Thursday, November 20.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

In pursuance of an order of the Senate, Mr. President reported the following standing committees, to wit:

A Committee on Accounts --- To consist of Messrs. Powell, McCamy and Sullivan.

A Committee on Privileges and Elections ---  To consist of Messrs. McVay, Devereux and Wood.

A Committee on Claims ---  To consist of Messrs. Crabb, Coats and Smith.

A Committee on Propositions and Grievances --- To consist of Messrs. Bibb, Metcalf and Moore.

A Committee on Enrolled Bills --- To consist of Messrs. Moore, Casey and Murphy.

C


18

A Committee on Inland Navigation- To consist of Messrs. Shackleford, Armstrong and Powell.

A Judiciary Committee --- To consist of Messrs. Hopkins, Murphy, and Bibb.

A Military Committee --- To consist of Messrs. Armstrong, Wood and Crabb.

A Committee on Roads, Bridges and Ferries --- To consist of Messrs. Casey, McVay and Coats.

A Committee on Schools and Colleges, and School and College Lands --- To consist of Messrs. Murphy, Shackleford and Hopkins.

A Committee on County Boundaries --- To consist of Messrs. Wood, Conner and Smith.

A Committee on Divorce and Alimony --- To consist of Messrs. Sullivan, Metcalf and Conner.

A Committee on the Unfinished Business of last Session --- To consist of Messrs. Devereux, Powell and Moore.

Mr. Conner presented the petition of Thomas C. Jones, which was together with the accompanying documents, referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

Mr. Powell presented the petition of the executors of John Moore, deceased, praying the passage of a law authorizing them to sell certain real estate; which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Powell, Coats and Armstrong.

Mr. Bibb offered the following resolution, which was adopted: ---  "Whereas, by an act of the Legislature, the circuit courts of many of the counties of this state are allowed to sit two weeks; and whereas many inconveniences arise to jurors, by being detained so long from their business and home: Resolved, That the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so altering the law, as that no jury shall be compelled to serve more than one week at any term of the court; and that they report by bill or otherwise."

Mr. McCamy offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reducing the fees of justices of the peace and constables, and report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Bibb moved to amend said resolution, by striking out all after the word "Resolved," and inserting in lieu thereof the following: ---  "that a committee be appointed to draw up and report a more correct system of law for the government of justices of the peace and constables" --- which was carried. The resolution, as amended, was then adopted: whereupon, Messrs. Bibb, McCamy and Powell, were appointed said committee.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Dodson, their clerk:

Mr. President --- I am instructed by the House of Representatives, to inform your honorable body that they have adopted the following resolution: Resolved, That a committee of five members be appointed on the part of this House, to act with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate, to inquire into the expediency of so altering the Constitution of the state of Alabama, that the judges of the circuit and county courts be elected for the term of years, and that they report by bill or otherwise. In which they desire your concurrence.


19

Mr. Conner moved that the Senate concur in said resolution --- which was carried: whereupon Messrs. Murphy, Sullivan and McVay were appointed a committee on the part of the Senate. Ordered, That the House be informed thereof.

On motion of Mr. Wood, Resolved, That there be a select committee appointed to inquire into the expediency of authorizing, by law, justices of the peace, with the aid of a jury, to try cases of assault and battery- with leave to report by bill or otherwise: whereupon Messrs. Wood, Casey and Hopkins, were appointed said committee.

On motion of Mr. Shackleford, Resolved, That the comptroller of public accounts cause to be laid before this House, a consolidated return of the respective objects of taxation embraced in the revenue bill for the present year, together with a return of the amount derived from each object in the several counties in this state.

Mr. Crabb presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Morgan county, praying the establishment of a public ferry across Tennessee River: which was read, and referred to the committee on roads, bridges and ferries.

On motion of Mr. McCamy, Resolved, That the military committee be instructed to inquire into the propriety of passing a law, exempting non commissioned officers from attending drill musters, and report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Bibb, Resolved, That his Excellency the Governor be requested to lay before this House such documents as may be in his possession relative to the printing and binding the Digest of the laws of this state.

And then the Senate adjourned till to-morrow morning at ten o’clock.