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No. 34, A..
The amendments to Nos. 15, and 66, S., were curred in.
Read first and second times and referred.
A bill to authorize Anthony J. Hayward, his heirs, or assigns, to construct and maintain a dam across the Namakagon river, in Ashland county, Wisconsin, and to construct and maintain booms and piers in connection therewith.
To committee on Incorporations.
BILLS READY FOR A THIRD READING.
No. 11, S.,
A bill relating to the national union and amendatory of section 1, of chapter 204, of the laws of 1879, as amended by chapter 246, of the laws of 1881, and chapter 249, of the laws of 1882,
No. 70, S.,
A bill relating to the organization of towns, and amendatory of section 674, of the revised statutes,
Were severally read a third time and passed.
BILLS ON THEIR ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD
No. 60, S.,
A bill to authorize Hans Johnson to build piers into the waters of Lake Michigan,
No. 78, S.,
A bill to legalize a certain plat of the village of Hancock, county of Waushara, state of Wisconsin,
No. 88, S.,
A bill to appropriate a sum of money therein named for the purchase of stationery for the use of the state,
Were severally ordered engrossed and read a third time,
On motion of Senator Reed.
A bill to provide for the sentences to the state prison without fixing the time,
Was recommitted to the committe on Judiciary. The amendments to sections 1 and 2, of No. 5, S., A bill to prohibit the use and sale of pistols and revolvers, Were adopted. The amendments to section 3 were adopted. The ayes and noes being demanded it was decided in the affirmative: ayes, 22; noes. 10; not voting, 1. The vote was as follows:
Ayes - Senators Adams, Bennett, Blake, Chase, Cottrill. Erwin, Flint, Hill, Jonas, Kingston, Lord, McDonald, Mefert, Minor, Palmetier, Parry, Pingel, Ringle, Ryland. Smith, Stanley, and Wiley--22.
Voes — Senators Ackley, Carey, Colman, Comstock, Hud). Randall, Reed, Sherman, Wall and Webb-- 10.
Absent or not voting, Senator Warner.
Section + was adopted, and the bill was ordered engrossed and read a third time.
The amendments to
Amend by striking out sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of
The select committee appointed to report suitable resolutions in respect to the decease of Ex-Governor Smith, direct me to report the following:
Death has again invaded the limits of the state. It is said that it loves a shining mark. In this instance a very prominent citizen, who had held many distinguished offices, and all with high and distinguished ability, has been the victim of the destroyer.
Ex-Govornor William E. Smith is dead. He departed this mortal life at his residence in the city of Milwaukee, on February 13th, at the hour of twenty minutes before eleven in the evening, after an illness of less than one week. He had served as a member of the assembly in the year 1851, and again in 1871, and in the latter year he was speaker of that
body. He had served as a member of the state senate in the
years 1858, 1859, 1864, and 1865. He had served as state treasurer during the years 1866, 1867 1868 and 1869. For the period of eighteen years, from 1858 to 1876, he had served as a member of the board of regents of normal schools, and for several years as a director of the state prison. In the years 1878, 1879, 1880 and 1881 he was governor of the state. All these offices he filled with great faithfulness and great integrity, and to the acceptance and satisfaction of the people.
In private life he was a man of remarkable purity and simplicity of character in all the relations of life. No stain rests upon his memory, but it is all bright and fair and clear.
An eminent citizen has departed, an excellent father, husband and neighbor has gone.
It is well and fitting that public notice be made of his virtuous, blameless and useful life, and that suitable eulogy concerning him be made; therefore,
Resolved, That the senate deplores the loss by death of our fellow citizen ex-Governor Wm. E. Smith, and regards it as a public bereavement and a public calamity.
Resolved, That the kindest sympathy and condolence of the senate is hereby extended to the family and immediate friends of the deceased.
Resolved, That the senate, as a mark of their respect and condolence, will attend the funeral in a body, and that a committee of three be appointed to make the necessary arrangements.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions, duly attested by the chief clerk, be forwarded to the family of the deceased.
J. P. C. COTTRILL,
Senator Hudd made the following eulogistic address in support of the resolution, which address, upon motion of Senator Ackley was ordered spread upon the journal.
