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Mr. MAYNARD. I desire to say in this
retary of the Treasury recommending the repeal case that in the opposition I have made to the
The following petitions, &c., were presented
of all acts and parts of acts which authorise the resolution I have not been moved by any under the rule, and referred to the appropriate abatement, reduction, or return of duties on doubt that the present clerk has rendered sercommittees :
account of damages occurring to merchandise vice commensurate with what it is proposed to By Mr. COBURN: A memorial of Delass during a voyage, or from injury or destruction pay him. It is not because I do not think he
Root and others, citizens of Indianapolis, by fire, or other cause, after reaching port and is worthy of all the resolution would give him ; | Indiana, praying for the enlargement of the
while yet in custody of customs officers, have but I can see in this resolution that it fastens ship-canal at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
had the same under consideration, and have upon us another salaried officer in the shape
By Mr. HILL: The petition of John P.
come to a conclusion unfavorable to the reconn. of a committee clerk. Reference has been
Brown and others, of Charlottesburg, Morris mendation of the Secretary, and have directed made to the clerk of the Committee of Claims. county, New Jersey, representing that the
me to make a report in writing. I move that Before the establishment of the Court of Claims depression of manufacturing industry affects
the report be printed. that committee had all the business before it disastrously every form of production and busi
The motion was agreed to. that now devolves upon the Court of Claims.
ness, and must reduce the revenues and en. Mr. VAN WINKLE, from the Committee It was really a judicial body. It kept a record,
danger the credit of the Government, and on Pensions, to whom was referred the follor. and it was necessary to have a clerk of consid
praying for such increase of protective duties ing bills, reported them without amendment: erable acquirements. He was, in fact, a man as will revive manufactures and restore pros
A bill' (H. R. No. 1222) granting a pension of very high character. But since the Court perity to the country.
to Catharine Ginsler; of Claims has been established the business
By Mr. JONES, of North Carolina : The A bill (H. R. No. 1223) granting a pension of the committee has dwindled and become
petition of Captain Hogshead and others, of to Margaret Filson; inconsiderable, and the clerk of that commitNorth Carolina, ask com sation for ser
A bill (H. R. No. 1224) granting a pension tee ought not to be salaried any more than ten vices rendered the United States during the
to Jane E. Rogers ; other clerks of committees in the House. We rebellion.
A bill (H, R. No. 1225) granting a pension know that the Committee on Invalid Pensions
By Mr. KELLEY: The petition of La Fay- | to Patrick Collins; has a great amount of business to do at this
ette Green, Hon. W. W. Holden, and seven A bill (H. R. No. 1220) granting a pension time, but after one or two Congresses the busiothers, of the county of Stanley, North Caro:
to Barbara Weisse; ness will fall off unless we have another war.
lina, asking for the removal of disabilities of A bill (H. R. No. 1228) granting a pension We know the claims of pensioners under the said La Fayette Green.
to Joanna L. Shaw; revolutionary war and the war of 1812 are
Also, the petition of Edward W. Davis, of A bill (H. R. No. 1229) granting a pension referred to a single committee, and that it has
the county of Stanley, State of North Caro- to Anna H. Pratt; very little work at all. If I am incorrect my
lina, asking for the reinoval of his disabilities. A bill (H. R. No. 1230) granting a pension colleague will correct me. I should be uu
Also, the petition of James T. Ramsey, of to Hannah K. Cook ; willing, therefore, to see the clerk of this com
the county of Stanley, State of North Caro- A bill (H, R. No. 1231) granting a pension mittee inade a salaried officer. The House has
lina, asking for the removal of disabilities. to John Morley never been niggardly toward its officers. It has
Also, the petition of John W. Morton and A bill (H. R. No. 1232) granting a pension always been liberal, and I am quite sure it will 7 others, of the county of Stanley, State of
to Ruth Barton ; be so in this case. I trust, therefore, that the
North Carolina, asking for the removal of dis- A bill (H. R. No. 1233) granting a pension gentleman will not feel bound to pass
to William F. Moses ; lution.
A bill (H. R. No. 1234) granting a pension Mr. MILLER. A word in reply to the gen
to Frederica Brielmayer; tleman from Tennessee. I hope he will not
A bili (H. R. No. 1235) granting a pension insist upon his objection. This laborer is cer
Friday, July 10, 1868.
to Jobannah Connelly ; tainly worthy of his bire. We have had dur. Prayer by Rev. E. H. Gray, D. D.
