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STATE AFFAIRS. Report of the Senate Committee Appointed to Examine the New State-House. A Dead Man (Rest Ills Soul) Comes in for Most of the Plain Talk. Most of the Costly Mud-Pie Filigrees to Be Necessarily Removed. Abolition of the Board and Dismissal of the Architect Recommended. Resumption of Hostilities Against The Tribune Correspondent. The Senate Passes the Bill to Purify Political Primaries. Appropriation by the House of Money to Complete Lincoln's Monument. TIM; STATE410USE. 111,12010 OP TRIM SILSATII SPECIAL COMMIMI OS TER STATI-HOUSI CoMMIsSIONERS. Roelof Disiptddi to 771a Tribes& Semseetaio, BC. Slay 2. Below is the finding ed the Senate Committee: To tAe Honorable President of tAe Senate: The duties assigned your Committee have proven a work of considerable magnitude. At Inc very outset the Committee was confronted with a problem mulch is apparently uneolvable. rebruary. ISO-I, the representatives of the people. with a pardonable pride, enacted a law to provide for the erection of a new State- Howie ; and, to carry Out the will of the people, seven Commonere, reputable men, were 'elected and named for the purposies of the act. to-wit: Jacoo Bunn, John V. Smith. Path') Wadsworth. Jamee C. Robinson, William T. Vandeveer, William L Bambleton. and James H: oevendge. This Commission, with fair liberality, invited competition from the architects of the country. anti. the future Capitol should redect credit on the people of the State, the Cone-elation odered a premium of $3.000 tor the best dosism. Twenty-one architects, anion g them men of world-wide reputation, competed for the premium The Commission awarded the premium to - Jolla C. Cochran., of Chicagu .. who immediately prttared plans and specifications showing that the according to his design, would CObt the sum of 12.537,408, stating, after enumerating the different kinds of work and niaterial that would be ed in the building, that "written proposals are is the architect's Mllee for the above work. and the partite are ready to take contracts accordingly and give security for the performance of the same. A sobeequeut law reduced the Comtuismon to three members. Reser& Bunn. Robinoon. and Beveridge: then Mr. Robinson retired and Jolla T. liteart was appointed thereto, and TflZ BILK OF Till WORK time beta done under the direction of the latter Board. ilepoeing the utmost confidence in the Board of Stste-House Commissioners and the architect working under its direction, the representatives of the peeple have all alocg provided them with every dolor of money they steed for. Thus. in 1867. - the Genera Assembly appropriated it454 000: in - DYE, fel30. ; in 1$7 I, $600. 000; in 1873, in 1873. Ss00, 000or a grand total et $3,500.000. In 1870, the building bad progressed so far, and favoraole contracts for its coin, pietism hail been let, which enabled the Commis-soil to authontatively assure the menioers of the Constitueonal Convention, then in session, that theme of $3.500, WO would prove amply cut- . Lida to complete the building and furnish it, as Mao to anish the grounds round about it. Upon , these assurances, and with a purpose of making the people a direct party to thee contract, the Convention limited the total amount to be expended for the tossw State-Rouse tad ground at that sum, which was voted on anti approved by the people. The sum of B4 .O0U.thal has been expended by the Commission-am, and TO-DAT your Committee finds the building only partially enapieted. many departments of the State Govern-net anfamished, and the grounds &sterile waste, covered with the debris of the building and unfenced. Ibis, then, is the problem which your Committee MO sought to solve: For the last six year tee Beard of state-Honee Commissioners and '-,,,, the principal and acting architects have biennially aesureci the Governor, and through him proclaimed to Me people, that for $3, 500. 000 we might expect to complete the entire structure by the 1st of - January, IS77." Wbv these responsible persons have failed in the fultillment of their oft-repeated lidetidogee is a subject of grave concern. As early as elintewD AND egACTIcAL men expressed their convictions that the cuntracting architect could mot. nor did be ever intend to. lawn the building according to the original plane and specifications, or within anything like the sum flamed in his eetimates. On the 10th of February of that year, the Senate palmed a resolution "instructing the Committee on Public Buildings to 'take a Morsel& investigation of the affairs relating to the new State-House." That Committee was composed of Senators Snapp, Fort, Fuller, 'Ward. Strevell, Crawford, Nicholson, Shepherd, and Caseysine as able and dietinguished gentle-Dien as were then in the Senate. That Committee, after carefully fortafying itself with evidence, entesisatiesty ordered the following: "Resoived, That. in the opinion of this Committee, the architect 'John C. Cuchranel and his aseistant of the - Stats-House should be immediately