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The consideration of Collins amendment
to sections, relative to education, (printed in Saturday's Herald) was resumed. On motion of McCormick the words "State school taxes" were stricken out and "State school fund 4 ' inserted. Adopted. Hedges said that under the amendment now proposed the primary and grammer schools derived all of the benefit from the school fund and that all of the money de rived from taxation should goto the public school fund. Pemberton spoke in favor ol Collins amendment, which was adopted as amended. Callaway moved that section 9, as it stood, be adopted. Burleigh moved that after the word "whatever" the words "or make any grant of lands or any property" be inserted and j to strike out "anything." Adopted. On motion section 9, as amended, was j adopted and reads as follows : Section 9. Neither the Legislature nor any county, city, town or school district or other public corporation shall ever make, directly or indirectly, any appropriation, or ay from any public fund or moneys whatever, or make any grant of lands or any property, in aid of any church or for any sectarian purpose, or to aid in the sup T.ort of any school, academy, seminary, col U or university, or other literary or scientific institution, controlled in whole or part by any church, sector denomination whatever. Pemberton moved to amend section 10, by inserting the words "or partisan, after the vord "religious." Adopted. Burleigh moved to add to section 10, the words "nor shall any pereon lie debarred on account of sex. Adopted. On motion section 10 was then adopted as amended, and reads as follows : Section 10. No religious or partizan test or (jualifieation shall ever lie required oJ - auv person as a condition of admission into any public educational institution of thejState. either as teacher or student, nor .•hall attendance be required at any reli gious service whatever, nor shall any sec tarian tenets be taught in any public edu cational institute of the State, nor shall any person be debarred on account of sex. Collins moved to strike out Section 11. Adopted. Hunt offered the following substitute for section 12, which was adopted. The legislature may provide lor the election of all school officers, including Regents of the University, at a separate election from those at which State and county officers are voted for. Proctor moved to amend section 12, by inserting after "years." the words "except as otherwise provided in this constitution." Carried. Section 12, as amended was adopted, and leads as follows : Section 12. At the first general election provided therefor there shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the State, four regents of the university who shall at their first meeting be so classified by lot that two shall hold office for two years and two for four years, and every* two years thereafter there shall beeleeted two regents whose term of office shall be four years, except as otherwise provided in this con stitution. The regents so elected and their successors shall constitute a body corporate to be known by the name and style of " The Regents of the University of Mon tana." Such regents shall receive no sal ary, but shall be allowed all actual and necessary expenses incurred iu the dis charge of their official duties. Clark moved to amend sectiofa 13, by in * serting after tlie word "office," the words, "for the terra of four years unless he be removed for cause," striking out the words "until" and "by the board of regents.'» Adopted. Section 13, as amended, was adopted, and reads as follows: Section 13. The regents of the univer sity shall, as soon as practicable and they may deem necessary, choose a president of the university, who shall hold his office for the term of four years unless he be re moved for cause ; he shall be ex officio a member of the board with the privilege of speaking, but not voting, except in case of a tie : he shall preside at the meetings of the board and be the principal executive officer of the university, and a member of the faculty thereof. After the adoption of several amend ments to section 14, the section was finally adopted to read as follows : •Section 14. The board of regents shall have, under restrictions as may be pre scrilied by law, the general supervision of the university, and the exclusive control, direction aQd disposition of the lands and moneys granted to the State for university purposes by the general government, not inconsistent with the terms of the grant from the government, and of all grants, gifts, divises and bequests or appropria tions from the general government, the State, or from any other source whatever, for the exclusive use and benefit of the University of Montana; and said board shall further provide for the safe and pro fitable investment of all funds, derived from whatever source, intended for the per manent endowment of said university, under such regulations and restrictions as may be prescribed by law*, tlie State being