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TWENTY-FOURTH DAY.

CONVENTION HALL.

Montgomery, Ala., Tuesday, June 19, 1901.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Murphree of the city.

ROLL CALL.

On a call of the roll of the Convention the following delegates answered to their names, which constitute a quorum:

Messrs. President,

Boone,

Almon,

Brooks,

Altman,

Browne,

Ashcraft,

Bulger,

Banks,

Burnett,

Barefield,

Burns,

Bartlett,

Byars,

Beavers,

Cardon,

Beddow,

Carmichael (Colbert),

Bethune,

Carmichael (Coffee),

Blackwell,

Carnathon,


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Case,

Jackson,

Chapman,

Jenkins,

Cobb,

Jones (Bibb),

Gofer,

Jones (Hale),

Coleman (Greene),

Jones (Montgomery),

Cornwell,

Jones (Wilcox),

Craig,

Kirk,

Cunningham,

Kirkland,

Davis (DeKalb),

Knight,

Davis (Etowah),

Kyle,

Dent,

Ledbetter,

deGraffenried,

Leigh,

Duke,

Lomax,

Eley,

Long (Butler),

Eyster,

Long (Walker),

Espy,

Lowe (Jefferson),

Ferguson,

Lowe (Lawrence),

Fitts,

Macdonald,

Foshee,

McMillan (Baldwin,

Foster,

McMillan (Wilcox),

Freeman,

Malone,

Gilmore,

Martin,

Glover,

Maxwell,

Graham (Montgomery),

Merrill

Graham (Talladega),

Miller (Marengo),

Grant,

Miller (Wilcox),

Grayson,

Moody,

Greer (Calhoun),

Morrisette,

Greer (Perry),

Mulkey,

Haley,

Murphree,

Handley,

NeSmith,

Garrison,

Norman,

Heflin (Chambers),

Norwood,

Heflin (Randolph),

Oates,

Henderson,

O’Neal (Lauderdale),

Hinson,

O’Neill (Jefferson),

Hodges,

Opp,

Hood,

O’Rear,

Howell,

Palmer,

Howze,

Parker (Cullman),

Inge,

Parker (Elmore),


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Pearce,

Smith, Morgan M.,

Pettus,

Sorrell,

Phillips,

Spears,

Pillans,

Spragins,

Pitts,

Stewart,

Porter,

Studdard,

Proctor,

Tayloe,

Reese,

Thompson,

Renfro,

Vaughan,

Reynolds (Chilton),

Waddell,

Reynolds (Henry),

Walker,

Robinson,

Watts

Rogers (Lowndes),

Weakley,

Rogers (Sumter),

Weatherly,

Samford,

White,

Sanders,

Whiteside,

Sanford,

Willett,

Searcy,

Williams (Barbour),

Selheimer,

Williams (Marengo),

Sentell,

Williams (Elmore),

Sloan,

Wilson (Clarke),

Smith (Mobile),

Wilson (Washington),

Smith, Mac. A.,

Winn-150.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Was granted to Mr. Opp for last Monday.

REPORT OF JOURNAL COMMITTEE.

The chairman of the Committee on the Journal submitted the following report, which was concurred in:

The Committee on the Journal beg leave to report that they have examined the Journal for the twenty-third day of the Convention and found the same to be correct.

Respectfully submitted,

JOHN F. PROCTOR, Chairman


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RESOLUTIONS ON FIRST READING.

The following resolutions were introduced, severally read one time at length, and referred to appropriate committees, as follows:

Resolution 167, by Mr. NeSmith:

Whereas, this Convention, at the conclusion of its labors, should issue an address to the people of Alabama, outlining briefly the changes made, and showing the superiority of the new Constitution over the one under which we are now living;

And, whereas, should a committee be speedily appointed for the purpose, such address would be better and more easily prepared;

Therefore, be it resolved, That the President of this Convention be empowered to appoint a committee of twelve, of which he shall be the chairman, to draft such an address.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

Resolution 168, by Mr. Oates:

Resolved, That inasmuch as the printed acts of the last session of the General Assembly are so voluminous as to make them unwieldy and easily destructible that the Secretary of State be directed to leave them bound as follows:

The General Laws in one volume, the General and Local Laws together in two volumes, and the State Auditor is hereby authorized to give his warrant on the Treasurer for the cost of the additional bindings, at the rate provided for in the contract for the public printing.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Schedule, Printing, and Incidental Expenses.

