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THE STATESMAN. AUSTIN. - - TEXA The New York Financial and Com niercia' Chronicle fixes the cotton fcrop at 7,04.000 bales. Evek'y tax should be so contrived :as to take 'out of the pockets of the people as little as possible. The Iowa Republicans have con cluded that the temperance issue in politics is a barren ideality. Mrs. Lanotky is going back to England. Wonder how Gebbie and the male Langtry will bariuoiJze? Chin music is as free as air in this country, and England will have to learn it. It is nothing like as bad as gun powder plots. The tariff is pronounced an al straction. Certainly nothing ab stracts so much money from the pockets of the people sis the tarifT. The Herald-News is satified that Major llurke will neither buy the Dallas Herald nor the Houston Age, The figures for each are too high for him. AMEiucAN pork knocks for admis t sion to Kaiser Wilheliu's dominions. The pork can well afford to stand ex clusion if sausage and ham hold out among his subjects. The metric system is now almost exclusively used by the departments of the English government engaged in scientific work. It makes its way very slowly in the United States. How wise It was in the- legislature not to touch witli a forty-foot pole the recommendation of the governor to Ut th inrv svslpm sliilp It-. bus been the bulwark of liberty from the ' uays ot King John. The Canadian parliament rejected the railway commission bill by a vote of ninety to twelve. The matter is, however, not finally settled, as a com mittee was appointed to investigate the subject during recess. The English government has at tempted to fasten the London explo sion plots on Irishmen. The Irish people bear a great deal, but it would be strange indeed if they do not in time refuse to be loaded down to the last depths of degradation. And now a letter has been made ' public written June 1, 1881, in which Conklin told Billy Mahone to go right alcugin his repudiation schemes; thr.i' they were right, and he would "sustain him in them. It appears that all Republican elements favored the repudiator. ' The Connecticut legislature is going to wrestle with a bill that for bids railroads to charge more for carrying freight short distances than longer ones. Now, if anybody will explain to us how the Connecticut legislature can deal with long dis tances, we will begin to study over the proposition. Noefolk continues to grow in im portance as a cotton port. The total receTts for seven months ending March 31, amounted to 718,551 bales, against 501,514 bales for the same period last year. The direct foreign shipments for the same months were 327,085 bales, an increase of 44,1)80 rompared with last year. . . . Tut first star route trial lasted fif teen weeks, and the second has al ready beai in-pf ogress nineteen weeks Up to the 1st of March the govern ment's bill for special counsel amounted to $115,854.41, mainly on account of three men, Bliss, Merrick and Kerr. Hereafter it will stand the United States in hand to hire its lawyers by the job instead of by the day. , Some time ago the Statesman re commended tile drainage for our stiff land roads. Now it is told that ex periments have been made on some of the flat mud roads in Illinois with tile drainage. The tiles are laid along on either side and the road-bed soon gets dry and firm after a hard rain and is even passable after a long period of wet weather. It will be some years before we have a complete system of solid roads in Texas, and in the mean time the tile drain is worthy of a trial. There is not a doubt that our roadways can be materially improved by drainage, and that, too, at no great cost. The attempt to persecute Dr. Mummsen for the alleged libeling of Prince Bismarck, has not been credit able to the German imperial govern ment What should we think if a senator in the United States senate should criticise the policy of the gov ernment, and should be immediately arrested and tried for it? What would become of the inviolability of the representative? and of freedom of speech? That the learned German writer should have been subjected to these proofs of Bismarck's petty spite must be galling to millions of Ger mans who are tired of absolutism in their fatherland. Hon. B. F. Frymieu, representa tive of Houston county, has been particularly noted during he session iC.his streneous and efficient advo cacy of the claims of the several state asylums. His active services in ure- paring and perfecting bills making liberal appropriations for them, and providing for their efficient manage ment, have distinguished him as a particular friend of all these cha ritable and deserving institutions. This is said without disparagement to Dr. Sharp, the chairman of the committee, who has also been zealous in the discharge of his duties. The committee as a whole has done its work faithfully. Census statistics show that the death rate of the United States during the last census year was 15.1 per thousand. The Medical Kecord thinkB the returns if complete would show a death rate of 18 per thousand, which is less than that of any other civilized country, the range being from 20.2 per thousand in Denmark to 30.2 per thousand in Italy. Of the 733,840 deaths in the last census ye;ir, classi fied by causes, 91,551 were from con sumption, no other single disease making any approach to this number of its victims. This is only a repeti tion of the tale told by local mortuary reports almost aH'over. the country, consumption always heading the list f causes except where a severe epi ifiuic prevails. THE MINERAL LAW. Early in the session of this legisla ture, it will be remembered, the ! Statesman presented reasons why a mineral law should be put into effect in Texas. The lack of such a law has really prevented the development of the mineral wealth of the state, sine e prospectors could acquire no right t o discoveries on private lands, and since purchases from the state for mineral investigation has not been practicable, a bill was : presented, and we are pleased to announce that it has at last passed both houses, and is now in the hands of the governor for approval. This bill provides that all- minerals in the lands belong ing to the public schools, to the uni versity to the asylums and to the state are reserved from the 'operation of laws for the sale ot such lands, and the minerals shall be disposed of for the benefit of the respective funds for which these lands are set apart. These minerals are to be at the dis posal of the state land board, and when a prospector shall discover minerals, specified in the bill as "coal, iron, tin, copper lead, siver or gold," he shall immediately stake the same in its apparent ex tent, not to exceed in size 300 feet one way by 1500 the other, the corners to be marked by distinct stone land marks, and shall within forty days thereafter file a description of said mine, the county in whicn it is situated, the number of survey, the company or individual to whom the same was issued, and such other de- iscription as is practicable, in the clerk's ollice of the county where the land lies, or if an unorganized county. then in the county to which the sauie is attached" for surveying purposes. which description shall be verified by an affidavit of the fact that he is the discoverer of said mine, and that he intends to fully prospect the same and comply with the law per taining to the same in good faith It shall be registered in the record of deeds. He shall then have the privilege of selling the rights he may have acquired in said mine; provided that he or his assigns shall, within ninety days after the filing of such description, have said mine surveyed, and shall file a copy of said survey, together with specimens of the ore taken therefrom, with the state board at Austin. After the filing of such survey and specimens, the discoverer or his assigns shall work said mine for his own benefit and for the bene fit of he fund, to which said mine belongs, said tund to receive five per cent of the gross receipts provided, the mines shall be worked subject to such rules and regulations as the land board may prescribe; and, provided further, that any one taking up a mining claim shall do at least two hundred dollars worth of work per annum on the' same, furnishing annual proof of the same. Any one failing to comply with this provision shall forfeit his interest, and it shall be subject to entry by any other per son, and no judicial forfeiture shall be necessary. The filing and regis tration of the description, shall be constructive notice of claim but all persons who have heretofore discovered and worked mines on said