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First l»a.v. FIRST SESSION. 1 he constitutional convention of Dakota, was called to onler at 12 o'clock noon, Tuesday. September 4, 1883, by J. H, Gamble, acting for Gov. Xew'ton Edmunds, chairman of the executive committee. Mr. (lamble proceeded to the leading of the roll of delegates as certified to the general executive committee by the respective county committees. R. F. Pettigrew of .Minnehaha moved that the convention proceed to a temporary organization, in order to determine its membership. »Ir* *a.n,bll continued reading tb5 oil, which was responded to in person by the following named gentlemen, as delegates trom their respective coun ties. the total representations to which the several counties are entitled bein« also indicated: Aurora, 3—fS. L. Baker, T. C. Ken nelly, Frank P. Baurn. Beadle, 4-A. B. Melville, Clnus. J. Sheffler, Charles Weed, Geo. 1". Lane. Bon Homme, 4—John L. Turner, (. T. McCoy, V. M. Ziebach, Robert Dullard. Brookings. 5—A. S. Mitchell, G. S. Clevenger, B. J. Kelsev, T. K, Qualev. Brown, 7—W. C. Houghton, M. J. Gordon. Brule, 3— A. G. Kellani, 8. AV. Dun can, G. E. Sehwindt. Buffalo, 3—E. A'. Herman. Charles Mix, 2—A. B. Lucas. Clark, 2—Samuel II. Elrod, C. G. Sherwood. Clay. 4-.I. P. Kidder, J. R. White side, .J. Kimball, E. B. Dawson. Codington, 5—A. C. Mellette, AVm. fierce, E. D. AVheelock, R. B. Spicer. Davison. 4—A. AV. llager, A. J. Waterhonse, John C. Tatman. John M. Pease. Day. 3 M. M. Moulton, E. R. Rug gles. Deuel. 3- P. A. Gatchell, H. B. Mana ghan. Douglas, 2—J. F. Callahan. Edmunds, I II. A.Day. Faulk, 2-P. E. Knox. Grant, 4—I. C. Elliott, X. 1. Lothian, \V. T. Burinan. IS. P. Murphy. Hand, 4—B. H. Ilowell,Chits. E. Cort. Henry Miller, W. X. Brayton. Hanson, 4 Frank B. Foster. L. P. Chapman, H. \V. Peek. Hamlin. 2 John Hayes, J. P. Chee ver. Hutchinson, A. Sheridan Jones, Karl Winter, S. M. Daboll, Mathias Schlimgen. Hughes, 4 W. A. Lichtenwallner. Hyde, 1—Eli Johnson. Jerauld, 1 C. AV. McDonald. Kingsbury. 4 Phillip Lawrence, Knute Lewis, John 15. Smith, Chas. B. McDonald. Lake, 3—M. W. Daley. 1. A. Murray, II. AVentworth. Lawrence, it G. C. Moody, B. (i. Caulfield. Porter Warner, Dolph Ed wards. Lincoln, 7 O. S. Gilford, A. lloyn ton, A. .11. Wheelock. J. W. Taylor, J. V.Conklin, M. I',.Rudolph, A.Sherman. Miner. 3—S. II. Hronson, M. W. White, G. R. Farmer. Minnehaha, 8—1!. F. Pettigrew, Mel vin Grigsby. John Bippus, B. F. Camp bell, AV. AV. Brookings, W. C. Lovering Albion Thome, G. D. Banister. Moody. 4 N. M. Williamson, C. S. AVellman, A. P. Allen, J. E. AVhalen. McCook, 3- J. E. Hiitan, AV. S. Brooks. Pennington, 2 li. C. Lake, C. L. AVood. Sanborn, 2—Alonzo Converse. Spink, 5 1). X. Hunt, Thos. Sterling, C. X. Keith. E. VV. Foster. Sully and Potter, 1—Edmund W. Eakin. Turner, 4- Joseph Allen, Christian Epple, Orange Still, A. Bertelson. Union, 5—Ole (Junderson, Jesse Akin, C. F. Mallahan. Yankton. 9—J. li. Gamble, II. J. Campbell, Joseph AVard, Geo. H. Hand, Bartlett Tripp, C. J. H. Harris, C. E. Brooks. DEVOTION A EXERCISES. At the conclusion of the reading of the roll, Rev. J. X. McLoney, pastor of the First Congregational church of Sioux Falls, offered prayer: O thou almighty and everlasting God, our creator, preserver and benefactor. King of kings and Lord of lords, the work of whose hands is perfect, and whose laws are holy, just and good, we desire to thank thee for all thy blessings upon us as a nation and a common wealth. AVe Fejoice that thy spirit is abroad in this land, and that thou art recognized as the ruler and judge of mankind. As we gather here in an as sociation which teems with such vast interests, full of what may re dound to the glory of the common wealth. we ask that thy perfect wisdom may direct the deliberations of this body. Let the spirit of God develop in the hearts of these men. Direct them toward the upbuilding of humanity We thank thee for so much of honor to to thee and love for humankind as has been manifested, above all personal in terests. AVe thank thee for so much which promises well for this common wealth which in so many things is full of hope and promise for the future. Assist them in laying the foundations broad and deep.