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PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The House sent to the Senate,

Concurrent resolution requesting His Excellency the Governor to arm, equip and station in Aiken County one hundred State Constables.

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.
The House also sent to the Senate,

Bill to amend an Act entitled “An Act to fix the salaries of certain public officers."

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

The Sergeant-at-Arms announced

MESSAGES FROM THE GOVERNOR. Messages Nos. 11, 12, 13 and 14, from His Excellency the Governor, were presented to the Senate by Mr. Charles J. Babbitt, Private Secretary.

The PRESIDENT announced that the Messages related to Executive business.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES.

Mr. NASH, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred House Bill to make appropriations to meet the ordinary expenses of the State government for the fiscal year commencing November 1, 1876, reported back the same, with a recommendation that the Bill do pass, with the following amendments, to wit :

After paragraph 16, line 3, add the following: “Five thousand of which shall be paid out of the money derived from the Land Commission department.”

On paragraph 3, Section 2, after “Asylum," insert "seven thousand five hundred," in place of "five thousand.”

On paragraph 6, Section 2, strike out, after the word "school," on the first line, the words " ten thousand,” and insert seven thousand.”

At the end of paragraph 5, Section 2, add the following : "Provided, That the salary hereby appropriated to any professorship may, in case of a vacancy, be expended by the Board of Trustees in the employment of assistant teachers in the University."

Add the following to Section 2 as paragraph 8: "That the phosphate royalty received within the fiscal year ending October 31, 1877, after the payment of the executive and legislative supplies of fuel and stationery for the said fiscal year, shall be applied exclusively to the appropriations of this Section pro rata.

On Section 3, line 2, strike out "thirty" and insert “fifteen."

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On Section 7, line 8, strike out the balance of the Section after the word “thereof."

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

Mr. NASH, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred House and Senate Bills to make appropriation for the payment of the salary and mileage of the members of the General Assembly, and the salaries of the subordinate officers and employees, and other expenses incidental thereto, reported back the same, with the recommendation that the House Bill do pass, and the Senate Bill be laid on the table.

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

Mr. NASH, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred Bill to authorize and require the County Commissioners of Georgetown County to levy and collect a special tax for the purpose of paying the past indebtedness of the said County, reported back the same, with the recommendation that the Bill do pass.

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

Mr. NASH, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred Bill to ascertain the indebtedness of the County of Newberry, and regulate the payment thereof, reported back the same, with the recommendation that the Bill 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,

Bill to extend the time for officers to qualify.
Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

Mr. WHITTEMORE, from the Committee on the Judiciary, was referred House concurrent resolution in relation to the election and commission of T. H. Cooke, as Circuit Judge, reported back the same, with the recommendation that the Senate concur.

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

NOTICES OF BILLS.

Mr. JOHNSTON gave notice that he will on to-morrow, or some subsequent day, ask leave to introduce Joint Resolution to provide for the claims of certain school teachers.

BILLS INTRODUCED.

Mr. MYERS asked and obtained the unanimous consent of the Senate to introduce, without previous notice,

Bill to amend all Acts or parts of Acts relating to the charter of the town of Summerville.

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

GENERAL ORDERS.

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

Bill (House) to prevent and punish any person or persons for setting up, or attempting to set up, or maintaining a government of the State in opposition to the legitimate and lawful government of the State;

Bill (by Mr. Whittemore) to repeal Section 147 of an Act entitled "An Act to reduce all Acts and parts of Acts providing for the assessment and taxation of property into one Act, and to amend the same,” approved March 19, 1874;

Bill (by Mr. Taft) to amend an Act entitled “An Act to reduce all Acts and parts of Acts providing for the assessment and taxation of property into one Act, and to amend the same;"

Bill (by Mr. Cochran) to regulate the sale of seed cotton, and to punish unlawful traffic in the same.

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

Bill (by Mr. Taft) to charter the Palmetto Phosphate River Mining Company.

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

Concurrent resolution (by Mr. Cochran) providing for a recess of the General Assembly.

On the question of agreeing to the resolution,

Mr. SWAILS moved to amend the resolution by striking out the words and figures “Tuesday, 20th day of February next,” and inserting in lieu thereof the words and figures “Tuesday, 26th day of December, 1876."

