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Brevier Legislative Reports, Volume XXI, 1883, 311 pp.
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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 1883-10 a. m.

The Speaker commanded order and announced prayer by Rev. Oscar C. McCulloch, of Plymouth Church, Indianapolis.

On motion by Mr. HEFFREN the further reading of the Clerk's minutes of Saturday's proceedings were dispensed with.

SENATE BILLS ON THE SECOND READING.

The following Senate bills were taken from the Speaker's table, read the second time and severally referred to appropriate Committees, unless otherwise stated:

The bill [S. 113] to amend Section 1,407 of the Code of 1881, applying to changes of venue before Justices of the Peace. Approved June 9, 1852.

The bill [S. 5] concerning the publication of the Revised Statutes. It was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

The bill [S. 89] to amend Section 28 of an act to provide for a general system of Common Schools. It was referred to the Committee on Education.

The bill [S. 192] for an act to legalize the incorporation of the town of Cadiz, Henry County. It was reported to the Committee on Cities and Towns.

The bill [197] to amend an act to amend an act dividing the State into Judicial Circuits. It was page: 159[View Page 159] referred to the Committee on Organization of Courts.

The bill [S. 2] to authorize turnpike companies in this State to connect their roads with turnpike roads in other States. It was referred to the Committee on Rights and Privileges of the Inhabitants of the State.

The bill [S. 74] to authorize any manufacutory or hydraulic company to erect a dam across the St. Joseph River in Elkhart County.

The bill [S. 22] to amend Section 5,097 of an act approved March 381, entitled an act to amend Section 7 of an act approved March 3, 1877. It was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

BILLS PASSED TO THE THIRD BEADING.

The following hills were passed to the third reading:

The bill [S. 29] to legalize the proceedings and records of the Trustees of the town of Westfield, Hamilton County.

The bills H. R '35, 55, 85, 57, 53, 74, 185, 5, 2, 22, 141, 3, 10, 13, 29, 30, 32, 83, 34, 66, 79, 80, 8l, 83, 89 and 91 were announced by the Speaker, by numbers only, as having passed to thy third reading.

REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES.

The following described bills were reported luck from Committees with a recommendation that, further action be indefinitely postponed:

Mr. Frazer's bill [H. R. 235] to amend Section 2,[?]40 of the Revised Statutes of 1881-to authorize foreign guardians to take possession of personal property or assets of wards, was reported back from the Committee on Judiciary.

Mr. Stucker's bill [H. R. 187] to amend Section 2,1[?]4 of the Revised Statutes of 1881, and to repeal Section 2,185 of the Revised Statutes of 1881, concerning proceeding in criminal cases, was reported back from the same Committee.

Mr. Heffren's bill [H. R. 41] to repeal the act protecting sheep husbandry, was reported back from the same Committee.

Mr. Mock's bill [H. R. 50] to provide for the appointment of a report of the Supreme Court, was reported back from the same Committee.

Mr. Helms' bill [H. R. 164] to amend Section '243 of an act concerning public houses, was reported back from the Committee on Education.

Mr. Antrim's bill [H. R 137] to amend Section 5 of an act; to amend an act providing for a general system of Common schools, was reported back from the Committee on Education.

Mr. Best's bill [H. R. 194] to amend Section 9 of an act to amend an act to provide for a general system of Common Schools, was reported back from the Committee on Education.

Mr. Mozier's bill [H. R 229] to protect hotels, inns and boarding houses from being demanded, was reported back from the Committee on Rights and Privileges of the Inhabitants of the State.

Mr. Wiley's bill [H. R. 120] to repeal an act enabling owners of lands to drain and retain the same, was reported back from the Committee on Drains and Dikes.

A MARTIN COUNTY OFFICIAL.

Mr. GRAHAM, from the Committee on Education, reported back Senate joint resolution No 1 to authorize the Auditor of State to audit and pay certain expenses of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the prosecution of a certain suit against Ziba F Williams, with a favorable recommendation. The report was concurred in.

