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THE INDIANA STATE SENTINEL
WILLIAM J. BROWX, Editor.
A I ST IX II. BROWX, Publisher.
WEEKLY, Per Annum. tl.OO
INDIANAPOLIS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1851.
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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1831.
Petitions, fC.f Prtstntcd.
By Mr. Dougherty, from numerous ladies of this State
praying the repeal of all laws licensing the sale of in
toxicating liquors, and the passage of a law Axing a suf
ficient penalty to stop the traffic.
Also, a similar petition from su-dry citizens of the
State. Luid n the table until a Committee on Tem
perance shall be appointed.
Reports rum Committee.
By Mr. Dunn, from the Committee on the Judiciary,
to whom was referred a resolution inquiring whether the
property at present exempt from execution is a reasona
ble amount, and sulficieut to secure the comforts of life",
reporting that the amount was sufficient, and met the
requirements of the present Constitution. Laid on the
table for the present.
By Mr. Heid, from tlio Jadieiarj Committee, repo-t-ing
back the bill lo allow I and! irds to destrain fir rent
where the rent is paid in kin I. rccorainendi g its pas- '
sa 2 c.
Mr. Secrest moved to indefinitely postpone the bill.
Upon 'his motion an ext'"iled discussion took place
involving the merits of the bill . the doctrine of disti ess f r
rent, and the intnlion between landlord and tenant.
Messrs. S"cret. Emerson. D-mglierty and Davis spoke
in hfM ff the motion to postpone, and Messrs. Kcid.
Marshall. McCarty. Leyaa, Cravens, SafFer and Woods
in opposii ion to it.
Mr. Craven said he wa not prepared to say whether
the bill IM good one or n r. and tie therefore ffM
posed to its iiukliii e p -:. enient. He wished further
time f examine it.
During the discission, Mr. Secrest announced an in
tention to introduce, before tiie close of the present ses
sion, a bill to sweep from our Statute B.wk the wh le of
the relics of the feudal aire governing the relation oi
landlord and tenant, and to place them upon the footing
of "tlier debtors and creditors.
Those who favored the paeeana of the hill and oppos- !
ed its ttponemp it contended that the efleel of the bill
would he to add t the credit of the poor man. by giving
the owner of land a security for the pavment of rent, and
thus induce him to rent his land to the man who could
give no personal security for the fulfilment of his part of
the contract, and would then fore be unable to rent lnr;d
and be compelled to make a living by the performance
of labor as a hireling. Thev contended that the effect
would be the elevation of the agricultural laborer by mak
ing him a renter instead of dav-lahorer.
Those who opposed the bill and favored its postpone
ment contended that its effect would be to place the ten
ant in the power of the landlord. They also contended
that there was r.o reason whv the landlord should be
preferred ovr other creditors. and that the schoolmas
ter, the physician, and he who furnished the necessaries
life should le equally entitled to payment with the own- .
er of the land.
Mr Crarens, in order to have time for further exam- I
irratinn. moved to lay the bill on the table. Carried.
By Mr. Nihtack. from the Committee on the Judiciary,
adverse to the petition of Hugh Cull,, of Wayne county.
Bv Mr. Dunn, recommending the indefinite postpone
ment of the bill regulating the admission of attorneys to ;
The report of Mr. Dunn, pending at adjournment, was
Mr. Hanna, from the Committee on the Judiciary, re
ported it inexpedient t' legislate upon the subject ol the
delinquent list of Delaware county . Concurred in.
Mr. Slack, from the same committee, reported against
authorizing county Auditors to take acknnwledgments
of instruments in writing, and also giving them power
to . 'minister oaths. Concurred in.
Mi- Hanna introduced a bill making provisions for
persons suffering from the destruction of the records of
Mr. Srcrest introduced a bill to protect railroads and
the lives of passengers.
Mr. Emerson introduced a hill to alio'.ish the distinc
tion between actions at law and suits in equity, &c.
Bills on Third Reading.
A bill for the government of the Indiana Hospital for
the Insane, and for the care of the insane of Indiana.
Passed ayes 39. nm s 3.
A joint resolution relative to granting public lands to
settlers. Passed ayes 36. noes, none.
The resolution instructs our Senators and Representa
tives in Congress to procure the passage of a law limit
ing the right of entry of puljic lands to actual settlers,
and that in limited quantities, and at the actual cost cf
arveying ard patenting the same.
A bill to authorize the Masonic Grand Lodge of this
State to erect and maintain a monument on the Tippe
canoe battle ground. P issed ayes 34. noes, none.
A number of bills came up on the second reading and
were appropriately disposed of.
The President appointed the following standing com
On Temperance Messrs. Millikin, Crawford, Hollo
way. McCarty and Goodman.
Ön the Transaction of County Business Messrs.
Athon, Miller. Knowlton. Witherow and Washburn.
On the practice and pleading of Courts Messrs. Em
erson, Marshall. Hicks, Logan, and Witherow.
To District the State for the election of three Supreme
Judges. 7th district. Mr. Hanna; 1st. Mr. Turnian;
IA. Mr. Safler: 3d. Mr. Marshall; 4th, Mr. Hatfield;
6th, Mr. Hunt; 6th, Mr. Hickman; 8th. Mr. Walker;
lh, Mr. Teeffarden 10th. Mr. Slack; Hth, Mr. Long
ahore; 12lh, Mr. Mickle; 13th. Mr. Milbkin.
On motion of Mr. Emerson, the bill allowing land
lords to distrain for rent, when the rent is paid in kind,
wa taken from the table.