lands shall have a prior right for ninety days after the passage of the act, in which to comply with the law as discoverers. The bill was passed with the emergency clause, and goes into effect as soon as sigijed. '"Under thiaky -w-e-gxpeet to' see the mineral regions of western and northwestern Texas developed with surprising ra pidity. ' The recent decision by the supreme court of Tennessee in relation to the settlement of the public debt of that state, was known in Wall street twenty-four hours before it was an nounced from the bench, and proof is not wanting tiat somebody made a good deal of money by such knowl edge. The Memphis Appeal pro nounces it "the most disgraceful epi sode in our recent history," and de mands legislative investigation. The increase of the Democratic vote since 18(58 has been proportion ately larger than the increase of the Republican vote. From Grant's plu rality of 305,458 in 1868, the figures have dwindled dowrr to Garfield's plu rality of only 9,464 in 1880, with Til dea elected by the Democrats and robbed of his votes by the Republi cans, between. : The force of these figures are recognized by Republicans and already the call for diligent work for 1884 is vigorously called for. Senator Gibbs' bill establishing a reformatory farm passed the senate by an almost unanimous vote, but the house failed to pass it. The peniten tiary system will never be perfect un til such an institution is put in oper ation. The people and press all over the state have been demanding its es tablishment at the hands of more than one legislature, and Gov. Rob erts assigned as a reason for pardon ing boys sent to the penitentiary, that it was no suitable place for their in carceration. Those who examined the Gibbs bill say that it was admira bly adapted for its purpose. There are at present over three hundred boys under seventeen years of age in the penitentiaries. The reign of dynamite in Europe continues. Members of parliament are nervous, lest a dynamite mine has been constructed to a point immedi ately beneath the parliament build ings. Members of the cabinet treui ble lest a cartridge be thrown into or under their cabs. The Russian dyna mite demon has invaded the "tight little isle. The Czar Alexander has companions in misery. How to get at the sneaking wretches is a perplex ing question. It ought not to be so difficult to decide what to do with the dynamite fiends when they are caught. They should be blown up with their own cartridges and infer nal machines. That would re-enthrone legitimate powers. Comptroller Knox announces that there will be, during the year, a considerable diminution of currency by reason of the retirement of bank circulation. He states that of 54,- 000,000 of 8 per cent bonds out standing on March 1, 1S83, the nation al banks hold about $14,000,000, while they hold $198,000,000 of "threes" out of $297,000,000. About three-quarters of the 3 per cent bonds held by the banks are amonjf the first bonds is sued. He argues, therefore, that the securities held by national banks will not be affected to any considerable extent during the year by the.jay ment of bonds. While this condition of things does not attract much at- tention in Texas, it is yet a matter of interest in financial circles all over the country. Itshotdd also be stated that the comptroller regards it as a fortunate circumstance that the greater part of the circula tion is held by banks in geographical locations where the profit upon it is sufficient to indtice them to hold the high priced bonds, and to rephtce whatever small amounts may be called with others. As the appre hensions of a diminished currency wore very seriously affecting the con dition of trade, this assurance from the comptroller conies in time to dis pel whatever fears were indulged in. Trade will be livelier and business more brisk in consequence. The total revenue of the British government for the year ending March 31, 1883, reached 89,004,000, exceeding tne exchequer estimates by over twenty millions of dollars. The bal ance in the treasury w as 98,000, or nearly half a million dollars. Tem perance advocates will be gratified to learn that the revenue from the sale of spirits decreased five million pounds, which shows a considerable falling off in the consumption of al coholic liquors. The Egyptian expe dition cost nearly four million pounds The estimate for the next- year, Mr. Childers fixes at jE85.889.000. The pub lic debt has been reduced about thir ty-six million dollars not very much when measured by the reduction of the force debt, which was about four times that amount. The surplus for 1881 was set at 2,691,000. The liberal government has been far more sue cessf ul, in a financial point of view than the Beaconslield administration, Though a great diplomat, Disraeli was no public financier. General Crook has the Indian policy, so far as the Apaches are con cerned, down fine. He favors exter mination, and really that is all that can be done with the revolting red devils. It is a duty the general gov ernment owes to the people of the west to protect them against the sav ages. The life of one white pioneer is worth the lives of a thousand of the bloody rascals. These carnages and thieving raids stop the progess of the west, as they long held the growth of Texas in check. The difficulties and embarrassments . which pio neers have to encounter are nu merous, and embarrassing un der the most favorable conditions They become Overwhelming when supplemented by such atrocities as have marked the outbreak of the Apaches. All the elements of civiliza tion and industrial development are retarded by such disturbances. Capi tal, proverbially timid, shrinks from such encounters. The most adven turous spirits are appalled at the menacing calamities that threaten life and property in Xew Mexico and Arizona. There can be no civiliza tion where there are no homes; and there can be no permanent homes where such appalling dangers threaten the families of the settlers. A hostile Indian deserves no quarter, and should receive none. Temporizing policies are a farce. A bill is before the Sp;inish-cor- tez, allowing free-thinkers -o affirm when declaring their allegiance to the throne. The iron-clad oath has about served its dayevery where. , --Resolutions ot Respect. The following sketch and resolutions relative to the untimely detftb ol Capt. F. W. Jordan, of Cadet Company A,of Drip ping Springs Academy, were unanimous ly adopted by tue company a lew uajs since. Capt. F. W. Jordan, oldest son of Prof. W. 41. Jordan, ot Dripping springs Acad emy, was born id Mobile, Alabama March 4, 1864. In 1882 he moved with his rmren's to Dripping" Springs, Hays coun ty, where, the same year, be was elected captain ol the above-named company and remained so until March 28,1883. at which time be was engaged in a sham battle with bis men when one of them accident ally shot bim witb wad, inflicting a flesh wound in the r it lit leg. The wound seemed to be improving very la-t until Saturday nigbt wben It suddenly became worse. Despite skill he died Sunday, April isf, at z:su p. m. Uapt. Jordan, tbougn young, was an. excellent drill master, and in the estima tion of all who knew him was a noble young man. Tbe resolutions were as follow. Whereas, It has pleased the Alrnightv Ruler of tbe universe to remove from our midst by death our lute captain, F. W. Jordan; and. Whereas, It is but just that we give a fitting recognition of his many virtues, tuereiore, be it Resolved, By cadet company A. of Dripping Springs academy, that while we Dow with humble submission to tbe di rectlon of the Great Commander, we none the less mourn for him who has been taken from us. Kesolved, That in the death ofF. W, Jordan this company deplores tbe loss of an enective member and emcient officer, whose utmost endeavors were exerted for its welfare and prosperity: that we lose a friend and companion who was dear to us ail, whose upright and nobie exam ple is worthy of imitation. Resolved, That tbe heartfelt sympathy of this company be extended to his parents In their bereavement. Resolved, That a copy of these resolu lions be delivered to the family of tbe de ceased, and that a copy be sent to' the Austin 'statesman, San Antonio Times, Salem Democrat and Texas Baptist Herald. A.L.Davis. Jr., 1 A. S. Williams, Jr., Committee W. H. Williams. ) Intrude Jiot Upon His Privacy. . I Daltimore Herald. Mr. S. J. Tilden has considerable vitality yet remaining; he has been reported for some years in a moribund condition, or at least permanently dead in the political world, but he ap pears to recuperate considerably some months prior to election day and does not seem