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THE DAILY RECORD-UNION.
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Zi- ■ WM. H. HILLS, General Manager.
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WANTED— INFORMATION IN REGARD t6
GEORGE WHITFIELD GRAY, who went
from Kentucky to Caliiornia in 1849. Those having
knowledge of him will confer a favor by writing to
SAMUEL GRAY, at Bardstown, NelSon county,
Kentucky. Postoffice Box 4. jal4-_'w
WANTED— BY AN AMERICAN WOMAN, A
. situation as housekeeper, or to do general
housework. Call on I street, between Front and
Second, at Coffee Mills. - Jal4-3t*
WANTED— EIGHT MESSENGERS AT SAC
ramento Telephone Exchange. None but
active boys, between . the tges of 12 and 14, need
apply. Inquire at Rooms 10 and ______ Itabson's Build-
ing, corner Sewn th and J streets. jal 4 3.*
WANTED -A SITUATION BY A YOUNG
man tt steady habits ; will do anything ; is
a good rapid writer. Would like a situation in a
grocery store, or to drive wagon ; can give good
references. App'y at 1014 J street 0-1 v*
WANTED— BY A WIDOW LADY OF RE-
Ii irenient, -_. position as housekeeper in a
hotel or private family, or any position of trust. A
home more than compensation. Address "M. J.,"
this office. * JalO-lw*
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X> until FEBRUARY Ist, for SUPPLYING
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will he equal to the samples submitted. Address
W. H. MILLS, General Manager Record-Union.
BIDS WILL BE RECEIVED UNTIL JANUARY
20th, for delivering IN THE YARD at this
o_— e, 160 CORDS OF OAK WOOD. The wood
must be four-foot, and cut from live timber within
one year past. Delivery to commence by the Ist
of FEBRUARY, and be completed by the lst of
MARCH. . jaa-tf
THE UNDERSIGNED WILL GIVE (#1.000)
One Thousand Dollars Reward for the arrest
and conviction of the person or persons who at-
tempted the rts.-ri-s [nation of James Skinner at his
residi at Green Valley, El Dorado county, Cal.,
on the night of December 11, 1878.
Green Valley. December 17, IS7O. dIS-lm
TO LET OR TOR SALE.
Advertisements of tiro lines in this department arc
insert©.* tor 25 o*— lti for one time ; three times for 50
renta or 75 ceia— tier week.
ORSALECHEAr— A LODGING HOUSE, /■%s.
of nine elegantly luriiulicd rooms, iv |njjj
... of the most desirable locations in tin- ...-J...
■city. Reasons fir selling, owner is going i.;.-i.
" Mnri. M. I*. il. 1.l- northeast corner Third an.i X
streets. jail lw'
FOR SALK OB TO LET— A FRAME /**s.
House, located on Thirteenth street, |lj;j|
between 1 ami J. Cnntaintag seven .ms, _£_yii_,
wi^h closets. Inquire No. 1122 II street, jaia-jt*
T7OR SALE OB TO RENT— A FIRST 01 VSS
*> Restaurant, with Oyster Stand attached, in
the town of Woodland, Yo!o county, Cal. For
particulars inquire of a. DENNERY' k CO., No.
HO .1 stree'. Sacramento. - j ____S-3t'
171UIINISHF.U ROOMS TO LET- PLEASANT,
Jt/ quiet, home-like rooms, neatly furnished. To
reni by she .lay, week or month, at prices that
cam fail to give satisfaction. Northwest corner
Third and J. Entrances on J street, and on Third,
between J and l streets. MRS. TENfIjYCK. jilO-tf
FOR BALE A BLACKSMITH'S SHOP AND
" tools, complete, in the town of'Rocklin. For
isle cheap for cash. fjalO-lw] PETER LESHAN.
T7IOR RENT— THE LARGE AND COMMODIOUS
X 1 brick building corner Fourth and L streets
brie!; ImiUlne; corrn r .-f Fourth ami I. streets
five stories high, including basement, suitable for a
first - hotel ; will be rented on favorable terms
to a good tenant.
THE LARGE AND COMMODIOUS BRICK STORE,
160 feet deep, No. 5S J* street, between Second
and Third streets. Inquire of E. P. FIGG,
j.ilo ix\- Corner Fourth sod I. streets.
I "BURNISHED ROOMS— A FEW COMFORT-
* ably furnished 1 001115 to let at rassouable rates
in a private family. Please apply at the southeast
corner of II and Seventh streets.
jail lw - MRS BROWN
THICKLY FURNISHED ROOMS, WITH GAS,
_^j to let at No. 006 SI street, between Sixth and
.Seventh, opposite the Pavilion. • jaS tf
MONEY TO LOAN ON REAL ESTATE, IN
soma to suit. [ 15-tfl P. BOHL.
TO LET— A SUITE of FURNISHED Rooms,
at reasonable rate. Apply at No. OOS J
street, between Sixth and Seventh. ja7-tf
FOR SALS— TIIE ENGINE, BOILER AND
other machinery used in the California Car-
riage Factory. Good as new. Will be sold at less
than 50 per cen*. of first cost. Apply to
d! 2 tf THOMAS J CLUNIE, Sacramento.
~ FOR SALE,
Oft ACRES LAND, IJ MILES FROM THE
&\f city; six seres of Strawberries and other
improvements. Apply SI'iNKS & ACOCK, No.
402 J street. - jaS-lw
STORE FOR SALE.
THE STOCK AND FIXTURES^-___ w — y
of a Hardware, Tinware and a
Agricultural Implement Store, la "'e c^ B **»^L_
town of Chico, is offered for sale at i!_9____________l
bargain to close the business. To a responsible
party a pood opportunity is offered to obtain con-
trol of an old established business at a very low
figure. Capital required, $1,000 or $5,000.
Address W. J. BLACKWELL, Chico ; or
M. C. HAWLEY & CO., Sacramento, or San Fran-
cisco. ' jtslplm .
DENTIsT (LATE WITH "*.«• "Eltjgraft
son), successor to T. B. Reid, No. Sli CHUB
J street, betwe en Tnird and Fourth. Artificial Teeth
Inserted on all bases. Improved Liquid Nitrous
Oxide Gas. for the Painless Extraction of Teeth.
► ■ d2«-tf * ■ ,
MM MASONIC TEMPLE, COR. SIXTH gV__,
.. gggQ and X streets. C____H l '
' W O. THRAILKILL, D. D. S., Editor and Publisher
ofthe Dental Jairut, a Monthly Journal of Dental
Science. dlii - I tt
D, B. BUEirEB,
■rv ENTIST, SOUTHWEST CORNER OF em
. jlj Seventh and J streets, in Bryt«'s newSHIB
- 6_ ldins, up stairs. Teeth extracted without pain
! ' by use of Improved Liquid Nitrous Oxide Gas
~ _ ~ H. U. PIEKSO.V.
DENTIST 115 J STREET, BETWEEN^_»
Fourth and Fifth. Sacramento. Arti-SSrO
ficiai Teeth inserted on Gold, Vulcanite and all liases.
Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas administered for the
painless extraction of Teeth. - ... dtt-lm
_ — F. F. TECBET!*,
DENTIST, 155 J STREET, BETWEENg^*
Fifth snd Sixth, Sacramento. Artifi-SOrB
ciai Teeth inserted on Gold and al liases. Nitrous
- Oxide 01 Laushingr Gas administered for the pain
ess extraction of teeth. ■:- : • - .-. - - dl3-lm
- - - , - -:,--•_-.