Mr. McCarty oflercd an amendment providing that
Ihe landlord may have a lien upon tue crop raised upon
the land, and upon no other property: and where, by
providential accident, the crop is destroyed, the tenant
shall not be liable for rent ; and that laliorer. who have
participated in raising the crop, shall have an equal lien
with landlords upon it.
On motion, the bid and amendment were laid on tho
HOCSE OF REPRESENTATIVE'S
Wedwespat, Dee. 17, Isol.
The House met.
By Mr. Morris, from (Wmm of Henry eonnty, against
tbe law pivin? drnggists the exclusive privilege of sell
ing liqttor in s. i.l county; referred to the committee on
Bv Mr. Behm. a memorial on the snbjeet of Temper
ance. signed by 16I persons; ref-rred to the committee
By Mr. Bean, a petition on tl t same subject ; referred
to committee on Tmr" ranee
By Mr. Reynolds, from c.t.zens of Grant and Blnck
ford counties for the repeal of a rertafn school law ; r'
ferred to committee on Common Sehoc I.
By Mr. Dobsoo, from Mr. and Mrs. Blabx-k, asking
the passajn of a special law allowing them to execute
a deed; referred to committee on Judiciary.
By fr. Holliday, of Blackford a rem'twUanee efaiest
ivmivt c-niTin oin'TiviM
, I the repeal of a certain school law; referred to commit-
i . . .
tee on common Schools.
Reports front Committees.
Mr. Holman. from the Judiciary committee, to whom
was referred a bill to provide for the appointment of
Commissioners to revise, simplilv. ami abridge the
Statute law of the State, reported the same back with
Mr. Holman said that the judiciary committee thought
that the commissioners should have power to only sim
plify the mode of practice. This could he done during
t lie lireent sr.tinn ami i I' ih I .." i 1 t ii re rHnnof rpvi.ee
l,,e ,atute j "' 11:0 State, another act can he passed
' . com :i; ing Wim uuiuuni) upo.i iuc v. i miuii is-
The amendments were agreed to.
Mr. Behm, from the Judiciary committee, to whom
was referred a bill, for the appointment of Commission
ers to revise the statnte laws of the State, rep.'it. .! the
same back to the House and recommended us indefinite
postponement ; which was agreed to.
Mr. Stuart, from the committee on Organization of
Courts of Justice, to whom was referred so much of the
Matal laws as has reference to the Supreme Court, re-
ported a hill for the organization of the Supreme Court,
dr fining their powers, jurisdiction, &c.; read first lime.
II his lull prov.des lor tua election ol five Supreme
Mr. King from a speei.al committee, to whom was re
ferred a bill for the suhscsription to, nnd preservation of
the public newspapers printed in this State, repor'cd the
sr.me back and and recommended its passage.
Mr. Smith of Spencer, demanded the yeas aud nays
on the engrossment of the bill.
Mr. Kinu was in favor of the passane of the bill, as
it would cost but little and would be of great benefit to
the citizens of the county.
Mr. Smith of Spencer said he was in favor of sup
porting county newrpapers; yet lie thought this bill
would have the effect to injure them, as many men
would get what information they desired from tiie files
in the recorders oliices, instead ol subscribing for the
papers as they should do.
Mr. Humphreys moved to indefinitely postpone the
Mr. Smith of Spencer moved to amend so as to leave
it discretionary with the recorders; lost.
Mr. H anna moved to stiikc out the word " dailv."
Mr. Behm moved to rccnisider the vote just taken;
Mr. Gibson moved to stiikc out the proviso of the Uli j
The bill was then ordered to be engrossed for a third
Mr. Brady's resolution against incrensmo the number
of juilnes of the supreme curt, coming up in its order,
'Mr. Spencer said that ihe present urn. her of judges
I lh- supreme court was fixed
at a tune vchen there I
was c "ii.paralivi ly no business before it
li.c BJoqm sbonM mt t compel the same
and he thought
number, at this (
time, when the htistnew ol iliat court had been greatly
inere:iod. to perform its duties.
Mr. Suir said he was not sufficiently advised to vote
on this subject, and he therefore moved to lay the reso
lution on tiie tub!--; carried.
KcsainffsSH mf Inquiry.
By Mr. BaMoa, for the organization of a committee
oa probate courts ; kwt.
Alter s me d bate relative to the propriety of di id
ing Iba duties devolving on ihe different committees,
Mr. Holman moved that Mr. Hinlsou be added to the
c Mnmitiec on the organization of the courts of justice;
By Mr. McAllister, to amend the law in relation to
delinquent tax sales; lost.
By Mr. Holliday of Parke, to authorito the reporting
of a bill in conformity to article 8, section S, of the Con
stitution. By Mr. Sumner, asking the Auditor of State to re
port the particular item of expense denominated inci
dental, under the head of expenses of agencv.
By Mr. Havs of Clark, to revise, amend, and condense
nil laws in relation to common schools. Adopted.
By Mr. S'anticld. to provide an annual salary of SI .000
for each Circuit Judge, $1,300 for each Supreme Judge,
and SI-SCO for the Governor.
Mr. Dobson moved l'j ljy the resolution on the table.
By Mr. Gookins, to provide for the trial of eases of !
impeachment of county nnd :ovnship officers in Circuit
By Mr. Humphreys. I appoint two members of the
BeaM and one member of the Senate to revise, simplify,
and abridge the laws of tii3 State. Lust.
