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Array           errata.
Page 50.—After Committal of Customs Bill, insert:
On motion of the Hon. the Attorney General, the "Customs Declaratory Bill" was
read second time.
Ordered to be Committed to-morrow.
Page 63.—Aiter Committal of Victoria Real Estate Tax Repeal Bill, insert:
On Motion of the Hon. the Attorney General, the "Victoria Real Estate Sale Repeal
Bill" was read second time.
Ordered to be Committed at once.
Tbe Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Franklyn Chairman of
the Committee reported progress and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for Monday next.
Sessional Papers printed in Appendix, to which no reference is made in the Minutes:
ISTo. 18.—Report of a Select Committee on Postal Service in the Colony.  TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Roll op the Members op the Legislative Council.
Index to Journals.
Schedule op Publig Bills introduced.
Votes and Proceedings.
Appendix.
Estimates for 1867. I
op the
HONOURABLE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS
OP
iriM (JfatombtH,
POR THE. FOURTH SESSION OP THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL,
BEING THE YEAR 1867.   30° VICTORLE.
  «»    —    »■  	
ARTHUR N. BIRCH, Colonial Secretary and Presiding Member.
HENRY P. PELLEW CREASE, Attorney General.
"WILLIAM A. G. YOUNG, Acting during Session as Treasurer.
JOSEPH WILLIAM TRUTCH, Chief Commissioner op Lands and Works and
Surveyor General.
WYMOND OGILVY HAMLEY, Collector of Customs.
THOMAS LETT WOOD, Acting during Session as Solicitor General.
HENRY MAYNARD BALL, Magistrate, Cariboo West.
CHARTRES BREW, Magistrate, New Westminster.
GEORGE WILLIAM COX, Magistrate, Cariboo East.
WLLLIAM HALES FRANKLYN, Magistrate, Nanaimo.
WILLIAM J. MACDONALD, Magistrate, Victoria.
PETER O'REILLY, Magistrate, Kootenay.
EDWARD HOWARD SANDERS, Magistrate, Yale and Lytton.
AMOR DeCOSMOS, Victoria.
JOHN SEBASTIAN HELMCKEN, Victoria.
JOSEPH -DESPARD PEMBERTON, Victoria District.
JOHN ROBS ON, New Westminster.
ROBERT THOMPSON SMITH, Columbia River and Kootenay.
JOSEPH J. SOUTHGATE, Nanaimo.
EDWARD STAMP, Lillooet.
GEORGE ANTHONY WALKEM, Cariboo.
FRANCIS JONES BARNARD,. Yale and Lytton. INDEX TO THE JOURNALS
OF THE
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.
SESSION 1867.
ADDRESSES:
In reply to Governor's Opening Speech 6, 7, presented 8, reply to 8.
ADJOURNMENT for want of Quorum 7.
ADMIRALTY PRACTICE, Motion for alteration of 38.
ADMINISTRATION OE OATHS to Members of Council 4, 12, 27, Dedimus Potestatem
to Colonial Secretary to administer Oaths 12.
AMENDMENTS TO BILLS (see Messages from Governor).
AUDITING ACCOUNTS, V. I. Message No. 2, 10, money voted for 12.
ASSAY DEPARTMENT, Return called for 11, sent down by Message 16.
BILLS.:
Imposts Indemnity, introduced 8, read first time 8, second time 10, committed 10,
third reading and passing 12, assented to 17.
Assimilation of Laws, introduced 8, first reading 8, second reading 11, committed 13, 15.
Customs Application, introduced 8, read first time 8, second reading 50, committed 52,
read third time and passed 52, assented to 58.
Victoria Incorporation Aid, introduced 9, read first time 9, read second time 10, committed 10, read third time and passed 12, assented to 17.
Land Law Extension,  introduced 9, read first time 9, referred to Select Committee 21.
.Ordinance Conciseness, introduced 9, read first time 9, read second time 11, committed
11, third reading and passing 13, disallowed 33.
Officers Enabling, introduced 11, read first time 11, read second time 13, committed 13,
third reading and passing 14.
Legal Professions, introduced 12, read first time 12, read second time 22, committed 22,
third reading and passing 23, assented to 39.
Trades Licenses, introduced 13, read first time 13, read second time 41, committed 41,42,
read third time and passed 44, assented to 57.
Acquisition of Land, introduced 14, read first time 14, referred to Select Committee 21.
Oaths and Evidence, introduced 15, read first time 15, read second time 16, committed
16, read third time and passed 17, amended by Governor 42, assented to 48.
Sheriffs' Law Assimilation, introduced 16, read first time 16, read second time 17, committed 17, recommitted" 19, read third time and passed 22, assented to 33.
Indian Liquor, introduced 16, read first time 16, read second time 17, committed 17, recommitted 17, read third time 19, amended by Governor 36, assented to 71.
English Law Application, introduced 16, read first time 16, read second time 17, committed 19, read third time 21, amended by Governor 34, assented to 37.
Interest, introduced 16, read first time 16, read second time 19, committed 22, read third
time and passed 23, amended by Governor 33, assented to 37.
Postal, introduced 18, read first time 18, read second time 22, committed 24, 32,38, referred
to Select Committee 32, committed 43, read third time and passed 44, amended by Governor
' 70, assented to 71.
Gold Mining, introduced 18, read first time 18, referred to Select Committee 18, committed
46, 48, 49, read third time and passed 51, assented to 71.
Ferry Regulation, introduced 19, read first time 19, read second time 22, committed 24,
read third time and passed 25, assented to 37.
Game, introduced 19, read first time 20, second reading 23, committed 23, read third
time and passed 24, assented to 32.
Intestate Estate Sale, introduced 19, read first time 20, read second time 22, committed 24, read third time and passed 25, assented to 33.
Indian Graves, introduced 19, read first time 20, read second time 23, committed
23, recommitted 23, read third time and passed 24, assented to 33.
Inventions, introduced 19, read first time 20, read second time 24, committed 31
read third time and passed 32, assented to 51.
Homestead, introduced 21, first reading 21, read second time 42, referred to Select
Committee 43, committed 47, read third time and passed 48, assented to 57.
Victoria Incorporation, introduced 23, read first time 23, read second time 26, committed 28, 30, 31, 33, referred to Select Committee 33, committed 57, 60, read third
time and passed 69. INDEX.
Mechanics' Lien Law, introduced 25, read first time 25, withdrawn 40.
Medical Professions, introduced 28, first reading 28, second reading 31, referred
to Select Committee 45, Report 60, read second time 60, committed 65, third reading
and passed 67.
Gold Fields, introduced 30, read first time 30, referred to Select Committee 32.
Legal ProeeIsAns, introduced 38, first reading 38, read second time 53, committed
57, read third time and'pass'Sd 57, assented to 68. |
"Weights and Measures, introduced -39, read first time 39, read second time 41, committed 41, read third time and passed 42, assented to 51.
Supply 1867, sent down 40> read first time 40, read second time 41, committed 41,
read third time and passed 42,.assented to 51.
Marriages, introduced 41, read .first time 41, read second time 44, committed 44,
recommitted 45, third reading and passed 46, assented to 71.
Currency, introduced 45, read.first time 45, read second time 49, committed 49, 53,
read third time and passed 53, assented to 71.
Customs Tariff, introduced 47, read first time 47, second reading 50, committed 50,
51, read third time and passed 52, assented to 58.
Real Estate Repeal, introduced 47, read first time 47, read second time 55, committed 62, third reading and passed 61, assented to 71.
Harbour Dues, introduced 47, read first time 47, read second time 50, committed
50, 53, read third time and passed 54, assented to 71.
Mortgages, introduced 50, read first time 50, read second time 63, committed 65, 69,
read third time and passed 71, assent deferred 71.
Crown Officers' Salaries Act Repeal, sent down in Message 51,
Vancouver Island Roads, introduced 53, read first time 53, withdrawn 69.
Pilotage, introduced 53, read first time 53, second reading 60, committed 60, recommitted 62, read third time and passed 62, assented to 71.
Harbour Regulations, introduced 53, read first time 53, second reading 59, committed 59, third reading and passed 60, assented to 71.
Land Bill, introduced by Select Committee 55, read first time 55, second reading
60, committed 60, 62, 63, read third time and passed 66, assent deferred 71.
IIarewood Railway Extension, introduced 56, read first time 56, second reading
59, committed 63, third reading and passed 64, assented to 71.
Excise, introduced 56, first reading 56, sent to Ways and Means 56, second reading
59, committed 59, third reading and passed 60, assented to 71.
Exchequer Debenture, introduced 54, first reading 54, referred to Committee of
Ways and Means 54, second reading 57, committed 59, third reading and passed 60,
assented to 65.
Ports of Entry, introduced 58, first reading 58, second reading 62, committed 63,
third reading and passed 63, assented to 71.
Limitation of Suits, introduced 62, first reading 62, second reading 65, committed
65, third reading and passed 67, reserved 71.
Real Estate Sale Repeal, introduced 62, first reading 62, second reading 63, committed 69, recommitted 71, third reading and passed 71, assent deferred 71.
Alien, introduced 64, read first time 64, read second time 69, committed 69, read
third time and passed 71, assented to 71.
County Courts Procedure, introduced 65, read first time 65, read second time 65,
committed 67, third reading and passed 70.
Supply Supplemental, B. C. introduced 67, first reading 68, second reading 68,
committed 68, third reading and passed 70, assented to 71.
Supply,_V. I. introduced 68, first reading 68, second reading 68, committed 69,
third reading and passed 70, assented to 71.
BARLEY, Motion for malting barley to be admitted Duty free, lost 54.
BONDED WAREHOUSE, Yale, motion for 28, withdrawn 31.
BURRARD INLET ROAD, Resolution for repairs of 18.   *
BOOTH, G. Petition from 49.
CAPITAL, Motion for Governor's Message on 51, Message on 61, Resolution about 64.
COMMITTEES, SELECT:
To draft a reply to His Excellency's opening speech 6, report 6, referred to Committee
of the whole on 6, adopted 6. To revise Statutes brought up in Assimilation of Laws
Bill 13, Report of 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 30, 41, 45, 52. To. Report of Mr. Truteh and Mr.
Pemberton's Land Law Bill 21, report 52,55, 70. To revise Customs Tariff 26, report 32
sent to Governor 35. To Report on Postal Matters 31, report sent in 33. To frame a
Gold Fields Bill 32, report 32. To report on Victoria Incorporation Bill 33 report 54-
on Education 40; on Medical Bill 45, report 60; on Jury Act V. I., and Foreign Suits
and Actions 52. °
COMMITTEES OF THE WHOLE HOUSE:
In reply to His Excellency's Opening Speech 7. On Message No. 2,12.   On the Governor s amendments to English Law, and Interest Bill 34.    Supply, see  Estimates. INDEX.
Ways and Means 38, 39, 41, 44, 53. On the Governor's amendments to Barristers
Bill 38. On Confederation with Canada 40. On His Excellency's alterations to Indian
Liquor Bill 41, 46, 69. On His Excellency's alterations to Oaths and Evidence Bill 43,
45.    On Roads' Tolls 43.    On Settlement of Crown Lands 66.
COMMITTEES ON BILLS (see Bills.)
CROWN OFFICERS' SALARIES. Return asked for 28, sent down 28, Governor's Message
about 28, Resolution of Council on 71.
COMOX ROAD, Motion for aid to construct 15.
COWICHAN ROAD, Motion for aid to construct 15.
COLUMBIA RIVER TRAILS, Motion for aid to construct 14.
CUSTOMS DUTIES, Collection of 8,9, proposed revisal of 18, Select Committee to revise
26, report 32.
CONFEDERATION WITH CANADA, Committee of the whole on 40, 50, Governor's
Message on 56.
CONSTITUTION OF COLONY, 8, Message No. 1, 9.
CONSTITUTION OF COUNCIL, Motion for amendment 13, debate on 22, adjourned 23.
COUNTY COURT, NANAIMO, Leave to extend British Columbia Law to Vancouver
Island, asked 59.
CUSTOM HOUSE, Motion that Chief Office be at Victoria48.
DIVISIONS (see Legislative Council, divisions of).
DEDIMUS POTESTATUM to administer Oath, (see administration of oaths).
DREDGER, Victoria, Mr-. Pemberton's motion on, withdrawn 24.
ESTIMATES, introduced 17, Committee on 25, 26, 27, 31, 34, Resolution of Committee
of Supply 36." Supplementary Supply Committee 68.
EDUCATION, Message on 29, Resolution on 34, 40, Return of expenditure in Vancouver Island asked for 51, sent down 70.
FINES AND SEIZURES, Return asked for 26, obtained 37.
FINES AND FEES OF OFFICE, how appropriated, Motion for Return of, withdrawn
44.
FENCES, Motion for a Bill to regulate 48.
GROUSE CREEK FLUME, Motion for Papers in connection, withdrawn 41.
GOVERNOR, Speech at opening Council 4, reply to 8; Speech at prorogation 71.
Messages :
No. 1, With part of Her Majesty's Instructions to His Excellency, 2.   No. 2,
On
Audit of Accounts of Vancouver Island, 10.    No. 3, With Return of Receipts and Expenditure of Assay Department, 16.    No. 4, Assenting to two Bills, 17.    No. 5, With
Return of Road Tolls, 19.    No. 6, With Petition for abolition of Road Tolls, 19.   No. 7,
In reference to Resolution calling for Returns of Transport, 20.    No. 8, On the subject
of remission of Harbour Dues and Clearance Fees, 20.    No. 9, Altering Standing Orders, 21.    No. 10, With Return of Crown Revenue and Expenditure under Crown
Officers' Salary Act, 28.     No. 11, On Education, 29.     No.  12, With Return as to
establishing a Mint in Vancouver Island, 30.    No. 13, With letter from Chamber of
Commerce, New Westminster, 30.   No. 14, Assenting to Game Ordinance, 32.   No. 15,
Disallowing Conciseness Bill, 33.   No, 16, Assenting to three Bills, 33.   No. 17, Amending Interest Bill, 33.   No. 18, Amending English Law Bill, 34.   No. 19, Amending
Indian  Liquor Bill, 36.    No. 20, Assenting to Ferries and Bridges Ordinance, 37.
No. 21, Assenting to Interest and English Law Ordinances, 37.    No. 22, With petition
from Cariboo for alteration of law affecting Debtor and Creditor, 37.    No. 23, Return
of Fines and Seizures, 37.    No.. 24, Amending Barristers' Bill, 37.    No. 25, Assenting
to V. I. Legal Professions Bill, 39.    No. 26, Forwarding Bill for regulating Weights
and Measures, 39.    No. 27, With Supply Bill for 1867, 40.    No. 28, Amending Oaths
and Evidence Bill, 42.    No. 29, Returning Report of Select Committee on Tariff, 43.
No. 30, Forwarding Return of Receipts and Expenditure of Steamer "Sir James Douglas," 44.    No. 31, Assenting to Oaths and Evidence Bill, 48.    No. 32, Sending down a
Bill repealing Crown Officers' Salaries Act, 51.    No. 33, Assenting to three Bills, 51.
No. 34, In reference to Resolution of Council on Confederation with Canada, 56." No. 35,
Assenting to Bills, 57.    No. 36, Assenting to Bills, 58.    No. 37, On the Capital Quea- INDEX.
tion 61    No 38- Assenting to Debenture Bill, 65.   No. 39, Sendingdown County Courts
For
m
Island Supply Bill sent down. 68.    No. 46, On Postal Rates, 70.    No. 47, With Return
of Expenditure on Education in Vancouver Island, 70.
HARBOUR DUES, &c, remission called for 11, Governor's reply 20.
HOSPITALS, Motion for aid to Victoria 53; to New Westminster 54.
INDIAN RESERVES Resolution to have them reduced 16.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE motion to appoint unpaid, lost 58.
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL:
Convened, 3. Assembled, 4. Governor's Speech at opening of, 4. Reply thereto, 6.
at closing of, 71.
Resolutions of:
For printing Governor's Speech 6, For Select Committee to prepare a reply 6. F
His Excellency's Instructions relative to the Constitution of the Council 8. F
altering Standing Orders 10. Do., do., 10. For Return of Road Tolls and Road Ex-
. penses 11. For Assay Office Return 11. For Abolition of Dues on Coasting Vessels 11.
Voting'$200 to Audit Vancouver Island Accounts 12. For Abolishing Road Tolls and
Tonnage Dues 14. For Building a Bridge at Nanaimo 15. For Return of Transport
15. For Reduction of Indian Reserve, Fraser River 16. For Repairs of English Bay
Road 18. For Expenditure of 1866, 21. For Committee of the whole to consider
Amendment of Constitution of Council 22. For Return of Fines and Seizures 26. For
Papers in re Establishment of Mint in Vancouver Island, 1859, 27. For Return of
Deposits on account of Trustees' Relief, and Intestate Estate Sale Ordinance 27. For
Return of Revenue and Expenditure of Steamer "Sir James Douglas" 27. For Return
of Expenditure under Crown Officers' Salaries Act, and Crown Revenue since passing
of Act, 28. For a Bill to be introduced Regulating Weights and Measures 30. That
a premium for erection of Quartz Mill in Columbia District be offered 32. Agreeing
to Governor's Amendments on Interest and English Law Bill 34. For Grain grown
in the Colony to pass free of Road Tolls 34. To send Report of Select Committee on
Tariff to the Governor 35. Various from Committee of Supply 35. Agreeing to
Governor's Amendments on Barristers Bill 38. For alterations in Admiralty Practice
38. For a Select Committee to Report on the subject of Education 40. In regard to
Abolition-of Road Tolls 43. For Return of Public Debt of British Columbia and Vancouver Island 44. Agreeing to His Excellency's Amendments to Oaths and Evidence
Bill 45. Referring certain Bills to Assimilation of Laws Committee 46. AgreeingtoHis
Excellency's Amendments to the Indian Liquor Bill 46. For a Bill to regulate Fences
48. For Chief Custom House Office to be at Victoria 48. For Foreign grown wheat
for Grist Mills to bo Duty Free 49. For Confederation with Canada 50. For Governor's Message on Capital to be sent down 51. For Return of Vancouver Island School
Expenditure 51. For Aid to Vancouver Island Hospital 53. For Premium for Quartz
Mills Shuswap 53. For Aid to New Westminster Hospital 54. For bounty to be given
on Exported Lumber 57. For drawback to be granted on Exported Malt Liquor 58.
For provision to be made on County Court Nanaimo 59. On the Real Estate Tax Repeal Bill 62. On the Seat of Government 64. On settlement of Crown Lands 66. For
Swine and Goat Act to be applied to Nanaimo 67. Voting Supplemental Supply 68.
Agreeing to alterations in Indian Liquor Bill 69. In reference to Real Estate Sale
Repeal Bill 69. Agreeing to His Excellency's Amendments to Postal Bill 70. In regard to Crown Officers' Salaries 71.
Divisions of:
On amendment to Resolution asking for Governor's Instructions and Commissions.
On question of first reading of Customs Application Bill 8. On question of second
reading Do., 8. Alteration of Standing Orders 10. On motion to defer Customs Application Bill to Ways and Means Committee 14. On motion for building Bridge at
Nanaimo 15. On motion for adjournment 17. On motion for third reading Indian
Liquor Bill 19. On motion fur second reading Postal Bill 22. On motion for Cotai-
mittee of the whole to consider the amendments on Constitution of Council 22. On
motion for fixing adjourned debate on the same 23. On motion for adjournment &4.
On adjournment 25. On motion for Grain grown in tbe Colony to pass free of Toll 34.
On motion for adjournment 39. On amendment by Hon. Mr. Crease on motion for
continuing Free School system in Vancouver Island 40. On motion for recommitting
Trades Licenses Bill 42. On motion for exempting home grown cereals from Road
Tolls 45. On motion for adopting Report of Committee on Marriage Bill 46. On
motion for third reading Marriages Bill 46. On motion for Chief Office of Customs to
be at Victoria 48. On motion for second reading Customs Tariff Bill 50. On motion for
committing Do., 50. On motion for committal Harbour Dues Bill 50. On motion
asking for His Excellency's Message on Capital 51. On motion for premium to Quartz
Mill jJJhuswap 53. On motion for recommittal Harbour Dues Bill 53. On motion for
Maltiftg Baxley to be admitted Duty Free 54.    On motion for suspending Standing Orders to recommit Harbour Dues Bill 54. On motion for postponing second reading
of Vancouver Island Real Estate Repeal Bill 55. On motion to appoint unpaid Justices
of the Peace 58. On motion for considering Governor's Message on the Capital 64. On
Resolution touching Seat of Government 64. On motion for altering Order of, Day 66.
On motion for third reading of Limitation Actions Bill 67.
ItfiESSAGES (see Governor).
METCHOSIN ROAD, motion for aid to repair, withdrawn 14.
MOTIONS negatived 8, 10, 19, 53, 54, 55, 58; withdrawn 10,14, 31, 41, 44; deferred 9,
13, 17, 28, 34;. carried by Members not voting 53.
MAIL SERVICE, (see Resolutions of Committee of Supply 35).
MALT LIQUOR, motion for drawback when exported 58.
MINT, papers about, asked for 27. Sent down 30.
NANAIMO BRIDGE, motion for aid to repairs 15.
NOTICE calling Council together 3.
OATH, (see administration of).
PETITIONS 19, 24,. 31, 32, 37, 49, on Seat of Government 61.
POSTAL SERVICE, Select Committee appointed to Report on 31.
PROCLAMATIONS: Union of the Colonies 1.  Citing Council 3.
PRIVILEGE, Question of:
Hon. Mr. Helmcken spoke to 6. Hon. Mr. DeCosmos spoke to 51.
PRESENTATION of Address in. reply to Governor's, opening Speech 8.
PROTEST against Section 5 of Harbour Dues Bill 56.
PUBLIC DEBT of Vancpuver Island and British Columbia, Return called for 44, sent
down in Message 65.
QUESTIONS TO EXECUTIVE OFFICERS:
Hon. Mr. Helmcken of the Colonial Secretary as to Repeal of Head Money 10. Hon.
Mr. Helmcken of the Colonial Secretary, if Government intend to introduce a Bill regulating Coasting Trade 10. Hon. Mr. DeCosmos of the Colonial Secretary, if the Government intend to throw open the Cowichan Reserves 15. Hon. Mr. Pemberton to
the Colonial Secretary, in reference to a discrepancy in Assay Office Returns 26. Hon.
Mr. Helmcken to Colonial Secretary, in reference to collection of Customs Duties under
new Act 51. Hon. Mr. Pemberton to Collector of Customs, in reference to Steamer
Active carrying passengers from Victoria to New Westminster 65. Hon. Mi*. Mac-
do.nald to Colonial Secretary,, in regard to carriage of Mails to Cariboo 70.
QUORUM, No, (see Adjournment).
QUARTZ MILL, Resolution for premium for erection of in Columbia District 32, at
Shuswap 53.
ROAD TOLLS; proposed abolition of 13, Return .asked for 11, sent down in Message,
19; Petition for reduction of, 19; Committee in reference to, 43; Resolution of, 43;
On Barley and Oats, motion for remission negatived, 45.
RETURNS (see Resolutions of Council).
REPORTS of Select Committees (see Select Committee).
SAW MILLS, Articles used at, motion for exemption from Cus'toms Duties 38, Result 56.
SAANICH ROAD, motion for aid to repair withdrawn 14.
SEAT OF GOVERNMENT (see Capital).
SCHOOLS (see Education).
STANDING ORDERS, Resolutions to have amended 10, amended, Governor's Message
No. 9, 21.
Suspension of, 10, 11, 23, 26, 27, 30, 44, 52, 62, 65.
SPEECH at opening (see Governor).
SOLICITORS, Victoria, Petition from 49.
SUPPLY, Committee of (see Estimates).
TARIFF (see Customs).
TRANSPORT, Return called for 15, Governor's reasons for not sending, Message 7, 20.
UNION of the Colonies, Imperial Act, 1.    Proclamation 1.
WAYS AND MEANS, Committee (see Committee of the whole).
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES, Resolution for Bill on 30.
WHEAT, Resolution for foreign grown to be admitted free of duty if for Grist Mills 49.  PROCLAMATION
By His Excellency Frederick Seymour, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of
Her Majesty's Colony of British Columbia and its Dependencies, Vice-Admiral
of the same, &c, &c, &c.
TT]TIEREAS, by an Act of Parliament, made and passed in the Session of the
TT Imperial Parliament, holden in the 29th and 30th year of the Reign of Her
Majesty Queen Victoria, Chapter 67, intituled "An Act for the Union of the Colony
of Vancouver Island with the Colony of British Columbia," it was among other
things enacted that from, and immediately after the Proclamation of the above
mentioned Act of Parliament by the Governor of British Columbia, the Colony of
Vancouver Island should be united with the Colony of British Columbia and form
one Colony, in manner in such Act mentioned;
Now, therefore, I, Frederick Seymour, Governor of the said Colony of British
Columbia, do hereby proclaim and publish the said Act for the guidance of He,r
Majesty's Subjects and all others whom it may concern, as follows:—
ANNO VICESIMO NONO & TRICESIMO.
VICTORIA   REGIN^E.
CAP. LXVII.
An Act for the Union of the Colony of Vancouver Island with the Colony^of
British Columbia.
[6th August, 1866.]
BE it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and
Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:
1. This Act may be cited as the British Columbia Act, 1866.
2. In this Act the Term "Governor" means any Officer for the Time being lawfully
administering the Government.
3. From and immediately after the Proclamation of this Act by the Governor of
British Columbia, the Colony of Vancouver Island shall be and the same is hereby united
with the Colony of British Columbia, and thenceforth those Two Colonies shall form and
be One Colony, with the name of British Columbia (which Union is in this. Act referred
to as the Union).
4. On. the Union taking effect, the Form of Government existing in Vancouver Island
as a separate Colony shall cease, and the Power and Authority of the Executive Government and of the Legislature existing in British Columbia shall extend to and over Vancouver Island; but in order that Provision may be made for the Representation of Vancouver Island in the Legislature of British Columbia after the Union, the maximum Number
of Councillors in the Legislative Council of British Columbia after the Union shall, until
it is otherwise provided by lawful Authority, be Twenty-three instead of Fifteen.
5. After and notwithstanding tbe Union the Laws in force in the separate Colonies of
British Columbia and Vancouver Island respectively at the Time of the Union taking effect
shall, until it is otherwise provided by lawful Authority, .remain in force as if this Act
had not been passed or proclaimed; save only that the Laws relative to the Revenue of
Customs in force in British Columbia at the Time of the Union taking effect shall, until it
is otherwise provided by lawful Authority, extend and apply to Vancouver Island; and,
until it is otherwise provided by lawful Authority, the Governor of British Columbia shall 24th JANUARY.
1867
have in relation to the Territory for the Time being under his Government, all the
Powers and authorities for the Time being vested, in relation to the United Kingdom,
in the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury or in the Commissioners of Customs,
with respect to the Appointment of Warehousing Ports, and the Approval and Appointment of Warehouses or Places of Security in such Ports, and everything consequent
thereon or relative thereto. ,
6 Nothing in this Act shall take away or restrict the authority of the fcrovernor ot
British Columbia, with the Advice and Consent of the Legislative Council thereof, to make
Laws for the Peace, Order, and good Government of British Columbia either before or
after the Union; nor shall anything in this Act interfere with the Exercise of any Power
that would have been exercisable by Her Majesty in Council if this Act had not been
passed. • .     .'      .,. .    ,,    ^
7. Until the Union British Columbia shall comprise all such Territories within the Dominions of Her Majesty as are bounded to the South by the Territories of the United
States of America, to the West by the Pacific Ocean and the Frontier of the Russian Territories in North America, to the North by the Sixtieth Parallel of North Latitude, and to
the East from the Boundary of the United States Northwards by the Rocky Mountains and
the One hundred and twentieth Meridian of West Longitude, and shall include Queen
Charlotte's Island and all other Islands adjacent to the said Territories, except Vancouver
Island and the Islands adjacent thereto.
8. After the Union British Columbia shall comprise all the Territories and Islands aforesaid and Vancouver Island and the Islands adjacent thereto.
9. The Acts described in the Schedule to this Act are hereby repealed; but this repeal
shall not invalidate any Order in Council or other Instrument issued under the authority
of those Acts or either of them, or any Act done or Right or Title acquired by virtue of
those Acts or of either of them or of any such Order or Instrument.
SCHEDULE.
Acts Repealed.
21 & 22 Vict. c. 99.    An Act to provide for the Government of British Columbia.
26 & 27 Vict. c. 83.    An Act to define the Boundaries of the Colony of British Columbia, and to continue an Act to provide for the Government of the said Colony.
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And I, the said Frederick Seymour, as such Governor as aforesaid, do hereby
further proclaim and publish that the Colony of Vancouver Island shall, from the
Proclamation hereof, be and the same is hereby united with the Colony of British
Columbia, and the said two Colonies shall, from the Proclamation hereof, form and
he one Colony, with the name of British Columbia;
And I, the said Governor, do hereby further proclaim and publish that, notwithstanding the Union aforesaid, the Laws in force at the Proclamation hereof in the
separate Colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island respectively, until it
is otherwise provided by lawful authority, shall remain in force as if the said Act
had not been passed or proclaimed; save only that the Laws relating to the Revenue
of Customs in force in British Columbia at the Proclamation hereof shall, until
otherwise provided by lawful authority, extend and apply to Vancouver Island;
and until it is otherwise provided by lawful authority the Governor of British
Columbia shall have, in relation to the Territory tor the time being under his
Government, all the powers! and authorities for the time being vested, in relation
to the United Kingdom, in the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury or in the
Commissioners of Her Majesty's Customs, with respect to the appointment of
Warehousing. Ports, and the approval and appointment of Warehouses or Places of
Security in such Ports, and everything consequent thereon or relative thereto.
\ And I, the said Governor, do hereby further proclaim and publish that all and
singular other the Clauses and Provisions of the said Act shall take full effect in
the said Colonies and Dependencies so united as aforesaid, under the name of British
Columbia, as and from the Proclamation hereof.
This Proclamation may be cited as "The Union Proclamation, 1866."
Issued under the Public Seal of the Colony'of British Columbia, at New
Westminster, British Columbia, this Seventeenth day of November; in the
year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixty-six, and in the
Thirtieth year of Her Majesty's Reign.
By Command.
Arthur N. Birch,
Colonial Secretary.
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.
^.jfCS. 30s VICTORDE.
24th JANUARY.
PUBLIC  NOTICE.
Colonial Secretary's Office,
28th December, 1866.
IN obedience to Her Majesty's commands, the Governor has appointed the following Public Officers to be, during Her Majesty's pleasure, Members of the
Legislative Council of British Columbia:—
The Honorables
The Colonial Secretary for the said Colony,
The Attorney-General for the said Colony,
The Treasurer for the said Colony,
The Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for the said Colony,
The Collector of Customs for the said Colony.
The Governor has further been pleased to appoint the undermentioned gentle-,
men to be Members of the said Legislative Council, viz:—
The Honorables
Thomas Lett Wood, acting during the Session as Solicitor General,
Henry Maynard Ball, as Magistrate, Cariboo West,
Chartres Brew, as Magistrate, New Westminster,
Clement Francis Cornwall, as Magistrate, Thompson River District,
George William Cox, as Magistrate, Cariboo East,
William J. Macdonald, as Magistrate, Victoria,
Charles S. Nicol, as Magistrate, Nanaimo,
Peter O'Reilly, as Magistrate, Kootenay,
Edward Howard Sanders, as Magistrate, Yale and Lytton.
The following appointments to the Council have also been made by the Governor,
in deference to the wishes of the people, as expressed in the Districts mentioned,
after each Honorable Member's name:—
The Honorables
Amor DeCosmos, Victoria.
John Sebastian Helmcken, Victoria,
Joseph Despard Pemberton, Victoria District,
John Robson, New Westminster,
Robert Thompson Smith, Columbia River and Kootenay,
Joseph J. Southgate, Nanaimo,
Edward Stamp, Lillooet,
George Anthony Walkem, Cariboo,
George Wallace, Yale and Lytton.
Provided, always, that such appointments as last mentioned shall be provisional
only, as aforesaid, and provided also that they shall continue in force, unless pre-,
viously determined, untii the 30th day of June, A.D. 1868, and no longer.
By Command.
ARTHUR N. BIRCH,
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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FREDERICK SEYMOUR.
PROCLAMATION
By His Excellency Frederick Seymour, Esquire, Governor and Commander-in-r
Chief of the Colony of British Columbia and its Dependencies, &c, &c, &c.
To the Honorable the Legislative Councillors of the said Colony, and every of them,
and whom else it may concern;
Greeting.
KNOW YE that I, Frederick Seymour, under and by virtue of all powers and
authorities in me in that hehalf vested, do hereby command, and, by the tenor
ot these presents, enjoin you and each of you that on Thursday, the twenty-fourth 2&H JANUARY.
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day of January, Orff ^thousand eight hundred and i|x§y-seveu, at the Council Chamber, New Westminster, personally you be and appear FOR THE DISPATCH OF
BUSINESS, to treat and conclude upon those things which in the said Legislative
iDoundilmay be ordained.
GIVEN-Hoder my hand and the Public Seal of the Colony, at Government
..f^puse, New Westam^ter, in the Colony of British Columbia, this fouHfeh
day ot January, inutile year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred afid
sixty-seven, and in the thirtieth year of Her Majesty's Reign.
By Command.
Arthur N. Birch,
Colonial Secretary.
Thursday, the 24th day of January, 1867.
Pursuant to the above Proclamation, the Legislative Council met this day, the
following Members being present:—
The Honorables A. N. BircbV,H. P. P. Crease, W. A. G. Young, J. W. Trutch,
W. Hamley, C. Brew, P. O'Reilly, T. L. Wood, E. H. Sanders, W. G. Cox, W. J.
Ma|q4$$aijl,,H. M. Ball, J. S. Helmcken, J. Robson, A. DeCosmos, J. D. Pemberton, J. J. Southgate, R. T. Smith, E. Stamp, G. A. Walkem.
At half-past one, His Excellency Frederick Seymour, Esquire, Governor of the
Colony, entered the Council Chamber,! attended by his Private Secretary, and,
being seated in the President's Chair, administered the customary oaths of
allegiance and office to the Members present.
His Excellency then delivered the following gracious Speech:—
Honorable Gentlemen of the Legislative Council:
I by no means under estimate the importance of the duty which devolves on me
to-day, of practically giving effect to the Legislative Union of the two British
Colonies of the North Pacific. Nor can I avoid feeling ^he grave responsibility
which rests upon me as Governor under the present distribution of power. There
is considerable, though I trust temporary, depression existing in several portions of
the Colony.    There are conflicting interests which time alone can reconcile.
In all Legislative bodies on the English model, it is the duty of the head of the
Executive Government to state the reasons why such Legislative body has been
convened into Session, and this I shall proceed to do.
r But first, it is well that I should lay before you the Standing Orders for the conduct of Public business. They are prepared in obedience to Her Majesty's command,
and vary but little from those previously in force. In deference, however, to the
wishes of several Members of Council, I have struck out the Order fining Members
for non-attendance. ■
I place prominently on the list of the measures which I wish you to pass, Bills of
Indemnity to my predecessor in office in Vancouver Island and myself for money
expended without an Appropriation Act. The circumstances of the case are sufficiently familiar to all, and I have no doubt but that you will legalise acts of supreme
necessity.
I shall likewise lay before you a Bill to indemnify me for having omitted to
enforce certain provisions of the Vancouver Island Stock Act, 1865, and Schedule
D of the Harbour Dues. Act, 1866.
It will be obviously desirable that the Laws of the two sections of the Colony
should be assimilated with as little delay as possible. I do not feel competent, at
present, to propose this complete amalgamation. That may be left to the next
Cession. At present, I will endeavour to induce you to select from either, section
such Laws as may be best suited to the immediate wants of the community at large.
The Vancouver Island Bankp^tcyiaw,, and that rejecting the Registration of
Titles to Land_might, £ think, with advantage be.extended over the whole Colony.
From the British Columbia Ordinances, I would select for general adoption, those
enabling Indian evidence to be received in Courts of Justice, the Law for the prevention of th«&ale of Spirituous Liquors to the Aborigines,,and that for the protection of their graves.
.Then, I would further favorably recommend for your consideration,—the fining
Laws as existing on the main-land, the Postal, Joint StockJTrustees' Relief, Our-
reucy, Game_protection Ordinances, and that'for the distribution of the Estate of
Intestates. These have worked.Well in British Columbia, and it seems to me Jfcat
we might henefiixially. extend theinbperation. A Bill or Bills <for the purpose^haJ 1
be laid beforeJpou. 30° VICTORIA.