Resolution 169, by Mr. Williams, of Marengo:

Whereas, The Convention has incurred considerable expense in obtaining a stenographic report of the proceedings of the Convention, and whereas, the wisdom of the reports appears more apparent every day, and whereas, as a ready reference the reports are a failure as they now are, and whereas, an index would add greatly to the value of the reports;


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Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Convention, That as soon as the Convention shall have adjourned sine die, that the Secretary of State be and he is hereby authorized to contract with some reliable party who shall make a complete index of said report and shall place the same in each of the volumes of the reports heretofore ordered kept for the use of the State, and shall further cause to be printed in some paper in Alabama the said index, so that those people of Alabama who are preserving the reports may easily obtain a copy of said index for their use and preservation.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

Resolution 170, by Mr. Greer, of Perry:

Resolution of welcome to the Alabama Press Association:

Whereas, the press of Alabama is recognized as the most potent factor in disseminating information and in molding public opinion throughout every county, city, town, hamlet, and rural district of the State of Alabama; and

Whereas, The press of Alabama as a majority, has ever been found on the side of the people, and of law and order on all questions affecting the public weal, and in no time in its history has it failed to secure an endorsement of its fight for right, law and justice; and

Whereas, This Constitutional Convention owes, in a large measure, this assembling of the representatives of the people to the efforts of the press of. Alabama, whose voice was almost as a unit for the call of the Convention; and

Whereas, a close scrutiny of the columns of the State press will show that it is to-day promulgating every act of this Convention, discussing and dissecting the same, so that each and every voter may be enabled to vote intelligently on the question of endorsement or refusing to endorse the action of this Convention; and

Whereas, The Alabama Press Association will meet in annual session in the city of Montgomery on Thursday and Friday of this week,


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Therefore, be it resolved, by the people of Alabama, in Convention assembled, That the editors, their wives, daughters, sons and friends, composing this association, be extended an invitation to attend upon the meetings of this Convention during their stay in this city.

Be it further resolved, That this Convention invite the criticisms of the press of Alabama with reference to the arduous task now confronting this body, in formulating a new organic law, believing as we do that these intelligent criticisms will redound not only to the ratification of our acts, but that the people will thereby be apprised of the efforts now being made by their representatives to fulfill their duties honestly, fearlessly and conscientiously.

Be it further resolved, That this Convention extends best wishes to those members who shall take the happy outing to the Pacific coast, and that their trip may prove one of pleasure and of profit, and that they may return to their homes feeling that they have been rewarded in garnering information that will aid them in their progressive strides towards placing their State at the head of the realm, in progress, and education, as she now stands in natural resources, and acknowledged possibilities

Mr. Greer, of Perry, moved that the rules be suspended and that the resolution 170 be placed upon its immediate passage. The motion was lost, and the resolution was referred to the Committee on Schedule, Printing and Incidental Expenses.

ORDINANCES ON FIRST READING.

The following ordinances were introduced, severally read one time at length, and referred to appropriate committees, as follows:

Ordinance 389, by Mr. O’Neill, of Jefferson:

To relieve agents of firms or corporations in this State of license tax not charged outside the State to agents of firms or corporations doing business in Alabama.


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The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Municipal Corporations.

Ordinance 390, by Mr. Spears:

An ordinance authorizing and making it the duty of the Commissioners’ Court of St. Clair county to erect a suitable court house and jail at some place in said county on the south side of Back Bone Mountain, where all the courts are to be held for the trial of all causes and the transaction of all legal business originating in and pertaining to the people residing in beats 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21, of said county.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on State and County Boundaries.

Ordinance 391, by Mr. Whiteside:

An ordinance to prevent discrimination in privilege taxes.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.

Mr. Browne asked unanimous consent that a communication from a committee of the Alabama Educational Association, now in session in the city of Montgomery, be read by the Secretary. The communication was read at length as follows:

Montgomery, June 19, 1901.

