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UNSINfi STATE REPUBLICAN
KCGIKTKV I- A W . We shall publish, under the direction of the Auornev General. Books of Registration for every tonehip in the State. We shall for ward, with copicsof the law, circulars explain ing how the a-m "ill he fished; we ...tend tola-eat Intone half of the expense to the townships, by getting up the whole .number at one lime, and insure correctness ...r-'-hty. .nd full compare tW ,-W' ,T,,e1,"ok! .ill le i-ade of the very best material, and bound in the most substantial manner. Supe. visors awl county Clerks will greatly facilitate the de cutton bt the law, by responding promp'.v v l"K circular HOSMKIi t, KhRli. pi inters to the &ut Lansing, Mich. ILe Leiative session closed, practically, at noon on Monday nominally, on Wednesday, Km the purpose of allowing the enrollment and sig dature of bill, ai.d all K publican may W.k without shame, and with honest pride to the re anlt of the forty -day labors. Among the prom inent of these results are the election of a souno Republican Statesman to the V. S. S, naie for Yudisposition of the Swamp Land Grant, in a mode to develop the wilderness port.ons oi the State, to facilitate SettU-mt nt, and to comply with the terms of the grant. The passage of the law giving lO acres ot swamp land outright, to actutl, landless Setileis. The establishment of an Lmigant Ag-ncj The imi.iedide relief of the sulhreis f G tiot and Isabella coimies. The loan for the security and com pletion of th Sailt Canal. Tho appropriations for th Kalamazoo and Flint Asyloms, the Hons.- of Corr.c:i..n. the Plate Prison, Agricultund S. hml, Tniveiiity nd Normal School. The parage of the registry Uw. v. as olio f the uiot important of the es-ion, and it effect upon the political welhW of the Stat., can hard ly be otherwise than great. In detail, it is be lieved that this law it more perfect than any ev er pa d. It was drawn by one of th.' tirt le gal men of the day, in whom Michigan has full con6dence, and drawn alter the mot mature consideration of the giiWert. Let it have a fair and patiei.t trial. An immense, and most unusual amount of Ij cal, and perstmal matters pressed upon the at tention of the I egi-ilaturo front the openg to the close, and the surprise i that m much (.1 general inrortani-e was matured anil perfected, amid this vortex of bills, memorials, petition and other communications, involving only perno'i al or local interests. Three constitutional an:emhnents have been provided to be submitted to the people, viz : a change in the organic law concerning juries in highway caes ; the removal of the limit to bi ennial sessions of the Legislature, and a inodirt cation ot the individual liability clause relating to stockholders in banks. It is impossible in this week's iesue, to review the uieasur, of the winter, at length, but suf fice it to a.i, lumi. f" -u -- .! .i ,-.,. muuM bate tieeo. bofl time suf ficed. UIt!tTAT 5IKASVKKS. "We present to our readers this week, the wamp laud act, showing the different lines of wagon roada to be constructed thereby, together with the names of the icpective commissioners These officer were selected by the Governor, with especial reference to energy and charaeter. &9 well as practical experience, and as a further aafeguard for the public interest, they h.ve been placed upon routes of roads distant Jroui their homes. It had been cur design to place before our readers this week, the registry law, but want of space has prevented, and we must content our selves with giving a very brief abstract, as fol lows: The first annual meeting of Registry Board, 1st Monday in October ; sessiou from three to five day. Board have power to q-iestion quali fication. Fine and imprisonment for f.tUc state ment of TvVr. Original registration to be safely kept. If any person whoo name is not registered, hall offer and claim to vote his nam" may be registered upon the terms and conditions herein after prescribed for like causes, at township elec tions. Sec. 9. Provides for the registration in town shipsconstitutes the Board the same as herein before mentioned. Sec. 10. Al the annual meeting of each town ship on the first Monday of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-nine, the township Treasurer shall, at a place as near as practicable to that of the meeting and of con venient access to the electors, have aid book or regiater in readiness for the entry of their rj.'tnies, and each qualified elector residing in the town ship may then write his name, at length, in the proper place in said register, if able and willing to do o, or the Treasurer hall. upon request made in his presence by the elector personally, write the name of such elector in its proper place. The Supervisor or Assessor, whenever he makes an assessment in his tow r ship, shall have with him the register, and shall allow each qual ified elector whose name is not entered to enter the same. Legislative Isdcstrt. At the recent ses ion, two hundred and sixty acts were passed, and sixty -three joint resolutions at the session of 1853, 174 acts, and thirty-two joint resolu tions were passed. Thi Hocsk A Pocket Manual of Rural Ar chitecture ; or. How to Build Country Houses and Out-buildings. Embracing the origin and meaning of the Hocse ; the art of house build ing, including planning, sfvle, and construction ; ilea igna and descriptions of cottages, farm-houses, villas, and out-buildings, of various cost and ia the different styles of architecture, 4c. ; and an appendix, containing receipts for paints and washes, stucco, rough-cast, etc.; and instructions for roofing, building with rough stone, nnburnt brick, balloon frames, and the Concrete of grav. el walL By the author of The Garden," "The Farm," 4c. With many original designs. New York: Fowler & WelLs, Publishers, 3 '8 Broad way. Trice, in paper, 3') cents ; in muslin, iO cents. AIURE CHASC. AtthcSollClUtion TerallaAes andpntlemen who have be- amis triMAi t. a rr Via . ... come aware of the value of his services as a teacher, Mr. C. Wolf has been persuaded to re- tnsao for the present in Lansing, for the purpose of deTotbg himself to tie tesxbing of music in Q iu branches. Mr. Wolf is ft gentieinftn of Tery high musical attainments, to which .Stages be adds great tact and success as tether. He spares bo pains with bis pupils more especially the young er ot them, who most need close appention. . . .r.x. ta tWo.,h and . H" knOWrfe. . a. radical, it having Dee a . . him, as it is witn most wen The Faculty cf the Xenia 0., Female College, where he taught, give him the highest recom-; i meiidatiotis. but he l.arOiy neeos mem rr-". ; It is to be hoped that the Landing public will i .... ! . . C can ;f-ra nromnilv. and ava:l tuemeei e? j w .