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

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

Mr. Arkell, from the same committee, reported progress on the lastnamed bill, and asked and obtained leave to sit again.

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 section 15 of title 9 of chapter 519 of the Laws of 1870."

"An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to further amend chapter 19 of the Laws of 1858, entitled An act to incorporate the Long Island College Hospital of the city of Brooklyn,' and the acts amendatory thereof, passed April 30, 1864, and April 1, 1879."

"An act making an appropriation for certain contingent expenses of the Legislature.'

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

Mr. Low, from the same committee, reported in favor of the passage of the second-named bill, which report was agreed to, and the same ordered engrossed for a third reading.

Mr. Low, from the same committee, reported progress on the lastnamed bill, and asked and obtained leave to sit again.

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 chapter 410 of the Laws of 1882, entitled 'An act to consolidate into one act and declare the special and local laws affecting public interests in the city of New York.""

"An act to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure."

"An act to amend chapter 463 of the Laws of 1880, entitled 'An act to amend chapter 604 of the Laws of 1875, entitled An act to protect the shores and bay of New York and the seaside resorts near New York city, and to prevent the deposit of carrion, offal, dead animals, bedding, or any putrid, offensive, decaying or refuse vegetable or animal matter, or any garbage or sweepings taken from the streets of any city into the North and East rivers or in the bay of New York or Raritan bay, within the jurisdiction of the State of New York, or in the waters of Jamaica bay, or in the waters of the Atlantic ocean within three miles of Rockaway beach or Far Rockaway or Coney Island, or within less than one mile beyond the outer bar,' and to amend section 4 of the said chapter 604 of the Laws of 1875."

After some time spent therein, the President resumed the chair, and Mr. Kiernan, from said committee, reported progress on the firstnamed bill, and asked leave to sit again.

Mr. Murphy moved that the committee of the whole be discharged from the further consideration of said bill, and that the same be ordered engrossed for a third reading.

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

Mr. Kiernan, from the same committee, reported in favor of the passage of the second-named bill, which report was agreed to, and the same ordered engrossed for a third reading.

Mr. Kiernan, from the same committee, reported progress on the last-named bill, and asked leave to sit again.

Mr. Daggett moved to discharge the committee of the whole from the further consideration of said bill, and that the same be ordered engrossed for a third reading.

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

Mr. Low offered the following:

Resolved, That the committee of the whole be discharged from the further consideration of Senate bill, printed No. 193, entitled "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to authorize the removal of the remains of all persons interred in the burial grounds situated on the east side of Academy avenue, and between. Little avenue and Washington street, in the village of Middletown, Orange county, State of New York, to Hillside cemetery, in said village, and the taking of the lands included within the bounds of said burial grounds for public park purposes, also the issue of bonds to defray the expenses thereof,' passed June 6, 1882," and the same be ordered engrossed for a third reading.

By unanimous consent,

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

Also, the following:

Resolved, That the committee of the whole be discharged from the further consideration of Senate bill, printed No. 195, entitled "An act to amend chapter 128, Laws of 1876, passed April 14, 1876, entitled 'An act to amend chapter 46 of the Laws of 1872, entitled An act to amend an act entitled An act to amend and consolidate the charter of the village of Middletown,' passed March 31, 1866," and that the same be ordered engrossed for a third reading.

By unanimous consent,

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

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 provide a board of education for the management and control of the public schools of the city of Buffalo."

"An act to amend chapter 386 of the Laws of 1882, entitled 'An act for the construction of a sewer for the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, and to make an appropriation therefor."

"An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to secure the completion of the Seventh regiment new armory in the city of New York,' passed March 1, 1879."

After some time spent therein, the President resumed the chair, and Mr. Davidson, from said committee, reported progress on the firstnamed bill, and asked and obtained leave to sit again.

Mr. Davidson, from the same committee, reported in favor of the

two last-named bills, which report was agreed to, and the same ordered engrossed for a third reading.

On motion of Mr. McCarthy, the Senate adjourned.

MONDAY, MARCH 10, 1884.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by the Rev. D. W. Gibbs.

The journal of Friday, March 7, was read and approved.

Mr. Jacobs moved to reconsider the vote by which the adverse report of the committee on roads and bridges upon the bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 800 of the Laws of 1869, entitled 'An act in relation to making and repairing highways and bridges in the towns of Flatbush and New Utrecht, in Kings county,' was agreed to, and that the motion be laid on the table.

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

The President presented a communication from the district attorney of Albany county, as follows:

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DEAR SIRA writ of habeas corpus in the case of William McDonald, confined in the Albany county jail by order of the Senate, has been issued returnable before the Court of Oyer and Terminer, now in session in this city, on Tuesday, the 11th inst., at the opening of the court.

