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ple. It merely extends the provisions of the Mr. BOUTWELL. There are various points act of 1851 for one year from the passage of

Mr. STONE moved to reconsider the vote in this proviso to which I understand the ' by which the bill was passed; and also moved this bill. There is not a line or a letter in the gentlemen from California have assented, to that the motion to reconsider be laid on the bill that establishes any new principle what which I wish to call their attention, because, table. ever, or any principle different from what has in my judgment, it will not accomplish what The latter motion was agreed to. been established by the acts of 1851 and 1860, they think it will accomplish. All the squat. and that principle was simply to distinguish

Mr. ORTH obtained the floor, but yielded to ters on these lands, if the Mexican titles should and discriminate between what were public be upheld, will be driven out in defiance of

Mr. BLAIR, who asked unanimous consent lands in the State of California and what were

to report from the Committee on Foreign Af this proviso and of the homestead and pre fairs a bill for the relief of Nott & Co. private lands. These parties only ask to be emption laws of the United States. allowed to go into the courts and establish as

Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania. I object. Mr. STONE. I have not distinctly heard between themselves and the United States

Mr. BLAIR. I hope the gentleman from what was said by the gentleman from Massawhether they hold a valid grant under the

Pennsylvania will withdraw that objection. chusetts, [Mr. BOUTWELL.) Mexican or Spanish Government? There has

The bill will occupy but a moment.

Mr. BOUTWELL. If the gentleman from The SPEAKER The Clerk will read the been a variety of claims presented, which, | Maryland will give me his attention I will say bill, after which there will be an opportunity owing to the expiration of the act of 1851, || that my point is this: that the proviso which could not be adjudicated.

for objection. has been here introduced will not accomplish, Some objections were made yesterday to

The bill, which was read, directs the SecreI think, what the person who proposed it [Mr. || tary of State to examine the claim of Nott & this bill by some of the gentlemen from Cali- | Jouson) intends to have accomplished by it, fornia ; but those objections have now been

Co., American merchants doing business in If a person has settled upon land claimed | China, against the Chinese Government for obviated by the adoption of the proviso offered under a Mexican grant, the title to which may losses of coin sustained in 1847 by the capture by the gentleman from California, (Mr. John hereafter be established in the courts of the sox.] I will state that this bill has been thor

and robbery of the vessel called the Neva; United States under this bill, then he will not oughly examined by two committees of this

and if in the opinion of the Secretary of State be upon these lands under the preëmption laws House, and they have reported unanimously | of the United States, but he will be upon lands and instructed to pay the same, with the rate

the claim ought to be paid he is authorized in its favor. The committee that I represent to which the United States had no title when

of interest allowed on other claims, from the supposed and believed that the proviso that he entered upon them, and therefore he cannot time of such loss, out of any funds received they had incorporated in the bill accomplished || avail himself of the preënuption laws of the from the Chinese Government under the treaty the very object contemplated by the gentle United States, but will be subject entirely to man from California, (Mr. Johnson,) and also

of 1858 for the payment of losses sustained by the will of the person who may prevail in the American citizens; and that the amount be by his colleague, [Mr. Higby.] This bill in court. But I have a more serious objection, I paid to Nott & Co., or the surviving copartner terferes with no vested rights whatever. It which is this: that by a general law we ought disturbs no man's possessions. It disturbs no

or copartners, or any person duly authorized to not to open these questions of land titles in

be their agent or attorney. The second section man's rights. It merely gives to citizens of California under grants from Mexico: By the provides that the decision of the Secretary of the United States the right to go into the law of 1851 a commission was established for State as to the right of the claimants to be paid, courts and establish their title by existing law. the examination of these claims. Parties had

as to the amount to be paid, and as to the par: What possible objection there can be to the a right to appeal.

ties entitled to receive the same, shall be final bill I cannot see, I will state that if there is Mr. STONE. I must resume the floor.

and conclusive. any settler upon the land who has any valid Mr. BOUTWELL. Very well; I hope the

Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania. I do not title, by the very terms of the bill he is pro

House is satisfied that this billought not to pass. tected, and the court has to settle that ques.

see anything in this bill that goes to show that Mr. STONE. I cannot understand the force

there has been any settlement or liquidation tion. It is, in fact, only a bill to open the of the objection of the gentleman from Massa

with the Chinese Government by which it doors of the Supreme Court of the United chusetts, [Mr. BOUTWELL.] The United States

appears that that Government has in its hands States to our own citizens where they have by a treaty, in accordance with the law of pabeen closed by the lapse of time under the tions, bound themselves to respect all Mexican

money of ours to pay this claim. I cannot

consent to the consideration of the bill at this original act as against the United States and and Spanish land grants. The commission

time. nobody else. This bill does not attempt to which the United States created was merely The SPEAKER. Objection being made, the settle conflicting claims between private indi- || the mode by which the evidence of these grants bill cannot now be reported. viduals. It does not touch or trench on any was brought to the knowledge of the Govern

LEAVE OF ABSENCE. man's rights. It simply says to the citizens of ment. The Government, by these solemn treaty California, if you have any valid grant derived stipulations with Mexico, pledged itself that it

Leave of absence was granted to Mr. STOKES from the Mexican or Spanish Goverument that would respect all Mexican and Spanish grants till next Tuesday, and to Mr. Adams for one you can prove beyond a doubt before the that existed at the time of the date of that week. courts the doors of the courts shall be open treaty and the cession of California to the

E. R. AND S. W. CLARKE, to you. The time prescribed by the original | United States. That is all that this bill asks. Mr. ORTH. Mr. Speaker, the Committee act was too short for a State of the magnitude | All that this bill asks is an opportunity for the on Private Land Claims has but one more bill of California. It was found absolutely neces citizens of California to show that they do hold before it, the bill (S. No. 347) to confirm the sary once before to extend the time to allow valid grants. That is the whole object of the title of Ethan Ray Clarke and Samuel Ward all the persons in interest to go into the courts. bill.

