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ment, and in the appointment of commissions to inquire into the cause of the decline and the means for the revival of its commerce; and

Whereas, Sailing vessels in our coast trade (many of which are owned in this State) are at present subject to an unjust and onerous burden in being compelled to employ state pilots in the ports of the States south of the capes of Virginia, whether the services of such pilots be required or not, a compulsion from which steam vessels have been exempt by an act of Congress approved on February 28, 1871, nearly thirty-five years ago; and Whereas, Bills are now pending in each branch of Congress, to wit, Senate bill No. 30 and House bill No. 5281, providing for the exemption of sailing vessels in the coasting trade from the compulsory employment of state pilots, when such vessels are commanded by licensed United States pilots, or when they are in tow of tug boats, that are commanded by licensed United States pilots; therefore, be it

Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That it is the sense of the Legislature of the State of New York that American sailing vessels in the coasting trade should be exempt from the compulsory employment of State pilots as American steam vessels long have been; and therefore, be it further

Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the Senators and Representatives from the State of New York be and they hereby are respectively requested to support and advocate the enact ment of such measures in Congress, providing for such exemp tion, as being conducive to the increase of our commerce and the greater prosperity of our citizens.

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

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

Mr. Hill, from the committee on commerce and navigation, to which was referred the resolution introduced by Mr. Hill, relative to American shipping in the foreign trade by sea, reported the same amended to read as follows:

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION of the Legislature of the State of New York addressed to the United States Senators and Representatives in the Congress of the United States from the State of New York, in relation to American shipping in the foreign trade by sea.

Whereas, Our merchant marine engaged in the foreign trade, which in 1810 carried 90 per cent. of our foreign commerce

and to-day carries but 10 per cent. thereof, is now only onethird as large as it was in the zenith of its development in 1860; and

Whereas, An American merchant marine, with trained and experienced shipmasters, officers and seamen, sailing under the flag of the United States, is essential to our national defense as an auxiliary to the Navy in time of need; and

Whereas, Upon the recommendation of President Roosevelt, a commission consisting of five Senators and five Representatives in Congress was appointed to investigate this subject, and public hearings were held in most of the leading Atlantic, gulf, lake and Pacific ports of the United States, resulting in a report, accompanied by a bill to carry into effect the recommendation of the commission, which measure is now pending in the Congress of the United States, and is designed to upbuild and rehabilitate our shipping in the foreign trade; therefore, be it

Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the Legislature of the State of New York commends the work, the report and the bill of the Congressional Merchant Marine Commission as worthy of the support of the Senators and Representatives in the Congress of the United States from the State of New York, and be it further

Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the Senators and Representatives in Congress from the State of New York.

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

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

Mr. Allds, from the committee on forest, fish and game laws, to which was referred the bill introduced by Mr. Allds, Int. No. 192, entitled "An act to amend the Forest, Fish and Game Law, relative to the close season for deer" (No. 192), reported in favor of the passage of the same with some amendments, which report was agreed to.

On motion of Mr. Allds, and by unanimous consent, the rules were suspended and said bill ordered to a third reading.

The President presented the preliminary report of the Commission for Selection of Site for the New York State Training School for Boys, which was laid upon the table and ordered printed. (See Document.)

Mr. Grady moved that the committee on affairs of cities be discharged from the consideration of Senate bill No. 5, entitled "An act to amend the Greater New York charter, by inserting therein a new chapter creating a board of control of public utilities in the city of New York, and defining the purpose, duties and powers of such board" (Int. No. 5), and that said bill be amended, reprinted and recommitted to the committee on affairs of cities.

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

Mr. Grady moved that the committee on the judiciary be dis charged from the consideration of Senate bill No. 6, entitled "Concurrent resolution proposing an amendment to section 1 of article 12 of the Constitution, guaranteeing to cities and incorporated villages the right of municipal self-government and restricting the power of the legislature to the enactment of general laws in reference thereto " (Int. No. 6), and that said bill be amended, reprinted and recommitted to the committee on the judiciary.

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

Mr. Grady moved that the committee on the judiciary be discharged from the consideration of Senate bill No. 7, entitled "Concurrent resolution proposing an amendment to section 10, of article 8 of the Constitution, relating to the limitation of indebtedness of counties, cities, towns and villages by excepting the city of New York from the provisions of said section, under certain conditions" (Int. No. 7), and that said bill be amended, reprinted and recommitted to the committee on the judiciary.

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

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

(1) "An act to prevent the location, construction, maintenance and operation of a street surface railroad or railroad of any kind

in or upon Beach lane at Westhampton beach, in the town of Southampton, in Suffolk county." (No. 180, Int. No. 111.)

(2) Assembly, "An act to amend chapter 478 of the Laws of 1893, entitled 'An act to incorporate the city of Olean,' relative to elections, terms of office, annual financial statement and municipal year, and to repeal certain provisions thereof." (No. 171, Rec. No. 18.)

(3) "An act to make the office of the county clerk of Cayuga county a salaried office and regulating the management of said office." (No. 152, Int. No. 137.)

(4) "An act to amend chapter 118 of the Laws of 1897, entitled 'An act to make the office of county clerk of Oswego county a salaried office, and regulating the management of said office, and fixing the salary of said clerk and his assistants,' in relation to salary of miscellaneous clerk." (No. 68, Int. No. 68.)

(5) "An act to amend the Forest, Fish and Game Law, relative to nets in Lakes Ontario and Erie." (No. 191, Int. No. 191.)

(6) "An act to amend the Forest, Fish and Game Law, relative to the establishment of a close season in towns." (No. 186, Int. No. 186.)

(7) "An act making an appropriation for the rebuilding of the sewerage system, and other repairs, to the quarantine establishment on Swinburne island." (No. 271, Int. No. 248.)

(8) "An act making an appropriation for highway improvement purposes." (No. 219, Int. No. 202.)

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

Mr. Raines moved that the Senate do now adjourn.

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

Whereupon, the Senate adjourned.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1906.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

The Temporary President in the chair.

Prayer by Rev. C. E. Nichols.

The journal of yesterday was read and approved.

Leave of absence was granted to Mr. Lewis for the day. The Assembly sent for concurrence the following entitled bills: "An act to amend chapter 638 of the Laws of 1881, entitled 'An act to amend chapter 330 of the Laws of 1867, entitled "An act to amend the incorporation of the village of Fairport in the county of Monroe," in relation to the compensation of assessors" (No. 312, Rec. No. 28), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on affairs of villages.

"An act to authorize and direct the Comptroller to receive, admit and credit to the county treasurer of the county of Sullivan arrears of taxes upon lands of nonresidents, in said county, for the years 1902 and 1903" (No. 396, Rec. No. 29), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on finance.

"An act in relation to the appointment of justice's clerks by the justices of the city court of the city of New York" (No. 394, Rec. No. 30), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on affairs of cities.

"An act making an appropriation for highway improvement purposes" (No. 360, Rec. No. 31), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on finance.

“An act to amend the Tax Law relating to the cancellation and reduction of assessments and the remission of taxes" (No. 433, Rec. No. 32), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on finance.

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