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As it is proposed to place the Crown Lands of Vancouver Island under the control of the Legislature of the United Colony, as soon as suitable provision has been
made for the Public Service, I shall lay before you a Bill authorizing the Governor
to extend by Proclamation the provisions of the present British Columbia Land
Ordinance jjover the entire Colony, as soon as a satisfactory reconveyance of the
Island from the Hudson's Bay Company to the Crown shall have been made.
A Bill shall be laid before you to amend the Act giving certain powers to the
Municipality of Victoria.
The Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure are prepared, and shall be laid before
you at an early date. I deeply regret to have to state, what however is well known
to you, that the finances of both sections of the Colony were in a very unsatisfactory
condition at the time that Union took place. Full information as to our exact
position shall be laid before you, and I think you will agree with me, without
examining into the question as to wbich of the two late Colonies most required the
support of the other, that Union and the consequent large reduction of expenditure
came none to soon. But gloomy as our present position may be, I think we can
look to the future with confidence if we work faithfully together for the public
good, merging as far as may be all sectional or local interests in a desire to promote
the general welfare.
The Estimates are prepared to meet the present condition of things. They will
be found, in the aggregate, to apply for a smaller sum than has for some yeaite past
been voted for the service of the main-land alone. As a general rule, with one
exception, to which I shall presently refer, all Salaries have been reduced from my
own downwards. Though I, for one, do not find labour, responsibility, or expenditure diminished by the Union of the Colonies. Other Public Officers whose Salaries
are guaranteed to them by Law, have cheerfully consented to submit to a temporary
deprivation in the desire to help the Colony in its present emergency. The exception to which I refer is that of the Judicial Department. It is obviously desirable
to avoid any discussion between the Executive Government and the Judges, in
regard to the emoluments of the latter.
"While deeply regretting the reductions that I am compelled to make, I must
place on record, in the most public manner, my opinion that the great majority of
the Public Servants who now suffer are fully entitled to Salaries such as they drew
last year. I trust that we may regard the present one as of exceptional embarrassment, and-that better times may soon lead to a more satisfactory Appropriation Act.
It is to the amalgamation, however, of offices, rather than to the reduction of Salaries
that we must look for our future economy, and I shall earnestly recommend to the
Secretary of State the removal to other Colonies of some of our Public Officers.
The case of those Gentlemen who, through no fault of their own, lost office on the
day of Union, shall likewise be brought under the same consideration.
You will find from the Estimates that I do not propose to undertake any Public
Work of magnitude during the year. N^uie are in progress on the main-land; one
of secondary importance and moderate expense on the Island approaches completion.
The more pleasing task of improvement must be left for another year. It will be
sufficient, if for the present we keep our great Road System in repair. I shall be
glad if you will express an opinion on two points of importance. What is to be
done with the Dredging Machine now lying in Victoria Harbour, and the Steam
Vessel built in connexion with it? Do you consider it desirable to keep up a
Government Assay Office? On this latter question I cannot act without the sanction of the Secretary of State. The Department was constituted in England, at the
request of the Colony, and has principally been managed by directions from the
Lords of Her Majesty's Treasury. I must further await a decision as to the disposal
of the Public Officers who conduct the Department. Selected at home and proceeding to the Colony on the faith of permanent employment, having always admirably
conducted the business of the office, I cannot imagine that they will be losers by
any opinion you may express.
Great as is the present temporary financial embarrassment, justice requires the
abolition of some of the taxation still existing in the late Colony of Vaucouver
Island. The Real Estate Tax must be repealed, and the whole taxation assimilated
throughout the Colony. Bills having these objects in view shall be laid before you
early in the Session.
The Customs Act requires re-consideration. A Bill to amend it shall be laid
before you.
Such are the principal measures which the Government proposes to introduce
during the present Session. I feel that I have called you together somewhat late
in the seasou; and as there are many matters of vital importance to be dealt with,
I will not impede your progress by any measure which can be deferred. The Standing Orders, however, provide for the initiation of Bills by any Member of Council
who may be desirous of doing so.
I shall address you, by Message, on the subject of Education and a few other topics
of importance during the course of the Session.     One of these will probably be as 6
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to the cause of the selection made for the Seat of Government of the United Colony.
Up to within a few hours of meeting: you, I had not the intention of touching upon
it but I am informed that the question creates an amount of interest which I cannot comprehend, but which appears to me a sign of great local depression. I shall
address you on the subject by Message.
And now, before leaving you, let me express my confidence [that better days are
yet in store for us. The heavy cloud of adversity which hangs over the South
lightens as we proceed Northward, and no winter has yet seen a more .numerous
and contented Mining population than that which is now working on'our Gold
Creeks.
I shall watch with much interest your proceedings in the Session I open to-day.
Grave and important duties are confided'to our hands, and I firmly believe that they
will be fairly dealt with. Trusting that the blessing of the Almighty may rest upon
the efforts we are about to make to promote the welfare of the magnificent territory
He has temporarily committed to our charge, I now leave you to your deliberations.
His Excellency then left the Council Chamber.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary took the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Hon. the Presiding Member informed the Council that to prevent mistakes
he had obtained a copy of the Governor's Speech.  .
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken rose to speak to a question of privilege.
Ordered that the Honorable Member do before the Council rises bring forward a motion on the subject, to be considered at the next meeting of the
Council.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Young, the Hon. Mr. O'Reilly seconding,
Resolved, That the Governor's Speech be printed for the use of Members.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Sanders, the Hon. Mr. Walkem seconding,
Resolved, That a Select Committee, to be named by the Presiding Member,
be appointed to draw out and submit a reply to His Excellency's gracious
Speech.
The following Honorable Members were appointed accordingly:—The Hon.
The Collector of Customs, the Hon.  Messrs. Sanders,  Robson, Macdonald,
Walkem, Pemberton.
According to Order, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken then gave notice that he would at the
next meeting of the Council bring forward the subject of seven Members only
having been appointed for Vancouver Island.
The Hon. Mr. Ball moved the adjournment till Monday.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved in amendment, That the Council adjourn
till Wednesday, at 3 p.m.
Amendment carried.     Ordered accordingly.
Wednesday, the 30th day'of January, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Tne Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hons. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Wood, Hamley, Brew, Young,
O'Reilly, Sanders, Cox, Ball, Pemberton, Stamp, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Macdonald, Walkem, Robson, Smith, Southgate.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Crease gave notice of motion (2).
The Hon. Mr. Pemberton gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Macdonald gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. DeCosmos gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Crease gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Hamley, Chairman of the Select Committee appointed to frame a
reply to His Excellency's Speech, handed in a Report, which was read as fol-
loweth:—
To His Excellency Frederick Seymour, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British
Columbia and its-Dependencies, Vice-Admiral of the same, gc, $c, $c.
May it please Your Excellency :
"We, Her Majesty's dutiful and loyal subjects; the Legislative Council of British
Columbia, have received with pleasure the Speech with which you have honored us. 30° VICTORIA.
31st JANUARY
We are fully sensible of the arduous and important duties devolving upon You
Excellency at this critical period in the history of the Colony, and we shall not fail
on our part to render every assistance in carrying out all measures calculated to
promote the public welfare.
The Acts of Indemnity referred to by Your Excellency, and the Bills amalgamating the Laws of the Colony, shall receive our most favourable consideration.
We are gratified to learn that the Crown Lands of Vancouver Island are to he
placed under the control of the Legislature. We trust that the reconveyance of the
Island will be consummated with as little delay as possible, and that it will be followed by a general Land system so liberal as to encourage immigration and settlement, and to foster our agricultural interests.
Conscious of the financial embarrassment of the Colony, we observe with satisfaction that Your Excellency has caused the Estimates to be prepared with the strictest
economy compatible with the efficiency of the Public Service.
Your Excellency having drawn the particular attention of the Council to the
Assay Office, and to the Dredging Machine and Steamer, we venture t© assure you
of the earnest consideration with which these subjects shall be treated by the
Council.
We desire to express our entire concurrence in the proposed measures for the
repeal of the Real Estate Tax in Vancouver Island, and for the assimilation of Taxation throughout the Colony.
We slrall look forward with anxiety to the Messages which Your Excellency has
been pleased to promise us, upon the important subjects of Education and the Seat
of Government.
We are fully alive to the serious responsibilities which rest upon us in the discharge
of our duties during the ensuing Session, and we beg to assure Your Excellency
that the task imposed upon us will be cheerfully undertaken, that the interests confided to us will be carefully guarded, and that in the promotion of all measures conducive to the advancement and prosperity of the Colony Your Excellency will meet
with our most cordial co-operation. With Your Excellency also, we venture to hope
that the days of depression may soon pass away, and we confidently look forward to
the wisdom of Your Excellency's administration, to stimulate industry, restore confidence, and dispel the present gloom, perfectly trusting that under the guidance of
Divine Providence Your Excellency's efforts may be crowned with success.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Wood, the Hon. Mr. Smith seconding,
That this Report be adopted,
The Hon. Mr. DeCosmos moved in amendment that the report be referred to
a Committee of the whole,
■ Ordered accordingly.
The Council resolved itself into the said Committee of the whole.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the the Chair of Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman of the Committee reported that the Committee had approved
of the Report, with the alteration of one word in Section 4, namely "observe"
to "learn."
Ordered that the Report as thus amended be adopted.
The Hon. Mr. Crease moved, the Hon. Mr. Walkem seconded,
That the Reply to His Excellency's Speech be presented by the House.
On the Order of the day being read therefor,
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken brought forward the subject of seven Members of
Council only having been appointed for Vancouver Island.
The Hon. the Attorney General replied.
Thereupon a debate arose, which having terminated,
The Hon. Mr. Macdonald moved the adjournment.
The Council was adjourned accordingly till to-morrow, the 31st instant, at 3
o'clock.
Thursday, the 31st day of January, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
At half-past 3 o'clock, there being no quorum present, the Presiding Member adjourned the Council till 1 o'clock p.m. to-morrow, the 1st February. 1st FEBRUARY.
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Friday, the 1st day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 1 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Tne Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, Hamley, Brew,
.^'Reilly, Sanders, Cox, Ball, Pemberton, Smith, Robson, DeCosmos, Helmcken,
Macdonald.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting where read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Wood gave notice of motions.
The Hon. Mr. Trutch gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken gave notice of 4 motions.
The Hon Mr. Robson gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Wood, the Council adjourned during pleasure.
On the Council resuming its sitting, the Presiding Member informed the Council
that, in pursuance ot the order of the Council, he, attended by several MehVbers
of the Council, had waited upon the Governor to present the Address in reply
to His Excellency's Speech at the opening of the Council, and that His
Excellency had been pleased to make thereto the following rejoinder.
Honorable Gentlemen of the Legislative Council:'
I have received with much satisfaction the Address which you have just presented.
I feel that the Government and people are much indebted to you for devoting
yourselves to the Public Service at a time when your duties, like my own, must be
unmfeedly disagreeable. I trust that when the Governor meets you next year he
will be in a position to propose some works of improvement much more agreeable
to entertain than the present labour of reduction and retrenchment.
According to Order, the Hon. Mr. Crease introduced the Imposts Indemnity Bill.
Ordered to be read first time.
Read first time accordingly.
Second Reading ordered for next Meeting of Council.
According to order, The Hon. the Attorney General introduced a Bill for assimilating the Laws of the Colon}-,
Ordered that the Bill be now read the first time.
Read the first time accordingly.
Second Reading ordered for Tuesday next.
On the Order of the day being read therefor,
The Hon. Mr. Pemberton moved the following resolution, the Hon. Mr.
DeCosmos seconding,
That a respectful address be presented to the Governor, asking for a copy of
His Excellency's Instructions and Commission to be furnished to the Council.
The Hon. Mr. Macdonald moved in amendment, the Hon. Mr. Robson'
seconding,
That the word "Commission" be struck out, and that an Address be presented
to the Governor, asking for His Excellency's Instructions referring to the Constitution of the Colony and the construction of this Council.
On the amendment being put the Council divided.
Ayes 10, Noes 6,
So the amendment was passed in the affirmative, and the original motion lost.
On the Order of the day being read therefor,  the Hon. the Attorney General
introduced a Bill respecting the application of the Customs Duties.
On the motion for first reading, a debate arose.
On the question being put the Council divided.
Ayes 13, Noes 4.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative.
Bill read first time accordingly.
On the question of the second reading being put,
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos seconding,
That the Bill be considered in the Committee of ways and means. v
On the amendment being put, the Council divided.
Ayes 6, JSoes 10. 80° VICTORIA.
So it passed in the :negative.
On the Original question being put, the Council again divided.
Ayes 10, Noes 6.
So it was resolved in the affirmative, and Ordered that the said Bill he read
the second time this day week.
According to Order, the Hon. Mr. Macdonald asked leave to bring in the Victoria
Incorporation Aid Bill.
Ordered that leave be granted.
The Hon. Member presented the said Bill accordingly.
Ordered to be read first time at once.
Read first time accordingly. taso^S
Second reading ordered for Monday, the 4th Instant.
On the Order of the day being read for the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos to move an Address
to the Governor, praying that His Excellency may be pleased to instruct the
Collector of Customs to discontinue, at once, the Collection of Duties on
Merchandise shipped from Vancouver Island for any portion of the former
Colony of British Columbia.
Ordered that leave be granted for the same, to be deferred for the present.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson, the Council adjourned till 2 o'clock
p. m., Monday, the 4th February.
Monday, the 4th day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 2 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Wood, Young, Brew, Hamley,
O'Reilly, Sanders, Cox, Ball, Pemberton, Smith, Robson, Walkem, Macdonald,
Helmcken, DeCosmos.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken gave (for Hon. Mr. Southgate) a notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. DeCosmos gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Robson gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Pemberton gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Crease gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Crease gave notice of motion.
According to order, the Hon. the Chief Commissioner introduced the Land Law
Extension Bill.
Ordered to be read first time at once.
Read first time accordingly.
Second reading ordered for Thursday next.
According to order, the Hon. the Solicitor General introduced the Ordinance Conciseness Bill.
Ordered to be read first time.
Read first time accordingly.
Second reading ordered for Tuesday the 5th Instant.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No. 1. Frederick Seymour.
In compliance with the Resolution of the Legislative Council, the Governor
lays before the Board a copy of such portions of Her Majesty's Instructions to
him, as refer to the Constitution of the Colony, and the Construction of the
Legislative Council.*
It was decided in another Colony with which the Governor was connected
that the House of Assembly was not entitled as of right to be put in possession
of the Royal Instructions. The Governor will not however throw any impediments in the way of the Council during the present difficult Session.
Government Souse, I
2nd February, 1867.
Ordered that the same be printed.
* Sessional Papers, No. 1. 4th FEBRUARY.
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A further Messsage from His Excellency, read as follows:
Messaqe No. 2. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor lays before the Legislative Council a statement shewing the
condition in which the Auditing of the Public Accounts of Vancouver Island
yfcystoodi&jfcithe time of the Union of the Island with British Columbia.*
'The Governor likewise places before the Council, an estimate of the time and
expenditure which would be necessary for settling these accounts. He would
be glad to know if the Legislative Council would wish the books to be thoroughly
examined, or else closed with the accounts up to the 19th November.
Government House,
Ath February, 1867.
ioibb^dered that the same be printed.
On th&motion of the Hon. Mr. Trutch, Ordered that the Council do go into Committee of the whole to-morrow, to consider His Excellency's Message No. 2.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved that the Standing Orders be suspended to enable
■^Ita to give a notice of motion.
, , Ordered accordingly.
J Tne Hon. Member then gave a notice of motion.
On the Order of the day being read therefor,
The Hon Mr. Helmcken asked whether it is the intention of the Government
to repeal the Ordinance relatmg to Head Money.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary replied.
According to Order, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken asked whether it is the intention of the
Government to introduce a Bill to regulate the Coasting Trade.
The Hon the Colonial Secretary replied.
.iSeeo.rding to order, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken asked leave to introduce a Bill to repeal the Trades Licences Amendment Act of Vancouver.
The Hon. the Attorney General having stated that the Government had such
a meksure in contCn^plStion,
Ordered that leave be granted to the Hon. Member to withdraw his motion.
Mx>uon withdrawn, accordingly.
According to order, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos
seconding,
That the following words-be expunged from Standing Orders No. 21, "which
must be obtained on the'day of notice."
The Hon. Mr. Robson moved in amendment, the Hon. Mr. Pemberton
seconding,
That a respectful address be presented to the Governor requesting His
Excellency to expunge all words in Section 21 of the Standing Orders, after
"intention."
On the amendment being put the Council divided.
Ayes 12, Noes 4.
I -SfixdfcipaSsed in the affirmative, and was resolved accordingly.
On the Order of the day being read therefor, the Hon. !M-r. Robson moved, the
Hon. Mr. DeCosmos seconding,
And it was Resolved, That a res^eetful address be presented to the Governor
requesting His Excellency to expunge Clause 61 of the Standing Orders, and
tpji;Sr]JCi{w the PubiaK'^nd R&porters of the Press free access to the Council duMi^-
the pleasure of this House.
^BFPft^ t0 tbe 0rcler of the djSQklthe Impost Indemnity Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
The Presiding "Member left the Chair.
_The Hon. Mr. Sanders in the Chgiir of the Committee.
The I^esMm^g.^Eember resumed the Chair.
The Op^r^Xtte rose and the Chakman reported the Bill gone through with
slight alteration.
Ordered tliat the said Bill be read third time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, The Victoria Incorporation Aid Bill was read
second time.
Ordered to be committed-forthwith. -"*■*-
* Sessional Papers, No. 2. 80b VICTORIA.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with
certain amendments.
Ordered that the said Bill be read third time to-morrow.
Then," on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Crease, the Council adjourned till to-morrow,
the 5th February, at 3 o'clock.
Tuesday, the 5th day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock-pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Hamley, Young, Wood, Ball',
O'Reilly, Sanders, Brew, Cox, Pemberton, Stamp, DeCosmos, Helmcken,
Macdonald, Walkeni, Robson, Smith.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Smith gave two notices of motion.
Pursuant to the  Order of the day, The Assimilation Bill was read the Second time.
Ordered to be committed to-morrow.
According to Order, the Hon. Mr. Robson moved, the Hem. Mr. Smith seconding,
That His Excellency the Governor be respectfully requested to lay before
this House, Returns shewing the amount of Revenue derived'from Tonnage
Dues and Road Tolls during the year 1866; and also shewing the amount of
Public Money expended by the Government during the same period in keeping
the Roads, in respect of which Tolls are. collected, in repair; such Returns to
distinguish between the two branches below the Junction and the Main Trunk
Road above that point.
On the question being put it was carried unanimously, and Resolved accordingly.
According to Order, the Hon. Mr. Pemberton moved, the Hon. Mr. Stamp seconding,
That a respectful address be presented to His Excellency asking for a Return
of the Income and Expenditure of the Ass&y Office during thte. past yealr.
On the question being put it was carried unanimously, .and Resolved accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. the Attorney General introduced the
Officers' Enabling Bill.
Ordered that the said Bill be now read first time.
Read first time accordingly.
Second reading ordered for to-morrow.
According to Order, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, the Hon. Mr. Robson seconding,
That a respectful address be presented to the Governor praying that His
Excelleney will be pleased to remit the jjarbour Dues and Clearance Fees upon
all Vessels coasting between Vancouver Island and the Mainland, until such
time as an Ordinance be passed repealing the same.
On the question being put it was carried unanimously and ordered accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Conciseness Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Cdihmittee of the whole accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Brew in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with
certain slight alterations.
Ordered to be read third time to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Robson moved that the Standing Orders be suspended in order to
enable him to give a notice of motion.
Ordeged accordingly.
The Hon. Member then gave notice of motion. 6th FEBRUARY.
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Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council resolved itself into a Committee of
the whole on the Governor's Message No .2, relative to Auditing the Accounts
of Vancouver Island. •
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Brew in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose.and the Chairman handed in the following Resolution
of the Committee for the adoption of the Council:
Moved by the Hon. Mr. Young, seconded by the Hon. Mr. Robson,  -
That His Excellency the Governor be respectfully requested to place the sum
of $200 on the Estimates for the year 1867, for the purpose of completing the
Audit of the Accounts of the late Colony of Vancouver Island, from the 1st
January, 1866, to the 19th November, 1866; -
On the question of the adoption ot this report being put, it was carried unanimously, and resolved accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken asked leave to bring in
Legal Professions Bill.
Ordered that leave be granted.
The Hon. Member accordingly presented the said Bill.
Ordered to be read first time at once,
Read first time accordingly.
Second reading deferred.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Imposts Indemnity Bill was read the third
time, and it was Resolved that this Bill do now pass, and that its title be the
"Imposts Indemnity Ordinance, 1867."
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Victoria Incorporation Aid Bill was read
third time, and it was Resolved that this Bill do pass, and its title be "The
Victoria City Aid Ordinance, 1867."
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Crease, the Council adjourned till 3 to-morrow.
Wednesday, the 6th day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Hon.  the Presiding   Member produced a   Ledimus   Potestatem   from   the
Governor, empowering him to swear in Members of Council, during the present
Session.
The same was read aloud bv the Clerk as follows:
B
Frederick Seymour.
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To Arthur Birch, Esquire, Presiding Member of the Legislative   Council of
::<v,{t British Columbia, and whom else it may concern;
Greeting.
Ksow-'ye that Frederick Seymour, Esquire, Governor of the Colony of
British Columbia, reposiug especial trust and confidence in the fidelity, learning, and integrity of the said Arthur Birch, and under and by virtue of alP
powers and authorities him the said Frederick Seymour, as such Governor, in
that behalf enabling, hath appointed and by these presents doth give and grant
unto the said Arthur Birch full power and authority to administer the customary oath to Members of the Legislative Council, during its present Session.
Given under my hand and seal, at New Westminster, British Columbia,
this Sixth day of February, A.D. 1867, and in the 30th year of Her
Majesty's Reign.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders then introduced a new Member of Council, Francis Jones
Barnard, Esquire, to whom the Hon. Presiding Member administered the
customary oath of allegiance and office.
The Hon. Mr. Barnard then took his seat at the Council.
The Minutes of the previo us Meeting were read over and confirmed. 30° VICTORIA.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, Brew, O'Reilly,
Sanders, Cox, Ball, Pemberton, Smith, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Barnard,
Macdonald.
The Hon. Mr. Pemberton gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. DeCosmos gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Pemberton gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr.'DeCosmos gave notice of 3 motions.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Assimilation of Laws Bill was considered in
Committee of the whole.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders in the Chair of Committee,
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman handed in a Resolution of the Committee, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted, and that the Resolution as follows be adopted.
Moved by the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos, seconded by the Hon. Mr. Helmcken,
that a Select Committee consisting of the Hon. Messrs. Crease, Wood, Walkem,
Young, DeCosmos, be appointed to revise the Statutes mentioned in Schedule
B, and report as occasion require.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Enabling Ordinance was read second time.
Ordered to be committed at once.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with
slight amendation.
Ordered to be read third time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Conciseness Bill was th en read third time,
and it was Resolved that this Bill do pass, and that its title be the "Common
Sections Ordinance, 1867."
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Brew, the Council adjourned till 2 o'clock tomorrow.
Thursday, the 7th day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 2 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hons. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Wood, Hamley, Brew, Young,
O'Reilly, Sanders, Cox, Ball, Pemberton, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Macdonald,
Barnard, Robson, Smith, Southgate.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting where read over and confirmed.
The Hon Mr. Robson gave notice of 2 motions.
On the Order of the day being read for the motion of the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos, that
the House go into Committee of the whole to consider the propriety of amend-
- ing the Constitution of the Legislative Council, so as to make the total number
of the Members to be 24, one-third to be nominated by the Crown and two-
thirds to be elected by the people,
The Hon. Member asked leave for the consideration of the question to be
deferred till Thursday next.
Ordered that leave be granted.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. the Attorney General brought in the
Trades Licenses Bill.
Ordered to he read first time forthwith.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered to be read sCcond time on Thursday next..
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Smith moved, the Hon. Mr. .Robson
seconding, **
That the Government take into consideration the advisability of immediately
abolishing the Road Tolls and Tonnage Dues, and increasing the Customs.
Tariff, so as to make up for the deficiency in the Revenue which would be, 8
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■. ftafosed by reason of smh abolition.
Whereupon a defease arose.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken then moved, the Hon. Mr. Crease seconding,
That the debate on this question be adjourned till Thursday..
On the question of adjournment being put it was carried unanimously and
Ordered accordingly.
On the Order of the day being read for the motion of the Hon. Mr. Pemberton,
That an address be presented to His Excellency the Governor praying that
he will be pleased to place upon the Estimates the sum of $10,000 for the purpose of completing the Metehosin Road, and $2j000 for the purpose of completing the Saanich Road, both in Vancouver Island,
The Hon. Member asked leave to withdraw the motion in question.
Ordered that leave be granted.
Motion withdrawn accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Pemberton asked leave to bring in
the acquisition of Land Bill.
Ordered that leave be granted, and that the Bill be now read first time.
Read the first time accordingly.
Second Reading ordered for Friday, 15th instant.
Pursuant to a deferred Order of the day, the second reading of the Hon. the Chief
Commissioner's Land Bill was deferred till Friday, the 15th instant.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Officer's Enabling Bill was read third time,
and it was Resolved that the same do pass, and its title be the "Officers' Enabling
v ifefiftB?1106' 1867."
On the Order of the day being read for the adjourned committal of the Assimilation
Bill,
Ordered that the same do stand on the Order of the day for to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Young moved the adjournment till to-morrow, at 2 p. m.
The Hon. Mr. Robson in amendment to 3 p. m.
.(•v        The amendment being carried,
The Council adjourned till to-morrow the 8th Instant, at 3 o'clock.
Friday, the 8th day of February, 1867.
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The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Hamley, Trutch, Wood, Young, Brew,
Ball, O'Reilly, Sanders, Cox, Southgate, Pemberton, DeCosmos, Macdonald,
Helmcken, Smith, Robson, Barnard.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken gave (for the Hon. Mr. Stamp) notice of motion.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Customs application Bill, W
The Hon. Mr. Young moved, the Hon. Mr. "Macdonald seconding,
That the Order of the day for the second reading of the Customs Bill he
, postponed, and that the second reading be deferred till after the Estimates are
before the House.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved in amendment, the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos
seconding,
That the Customs application Bill be referred to the Committee of Ways and
Means.
On the amendment being put the Council divided.
Ayes 10, Noes 7.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative, and Ordered accordingly.
On the Order of the day being read for the consideration of the Hon. Mr. Smith's
motion,
That the sum of $15,000 be placed on the Estimates for the purpose of opening Trails in the Columbia District, the most important of which is a Trail
fifom a point on Columbia River, near the month of Gold Creek, to the Boat
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Encampment, so as to complete the connection between the Big Bend Mines
and the Settlements on the East of the Rocky Mountains,
The Hon. Member moved that the same do lie on #j:e table.
Ordered accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr: Southgate moved, the Hon. Mr.
Pemberton seconding,
That His Excellency the Governor be respectfully requested to place the
sum'of .£250 on the Estimates for the purpose of erecting a Bridge at Nanaimo.
Moved in amendment by the Hon. Mr. Helmcken, the Hon. Mr. Robson.
seconding,
That the words "not exceeding" be inserted before ".£250," and "repairing"'
"erecting.
substituted for
On the question as amended being put, it was carried after a division.
Ayes 10, Noes 6,
And Resolved accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos moved, the Hon. Mr.
Southgate seconding,
And it was Resolved, That an address be presented to His Excellency the
Governor, praying that he may be pleased to supply this House with Returns
of Transport, shewing the Expenditure under each head for 1866.
On the Order of the day being read for the motion of the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos,
That a respectful address be presented to His Excellency the Governor,,
praying that a sum of Twenty-five Thousand Dollars may be placed in the
Estimates for constructing a road from Gold Stream to Cowichan, and improving the road thence to Nanaimo,
A debate arose.
After which it was moved by the' Hon. Mr. Macdonald, seconded by the
Hon. Mr. Sanders, and
Resolved, That the motion of the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos do lie on the table.
According to Order, the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos asked Whether it is the intention of
the Government to throw open the whole or any portion of the Indian Reserves
at Cowichan for settlement?
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary replied.
On the Order of the day being read for the motion of the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos,
That a respectful address be presented to His Excellency the Governor, praying that the sum of $2,000 may be placed on the Estimates for the construction
of a Road through Comox,
The Hon. Member moved that the same do lie on the table.
Ordered accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council resolved itself into an adjourned
Committee on the Assimilation Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders in the Chair of the Committee.
.The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress and asked leave to
sit again.
Ordered that leave he granted.
The Chairman of the Select Committee appointed to consider and revise the Statutes
named in Schedule B. of the Assimilation of Laws Bill, brought in the first
Report, viz: the Oaths and Evidence Bill.
Ordered that the Report of the Committee be adopted and the said Bill read
'   first time.
Bill read first time accordingly.
Ordered to be read second time on Monday.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken then moved the adjournment of the Council till Wednesday, at 3 o'clock.
The [Hon. Mr. Ball having moved, in amendment, the adjournment till
Monday at 3 o'clock,
The amendment was carried, and it was Ordered accordingly.
Monday, the Ilth day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment. 13th FEBRUARY.
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The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Hamley, Wood, O'Reilly,
Brew, Ball, Cox, Sanders, Robson, Southgate, Barnard.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No. 3. Frederick Seymour.
In compliance with a Resolution of the Legislative Council passed on the 5th
Instant, the Governor forwards a Return of the Receipts and Expenditure of
the Assay Department during the last three years.
The Governor adds a general report on the working of the Department which
he has received from the Superintendent.*
Government House,
11th February, 1867.
The Hon. Mr. Robson gave notice of motion.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Robson moved, the Hon. Mr.
Barnard seconding, the following Resolution:
That an address be presented to His Excellency the Governor, urging the
desirability of having the Indian Reserves of the Colony reduced to what is
necessary for the actual use of the Natives, and to have .such Reserves properly
defined, the remainder to be thown open for settlement.
A debate on the question having terminated,
The Hon. mover asked leave to amend the Resolution by erasing the words
"of the Colony" and substituting "on the lower Fraser."
Ordered that leave be granted.
The Resolution was then put as amended and carried unanimously.
According to the Order of the day, the Oaths and Evidence Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with
slight alteration.
Ordered that the said Bill be read the third time at the next sitting of the
Council.
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The Hon. the Attorney General, from the Select Committee appointed to revise the
Acts mentioned in Schedule B of the Assimilation Bill, brought in a further
Report, viz:
The Sheriff's Law Assimilation Bill, and Indian Liquor Bill.
Ordered that the Report of the Select Committee be adopted, and the Bills
severally read the first time.
The Bills in question were severally read the first time.
Second Reading ordered for next Meeting of Council.
The Hon. Mr. Ball moved the adjournment.
The Hon. the Attorney General moved that the Standing Orders be suspended to
enable him to hand in a further report from the Select Committee appointed to
revise the Acts mentioned in Schedule B. of the Assimilation Bill.
Standing Orders suspended accordingly.
The Hon. the Attorney General then handed in a further report, viz:
The English Law Application Bill, and the Interest Bill.
Ordered that the Report be adopted and the Bills in question severally read
the first time.
Bills severally read the first time.
Ordered to be read the second time at next sitting of Council.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson, the Council adjourned till 3 o'clock
p. m., Wednesday, the 13th February.
*Se
ssioaal Papers, No. 3. 8.0° VICTORIA.
13th FEBRUARY.
Wednesday, the 13th day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Wood, Brew, Hamley, O'Reilly,
Ball, Sanders, Cox, Southgate, Robson, Smith, Barnard, Walkem.
. The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is .as follows:
Message No. 4. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor acquaints the Legislative Council that he has assented, in Her
Majesty's name, to the undermentioned Ordinances:
1. An Ordinance of Indemnity for not enforcing certain local taxes of
Vancouver Island.
2. An Ordinance in aid of the Municipal Taxation in Victoria.
Government House,
12th February, 1867.
On the Order of the day being read for a motion of which notice was given by the
Hon. Mr. Stamp,
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Southgate,
Ordered, That the same be brought forward to-morrow, in consequence of the.
absence of the Hon. mover thereof.
On the Order of the day being read for the Hon. Mr. Robson's motion to ask leave
to bring in a Homestead Bill,
The Hon. Member asked leave to postpone the same till Friday next.
Ordered that leave be granted.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. the Colonial Secretary brought in the
Estimates for the year 1867.*
Ordered that the Council do resolve itself into a Committee of Supply on
Friday next.
Pursuant  to the   Order of the day, the Oaths and Evidence Bill was read theL
third time, and it was Resolved that this Bill  do pass, and its title be "The
Evidence Ordinance, 1867."
Pursuant to the  Order of the day, The Sheriffs' Law Bill was read the second time.
Ordered that the Council do go into Committee of the whole at once on the
said Bill.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with
certain emendations.
Ordered that the said Bill be read third time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Indian Liquor Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported that the Bill had been gone
through with certain emendations, and that he was instructed to ask leave for
the Bill to be re-committed at once.
Ordered that leave be granted, and Bill re-committed accordingly.
On the Presiding Member again resuming the Chair,
The Committe rose and the Chairman reported that the Bill was now complete.
Ordered to be read third time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, The English Law Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be committed to-morrow.
On the Order of the day beieg read for the second reading of the Interest Bill,
The Hon. Mr. Trutch moved that the House do adjourn.
The Council divided.
Ayes 10, Noes 6.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative, and the Council adjourned till 2 o'clock
to-morrow.
*See Sessional Papers. (
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1867
Thursday, the 14th day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 2 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Wood, O'Reilly, Hamley, Brew,
Sanders, Ball, Cox, Pemberton, Stamp, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken,
Macdonald, Walkem, Robson, Smith, Barnard.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. the Attorney General, from the Select Committee appointed to revise
the Acts mentioned in Schedule B of the Assimilation Bill, brought in a further
report, viz:
The Postal Bill, and the Gold Mining Bill.
Ordered that the Report be adopted, and that the Bills be severally read first
time.
Read first time accordingly.
The second reading of the Postal Bill was Ordered for Tuesday next.
On the Hon. the Attorney General having moved the second reading of the Gold
Fields Bill,
Ordered that the Bill be referred back to the Select Committee, in order that
the suggestions of the Gold Commissioners maybe received.
On the Order of the day being read for the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos' motion in reference to the proposed alterations in the Constitution of the Council,
The Hon. Member asked leave to postpone the consideration till Tuesday
next.
Ordered that leave be granted.
On the Order of the day being read for the Hon. Mr. Stamp's motion,
That His Excellency the Governor be respectfully requested to place the sum
of £600 upon the Estimates for the purpose of repairing the Road leading from
Douglas Street to English Bay, and for making a branch from said Road over
False Creek to new Saw Mill, on Burrard Inlet,
The Hon. Member moved, the Hon. Mr. Trutch seconded,
That the attention of His Excellency the Governor be respectfully drawn to
the advisability of repairing the Road leading from Douglas Street to English
Bay, and for the construction of a Branch Road over False Creek to new Saw
Mill, on Burrard Inlet.
Amendment carried and Resolved accordingly.
According to Order, the Hon. Mr. Robson moved, the Hon. Mr. Pemberton seconding,
That an address be presented to His Excellency the Governor respectfully
requesting that the Customs Tariff may be so amended as to subject the undermentioned articles to the rate of duty placed opposite each:
Lumber (Fir or Cedar), if rough, $3 per thousand feet.
Ditto if dressed $5 „
Shingles, per thousand, $1.
Ilit& Laths, „  $1.
Fence Pickets,  „  $2.
Hay, 20 per cent ad valorem.
Vegetables, (fresh) 20 „
Fruit, (green)  25 „
Poultry, (dead or alive) 25 „
Eggs,    20 „
Black Cattle, other than for breeding purposes, $5 each.
Ditto,       if for breeding purposes,  free.
Hogs, |2 each.
Dead Meat, including Hams and Bacon,  20 per cent.
Butter, 25 per cent.
Lard,    20 per cent.
Confectionery,    25 per cent.
Bread,  25 per cent.
Tinware,  25^per cent.
Machinery,  10j)er cent.
Ordered that the same be printed and considered in Committee of Ways and
"Means. 30° VICTORIA.
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A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No. 5. Frederick Seymour.