removed." "And the Committee further etates, from the best Information it can obtain, according to the plan. sad specitications it has been able to procure of the new State-Douse, that if allowed to be completed under the present Order of things the said Stare-House will coot not less than Vs, WO, OW, aad might cost even $8, WO, u00." ONLY A SROKT TIMI PREVIOUS SI this report of the Senate Committee. the architect, John c. Cochrane, had made a written state-'tent to the Connuissioners, that, "including all this extra cost for the deep foundations, with labor and materials at the present prices, and there is a proopect that tney will be lower, the entire builijjn aeeording to the design. will not cost a sum exceeding $3, 000,000, and leaving at that about $100,000 above the estimates for contingencies. The estimates presented with the orginal design were not those of the architect, but from -.responsible contractorsmen who were reads to Like the contract and rive security for the faithful perfermance of the same; and it may be proper to state that a proposal Ems been received for the cut-stone work ot the entire buildine, Within the present week, at the sum of $40, 000 less than the orisnnal estimate, which goes to show that tue origimid estimate was reliable." ' Dit alOHT018. - 'Without going Into the details of the copartnership which existed between John C. Cochrane and - A. H. eiquetuird, justice to the preseet ComMissioners demands the statement that for several Years Mr. Cochrane has had but little to do with the uutiding. Owing to the fact of Mr. Pionenard being dead, your Committee feels a great delicacy -in criticising his conduct, and would entirely refrain from any reference to him, did not justice to all concerned imperatively demand it. He was a man of genius and eminent ability in hie profession, but he was a Frenchman, with expensive ideas and extravagant tastes, and made his plane and proseceted ins work on the State-House With la utter disregard of expense. The larger Denten of the expense of the building over the estimates hae been caused, in the opinion of your Committee, by the excessive and elaeoritte ornamentatiou and by the many deluges from the wightal plans adopted by Mr. Pio denard. In oratateittaldJu the Supreme Court-room may be tiled as an instauce of expensive decoration, a witiol anon which a large sum of money has been IfOlt,1 PHA'S csitnasscir KEPENDKII The change of plans for the dome has involved atwitter additional heavy expense of S)-lia, 388-57- areference to the testimony submitted herewith mil show many other changes with like expensive results. lour Committee took a large amount of teightiony in repird to the material used and the harmer in which the building has been constructed, and finds the terra cotta of which the balustrades and dormer window. are made of poor Quality, and, in the opinion of your Committee act durable. Throughout the building large quantities of Portland cement have been used as a sue- - smute for stone, marble, or tiling, and it id and admitted to be of Inferior quality and will own hauv to be replaced. The wood or 1.1rUirquetryi flooring in the State departments is a ilIire by reason of the shnneage of the material. slid will have to be removed and other flooring usuhsetated. The scagliola, or imitation marble, mit in the main corridor and hall of the House is also tuipitrfectly made and lack. durability, and y )11 have to be replaced by snmethiug better and More substant lat. The Committee Ia 'Limits No PLIASCRII n Pointing out the defects, and only singles out the ennuinent and obvious' in the line of duty. 'stir Committee Enda among the incidental ex. ilitesee attending the erection of the buildtng the items: Counniseloners' salaries, -it,- ti:..tre Secretary's salary, $15,3:!ti; attorneys' 7' 83,200; the architects have been paid $.83,000 ployM.Mus. hoe Committee further believes that the reten 711 11 the Present architect, by which he will be 'Itensed emotional commissions amounting to 330100tis wholly unjust to the people said unnecessary; that, as the plazoi and specificatious are now all complete, and the original contract with the architect expired, a comnetent person at a reasonable salary ought to be employed to superintend the completion of the building. As PoR Till AMOUNT OF MONIT which shall yet have to be appropriated to finally complete the building. your Committee can out! approximate. The principal architect claims that it will require Vida, 887: Lie Superintendent (who is also an architect) informs your Committee that 1531, 712 will be sufficient. Mr. Commiesioner Stuart believes that $500,000 will be quite enough. Not being archttecto or maeter-builders, your Committee leaves this question of deficiency with the best judgment of the members of the General Assembly. Your Committee. it will be seen, hes pointed out a !timber of the more prominent defects in the construction of the building, but, notwithstanding all theee, the edifice, if completed in accordance with the plans. will be a enlendid