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making appropriations to pay the expenses of superintendence, ordinary repairs and maintenance of the canals for the fiscal year commencing on the 1st day of October, 1884," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, which report was agreed to, and said bill restored to its place on the order of third reading.

Mr. Robinson, from the committee on canals, to which was referred the Assembly bill, entitled "An act appropriating money to pay certain awards made by the Canal Appraisers and the Board of Claims, with the interest thereon, and to pay counsel and witnesses employed and subpoenaed in behalf of the State," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, which report was agreed to, and, On motion of Mr. Robinson, and by unanimous consent, the rules were suspended, and said bill ordered to a third reading.

Mr. Robinson, from the committee on canals, to which was referred the Assembly bill entitled "An act reappropriating money for the payment of sums due to contractors for new work and extraordinary repairs on the canals, and to pay the certificates and drafts issued therefor," reported in favor of the passage of the same, which report was agreed to, and,

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

Mr. Robinson, from the committee on canals, to which was referred the Assembly bill entitled "An act authorizing the Superintendent of Public Works to lease the right of way across State land at tide water for ferry purposes," reported in favor of the passage of the same, which report was agreed to, and,

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

Mr. Robinson, from the committee on canals, to which was referred the Assembly bill entitled "An act to provide for the widening of the superstructure and improving the approaches of a highway bridge over the Erie canal, in the town of Minden, in the county of Montgomery," reported in favor of the passage of the same, which report was agreed to, and,

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

The Assembly returned the bill entitled "An act to enable the New York and Harlem Railroad Company to enlarge the passenger depot at Forty-second street in the city of New York," with a message that they had passed the same with the following amendment:

Section 2, lines 9, 10 and 11, strike out the words so that it shall read "shall for all legal purposes become and be one of the streets of said city, and the title thereto shall be vested in the mayor, aldermen and commonalty of said city."

The President put the question whether the Senate would concur in said amendment, and it was decided in the affirmative, a majority of all the Senators elected 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 that the Senate have concurred in their amendment.

The Assembly sent for concurrence the following resolution: Resolved (if the Senate concur), That a respectful message be sent to the Governor requesting the return for amendment of Assembly bill No. 632, entitled "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to amend the charter of the village of Carthage, Jefferson county."

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

Ordered, That the Clerk return said resolution to the Assembly, with a message that the Senate have concurred in the passage of the same. Mr. Arkell introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to authorize the common council of the city of Schenectady to discontinue a portion of Liberty street in the city of Schenectady for the purpose of erecting a railroad depot,'" which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on cities.

Mr. Murphy moved to take from the table the motion to disagree with the adverse report of the committee on railroads upon the Assembly bill entitled "An act in relation to the rate of fares upon the elevated railroads in the city of New York."

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

The President then put the question whether the Senate would agree to disagree with said report of the committee on railroads upon said bill, and that the same be committed to the committee of the whole, and it was decided in the negative, as follows:

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On motion of Mr. Otis, and by unanimous consent, the committee of the whole was discharged from the further consideration of Senate bill, printed No. 184, entitled "An act to amend chapter 409 of the Laws of 1882, entitled 'An act to revise the statutes of this State relating to banks, banking and trust companies."" and the same referred to the first committee of the whole not full.

On motion of Mr. Robinson, and by unanimous consent, the committee of the whole was discharged from the further consideration of Assembly bill, printed No. 436, entitled "An act to reappropriate certain moneys in the treasury for the improvement of the Champlain canal and Glens Falls feeder," and the same ordered to a third reading.

On motion of Mr. Plunkitt, and by unanimous consent, the committee on cities was discharged from the further consideration of Senate bill, printed No. 291, entitled "An act to alter the map or plan of the city of New York, made and filed by the commissioners of the department of public parks, by striking therefrom so much of the proposed Morris avenue as lies between One Hundred and Sixtysecond street and Overlook avenue; and so much of the proposed One Hundred and Sixty-fifth street as lies between Winfield place and Sheridan avenue, in the twenty-third ward of said city," and the same ordered to a third reading.

