But enough members remained to give the legal quorum, and it was carried by 120 to 2 votes.
Cannon, were adopted on the 14th of February 1890; they provided that every member must vote, unless pecuniarily interested in a measure, that members present and not voting may be counted for a quorum, and that no dilatory motion be entertained by the speaker.
When a quorum, with some difficulty, was obtained, another period of retrograde legislation set in.
The Senate would choose its own president, and the House of Representatives its speaker; each house would make its own rules of procedure; in each, one-third of the number of members would form a quorum; the members of each must take oath, or make affirmation of allegiance; and all alike would receive an allowance of £400 a year.
Two-thirds of each house constitute a quorum to do business.