A bill (H. R. No. 1236) granting a pension ing this session seven hundred and eighty-five On motion of Mr. WILLIAMS, and by unan- to the minor children of Michael Travis ; cases before the committee. This gentleman
imous consent, the reading of the Journal of A bill (H. R. No. 1237) granting a pension has received for his compensation during the yesterday was dispensed with.
to the widow and minor children of James last Congress for one year only $792. He has
RESIGNATION OF SENATOR JOIINSON.
Cox; and had to commence early in the morning and
A bill (H. R. No. 1238) granting a pension work till late in the day. The lowest salary
The PRESIDENT pro tempore laid before the Senate the following communication; which
to Lavinia A. Gittings, mother of Andrew J. of Department clerks is $1,200, and they work
Gittings. from vine till three or four o'clock. Now, I
WASHINGTOŃ, July 10, 1868.
Mr. VAN WINKLE. I also report back am perfectly willing to limit the compensation
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that I write
the bill (H. R. No. 1227) granting a pen: to the present Congress. We ought to include by this day's mail, to the Governor of my State, re
sion to Martha Ann Wallace, with a view of the entire Fortieth Congress, but as the Clerk signing my seat as a Senator of Maryland, the resig
asking to be discharged from it, and at the of the House has settled the account till the nation to take effect at once. Do me the favor to make the fact known to the Senate.
request of the friends of the applicant I move 1st of July we cannot go back. This gives
I remain, with high regard, your obedient servant, its reference to the Committee on Military the young man a meager compensation for the
REVERDY JOHNSON. Affairs and the Militia.
Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont, from the Com. our committee their full share of the labor
mittee on Finance, to whom was referred the which this clerk has to perform. I hope, The bill (H. R. No. 1381) providing for an
meinorial of members of the First Church and therefore, the resolution will pass. I demand election in Virginia, yesterday received from the previous question. the House of Representatives for concurrence,
Society of Boston, submitted an adverse report
thereon; which was ordered to be printed. The SPEAKER. The Chair understands was read twice by its title, and referred to the
He also, from the same committee, to whom the gentleman to amend the resolution limit- Committee on the Judiciary.
was referred the memorial of the Protestant ing the compensation to the 4th of March,
PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS. 1869. If there is no ohjection the amendment
Episcopal parish of St. Mary's, Burlington, will be considered as agreed to. The question of the United States Army praying the pas
Mr. WILSON presented a petition of officers New Jersey, submitted an adverse report
thereon; which was ordered to be printed. is on the resolution as amended.
sage of the bill to fix and equalize the pay of Mr. MAYNARD. I understood the gentle
TRUSTEES OF COLORED SCHOOLS. officers and to establish the pay of enlisted man to demand the previous question. soldiers of the Army; which was referred to
Mr. PATTERSON, of New Hampshire
. The SPEAKER. "Does the gentleman insist the Committee on Military Affairs and the
The Committee on the District of Columbia, on the previous question? Militia.
to whom the subject was referred, have directed Mr. MAYNARD. Suppose the previous
Mr. HOWE presented a petition of soldiers
me to report a bill (S. No. 609) transferring question is sustained, and the House then and widows of soldiers of the war of 1812, pray.
the duties of trustees of colored schools of adjonrns, when will tbe resolution come up ing to be allowed pensions; which was referred
Washington and Georgetown, and to ask for before the House again?
short to the Committee on Pensions.
action upon it at this time. It is The SPEAKER, The Chair thinks it will
and will take but a moment.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. come up as unfinished business as soon as the
By unanimous consent, the bill was read business pending at the recess to-day is com- Mr. DRAKE, from the Committee on the twice by its title and considered as in Completed in reference to the Falls of St. Anthony. Pacific Railroad, submitted a report accomMr. MAYNARD. I suggest that it take panied by a joint resolution (S. R. No. 157) in the acts of Congress authorizing the appoint
mittee of the Whole. It proposes to so modify that courge. relation to the Union Pacific railway, eastern
ment and defining the duties of the board of Accordingly, by unanimous consent, the pre- division. The joint resolution was read and trustees of colored schools for the cities of vious question was seconded and the main passed to a second reading, and the report was Washington and Georgetown as to transfer all question ordered. ordered to be printed.
the duties heretofore imposed by those acts ou Mr. MAYNARD. I move that the House Mr. MORGAN. The Committee on Com
the trustees of colored schools to the trustees adjourn.
merce, to whom was referred the draft of a The motion was agreed to ; and thereupon section prepared by the Secretary of the Treas
of the public schools in those cities.
