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THIRD DAY.

WEDNESDAY, September 8.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by Rev. Dr. Andrews, of this city.

Journal of yesterday was read and approved.

Mr. Powell of Tuscaloosa, offered a resolution authorizing the President of the Convention to administer the oath of office to Mr. Mudd of Jefferson, there being no Supreme or Circuit Judge, or Chancellor present, which was adopted, and oath was administered by the President accordingly.

Mr. Sykes moved to reconsider the vote by which Mr. Lowe’s resolution relating to contested elections was adopted; which motion was carried.


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On motion of Mr. Sykes, the resolution was amended by increasing the number of the committee to seven, and as amended the resolution was then adopted.

Mr. Little, a resolution authorizing an additional committee on the militia, which was adopted.

On motion of Mr. Stone, the vote by which Mr. Scott’s resolution of yesterday was lost, was reconsidered, and the resolution adopted.

Mr. President announced the committee on rules, as follows: Messrs. Sykes, Stone and Herndon.

Mr. President laid before the Convention a communication from J. W. White, touching a verbatim stenographic report of the proceedings, which, on motion of Mr. Garrett, was referred to a select committee of five.

Mr. Moren moved to suspend the action of the resolution adopted yesterday against receiving amendments, articles, etc., before appointment of committees; adopted.

Mr. Heflin, a resolution that the finance committee be instructed to consider the propriety of a lighter poll tax than the one required by the present constitution. Referred to committee on finance.

Mr. Parks, a resolution that the General Assembly shall not have the power of granting divorces from the bonds of matrimony, or to declare married women free dealers, or to relieve minors of the disabilities of non-age, or to incorporate towns and churches; but the General Assembly shall enact laws providing for the granting of such relief by the proper courts of the State. Referred to committee on legislative department.

Mr. Richards, a resolution instructing the finance committee to consider the propriety of limiting the State tax to three-fourths of one per cent. Referred to committee on finance and taxation.

Mr. Laird, a proposition and resolution that the General Assembly shall have power to make general laws for the State, but shall not have the power to make local or special laws. Referred to committee on legislative department.

Mr. Davis, to provide desks for delegates having seats inside the bar. Adopted.

Mr. Samford, an article on taxation in this State. Referred to committee on finance and taxation.

Mr. Martin, a proposition to amend Article 13, Section 1, of the present Constitution. Referred to committee on corporations.

Also, a substitute for Article 13, Section 3, as it now appears.


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Also, a substitute for Article 13, Section 4, as it now appears.

Also, an amendment to Article 13, Section 16;

All of which were referred to committee on corporations.

Also, a proposition restricting the power of the General Assembly in levying tax.

Also, a substitute for 1st Section, 9th Article, of the present Constitution. Referred to committee on finance and taxation.

Also, a proposition relating to the issuance of bonds and loan of money by the General Assembly.

Also, a substitute for the 21st Section, 4th Article, of present Constitution. Referred to committee on legislative department.

Mr. Laird, a proposition in relation to State aid to internal improvements. Referred to committee on finance and taxation.

Mr. Hudson, a proposition giving the General Assembly power to pass laws on the subject of exemptions, and prohibiting the Convention from passing laws exempting property from legal process. Referred to committee on exemptions.

Mr. McClellan, a proposition relating to exemptions.

Mr. Little offered an amendment, which, with the proposition, was referred to the committee on exemptions.

Mr. Oates, a proposition relating to and fixing exemptions.

Mr. Laird offered an amendment, which, with the proposition, was referred to exemptions committee.

Mr. Oates, a proposition relating to the executive department of the State.

Mr. Lea of Dallas and Mr. Greene of Choctaw, offered amendments. Proposition and amendments referred to committee on executive department.

Mr. Oates, a proposition on legislative department.

Mr. Knox, an amendment in reference to the amount of per diem of legislators.

Mr. Laird, an amendment referring to length of sessions.

Mr. Manasco, an amendment in relation to the passage of bills concerning sale or prohibition of liquor;

All of which were referred to legislative department.

Mr. Greene of Choctaw, a resolution relating to the reduction of the number of State senators. Referred to committee on legislative department.

Mr. Bliss, a proposition relating to the protection of the estates of married women. Referred to committee on exemptions.

Mr. Norwood, instructing exemption committee to enquire


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into the propriety of exempting $2,000 of real estate to head of every family, and $1,000 of personal property to every citizen of the State over 21 years of age.

Mr. Prince, a resolution not to change in any manner present exemptions.

