« ΠροηγούμενηΣυνέχεια »
وا ا م
those two classes; because the old law, the || objection, to just change the word "or" at the Mr. HOWE. I am talking about whisky law which was repealed in January, provided ) end of the seventh line into tand," so that the and alcohol. I do not think it very likely that for transportation and export bonds precisely bill will read:
merchants will be contracting to pay forty-five as this will do. This bill furnishes no addi- That the act of January 11, &c., be so construcu as or even twenty-five cents to have spirits distional guard or restraint on the exportation of
to permit alcohol and rum, which at the date of the tilled to be exported when they can go into the rum or alcohol. It simply provides that if
passage of said act were already distilled or redis-
market anywhere and buy in bond for fifteen
Chat will limit sit to those who have made of Ar. TESSENDEN. The bill is now contracted for exportation, the law is to stand as contracts. The law is very hard now on the
fined to rum. it did before the act of January last, and it inen who have actually made contracts and are
Vr. HOWE. I did not so understand. may be exported under transportation bonds. I waiting for this permission to export.
Mr. FESSENDEN. We propose to strike I know that no Senator desires to see the
Mr. SHERMAN. That amendment, as a out everything but rum. hold we have on the whiskyon hand loosened. matter of course, will take away one half of the Mr. HOWE. Well, that would make it I have no doubt that in a short time, when we chances of fraud. I think -alcohol" should purely a New England transaction, and I can. reduce the tax on spirits, we shall be able to also be stricken out. I am told the article of not have anything to say against that. (Laughget the revenue from nearly all the whisky on
rum is a cheap article, and all the letters that ter.] hand, which, according to oflicial estimates, have been written to me on this subject are
Mr. MORGAN. The Senator from Ohio
Toit is twenty million gallons. Indeed, it has
has moved to strike out “ alcohol." I sup. been estimated as high as forty millione; but strike out "alcohol," in the sixth line, and pose the bill would meet the case of the per. I take the lowest, twenty millions. If that is
confine it to rum, a distinct article of com: sons engaged in the African trade if that was 80, we may by holding on to this whisky intermerce, that will lessen the chances of fraud
stricken out; but there are some persons fere somewhat with the legitimate trade in ) very materially, because alcohol is a very val. engaged in the South American trade who rum for Africa ; but we shall at any rate pre- uable product, and can be put in small bulk. export alcohol. However, in order to have vent any further frauds in regard to the whisky Mr. MORGAN. There is some alcohol the bill passed, I will accept the amendment. on hand. That is the only fear I have had in exported to South America from New York Mr. SHERWAN. I move, then, to strike regard to this bill. If it could be confined to and Baltimore; but it is an entirely different
out in the sixth line the words alcohol and,'' the article of rum, which, according to the article from whisky, and is not known as whisky and also to strike out the word “or” at the statements made to us, is the only article
end of the seventh liue, and to insert the word exported to Africa, the negro always prefer- Mr. SHERMAN. Alcohol can be converted
baud." ring rum to whisky, and it it could be made into whisky, and whisky into alcohol by a very
Mr. FESSENDEN. And put a comma after with such guards as would prevent fraud in simple process of distillation, I am told. the word "exportation in the eighth line. the exportation, I should have no objection Mir. HOWE. I wish to know from the Sen. Mr. SHERJAN. I desire to say in offer. whatever to the bill, because, as a matter of ator from New York or the Senator from Ohio | ing this a:nendment that I shall vote against course, any revenue bill which we may pass whether there was any evidence before the the bill on the ground that frauds will be likely will allow, under proper guards, the exporta- committee that any considerable quantity of to arise under it; but I think this amendment tion of whisky and rum manufactured in this these spirits were contracted for to be exported? | will lessen the chances of their arising very country. But I am satisfied, without now Mr. MORGAN, Yes, sir. When the bill | greatly. being able to offer the proper amendments, was up before,probably it escaped the atten- The PRESIDING OFFICER, (Mr. Pomethat this bill will open the door to fraud. I tion of the Senator from Wisconsin-there was Roy in the chair.) The amendinent of the am satisfied, from a statement that has been
evidence presented to the Senate, especially Senator from Ohio will be reported. made to me, that this bill will be the medium from the collector of Boston and others, as The Chief Clerk read the amendment, which by which frauds will be committed on the rev- to the number of vessels that were engaged for was in line six to strike out the words alcohol enue by the exportation of alcohol and whisky; this trade, and how severely the law operated and," and in line seven, after the word because the proof required by this bill can be upon the commerce of that port. I have also 6* export" to strike out the word "or?' and 80 easily furnished, will be so easily manufac- myself received numerous letters, and I pre- insert the word "and;" so that the bill will tured, will admit cases of fraud more easily sume every member of the committee has, read: than under the existing laws. complaining very bitterly of this delay.
That the act of January 11, 1868, entitled "Annet This is all I desire to say upon the subject. Mr. HOWE. Mr. President, the fact that
to prevent frauds in the collection of tax on distilled I know that the bill is pressed a great deal by || several vessels in Boston had been employed
spirits" be so construed as to permit ruin, which at
the date of the passage of said act was already dismerchants and others who desire to export in this trade would not be evidence that any tilled or redistilled and intended for export, and rum, because it is a legitimate and fair trade merchants had outstanding contracts for spirits
actually contracted for to be delivered for csporta. in the ordinary course of business operations, to be exported hereafter; and if that was urged
tion, to be withdrawn, removed, &c. and I do not desire to interfere with that trade; there should be some evidence of it, it seems
The amendment was agreed to. but I am afraid that this will be the entering to me, before the committee, instead of letters
Mr. SHERJAN. After the word "- act” in wedge by which we shall lose more revenue from the merchants.
