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Proceedings and Debates of the 1867 Constitutional Convention
Volume 74, Volume 1, Debates 460   View pdf image (33K)
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visions were of such a nature it could not fail to benefit
most largely the landowners of the State.
Mr. Kilbourn advocated the motion to reconsider, and
argued in favor of retaining the office of immigration
The motion to reconsider was agreed to.
Mr. Kilbourn offered an amendment to the third section
of the article, and asked to open the report to receive it,
as follows: Strike out in the second and third lines
"those officers were, " and insert "that officer was, " and
in the sixth and seventh lines strike out "officers before
mentioned, " and insert "office of commissioner of immi-
gration. "
Mr. Kilbourn said that this amendment would have the
effect to preserve the office of immigration agent, an
office the expenses of which, as he had been advised by
the distinguished incumbent of that office, had been some-
what overestimated by an inadvertence of the chairman
of the committee on labor and agriculture, the annual
amount of which, as allowed by the act of the Legisla-
ture, is but $750, instead of $1, 500. This office had been
recently created and provided for by an act of the last
Legislature, and the incumbent had commenced the dis-
charge of its duties in reference to its continuation for
the term of its limitation of two years. He hoped this
officer would not be disturbed by the action of the Con-
vention. So far from opposing the article proposed, he
should cheerfully support it with this amendment. He
believed the agent of immigration had entered upon the
discharge of his duties with great energy and ability, and
he hoped he would be permitted to perform his duties as
designated and required by the act of the Legislature.
The Convention refused to entertain the amendment.
Mr. Stoddert said that he had advocated this report in
the committee, but from the manner in which it had been
changed by the Convention he would be compelled to vote
against it, as it would be perfectly useless to the people
of the State.
Mr. Brown rose to explain his vote on the passage of
the bill. This article abolishes the offices Of commissioner

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