Hon. J. B. Graham, Chairman Committee on Education; Hon. Cecil Browne, Chairman Committee on Taxation:

My Dear Sirs: At a regular meeting of the Alabama Educational Association Tuesday, June 18th, the following resolution was adopted:

Resolved That the hour of 4:30 p. m. Wednesday be the hour set apart for the discussion of “Local Taxation for School Purposes,” and that a committee be appointed to invite the Constitutional Convention Committees on Education and Taxation to meet with this association at that hour.


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The following committee, in accordance with above resolution, have the honor to invite you and your committees to be present at the above named hour, and we trust you will be with us and participate in the discussion.

Respectfully,

J. D. HUMPHREY,

J. W. ABERCROMBIE,

C. C. THACH,

J.  SAVAGE,

J. B. CUNNINGHAM

The Convention then proceeded to the consideration of the:

UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

The report of the Committee on Executive Department which was an ordinance “to create and define the Executive Department.”

The question being upon the amendment of Mr. Macdonald to the amendment to Section 16 offered by the Committee can Executive Department, which reads as follows:

Amend paragraph 16, line 2, by adding after the words “Alabama” the words “under such regulations as it may prescribe.”

And the amendment of Mr. Macdonald reads as follows:

To amend Section 16 of Article V by adding the following words:

The request in writing hereinabove provided for shall be verified by the affidavit of those making such request. And the Supreme Court shall prescribe rules of practice in such proceedings which rules shall include a provision for the service of notice on the Governor of such proceeding and a method of taking testimony therein.

Pending the consideration of the amendment offered by Mr. Macdonald, Mr. O’Neil, of Lauderdale, moved that the vote by which Section 15 was passed on yesterday be reconsidered, and the motion prevailed.

Mr. O’Neal offered the following amendment, which was read at length:


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Amend Section 15, line 6, by adding after the word “State” on line 6, “for more than twenty days.”

The amendment was adopted.

The question then recurred upon the adoption of Section 15, as amended, and Section 15, as amended, was adopted.

The question then recurred upon the amendment of Mr. Macdonald to the amendment offered by the Committee on Executive Department to Section 16 of the ordinance.

The amendment of Mr. Macdonald was adopted.

Mr. O’Neal then offered the following amendment to the amendment offered by the committee to Section 16, which was read at length:

Amend by adding after the word Governor “or other officer administering the office.”

And the amendment of Mr. O’Neal, of Lauderdale, was adopted.

The question then recurred upon the adoption of the amendment of the committee, as amended, and the amendment as amended, was adopted.

Mr. Pillans offered the following amendment, which was read at length:

Resolved, That Section 16 of Article V be amended as follows:

By adding after the word “shall” in the first line of Section 16, and before the word “become” in that line, the words “appear to have,” so that said line may read “if the Governor or other officer administering the office shall appear to have become of unsound mind.”

And the amendment was adopted.

Mr. Watts offered the following amendment, which was read at length:

Amend Section 16, Executive Department. Insert after “minutes,” line 5, the following:

And when said investigation shall be ordered, the officer next entitled to the office of Governor, according to the provisions of Section 15, shall assume the duties of said office and discharge the same until said investigation has been concluded, and decision rendered therein.


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Mr. deGraffenried moved to table the amendment offered by Mr. Watts, and the motion to table prevailed.

Mr. Jones, of Montgomery, chairman, acting for the Committee on Executive Department, offered the following amendment, which was read at length:

Amend Section 16 by striking out the period at the end thereof, and inserting in lieu thereof a semicolon; and by adding the following words, “when the incumbent denies that the Governor, or other person entitled to administer the office, has been restored to his mind, the Supreme Court, at the instance of any officer named in Section 15, shall ascertain the truth concerning the same, and, if the officer has been restored to his mind, shall so certify on its minutes and file a duly certified copy thereof with the Secretary of State, and in that event his office shall be restored to him.”

And the amendment was adopted.

Mr. Ferguson offered the following amendment, which was read at length:

Provided, however, that if any court of competent jurisdiction in this State, upon inquiry into the same shall ascertain according to the rules of law in such cases, that such Governor, or any of said officers in said line of succession and exercising said office, is of unsound mind, the mode of inquiry first above set out shall be deemed unnecessary; and the certificate of the judge or clerk of such court adjudging such fact shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State; and in that event it shall be the duty of the officer next in succession to perform the duties of Governor until the Governor or such other officer is restored to his mind.