SACRAMENTO DAILY RECORD-UNION.
; THE MECHANICS' STORE.
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J/i--THE FOLLOWING * •
REVIEW OF OUR ESTABLISHMENT
Its Different Departments,
From the Annual Business Review of the " SACRAMENTO
RECORD-UNION," published in their issue* of
January 1, 1880.
HOW THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY AND COUNTRY
i A few Practical Considerations worthy careful perusal and thought.
There is scarce a man, woman or child of intellieence in California but has heard of the
MECHANICS- STORE, Sacramento (WEINSTOCK _ LUBIN, proprietors), X and
Fourth streets. " * :
Its history is phenomenal, but not more so than its methods of business.
Its growth lias no parallel in the commercial annals of the State,
But this growth has been the legitimate result of the strict application of business
principles all men shonld understand aud practice.
_ The trade of the house is both wholesale and retail, and is conducted exclusively and
unwaveringly upon a CASH BASIS.
More than this, " ONE PRICE" is the uniform rule with rich and poor, high and
low, friend or — a rule as unalterable as the laws of the Met— 8 and Persians.
The firm is a direct importer, and recently has so perfected its system that with greater
truth than ever it may be said it has almost entirely done away with middlemen, and brought
manufacturer and buyer face to face at the counter in Sacramento.
Whoever buys at the Mechanics' Store does so on a level with all other buyers and
under the assurance that neither favor, affection, patronage or friendship gives one an ad-
vantage over the other, and under the guarantee that at this establishment all men are treated
alike as purchasers. " . *
, A child can comprehend the justice, independence and fairness of this system.
But in matter of judgment favor is shown, not to one, or a class, but to all. How ?
By placing all buyers upon an exact level, as all goods are plainly marked and unde-
viatingly rated, the poorly-posted or ill-judging customer stands exactly in the same relation
at the counter of the MECHANICS' STORE as does the most skilled expert. Whatever
either buys he get therefor his moneys worth, for he pays no more in any ca_.e than the fairly
and lowest possible rated value of the article.
It is a manufacturing firm, and makes up Men's and Boys' Underwear, in all lines ;
Boys' Suits ; Ladies', Children's and Misses' Cloaks ; Clothing for the Shop, the Laborer,
etc., working up cotton, linen, woolen and mixed goods in large quantities.
Its Factory Machines are operated with an engine, and is upon one of the lower floors of
the house. In this Department twenty-four operatives find constant employment, with a
Forewoman, Cutter, two Special Workers and two Boys.
The MECHANICS' STORE embraces twelve distinct Departments, which are noticed
separately in this review in the proper sections : First, Dry Goods ; 2, Fancy Goods ; 3, Men's
Furnishing Goods ; 4. Men's Clothing ; 5, Boy's Clothing ; (i, Yankee Notions ; 7, Hats and
Caps ; 8, Alillinery ; 9, Boots and Shoes ; 10, Wholesale Department ; 11, Country Order
Department ; 12, Manufacturing Department. '
The WHOLESALE DEPARTMENT is distinct from all tfthers of the store, em-
braces all lines kept in any of the Departments, and is conducted upon the principles hereto-
fore set out. The package rates are the same to all wholesale buyers, and respond only to
CASH. The capacity of the Department is equal to any demand the trade of the coast can
make. Orders are filled with greatest dispatch, and as faithfully when sent in as if the
buyer were present in person.
COUNTRY ORDER DEPARTMENT.
The COUNTRY ORDER DEPARTMENT is a 'phenomenal one. It -represents a
vast business. ween one and two hundred orders are filled daily, and the goods dispatched
mainly by mail. The selectors act for the customer, using the same judgment as if buying
for themselves, and being responsible to the proprietors for the slightest deviation from the
exercise of the fairest and best judgment in behalf of the intending buyer.
DRY GOODS DEPARTMENT.
At this establishment the Department of DRY GOODS occupies a spacious 1 , admirably-
arranged and popularly-located store-room at the corner of Fourth and X streets, which is
stocked . from floor to ceiling, and along the balcony running along one wall, with every
variety of • DRY GOODS, including Calicoes, Dress Goods. White Goods, Waterproofs,
Lining-. Felt Skirts, Shawls, Curtains, Domestics, Shirtings, Muslins, Silk, Cotton, Woolen
and Mixed Goods of all grades. Blankets, Linens, Cloaks, House Linen, Ribbons, Toilet
Supplies, Threads, Buttons, Dress Trimmings, etc. The Country Order Department sup-
plies any Goods of this Department in any quantity. The most distant purchaser is
afforded equal advantages with the one at the counter.
FANCY GOODS DEPARTMENT.
The Second Department is the FANCY GOODS DEPARTMENT comprises Hosiery,
Gio vi s and Ladies' Handwear, Corsets, Laces. Ribbons, Notions, Embroideries, Articles of
Personal Adornment, Edging, Combs, Ties, Jewelry, Collars, Cuffs, etc. Orders are filled
from abroad for single articles or by the package.
MEN'S FURNISHING GOODS
-.DDRSSS'-iD TO XKE-S-H*.
The Third Depai tment contains MEN'S FURNISHING GOODS, including Hoisery,
Handkerchiefs, Jewelry, Neckties, Collars, Cuffs, Gloves and Handwear of all descrip-
tions ; all classes of Shirts, Umbrellas, Bags, Trunks, Valises, etc
The Fourth Department is the Men's Clothing Department, and includes all kinds of
Cotton, Woolen, Silk Mixed »nd Rubber Clothing, and every possible garment worn by
men, and kept even with the best styles. Any of these goods are forwarded to any section
in large or small qnantities, or by the single article. The absent buyer is treated in exactly
the same spirit of fairness as if he or she stood at the counter.
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Tarents in California and throughout the land alike are interested in the purchase of
Children's Clothing— especially in Boys' Garments. It is demonstrated that this class of
Clothing can be purchased cheaper (and of as good stock and make) than if ordered made
at home. At no place is there a more complete assortment of Boys' and Youths' Ready-
made Clothing to be found than at the MECHANICS' STORE. The stock is constantly
freshened, and the styles of the day in these garments kept pace with. Any of the goods
are forwarded to order, by mail or otherwise, as desired.
YANKEE __aro<-3?xo_srs x
YANKEE NOTIONS" is a very comprehensive term. In order, however, to
comprehend what Yankee Notions means, a visit should be made to that Department of the
MECHANICS' STORE. The Department includes all kinds of Yankee Notions known
to this trade, such as Soaps, Stationery, Pocket Goods, Novel Personal Utensils, Brushes,
Combs, Pocket Cases ; a full line of Pocket and other Cutlery, Perfumery, Portemonnaies.
Purses, and a vaiiety of like goods far too numerous to be classified now. These and 'All
other goods of the store are forwarded per order to any section in any large or small qnantities.
HAT AND CAP DEPARTMENT!
The Seventh Department of the MECHANICS* STORE is the branch of the estab-
lishment devoted to the Hat Trade. It embraces full lines of Men's, Youths', Boys' and
Children's Hats and Caps, including all the newest styles as soon as put upon the market,
and in endless variety. Any article or package of articles forwarded in response to order,
and selection is made with as much exactness and care in judgment as if the purchaser stood
i beside the salesman. -. . .
