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The Assembly"Passes the World's Fair
.Senator Wilson of Tehnma Makes One
of Ills Speeches—Back Tax Bill De
feated ill the Senate.
Sacramento, Tuesday, Feb. 10, IS9I.
The Senate met at 11 o'clock a. sr.,
Lieutenant - Governor Rcddick in the
chair. Roll called, and quorum present.
Prayer by Rev. A. T. Needhani. Journal
On motion of Mr. Goucher, A. B. 227
was read the first time and substituted on
the file for S. B. 374, relating to irriga
Several reports were made by standing
WILSON'S ANTI-USURY BILL.
Mr. Wilson's bill "to regulate tho in
terest of money,'' being the special order,
was called up by its author. The bill had
previously been refused passage, but that
action was subsequently reconsidered.
It is somewhat novel in its features, but
in brief fixes the rate of interest at G per
cent, per annum, and prohibits com
pounding of interest.
Mr. Wilson moved to amend by strik
ing out the first two clauses of Section 4
of the bill. While he was preparing his
amendment some Senator asked what
was the question before the Senate.
"Hold on a minute, Mr. President,"
cried the Tehama statesman.
"I'm holding on," remarked President
Reddick, encouragingly, and the Senate
The amendment was read, and then
Mr. Wilson arose and announced that ho
wanted to "speak on it, and he did speak,
while the Senate and lobby and galleries
listened with breathless attention. "Old
Hob Toombs once said," commenced the
Senator from Tehama, "'we'll call (he
roll and count our slaves of Bunker Hill!'
Them slaves, Mr. President, was niggers!
but now, sir, the money sharks call the
roll from Wall street, and their slaves :ire
niggers, white men and all. In IJSOO there
was but few millionaires in this country,
and no tramps. Now, sir, there are
thirty-live thousand millionaires and
several hundred thousand tramps. All
this is the result of legislation in favor
of money. Money was made a legal
tender by a law of the Govern
ment, and I'd like to see the
color of the man's eyes, and the
ah&pe of it, who'll get up here :md
say that the law shouldn't govern rates
of interest! Tho poor are gettin'poorer,
every day, and tho rich is gettin' richer!
The farmers and poor people is doin' all
the work, and the drones is getlin' all the
money! [Sensation.] I'd jest like to see
a man get up here an' say the law shan't
govern the rate of interest! Look at
Kansas, where most all the farms is mort
gaged to Knglish money-lenders. There
fart money enough in this country, and
England is sendin' her money here and
gettin' hold of our lands. All this trouble
has been growing sence 18iXt, and the rich
is still a-gettin' richer an' the poor poorer!
It reminds me of tho old man who told
his smart son to rigger out hotv long it
would take a man to get out of a 100-io.it
well if he went Ixick two feet every time
he climbed up a foot. Well, sir, the boy
figgered an' riegered all night, and the
next mornin' he had the whole side o'
the house covered with riggers. The old
man asked him what he hed found out.
'Why,' said the buy, 'another step an'
that feller'll be iv hell!' " [Laughter and
As the Senator drew near the close of
his argument he cast his eyes about tho
chamber and noticed that many of ihe
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Senatorial seats were vacant, which
caused him to remark :
"Mr. President, v.iien I was in Texas a
good many years ago a-fightin' Injuns —
when I knew I was among Injuns and
wouldn't sec any in front of me,- then I
know I was in danger. But when the
Injuns came into my camp and set
around and smoked with me, I knew I
was all right. Now, Mr. President, I
know I'm among Injuns, but I look
aroirnd and can't see many of them.
They're out in the brush, ready to take a
shot at me as I pass! Mr. President, I
The amendment was adopted, and when
the roll was being called on tho bill
and Mr. McGowan's name was reached,
he arose and remarked that he wished
tho Senate would great him temporary
leave of absence. (.Laughter.]
The bill was, by a vote of 18 to 13, or
By Mr. Langford—To amend the Politi
cal Code, relating to the fluty of Sheriffs.
Also, to pay the claim of Joseph T. Gor
man for services in the Constitutional
By Mr. Denison—To amend Section
1020 of the Code of Civil Procedure, rela
tive to entries in official books and
By Mr. Heacoek—Authorizing the
prosecution of suits against the State or
By Mr. Berry, amending Section 2855
of the Civi! Code, relating to banking.
By Mr. Campbell of Siskiyou—Relating
to working, rights of wny, drainage of
Recess until 1:30 p. m.
