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Which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Borden moved to postpone the consideration of the report until Monday next at 10 o'clock, A. M.

Which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Borden, as chairman of the committee on rules, made the following report:

MR. PRESIDENT :

The committee to which was referred the snbject of reporting rules, &c., for the regulation of the proceedings of this Convention, and to whom was also referred a resolution proposing “That it shall not be in order to move any resolution of instruction to any standing committee requiring any provision of the Constitution to be brought in without first giving, at least, two days previous notice of such resolution,” have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report Rule 37, of the rules this day reported to the Convention, in lieu of said resolution, and respectfully ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

Report concurred in, and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

Mr. Borden submitted the following report and resolution:

MR. PRESIDENT :

The committee on rules, &c., to whom was referred a resolution of this Convention requiring them to inquire into the propriety of appointing messengers, whose duty it shall be to attend to the mailing all letters, papers, &c., of the members and officers of this body, and to receive and deliver to said members and officers all matters sent them through the Post Office, wonld respectfully report that your committee have inquired of the Doorkeeper of this Convention, and from him ascertained that he has already appointed eight persons to assist him. Your committee have not been able to find any authority vested in the Doorkeeper to make such appointments. Should this number be retained, we are unable to see the necessity for the appointment of Messengers, and are of the opinion that the number appointed is already too large.

We would respectfully suggest to the Convention to take immediate measures to determine the number of assistants the Doorkeeper shall have, and who shall make the appointments.

We respectfully recommend the adoption of the following resolution, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject:

Resolved, that the Doorkeeper be authorixed to employ one Assistant Doorkeeper, one Messenger, one Attendant on the Committee Rooms, and one person to make the fires in the Hall.

Report concurred in, and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

The question then being upon the adoption of the resolution,
Mr. Bascom moved to lay the resolution on the table,
Which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Foster moved to amend by adding two additional Messengers ;

Which was decided in the negative.
The question recurring upon the original resolution,

The ayes and nays being demanded by Messrs. Colfax and Mather,

Those who voted in the affirmative were,

Messrs. Allen, Badger, Ballingall, Beach, Beard, Beeson, Berry, Bicknell, Biddle, Blythe, Bourne, Bracken, Brookbank, Bryant, Carr of Jackson, Chandler, Clark of Hamilton, Clark of Tippecanoe, Coats, Cole, Colfax, Crawford, Davis of Parke and Vermillion, Dick, Dobson, Farrow, Fisher, Foley, Foster, Frisbie, Garvin, Gibson, Gordon, Graham of Miami, Graham of Warrick, Gregg, Haddon, Hall, Holliday, Harbolt, Helm, Helmer, Hendricks, Hitt, Hogin, Hovey, Howe, Huff, Kent, Kendall of Miami, Kendall of White, Logan, March, Mather, Mathes, McFarland, Miller of Gibson, Milroy, Moore, Morgan, Morrison of Washington, Mowrer, Murray, Newman, Niles, Nofsinger, Owen, Pepper of Crawford, Read of Clark, Read of Monroe, Robinson, Shannon, Sherrod, Shoup, Sıms, Smiley, Spann, Steele, Stevenson, Tague, Taylor, Terry, Thomas, Todd, Trembly, Venbenthusen, Walpole, Wheeler, Wolfe, Work, Wunderlich, Yocum, and Mr. President-83.

Those who voted in the negative were,

Messrs. Alexander, Anthony, Bascom, Borden, Bowers, Butler, Carter, Chapman, Chenowith, Davis of Madison, Davis of Vermillion, Dunn of Perry, Buzan, Edmonston, Gootee, Hamilton, Hardin, Hawkins, Holman, Johnson, Kelso, Kinley, Maguire, May, McClelland, McLean, Miller' of Clinton, Miller of Fulton, Milligan, Mooney, Morrison of Marion, Mowrer, Nave, Pepper of Ohio, Pettit, Prather, Ristine, Ritchey, Schoonover, Snook, Smith of Ripley, Smith of Scott, Thornton, Wallace, Watts, Wiley, andZenor-47.

So the resolution was adopted.

Mr. Read of Monroe, chairman of the committee on standing committees, made the following report:

The committee appointed to report a plan for the business for this Convention, and to designate the number and functions of the different standing committees, beg leave to make the following report:

That the standing committees shall be the following, to whom shall be referred all such matters touching the Constitution as properly belong to each, and that they report, without argument, the provisions, alterations, or amendments required.

1. On the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of this State, to consist of nine members.

2. On the legislative department, to consist of nine members. 3. On the executive to consist of nine members,

4. On State officers, other than the executive and judiciary, to consist of seven members.

5. On the organization of the courts of justice, to consist of one member from each judicial circuit.

6. On matters pertaining to criminal law, to consist of seven members.

7. On the practice of the law and law reform, to consist of one member from each judicial circuit.

8. On special and local legislation and uniformity of laws, to consist of seven members.

9. On impeachments and removals from office, to consist of five members.

10. On the elective franchise and the apportionment of representation, to consist of nine members.

11. On county and township organization, powers, and officers, to consist of one member from each congressional district.