In compliance with the Resolution passed by the Legislative Council on the-
5th instant, the Governor transmits a Return (closely approximate) shewing
the amount received from Road Tolls during the year 1866.
He likewise forwards a Return shewing the amount of Tonnage Dues received
at the Port of New Westminster for the same period.
Further he transmits a Statement of moneys expended in construction of and
repairs to Roads on which Tolls were collected during the year 1866.*
Government House,
Uth February, 1867.
A further Messsage from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No. 6. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor lays before the Legislative Council a Petition presented to him
praying for the abolition or reduction of the Road Tolls. He greatly regrets,
to have to state that he does not think that it can be favourably entertained at
present.
In connection with this subject, the Governor forwards to the Legislative.
Council a Statement of the average prices of the principle articles of consumption at the Gold Mines, as furnished by the Magistrates stationed at Cariboo
during the last four years, f
Government House,
14th February, 1867.
Ordered that the above Messages be printed for the use of Members.
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of the Sheriffs' Bill,
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Walkem,
Ordered that the Standing Orders be suspended in order that the same may
he re-committed.
Standing Orders suspended accordingly.
The Council went again into Committee on the said Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported that several alterations had
been made in the Bill, and that it was now complete.
Ordered that the same be read third time on Monday next.
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of the Indian Liquor Bill.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos seconding,
That the Bill be thrown out.
On the question being put the Council divided.
Ayes 4, Noes 16.
So it passed in the negative.
Ordered that the Bill be now read third time;
Read third time accordingly, and it was Resolved that this Bill do pass, and
that its title be the "Indian Liquor Ordinance, 1867."
On the Order of the day being read therefor,
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole on the English
Law Application Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with
certain amendments.
Ordered to be read third time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Interest Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be committed on Monday.
The Hon. Mr. Crease, from the Select Committee appointed to revise the Statutes
named in Schedule B. of the Assimilation of Laws Bill, brought in a further
Report, viz:
The Ferrys Regulation Bill,
The Game Bill,
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The Intestate Estate Bill,
[FWthdian Graves Bill,
The Inventions Bill.
Ordered that the Report of the Committee be adopted and that the Bills be
severally read first time at once.
' Bills read first time severally.
Ordered that they be read the second time as follows:
Ferrys Regulation Bill, Monday,
Game Bill
Intestate Estate Bill,
Indian Graves Bill,        Tuesday,
Inventions Bill, Wednesday.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Pemberton,
Ordered, That the Legal Professions Bill be read second time on Monday
next.
T^Hpn. Mr. Robson moved the adjournment till to-morrow, at 3 p. m.
Then^pn the amended motion of the Hon. Mr. Southgate, the Council adjourned till
to-morrow, the 15th instant, at 2 o'clock.
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Wednesday, the 15th day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 2 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Hamley, Trutch, Wood, Young, Brew,
•<£fiiBall, O'Reilly, Sanders, Cox, Southgate, Pemberton, DeCosmos, Macdonald,
Helmcken, Walkem, Stamp, Robson, Smith, Barnard.
The Minutes of the previous.Meeting were read over and confirmed.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Frederick Seymour.
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Message No.. ,^5,
The Governor has received the Resolution of the Legislative Council, requesting him to supply Returns of Transport, shewing the expenditure under
each head in 1866.
- The Governor having referred to the Auditor General (although previously
aware of the labour which the furnishing the Returns in detail would require)
is officially informed that it would take much time to prepare the Returns, and
that it is impossible to make them thoroughly satisfactory to the Council, inasmuch as some of the amounts for the month of December have not been received.
The Governor does no,t imagine that the Legislative Council would wish to
have before them the details asked for, which would include a statement of every
pound of barley or oats consumed by the horses of the Officer lately administering the Government when visiting the Gold Mines, or of those employed by
.fee Supreme Court wh.gn on Circuit; if such however be the desire of the
'Council, the Return, at whatever expense or inconvenience, shall be forwarded.
Perhaps, however, the nature of the information required might be specified
and thus the labour of the Auditor's department considerably diminished.
Government House,
il^l&h February, 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No. 8. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor has received the Resolution, passed by the Legislative Council
on the 5th instant, in favour of the remission of Harbour Dues and Clearance
8~F6es upon all Vessels engaged in the Coasting Trade of the Colony, until such
time as an Ordinance be passed regarding the same.
The Governor has given instructions which will be satisfactory to the Legislative Council.
Government House,
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On the Order of the day being read for the Council to go into Committee of Supply,
The Hon. Mr. DeCosmos moved, the Hon. Mr."Southgate seconding,
That approximate Returns of Revenue and Expenditure for 1866 be laid before the Council before going into Supply.
Tbe Hon. Mr. Macdonald moved in amendment, the Hon. Mr. Young seconding, that the word "Expenditure" be struck out.
On the motion as amended being put, it was Resolved in the affirmative and
Ordered accordingly.
Ordered that the Council do go into Committee of Supply on Monday.
On the Order of the day being read for the motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson, to ask
le'ave to bring in Mechanics' Lien Law Bill,
The Hon. Member asked leave for the same to be postponed till Thursday
next.
Ordered that leave be granted. r^;f
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of Hon. Mr. Trutch's
Land Bill,
Ordered that the same he considered in connection with the Bill standing
next on the Order of the day.
On the Order of the day being read for the Hon. Mr. Pemberton's Land Bill to be
read second time,
Ordered that the Land Bills of both Hon. Members be referred to a Select
Committee, to be nominated by the Hon. the Presiding Member.
The following Hon. Members were selected accordingly:—The Hon. the
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, the Hon. Messrs. Ball, Pemberton,
Robson, Walkem, DeCosmos, Macdonald.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Robson asked leave to bring in a
Homestead Exemption Bill.
Ordered that leave be granted, and that the Bill be now read first time.
Bill read the first time accordingly.
Second reading ordered for Tuesday week.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Trades Licenses
Bill,
Ordered to be read second time on Friday week.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the English Law application Bill was read the third
time, and it was Resolved that this Bill do now pass, and that its title be the
"English Law Ordinance, 1867."
The Hon. Mr. Trutch moved the adjournment till 2 o'clock, on Monday.
The Hon. Mr. Robson moved in amendment, 3 o'clock on Monday.
On the amendment being put it was carried, and the Council accordingly
adjourned till 3 o'clock, p.m., on Monday, the 18th instant.
Monday, the 18th day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Tne Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as-Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hons. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Hamley, Brew, Young,
O'Reilly, Sanders, Cox, Ball, Pemberton, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Macdonald,
Walkem, Barnard, Robson, Smith, Southgate, Stamp.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows :
Message No. 9. Frederick Seymour.
In deference to the wishes of the Legislative Council, the Governor has
struck out the 61st Section of the Standing Orders. He has likewise struck
out from Section 21 all the words after "intention".
The imposition of fines for non-attendance having been withdrawn, the
Governor has expunged further the 64th, 65th, and 66th Sections.*
Government House,
lQth February, 1867. 	
*J?or Standing Orders as amended, see Sessional Papers, No. 6. 19th FEBRUARY.
1867
The Hon. the Attorney General .gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Walkem gave notice of motion.
On the Older of the clay being read for the Council to go into Committee of Supply
Ordered that the same be postponed till Thursday.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Postal Bill,
A debate arose.
On the question of the second reading being put, the Council divided.
Ayes 10, Noes 7. .
So it was resolved in the affirmative, and Ordered that tne said Bill be read
the second time at once.
Read second time accordingly.
"Ordered to be committed to-morrow.
the Order of the day, the Sheriffs' Law Bill was read third time, and it
solved that tMs Bill do pass and that its title be "The Sheriffs' Ordinance,
Pursuant to
i'dfc i was Resolv
1867."
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into a Committee of the whole on
the Interest Bill.
0$ j' The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Cox in the Chair of Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with
certain amendments.
Ordered to be read third time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day the Ferries and Bridges Bill was read second time.
i i Ordered to be committed to-morrow. .
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Intestate Estate Sales Bill was read second
time.
Ordered to be- committed on Wednesday next.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Legal Professions Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Cox in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported that considerable alterations
having.been made to the Bill it was now complete.
Ordered to be read third time to-morrow.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson, the Council adjourned till 3 o'clock
p. m., to-morrow.
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Tuesday, the 19th day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Trutch, Young, Crease, Hamley, Brew, Ball,
O'Reilly, Sanders, Cox, Pemberton, Stamp, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken,
Macdonald, Walkem, Robson, Barnard, Smith.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Pemberton gave notice of motion.
On the Order of the day being read for the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos' motion,
That the House go into Committee of the whole to consider the propriety of
amending the Constitution of the Legislative Council, so as to make the total
number of Members twenty-four, one-third to be nominated by the Crown and
two-thirds elected,
And the question of going into Committee of the whole, the Council divided.
Ayes 10, Noes 5,
So it was Resolved in the affirmative, and Ordered accordingly.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Trutch in the Chair of the Committee. 30° VICTORLE.
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The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress»and asked leave to
sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted.
The Hon. Mr. Robson moved that the said motion be considered to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Walkem moved, in amendment, that the consideration of the
question be adjourned for one week.
On the amendment being put the Council divided.
Ayes 9, Noes 10.
So the amendment was lost, and it was Ordered that the adjourned debate
take place to-morrow. ' l>
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Game Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be committed forthwith. nX
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Hamley in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding; Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with
certain emendations.
Ordered that the said Bill be read third time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Indian Graves Bill was read second time. ;
Ordered to be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Hamley in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported that the Bill had been gone
through with certain alterations made, and that he was instructed to ask leave
to sit again immediately to re-consider the 2nd Clause.
Ordered that, leave be granted.
The Council again went into Committee on the said Bill.
On the Presiding Member again resuming the Chair,
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported that the Bill was now complete.
Ordered to be read third time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. the Attorney General asked leave to
bring in the Victoria Incorporation Bill.
Ordered that leave be granted.
The Hon. Member accordingly presented the said Bill.
Ordered to be read first time forthwith.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered to be read second time on Friday next.
On the Order of the day being read for the Committal of the Postal Bill.
Ordered to be committed to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Interest Bill was read third time, and it was
Resolved that this Bill do pass, and its title be the "Interest Ordinance, 1867."
On the Order of the day being read for the Committal of the Ferries and Bridges
Bill,
Ordered that the Committal be postponed till to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of the Barristers' Bill,
The Hon. the Attorney General moved the re-committal of the same.
Motion lost.
Ordered to be read third time at once.
Read third time accordingly.
And it was Resolved that this Bill do pass, and that its title be "The Legal
Professions Ordinance, 1867."
The Hon. Mr. Robson moved that the Standing Orders be suspended to enable him.
to give a notice of motion.
Ordered accordingly.
The Standing Orders having been suspended,
The Hon. Member gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved the adjournment till 3 o'clock to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Young in amendment till 1 o'clock to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Southgate in amendment till 2 o'clock to-morrow.
The last amendment having been put and carried,
The Council adjourned accordingly till 2 o'clock, p.m. to-morrow. 20th FEBRUARY
1867
Wednesday, the 20th day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 2 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Hamley, Trutch, Young, Brew,
Ball, O'Reilly, Sanders, Cox, Southgate, Pemberton, DeCosmos, Macdonald,
Helmcken, Walkem, Stamp, Robson, Smith, Barnard.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Robson presented a Petition, which was afterwards withdrawn.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken gave notice of motion.
On the Order of the day being read for the motion of the Hon. Mr. Pemberton, in
reference to taking precautions for the pro'per preservation of the Dredger,
The Hon. Member asked leave to withdraw the motion.
Ordered that leave be granted. -|ggj
Motion withdrawn accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Inventions Bill was read the second time.
Ordered to be Committed on the 27th instant.
On the Order of the day being read for the Hon. Mr. Walkem to ask leave to bring
in Legal Professions Bill,
The Hon. Member asked leave to postpone the motion.
Ordered that leave be granted. *
Motion postponed to this day fortnight accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of the whole
on the Intestate Estate Sale Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Brew in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with
certain amendments.
Ordered to^be read third time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Game Bill was read the third time, and it
was Resolved that this Bill do pass and that its title be "The Game Ordinance,
1867."
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Indian Graves Bill was read third time, and
it was Resolved that this Bill do pass, and that its title be "The Indian Graves
Ordinance, 1867."
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of the whole on
the Postal Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders in the Chair of the Committee.
The-Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill to have been considerably altered, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Robson then moved the adjournment.
On the question being put the Council divided.
Ayes 9, Noes 10.
So the motion for adjournment was lost.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of the whole on
the Ferries and Bridges Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill complete with certain amendments.
Ordered that the same be read third time to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Trutch moved the adjournment till 2 o'clock to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Robson, in amendment, till 3 to-morrow.
On the amendment being put, the Council divided.
Ayes 9, Noes 8.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative, and the Council adjourned accordingly
till 3 o'clock to-morrow. 30Q VICTORLE.
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Thursday, the 21st day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, O'Reilly, Hamley, Brew,
Sanders, Ball, Cox, Pemberton, Stamp, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken,
Macdonald, Walkem, Robson, Smith, Barnard.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Pemberton gave notice of 2 motions.
On the Order of the day being read for Committee of Supply,
Ordered that the third reading of the Intestate Estate Sales Bill and the
Ferries Bill do stand first on the Order of the day.
The Intestate Estate Sales Bill was accordingly read the third time, and it
was Resolved that this Bill do pass and that its title be the "Intestate Estate
Ordinance, 1867."
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of the Ferries Bill, the
Hon. Mr. Walkem moved for the re-committal of the same.
Motion lost.
The Bill was then read the third time, and it was Resolved that this 'Bill do
pass, and its title be "The Ferries Ordinance, 1867."
The Council then went into Committee of Supply.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress, and asked leave to
sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted to the Committee to sit again to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Pemberton moved the adjournment till 1 to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Crease, in amendment, till 2 to-morrow.
The amendment having been put and lost after a division,
Ayes 9, Noes 10,
The Council adjourned till 1 o'clock, p.m., to-morrow.
Friday, the 22nd day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 1 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Hamley, Brew, O'Reilly,
Sanders, Cox, Ball, Pemberton, Southgate, Robson, Stamp, DeCosmos, Smith,
Helmcken, Macdonald, Walkem, Barnard.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Trades License Bill,
Ordered that the second reading thereof be deferred till this day week.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Victoria Incorporation Bill,
Ordered that the same be postponed till to-morrow.
Pursuant to Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Robson asked leave to bring in Mechanics' Lien Law Bill.
Ordered that leave be granted and that the Bill be now read first time.
Read first time accordingly.'
Ordered to be read second time this day fortnight. 23rd FEBRUARY.
1867
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, and it was Resolved,
That a Select Committee be appointed to revise the Tariff.
The Presiding Member appointed the following Hon. gentlemen accordingly:
The Hon. the Collector of Customs, the Hon. Messrs. Ball, Helmcken, South-
gate, Robson, DeCosmos, Smith.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Pemberton moved, the Hon. Mr.
Southgate seconding, and it was Resolved,
That an address be presented to His Excellency the Governor, asking for a
Return of the amount of Fines and Seizures in the Customs Department, from
1860 to 1866 inclusive, and how appropriated.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Pemberton asked for an explanation
of the following apparent discrepancy in the Return of the 11th instant, re
Assay Department:
Total Expenditure for 1865 £1001    2   4
Do., Do., in published comparative statement of 1865,  2152 11    2
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary explained that it was owing to the expenditure of past years in England on account of Assay Department having been
brought to account in 1865.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council again went into Committee of Supply.
The Presiding Member left the Chair
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported that some progress had been
made, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Brew moved the adjournment till 1 o'clock on Monday.
The Hon. Mr. Pemberton, in amendment, till 11 o'clock, to-morrow.
On the amendment being put and carried, the Council adjourned accordingly
of evtill 11 o'clock to-morrow, the 23rd instant.
Saturday, the 23rd day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 11 o'clock, a. m., pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Trutch, Young, Crease, Hamley, Brew, Ball,
O'Reilly, Sanders, Cox, Pemberton, Stamp, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken,
Macdonald, Walkem, Robson, Barnard, Smith.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Young gave notice of motion.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Victoria Incorporation Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be committed on Tuesday next.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of Supply.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported further-progress, and asked
leave to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for Monday next.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr Walkem,
The Standing Orders were suspended in order to allow him to place a notice
of motion on the Order Book.
The Standing Orders having been suspended,
The Hon. Mr. Walkem gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Robson gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Crease, the Council adjourned till 3 o'clock on
Monday, the 25th instant. 30° VICTORIA.
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Monday, the 25th day of February, 1867
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Tne Horn the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Hon. Mr. Brew then introduced a new Member of Council, William Hales-
Franklyn, Esquire, to wnom the Hon. Presiding Member administered the
customary oath of allegiance and office.
The Hon. Mr. Franklyn then took his seat at the Council.
Present,—The Hons. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Hamley, Brew, Young, Wood,
0'Reilly, Sanders, Cox, Ball, Pemberton, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Macdonald,
Walkem, Barnard, Robson, Smith, Southgate, Stamp, Franklyn.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over, and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Barnard gave notice of motion.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Young moved, the Hon. Mr. Robson seconding, and it was Resolved,
That a respectful address be presented to His Excellency the Governor,
praying that he will cause to be furnished to this Council, a copy of an address
. of the House of Assembly of Vancouver Island, passed about March, 1859, asking for the Establishment of a Mint in Vancouver Island, together with a copy
of the reply thereto.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Walkem moved, the Hon. Mr.
Southgate seconded, and it was Resolved,
That His Excellency the Governor be respectfully asked to cause a Return to
be made to the Council at its next sitting, shewing the amount of moneys now
at the credit of each Estate under the Trustees' Relief Ordinance and Intestate
Estate Ordinance.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Robson moved, the Hon. Mr. Young
seconding,
That a respectful address be presented to His Excellency the Governor,
asking for a Return shewing the earnings of the Steamer Sir James Douglas,
during the year 1866.
The Hon. Mr. Walkem moved That the word "Expenditure" be added after
"Receipts."
On the question as amended being put, it passed in the affirmative, and was
Resolved accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into a Committee of Supply.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman reported that he was instructed to request the Presiding
Member's decision on a point of order, and to ask leave to sit again immediately.
The point of order having been decided,
Ordered that leave be granted to the Committee to sit again immediately.
The Council again went into Committee of Supply.
On the Presiding Member again resuming the Chair,
The Chairman reported considerable progress made, and asked leave to sit
again.
Ordered that leave be granted for Thursday next.
The Hon. Mr. Young moved that the Standing Orders be suspended to enable him
to give a notice of motion.
Ordered accordingly.
The Standing Orders having been suspended,
The Hon. Member gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson, the Council adjourned till 3 o'clock
p. m., to-morrow.
Tuesday, the 26th day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member. m
27th FEBRUARY.
1867
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Wood, Young, Ball, Sanders,
Southgate, DeCosmos, Robson, Barnard, Franklyn, Smith.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Young moved, the Hon. Mr. Robson
seconding, and it was Resolved,
That a respectful address be presented to His Excellency the Governor, praying that a Return be laid before this Council, exhibiting the amount of Revenue
received annually, since the passing of the Crown Officers' Salaries Act, 1863,
which would, in the absence of that Act, have been brought to_account as Crown
Revenue, together with the annual expenditure under the said Act.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Homestead Bill,
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson,
Ordered to be read second time this day week.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Robson asked leave to bring in a
Medical Professions Bill.
.•^Ordered that leave be granted.
The Hon. Member presented the said Bill accordingly.
Ordered that the Bill be now read first time.
Bill read the first time accordingly.
Ordered to be read second time on Friday.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of the whole on
the Victoria Incorporation Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the] Chairman reported some progress made with
the Bill, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the Hon. Mr. Barnard's motion respecting
the establishment of a Bonded Warehouse at Yale,
The Hon. Member asked leave to postpone the motion.
Ordered that leave be granted.
Motion postponed till to-morrow.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Trutch, the Council adjourned till 8 o'clock,
p.m., to-morrow.
Wednesday, the 27th day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Brew,Franklyn, Young, Wood,
Ball, Cox, Southgate, DeCosmos, Macdonald, Robson, Smith, Barnard.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read and confirmed.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Frederick Seymour.
Message No. 10.
In compliance with a Resolution of the Legislative Council, passed on the
26th instant, the Governor forwards a Return shewing the amount of the Crown
Revenue of the Mainland portion of the Colony of British Columbia for thelast
three years, and the Salaries paid under Crown Salaries Act for the same p4nM>
Government House,
27th February, 1867.
Ordered to be printed for the use of the Members.
*See Sessional Papers, No. 80°. VICTORIA.
27th FEBRUARY.
A further Messsage from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No. 11. Frederick Seymour.
In fulfilment of a pledge given by the Governor, in the AddressIwfth which
he had the honor to open the present Legislative Session, he now lays before
the Council his views on the subject of Education at the public expense.
He has to refer to two different sections of the Colony, in which the question
has been treated in different ways. In Vancouver Island the attempt hasxbeen
made to make the education of the youth in the Colony a burden on the community. The Governor lays before the Council statements of the present condition of the relations existing between the Government and the Public Schools
of the Island,* and leaves the question as to indebtedness on the one side, or unreasonable expectations on the other, to be freely dealt with by the Council	
one from which the Governor stands aloof. He will merely state-that in the
opinion of his Predecessor the system was not successful, and that other objects
besides the intellectual advancement of the children of the Colony wire sometimes allowed entrance into the consideration of the Board of Education.
On the Mainland the Governor has been compelled to acknowledge that the
population is yet too small and scattered for any regular system of ^Education
to be established. Where parents have been willing to pay towards the instruction of their children, he has, with the consent of the Legislative Council,
assisted them from 'the public funds. The Schools have not been under the
direction of the Government, and pupils have been led or sent from those that
asked assistance from the public to those enjoying the dignity of independence,
or back again as the parents might elect.
The Governor is of opinion that the Colony is not yet old enough for any
regular system of Education to be established; nor would he wish, under the
present constitution, to press his own views upon the Legislature, though he
.has no desire to conceal them. He thinks that any man who respects himself
would not desire to have his children instructed without some pecuniary sacrifice on his own part. The State may aid the parent, but ought not to relieve
him of his own natural responsibility, else it may happen that the promising
mechanic may be marred, and the country overburdened with haif-educated
professional politicians or needy hangers-on of the Government.
As the Governor is aware that there is no subject upon which more words
have been wasted than that of gratuitous instruction and the duty of the govern-
■ ing authority towards the people in the matter, he will at once proceed to consider the relations in which the Government may properly stand towards the
parents. In his" opinion, all that the State can do is to enable the children to
overcome the almost mechanical difficulties which seem to bar their passage
over the threshold of knowledge, and having effected this to leave to parental
affection and knowledge of individual character the choice of the arms with
which the child shall, at a future period, fight the battle of life. It is vain for the
State to attempt to drive on in an eyen line the idle and the industrious—the
boy of ready aptitudes and him whose brain becomes pained and confused in
endeavouring to master the simplest problem. The Governor conceives it to be
the duty of the governing power to assist in the giving to all elementary instruction, and then to offer inducements to those who are able to come to the
front in the intellectual struggle with then fellow men.
But he will not, while addressing the Council, conceal any portion of his
thoughts. He believes that the community in which he resides is onepwhere complete toleration in religious opinion exists. It is not therefore, under these circumstances, for the State and its Salaried Officers to interfere with the belief of any
one. The Government has not undertaken to prove to the Jew that the Messiah
has indeed arrived; to rob the'Roman Catholic of her belief in the merciful intercession of the Blessed Virgin; to give special support to the Church of.
England; to mitigate the acidity of the Calvinistic doctrines of some Protestant
believers, or to determine, authoritatively, the number of the Sacraments.
Therefore, the Governor is of opinion that wThen the time comes for the establishment of a large Common School, religious teaching ought not to be allowed
to intrude. It is vain to say that there are certain elementary matters iniwhich
all Christians, leaving out the Jews, must agree. It is merely calling upon a
man picked up at random, allured by a trifling salary, to do \yl$t the whole
religious wisdom, feeling, and affection of the world has not yet clone. The
paring, down of all excressences which a man on a hundred and fifty pounds a
year may think disfigure the several religions, and the reducing them toTa
common standard, becomes a sort of Methodism which may locally be^amed
after the Schoolmaster who performs it.
In a Colony with which the Governor was recently connected he left the fol-
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*See Sessional Papers, No, 8. I
28th FEBRUARY,
1867
lowing School system. There was a public School open to all denominations,
where& the Schoolmaster did not presume to open to the children any sacred
' mysteries. The charge upon the children attending regularly was half a dollar
a month. But there were Denominatial Schools, also, to which the Government contributed, but in a moderate degree. It was found that these Denominational Schools, though more expensive to the parents, absorbed the greater
number of the children. Such is the system he would desire to see in any concentrated community.
Government House,
27th February, 1867.
Ordered to be printed for the use of the Members.
The Hon. Mr. DeCosmos gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Smith gave notice of motion.
The Hon. the Attorney General, from the Select Committee appointed to revise the
the Acts mentioned in Schedule B of the Assimilation of Laws Bill, brought in
a further Report, viz.: the Gold Fields Bill.
Ordered that the Report be adopted and that the Bill be read first time at once.
Bill read first time accordingly.
Ordered to be read second time on Friday next.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into adjourned Committee on
Victoria Incorporation Bill. \
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress and asked leave
to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. DeCosmos moved that the Standing Orders be suspended in order
to enable him to place a motion on the Order Book.
Ordered accordingly.
The Standing Orders having been suspended,
The Hon. Member gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Smith, the Council adjourned till to-morrow
the 28th instant, at 3 o'clock,
Thursday, the 28th day of February, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch,*Young, Wood, Franklyn, Brew>
O'Reilly, Ball, Southgate, DeCosmos, Macdonald, Robson, Smith, Barnard,
Hamley.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No. 12. Frederick Seymour.
In compliance with the request of the Legislative Council, the Governor lays
before the House a copy of the address of the House of Assembly of Vancouver
Island, asking for the Establishment of a Mint.*
Government House,
28th February, 1867.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos moved, the Hon. Mr.
Southgate seconded, and it was Resolved, -
That a respectful address be presented to His Excellency the Governor,
praying that a Bill may be introduced to establish a Standard of Weights and
Measures, and to regulate Weights and Measures throughout the Colony.
■See Sessional Papers, No. 9. 80° VICTORIA.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into a Committee of Supply.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported that he was instructed to
ask that a Select Committee on Internal Postage be appointed, and asked leave
to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted to sit again, and that a Select Committee be
appointed by the Presiding Member to enquire into the matter of Internal-
Postage.
      o
The following Hon. gentlemen were appointed accordingly: the Hon. Messrs.
Trutch, Ball, Sanders, Cox, Robson, Helmcken, Smith.
On the Order of the day being read for the Hon. Mr. Barnard's motion respecting
the establishment of a Bonded Warehouse at Yale,
The Hon. Member asked leave to withdraw the same.
Ordered that leave be granted.
Motion withdrawn accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into adjourned Committee on
the Victoria Incorporation Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee. t%z
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported further progress, and asked
leave to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for Monday next.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of the whole on
the Inventions Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with
certain amendments.
Ordered to be read third time to-morrow.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Young, the Council adjourned till to-morrow
the 1st March, at 3 o'clock, p.m.
Friday, the 1st day of March, 1867
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, Brew, O'Reilly,
Sanders, Franklyn, Goi, Stamp, Southgate, Robson, DeCosmos, Smith,Walkem,
Helmcken, Macdonald.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No. 13. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor lays before the Legislative Council a letter which has been
addressed to him by the Chamber of Commerce of New Westminster, in the
Commercial interests of the Colony.*
Government' House,
1st March, 1867.
Ordered that the same be printed for the use of Members, and that it be referred to the Select Committee for amending the Tariff.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Trades License Bill
Ordered that the same be postponed till Tuesday.
Pursuant to the Order of the day the Medical Professions Bill was read second time
Ordered to be committed on Thursday next.
*See Sessional PaperB, No. 10. 4th MARCH,
Eursuajit to Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Smith moved, the
seconding, and it was Resolved, , . ,,
That His Excellency the Governor be empowered to offer a premium of not
more than Five thousand dollars to any party who will erect the first Steam
Quartz, Crushing.Mill in the Columbia-Kootenay District, capable of crushing
24 tons of Quartz in 24 hours; and if a less powerful Mill, the premium to be
proportionately less.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Gold Fields Bill,
'"The Hon. Mr. Young moved that a Select Committee be appointed to frame
a Bill for the Regulation of the Gold Fields.
Ordered accordingly.
The Hon. the Presiding Member appointed the following Hon. Members to
form the said Committee:—-the Hon. Messrs. O'Reilly, Ball, Sanders, Cox,.
Walkem.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, Chairman of the said Committee, then handed in a
Report, viz: the Gold Fields Regulation Bill.
Ordered to be read second time on Thursday next.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Inventions Bill was read the third time, and it
was Resolved that this Bill do pass and that its title be "The Patents Ordinance,
1867."
Pursuant to the Order of the days the Council went into adjourned Committee on
the Postal Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair
The Hon. Mr. Sanders in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman handed in the following Resolution,
flO','.?! and asked leave to sit again;.
Ordered that leave be granted for Monday, and
Resolved, That that portion of the Bill relating to the rates of Postage be referred to the Select Committee, now sitting on Postal matters.
ifOjei^w^^he motion of the Hon.
on Monday the 4th, instant.
Mr. Robson, the Council adjourned^till 3 p.m.
Monday, the 4th day of March, 1867.
I
i
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hons, Mesgfg... Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, O'Reilly, Cox,
Ball, Franklyn. Walkem, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Macdonald, Stamp,
Barnsra!d, Robson, Smith. ■
; O'h^jMiihutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No. 14. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor acquaints the Legislative Council that he has assented, in Her
Majesty's name, to arBill entitled "An Ordinance to prohibit the unseasonable
destruction of Game." *$"&
Government House,
(0i March, 1867.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken presented a-Petition from certain Merchants in Victoria,
having reference to the Customs Tariff on Dry Goods.
Ordered that the same be received and do lie on the Table.
The H-on. Mij. DeCosmos presented the Petition of Patrick Everett.
Ordered that the same be received and do lie on the table.
rlj^e Hon. ^.r. Stainp gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Hamley, from the Select Committee appointed to revise rffie Tariff,
i fejOjftght up aJRejport-*
Ordered'tmVtTfhe same be received and printed for the -fee of Members..?;
* Sessional Papers, No. 11. Sd°LVTCTORLE.
Pursuant to the Order of the day/the Council again wem into Committee of the
^;whole on the Victoria Incorporation Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman handed in the following Resolution,
"and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted, and
Resolved, That the Bill as amended be re-printed, and then referred to a Select Committee, consisting of the Hon. the Attorney General, Hon. Solicitor
./General, Hon. Messrs. Young, Macdonald, Helmcken, "DeCosmos, for re-consideration.
The Hon. Mr. Trutch, from the Select Committee appointed to inquire into Postal
matters, brought up a. Report.
Ordered that the same be received and lie on the table.
The Hon. Mr. Robson moved the adjournment till 3 o'clock to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken, in amendment, till 2 o'clock to-morrow.
On the amendment being put it was carried, and the Council accordingly
adjourned till 2 o'clock, p.m., to-morrow, the 5th instant.
Tuesday, the 5th day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 2 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Wood, Young, Ball, Sanders,
Franklyn, Cox, Stamp, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Robson, Barnard,
Macdonald, Walkem, Smith, O'Reilly, Hamley.
The Minutes of the.previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as-follows:
Message No. 15. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor, impressed with the expediency of making as far as possible
each Enactment complete in itself, is of opinion that he ought not to assent, in
Her MajesiSy's name, to the Bill submitted to him entitled "An Ordinance 1^
promote conciseness in the drafting of Legislative ^Enactments."
The proposed Enactment appears to him to be in other respects free from
objection.
Government House,
5th Marchy 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency, read as follows :
Message No. 16. Frederick Sjh&fouR.
The Governor acquaints the Legislative Council that he has assented, fn Her
Majesty's name, to the undermentioned Bills entitled respectively:
An Ordinance to assimilate the Law relating to Sheriffs,
An Ordinance to prevent the violation of Indian Graves,
An Ordinance authorizing the sale of the Real and Personal ^EsCfcte of
Intestates.
Government House,
5th March, 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency, read as follows;
Frederick Seymour.
Message No 17.
The Governor recommends to the Legislative Council, that the following
amendments be made in the Bill entitled An Ordinance to declare the Law relating to Interest:
That the third Section be struck out, and that the fourth be numbered HI.
I'iO.  Government House,
bih March, 1867. I
5th MARCH,
1867
A further Message from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No. 18. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor recommends to the Legislative Council that the following
amendments be made in the Bill entitled An Ordinance to assimilate the gen-
l^o-eral application of English Law:
That the third Section be struck out, and that the fourth be numbered HI.
Government House,
rr&th March, 1867.
tfV+te'ilAftl'' i«n [-J lo *>(
On the motion of the Hon. the Attorney General, the Council Went into a Committee of the whole to consider the amendments proposed by His Excellency
to the Interest Bill, and to the English Law Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Cox in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the following Resolutions^
Resolved, that His Excellency the Governor be acquainted that the Council
have agreed to the amendment made by .His Excellency to the Bill entitled an
"v.- Ordinance to Declare the Law relating to Interest.
Resolved, that His Excellency the Governor be acquainted that the Council
„have agreed to the amendment made by His Excellency to the Bill entitled an
Ordinance to assimilate the general application of English Law.
The Resolutions having been put were carried unanimously.
The Hon. Mr. Walkem gave notice of motion.
On the Order of the day being read for the motion of the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos, in
reference to confederation,
The Hon. Member asked leave to postpone the same till Friday next..
Ordered that leave be granted.
<hlSH'Ji-
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Robson moved, the Hon. Mr. Stamp
seconding, the following Resolution:
Tb'a&a respectful address be presented to His Excellency reeommehdiing that
Flour manufactured from grain grown in the Colony should be allowed to pass
o-Vjer the Public Roads Free of Toll.        'Jii '
On the question being put the Council divided. , jj^J!
• : "' Ayes 10, Noes 9. " •  •'
So it passed in the affirmative, and-it was Resolved accordingly.
On the..Qfcder of the day being read for the motion of the Hon. Mr. Stamp,
The Hon. Member asked leave to postpone the same till to-morrow,
jr.-:..: Ordered that leave be granted..
. 30»56<
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Macdonald moved, the Hon. Mr.
DeCosmos seconding, the following Resolution:
That in the opinion of this Council the Common School System at present
in force in Vancouver Island is a great boon to a large number of the Inhabitants, and ought to be maintained especially in such parts of the Colony in*
.... which the population may be concentrated.
The Hon. Mr. Robson moved in amendment, the Hon. Mr. Young seconding,
«       That the Resolution be referred to a Select Committee, in order that the
whole subject of Education may be more fully discussed,
| Whereupon a debate arose, which having been prolonged for a considerable
time,
"'   '-'. Oh 'the motion of the Hon. Mr. Trutch,
The debate was adjourned till Friday.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into adjourned Committee
of Supply.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
■      Ihe Committee rose and the Chairman reported the discussion of the Estimates to have terminated, and handed in the following Resolutions which were
severally put and carried as follows :
• Resolved, That the Council recommend that the sum of Seven hundred and
one thousand five hundred and ten dollars and eighty cents be voted for the
service of the year, 1867. 80° VICTORIA.
3th MARCH.
as
Resolved, That the head office of the Postal Department be established at
Victoria.
Resolved, That in the opinion of this Council the Supreme Court of Civil
Justice should not be removed from Vancouver Island, and that a Court of
Appeal should be established by the appointment of another* Judge.
Resolved, That the Govefcfior be requested, to consider the advisability of removing prisoners to Victoria, strictly in view of economy.
Resolved, That this Council is of opinion that however, useful the Assay
Department may be to the Colony at large, yet in the pres$Efirsfate of the
Colonial Exchequer it must be dispensed with unless it can be made self-
suppdrmig.
The Council" holding this opinion, have nevertheless voted the sum of money
placed upon the Estimates for the Department, but solely with the object of enabling His Excellency the Governor to make it self-supporting, either by removal in part or altogether to some other place in the Oolony,^or by arrangement with the Banks. If however it be found_that it cannot be made self-supporting, that His Excellency take steps at once to abolish the Department, so
that no further sum of money be asked at any future time either by way of
compensation or otherwise.
Resolved, That the Governor be respectfully requested to increase the salary
j of the Constable at Quesnel by $200.