- Give them the bles sing of thy holy spirit, the direction of thv wisdom—guidance whi^h no hu man mintl can give. Amen. THE OATH OK OFKN I:. The members present arose and Hon. •J. P. Kitlder, associate justice of the su preme court and judge of the Fourth judicial district, i*liuinI to I hem all the following oath: You ami each of you do solemnly swear that vou will support the consti tution of the United States, and that vou will faithfully and. iTiVi0 V°.ntests impartially dis charge your duties as delegates this constitutional convention. J. 11. Gamble then in turn tered the oath to Judge Kidder. O A N I A I O N A. S. Jones of Hutchinson moved that the convention proceed to the elec tion of temporary chairman and secre- tlAV. AV. Brookings considered tempor ary organization unnecessary,.is tiure froin aU' county, and «m the delegates are sworn in, so that a permanent, organization may as well l»e undertaken at once. Air. ones thought the credentials should be inspected. (i. C. Moody of Lawrence—A tem porary organization will be necessary. «e have no succession of any other i'W must make provision to es tablished our records. This is a spon taneous outgrowth from the people, and has no records as yet. There must be a secretary, elerks, stenographers, rules ami order of business, committees, etc. I he motion for temporary organiza tion was adopted. Nominations for temporary chair were then declared in order, and u. J?. Pettigrew of Minnehaha nomi nated A. C. Mellette of Codington who was unanimouslv ehosen. On taking the chair, Mr. Mellette said: Gentlemen. I thank you for this un expected honor, for I hold it to be an honor to be called to preside over such a gathering as this—a dutv which would be an honor to any citizen of the Cnited States. AVe have gathered for the discharge of an important trust one affecting the dearest privileges of American citizenship, the highest tvpe ot civil responsibility. It will require our best judgment and calmest reason, and it. will demand that as far as it is possible for human nature to do so we shall lay aside all prejudices of feeling and struggle constantly toward secur ing those results which shall be for the greatest good. Again thanking you, 1 ask, what work shall we next take up— lor this gathering is for work, not words. J.R.Garnble of Yankton nominat ed C. H. Winsor of Minnehaha as temporary chairman, and he was unan imously chosen. ARRANGING FOR BUSINESS. G. C. Moody of Lawrence ottered the following resolution: Resolved, That a committee of nine persons be appointed by the chair, on rules and order of business, and that such committee be requested to make to this convention a partial report im mediately after the permanent organi zation, to the extent of reporting the number and designation of committees, and the number of persons on each committee. Unanimously adopted after some dis cussion, and the following gentlemen were appointed as such committee: G. ('. Moody of Lawrence, C. J. B. Harris of Yankton, E. AV. Foster of Spink. O. S. (rifford of Lincoln, li. F. Pettigrew Homme. C. J. 11. Harris of Yankton moved that the rules of the Illinois constitu tional convention of 1869 be adopted by this body for use until replaced by rules of its own. G. C. Moody—Xot a quarter bf these members know the provisions of those rules, and we should not adopt any thing of which we know nothing. Parliamentary law is recognized as a part of the common law. and will lie sufficient guidance for us until we can adopt something more especial, the provisions of which we know. The motion was lost. George II. Hand of Yankton moved that a committee of five be appointed to suggest such officers as may be necessary for the convention to pro s' ide. The motion was adopted, and George II. Hand of Yankton, E. B. Dawson of Clay, AV. C. Houghton of Brown, R. C. Lake of Pennington, and A. S. Jones of Hutchinson were appointed as such committee. C. F, Mallahan of Union moved that a committee of live be appointed to engage a. stenographer and provide such current printing as may be re quired for use of the convention. The motion was adopted, and C. F. Mallahan of Union. Porter AVarner of Lawrence. J. L. .Turner of Bon Homme, M. Grigsby of Minnehaha, and J. C. Elliott of Grant were ap pointed as such cominitte. On motion of Rev. Joseph AVard of Yankton the convention took a recess until 8 o'clock p. M. EVENING SESSION. Thefconvention reassembled promptly at 8 o'clock. S. M. Daboll of Hutchinson moved that the certificates of delegates be de posited with the secretary as a part of the records of the convention. S. L. Baker of Aurora—Members will desire to keep their certificates as me mentoes, and I therefore oppose this motion. Upon vote on the motion, it was lost. THE ROLL. Porter AVarner of Lawrence suggested that those delegates who had arrived since the opening of the convention be requested to come forward and take the oath of oliice, and four responded. [The names of these have, been in cluded in the roll as presented in the afternoon report.] The chair announced that the oath had been prepared for signatures of the members, as required by the ordinance providing for the convention, and that wnen all had signed it the jurat of As sociate Justice Kidder would be at tached. REPORTS. The secretary presented the report of the committee appointed to suggest such officers as will be necessary