-... t r- . thus retain Lim for the season, among us. SnWIile of -Mr. Sartu. Meridian, Feb. 14, 1S50. Editor Lan'ift S:iU Jpuhlioin : In your paper of last week is a sta-or.e-n: in regard to the d. ath of Squire Sajits. in whieh you do the son, Henry Sav re, and other fi tends injustice, by sayir.jjtbe fat' c. and Son had reCeM'.v had a quarrel in regar.1 to S'.ni-' money matters. This was not the a-e. The father had lived with the son neailv e;ght yers, and as I know bad ever eet. most k'n.d'y treated and well provided for. without hope of pecuniary reward, and as I veri !v behVve, the old man heii sotM-r, was most c'oi tei ted and niea-urablv happy. Attribute litis nielaz.cholv circuns ance to the evil effects of alcohol, a:il you will speak the facts in the ce a::dol.l L'.' ii jun-J f-!i.-. J.urn d pleas V PlflM l' copy. -' The occurrence was published as it was re ceived from a neighbor of the deceased, though Mr. Phelj s stands in a relation thereto, very hke !y to make him correct. AiricrLicRL Colleoh. Theexaminition at the c.'o-e of the fourth term of this Institution will uke place on Tuesday and Wednesday, 221 and -J3dof February, in the following order: " l 1-2 " English Literature. "11 " Algebra. P. M., 1 l-2oMo k, Political Econo- mv. "Tuesdav, P. M-, 2 o'clock, Analysis of Langl:i:e. Tnesdav P. M , t r.'clock. Mechanics. WeJ:;eslav, A. M., M 1-2 o'clock, Iigic. " o 1-2 " Chemistry. "11 Geometry. P. M., o'clock, Deebrativ.- and Compositions. A t'wrdlal Kuddrwmriil. The following is from the Grand Rapids Pre, edited by J. P. Thompson, formerly of the Lan sing J"Urt! : A RKvtaFKinLT Gi Tiii.so roa tub Nation al Ai'MiMMT .trios. W are glad to know that tiiere are . few live Ietnocrats at Lan-ing awaLe to the merits of Mr. Buchanan's administration. The following procet-dinsrs transpired on Satur day, January ;th : Mr. t'ampaii ofl-red the following: liwi'fd. That the administration of James Buchanan, in its tjreifcrii and domestii; policy, has been eminently successful, and deserves the ap- pn.hjliof aJid s-ipport of the entire American j r.eo-.h'. i Mr. A. V". Buel moved the previous question. The Sp.-aker announced, "Shall the m-iin ques tion be now put "' Which w :is ordered. Mr. Thomson called for the yes and nays, which vei onlcreil, and the quet-tion being on the adoption f this resolution, it was not adopt ed, by the following Vote: )Va Mssr. Hancroft, Beers, Becson, A. t W. Duel, I'.ijj!., Bushnell, Campau, Connor, Dun bar, (tow, ireeniehl, McPeruioft, Mckinley, Richard-on, Smith, V.'hrner, Wrudell 17. Xis ''". This was a very fortunate aud happy conten tion on the part of Mr. Campau. Had uot Mr. Camp-in conceived this resolution, and had not Mr. t'.nijiju I rought forth this resnhitiitn, some iding very seriou- might have happened to Mr. Cmt.pau. as well as to t:. administration of Mr. Buchanan. Bat, huppi'y, Mr. Buchanan can now thank Mr. Caoipau that the honor of Mr. Bu- arxl titut tW 1'niou i safe for indefinite peri :d of tim We notice with poignant regret hat a few "renegade Democrats" refused to vote for the icso'ution. Among this number was Jim Baitou, of Ottawa county. "Jim" has probably made his will preparatory to his return to his home to render an account for this vote to his indignant constituents. Mr. E. H. Thomson was another of these Penioc-ats who refused to tes tify his admiration of Mr. Buchanan's domestic policy. We are giad he spells his name as he dijes, rise it would be, "D n Thompson with a '!" but upon more mature redecterion we think he i d d anywsy. Of course, after this vote, he will no longer consider himself member o! the Democratic party. We, without menUl res ervation, incontinently read all such "t;aitor" o it of the party. Mr. Campau will please accept the thank of Mr. Buchanan who has deputized us to tender them for tin's prompt, unanimous, cordial, dis tinguished, t iiparniteled endorsement of his for eign and dome-tie policy. The whe Is of gov ernment will riots-t'-p. Mr. Buchanan's adminis tration J.reathes more free! v. P. S. Pjton the receipt of the proceedings of the Legislature ujou it e re.-o uciou of Mr. Cam pau, we learn fhar Mr IJ.chnian immediately ordered an additional supply of ",.!d Rye" from his Cellars i-i Lancaster. Prueeili,4 nl Ihr ton 11 1 - Convention. Agreeable to the call of the County Commit tee, the delegates from the several towns, assem bled at rioen, and were called to order bv A. C, Winter, of the County Committee. n motion, Ebenezr Walker, Esq., of Merid lan, wis elected Chairman, and Col. A. W. Wil- liams, .f r ucaUig, Secrctarv. On tnotloi, the chairman nppnir.ted a commit tfe of three, consisting of S. R Bingham, E. U Angeil and Gardner Fletcher, to.artHne creden tials On motion, a committee were appointed for the purpose of re-erganizing the County Com mitiee. The chair natned A. C. Winter, Ezra Rrtmcry, and P. F. Rath, as such committee, On motion, took a recess till l"2 past 1 o'clock P. M. AFTERNOON' SiSStON The convention was called to order by the President. The committee on credentials reported the list of delegates, and recommended that the Re publicans present from the several towns, be re quested to fill vacancies from their respective delegat ions. The report was accepted by the convention. The committee 00 the re-organization of the county committee, reported in favor of such re organization to consist of five persons instead of nine. The report was accepted. Cn motion, a committee of fire were appoint ed to report to the convention a list of delegates to the State convention. The chair named P. M. Bagley, Geo. A. Ann strong, Ezr Rumery, Joab Tolhemus, and D. L. Crossman, as such committee. The committee reported the following as the list of delegates : Daniel L. Case, D. L. Cross man, Ebenezer Walker, John A. Kerr, Peter Low, and A. R. Burr. On motion, S. D. Bingham was adJd to the delegates, and the report was accepted by tie convention. 