By Mr. Guiin. for a change of the law in relation to
issuing au 1 rccor ling in irri ige licceees, as q oaStK that
duty on the county recorders. Lost.
By Mr. Becson, to prevent any bull, boar, or ram
from running at large. Carried.
Mr. Owen moved lhat when this House adjourn it
adjourns to meet at 9 o'clock to-morrow morning. Car
Mr. David of Franklin, offered a joint resolution in
strutting our Senators and requesting our Representa
tives in Congress to use their influence to obtain the
passajo of a law granting land to actual settlers. Read
i first time.
Mr. Stanfu Id obtained leave to introduce 'a bill pro-
viding rule,, fur making drnfts on the county treasurers
and to Haul the expenses of the counties, 8tc.
Mr. Buskirk obtained leave to introduce a bill to au
! thorize the School Commissionei s of .Monroe county to
' continue in office until the 1st of March next.
Mr. Holman offered a resolution requiring the State
Printer to submit the proof sheets of all documents to
' the member who submits the same to the House. Adop
ted. Mr. Behm moved to suspend the orders of tho day.
The bill to abolish the Tippecanoe Court of Common
Pleas, was read the second time.
Mr. Smith of Marion, moved to insert the word :'Ma
j rion" after ' Tippecanoe !' Agreed to.
Mr. Behm moved to suspend the rules, and the hill he
i read a third time now, which was decided in the affirm
ative, and the bill was read the third time and passed.
A bill to provide for the publication and binding of the
acts and joint resolutions of the General Assembly
Read thud time and passed.
Mr. Holman moved to reconsider the vote by which
the H use added Mr Hudson to the committee on the
organization of the courts of justice. Can icd.
Mr. Gibson moved to add two additional members to
the committee on the organization of the courts of jus
The House edjourned.
Thursday Morning, Deo. IS, 1851.
Reports from Committees.
By Mr. Hanna, reporting back the bill to carry out
the provisions of the thirteenth article of the Constitu
tidn. relative to the exclusion of negroes and mulattocs,
Mr. Slack thought tbe bill, as it stood, was totally in
sufficient to carry out the provisions of ÜW thirteenth
article. He thought that the vote on the adotion of
that article Indicated that the Legislature shoii'd adopt
some stringent ineaure for carrying that article into el
feci. He t Irr lore moved to strikeout the word "know
ing," wherever it occurs, and to add a section making it
obligatory upon every netfio and mulatto who was in the
State on the first of November last to have his name, age,
aud place of bii th entered in Registers to i.e kept for
that purpose by the clerks of the proper county, and au
ttioi izing clerks to hoar evidence in relation to llieso
matters, and to give to ea h negro .r mulatto register
ing his name, 8t'-., a eei liticatu to that effect.
Mr. Hanna thought that the proiHtcd nmendmenrs
would be nnjnst and inconvenient to the citizens of the
State. If ihe word " knowing" le left out, every citi
zen who should employ any negro or mulatto, or extend
ed the most common charities io ona of this race, how-
1 ever deserviug he might be, would be liable to the inflic
tion of the penalty of the law, though be might beigno.
rant of the fnet lhat the negro was in or out of the State
at the tunc of the adoption of the Constitution.
Mr. Dunn hoped that no such stringent measures as
proposed by Mi Siaelt would be adopted. He thought
tiiar the bill as it is went ns fai as we should go.
Mr. Marshall was opposed to the bill, becauso he
ihoouht i' unnecessary. The Constitution had expressly
defined the offence of employing a nejro. and fixed the
penalty, and to make an act of the Legislature to the
same effect might be inferred as imposing an additional
penalty. He thought the provision of the Constitution
I was all the legislation required in this matter.
Mr. Secrest sau! hat the effect of the provision pro-
posed by the committee to make void only those con
tracts made " knowinolv" with ncoroes n-Kn u itk nor
in the State on the first of November, was an open, di- i By Mr. Thompson, to establish ono precinct in each
rect. and palpable violation of the Constitution. The j township in this State.
Constitution expressly declares that all contracts made i By Mr. Coekrum, to examine into the jurisdiction of
with such persons shall be-void, and the committee pro- Justices of the Peace, under an act ar proved January
posed to limit this provision. The Legislature clearly ' 16. 1349; parsed.
had no power to do this. Mr. S. contended that the re- j By Mr. Helmer, to prevent the establishment of lot
gitration proposed by Mr. Slack was a most efficient tery ofiices and the sale of lottery tickets passed,
una n-. of protecting those negroes and initiations who By Mr. Hicks, to provide for an equal distribution of
MN in the State when the Constitution went into ef the school funds in the several school distiicts of the .
feet. j State : passed.
Mr. Milliken thought we might pass the most strin-
gent laws possible on this subject, and they would not
lie lived up to. We have had a law, almost us stringent
as the one proposed, on our statute book for several
years, and it had never been enforced. He believed that
article of the Constitution was an outrage upon the
black man, aud instead of making its provisions more
anb, we should soften them down, lie lelicved the '
thirteenth article to be in violation of the Constitution ofi
the United States. He wished to see the provisions of
the thirteenth article softened as much as possible.
Mr. Logan thought that the Constitution carried this
thing as far as any sane or humane man in Indiana
would desire. He had thought of tiroposinr an amend
ment. but had not committed it to paper, that after all
the forms had been gone through with, of proving their i
citizenship on the first of November, that the lerkl
should brand "citizen'' on the forehead of these unfortu- i
natc men. It had been said that these men were more
degraded under the operation of our present laws than I
the Southern slaves, and he hoped that this Legislature
WaaU not add still further to tins degradation. He was
opposeu to tins bill, because it was not only oppressive
to the whit"? man but degrading to the black.
