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MR. BOWERS, from the Joint Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation, reported that the object of within bill cannot be reached by general law or court proceedings:

S. B. No. 57. A bill to amend and re-enact an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact an act approved March 25, 1902, entitled an act to amend and re-enact an act entitled an act in regard to the notice by publication of the codification of the ordinances of the city of Norfolk, approved March 10, 1902, approved February 5, 1915; which was taken up and referred to the Committee for Courts of Justice.

Mr. (Annon, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 101. A bill to amend and re-enact section 571 of the Code of Virginia, as heretofore amended, in relation to redress against erroneous assessment of levies and local taxes; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on Finance.

MR. CORBITT, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 102. A bill to amend and re-enact section 32-a of the charter of the city of Portsmouth, approved March 13, 1912, as heretofore amended, in reference to the issue of bonds; which was taken up and referred to the Joint Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation.

MR. MITCHELL, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 103. A bill to amend and re-enact section 3233 of the Code of Virginia ; which was taken up and referred to the Committee for Courts of Justice.

Mr. THORNtox, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 104. A bill to amend and re-enact sections 3 and 4 of an act entitled "an act to amend and re-enact an act entitled : An act to amend and re-enact an act to provide for creating, working and maintaining public roads in Fairfax county and defining the boundaries of the same," approved March 14, 1904, approved March 8, 1906, approved March 17, 1908 ; which was taken up and referred to the Joint Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation.

MR. RINEHART, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 105. A bill to authorize and empower the board of supervisors of Alleghany county to levy a special district road tax for Boiling Springs and Clifton districts; which was taken up and referred to the Joint Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation.

MR. RINEHART, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 106. A bill to provide a new charter for the city of Clifton Forge, and to repeal all other acts or parts of acts in conflict therewith; which was taken up and referred to the Joint Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation.

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MR. Early, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 107. A bill to authorize the board of supervisors of Albemarle county to borrow money and to issue bonds for the purpose of securing national and State aid in the building of roads; which was taken up and referred to the Joint Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation.

ME. EARLY, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 108. A bill to authorize courts and other tribunals to take judicial notice of the laws of other States and foreign countries, and of the United States; which was taken up and referred to the Committee for Courts of Justice.

S. B. No. 2. A bill to amend and re-enact sections 17, 18 and 19 of an act entitled an act to establish a uniform system of bookkeeping and accounting and for the appointment of a State accountant, approved March 14, 1910, as amended by an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact an act entitled an act to establish the uniform system of bookkeeping and accounting and for the appointment of a State accountant, approved March 14, 1910, so as to add thereto sections 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21, enlarging the powers and duties of the State accountant so as to authorize counties and cities to have the use of his services for the examination of the accounts of county and city officers at the expense of counties and cities and providing for a biennial examiantion of county offices, was taken up.

MR. DOWNING moved to pass the bill by, which was agreed to.

A message was received from the House of Delegates by MR. MEETZE, who informed the Senate that the House of Delegates had passed the following joint resolution, in which they requested the concurrence of the Senate:

Whereas, the exigencies of war are such that every efficient instrumentality which has for its purpose the alleviation of suffering and aid to soldiers should be fostered and encouraged,

And whereas, the American Red Cross Society is recognized by the United States War Department as the most patriotic and potential of such instrumentalities, having as its leaders men and women whose devotion to their country and its ideals is most earnest and unselfish;

Therefore, be it resolved by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That it is the sense of the General Assembly of Virginia that said American Red Cross organization is worthy of the recognition of the State and its people, and the said General Assembly of Virginia commends it and its human offices to all the people, with the hope that it may have unanimity of support; which was agreed to.

MR. WALKER was ordered to inform the House of Delegates thereof.

The hour of 12:30 o'clock having arrived,

S. B. No. 23. A bill to establish "The State Highway System,” being the special and continuing order for the hour, was taken up, read the second time.

The committee amendments were agreed to.
MR. GOOLRICK offered an amendment, which was agreed to.
MR. STRODE offered an amendment.
On motion of Mr. STRODE, the bill was passed by.

S. B. No. 22. A bill to provide for the acceptance of the terms and provisions of an act of Congress, approved July 11, 1916, entitled an act to provide that the United States shall aid the States in the construction of rural post roads, and for other purposes; was taken up, read the second time, committee amendments agreed to, and on motion of MR. STRODE, was passed by.

S. B. No. 21. A bill to authorize the use, so far as practicable, of the convict road force in the construction and maintenance of “The State Highway System,” was taken up, read the second time, and on motion of MR. STRODE, was passed by.

On motion of Mr. STRODE, the Senate adjourned until tomorrow at 12 o'clock.

J. TAYLOR ELLYSON,

President of the Senate. 0. V. HANGER,

Clerk of the Senate.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1918.

