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ting the word “state,” in the eighth line of section four, and also by restoring section six of said bill as originally printed. Amend bill to incorporate the North-Western mining company, by striking out the word “southern” in section five, and reinstating in lieu thereof the word “Pontiac.” Strike out section seven as amended, and reinsert the original section as far as the word “company,” in the fourth line—inserting after the word “company,” in the second line, the words, “for all claims and demands against said company.” Amend section nine by inserting after the word “offices” in the second line, the words “one of which shall be in this state.” Amend section four by striking out all after the word “company” in the tenth and eleventh lines, and insert the following: “and said tax shall be in lieu of all other state taxes upon the personal and real estate of said company.” The committee would here deem it proper to give their reasons briefly why they recommend the reinstating of the sections in each bill as originally printed on the subject of liens. First. Because such section as it now stands renders the whole property of a company liable to a lien, in favor of the people of Michigan, to an indefinite amount and for an indefinite sum. It in fact, amounts to a perpetual mortgage for an unascertained amount of debt. Second. Because it will tend to encourage these companies in incurring debts for labor, and the laboring men to give long credits for large sums, when it is due to the laborer to ensure short credits, and prompt payments. Third. Because it places these companies upon a footing of ine. quality with the companies heretofore chartered. Privileges granted to one should be granted to all, or legislation becomes unequal, and of course unjust. The report was accepted and the committee discharged. Mr. McNeil moved to lay the bill with the amendments on the table, but before taking the question thereon, On motion of Mr. Ingersoll, The House adjourned till half past two o'clock, P. M.

AFTERNOON SESSION. The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was called to order by the Speaker.

The motion to lay upon the table the bill to incorporate the Minesota mining company; and The bill to incorporate the North-West mining company of Michigan, with the amendments thereto, which was pending when the House adjourned, was withdrawn. The amendments reported by the committee on mines and minerals to the first of the above named bills being under consideration, the first amendment was, On motion of Mr. Ingersoll, So amended as to strike out the word “other” in the eighth line of section four of the bill, and also to strike out the words, “property of said company,” and the words “in lieu of all other state taxes on the” in the ninth line of said section. The amendment as amended was then concurred in. The second amendment, which was to restore section six of the bill as originally printed, was concurred in, and The bill was ordered to be engrossed and read the third time. The amendments reported by the committee on mines and minerals to the bill to incorporate the North-West mining company of Michigan, being under consideration, they were severally concurred in, On motion of Mr. Ingersoll, The bill was further amended by striking out in line six of section four, the word “January” and inserting in lieuthereof the word “July;” also, by striking out in line eight of the same section the word “December” and inserting “January.” On motion of Mr. Coe, Section seven of the bilk was amended by adding thereto the following: And any person may enforce said lien by filing with any court having jurisdiction thereof, an affidavit showing to the satisfaction of said court that he has a claim under the provisions of this section, and such court may thereupon issue an attachment against the property of such company, and the same proceedings may be thereupon had as in other cases. On motion of Mr. Ingersoll, The bill was further amended by adding to section five the following proviso: Provided, That if a plank road shall be deemed most advisable by said company, the said road shall be made and governed in all

respects by the act incorporating the Detroit and Birmingham plank road company of this state, so far as the same may be applicable. The bill as amended was then, ordered to be engrossed and read a third time. On motion of Mr. Ingersoll, The vote ordering the bill to incorporate the Minesota mining company to be engrossed and read the third time, was reconsidered; and The bill was further amended by adding to section seven the following: And any person may enforce the said lien by filing with any court having jurisdiction thereof, an affidavit showing to the satisfaction of such court that he has a claim under the provisions of this section, and such court may thereupon issue an attachment against the property of such company, and the same proceedings may be thereupon had as in other cases. The question again recurring upon ordering the bill to be engrossed and read the third time, it was put and decided in the affirmative. The House resolved itself into committee of the whole, on the general order, Mr. Tilden in the chair. When the committee rose, they through their chairman, reported back without amendment, a bill to enlarge the powers of the district board of school district number one, in the township of Jackson, in Jackson county; And with amendments in which the concurrence of the House was asked, o - A bill to incorporate the Siskoweit mining company of Michigan; A bill to incorporate the Ohio Trap Rock mining company; A bill to provide for a state board of equalization and for the apportionment of the state taxes, and for other purposes; and A bill to authorize Almeron Newman, James Newman, Peter M. Kind, Asa C. Davis and William D. Disbro, to build a dam across Grand river, in the county of Ionia; From the further consideration of all which they asked to be discharged. The report was accepted and the committee discharged. On motion of Mr. McNair, The House adjourned.