0a motion of John Dunsbackthe chair appoin ted a committee of three, consisting of J. Duns oack, M. K. North and Mr. Cummincs, to report tne names of a county committee to the conven tie-D. They reported the names of David M. Bagley, John Dunsoack, Jr., H. B. Shank, Isaac Drew and S. D. Bin-haa, as coumv committee for two years ensuing. On motion of S. D. Bingham, J. M. Williams was added to the committee. S. D. Biughara offered the following resolu tion : fotolreil, That the Kcpublicaai of Ixghua county, in convention assembled, hereby endorse J be stated m the contract, that no mo-e thin an theadminHrationpolicTWtforthinthenit2ejarer of six hundred and fortv acres of said Of Got Wisner and that we heartilv coincide in Unds shall be stipulated to be paid per rn.Ie for the present action of the Lecture, so f ir fc : a:.v of sild road-, and that d Uaosso tupd !t bas earned out that to! er. in the p-i-age of ted or withdnw-n from nurket until atter toe tu ! wnt a. .inn land bilL end hi l i.ece-a-: anroriati.a mad for our State Institution . L'ut we wil! enter i:,t the p.es -nt c.,p .ign ..a f.ir th rr,ti'ii,u-l s:icc ss o' our partv, and the tuu..tenat.ce of the g; fan-, .i.,Zn,J n,;.,r;; !.. ot th Republican or-aaizt- ti.m ontMi-itiou to slaver eiteiision in auv aud everv form. " The resolution was dlscu-s-d by Messrs. Wil-1 11 . r . liams, Rumery, North, B ng..am, iaguy, an-i j others, and was carried unanimously. j The delegates to the State Convention were ; empowered to appoint substitutes. o 0a motion, adjourned i i". E. WALKER, I'res't. A. VT. Williiims, Seo'y. An Art to Provide far the Ilralnage ami re. rlnlmallutt of Swuuip L.nU h- lotntx of Stale ltoufl wtol IHic. TFAerros, The act of Congress of September 2th, 185, granting to this State certain lands known as swamp lands, requires -aid l.tnds t r the proceeds thereof to fie applied, so far a- neeesa rv to the purpose of reclaiming s.id lan-i: " And vh'mi. In the opiiiion of the Leishi tnre one of the most fficien. means of efl -cting that end is the construction of roads, wi?h prop er ditches and drains, through the iure uT -t- tled parts of the State, whete s Jch htmis aie chieflv situated; therefore, Section I. TV I'fOf U th" Smie of Mtrk vtan enact. That there shall be laid out and fv t'aftlished be commis-ioiif rs to be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and con sent cf :ho Senate, upon the most direct and - li able routes between the places ereinafter do-grated, the following Stale road-: 1 A road from or near Ioni.t, in Ionia county. to Houghton Laae, U U.e county of Uuicoumioi,, naw, known as the Ionia, Houghton Luke and Mackinaw Slate road. 2. A road from the south line of Newaygo county through Newaygo iu the county of Ncw avgo, to Northftoi t. ti be know n r tho New ay go aud Norlhport Mute road. n. A road from Port Huron, in ihe county of St. Clair, to Bay City, via Vassar; tin nee west wardiy to the merid an t iwnahip line between ratiges two anil three weoT; thence southeily by wav of St. Johns, Clinton eounty, to the inei i li an" town-hip line between ranges two and three west; thence southerly to Lading, iu Irgham county, to be known ts the P rt Huron, Bay City and Lansing State road. 4. A ro.id from feat Saginav, ir. too t-oi.niv of Sastinaw, to I ay City, ia B:iJ" county, and thence, via Ottawa Bay, to the river Sable, to be known as the Ea-t Saginaw and S.ibh S?;ite mm 1. 5. A road from Leiingtnn, in Sanil tr county, westwardly to the Flint riv-.r, in the county of Lapeer. rt. A road from Sr. Mary's F.tl's to the Sira'ts of Mackinaw, to be knoau a the Si. Mary's riv er and Mackinaw State road. T. A road from tlw village of Ontonagon, southerly to the Siato line, to be known as the Ontonagon and State Line road, S. A road from Marquette, on Lake Superior, to Lijtle Bay Do Noc, or Nocquett.J to be known s the Marqvcttc und Bay le Noc State road. V. A'road from Houghton village iv way L' Anse Bay, to the Wisconsin Sts'e line, to be known as the L'Anse Bay aud State line State road. lt. A road from Aliegan by way of Holland, rerrysburg, .Muskegon and Larleton s Mills, and thence north through the counties of Oceans., Masou, Manistee atid G-aud Traverse Bay, to be called trie Allegan, Muskegon :t!id Tiavtrse Bay State road. Sec. '. For the purpose of laying out and es tablishing State roads, and jrocuii:g the rght Oi way for the tine, the commissioners ajtpomr ed in pu'Suauce of this act, shall have power to survev or CJ'ise to be surveved the rcj eclive routes of Said roa is, I which sha'l te i..'-t less than j four or more than tl wide,) across any ot the pub!:c Lnds, the lands of this Stat- or of any private person; and tor the h.e.tu.ii. la 1 jug out riv.. X'Vt'f .V.V'v..',0f J2 v1 .;,; T lir"i. II.". within the boundaries of the road, und rot in any incorporated city or vi'la.-e: J'rovid'd, That w hen it ihal! ho neces-ary, ia constructing su-h roads to take tLe land i.f aiiy private pi. son or owner, the commissioners shall pu.c ed hs fol lows: Tliey shall proceed to view the inrids so to be taken, and give the owner or oC'ipvit sued notice as their luav deem reasonable, to be ores- eut at the view and mike such showing, as he may desire, touching title, and the aruouni of dama.es to be sustained by such taking; ai d having taken such view, the coiutnissioneis sriaii thereupon estimate the amount ot such d images, if any, and make and sign a certificate of ttielr finding, describing the lands in question, aud cause the same to be filed in the oflice of ihe State Treasurer, Jitid in v.tji the snuic s hail fe appioved bytheboaid meniionei in the third section of this act, sue.fi damages shait lie paid out of any moneys in the State Treasury that shall at any time after the passage of this act, accrue from the sales of the swamp lands; ami upon such payment or the tender thereof, or of the auditor's warrant on the- State Treasurer for j the amount of such damages, to the ovuiir, h s .1.. r . I .. I I.. .1,.. gc.v. .Uurl t...r.... ...... c. n, , ... re'uo. iu. in umh.i iniiiiu wiiui ns;iiir.. e , . e i- .1 1 1. , . . , re-ea-uiiaie iu liaiua-'e 111 in-' iiiattiiT hi. 1 10 . . . ' Sec. S. There shall le appointed in the man ner hereinbefore provided, threo coiiimissiouers for each of the afore'aiil roads, and the cotnm's sioucrs at their first meeting, to he held at some place on the line cf the respective roads, to oc des'gnated by the Governor, sf all be by lot to be drawn by themselves, divided into three class es; those of the fir-t cla.ss sii i 1 hold othce for one year, those of the second t lass faro years, ftud those of thethiid class three years"; ami that thereafter oie commis-ioner for each of Said roads shall be appointed iu each year, whose term of office shall be three 5 eats, unless such road shall sooner be completed. a::d until his suc cessor ghall be appointed and qualified, unle.