at all disposed to give up the ghost. At ail events, nis mends .will not suffer him to die out for they are constantly keeping him alive in the pnblic mind by editorial comments,. and bis opponents, despite nis alleged debility, deem mm sutnciently ior- midable to be made the subject of virulent invective and gross carica tures. If Mr. Tilden has washed his hands clean of politics and wishes to pass his few remaining years in re tirement and serious meditation, it is certainly wrong to attempt to coerce his will, obtrude on his privacy or in terrupt his reflections on the fickle ness and trauds or political parties. There's a Virtue in vthistling. An old farmer once said he would not have a hired man on his farm who did not habitually whistle. He al ways hired whistlers. Said he never knew a whistling laborer to find fault with his food, his bed, or complain of any little extra work he was asked to perform. , Such a man was generally kind to children and animals in his care. He would - whistle a chilled lamb into warmth and life, and would bring in his hat full of eggs from the barn without breaking any of them. He found such a man careful about closing gates, putting up bars, and seeing that the nuts on his plow were al4 properly tightened before he took it into the field. He never knew a whistling hired man to beat or kick a cow, or to drive her on a run into a stable. He had noticed that the sheep he fed in the yard or shed gath ered around him as he whistled, with. out fear. He never had employed a whistler who was not thoughtful and economical American Farmer, . An Austrian railroad company uses the telephone to signal its trains from station to station, XVIIIth Legislature. Seveuty-Mnth Day's Proceedings. SENATE. AcTSTIX, April 12, 1863. The senate met at 10 a. m., Lieutenant- Governor Martin presiding, and a quo rum present. Prayer was ottered by the chaplaiu. Rev. Dr. Smoot. On motion of Mr. Kleberg, reading tbe Journal was dispensed with. mr neuner reported favorably tne house per diem resolution. On motion ot Mr, Traylor. tbe bill was taken up and passed under supension of tbe rule. On motion of Mr. Martin, Mr. Terrell was excused until Friday alternoon ses aioa. On motion of Mr. Johnston, of Shelby, Mr. Pope was excused indefinitely. Mr. Pfeuttcr, at bis own request, was excused until Saturday on account of important business. MESSAGE FBOM THE BOUSE Announced the passage of house bi'l No. M9, providing for tbe more JUlcieut management of tue state penitentiaries, and making an appropriation thereler. Senate biU Ho. iA, restoring the civil and criminal jurisdiction ol the county court of Houston county. Over the governor's veto, senate bill No. 333, ceding jurisdictiou over certain property in tbe city of Dallas, lor the purpose of erecting public buildings thereon. Substitute seuate bill No.22J, for the relief ot persons who, having procured licenses as liquor dealers, were prevented from pursuing their occupation ou ao couut of local option laws. On motion ol Mi. Terrell house bill No 191. providing tor appeals in forma pau peris from justice of tue peace courts, was re-referred toj Jdiciary committee No. 1, was insiautly reported back favorably and passed uudcr suspension of tbe rules. Mr. Terrell: Resolution authorizing tbe sergeant kt arms to pun base a frame lor the portrait of chief Justice Hemphill Adopted. Mr. Stratton sent up minority report on senate bin jso. 334, bo changing tne incor poration law as to allow capital to asso ciate ltseu ior tne purpose oi naruor mi provements. Mr. Shannon, ior chairman of com mittee ou internal improvements, report ed adversely bou.-e bill No. 90. proposing change In the law relating to tbe liability ol railroad companies failing to trauspurl passengers ana ircignt ana ueuver lueui al tue appointed time. Mr. Uooch called up senate bill No. 313. in reference to manner of appeal from justice ol the peace courts. Passed. Mr. Randolph called Up senate bill No. 3.5. diminishing the jurisdiction of Mad ison co.nty. Passed. Mr. Mauock called up house biU No. 4 fixing the boundary line ol Gillespie county. Passed. A MESSAGE FKOM THE GOVERNOR Was received, vetoing Senator Farrar's bill requiring tue- board ol trustees ol tbe various state a-iylums to elect superin tendents for the same. Tbe vet was based on constitutional objection to that provision of tue bill con tinuing superintendents in o s.ee during good behavior anu as long as tbey prove efficient The bill was at once referred to judici ary committee No. 1, and referred back with amendment striking out the objec tion provision and inserting in lieu mere of. lor tbe period of two years " The bill passed, under suspension of tbe rules, as amended. Mr. Peacock called up the bill to re store tbe jurisdiction ol the counly court ot Titus county. Passed. Mr. Traylor called up senate bill No. 172, to provide a manner of proving es- travs. Passed. Mr. Matlock called up substitute for senate bill No. 220, with house amend ment, refunding to liquor dealers money paid tor occupation license in local op tion districts. Amendment concurred in. Mr Johnston, of Shelby, reported fa vorably, with amendments, house bill No. 64'J. nrovicliUir for the further man agement of the state penitentiaries and making an appropriation luereior. Mr, Chesley called up the bill Under u suspension of the rules. Tbe committee aiaetidments were con sidered separately, as follows : First amendment: Strike out $2000, salary of financial agent, in section 2, and insert 3000. Adopted. Amendment : In section 3, strike out tbe appropriation as printed in tne gen eral appropriation bill. Adopted ; and tbe bill passed as amended. Mr. Patton, chairman of committee on state atluire, reported adversely house bill No. 441, tuakiug telegraph companies common carrieis. Tbe bill increasing the state tieasurer's bond to $2-)0,000 passed, with one dissent ing vote. Mr. Shannon : Resolution requiring the election ol a presidt-ut pro tern of the senate. Action postponed until the afternoon session Ou motion -f Mr. Gibbs, the. senate adjourned till 3 o. ui. AFTERNOON SESSION. Mr. Fleming called up seuate bill No. 253, lor the relief of W. S. Anderson, making an appropriation to refund taxes on a league and labor ol land, illegally collected from him, the same being tbe property of the United Sta.es govern ment. Passed. Also seuate bill No. 335, validating the sale of certain town lots sold by Messrs. Myer and Reed, commissioners, in the town of Coleman, Coleman county. Pa-sed. MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR Was received making notarial appoint ments ior Wood and Smith, El Paso and Edwards. On motion of Mr. Martin, the senate went into EXECUTIVE SESSION, A-od tbe appointments were confirmed. Air. Matlock called up senate bill No. 228, changing the boundaries of Mont ague county. Referred. MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE , Announced non-concurrence in senate amendments to tbe house general de ficiency appr priation bill. The cbair appointed a committee of tree conference Messrs. Fleming, Gooch and Collins. Mr. Farrar called up the seuate bill re quiring tbe board of trustees of the state asylums to appoint superintendents, with house amendmentstherelo. Amendments concurred in. Mr. Gooch: Resolution authorizing Wm. Neal Raimey, chief clerk oi tbe seu ate, to index the senate record ol tbe present session. Adopted. On motion of Mr. Gooch tbe senate ad journed till 7 p. m. MIGHT SESSION. After several roll calls and ineffectual search for members, a quorum was ob tained Ht8 o'clock. Mr. Fowler: Resolution authorizing the retention of Assistant Clerk W. M Hun ter for fifteen days in indexing records and captions of bill-.. Adopted. Mr. Matlock: Resolution authorizing the retention of I be sergeaut at arms for ten days for tbe purpose of storing away furniture. Adopted. Mr. Stratton: Resolution to continue the services of the calendar clerk for ten dajs. in order ;tbat tbe calendar maybe compared and coirected. Adopted. Mr. Fleming, for tbe committee of tree conference, reported an agreement be tween tbe committees of tbe two bouses, by which all but f 13,000 of tbe $40,000 added by the senate is cut down. The report was adopted. Mr. Matlock called up house bill No. .8, making it a penal offense to set fire to premises. Passed. air. lvieDerg: nesoiutiou anowing ioon Bonton. fir.it assistant clerk, salary for eight days, to assist tbe chief clerk in the duties imposed, to be performed after ad- jourdment. On motion oi jur. nerainx, me amend ment to tbe senate bill creating tbe eountv ol Reeves, was concurred. Mr. Getzenuaner cauea up senate out No: 126. changing