To Ladies of ' Sacramento, and to all those ot the interior of California and adjacent
sections, the Eighth Department of the Mechanics' Store addresses itself. The Department
' is an important feature of the business. It is stocked with all goods usually found under that
head. Employing fashionable milliners and competent as«istants, the goods and work are
i sent out in the best styles. The lines in Hats. Bonnets, Velvets, Ribbons, Feathers and
Artificial Flowers are complete, and one or many orders are filled with equal dispatch.
BOOTS AND SHOES!
Of the Twelve Departments of the establishment, one is devoted eyclu'ively., to Boots
and Shoes. It includes very full lines of Men's, Youths' and Boys' Boots and Shoe«, Infants',
Misses' and Ladies' Shoes, Slippers, Ties, etc, and full lines of Rubber Foot Wear. There
is no fashionable, serviceable and novel article in . this line . which ' the department cannot
supply. Country orders receive as much attention as if the buyer were present.
The above review speaks for itself, and needs no comment on our part. ! We will content
ourselves by simply saying that although in the past we have worked hard for the benefit of
patron* and the public, yet for the future we intend to work still harder, and jive to all the
full benefit of our efforts.^ To those living in the interior we cheerfully send a Price List
and samples free on application. . . .'■--_.= ■,..•
ADDRESS All LETTERS:
Weinstoek & Lubin,
Nds; 400, 402, 404, 408 and 408 Ii St., Sacramento, Cal.
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SACRAMENTO, THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 15, 1880.
PEOPLE'S STORE. -Yf
of': » f
tr IXTK-UITY IS THE VIT.lt SPARK
OF COMMERCIAL LIFE. LVKIM. IS TDK
biu co« wn eel kh BY STEAM, ami
CASH IS TnAT EARNEST AND SOLID
-II I I THAT WILL IS! V A>lTHl\|i OS
GOD'S CREE* EARTH.
BEYOND THESE LAY THE RESERVE
FORCES OF A- I \« 0\«l EBABLE WILL—
fOXQIERIXi; ALL TRIM'S, AND CON-
STANTLY LOOKING FOR NEW FIELDS
OF TBIIMPH. ,
IS Since our advent in business, we have been
amazed at the flittering success of our efforts to
place before the public
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Solid and Substantial Goods
And again we quote the annexed list, at figures
tliat are alive and speak ing^:
I DRESS GOODS ! ii
60 Pieces Wash F.plins (bo* r. tte styles), at 12$.
3S Pieces Urocades— Colors, plum brown and garnet,
at 16c a yard.
15 Pieces Canada Greys (wool filling), at I.V a yard.
Another Case of Fancy Novelties, on which we had
such a run, at 19_c a yard.
60 Pieces Silk Mixed English Flaids, at 25c a yard.
8 Pieces 45-inch " Patines"— Navy Blue,
t *t »
Brown and Grey, at 25c a yard.
LADIES MERINO VESTS!
16 Dozen Good Goods (h'iL'h neck and long sleeves),
t at 50c.
' 8 Dozen Extra Fin. Merino, at 65c.
10 Dozen Superfine Merino, at 70c.
6 Dozen Lamb's Wool, at OOc.
Children's Merino Underwear, at 25c, 30c, 35c, 40c,
45c, 5Cc. ■ I
WE lIAVK .U.ST ADIE3 A
MEN'S FURNISHING GOODS
And have just received direct from Hartford, Conn.,
onr first line of
"White Shirts !
-100 Dozen rnlnnn'dercd White Shirts, at
flit cenls cacU.
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It 13 a well made Shirt, of Heavy Muslin and Fine
Linen Bosom and Cuffs.
98 Dozen Hoc Laundered Dress Shirts.
Nt $1 SO.
Made of Wain sutti Muslin, and Beautiful Fine Irish
Linen Bosom and Cuffs.
NOTE.— The above SHIRT is really worth $2, and
cannot be purchased at less in any other* house in
the city. .
Canton Flannel Shirts or Drawers. SOc
! Extra Heavy (ill 001, Twilled) Red
Flannel Shirts or Drawers, $1 40. -
Men's Merino Skirts at 59c and 6Sc
dents' Linen Collars at I2Jc each.
A lull line or 11 XV.i SOCKS, at all prices.
IS Those living at p. distance can be supplied
with the above articles by Express, sent to any
address C. O. D.
IS Samples sent on application. Address:
"SAMPLE DEPARTMENT," *
No. 600 J STREET,
-' * »
Southeast Corner Sixth Sacramento
POSTOFFICE BOX 28. . . 01-lptf TuThS
[Phonographieally Reported for the Recoro-Vnio>'
by Willis At Stockton.]
Sacramento, January 14, 1860.
The Senate met at 1:30 p. m., pursuant to adjourn
ment, Pres dert Mansfield in the chair.
Roll called and a quorum present.
Journal of yesterday approved.
Mr. Watson presented a petition from the Board
of Trustees of Nevada City, asking the Legislature
to puss an Act fur the enforcement of Article XiX of
the Constitution, providing for the removal of
Chinese outside the limits of cities. Referred to
the Committee on Chinese and Chinese Immigration.
Mr. Wendell presented two petition! asking that
the law prohibiting the catching of salmon during
certain summer months be amended so tbat there
shall be no prohibition at that season, except from
the rising of the sun on each Saturday to the setting
of the sun on the next succeeding Sunday. Re
ferred to the Committee on Fisheries and Game.
introduction OK bills.
Bills were introduced, read the first time and re"
ferred, as follows :
-By Mr. S.atterwiiite— An Act tc amend the Civil
Code with respect to the measure of damages in
certain cases. Committee on Judiciary.
By Mr. Chase— An Act to amend certain sections
of the Po ideal Code concerning Couuty Treasurers.
Committee oo Town and County Government—
By Mr. Kane— An Act to provide for the regu
lating of tire departments in cities of the State of
California having a population of one hundred
thousand and over. [Provides for the election of
Fire Commissioners by the people, also, the Chief
Engineers, and reduces the salaries of the chief
Mr. Kane— l move it be referred to the San Fran
cisco delegation. . •.
Mr. Johnson— l object. I move that the bill be
referred to the proper committee, the Committee on
City and Town Governments.
Mr. Kane— l accept.
The motion prevailed.
By Mr. Ktan— An Act to amend Section 3359 ot
the Political Code. Committee on City aud Town
The Senate then took up the Assembly messages.
Assembly Concurrent Resolution Ho. 0, relative
to sending copies of certain statutes to the Superior
Jtfdgcs of the State, was taken up.
On motion of Mr. Neumann it was amended so as
to include County Clerks, and on motion of Mr.
Johnson it was concurred in.
Asembly Concurrent Resolution No. 7, relative to
a Joint Committee on Rules, was concurred in. -
By Mr. Johnson (by request)— An Act making
an appropriation for the Stare Printing Office
for the fiscal year "ending Juno 30, 18S0. [Pro
vides an appropriation of $15,000 for the purchase of
material, presses, etc., for the State Printing Ofiiee,
and for the expenses of that oince.J Committee on
By Mr. Brown— An Act to pay the claim of Hiram
Clock for services rendered to the Senate as Porter
of the Twenty-second Session. [Claim of $210.]
Committee on Finance.
