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JOURNAL OF PROCEEDIN$


OF THE %



HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE;


OF 'THI-



LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF FI RIDA,



REGULAR SESSION, 1899.




BEOUN AND HELD AT THE CAPITOL, IN THE CITY OF TALLAIIASSEE
ON TUESDAYY. APRIL 4, 1899.





iO 1T. McN A\i :E, 'a.kfI:.
S M. FOJLSY'.ITH IVYNIUM, C(iief Clerk.





T'ALLAHASSEE, FL :
Pli-'t INT,' AT T' HE' TALL AH SSI.N i.>OK ANI JOB OPIFFCIP .
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JOURNAL

OF THE


House of Representatives

Of the Seventh Regular Session of the Legislature begun and
held at the Capitol, in the City of Talalhassee, in the State
of Florida, on Tuesday, the 4th day of April, A. D., 1899,
being the day fixed by the Constitution of the State of
Floriin, for the meeting of the Legislature.
TUESDAY, APRIL 4th, 1899.
'I']ict House of Representatives was called to order by Dr.
Win. Forsyth Bynum, of Columbia County, Fla., Chief
( lerk of-the House of Representatives, at 12 o'clock, M.
The certified list, furnished by the Secretary of State, of
I(nmbiVI r.s elected to the present Legislature, was called anJ
the following members answered to their names:
MN 0. Bagget.ott, of:Escambia.
G. S. Bowen, of Pasco.
John Bradshaw, of Hamilton.
Frank Clark, of Duval.
C. O. Chunn, of Santa Rosa.
W. E. Coleman, of Washington.
J. J. Corbett, of Suwannee.
1). R. Cox, of Alachua.
John C. Davant. of Hernando.
John Denham, of Monroe.
B. G. Dyal, of Nassau.
J. W. Edwards, of Jefferson.
M. W. Goode, of St. Johns.
J. F. C. Griggs, of Franklin.
J. H. Harp, of Putnarm.
J. H. IHarvell, of Santa Rosa.
G. P. Healy, of Volusia.
F. A. Hendry, of Lee.
G. W. Hendry, of Polk.
G. P. Henry, of Walton.










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J. At. l iliai rd, of 1 seO iIl11ia.
J. L. Hill, of Bradford. !
E. M. Hopkin, of Leon.
i:. S. Iorsford, ,of Liberty.
R. HI. Hunter,' of H4amilton.
W. K. Jackson, of Citrus.
W. S. Jordan, of Madison.
Ziba King, of DeSoto.
AM. S. Knigillt, of Colum)bia.
J. C. B. Koonce, of Suniter.
Jn C. 1]'nngle. of D val.
I. L ', slii, of Madisdon.
B. II. icw\is, ,of Jackson..
John MeAlister, of PuI-nai.
John G. Mlc(iflin1, of Nassau.
Paul P. i\lcKiown, of Gadsdeii.
C. IJMle llen. of HillsboroglIh.
"ii .obet lMc1Nalne, ( of Lake.
W.. A. IMcA illianis, of St. Johns.

of S ti .ol I 11
, Fr(d S. Morse, of n)adle.
SS. T. ()verstreet. of Suwann 1e,.
"W. L.Panlm er, of ( ) inve.
M. A. Parrish, of Hlolines.
II. L. Parer, of Brevaird.
A. T. 1a illo, of YolVusia.
M. L. Payne, of Marion.
J. C. Pedot. of Manatee.
E. G. Persons, of Colullbin.
.F. J. Pons, of Baker.
C(vo. P. Rilney, of Leon.
Juris ?. aw l, of Jac-son.
E. W". IRussl of jMonroe.
D. H. Sloan, of Polk.
W. P. St rinckla al, of Taylor.
N. B. Stone, of Calhoin.
N. A. Tum'rn)ulll, of Jefferson.
A. J. Wainwright, of Lake.
Nat R. Walker, of Wakulla.
J. W. Watson, of Osceola.
3, D. Watkins, of Alacluna.
Silas Weaklev, of Gadsden.
J. N. Wlitner, of Orange.
C. I. Wilder, of Hillshorougl.
_H. C. Williams, of Lafayette.
John r Willi, of Levy.











0. T. Wills, of Bradford.
Winm. J. Wilson, of Clay.
W. K. Ze\,adski, of MaIriol.
State of Florida)
Iss
Office of Secretary of Sflate)

I, Jno. L. (Cr 'aford, Secretary of State of the State of
Florida, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a
correct list of the members of the House of Representatives
of the State of Florida, elected on the 8th day of Novemlbr,
1898, as shown by the election returns on file in this office.
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of
the State of Florida, at Tallahassee, the Cap-
ital, this, the 4th day of April, A. D)., 1899.
[Seal] JOHN L. CRAWFOD),
Secretary of State.
The following members came forward and took the oath
.of office prescribed by the Constitution of the State of Florida,
before his Honor, Associate Justice M. H. Mabry, of the Su-
preme Court of the State of Florida:
Messrs. Baggett, Bowen, Bradshaw, Clark, Chunn, Cole-
man, Corbett, Cox, Davant, Denham, Dyal, Edwards, Goode,
Griggs, Harp, Harvell, Healy, Hendry, of Lee; Hendry, of
Polk; Henry, of Walton; Hilliard, Hill, Hopkins, Horsford,
Hunter, Jackson, Jordan, King, Knight, Koonce, L'Engle,
Leslie, Lewis, McAlister, McGiffin, McKeown, McMullen, Ml-
NanTee, M.eW\illiams, Morse, Overstreet. Palmer, Parrish, Par-
ker, Patillo, Payne, Pelot, Persons, Pons, Raney, Rawls, Rus-
sell, Sloan, Strickland, Stone, Turnbull, Wainwright, Walker,
Watson, Watkins, Weakley, Whitner, Wilder, Williams, Willis,
Wills, Wilson, Zewadski-68.
The Chief Clerk announced a quorum present.
Mr. Hilliard, of Escalmbia, eliminated [Mr1. Iliober(t Mlc-
Na;m,_e, of Iake, for Speaker.
[,Upon a call of the roll the vote was:
"Fo Robert McNamee-
Messrs. Baggett, Bowen, Bradshaw, Clark, Chunn, Cole-
man, Corbett, Cox, Davant, Denham, Dyal, Edwards, Goode,
(iriggs., Harp, Harvell, Healy, Hendry, of Lee, Hendry, of
Polk, Henry, Hilliard, Hill, Hopkins, Horsford, Hunter,











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Jack son, Jordan, Kinltg, Knight, Koonc., L'Engle, Leslie,
Lewis, MAcAlister, Mc( iffin, McKeown, McMuillen, McWil-
liams, Morse, Overstreet, Palmer, Parriish, Parker, Patillo,
Payne, Pelot, Persons, Pons, Raney, Rawls, ERussell, Sloan.
Stricklanld, Stone, Turnbull, Wainwright, Walker, Watson,
W atkins, Weakley, Whitner, Wilder, Williams, Willis, Wills,
Wiison, Ze/wadski-67.
Dr. Wmn. Forsvtli B3yni, Chief C(lelrk, announced the
electi(ol of Mr. MeNainee as Perilanent Speaker.
Dr. Wmn. Fors'yth Bynunm, Chief Clerk, appointed Messrs.
la ;nev,, of Leon, Wilder, of [lillsborough, and Harp, of Put-
lMnul., a Committee to conduct the Speaker-elecet t tthe chair.

The Hon. Mr. Raney, )upon conducting the Speaker-elect
to the chair, presented hlim to the House in a few brief and
very pertinent remarks.
After prayer by the e.. J. C. Carpeiter, the Speaker
brielly aIddressed the House, thlankling the Members for the
Ilhnr lconferr)edl upon himil, and proceeded to business.
IMr. Hilliard, of Esealamia, nominated Dr Win. Forsyli
BPy1num, of Columbia, for Chief Clerk.
Upon a call of the roll, the vote was:
For Dr. Wmrn. Forsyth Bynum-
Mr. 1Sleaker, Messrs. Bagg.ett, Bowen, Bradshllaw, Clark,
ChluIin1, Coleumain Corbeft, Cox, Davnt, IDenlam, Dyal, Ed-
wardis, Goode, Griggs, larp, Ilarvell, l'ay, HenIlry, of Lee.
[eiidry, of P(olk, Ilery, IillI;rd, Hill, Ho-kiis, Jlorsford,
IHunlter, Jacksonl !J[ordan, King, .fKnight, Koonce, L'Engle,
Le lie, LewisMAlite, M Jcli -cster, liin, McKeown, McMullen,
Mi cW.\iillllams, Morse, Overstreet, Palmer, Parrish, Parker,
Patillo, Payne, Pelot, Perso-ns, Pons, anley, iawls, Russell,
Sloan, Strieklind, Stone, Turn1uill, Wainwriglht, Walker,
Watson, Watkins, Weakley, Whitner, Wilder, Williams, Wil-
lis, Wills, Wilson, Zewad(ski.
"T'li e Spe)(aker d(eclaredI Dr. Wmi. FIorsvth R1BialIIll, of Co-
il1 ihia. C)ontIIy, Fla., elected (Chief Clerk.
Al r. iluancy, of Leon. offered the following resolution, and
tiiMoved its aldo(tilo.:
Re-olv i]d, That tile ca(ulis nominations not yet reported
be 11,w reportedly to thle Ilonse, an.d that the officers so re-
ported be voted lupn at ,e roll call, and tlia it is the desire-






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of- this Htouse that the election of any officer elected at such
roll call shall be subject to the power of this IHouse to dis-
continue any such ollice if it be found an unnI(cessary office.
Upon the roll being called the vote was:
Mr. Speaker, Miessrs. Baggett, Bowen, Bradshaw, Clark,
Chunn, Coleman, Corbett, Cox, Davant, Denham, Dyal, Ed-
uar d, Goode, Griggs, Harp, Harvell, Healy, Hendry, of Lee,
Hendry, of Polk,. Henry, Hilliard, Hill, Hopkins, Horseford,
Hunter, Jackson, Jordan, Knight, Koonce, L'Engle, Leslie,
Lewis, McAlister, McKeown, MleMullen, Mc\'ili:uii, Mor'se,
Overstreet, Palmer, Parrish, Parker, Patillo, Payne, I'elot,
IPer-ojs, Pons, Raney, IRawls, Russell, Sloan, St,'ickiaal,.
Stone, Turnbull, Walker, Watson, Watkins, Weaikley, Vi 'lit-
ner, Wilder, Williams, Wills, Wilson, Zew\adski-64.
So the resolution was adopted.
Mr. Hilliard, of Escambia, made the folliwinil nl.ina.-
tions:
Assistant Chief Clerk-Charles H. Dickinson.
Reading Clerk-Nat W. Marion.
As.istiamt Reading Clerk-George J. Strozier.
Engrossing Clerk-Herbert J. Drane.
Enrolling Clerk-Owen E. Pons.
Recording Clerk-C. W. Bannerman.
Sergeant-at-Arms-Andrew Scott. *
Messenger-Thomas A. Bass.
Doorkeeper-Jesse C. Sumner.
Janitor-J. Clyde Stinchcomb.
Chaplain--Rev. W. J. Carpenter.
Pages-E. Ernest McLin, John McLaran, C. Rodman
Jones.
All of whom were, on motion of Mr. Zewadski, of Marion,
elected by acclamation.
Oh ni tiio of Mr. Clark, of Duvad, a eoui ittee consisting
of Mlessr. Clark, of Duval; Palmer, of Orange, and Coilemi;l,
of XVWashingltonl, were appointed to inform .His 1Excellency, the
Governor, that the House was organized and would be pleased
to receive any communication that he may deem proper to
present.
After a brief absence the committee returned and reported
that the Governor congratulated the House uponits early and
pleasant( org.aiz-tion and would send in his n11)-(,a, today.
The iiie s ddiscld^' ed.










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A connittee from the Senate, consisting of \ r-. lr,
I)enlim aind B3. H. PaIm.a, appeared it th( i of HI l.ois,
and informed d n. House that the Sent \ (or ii .d i1
ready to proceed to business.
AMr. Denhaim, of Monroe, presented a gavl to the Speaker
withI the following reImarks:
ehilm11a in, of l'I oon roe: Mir. Siea k1< r- \- \\'li n eI llfi-ted a mem-
ber of the Lgislatlure from Aloure CountyI, he IIonughl. fi-
inrredl to rme that posi1ly f\the )'(-o 11'innI w11 \!o \\;hIs srukited to
tlbe p-sip- ion of Speaker of this hody uu;it areitle from a
hIistorie sinn;lpoint a g;ivel imnIe from soni of the woodworkli
of the ill-fatiil h itll^e-t ip k Akia I in im diilitild \e\ t to
w, ork to siui one and I am glad to say Try el' rts wer
oi.'d with n,-'6ss and I now hat In) lonor, my h1ar sir,
If) Insent inIg you wiLth this goA1, which is nadb from the
keel of the plain's giu. tlie boat in which the gallant. Sigshy
leit his sink1iig ship, and ask, sir. that you ancept it with as-
surances of estlenI and confidencee of the Monroe dLuati on.
The Speaker, in accepting the handsome gavel, delivered
a brief address of thanks for the presentations of sech ia highly
appreciated gift.
STJ pon motion of iMr. Watson, of Osceola, the ries of i
last House of Rienesenta li ves were adopted lluntil furtlhert
ordered.

Upon motion of Mr. Jilli nl, of EMaii. a con:iH
was appointed to notify the Senate that the Io(e was or-
g :nized ad read(ly to transact business.
The Speaker a)ppoiiteIed lessrs. 11 i i1, i f 1 i .nin11
Cox, of Alachua, and Knight, of Columbia, such Connu eI
After a briefii absence the coummnit Ie retInu-d a in reported
that they hal perfoinned the dliy aiii ed thim *n i- w-r-


On. motiiniu of Mr. Healy, of Voisi, ti 1 'I In .'Mjo r 4J
until 10 o'clock A. M. to-imorrow,










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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5. "is<).

Trhe House met pursuant to adjournment.
1The Speaker in the chair.
The roll being called the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Me.ssrs. Baggett, Bowen, BraiIshriw, Clark
Chunn, Coleman, Corbett, Cox, I)avant, Denham, Dvya, Ed-
wards, Goode, Griggs, Harp, Harvell, Healy, Hendry of Lee,
Hendry of Polk, Henry, Hilliard, Hill, Hopkins, Horsford,
Hunter, Jackson, Jordan, King, Knight, Koonce, L'Engle,
Leslie, Lewis, TAlcAlistcr, McGiffin, McKeown, Aiciullein,
MfW\illiams, MAorse, Overstreet, Palmer, Parrish, Parker, Pa-
tillo, Payne, Pilot, Persons, Pons Raw;is, Russell, S3ien,
Strickland, Stone, Ti'urnhull, Wain wriglt, Walker, W: l.s ,
Watkins, Weakley, Whitner, Wilder, Willials, Willis Wills,
Wilson, Zewadski-65.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the R ev. W. J. Carpenter.
Mr. Walker, of Walkulla, :moved that the r f h;lie of the
Journal be dispelnseld with.
Which wvas agreed to.
The follving Message was received from the Governor:

MESSAGE OF THE GOVERNOR.



STATE OF FOII., a,.
EXECUTIt'VE OFFICE, April 4, 1 s^, .

G;etlerne, of' the Senate (and lHouse of IQ,/L/:.l', tat :

The Constitution directs that the "Governor shall com-
municate by message to the Legislature at each regular sos-
sion information concerning the condition of the State, and
recommend such measures as he may deem ,expedient." In










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State in the Union. She has no floating delit: the few bonds
outstanding in the hands of individuals, although nearly
due, are at a premium, and her Comptroller's warrants pass
as cash in all financial channels.
Since the adjournmlent of thle last Legislatlure, ne hundred
thousand dollars of the he principal of the State's debt has been
paid. Seventy-five thousand dollars of this amount was paid
in 18!)8, and twenty-five thousandL during lie present year.
The Stale tax proper has also been reduced to three mills.
Let this be an ineentive, not to extravagance, but to earn-
est efforts to preserve our financial standing, and at the same
time make the burden of taxation as light as possible. The
e-nor1mous and continuous increase in the expenditures of the
General Gtovernmenet, which must at last eoine from the labor
lanicijpa, (County, and State expenditure is i necessary, if
of the masses, admonishes us that the strictest economy inI
the rewards of labor are not to be confiscated through the
dire1 -t or indirect instruiimlentalities of taxation.

\\AR' NTS ISSUED.

By re11feren:ce to the Comn, troller's Report, it will be seen
that warrants were issued in 1898 angregating $i662,)79.:*7,
distributed as follows:
Expenses Administrative Departmnt,........ $ -i0,188 49
ExpenI.ses Judicial D(eartment .......... ... 9. :, 11
Assessment and Collection of Revenue.. . 71,9G9 29
Expmenses Slate Tro(l-ps, inc. Enampmet. t ...... 13,09 07
AMainmtenanceo Lunatics . ...... . ....... 5 8,6)7 77
Edulietional Purlposes ........ . ...... . 1 8,774 86
State (C:hemis:t Dl:eprtmenl t ... .......... 3,599 97
M 0S:e|lHu eous . S ...... ............... ..... .2 12,4?4 81

",,,1 W: a.i'nts .Is ,ued in 18- . .. . .. . . ...6. ? 9 7










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Under head of "miscellaneous," are included "Expenses
State Board of Health, Railroad Commission, payment of
Pensions, payments of borrowed money, distribution of hire
of convicts, and other items as set forth in detail in the
Comptroller's Report. These sums do not include the in-
terest upon the bonded debt, which is paid by the Treasurer
upon the presentation of the coupons representing said in-
terest.
In the elaborate reports of the Comptroller and Treasurer
you will find full information regarding the financial trans-
actions of the State Government.
If no material changes are made in our revenue laws and.
no extraordinary appropriations authorized by the Legisla-
ture, the financial condition of the State will remain in a
healthy and satisfactory condition with our present rate of
State taxation. Some minor changes, in a few laws, looking
to economy, will be called to the attention of appropriate
comnmittees.
Upon the general subject of taxation, it is deemed un-
necessary to repeat the recommendations contained in my last
message. Those that were not formulated into law, are still
proper subjects for consideration.
BONDED DEBT.
The bonded debt of the State is as follows:
Bonds of 1871- 0
Seven per cent. bonds, 1871, interest payab!l
annually, amount issued ........ .. $350,000 00
Deduct amount in Sinking Fund............. 82,300 00

0* 67,700 00
Deduct amount in Educational Funds .........203,800 00

Held by individuals, 7 per cent. bonds ......$ 63,900 00
Bonds of 1873-
Six per cent. bonds, 1873, intlrept payalc senfli-
annuall., amount issued ... ... ....$925,000 00
Thiduct aniiunt in Sinking Funi ,. ....... .. 100,200 00.

$764,800 00
Deduct amount in Educational Fund ........ 504,200 00

Held by individuals, 6 pr cent. bonds ... ......$260,600 00.









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Ttlder Legislative sanct"ii,, $'?00,)QI.0ou \ere ,borrow.d
mn 1891 and prior years. Half of this amount, or $100,000.00,
as elsewhere stated, has been paid since the adjourrlnent of
the last Legislature, and the remaining $100,000.0 h,.ld in
lEducational Fundls. ,
rThle entire State det, then, including a ilount in .EdIuca-
lio final Funds, is $1.1:32.500..00.
FUNDJN(G BONDS.
lThe Cons.tiltutio)n authorizes thfe Legishntlie t issue StaL
Bounds for '"tle purpose of redeeming or reIfu1din,.' Londs al-
readV issued, at a lower rate of interest."
T.e sel(en ( per cent. bonds issued in 1871 fall due JamiuarT
1st, 1.901, which will be before another Legidsltuie convenes.
There are $6(3, .00 of said 1 bonds n ow in the ha hands of in-
dividuals; and although the Edueatioinal Futln s nmay be in a
condition to take up this amount as an investment on or be-
fore the anit urity of tlhe bolns, still it is well for ite Legisl.-
ture to consider if it would not be wise to provide for their
refundiing by another issue of hbonIls at a lower rate of in-
terest.
This view is striengt-emed by the feta thmati there are $i- 0,--
6t00.00 six per cent. State Bonds in the hands of individuals,
that fall due in January, 1903; and one law could provide
for the redeeming of both issues. A well considered act, au-
thorizina the issue of bonds at a very low rate of interest to
refiundr redeem the $6:3,900).O0 of seven per cent. londs
and the $260,600.00 of six per cent. bonds, or as many of
the same as may be held by individuals at tlie date of matur-
ing, would be proper and timely.
The $808,000.00 State securities held by ouri Eduecational
Funds shAiuld be provided for by t he issuing of manuscript,
bonds, under ia separate act similar to Chapter 3564, Laws of
1885. The State can afford to have these nmnuscript bonds,
issued to the various educational funds, bear a larger rate of
interest than the bonds issued to redeem or refund those hel.
by individuals. Of course, provision should be nmde for
destroyving the outstanding ll nds wr hen rhedeemqn d, as well 1 s
those in the sinking futds.
SHORTAGE OF T0 I AS. 1. n1.1
The resignation of ex-Treasnrer C. B. (Collins, tellndered on,
the 3d of June, s18g. was accepted, after tlie House of RepIre-
se natives passed a resolution advising tlhe acceltance oif thii









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same. On the same day (the Senate being organized as a
Court of I pe.chment), the House passed the following reso-
lution:
"Resolved, by the House of Representatives; That the Gov-
ernor is hereby required to see that C. B. Collins be. prose-
cuted criminally for unlawfully converting the State's money
to his own use, and that he be sued on his bond for the full
amount of money lost, as per the charges filed against him."
It was my duty, after the adoption of said resolution, to
employ counsel to assist the efficient State Attorney in the
prosecution of the State's case against the ex-Treasurer.
Hon. B. F. Liddon, ex-Chief Justice of the State, and recog-
nized as one of the ablest attorneys in the State, was retained.
The jury brought in a verdict of not guilty.
In the civil suits against the ex-Treasurer and his bonds-
men, the Attorney-General associated with him Hon. W. B.
Young, ex-Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.
As the misappropriation by Mr. Collins of State moneys
took Dlace in 1896, under a former administration, his old
bond, given for that administration, was responsible for the
shortage; and suits were instituted, and judgments obtaiend
against the ex-Treasurer and those bondsmen for the amount
of the State's claim. The judgment against Mr. Collins was
for $52,59J.97 and interest.
The State has received from the school Board of Marion
.County through lon. R. A. Burford, its Attorney, for moneys
loaned the Board, $8,459.53; and from IHon. J. N. C. Stock-
ton, Trustee, through his Attorney, Judge W. H. Blker, the
sum of $17,321.99, nnakini a total of $25,781.5', which has
been credited on the judgment against the ex-Treasurer.
The amount paid by Mr. Stockton was the result of a final
decree in the case of "G. C. Stapylton, Receiver, et al., vs.
J. N. C. Stockton, Trustee, et al.," in the United States Court
in Florida and United States Court of Appeals at New Or-
leans, in settlement of the loan of $15,000.00 made through
Mr. Stockton, as Trustee, by Mr. Collins, while State Treas-
urer, to the Mlerlcants' National Bank of Ocala, anld divi-
udInds on note of the bank, paid to Mr. Stockton.
Mr Stock ton has made a full report to this ofllT-c iiidi
date of February 23d, 1899, regarding this loan, witli expenses
of litigation, etc., which is on file, and open to the inspection
of the Legislature or others interested.










DDIlCT TAX K NREUN I E)D.
Governor Mitchell forwarded to thiti office on Ja,,u'ry l.i,
1897, a check on th e Mloerehants' National Bank of Jaci .Ikson-
ville for .$S,j93.88,. beiing a balance in his hands of the direct
fax paid over to the State under the Act of Congres ofrX March
2d, 1891. He also gave lme ani order on tlhe State Trea1sur (er
for $10,000( of )uval county bonds held by hinm as security
for the $8,093.88. The suspension of the bank precltuled a
prompt settlement, but Receiver E. T. Shubriek as early as
possible paid the $8,093.88, with some additional interest,
making the total amount received on the cheek through Mr.
Shubrick, $8,147.83. Of this sum, $6,974.40 was paid into
the State Treaslury on June 1.tht, 1897, and the remainder
held pending the examination of claims that had not been
finally adjusted. Of these claims, that of B. F. Weansl, of
Houston, Texas, for $268.72, was allowed, and the remainder
of the money, amlounting to $904.71 was paid into the State
"Treasury on November 250th, 1.898. The $10,000 of Duval
county bonds held as security were returned to the Merchants'
National Bank of Jacksonville, through ti.e First National
Bank of this city.
EXAMINATION OF ACCO-UNTS.
The Legislature of 1897 (Chapter 4587) authorized the
Governor to have the accounts of county officers examined
whenever le dee med it proper for the public good(. U.ndr
this authority, Mr. W. V. Knott was employed, and the re-
sults of his work have demonstrated the wisdom of the law.
His reports furnish valuable information to the financial
officers of the State, as well as to the County Commnissioners
of the respective counties, as he hlis always forwarded the
Clerks of the Circuit Courts copies of the portions of his re-
ports relating to the finances of the respective counties.
Many thousands of dollars have been saved the State and
the counties, the superior worth of the large number of effi-
cient county officers has been demonstrated, and others have
been stimulated to follow their example.

