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For the purpose of conducting such investigations, said committee is hereby authorized and empowered to subpoena witnesses under the signature of the chairman, place under oath and examine such witnesses, and to issue subpoena, duces tecum for witness or witnesses and for such books, documents, papers, memoranda, or things as such commiitee shall deem necessary for its information in carrying out the objects and purposes of this resolution.
Said committee is authorized to require any person or persons to cause to be submitted to said committee or any person duly authorized to act for it, for inspection and examination any books, papers, documents or letters of any character, kind or description.
Such committee is authorized to employ such assistance as it may require, including the employment of a clerical experi, statistical, technical, legal and accounting natures. The said committee and the members thereof shall be entitled to its and their actual expenses incurred in the performance of the duties enjoined by this resolucion.
Resolved, further, That the General Assembly proceed to make an appropriation for the necessary expenses for the purpose of carrying out the pro. visions of this resolution, and that all vouchers for expenses of said committee and its members shall be approved by the chairman of the committee, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the President of the Senate.
Adopted by the Senate, February 19, 1919.
CANVASS ELECTION RETURNS-JOINT ASSEMBLY.
(Senate Joint Resolution No. 2.) Resolved, by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring therein, That when the two Houses meet today at 4:00 o'clock p. m. that they shall proceed to convass the returns of votes casi for State officers at the election held in November, 1918.
Adopted by the Senate January 8, 1919.
CONSERVATION OF Wild GAME.
(Senate Joint Resolution No. 23.) WHEREAS, The General Assembly, section 11 of an Act for the conservation of game, wild fowl, birds and fish, has provided as follows:
"The ownership of and title to all wild game and birds in the State of Illinois is hereby declared to be in the State, and no wild game or birds shall be taken or killed in any manner or at any time except the person so taking or killing shall consent that the title to said game shall remain in the State of Illinois for the purpose of regulating the use and disposition of the same after such taking or killing. The taking or killing of wild game or birds at any time in any manner or by any person shall be deemed a consent of said person that the title to such game shall be and remain in the State, for said purpose of regulating the use and disposition of the same," and has provided regulations authorizing the hunting of game and birds at certain seasons upon the payment of a license fee to the State; and
WHEREAS, The shooting of ducks and geese is the chief recreation and sport of many thousands of outdoor enthusiasts who either secure hunting licenses or are exempt from its provisions; and
WHEREAS, The progressive measures for the protection, conservation and propagation of game, birds and fish enacted by the General Assembly of Illinois with the earnest and energetic assistance of the sportsmen of Illinois, rebuts and charge “enemies of wild life” employed by certain Eastern organizations because of the natural resentment felt by citizens of Illinois at the unjust discriminatory feaiures of the Federal regulations for the shooting of wild ducks and geese as applied to this State; and
WHEREAS, The Secretary of Agriculture, under authority of an Act of Congress enacted in 1913, prescribed regulations fixing an open season for wild ducks and geese which operated to restrict very largely the hunting of such fowl to territory contiguous to large rivers and lakes, most of which property is in private hands and not open to the public, and to fix an open season which, in the Southern states, came at a time when ducks and geese were plentiful, thereby discriminating greatly against farmer boys and hunters in the valley of the small inland rivers and creeks and the sportsmen of Illinois and of the Middle West states; and
WHEREAS, Protests against the unfair features of these regulations were made to the Secretary of Agriculture and the State law providing an open season was amended in 1915, to provide for two short seasons from September 1 to December 15, and February 15 to March 31, in the hope of securing modification of the Federal provisions, but to no avail, although the Bureau of Biological Survey, the department charged with the enforcement of the regulations of the Secretary of Agriculture, recognized the force of these protests and admitted that fall shooting (which Federal regulation necessitates) in this locality is very poor.
WHEREAS, Congress enacted in 1918, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act vesting authority in the Secretary of Agriculture to determine when, to what extent, if at all, and by what means to allow hunting of migratory birds and under this power an open season has been provided from September 16 to December 31, for the shooting of ducks and geese in Illinois and is subject to the same exception and the same criticism as the prior regulations; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, by the Senate of the Fifty-first General Assembly of the State of Ilinois, the House of Representatives concurring therein, That a joint committee composed of six members, three from the Senate and three from the House of Representatives, be appointed by the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representativs, respectively, to secure a modification of the Federal regulation so as to provide a late winter open season from February 15 to March 31, or as near as may be, for the shooting of wild ducks and geese; and be it further
Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be sent to the Secretary of Agriculture, and to the chief of the Bureau of Biological Survey at Washington, the Director of Agriculture and Chief Game and Fish Warden in Springfield, Illinois, and to the members of Congress from Illinois, both in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, and be it further
Resolved, That our members of Congress be requested to lend their aid and co-operation to this committee by their personal efforts directed toward securing a modification as suggested of the regulation issued by the Sec retary of Agriculture.
