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Lansino, May 6, 1881. The crdentials of Hon. I). R. Cook, who succeeds the late Senator Durkee, were presented on Monday evening, and consisted not in any credentials from the district canvassers (the canvass not having yet been held), but in a certifícate from the clerk of each of the counties of Eaton and Barry, comprising the district, showing that there were 4,948 votes cast, of which David R. Cook hed 2,728; Robert .1. Grant, 1,750; Ilenry A. Goodyear, 663; scattering 7. As in the case of Mr. Andrews, two weeks ago, the certificates were referred to the committee on the judiciary. On ïuesday morning Senator Patterson, as acting chairman, reported the facts and recommended that Mr. Cook be adinitted to his seat. The report was adopted without even the formality of a roll cali, and the new senator sworn in, thus again giving all the district thjir risrhtful renresentative. Mr. Cook represented the same district in 1877, and is therefore not i new liand at the business. He is 50 years old, in the prime of life, and nis health, which was poor in 1877, isnow fully restored. TO BE INVESTIOATKD. Charges of niismanagement, neglect and inattention to business having been freely circulated of late against the warden of the state house of correction at Ionia, the warden, John J. Grafton, and president of the board of managers, Hon. Ilampton Kich, have uuited in a request to the legislature for the appointment by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house, of a committee of two senators and three representatives, who shall make a full and searching investigation of all the charges. Both houses have concurred in a resolution authorizing the appoint ■ ment of sueh committee, but the memben of the committee have not yet been named. NOT FOR LADIES. It seems after all, that the agricultural college is not yet for the young ladies - if ever. The senate, on the 3d instant, struck out all after the enacting clause of the bill appropriating $12,000 for building and heathíg a hall for young ladies, at that institution, and $3,600 to furnish said hall and pay ;he salary of a teacher and inatron fol L882. This building and its accomuaniainents, was very largely petitioned tor two years ago, hut fared no better then tlian this year. THE TAX COMMISSION bill, passed some weeks ago liy the senate, was passed by the house on Thursday by a vote of yeas 67, noes none. The bill and the commission to be created by it are of so much general importance, that we give herewith the bill entire, as follows : A bill to provide for the appointment of a coinmission to prepare and report a bill for the assessment, levy, and collection of taxes, and to prescribe their duties and provide for their compensation. Section 1. The People f the State of Michigan enact, That it shall be the duty of the governor, by and with the advice and consent oí the benate, to appoint a commission, consisting of five proper and distinct persons, wliuse duty it shall be to prepare a suitable bilí tor the assessment, levy, and collection of taxes, and to report the same to the governor on the completion thereof. In case of the death, refusal, or inability to act, of any rnenibcrs of said commission before its labors are eompleted, the governor shall appoint some suitable person or persons to lili the vacancy. Sec. 2. The said commission shal] forthwith after their appointment meet at the capítol and proceed, with all reasonable dispatch, to prepare and complete such bill, and report the same as above provided; and upon the said bill being so reported, it shall be the duty of the governor to cause the same to be printed by the State printer, and forward a copy thereof to each paper in the State applymg therefor, to eiicli member of the legislature, and each county treasurer, and submit the same to the legislature, if then in sessi on, and if not, then at the next general or extra session. Sec. After the submission of said bill to the legislature the membérs of said commission shall be entitled to seats upon the floor of the senate and house, fox the purpose of explaining the provisions of the said bill; and for that purpose it shall be the dnty of said commission to remain in attendance during the session of the legislature until such bill is fmally passed or otherwise disposed of, and no amendment shall be made in either house until after the same shall have been proposed and submitted to the said commission, for at least twenty-four hours, or until they have au opportunity to report to the house in which such amendment originated their views in relation thereto. Skc. 4, The members of said commission shall receive a reasonable compensation for services and expenses, to be tixed and allowed by the State board of auditors; and such eoininission inay employ a clerk, at a coinpensation to be approved and allowed by the board of State auditors. CCUNTY SCHOOL EXAMINERS. Senator Edsell's long bill "to levise and consolídate the laws pertainintr to public instruction and primary schools, etc-" a synopsis of which we gave last week, occupied the time of the most of the day on Thursday, and while it was amended in several places, ttie changes are slight, and just before adjourrnent it reached its final passage and went through by a vote of 64 yeas to 7 nays, suNimiEs. Governór Jerome returned from his homo, where he had íipent a few days on the sick list, on the 3d. and is acrain doiiíg duty at t'e executive office. Congressinan Ilorr, of the 8th district, made a fifteen-minutes' speechin the senate just bef ore adjournment on the 5th, by invitation of tliat body. Just after roll caü in the senate this afternoon (6th), senator Kilpatrick, on behalf of the niessenger boys and janitors of the senate, presented the Lieutenant (overnor with a beautif ui goldiieadtd cane, inscribed : " Presented to Hon. M. S. Orosby, by the janitors and messengers of the senate, 1881." The jrovernor w;is cotnpletely surprised, but responded in a very neat little address of thanks. The senate on Wednesday passed oue of the many bilis tliat are pending in one or both house.s, relative to "a uni rorni assessment of property and tol the collection and return of taxes hereou." Twenty-five bilis were passed in tho senate on tho 4th, the largest number passed by either house in one lay. A bilí "to ]roviile for the adoption and use of a standard fonnof Bre insurame policy" has just passed the enate and if it passes the house will 10 doubt go a long way toward giving ;he insured tlie safety one desires to 'eel when lie pays his money lor lire inurance. f W'hen tho Farr liquor tax bill came up in the house on Thursday on the order of third reading, its f urther consideration was made a special order for the llth instant, when it is thought it will pass the house without having been very materially amended since its passage by the senate. The house has just passed the senate bill for supplying township ofncers with Judge Green's "treatise on townships, and the powers and duties of township oftieers." It is not known just how many books will be required, but careful estimates put the expense at $13,000, yet the work is a very yaluable one. Each house has during the week mede an attempt to fix the date of final adjournment at or about May 25th, but the house indefinitely postponed and the senate tabled the proposition. Il is yet too early to fix the date.


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