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RESOLUTIONS.

Mr. MYERS introduced the following resolution :

Resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring, That one thousand (1,000) copies of the Inaugural Address of His Excellency the Governor be printed for the use of members of the General Assembly.

Ordered for consideration on Monday next.

GENERAL ORDERS.

The Senate proceeded to the consideration of General Orders on the Calendar, to wit :

Bill (hy Mr. Cochran) to reduce the number and regulate the pay of officers, attachees, clerks and lacorers of the General Assembly, and to provide the manner of electing, appointing and paying the same.

The above Bill was read by its title, and referred to the Committee on Retrenchments.

Bill (by Mr. Cochran) to require State officers to report promptly to the General Assembly;

Bill (by Mr. Cochran) to repeal Sections 55, 56 and 57, Title IV, Chapter CXX, of the Revised Statutes, relating to certain liens ou crops.

The above Bills were read by their titles, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Resolution (by Mr. Jeter) to appoint a Committee of five to investigate and report by what authority and for what reasons the doors of the State House, public offices and halls of legislation are guarded by United States troops and State constabulary.

On the question of agreeing to the resolution,

After debate, participated in by Messrs. Whittemore, Bowen, Cannon,
Green, Johnston, Jeter, Swails,
Mr. SWAILS called for the

yeas
and

pays.
The
yeas

and nays were taken, and resulted as follows: Yeas-Messrs. Bowen, Buck, Butler, Cannon, Cochran, Crittenden, Evans, Howard, Jeter, Livingston, Meetze, Witherspoon-12.

Nays-Messrs. Bird, Carter, Clinton, Duncan, Green, Johnston, Maxwell, Myers, Nash, Swails, Walker, Warley, B. H. Williams, Whitte

-14. So the resolution was not agreed to.

Resolution (by Mr. Whittemore) that the Committee on Privileges and Elections of the Senate be authorized and directed to employ a steno. grapher.

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After debate, participated in by Messrs. Crittenden, Whittemore, Cannon,

Mr. MYERS moved that the resolution be amended by inserting after the word “bill” the words “not to exceed ten dollars per day.”

The question was taken on agreeing to the amendment, and decided in the affirmative.

On the question of agreeing to the resolution, as amended,
Mr. BOWEN called for the yeas and nays.
The
yeas

and nays were taken, and resulted as follows: Yeas-Messrs. Bird, Carter, Clinton, Duncan, Gaillard, Green, Johnston, Maxwell, Myers, Nash, Swails, Walker, Warley, B. H. Williams, Whittemore-15.

Nays-Messrs. Bowen, Buck, Butler, Cannon, Cochran, Crittenden, Evans, Howard, Jeter, Livingston, Meetze, Witherspoon-12.

So the resolution was agreed to.

Resolution (by Mr. Livingston) to instruct the Sergeant-at-Arms to regulate the Senate clock by the time of the towu clock of the city.

On motion of Mr. MYERS, the resolution was ordered to lie on the table.

House concurrent resolution for the appointment of Special Joint Committee to confer with the Congressional Committee.

On motion of Mr. GAILLARD, the blank was filled with the word " four.”

The question was then taken on agreeing to the resolution, and decided in the affirmative.

Messrs. Swails, 'hittemore, Gaillard and Johnston were appointed Committee on the part of the Senate, ard a message sent to the House of Representatives accordingly.

Mr. WHITTEMORE moved that Hon. John R. Cochran, Senator from Anderson, and Hon. I. D. Witherspoon, Senator from York, be added to the Committee on Retrenchments.

On the question of agreeing to the motion of the Senator from Darlington, The yeas

and nays were taken, and resulted as follows: Year-Messrs. Bird, Bowen, Buck, Butler, Cannon, Carter, Clinton, Crittenden, Duncan, Evans, Gaillard, Green, Howard, Jeter, Johnston, Livingston, Maxwell, Meetze, Myers, Nash, Swails, Taft, Walker, Warley, B. H. Williams, Whittemore-26.

Nays-None.
So the motion was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. WARLEY, at 1 P. M., the Senate adjourned.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1876.

The Senate assembled at 12 M., and was called to order by the PRESIDENT.

The roll was called, and, a quorum answering to their names, the PRESIDENT announced the Senate ready to proceed to business.

Prayer by Rev. A. W. Cummings.

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, the reading of the Journal of Saturday was dispensed with.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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The House sent to the Senate

Concurrent resolution requesting the Attorney General to prepare an opinion as to the constitutionality of the election of Circuit Judges by the preceding General Assembly.