Resolved, That the Council recommends that another Constable should be-
sent to the Columbia District, and that the salary of the Chief Constable be increased so as to become equal to the same appointment in Cariboo.
Resolved, That in the opinion of this Council the sum set down in the Estimates for Hospitals is inadequate, and His Excellency the Governor is hereby
empowered to increase it to a sum not exceeding Eleven thousand dollars.
Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor be respectfully requested to take
such steps as may by him be deemed advisable to effect a reduction in the
salaries provided under the Crown Salaries Acts, as in the opinion of this
Council the present depressed state of the finances of the Colony calls for the
strictest economy compatible with the efficiency of the public service, and the
Council therefore respectfully beg to recommend the following sums instead of
those already provided by law for the following offices:
His Excellency the Governor from $19,400 to $14,550
The Colonial Secretary  3,880 3,000
The Treasurer  3,637 nil.
The Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works    3,880 3,000
The Collector of Customs  3,152 3,000
$33,949     $23,550
Being a reduction of  10,399
„a\ in the annual expenditure.
And the Council further respectfully recommend that a change be immediately made in the Registrar General's office, so as to dispose of one of the
Registrars General.
Resolved, That the Council recommend that the arrears for Education for
August, 1866, to March, 1867, in Vancouver Island be paid.
Resolved, That the Report and other'papers of the Select Committee on the
Postal Service be referred to the Executive, and that $25,000 be recommended
for Internal Postal Service for twelve months, which limit of term is considered •
for the present advisable.
Resolved, That the Council recommend thet a sum of $3,000 be put on the
Estimates for conveyance of Mails to the Big Bend and Kootenay.
Resolved, That a sum not exceeding $500 a month,be placed at the disposal
of,the Government for Mail Service with San Francisco by Steamer.
On the Order of the clay being read for Committee of Ways and Means,
Ordered that the same do stand first on the Order of the day for to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Wood moved, the Hon. Mr. Crease seconded, and it was Resolved, That the Report of the Select Committee on the Tariff be referred to
the Governor. 6th MARClEI.
1867
ajheoHon. Mr. Helmcken moved the adjournment till 1 o'clock to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Trutch in amendment till 3 o'clock to-morrow.
. On the amendment being put it was carried, and the Council accordingly
adjourned till 3 o'clock, p.m., to-morrow.
Wednesday,-the 6th day of March, 1867.
, The .Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
'The Hon. theGolonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, O'Reilly, Ball,
.Sanders, Franklyn,.Cox, Stamp, Southgate, Robson, DeCosmos, Smith,Walkem,
.Helmcken, Macdonald, Hamley, Barnard.
IThe Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
A Message from'His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follow^,;
Message No. 19. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor recommends to the Legislative Council that the following
.amendments be made in the Bill entitled An Ordinance to assimilate and amend
"°H   the Law prohibiting the sale or gift ^Intoxicating Liquor to Indians:
That after Section X. the following clauses be added:
XL No ship, boat, canoe, or other vessel, shall be allowed to clear"from any
.Port in the said Colony without aclearauce paper or permit, whieh may be in
the form in the Schedule hereto marked 1, wherein the quantities and qualities
of the fermented, spirituous, or intoxicating liquor on board shall be noted,
together with the destination pr purpose for which such fermented, spirituous,,
or intoxicating liquors shall be intended, and every Officer of Customs of the
said Colony is hereby required to give such clearance paper or permit, and the
Master of every outgoing ship, boat, camoe, or other vessel leaving any Port or
place in the said .Colony,)may be required by any Officer of Customs at any
Port in the said Colony to give to such Officer of Customs a Shipping Bill which
may be in the form marked 2 in the said Schedule, and which shall contain the
particulars indicated therein or required thereby, and sign a declaration at the
foot of such Shipping iBill,xjertifying to the truth of such particulars, which
said declaration. may be.in .the.fomi in .the.said Form 2 above-specified, and
may further be required to give to.such Officer of-Customs a bond, note,
or security, with one.sufficient surety, in the sum of not more than $1,000, that
tteOfhrmented, spirituous,.or intoxicating liquors mentioned in such Shipping
Bill shall be duly landed at their destination respectively, or consumed on
h.Qa]r<d, or otherwise duly accounted for to the satisfaction of the Governor of
the Colony.   W&M 1U& WW,
XII. Every Master of any ship, boat, or canoe making any false Declaration
of any matter required by this Ordinance to "be declared, shall be guilty of a
Misdemeanor, and oh conviction, shall be liable to the punishment incurred on
the commission of Perjury
That the present XI Section be numbered XIIT, the present Section XII to
be XIV, and the present XIII Section be struck out.
The Governor further recommends that the following Schedule be appended
-    to the Bill.
Government. Houses,
MiMa*$,.18Q7.
SCHEDULE.
Form 1.
Name and description
of Ship,  Boat. Canoe,
qr.other Vessel.
Whether    British    orl
Foreign, .  if  f orqigiw
T JBuKXtOuntry.
1 Destination of Li-
Master's Name,  muoxs. If for Ships
ha ifee? state so.
k
Description
of
■' £iquor.
1
i                                 1
.Wbe fermented, spirituous, oe iatoxioating liquors above.described, are hereby permitted to. be
carried and borne to the destination and for the purposes above specified.
(Signed.) 1 Name and description of Officer.
^ , | ,. ,      g '(Station of Clearance^
Dated this day of 186   . (Station of Clearance)
Dated this day of
A further Messsage from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No. 20.
The Governor acquaints the Legislative Council that he has assented, in Her
Majesty's name, to the Bill entitled An Ordinance for the regulation of Ferries
and Bridges.
Government House,
Gth March, 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message.No. 21. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor acquaints the Legislative Council that he has assented, in Her
Majesty's name, to the undermentioned Bills, respectively:
An Ordinance to declare the Law relating to Interest;
An Ordinance to assimilate the general application of English Law.
Government House,
6th March, 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No. 22. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor lays before the Legislative Council a Petition addressed to him
in Council by certain Merchants and others, residents in Cariboo, praying for
an alteration of the Law affecting Debtor and Creditor.*
Government House,
6th March, 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No 23. Frederick Seymour.
In compliance with the Resolution passed by the Legislative Council on the
22nd ultimo., the Governor forwards a Return of the amount of Fines and Seizures in the Customs Department, from 1860 to 1866, inclusive, stating how
appropriated, f
Government House,
6th March, 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No 24. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor recommends to the Legislative Council, that the following
amendments be made in the Bill entitled, An Ordinance to provide for the
rights of Barristers-at-Law, Attorneys, Notaries Public, and Articled Clerks of
the late Colony of Vancouver Island;
In lieu of the words in the title of the Ordinance "to provide for the rights
of" the insertion of the words "making provision for."
Also in line 1 ot the first and second recitals, substitute the words "to make
provision for" in lieu of the words "that the rights of."
He would further wish that the words "should be declared" and "should
likewise be declared" be struck out.
As an additional amendment, the Governor recommends that in line 5 of the
I. and II. Clauses, the words "at the said date and not earlier" be substituted
for the word "then."
Government House,
6th March, 1867.
m
*See Sessional Papers. No. 12.   j-See Sessional Papers, No. 13, ftfer MARGH?
W!
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. "Walkem, the Council went into Committee of the
whole to consider the amendments proposed by His Excellency to the above
■ -^Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The~Committee rose and the Chairman handed in the following Resolution
for the adoption of the Council, which being put was carried, and it was
Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor be acquainted that the Council
have agreed to the amendments made by His Excellency to "An Ordinance to
provide for the riglife of Barristers-at-Law, Attorneys, Notaries Public, and
Articled Clerks of the late Colony of Vancouver Island."
The Hon. Mr. Smith gave notice of motion.
Pursuant t'o the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of "Ways and
'iMie^festu
d^ij'i.a'BTJhe Presid^pg -Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Ohair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress and asked leave
to sit again.
Ordered that leave be grantees for to-morrow.
On th^Oi'dcr ofdhe day being read for the second reading of the Homestead Bill,
. On the motion of the Ijjou the Attorney General,
Ordered that t& second reading of the said Bill be postponed till to-morrow.
Pursuant to .the Order <>f the day, the Hon. Mr. "Walkem asked leave to bring in
Legal Prore^sions Bill.
Ordered that leave be granted.
The Hon. Member accordingly presented the said Bill.
Ordered to be read first time at once.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered to.be read second time to-morrow week.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Stamp, moved, the Hon. Mr. Robson
seconding, the following Resolution:
That an address be presented to His Excellency the Governor, recommending
that all Provisions used . at such Saw Mills in British Columbia as come
into competition with establishments of the same kind in Paget Sound, be exempt from paying duty, viz:—Hay, Barley, Ground Barley, Floor, Rice, Beans,
Butter, Lard, Sugar, Tea, Coffee, Molasses, Dried Apples, Salt Beef, Pork, and
Bacon. Also that such Material as is necessary for the repairs arid bona fidg
working of the same Saw Mills, such as Iron, Steel, Brass, Lead, Babbit Metal,
Copper, Leather and India Rubber Belts, Fire Bricks, Lime, Blacksmith's
Coal, Oil, Tallow, Saw Files, and Manufactured Machinery, be admitted duty
free.
vVhereupon a debate arose.
After which, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Trutch,
Ordered that the consideration of the question be adjourned till Tuesday next.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Horn.. Mr. Walkem moved, the Hon. Mr. Macdonald seconded, and it was Resolved,
That a respectful address be presented to the Governor acquainting His Excellency, that tMrs Council is of opinion that the present Admiralty Practice is
too tMious and^expensive for this Colony, and it is therefore moved that His
'Excellency the Governor be requested to take such steps as will ensufe the
adoption of the Admiralty Practice followed in England, as suggested during th
^last Session of this Council, and the Fees now taken by a Judge in Admiralt
be paid into the Treasury for the use of Her Majesty.
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Pursuant to the  Order of the day,  the Council went again into Committee on
the Postal Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair
The Hon. iMr.' Sanders in the Chair of the Committee.
The JBfe-e^iJugjMemhei? reshmeJdJhe Chair.
js The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress and asked leave to
sit agaiu.
Ordered that leave be granted for to-morrow.
Then, on the mqfton of the H&&. Mr. Helmckenrthe Council adjourned till 2 p.m.
to-morrow. 30° VICTORIA.
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Thursday, the 7th day of March, 1867;
The Council met at 2 o'clock, pursuant to ^journment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary, in the Ghair as Presiding Member)
Present,—The Hons. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, O'Reilly, Cox,
Ball, Franklyn. "Walkem, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken, MacdonaldrStampj
Barnard, Robson, Smith, Sanders.
The Minutes .gj: the previous Meeting'^^o^ad o^-er ari^pnfirmod.
The Hon. Mr. Walkem gave notice of motion.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of "Wfoys and
Means.
The Presiding MeMber Mt the Chair,    FfiOS I .il i ,i»
The Hon.. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
d?he Presiding MeiSSUr resurate^lfhe dfiair.®-
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress, and askdHl'leave to
sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No 25. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor acquaints the Legislative Council that he has assented, in Her
Majesty's name, to the Bill entitled "An Ordinance making provision for Bar-
risters-at-Law, Attorneys, Notaries Public, and Articled Clerks of the late Col--
ony of Vanco,uyer Island.
Government Hou.%,
7th March, 1867.
The Hoij. Mr. Helmcken moved the adjournment till 1 to-morrow.
The Hon. Wit. Robson, in amendment, till 3 to-morrow.
On the amendment being put the Council divided.
Ayes 7, Noes 7.
The Presiding Member giving his vote with the noes, the amendment was
lost.
The Gouncil then adjourned till 1 o'clock, p.m., to-morrow.
Friday, the 8th day of March, 1867.
injifji xi.
The Council met at 1 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Tne Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding MembeijL^
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, Franklyn, Brew,
Sanders, O'Reilly, Ball, Southgate, DeCosmos, Macdonald, Robson, Smith,
Cox, Pemberton, Stamp- Heknxbkfen, Hamley.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
A Message from,His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No 26. IFrederick Seymour.
In compliance with the Resolution of tbe Legislative Council, passed on the
4th of February, the Governor forwards a Bill eutitled An Ordinance to Estab-
m^^lish a Standard of Weights and Measures.
'"''The Governor leaves this as an entirely open measure to be dealt withby'tne"
Council.
Government House
Sth March, 1867.
On the Order of the day being read for a motion by the Hon. Mr. Walkem.
Ordered that the same be deferred till to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of Ways and
Means.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the CMir of the Committee. 8th MARCH.
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The Presiding Member resumed the Chair. -,,-,,
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress and asked leave to
sit again. y 6 i
Ordered that leave be granted for Monday.
On the Order of the day being read for the adjourned debate on the Resolution of
the Hon. Mr. Macdonald, for continuing the Free School system in Vancouver
Island, ,. ,
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, the Hon. Mr. Southgate seconding, the
following Resolution:
Thayhe profit Gpjmmon S%>ol system be continued on Vancouver Island
untirluch ttfn'e as¥u'6'ther system <JHi; more general character be adopted to
meet the requirements of the whole Colony.
The Hon. Mr. Crease moved That the question be considered in Committee
bns: of the whole.
On the amendment being put it was lost.
On the Hon. Mr. Helmcken's motion being put the Council divided.
Ayes 8, Noes 12,
On a request being made to that effect, the names were taken down by the
of ©-Clerk as follows:
Ayes. Noes.
Messrs. "Wood, Messrs. Birch,'
Smith, Ball,
DeCosmos, Crease,
-:jfl| Helmcken, Young,
Pemberton, Trutch,
Stamp, Cox,
"jIf! 'f)Southgate, Franklyn,
Macdonald. Sanders,
O'Reilly,
Barnard,
#V Robson,
:£y$ Hamley.
The previous amendment of the Hon. Mr. Robson was then put and carried,
and it was
Resolved, That the original Resolution be referred to a Select Committee, in
order that the whole subject of Education may be more fully discussed.
The Presiding Member appointed the following Hon. gentlemen to form the
said Committee: Messrs. Crease, Young, "Wood, Macdonald, Robson, DeCosmos,
. Barnard.
A further Message from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No. 27. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor lays before the Legislative Council, a Bill entitled An Ordinance
to appropriate Five hundred and sixty six thousand, six hundred and fifty-eight
dollars, thirty cents, out of the General Revenue of the Colony, for the Contingent Service of the year 1867.
Government House,
8th March, 1867.
Ordered that the said Bill be now read first time.
Bill read the first time accordingly.
Ordered to be read second time to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Lien Law Bill,
The Hon. Mr. Robson asked leave to withdraw the same.
Ordered that leave be granted.
Bill withdrawn accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of the whole to
consider the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos' motion in reference to Confederation.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Brew in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress, and asked leave
to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for this day week.
The Horn Mr. Robson moved the adjournment till 3 o'clock, on Monday.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved in amendment, 1 o'clock to-morrow.
The amendment having,been put and carried,
The Council adjournecfaccordingly till 1 o'clock, p.m. to-morrow. 80° VICTORIA
Saturday, the 9 th day of March
The Council met at 1 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—T-he Hon. Messrs. Birch, Trutch, Young, Crease, Hamley, Ball, Cox,'
Sanders, Franklyn, Pemberton, Stamp, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken,
Walkem, Robson, Barnard, Smith, Wood. -
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. the Attorney General, from the Select Committee appointed to revise
the Acts mentioned in Schedule B of the Assimilation Bill, brought in a further
report, viz:
The Marriage Bill.
Ordered that the Report be adopted and that the Bill be read first time at once.
Bill read first'time accordingly.
Second reading ordered for Monday next.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Young, the Council went into a Committee ig? the
whole to consider the amendments proposed by His Excellency, in Message
No. 19, to the Indian Liquor Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress and asked leave to
sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for Tuesday.
On r the Order of the day being read for the Hon. Mr. Walkem's motion for the
papers connected with the grant of the Grouse Creek Bed-Rock Flume Company,
The Hon. Member asked leave to withdraw the same.
Ordered that leave be granted.
Motion withdrawn accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of "Ways
and Means.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and handed in a Schedule which had been prepared for the
Trades Licenses Bill with certain recommendations, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that the Report of the Committee be adopted, and that leave be
granted to sit again on Tuesday.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Weights and Measures Bill was read second
time.
Ordered to be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
. The Hon. Mr. Cox in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill complete with
amendment.
Ordered to be read third time on Monday.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Bill of Supply was read the second time.
Ordered to be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill complete without
amendment.
Ordered to be read third time on Monday next.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Trades Licenses Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair,
The Hon. Mr. Cox in the Chair of the Committee. .
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The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress and asked leave to
sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for Monday next.
Pursuant to.the Order of the day, the Homestead Bill was read the second time.
Ordered to be committed on Monday next.
Pursuant to the Order of the. day, the Gold Fields Bill was read second time.
ao ^arJ^ere<^ *° be committed on Thursday next.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson, the Council adjourned till 8 o'clock,
p.m., on Monday next.
Monday, the 11th day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary, in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Hamley, Brew, "Wood, Youngs
Sanders, Ball, Cox, Franklyn, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Robson, Smith
Walkem, O'Reilly, Pemberton, Stamp, Barnard.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Pemberton gave notice of 2 motions.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Weights and Measures Bill was read the third
time, and it was Resolved that this Bill do now pass, and that its title be the
"Weights and Measures Ordinance, 1867."
Ru-guant to .the 0;:der of the day, the Bill of Supply was read the third time, and it
was Resolved that this Bill'.do pass, and its title be An Ordinance to appropriate the sum of Five Hundred and Sixty-Six Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty-
Eight Dollars and Thirty Cents out of the General Revenue of the Colony for
the Contingent Service of the year 1867.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of the
whole on the Trades Licenses Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
H**]    - The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill complete with certain amendments
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved that the Bill be recommitted.
On the question being put the Council divided.
Ayes 9, Noes 11.
On a request being made to that effect, the names were taken down by the
Clerk as follows: .i\
Ayes. Noes.
Messrs. Barnard, Messrs. Ball,
Smith, "Wood,
DeCosmos, Crease,
Helmcken, Young,
Pemberton, Trutch,
Franklyn,
Southgate, Sanders,
Walkem, O'Reilly,
Cox,- . Brew,
Robson,
Hamley.
So the motion was lost.
Ordered that the said Bill be read third time to-morrow.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Menage No. 28. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor recommends to the Legislative Council that the followw
amendments he made_ in the Bill entitled An Ordinance to provide forth!
taking of Oaths and admission of Evidence in certain
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1. That the word "solemn" be inserted- in the 13th line of the V. Section, or
else expunged from the 1st line of the IX. Section.
2. That the X. Section be struck out as being inconsistent with the H. Section.
3. That the XX Section be struck out.
Government House,
. HO, March, 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency, read ae follows;
Message No 29.
Frederick Seymour.
The Governor has carefully considered the Report of the Select Committee
of the.Legislative Council, which was forwarded to him on the 6th instant.
He now returns it with some small alterations, which he recommends to the
favourable consideration of the Legislative Council.
Government House, ■>»
UtJirMarch, 1867.
On the Order of the day being read for the Committal of the Homestead Bill,
Ordered that the said Bill be referred to the Select Committee for assimilating
the Laws of the Colonies.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Young, the Council went into Committee of the
whole to consider the alterations proposed by His Excellency, in Message No.
28, to the Oaths and Evidence Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mrr.,Cox inj-fhe Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress and asked leave to
I>w;sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for Wednesday.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of the
whole, on the Postal Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill complete.
Ordered to be read third time on Wednesday.
m£(fW
Oh the Order of the day being read-therefor, the Council went into Committee of the
whole to consider the abolition of the Road Tolls.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman handed in the following Resolution
for the adoption of the Council:
That the Council earnestly recommend His Excellency the Governor to
abolish the Road Tolls in whole or in part during the present fiscal year, provided that the receipts of Revenue should warrant the Executive in making
such reduction.
On the question being put it was carried in the affirmative and it was ordered
accordingly.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson, the Council adjourned till to-morrow
the 12th instant, at 3 o'clock, p.m.
Tuesday, the 12th day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, O'Reilly, Hamley, Brew,
"Wood, Sanders, Ball, Cox, Pemberton, Stamp, Southgate, Helmcken, Smith;;
Robson, Barnard, Franklyn.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read and confirmed. I
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Oh the Order of the day being read therefor, the adjourned debate on the Hon. Mr.
Stamp's motion for remission of Custom Duties on articles used by certain Sawmills,-was resumed.
After some discussion, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson,
Ordered that the debate be further adjourned for one week.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No. 30. -'"Frederick Seymour.-
ir Ju compliance, with the Resolution passed by the Legislative Council on the
'°Sroth February, the Governor forwards a Return of the Receipts and Expenditure of the Steamer "Sir JaSies Douglas," in the year 1866.*
Government House,
'J-0§     12th Ma9§K, 1867. af*
Ordered that the same be printed.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Pemberton moved a Resolution in
reference to the appropriation of Fines and Fees of Office,
lifter some discussion, the Hon. Member asked leave to withdraw the same.
Ordered that leave be granted.
Motion withdrawn accordingly.
Pursuant to.the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Pemberton moved, the Hon. Mr.
r'.$)eCosmos seconding, the following Resolution:
That His Excellency be respectfully requested to furnish the Council with an
approximate statement of the particulars of the Public Debt of Vancouver
Island and the Mainland respectively at the time of Union.
On the question being :]§&t it was Resolved in the affirmative and Ordered
accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Trades Licenses Bill was read third time, and
it was Resolved that this Bill do pass, and that its title be "The Licenses
Ordinance, 1867."
Pursuant to We Order of "the day, the Council went again into Committee of "Ways
and Means.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman handed in a Schedule prepared for
the Customs Tariff for adoption by the Council, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that the Report be adopted, and that leave be granted to the Committee to sit again on Friday.
The Hon. Mr. Barnard asked that the Standing Orders be suspended to enable him
to place a motion onltfe Order Book.
Ordered accordingly.
s jHp      The Hon. Member theh gave notice of motion.
Then, on the, motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson the Council adjourned till 3 o^clock,
p.m. to-morrow.
Wednesday, the 13th day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, O'Reilly, Ball,
:zSanders, Franklyn, Cox, Stamp, Southgate, Robson, DeCosmos,*Smith, Barnard!
Pemberton, Helmcken, Hamley, Brew.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Robson gave notice of motion.
Pursuant to the Order of the day; the Postal Bill was re'ad the third time, and it was
Resolved that this Bill do pass and that its title be the "Postal Ordinance,
1867. I
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Marriages Bill was read second time
Ordered to be committed forthwith.
The Councjtt went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
* Sessional Papers, No. 14. 80° VICTORIA.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Franklyn in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill complete.
Ordered to be read third time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of the Whole to
consider the alterations proposed in His Excellency's Message, No. 28, to the
Oaths and Evidence Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair
The Hon. Mr. Cox in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman handed in the following Resolution,
which was adopted:
Resolved, That the Governor be acquainted that the Council have agreed to
■ the amendments proposed by His Excellency to the Bill entitled An Ordinance
to provide for the taking of Oaths and admission of Evidence in certain cases.
On the Order of the day being read for the Committal of the Medical Bill,
Ordered that the same be referred to a Select Committee, consisting of the
Hon. the Solicitor General, the Hon. Messrs. Young, Helmcken, Robson.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Barnard moved, the Hon. Mr.
Smith seconding, the following Resolution:
That in the opinion of this Council it is expedient that Hay, Barley, and Oats,
used as feed by Teamsters and Packers on the roads, be exempt from Road
Tolls, and that His Excellency be respectfully reque«ted to abolish the same.
On the question being put the Council divided.
Ayes 8, Noes 10.
So it passed in the negative.
On the Order of the day being read for the adjourned debate on the Hon. Mr.
DeCosmos' motion, in reference to the proposed alterations to the Constitution
of the Council,
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos,
Ordered that the same be postponed till after the discussion of the Confederation question.
The Hon. the Attorney General, from the Select Committee appointed to revise the
the Acts mentioned in Schedule B of the Assimilation of Laws Bill, brought in
a further Report, viz : the Currency Bill and the Homestead Bill.
Ordered that the Report be adopted.
Ordered that the Currency Bill be now read first time.
Bill read the first time accordingly.
Ordered to be read second time on Friday next.
Ordered that the Homestead Bill be committed to-morrow.     0*|
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Young, the Council adjourned till 3 p.m.,
to-morrow.
Thursday, the 14th day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hons. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, O'Reilly, Cox,
Hamley, Brew, Franklyn, Walkem, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Stamp,
Pemberton, Robson, Barnard.
The'Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. DeCosmos gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken gave notice of 2 motions.
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of the Marriage Bill,
Ordered that the same be recommitted.
The Council went again into Committee on the Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Franklyn in the Chair of the Committee..
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair. 14th MARCH,
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The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill to have been amended by striking out a Clause.
On the question of the adoption of the Report of the Committee being put
the Obuncil divided.
Ayes 11, Noes 6.
; f   , So ^ was Resolved in the affirmative, and Ordered accordingly.
On the question of the third reading of the said Bill being put, the Hon. the
Attorney Generaf moved that the Bill be again recommitted.
On the amendment being put the Council divided.
Ayes 7, Noes 10.  ■* ^
So the amendment was lost.
.-Jeered that the said-Bill be now read, third time.
;T3ill read third timeaccordingly, and it was Resolved, that this Bill do pass
and its title be the "Marriages Ordinance, 1867."
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Legal Professions
Bill,
Ordered that the second reading be deferred for two sittings of the Counc^j.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Robson moved, the Hon. Mr.
DeCosmos seCohdingj,fand it was
Resolved, That.the following Acts now in force in Vancouver Jsland be
referred' to the Assimilation Committee, with a view to their extension to the
whole Colony, viz: "The  Vancouver Island Jury Act,  1865,"  th.fe "Limita-
fvoh\'df Foreign  Actions Act,  1860," and . the  "Extension  of Limitation of
'^Eoreign Actions Act, 1861."
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of the whole on
the Gold Fields Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Franklyn in the Chair, of the Committee.-.^
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress, and asked leave
to sit again. .iii ,-^2
is&w Ordered that leave-be granted for to-morrow. j.r\
On the Order of the day being read for the Committee of Ways and Means;
. Ordered that the same be taken as an Order of the day further on.
/Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council wentiaSgain into Committee of
the whole to consider the amendments proposed by His Excellency, in-Massage
No. 19, to the Indian Liquor Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair. iff fsdl fea*.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman handed.in the following Resolutions
which were adopted by the Council:
Resolved, That the Council having taken into their most careful consideration
. the amendments to the Indian Liquor Bill proposed by His Excellency the
Governor, in his Message No. 19, of tbe 6th March, 1867, is of opinion that
if the nmvisions contained in the Clause proposed by His Excellency as
Clause XI were carried out in their entirety a serious injury to legitimatetraffie
might be inflicted, and the commerce of the Colony greatly injured; and as it
is evident that the object of the proposed Clause is only to provide an additional impediment to the illicit sale of Spirits to the Indians, the Council would
respectfully recommend to His Excellency that the annexed Clause, with the
Schedule, should be added to the Bill as Clause XL in place of the Clause and'
Schedule suggested by His Excellency:
XL No ship, boat, canoe, or other vessel having fermented, spirituous, or intoxicating liquor on board, shall leave any port in the Colony of British Columbia for any part of the Coast of the said Colony, or for any port or place
on the Coast ot Russian America, or to the northward thereof, without
the Master of such ship, boat, canoe, or other vessel, making a declaration in
the form marked 1 in the Schedule to this Ordinance, setting forth the quantities, description, and destination of such liquor as aforesaid*as may be on board,
and obtaining from the Officer of Customs at the port of departure a Permit to
<c&rrv such liquors, which Permit may be in the form marked 2 in the sai&
Schedule; provided always that all vessels over one hundred tons register, and
all steam vessels engaged in carrying passengers, shall be exempt from the
operation of this Section of this Ordinance; and provided further that it shall
be lawful for the Officer of Customs, at the port of departure, to exempt any
vessel from the operation of this Section of this Ordinance, whenever the cir- 80° VICTORIA.
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cumstances shall be such as, in the opinion of such Officer, to render such exemption expedient and desirable."
The Council would further recommend that as Section XIII. has, in accordance with his Excellency's suggestion, been struck out, new Gl&tQe's to provide
for the proper interpretation of the Ordinance should be added to make the
Bill compete, and the Council has" in consequence considered and: passed the
two Clauses also annexed, and marked XVI. and XVII.
XVI. In case of any summary conviction under this Ordinance, no warrant
of commitment upon a conviction shall be held to be invalid by reason of any
defect therein, if it be therein alleged that there be a good and valid conviction
to sustain the.same.
XVII; In the construction of this Ordinance, the word "Governor shall be
held to mean the Governor of this Colony, or other Officer admini^ejijligxtfjie
Government of this Colony for the time being; and whenever in this Ordinance
in describing or referring to any person or party, matter or thing, anyeW^d
importing the masculine gender or singular number is used, the same shall be
understood to include and be applicable to several persons or parties as well as
one person or party, and females as well as males, and bodies corporate as well
as individuals, and several matters and things as well as one maftter or thing,
unless it otherwise be provided, or there be something in the subject or context
repugnant to such construction. jxtj-
SCHEDULE.
Form 1.
SHIPPING  BILL  FOR  FERMENTED,   SPIRITUOUS,   OR  INTOXICATING  LIQUORS.
Name and description.] Whether    British    ori
of ship,  boat,  canoe, 1 Foreign, if Foreign the Master's Name.
I or other vessel.
^ Country.
Port   or   place   of
destination.
Quantity and des-|Tq jrhom consign-
cription of Liquors' ed, or if for ship's
on ^joard. use.
•a
I declare the entries in this Bill to be correctly made.
Signed,
Master of the above Ship.
(Station of Clearance.)
Dated this day of 186    .
Form 2.
PERMIT  TO  CARRY  FERMENTED,  SPIRITUOUS,  OR INTOXICATING  LIQUORS.
Name and description!Whether British or
of ship, boat, canoe, Foreign, if Foreign the
or other Vessel. Country.
MSster's Name.
Bort jOr  placp
1 destination.
J Quantity and description of Liquor
on hoard.
To whom consigned, or if for ship'i
use.
The Fermented, Spirituous, or intoxicating Liquors above described, are hereby permitted to be carried and borne to the destinations and for the purposes above specified.
. Signed, (Name and description of Officer.)
(Station of Clearance.)
Dated this day of 186    .
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council w7ent into Committee of the whole
on the Homestead Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Franklyn in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill complete with
some amendment.
Ordered to be read third time to-morrow.
On the motion of the Hon the Attorney General, the Standing Orders were suspended to enable him to introduce the following Bills:
Customs Tariff Bill,
Ordered to be read first time at once.
Read first time accordingly.
Second reading ordered for Monday next;
Real Estate Repeal Bill.
Ordered to be read first time at once.
Read first time aecordingl}'.
Ordered to be read second time on Monday next;
Harbour Dues Hill.
Ordered to be read first time at once.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered to be read second time on Monday.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Young, the Council adjourned till 11 o'clock,
a.m., to-morrow. 15*h MARCH.
1867
Friday, the 15th day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 11 o'clock, a. m., pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, "Wood, Hamley, Brew,
Cox, Ball, O'Reilly, Sanders, Franklyn, Pemberton, Southgate, DeCosmos,
Stamp, Walkem, Helmcken, Robson, Barnard, Smith.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Crease gave notice of motion.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of the whole
on the Gold Fields Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Franklyn in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported considerable progress made
with the Bill and asked leave to sit again;
Ordered that leave be granted for Monday.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No. 31. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor acquaints the Legislative Council that he has assented, in Her
Majesty's name, to the Bill entitled
An Ordinance for the taking of Oaths and admission of Evidence in certain
cases,
Government House,
15th Motet, 1867.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Homestead Bill was read the third time, and
it was Resolved that this Bill do now pass, and that its title be the "Homestead Ordinance, 1867."
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos moved, the Hon. Mr.
Robson seconded, and it was
Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor be respectfully requested to
cause to be prepared and introduced an Ordinance respecting Fences, with the
following provisions:
To empower the Governor, to establish Fence Districts in any part of the
Colony on receiving a petition from two-thirds of the freeholders and pre-
emptors of any proposed District, provided that the whole number of freeholders and pre-emptors of such District shall not be less than fifteen, such petition
to define what a legal fence shall be for such District, but the definition of such
legal fence shall be subject to amendment by the Governor in Council; Fence
viewers to be appointed annually by the Governor, with power to settle disputes
respecting fences; owners of lands that join each other in every such district
or on the boundary line of such District to be liable respectively to make and
7 Hefep in repair, at their own expense, their respective proportionate share of
each boundary or party fence; no person in any such District to be entitled to
compensation for loss of any cereals or vegetables by reason of their destruction
by horses£<oht$le, hogs, or sheep belonging to some other person, if such person
claiming compensatioi^sh^U not havehad his cereals and vegetables surrounded
by such legal fence; other provisions necessary to make such Ordinance operative.
Pursuant to the Order of the daj^^e Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved the Hon. Mr.
DeCosmos seconding, the following Resolution :
That in the opinion of this Council it is advisable that the Chief Custom
House Department should be at Victoria, where the greatest amount of Revenue-
in the shape of Duties.is received.
On the question being put the Council divided.
Ayes 11, Noes 8.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, the Hon. Mr.
Southgate seconding, and it was 30° VICTORIA.
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49>
Resolved, That in the opinion of this Council, "Wheat of foreign growth should
be admitted free of duty, if for the purpose of being ground into flour for ex-
-jB&riation or for the use of Her Majesty's forces, and that His Excellency be respectfully requested to take such steps as may be deemed expedient and necessary for obtaining this object.
On the Order of the day being read for the Committee of Ways and Means,
Ordered that the same do stand as an Order of the day for Monday.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Currency Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Franklyn in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress and asked leave to
sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for Monday.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Helmcken, the Council adjourned till Monday,
at 11 o'clock, a.m.
Monday, the 18th day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 11 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Hamley, Brew, "Wood, Young,
Sanders, Ball, Cox, Franklyn, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Robson, Smith
Walkem, Pemberton, Macdonald.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken presented a Petition from G. Booth.
Ordered that the same be received.
The Hon. Mr. DeCosmos presented a Petition from certain Merchants of Victoria.
Ordered that the same be received.
The Hon. Mr. Robson presented a Petition from certain Solicitors in Victoria.
Ordered that the same be received.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken gave notice of 2 motions.
The Hon. Mr. Robson gave notice of motion.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of the
whole on the Currency Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Franklyn in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress and asked leave to
sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of the
whole on the Gold Fields Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Franklyn in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill complete.
Ordered to be read the third time to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the adjourned Committee of Ways and
Means,
Ordered that the same be postponed till to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Customs Bill,
The Hou. Mr. Helmcken moved, in amendment, that the same be read the
second time to-morrow.
On the question being put the Council divided.
Ayes 7, Noes 10. 19th MARCH.
1867
i
So the amendment was lost, and the Bill was read the second time.
The Hon. Mr. Ball moved that the said Bill be now committed.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, in amendment, that the Bill be committed
to-morrow.
On the amendment being put the Council divided.
Ayes 6, Noes 11.
So the amendment was lost.
And the original question having being put and carried, ]
The Council went into Committee of the whole on the said Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported that no progress had been
made with the Bill, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Harbour Dues Bill was read the second time.
The Hon. the Collector of Customs moved that the Bill be committed at once.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, in amendment, that the Bill be committed
to-morrow.
On the amendment being put the Council divided.
Ayes 6, Noes 11.
So it passed in the negative, and it was Ordered that.the Bill be committed
at once.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress and asked leave to
,%'dsit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for to morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. the Attorney General asked leave to
bring in Mortgages Bill.
Ordered that leave be granted, and that the Bill be now read first time.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered to be read second time on Thursday next.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Real Estate Tax
Repeal Bill,
Ordered to be read second time on Tnursday next.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of the whole
to consider the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos' motion in respect to taking steps to include British Columbia in the British North American Confederation.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Brew in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman handed in the following Resolution,
which having been put to the Council was carried unanimous]}7, and it was
Resolved, That this Council is of opinion that at this juncture of affairs in
- British North America, East of the Rocky Mountains, it is very desirable that
His Excellency-be respectfully requested to take such steps, without delay, as
may be deemed by him best adapted to insure the admission of British Columbia into the Confederation on fair and equitable terms, this Council being confident that in advising this step they are expressing the views of the Colonists
generally.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson, the Council adjourned till to-morrow
the 19th instant, at 3 o'clock, p.m.