Mr. HEFFREN offered a resolution [H. R. 45] that the Superintendent of Public Instruction be requested to submit to this House all information and correspondence with the Governor or other persons concerning the prosecution of County Superintendent Williams by him as said Superintendent of Public Instructions on account of the payment of the expert of said prosecution. The resolution was adopted.

AN ADDITIONAL INSANE ASYLUM.

Mr. Spain's bill [H. R. 202] to provide for the location and erection of an additional Asylum for the Insane, was returned with a favorable report thereon.

Mr. WILLIAMS, of Knox, moved to amend by striking out the word "Evansville" wherever it occurs and insert the word''Vincennes" in lieu thereof.

Mr. JEWETT objected, upon the ground that the people of Evansville were entitled to a square vote upon the bill, and that amendments inserting the names of other cities ought not to be entertained. The Evansville people had originated the idea of locating a new Insane Asylum at their city, and were interesting themselves a good deal in behalf of the project. He did not know whether the House would accede to the proposition, but as the bill had been introduced in th interest of Evansville, he thought that other cities who might desire to secure a new Asylum should have a bill of Their own introduced, and not seek to embarrass the Evansville people, as now proposed. He moved to lay the motion upon the table.

Mr. Williams, of Knox, and Mr. Patton demanded the yeas and nays. The yeas and nays being ordered and taken discovered a quorum not present, and toe Speaker ordered a call of the House, which found sixty-seven members present and answering to their names.

The yeas and nays being called again, on the motion to lay on the table, the vote resulted yeas, 56; nays, 11.

So the motion was agreed to.

Mr. WILSON, of Kosciusko, moved to amend by striking out the word "Evansville" wherever it occurs and inserting in its place the word "Indianapolis."

Mr. WILLIAMS, of Posey, moved to lay the amendment on the table.

This motion was agreed to.

On motion by Mr. Jewett the bill was ordered engrossed for a third reading.

ELECTION STICKERS.

Mr. Mock's bill [H. R. 269] concerning elections, was reported back from the Committee on Elections, with amendments.

Mr DEEM moved to indefinitely postpone the bill and amendments.

Mr. MOCK desired to say in reference to the bill that there had been a great deal of fraud in his County by voting double tickets and again there has been a great deal of fraud perpetuated by using stickers. The provisions of the bill were intended to prevent this. He thought that the bill and amendments ought to be adopted, It practically makes it illegal to vote for any one except the regular nominees whose names are upon the tickets of each party. The object of the bill is to render it impossible to scratch without writing in the name of the person other than the regular nominee for whom a vote is desired to be cast; and it proposes that when a printed sticker is used neither the candidate named or; the sticker nor the one whose name is pasted over are to get the benefit of the vote.

Mr. DEEM thought under the provision of the bill it would be necessary for every little town to place partisan nominees in the field at every town or municipal election. In his County these offices were not made a partisan manner, and he did not desire to see them become such.

Mr WILLIAMS thought it was a good bill, and that the gentleman on the floor last [Mr. Deem] did not understand the provisions of the bill. He thought that the bill ought not to b indefinitely postponed.

Mr HAM had examined the bill thoroughly, and in ought there was nothing objectionable in the bill.

Mr. SMITH, of Tippecanoe, was opposed to using stickers, but he feared that should this bill page: 160[View Page 160] become a law it would prevent men from voting or running independently for any office. He was not in favor of placing any restrictions upon independent voting.

The House took a recess until 2 o'clok.

AFTERNOON SESSION.

By consent Mr. Deem withdrew the motion to postpone Indefinitely, and on motion the bill was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS.

The SPEAKER announced the special order to be the general appropriation bill [H. R. 302]

Mr. JEWETT moved that the House resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole for the consideration of this special order.

The motion was agreed to and-

Accordingly the House of Representatives resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole on the State of the Commonwealth [Mr. Frazer in the Chair:)

Mr, HEFFREN said it would be a waste of time tor the bill to be considered in a Committee of the Whole, and he therefore moved that the Committee rise and report the bill to the House without recommendation.