Mr. Samford moved to table the amendment offered by Mr. Ferguson, and the motion to table prevailed.

Mr. Samford moved the adoption of Section 16, as amended, and demanded the previous question. The previous question was ordered, and Section 16, as amended, was adopted.


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SECTION SEVENTEEN.

Sec. 17. The Lieutenant Governor, the President pro tem of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, shall receive during the time they respectively administer the government, like compensation as that fixed for the Governor; provided, if the General Assembly shall be in session during the time such officer may administer the office of Governor, they shall receive no compensation as officers or members of the General Assembly.

Was read at length.

Mr. Jones, of Montgomery, chairman, acting for the Committee on Executive Department, offered the following substitute for Section 17, which was read at length:

Strike out Section 17, as now written and insert in lieu thereof the following words:

Sec. 17. The Lieutenant Governor, President pro tem of the Senate, Speaker of the House, Attorney General, State Auditor, Secretary of State, and State Treasurer, while administering the office of Governor, shall receive like compensation, and no other than that prescribed by law for the Governor.

Mr. Jones, of Montgomery, moved the adoption of the substitute. The motion prevailed, and the substitute was adopted.

And Section 17, as amended was thereupon adopted.

SECTION EIGHTEEN

Sec. 18. No person shall at one and the same time hold the office of Governor of this State, and any office, civil or military, either under this State or the United States, of any other State government, except as otherwise provided in this Constitution.

Was read at length.

Mr. Jones, of Montgomery, chairman, acting for the Committee, moved the adoption of Section 18. The motion prevailed, and Section 18 was adopted.


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SECTION NINETEEN.

Sec. 19. The Governor shall be commander-in-chief of the militia and volunteer forces of this State, except when they shall be called into the service of the United States, and he may call out the same to execute the laws, suppress insurrection, and repel invasion; but need not command in person unless directed to do so by resolution of the General Assembly, and when acting in the service of the United States, he shall appoint his staff and the General Assembly shall fix his rank.

Mr. Jones, of Montgomery, chairman, acting for the committee, moved the adoption of Section 19. The motion prevailed, and Section 19 was adopted.

SECTION TWENTY.

Sec. 20. The Governor shall not appoint any member of the General Assembly, during the term for which he shall have been elected, to any office.

Was read at length.

Mr. Jones, of Montgomery, chairman, acting for the committee, offered the following amendment, which was read at length:

Amend Section 20 by striking out the word “he” where it occurs therein and insert words “such member.”

And the amendment was adopted.

Mr. Sanders offered the following amendment, which was read at length:

To amend Section 20 by adding after the word “office” in the second line, the following words, “created during said term.”

Mr. Thompson offered the following substitute for the amendment of Mr. Sanders, and the entire section, which was read at length:

See. 20. No member of the General Assembly shall, during the term for which he shall have been elected, be appointed to any office of profit in this State which shall have been created or the emoluments of which shall have been increased during the term for which such member has been elected.


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Mr. Samford moved to lay upon the table the amendment and substitute, and upon that motion the yeas and nays were demanded.

The call was sustained, and the amendment and substitute were laid upon the table.

Yeas, 76; nays, 68.

YEAS.

Messrs. Ashcraft,

Jones (Hale),

Barefield,

Jones (Montgomery),

Beavers,

Jones (Wilcox),

Bethune,

Kirk,

Blackwell,

Kirkland,

Chapman,

Knight,

Cobb,

Leigh,

Cofer,

Locklin,

Coleman (Greene),

Lowe (Jefferson),

Cornwell,

Lowe (Lawrence),

Craig,

Macdonald

Cunningham,

McMillan (Baldwin),.

Davis (DeKalb),

Malone,

Dent,

Maxwell,

deGraffenried,

Merrill,

Duke,

Miller (Marengo),

Eley,

Miller (Wilcox),

Espy,

Morrisette,

Ferguson,

Mulkey,

Fletcher,

Norwood,

Gilmore,

Oates,

Glover,

O’Neal (Lauderdale),

Graham (Talladega)

O’Neill (Jefferson),

Grant,

Opp,

Greer (Calhoun),

Palmer,

Greer (Perry),

Phillips,

Handley,

Porter,

Henderson,

Reynolds (Henry),

Hodges,

Robinson,

Howell,

Rogers (Sumter),

Howze,

Samford,

Inge,

Sanford,

Jackson,

Sentell,


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Selheimer,

Vaughan,

Smith, Mac. A.,

Weakley,

Smith, Morgan M.,

White,

Spragins,

Williams (Marengo),

Stewart,

Winn-76.

