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House of delegates.

Tuesday, March 5, 1861.

The House was called to order at 11 o'clock A. M., by Speaker Crutchfield.

A message was received from the Senate announcing the passage of House bills for the relief of Joshua H. Staats, late Sheriff of the county of Jackson; changing the time of holding the Circuit Court in the town of Danville; incorporating the Staunton Arms and Ordnance Manufacturing Company; also, Senate bills incorporating the Southern Institution for the amelioration of the condition of the deaf, dumb and blind negroes of the Commonwealth; for incorporating the Maryland and Virginia Coal Oil Company, in the county of Taylor. Most of the Senate bills above named were referred to committees.

Bills Passed.--Senate bill incorporating the Maryland and Virginia Coal Oil Company in Taylor county; House bills amending the act passed March 20th, 1860, authorizing the Council of the City of Richmond to construct a railroad in its streets; amending certain laws respecting the militia of the Commonwealth; for the relief of David A. Hopkins and Saml. Y. Campbell, of Rockbridge county.

Bills Reported.--For the relief of Thomas Nichols; refunding a sum of money to the heirs of Wm. A. Bradford and Peter Grant; refunding a sum of money to P. B. Crowder.

Mr. Bass presented a report from a special committee authorizing the Trustees of the Parsonage of the M. E. Church in Salem, Roanoke county, to execute a deed of trust on their property in said town.

The Tax Bill.--The hour having arrived for the consideration of the bill "imposing taxes for the support of Government" as the order of the day, it was taken upon motion of Mr. Haymond, and numerous amendments thereto proposed. An amendment offered by Mr. Collier, of Petersburg, exempting the salaries of laboring men from taxation was adopted. An amendment proposed by Mr. Anderson, of Botetourt, to exempt the salaries of the Judges of the Supreme Courts of Appeals and of the Circuit Courts from taxation, was lost. It was advocated by Messrs. Myers and Robertson, and opposed by Messrs. Duckwall and Yerby.

On motion of Mr. Kincheloe, the House adjourned.

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