for the business of the convention, which provides]for the election by viva voce vote of the convention, of a president, secretary, first and second assistant sec retaries, sergeant-at-arms and door keeper, ahd the appointment of four pages by the permanent chairman of the convention. The report was unanimously adopted. ELECTION. W. W. llrookings of Minnehaha moved that the convention proceed to the election of ollieers. H. (i. Caulfield of 'Lawrence- 1 am as anxious as anybody to hasten the work of this convention, but there is not a quorum of our delegates present, and other delegations are likewise still short, and we request, on their behalf, as a courtesy, that the election may be deferred until the arrival of these ab sentees, which will only be until to morrow. Judge llrookings—As a citizen of the county in which the convention is be ing held, 1 do not desire to manifest a disposition to hurry the work of the body, and will withdraw the motion if that be the desire of the convention. J. R. Gamble of Yankton—There is no necessity of postponing the elec tion. AVe all want to hasten its work, and to elect officers to-night, and thus permit reports to be made which are ready, we would gain one da\. G. C. Moody of Lawrence—Is there a reguiar completed roll of this con vention prepared? If not, whatever may be done in the line suggested will be irregular, and result in comments of our enemies which we might not be willing to stand. Let us make haste slowly, and in due order. Mr. Caulfield—These delegates whom we expect are entitled to participation in this election. They feel the same in terest that we do, but for no fault of their own have been prevented from appearing. They have undertaken their journey to attend to these duties, as have the rest of us, with no expecta tion of other recompense than that af forded by the satisfaction of their own consciences. Let us not hasten and de prive thefn of their privileges. R. F. Petttigrew of Minnehaha—So earnest a, request as that made'by the gentlemen from Lawrence ought to be granted. The convention will do well to delay when the request is made as to a matter of courtesy and further, the printing of the roll has not been completed, and other preliminaries are still unattended to for lack of time. AV. M. Pierce of Codington moved to amend the motion so as to postpone election until 9 o'clock A. M. of the next day's session. Amendment adopted, and motion as amended passed unanimously. DECORATION. S. L. Baker of Aurora moved that a committee of three be appointed from the Minnehaha delegation to display the national colors and other decora tions in the hall. The chair said that unless the con vention distinctly desired to have the motion put, it would be considered as acted upon by common eonsent. AV. AV. Brookings of Minnehaha called attention to the fact that the national colors floated over the build ing. A discussion followed, from which the mover of the resolution inferred that it was concluded that he meant to reflect on the local preparations for the accommodation of the convention, which intention he denied, stating that he merely made the motion to forefend the criticism of enemies who might at tempt to make the point against the convention that it refused or neglected to display the flag of the national union during its sessions. Judge Brookings finally stated that without any formal actioii being taken, the Minnehaha delegation would see to it that the national colors were display ed at the opening of the next session. OPENING PRAYER. Geo. H. Hand ot Yankton presented a resolution requesting the secretary to invite the clergymen of the city to ar range for each in turn to be present at the beginning of the morning sessions of the convention to open the same with prayer. The members were requested to.each be certain to sigh the oath of office be fore leaving the hall, and an adjourn ment was then taken to 9 A. M. Second Way. MORNING SESSION. The second day's session of the con stitutional convention was opened with prayer by Rev. J. M. McBride, rector of Calvary Episcopal church, Sioux Falls. J. E. Whalen of Moody, R. Went worth of Lake, and R. B. Spicer of Codington were presented to the con vention and the oath of office adminis tered, J. C. Tatman of Davison, having re ceiving a telegram announcing illness in his family .was excused from atten dance upon the convention. A CONTEST. Alonzo Converse of Sanborn county stated that the credentials of another delegate from erauld county had been placed in his hands for presentation to the convention, and as a member from that county had already been sent in he moved that a committee of three be appointed to whom the contest should be referred. Action postponed until after perma nent organization. REPORTS. C. F. Mallahan, from the committee