Mr Emerson said as this was a matter of importance.
and as he did not believe the Senate was prepared to act
upon it at present, he proposed to postpone the turther
consideration of the sabjeot till 2 o'clock cn Monday
By Mr. Emerson, from a select committee, reporting
back a resolution requesting thu Clerk of the Supreme
CoKit to inform the Senate of the number of casc dock
eted and decided since the May term, 150. Concur
By Mr. Kinnard, to refer a petition of citizens of Clin
ton county to the committee on constitutional questions.
Ci i ' it rred in.
By Mr. Athon, a bill prescribing the time of holding
Courts in the Second Judicial Circuit. &c.
llv Ifr. Eddy, instructing the iudiciary committee to
? 'V " ' " 7- i 'j U'i! contemplates
ks- tu aii"i i mj ii ii r . a iu ii tit i ill" I'll ill l I Ct lllG rlrl'S-
. . . " i"v .
enl State Bank, ai d report whether Free Banks can be
established by this General Assembly without violating
the vested rights of the Statu Bank." Adapted.
By Mr. Idinck, instructing t lie ndiciaiy committee
to inquire whether the present General Assembly has
power to umsuJ or nc u v in ni:v manner. "An '! t.
apportion Senators and Representatives for the next five
years." approved Jan. 3, 151, so as to make the same
applicable to hierinia! sessions of the Legislature instead
M annual sessions, as therein provided, or to amend or
mMinj I'.c same in any manner whatsoever. Adopted. I
liV Air I .nnirc mm tr. inninr. into th. n . f
. i : .i . I
nboitshmg the G. and Jury system. Adopted.
By Mr. Emerson, that when n number is excused
nom serv ing on a standing committee, his place shall
not be filled unless the number ol the committee shall be
reduced below five.
Mr. Secrest was excused from serving on the commit
tee on federal relations.
Mr. Milliken oflercd a resolution instructing the com-
mittec on finance to report a bill for enclosing the Tip
j pecanoe Battle Ground. Adopted.
Rills on their Third Readinz-
A bill for the election of three Commissioners to re
vise, simplify, and abridge the rules of practice. Lost
Ayes IS. ores 23.
A number of bills came up on the second reading, and
wer appropriately disposed of.
Messages of the House weic. then taken up and dis
Mr. Holloway was excused from serving on the joint
j committee N enrolled bills, and Mr. Woods appointed
: in his place.
Mr. Slack was excused from scrvinjr on the commit-
tee for districting the State for the election of Supreme
Mr. McCarty offered the following resolution, which
was not adopted:
Rcsulred, That tho committee on finance b instructed
to iaqaite ieto the expediency of exempting from taxa
tion railroad stocks that are acquired by the transfer of
lands therefor, until such railroads shall he in working
order so as to earn dividends, or until the lands shall be
sold lor money, and that all stocks subject to taxation
shall be taxed at their current cash value without refer
ence to the face of the shares.
On motion of Mr. Cravens, the bill to allow landlords
to distrain for rent, when the rent is paid in kind, was
taken from the table.
The question being on its indefinite postponement, it
was decided in the affirmative Ayes 22. noes 20.
The Senate adjourned.
Note. The following Senators were appointed, on
yesterday, a committee on the Agricultural anil Geo.
logical Survey of the State.'' Messrs. Niblack, Miller,
Cravens, Crawford, Rcid, Hicks, Davis, Kinnard, Ken
dall, and Slack.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Thursday, Dec. 13, 1831.
The House met at 9 o'clock.
The Speaker appointed Messrs. Kent, and Holliday,
of Blackford, as additional members of the committee on
the organization of courts of justice.
The Speaker, also, appointed ns joint committee:
On Enrolled B ills Messrs. Lavcrty and Behm.
Mr. Barker presented a petition, which was referred
to the committee on the judiciary without reading.
A message was received from the Senate, announcing
the passage of House bill.
A bill to authorize the Free Masons to erect and
maintain a monument on the battle ground of Tippeca
noe, With an amendment, striking out the second section of
Mr. Behm moved to lay the bill and amendment on
the table j carried.
Also, a joint resolution granting land to actual set
tlers. Also, a bill for the government of the Insane Hospital
Reports from Committees.
Mr. Holman, from the committee on the judiciary, to
whom was referred so much of the Governor's message
as relates to the necessity of providing for tue election ol
nn Attorney ocncrai. anu me report 01 me rtmnnii ii
State, showing the amount Paid for the last several
years;, by the State, for Attorneys' fees, reported against
the creation of the office of Attorney General, and asked
to be discharged from tiie further consideration of the
subject: which was granted.
Mr. Beach, from the judiciary committee, to whom
was referred the etiiion of Isaac E. Johnson nnd others,
of Owen county, for a special Set in relation to the Pro
bate court of said county, reported lhat the special act
asked was not only of oriuhif.il constitutionality, but it
was inexpedient to legislate upon the subject at this
Resolutions "f Inquiry
By Mr. Barker, to publish a portion of the laws in the
German lati.ruage ; lost.
By Mr. Beeson. to abolish the grand jury system;
By Mr. Doughty, instructing the committee on edu
cation to inquire into the expediency of levying a tax of
not more than $5, nor less thnn $2 on every slut or bitch
harbored by any person in this State.
Mr. Nelson said, a few days since, bis friend (Mr.