FLORIDA IN THE WAR WITH SPA.IN.
The events that transpired in March and tle early portion
of April, 1898, satisfied all that war between the Government
of the Fuited States and the Kingdom of Spain was inevita-
ble. The President's call, therefore, on April 23d, for 135,-
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poJn.,+ from the military organizations of this State. On
April 28th, this office was notified that Florida was expected
to furnish one regiment of infantry, consisting of twelve-
companiies, each company having not less than 80 nor more
than 84 men.
The State had a military organization of five battalions of
infantry, each battalion containing four companies;. and two
batteries of artillery. Having no regimental organization,
it became necessary to select twelve companies from the twen-
ty companies of infantry to meet the call. This was a most un-
gracious and unpleasant task,k when every company had vol-
unteered. After consultation and consideration, the twelve
companies to constitute the regiment were selected from the
first four battalions. The Fifth battalion, under command of
Major D. F. Conelly, was left intact, to meet, with the other
companies, the President's second call, which it was under-
stood would soon be issued. Florida, however, having been
allotted more than her quota according to population under
the first call, was not included in the second. This was un-
expected and disappointing, and of course prevented the Fifth
battalion and the other companies from entering the service.
Every effort was made to have a battery of light artillery also
accepted from this State, and Capt. Gumbinger worked unre-
mittinfly to that end, but without success.
The twenty companies of infantry were ordered ipto camp
at lTamipa between the 12th and 15th of May, and on the lat-
ter date the regiment called for was ready to be mustered into
the United States service. It was mustered in at once, and
was one of the first, if not the first, volunteer regiment in the
field. The field officers were W. F. Williams, Colonel; I. E.
Webster, Lieutenant-Colonel; C. P. Lovell and J. W. Sackett,
Majors.
After the respective States had responded to the Presi-
dent's first call, it was commented upon as showing a proper
State pride, that each State had placed at the head of her
regiments, officers claiming citizenship in said State.
When a vacancy afterwards occurred by the resignation of
Col. Williams, it was deemed proper to follow this unbroken
precedent, and the applications of officers who were citizens
of other States, to fill the vacancy, were not considered.
Florida had officer; of th:e best type in the regular army,
who were graduates of West Point, and 'men in the business
walks of life, the equals of those from any other State, who
had received early military training.











tiithr f cirtiI)sd wine ', a Id with the preCedle ts of all
other Executives before me, it wouvl havI been considered
by many a I rIfletion uponiI our State to have placed a citi-
zen o of notililer State at the heid of our lriment. The Lieu-
tenant-Coloniel not desiring promotion, C Mjor 1 P. 1onell
as re1 o l me1ded 1and conisissioned as Colonel ol'f the regi-
nIent, and Cptain R. E. Davidson as i\ajor.
The l'i iiulent had! no superior in thie volunteer iervire.
and the high linconiliinms p O1s ?ed upon the regiment 1nd its
spI1erb band by distinguished ofihers of tle regular anry,
vere a source of pride to all Hloriditiis. It \vwas a demnoinsta-
tion that thle imen of thie regimenIt were of thLe best type, and
thailt no miistalkes had been made in the selection of 1coi1paVny
and rc-ilental o(Tices.
For a ioipllete roster of thile regiment,. as well as fill in-
Sfor011aion1 regardii)g our1 Sitate troops and naval militia, you
are respectn1111y preferred to the A(1djitant-GCeneral's report.
The regimit. was not ordered to (nCuba to partic(ipate in the
battles around' d Santiago; but. no regiment from any Southern11
IState (had tit opport uniity. With loyal and heroic hearts
they did every duty assigned thel-and en could do no
more. As the President has well said, "the mighty arlv in
eaIpI, rmady )and eager to take the field, should be given equal
credit with those who participated inll tihe short but decisive
cntsts in Cuba. It was their presence, ready at an hour's
Hoti-e for any emergency that taught Ile eney that further
resistance wouid be in vain.1 '
EighIt (companies of thie regint )1 were Ilieredi out in
this eity on Decembner 4th, 1898., and tihe remaining four
companies at Huntsville, Ala., on aniuary *St h, 1899. No
event in the history of tihe regimen11t reflected greaIter credit t
than the orderly and law-abidlinlg manliner in which the men
tIturned to the pullrsuits of civil life. They were mustered
out, paid their debts, and quietly departed for their hoI)es
%withoilt a single violation of city ordinance or State law. It
was an illustralltion of thile highest. type (f the true citizn11
s l. iery
Florida also furnishied a Company, organized at Arcadia on
June 18th, 1898, under CaptainI W. 4. Cobb, to tihe Third
U'Tnited States Volunteer Regimnent of ImnluiI-s. Brigadier
General Albert W. Gilehrist, of the Florida Militia, who en-
listed as a private, while the Company-was at Macon, Ga., w1s
elected First Lieutienant, and M. L. Williams, Second Lieu-
t 1.iint. Lieuiitenant Gilhrisit was afterward's promoted to
i 'plain and assigned to many important duties in Cuba.i









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'.lTh' Company:'was r(c.ogniz'1d a' s being coinp.lll-ed of the best
iiaterial in the comm land, and furnished the Color-Sergeant,
Sergealt-Major, .and Quarte.rmaster- :rgeant of the Regi-
ilmet, and had two of its Sergeants promoted to Lieutenants.
A ltlhouih reaching Cuba after the close of hostilities, the-
Company has done efficient service at Guantanamo and sur-
rounding towns. Orders have been issullo( for the lmuitering
out of the Regiment, and the men will return to their homes
wearing all the honors of deserving soldiers.
A former recommendation for a regimental organization of
our State troops is respectfully renewed. Had such an or-
ganization existed at the beginning of the Spanish war, it
would have enabled the Executive to have tendered a complet-
ed Regiment, without the disagreeable task of selecting twelve
companies, out of the twenty of infantry, which had volun-
teered.
NAVAL MI LITIA.
The last Legislature passed an act to establish a battalion
of Naval Militia to consist of not more than four divisions.
Under this law, Divisions of Naval Militia were organized at
Jacksonville, Tampa, Port Tampa and Pensacola.
Captain J. W. Fitzgerald, the well known nautical expert,.
was elected Lieutenant Commander of the Battalion. The
roster of the Battalion will be found in the Adjutant-Gen-
eral's report.
The Assistant Secretary of the Navy, in his last report,..
spealking- of the Florida Naval Militia, says:
"rThie Naval Militia of this State, which at the outbreak
of hostilities numbered twenty-four officers and about 200
men, supplied six officers and ninety-three men to the Naval
service. Of this number, two officers and fifty-eight men:
served on Auxiliary Naval Force ves-els; and four officers
and thirty-five men served in the Coast Signal service."
In accordance with directions of ChIpter 450;9, Laws of
Flrida, alpplic(tion \ as lmadi e to the Se:retary of the Navy
I',r' l11l- loai of a practice vessel ftor the use of the Na.i\l Mi-
iihii. The United States Steamship \Wsp, one of he best of
her class, was secured, and Lieutenant A. R. Merrill, the effi-
cient Commander of the Jacksonville Division, took a com-
plement of. men and brought her from Norfolk to Jackson-
ville.
It is the intention to have the ship spend portions of eacii
year at the ports of the respective Naval Divisions. The.
question of a coal supply, however, will have to be met. The-
N;v% .aDepart'le-lt lias de.li med to suppIvly i1,t 1 's,..s'y (y .
eli












ti<>ena h ti i p i5 Ii' tr'/' ;r .1n' i f th is
i. t I- ,.- H h p < i , i ^ Shi. i will i ,'ie to m ,...-- a n ; !pp : lrop. ia-
tion that purpose, or he :, p i. ,.it.i,.;Ti y ;iV one
.port and o .-ess- rily be of lit I u -
Al.tentionl is ca.i d to Ito 1 h 'n sity '" ki:ki:i appropi a-
lions for the N v I ;1 i ii w4; n X 1 ) <4prfl4 '41 ( 14 s 141 im l( for
St.a.t,. 1' o,),!s, as {n forco of 11w' Sitfl."
IN A Y .
Cc r(Iil;i II x p st. l ;;'.] i i be ;nuI'T d the ^1 iH: in .*0o i n -
bn \1 ; it ilit 41y op 4rn; i4 s 4i1u ii ti;' XXI*r itii Spi[ n,
in J aid..i14 41 1 c(i .. i.- 2r-. N1iI. i ipp.li' i d ,<1j'iij). the vo I. ni-
teer ;1 'Iy of tI 1l it'd IYtI(ts. 1 li1-'' ''41( 4'-is in Vi.1,
iill ( .were p, fprtioi t i .Iy 1.or ] :1<\ il ,,s 1 t ot e Sl; of
"the Union, all as lw sumn ri.'equirid Iat th 4t4e \as 1o1. on-
fii'lt as i -L, as the (.\xl)' o-,iild La .i 1411 e, of o;lling a0 n
extra s-.ioii of thi l. ti, ltu. re, it 'waH ho, 'r wed r'n 1 t1
Firs1i Naiio1i, 4l l; ik o"d this city. -1Tho amount ($:,9(.474)
ih it \t \ s 1 or\' t'ia,- 1 was p4:!dt' to rl1 .' ii of A\,ijup tn -nI -
1 il 1 o 'st iln rI'm. (ishnl i ise cnt, Iind SIl k. id.Is vour.lc rs for
Ii same. T'1iw interest at i\ (' ent. ui t1 June. 1st next
v ill 1w $10 .2, 4n l:iil11n i t1i t( ial MuM1111 1111 will H1 11 h 1

1he I iic d SI i 1 n .r1s- im-sed 11t W" r[if I N rI the
irII'4s for 5.1.ch w. ndi II rI s. l'ior!.'i4h has 1la4 s n ; ,' ip4ll0'1d to ht o rr41 o, as there woas a small 1,ad il.,,'' l, an ;iP.
pcopri(_ Hd4ii i'; J(l4d>i-I' in- a portion 4 of H le oi n s1 .
It is 1s,'1< .p..rt( 1 I -' (1 re n, I nfI. l4 d1d that an a-ipp' pri l4 ., i ,r
w 110< 10 oney i r444 d n i 1lo. 'h lIcn the (0over4i4oni4 s1 i-
h i, i S t 's i. it \\'i ll p'aii(. into ih St lre I'I' '.iry.
\I i'INSS;!S i, M8 N ON 4FlON, i ST I
By nr1 r of 1 the W ar D)o'.l;p1 11141t, oif-lt ,om( pI41i(:11s of (t41 ,
1i,'sl. 'e2i1,4e' Florih;I Yolnl ,i's. 1 V re ,T i'd 'r1d to this in Odeo b r I,,r to be if1rln1 glh ,11' r t lirl'i ,y, s, a.nd tiHn,
1!l; 'c4Iredv out of the s 'O 4.0.
\V n,)1 t, 1 i n were wirlu0i, l,,,d, "i \was ..l.-frt. n,,d i.l: 1 0 a
very li 'ike '1d Ximl (ir iiaid tlhe moe s of n' i.urniin ; home.
hl r ,d:- of men i'eu)c.! loose and no 0 4 .41 to 1 n i4 p video 1 by
h'.ll o i',' .l4 a ti,4 f4'r transportingj'1 t, , r4d il-nin.,t i n4 (4 11lt ir eo4nCnOItil at t14 ''los of the11 ir ofur-
lon41h, :nd wil ImIl. iions 0d, support. tiw s ihited jironpt
1ionl Tr 4li- 4(41 'for \\;(s e;!hl4 d to t1 014 nt i Con l, 4o1. li4









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A. 1helllde'son, Vice President of the Florida Central and
Peninsulart Railroad, and he arranged to have the road trans-
port them to their homes and return, and await the action
of the Legislat r for compensation. The same arraige'ment
"was ilnde w\ithl the Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad for the
"men from the Western portion of the State.
It w;i a great relief to the soldiers at the time, and evi-
lc.l(ce a most co(-(in, )lable spirit upon the part of the roads.
It is hoped the Legislature will not hesitate to provide com-
pensa' t i. To that end it is respectfully recommended that
the Colmptroller be authorized to audit.and pay those claims
'riiiiHc1lt for moving troops.

EDUCATION.

The lIltducetiouNal rating of a State is generally looked upon
as the best guage of its progress, growth and healthy develop-
ment. Elevate and improve your public schools, and the ele-
vation and improvement of our future citizenship is secured,
and the best safeguard guaranteed for the perpetuity of our
Republican Institutions.
The education of the masses is also an investment that will
at all.times yield profitable results. Statistics demonstrate
that intelligent labor is wofth at least 50 per cent. more than
illiterate, while the illiterates furnish fifty times their pro-
portion of paupers and many times more than their due pro-
portion of criminals.
The interest of our people therefore in popular educat6 ion,
and the continued development of the State's educational
system, are sources of congratulation.
At the close of the school year in June, 1898, there were
in operation 2,538 public schools with 2,792 teachers; of these
schools, 1,899 were for white, and 639 for colored pupils. At
the same time, there were 2,108 white and 684 colored
teachers.
By the census of 1896, Florida had a school population of
152,598; of which 86,196 were white, and 66,402 were col-
ored. The total enrollment is 108,455, being divided as fol-
lows: White, 67,657; colored, 40,798.
The total expenditures for schools during the last school
year amounted to $736,951.23. The salaries of teachers con-
sumed $528,871.63; and the salaries of county superintend-
ents, $30,985.71. The remainder of the sum was used for
improvements and costs of admiinistraiton.











Our h.i'her inltiitilons o-,t leaIrni-ng are all well :patronizied.,
a;nd public sentiment sustain s gitinle efl'ort, fohr their fur-
t;.r and )broa0de r usefulness.
Our Conmon School svstel ;ind our higher ed clationa
institutions have !grown to such proportions that a conimuni-
a ion froml the Exeen tive' D apartment can embrace not even.
a brief synopsis of their riuli o operation. The Superintena
vr.t of Public lnstruictionl, under our Conisiitiution, has su-
pervision of all matters ,ei taming to public inst.ructiion, and
his el)a1oral r1(po rt, contains complete iu;fori,1,- iut ii of it he
State's educational system, in all of its details.
STATE BOA] ]) OF HEA LTH.
The first decade of tie official life of the State I, iBoard o1
_Health has passed into histol y. Its record is one of unbroken
success, and the people of Florida appreciate its work. The
trying experience of last summer, with g.ieat- armies en-
camnuped upIlon our soil, and consent c oomsuitoii nieation with in-
reeled ports, has empliasized the fact. that our Health Board
furnishes the best security against the possibility of epidentes
and the evils resulting therefrom.
The reports of te President of the State Board, d it
State Health Officer, are sulnlitted for your information, and
consideration. Their imlportaince necessitates your eatneful
con.sideirati on.
The r1ecomlllendations of our experienced and able H.ealtlh
(Offier are nmde after a full and intelligent study of the sub-
ject, and have received the unllianimous endorsement of the
"State Board of Health. They will necessarily claim your
best attention anldl considerate judgment.
For reasons stated in thle Hlealtlh Oltler's report, thle Board
is socmewlhat cramped financially, and mary require a special
;aprloriation to carry its work through the present, year.
CONFEDERATE IHOMIE.
The report of Hon. F. P. Fleming, President of the Con-
federate Soldiers' and Sailors' Home Association, shows that
there were twelve beneficiaries in tlhe Home on December 31,
1898. This Home is located in Jacksonville, and, the Presi-
dent states, is accomplishing much good in effecting the ob-
jects for which it wasinsittuteid.
For 1898, the State contributed to the Homle $817.90, a
which was supplemented by contributions from individuals,
and the material assistance of various chapters of the United
I)Dauglters of the Con federacy.









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During the past year, a settlement has been effected in the
title to a small strip of land on the north side of the property,.
improvements have been made in fencing and repairs to build-
ings, and the management hopes to be able during the pres-
mnt year to somewhat enlarge the capacity of the Home.

CONFEDERATE PENSIONS.
One of the most serious financial problems that confronts
the Legislature is the payment of pensions under the law en-
ncted by the last Legislature.
Prior to that period all pension laws were passed for the
benefit of those who enlisted in the military or naval service
"of the Confederate States, or of this State, who lost limbs, or
who were permanently injured by wounds or diseases con-
tracted while in said service.
The last Legislature d(1eprted from this principle and gave
the benefit of the pension laws not only to those who enlisted
and are permanently injured from wounds or disease con-
tracted during the service, but since.
The same change was made as to the widows of pensioners.
Under the old law, "widows of soldiers or sailors killed, or
who died during the war from exlposu-re resulting from service
in the line of active military duty, or shall have since died
"of wounds lr'ciive while in the line of ,liity," r.eei\vdl a
-pension.
Under the act of 1897, widows are c tit led to a pinsio of
$1 50 per annun, whether their hli.-;ans ldied (luring the
\\or or since, regrdless of the cause of death.
The departure' by the last Legislature from the former
policy of all our Ipesion laws, was urged upon the ground
that the change would add but a limited uinnlber to the pen-
sion roll, and but a small additional.expense to the taxpayers
,of the State. Time has demonstrated this to be incorrect.
Since the first pension law was passed in Florida, two
tlhousind and sixty a;ippieitions for pen-i, n ha;ve been filed.
About one-hilf of this number have been flkl since nd muldr
the (li linll li of l 0he penslsion laI by the la; Le- isli;itlre; an1
from correslondeeii, tl; nis applied for, and other inforina-
tion, tlhosc best able to judge believe that five hundred addi-
tional claims will be filed when there are means to satisfy the
:same. It is thus evident that the cstioitIs of Ithose who ad-
octeld nd processed the legislation of \Iv8 were erroneous.
The Coi(tpti oller estimates that it will require an appro-
priation ot'f aiout :;,)(t.),000 per aninum to niii.t the f ti'ure de-









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in d. 31 mills on th doll-ar on the f ri rel t i vii, e ofI all the tax-
1bh- propeI. y .SuppI..-c e plr. h ",i t nit( at ', (),' ;InId the \tax
le,., whi-.h will he ne,,.. i l o:, ise th_., e smie, at lthrI e m ills
on the oiiii. a nd cotti.'.it tax levy wviti that of oiler
So' Shlrl(- 'as.
A inli.a;!i 1has hi.i ,'oi .e. l( (iNel piirpose, information, !oIW ., has e-in V'4.'iv d l,- : 1i4r
last I. ,ei itm., 'ti rapl ised] this mloint to one .ill on tlie dollar
of her iiaile. p.operlty. North (C'aroiina .levi's o I..1-third of
a mill, and ten niits poll tax, making a 11t;11 of .-ss than
one-hlf mill; Soe l t Carolil approjli:t(es tIlisI e I(ni talent, of
a tax of il iL N\',-eighths of a mill; Mis-.sssijli., o onle-half
m ill; .iA rk -.'.; ,! o, --fnio ril in m ill.; ( Iies ,-e, of one-t.hird(
m ilS ; ]"'ir:{. i ni. uf one-tlfi.d iili; isnid f .i.ia.. na, of ,ne-fiftli
ili n-'i.eiw : had o law providi i; fori Con I federate
Ipensios] s, but rei.inlyl" iHnd .opi :,,ed, a eonslit uitlio.mna1i (ii-no n d ii
h r-tlloizin her Legisa- tre It to make approprL-.. l iaiiil:. f(r (Con-
rederte s oldiers, -ut limits tRl ie amoiint; t1liat ;n he at).nro].ri-
ated for such ipovpos(, to the e .qiivaleli of a 1on-t hliird nill
1i.- u1:pon her jv'eseil 1aai. le resoe l!'s. Georgia a!1o\\'s
idod ws a l'rio1n of rol-l.i $6(i eal )i, per annum, a41i al
Iveia-e of about $5d5 each, t' o l iiill ied or 1dish1.led (ConferdeaIt.
s)dli,.-rs. I ,Floridl I.- therefore i ;Iro|.-ided a sum equiv-
dl.1 iit to a tI of oi, tw"-- hirtd oI a i ill, a d ;dllo\\ed ]lf;i1 er
pensionn;, il .n any of Ile o H ter Smo ii 'n Slfls.
I under t1.4 I l.\v adopted h l-e l-l Le- il;. i elr, l he ConI( II)-
troller e1 iilliait, a levy of al least Ihiree im 1ills \ilL hive to h
;l(le to ill'-Io its future req ireeronts. If the L-w -isAi ilre al
its' present rs..ioi s-ouhid order a tax h Vy oi three iiiills for
Penio.s, 'it ,ouli (1 th welve ni-lll. before t e p o.;Iceeds
u1 1e intilI. i to one during tlos t ,l

""ll april iit.ioi2 o0 ljessI, 1 "N t ,i s. wo oldi inlws i et tNlC
" iIllii s ni.W\1 on ii to ,s y 1lo.thil, of lios.1 nily (onl iintl ill
.. 'd :. *,- 1 an .i |0(!-.o .'.,t-t \nI i',' ( i s -, w it ih t .e -isul: a1 -
1 .i-0 fi l i or tfi.1 t:1 1'1c;s y -.C' lpei ses of the Slile ^overi-
l,' ic npon (i pI. li. <1 .t, \\iti il e A st, of -i e pi, -esent Lego-.
islature, \,ov il:1 in -,\\\' !ii< tnd is evciansl- the re.-sl iiiry r
l i, l.ri ', s 1ii,;1t f;li .:1 *'.Ia.itnd .. 1 and reduce l-ri to ia 1.ritli


sl -,lld lder tlc-7 rrve : i. ,;,t.-ia illj .-.'.ian ill all its j)'iases.









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O11r sympathies naIlli-nl ami warmly .o out to the Con-
fderal(i soldiers and their widows, and it is lopel that rea-
.soAlr-lte assistalne can be fIurnihed without ;injle to the
dc(-eirving soldiers and wilows, and without ; i.'bl;' ing
the taxi players, or llilpiring the State's lill;in iiil credit.

PUBLIC LA NDS AND AGRIC LTU RAL STATISTICS.
Under our Constitution, the Commission er of Agriculture
has supervision of all matters pertaining to the public lands;
such duties in relation to agriculture as may be prescribed by
law, and supervision of the State prison.
The following information from the C.oli issioerl's report,
as to the sale of swamp, internal improvement, school and
seminaryIi- lands, will be of interest:
Acres. Acres..
Swamn lands sold in 1897 ............. 6,311.52
Swamp lands sold in 1898............ 2,819.03

Total sold in 1897 and 1898. ......... 9,130.55
Svanlm lands on hand January 1st, 1899 ..... .422,064.82

Acres. Acres.
Internal Il i proi\ ve-lej t lands sold in 1897. 4,314.93
I i.lI:nl Improvement lnids sold in 1898. 2,253.54

'lT,.ai sld in 1897 and 1898......... u(i, .47
Internal I11 nro.ve ient lands on hand .1lilia'ry
1st, 1899 ....... ................ ...... 94,688.90-

Acres. Acres.
School land., sold in 1897 ............ 9,934.24
School lands sold in 1898............. 4,147.66

Tt,.ial s it, in 1897 aund .189 ....... .. .1 1,081.! O
School .hilds .,n I: tl Janary 1st, 1-99 (A p-
ro', l ti ...I ) ... .......... ........... ..i'l,(i,3.8(9

cr'l' s. Acrtes.
Seminary lands sold in 1897 ........... 217.32
Seminarv lands sold in 1898........... 120.28

Total sold in 1897 and 1898.......... 337.60
Seminary lands on ha pd Janiary 1st, 18s!9 .... 30,418.34











The .' i vi alnd \-er-ilov<.ed lands dledll to rtail',ads and
"<-anils, and iat ters appertaining to all Iandl grtit1s, e4tc., will
he found in the report.
The agricultural statistics will necessarily claith tlhe attn-
tion of all who feel an internist. in the material development
oif tlh Sitle. Tos1 sathislics eiimblnir field crops, live stock,
tpoiult, dairy aindil in-nc1s other produts, and th1e txp'rats
of the State.
The reo-Hrt of t.le CrtoniissJinI e1r covcrs s:i. a la 'rge ain
a tried field that it is impossible to condense the c.iitents
--fflicient to embrace the material intrf aiion and recom-
"neinda lionls in the limits of a message. It will, ,o' .lot i,i ,
.rec,.iive careful considerationn by the Legislatlure.
STAIE C1iiC I 11 ST.
T lin S ( ..;.i ,: .; i ,,1' t .1 M i-:sissi _i, .ilso is:'.,u 'i, .-rkA ois .s
1n.d _,ioiisitna, we.it'y--niine in ]-niimelor, are dtesignaltt-d by
ihe Uiiited States Department of AgriLcl,.tu'c as llH," fertil-
i l.r e(. nsiitiig !i -;rion of Hie country, thie re l aiiin. iI. -s
usQ but small quantities.
The fri.nent ittposition upon the aig-ritiliri al lassts by
the frauduleit cliar;niel-r of fertili/z-s o-etred [,or s[alm en<-es-
.silateild ilislatiolt in alii these Slis. The legislation is of
Hie .ai e l .oncr;l l 1;i ical' t r, (ill rin'i only in m inor de.l.t ils.
The St,;c C tic-iisi, tistetr i tief'l'tul comipli;'ison-I. considers ilthe
law of Flil hi, in all 't<- ial p ti l. it, v -ryv lst tiiti 1i;ts
o-n11 e-1e ch'; .
_T1t1e unitedd Stlii-s Departmentt. oPf A.griutliinr, says, flit.
the elffct ol ( Illis li-,,isl:tl in (. e f, ',rlilizOr ii su. inll re-
g ion has l on to geenerally "'<,liiii;l ft'ralfit iii tl.e b lsine -ss,
.,and insiire the ftnitter that i is ]miinli wfiti, is reIti'esenliod,
nud that i-hi* P itiei is to secure siluch ert liizer as is
chemically adapted to the 'et iirlicnlis of 1liis sil ail crop."
The Dept-iri-mi-t of the State (Chlemlist is s !-s'u.sfinitii,
;1ind of no iost to tlie tax payers, as the salaries of Cht.leiist,
A\ssis-a fnt Chlemisit and the expenses of the bliebl)r;1 y iri, all
paid oit of lhe receipts I'irom the int l titmi tt P' rtiliz,'s.
F tr detailedd information r( ..i rdinP i liis d'1pt !i,' in t, I re-
.lied titlly rier you in thlie report of tlw St;it ( 'l i-i
STATE 1IO'I\lI S -0tOOL.
ndr chapterr i-1', iLaws of Floridn, certain Stkile <0l1i-
cers were a uthritize]nd it juircid to sc-ci-Lr. il li ill site
for a hef'orm-tory S of living as wIel ;< iltdjit ilility to ;-a.ri.-iuHd rai ,dr.velopiwntt ,
aid Olr it li yi."





