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Quorum present.

The following gentlemen appeared and were sworn in by the Honorable Lewis Ramage, Judge of the Sixth Judicial District Court:

Messrs. E. B. Mott, Jr., William Johnston, John L. Gibson, O. Harvey, Joel H. Cooper.

Journal of yesterday read and approved.
Mr. Barker offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Standing Rules of the last session govern the proceedings of this House till changed.

Adopted.
Mr. Welty offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Assembly do now proceed to the election of its officers and attachés, in the following order:

1. Speaker. 2. Speaker pro tem. 3. Chief Clerk. 4. Assistant Clerk. 5. Minute Clerk. 6. Sergeant at Arms. 7. Assistant Sergeant at Arms. 8. Enrolling Clerk. 9. Engrossing Clerk. 10. Journal Cierk. 11. Two Copying Clerks.

Adopted.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS.

For Speaker-Nominations being in order, Mr. Splivalo nominated Thomas B. Shannon, of San Francisco.

Mr. Luttrell nominated A. R. Andrews, of Shasta.
The vote was taken, as follows:

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Cooper
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Eagan....
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Ellis
Everett
Franck....
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French
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Gibson....
Goodall
Gray...
Harvey
Hayes....
Henshaw
Hopper
James
Johnston..
Jost.......
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Little......
Lofton.
Long....
Luttrell..
Mathers..
Meeker....
Mott, of Los Angeles....
Mott, of Sacramento..
Munday
McCullough
Pardee.......
Rector....
Reed
Rice
Russ
Sammons.
Sargent, of Santa Clara......
Sargent, of San Joaquin...
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Mr. Shannon having received a majority of all the votes cast was declared duly elected Speaker.

Mr. Bradley moved that a committee of three be appointed by the Chair to conduct the Speaker to the Chair.

Carried.

The Chief Clerk appointed as such committeo: Messrs. Bradley, Harvey, and Wilcox.

The committee conducted the Speaker to the Chair, where Judge Ramage administered the oath of office.

REMARKS OF THE SPEAKER.

GENTLEMEN OF THE ASSEMBLY: I accept the office of Speaker, sensible of its honors and appreciating the delicate duties it imposes. A presiding officer can do much to expedite legislative business. In the organization of committees (upon which so much depends), he puts in motion the law-making machinery, and by an impartial and rigid enforcement of the recognized rules for the observance of order, he leads in preserving the dignity of the House, and securing for it the respect and confidence of the community. In these and all other matters appertaining to my office, I shall bring to my aid whatever of ability and experience I possess, and shall under all circumstances be actuated by an anxious solicitude to do right. But to insure success as a legislative body, there must be an everpresent realization of individual responsibility. Industry and application must be brought steadily to bear upon every proposition that is offered for our consideration. No vote should be thoughtlessly given nor definitive action taken on any subject without due deliberation. In making laws, the interests of the public should occupy the paramount place in our purposes, and every official action should be directed by an enlightened regard for the people's happiness and advancement in the scale of prosperity and civilization. Their wishes, as expressed in the late canvass, or as they may be made manifest by petition, ought to influence our deliberations and meet with a ready response from this Chamber. They who have honored and commissioned us as their representatives, demand some radical modifications oî systems tried and found oppressive. This remark especially expresses the senti. ments predominant in San Francisco. In behalf of my colleagues and constituents, I bespeak the coöperation of all in aid of much needed reformatory measures for the metropolis. She asks us to inaugurate a system that shall keep pace with her progress and permit her people to exercise their energy, untrammeled by the mistakes of our predecessors. But our attention must not be confined to the wants of the commercial center. The interests of the most sparsely settled districts demand a corresponding care and are entitled to receive our best consideration. If we observe these general rules, public expectation will not be disappointed, the general good will be promoted, and we will return to our l'espective constituencies confident of their approbation.

Gentlemen, I return you my most gratetul acknowledgement for the honor you have confered on me.

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Rector
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Rice
Russ
Sammons.
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