EIGHTH DAY.

CONVENTION HALL.

Montgomery, Ala., Thursday, May 30, 1901.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer was offered by Rev. Neal Anderson of the city:

ROLL CALL.

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

Messrs. President,

Browne,

Almon,

Bulger,

Altman,

Burns,

Ashcraft,

Byars,

Banks,

Cardon,

Barefield,

Carmichael (Colbert),

Bartlett,

Carmichael (Coffee),

Beavers,

Carnathon,

Beddow,

Case,

Bethune,

Chapman,

Blackwell,

Cobb,

Boone,

Cofer,

Brooks, Coleman (Greene)

Coleman (Walker)

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Craig,

Long (Butler),

Cunningham,

Lowe (Lawrence),

Davis (DeKalb),

Macdonald,

deGraffenried,

McMillan (Baldwin),

Duke,

McMillan (Wilcox),

Eyster,

Malone,

Espy,

Martin,

Fletcher,

Maxwell,

Foshee,

Merrill,

Foster,

Miller (Marengo),

Freeman,

Miller (Wilcox),

Gilmore,

Moody,

Glover,

Morrisette,

Graham (Talladega),

Mulkey,

Grant,

Murphree,

Grayson,

NeSmith,

Greer (Calhoun),

Norman,

Greer (Marion),

Norwood,

Haley,

Oates,

Handley,

O’Neal (Lauderdale),

Heflin (Chambers),

O’Neill (Jefferson),

Heflin (Randolph),

Opp,

Henderson,

O’Rear,

Hinson,

Palmer,

Hodges,

Parker (Cullman),

Hood,

Parker (Elmore),

Howell,

Pearce,

Howze,

Pettus,

Inge,

Pillans,

Jackson,

Porter,

Jenkins,

Proctor,

Jones(Bibb),

Reese,

Jones (Hale),

Reynolds (Chilton),

Jones (Montgomery),

Reynolds (Henry),

Jones (Wilcox),

Robinson,

Kirk,

Rogers (Lowndes),

Kirkland,

Rogers (Sumter);

Knight,

Samford,

Kyle,

Sanders,

Ledbetter,

Sanford,

Leigh,

Searcy,

Locklin,


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Selheimer,

Walker,

Sentell,

Watts,

Sloan,

Weakley,

Smith (Mobile),

Weatherly,

Smith, Mac. A.,

White,

Smith, Morgan M.,

Whiteside,

Sollie,

Willett,

Sorrell,

Williams (Barbour),

Spears,

Williams (Marengo)

Spragins,

Williams (Elmore),

Stewart,

Wilson (Clarke),

Tayloe,

Wilson (Washington).

Vaughan,

Winn.

Waddell,

LEAVES OF ABSENCE.

Was granted to Messrs. Burnett, indefinitely; King, of Marengo, until Tuesday; Graham, of Montgomery, for to-day.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PLACES OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS.

Mr. Coleman, of Greene, announced the hour and place of the committee meetings as follows:

Suffrage, 9 a. m., Senate Chamber.

Education, 4 to 5 p. m., Supreme Court room at call of the chairman.

Legislative Department, 3 to 4 p. m., 22 2 South Perry Street.

Taxation, 5 p. m., Supreme Court library.

Corporations, 4 p. m., Senate Chamber.

Local Legislation, 8 p.  m., Supreme Court library, at the call of the chairman.

Executive, 4 p. m., 16 Perry Street.

Municipal Corporation, 8 p. m., place to be selected.

Judiciary, 5: 30 p. m., Graham & Steiner’s office.

Banking, room 5, Merchant’s Hotel; call of chairman.

Exemptions, 4: 30. p. m., House Representatives; call of the Chairman.

State and County Boundaries, 8 p. m., Senate Chamber, at the call of the chairman.


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Impeachments, at the call of the chairman.

Amending Constitution, 1 p. m., Supreme Court room, at the call of the chairman.

Schedule and Printing, 9:30 a. m., House of Representatives.

THOMAS W. COLEMAN, Chairman.

Mr. Sanford announced that the Committee on Municipal Corporations would meet in the law office of Hon. John W. A. Sanford, Jr., corner Perry and Dexter Avenue.

