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HALL OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
DES MOINES, January 14, 1868. House called to order by the Speaker pro tem. Prayer by Rev. Mr. Trusdell.
Journal of yesterday read and approved.
Mr. Cotton from the Committee on Credentials, submitted the following report.
Your committee to whom were referred the credentials of pereons claiming to be members of this House, beg leave to report that they find the several districts to be represented as follows: 1st District.-C. C. Bauder, William Werner, and Gibson
Browne. 2d District. — Joel Brown and Seth H. Craig. 3d District. - William G. Wilson and J. M. Garrett. 4th District. - Bannock Phillips. 5th District. 6th District. — H. W. Peck. 7th District. – A. G. Adams and Robert Allen. 8th District.-John P. Grantham and Jacob Hart. 9th District. - John Hayden and A. R. Fulton. 10th District. Charles Dudley and Samuel T. Caldwell. 11th District. — A. A. Ramsey. 12th District. — Samuel D. Wheeler. 13th District. -- Barclay Burrows.
16th District. — John Y. Stone.
23d District. — Benjamin F. Murray.
32d District. - M. J. Rohlfs, Charles Kelley and M. C. Davis. 33d District. — Charles G. Trusdell, Charles E. Leffingwell and
Aylett R. Cotton. 34th District. John Russell and John McKean. 35th District. - William S. Chase and C. P. Sheldon.
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. O. Wilcox. 44th District. - George Ordway.
46th District. – Horace Hamilton, James Newbury and P. G.
Bailey. 47th District. - Aaron Brown and Curtis R. Bent. 48th District. — D. P. Walling. 19th District. - William Tucker. 50th District. — P. G. Wright and George R. Miller. 51st District. - Horace B. Williams and Jeremiah T. Atkins.
53d District. - James Hawthorne.
55th District. - Joseph II. Smith.
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 520 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 Honse, and their admission is recommended.
AYLETT R. COTTON,
On motion of Mr. Wilson, of Dubuque, the report of the committee was adopted, and the committee discharged.
On motion of Mr. Falton, 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 thereapon 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.
..81 Mr. Wilson received..
..16 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:
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 me.
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.
81 Mr. Barnbart received....
15 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. Golton nominated Benj. Van Steenburg.
17 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.
79 Mr. Bailey received....
17 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.
78 Mr. Babbitt received....
17 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.
Thereupon a vote was taken with the following result:
..81. Mr. Schramm received..
...16. Mr. Stright having received a majority of all the votes cast was declared daly elected Enrolling Clerk.
The House then proceeded to the election of Sergeant-at-Arms.
Whole number of votes cast, .
...16. 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.
..78. Mr. Keeney received.. Mr. Bailey having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected Door- keeper.
Mr. Brows 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' ]Iomes 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
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