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.)5

After a careful investigation, and looking to the instruc-
tions of the law, an admirable location was selected in Jack-
son county, near the town of Marianna, the county seat of the
county.
The ciiztei' of that county have given 1,200 n(aens of land
and $1,400 in cash.
The law requires the Board to erect two buildings, one for
white and the other for colored juvenile offenders, "not nearer
than one-half mile to each other." It was deemed advisable
to erect the buildings of brick, as wooden structures were
not considered desirable for the purposes intended.
After securing plans and specifications, advertisements were
given out for the erection of the buildings. In April, 1898,
the contract was awarded to the S. S. Leonard Company, of
Jacksonville, for the sum of $13,000 for the tNvo buildings.
It was found "nipractie ale to secure two such buildings as
were necessary for the $10,000 appropriated. The donations,
however, made by the county, will be sufficient when the land
is sold, to make up the deficiency.
The contractors,, for reasons. no t deliiiitell knoi to the
mmbe rs of the Board. have been nim1ara- cei in their oper-
Ationl, and delays have resulted. Those d(1(l_ s were extrone-
ly annoying to the Board, and everiv e :onliib efl')orl has been
made to have the work expedited. The State, having a good
a.nd suifficiint bond, no puniary injury vs anticiit;1],,b:ut
the work was unpleasantly delayed. .\ ngeenti hlwI \r,
were finally perfeteted for the ('uipile ii of the eontret,
and it is expected the buildings will be ria, l',fr ;icpfi ni ,
iln a i ,\c w eeks.
In order that the Shit's <>,lig:iins may I,, ri-imip 1;/ ,, (
I r-',-.lct ui y request il ti an i ldlitiolil sum of f( ir'i
thct. in! ,l(i,,lar be appropriated out of the hire df oivicts,
for outhouses, cisterns, tIhe erection of proper enclosures, and
1any ;l-,n)(e( that mia.y be due on hInildings; and,that the pro-
ceeds of the binds, when sold, bhe paid into the Tr.i -v.

STATE CONVICTS.
Th1e Com ,lissioner's report also gives full details regard-
ing the convicts sentenced by judicial al tholrit to onfihin-
ment and labor in the State prison. ''The present cozntlra1cts
under which the prisoners ar1 worked were enteredi nto by
the advicee ;and dii-rectioni of tli I( ;islal. t re of 189 7 i'
C(1Otr ets are for mor y;eairs, eniilnei ltn J.la uarv 1st, I18l ,
?inl obligate the conitriators to pav Iwenty-one ihoulsanl
d1old !'-s 1 .....'ll v for the hire of said conitv-.











T41, 11nn Tssi ni report- 1,17 1o\I i I ( I I IId DI cII
I t 1. 89 S.
"TI'i e but enlilph sizes tle I'; oll, ing r, ',oi inlcli4ndli 1.tio n, 1lad,:
in my former message, and it, is ;igain submitted for your
t.-.nsidrtion : "The Staie shoul( luave a negent appointed
by the Coaniiissioner of Agriculture, whose duty should V (
to visit each camp at least six tinl-s every 'year; and not ontly
have the power to pIre)are anId brig '-rii1orious cases be-
fore the Pardoning Board, but look carefully ,o li n manragw-
Sment and treatment of the comnic s, and. see tli t the con-
fritn-s with the lessees are .fully complied w\\ith."
"It is respectfully reeoliin.ended that the s-li pu of the pr1;-
ent law ((.'laptert 1-390, Acts of I b5,) be so enlarged as it
meet these req uir itn s, a nd th4 I the (coi"pensa tion of the
Agent be i.oplortion tely illncreased, to I paid out of the
fund arising from the hire of convicts."

.1SANE ASYL.IM.
The capacity of the 2Asylum has be-i more than dobL-,di
in the last three or four years, and man.y irilmplrtant imiprove-
ments have been perfected since my formerr message.
'Tl Ijnstitution has had added a satisfaci-tory el ctric plant;
;lso 'in elevated steel stald pipe for water, .pi.able of supply
i" hi"'lit.l werr, wil t)i:-snref for any p.lrt- ion of the premi-

Im-i lin, the Fo(reIma) IIottestwd, t(Itre ar. lfor addition-
al cottages properly fn rnished for te use ,f employees. Tie
farm has been 1reatly enlar1g'edl, ;01d a sat is fatory dairy plant
established.
A large and superior cooking, plint has been erected, and
the water supply guaranteed, by thle ,,cmpl:ltionl of an addi-
tional emergency water works pl i;lnt s T-i rent lio every contin-
gency.
Hospital de-pa-rtmien ts have 1en constr 1 ct-e, IanDl a nursery
.s.;.blish i en]t sul.pplied.
"The recomm-,ll( lIendations of the Superintendent as to further
improalvem1ents, will, of course, receive your Itholughtful con-
sideration.
While similar institutions iln wealthier States may be suir-
1 1nded with more glittering paraphernalia, it is not believed
that any 1furnish more subsltanti.il mifolrts to the inmtlates
than Florida's' Assyluin for the Indigcilent nswoe.
'Thlier- were o persons adi itted to the Asvylum. during the
plt yI -. 1vid1ntly naVny .f thelit wilere ot entitled, un-
der ti- j., to l.'.me inmates of r e nlti ition. In li di-



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tion to the lIrg.e IllnuIlierI of epileptics, idiocy, senility "when-
.clo, mpalnie'd by poverty, imbecility, morphine degenerates
and acute achoholism, are all represented. As the Superin-
tendent will say:
lThese classes of our people are often objects of pity, and
should be subjects of individual and community, if not the-
public charity. But the indiscriminate use of this Asylum
for their benefit is, in effect, a perversion of the Institution
and its funds from the higher and more sacred purpose of
their creation."
In addition, the Institution has been compelled to accept
criminals of sound minds, .who assume the plea of insanity
merely to deceive the jury and avoid the punishment so justly
due. It is respectfully submitted that the law should author-
ize the temporary confinement of criminals (when there :s
a doubt of their sanity), in the county jails, where proper-
tests could be made, and the criminal verdict enforced if
the plea of insanity proved untrue. In this connection at-
tention is respectfully called to the views of the Superintend-
ent that "the actually criminal insane should not be confined
in the Asylum with patients whose lives have no taint of
crime.
The suggestion of Dr. Blocker regarding the propriety of
autopsies in the pathological work of the. Institution, is
worthy of your careful consideration. The medical profes-
sion consider autopsies one of the chief methods of advancing
the science of medicine; and under proper restrictions, a re-
sort to it, as Dr. Blocker states in his report, would "accumu-
late valuable information that would promote advancement.
and possible discoveries, to better the condition of others."
The Asylum h;la at the close of the year I-4J1 imnniates :.lnde'
ri.mtnmet. Of this numn.,ber, there were white males, 147;
white females, 138; colored males, 106; colored females, 100.
It affords me pleasure to express my appreciation of the
Superintendent, and the Physician of the Institution, and
to ask for their recommendations the most careful considera-
tion.

RAILROAD COMMISSION.
'lw Le-gisl-tliie in Mlny. 1S97, p issd it. c ratiillg IA.
Hilrioa.d Commi a t mission, d the omissioners ogaiiized un-
der said aot, on July 1st, of the same year.
To f 1ia.l-le and put into opeIration the Oainv delicate and











responsible duties devolving upon .the Comissioners under
the law, necessarily required deliberation, and careful con-
siderafion. Before obliterating existing conditions, which
lad been interwoven with thle growth and. mainagerIent of
great enterprises in. the State, justice andu public policy de-
mal<(nded thai all interests be he;.rd, and te formulation of
new co(nditiols be nlompanied with such an. adlerencie to
business 'priniples, as to render pri0ictal and permanent
wha-tever .tion was taken.
'11(Iilyl10H
Tlje.- ihe;l 'rnissliments necessarily silt ound the irst years
of anv co.nmlission upon which is devolved such intricate and
illpo-lit work. As the work rogresses, and lwVs ;ire
aiendlid and judicially interprte..d, the various intere-.ts are
ridu;illy i.juiticd to meot proper relqliremenlis, ano the full
fruition of intelligent and considerate action secured.
The oih life of the Commissiion being less tlhan- two
.erIs,. si. ilrefore i be taken into- consideratiin when es-
i lasting ret1s; es.pei;lly when ho session of the Legisli-
ture has intervel.,ned to correct any defects in the 11w.
The 'eioi't of tlie Comnnissionrs is divided ulder five
general hal- : ALend rents reco ended to the Railroad
Comi ission Law; regulations of freight _r es in and out of
tih SSli-; jlurisditin or control of a;ir by xprs-. Co(Ii-
pnies in n; 11ey1 d ,lwi limits ol 1ie Si(; p i Vangei rates,
;ain De)pailrt nt of Claims.
The recoiiiiendtlatiins that claim your direct attention are
those that ask aend; ulllents to the law. Thle Coiiissioners
ionsitder that certain i t its which tlie people should receive
.are in a I'na mM;n i ..s.s ds.t'roed by the law's" requiring
i\ty day the t minllunm ti in ill'ici ihny cMl% ge in ris
;\ ll Ie linde hef'e tio '.
T'liy lsk that thie law slhoul more fuil Ifnll olie i\ l o. w rs
of the1 C1 nC ii.-.ioii in re,.quiri0'.g r',iilro;lds t, l', ib ,l ,s f'lr
S11 ) iee 1 1.n mio In of t e li.
Opernlti s or mali itgerI of sthiaimosi;s eii y tl i e p 1;e C i nllis -i;iiri 1 t ieir lline, i n ;i s T in I\, is not cil-
.silered clear, T hie Comimissiioiners (leml it adsvisable, before
litilg;tioi to le 'Ce no <1iou1l.s is ,to IHewi por \ve'- to
m i.k'e rates ;il .-lie fin "' g;in,]rni- friglt aini p ..-,ien.' r
tr';liie on in': over -ir. lines.
'T hle COkin(i .-i e '.s ;ls .-'. !' ; i, ", n ;I 'lI t n 1 to ( i<,' ]: as
f,,low.:
"XThe.law sli ll e so ;in'nded, a- to requiir all S n4)tl,0d,0 s
and 'xp!u-e< 'iti!,iini^- d. ng ui' inesi in t S' t;iie to .,'sta. l -
!
  • Sl,11,e. This provis-











    ion is absolutely essential in order that the Commission
    may make such e\:lininations as the law c:nteplaltes. The
    gener1 (al (oiit(ers of a number of the companies are without the
    State, and beyond our jurisdiction."
    The work of the Commission with the railroad and express
    conlljnies in connection with the regulation of freight rates
    in and beyond the limits of the State, the questions of passen-.
    ger rates, and claims for overcharges, etc., etc., are fully set
    forth in the annual reports and need not be discussed here.
    This being the first session of the legislature since the adop-
    tion of the law, the report of the Commissioners will necessa-
    rily receive your careful and intelligent consideration.
    They express the belief "that the Commission, as ripens in
    experience, will ultimately become of great benefit to the in-
    terests a f-,Itef(d."
    S11MINOLE INDIANS.
    The great value of the partially submerged lands in the
    Everglades, the practicability of their drainage, and the
    steady march of improvement looking to the utilization of
    those lands, bring forcibly to the front the necessity of some
    action by both the General and State Governments, if homes
    are to be secured for the Seminole Indians remaining in this
    State. The Department of the Interior estimates that there
    are "from 400 to 500 Seminole Indians or dsc.cenldants of
    Seminoles in Florida."
    No weight can be given to the claim soietinmes put forth
    by overzealous friends of the Indian, that the State takes her
    title to the swamp and o ci tloxwed lands under the act of Con-
    gr'ss of September 28th, 1 08, "sullject to the right of oc-
    .c1upon:ey by the Indians."7
    Whatever may be said derogatory to the treaty of 1832
    liade by the General GCovernmient with theSeminole Indians,
    it must be recognized that said treaty cannot at this day.be
    questioned. Under this treaty, proclaimed April 12th, 1834
    (7 Stat., 368), the Seminole Indians relinquished to the
    United States "all claims to the lands they at present occupy
    in the Territory of Florida," and agreed to emigrate to the
    territory gi\ento o the Creeks \est of the Mississippi.
    Thpe Act of Congress of September 28th, 1850, granted to
    the several States the wholee of the swamp and overitowed
    lands" whlichl remained risold at the date of the Act; and
    said grant has been construed in the various decisions of the
    Supreme Court of the United States, and of the Interior De-
    partment, as a grant in praesenti, passing to the State the
    title to such swamp and overflowed lands.











    W h\-ile such i. t ii ,. yi every tpri iple .f iutt a it y
    loud prompt o the General and State i Gov mens



    tse. tlielhat the Seminlias lt in Florida' shouldll not be W.itho

    to ,ig froim ii res ult s ol the chr e, is nat]idly disI.. .i nt.. ll
    pnd tholy siliid not I. hs ilefti lioin(less and help eS. 'ri1ir
    condition lIpileels stroi) lv to thni noblo4, ^ptin^ *^ our
    ] nature.
    Since 1891 Con S liis -of o idlall-y apprtopntid '6,000 lior


    the benelt of the li in inl s n in thl e rd; one-clt dri'sid i oui-t
    "to b1) u(sd in se uriII I theni pemIn1inont fiK ljind' r tfli s
    rpo)opriai I n, tIho I has eoin (i : ^,ID(G0 a e res.
    In 1891 thi;.. Stale of lori-ii. donated 5,000 M-r10 for e
    IA-nefit of the Seiniloles,; and in the recent drainage contract
    minde by the I. I. Board, the trustees, learning that here were
    some settlements of Ii(ndians around. Pinte Isladnid and Seven
    Prophets, reserved, subject to Legislative acting, 10,000l
    acres in that vicinity for the same purposes.
    'The Hon. Secretary of the Interior, in his last report, states
    that certain lands in this StatLe, the title to vwhicll is still in
    the United States, can be assigned to these people. I.n view
    of efforts in that direclttion, if the General G(ov\erllnment will
    undertake to provide a re.asonlable reservation for their occu-
    ipanlcy and support, and induce the Indians to locate on the
    sam.l1e, it is respect ully reco(mmilended tlhat thle t.rust.ees of the
    Internal Improvement Fulnd be authorized to reserve, for
    the Government, with a view of exchange or othel'wis,, all
    Islands held by said trustees in the proposed territory.

    RE(CLA I1.ATION AND DRAINAGE.
    On the 29th of June, 1898, the Trustees of the Internal
    rInl)rovelnenit Fund entered into a contract witl certain par-
    ties who became incorporated under the laws of the State, as
    the "Florida East Coast Drainage and Sugar Comipany," for
    the reclamation, drainage and purchase of some eiglit hun-
    dred thousand acres of land granted to the State of Florida
    "by the Act of Congress of Septelnmber 28th, 1850, in the ex-
    treme southeastern portion of the State, embracing a large
    portion of what is known as the Everglade region.
    "This elevated basin, from its eastern border to the Atlantic,
    has a total fall of some twenty feet, rendering its bottom prac-
    tically above tide water, and the magnificent territory of rich
    lands capable of successful reelarnation. .











    The value of the lands in what is known as the "Everglades
    of Florida" has been scientifically and practically tested, and
    there is no room to doubt their great fertility. The deep
    black mold soils of South Florida have been. analyzed by
    prominent chemists in this country and in Europe, and a
    comparison of results shows a remarkable uniformity in the
    components of these rich soils. Prof. Aiken, of the Royal
    Agricultural Society of Scotland, in an analytical report on
    these soils, says: "I have never seen a sample of a soil so
    attractive or containing in it, to such a degree, those charac-
    teriisticis of a soil that indicate fertility." Prof. Wiley, while
    Chief Chemist of the United States Agricultural Department,
    stated that "These lands are new to agriculture and superior
    to any other soil in their capability for heavy crops."
    Prof. Wiley made a personal visit to portions of the great
    unreclaimed region of Florida's inundated lands, and gave his
    opinion of the soil in the following statement:
    "There is practically no other body of land in the world
    which presents such remarkable possibilities of development
    as these muck lands," and adds:
    "They afford promises of development which reach beyond
    the limits of prophecy."
    These soils have also received practical tests not only in
    the successful cultivation of sugar cane, but in general field
    crops, semi-tropical and tropical fruits, and early vegetables..
    Claus Spreckles, the great sugar authority of the Hawaiian
    Islands, and grower of beet sugar in California, after inspect-
    ing similar soils just north of those embraced in the con-
    tract. said:
    "The soil is as rich as any I have ever seen, and with proper
    cultivation, the yield should be equal to that of any other
    country on the face of the globe."
    The capital stock of the company is two million of dollars;
    and with all the natural advantages and unsurpassed fertility
    possessed by the territory to be reclaimed, there should be
    no doubt that it will result profitably to the capital invested
    and develop a magnificent territory, to the incalcu1lab11 le ben-
    efit of the entire State.

    BOND OF COUNTY OFFICIALS.
    Chapter 4413, Laws of Florida, directs the County Com-
    missioners of the various counties, twice annually, to examine
    as to the efficiency of the bonds of the county officers of their
    respective counties, "and if by reason of death, assignment or
    insolvency of any of the sureties on said bonds, the Conm is-











    lonerss t-li.v. that the ,*i.il l3i(ii[ y ,of iaiy o0n1d ,O ,eicomle
    li.0a1ir'Id, they shall report l t.ile ..e o CtVhe (olrtnor, W0 lo
    hall require the oflite'r to exe-Ite a n11\w )6nd Ifor the sa]Ime
    anounut ai1nd under tlie sa le ,-oa,-ditions as his former bond."
    Upon the Coimptroller devolves- the duty of Inaking sim-
    ilar (reports to the Governol as to the sulticie.ncy of the bonds
    of State olicials.
    The law works an imtisual hardship upon olic:ils who are
    meieired to give l)0ods. To illustrate: A htbx collector or
    county treasurer may be required by law to give a bond for
    $)0,000.00. If one or two sureti.s on said l)nrd for $1,000.00
    each assign or become insolvent, the matter is reported to
    this ol-fice and the Governor is required to call for a new bond.
    It is a source of great ineonv1`nience to the officer to be forced
    to give an entirely new bond because his original bond is im-
    paired to the. a mount of one-twentieth or one-tenith of its
    original value. The law should be so changed as Io require
    the oftlier to give an additional or strengthen inhg ,j n b d for
    the amount that his original bond lhas become impaired.
    In this connection, and in view of the adoption of the
    :.imend.loent to Sectionn 13 of Article XVI of -.the State Con-
    stitution at ithe election held Noveinber last, your attention is
    Iespectfully called to the report of the Compt roller, suggest-
    i1,1,, t.hAt suitable legislation be enncted "defining the coidi-
    tions under which a guarantee or surety company should he
    considered 'responsible,' and authorizing any such guarantee
    or surety company to become the sole surety on an official
    bond requiring two or more sureties, together with such
    other provisions as the Legislature miight, in its wisdom, deem
    necessary to protect the interests of the St (a Cono i's and
    Mnmie ipa li ties."
    STATE Cl(1 UIT JI UJl) (1
    i 0y message to tile last Legislature, r'Ecoi -OE ,, ion wais
    Mdle thalt "Ounr (Consititution should he1 so nullscd as ton hiave
    a Ci(uit Judge appointed for tie Stte, who cold be di-
    rected to hold court in any county wbhee a necessity exisltedl
    whether that necessity was produced by un m.iaI rioi or b
    disabjility of the Judge of the circuit."
    Further consideration and experience but C(n.i 'ms the cor-
    re;-tness of the recolleneation, and it i.s ;ti}( sultfanith1At
    40for i vetig;t ion.
    U[NIFORi\IJTY WOF LEG IS.AT[ION.
    Messrs. R. W. Williams, J. C. Avery a-]i Louis C Massey,
    tlie three Co,, issioners pointedd for Florida fior the prono-












    l.i.on of. Tlnliforniintv of Legislation in the Uniited States, have
    iubmitt.ed their report. There have been two conferences,
    since their last report, of the Commissioners from all the
    States-one at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1897, and one at Saratoga,
    New York, in 1898. Florida was represented at both.
    The Negotiable Instrument Law agreed upon by the con-
    ference, is now the law in New York, Massachusetts, Con-
    necticut, Maryland, Virginia, Colorado and Florida. No
    State has rejected it, and it is believed that it will be adopted
    by all. It was also passed by the Congress of the United
    States at its recent session, and becomes operative, in all ter-
    ritories and the District of Columbia.
    "Several important laws bearing upon divorce, sales, transfer
    of stock, etc., etc., are being considered by the conference
    with a view of securing uniformity throughout the country.
    An eminent author has said that these efforts are "the most
    important juristic work undertaken in the United States since
    the adoption of the Federal Constitution."
    DISREGARDING STATE LAWS.
    On the night of August 6th, 1898, a portion of the Ninth
    United States Cavalry (colored), when leaving Tampa, by
    force of arms, entered the Hillsborough County jail, broke
    down its doors and took from legal custody a prisoner charged
    with the violation of our State laws.
    After they had taken the prisoner from the jail, they
    marched to a populous portion of the city of Tampa, and, in
    the presence and hearing of their officers, and without any
    protest from them, terrorized our people by d(isc1 airging lagI e
    inuielrs of fire ar-.
    "They took the lpri;oner aboard th ;(1 train of w\iclh their
    ,hfli(-ers were in ; charge, and carried him beyond thte limits of
    the State. It was a most flagrant overriding and violation of
    our State and Municipal laws by a portion of. the United
    States Army.
    The Sheriff of the County furnished me affidavits bearing
    upon this outrage, and I made a formal demand, accompanied
    by copies of the evidence, upon the Secretary of War, for the
    return of the prisoner and the pluisllhment of those engaged
    in this dastardly crinfe.
    The. papers in the c(;.s- were forwarded to Holl. S. M..,
    Sparkman, at Wa.shingtion, aind ie presented them at the War
    Department. Up' to this ti e, no satisfactory answer hla
    been received a:i to what will be done in the premises.
    3 H











    0() V l N '1N 'S
    Two imnporani Naional 'onk.1tia-,on l;a ,i-sii-d in
    0or State since the mletin of the last e.gisbu;r'. The
    hir.e-st and most intlrestilng Fisl-ivx Coji n-ion ..it r
    Oivled ill any- country was ia..ld in Tamnpa in Jani i, ".S,
    ;dir a c. il issued from !Si oie. Tv.'ty-iour S ial^ ad
    \d foreign cuIIl i-s wIere lpr1snted in a larae nuIber
    Of delg;,i's p.i'oii,,'ttly ,'";1 ,i\[ isT i,.'r fish c, l-
    ti, il \,<.!k, sci.Ji-ic s"e, ch l.n d .n r l con-ic ,; pui u-its
    IapP-irtiiiig' to tl.. bu) siin -s. Tli1e .Ipr- SuLiii.itte( were of
    lte liglwe.l-. o(rd(r, ;.a id ,were monIsi (..d so \ala..,!.e1 tlil, tlie
    United St ,tt(s C- oniiissioi. .of 1"isl[ a;,nd Fi.F' rie 1101 t.i ,+i
    printed at the e:'xenise of the G(eneral. (Goveinment
    The dlnai ml was so al., ,,a.botli in this ,unhtr.y and in
    IEAirope, tlhai the ,,dition was soon lxi-;isted, and tl.j- last
    Congress , lhori'jed thie1 piubliatil of a ,ii l "supply the ficessary demand.
    On February _. Sth of the prws.'tI y.far, a AMilitiary Conven-
    tion met in the salKe ciity, and twventv--fi.-e Stnates, the Donmin-
    io0n of ('a 1 .ad1 li. i d h _lRep u li'e of "iiexic we' r-!p .).resented
    ly delegate,. Dr. .11iCrackii.n Ch.ianelior of the Uiniver-itv
    4 Newv York, delivered an able and ins-trutive address u1,pon
    "The ReIali oni of the l' ,lii Sci.ools to Military )Drill,' and
    Khe City of Torlinto furllislhed from her public. schools- a -oni-
    p-niy of well-drilled Canadian Cadets, in lustri oif t
    -1,ra tions of the pralctiec in that )ominion.
    "As a result of this Conlventioni o thisatit. a ill il
    "1l submitied to the next Congres-, wivliclh will not to the eficiency othehe xvrifous bodies of. State troops, but
    ili.: them.i a stron'1, relia1(e ;in1d h-altliy reserve for the
    I rneral Govei meant.
    To bring k ,lii Nn:tiial Guard or State troops up to ap-
    t ima te lie efieiency of oulr 1e,,ular Armv, aund thus give
    flo. States an ample gN1irantee fto.tr t h supr-tnaey of law and
    ,,ler, and the General (orGou\nmlnt a military reserve etual
    Ithe \woril's est soldiery', was the dloiiinii: tI!1hi.o1i.ht of
    It,. Convention.
    To Col. T. T. WriiJht is d n hi credit i oi ti-e su.g iin.
    ,of these cone l lions, and Inv'el-v tileir sui,.ss. They neces-
    ^^iay Kai lltioaiiiii-e to the Stati, aid t-ir infitinince %vill
    -1, .icil l ri o mhou ti-e entire tonitrv.
    OMAIIA AND PAIUlS.
    An official i'u oin ication frnm thu.e Gover.n1il-r of Niebraska
    a.o-ullest.s that t ,1- 4ttu ntii't of tlih p. r Tres.sivP- ,- "l oof F, lor-









    ida be called to the "Greater American Exposition," which
    will be held in Omaha from July 1st to NovemihnT 1st of the
    present year.
    Extraordinary efforts are being put forth to secure exhibits
    from all the States of the Union, and the Islands of the At-
    lantic and Pacific, where detachments of the United States
    Army are now stationed.
    The grounds and buildings of the Omaha Exposition of
    1898 will be remodelled and greatly beautified, and many
    attractive features added.
    All exhibitors will be accorded space free of charge, and a
    royal welcome given to all visitors.
    The aroused attention of the world to the progress of the
    United States in all the elements that constitute a great
    "country, will necessarily attract attention to her exhibits at
    the great International Exposition to be held in Paris in 1909.
    A full exhibit of the agricultural and mineral resources of
    this country, and the growth and products of her manufac-
    turies; her triumphs in the general diffusion of education,
    and attainments in science and inventions in all their rami-
    * fications, will evidence the progress and welfare of our people.
    These ex positions will be noted events in the history of the
    times. and Florida's resources would necessarily attract at-
    tenition if represented by proper exhibits.
    ITALIAN CENTENARY.
    The proud and ancient city of Florence, the Modern Ath-
    ens, held in April, 1898, Centenary festivities in memory of
    two of her most distinguished sons. Amlerigo Yespuccli, the
    brilliant navigator, whose name has been given to the two
    continents of the Western Hemisphere, and Paolo Toscanelli,
    the greatest Astronomer and Mathematician of his age, (con-
    sidered by many as the true discoverer of America, for having
    suggested to Columbus and Vespucci to reach India by the
    western passage), are names honored not only in Italy, but
    throughout the civilized world.
    The authorities invited the Government of the United
    States and all the Republies of Central and South America,
    and each of the Stales of our Union to send representatives.
    Such was the Iaagnifl eeiie anid splendor of these Italio-Amer-
    ican festivities, lasting many days and attended by the King
    and Queen of Italy, the Court and Cabinet, all the Diplomatic
    representatives of the two Americas, and by numbers of scien-
    tific and literary men from all parts of Europe, that they
    assumed the importance of an international event.