Mr. Watts offered an amendment to the report of Committee meetings as follows:

“The Committee on Local Legislation will meet at 8 p. m. at the office of Watts, Troy & Caffey.”

The amendment was accepted by the committee.

STENOGRAPHIC REPORT.

Mr. Howell offered the following resolution, and the rules were suspended and the resolution was adopted:

Resolution 60, by Mr. Howell:

Whereas, some errors have been found in the official reports of the published proceedings of this Convention, and in order that these errors in future may be corrected.

Be it therefore resolved, That the stenographer is hereby directed each day to correct any error which may have been made in reporting the proceedings on the preceding day, under the appropriate head.

Mr. Ferguson called the attention of the Convention to a mistake in the stenographic report of the proceedings of yesterday, as follows:

Resolution 45:

The stenographic reports read:

Second-The inability to read and write is not a test of good citizenship.

The resolution read and still reads: “Is not a test of bad citizenship.”

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON JOURNAL.

The chairman of the Committee on the Journal submitted the following report:


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The Committee on the Journal beg leave to report that they have examined the Journal for the seventh day of the Convention, and that the same is correct.

Respectfully submitted,

JOHN F. PROCTOR, Chairman.

The report of the committee was concurred in.

Mr. Greer, of Calhoun, moved that the reading of the Journal be dispensed with and that the same be approved. The motion prevailed.

RECOMMITTAL OF ORDINANCES.

Mr. Graham, of Talladega, returned to the Convention Ordinance 50,

Ordinance 50:

To amend Section 3 of Article VIII of the present Constitution.

And requested that the same be re-referred to the Committee on Suffrage and Election.

The ordinance was so referred.

Mr. Fletcher moved to recall from the Committee on Taxation

Ordinance 89:

To amend Section 7, Article XI of the present Constitution in regard to the taxation of municipal corporations.

And to refer same to the Committee on Municipal Corporations.

The motion prevailed, and the ordinance was so referred.

ORDINANCES ON FIRST READING.

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

Ordinance 106, by Mr. Jackson:

To readopt Section 10 of Article XIII of the Constitution of 1875 relating to the removal of the State University or the Agricultural and Mechanical College.


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The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Education.

Ordinance 107, by Mr. Jones, of Montgomery:

An ordinance to amend Sections 9 and 10 of Article XIII of the Constitution.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Education.

Ordinance 108, by Mr. Jones, of Montgomery:

An ordinance to amend Section 21 of Article VI.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Ordinance 109, by Mr. Jones, of Montgomery:

An ordinance to amend Section 14 of Article V of the Constitution.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Executive Department.

Ordinance 110, by Mr. Jones, of Montgomery:

An ordinance to provide for the safe and productive use of surplus public funds in the treasury.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Banks and Banking.

Ordinance 111, by Mr. Jones, of Wilcox:

An ordinance to amend Article IX of the Constitution on representation.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Representation.

Ordinance No. 112, by Mr. Kirk:

An ordinance to amend Sections 3, 5 and 9 of Article IV of the Constitution. (Relates to Legislative Department.)

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.

Ordinance 113, by Mr. Kirkland:

An ordinance to amend Section 2 of Article II of the Constitution of the State of Alabama.

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

Ordinance 114, by Mr. Kirkland, of Dale:

An ordinance to establish a Railroad Commission for the State of Alabama.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Corporations.


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Ordinance 115, by Mr. Kirkland, of Dale:

An ordinance to amend Section 6 of Article IV of the present Constitution.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.

Ordinance 116, by Mr. Kirkland, of Dale:

Be it ordained by the people in Convention assembled:

That members of the General Assembly, Presidential Electors, witnesses before any court, and others who may be entitled to draw mileage, as compensation in part for their services, shall be allowed the sum of three cents per mile, each way, and no more, to be computed by the route most usually traveled.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Ordinance ll7, by Mr. Kirkland, of Dale:

An ordinance to amend Section 5 of Article IV of the present Constitution of Alabama.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.

Ordinance 118, by Mr. Kirkland, of Dale:

An ordinance to amend Section 16 of Article V of the present Constitution.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Executive Department.

