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"An act in relation to the reduction of the capital stock of banks," banking associations, individual bankers, and other moneyed corporations, and for other purposes."

The Assembly sent for concurrence a resolution, in the words following:

Whereas, By the United States homestead law of 1872 those entitled to its privileges are obliged to settle on the land selected by them within six months after such selection; and,

Whereas, By reason of this provision a large majority of soldiers, wishing to avail themselves of said law, are virtually deprived of all its benefits, including those who are at present pecuniarily unable to move west, those who have children too small to withstand the hardships of a new country, or of an age when such removal would deprive them of necessary educational facilities, those who are engaged in business which they cannot immediately leave without special loss, and those who, for other reasons, are not able to make so important a change for some time to come; the whole of whom, by reason of such delay in removal, would find all desirable and conveniently located land already taken up; therefore, in order to meet these numerous cases, and that those whose valor and sacrifices preserved to the nation all its territory may have the benefit of a small portion for actual settlement and the support of their families,

Resolved (if the Senate concur), That our Senators and Representatives in Congress be requested to favor, with their influence and their votes, the passage of an amendment to the homestead law extending the time for the actual occupation of land selected by soldiers to ten years from the time of such selection.

Ordered, That said resolution be laid upon the table.

By unanimous consent, Mr. King asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act in relation to the county court-house and jail in Queens county," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on internal affairs.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Selkreg asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act in relation to the collection of taxes," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. King offered the following:

Resolved, That the committee of the Senate, appointed to investigate in relation to an item in the supply bill of 1874, have power to send for persons and papers.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole, and proceeded to the consideration of general orders, being the bills entitled as follows:

"An act to permit companies or corporations incorporated or formed under or pursuant to the provisions of the act entitled 'An act for the incorporation of companies formed to navigate the lakes and rivers,' passed April 15, 1854, to extend the term of their corporate existence.”

"An act further amending an act entitled 'An act in relation to the location and erection of public buildings for the use of Erie county and the city of Buffalo,' passed April 21, 1871."

"An act to amend the charter of the Ithaca Mechanics' Society."

After some time spent therein the President resumed the chair, and Mr. Kellogg, from said committee, reported in favor of the passage of said named bills, which report was agreed to, and the same ordered engrossed for a third reading.

The Senate again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, and proceeded to the consideration of general orders, being the bills entitled as follows:

"An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to empower the board of water commissioners of the city of Buffalo, together with the common council of said city, to establish or designate pulic hydrants in said city, and providing for the appointment of water commissioners in said city,' passed June 25, 1873."

"An act to amend chapter 436 of the Laws of 1874, entitled 'An act to regulate the practice of medicine and surgery in the State of New York,' passed May 11, 1874."

"An act to prohibit fishing near any fish-way established by the State." After some time spent therein the President resumed the chair, and Mr. Fox, from said committee, reported in favor of the passage of the first named bill, which report was agreed to, and said bill ordered engrossed for a third reading.

Mr. Fox, from the same committee, reported progress on the second named bill, and asked and obtained leave to sit again.

Mr. Fox, from the same committee, reported in favor of the passage of the last named bill, with amendments, which report was agreed to, and said bill ordered engrossed for a third reading.

The Senate again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, and proceeded to the consideration of general orders, being the Assembly bill entitled as follows:

"An act amendatory of the several acts relating to Washington park in the city of Albany."

After some time spent therein the President resumed the chair, and Mr. Johnson, from said committee, reported in favor of the passage of said named bill, with amendments, which report was agreed to, and said bill ordered to a third reading.

On motion of Mr. Fox, the Senate adjourned.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1875.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by the Chaplain.

The journal of yesterday was read and approved.

Mr. Selkreg, from the committee on public printing, to which was referred the resolution to print extra copies of the Report of the New York Institution for the Blind, reported in favor of the adoption of the following resolution:

Resolved (if the Assembly concur concur), That 2,000 copies of the Report of the New York State Institution for the Blind be printed for the use of the Trustees of said institution.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative, as follows:

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Ordered, That the Clerk deliver said resolution to the Assembly, and request their concurrence therein.