guaranteed against the loss or diversion of any part thereof. Clark moved that general file No. 4, relative to education, lie adopted. Car ried. The committee then rose, ami the chair man given permission to report on Mon day* morning. On motion the convention adjourned un til 10 o'clock Monday morning. FOURTEENTH DAY--MORNING SESSION. Napton, of Silver Bow, on account of ill health, was excused from further attend ance of the convention. Toole, chairman of the committee of the whole on generallile No. 4, education, made his report, which was adopted. McCormick moved that it be relèrred as amended to the committee on engrossment. Carried. On motion the convention then resolved itself into committee of the whole for ! | i J i the consideration of general file No. 5, rela tive to corporations, McCormick in the chair. Section 1 was adopted as read, and is as follows : Sec. 1 All existing charters or grants of special or exclusive privileges, under which the corporators or grantees shall not have organized or commenced business in good faith, at the time of the adoption of this constitution, shall thereafter have no va lidity. Section 2 was amended and adopted as ! follows : Sec. 2. No charter of incorporations shall be granted, extended, changed or amended j by special law, except for such municipal, charitable, educational, penal or reforma tory corporations as are or may be under the control of the State ; but the General Assembly shall provide, by general laws, for the organization of corporations here after to be created, provided that any such laws shall be subject to after repeal by the general assembly. Sections 3 and 4 were adopted as read, and are as follows : Sec. 3. The general assembly shall have the power to alter, revoke or annul any charter of incorporation now existing and revokable at the adoption of this constitu tion, or any that may hereafter lie created whenever in their opinion it may be inju rious to the citizens of the State, in such manner, however, that no injustice shall be done to the incorporators. Sec. 4. The general assembly shall pro vide by law that in all elections for direc tors or managers of incorporated companies, every stockholder shall havethe rightto vote in person or by proxy for the number of shares of stock owned by him for as many persons as there are directors or managers to be elected, or to cumulate said shares and give one candidate as many votes as the □amber of directors multiplied by the number of his shares of stock shall eqnal, or to distribute them on the same principal among as many candidates as he shall think fit. And such directors or managers shall not be elected in any other manner. Section 5 was amended on motion of Hickson and Pemberton, and adopted to read as follows : Section 5. All railroads shall be public highways, and all railroad, express or trans portation companies shall be common car riers. Any association or corporation organized for the purpose shall have the right to institute, subject to the control of the Legislature to control the rates of freight and passengers throughout the State, and operate a railroad between any designated points within this State, and to connect at the State line with railroads of other States and Territories. Every rail road company shall have the right with its road to intersect, connect with, or cross any other railroad. Section G was adopted as amended and is as follows : Section G. No railroad corporation, or the lessees or managers thereof, shall con solidate its stock, property or franchises with any other railroad corporation, ex press or other transportation company owning or having under its control a par allel or competing line; neither shall it include or add its business with any other railroad or corporation. On motion, section 7 was stricken out, and on motion of Hixon, the following sub stitute was adopted : Section 7. All individuals, associations and corporations shall have equal rights to have persons or property transported on and over any railroad, transportation and express route iu this State. No discrimi nation in charges or facilities of transpor tation of freight or passengers of the same class shall be made by any persons or places within this State, but exemption and commutation tickets may be issued and sold at special rates, provided such rates are the same to all persons. No rail road, or transportation or express company shall be allowed to charge, collect or receive (under penalties which the Legis lative Assembly shall prescribe.) any greater charge or toll for the transporta tion of freight or passengers to any place or station upon its route or line within this State. No railroad, express or trans portation company, nor any line, manager, or employee thereof, shall give any prefer ence to any individual, association or cor poration in furnishing cars or motive power for transportation. Section 8 was amended and adopted as follows : Section 8. No railroad, express, or other transportation company in existence at the time of the