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On motion of Mr. Box, The house resolved itself into a committee of the whole on said bill; Mr. Sholes in the chair.
After some time, the committee rose, and by their chairman reported the bill with amendments.
The amendments were agreed to.
* That the seats of justice of the counties of Lee, Muscatine, and Louisa, be located by the vote of the people."
The yeas and nays being called for, were as follow:
Yeas :-Messrs. Blair, Box, Boyls, Brunson, Brunet, Chance, Cox, M-Knight, Parkinson, Reynolds, Shanley, Teas, and Leffler, speaker-13.
Nays:-Messrs. Childs, Cornwall, Engle, Jenkins, M-Williams, Nowlin, Quigley, Sheldon, Smith, Sholes, and Wheeler -11.
Mr. Teas moved a reconsideration of the last vote, and the yeas and nays being called for, were as follow:
Yeas :—Messrs. Blair, Boyls, Brunson, Brunet, Childs, Cornwall, Chance, Engle, Jenkins, M Williams, Nowlin, Quigley, Sheldon, Smith, Shanley, Sholes, Teas, Wheeler, and Leffler, speaker-19.
Nays:-Messrs. Box, Cox, M-Knight, Parkinson, and Reynolds—5.
So the vote on the motion to leave the establishment of the county seats of the counties of Lee, Muscatine, and Louisa to a vote of the people was reconsidered.
Mr. Teas then withdrew the said motion, and moved the following amendment: strike out, in the 1st, 3d, 5th, and 6th sections, all the words after the word “ beginning," in the said several sections, and insert the following as an additional section to the bill, viz:
Sec. 9. The seats of justice of the counties of Lee, Louisa, Muscatine, and Des Moines shall be established by a direct vote of the people in each county, according to the provisions of the second section of this act; and until such location is made in each county respectively, the district court shall be held as follows: in Lee county, at Fort Madison ; in Des Moines
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county, at Burlington; in Louisa county, at Lower Wapello; and in Muscatine, at Bloomington.
Mr. Nowlin moved that the question be severed, and to be first taken on striking out, in the said several sections, all the words after “ beginning."
Mr. Parkinson moved that the question on striking out be taken separately on each of the said sections.
Mr. Engle called for the previous question, and the yeas and nays being called for, were as follow:
Yeas:-Messrs. Blair, Childs, Cornwall, Chance, Engle, Jenkins, M-Williams, Nowlin, Quigley, Sheldon, Smith, Sholes, Wheeler, and Leffler, speaker-14.
Nays:-Messrs. Box, Boyls, Brunson, Brunet, Cox, M*Knight, Parkinson, Reynolds, Shanley, and Teas-10.
The main question was then put on engrossing the bill for the third reading, and decided in the affirmative.
On motion of Mr. M Williams, The sixteenth rule was suspended in reference to said bill, and it was then read 'the third time, passed, the title thereof amended to read “ A bill to establish the boundaries of the counties of Lee, Van Buren, Des Moines, Henry, Louisa, Muscatine, and Slaughter, and for other purposes," and ordered to be sent to the Council for concurrence.
The house adjourned till 3 o'clock, P. M.
3 O'CLOCK, P. M.
A message was received from the executive, informing the house that he had, on this day, examined and approved an act entitled “ An act to incorporate the Milwaukee and Rock River Canal Company."
The speaker laid before the house the report of the treasurer of the territory, which is as follows:
“ To the honourable the Council and House of Representatives
of the Territory of Wisconsin. “ In obedience to the requisition of the statute of Michigan, I herewith beg leave respectfully to report,
“ That I have not received any moneys, as territorial treasurer, since my appointment to that office.
“ Very respectfully,
“ Your ob't serv't, :
“JESSE WEBBER, “ Burlington, W. T.?
“ Treasurer of the territory “ Jan. 5, 1838. S
Ordered, that said report be referred to the committee on finance.
Mr. Brunson, from the committee on engrossed bills, reported
Bill No. 99, entitled “ A bill to establish a University at the city of the Four Lakes, in the vicinity of Madison,” as correctly engrossed
Said bill was then read the third time, passed, title agreed to, and ordered to be sent to the Council for concurrence.
Bill No. 18, Council file, entitled “ A bill for opening and repairing, or vacating public roads and highways,” was then taken up; and,
On motion of Mr. Chance, The house resolved itself into the committee of the whole on said bill; Mr. Quigley in the chair.
After some time, the committee rose, and by their chairman: reported said bill with amendments.
The amendments of the committee were agreed to. .
The 16th rule was then suspended with reference to said bill, which was read the third time, passed, and the title thereof agreed to.
Ordered, that the Council be informed.
The following message was received from the Council by their secretary:
“Mr. Speaker,—The Council have passed a preamble and resolution, authorizing the secretary of the territory to employ some suitable person or persons, to print and publish the laws . passed at the present session of the legislative assembly, in ac
cordance with the provisions of the organic act, in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this house.
“ The Council has negatived bill No. 24 of this house, entitled “ A bill concerning promissory notes, due bills, bills of ex- , change, &c., and to regulate the interest on money.
“ The Council have concurred in bills from this house of the following titles:
“No. 18, “A bill to abolish imprisonment for debt, and for other purposes.'
“ No. 29, ‘A bill to locate a territorial road from Fort Howard to Fort Winnebago, on the west side of Fox river, and for other purposes.'
“ No. 57, “A bill to divorce Mary Williams from her husband, Thomas Williams.'
“No. 84, ‘A bill to incorporate the Dubuque Seminary.'
“ No. 85, “A bill to incorporate the Green county Seminary,' without amendments; and bill
“ No. 4, “A bill relating to the militia and public defence of the territory of Wisconsin,' with amendments;
“ In which amendments the concurrence of this house is requested.
“ The Council have also passed bills of the following titles, yiz:
“No. 37, “A bill to authorize John Dowling and James Sproule to erect toll bridges across the Pecatonica river."
“ No. 44, • A bill for the benefit of the towns of Bellview and Peru, in the original county of Dubuque;"
“ In which bills I am directed to ask the concurrence of this house.
“ The Council have concurred in the amendments made to bills of the Council, viz:
“ No. 24, ó A bill to make valid the location of a territorial road from Racine to Janesville ;' and
“ No. 23, • A bill to authorize the receipt and disposition of real estate in the several counties in this territory;"!
And then he withdrew.
Mr. Shanley moved to adjourn till half past 6 o'clock, P. M., which was disagreed to.
The order of the house, instructing the select committee to which the bill on weights and measures was referred to report to-day, was rescinded.
Mr. Shanley moved that the committee be instructed to report on Wednesday next;
Which motion was disagreed to.
On motion of Mr. Parkinson, Resolved, That the standing rule of this house, which requires all bills to be printed on being read the first time, be rescinded, and that hereafter no bill shall be printed unless it shall be specially ordered by the house.
Mr. Jenkins, by leave, introduced bill No. 117, entitled “ A bill to prevent fraudulent and malicious mischief;"
Which was read the first time.
A motion was then made that the said bill be printed; which was determined in the negative.
Mr. Jenkins, by leave, introduced bill No. 118, entitled “ A bill declaring certain words actionable ;" which was read the first time, and,
On motion of Mr. Chance, Was indefinitely postponed.
Mr. M-Williams, from the committee on enrolments, reported the following acts to be correctly enrolled, viz:
“ An act to locate and establish a territorial road from Bloomington to the Forty Mile Point, on Cedar river."