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APPENDIX TO THE JOUMALS



OF THE



SENATE AND ASSEMBLY



OF THE



TWENTY-THIRD SESSION



OF THE



LEGISLATURE OE THE STATE OE CAITEORNIA.



Voliaixie VI.




SACRAMENTO:

STATE OFFICE : I : J. D. YOUNG, SUPT. STATE PRINTING.

1880.



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CONTENTS



1— Transactions of the California State Agricultural Society during the year 1879.

2_lieport of the Board of Bank Commissioners of the State of California.

3— Report of the Committee appointed to investigate the charges of bribery, made by Senator

Thomas Kane.
4_TestimoDy taken by the Committee on Public Lands.



TRANSACTIONS



CALIFORNIA



STATE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY



DURING



The Year 1879,




SACRAMENTO:

STATE OFFICE : : : J. D. YOUNG, SUPT. STATE PRINTING.

1880.



STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE FOR 1880.



DIRECTORS :

DANIEL FLINT _ Sacramento.

CYRUS JONES San Jos^.

G. W. COLBY Nord, Butte County.

GEO. W. HANCOCK Sacramento.

L. J. ROSE Los Angeles.

E. H. NEWTON Woodland.

W. P. COLEMAN - Sacramento.

L. U. SHIPPEE Stockton.

P. A. FINIGAN San Francisco.

PRESIDENT :

H. M. LARUE Sacramento.

SECRETARY :

I. N. IIOAG Yolo (P. 0. Sacramento).

treasurer:
L. A. UPSON Sacramento.

SUPERINTENDENT OK PARK:

DANIEL FLINT Sacramento.

SUPERINTENDENT OF PAVILION:.

W. P. COLEMAN Sacramento.



CONSTITUTION



OF THE



CALIFORNIA STATE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY



ARTICLE I. NAME.

Section 1. This Society shall be called "The California State Agricultural Society."

ARTICLK II. OBJECT.

Section 1. It shall be the object of this Society to encourage the cultivation of the soil, and
the general development of all the agricultural resources of this State.

Sec. 2. To foster every branch of mechanical and household arts calculated to increase the
happiness of home life.

Sec. 3. To extend and facilitate the various branches of mining and mining interest.

article III. — MEMBERSHIP.

Section 1. Anjiual Members.— Any person who has, during the year eighteen hundred and
sixty-five, or who shall, during this year, or any subsequent one, pay into the funds of this
Society the sum of five dollars, may become a member of the same; such membership to expire
on the thirlv first day of the following December.

Sec. 2. Life Members.— Any person may become a member for life by the payment of fifty
dcUars; or, if already a member, by the' payment of forty dollars, and shall thereafter be
exempt IVom all dues and assessments.

Sec. .3. Honorary and Corresponding Members.— Any person whom the Board shall propose
may be elected an honorary or corresponding member, and shall enjoy, free of charge, all the
privileges of the Society, except voting and liolding office.

Sec. '4. Privilecjes of Meinbers.— Any citizen of this State, being a member of this Society,
shall be eligible to office, entitled to vote, and enjoy the free use of the library, under the rules
of the same', and have free admission, accompanied by his wife and minor ciiildren, to all the
exhibitions of the Society, and .shall be permitted to compete for premiums in any or all depart-
ments.

Skc. 5. Erpulsion of Members.— Any memh&T who shall present for exhibition any article
or animal wliich he is'not entitled bv the rules of the Society to exhibit, or who shall attempt
to deceive, or be guilty of a breach of good faith toward the Society, may be expelled by a vote
of two-thirds of the members present at any meeting of the Society ; provided, ahoays, that no
member shall be expelled unless written notice of the alleged offense shall have been served on
him, or left at his usual place of residence, at least twenty days previous to the action.

article IV. — OFFICERS.

Section 1. The officers of this Society shall consist of a President and nine Directors, who
shall constitute a State Board of Agriculture, five of whom shall constitute a quorum. They
sliall elect a Treasurer and Secretary, not members of the Board. They may also appoint,
annually, as officers of the Board, a chemist, a botanist, a meteorologist, a geologist, a metallur-
gist, an "ornithologist, and an etomologist, and define the duties of each. They may appoint
such committees on the various departments of agriculture, mining, and manufactures, either
generallv, or for specific purposes, as they may deem important for the best interests of tiie
Slate, and require such committees to report the results of their investigations to the Board at
such times as may be named by them.

