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On the question of agreeing to the Report,

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

Mr. SMALLS moved that the Senate Report be laid upon the table, and the House Report, recommending payment of the claim, be taken up for consideration.

On the question of agreeing to the motion of the Senater from Beaufort,

On division, the Senate voted, yeas, 10; nays, 7.

So the Senate Report was ordered to lie on the table, and the House Report taken up for consideration.

Mr. WHITTEMORE moyed that the further consideration of the House Report be indefinitely postponed.

After debate, participated in by Messrs. Smalls, Whitt-more, Corbin, Hayne, Johnston, Nash, Maxwell, McIntyre,

On the question of agreeing to the motion of the Senator from Darlington,

Mr. SMALLS called for the yeas and nays.
The yeas and nays were taken, and resulted as follows:

Yeas--Messrs Barber, Bieman, Burroughs, Beckman, Cardozo, Corbin, Dickson, Duncan, Duvall, Foster, Greene, Hayes, Holcombe, Leslie, Maxwell, Nash, Owens, Rose Whittemore, Wilson-20.

Nays-Messrs. Arnim, Hayne, Hollinshead, Johnston, McIntyre, Smalls, Swails, Wimbush.-8.

So the further consideration of the Report was indefinitely postponed, and a message sent to the House of Representatives accordingly.

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

A Bill to promote the consolidation of the Greenville and Columbia Railroad Company and the Blue Ridge Railroad Company.

The Bill received its third reading.
On the question of agreeing to the passage of the Bill,
Mr. DUVALL called for the

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nays were taken, and resulted as follows: Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Barber, Bieman, Burroughs, Beckman, Cardozo, Clinton, Duncan, Gaillard, Greene, Hayes, Hayne, Hollinshead, Johnston, Leslie, Maxwell, McIntyre, Nash, Owens, Rose, Smalls, Swails, Wimbush.-23.

Nays-Messrs. Corbin, Dickson, Duvall, Foster, Whittemore, Wilson.-6.

So the Bill passed, and was ordered to be returned to the House of Representatives, with Senate amendments.

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Mr. WHITTEMORE presented the following communication:

COLUMBIA, S. C., March 4, 1871. To the President and Members of the Senate of South Carolina.

GENTLEMEN: I am entirely too unwell to attend your summons to-day. If the emergency is so great that the matter cannot be deferred, such is my indisposition that I must ask you to do me, in my absence, that justice which I have always tried to give others. Very respectfully, Your obedient servant,

WM. M. THOMAS

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, the communication was received as information.

GENERAL ORDERS.

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

On motion of Mr. LESLIE, the Senate proceeded to the consideration, out of its order, of

Bill (House) to create a debt of the State of South Carolina, to be known as the Sterling Funded Debt, the same, or the proceeds thereof, to be exclusively used in exchange for, or in payment of, the existing public debt of said State.

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

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, the Senate proceeded to the consideration, out of its order, of

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

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

Mr. HAYNE moved to amend in the fifth line by striking out the word “ seven” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “five.”

Pending debate, participated in by Messrs. Hayne, Whittemore, Corbin, Arnim,

The PRESIDENT announced the hour arrived for the consideration of the

SPECIAL ORDER.

The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the Special Order for this day, at 11:30 A. M., to wit:

House amendments to Senate Bill to make appropriations for the payment of the per diem and mileage of the members of the General Assembly, and the subordinate officers, and for other expenses incidental thereto.

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE the further consideration of the Special Order was postponed until the disposal of the matter previously under consideration.

GENERAL ORDERS.

The Senate resumed the consideration of

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

The question recurred on agreeing to the amendment of the Sena. tor from Marion, to strike out the word "seven,” and insert in lieu thereof the word “five."

After debate, participated in by Messrs. Whittemore, Hayne, Corbin,
Mr. HAYNE called for the yeas and nays.
The yeas and nays were taken, and resulted as follows:

Yeas-Messrs. Arnim, Barber, Bieman, Beckman, Corbin, Dickson, Duncan, Duvall, Foster, Gaillard, Greene, Hayes, Hayne, Holcombe, Hollinshead, Johnston, Maxwell, McIntyre, Nash, Owens, Smalls, Wilson, Wimbush.-22.