Tuesday, the 19th day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member,
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, O'Reillv, Hamley, Brew,
Wood, Sanders, Ball, Cox, Pemberton, Southgate, Helmcken, Smith, Robson,
Franklyn, DeCosmos, Macdonald, Walkem. 80° VICTORLE.
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51
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read and confirmed.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No 32.
Frederick Seymour.
The Governor, having had his attention recalled to the Report of the Committee of Supply of the Legislative Council respecting the Crown Salaries Act
of 1863, hereby forwards a Bill entitled "An Ordinance to repeal a Proclamation, No. 12, of the year 1863, entitled 'Crown Officers' Salaries Act.' "
The Governor has directed all Public Officers to abstain from giving a vote
upon the measure, which he leaves an open one for the decision of the Honorable Members appointed on the recommendation of the people, and of those
also who have.no pecuniary connection with the Government.
Government House, .
19th March, 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No 33. Frederick Setmotjb.
The Governor acquaints the Legislative Council that he has assented, in Her
Majesty's name, to the undermentioned Bills, respectively:
An Ordinance for the protection of Inventions;
An Ordinance to establish a standard of Weights and Measures;
An Ordinance to appropriate the sum of Five Hundred and Sixty-six Thousand, Six hundred and Fifty-eight Dollars and Thirty Cents, out of the General
Revenue of the Colony, for the contingent service of the year 1867.
Government House,
19th March, 1867.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr
Robson gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. DeCosmos spoke to a question of privilege, in reference to certain
words which fell from him in a discussion yesterday on the Customs Dues.
On the Order of the day being read for the adjourned consideration of the Hon. Mr-
Stamp's motion in regard to certain Saw Mills,
Ordered that the same be deferred till Friday.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken asked the following
question of the Hon. the Colonial Secretary: Whether the Executive intends
continuing the Collection of Customs Duties upon goods imported into Vancouver Island previous to the Union with British Columbia, and if so for how
long a period, and under which Tariff?
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary replied.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, the Hon. Mr.
Macdonald seconding, the following Resolution:
That this Council is prepared and would gladly receive the promised Message
of His Excellency the Governor, upon the subject of the Seat of Government
of British Columbia.
On the question being put the Council divided.
Ayes 12, Noes 5.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative and Ordered accordingly.
Pursuant to the [Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Robson moved, the Hon. Mr.
Walkem seconding,
That a respectful address be presented to His Excellency the Governor, asking for Returns shewing how the public money voted for Schools on Vancouver
Island, during the past three years, has been expended.
The same having been put and carried it was Resolved accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Gold Fields Bill was read the third time, and
it was Resolved that this Bill do pass and its title be "The Gold Mining Ordinance, 1867."
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into adjourned Committee on the Customs Tariff Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress, and asked leave
to sit again presently.
Ordered that leave be granted, 20th MARCH,
1867
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Helmcken, the Council went into Committee of the
whole on the Customs Application Bill.
" The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill complete.
Ordered to be read third time at once.
Bill read third time, the Standing Orders having been suspended for that
purpose,
' And it was Resolved that this Bill do pass, and that its title be the "Customs
Declaratory Ordinance, 1867."
According to Order, the Council went again into Committee on the Customs Tariff
Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Ball, Chairman
of the Committee, reported the Bill complete.
Ordered to be read third time at once.
.«n>c   Bill read third time accordingly, the Standing Orders having been suspended
-rjfpE tb&t purpose,
And it was Resolved that this Bill do pass and its title be the "Customs Ordinance, 1867." :
On the motion of the Hon the Attorney General, tbe Standing Orders were sus-
,j>encled in order to enable the Hon. Member to place a notice of motion on the
Order Book.
Notice of motion given accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of Ways
and Means.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Ball Chairman
of the Committee reported progress and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that the Report be adopted, and that leave be granted to sit again
to-n^cjrrpw.
The Hon. the Attorney General, from the Select Committee appointed to revise the
'id Acts mentioned in Schedule B of the Assimilation of Laws Bill, brought in
a further Report, which was read as follows:
The Committee of Assimilation beg to report that they have had under consideration the "Vancouver Island Jury Act, 1865," but they find considerable
difficulty in dealing with this Act without dealing with the subject of Juries generally. The Jury Law ofBritish Columbia is materially different from that of Vancouver Island.    In British Columbia the old law of England prevails, except as
_' Jimited byt]ie "British Columbia Jurors' Act, 1860."   In Vancouver Island
eight jurors are by the rules of the Supreme Court a full jury, and the verdict
of a jury need not be unanimous in civil cases.
The subject requires fuller consideration than your Committee are able at the
-end of the Session to give it, as it forms part of the procedure of the Supreme
Court and the general administration of Justice,
They have further considered the Vancouver Island Acts for the Limitation
cuQflForeign Actions and Suits, and have prepared a Bill to carry out their provisions in all parts of the Colony, but as such a Bill is precisely similar in effect
to "The Limitation of Foreign Actions Ordinance, 1865," which has been disallowed, and is in violation of the views entertained by the best jurists of England and America, we conceive that the only way of dealing with the subject
in order to apsimilate the law, would be a simple enactment repealing the existing Acts of Vancouver Island on the subject.
Ordered.that the Report be received, and do lie on the table.
The Hon. the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, from the Select Committee appointed to .draw up a Land Bill, brought in a Report.
Ordered that the same be received, printed, and considered on Thursday next.
Theii^on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Ti-utch, the Council adjourned till 3 o'clock
My p.m., to-morrow.
Wednesday, the 20th day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock,.^pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Ball,Crease, Trutch, Wood, O'Reilly, Hamley,
Sanders, Franklyn, Cox, Brew, Pemberton, Southgate, Robson, DeCosmos,
Helmcken, Macdonald, Walkem, Smith. • 30° VICTORIA.
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53
The Minutes of the previous'Meeting were read over and continued.
The Hon. Mr; Robson gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Smith gave notice of 2 motions.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, the Hon. Mr.
DeCosmos seconding, and it was
Resolved, That an address be presented to His Excellency the Governor,
praying that the sum of $8', 000 be granted for the purpose of liquidating the
debt of the Royal Hospital, such debts having been incurred upon the belief
that the sum would as usual have been paid by the Government of Vancouver
Island.
Robson moved, the Hon.
Mr.
Pursuant to the Order of the day; the Hon. Mr.
Helmcken seconding,
That a respe9t^ul address be presented to His Excellency the Governor, recommending that a premium of $5,000 be offered for the first Quartz Crushing
Mill erected and put into operation in the Shuswap country, capable of crushing twenty-five tons of Quartz in twenty-four hours.
On the question being'put the Council divided.
Ayes 6, Noes 9.
Four Hon. Members not having, voted'they vfere counted in the aifirm&tiv^
so the division was counted as follows:
Ayes 10, Noes 9.
So the motion was carried and Resolved accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. the Attorney General asked leave to
bring in Vancouver Island Road Bill.
Ordered that leave be granted and that the Bill be now read firdt time.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered to be read second time on Friday next.
PursiJMit to the Order of the day, the Legal Professions Bffi was read second time.
Ordered to be committed on Friday next.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of the
whole on the Currency Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. B^3$, Chairman
of the Committee, reported the Bill complete.
Ordered that the said Bill be now read thilrd time.
Bill read third time accordingly, and it was Rfe'solved that tiffs Bill do pass
and its'Mtle be the "Currency Ordinance, 1867."
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of Ways
and Means.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. B%}}, Chairman
of the Committee, handed in for adoption a Schedule for the Harbour Dues
Bill, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that the Report of the Committee be adopted, and that leave be
granted to sit again on Friday.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of the
whole on the Harbour Dues Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Ball, Chairman
of the Committee, reported the Bill complete.
On the question of the adoption of the Report of the Committee being put^o
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, in amendment, that the Bill be recommitted.
On the amendment being put the Council divided.
Ayes 7, Noes 11.
So the amendment was lost, and it3was Ordered that the Report of the Committee be adopted, "and the Bui read third time to-morrow.
On the motion of the Hon. the Attorney General,
Ordered, that the Standing-Orders be suspended to enable the Hon. Member
to introduce two Bills.
Standing-Orders having been suspended accordingly, the Hon. Member introduced top Pilotage Bill, and the Harbour Regulations Bill.
Ordered that the said Bills be read first time at once.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered that the said Bills be read second time on Friday- 21st MARCH.
1867
The Hon. the Attorney General, from the Select Committee appointed to revise the
Victoria Incorporation Bill, brought up an amended Bill.
Ordered that the same be considered in Committee of the whol e on Friday next
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson, the Council adjourned till 3 p.m.,
to-morrow.
Thursday, the 21st day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hons. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, O'Reilly, Cox,
Hamley, Brew, Franklyn, Ball, Walkem, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken,
Pemberton, Robson, Smith, Macdonald.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. the Attorney General gave notice of 2 motions.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Robson moved, the Hon. Mr. Ball
seconding, and it was Resolved,
That a respectful address be presented to His Excellency the Governor,
praying that the sum of $1,370-15 be granted out of the General Revenue of
the Colony for the purpose of liquidating the debts of the Royal Columbia
Hospital.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Smith moved, the Hon. Mr. Robson
seconding,
That an address be presented to His Excellency the Governor praying that
Barley imported into the Colony for brewing purposes may be allowed to come
in duty free.
On the question being put the Council divided.
Ayes 4, Noes 13.
So the Resolution was lost.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. the Solicitor General asked leave to in-
' ga&' troduce Exchequer Debenture Bill.
Ordered that leave be granted, and that the said Bill be now read first time.
Read first time accordingly.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Helmcken, Ordered that the said.Bill be referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of the Harbour Dues Bill,
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved that the said Bill be now recommitted.
On the question being put whether the Standing Orders be suspended, the
Council divided.
Ayes 3, Noes 14.
So the amendment was lost, and it was Ordered that the Bill be now read
third time.
Bill read third time accordingly, and it Was Resolved that this Bill do pass
and that its title be the "Shipping Ordinance, 1867."
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Mortgages Bill,
On the motion of the Hon. the Attorney General,
Ordered that the same be postponed till Monday.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Victoria Real Estate Tax Repeal Bill,
The Hon. Mr. DeCosmos moved, the Hon. Mr. Walkem seconding, the following Resolution:
That the second reading of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Tax Repeal
Bill, 1867, be postponed until the purchasers of Lands at Tax Sales, under the
"Real Estate Tax Amendment Act, 1862," shall have had due and ample notice
of the provisions of the said Bill; and that a respectful address be presented to
His Excellency the Governor asking that the provisions of the said Bill, in substance so far as they may concern the purchasers of Land at Tax Sales, be telegraphed to Victoria and published in both the daily papers for one week, with 30° Victoria.
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55
a request that all purchasers of Lands at such Sales may represent to the Government whether the said provisions of the said Bill meet with their concurrence, and if not to forward forthwith their objections to the same; and that
His Excellency be further asked to lay before the Council a Return of the numbers of the Lots or Parcels of Land sold at Tax Sales and still unredeemed
from the purchasers, the names of the delinquent tax-payers of the same, and
the names of the purchasers of the said unredeemed Lots, together with the respective sums paid by such purchasers in respect of said unredeemed Lots.
On the amendment being put, a debate arose which having terminated the
Council divided.
Ayes 3, Noes 14.
So the amendment was lost and the original question having been put and
carried, the Bill was read the second time.
Ordered to be committed on Wednesday next.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Report of the Select Committee appointed to
enquire into the Land Laws was read aloud by the Clerk as follows:
Your Select Committee appointed to enquire first what system should be
adopted in the general disposal of the Crown Lands of the Colony as most conducive to its interests, and secondly to enquire into the respective merits of the
measures on the subject introduced and now before the Council, have the honor
to report:
That in their opinion the fee simple of the Crown Lands of the Colony should
as soon as possible be vested in its Legislature, with a view to the adoption of
a system of free grants to intending settlers. To such a disposition, the assent
of Her Majesty's Government is under the present law an absolute necessity,
entailing a delay which, for obvious reasons, places the Colony at a great dis-.
advantage. In arriving at such a conclusion, your Committee believe that the
system, if adopted, will not only tend to attract a settled population, but will
invite the investment of capital, which our law at present has an inclination
rather to forbid than to encourage.     _
That our large tracts of agricultural land are rich in fertility is beyond all
doubt, but with lands equally fertile in the adjoining Republic,* some further
inducement than is offered by nature ought, in the shape of free grants, to be
presented to the vast tide of immigration annually flowing to the shores of this
continent.
The adoption of such a principle is not the less desirable from another point
of view. The construction, which the contemplated Confederation may hasten,
of a highway, followed by a no less possible line of Railway, across the continent
through British Territory, has already occupied the attention of this as well as
of the Eastern Section of British North America. The successful termination of
such an enterprise is too obviously calculated to advance the material prosperity
of the Colony to need comment.
The Government should therefore be at once placed in a position which
will enable it to foster the settlement of our lands and facilitate undertakings,
of such moment to the Colony.
Your Committee therefore recommend that a respectful address be presented
to His Excellency the Governor, with a view to the attainment of objects so
desirable-
Pending the consent of the Home Government, your Committee do not con-
sider it advisable to ma,ke any radical change in the Land system now in force
in this Colony, but, having carefully reconstructed the "Land Ordinance, 1865,"
and made certain amendments thereto, which will in their opinion render it
more complete in practice, and form a clearer guide to intending Pre-emptors,
they recommend this amended Bill for the adoption of the Council.
(Signed),       J. W. Trutch, Chairman..
Ordered that the said Bill be now read first time.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered to be read second time on Monday next.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson, the Council adjourned till 3 o'clock
p.m., to-morrow.
Friday, the 22nd day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Ball,Crease, Trutch, Wood, Hamley, Sanders,
Frauklyn, Brew, Pemberton, Southgate, Robson, DeCosmos, Macdonald,
Helmcken, Stamp, Walkem, Young, Barnard. 22ffD MARCH,
1863*
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read.
On the question of their confirmation being put, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken handed in
the annexed protest in reference to the third reading of the Shipping Ordinance:
We, the undersigned elected Members of the Legislative Council, desire to
place on record our protest against the 5th Section of a Bill entitled ''An Ordi-
nance.respectiug Harbour and Tonnage Dues,.and to regulate the Licenses on
d«r "the Vessels engaged in the Coasting and Inland Navigation trade.
Sec "V. It shall be lawful for the Governor in Council at any time or times,
should special circumstances make the granting of such privileges in his opinion
desirable, hereafter to license and authorize any Foreign Bottoms to engage in
the Coasting Trade or Inland Navigation of British Columbia."
1. Because we believe such Section to be contrary to Imperial Statute;
2. Because, whilst it is the policy of the Government to encourage the various
industries of the Country, this Clause will have exactly the contrary effect upon
-the Shipping'ifiterest;
3. Because the very existence of such a Section is calculated to destroy confidence, and to interfere with and even prevent the investment of capital in
either the building or owning of Colonial Vessels;
4. Because, whilst it tends to depress the legitimate business of the British
Colonist, it is calculated to raise the expectations of the Americans;
5. Because it may be the means of diverting the Commerce of the Country,
and of encouraging the growth of Commercial Towns in the neighbouring
American Territory, to the great detriment of the Commercial City of the
Colony.
J. S. Helmcken, Victoria, (elected),
W. J. Macdonald, Mayor of Victoria, (nominated),
Edwd. Stamp, Lillooet, (elected),
J. D. Pemberton, District No. 2, (elected),
A. DeCosmos, Victoria, (elected).
The Minutes were thehconfirmed.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No. 34. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor has received the Resolution of the Legislative Council, dated
the 18th instant, in favor of the admission of British Columbia with the proposed Confederation of the Eastern British Colonies of North America.
He will place himself in communication on the subject with the Secretary of
State, with Viscount Monck, Governor of Canada, and with Sir Edmund Head,
Governor of the Hudson Bay Company,
Government House,
22nd March, 1867.
TRe Hon. the Attorney General gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken gave notice of motion'?':^
The Hon. Mr. DeCosmos gave notice of motion;
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. the Attorney General asked leave to
bring in The Harewood Railway Extension Bill. .
Ordered that leave be granted, and that the Bill be now read first time.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered to be read second time on Monday next.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. the Attorney General asked leave to
bring in Excise Bill.
Ordered that leave be granted, and that the Bill be now read first time.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered to be referred to the Committee of Ways ahd Means.
On the Order of the day being read for the motion standing in the Hon. Mr. Smith's
name,
Ordered that the same be postponed till Monday.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the adjourned consideration of the Hon Mr
Stamp's motion, in regard to the drawback of duties on articles used by certain
Saw Mills, was resumed.
The Hon. Mr. Stamp asked leave to withdraw his original motion.
Orderea^ihat leave be granted.
..J^b^fin^withdrawn aoeordMgly.
On the amendment of the Hon. M^v Helmcken being-put the Coun^I#^ed. SOf.VICTORLE.
23rd.MARCH.
Ayes 13, Noes 5.
So it was Resolved, <{.&i
That His Excellency be recommended to grant a sum not exceeding fifty
cents per thousand feet upon all sawn lumhser exported from the Colony.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Roads (V. I.)Bill,
Ordered that the same be postponed until Monday.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of the whole
on the Legal Professions Bill. ,h\
On the. Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Ball, Chairman
of the Committee, reported the Bill complete^with some amendments.
Ordered that the said Bill be read third time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of Ways
and Means.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Ball, Chairman
of the Committee, handed in the Exchequer Debenture Bill, with the recommendation that it be read second time, and asked leave ifp .sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted, and that the Billbe read second time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again info Comiriitte'e of the
Whole on the Victoria Incorporation Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hdn. Mr. Ball, Chairman
of the Committee, reported progress and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for to-morrow.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Helmcken, the Council adjourned till 11 a.m.,
to-morrow.
Saturday, the 23rd day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 11 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Young, Wood, Sanders, Southgate, Robson, Helmcken, Franklyn, DeCosmos, Macdonald, Ball.
.il^lkThe Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.   ^Q,
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of thp! whole
on the Victoria Incorporation Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Ball, Chairman
of the Committee, reported considerable progress made with the Bill, and
asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for Monday.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No. 35. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor acquaints the Legislative Council that he has assented, in Her
Majesty's name, to the Bills entitled respectively:
An Ordinance to assimilate and amend the Laws relating to Licenses and
direct Taxes on Persons;
An Ordinance to assimilate the Law exempting the Homestead and other
property from forced seizure and sale in certain cases in all parts of the 0dlony
of British Columbia*.J. ~^?
Government House,
23rd March, 1867.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Legal Professions Bill was read third time,
and it was Resolved that this Bill do pass and its title be the "Legal Practitioners
|   Ordinance, 1867."       -ijf9M
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Exchequer Debenture Bill Was read second
time.
Ordered to be committed on Monday.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Helmcken, the Council adjourned till 2 o'clock,
p.m., on Monday. I
251h MA&CW
1867
Monday, the 25th day of March, 1867. Jg*
vjiif ^oib-'Oozd- foh^intfa m ; c>-
. The Council met at 2 o'clock, pxfrsuant to adjournment.
.Itfge$Eofr. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Hamley, Brew, Wood, Young,
Zanders, BaJ^iGtox, Frain£lyn, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Robson, Smith,
Barnard, O'Reilly, Macdonald.
■;"J!il
nfit^f
The Mi^e,§! of the previous Meeting were read and confirmed.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Smith moved, the Hon. Mr. Bar-
-magcUsecoijding,
That this Council recommend to His^Excellency the Governor the necessity
nfll^ppointing Ju^tjgees of the Peace in the different districts throughout the m-
-mo terior of the Colony. ]
Also that some+person be empowered at Seymour and Kamloops, or Sayana s
7/0Ts6ger#> to iss^e^ipgng Certi^eajtes and Record Mining Claims, with a view to
the better convenience of the Miners engaged in these districts.
I €>n the quistitsri being put the Council divided.
Ayes 6, Noes 11.
ietfta a inquest being made to that effect, the names were taken down by the
Clerk as follows^
Ayes. Noes.
Messrs. Barnard,   ' Messrs. Ball,
K^p. bs     Smithes ;H(35iBeasep,
DeCosmos, Young, .
Helmcken, Trutch,
Southgate, Franklyn,
Robson, tijflahders,
O'Reilly,
Brew,
i^\        Hamley,
Wood,
Cox.
The Hon. Mr. Macdonald not having voted, his vote was counted in the
~" ^affirmative. ..do-ii
So the vote was-taken Ayes 7, Noes 11, and'the Resolution was lost.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, the Hon. Mr.
sjc, Macdonald seconding,
That an address be presented to His Excellency the Governor praying that
fj^jjj^d^Wfback of n$t exceeding $2.50 a hogshead be granted upon all Malt Liquors
> :qajgnu|^uj}ed in the Colony exported, or for'the use of Her Majesty's Navy.
The Hon. Mr. Young moved that the words "until Sf&t December, 1867" be
added.
The Amendment having been put, the Resolution as amended was then put
.aj^o^S'ied, and it was Resolved accordingly.
■Pn?^Mit %> the Order of the day, the Hon. the Attorney General asked leave to
loH ferifig in the Ports of Enjry Bil,l.e7,
Ordered that leave be grante^and that the Bill be now read first time.
baa a9sI&to%§L£rst time accordingly.
Ordered to be read the second time to-morrow.
radio h: hbci: Hiq
'^jfgnpnt tq^e Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. jSouthgate asked leave to bring in
a Bill extending the County Courts Act of Bmilh Columbia to Vancouver
Island, in order to facilitate the collection of small debts at Nahiiffifo'j l
Whereupon a debate arose, during which a'«^
A Message from Hig Excellency the Governor was^read as follows:
'Message No 36. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor acquaints the Legislative Council that he has assented, in Her
j&fl     Majesty's name, to the Bills entitled respectively:
An Ordinance to declare the application of the existing Laws of Customs.
An^Ordinance to amend the Duties of Customs.
He has seen with satisfaction the passage of an Ordinance to remove any
t;.;V.[$l0ubt w^kmightjhave been entertained af^to the legality of the past collection of duties on the Mainland, on Goods imported without previous pafnieht
of duties from Vancouver Island. 30° VICTORIA.
261H MARCH.
59
: Now, however, on consenting to the new Gftstoms Law the Governor has
given instructions that no further Customs duties be levied on Goods orTppmt
modifies transferred from one portion of the Colony to another.
GovTrrnmk^it lBb4&s& 'l
"I mmMrU, 1867.
The Hon. Mr. Young then moved the following amendment to the Hon. Mr. Southr
•'jgg^'s motion:
That His Excellency the Governor be respectfully requested to make provision fofethe establishment of a District Court for the Ocflleolfion of small ttebta
at N$nta>fho.
The amendment was then put and carried.
On the Order of the day being read for the adjourned Committee of' waVictoria
Incorporation Bill,        g .,
, ^Ordered that the same be postponed till to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Cc&mittee of the
whole on the Exchequer Debenture Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. ffoU, Chairman
of the Committee, reported the Bill complete.
Ordered to be read third time to-morrow.
,wei -3>-- .sdnislvi. si       Hui-Btl &~J&Q ~-.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of Ways
^   and Means.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Ball, Chairman
of the Committee, handed in the Excise Bill, which had been amended? for thS
adoption of the Council, and recommended that the said Bill be now reafl>second
time.
Ordered that-the Report be adopted and the Bill read second time.
Read second time accordingly.
Ordered to be committed later in the day.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Harewood Railway Extension Bill was read
,i&<«£c8f!|l£fejme.
Ordered to be committed on Thursday.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Pilotage and Land
Bills,
Ordered that the same be postponed till to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day the Harbour Regulations»Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be commixed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Cox, Chairman
of the Committee, reported the Bill complete with slight alterations.
Ordered that the said Bill be read third time to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Mortgages and
Vancouver Road Bills,
Ordered that the same be postponed till to-morrow.
According to Order, the Council went again into Committee of the whole on the
Excise Bill.
^?Oh the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, Chairman of the Committee, reported the Bill complete with slight amendment.
Ordered to be read third time to-mdrrow.
Then, on the motibn of the Hon. Mr. Smith, the Council adjourned till 2 o'clock,
p.m., to-morbow.
'■. >     * ..: t- " '_» l~-«1} X,
Tuesday, the 26th day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 2 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hons. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, O'Reilly, Cox,
Hamley, Brew, Franklyn, Ball, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Sanders,
Robson, Smith, Macdonald. 27th MARCH.
186:.
The Minutes of the,previous Meeting were read over and* confirmed.
*fh% Hon. Mr. Robson gave notice of motion.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Harbour Regulations Bill was read third
time, and it was Resolved that this Bill do now pass, and its title be the "Harbour Regulations Ordinance, 1867."
l*ta&t?Ko"the Order of the day, the Excise Bill was read third time, and it was
Resolved that this Bill do pass, and its title be the "Excise Ordinance, 1867."
Puraulint to the Order of the day, the Debenture Bill was read third time, and it
was Resolved that this Bill do pass, and its title be the "Exchequer Debenture
Ordinance, 1867."
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of the
0^noWovL the V^7?ti8ri&. Incorporation Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Franklyn, Chairman of the Committee, reported the Bill to have been considerably amended
and to be now complete.
Ordered to be read third time on Friday next.
Purs'tiftilPto the Order of the day, the Pilotage Bill was read second time.
Ordered that the same be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole on the said Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Brew, Chair-
s^ft \mira of the Committee, reported the Bill complete with slight amendment.
Ordered., that the^eport.be adopted and the Bill read third time to-mOr*ow.
Btirsuant to the Order of the day, the Land Bill was read second time. )
Ordered that the same be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Cox, Chairman
of the Committee, reported that slight progress had been made with the Bill,
and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that the Report be adopted, and leave granted to sit again to-morrow,
bso'. I 'noiactoixE
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Helmcken, the Council adjourned till 1 p.m.,
to-morrow.
bins egfiioii
Wednesday, the 27th day of March, 1867.
.Bffftl
j
.9ffi#bThe Co.ujQicil met at 1 Ojclock, pursuant:to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
S&£8fj&1;?—T^e^Hon. Messrs. Birch, Ball,Crease, Trutch, Wood, Hamley, Sanders,
Frankjpi, 5$ew, Southgate, Robson, DeCosmos, Macdonald, Helmcken,
Young/Barnard, Cox, O'Reilly, Smith.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
U1ZJ» B9ii»;5J Iv*l/i. v/i^J AO.  „ i* l t/„" * 3 ■ 11    f j{ i
The Hon. Air. Wood, from the Select Committee appointed to enquire into the
Medical Bill, brought up a Report, which was read aloud by the Clerk as follows:
Your Committee report that they have prepared a draft Bill wdiich however
has ndtdxeen unanimously agreed to.
The point in doubt which is left for debate with the Legislative Council, is
-■nad whether a regfeter should be made of all Licentiates in Medicine and Surgery
possessing a diploma from any existing school, British and Foreign, without regard to the amount of study exacted before grant of a licence, or whether it
should be confined to those who have graduated in a school requiring a sub-
,» oigtaritial course of study extending over a period of three or four years.
The majority of your Committee have drafted a Bill for the registration of
all persons possessing a diploma of whatever sort it be, believing that such a
measure is sufficient tp protect the public against totally unauthorized practitioners, and it is suitable to the present condition of the Colony, leaving it for
the Honorable the Legislative Council to adopt amendments if they please, or
to leave the matter open for more perfect legislation at some future period when
a School of Medicine can be established in the Colony.
Ortaadthat tne %Pot be adopted, and the Bill now read second tin^e.
Read second time accordingly.
Orcjeped to beeommyt^ed to-morrow.
F'mta&t to the Order ofthe day, the Council' went again into Committee of the
whole on the Land Bill. .      r ^&nV 30° VICTORIA.
27th MARCH.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Cox, Chairman of the
the Committee, reported progress and asked leave to sit again presently.
Ordered that leave be granted.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows-:
Message No. 37'. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor lays before the Legislative Council, for their information, certain Petitions addressed to him requesting that Victoria may be made, according
Ikw isome of these papers, the Capital, according to others the Seat of Government of the United Colony.*
It is in no cavilling spirit that he points out that those first alluded to appear
to have been signed under a false impression. There is no intention of erecting
"Public Officesl&'New Westminster during thepresent condition of the Colonial
^finances. The Government Officers do not complain of the accommodation
afforded to them}, ^n>d, if economy be alone considered, the retention of the Seat
of Government on the banks of the Fraser is to be preferred, inasmuch as a
considerable outlay would be required to make the Goveirobte'ht House at
Victoria permanently habitable.
It is a master of sincere regret to the Governor that this vast/.and thinly
peopled territory should, in the early stageibf its political eMstence, havefbeen
divided into two separate Colonies, and that two, necessarily rival, towns should
have been founded in comparatively close proximity. His labours would now
be lighter, and the Colony more prosperous, had the spare resources of $ke inhabitants been concentrated in the erection of one town of magnitude, of suffi-
cient importance and attraction to retain during- the winter the greater part of
the uhattached population of the Colony. He would not care if the siteitSr the
Capital had been fixed where Victoria now stands, or on the Bay of ^quimalt,
or at New Westminster. Nor could he, if the matter had been clearly understood by all, have objected to one scale of taxation being fixed, favorable to
commerce, upon those who elected to live in the chief town or within a certain
radius of it, and another upon those who took to other occupations in outlying
districts. But it is not iii order to express regret over the past that'the Governor
now. comments on,the Petitions he forwards.
^New Westminster was by Proclamation, havingthe force of Law, created the
"Capital" of British Columbia. Her Majesty was invited to name the young
city and bestowed upon it the name it now bears. Though styled Capital it
would not appear to have been^the Seat ot GoVerhm&nt, and thfe affairs of the
MJ^inland.were directed &om the chi^ef town(of the neighbouring insular Colonjt.
Dissatimcuon, whether general or local, the Governor is not in a position to say,
ensued, and Her Majesty was advised to separate the administration of the Government of British Columbia from that of Vancouver Island.
. On his acceptance of office in this Colony the present Governor was instructed to use all means in his power to bring about an entire Union of the two
Colonies, which the Secretary of State had reluctantly advised the Queen to
disconnect. His Grace,stated that it was the intention of the Government that
New Westminster should be the Seat of Government of the Colony if a fusion
could be obtained, although he believed that Victoria w.qiild always retain her commercial supremacy. The Legislature of the Mainland1 was accordingly called upon
to provifeahouseirsuilably furnished for the,residence of the Governor, while no
such-provision was required from Vancouver Island.
On his arrival in the Colony the Governor found the sum of £10,000 voted
for the erection of Public Buildings.in New Westminster, but, with the cheerful concurrence of the Public Officers interested, he declined to lay out the
money in that manner, choosing^ather, in the general interest, to devote it ip
the lowering, by improvements in con^munication, the price of commodities in
the Gold Districts.
The desire for Union, the Governor looked for, grew and matured in a section
of the present Colony, until the Imperial Legislature considered the time had
arrived for carrying into effect a policy Her Majesty's Government had steadily
kept in view. Then- British interests on the shores of the North Pacific* i^ere
cm^phqatjsd by Act of Pju'hament.
"The Governor understands/, that, during the passage of the-Act, it was stated
in both Houses of Parliament that New Westminster should be the Sejt of the
General Government. An influential Member of the Government informed
•h\m a few days before his departure from England—"I do not tMnk it necej-
"sary that the Secretary of State should give you instructions as to the Seat of
"Government. It is linderstood that New Westminster shouM be tMjCapital,
"and that you should visit Victoria when you think necessary.' But if you wish
"for definite orders, yo'u will do best to ask forthem in a formal letter to the 27tH MARCH:
1867
"Secretarv of State."    The Governor has no doubt that such an application
£5
t
would have resulted in a Royal decision in favour of Now-Westminster, and
and he may state that it was on his intercession alone, that the order to sell the
Government House, at Victoria, was withheld.
He is of opinion that the question as to the future Seat of Government and
of the assembling of the Legislature had better, ultimately, be decided on local
> yeebmmendktion. He would, however, not desire that the interests of New
Westminster should be prejudiced, by his regard for the general interests of the
Colony having been superior to that he felt for the comfort of himself and Public
Officers. Nor, on the other hand, would he wish any undue consideration to be
given in favour of Victoria, on account of a large outlay having been made on
a Governor's residence, at a time when Vancouver Island could ill afford it.
He would take no advantage of the fact of one section of the Colony having
asked for unconditional Union, while the other stood aloof, nor would he maintain that any Proclamation, though having the force of Law, may not be repealed whe'n-the community reaches a more advanced state of population and
- mode of Government, but, for the present, he will leave matters as they are. He
will watch, without preference or prejudice, over the general interests of the
Colony as they mSy develop themselves in the uncertain future, and will he
prepared to act upon his own judgment in the advice, if any, which he may lay
before Her Majesty's Ministers.
He trusts that no immediate action may be urged upon him. He feels
deeply the injury the Colony has sustained from political agitation, and now
states plainly that should he find it necessary to set the present question at rest,
he will humbly recommend to the Queen that he and his Successors in office
be commanded to reside permanently in thepresent Capital of the Colony.
^'.Government House,
27th March, 1867.
Ordered to be printed for the use of Members.
According to Order the Council went again into Committeee of the whole on the
Land Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Cox, Chairman
ot the Committee, reported considerable progress made with the Bill and asked
leave to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for to-morrow.
On the Order of the day beinaj read for the third reading of the Pilotage Bill,
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Southgate,
Ordered that the same be recommitted at once.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon.'Mr. Ball, Chairman
of the Committee, reported that a new clause had been added, and that the Bill
was now complete.
Ordered that the Report be adopted and the Bill read third time at once.
Bill read third time accordingly, and it was Resolved that this Bill do pass,
and that its title be "The Pilotage Ordinance, 1867."
On the motion  of   the  Hon. Mr.  Helmcken, tbe  Standing  Orders  were  suspended in order to enable the Hon. Member to place a notice of motion on the
'.Order Book for to-morrow.
The Hon. Member then gave notice of motion.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Robson moved the first reading of
the Limitation of Foreign Suits Bill.
Ordered accordingly.
Bill read first time.
Ordered to be read the second time to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos' motion for a Committee of the whole on the subject of the Settlement of the Crown Lands
The Hon. Member moved that the same be considered to-morrow.
Ordered accordingly.
On the Order of the day being read for the Committal of the Victoria Real Estate
Tax Repeal Bill,
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Young,
Resolved, That the Committee of the whole on this Bill be instructed to divide the same into two parts, one for the repeal of the Tax. and the other dealing with the other matter contained in the Bill. 80° fVTCTORLE.
29th MARGH.
68
The Council then went rato Committee of the whole on the said Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Franklyn, Chairman of the Committee, reported the Bill repealing 'the Tax to be comjiuete}
and asked leave to sit again. :*■<>*   sbcJ&fj
Ordered that leave be granted for to-morrow, and that the Bill be read third
time tormorrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day the Ports of Entry Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly. j n(j
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, (^airman of the Committee, reported the Bill complete without amendment.
Ordered to be read third time to-morrow.
Then, on the motion of the Eton. Mr. Crease, the Council adjourned till 2 o'clock,
p.m., to-morrow.
:   .'-\y%:d
Thursday, the 28th day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 2 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hons. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, O'Reilly, Cox,.
Hamley, Brew, Franklyn, Ball, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Sanders,.
Robson, Smith, Macdonald, Walkem, Barnard, Pemberton, Stamp.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed
The Hon. Mr. Franklyn gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Pemberton gave notice of motion.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Ports of Entry Bill was read third rime, and
it was Resolved that this Bill • do pass, and its title be "The Ports of Entry
Ordinance, 1867."
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of the
whole on the Land Bill. *
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Cox, Chairman
of the Committee, reported the Bill complete with slight amendment.
Ordered that the Report be adopted, and the Bill read third time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of the whole
od the Harewood Railway Extension Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Ball, Chairman
of the Committee, reported the Bill complete with slight amendment
Ordered that the report be adopted and the Bill read third time to-morrow.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Mortgages Bill was read second time.
Ordered that the same be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole on the said Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, Chairman of the Committee, reported progress and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that the Report be adopted and leave granted to sit again to-morrow-
On the Order of the day being read for the committal of the Medical Bill,
Ordered that the same be postponed till Saturday.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Limitation of
Suits Bill, a debate commenced, during which,
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Walkem, the Council adjourned till 10 a.m^
to-morrow.
ut[
Friday, the 29th day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 10 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, Hamley, Brew,
Cox, Ball, O'Reilly, Sanders, Franklyn, Pemberton, Southgate, DeCosmos,
Stamp, Walkem, Helmcken, Macdonald, Robson, Barnard. 29th MARCH,
•1867
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
On. the motion of the Hon. the Attorney Getnfiaal, the Standing Orders were suspended to enable the Hon. Member to introduce a Bill.