The bill was reported to the Senate without (at nine o'clock and forty minutes p. m.) the ury for incorporation into one of the fiscal bills, amendment, ordered to be engrossed for & House adjourned. together with a communication from the Sec
third reading, read the third time, and passed.
resolution, and ask for its present considera- Mr. FESSENDEN. I should like to have
tion : Mr. HOWARD. I ask the Senate to take
that lie over until the chairman of the Com
Resolved, That the Secretary of War be requested up the joint resolution (S. R. No. 72) for the
mittee on Foreign Relations comes in. Ir to furnish the Senate with a description of the Pre
prerelief of John M. Broome and others, the sidio military reservation, including Black Point,
sume he will be here in a short time.
Mr. CONNESS. I wish to say that the
honorable chairman has already suggested that area, and the portions of said reservation actually unanimous consent to take it up at this time. occupied by the United States.
he would be ready for its consideration at the Mr. POMEROY. Are resolutions in order. Mr. CONNESS. I wish to suggest that
beginning of the week, and it is in accordance The PRESIDENT pro tempore. They are, these are two several reservations, and the
with that suggestion that I make this motion.
Mr. FESSENDEN. I think it would be no if we can get at them.
language ought to be changed a little if the Mr. POMEROY. The Senator from Indi- information is wanted as to both.
more than right to let it lie until he comes in. ana [Mr. HENDRICKS) some time ago offered Mr. WILLIAMS. I desire a description
Mr. CONNESS. To let it lie until he comes a resolution of inquiry in the morning hour of all the military reservations lying between
in is simply to let it lie for another day. I which was passed. Subsequently I moved a San Francisco and the ocean, both of the
ask a vote on my motion. There can be no reconsideration with a view of amending it. Presidio and of the Black Point reservation.
objection to it. I now desire to have the motion acted upon, Mr. CONNESS. They are separate reserv
Mr. SHERMAN. I desire to have an and then to offer an amendment to the resolu- ations.
understanding with the Senator from Califortion and let it be passed. I suppose it is in Mr. WILLIAMS. I say "including Black | nia, that it shall not be antagonized to the order to do that now. Point."
funding bill which is now the special order, The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The Chair Mr. CONNESS. Very well.
and on which I hope to get a vote to-day or will put the question on the motion to recon- Mr. COLE. I suppose they are really all
Mr. CONNESS. I agree with the Senator
that that bill must have precedence. tion recurred on the passage of the following | do not know the object of the resolution. I
Mr. SHERMAN. That is the only thing I resolution : have no special objection to it.
have charge of, and with that understanding I Resolved. That the Secretary of the Treasury be Mr. WILLIAMS. I simply wish to say that
have no objection.
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The quesmonthly expenditures and the average expenditures
mittee on Private Land Claims that render it tion is on making the bill mentioned by the
formation. I understand that there is a large | Monday next at one o'clock.
Mr. FESSENDEN. I hope not; I only The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The reso- States, exceeding fourteen hundred acres, and ask the Senator to wait until the chairman lution is now open to amendment.
I desire to know exactly the external bound- of the Committee on Foreign Relations is Mr. POMEROY. I offer the following aries of the reservations and these portions present. amendmentthat are actually occupied. There are cer
Mr. CONNESS. I make a full answer to Mr. CONNESS. I suppose it is not pro- tain portions of the reservations that are not that. It appears to me that the Senator ought posed to consider it now.
actually occupied by the United States for any to accept my answer. The whole Senate will Mr. POMEROY. If it takes any time I do purpose. I simply wish that information to bear witness to the motion I made a few days not wish to urge it.
enable the Committee on Private Land Claims | since, and at the suggestion of the Senator Mr. CONNESS. I hope it will lie over. to transact its business and to investigate from Massachusetts 1 withdrew the motion
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. It cannot claims that are pending before the committee. that I then made. The suggestion was that be considered, objection being made. Reports Mr. COLE. Will the Senator from Oregon he would be ready in the beginning of the from committees are still in order.
be so good as to state what claims there are week for that bill. I now make this motion Mr. POMEROY. I do not understand the before the committee on which this informa
in accordance with that suggestion, which I Chair. Does the Chair rule that it is not in tion is desired ?
know will be acceptable to lim. order?
