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mittee deem it inexpedient to attempt to prosecute the work on said canal at present, for the following reasons: ..
Ist. The embarrassed state of the currency of the United States, your committee believe would render it difficult, if not impossible, for the Territory to effect a loan on its bonds, without selling them at a discount.
2d. Your committee are of the opinion that to go on and expend the proceeds of the lands granted by Congress to aid in the con. struction of said canal, would be placing the Territory in a situa. tion, either to be liable to the general government for the repay. ment of the money, or, to incur a much heavier debt, for the com. pletion of said work, which would be useless without being finish.
3d. Your committee did not deem satisfactory the answers of the president of the canal company, to the resolution of this House, calling on the officers of said company for an exposition of their affairs, that the Territory might judge as to the propriety of pro. secuting said work, in connection with the said company. .
4th. That in the location of said canal by said company, your committee believe that great injustice was done to some of the settlers living on the government lands, by locating said canal and having the lands selected and sold without the acceptance of the Territorial engineer, and after this having been done, a new loca. tion made by the said company, by which a number of occupants upon said lands were thrown from six to eight miles from the line of said canal, and still compelled to pay two dollars and fifty cents per acre for their lands, and not entitled to the right of pre. emption,
5th. Your committee find a proposition in the communication from the president of the canal company to this House, that they (the company) would surrender their charter to the Territory, on conditions that they can be assured that the Territory will prosecute and complete said work.
Your committee believe that it would be a very improper course for the Legislature to take, to bind the Territory to perform cera tain things with her own means.
Your committee deem it unnecessary to give any further rea. sons, believing that the above are sufficient, and beg leave to re. port the accompanying bill for the consideration of this House, viz:
No. 25, entitled, “ A bill to amend an act to provide for aiding in the construction of the Milwaukee and Rock river canal.”
On motion of Mr. Cruson, Ordered, That said report be accepted, the committee dis. charged, and the bill read the first and second time, and be print. ed with the accompanying documents.
The said bill was then read the first and second time.
Mr. Shackelford, from the committee on enrolment, reported “ An act 10 provide for the construction of a bridge across the Milwaukee river," to be correctly enrolled.
Which was then signed by the Speaker.
Mr. Childs, from the committee on engrossed bills, reported the following lo be correctly engrossed, viz :
No. 3, “Substitute for • A bill relating to the duties of regis. ters of deeds.'”
No. 9, “ Resolution relating 10 the fiscal agency of Moses M. Strong."
The Speaker laid before the House a message from the Gover. nor, notifying the House that he had on 10-day examined and approved a “ Memorial of the Legislative Assembly, in behalf of the settlers on the even sections reserved to the United States by the law granting a quantity of land to aid in the construction of the Milwaukee and Rock river canal.”
Mr. Brunson, from the select committee to which bill No. 5 was referred, reported a substitute for said bill, entitled “Substitute for a bill to organize the county of St. Croix."
Which was read the first and second time and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Childs, agreeably to notice for leave, introduced bill No. 26, entitled “ A bill to authorize Hamilton Stevens, and others, to build and maintain a dam across the outlet of Fox Lake in Dodge county.”
Which was read the first and second time and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Baldwin, agreeably to notice for leave, intraduced bill No. 27, which was read the first and second time and ordered to be printed, entitled “ A bill to incorporate the stockholders of the Bank of Sivipee.”
Mr. Wells, from the judiciary committee, reported bill No. 28, which was read a first and second time and ordered to be printed, cntiiled “ A bill to amend an act of the Revised Statutes of the Territory of Wisconsin, entitled • An act concerning judgments and executions,'”
The House then proceeded to the orders of the day, being bills on their passage.
No. 3, entitled 6 Substitute for a bill relating to the duties of registers of deeds," was read the third time, passed, and title amended to read,
“ A bill relating to the duties of registers of deeds."
No. 9, “ Resolution relating to :he fiscal agency of Moses M. Strong," was read the third time, passed, and the title amended to read,
No. 29, “ A bill relating to the fiscal agency of Moses M. Strong."
Ordered, That the clerk request the concurrence of the Coun. cil in the said bills.
Mr. Shackelford moved that the following bills be committed to the committee of the whole now, cntitled as follows:
No. 18, “ A bill to repeal an act entitled, “An act to change the corporate limits and powers of the town of Green Bay.""
No. 21, “ A bill relative to the seat of justice of Brown coun.
No. 23, “A bill to annul the marriage contract of Joseph R. Brown and Margaret Brown."
Mr. Childs moved to amend the motion by excluding therefrom bill No. 21; and the ayes and noes being called, by Mr. Shackel. ford, were as follows :
Ayes--Messrs. Baldwin, Beardsley; Billings, Brunson, Childs, Conroe, Craig, Cruson, Dewey, Hoyt, Jenkins, Longstreet, New. man, Shew, Sholes, Stevens, Story, Street, Sutherland, Wells and Whiton, speaker-21.
Noes-Messrs. McGregor and Shackelford—2.
So the House decided that said bill should be excluded from the said motion.
The question was then taken on the motion of Mr. Shackelford, and was decided in the affirmative.
The House then went into the committee of the whole on said bills, Mr. Shew in the chair.
After some time the committee rose and reporied the said bills with amendments, which were agreed to by the House, and the bills ordered to be engrossed for the third reading.
On motion of Mr. Billings, The following resolutions and bills from the Council were read the first and second time, viz:
No. 3, “ Resolution relative to the adjournment of the Legisla. ture.”
No. 4, “Resolution to locate the university lands.”
No. 11, “ A bill to incorporate the Michigan and Rock river rail-road company.”
No. 20, “ A bill to exonerate the several counties of the Ter. ritory from the payment of certain taxes ;” and,
No. 22, “ A bill to amend an act concerning the lien of me. chanics, and others, for repairs and improvements on real estate."
On motion of Mr. Street, The House resolved itself into the committee of the whole, Mr. Billings in the chair, on resolution No. 3, entitled “ Resolution relating to the adjournment of the Legislatura.
After a short time the commit:ee rose and reported the resolu. tion 10 the House without amendment.
Pending the question on ordering the said resolution to the third reading, a motion was made by Mr. Childs that the said resolution do lie on the table for ihe present, and the ayes and noes being called on the said motion, were as follows :
Ayes—Messrs. Beardsley, Billings, Blackstone, Bracken, Childs, Hoyt, Jenkins, Longstreet, McGregor, Shew, Sholes, Stevens and Whiton, speaker-13.
Noes— Messrs. Baldwin, Brunson, Conroe, Craig, Cruson, . Dewey, Newman, Shackelford, Story, Street, Sutherland and Wells—12.
So the said resolution was laid on the table.
On motion of Mr. Street,
Three o'clock. The Speaker laid before the House a communication from Byron Kilbourn, Esq., president of the Milwaukee and Rock river canal company, in answer to a resolution of this House, which was. read, and,
On motion of Mr. Billings,
The Speaker, also, submitted to the House a communication of Joseph Faucett, and others, praying that the Legislature pass a resolution requesting the Congress of the United States to adopt measures forth with for calling a national convention, for the pure pose of restraining and adjusting the abuses of legislation in re. gard to banking.
Mr. Bracken moved that the communication be referred to the same committee to which that part of the Governor's message was referred relating to the currency, which motion was decided in the negative.
The said communication was then referred to the following select committee, viz: