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% To the Members of the Senate and
the House of Delegates:
Gentlemen:?Acting under the authority
conferred upon me by section
7 of article VII of the Constitution of
ESSl; West Virginia, which provides' that
"the governor may, on extraordinary
r: occasions convene, at his own ini-'
stance, the Legislature: but when so
convened it shall enter upon no business
except that stated in the proc
lamation by wnich u was caiieu 10gether."
I have deemed it. my duty to
convene the Legislature of said State
at Charleston, on the twenty-sixth
tlay of July, to consider and act upon
the following subjects of legislative
business, to-wit:
I. To consider the bills prepared by
*he Commission appointed by authority
of joint resolution No. 15, adopted
: , by the Legislature of West Virginia
- ; v on the 20th day of February, 1901, and
it-' any amendments thereto: and also
any other bills relating to the assessment.
collection and disbursement of
taxes and other revenues.
' - II. To consider the submission to
the voters of the State of a constitutional
amendment expressly iiermitting
the Legislature to dispense with
all State and State school taxes on
III. To create tlie independent
school district of Chester,
j. IV. To make the necessary appropriations
for the expense of ibis called
session of the Legislature, and fop
: ' . expenses arising from laws enacted
_ ' by it; to provide for the expenses of
moving into and fitting up the new
offices, including law library and
' court room. In the Capitol Annex,
and for altering, fitting up and mov'
_ ing into the various executive offices
i in the Capitol: to appropriate for Hie
salary of the janitor (luring 'lie session
of 1903, and for "criers, messengers
and janitors of the Supreme
\ : Court" for the year 1904: and also to
: reappropriate "to pay for the pur;
chase of a coat of arms to be made in
bronze" for the armored cruiser West
f T" V. To provide that such laws
as may be enacted upon the foregoing
subjects of legislative business, or
any of them, shall take effect from
their passage, if, in the judgment of .
the Legislature, it be proper. ,
The regular session of your honor- .
able bodies adjourned in February, .
j 1903, without having taken any action ,
upon ,the report of the State Tax Commission,
and the bills prepared by the (
same, which were presented in printed
form and the consideration of
which I earnestly recommended. The ,
< limited time of the regular session.
' " . the importance and great extent of t
the legislation proposed and the lack
k of familiarity with what was proposed J
* both by the pftblic and the legislators, j
^were urged as reasons for postponing
action until a special or subsequent
session of the Legislature c
,sh?uld be held. ,
During the past eighteen months .
rppnrf nrrrl roonrr. m or. d o t !
the Tax Commission have been very <
widely and thoroughly discussed and J
have become matters of supreme ,
public interest to the voters and taxpayers
of this State. The public interest
in these matters has developed
such general and intelligent nn- t
derstanding of the whole subject as
to demand and warrant action by the
law making power.
Some months ago a committee of '
ten of the prominent citizens of our
State was created to take up the re- '
port and recommendations of the Tax
.Commission and to formulate therefrom,
if possible, such measures as
would give the people relief from part
or all of the direct taxes now levied <J
for the support of the State govern- 1
ment. secure many of the administra- n
tive reforms of the Tax Commission
h measures, which all could agree upon, 11
and.to reach a basis for present and u
immediate action, which would permit
t the people to pass upon the question ?
- of authorizing the entire abolition of v
direct State taxes, through a consti- "
tutional amendment. A sub-commit- 17
tee of four of these eminent citizens !l
of our Srate, in the persons of lion. r
W. P. Hubbard, Hon. A. G. Dayton, ("
Hon. Reese Blizzard and Hon. G.
' Sturgiss, was appointed .to take this hl
work in hand. The result of their tie- ir
liberations, including the Tax Cont.
mission bills as amended by them anil m
Ifc several new measures, was placed in m
fev. my hands on the first, day of July, and y<
Mfcyafter a careful consideration of the fc
SLsame I determined to lay these meas- sc
^kres before your body and to ask for tj
your favorable consideration. I rc
Believe they are a great step towards
|mtirer and more equitable system of al
Hkion and disbursements of rev- cc
EKt while the administrative re- in
provided therein are very de- nt
|gf|a The hills of the Tax Com- m
^H^^HMkre taken as a basis and, I be- pc
~ t? ?....
5SION, 1904.
lieve, twenty-four of them recom
mended, some without material o
any amendments and others with im
portant amendments.
In convening the Legislature in ex
traordinary session at this time fo
the purposes above mentioned and ir
asking your favorable action on th<
proposed bills of the committee o
four (which have been printed an<
which accompany this message ant
which I ask to be considered in con
nection therewith) it is felt that tht
expense and troume or noiaing sucn
special session are amply warranted
by the great good sought to be ac
complished for the people.
Among the measures proposed by
the committee of four is a joint resolution
proposing an amendment to the
Constitution, by adding section 7 to
article VIII, as follows:
' Section 7. The Legislature may
levy or refrain from levying State arid
State school raxes on real and personal
property, and if such raxes be
not levied there shall be no forfeiture
of land' tinder the next preceding seclion
for the failure to have it charged
with any such taxes."
This amendment is proposed because
in the opinion of some lawyers
it would be unconstitutional or unsafe
to take off all direct State taxes
on property. If this amendment
should become part of the Constitution
these objections would be re
rnoved and the power of the Legisla
f.ure in this respect undoubted.
If the Legislature approves of the
sunmission ot tns ameaameni, permitting
the abolition of all' direct
State taxes, the people can vote on
the same this fall and thus register
their wishes in this matter two years
earlier than if no special session had
been had. This alone, in my estimation.
justifies the call for the session
at this time.
If the Legislature approves the bills
submitted herewith, the reduction in
the direct State taxes in 190o will be
eleven cents, and in 190G another eleven
cents, thereby reducing in two
y<?ars the direct State and State
school taxes from thirty-five cents on
the hundred dollars to thirteen cents.
This reduced taxation should be en
acted into law now, and by the present
legislative body; and, if this is
lone, the expense of holding a special
session is saved several times over in
2very one of the many years to come.
But this is not all of the tax reluctions
proposed. The bills provide
lot only for the aggregate reduction
if twenty-two cents of direct taxes in
L905 and in 190G, but also provide that
or "the year* 1907 and thereafter"
here shall be no State nor State
school taxes levied, provided that the
iroposed constitutional amendment
s ratified by the peopie this fall. The
?oal in sight in three years is the ahilition
of all direct. State and State
school taxes, if the people want it so;
hus doing away with the inequalities,
njustices and unfairness of the presjnt
system of levying direct taxes for
State purposes on the property of fify-five
counties, with all their unequal
md varying valuations. To secure
lie abolition of the present system of
lirect State taxes is, in my judgment,
vorth many times the cost of any
special session of the Legislature.
The administrative and economic
eforms in county and State governnent
provided in the proposed bills
ire so very great and desirable and
;ffect such great savings, "that they
done would, in my opinion, warrant
he convening of you-* bodies -in exraordinary
The provision for a reassessment
if the real property of the State in
905, it being five years since the last
ssessment, is another matter, I beieve,
which of itself justifies conventig
your bodies in advance of the reglar
session of 3 905.
The proposed changes in the mot lids
of assessing certain public serice
corporations and the creation of
le office of Tax Commissioner are
lost desirable and worthy of immedite
action by the law making power,
he provision for t he creation of a Tax :
ominissioner. I deem very important,
ecause it is almost a necessity to
avc a head to the assessing and taxig
department of the State. i
In every light we may view it, the
easnres as agreed upon by the comlittee
of four, if enacted into law by
jur bodies, are ample justification
>r convening you in extraordinary
?ssion at this time. I am confident,
lat the people of the State will also
;gard it. (
Certain proposed license taxes, 1
lout which there have been much
introversy and discussion, are not eluded
in the new sources if reve- *
les provided in the bills of the comittee
of four to make up for the pro- 1
ised reductions in direct State taxes
as aforesaid, and, possibly, it hp jus
as well tbat this is so, pending the de
cision by the people as to the pro
posed constitutional amendment. W<
can all agree, I trust, with the conclu
sions of the committee of four, so fa:
as they have gone, and thus enact in
3 to law and complete the first grea
-< steps towards tax reform. When th<
people have acted upon the proposed
constitutional amendment, we car
safely leave other Legislatures, fresh
from the people, the determination ol
such proposed license or special tax
es as may be necessary or desirable
It seems to me that what is proposed
now is wise and safe. It is right tc
r give the people the opportunity tc
i- express their wishes in a constitutional
amendment. Then, if the
- amendment is approved, the succeedr
ing Legislatures can move on by othi
er legislation to securing the needed
5 revenues to administer the State govf
ernment. We reach the end sought
1 in that event, in three years, by gradI
ual reductions and without injury or
. injustice to any persons or interests.