The Hon. Member introduced the Aliens Bill.
Ordered that the said Bill be now read first time.
Read first time accordingly. '"^3
Ordered to be re&d second time to-morrpW'
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of thB Victoria InCorpora-
fc"H.bn BiHJr'Q'•'l»
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved that the consideration of the Governor's
Message be taken first.
On the question being put the Council, divided.     Jj io uT
Ayes 7, Noes 6. .wo^sJIS
So it was Resolved in the affirmative and Ordered accordingly.
wm
The consideration of HislExcenerfcy s message, No^ 37,'heing before the Council,
The Hon. Mr. Helmcken moved, the Hon. Mr. Macdonald seconding,
This Council having taken into consideration His Excellency the Governor's
Message^No. 37, relating to t|fe Seat of Government, as well as the numerous
and numerously signed Petitions, from all parts of the Country, praying that
,xoO"V(t,tbri&Ghay be'made the Seat of Government,
Resolved, That were the Seat of Government at Victoria it would be consonant with the desire of the public, advantageous to the Administration, conducive to the best interests of the Country, and diminish the cost of Government.
That, without wishiug/to embarrass the Executive in any way, the Council
would urge that such steps may be taken as may to His Excellency seem best
toward carrying out the desire of the Petitioners.
That His Excellency the Governor be humbly solicited to cause the next
bws Session of the Legislative Council to be holden at Victorisfc-jO $£
Y'l+j
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mi
Whereupon a debate arose, and ori-rae termination of the same^ the question
being put, the Council divided.
Ayes :1S, Noes 8.  .;g|| ^q
On a request being made to that effect, the names were taken down by the
Clerk.as follows: a'l'i otli nO
]tfoeSt      irfe^D;od.tlo
Messrs." B^ll,
Crease, ^imis*!-
Ayes.
Messrs. Pemberto$,i
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Helmcken,
Southgate,
Wood,
Cox,
Sanders,
O'Reilly,
Young,
Trutch,
Macdonald,
Walkem,
StamjC/!,
At £ Ham] ey,  j**. •,
Barnard,
Smith,
■  • Robson.
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So it was carried in the affirmative and Resolved accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Harewood Railway Extension Bill was read
third time, and it was Resolved that this Bill do pass and its title be the "Hare-
, wood Colliery Company's Railway Extension Ordinance, 1867."
.      jtt&e»fn£
On-thlelOrder of the day being read for the tMrd reading of the Victoria Incorporation Bill, .WOT o"
Ordered that the same be postponed till Mondays-
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Reaf'lEsfaie Replal Bill was read third
time and it was Resolved that this Bill do now pass, and its title be "The Real
Estate Tax Repeal Ordinance, 1867."
On the Order oEthe day being read for the' M&¥ea&ng of the Land jBi11[T
Ordered that the same be deferred till Monday.
The to-m(nowm0ii°n °f thC H°D' Mr' Y°UUS' the Council adJ°urned till 11 a.m., 30° VICTORIA.
30th-MARCH.
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Saturday, the 30th day of March, 1867.
The Council met at 11 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Wood, Young, Sanders, Cox,
Brew, O'Reilly, Southgate, Robson, DeCosmos' Macdonald, Helmcken, Smith,
Pemberton, Walkem, Stamp.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Order of the day being read for the motion of the Hon. Mr. Franklyn,
Ordered to be deferred till Monday.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into Committee of the whole
on the Medical Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Sanders, Chairman of the Committee, reported the Bill complete with amendments.
Ordered that the Report be adopted and the Bill read third time on Monday.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No. 38. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor acquaints the Legislative Council, that he has assented, in
Her Majesty's name, to a Bill entitled "An Ordinance to authorize the issue
of Debentures for short temporary Loans."
Government House,
30th March, 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No 39. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor lays before the Legislative Council a Bill entitled "An Ordinance to amend and assimilate the procedure of the County Courts in all parts
of the Colony of British Columbia."
Government House,
30th March, 1867.
Ordered that the said Bill be now read first time.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered that the Standing Orders be suspended to enable the Bill to be read
second time at once.
Bill read second time accordingly.
Ordered to be committed on Monday.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Alien Bill,
Ordered to be postponed till Monday.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into adjourned Committee on
the Mortgages Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Cox, Chairman
of the Committee, reported progress and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered that leave be granted for Monday.
The Hon. Mr. Pemberton, pursuant to the Order of the day, asked the Collector of
Customs whether he is informed that the Active has been recently carrying
freight or passengers for hire between Victoria and New Westminster, and if
so, whether he has given any permission in the matter?
The Hon. the Collector of Customs replied.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Limitation of Foreign Actions Bill was read
second time.
Ordered that the same be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, Chairman of the Committee, reported the Bill complete with certain amendments.
Ordered that the Report be adopted, and the Bill read third time on Monday.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor was read as follows:
Message No 40. FREDERICK SEYMOUR.
At the request of the Legislative Council, the Governor forwards a Return
shewing the particulars of the Public Debt of Vancouver Island and the Mainland at the time of Union, exclusive of current liabilities.*
Government House,
30th March, 1867.
Ordered to be printed.
* Sessional Papers, No. 16. 30th MARCH.
1867
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Land Bill was read third time, and it was
Resolved that this Bill do pass, and its title be the "Land Ordinance, 1867."
On the Order of the day being read for the motion set opposite the name of the
Hon. Mr. DeCosmos,
The Hon. Member moved that the adjourned debate on the alteration of the
Constitution standing as an Order of the day be taken first, the Council
divided.
Ayes 5, Noes 13.
So the amendment was lost.
Ordered that the Order of the day be taken in regular rotation.
The Council accordingly went into Committee of the whole on the subject of
the Settlement of the Crown Lands.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Brew, Chairman of the Committee, handed in the following Resolution for the adoption of
the Council:
?1|      Resolved
1. That the Council having had  under consideration the  advisability of
making further provision to foster and
encourage
settlement on the Crown
Lands, respectfully represent to His Excellency the Governor that, in addition
to the advantages offered to settlers by the provisions of the Land Ordinance, and
by the stimulus to agriculture incidental to the operation of the revised Tariff, the
Council would recommend that the Department of Lands and Works, in addition to its ordinary duties, be used as an Immigration Department.
2. That the Colony be divided into Land Districts; that the chief office be
located in the district where the largest body of immigrants and floating population usually arrives, and from whence they distribute themselves throughout
the Colony, or take their departure to other countries; that in' each of the
other districts a sub-office be opened; that the chief office be supplied with
maps of the entire Colony, shewing the lands sold and pre-empted in each
district, the lands open and suitable for pre-emption; that each sub-office be
supplied with similar maps of the district to which it may belong; that the land
or sub-office in each district be supplied with the best information obtainable,
in a compendious printed form, respecting the adaptability of the soil of such
district for agricultural purposes, the localities best suited for immediate settlement, the topography of the district generally, the character of the seasons, and
such other climatic observations as maybe of service to farmers and stock-raisers;
also the nearest and best market for produce, with current or average prices of
produce and stock, the distances to such markets, the probable time occupied
in carrying produce to market, and whether land or water conveyance is required, with the expense of transportation; also the average rate of wages for
farm labourers and other occupations, and the requirements of such districts for
labourers, blacksmiths, wheelrights, artisans, carpenters, or other professions;
and also an abstract of the present condition of agriculture and general industry
in such district.
3. That the annual Returns made by the Sub-Commissioners shall contain
information as to the acreage occupied, cultivated, and open and suitable for
pre-emption in his district; the variety of crops, quantity, and yield annually;
the stock and varieties thereof; the average prices of produce and stock; the
markets, distances, and rate of wages; the condition of industry in general; the
population, distinguishing their respective callings; the annual increase or decrease of population; and such general observations on agriculture and industry, topography, climate, &c, as may be new, or deemed to be of public utility.
4. That such Returns be printed and published for general circulation; that
each sub-office be supplied with the same, and such Returns laid before the
Legislature early in the Session.
5._ That the Chief Commissioner and his agents collect, continually, information as to persons willing to settle on Crown lands, or in want of employment; make himself acquainted with such persons as may have capital
enough to engage in agriculture or other industry, and supply them with information's to the best places to locate, and otherwise assist or induce them to
settle in the country; assist the unemployed in getting employment, and
also organize settlements, with Government aid, from among those persons
who may not possess sufficient capital to engage in agriculture, though otherwise willing to do so.
6. The Council would recommend that in the absence of power to make free
grants of land to bona fide settlers, a bounty be offered to actual settlers, equivalent to the pre-emption price of the land that they may be liable to pay under
the Land Ordinance, and that the payment of such bounty be made to cor
respond to the payment of instalments under Pre-emption Ordinance.
7. The Council would recommend that means be taken, as early as
s possible, 30° VICTORLE.
to induce or assist females, suitable for farmers' wives, to emigrate to the
Colony, the want of this class being much felt.
On the question being put, Ordered that the Report of the Committee be
adopted, and Resolved accordingly.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Helmcken, the Council adjourned till 11 o'clock,
a.m., on Monday.
Monday, the 1st day of April, 1.867
The Council met at 11 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Present,—The Hon. Messrs. Birch, Crease, Trutch, Brew, Wood, Young, O'Reilly,
Sanders, Ball, Cox, Franklyn, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Robson, Stamp,
Walkem, Pemberton, Macdonald.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read and confirmed.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Helmcken, Ordered that the Petitions on the Capital:
question be printed for the use of Members.
The Hon. Mr. Macdonald gave notice of motion.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Franklyn moved, the Hon. Mr..
Southgate seconded, and it was
Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor be respectfully requested to
give directions for the extension of the Swine and Goat Act, of Victoria, V. I.,
to Nanaimo, V. I., the limits of the town to be considered a radius of one mile
from the Court House.
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of the Limitation of Actions
Bill,
And the question being put the Council divided.
Ayes 13, Noes 3.
So the Bill was read the third time, and it was Resolved that this Bill do pass,
and that its title be the "Limitation of Actions Ordinance, 1867."
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Medical Bill was read third time, and it was
Resolved that this Bill do pass and its title be the "Medical Ordinance, 1867."
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went again into Committee of the
whole on the County Courts Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. O'Rielly, Chairman of the Committee, reported the Bill complete with amendments.
Ordered that the Report be adopted, and the Bill read third time to-morrow.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, which being read is as follows:
Message No 41. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor has received the Resolution of the Legislative Council, asking
for Returns shewing how the Public money voted for schools in Vancouver
Island during the past three years has been expended.
He fears it will be difficult to procure these Returns during the present Session of the Council, but should he have prorogued the Council before their
receipt he will direct the Returns sought for to be published in the Government Gazette.
Government House,
30th March, 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No. 42. Frederick Seymour..
The Governor lays before the Legislative Council a Bill authorizing the un-
forseen expenditure for the Mainland portion of the Colony in the year 1866.
It being impossible, at this early date, to lay before the Council fully detailed
accounts of the expenditure of the past year, the Governor states for the information of the Council that the amounts appearing in the Estimates, now submitted, are merely items of account, not of actual expenditure over and above
the amount voted for the service of 1866. The Estimates for that year as passed bythe Legislative Council amounted to $722,004.   Resolutions passed by 1st APRIL.
1867
Frederick Seymour.
the Council, and transmitted to the Officer Administering the Government,
'■■'•added $10,000r- iSkfeii
The total expenditure of the year, as brought to account in the ireastfrer s
books, however only approximated $550,000.
Government House,
rfl-}^ April, 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No. 43.
The Governor acquaints the Legislative Council that he has assented, in Her
Majesty's name, to a Bill entitled "An Ordinance respecting the Legal Professions." '
Government House,
1st April, 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency the Governor, read as follows:
MeMge No. 44. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor consents to the greater portion of the suggestions made by
the Legislative Council in regard to amendments in the Bill entitled "An Ordi-
. nance to assimilate and amend the Law prohibiting the sale or gift of intoxi-
cat^flg liquor to Indians."
He consequently substitutes for Clause XI. sent down by him to the Council
in Message No. 19, the recommendations forwarded to him by the Legislative
Council, and suggests that they form Clauses X, XVI, andXVH of the amended Ordinance, with,the exception in the Clause XL of the words after "provided always" to and including "further," and in the subsequent part of the*|ame
Clause the omission of the words "at the portrjof departure," and the substitution of the "Governor" for the "Officer of Customs."
Government House,
1st April, 1867.
A fmtfher Message from His Excellency, read as follows:
Message No. 45. Frederick Seymour.
The Governor lays before the Legislative Council a Bill entitled "An Ordinance to confirm the. expenditure of the sum of One hundred and thirty-two
thousand six hundred and seventeen dollars and fifty-four cents, for the service
of Vancouver Island for the year 1866."
Government House,
1st April, 1867.
On.the motion of the Hon. Mr. Helmcken, the Council went into Committee of
Supply. j   f .,/:
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, Chairman of the Committee, reported the following Resolution for the adoption of
the Council:
Resolved, That the Council recommend that a Supplementary Supply of
$96,918-11 be voted for the service of the year 1866.
Resolved, That the Council recommend that a Supply of $141,295-15 be
voted for the service of the Colony of Vancouver Island for the year 1866.
Ordered that the Report of the Committee of Supply be adopted.
On the motion of the Hon. the Attorney General, Ordered that the Supplemental
-.Supply Bill be now read first time.
Reallffrst time accordingly;
Ordered that the Standing Orders be suspended in order to allow the Bill to
be read second time forthwith.
Bill read second time accordingly.
Ordered to be committed forthwith.
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingly.
On the Presiding Meiffi>er resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, Chairman Of ±he Committee, reported the Bill complete without amendment.
Ordered that the Report be adopted and the Bill read third time to-morrow.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Young, the Vancouver Island Supply Bill was read
first; feme.
Ordered that the Standing Orders be suspended in order to enable the Bill
to he read second time.
Bill read second time accordingly.
Ordered that the same bo coimmif&dat once. 80® VTCTORLE.
2sra APRIL,
The Councibwent.into Committee of the whole accordingly.
On the Pnej-gding Member resuming the Chair, the.Hon.Jfo. O'Reilly, Chairman of the Committee, rep.orted the Bill complete with amendments.
Ordered that the Report be adopted and the Bill read third time to-morrow.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Ball,, the Council wjent into Committee on the
amendments proposed by His Excellency, in Message No. 44, to the Indian
Liquor Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Ball, Chairman
of the Committee, reported the following Resolution for the adoption of the
Council :
Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor be acquainted that the Council
have agreed to the amendments proposed by His Excellency, in his Message
No. 44, to the Indian Liquor Bill.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Alien Bill was read second time.
Ordered to be committed at once.
The.Council went into Committee of the whole on the said Bill accordingly.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Sanders, Chairman of the Committee, reported the Bill complete with amendments.
Ordered that the Report be adopted and the Bill read thfed time to-moVrow.
Passu ant to the Order of the day, the Council went into adjourned Committee on
the Mortgages Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Franklyn,
Chairman of the Committee, reported the Bill complete with amendments*
Ordered that the Report be adopted and the J&H read third time to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being.read for the. second reading of the V. I. Roads Bill,
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Young,
Ordered that leave be granted to withdraw the same.
Bill withdrawn accordingly.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Victoria Incorporation Bill was read third
time, and it was Resolved that this Bill do pass, and its title be the '.'Victoria
Municipal Ordinance, 1867."
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Robson, it being six o'clock, Ordered that the
Council adjourn till 8 o'clock, p.m.
8 o'clock,, p. m.
On the Council resuming its sitting, pursuant to the Order of the .day, the Council
went into adjourned Committee of the whole on the Real EstateiSale Repeal Bill.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. Sanders, Chairman of the Committee, reported the Bill complete with amendments, subject
to the annexed Resolution proposed for the adoption of the Council.
Ordered that the Report be adopted.
Resolved as follows:
That the Bill be read third time to-morrow, but that thi§ .Council ik of opinion that His -Excellency should be respectfully requested to suspend his assent
to this Oirdinance until he shall have been satisfied, by such means as to him
may seem fit, of the truth of the preamble and the propriety of the Bill shall
have been shewn.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Council went into, adjourned Committee, on,
the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos' motion for altering the Constitution of the Council.
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr, Trutch, 'Chairman of the Committee, reported:
The Council having continued to siftill after 12 o'clock on Tuesday morning^I
that the Committee had come to no conclusion on the subject of altering the
Constitution of the Council.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Young, the Council adjourned till 1 o'clock,
p.m.
Tuesday, the 2nd day of April, 1867.
The Council met at 1 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Hon. the ColaniafSecretSry inrtfts Chair as Presiding MemWF* 2M APRIEi
'A&$
Present —The Hons. Messrs. BirCh, Crease, Trutch, Young, Wood, O'Reilly, Cox,
Hamley, Brew,.Ball, Southgate, DeCosmos, Helmcken, Sanders, Walkem,
Robson,'Smith, Macdonald, Pemberton, Stamp.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Hon. Mr. Macdonald asked the Colonikl
Secretary why the Government require that the Mails from Yale to Soda.Oreek
should be carried during the summer months in a "Stage waggon drawn by
hot less than four horses" while on thMeore of economy they deem it neces-
8arf<to call for fresh tenders, and do they intend to limit the rate of fare by
such waggons? W tr*£t\
The lion, the Colonial Secretary replied.
A Message from His Excellency the Governor, read as follows:
Message No. 46. Fj^sderick Seymour^
The Governor considers that in the present financial condition; of the Colony
the rate of Postage recommended for universal adoption bylthe Council is too
l0VV,s.'ryb . . '   - :: \
He recommends that the following Clause be inserted in lieu of Clause IX.
'^m   in the Postal Ordinance, 1867:
"That every letter deposited in or passing through any Post Office in the
Colony, and not.exceeding half an ounce in weight, there shall be paid a postage-
according to the following scale, that is to say:
"At or between Victoria or any Post Office in Vancouver'Island
' and New Westminster, or any port in the Colony. 5 Cents.
"Between Vancouver Island or New Westminster and Clinton or
Savana's Ferry 12|    "
[ >5fBeyond.those distances 25     "a*J
"Between any two Post Offices above Yale, Hope, and Douglas  ...12|-    "
"And for every additional half ounce, or fraction of half an ounce,
beyond the above weight, there shall be paid on each such letter an
additional postage according to the foregoing rates."
Government House,
2nd April, 1867.
A further Message from His Excellency, as follows:
Message No. 47. Frederick Seymour.'
In  accordance with the desire expressed by the Legislative Council, the
.Governor forwards a Return shewing the expenditure under the head of Education in Vancouver Island, during the years 1864, 1865,1866, respectively.*
'•O&ovevnment House, "*™
' -2nd April, 1867.
-t£^pOrdered to be printed for the use of Members.
Oh the motion of the Hon. Mr. Ball, ,<^dered that the Council do go into Committee of the whole on the amendments.proposed by His Excellency to the Postal
The Council went into Committee of the whole accordingl^jf
On the Presiding Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, Chairman of the Committee, reported the tollowing Resolution for the adoption of
the Council:     ,*:-<.
Resolved, That the Governor be acquainted that the Council have agreed to
the amendments proposed by His Excellency to the Postal Ordinance.
Pu^uant to theJJ)fder of the day,'the County Courts Bill was read third time, and
it was Resolved that this Bill do pass and its title be the "County Courts''Ordinance, 1867."    '
^rananfcrto.. the Order>!©tffthe day, the Vancouver Island Supply Bill was read
i tjbjffidotime, audit wa&dResolved that this Bill do pass, and its title be "An
Ordinance to confirm the Expenditure of the sum of One Huftdfed and Forty
One,ThousfjucLTwo .Hundred anjd.Ninetj7-Five Dolla^sjapd Fiffejai Cents, for
the Service of the Colony of Vancouver Island, for "the Year One Thousand
Eight Hundred and Sixty-Six."
Pursuant to the Order of the day the British Columbia Supplementary Supply Bill
WaS ™a<*tllird tim^jmHiV^^Ms^i^dfeat this FilfaVpass and its title be
"An Ordinance to confirm theJ3JxpenditureJbr the services of the year One
Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-Six. not authorised+in the grant for that
year." - =TB<1
*See Sessional PapeWpNoi'"Tr^ 30° 'VICTORIA.
2MjjAPRTLt
71
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Alien Bill was read the third time, and if was
Resolved that this Bill do pass and its title be the "Aliens' Ordinance, 1867."
Pursuant to the Order of the day, the Mortgages Bill was read third time, and it
was Resolved that this Bill do pass and its title be the "Mortgages Ordinance.
$9.   1867."
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of the Real Estate Tax
°™ Sale Bill,
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Young, Ordered that the same be recommitted.
The Council went into. Committee of the whole accordingly.
On the Presidfijg Member resuming the Chair, the Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, Chairman of the Com'mmee, reported that additions had been made .to/the Bill, and
that it was now complete.       *f^
Ordered/that the Report be adopted, and that the Bill be read third time
[rat once.il
Bill read third time accordingly, and it was Resolved that this Bill do pass
and its title be the "Real Estate Tax Sale Ordinance, 1867."
Dissentiente, the Hon. Mr. DeCosmos.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Macdonald, the Hon. Mr. Helmcken seconding, the
consideration of ftis Excellency's Message No. 32 was brought up,
And the Hon. Mr. Macdonald moved the following Resolution, which was
put and carried by the vote of un-official  Members,. the Official Members
V'h^ving, agreeably to His Excellency's instructions, abstained from voting on
the question:
Resolved, That the popular Members, to whom the Bill repealing the Crown
Salaries Act has been exclusively left, are of opinion that in the present de-
°ftre&sed condition of the Colony, HeifjMajesty's Government should be respectfully prayed to remunerate the Chief Executive Officer of this Colony.
That the. popular Members recognize with satisfaction the desire of the
Executive to reduce'the cost of Government, and are not unaware of the difficulties that beset his path in that direction.
Ttraffics Excellency the Governor be respectfully requested to urge upon
i Her Majesty's Government the necessity of granting the Executive of .this Colony pow^rwfemplify, centralize, andr-reduce' the departmental system, so as to
lessen the public expenditure to such a figure as the Colony'is able to bear.
His Excellency Frederick Seymour, JEsq*ure,-Gavernor of the Colony, having entered the Council Chamber, accompanied by his Private Secretary, and, being
seated in the President's Chair, made the following Speech proroguing the
Council:
Honorable Gentlemen of the Legislative Council:
It is with great pleasure that I find myself enabled to-day to relieve you from
further attendance upon your Legislative duties.
I acknowledge, with thankfulness, the care and candour your have bestowed
upon all matters which have been brought under your consideration.
You have been informed by message that I have assented to nearly all the
Bills which have been sent to me. I have now to add to our Statute Book the
following Ordinances which, in Her Majesty's name, I have allowed:—
The Indian Liquor Bill, Harbour Regulations Bill, Marriage Bill, and those
relating to Aliens, to the Gold Mining Districts, to the Excise Law, to Currency,
to the Harbour Dues and Coasting Licenses, to that extending the time granted
to the Harewood Coal Company, to the Bill relating to Pilotage, to that respecting Ports of Entry, to the Repeal of the Real Estate Tax of Vancouver Island,
to the Bills affecting the Medical Profession and the Postal Service, to the
Supply Bill for Vancouver Island, and the Supplemental Supply Bill for the
Mainland.
I reserve for the signification of Her Majesty's pleasure the proposed Ordinance respecting the disposal of the Crown Lands. I shall transmit it with the
Resolution passed by the Council in favour of a system of Free Grants of Land.
I reserve, likewise, the Bill respecting the ^Limitation of Actions. That respecting Mortgages shall receive my early and most attentive consideration, as
shall also the Bill to provide for the settlement of all outstanding questions relating to the Sale of Land for Taxes in Vancouver Island.
All the Resolutions passed by the Legislative Council shall have my full attention during the recess. You will not expect that I should allude to all of
them separately, but there are some which I ought now to notice. I shall be
glad to co-operate with you in any means for the promotion of Immigration and
the occupation of the Crown Lands.    The question as to whether the usually 2nd APRIL.
1867
obiectionable system of a bonus on exportation of certain natural products or
Manufactured articles is specially desirable here, shall engage my attention in
me Executive Council.
I shall be very glad if the state of the Public Revenue shall justify the reduction or abolition of the Road Tolls.
Every fair consideration shall be given to your recommendation in favour of
premiums for the establishment of Quartz Mills. But special care must be
taken in thus disposing of the Taxes leyied on the people.
I have to thank you for the appropriations made for the requirements of the
Public Service. I notice with pleasure the interest you display in the Public
Hospitals.
The principal Custom House shall, as you desire, be established where the
principal commerce of the'polony is carried on, nor shall in other respects our
chief town lack any of the fostering aid of the Government. If, in spite of your
Resolution in favour of Victoria,. I still hesitate on removing my abode and the
Seat of the Legislature froni the spot established by Law, you will understand
that I consider the public faith and honor engaged on the one side, and possible
expediency on the other. If, as some persons assert, the present uncertainty
be found to be more detrimental to the public interests than any decision which
may be arrived at, I shall come to that decision and make public the recommendation I may lay before the Secretary of State. I however look confidently
Kuward to the time when the centre of population will be found on the Eastern
side of the Cascade Range.
I am about to communicate with the Secretary of State and the Governors
oippanada and of the Hudson's Bay Company, respecting the wish you have
expressed to enter into a confederation with the Eastern Provinces of British
North America. I will inform you as a Council, if a Legislative Session is in
progress, if notas individual Honorable Gentlemen, of the result of my enquiries.
Humbly trusting that the year now opening may be one of prosperity to our
miners, farmers, and merchants, I will relieve you for a time from your Legislative duties. In December next I hope to give you a satisfactory account of
the year's Executive Administration. In the succeeding month, I trust, under
circumstances of greater prosperity, that works of improvement may be proposed to you and that simultaneously some of the weight of taxation may be
removed.
I now proceed to prorogue this Legislative Council, :^^&e same is hereby
prorogued accordingly.
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NO. 1.
Enclosure No. 1, in the Governor's Message No. 1, to the Legislative Council.
Extract from the Royal Instructions.
Eleventh.—And whereas by an Order in Council, bearing date the 11th day of June,
1863, we did constitute a Legislative Council, and did empower the Governor of our said
Colony with the advice of our said Council, to make Laws for the Peace, Order and
good Government of our said Colony, and did declare that until otherwise provided by
us, the said Council should, in the Transactions of Business and Passing of Laws conform
as nearly as might be to the Directions conveyed in certain Instructions therein mentioned, and bearing date the 2nd. day of September, 1858, and to such further Instructions under our Sign Manual and Signet as might hereafter be addressed to the Governor
of our said Colony in that behalf; and we did further declare that, subject to such
Instructions, the said Council might make Standing Rules and Orders for the Regulations of their own Proceedings; and whereas by our Letters Patent, of even date herewith, we have revoked our said Instructions of the 2nd day of September, 1858, we do
further Direct and Require you to frame and propose to the said Council for their
adoption, such Standing Rules and Orders as may be necessary to ensure Punctuality of
Attendance of the Members of the said Council, and to prevent Meetings of the said
Council being holden without convenient Notice to the several Members thereof, and to
maintain Order and Method in the dispatch of Business, and in the conduct of all
Debates in the said Council, and to secure due deliberation in the passing of Laws, and
to provide that, before the passing of any Law intended to affect the Interests of private
persons, due notice of the same is given to all persons concerned therein, all which Rules
and Orders, not being repugnant to the said Order in Council, or to your said Commission, or to these our Instructions, or to any other Instructions which you may receive
from us, shall at all times be followed and observed, and shall be binding upon the said
Council, unless the same, or any of them shall be disallowed by us.
Twelfth.—And we do further Direct that all Laws to be enacted by you with the
Advice and Consent of the said Council, shall henceforth be styled "Ordinances enacted
"by the Governor of British Columbia, with the Advice and Consent of the Legislative
" Council thereof," and that no other style or Form shall ever henceforth be observed in
any such enactments.
Thirteenth.—And we do further Direct that all Ordinances made by you with the
Advice of the said Council be distinguished by Titles, and that the Ordinances of each
year be also distinguished by Numerical Marks, commencing in each successive year
with the number One, and proceeding in arithmetical progression to the number corresponding with the total number of Ordinances enacted during the year, and that every
such Ordinance be divided into successive Clauses or Paragraphs distinguished in like
manner by Numerical Marks, and that to every such Clause be annexed, in the margin,
a short summary of its contents.
Fourteenth.—And we do further Direct that all such Ordinances be drawn up in a simple and Compendious Form, and that subjects which have no proper relation to each
other be not comprised in one and the same Ordinance. And that no Enactments be
introduced into any such Ordinance which may be Foreign to its professed scope and
object, and that no Perpetual Clause be part of any Temporary Ordinance.
Fifteenth.—And we do further Direct that you do not propose or assent to any Ordi-
nance whatever in relation to any of the matters mentioned or referred to in the said
Order in Council, or in your said Commission, or in these our Instructions, which shall,
be in anywise repugnant to or inconsistent with such Order in Council, or Commission,
or Instructions. SESSIONAL PAPERS.
Enclosure No. 2, in the Governor's Message No. 1, to the Legislative Council.
At the Court at Windsor, the 11th day of June, 1863.
PRESENT,
The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty,
Lord President, Earl Russell,
Lord Privy Seal, Mr. Milner Gibson.
WHEREAS, by an Act passed in the 22nd year of the Reign of Her Majesty, entitled
"An Act to provide for the Government of British Columbia," it was declared lawful for
Her Majesty, by Order in Council, to authorize and empower such Officer as she might
from time to time appoint to Administer the Government of British Columbia, to make
provision for the Administration of Justice therein, and generally to make, ordain, and
establish such Laws, Institutions, and Ordinances as might be necessary for the peace,
order and good government of Her Majesty's Subjects and others therein; provided that
it should be lawful for Her Majesty, so soon'fas she might deem it convenient, by any
such Order in Council as aforesaid, to constitute or to authorize and empower such Officer to constitute a Legislature, to make Laws for the peace, order, and good government
of British Columbia; such Legislature to consist of the Governor or Officer Administering the Government of the Colony, and a Council or Council and Assembly to be composed
of such and so many persons, and to be appointed of elected in such manner, and for
such periods and subject to such regulations as to Her Majesty might seem expedient.
And, whereas, by an Order in Council, bearing date on the 2nd day of September, in the
year 1858, Her Majesty was pleased to authorize such Governor or Officer as aforesaid,
to make provision for the Administration of Justice, and, as therein mentioned, to make
Laws and Ordinances for the peace, order, and good government of Her Majesty's Subjects and others in the said Colony. And, whereas, it is expedient to revoke the said
Order in Council, and to constitute a Legislature for the said Colony, consisting of the
Governor or Officer Administering the Government thereof, and the Legislative Council
hereinafter established :
.T/.It is hereby ordered by Her Majesty, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council,
and in pursuance and exercise of the powers vested in Her Majesty by the said Act of Parliament, or otherwise in that behalf, that the said recited Order in Council shall be and
the same is hereby revoked. Provided, always, that nothing herein contained shall be
held to invalidate any act or thing done, nor any appointment made in pursuance or
under authority of the said Order in Council, but that every such act, thing, and appointment shall remain of the same force and effect as if the said Order in Council were still
in operation.
And it is hereby further ordered as follows, that is to say:
II. In this Order in Council the term "Governor" shall mean the Officer for the time
being lawfully Administering the Government of the Colony of British Columbia.
III. There shall be in the said Colony a Legislative Council, constituted as hereinafter
mentioned.
IV. If shall be lawful for the. Governor, with the advice and consent of the said Legislative Council, to make Laws for the peace, order, and good government of the said
Colony.
V. The said-Council shall consist of such Public Officers within the said Colony, as
shall from time to time be designated, and of such persons as shall from time to time be
named by or in pursuance of any Instructions or Warrant under the Royal Sign Manual
and Signet, and of such other persons as may from time to time be appointed by the
Governor, by Instruments to be passed under the Public Seal of the said. Colony. Provided, that every such last mentioned appointment shall be provisional only until the
same shall have been approved by Her Majesty, through one of Her Principal Secretaries of State, and may be made to determine at a period named in the Instrument making
the same, and that the total number of Councillors shall not by any such appointment
be raised above the number of Fifteen. Provided, also, that every Member of the said
Council shall hold office during Her Majesty's pleasure only.
VI. The Precedence of the Members of the said Council may be from time to time
determined by any such Instructions as aforesaid. In the absence of such determination
the Members shall take rank according to the order of their appointment, or if appointed
by the same Instrument according to the order in which they are named therein.
VII. The Governor or, in his absence, any Member of the Council appointed by him
in writing, or in default of such appointment, the Member present who shall stand first
in order of precedence shall preside at every meeting of said Council. All questions
brought before the Council shall be decided by the Majority of the Votes given, and the
Governor or Presiding Member shall have an Original Vote on. all such questions and
also a Casting Vote if the Votes shall be equally divided.
VIII. No business (except that of adjournment) shall be transacted unless there shall
be present Four Members of Council besides the Governor or Presiding Member.
IX. The Council shall, in the transaction of business and passing of Laws, conform as
nearly as may be to the directions conveyed in that behalf to the Governor of British
Columbia, in certain Instructions under the Sign Manual and Signet, bearing date the
2nd day of September, 1858, until otherwise provided by US, and to such further Instructions under the said Sign Manual and Signet as may hereafter be addressed to the
Governor m that behalf. SESSIONAL PAPERS.
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X. Subject to such Instructions the Council may make such Standing Rules and Orders
for the regulation of their own proceedings. •
XL No Law shall .take effect until the Governor shall have assented to the same on
behalf of Her Majesty, and shall have signed the same in token of such assent.
XII. Her Majesty may by Order in Council, or through one of Her Principal Secretaries of State, disallow any Law passed by the said Governor and Council, at any time
within two years after such Law shall have been received by the Secretary of State, and
every Law so disallowed shall become null and void so soon as the disallowance thereof
shall be published in the Colony by authority of the Governor.
XIII. If any Councillor shall become Bankrupt Or Insolvent, or shall be convicted of
any criminal offence, or shall, absent himself from British Columbia for more than three
months without leave from the Governor, the Governor may declare in writing that his
seat at the Council is vacant, and immediately on. the publication of such declaration he
shall cease to be a Member of the Council.
\ XIV. The Governor may, by writing under his hand and Seal, suspend any Legislative Councillor from the exercise of his office, proceeding therein in such manner as may
from time to time be enjoined by any such Instructions as aforesaid, and until otherwise
ordered according to such directions respecting the suspension of Public Officers, as are
contained in the above mentioned Instructions, bearing date the 2nd day of September,
1858. And the Most Noble the Duke of Newcastle, one of Her Majesty's Principal
Secretaries of State, is to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
ARTHUR HELPS.
NO. 2.
Enclosures in the Governor's Message No. 2, to the Legislative Council.
Copy.
The Auditor General to the Private Secretary.
Audit Office, 14th December, 1866.
Sir,—I have the honor to report for the information of His Excellency the "Governor,
that in accordance with instructions, I have made enquiry as to the position of the Public Accounts of Vancouver Island at the present date, and I have to state the result of
my investigation, as follows:
1. The Treasurer's Cash Book for 1865, has been examined by the Auditor, and the
Abstracts completed. The posting of the entries into the Ledger has not been finished,
nor the Annual Account Current made out.
2. The Audit of the Accounts of the.Crown Fund has been completed for 1865.
3. The Collectors' Cash Books, viz:. the Harbour Master's, Post Office, Land Office,
Police Court, Supreme Court, and Nanaimo Agent are yet to be examined for 1865.
4. The Treasurer's Cash Book for. 1866, has been examined to the end of July, a large
proportion af the payment Vouchers from July to the present date has been examined,
and the receipt Vouchers for August and September.
5. The Treasurer's Books are not posted for 1866.
6. All the Collectors' Books for 1866, have yet to be examined.
7. The Crown Fund Account has not been audited for 1866.
I have, &c,
(Signed) ROBERT KER,
Auditor General
The Auditor General to the Colonial Secretary.
MINUTE.
