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where the same occurs the second time in the sixth line of said section;

Which motion prevailed.

Mr. Upson moved to further amend the article, by striking out section eight and inserting the corresponding section of the present constitution;

Which motion prevailed.
The article was referred to the committee on phraseology.

EXEMPTIONS.

Article XVI., of exemptions, was read a third time.
On motion of Mr. Hatch,
The article was laid on the table.

DISPOSITION OF FINES.

By Mr. Crane presented the memorial of Geo. W. Squire, treasurer of Eaton Co., relative to disposition of fines.

On motion of Mr. Crane,
Referred to the committee on finance and taxation.

ADJOURNMENT.

On motion of Mr. Devereaux,
The Commission adjourned.

SEVENTEENTH DAY.

LANSING, Monday, September 15, 1873. The Commission was called to order at 2:30 o'clock, by Mr. Withey.

Roll called : quorum present.

PETITIONS.

Mr. Crane presented the remonstrance of E. C. Manchester, Dr. J. V. Spencer, Dr. S. B. Thayer, and 31 other legal voters, and 20 ladies of Battle Creek, against omitting from the amended constitution the words, “but no money shall be appropriated for the payment of any religious services in either House of the Legislature," as the same stands in section 24 of Article IV., of the present constitution.

The remonstrance was received and ordered printed in the journal. It is as follows: To the Honorable the Commission for Revising the Constitu

tion of Michigan, in session at Lansing:

The undersigned, residents of Battle Creek, in the State of Michigan, have been advised that by the report of your committee on the article relating to the legislative department, it is proposed to omit from section 24 of said article, as it stands in the present Constitution, the words“ but no money shall be appropriated for the payment of any religious services in either House of the Legislature."

Your memorialists respectfully represent that there are very many persons and voters in the State who would desire, and would petition for, an explicit declaration in the organic law, that the State government in all of its departments, and all institutions established by it, and mai ntained at the public expense, are purely secular, and that the State shall not directly or indirectly patronize or recognize any particular system of religious belief or practice. They would refrain from doing so, however, rather than provo ke discussion on points of difference in a way to endanger the ultimate success of the good work which the people of the State have confidence will be presented for their accepta nce at your hands.

In this spirit your memorialists would most respectfully but earnestly remonstrate against any change in the Constitution that may seem to be a concession in the opposite direction, and especially against the proposed change spoken of in the first sentence of this menorial, believing that such changes would awaken an opposition that might endanger the results of your labors.

Dated September 15, 1873.
Mr. Crane moved that the committee on exemptions be

instructed to report an amendment to section 4 of Article XVI., by adding to the said section the following:

And the husband of any married woman shall not be liable for or on account of any debt or obligation of his wife contracted before her marriage, or contracted by her in relation to her sole property after marriage;"

Which motion prevailed.

GENERAL ORDER.

On motion of Mr. Moffatt,

The Commission resolved itself into committee of the whole on the general order, and after some time spent therein, the committee rose, and through their chairman, made the following report:

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

The committee of the whole have had under consideration, Article XIII., of Education,

Have made sundry amendments thereto, and have directed me to report the same back to the Commission, recommending that the amendments be concurred in, and that the article when so amended do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

S. C. MOFFATT,

Chairman of Committee. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The amendments made to the article were concurred in except as to the amendment by which the word “four” was inserted in lieu of the word “ three,” in the first line of section four.

The question recurring on concurring in said amendment, the same was not concurred in.

The article was placed on the order of third reading.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE.

Mr. Crouse asked and obtained leave of absence for himself

until Thursday morning next.

ADJOURNMENT.

On motion of Mr. Upson,
The Commission adjourned.

EIGHTEENTH DAY.

LANSING, Tuesday, September 16, 1873. The Commission was called to order at 9 o'clock, by the Chairman.

Roll called : quorum present.

MILITARY DEPARTMENT.

By the committee on military department:

The committee on judiciary, to whom was referred Article XIII., entitled “ Military Department,"

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the Commission without amendment, and recommend that the same do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

S. L. WITHEY, Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The article was referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order.

THIRD READING OF ARTICLES-EDUCATION.

Article XIII., of Education,
Having been read a third time,
Mr. Pond asked leave to offer an amendment to the article.
Leave being granted.

Mr. Pond moved to amend the article by striking out of section two, to and including the word “office," and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

“The supervision and control of the University shall be vested in a Board of Regents, to consist of the two ex officio members, herein provided for, and of eight elective members. The terms of office of the elective members -";

Mr. Wells moved that the article be reprinted and laid npon the table.

Which motion prevailed.

Mr. Withey moved that the vote by which the article was thus disposed of be reconsidered ;

Which motion prevailed.

The article was then referred to the committee on arrangement and phraseology, with instructions to have the same reprinted when revised by them.

JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT.

Article VII., of the Judicial Department, having been reached,

On motion of Mr. Hatch,
The same was laid on the table.

GENERAL ORDER.

On motion of Mr. Withey,

The Commission resolved itself into committee of the whole on the general order, and after some time spent therein the committee rose, and through their chairman made the following report:

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

The committee of the whole have had under consideration Article XV., of Corporations;

Have made sundry amendments thereto, and have directed me to report the same back to the Commission, recommending that the amendments be concurred in, and that the article when so amended do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

The committee of the whole have also had under consider

ation

The preamble to the constitution;

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