Tuesday, February 20, 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, Hatch, Morton, Mosher, Smith, St. Clair and Waite were absent on leave, and Mr. Wilkinson was absent without leave. Mr. Deming asked and obtained leave of absence for Mr. Wilkinson till Friday next. The journal of yesterday having been read in part, Mr. Lockwood moved that the rule requiring the reading thereof be suspended, which was agreed to, and the further reading was dispensed with. PETITIONS PRESENTEI), By Mr. Moran, of D. Corby and others, asking for a change of boundaries of the township of Grosse Point, which was referred to the committee on the organization of townships and counties. By Mr. G. B. Turner, of Marcus Peck and fourteen other citizens of Cass county, praying an alteration in the tax law so that all nonresident and unpaid taxes shall be collected in the several counties in which the same may be levied; of Daniel Blish and twenty-two other citizens of said county, on the same subject; of H. C. Lybrook and thirty-four other citizens of said county, for the same purposes; and of Ezra Hatch and fifty-five other citizens of said county, for the same purpose, which were severally referred to the committee on ways and means. By Mr. Kilborn, of W. R. Gilkey and others, asking for relief on a certain contract; referred to the committee on claims. Mr. G. B. Turner, from the committee on claims, to whom was referred the petition of David Swan, asking payment for services for recruiting soldiers for the Mexican war, and the petition of Daniel Hicks, for the same purpose, reported said petitions back without action, and asked to be discharged from the further consideration thereof. The report was accepted and the committee discharged. Mr. Deming, from the committee on roads and bridges, to whom was referred the petition of Stephen Dow and forty-nine others, of Lynden, in the county of Washtenaw, asking for the passage of an act legalizing the records of said township, reported the same back accompanied by a bill for the perfection of records of public highways, and for other purposes, and asked to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject. The report was accepted, the committee discharged and the bill read twice, erdered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. Deming, from the same committee, to whom was referred a petition and remonstrance of citizens of Van Buren county, relative to an appropriation of certain highway taxes, reported the same back accompanied by a bill appropriating certain highway taxes for the improvement of a road from the village of Paw Paw to Breedswille, in the county of Van Buren, and asked to be discharged from the further consideration thereof. The report was accepted, the committee discharged, and the bill read twice, ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. The committee on engtossment and enrollment, reported as correctly engrossed: A bill to incorporate the Temple building company of Battle Creek; A bill to incorporate the North-Westmining company of Michigan, and A bill to incorporate the Minesota mining company. Mr. Ferguson, from the committee on the judiciary, to whom was referred a bill to amend chapter fifty-eight of the revised statutes of 1846, reported the same back without amendment, recommended its passage, and asked to be discharged. The report was accepted, the committee discharged, and the bill ordered to be printed, referred to committee of the whole, and placed on the general order. Mr. O. C. Comstock, from the committee on education, to whom was referred the petition of the executive committee of the board of regents of the Michigan university, reported the same back accompanied by a bill requiring the commissioner of the state land office to make an annual report to the regents of the university of Michigan, and asked to be discharged from its further consideration. The report was accepted, the committee discharged, and the bill read twice, ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. Ingersoll, from the committee on mines and minerals, to whom

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