Ordinance 119, by Mr. Locklin, of Monroe:

An ordinance that the qualifications for electors in this State shall be the same as prescribed in Article VIII of the present Constitution.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Suffrage and Elections.

Ordinance No. 120, by Mr Macdonald:

An ordinance to amend Section 7 of Article XI of the Constitution.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Corporations.

Ordinance No. 121, by Mr. Macdonald:

An ordinance to amend Section 3 of Article XIV of the Constitution.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Corporations.


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Ordinance No. 122, by Mr. McMillan, of Wilcox:

(Relates to the formation of the new counties).

Be it ordained by the people of Alabama, in Convention assembled, that no act of the General Assembly creating or forming new counties shall become a law until the same shall have been submitted to the qualified electors residing within the boundaries of the county to be formed, and must be approved by a majority of such electors voting on same, and such act shall specify the proposed boundaries.

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

Ordinance No.123, by Mr. McMillan, of Wilcox:

(Relating to the removal of county sites.)

Be it ordained by the people of Alabama, in Convention assembled, that no act of the General Assembly changing the county site of any county shall become a law until the same shall have been submitted to the qualified electors of the county at an election, and approved by a majority of such electors voting on same, and such act shall specify the proposed new location.

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

Ordinance No. 124, by M r. Maxwell:

An ordinance to repeal Section 8 of Article XI of the Constitution of Alabama.

The ordinance was referred to the committee on Taxation.

Ordinance No. 125, by Mr. Maxwell:

An ordinance to amend Section 1 of Article VII of the Constitution of Alabama.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Impeachment.

Ordinance No. 126, by Mr. Maxwell:

An ordinance to create the office of Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, and to define the qualifications and duties of such officer.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Executive Department.

Ordinance No. 127, by Mr. Maxwell:


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An ordinance to amend Section 8 of Article IV of the Constitution of Alabama.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.

Ordinance No. 128, by Mr. A. H. Merrill, of Barbour:

An ordinance to declare the status of married women.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Ordinance No. 129, by Mr. Miller, of Wilcox:

An ordinance to amend Section 8 of Article IV of the Constitution as to the election of President of Senate and Speaker of the House.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.

Ordinance No. 130, by Mr. J. T. Ashcraft:

An ordinance to alter and amend Article XIII of the present Constitution, relating to Education.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Education.

Ordinance 131, by Mr. Murphree:

Amending Section 47, Article IV, of the Constitution, referring to dueling, concealed pistols and other deadly weapons.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.

Ordinance 132, by Mr. Murphree:

Amending Section 23, Article XIV, of the Constitution of Alabama, referring to free transportation from railroad companies.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Corporations.

Ordinance No. 133, by Mr. Murphree:

Addition to the Article XIV of the Constitution of Alabama, relating to freight and passenger tariff rates.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Corporations.

Ordinance 134, by Mr. Murphree:

Amending Section 5, Article V of the Constitution of the State of Alabama, relating to the election of State officers.


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The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Executive Department.

Ordinance 135, by Mr. NeSmith:

To amend Article IV of the Constitution of Alabama, relating to legislation.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.

Ordinance No. 136, by Mr. Oates:

To amend Article XI of the Constitution of the State by adding thereto another Section, relating to the removal of county seats.

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

Ordinance No. 137, by Mr. Oates:

To amend Article IV, Sections 1 and 2 of the Constitution, referring to elections.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.

Ordinance No. 138, by Mr. Oates:

To preserve the purity of the ballot.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Suffrage and Elections.

Ordinance No. 139, by Mr. Oates:

For the abolition of the Chancery Court.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Ordinance No. 140, by Mr Oates:

An ordinance to authorize the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint and remove for cause the Attorney General.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Executive Department.

Ordinance 141, by Mr. Oates:

An ordinance proposing certain prohibitions and restrictions upon the power of the Legislature.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.

Ordinance 142, by Mr. Oates:

An ordinance to regulate and define the powers of legislation, touching local and special laws.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.


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Ordinance 143, by Mr. O’Neal, of Lauderdale:

Prohibiting the grant by any city, town or other municipality of any franchise or privilege; or the making of any contract in reference thereto, for a term exceeding twenty years, and requiring such grants to be made at public auction to the highest bidder.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on municipal Corporations.