adoption of this constitution shall have the benefit of any future legis lation, without first filing in the office of the Secretary of State an acceptance of the provisions of this constitution in binding form. Sections 9 and 10 were adopted as read. Section 9 relates to the legislature having power ot eminent domain, taking private property for public use, and that the police powers of the State shall not be abridged for the benefit of corporations. Section 10 is as follows : Section 10. No corporation shall issue stocks or bonds, except for labor done, ser vices performed, or money and property actually received, and all fictitious increase of stock and indebtedness shall be void. The stock of corporations shall not lie in creased except in pursuance of general law, nor without the consent of the persons holding a majority of the stock, first ob tained at a meeting held after at least thir ty days' notice given in pursuance of law. Hunt offered an amendment to Section 11, which is as follows, by adding to sec tion 11 so as to make the whole section read as follows, and which was adopted : Section 1J. No foreign corporation shall do any business in this State without ha' ing one or more places of business, and *an ! authorized agent or agents in the same, | upon whom process may lie served, and no i corporation formed under the laws of any other country. State or Territory, shall have or be allowed to exercise or enjoy within this State, any greater right or pri vileges than those possessed or enjoyed by J corporations of the same or Similar charac i ter, created under the laws of this State. On motion, sections 12 and 13 were adopted as read, and are as follows : Section 12. No street railroad shall be constructed within any city, town or in corporated village, without the consent of the local authorities, having the control of the street or highway proposed to be occu pied by such street railroad. Section 13. The General Assembly shall pass no law for the benefit of a railroad or other corporation, or any individual or asso ciation of individuals, retrospective in its operation, or which imposes on the people of any county or municipal subdivision of the State, a new liability in respect to transactions or considerations already past. Sections 14 and 15 relate to the right to construct railroad, telegraph and telephone lines within the State, and were adopted, (with the insertion of the word "tele phone," after the word "telegraph") as read. Section 1G was adopted as read and is as follows : Section 1G.—It shall be unlawful for any person, company or corporation to require of its servants or employes, as a condition of their employment or otherwise, any con tract or agreement whereby such person, company or corporation, shall be released or discharged from liability or responsi bility on account of personal injuries re ceived by such servants or employes while in the service of such person, company or corporation, by reason of the negligence of such person, company or corporation, or the agents or employes thereof ; and such con tracts shall be absolutely null and void. On motion of Mr. Dickson the following sections were added and adopted : Section 17. The Legislature shall not pass any law permitting the leasing of any franchise so as to release or relieve a fran chise, or property held therein for any of the liabilities of the lessor or grantor, or lessee or grantee, contracted or incurred in the operation, use or enjoyment of such franchise, or any of its privileges. Section 18. The term "corporation," as used in this article, shall be held and con strued to include all associations and joint stock companies having or exercising any of the power or privilege of corporations, provided all individuals or partnerships and all corporations shall have the right to use, and shall be subject to such regula tions and conditions as may be prescribed by law. Section 19. Dues from private corpora tions shall be recovered by such means as may be prescribed by law, but in no case shall any stockholder l»e individually liable in any amount over and above the amount of that owned by him or her. TENTH DAY—AFTERNOON SESSION. On motion the convention resolved itself into committee of the whole for the con sideration of General File No. 6, relative to the boundaries of the State of Montana. Callaway in the chair. Burleigh moved to strike out section 1 and substitute the following in lien thereof, which, after considerable discussion, was adopted : Section 1. The boundaries of the State of Montana shall be the same as the bounda ries of the Territory of Morgana, at the time ol its admission into ifie Union. The boundaries of the counties shall be as pro vided by law. Merriman moved to strike out section 2. Adopted. Toole moved to substitute the following in the place of section 2, which was adopted. Section 2. The Legislative Assembly shall enact liberal homestead and exemp tion laws. Clark moved to strike out sections 3 and 4, which, after considerable discussion and several