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The Clerk proceeded to read the Journal of yesterday, whereupon, on motion of Mr. BLACK, the further reading of the Journal was dispensed with.

The PRESIDENT called for Petitions, Memorials, Presentments of Grand Juries and such like papers.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.

The following Bills and Resolutions were introduced:

S. 2.—Mr. McLAURIN: A Bill to amend Section 2518, Volume I, Civil Code, 1912, so as to make legal rate of interest six per cent. per annum.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 3.—Mr. NICHOLSON: A Bill to regulate the admission of foreign life insurance companies into South Carolina to do business therein, and to impose license fees thereon.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S. 4.--Mr. APPELT: A Bill to provide for rural policemen for Clarendon county.

Read the first time and referred to the Committtee on Local Legislation.

S. 7.-Mr. CARLISLE: A Bill to allow the foreman of the grand jury, or acting foreman, to swear witnesses in the grand jury room.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 8.-Mr. LAWSON: A Bill to amend Section 1743, Volume I, Civil Code, 1912, by adding thereto a proviso as to Bethlehem School District No. 17, Darlington county.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ADOPTED.

S. 5 (H. 1.—Mr. Vander Horst):

Granting permission to introduce a Bill to amend the charter of Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas and Electric Company, so as to authorize said Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas and Electric Company to sell, assign, transfer and convey all or any portion of its property now known as The Seashore Division of said company, and formerly constituting the Charleston and Seashore Railroad; and, further, to repeal certain provisions of the charter of said company.

Whereas, Under and by authority of an Act, approved the lit day of February, 1899, Charleston City Railway Company and Charleston and Seashore Railroad Company, on the 21st day of February, 1899, entered into an agreement of consolidation under the name of Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas and Electric Company; and,

Whereas, The said Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas and Electric Company has entered into an agreement for the sale of so much of the property of said company as formerly constituted the Charleston and Seashore Railroad, including therein the wharf at the foot of Gaillard street, east of Concord street, in the city of Charleston, and the ferry boats owned and operated by said company; and,

Whereas, It has been deemed expedient by the Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas and Electric Company, and by the purchaser of said property, that the said Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas and Electric Company should have express legislative authority to make said sale, transfer and conveyance; now, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring: That the introduction of a Bill be allowed “To amend the charter of Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas and Electric Company, so as to authorize said Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas and Electric Company to sell, assign, transfer, and convey all or any portion of its property now known as the Seashore Division of said corupany, and formerly constituting the Charleston and Seashore Railroad; and, further, to repeal certain provisions of the charter cf said company;" and when so introduced may pass the same as other Bills.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution, the yeas and nays were demanded and taken, resulting as follows:

Yeas.—Messrs. Ackerman, Appelt, Banks, Beamguard, Black, Buck, Carlisle, Christensen, Clifton, Crouch, Dennis, Earle, Epps, Ginn, Goodwin, Gross, Hall, Hardin, Hough, Johnson, Johnstone, Ketchin, Laney, Lawson, Lide, Mars, Mauldin, McCown, McLaurin, Mullins, Nicholson, Patterson, Richardson, Sharpe, Strait, Sullivan, Verner, Walker, Weston, Williams and Young-41.

The Concurrent Resolution having received the necessary twothirds vote of the Senate was adopted, and ordered returned to the House with concurrence.

RESOLUTION PROPOSED.

S. 6.-Mr. SULLIVAN: A Concurrent Resolution.

Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring: That the Committee on State House and Grounds have removed from the State House the plaster model now obstructing the rotunda.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ADOPTED.

S. 1.--Mr. CARLISLE:

Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring :

First. That the two Houses meet in joint assembly on Thursday, January 16, 1913, for the purpose of electing a Judge of the First Circuit, superintendent of the State Penitentiary and three directors of the State Penitentiary.

Second. That three ballots shall be taken for each office, if so much be necessary, and that after three ballots shall be taken for any of these offices the joint assembly shall recede from business until the next legislation day at same hour, at which time not more than three ballots shall be taken on each office to be filled, if so much be necessary. This procedure shall be followed each day until all of the above officers are elected.