The first business of the afternoon ses
sion was the introduction of bills, as fol-
By Mr. Streeter —Appropriating money
for additional buildings for the .Southern
California State .Hospital for Insane.
By Mr. Ragsdale—To pay the Journal
Clerk of the Assembly of tiie twenty
sixth session for completing the journal
of that body.
By Mr. Everett—To regulate the retail
sale of wines and malt liquors, and to
By Mr. DoLong (two) — Amending Sec
tions 5, 332-3-4-5 of the Political Code.
By Mr. Carpenter—To pension school
By Mr. Orandall—Relating to property
assessments. Also, making it a felony for
owners of irrigating canals to refuse
water lor irrigation (tvvo bills).
By Mr. Kverett—Amending the Civil
Code relating to cemetery organizations.
Mr. Sprague, from the Judirnarv Com
mittee, reported back S. B. 'I~>9, defining
the meaning of certain words in statutes;
Also, S. B. 51f!, enabling the Coulterville
and Yosemite Turnpike Company to sue
tho State for losses "incurred by the con
struction of a road by the Yosemite Turn
pike Company; passage recommended.
Also, S. E. 4:>>, repealing certain por
tions of the Act incorporating the City of
Sacramento; passage recommended.
Also, S. B. 468, defining the word
"revenue," relating to the bonded indebt
edness of Sacramento City; jwssage rec
ommended as amended.
Mr. Campbell of Siskiyou, from the
Committee on Irrigation, reported back
S. B. 4!J4, relating to the organization of
irrigation districts; passage recom
Mr. DeLong, from the Committee on
Finance, roj>orted back A. B. 4t)Sas a sub
stitute for S. B. 309, and to replace the
latter on the Senate tile.
A debate ensued between Messrs.
Crandall and Goueher on the point as to
the necessity of substituted bills from tho
Assembly being re-read in the Senate,
when of the same character. •
Mr. Goucher held that, in order to bo
constitutional, Assembly bills should be
read the full number of times in the Sen
ate, when replacing Senate bills on the
Mr. Crandall held that it was not nec
essary, and had not been the custom.
The Senate decided to have the bill
S. B. G, relating to reassessments of
property and the equalization of tho j
same in cases where a former assessment |
is invalid or void, and in relation to the :
collection of taxes on said reassessment |
(on final passage).
Mr. Berry, the author of the bill, spoko
in its support. He said that it was no
new measure, and did not require much
explanation. He did not deny that it was
aimed directly at railroad companies from
which taxes had not been collected.
Remarks in its support were also made
by Messrs. Ostrom. Wilson. Crandall and
Mr. Carpenter spoke against the bill.
He said it was an attempt to throw dirt
npon the judiciary by trying to resusci
tate an old matter that had been settled in
the courts, and to cover the State with a
slime as bad as the locust plague of
Egypt. If tho bill wove a meritorious one,
why did it leave out the delinquent taxes
of 1579-SO-S!1 on property that did not be
long to railroad companies, which would
place upward of in tbe State
Treasury? The author of the bill bad
stated that it was intended to reach the
railroad companies alone, and any tyro
in legislation knows tliat the Constitution
expressly inhibits anything of that kind.
As a matter of fact, every kind of tax un
paid in this State in the last eight yoars
arc included in this bill. It goes back to
levy taxes on property that has passed
into innocent hands within that time and
force the present owners to pay whatever
sums may be charged upon them by suits'
commenced for their collection. The
Constitution says taxes shall be assessed
and collected in one way, and this bill
says it :»liaH bo done in another. For his
part, he stood by tho Constitution, and
placed his foot upon the bill.
Mr. Carpenter then explained the utter
revolution the bill would entail among
property titles in the southern part of tin-
State. It was the railroads that changed
California from n sheep pasture to one of
tho most beautiful and prosperous in the
Union. When corporations come to the
Legislature asking fo» improper legisla
tion iv their interests ho will oppose
them, but he would also support corpora
tions in their legal rights. The title of
the bill should be changed to read: "A
bill to promote informers and to assist
Assessors in the art of bribery."
Mr. Dray's objection to the bill was
that it went so far as to open the door for
the reassessment of property that Assess
ors may have missed, but which lias
passed into the hands of innocent per
sons. The scope of the measure should
be-limited and not allowed to operate for
an indefinite period and until it might bo
Mr. McC'omas opposed the bill, and in
dorsed the remarks of Mr. Carpenter in
regard to the effect it would have in un
settling property rights in the southern
counties. l»aiids that had not been as
sessed until the statute of limitations had
run against them had been resold as ha,v
ing clear titles, and it would not be right
nor just to Jeopardise those interests.