proposed amendments were voted down, was adopted. Pemberton offered the following sub stitute in lieu of section 3, which was adopted : Section 3. In the disposition of the pub lic lands granted by the general govern ment of this State preference shall be given to actual settlers and the Legislature shall make provisions to carry out the provisions of this section. On motion General File No. 6, relative to the boundaries of the State of Montana, as amended and substituted, was adopted. The committee of the whole for the con sideration of General File No. G rose and recommended its adoption as amended. Carried, and its chairman, Proctor, was given until to-morrow morning to make his report. On motion the convention then resolved itself into committee of the whole for the consideration of General File No. 7, relative to the rights of suffrage. Section 1 was adobted and is as follows : Section 1. All elections shall be by ballot. Section 2 was then amended and adopted, and reads as follows : SECTION 2. Every male person over the age of twenty-one years, possessing the fol lowing qualifications, shall Ire entitled to vote at all general elections : First—He shall be a citizen of the United States, or, being a citizen of the United States he shall have declared his intention, according to law, to become such citizen, not less than one year before he offers to vote. Second—He shall have resided in the State six months immediately preceding the election at which he offers to vote, and in the county, town or precinct such time as may be prescribed by law. On motion of Burleigh the following substitute for Section 3 was adopted : Section 3. For the purposes of voting, no person shall be deemed to have lost or acquired his residence in this State by reason of his absence while in the civil or military service of the State or the United States, or while eu gaged in any of the navigable waters of this State, nor while a student at any institution of learning, nor while kept at public expense in any*poor house, or other asylum, nor while confined in public prison. Sections 4, 5 and 6 were adopted as read, and are as follows : Section 4. Electors shall in all cases, ex cept treason, felony, or breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest daring their at tendance at elections, and in going to and returning therefrom. Section 5. No elector shall be obliged to perform military duty on the days of election, except in time of war or public danger. Section 6. No soldier, seaman or marine in the army or navy of the United States shall be deemed a resident of this State in consequence of being stationed at anymili tary or naval place within the same. Section 7 was then amended and adopt ed to read as follows : Section 7. No person shall be elected or appointed to any office in this State, civil or military, who is not a citizen of the United States, and who shall not have re sided in this State at least one year next Ijefore the election or appointment. On motion of Toole section 8 wa* then stricken out. Section 9, was adopted as read, and is as follows : Section 9. No idiot or insane personshall be entitled to vote at any election in this State. On motion the change and correct numbering of the sections hereafter en acted,beginning at section 9, above set forth and changing to section 8. Section 10, as read was adopted, and is is ordered follows. Section 10. The General Assembly shall have the power to pass laws exclud ing from the rights of suffrage persons con vited of infamous crimes. On motion of Clark section 11 was stricken out. Sections 12,13 and 14 as read were then adopted, and read as follows : Section 12. The General Assembly shall pass laws to secure the purity of elections, and guard against abuses of the elective franchise. Seetion 13. The General Assembly may pass laws allowing women the right to hold any school district office, and vote at any school district election. Section 14. The general election shall be held on the Tuesday next after the first Monday of November, until otherwise pro vided by law. On motion of Clark, General File No. 7, relative to rights of suffrage, was then adopted as amended. On motion the committee then rose, and reported General File No. 7, recommended its adoption as amended, and on motion, permission was granted to the chairman to take until to-morrow morning to make his report to the convention. On motion of McCormick, the rules were suspended and the convention resolved it self into committee of the whole for the consideration of General File No. 10, Hedges in the chair. REPRESENTATION AND APPORTIONMENT. Sections 1, 2 and 3 were adopted, but are too long for insertion. On motion, the committee then rose, re ported progress, and asked to sit again. On motion, the convention then adjourn ed until 7 o'clock this evening. FOURTEENTH DAY—EVENING SESSION. Burleigh moved that the convention go into committee of the whole for the fur ther consideration of General File No 10. Carried. Hedges in the chair. Sections 5 and 6 were then