Tayloe,

NAYS

Messrs. President,

McMillan (Wilcox),

Almon,

Martin,

Altman,

Moody,

Bartlett,

Murphree

Beddow,

NeSmith,

Boone,

O'Rear,

Brooks,

Parker (Cullman),

Browne,

Parker (Elmore),

Bulger,

Pearce,

Burnett,

Pettus,

Burns,

Pillans,

Byars,

Proctor,

Cardon,

Reese,

Carmichael (Colbert),

Renfro,

Carmichael (Coffee),

Reynolds (Chilton),

Carnathon,

Rogers (Lowndes),

Case,

Sanders,

Davis (Etowah),

Searcy,

Foshee,

Sentell,

Foster,

Sloan,

Freeman,

Smith (Mobile),

Grayson,

Sorrell,

Haley,

Studdard,

Harrison,

Thompson,

Heflin (Chambers),

Waddell,

Heflin (Randolph),

Walker,

Hinson,

Watts,

Hood,

Weatherly,

Jenkins,

Whiteside,

Jones (Bibb),

Willett

Kyle,

Williams (Barbour),

Ledbetter,

Williams (Elmore),

Long (Butler),

Wilson (Clarke).

Long (Walker),

Wilson (Washington)-68.


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Mr. Samford moved the adoption of Section 20, as amended, and called for the previous question. The previous question was ordered.

Mr. Brooks moved that Section 20 and the amendments be laid upon the table.

The yeas and nays were demanded, and the call was sustained, and the motion off Mr. Brooks was lost.

YEAS.

Messrs. President.

Miller (Marengo),

Almon,

Moody,

Bartlett,

NeSmith,

Brooks,

Oates,

Browne,

O’Rear,

Bulger,

Parker (Cullman),

Burnett,

Parker (Elmore),

Byars,

Pearce,

Cardon,

Pettus,

Carmichael (Coffee),

Pillans,

Case,

Proctor,

Davis (Etowah) ,

Reese,

Eley,

Renfroe,

Foshee,

Reynolds (Chilton),

Porter,

Rogers (Lowndes)

Grayson,

Sanders,

Greer (Calhoun),

Searcy,

Haley,

Sentell,

Harrison,

Sloan,

Heflin (Chambers),

Smith (Mobile),

Heflin (Randolph),

Sorrell,

Hinson,

Thompson,

Hood,

Waddell,

Jackson,

Walker,

Jenkins,

Watts,

Jones (Bibb),

Whiteside,

Kyle,

Willett,

Long (Butler),

Williams (Elmore),

Long (Walker),

Wilson (Clarke),

McMillan (Wilcox),

Wilson (Washington)-61.


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NAYS.

Messrs. Altman,

Knight,

Ashcraft,

Ledbetter,

Barefield,

Leigh,

Beavers,

Locklin,

Beddow,

Lowe (Jefferson),

Bethune,

Lowe (Lawrence),

Blackwell,

Macdonald,

Boone,

McMillan (Baldwin).

Carnathon,

Malone,

Chapman,

Maxwell,

Cobb,

Merrill,

Cofer,

Miller (Wilcox),

Coleman (Greene),

Morrisette,

Cornwell,

Mulkey,

Craig,

Murphree,

Cunningham,

Norman,

Davis (DeKalb),

Norwood,

Dent,

O’Neal (Lauderdale),

deGraffenried,

O’Neill (Jefferson),

Duke,

Opp,

Espy,

Palmer,

Ferguson,

Porter,

Fletcher,

Reynolds (Henry),

Freeman,

Robinson,

Gilmore,

Rogers (Sumter),

Glover,

Samford,

Graham (Talladega),

Sanford

Grant,

Selheimer,

Greer (Perry),

Smith, Mac. A ,

Handley,

Smith, Morgan M.,

Henderson,

Spragins,

Hodges,

Stewart,

Howell,

Tayloe,

Howze,

Vaughan,

Inge,

Weakley,

Jones (Hale),

White,

Jones (Montgomery),

Williams (Barbour),

Jones (Wilcox),

Williams (Marengo),

Kirk,

Winn-79.