the twelfth line, I move to insert the words, ten times than the value of the trade in rum
Mr. FESSENDEN. They will have to fur- *' and as shall be provided for hereafter." The between this country and Africa.
nish the proof of the contract under this bill. bill now provides that this exportation shall Mr. MORGAN. Mr. President, the fact Mr. MORGAN. The exportation is to be
be under sach regulations "as were required that there was a possibility that frauds might under regulations made by the Internal Rev. therefor immediately prior to the passage of grow up under this bill led the committee to enue Bureau.
said act.” The exporters have got so familiar make inquiry and to be more than usually Mr. HOWE. It is true they will have to with those regulations that I am afraid they particular about it. The Commissioner of furnish evidence of a contract; but getting that
have learned to evade them. İnternal Revenue, after it passed the House, evidence bereafter is a very different thing from
Mr. FESSENDEN. If you stop to pass new saw no difficulty in making regulations that having it already, and having it submitted to regulations, it will delay them all the time the would confine it entirely to the two articles of the committee. I wish to ask one more ques
Treasury Department is making them. alcohol and rum. It is a mere question whether tion, and that is, if there was any evidence or Mr. SHERJAN. They can be promul. this bill shall be passed now, or whether we any suggestion from any quarter that contracts
gated at once.
All this exportation will be shall wait for the bill which is in the House
were outstanding for the distillation of these from one or two ports. Representatives, in which they have pro spirits for export? for I see the bill provides Mr. L'ESSENDEN. Still, it makes a delay vided, as I understand, for this very thing; for the case of spirits contracted to be distilied
in the time, and it is so small a matter tbat I but it is rather severe upon the merchants who for export.
think it had better stand as it is. have chartered shipping for this trade to be Mr. MORGAN. We have had letters on the Mr. SHERMAN. The Senator is mistaken. compelled to retain it in the harbor until after subject ; but no proof of it, except the commu- I have letters showing that there are at least 8 the passage of that bill. This bill is limited nications from the parties.
dozen vessels now waiting to transport this to sixty days, within which time the merchants Mr. HOWE. I have one suggestion to make are to be allowed to remove and export alcohol upon that point. I understand--I suppose the
Mr. FESSENDEN. That is comparatively and rum "already distilled or redistilled and Senator from New York knows that fact--that
small. intended for export, or actually contracted for
these liquors cannot be distilled for less than Mr. SHERMAN. It is a pretty large amount to be delivered for exportation."
forty-five cents a gallon. Is not that about it? | of spirits. All such spirits are to be actually exported Mr. MORGAN. I do not know the exact
The amendment was agreed to. within sixty days from the passage of this act.
expense. I am not well-informed on that Mr. NYE. Mr. President, even with that Mr. FESSENDEN. Why not confine it to subject.
amendment, it seems to me that this bill is that actually contracted for, by substituting Mr. SHERMAN. I think that is the case opening a pretty wide door. I am a little susthe word "and" for “or” at ihe end of the
Whisky can be inanufactured for picious whenever we attempt to legislate in seventh line; so as to read, "already distilled twenty-five cents.
favor of opening the doors on this whisky or redistilled and intended for export and act- Mr. HOWE. I take it whisky cannot be business. ually contracted for,” &c. distilled for twenty-five cents a gallon as grain
Mr. MORGAN. The bill is now confined Mr. MORGAN. I have no objection to that is now; but I am told that whisky has been | to rum. amendment.
selling at from fifteen to twenty cents in bond. Mr. FESSENDEN. I suggest to the Sen. Mr. FESSENDEN. Rum is not made from peculiar faculty of transtorming as well as
Mr. NYE. I was going to say that it has a ator from Ohio whether that will not meet his grain,
transporting itself. It will be rum when it starts,
I would as
ng aboal was
and alcohol when it comes out, or water. lon of this whisky or rum, in my judgment, I tion I desire to ask which I will put to the Il very iba Two months ago I was in New York, and I will ever reach Africa or any foreigri or South Senator from New York. I notice that this met an old acquaintance of mine, a captain of American port.
bill as reported only asked thirty days to close o bazar
5. a vessel, who said he was just in from Austra: Sir, the whisky frauds have done more to up these contracts. It has been delayed here tytaSI:
lia. I asked him what his cargo was. He said demoralize this country than all other institu- on its passage for several weeks, and now they a ballen he supposed be carried out two thousand bar. tions that have been started. Your public offi. ask for sixty days. I assume that there cannot
rels of whisky, but when he got there and went cers all smell with fraud. They have been be any more under contract now than there
Now, sir, I feel kindly toward these gentle | I mistrust this bill. As a change in the tax to prepare the regulations, and the Committee
bill is anticipated, I suppose there is a great on Finance uvanimously agreed to recommend I think they are doing a great favor to the desire to run out quickly this accumulation of sixty days; and we did recommend sixty days public! But, sir, it is not going out. The old rum and alcohol, so as to get it back and get at that time.
