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full and complete list of all lands that have been entered, giving a description of the same in section, township and range, together with the name of the person entering the same. It could be done at the expense of the Territory, and each county furnished with its list, and charged with its due proportion of the expense.

In conclusion, I wish to call your attention to the present small remuneration in the way of salaries to the Territorial Officers. As the labors of the Treasurer, and Auditor in particular, will be greatly increased by the passage and operations of the new Revenue Law, the present rates of salaries should be so altered as to justify the officers in devoting the time and attention to the wants of the different officers and the interests of the Territory require. All of which is respectfully submitted,

R. Ć. JORDAN,

Territorial Auditor. On motion of Mr. Reeves, The Joint Convention adjourned. The House having resumed business,

Mr. Steele moved, that the Chief Clerk be authorized to procure two thousand printed copies of the Governor's Message for the use of the House.

On motion of Mr. Clark,
The motion was laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Clayes,
The members of the House proceeded to draw for seats.

On motion of Mr. Stewart,
Henry F. Crowell was by acclamation elected Page.

On motion of Mr. Stewart,
The Page was allowed three dollars per day.
The following was received from the Council:

COUNCIL CHAMBER,

Sept. 22, 1858. Mr. Speaker:

I am instructed to inform your honorable body, that the Council have adopted the accompanying Joint Resolution, relative to “ Joint Rules," and the concurrence of the House is requested.

S. M. CURRAN, Chief Clerk.

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Mr. Marquette offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms be instructed to make all necessary arrangements with the Postmaster of this city, by which all mail matter directed to members and officers of this House, may be delivered to him.

On motion,
The resolution was adopted.
Mr. Clark offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Secretary of this Territory be instructed to procure the printing of two thousand copies of the Governor's Message, for the use of the House.

On motion of Mr. Mason,
The resolution was laid on the table.
Mr. Hall offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That this House hold one session each day, and that said session open at nine o'clock A. M., and close at 2 o'clock P. M.

On motion of Mr. Clark,
The resolution was laid on the table.
Mr. Mason offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That this house meet at nine o'clock A. M., and hold but one session each day.

On motion,
The resolution was adopted.
Mr. Rankin offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Territory be requested to lay before this House, any information or instructions which he

may

have in his possession, relative to the payment of moneys for newspapers for the use of members, postage or public printing, and for the payment of the per

diem of the members and officers of this extra session of the Legislature.

Mr. Daily moved to lay the resolution on the table.
Lost.

On motion,
The resolution was now adopted.

On motion of Mr. Stewart,
The House adjourned.

THURSDAY, Sept. 23, 1858. House met at nine o'clock A. M. Prayer by the Chaplain. Journal of yesterday read. The Speaker announced the Standing Committees, as follows:

STANDING COMMITTEES. Privileges and Elections—Messrs. Briggs, Marquette, Taffe, Steele and Gwyer.

Ways and Means—Messrs. Daily, Fleming, Rankin, Kline and Sey

mour.

Judiciary-Messrs. Mason, Stewart, Collier, Marquette and Steele. Agriculture-Messrs. Seymour, Cassel, Cooper, Shields and Noel. Militia-Messrs. Doom, Mason, Clark, Wattles and Steinberger.

Accounts and Expenditures——Messrs. Hall, Wattles, Wasson, Steele and Ramsay.

Public Buildings and Grounds—Messrs. Clayes, Rankin, Dean, Shields and Doom.

Engrossed and Enrolled Bills—Messrs. Noel and Lee.

Federal Relations-Messrs. Fleming, Gwyer, Marquette, Young and Dean.

Corporations-Messrs. Stewart, Davis of Cass, Ramsay, Kline and Bramble.

Banks and Currency-Messrs. De Puy, Stewart, Clayes, Kline and Norwood.

County Seats and County Boundaries-Messrs. Davis of Washington, Daily, De Puy, Taffe and Bramble.

Library–Messrs. Gwyer, Norwood, Cooper, Lee and Steele.
Common Schools-Messrs Roeder, De-Puy, Clayes, Cooper and Young.
Public Printing—Messrs. Stewart, Gwyer, Seymour, Mason and Noel.
Roads—Messrs. Rankin, Clark, Taffe, Lee and Shields.

Internal Improvements--Messrs. Taffe, Fleming, Briggs, Davis of Cass, and Dean.

Mr. Rankin offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That it shall not be in order to discuss in this House, or take any action whatever, except by reference to appropriate committees; or attempt to enact any local or special laws, until after the passage or other disposal by this House of a Civil Code or act to regulate the practice and proceedings in Courts of Justice-a Criminal Code—an act for the better regulation of Common Schools, and until after the disposal by passage, rejection or otherwise of any other laws of a general nature which may come before it.

