By Mr. Johns, of Bradford:
House bill No. 3:
To be entitled an act to regulate the rules of evidence in
suits against railroad companies for injuries to domestic
animals;
Which was read by its title and placed among the orders of
the day.
By Mr Parker, of Duval:
House bill No. 4:
To be entitled an act to define the method of giving notice
for the introduction of bills in the Legislature for special or
local laws;
Which was read by its title and placed among the orders of
the day.
By Mr. Tippin, of Escanbia:
House bill No. 5:










To be entitled an act to prevent setting fire to the woods;
Which was read by its title and placed among the orders of
the day.
Also,
House bill No. 6:
To be entitled an act to prevent the concealment or destruc-
tion of the bodies of live stock killed by railroads in this State,
until the owners thereof shall have had an opportunity to iden-
tify them;
Which was read by its title and placed among the orders of
the day.
Also,
House bill No. :
To be entitled an act to impose a tax on dogs;
Which was read by its title and placed among the orders of
the day.
By Mr. Fillingin, of Escambia:
House bill No. 8:
To be entitled an act to prohibit employers in the State from
tendering to their employees any note, scrip or ,promise to pay
in writing in compensation for such employee's labor or services,
unless the same distinctly states that it shall be paid in money
recognized as a legal tender by the laws of the United States;
Which was read by its title and placed among the orders of
the day.
By Mr. Daniel, of Jackson:
House bill No. 9:
To be entitled an act to provide for calling an election to
determine whether or not the sale of intoxicating liquors,
wines and beer shall be prohibited in the several counties in
This State;
Which was read by its title and placed among the orders of
the day.
By Mr. Lamar, of Jefferson:
House bill No. 10:
To be entitled an act to fix the maximum of railway passen-
ger fares; *
Which was read by its title and placed among the orders of
the day.
By Mr. Lamar, of Jefferson:
House bill No. 11:
To be entitled an act to require railway companies to fence
their roads, and to provide for the payment of stock killed
upon the same;
Which was read by its title and placed among the orders of
the day.











By Mr. Willie, of Jefferson :
House bill No. 12:
To be entitled an act fixing the representation in the Senate'
and House of Representatives;
Which was read by its title and placed among the orders of
the day.
By Mr. Blitch, of Levy:
House bill No. 13;
To be entitled an act to provide for the laying off into asses-
sors' districts the several counties in this State;
Which was read by its title and placed among the orders of
the day.
By Mr. Baskin, of Marion:
House bill No. 14:
To be entitled an act to require railroad corporations to
fence their lines, and to provide payment for stock killed,
maimed, or otherwise injured by said roads;
Which was read by its title, and placed among the orders of
the day.
By Mr. Robinson, of Orange:
House bill No. 15:
To be entitled an act to establish a Board of Health;
Which was read by its title, and placed among the orders of
the day.
By Mr. Hind, of Putnam:
House bill No. 16:
To be entitled an act to regulate the manufacture and sale
of commercial fertilizers;
Which was read by its title, and placed among the orders of
the day.
By Mr. Chapman, of Sumter :
SHouse bill No. 17:
To be entitled an act to carry out and enforce the provisions
of Article XIX, of the Constitution;
Which was read by its title, and placed among the orders of
the day.
By Mr. Campbell, of Walton:
House bill No. 18:
To be entitled an act to regulate the charges of railroad
companies transporting passengers in this State;
Which was read by its title, and placed among the orders of
the day.
Also,
House bill No. 19:
To be entitled an act to require railroads to fence their roads;
Which was read by its title, and placed among the orders of
the day.










Mr. Daniel moved that the rules for the government of the
House, as reported by the Committee on Rules on yesterday,
be adopted ; *
Which was agreed to.
The following message was received :
SENATE CHAMBER, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 7, 1887.
HON. SAMUEL PAsCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives :
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform the House of
Representatives that the Senate has passed the following con-
current resolution:
Resolved, That a committee of two 'from the Senate be ap-
pointed to act with a similar committee to be appointed by
the House of Representatives, to examine the Comptroller's
and Treasurer's books and employ such clerical aid as may be.
necessary; and that Messrs. Gaskins, and Walker, Jr., have
been appointed said conmitt<,e upon the part of the Senate,
and respectfully ask the concurrence of the House of Repre-
sentatives therein.
Very respectfully,
C. A. FINLEY,
Secretary of the Senate.
Which was read and ordered spread upon the Journal.
Mr. Brown offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the concurrent action of the Senate on the
resolution to investigate and report the condition of the books,
records and accounts of the Comptroller and Treasurer be ac-
cepted;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Pelot moved that 200 copies of the rules be printed for
the use of the members of the House;
Which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Tippin, Messrs. Brent and Knowles, of
Escambia, were invited to seats within the bar of the House.
On motion of Mr. Hicks, Mr. J. Wood Davidson was invited
to a seat within the bar of the House.
Mr. Daniel moved that the Governor's message be taken up,
read and considered by heads of departments;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Ewan moved that the further reading of the Message
be dispensed with and the different subjects referred to be re-
ferred t) appropriate committees;
Which was agreed to.











Mr. Daniel moved that so much of the Message as refers
to finance and taxation be referred to the Committee on Fi-
nance and Taxation;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Umstead moved that so much of the Message as refers
to Education be referred to the Committee on Education;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Willie moved that the Seargeant-at-Arms be required
to furnish the members of this House with all the reports of
the different departments;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Strom moved that so much of the Governor's message
as refers to agriculture be referred to the Committee on Ag-
riculture ;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Hind moved that a joint committee of five from this
House and three from the Senate be appointed by the Speaker
to consider so much of the Governor's message as refers to the
Okeechobee Drainage;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Johns moved that so much of the Governor's message as
refers to the laborer aEd his hire be referred to the Judiciary
Committee;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Umstead moved that that part of the Governor's mes-
sage which alluded to claims held by the State of Florida be
referred to the Committee on Claims;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Hall moved that so much of the Governor's message as
refers to railroads shall be referred to the Committee on Rail-
roads and Canals;
Which was agreed .to.
Mr Tippin moved that so much of the Governor's message
as refers to elections be referred to the Committee on Priv-
ileges and Elections;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Peeples moved that the part of the Governor's message
referring to the care of our poor be referred to the Committee
on State Institutions;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Drake moved that that portion of the Governor's mes-
sage referring to the volunteer militia be referred to the
Committee on Militia;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Johns offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That so much of the Governor's message referring











to canals be referred to the Committee on Railroads and
Canals;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Matchett moved that so much of the Governor's mes-
sage as refers to the care of our poor be referred to the Com-
mittee on Public Institutions;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Willie moved that the portion of the Governor's message
referring to education be referred to the Committee on Educa-
tion ;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Gibbs moved that those parts of the Governor's message
not now referred be referred to the appropriate committees un-
der the direction of the Speaker without further action by the
House;
Which was agreed to.
On motion, the Hduse adjourned until 9-30 o'clock A. M. to-
morrow.


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FRIDAY, APRIL 8- 1887.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Anderson, J. H., Anderson S., Baskin,
Belcher, Bielby, Bliteh of Alachua, Blitch of Levy, Brown,
Campbell, Carleton, Carr, Chapman, Clark, Cottrell, Crawford,
Cromwell, Daniel, Davidson, Douglass, Drake, Duncan of
Sumter, Duncan of Hamilton, Dyal, Ewan, Farnell, Fillingin,
Floyd, Frazier, Gainer, Gibbs, Goodbread, Hall, Haven, Hen-
dry, Hicks, Hind, Johns, Johnson, Jones, Kelley, Lamar,
Latham, Lightsey, McClellan, McKinnon, Mason, Matchett,
Mitchell, Neel, Newlan, Parker, Peeples, Pelot, Perpall, Pooser,
Robinson, Rourke, Saxon, Shavers, Shuler, Snead, Strom,
Thomas, Tompkins, Tippin, Umstead, Upchurch, Walker,
Waring, Washington, Wilson and Woods-74.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Tippin the reading of the Journal was
dispensed with, and the Journal corrected and approved.
On motion of Mr. Mitchell, J. D. Cromwell, member-elect










from Alachua, appeared at the bar of the House and was
sworn in by the Speaker.
The Speaker announced the following Standing Committees,
to wit:
No. 1-On Judiciary.
Mr. CAMPBELL, Chairman.
Messrs. LAMAR, HICKS,
MASON, BASKIN,
DRAKE, ROBINSON,
GIBBS, MITCHELL.
No. 2- On Finance and Taxation.
Mr. DUNCAN of Sumter, Chairman.
Messrs. WARING, FARNELL
SHULER, GAINER,
SAXON, LIGHTSEY,
CARLTON, CARR.

No. 3- On Commerce and Navigation.
Mr. EWAN, Chairman.
Messrs. DYAL, WALKER,
FILLINGIN, CLARK,
SHAVERS, DAVIDSON.
No. 4- On Railroads and Canals.
Mr. SAXON, Chairman.
Messrs. DANIEL, FLOYD,
HALL, LIGHTSEY,
JOHNS, KELLY,
HIND, SNEAD.