Also, an Act to pay the claim of James Siltry for
services rendered as head Porter of the Twenty
second Session. [Claim of $202 25.] Committee on
By Mr. Enos- An Act to nullify certain resolu
tions and orders of the Board of Supervisors of the
city and county of San Francis* o, whereby railroad
franchises have been granted.
Mr. Enos— l move that it be referred to the San
Mr. Baker - I object. I move that it be referred
to the Coram ttce on Judiciary.
Along and h.a'el discussion then arose on the
reference of the bill.
Senators Baker, Watson, Sears and Johnson
urged that the bill ougnt to go to the Commit on
Judiciary. Senators Baker and Johnson held that
under the new Constitution bills ought not to be
referred to delegations, as there was no more special
local legislation to be had. ■
Senators Enos, Conger, SATrKRWiim*:, Gorman
and Kane argued that the San Francisc > delegation
bad always been recognized and ought to be so slill.
There would be much legislation that would apply
to that city alone.
Senators mass and Dickinson favored send
ing this particular bill to the Judiciary Committee,
hut would favor sending seme bills to the San Fran
i Senator Chase deprecated the wasting of go much
time in the discussion of a motion of reference.
The bill eras finally referred to the Committee on
Judiciary. . ,
* , GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE.
i A message was received from the Governor an
nouncing the appointment of General George S.
Evan as State Harbor Commissioner, and J. K.
Doak. O. B*unmk it. Wan and I>. McLennan— l
members of tho San Kranoisco Board of Health.
On motion of Mr. Johnson the mesage was made
the special order for to-morrow at 1:30 I*. si.
.. .. SPECIAL order — triple reading.
Tho Senate then took. up the special order of the
day, being the consideration at Kills *►, as follows :
. 0. Every bill shall be read on three several days
previous to its passage. Wlicu a bill is introduced,
it shall be read and referred to an appropriate com
mittee and printed, which shall lie the first reading
of the biil. When a bill is reported back from a
committee with amendments, or otherwise, it shall
be considered in Committed of the Whole, and when
the same is perfected to the satisfaction of .the Sen
ate, it shall be. read a second time, which shall be
the second reading of the bill, and engrossed
and printed. On the final passage of a bill it
shall be read at length by sections, which shall
be the third reading of the biil. On the final
passage of a bill the roll of Senators shall he called
and the vote taken by yeas and na;. which shall be
recorded in the Senate journal, and no bill shall be
declared passed unless a majority of the Senators
elected vote for the passage Of the same. The pre
siding officer of the Senate shall give notice at each
reading whether it bo the first, second or third
reading of the bill.
• the chairman's views.
Mr. Sears— Mr. President, after the scenes
which feracod this hall last evening, it is
important that we should now devote our
selves to the business of legislation. The scenes
last night mar be considered the closing inaugura
tion ceremonies of the present administration. After
the members lieie have witnessed the interesting
beauty r.nd "talent of the State, and particularly of
Sacramento, 1 think, as I said* before, that we can
now devote ourselves, irrespective of party, to logis-*
lative matters. : . And the di-cassion which has arisen
ii|Kin this floor during the last hour has prompted
me to inal-fe o suggestion, and as I am
reminded - that onc*:ciilh of this session has
already expired, and not a single law has
yet been passed, I would suggest to my Republi
can friends that they hang up the party battle, anil
to my Democratic friends that they cease their
watchfulness for party aggrandizement, and to my
friends of the Workinjnieii's par.y on the other
side of the* chamber I would suggest that they fold
and ay away their spotless white ki is which
adorned their delicto hands last evening, and that
wo ail, unitedly and harmoniously, devote ourselves
to the- great act of the enactment of laws which
shall be & benefit to the whole people of the State.
Mr. Enos— l rise for information. I would like to
know.what question the gentleman is discussing?
' " Mr. Sears— The question is the c msideration of a
certain ru'.c which is of vast importance to this Leg
islature, and in regard to that rule, Mr. Presideut, I
will state that perhaps . ♦
• :.- ... toe validity of TIIK e.vtire action
Of the Senate may depend. The committee on this
question have given it a eery thorough examination.
They have g^ne into the Constitutions of different
States, they have examined the legislative proceed
ings of different States, they have also examined
into the proceedings of the Constitutional Conven
tion which framed this peculiar clause. They have
even gone behind them and sought in the debates
of that Convention to remove any ambiguity which
may exist in the minds of any member in regard to
the ' consideration of this peculiar section. In the
first place, Mr. President, we will consider the pro
vision itself, and if its language is not pain as t j its
meaning and intent, then we will refer to some au
thorities and to the debates and to the members
that composed the Constitutional Convention, in
order that we may receive further light to guide us.
Article IV. and paragraph IS of the Constitution
reads as follows : "
Section 15. No law shall be passed except by bill.
Nor sha 1 any bill be put upon its final passage until
the same, with the amendments thereto, shall have
been printed for the use of the members ; nor shall
any bill became a law unless the same be read on
three several days in each bouse, unless, in case of
urgency, two-thirds of the house where such bill
may be pending shall, by a vote of ayes and noes,
dispense with this provision. Any bill may origi
nate in either house, but may. be amended or re
jected by the other ; and on the final paaean of all
bills they shall be read at length, and the vote
shall be by ayes and noes upon each bill separately,
and shall be entered on the journal ; and no bill
shall come a law without the concurrence of a
majority of the members elected to each house.
THE OBJECT or THE PROVISION.
Now, Mr. -'resident, the object of this provision
was in order that legislation might be cautiously
•nd fairly conducted, so that every member might
have a fair opportunity of invi_stiijat!ug the subject
before the ho'.i*e. "No law shall be pa -sed. except
by bill, nor shall any bill bo put open its final pas
sage until thisam;, with the amendments thereto.
sli ill hive been printed for the use of the numbers;
nor shall any bill become a law unless the same be
read on three wren) days in each house, unless, in
OMtf of urgency, two-thirus of the house where such
bill may lie pending shall, by vote of ayes and noes,
dispense with this provision." The object is that
V.7 a two-third vote they may have a bill read three
limes in ore day. . It has no reference to how the
bill sha'l he read. The rule may be suspended and
the bill read three times on the same day. Ihe
next provision provides that the bill shall be
read at length on the final passage. That pro
vision of the Const! ution is mandatory, and we
could not make any rue which would be in conflict
with it. Another rule also is mandatory which re
quires the ayes and m k.s to be taken, and that a ma
jority of the members-elect shall vote in favor of a
law in order to make it final. Therefore you sec the
framers of this provision of this Con-tiiution have
wound around" it every guard in order tiiat the
members might vote understanding^ ujwni such
measures as might be before their body. Now, Mr.
President, there are . - . — ■
...-_ - ornia coxsTrrrnoxs ■_...',•'
Which have similar provisions, and we will refer to
them for the purpose of reaching precedents which
shall govern us. In the first place, I will call your
attention to a section of the Minnesota Constitution.
It is found in the Federal and State Constitutions,
Part 2, and has a clause which reads as follows:
Every bill shall be read on thre? different days in
each house, unless in case of urgency two-thirds of
the bouse where such bill is depending fliall deem
it expedient to dispense with this rule, but no bill
shall be passed by either house until it shall have
been read twice at lencth." You see the Unßuajrc
of this provision of the Minnesota Constitution is
almost like ours, with this ex -option, that there
they require a bill to be twice read at length,
whereas we only require it to be read once at length.