adopted as read, and are as follows : Section 5. It shall not be in the power of the General Assembly to increase the num ber of Senators and Representatives to a greater number in the aggregate than one hundred before the year A. D. 1900 ; and when the number of Senators and Repre sentatives shall be increased by the Gen eral Assembly the ratio as to Representa tives and Senators contained iu section 4 of this article shall he preserved as nearly as practicable. Section 6. When a Senatorial or Repre sentative district shall be composed of two or more counties, they shall be contiguous and the district as compact as may be. No county shall be divided in the formation of a Senatorial or Representative district. The committee of the whole for General File No. 10, relative to apportionment and representation, rose, and on motion report ed said file back to the convention and recommended its adoption, the chairman being allowed till Tuesday morning to make out his report. On motion, the convention resolved itself into committee of the whole for the con sideration of General File No. 8, relatiye to the executive department. Sections 1, 2 and 3 were adopted as read. Section 4 was adopted as amended. Sections 5 and 6 were adopted as read. Section 7 was adopted as amended. Sections 8, 9 and 10 were adopted as read. Sections 11 and 12 were adopted as amended. Section 13 was adopted as read. Section 14 was adopted as amended. Sections 15 and 16 were adopted as read. Sections 17, 18, 19,20 and 21 were adopt ed as read. General File No. 8, relative to the ex ecutive department, was then adopted as a whole as amended, and, on motion, the committee of the whole for its considera tion then rose and recommended its pas sage by the convention. Leave was grant ed the chairman to make his report to morrow morning. On motion of Mills, it was ordered that 100 copies of the report of the committee on engrossment be printed in pamphlet form for the use of the convention. Adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. FIFTEENTH DAY—MORNING SESSION. Fergus, chairman of the committee on agriculture, reported against the incorpora tion of a provision in the constitution against the prevention of infections and contagious diseases of cattle, because it more properly belonged to the province of the legislature. The chairmen respectively of General File No. 7, relative to the rights of suffrage, General File No. 10 relative to representa tion and apportionment, General File No. 6, relative to the boundaries of the State of Montana, and General File No. 5, relative to corporations, sulmitted their reports, which were adopted as amended, and were referred to the committee on engrossment. Dixon, chairman of General File No. 8, relative to executive departments, reported to the convention, which report was adopt ed. Hunt moved to strike out section 13 of General File No. 8, which is to the effect that the Governor shall not be elected Sen ator ol the United States during his term of office, and supported his motion by a brilliant speech in which he cited the cases of Morton of Indiana, Polk of Missouri, Kirkwood of Iowa, Hampton of South Ca rolina, Cullom of Illinois and others, as showing what great injustice would have been done, or loss to the country incurred, had they been debarred from being elected j Senators while holding the office of Governor. The only argument to uphold this section 13, was that when elected Gov ernor, they would use it to make them selves senators. To become an United States Senator was an honorable ambition, and should not be restricted or repressed, and we should not follow the miserable example of Nevada, and let money bags carry away the senatorship. The whole theory of this section 13 is iu direct oppo sition to the spirit of tlie American peo ple. Mills was opposed to striking out section 13, and thought it was a wise motion and should be adopted. Callaway and Hedges concurred with the member from Deer Lodge, Mills. Hunt's motion to strike out section 13 was carried, and it was stricken out. Power moved to amend section 4, mak ing the governor's salary $4,000, instead of $5,000. Collins moved to amend the amendment by making it $3,600 instead of $5,000. Carried. Powers amendment as amended was then carried. McCormick moved to amend section 4, and fix the salary of the Secretary of State at $2,000 instead of $2,200. Collins would rather the legislature would fix all salaries of executive officers Waterbury concurred with the gentle man Irom Choteau. Mills thought the salary of the Secretary of State should remain at $2,200. Vivion thought the salaries of offiteers had not been properly adjusted. Pemberton was in favor of the salary of the Secretary of State remaining as it is. Eaton concurred. Callaway thought $2,200 little enough. Burleigh moved that the convention ad journ until 2 o'clock this afternoon. Car ried. FIFTEENTH DAY--AFTERNOON SESSION. Eaton moved that section 4 of General File No. 8, relative to the executive depart ment, be adopted as