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sources, and establish a shorter line of oceanic communication between the United States and its interests in the Orient, and
WHEREAS, There is now pending in the Congress of the United States a measure providing for the construction of the Nicaragua Canal by, or under the auspices of the United States government.
Resolved: By the House of Representatives of the State of Idaho, the Senate thereof concurring, that our Senators in Congress be instructed, and our members of the House of Representatives of the United States be requested to earnestly support the passage of this measure, and be it further
Resolved: That we favor the absolute ownership and control of the said Nicaragua Canal by the United States government, if within the power of said government to own and control the same.
Passed the House on the 6th day of February, 1899.
A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE
LAWS OF 1899 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE PRESENT SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE. Be it resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
That the Secretary of State is hereby authorized and instructed so soon as the journals of the House and Senate of the present session of the Legislature are printed, to cause one copy of each to be mailed prepaid, to each member of the present Legislature, and, Be it further resolved: That the Secretary of State is hereby authorized and instructed so soon as the session laws of the present Legislature are published to cause one copy of the same to be mailed prepaid, to each member of the present Legislature.
Passed the House on the ist day of March, 1899.
TO PROVIDE THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE WITH THE COPIES OF THE REVISED
STATUTES AND SESSION LAWS NOW IN THEIR POSSESSION.
Be it resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
SECTION 1. That the Secretary of State be and he is hereby authorized to furnish the members of the House and Senate of the fifth session of the Legislature with the copies of the Revised Statutes and the Session Laws that were issued to them at the beginning of the present session of the Legislature.
SEC. 2. The Secretary of State is hereby required to take from each member a receipt for same.
Passed the House on the 4th day of March, 1899.
ASKING CONGRESS FOR THE PASSAGE OF A LAW PROVIDING FOR THE FREE AND UNLIMITED
COINAGE OF SILVER, AND FIXING THE VALUE THEREOF.
To the Honorable, the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress As
sembled, and to His Excellency the President of the United States, at
Washington, D. C. Your memoralists, the Legislature of the State of Idaho, would inost respectfully but urgently ask for the passage by the present Congress of a law, providing for the free and unlimited coinage of silver as it existed prior to the demonetization act of 1873, and that the relative standard value thereof be fixed on the basis of 41272 grains to the dollar, pine hundred (900) fine.
Passed the Senate on the ist day of February, 1899.
FOINT MEMORIAL OF THE IDAHO LEGISLATURE MEMORIALIZING THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO AID
AND ENCOURAGE AN AMERICAN LINE OF MERCHANT MARINE.
SECTION 1. Be it resolved that the Idaho Legislature inemorialize the Congress of the United States to aid by appropriate and liberal laws the efforts of the American line to maintain a place in the merchant marine of the world, and by legislative action to extend still further encouragement to our merchants in their efforts to recover our lost commercial supremacy in the carrying trade of the oceans, putting an end to our present dependence upon ships of foreign nations for the carriage of the products of our own country.
SEC. 2. That both national pride and national interests demand the hundreds of inillions of dollars yearly paid by our people of the United States to foreign ships for ocean freight shall be paid to our own vessels built aud navigated by our own citizens and flying our own flag.
Sec. 3. That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is required to furnish to each of our members of the Senate and Congress at Washington a certified copy of this memorial.
Passed the Senate on the 8th day of February, 1899.
MEMORIALIZING CONGRESS TO PASS AND ENACT AS A LAW THE BILL INTRODUCED INTO THE
SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES BY UNITED STATES SENATOR WOLCOTT, COLORADO, PROVIDING FOR THE CREATION OF ANOTHER JUDICIAL CIRCUIT TO BE KNOWN AS THE TENTH CIRCUIT, SUCH NEW CIRCUIT ESTABLISHED TO HAVE JURISDICTION IN COLORADO, UTAH, WYOMING, IDAHO AND MONTANA.
To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the United States
in Congress (assembled: Your memorialists, the Governor and the Legislature of the State of Idaho, respectfully represent:
That some time ago United States Senator Wolcott, Colorado, introduced in the Senate of the United States a bill for ar, act establishing another judicial circuit of the United States to be known as the tenth circuit and to have jurisdiction in and over the States of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.