Mr. WILLIAMS. There may be business Mr. POMEROY. I do not wish to object The PRESIDENT pro tempore. It is not in before the Committee on Private Land Claims to the bill being considered; I want to conorder because it is objected to, and the morning of which the honorable Senator is ignorant. sider it, but there are bills to protect American business has not been gone through with. I have no objection to stating the business. citizens at home that should be considered. I
Mr. POMEROY. This is morning business, One case is an application on the part of Mrs. am quite as anxious to protect American citi. and resolutions are now in order.
Jessie Frémont for indemnification for prop- zens at home as I am to protect American The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The reso- erty that was taken, as she claims, by the mil- citizens abroad, and I should not like to saclution has been reconsidered, and now you pro- litary authorities in violation of her rights; and
rifice the interests of American citizens at pose to put it on its passage, and I suppose that this information is desired for the purpose of
hoine to those abroad. I am ready to condoes not come within the rule. It must wait enabling the committee to consider that claim. sider that bill at any time the Senator can get until the morning business is disposed of if Mr. CONNESS. There can be no objecobjection is made. tion to it.
Mr. CONNESS. The honorable Senator is Mr. POMEROY. Is there any objection? Mr. COLE. As it is an application for a little at fault in what he says. American Mr. HENDRICKS. It will be discussed. information, I do not suppose there can be citizens at home are not in jeopardy as citizens Mr. CONNESS, I think it bad better be laid any objection.
abroad are. over until to-morrow,
The resolution was agreed to.
Mr. POMEROY. Some of them are very The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Objection
much so. is made, and the resolution will lie over.
Mr. YATES. I happened to be absent yes.
Mr. CONNESS. I ask for a vote on my
terday in my committee-roon when the final motion.
Mr. FESSENDEN. I hope the bill will not to say that if I had been present I should have
be made a special order under the circumsent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. No. voted for the bill.
stances. 608) to incorporate the United States Postal
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The quesTelegraph Company and to establish a postal
tion is on making the bill a special order for telegraph system ; which was read twice by its
of Mr. o'clock.
nays on the motion.
The yeas and nays were ordered.
Mr. MORTON. As a member of the Comresolution (S. R. No. 158) to extend the act
PRINTING OF A DOCUMENT.
mittee on Foreign Relations, I hope the bill establishing the Court of Claims to the claims Mr. ANTHONY. I move to reconsider the will be made a special order for Monday. I arising under the act of the 2d of March, 1861,
vote by which the Senate the day before yester- know of no reason why it should not. providing for the payment of the expenses of day rejected a resolution to print a report from Mr. CONNESS. There is not any reason the Washington and Oregon Indian war of the Quartermaster General of the Army. I
at all. 1855–56 ; which was read twice by its title,
desire to have it reconsidered with a view of The question being taken by yeas and nays, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, recommitting it to the Committee on Printing resulted-yeas 22, nays 8; as follows: and ordered to be printed.
The motion to reconsider was agreed to.
YEAS–Messrs. Buckalew, Cameron, Cattell, Cole, Mr. CONKLING asked, and by unanimous Mr. ANTHONY. I now move to recommit Conness, Davis, Drake, Harian, Hendricks, Howard, consent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (5. it to the Committee on Printing.
McCreery, Morgan, Morton, Nye, Ramsey, Ross,
Stewart, Thayer, Wade, Williams, Wilson, and No. 610) in relation to corporations created by The motion was agreed to.
Yates-22. laws of the United States; which was read
RIGHTS OF CITIZENS ABROAD.
NAYS-Messrs. Anthony, Edmunds, Fessenden, twice by its title, referred to the Committee on
Fowler,, Morrill of Vermont, Pomeroy, Trumbull, the Judiciary, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. CONNESS. I move that the bill (. and Vickers--8.
R. No. 768) concerning the rights of American ABSENT-Messrs. Bayard, Chandler, Conkling, RESERVATIONS IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY.
Corbett, Cragin, Dixon, Doolittle, Ferry, Frelingcitizens in foreign States be made the special | huysen, Grimes, llcoderson, Howe, Me Donald, VorMr. WILLIAMS. I submit the following Il order for Monday next at one o'clock.
rill of Maine, Norton, Osborn, Patterson of New
resolution (H. R. No. 215) relative to the hour.