Adopted by the Senate April 22, 1919.
CONSIDERATION OF REVENUE AND TAX LEVY MATTERS.
(House Joint Resolution No. 23.) WHEREAS, Many bills relating to revenue and tax levy matters are now pending before this General Assembly; and
WHEREAS, The formation of an effective and comprehensive legisla ive policy with reference to these bills requires that revenue and tax levy matters be considered as a single problem and that these bills be considered in the light of their relationships to each other; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That the members of the Fifty-first General Assembly meet in joint session in the Hall of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, the twenty-ninth day of April, nineteen hundred and nineteen, and on Wednesday, the thirtieth day of April, nineteen hundred and nineteen, at the hour of ten
o'clock a. m. on both days for the purpose of considering all revenue and tax levy matters now pending before this General Assembly.
Adopted by the House, April 23, 1919.
COOK COUNTY PRESS CLUB.
(House Joint Resolution No. 8.) WHEREAS, The Cook County Press Club, a body corporate of newspaper men of the State of Illinois, has offered to donate to the State of Illinois, bronze memorials of commissioned officers from the State of Illinois, who lost their lives while in the military service during the War for Liberty, 1914 to 1919, said collection to be presented without expense to the State of Illinois; therefore, be it
Resolved, by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring therein, That we hereby accept the generous gift, and that the collection be placed in Memorial Hall in the State House and that all State officials of Illinois are hereby respectfully requested to permit the Cook County Press Club to consult all data and records pertaining to the personnel of Illinois people who were in the military service during the Liberty War from 1914 to 1919 and that the collection of memorials is hereby named “The Illinois Military Gallery of Honor," and that we hereby extend to the Cook County Press Club our thanks for the generous offer.
Adopted by the House March 12, 1919.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS LAW-REPEAL URGED.
(House Joint Resolution No. 18.) WHEREAS, Under a law adopted by Congress and under the stress of being a war measure, all our business and social affairs are regulated by what is known as new time; and
WHEREAS, Such so-called new time is a great handicap upon the agricultural population of our State and the regulating of working hours on farms by this so-called new time results in great loss to the farmer, disorganizes his business and reduces his efficiency and capacity to produce food products; and
WHEREAS, The operation of such so-called new time brings a direct conflict between the farmers' business and social environments; and
WHEREAS, The so-called new time is a great burden and loss to the merchants in the smaller towns and community centers; and
WHEREAS, This so-called new time has proven a serious handicap to the church and greatly lessens attendance upon church services upon the Sabbath Day in the smaller towns and community centers; therefore, be it
Resolved, by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That the two United States Senators and each member of the House of Representatives from Illinois in the United States Congress, be and they are hereby requested to earnestly endeavor to bring about at the earliest possible date the repeal of what is known as the new time or Daylight Saving Law and a return to the long established and universally accepted standard time; and be it further
Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be sent to the two United States Senators and each member of the House of Representatives in Congress from Illinois.
Adopted by the House, April 16, 1919.
DEATH OF FRANK E. ARMSTRONG.
