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On motion of Mr. Daugherty,

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

Mr. Cabeen introduced a bill for "An act to reduce into one act the several acts incorporating and relating to the Warsaw and Rockford Railroad Company, and amend the same."

On motion of Mr. Cabeen,

The rules were suspended, the bill read a first time, by its title, and Ordered to a second reading.

On motion of Mr. Cabeen,

The rules were further suspended, the bill read a second time, by its title, and

Referred to the committee on banks and corporations.

Mr. Cabeen introduced a bill for "An act to extend the time for the collection of taxes in counties under township organization."

Which was read a first time, and

Ordered to a second reading.

On motion of Mr. Cabeen,

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

Mr. Cabeen introduced a bill for "An act to protect the secresy of the ballot box."

Which was read a first time, and

Ordered to a second reading.

On motion of Mr. Cabeen,

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

Mr. Gibson introduced a bill for "An act to amend section two of an act entitled 'an act for the better government of towns and cities, and to amend the charter thereof,' approved February 27, 1854."

Which was read a first time, and

Ordered to a second reading.

On motion of Mr. Gibson,

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

Mr. Gibson introduced a bill for "An act entitled 'an act to incorporate the town of Whitfield, in the county of LaSalle."

Which was read a first time, and

Ordered to a second reading.

On motion of Mr. Gibson,

The rules were suspended, the bill read a first time, by its title, and Ordered to a second reading.

On motion of Mr. Gibson,

The rules were further suspended, the bill read a second time, by its title, and

Referred to the committee on banks and corporations.

Mr. Smith of Whiteside introduced a bill for "An act to incorporate the Fulton Railroad Company."

On motion of Mr. Smith,

The rules were suspended, the bill read a first time, by its title, and Ordered to a second reading.

On motion of Mr. Smith,

The rules were further suspended, the bill read a second time, by its title, and

Referred to the committee on banks and corporations.

Mr. Smith of Whiteside also introduced a bill for "An act to amend an act entitled 'an act to amend the revenue law."

Which was read a first time, and
Ordered to a second reading.

On motion of Mr. Smith,

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

On motion of Mr. Washburn,

At 4 o'clock and 45 minutes P. M., the House adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1863.

House met, pursuant to adjournment, at 1:30 P. M.
Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Howe, a member.

On motion of Mr. Burr,

The reading of the journal was dispensed with.

Mr. Dent of LaSalle, from the committee on enrolled and engrossed bills, made the following report, viz:

The committee on enrolled and engrossed bills report correctly enrolled and this day laid before the Governor, bills of the following titles, viz:

"An act making partial appropriations for defraying the expenses of this General Assembly."

"An act to authorize the board of supervisors of Boone county to levy a special tax, and to extend the time for collection of taxes in said county."

Mr. Brentano presented a petition of numerous citizens of the town of Niles, Cook county, praying for the repeal of a certain law therein mentioned.

On motion of Mr. Brentano,

The reading of said petition was dispensed with, and the same
Referred to the committee on agriculture.

Mr. Sedgwick presented the remonstrance of numerous citizens of DeKalb county against the passage of any law extending the jurisdiction of the county court of said county.

On motion of Mr. Sedwick,

Said petition was

Referred to the committee on counties.

Mr. Wike presented the petition of the board of supervisors of Fayette county, praying for the repeal of a law in relation to the drainage of swamp and overflowed lands in said county.

On motion of Mr. Wike,

Said petition was

Referred to the committee on miscellaneous subjects.

Mr. Ginther presented the petition of Christian Berry and other residents on sections Nos. 8, 20 and 21, known as "Seminary Lands," in township 40 north, range 12 east, of the third principal meridian, in Cook county, praying for an amendment of the law relating to said seminary lands.

Ön motion of Mr. Ginther,

Said petition was

Referred to the committee on judiciary.

The Speaker laid before the House the following communication, which was read:

SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 13, 1863.

To the Honorable, the Speaker of the House of Representatives :

SIR: Allow me to tender through you, to the General Assembly now in session, an earnest invitation to visit the State Penitentiary, at Joliet, at your earliest possible convenience.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. K. CASEY, Warden.

Mr. Boyer, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution, which was read, viz:

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That the General Assembly and other State officers will visit the Penitentiary, at Joliet, in a body, on Thursday, the 22d inst.

Mr. Walker moved to amend said resolution by striking out “Thursday" and inserting Friday, and also striking out "22d" and inserting in lieu 23d, which amendment was accepted, and the question being on the resolution, as amended,

It was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Morrill presented the petition of W. W. Drummond and others, residents and inhabitants of Illinois, praying for the passage of a law prohibiting children of African blood from being educated in the same schools with white children in this State, which was read, and,

On motion of Mr. Morrill,

Referred to the committee on education.

Mr. Burchard presented the petition of numerous citizens of Stephenson county, praying for the repeal of section first of "An act to regulate the practice of the circuit court in the county of Stephenson," passed February 20, 1861, which was read.