amended. Carried. On motion, General File No. 8 was re ferred to the committee on engrossment to renumber the sections. The President of the convention, Mr. Clark, said that he had been requested to state to the convention that they were re quested to give up the hall in which they now sat to the ladies of Helena to give some sort of an entertainment to-morrow evening. On motion, the request was granted. On motion, the convention then resolved itself into committee of the whole, Mc Cormick in the chair, for the consideration of General File No. 9, relative to public indebtedness. Section 1 was adopted as read, and is as follows: Section 1. Neither the State, nor any county, city, town, township or school dis trict shall lend or pledge the credit or faith thereof, directly or indirectly, in any manner to or iu aid of any person, com pany or corporation, public or private for any amount or for any purpose whatever, or become responsible for any debt, con tract or liability o 1 ' any person, company or corporation, public or private, in or out of the State. On motion of Vivion. section 2 was adopted as amended, and reads as follows : Section 2. Neither the State, nor any county, city, town, township or school dis trict shall make any donation or grant to, by subsidy or otherwise, or in aid of or be come a subscriber to or a shareholder '.n any corporation or company, or a joint owner with any person, company or cor poration, public oi private, in or out of the State, except as to such ownerships as may accrue to the State by escheat or by for feiture, by operation or provision of law and except as to such ownership as may accrue to to the State, or to any county, city, town, township or school district or to either or any of them, jointly with any person, company or corporation by for feiture or sale of real estate for non payment of taxes or by donation or devise for public use, or by purchase by or on lie half ol any or either of them jointly with any or either of them under execution in cases of fines, penalties or feiture of recog nizances, breach of condition of official bonds, or of bond to secure public moneys or the performance of any contract in which they or any of them may be jointly or severally interested. Sections 3, 4 and 5 were adopted as read, and are as follows : Section 3. The Legislative Assembly shall not in any manner create any debtor, debts, liability or liabilities which shall singly or in the aggregate with any previous debt or liability exceed the sum of one hundred thousand dollars except in case of war, to repel invasion or suppress insurrection, unless the same shall be authorized by law, for some single object or work, to be distinctly specified therein, which law shall provide ways and means exclusive of loans, for the payment of the interest of such debt or liability as it falls due, and also to pay and discharge the principal of such debt or liability within twenty years of the time of contracting thereof, and shall be irrepealable until such time as the principal and interest thereon shall be paid and discharged, but no such law shall take effect until at a general election it shall have been sub mitted to the people and shall have re ceived a majority of the votes cast for and against it at such election, and all moneys raised by authority of such law shall be applied only to the specific object therein stated, or the payment of the debt thereby created, and such law shall be published in at least one newspaper in each county, i if one be published therein, throughout the State for three months next preceding the election in which it is submitted to the people. The Legislative Assembly may at any time after the approval of such !aw by the people, if no debt has been con tracted in pursuance thereof, repeal the same. Section 4. No county shall be allowed to become indebted iu any manner oi for any purpose, to an amount including ex isting indebtedness, in the aggregate ex ceeding five per cent on the value of the taxable property therein, to be ascertained by the last assessment for State and county taxes, previous to the incurring of such in debtedness, and no county shall incur any indebtedness or liability for any single pur pose to an amount exceeding $10.000, with out the assent of the majority of the voters thereof, voting at an election to be held for that purpose. Section 5. No city, town, township or school district, shall be allowed to become indebted in any manner, or for any pur pose, to an amount including existing in debtedness, in the aggregate exceeding three (3) per centum ou the value of the taxable property therein, to be ascertained by the last assessment for State and county | taxes previous to the incurring of such indebtedness. On motion General File No. 9 was adopt ed as amended. On motion the committee of the whole for the consideration of General File No. 9 relative to public indebtedness, reported back said file, and recommended its adop tion, and time was granted McCormick to make his report as chairman. Clark