structure, admiraoly adapted for the purposes for which it was designed, and worthy of the people of the great State of Illinoie. THIE DIAD MAN, RN DID IT. , Your Committee would further state, in justice to 'the Stato-House Commissioners, that while the evidence shows they have made many mistakes, and have not fulfilled the pledges made in regard to the amount required to complete the work. yet they were not mechanics themselves, and bad to depend entirely upon - their architects for plans: and the evidence shows they were deceived and misled by the acting-architect, upon whose judgment they relied. Your Committee close e with the following recommendations: 1. A speedy enactment of a law to secure the four acres of ground south of the Capitol. free of coed to the State, as promised by certain citizens of Springfield. 2. That the office of State-House Commissioners and the Secretary be abolished. 3 That John C. Cochrane be removed as chitect. 4. That $15, 000 be appropriated the Secretary of State for the purpose of incloeing the building from waste or damage. 4. That the report and testimony be printed, etc. MALDNIS L. D. WEITING, r Jle,XitS01 RAINVY. R. IL McCiaLLAN, IL J. FRANTZ. Es cittcanon sHOR? INTERVIEW WITff MIL COCHRANE. Mr. John C. Cochrane was found at his office, No. 94 LaSalle street He was exceedingly-ourprised to hear that the Legislative Committee had decided to bounce him. The reporter asked if he had any explanation to offer or any data to furnish. "No," said Mr. Cochrane, "I want time to think this matter over. I am just going home, out to Riverside, aud I'll tell you all about it afterwards. Mr. Picquenard was the architect. but I mimetic, aa senior psrtner. I might be considered responsible. Ile made some changes in the work. He is dead. and I suppose that is why his name is not mentioned in the dispatch. I cannot tell you anything about it. I am astonlahed. Good-by ; I've got to catch my train. I will let you know all about this matter as soon as I get ready." And Mr. Cochrane disappeared. THE LEGISLATE:TIM NOUSE PROCEEDINGSLINCOLN. , Special Dispaice to Tat Tribes& SPitntorteup, Ill., May 2. The bill making appropriation of $27,000 for completion of the Lincoln monument came up this morning, and, after a very brief discussion. passed by 100 yeas to 29 nays. The feature of the discussion was the speech of Mr. Powell, the oldeet member of the Douse. Ile said: "I was In the Blackhawk war with Mr. Lincoln. I say he was one of the best men that ever lived. I say It, though I now vote against his principles. I would stand ten times my assemment to build his monument. I honor his uhes. 1 wish the bill would pass. That's all I want to say." The earnest slinvlicity with which the Representative front Scott . spoke called forth loud applause. During the discussion, if discussion it could be called (for nobody opposed the bill). Mr. Palmer, in response to inquiries, presented the following statement of the financial condition of the Lincoln Monument Association: LI LBILITTIS. Balance due for the Coat-of-arms. statue of Mr. Lincoln, infantry and marine groups-1 3. e68.82 Coot of cavalry and artillery groups delleored --sLSpringtield 27,40).00 Coat of putting the four groups in place (estimated) 54)0.00 Three bronze doors (estimated). 2.500.00 Total when completed Ald6SWES Illinois State bonds ....... 2, On. 00 til4 cannon ...... 5,000.00 8 'Lenox() Required to complete $27,06.d7 GATE-MONLY. Mr. Truesdell asked whether the lot on which the monument stood was vested in the State or in the Cemetery Association. Mr. Palmer said it was in the Monument Association, but that the Association was prepared to trunsfer it to the State, 31r. Truesdell said he asked because It was a die grace that vieitors from all parte of the world to the tomb of Lincoln should be charged an sten fee. This gate-money charge was shameful, and ought, by some action, to be done away with. Mr. Matthews supported the bill in an eloquent addreste, in which he urged that the bill be pawed unanimously, and that the like honor be shown to the memory of Douglas by poising that bill also, when it came up. Mr. Trueedell "aid that non more warmly supported the bill than he. Tun REOLCTION OP MR. CALLON. The Speaker announced the following CommiX- tee upon Mr. Callon', reeolution of censure against T a. TelerNa correspondent: Mee erg. Callon. Ashton, and Baldwin. BLEACHED BARIAT. Mr. Black, from the Committee on Corporations reported a bill making it a criminal offenee for any person or persons to bleach or whiten barley or other grain. A bill directed againet the same swindle has been introduced in the Senate by Mr. Buehler. MR. BOTDSTON'S RAILROAD BILL was passed by 108 ayes to 16 noes, and now goes to the Senate. It provides that every railroad corporation in this State shall furnish,. start, and run cars for the transportation of such paseeneer and property within a reasonable tune alter such paesengers and property shall be offered for transportation at the several stations on its line of railroad, and