Laid over, under rule.

The following joint resolution, from the Council was now taken up and adopted:

Resolved, By the Council and House of Representatives, That a Joint Committee of Two, on the part of the Council, and Three on the part of the House of Representatives, be appointed, to prepare and report Joint Rules for the government of the two bodies.

Committee-Messrs. Collier, Briggs and Steele.
The following notices of bills were given:

By Mr. Mason,
Of a bill to regulate the practice, pleadings and proceedings of the
Courts of Law in the Territory of Nebraska.

By Mr. Steele,
Of a bill to exempt the homestead of families from execution.

By Mr. Collier, Of a bill to regulate the appointment and define the powers and duties of Notaries Public.

Also, Of a bill to authorize certain officers to administer oaths and affirmations, and take acknowledgments.

Also,
Of a bill for a law of mechanics' liens.

Mr. Rankin moved to suspend the rules, in order to take up the resolution in relation to excluding all local or private bills until certain laws had been acted upon.

On which the ages and nays were called, with the following result:

Ayes—Messrs. Briggs, Clark, Clayes, Collier, Cooper, Davis of Cass, Davis of Washington, Daily, Dean, Doom, Fleming, Gwyer, Hall, Kline, Lee, Mason, Noel, Rankin, Roeder, Shields, Steele, Taffe, Young.–23.

Nays-Messrs. Bramble, Cassell, De Puy, Marquette, Seymour, Stewart, Wattles.—7.

Carried.
The resolution having been taken up,
Mr. Gwyer offered the following substitute:

Resolved, That it shall not be in order to introduce in this House any acts of a local or private character, until after the introduction of a Criminal Code, a Civil Code, Revenue Bill, School Bill and Homestead Bill.

Mr. Davis of Washington moved to lay both resolution and substitute on the table.

The ayes and nays being demanded, a call of the House was ordered. Absent-Messrs. Clayes, Norwood and Steinberger.

On motion,
Messrs. Norwood and Steinberger were excused.
Mr. Clayes having taken his seat,

On motion,
All further proceedings under call were dispensed with.

The ayes and nays were then called on the motion to lay on the table:

Ayes-Messrs. Bramble, Davis of Cass, Davis of Washington, Daily, Dean, Doom, De Puy, Marquette, Roeder, Seymour, Stewart, Wattles, Young.–13.

Nays-Messrs. Briggs, Cassell, Clark, Clayes, Collier, Cooper, Fleming, Gwyer, Hall, Kline, Lee, Mason, Noel, Rankin, Shields, Taffe.-16.

Lost.

Mr. Steele moved to amend substitute as follows: After the words “Homestead Bill ” add, or any other laws of a general nature.”

Lost.
Question had on adopting substitute.
Lost.
Question now had on original resolution.
Ayes and nays called:

Ayes—Messrs. Bramble, Briggs, Cassell, Clark, Clayes, Collier, Cooper, Dean, Fleming, Gwyer, Hall, Kline, Lee, Mason, Noel, Rankin, Roeder, Seymour, Shields, Steele, Taffe.-21.

Nays-Messrs. Davis of Cass, Davis of Washington, Daily, Doom, De Puy, Marquette, Stewart, Wattles, Young.-9.

Carried.

The following communication from Hon. J. Sterling Morton, Secretary of the Territory, was received:

SECRETARY'S OFFICE,
Omaha City, Sept. 23, 1858.

} Gentlemen of the House of Representatives :

In compliance with a resolution that was passed by your Honorable Body on yesterday, asking for information relative to the disbursements of moneys for public printing, newspapers for members, and postage, I have the honor to submit the following information:

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August 20, 1858.

In making your disbursements, I have to prescribe, as your guides, the 12th section of the Organic Act of Nebraska (vol. 10, Statutes at Large, p. 282); the 117th paragraph of the Act of May, 18, 1842, particularly the last proviso (vol. 5, Stats., p. 480), and the second section, Act August 29, 1842 (vol. 5, Stats., p. 541).

Proper attention to these enactments must make a right course certain. There may occur, however, under the incidental head, items of expense of doubtful propriety. Before paying any of these you should consult the accounting officers.

I am, respectfully,

your ob't serv't,

W. MEDILL, Comptroller. That part of the Organic Act referred to, i. e., the twelfth section, reads as follows:

"The members of the Legislative Assembly shall be entitled to receive three dollars each per day during their attendance at the sessions thereof, and three dollars each for every twenty miles travel in going to and returning from the said sessions, estimating according to the nearest usually traveled route; and an additional allowance of three dollars shall be paid to the presiding officer of each House for each day he shall so preside. And a Chief Clerk, and Assistant Clerk, a Ser

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