Messrs. MASON,
CHAPMAN,


5-On Corporations.
r. CLARK, Chairman.
HAVEN.
SHAVERS.


v No. 6-On Public Printing.
Mr. DRAKE, Chairman,
Messrs. BLITCH of Alachua, McKINNON,
NEEL, CARR.










No. 7- On Engrossed Bills.
Mr. ROURKE, Chairman.
Messrs. NEEL, BLITCH of Levy,
UMSTEAD, PARKER.
No. 8- On Enrolled Bills.
Mr. WASHINGTON, Chairman.
Messrs. HENDRY, GAINER,
JONES, FRAZIER.
No. 9- On State Institutions.
Mr. SPEAR, Chairman.
Messrs. PEEPLES, BASKIN,
WOODS, SNEAD.
No. 10-On Public Lands
Mr. McCLELLAN, Chairman.
Messrs. NEWLAN, HENDRY,
FLOYD, PELOT,
J. H. ANDERSON, TOMPKINS.
No. 11-On Militia.
.Mr. TIPPIN, Chairman.
Messrs. WARING, SAXON,
S. ANDERSON, DAVIDSON.
No. 12-On Privileges and Elections.
Mr. HALL, Chairman.
Messrs. McCLELLAN, UPCHURCH,
DUNCAN of Sumter, BROWN,
PERPALL, DUNCAN of Hamilton,
BIELBY, CARR.
No. 13-On Education.
Mr. UMSTEAD, Chairman.
Messrs. WILLIE, CHAPMAN,
BLITCH of Alachua. McKINNON,
JONES, BELCHER,
BIELBY, GIBBS.
No. 14-On Public Roads and Highways.
Mr. WARING, Chairman.
Messrs. KELLY, DUNCAN of Hamilton.
CRAWFORD, J. H. ANDERSON.








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No. 15- On Legislative Expenses.
Mr. BLITCH of Levy, Chairman.
Messrs. CRAWFORD, THOMAS,
MATCIIETT, PERPALL,
CURRY, FRAZIER.
No. 16-On Claims.
Mr. HICKS, Chairman.
MeBsrs. GOODBREAD, LATHAM,
SPEAR, HIND.
No. 17-On City and County Organization.
Mr.- JOHNSON, Chairman.
Messrs. COTTRELL, JOHNS,
TIPPIN, HAVENS,
WASHINGTON, PARKER.
No. 18- On Agriculture.
Mr. STROM, Chairman.
Messrs. THOMAS, POOSER,
WILSON, WALKER,.
FARNELL, S. ANDERSON.
No. 19-On Immigration.
Mr. DYAL, Chairman.
Messrs. NEWLAN, WOODS,
JOHNSON, TOMPKINS.
No. 20-On Indian Afairs.
Mr. ROBINSON, Chairman.
Messrs. MATCHETT,, UPCHURCH,
MITCHELL, CARLTON.
No. 21-On Post Routes.
Mr. BELCHER, Chairman.
Messrs. GOODBREAD, CARLTON,
BASKIN, SNEAD.
No. 22-On Appropriations.
Mr. LAMAR, Chairman.
Messrs. DOUGLASS, UPCHURCH,
ROBINSON, PARKER.










No. 23- On Fisheries.
Mr. COTTRELL, Chairman.
Messrs. SHULER, CURRY,
ROURKE, DAVIDSON.
No. 24-On Public Health.
Mr. PELOT, Chairman.,
Messrs. PEEPLES, CROMWELL,
FILLINGIN, HIND,
No. 25-On Temperance.
Mr. POOSER, Chairman.
Messrs. DANIEL, LIGHTSEY,
THOMAS, CAMPBELL,
LATHAM, DUNCAN of Sumter,
GIBBS, PARKER.
V. 26-.On Census and Apportionment.
Mr. WILLIE, Chairman.
Messrs. DOUGLASS, TIPPIN,
BROWN, CROMWELL,
BELCHER, DAVIDSON.
No. 27-On Rules.
The SPEAKER, Chairman.
Messrs. PELOT, CAMPBELL,
FARNELL, EWAN,
BIELBY, GIBBS.
No. 28-On Unfinished Business.
Mr. CRAWFORD, Chairman.
Messrs. WILSON, EWAN,
SHAVERS, MITCHELL.
No. 29-On Journal.
Mr. LATHAM, Chairman.
Messrs. STROM, DRAKE,
TOMPKINS, FRAZIER.
On.motion of Mr. Hicks, Hon. B. F. Oliveros, of St. Johns,
was invited to a seat within the bar of the House.
On motion of Mr. Hind, Mr. Bielby was excused from at-
tendance on the House for three days.










Mr. Blitch, of Alachua, moved that Hon. J. B. Johnston,
member of Constitutional Convention of 1885 from Alachua
county, be invited to a seat within the bar of the House;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Newlan moved that Col. Scott, of Gainesville, be invited
to a seat within the bar;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Tippin moved that one hundred copies of the standing
committees be printed;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Baskin offered the following resolution:
Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of
Florida, That a special committee of five be appointed to act
with a similar committee from the Senate to visit the State
Asylum and to investigate and report upon the condition,
management and treatment of its inmates since the session of
the last Legislature;
Which was laid over under the rules until to morr( w.
Mr. Wilson moved that Hon. Geo. W. Willson'and Col. John
G. Reardon, of Marion county, be invited to seats;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Strom offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Secretary be instructed to have eight
hundred copies of each day's Journal for use of the members
of this House;
Which was laid over under the rules until to-morrow.
Mr. Hind offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Sergeant at-Arms furnish for the use of
the members of this House ten copies of the Acts and Resolu-
tions of 1883 and 1885;
Which was laid over under the rules until to-morrow.
Mr. Hicks offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Sergeant at-Arms be required to furnish
each member of this House with a copy of the Constitution
adopted by the convention of 1885, without the proceedings of
the said convention attached, if the same can be procured;
Which was laid over under the rules until to-morrow.
Mr. Hicks offered the following resolution:
Concurrent Resolution appointing a Special Committee to con-
sider all matters pertaining to a Railway Commission.
Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concur-
ring, That a committee of five from the House and three from
the Senate be appointed a joint committee, and all matters re-
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rating to a railway commission shall be referred to said com-
mittee before action is taken thereon;
Which was laid over under the rule until to-morrow.
Mr. Campbell offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms furnish each commit-
tee with a copy of McClellan's Digest and a copy of all acts
passed since the same was published;
Which, on motion of Mr. Hicks, was adopted.
Mr. Mitchell offered the following resolution :
Under Rule 37, I submit the following motion:
That whereas, Chapter one hundred and thirty seven of the
Laws of Florida, approved March 11th, 1879, is defective in
that it requires the defendant to the writ to give bond in double
the amount of the debt claimed, before he or she can inter-
pose a claim to the property levied upon; as is now provided
by statute, while the plaintiff in said suit is not required to
give bond; this is a hardship and works a great injustice be-
cause ot the inequality of the law which gives the plaintiff
rights denied to the defendant; it is moved, therefore, that the
Judicial Committee be, and they are hereby instructed to en-
quire into the expediency of amending the defective parts of
the said statute so as to give equality to the plaintiff and de-
fendant alike, and report the same to this House at their
earliest convenience;
Which was read and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
The following resolution, offered on yesterday by Mr. Saxon,
was taken up:
Whereas It has been frequently charged by sundry news-
papers of the State of Florida, that the missing section on
printing of the New Constitution of Florida was destroyed by
interested parties, to-wit: the editors of the FLORIDIAN;
therefore, be it.
Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed by the
Speaker with full powers to send for persons and papers and
power to employ such clerical aid as they may deem necessary,
and to report such facts as they may ascertain to this body
for action thereon. Also to prepare a bill by the provisions
of which the public printing shall be let to the lowest respon-
sible bidder.
Mr. McClellan offered the following amendment by striking
out the words sending for persons and papers and employing
clerical aid as they may deem necessary;
Which was accepted.