Lieutenant-Governor J. TAYLOR ELLYson in the chair.
Prayer by Rev. J. J. Scherer, Jr.
The Journal of yesterday was read by the Clerk.

The following communication from the House of Delegates, by their Clerk, was received and read:

In House of Delegates, January 22, 1918. The House of Delegates bas agreed to House Joint Resolution proposing amendment to section 184 of the Constitution of Virginia; in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

H. Jt. Resolution. Proposing an amendment to section 184 of the Constitution of Virginia, was taken up, read the first time and referred to the Committee on Roads and Internal Navigation.

The following communications from the president of the University of Virginia, secretary of board of visitors of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Virginia Military Institute were received, read and referred to the Committee on Nominations:

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA,

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT,

CHARLOTTESVILLE, January 22, 1918. Hon. T. JAYLOR ELLYSON, President of the Senate,

Richmond, Va. DEAR SIR:

I have the honor to inform you that the board of visitors of the University of Virginia have nominated Dean J. M. Page to succeed himself as representative of the university on the State Board of Education.

Very sincerely yours,
EDWIN A. ALDERMAN,

President.

VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE,

CHRISTIANSBURG, VA.

At a meeting of the board of visitors of the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute held at Richmond, Virginia, January 8, 1918, the secretary was directed to forward to the Senate of Virginia, the name of Dr. John E. Williams, professor of mathematics at said institute for membership on the State Board of Education.

TESTE:

CHAS. I. WADE, Secretary Board Visitors.

MURPHY'S HOTEL, RICHMOND, VA., January 9, 1918.

Resolved, That Colonel Henry C. Ford, professor of latin and history, be nominated by this board to the Senate of Virginia for membership upon the State Board of Education.

I certify that the foregoing resolution is a true copy from the records of the minutes of the board of visitors of the Virginia Military Institute of date January 9, 1918.

LEWIS E. STEELE,
Secretary Board of Visitors,

Virginia Military Institute.
January 18, 1918.

MR. Canxon, from the Committee on County, City and Town Organization, reported without amendment:

H. B. No. 2. A bill to declare the lot on which is located the courthouse of Greensville county, in the town of Emporia, a part of each of the three magisterial districts for said county of Greensville.

He, from the same committee, reported without amendments :

S. B. No. 16. A bill to amend the charter of the city of Portsmouth, approved March 10, 1908, by adding thereto a new section to be known as section 31-a, prescribing rules and regulations for the bringing of actions against the city of Portsmouth for damages for injuries to persons or property alleged to have been sustained by reason of negligence.

He, from the same committee, reported without amendments :

S. B. No. 47. A bill to amend and re-enact section 19 of chapter III, of an act, approved March 11, 1875, entitled an act to provide a charter for the city of Petersburg, as amended and re-enacted by an act approved March 17, 1910.

And he, from the same committee, reported without amendments :

S. B. No. 56. A bill to amend and re-enact sub-section 5, section 20, of the charter of the city of Norfolk, as amended by an act approved March 17, 1916.

MR. BOWERS, from the Joint Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation, reported that the object of within bill cannot be reached by general law or court proceedings.

S. B. No. 92. A bill to validate, ratify, approve and confirm certain bonds hereafter to be issued, and the election held on December 12, 1916, authorizing the issuance of such bonds by Alexandria county for Washington magisterial district for the purpose of macadamizing and otherwise permanently improving public roads and bridges in said magisterial district, which was taken up and referred to the Commttee on County, City and Town Organization.

MR. BOWERS, from the Joint Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation, reported that the object of within bill cannot be reached by general law or court proceedings.

S. B. No. 93. A bill to amend and re-enact sub-sections four and seven of section thirty-nine of the charter of the city of Norfolk, as amended by an act approved March 20, 1916, which was taken up and referred to the Committee on County, City and Town Organization.

MR. BOWERS, from the Joint Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation, reported that the object of within bill cannot be reached by general law or court proceedings.

S. B. No. 94. A bill to amend and re-enact sub-section 4 of section 20 of the charter of the city of Norfolk, as amended by an act approved March 17, 1916, which was taken up and referred to the Committee on County, City and Town Organization.

S. B. No. 95. A bill to amend the sixth sub-section of section twenty of the charter of the city of Norfolk, as amended by an act approved March 17, 1916, which was taken up and referred to the Committee on County, City and Town Organization.

MR. BOWERS, from the Joint Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation, reported that the object of within bill cannot be reached by general law or court proceedings.

S. B. No. 96. A bill authorizing the councils of cities in this Commonwealth having, by the last United States census, a population in excess of 65,000 inhabitants and less than 100,000, to increase, during their respective terms, the salaries of captains and sergeants of the police force and assistant chief or chiefs of the fire department, and other city officials, whose original term of office has been

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