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MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE.
By Coas. E. Bross, chief clerk thereof. Mr. SPEAKER:
I am directed to inform you that the senate has organized by the election of
Hon. Geo. B. Burrows, president pro tem.,
SENATE MESSAGE CONSIDERED.
Resolved, That the chief clerk is hereby instructed to notify the senate that the assembly is organized by the election of F. L. Gilson as speaker, Ed. D. Coe as chief clerk and D. E. Welch as sergeant-at-arms.
Which was adopted. By Mr. Estabrook: Res. No. 2, A.,
Resolved, That the rules of the assembly at the last session be adopted as the rules of this assembly.
Which was adopted.
Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That a joint committee of one from the senate and two from the assembly be appointed to wait upon his excellency, the governor, and inform him the legislature is now organized and ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make.
Which was adopted, And the speaker appointed on the part of the assembly Messrs. Pierce and Keyes.
On motion of Mr. McDill,
3 O'CLOCK P. M.
The assembly met.
Read first and second time and referred.
A bill to repeal section 12, chapter 233, laws of 1881, entitled an act. to provide for the humane care of the chronic insane not otherwise provided for.
To committee on Charitable and Penal Institutions.
On motion of Mr. McDill,
By Mr. Davis:
Resolved, That the Hon. Geo. Buckstaff, of Winnebago, have the first choice in seats, as he is and has been for five months suf. fering from inflammatory rheumatism.
Mr. Pierce moved the following amendment:
Hon. F. W. Horn was granted unanimous consent to select his seat.
Mr. Horn selected No. 65.
The drawing was then proceeded with.
By Mr. Keyes:
Resolved, that the elective officers of this assembly be and they are hereby authorized to appoint to subordinate positions the same number of employees that were appointed at the last session of this body, and no more.
Which was adopted.
On motion of Mr. Marshall,
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 1882.
10 A. M. Assembly met. Mr. Speaker in the chair.
Mr. Keogh appeared and took the oath of office, adminiered byst the speaker.
The clerk called the roll, and the following members answered to their names:
Messrs. Abert, Apple, Babcock, Barber, Bartlett, Bate, Beckwith, Bishop, H. P., Bishop, G. W., Bolender, Borchardt, Bowles, Brownson, Cabanis, Carmichael, Chamberlain, Clarke, Conley, Davis, DeLano, Derthick, Eidemiller, Elver, Everts, Fingado, Gabriel, Gillen, Goedjen, Gray, Grubb, Haben, Harrington, Hogan, Holehouse, Horn, Howell, Huchting, Huntly, Jeche, Jones, Juve, Keogh, Keyes, Kidd, Krueger, Lane, Langer, Leonardson, Lindsay, Loomis, MacBride, Marshall, Maxon, McConnell, McDill, McDonnell, McDowell, Meiklejohn, Milliken, Moeller, Moran, Murray, O'Neill, Ostrander, Pape, Parry, Peterson, Pierce, H., Pierce, S. W., Pooler, Price, Proctor, Rewey, Root, Ryan, Saugestad, Schatz, Shear, Smith, Stanley, Stevens, Stewart, Stone, Tanner, Tate, Thayer, Thorp, Vosburgh, Wakefield, War. ner, Washburn, Williams, Winans, Zabel and Mr. Speaker.
Absent — Messrs. Buckstaff, Estabrook, Phillips, Rogers and Shepard.
LEAVE OF ABSENCE
By Mr. Peterson:
Resolved by the assembly, That the superintendent of public property be and is hereby requested to furnish for the use of the assembly one copy to each member, of the revised statutes, and to each member session laws of 1879, 1880 and 1881; also the senate and assembly journals for the year 1879, 1880 and 1881.
REPORT OF SELECT COMMITTEE.
Mr. Pierce, from the special committee to wait on his excellency the governor, reported that they had performed that duty, and that the governor would communicate bis message to each house, in writing, immediately.
On motion of Mr. Horn,
The executive message was taken up and read by the clerk, as follows:
STATE OF WISCONSIN,
Madison, January 12, 1882. To the honorable the assembly:
I have the honor to transmit herewith my annual message for the year 1882, in writing.
J. M. RUSK.
To the Senate and Assembly:
Selected by the people of Wisconsin as their chief executive, I have the honor, in obedience to the requirements of the constitution, of submitting to you my first annual message. I am deeply impressed with the responsibilities of the position to wbich I have been chosen, occupied as it has been by so many distinguished gentlemen, including my immediate predecessor, who bas administered the affairs of state with marked ability and to the satisfaction of the people.
The past year bas been one of unparalleled prosperity to the nation. United once more in the bonds of peace and harmony, with all sectional strife abated, the country has made gigantic strides abead. Our nation has been blessed with health, with abundant harvests, and a greater degree of prosperity than in any former year; and bad it not been for the shock of the assassination of our lamented President, the year would have been one of the most successful and happy of our national life.
I cannot refrain from speaking in this connection a few words in relation to our late beloved President, James A. Garfield -- a man of broad intellect, a noble beart, a kind and generous spirit — he was pre-eminently a leader among leaders. Succeeding by his own efforts in raising himself from poverty to the highest position in the gift of the people, he had commenced a career which promised to bear full fruition of the hopes of his countrymen, when he was prostrated by the bullet of an assassin. Beloved by the people and mourned by the whole civilized world, his memory will live forever.
The present chief magistrate, President Chester A. Arthur, called to the position under the most sorrowful circumstances, has, by his wise administration of governmental affairs, merited the confidence of the country.