Mr. Robertson, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the Assembly bill entitled "An act to amend an act passed May 27, 1873, entitled 'An act to amend the statutes in reference to the collection of taxes in the county of Suffolk,' ,"" reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Robertson moved that said bill be printed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Lowery, from the committee on manufactures, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act to extend the operation and effect of the act passed February 17, 1848, entitled 'An act to authorize the formation of corporations for manufacturing, mining, mechanical or chemical purposes,"" reported in favor of the passage of the same, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Wood, from the committee on engrossed bills, reported as correctly engrossed the bills entitled as follows:

"An act to amend the charter of the Ithaca Mechanics' Society."

"An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to empower the board of water commissioners of the city of Buffalo, together with the common council of said city, to establish or designate public hydrants in said city, and providing for the appointment of water commissioners in said city,' passed June 25, 1873."

"An act further amending an act entitled 'An act in relation to the location and erection of public buildings for the use of Erie county and the city of Buffalo,' passed April 21, 1871."

"An act to prohibit fishing near any fish-way established by the State." "An act to permit companies or corporations incorporated or formed under or pursuant to the provisions of the act entitled 'An act for the incorporation of companies formed to navigate the lakes and rivers,' passed April 15, 1854, to extend the term of their corporate existence." The Assembly sent for concurrence the bill entitled as follows:

"An act to authorize the city of Rochester to issue its bonds for the construction of a new school building," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the affairs of cities.

By unanimous consent, Mr. King asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to release the interest of the people of the State of New York to Fritz Fanger, husband of Wilhelmina Fanger, deceased, in and to certain real estate situate in the town of Newtown, Queens county," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

By unanimous consent, Mr. King asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to revise

and consolidate the several acts relating to public instruction,' passed May 7, 1864, as amended by chapter 406 of the Laws of 1867," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on literature.

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By unanimous consent, Mr. Bradley asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to provide for the compensation of clerk to surrogate courts in certain cases,' which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Jacobs asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to amend the charter of the city of Brooklyn, and the various amendments thereof, passed June 28, 1873, and to further amend the charter of the city of Brooklyn, passed June 1, 1874,"" which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the affairs of cities.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Ray asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to authorize the New York and Hudson Steamboat Company to mortgage its property," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the affairs of cities.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Jacobs asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act in relation to the treatment of animals," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on public health.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Parmenter asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act for the extension of plankroads and turnpikes," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

The bill entitled "An act in relation to the reduction of the capital stock of banks, banking associations, individual bankers, and other moneyed corporations, and for other purposes," having been announced for a third reading,

On motion of Mr. Lowery, and by unanimous consent, was amended as follows:

Section 6, line , engrossed bill, strike out the word "five," and insert in lieu thereof the word "ten."

Said bill was then read a third time.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the final passage of said bill, and it was decided in the affirmative, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate voting in favor thereof, as follows:

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Ordered, That the Clerk deliver said bill to the Assembly, and request their concurrence therein.

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The Assembly bill entitled "An act supplementary to an act, passed May 20, 1872, entitled 'An act to amend the several acts relating to the city of Rochester," was read a third time.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the final passage of said bill, and three-fifths of all the members elected to the Senate not being present, as follows:

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The Assembly bill entitled "An act to authorize the common council of the city of Lockport to raise by tax the sum of $2,000 to expend in repairing the Spaulding hose carriage in said city," was read a third time.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the final passage of said bill, and it was decided in the affirmative, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate voting in favor thereof, and three-fifths being present, as follows:

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Ordered, That the Clerk return said bill to the Assembly, with a message informing that the Senate have concurred in the passage of the same, with amendments.

The Assembly bill entitled "An act to provide more effectually for the punishment of peculation and other wrongs affecting public moneys and rights of property," was read a third time.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the final passage of said bill, and it was decided in the affirmative, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate voting in favor thereof, and three-fifths being present, as follows:

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Ordered, That the Clerk return said bill to the Assembly, with a message informing that the Senate have concurred in the passage of the

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