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Mr. Van Petten presented a petition of officers and members of the Father Matthew Society in Brooklyn, in favor of the present Excise law, which was read and referred to the committee on internal affairs of towns and counties.

Mr. Nichols presented a petition of Giles Shell and others, for canal damages, which was read and referred to the cammittee on claims.

Mr. Bradley, from the committee on insurance, to which was referred the petition of the Irving Fire Insurance Company for amendment to cbarter, reported by bill entitled “An act to amend the charter of the Irving Fire Insurance Company," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Folger, from a majority of the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act to authorize the trustees of Mcdonough Village Union Cemetery Association, to construct certain avenues in their grounds, and repealing chapter 412 of the Laws of 1865," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Folger, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the Assembly bill entitled "An act to legalize certain bonds of the village of Watkins, in the county of Schuyler, and to provide for the payment of the same," reported in favor of the passage of the same, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole. - Mr. Van Petten, from the committee on internal affairs of towns and counties, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act empowering the board of supervisors of the county of Westchester, to require the collectors of the different towns in that county to pay over taxes at stated times," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with an amendment, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Palmer, from the committee on charitable and religious societies, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act to enable the Park Central Presbyterian Society of Syracuse, to perfect its incorporation, and to confirm grants heretofore made to it," reported in favor of the passage of the same, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Palmer, from the committee on charitable and religious societies, to which was referred the Assembly bill entitled "An act to extend the powers of the French Benevolent Society, and to amend chap. 211 of the Laws of 1819," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Williams, from a majority of the committee of the judiclary, to which was referred the bill entitled “An act to transfer to the trustees of the Newark Cemetery Association, the possession and control of the old burying grounds in said viilage," reported in favor of the passage of the same, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Humphrey, from the committee on commerce and navigation, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act to incorporate the New York Elevator Company," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Humphrey, from the committee on commerce and navigation, to which was referred the the bill entitled "An act to provide for the erection of piers and wharves in the Harlem river, below Second avenue," reported in favor of the passage of the same, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Morgan, from the committee on engrossed bills, reported as correctly engrossed the bills entitled as follows:

“An act for the relief of the Franklin Fire Insurance Company."

"An act authorizing any life insurance company, or any trust or loan company, to invest their funds in bonds issued by any county, town or village of this State, pursuant to any law of this state."

Mr. Crowley, from the committee on municipal affairs, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act to revise the charter of the city of Auburn," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Crowley, from the committee on municipal affairs, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act to amend the several acts heretofore passed relating to the village of Sherburne," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Crowley, from the committee on municipal affairs, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act relating to the village of Niagara city, in the county of Niagara, and to provide for the more efficient collection of village taxes and assessments therein," reported in favor of the passage of the same, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Crowley, from the committee on municipal affairs, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to revise and consolidate the Laws in relation to the village of Ithaca, in the county of Tompkins; passed April 21, 1864," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Crowley, from the committee on municipal affairs, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act in relation to theatres in the city of New York, passed March 18, 1859; and to extend the same," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

A message from the Assembly was received and read, in the words following:

In ASSEMBLY, Feb. 11, 1868. Whereas, A large number of soldiers and sailors were disabled by long and meritorious service in the victorious armies and navies of the United States during the late war; and whereas, the said soldiers and sailors are now pensioners on the bounty of the United States Government; and whereas, honorable positions of trust and profit exist at the disposal of the government that said disabled soldiers and sailors are competent and qualified to fill; therefore,

Resolved (if the Senate coucur), That our Senators and Representatives in Congress be requested to pass some law providing for the employment of said disabled soldiers and sailors, or their appointment to positions in the several custom houses, light bouses, arsenals and dock yards of the United States, at such pay as Congress may by law direct. By order.

C. W. ARMSTRONG, Clerk. Ordered, That said resolution be laid on the table.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Murphy asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act to amend chapter 761 of the Laws of 1865, entitled 'An act to incorporate the Bay Side and New York Ferry Company,”” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on commerce and navigation.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Murphy asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to amend section 46, article 3d, title 1, chap

ter 8 of the 2d part of the Revised Statutes," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Tweed asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to found a Presbyterian hospital," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on charitable and religious societies.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Thayer asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act in relation to the Second Particular Baptist Church and Society, of the city of Troy," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on charitable and religious societies.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Thayer asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to provide for the transmission of letters, packages and merchandise in the cities of New York and Brooklyn, and across the North and East rivers, by means of pneumatic tubes, to be constructed beneath the surface of the streets and public places in said cities, and under the waters of said rivers," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on railroads.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Bradley asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to authorize exchange of public property for public uses, between the Commissioners of Emigration, and the Commissioners of Public Charities and Correction, which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on municipal affairs.