That the bill is of great importance to the State of Idaho.
That the people of Idaho who have business in the circuit court of the United States in order to be heard must travel to San Francisco, a distance of about 1300 miles and then be subject to indefinite delays because of the crowded state of business in the ninth circuit.
That the distance to be traveled by counsel at present to appear before the Circuit Court of Appeals is so great and the expense is so enormous that litigants of limited means in many cases would better suffer injustice and defeat rather than pursue their litigation in that court.
That the ninth circuit, comprising the States of California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Montana and the Territory of Arizona is so large and the amount of business so great that much delay is necessarily caused in the dispatch of business and tardy justice is frequently the greatest injustice.
That Idaho is becoming a great mining and irrigation State and many foreign corporations have been and are being organized by resident and non-resident citizens for the transaction of business in this State and many foreign corporations are doing business in the State of Idaho.
That the large amount of legal business arising within this State is between citizens of different States and such business appears to be constantly increasing
That the business which would fall within the jurisdiction of the proposed circuit, in the main, is peculiar to this inter-mountain region and is wholly different from that arising on the Pacific Coast, and it is of paramount importance that the laws should be administered by judges who are not only learned in the law in general but who are also familiar with the conditions of this region and by reason of experience, specially fitted to make the new application of the laws made necessary because of the difference.
This is specially so as to mining and irrigation, which are the principal industries of the people within this region.
That the circuit courts exert a wholesome influence over the communities and ought to be nearer the homes of the people.
That owing to the large and constantly increasing business arising within the State of Idaho every alternate term of the Circuit Court of Appeals should be held in Salt Lake City, the nearest and most convenient point for citizens of Idaho.
That on account of the large number of questions of the greatest importance respecting mining and irrigation which arise within the limits of the proposed circuit, not less than three judges should constitute the Circuit Court of Appeals.
Your memorialists therefore respectfully memorialize your honorable bodies to pass and enact said bill introduced by Senator Wolcott, so as to provide for the creation of said proposed tenth circuit, with jurisdiction as above indicated.
And your memorialists will ever pray.
A JOINT RESOLUTION. Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
That the Governor is hereby authorized and empowered to appoint a Commission to the Paris Exposition in 1900, to be held at Paris, France, to consist of five persons, to represent the State at said Exposition.
That none of the persons appointed on said Commission, nor the said Commission itself shall receive any sum of money whatever from the State by way of compensation for services rendered by said Commission or any member thereof.
Passed the Senate on the 6th day of February, 1899.
AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE CAPITOL BUILDING BOARD TO PAT
OVER CERTAIN MONEYS TO THE STATE TREASU'RER, AND AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE STATE TREASURER TO PLACE SAME IN THE GENERAL FUND OF THE STATE.
WHEREAS, The fourth session of the Legislature of the State of Idaho did appropriate the sum of twelve hundred ($1,200.00) dollars for the purpose of insuring the capitol building, (page 48 Session Laws of 1897) and,
WHEREAS, The Capitol Building Board, as by law required, did on the 15th day of January, 1898, insure the said capitol building and furniture for the sum of fifty-two thousand, two hundred and fifty ($52, 250.00) dollars, and,
WHEREAS, Subsequent to said tiine a readjustment of the insurance rate on said capitol building was made by the various companies, writing said readjustment the rate so fixed was less than the rate originally paid, and,
WHEREAS, Ou account of said reduction in said rate the different companies writing said insurance did return to the Capitol Building Board as rebate the sum of ninety-nine and 42-100, ($99.42) dollars, and,
WHEREAS, Said Board did subsequently to the date aforesaid, increase the insurance on the said capitol building and contents to the amount of twenty-five hundred ($2,500) dollars, paying therefor the sum of fifty ($50.00) dollars out of said rebated inoney, and leaving a balance in cash in said fund of forty-nine and 42-100 ($49.42) dollars. Now, Therefore, be it Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
SECTION 1. That the secretary of the Capitol Building Board is hereby authorized and directed to pay over to the Treasurer of the State of Idaho the said sum of forty-nine and 42-100 ($49.42) dollars, and the State Treasurer is hereby autliorized and directed to receive said sum and place the same to the credit of the General Fund.