The Assembly sent for concurrence the following resolution:

Whereas, Constant application is made to the Adjutant-General of this State by relatives and representatives of soldiers who served from the State of New York in the war of the Rebellion for official information concerning such soldiers and their said service; and

Whereas, The official records concerning such soldiers and service now on file in the office of the Adjutant-General of the State are very imperfect and incomplete, and can only be perfected by obtaining from the official records on file in the office of the Secretary of War of the United States such information as is necessary for their completion; therefore,

Resolved (if the Senate concur), That the Senators and Representatives of this State in the Congress of the United States be and hereby are requested to endeavor to procure for this State, at its expense, copies of all military records relating to New York Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion on file in the office of the Secretary of War of the United States and not on file in the office of the Adjutant-General of this State; and that the Governor of the State be and hereby is respectfully requested to communicate a copy of this resolution to each Senator and Representative from this State in the Congress of the United States.

By unanimous consent,

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

Ordered, That the Clerk return said resolution to the Assembly, with a message that the Senate have concurred in the passage of the same. On motion of Mr. Low, and by unanimous consent, the committee of the whole was discharged from the further consideration of Assembly bill, printed No. 520, entitled "An act to amend chapter 413 of

the Laws of 1877, entitled 'An act to prevent frequent changes of textbooks in schools,' and the same ordered to a third reading.

Mr. Low offered the following:

Resolved, That Senate bill No. 430, entitled "An act to prohibit free passes and favoritism on railroads and other transportation lines," be referred to the first committee of the whole not full.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative, two-thirds of all the Senators present voting in favor thereof.

On motion of Mr. Thomas, and by unanimous consent, the committee of the whole was discharged from the further consideration of Assembly bill, printed No. 168, entitled "An act to amend chapter 407 of the Laws of 1881, entitled 'An act to prevent the adulteration of food and drugs,"" and the same ordered to a third reading.

The bill entitled "An act to confirm and legalize certain resolutions for printing and binding, passed by the Senate, and certain concurrent resolutions passed by the Legislature of 1882 and 1883," was read the 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 Senators elected voting in favor thereof, and three-fifths being present, as follows:

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

The Assembly bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 354 of the Laws of 1883, entitled 'An act to regulate and improve the civil service of the State of New York,'" having been announced for a third reading,

Mr. Gilbert moved to recommit said bill to the committee, with instructions to amend the same as follows:

Page 3, printed bill, strike out the words "police or fire."
Amend section 4 so as to read as follows:

§ 4. In grateful recognition of the services, sacrifices and sufferings of persons who served in the army or navy of the United States in the late war and have been discharged therefrom, they shall be preferred for appointments to positions in the civil service of the State, and of the cities affected by this act, over other persons of equal standing as ascertained under this act and the act hereby amended, and a person thus preferred shall not be disqualified from holding any position in said civil service on account of his age, nor by reason of any physical disability, provided such disability does not render him incompetent to perform the duties of the position applied for.

Pending which,

Mr. Ellsworth 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, as follows:

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The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by the Rev. H. C. Farrar.

The journal of yesterday was read and approved.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 354 of the Laws of 1883, entitled 'An act to regulate and improve the civil service of the State of New York.'

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The President announced the question to be on the motion of Mr. Gilbert to recommit said bill to the committee on the judiciary, with instructions to amend the same as read yesterday. A division having been called for,

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the first amendment, as follows: Page 3, strike out the words " lice or fire," and it was decided in the affirmative, as follows:

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The President then put the question whether the Senate would agree to said amendment to section 4, as follows: "§ 4. In grateful recognition of the services, sacrifices and sufferings of persons who served in the army or navy of the United States in the late war, and have been discharged therefrom, they shall be preferred for appointment to positions in the civil service of the State, and of the cities affected by this act, over other persons of equal standing, as ascertained under this act and the act hereby amended, and a person thus preferred shall not be dis

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