Clarke to certain land in the State of Florida Mr. BOUTWELL. I would like three or As I have before said, this bill does not claimed under a grant from the Spanish Gov. five minutes upon this matter before the ques decide any right at all, but simply presents ernment. This matter was by the committee tion is taken.

the broad question of allowing the citizens of referred for investigation to a member of the Mr. STONE. I would yield to the gentle | California to go into court and show their rights committee, the gentleman from Vermont, Cher man with great pleasure, but I have had a great under these grants. It strikes me, with all WOODBRIDGE.] I received a note from that many applications for the floor, and I have had due deference to the gentleman, that it would gentleman this morning, stating that in eonseto decline them. I am merely the organ of the be & most outrageous breach of faith on the

quence of serious illness in his family he is comunittee, and time is pressing. I must there. part of the Government toward those who

obliged to go home. He left the papers in my fore decline.

hold these valid Mexican grants to deny them | hands, but the report is not yet finished. . I ask Mr. BOUTWELL. I will venture to state an opportunity to prove them in the only mode unanimous consent of the House that this bill to the House that this bill ought not to pass. known to the law, in the courts of the United

may be reported on some day next week during Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. Has the States. I now call the previous question on the morning hour. previous question been seconded? the passage of the bill.

Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. I object. The SPEAKER. It has not.

The previous question was seconded and the Mr. BENJAMIN. I also object. “SuffiMr. WASHBURNE, of Klinois. Cannot main question ordered.

cient unto the day is the evil thereof." there be some discussion on a matter of this The question was then taken upon ordering Mr. ORTH. Then, Mr. Speaker, at the kind?

the bill to be engrossed and read a third time; The SPEAKER. The Chair cannot answer

suggestion of the gentleman from Vermont, and upon a division there were-ayes 50, noes

[Mr. Poland,] who when a member of the Sen. that question. 25; no quorum voting.

ate examined this bill, I report the bill now, Mr. HIGBY. I wish to correct one state Tellers were ordered; and Mr. STONE and and ask its passage at this time. In connecment of the gentleman from Maryland, [Mr. Mr. BOUTWELL were appointed.

tion with the bill, I report the petition of the STOxE,] if he will allow me.

The House again divided; and the tellers Messrs. Clarke, which I ask the Clerk to read. Mr. STONE. I will yield.

reported that there were-ayes 66, poes 36. The Clerk partly read the petition, when Mr. HIGBY. The gentleman from Maryland So the bill was ordered to be engrossed and Mr. ORTH said : It is unnecessary for the stated that this proviso was satisfactory to all

read the third time; and being engrossed, it | Clerk to read that document further. the members from California. He was mis.

Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. I insist taken in reference to myself. I have not said The question being on the passage of the bill, decidedly that I was not in favor of this bill with

Mr. WINDOM called for the yeas and nays.

that the reading shall be concluded.

The SPEAKER. The gentleman cannot the proviso, nor have I said that I was in favor

The yeas and nays were not ordered, of it. I have no right to debate this question, Mr. WINDOM called for tellers.

insist on that. The gentleman from Indiana

[Mr. Orth) is entitled to the floor. because the gentleman from Maryland has not Tellers were not ordered. yielded to me for that purpose. The bill was passed.

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report of the committee. I desire to hear the read upon which it is founded. If men's rights of title was made and a patent issued. That remainder of it read; and I do not think any can be taken away in that way let it be under is all that is asked for in the present case, as I gentleman has the right to interfere with the stood. I tried to get the petition read. They understand it. I therefore call the previous reading.

got relief to go to the courts, but they refused to question. The SPEAKER. The gentleman from go to the courts, and now come here for a new Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. Will the Massachusetts can no more insist upon the bill. The bill was asked to be put off because l gentleman yield to me a moment ? reading of the entire petition than he can it had not been fully considered.

Mr. ORTH. Yes, sir.

Mr. POLAND. I do not know whether the Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. I desire Orth) shall finish an hour's speech after he gentleman is addressing his inquiry to me or to to say that the petition in this case sets forth has commenced speaking. the chairman of the committee. "As I under

in these words : Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. Can the stand it, these petitioners came to Congress in

" That a bill was passed by said Congress (that is, in reading be stopped in the midst?

1856 applying for the passage of a law like the 1859] referring the matter to the district court of tho The SPEARER. The floor is in the

posses one now reported, and it was passed in one United States for the southern district of Florida tor sion of the gentleman from Indiana, who can House, but while pending in the other Mr.

determination; and that no action was had on this

act up to this date,"
control how his time shall be occupied. The | Yulee, a gentleman of whom we have all heard
bill will be read.
something-Mr. Yulee, in the interest of some

Now, this Congress has passed an enabling The bill provides that the title of Ethan Ray || adverse petitioners, not in the interest of these act to allow these parties to go into court and Clarke and Samuel Ward Clarke to a tract of petitioners or their rights, but of those setting litigate their titles. They slept upon them land five miles square on Black creek, south up an adverse interest-hada bill passed giving | from 1859 to 1861, and then, after being interof St. Mary's river, in the State of Florida, the privilege to the parties to go into the courts.

rupted by the rebellion, they slept upon them and bounded as follows : upon one side by the I do not know these parties were called upon

from 1805 to 1868. Now, why should we, St. Mary's river, and upon the other side by to commence litigation in the courts of Florida without any knowledge of the matter, legislate vacant lands, being the same lands to which an more than it was incumbent upon those who

the title into one man and out of another? exclusive right to take the timber was granted by were represented by Mr. Yulee. There is as Mr. ORTH. We do not do that. the Spanish Government to John Underwood, much ground to say the title of these parties

Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania. Does the and upon which he erected a saw-millin 1805, || is foreclosed in consequence of their failure to

treaty specify any mode by which we can con. and which was kept up and continued for many go into the courts of Florida as

firm these titles ? years,shall be confirmed: provided, that nothing Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania. Who is Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. I do not herein contained shall operate to the preju the occupant of the land ?

know that it does. dice of any claim which may be set up to said

Mr. POLAND. I understand these parties | derstood that it provided it by act of Congress.

Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania. I un. land by reason of any previous sale thereof; are in possession. nor shall this act in any way prejudice any Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvanin. Then

Mr. ORTH. No, not by any mode; but we claimant under the said John Underwood, what do they want anything for unless some

have confirmed them by act of Congress. or any person deriving title or claim thereto body brings an adverse claim ? If they are not

Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. The case under said Underwood, his heirs or assigns, or in possession, why not bring a suit to get pos

stands in this way: here is a treaty some fifty of any person or persons who may be entitled session ?

years old or upward, and here is an attempt to preëmption rights under any existing laws Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. When to establish rights under it after there has been of the United States.

they have got an act of Congress allowing them an act of Congress allowing them to come to do so.

into the courts. Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I should

Now it is said that this case like to have the report read or to have some

Mr. POLAND. I understand these persons

was examined by a committee of the Senate ; explanation made. have been in possession of the land all the

that it was passed through the Senate, then Mr. ORTH. I will attend to that. while, but by the treaty these Florida titles

that it came to this House and was referred to Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. If the gen. required confirmation, and it is for that pur

the Committee on the Judiciary, and they did tleman from Indiana had seen as much as I pose, in order to remove a cloud upon

their title,

not see fit to report it. have in reference to the confirmation of these that this bill is introduced. Being in posses,

Mr. ORTH. That is so. private land claims, such as the Houmas sion they could not commence a litigation, and

Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. That being claim

nobody could commence a litigation against so, I think this bill should go to the Committee Mr. ORTH. I do not yield. I know what them.

on the Judiciary for the purpose of having this I am reporting here this morning as well as Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania. There is question examined, because we have no report the gentleman. Mr. Speaker, this is a bill somewhere an act of Congress providing that on this question. arising under the treaty of Florida. It has where anybody occupies lands claimed by two Mr. ORTH. Oh yes ; here is a report. been before the Senate, and has been very parties either party may bring a suit to test his Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. No report thoroughly examined by the Committee on title,

that has been read. Private Land Claims in the Senate at the time Mr. ORTH. This is a case arising under

Mr. ORTI. But then there is a report. my neighbor, the gentleman from Vermont,

Mr. POLAND, It seems to me that the [Mr. Poland, ] was member of the commit States agreed to confirm titles to all persons argument that is put forth by my friend from tee. I yield to the gentleman from Vermont, who beld grants under the Spanish Govern Massachusetts [Mr. BUTLER) is entirely fallawho is more familiar with the facts than I am. ment prior to that treaty, and it confirms them l cious, and instead of being a reason why the Mr. WASHBURN, of Indiana. How much in their grants.

bill should not pass it is the very reason why land does this embrace ?

Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania. I inquire it should pass. These petitioners and the perMr. ORTH. Something over forty sections. whether that ipse dixit of the treaty is not a sons under whom they claim have been in pos. Mr. POLAND. The gentleman from Indiana confirmation, requiring nothing more?

session of these lands for a great number of is making a most unexpected demand upon me. Mr. ORTH. 'I can only answer that by years. I do not understand that there is any All I can say is that while I was a member of stating that the practice of the Government law by which they can sue a man who sets up the other branch of Congress this was before has been invariably the other way. In all some claim to the lands, they being in possesthe Committee on Private Land Claims, of cases where lands have been owned by indi. sion. But for the purpose of removing any which Judge Harris was chairman and I was viduals prior to the cession of any particular | cloud upon their tiile they wanted the usual a member, and we gave the case a very full territory, Congress has provided for the con congressional confirmation. They came here and careful consideration. It was unanimously firmation of the titles by special act. This to Congress for it and obtained it in the Sen. reported by the committee of the Senate, and applies not only to lands in Florida, Louisiana, ate. Thereupon Mr. Yulee, who was then a it passed the Senate, and only failed to pass and Missouri, but in California and New member of Congress and who represented some the House by some disarrangement of the Mexico. Time and again have acts of Con- | adverse interests, procured the passage of a papers, the division of them between two com gress been passed confirmatory of these titles. law. by which persons setting up an adverse mittees. It seems that one year ago a bill of The practice, as I have learned during this claim might go into the courts of Florida and this same character was examined by the com session of Congress, has been about this: after have the title settled. They have never seen mittee of the House and passed by the House ; a territory has been ceded to the American fit to do so in this long lapse of time. it was really passed by both Houses.

Government, we have required of the original Mr. ORTH. I yield for a moment to the Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. I ask the owners of any portion of it the surrender of gentleman from Massachusetts, [Mr. BANKS.] gentleman from Vermont whether there was not their title-papers that they might be recorded Mr. BANKS. I do not know the merits of a bill passed in this Congress many years ago for among the archives of this Government. Then this precise claim. If it has the approval of the purpose of having these men go before the upon the surrender of such title-papers an act the committee of this House, and has passed United States court in Florida, giving them was passed in the case of California, for the the Senate, I can believe that upon the facts full power to test their right there? They have establishment of land commissioners, and in it is equitable and just. But there is a quesnever done so. The petition, which was not the case of New Mexico for the establishment | tion of public policy on which I wish to say read, gets forth the facts. It shows these par of the office of surveyor general in that Terri. a word. Where private rights have been ties have never been before the courts; but tory, and the duty in each case was to collect claimed under a treaty, and the courts have they come here for us to legislate away the the titles which the parties had to the lands in not been able to award them under the rights of other parties in that land, which were controversy, and upon the report of the Com- treaty, or where the parties have been in pos. never tried before the courts, without giving us missioner of the General Land Office, in pur- session and their claim has been resisted, it a chance to hear the report read or the petition suance of the act of Congress, a confirmation 11 has been the uniform practice of the Govern

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went to pass acts of Congress to meet the facts withdraw from the files of the House, leaving that those Senate amendments be acted upon so far as they were just in those cases.

copies, the papers of Abelard Guthrie, in the at this time. Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania. I would case of the Wyandotte claim.