-s ooner remored by the (jvernor, in which case another shall be app'ilnted in his stead; and the Oovernor shall have tne unconditional power of r,r.v.I .,,.11 ,....,.,1.., 4l,.l! lo.'.LI ... poiairuent of the Governor. The Governor, the . . ". . r 1 Secretary u State, the Auditor Cent ral. State Treasurer. Attorney Ueneral and the Commis sioner of the Stare Land Othce aJial!, as a board, have power, and it shall be their dutv. whenev er in tneir judgment the pub! c interests shall re quire it, to suspend the surveys or operations on any of said routes, and to direct re survevs w ith view to the selection of more fit md conven ient localities for the read; and to direct from time to time, what works shall be 'commenced suspended or discontinued, aud this provision shall be embodied in every contract under this act. Sec. 4. Immediate! afrer hein i.r.ifit r.f their appointment it shall be the "dutv of the I cmmUiioners for each ot said roads to met at the time and rlaca desinAfed .a r,rnr,.i.t section three of this act, and uke and subscribe ; the oath of office prescribed bv the constitution ' and laws of this St w-hioh n-tK .f 1 eelher with an official bond tb ,.f V. thousand dollars each, with good and stlicltntj sureties, to be aot rovrd bv the f.or.? -.. 1 ditioned for the faithful performance cf their du- i ' ties resDectivelv. shall he fi-ed In tho r.fW f i the Secretary of State, whereen.tr. 1 ho ,.m ! missioners may enter upon their duties as pre- i scribed bv this act. Sec. To secure the construction of the propriated of the money hereafter to accrue from the sale of the swamp Urds, an average amount per aula on each of said roads, not ex ceeding the value of six hundred and forty acres of said landa, at the minitrura price fixed by the laws of this State: Provided. That not niore'than four hundred thousand acres of said swamp lands shall be applied in the construction of all said roads, to be distributed to them under the direc- tion of said boar-i; and the Auditor General shall not m his warrants drawn under this avt. to : which of said roads it relates; and shall, as shall F.euben McCru'rv, Gene-se county; Newell also the State Treasurer, keep a separate account ; A very, St. Clair county ; Israel Mowrey, Wash with each road, ia such manter as to show the i tenaw countv. amount expended upon each; And r-roxid'd fur- I Ar, That any contractor for the construction of, L. Gsge, Saginaw county ; Bollard B. C. New. any of said roads, or any part thereof, may elect ! comb, Lenawee couny ;" Adison P. Brewer, Ma to take lands in lieu of money in Lauidatioa of ! comb co-mtv. such. coatjtKt, ia which, case sash electioa etall completion .t all the woik provided tor ia a:iy such contract, ai.d Me land. so elected to be l k,,. shall be charg. d again.-: tl.e proper road in , the accounts of l!ie suite I rta-urer ;.a iu i:ior , C.rh A 1 prorije-j jurthfr. That any lands ; so ukeii sh l be wiih.n the county i:i which the wot k to be pi 1 for has b.-en djne, ane. ia pro- portion to the length of liue and cost of road in sa-d county -c. i. Th. monev applicable to sa.d rods appoVtioned among the several roads in proportion to the quantity of wiiup i:i the counties through which the roads p;j respectively. Ana u snail oe umy oi the S'ate Treasurer, on or before the brat day of Jul in each year, to make out a stuemeui i f the" amount which is or may be applicable to said rojds dutiiiil the twelve month nest thereafter, with the amount apportioned to each of said roads, and to transmit a copy of such statement to one or more of the commissioners of each of s.i d roads, which statement ami apportionment si. a 1 be based upon the amount of money then in the Treasury, applicable to said roads, atd the s t'lnatcd receipts into the Treasury from the sale of swamp lands during the next succeeding sil months; and no contract or contracts tor work o . at.v of a;d roads exceed ng the amount so estimated as applicable to such road, shall be ma f - until the next annu 4 apportionment ty the St.ite Treasurer, unless such contract shall be payable in land as in this act provided; but con tra'crs mav be mad - for the Construct on of the whole or anv part of any of said roads payable iu j -aid s tmp lands, HS by this act prescribed. ' Sec ',. Cot tritcts shall not te lrt f.r wotk up- o.i a iv of aid roads, until thirty days' public no tice ot liie time and place ot letting siiaU l.ave b.-en civet in some newspaper published in the county in ah ch such letting is to lake place, if a :e-tiiter Ite tuM shed in such county, and a!-o , .t( M rr iu w.t i.HDt-r in ineciiy ot Detroit, and be posted up in at leaat twenty of the niOT-t public places in the county in which such letting is to take place. Such contracts -htll be let, and ta'd road:, completed, iu consec ut'iwe sections, a:id, iu the Lower Peninsula, shall commence at the southern or eastern terminus of said load-, and in the Upper Pe-iiins .la, at the northern and w- su m le-rmiio:s. Lveiy contract shall be in willing, and shall n jt be ahd, if pay able in money, until a copy of the same, accom panied hv a survey of the 7 onion of the ro:d to b constructed under the same, has been fih d ii the office of the Slate Treasurer, and, if paya ble in land, in the otliee of the Commission r of the State Itnd Othce. and if payable in laud and fii.eiev , i i both of aid oflict 9 Ppoii the receipt ot any c-oii'iaci, lor e.rk upon any Swidrwads, it shall tie the duty of the State Treasurer, or the Coiiitiii-sioiier of the State Land Othce, -is the c ise :n iv be, to lav the same before the Govr ernor hr his approval; and if approved, such ap proval hall f-e endorsed upon the contract, aud the same shall thereupon become valid, ami be placed on file, as hereinbefore provided. If the' Governor