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Prayer by Rev. A. W. Cumminga.

On motion of Mr. WARLEY, the reading of the Journal of yesterday was dispensed with.

Mr. MAXWELL sent to the desk and had read an anonymous communication containing threats of assassination, addressed to the Senator from Marlboro ; which was replied to by the Senator.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The House returned, with amendments,

Bill to repeal Sections 55, 56 and 57, of Title IV, Chapter CXX, of the Revised Statutes.

Mr. MYERS moved that the Senate concur.
After debate, participated in by Messrs. Taft, Swails, Green,

On motion of Mr. SWAILS, the further consideration of the Bill and amendments was postponed, and made the Special Order for to-morrow, at 1 P. M.

Bill to ascertain the indebtedness of the County of Newberry and regulate the payment thereof;

Bill to amend an Act entitled "An Act to regulate the appointment and salary of Trial Justices in the city of Columbia.”

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

The Sergeant-at-Arms announced

MESSAGES FROM THE GOVERNOR.

Messages Nos. 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17, from His Excellency the Governor, were presented to the Senate by Mr. Charles J. Babbit, Private Secretary.

The PRESIDENT announced that the Messages related to Executive business.

SPECIAL ORDER.

The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the Special Order for this day, at 12:30 P. M., to wit:

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

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

The question was taken on agreeing to the amendment recommended by the Committee on Finance to Section 1, to wit :

Strike out the following proviso:

Provided, That one-half of the balance of the phosphate royalty received within the fiscal year ending October 31, 1877, after paying for

the Executive and Legislative supplies of fuel and stationery for the fiscal year, shall be applied to the appropriations mentioned in this Section, pro rata,” and decided in the affirmative.

On the question of agreeing to the amendment recommended by the Committee on Finance to Section 1, line 1, by striking out the word and figure “one (1)” and inserting in lieu thereof the word and figure "two (2),"

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

Yeas-Messrs. Bird, Carter, Clinton, Corwin, Duncan, Gaillard, Johnston, Maxwell, Myers, Nash, Taft, Walker, Warley, B. H. Williams, Whittemore--15.

Vays-Messrs. Bowen, Buck, Butler, Cannon, Cochran, Crittenden, Erans, Green, Howard, Jeter, Livingston, Meetze, Witherspoon–13.

So the amendment was agreed to.

The question was taken on agreeing to the amendment to Section 2, recommended by the Committee on Finance, to wit:

Strike out the following proviso:

Provided, That one-half of the balance of the phosphate royalty received within the fiscal year ending October 31, 1877, after paying for the Executive and Legislative supplies of fuel and stationery for the said fiscal year, shall be applied to the appropriations mentioned in this Section, pro rata,” and decided in the affirmative.

Mr. NASH moved that Section 4 be amended by striking out the words and figures “one-fourth (1)” and inserting in lieu thereof the words and figures "one-eighth (!);"

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

The amendment was subsequently withdrawn.

On the question of agreeing to the further amendment recommended by the Committee on Finance to Section 6, to wit:

In Section 6, first line, insert "four” in place of “three” (mills), After debate, participated in by Messrs. Whittemore, Cochran, Nash, Mr. COCHRAN called for the yeas and

pays. The yeas and nays were taken, and resulted as follows:

Yeas-Messrs. Bird, Carter, Clinton, Corwin, Duncan, Gaillard, Green, Johoston, Maxwell, Myers, Nash, Swails, Taft, Walker, Warley, B. H. Williams, Whittemore-17.

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

So the amendment was agreed to.

The question was taken on agreeing to the amendment recommended by the Committee on Finance, to wit:

After Section 6 insert the following new Section as Section 7:

“That a tax of two mills upon the dollar of the value of all taxable property in this State be, and the same is hereby, levied to meet appropriation for the support and maintenance of the common schools for the fiscal year commencing November 1, 1876," and decided iu the affirmative.

On the question of agreeing to the further amendment recommended by the Committee on Finance, to wit:

In Section 8, on the seventh line, insert "one-half” in place of “one" (mill;) and after the word "County," on the tenth line in Section 8, add the following: "and one-half of one mill to be set apart and paid in like manner, pro rata, to persons holding audited claims against the County,"

Mr. NASH asked and obtained leave on the part of the Committee to withdraw the amendment.

On motion of Mr. GAILLARD, Section 8 was amended, in line 10, by inserting after the word “County" the words and figures "and one half (!) mill, to be used in paying other claimants pro rata.