12. On currency and banking, to consist of eleven members.

13. On corporations other than banking, to consist of nine members.

14. On State debt and public works, to consist of seven members.

15. On finance and taxation, to consist of seven members.
16. On the militia, to consist of five members.
17. On education, to consist of nise members.

18. On future amendments to the Constitution, to consist of five members.

19. On public institutions of the State, to consist of five members.

20. On salaries, compensation, and tenure of office, to consist of five members.

21. On miscellaneous provisions, to consist of five members.

22. On revision, arrangement, and phraseology, to consist of the chairinen of the preceeding twenty-one committees.

In addition to the standing committees above named on the various portions of the Constitution, your committee recommend the appointment of a committee on elections, and a committee on accounts, each to consist of five members.

Your committee further recommend that no resolution, or other matter, shall be referred to any standing committee, until the same shall have previously been submitted to the Convention

On motion of Mr. Read. The report was laid upon the table, and one hunderd and fifty copies ordered to be printed.

Mr. Morrison of Marion made the following report, viz:

Mr. PRESIDENT :

The select committee appointed to make such arrangements with the publishers of newspapers in the city as will insure a regular daily printed report of the proceedings of this Convention for the use of the members and for distribution among the people,

And also to report to this Convention what arrangements can be made with the Post Master in this city concerning the postage and the payment thereof on such letters and documents, as the members of this Convention may send and receive through said Post Office, have had these subjects under consideration, and have directed me to make the following report for the action of the Convention.

Your committee have addressed a series of interrogatories to the several publishers of newspapers in this city on the subject of these publications, and have received their answers and propositions, a synopsis of which is here inserted, so as to enable the Convention to decide as to the propriety and importance of taking any number of any or all of the papers which are presented as willing to publish a portion or the whole of the proceedings of the Convention.

The publishers of the Indiana Journal state and propose as follows :

The paper will be publised daily, will contain all the debates, as soon as they can be obtained from the authorized Reporter—the paper to be furnished, enveloped singly, at one dollar for the session. If the Reporter can give the reports to the Printer in time, the prodeedings of the previous day can be given on the next morning. In order to do as above stated, they further state that for the composition of the proceedings, they must be paid twenty-five cents per thousand ems, and that said price is the same that was paid by the Conventions of Ohio and Kentucky under similar circumstances for like work, and that the price is far less than that paid by the two Houses of Congress to Gales & Seaton of the Intelligencer, and to the publishers of the Union.

The Journal further suggests that it will furnish an ordinary condensed report, made by its own reporters, in a daily paper, at one dollar each copy, during the session of the Convention, without any charge for composition.

The State Sentinel proposes also to publish a daily double medium sheet, containg all the debates, on the same terms proposed by the Journal, and urges the same arguments in support of the necessity of the charge for composition, that charge being only the amount paid to journeymen for the actual performance of the labor, viz :—twenty-five cents per thousand ems.

The Indiana State-nan proposes to publish once in each week, a condensed report of the proceedings, by its own reporter, at fifty cents per copy during the session, or four cents per single copy.

The Indiana Volksblatt, a paper printed entirely in the German language, proposes to publish, once a week, an abstract of proceedings of from four to six columns, and to furnish the paper at five cents per copy.

The Locomotive proposes to publish a condensed report of from two to three columns, weekly, in small type, at two and a third cents per copy, or thirty cents for the session.

All the papers to be well enveloped in good wrappers, singly, and delivered at the Hall of the Convention.

The Postmaster informs your committee that all transient mail matter in the shape of newspapers, is by law required to be prepaid, but that he will keep a proper account, and settle the amount in a general settlement, with such properly authorized person as the Convention may direct.

The price of postage is one cent on each paper, within the limits of the State. For documents, in pamphlet form, two and a half cents for the first ounce, and one cent for each additional ounce.

In view of these facts and propositions, your committee have carefully estimated the cost of furnishing these reports, and although the amount may seem heavy, they are at a loss to discover a better and a cheaper method of affording to the people that information in reference to the action of the Convention. From these reports, thus furnished, the different local newspapers of the State can re-publish, and the information will be very generally disseminated and within the reach of every citizen of the State. If the only regular record should be the volume of debates, which may be published, the very limited number of the copies of that work would enable but few persons to vote understandingly upon the provisions of the new Constitution.

In order to bring the subject plainly to the consideration of every member of the Convention, your committee have endeavored to make a figurative estimate of the expense to be incurred in these publications.

The estimate is based upon the supposition that the Convention may continue in session for a period of seventy days, being nearly twelve weeks. Should the session be shortened, in the same proportion will the amount be lessened.

The following are the items :

For five copies of the Indiana Journal and five copies of

the Indiana State Sentinel, daily, to each member, at one dollar per copy, during session...

$1,500 00 Five copies of Indiana Statesman, weekly,

375 00 Three copies of Volksblatt,

225 00 Three copies of Locomotive,

150 00 Daily postage,

1,050 00 Weekly postage,

175 00

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