on stenographers and printing, report ed the engagement of T. G. Brown as reporter, and the expectation that oth ers would shortly arrive. PERMANENT ORGANIZATION. On motion, the convention proceed ed to a permanent organization. R. F. Pettigrew of Minnehaha moved to reconsider the report of the commit tee on list of officers, and to amend it so as to provide for two secretaries. Lost. B. F. Campbell of Minnehaha nomi nated Hon. J. P. Kidder of Clay as president of the convention. Judge Kidder withdrew his name, expressing his thanks for the nomina tion, and assuring the convention of his appreciation of the honor offered hiiu—an honor of which any man might feel proud but his official duties were such that he could not in justice to the public interests, remain during the convention. He saw the conven tion well equipped with brains and able for'the duties before it, and desired to express his fullest sympathy with the movement and all that it implies, and wished that he might be able to remain until the labors were concluded. AV. W. Brookings of Minnehaha nonv inated Bartlett Tripp of Yankton, re ferring to him as a man of the people, and one against whom the criticism of the convention's enemies would cer tainly have no poiut, as he was no poli tician, having never held any office in his life except that of member of the Yankton school board. 15. G. Caulfield of Lawrence moved that the call of the roll be dispensed with and the secretary lie directed to cast the unanimous vote of the con vention sor Bartlett Tripp. The motion was adopted bv a unani mous vote amid great applause, and Mr. Tripp was declared elected. AV. AV. Brookings and 11. G. Caulfield were appointed a committee to conduct Mr. Tripp to the chair. Mr. Caulfield presented to the presi dent elect the gavel used by himself as chairman of the Huron convention. A. C. Mellette, temporary chairman, then introduced to the convention its permanent chairman. UPON TAKING T1IE CLIAII!, Mr. Tripp thanked the convention for the honor conferred upon him and the delegation ot which he was a member. Jle said that he did not leel that he was equal.to the responsibility placed upon him, but he did leel that the compli ment was one of which anv man might "'ell be proud, and that no man had er been called to preside over a body of men more intelligent, more patriotic and mpre truly loyal to that govern ment of which it is dfesired to be apart. He was too well aware that the con vention was subjected to many criti cisms throughout the entire country that the ship of state about to be launched upon the troubled sea of criti cism il it reach the great national port at all, depends upon the strength of her build and the character of the freight with which the convention may load her. He had no doubt wisdom would characterize its movement throughout convention. It had been said that the men assembled are rebels, but thought they are the most peculiar class of rebels he had ever seen that instead of being secessionists and ask ing to go out of the union, if they are fighting at all they are fighting to get into that very union. The convention, he said, is assembled from all parts of the southern portion of the territory for the purpose of the organization of a new state—gathered here with all these responsibilities, coming with united purposes. Some came long dis tances from different parts of the pro posed new state, and come here pay ing their own expenses, come here to legislate to become a part of this great government. The delegates had gath ered with patriotic purposes, and it was hoped there would be no unjust criti cisms upon any of the methods of any of the members. Taking from the desk before him the gavel used in the Hu ron convention, President Tripp held it in a firm grip as he said, with more than usual earnestness: "It is hoped that the gavel which was used in that convention where it was ably wielded and which has brought us here to-day, should be used in making complete our purposes. Again thanking you for the kindness of the compliment you have paid me, permit me to take upon myself the duties of presiding offiber of this convention." OTHER OFFICERS. J, li. Gamble of Yankton nominated C. H. Winsor of Sioux Falls as perma nent secretary, and his election was made unanimous by acclamation. H. M. Avery of Sioux Falls was then chosen first assistant secretary, T. A. Kingsbury of Watertown second assis tant secretary, and Joseph M. Dixon of Sioux Falls sergeant-at-arms. STANDING COMMITTEES. The committee on rules and order of business, through its chairman, G. C. Moody, reported in favor of the selec tion of thirty standing committes, as follows: On judiciary, fifteen members. On executive department, nine mem bers. On legislative department, nine mem bers. On bill of rights, nine