moved for the present that the consideration of General File No. 11 be passed, and that the committee proceed to the consideration of General File No. 12, relative to citizenship. Carried. Proctor moved to report General File No. 12 back to the convention, when the committee rise with the recommendation that it be rejected. Carried. The committee then resumed the consid eration of General File No. 11, relative to officers, which on motion was stricken out, and reported back to the convention, upon the rising of the committee, with the re commendation that it should not l>e adopted. On motion the committee of the whole rose, reported back to the convention that General Files Nos. 11, 12 and 13 shall not be adopted, and time was granted Burleigh chairman, until to-morrow morning to make out his report. On motion the convention then resolved itself into committee of the whole for the consideration of General File No. 14, relative to miscellaneous subjects and fu ture amendments. Collins in the chair. On motion section 1 was stricken out. section 2 adopted, sections 3, 4 and 5 stricken out, sections G and 7 adopted, and section 8 stricken out. Sections 2, 6 and 7, the sections adopted, read as follows : Section 2. The General Assembly shall have no power to authorize lotteries or gift enterprises for any propose, and shall pass laws to prohibit the sale of lottery or gift enterprise tickets in this State. Section 6. The General Assembly shall enact suitable laws to prevent the destruc tion by fire from locomotives on railroads, or from any other cause, and to keep in good preservation the grasses and forests upon the lands of the State or upon the lands of the public domain, the control of which may be conferred by Congress upon this State. Section 7. Tlie General Assembly may provide that the increase in the value of private lands, caused by the planting of hedges, orchards and forests thereon, shall not, for a limited time, be taken into ac count in assessing such lands for taxation. ARTICLE FUTURE AMENDMENTS, On motion of Pemberton, section 2 was amended and adopted as amended, and reads as follows : Section 1. The General Assembly may at any time by a vote of a majority of the members elected to each House, rtcom meud to the electors of the State, to vote at the next general election, for or against a convention to revise, alter and amend this Constitution ; and if a majority of those voting on the question shall declare in favor of such convention, the General Assembly shall, at its next session, provide for the calling thereof The number of members of the convention shall l>e twice that of the Senate, and they shall be elect ed in the same manner, at the same places, and in the same districts. The General Assembly shall, in the act calling the con vention, designate the day, hour and place of its meeting ; fix the pay of its members and officers, and provide for the payment of the same, together with the necessary ex penses of the convention. Before proceed ing the members shall take an oath to support the constitution of the United States] and of the State of Montana, and to faithfully discharge their duties as mem bers of the convention. The qualifications of members shall be the same as of mem bers of the Senate, and vacancies occur ring shall be filled in the manner provided for filling vacancies in the General Assem bly. Said convention shall meet within three months after such election, and pre pare such revisions, alterations or amend ments to the Constitution as may be deem ed necessary, which shall lie subm itted to the electors for their ratification or rejec tion at an election appointed by the con vention for that purpose, not less than two nor more than six months after the ad journment thereof and unless so submit ted and approved by a majority of the electors voting at the election, no such re vision, alteration or amendment shall take effect. Section 2 was amended and adopted as amended ; and reads as follows : Seetion 2. Any amendment or amend ments to this Constitution may be propos ed in either House of the General Assem bly, and if the same shall be voted for by a majority of the members present in each House, snch proposed amendments, togeth er with the ayes and noes of each House ! i | nereon shall lie entered in full on their re- ! peetive journals ; and the Secretary of State shall cause the said amendment or imeudmeuts to be published in full in at ( east one newspaper in each county (if such ; „ here lie) for three months previous to the next general election for members to the ' General Assembly ; and at said election ; he said amendment or amendments shall | be sabmitted to the qualified electors of | the State for their approval or rejection, and such as are approved by a majority of those voting thereon, shall become part ol this Constitution. On motion, committee of the whole rose and reported back, and recommend ed the adoption of General File No. 14, and recommended its adoption as amended, and time was granted to