On motion of Mr. GREEN, Section 8 was further amended by inserting after the words "pro rata " the words " and except the County of Beaufort, in which the County Commissioners shall levy four (4) mills, one mill of which, if so much be necessary, shall be set apart and paid by the County Treasurer in settlement of audited claims held by William Wilson, Sheriff of Beaufort County, for the fiscal year 1875-76."

On motion of Mr. DUNCAN, Section 8 was further amended by the addition of the words, “ also except the County of Orangeburg, in which the County Commissioners shall levy three mills, one mill of which shall be devoted to the payment of past due indebtedness of said County."

Ou motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, Section 9 was amended by the addition of the words, "and the State Treasurer shall publish in one or more of the newspapers published in the city of Charleston, a monthly statement of all the moneys received by him, and the amount paid, and to whom and on account of what appropriation paid, as well as the balance of moneys on hand.”

On motion of Mr. MYERS, Section 9 was amended, in line two, by striking out the word "six" and inserting in lieu the word "seven.”

Mr. TAFT moved that Section 11 be amended by inserting, in line five, after the word " Act,” the words “also bills of the Bank of the State, which shall have been proved, stamped or found genuine, to the satisfaction of the Treasurers who are to receive the same."

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

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

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The yeas and nays were taken, and resulted as follows:

Yeas - Messrs. Bird, Bowen, Butler, Cannon, Carter, Cochran, Crittenden, Evans, Green, Howard, Jeter, Johnston, Livingston, Meetze, Myers, B. H. Williams, Witherspoon-17.

Nays-Messrs. Buck, Clinton, Corwin, Duncan, Gaillard, Maxwell, Nash, Swails, Taft, Walker, Warley, Whittemore—12.

So the further consideration of the amendment was indefinitely postponed.

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, Section 11 was amended by the addition of the words, “also the State Treasurer's due bills given in lieu of certificates of members, officers and attachees of the General Assembly, issued during the session of 1875-76, as well as the certificates of the members, officers and attachees of the General Assembly issued for the session of 1875–76, now remaining unpaid.”

There being no further amendments,

On the questiou of agreeing to the passage of the Bill, and ordering it to be engrossed,

Mr. BOWEN moved that the further consideration of the Bill be indefinitely postponed.

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

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

Yeas-Messrs. Bowen, Buck, Butler, Cannon, Crittenden, Evans, Howard, Jeter, Livingston, Meetze, Witherspoon-11.

Nays-Messrs. Bird, Carter, Clinton, Cochran, Corwin, Duncan, Gaillard, Green, Johnston, Maxwell, Myers, Nash, Swails, Taft, Walker, Warley, B. H. Williams, Whittemore—18.

So the motion of the Senator from Pickens was not agreed to.
The Bill, as amended, then passed, and was ordered to be engrossed.

Mr. COCHRAN gave notice that on the third reading of the above Bill he will move to make sundry amendments.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. Mr. WHITTEMORE, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred Bill to amend an Act entitled “An Act to fix the salaries of certain public officers, approved March 25, 1876," reported back the same, with the recommendation that the Bill do not pass.

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

Mr. WHITTEMORE, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred Bill to repeal Section 147 of an Act entitled “An Act to reduce all Acts and parts of Acts providing for the assessment and taxa

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tion of property into one Act, and to amend the same," approved March 19, 1874, reported back the same, with, the recommendation that the Bill do pass. Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

BILLS INTRODUCED.

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

Bill to establish and regulate Justices Courts in and for the State of South Carolina, and to reduce all Acts and parts of Acts relative to the same into one Act, and to amend the same.

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

SPECIAL ORDER FOR 1 P. M.

The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the Special Order for this day, at 1 P. M., to wit:

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

The question recurred on agreeing to the amendment proposed by the Senator from Sumter, to strike out the words and figures “ January 3, 1877and insert in lieu thereof the words and figures "Friday, January 12, 1877."

Mr. GAILLARD moved that the resolution be ordered to lie on the table.

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

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

Yeas-Messrs. Bird, Carter, Clinton, Corwin, Duncan, Gaillard, Green, Johnston, Maxwell, Taft, Walker, Warley, B. H. Williams-13.

Nays-Messrs. Bowen, Buck, Butler, Cannon, Cochran, Crittenden, Evans, Howard, Jeter, Livingston, Meetze, Myers, Nash, Swails, Witherspoon, Whittemore-16.

So the Senate refused to lay the resolution on the table.

Mr. GREEN moved that the further consideration of the resolution and amendments be indefinitely postponed.

Ou the question of agreeing to the motion of the Senator from Beaufort,

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

Year-Messrs. Bird, Butler, Carter, Clinton, Corwin, Crittenden, Dun. can, Evans, Gaillard, Green, Howard, Jeter, Livingston, Maxwell,

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