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Mr. Buck presented the petition of P. Brower and forty-five other citizens of St. Joseph county, and of William H. Gross and twenty-four others, for the passage of an act to incorporate the St. Joseph river navigation company; laid on the table.

Mr. Parkhurst presented the petition of James Dunham and seven others, for the extension of the law of 1843, relative to university lands; referred to the committee on public lands.

Mr. Coe, from the committee on the judiciary, reported a bill to authorize Nancy Maria Sliker and others, minors, to convey certain real estate, which was read twice, ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order.

Mr. Coe, from the same committee, submitted the following report, which was accepted and the committee discharged from the further

consideration of the subject:

The committee on the judiciary, to whom was referred the petition of Joseph Loranger, Jr., asking, for the passage of a law authorizing him to sell and convey certain real estate belonging to his children, and invest the same in other more productive real estate, or in some productive stocks, have had the same under consideration and have instructed me to report,

That existing laws provide a full and complete remedy for this case, and therefore report back the petition, with the recommendation that the prayer thereof be not granted, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

Mr. Coe, from the same committee, to whom was referred the bill to provide for the removal of the state land office to the seat of government, with certain instructions, reported the same back, together with a substitute therefor, which report was accepted and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject, and

On motion of Mr. Coe,

The bill was laid on the table, and the substitute was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Parkhurst, from the committee on engrossment and enrollment, reported that the following entitled bills and joint resolution were eorrectly enrolled and were this day presented to the Governor for his approval.

A bill to provide for laying out and establishing a state road from Richland, in Kalamazoo county, to Hastings, in Barry county:

A bill to amend chapter four of the revised statutes of 1846:

A bill to amend section thirteen of chapter sixty-six of the revised statutes; and

A joint resolution requiring reports from certain special commissioners.

Mr. Parkhurst, from the same committee, reported that the following entitled bills were correctly engrossed, viz:

A bill appropriating certain highway taxes for the improvment of a certain road in the counties of Barry and Eaton;

A bill to repeal the sixteenth section of an act to amend the revised statutes of 1846, approved April 3, 1848; and

A bill to repeal an act to provide against the recovery of damages done by beasts on lands which are not enclosed by a lawful fence.

Mr. J. W. Turner, from the committee on banks and incorporations, reported, a bill to amend an act to incorporate the Dexter and Michigan plank road company, approved April 3, 1848, which was rea twice, ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order.

Mr. O'Malley, from the committee on the state library, to whom was referred the joint resolution relative to certain state property, reported the same back without amendment, and recommended its passage, which report was accepted and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject, and

The joint resolution was ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order.

Mr. Pennoyer, from the committee on ways and means, to whom was referred the Senate joint resolution in relation to a settlement with Palmyra and Jacksonburg railroad company, reported the same back, and asked to be discharged from its further consideration, which report was accepted and the committee discharged, and

The joint resolution was referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order.

Mr. Smith, from the committee on agriculture and manufactures, to whom was referred the Senate bill for the encouragement of agriculture, manufactures and the mechanic arts, reported the same back without amendment, and recommended its passage, which report was accepted and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject, and

The bill was referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. Deming, from the committee on reads and bridges, to whom was referred the Senate bill to appropriate four hundred acres of intornal improvement land to aid in constructing a bridge across the Thornapple river, in the township of Caledonia, in Kent county, reported the same back without amendment, and recommended that it be not passed, which report was accepted and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject, and The bill was referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER, Lansing, March 6, 1849.)