After debate, participated in by Messrs. Green, Swails,

Mr. MYERS moved, as an amendment to the amendment, to strike out the words and figures " Tuesday, 26th day of December, 1876," and insert in lieu thereof the words and figures “ Wednesday, 3d day of Jan

uary, 1877.

The amendment to the amendment was accepted.

Mr. JOHNSTON moved to amend the amendment by striking out the words and figures “Wednesday, 3d day of January, 1877," and inserting in lieu thereof the words and figures “ Friday, January 12, 1877."

After debate, participated in by Messrs. Green, Swails, Johnston, Nash, Jeter, Cochran, Whitteniore,

Hon. S. A. SWAILS, President pro tem., took the chair.
Mr. WHITTEMORE moved that the further consideration of the

resolution be postponed, and made the Special Order for to-morrow, at 1 P. M.

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

Mr. JOHNSTON called for the yeas and nays.
The yeas and ways were taken, and resulted as follows:

Yeas-Messrs. Bowen, Buck, Butler, Cannon, Carter, Clinton, Cochran, Corwin, Duncan, Gaillard, Green, Howard, Jeter, Johnston, Liv. ingston, Maxwell, Meetze, Myers, Nash, Swails, Taft, Walker, Warley, B. H. Williams, Whittemore-25.

Nays-Messrs. Bird, Crittenden, Evans, Witherspoon-4.

So the further consideration of the resolution was postponed, and made the Special Order for tomorrow, at 1 P. M.

Report (favorable) of Committee on Roads, Bridges and Ferries on Bill to authorize Robert Smalls to build a wharf in the town of Beaufort.

The report was read, the Bill received its second reading, and was considered as in Committee of the Whole.

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

Report (favorable) of the Committee on the Judiciary on Bill to extend the time for officers to qualify.

The report was read, the Bill received its second reading, and was considered as in Committee of the Whole.

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

Concurrent resolution (by Mr. Swails) to authorize and require the Claim Commission to register and file claims.

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

Ordered, That it be sent to the House of Representatives.

Mr. WHITTEMORE sent to the desk and had read an extract from the Columbia Register, relative to a statement of the destruction of the bills of the Bank of the State, which he disclaimed having made, and desired to say that he made no remark that indicated any individual of the former Committee had been benefited by the destruction of said bills.

Report (favorable) of Committee on Finance on Bill (House) to raise supplies for the fiscal year commencing November 1, 1876.

Mr. JETER moved that the further consideration of the Bill be postponed, and made the Special Order for to-morrow, at 1 P. M.

Mr. JOHNSTON, in opposition to the motion, desired the reasons of the Senator from Union.

Mr. JETER stated that it was an important Bill, and he desired time for its examination.

Oo motion of Mr. JETER, the further consideration of the report and Bill was postponed, and made the Special Order for tomorrow, at 12:30 P. M.

Mr. JETER moved that Hon. M. W. Gary be heard on the question of admission to a seat in the Senate, and that the oath of office he administered to him as Senator elect from Edgefield County,

The PRESIDENT ruled the motion out of order, inasmuch as all matters relating to the seats of Senators from Abbeville, Edgefield and Laurens were now before the Committee op Privileges and Elections.

Mr. JETER appealed from the decision of the Chair.
After debate, participated in by Messrs. Jeter, Whittemore,

On the question "Shall the decision of the Chair be sustained as the judgment of the Senate ?"

Mr. JETER called for the yeas and nays.
The

nays were taken, and resulted as follows: Yeas-Messrs. Bird, Carter, Clinton, Corwin, Duncan, Gaillard, Green, Johoston, Maxwell, Myers, Nash, Taft, Walker, Warley, B. H. Williams, Whittemore-16.

Nays-Messrs. Bowen, Buck, Butler, Capnon, Cochran, Crittenden, Evans, Howard, Jeter, Livingston, Meet ze, Witherspoon-12.

So the decision of the Chair was sustained as the judgment of the Senate.

On motion of Mr. CANNON, Hon. H. A. Meet ze was added to the Special Committee appointed to cancel the bills of the Bank of the State now in the State Treasury.

yeas and

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

At 2 P. M., on motion of Mr. MYERS, the Senate went into Executive Session.

After the disposal of Executive business, the Senate returned to open session.

On motion of Mr. GREEN, at 2:15 P. M., the Senate adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 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.

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