No obiection was made. ask whether where one party claims and an

IRON-CLADS. other party claims against him they have ever came to Congress to have the question settled?

Mr. PILE, by unanimous consent, submitted The amendment of the Senate to the bill Mr. BANKS. Under the treaty of 1803 acts

the following resolution; which was read, con (H. R. No. 411) for the relief of Almira Wyeth of Congress of this character have been passed sidered, and adopted :

was then taken from the Speaker's table, up to 1867, settling the principles of interpret

Resolved. That the Secretary of the Navy be di The amendment was to strike out all of the ation by which the treaty was to be adjudi.

rected to communicate to the Houso the report of bill after the enacting clause, in these words:

Captain James B. Eades on the iron-clads of Europe cated. Under the treaty of 1818 there have and of this country.

That the name of Almira Wyeth, widow of James been, and there must be, acts of legislation

M. Wyeth, late a private in company I, seventy

CLERKS, ETC., OF INTERIOR DEPARTMENT. fifth regiment Illinois volunteers, be placed on the enabling parties to maintain themselves in pos

pension-roll in pursuance of existing law in such

The SPEAKER, by unanimous consent, laid session or enabling the courts to decide the

cases, commencing on the 5th day of March, 1863. claims of parties under that treaty. This I

before the House a communication from the And in lieu thereof insert: judge to be a case of that sort. Secretary of the Interior, transmitting a letter

That the Secretary of the Interioris hereby author-
Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania. Then pass

from the disbursing clerk of his Department, ized and directed to place the name of Almira Wyeth,
relative to certain reductions from the amount widow

of James M. Wyeth, late a private in coma general law.

pany I, seventy-fifth regiment Illinois volunteers, Mr. ORTH. I merely wish to say that this estimated as necessary for clerks and watch

on the pension-roll, and allow and pay her a pension bill reserves the rights of these adverse claim

men in that Department; which was referred at the rate of eight dollars per month, from the 5th ants. It provides that this act shall not in any to the Committee on Appropriations.

day of March, 1863, to continue during her widow

hood. way prejudice the rights of any claimants under TEMPORARY CLERKS IN INDIAN BUREAU. The amendment was agreed to. Underwood, or of any person or persons who The SPEAKER, by unanimous consent, also may be entitled to preëmption rights under the

JAMES S, TODD. faid before the House a communication from existing laws of the United States. I demand the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting a com

The amendment of the Senate to the bill (H. the previous question. munication from the Commissioner on Indian

R. No. 523) granting a pension to James S. The question was put on seconding the de. Affairs, asking for an appropriation of $29,600

Todd was taken from the Speaker's table. mand for the previous question ; and there for extra and temporary clerks in the Indian

The amendment was to add to the bill the were-ayes 59, noes 21; no quorum voting.

following: Bureau, for the year ending June 30, 1869 ; Tellers were ordered; and Messrs. ORTH,

And to allow and pay him a pension at the rate which was referred to the Committee on Apand Butler of Massachusetts, were appointed. || propriations.

of eight dollars per month, to commence from the

passage of this act, and to continue during his natural The House divided; and the tellers reported

GEORGE ABBOTT.

life. ayes seventy-two, noes not counted.

The amendment was agreed to.
The SPEAKER, by unanimous consent,
So the previous question was seconded.

ELIZABETH KANEDAY.
also laid before the House a communication
The main question was then ordered to be
put.

from the Secretary of War, transmitting papers The amendment of the Senate to the bill (H. The bill was ordered to a third reading; and

in the case of George Abbott, late provost R. No. 671) granting a pension to the widow it was accordingly read the third time.

marshal of the twelfth district of Illinois, to be of Henry Kaneday was taken from the SpeakThe question was put on the passage of the

relieved from certain responsibility for bounty er's table. bill; and there were--ayes 55, noes 24 ; no money; which was referred to the Committee

The amendment was to make the bill read of Claims. quorum voting.

as follows: Tellers were ordered; and Messrs. ORTH,

RIGGS, BASS, AND PILKENTON.

That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is and WASHBURNE of Illinois, were appointed. The SPEAKER, by unanimous consent,

hereby, authorized and directed to place on the pen

sion-roll, subject to the provisions and limitations The House divided; and the tellers reported— also laid before the House a communication

of the pension laws, the name of Elizabeth Kapeday, ayes 75, noes 29.

from the Secretary of War, transmitting a the widow of Henry Kaneday, late a private in comSo the bill was passed. report by the Adjutant General respecting the

I, fifteenth regiment Iowa infantry, and to pay

her a pension at the rate of eight dollars per month, Mr. ORTH moved to reconsider the vote by claims of J. B. Riggs, William Bass, and Wil commencing May 5, 1862. which the bill was passed ; and also moved liam Pilkenton; which was referred to the Com The amendment was agreed to. that the motion to reconsider be laid on the mittee on Military Affairs. table,

REBECCA JANE KINSEL.

DESTITUTE OSAGE INDIANS.
The latter motion was agreed to.

The amendments of the Senate to the bill
The SPEAKER, by unanimous consent,
LEAVE OF ABSENCE,

(H. R. No. 775) granting a pension to the also laid before the House a communication widow and minor children of Erastus Kinsel Mr. VVELKER and Mr. BUCKLAND asked

from the Secretary of the Interior, trausmitting and obtained leave of absence until Tuesday

were taken from the Speaker's table. a letter from the Commissioner of Indian Al The amendments were to strike out all after next.

fairs, relative to the destitute condition of the Mr. MARSHALL and Mr. JOHNSON

the enacting clause and insert in lieu thereof Osage Indians in Kansas; which was referred the following: asked and obtained leave of absence for one

to the Committee on Appropriations, week.