trade in New England rum and slaves in Mas. it into shape before the taxes are knocked me 500
Mr. HOWE. I understand that by the bill sachusetts is not quite done away with yet. I entirely off. I think that, perhaps, is the hope as reported from the Committee on Finance in oneve
do not understand this African trade; there is about it. If there is any expectation of getting this export was to be made under regulations the
an Australian trade carried on in the manner anything to the Government from whisky it already out, and not under new regulations,
trade to Matamoras. All this article disap- bave got as a sort of security, to be transferred vided for by an amendment introduced by the rord"
pears, and nothing comes into the Treasury of with other assets when our friends on the other Senator from Ohio,
it should be borne in mind that we had laws nal Revenue told me that thirty days was 100
like to inquire of the Senator from New York bonded warehouse systein in relation to whisky tions and obtain the necessary proof; that the all
what kind of alcohol they make out of run that permitted these parties to engage in the whole thirty days would be taken up in that
exportation of rum. It was suddenly slut way, We therefore amended it so as to make
down upon them without a moment's notice. it sixty days. Mr. NYE. That is in the bill. The hon. Many of them had made written charters, as Mr. HOWARD. I wish to ask a question orable Senator from Ohio may possibly be more
was in evidence before the committee, for ves. of the Senator from Vermont. I really do not familiar with the subject than my friend from
sels in this trade. A large share, perhaps two understand what is meant by redistillation in
Boston. We had before the committee a state- Mr. FESSENDEN. It is not to be redis-
ment from the collector of Boston that there tilled there, but here.
word "redistillation" applies to the article of Mr. NYE. † appeal to my friend from Now the question again arises whether we alcohol alone. Alcohol may be redistilled and Massachusetts (Mr. Wilson) if he knows what
shall permit this article of rum to go out of the changed, and as we have stricken out the word redistilled rum is. country, and to continue a certain kind of trade
"alcohol,'' we ought properly to strike out the Mr. WILSON. No; I know what cold that is profitable to the country. They get word “redistilled;"' but I am not sufficiently water is. [Laughter.)
relurns of palm oil; they get ivory; and there positive as to whether rum can be redistilled. Mr. NYE. That is the best thing; and that are many articles that we get, even from Mr. FESSENDEN. What harm will it do is what this will turn out to be--water, not Liberia, in return for this article.
to leave it in? It may be that they sometimes cold, but warm. (Laughter.] I will inquire I am perfectly aware that it is almost impos- | redistill rum to refine the quality. of any Senator what kind of rum is it that is
sible that we can have any bonded system by Mr. HOWARD. I merely wanted an explanredistilled ?
which we can absolutely determine that there ation. There seemed to be a dark cloud on Mr. SHERMAN. I imagine that that term
shall be no frauds; but I think that there are that branch of the subject. applies only to alcohol.
as many guards and securities about this bill Mr. FESSENDEN. There is no danger Mr. NYE. I understand that is stricken out. as perhaps we can put on by legislation. The about it. It remains rum anyhow.
Mr. SHERMAN. I know it is stricken out. time which it is to run is extremely short. It The amendments were ordered to be enI am not sufficiently acquainted with the sub- is only for sixty days, allowing parties to get grossed, and the bill to be read a third time. ject to inform the Senator.
rid of the obligations upon which they have The bill was read the third time. Mr. NYE. I do not know, but I suppose
entered. I think it is safe for the Senate to Mr. SHERMAN. I should like to have this bill applies to what we used to know as allow the bill to pass.
the yeas and nays on the passage of the bill. old New England rom. It is a beverage that Mr. HOWE.
Will the Senator answer me Mr. FESSENDEN. Oh, let it pass as it is. is well known; but I never heard of its being a couple of questions before he sits down? It cannot do any harm. redistilled into anything else. It will kill around
Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont, I cannot Mr, SHERMAN. I think it may. the corner with the first distillation. (Laugh- promise that beforehand.
The yeas and vays were ordered; and being ter.]
Mr. HOWE. The first question I should taken, resulted-yeas 13, nays 17; as follows: Mr. President, I am afraid of this bill. I like to be informed upon, and I askit for inform
YEAS-Messrs. Anthony, Cole, Conkling, Corbett,
the enator remembers, as Cragin, Fessenden, Morgan, Morrill of Vermont, assure you that if there are twelve ships wait- ation, is wheth ing, in view of the change this system is under- he is more likely to do than I would, the Sumner. Van Winkle, Willey, Williams, and Wilgoing; they will take every gallon of liquor in
amount of rum exported from this country NAYŞ-Messrs. Chandler, Davis, Ferry, Harlan, the city of New York and ihe city of Boston | during the last fiscal year?
Ilendricks, lloward, Howe, McCreery, Patterson of under these export bonds.
Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. I do not
Tennessee, Pomeroy, Ramsey, Ross Sherman, Sprague,
Thayer, Tipton, and Trumbull-17. Mr. SUMNER. You do not want to keep remember how much was exported. I know ABSENT- Messrs. Bayard, Buckalew, Cameron, it at home? that there have been great frauds in relation to Cattell, Conness, Dixon, Doolittle, Drake, Edmunds,
Fowler, Frelinghuysen, Grimes, Ilenderson, Johnson, Mr. NYE. No; but, as I say it is going to it; but I do not remember the amount.
Morrill of Maine, Morton, Norton, Nye. Patterson of be devoured here, I want it to pay something Mr. HOWE. You know that there have
New Hainpshire, Saulsbury, Stewart, Vickers, Wade, to the Government. I know the care with been great frauds ?
and Yates-24. which the Senator from New York investigates Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. I know that
So the bill was rejected. these things; but I am a little afraid that these there have been great frauds in relation to our
Mr. SPRAGUE afterward submitted a mo. men have got the weather-side of him in this exports; I mean of whisky.
tion to reconsider the vote rejecting the bill; maneuver to ship twelve ship-loads of rum,
Mr. HOWE. I refer to rum.
and the motion was entered. distilled or redistilled, to Africa. It seems to Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. No; I do not
ROCK ISLAND BRIDGE. me that is not the current that rum takes; it kuow how much has been exported. is not the vein in which it runs. It will be lost Mr. ANTHONY. There bas not been a Mr. HARLAN. I move that the Senate in this whirlpool of the " whisky ring,' and it single fraud in the export of rum.
proceed to the consideration of the joint resowill torn out as vapor or water on the coast of Mr. HOWE. I am told there has not been lution (H. R. No. 201) in relation to the Rock Africa. I think we had better keep it at home a single fraud in the export of rum. If that is Island bridge. until something is paid on it. The moment so, the returns must show it; and I supposed The motion was agreed to ; and the Senate, these bonds are executed not one cent will the Senator from Vermont was faniliar with as in Committee of the Whole, proceeded to ever be collected upon them, and not one gal- the amount of export. There is another ques. consider the joint resolution.