the lawrelating to the mode ol assessment oi DanKS uroKers, dealers in exchange, stock jobbers, etc. Passed. Mr. Buchanan called up senate bill No. 61. eieinotinsr students of schools from road duty In districts la wmcn tne acnoois are situated, passed. . Mr Peacock: Resolution, that the sen ate has iust heard with deep legretot the sudden illness of Senator Johnson, of Collin; and that he be turnisbed with a porter to act as nurse during his sickness, the expense ot the same to be paid out oi hia BhirA nt the contingent fund of the senate. dopted. Mr. Peacock caneu up nouse bin changing the law relating to defense in actions upon sworn account, allowing counter affidavits to be filed at any time beforr announcement of ready for trial. Passed. Mr. Matlock called up bouse bill jno. 408, amending article 1190 of the revi ed civil statutes, in reierence to pleading charters and acts ot incorporatiop, so as to make it apply to loreign as well aa domestic corporations. Passed Mr. Terrell called up Doute Din no. !Vf,9, to amend article 4442 of tbe rev! Bed civil statutes, so as to require lax collec tors to make re parts under oath to the comptroller, of all taxes collected by them for tbe state, every three month, ttie fir&t ouarter to begin with the month of October in each year, and lo make like reDtrt at the regular 'rm o' th commissioner court of all taxes collected Ior the county. P sed The change consists in requiring re ports to be m ule in cae of collection of taxes lor counties Mr. Cooper: Resolution retaining en rolling clerk, five dajs after adjourn ment. Adopted. Mr. Siratton: A like resolution I e- specting the engrossing clerk. Adopted. jur. uoocd caned up senate joint reso lution No. 22. fixiug the time for vnte upon constitutional- amendments with house amendments. Amendment con curred in. On motion of Mr. Gooch the seuate ad journed till Friday 8:30 a. m. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - House met at appointed hour. Speaker Gibson aud a quorum present. prayer by the chaplain. COURTHOUSE BONDS. The business pending from adjourn ment being senate bill 211, authorizing county commissioners to issue bonds and levy a tax to build courthouses and jails, tbe bill was taken up and passed. PAY OF WITNESSES Ml. Moore ot McLennan, moved to postpone the pending business to take up motion to reconsider the vote by which seuate bill 12, to py attached witnesses in felony cases was passed, and to lay the motion to reeonsider on tbe table. A tf-r some discussion by Messrs. Moore, Woods. Patterson. Swau, liill, Cotton and others, a eall of tbe house resulted in stopping further immediate considera tion of ton matter. LUNATIC ASYLUM. Senate bill 327, the asylum bill, was taken up as regular order, and pendiug amendment ot Mr. Foster, of Grayson, requiring superintendents to be experi enced in the treatment of insanity, was adopted. Also amendment of Wood, giving pref erence in admission of patients to chronic over recent cases, to public over private. and indigent patients over those having means, etc. Bill finally passed. MISCELLANEOUS. Substitute house bill 2ot bein next in order, to lay out and better classily pub lic roads, the adverse report ot tbe com mittee was adopted. Senate bill 15, providing for a reforma tory lor convicts, was called up by Mr. Armifltead. Motion was withdrawn. Mr. Swan calling up the pending mo tion on senate bin 120, above no iced, Mr. Wurzbach demanded a call ot tbe bouse, and the house refused to suspend tbe call A message from the senate announced adoption of free conference committee reports on the game law and laud lraud Dins; and tbe passage 01 otner bins. SALOON LICENSES. Senate bill 220, to refund saloon keep ers pro rata of licenses paid iu advance of the option law, finally passed. TAX COLLECTORS' FEES Mr Upton 1 n the chair. Senate bill 2n9, amending article 1767, revised statutes, relating to lees of tax collectors, was next considered Mr. Moore, of McLennnn, moved a call of the house, and Mr. Upton to excuse the absentees, which latter motion 1 re vailed. .. Rill finally passed, and Mr. Cochran asked to have spread ou the journal a mo tion to reconsider. Mr. Moore agbln moved a call of the bouse, pending vote on which the hour, 11 a. m., arrived for the special order, the resolution looking to the QUESTION OF FINAL ADJOURNMENT. Various motions to postpone were made and discussed. On a motion to table a motion to post pone the resolution a call oi tbe house was demanded, but suspended. Motion to table the motion to postpone was lost. Ayes 38, noes 50. The resolution provides for fina. ad journment to-day (Friday) noon. A call of tbe house was demanded and kept up, pending which the house pto ceeded to consiuer other business. ASYLUM BILL AGAIN. Mr. Frymicr moved to reconsider the vote by which senate bill j327 the asylum bill was passed, so -as to make amend ment coverings constitutional defect in tue bill, which amendment, fixing the term St office of the superintendent at two years, was adopted aud the bill final ly passed. SCHOOL MINERAL LANDS. Mr. Merriwether called up senate bill 310, providing for prospecting and work ing mines on the free school and univer sity lands. Five per cent of tbe proceed is to go to the benefit ot tbe school and university lunds. by Mr. Townsend: ' Strike out .five wn rever it occurs and insert ten. i.osl The bill finally p .ssed. MESSAGE VKOM THE SENAT The message announced that tbe sen ate had passed senate bill 326, with amendment, to meet tbe objections ol the governor's veto, as to tbe time for which be could appoint superintendent 01 tne asylum; aud tnat tbe senate had passed sundry bills named. THE TAX COLLECTION BILL. I Mr. Moore, of McLennan, as a matter ol privilege, called up bis motion to re consider senate b:il zoa, al-eady uotlced but subsequently withdrew bis motion for the time being. REFUNDING LAND DEPOSITS, Mr. Pattersou called up senate bill 350, to relund to parlies having purchased 50 cent school lands, amount of deposits paid in eiror. Bill finally passed. GREEK COUNTY CERTIFICATES Mr. Robertson, of Williamson, asked to take up senate bill 114, to piovide for locating velerau land certificates in tbe territory ot Greer county, Tbe bouse refused to suspend the rules to take up the bin. House adjourned till 3 p. m. AFTERNOON SESSION. Speaker Gibson and a quorum. Alter various motions to postpone to take up other business, the nouse, on motion or Mr. Upton, took up tbe DEFICIENCY BILL. Mr. Upton moved ..hat the house refuse to concur in tbe senate amendments and ask for a conference committee. Carried In making the motion Mr. Upton stated incidentally that tbe senate amendments Involved an additional expenditure of over $40,000. TUB PENITENTIARY BILL. House concurred iu senate , amend meats. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS, Joint resolution requiring the governor to submit tbe various constitutional amendments to the vote of the people pa-sed. COMMITTEE REPORTS Mr. Acker, chairman of judiciary com mittee, presented a report on sundry bills. Mr. F ster, chairman of enrollment committee, reported sundry bills duly enrolled. : REEVES COUNTY Mr. Graves called up senate bill 367, to create a newicounty to be called "Reeves county." out of a part of Pecos county. The county is to be so named iu honor ot tbe lormer speaker or toe nouse, lion George Reeves. The bill finally passed. THE 8IFTIN0S INVESTIGATION. Mr. McKinney, chairman of the special committee, presented the following re- nort: Your special committee appointed un der the resolution ot tbe house of repre sentatives, actor tea - March 31, 1883, re- auiriug an investigation ot sundry charges aga'nst the action of members of said house, nave uiscnargeo mat duty. Your committee are 01 tne opinion tnat the evidence adduced belore them in said investigation does not establish any dis- hnooraole conduct against any member of this house: and further that it does not justify the influence oreven suspicion that any ol tne memoers mereoi voieu on tue questions pertaining to the penitentiary lease, wuicn nave ueen recently consid ered in suid bouse otherwise than upon bis honest couvlctions in respect to such Questions, All of which is respectfully submitted. , JlCtt.lNNBY, mc alpine. Ste lb, Sharp, Parsons, Committee. Mr.' Chenoweth said, in connection with the investigation, that th testimony as published in the papers stated that he had approached a certain gentleman In connection with tbe question of the lease of the penitentiaries. He desired to ask tbatgermrman on the floor ot the house if this w a fact. He alluded to tbe gen. tleman trial Limestone, Mr. Foster. Mr. Foster, in reply, said he bad in tended to make an explanation at tbe proper time. What be did say, was, that Sir. Cunningham had said to him (Foster) that the lessees bad invested largely in the lease, and he desired him to investi gate the subject and give t support if he (Foster) could consistently, with his views, do so. He also said before the committee that Mr. Chenoweth. had asked him how he stood on the question, as usual with members asking the opinions of members on important subjects of leg islation, and aa he had been asked fifty times before to give hi support of other measure If. in his judgment, be could do so according to his convictions, he thought it unfair to the gentlemen of the m'noritT that tbe statements of those who were witnesses should be published .n, t).