Kirkland,


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The question then recurred upon the motion of Mr. Samford to adopt Section 20, as amended. The motion of Mr. Samford prevailed, and Section 20, as amended, was adopted.

Mr. Pettus moved to reconsider the vote by which Section 20 was adopted, and gave notice that on to-morrow he would call up said motion for a reconsideration of the vote by which section 20 and the amendments thereto were adopted.

SECTION TWENTY-ONE.

Sec. 21. No person shall be eligible to the office of Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Superintendent of Education, Attorney General, or Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, unless he shall have been a citizen of the United States at least seven years, and shall have resided in this State at least five years next preceding his election, and shall be at least twenty-five years old when elected.

Was read at length.

Mr. Oates offered the following amendment, which was read at length:

Amend Section 21 by striking out the word “State” where it occurs before the words Auditor and Treasurer.

Mr. Jones, of Montgomery, moved to table the amendment offered by Mr. Oates. The motion of Mr. Jones, of Montgomery, prevailed, and the amendment of Mr. Oates was laid upon the table.

Mr. Chapman offered the following amendment, which was read at length:

Amend Section 21 by striking out the word “twenty-five” in the fifth line, and inserting therein the word “thirty.”

Mr. Jones, of Montgomery, moved to table the amendment offered by Mr. Chapman.

The motion prevailed, and the amendment was tabled.

Mr. Samford moved that Section 21 be adopted.

The motion prevailed, and Section 21, as amended, was adopted.


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SECTION TWENTY-TWO.

Sec. 22. There shall be a Great Seal of State, which shall be used officially by the Governor, and the Seal now in use shall continue to be used, until another shall have been adopted by the General Assembly. Said seal shall be called The Great Seal of the State of Alabama.

Was read at length.

Mr. Jones, of Montgomery, chairman, acting for the committee, offered the following substitute for Section 22, which was read at length:

Sec. 22. Commemorative of the heroism of Emma Sanson, the Great Seal of the State, which shall be used officially by the Governor, shall consist of the figure of an officer on horseback, fully armed, and a young woman seated behind him, with her left hand pointing forward; and the legend “I will show you the way.” The Seal shall be called the Great Seal of the State of Alabama.

Messrs. Samford and Martin addressed the Convention at length in favor of the substitute.

Mr. Robinson offered the following amendment to the amendment offered by the committee, which was read at length:

Substitute for the amendment to Section 22, reported by the Committee on Executive Department, “Commemorative of the origin of the name of the State of Alabama, the Great Seal of the State, which shall be used officially by the Governor, shall consist of the figure of an Indian Chief followed by a small band of warriors, who, in crossing a beautiful meadow, as he approaches the bank of a river, thrusts his spear into the earth, with the words inscribed on the scroll above his head, “here we rest.” The said Seal shall be called the Great Seal of Alabama.

Pending the further consideration of the substitute and amendment for Section 22, the hour of 1 o’clock p. m. arrived, but before adjournment the President of the Convention read the following communication from the President of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Virginia:


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State Capitol, Richmond, Va., June 19, 1901.

The President and Delegates of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Alabama:

The Commonwealth of Virginia, through her representatives in Convention assembled, sends cordial greetings to the President and members of the Constitutional Convention of Alabama, now sitting at Montgomery, Alabama and Virginia have long been bound together by the strongest and closest ties of interest and affection. The people of the two Commonwealths are animated by the same hopes, and the same aspiration. In acknowledging the courtesy of your message, we beg leave to express the earnest hope that in the wise and just determination of the momentous questions now under consideration, we may not only establish the peace and prosperity of our respective States, but contribute to the general welfare of our common country, and the good of mankind, thus justifying the confidence of our constituents and the reasonable hopes of our countrymen.

Very respectfully,

JOHN GOODE,

President Constitutional Convention.

11:48 a. m.

Mr. Reese moved that the communication be spread upon the Journal of the Convention and the motion prevailed.

ADJOURNMENT

Under the rules, the Convention adjourned until 10 o’clock on to-morrow.