That the Secretary of the Interioris hereby authorThe SPEAKER. The Chair has not asked ized and directed to place on the pension-roll

, subMr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I would that those communications be printed, as it is

ject to the provisions and limitations of the pension like to know how many leaves of absence have so late in the session. Should any of these

laws, the name of Rebecca Jane Kinsel, the only been granted.

cbild under sixteen years of age of Erastus Kinsel, communications be of such a character as to late a private in company A, one hundred and The SPEAKER. Five this morning and

justify their printing, the committees to which twenty-fifth regiment Pennsylvania volunteers, and seven yesterday. they have been referred can ask it.

to pay her a pension at the rate of eight dollare per

month, commencing April 7, 1863, and to continue MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. WASHINGTON AND GEORGETOWN RAILROAD.

until she attains the age of sixteen years. A message from the Senate, by Mr. GORHAM,

Also to amend the title so as to read, "A

The SPEAKER, by unanimous consent, its Secretary, announced that the Senate had also laid before the House a communication

bill granting a pension to Rebecca Jane Kin. passed a bill (S. No. 486) to facilitate the

sel." from the president of the Washington and settlement of certain prize cases in the southern Georgetown Railroad Company, transmitting,

The amendments were agreed to. district of Florida, in which the concurrence

Mr. PERHAM. As to the other pension in compliance with the act of incorporation, of the House was requested. his annual report for the year ending January

bills on the Speaker's table the Committee on The message further announced that the 1, 1868; which was referred to the Committee

Invalid Pensions recommend non-concurrence Senate had passed, without amendment, the for the District of Columbia, and ordered to be

in the amendments of the Senate. joint resolution (H. R. No. 312) relating to printed.

JEREMIAII T. IIALLETT. the pay of the Assistant Librarian of the House,

ORDER OF BUSINESS. and the bill (H. R. No. 1129) for the relief of

The amendment of the Senate to the bill the widow and children of Colonel James A. Mr. PERHAM. There are some twenty or

(H. R. No. 525) granting a pension to Jere. Mulligan, deceased. more House bills granting pensions, to which

miah T, Hallett was taken from the Speaker's

table. the Sepate have made amendments. Those ENROLLED BILLS SIGNED.

The amendment was to insert after the word bills are now on the Speaker's table. It is too Mr. WILSON, of Pennsylvania, from the late in the session for them to be referred to

"infantry” the words and to allow and pay Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that the Committee on Invalid Pensions with any

him a pension at the rate of twenty-five dollars they had examined and found truly enrolled a

per month ;'' so that the bill will read: bill of the following title ; when the Speaker I hope that the committee will get an oppor tunity to report upon them. The committee That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is

hereby, autborized and directed to place on the penhave informally examined those amendments, An act (H. R. No. 780) for the relief of || and have instructed me to ask that amend

sion-roll, subject to the provisions and limitations Martha N. Jones, administratrix of Samuel

of the pension laws, the name of Jeremiah T. Hallett, ments to certain bills be agreed to, and that

late a member of company I, first Upited States T. Jones. other amendments be not agreed to, but that a

infantry, and to allow and pay him a pension at the ABELARD GUTHRIE. committee of conference be asked. No debate

rate of twenty-five dollars per month, commencing

March 10, 1861. Mr. WINDOM asked and obtained leave to will be required, and I ask unanimous consent The amendment was non-concurred in.

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GEORGE F. GORIAM.

IIEIRS OF GEORGE R. WATERS.
The amendments of the Senate to the bill The amendments of the Senate to the bill The amendments of the Senate to the bill
(H. R. No. 373) to place the name of Mahala (H. R. No. 518) granting a pension to George (H. R. No. 662) granting a pension to the
A. Straight upon the pension-roll of the United F. Gorham, late a private in company B, widow and minor children of George B. Waters
States were taken from the Speaker's table. twenty-ninth regiment Massachusetts volunteer were taken from the Speaker's table.

The amendments were to strike out A' infantry were taken from the Speaker's table. The amendments were to insert in line six
after “Mahala" and insert “M;'' to insert The amendments were as follows:

the name of “Mary Waters,' and also to insert
after the word hi deceased” the words "late a In section one strike out in lines seven, eight, and the words “the three, and to strike out the
· private in company E, one hundred and twenty nine, the words “paid the same amount of peusion word "njinor," before " children,' and after
winth regiment Illinois volunteers ;' to insert

allowed in similar cases, subject to the provisions
and limitations of the general pension laws," and

the word "children” to insert the words under after the words " United States" the words insert "allowed and paid il pension at the rate of sixteen years of age;'' in line eight to strike " and to pay her a pension at the rate of eight twenty-five dollars per month."

out the word " fiftieth” and insert " fifteenth,"

In section two, line second, strike out the words dollars per month, to commence on the 5th

and his father, John J. Gorham, appointed guard

and also to strike out the word “engineers” day of September, in the year 1862, and to ian;" and also strike out the word "said" and insert and to insert the words "volunteers, and to continue during her widowhood ;'' also to "his," in the fourth line."

pay her a pension at the rate of fourteen dolamend the title by striking out "A" after The amendments were non-coneurred in. lars per month ;?? so that the bill will read : "Mahala" and inserting “M.”

MINOR CHILDREN OF PLEASANT STOOPS.