- ,.i.inih.n. by lid to believe' that uudue Influences J ujr iu .1 were used to secure tne rauncauon 01 tbe leases. He had no objection to what be said being published, but he wanted what he said published fully, so the pnb lic could draw proper inferences. REFORMATORY FOR CONVIC TS, Mr. Chenoweth called up senate bill No. 15, providing for a refoiuiatory farm ior convicts, anu making provision lor the purchase of not less than 60C0 acres for the purpose. i be bouse went into committee ot tbe whole to consider the bill. Mr. benoweth in the chair. Tbe bill was adopted and reuo .'i-d hy the committee and tbe report adopted. ine nouse amended by lntrliug amendment to read, "not more tban 5000," instead of "not le-8 than 50 0 acres," and providing that all females sentenced for less tban five years. Tbe bill, as thus amended, passed to third reading by a vote of 57 to 18. CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. In accordance with request from tbe senate, Messrs. Upton, Foster of Lime stone, aud Wurzbach were named aB committee on part of the house on the deficiency bill. THE ROAD BILL. Mr. White asked to take up this bill. House refused. THE V a TO ED BILL. The asylum bill, senate bill 326, which was vetoed b t tbe governor on account of tbe term for which the superintendent was to be appointed exceeding the con stitutional limit of two years, having been amended by tbe senate to con lor 111 to the governor's objection, was finally passed. Mr. Cochran said as they had b en passiug bills to expend money, he would take up one to bring in money, senate bill 29 , authorizing comptroller to receive taxes on property prior to 1876. He did not press the request, and on motion the bouse adjourned till 7:30 p. m. NIGHT SESSION. Speaker Gibson but no quorum present at the appointed hour. (Quorum subsequently announced. By Mr. Cramer: Resolution pre-cribing duties for tbe chief clerk in taking charge of books, papers and other property oi the house, not to exceed ninety days after final adjournment, to be paid $5 per day for his services and other, duties recited. Resolution adopted. Mr. Browning called up senate bi 1 to make receipts of sales and leases of the school lands available fund. House refused to suspend the rules to take up the bill. A message lrora the senate announced tbe passage of sundry bills. Mr. Armistead called up house bill to dissolve the charier of Jetierson iron com pany, bo as to make it an individual mat ter, only one person now owning tbe stock. Bill finally passed. A messa e from the senate announced that it had adopted tbe report of the free conference committee ou the dedciency appropriation 0111. Mr. Upton presented the report of the committee recommending that the house concur in numerous amendments of tbe senate, and that the senate recede from its amendments to pay Shackelford coun ty small pox claims; from amendment to nay 2S,000 tor unaudited claims of cities and towns for quarantines; from amend ment to pay T.J. Zink $160, and from amendment to allow (20,000 instead of $ 15,000 vas in house bill) to pay teachers' Claims prior to IB id Report adopted Ayes 41; noes 36. Mr. Hazlewood had spread on the jour nal a motion to reconsider. Mr. Frank called up senate bill 305, providing ior tue investment of proceeds of school lands leased or sold. Not acted on. Mr. Chenoweth asked to take ud sen ate bill 100, the local option bill, making tne taw operative. Mr. Taylor moved to table motion, which bad beeu entered to reconsider. Adopted. Ayes 47, noes 33. This de feated the bill. Mr. Upton moved to reconsider tbe vote in tbe morning session by whicb-tire resolution looking to final Sojournment was postponed,-wttira view, he said, to adjournment to-morrow (Friday), as tbe important business of ttie session was about finished. The resolution to adjourn at 12 m. Fri day, 13th Inst., was adopted ayes 60, noes 20. Mr. Upton moved to call up and lay ou the 'able the motion of Mr. Hazlewood, to reconsiderthe action on the deficiency bill. Tbe motion to reconsider was tabled yeas 44, nays 33. Mr. Cochran moved to lay on the table the motion of the morning of Mr. Moore, of Mi-Lennab, to reconsider the vote by which the tax collectors' bill passed. The bouse being under call, ihe call was suspended. Mr. Moore withdrew his motion and moved instead to lay on the table the motion of Mr. Chambers, of Collin, to reconsider the vote of tbe bouse on Benate -bill No. 120, by which senate amendments to the bill were con curred in, Mr. Chambers said he would withdraw tbe motion. Mr. Douglas calied up senate bill 114. providing for tbe location ot veterau cer tificates in Greer sountv. Pending the motion the house adjourned 11 d.ie m..: a 1111 0:10 a. iu. rriuay. FOUND ON RUTABAGA'S DESK. Reolved That economy has taken a tumble; No more to the people ol Collin to grumble: -No more to quarrel with licentious waste Of extravagance that tbe state disgraced. He has gone where all economists go To teach economy in tbe world below. No more economic bll'e to sire Save extravagant complaint of fire. His sleep on earth was much disturbed By extravagant legislation long un curbed. Peace to his ashes, uow departed this life. The departments ar-s rid of economic strife. Eightieth Day's Proceedings. SENATE. Ausrix, April 13, 1883. Tbe senate met at 8:30 a. m., Lieut. Gov. M-Ttia presiding and a quorum present. ( The following; prayer was offered by the chaplain, Rev. Dr. Smoot. O Lord, we thank Thee for the kind Providence which has brought us safely through tbe night to the light of another morning. Aud uow, O Lord, in the closing hours of this session, may Thy blessing be upon these semtors as they go down to their homes aud their constituency. May tbey be men who fear God and hon or tbe laws. May they be impressed with the brevity of life and the trailty ol hu man nature, the certainty of death and tbe awful ;act that they will soon have to appear before tbe judgment seat of God, to give an account lor the deeds of tbe lile tbey have lived here. May they seek Tby pardoning love in the person of Thy con. Our Father, bless this common wealth in all things; in ils officers and Its people. Let Tby benediction rest upon us, and wben lite is closed here receive us unto Thyself, for Christ's lake. Amen. heading tbe journal was dispensed with. Mr. Terrell, chairman judiciary com mittee No. 1, reported favorably bouse bill No. 58, to dissolve and extend the charter ot tbe Jefferson Iron company, MEBSAGB FROM THE HOUSB Announced the passage of senate bill No. 120, providing for payment ot expenses of attached witnesses in feiony cases. Senate bill No. 209, with amendment, fixing compensation of tax collectors. Tbe adoption of senate concurrent resolution, to adjourn sine die at 12 m Friday, with amendment changing the hour to 10 a m. Concurred in senate amendment to house bill No. 58 and house bill No. 226. Mr. Matlock called up bouse bill No. 406, amending article 1190, revised civil statutes. 