It proposes to amend the act of Congress on this amendment, which requires that the shores; and the Government is about to erect "making appropriations for the support of bridge shall conform to the general law on the a bridge as a necessity for the works which are the Army for the year ending June 30, 1868, || subject of bridges over the Mississippi river. being established there. This is being made and for other purposes," approved March 2, Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. No; I inerely if the great depot for arms in all the Northwest 1867, as to direct the Secretary of Warto order desire to call the attention of the Senate to the The Government owns the whole of the the commencement of work on the bridge over subject. I withdraw the call for the yeas and island. The Government has taken steps since the Mississippi river at Rock Island; but the
it commeneed these works to procure the title ownership of the bridge is to be and remain in The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The ques. to a small portion of the island upon which the United States, and the Rock Island Pacifie tion is on the amendment.
preemption claims were established some years Railroad Company is to have the right of way Mr. HARLAN. I desire to say in relation ago, and has also acquired the title to some very over the bridge for all purposes of transit to this amendment, that I have no wish that small islands contiguous to this island of Rock across the island and river, upon condition that the amendment should be adopted, nor do I Island. There is great water power there, with the company shall pay to the United States, first, deem it necessary. The bridge is to be con: all the advantages for an armory and arsenal half the cost of the superstructure of the bridge structed under the direction of the engineers that could be obtained anywhere. At any over the main channel and half the cost of of the War Department, and it can hardly be rate, the Government has always so supposed keeping the same in repair, and shall also build supposed to be probable that they would con- and has selected it. The reason why the Gov. at iis own cost the bridge over that part of the struct a bridge that would materially obstruct ernment is interested in the bridge is because river which is on the east side of the island of navigation. Therefore I do not ihink that the works erected there will be almost value. Rock Island, and also the railroad on and amendment necessary. But a majority of the less without it. You must have a bridge. How across the island of Rock Island. Upon a full Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads are you going to get to the island of Rock Isl. compliance with these conditions the railroad directed it to be reported. I shall vote against and? It is separated from the inain body of company is to have the use of the bridge for the amendment myself.
the land on both sides. We have had a bridge the purposes of free transit, but without any Mr. RAMSEY. The good tbing that there connecting the island with the Illinois shore, claim to its ownership. The railroad com- is in this resolution is that it supersedes the il put there by private parties years ago; but I pany, within six montlis after the new bridge | old Rock Island bridge, which has been a great think it has been injured or partially carried is ready for use, are to remove their old bridge nuisance to the navigators of the river. It is away recently. from the river and their railroad track from objectionable in a great many ways, and has Mr. WILSON. We have got to build a its present location on the island of Rock Isl- been the cause of the destruction of a great | bridge there. and. The Government may permit any other deal of property on that river. The people Mr. TRUMBULL. Unquestionably we have. road or roads wishing to cross on the bridge injured have been in the courts of the United Then the question arises whether there should to do so by paying to the parties then in inter- States ; they have been all aronnd trying to be two bridges. The Rock Island and Pacific est the proportionate cost of the bridge; but get rid of it, and at length they have hit upon Railroad Company has a bridge now which no such perinission to other roads is to impair
That is the merit of this resolu. crosses the river north of the island, and is the right granted to the Chicago, Rock Island, tion.
erected at a point where the navigating interand Pacific Railroad Company, and the total Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. I ask the ests have complained very much of it, whether cost of the bridge is not to exceed the esti- Senator from Minnesota whether there is any rightly or not I will not undertake to say. But mates made by the commissioners appointed more propriety in the United States building they have their railroad bridge, and this arrangeunder the act approved June 27, 1866. a bridge here than there is in building a bridge ment was entered into between the Government
In case the lock Island and Pacific Rail. over any other river throughout the United ! of the United States, acting through the War road Company shall neglect or fail, for sixty States ?' Why should the United States be put Department, and the owners of this railroad days after he passage of the resolution, to make to the expense of building a bridge at this bridge, by which they agreed that their bridge and guarantee the agreement specitied in the act point rather than at any other in the l'nited | might coine down and they would pay half the of appropriation, approved March 2, 1867, then States? For myself I can see no reason for it expense of erecting a bridge at another point the Secretary of War is required to direct the whatever.
which it was supposed would be less objection, removal of the existing bridge and to direct Mr. RAMSEY. Certainly the Senator will ableto navigation and which is absolutely neces. the construction of the bridge herein men- concede that for a great many years, in the sary to the Government. The Government must tioned, and expend the money appropriated courts and in every other way, the steamboat have it. This plan has received the sanction for that purpose in that act; and the Rock men and the river men of the West have of the Government officials, is recommended Island and Pacific Railroad Company is not attempted to get rid of the old Rock Island by the engineers, and indorsed by the Depart: to bave, acquire, or enjoy any right of way or bridge, which is a nuisance and a curse to the ment of War, by Mr. Stanton when he was privilege thereon, or the use of the said bridge, navigation of the river, chiefly because the Secretary of War. I am not sure whether until the agreement shall be made and guaran- piers instead of being placed parallel with the General Schofield has made a formal recomtied according to the terms and conditions of ihread of the stream, as the laws now require, mendation or not; but General Schofield was the act of appropriation.