Mr. Tompkins moved to indefinitely postpone the resolu-
tion.
Mr. McClellan moved to lay the motion on the table;
Which was agreed do.
Mr. McClellan moved to adopt the resolution as amended.
which was agreed to, and the Speaker appointed the following
committee:
Messrs. Saxon, Campbell, Tompkins Robinson and Parker.
The following resolution offered on yesterday by Mr. La-
tham was read:
WHEREAs, There has been considerable agitation in regard
to the appointment of a Railroad Commission in this State,
affecting largely the interests of both people and the railroad
companies, as it does, we deem'it expedient, to promote the
best interests of all, that a committee be formed to consider
the same; therefore be it
Resolved, That a committee of five (5) be appointed by the
Speaker with full power to send for persons and papers, and
from the mass of the information obtainable, prepare and sub-
mit a bill on this subject at as early a day as practicable, for
the consideration of this House.
Mr. Hind moved to indefinitely postpone the resolution;
Which was agreed to.
The following resolution, offered on yesterday by Mr. Wash-
ington, was read:
Resolved, That a special committee of three be appointed by
the Speaker to examine the Statutes of Florida, and report to
the House such amendments as may be necessary to make
said Statutes conform to the Constitution of 1885 and adopted
1886.
Mr. Peeples moved to amend by having six on committee
instead of three;
Which was accepted.
Mr. Campbell moved to indefinitely postpone the whole
matter;
Which was agreed to.
The following resolution offered by Mr. Umstead was read:
Resolved, That a committee of five to visit the State Agri-
cultural College, located at Lake City, and report the state of
property purchased by Trustees of .said college, the building
and equipment of the same, and upon all matters connected
therewith.
Mr. Tompkins moved as an amendment to make it a joint
resolution of Senate and House of Representatives;
Which was accepted, and the resolution as amended adopted











The following resolution, which was offered by Mr. Hicks
on yesterday, was read, and on motion of Mr. Lamar laid on
the table:
Resolved, That permission is hereby given E. A. Davidson
to establish in the vestibule of the Capitol, during the sessions
of the Legislature, a lemonade, fruit and cigar and tobacco
stand, to take effect after adoption of resolution.
The following messages were received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 7, 1887.
HON. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives:
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform the House of
Representatives that the Senate has passed the following reso-
lution :
Resolved, That a committee of two from the Senate be ap-
pointed to act with a similar committee to be appointed by the
House of Representatives to examine the office of the Commis-
siongr of Lands and Immigration, and employ such clerical aid
as may be necessary,
And have appointed as such committee from the Senate
Messrs. Bryan and Miller,
And respectfully ask the concurrence of the House of Rep-
resentatives therein.
Very respectfully,
C. A. FINLEY,
Secretary of the Senate.
SENATE CHAMBER, TALLAEHSSEE, Fla., April 7, 1887.
HON. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
SIR-I am directed by the Senate to inform the House of
Representatives that the Senate has passed the following con-
current resolution:
Whereas, The new Constitution of this State imposes upon
the present Legislature an extraordinary amount of legisla-
tion ;
Resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concur-
ring, That a joint committee of three from the Senate and four
from the House of Representatives be appointed to report a
method looking to the speedy enactment of all legislation re-
quired under the new Constitution; and what legislation is
necessary after a thorough examination of the Constitution,










article by article and section by section, and apportion it
among the various standing committees, and that the several
committees to whom such legislation shall be referred, shall
report by bill or bttherwise to both branches of the Legisla-
ture, and have appointed as such committee, on the part of the
Senate, Messrs. Walker, Mann anld Mallory;
Aiid respectively ask the concurrence of the House of Rep-
resentatives therein.
Very respectfully,
C. A. FINLEY,
Secretary of the Senate.
Which were received, read and placed among the orders of
the day.
The papers in regard to the contest case from Dade county
were referred to the Committee on Privileges and' Elections.
Mr. Strom moved that J. H. Sylvester, Messenger, be ex-
cused until Monday next on account of sickness;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Campbell moved that bills on their first reading be read
by their titles only;
Which was agreed to by a unanimous vote.
The following messages were received from the Senate :
SENATE CHAMBER, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 8, 1887.
HON. SAMUEL PAsCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives:
SiR: I am directed by the Senate to inform the House of
Representatives that the Senate has passed Senate joint reso-
nltion No. 1, entitled a resolution of sympathy with Ireland:
Joint Resolution of Sympathy with Ireland.
WHEREAS, The spectacle of a gallant and high-spirited peo-
ple struggling with a gigantic adversary to free themselves
from the bonds of oppression, persecution and dependence,
and to secure to themselves the God given right to govern
themselves, and to live under laws made by themselves with-
out the interference of foreign oppressors, is one which com-
mends itself to the approbation and excites the warm sym-
pathy of every true American; and whereas, the people of
Ireland in their contest for home rule, which by peaceable and
constitutional methods they are now seeking to bring to a
triumphant issue, are presenting to the world a spectacle of
fortitude, valor, endurance and forbearance that is unsurpassed
in the history of mankind, and is a source of admiration to
every true lover of human liberty ;










Be it re solved by the Senate and the House of Repres- nativee,
of the State of Florida, That the people ot Ireland and the
great exponents of their grand cause in the British Parliament
have the heartfelt sympathy and earnest admiration of the
people of Florida; that we regard their cause as the cause of
mankind, their principles as identical with those that form the
foundation stones of our own institutions. State and National,
and that their triumph will be an iil-liminahll glory to the
human race, their overthrow an unspeakable calamity ;
And respectfully ask the concurrence of the House of
Representatives therein.
Very respectfully,
C. A. FINLEY,
Secretary of the Senate.
SENATE CHAMBER, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 8, 1887.
HON. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives:
Sin: I am directed by the Senate to inform the House of
Representatives that' the Senate has concurred in House of
Representatives concurrent resolution, to-wit:
Resolved, the Senate concurring, That a committee of two
on the part of the Senate, and three on the part of the House,
be appointed to investigate the books, records and accounts of
the Comptroller and Treasurer, and they are authorized to
employ such clerical aid as will enable them to make thorough
investigation, arid that Messrs. Daniel, Pooser and Lamar
have been appointed members of such committee on the part
of the House, and that the House respectfully ask the concur-
rence of the Senate therein,
And have appointed as such committee, to act with the com-
mittee of the House of Representatives, Messrs. Gaskins and
Walker, Jr. Very respectfully,
C. A. FINLEY,
Secretary of the Senate.
Which were read and placed among the orders of the day.
Mr. Ewan moved that the speaker refer the documents
which accompany the Governor's message to appropriate com-
mittees;
Which was agreed to.
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS
The following bills were introduced, read a first time by
their titles, and referred to appropriate committees, to wit:
By Mr. Blitch, of Alachua:
House bill No. 20:
To be entitled an act to prohibit railway, steamboat and
canal companies from granting free passes in this State;










Which was referred to Committee on -Railroads and Canals.
By Mr. Blitch, of Alachua:
House bill No. 21:
To be entitled an act for the relief of Charles A. Butler;
Which was referred to Committee on 'Claims.
By Mr. Drake:
House bill No. 22:
To be entitled an act to require railroad companies and cor-
porations to fence their tracks in this State, and to pay for
stock killed thereon;
Which was referred to Committee on Railroads.
By Mr. Johns:
House bill No. 23:
To be entitled an act to limit imprisonment for minor
offences; \
Which was referred to Judiciary Committee.'
By Mr. Johns:
House bill No. 24:
To be entitled an act: to regulate the time and manner of
making an election on dower;
Which was referred to Committee on Judiciary.
By Mr. McC'lellan:
House bill No. 25:
To be entitled an act to divide the county of Calhoun in
this State into five districts;
Which was referred to Committee on Cities and Counties.
Br Mr. Ewan:
House bill No. 26:
To be entitled an act to prohibit the sale of intoxicating
or alcoholic drink or liquors to the Seminole Indians;
Which ias referred to Committee on Indian Affairs.
By Mr. Ewan:
House bill No. 27 :
To be entitled an act to make New River in Dade county a
navigable stream;
Which was referred to the Committee on Commerce and
Navigation.
By Mr. Gibbi:
House bill No. 28:
To be entitled an act to protect Mechanics, Artisans, La-
borers and Material men and to provide for the speedy collec-
S tion of moneys due them for wages due them or material fur-
nished;
Which was referred to Committee on Judiciary.
By Mr. Strom:
House bill No. 29:










To be entitled an act to provide for the regulation of Rail-
road freight and passenger tariff in this State, to prevent un-
just discrimination in the rates charged for the transportation
of passengers and freight, and to prohibit Railroad companies,
corporations and lessees in this State from'charging other than
just and reasonable rates, and to punish the same and pre-
scribe a mode of procedure and rules of evidence in relation
thereto, and to appoint commissioners and to prescribe their
powers and duties in relation to same;
Which was referred to the committee on Railroads and Tel-
egraph.
By Mr. Matchett.
House bill, No. 30:
To be entitled an act to amend the attachment laws in this
State;
Which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
By Mr. Kelly :
House bill, No. 31:
To be entitled an act requiring the County Commissioners
of the several counties in this State to provide for paupers,
and to levy a tax for same ;
Which was referred to Committee on Cities and Counties.
By Mr. Daniel:
House bill No. 32:
To be entitled an act to require electors to pay a capitation
tax before exercising the right of suffrage in this State;
Which was referred to Committee on Privileges and Elec-
tions.
By Mr. Thomas:
House bill No. 33:
To be entitled an act to repeal the license tax upon manufac-
turers of tobacco and cigars;
Which was referred to Committee on Finance and Taxa-
tion.
By Mr. Carlton:
House bill No. 34:
To be entitled an act to provide for the protection of the
fresh water fisheries of this State;
Which was referred to Committee on Fisheries.
By Mr. Woods:
House bill No. 35:
To be entitled an act to prescribe the per diem of jurors and
witnesses in the Circuit Courts;
Which was referred to Committee on Judiciary.
By Mr. Hendry:
House bill No. 36:











To be entitled an act to provide an annuity for disabled sol-
diers and sailors residing in this State;
Which was referred to Committee on Claims.
By Mr. Bielby: k
House bill No. 37:
To be entitled an act to incorporate an institution of learn-
ing at DeLand, Florida, under the name of DeLand University;
Which was referred to Committee on Educatioa.
By Mr. Campbell:
House bill No. 38:
To be entitled an act to provide the manner of selecting
grand and petit jurors in the courts of the State;
Which was referred to Commitee on Judiciary.
By Mr. Mitchell:
House bill No. 39:
To be entitled an act to fix the pay of attorneys in criminal
cases when appointed by the court;
Which was.referred to Judiciary Committee.
-The following House bills, introduced on yesterday, were
read a first time by their titles, and referred to appropriate
committees, to wit:
House bill No. 1:
To be entitled an act concerning railroads and other com-
mon carriers.
Referred to the Committee on Railroads.
House bill No. 2:
To be entitled an act for the relief of Henry C. Denton.
Referred to Committee on Claims.
House bill No. 3:
To be entitled an act to regulate the rules of evidence in
suits against railroad companies for injuries to domestic an-
imals.
Referred to the Committee on Railroads and Telegraphs.
House bill No 4:
To be entitled an act to define the method of giving notice
for the introduction of bills in the Legislature for special or
local laws.
Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
House bill No. 5:
To be entitled an act to prevent setting fire to the woods.
Referred to the Committee on Agriculture.
House bill No. 6:
To be entitled an act to prevent the concealment or destruc-
tion of the bodies of live stock killed by railroads in this
State until the owners thereof shall have had an opportunity
to identify them.
,Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.










House bill No. 7:
To be entitled an act to impose a tax on dogs.
Referred to Committee on Agriculture.
House bill No. 8:
To be entitled an act to prohibit employers in this State
from tendering to their employees any note or scrip or prom-
ise to pay in writing in compensation for such employees' labor
or service unless the same distinctly states that it shall be
paid in money recognized as a legal tender by the laws of the
United.States.
Referred to the Committee on Agriculure.
House bill No. 9:
To be entitled an act to provide for calling an election to
determine whether or not the sale cf intoxicating liquors,
wines and beer shall be prohibited in the several counties in
this State.
Referred to the Committee on Temperance.
House bill No. 10:
To be entitled an act to fix the maximum of railway passenger
fares.
Referred to the Committee on Railroads and Telegraph.
House bill No. i :
To be entitled an act to require railway companies to fence'
their roads, and to provide for the payment of stock killed upon
the same.
Referred to the Committee on Railroads and Telegraph.
House bill No. 12:
To be entitled an act fixing the representation in the Senate
and House of Representatives.
Referred to the Committee on Census and Apportionment.
House bill No. 13:
To be entitled an act to provide for the laying off into'asses-
sors' districts the several counties in this State.
Referred to the Committee on Finance and Taxation.
House bill No. 14:
To be entitled an act to require railroad corporations to fence
their lines, and to provide payment for stock killed, maimed or
otherwise injured by said roads.
Referred to the Committee on Railroads and Telegraph.
House bill No. 15:
To be entitled an act to establish a Board of Health.
Referred to Committee on Public Health.
House bill No. 16:










To be entitled an act to regulate the manufacture and sale
of commercial fertilizers.
Referred to Committee on Agriculture.
House bill No. 17:
To be entitled an act to carry out and enforce the provisions
of Article XIX of the Constitution..
Referred to the Committee on Temperance.
House bill No. 18:
To be entitled an act to regulate the charges of railroad
companies transporting passengers in this Staite.
Referred to the Committee on Railroads and Telegraph.
House bill No. 19:
To be entitled an act to require railroads to fence their
roads.
Referred to the Committee on Railroads and Telegraph.
Mr. Hind offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That of all bills concerning the appointment of a
Railroad Commission for this State introduced into this
House 500 copies be printed for the use of members; ; "...
Which was laid over under the rules until to-morrow.
Mr. Daniel moved:
That the Speaker appoint two additional committee men on
the committee appointed to investigate the offices of the
Comptroller and Treasurer;
Which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Fillingin, Col. Chipley, of Escambia, 'was
invited to a seat within the Bar of the House.
The Speaker, under the. otion of Mr. Ewan, made the fol-
lowing reference of the documents accompanying the Gover-
nor's message, to wit:
Comptroller's and Treasurer's reports, to the Committee on
Finance and Taxation.
Report of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund,
to the Committee on Public Land.
Report of the Commissioner of Lands and Immigration, to
the Committee on Immigration.
Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to
Committee on Education.
Report of Adjutant-General, to the Committee on Militia.
Report of Attorney-General, to Judiciary Committee.
Report of the Secretary of State-such matters as referred
to census and apportionment, to Committee on Census and
Apportionment; and suLh matters as. referred to incorpora-
tions, to the Committee on Incorporations.:
On motion of Mr. Hicks, the Senate resolution in regard to










the appointment of a committee to investigate the affairs of
the office of the Commissioner of Lands and Immigration, was
taken up and concurred in.
The Speaker appointed Messrs. Johns and Hind as addition-
al members on the Committee to investigate the accounts,
books, etc., of the Comptroller and Treasurer.
On motion of Mr. Iind the House, adjourned until 9:30
o'clock, A. M., to-morrow.


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SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 1887.

The House of Representatives met pursuant to adjourn-
ment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Me-srs. J. H. Anderson, S. Anderson, Baskin,
Belcher, Blitch of Alachua, Blitch of Levy. Brown, Camp-
bell, Carleton, Carr, Chapman, Clark, Cottrell, Crawford,
Cromwell, Daniel, l)avidson, Douglass, Drake, Duncan of
Sumter, Duncan of Hamilton, Dyal, Ewan, Farnell, Fillingin,
Floyd, Frazier, Gainer, Gibbs, Goodbread, Hall. Haven,
Hendry, Hicks. Hind, Johns, Johnson, Jones, Kelley, Lamar,
Latham, Lightsey, McClellan, McKinnon, Mason, Matchett,
Mitchell, Neel, Newlan, Peeples, Pelot, Perpall, Pooser, Rob-
inson, Rourke, Saxon Shavers, Shuler, Snead, Strom, Thomas,
Tompkins, Tippin, Umstead, Upchurch, Walker, Waring,
Washington, Willie, Wilson and Woods -73.
A quorum present.
PIrayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Mitchell, the reading of the Journal was
dispensed with, and the Journal corrected and approved.
Mr. Strom offered the following resolution:
Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate
concurring, That the respective committees of the House of
Representatives and Senate, to which are referred all bills re-
lating to a railroad commission, co-operat, in the considera-
tion of said bills, and said committee shall give notice of the
times and places of all joint consideration of said bills;
Which was laid over under the rules until Monday.
Mr. Hicks offered the following resolution :










-Resolved, That 300 copies of the House Journal be printed
in book form for the use of members ;
Which was laid over under the-rules until Monday.
Mr. Hicks offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That ten copies of the daily Journal of the House
be folded in paid wrappers, ready for mailing, and be laid
upon the desk of each member daily, the same to be prepared
by the Sergeant-at-Arms, and that he be allowed sufficient as-
sistance to accomplish the same;
Which was laid over under the rules until Monday.
Mr. Saxon offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the chairman of the Committee on Railroads
and Canals be empowered and authorized to employ a clerk
whenever said committee may deem it necessary to expedite
and forward the work of the same;
Which, on motion of Mr. Hicks, was agreed to.
Mr. Blitch of Levy, moved that the Janitor be excused
until Monday night, he having furnished a- substitute ;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Campbell offered the following resolution Resolved,
That the Judiciary Committee be authorized to employ a
Clerk, should same be deemed expedient by said commit-
tee;
Which, on motion of Mr. McClellan, was agreed to.
Mr. Pooser moved that the Sergant at Arms be required to
furnish the chairman of each committee with such blanks as
are necessary for the transaction of committee business;
\\ which, on motion of Mr. Johns, was agreed to.
Mr. Pelot offered the following resolution:
Concurrent Resolution for the appointment of a Joint Com-
mittee to investigate the affairs of the Internal Improve-.
ment Board.-
Resol,'ed by the House of Representatives, the S'nate concur-
ring, That a committee,of seven be appointed, consisting of
four from the House and three Irom the Senate, to investigate
the transactions of the Internal Improvement Board and re-
port as to what laws have been enacted authorizing their ac-
tions, what lands and moneys have come into their possession,
and how and in what manner disposed of, and the present con-
dition of the Internal Improvement Board, and that said com-
mittee be empower d to employ clerical aid, if deemed neces-
sary ;
Which was laid over under the rule until Monday.