at its junction with other railroads at such Stopping-places as may be established for receiving and diochargine way or through passeneers and freight, and shall take, receive, and discharge such paseengers and property at, from. and to such atations, junction., and places on and from all trains advertieed to stop at the same for passengers respectively, upon the payment or tender of payment of toils, f reight, or fare legally authorized therefor, if payment shall be demanded; and it shall be the duty of every rail41: road corporation, upon the application of the own-il Cr of property in transit by the car-loact from any part in tnis State, or any other State, to any place of deetination in this State, to any authorized agent - of this corporation, and upon the payment of all the charges due at the place to which such car-load of property is consigned, within this State, to set out al such car-loads of property for the purpose of unloading on the demand of the owner. or the authorized agent of the owner. and the said owner or his agent shall havt the privilege to unload such property, and reload said cars, or the same number of cars, with the mune Property, or like property. for transportation to the same place of destination as the former consignment, and shall be billed with only such reasonable compensation for the labor of setting out such property in car-loads as shall be deemed jusL not. however, to exceed 55 per carload, and any company or corporation who shall set out car-loads of property under this act shall not be required to furnish cars to reload such property, or take property, after the expiration of thirty days from the time such property shall be set) out. LANDLORD AND TENANT. The bill of Mr. Smith, of Cook, to amend the law relative to forcible entry and detainer was, alter some debate, passed by 79 ayes to 47 noes. The important change effected by the bill (should it pass the Seuate and become law) is that it gives the landlord, upon execution of a bond, possession, even though the tenant appeals the case. The bill provides that if any party shall feel aggrieved by the decision of the trustee, the vetdict of the Puy, or decision of the court, upon any trial bad under this act, such party may have an appeal to be taken to the same courts, in the same manner and tried in the same way as appeals are taken and tried In other cases; provided, the appeal is prayed and bond is filed within live days from the rendition of the judgment; and pro-riled, further, that when judgment is rendered for the plaintiff a writ of restitution shall issue in all caeeiL if the plaintiff shall within five days from the rendition of such judgment give and tile a bond in a reasonable sum, conditioned to pay all such damages and coots aa may be awarded against him if anal judement ii rendered for the defendant; and on trial if the jury find for the defendant, they shall find the damages sustained by him; and in case of non-snit his damages shall be assessed by the court; and the claimant may give evidence of any claim for rent of the premiees, to be set off against damages claimed by the defendant. If the defendant prevails, the court may or may tiot, as justice requires. issue a writ to restore him possession of the premises. A NEW ELME. 'rhe Committee on Rules this morning reported a new role, which was adopted, and under which the first ordereach morning will be committee reports and Senate bills on first reading. Whether It will expedite ba-ines or only pile up business that cannot be finished remains to be seen. CAPITAL STOCK. The preliminary skirmish on Senate Bill 114 occurred in the House this morning. Senate Bill 114 is that which provide s. not for the release, but for the reassessment and equalization of capital stock of incorporated companies for the years 1a73, '74, and '75. The bill was reported by Mr. Matthews from the Revenue Committee with recommendation that it pass with amendments offered by the committee. These were. first, that the reassessment ehould be made only upon application of .thoparty aggrieved by the assessment heretofore made, and that such assessments should be made by the State Beam of Equalization at its next session and not thereafter. Mr. Baldwin inoved that the bill and amendments be referred to the Judiciary Committee. Without debate. the ayes and noes were called amidet considerable excitement, and Mr. Baldwin motion to refer Was carried by 70 ales to tA0 noes STATE Report of the S Appointed tc New Sta Abolition of missal of t Besumpt stgallist Con The Senate Purify Pc Appropriation to Com S' WORT OP TR OS Tilt STATI boreal Dis Searecentio, ed the Senate Comu To tile Honorable duties assigned yl work of considerati set the Committee mulch is apparently le Seernary. 