1 On motion of Mr. Traylor, house amend ment to senate bill No. 266, vas concurred in. Also concurred In house amendment to resolution of adjournment. Mr. Peacock called up house bill 550, to dissolve and extend tbe charter 01 the Jeflei son iron company. Passed. Mr. Patton: .Resolution autnonzing senate porters to asBisst assistant ser- geant-at-arms lor term of five days Adopted. Mr. Fleming Your committee to wait upon tbe governor have performed their duty, and were iniormea oy mm mac ne had no further communication to make to the senate, except the document which I herewith present, which he requests to be read. The governor said: In closing the la bors of the eighteenth legislature, 1 can not withhold the expression of genuine gratification at tbe result of your meet ing That there was at one time a feeling of unquiet and appreuension mat toe re- lorm measure! iooa.eu lur uj me ueuuie would not be made is true. This fear arose from the imperative demand for theseineasures. The country may not congratulate It self and vou that most of the Important measures looked for have become an ac complished fact. In providing for an ad ditional lunatic asyium ana me improve ment ol the one now in operation, the unfortunate lunatics of the state will be cared for. In withdrawing the school and asylum lands from market, and devising a jystem by which something may be real ized for said lands. The perma nent school and university lund may be materially augmented and eriaole the state to educate me cunureu imin a burden being laid upon the people, u- unhmltrinir an amendment In h Bv submitting an amendment to the constitution allowing' a separate -chool tax to be levied we may be able to aid our educational enterprise, without an unnecessary accumulation of money In the treasury. By the passage of the rail road bill the people will be enabled to observe its workings and improve upon a most uiincuu lasit inrougn subsequent legislation. You have laid down some definite rule for the goverment or our convicts. By tbe act to protect the wool grow lug industry of western Texas, a great enterprize Is aided and encouraged. By the act organising tbe judicial districts the disposition ot business in the courts will be greatly facilitated The act to facilitate the collections of Claims trom tbe general government ou account of moneys expended in frontier defense will enable Texas to reclaim money she should have had Ionic since. The actto provide for the settlement of claims 01 school teachers is an act of jus tice that has long been delayed. The act to provide tor a reformation institution and public morals. Besides these there are many others of minor importance, amounting in all to about 150 bills that nave become laws. Fault finders there will be, but alter mature consideration iu wi,l be found that you have redeemed your pledges to the people and that Texas will continue to prosper and grow under the influence of your worn. wuue dtnerences have arisen and sharp debate has ensued, It is my firm conviction that all have, labored lor what was believed to be the best in terest lor the general good. You have beeu pat'ent under difficulties. The ab surdity of requiring the people's repre sentatives to stay at toe capital ana serve the public at 2 per day was never more fully demonstrated. I tender you in tbe name of the reople their thanks, and trust that on reachm your respective homes you may find your lamiues in good beailb, and that by in dustry and economy you may soon rep ilr tbe waste places consequent on your stay at the capital in the interest ot tbe public. Signed by the governor. MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR containing certain notarial appointments, was receiveu. on motion ot Mr. Terrell the senate went into executive session upon tbe ap pointments. Tbey were confirmed. On motion of Mr. Fleming tbe chair appointed a committee, composed of Messrs. Fleming. Buchanan and Martin to inform tbe governor that tbe senate was about to adjourn sine die. Mr. Shannon called up the resolution to elect a president pro tern, and placed in nomination for the office Hon. A. W. Houston, ol Bexar. Mr. G och nominated Hon. A. W. Cooper, of Tvler. The ballot resulting in the election of iur. jooper by a vote ot 13 to 10, the new preaident pro tempore was duly qualified by Lieutenant-Governor Martin. By Mr. Gooch: Resolved by the senate. that the Hon. A W. Houston has made a faithful and efficient officer, and has our unqualified endorsement; and he retires with the universal commendation of tbe senate Hon.S W. Cooper in the chair. By Mr. Gooch: Resolved, That tbe Hon. Marion Martin has made a faithful em cient public servant, and that he has, as presiding officer of the senate, been just and impartial, and bis whole course show him to be not only an accomplished par liamentarian, but also a genial companion anu piegressive statesman Adopted. The senate adjourned slue die. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. House met at the appointed hour, ai eaner uioson and a quorum present, En passant, the speaker has not been absent a single day during the session. BILLS PASSED. Mr. Armistead called up boUoe bill 226, allowing counter aSidavlts to be made to claims uTade by affidavit at aBV time before announcement for trial. Senate, amendments were concurred in. Jmr. Acker called up bouse bill DS. pun ishing parties tor negligently or wilfully ourning prairirs or wood lands, senate amendments concurred in. VETERAN CERTIFICATES Senate bill 114, providing lor the loca tion 01 veteran certincates in Greer coun ty, being tbe pending business, under a motion the day previous, made by M. Douglas, to postpone the Immediate or der ior its consideration, tbe motion was discussed by Messrs. Douglas, Hill and urowu. House refused to suspend the rules, CLERKS' FAY. By Mr. McKinney: Resolution for the issuance of certificates to clerks for ser vices where they have been continuous, allowing tnera per day. Adopted. ENROLLED. Mr. Fisher reported numerous bills duly enrolled, closlug the laborious duties of tbe committee of which he has made a most efficient chairman. NOTIFYING THE GOVERNOR By Mr. Caven: Joint resolution inform ing the governor that the legislature i ready to adjourn, and asking if bis ex cellency has any further "communication to submit. Adop'ed, and Messrs. CJAven, Upton and Armistead appointed committee on part 01 tne nouse. The committee reported a communica tion iroiu tbe governor, which will be lound in our report ol tbe senate pro ceedings. COMPLIMENTARY RESOLUTIONS, TC, Resolutions were adopted expressive 01 appreciation 01 toa services ot the speaker, the clerks and various officers ot the house, in tbe most complimentary termB. Mr. Cochran in the chair. Another resolution, especially compli mentary of the speaker, was read' aud adopted with applause. Hon. Santos Benavides made an address which he said he wished to read himself it was received with marked apprecia tion. MATERIAL TESTIMONIA1 S Something more substantial than reso lutions followed: Tbe worthy chaplain of the house. Rev J. W. Polndexter, was prcei.ted with a valuable silver pitcuer servn e. The pre sentation was made through Hon. H J, Labatt, who alluded Iu eloauent and classical terms to hi- school associations with tbe recipient at 1 ale. Dr. Poindexter responded at some length in eloquent and appreciative terms. Capt. J. W. Booth, chief clerk, was presented with a handsome gold cane, through Hon. c. l.. wurzbach on tb part of the house, w ho paid a high and deserved compliment to the recipient The accompanying resolution expressed tbe wish tbat the captain's shadow may never grow less (tne captain weighs about 280 and is over six leet high) and that bis jug may never grow dry. Laughter and applause J Capt-lBooUi responded at length in elo quent and appropriate terms. After making acknowledgments and compli menting tbe house and officers, he re ferred to tbe state university and new capitol building, and to tbe great works of Internal improvements inaugurated in the state, as evidences ef Its growth and prosperity. Tbe utmost confines ol the state being bound, be said, by links ol steel, taken in connection wfth the erec tion of a great state university aud capi tol building, in which our interests are involved lorjmillions, should dispel any apprehension tbat may be entertained as to tbe danger of the disintegration of Texas at any Xuture time. Hon. J. P. Ayres, ot Brazos, was next the medium ol presentation to Speaker Gibson, on part of tbe houte, ol a fine gold headed cane, and, as usual with that gentleman, made the presentation in most graceful terms; eliciting applause by bis eloquent remarks. He alluded to Speaker Gibson as '-our elder brother. upon whose counsels we have all relied, and fiom whose decisions no appeal bad beeu taken." The testimonial, he said, bad appropriately inscribed on it a star, tbe representative emtileni of the lone star tbat first appeared in tbe constel lation ol states in April, 1836, and had shone with undiminished lustre in the darkness tbat arose in tbe land, through the clouds of war, and risen again in brightness above the horizon of our na ional history. Sneaker Gibson said: Gentlemen ol the bouse of representa tivesThe hour of parting approaches Soon the gavel will sound for tbe last time, and tbe eighteenth legislature will stand adjourned without day . It will go before the country on the record it has made, aud time will determine whether or not it has reasonably met tbe public expectation. To satisfactorily legislate for so