I have communicated the facts by letter to the Hon. Frederick S. Gibbs, chairman of the committee on cities, and also to the gentlemen I have understood were counsel for that committee. It is my duty, of course, to appear in the matter, but thinking that the Senate might wish to appear in the matter by counsel, or that the committee might wish so to be heard, I have deemed it proper to call your attention to the matter in order that you may intimate your or their desire in the matter as soon as possible.

Very respectfully yours,

D. CADY HERRICK,

Dist. Att'y, Albany Co.

Hon. D. B. HILL, Lieut.-Gov. Ordered, That said communication be referred to the committee on cities.

Mr. Esty introduced a bill entitled "An act to extend the time for the completion and operating the Seneca Falls and Waterloo Railroad, authorized to be constructed and operated under aud by chapter 197 of the Laws of 1866," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on railroads.

Mr. Nelson introduced a bill entitled "An act to provide for the appointment of an additional number of notaries public in the county

of Westchester," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Also, a bill entitled "An act to release the interest of the people of the State of New York in and to certain real estate in the county of Westchester, of which John Mayes died possessed to Frances Mayes," 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. Baker introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend section 258 of the Code of Civil Procedure," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

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Also, a bill entitled "An act to provide for the increase or reduction of the number of directors or trustees of insurance companies,' which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on insurance.

The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole, and proceeded to the consideration of the special order, being the bill entitled as follows:

"An act to regulate the fees for the granting of licenses by the commissioners of excise of cities, villages and towns to sell intoxicating liquors, wines, ale and beer to be drank upon the premises."

After some time spent therein, the President resumed the chair, and Mr. Nelson, from said committee, reported progress upon the abovenamed bill, and asked and obtained leave to sit again.

A message from the Governor, by the hands of his private secretary, was received and read in the words following:

To the Senate:

STATE OF NEW YORK, EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,
ALBANY, March 10, 1884.

I herewith return, without approval, Senate bill, No. 35, entitled "An act to amend chapter 621 of the Laws of 1857, entitled 'An act to condense and amend the several acts incorporating or relating to the village of Skaneateles." "

At the last session of the Legislature a bill was passed for the purpose of amending the charter of the village of Skaneateles, so badly constructed and unintelligible that I could not approve it. At the present session another bill was passed on the same subject, in which the vices of the former were so faithfully preserved that it was withdrawn from my hands for amendment. As amended it is now before me again, but still so imperfect that I think it should not become a law.

It provides for the election of a street commissioner, and his powers and duties are defined; but sections of the original law are left untouched, devolving almost identical powers and duties to other persons. This cannot fail to beget uncertainty and confusion.

Another provision of the bill vests the trustees of the village with the power to establish and maintain a police force. A chief of police is mentioned, and he is given certain powers, but no other members of the proposed force are provided for; while sections of the original. charter making the president of the village the head of the police, and authorizing the board of trustees to appoint one or more police constables, remains unaltered.

Section 5 of the bill provides for the amendment of subdivision 10 of section 3 of title 3 of the original charter.

There is no such subdivision of the section mentioned, and it is evident that a mistake has occurred through carelessness in drafting the bill.

The original charter contains a very wholesome and proper prohibition against the borrowing of money by the village or the incurring of liability. An amendment proposed in this bill, though its language is somewhat obscure, permits, I think, the greatest latitude in this direction.

Without referring to other imperfections, it is evident that this bill is no better, and, perhaps, not much worse, than many of the same nature which are prepared without a very clear idea of their necessity, introduced without knowledge of their contents and passed with but little examination.

These bills amending village charters, that are so constantly and upon slight pretexts presented to the Legislature, consume much time to very little purpose, and they should be rejected as often as it can be done without absolute injury.

The general laws which have been passed authorizing the incorporation of villages, it seems to me, meet every conceivable need of these communities; and if the provisions of such laws were made applicable to villages having special charters, so far as they are not in conflict therewith, much trouble and annoyance would be prevented, and the people of the villages within the State would be abundantly protected.

I earnestly recommend that a law be passed for that purpose. GROVER CLEVELAND. Ordered, That said bill and accompanying message be laid upon the table.

Mr. Lansing offered the following:

Whereas, A writ of habeas corpus has been applied for the person of William McDonald, who was lately committed by the Senate for contempt, and has been served upon the sheriff of the county of Albany; and,

Whereas, It is important that the Senate should be represented upon the return of said writ; therefore, be it

Resolved, That Gen. B. F. Tracey of Brooklyn and F. W. Whitredge. of New York be requested by the Senate to act as its counsel in the matter of the said contempt of William McDonald.

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

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Mr. Campbell introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to consolidate into one act and to declare the special and local laws affecting public interests in the city of New York,', [SENATE JOURNAL.]

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