Ordinance 144, by Mr. O’Neal, of Lauderdale:

To amend Sections of Article XI of the Constitution of Alabama, referring to taxation.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Taxation.

Ordinance 145, by Mr. O=Neal, of Lauderdale:

To amend Section 5, of Article XI of the Constitution of Alabama, relating to the debt of the State.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Taxation.

Ordinance 146, by Mr. O’Neal, of Jefferson:

To amend Article XIII of the Constitution, in relation to education.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Education.

Ordinance 147, by Mr. Williams, of Marengo:

To regulate the powers of Corporations to engage in business.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Corporations.

Ordinance No 148, by Mr. Williams, of Marengo:

To prohibit the State of Alabama from engaging in certain business.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Ordinance 149, by Mr. Williams, of Marengo:

To provide for jury trials in certain cases.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Ordinance 150, by Mr. Parker, of Cullman:

An ordinance to amend Article 2 of the Constitution by adding Section 3 thereto, requiring a two-thirds vote to remove a county site.


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

Ordinance 151, by Mr. Pearce:

To amend Section 4 of Article XI of the present Constitution.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Taxation.

Ordinance 152, by Mr. Pettus:

To disfranchise negroes and persons of African descent in the State of Alabama.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Suffrage and Elections.

Ordinance 153, by Mr. Pillans:

To amend Article VI of the Constitution of Alabama. Relates to the Judicial establishment.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Ordinance 154, by Mr. Pillans:

An ordinance to amend Article V of Section 12 of the Constitution of the State of Alabama, which relates to pardons.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Executive Department.

Ordinance 155, by Mr. Reese, of Dallas:

An ordinance to provide for the election of officers discharging the duties of Railroad Commissioners and Convict Inspectors.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Corporations.

Ordinance 156, by Mr. Reese:

To constitute a part of Article V of the Constitution. (Executive Department.)

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Executive Department.

Ordinance 157, by Mr. Watts:

To amend sections 1 and 2, and make a new section 3 for Article VI.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Ordinance 158, by Mr. Watts:

To amend Sections 12, 13, 15, 25 and 26 of Article V.


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The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Executive Department.

Ordinance 159, by Mr. Watts:

To amend Sections 13, 15, 17, 27, 31, 39, 52 and 56, of Article IV, and to add a section to said article.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.

Ordinance No 160, by Mr. Robinson, of Chambers:

To amend Section 32, Article IV, of the Constitution, pertaining to the Legislative Department.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.

Ordinance 161, by Mr. Robinson, of Chambers:

To amend Section 6 of Article XIII of the Constitution, relating to Education.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Education.

Ordinance 162, by Mr. W. H. Samford:

To provide for the distribution of school funds.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on Education.

RESOLUTIONS.

The following resolution was introduced, and read one time at length:

Resolution 61, by Mr. Jackson:

Resolved, That the respective committees in charge of the different subjects to be dealt with by this Convention be instructed to adhere to, and this Convention pledges itself to the following purposes:

First-That suffrage shall be so regulated as not to conflict with the Constitution of the United States.

Second-That the rate of taxation by State, counties and municipalities shall not exceed the limit fixed by the present Constitution of the State.

Third-That the qualifications for suffrage shall be so framed as not to deprive any white man of the right to vote, except for conviction of infamous crime.

Fourth-That the provisions of the present Constitutions relating to exemptions of real and personal property shall remain unchanged.


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Fifth-That the State Capitol shall remain at Montgomery, and that no power or authority be granted by this Constitution or any Legislature to provide for its removal.

Sixth-That the rights and privileges conferred by the present Constitution corporations shall not be enlarged.

Mr. Jackson moved that the rules be suspended, and that the resolution be adopted.

The motion was lost.

Resolution 61:

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

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

Resolution 62 by Mr. Jenkins:

Refers to State Colleges and Institutions.

Resolved, That a committee be raised, to consist of fifteen members, to be appointed by the President, to take into consideration all matters pertaining to the University of Alabama, the Girls’ Industrial School for white girls, the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, and other State Colleges and Institutions of learning. Said committee to be styled and called the Committee on State Colleges and Institutions.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

Resolution 63, by Mr. Jones of Bibb:

Refers to representation.