grand a state with such a diversity of Interests is no common acnievement. It cannot be accomplished without mutual concessions and tne exninition 01 a de gree of patriotism unknown to those who are diuereutiv situated, we nave bad important questions before us questions which have elicited animated discussion, and at timet threatened to defeat a har monious ending to our labors. The most ardent believer In tbe ability ol the two bouses to successfully grapple with the important measures betore us could not relrain.a few weeks ago, from expressing tne aeepesi eoncituue and anxiety in re gard to the final result. We were. It seemed, upon a boisterous sea, without pilot or compass, and with every prospect 01 being stranded upon tbe rocks or con fusion and discord. Tbe country looked on with intense interest, and tbe press constituted the medium through which dissatisfaction - was be coming known. At this juncture of affairs the members of the two houses. layine aside prejudice and sectional reel ing, marched boldly up to the post of duty and furnished tbe people or the tat with amDle evidence that the work of tbe Eighteenth legislature Is at last a grand success. Applause.' . -linnortant questions have reoelved the attention which they deserved, and ex perience will demonstrate the wiailmn i.t tbe solution arrived at in nearlv crcrt instance. As your presiding officer 1 can bear witness to your earnest and as siduous labors In behalf ol the people you have had the honor to represent. May you have a sale and pleasant return to your homes, and may each one receive tbe plaudit, well done, good and faith IhI Mrvanc'l rinnlinul I cannot close withouttbanking vou for this testimonial. I accept it as a token or your appreciation ot my services as your presiding officer. 1 shall treasure it because 1 am assured tbat it comes trom gentlemen who freely declare that I have performed the duties of the office with which you have honored me, in a manner creditable i myself and satisfactory to the house, W - I,.. .,. 1 . u 1. 1.1 and of.en I have been called upon to de cide difficult and intricate questions. I have tried to be lair aud Impartial; and the fact that there has not been a single appeal from a decission of mine during the session, is an evidence that I have to some extent succeeded. I am proud to believe that each and every member of this body is, my warm, personal friend, and I am certainly grateful for the uni form kindness and courtesy shown ue We are now about to separate, and will probably all never meet again. You carry with" you to your homes, gentlemen, my siuuesi ana oesiwisnes; ana mem ory "t!ie star-gemmed eoddeaa" will often dwell upon the happy hours spent here together. Again permit me to thank you lor this manifestation of Tour p.onfi. dence aud esteem. Prolonged applause. Mr. Foster, ot Limestone, on the pait ol tbe officers and clerks of the house, said ho had been delegated to present a turtber testimonial to the distinguished speaker, something which, under recent declarations of that gentleman was especi ally appropriate. The testimonal was an e egant tea service which Mr. Foster ten. dered in most felicitous and humorous terms, connecting his remarks with tbe speaker's allusion to "matrimonial re tiremeLt," wben replying to Mr. Cheno- wetn on tue railroad bill. Playing upon parliamentary proceedings, Mr. Foster spoke as follows: Mr. Speaker, the officers and clerks ol tue nouse desire through me to present you this elegant silver service, as a sligh' testimonial of their appreciation of the fair, impartial and kind treatment tbey nave unuormiy received at your bands This present, It is thought, is espe cially app opriate, since the recipient nas ueciarea mat alter tnis session 01 the legislature adjourns, "1 expect 10 unite my destiny with that of some fair beiug within the limits of Texas, and. amid the rural delights or my country home, where Vines around the cottage creep.' spend the remainder of mv days:" and in view of the fact that I am the only other member or tbe eighteenth legislature about whose ear the "rural retreat" bee is buzzing, and who has agreed to pair wl h tbe speaker, and, bathing in the similes and sunshine of a country home. eujoy that peace of mind, joy ot heart aud cocteutmentot lite, to which a f 2 a day legislator is an alien and stranger, it has also been deemed appropriate for me to present tnis gin. Mr. '.Speaker, In your future cottage home we hope no substitutes will be necessary. May the o.iginalbill always be eminently satislactory. If points of order arise in the new house may tbe same cool, deliberate, unerring judgment tbat has characterised your decisions as speaKer ot tuts nouse guide jou there And, if in tbe course of human events kind heaven should offer an amendment to tbe family circle, may kind friends and generous neighbors see that another cup and saucer-fs added to this sett. A. p. plajivr- ' Speaker Gibson replied very happily as follows: I am extremely grateful to tbe officers 01 the bouse lor this token or remem brance as the hour of parting approaches, Our session has been along and laborious one. Important duties have devolved upon each employe of the houte, and 1 can truly say they have been per- lormea wun alacrity and pleas ure. All have been kind and courteous to me, aud every order and in struction has been willingly obeyed. It isindee.i pleasant to believe that we have here created friendships which shall endure through all coming time, and that death alone can tever tbe ties which have linked us together. I must be termitted to sty to my friend irom Ltimesiobe tbat 1 doubt tbe appro priateness of the testimonial which, in the Dame ot Ihe officers ol tbe house, be has presented. I trust tbat the "rural home" '-Where vines around the cottage creep,' may not prove a castle in tbe air. but biisslul leality, and tbat around it hearthstone some fair being may preside to whom I can willingly surrender the gavel and yield obedience to tbe throne of beauty. But, mv friends, this ruler ol hearts has not vet been found. Your partiality has possibly le you to be pre mature. You have moved tbe prev ious question on me before 1 bad time to per- lect tne oiiginai one. 1 snail do mv part, uow ever, and wben established in that country home 1 hope to welcome my irienus. juay tne evidences 01 comfort cheer and happiness, which they theie be- noia lead tnem to exclaim: ' Without our hopes, without our fears. Without the home which p.ighted love enaears, without tbe smile from partial beauty won- Oh ! what were mau ? A world without a sun!" Applause aud cheers. 11 o which the reporter would add: May hope "which springs Kternal in tbe human breast,-" Like a woman, prbve most loving When most catessed. Mr. Durant. alluding to his peculiar pc sition In having been elected as an I'iu dependent" candidate to the leis ature took occasion to express his thanks lot- toe uniform kindness and courtesy shown mm oy nis le low members. Mr. Cochran moved tbat the presenta tion speeches and replies be spread on the journal, and form part of the record or tue proceedings 01 tue house. Car ried. COMMITTEE ON ADDRESS. Messrs. Armistead, Foster of Grayson and Rosenthal were appointed committee on tne part 01 tbe nouse (wttb like com mittee on the part of the senate) to pre- pare an address to the people on tbe sub ject 01 tue proposed constitutional amendments. ' The committee are: Senators W R Shannon (chairman). J. R.Fleming and a. tj. stratton, :m a uepresentatives W T. Armistead. It. C. Foster ol Grayson ana a. J. uosentnai. The committee, we are requested to state, will meet at Dallas on the 2 Hh of June for tbe purpose indicated. SINE DIB as the hour for adjournment finally ar rived Mr. Camp moved tbe previous uues- tion on tne motion w men was earned aud ; pnaker Gibson declared tbe eighteenth legislature, in accordance with tbe joint resolution which was adopted, adjourned slue Me. 1 bus ended one of tbe most important sessions or the legislature that has eeu neiu si nee tne war. The Doctor's Keen Eye. (Ilrown County Banner. I It is said that the dean of. the law faculty of the university of Texas. commonly known as the Old Alcalde, has nis optical organs turned towards Senator S. ii. Maxey's seat in the L nited states senate. Plenty of Sympathy. Palestine Advocate. A committee of stockmen from Frio county called on Gov. Ireland one day last week tor protection tgainst an organized body of eighty men, who fi-o on tne principle that land is the property of no man, and have oeen tearing down fences in suc cessful defiance of all attempts at arrest. The governor expressed sym pathy with the stockmen thus afflict