Doughty) offered a resolution to tax dogs, for the pur
pose of raisingr n particular description of revenue,
which he thought inconsistent with the one now under
consideration. This resolution, be thought, would have
, i ft, L : U . .
n fem i n. v lucul oll I I.e hiuio V ol noes ilium nu n hi
levy the tax, contemplated in the former tesolution of-1
t,.r, , ,v t irf.,,1 , .in-in i,,.re a. a matter oi rigin
involved in this resolution, as well as a mooted question
whether a spayed slut was not a dog, and as there were
no legal gentlemen on the committee on education, he
thought the proper reference of this resolution would lie
to the committee on the rights and privileges of the in
habitants of the State He would, therefore, move its
reference to that committee; whicu was concurred in,
i with immens minlnnvo
Ey Mr. Foster.
to provide for the election of county
By Mr. Lindsey of Howard, to abolish the office of
' Serireant-at-Arms after Mondav next : nassed.
: i..'. c ' ii . . - a
mr. öcuuucr, to prepare a sui.siirute lor t nc Uranu
Jury system, if that system should be abolished; passed.
by Mr. Brady, to provide lor tue stoppage of interest
on the outstanding Treasury notes; passed"
SSJ :vir. iioudy, to authorize County Commissioners to
grant premiums in certain cases j passed
By Mr. Smith of Spencer, to dispose of the stock the
' State owns in the Madison and Indianjnolis Railroad
i hy public sale, on one and two years credit ; passed.
by Mr. Ihompson.to make owners of stable horses
pay a license: passed
Mr Lindsey of Fayette, asked and obtained leave to
A bill to regulate t!.e vending of clocks in this State,
Which . as read the first time.
Mr. Gibson moved to take from the table
A bill to authorize administrators. &c., to compute
interest annually . which was ngreed to.
Mi . Gibson said the bill permitted administrators to
exact compound interest, whether it is stated or not. It
is a well known fact that administrators but seldom if
ever account for interest, and he thought they stole a
sufficiency without giving them this additional nrivileffe.
Mr. Doughty said he had reported this bill for the pur
I pose of protecting minor heirs.
The question being on ordering the hill to its third
reading, it was decided in the negative.
The (Senate) joint resolution expressing sympathy
I for the Cuban prisoners was read the third time and
A number o bills were read the second time ana ap
propriately disposed of.
The assessment bill was read third time, nnd tiie
question licing on its passage,
Mr. Williams moved to recommit the bill with in
The bill wns then rejected arcs 43. noes 55.
The Speaker laid before the House a communication
frorn K. c)(.l k (lf ,ic Slipr.me Coart, showing the MM
lr .la- rTi
er ol cnss be ore lliat Com:, not vet diMiosed of. Lai;
on the table.
w 0 a . w
Also, n communication from
Laid on the table to be printed.
The House adjourned.
the Auditor of State
The House met.
A bill for re-organizing the supreme court, &.C., was
read a second time; when
Mr. Spencer moved to lav the bill on tho table and
nve 0I)e i)unJroj anJ filly copies printed: which was
Several other bills and joint resolutions were read the
second time and appropriately disposed of.
Bills on their Third Reading.
A bill to provide for the appointment of three com
raiasieaars to revise, simplify and abridge tho statute
laws of the Slate passed, yeas 6S, nays 10.
A bill for the sulscription to and preservation of the
newspapers printed in this State lost, yeas 35, nnvs :
The Speaker laid before the House a communication
from the Treasure of State; laid on the table.
Mr. Behm moved to take from the table,
A bill to authorize the Frcrt Masons to erect and ;
maintain a monument on the battle ground of lippe-
With the amendments of the Senate, and the same be
referred to the judiciary committee; agreed to.
Mr. Torbet otlcred a resolution tha' the judiciary
committee be instructed to inquire into the constitution
ality of certain specifications in the 32d section of the
personal property assessment and valuation law. Adop
ted. Mr. Smith of Spencer, moved to take from the table
A bill authorizing Clerks of Circuit Courts to take
acknowledgment of deeds in certain cases,
Which was agreed to.
After some debate, the bill was again laid on the ta
The House odj mi ned.
Friday, December 19, 151.
Reports from Committee.
Mr. Winstandlev reported back the bill to amend the
charter fyivs University, recommending its passage.
The bill was referred to the judiciary committee.
By Mr. Athon. from the committee on benevolent in
stitutions, that it is inexpedient to legislate on the points
presented in the communication of Dr. James Mai hews,
of Clark county, in relation to the Hospital for the In
sane. Mr. Slack, from the committee on county and town
ship business, reported back a bill lor the election of
township officers, regulating the mode of doing town
ship business, Sec i commending its passage.
Mr. Winslandloy moved to print the bill and make it j
the special order of the day for Friday next at two j
On motion of Mr. Holloway, the Public Printer was
instructed to print the bill " solid."
By Mr. Rcid, from the committee on constitutional ;
questions, that the General Assembly has no power to
amend, hy special act, any private charter or corpora
lion; but that the Legislature has the power to modify
or repeal all municipal incorporations, and that the same '
muy be amended by special law so as to modily or make i
the charter of the municipality then under amendment, j
conform to the Constitution, but not to extend its pow
ers or enlarge its privileges. Concurred in.
Also, from the same committee, adverse to the peti- j
tion of citizens of Carroll county, for permission to levee
the Wabash river, the committee having doubts of the !
constitutionality of the law the petitioners desire.