The following resolution, offered by Mr. Baskin on yester-
day, was read:
Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Flor-
ida, That a special committee of five (the Senate concurring)
be appointed to act with a similar committee from the Senate
to visit the State Asylum and to investigate and report upon
the condition, management and treatment of its inmates since
the session of the last Legislature.
Mr. Frazier offered the following amendment:
Amend by striking out five and inserting seven;
Which was accepted, and the resolution, as amended,.was
adopted.
The following resolution, offered by Mr. Strom on yester-
day, was read :
Resolved, That the Clerk be instructed to have 800 copies of
each day's Journal for use of the members of this House.
Mr. Hicks moved to adopt the resolution;
Which was agreed to.
The following resolution of Mr. Hind, offered on yesterday,
was read:
Resolved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms furnish for the use of
the members of this House ten copies of the Acts and Resolu-
tions of 1883 and 1885.
On motion, the resolution was adopted.
The resolution offered by Mr. Hicks on yesterday was read:
Concurrent resolution appointing a special committee to con-
sider all matters pertaining to a Railway Commission:
Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate -con-
currzng, That a committee of five from the House and three
from the Senate be appointed a joint committee, and all mat-
ters relating to a Railway Commission shall be referred to
said committee before action is.taken thereon.'
Mr. Hind moved to lay the resolution on the table;
Which was agreed to.
The following message from the Senate was received:
SENAtE CHAMBER, TALLAHASSEE, FLA., April 9, 1887.
HON. SAMUEL PASco,
Speaker of .the House of Representatives :
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform the House of
Representatives that the Senate has passed the following con-
current,resolutions, to-wit:









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Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives
concurring, That the respective committees of the Senate and
House of Representatives, to which are referred all bills rela-
ting to a railroad commission, eo-operate in the consideration
of said bills, and said committees shall give notice of the times
and places of all joint consideration of said bills.
Also the following:
Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives,
That a committee of five be appointed, two from the Senate
and three from the House, to be known as a Committee on
Census and Apportionment, and to whom all resolutions, bills,
etc., originating in either the Senate or House of Repiesenta-
tives on those subjects, shall be referred.
And have appointed as such committee from the Senate
Messrs. Martin and Wall.
Also the following:
Resolved, That a committee of two from the Senate and
three from the House of Representatives be appointed to ex-
amine the convict camps near Live Oak and report the condi-
tion of affairs there, and in such report recommend any legisla-
tion in relation to the leasing of the State.convicts, which in
their judgment is necessary.
And have appointed on such committee Messrs. McKinne,
Martin and Wall.
Very respectfully,
C. A. FINLEY,
Secretary of the Senate.
Which was read and placed among the orders of the day.
The following resolution of Mr. Hind, offered yesterday,
was read:
Resolved, That of all bills concerning the appointment of a
Railroad Commission for this State introduced into this
House, 500 copies be printed for the use pf members.
Mr. Daniel moved to adopt the resolution.
Mr. Willie moved to lay the resolution on the table;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Strom moved that Hon. E. C. Love, member of the
Constitutional Convention, who is now in the House, be in-
-vited to a seat within the bar;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Daniel moved that the bills introduced to-day be read
the first time by their titles only and referred to their appro-
priate committees;
Which was unanimously agreed to.








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The roll of counties being called the following bills were
introduced, read the first time by their titles and referred to
appropriate committees:
By Mr. Cromwell:
Hodise bill No. 40:
To be entitled an act providing for a State Chemist;
Which was read by its title and referred to Committee on
Agriculture.
Also,
House bill No. 41:
To be entitled an act for the relief of Edward L. Young;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Claims.
By Mr. McClellan:
House bill No. 42:
To be entitled an act relating to jurors in County Courts;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.
By Mr. Anderson:
House bill, No. 43:
To be entitled an act requiring railroads to be fenced;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Railroads and Canals.
By Mr. Matchett :
House bill, No. 44 :
To be entitled an act relating to the public records of lands,
goods and chattels in this State ;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.
By Mr. Willie :
House bill, No. 45 :
To be entitled an act to establish a Department of Agri-
culture for the State of Florida ;
Which was read ly its title and referred to the Committee
on Agriculture.
By Mr. Lamar:
House bill, No. 46 :
To be entitled an act to apportion the damages in actions
against railway companies by persons and employees, and to
provide for such recovery of damages against railway com-
panies by its employees;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Railroads and Canals.
By Mr. Carr:
House bill No. 47:











To be entitled an act to amend Section 2 of an act entitled
an act to organize the office of Treasurer of the State of Flor-
ida, approved July 26th, 1845;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Finance and Taxation.
By Mr. Robinson:
House bill No. 48:
To be entitled an act to provide instruction in physiology
and hygiene in the Public Schools of the State:
Which was read br its title and referred to the Committee
on Education.
By Mr. Woods:
House bill No. 49:
To be entitled an act to reinstate the surname of a female in
case of final divorce;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.
By Mr. Washington:
House bill No. 50:
To be entitled an act to divide the different counties of the
State into County Commissioners' districts, and for other pur-
poses;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on City and County Organizations.
By Mr. Duncan,of Sumter:
House bill No. 51:
To be entitled an act to punish the vendors of intoxicating
liquors, either spirituous, vinous or malt;
Which was read hy its title, and referred to the Committee
on Temperance.
By Mr. Crawford :
House bill No. 52:
To be entitled an net fixing the price at which certain public
documents therein named shall be sold;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
onJudiciary.
Also,
House bill No. 53:
To be entitled an act to protect the food fishes of the
State of Florida, and to regulate the use of gill nets and
seines ;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee-
on Fisheries.
Mr. Ewan, Chairman of the Committee on Commerce and
Navigation, made the following report: .










HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
TALLAHASSEE,.Fla., April 8, 1887.
HON. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives :
SIR: Your Committee on Commerce and Navigation to
whom was referred
House of Representatives bill No. 27 have examined the
same, and respectfully recommend that it pass.
Very respectfully,
J. Wi. EWAN, Chairman.
BURTON G. DYAL,
THos. E. CLARKE,
J. J. WALKER,
CHAS. SHAVERS,
P. H. DAVIDSON, JR,
J. T. FILLINGIN,
Committee.
Which was read and placed among the orders of the day.

Mr. Pooser, Chairman of the Committee on Temperance,
made the following report:
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 9, 1887.
HoN. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives:
SIR: Your Committee on Temperance to whom was re-
ferred-
House bill No. 9,
Beg leave to make the following report, to wit:
That they have examined said bill, being a bill to be entitled
an act to provide for the calling of an election to determine
whether or not the sale of intoxicating liquors, wines and beer
shall be prohibited in the several counties of this State, and
recommend that it pass with the following amendment:
Strike out the word they after the word "act," in section
2, and insert in the place thereof the words those refusing."
Very respectfully,
F. D. POOSER
Chairman Committee.
Which was read and placed among the orders of the day,
BILLS ON SECOND READING.
House bill No. 21:










To be entitled an act to make New river in Dade county a
navigable stream,
Was read a second time and ordered engrossed 'for a third
reading on Monday.
House bill No. 9:
'To be entitled an act to provide for calling an election to
determine whether or not the sale of intoxicating liquors,
wines and beer shall be prohibited in the several counties in
this State,
Was read a second time, and, on motion of Mr. Daniel, the
amendment recommended by the committee was agreed to,
and, on motion of Mr. Hicks, 200 copies of the bill as amended
were ordered printed.
The following message from the Senate was taken up and'
read:
SENATE CHAMBER, TALLAHASSEE, Fla, April 8, 1887.
HON. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives :
SIR-I am directed by the Senate to inform the House of
Representatives that the Senate has passed Senate joint reso-
lution No> 1, entitled-
JOINT RESOLUTION OF SYMPATHY WITH IRELAND.
WHEREAS, The spectacle of a gallant and high-spirited peo-
ple, struggling with a gigantic adversary to free themselves
from the bonds of oppression, persecution and dependence,
and to secure to themselves the God-given right to govern
themselves and to live under laws made by themselves, with-
out the interference of foreign oppression, is one which
commends itself to the approbation and excites the warm
sympathy of every true American; and, whereas, the peo-
ple of Ireland, in their contest for home rule, which, by
peaceable and constitutional methods they are now seeking to
bring to a triumphant issue, are presenting to the world a
spectacle of fortitude, valor, endurance and forbearance that is
unsurpassed in the history of mankind, and is a source of ad-
miration to every true lover of human liberty.
Be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives
of the State of Florida, That the people of Ireland and the
great exponents of their grand cause in the British Parliament
have the heartfelt sympathy and earnest admiration of the
people of Florida; that we regard their cause as the cause of
mankind, their principles as identical with those that form the
foundation stones of our own institutions, State and national,
and that their triumph will be an inestimable glory to the hu-
man race, their overthrow an unspeakable calamity ;