Nays-Messrs. Cardozo, Whittemore.--2.
So the amendment of the Senator from Marion was agreed to.

On motion of Mr. CORBIN, the Resolution was further amended by inserting after the word "year" the words "commencing November 1st."

Mr. LESLIE moved to further amend the Resolution by the addition of the following: "except the Connty of Barnwell, which is hereby authorized to levy and collect a tax of three mills on the dollar.”

Mr. SMALLS moved to amend the amendment by inserting after the word “Barnwell” the word “ Beaufort."

The amendment to the amendment was accepted

The question recurred on agreeing to the amendment of the Senator from Barnwell, as amended.

Mr. CORBIN moved that the Resolution be further amended by strik. ing out in the eighth line the word “three” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “ one and a half,” so as to read, “the County Commissioners of the several Counties in the State are hereby authorized to levy and cause to be collected a tax not to exceed one and a half mills on the dollar."

Mr. HAYNE moved that the further consideration of the amendment of the Senator from Charleston be indefinitely postponed.

On the question of agreeing to the motion of the Senator from Marion,
Mr. CORBIN called for the yeas and nays.
The yeas and nays were taken, and resulted as follows:

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Yeas--Messrs. Arnim, Cardozo, Clinton, Duncan, Duvall, Greene, Hayne, Hollinshead, Johnston, Leslie, McIntyre, Nash, Owens, Smalls, Whittemore.—15.

Nays-Messrs. Barber, Bieman, Beckman, Corbin, Foster, Gaillard, Hayes, Holcombe, Maxwell, Wilson, Wimbush.-11.

So the further consideration of the amendnient of the Senator from Charleston was indefinitely postponed.

Mr. CORBIN moved to amend, in the eighth line, by striking out the word "three,” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “two.”

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

On the question of agreeing to the amendment of the Senator from Barnwell, as amended,

Mr. HAYNE moved to amend the amendment, by inserting after the word “ Beaufort” the words “and Marion.”

The question was taken upon agreeing to the amendment to the amendment, and decided in the negative.

On the question of agreeing to the amendment,
Mr. SMALLS called for the yeas and nays.
The call for the yeas and nays was withdrawn.

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

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

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 (House) directing the State Treasurer to refund to Messrs. Risley & Creighton six hundred and three dollars and seventyeight cents—taxes overpaid by them. The Joint Resolution received its third reading, passed ; Ordered, That it be enrolled for ratification.

SPECIAL ORDER. The Senate resumed the consideration of the Special Order for this day at 11:30 A. M.:

House amendments to a Sen ite Bill to make appropriations for the payment of the per diem and mileage of the members of the General Assembly, and the subordinate officers, and for other expenses incidental thereto.

The question was taken on concurrence in the House amendments and decided in the affirmative.

Ordered, That the title of the Bill be changed to that of an Act, and that it be enrolled for ratification.

GENERAL ORDERS.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the General Orders on the Calendar.

On motion of Mr. GAILLARD, the Senate proceeded to the consideration, out of its order, of

Bill (House) to determine the day of election of the Mayor and Aldermen of the city of Charleston.

On motion of Mr. HAYNE, the further consideration of the Bill was made the Special Order for this day, at 8 P. M.

On motion of Mr. SMALLS,
At 12:10 A. M., the Senate adjourned to 7 P. M.

EVENING SESSION.

The Senate re-assembled at 7:30 P. 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.

SPECIAL ORDER.

The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the Special Order for this day, at 1 P. M , to-wit:

Message No. 59 of His Excellency the Governor, returning, with his objections, an Act to compel County Treasurers to receive County checks n payment for County taxes and other purposes.

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, the further consideration of the Special Order was postponed for the present.

Mr. WHITTEMORE moved that the Senate proceed to the consideration, out of its order, on the Calendar, of

Report of Committee on Finance on a Bill to provide for a general license law.

The motion of the Senator from Darlington was withdrawn.

On motion of Mr. HAYNE, the consideration of the second Special Order for 1 P. M. was postponed.

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