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Those who voted in the negative were, Messrs. Barstow, Brawley, Brown, Burnett, Clapp, Cruson, Jackson, Jones, Mooers, Morrow, Parker, Phelps, Pole and Thomas,–14. i

Mr. Parker moved that said memorial be laid on the table, and printed. Mr. MaGone called for a division of the question.

The Speaker decided that the question was divisible, and would first be put on laying on the table ;

And having been put, It was decided in the affirmative. And the ayes and noes having been called for, Those who voted in the affirmative were, Messrs. Barstow, Billings, Brawley, Burnett, Clapp, Crawford, Croswell, Cruson, Dennis, Earll, Fisher, Graves, Hoard, Jackson, Jones, MaGone, Mooers, Morrow, Parker, Phelps, Pole, Sheldon, Thomas, Wooster and Darling, (Speaker,)—25. Mr. Brown voted in the negative.

The question was then put on ordering the said memorial to be printed,

And was decided in the negative.
And the ayes and noes having been called for,
Those who voted in the affirmative were,
Messrs. Barstow, Brawley, Parker, Pole and Thomas,-5.
Those who voted in the negative were,

Messrs. Billings, Brown, Burnett, Clapp, Crawford, Croswell, Cruson, Dennis, Earll, Fisher, Graves, Hoard, Jackson, Jones, MaGone, Mooers, Morrow, Phelps, Sheldon, Wooster and Darling, (Speaker,)-21.

Petitions were presented and referred as follows:

By Mr. Croswell. The report of a committee of the common school convention held at Madison on the 16th day of January instant;

Which was referred to the committee on Schools.

By Mr. Cruson. Several petitions of inhabitants of the county of Grant, asking for a division of the counties of Iowa and Grant;

Referred to a select committee consisting of the members from those counties,

By Mr. Jones. Two petitions of inhabitants of the town of Unicn, Rock county, for a division of said town ; Which were referred to the committee on Corporations.

By Mr. Pole. A petition of 861 inhabitants of Iowa county, asking for a division of said county; · Which was referred to a select committee consisting of the members from that county.

By Mr. Barstow. Two petitions of inhabitants of Milwaukee county, asking for a division of said county;

Which were laid on the table.

By Mr. Morrow. A protest of citizens of Sheboygan county against the last annual election in the Sheboygan precinct, and asking for legislative interference therein ;

Which was laid on the table.". · By Mr. Hoard. A remonstrance of citizens of Iowa county against a division of said county ;

Which was referred to the select committee on that subject.

By Mr. Parker. Several petitions of citizens of Milwaukee county, asking for a division of said county; :

Which were laid on the table.

By Mr. Jackson. A petition of citizens of Southport, asking that a law may be passed submitting the question of the formation of a state government to the people ;

Which was referred to the select joint committee on that subject.

Also, two petitions of citizens of Racine county, asking that the question of license or no license be submitted to the people ;

Which were referred to the committee on the Judiciary. Mr. Croswell by leave introduced

No.5, (H. of R.) “Resolution instructing the Attorney General to commence legal proceedings against the Wisconsin Marine and Fire Insurance Company;" Which was read the first and second times, and

On motion of Mr. Dennis, i The rule requiring bills, &c. to be printed before being acted

upon in the committee of the whole was suspended with reference to this resolution.

- Mr. Mooers, by leave, presented a petition of inhabitants of the town of Vernon, Milwaukee county, asking that the question of license or no license to retail spirituous liquors be submitted to the people in the several towns and precincts in the Territory;

Which was, on his motion, laid on the table.

Mr. Mooers, from the majority of the committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred sundry petitions relative to the repeal of certain acts regulating taverns and groceries, made the following report :

The Judiciary Committee, to whom was referred “A bill to repeal all license laws now in force," and sundry petitions asking a change in the manner of licensing the sale of ardent spirits, have had the same under consideration, and a majority of said committee beg leave to report :

That they consider the subject matter referred to them of great importance to the social and moral welfare of the people of this Territory, and a proper subject to be brought before the Legislature ; for of all the great interests of the country committed to the care of the Legislature, those affected by the evils sought to be remedied by the petitioners, have received the least care or protection, owing, as the committee think, to a misjudged application of legislative interference, which has not only paralyzed but warded off the power of moral influence, the only effective remedy that can relieve the public from the evil.

