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PUBLIC AND PRIVATE NATURE.
RESOLUTION creating a commission to revise the con
stitution of the state.
No. 1. Passed Jan. 27, 1897.
Whereas, Since the adoption of the constitution in 1842, the population of the state has largely increased, and its manufacturing industries and business interests of all kinds have grown in a still larger ratio, and
Whereas, From time to time amendments to the constitution have been made, including an amendment providing that in times of war soldiers and sailors who were absent from the state could still have the opportunity to cast their vote; an amendment providing that soldiers and sailors of foreign birth who served in the war of the rebellion should have the right of suffrage upon the same terms as native born citizens; an amendment extending the right of suffrage to all foreign-born citizens who are citizens of the United States, upon the same terms and conditions as those required of native-born citizens; an amendment providing for plurality elections, and others of more or less importance, and
Whereas, There is a wide-spread feeling among the people of the state that the constitution should be carefully and thoroughly revised and such changes as may seem to be advisable, in view of the changed condition of affairs since it was adopted, properly and carefully prepared, therefore
Resolved, That a commission, consisting of fifteen persons, to be appointed by his excellency the governor,
be, and the same hereby is, created, whose duty it shall be to revise the constitution of this state, and to report the same to the general assembly, that it may be submitted to the electors, in the form of an amendment to the present constitution, in the manner prescribed in that instrument.
Said commission is hereby authorized to report in print, to employ a clerk, and to incur such other expenses as may be approved by the governor. The state auditor is hereby directed to draw his orders on the general treasurer, from time to time, for the payment of such expenses, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, upon the order of the governor.
No. 2. Passed Feb. 5, 1897.
RESOLUTION recommending to congress the passage
of a bill for the preservation of the United States Frigate “ Constitution.”
Resolved, That the general assembly of Rhode Island respectfully and urgently request the congress of the United States to take such action as will preserve the United States Frigate “ Constitution as a memorial of the nation's early victories on the sea.
Resolved, That the senators and representatives in congress from this state be, and they hereby are, requested to use their best efforts to secure such legislation as will accomplish said project, and to procure the necessary appropriation by congress for such purpose.
Resolved, That the secretary of state be directed to forward a copy of the above resolutions to each of the senators and representatives in congress from this state.
RESOLUTION requesting the opinion of the honorable
judges of the supreme court on certain questions.
Resolved, that the honorable judges of the supreme court, be and they are hereby respectfully requested to give their opinion to the senate upon the following questions:
1. Are the provisions of Chapter 800 of the Public Laws of Rhode Island, passed March 31st, 1880, constitutional ?
2. Do the quit-claim deeds, executed and delivered by the council of the Narragansett Tribe of Indians, or by a majority of them, of their common tribal lands, and of their tribal rights and claims, to commissioners, under and in accordance with the provisions of section 2 of Chapter 800 of the Public Laws of Rhode Island, passed March 31st, 1880, vest in the state of Rhode Īsland, the right, title, interest and property of said tribe in and to the premises so quit-claimed and deeded as aforesaid?
3. Has the state of Rhode Island acquired, or can said state acquire any valid title or interest in the tribal lands of the Narragansett Tribe of Indians by any proceedings under the provisions of Chapter 800 of the Public Laws of Rhode Island, passed March 31st, A. D. 1880 ?
4. Are the tribal relations, and tribal authority of the Narragansett Tribe of Indians, abolished by the provisions of Chapter 800 of the Public Laws of Rhode Ísland, passed March 31st, 1880 ?
5. Have persons who have taken conveyances from the state under act of 1880, chapter 800, acquired a valid title to lands conveyed ?
No. 4, Passed Feb. 3, 1897.
RESOLUTION appointing joint committee to take into
consideration the subject of the state flag.
Resolved, That a committee consisting of two members of the senate and three members of the house of representatives, be appointed to whom, in connection with the governor and the adjutant general, shall be referred the subject of the state flag.
Said committee shall have power to sit during the recess of the general assembly and is authorized to prepare an act for the establishing by law of a suitable state flag
The sum of two hundred and fifty dollars, or so much thereof as may
necessary, is hereby appropri.
ated from money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, and the state auditor is hereby directed to draw his order upon the general treasurer for said sum for the use of said committee upon vouchers approved by the governor.
No. 5. Passed Feb. 5, 1897.
RESOLUTION upon a petition of Angeline H. Darling
and Lucius B. Darling, executors of the will of Lucius B. Darling, deceased, praying that for reasons therein stated that the acknowledgment of a deed of certain real estate situate in this state, made by said Lucius B. Darling, deceased, and his wife, Angeline II. Darling, on the 8th day of August, 1892, in the state of Vermont, before the register of probate in said state of Vermont, duly authorized under the laws of Vermont, to take acknowledgment of deeds but not authorized by the laws of this state to take such acknowledgment, which deed is recorded in the record of deeds in the city of Pawtucket, in deed book No. 61, at page 16, may be validated.
Resolved, That the prayer of said petition be, and the same is hereby granted, and the acknowledgment of said deed and certificate thereof made by said magistrate are hereby declared and made valid and of the same effect as if said acknowledgment had been made before and certified to by a magistrate then duly authorized under the laws of the state of Rhode Island.
No. 6. Passed May 5, 1897.
RESOLUTION upon the petition of Raymond G. Hodges,
guardian of the person and estate of William B. Hodges, for leave to sell certain real estate of his ward and to invest the proceeds of the same in stock of a corporation as therein prayed for the reasons stated therein.
Resolved, That the prayer of said petition be, and the same is hereby granted, and that said Raymond G. Hodges, as such guardian of said William B. Hodges, is hereby authorized and empowered to sell and convey all the interest of his said ward in the real estate in said Providence, of which the said James R. Hodges died, seized and possessed and has not heretofore been sold or conveyed by deeds from the said heirs-at-law of said James R. Hodges, and to invest the proceeds of such sale in one-quarter of the capital stock of the Hodges Building and Land Company, a corporation formed by the said four heirs-atlaw of said James R. Hodges; and thereupon he shall give additional bond to the municipal court of the city of Providence, as such guardian in such sum as may be ordered by the municipal court of the city of Providence for the faithful discharge of his said duties, with surety satisfactory to the said court.
No. 7. Passed May 4,
RESOLUTION upon the petition of Stephen P. Barker,
Jr., of Newport, in the county of Newport, and 1847.
Voted and Resolved, That the prayer of said petition be, and the same is hereby granted, and that the said William B. Sherman, as guardian of the said Mary W. Barker, be, and he hereby is authorized and empowered to release the inchoate right of dower of said Mary W. Barker, in and to all those certain lots or parcels of real estate in Newport and Middletown, now owned by said Stephen P. Barker, in severalty and in common with his brother, Francis S. Barker, as the same may be sold from time to time: Provided. that such portion of the proceeds of said sale or sales of said real estate as the court of probate of said Newport may direct shall be set apart and invested by the said guardian for the benefit of the said Mary W. Barker, as her prospective dower therein, in such man