By Mr. Cravens, from the joint committee, to report
plan for the revision of tho laws. Concuried in.
By Mr. Delavan, instructing the committee on finance
to inquire into tho expediency of that portion of the Go-
vernor's Message authorizing the State Treasurer to !
give notice to holders of State Scrip to present 1 lie same ,
for payment within a limited lime, after which interest j
shall cease. Adopted.
By Mr. Reid, instructing the committee on education
to report whether the County Seminaries, with the Sem
inary Fund, is now under the charge and control of tbe
Trustees of Common Schools, or under whose caro thev
At tho rennest of Mr. McCarty, the vote on the reso
lution eierta by him yesterday on the subject of taxing
railroad stock, See., was reconsidered to afford htm an
opportunity to explain its merits.
The question then being on the adoption of the reso
lufion, after considerable discussion, it was decided in
the negative ayes lti. noes 31.
By Mr. Dunn, a bill to explain the meaning of section
232, of chapter 30. of the Revised Statutes of 1S43.
Bv Mr. Milliken, a bill to repeal the 148th. 149th.
156th, and 151st, sections of th 8th ntticle, of tho 47th
chapter of the Revised Code of 1843. lie.
By Mr. Dougherty, a bill to prohibit tho making of
distress for rent by wnrrants.
The President laid before the Senate a communication
from the Superintendent id the Asyium for the education
of the Blind, informing the Senate that there would be
an exhibition of the pupils this evening.
Also, a communication from the Clerk of the Supreme
Court, in relation to the number of cass on the docket
of said Court.
Also, a communication from the Auditor of State in
relation to Swamp lands.
Bills on their Third Reading.
An act for the relief of persons who are likely to sul
fer from the destruction of iho record of Clay county,
Mr. Miekle moved to recommit the bill to the com
mittee on the judiciary, with instructions to inqure into
tho expediency of making the law a general one. Car-ried-
A number of bills came up on their second reading,
and were appropriately disposed of.
Mr. tmerson ottered a resolution requesting the be-
ere ary of State to furnish the number of votes given in
each county lor and against the adopuon of the thirteenth
article of rhr fnnciliiitinn rwl 1, .1. .
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Mr Kcid introduced a joint resolution in relation to
the Hungarian revolution
Mr Reid in offering the resolution, said that the com-
m.ttetfon phraseology and arrangement of bills, to whom
-- mmbm resoiuuon oi me tiouse in
"l l!",u muri R'iiu iiiiiueucc auroau. lliC lluror.n lan
Revolution, and Louis Kossuth, could do nothing with
mat resolution, l ney coulit not alter any part ol us
phraseology without changing the whole, nor alter it in I
any manner without changing it entirely. It had there-.
fore been suggested to him that he should offer a resoln- i
lion on that subject, and in accordance with that sug
gestion he offered the present resolution.
Mr. Emerson was excused from serving on the com
mittees on arrangement and phraseology, manufactures, :
ana corporal ions.
Mr. Hanna. on leave, reported back frcm the commit
I tee on the judiciary the bill for the relief of th persons
likely to suffer from the destruction of the records of
Clay county, and also reported that "the committee did
not think a general law could be made to apply to the
circumstances of this case.
Report concurred in, and the bill passed ay es 33,
Mr. Secrest moved to piint 100 copies of the bill for
carrying out the provisions of the thirteenth article of
the Constitution, with the pending amendments, and the
report of tbe judiciary committee accompanying said
Mr. Slceth moved to refer tbe bill, &c, to the com
mittee on printing. Lost.
Mr. Hanna moved to lay the motion to print on the
table. Losd ayes 11. noes 36.
The question was then taken on printing the bill,
amendments, and report, and decided in the affirmative.
Mr. Reid. from the committee on constitutional qucs
ti nis, reported back the bill to change the title of the
Lawrenceburgh and Upper Misji;sjs;d Railroad, recom
mending its indefinite postponement, because of its un
constitutionality. After considerable discussion upon the power of the
Legislature to amend acts of incorporation by special
On motion of Mr. Marshall, the report was referred
to the committee on ti e judiciary.
Messages of the House announcing the passage of
bills by that body, were taken up and the bills reud a
first time and passed to a second reading.
Also, a message announcing the passage cf a resolu
tion by the House to make the Senate and House coni
miUecs on education a joint committee, to whom the re
vision r,f the school laws shall be entrusted, and request
ing the concurrence of the Senate. The Senate con
curred. Mr. McCarty. from a select committee, reported back
the bill (of the House) to abolish the Tippecanoe and
Marion Courts of Common Pleas, &c, with one amend
ment, and recommending the passage of the bill. The
bill was ordered to be engrossed.
Mr. Defrecs introduced a bill authorizing a general
Leave of absence for nie week was granted to Mr.
Reid, on account of sickness in his family.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Friday, Dec. 19, 1851.
The House met.
Tbe Speaker laid before the House a communication j
from the Superintendent of the Biind.
Bv Mr. Bulla, from citizens of Wayne county on the j
subject of Temperance. Referred to committee on j
Bv Mr. Buskirk, from H. T. N. Benedict and others
ol Monroe county, for the alteration of a certain school
law. Referred to the committee on Education.
Also, a petition from Jesse Rader for the repeal of
section 17 of the 35th chapter of the statutes. Referred
lO the committee on Judiciary.
By Mr. Goudy, on the subject of Temperance. Re- 1
ferred to committee on Temperance.