members. On elections and right of suffrage, nine members. On name, boundaries, and seat of government of state, nine members. On federal relations, nine members. On education and school lands, nine members. On municipal incorporations, nine members. On corporations other than banking and municipal, nine members. On county and township organiza tion, nine members. On state, criunty and municipal in debtedness, nine members. On revenue and finance, nine mem bers. On public accounts and expenditures, nine members. On state institutions and public buildings, includiu^ penitentiaries and other reformatory institutions. On manufactures and agriculture. On congressional and legislative ap portionment. On mines, mining and water rights. On roads, bridges and other internal improvements. On exemptions, real ami personal. On rights of married women. On military affairs. On seal of the state, coat of arms and design of the same. On banking ami currency. On amendments and revision of the constitution. On printing. On schedule. On miscellaneous subjects. On compensation of public officers. On arrangement and phraseology of the constitution. The committee further recommended that after the adoption of the constitu tion a committee of nine persons be selected to present the same to the president and congress after its adop tion and ratification by the people, and to urge the admission of the state into the union. RESOLUTIONS. Hugh J. Campbell of Yankton sub mitted the following resolutions: That a committee of thirteen be ap pointed to prepare for consideration of the convention a memorial to the presi dent and congress of the United States asking for a donation of thirty sections of pyblic land to the state of Dakota for the purposes of capitol buildings and grounds. That a committee of five be appointed to draft a memorial to the president and congress of the United States, re questing immediate action of congress in opening _for settlement the Great Sioux Indian reservation, in accordance with the pending agreement, so that the barriers now existing between the two great sections of the new state may be removed as speedily as possible. That a committee of five be appoint ed, to whom shall be referred the sub ject of organization of the new coun ties in that part of Dakota south of the 1'orty-sixth parallel, with instruc tions to examine and take evidence concerning the alleged grievances of the people of those new counties. That a committee of one member from each county be appointed to draft an ordinane for taking the census of the inhabitants of I )akota south of the forty-sixth parallel. That a committee of five be appoint ed to frame an ordinance to provide funds to defray the public expenses connected with the formation of a con stitution and state government for the state of Dakota. v.. THE SIOUX RESERVATION. In regard to the resolution concern ing the opening of the Great Sioux res ervation, Judge Campbell said that its immediate ami unanimous adoption would do more than anything else to secure a full vote in the Black Hills in favor of the constitution, and he there fore requested that action thereon be taken at once and that action on the other resolutions be deferred. G. C. Moody of Lawrence hoped that prompt work would be had in this mat ter, as it was of vital importance to both the Black Hills and southeastern Dakota that the great barrier between them should be removed by the adop tion of the pending treaty. A. C. Mellette of Codington opposed the action as being outside the legiti mate province of tne convention. R. B. Spicer of Codington held the •same views, and further argued that it is not the proper thing for this conven tion to take action foreign to its pro vince for the purpose of bidding for votes for the constitution which maybe framed, as had been intimated by "the gentleman from Lawrence. A. S. Jones of Hutchinson made re marks of the same tenor. Judge Moody replied that it was not a delegate frum Lawrence who had made the observation alluded to, and stated that his purpose in urging the unanimous adoption of the resolution was that the memorial ought to be at once placed in the hands of the com mittee of the United States senate now investigating the subject of opening the Sioux reservation, in order that thesG senators might thus have a unan imous expression upon the matter com ing from the most eminent and best in formed body of citizens of the region directly interested. Messrs. Mellette and Jones, upon this statement of the case, modified their re marks and withdrew their opposition, and the resolution was unanimously adopted. The chair appointed H. J. Campbell of Yankton, G. C. Moody of Lawrence, R. F. Pettigrew of Minnehaha, A. G. Kellani of Brule, and A. AV. Hager of Davison as a committee to prepare such memorial. The