    "The invitation to Florida was respond. to 1,by tlle appoint-
    ment of.- Hon. Wallae e S. Jones, !'of Jefferson County, Florida,
    a.s her representative. Mr. Jones had served long and hon-
    orably abroad,- and was Coniisl-General at .Rome during Mr
    C]kvland' administration. Hi report the highest consid-
    eratiolln extended to him, and many aIssuranl1Ces of satisfaction
    at Flotridal's being relpresented. Mr. Jones was also a uthor-
    ized to represent General Draper, the United States Amb.as-
    sador to Italy, during hiis enforced absence.
    FLORIDA FISH-ER IES.
    The Legislature has never made any apprlopllrition for thI
    expenses of the Commissioners of Fisheries provided for
    inder Section 457 of the Revised Statutes, and consequently
    it las been impossible to a -comvplish the objects for which
    t.he law was en;tled.
    Mr. John Y. Detwviler, of \olusia county, and Mr. J.oin G.
    Ruhie, of Frankl in, generously consented to ar'cept appoint-
    ments as two of the Commnissioners, 1and resplectl'uLlly call
    your attention to the report submitted by these gentlemen.
    The water resources within the borders and along th-
    shores of tlhe State will always be tle chief reliance of a large
    portion of our population, and whatever tends to tihe value
    and permanency of those resources should receive your care-
    ful consideration. Owing to the extent: of our coast line,
    laws may have to be made to conIform to the different condi-
    tions surr,,ounding dil'eroien t localities and tlie varied !labiti
    Of our food fish.i.
    PROTECTING FRUIT GROWERS.
    Prof. H. A. Gossard, the entomologist of the State Agri-
    cultural College, addressed me a letter a few days since, noting
    the existence of the Cottony Cushion scale on a few acres of
    shrubbery at Clear Water Harbor.
    In the opinion of Prof. Gossard, this in ported insect is a
    serious and threatening danger to the citrus growth of the
    State, and proper Legislative action should be at once taken,
    giving the entomologist of the Florida Agricultural Experi-
    ment Station powers of inspection and quarantine wherever
    necessary to check the danger.
    "Florida is vitally interested in the protection of her fruit
    industry, and whatever legislation is taken should be broad
    enouo'h to cover the San Jose scale and all insect and fungous
    growth that ieopiardize the interests of the fruit grower.










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    This subject was called to the attention of the last Legis-
    lature, and it is hoped will receive careful consideration at
    your hands, as a delay of two or more years may be fraught
    with danger.
    The fruit industries of our State are destined to be one of
    her greatest monetary resources, and the growers who are
    daily investing large amounts of money, labor and skill in the
    rebuilding and propagation of these valued interests, should
    be protected and informed as to the use of the best-known
    means and remedies against fungous and insect pests.
    S; ( ENAT'I'ORIAL SUCCESSION.
    The Constitution provides that in case of a vacancy in the
    office of Governor, the President of the Senate shall assume
    the duties and powers of the office; and that in the event of
    there being a vacancy in the office of President of the Sen-
    ate, the powers and duties of the office shall devolve upon the
    Speaker of the House of Representatives.
    Owin-' to the death of Hon. Chas. J. Perrenot, late Presi-
    dent of the Senate, and the expiration of the term of Hon.
    D. H. Mays, Speaker of the last House of Representatives,
    there would have been no officer authorized by the Constitu-
    tion to 'assume the powers and duties of Governor, should
    there have been a "vacancy by death, resignation or inability
    to discharge the official duties," since the general election on
    the 8th of November last.
    It is for the Leaislature to consider if a remedy is neces-
    sary for such a contingency as might transpire under our or-
    :ranic law.
    EXECUTIVE AND LEM AL DEPARTMENT T.
    The report of the Secretary of State covers all the official
    i'ts of the Exeo'tive Department as to apppoinimnnits aind
    ',minlis.sions, giving thlie nmiimes and postollice dressesss of all
    State anMd Coiunty o iTeOs1. mbets)( of E(dulle'tioinl lBoails,
    island Con issione)(rs or Dleeds in otlwir States lists of corpora-
    tions .organized under our general laws, statistical inforna-
    tion as to State and Congressional elections, and other use-
    ful information.
    The Attorney-General, in his report, furnishes valuable in-
    formation as to the status of the various suits in which the
    "State is or has been engaged, and upon the general work of
    his Depaltmr en t.
    These ,reportsi, inli all othei- Is 'ifrom f various epart-
    arnents should leeli e your careful eX Wulnatioin, as they treat












    ip'ii; t vy ( rtid s p'csl10n1A.", And give a variety of infor-
    1i';11 n11 t l t i,. i is ilmpl sible as well Ia- li nI I sITry to e'lt race
    ii ine.- g W\\itl it!.ci',( is 1-ransi itlte :i report of all cases
    of fins., or lforeitires remittled, and reprieves, pardons or
    communications t i ud1.
    It is a source of great pleasIure for me to bear evidence to
    tinti' ieli.n(t -iitl helicnt w\ork of the h]ut.ds of the various
    : dii.st rai1iv.e detirfiitnts of the Saite ('ov(.ermintL. a.iiO
    their a' ittny aind peasants rlatiins thait hiave al.was existed hbe-
    twcn ilie eeA-eciitive anid all Adlministrative ofliiers.

    FEO.IDA'S .FUTRTIE.
    I'lte connect ni of- the waters of the world's two greatest
    o4eeans through Central America will crown the first years of
    the Twentieth century with its noblest, triumph, and mark
    a, .r.nd era in the coniercial and financial progress of Amer-
    ica. Such an inter-oe,_anic canal will stanw at the gateway of
    the commerce of th e We.stern Hemisphlere, as Suez does in the
    East, to collict toll from more than half ofI the world's com-

    Itf' ijportancei- is a leading if.ltlor in 1thie development of
    our entire country to a still higher and more co n tn ding
    position, cannot be overestimated. ,Owing to Florida's; geo-
    g-.-phiel position, 1she must necessarily le the recipient of the
    highest beni'lit. Hier reaNt trunk lines of transportation,
    reachlin,2' out to the waters of tihe Gulf and. Carribhean Se.,
    bear huge motive powers tlhrobbing with life, ready to trans-
    port the growing tra lde of tlie W est Indies, and inplatiently
    wtitiintg to interclihange the rich commerce of the Orient with
    every sect ion of our Union. She will no longer occupy the.
    iposiiion of a terminal SLte. 'The gre; 1 hands of steel that
    hinl hef.,r var-iots secttitons will be kept bright by the friction
    of itrAfic lotwin .ig thlronuh hier bordler.s to and from the West
    Indoilies. Conitral onl South America, and the great Eastern
    ITe misphere.
    The position of our StNlat \ill also makne h0er the necessary
    basis for the defense of an inter-oceanic canal, and the com-
    merce of the Gulf and Carribbean Sea. Every port, within
    our limits and every transportation line will necessarily re-
    ceive the invigor iting influences of our strategic position.
    Our varied and fertile soils admit a range of production
    witliout, a rival in our reat, sisterhood of States. Florida is.
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    of furl lislilln the million and a quarter tons of sugar that are
    iannuiallv brought into this country. It was one of her lead-
    ing and lprfitable prlod ts. previous to the war between the
    Sta il ..
    SShe 'llis demonstrated licr e;ilacity to stuppl3y tobacco the
    eiuaill of any imported. Hter rich valleys respond in max-
    iilutlii production of rice. Cereals, cottons, esculent and
    leculiininlous plants, and other crops usual in agricultural
    States, are profitably grown, and become a source of wealth
    wlien touched by the hand of the progressive farmer, under
    the influence of tld v\anced. agricultural thought.
    Here opportunities are.offered for extending the culture
    of her valuable citrus and other tropical and semi-tropical
    i fruits, vine culture, ;1n1 early vegetables, to satisfy the grow-
    ing denanils of over-crowded centers of population.
    Our forests are stu(tld( d with natural contributions to the
    commercial and manufacturing wealth of the world, and if
    sutperiltended by an intelligence that will enforce protection
    and induce the renewing of the younger growth, will neces-
    sarily be a wealth-producing element running through gen-
    er tiolls.
    Vast herds of cattle roanm over product iv\ sa\annas, feed-
    ing upon Nature's generous bounty.
    "We have thousands of miles of waterways, where myriads
    of food-producing fish cut with golden oar the silvery stream,
    and "water farns" of oysters and sponge await the progres-
    sive hand of scientific and thoughtful culture.
    Florida holds under her soil great store houses filled with
    p1llosplhatic deposits, showing chemical constituents that ren-
    der them more valblll than all the gobl of the Continentm
    to restore the world's worn lalds, and thus enrich the earth,
    lth;at the labor of the irntellligenllt agricultulrist may be suitably
    rewvfrded.
    Florida's health record is unsurpassed in the entire Union,
    and the climatic conditions afforded by her geographical po-
    sition will always attract the tourist, and furnish the most in-
    vitin fields' for sanitariums, for the business-worn and af-
    flicted.
    "Her people are law-abiding and honor-loving, her educa-
    tional :lvncemenut leads her Southern sisters, and the high
    order of her pub-lic press bears con-lusive evidence of the in-
    telli(gence of her reading p:ubic.
    To ilmigraltion we iar already lar-gejy indebted fr our
    growth and intelligent citizenship; and to capital, for








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    splendid lines of transportation, unequalled palatial hostel-
    ries, and remployrmenlt to large numbers of our people.
    Immigration and Capital-thlose two great and unrivalled
    motive powers of develoipment--have given Florida marvelous
    progress, and should be welcooiled as necessary factors. to in-:
    vigiorate the further growth o tlhe State.
    The.harvest is growi ng: let our people be rn'ady to, rev.p

    IITHE PF E i:STiDE iNT'S VISIT.

    oMll Willianm .MclKinlev, Pr silent of the Unitted Statel ,
    wi.th a party of disti niguishled friends, e.cept:d an. invitation
    and visited the ol'ital of (ir Stat,. on ML;u.'clh 24-thio of the
    present. year.
    It was the first time that a Prsidlnt has ever visited our
    Capital, and he was given. a most efntlihusiastic reception -
    one worthy of his pure peI rsonail lif' and exlted station,.
    No sectional lines mar the patriotic promllptings of Flor-
    idians, and their we:onie to the official lead of seventy-five
    millions of people emphasized their devotion to American
    instit.itions, and their loyalty to their Govern ien t.
    (Gelilemen of the Sen.,ide and Houslles f Ie.i'1,resvlldiv.l:.
    You are warmly \ elacred to the Capitol of your Stal., and
    shall have my hearty co-operation in all measures te .ilingl io
    l.er progress and dev elo p( eni(t. You have 1hlu hionorel hy
    your feh'lov citizen. and ;ole'cted to pefoiiii as tflir I epr,-
    0entativos, i0iiiioriiiint ;iln responsible puiiblic I1rust. W1liil
    each one lia.-. i been chosen by a partH1ilil' rosi iit uie \oMiir dlniis under our Clostithluion are mlimiitd b)\ ni( cir'
    scri'Jbe1 lines, but i re <;oiilini-elsuIllr;ite with lhe' area of 'lie
    tinre Siite. Your i;ork llre may Iell for years to come, and
    ulniiisi. material for the liisto(ril of fnutr'- generations. Let
    us hope that you r etiiin will e schli, under the guidlnc e- of
    an All-Wise Providence, as wXill t-iin to the further divel-
    opm(ent 1nd prosperity of th '1 '11on wdjth. mid ]a .vrtly
    -,) lieiiii .a iii ri h(ie i i V 0' of.l-h e (_0111110 1 ';i lW.(Yul !eY
    of her hionold paist aid fii hire lo}pers.
    W. r tD. BLOXHAM.y,
    W. D. BLOXHAM



    \\Whiich was r,;,I









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    Mr. Healy, of Volusia, offered the following concurrent
    Resolution:
    House Resolution No. 1:
    By Mr. Healy:
    Relative to a comm.nitte(e being appointed to investigate the
    books of the Comptroller's and Treasurer's office.
    Which was read and laid over until tomorrow under -,he
    rules.
    Mr. Lewis, of Jackson, offered the following resolution:
    House Joint Resolution No. 2:
    By Mr. Lewis:
    Relative to a committee being appoiitel to imstiig-it.e the
    Internal Improvement Fund.
    Which twas read and laid over under the rules.
    Mr. Hunter. of IHamilton, offered the following .Joint Res-
    olution :
    House Joint Resolution No. 3:
    By Mr. Hu nter:
    Relative to a committee being appointed to investigate the
    books and papers of the Commissioner of Agriculture.
    Which was read and laid over under the rules.
    Mr. McWilliams, of St. Johns, offered the following reso-
    lution:
    House Resolution No. 4:
    By Mr. MeWilliams.
    Relative to the Blind, Deaf a O Di il .\sluim ;i St. Au-
    gustine.
    Which was read and laid over under i the rules.
    Mr. T Jlaks-o, of Citrus, offered the following cneitcuirrent
    resolution:
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 6:
    By Mr. Jackson:
    Relative to the State Convict Camps.
    Which was read and laid over under the rules:
    "Mlr. O\ l'si 1 t. ofi' ;s\Nui ,iftrd ti allowing resolu-
    tion:
    By i\Mr. Oveist iree :
    House Joint Resolution No. 7:
    Relative to a committee being appointed to inv estigate -he
    (Com lliissioner of Agriculture.
    Which, \s read aind laid over under the rules.










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    M r. 1 14rk of P II v t 'i *tc U fo r ii i piIl o ,h I:
    By IM. Clark:
    Be it Resolved by the House of ie'pr'sent l.ives, I ht, tIhe
    (Cliel Cleik of this Houlse is herebys instructed to ic't pri"it:
    iimn ediat,-ily for the use of tl in- 1ilbi,", t wo ul IIIr(,1e opi.4 es lo
    the iulles of lile Ins t H1'use o(f RIr,esnlltativ ..
    Vvhich was rea.l ;, idoped.1


    STANDING RULES
    OF THE'

    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.


    OF THlE D).Ti fIS A N I) POWERS OF T'I!T S1PEA' '.E'lR.
    RTll-: 1. The Sple keu s-haIll take the chair every day at the
    lihon1 to which the lifoise of fe.resintativw's shall have ad-
    j.und in1, slall call the mecinh01r-s to ordlr, ai1d on the api)-al'-
    ac,-:e ol' qu orumii sh.l proceed to business.
    MRule 2. He shall lpreseirve deecorui and or':lei, naty *,peak to
    points of order in refe e to other nie lr, 8ai l nd sl11iil dI-
    cide all questions of order, subject to appeal to lthe Hoiuse of
    Repriseiitatives by mot.10ionl regularly seconded, anwd no other
    business shall Ie in order till the lpiestion on1 the appeal ;-i al-i l
    have been decided.
    "RPore 3. HIe hall declare all votes, but if any i'ieniiber rises
    to dolibt a vote, thle Speaker shlal order a return of the nnum-
    ber votiin in the affirmative and in the n negative, without any
    further debate on the subject.
    Rule 4. IHe shall rise to put a q iestio, or tio addresss thlr
    House of R eplrese l tativ'es, but ttiimay read sitti png.
    Rule 5. In all yea and nay vots the Speaker's ni;ie shall
    )be called last.
    Rule 6. NWlon the House of Representatives shall deter-
    mine to go into a co( :Uilittee of the whole House of Repre-
    sentatives, the Speak,.-r shall appoint a mnejiner who shall
    take tlhe chair.
    Rule 7. On all questions and motions what-:soever, tNeLb
    Speaker shall take the sense of the IHouse of Representatives










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    by yeavs a(ld nays, provided five of the imembiiers pijesicnt .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 Repre-
    sentatives, and shall be disposed of by vote of the House of
    Representatives, but the mover may withdraw it at any time
    before a decision or amendment, except a motion to recon-
    sider, which shall not be withdrawn after tle 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 previous question, to postpone to a day certain, to commit,
    to amend, or to postpone indefinitely, which several motions
    shall have precedence in the order in which they stand ar-
    ranged, and a motion to strike out the enabling clause of a bill
    shall be equivalent to a motion to postpone indefinitely. ii
    an amendment to .any subject under consideration be laid on
    the table or postponed, such action shall not carry the sub-
    ject matter with it.
    Rule 11. He shall consider a motion to adjourn as always
    first in order; and that motion, and the motion to lay on the
    itble, to take up from the tablle, nd for yeas and nays, shall
    Sbe decide withoMut deobte. The introd cer' of a resolution
    bill, or motion s-iaill be allowed.to speak live n-inites w\ he( I.
    desires to discuss the same befTore the oitio,,n to lay on tli
    table shall be put.
    Rule 12. He shall put the previous question in the follow-
    ing form: "Shall the main question now be put?" and all
    debate upon the main question and pending amendments shall
    be suspended until the previous question shall be decider.
    After the adoption of the previous question, the sense of the
    house of Represenitives shall fortlhwith -e taken on pejndin.
    ai.endmints in their regular order, zo il then upon the main
    question.
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    Rule 13. On the previous question there shall be no do-
    ,ate. ,
    Rule 14. When two or Itore members happen to rise at
    once, the Speaker shall name tthe member who is first to speak.
    li)e 15. All committees shall he appointed and announced
    by the Speaker, unless otherwise especially directed IbY the
    I:ouse of Reprlesentatives.
    Rule 16. The Speaker shall have the right to lname any
    mm11nler to perform the duties of the Chair; but such substitu-
    tiosl shall not e\tend1 beyo-nd an adjournllent.. ,

    OF TH.E D1 TIES. !II-TS AND DECOiRM(w- OF TIE
    MEMBERS.

    tlIaI. 17. Every liner, when about,. to speak, shall rise
    ad respects l (. Iv lAddress the Sipeaker; shall confine himself to
    the Iuestion undt(lir debate, and avoid personality, and shall sit
    down when he has Finished. No mnemler slinll speak'or t of
    "his place, wiilb oot leave of tle Speaker.
    Rule 18. No 1oember speakingi- shall 1e ine rruph-e i yi an-
    oti,,r, but by rising to -rill to order.
    Rule 19. No men)ber' shall speak more than twi.e on one
    .question without: first ,lobtaiingi leave of tlie House of Repre-
    sen.ttiv\'Ies; tnor .more' than once, until tie other tmenl 11.is w ho
    h.av. ot spoken shall speak, if they desire it.
    Rule 20. W\hen a vote lhas pa.ss(ed, it shal-ll Ibe in order for
    any member of the majority to move for a reconsideration
    thereof on"the same or tle succeeding day, and such motion
    (except4ing in the last week of the session) shall be placed first
    iin the orders of the dr iy for the day succeeding that on which
    "the motion is nade; and when a motion for reconsideration is
    decided, tchat decision shall not be reconsidered, and no ques-
    tion shall be twiic re,.considered; Provid ed, however, That a
    motion to reconsider a vote, upon any collateral matter, shall
    not renmovte the in'aitn s subject under consideration front before
    thfl. House of Representa tives, but shall he considered at the
    liue when it is n.ade.
    Rule 21. Hills, resolves and other papers, except, orders of
    oci.e, in reference to which iany memtbIer has a right to move
    . reconsideration, shall reoaiin the possession of the (lrk









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    until the right of reconsideration has expired: Provided,
    That the operation of this rule shall be suspended during the
    last week of the session.
    Rule 22. No member shall be obliged to be on more than
    two committees at the same time, nor chairman of more than
    one.
    Rule 23. No member shall be permitted to sta4d 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 member
    be permitted in the alleys, or the area in front of the Chair
    during the session of 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 ap-
    pearance therein, be held to render the reason of such neg-
    lect; and in case the reason assigned shdll be deemed by the
    House of Representatives sufficient, such member shall be en-
    titled to receive pay for his travel, but 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 inoperative, unless the member obtaining it shall
    avail himself of it within five days.
    Rule 25. When any member shall be guilty of a breach of
    either of the rules and orders of the House of Representa-
    tives, he may be required by the House of Representatives, on
    motion, to make satisfaction therefore, and shall not be al-
    lowed to vote or speak, except by waV of excuse, till he i.4A
    do(I e sI e
    Rule 26. No nmenllbr shal be permitted to vote, or serve
    on any committee, in any question where his private right is
    immediately concerned, distinct from the public interest.
    Rule 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 Repre-
    sentatives,, for special reasons, shall excuse him. Any mem-
    ber desiring to be so excused on any question shall make appli-
    cation to that effect before the calling of the yeas'and nays;
    and such application shall be accompanied by a brief state-
    ment of reasons, and shall be decided without debate.
    Rule 28. Every motion shall be reduced to writing, if the
    Speaker shall so direct.










    Rulle 29. Any lembler may call for the division of a ques-
    on when tihe sense will admit. "of it, A motion to strike out
    ind insert shall be deemed indivisible; hut a motion io strike
    unt, being lost, shall neitl.her preolude alendrent nor a
    lmo(tionl to strike out and insert.
    Rule 30. Motions or reports may be coImmitted or recom-
    jlmittd at the pleasure of the House of Representatives.
    Rule 31. No motion or proposition of a subject different.
    froni that iunler v.onsideration shall be admitted 'under color
    of amendmI ntH.
    Rule. 32. The unfnished business in which the Hlouse of
    lIepresentatlives '.as engaged at the time of the last adjourn-
    ment shall have lthe pi-eference in the order of the day, next
    a ftecr 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
    againstt the question, when called on by the SpIeaker, hall rise
    ild stand until they are counted.l.
    Rule 35. All questions relating t tthe priority of business
    to be ,-act(ed upon shall be dedeided without debate.
    Idule 3;i. When a nation is lmadte to refer any subject arnd
    differentt, coml ittees sl-all be proposed, the question shall be
    taken in th-e fIllowing order: A Standing C'ommittee of the
    House of Representatives, a Joint Standing C(on, ittee, a Se-
    leet Conliiujitee, a Joint Select Comi:r ittee.
    "Rule 37. It shall be the duty of each melmn:ber of the Houtse
    of Representatives, who1 moves that any Stantding Commit. tee
    be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending any
    existing law or laws, to point out the amendment which lhe
    deems e',xpedient, in writing, to accompany his motionij, or to
    furnish a wr.it.ten sitatenent, thereof to, such cioi]n-itee, if .by
    tflhei required.
    Rule 38. No stranger shall he aIdmiitted to the seats of
    members, or upon the floor of the House of Representatives
    without leave of the Speaker or consent of the louse of Repi-
    resenta ties.
    OF PETITIONS, M1EMORIALS, ET[C.
    Rule 3 A9. All papers addressed to the House of lepresent-
    atives, except petitions, memorials, and relmonstranceIs, shall
    be presented by the Speaker, or a member in his place, and
    shall be road by the Speaker, Clerk, or such other person as








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    the Speaker may request, and shall be taken up in the order
    in which they were presented, unless where the House of Rep-
    r*,sentatiives shall otherwise direct.
    Rule 40. Every member presenting to the House of Repre-
    sntatlives a petition, memorial, or remonstrance, slh;ll endorse.
    his name thereon, with a brief statement of the nature and
    object 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
    hour of each session of the House of Representatives, and at
    no other time; and the Speaker shall call on the several divi-
    sions, in regular succession for such papet.
    Rule 42. All applications for the use of the House of Repre-
    sentatives Chamber shall be made to, and decided upon by,
    the Committee on Public Buildings, 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
    resolution; and the Clerk shall give notice of each, whether it
    be the first, second or third readings, which readings shall be
    on three different days, unless two-thirds of the members
    present shall decide otherwise.
    Rule 44. All bills and resolutions when introduced shall be
    written or printed without interlineations, on not less than one
    sheet of paper, with suitable margins, and space between the
    several sections.
    Rule 45. At the second reading of any bill or: resolution it.
    shall be in order for any member to move its comlnitment to
    a Committee of the Whole House; to amend; that it lay on the
    table; for its indefinite postponement; for its postponement to
    a day certain not beyond the session; for its commitment to is
    Standing Committee, or to a Select Committee; which mo-
    tions shall have precedence in the order above stated.
    Rule 46. It shall be in order to amend the title of any bill
    or resolution upon its second or third reading.
    Rule 47. All bills or resolutions to be engrossed shall be
    executed in a f'ir, rundl h iand, aln without. erasure of inter-
    ineations.