Sec. 2. Duties of President.— The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board and
of the Society; .shall have power to call special meetings of the Board \yhen necessary, and at
the written request of ten members may call extra meetings of the Society; shall appoint all
meetings not otherwise provided for; shall vote only at the election of officers, and in ease of a
tie; and shall sign all financial and official documents emanating from the Society, and not
otherwise provided for. In the absence of the President from any meeting of the Board or
Society, any Director may be called to the chair, and during such meeting, and for the com-
pletion of any business transacted, or ordered at the same, shall have the same powers as the
President.



TRANSACTIONS OF THE

Duties of Secretary.— The Secretary shall conduct the correspondence of the Society,




subject to the Board of Directors. He shall attend all meetings of the Society and the Board,
keepina; a full record of the doings of each in a separate book, and shall furnish a copy of the
proceedings of each meeting to the Committee on Publication within five days after the close of
such meeting. He shall prepare and publish all notices of meetings, shall keep a roll of all
standing committees, and call the same (noticing absences) whenever desired to do so by the
Chair; shall sign all certificates of honorary and corresponding memberships, and forward the
same to those elititled to receive them. He shall keep, in a book prepared for that special pur-
pose, the name and address of every member; shall prepare and sign all gratuitous or compli-
mentary cards or tickets of admission; shall countersign all diplomas, certificates of merit, etc.,.
awarded by the Society, and forward the same to their respective claimants. He shall be ex
officio Librarian ; shall" keep the seal, and all the plates, dies, engravings, etc., belonging to the
Society, and shall cause to be struck therefrom such medals and impressions as may, from time
to time, be required. He shall have charge of all specimens, models, plants, seeds, books, etc.,
and arrange, prepare, or distribute the same under the direction of the Board. He shall pre-
pare all reports to be made by the Board to the Society, and all reports to be made by the
Society to the State. He shall receive all moneys due or payable to the Society, and pay the
.same to the Treasurer, taking his receipt therefor; shall hold all bonds filed by officers of the
Society for the faithful performance of their duty,andall vouchers for every class of expenditure.
He shall countersign all drafts ordered by the Board, and all certificates of annual and life mein-
bership, and, keep an account of the .same in a separate book, as they are issued, and shall, in
December of each year, prepare a tabular statement of the receipts and expenditures of the
Society, according to the law incorporating the same. For which services he shall receive such
compensation as the Board shall decide to pay.

Sko. 4. Duties of the Treamrer. — The Treasurer shall receipt for all funds at the hands of the
Secretarv, and shall disburse the same only on the order of the Board, attested by the President
and the Secretary. He shall also hold in trust all certificates of stock, bonds, notes, deeds, or
other evidences of debt or possession belonging to the Society, and shall transfer, invest, or dis-
pose of the same only by direction of tlie Society, or by a written order of the Board. He shall,
within ten days after his election, file with the Secretary a bond for the faithful performance of
his duties; said bond to be approved by the Board, and to be in a sum equal to twice the com-
bined amounts of the funds on hand and the estimated revenue for the year; and shall, at the
annual meeting, make to the Society a detailed report of all his doings; for which services he
shall receive such compensation as the Board shall, from time to time, decide to pay.

Sec. 5. Duties of the Board.— 'Th.& Board of Managers shall have the general and financial
management of all tiie affairs of the Society in the interim of annual meetings. It shall fill all
vacancies occurring between elections, and shall make the necessary preparations and arrange-
ments for all meetings, fairs, exhibitions, etc. Tlie Board shall also have power to make its
own by-laws (not inconsistent with this Constitution), and arrange the time and place of its
own meeting.

AKTICLK V. — STANDING COMMITTEKS.

Section 1. Committee of Finance. — The Committee of Finance shall consist of three (the
President and Secretary being two), whose duty it shall be to audit the Treasurer's account, to
examine and approve all bills before they arc paid, to have general supervision of the finances
of the Society, and to report their doings iii full to the Board whenever called on so to do.