To the Speaker of the House of Representatives: SIR:—I am instructed to return herewith the following entitled bill and joint resolution, which the Senate have passed with amendments, in which the concurrence of the House, is respectfully asked, viz: A bill to amend chapter ninety-three of the revised statutes of 1846, relative to appeals; and Joint resolution relative to salt spring lands in the town of Saline. I am further instructed to respectfully inform you that the Senate refuse to concur in the first and fifth amendments of the House to a bill to incorporate the Siskoweit mining company of Michigan; that Messrs. Isbell, Thomson and Griswold have been appointed committee of conference on the part of the Senate on the disagreement between the two Houses on said bill; and to request the appointment of a like committee on the part of the House. Respectfully, &c., W. L. BANCROFT, Secretary of the Senate. The Senate amendments to the bill to amend chapter ninety-three of the revised statutes of 1846, relative to appeals, were severally non-concurred in. The Senate amendments to the joint resolution relative to salt spring lands in the town of Saline, were concurred in, and the joint resolution as amended was ordered to be enrolled.

On motion of Mr. H. H. Comstock,

A committee of conference was ordered to be appointed on the part of the House, on the disagreement between the two Houses on the bill to incorporate the Siskoweit mining company of Michigan, and

The Speaker appointed Messrs. H. H. Comstock, O'Malley and Coe, as such committee.

Mr. David offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the committee on engrossment and enrollment be and they are hereby authorized to employ a suitable person as an assistant Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk, at any time when they may deem it necessary.

Mr. Kilborn offered the following as a substitute for the resolution, which was concurred in, viz:

Resolved, That the committee on enrolled bills be, and they are hereby instructed to employ G. G. Deshon assistant Engrossing and Enrolling Clerk of this House, and that they be empowered to employ any further assistance, should it become necessary.

Mr. Parkhurst moved that the resolution be laid on the table, which motion was lost, and

The resolution, as amended, was adopted.

Mr. Kilborn gave notice that on some future day he would ask leave to introduce a bill to provide for improving Grand river, in the township of Lansing, as a highway, and for other purposes;

Mr. Parkhurst, from the committee on engrossment and enrollment. reported a bill for the dissolution of a certain school district in the county of Oakland, which was read twice, ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order.

The bill appropriating certain highway taxes for the improvement of a certain road in the counties of Barry and Eaton, was read the third time, when

Mr. Bowne, by unanimous consent, moved to amend the seventh hine of section one, by striking out the word “five,” before “years,” and inserting “three,” which amendment was agreed to, and

The bill was then passed.

The bill to repeal the sixteenth section of an act to amend the revised statutes of 1846, approved April 3, 1848, was read the third time, when

Mr. Hawley moved that it be recommitted to the committee on the organization of townships and counties, with instructions to amend the bill so as to except the city of Monroe from its provisions, if in their opinion justice requires the same, which motion was lost. On motion of Mr. Morton, The bill was laid on the table. The bill to repeal an act to provide against the recovery of damages done by beasts on lands which are not enclosed by a lawful fence, . was read the third time and passed. On motion of Mr. Coe, The title was amended by inserting the words “section two of" af. ter “repeal” and by adding the words “approved March 17, 1847.” The House having arrived at the order of unfinished business, took up the protest yesterday offered by Mr. Chamberlain against the action of the House in passing the bill to require the board of supervisors of Berrien county to construct and maintain certain bridges in said county, and The question being on the motion of Mr. H. H. Comstock, that the same be laid on the table and leave granted to Mr. Chamberlain to withdraw the same from the files of the House, when The motion was withdrawn by the mover. The Speaker decided the paper not to be a protest within the meaning of the constitution, as it was not confined to a discussion of the act, but contained reflections on the House. Mr. Chamberlain appealed from that decision, and the question. being, shall the decision of the chair stand as the judgment of the House? it was decided in the affirmative, by the following vote:

YEAS.

Mr. Allen, Mr. Flower, Mr. Moffatt,
Andrews, Fox, Moran,
Belding, Haight, Morton,
Buck, Hammond, Mulhollen,
Burk, Harger, Parkhurst,
Cady, Hartsuff, Pennoyer,
Campbell, Hawley, Smith,
Coe, Hobart, St. Clair,
Coman, Holmes, Stevens,
Curtis, Kilborn, Stoddard,
H. H. Comstock, Lockwood, Turrill,
O. C. Comstock, Lovell, Tuttle,

David, McNair, Waite,

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