do not approve buch contract, he hha I endorse his disapproval thereon, w her upt.u the same shall le void, and be immediately returned to the Commissioner from whom it was received. Such contracts shall, in all cases, be lot to the lowest responsible bidder for such woik; and 'ood seci'.rii.., in the discretion of the Commis sioners and Corei::cr, shad be given for the faithful performance of such woik. Sec. 5. Every such ci ntract shall contain a description of the land covered by the same, the distance said road is to o? constructed over ury. i Wtt or fcwamp lauds, the Lumber, dimensions and i Crtn9lruction of t-luices and bridge?, and width of . roa,j.i)0j t,f leunng t.t.U oi grubbing, and pro visions letjirrin;; road sufficient 1 ample side lirarns ou each side of Saiil 1 tl.e surface water, and . '.w lue s.tino are tieces io'? ot- wet lands the gra- arr, nrnl tliai ov -hng shall be of sufficient height to form a dry road-bed. and the Commissioners shall cause a true siii w v of the route of any such road through anv cotintv to be filed and recorded in the ofiice of the Register of Deeds thereof. i. I imn 1 lie ritiiiiiieiioii 01 mi iuv ui 1 .: ... C tl .1 . . ..1. j , ' :,' rH.eilred 10 be done on anv ol 1 , - , ,,e tiie jutv (,f ,he conunis ! 5;ut.,,rs jr r(,Hj officially to certify to such t ---. - "--o tU state that tl. terms of such contract have been fully and fait! fully complied with, and shall bo verified by the oa'h of said commissioners, or a mcj nty of them and upon the- presentation of such certifi?at ami the release of his or their nintract, if paya file i:i money, it shall be the duty of the f.it Treasurer to nav the same, or the amount due thereoti, fi :a tny inonev in th trea-urv apt) cable to the Construction of said read: and if jmv j aSj u h'nd t -,13 the iulv of the'com.m- ioner of the State Land Othce, upon like relea to cause to be issued from the proper depart ii:ei!. patents for the lands which shall be select eii, a id applicable to suh contract by the pro visions of tins ac: J'roviJtj, that before such payment either in land or in money sha'l be made, it shall be competent lor the Oove-rnor. and he may at his discretion appoint also a spec ial c.iuimissio:ier to examine and certif v on oa: t the ci-n.aletioti a'id f ultiilment of anv contract, or the progress mad? towards such completion upon ny ot said roaiis, ami in case sue special commmissioners shall be appointed, no payment s'.ai! he made except upon his addition a' certificate of completion, as atoresai 1. ..... .....r v.......... supers ahal! be three dollars per day for tr, j . ,..; H.I.Ior..,! ... the ) sclm. 7 of V.. , . .l:.. . !i . . . r .... uitii s uii e-t ui.s nti, ani aji aeein.uia i.tr eueii , services shail be certified bv the two commission ... . 1 .1 1 -c t 1 1 ! cts not interested therein, and venfied by tl oiii. in i rrv eoiiiuiis3ieiii.-r eiAiiitu iia jeir fui f I servit-e, and wj,en sj c rtilied, sworu to and al lowed bv the Board of State. Auditors, it shall fx the duty of the Slate Treasurer, to pay the satin- 1. pon the warrant of the Auditor Oeneral out o any rone-y applicable to the road, for or ui-ot which such s.r.L'ts shail have been rendered. Ar.d it shall be the di'iy 14 the State Treasure! to pay accounts for the necessary surveys of sid road-, such accounts to be certified and allowe as heicinbefore provided, in case of services ren de-r'i ' sitij comuiissionerd Sec. Ii. No money shall he applied in the survrv of sucfi routes, the acquisition of ;h right of way, the payment of any services or ex penses, or in the construction and opening ot such mads, or any of them, out of any other State fund except tht derive ! from the sales of sail ""'"C VI lue Wl.os, lUC.UIU.rj, OSLJ 1 n , .1. . 1 -. . 1 tJila n-ovisnn thftll ulso lirt eTt t.i wti.xt in sucn contracts ; it nemg tne determmatioi of the Leciatu-e never to charge any part o' tne costs ot seen roa'ls upei the ordinary reve nun of the Tate. Sec. ! J. 'f the proceeds of said swamp lan i- . er.-aiier to accrue, there 1 herebv appropriated an amount equal to one hundnd thousand acres at the minimum price as fixed bv law, or land t that amount for the benefit of the organized counties of the Lower Peninsula, to be expended in draining and reda.-oiing said lands, by mean of levees and ditches; which sum is herebv j placed u'ider the direction of siid board, and ln.v und,-r tbtir direction be drawn from th ,rorn tm t0 t,IT n'' 9" 1 be applied totnat P,,rP In uen locates and under such antJ regulations as they may prescribe; and everT contra'n nnd"r thU section shall be signed ,'-r th,? I:""t0" Wlth at least two good and suf- Seient wunties tone anprove-i bv the board. ar"l fi,J(1 " theotSce of the Sta'eTreas- i urer Proridtd, That contractors mav fleet to tli' land in lieu of money in liquidition of anv - V1 eoircl al minimura price: .ir j pro- nded tirth'r, That said board shad apportioi eu,Q to several counties accordin? to he rno."nt 9 near M maJ b. ' suth swamp : iui iiiou ffuen iuuiiii resueeiive.v. spective! Sec. IS. This aI shall take effect and be ', aiTred:a:elr. The following is a list of appointments, under the provisions of the act: Ionia, Houghton Lake and Mackinaw State Road Henry Id. LeRov, Wayne county; Guy M. Trowbridge, Oakland county ; Sanford A. Yecmans, Ionia county. Newaygo and Northport State Road Am&sa B. Watson, Newaygo county ; Henry Palmer, Monroe com.tv ; Solomon 0. Kinrsburv. Eect cour.tv. Port Huron. Ear Cirv and Lani'rsr State Road East Sa:r:raw- and Sable Stare Road Mortar? Lcxbgtoa and Flint River State Road Stiles R. Xettleton, Sanilac county ; John B. Wilson, Lapeer countv : David Cutter, Hillsdale county. St. Mary's River and Mackinaw Sate Road Win; cn P. SpiU-din, Chippewa cous.ty ; P rvid C. Clark, ChLtos coun ; Ebt-r.tie-r Muige, Branch county. OMwtaiivi and State line road Ausrustus Co burn, tiito'iai;on coui.ty ; Uliaiu lic ler, M woepn cojai; ; v.ir;iopurr v. j.