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BEGAN ON MONDAY, THE FIRST DAY OF DECEMBER, EIGHTEEN HUNDRED
OF MARCH, EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FOUR.
Monday, December 1st, 1873.)
The Senate met at twelve o'clock m., pursuant to the requirements of the Constitution of the State of California.
By invitation of the President, Reverend J. H. C. Bonte offered a prayer.
Lieutenant Governor R. Pacheco, the President, addressed the Senate as follows:
SENATORS: I recognize among your familiar assembled body the familiar countenances of nearly a score of those who served here two years since. To you and to our new Senators I extend a most cordial and hearty greeting. I am sure I can read upon the faces of all around us the determination to do their duty in every particular. But whilst expressing our congratulations, a sad thought obtrudes itself. Death has swept from our midst three out of the forty Senators who were assembled here during the last session. We deplore their loss, and sympathise with their families and friends in their grief.
We are here, as it were, a distinct department of the Government. Representing as you do the people of your State, they expect from you careful attention to its best interests, and wise and just laws for its protection and government. As the accurate and just administration of parliamentary law is of most vital importance to the dignity and welfare of this body, a close adherence to the establithed forms of parliamentary procedure will, I am convinced, best promote that end.
As all here should feel equally interested in the maintenance of order and justice, I request your hearty aid in the close observation of these
That I am here with the resolve to perform my obligations toward you to the best of my ability, I beg you to believe. It is my earnest wish to be just and impartial in the enforcement of the rules that will be adopted by you, and if I err at any time I shall depend