The motion was agreed to and accordingly-

The Committee rose the Chairman reporting as the report was concurred in by the House.

On motion by Mr. HEFFREN the bill was taken up. The House agreeing to consider the same section by section.

Mr. WILLIAMS, of Knox, moved to reduce the salary of the Adjutant General from $1,400 to $1,200, understanding there are fees and perquisites, appertaining to this office, which should be considered in fixing the salary.

Mr. WILSON, of Marion, considered $1,400 small enough salary for any capable man That officer has already been a saving to the State.

Mr. MOODY moved to make the salary $1,500.

Mr. FRAZER opposed anything below $1,400.

On motion the amendments were laid on the table by yeas, 48: nays, 47.

Mr. SMITH, of Tippecanoe, made a motion, which was laid on the table, for a contingent fund of $500 for the Attorney General.

Mr. GREEN moved that the night watchman of the State Library be paid $600 instead of $500, and be required to visit each office every hour during the night.

Mr JEWETT moved to amend the amendment by substituting $500 for $600.

This motion was agreed to.

The amendment as amended was adopted.

Mr. McMULLEN moved to increase the appropriation for the support of feeble minded children from $10,000 to $12,500.

It was agreed to.

Mr. ADAMS moved to increase the appropriation for the State University from $23,000 to $25,000, provided $5,000 of this amount be placed in the hands of the Board to be used for repair of the building.

Mr. JEWETT. The amount proposed by the Committee in this bill will cover current expenses, and if any additional amount is required it should be by special appropriation. The Committee does not believe $5,000 is needed for the repair of the buildings.

On motion by Mr. WILLIAMS, of Posey, the amendment was laid on the table.

Mr. SMITH of Tippecanoe, moved to increase the appropriation for Purdue University from $2,000 to $5,000. He said to make the appropriation $2,000 simply means to destroy the institution for the next two years. He did not represent the Purdue Institute. It should be represented by every man in this House. Each County in the State is entitled to send two students there free of all expense, except an incidental Janitor's fee. Twenty-five thousand dollars is necessary.

Mr. JEWETT did not think the Purdue University was well managed. It has a permanent endowment furs of $320,000. The interest from that, with the $2,000 proposed by the Committee in this bill, he thought was surely enough.

Mr. Heffren referred to a recent difficulty between the faculty and students.

Mr SMITH, of Tippecanoe, replied to objections urged to the conduct of the faculty. $23,000 has been voted to the State University, an old-established institution, while it is proposed to cutoff this young ward of the State with but $2,000. It is not fair to strangle it in its youth. He appealed to the friends of agriculture to rally to the support of Purdue University with liberal appropriation.

On motion by Mr. HEFFREN the amendment was laid on the table-yeas, 47; nays, 27.

Mr. GILMAN moved to make the appropriation $10,000. It was laid on the table.

Mr. HANSON moved to make it $20,000.

Mr. HOWLAND moved to make it $15,000.

The amendments were laid on the table-yeas, 41; nays, 39.

Mr. HOWLAND moved to insert $9,500 instead of $2,000.

Mr. WILEY moved to substitute $14,000 instead of $2,000 no part of this sum to be used while any restrictions are put upon the students by the faculty or Board of Trustees concerning their Greek Societies.

Mr. HOWLAND reminded the House that this is the one institution in the State designed for the education of farmers and mechanics, and those classes are entitled to some facilities for advancement.

Mr. HEFFREN would not vote for the bill if this heavy appropriation was tacked on it.

Mr. JEWETT would regard such an amendment in the light of a rider on this bill, and for that and other reasons he hoped the amendment would not prevail.

Mr. SMITH. of Tippecanoe, paid there had been attempts made to initiate members of this House into secret societies just for the purpose of defeating this appropriation.

Mr. WILS0N, of Marion, understood this institution has an income of about $18,000 on interest from the endowment fund, and this $2,000 appropriation will give it $20,000. There ought to be an institution of this kind maintained in this State. Two thousand dollars is too small. A medium between that and $20,000 is best.

The House adjourned.

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