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    Rule L. Before a hill m resolution reluiriig Ihic re id-
    ings liiall be read the tiirll time, it shall lie (refullyc en-
    grossed(, lmider the direction of the Comumittee on Engrossed
    Bills, and 1)pon the third rending of lthe bill or resolution it
    shall not be co iiinlitted or0 aiienicid without the consent of
    two-thu ird (f1 lie mIie(bliri5 present.
    Role IP.` When a bill or resolutionl shall have passed its
    third reading, it sliall be/ ertiied by the Clerk, endorsing
    thereon the (day of its passage, and he transmitted to thel Sen-
    ate, accompanied with a message stating the title of' the bill or
    resolution, and asking tl ie concurrence of that hldy, and the
    date of its transmission entered upon the Journal. i
    COMAIll TT EES-.T H POW ERS AND DTI ES.
    Itile 50. Bills :coummitteild to a Comnuiittee of th:e Whole
    House of Representatives shall be read and debated; or
    iaU ended by cruises or sections, lea'vin the title or preamble
    to bie last considered. 'The boy of said bill shall not be in-
    ler Ilild or deface(, bli I all a end u 11ts, noril g the page and
    line, shall be duly entered by the Clerk on sepa rate piper, as
    the same shall be agreed to by the coinluittee, and so reported
    to the HIouse of lRpresentaitives. After report. the bill shall
    again be subject t6 be .deljated and aniended by (ciauise' or

    Rule 51. It shliall be the lo ljed Bills to report at any time.
    Rule 52. The following Standing committeeses 1,dl be ap-
    pointedl at thle coninencement of ea h session of the Lerish
    i ure:
    Judiciitry, inCiatei and Tixation,
    Connerc and Navigation, Imhiflroads and Telegriiaphs,
    Corporations, Costitiutinaul Amiendments.
    Miinig and Phosphate, Public Prininting,
    Engrossed Bills, Enirolled Bills,
    State Instituti)Ions. Pulic Lands,
    Militia and State Troops, Priviileges and Electionvi,
    Education, Pulide Ioads and Highways.
    Legislative Expenses, Claims,
    City and County Orgainizaititon. Agricult ure,
    immigration, f Indian Affair;.
    Canals and IDrainage. Slate Pensions.
    Appropriations, Fisheries,
    Public HFlealth, Temperanice,
    Census and Apportionrient, Rules.
    Unfinished Business, Jornal
    Public Buildings,









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    and each of thfie -cov irmniitel.- slhallj (o-'ist of not !ess than
    live nor more than' nine lber.8is ,of the House.
    Rule 53. All papers relative to any blsiml.: before the
    "House of Representatives shall be left with the Clerk by any
    1 m1l11j-el who shall obtain leave of albsincel and(1 may have any
    such papers in his possession.
    Rule 54. The chairman of any comniuitteec, except thei
    Standing Committees, who shall have bIuiines referred to
    them, shall make report of their doings therein within four
    days after such reference.
    Rule 55. All conmnii tee, may report by bill, resolve or
    otherwise.
    Rule 56. Messages shall be transmitted to the Governor or'
    Senate by the Clerk or Sergeant-at-Arms.
    RULE 57--ORDER E 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 Relpresentati\es or to the Speaker
    thereof.
    4. Introduction of re-.oluions and consideration of all r.s,-
    lutions other than joint or concurrent resoluti ons.
    5. Introduction of bills by call of counties.
    6. Report of Standing Committees.
    7. Report of Select Committees.

    ORDERS OF THE DAY.

    1. Select order of the day.
    2. C.on:ideration of bills and resolutions on their th ird
    3. ICon-.iderati 0 of hill .,h re-,,tii i ( i eir j.1,j,
    reading.
    3. Con-;ide((fi-.lA of of III iiii! iCol ion^ on picif <^cY i(,d

    4. ( o i0 rv1 ion oIll i s 011' 1 i*o1! OIw Senate.
    i. Coiid.ation of hills indi (lit ionll on their rn-i ,l-i

    '. _1oideration of ,ounmuni.ations from the Governor and
    other pia :ier addressed to the House of Representatives or the
    Speaker thereof.
    Rule 58. The rule of Parlianmedtary practice comprised in
    Rules and Practice, House of Representatives of the United
    4 H









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    S es, sh oern the Ii of o01*p 1rtee.ntat!1 in all 11ascsl
    to which they are appllic'le, n:l illn whil they are not inconr-
    sistent with the Stanlding R.ulfes, order of the House if Repre-
    senCltati\ .or te Joit Ror les,, of t two h nl;,iieh's ,' wtho i e -
    islat1 .I

    JOINT 1IhLS
    Iluie 1,. W h1il, oill.s are oni their pam .,- b- lve n the (,i'.>
    houses, tlhey shall be on tpmnci', and nder .ii.l, of''i tie
    Sci'',i.ry or ('Clrk of each house, respectively .
    lul' 2. Att'-r a hill sllh. ll li'have pase, .1 tll 1 is1's, it -i;ill
    be) duly enrolled on ptarchmenIlt by ,ti. (.lrk of the House of
    epresItnl i ies, or Secretary of th Semate, as th.. hill tlay
    have originii ted in one or the other house, iIfti'e it shall be
    presentHledo to the Governor of tihe S itate.
    Rule 3. When bills aire llths enosllll be exaha ni-
    ined. by a joint conmn littee( of two from the Senate aid two
    from the house of Iepl'esentativs,. appointed as a standing
    (con ittee frt' thatt lipurpose, 1whol shalll carefully compare t]he
    enulrallment with the ngr"ossd bill as passed' by the two
    houses, and co0rroecting any error s thllat may ble jdi veered

    ""pei 110 0ses.
    R-uile 4. A .\er .exania.ion l01and repoi' rt, ea.lh bill sihall be
    signaled in their respective houses-first by thlie Speaker of the
    1i. onsl' ', l1eprlesenittivIe, then lhv tie' Pre(sident of the SSon-
    ate.
    il' 5. After a biil. shall have been ti us signed in each
    lonse, it Shiall N!e presented by the said (.coiiniittee to the
    Governor of the Slate for his approbation, it being first en-
    dl(Irsed. on the bIek of Ii roll, certif'ying in which [iouse the
    sai oigiiinted,, which ndorsemeilnt shall be signed by the
    Serei-ary of the S(einto or Clerk (as thie case nmay be) of the
    House in which it did originatie, and shall be entered on the
    journal of eaom House. The said oen it.toe shall report
    the day of prsentatioi to the G(overnor, lwhichi time shall
    also be oi re1 fllly entered on the journal of each House.
    lile 6. All orderiis, resolutions alid votes, which are to be
    pr1(esente-d ito lthe Governor of the State for his i11approbation,
    shall, in the saim.e manner, be previously enrolled, examined
    and signed, and shall' be presented in the s;amei annr and bty
    the s1n('e coi' litteile as provided in ci.se of bilL,











    Rule 7. Before being put upon its passage, every resolu-
    tion, in either House, to which the concurrence of the other
    may be necessary (except on a question of adjournment) shall
    receive two readings, which (unless two-thirds of the imemn-
    bers present decide otherwise) shall be upon two different
    days; and the Clerk upon proceeding thereto shall give notice
    whether the same be the first or second of such readings; and
    all such resolutions upon their passage shall be notified as
    of course, and without the necessity of any motion or vote
    to that effect, by the Clerk or Secretary respectively of the
    House so passing said resolution to the other.
    Rule 8. Joint resolutions shall, prior to their passage, re-
    ceive three readings, which (unless two-thirds of the mem-
    bers present shall decide otherwise) shall be upon three differ-
    ent days; and the Clerk, upon proceeding thereto, shall give
    notice whether the same be the first, second or third of such
    read ing; and upon their passage, such resolutions shall he
    notified by the House so passing the same to the other, in like
    manner to thlit prescribed in joint rule number seven .for con-
    current resolutions.

    Mr:; Me\illiaims, of St. Johns, offered the following reso-
    lution:
    Resolved, That copies of the Revised Statutes and the Acts
    of 1893, 1.895 and 1897 be furnished to the members of the
    House of Representatives, so far as the same may be available
    in the hands of the Secretary of the State of Florida.
    Which was read and adopted.
    Mr. Wilder, of Hillsborough, offered the following resolu-
    tion:
    Be it resolved, By the House of Representatives of the
    State of Florida, of the standing committees of this House,
    the Judiciary Committee alone shall have power to employ
    a clerk.
    Mr. Watson, of Osceola' offered the following amendment:
    Resolved, Thallt no con umiittee of the House be allowed to
    enmploy any clerk, except tie Judiciary Committee, without
    the consent of the House.
    Mr. Harp, of Putnam, offered the following as a substitute:
    Resolved, That no committee of this House be allowed a
    clerk without the consent of this House.
    Which was read and adopted.
    On motion of Mr. Zewadski, of Marion, the House ad-
    journed until 10 o'clock A. M. to-morrow.










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    T'lh.- House0 met purstiant to ad.joirnimeli.
    The Spleaker in the chalr.
    The roll being called the following m imbers l.iwered t.,
    their names:
    Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baggett, Bowen. iradsh;w, (lark,
    Chunn, Coleman, Corbett, Cox, Davnnt, Denham, Dyal, Ed-
    wards, Goode, Griggs, Harp, Harvell, ITealy, L enldry of Lee,
    Hendry of Polk, Henry, Hilliard, Jill1, Iloplkins, -iorsford,
    Hunter, Jackson, Jordan, King, Knigllht, Ko,'ce, L'EnglI,
    Leslie, Lewis, McAlister, Mc itfini, McKeown, McMullen,
    McW.illiams, Morse, Over street, Palmer, Parrisl, Parker, Pa-
    tillo, Payne, Pelot, Persons, Pons, Ra.\l,, Rus.ell. Sloan,
    Stricklanm(, Stone, Turnmbll, Wain, wrigi t, Walker, Watson,
    Watkins, Weakley, Whitner, Wilder, Williamns, Willis, Wills.
    Wilson, Zewadski-6/7.
    A quorum present.
    Prayer by the Chaplain.
    Mr. Watson of Oseeola, ov\ed tlat the reading ol the Jour-
    nal be dispensed with.
    Which was agreed to.
    INTRODUCTION OF BILLS AND R SOLUTIONS.
    Mr. Wilder of Hillsboroulh. offered the following resold-
    tion.
    House R solution No. 8:
    By Mr. Wilder:
    Relative to, th e employment of clerks.
    Which was adopted.
    Mr. L'Engle of Duval, offered the following resoli ion :
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 9:
    By Mr. L'Engle:
    Relative to the convict camps of the State of Florida.
    Which was read and laid over under the rules.
    Mr. Pelot of Manatee, offered the following resolution:
    House Resolution No. 10:
    By Mr. Pelot:
    Relative to the employment of clerks on the (ditteentl coil-
    mittees,.
    Which was rend -ind adopted- .









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    Mr. Persons of Columbia, offered the following resolution:
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 11:
    By Mr. Persoon,:
    lelntive to a committee being appointed to visit the differ-
    ent colleges of the State.
    Which was read and laid over under the rules.
    Mr. Hendry of Lee, offered the following joint re-llilon:
    House Joint Resolution No. 1:
    By Mr. Hendry:
    Proposing an amendment to the (Constitution of( the State
    of Florida.
    Which was read the first time and refelrr l to the Commit-
    tee on Cotnstitutional Amendments.
    Mr. Harp, of Putnam, offered the following joint resolution:
    House Joint Resolution No. 2:
    By Mr. Harp of Putnam:
    Relative to Florida Coast Line Canal and TIransporta-
    tion Company.
    SWhich was read te first e time and re'r to t the Com-
    mittee on IHilroads. and Telegraphs.
    S lr. Turnbull of Jefferson, offered the foillowilg resolution:
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 13.
    By Mr. Turnbull:
    Relative to a committee being appoi)iled to visit the Deaf
    and Dumb Asyjums.
    Which was read and laid over under the rules.
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 14:
    By Mr. Watson, of Osceola:
    Relative to the manner and way of :ilv\-t lati n and vis-
    iting the different State institutions.
    Which was read the first time and ]faid over under the rules.
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 15:
    By Mr. Grigg of Franklin:
    Rel;iive to the ,ippointni t1 of a .,in i to isii. the
    Stale Inmami As-hiniiuin.
    WhichI was r-,..d iid laid over uid,'r the rules...
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 12:
    By Mr. Parrish of Iolmes:
    Relative to a committee being appointed to visit ihe State
    Normal School at DeFuniak Springs.
    Which was read and laid overiunder the rules.











    House Bill No. 1:
    By Mr. Lew.is of Jakson :
    To be enijiljld a ne ct toi repeal Sectilios S!), S89;, S95, 901
    90! ., 901, 907, 9o, 99, 91(0, and 911, if the Revised Stat-
    utes of Florid:, and Seeions 1, 2, 6. 9 and 10, of Clhapter
    41.30 of the TIaws of 'Florida, raising to the ilspet ion of
    fertilizers.
    \ Which was read Ili first time anid referred to the Judiiciary
    Committee.
    House Bill No. 2:
    By Mr. Willis of Levy:
    To be entitled an act to regulai tlhe igivi!lg of o ,leial hi.,ids
    by guarantltee or surety companies.
    "Which was read the first timie and ref erred to the CoTm-
    mittee on Fi.nance and Taxation.
    House Bill No. 3:
    By Mr. Willis of Levy: '
    To be entitled an act to provid.le for working, repairing and
    mainitaiinig the public roads and bridges of Levy County by
    contract and to provide penalties for f:Iilnre thereof.
    Which was read the first time id rleferredI t.the lcor idwiittee
    on Railroads and TJelegra-iph.
    House Bill No. 4:
    By Mr. McWilliams of St. Johns:
    To b1 entitled an. ct to mend Scl.ioe n .(1', (1i:a l ,.
    Arti.el 8 of the Revised Statutes.
    Which was read the lirist time and refrred to te lh inlidiary
    Corinmiltee.
    House Bill No. 5:
    By Mr. McWilliams, of St. Johns:
    To be entitled an act to aliend Section 1197, iChnspter 1 9,
    Article 1, of the Revised Statutes.
    Which was read tI e first tiime a i referred to the Judiciary
    committee .
    lHouse Bill No. 6:
    By .Mr. Walker. of Wakulla:
    rTo be entitled an act for th.i protection of fishes in the
    State of Florida.
    Which was read lthe first lime ani1 .. he Co(nnit-
    tee on Fislheries.
    House bill No. 7:
    By Mr. Hendry, of Lee:
    To be entitled an t tio prohibit the sale of intoxicating
    liquors within four tiJes dlistanee of 1aublie or private school









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    Ilillding antd I!,llo:.s- of \w orship, and to pr)\id le penalty
    therefore.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Co(lmit-
    tee on Finance.
    House Bill No. 8:
    By Mr. Hendry, of Walton:
    To be entitled an act to change the na:me of Russel (usels
    to Russell Johnson.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    House bill No. 9:
    By Mr. Harvell, of Santa Rosa:
    To be entitled an act to amend Chapter 4328, being an
    act to provide for the regulation of all legally qualified
    voters in the several counties of the State, and to provide
    for general and special elections, and for the returns of elec-
    tions.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Co uullittee.
    Mr. Clark of.Duval moved that the Serge:int-at-.rrms make
    such ai'iiZng(yienft as may be necessary for wood to have
    fires in the hall.
    Which was agreed to.

    O(DERRS OF THE DAY.

    Blv Mr. Healy of Volusia; The following ClonlcurreLnt Rtes-
    olution :
    House Concurr(ent 1Resolution :
    By Mr. Healy:
    Relative to the investigation of the- books, records and
    accounts of the Comptroller and Treasurer:
    Resolved, That a joint committee, consiiiing of three on
    the part of the House and two from the Senate be appointed
    to investigate the books, records and accounts of the Comp-
    troller and Treasurer and they are ,uthlorizld to employ such
    clerical aid as will enable tem to ,ak a thoron:-ii investi-
    gat iou.
    \(0.11i W((s read heK- secolid tidic.
    j\ r. Pelot of Manatee, offered the following Iamenldment
    Strike out the words, "And they are authorized to employ
    such clerical aid as will enable them to make a thorough in-
    vestigation."
    Which was read and adopted,









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    And upon the ad. pition of the r'.ltin, E. ;)i ,ddH, Hl
    v te was:
    Yeas-MIVessrs. Bagget Bowen, (Clark, Chunn, C!ol1ina i,
    Corbett, Cox, IDavnt, Ienhlltm, Dyal, I- "rds, ( irigs, II:lp,
    i;ariveli, I dry Io ee, I.endry 'of Polk, Hn ry, Hillirl,
    Hill, Ilopkins, Ilorsford. Ji l.:-n, Jorda( King, KI'nig t,
    K on Ii'. l'eig!., L._(-s\ie-, (ir,-wis, Iit.-li, r, T i\l.(.i( 1 ii, i \I -
    ;ilowi n, n.i\ tlinet, M Vt'le biall ror m, .l rstrca-t, Pali s or,
    e rrisn, Prn al Ik troveill, 'ayn, of i,,l iPersn-.., P ins,, ll: wi: ,
    18ss9el, a Sn oan, Sti( la Stoei.ni. 'uriill, Wh ai.wriiIt,


    Nyvs -- Ahssrs. t-ehe, ind 1 tir-
    IiSu ,Viilsion wis no Zewd. wd.
    By M r1. L wis, of iJac( ks iml .i.,1 f[ilu \\'ing ('oin r.lcllr ,Ilt l so-

    1House i oncni. Te c solution No. :
    i ,solived, the Sk n-its c o\..ci .-rriiti, ''h.t a committee con-
    -istig' of three on a0>'rt of 1o(-sI, a( l two from the S.enate, be
    .pp,.>int d to investigate the bo(Aks, reeo'rds and accouemnts of
    the Internal Ln.prove ment Fund of Florida, si(.nce May 1st,
    the Internal Improvement Fund of Flor-ida. since Jnirilry 1,
    1897, and make a r()eport ,iereon. esolvd, 'lat the Com-
    rittee be empow.erd to employ such clerical aid ;Is may be
    n e c. t ,S r 'y .
    Which was read the seond time.
    Mr. Peol, of an i, oJered t1 following den:
    Sh'ik. out the words, "That the com imtte 1) (efni. powron
    to employ such (.1r rical ;id as iny ho, necessary."
    \\ I.idl i v';as aSc.tIced.
    U1poln 1i1 n ,lopiion of 11o t'.esol tin, ns ;I! !i t. I( i vote

    Ye,;s--M- essrs. Bagge. i, Pot\-ni, (M r;d i. C(lari., C.1un,
    C [meCa(n,CorlIett, Cox, D; n a .lDe1 lia. .in, -)y l., EdwArds,!I. riS s,-
    11arp, -ar\ell, Hd'ry of Lo,., Rendry of- Polk, 1Hinry,
    Ililliard, 1lill, -o|kl inus. HT orsfoIs-) I ,T(I n _.er, J-..,-so,, J,.-d1h ,
    King, Kni.hLt KKoonce,, L.nl', Leslie, M.f\ liste.r, 1Keown,
    McM tllen, le\\illiins, Mo[ ,. Oversi'ee l, P;lII er, Parrish,
    Parker, Patillo, Payni, Pelot. P-.rson., ns. arwls, lussell,
    ^Ioa Stri.l<1c k SI InI, Tnrni iI l, W1n1 -rih* W Idker,
    W atsi-on, W atkin ,.\\e1lS l,., W li.iVr, I.II11,7W ilder. W\\' l s., W l-
    .is, W ills, \ ils-., Zw dlski' iN.
    Nays--Nom,.
    So the rsoji1 to'i \\<,. ii,. t, .









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    By Mr. Hunter, of Hamilton, the following ,Joint
    Resolution:
    House Joint Resolution No. 3:
    Resolved, That a committee of three on part of the
    .,J.ouse and Ytwo,from the Senate be appointed to examine
    the books and accounts of the Commissioner of Agricultuire,
    and that such clerical aid be granted to said committee as may
    he necessary.
    Which was read the second time.
    Mr. Pelot, of Manatee, offered the following amendment:
    Strike out "And that such clerical aid be granted to such
    committee as may be necessary."
    Which was accepted.
    Upon the roll being called upon the resoliutioii as
    amended, the vote was:
    Yeas-Me '.rs. Bowen, Br;dshalw, Clark, Chun l. Coleman,
    Corbett, Cox, .Davant, Dyal, Edwards, Gri.-os Harp,
    Harvell, Hendry of Polk, Henry, Hilliard, Hill, Hopkins,
    Horsford, Hunter, Jackson, Jordan, Knigh.t., Koonce, .I'En-
    gle, Leslie, Lewis, McAlister, McGiffin, McKeown, iM-lullen,
    McWilliams, Overstreet, Palmer, Parrish, Parker, Patillo,
    Payne, Pelot, Persons, Pons, Rawls, Russell, Strickland, Stone,
    Turnbull, Wainwright, Walker, Watson, Watkins, Weakley,
    Whitner, Wilder, Williams, Willis, Wills, Wilson, Zewadski
    -58.
    "Nays-None.
    So the resolution as amended was adopted.
    Upon motion of Mr. Zewadski, of Marion, the House ad-
    journed until 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.



    FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 1899.
    .The House met pursuant to aijo nr'l 11-i.
    The Speaker in the chair.
    The roll 1 1ing ,.il, 1 fIl, 1 i nI mbr, a w.- -,1 to
    their rn.i11Cs

    Colemain, C'orb-f.t., Cox, Davant, D;n I an, Dyal, [lva rds,
    Griggs, Harp, Harvell, Healy, Hf:tilvry of Lee, Hendry of
    IPolk, Henry, Hilliard, Hill, Hopkins, Horsford, Hunter,
    Jackson, Jorda,. King, Knihlt. Kince, L'Engle, Leslie,
    Lewis, 1, it..l,*, McGifT)in, -KT,,,i, McM Im,, .-Wil.-









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    liaIis, MNorse., Overstre(et, Pa lmIvr'.. Parrishi, P'arker, PaIliJlo,
    Payne, PeloIt, Persons. Pons, R.;i v.l-:s R .ss-l, S)an. Stri(lckl nld,
    Stone, Turlnhnull, Wainwrighilt, WaWlkr, Watson-, Watkins.
    Wea:tkley, WVhitn.r, \Viler, Wili.ms, Vili, Will, Wilson,
    Zev.adski---f'.
    A quorum pr'sen. t
    Prayer by t:le Cliaplain.
    On motion the roadin of (t, JO!-Jurnal \x\s dlis:i(-,ised with.
    The Journal core(jectid and approved.
    Mr. MeWilliams of St. Johlns, mvel that 1is colleagiie.
    Mr. Goode, be exc.used.
    Which was agreed to.
    Upon motion of Mr. Wit.son of Oseculfd, jAl Turnerr!;
    Citrus, was'extended the ji-ivilev,;es of t ie floor.

    INTRODUCTION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS.

    Ml PIalm) er, of O'ran. :11 (fltre,'d Ilit' frllo(.w \' 1 r1es(olitio( i:
    House Joint. Resoluti-on No. 17:
    B:y Mr. Palmer of Orai i:.e:
    Be it Reso\i()ld, by the House l' I.l'p'(es,. tativs---' First,
    Thlat the portion of the l-Messa-ge of thle Goverhno recom--
    'ineading provisions relating to the boimded indebltedness of
    the State be and same is hereby refe.rrced to thle Col-rnmit tee on
    Fina.'e and ''axation.
    Second, That the r(econ('l ) 'ndations relating to lthe pay-
    mnt of Ithe expenses of lthe eight eoniipanies of First Florida
    out of the service, be and tholi sa1me is Ihereby re firred to the
    Coim-)-ittee on Militia and State Troops.
    Third, That' the r(eco)teild ati(,os for an appropritio,
    for relief of the State Reform) Schoo(l be and sie is referril
    Vo Committee on A proprtiations.
    Fourth, That the recomn endations relating to state con-
    victs be and same is hereby referred to the ,c.oi(1itt:e pro-
    vided by Concurrent Resolution No. 10 by the HoRuse, said
    coi- littee being charged with invest igitigio and reporting on
    the ,conviet system of the State.
    Fifth, That the riecoi ieldations relating to assigning
    lainds to the Seminole Iindians be and same is hetreby referred
    to Co :maittee on Publice Lands.
    Sixth, That the recoanenidation relati ng to tle State Cir-
    c'it Ju1dgoe ibe and same is hereby referred to Committee on'
    Judiciary.. ..









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    Seventh, That the rel inlrlendaiot relating to protecting
    fruit growers from the cotton cushion scale be and same is
    referred to Committee on Agriculture and Horticulture.
    Which was read.
    Mr. Palmer moved that the reso-lutin be adolpied
    Which was agreed to.
    Mr. Harvell of Santa R1osa, offered the followillg resollution:
    House Joint Resolution No. 4:
    By Mr. Harvell:
    Proposing an almendlment to Section 5, Article 8, of the
    Constitution of the State of Florida, relating to the election
    of County Commissioners.
    Which was read the first time and referred to Committee on
    Constitutional Amendments.
    Mr. King of DeSoto offered the following resolution:
    Concurrent Resolution No. 18:
    By Mr. King:
    Relative to the nlppointmenttu of a joint ,coinnlittee to in-
    vestigate the condition of the East Coast Canal Company.
    Be it Resolved, by the House of Representatives, the Senate
    concurring, That a joint committee consisting of two mem-
    bers on part of the House and one member on part of the
    Senate be appointed to investigate and examine into the
    books, accounts, vouchers, work and condition of the East
    Coast Canal Company of Florida and to make a full report of
    such investigation to this Legislature at as early a date ai
    may be p',ii: e i"l.
    Which was rea apd a laid over under the rules.
    Mr. Harp of Putnam offered the following re-oltion:
    House Resolution No. 19:
    By Mr. Harp:
    Be it Resolved, by the House of Representatives, That the
    Hon. W. H. Reynolds,' Comptroller of the State of Florida,
    is hereby requested and directed to furnish this House with
    a iopv of the pay-rolls of all tihe standing, special, visiting
    and joint co.lnitt.ees, with the nalnes and number conm-
    posing the same; and also the names and diinJmer of clerks
    employed, and the amount paid each clerk, and number of
    days such were paid for, of the Legislature of 1897.
    Which was read and adopted.