Collins, chairman, to make out his report. On motion of I anghorne, the assistant Secretary of the convention was excused from further attendance a« secretary upon the committee of the whole. The convention now adjourned until 7 o'clock this evening. EVENINu SESSION. Stephens was granted leave of absence. On motion of Proctor, the convention re solved itself into committee of the whole for the consideration of General File No 15, relative to [mining, water, and water rights. On motion all of the sections of this tile were stricken out, and the committee of the whole for the consideration of General File No. 15 rose and reported back to the convention, and recommended tha* the said file should not be adopted, and time was granted Vivion. chairman, to make out his report. On motion the convention then adjourn ed until ten o'clock to-morrow morning. SIXTEENTH DAY—MORNING SESSION. Langhorn, by permission, presented a petition signed by numerous citizens of Bozeman that a provision be inserted in the constitution to the effect that no money should ever be appropriated, or any grants of lands ever he made to any religious sect, denomination or corporation. Me Cormick, chairman of the committee of the whole for the consideration of General File No. 9, relative to public in debtedness, presented his, report which was adopted. Burleigh, chairman of the committee of the whole on General Files Nos. 11, 12 and 13,recommended that the said Files do not pass. Adopted. Dixon moved to insert the following pro vision as section 1 in General File No. 11, relative to officers : Section 1. No railroad or other transpor tation company and 'no agent, officer, or employee thereof shall issue, or give, or offer, either directly or indirectly, to any member of the Legislative Assembly, or to any executive, judicial, or ministerial officer of this State, or any county, district, town ship, municipality or other division thereof, any gratuites, transportation over, or upon, or any pass or free ticket for passage over or upon any route or line, or part thereof, of such company, or make, or consent to, or direct any contract or arrangement by which such officers, or any of them, shall be transported or conveyed over, or allowed to travel upon such route or line, or for any less compensation than is charged the public generally, under such penalties as may be prescribed by law, and no member of the Legislature, and no such officer as j above mentioned shall accept, or receive, or use while he is a candidate lor office, or while he continues in office, or within three months after he ceases to be in office, any pass or free ticket from any railroad or transportation com pany. or make, or consent to any contract or arrangement by which be is conveyed by such compau 3 r gratuitously, or at any different or lower rate or cha.ge from that required of the public generally, under such penalties as may be prescribed by law, and which may extend to forfeiture of or removal from office. Proctor moved that the amendment to section 1, General File No. 11, be indefi nitely postponed. The remainder of the morning session was occupied in the discussion of Proctor's motion, and was continued until two o'clock this afternoon, to which time the convention adjourned. . AFTERNOON SESSION. The resolution of Proctor, to indefinitely postpone Dixon's resolution, already pub lished in yesterday's Herald, was voted down. Dixon's resolution, with Burleigh's amendment as accepted by Dixon, after a very animated discussion, and the voting down of numerous amendments proposed, was finally, about 3 o'clock this afternoon, put to vote upon a call of the ayes and noes and lost, under the rules of the con vention, it receiving 19 ayes and 19 noes. After hearing the reading of an invita tion for the members to attend a leap year party, given by the ladies in Harmonia Hall this evening, the convention ad journed until 10 o'clock to-morrow ! morning. It is expected that a thousand dele gates will attend the Mississippi River Convention at St. Louis in February. The point that they will make is that, no matter what '.he volume of traffic on the river may be, the river should be ready to carry the products of the great valley, so that the railroad companies may be restrained from oharging un reasonable rates for Ireight. fo dike the river properly, and thus insure the millions of acres of rich bottom lands against the semi-aunual overflow would cost $50,000,000. This is not to be urged, but it is to proposed that the channel shall be narrowed so that there shall be a swifter current to carry the sediment that now makes new bars every year. Mr. John Shirley, a former citizen of Montana, now one of the largest land owners in Australia, has just purchased from the Southern Pacific railroad all the camels used by that company in carrying goods and freight across the deserts of Arizona. Then* are about 500 animals now living. Mr. Shirley intends shipping them to Australia, where he will use them for carrying pur poses on his cattle ranches.