convention adjourned until 9 o'clock A. M. Third »•}'. MORNING SESSION.. At 9 o'clock the constitutional con vention was opened with prayer by Rev. AV. J. Skillman of the First Pres byterian church, Sioux Falls. D. H. Hunt of Spink county took the oath as delegate. The seeretary read the journal of the two previous days' sessions. On motion of A. C. Mellette of Cod ington, the journal of the previous day was corrected in the paragraph which made as a special order this day the resolutions offered by Mr. Campbell of YanktoU at the session of Wednesday. By the correction the resolutions were indefinitely postponed. The president announced that there were a number of petitions and com munications upon his desk. They went over for permanent organization of committees. The several officers of the conven tion were sworn by the •chairman, and the latter by Judge Moody of Dead wood. RULES AND ORDER OK BUSINESS. G. C. Moody of Lawrence reported from the committee on rules: 1. A majority of the members of the convention, who shall have qualified and not been excused by order of the convention, shall constitute a quorum, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day. 2. The convention shall keep a jour nal of its proceedings, which shall be preserved, and upon the adjournment, deposited with the secretary of the ter ritory or the clerk of the supreme court of the territory, to be thereafter dis posed of as provided by law. And such proceedings shall be published in pamphlet form for general distribution. 3. Ten members shall be sufficient to demand the yeas and nays on any ques tion, and when so demanded they shall be entered on the journal. 4. Any member shall have liberty to have entered upon the journal his pro test and dissent against any act or res olution, when such protest and dissent shall be made in writing in respectful and brief language, and filed with the secretary, and such entry shall be made without debate. 5. The convention may, with the concurrence of two-thirds of all the members present, expel a member, and the reasons therefor shall lie entered on the journal. (5. The sergeant-at-arms and door keeper shall not permit any person not a member or oflicer of this convention to pass inside the railing at any time during the sessions, except reporters of the press, duly assigned as such by the president of the convention, and such other persons as shall be invited there in by the president or the convention. 7. Xo smoking shall be allowed in side the hall during the sessions of the convention, and no person shall be per mitted to manifest any signs of appro bation or disapprobation, either on the floor or in the lobby. 8. The president shall take the chair at the hour to which the convention shall have adjourned, shall immediately call the convention to order, and on the appearance of a quorum shall cause the journal of the preceding day to be read, unless such reading shall be dis pensed with by order of the conven tion. lie shall preserve order and de corum, shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the convention by any one member, on which appeal no member shall speak more than twice unless by leave of the convention. 9. Except where the yeas and nays are demanded, as in these rules provid ed, all questions shall be determined either by putting them in the ordinary mode, or in case the president doubts, or a division be called for, by rising from the seats, unless count by tellers is ordered. 10. The president shall examine ahd correct the journal before it is read he shall have the general direction of the hall, and may name any member to perform the duties of the chair, but such substitution cannot extend be yond two days, and such substitute, during such time, shall be vested with all the powers of the president. It. All committees shall be appoint I ed by the president unless otherwis! I, ordered by the convention. 12. If any member, in speaking ii otherwise, shall transgress the rules 1. the convention, the president shall, ij any member may, call him to order, which case the member so called 1 always in order, and shall be put in tl form: "Shall the main question now put?" And until it is decidr shall preclude all amendments orcj bate. 27. When, on moving the previof I question, the convention shall" decij in the, negative, the main questij. shall be considered as still under* I bate. 28. The effect of the main questij being ordered shall be to put an end] all debate, and bring the convention a direct vote—first, on all amendmeij reported or pending, the last amecj ment moved being first considered, a: .' then on the main question. 11 29. After the motion for the pi vious question has prevailed, it shi not be in order to move a call of t[ convention prior to a decision oftS main question. 