By upanimous consent, Mr. Bradley asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to authorize additional facilities for the interment of the pauper dead in the city of New York,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on municipal affairs.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Palmer asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act for the more effectual prevention of incendiary fires, and for the detection and arrest of offenders," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Norton asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act to repeal chapter 489 of the Laws of 1867, entitled 'An act to provide for the construction of an experimental line of railway in the counties of New York and Westchester," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time.

Mr. Norton moved to refer said bill to the committee on municipal affairs.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Stanford asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act to authorize the town of Saratoga, in the county of Saratoga, to issue bonds to aid in the construction of a railroad from the village of Mechanicsville to intersect the Glen's Falls railroad,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on railroads.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Folger asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act to amend the act to incorporate the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church," which was read the

first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on charitable and religious societies.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Folger asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act to amend the act to incorporate the Board of Foreign Missions of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on charitable and religious societies.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Folger asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to incorporate the Board of Publication of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church,' passed March 28, 1856,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on charitable and religious societies.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Folger asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled 'An act to amend chapter 460 of the Laws of 1837, entitled 'An act concerning the proof of wills, executors and administrators, guardians and wards, and surrogates' courts," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Folger asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to authorize the Commissioners of the Land Office to sell certain real estate escheated to the State, in the town of Jerusalem, Yates county," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Humphrey asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to authorize the trustees of the village of Warsaw to lay out, open and alter, widen, repair and improve highways, public grounds and parks, in said village," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on municipal affairs.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Morris asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to regulate the manner and payment of town bubscriptions to the stock of the Dunkirk, Warren and Pittsburgh Railroad Company," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on railroads.

In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Genet asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to incorporate the Murray Hill Savings Bank, of the city of New York,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on banks.

In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Beach asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act amending acts relating to highway labor on the turnpike road of the Schoharie-kill Bridge Company, and commutation therefor,' passed April 17, 1851; April 14, 1859, and April 18, 1862; and also to repeal the 3d section of the act entitled 'An act to amend the charter of the Schoharie-kill Bridge Company,' passed March 29, 1866," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on roads and bridges.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Creamer asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to amend section 8, of chapter 463 of the Laws of 1853, in relation to corporations in the city of New York," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on insurance, (SENATE JOURNAL.]

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By unanimous consent, Mr. Creamer asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 338 of the Laws of 1858, in relation to assessments on real estate in the city of New York,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on municipal affairs.

In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Murphy asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to incorporate the East River Tunnel Company, for the cities of New York and Brooklyn," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read tlie second time, and referred to the committee on municipal affairs.

The bill entitled “An act for the relief of the Franklin Fire Insurance Company," having been announced for a third reading.

On motion of Mr. Parker and by unanimous consent, the same was amended by inserting in section 1, line 6, printed bill, after the word “ return" the words “ to the receiver of."

Said bill was then read a third time.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the final passage of said bill, and it was decided in the affirmative, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate voting in favor thereof, as follows:

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE.
Banks
Creamer
Kennedy
Norton

Stanford
Beach

Edwards Mattoon O'Donnell Thayer
Bradley
Genet
Morris
Palmer

Tweed
Campbell Graham

Murphy
Parker

Van Petten
Cauldwell Hubbard Nichols

Pierce Chapman Humphrey

27 Ordered, That the Cierk deliver said bill to the Assembly, and request their concurrence therein.

The bill entitled “An act authorizing any life insurance company, or any trust or loan company, or savings bank, to invest their funds in bonds issued by any county, town or village of this State, pursuant to any law of this State," was read a third time.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the final passage of said bill, and it was decided in the affirmative, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate voting in favor thereof, and three-fifths of said members being present, as follows:

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE.
Beach
Edwards Kennedy Norton

Stanford
Campbell Genet

Morgan
Parker

Van Petten
Cauldwell Graham

Morris
Parker

Williams
Chapman Hubbard Nichols

FOR THE NEGATIVE.
Banks
Crowley Folger

Thayer Tweed
Bradley

Ordered, That the Clerk deliver said bill to the Assembly, and request their concurrence therein.

Mr. Nichols offered the following preamble and resolution:

Whereas, The Board of United States Engineers, in charge of harbor improvements on the lakes, have adopted and recommended certain plans for improving the harbor of Buffalo, largely facilitating the movement of the various products of the great North West, which naturally seek that port on their way to the markets of the world; and whereas, the common council of the city of Buffalo have requested the Legislature of this State to urge upon Congress the importance of making the neces, sary appropriations therefor, at an early day; therefore,

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