The many expedients of law resorted to, to restrain the too common use and free trafiic in the article, for a long course of years, have only served to protect it, and have formed a rampart between the healthful moral tone of public opinion, which has driven back from open day other kindred vices, and preserved this last of legalized systems of wrong to prey upon the vital interests of the body politic-around which the Le. gislature have thrown the sacred panoply of the law, and require judges and jurors, despite the manifest injury to community, to grant it protection and perpetuity, though its

inroads upon all the interests of society have been far greater and more pernicious than every other evil guarded against in our statute books. 'It may indeed be called the mother of evils, for it seems to be the incipient agent that prepares the minds of men for all the humiliating and degrading vices and crimes of the day. This fact is so manifest that the committee consider that to be longer identified as the upholders and god fathers of such a system, will tend to weaken the force and power of public sentiment, and render ineffective that moral influerce which has proved a salutary corrective or restraint to every other evil. And whatever disposition the Legislature may make of the subject, the committee wish to wash their hands of any further participation in continuing by law this canker upon the vitals of all the sources of national wealth, of intellectual endowments, and of the prosperity, peace and happiness of our race.

For which purpose, they ask leave to introduce a bill.
Also reported

No. 30, (H. of R.) “ A bill to repeal certain acts regulating taverns and groceries ;"

Which was read the first and second times.

Mr. Earll, from the committee on Internal Improvements, to which had been referred sundry petitions relative to the canal lands, reported that in the opinion of the committee, legislative action upon the subject was inexpedient at the present time.

Mr. Earll, from the committee on the Judiciary, to which had been referred,

No. 3. (H.of R.) “A bill to change the time of holding courts in certain counties in the second judicial district ;"

Reported the same back to the House without amendment.

Mr. Billings, from the select committee to which had been referred so much of the Governor's message as relates to a penitentiary, reported

No. 4, (H. of R.) “ A memorial to Congress on the subject of a penitentiary;"

Which was read the first and second times.
Mr. Thomas gave notice that on some future day he should

ask leave to introduce a bill to incorporate the Lisbon and Milwaukee Plank Road Company.

Mr. Cruson, from the committee on Engrossed Bills, reported

No. 24, (H. of R.) “A bill to incorporate the first Congregational Society of the town of Troy;"

No. 29, (H. of R.) “ A bill to provide for re-locating the seat of justice of Sauk county and for other purposes;"

No. 14, (H. of R.) “A bill relating to constable's fees ;": and

No. 27; (H. of R.) “A bill to repeal certain acts therein named and to revive the act of the revised statutes entitled 'an act relating to the militia,'”.

As correctly engrossed.

Said bills Nos. 14, 24 and 27, (H. of R.) were then taken up, read the third time, passed, and the titles thereof agreed to.

No. 29, (H, of R.) was read the third time, when i

Mr. Dennis asked and obtained the unanimous consent of the House to amend the bill by striking out the word “election," in the first section, and inserting the word “location" in lieu thereof.

The said bill was then passed and the title thereof agreed Mr. Earll, agreeably to previous notice and by leave, introduced

No. 31, (H. of R.) "A bill to construe an act entitled an act to amend an act of the Revised Statutes of 1839, entitled * an act concerning the supreme and district courts ;!” Which was read the first and second times, and

On motion of Mr. Earll, The rule requiring bills, &c. to be printed before being acted upon in committee of the whole, was dispensed with in reference to this bill.

Mr. Phelps, from the joint committee on Enrolled Bills, made the following report ;

The joint committee on Enrollment report as correctly enrolled,

." An act to provide for the payment of A. Botkin's account for services rendered while Auditor of the Territory.;"

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