1$6' people. with a par provide for the e and. to carry Out Ur mistionere, repute named for the purp Bunn, John W Jameto C. Robin William L Ha Bevendge. This relay, invited c Sects of the country reflect credit on the :Motion odered a p &A.m. Twenty-ol of world-wide repa am. The COMELliat - J0111 V. Cochran., prepared piens and according sum of 12.537,40si, different kinds of w ascot in the buildin ia the architect's Of parties are ready to give security for tie subsequeut law red members. Meson. midges then Mr. Stuart wee appointe THZ Et la been done und Board. Repoaing the utm State- House Comn working under its d the people have all dollar of money the the Genemi Assem Bele. $4430, 000 ; I 11.003.o00; iu 181 of $3, 54JO. 000. 11 reseed so far, and , locum had been le sloe to authontatit Counter nal Con the sum of SalWC Iciest to complete Mao te gnish the dime asourances, the people a dit the Convention to be expenne House and grounds on anti approved S4C WO, thal ha heel ars, aud your Committee Cu onnpleted. many di meet anturnished. covered with the de fence& lbw, the: Committee hao sou:, years um Boartl of the principal and at steered the Govern, to the people, that pect to complete - January. 1:477." I have failed in the is a subject SHREWD expressed their co architect could at Lush the building aid specifications, Mimed in hie eetim, of that year, the St tructing the Cou a make a thoreigh in tug to the new r a was composed of Ward. Strevell, and Caseysine as Men as were then alter carefully to , tentotisteasty oriel That. in the opium tett iJohn C. tech , - State-House shou And the Commit , Information it can and speolications the new State-liou Dieted under the p' State-House will 4 $ad might coot eve OrtLI A So this report of It Sect, John ç. Coct Inent to the Conot this extra coot to labor and materials is a prospect that aecordin cunt exceeding 14.1 about $140, 000 a tingencleo. The eraginal design We but from -,resportaill ?P(IT to take the co faithful performan proper to state th for the cut-stone Within the present less than the orisnn that tile original els , 'Without going hi ship which existed A: H. Piquetutrd, ansaioners demand Years .11r. ceichrai toe einiding. owl being dead, your in .criticis ing his o train froin any leetice to all colic' tio was a man of go profession, but he sive ideas and exti pianS and prosecuti with an utter disr Denten of the ex Tx timates has been ce Committee, by the lientatiou and by nrigual plane adop inainitatisin the Med as an insteut Zoom anon which a Wousa TRANI t &to; A re will It'll teat "Baru et, 1 11144 Qua! ribt 4 tilt stitt prow , ww,11 Irian Lill aild 'Abe' lioni al.0 11,)11 mon Tb , ba p( Lori 10111 Peus to!le 1:)2. lees, le e( '-' IC boll alto' kir . Filigree sari. Al.PLP yews so ussion was the member of the Bleckhawk war one of the best rough I now vote stand ten times meat. I honor pass. Thefts all licity with which ooke called forth ,ssion it could be 1), Mr. Palmer, :d the following ,n of the Lincoln stue of & 4388.87 eUvred 27, 400.00 ott (CAM 2,aoo.00 084.87 2.04)000 7,ono.00 ...... $27,o6rs7 the lot on which the State or in lonument Assowas prepared to sense it was a di rto of the world to !harged an liciM18 ;e was shameful, done away with. Pill in an eloquent the bill be passed onor be shown to mg that bill also, nor warmly sup- L. CALLON. illowing Commit- of censure against Nestle- Callon, xy.. 1 e on Corporations. ,a1 offense for any whiten barley or against the same he Senate by Mr. 4 OAD BILL Pee, and now goes every railroad corish, start, and run such passenver liable time alter ty shall be of- o several atation It. junction with places as may be ochargins way or 'lad shall take, re- gets and property ructions, and places to stop at the y, upon the pay- its, freight, or fare iayment shall be uty of every relic," cation of the own-4i !ar-load, from any Late, to any place o any authorized and upon the is due at the oad of proper- ate, to set out al purpose of tin- ier. or the author- said owner or his unload such prop- .1 same numberof like property. for ice of destination hall be billed with on for the labor of r-loads as shall be exceed 55 per car- oration who shall rider this act shall o reload such prop- expiration of thir- iperty shall be set ok, to amend the ind detainer was, ayes to 47 noes. r the bill (should w) is that it gives of a bond, posses- Me-appeals the ease. Lrty shall feel ag- rustee, the vettlict art, upon any trial ay have an appeal in the same man-appeals are taken vided, the appeal within live daya Artlent; and pro- ent is rendered for shalt issue in all five days from rive and tile a bond d to pay all such arded aesinst him ir the defendant; le defendant, they by him; and in il be assessed by give evidence of iises, to be set off Iefendant. If the lay or may 110t, CS to restore him iorning reported a id under which the :ominittee reports Whether it will business that can- u. C. etude Bill 114 oc- ;. Senate Bill 114 the release, but lization of capital Les for the years is reported by Mr. amittee with rec- mendments offered first, that the ress- on application of tosment heretofore should be made on at its next sea-bill and amend- iciary Committee. noes were called aud Mr. Baldwin '0 ape to I noes

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