Passed the Senate on the 13th day of February, 1899.
TO SUBMIT TO THE ELECTORS OF THE STATE OF IDAHO FOR REJECTION OR APPROVAL, AN
AMENDMENT TO SECTION ELEVEN, OF ARTICLE NINE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF IDAHO, RELATING TO INVESTING OF PUBLIC SCHOOL FUND.
Be it resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
SECTION 1. That section eleven of article nine of the Constitution of the State of Idaho be amended to read as follows:
Section 11. The permaient educational funds other than funds arising from the disposition of university lands belonging to the State, shall be loaned on first mortgage on improved farm lands within the State; State, United States, or school district bonds, or State warrants, under such regulations as the Legislature may provide. Provided, That no loan shall be made of any amount of money exceeding one-third of the market value of the lands at the time of the loan, exclusive of buildings.
SEC. 2. The question to be submitted to the electors of the State, at the next general election shall be in form as follows, to-wit:
"Shall section II of article nine of the Constitution of the State of
Idaho be amended to enlarge the powers of the State Board of Land Commissioners, in loaning school money."'
Passed the Senate on the first day of March, 1899.
S. B. NO. 1.
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 3 or “AN ACT TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF LEWISTON,"
APPROVED FEBRUARY 9, 1881, BY ADDING TO SAID SECTION 3, A PROVISION ENABLING THE CITY OF LEWISTON, IDAHO, TO LEVY TAX FOR PURPOSE OF A READING ROOM AND LIBRARY IN ADDITION, IF NECESSARY, TO THE AMOUNT OF ONE AND ONE-HALF
PER CENT. PER ANNUM ANNUALLI ON THE PROPERTY ASSESSED. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
SECTION 1. That section three of "An act to amend the charter of the city of Lewiston," approved February 9, 1881, be and it hereby is amended so as to read as follows:
Section 3. Said city has the power to assess, levy and collect taxes for general municipal purposes, not to exceed one-half per centum per annum, upon all property, both real and personal within the city limits which is by law taxable for State and county purposes, and to levy and collect special taxes as hereinafter provided: But all taxes for general and special municipal purposes, exclusive of assessments, as hereinafter provided, shall not exceed one and one-half per centum annually on the property assessed:
Provided, however, That said city shall also have power to assess, levy and collect annually in addition to said one and one-half per centum annually, if necessary, a tax in such an amount as the council shall deem necessary, not exceeding one-half of one per cent, for the purpose of maintaining or assisting in maintaining a reading room and library in said city.
Filed, Feb. 28, 1899.
S. B. NO. 5.
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARDS OF COCNTY COMMISSIONERS OF THE SEVERAL COUNTIES OF
IDAHO TO DISPOSE OF ANY INTEREST THE COUNTY MAY HAVE IN ANY REAL ESTATE THAT HAS BEEN SOLD FOR DELINQUENT TAXES OF WHICH THE COUNTY HAS BECOME THE PURCHASER.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
SECTION 1. Any tract, lot, piece or parcel of land sold by the assessor heretofore or that may be hereafter sold by such assessor for delinquent taxes, and the county becomes the purchaser, the board of county commissioners of such county shall upon the application of any person made in writing and filed with the clerk of such board of commissioners describing the same fully and minutely, assign all interest such county may have in such tract, lot, piece or parcel of land to such applicant by said applicant paying to the county treasurer in cash a sum equal to all of the county, state, school or other tax levied against such tract, lot, piece or parcel of land, together with all penalties, interest and cost of sale and all subsequent taxes against such land. SEC. 2.
Such assignment shall be signed by the chairinan of such board and attested by the clerk of such board, and when the treasurer receives the amount represented in such assignment, such treasurer shall countersign such assignment, which shall be made in duplicate, and the holder shall file the original with the county recorder for record and shall