(Senate Joint Resolution No. 42.) WHEREAS: Late Thursday afternoon, June 19, 1919, while in active discharge of intensive journalistic duties incident to the closing hours of the Fifty-first General Assembly, Frank E. Armstrong, for many years the Legislative Correspondent and Political Editor of the Chicago Daily News, was suddenly stricken and expired upon the public street in the city of Springfield; and
WHEREAS: This tragic evenć has brought profound sorrow and grief to hundreds of officials, public men and citizens generally, who were privileged to meet him frequently and claim him as a personal friend; and
WHEREAS: Frank E. Armstrong was pre-eminent because of his grasp of public affairs and legislative and civic needs and his familiarity with officials in State, county and city administrations and exerted an unusually wholesome influence through the columns of his paper in aiding the public in exercising discrimination and judgment in electing men of character and ability to public office; and
WHEREAS: By reason of his keenness and marked intellectual attainments, coupled with an unusual appreciation of the value of efficient and honest administration in State and civic affairs he appreciated the need of greater and widening scope in social and industrial welfare legislation and an increasing non-partisan activity by Illinois citizens in all civic matters, and encouraged the enactment of legislation promotive thereof; he was increasingly effective and
WHEREAS: Mr. Armstrong was a man of clean personal life, kind and courteous to all, tender and devoted to his family, quick to give wide credit and encouragement to any and all who rendered true public service as the members of this Assembly can personally bear witness to, and at all times exemplified the value and influence of wholesome Christian living, and properly directed industry and endeavor; now therefore, be it
Resolved, by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring herein, That we express our admiration for Mr. Armstrong's achievements in life, his high character and attainments, our personal respect, esteem and friendship for him, as well as our sympathy for his newspaper associates and superiors, and for his widow and children, to whom his loss brings the profoundest grief; and, be it further
ResolvedThat this preamble and resolution be spread on the Journals of the Senate and House of Representatives; that a suitably engrossed copy thereof be sent to the family; that a committee be appointed by the Presi. dent of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to attend the funeral; and that as a further mark of respect, the Senate and House of Representatives do now take a recess.
Adopted by the Senate June 20, 1919.
DEATII OF Hox. THOMAS E. MERRITT.
(House Joint Resolution No. 6.) WHEREAS, We have learned with deep regret of the death of the Hon. Thomas E. Merritt on the 25th day of December, 1918, at Salem, Marion County, Illinois; and
WHEREAS, The deceased was a member of the House of Representatives for twelve years and a member of the State Senate for eight years, and during his term of service in the General Assembly he was a forceful leader of his party and sponsored much of the epoch making legislation of the time; and
WHEREAS, The deceased was a prominent figure in the public affairs of the State, having, while a member of the General Assembly, placed in nomination for United States Senator from Illinois the names of Hon. William R. Morrison and Hon. John M. Palmer, and also having been elected a
delegate to three Democratic National conventions, twice as delegate at large; therefore, be it
Resolved, by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That the Fifty-first General Assembly of the State of Ilinois expresses its deep regret at the loss to the State of Illinois and to his community of so faithful a public servant and citizen, and that it extends its sympathy to the members of the bereaved family; and be it further
Resolved, That these resolutions be spread on the records of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and that a copy thereof duly authenticated be forwarded by the Clerk of the House of Represenatives to the family of the late Mr. Merritt.
Adopted by the House, February 5, 1919.
DEATH OF Hox. CHARLES A. WALKER.
(House Joint Resolution No. 22.) WHEREAS, The Hon. Charles A. Walker, a former member of the House of Representatives and a former member of the Senate of the State of Illinois, departed this life at his home in the city of Carlinville, Illinois, on March 25, 1918; and
WHEREAS, The deceased as a member of both branches of the General Assembly gave to his constituents and to the State of Illinois, by untiring industry, faithful zeal and unblemished integrity, the fullest measure of devoted service; therefore, be it
Resolved, That the sincere sympathy of the House of Representatives and the Senate be, and the same is hereby, extended to the bereaved relatives and intimate and personal friends of our deceased former fellowmember; and, be it further
Resolved, That this preamble and resolution be spread on the records of the Fifty-first General Assembly; that a suitably engrossed copy thereof be forwarded to the family; and, as a further mark of respect to his memory, that the House do now adjourn.
Adopted by the House, April 22, 1919.
DEVOBILIZATION OF SOLDIERS FOR FARM LABOR.
(House Joint Resolution No. 17.) WHEREAS, There exists at this time a very great scarcity of farm labor in this State and the demand for labor on the farm is continually increasing and will continue to do so as the harvest season approaches; and
WHEREAS, We are urged by Federal officials, by State officials, by proclamations of Congress, by resolution of State Legislatures, by demand for appropriations of money to carry on public improvements, by the voice of the press of the country, to furnish employment for the unemployed and especially for the demobilized and returning soldiers of the late World's War; and
WHEREAS, We are constantly informed through the press and by various civic organizations and employment bureaus and agencies that great numbers of released soldiers are in need of employment; and
WHEREAS, It is our wish and patriotic duty to do all within our power to give employment and dignified relief to all seeking employment, and to take such action as will meet the requirements of the employer, and those seeking employment; and
WHEREAS, Both from official sources and newspaper interviews and reports, it is found that great numbers of released and returned soldiers are not experienced in farm labor or adapted to its requirements; and
WHEREAS, Large numbers of men who are experienced and adapted to farm occupations are retained in the service; therefore, be it