Skc. 2. Library Committee. — The Library Committee shall consist of three (the Secretary
being one), whose duty it shall be to have the general supervision of the library and cabinet, to
make all necessary rules and regulations for the government of the same (said rules and reg-
ulations being subject to the approval of the Board), to suggest such means for the safe keeping
and enlargement of both the library and cabinet as they may deem expedient, and to make a
full report of their doings, together witli the state of the department under their charge, at each
annual meeting.

Sec. ?>. Visiting Committee.— The Visiting Committee shall consist of three, whose duty it
shall be to visit and examine all farms, orchards, vineyards, nurseries, field crops, mining
claims, ditches, mills, etc., which may be entered for competition, and which shall require
examination at other times and places than the annual fair; to award premiums for the same
ac(!(>rdiiig to the schedule, and recommend such gratuities as they may deem proper, and make
a full report to the Board at least one day previous to the annual meeting.

Sec. 4. Committee on Publication. — The Committee on Publication shall consist of three (the
President and Secretary being two), whose duty it shall be to contract for and superintend,
under tliedirecUnn of the Hoard, all printing and publishing necessary for the prosperity of the
Society.

AllTICI.E VI. — DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS.

Section 1. All donations, bequests, and legacies to this Society, designated by the donors for
any particular purjiose embraced within the objects of the Society, shall be with strict fidelity
HO applied : and tiie name of each donor, together with the amount and description of such
donation, and the object for whicli it was desiguatedj shall be registered in a book kept expressly
for that |)urpose.



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ARTICLE VII. — MEETINGS ANU EXHIBITIONS.

Section 1. Exhibitions. — The Society shall hold an ammal fair and cattle show in the City
of Sacramento, and may, at its discretion, hold such other exhibitions as it may deem conducive
to the interests of agriculture.

Sec. 2. Annual Meeting. — The annual meeting shall be held at the Capital of the State, at
such time during the month of January in each year as the Board may designate, at which
time all the officers from whom reports of the preceding year's service are required shall present
the same, and all officers for the ensuing year shall be elected by ballot; and all officers shall
continue in office until their successors are duly qualified.

Sec. 3. iij^eciai Meetings, how called. — No special meeting of the Society shall be^ called but
uuon thirty days' notice in the columns of a newspaper published in each of the Cities of San
Francisco," Sacramento, Marysville, and Stockton; nor without a request signed by at least ten
members.

Sec. 4. Pro:ry Voting.— It shall not be admissible for any member to vote by proxy in any
meeting of this Society, or its Board of Managers.

Sec. "5. Quorum of the Society.— Ki any meeting of this Society, fifteen members (a majority
of whom shall represent counties other than the one where the meeting shall be held^ shall
constitute a quorum.

article IX. — OFFICE AND ROOMS.

Section 1. The office, rooms, library, and cabinet of the Society shall be permanently located
at the Capital of the State.

article X. — amendments.

Section 1. Amendments to this Constitution must be presented in writing at an annual
meeting, when, if unanimously agreed to, they shall be adopted ; but if there be objection, and
a majority consent thereto, they shall be spread upon the minutes and lie over until the next
4innual meeting, when they shall be read, and if, after due discussion, two-thirds of all the
members present vote for the amendments, they shall be adopted and become a part and parcel
■of this Constitution.

article XI. EFFECT.

Section 1. This Constitution shall take effect from and after its passage.



I certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the Constitution of the California State Agricultural
Society, a's amended by unanimous consent at the annual meeting of the Society, held on the
twenty-eighth day of January, A. D. eighteen hundred and sixty-nine.

I. N. HOAG, Corresponding Secretary.



TRANSACTIONS OF THE



A COMPILATION



OF ALL THE LAWS NOW IN FORGE RELATING TO OR AFFECTING THE STATE
AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.



AN ACT



TO INCORPORATE A STATE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY AND APPROPRI.fTE MONEY

FOR ITS SUPPORT.