To complete the examination of all the "Vancouver Island Accounts so that I could
certify the Account Current, and furnish the usual Statements required, it would take
five or six months' industrious work, at a cost (say at the rate last voted for auditing
by the House of Assembly, $100 per month) of $500 to $600. •
To finish the auditing of the. Treasurer's Cash Book Entries for October—generally
the largest month in the whole year—it might take six weeks to two months, afrMe
present rate as above, $150 or $200.
I have, &c,
26th January, 1867. . . ife;;-  ' (Signed)- R. K. fc
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NO. 3.
Enclosures in the Governor's Message No. 3, to the Legislative Council.
RETURN showing the total Receipts and Expenditure of the Assay and Melting
Department of British Columbia, and the Profit and Loss on the sale o
Gold Bars, during the Year 1864.
I PAYMENTS.
RECEIPTS.
Fees of Office.
In Cash ..£623 15 9
In Cornets, Clips, and scrapings'.. 231    6 6
Estimated value of Clips on hand    27 17 9
Assays made without charge     30 17 6
Balance of Profit and Loss on sale
ofBars     39    7 11
£953    5    5
Total Expenditure of the Department
(including Salaries) as per monthly
Returns £953
Deduct for Arrears of Expenditure...    17
2 6
8 6
Balance in favor of the Department.
935 14 0
.    17 11 5
£953    5 5
Profit on sale of Gold Bars £74    2    2
Loss
34 14    3
Balance in favor of Department £39    7 11
STATEMENT OF GOLD BULLION ASSAYED.
For the Bank of British Columbia Oz. 56,300
For the Public §   17,098
For the Government „     2.226
Total Oz. 75,624 Value £241,920
RETURN showing the total Receipts and Expenditure of the Assay and Melting
Department of British Columbia, and the Profit and Loss on the sale of
Gold Bars, during the Year 1865.
RECEIPTS.
Fees of Office.
In Cash  £582    6 11
In Cornets, Clips, and scrapings..  259    9    7
Assays made without charge      13 18    6
Balance of Profit and Loss on sale
., ofBars      18 15 10
Deficit.
874 10 10
126 11    6
£1,001    2    4
PAYMENTS.
Total Expenditure of the Department
(including Salaries) as per monthly
Returns,, 1 £1,001 2 4
£1,001 2 4
Profit on sale of Gold Bars £28 12   6
Loss „ „      9 16    8
Balance in favor of Department £18 15 10
N.B.—The above deficit is due to a reduction having been made in the charges for assaying
Bars for the Bank of British Columbia. Had it not been for this reduction there would have
been a balance in favour of the Department of £63 4s. 7d., instead of a deficit of £126 lis. 6d.
STATEMENT OF GOLD BULLION ASSAYED.
For the Bank of British Columbia (Bars) Oz. 42,377.00 Value $736,172 65
£     v   „ ,      »              »          (Dust) „   30,085.26     „       495,052 12
For the Public       „ ,,20,717.47     „       349,566 56
For the Government	
442.22
Total Oz. 93,621.95
7,794 88
$1,588,586 21
ANNUAL RETURN OF THE ASSAY DEPARTMENT, 1866.
EXPENSES.
Salaries $4,665 00
        91 91
Office Contingencies
$4,756 91
RECEIPTS.
In Cash $1,089 32
In Cornets, &c      726 10
Deficit..
$1,815 42
 $2,941 49 SESSIONAL PAPERS.
A^profit of $404 54 was realized on Gold Dust received as Revenue, and melted and assayed
in this Office.
Besides the above expenditure, there was an expense of $107 57 incurred for freight, wharfa
ge,
drayage, &c, of Stores received from England, for projected branch Assay Office at Kootenay;
and a further sum of $123 57 for freight, insurance, wharfage, &c, of casks containing Slag shipped to England for experiment. This Slag, which has been accumulating for the past seven
years, is expected to realize a considerable profit. Both these expenditures were specially authorized, the latter under the head of Transport, and have not been included in the above amount as
they do not form part of the current expenditure of the Assay Office.
MINERAL ASSAYS AND ANALYSES.
Free of charge 35
Paid for  3
AMOUNT OF GOLD ASSAYED.
Oz. 23,571.26        Value $392,340 43
Average value of dust per Oz. during the
year $16 64J
Total 38
Besides the above mineral assays proper, a very much larger number of specimens have been
continually brought for inspection or for opinion, in many cases taking up a great deal of time,
but these have hitherto not been entered in the Office records. It is proposed however for the
future to do so.
F. G. CLAUDET,*
New Westminster, 21st January, 1867. Superintendent.
REPORT
The chief cattge in the great falling off in the amount of Gold assayed during the past year,
compared to that assayed in 1865, is to be attributed to the abolition of the Gold Export Tax,
which had the effect, during its existence, of throwing nearly the whole of the Gold (with the
exception of that which evaded the duty) through the Government Assay Office.
During the past year the main hulk of the Gold has continued to pass through the hands of
the two Colonial Banks, who, having Assay Offices of their own, one at Cariboo and the other at
Victoria, assay their own Gold at a loss to themselves, for they would incur less expense and
obtain better bars by availing themselves of the Government Office, which it is presumable they
will eventually do.
I believe 1 am correct in stating that most of the Gold brought down by private hands finds
its way to this Office, with the exception of small quantities which are occasionally taken by
parties going_ direct to San Francisco to be there coined, indicating that the public, when they
can be the choosers, prefer the Government Assay to any other.
The cause of the larger proportion of the Gold-passing through the hands of the Banks is obvious.
The conversion of Gold dust into Notes, in the Mining Districts is rendered necessary partly
from the want of a circulating medium, and partly from the Miners preferring in many cases to
dispose of their Gold on the spot, to running any risks in bringing it down upon their persons,
although the price given for it by the Banks is necessarily below its value, to allow for the
expense of transmitting the treasure from the Mines to its market, and to leave a certain margin
for profits.
Most of the^Srerld, however, which is "not thus disposed of finds its way to the Government
Office, and it is a pleasing fact that all the principal Traders and Miners have evinced their
satisfaction in the Government Assay, not only by continuing to avail themselves of it whenever
possible, but also in many instances by expressing their discontent with assays done elsewhere.
Before the establishment of the Government Assay Office, it is a well known fact that Gold
assayed by the private Assayers then in Victoria turned out two and three per cent, below its real
value, and it would have probably yielded still less had the Colony been allowed to continue any
longer without the wholesome .check of a responsible Office.
In a purely mineral.country like British Columbia, however, there are many other important
advantages accruing from a Government Assay Office besides that of checking the value of Gold.
Gold quartz and metallic.or.es have been discovered in every direction, and it is obvious, that to
have an accurate knowledge not only of the commercial value of these ores, but also of their
mineral composition, .and tbe metallurglc. treatment necessary to extract the metal contained in
them is absolutely necessary before they can be rendered available, and this can only be satisfactorily obtained from competent and responsible persons. Capital has frequently been lost in
mining enterprise in other countries, from confiding in imperfect and fictitious assays, to the
great detriment of mining interests, and in a country as yet in its infancy, and depending upon
its mines for its development, too.great caution cannot be observed in the prevention of any such
practices being initiated. Owing to their having, so.frequently been the victims of irresponsible
parties, it is with the greatest difficulty that. English capitalists can be induced to engage in
mining enterprise in new countries.
Examples ^re not wanting even in this Colony of attempts to get up a false excitement.
As onerinstance, I may cite a supposed Silver mine, specimens from which, assayed in Victoria,
yielded thousands of Dollars per ton, while the Government Assay proved the rich Silver ore to
be nothing more than a common slate rock intersp&sed^vith crystals of small iron pyrites, without even a trace of Silver,- and it was not until a considerable sum of money had been uselessly
expended, and that the Government Assay had been persistently disputed, that the shareholders
found out their mistake and abandoned the imaginary mine.
In connection with this subject, may be mentioned the expediency of forming a Museum of the
mineral products of the Colony, a small commencement of which has already been made, and SESSIONAL PAPERS.
placed for view in the Public Library.    As the country becomes developed this will form a most
interesting and valuable collection.
It is much to be regretted that the past year has been such an unfavourable one as regards $he
receipts of the Assay Office; but it is reasonable to anticipate that the present one will prove far
more satisfactory.
But even should the expenditure continue to exceed the receipts, the compaggtrKely small cost
to the Colony of maintaining the Department will be far more than counterbalanced by the
advantages derived from it, and this will manifest itself more and more as the mineral resources
of the Colony become developed.
In conclusion, it may be as well to state that there is a supply of fuel, apparatus, and chemicals
in store, sufficient to last tfor two or three years, or even longer, and the expenditure of the
Department during that period, with very trifling exceptions, will consist merely of the salaries
of the staff.
F. G. CLAUDET,
New Westminster, 21st January, 1867. Superintendent of the Assay Office.
NO. 4.
Enclosures in the Governor's Message No. 5, to the Legislative Council.
A RETURN (closely approximate) shewing the Amount received for ROAD TOLLS
during the Year 1866.
Lytton, to 25th June $14,129 34
Yale 41,434 45
Hope    2,485 55
Lillooet, including Clinton 17,889 67
Douglas .;g.:    3,605 49
$79,544   50
NOTE.—Returns from two Stations have yet to be received for the month of December, hence the Statement feeing approximate.
ROBERT KER,
Audit Office, February 8th, 1867. Auditor General.
A RETURN shewing the Amount received for TONNAGE DUES at the Port of
New.,Westminster, during the Year 1866.
Tonnage Dues. $13,850   02
Audit Office, 8th February, 1867.
ROBERT KER,
Auditor General.
STATEMENT of moneys expended in Construction of and Repairs to ROADS, on
which TOLLS are collected, during the Year 1866.
New Road, Cache Creek to Savana's Ferry $18,546 00
Trails, Shuswap Lake to Columbia River, &c  25 538 64
Completion of Trail, Osoyoos to Wild Horse Creek    2^836 87
Trail, Bridge River District    3 978 97
vSrails iQ the Cariboo District       qji 32
Completing Alexandria and Quesnel Road 10 763 60
Do.        Cottonwood and Richfield  12 193 10
Fifth Instalment, Richfield and Cameronton    l'350 00
Cayoosh Creek Bridge     2527 43
Repairs, Douglas to Clinton Road,    4811 65*
Do.     Yale to Clinton 27511 49
Do.     Clinton to Cameronton    2571 33
Do.     Hope to Osoyoos      *659 80
$113,960    20
oI^T;-"1" %ddl*°? *° the above> a sum of about $300 has been expended on the Douglas to Clinton
Read, Returns of which have not yet reached this Office. ^uugias 10 vnuioa
JOSEPH W. TRUTCH,
r    a * -or 7   n       o * r, * ,«„» Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works
Lands & Works Dept., 8th February, 1867. and Surveyor General
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NO. 5.
Enclosures in the Governor's Message No. 6, to the Legislative Council.
To His Excellency Frederick Seymour, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British
Columbia and its Dependencies, Vice-Admiral of the same, gc, gc, $c.
May it please Your Excellency:
The Petition of Your Memorialists humbly sheweth;! !if^
That the Road Tolls, as in existence, were imposed by and. with the consent of the people in
the Upper Country, and have hitherto been paid solely by them;
That the consent to the payment of these Tolls was the only condition on which the Government of the Colony would undertake the construction of the Grand Trunk Road to the Mines;
That at the time this consent was obtained from the people, it was, in their estimation, an
absolute necessity, as the cost of delivering the necessaries of life at the Mines prior to the construction of the Grand Trunk Road was so high that Miners would have been compelled to leave
the country comparatively unprospected; and inasmuch as the amount of Tolls collected is now
bearing heavily on the Forwarders and Traders of the Colony; and inasmuch as the raising of the
money for the payment of these Tolls falls chiefly on "those engaged in the carrying trade, many
of whom are compelled to borrow money at ruinous rates of interest, in order to ohtain employment for their men and animals, we would from our practical experience earnestly represent that
under the present severe financial crisis, unless this impost is removed, there will be a large
decrease in the present population within the next twelve months, and the knowledge of such
impost being still continued will tend largely to retard immigration;
That during the past year the amount paid for Tolls in cash has averaged at least one-eighth
of the amount received for freight, thereby being a tax of twelve and one-half per cent, on the
unrealized labour of the men and stock engaged in the carrying trade of the Colony;
That inasmuch as the Roads to the Mines have been and still are of as much advantage to
every Town and City in the Colony as they are to the inhabitants of the Mines, reducing as they
do the cost of transport, facilitating travel, expediting the transmission of orders and remittances^
and in fact regulating and systemizing the whole business of the Colony, it is only just that the
cost of these Roads should be equally borne hp*he entire population;
That in order to meet the deficiency in the Revenue arising from the proposed abolition of the
Road Tolls, we would most respectfully recommend, that as Customs Duties bear most equally on
all classes, this deficiency may be collected in that way, and that the Farmers who have been
induced to settle under the present system, whereby Colonial produce was exempted from Toll,
may be adequately protected by a sufficient duty being imposed on foreign produce;
That the present is the most auspicious time for the removal of this obnoxious tax, as in the
opinion of Your Petitioners a remodelled Tariff to meet the requirements of the Island and Mainland will be passed in the Legislative Council.
And Your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.
Signed by 66 Merchants, Traders, &c.
STATEMENT   of the Average Prices of the principal Articles of consumption, according
to the value reported by the Magistrates resident at Cariboo, during the last four Years, viz:
Ale, in wood per gal.
English Ale, in bottle  „ doz.
Bacon  „ lb.
Barley    „ „
Beans  ,, „
Butter.....  „ „
Candles   „ „
Cheese :  „ „
Cigars  » m.
Coffee  „ R>.
Flour  „ bbl.
Lard  „ ft-
Meat, fresh  „ „
Oil, Coal  „ gal.
Oats  „ K>.
Rice  „ 100ft.
Sugar  „ lb-
Spirits  „ gal.
Tea  | lb.
Tobacco  „ „
Champagne  „ case
Claret  „ „
Various Wines, Port and Sherry „ „
1863.
$1 18
0 62
0 69
20
69
87
50
52
2
1
1
220 00
1 75
138 00
1
0
10 00
0 60
91 00
1 28
30 00
2 31
3 62
100 00
50 00
25 00
1864.
$48 00
0 87
0 50
0 50
2
1
1865.
20
9.9.
200 00
1 25
90 00
0 92
0 60
10 00
0 50
61 00
0 80
25
1
4
00
50
00
80 00
30 00
20 00
$25 & $30
0 68
0 30
0 40
1 35
0 75
1 35
$180 & 160
1 25
68 00
0 62
0 40
$7&10
0 30
45 00
0 57
15 00
1 35
3 50
65 00
$25 & 20
$18 & 20
1866.
$20 & 24
0 68
046
1 25
0 95
$160 & 130
1 00
•50 00
0 50
0 30
22 00
0 35
12 00
60 00
12 00
12 00 SESSIONAL PAPERS.
NO. 6.
STANDING ORDERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.
MEETMfGS AND  ADJOURNMENTS.
1. The Council shall at each day's adjournment fix the day and hour for the next meeting as
may be deemed most convenient for the dispatch^of business.
2. As near as may be to the hour of meeting fixed for any particular day, the Member present
who Bhall be first in order of precedence, shall take the Chair.
*3r*        attendance of members.
3. Nine Members inclusive of the Presiding Member shall be a quorum for the transaction of
business; and in the event of a quorum not being present at the hour of meeting of the Council,
it shall be lawful for the Presiding Member to summon any absent Members, and any Members
so sent for and not attending forthwith shall be held to be guilty of contempt, unless he shall
have obtained leave of absence from the Governor.
4. No Member shall depart the House without the leave of the Presiding Member; and upon
the adjournment of the Council Members will keep their seats till the Presiding Member shal
have left the Chair.
5. Any Member requiring leave of absence from the Council during its Session shall make
application to the Governor personally, or by writing through the Presiding Member.
6. Immediately after the Presiding Member takes the Chair the Minutes of the proceedings of
the previous day's sitting shall be read by the Clerk, in order that any error therein may be
corrected, and when correct the same shall be approved and signed by the Presiding Member.
RULES  OF  DEBATE.
7. The Presiding Member shall preserve due order and decorum during each Session of the
Council, and protect all the Members thereof in the enjoyment of all their rights aud privileges:
He shall decide all questions of order that may arise, giving his reasons for such decisions when
required by any Member, and citing the rule applicable to the case; but othei'wise without
comment.
8. Every Member shall, in dismissing any question, address the Chair, and shall stand while
so doing; and should he wish to allude to the Speeoh-'or opinion of any other Member he must
do So without naming him; Official Members may be designated by their appointments.
9. If any two or more Membersrise to speak at the same time the President shall call on the
person entitled in his opinion to pre-audience.
10. Upon any Member being called to order he shall take his seat till the question of order be
decided.
11. No motion, except to adjourn or for the previous question shall be introduced, except the
same be written in ink and contain the name of the mover and seconder.
12. Every motion shall be read by the mover thereof, standing in his place, upon which -it
shall be handed to the Clerk, who shall also read it, and it shall then be put to the Council by
the Presiding Member, after which it shall be considered before the Council; but any motion
may be withdrawn at any time, "before a decision thereon, by the mover and seconder thereof,
with the consent of the Council.
13. No Member shall speak more than once, except in explanation to the motion, except the
mover thereof, who shall be allowed to reply.
14. After the reply of the mover of any motion, no further discussion shall be allowed thereon; but unless an amendment be moved thereto, it shall be immediately put to the vote, after
which no Member shall speak or leave his seat, until the final vote is taken.
15. While any motion is under debate no other motion shall be entertained, except a motion
to ameniL to cojhmit, to postpone, or to lay on the table, or a motion for the previous .question,
or to adjourn, which latter motion shall always be in order, except when the Council is in Committee of the whole.
16. A motion for commitment, until it is decided, shall preclude all amendments.
17. A motion to postpone, shall inolude a day for the further consideration of the question.
18. When a motion to lay on the table prevails, the matter so delayed may be called up again
on any subsequent day, by the motion of any Member.
19. A motion for the previous question until it is decided, shall preclude all debate; and all
motions for amendments or otherwise shall be put in the following words: "Shall the main
question be now put?"
20. Any Member intending to _ introduce a Bill, Resolution, or other matter into the Council,
shall give one day's notice of his intention.
21. In every case, an amendment which has been moved and seconded, shall be put before
the original question, and every later amendment before a former one.
22. A motion to amend a proposed amendment cannot be put until the proposed amendment
shall have taken the place of the original question, nor after it shall have been adopted, and no
question can be put to the vote which is substantially the same as one on which the judgment of
the Council has already been expressed in the current Session.
23. To prevent any misunderstanding in the Council, no Member shall be liable to answer for
a motion made, or words spoken in the Council, unless it be at the same sitting, and before the
adjournment; and the Council shall receive no information from without doors, of words spoken
openly in the Council.
24. All imputations of improper motives shall be considered as being highly disorderly and
such conduct shall he minuted in the Journals, if it shall appear to a majority of the Council to
be necessary.
. 25- An adjournment of the discussion of any question may be moved by a Member at any
time, and it seconded, may be adopted or not-by the majority. " 26.
No amendment shallbe proposed upon an amendment which is under discussion
27. No Member shall be allowed to read any Speech.
28. Every motion and amendment must be in writing, and J
put to the vote.
ORDER OP BUSINESS.
29. The business of the Council shall be taken up and disposed of at each daily Session, in the
following order:—
Fir$t&—Reading the Minutes.
Second.—Reading and referring Petitions, Memorials, and other Communications.
Third.—Notices of Motion.
Fourth.—Ofiders of the Day.. swg
30. On the first day of the Session the Governor's Speech shall be read, with the Despatches*)
Bills, and other Documents accompanying it, and such reading shall be the first reading of'flie
said Bills. The Committee to prepare an address on the Governor's Speech on openings %IS
Session, shall then be appointed by the Presiding Member on motion in Council.
31. With the exception of questions of privilege, which shall take precedence of all others, all
business shall be taken in the order in which it appears in the "Order Book," unless by permission of the President, on good reasons being shewn for such deviation. 9^
BILLS—RESOLUTIONS.
32. Every Bill, except those sent down to the Council by the Governor, shall be introduced
by leave granted to some Member, on motion therefor.
33. Every Bill before it passes, shall be read three times.
34. No Bill shall pass two readings on the same day, without the unanimous consent of the
Council.
35. After the second reading of a Bill, the Council shall always resolve itself into a Committee
of the whole Council on the same, for the purpose of discussing the provisions of the said Bill,
and any amendments to be proposed thereto, and in such Committee the Bill shall be gone
through clause by clause.
36. Excepting where amendments are proposed by the Governor, a Bill which has been report,
ed from a Committee of the whole Council, and agreed to, shall not be recommitted for the
purpose of altering or reversing anything therein contained, but solely for the introduction of
new or supplemental matter, in aid of the provisions of the Bill previously agreed to.
37. When a Bill has been passed by the Council, it shall be presented by the President, for
Her Majesty's assent, to the Governor.
38. Whenever the Governor shall propose amendments to any Bill or Resolution sent up to
him by the Council, the Council shall resolve itself into a Committee of the whole Council on
the same; but the provisions of the said Bill or Resolution as previously passed by the Council,
shall not then be taken into consideration, save in so far as the amendments proposed affect or
have reference to the same.
39. When the Committee shall have reported to the Council on such proposed amendments,
and the Council shall have come to a decision on such Report, a copy of the Resolution of the
Council, giving the result of the determination, or requesting a conference, shall be forwarded to
the .Governor.
40. No Bill which has been rejected by the Council, shall be re-introduced during the same
Session.
41. Upon the final reading and passage of any Bill, the same shall be certified by the signature
of the Presiding Member.
42. It shall be in the power of the Governor to reserve Bills for Her Majesty's consideration,
and to assent to them when so instructed, although the Council shall have been prorogued.
43. The Council may at any time request a conference with the Governor, particularly if there
be matter to be considered which it might be detrimental to the interests of the Colony to have
openly discussed in the first instance.
COMMITTEES.
44. The Council may resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the consideration of any
Bill or any other matter, upon the motion of a Member. When any such motion prevails, the
Presiding Member may leave the Chair, appointing one of the Members as Chairman of the
Committee.
45. When the Committee rise, which shall be by motion of some Member, and decided without debate, the Chairman shall report to the Presiding Member all amendments and resolutions
adopted therein, who shall immediately refer the same to the Council for concurrence.
46.'When any report of the Committee of the wndle shall he submitted to the Council, as
provided by the last preceding rule, no discussion shall be,had thereon, and no amendment made
thereto, but it shall be either adopted or rejected, or referred back with instructions, or postponed
to a time to be, fixed for asking the concurrence of the Council.
47. Select Committees may be granted upon motion of any Member, the selections to be made
by the Presiding Member, unless named in the motion granting the sairie; provided, always,
that the Member moving for.a Select Committee shall in all cases be a member thereof.
48. A majority of the whole number of Members chosen to compose any Committee, shall
form a quorum-thereof; the first Member named to be Chairman of the Committee.
49. The Reports of all Special and Select Committees shall be submitted to the Council In
riting, bearing the date of the day of their adoption, and the signature of the Chairman thereof.
writms
50. ~No discussion shall be allowed upon the reception of the Report of any Committee, but the
same shall be forthwith either adopted or rejected, or referred to a Committee of the whole, or
laid on the table, or deferred to some future-time to be fixed by the Council. SESSIONAL PAPERS.
PETITIONS.
51. Petitions may be presented to the Presiding Member by any Member, immediately after
the Chair is taken; provided that there shall be endorsed upon it a certificate signed by the
Member presenting the same, or some other Member of Council, that in his opinion the Petition
is throughout perfectly respectful and deserving of presentation, and that the statements contained therein are generally correct.
52. It shall be competent to any Member to move that such Petition be read; but in making
such motion he shall state concisely the purport of the Petition, together with his reasons for
wishing to have" the same read, and the motion being seconded, the question shall be put whether
the Petition be read.
53. No debate shall take place on presentation of any Petition, except as to receiving or reading such Petition, and every Petition after being received shall be laid on the -table of the Council,
for at least one day before it is again taken up and disposed of.
54. In any case where individual rights or interests may be peculiarly affected by any proposed
Ordinance, all parties so affected may be heard before the Council when in Committee upon such
Ordinance, either in person or by Counsel. >£&J
MISCELLANEOUS.
55. Whenever a division is taken upon any question before the Council, it shall be the duty
of every Member present to vote on the same; and any present Member who shall not distinctly'
give his vote on either side, shall be considered as giving his vote in the affirmative, and shall be
counted among the Ayes accordingly.
56. Upon any division which may take place, the Ayes and Nays shall be taken down by the
Clerk, if any one Member shall so desire.
57. Whenever leave shall be given to any Member to introduce a Bill, Resolution, or other
matter, a day shall be appointed for the introduction thereof, and all such appointments shall be
entered in a Book, to be entitled "Order Book," and notified on a Board, to be entitled "Order
of the Day," and to he affixed to the door of the House.
58. All dropped Orders of the day must be considered dropped, and brought up again in the
usual way. Messages and Bills, and other Documents from the Governor, shall be read at the
time they are received, or as soon as practicable; but the Council cannot adjourn until the
Message, Bill, or Document has been read to the CounciJ.
59. When any motion has been made and seconded, it shall be put to the vote whether the
matter be debated or not.
60. On the motion of any Member, though not seconded, "That Strangers do withdraw," such
Strangers must withdraw, including the Press.
CLERK.
61. It shall be the duty of the Clerk of the Council to make Minutes of the Votes, Resolutions,
Addresses, Orders, Reports, Divisions, and all other proceedings of the Council, and to preserve
the original Documents; to prepare for the use of the Printer copies of the Votes, and of all
Papers and Documents directed to he printed therewith; to see that they be correctly printed
and distributed to the Members; to read aloud all such Documents as the Council may order to
be read, with the exception of Messages from the Governor, which must always be read by the
Presiding Member.
SUSPENSION  OF  STANDING  ORDERS.
62. Should any emergency arise, it is in the power of the Council to suspend the foregoing
Standing Orders for the time being, by unanimous vote.
NO. 7.
Enclosure in the Governor's Message No. 10, to the Legislative Council.
STATEMENT exhibiting the amount of Crown Revenue of the Mainland, received during
the following Years, and Salaries paid under Crown Salaries Acts, for the same period:
1864. 1865.
Total Crown Revenue $77,192 $52,960
Crown Officers'Salaries  42,275 47,045
Audit Office, 27th February, 1867.
1866.
$57,496
47,045
Total.
$187,648
136,365
ROBERT KER,
Auditor General. SESSIONAL PAPERS.
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NO. 8.
Enclosures in the Governor's Message No. 11, to the Legislative Council.
Memorandum for the information of the Governor, upon the School Question in Vancouver Island.
| 1. The Common Schools now existing in Vancouver Island have been established under the
"Common School Act, 1865."
. 2. This Act empowers the Governor to appoint from time to time not less than nine persons,
who shall constitute a General Board af Education.    It also empowers the Governor to appoint a
Superintendent of Education, at a maximum Salary of $1,500, and to appoint School Teachers.-'
The Superintendent of Education is to remain in Office for one year, and must therefore be re*
appointed annually.
3. The Board of Education, with the approval of the Governor, can establish as many "School
Districts" as they may deem expedient.
4. The Act is not clear as to how the Schools themselves are to be established, or from what5
source the cost of the Buildings is to be defrayed.
5. It provides however, that "every Common School" shall be open to the children of persons
of all Denominations. It is silent as to how the Teachers are to be remunerated, or as to what
or whether any School Fees are to be paid by the children.
6. The Act has been practically worked in Vancouver Island, by the creation of a Board of
Education; the probationary appointment of a Superintendent of Education, at a Salary of $1,500
a year; the probationary appointment of Teachers, at certain fixed Salaries; the hiring and fitting
up of Buildings for School Houses; and by the admission of children free of all charge; in short
by the entire cost of the Establishment, including, besides Salaries and Rent, Books, Fuel, Water,
and other Contingencies, being defrayed out of the General Revenue of the Colony.
7. Whether the framers of the Act contemplated this arrangement, I know not. (I was in
England when it passed).    The Act itself certainly does not require it.
8. The Governor consequently, could only undertake the responsibility of the expenditure thus
incurred, by the means being provided under an annual vote of the Legislature.
9. The sum of $10,000 was voted in the Appropriation Act for 1865, under the head of''Education, District Schools," and this sum was devoted towards the outlay (before described in Paragraph 6) for that year.
10. To provide for a similar expenditure in 1866, the sum of (in round numbers) $15,000 was
placed upon the Estimates, and on the faith of this sum being voted, the School Establishments'
were continued during 1866, and the charges thereof defrayed up to the 31st August, 1866.
11. On the 31st Aiigust, 1866, the House of Assembly of Vancouver Island had, practically,
ceased to exist. No Appropriation Act had been passed by the Legislature, and it was evident
that none would be passed. The Governor therefore took instant measures to relieve himself of
the responsibility of further unauthorized expenditure on account of Schools, by causing a Letter
(copy annexed) to be addressed to the Superintendent of Education, stating that there being no
Ways and Means at his disposal for defraying the expenditure, he would not guarantee payment
of Salaries, Rent, or other items beyond the 31st day of August, 1866.
12. The onus of providing for the maintenance of the Schools was thus thrown upon the Board
of Education, and the Schools have been continued up to the present time under some arrangement made by the Board of Education, the precise nature of which, however, I do not know.
13. Mr. Waddington was appointed on the 7th June, 1865, Superintendent of Education, on
probation for six months. He was not confirmed at the expiration of the period, nor has any
subsequent appointment been issued to him. The School Teachers were likewise appointed on
probation, and their appointments have not been confirmed.
14. On the 31st July, 1866, the Board of Education recommended certain Teachers for confirmation in their appointments, and solicited the re-appointment of Mr. Waddington as Superintendent of Education. By a reply, dated 10th August, 1866, (hereunto annexed) the Board was
informed that the Governor declined to confirm any appointments until it was clear that the
Ways and Means would be forthcoming to meet the expense of Salaries.
WILLIAM A. G. YOUNG.
3rd February, 1867.
The Colonial Secretary to Mr. Waddington.
Copy. . Colonial Secretary's Oppice,
VANCOuvEa Island, 10th August, 1866.
Sir I have received and laid before the Governor your Letter of the 31st ultimo.
2. In reply thereto, I am to state that His Excellency will not lose sight of the recommendation therein made by the Board of Education, but as His Excellency has not yet received the
Estimates for the current year, and is much embarrassed by the present financial position of the
Colony, he is precluded from confirming appointments to offices, until it is clear that the Ways
and Means are forthcoming to pay the recipients of such appointments.
(Signed)
I have, &c,
WILLIAM A. G. YOUNG. SESSIONAL PAPERS.
The Colonial Secretory to Mr. Waddington.
Cowr.
Colonial Secretaries Office,
31st August, 1866.
SIR;—Adverting to my Letter of the 10th instant, wherein a doubt was conveyed to you, as to
whether the Ways and Means would be forthcoming to pay yourself and certain riof the School
Teachers, who had been recommended by the Board of Education for confirmation in thett*
apgqintmejnjtfc? I afi* jfojfirfidi by the Governor now to notify you for your own informati&n, and also,
for the information of theiiBoard of Education, and of the different School Trusses, that tbere^
does not appear any probability of the Ways and Means being at the disposal of the Governor to
meet the ExpenSitsore on acoount of Education; and that therefore His Excellency is compelled
at once to state that he will not guarantee the payment of any further expenditure under that
head, whether on account of .Salaries, Rent, or other matters, beyond the 3istday of August next.
2. His Excellency desires me to express the extreme regret which he feels in finding it incumbent upon him to inake this communication j but the present unfortunate condition of public
affairs must necessarily take precedence of his own feelings in the matter, and no alternative is
left him, than so far as possible to avoid a greater inconvenience by giving the earliest notification consequent upon the circumstances in which he is placed.
r li 3.VO   &G
(Signed) WILLIAM A. G. YOUNG.
NO. 9.
Enclosures in the Governor's Message No. 12, to the Legislative Council.
House op Assembly,
31st March, 1859.
Mr. Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the Governor that the following
Address was agreed to this day:—
That an Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor, praying that he will urge upon
the Home Government the desirability of establishing a Mint in this Colony;   and also that the
money therein coined shall be Decimal Currency of the same value as that of the United States >
of America.
Proposed by the Honorable Member for Esquimalt.
Government House, Victoria, V. I.,
rtf   6th April, 1859.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:—
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a communication from Mr. Speaker, dated on
the 31st day of March, transmitting the following Address:— nasi
" That an Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor, praying that he will urge upon
"the Home Government the desirability of establishing a Mint in this Colony; and also 'that the
"money therein coined shall be Decimal Currency of the same value as that of the United States'
"of America."
I have to assure the House that I will, without delay, enter into communication with Her
Majesty's Government, strongly recommending the expediency and advantage of establishing a
Mint on Vancouver Island.
(Signed) JAMES DOUGLAS,
Governor.
NO- 10.
Enclosure in the Governor's' Message No. 13, to the Legislative Council. .
To His Excellency Frederick Seymour, . Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Brt^-
Columbia and its Dependencies, Vice-Admiral of the same, §c, $c, §c.
''May flrtLEAStf Your Excellency:
We, the Officers and Members of the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce, in approaching
Your Excellency, desire to lay before you the following Resolutions, passed by this Chamber,' at
a Meeting-held pn the 28th of February, instant, as an expression of the wishes of the Mercantile
community of New Westminster and the Towns of the Lower Fraser:
1. Resolved, That this Chamber considers it expedient to promote by every legitimate means
the Commercial interests of this Colony; and whereas it is of opinion that nothing can be more SESSIONAL PAPERS.
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conducive to this object than a regular and economical Steam Communication between San Fran-
oisco and this Port, touching both ways at Victoria, would earnestly urge upon the Government
the necessity of granting a Mail Subsidy of sufficient amount to secuie such a communication,
and thus enable passengers and freight from California to have access to both portions of the
Colony—the Island and the Mainland—with cheapness, certainty, and dispatch.
2. Resolved, That in the opinion of this Chamber no alteration should be made in the Customs
Tariff, with the exception of the following, which are intended chiefly as a protection to the
agriculturist and manufacturer, viz:
Oxen, Bulls, and Cows to pay an import duty of $5 per head.
Calves under six months old     1        „
Sheep     1        „
Hogs       2        „
Horses, Asses, and Mules     2-50   „
Fir and Cedar Lumber, rough      3 per m.
„ „ dressed     5     „
Fruit (green)     1 cent per lb.
Poultry (dead or alive)  20 per cent ad valorem.
Eggs  20
Hay  20
Confectionery   30 „
Hard Bread  20 „
Rice     li cts.per lb.
And that in view of promoting trade with the Indians and others from the Russian Possessions,
provision should be made in the Customs Law to admit Furs and Peltries in an unmanufactured
state duty free. And that in the event of the non-abolition of the Road Tolls, a tax or an equivalent be placed upon all goods imported into British Columbia via the Southern Boundary.
That having understood it to be the intention of the Government to abolish the collection of
Tonnage Dues and Head Money, the Chamber of Commerce would recommend the immediate removal of these taxes, as any continued uncertainty in regard to the Tonnage Due? would only tend
to prevent the shipment of bulky articles, and so act as an impediment to the opening of the spring
trade. The collection of Head Money on arrival in the Colony has long been obnoxious to the
people, and is decidedly inimical to what we are all most anxious to encourage, immigration.
We have, &c,
Henry Holbrook,
Jno. S. Clute, President, B. C. C. C.
Secretary, B. C. C. C.
RATES OF DUTY PROPOSED BY COMMITTEE ON THE
REVISION OF THE TARIFF.
The Hon. the Collector of Customs, Chairman,
Hon. H. M. Ball, Hon. J. Robson,
Hon. J. S. Helmcken, Hon. J. J. Southgate,
Hon. R. T. Smith.
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES TO BE CHARGED WITH SPECIFIC DUTIES,
AS FOLLOWS:
Live Stock:—
Horses and Mules $2 per head.
Beef Cattle $3 per head.
Milch Cows $2 per head.
Ale and Porter, in wood... 15 cts. per gallon
Do., in bottle ..30 cts. per doz. (quarts)
Bacon and Hams   4 cts. per lb.
Barley, Oats, and Malt 30 cts. per 100 lbs.
Beans   1 ct. per lb.
Bitters  $1-50 per gall.
Butter 10 cts. per lb.
Bran and Shorts  25 cts. per 100 lbs.
Candles   5 cts. per lb.
Cheese   5 cts. per lb.
Cider  10 cts. per gall.
