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Mr. NASH presented the account of the Clerk, for newspapers furnished the Senate ; which was referred to the Committee on Contingent Accounts and Expenses.

BILLS INTRODUCED. Mr. SWAILS, pursuant to notice, introduced

A Bill to provide for the redemption of certain lands sold under order of General Ed. R. S. Canby, for taxes.

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

Mr. JOHNSTON, pursuant to notice, introduced

Joint Resolution to prohibit the incarceration of children under fourteen years of age in the State Penitentiary.

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

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES.

Mr. WIMBUSH, from the Committee on Incorparations, to whom was recommitted a Bill to rénew and amend the charter of the town of Mt. Pleasant, reported back the same, with a recommendation that the Bill be amended by striking out of Section 6, sixth line, the words “ of Roads,” and inserting before the word “ Commissioners” the word “County.”

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

Mr. CARDOZO, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported as duly and correctly enrolled and ready for ratification,

An Act to extend the time for officers to qualify.

A message was sent to the Speaker of the House of Representatives inviting him to attend in the Senate to assist in the ratification of the above Act.

GENERAL ORDERS.

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

Preamble and Resolution of the Senate to take order upon the demand of the House of Impeachment.

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, the Preamble and Resolution were referred to the Special Committee appointed to prepare rules of procedure and practice in the Senate, when sitting for the trial of an impeachment.

Concurrent Resolution to authorize the State Librarian to transfer certain Volumes of Law Reports in the State Library to the Supreme Court.

On motion of Mr. SWAILS, the Resolution was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Bill to alter and renew the charter of the Town of Manning.

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

Pending the consideration of Section 6,

The PRESIDENT announced the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

RATIFICATION OF ACTS.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives attended in the Senate, when the following Acts were duly ratified :

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.

An Act to extend the time for officers to qualify.

GENERAL ORDERS.

The Senate resumed the consideration of Section 6 of a Bill to alter and renew the charter of the town of Manning.'

On motion of Mr. CORBIN, Section 6 was amended in the 21st and 22d lines, printed Bill, by striking out the words “that no fine shall exceed fifty dollars for any one offence,” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “that no punishment imposed shall exceed fifty dollars' fine, or 'thirty days' imprisonment.”

On motion of Mr. CORBIN, Section 8 was amended by striking out in the 3d and 4th lines the words “ and for that purpose they are invested with all the powers and duties of County Commissioners.”

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, Section 19 was amended in the first line, printed Bill, by striking out the word “ malpractice," and inserting in lieu thereof the words “ malfeasance in office.”

Mr. JOHNSTON moved to amend Section 14 by the addition of the words “ except all such as are exhibited for charitable purposes.”

The question was taken on agreeing to the amendment of the Senator from Sumter, and decided in the negative.

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

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES.

Mr. GREENE, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred a Joint Resolution authorizing the State Auditor and County Commis

sioners to levy certain taxes, reported back the same, with the recommendation that said Resolution do pass, with the following amendments :

1. Strike out the word and figure “eight” on the fourth line, and insert the word and figure“ nine,” so that the said Resolution will authorize a State tax to be levied of nine mills.

2. On the tenth line strike out the word “ Beaufort,” and insert, on the thirteenth line, between the words “ Laurens” and “ Counties,” the words“ Beaufort, Barnwell, Newberry, Pickens and Edgefield,” and add at the end of the Resolution “excepting the Counties of Clarendon and Darlington, who are hereby authorized to levy and collect a tax not exceeding five mills on the dollar. Two mills of said tax so levied in Darlington County shall be devoted to the completion of the Court House at Darlington, provided so much shall be necessary.”

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

On the question of agreeing to the amendment recommended by the Committee to strike out the word and figure “eight” on the fourth line, and insert the word and figure "nine,"

After debate, participated in by Messrs. Arnim, Leslie, Nash, Greene, Corbin, Duvall, Whittemore, Mr. DUVALL called for the yeas and nays. The yeas and nays were taken, and resulted as follows:

Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Barber, Cardozo, Clinton, Corbin, Duncan, Greene, Johnston, Leslie, Nash, Owens, Rose, Swails, Whittemore, Wilson.--15.

Nays-Messrs. Bieman, Dickson, Duvall, Foster, Hayes, Holcombe, Wimbush.-7.

So the amendment was agreed to.

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, the amendment of the Committee was amended by inserting after the word “Clarendon ” the word “Horry."

On motion of Mr. NASH, the amendment of the Committee was further amended by inserting after the word “Horry” the word “Richland.”

On motion of Mr. CORBIN, the Resolution was amended by striking out the words "excepting the County Commissioners of Charleston County, who are hereby authorized to levy and cause to be collected a tax not exceeding three and a half (3.1) mills on the doilar.”

The question was then taken on agreeing to the amendment of the Committee, as amended, and decided in the affirmative.

There being no further amendments,

Ordered, That the Joint Resolution, as amended, be engrossed for 2, third reading.

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR.

Message No. 7, 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 business.

RESOLUTIONS.

Mr. WIMBUSH introduced the following:

Resolved, That the Committee on Privileges and Elections be instructed to report upon the vacancies now existing in the Senate from the Counties of Charleston, Georgetown and Abbeville, on to-morrow.

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

After debate, participated in by Messrs. Nash, Corbin,

The PRESIDENT, on the question raised as to the duty and power of the President of the Senate, in the matter, read for information, Sec. 29, Art 2, of the Constitution, and stated that while he believed the duty of the Presi: dent, in case of vacancies, was made perfectly clear by this provision of the Constitution, it was his desire to have such information upon the subject that his action may stand the test of any investigation, legal or otherwise. As inquiry in reference to the facts and the law relative to these vacancies were being made by the Senate, he trusted that the result would be known in a reasonable time. He also desired to state that all parties may rest assured that he will endeavor to discharge his duties to the best of his understanding, with a zealous regard for the rights of all, impartially, and without fear or favor.

The question was then taken on agreeing to the Resolution, and decided in the negative.

GENERAL ORDERS.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the General Orders.

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.

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

Resolution to instruct the Committee on the Judiciary to inquire relative to a change of costs of Court.

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, the Resolution was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Report of the Committee on Claims on the account of the Spartanburg Republican.

The Report was read, and taken up for consideration.

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

On motion of Mr. WIMBUSH, the Senate adjourned at 2:45 P. M.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 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 Rev. S. Brown.
The Journal of yesterday was read.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The House sent to the Senate

Report of the Committee on Claims of the House of Representatives on accounts of the Winnsboro Herald, and W. J. Pinckney; which were referred to the Committee on Claims.

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

Joint Resolution authorizing and directing the State Auditor and County Commissioners to levy certain taxes.

The Joint Resolution received its third reading, passed, and was ordered to be returned to the House of Representatives for concurrence in amendments.

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

An Act to vest the title of the State to a lot of land in the village of Orangeburg, of which Diedrich Klepping died seized, in the purchaser or purchasers who shall pay for the premises under a sale made by a

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