    AMr. Pelot of Manatee offered the following reSolution:
    House Resolution No. 20:
    By Mr. Pelot of Manatee:
    Resolved, That resolutions offered in this house shall ap-
    pear in the Journal.
    Which wa;s read and adopted.
    By Mr. Jackson of Citrus:
    House Bill No. 10:
    To be el iltled an act. to prohibit the sale of real estate by
    hax collthectors for taxes until personal property of the owner
    is exhausted d by levy and sale.
    Which was read the first time and referrl d t.o tlh Comllit-
    tee on Financ, and Taxation.
    By Mr. Jackson of Citrus:
    [louse Bill No. 11:
    To be entitled an act providing for thae ollecti'n of a
    poll or capiitation tax.
    Which was read the first time and referred to t,,. (in, pm.t-
    tN-! on. PFinmnce arnd Ta action.
    i^- M r. J,'|i:"o' n : f Citr "s::
    iot. B ill Na. 1 2:
    'To be enl.itlLd an act to ipotect the wild Id .r, vil. tii rk.ey.
    iqun i and jairltridges of the State.
    Vhick' was read lthe firt thln' aidl r'ieer!d to the Col nut-
    1 .lj eIn Game.
    Il.y IMr. .iLclkso of Citrus:
    SLoi e' lil No. 13:
    _)To e entitled an act against burning wild forest ',od
    nidl mid mirsliete. '
    Vliichi, was read the ilrst. tiile and referred to the ,o, nitii
    fee on agrilcnlture.
    73y Mr. Joakson of Citrus:
    Houte Bill No. 14:
    "To be entitled an act relative to defici.ony judglonts in
    suits for foreclosure of mortgages.
    Which v(ad read the first time anid refi'rrrd ,o the Judiciiary
    S.+o, iin-ittee.
    By Mr. Jaceso; i of Citr',:
    I use -Bill No. 15:
    To 1b e ntitlet an act to protect, tlie pine,: oi '.s ,f tI-i Slate
    guni,, destruction.
    Wi;ici \w'as red tlhe first, tinr ad referred to 'ot it-
    ^> on A agriculture.









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    By Mr. King of DeSoto.:
    House Bil No. 16:
    To be entitled an act to legalize the corporation of the town
    of Arcadia, Fla., and other purposes.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Commrit-
    tee on City and County Organization.
    By Mr. Clark of Duval:
    House Bill No. 17:
    To be entitled an act to prohibit the manufacture, impor-
    tation, sale or gift of cigarettes or cigarette paper in the State
    of Florida and to provide penalties for its violation.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Com-
    mittee on Public Health.
    By Mr. Clark of Duval:
    House Bill No. 18:
    To be entitled an act to amend Section 1705 of the Re-
    vised Statutes of the State of Florida.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Clark of Duval:
    House Bill No. 19:
    To be entitled an act permitting parties to suits or their
    attorneys to examine jurors on their Voir Dire.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. L'Engle of Duval:
    House Bill No. 20:
    To be entitled an act to provide for payment courts in
    garnishment proceedings, and fees of garnishee.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr L'Engle of Duval:
    House Bill No. 21:
    To be entitled an act to regulate admission to the bar of
    this State, to create a Board of Legal Examiners and the
    method of appointment thereof, and to provide for a uniform
    system of legal examiners.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.











    By Mr L'Eingl- of D1oill:
    Rouse .Bill No. ."
    To be entitled an act to extend tle co-opate eoxi tece
    anld enlarge the powers of tll Main Street. Raiirond l Com-
    pany.
    Which was read the first ti. a ind referred to the C muit-
    tee on Railroads and Telegradphs.
    By Mr. L'Engle (by request):
    House Bill No. 2:
    To be entitled an act to incolrporai.te tlie St. Johns River
    Railway Coin at y, a1nd to grant. certain powers and privileges
    to the same.
    Wiich was read the rs th tilti:, ,and reftorred to, t.Ie (oin lit-
    tee on Railroads and Telegraphs
    By Mr. Parish of Ilohties:
    House Bill No. 24:
    "To be entitled an act to regulate the sale of vinuous, malt,
    and spirituous liquors in the several precincts in the differ-
    lent counties in this State.
    Which was read the first time -nd referred to the Commit-
    tee
    tee on Temperance;..
    By Mr Edwards of Jefferson:
    House Bill No. 25:
    To be entitled an act relative to levies on real estate under
    executions from other counties.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Payne of M[rion:
    IHouse Bill No. 26:
    To be entitled an act to provide for the division of coun-
    ties into school districts, and for the election of school trus-
    tees in the districts, and for the levying and collection
    of a school tax in such districts, and to amend Chapter 4194
    of the Acts of the Legislature of Florida, approved June 12,
    1893, and Chapter 4336 of the Acts of the Logislature of
    Florida, approved May 20, 1895.
    Which was read the first time and roeferr-e to the Cioninit-
    tee on Education.
    By Mr. Zewoidski of Marion :
    Holi.se Bill No "7:
    To be entitled an act to amend Section 1 of Chplltter 4382,
    Laws of Florida, being an act to increase the crinin:al juris-









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    diction of justices of the peace in counties- where county
    courts have not been established.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Zewadski of Marion:
    IHouse Bill No. 28:
    To be entitled an act to cause to be audited and paid the
    account of James C. Porter, proprietor and manager of the
    Ocala Evening Star, a newspaper published in the City of
    Ocala, Fla., his charges for publishing the tax sale list of
    1896, of real estate, once each week, of Marion County, State
    of Florida, for the year 1896, based on warrant of assess-
    ment made under the provisions of Chapter 4322, Laws of
    Florida, for the year 1896.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Commit-
    tee on Claims.
    By Mr. Russell of Monroe:
    House Bill No. 29:
    To be entitled an act to repeal Chapter 4564, Laws of Flor-
    ida, entitled an act to protect and encourage the artificial
    growth of sponges within the waters of the State of Florida,
    and conceding certain riparian rights of those engaged there-
    in, and to prescribe a license in certain cases.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Commit-
    tee on Fisheries.
    By Mr. Russell of Monroe:
    House Bill No. 30:
    To be entitled an act to amend Sections 2 and 46 of Chap-
    ter 4635, Laws of Florida, entitled an act to provide for the
    municipal corporation existing in the County of Monroe,
    Florida, to pre.scribe their terms of office, provide for their
    c-ollec(tion and appointment, and to regulate their compensa-
    tion and to repeal Sections 2 and 3 of Chapter 3966, Laws of
    Florida, and amendments thereto.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Commit-
    tee on City and County Organization.
    By Mr. Russell of Monroe:
    House Bill No. 31:
    To be entitled an act to provide for thle appoijntint ll aud
    coml issioninu of auctioneers in the several counties of the
    State of F lor i11- nd prescribing a license for the same.
    \ hinch was read. the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Co(imnitt eo.









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    A* M r. I I l v' L SnuW', :
    iou B Pill No. l:
    To be eniitled an act relating to personal cn viCeted in mu-
    nicilpial courts, andii their ciiemploylmet upon the streets and
    public works of mIuicipalities,.L
    Which was rtad the first time a ld referred to the J- diini'ry
    Comn itite.
    By Mr. De.llmn of Monhrlc :
    1ouse Bill Ni\. 33:
    To be entitled an net for the relief of Philip L. (rosgruve.
    Wie Wll d-was read tliI first tlinl. and referred to tihe ( Conllnit-
    tee on ("ininls.
    By Mr. IBoom of Pas-co:
    lHoune Bill No. 34:
    To be entitled an act to regulate the c;r.tr'yinlg of firelarmsl
    and other weapons.
    Which was read the first lime and referie-d to the Judiciary
    Conliiittee.
    By Mr. Sloan of Polk:
    H liuse Bill No. 35:
    To be entitled an at, for thle filing of transcript of judg-
    entls from County Courts to Circuit Courts., and to provide
    for their issuance of executions thereon.
    Which was read the first time and referrn-d t tohe Judiciary
    Comnnittee.
    By Mr. Sloan of Polk:
    House Bill No. 36:
    To be. entitled an act to 1abolish the present muunieipal
    government of the City of Lakeland, in the County of Polk
    and State of Florida, and to establish, organize and consti-
    stitute a municipality to be known and designated as Lake-
    Illid, and to define its territorial boundary, and to provide
    for its jurisdiction, powers and privileges.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Commit-
    tee on City and County Organizatioin.
    By Mr'. Harp of Putnam:
    House Bill No. 37:
    /To be entitled an act to prevent immoral excursions on
    Sunday..
    Which was read the tirst time and referred to the Judicia.ry
    Committee.









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    by Mr. Koonce of Sumter:
    House Bill No. 38:
    To be entitled an act to provide a penalty for larceny o
    hogs, sheep or goats.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Commit-
    tee on Agriculture.
    By Mr. Koonce of Sumter:
    House Bill No. 39:
    To be entitled an act to repeal Section 1 of Chlipter 4536,,.
    Laws of Florida, and to repeal Section 6, Chal)ter 4532,
    Laws of Florida.
    Whidh was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Overstreet of Suwannee:
    House Bill No. 40:
    To be entitled an act to prevent habitual drunkards fronme:
    practicing medicine, surgery; or obstetrics in the State ol-
    Florida.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Jurdicmr
    Committee.
    By Mr. McWilliams of St. Johns:
    House Bill No. 41:
    To be entitled an act to increase the criminal jurisdiction
    of Justices of the Peace in counties having no Crimninu
    Court of Record in County Court.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Coll( ittee.
    By Mr. McWilliams of St. Johns:
    House Bill No. 42:
    To be entitled an act to amend Section i243, Chapter
    Article 2, of Revised Statutes, relating to thle c.rile of en-
    ter ing without breaking any building,, etc., with intent to,
    commit a felony.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    :Committee.
    By Mr. McWilliams of St. Johns:
    House Bill No. 43:
    To be entitled an act relating to fire insurance companies,a.
    prscriling a rule of evidence, and macasure of ,aniages i
    case of loss, and repealing (!Ch2;pter 455 4, Laws of F lorida
    a.lp)1proved May 181t, 1897'.
    Whic-1h wvas. read the tirst time and r]fe'rrd to t- Juldiia.r
    ConilIuttio.
    511









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    By Mr. McWilliains f St.. Johlis:
    tHou.se Bill No. .4:
    ITo be.ntitled an act re, iing to olri ners.
    Which was read. hl- f lrst ti.ln, and referred to J1I. ) Jddiciary
    S0on1 iti'i-.
    1i' Mr. Sh ickrll- d of T;i. lo:
    House B-il No, 45:
    To be entitled m act to pr,.'i.1 th;ih e 1, . in.ri.'n. which' li
    ouniity w rants -l.1Til be ].i, .
    W hic' h i -; i re10 t.he I fist f i !I r, o.n rf rrt.. to 1 t.l I0 J ul.iciI Ar
    4 ouni it*ti.
    P; aMr. W alA k of W!an ll.n:
    House Bill No. -i::
    To he entiolt ei aln n t to exempt, the coIlny of WY, akula. from
    the .eni'Ie(rn ni o< th. e 1prvi-ios of 'hapter 1-5i8, Sciion 4,
    Le\si of Fioridi, aIppove J uni I189, the same being an
    act for the pro tec ion of fishes in the wai-rs "f tle Stale.
    Which wa. rea d the first time nod relferrd t t(HI minsnit-
    tee on Fi- series.
    By Mr. len-y of Lee.
    1huiis;. Bill No. 17: I
    To be enileld an ,.t to aut-lhoriz Cot.y Conn, isi i owners
    of the C('oi, of Lee to i adopt rl,-s and regulations for the
    use 1i 11 j ,re tio o fil_ 4 d .ill amne, birds of song and plum-
    ag, wild anrim-al tI- .-'.3ino of which i're of :on .erci.al value
    and food fish.
    W]ich was read the first time a.nd .lf err to tI-, Cf,4it-
    4r' on Game.
    By A.l L'l:ngle of I alI
    I .-.ou .Jotint Thsi itiio NNo. 5:
    To be it l'led an ;i.t pr)osing amooentiPt to Section 1
    of Article 9 andl to, Secion 1.0 iof ; said Article 9. of the Con-
    stitufion of the State o Flrila, rla.ting to taxation nd
    Finances.
    Which was read. the first tie and rte'errcd to ih, Connit-'
    (ee on Constitutional Amenduatents,
    On motion of Mr. Clark ,of Duvul, ex. vernr F. P. Fleni-
    ing .was gnintd the privileges of the House during the
    sessioil.. -











    ORDERS OF THE DAY.
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 4:
    By Mr. McWilliagis of St. Johns:
    Resolved, That a committee of two on part of the House
    .and one on part of the Senate be appointed to visit and inves-
    tigate the Blind, Deaf and Dumb Institute at St. Augustine.
    Which was read and upon its adoption the vote was:
    Mr. Speaker, M cssrs. Baggett, Bowen, Bradshaw, Clark,
    Chunn, Coleman, Corbett, Cox, Davant, Dyal, Edwards,
    Griggs, Harp, Harvell, Healy, Hendry of Lee, Hendry of
    Polk, Henry, Hilliard, Hill, Hopkins, Horsford, Hunrer,
    Jackson, Jordan, King, Knight, Koonce, L'Engle, Leslie,
    M<.'A li+t r, McGiffin, McKeown, McMullen, MeWilliams,
    Morse, O Verstr.ct, Palmer, Parrish, Parker, Patillo, Payne,
    Pelot, Persons, Russell, Sloan, Strickland, Stone, Turnbull,
    Wainwright, Watkins, Weakley, Whitner, Wilder, Williams,
    Willis, Wills, Wilson, Zewadski-59.
    Navs-None.
    So the resolution was adopted.
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 6:
    By Mr. Jackson of Citrus.
    Relative to the convict camps.
    Resolved, That a committee consisting of three members
    of the House of Representatives-and two from the Senate be
    appointed to investigate and examine each camp or stockade
    where State convicts are kept and worked, to investigate the
    treatment of all such convicts and to make a careful examin-
    ation and full report as to abuses or mistreati!'n, of State
    convicts by the contractors or their guards.
    Which was read.
    Mr. L'Engle of Duval offered the following House Concur-
    rent Resolution No. 9 as a substitute for House Concur-
    rent Resolution No. 6:
    Concurrent Resolution relative to the investigation of the
    convict camps.
    Be it Resolved, by the Legislature of the State of Florida,
    That a committee consisting of three members of the House
    of Representatives and two members of the Senate be appointT-
    ed to investigate and examine into the history, administration
    and present. condition of the convict system of the State; to
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    are employed or co.nfinedo, and to rieort to the r s'petive
    houses iin tweiir y inys jri the .aie of its appoint( ent,1I
    its fi(nd1ing:Y, one I.isions anid rt'omi endaticlon. Said c.omit-
    tee shaIl live pow'r (o divide itself if. denied expedient into
    sulb-co,:miittees; to emiploly vsuo c :lerieal assi- lance as may be
    neeces.vry lo ,ac.ri isl the ,vor"k ,ssigj4d toit )xp,,iisly;
    to seid for prisons In11d pator.-.; to compelpl the it.indanef. of
    witnesses, and to report to the respectivee l.,huss any i witness
    or other person, not a rienber of e it Ier lvh e, for punishment
    for contempt.
    WhichE was re Id.
    Mr. l,.rk of Duval n(\Cd to adopt iiose Connrrent 1'.-
    0ou111in No. 9), in lie of llouse (Co-urrent Resohtiion No. 6.
    W\i(.n .11joti ,i on was nJot agreed to.
    iMr. Watson of Oseeola offered House Concurrent Iesolu-
    tion No. 15 as a substlitut le for ounse Concurrent .i-solldini
    No. 6:
    House Coien.rrent kResolution No. 15:
    By Mr. Watso1_n:
    Resolved, That a joint committee ,o five, three on the palrt,
    of the House and two on the part of the Se nate, be :appointed
    to take up, consider and report the most economical, practi-
    cal and efficient manner of visiting and inspecting the differ-
    ent State institutions, consviet camps, etc., of the State, and
    report as early as practical.
    Mr. Griggs of Franklin moved that te slii, stit-.i be laid
    on the table.
    Which motion was agreed to.
    "Upon the adoption of H:ou..e C(onuerreii Resoluliot No ,
    the vote was:
    Yeas-"iJr. Speaker, M[essrs. Ba.gget, Bo\ven, BraIdshaw.
    Clark, Chunn, (Coleranil, Corlbett, (Cox, va, );Lav Denhan
    Dyal, Edwards, Grig:gs, IHarp, lHarvell, H-endry of Lee,
    H.endry of Polk, ilenry, Hilliard, Hill, Hoplkins, Hlorfors d,
    Iuntier, Jlaclkson- Jordan, Knight, Koonce, '.Enl
    Leslie, IMcAlister, Me(Giffiin, MIcKeown, McMullen., McWil-
    Slians, Morse, Overstreet, Palmer, Parrish, Parkler, Patillo,
    Pa.yne, Pelot, Persons, Rawls, Sloan, Strickland, Stone,
    JTurnl1bull, Waimnri-ght, Walker, Watson, Watkins, Weakley,
    Whitner, Wilder, Williams, Willis, Wills, Wilson, Zewadski
    ---G .
    'Niys: -Ncne.
    SI tlie, res1lufil;n was adopted.









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    Mr. Persons of Columbia offered the following resolution:
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 11:
    By Mr. Persons of Columbia:
    Resolved, by the House of Representatives, the Senate
    ,concurring, That a committee of two on the part of the House
    :and one from the Senate be appointed to investigate and re-
    port the condition of the State Agricultural College at Lake
    City, the East Florida Seminary at Gainesville, and the
    South Florida Military and Educational Institute at Bartow,
    Florida, and report to this House within twenty days from
    ,date of appointment of said Committee.'
    Which was read.
    Upon the adoption of House Concurrent Resolution No. 11
    Lithe vote was:
    Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baggett, Bowen, Bradshaw,
    Chunn, Coleman, Corbett, Cox, Davant, Denham, Dyal,
    Edwards, Griggs, Harp, Harvell, Healy, Hendry of Lee,
    Hendry of Polk, Henry, Hilliard, Hill, Hopkins, Horsford,
    Hunter, Jackson, Jordan, King, Knight, Koonce, L'Engle,
    Leslie, i MA I .ter, McGitf, McMullen, McWilliams,
    Overstreet, Palme Paer arrih, Parker, Patillo, Pelot,
    Rawis, Russell, Sloan, Stone, Turnbull, Wainwright,
    Walker, Watson, Watkins, Weakley, Whitner, Wilder, Wil-
    liams, Willis, Wills, Wilson, Zewadski-58.
    Nays-None.
    So the resolution was adopted.
    By Mr. Overstreet of Suwannee:
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 7:
    Resolved, the Senate concurring, That a committee of
    three members frqm the House and two from the Senate, be
    appointed to examine the books, accounts and records of the
    ollice of the Commissioner of Agriculture and they be al-
    lowed to employ such clerical aid as they may find nmeceOs-
    sa ry.
    Was read and on motion of Mr. Zewadski of Marion, House
    'Concurrent Resolution No. 7 was laid on the table.
    By Mr. Parrish of Holmes.
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 12:
    Resolved, the Senate concurring, That a committee consist-
    ing of two from the House of Relprsenfntiv.s and one from
    the Senatile e be lupoii-ted to invesltite tlhe Sitate No rm
    School at. le ninik Spring;:;:1 rl port t) Hie Holou-.o an1,
    Senate the result of same.
    Was read the second time.









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    Upon the aloptiom of House Con-current Resolution No
    12 the Note was:
    ,Mr. Spieiker, .Meri. Ba.ge'l., IBvw,,n, bradslhi (lark,
    Chunn, (1ideono Corbett, (Jox, ID)vait, DirhatC, IEdward's,
    ('ri^,s, Harp. H]farvell, 1lealy. 1endry of Lee, H1euiKd y *f Plk,
    He'y, Hilliard., Hil., Hopki.ns, T]l'sford, Hunter, .r;T4c1on,
    Jordan, Ki', lK night, K ace, .L'Eigle, eIlie, ; Ie .Aliste,;
    McGitil:, Mci ullen, lL e\illia is, Morse, Oversti.tr .tl.ner,
    Parrish, Parker, Paitillo, Payine, Pelot, P11rsons, Ri\wls, l.s-
    sell, Sloan, St'ied1:ild.. Stone, Tur bul l. \Viinri-;!t, Wiler.
    Watson, Watkins, Wcill1e, Whitner, Wiier, Williams., Wil-
    lis, Wills, Wilson, Zw.e 1 Ii- f.-r?.
    So House Conecrrent e es.olttion No. 12, was adopted.
    Mr. Turnbull of JeffT'rs in wit id.kliw oue Cin C..errIn.1ItI
    .- s,-olnut[ion No. -13.
    Be it Toesolv,. b I I 1tHus of pt-rese--tives, the i" eonturring, That a coii litilte of three (3) f1rotMi the House
    of tRere:sentta 'ives and two (2) from the Senat be appointed
    o visit the Deaf and Dmb Asy of thee State to i nv siga te
    "the maniagemet and cordlition of snid Asyil ad lll i report
    the iniaM na1,'ie' to and c ondiliti-n to (hi. I .ly early ; }"- llane-
    ticable.
    By Mr. Wat.omn of, Ocola.:
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 14:
    esol v ed, That a joint committee of five (5), lth1. (3) on
    the part of tihe iHouse an two (') or the 'part of tlhe Se.nt.o, be
    appointed to tael.- up, cosidr and rep(1ort. the most economi-
    cal, prn'iecal and efIlieit. man er of visiting and i.,nsp.l'ti4g
    the different State 'istit utio's. col ivi.t c8"ps, ,.ln;d1., etc..
    of the State, and report as early as practie'.l.
    Was read.
    Mr. .Ale illi-ne 4s offlnrd -the fi' ie.olved, i."-urtl1er, lii-l non of1 the committees to be ap-
    .poined to visit the Slate Institfliol.ns, be authori'd to a't.
    until the commiti4 ee h c- in einivii l for be u p pointed nd
    make its 'port: to this otise.
    Which wa; accp''[t.'d
    Mr. Zowadbki of NLirion offered the following amendment
    to oNnise Concurrent Resolution No. 14:
    To be amended by adding, "And that tiis committee re-
    port tothis this ius within 10 days from their appjointlment.
    Which amendment was accepted, and House Concurrent
    Resolution No. 14, as amndend, was adopted.









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    By Mr. Griggs, of Franklin:
    House ConeurrAnt Resolution No. 15:
    'Be it Resolved, That a joint committee of three on part of
    the House and two on part of the Senate be appointed to
    visit the Insane Asylum to examine the condition, manage-
    ment and affairs at said asylum, and to report its action to
    this Legislature as early as practicable.
    Was read, and on motion of Mr. Griggs of Franklin, House
    Concurrent Resolution No. 15 was adopted.
    By Mr. Harp of Putnam:
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 16:
    Concurrent Resolution relative to the Florida Coast Line
    Canal and Transportation Company:
    Resolved, the Senate concurring, that a committee con-
    sisting of one on the part of the Senate and two on the part
    of the House of Representatives be appointed to examine
    into the land grants to the Florida Coast Line Canal and
    Transportation Company, to ascertain the amount of land
    conveyed by deed, the amount of lands reserved for said com-
    pany, and to ascertain the number of acres earned by said
    company by actual construction, and to ascertain the total
    amount of work done on said -canal and what work is now
    being done by the canal company, and report to this House
    within twenty days the condition of same.
    Was read, and on motion of Mr. Harp of Putnam, House
    Concurrent Resolution No. 16 was adopted.
    By Mr. Healy of Volusia: The following Concurrent Res-
    olution:
    IHouse Concurrent Resolution:
    By Mr. Healy:
    Rolntive to the invet ignl ionl of the hoolk,- r('coi(rds and ac-
    Collfr of the C(miD)t-,rol r ;nd Tre';sIIr.r.
    IR.esolved, That a joint conuimittee, c(nsifting of Ith 1r,, e
    the part of the House and two from the Senate be appointed
    to investigate the books, records and accounts of the Comp-
    troller and Treasurer and they are authorized to employ such
    clerical aid as will enable them to make a thorough investi-
    gation.
    Which was read the second time.
    Mr. P"lot of M]:;ite, ,offei To strike out the worlds "aind tv lv :ire aithorrid it, ,,,,
    ploy suhel ,-,o-ril-n. aid a will ,rhl, thl n to i,, r' t1 Ilh onrong.I
    invstiga ti)m."








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    Sh.lk- ameuindlent \vwi adopted.
    A..nd the resolution was a-dolpted as amended.
    r. Pelot, of l.anaI -e of-ifered e the fn llowin re -ltion:

    .. e ploy cliir ;i'd witloult k !'.< mi < nsi( 1 ih

    WhlichL was r.id and i:d opt..dL'

    71**, ,, :
    Be- it .i.sl cd, by the L 1..i.liur1 of I S it:t of Floi.Ia,
    "T'":,t no person who is not a. lb)l.: fii'le citizen of 1-I. Si.e
    li 'loridni, shall ser\ as an itill< or ot biwL' I lilijKd
    i .ing the session of Ih-l ,t i-i atii 1- f' 1:- 9 .
    lii, ii was read l -nd 1 ,d. o t1l.
    .'Vt r. rini'itj i v of t inilimosn w i (nid 1 h. !, 1 i" d 1 n l-

    Mr. Sp-. : I w ini lh. J').! uf y< 1 il < ri i. to
    ;;:. i. : e pli .': tlion of .Iy own i:n'. on ithe pa i:;'-g of Mlr.
    .. t"y's &Concuirrent Iuoiliinn. I do not -;e,, to !i:, nii-ini-
    -,t~ood- I vo(ed a in st t-h^ (sou[ on tccoun of die
    A;. u dnu nt offered bvy h( ,ip1ni.ls1 n i.f i n M.n tin (, '-I*lr.d-
    it as an indirect relc.Otinn on the initgiitv of each iidi-
    A.nt il. meiuhri who might go to tlute up tinO 'oi i,'s










    'it tile
    ;'.., d for. I do not cln iin Mt'il h dii 1 i. v.'i-il itt1 i .i. oni i,-

    .:': n-.i. to :how I ", :-ed ;.':.(insit lIK. o: ief r, .lution, tj!iit
    .; ritd so -li Oin i ii i. ts, m d ,\( 1 b t it n e I o I ...
    Which LII;.s ord d to ,Ne spr! 11\p h, II ii.
    The Speaker anOounc.d the rollowin ,i.1liS-1 Condit-
    i,'...., wli.1-h was rId and orderid si/read upon II,. Journal.