were placed obliquely, causing a great destruc- one of the commission appointed under authorThe Committee on Post Offices and Post tion of property on the river. The river men ity of the War Department who assessed the Roads reported the joint resolution with an have attempted to get rid of it. They have damages that were to be paid to parties who amendment, to add as an additional section gone into the courts and everywhere else, but had interests in Rock Island, and he is familiar the following:
they could not do it. At length they hit on with this whole matter. I think there is a Sec. 3. And be it further resolved, That any bridge this happy compromise with the Government, reason why the Government of the United built under the provisions of this act, shall be con- that when another bridge is built the existing States needs a bridge liere that does not apply structed so as to conform to the requirements of sec
bridge shall then be removed. That is the tion two of an act entitled "Au aci to authorize the
to any other point that I know of: it is an construction of certain bridges, and to establish great merit of this thing, and led the Post absolute necessity that the Government of the them as post roads,” approved July 25, 1865.
Othce Committee to give its assent to it. United States must have it. Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. I merely Mr. TRUMBULL. I think I can answer Mr. HARLAN. Mr. President, this is not desire to call the attention of the Senate to. the Senator from Vermont, who inquired why this joint resolution. It looks extremely harm. the Government should build a bridge here
a new proposition. In the act making appro
priations for the support of the Ariny for the less; but, in my judgment, instead of its being more than anywhere else over a river. The year ending June 30, 1868, and for other pura measure of that character, it is one that will Senator certainly is aware that the Govern- poses, approved Marelı 2, 1867, this appropri: inyolve the Government not only in needless ment of the United States is the owner of the ation was made, with the proviso which I will expense, but in a needless law-suit. Instead
island of Rock Island in the Mississippi river, read: of enlarging the powers that we have already a large island-I do not remember the precise " For the erection of a bridge at Rock Island, Illigranted to this company, our business should number of acres, but I should think two thou- nois, as recoinmepiled by tbe chief of ordnance, be to repeal what we have heretofore done. sand acres of land-which it has reserved from
$200,000: Provided, That the ownership of said bridge
shall be and remain in the United States, and the Why should we make an agreement to build a sale from the beginning, as a most desirable Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company shall bridge there and keep it in repair, and that and useful point to be held by the United
have the right of way over said bridge for all purthe company is only to restore one half of the States Government; and some years ago a law
poses of transit across the island and river, upun
conuition that the said company shall, beture any cost to us? But not content with the law as was passed establishing an arsenal and armory money is expended by the Government, agree to pay it stands, they propose that we shall go for- at Rock Island. The Government has com
and shall secure to the United States, first, balt the ward and tear down an existing structure and menced very expensive works there. When
cost of said bridge; and second half the expenses
of keeping said bridge in repair; and upon guraubuild another. I merely desire to call the the rebellion broke out it had not in all the tying said conditions to the satistaetion of tbe Secreattention of the Senate to this kind of legisla- Northwest a single deposit of arms. This is
tary of War, by contract or otherwise, the said comtion, which, if I might be permitted to charac- being made the great armory for the North
pany sball have the free use of said bridge sur terize it, I would say was monstrous. west; it is located on the Mississippi river
purposes of transit, but without any claim to owner
ship thereof." The PRESIDENT pro tempore.
near where railroads cross; and it is neces. When they attempted to carry out this tion is on the amendment reported by the com- sary, in the opinion of the Government engi- arrangement between the coinpany and the mittee.
neers, that the Government of the United States Secretary of War, in pursuance of the provisMr. MORRILL, of Vermont. I ask for the should bave bridges to connect this island both ions of this law, it was ascertained that the yeas and nays, for the purpose of calling the with the Illinois shore and with the lowa shore. attention of the Senate to it. The value of the great works which the Gov.
company bad not the legal power under its
charter to make the contract. The company Mr. TRUMBULL. The Senator from Ver
ernment is erecting there depend upon having and the Secretary of War ad interim--General mont surely does not want the yeas and days this connection; they must have it with the il Grant was then, I believe, acting as Secretary
mistaken if he supposes that any Secretary of NE
. RAMSEY." If the Senator will allow
of War-made an arrangement in, I believe, | lished a Government arsenal there they bought Mr. RAMSEY. There are legal quibbles,
Mr. MORRILL, of to exeoute it as a contract under the law wbich I have rend; but when the question was sub- War has ever recommended this measure. me further, I will say that actions are brought
miuted to the Attorney General, with a view of General Grant recommended it, but no Secre- in the United States district court for Illinois. pier having the contract executed, he examined tary Stanton has ever committed his name to That court has jurisdiction of only part of the
thie charter of the company referred to, and any paper recommending this at all, as I un- river, and cannot order down the whole bridge. decided that, in his opinion, they had not the derstand.
Suits are brought also in the district court for legal right to make such a contract, and on that Mr. TRUMBULL. I think the Senator is | lowa, and there the same difficuly is encoun. account the question came up in the House of inistaken.
tered. The court has jurisdiction over only half ponet Representatives, and they have proposed to Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. I think I am the river, and cannot disturb the whole bridge. DOTT grad
enact the contract previously drawn up under That is according to the information I Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. I think it is
the Legislatures of those two States. I do This explains the origin of the bill. It is Mr. TRUMBULL. My information is di- not understand why we are to determine a law3ler le in pursuance of a law now existing, and is rectly the reverse.
suit in relation to a railroad bridge across the bear intended to provide a legal remedy to enable Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. The informa- upper Mississippi ; nor can I understand why
one of the parties to carry out in contract wbat tion before the Committee on Post Offices and we are suddenly called upon to co ommence this
Congress intended it should do under the law Post Roads was that he declined to do it. Mr. structure and to build a bridge beyond what it beral which I have read.