First-Be it resolved that representation in the lower house of the General Assembly of this State shall be based on the entire population of Alabama, and that no county have less than one representative, to be elected by the legal voters of this State every four years.

Second-That the Senate of Alabama shall be composed of a member from each county, to be elected every four rears, by the qualified electors of this State.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Representation.

Resolution 64, by Mr. Jones, of Bibb:


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Relates to Suffrage.

Be it resolved, that no man of foreign birth be entitled to the rights of suffrage in the State of Alabama, until he has become a bona fide citizen of the United States under the provisions of the revised statutes of the United States.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Suffrage and Elections.

Resolution 65, by Mr. Jones, of Montgomery:

Resolved, that a special committee of nine be raised to take into consideration and report whether any, and if so, what class of public officers be allowed to use free passes, and under what circumstances; and whether any, and if so, what classes of public officers should be permitted the benefit of special rates; and if so, to what extent; and to what alteration or amendment is advisable in the scope of the present provisions of the Constitution on the subject, or the mode of their enforcement.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

Resolution 66, by Mr. Jones, of Montgomery:

Resolved, That provision should be made in the Article on the Executive Department, constituting a Board of Arbitration for the arbitration and settlement of disputes between employers and employees.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Executive Department.

Resolution 67, by Mr. Jones, of Montgomery:

First-That the fundamental principles of justice and free government are violated, when the benefits the citizen derives from money raised by taxation, are ascertained and measured according to the poverty or riches of the class or race to which he belongs, or the proportionate amount of taxes paid by such race or class.

Second-That it is not within the power of the State, under the Constitution of the United States, to raise money by taxation for school purposes, and provide that the children of any race or class shall receive the benefit only of the amount of money derived from the


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taxes on the property of the race or class to which they belong.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Resolution 68, by Mr. Kirkland:

Be it resolved by the people of the State of Alabama, in Convention assembled:

That the General Assembly of Alabama shall have the power and it shall be their duty, to pass such laws, the violation of which shall be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary, as shall effectually prevent the business or profession of lobbying with the members thereof four ally purpose.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Legislative Department.

Resolution 69, by Mr. Sanders:

A resolution as to the sense of this Convention touching Suffrage Reform in Alabama.

Resolved, First-That it is the sense of this Convention that the suffrage reform demanded by the conditions prevailing in Alabama, and promised to the people of this State by this Convention, can be best accomplished in the recognition of the principles involved in the exception clause, in the suffrage provisions of the Constitutions of the States of Louisiana and North Carolina.

Second-That in justice to the white race of the State, and in order to avoid the paralysis which would result in withdrawing from the youths of Alabama all stimulus to qualify themselves for the discharge of the privileges, duties and obligations of an elector, some limit should be fixed, at the expiration of which all white males in this State, thereafter to arrive at the voting age, shall possess the general qualifications which may be prescribed by this Convention for the exercise of the elective franchise.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Suffrage and Elections.

Resolution 70, by Mr. Malone:

Fixing the time for holding the general elections.


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Be it resolved that the General Election shall be held on the first Tuesday in November of the even numbered years, unless the General Assembly shall change the time of holding elections.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Suffrage and Elections.

Resolution 71, by Mr. O’Neal, of Lauderdale:

To adopt the present Constitution of the State of Alabama, by this Convention, subject to such revisions and amendments in any article, section, or part thereof, as this Convention may hereafter determine.

That whereas the act of the General Assembly of Alabama, which provides for the holding of this Convention, declares that this Convention shall continue in session until it shall by careful revisions and amendments of the present Constitution frame and adopt a revised Constitution for this State.

Therefore, be it resolved, That the present Constitution of the State of Alabama be and the same is hereby adopted by this Convention as the Constitution of the State of Alabama, subject only to be revised, amended or altered in any article, section, clause or part thereof.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

Resolution 72, by Mr. Browne:

Be it resolved, That upon the request of the chairman of any committee having no clerk, the chairman of any committee having a clerk may direct the clerk of his committee to serve such first named committee, when not enraged with the committee to which be has been assigned.

Resolution 72:

Mr. Browne moved that the rules be suspended and that the resolution be adopted.

The motion prevailed, and the resolution was adopted.

