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pare rules of procedure and practice in the Senate when sitting for the trial of an impeachment.

On motion of Mr. ARNIM, the Rule was suspended, and the Resolution considered immediately.

The question was taken on agreeing to the Resolution, and decided in the affirmative

Messrs. Whittemore, Arnim, Montgomery, Wimbush, Wilson, were appointed said Committee.

Mr. DUNCAN introduced the following Resolution :

Whereas, the costs under the present Code are excessive, and greatly more onerous than heretofore in this State ; therefore,

Resolved, That the Judiciary be instructed to inquire whether some change of the present law in respect to “ costs” may not be made which will be of benefit to the people at large.

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

BILLS INTRODUCED.

Mr. WIMBUSH, froin the Committee on Incorporations, introduced Bill to alter and renew the charter of the town of Manning.

The Bill received its first reading, was ordered for a second reading and consideration to-morrow, and to be printed.

Mr. WHITTEMORE, pursuant to notice, introduced

Bill to authorize and empower the County Commissioners of Darlington County to levy a special tax for the further construction and completion of a court house.

The Bill received its first reading, was ordered for a second reading and consideration to-morrow, and to be printed.

GENERAL ORDERS.

The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the General Orders on the Calendar.

Report of the Committee on Public Buildings on Resolution relative to heating the Lunatic Asylum by means of steam pipes.

The Report was read, and taken up for consideration.

After debate, participated in by Messrs. Arnim, Nash, Leslie, Whittemore,

The question was taken on agreeing to the Report, and decided in the affirmative.

So the Resolution was ordered to lie on the table.

After further debate, participated in by Messrs. Nash, Swails, Arnim, Whittemore,

On motion of Mr. SWAILS, the Report was ordered to lie on the table.

On motion of Mr. SWAILS, the Report and Resolution were taken up from the table for consideration

On motion of Mr. NASH, the Report and Resolution were recommitted to the Committee on Public Buildings.

RATIFICATION OF ACTS.

The SPEAKER of the House of Representatives attended in the Senate, when the following Joint Resolution was duly ratified:

Joint Resolution authorizing the State Librarian to cause to be prepared an index to Volume 14 of the Statutes of this State.

GENERAL ORDERS.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the General Orders.

Bill (House) supplementary to an Act entitled "An Act to authorize administrators, executors, and other fiduciaries, to sell certain evidences of indebtedness at public sale, and compromise in certain cases."

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, the Bill was read by its title, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Bill (by Committee on Incorporations) to incorporate the town of Midway.

The Bill received its second reading, was considered in Committee of the Whole, and by Sections.

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, the Bill was amended by striking out, wherever it occurred, the word “Magistrate,” and inserting in lieu thereof the words“ Trial Justice, or other inferior Courts.”

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, Section 6 was amended in the 4th, 5th and 7th lines of the printed Bill, by striking out the words “ of Roads,” and inserting before the word “Commissioners” the word “ County."

There being no further amendments,
Ordered, That the Bill be engrossed for a third reading.

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR.

Message No.5, from His Excellency the Governor, was announced by the Sergeant-at-Arms, and presented to the Senate by Mr. John Heart, Private Secretary.

The PRESIDENT announced that the Message related to Executive EXECUTIVE SESSION.

At 1:25 P. M., on motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, the Senate went into Executive Session.

After disposal of Executive Business, the Senate, at 2 P. M. returned to open session.

On motion of Mr. BARBER, the Senate adjourned at 2:10 P. M.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1870.

Pursuant to adjournment, the Senate assembled at 12 M., and was called to order by the President, Hon. A. J. RANSIER.

The roll was called, and, a quorum answering to their names, the PRESIDENT announced the Senate ready to proceed to business.

Prayer by the Chaplain. The Journal of yesterday was read. Mr. Burroughs asked and obtained leave of absence until after the recess.

COMMUNICATION FROM THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT

OF EDUCATION.