Also, a resolution that the State shall never pay, assume or become responsible for the debts or liabilities of, or in any manner give, loan or extend its credit to or in aid of any public or other corporation, association or individual.

Also, a resolution that the county authorities shall never assess taxes, the aggregate of which shall exceed 50 cents on the $100 valuation, except for the payment of indebtedness already existing at the adoption of this Constitution, unless authorized by a vote of the people of the county;

All of which were referred to committee on exemptions.

Mr. Forwood, a resolution that the committee on exemptions will enquire into the expediency of making the exemption law more explanatory, without a change of the substance.

Referred to committee on exemptions.

Mr. Oates, a proposition in relation to the judicial department. Referred to committee on judicial department.

Mr. Foster of Barbour, a resolution that before a report is made by a committee on any matter referred to it, suggestions in writing may be referred and must be considered by the committee as if read in the Convention. Lost.

Mr. Herndon, a proposition in relation to finance and taxation. Referred to committee on finance and taxation.

Also, a proposition in relation to legislation. Referred to committee on legislative department.

Mr. Stone, a proposition in relation to State aid;

Also, a proposition in relation to oath of senators and representatives. Referred to committee on legislative department.

Mr. Burns, a proposition relating to legislative department and judicial department; which were respectively referred.

Mr. Murphree, a resolution that no lottery shall be authorized. Referred to committee on judicial department.

Mr. Brewer, a proposition in relation to liability of stockholders in incorporated companies or associations. Referred to committee on judicial department.

Mr. Harrison, a resolution that no tax shall be levied for the benefit of any chartered company of the State, or for paying the interest on any bonds issued by said chartered companies, or by counties, or by corporations for the above mentioned purposes. Referred to committee on corporations,


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Mr. Little, a proposition relating to special legislation. Referred to committee on legislative department.

Mr. President announced the standing committees, as follows:

Bill of Rights.-Messrs. Stone, Scott, Ralls, Brown, Samford, Hargrove, Inzer, Prince, Lea of Dallas, Gibson, Richards, Knox and Curtis.

Legislative Department.-Messrs. Lyon, Pickett, Cobb, Bliss, Coleman, Little, Rather, Heflin, McClellan, Woolf, Rice, Brewer and NeSmith.

Executive Department.-Messrs. Herndon, Heflin, Martin, Coleman, Torrey, Powell of Tuscaloosa, Willett, Harrison, Gilbreath, Nisbett, Ratcliffe, Akers and Bulger.

Judicial Department.-Messrs. Oates, Cobb, Mudd, Woolf, Pickett, Aiken, McClellan, Brown, Torrey, Bolling, Hames, Gamble and Pugh.

Education.-Messrs. O’Neal, Foster of Barbour, Harrison, Hargrove, White, Ralls, Swan, Nowlin, Jones, Weathers, Powell of Bullock, Livingston and Carson.

Finance and Taxation.-Messrs. Sykes, Powell of Tuscaloosa, Brewer, Bliss, Inzer, Samford, Sterrett, Nisbett, Gordon, Taylor, Forwood, Callaway and Gullett.

Elections and Basis of Representation.-Messrs. Mudd, Rather, Hames, Murphree, NeSmith, Johnson of Macon, Musgrove, Green of Choctaw, Dickinson, Long, Smith, Gilbreath and Foster of Hale.

Corporations.-Messrs. Langdon, Garrett, Rather, Moren, Callaway, Parks, O'Bannon, Laird, Hudson, Green of Conecuh, Robinson, Burgess and Davis.

Exemptions.-Messrs. Lowe, Little, Woolf, Prince, Kelly, Norwood, Manasco, Meadows, Gordon, Algood, Burns, McDuffie and Plowman.

Amendments to the Constitution and Miscellaneous Provisions.

Messrs. Moren, Martin, Battle, Richards, McClellan, Johnston of Macon, Bolling, Kelly, Aiken, Brown, Flournoy, Foster of Barbour, and Lewis.

Militia.-Messrs. Battle, O'Neal, Harrison, Hargrove, Norwood, Manasco, Lea of Baldwin, Meadows, Burton, Booth, Ingle, Johnston of Hale, and Delbridge.

Order, Consistency and Harmony of the Whole Constitution-Messrs. Pugh, Mudd, Lyon, Langdon, Herndon, Stone, Lowe, Oates, O’Neal, Moren, Sykes, Willett and Scott.

On motion of Mr. Foster of Hale, 100 copies of the standing committees were ordered printed.

On motion of Mr. Moren, the Convention adjourned until 10 o’clock to-morrow.