    STANDING CO-- M 1FfI I
    of the
    Ho1US1 OF I tEPKE1"N,.?JA'I'fV-FS.


    I?,1 W IlL- of Fr;dfrd, ^h; i.--.. n.
    "+.. +.s ,. l' N EY-, ,_. _IL I ,>,,
    PA LI EPR, l,
    CLAIP, ZE\EW ADS I.
    "K O O N _.1 Sl ,I ,









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    Finance and Taxation.
    MR. L'ENGLE of Duval, Chaiinian.
    Messrs. WILSON, McU IFF]N,
    PATILLO, GR GS,
    KING, WATKINS,
    JORDAN, PERSONS.
    Commerce and Navigation.
    MR. WILDER of Hil.l .borough, Chaiinnn
    Sessrs. CLARK, RUSSELL,
    IIARVELL, G- RI G S,
    McGIFFIN, PARRISH.
    Railroads and Telegnirapl.
    MR. PALMER of Orange, Chairman.
    Messrs. JORDAN, cM ilULLEN,
    WAIN WRIGHT, LEWIS,
    WILSON, MORSE.
    Corporate ,ions.
    MR. JORDAN of Madison, (Ch'irm; .
    Messrs. PONS, DENHAM,
    WIITNER, HOPK INS,
    IHEALY, JACKSON.
    Constitutional Amendments.
    MR. CLARK of Duval, Chairman.
    Messrs. KOONCE, MeWILLIAMS,
    HEALY, DAV.A NT.
    Mining and IPliv;splate.
    MPI. AlMcGl FFJiN of Ns,; an, ciiran.
    Monssis. HIENI)IY of Polk, JACKS)N,
    HILL, WILLIS,
    PERSONS, COX.
    Public Printing.
    MR. KOONCE of Sumter, Chairman.
    Messrs. WIIITNER, l [lOPKIN.
    DENi. a .I : KSON,
    PONS, Trt17 R1 'lPI.TL.,,









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    Engrossed BilJs.
    Mll. BAGGETT of E;m)hia, Clirmai.
    Messrs. WILlDER RSS ELL,
    EDWARDS, IEA LY,
    HOPKi.N,. ZE\VAiS..l.

    E-1robd 1 Bills.
    M .. P .NS 'of Ball-<,, l m n.
    Mes-rs JOs, Jll)DAN, WATSON.
    HILLIARD, WA K E.

    Stat. lnstitu ttio is.
    MR. PATILLO of Volus.ii, (ulsairi"ii;n.
    Messrs. PAiRR.IS, HNTER,
    B ENTRY, .TR. NBULL,
    M.EOWX _, CO_-,B ETT.
    Pullic Lands.
    M,. WI LIi.A[MS of Lnfav te, hairm n
    Messrs. HILL, STUE,
    ( CO- B ETT,. WEAK LEY,
    STRICK.LANI, iALISTE,.

    M ilitia ;a ld Stai,< '.ProolJs.
    M.. MIeWILL'MS of St. Johns, Chairmian.
    MessrI, WILLS, COX.,
    MiO.RuE, OAN,
    PrriviI(ges (ii-l Election.is.
    MRI. GR1 GS of Frniin.; Cirman.
    Messrs. BAGGETT, t )RBEIFT,
    CHUITNN, DAVANT,
    OLEMAAN, EN.
    EIluc. (i iin.
    MR. RANEY off Leon, Chairman.
    Messrs. KNIG H T, MI JLLEN,
    HEALY. .HARVELL,
    PA YN E, HI IL L,
    L'ENGLE. COX.











    Public Roads and Highways.
    MR. WHITNER of Orange, Chairman.



    Messrs. HENDRY of Lee,
    PARKER,
    BO WEN,

    Claims.



    HENDRY of Polk,
    PAY NE,
    COLEMAN.



    MR. SLOAN of Polk, Chairman.



    Messrs. WILDER,
    GOODE,
    PERSONS,



    PELOT,
    WALKER,
    HARP.



    Fisheries.
    MR. KING of DeSoto, Chairman.



    Messrs. WHITNER,
    BAGGETT,
    GOODE,



    GRIGGS,
    WILLIS,
    CIJUNN.



    Public Health.
    MR. HENRY of Walton, Chairman.



    Messrs. PALMER,
    COLEMAN,
    HILLIARD,



    L'ENGLE,
    PELOT,
    RUSSELL.



    Temperance.
    MR. BRA3ADSHAW of Hamilton, C(.irii;,



    Messrs. STrIiC LAND,
    BPAYNE,
    BO WEN,



    Ci HUNN,
    RAWLS.
    HO)SFoD.



    Census.



    MR. IHARVELL of Santa Rosa, Chairman.



    Messrs. HUNTER,
    OVIEST EET,



    HARP,
    . MA \LISTERI









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    MR. HIEALY of VoA'sia. Chiirnma
    Messrs. IRANEY, WATKIN S,
    HILLIARD, ZEWADSKI

    1Tntlfinsll. i d Busiess.
    1 l. T 'RICKLAND) of Taylor, Ch;iriiii
    .esTrs. TU' NB ULL, WVEAJLEY,
    SgsS IE, I LESLIE

    Journals.
    MR. BOWiEN of Paco, ,lhairmin
    A lssrs. EDWkARDS, L' HENR Y,
    GOODE, .ALIS'ER

    L --isljativ Exp" ns.s.
    AlI. WIV1SO N of Clayv, Ci... irnni.
    Messrs. HENRY, BRADSHAW,
    EDWARDS, DENHAM,
    PONS, A M xEOW

    City and County Organiz.o-n.

    ArtI. JIILLIAA RD of Esciambia, (Jlsaiinman
    Messrs. (LARK, WILLIAMS,
    WILLS, D YAL,
    WILSON, COLEMAN

    Agricul ture.
    UR. IHARP ,f Pnthiim, Ciairman.
    .Mes.srs. K.NJ (TI', \A LKER,
    ..WAINWRIGHT ,', .. I W.AKLEYA,
    L \ DS ,AW, LESLIE. .











    Ihnlmligr'aion.
    MI. M.OPRSE of Dade, Chairmain.
    MMessrs 'PAYNE, AWLS,
    DAVANT, iOYEERSTRIEEET,
    GOODE, HORSFORD.

    Indian Affairs.
    MR. PARKER of Brevard, Chairman.
    tMessrs. HENDRY of Lee, PELOT,
    MORSE, HUNTER.

    Canals and [Drainage.
    MR. HENDRY ,of Lee, Chairmani.
    Messrs. PARKER, LESLIE,
    PARRISH, RAWLS,
    STONE, SLOAN.
    State Pensions.
    MR.. KNIGHT of Columbia, Chairman.
    ,Messrs. L'EN GLE, AMc-KEOWN,
    HILL, O- ERSTREET,
    LEWIS, HORSFORD.

    Appropriations.
    MR. 'WATSON of Osceola, Chairman.
    Messrs. PATILLO, SLOAN,
    WATKINS, DYAL.


    SMIR. WAIN\VEIGH(T of Iak. Chainimn.
    Messrs. WATSON, WILLIAMS,
    DYAL, HENRY, of Polk.
    iT. Hilliard of.Escambia moved:
    That the House adjourn until 10 o'clock to-morrow morn-
    ing.
    Which was agreed to.
    Upon which the Ilouse adjourned.









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    SA iTUDA. Y, APRIL 8, 1.99.

    The Ho,11e met p1.ur11-'infl to :ljsuruni<(nt.
    SThe Speakel r in the chair.
    The roll being alliedd, n1,: I llo ing members answered
    to their names:
    Mr. Speaker, Mec :s. Bag),elt.t, Brown, Bra:ldsla, Clark,
    ,Chunn, Colemlran, Corbett, Cox, Davant, I-)en Iain, Tyal,
    lEdwards, Gris.., IHarp, I irvell, Healy, IHendry of Lee,
    Hendry of Plolk, lHenry, Hilliard, Hill, Hopkins, Horsford,
    Hunter, Jackson, Jordan, Kiilg, Knight, Koonce, L'Engle,
    .,Leslie, Lewis, \cA li:-Ister, -McKeeown, McMullen, nIcWiliaits,
    MIorse, Overstreel, Palmer, Parrish, PParker, Patillo, Payne,
    Polot, Persons, Pons, zisney, Eawl .Russell, ,loan,
    Strickland, Stone, Turnbull, Waiinwrihlt, Walker, Watson,
    Watkins, Weakley, Whitneor, Will.er, Willlias lis, Wills,
    Wilson, Zewadski-66.
    A quorum present.
    Prayer by the Cha)l;lain.
    Upon motion of Mr. Watson of Oseola, the reading of the
    Jolrna)l was dispensed with.
    "The Journalwas read and approved.
    Upon motion of Mr. Walke]ir of Waka-lla. tlie courtesies
    of the House were extended to Captain Perkhill of JeHiferson.
    The Chair announced the change in the Standling Commit-
    tees:
    Mr. Whitner of Orange, for Public Roads and Highcwavy.
    Mr. B.aggett of Escambia, for Engrossed Bills.

    I NlT Ol I1( CITIO IN OF I-ES. )LIIT10 )N S

    Mr. Jordn of Mdin o i offered the following resolution:
    House Resolution No. 21:
    Resolved, That the Chief Clerk and the A.sistant. Chief
    Clerk have printed 200 copies of a Calendar of Bills and Res-
    olutions for the use of its members from day to day and that
    each be paid the sum. of seventy-five dollars for the extra
    service rendered.
    Which was adopted.









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    Mr. Palmer of Orange offered the following resolution:
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 22:
    By Mr. Palmer:
    Be it Resolved, That a committee of three from the House
    and two from the Senate be appointed to examine into the
    method of keeping the Journals of the two houses and to re-
    port their findings and recommendations.
    Which was read and laid over under the the rules.
    Mr. Koonce of Sumter offered the following resolution:
    Concurrent Resolution No. 23:
    By Mr. Koomre:
    Requiring the printing of the Journal of the House and
    Senate to be furnished in pamphlet form.
    Be it Resolved, by the House of Representatives, the Sen-
    ate concurring, That the Chairman of the Committee on
    Public Printing be authorized to instruct the State Printer
    to furnish to the members of the House and Senate the Jour-
    nals of the respective branches in pamphlet form in lieu of
    the present form now furnished, and that the State Printer
    be allowed such additional compensation for the work as is
    proper.
    Which was read and laid over under the rules.
    Mr. Walker of Wakulla offered the following resolution:
    House Joint Resolution No. 24:
    By, Mr. Walker:
    Whereas, The record of the proceedings of the Legislature
    as recorded by the Recording Clerk is never authenticated,
    and such record is never relied on by the Secretary of State
    or any other official or individual as showing the business
    transacted by the Legislature, and
    Whereas, The amount expended for such recording is of
    no benefit whatever to the State of Florida, therefore be it
    Resolved,. That the office of Recording Clerk of the House
    of Re.preselntatives is hereby abolished, bein. an ujnlla cessary
    and useless expense to the State.
    \V]Wich was read and laid over under the rules.
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 25:
    By Mr. Bradshaw of Hamilton:
    Be it resolved, by the House of Representatives of the
    State of Florida, the Senate concurring, That a joint commit-
    tee, two members from the House and one from the Senate, be
    appointed, the duty of which committee shall be to examine









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    an.d .lik a iioroug i \esiatiaii If1 the acl.ts and doings of
    the Iilroad I.Commi.oner.s, aid report o.n -the work accom-
    S ,lishd, by that I,!dy; a di to make a coplitrisol-n ofl th e I-reiglht
    rte anl. ptilSSnler l1aritf as now ies:ta.blish]ed bry the Railroa:
    Conl,-iiissioners, as they existed prior to the creation of said
    Railroad Conlission, indl to -revpori an itemttized statemelent of
    expenses iurred t to the ShIte by said Comnissioners since
    its existence aid to mtake reconnendation to the Legislt-
    ture as to the ad \isability of a continuation or a (diseonliinua-
    tion of said Railroad (Conission.
    Which was read and ordered to be placed with thle older
    of the day for to-_orrow:
    House Pesolution No. -(:
    By Mr. Russell of MiIroe:
    Resolved, by he Iloise of epres entatives, Tlht tie ion.
    Saunel Pasco, Wilki ;v-io Call anid J. P. Talliferreo, and other
    asp)irnts fior election to the Unitted St;nes Senaite be, and
    ,they are hereby invited to address the House on the issues
    ,of the day, the time to be such as may best suit, the conven-
    ience of the gentlem-l n aforesaid.
    Which was read and adopted.
    Joint Resolution No. 6:
    By Mr. Harvell, of Santa Rosa
    Joint Resolution relating to the el-etion of. United State-
    Senators by the people.
    Which was read the first t.ilte and referledl o tohe C(ommit-
    'tee on Constitutional Allmend lments.
    Joint RPesolution No. 7:
    By Mr. Chunn of Santa Rosn:
    Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to Setion 8,
    Article 5, of the Constitutionl of the Statle of Florida, relat-
    ing to the election of C(ircuit Judg'es in this State.
    Which was read tie first time (hand referred t to the lColummit-
    !tee :on Constitutional Amendmih entis.
    Mr. McM -illen of H1ilsborough offer-d le [f'oloing,.- reo-
    lution:
    House Joint Reso. l ihitn No. 3:
    By Mr. MeMuhlet-n.
    Proposing an atmeZndentl to Section 8, Artiloe I (of the
    Constitution, changing the .manxirm liiati-ion of county as-
    sessment for school pii..rposes from 5 to 8 mills.
    Which was read the first time and 9 referral to th te Corttnit.
    %tee on Constitutional Amendments.









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    INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

    By Mr. Watkins of Alachua:
    House Bill No. 48:
    "To be entitled an act relating to the importation and sale
    of vegetable seed in the State of Florida.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Commit-
    tee on Agriculture.

    By Mr. Parker of Brevard:
    House Bill No. 49:
    To be entitled an act to keep in repair all public roads and'
    bridges and to open new ,roads and to condemn the right of-
    way for same in the County of Brevard, State of Florida, and
    giving to said county certain rights and privileges, author-
    izing the levy of a special tax in each commissioner's dis-
    trict and providing the method by which said tax shall be
    levied and expended.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Commit-
    tee on Roads and HTighlw-Nvys.
    By Mr. Parker of Brevard:
    House Bill No. 50:
    To be entitled an act to ri.gulte the shooting of dlickls in
    the State of Florida.
    \\ l[icIl was read the first tine and refecrrnid t ihe CoiHm-it
    tee on Camlle.

    By Mr. Jackson of Citrus:
    House Bill No. 51:
    To be entitled an act to amend Section 2, Chapter 4581;
    being an act to repeal Chapter 4218, being an act to organize
    a County Court in and for Citrus County and prescribe the
    termIs thereof, etc.
    Which was re d the fii'4t tile aind r-ferred to the Judiciary

    By Mr. L'lngl0e of Duval:
    House Bill No. 52:
    To be entitled an act in relation to appellate proceedings
    and practice in civil causes.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Coi'm:it tee.
    6H









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    ,I:r Mr. I'Engle of )uval :
    RHouse Bill .No. 53:
    T. bae ititld i ain et to auttIorize tithe Boar.s of "nty
    'H4tijssioAler's (to protect nd(1 iolrovTw proper 01 d11] r(odls H-ind
    t Jake ss ts s (" n leillts for j, ,-i. Ai t! to )Ovid, l titl 1i e and
    tn 1. 1e, r ] p ; iif.nt for n ) Il to is.-l 1 t .,I I' ollds t1l'rc,-




    rI' Io i ' o l o io s id 11 t 'li .' .
    W u'ilcI WI a.is re l.'; the first tilll o ;mll rIe'li rr' i' o to 1 il-' Ih ill i-i
    ti.' 01 Roads 1d :igihwa s.
    y L'lMr, L'Engle of Duval:
    touseI .Billl NoI. 54:
    be e tiitfled( an act to provide fo.,r 1 te 1 11 cellalionr of
    .v sale crtfifitires for lands s,11.1/ to Hie Stat,- prior t Po lSS7
    ,-d for io li le dispositim of said ,ettieil_ es.
    Wlici. .iWas read lthie first .ti-e nd re leiro red to to li ('Co -
    r 'it.e1 on R iii.e1, 'nc a;..';I action.
    ByV Mr. L'Engle of DTuval: d
    ttloiisc Bill No. So :
    "T'o be. elille l n aIC iiikins ):ro])riations for milioryt
    -ptinses ii9ii'rr'I d by Ile. Slate during ti.e war with Splin.


    y Mr. ('lolrl ofDn)llv;


    ar'\t._. ;i(l i al .'onyi'(l im .s ton" unict )ion' l and to prescribe pen-
    1 Li.es for its \iN ion.,
    WVilich was read 1fh.e fir it i Iill 1 rflrel to t!ihe Jidiciary
    < t,'>in i i i .1 ,
    By Ale. i'rk of Duva] '
    H o.se ,Iil, No. I :
    enitit1ed .;imi act to Ire.o uire in ti .1.e di..rl oi i the
    r . o' ril;, the injured p ary in m i _it-.itedl personal l. dam -,'tie
    < -.; "l,, t;o nl)ii to a p. l y ied', i: exam iti tion I elatin- it his or
    t o '( dlld ition Iat the lile o tr.iala'.e ann the r le and extent
    t' )' 11e inj 1ri stied for andl to provide, for thl e appointment
    .. examining pliysicins or exl'ert.s and the fiing of tllheir
    <:t'.i'p i In ;Id its flxalion as a part of Ie e] .sisof the

    \ which \\; s read t(II, first time ndoil .re! ,rrol to t li J udi;:ia.ry
    *( ^ f .n i t i1








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    By Mr. Clhrk of Duval:
    House Bill No. 58:
    To be entitled an act in !relation to surety on official bonds
    of State and County officers.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Clark of Duval:
    House Bill No. 59:
    To be entitled an act in relation to payment of premium
    of bonds of trustees, et al.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Hilliard of Escambia:
    House Bill No. 60:
    To be entitled an act to amend Sections 2 and 6, Chapter
    4048, Laws of Florida, being an act to regulate the inspection
    and sale of beef, and to repeal Chapter 3613, Laws of Flor-
    ida, approved February 16, 1885; also Chapter 3897, LaWs of
    Florida, approved May 31, 1889.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Hilliard of Escambia:
    House Bill No. 61:
    To be entitled an act to amend Section 21 of Chapter 4338,
    Laws of 1895,,Approved May 29th, 1895.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Hilliard of Escambia:
    House Bill No. 62:
    To be entitled an act relating to liens of real estate agents.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Griggs of Franklin:
    House Bill No. 63:
    To be entitled al ac t for t11i protection and preservation
    of the natural or public oyster beds within the jurisdieltion
    of the county of Franklin, State of Florida.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Conunit-
    tee on Fisheries.
    By Mr. Griggs of Franklin:
    House Bill No. 64:
    To be entitled an act to amend Sections 1752 and 1703,









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    Article 1, ( Chapter 6., T'it.lJ 7, Part 2, of the Revised Statutes
    of the State of Florida.
    ''lWhich was rIeal the tirst time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Hunter of Hamliltoni:
    House Bill No. 65Z:
    To be entitled an act to amienld Chliapt-er 4147, Laws of
    Florida, apprLoved June 2d, 1.893.
    Which was read the first time a]nd referred : to the Judiciary
    Coinrtittee.
    By Mr. Davant of tHelrlanlldo:
    House Bill No. 66:
    To be entitled an act to iiamend(. Sections 978 and 979 of
    the Revised Stat.u1tes.
    Which was read the 1irt time ;ld referredll' to the Judiciary
    (om iit tee.
    By Mr. Davant of Hernvi do:
    House Bill No. 67:
    To be entitled an a,.t to amend Sectio. 1443 of tlie Re-
    vised Statutes, as amended by Chapter 4131.
    Which was read the first time and referred to tlheb Jdieiary
    Colmmiittee.
    By Mir. Davant ofl Hernando:
    House Bill No. 68.:
    To be entitledil an aict to amend Section 1808 of t.lle Re-
    vised Sta-tutes.
    Which was real t.he first time annd referred to the Juldiciary
    Coiiiin ittee.
    By Mr. Davant of Hiernanldo:
    House Bill No. 69:
    To be entitled an act to fix the compensation of assignees
    in assessments for the benefit of creditors.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Cotm ittee.. ....
    By Mr. Davant of Hernando:
    House Bill No. 70:
    To be entitled ain act dire-cting a settlement with W. S.
    Jenulings of the judgment in favor of the State of Florilda
    against said W. S. Jennings, as surety on the bond of C. B.
    Collins, ex-State Treasurer, and that the Attorney-(ener;i
    enter satisfaction of said judgment.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Commit-
    mitrtee on Clainms.










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    By Mr. Wilder of Hillsborough:
    House Bill No. 71:
    To be entitled an act to amend the charter of the Alafia,
    Manatee & Gulf Coast Railway Company.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Commit-
    fee on Railroads and Telegraphs.
    By Mr. Willis of Levy:
    House Bill No. 72:
    To be entitled an act to amend Section 2, Chapter 4214,
    Laws of Florida, being an act to better protect the oyster
    "beds of this State, approved May 30th, 1893.
    Which was read the first time and referred to thle Commit-
    tee on Fisheries.
    By Mr. Payne of Marion:
    House Bill No. 73:
    To be entitled an act to repeal Section 260 of Revised
    Laws of Florida.
    .Which was read the first time and. referred to the Commit-
    tee on Education.
    By Mr. Zewadski of Marion:
    House Bill No. 74:
    To be entitled an act authorizing the Governor to appoint
    from Reprce.enti;tives and Senators-elect, committees to visit
    the various institutions of the State prior to the convening
    of the Legislature of 1901 and every two years thierea fter.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Denham of Monroe:
    House Bill No. 75:
    To be entitled an act making the State Health Officer
    Treasurer of State Board of Health and providing for his'
    bond as Treasurer.
    Whiieh was read h c first ti1e1ni. d 1 rf','.,i toIh Ji.li.iary
    Colrnli.it oe.
    By MAr. ID.ih-i of Mi Aoiro
    House Bill No. 76
    To be entitled an act to create a State Bureau of Vital
    Statistics and a registrar thereof, and requiring reports of
    births and deaths, and providing a penalty for failure to make
    such reports.
    Which was rend tlhe fi istt tim le antd reflrlrod to the Judiciary
    . committee.












    By Mr. Denham of Monroe:l
    Hos110 BFill No. ': .
    ,To be entitled a.n act re( u ltin- t.i l- re i.1 iein of. s"lupicious
    (cases -,of CIontia'ious 1or intfectiolu disse:as(s, presciribing the d u-
    iies of thle State1 and MNhfiicipal autlloiorities therein, :and pro-
    "vidiiig :folr' iiecssry co,:s and experJses thereof.
    W ihlch was read hlie fiit tiie andIa r-ferrvd to lit Com-
    mittee on Public I--,tll.
    B y Mr.. I-ssell of Monroe
    House Bill No. 78: r
    To be entitled an act proiding for tIhe sanilary inpe,-
    tion of boarding houses and hotels.by the State Bol.ard of
    Health, and prescribing a penalty for ailing t,,o plh alnd
    keep said building in sanitary condition.
    Which was read the Oirst time an r1ferredt ti ti i til-
    t.e on Pub:lic 1 Healthl.
    By Mr. Watson of Osceola:
    Ho(s1e Bill No. 9:
    To be entitled an act to prohibit. anyone from placing
    water hyacinths in any of the streams or0 waters of ,the Stat(
    of Florida, and to prescribe a. penalty theeflor.
    Whic-h. wAs read the first time al referrvd to the Co(nmmit-
    tee on Colnmierce anld vi 'tio;i.
    By Mr. Watson of Oseoln :
    l. House Bill No. 80:.
    To 1li, entitled an a.: to re ,f ulte the b1trni,. oI tfhei woods.
    forests, prairie lands in e(-o}a County, Fla.
    Which was read the l'-st, tine and referred to I (I Comtlnit-
    tee oi Agriculture.
    ,y Mr. Watson iof Oseo:
    Horse Bill No. 81:
    To be entitled an ail, creating tle ocnl t i Si"t' e Ai ditor6
    and d.finin, his duti's.
    W lhiehi was read the iirsil. t t., ni t r'.,rrrd .lt i It, Judi8ciairy
    Coadit he:
    By MI r. Wtslon of. Osolia.
    SHo-s1 B.ill No. S:
    To be entitled an c-t, for the preservation, of wild deer,
    birds, and other game ;nd to prescribe the tita e vwit-hin which.










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    t:hey' may Il1e in(ted d pr's crbin.g.a penaltyy for any vio-
    lation ther'-of., .
    Which wa.s read the iirst time and referred to the Com-
    i ittee on Game.
    By M-r. Overitrelet of Smvmiii-o:
    House Bill No. 83:
    To be entitled an act to .'regult the (aIrrying' of irealr-m
    iand other .weapons.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. L'Engle of Duval:
    House Bill No. 84::
    To be entitled an act to make an appropriation in aid of a
    monument coilnenmorative of the Battle of Olustee and to..
    provide for a commission to expend said appropriation.
    Was read the first time and referred to the Covimmitt ee oon-
    Finance and Taxation.
    By Mr. Clark of Duval:
    House Bill No. 85":
    To be entitled an act to provide for the erection of a m.oIn-
    ument to the memory of Major-General William W. Loring.
    SWhich was read the.first time and referred to the Conu.nit-
    tee on A]ppropr1iation.s.
    By Mr. McNamee of Lake:
    House Bill No. 86:
    To be entitled an act to prom\ide for establishlinl workn ,
    repairing and maintaining the public roads and bridges i-,
    Lake County, Fla.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Commit-
    tee( on Public Roads and Highways.
    MESSAGES.
    '1The olh,1 \ving coni i 1 .1 l .rbi1tion w received IrI thl
    lTHon. Johli L. lravwforld, Seretary of State:
    Office If the Siecrtary of St1te.
    Tallahassee, Fla., April 7th, (8.99.
    Hoii. Robert McNanice,
    Speaker of the House of Represenotatives:
    Sir-In confor.mity,with the requirements of the Constitu-
    tion of the State of Florida, I hrIewith transmit to you, ,









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    the consideration of the House of R1presenltatives, t fl fol-
    lowing vetoed act, with the (Govevrnor's objloetionr thiereto at-
    tached:
    "An act to amend Section one (1) of an Iat -'stablis1hing a
    fine and forfeiture -fund in the several countiess, regulating
    the payenta, of criminal cost, autlhorizinj.. a R.special ta- for
    said cost, and providing for the feed of :prisaoners and hire
    of coilviets, IapprMoved April 20th. 1895,, a -,iin.eii d by Chap-
    ter 4325, TLv; od Florida.