Third. That all nominations and seconds to nominations shall be made without speeches.

On motion of Mr. CLIFTON, the Concurrent Resolution was amended by striking out the 16th and inserting the 22d, and by striking out Thursday and inserting Wednesday.

Strike out “Judge of the First Circuit” and insert "Judges of the First and Seventh Circuits."

The Concurrent Resolution was then adopted as amended and ordered sent to the House for concurrence.

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED.

Mr. CLIFTON:

Be it resolved, That a committee be appointed to ascertain and report what offices are vacant and to be filled by the present session of the General Assembly, and to announce a day or days for holding an election or elections to fill all vacancies.

The resolution was adopted and referred to the Committee on Privileges and Elections.

Mr. CARLISLE:

Resolved, That the Committees on Local Legislation, Manufactures, Incorporations, Banking and Insurance and Claims, and that the Chairmen of these Committees be authorized to select such clerk jointly, and such clerk shall act for other Committees having no clerk, and that the President be authorized to appoint one additional Page.

The Resolution was adopted.

INVITATION ACCEPTED.

Mr. BEAMGUARD presented the following:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Winthrop College, I hereby extend to you an invitation to visit and inspect the college on Friday, January 24, 1913, which day is to be observed at the college in honor of General R. E. Lee's birthday, the regular day, the 19th, falling on Sunday this year.

The Board has chartered a train for the occasion and believe that you will be much interested in seeing, each one for himself, what South Carolina is doing at Winthrop for the high education and training of the daughters of the State.

COLE. L. BLEASE, Governor and Ex Officio Chairman of the Board.

Mr. BEAMGUARD moved the acceptance of the invitation.

Messrs. BEAMGUARD, CHRISTENSEN, YOUNG, SULLIVAN, LIDE, ACKERMAN, WESTON, spoke for,

And Messrs. SHARPE, NICHOLSON, BLACK, CARLISLE, CLIFTON, against the acceptance of the invitation.

Mr. SHARPE moved to lay the invitation upon the table.
Which motion was lost.

The question was taken on agreeing to the motion of the Senator from York, on which the yeas and nays were demanded and taken, resulting as follows:

Yeas.-Messrs. Ackerman, Appelt, Beamguard, Buck, Christensen, Clifton, Dennis, Earle, Epps, Goodwin, Gross, Hall, Hough, Johnstone, Ketchin, Lawson, Lide, Mauldin, McCown, McLaurin, Mullins, Patterson, Richardson, Sullivan, Verner, Walker, Weston, Williams and Young--29.

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Nays.-Messrs. Banks, Black, Carlisle, Crouch, Ginn, Hardin, Johnson, Laney, Mars, Nicholson and Sharpe-12.

Mr. STRAIT answered "Present.".
So the motion was carried and the Senate accepted the invitation.

INVITATION ACCEPTED.

In the House of Representatives,

Columbia, S. C., January 15, 1913. Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Senate:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable body that it invites your Honorable body to attend in this House on Thursday, January 16, 1913, to witness the opening of the returns of the election of Governor and the publication of same, in accordance with the Constitution. Very respectfully,

MENDEL L. SMITH,

Speaker of the House. On motion, the invitation was accepted.

MESSAGES FROM THE GOVERNOR.

SPECIAL MESSAGE No. 2 FROM HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR.

Was transmitted to the Senate.

On motion of Mr. CARLISLE, it was ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on Finance, and that the printing in the Journal be temporarily dispensed with.

SPECIAL MESSAGE No. 3 FROM HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR.

As follows: To the Honorable the Members of the General Assembly of the

State of South Carolina. Gentlemen : I herewith transmit to you the official stenographic report of my speeches before the Conference of Governors, held in Richmond, Va., December 3 to December 6, 1912. This report is furnished me by Mr. L. D. Booth, the official stenographer of the Conference of Governors, who is stenographer for the State Corporation Commission of the Commonwealth of Virginia, with headquarters at Richmond.

So much has been said and so much has been written about the speeches which were delivered by me before the Governors' Confer

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