On motion of Mr. SWAILS, the resolution was concurred in.
Ordered, That it be returned to the House of Representatives.
The House also sent to the Senate the following message:

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

COLUMBIA, S. C., December 11, 1876. Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Senate :

The House of Representatives respectfully informs your honorable
body that Messrs. Thomas, Ferriter, Straker, F. A. Palmer and Keith
have been appointed Committee on the part of the House to join Com-
mittee appointed on the part of your honorable body to confer with the
Congressional Committee.
Very respectfully,

E. W. M. MACKEY,
Speaker House of Representatives.

The House also sent to the Senate,

Report and concurrent resolution to declare vacant the office of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and to elect a Chief Justice on Friday, December 15.

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, the report and resolution were ordered for consideration to-morrow, and to be printed.

The Sergeant-at-Arms announced

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MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR.

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Message No. 5 from His Excellency the Governor was presented to the Sepate by Mr. Charles J. Babbit, Private Secretary.

The PRESIDENT announced that the Message related to Executive business.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. Mr. WHITTEMORE, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred Bill to repeal Sections 55, 56 and 57, Title II, Chapter CXX, of the Revised Statutes, relating to certain liens on crops, reported back the same, with the recommendation that it do pass.

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

Mr. MYERS, from the Committee on Engrossed Bills, reported as duly and correctly engrossed, and ready for a third reading,

Joint Resolution to ratify the amendment to the Constitution of South Carolina, relative to the public school tax levy and a tax on polls. Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

NOTICES OF BILLS. Mr. WARLEY gave notice that he will on to-morrow, or some subsequent day, ask leave to introduce

Bill to make appropriation for the payment of the salary and mileage of the members of the General Assembly, and the salaries of the subordioate officers and employees, and other expenses incidental thereto.

Mr. COCHRAN gave notice that he will on to-morrow, or some subsequent day, ask leave to introduce Bill to regulate the public printing of South Carolina.

BILLS INTRODUCED.
Mr. WHITTEMORE, pursuant to notice, introduced :
Bill regulating the manner of contesting elections;

Bill to amend Chapters VII, VIII, IX, X and XI, Title II, Part I, of the General Statutes of South Carolina, relative to elections and their results.

The above Bills received their first reading, were ordered for a second reading and consideration tomorrow, and to be printed.

Mr. B. H. WILLIAMS, pursuant to notice, introduced :
Bill to establish and charter Yauhanna Ferry, in Georgetown County;

Bill to authorize the County Commissioners of Georgetown to levy a special tax to pay the past indebtedness of said County.

The above Bills received their first reading, were ordered for a second reading and consideration to-morrow, and to be printed.

Mr. COCHRAN, pursuant to notice, introduced
Bill to prohibit the making of profits out of public funds.

The Bill received its first reading, was ordered for a second reading and consideration to-morrow, and to be printed.

Mr. TAFT, pursuant to notice, introduced

Joint Resolution relative to the election of Circuit Judges.

The Joint Resolution received its first reading, was ordered for a second reading and consideration to-morrow, and to be printed.

RESOLUTIONS.

Mr. NASH introduced the following resolution :

Resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring, That the General Assembly adjourn sine die, Friday, December 22, 1876.

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

GENERAL ORDERS.

The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the General Orders on the Calendar, to wit:

Report (favorable) of Committee on the Judiciary on Joint Resolution to ratify the amendment to the Constitution of South Carolina, relative to the public school tax levy and a tax on polls.

The report was read, and the Joint Resolution taken up for a second reading.

The Joint Resolution received its secund reading, and was considered as in Committee of the Whole.

There being no amendments,
Ordered, That it be engrossed for a third reading.

Mr. WITHERSPOON gave notice that on the third reading of the above Resolution he would propose sundry amendments thereto.

Resolution (by Mr. Myers) to print one thousand copies of the Inaugural Address of His Exceilency the Governor for the use of the Senate.

The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the resolution.

After debate, participated in by Messrs. Jeter, Johnston, Nash, Green, Taft, Nash, Whittemore, Bowen,

On motion of Mr. NASH, the resolution was amended by striking out of line 1 the words, “ House of Representatives concurring;" also, by striking out of lines 2 and 3 the words “General Assembly," and inserting in lieu thereof the word “Senate.”

Mr. CRITTENDEN moved that the resolution be further amended hy inserting between the words “Governor” and “be printed” the

“ words “so-called and the reply of Wade Hampton thereto.”

After further debate, participated in by Messrs. Crittenden, Whittemore, Jeter, Green, Taft,

Mr. GREEN moved that the further consideration of the amendment proposed by the Senator from Greenville be indefinitely postponed.

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