The roll was called on the passage of
the bill, and it was lost—ayes 27, noes 10.
The next special order was S. B. 121,
authorizing the formation of mutual in
surance companies, regulating the trans-
I action of their business and defining the
! duties of the officers thereof.
Mr. McGowan, who introduced the bill,
said its purpose was not aimed to inter
fere with the business of any other or
class of companies engaged in lire insur
ance. The intention was to allow neigh
bors to organize mutual protection by in
suring their property against loss by" tire.
He explained the manner in which the
I bill would operate if passed, and claimed
! that companies thus organized did not
belong in the category of irresponsible
companies, whose disasters had been
held up as an argument against the bill.
; The system, he said, had worked sueeess
j fully in Ohio and other States, which was
the best argument in its favor. lit Ohio
i the average cost per Si,ooo to insured is
| §1 SO, while in California it is about $o.
! He believed the people demanded the
Mr. Sprague was opposed to the bill.
He said that in all his campaign tour he
did not once hear a demand among the
people for tho passage of a bill of tho kind
before the Senate, nor was he, in any in
stance, asked to support one. lie directed
his argument against the measure on the
ground that mutual companies thus
formed could not possibly have the re
sources necessary to their responsibility.
The bill makos each member of a eoirv
puny responsible for all its losses, and
when disaster coaaes to such an organiza
tion every one belonging to it is ruined.
He read a long list of names of mutual
fire insurance companies of various States
of the Union that had failed, in many"
cases where one tire had done the work.
Mr. Ostrom thought tho bill was in'lho
interests of the farmers. The system is
simple, and if any one wishes to engage
in the business why not allow them to do
Mr. Me<\owun ngp.in spoke briefly in
defense of the bill, and by a vote of 15 to
18 it was refused passage.
Mr. McGowan chiuiged his vote from
aye tti no, and gave notice of a motion to
MISCET,T, A NKOTJS.i
Mr. Welch oifcred a resolution direct
ing the Committee on Corporations to re
port back S. B. 102, relating to telephone
Mr. Dray offered a reulution direct
ing the Sergeant-at-Arms to pay Dittmar
A- Wiieat &>G for window shades.
Some further committee reports were
made, and at 5 o'clock the Senate ad
llouse met at 10 a. it. Speaker Coombs
in the chair. Roll called; quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain. Jourual cor
rected ana approved.
In discussing the journal the Speaker
suggested thi; propriety of holding even
ing sessions for the consideration of rou
tine and preliminary work.
Mr. Brunei- presented a petition from
the citizens of Merced requesting the
passage of A. B. 588, relating to tho ap
pointment of a married woman as admin
istratrix of estate of deceased persons.
Mr. Medsoo presented seven petitions
from citizens of his county requesting
passage of A. B. 471, regarding the racer- i
turning Of the trill of the State regarding
the educational qualifications of voters.
Mr. Sturtevnnt presented a petition
from citizens of Mendocino asking for
legislation to regulate tish laws.
REPORTS OP STANDING COMMITTEES.
The Committee on Ways and Means re
ported back A. 15.19~>, regarding the send
ing of an expert to Australia and New
Zealand to collect and import parasites
and predaceous ir.sects, with amend
ments, and recommended to pays as
amended. Also reported favorably on a
bill to create a State .Board of Mediation
and Arbitration. Also rflbommended
passage as amended of A. B. Kil, to create
a Stale Irrigation Association.
A. B. 517 was recommended by the
same committee to passage. It authorizes
the Controller and Treasurer to transfer.
to the general fund all moneys standing
to the credit of coupons upon the Central
Pacific Railroad bonds. The authors of
the bill for the relief of General Vallejo
and of the bill for the purchase! of a house
for the prison at San Quentin, were
recommended leave to withdraw the
The Committee on State Charitable and
Reformatory Institutions reported favor
ably upon bills to provide buildings and
improvements for the Deaf, Dumb and
Blind Asylum, also for the Homo for
Feeble-Miuded Children in Santa Clara
County, also for the creation of a State
Board of Pardon Commissioners.