The PRESIDENT laid before the Senate the following communication :

OFFICE OF STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION S. C.,

COLUMBIA, December 20, 1870. To the Honorable the President and the Senate

of the State of South Carolina : GENTLEMEN : I have the honor herewith to submit for your consideration, a statement concerning the Contingent Fund of the office of the State Superintendent of Education of the State of South Carolina, for the fiscal year ending October 31, 1869. I shall, at an early day, take great pleasure in presenting to your honorable body, a similar exhibit in regard to the Contingent Fund of this office for the fiscal year ending October 31, 1870.

Very respectfully,

J. K. JILLSON,
State Superintendent of Education S. C.

Received as information, and, with the statement, ordered to be printed. PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The House returned to the Senate,

An Act to make appropriation for the payment of the per diem and mileage of the members of the General Assembly, and the salaries of the subordinate officers, and other expenses incidental thereto.

Ordered, That it be enrolled for ratification,

PETITIONS, &c.

Mr. CARDOZO presented the petition of the Camden Bridge Company, praying for recharter ; which was received as information.

Mr. CARDOZO presented the petition of John McRae, of Kershaw County, praying to be released from his liability for the support of J. C. Whittaker, a lunatic, placed in the Lunatic Asylum, at Columbia ; which was referred to the Committee on Claims.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES.

Mr. GREENE, from the Committee of Conference, submitted the following report :

SENATE CHAMBER, COLUMBIA, December 19, 1870. The Committee of Conference, appointed on the part of the Senate, on the Bill to make appropriation for the payment of the per diem and mileage of the members of the General Assembly, and the salaries of the subordinate officers, and other expenses incidental thereto, respectfully report that they have met the Committee on the part of the House of Representatives, and agreed to the amendment of the House, to strike out the word "seventy,” (70) on the third line of the first Section, and insert “thirty” (30) instead, so that it may read as follows: “One hundred and thirty-five thousand dollars ($135,000.") And they would recommend that the Senate agree to said amendment.

JOS. A. GREENE, Chairman Committee of Conference on part of Senate. On motion of Mr. GREENE, the Rule was suspended, and the Report considered immediately.

The question was taken on agreeing to the Report, and decided in the affirmative

A message, with the Bill, was returned to the House of Representatives accordingly.

Mr. WHITTEMORE, from the Committee on Engrossed Bills, reported as duly and correctly engrossed, and ready for a third reading,

Bill to incorporate the town of Midway;
Bill to incorporate the town of Timmonsville.

The above Bills received their third reading, passed, and were ordered to be sent to the House of Representatives.

Mr. HAYES, from the Committee on Claims, to whom was referred the Report of the House Committee on Claims on the account of N. E. Edwards, School Commissioner of Richland County, reported back the same, with a recommendation that the Senate concur in said report, allowing Mr. Edwards two hundred and four dollars for his services.

On motion of Mr. HAYES, the Rule was suspended, and the Report considered immediately.

After debate, participated in by Messrs. Nash, Whittemore, Leslie, Arnim,

On the question of agreeing to the Report,
On division, the Senate voted, yeas 5; nays 13.

So the Senate refused to agree to the Report of the House Committee, and a message sent to the House accordingly.

Mr. HAYES, from the Committee on Claims, to whom was referred the accounts of the Spartanburg Republican, for public printing, reported back the same, with a recommendation that the claims, amounting to four hundred and sixty dollars and sixty-eight cents, be paid.

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

Mr. GREENE, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred a Bill to empower the State to maintain the beneficiaries of the Lunatic Asylum, instead of the several counties, reported back the same, with the recommendation that the Bill do pass.

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

Mr. GREENE, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred the petition of Professors M. LaBorde, J. L. Reynolds, W.J. Rivers and Librarian, C. Bruce Walker, praying for payment of claims against the State, &c., reported back the same, with the recommendation that the prayer of the petitioners be not granted.

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

Mr. CARDOZO, from the Committee on Charitable Institutions, submitted the Report of that Committee relative to affairs of the Lunatic Asylum.

Ordered for consideration to-morrow, and to be printed.

Mr. CARDOZO, from the Committee on Enrolled Acts, reported as duly and correctly enrolled, sealed, and ready for ratification, the following named Act:

An Act to make appropriation for the payment of the per diem and mileage of the members of the General Assembly, and the salaries of the subordinate officers, and other expenses incidental thereto.

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