By Mr. Hanna, on same subject. Referred to the
By Mr. Torbet, a ommunieation from Thomas Har- :
gitt on the subject ol common schools. Referred to the i
committee on Education.
By Mr. Bean, from citizens of this State relative to ;
establishing township Libraries. Referred to the com- !
mittee on Education.
Reports jrom Committees.
Mr. Hnffstetter, from the committee on Roads ma lea
report asking to be discharged from the further consid
eration of a resolution of the House; agreed to.
Mr. Huffstetter, from the committee on Public Build
A bill for purchasing four stoves for the hall of the
House, wbich was read the first time.
Mr. Spencer, from the joint select committee to whom
was referred a resolution in relation to the best mode to
be pursued in rcvisin" the laws of this State, reported
that the best mode is to distribute to the appropriate
committees having charge of the subjects to which the
revised code of 143, and all other statute laws now in
force in this Slate, respectively relate, and that said
committee, revise, alter, change and amend as in I he
judgment of such committees may seem proper, and re-
Tv.it in n im- '. which saul reports when so macie snail
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follow the usual course of legislation
The report was
Resolutions of Inquiry.
By Mr. Bradv, to authorize the committee on Banks
to collate all laws defining the powers and duties of the
county board doing business in this State, and to confer
upon said board power to amend private corporate char
ters and alt?r and vacate State roads. Passed.
By Mr. Rav, rerjnesting the committee on Military
Affairs to revise the military laws. Passed.
By Mr. Behm. requesting the committee on Ways and
Means to report a bill to provide for enclosing the battle
ground of Tippecanoe, and to erect a monument on said
By Mr. McAllister, instrnctinsr the committee on
Ways and Means to so amend the Statutes as to make it
the duty of countv Treasurers in making sale of proper
ty for delinquent taxes, to sell the personal property of
said delinnuent before making sale of real estate. Pass-
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By Mr. Withers, requesting the committee on Educa-
lion to inquire into the expediency of converting the
fund arising from the I6ih section of land donated for
the use of schools into one general and commoa fund.
Hy Mr. Owen, tendering tbe use of the Hall of tbe
House to Prof. Reid, in which to deliver a lecture on the
subject of Education. Passed.
By Mr. Bulla, -instructing the committee on Benevo
lent and Scientific Institutions to inquire into i he propri
ety of passing a law authorizing the Superintendents of
county Asylums to bind out paupers of sound mind
.n.r9l ,.n. I females until H years of
mans u 1 1 i i ii v iio . , ... .
...... mIü mir I.a n Ineed under i heir care, subicct to the
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aonroval ot the countv Oonrri. ras..
Bv Mr. Smith of Spencer, requestine tbe Committee
on Ways and Means to report a bill changing the per
centnni of the fees for Treasurers. Lost.
Bv Mr. Kent, requesting the Committee on the Rights
and Privileges öf the inhabitants of the State, to inquire
into the expediency of enacting a law allowing individu
als loaning money, the same rote of interest that is now
allowed by law to bankers and other incorporated com
By Mr. Carpenter, requesting the Committee on
Ways and Means to inquire into tbe expediency of pro
viding a general law for compensation of county Audi
tors and Treasurers, at fixed salaries and limiting the
fees of Auditorts for transfers on cor veyancea of real
By Mr. Hanna, instructinc the Committee M Tem
perance to inquire whether the use of spirrtnons liquors,
in the mixing of medicines, cannot be dispensed with.
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both real nnd personal, shall be assessed in the county
where it i situated, an dmaking the system of assessment
and taxation "equal and uniform" in II cases, so as to
"secure a just valuation for taxation of all property," (as
well for county as State purposes,) "exempting snchonly
!: ' :.;Z n,i.,e,in.t Wrarv. religious or eharita-
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me ntiT-rv. a i ire an v e rrm' en iit i h w i :
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Mr. Owen submitted a resolution mak.n" ,he Com-
mutet on Education of the two Houses a joint commit
tec for certain purpose Passed
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' ..r. noiHoay oi Harke, introduced a resolution
I vii iüiüu. iniroaucca a resolution re-
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expediency of on anging in proper form for the use of
nommon schools, and to be' deposited in the bbrarv of
j every school district, the articles of confederation of the
j thirteen original State, the Constitution ut the United
, Diätes, tue Constitution of Indiana and
n .Oltirw.n.lium .C
oiamic laws m inc otate-
Mr. McDonald moved to add the Farewell Address of
Gen. Washington. Adopted.
Mr. Donaldson moved to add the Declaration cf Inde
pendenee. Agreed to.
Mr. Mori "son moved lo add the Farewell Address of
Gen. Jackson. Agreed to.
The resolution as amended was then adopted.
Bills Introduced and Read First Time.
By Mr. Donaldson, a bill to authoiize Railroad Com
panies to borrow montv, and to secure payment bv mort
gage. By Mr. Sumner, a bill for the further relief of the
By Mr. Buskirk, a bill to extend the final payment of
University land, &c.
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The Speaker la.d before the House a communication
from the Auditor of State.
Bills on their Third Reading.
A bill to authorize the Governor to cmplov a clerk io
make out maps of swamp lands, &c. Passed yeas 83.
A bill (Senate) giving to Assessors longer time to file
their offkia! bends, and to take tbe oath of office.
Joint Resolutions on their Third Reading.
In relation to mistakes in the put chase of lands in the
Vinecnnes Land District. Referred to a select commu
te; of three with instructions to make it applicable to all
sales of land of a similar description in the State, and;
Messrs. Humphreys, Nelson and Hays were appointed
In regard to the distribution of lands. Passed.