Resolution 73, by Mr. Williams, of Marengo:

Be it resolved that when this Convention adjourn on next Friday, such adjournment shall be to Monday.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.


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Resolution 74, by Mr. Parker, of Cullman:

To provide for a clerk of the Committee on Local Legislation.

Resolved, That the chairman of the Committee on Local Legislation be authorized to employ a clerk for said Committee, sail clerk to receive the same fees as clerks of other committees of this Convention..

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

Resolution 75, by Mr. Parker, of Elmore:

Whereas, the General Assembly passed an act, approved March 4th, 1901, entitled “An Act to Provide for the Annexation of West Florida to the State of Alabama,” with the consent of the state of Florida and the Congress of the United States; and whereas, the Governor of Alabama has, in pursuance of said act, appointed as commissioners on the part of Alabama Hons. William L. Martin, Richard C. Jones and Samuel Blackwell, to confer with a like commission on the part of the State of Florida, which commission is empowered to do and perform all acts necessary and requisite to perfect an agreement for the cession of said territory to the State of Alabama, to be ratified and confirmed by the Legislature of Alabama and approved by the Governor;

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that this Convention hereby ratifies and endorses the purposes of said act, and the appointment of said commission;

Resolved further, that we approve of the annexation of the territory described in said act, to the State of Alabama in the manner set forth therein;

Resolved further, that we commend the distinguished commission on the part of Alabama to painstaking and patriotic effort in consummating liberal terms for the cession of said territory, and recommend such other action by the legislature of Alabama, and the Congress of the United States as may be necessary.

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

Resolution 76, by Mr. Proctor:


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Resolved, That the reading each day of the Journal of this Convention be dispensed with unless the same is demanded by the Convention.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

Resolution 77, by Mr. Proctor:

Resolved, That the Committee on the Journal shall be entitled to a clerk, to be appointed by the chairman, who shall receive the same per diem as clerks of the other committees.

Resolved further, that said clerk shall, when not engaged with said committee, serve any other committee that may need a clerk, or serve the Secretary of this Convention when so required by him.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

Resolution 78, by Mr. Reese:

To reform judicial administration of the Justice of the Peace system.

Resolved, That the Committee on Judiciary Department be and are hereby instructed to investigate and report to this Convention what Constitutional provisions are necessary or expedient for the reform in judicial administration by the Justice of the Peace system, and whether the same should be abolished or modified.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Resolution 79, by Mr. Reese:

Resolved, That the Committee on Judicial Department are hereby instructed to embody in its report a provision fixing the salaries of Justices of the Supreme Court at such sum (not less than $5,000 per annum) as will enable the State to obtain its best legal talent for this important tribunal.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Resolution 80, by Mr. Reese:

Resolved, That Rule 27 be and is hereby amended as follows: By adding at the end thereof the following words:


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“Provided, That any vote taken on the last day of the session of this Convention may be reconsidered on the same day.”

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

Resolution 81, by Mr. Rogers, of Sumter:

Resolved, That it is the sense of this Convention that any further reference by “resolution” to the ante-election pledge of the “Democratic Platform” is not only unnecessary, but is bad taste. The people of Alabama expect, as a matter of course, that the Democratic Party will now, as heretofore, keep its promises to them.

Mr. Rogers, of Sumter, moved that the rules be suspended and that the resolution be adopted.

Mr. Reese moved that the resolution be referred to the Committee on Rules.

Mr. Rogers, of Sumter, moved to table the motion of Mr. Reese, and the motion to table prevailed.

Mr. Reese moved to indefinitely postpone the further consideration of the resolution 81.

Resolution 81:

Mr. Rogers, of Sumter, moved to table the motion of Mr. Reese to indefinitely postpone, and the motion prevailed.

The question recurred upon the motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution.

Resolution 81:

The motion prevailed and the rules were suspended and the resolution adopted.

Resolution 82, by Mr. Oates:

Resolved, That the present Constitution shall be the basis for action by this Convention, and all of its provisions which are not abrogated by repeal nor amended shall be and remain parts of the new Constitution.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

ADJOURNMENT.

The hour of 1 o’clock p.m. having arrived, under the rules the Convention stood adjourned until 10 o’clock to-morrow morning.