    Y r-"y re.spe-f 41fiill
    JiNO. L. CI\kAWFO jID,
    l ltar f St. .
    IWhichl was read.
    'The following inm .essagoe was relied frol tle governorr
    Stfatt1 of Florilda, E,-xecutiv, Doeparh ent,
    Tallh -se, li., Jun- 1J, 1897.

    j1on. Jo0.hnl L. (Cra wtforda,

    Secret-bry of Slate, CaopitlA ,

    Sir: In aeordlai-,e wit-h S cti-o .8, Article ,L the
    Constitution, I hereby file in t I Ofiet 1 of 1t11 SR:,t!'l.'try of
    ,tatie, wi lthout my approval:
    "iAn act. to amRIun Section 1 ,' an ;,t.'t etalishiit a line
    and forfeitivre fund in the -everal ,oitJes, r,.,lai ,,'g thz
    j)ayiinit of criimina] costs, author,,ini a s,_,i! t or said
    costs, and iproidi g for the feed of priso.Is; an' d hir, of con-
    Cvicts, approved Apr;l '0Ith, lS!, as i,.,!lnddt i (l lihapter
    4325, Laws ot Florida."'
    My objection to the ill is that it i:- i iip1 a 'ipliat of a
    bill that haIs al-reldy I(oI.n a l:iw at ti.e re t sssion o t4h.
    Legisloat liro, and of on -s nseless on that naoni al.


    W 'D. I lji.N11. AM NI
    G* o ri ov .or
    Which. was r, aI









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    And upon the passage of the act, the objections of the
    Governor to the contrary notwithstanding, the vote was:
    Yeas--Nonle.
    Nays--Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baggett, Bowen, Bi.rdshaw,
    Clark, (h'n1111, Coleinan, Corbett, Cox, Denhamu, Dyal, Ed-
    wards, G riggs, Harp, Harvell, Healy, Hendry of Lee, Hendry
    of Polk, Henry, Hilliard, Hill, Hopkins, Horsford, Hunter,
    Jackson, Jordan.. 'King, Knight, Koonce, L'Engle, Leslie,
    Lewis, McAllister, McKeown, McMullen, McWilliams, Morse,
    Overstreet, Palmer, Parrish, Parker, Patillo, Payne, Pelot,
    Persons, Pons, Raney, Rawls, Russell, Sloan, Strickland,
    Stone, Turnbull, Wainwright, Walker, Watson, Watkins,
    Weakley, Wilder, \illiams, Willis, Wills, Wilson, Zewadski
    -64.
    So the objections of the Governor were sustained.
    Mr. Clark of Duval offered the following resolution:
    Resolved, That the courtesies of the floor of the House
    be extended to Hons. Samuel Pasco, Wilkinson Call, and
    James P. Taliaferro during their stay in the city.
    Which was read and adopted.
    Mr. Clark moved:
    That the House proceed to the election of an Assistant
    Speaker.
    Which was agreed to.
    Mr. Clark nominated the HIon. Mr. Hilliardl of Escambia.
    Mr. Walker moved:
    That Mr. Hilliard of Esealnmbi) i be elected by acclamation.
    Which was agreed to.
    And Mr. Hilliard of Escomrdni was unanimously elected.
    Assistant Speaker.
    Mr. Walker linove(d:
    Tbr.h a ,oiniiiiltee of tlir'.. be appointed to notify Mr. Hil-
    liird 'f Es.u.Ini:Nm of his l'Ii(in and eseirt, him to IlOe lmiair
    \lWhich wWas agreed to.
    And Messrs. Walker of Wakulla, Clark of Duval and
    Sri.ggs of Franklin were appointed such committee.
    The comlnittee having appointed the duty assigned them
    were discharged.
    On motion of Mr. Zewaildski tlhe {House a nljoirnuid Iuntil
    Mii V, 10 ,o'- l i A., M.









    9(



    T'he HRouse met pursira'ti to tad jopir nt1 t.
    .The Speaker in the char.
    The r.ll bein,' eall. d 1 the followiliNg i-nhers 1Idiel6d t
    their nam., s:
    Mr. Spealker, es.rs.. Bl.get'i, Bowcil I .iri .sll;.-w, Clairk
    Ch(uin, Co-leoan, (Crltt, (tox c la1iat, Denhai, DyVi, Ed-
    wards. Good, G-riigs, Lrp, la;ir'vell, Healv. lhendrv of Lee,
    Hlendr(y of 11Polk, He-Try, -li d, Hill, H-khins, Hlstordl,
    Iur1ntt'r, JJil cbk.-o JordI I- in d, 'ht,i K onIe, .L'E 'le,
    "L LeIie, Lewi Ai, A1\ltI, (i!1-i'iri, IMcKeowi;, M-c1\[ftllen,
    MiW'i]hliais, NIorse, Overstireet. Pllin)er, P2rk.r, lPatillo,
    Pavy e, PIot, .l'rson ..., Pons. Iailev, Ui wl-s, Russell, sloan,
    Strickl,(-, Stdn,, Tiuxnill, Wia:inXvXria(!r W. lki'v WAtst:on,
    WatktinIs, WVlii.tler, WiblId, \Villi:i.. W.illis. Wilk,. WVilsu,
    Zewaidki----6.
    A quorum rVsl,1,,t1. *
    Pray -y by the Chaplain.
    NM1r. Wilder, of lillsh oroi-ugh moved:
    'Piiatf the further reaidirg of the J(aurti:dl (1 di-'e d with
    during the session until [r- tler ordered.
    There being no I(or rectit.no lt ie Journal, the same was or-
    derIed pI)(,roved.a.
    Tpon not aiin of MN. .IeIIry .of W;il(i the olirl'tsics of the
    iouso1e were .'itended to Prof. ha'irp, of t-i Norial College.
    I.ton notion of Mr MMullei- of Hillsoro. agh."tlhe courte-
    sies o tie THi ,I were exitetd-ed to o11. Peter 0. Kniglid. of

    Mr. Raney of Le:on fITrd t[lhe following eoimunmieation

    Slate Nornial and Indtistrial College,
    T.allahassec, Fla., Ap].il 10, 10, 8.
    rTo the Hon. Speaker and Membels ltoilse RepresIllCativ's.
    Ltislatour State Florida:
    G0tlleirien-- I- b[-half of the State Tieabreris' Assoeialioit
    (c lored) I e.: to exte ,d to e Dah and4L1 all a-n earnest inviitation
    io visit tlhe -esions which are to be held in this eity at MAn-
    ro's Opera House, obnin iirg ot Tuesliai, ilite iit. inst., at









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    10.A a ., and lasting through Titihursd(ay, i:that you may witness
    whatever evidence'of progress the race has made, and thereby
    be disposed to kindly continue the educational facilities you
    hlve hitherto granted for pronotiion to better citizenship.
    T. DeS. TUCKER,
    President said Association.
    Which was read.
    Mr. McWilliams of St. Johns moved:
    That the communication be recorded and that the thanks,
    of the House be extended to the writer.
    SMr. Zewadski of Marion offered the following resolution:
    Resolved, by the House, That the Judiciary Committee of
    the House be allowed a clerk for the remainder of the session,
    or until such time as the chairman of said committee deter-
    mine that the services of said clerk can be dispensed with.
    Which was read and adopted.
    Mr. Clark of Duval offered the following resolution:
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 28:
    By Mr. Clark:
    Be it Resolved, by the House of eprles nt'at-ives, the Sen-
    ate concurring, That a committee consisting or three on the
    part of the House and two on t-i : part. o' he Senate, be
    appointed to visit the TWest Florida Seminaiiry and the S;ate
    Normal and Industrial College, and investigate and report
    on the management and condition of said institution,.
    Which was read and laid over under the rules.
    Mr. Henry of Walton, offered the following resolution:
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 29:
    By Mr. Henry:
    Be it Resolved, by the House of lepire.senita lives, the Sen-
    ate conc)llrrinu, That there be a comi liittee of Iil, consisting
    of three (-n lle part of the HouIse and two on the ipart: lf lhe
    Senate, appl:ointed to ilnvistigatie a -in report upon tie condli-
    tion of the. Quarantine Station at Pensacola, Fla.
    Which was read and laid over under the rules.
    Mr. Persons of Columbia offered the following resolution:
    House Concurrent Resolution No. 30:
    By Mr. Persons:
    SBe it Resolved, by the House of Representatives ,the Sen-
    ate concurring, That a committee of two from the Hoirue and











    "one from the Senate be appointed to investigate the lands
    belonging to the estate of John F. Dunn, deceased, and report
    how manm of the same hlave been sold t tthe State of Florida
    for taxes, and how many to' individuals, and at what time t.ih
    period will expire for redeeming same, and that Treasurer
    \Whitfield be requested to detail a clerk expert in :tiat'.trs ot
    investigating tax sales and tax reudenmpti.ons, o assist said
    coli nittee.
    Which was read and laid over under the rules.
    Mr. (Ilot of anaiee offered the following resoha.ion .
    By Mr. Pilot of Manatee:
    Resolved, That the Secretary of State be reqiustoed to fur-
    nish si.xty-eight copies of the Coinsittiution of the St toe of
    Florida, for the use of the members of ti T, ouse, tgt., her
    with all the amencidments thereto.
    Which was read and adopted.
    Mr. Bai'eIt of E.-c;-hi offered (i- follow inf r-, ,,l ti ,i 1:
    Iouae Ci(-a.!rreit Itesoluionii No. 32:
    By Mr. BE;;et.i of EL- 'rnhi:i:
    P.esol.vdl. by the TToue of R 'Irese ntlativ, the Senate con-
    c:ll'rilni. That a (crinitlee of two on the pirt of the.House
    and one from. tl1 Senate, 1e a pointed to visit and investigate
    the coid it in of Ilh State R eform School e for Juvenil-s, lo-
    cated near Marianna, Jackson Counltly.
    Which was read the first time and laid ovir under thl- rules
    irr. Sloan of Polk of'rd t.1 follow int1 r1e4qI t:
    By IMr. SAiox iof Polk:
    Mr. Sp:kkr: I r.(Iiest that ithe cortsi;. f ,t e HIUase
    be e\x 1,nld to Hon. W. Jordan DPuur-lce., ex-inei-b1 r of the
    L.isturl, fron' Polk 'iolnv, also to Dr. hruton of Lake
    City.
    Whlii1) was Inrato]i.
    By -Mr. MN el l o, Lake, Speak:er
    At the request of Robelrt MeNanu of Lake, L. E. Dozier
    is extelndl:ed the iprivileges of the floor for tl' t-im be aI;r be

    Which w'is ordrcl sjpr';d upon tl- Joirnll.
    fly Mr. DonIl;tiii of' l ioiro'
    A r. S4p,;k the session be uei';i,' Ien ril I to iioni.
    W in [\ ^o ,1;. nTbti<'.









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    By Mr. Turnbull ofI .letltersol):
    That the privileges of the floor be extenllled to ex-United
    States Marshal S. Puleston during the session of this HIouse.
    Which was granted.

    INTRODUCTION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

    By Mr. Parker of Brevard:
    House Bill No. 87:
    To be entitled an act to incorporate the Florida Mutual In-
    surance Company and to provide when and how said company
    may lawfully do business in this State.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Parker of Brevard :
    House. Bill No. 88:
    To be entitled an act to incorporate the Florida Surety Com-
    pany and to provide and give said company authority to ap-
    point an agent who shall be authorized and empowered by law
    to investigate, examine and report to the Governor of the
    State, or to the municipality the.financial condition of all of-
    ficers. State, County and Municipal, of: this State, who are
    reqifired by law to give bond.
    \W hi e was read the first time and riefernd to the Com-
    mittee on City and County Organqiz;,tioi.
    By Mr. Parker of Brevard:
    House Bill No. 89:
    To be entitled an act relating to the County Courts of the
    State of Florida, and to provide for holding the regular and
    special terms thereof, when the Judge of said Court is sick
    or disqualified from any cause whatever.
    Which was read the first time and referred i. the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Parker of Brevaird:
    House Bill No. 90:
    To be entitled an act to regulate the ca.tehing or taking of
    fish in the waters of Brevard County now open to fishing un-
    der Chapter 4215, Laws of Florida. '
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Commit-
    tee on Fisheries.









    94



    By Mr. Parlkr of Brvard:.
    IHouse Bill No. 91:
    To !I.e entitled an ict to i'I'orporate the Ti.,ilt. Cana-
    veral aii [ ninsulnar ailrroad Company.
    Which was read tlhe first time and refrr]ed to th1 Coimmit-
    an Railroads and Telegraph.
    By Mr. Knhlight of Columbia:
    House Dill o, 92:
    To be enut(itledl n ;ot t. o provide for tIe pub lieuti f htlie
    delinquiint, tax:i of lis i f t ih svoral counllie. of the t:aIt.
    WVhieli was re.ad the first tiUie aind rfflrVro1l to h, ibm tonl-
    mittee on Finaince aId T;axation.
    By AMr. King of D.Solo:
    House Bill No. 93:
    To be enti-itled an act to autihorize the Cities an.d T'own. of
    Florida to levy and collect taxes fr tr.le supji ort ft Com.-
    mon Scliools.
    Which was read the Iirst tiin and referred to the Commit-
    tee on Education. '
    Bd Mr. Davant of .lerinndo:
    THouso Bill No. 9-1:
    To be entitled an act for the relief of Frank E. Sa:t.l,
    Clerk of the Circuit Court for Hernmando County.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the ,Commlit-
    tee on Claims.
    By Mr. McMlullen of H1illsboru1.h :
    House Bill No. 9.:
    To be entitled an act tI fix a. penalty for wilfil ind ina-
    licio us injuries to ldalms.
    Which was read the first time andl r-ferredl to the Judicialry
    Colmllitt ee.
    By Mr. ,Mc\MuIllen of llillsborough:
    House Bill No. 96:
    To ble entitled :an act to amend Sectiomi 591 of the iRevised
    Statutes of the State of Florida, defining tlihe )purp ses for
    and prescribing and regulating thie manner in which county
    bonds imay issue., '
    lVWlich was read tlhe first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.









    95



    By Mr. Wilder of Hillsborough:
    House Bill No. 97:
    To be entitled an act amnlnding Section 2840, Revised
    Statites of the State of Florida, relating to Criminal Jurisdic-
    tion of Justices of the Peace.
    Which was read the first time and referrei to thl Juliciary
    ConIlnitee.
    By Mr. Wilder of Hilihorough:
    House Bill No. 98:
    To be entitled an act granting unto Justices of the Peace,
    throughout the State of Florida, jurisdiction in causes of for-
    cible entry and unlawful detainer.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Wilder of Hillsborough:
    House Bill No. 99:
    To be entitled an act granting jurisdiction to Justices of the
    Peace of the State of Florida, in matters relating to recovery
    of possession by landlord of lands and tenements from de-
    lin(lie]lnt tenants.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By! Mr. Turnbull of Jefferson:
    House Bill No. 100:
    To be entitled an act to regulate the method of talking tes-
    tHiliony by deposition.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Hopkins of Leon:
    House Bill No. 101:
    To be entitled an act relating to the power of Circuit Court
    Judges in cases where the regular panel of jurors has been
    q'uashed for irregularity in the drawing, them of or for other

    Whlih was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee. ...
    By MA'r. Hopkins of Leon:
    House Bill No. 102:
    To be entitled an act relating to expert witnesses, fixing
    their compensation, and prescribing a mode of paying the
    .same.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Comn mittee. *










    .... y 'M r. Hendry of :,
    lHoi-:e Hill No. "103:
    To be e.t iled an ,(.i to anild an act enti le-d an act to
    amend Section !;;, (lhaplter- 20, Iievised Statutes of loida,
    relating to Pilot Conllnissimuers to be appointed and to act
    as port watCds ,-r
    Which w s read the first time and refcrcInd to the (onnmil-
    tee on Commerce and Naviga;tin;l.
    B v -'MI. I1 jndriy of Le:
    RTowse Biil No. 104:
    To be :entitled.. an act to clIpel owners ohf fenes ,rossinu
    roads on hiighways to, onstriict gates and to grade ithe land
    so that persio:s traveliing such roads and highways may open
    and cloe the same dryshod.
    Which was read the first time and referred t the (.c ,t omnii-
    tee on R.oads and BTighiway .
    By Mr. Hendry of Lee:
    House Bill No. 105:
    To be lntit.led an act to ai, -td "Section 192, Title 5,
    tide 11, Revised Statutes of Florida, relative to fthe pay of
    County Judges of this State.
    Which was read the first timae and vreferroed th tle Judiciary
    Cou ,mittei. : .
    By Mr. Jlor-ford of Liberty:
    House Bill No. 106:
    To be entitled an act to amend Section 1 of (l1iapter 1 ,
    Laws of Florida, concerning' State Pensions.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee.
    By Mr. Iborsford of Libertty:
    1Honae Bill No. 107:
    To be entitled an act to amend Secti-o 1 and 2, C(!i;pt-T
    4520, Laws of Florida, cocerlning Taxation.
    Which was read the first time andl referred to othe Co tinit-
    tee on Finances and Taxation.

    By Mr. Leslie of Madis1on:
    'House Bill No. 108:'
    To be entitled an iact to define RuIule .ays.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Committee. *











    By Mr. Z(eA adski of .Marionl!
    House Bill No. 109:
    To be entitled an act authorizing the Co(uty Caneisosiolner
    to let by c.,ntraet the feeding of the prisoners of the respect-
    ive counties in the State and to fix a Inaxil\imum price to he
    pai d.
    Which \\wi- read the first time and referred to the Judiciary
    Comm ittee.
    By Mr. Palmer of Orange:
    House Bill :No. 110: "
    To be entitled an act to prol ide for the appointment of a:
    State Board of Medli-al Examiners of the Eclectic School of
    Medicine and to prescribe the ijualifclations, duties and powers
    of said Board.
    Which was read the first time and ref''rred to the Com-
    "mittee on Public Health.
    "By Mr. Whitner of Orange:
    House Bill No. 11:
    To be entitled an act to repeal Chapter 1t8-I (No. -14), Lar i
    of Florida, being an act entitled an act for the protection
    and preservation of food fishes in the fresh waters, rivers,.
    creeks, bl3ayous or streams in the State of Florida and to pre-
    vent the hauling and drawing of seines, nets, therein.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the (Co i--
    iee on Fisherie(s.
    By Mr. Watson of Osccoul :
    House Bill No. 112:
    To be ,entitled an act to provide for the working of the-
    public roads of the State and the working of convict there-
    on.
    \\hich was- read the first time and referred to the Jiadli,.i,,'V

    Bv Mr. I Lendry of ]oll
    Hous I Bil] No. 11 ":.
    To be erllitld I..n :1t for' I pri s.rittion of C(ii in lrue
    St;ite of Florida and to empower the County Co'iiiissioners
    to p'rtect the same.
    "Whicih was read the first time and referredi to the Commit-
    tP ( on G(ne.
    By Mr. M1eWilliams of St. Jhnin:
    House Bill No. 114:
    To i etil n .- f i hat
    7,n









    98



    1 Iaws of Florid a, approve d 1May ?I. I- 00 r-.:l.n ., i'r' l
    nd o4 llecti,.n of hail io( -ds.
    W which waN r11ad the first tin, and rel'f, .d 't t]'i -lit iry
    I'om4 1ittee.
    By Mr. K(ooncK1 of 0Sidt'
    House Bill No. 115:
    To be enti1tlecd an act (lo proliiit the ; 2nirri.(. 1t, lf 1, n-wi. ld
    A('e p).ons and to i pnvide a pin;lTaly tlhirrefr.
    Which was 9ead t-I first tiIl' a n4' rfi'lr d to i f Jt '. l li-,;.:y
    CoIn Imittee.
    BY Mr. (4Co 4lit1 (of S v\1\ 1 n41,:
    1o'liuse I\ill N:o. 116:
    To be 'nftitled a act authorr 1 izin 114 n..i y 4. 1on .Ius1 -
    .sioTrs to apply ,cirtiin ines and ,other. money rising froin
    io.(l ictions in cases of hla ren y to payin i o 1 W4l ,'1ner for
    the goods or things stolen.
    Which was read the firsl tin e1 and rfcrred t1' tlIe ,Jeldiu.iry

    Hiy Mr. \ ( .Irs1tr1et of 1uwati' :
    House Bill No. 117:
    To be entitled an arct tlh;1i t1r' e -nV )-r,. 4n. 4r1,stl'
    \ iilbo i a \ arrant.
    W which \ld al th l,0e first ti ,m i d 1 c r61t ,,1 d t1 e 1 t4 i ., .14 -1 r
    Cominiittee. '
    By 1.r. Henry of Wallon:
    111ouse Bill No,. 11.8:
    To be ,t lli a1d an ,-t i c i l SeoLi,.n 1 13 of t1, R1,1is:s.d
    S;l{tt t of Florida, 'iltin, to t1'ial of .causes before Jus-
    tices of the Pea. and o nt1y ud'e.s .as ex-ot-ii, J1stices
    of 111 i 4eac4.
    N W hicI was rXI .:d1 h1- firit 1in a( d r ',rrd Io 1 4, 11 .1 ,1_udi"'iary

    -B Mir. Chunit of S.a fi 11osa .
    I louse Jolint 1 esolutioi No. 8:
    Proposing an. amendlment to Section 15, Arti'-l,. 5, fI1 t1he
    Constilutioi of the SIate of Florida, relative to the a', .tio of
    SState Attorneys IhyJ direct vote of the people.
    Which wa,- reI';l1d the firstt finw a.nd refer rd to the ( 1111nit-
    tee on Con.t114il 4tini .i1n dilel kts.









    99



    By Mr. Walker of Wakulla:
    House Joint Resolution No. 10:
    Proposing amendments to Sections 1, ', 3 ana1 44 of Artid.
    VII., of the Constitution of the State of Florida, relating .to
    Senators and members of the House of Representatives of the
    State of Florida.
    Which was read the first time and referred to the C(ommit-
    tee on Constitutional Amendments.

    ORDERS OF THE DAY.

    Concurrent Resolution No. 6:
    Relative to the State convict camps.
    Which was read the second time.
    Mr. Jackson of Citrus moved that the resolution be
    .adopted.
    Which was agreed to.
    Concurrent Resolution No. 8:
    Relative to employment of attaches and other help.
    Mr. Wilder of Hillsborough moved that the resolution be
    e;dopted.
    Which was agreed to.
    Concurrent Resolution No. 11:
    Relative to a committee being appointed to visit the sev-
    eral colleges of the State.
    Mr. Persons of Columbia moved that the resolution oe
    adopted.
    Which was agreed to.
    Concurrent Resolution No. 12:
    Relative to the appointment of a committee to investigate
    the State Normal School at DeFuniak Springs.
    Mr. Parrish of Holmes moved that the resolution bh
    adopted.
    Which was agroe ed to.
    Concurrent ,Resolution No. 14:
    Relative to a Visiting Committee.
    Which was read.
    Mr. Persons of Columbia moved to lay the resolution upon
    the table.
    Upon the call of the roll the vote was:
    Yeas-Messrs. Bradslhaw, 'Dl)van.t, Harp, Hendry of PIlk,









    100



    /Henry, Jack-,n, ].sliy, l..\llistkr. OverstreI., Persons,
    Whitn er-11.
    _Nays--Mr. Speaker, Me.srs. Rowen, (lark, Chunn, Cole-
    man, Corbett, Cox, Denham, i)Dyal, Edwards, Goode, (riggs,
    Harvell, Healy, Hendry of Lee, Iilliard, Hill, Hopkins,
    Horsford, Hlnt:er, 'Jordiani, King, Knight, L'Engle, Lewis,
    Me( Git in, M[eKeown, MeMullen, MeWilliamns, Morse, Palmer,.
    Parker, Patillo, Payne Pelot, Pons, Raney, Rawls, Russell,.
    S.]an, Strickland, Stone, Turnbull, 'Wainwrigit, Walker,.
    Watson, Watkins, Wilder, William I s, Willis, Wills, Wison,
    Zwa.dski-53.
    So the resolution was not laid upon the table.
    Mr. Watson of OseC'ola l Imoved that the resolution uh
    adopted.
    Which was agreed to.
    Concurrent Reso'.tion No. 1.5:
    Relative to appointment of comlittiee to visit the Florida
    AsyluiL for the Insane.
    Mr. Griggs of Franklin moved thal t1e resolution be
    adopted.
    Which was agreed to.
    Concurrent Resolution No.
    Relative to the Florida Coast Line Calnal and Tlranspolrta-
    tion Company.
    Which was read the second time.
    Mr. Hendry of Lee offered the following am-iendment:
    "Provided, however, That such investigation shall not cover
    any period covered by the investigation made by the Legisla-
    turie of 1.89.'"
    Which was not adopted.
    Mr. Walker of Wakulla. offered the following amendment:
    Strike out the words "Twenty days," and insert, "As early
    as practicable."
    Mr. Walker of Wakulla moved that the amendment be
    adopted.
    Which was not agreed to.
    Mr. Zewadski of Marion offered the following amendment ul
    After the words "T\weity days," add the words., "Fr'o
    their appointment."
    \VWiech was accepted. *





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