Tho Committee on Education reported
Senator Campbell's bill, for providing
free use of text-books to the ehildreu of
the State, for passage With an amendment
that the provisions of the bill should ex
tend only to the text-books of the State
series. Mr. Hail's bill providing for the
establishment of high schools was also
Reports were alsj received from Com
mittees on Judiciary, Irrigation, Munici
pal Corporations, Public Morals, and
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.
The following bills were introduced
and referred to committees.
By Mr. Bruner—Authorizing persons
having claims against the State or against
counties, to prosecute the same.
By Mr. Mordccai —Amending Section
2955 of tho Civil Code regarding mort
gages upon personal property.
By Mr. Clark—Regulating the sale at
retail of spirituous and malt or fermented
liquors or wine, and to provide for the
issuance of licenses.
By Mr. Went worth (two bills)—To ex
tend, the jurisdiction, of the Board of State
Harbor Commissioners over certain
streets in San Francisco.
By Mr. Hawley—To pay the claim of J.
K. Fisher for services rendered at the
State Hospital for the Insane in Southern
By Mr. Sturtevant —To amend several
Sections of the Political Code relating to
pilots and pilot regulations.
By Mr. Rice—Amending Section 211 of
the Political Code, regarding a system of
county and township government and
creating two new classes of counties.
Mr. Dibble offered a substitute for A.
B. I,known as the "apportionment bill,"
and asked that tlie substitute be printed
and remain at the top of the file. It was
A. B. 410, providing an appropriation
for deficiency produced by trials lor vio
lation of the law for the preservation of
fish, upon its final passago was lost.
Billy providing for deficiencies in ap
propriations for arrest of criminals with
out t.bie limits of the State; for salary of
Commissioner of Bureau of Labor Statis
tics for the fortieth lisiial year; for con
struction of granite steps for the State
Capitol, were, on final passage, adopted.
The drainage deficiency bill was iost.
A. B. 032, to provide for an appropria
tion for contingent expenses of the* As
sembly, came up for second reading.
Chairman Dibble, of the Ways and
Means Committee, explained that this
was an appropriation of .?7,0'J0 for salaries
for employes of the Legislature, making
only $20,000 in all, as against §60,000 at the
last sessiou, and asked to have the bill
read the third time and go to its final
passage at once, as the money was needed
Imperatively. The bill was adopted.
A. B. 42 wp.s passed on file, and A. B.
2SO read the first time.
A. B. 547, to abolish the grammar
school course and grammar-school course
fund, was read a second time as amended
in committee and passed to a third read
Pending the discussion of A. B. 401, on
this file, the Assembly took a recess till 2
o'clock p. if.
Mr. Armcs moved that A. B. 40, mak
ing an appropriation to pay the claim of
the Journal Clerk of the Senate of the
twenty-eighth se3sion, be referred to a
select committee of three and made the
special order for Wednesday. Carried.
Under this head the appropriation for
the World's Columbian Exposition was
first on the file on its final passage, and
the discussion consumed the remainder
of tho afternoon.
Mr. Brus-ie opened the debate in opposi
tion to the bill, and was followed by Mr.
Bruner in support of it.
Messrs. Kenl'ro, Cunningham, Bledsoe
Clark and Fowler spoke against the ap
propriation, while able arguments in its
favor were made by Messrs. Shanahan,
Hail. Gould, Young, McCall, Murphy,
Matthews, Matlock, Dibble and Morde
During the debate a motion was made
to postpone the final passage of the bill
till alter the passage of the general ap
propriation bill, but this was lost.
On the final passage of the bill the vote
stood—ayes 46, noes 22, the roll-call being
Ayes—Alexander, Ames, Arms. Bar
nett of San Francisco, Baruelt of Sonoma,
Bert,Bruner, Bryant, Carter,Coffey,Cram,
Culver, Dibble, Dow, Dunn, Fowler, < ;:il
braith, Glynn, Gordon, Gould, Hail, Har
loe, llawley, Hayes, Hocking, Hunewill,
Jackson, Jones, Lewis, Lowe, Lynch,
Mfttlock, Matthews, McCall, Mordecai,
Phillips, Kice, Robertson, Shanaban,
Smith of Butte, Smith of Orange, Steltz,
Tennis, Wentworth, Windrow, Young
Noes —Barnard, Baughman, Bledsoe,
Brown, Bnif-io, Cargill, Clark, Cunning
ham, Doty, Durner. Eakle, Garver, Hoey,
Kellogg, Laeey, Marion, Murphy, Ken
froe, Stabler, Sturtevant, Tully, Mr.
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