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The question being on the amendment offered by Mr. Church,
It was decided in the affirmative.

The Speaker laid before the House the eighth biennial report of the Trustees, Superintendent and Treasurer of the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane.

On motion of Mr. Springer,

The report was laid on the table, and 5,000 copies ordered to be printed: 2,000 for the use of this House, and 3,000 for the use of said institution.

On motion of Mr. Keyes,

Ordered that 200 copies of the list of the standing committees of this House be printed for the use of the House.

Mr. Underwood presented a petition, numerously signed by the coal miners of this State, praying for the passage of a law appointing an inspector of mines, etc.; which was read, and

Referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Eastinan noved a suspension of the rules, that the Governor's message be taken up, and that 10,000 copies be printed in English, and 5,000 in German.

Mr. Walker moved that said motion be laid upon the table; whereupon,

Mr. Eastman withdrew his motion.

Mr. Church presented the petition of Francis Burnap and others, citizens of the city of Rockford, in the county of Winnebago, praying for an amendment to the charter of said city; and also a remonstrance against the same, signed by Charles Williams, mayor, and others, aldermen of said city.

On motion of Mr. Church,

Said petition and remonstrance were referred to the committee on education.

Mr. Howe presented the petition of E. W. Fassett and others, citizens of Lamoille, Bureau county, praying for an act incorporating said

town.

On motion of Mr. Howe,

Referred to the committee on banks and corporations.

Mr. Wescott presented the petition of numerous citizens of Clay county, praying for an amendment of the laws in relation to licenses. On motion of Mr. Wescott,

Referred to the committee on miscellaneous subjects.

Mr. Kistler presented the petition of S. W. Wheelock and others, members of the board of supervisors of Rock Island county, praying for a law authorizing the payment of State and school taxes in legal tender treasury notes.

On motion of Mr. Kistler,

The said petition was referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. Shope presented the petition of Mary C. Gear, praying for a divorce from Onias Uriah Gear, etc.

On motion of Mr. Shope,

Said petition was referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Brentano submitted the following joint resolution, viz:

Resolved, by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That our Representatives in Congress be requested, and our Senators be instructed, to use their utmost endeavors to secure the passage of a law increasing the pay of the private soldiers, musicians and non-commissioned officers in the army of the United States, at a rate of fifty per cent. of their present pay.

Mr. O'Brien moved that said resolution be referred to the committee on federal relations.

And the question being on Mr. O'Brien's motion, (the yeas and nays being demanded,)

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Resolved, That the committee on judiciary be instructed to report a bill so amending the election laws as to provide for taking the votes of our soldiers in all elections hereafter to be held in this State, during the time they are detained in their country's service.

Mr. Keyes moved to refer said resolution to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Fuller moved to amend said resolution by striking out the words "to report," after the word "instructed," and insert the words "to inquire into the expediency of reporting."

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Mr. Haines offered an amendment, as follows: Add at the end of said resolution the words "it being the sense of this House that the law should be so amended."

Mr. Fuller moved that the amendment be laid on the table; which he afterward withdrew.

Mr. Fuller then moved that said resolution, with the amendment, be referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Burr moved to amend by striking out the word "judiciary," and inserting the words "federal relations;" which amendment was accepted by Mr. Fuller.

Mr. Fuller moved the previous question, which was ordered and put; and under the operation thereof, the said amendments were agreed to. Under the further operation of the previous question, the question was then put, "Shall the said resolution, together with the amendments, be referred to the committee on federal relations?" The yeas and nays being demanded,

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Mr. Shope submitted a joint resolution, which was read, and is as follows, viz:

Resolved, by this House, the Senate concurring therein, That our Senators in Congress be instructed, and our Representatives in Congress requested, to take such action in Congress as shall insure a speedy payment to the Illinois volunteers of all back pay now due them; and that if, upon inquiry, it shall appear to them that the pay of the non-commissioned officers and privates shall be insufficient, that they take immediate and efficient steps to increase the same, and take such action a shall insure a prompt payment to them so fast as their pay shall become due in the future.

On motion of Mr. Shope,

Said joint resolution was referred to the committee on federal relations.

Mr. Chapman submitted the following resolution, viz:

Resolved, That the Governor be requested, if not incompatible with his duties, to furnish transportation to all sick and wounded soldiers furloughed or discharged; also, to the remains of those who died or were killed in the service, belonging to the State of Illinois.

On motion of Mr. Fuller,

Said resolution was referred to the committee on finance.
Mr. Peffer submitted the following resolution, viz:

Resolved, That the Secretary of State inform this House, at the earliest practicable day, whether the several railroad companies of this State have made their annual report to the Secretary of State, as required by the act to provide for a general system of incorporations, dated Nov. 6, 1849.

The question being on the adoption of said resolution,
It was agreed to.

Mr. Wenger submitted the following resolution, which was read, viz: Resolved, That His Excellency, the Governor, be and is hereby requested to report to this House, at his earliest convenience, how many ladies (if any) have been passed over the different railroads in this

State at the public expense since the commencement of the present rebellion; what duty was expected to be performed by said ladies, if any; whether such duty was performed, and what amount of the public money, if any, has been paid for such services.

On motion of Mr. Monroe,

Said resolution was referred to the committee on miscellaneous subjects.

Mr. Wescott submitted the following resolution, which was read, viz : Resolved, That His Excellency, the Governor, be requested to make 'known to this House, what persons, if any, have been arrested in or taken from this State in the last 18 months, without due process of law, and by what authority and for what cause said arrests were made. Also, to communicate to this House all correspondence now in his possession on that subject, if not inconsistent with the public welfare.

On motion of Mr. Wescott,

Said resolution was referred to the committee on federal relations. Mr. Wakeman submitted the following resolution, which was read, viz:

Resolved, That the following persons shall be privileged to admission within the bar of this House: The State officers, judges of the United States court, judges of the supreme and circuit courts, members of Congress, and ex-members of the Legislature of this State.

And the question being on the adoption of said resolution,

It was agreed to.

Mr. Fuller introduced a bill for "An act to authorize the county court of Cook county to borrow money."

Which was read a first time, and

Ordered to a second reading.

On motion of Mr. Fuller,

The rules were suspended, the bill read a second time, by its title, and Referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. Fuller introduced a bill for "An act to amend the township organization laws."

Which was read a first time, and

Ordered to a second reading.

On motion of Mr. Fuller,

The rules were suspended, the bill read a second time, by its title, and Referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. Fuller introduced a bill for "An act to reorganize the court designated in sec. 21 of the schedule to the constitution as the Cook county court, and for other purposes."

Which was being read a first time,

Mr. Fuller moved that the rules be suspended, and the bill read a se

cond time, by its title.

Mr. Cook moved its reference to the committee on judiciary.

The question being put on the suspension of the rules for a second reading of the bill, by its title.

The yeas and nays being demanded,

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It was decided in the negative, Nays

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