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Resolved, That his Excellency the Governor be, and he is hereby, requested to transmit a certified copy of this preamble and resolution to each of the Senators and the Representative of this State in Congress, and to Messrs. Britton & Gray, the attorneys of this State in Washington City, D. C.
No. XXII.-Senate Joint Resolution relative to Swamp and
[Passed February 18, 1871.]
Resolved, by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That our Asking
Congress Senators be and are hereby instructed, and our Representative in Congress requested, to use all honorable and proper means to swamp and procure the passage of an Act of Congress extending to the State lauds to this of Nevada the benefits of an Act approved September twenty- State. eighth, one thousand eight hundred and fifty, whereby Swamp and Overflowed Lands were granted to the State of Arkansas, and other States of the Union.
Resolved, That the Governor be, and is hereby, requested to forward a copy hereof to each of our United State Senators, and to our Representative in Congress, and to Messrs. Britton & Gray, the attorneys of this state in Washington, D. C.
No. XXIII.-Senate Joint Resolution relative to the election of
a Board of Regents.
[Passed February 21, 1871.]
WHEREAS, the election of the Board of Regents by the Legislature Relative to
in Joint Convention assembled, on the fourth day of March, then cleara A. D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine, was irregular of Regents. and illegal, being ostensibly by virtue of law, but in point of fact prior to the passage of the Act entitled “ An Act to provide for the election of the Board of Regents, to fix their term of office, and prescribe their duties,” approved March fifth, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine; and
Whereas, The Governor did, on the eighth day'of March, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine, appoint a Board of Regents, to fill the vacancy occasioned by such illegal election; therefore, be it Resolved, by the Senate and Assembly conjointly, That the two
Ordering Houses of the Legislature meet in joint convention, on Tuesday next, February twenty-first, at seven o'clock P. M., and proceed to elect a Board of Regents, in accordance with the requirements of the Act heretofore cited.
No. XXIV. --Senate Joint Resolution relative to appointing a
[Passed February 24, 1871.]
a re-apportionment of representa
Relating to WHEREAS, The Constitution of the State of Nevada limits the
aggregate of representation in the two Houses of the Legislature
to seventy-five members (Art. 15, Sec. 6, Const.); and tion in legis
Whereas, The two Houses already consist of sixty-nine members, with propositions already pending for the creation of at least one new county, necessarily involving a further increase of representation ; therefore,
Rasolved, by the Senate and Assembly conjointly, That a new apportionment of representation be made, on the basis of not more than sixteen Senators and thirty-two Assemblymen; and that a joint committee of seven, three from the Senate, and four from the Assembly, be appointed by the presiding officers of the two Houses respectively, whose duty it shall be to make a careful computation of representation on the above basis; taking the official report of the census taken in the year eighteen hundred and seventy as their guide, as provided in the Constitution of Nevada, Art. 15, Sec. 13, with power to report by bill or otherwise.
No. XXV. Senate Joint Memorial and Concurrent Resolution
relative to the United States Government providing for the establishment of Reduction Works.
To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the
establish reduction works on the C.P. R. R.
Your memorialist, the Legislature of the State of Nevada, do Cena to most respectfully represent, that there is between the Rocky
Mountains and the Pacific Ocean a vast number of mines, yielding gold, silver, lead and many other metals, that are valuable and indispensable to the various industries of the world; and that in the most perfect and practicable establishment for the reduction of said ores, now in operation in said region, a large percentage of the gold, silver and lead, and nearly the whole of other base metals, are lost or destroyed, the character of said reduction works being such that those metals cannot be saved, and that a very great number of mines of great wealth are already discovered in the State of Nevada, and in other localities, accessible to the Central Pacific Railroad, whose ores are now either left to lie in the mine awaiting improved facilities for reduction; worked at a great loss of valuable metals by present imperfect methods; or shipped to Europe, where those processes are so perfect as to save nearly all that is valuable in said ores; and that the erection of
such works as are necessary for the perfect and economical reduction of said ores will be so expensive that in this, as in other countries, the assistance of the Government will be found necessary for the inauguration of the enterprise, and that the establishment of such reduction works at some accessible point in the Great Basin west of the Rocky Mountains, would be of incalculable benefit, by saving to the people of the United States the money now paid for transportation to, and the reduction of said ores, in foreign countries, by making valuable a vast number of mines now idle, and giving a new impetus to base-metal mining, by giving employment to thousands of additional laborers, and by largely increasing the developments of the mineral wealth of the United States; and your memorialist would further represent, that it is their opinion, the proceeds of the sales of mineral lands could be appropriated to no purpose so conducive to public welfare as the establishment of this enterprise to encourage mining; therefore they pray your honorable body to set apart all of the moneys arising from the sales of mineral lands, under such conditions as your honorable body may deem fit, for the purposes hereinbefore set forth; and that reduction works similar in character to those in Swansea, England, or of such character as modern scientific discoveries may suggest, shall be established at some point on or near the Central Pacific Railroad, most accessible to the mines of our region.