ed, liut thinks the law is sufliciently far-reaching to protect them. He promised that when the parties were identified the adjutant general would do everything in his power to bring them to justice. Coming east from Utica the other day, Mary Anderson and Mrs. Lang try traveled on the same train, the former's car being at the head and the latter's at the rear. Although so near together, they were yet so far aDart that Miss Anderson said in re sponse to the question whether she had met Mrs. Lapgtry : -JS'o; I have never seen the lady, and 1 hardly think we shall ever meet." The Resources of Texas. From tbe Indianapolis (Indiana) Journal of Al"" J The report of A. W. Spaight, com missioner of insurance; statistics and history of the state of Texas, has been issued from the press, and a copy is on file at the state library, placed there by Mr. X. B. Warwick, travel ing passenger agent of the Uould southwestern lines, where it can be seen by citizens who may be desirous of availing themselves of the informa tion concerning the resources, soil and climate of Texas. For convenience in consulting the work, the contents are arranged by counties, and' the book is accompanied by a large and handsome n ap. ' ; , THE COURTS Supreme Court. Hon, A. It Willie, chief jusUce; Hons. J. W. "usi-, aasoc-iaies: c a. .morse, cleric BrowntlOn. ailnilnlatratnr va. T.lnvfl Scaolan it al; from Waller county. Re versed ana remanded as to Raimeter. and iffinned its to Skannel. ttusseil et al vs. Fraedman A Co.: Irom Nuvarro county. R. versed and remunde-i. Repcrtot commission ot ap peals adopted. btepheos vs. Carraway; from Fannin county. Reversed and remanded. Williamson et al vs. Conner: from Lamar county. AfSinied. i Morrill vs. eartiett et al; trom Red River county. Motion lor rehearing . overruled, and leave given to amend motion as a motion rorrebearing within y twenty (lays. Wilde, C. J , not eittingjsf Sowers vs. Peterson; from JJailaSMaa CVUUMi IUIOU, . A , ... n , I Settle et al vs. Leathers; from Mont ague county. Reversed and remanded. WheelocK vs. pointer and wire: croni rialliLa AAlintv. Slltimittpri tin hriut nf mn pellant. - , ixiving et al vs. Mllliken; irom Parke county. Submitted on brief of both Par ties. ' Vandet;rin s. Piercy: Irom Parker f county. Same order as above. Jaii.b . n i1 kit. va I urvur nt ul. Inun Dallas county. Submitted on briel ol plaintiffs In error. liiayton. vs. ixtooau x .emery, irom Parker countv. Submitted on brief of both parties. Cl-yton vs. Ktndail & Darling; Horn Parker couuty. Submitted on Uriels of both parties. Ciaytoti vs. Brown; irom Parker coun ty.. Sum tied ou briefs of both parties. Cluloti vs. Benedict A Co.; irom Par ker couuiy. Mitiumted on briels of both parties. Tuompion el ui va. Comstock et al: from Wire county. Submitted on brief ot appelli.ut. Tatum vs. llarri.-i et ul; from Collin county. Submitted on brief of both parties. Taylor vs. Campbell; from Collin county, parties. Submitted on briefs for both Truitt vs. Blundeil; from Clay county. Submitted on brief lor both parties. Andrews et al rs. Andrews; from Ellis county. Submitted on briels and oral argumeuts lor both parties. Whitlow vs. result ol elections: from Wichita county. Submitted on brief for appellant. banger Bros, et al vs. Oglesbv; from Collin county. Submitted on briels lor both parties. . Bumpas et al vs. Spencer et al: from Da'las county, submitted on briels for both parties. Fort Worth and Denver City railway vs. Uabney et al; from Wise county. Submitted on briefs ol both parties aud oral argument tor appellant. Hornbai-k et al vs. Kllers; from Wise count . Submitted on biief for both par ties. Evans b Martin vs. Tucker; Irom wise county. Submitted on brief of appellant. Browder etal vs. Ran et al; from Dal las county. Submitted on motion to af firm. H. and T. C. railway vs. Weir; from Ellis county. Affirmed without reierence to the merits. II. and T. C. railway vs. cowley; from Ellis county. Same order as above. J. i Poterfieki vs. Q. M. Harper; from Ellis county. Submitted ou briefs of both parti es. ' F. O. Dewey vs. G. W. Gillespie; Irom Tarrant county. Motion to dismiss sub mitted.' T & Pi R. B. Co. vs. .Levi "A Bro.; from Dallas county. Submittvd on briels and written argument for both parties; and on oral argument for m-pellees. T. & P. R R. Co. vs. M. K. Dye et al.; fjom Dallas county. Submitted on briefa aud written arguments for both parties, and on oral ai gurnet. t lor nrpellee. T. & P. R. R Co. vs. .Mary Burns; from Tarrant counly. . Submitted on briels and written arguui. ut for both parties, and on oral argument tor ap pellee. T. & P. R. R. Co. vs. J. J Howard aud wife; from Tarrant county. .Sub-, mitted on biiefs and written argument lor both parties, and on oral argument . for appellee. T. A. & P. Fay vs. Queen insurance company; from Grayson couuty. Sub mitted on briefs of both parties. J. J. Reeks vs. W. C. & 11. Smith; from Dallas county. Submitted on briefs for both parttes. Justice's Court Precinct No. 8. Fritz Tegener, presiding. State of Texas vs. Ben. Walder, for shotting Waller Durham's hog; f 10 and (Oi 1. State of Texas vs. Matilda Goodrich, tor assault and battery on Mrs. King; continued till 10 a. in. to-du?. - 'Five civil cases were filed in this court yesterday. PERSONAL. Secretary Folger is steddily gaining in strength. Prince JJismarck's favorite musical, instrument is said to be the accordion Ex-Unitonl States Senator Talor U about to build in Denver a hotel which, when finished, will cost $f, 250,000. It is said that Mr.-Arthur is the first president of the United States to . visit Florida during his term of ollice. The Prince of Wales has accepted the honorary membership of the Deutcher Verein lur Kiinst and Wis sencuaft (German Athena1 urn.) Mrs. 1211a K. Trader, who spent $l0o,otxj of her own money in aiding the wounded soldiers dtirinir the war, now livi-s in poverty al A.-.fieville, North Carolina. Mr. W. A. UartletS Dttni -foutts, the husband of Liuly iiuritette Coutts, has aliaipli.ii.il Li.s (-ii.,i-ctior with the Couservativv party, mid is seeking a constittu nvy in tlie Liberal interest. t .1 Sneaking of the c.-ming Ainericarv tour of the lord chi'-f justUmj-f Eng land, the Pall Mall ( ictte saAV-that Lord Coleridge will, it is beli ved, be accompanied by at lea-t one othiir off her majesty's judges. Forepuuj;li has suctoede.l in secur ing the heaviest man in the world for his show. liev. Henry Ward IJecher a few davs since attended the opera for the 11 1. 11, nine; 111 11 m inc. At a wood-cutting contest in Mc Kean countv. Pennsylvania, a few days ago, two women won the first prize tor cross-cut sawing. Ex-Senator NnrmriiH'si hriiW 1- rthough but twenty-five, was a di vorced woman when he married her. She is very pretty. Mr. David Davis has a riifht to be fat if he wants to, and it's nobody's business, and he shouldn't be tor mented about it. The widow of the late CaDtain De Long, of Arctic fame, is twenty-eight years old, petite, has light brown hair. nazei eyes, and is a very pretty woman. Ella Wheeler says in one of her Eoems: "u, let me hurry on. lou ad better take it easy, Ella. Some of the boys say you are over thirty already. Secretary Folger's appetite is im- Drovinir. but it is not a circumstance to that of the hungry politicians who are hoping for a change in the head of his department. A Russian princess, at a recent ball given in Nice, wore a dress made en tirely of peacocks' feathers. Heads of the birds, with eyes made of gar nets, were used in the looping. . Mrs. Dowers is three feet high. She lives in California with her husband and four daughters, all of whom are ordinary in size. At table she sits in a high chair. But she is a riirid dis ciplinarian; and the children submit to being whipped by her. There died recently at Syria, llev Frederick Hildner, one of the Ameri can missionaries who established themselves in Greece fromthe earliest date of the independence. Mr. Hild ner arrived at Syria in 1826, ard re mained there to the time of his death. The new German war minister. Gen. "Von Schellsndorf, dates his rise from the Franco-German war. lie was the bearer of the flag of truce which returned from Sedan with Louis Nepoleon's unconditional sur render. Gov. Crittenden, of Missouri, is said to be "very vain for so able a man.!' When the legislature appropriated 8100,000 for the state university- he sent from Jefferson City to St. Louis and bought a 810 gold pen with which to sign the bill. Then hj sent the pen as a present to James liollins. ac companied by a letter saying the only time the pen had been dipped in ink was to sign the bill appropriating iw,uij ior Hie university. .CP"-'