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36th District.-L. W. Stuart and John A. Tritz.
41st District. Thomas S. Wilson, R. B. Lockwood, John B. Longueville and Dennis Donnovan.
42d District. - Cummings Sanborn.
43d District. - P. C. Wilcox.
44th District. George Ordway.
46th District. — Horace Hamilton, James Newbury and P. G.
47th District. - Aaron Brown and Curtis R. Bent.
48th District.-D. P. Walling.
49th District. - William Tucker.
50th District.-P. G. Wright and George R. Miller.
51st District. - Horace B. Williams and Jeremiah T. Atkins.
Your committee further report that Thomas B. Knapp of 45th District, Joseph Cramer of 14th District, William Glasgow of 5th District, Le Roy Lambert of 31st District, Benjamin W. Johnson of 40th District, Mark A. Dashiell of 22d District, Jackson Orr of 52d District, and Wilberforce P. Gaylord of 54th District, are present without credentials, but the records in the office of the Secretary of State show that they are entitled to seats in this House, and their admission is recommended.
AYLETT R. COTTON,
C. P. WILCOX,
J. P. IRISH,
On motion of Mr. Wilson, of Dubuque, the report of the committee was adopted, and the committee discharged.
On motion of Mr. Fulton, the oath of office was administered to the Speaker pro tem., by Mr. Cotton.
The members then arose in their places and the oath prescribed by the Constitution, was administered by the Speaker pro tem., and thereupon members respectively came forward to the clerk's desk and subscribed their names to the oath.
Mr. Kilburn offered the following resolution, which was adopted:
Resolved, That the House now proceed to the election of its officers in the same order in which said officers were named in the proceedings of the Eleventh General Assembly.
The House then proceeded to the election of Speaker.
Mr. Wilson received....
Mr. Russell having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared elected Speaker of this House.
The Chair appointed Messrs. Wilson and Trusdell a committee to conduct the Speaker to the chair.
On taking the chair, Mr. Russell spoke as follows:
Gentlemen of the House of Representatives:
Before entering upon the discharge of the duties of the position you have assigned me, permit me to return to you my heartfelt thanks for the high honor you have seen proper to confer upon
It is with much diffidence and with many doubts of my ability that I enter on the discharge of the duties of the position. I can only hope to be successful by a continuation of that kindness and partiality on the part of the members of this House which has been so liberally manifested on the present occasion.
Being the successor in this position of one whose ability as a presiding officer, is seldom equalled, I will no doubt, come far short of being able to present a favorable contrast to the minds of those who are familiar with his promptness, accuracy and decission.
I can only say that I will try to perform the duties of the position according to the best of my knowledge and ability, relying on each one of you for aid in all efforts to enforce the rules which you may adopt for our government.
I would bespeak in advance, your indulgence and forgiveness for the many errors I will no doubt inadvertantly commit, assuring
you that they will be errors of judgment only. I will again tender to you my most profound appreciation of the distinguished consideration you have seen proper to confer.
Let us now proceed to the discharge of the duties of our positions, always having in view a supreme regard for those great principles of liberty and justice which are the basis of American government.
The House then proceeded to the election of Chief Clerk.
Whole number of votes cast....
Mr. Woodruff received.....
Mr. Barnhart received...
Mr. Woodruff having received a majority of all the votes cast was declared duly elected Chief Clerk.
The House then proceeded to the election of First - Assistant Clerk.
Mr. Gólton nominated Benj. Van Steenburg.
Mr. Irish nominated Charles Doerr.
The following was the result of the ballot :
Mr. Van Steenburg received..
Mr. Doerr received..
Benj. Van Steenburg having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected First - Assistant Clerk.
The House then proceeded to the election of Second - Assistant Clerk.
Mr. Adams nominated Mr. S. A. Flanders.
Mr. Irish nominated T. S. Bailey.
The roll was called, and the result was as follows:
Whole number of votes cast...
Mr. Flanders received...
Mr. Bailey received.....
Mr. S. A. Flanders having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected Second Assistant Clerk.
The House then proceeded to the election of Engrossing Clerk. Mr. Irish nominated C. H. Babbit.
Mr. Hunter nominated John S. Ring.
The following was the result of the ballot :
Whole number of votes cast.
Mr. Ring received.....
Mr. Babbitt received....
Mr. Ring having received a majority of all the votes cast was declared duly elected Engrossing Clerk.
The House then proceeded to the election of Enrolling Clerk. Mr. Irish nominated Charles Schromm.