President, does it look likely that the United will be even pretended is required for the pur. I might state in relation to the merits of the States want a railroad across there? Do they poses of the United States. If the United being att question, (although it seems to me they are not own any railroad, that they are compelled to States want an opportunity for their workmen
20w properly pending,) that Congress las bave a railroad bridge? I know that the Sen- to get across into Iowa, where they can buy already decided that this bridge shall be built; ators from lowa and Illinois would like to have lager beer cheaper than they can in Illinois, it has provided for it by a law now on the stat. the United States build a bridge across there. let them say so; bring in a bill here for that ute-bouk, providing that the company shall pay | They not only want a bridge built for the purpose, not bring one in here that is to cost one-ball and the United States the other half accommodation of ordinary travel, but a rail
i milliou or more of money, of the expense. The reasons for that, I appre. road bridge. They want it so that the men It is claimed here that the old bridge is a hend, were those which have been hinted at who are employed on the island can go across nuisance. Is there anything to gnard against by the chairman of the Committee on Post to Iowa, and buy lager beer, peanuts, and the new bridge being a nuisance? The SenOffices and Post Roads. The Rock Island. tobacco daily; they want some portion of the ator from lowa has just said that he did not Railroad Coinpany had a bridge for railroad || trade of that island; but it is utterly idle to care anything about this last amendment propurposes which was badly construcied, wbich contend here that the United States have an posed to guard that particular point. We have kas an impediment to navigation. The people interest that requires them to lay out a million got one nuisance, and the Senator from Iowa above on the river complained very much of of money in building a bridge across this is quite willing that the bill should pass with the existence of the bridge as a partial obstruc- stream. We might as well be required to build out any protection or safeguard agaiust erecttion to commerce; and so with the people a bridge across the Ohio or Mississippi at ing anotherbelow, particularly the merchants at St. Louis. almost any other point us to be required to Mr. HARLAN. The Senator certainly does They desired the removal of that bridge. The build this bridge.
not intend to misrepresent me. bridge was sufficient for the purposes of the Imprudently, as I think, Congress passed a Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. I do not. company, but they have agreed that their bridge previous law agreeing to build one half of the Mr. HARLAN. I stated in connection with svall be destroyed and that they will pay haiti bridge provided this Rock Island and Pacific that, that I had no belief that the engineers the expense of constructiug another bridge. Railroad Company would build the other half; of the War Department would construct a
At the same time the Government needs a but the railroad company declining to do it, bridge so as to create a nuisance. Therefore bridge, and it' this company should not thus
we now have a bill sent to us from the other I did not deem the amendment necessary. I unite with it, would be under the necessity of House directing that the United States Gov. I thought it would be necessary, if we were constructing one at its own expense.
ernment shall commence at once upon the incorporating a company to build a bridge, to The resolution also provides that if any work of building a bridge entirely at its own guard against an improper structure; but as other railroad company shall desire to use this cost, leaving it to the option of the railroad this is to be constructed under officials of this bridge for the purposes of transit across the company whether it will come forward here. Government, engineers of the Army, I had full river, it may do so by paying a just proportion after and pay one half the expense or not, or confidence they would build it on the best plan; of the expense. It is believed, I think, that pay one half the expense of keeping it in repair, and for that reason I had no wish that this another railroad company will use the bridge, ivly should we keep up a magnificent struc
amendment should be adopted. and thus diminish she cost of this structure to ture, half at our expense, even if the company Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. When this the Government of the United States to one should come forward and agree to this con- matter was up before I was quite willing ihat third. I was told but a minute since by oue
tract? Wy should we not only build a bridge, this company should be allowed to build one of the colleagues of the honorable Senator or build one half of it if they come into the con: half this bridge and allow the law to stand as frora Illinois that the Secretary of War has tract, and pay one half the expense of keeping it is, compelling the United States to build asked for an appropriation of $100,000, which it in repair for all time to come, when for all the other half; but, on examining it, I think is now pending before the House of Represent- the purposes that the United States want any the previous law ought to be repealed. 1 atives, for the construction of a bridge between connection with the lowa shore for we can think it was highly improvident that the United the island and the main land on the Illinois build a bridge for one tenth part the sum? States ever engaged to build any portion of shore. If this resolution should pass, the rail.
Mr. CONKLING. What does the bill pro
this bridge. I see no propriety in any expend. road company would be compelled to build vide on that point? That we are to keep only iture on the part of the Government for any that structure; and this member of the House | half of it in repair?
such structure as is contemplated by this bill. desired very much that the Senate should act Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. This changes
Mr. HENDERSON. Mr. President, I on this measure so that they might know what
the law. Under the old law we were to build should like to inquire of the Senator from to do with the Secretary's recommendation in
one half the bridge and keep one half in lowa or the Senator from Minnesota having relation to an appropriation for that structure.
repair. This bill sets out that we are to com- charge of this bill, what is the estimated cost of It will be seen by looking at the top of tie meuce and build the bridge at once, and then the bridge; how much will it be necessary for second page that ihis resolution provides that it provides that if the company shall come for
the Government of the United States to appro: this company “shall also build at its own cost ward and pay one half the expense they may priate in order to construct the bridge now over that part of the river which is do so.
contemplated ? on the east side of the island of Rock Island, Mr. President, there is more under this bill Mr. HARLAN. I have not the report of and also the railroad on and across said island
than even this. It is said that the present the board of engineers that had this matter of Rock Island," so that if it becomes a law existing bridge there is a nuisauce. l'it is a under examination, and am unable therefore this company will be obligated to build the nuisance, why not go to the courts and have to answer the Senator's inquiry." bridge at its own cost on the east side of the it abated? Why should we legislate a nuisance Mr. RAMSEY. I have no recollection of island, and pay the whole cost of imoving the out of existence?
it. It has been in charge of the Senator from track of the road across the island, and one
Mr. RAMSEY. People have been in the Iowa for a long while. If the question is on hail of the entire cost of the main structure on
courts for many years and expended a vast the amendment I think there is a misprint in the west side of the island. There is, it seeins
amount of money in litigation to get rid of this regard to that. Am I correct? Is the ques. to me, no reasonable objection to the passage bridge, and they cannot do it.
tion on the amendment? of this joint resolution.
Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. Because the The PRESIDING OFFICER, (Mr. POMEMr. MORRILL, of Vermont. Mr. Presi. courts will not declare, and they cannot prove Rox in the chair.) The question is on the dent, I desire that the Senate should fully that it is a nuisance.
amendineut of the comunittee. understand this question. It is true that the
Mr. RAMSEY. Yes they have proved it. Mr. RAMSEY. The third section, which Government of the United States has some Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. Then the is the amendment, reads thus: uterest upon this island. After they estab. courts have not done their duty.
And be il further resolved, That any bridge built
under the provisions of this resolution shall be con- Mr. WILLIAMS. So that the only bridge
Mr. TRUMBULL. Perhaps the Senator structed so as to conform to the requirements of sec. tion iwo of an act entitled "An act to authorize tbc
now is the one connecting the island with from Vermont has been there and knows what construction of certain bridges and to establish them Iowa ?
it will cost. I know nothing except the inform. as post roads," approved July 25, 1865.
Mr. TRUMBULL. There is no bridge now
het There was no Congress in session in July, I counecting the island on either side. There ing to the estimate of the engineers of the Gov1865; but the general Mississippi river bridge | is no bridge from the island to lowa, except ernment, it is economy to build a bridge that
prie a pod bill is the act of July 25, 1866. The second the railroad bridge.
will cost $100,000. 'The Senator from Versection of that act provides all the requirements
Mr. HARLAN. It is not a carriage bridge ; mont says that $14.000 built the old bridge. that Congress have recently thought ought to it is a railroad bridge. It touches the island I am not advised about that, he may be cor
wap be imposed on bridge-building on that river. at a point above the point named in this reso- rect; I do not know what it cost; but I do Section two of that act provides : lution.
know, according to the estimates of the proper "That any bridge built under the provisions of this
Mr. TRUMBULL. The communication of officers of the engineers whose duty it is act may, at the option of the company building the the Secretary of War transmits a report of the inquire into this matter, that the expense of a
carro siume, be built als a draw-bridge, with a pivot or other ordnance oflice, which says: form of draw, or with unbroken or continuous spans:
proper bridge will be $100,000. Now it is Provided. That if the said bridge shall be made with ** The temporary bridge connecting Rock Island proposed not to have a bridge at all, and to unbroken and continuous spans, it shall not be of less arsenal with the city of Rock Island, on the Illinvis postpone this measure until next December. elevation in any case than fifty feet above oxtreme
shore, was destroyed byice and flood during the past bigb-water park, as understood at the point of locawinter, and there are now no ineans of communica
Then you had better sell your Rock Island tion, to the bottom chord of tbe bridge, nor shall tho tion between them but a temporary ferry. The ne
arsenal and armory. Sir, in my judgment, it spans of said bridge be less than two hundred and
cessities of the public service require frequent com- would be most miserable cconomy to postpone filmy feet in length, and the piers of said bridge shall
munication of persons and transfer of materials be parallel with the current of the river, and the between the city and arsenal, and the reëstablish
the passage of a proper bill to carry out the main span shall be over the main channel of the ment of a bridge is necessary. A permanent bridgo existing law. This is no new matter. As the river and not less than three hundredi fect in length:
is preferable for every reason, and on the ground of Senator from Iowa has already stated, the law And provided also, That if any bridge built under economy. The estimate for the construction of such this act shall be constructed as a draw-bridge, the a bridge is $100,000, and I recommend that an appro
made provision before for this bridge, but iu sancshall be constructed as a pivot draw-bridge, with priation of that suin be requested from Congress for carrying into effect the provisions of that law a draw over the main channel of the river at an acthe purpose."
the railroad company and the Government cessible and navigable point, and with spans of not Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. That is in less than one hundred and sixty feet in length, in
were unable to make a contract which was the clear on cach side of the central or pivot pier of addition to this bill.
satisfactory to both parties without some further the draw, and the next adjoining spans to the draw
Mr. TRUMBULL. This is a communica- | legislation, and this measure is framed with a shall not be less than two hundred and fifty feet: and tion dated on the 3d day of June. said spans shall not be less than thirty feet above
view to enacting the necessary legislation. It low-water mark and not less than ten feet above
reading from a letter of General Dyer, who is is the joint result of a conference between the extreme high-water inark, mcasuring to the botton
chief of orduance; and that letter is cominu. War Department and this railroad company, chord of the bridge, and the piers otsaid bridge shall nicated by the Secretary of War in the follow- . and it has the sanction of the War Department. be parallel with the ourrent of the river: And propided also, That said draw shall be opened promptly ing letter:
Mr. WILSON. I should be glad to look into upon reasonable signal for the passage of boats,
WAR DEPARTMENT, two or three points connected with this meas. whose construction shall not be such as to admit of
WASHINGTON City, June 8, 1803.