That the Secretary ofMhe Interior be, and he is The amendments were non-concurred in.

hereby, authorized and directed to place on the penThe amendment of the Senate to the bill sion-roll, subject to the provisions and limitationg of JOIN W. HUGHES. (H. R. No. 456) granting a pension to the

the pension laws, the names of Mary Waters, the The amendment of the Senate to the bill

widow, and the three children under sixteen years of minor children of Pleasant Stoops was taken age, of George R. Waters, late a meni ber of the fif. (H. R. No. 825) granting a pension to John | from the Speaker's table.

teenth regiment New York volunteers, and to pay W. Hughes was taken from the Speaker's table. The amendments were to insert in line five

her a pension at the rate of fourteen dollars per The amendment was to insert after the word

month, commencing November 17, 1861.
the names of “ David Henry. Stoops, Pleasant
"volunteers,'' in line seven, the words “and | Stoops, and Sturges Stoops ;'' in line six to

The amendments were non-concurred in. to pay him a pension at the rate of fifteen dol strike out the word “minor'' before child MINOR CHILDREN OF CHARLES GOULER. lars per month."

ren," and after the word children'' to insert The amendments of the Senate to the bill The amendment was non-concurred in.

under sixteen years of age;" and in line || (H. R. No. 664) granting a pension to the WILLIAM II. M'DONALD.

eight, after the word "infantry,” to insert minor children of Charles Gouler were taken The amendment of the Senate to the bill " and to pay to them or their legally-authorized from the Speaker's table.

The amendments were to strike out in sec(H. R. No. 773) granting a pension to William | guardian or guardians a pension of eight dolH, McDonald was taken from the Speaker's lars per month ;" so that the bill will read: tion one, line six, the words “the minor” table.

That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is before “children” and to insert “Willie, Ellen, The amendment was to insert after the word

hereby, authorized and instructed to place upon the and Tellis Gouler," and after the word "child

pension-roll the names of David Henry Stoops, Pleasvolunteers,'' in line seven, the words " and

dren” to insert "under sixteen years of age;' ant Stoope, and Sturges Stoops, the children, under to pay him a pension at the rate of fifteen dol sixteen ycars of age, of Pleasant Stoops, late a mem in line eight, after the word "volunteers,” to lars per month."

ber of company F, eighteenth regiment of United insert " and to pay them a pension at the rate

States infantry, and to pay to them or their legally-
The amendment was non-concurred in. authorized guardian or guardians a pension of eight

of eight dollars per month ;' and in line ten dollars per month, to date from the day of his death, to insert "to continue until they severally attain JOHN D. LAY,

subject to the provisions and limitations of the pen the age of sixteen years ;'' so that the first secThe amendment of the Senate to the bill sion laws.

tion will read : (H. R. No. 771) granting a pension to John

The amendments were non-concurred in.

That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is D. Lay was taken from the Speaker's table.

SOLOMON ZACIMAN.

hereby, authorized and directed to place on the penThe amendment was to insert after the word

sion-roll, subject to the provisions and limitations Missouri," in line six, the words and to

The amendments of the Senate to the bill of the pension laws, the names of Willie, Ellen, and

Tellis Gouler, children under sixteen years otlage of pay him a peusion at the rate of fifteen dollars (H. R. No. 521) to place the name of Solo

Charles Gouler, lato a private in company F, ninth per month.

inon Zachman on the pension-roll vere taken New Hampshire volunteers, and to pay them a penThe amendment was non-concurred in. from the Speaker's table.

sion at the rate of eight dollars per month, commencThe apiendments were to insert in line six

ing April 18, 1866, to continue until they severally

attain the age of sixteen years. JOIIN II. FINLAY.

after the word “roll” the words and to pay The amendments of the Senate to the bill

Also, to amend the title of the bill so as to him ;' in line seven to strike out the words

read, (H. R. No. 770) granting a pension to John

A bill granting-a pension to the childcominencing on" and to insert the word

ren of Charles Gouler."
H. Finlay were taken from the Speaker's table. from ;? in lines eight and nine to strike out
The amendments were to strike out in line

The amendments were non-concurred in.
the words “subject to the limitations and
seven, the word “commencing” and insert requirements of the pension laws, and to

CYRUS K, WOOD. the words "and to pay him a pension at the insert “to the 6th day of June, 1866, and The amendments of the Senate to the bill rate of eight dollars per month from ;'' and to thereafter at the rate of fifteen dollars per (H. R. No. 663) granting a pension to Cyrus add at the end of the bill the words "until month during his natural life;" so that the K. Wood, the legal representative of Cyrus D. June 6, 1866, and thereafter at the rate of bill will read:

Wood, were taken from the Speaker's table. fisteen dollars per month." That the Secretary of the Interior be authorized

The amendments were to strike out in line The amendments were non-concurred in. and directed to place the name of Solomon Zacli four the words "

pay to Cyrus K. Wood, of man, of Marion county, Ohio, formerly a member of TIIOMAS CONNOLLY.

Auburn, Maine, father and legal representative company D. eighty-second Ohio volunteers, on the The amendment of the Senate to the bill pension-roll, and to pay him at the rate of cight dol

of," and to insert the words “place on the peniara per month, from the 30th day of May, 1861, to the sion-roll the name of;' and in line seven, after (H. R. No. 676) granting a pension to Thomas 6th day of June, 1866, and thereafter at the rate of Connolly was taken froin the Speaker's table. fifteen dollars per month during his natural life.

the word "infantry,'' to insert the words and The amendment was to add at the end of The amendments were non-concurred in.

to pay to him a pension at the rate of;" so that

the bill will read: the bill the words " and to pay him a pension

IEIRS OP WILLIAM CRAFT.

That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is at the rate of fifteen dollars per month, com

hereby, authorized and directed to place on the penmencing on the 30th day of June, 1865."

The amendments of the Senate to the bill sion-roll the name of Cyrus D. Wood, late of comThe amendment was non-concurred in. (H. R. No. 001) granting a pension to the pany H, tenth regiment of Maine volunteerinfantry, widow and minor children of William Craft

and to pay to him a pension at the rate of eight dol HENRY II. HUNTER.

lars per month from the 8th day of May, 1863, to the were taken from the Speaker's table.