-ii:.tS, coutiuty. M trquette and Bay le Nootate Load Aar rea Isham, Marque te county ; Robert M. VLea ton, Eaton cour.ry ; Sa:nuel S. Bangs, Calhoun county. L' Ar.se Biy and State line road D. D. Brock way, Houghiou county ; John McEwau, Bay county; Nathan Fitch, Berrien county. All gtn, Muskegon, arid Traverse Bay State Road John Andrews. Van Buren county , Apo'.ls H. Lang. Cass cauuty ; Newton Ed munds, Tuscola county. An Act to provide for the Settlement and Drainage of Mtvauip Lands by aelual Set tler. Section 1. The People o f the Staff of Miehi nan enar'. That the Commissioner of the Land Office is hereby required to issue a certificate ot purchase to every settler or occupaut of the swamp lands belonging to this State, in the prop er legal sub hvisiem, forty acres, of said lands, whenever it shwll be made to appear to said Com missioner that such settler or occupant has actu ally resided upon such forty acres of land for the neriod of five continuous vears. and that he ha also drained the same, so as to comply w ith tl provisions of the act of Congress, approved Sep tember twentyngtitn, one mousanu eigui uuu drod and fifty", by which tsid lands were convey ed to this State. See. 2. Before any such BMtler or occupaut shall acquire the right to occupy or drain any of the swamp lands, pursuant to the provisions of the proceeding section, he ahall file with said Comuiisetoner his application, under oath, for the privilege of entering upon said land, ecifying ihe same for the purpose mentioned above, and obtain from the CoinmisMOmr a license to enter upon and occupy and drain said lands, for the purpose of obtaining title thereto. Sec. 3. No persetu shall be entitled to the benefit of this act until he shall have made oath in such form as shall be prescribed by the Com missioner of the State Land OSioi, thai he is not the ow nur of fortv acres ol land in any State ot Territory of the United States. Sec. 4 And it is further provided, that the license for settlement granted under this act shall contain a clause which shall expressly provide that the settler or occupant shall not be author ized to cut, take, and carry away, pine or any other valuable timber, unless it be to clear the land for cultivation, and then as much only, as may be necessary to improve the stme. And for a violation of the aloresaid condition, he or they, shall be liable to all the forfeitures, penal ties, and liabilities ol a trespasser upon Mate lands, as now, or may hereafter be provided for by Kw. Michigan Ilonse of Representatives. rnou w. w.osooiuiT, orncui. mroRisR aoKMSO SKSSIOK. Friday, Feb. 4. Mr. Monroe rose to a privileged question, ne objected to the manner in which the special com mittee of investigation was appointed yesterday. The gentleman from Jackson, Mr. Loomis, was interested in some of the railroads. Mr. Loomis was the one, and so far as lie was aware, the on ly one vim had been offered a bribe, ami he therefore objected to the gentleman's being a member of the committee, for two reasons: first, that he was interested in the matter which it was proposed to investigate; and, secondly, that he was the most material witness iu the mat tsr of bribery. He iln .-efore moved the gentle man from Jacksr.11 Ite evcused from serving upon the committee. Mr. Loomis replied that what he said yester dav he reiterated to-day, that he was not inter ested in any of these roads. Objection was made to the jTcnt'iemai) from Calhoun, Mr. Monro?, vesterday, because ii was staled by the Speaker fro Mr. Dickey, that he was in some way interested, and he oertsJn-y bell ?v fed iHct no one so interested in ias tosAi sLduli lo 4. uieinltaf r th-j committee. Mr. Dickey corrected the t.tv.-'t h rr-de yesterday in reference to his colleger. Ha hid since becoiiio satisfied that he was In no wue la tere sted. Mr. A. W. Buel thought there was no suffi cient reason why Mr. Loomis should be excused. PETITIONS. Agiinst the restoration of the death penalty; for an amendment to the prohibitory liquor law ; memorial of Prof. Winchell, of the University, relative .0 a State geological survey ; for a reg istry law ; for the opening of the Saginaw aud Cheboygan State road; for the removal of the college from Lconi, Jackson county ; for the or ganization of a new town iu Calhoun county, to be called Cereso; for a retrocession of the ninth ard of Detroit ; for granting the elective fran chise to women ; for the restoration of capital punishment. Mr. E. H. Thomson, of the committee ou State affairs, to whom had been rofarrel ihe me morial of certain citizens engaged in mining iron, asking for a reduction of the specific tat upon the companies engig.vl in iron mining, made a report in favor of such reduction, and introduced I i bill o red icu the tax upon all the mining man-! ifacturi-isr companies, which was rea 1 twice and referred to the committer on wavs and rneins. ! Mr. Phelps, of the committed on th House 1 of Correction, reported a b II to e'.anre the name of the nousj of Correction to Reform chool. Also, a bill to amend section I, chapter 74. of the compiled liars, placing the school und r the supervision of th Superintendent of Public In struction. Mr. Gilluly, of the committee on federal rela tions, submitted a report accompanied by a bill, to amend section 25, chapter 153, of the revised statutes, so as to punish individuals by imprison ment not to eiceed ten years, or by fine not to exceed l,t for bringing a colored person in- o the State claiming him or her as a slave. Mr. A. W. Buel moved that the bill be reject ed, ne stated that upon this question there was a great diversity of opinion, and ho believed hat the time of the Legislature coull be much more profitably employed thsn in tny discussion upon the subject. He hoped that the bill would be rejected, that matters of proper legislation mijht be proceeded with. The yeas and nays were ordered upon the mo tion to reject, which resulted, yess 21, navs IZ. Mr. MeMahon, of the committee on S'.ate af fairs, to whom hai bee'n referred the petition of . C. Whipple and other citizens of Livingston county, for an amendment of the law giving to he Governor the poer to 11 vacancies in coun ty offices, reported adversely, and recommended that the petitioners have leave to withdraw their petition. The report was adopted. Mr. Mulholland introduced a bi aprrcpticting money to improve the turnpike in Wayne and J Monroe ounties. i Mr. B. Brown introduced a bill to amend the .aw relative to Justices' court.. . Ala), a bill relative to proceeding! agiinst ! P btor. j aftersoox sessiox. The afternoon session was spent on an attempt J get into shape a resolution submitting amend- ment to the legislative article of the constitution, J but there