_ Mr. Exns-1 desire to ask the gentleman a ques
tion. Does that Constitution ref. rred to contain a
provision that this shall be mandatory and pro
Mr. Sears— l do not know. Now, in regard to the
practice under that provi-ion of the Constitution of
Minnesota. I have cone to the journals of the
House of Representatives of Minnesota, and on page
802 I find the practice that has been followed in
that State. [Read from journal of Minnesota Leg
lslature, showing that the practice was to read a bill
the first time t.y title and twice at length, in accord
ance with the Constitution.] There, yon see, the
Constitution required in express terms that a bill
should be read twice at length. It is read first by
title, and then, if they required it to be read again
on the same day, they suspended the rule and read
the second time at length. As I said before,
THAT gt'ESTION WAS PASSED UPON
By the Supreme Court of that State. ' That is in 2d
Minn., page 330-a case entitled the Board ofSiiper
visors of Ramsey County vs. Edward Henan. It
quotes from the Constitution the passage which I
have just read. [Reads from the decision.] The
result of that decision is that the Supreme Court
hold there, while they do not decide the question
directly, that all that is necessary is to read a bill by
title when it is introduced the first time ; the other
readings shall be at length. Now the Ohio Consti
tution, *hich was adopted in 1802, has this provis
ion : " Every bill shall be read on three different
days in each house, unless in case of urgency three
fourths °' the house where said bill is so depending
shall deem it expedient to dispense with this rule ;
and every bill having passed both bouses shall be
signed by the Speaker." Now, in 1851, the State of
Ohio adopted a new Constitution in which they
changed that particular provision. It now reads :
" Every bill shall be fully and distinctly read on
three different days, unless In caso of urgency three
fourths of the house where such bill is depending
shall dispense with this rule." Now the practice un
der the Constitution of 1802 was to read the bill
by title. The practice under the Constitution
adopted in 1851 is to read the hill fully and dis
tinctly at length three times. The Nebraska Con
stitution also has a similar provision : " Every bill
shall be fully and distinely read on three different
days, unless In case of urgency three-fourths of the
house in which such bill is pending shall dispense
with this rule." Now the journals of the State of
Nebraska show the practice there, and I will here state
that most of us know very well the practice in this
Stale before the adoption of the present Constitution
was to read a bill three times by title, unless the
reading was called for by some member. [.Heads
from the journal of the Nebraska Legislature, show
ing bills read at length three times.] The Constitu
tion of Alabama, passed in ISO 7, has this provision :
" Bills may originate in" either house, and may
amended, altered or rejected by the other ; but no
bill shall havo the force of law until on three sev
eral days it shall he read in each house and full dis
cussion allowed thereon, unless, in case of urgency,
four-fifths of the house where such bill is pending
deem it expedient to dispense with this rule." The
practice in that State has been to read the bill by
title. In the Constitution of Georgia there is a sim
ilar provision, and there the practice is the same.
' THE CWTKD STATES 0— — TK.
Now we come down to the practice in the United
States Senate, which may be consid-.red a good
precedent 'or the government of this body. litre
the rule is : '* Every bill and joint resolution shall
receive f^hree readings previous to its being passed,
and the presiding officer shall give notice at each
whether it be the first, second or third reading,
which reading shall be on three different days, unless
the Senate unanimously direct otherwise." Now it
is claimed by members who may take the opposite
of this argument that when a rule or law requires a
bill to be read on three different days that the word
" read" means that the bill shall be read at length,
but such has not been the practice in auy Slate or
in any legislative body ia the nation. Ihc Congret.
tional Globe, in which are embodied the proceedings
of the United States Senate, and which is the official
record of that body says : " Bill for the payment of
Edward Hubbard, mail services, was read twice by
its title and rcfeiyed to the Committee on Post
offices and Post Roads. The bill making appropria
tions for the payment of claims reported to Congress
under Section *2 of an Act approved June 10, 1574,
by the Secretary of the Treasury, was read twice by
its title and referred to the Committee on Claims,"
etc. Therefore, under the same rule governing the
United States Senate as we have in our Constitu
tion, the practice in that body has been to read the
bills by title. And, Mr. President, in order to re
move any ambiguity wbicb may exist in the mind
of any member in regard to
' THS CONSTRUCTION oy THE lanoi'age
Of that provision of the Constitution, through the
pol teness of the reporter of the Kecord-Unios here,
Mr. Willis, who was the official reporter appointed
by Governor Ir-iiii for that Convention, I have be n
enabled to procure a trans ription of the debate in
the Com cntion tou hing upon this matter, a d you
are all . aware that they have never been printed.
And I may here remark that it will be very import
ant for the information of the Supreme Court of our
State that the reports of the debates of that Don
venti i shall be printed, for they will be ca led upon
to refer to them in order to arrive a the intention
of the framurs of many- provisions of the
Constitution where an arnhuuitv exists. In the first
place the provision relating to the three readiu a
of bills was introduced by Mr. McCallura.
It was referred to the Committe*; on Legislative
Matters, which was composed of various c ...incut
gentlemen. The Chairman of that committee was
Judge David S. Terry, of Stockton. The other day
I met Judge Terry, and I asked the idea or the in
tent of the committee in framing that provision
which was finally adopted by the Convent on.
I have also asked Mr. Van Dyke, Senator Ilnrt,
Senator West, and the presiding officer of this body,
who were all members of that Convention, and they
all answer me that there is no question bat nhat it
was the intention of that body that these bills might
be reid by title the first and second times, and at
length on their final passage, 'the provision origin
ally reported by the Committee on the -legislative
Department eras as follows:
"See. 15. No law shall be passed except by hill.
Any bill may originate in either house, but m-y be
amended or rejected by the other, and on the final
passage of all bills they shall be read at length,' and
the vote shall be- by ayes and noes, Separately, and
shall be entered on the jjumnl; and no bill shall
become a law without the eon -urretiee of a major
ity of the members elected to each house."
To this Mr. Reynolds offered the following amend
ment: Insert, alter tbe word "bill,'' " nor shall any
bill be put Upon its final passage until the same,
with the amendments thereto, shall have been
printed for the use if the members. Nor shall any
bid become a law unless the same be read on three
several days in each bouse, unless, in case of
urgency, two-thirds of the house where such bill
maybe pending shall, by a vote of yeas and nays,
deem it hem to dispense with this rule."
The words " deem it expedient " were afterwards
Mr. Reynolds said : "Tliis amendment commends
itself to the consideration of the committee without
any remarks or waste of time- in discussion. It
simply provides, In additiou to the provisions of
Section 15, as reported, that the bill and tbe amend
menu, it any, shall be printed before the t*-i. with
the amendments, shall be put upon its final passage.
It seems to me that a provision of tbis kind needs
no comment— need not to be urged upon the atten
tion of this committee. We have bad sufficient ex
perience here in this Convention, and in early legis
lative experience, to prove, I think, to every man,
that, it is impossible for a member to understand
what he is voting for, or what ■ the provisions of a
hill arc, by hearing them read at the desk. I under
take to say that of the legislation which go*
through under a suspension of the rules, simply by
being read at the desk,' not one-quarter of the mem
bers know what they are voting for; and the object
erf the provisions of the amendment is, that the bill
shall be read — or, what is the same ■ thing, consid
ered— on three several dsys before being put upon
its final passage. The object of that is apparent.