The, People of the State of California, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Skction 1 . There is hereby established and incorporated a Society to be known and designated
by the name and style of tlie '•California Statk Agricultural Society," and by that name-
and style shall have perpetual succession, and shall have power to contract and be contracted
with, to sue and be sued, and shall have authority to have and use a common seal, to inake,
ordain, and establish, and put in execution such by-laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations as
shall be necessary for the good government of said Society, and the prudent and efJieient man-
agement of its atiairs; provided, that said laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations shall not be
contrary to any provision of this charter, nor the laws and Constitution of this State or of the
United States.

Skc 2. In addition to the powers above enumerated, the Society shall, by its name aforesaid,
have power to purchase and hold any. quantity of land not exceeding four sections, and may sell
and dispose of the same at pleasure. The said real estate shall be held by said Society for the
sole purpose of establishing a model experimental farm or farms, erecting inclosures, buildings,,
and other improvements calculated and designed foi; the meeting of the Society, and for an
exhibition of the various breeds of horses, cattle, mules, and other stock, and of agricultural,,
mechanical, and domestic manufactures and productions, and for no other purposes.

A7)d be it further enacted, That if, from any cause, said Society shall ever be dissolved, or fail
to meet within the ])eriod of two consecutive years, then the real estate held by it, together with
all the buildings and appurtenances belonging to said estate, shall be sold as lands are now sold
by execution, and the proceeds deposited in" the State treasury, subject to the control of the-
Legislature.



AN ACT

SUPPLEMENTAL TO AN ACT TO INCORPORATE A STATE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY,-
APPROVED MAY THIRTEENTH, EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FOUR, AND
AMENDED MARCH TWENTIETH, EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY-EIGHT.

The People of the Slate of CMfornia, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows ;,

Skction I. Tiie general prudential and financial aflairsof the Society shall be intrusted to a
Board of Agriculture, to consist of a President and nine Directors, five of whom shall constitute
a quorum.

Skc. 2. Saiil Board of Agriculture shall be elected at a general State Agricultural Conven-
tion, to be held at the Capital of the State, in (he 3'tar eighteen hundred and sixty-lhree, in the
month of March, and in the month of January every year thereafter, to consist of the life mem-
bers and anniuil n)embi>rs of th(> State Agiicultural Society and four delegates fiom each (\)unty
Agri<!ultnral Society within this Stat<s incoi-jjoraled under the general laws of this State for such
corporalions, and an cfpuil nunibei- from eaeh District Agricultural Society, also incorporated
under the general laws of this State for such purposes; said delegates to be chosen at the annual
fair or annual meeting of each such Society ne.xt j)receding the State Agricultural Convention;
provided, said convention to be held in March, in the year eighteen hundred and sixty-three,.



STATE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, 7

may admit any person or persons representing any of said County or District Agricultural
Societies, as the convention may determine by a majority vote, whether such persons shall have
been elected by their respective County or District Societies, as provided in this Act or not.—
\Amende.d section.

Skc. 3. The Board of Agriculture shall, at its first meeting after its election, be divided by
lot into three equal portions (omitting the President), one portion to continue in office one year,
one portion two years, and one portion three years; one-third of the number, together with
the President, to be elected at the State Agricultural Convention annually thereafter; the
Directors to hold office three years.

Skc. 4. The Board of Asjriculture may, in the absence of the President, choose one of its
other members temporary "Chairman. They shall elect a Treasurer and Secretary, not mem-
bers of the Board, prescribe their duties, fix their pay; and the said Treasurer and Secretary
shall be subject to removal at any time by a majority of said Board.

Sec. 5. The Board of Agriculture shall use all suitable means to collect and diffuse all classes
of information calculated to aid in the development of the agricultural, stock raising, mineral,
mechanical, and manufacturing resources of the State; shall hold an annual exhibition of the
industry and products of the State; and, on or before the first day of January of each year in
which the Legislature shall be in regular session, they shall furnish to the Governor a full and
detailed account of all its transactions, including all the facts elicited, statistics collected, and
information gained on the subject for which it exists; and also a distinct financial account of
all funds received, from whatever source, and of every expenditure, for whatever purpose,
together with such suggestions as experience and good policy shall dictate for the advancement
of the best interests of\he State; the said reports to be treated as other State documents are.