And respectfully ask the concurrence of the House of Rep-
resentatives therein;
Very respectfully,
C. A: FINLEY,
Secretary of the Senate.
Which was, on motion, concurred in.
The following message from the Senate was taken up and
read :
SENATE CHAMBER, TALLAfASSEE,'FLA., April 7, 1887
HON. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform the House of
Representatives that the Senate has passed the following con-
current resolution:
Whereas, The new Constitution of this State imposes upon
the present Legislature an extraordinary amount of legisla-
tion;
Resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concur-
ring. That a joint committee of three from the Senate and
four from the House of Representatives be appointed to report
a method looking to the speedy enactment of all legislation re-
quired under the new Constitution; and what legislation is
necessary after a thorough examination of the Constitution,
article by article, and section by section, and apportion it
among the various standing committees and that the sev-ral
committees to whom such legislation shall be referred, shall
report by bill or otherwise to both branches of the Legisla-
ture, and have appointed as such committee on the part of the
Senate, Messrs Walker, Jr., Mann andMallory.
And respectfully ask the concurrence of the House of Rep-
resentatives therein.
Very respectfully,
C. A. FINLEY,
Secretary of the Senate.
Which was, on motion, concurred in.
Mr. Campbell moved the following:
Motion to require the notice required by the 'Constitution
to accompany all special bills offered.
That all bills of a local nature be accompanied by the no-
tice of sixty days as required in Article III, Section 21, and
that said notice be read on the first readings of such bill;
Which, on motion, was laid over until Monday.
Mr. Duncan, of Hamilton, moved:
That the Committee on Privileges and Elections be allowed











such clerical aid as will enable them to expedite all important
matters referred to them;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Peeples moved the following:
That whereas those of the standing committees of the House
actually requiring the assistance of clerks have already been
supplied; and whereas, that it is manifestly the desire of the
House to economize in the administration; be it
Resolved, That no further committee clerks be allowed;
Which was laid over until Monday.
The Speaker announced the following committees, to-wit :
Concurrent Committee to visit the Convict Camp-Messrs.
Tippin, Belcher, Newlan, Carr, McKinnon, Shavers and Chap-
man.
On joint Committee on Lands and Immigration on the part
'of the House-Messrs. Hicks, Mason, Brown, Rourke and
Carleton.
On Concurrent Committee to visit Agricultural College-
Messrs. Umstead, Lightsey, McClellan, Willie and Farnell.
On motion of Mr. Blitch, of Levy, the Janitor was excised
until M..ii.l:, y night next.
On motion of Mr. Hicks, Mr. Lamar was excused from at-
tendance on the House until Tuesday.
On motion of Mr Shavers, Mr. Curry was excused from at-
tendance indefinitely, on account of sickness.
On motion of Mr. Mitchell, the House adjourned until 9:30
o'clock, A. M., on Monday.


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MONDAY, April 11th, A. D. 1887.

The House of Representatives met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Anderson J. H;, Anderson S., Baskin,
Belcher, Blitch of Alachua, Blitch of Levy, Brown, Campbell,
Carleton, Carr, Chapman, Clark, Cottrell, Crawford, Cromwell,
Daniel, Davidson, Douglass, Drake, Duncan of Sumter, Duncan
of Hamilton, Dyal, Ewan, Farnell, Fillingim, Floyd, Frazier,
Gainer, Gibbs, Goodbread, Hall, Haven, Hendry, Hicks, Hind,
Johns, Johnson, Jones, Kelley, Latham, Lightsey, McClellan,











McKinnon, Mason, Matchett, Mitchell, Neel, Newlan, Parker,
Peeples, Pelot, Perpall, Pooser, Robinson, Rourke, Saxon,
Shavers, Shuler, Snead, Spear, Strom, Thomas, Tompkins,
Tippin, Umstead, Upchurch, Walker, Waring, Washington,
Willie, Wilson and Woods-73.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Fillingim the reading of Saturday's Jour-
nal was dispensed with, and the Journal corrected and ap-
proved.
Mr. Heqdry offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Speaker of the House appoint a commit-
tee to re-arrange in this Assembly Hall the seats, placing them
near the Speaker, by that means bringing the members closer
together, which will enable them to understand better what is
being said, as with the present arrangement it is impossible;
Which, on motion of Mr. Hendry, was agreed to, and Messrs.
Hendry, Hind and Floyd were appointed said committee.
Mr. McClellan offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Speaker of the House appoint a Commit-
tee on Miscellany, consisting of five members, to whom all
business of a miscellaneous character shall be referred ;
Which was laid over under the rules until to-morrow.
Mr. Umstead offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Chairman of the Agricultural Committee
be added to the committee to visit Agricultural College;
Which, on motion, was adopted.
On motion, Messrs. Crawford and Sanchez were invited to
seats within the bar of the House.
The following resolutions introduced on Saturday and laid
over under the rules, were taken up, read and considered
to-wit:
By Mr. Strom:
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate
concurring, That the respective committees of the House of
Representatives and Senate, to which are referred all bills
relating to a railroad commission, co-operate in the consider-
ation of said bills, and said committee shall give notice of
the times and places of all joint consideration of said bills;
Which was, on motion, adopted.
By Mr. Hicks :
Resolved, That 300 copies of the House Journal be printed
in book form, for the use of the members.
Which on motion of Mr. Walker, was adopted.
Also,











Resolved, That 10 copies of the daily Jonrnal of the House
be folded in paid wrappers, ready for mailing, and be laid upon
the desk of each member daily. The same to be prepared by
the Sergeant-at-Arms, and that he be allowed sufficient assist-
ance to accomplish the same;
Which was withdrawn by Mr. Hicks.
By Mr. Pelot:
Concurrent Resolution for the appointment of a Joint Commit-
tee to investigate the affairs of the Internal Improvement
Board:
Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate con-
curring, That a committee of seven be appointed, consisting
of foilr from the House and three from the Senate, to investi-
gate the transactions of the Internal Improvement Board, and
report as to what laws have been enacted authorizing their ac-
tions, what lands and moneys have come into their possession,
and how and in what manner disposed of, and the present- con-
dition of the Internal Improvement Board, and that said com-
mittee be empowered to employ clerical aid, if deemed neces-
sary ;
Which was, on motion of Mr. Pelot, adopted.
By Mr. Peeples:
That whereas, those of the standing committees of the
House actually requiring the assistance of clerks have already
Been supplied, and whereas that it is manifestly the desire of
the House to economize in the administration; be it
Resolved, That no further committee clerks be allowed;
Which was withdrawn by Mr. Peeples.
The following motion, offered by Mr. Campbell on Satur-
day, was taken up, and on motion of Mr. Mason indefinitely
postponed:
That all bills of a local nature be accompanied by the no-
tice of sixty days as required in Article III, Section 21, and
that said notice be read on the first reading of such bill.'
Mr. Daniel moved:
That all bills introduced to-day be read the first time by
their title only;
Which was unanimously agreed to.
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.
The roll of counties being called the following bills were
introduced and read a first time by their titles and referred to
appropriate committees:
By Mr. Drake:
House bill No. 54:










To be entitled an act for the maintenance of public roads
in this State;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Roads and Highways.
By Mr. Johns:
House bill No. 55 :
To be entitled an act to compel county officers to perform
the duties of their respective offices;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Cities and Counties.
By Mr. Duncan of Hamilton :
House bill No. 56:
To be entitled an act to regulate the per-diem and mileage of
jurors and witnesses appearing before the circuit courts in this
State;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.
By Mr. Saxon:
House bill No. 57 :
To be entitled an act to abate intemperance;
Which was read by its title, and referred to the Committee
on Temperance.
By Mr. Neel:
House bill No. 58:
To be entitled an act to prescribe the manner in which
county com missioners shall divide the counties of this State
into districts as prescribed in Section 5, articlee 8,of the Con-
stitution;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on City and County Organization.
By Mr. Clark:
House bill No. 59:
To be entitled an act to protect the food fishes in the in-
land waters of this State;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Fisheries.
Also,
House bill No. 60:
To be entitled an act to regulate the sale of upland seed cot-
ton in this State;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Agriculture.
By Mr. Willi :
House bill No. 61:
To be entitled an act for the recovery at common law of de-
mands against married women ;










Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.
By Mr. Carleton:
House bill No. 62:
To be entitled an act to prevent the running at large of stud
Shores in this State;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Agriculture.
By Mr..Rourke:
House bill No. 63:
To be entitled an act to allow Ernest Amos, of Santa Rosa
county, to procure a license to practice law;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.
By Mr. Carr:
House bill No. 64:
To be entitled an act in relation to chattel mortgages;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.
Mr. Rourke, Chairman of the Committee on Engrossed
Bills, made the following report:
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 11; 1887.
HON. SAMUEL PASCO,
SSpeaker of the House of Representatives :
SIR: Your Committee on Engrossed Bills, to whom was re-
ferred-
House bill No. 27,
Have examined the same and find it properly engrossed.
Very respectfully,
JOHN ROURKE,
Chairman Committee.
Which was read, and the accompanying bill placed among
the orders of the day.
Mr. Strom, Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture,
made the following report:
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 11, 1887.
HON. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House-of Representatives :
SIR: Your Committee on Agriculture to whom was refer-
red-