It is to prevent hasty legislation, unless in case of
urgency, wfajm the rules may be suspended by a two
thirds vote. I think they are both wise provisions,
both tending to guard legislation. These are the
only two provisions that are io'ended bystbisamend
ment. They are both wse. They are not intended
to, nor will tiny, hamper legislation, but to compel
it to be done decently and n order, after the legisla
tion has been well considered.
• " Mr. MeCallum— Why. sir, if they put that pro
vision in the Constitution, it might be construed
that the bill cannot be read by title.
"Mr. Reynolds— The section says, that on the final
passage of all bills they shall be read at length.
That part of the section, construed with the amend
ment, will not be undersold as meaning that the
bill shall be read at length on the second and first
readings, but considered on three several days be
Z - i »_.. » * ». *
" Mr. Reynolds —The Constitution of Illinois says :
' Every hill shall be read at length on three several
days.' Now, Ido not ask that in tbis provision, I
only ask, that it shall be considered on three seveial
days. - -
. "Amendment adopted ayes, 00; noes, 42."
Therefore you see that the debate in the Conven
tion was directed to this special point. And for an
explanation the vote of the Convention shows tbe
intent of the tranters of the Constitution, So much,
Mr. President, for the preceddnU of other States ;
so much for the construction which has been placed
upon the various provisions of other Constitutions ;
so much' for the practice of tlie Uuited State Senate ;
so much for the mient and *" eanim: of the framers
of our own Constitution. We have arrived at the
co elusion that then; is BO question about th s, an I
that legislation will not iv any manner be
prejudiced :by reading * bill the first and second
limes by title, and on its final pas age by
reading i. at length. There is no other
•construction which entered Into the minds of tte
framers of the Constitution. They saw that v read
a bill three times at length would be a great ex
pense to the State, and take up a great deal of the
time of the session. I hare made an estimate aDd
found that to read the bills already introduced, and
that are framed by different members, that it would
take at least forty days of this session to read these
bills three times at length. We are under an ex
pense . I about ¥2,000" a day. Therefore, to
put a construction upon this p-ovision that
is not warranted would cost the State at least
$100,000, ■ and we would not get * through
with ' one-tench part of . the bchwttsa which
would 'be J introduced into this body. I there
fore hope '■ and trust that - after the - examina
tion which the committee has given this subject,
and the conclusions that they have arrived at, whicii
are supported brail the authorities upon this quer
tion which they bave been a. le to find, that we will
unanimously adopt this rue and thus expedite leg
islation. And it seem*) to ma to be In full keeping
with the intent of the . constitutional provi -<_
the State up this subject. But here let. me say
further, that when a b.ll ii introduced It is r^ad by
its title. :, The rule provides that the President -ball
announce it as the But reading of the bill. That is
the record which goes upon the journal. That is
the official record of the proceedings of this body.
There is nothing said about readiu_r tbe hill by title,
but' simply that the bill has been read the first lime;
that it has been read the second time or the third
time and the y*is and nays recorded. Now there is
no Court- and the dttteiona go to that extent— that
IwII go behind the on. ci..! record of t(>e Senate to
ascertain whether a bill was read at length or not.
The mere fact that the journal states that it has
been read in accordance with the provisions of the
Constitution is sufficient to satisfy any Court 'which
may be called upon to pass upon this matter. "
Mr. Sears mov. d the* adoption of the rule.
Mr. Dickinson was in favor of the adoption of the
rule, but did not wish it to be taken as settling the
question as to whether the reading of a bill by title
was a reading of the bill in the mea.iing of the
Constitution. The Senate could proceed under that
rule and the journals would show each bill to have
been read three times. No Court would go behind
the journals to ascertain whether they had been
read at length or not. He thought their passage
would be perfectly valid, but he would not favor the
rule if it was to be considered as putting a construc
tion upon that section of the Constitution that the
reading of a bill by title was a reading of the bill
within the meaning of the Constitution.
MR. KNOb VIEWS.
Mr. President, 1 regret very much to hear a cer
tain proposition or argument advanced here in this
discussion, and that is, that if the journals of this
house did not tell the truth* that the Courts are
bound to take the very ground that we did read the
bills here three times at length ; that the Courts
would not go behind the journals of this Senate an 1
Assembly. Now 1 do not propose, -as . one of the
Senators on this floor, to allow any such record to be
kept that the bills are read at length when they are
only read by title, and I would ask the gentleman
last up if it is the privilege of any Senator on tbis
floor to demand the reading of all bills three times
if this rule is adopted.
Mr. Dickinson — I state it asa parliamentary rule
that such is the case.
Mr. Enos — Then it is conceded, asl understand it,
that any Senator can demand the reading of all bills
he may see fit to demand, and tbat they shall be
Mr. Sears— l wish to correct an erroneous impres
sion which the Senator may be laboring under. The
Senator lias a right to ask for the reading of a bill
at length. Then the Senate by its vote can deter
mine whether they will dispense with the reading
or not. . The Senator has not the absolute right to
have every bill read through at length that he re
quests, utile the Senate by its vote may grant him
that request. * ■ ■ •
Mr. Enos— lt seems we are in doubt as to what
this rule means. I have asked the learned gentle
man who is Chairman of the Committee on Rules if,
in all the State Constitutions from which be has
quoted, there is any section like that contained in
Section 22 of our Constitution, which reads as fol
lows: . _. '.-■:-
" All provisions of this Constitution are man
datory and prohibitory, unless by express words
they are declared to be otherwise."
Now, in Section 15, "No law shall be passed ex
cept by bill. Nor shall any bill be put upon its final
passage until the same, with the amendments
thereto, shall hive been printed for the use of the
members; nor shall any bill become a law unle.s
the same be read on three several days in each
house, unless, in case of urgency, two-thirds of the
house where such bill may be (tending, shall, by a
vote of yeas and nays, dispense witb this provision.
Any bill may originate in either house, but may be
amended or rejected by the other ; and on the final
passage of all bills, they shall be read at length, aid
the vote shall be by yeas and nays upon each bill
separately, and shall be entered on the journal ;
and no bill sha'l become a law without the
concurrence of a majority of the members elected to '
each house." Now that is mandatory, and the de
cisions that have been made under the Constitutions
referred to by Uie gentleman from Marin contain no
such provisions as I have read— Section 22 making
them mandatory and prohibitory. Now something
has been said in relation to the intent of the framers
of this Constitution on this question. I have not
been favored with the privilege of looking over the
history of these debates, but 1 have consulted with
as eminent men and as good lawyers as was in that
Convention upon this question, and they are clear
that we cannot read a bill by title, but that to
conform with this provision of the Consti
tution the bill must be read three times
at length. But I turn to the address which was is
sued by the members of the Constitutional Conven
tion, and I find the name of the President of the
Senate attached to that address, and in commenting
on this section of the organic law to the citizens of
the State, I find language : "It is further pro.
vided that no bill shall become a law until printed
and read at length on three several ('ays." This
address was prefaced and signed by more than
three-fourths of the members of the Convention. It
was prepared and signed by the men who, when
they had performed their work, committed it to the
people with their address recommending its adop
tion. Now, where else shall we go to find a thing
better than in the address prepared at the moment
when the Convention adjourned. All that was
said during these discussions upon this ques
tion was fresh in the minds of the members
of the Convention, and for these reasons, and in
view of the provisions of Section 22, 1 am opposed
to any bill being put upon its passage until it has
been read at length three times, on. three distinct
days. Now, Mr. President, we have a difference of
opinion as to our duty. Would it not be better—
isa precaution' prudence demands of this Senate
that we shall be on the safe side, so as to leave no
doubt hereafter, that b ' an appeal to the Supreme
Court of this State all our labors will be set aside.
