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to say, were prepared, so far as they were able to prepare themselves, for any call, but the State government had refused to do anything to encourage them, and it was a matter of surprise, that, under existing laws, men could be found to enlist in this work. The convention was ready to proceed to business.
Lientenant Whittlesey moved the appointment of a committee of five by the Chair, to digest and submit for the action of this convention amendments to the militia law.
Colonel Leffingwell moved as an amendment, that delegates having propositions of amendments prepared hand the same to the committee.
The amendment was accepted, and the motion carried.
The chair appointed as such committee, Adjutant General Curtenius; Colonel McConnell, 51st Regiment; Lieutenant Whittlesey; Colonel A. W. Williams, 46th Regiment; Captain F. Hart, Adrian.
On motion of Colonel Dudgeon, Lieutenant Orlando B. Wilcox, U.S. A., was added to the committee.
On motion of Lieutenant Slygh, Captain Earl was added to the committee..
On a further motion, Colonel Leflingwell was also added to the committee.
Major General Williams announced that arrangements had been made for a battalion review, to take place in the afternoon at six o'clock; also, that the several companies of Detroit would entertain their friends at a boat ride after the review.
On motion of Lieutenant Whittlesey, the convention adjourned until two o'clock, P. M., to await the action of the committee on revision of the militia law.
AFTERNOON SESSION. The convention was called to order by the President at half past two o'clock.
The following delegates, not present at the morning sogn sion, appeared and enrolled their names :
Brigadier General H. Sanders, commanding 1st Brigade. Brigadier Geberal G. D. Hill, commanding 3d Brigade. Bridadier General H. Cariter, commanding 6th Brigade. Brigadier General George C. Munro, commanding 11th Brigade.
The following from the Ann Arbor City Guards:
Lieutenant N. E. Welch.
The following additional delegates from the Scott Guards, Detroit:
Captain F. Reulle.
Lieutenants John Caspary and Franz Cramer.
The following additional delegates from the Detroit City Light Guard:
Sergeants Mizner, Truckey, Pierce and Doty.
Privates Howe, Abbott, Campau, Croul, Eagle, Bond, Duffield, Goldsmith, Lum, Wing, Sheldon, Roberts, Howard, Ladue, Wells, and Whittemore.
Colonel F. M. Halloway, 21st Regiment, Hillsdale. Lieutenant Colonel C. M. Westfall, 21st Regiment, Hillsdale.
Major J. S. Barber, 21st Regiment, Hillsdale.
Lieutenant D. Beekhart.
The report of the committee appointed in the morning to submit amendments to the militia laws of the State being the first business in order, the report was read, as follows:
"The committee appointed to recommend such amendments to the militia laws of this State as should seem desirable, respectfully report that they unanimously recommend :
1st. That some provision be made for raising a military fund.
2d. That the serviceable arms and accoutrements belonging to the State be sold, and that the proceeds of such sale be paid into the State Treasury as a military fand.
3d. That provision be made for calling out the militia as a posse comitatus by the sheriffs of counties or mayors of cities, and for the payment of the militia so called out for their services as such posse.
4th. A reduction of the number of the military divisions of the State.
5th. A change in the manner of appointing general and staff officers.
6th. The restoration of courts martial for the trial of commissioned officers.
7th. An increase of the salaries of the Adjutant and of the Quarter-Master General.
8th. That some changes be made in the times of parade and rendezvous.
9th. That the provisions of the army regulations, and articles of war of the United States, be incorporated in, and so far as possible be made a part of, the milita law of this State.
10th. That some amendments be made prescribing the duties of Brigade Inspectors.
Your committee recommend the appointment of a committee to prepare a bill, embracing the several propositions above suggested, to be submitted to the next Legislature; that said committee be instructed to attend said session, for the purpose of presenting said bill; and that said committee be authorized to change the provisions of said bill, as they in their discretion shall deem politic, and calculated to subserve the interests of the militia of the State.
All of which is respectfully submitted."
Adjutant General Curtenius spoke in support of the report. It contains the essence, he said, of all we want. We have now no time to go into lengthy details. The committee will do that in proper time, at their leisure. We want this committee to get aid for us. It was ably said this morning that there is no State so exposed to an We have hundreds of miles of coast, exenemy as ours. posed to the caprice of a nation naturally our enemy. Rivalry between the two nations has ever prevailed, and it ever will prevail. Michigan is sleeping upon her rights to neglect this matter so long. There is no better police in the world than the citizen soldiery. They save thousands of dollars annually to the country. Take Detroit, for instance. You are liable at any time to an insurrec tion. You have no civil police able to quell such an outbreak, should one occur. You must depend upon the volunteer militia organizations that happily exist in your midst, in such an emergency: Now, what do we ask? We come humbly to the Legislature, and beg a mere pittance. These officers are at a great expense. In the ful filment of the duties of their respective offices, they must travel about from place to place. Their uniforms and equipments are costly. There ought to be great liberali ty on the part of the government toward them. We are willing to expose our lives, if need be, in the defense of our country, but we ask that we may have a decent support. Appoint a committee of men in whom you can repose confidence, and they can draw up a bill embracing in detail the whole of this report. Such a committee, going into the Legislature as men of influence-men not to be put off or rejected-and that body will cease ridiculing this matter, and give us what we want. [Cheers.]
The report was then adopted unanimously.
Adjutant General Curtenius moved that the committee proposed in the report consist of twenty members, to be appointed by the chair.
Lieutenant Slygh moved, as an amendment, that the chair appoint a committee of three to nominate the committee.
The amendment prevailed, and the motion as amended was carried.
The chair appointed Lieutenant Slygh, Adjutant General Curtenius, and Colonel Dudgeon, as the nominating committee.'
Captain Fay moved to add three more to the nominating committee. Carried.
The chair appointed Captain Andrews, General Hill, and Lieutenant Colonel Westfall, as such additional mem. bers.
General Cartter moved to justruct the nominating cominittee to put the name of the President of the convention on the committee. Carried.
George W. Gray, Esq., moved that, in order to give the committee tiine to make a judicious selection, the convention now adjourn until tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.
Lieutenant Whittlesey thought that an adjourument was unvecessary. The committee would be able to report in a few minutes, and then the business of the convention would be closed. He should be happy to have the military friends from the interior remain until tomorrow, and he hoped they would do so, but he thought it was unnecessary to continue the organization till that time.
The motion was lost.
Resolved, That the Adjutant General be requested to notify, by circular, commandants of battalions and compa nies of the uniformed volunter militia, and the several staff officers, uniformned or otherwise, of the amount necessary to be raised to defray the expenses of the committee of twenty, to be appointed to frame amendments to the militia laws, and to attend the next session of the Legisla