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Senate Journal. Senate for the present session, with an index and such notes, references, and other statistical matter as may be necessary; and that one copy be sent to each member of the present Legislature, thirty copies be placed at the disposal of the President and Clerk, six copies be placed in the State Library, ten copies be at the disposal of the Executive department, and each of the lobbies and committeerooms be suppplied in like manner as they are now sup plied with other documents of the Senate and House.

Fitchburg Railroad Company.

Intoxicating liquors.

Commonwealth's securities.

Schools.

Insurance companies.

Chelsea.

Lexington.

On motion of Mr. Flatley,

Ordered, That the committee on Railroads be instructed to inquire if any legislation is necessary to facilitate further improvements on its own and leased lands by the Fitchburg Railroad Company.

On motion of Mr. Merriam,—

Ordered, That the joint special committee on the subject of the sale of Intoxicating Liquors consider the expediency of further legislation regulating or restricting the manufacture and sale of such liquors.

On motion of Mr. Adams,

Ordered, That the committee on Expenditures be directed to examine the securities in the hands of the Treasurer and Receiver-General, and report the condition of the same. On motion of Mr. Lynde,

Ordered, That the committee on Taxation consider the expediency of raising the money for the support of public schools by the State rather than by municipal or local tax, so that the children in all parts of the Commonwealth may have equal educational privileges.

Mr. Barton, on leave, introduced a bill to amend section 1 of chapter 42 of the Acts of the year 1875, relative to insurance companies created by the laws of other States; and the same was read, and referred to the committee on Insurance.

Mr. Hill presented a petition of the mayor of Chelsea, that the city of Chelsea be relieved from maintaining that portion of Chelsea Bridge which is within the limits of the city of Boston.

Referred to the committee on Roads and Bridges.
Severally sent down for concurrence.
Came up concurred.

Mr. Russell presented a petition of the selectmen of Lex

ington for confirmation of certain proceedings of said

town.

Referred to the committee on Judiciary.

Papers from the House.

A Resolve providing for an amendment to the Consti- Hoosac Tunnel. tution, forbidding the alienation of the Commonwealth's title to the Hoosac Tunnel, and the Trov and Greenfield Railroad, was referred to the joint special committee on Constitutional Amendments.

A petition of Catherine Vail for State aid was referred Catherine Vail. to the committee on Claims.

A petition of the mayor of Boston for an Act author- Boston. izing said city to regulate the transportation, sale, and storage of gunpowder and other explosive compounds, was referred to the committee on Manufactures.

A petition of the city of Newton for authority to divert Newton. water-courses for purposes of sewerage and drainage; and a petition of the same for authority to lay and maintain Ibid. a sewer and drain through territory of the town of Watertown; and a petition of the same for authority to establish Ibid. grades for drainage and sewerage, were severally referred to the committee on Water Supply and Drainage.

Severally in concurrence.

Mr. Adams, from the committee on the Treasury, re- Norwich & ported that no legislation is necessary in relation to the Worcester R.R. report of the Commissioners of the Norwich and Worcester Railroad Sinking Fund; and the report being considered, under a suspension of the rule, was accepted.

Papers from the House.

The Annual Reports of,

Annual

The Trustees of the Massachusetts School for Idiotic Reports. and Feeble-Minded Youth; and of

The Trustees of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind, were referred to the committee on Public Charitable Institutions.

The annual report of the Librarian of the State Library was referred to the committee on the Library.

The annual report of the registry and registration, and return of births, marriages, and deaths, was referred to the joint special committee on Labor.

Severally in concurrence.

The report of the special committee appointed to pre

Rules and

orders of the Senate.

pare rules and orders for the government of the Senate was taken up; and the amendments proposed thereto by Mr. Russell were adopted, and the report was thereupon accepted.

Adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, January 9, 1878.

Street vagrants.

Dog-tax.

Taxation.

Private bankers.

Depositions.

Lancaster
Savings Bank.

Widows.

Met according to adjournment.

The journal of yesterday was read.

On motion of Mr. Burrage,

Ordered, That the committee on Public Charitable Institutions consider what legislation, if any, is required to provide for the proper treatment of street beggars, vagrants, or tramps.

On motion of Mr. Gilbert,

Ordered, That the committee on Agriculture consider the expediency of increasing the tax upon dogs.

On motion of Mr. Coffin,

Ordered, That the joint special committee on Taxation consider what legislation is expedient or necessary for the purpose of promoting just and equal taxation throughout the State.