Why, there is the learned gentleman from Marin,
who has made a careful estimate of the cost of
reading these bills at length, and he thinks it
will take forty days to read them all. Suppose it
takes 400 days, had better be acting legally and
right than to act otherwise for 100 days, and have
all our labors set aside. Why*, the very object of
passing these provisions was that hasty legislation
Bad inflicted injury upon the State. Why, he says
if we do this it will protract the sewion and increase
the expenditures 13.00,000. I would remind the dis
tinguished gentleman from Marin that during tlie
last session of the Legislature there was $1,238,003
put upon the taxpayers of the city and county of
.-an Francisco by this rushing through bills be 'ore
the people knew what they ere. For these reasons
I am opposed to the adoption of any rule without
we know what that rule means. I' was for this ob
ject and purpose that objections were made jester
da*.' when these rules were before the Senate for con
sideration. Anl, while there is a doubt, we can put
ourselves beyond that doubt by simply having the
bills read three times at length on three separate
THE KILE ADOPTED.
The roll was called on the adoption of the role,
and it eras adopted by a vote of 20 ayes to li) noes,
.Senators Johnson' and West, in voting " no," ex
plained that they did so because tbey d d not con
sider that the question -was settled by the rule.
IN ANOTHER roajL
The Senate then took up another method to bring
up and 'discuss the same issue.
With the consent of the Senate Mr. Enos intro
duced an Act to amend Sectiou 1120 of the Code cf
The Secretary read the title of the bill, the enact
ing clause, snd down to ** Section 1."
Mr. Johnson- I will ask the President if that is
considere ■ the first reading of the bill. -
The President— The Chair will rule that it is not
a reading of the bill in the sense of the Constitution.
Mr. Johnson— l respectfully appeal from the de
cision of tl.e Chair.
The President— The Chair rulcd'that tbe readies
of a bill by title was not a first reading of the bill,
from which decision the Senator from the Eighteenth
takes an appeal. Shall the decision of the Chair
stand as the judgment of the Senate?
llr. Johxhon called upon Senator Nye, Chairman
nf the Committee on Judiciary, for his opinion on
Mr. STB held that the word " read " was to be
taken in Its parliamentary sense, and that the Con
stitution did not mean that a till should be read
three times at length.- He gave a number of illus
trations where words had changed their m eaning
and a new meaning was attached to them by com
mon use. , "
Mr. Dickinson took the opposite side of the ques
tion, and spoke at length upon it. He read from
many Constitutions, and hell that under the lan
guage of Section 15 of Article IV. bills must bo
read at length three several times, unless it was
done in the way proposed in Rule B.
Mr. Sattprwihtk took the same line of argument
as that of Mr. Sears, and thought it was very dear
thnt it was the intent of the framers of the Consti
tution and the obvious construction of the language
that bills should only be read at length on their
final passage, in order to. comply with the section. •
Mr. Sears again spoke on his side of the question.
* Periling the discussion of the question it was, on
motion of Mr. Brown, made the special order for
to-morrow immediately after the reading of the
journal. - * ' I
On motion of Mr. Davis, at 5 P. M. the Senate ad
Sun amento, January 14, ISSO.
Assembly met pursuant to adjournment. Speaker
Cm il. -i y in the chair. Roll called and quorum
smeant.5 meant. Prayer by the Chaplain. Reading of the
» in il dispensed with and the same approved.
Mr. Wasou of Ventura made a report from the
Committee on Education, reporting back Assembly
Bill No. 29, with a recommendation that it pass. -
ISTFODrCTIOH OP BILLS. ■
' By Mr. McCarthy— An Act making the secreting
or storing of human bones in places other than au
thorized by law a misdemeanor. -
By Mr. Corlky— Act to compel the officers of
stock companies to sell to the highest bidders and
deliver to them Uie stock when sold at public auc
tion. R'.'firred -to Committee on Judiciary.
By Mr. Harris— An Act to amend Section I'i.fiA of
the Code ot Civil Procedure.
By Mr. Wasson -An Act in relation to railway
companies organized outside of the State. [The bill
provides that any trar sportation company organized
by Act of Congress, or under tbe laws of any State or
Territory, may exercise the same rights as though
organized under the laws of this State, and subjects
them to the same laws and penalties.! ' Referred to
the Committee on- Corporations.
By Mr. Brusf.r— An Act to amend Section ttß,
of the Code of Procedure, finder the present law,
judgments can be enforced and executions issued at
any time after five years, by leave of the Court upon
motion. The object of the hill is to prevent judg
ment from being enforced after the lapse of five
years from final entry of judgment, except in cases
tor the recovery of money only
By Mr. Maotire — Act to establish and enforce
the rule that eight hours shall constitute a legal
day's work. , Referred to Committee on La 1 or and
Capital. '. .
Mr. Br.mmiart introduced the resolution in
relation to referring ail matters j uiniirg to
the subject of Chinese to the Committee on Chinese
Emigration and Immigration. This led up to the
same discussion before given in these columns, and
the entire morning hour was consumed in Xhe de
bate, which lasted . from 11 o'clcck until half
i»ast 12. ' ■• '
The Assembly reassembled at 2 r. «., Speaker
Cowdery in the chair. • ■' * ■' ' : '■■
Mr. Tyler offered a resolution directing that 000
copies of Governor Perkins' message be printed.
Adopted. v - ' :'
. Also, authorizing the Committee on State Prisons
to itn Jog a clerk. Referred to Committee on At
taches. . . ■ : ; ' 'i ' ■■■'■'. ': :
Also, a resolution granting the use of the As
sembly Chamber to Rev. O. C. Wheeler on Friday
evening. " Adopted." " -
Mr. Estkk reported back the resolution from the
Committee on Mileage and at ked that it be referred
1 to the Judiciary Committee for an opinion «a to
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whether the mileage should.be 15 cents per mile, as
under the old law, or whether it is regulated by the
new Constitution, ami fixed at 10 cents per mile. So
By Mr. Mat— A resolution allowing tho Committee
on Ways and Means to employ a clerk.
Also, authorizing the Secretary of State to furnisl
the committees with stationery.
By Mr. Morse— Authorizing the Sergeant-at
to receive and receipt for all warrants due to mem
bers and attaches. Adopted.
By Mr. Ca«r of Yuba— A resolution increasin,
the Committee on Education from 7 to 9 members
Referred to tho Committee on Rules
Ily Mr. Corcoran— Resolved, That a Committee
on Irrigation be added to the standii committees
of the House, the said committee to consist of nine
members. It shall be the duty of said committee
to consider questions respecting irrigation only.
Mr. Corcoran— Mr. Mealier, the real >n I intro
duce this resolution is to have a committee that
shall take into consideration matters c ncerning ir
rigation alone. This question of irrigation is a
most important one in some sections of the State
and it is entitled to much consideration, and should
not be mixed up with other matters. Lost.