Skc. 6. The Board of Agriculture shall have power to appoint a suitable number of persons
to act as Marshals, who shall be, from twelve o'clock noon of the day previous to the opening
of the exhibition, until noon of the day after the close of the same, vested with all the powers
and prerogatives with which Constables are invested, so far as acts or offenses committed within,
or with reference to, or in connection with, the exhibition are concerned.

Skc. 7. The Board of Agriculture may, in its discretion, award premiums for the best culti-
vated farms, orchards, vineyards, gardens, etc.; provided, that said Board shall not audit., allow,
or pay any amount exceeding one thousand dollars, in any one year, for traveling expenses of
Visiting Committees in examining said farms, etc.; provided furlher, thai.t no person, except
practical agriculturalists, shall be appointed on said committees.

Skc. 8. It shall be optional with any to whom a premium is awarded to receive the article
named, or its equivalent (as affixed) in coin.

Skc. 9. The State Agricultural Society shall have power, at its first annual meeting after the
passage of this Act, to make such alterations in its Constitution as shall make it conform to the
Drovisions of this Act.

Sec. 10. All Acts or provisions in conflict with' the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed.

Sec. 11. This Act shall take effect from and after its passage.



TRANSACTIONS OF THE



REPORT

^ OF THE

STATE BOARD OF AGIilCDLTURE TO THE G0VE1{?{0R.



To His Excellency George C. Perkins, Governor of California :

Dear Sir: In handing to you the Annual Report of the State
Board of Agriculture, and the accompanying Transactions of the State
Agricultural Society, we have reason to feel grateful to Providence
for the favorable results of the past year's labors to the agriculturists
of the State. The beginning of the year was most unfavorable, and
did not promise well to the producers in scarcely any of the depart-
ments of agricultural industry. The rains of last winter were very
light in the first part of the season, and wet the soil down so little
that the early sown grain on dry sown and summer fallowed land
was considerably damaged by the succeeding long term of dry weather.
Nor was the soil sufficiently moistened to enable farmers to prosecute
plowing of land not summer fallowed till a time when the rainy sea-
son is generally nearly passed, apd until it was late in the season to
put wheat into the ground with hope that it would produce even a
medium crop. When the rains did come, they were so heavy and
continuous that another term of waiting became necessary before the
soil could be cultivated and the seed sown and left in fair condition.
Indeed, much wheat was sown on soil too wet and too cloddy to
inspire hope of a moderate yield, but, under the circumstances, to
wait longer would have been equivalent to abandoning the crop alto-
gether.

On the first of March last the prospects were anything but encour-
aging to the farmers of the State. That an average crop of wheat
M'Ould be harvested was not generally believed, and the outlook did
not warrant a hope that we would be able to obtain an average price
for what we might have to export. The wine interest had hardly
Ijcgan to emerge from the depressed condition that it had been in for
a decade of years. Wool was low — so low, in fact, that many sheep
owners felt an anxiety to get their sheep off their hands at most any
price, and could see nothing but a continual struggle with hard times
in the future. Hops bore but a nominal price, and could not be dis-
posed of except at ruinous figures.

Potatoes, beans, corn, and indeed nearly everything the farmer pro-
duced, was a drug in the markets of the State. Such were the farmer's
prospects in the si)ring and early summer, and they did not improve
mucli till the summer was well passed. The wheat crop turned out
better than was expected at the time of seeding, but the yield was
only middling. The early spring growth was rank and rapid, and
at one time a heavy crop was indicated, but heavy dews at night and



STATE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. 9

a warm sun in the morning induced an attack of rust in many locali-
ties, and the result was a decreased product and a low average

^^TheJi the farmers, as usual in this State, allowed the grain to stand
till too ripe before cutting, and an additional loss Avas the result.
The vintage of wine was below the average, but the quality was good
The wool clip did not come up in weight to the average of the past
few vears but showed a continued improvement m quality, llie
f ruit^crop was below the average in quantity, and owing to the ravages
of the codling moth, which has been introduced m our btate quite
recently, was much injured in quality. In fact, the year was but a
medium one for production all round; but as the harvest time
advanced, and autumn was succeeding summer, the dark cloud ot



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