; AV .? no niui UJC JJi UI.WUUU CUXl.VXCt.lUil
[ that it. was my duty to do so that I
I have called the Legislature together
. to consider the bills in regard to the
'tax assessment and revenue laws
and laws in relation to the disburse.
meat of revenues" as prepared by the
. Tax Commission and subsequently
, amended, revised and added to by
the committee of four, including a
constitutional amendment permitting
the abolition of all direct State
and State school taxes. I trust that
you. as a member of the Legislature,
will agree with me that the measures
proposed are proper, necessary and
In accordance with a promise
made to the delegate from Hancock
county, late in the night of that last
flay of the regular session of 1903,
when the bill for that purpose failed
to be reached for final passage by the
Senate, I have included one local bill
in the call, namely, the consideration
Lf the proposition to create the independent
school district of Chester,
Hancock county. My promise was
conditioned on my ascertaining that
the measure proposed was meritorious
and necessary. T have carefully investigated
the matter and approve of
the same and redeem the conditional
promise then made by including it in
the call.
The appropriations' authorized include
the expenses of this session
and of any legislation enacted necessitating
appropriations therefor: to
supply the omissions in the regular
appropriation bill for services of the
janitor during the session of 1903, and
for "criers, messengers and janitors
of the Supreme Court" for the year
I also ask that the amount appropriated
by the Legislature of 1901
"to pay for the purchase of a coat of
arms to be made in bronze' for the armored
cruiser West Virginia be rcappropriated.
The work has been
done, but it was not delivered until
the appropriation had lapsed.
The judges of the Supreme Court
of Appeals some weeks ago. after
procuring plans for what was needed
to fit up the second floor of the Annex
with metal shelving, furniture,
I etc., for the uses of the Courr, the
several judges, the clerks, and for the
I law library, asked the Board of Ptib|
lie Works to authorize the work to be
I done, so that their new quarters can
be occupied next October. As the
amount and character of the work to
be done are very important and of a
permanent nature, a large number of
^.4 v. ^v^incu ciiiv.1 cue; \vUI K I1HS
been authorized at a reasonable figure,
the payment for which is conditioned
on an appropriation for that
purpose Your favorable consideration
and action is respectfully asked
by the Supreme Court and the Board
of Public Works and is confidently
The necessary expenses for moving
into and fitting up some of the executive
offices in the Capitol and Annex
are also asked to be appropriated.
They could not be foreseen or estimated
for at the session in 1903 and J
the strictest economy has been ob- ^
As the objects for which you are
called together are limited, it is sug- 1
gested that the full force of employes,
clerks, etc.. will not be needed. It is
also urged that your session be as
brief as consistent with the import- !
ance of the legislation to be consid- ^
ered. .
Believing that you will be guided 1
by the high purpose of promoting
the public welfare, and wishing you a /
pleasant sojourn at. the Capitol and a ^
successful session of your honorable
bodies, T am. {Very
Governor's OlTice. Charleston.
July 2G. 1001.
Very Low Rates to Atlantic City. C(
Account of meeting of Imperial a]
Gouncil, Ancient Arabic Order of Mys- ^1
:ic Shrine, at Atlantic City, N. J., v<
Fuly 13-15. Tickets will be sold on til
luly 11 and 12, good returning July b
3. 1904. w
Stop-overs at Philadelphia, Balti- ni
nore and Washington.
For details call on ticket agents.
- '-Tr-r-, H' i - r
L' To the World's Fair?Very Low Rated.
i ?
Various forms or excursion tickets
r to St. Louis, via Baltimore & Ohio
- Railroad nof on sale from Fairmont
' as follows:
1 SEASON TICKETS, good to return
1 until December 15, 1904, to be sold
1 daily at the rate of $20.00 round trip,
SIXTY DAY Excursion Tickets,
final limit not later than December
15, 1904, to be sold daily at rate of
$22.10 round trip.