• By Mr. Youso— resolution authorizing the Ser
geant-ut-Anns to appoint two porters of committee
rooms. Referred to Committee on Attaches.
; BEADING OK BILLS AT LENGTH.
Mr. lIRAtsiiART, pursuant to notice, introduced
an amendment to Rule (I, which changes it so as to
require every bill to be read at length on three sev
eral day* previous to its passage, anil also providing
that no bill c-n be rejected by the House unless it
is couched in disrespectful language.
Mr. Ina moved to indefinitely postpone the res
olution. ■■ ' -~
The Spkak'r—As relevant to Ihe matter in hand,
I have the report of the debates in the Constitu
tional Convention, embracing all that was said bear
lag upon the pout unner consideration. These
notes were furnished by Willis & Stockton in answer *
to a resolution of this House. The Clerk will read.
UOW THE COXSTiriTION-MAKEHS REGARDED IT.
"In Committee of the Whole, Constitutional Con
vention, December 1:1, 1873.
" Section 15, as reported by the Committee on Leg
islative Department, reads as follows :
" Sec. 15. No law shall be passed except by bill.
Any bill may originate in either house, but may be
amended or rejected by the other, and on the final
p. ssage of all bills they shall be read at length, and
the vote shall be by ayes and noes separately, and
■hall I.* entered on the journal, and no bill" shall
become a law without the eonciiirericc of a majority
of the members elected to each bouse.
" Mr. Reynolds offered the following amendment :
Insert after the word "bill" the following: "Nor
shall any bill be put upon its fin;. passage until the
same, with the amendments thereto, shall have been
printed for the use of the members. Nor shall any
bill become a law unless tbe same be read on three
several days in each house, unless in case of urgen
cy two-thirds of the house where such bill may be
pending shall, by a vote of ayes and noes, deem it
expedient to dispense with this rule."
" Mr. Reynolds — Tliis amendment commends itse'f
to the consul, ration of the committee without any
remarks or waste of time in discussion, It simply
provides, in addition to the provisions of Section 15
as reported, that the bill and tho amendments, if
any, shall be pi inted before the bill with the amend
ments shall be put upon its final passage. It seems
to me that a provision of this kind needs no com
ment, need not be urged upon the attention of this
committee. We have had sufficient experience here
in this Convention, and in early legislative
experience, to prove, 1 think, to every man that it
is impossible for a member to understand what he
is voting for, or what the pr v'sio 8 of a bill arc,
by having them read at the desk. I undertake to
Biy that of the legislation which goes through under
a suspension of the rules, simply by being read at
tie desk, not one-quarter ol the numbers know
what they arc voting for, and the object of the pro
visions of the amendment is that the bill shall be
read, or, what is the tame thing, c nsidered, on
three several days before being put upon its final
passage. The object of that s i pparcnt. It is to
prevent hasty legis la : on, unless in case of urgency,
when the rules may be suspended by a two-thir.la
vote. I think they are both wise provisions, both
tending to guard legi iation. These are the i nly
two provisions that are interded hy this amend -
me t. They are both wise. They are not intended
to nor wil they hamper legislation, but to compel it
to be done decently and in order, after the legisla
tion lias been . ell considered.
"Mr. McCallum— Why, sir, if thcv put that pro
vision in the Constitution it might be construed
that the biil cannot be read by title.
"Mr. Reynolds — section says that on the final
passage of all bills they shall be read at length.
That part of the section, construed with the amend
ment, will not be understood as meaning tbat the
hill shall be read at length on the second and first
readings, but considered on three several days be
* «• * * - * ■ * .. •
" Mr. Reynolds — The Constitution of Illinois says :
* Every bill shall be read at length on three several
days.' Now, Ido not ask that in this provision. I
only ask that it sha 1 be considered Oh three several
" Amendment adopted —ayes 60, noes 42."*
The Speaker— question is upon indefinitely
postponing the resolution.
On this motion the ay. s and noes were demanded,
and the re-ohuion was Incefe-fte}] postponed by a
vote of 4Sto*.S.
Mr. Corcoran gave, notice of a motion to amend
the rules BO that there sha 1 he a committee of seven
members on Water Rights ami Drainage end one on
Irrigation, to consist of nine member.-..
Mr. Fox moved to take up the following resolution
fiom tlie table :
Whkseas, Assembly Bills N'os. 4 and 5, and 10,
were, on Saturdaj- last, referred to tl.e Committee
on Chinese Immigration and Emigration, under the
impression, M stated at the time, that' t'. cv were
Acts relating to Chinese immigration and emigra
tion ; and whereas, upon examination, it appears
that neither of said hills has reference to that sub
ject, but all refer to the subject of licenses ; now,
Resolved, That Assembly Bills No*. 4 and 5, and
10, and each of them, he and are hereby withdrawn
from the Committee on Chinese Immigration and
Emigration and referred to the Committee on Ju
diciary So ordered.
Mr.'Fox (by consent), change .1 the reading so M lfl
refer the hills to the Committee un Ways and
Means. *. .
Mr. Brai SHAFT m-.ud to indefinitely postpone
the resolution. Lost. ;
The resolution was then adopted.
Mr. Rrainuakt, pursuant to no' ice, introduced
an amendment to Kule ]>,».. as to strike out the
Committee on Chinese immigration and Emigra
Mr. Tylhr raised the point of order that the notice
was to amend Rule 19, and the proposition is to
amend Rule I*.
The point of order was sustained.
'.* Tlllilß READING OF KILLS.
Assembly Bill No. 2— An Act to make the Code
of Civil Procedure and the Penal Code of California
tic rule of action in the Courts as at present organ
ized. K«ad third time and passed— ayes, 7'>; now-,
Assembly Bill No. 7— An Act to amend Sections.
147, 1 1_ and 14!) of an Act entitled an Art to estab
lish a Code of Civil Procedure, approved March 11,
1572, relating to seals of Courts. Read third time
and passed — ayes, 70 ; noes, none.
Assembly Bill No 3— An Act for the protection of
laborers on public work.**. Rill rejected.
Assembly Hill No. 12— An Act to repeal Chapter 4.
of Title 1, of Part _, of the Pi it'nal Code, and all
laws cr a?ii:g jndici 1 districts in this State, defining
the bo ndaiiee theruo , and fixing the terms of
Court therein. Read third limo and passed ; ayea
72, noes none. ..' _.
. % UNFINISHED bi-slskss.
Assembly Bill If % 8 was taken up and recom
mitted to the Com mi tee on Judiciary.
On nu, tion of Mr. May, at 3:32 the Assembly ad
journed. ' - -
. SUPREME COURT.
San Francisco, January Uth.
1 6SSl— Cower et al. vs. Andrews et al.— Motion of
| Cohen' to hearcmse in bane submitted. •
DEPARTMENT NO. *2.
Bandy vs. I. W. Ransninc, Justice of the Peace,
etal. — Motion lor a writ of prohibition argued by
Hart for petitioner, and cause submitted.
Hih-*— Thompson vs. Felton ct al.— On motion of
Reynolds (or appellant and suggestion of the
death of William Thompson, appellant herein, since
the filing of the transcript on appeal, it is ordered
that B. A. Reynolds, administrator of the estate of
said William Thompson, deceased, he and is hereby
substituted as appellant herein in place and stead of
; •aid William Thompson, deceased.
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