Cigars $1-50 per 100 (l£ct. each)
Coal  $1-25 per ton.
Coffee, raw   2 cts. per lb.
Do., manufactured  10 cts. per lb.
Eggs    12£ cts. per doz.
Flour  .$1-50 per bbl.
Fresh Fruits, viz :-Apples,
Pears, Plums, Cherries,
Currants,    Raspberries,
Strawberries, & Gooseberries   1 ct. per lb.
Gunpowder, sporting   5 cts. per lb.
Do.,       blasting   2 cts. per lb.
Hay $4 per ton.
Lard •• 5 cts. per lb.
Lime 50 cts. per bbl.
Lumber:
Rough, fir and cedar $3 per 1000 feet.
Dressed,       do $5 per 1000 feet.
Shingles $1 per 1000.
Fence Pickets $2 per 1000.
Laths  $1 per 1000.
Sheep and Goats  75 cts. per head..
Hogs    $2 per head.
Potatoes |  $ ct. per lb.
Rice if cts. per lb.
Sugar, raw     1    ct. per lb.
Do.,  refined   lj cts. per lb.
Spirits:— [proof.
Brandy   $2 per gall., according to
Gin. Whiskey, Rum $1-50 „ „
All other kinds $1-50 ,, „
Tea 10 cts. per lb.
Tobacco 25 cts. per lb.
Vegetables, viz:—
Onions   2 cts. per lb.
Other kinds, fresh     1 ct. per lb.
Wheat 35 cts. per 100 lbs.
Wines, viz:—
Champagne and Moselle $3 per doz. (quarts).
China Medicated  $1 per gall.
California, red & white 25 cts. per gall.
Claret 10 cts. per gall.
Port,   Sherry,   and   all
other descriptions 75 cts per gall.
Buckwheat   1 ct. per lb.
Oatmeal  1 ct. per lb.
Cornmeal  i ct. per lb.
Hops    10 cts. per lb.
shot !!!!!!!'.!!!!! 2 cts. per ib. SESSIONAL PAPERS.
OPON THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES THE SEVERAL AD VALOREM DUTIES SET OPPOSITE
. EACH ARTICLE TO BE CHARGED.
FEB CEXT.
Axes  m
Beef, salt   10
Billiard and Bagatelle Tables  12$
Blankets.;  15
Boots and Shoes    15
Bread   20
Cards, playing '.  50
Chocolate  .v ^20 •
Clothing, ready made .-.  45  •
Confectionery  30 	
Drugs, medicines .,  20 	
Dry goods    12$
Eathenware    .'   12$
Fish, preserved, dried, and salt'  15
Firearms •• 12$--
Fruits, preserved And dried   ......... 12$
Furniture   15
Glass and Glassware      12 J
Groceries    '  12$
Hardware and Ironmongry   12 J"
Harness and Saddlery  20 ■
Leather  «.  20   ..  .
Jewellery  ,,i\..t..:  20
Machinery  ..  10
Matches  ,.".'..'  12$
Meat, preserved      12$
Do., fresh   '.<;  20
ill 31
PER CEKT.
Molasses     12$
^il^f.--'. •••"• •  10
Nuts and Ahrionds   12J
Oils.. •  15
Opium   25
Paints    10
Pork, salt  10
Plants, trees, and shirubs  12$
Poultry, dead aodalive- ...•  25
Quicksilver    10
Soap  15
Stationery   12 J
Tinware ..'. ...V.  25
Vegetables, preserved and salt  10
Waggons, Carriages,--&c  2bj
Trunks  12$
Watches and Clocks '  12
Window Sashes and Doors  2Q
Ship "Building'material, f iz :—
•■ Manufactured Sails  20
Cotton Canvas-■     5
Woodenware ►  12 J
Yeast Powders  12$
All other articles not enumerated
in either of the above lists, nor
in the following list of free goods 12$
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES SHALL BE ADMITTED FREE OF DUTY.
Agricultural Implements, Books Printed and Manuscript, Bricks, all Fresh Fruits not enumerated in ;
Schedule of Specific Duties, Gunny Sacks, Iron and Steel, all kinds ot Woods not enumerated in Schedule
of Specific Duties, Calves under 12 months old, Personal Effects, Salt, Garden Seeds, Grain for Seed, Tar
and Pitch, Tin and Zinc, Wire (Iron and Brass), Copper Sheets, Boiler-plates, and Bolts, Copper, Zinc, and
patent metal for Ships, Iron Hoops, Sheet Iron, Rough and partially manufactured Woods used in construction of Carriages and Waggons, and Steel Springs, Anchors, Cables, Chains, and Copper Bolts for Ship
Building, Fresh Fish, Fish Oil, Whalebone, Saw Hemp for Rope Making, Tallow, Gas Retorts, Fire Clay,
F-ui"84 Hides, Lemon and Lime Juice,.Guano, Wool, Oakum and Jute, Rope and Cordage, Hemp, Canvas.
NO. 12.
Enclosure in the Governor's Message No. 22, to the Legislative Council.
To His Excellency the Governor, and the Honorable the Legislative Council of British Columbia,
w, Parliament assembled.
Humbly Sheweth :
That we, your Petitioners, Merchants, Traders, and others in the District of Cariboo, British
Columbia, are labouring under .grievous disadvantage in collecting our Debts, in consequence of
there being in existence here no Law of Attachment or Garnishee, whereby we can -levy on the
property of the Debtor, where we know such property exists at the time of serving the Writ of
Summons, andhold such property in the hands of the Court until a decision in the cause is given.
That your Petitioners well know that Creditors have been ousted out of their just rights, by the
collusive .transfer of property between, the date of service of Summons and that of judgment rendered; ,and that such transfers are considered by dishonest Debtors sufficient security against-any
judgment being enforced against them.
We therefore pray for the creation of a Law of Attachment and Garnishee to apply in our
County and Commissioner's Courts, as will meet the exigencies of the case; also your Petitioners
would pray that the Law of Capias, on Debtors absconding should be redueed to Fifty Dollars;
that within the knowledge of your Petitioners some Debtors have kept their accounts within One
hundred Dollars purposely to evade the Law of Capias as it now exists, and left the country bidding defiance to their Creditors, when it was well known they were possessed of ample monev to
meet their indebtedness.
And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.
Signed by 40 Merchants, Traders, and others.
BarkervUle, B. C, December 14&, 1866. Receipts.
Freight, Passage Money, Conveyance of
Government Stores, Visiting Light
Houses in V. 1., Transport of Government Officers, Coal for Government Offices, &c, &c $9,099 62
Subsidy for carrying Mails from Victoria to Cowichan, Saltspring Island,
Chemainis, Nanaimo, and Comox,
at $470 per month    5,640 00
Expenses whilst employed in carrying
Mails to New Westminster from
Ocean Steamers, from 28th October
to 24th November, Coal, Oil, &c,
$229-10—Half Wages, say $255*..     484 10
NO. 13.
Enclosures in the Governor's Message No. 23, to the Legislative Council.
RETURN OF FINES AND SEIZURES.
CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT.
From 1860 to 1866.
In the year 1860   £306 18 11
„         1861   190 16   0
„         1862  527 11 10
„         1863  1270    1
„         1864   137 19    9
„         1865  318 15    5
„         1866   Ill    6    7
The amount of Fine is settled by the Magistrate before whom the case is tried. The Seizurea
represent the proceeds of the sale of the seized goods, after the expenses have been paid. The
distribution is made in the manner specially prescribed by the "Customs Consolidation Act, 1853."
W. HAMLEY.
Custom House, New Westminster,
5th February, 1867.
■ ♦ '
NO. 14.
Enclosures in the Governor's Message No. 30, to the Legislative Council.
Mr. Pearse to the Colonial Secretary.
Lands and Works, Victoria, B. C,
5th March, 1867.
Sir,—I have the honor, in accordance with the instructions contained in your letter of the 28th
ultimo, to transmit herewith a Return of the Receipts and Expenditure of the Steamer "Sir James
Douglas" for the year 1866.
■ It will be apparent to you that this is far from a true statement of her yearly expenditure, as
the sum of $2,700 was required to fit her for passenger traffic. This sum includes the cost of
making cabins, saloon, and forecastle cabins, removing and altering galley, making and fitting
entirely new masts, spars, rigging, and sails; also, alteration of screw shaft, which was lengthened
and made to rest on bearings on the aftermost sternpost.
The amount credited to the Steamer for carrying the East Coast Mails, is that actually offered
by tender, in a Vessel totally unfit for the purpose.    I have, &c.
B. W. PEARSE.
STEAMER "SIR JAMES DOUGLAS."
STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS FOR THE YEAS 1866.
(Unaudited).
Disbursements.
Wages    $5,090 75
Provisions  2,051 78
Coal, brought to account  4,329 35
not brought to account     300 00
Stores  628 00
Miscellaneous .'.   21 50
Repairs   1,090 84
Fittings  1,616 21
$15,223 72
Statistics.
No. of Passengers carried  1,005
Tons Freight       566$
Head of Cattle, Horses, Pigs, &c
.* The whole amount returned for this service by the Master of the Vessel was $605
formed the coast service when not actually running to the Fraser. SESSIONAL PAPERS.
NO. 15.
Enclosures in the Governor's Message No. 37, to the Legislative Council.
To His Excellency Frederick Seymour, Governor of British Columbia.
May it please Your Excellency :
The Humble Petition of the inhabitants of Vancouver Island respectfully sheweth,
That the Union of the Colonies having been consummated, the Seat of Government should be
placed where it will meet the concurrence of, and afford the greatest accommodation to, the
majority of the inhabitants of the Colony;
That Victoria is the most suitable place that can be chosen for the Seat of Government, and
that its selection fort that purpose would meet with the concurrence of the majority of the inhabitants of the United Colony, whether they reside on the Mainland or on this Island;
That continued uncertainty on the subject can only result in protracted want of confidence, and
in exhaustion of the vitality of the entire community;
Your Petitioners therefore pray that in deference to the wishes of the great majority of the
people, Your Excellency may be pleased to settle the Seat of Government at Victoria, at the
earliest date consistent with the exigencies of the Public Service.
And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c, &c.
(Signed)       W. J. Macdonald,
Mayor of Victoria,
Rodk. Finlayson,
C. Factor, H.B.C., Victoria,
And 1465 others.
To His Excellency FREDERICK SEYMOUR, Governor, and the-Honorable the Members of the Legislative Council of the Colony of British Columbia.
The humble Petition of the undersigned respectfully sheweth
That, notwithstanding they are real property holders in the City of New Westminster, they
humbly pra^tnat, in accordance with the general wish, the Seat of Government may be placed in
the City of Victoria.
And Your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.
(Signed)       p. pro. Dickson, Campbell, & Co.,
J. C. Nicholson,
David Lenevue,
And 48 others.
To His Excellency Frederick Seymour,  Governor of the Colony of British Columbia, and to
the Honorable Legislative Council.
The Memorial of the undersigned Merchants, Farmers, Traders, Packers, Miners, and others,
resident in the interior of British Columbia, humbly sheweth:
1. That when the country is more completely settled the Capital of the Colony would he most
conveniently placed if fixed in the interior of British Columbia.
2. That the present circumstances of the Colony do not appear to justify such a step in the
existing state of road and water communication, aud in the absence of a permanently settled
population.
3. That the financial affairs of the Colony are such as to render any further present outlay for
Government buildings and works next to an impossibility.
4. That there are no suitable or convenient Government Offices in New Westminster, while those in
Victoria are well adapted for Executive and Judicial purposes, and are capacious enough to meet the
requirements of the United Colonies for many years to come.
5. That as our business generally concentrates in Victoria, and is still likely to do so, from its
being the nearest seaport to the ocean, the general depot for merchandise and the head quarters of
the I$anks, if, -will be to our convenience and ^advantage that it should be made the Seat of Go-
vgljnipent until such time as it may be deemed advisable to remove the Capital to the interior of the
Country.
6. That with no feeling of prejudice against New Westminster, we respectfully deprecate its berrfe
selected as the Capital* as such selection must necessarily involve, expense to the Government and
inconvenience to .us, inasmuch.as unless placed in the interior, Victoria offers greater facilities for the
transaction of our business.as a Capital than New Westminster could ever do unless attended with
a very considerable outlay.
7. Your memorialists, in view of the foregoing considerations, and. with the firm belief that the
proposed change would be the greatest good of the greatest number, respectfully pray that the Seat'
of Government may be removed to Victoria at the earliest date consistent with the exigencies of the
Public Service.   And your memorialists, as in duty bound, will ever pray.
(Signed)
Jjuie, Bros.,
• Merchants, Williams Creek,
Robert Borrell,
Bank of B. N. A., Barkerville,
And 316 others.
Similar Petitions were also received from Qariboo, with 245 signatures; from Kamloops and
Columbia Distriot, with 147 signatures; from Yale, Harrison River, anji New Westminster, with
53 signatures; from Lillooet, vrith. 43 signatures; from Lytton to So^-Cjreekj with<r36 signatures. SESSIONAL PAPERS. xvii
NO. 16.
Enclosure in the Governor's Message No. 40, to the Legislative Council.
STATEMENT (approximate) shewing the particulars of the PUBLIC DEBT of VANCOUVER
ISLAND and the MAINLAND respectively, at the time of UNION,- (exclusive of Current
Liabilities.
VANCOUVER ISLAND.
Road and Harbour Loan of 1862 ,, $194 000
Tempoary Loan Act, 1866     70 000
Due to Crown Fund Account     13 000
Temporary Loan :       8 000
Due to the Imperial Government on account of Light-Houses     30,298
Mail Steamer Subsidy, "Active"     15,000
Deduct 330,298
Sinking Fund Investments....     36,600
Total $293,698
mainland.
Roads' Loans of 1862, 1863, and 1864... $ 970,000
Temporary Loans     166,983
Deduct 1,136,983
Sinking Fund Investments     134,000
Total , $1,002,983
ROBERT KER,
Auditor General.
Audit Office, 29th March, 1867.
NO. 17.
Enclosure in the Governor's Message No. 47, to the Legislative Council.
A RETURN shewing the EXPENDITURE under the head of EDUCATION on VANCOUVER
ISLAND during the years 1864, 1865, and 1866, respectively.
1864.
Salaries ...$4,993 76
1865.
Salaries $6,658 61
Contingencies, Stationery, Fuel, Books, &c      187 50
Rent • *     403 55
Repairs to Buildings....,      874 67
$8,124 33
1866.
Salaries $7,598 56
Contingencies, Stationery, Fuel, Books, &c •  1,114 11
Rent?! 1 :..      918 00
Repairs to Buildings      156 00
Audit Office,
April 1st, 1867.
Arrears still due $3,551 05
ROBERT KER,
Auditor General.
$9,786 67 SESSIONAL PAPERS.
NO. 18.
REPORT OF A SELECT COMMITTEE ON POSTAL SERVICE IN THE COLON¥.
Your Committee appointed to enquire into the matter' of the Postal Service of thef tetdi5or of Hie
Colony, and the rates of Postage on letters Carried within the Colony, having availed themselves of
all the information on the subject at their command, have the honor to report:
1. That your Comnmtee are unanimously of opinion that it is impracticable to depend at present
on an Express Company alone for the carriage of all letters-withia-the Colony as Express matter.
2. That in the opinion of the majority of your Committee, it is" advisable to pay a subsidy to
Messrs. Dietz and Nelson of $25,000 per annum for three years, for the carriage of the Mails between
New Westminster and Cariboo, on the conditions set forth in clauses 1, 2, and 5 of the advertisement
for tenders for such Mail Service, issued by the Postmaster General, on the 11th January, 1867,
except that the Mail be carried once a month only during the winter months.: -
3. That the rates of postage be 12 \ cents per single letter on all letters passing through the Post
Office, and 12.\.cents.additional on all letters carried between Yale or Douglas and Cariboo and
intermediate points, or vice versa.
4. That a-sum-not- exceeding $3000 be-appropriated for .the conveyance of the Mails between
Seymour and the Big Bend and Hope and Kootenay, or vice versa, in such a manner as may be
found most advisable.
JOSEPH W. TRUTCH, Chairman.
Council Chamber, New Westminster,
Uh March, 1867. COLONIAL ESTIMATES,
BRITISH  COLUMBIA.
A.
NEW WESTMINSTER:
PRINTED  AT THE  GOVERNMENT PRINTING  OPFICB.  3*£#:
COLONIAL ESTIMATES.—BRITISH COLUMBIA.
A.
ABSTRACT of the probable REVENUE of the Colonial Government of British
Columbia, for the Year 1867, showing also the Revenue received under the similar
heads in the Year 1865, being the year previous to that in which the Estimates are
prepared.
Customs ~)
Port and Harbour Dues )
Roads'Tolls	
Excise Duties	
Land Sales	
Land Revenue	
Rents, exclusive of Land	
Free Miners' Certificates	
Mining Receipts, General 	
Licences	
Postage	
Fines, Forfeitures, and Fees of Court	
Fees of Office 	
Sale of Government Property	
Reimbursement in aid of Expenses incurred by Government	
Miscellaneous Receipts	
Interest	
Arrears of Taxation, due by Vancouver Island	
Total	
Estimate for
1867.
$ 400,000
80,000
1,000
12,000
3,000
2,500
18,000
18,000
60,000
12,000
14,000
8,000
500
10,100
250
36,000
$ 675,350
Revenue of
1865.
$ 359,354
29,542
83,048
947
6,432
4,259
1,243
12,567
21,314
25,195
8,859
7,145
6,349
3,153
8,020
11,487
3,545
$ 592,459 COLONIAL ESTIMATES.—BRITISH COLUMBIA.
ABSTRACT of the SUMS REQUIRED to defray the Expenses of the Colonial
Government of British Columbia, for the Year from 1st of January to the 31st
December, 1867, showing also the amount actually expended in the Year previous
to that in which the Estimates are prepared, viz. 1865.
ho
(SO
o ;5
3 I a.i
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
11'
10
10
10
10
10
11
11
11
11
11
11
1
Establishments
Salaries.
Fixed
Establishment.
156,124    51
Provisional
&. Temporary.
Ulowan- Office Contingencies.
*>, 865    00    750    00
9,275    00
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
1
18
19
11     22
11     23
Estimate for
the year
1867.
Expenditure
of 1865.
169,014 55
3,395 00
600 00
7,800 00
9,500    00
10,000    00
14,900    00
800    00
Pensions, Retired Allowances, and Gratuities	
Revenue Services, exclusive of Establishments	
Administration of Justice, . Do. 	
Ecclesiastical Do. 	
Charitable Allowances	
Education, exclusive of Establishments	
Hospitals Do. 	
Police and Gaois Do. 	
Rent	
Transport.	
Conveyance of Mails ;
Works and Buildings	
Roads, Streets, and Bridges	
Miscellaneous Services	
Interest	
Drawbacks and Refund of Duties, &c	
Immigration	
Redemption of Bonds	
Ill    201    Sinking Fund	
Up 21     Temporary Loans	
Government Vessels I 10,674   00
Lighthouses    10,000    00
195,369 62
727 50
2,056 18
9,849 28
8,054   41
4,242   44
15,545   20
1,881    01
7,260 00 22,237 59
52,820 00 36,445 61
11,400 00 86,266 48
45,000 00280,927 72
5,612 25 31,397 41
89,440 00 64,034 67
600 00 2,311 11
£2,125    00   31,040    00
i0,770   00   33,123   44
1170,000   00       	
Totals $'701,710   80|825,509    67
Vancouver Island Expenditure, 1st January to 15th December, 1865, the latest
date to which Vancouver Islaud Accounts are made up   270,526   49
$1,096,036    16 m%*
*"T*" *tC%
COLONIAL ESTIMATES.—BRITISH COLUMBIA.
ESTABLISHMENTS DETAILED.
CIVIL,
His Excellency the Governor.
SALARIES.
The Governor (provided under Crown Officers' Salaries Acts.)
Private Secretary ....
Messenger      .....
ALLOWANCES.—Nil.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery, &c. ...
Extra Assistance ...
Total His Excellency the Governor
Fixed Establishment.
$1,450
485
100
500
1,93E
600
$2,535
Legislative Council.
salaries.
Clerk
Messenger
ALLOWANCES.—Nil.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery, Fuel, Light, &c.
Total Legislative Council
Fixed Establishment.
$600
Provisional and Temporary.
200
400
$1,200
Colonial Secretary.
SALARIES.
Colonial Secretary (provided under "Crown Officers' Salaries Act, 1863.")
Chief Clerk .....
Clerk £
CJerk - -   , -
Messenger      ......
ALLOWANCES .—Nil.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery, &c.
Printing Branch.
salaries.
Superintendent -
Two Printers, $875 each - - -
Assistant Printer and Messenger Legislative Council
ALLOWANCES.—Nil.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery, &c.
Fixed Establishment.
$1,940
1,450
1,220
250
4,860
750
Fixed Establishment.
1,220
1,75a
530
     3,500
750
Total Colonial Secretary
$9,860
Treasurer.
SALARIES. Fixed Establishment
Treasurer (provided under "Crown Officers' Salaries Act, 1863," if required.)
Chief Clerk
Clerk
Clerk ......
Messenger ------
$1,700
1,450
1,220
250
Sub-Accountant, Victoria
ALLOWANCES .—Nil.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery, &c.
     4,620
Provisional and Temporary.
400
Total Treasurer
$5,020
Assay and Refinery Office.
salaries.
Superintendent of Assay
Chief Melter
ALLOWANCES.—Nil.
CONTINGENCIES;
Stationery, Fuel, Chemicals, &c.
Auditor General,
SALARIES.
Auditor General
Chief Clerk
Clerk
ALLOWANCES.— Nil
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery, &c.
Fixed Establishment.
-     $2,300
1,450
     3,750
200
Total Assay and Refinery Office
$3,950
Fixed Establishment.
-     $2,400
1,450
     3,850
Provisional and Temporary.
1,200
200
Total Auditor General
$5,250 COLONIAL ESTIMATES.—BRITISH COLUMBIA.
ESTABLISHMENTS DETAILED.
CIVIL.
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works and Surveyor General.
SALARIES. Fixed Establishment.
Chief Commissioner of Lands and "Works and Surveyor General (provided under
"Crown Officers' Salaries Act, 1863.")
Assistant Surveyor General and Superintendent of Light-Houses, resident at Victoria $1,900
Clerk
Clerk
Draughtsman ■
Messenger
1,220
1,220
1,220
250
ALLOWANCES .—Nil.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery, &c.
Total Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works and Surveyor General
,810
500
$6,310
Customs.
salaries.
Collector of Customs (provided under "Crown Officers' Salaries Act, 1863.'
Chief Clerk    - - - - -
Clerk .....
Messenger      .....
Deputy Collector, Southern Boundary
Out-dook Department.
Revenue Officer, Victoria ...
Landing Waiter -
Landing Waiter -
Two Boatmen ....
Deputy Collector Burrard Inlet
ALLOWANCES.—Nil.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery $125, Fuel and Light $100
Fixed Establishment.
$1,800 00
1,450 00
250 00
1,700 00
5,200 00
1,700 00
1,450 00
1,000 00
1,396 80
 5,546 80
Provisional and.Temporary.
250    00
Total Customs
225    00
511,221    80
Registrar General.
SALARIES. Fixed Establishment.
Registrar General and Postmaster General (provided under "Crown Officers' Salaries Act, 1863."
Registrar General, Victoria ..... $1,940
ALLOWANCES .—Nil.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery, &c, $100, Temporary Assistance $250 - - 350
Total Registrars General
$2,290
Harbour Master.
SALARIES.
Harbour Master, Government Pilot, and Superintendent of Light Ship
ALLOWANCES. —Nil.
CONTINGENCIES.—Nil.
Total Harbour Master
Fixed Establishment.
$1,800
$1,800
Post Office.
SALARIES.
Deputy Postmaster and Harbour Master, Victoria
Deputy Postmaster, Williams Creek
Clerk and Messenger   ...
ALLOWANCES .—Nil.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery $100, Fuel and Light $150
Fixed Establishment.
-      $1,450
970
750
■     3,170
250
Total Post Office
$3,420
Total of Civil Establishments required under Votes              - -        $52,856   80
His Excellency the Governor ,  $2,535 00
Legislative Council   1,200 00
Colonial Secretary  9,860 00
Treasurer  5,020 00
Assay and Refinery Office  3,950 00
Auditor General  5,250 00
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works and Surveyor General  6,310 00
Customs  11,221 80
Registrar General  2,290 00
Harbour Master  1,800 00
Post Office   3,420 00
$52,856 8C eW
^V
COLONIAL ESTIMATES.—BRITISH COLUMBIA.
ESTABLISHMENTS DETAILED.
JUDICIAL.
Supreme Court.
SALARIES. Kxed Establishment.
Judge of Supreme Court (provided under "Crowfl Officers' Salaries Act, 1863."
Do., .....     $5;820
Registrar  ----.-.        1,450
Deputy Registrar ......        1,220
     8,490
ALLOWANCES.—JViZ.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery, &c,
Total Supreme Court
500
$8,990
Attorney General.
SALARIES. Fixed Establishment.
Attorney General (provided under Crown Officsrs' Salaries Act, 1863.")
Clerk       - - - - - - 1,220
Provisional and Temporary.
Solicitor General during Session of Legislative Council ... 485
ALLOWANCES. — Nil.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery $200, Fuel andJLight $50
Total Attorney General
250
$1,95
High Sheriff.
SALARIES.—NU:
ALLOWANCES.
In lieu of Travelling Expenses
$750
Total Judicial Establishments $11,695
Supreme Court  $8,990
Attorney General     1,955
High Sheriff        750
$11,695
POLICE, INCLUDING PRISONS AND GAOLS.
New Westminster.
salaries.
Police.
Chief Inspector of Police, acting as Magistrate (provided under "Crown Officers'
Salaries Act, 1863.")
High Constable
Two Constables at $700 each .....
Toll Collector and Constable at Dougla3 -
Gaol.
Warden
Two Gaolers at $700 each
Medical Officer
ALLOWANCES .—NU.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery, Indian Messenger, &c,
Fixed Establishment.
970
1,400
1,080
1,220
1,400
500
3,450
Total New Westminster District
3,120
300
$6,870
Magistrate at Victoria.
SALARIES.
Magistrate -
Clerk ....
One Serjeant of Police-
Three Constables at $1.75 each per diem
Gaol.
Gaoler       -
Assistant Gaoler -
Superintendent of Convicts
Two Convict Guards at $638.75 each
Two Door Guards, and one Cook, at $547.50 each
Medical Officer
ALLOWANCES.—Nil.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery, &c,
Fixed Establishment.
$2,250    00
1,000    00
900    00
1,916    25
'  912 50
730 00
912 50
1,277 50
1,642 50
600 00
6,066    25
6,075    00
Total Victoria
200   00
$12,341    25 COLONIAL ESTIMATES.—BRITISH COLUMBIA.
ESTABLISHMENTS DETAILED.
GOLD, ASSISTANT GOLD COMMISSIONERS & STIPENDIARY MAGISTRATES.
Columbia and Kootenay District.
SALARIES.
Gold Commissioner     -
Assistant Gold Commissioner, Kootenay
Clerk to Gold Commissioner
Constable,    Do. ...
Clerk and Constable, Kootenay
Constable, Do.
Clerk and Constable, Fort Shepherd
Constable, Osoyoos     - - -
ALLOWANCES—Nil.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery $500, Fuel and "Light $700
Fixed Establishment.
- $3,400
2,425
1,940
1,400
1,700
1,400
1,400
1,220
   14,{
Total Columbia and Kootenay District
Cariboo, including Quesnel.
SALARIES.
Assistant Gold Commissioner &c,
Clerk
Chief Constable
Two Constables at $1,450 each
One Do.       Quesnel
ALLOWANCES.—NU.
CONTINGENCIES
Stationery $300, Fuel and Light $700
Total Cariboo, including Quesnel
Fixed Establishment.
- $3,400
1,940
1,940
2,900
1,220
11,400
1,000
$12,400
Hope, Tale, and Lytton District.
SALARIES.
Assistant Gold Commissioner
Chief Constable, Yale -
Constable - - -
Chief Constable, Lytton
Toll Collector, Yale     -
ALLOWANCES.—NU.
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery $200, Fuel and Light $350
Total Hope, Yale, and Lytton District
Fixed Establishment.
- $2,400
1,220
1,000
1,100
1,164
6,884
550
$7,434
Lillooet, Clinton, and Soda Creek.
SALARIES.
Assistant Gold Commissioner, &c,
Chief Constable -
Constable, Postmaster, and Toll Collector, at Clinton
ALLOWANCES.—NU;
CONTINGENCIES.
Stationery $125, Fuel and Light $375
Total Lillooet, Clinton, and Soda Creek District
Fixed Establishment.
-     $2,400
1,150
1,000
4,550
500
$5,050
Nanaimo.
SALARIES.
Magistrate and Collector of Revenue
Constable
ALLOWANCES.—198.
OONHSGENCTES.
Stationery, &c,
Fixed Establishment.
1,700
Provisional and Temporary.
730
150
Total Nanaimo District
$2,680 COLONIAL ESTIMATES.—BRITISH COLUMBIA.
No. 1—RECAPITULATION OP THE FOREGOING ESTABLISHMENTS.
Salaries.
Fixed
Establishment
Provisional
and
Temporary.
Allowances.
Office Con-
itingencies.
Total.
Civil Establishments :
Crown Officers' Salaries,as provided byActs
Governor	
Legislative Council 	
Colonial Secretary	
Treasurer	
Assay and Refinery Office	
Auditor General	
Chief Commissioner of Lands & Works, &c
Customs
Registrar General	
Harbour Master	
Post Office 	
Judicial Establishments :—
Supreme Court  .*.	
.Attorney General	
High Sheriff	
Police Establishments 	
Gold, Assistant Gold Commissioners,
Stipendiary Magistrates :—
Columbia and Kootenay 	
Cariboo, including Quesnel	
Hope, Yale, and Lytton 	
Lillooet, Clinton, and Soda Creek.
Nanaimo	
Deduct proposed Refunds by Crown Officers;
His Excellency the Governor     $2,500    00
Colonial Secretary
Attorney General
Treasurer
Chief Commr. Lands & Works
Collector of Customs
Chief Inspector of Police -
Registrar General
f
2,842 50
Total Establishments $ 156,124
47,045
00
1,935
00
600
00
8,360
00
4,620
00
3,750
00
3,850
00
5,810
00
10,746
80
1,940
00
1,800
00
3,170
00
8,490
00
1,220
00
18,711
25
14,885
00
11,400
00
6,884
00
4,550
00
1,700
00
—.	
161,467
05
5,342
50
156,124
55|
200
1,200
250
485
730
2,865
2,865
750
750
9,275
750
47,045
00
600
2,535
00
400
1,200
00
1,500
9,860
00
400
5,020"
00
200
3,950
00
200
5,250
00
500
6,310
00
225
11,221
80
350
2,290
00
1,800
00
250
3,420
00
500
8,990
00
250
1,955
00
750
00
500
19,211
25
1,200
16,085
00
1,000
12,400
00
550
7,434
00
500
5,050
00
150
2,580
00
174,357 05
9,275
5,342 50
169,014 55
No. 2.—PENSIONS, RETIRED ALLOWANCES, AND GRATUITIES.
Pension to D. Cameron, Esq., retired Chief Justice, Vancouver Island
Do. Mrs. D. McLean- -
Do. Mrs. J. D. B. Ogilvy
Total Pensions, &c.
2,425
485
485
$3,395
No. 3.—REVENUE SERVICES (exclusive of ESTABLISHMENTS).
Travelling Expenses of Officers on duty
Trades Licences, Victoria
500
100
Total Revenue Services (exclusive of Establishments)    $600
No. 4.—ADMINISTRATION OP JUSTICE (exclusive of ESTABLISHMENTS).
Summoning Jurors and Witnesses, and other Contingencies                      ... $1,450
Prosecution and Interpreters' Fees, &c.                ..... 1,750
Expenses of Judge and Registrar on Circuit*        ..... 4,000
Expenses attending Inquests, &c, New Westminster and Victoria            -                ' -                  - 600
Total Administration of Justice    - $7,800
No. 5.—Nil.
No. 6.—CHARITABLE ALLOWANCES.
In aid of Hospitals
In aid of the destitute Poor, and sick
Total Charitable Allowances
$9,000
500
$9,500 COLONIAL ESTIMATES.—BRITISH COLUMBIA.
No. 7—EDUCATION (exclusive of ESTABLISHMENTS).
District Schools
$10,000
No. 8.—mi.
No. 9.—POLICE AND GAOLS (exclusive of ESTABLISHMENTS).
New Westminster.—Keep of Prisoners and other Police expenditure at this Station -
Victoria.
Do.
Nanaimo.
Do.
Columbia and Kootenay
Do.
Cariboo.
Do.
Hope, Yale, and Lytton.
Do.
Lillooet.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
$6,700
4,950
500
500
1,000
750
500
Total Police and Gaols (e.xclusive of Establishments) $14,900
No 10.—RENT.
Rent, Government House, Victoria   -
Do., Court House, &c, Lillooet
Do., Harbour Master's Office,jVictoria
Do., Gaol, Nanaimo.
Total Rent
$ 50
250
400
100
$ 800
No. 11.—TRANSPORT.
His Excellency the Governor.
Expenses, visiting Victoria, tours in the Interior, &c. - - -
Colonial Secretary.
Expenses of tours in the Interior, visiting Victoria, &c.
Treasurer.
Freight upon remittances of treasure ....
Auditor General.
Travelling expenses Inspecting Accounts $200, Freight upon Accounts to England $60
Chief Commissioner Lands and Works.
To Inspector of Steamers .....
Gold and Assistant Gold Commissioners.
Actual travelling expenses of Officers on duty ...
Keep of horses throughout the Colony - - - .
Total Transport
$2,5Q0
500
250
260
750
2,000
1,000
$7,260
No. 12.—CONVEYANCE OP MAILS.
Ocean Mail Service
To and from San Francisco, "(Arrears, Vancouver Island)
To and from Victoria and N%w Westminster        -
To and from Victoria and New Westminster (Arrears, Vancouver Island)-
To and from Victoria and Esquimalt - -
To and from Victoria, Nanaimo, Comox, &c,      - -   *
To and from Cariboo, Columbia, &c, -
To and from Columbia, (per Steamer Marten)      -
To and from Victoria and Saanich     - -
Total Conveyance of Mails
No. 13.—WORKS AND BUILDINGS.
Leech- River-Ditch
Repairs to Buildings
Foe Bell, Race Rocks
Total Works and Buildings
$15,000
4,500
1,000
420
4,200
25,000
2,400
300
$52,820
- $5;600-
5,000
800
- $11,400 COLONIAL ESTIMATES.—BRITISH COLUMBIA.
No. 14.—ROADS, STREETS, AND BRIDGES
Repairs to Roads throughout the Colony
No. 15.—MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES.
Expenses connected with Indian Tribes, &c.
Aid to Fire Companies     ....
Do. Public Libraries   ....
Taking charge of Government House and Grounds, Victoria -
Insurance, Government Buildings, Do.
Do. Do. Do.       New. Westminster
Expense of Telegram from House of Assembly to Imperial Government
Completing the Audit of Treasurer's Books, Vancouver Island
Total Miscellaneous Services
No. 16.—INTEREST.
Interest on Loan of 1862 - - - -
Do. 1863 ... -
Do. 1864- ...
Interest on Temporary Loans
Interest on Vancouver Island Loan of 1862
Do. Temporary Loan from Bank, and on Debentures
Total Interest
No. 17.—DRAWBACKS AND REFUND OF DUTIES, &c
Of Customs Duties
Of other Taxes
Total Drawbacks and Refund of Duties, &c,
No. 18.—mi.
No. 19.—REDEMPTION OF BONDS.
Cook's Ferry and Clinton Road Bonds
Vancouver Island Debentures, due 31st December, 1867
Total Redemption of Bon
No. 20.—SINKING FUND
In Redemption of £50,000 Loan, 1862
Do. Do. 1863
Do. £100,000 1864
Vancouver Island Loan of 1862
No. 21.—TEMPOEARY LOANS
Bank of British Columbia, &c,
No. 22.—GOVERNMENT VESSELS.
Sir James Douglas—Pay of Crew,
Coals, and other articles
Total Government Vessels
No. 23.—LIGHTHOUSES.
Race Rocks and Fisguard—Salaries, Stores, and general maintenance of Lighthouses
Light-Ship, mouth of Fraser River - - -
Total Lighthouses
Total Sinking Fund         

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