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Mr. Lovell moved that the third section be amended by striking out therefrom the following: “seven thousand four hundred and ninetyfive acres of internal improvement lands, being that portion of the five hundred thousand acres granted by the general government to this state for internal improvement purposes, not yet located, or the location of which is not recognized by the secretary of the treasury, are hereby appropriated for the purpose of improving the navigation of the Kalamazoo river, as aforesaid, to be laid out and expended by the commissioners named in the first section of this act,” which motion was decided in the negative, by the following vote:
Mr. Belding, Mr. A. Gillet, Mr. Lovell,
Mr. Andrews, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Mulhollen,
Mr. Parkhurst moved an adjournment, but the House refused to adjourn.
On motion of Mr. Ferguson,
The third section was amended by striking out of the fourth and fifth lines the words “and placed at the disposal of said commissioners,” and by inserting after “contributions,” in the third line, the words “and actually paid into the hands of the commissioners.”
Mr. J. W. Turner moved that the further consideration of the bill be indefinitely postponed, which motion was lost, by the following wrote:
Campbell, Hatch, Turrill,
Bacon, Ferguson, Moran,
On motion of Mr. Chamberlain,
The House adjourned.
Thursday, February 15, 1849.
The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was called to order by the Speaker.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
The roll was called, and Messrs. David, Davis, Flower, Hammond, Morton, Mosher, St. Clair and G. B. Turner were absent on leave, and Messrs. Campbell, Deming, Hatch and Smith were absent without leave.
Mr. McNair asked and obtained leave of absence for Mr. Deming for the day.
Mr. Wright for Mr. Hatch, for three days.
Mr. Stevens for Mr. Campbell, for the day.
On motion of Mr. Stevens,
The action of the rule requiring the reading of the journal was
Mr. Coman presented the petition of the board of school district number eight, in the township of Ransom, in the county of Hillsdale, for an act to legalize certain proceedings of said district; referred to the committee on the judiciary.
Mr. Ferguson presented the petition of S. H. Preston and one hundred and twenty-three others, for the incorporation of a company to construct a railroad from Marshall, via. Union city, to Constantine; referred to the committee on banks and incorporations.
Mr. Waite presented the petition of S. W. Willard and others, of Washtenaw county, for a law prohititing the sale of spirituous liquors as a beverage; referred to the committee on state affairs.
Mr. Allen presented the petition of J. H. Adams and thirty-one others, of Clinton county, for an appropriation of internal improve. ment land for the improvement of the road leading from Lansing to De Witt, referred to the committee on internal improvement.
Mr. Lockwood presented the petition of Major Alderman and one hundred and four others, of the township of Commerce, for the appropriation of certain non-resident highway taxes on the road between the villages of Milford and Pontiac, in the county of Oakland, referred to the committee on roads and bridges.
Mr. Pennoyer presented the remonstrance of Robert Hilton and N. Fisk, against the passage of any act granting certain salt spring lands to John Hagadone, in accordance with the prayer of said Hagadone; referred to the wommittee on public lands.
Mr. McNair presented the remonstrance of citizens of Lenawee county, against extending the time for the payment of the amount due from the Michigan Southern railroad company to the state; laid on the table.
Mr. Parkhurst presented the petition of Frederick H. Kellicut, George C. Johnson, and sixty-eight others of Oakland county, for the passage of a law authorizing county treasurers to receive moneys due the primary school lands; referred to the committee on public lands.
Mr. J. W. Turner presented the remonstrance of Franklin Goodell and sixty-four others, against the restoration of the law authorizing capital punishment; referred to the committee on the judiciary.
Mr. Ferguson, from the committee on the judiciary, reported a bill to amend section eighteen of chapter one hundred and twenty-three of the revised statutes of 1846;
A bill to amend section nineteen of chapter one hundred and fifty of the revised statutes of 1846; and
A bill to define the jurisdiction of the county courts, and for other purposes,
Which were severally read twice, ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. Pennoyer, from the committee on internal improvement, to whom was referred the petition of Elisha Belcher and sixty-four others, for an appropriation to improve the navigation of the Kalamazoo river, reported the same back and reported adverse to the prayer of the petition, which report was accepted and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject. Mr. Pennoyer, from the same committee, to whom was referred the bill appropriating certain internal improvement lands for the purpose of constructing certain roads and bridges in the county of Berrien, reported the same back without action, which report was accepted find the committee discharged, and The bill was ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. Moran, from the committee on roads and bridges, reported a bill for the improvement of the county line road from Gidley's station, in the county of J ackson, to Lansing, in the county of Ingham. which was read twice, ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. Matthews, from the committee on the organization of townships and counties, reported a bill to organize certain townships, and for other purposes, which was read twice, ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. Tuttle, from the committee of conference on the part of the House on the disagreement between the two Houses on the amendment to the Senate substitute for the joint resolution relative to the claim of John W. Palmer, reported that the committee had agreed to recommend to the House to recede from the amendment, which report was accepted and the committee discharged, and The question being on receding from the amendment, it was decided in the affirmatiye, and the joint resolution was ordered to be enrolled. The following communication was announced:
ExEcutive OFFICE, Lansing, February 14, 1849.
To the House of Representatives:
An act to provide for the support of the poor in the counties of Calhoun and Van Buren, and for other purposes. EPAPHRO. RANSOM. Mr. Fox made the following announcement: Mr. SPEAKER:—It has become my painful duty to announce to this House, the death of Benjamin Follet Tisdale, one of the messengers of this House, who died at his lodgings, at the Benton House, at two o'clock P. M., yesterday, in the 14th year of his age. In announcing to the House this melancholy dispensation of Providence, it affords me unfeigned satisfaction, that I am enabled without ostentation to say of the deceased, that he was not only an honor to his bereaved parents, but the pride of the village in which he dwelt. The urbanity of his manners and his gentlemanly deportment and activity in business was a sufficient commendation to secure for him the place that he occupied on the floor of this House, and the affections of its members.
Mr. H. H. Comstock offered the following preamble and resolutions, which were unanimously adopted: Whereas, The sudden death of 'Benjamin Follét Tisdale, one of the messengers of the House, has been announced, which dispensation of Providence excites our deep sorrow, the deceased having by his activity and many virtues endeared himself to us in the discharge of his duties; therefore . Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the Speaker, to ascertain the amount, make arrangements for the payment of the necessary expenses attending the sickness and funeral obsequies of the deceased. - Resolved, That the associate messengers of this House be directed to wear the usual badge of mourning for the deceased, for thirty days. The Speaker appointed as the committee under the foergoing resolutions, Messrs. H. H. Comstock, Fox and Ferguson. Mr. Ingersoll offered the following resolution: Resolved, That Henry Smith be and he is hereby appointed a messenger to this House in place of Benjamin F. Tisdale, deceased.
Mr. J. W. Turner moved to amend the resolution by striking out all after the word “that” to and including the word “appointed,”