ure, and with the consent of the Senator having their passage under the permanent spans of said
SIR: I have the honor to send herewith, for the bridge, except when trains are passing over the samo; consideration of the proper committee, a communi
it in charge, I propose that we now go into but in no case shall unnecessary delay occur in open
cation of June 3 from the chief of ordnance, recom- executive session. By this course we shall ing the said draw during or after the passage of
incuding an appropriation of $100,000 for the con- have some time to look into the matter. trains,
siruction of a briile to connect Rook Island arsenal
Mr. TRUMBULL. There is no objection
to that, certainly. will be corrected by substituting 1866 for 1865,
J. M. SCHOFIELD, Mr. WILSON. I move, then, that the Senif there be no objection. The Chair hears no
Secretary of War.
ate proceed to the consideration of executive objection, and that correction is inade. The
Speaker of the Blouse of Representatives.. business. question is on the amendment as modified. Now, this bridge having been carried away,
Mr. STEWART. I wish to make a report The amendment was agreed to. there is a necessity for a bridge at once; but
from the committee of conference on the bill Mr. SHERMAN. I think the gentlemen in this is not required if the bill passes, because || for the removal of political disabilities. charge of this measure ought to give lis the the bill under consideration makes provision Mr. WILSON. I withdraw my motion to cost of the bridge, because it seenis from the
for a bridge connecting the island with the allow that report to be made. papers that the cost is referred to and has been Illinois shore, as well as for a bridge connect
MESSAGE FROM THE IIOUSE. estimated by the Government and the estimates || ing the island with the Iowa shore. General are on file. I should like to know myself what Schotield was one of the commissioners that tives, by Mr. McPuerson, its Clerk, announced
A message from the House of Representathe cost of this bridge is to be, whether $200,000 made the estimates, fixed the proportions | that the House had passed the following bills or $1,000,000. The amount appropriated is which it was proper should be paid by this
of the Senate, with amendments, in which it $200,000.
railroad company to the Government; and I Mr. WILSON. I hope this measure will go have been assured by two members of the
requested the concurrence of the Senate : over until we can ascertain the facts of the case. House of Representatives, since this debate
A bill (S. No. 164) to provide for appeals Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. I hope it will began, that this bill did have the sanction of
from the Court of Claims, and for other purgo over until next December, and I make the the Secretary of War; that the Secretary of motion that it be postponed until December War himself framed it in part; that it was
A bill (5. No. 377) to change the times of
holding the district and circuit courts of the next. If anybody will look at the second sec- submitted to him and had his sanction; and United States in the several districts in the tion, he will see that we provide not only for that that Secretary of War was Mr. Stanton.
State of Tennessee. building one bridge, but for removing another. I am authorized to state that on the authority I move that the bill be postponed until Decem- of two members of the House of Representa
REMOVAL OF DISABILITIES. ber. That will leave the existing law which tives, given to me within the last ten minutes. Mr. STEWART submitted the following compels us to build one half the bridge, pro- I trust, Mr. President, that this matter is report: vided the railroad company build the other not to be postponed on the motion of the Sen. The committec of conference of the two Houses on half, and I think that is quite enough and much ator from Vermont, because he supposes that
the amendinent of the Senate to the bill (H. R. No.
1039) to relieve certain citizens of North Carolina of more than we ought to do.
this bridge is to cost something. Of course disabilities, having mct, after full and free conser; Mr. HARLAN. That is just what this joint it is to cost something; we expect it to cost ence have agreed to recomiend, and do recommend law, but puts it in such a shape that it can be priate to the armory at Springfield? Can you
That the House recede from their disagreement to
the amendment of the Senate, and agree to the same executed
The law as it stands would be suffi- | manufacture guns and cannon without some with the following amendments: cient if it could be carried into effect. The expense? After having comienced these Strike out George S. Houston, of Alabama," and
"George W. Jones, of Tennessee.' Senator says he is satisfied with the law as it works upon this island are you to stop?
Strike out" and Tennessee," where it first occurs exists.
Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. We do not
in section four, and insert anit" after “Arkansas" Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. No; I am want a railroad there.
where it first occurs in section four. Mr. TRUMBULL. Do you not want
Also, strike out " Robert Austin, of North Caro
lina, and inscrt "Robert H. Austin." Mr. WILLIAMS. I should like for inform- | bridges?
Strike out " Wiley D. Jones," of North Carolina, ation to ask the Senator from Iowa one ques- Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. Not there.
and insert" Willie Jones."
Striko out tion. Are there any bridges now connecting Mr. TRUMBULL. If there is a necessity
Eugene Grisson," of North Carolina,
and insert "Eugene Grissom. tbe island with the main land? to connect the island with the main shore you
Strike out John D. Ashmond, "of South Carolioa, Mr. HARLAN. There is none on the Illi- must have a bridge to do it. The War Depart
and insert "J. D. Asumore."
Strike out " John M. Rusty (or Burtz."). nois side. The bridge there has been swept ment thinks there is such a nece
ecessity and an
WILLIAM STEWART, away; and I have in my hand now a com- immediate necessity for such a bridge, and any
JOHN SHERMAN, munication signed "J. M. Schofield, Secre- one would know that there was a necessity for tary of War," recommending an appropriation it, I should think. of $100,000 to put in the bridge between the Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. The bridge
H. E. PAINE. island and the Illinois shore, which bridge, if that was carried away cost $14,000, and I supthis resolution shall pass, will be constructed pose another one could be built for the same Mr. HENDRICKS. I wish simply to express by the railroad company. money.
my contempt for the small business thai has
resolution provides for: it reënaets the old something. And is it not something appro: to their respective Housen as follows:
Managers on the part of the Senale.
J. F, FARNSWORTH, Managers on the part of the House.