1 30. No call of the convention shi:'] be in order so long as there is a quortf present on the floor, and to ascerta[ that fact a call of the roll may be at any time pending the vote upon a question, upon the demand of ti members. 31. The unfinished business which the convention was engaged! its last adjournment, shall, at the ne meeting of the convention, have pre! dence of all other business except[ provided in the order of business. 32. The standing committees of t| convention shall consist of those hei tofore designated and such as may hereafter created by the conventir and the first named member of evt committee shall be its chairman and his absence or being excused ky convention the next named meml and so on. unless the committees by! majority of their members elect1 chairman. 33. The hours of meeting, daily, cept Sundays, shall be 10 A. M. and 2 M., unless otherwise ordered. 34. Order of business: 1. Reading of the journal. 2. Communications and preseuv lion of petitions. 3. Unfinished business of the pj vious day. 4. Reports from standing coinni! tees. 5. Reports from select committee 6. Presentation of resolutions a: propositions relating to the consti'l tion. 7. Consideration of reports of stai ing committees. 8. Consideration of reports of sped committees. 35. It shall be the duty of the retary to keep a journal, in which shall record all the proceedings of t: convention, and to do and perfo such other acts appertaining to office as may be required of hiin by convention or its presiding officer, 3». It shall be the duty of the s' geant-at-arms to attend the convent! during its sittings, and to execute commands of the convention tr time to time. 37. No rule of the convention sh be altered,suspended or rescinded wit f,i 5' order shall immediately sit down, in less permitted to explain .and if appe is taken to the convention, a decisk! I shall be had without debate but th rule shall not apply to the point of ord raised under provisions of rule 8. 13. Every member who shall I within the bar of the convention wh« a motion shall be stated from the chai shall vote thereon, unless he shall 1 excused. Any member desiring to 1 excused from voting shall make request before the roll call shall 1 commenced he may then stateconcis ly, without argument, his reasons asking to be excused, and the questU of excusing shall be taken withoi debate. 14. Every motion shall be reduci to writing, if the president or anv met ber request it. 15. After a motion is stated by t| president, or read by the secretary, shall be deemed in the possession of t" convention, but may be withdrawn at any time before "decision or amen' ments, with the consent of the conve tion 1«. AVhen a question is under debat no motion shall be received but to a journ, call the house, lay on the tab' the previous question, to postpone definitely, to postpone to a day certai to eommit or to amend which sevei motions shall have precedence in order in this rule stated. 17. A motion to adjourn shall alwa be in order, and be decided, as well the motion to lay on the table, witho debate. 18. Xo motion to postpone to a certain, or indefinitely, or to comin being decided in the negative, shi a a in a am a the same stage of the proposition. 19. Motion to strike out the propo, tion shall have precedence of a inotii to amend, and, if carried, shall equivalent to its rejection. 20. AVhen a blank is to be filled, ai different sums, times or quantities a proposed, the question shall first be on the largest sum or quantity and longest time. 21. If the question in debate contai several propositions, any member have the same divided, and on a tion to strike out and insert, it shall in order to move for a division of question, and the rejection of a moti to strike out and insert one propositi' shall not prevent a motion to strike and insert a different proposition, prevent a subsequent motion to stri out only, nor shall the rejection of motion to strike out only, prevent subsequent motion to strike out a insert. 22. AVhen a uuestion has been on put, and decided, it shall be in ord for a member voting with the inajori to move for a reconsideration thert on the same or during the two succet 1« ing business days, but not afterwarif Hi J! Hj !i Such motion shall take precedence} all other questions except amotion adjourn. 23. AVhen motions are made foi reference, of the same subject to a: lect committee and to a standing co mittee, the question of reference t( standing committee shall be first put 24. A motion to commit and a tion to postpone indefinitely or to a di certain, until decided, shall preclude amendments on the main question. 25. No motion or proposition oi subject different from that under ec sideration shall be admitted under co! of amendment. 26. The previous question shall ^i! 'S-i' i! :.! •j! v.