Mr. Reynolds oflercd a resolution requesting the Com
mittee on Education to report a bill adopting a uniform
plan for bnilding school bouses and to levy a tax for
building sai 1 school houses. Adopted.
Mr. English moved to reconsider the vote by which
the House passed a resolution abo.ithing the cfiiceof
Ser scan t a t - A rm s .
After considerable de bate the House refused to recon
sider the vote.
Mr. Manson asked for a suspension of the rules in or
e'er to allow him to introduce a resolution, which was
rot agreed to.
Mr. English submitted the following resolution, which
was agreed to:
Rsolrcd, That the action of this House in dispensing
with the services of a Scrgcant-at-Arms, was induced
hy a belief that the ofuce was not necessary, and not
from any dissatisfaction with the manner Washington
Holloway, the late incumbent, discharged tbe duties of
Mr Gi bson moved to reconsider a resolution authoriz
ing the l.'oor-keepcr to employ assistants, passed some
days since, which was agreed to.
Mr. Gibson said, as the resolution was now in the
possession of the printer, he would move to lay the reso
lution on the table. Agreed to.
Mr Manson offered a resolution dispensing with the
services of three of the assisTanl Door-keepers.
Mr. Donaldson moved to indefinitely postpone the reso
On motion of Mr Mudget. the resolution was laid ort
Mr. Struble moved to take from the table,
A bill for a unitorm mode of doing township business,
And the same be referred to the committee on the Ju
diciary; agreed lo.
Mr. Boskiik introduced a resolution instructing the
committee on Ways and Means to report a bill providing
for the ejection of county Assessors.
Mr. Buskirk said that the committee were alout com
mencing the work of revising the laws, and he wished
to get the views of the members of the House on this
subject, before a bill was introduced. He preferred
county Assessors himself, yet he cared but little which
system was adopted.
" Mr. Nelson moved to strike out "county" and insert
A debate ensued in wbich Messrs. Dobson, Hicks,
Nelson, Glazebrook. Holliday of Parke, favored town
ship Assessors; and Messrs. Brady. Carpenter, Lewis,
and Donaldson were in favor of county Assessors.
The amendment was not concurred in.
Mr. Shanklin moved to lay the resolution on the table.
Mr. Wells submitted a icsolntion instructing tbe com
mittee on ways and Means to report a bill providing for
the election Of township assessors for the assessment of
personal property; agreed to.
A message from the Senate was received announcing
the passage of
A bill for the relief of persons in Clay county. k.c;
Which. was read the first time.
Mr. Humphreys submitted a resolution appointing
Washington Holloway, Assistant Door-keep-r
House, and authorizing him to perform the duties of Scr-
geant-at-arms ; also authorizing the Dror-keeper to
keep in his employment such assistants as he has had
during the present session; lost, yeas 39, nays 4o.
Mr. Davis of Franklin submitted a resolution orderirjr
the Clerk to furr.ish the Honse with a list of the names
of the Clerks, Door-keepers, and attendants in the cm-
naj of the House, with tbe amount received by each-
Mr. McDonald asked leave to
introduce a resolution,
sticka to an office liko
declaring that an office. seeker
death to a dead black MM.
Leave was not granted.
Mr. McDonald stated that it was true, nevertheless.
Mr. Gookins moved to take up the bill in relation to
Grand Juries aud refer it to tho Judiciary committee;
Mr. Stuart moved to take from tbe table another bill
in relation to Grand Juries ar.d refer it to same commit,
tee j agreed to.
Mr. Holman moved (o take from the table the bill pro
viding for the election of a Reporter to the Supreme
Court ; agreed lo.
The difficulties between the United States officers and1
j the Mormon Priests has fed to some disclosures respect
; ing Mormon morals. The truth of the following para
graph is certified lo by the t'nited States officers:
i he plurality wile system is in tun vogue nere.
rnor Young is said to have as many as ninety
ernor Tour" is snui to nave as mau o : -i.s.
! He drove along the streets a few dnys since, with lb ol
them in a long carriage 14 of them having each, an
infant at her bosom. It is $aid that Hevcr C. Kimball,
one of the Triune Council, and the second person in the
trinity, has almost an equal number; among them, a
mother and her two daughters. Each man can bsve as
many m ives as he can maintain, that is. after Ihe women
have' been nicked and culled bv the brad men. The
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Judges and Secretary of State hail tue honor ol iicing
introduced by his Excellency, ihe Govci not, to several
; of his wives; and also by Hcver C. Kimball to several
C7The work on the Washington Monument hasbern
: suspended for the season. It has now reached the
1 height of one hundred and four feet from the surface of
the ground, which is about one-fifth of it destined
height. The Directors state while tue people, and lue
Masonic. O'ld Fellows, and Temperance Assoc-iat.on
have contributed liberally to itserection, ihe banking and
moneyed institutions of ihe country have done compere'
i lively nothing Dayton GmzMe.
E7"T. E. Gidlev, late Whig candidate for Govc-noT
! of Michigan, met with a serious accident on Saturday,
November 22d. He was caught by a threshing machine,
and before h could be extricated, one of his shoulders
1 was broken, and the other dislocated.
IC? Amos EllmaVcr, who aas on the Anti-Masonic
ticket for Vice President at the time that Wirt was
I mated Tor President, died recently at h.s resider, ee ,n
Lancaster. Pennsylvania. "TSJL2ffLL ind
cuts, and very exemplary ,n h.s relations of lamer and
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