6th day of June, 1866; and twenty-five dollars per The amendments of the Senate to the hill (H. The amendments were to strike out in line inonth from said oth day of June, 1866, to the 8th day R. No. 666) granting a pension to Henry H. five the word “the' and to insert “Susan F.

of April, 1867. Hunter were taken from the Speaker's table. || Craft;"! and also to strike out the words " and

The amendments were non-concurred in. The amendments were to strike out in line minor children” and to insert " and the child

HEIRS OF MYRON WILKLOW. seven the word "and ;'' and in line eight, after under sixteen years of age ;'' in line six to

The amendments of the Senate to the bill the word "cavalry;" to insert the words and strike out the words “the late;" in line seven

(H. R. No. 669) granting a pension to the to pay him a pension at the rate of fifteen dol

to strike out the letter “H'' and to insert lars a month."

widow and minor children of Myron Wilklow “D;” and in line eight, after the word “regi. The amendments were non-concurred in.

were taken from the Speaker's table, ment,” to insert " and to pay her a pension at

The amendments were to insert in line six W. W. CUNNINGHAM. the rate of ten dollars per month; so that

the name “Sarah A. Wilklow ;' and also to The amendment of the Senate to the bill the bill will read:

strike out the word “minor" and insert " Al(H. R. No. 622) granting a pension to W. W.

That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is

mira, Emma, and Mary Wilklow;" in line hereby, authorized and directed to place on the penCunningham was taken from the Speaker's | sion-roll the names of Susan F. Craft, widow, and

seven, after the word "children,” to insert table.

the child under sixteen years of age of William "under sixteen years of age;" and in line The amendment was to insert in line six, Craft, late of company D. eighty-second Pennsyl: nine, after the word "volunteers,” to insert

vania regiment, and to pay ber a pension at the rato after the word ' roll,' the words "and to

the words and to pay her a pension of fourof ten dollars per month, subject to the provisions allow and pay him a pension at the rate of and limitations of the pension laws, to commence teen dollars per month ;': so that the bill will filteen dollars per month." April 6, 1865.

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103 sion-roll, subject to the provisions and linitations

insert the words “ William T. S. Rice, the to the legislative appropriation bill, as it is of the pension iaws, the names of Sarah A. Wilklow, the widow, and Almira, Emma, and Mary Wilklow, child under sixteen years of age;'' and in line

desirable the bill should go to a committee of children under sixteen years of age, of Myron Wilk nine, after the word 'volunteers,'' to insert the

conference as early as possible.

200 Jow, lato a member of company B, forty-seventh Ohio volunteers, and to pay her a pension of fourwords "and to pay her a pension of ten dol

Mr. SPALDING. Are there not two small teen dollars per month, commencing June 2, 1867. dollars per month;' so that the bill will read : appropriation bills pending in Committee of The amendments were non concurred in. That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is

the Whole?
hereby, authorized and directed to place on the pen-

The SPEAKER. There are; but they are
HCIRS OF ANDREI HOLMAN.
sion-roll, subject to the provisions and limitations

not general appropriation bills, which have The amendments of the Senate to the bill

of the pension laws, tho names of Elizabeth Rice,
the widow, and William T. S. Rice, the child under

priority in Committee of the Whole over all
(H. R. No. 670) granting a pension to the sixteen years of age, of Cornelius L. Rice, late a Other business.
widow and children of Andrew Holman were member of company B. ninety-first regiment Penn Mr. SPALDING. But I had an understand-
taken from the Speaker's table.

sylvania volunteers, and to pay her i pension of ten The amendments were to insert in line dollars per month, commencing December 4, 1860.

ing with the chairman of the Committee on

Appropriations that he would give way to allow six the name

Also, to amend the title so as to read: “A
Kezia Holman,'' and also to

those bills to be taken up. strike out the word " minor?! and insert the it bill granting a pension to the widow and minor

The SPEAKER. No understanding can word "three;" in line geven, after the word / child of Cornelius L. Rice."

change the order of business in Committee of "children," to insert the words "under six

The amendments were non-concurred in.

the Whole unless it is the understanding of the teen years of age;' and in line nine, after the MINOR CHILDREN OF JAMES IIEATHERLY. committee itself or of the House. word "infantry,'' to insert the words and to

The amendments of the Senate to the bill(H. LEGISLATIVE, ETC., APPROPRIATION BILL. pay her a pension at the rate of fourteen dol

R. No. 677) granting a pension to the minor lars per month; so that the bill will read:

The SPEAKER. The question is on the children of James Heatherly were taken from That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is

motion of the gentleman from Illinois, that hereby, authorized and directed to place on the penthe Speaker's table.

when the House shall resolve itself into Comsion-roll, subject to the provisions and limitations The amendments were to insert in line six mittee of the Whole all general debate upon For of the pension laws, the names of Kezia Ilolman, the names of “ Joseph, Sarah, Loami, Fran. the widow, and the three children under sixteen years

the Senate amendments to the legislative, execof age, of Andrew Holman, lato a private in company cis, and James Heatherly ;'' in line seven to

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utive, and judicial appropriation bill terminate G, twenty-ninth regiment of Ohio voluntecrinfantry. strike out the word “minor" before the word

in twenty minutes. and to pay her a pension at the rate of fourteen dol 'children ;'! and after the word "children" The motion was agreed to. lars per month, commencing March 20, 1865.

to insert the words “under sixteen years of The ainendments were uon-concurred in.

Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I move age;'' in line nine, after the word " volun.

that the rules be suspended, and that the House IEIRS OF CHARLES W. WILCOX. teers," to insert" and to pay them a pension

resolve itself into Committee of the Whole The amendments of the Senate to the bill at the rate of eight dollars per month ;'' in

on the state of the Union upon the legislative, (H. R. No. 672) granting a pension to the lines ten and eleven, to strike out the words

executive, and judicial appropriation bill. widow and minor children of Charles W. Wil. “December 19, 1866,'' and insert “ January The motion was agreed to. cox were taken from the Speaker's table. 24, 1865, and to continue until they severally The amendments were to insert in line six attain the age of sixteen years ;

So the rules were suspended; and the House so that the

accordingly resolved itself into the Committee the name of "Martha J. Wilcox;" and also bill will read:

of the Whole on the state of the Union, (Mr. to strike out the word “minor,'' and insert That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is

Wilson, of Iowa, in the chair,) and proceeded "James W., Clarinda I., Ira E., and Charles hereby, authorized and directed to place on the pen

to the consideration of the Senate amendsion-roll, subject to the provisions and limitations E. Wilcox; in line seven, after the word

of the pension laws, the names of Joseph, Sarah, ments to the bill, (H. R. No. 605) making "children,' to insert "under sixteen years of Loami, Francis, and James llcatherly, the children under sixteen years of age of James Ileatherly, late

appropriations for the legislative, executive, age;" and in line nine, after the word "yol

of company E, cleventh West Virginia volunteers, and judicial expenses of the Government for unteers,'' to insert "and to pay her a pension and to pay them a pension at the rate of eight dol the year ending the 30th of June, 1869. at the rate of sixteen dollars per month; so lars per month, commencing January 24, 1865, and Mr. SPALDING. I move that this bill be 1 that the bill will read:

to continue until they severally attain the age of
sixteen years.

laid aside. My object is to have the comThat the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is

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mittee take up two bills making appropriations Bereby, authorized and directed to place on the penThe amendments were non-concurred in.

oft sion-roll, subject to the provisions and limitations

for benevolent institutions in this District.

Mr. PERHAM. I move the apppointment of the pension lawy, the names of Martha J. Wilcox, the widow, and James W., Clarinda I., Ira E., and of a committee of conference on the disagree

The motion was not agreed to. Charles E. Wilcox, children under sixteen years of ing votes of the two Houses on the pension

Mr. BLAINE. We have entered, Mr. Chair age, of Charles W. Wilcox, late of company B, ninetybills just acted on by the House.

man, upon a new fiscal year, and the last approseventh Illinois volunteers, and to pay to her a pen

tha sion at the rate of sixteen dollars per inonth, com

The motion was agreed to.
priation bill to provide for its expenditures has

A1 mencing March 16, 1863.

been reported and is now before the House.

ORDER OF BUSINESS. The amendments were non-concurred in.

The occasion seems a lit one for a brief survey

ire Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I rise for of our financial situation and for a pertinent

1 HEIRS OF JOHN S. PHELPS.

the purpose of moving that the House resolve answer to the many misrepresentations 80 The amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. itself into Committee of the Whole on the state || industriously set afloat in regard to govern: R. No. 673) granting a pension to the widow of the Union upon the Senate amendments to the mental expenditures. A very labored attempt and minor children of John S. Phelps were bill (H. R. No. 605) making appropriations for has been made throughout the country by certaken from the Speaker's table.

the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses tain parties and partisans to create the impres. The amendments were to insert in line six of the Government for the year ending the 30th sion that the expenditures of this Congress are the name “Saffrona C. Phelps ;'' and also to of June, 1869. Before making that motion I on a scale of heedless and reckless extravastrike ont the word " minor ?! and insert desire to move that when the House shall re

gance. I propose to show that such is not the “ Caleb S. Phelps ;?' in line seven to strike solve itself into Committee of the Whole, fact, but that, on the contrary, the expendiout the word "children” and insert "child all general debate shall terminate in twenty tures are made with far more regard to econ. under sixteen years of age;': in line eighi to minutes, leaving only the five-minutes debate

omy than distinguished the last Democratic insert the word "second" before "lieuten. pro and con. on amendments.

administration that was in power in this coun: ant;' in line nine, after the word "volunteer,” Mr. BANKS. Without making any objec

try. The question is one of figures and not of to insert " and to pay her a pension at the rate tion to the motion of the gentleman from argument, and hence I proceed at once to the of fifteen dollars per month for herself during Illinois, I wish to give notice, that on next figures. widowhood, and two dollars per month for the Tuesday, after the morning hour, I shall move It is important at the outset, to a clear undersaid child until he shall attain the age of six that the House resolve itself into Committee | standing and clear comparison of Government teen years ;'' so that the bill will read : of the Whole on the state of the Union upon expenditures at the present time and the

That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is the Alaska bill, the vote having been ordered hereby, authorized and directed to place on the pen to be taken on Thursday,

period immediately preceding the war, to dission-roll, subject to the provisions and limitations

tinguish between those expenditures which of the pension laws, the nomes of Saffrona C. Phelps.

The SPEAKER. If there is no objection, were the inevitable consequence of the rebelthe widow, and Caleb S. Phelps, child under sixteen the Chair will regard the Alaska bill as post- | lion, and therefore unavoidable, and those years of age of John S. Phelps, late a second lieuten poned in Committee of the Whole until next ant in the thirty-fifth regiment of Kentucky mounted

which may be to a certain extent controlled by infantry, and to pay her a pension at the rate of fif

Tuesday morning after the morning hour, that the discretion and the fidelity of Congress. Of teen dollars per month for herself during widow bill now having priority by unanimous consent. hood, and iwo dollars per month for the said child There was no objection.

those expenditures, which are the direct outuntil he shall attain the age of sixteen years, com

Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania.

growth of the rebellion, I count the interest mencing July 23, 1863.

wish to understand what is now the order of business

on the war debt and the pensions and bounties The amendments were non-concurred in.

to soldiers and sailors. These are expenditures in Committee of the Whole? IIEIRS OF CORNELIUS L. RICE. The SPEAKER. The first business in order | tively demanded, unless the nation is prepared

which are not discretionary but are imperaThe amendments of the Senate to the bill in Committee of the Whole is the deficiency

bill. (H. R. No. 675) granting a pension to the

on the one hand to defraud its creditors, or on widow and minor children of Cornelius L. Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania. Does who risked everything that the Republic

the other to turn its back on the brave men Rice were taken from the Speaker's table.

the gentleman from Illinois propose to take up The amendments were to insert in line six that bill?

might survive. the name of Elizabeth Rice;' and also to

Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. No, sir; I

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