Resolved, by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That our Senators are instructed, and our Representative in Congress requested, to use their utmost endeavors to secure the passage
of a law that will accomplish the objects set forth in the above memorial; and,
Resolved, further, That the Governor be requested to forward a copy of this memorial and resolution to each of our Senators and to our Representative in Congress, asking their early attention to the subject.
No. XXVI.--Senate Concurrent Resolution relative to changing
certain Moneys from the General to the Special Deposit Fund in the State Treasury.
[Passed February 27, 1871.]
WHEREAS, The sum of two hundred and twenty dollars and eighty-To author
five cents was, in the year one thousand eight hundred and ize the seventy, placed in the General Fund by the State Treasurer, certain through a mistake, when said sum should have been placed in moneys in the Special Deposit Fund; and,
Whereas, The Treasurer cannot now correct the mistake without authority of the Legislature; therefore,
Resolved, by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That the State Treasurer is hereby directed to transfer said sum of two hundred and twenty dollars and eighty-five cen:s, in currency, from the General Fund to the Special Deposit Fund, and report
the same to the State Controller, who shall make the necessary entries on his books.
No. XXVII.–Senate Joint Resolution relative to Public Lands
granted by Congress to the State of Nevada.
[Passed February 28, 1871.]
sion of time in which to erect a State College.
Asking for WHEREAS, The grant of thirty thousand acres of land to this
State from the public domain for each Senator and Representative in Congress from this State, amounting in the aggregate to ninety thousand acres, was made by the Congress of the United States, by virtue of an Act of Congress, entitled “An Act donating public lands to the several States and Territories which may provide Colleges of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts," approved July second, one thousand eight hundred and sixtytwo; and the Act amendatory thereof, approved April fourteenth, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-four; and,
Whereas, By virtue of an Act of Congress entitled “An Act concerning certain land grants to the State of Nevada,” approved July fourth, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six, said grant was continued on condition that at least one College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts shall be built within five years from the date of the acceptance of said grant by said State; and,
Whereas, The time in which such college must be provided or established, in order to secure said grant of land, will expire by limitation on the ninth day of April, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy-two; therefore, be it
Resolved, by the Senate and Assembly conjointly, That our Senators and Representative in Congress be requested to use every effort in their power to obtain an extension of the time, not less than five years, in which this State may provide or establish said college.
No. XXVIII.--Senate Concurrent Resolution relative to print
ing the Act providing for the Taxation of the Proceeds of Mines.
[Passed March 1, 1871.]
Resolved, by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That one the Act to hundred copies in pamphlet form of the Act providing for taxing tax proceeds of mines the net proceeds of the mines be printed by the State Printer, printed. and distributed by the Controller among the revenue officers of
the several counties of the State as soon as practicable, and that the same shall not be printed in the Appendix to the Journal.
No. XXIX.-Senate Joint Resolution and Memorial relative to
the annexation of a portion of Idaho to the State of Nevada.
[Passed March 1, 1871.]
tory, to this State.
WHEREAS, the northern terminus of the numerous great silver-to annex
bearing belts which pass through our State; the channel of Owyhee trade and travel to and from the Owyhee mining region; the Idaho zerribusiness and commercial relations which exist between our people and the people of the Owyhee portion of our neighboring Territory, all point to and designate Snake River as the proper and natural northern boundary of the State of Nevada; and
Whereas, It would be of great mutual benefit to annex all that portion of Idaho Territory lying south of said river to Nevada; and
Whereas, The citizens of Owyhee county are almost unanimously in favor of annexation to this State; therefore, be it conjointly
Resolved, by the Senate and Assembly, That our Senators be, and they are hereby instructed, and our Representative in Congress requested, to use their utmost endeavors to secure the annexation to Nevada of all that portion of Idaho Territory lying south of Snake River, and extending from the eastern boundary of Oregon to the eastern boundary of this State, so far as an Act of Congress can accomplish the same.
Resolved, further, That the Legislature of the State of Nevada does hereby consent to a change of the boundary line of said State, so as to embrace the above named territory.
Resolved, That his Excellency the Governor is hereby requested to transmit a copy of these resolutions to each of our Senators, and to our Representative in Congress.
No. XXX.-Senate Concurrent Resolution relative to granting
leave of absence to J. D. Patterson, Sheriff of White Pine County.
[Passed March 1, 1871.]
Resolved, by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That J. D. granted Patterson, Sheriff of White Pine County, is hereby granted leave absence. of absence from the State for the period of six months, at such time as he may select during the years of 1871 or 1872.