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E. C. Watkins,
28 Mr. Withington moved to recommit the bill to the committee of the whole ;
Which motion prevailed.
Mr. C. W. Watkins moved that the bill be made the special order for this evening at 74 o'clock;
Which motion did not prevail.
Mr. Gordon moved to reconsider the vote by which the House passed House bill No. 219, entitled
A bill to regulate the catching of fish in certain of the waters of this State ;
Which motion prevailed.
The Clerk was directed to respectfully request of the Senate the return of the bill.
By the committee on State affairs :
The committee on State affairs, to whom was referred Senato bill No. 233, entitled
A bill to authorize George H. Abrams to construct a dam and maintain head-gates at the outlet of Wall Lake, in the township of Hope, in the county of Barry, and to protect the race leading from said lake to the mill,
Respectfully report the same back to the House without amendment, as requested by a vote of the House.
L. WALKER, Chairman.
The rules were suspended, and the bill was placed on the order of third reading.
Mr. E. C. Watkins, leave being granted, moved to discharge the committee of the whole from the further consideration of Senate bill No. 50, entitled
A bill to provide for the appointment of a commissioner of railroads, and to define his powers, duties, and fix his compensation ;
Which motion prevailed.
The bill was amended by striking out all of section 6, after the word " therefrom."
The bill was then passed, a majority of all the members elect voting therefor, by yeas and nays, as follows:
E. R. Miller, Walton,
R. C. Miller, Warren,
C. W. Watkins,
E. C. Watkins,
Mr. Fancher, Mr. O'Dell,
0 Title agreed to. On motion of Mr. Bottomley,
By a rote of two-thirds of all the members elect, the bill was ordered to take immediate effect.
Mr. Gordon moved that the House take a recess 'antil 7 o'clock this evening.
Lansing, Thursday, March 27, 1873. The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was called to order by the Speaker.
Prayer by Rev. Mr. Cromack.
Mr. Greusel asked and obtained leave of absence for Mr. Scott indefinitely, on account of sickness.
Mr. Haywood asked and obtained leave of absence for the day.
Mr. Markey asked and obtained leave of absence until to-morrow.
Mr. Knapp asked and obtained leave of absence for Mr. Zimmerman until Saturday.
Mr. Perry asked and obtained leave of absence until Satarday.
PRESENTATION OF PETITIONS.
By Mr. J. Walker: Resolutions of the Farmers' Club of the townships of Oshtemo and Texas, in the county of Kalama• zoo, relative to the law creating county superintendents of schools;
Referred to the committee on education.
At a regular meeting of the Farmers' Club of the township of Oshtemo and Texas, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted :
WHEREAS, It is self-evident that those holding high positions by the suffrage of the people in the State of Michigan, have, and continue at the present time to exert an influence prejudicial to the best interest of our primary school system (perhaps unwillingly by some), by various ways and means, and especially in their assiduous efforts to maintain in our statute books the odious and more than worthless law creating a county school superintendent; therefore be it
Resolved, That we do hereby pledge ourselves, one to another, that we will support to office no one belonging to any political party who is not pledged to use all honorable means to effect the repeal of the law creating a county school superintendent.
Resolved, That we hereby instruct our Representatives in the Legislature to use all honorable means to repeal or abrogate the said odious law.
By Mr. Robertson: Petition of Lowell H. Glover, A. J. Smith, and 78 other citizens of Cassopolis, against the repeal of the prohibitory liquor law, etc.;
Referred to the committee on judiciary.
The following is the petition : To the Honorable the Members of the Legislature of the State
of Michigan :
The undersigned citizens of Cassopolis, believing that the present prohibitory liquor law has done very much toward the suppression of intemperance, respectfully, yet earnestly petition your Houses not to repeal the law. And your petitioners hereby respectfully remonstrate against the passage of the resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution authorizing the sale of intoxicating liquors as a beverage;
By Mr. Hertzler: Remonstrance of E. W. Hedges, A. J. Keeney and 26 others, citizens of Monroe county, against the passage of House bill No. 219, regulating the catching of fish in Lakes Erie and St. Clair;
Referred to the committee on fisheries.
The following is the remonstrance: To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of
the State of Michigan :
The undersigned citizens of Monroe county have learned with much concern and anxiety, the provisions of the bill recently reported in the House of Representatives by the committee on fisheries, being a bill to regulate the catch of fish, etc. We would respectfully represent that we believe the committee were actuated by none but pure motives in reporting the bill in its present form, but that they were laboring under mistaken views arising from misrepresentations made to them by designing men as to the true state of things, especially near the mouth of Detroit river. We represent that no pounds have been set on the Michigan side in the past two years nearer than six miles of the mouth of that stream, and that they have not extended into the lake more than one mile from where ten feet of water is usually found, which is the depth generally sought for as a starting point by pound fishermen. That at no time have any pounds between Swan creek and Detroit river been extended into the lake more than one mile from that point nearest shore where ten feet of water is usually found. That there never has been less than six miles of space between the outside pounds, set from either shore, and as fished the two past years there is from fifteen to twenty miles of open unobstructed lake between the outside pound