was so much diversity of opinion that j tbere seerneJ to te no prospect of uniting npon j anything. j Mr. Fowler asked unaniaious cossent to intro duce a bill to amend the act incorporating the Agricultural College. It plaees the college under the charge of a Stat Board of Agriculture, to be composed of the Governor, the Superintend ent of Pubic Instruction, and four members, whose terms of office shall be feur years, two go ing eui at one tiai-, a'id two al the expiration ot another f o years. The House lhtr, adjourned. Saturday, Ft 1 nary 5. PETITIONS. Fer a new representative district ; for the di vision of Berrien countv ; for the registration of births, deaths and marriages; for women suf frage ; to change the name of the village of Hamilton to Okemos ; against the chattering of cities in Calhoun county ; to repeal the charter of the Poniiac and Groveland plank road com pany. The committee on banks and incorporations made a lengthy report in favor oj the bill to con firm the sa'e of the Iron Mountain railroad. The committee ou education reported a bill relative to the establishment of free schools. Messrs. Buel and Wendell, of the cemimittee on constitutional amendments, made a report a companied by a resolution submitting the ques tion e-f repealing that clause of the constitution which prevents the granting of licenses. The sele-ct committee on a new State Capitol made a lengthy report, urging the necessity of this stp, foul the inecu.-e condition of the State re-cor.ls and property, and from the want of accommodation which the present buildings do not aflord to the largely increased and increas ing business of the State, and re-commended an appropriation of $ VVMM to commence. A large number of bills were rej-orted back from the various co'iimittees. A iueai:e from the Go error auuouuced that he had signed the following acts : An act entitled an act to change the name of Eulwlia Hardy. An act entitled au et to change the name of the village of Boston iu the county of Ionia. An act cut! lied an act to confirm the name of Joseph Wegmaii. An act entitled an act to change the name of Luther II. Preston and Uriah C. Preston. A joint resolution relative to the binding of the school laws ol" the Sta'.c of Michigan. An act entitled an act to extend the time for the collection of taxes for the vcar 185$ in the township of Handy, county of Livingston Au act entitled an act to tvnend Sections 72", T'JI, 72S 72'1, 741, 7 i and 77S, of chapter ltl of ihe compiled laws of 1SS7, said chapter being an act entitled a:i act to provide for organizm an active militia and for other purposes, approv ed May IS, ls47. An act omitled 1.11 act to provide for laying out and constructing a State road through the counties of Iosco, Ogemaw, and others. An act entitled au net to cede jurisdiction to the United States of America over land to be oc cupied as sites for light house biildings in this Stale. An act entitled an act to changi the name of Charles Albert Igglesden to Charles Albert How- ard. An act entitled an act to incorporate the vil lage of Lowell. An act entitled au act to amend section 36 of chapter 11 of title 3 of the revised statutes of 1846. A large number of bills were returned and sent to the Senate, which were received and proptily referred The Senate bill to amend the act for the drain age of swamps, marshes and other low lands, was substituted for the House bid of the same title, and the bill ordered to a third reading. Mr. Pratt introduced a biil to provide for the publication of the proceedings of the annual meeting of the Board of Supervisors. AFTERVOON- fissios. Mr. Bancrofi introduced a bill t) atseud chap. 4ti ol .he revised statutes of IS'C, entitled of timber aud lumber floating upon waters, or car ried upon ad joinm ing land. Mr. IT. S. Bjel offered the following : Rtiolsed, That the A uditor General be reques ted to report to this House, with all convenient dispatch, the items of which the miscellaneous expenses of tho Su. 3 Prison consists, as shown by vouchers filed iu his oflice, for the years 16S7 and Mr. Brown inti oluvd a bill to repeal the cor porate rights of the ponu-, (troTeland, Npvi and White Lake Plankrocd company. Mr. Smith introduced 1 r id g. ror,Krate privi'eges to the order of r.-.J r-'l .i ..:-.!-2 Masons and other societies. Mr. Carr introduced a bill to an.em n. '. ; it ganize the county of Iosco. Mr. Mulholl.ind i, fro luced a bill to amend chap. 4773 of the compiled laws. Mr. Smith introduced a bill supplementary to an act entitled an act to orzariize the countv of Muskegon, submitting the same to the vote of the people- of Ottaw and Oceana. MLLS PAisEIi. The House then took the order of third read- ing of b;lls and disposed of the following o - Join, resolution u, authorize the Governor to issue a patent of certain lands to George H. Rich ards, of Buchanan. A bill to anind an act entitled an act to define the limits, jurisdiction a'.d powers of circuit courts, approved Jan. 'lri, 185S. A bill to amend s.-c. 2i of chap. 4 of the cornpi.e.i iaw;. rcl.tl.ve to tin- support of pcor persons by tf.e pu'.lic. A bill lo repeal an act to limit the amount of money to be raised by an ct entitled an act to incorporate the village of Hudson, approved Jan. 2, 1.3, approved Feb. 10, 1.57. A bill to legalize th act of the board of su pervisors of IoTii.i county, incorporating the vil lage of Lyons. A biil regulating the amount of money to be raised in th- village of Hudson, 5q anv one year 4c. A bill to jtcend sec. 2111 of chap. 72 of the compiled laws, relating to the incorporation of villa za. Joint resolution for the r-llef of Alexander Ferbush. A biil appropriating certain highway taxes for the improvement of a certain road in Vn Buren canty. J A bill to authorize Otto Thies to build a dam j across Ca-p river, Ac. A bi!i to amend an act entitled an act to incor porate the members of the Detroit Young Men's Society, approved March 26, 16SS. A bill to organize the county of Mecosta, and to locate the county seat thereof. A bill to amend act 17 of session laws of 157, entitled an act to organize the township of Pi1"11, in the county of Mecosta, approved eb. It, I Si,. to amend an act entitled an act to pro- Tde for the formation of companies to construct - roads, approved April S, 1-51. -k bill to change tie camo cf John D. Thumb, Joint