FIFTEEN DAY Excursion tickets,
to be sold daily at rate of $18.00 round
tickets, either season or sixty clay,
will be sold going via one direct
route and returning via another direct
route, full information concerning
which can be obtained from Ticket
STOP-OVERS not exceeding ten
days at each point will be allowed at
Washington, Deer Park, Mountain
Lake Park, Oakland, Mitchell, Ind.,
(for French Lick and West Baden
Springs). Cincinnati and Chicago
within return limit, upon notice to
conductor and deposit of ticket with
Depot Ticket Agent immediately
upon arrival.
STOP-OVERS not exceeding ten
days will be allowed at St. Louis on
ail one-way (except Colonists' Tickets
to (he Pacific Coast and round
trip tickets reading "to points beyond
St. Louis, upon deposit of ticket with
Validating Agent and payment of fee :
of $1.00.
i uree soiiu vesuouieu trams are
run daily from New York, Philadelphia,
Baltimore and Washington via
Parkersburg and Cincinnati to St.
Pom's. _ .
Three solid vestibuled trains are
run daily from Pittsburg, Wheeling
and Columbus via Cincinnati to St.
Magnificent coaches, sleeping cars, *
observation cars and unexcelled dining
car servie^T
For illustrated folder, time table 4
and full information, call at Ticket ^
Office, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
BORS." | ?
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H. H. Mansbach, merchant, began I ^
business in Piedmont in 1SGG. and is "
still in business there. His two sons, *
Louis and George, were born and reared
there. Naturally they became V
clerks in their father's store. They v
were "brought up" in a store and. as a
consequence, know the business well.
Seven years ago a store was set up in "
this city and is running to-day under V
the name of L. & G. Mansbach. This v
store has, from the first, been situated v
at the corner of Main and Barney
streets. At first, only a small room *
was used. The business soon grew "
until it became necessary to enlarge "
the quarters. The room was more V
than doubled and the building is now ?
filled to its capacity. ^
This firm handles a full line of men's
and boys' furnishings. The manage- *
ment tries to keep on hand one of the ^
best lines of ready made clothing in v.
the State. The store is under the di- y
rection of George Mansbach. the junior
member of the firm. "
Louis Mansbach, the senior mem- ^
ber, until lately, was owner and mana- v
ger 01 a siore in .farmersours. ne y
now lives there, but pays frequent ^
visits to this city. He has largely invested
in property interests here, and
is the owner of the Mansbacli flats in J
:lie Fourth ward, part of which are not ^
vet completed. ^
Mansbachs' store has become very y
popular, and many people have found ^
t an excellent place to deal. "Mans- ^
jachs sell it for less" is a very famil- ^
ar phrase around town. ^
:ar "barn burners *
CHICAGO, July 26.?Following the v.
apture of the youthful quartet of iui- v .
ators of the car barn banilits and the '
onfession of Peter Dulfer to the killig
of John Lane in a saloon hold-up,
other murder mystery was cleared v, '
[onday when James Fortnby, the y
aungest of the prisoners, admitted ,
lat he was the slayer of George ,
eckler, a street car conductor who J
as shot to death by robbers on the '
ght of February fifth*, . '
The ^best-y^/"1.;s lc^^ymn. x
The undersigned, Fairmont .and
Clarksbiirg Traction Company hereby
offer a reward of
for the apprehension and conviction
of the person or persons who placed
the rock upon the rail of the track belonging
to the Traction Company between
Fleming and Jayenn stations,
causing the front trucks of car No. 15
to leave the tracks.
By Smith Hood,
A second prize of fifty dollars is
very liberal; and a third of twentyfive
is a really handsome gift. See
page eight of this issue. x.
iu utauLj ui ucaj^u, UUlSii
and price. Come in and be convinced.
Fairmont Furniture Company. Opposite
postoffice. x
Hauling of all kinds. Mo%
pianos a s
Residence, 310 Merchant street.
Dftice on Parks avenue, next to
Skinner's Tavern, Fairmont, "W.
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Contractor for Cement Sidewalks.
Cellar Floors, Yards, Retaining Walls
and Steps. Stable Floors and Cellars
made water tight a specialty.
Residence?Spence street, near Maple
avenue. F. & M. 'Phone, 534. P.
O. Box, 476. Fairmont, W. Va_
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mont avenue. Call and see me. H.
H. Lanham. I
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