Senator Hudd spoke as follows:
Mr. President and Senators:Before the resolutions, so well worded and so true in their recitals as to the life, public services and general sorrow caused by the death of one of Wisconsin's ex-governors, William E. Smith, are unanimously adopted, as they will be by the senate,- a legislative body that the lamented deceased once adorned in a useful and eminent degree, - I shall attempt to pay a brief but sincere tribute of respect to the memory of him whose voice is now hushed, whose hand is powerless, in earth, to answer or acknowledge the obituary salutation that custom (may it never fade) makes proper on such mortuary occasions.
I do not care to recite the biography of the dead. It may be however, compressed into four prophetic words, namely:
“the history of Wisconsin," and that is the legend of such a wonderful growth of men and materials that go to make a state, that we may well call it the marvelous; the almost wilderness and waste he found here in 1819, only a little generation ago,-blossomed into the "rose and fair expectancy of a great state" he in due time was called to help govern as its chief executive, and to the moulding and progress of which his life, his voice, his hands played no mean or idle part.
A far-away land gave him birth - the honest and indomnitable air of Scotland that filled his lungs with life's first sweet breath and hardy impulses found more than parent soil in the new world that even a Scotch lad of eleven might have heard that
“ Westward the star of the empire takes its way." And so here, in that seat of empire, our once colleague and the future governor of one of the “stars of empire," our dead of this hour's consideration, proved the truth of “Ould Scotia's" best and truest bard, who had sang
“ Is there for honest poverty
William E. Smith is said by all to have been an honest man and a courteous gentleman, not perhaps so much of the old school-as of just as good if not a trifle better—the new school, if you please, where politeness is true nobility. If his career as a citizen, a legislator, state treasurer, regent of our state university, and last but not least, governor of the state, had developed no other title or meed of praise (and we might recall other attributes that go to make the patriot and the statesman in his public life), that one title shall outlast the marble of any future monument, that may be raised to commemorate his virtues and his deeds. It is honor and glory enough, when we say: he lived, he died an honest man, a model gentleman.
But for governors as for electors, for kings as for subjects, the debt that nature made will mature, we pay it with all we have. No exemptions here, my brother senators, to wrangle over. We cannot refer the subject matter to any
committee for further time. The gate of Death that so suddenly, almost without an alarm rung, opened for Governor Smith, is that same gate that ever and always lies just a little weary mile beyond that other and the first gate of Life, the other mystery that we call birth — so it opened and closed its unknown side and now hides from present view at least, the ever kind, genial and assuring face of one who was our state's eleventh governor.
We may, nay should, mourn for any human life suddenly extinguished. But for the public servant, public honors are due, and thus as now, do we attempt to voice in part the public sorrow. To those whose grief is sacred because it is their individual and private grief; to wife, sons and daughter we say as commissioned to express in part and as from the legislative arm of the state government, we sympathize, we lament, but we seek to do more—we honor in the name of the people your dead, and bid our rising young men as well as our colleagues and the officers in the several departments of the state he so well and so truly filled, to emulate his virtues, and then fame and name shall likewise be assured and among the imperishable things that go into and make up our records in the history of the good and great public men of any age. We honor one, who in his high offices, as in his daily life, walked in and among his fellow men without offense. One whom we may remember that in life — “None knew him but to love," and now, in death, “ None name him but to praise."
On motion of Senator Hudd,
The ayes and noes were called, resulting in a unanimous vote.
The vote was as follows:
Ayes - Senators Ackley, Adams, Bennett, Blake, Carey, Chase, Colman, Comstock, Cottrill, Erwin, Flint, Hiil, Hudd, Jonas, Kingston, Lord, McDonald, Meffert, Minor, Palmetier, Parry, Pingel, Randall, Reed, Ringle, Ryland, Sherman, Smith, Stanley, Wall, Warner, Webb and Wiley. - 33.
The president announced as such committee Senators Wiley, Stanley and Blake.
On motion of Senator Ackley,
The senate adjourned until 7:30 P. M. Monday, February 19, 1883, out of respect to the memory of ex-Governor Wm. E. Smith.