On motion of Mr. Burchard,

Said petition was

Referred to the committee on judiciary.

A message from the Governor, by J. Moses, Secretary:

Mr. Speaker: I am directed by the Governor to inform the House of Representatives that he has approved and signed bills of the following titles, viz:

"An act making partial appropriations for defraying the expenses of this General Assembly."

"An act to authorize the board of supervisors of Boone county to levy a special tax, and to extend the time for the collection of taxes in said county."

The Speaker laid before the House the Fourth Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

On motion of Mr. Fuller,

The report was laid on the table, and ordered that 10,000 copies be printed:

The Speaker laid before the House the following communication from the Auditor, viz:

To the honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Illinois :

The Auditor of the State of Illinois respectfully reports that the State Bank of Illinois, incorporated under the general banking law, has been put in liquidation according to said law, and its assets ordered to be sold to pay its outstanding circulating notes; that a large amount, to-wit: $107,832 (one hundred and seven thousand eight hundred and thirty-two dollars) of its circulating notes are yet outstanding and unredeemed; that said bank has no assets accessible to the Auditor, or known to him, out of which said circulating notes can be redeemed, except ninety-four State bonds, numbered from 900 to 993, inclusively, which were deposited to secure the circulating notes of said bank. All the remainder of the securities of said bank having been withdrawn, in pursuance of law, to pay its circulating notes. Said bonds have been withheld from sale at the request of the holders of said circulating notes, because it was apprehended by them that they could only be sold at a ruinous sacrifice to them, in consequence of the provision of an act of the Legislature, approved February 19, 1859, entitled "An act to indemnify the State of Illinois against loss by reason of unlawful funding of canal indebtedness," (see acts of 1859, p. 190,) by which it is provided that the State shall pay no interest on said bonds until otherwise provided by law. And it was believed that bonds on which no interest was paid would not sell at any reasonable price,

After said bank was put in liquidation, the Auditor applied to the circuit court of Sangamon county for a mandamus to compel the Treasarer to give up said bonds to the Auditor, to be sold for the redemption of the circulating notes of said bank. The Treasurer defended on the ground that he had doubts whether said bonds were valid and binding on the State of Illinois. The circuit court decided they were. The Treasurer appealed, and the Supreme Court again decided that the bonds were valid and binding on the State, and that the aforesaid act made them so, whether they were originally or not.

I think a due consideration of the aforesaid act will satisfy any reasonable person that justice to the billholders of the bank requires that the bonds should be treated as valid and binding, and if so, they ought to be paid or made to bear interest. The billholders were by the act prevented from any other remedy to obtain security for their notes after the passage of the act. And the State, as I think, would do them great injustice to permit these bonds to be sold as repudiated bonds after its interference between their rights and the bank.

The State has obtained judgment in the circuit court for Sangamon county, on the indemnifying hond required by said act, against Joel A. Matteson and his securities for the sum of two hundred and fifty thon

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sand dollars, which judgment bears interest from its date. gages on property to secure said payment have been foreclosed, but the time has not expired allowed by the court before sale.

I think it but justice that the Legislature should now pass an act authorizing interest to be paid on said bonds from the first day of July, 1861, before which time the billholders became entitled to have them sold.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JESSE K. DUBOIS, Auditor. The Speaker laid before the House the 23d annual statement of the business of the Illinois Mutual Insurance Company.

On motion of Mr. Haines,

Said report was laid upon the table, and ordered that 200 copies be printed for the use of this House.

The Speaker also laid before the House the following report from the Secretary of State, viz:

Mr. Speaker: In compliance with a resolution passed by the House of Representatives on the 13th inst., requesting the Secretary of State to inform the House whether the several railroad companies of this State have made their annual reports to the Secretary of State, as required by the act to provide for a general system of incorporation, dated November 5, 1849, I beg leave to report, that so far as I can ascertain after diligent search, but three railroad companies have reported the transactions of their respective companies, one for the year 1855 and two for the year 1856.

January 14, 1863.

Respectfully submitted,

On motion of Mr. Peffer,

O. M. HATCH,
Secretary State.

Ordered that two hundred copies of said report be printed for the use of this House.

Mr. Fuller presented the petition of E. Van Buren and 38 others, members of the bar of Cook county, praying for the passage of an act for the re-organization of the superior court of Chicago, which was read, and,

On motion of Mr. Fuller,

Referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Heard presented the petition of J. J. R. Turney and 14 others, citizens of Fairfield, Wayne county, praying for the passage of a law vacating 40 feet off the north side of Mill street, etc., was read, and, On motion of Mr. Heard,

Referred to the committee on state roads.

Mr. Haines, from the committee on judiciary, made the following report, viz:

The committee on judiciary, to whom was referred a bill for "An act in reference to fees and salaries," have had the same under considera tion, and have instructed me to report the same back, without amend ment, and recommend its passage.

Mr. Haines moved a suspension of the rules, and that the bill be read a third time.

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