Mr. Tilson nominated J. A. Stright.
Thereupon a vote was taken with the following result:
Whole number of votes cast,.
Mr. Stright received..
Mr. Schramm received..
...16. Mr. Stright having received a majority of all the votes cast was declared duly elected Enrolling Clerk.
The House then proceeded to the election of Sergeant-at-Arms. Mr. Brown of Fayette nominated J. P. Patrick.
Mr. Irish nominated H. H. Rich.
Whereupon a vote was taken with the following result:
Whole number of votes cast,.
Mr. Patrick received..
Mr. Rich received....
Mr. Patrick having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected Sergeant-at-Arms.
The House then proceeded to the election of Door - keeper.
Mr. Irish nominated Neal Keeney.
The result of the ballot was as follows:
Mr. Keeney received.....
Mr. Bailey having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected Door-keeper.
Mr. Brown of Van Buren offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the Speaker be authorized to appoint the messenger-boys, janitor and paper-folders of the House, for the Twelth General Assembly.
Mr. Parker moved to amend by adding "assistant doorkeeper." Lost.
The resolution was then adopted.
MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE.
A committee from the Senate consisting of Senators Patterson, Fairall, and Tuttle, informed the House that the Senate was now organized, and ready to proceed to business.
Mr. Rohlfs offered the following resolution, which upon motion of Mr. Parker, was laid upon the table:
Resolved, That the paper - folders and messengers of this House shall be selected from the inmates of the Iowa Soldiers' Homes at Davenport and Cedar Falls, and that the selection shall be made on request of the Speaker of this House, by the respective superintendents of the homes, and that temporary messengers and paperfolders be appointed by the Speaker until the orphans arrive at the Capitol.
Mr. Burnett offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Speaker in appointing the messengers and
paper-folders and janitor, appoint either those who have been soldiers, or are orphans whose parents, or relatives on whom they depended, have died in the military service.
Mr. Reese moved that the resolution be laid upon the table, upon which question Messrs. Irish and Babbitt demanded the yeas and nays, which were as follows:
Yeas, 30; nays, 66.
The yeas were Messrs. Adams, Allen, Atkins, Bowan, Brown of Howard, Brown of Van Buren, Craig, Cramer, Criss, Garrett, Gaylord, Goodspeed, Hamilton, Hart, Knapp, Leffingwell, McKean, Miles, Newberry, Ordway, Phillips, Rees, Smith of Dickinson, Smith of Harrison, Tucker, Walling, Wheeler, Wilcox, Williams and Wilson of Davis-30.
The nays were Messrs. Atwood, Babbitt, Bailey, Ballinger, Bauder, Bent, Blackwell, Bolton, Brown of Fayette, Burnett, Burrows, Caldwell, Chase, Cotton, Dashiell, Davis, Donavan, Dudley, Ellis, Fulton, Glasgow, Grantham, Guthrie, Hartsock, Hatch, Hayden, Hawthorn, Hunter, Irish, Johnson of Cherokee, Johnson of Marshall, Kasson, Kelley, Kilburn, Lambert, Leach, Lockwood, Longueville, McCoun, McNutt, Mechem, Miller, Morrison, Murray, Orr, Parker, Peck, Perry, Ramsay, Rippey, Rohlfs, Rowell, Sanborn, Smith of Harrison, Sheldon, Stanley, Stone, Stuart, Tenney, Tillson, Traer, Tritz, Trusdell, Warner, Wilson of Tama, Wright, and Mr. Speaker-66.
Absent and not voting, Messrs. Browne of Lee and Wilson of Dubuque.
The motion to lay on the table was lost.
Mr. Adams moved to amend the resolution by writing the words and orphans of deceased or disabled soldiers." Adopted.
Mr. Grantham moved to add the words, "so far as the same may be compatible with the public interest." Adopted.
The resolution as amended was adopted.
Mr. Dudley introduced the following resolution, which was adopted:
Resolved, That the several clergymen in actual charge of the churches in the city of Des Moines, be invited to officiate as chaplains of the House, and that they arrange among themselves the order in which they shall act; and that the Chair appoint a committee of two to carry the above into effect.
Mr. McNutt offered the following resolutions which was adopted: Resolved, That the rules of the last House be adopted as the standing rules of this House, and that the Chief Clerk be instructed to have four hundred copies printed for the use of the members; and that he shall prepare and have attached to said rules the name, age, occupation, county, post office address, length of time in the State, religious denomination, nativity, and boarding place of members, and officers of the House.