On motion of Mr. Ewing,

Ordered, That the committee on Banks and Banking inquire into the expediency of providing by legislation, that all private bankers doing business within the Commonwealth, and receiving deposits of money or valuables, shall publish quarterly statements, showing in detail all resources and liabilities of such business.

Severally sent down for concurrence.
Came up concurred.

On motion of Mr. Bishop,

Ordered, That the committee on the Judiciary consider the expediency of amending the laws in regard to the taking of depositions in other states and countries to be used in the courts of this state.

The President presented the second annual report of the Receivers of the Lancaster Savings Bank; and the same was laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Ropes, on leave, introduced a bill for the protection

of widows; and the same was read, and referred to the committee on Probate and Chancery.

Bill."

Mr. Truell, on leave, introduced certain Resolutions "Bland Silver relating to the "Bland Silver Bill," now before Congress; and the same were read, and referred to the committee on Federal Relations.

Sent down for concurrence.

Came up concurred.

Mr. Canfield presented a petition of John B. Hull and John B. Hull et others, for legislation respecting tramps.

Referred to the committee on Public Charitable Institutions.

als.

Hanover and

On motion of Mr. White of Plymouth, the bill to change a part of the boundary-line between the towns of So. Scituate. Hanover and South Scituate was taken from the files

of last year, and referred to the committee on Towns.

On motion of Mr. Flatley,

Ordered, That the committee on Prisons be authorized to Committee on visit said institutions at such times as they may deem prisons. expedient.

Severally sent down for concurrence.

Came up concurred.

Papers from the House.

A bill relating to the salaries of the Sergeant-at-Arms, Salaries of and the Clerks of the Senate and House of Representatives, was referred to committee on Expenditures.

Sergeant-at

arms and clerks.

Salaries of door

Ordered, In concurrence, that the committee on Expenditures consider the expediency of paying the door- keepers et als. keepers and other subordinates of the Sergeant-at-Arms, by the session instead of by the day.

Also, that the committee on Agriculture consider the Animals. expediency of enacting a law to prevent the spreading of contagious diseases among animals.

Also, that the committee on Banks and Banking consider officers of the expediency of providing by law that no officer of a savings banks. savings bank, or other institution for savings, shall be employed in the examination of the titles to any property upon which such bank or institution proposes to take security, nor be in any manner interested in the charges for such examination.

The Resolve providing for an amendment of the Constitu- Constitution. tion to permit the division of towns into election districts.

Disabled Soldiers' Employment Bureau.

Reports.

Ibid.

Ibid.

Land Commissioners.

Surgeon-
General.

John Sheridan.

Elizabeth
Tobin.

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M. E. Church of
Lanesboro'.

So. Malden

Society.

(from the files of last year), was referred to the joint special committee on Constitutional Amendments in con

currence.

The annual report of the Disabled Soldiers' Employment Bureau was referred to the committee on Military Affairs.

Annual reports of the Trustees of the State Lunatic Hospitals at Northampton, Taunton, and Worcester;

The State Reform School at Westborough; the State Industrial School at Lancaster; and

Annual reports of the Inspectors of the State Workhouse at Bridgewater; the State Primary School at Monson; the State Almshouse at Tewksbury; and

A report of the Special Committee appointed at the last session, on the State Workhouse; and

A final report of the Commissioners for the erection of a new hospital for the insane at Danvers, were referredto the committee on Public Charitable Institutions.

The annual reports of the Inspectors and Officers of the State Prison; and

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The Agent for Discharged Convicts, were referred to the committee on Prisons.

The annual report of the Land Commissioners was referred to the committee on Public Lands.

The annual report of the Surgeon-General was referred to the committee on Military Affairs.

Severally in concurrence.

Petitions of John Sheridan in behalf of Patrick Sheridan, and Elizabeth Tobin, severally for State aid, were referred to the committee on Claims.

A petition of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Lanesborough, for a share of a certain fund set apart for the maintenance of religious worship in the town; and

A petition of the South Malden Congregational Society Congregational of Everett, for change of name, and for the legalization of certain acts of said society, - were referred to the committee on Parishes and Religious Societies.

Eastern R.R.
Company.

Ibid.

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A petition of the Eastern Railroad Company in reference to filling vacancies in the board of directors; and

A petition of the same for authority to make, renew, or modify leases, or other running contracts with railroads out of the Commonwealth, were referred to the committee on Railroads.

Severally in concurrence.

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