Whkbeas, the interests of the community require that commerce should be left free to establish and follow such channels as will most conduce to the interests of all, therefore, no such restraints should be imposed upon it as would discriminate unjustly in favor of one locality to the prejudice of another, whether situated in the same or different states; whereas, also, the great lines of railroad communication necessarily extend into several states by continuous lines, and a just regard for the interests of all require that such roads should be allowed to make such regulations for the transportation of passengers and freight as will advance the interests of all, and should not be prevented by legislation, in one state, tending to force such trade to any locality within such state, to the injury of either of the sister states, the roads, or the public; thus, any such legislation would justify corresponding restrictive legislation on the part of a sister state, in defense of the interests of its people, which must necessarily tend to injure both; therefore,

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That we regret to learn that the legislature of Missouri are endeavoring, by legislation in regard to the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, to prevent travel and trade passing over said road, following its proper and natural channel over the Quincy and Palmyra Railroad, thereby unjustly discriminating in favor of the supposed interests of Missouri, and against those of Illinois.

Resolved, That such legislation should be met in such a spirit as to satisfy the legislature of Missouri that Illinois is willing to throw open the channel of trade and travel, and allow the laws of trade and the interests of our communities to seek such marts as their interests may dictate, without any restraints discriminating in favor of our state to the injury of the other.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded by the governor of this state to the governor of the state of Missouri.

Resolved by the Mouse of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That each member of the twenty-fifth general assembly and the lieutenant governor shall receive for distribution eight copies of the first and second volumes of the report of the state geologist, and upon its publication the same number of copies of third volume; and that each member of the twenty-fourth general assembly be entitled to receive eleven copies of the said third volume, and that the clerks and assistant clerks of the house of representatives, and the secretary and assistant secretaries of the senate receive one copy each of the three volumes, and that the state geologist have the distribution of the remaining copies of the three volumes of said report.

Resolved by the Home of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That each member of the senate and house, and the speaker of the senate be provided with one bound copy of either of the session issue of the " State Journal" or "State Register," as he may select, to b ebound at the close of the session; and that the secretary of state be required to forward said copy to the address of each person entitled to receive the same, within three months from the close of the session, by express, prepaying all charges incurred by expressing the same.

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That the firm of Ely, Burnham and Bartlett, short-hand writers, be and are hereby appointed as the official reporters for this general assembly, whose duty it shall be to place in each house two competent reporters, to be paid at the rate of fifteen dollars per day, each, for making full reports of the debates in short-hand, and writing out for daily publication so much of the same as may be necessary for a full report of the proceedings, and a synopsis of the debates, the aggregate for both houses not to exceed , ten columns nonpareil; and that said reports be published in the "Springfield Daily Journal" and "Register," and that said papers be paid for the same at the rate of five dollars per column, solid nonpareil.

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That four hundred copies of the joint rules of the house and senate of the last session be ordered printed for use of the present house and senate, and that the state printer be requested to furnish the same as soon as practicable.

Resolved by the House of Jiepsemtatives, the Senate concurring herein, That on Tuesday, the fifteenth day of Jannary, instant, at 2 o'clock, p. M. each house shall by itself, and in the manner prescribed by the act of congress, approved July 25,1866, name a person for senator in congress from the state of Illinois, for the term of six years from the fourth day of March, A. D. 1867, and on Wednesday, the 16th day of January, instant, at 12 o'clock meridian, the two houses shall meet in joint session for the purpose of canvassing the votes of each house for United States senator, given the day previous; and in case no person shall have been elected, then to proceed and elect, by joint ballot, a United States senator, for the term of six years from the fourth day of March, A. D. 1867.

Department Of State, Springfield, Illinois,
April 17, 1867. .

I, Sharon Tyndale, secretary of state of the state of Illinois, do hereby certify that the foregoing printed laws are true and perfect copies of the enrolled laws on file in this office, with the exception of the words printed in brackets thus, [ ].

In testimony whereof I hereunto set iny hand, the day and year aforesaid.


Secretary of Stale.


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