resolution for the relitf of Alexander oprague. A bill to change the name of Charles Henrv Thompson. A bill relati. e to the incorporation of the vil- lage of Corrunna, in the county of Shiawassee, A bill to authorize the common counrn r.f th ciiy cf Jackson to levy and collect certain paving aseessnienn. A bill to amend an act entitled an act appro priating certain highway taxes for the improT- ment of a State road in the counties of Hoot, calm and Mecosta, No. 133 of the session few of 1S57, approved Feb. 16, 18J7. A bill to amend aa No. 21, of session In of ISM, in relation to Foil Sanilac and Wa. trousville State road in the county of Satulas, A bid cnti.Sed a tll to assess a special tax far the itup.wenient ot tne couuiy lim mad beta-sag Hillsdale and Lenawee counties. A bill to restore cer.aiu sections of land U town six north of range five east. Joint resolution for the relief of Alfred D Sloan. A bill to amend chap. 187, title 3ft, vol t cf compiled laws. A bill to change the name of Reuben Grsst Cooper. A bill to change the name of Almira E. ThtS. A bill to change the name of the villafe of Fremcut in the county of Alpena. A bill to amend an act entitled an act to incr. porate the village of Lexingtou, approved Feb 10. IS55. The House then adjourned. Monday, Feh. 1, Petit'ums for various local objects were presen ted and approprittely referred, among which ni one for the division of Berrien county ; also re monstrances against the division. The committee on judiciary reported in favor of a bi d to amend the act organising the Sapraie Court. Third reading. Also, against a bill to amend chap. 477J of the compiled laws. TabV-d. Also, without recommendation, the bill to al low Vpsilanti towuship to hold their ilecuoM in the city of Tpsilanti. Third reading. The committee on tow us and counties report ed in faver of a bill u attach certain uiiorgnaii. ed territory to Bay county. Third reading. The committee on banks and iiicxrporuuu reported in favor of a bill la revise the charter of Port Huron. Third reading. The committee on ways and means reporuj a bill to authorize Bay county to raise tnooej for the construction of bridges. Third reading Mr. Monroe asked unanimous consent to in troduce a bill to relieve certain settlers on iwamp lands. Third reading. Mr. Priggs introduced a joint resolution rch tive to the letting of the Capitol and State offic es. Com. on Slate affairs. The committee on constitutional amendments reported a joint resolution leaving to the ptepU at the next general election, the question of al lowing colored people to vote ; also against ex tending the right to women. Mr. Thomson moved to indefinitely postpoat. Messrs. Childs and Woohiough expressed lis desire that the question should not be thus saa niarily disposed of. Mr. Unci objected to the form of the resahi tion. Mr. Miles thougnt the resolution reached tits point deired, but if his legal friends wanteds if ferent form, lie had Do objection. Mr. Wendell said lie was opposed to the reso lution, for he didn't think a negro was lbs equal of the white man. The motion was lost. Mr. McMahon moved to recommit the rssah tions, with instructions that it be reduced te le gal form embody ing the same idea. Mr. Thomson called for a division of the qa tion, and the resolutions was rccommitte wits instructions. SPECIAL ORDSR. The special order of the day. Wing a bill Bak ing au appropriation in aid of the Michigan As ylum for the deaf, dumb and blind, at Flint, W taken up and read the third time. Mr. Dickey moved to amend the bill so si is appropriate fr;5, for the present year, taJ 1 17,0t Ml for lgf.O. air. Thomson objected to any reduction in th appropriation, believing that it is absolutely 00 easary to appropriate 1 1 16,000 for these tn years ; after which there will lie nothing boh needed for the next twenty year;. Mr. Dickey thought that especially in lbs present financial coudiiion of the country, tbt sum of S2,0 ought to suffice. Mr. Sessions favored all necessary appropria tions, but wished the House to use all nasimslai economy. Tho Housa took a recess until two o'clock F. M. aircRsoo ei&siow. The vote on the amendment of Mr. Dicta was taken, and it was declared adopted. The bill was thin put upon its passage ssi passed. The bill making appropriations for the comple tion of the Insane Hsylum, at Kalamazoo, sf then taken up. Mr. Dickey moved to amend the bill so that ttS.OoOahouldbe appropriated for 1849, ssi 55,000 for ItftO. Adopted. The bill was then passed. Mr. Dickey introduced a bill to provide for tbs nipense-a of the State government, which w passed, the rules being suspended. This bill provides a tax of 1 1-4 mills rf the State valuation. A message was received from Gov. Wisner sf- proving certain bill. Mr. Childs moved to take from the gene order the bill relative to school district btxarift, and place it upon the order for third reading. Carried. Mr. Campau introduced a bill to amend tbt charter of Detroit. Com. on btnks sad ussr porationg. Mr. Pratt ofTe-red a resolution to hold evesi sessions. Adopted. A number of bills were taken from the lit eral order, and placed upon the order of tbifw reading. The House then took a recess until 7 o'd P. M. (VtMNO SCSSI0.1. Mr. Betson introduced a joint resoIutioB the" relief of J. lie die. ' The bill to amend the charter of tie city f Flint was taken up and passed. Mr. fiichardson introduced a bill to orpaj ithe township of Geneva, Juscol county. Mr. Carr introduced a bill to lay out S fit. . road from Midland City to St. Cbarlci kills rassib. To amend the swamp land law. To attach certain fractional townships t county of Saginaw. The bill to provide a fand for the military or ganization of the State, after a lengthy dIscos was put upon iu final passage and lost, syet nays The bill to continue in force the Webster tionary law, wm also lost. To amend act in reference to the judicial dis trict ia the Upper Peninsula. The House adjourned. Tutdjf, " t A number of local petitions were received t4 referred. Tbe committee oa banks and mcorporatk. reported favorable on a bill to amend tbechsitsr of Detroit, relative to assessments in rural triers. Rules suspended and bills passed. Also ia favor of the bill to incorporate the of Lansing. Third reading. Also, bill to incorporate the village (& shalL Rule suspended and blS passed.