House bill No. 5, to be entitled an act to prevent setting
fire to the woods,
Beg leave to report that they have had said bill under con-
sideration, and recommend that it do not pass.
Very respectfully,
S. H. STROM,
Chairman Committee.
Which was read and the accompanying bill placed among
the orders of the day.
Mr. Pooser, Chairman of the Committee on Temperance,
made the following report :
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
TALLAHASSEE Fla., April 11, 1887. j
HoN. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives .
SIR: Your Committee on Temperance, to whom was re-
ferred-
House bill No. 51; beg leave to make the following re-
port, to wit :
* That they have examined said bill, being a bill entitled an
act to punish the vendors of intoxicating liquors, either vinous
or malt, and recommend that it pass with the following amend-
ment :
Strike out Section 2.
Very Respectfully,
F. D. POOSER,
Chairman Commitee.
Which was read and the accompanying bill placed among
the orders of the day.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
House bill No. 27:
To be entitled an act to make New River in Dade county a
navigable stream,
Was read a third time and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Anderson, J. H., Anderson, S.,
Baskin, Belcher, Blitch of Alachua, Blitch of Levy, Brown,
Campbell, Carleton, Carr, Clark, Cottrell, Crawford, Cromwell,
Daniel, Davidson, Douglass, Drake, Duncan of Hamilton, Dyal,
Ewan, Farnell, Fillingin, Floyd; Frazier, Gainer, Gibbs,
Goodbread, Hall, Haven, Hendry, Hicks, Hind, Johns, John-
son, Jones, Kelley, Latham, Lightsey, McClellan, McKinnon,










Mason, Matchett, Mitchell, Neel, Newlan, Parker, Peeples,
Pelot, Perpall, Pooser, Robinson, Rourke, Saxon, Shavers,
Shuler, Snead, Spear, Strom, Tompkins, Tippin, Umstead, Up-
church, Walker, Waring, Washington, Willie, Wilson and
Woods-10.
So the bill passed, title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
House bill No. 9:
To be entitled an act to provide for calling an election to
determine whether or not the sale of intoxicating liquors,
wines and beer shall be prohibited in the several counties in
this State,
Was read the second time.
Mr. Mitchell offered the following amendment:
Add alter the word thereof," in second line, the words "in
writing;"
Which, on motion, was agreed to.
Mr. Tippin offered the following amendment:
Strike out wines," in fourth line, after the word "liquors ;"
Which, on motion of Mr. Daniel, was laid on the table.
Mr. Hind offered the following amendment:
Strike out in line three, section two, the words "to ex-
ceed," and insert less than," and after each," in fourth line,
section 2, insert or imprisonment in the county jail not ex-
ceeding six months;"
Which, on motion of Mr. Daniel, was agreed to.
Mr. Hicks offered the following amendment:
Amend by inserting after the word "election," in third line,
the words "not oftener than once in two years; "
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Crawford offered the following amendment:
Provided, That nothing contained in this act shall prohibit
the sale of domestic wines by producers thereof;
Which, on motion of Mr. Daniel, was laid on the table.
Mr. Campbell offered the following amendment:
Amend by adding after the word Florida," in Section 1,
"That such election shall be conducted in the manner pro-
vided by law for conducting general elections in this State;"
Which, on motion, was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Daniel the bill, as amended, was ordered
engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.
House bill No. 50:
To be entitled an act to prevent setting fire to the woods;
Was read a second time, and on motion of Mr. Daniel, indefi-
nitely postponed.
House bill No. 51:










To be entitled an act to punish the vendors of intoxicating
liquors, either vinous or malt;
Was read a second time, and, on motion of Mr. Daniel, the
second section, as recommended by the Committee,was stricken
out.
Mr. Saxon moved that 200 copies of the bill be printed;
Which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Peeples, Dr. Overstreet was invited to a
seat within the bar of the House.
The following message received from the Senate on Satur-
day was taken up.
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatiues
concurring, That the respective committees of the Senate and
House of Representatives, to which are referred all bills rela-
ting to a railroad commission, co-operate in the consideration
of said bills, and said committees shall give notice of times
and -places of all joint consideration of said bills.
Mr. Ewan moved to concur in the action of the Senate;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Daniel moved to reconsider the vote on the motion of
Mr. Strom offered to-day in relation to a similar committee;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Strom withdrew his motion by the consent of the
House.
The following message from the Senate was taken up and
read:
Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Repre.entatives,
That a committee of five be appointed, two from the Senate
aud three from the House, to be known as a Committee on
Census and Apportionment, and to whom all resolutions, bills,
etc., originating in either the Senate or House of Representa-
tives on those subjects; shall be referred,
And have appointed as such committee from the Senate
Messrs. Martin and Wall.
Mr. Parker moved:
To amend and appoint on said committee .the members of
the House standing Committee on Apportionment, and ask the
Senate to concur.
Mr. Pelot moved as a substitute:
Substitute for amendment to concurrent resolution on cen-
sus and apportionment :
Moved to strike out two from the Senate and insert four,
and strike out three from Ihe House and insert seven.
Mr. Campbell moved to lay the substitute on the table;
Which was not agreed to, and the motion was accepted.
Mr. Tompkins offered the following substitute for the whole
matter:











That the Standing Committees of the Senate and House of
Representatives be made a Joint Committee on Census and
Apportionment.
On motion, the substitute offered by Mr. Tompkins was laid
on the table.
On motion, the amendment offered by Mr. Parker, from
Duval, was agreed to, and the resolution, as amended, con-
curred in; and the Speaker announced that the Standing
Committee already appointed by this House on that subject be
the committee on the part of tl e House.
The following message from the Senate was taken up and
read :
Resolved, That a committee of two from the Senate and
three from the House of Representatives be appointed to ex-
amine the convict camps near Live Oak and report the condi-
tion of affairs there, and in such report recommend any legisla-
tion in relation to the leasing of the State convicts, which, in
theirjudgment, is necessary;
. And have appointed on such committee Messrs. McKinne,
Martin and Wall.
On motion, the resolution of the Senate was not concurred
in, and the Senate asked to concur in the resolution of the
House on this subject.
Mr. Davidson moved that the committee appointed to re-
arrange the seats of this House proceed at once to do so;
Which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Ewan, the House adjourned until 9:30
o'clock A. M. to-morrow.


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TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 1887.

The House of Representatives met pursuant to adjourn-
ment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
SMr. Speaker, Me-srs. J. H. Anderson, S. Anderson, Baskin,
Belcher, Blitch of Alachua, Blitch of Levy, Brown, Campbell,
Carleton, Carr, Chapman, Clark, Cottrell, Crawford, Cromwell,
Daniel, Davidson, Douglass, Drake, Duncan of Sumter, Dun-
can of Hamilton, Dyal, Ewan, Farnell, Fil ingim, Floyd, Fra-
zier, Gainer, Gibbs, Goodbread, Hall. Haven, Hendry, Hicks,
Hind, Johns, Johnson, Jones, Kelley, Lamar, Latham, Light-
sey, McClellan, McKinnon, Mason, Matchett, Mitchell, Neel,










Newlan, Parker, Peeples, Pelot, Perpall, Pooser, Robinson,
Rourke, Saxon, Shavers, Shuler, Snead, Spear, Strom, Thomas,
Tompkins, Tippin, Umstead, Upchurch, Walker, Waripg,
Washington, Willie, Wilson and Woods--74.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Tippin, the reading of yesterday's Journal
was dispensed with, and the Journal corrected and approved.
On motion of Mr. Tippin, Mr. McMillan and Capt. Crigar
-were invited to a seat within the bar.
Mr. Farnell moved that 'the Hon. S. J. Turnbull of Jef-
ferson, member of the late Constitutional Convention, be in-
vited to a seat within the bar during his stay in this city;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Cromwell moved that Mr. Marcas' Endel and Mr. Brown
be invited to a seat within the bar;
Which was agreed to.
The following was announced by the Speaker :
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 12, 1887.
HoN. SAMUEL PASC0,
Speaker of the House of Representatives:
Please request, should there be any Odd Fellows in good
standing in the Assembly, that they give their names to the
Secretary during the morning session. By special request
of Committee on Reception and Entertainment.
Yours truly,
C. C. PEARCE,
For the Committee.
The Grand Lodge of Florida will convene at 12 M., to-day,
at the Odd Fellows hall. All brethren and visitors entitled
to seats are invited to meet with us.
C. C. P.
On motion or Mr. Willie, Mr. E. F. C. Sanchez was invited
to a seat within the bar of the House.
On motion of Mr. Thomas, Messrs. Denham, Caroll and
Girardeau were invited to seats within the bar.
Mr. Saxon offered the following:
WHEREAS, Your Committee on,Railroads and Canals can-
not meet for want of a room; therefore be it
Resolved, That the Speaker instruct the Sergeant-at-Arms
of the House to cause a room to be prepared immediately for
the use of said committee.
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Upchurch moved:










That Me-srs. Drake and Daniel be added to Committee on
Privileges and Elections.
Which was laid over until to-morrow.
Mr. Drake moved:
That Col. W. T. Forbes, of Jacksonville, be invited to a seat
within the bar.
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Latham moved :
WHEREAS, It is the opinion of many of the members of this
House that to promote the more rapid and prompt dispatch
of business, it would be in the interest of economy that anoth-
er page be appointed; therefore be-it
Resolve, That the Speaker be empowered and authorized
to appoint the same.
Mr. Hicks moved to consider the resolution;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Daniel moved to lay the resolution on the table;
Which was not agreed to.
Mr. Hicks moved to amend by inserting if in the opinion
Sof the Speaker it be deemed necessary; "
Which was accepted.
Mr. Hicks then withdrew the amendment by consent of the
House.
Upon the adoption of the original resolution the yeas and
nays were called for, and the vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Belcher, Brown, Clark, Ewan,
Farnell, Fillingin, Frazier, Hall, Hicks, Johnson, Jones,
Latham, Lightsey, McClellan, Mason, Matchett, Pelot, Pooser,
Robinson, Rourke, Saxon, Shuler, Thomas, Tompkins, Tippin,
Upchurch, Walker, Waring, Washington, Willie, Wilson and
Woods-33.
Nays-Messrs. J. H. Anderson, S. Anderson, Baskin, Blitch
of Alachua, Blitch of Levy, Campbell, Carr, Cottrell, Craw-
ford, Daniel, Davidson, Douglass, Drake, Duncan of Sumter,
Duncan of Hamilton, Dyal, Floyd, Gainer, Gibbs, Goodbread,
Haven, Hendry, Hind, Johns, Kelley, Lamar, McKinnon,
Mitchell, Neel, Newlan, Peeples, Perpall, Shavers, Snead,
Spear, Strom and Umpstead-35.
So the resolution was not adopted.
Mr. Perpall offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Judiciary Committee take into consider
ation the propriety of authorizing the town councils of cities
and towns to levy a license tax on carts, drays, wagons, hacks,
omnibuses, hand carts and every description of vehicles which











may be kept for hire, and that they report by bill or other-
wise;
Which was laid over under the rules until to-morrcw.
Mr. Belc!:er moved:
That Col. S. M. Sparkman, of Tampa, be invited to take a
seat within the bar of the House;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Ewan offered the following joint resolution:
JOINT RESOLUTION.
WHEREAS, The city of St. Augustine is in distress by rea-
son of the devastating effect ot fire;
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate
concurring, That a committee be appointed from the House of
Representatives to confer with a committee from the Senate
to inquire into the needs of sai city; and if personal or pecu-
niary aid is wanted that said committee proceed at once to
solicit it;
Which, on motion, was adopted.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, TALLAHASSEE, FLA., April 12, 1887.
HON. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives:
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform the House of
Representatives that the Senate has passed the following con-
current resolution, to wit:
"Resolv/d by the Senate, the House of R present'tives concur-
ring, That a committee of two from the Senate be appointed to
act with a similar committee to be appointed by the louse of
Representatives, to visit the Florida State Agricultural Col-
lege at Lake City and inquire into its status, and make such
report as they in their judgment deem proper," and have
appointed as such committee from the Senate Messrs. Judge,
Whidden and McMurray,
And respectfully request the concurrence of the Hopse of
Representatives therein.
Very respectfully,
C. A. FINLEY,
Secretary of the Senate.
Which was read, considered and adopted.
On motion of Mr. Drake, Col. Martin was invited to a seat
within the bar of the House.
Mr. Latham moved :










WHEREAS, The "American Exhibition in London" is to
open May 2, 1887, and to continue for six months as an ex-
hibit of American products and resources, and full information
relative thereto having been filed with the Governor, and the
subject referred to in his message; therefore, be it
Resolved, That the question of making a Florida exhibit at
said exhibition be referred to the Committee on Appropria-
tions, with leave to report at any time;
Which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Pooser, Mr. Davidson was invited to a
seat within the bar of the House.
The Speaker announced on the committee called for by the
joint resolutions offered by Mr. Ewan, "to inquire into the
needs of said city of St. Augustine," Messrs. Ewan, Washing-
ton, Farnell, Hind and Gainer on the part of the House.
The following resolution offered by Mr. McClellan on yes-
terday was read, and on motion of Mr. Pelot laid on the
table :
Resolved, That the Speaker of the House appoint a Com-
mittee on Miscellany, consisting of five members, to whom all
business of a miscellaneous character shall be referred.
Mr. Tippin moved:
That Gener'al Yonge, of EscYmbia, member of the Consti-
tutional Convention, be invited to a seat within the bar;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Daniel moved:
That all bills introduced to-day be read the first time by
their title only, and referred to appropriate committees;
S Which was agreed to.
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.
The roll of counties being called, the following bills were
introduced and read a first time by their titles, and referred to
appropriate committees:
By Mr. Drake:
House bill No. 65:
To be entitled an act relating to the fees of county officers;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.
By Mr. Drake:
House bill No. 66:
To be entitled an act to facilitate the listing of property for
taxation;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Finance and Taxation.
By Mr. Jones:
House bill No. 67:
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To be entitled an act providing for the maintenance of pub-
lic roads in this State;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Public Roads and Highways.
By Mr. Anderson, J. H.:
House bill No. 68:
To be entitled act in regard to divorces, and to prevent the
granting of the same for any cause in this State;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.
By Mr. Strom:
House bill No. 69:
To be entitled an act to prevent gambling in stocks, bonds,
petroleum, cotton, grain, provisions or other produce;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.
By Mr. Duncan of Hamilton':
loose bill No. 70 :
To be entitled an act for the maintenance of public roads
and highways in this State;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Com-
wittee on Public Roads and Highways.
By Mr. Daniel:
House bill No. 71:
To b. entitled an act to repeal an act entitled an act to es-
.tablish a ferry across the Apalachicola River at the towp of
Chattahoochee, approved March 2, 1877,
Which was read by its title and reterred to the Committee *
on Public Roads and Highways.
By Mr. Willie:
House bill No. 72:
To be entitled an act prescribing the method of dividing
counties into commissioners' districts;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on City and County Organization.
By Mr. Waring:
House bill No. 73:
To be entitled an act for the relief of B. B. Blackwell,
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Claims.
By Mr. Newlan:
House bill No. 74:
To be entitled an act to nnend Chapter 2066, of the Laws qof
Florida, passed in 1875, entitled an act to protect laborers and
lumbermen;










Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.
By Mr. Campbell:
House bill No. 75:
To he entitled an act to amend Section one (1), Chapter
3451, Laws of Florida, being an act to enable actual settlers
to procure homes;
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee
on Public Lands.
Mr. Campbell, Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary,
made the following report:
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
T'LLAHASSEE, FLA., April 12, 1887.j
HON. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives:
SIR: Your Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was re-
ferred-
House bills Nos. 35 .and 56, beg leave to report that they have
examined the same, and recommend -a substitute for the two
bills, and ask that the same do pass.
Very respectfully,
DANIEL CAMPBELL,
Chairman of Committee.
SWhich'was read, and the accompanying bills placed among
the orders of the day.
Mr. Campbell, Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary,
made the following report:
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 11, 18871.
HoN. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives:
SIR: Your Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was
referred-
House bill No. 6, an act to prevent the concealment or de-
struction of the bodies of live stock killed by railroads in this
State until the owner thereof shall have an opportunity to
identify them,
Beg leave to report that they have examined said bill, and
recommend that the same do pass, with the following amend-
ments:
Amend Section 2 by striking out twenty-five and insert.
ing "one hundred," and striking out, "twenty and inserting
"thirty."
Also examined










House bill No. 23, to be entitled an act to limit imprison-
ment for minor offenses; also
House bill No. 24, to be entitled an act to regulate the time
and manner of making an election on dower,
And recommend that they do not pass.
Very respectfully,
SDANIEL CAMPBELL,
Chairman of Committee.
Which was read and the accompanying bills placed among
the orders of the day.
Mr. Rourke, Chairman of the Committee on Engrossed
Bills, made the following report:
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 12, 1887.5
Ho. SAMUEL PASCO,
Speaker of the House of Representatives:
SIR: Your Committee on Engrossed Bills to whom was re-
ferred--
House bill No. 9, have examined the same, and find it cor-
rectly engrossed.
Yours respectfully,
JOHN ROURKE,
Chairman Committee.
Wflich was read, and the accompanying bill placed among
the orders of the day.
Mr. Hicks, Chairman of the, Committee on Claims, made,
the following report:
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 12, 1887.
HON, SAMUEL PAsco,
Speaker of the House of Representatives:
SIR: Your Committee on Claims, to whom was referred-
House bill No. 2, entitled a bill to be entitled an act for the
relief of Henry C. Denton; and also,
SA bill to be entitled an act for the relief Chas. A. Butler;
and also,
.House bill No. 36, entitled an act to prescribe an annuity.
.for disabled soldiers and sailors residing in this State,
Beg leave to report that they have examined said bills and
recommend that they do not pass.
.. Very respectfully,
HENRY C. HICKS,
Chairman Committee.