CONNESS. OLI ask for the yeas and
Hampshire, Patterson of Tennessee, Rico, Sauls- of the late Major General Israel B. Richard- spared the pressure that I plainly see is to be bury, Sherman, Sprague, Sumner, Tipton, Van son; and.
made upon us for expenditures at Rock Island, Winkle, Welch, and Willey-27.
A bill (H. R. No. 1363) granting an increase | amounting to millions of dollars. In the first So the motion was agreed to. of pension to Emily B. Bidwell, widow of place, as a matter of fact, it was not necessary
to have this arsenal there. We have an arsenal MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE. Brigadier General Daniel D. Bidwell.
now that can make ten thousand arms a day, A message from the House of Representa
ROCK ISLAND BRIDGE.
three hundred thousand arms a year, and we tives, by Mr. McPhersox, its Clerk, announced
Mr. HARLAN. I move that the Senate
have more than two million muskets and rifles that the House had passed the following bills proceed to the consideration of House joint
We do not wish to make any, and of the Senate without amendment : resolution No. 201.
do not wish to improve any. We have improved A bill (S. No. 232) granting a pension to
Mr. CATTELL. I cannot refrain from sayHenrietta Nobles;
about fifty thousand of the Springfield musing that I think a bill of a good deal of public kets that we have on hand at the present time. A bill (S. No. 238) granting a pension to Carrie E. Burdett;
importance, which was up yesterday and pretty | That institution is more than ample for all the
well discussed, and laid over at the request of A bill (S. No. 282) granting a pension to
needs of the country. But it was thought best Annie E. Dixon;
the Senator from Illinois, [Mr. TRUMBULL,] for local reasons to establish this arsenal. I A bill (S. No. 291) granting a pension to
should properly come up first this morning voted for it on account of the fact that it was Ann Kelley, widow of Bernard Kelley; and be disposed of.
claimed as a local measure; but when I did so The PRESIDENT pro tempore. There is I had no idea that we were to go on and estabA bill (S. No. 292) granting a pension to Maria Raftery;
nothing for the Senator to do but to object lish an institution on a plan so vast as is now A bill (S. No. 316) for the relief of Rebecca until the morning business is disposed of.
proposed, and that we proposed to expend such
Mr. CATTELL. I do not like to do so V. Senor, mother of James H. Senor, deceased;
enormous sums of money upon it. I know A bill(s. No. 318) for the relief of Charlotte ungracious a thing as to object.
vast sums are to be asked for it, sums that Posey, widow of Sebastian R. Posey;
Mr. HARLAN. I hope the Senator will will dwarf this appropriation or any that we A bill (S. No. 321) for the relief of Mrs.
ever dreamed of. Mary Gaither, widow of Wiley Gaither, de
I consider it a great mistake that we entered ceased; tion is on the motion of the Seuator from lowa.
on this work, because we do not need it, and A bill (S. No. 332) granting a pension to The motion was agreed to; and the Senate
we ought not to establish such institutions John W. Harris; resumed the consideration of the joint resolu.
East, West, North, or South unless they are A bill (S. No. 333) for tbe relief of Julia M.
tion (H. K. No. 201) in relation to the Rock | absolutely needed for the good of the common Molin ; Island bridge.
country; but we have entered upon it. This A bill (S. No. 312) granting a pension to
Mr. TRUMBULL. I move to amend the bridge, which is to connect the cities of DarenThomas Stewart; joint resolution by inserting after the words
port and Rock Island, will be, of course, for A bill (S. No. 359) granting a pension to “Rock Island," in the ninth line, the words
the interest of this arsenal if we are to go on Louisa Fitch, widow of E. P. Fitch, deceased; to connect said island with the cities of
and build it up. A bill (S. No. 381) granting a pension to Davenport and Rock Island." That is the
A considerable sum of money has already Edward Hamel, minor child of Edward Hamel, language of the original act. It will make it
been expended there; and I know that tbe gen. deceased; more specific.
tleman who has charge of it feels that it is a A bill(S. No. 427) for the relief of the widow Mr. EDMUNDS. Explain the necessity magnificent place; that it is a place where we and children of John W. Jameson ; of it.
should lay out several million dollars in estabA bill(S. No. 434) for the relief of Elizabeth
Mr. TRUMBULL. I want it to be specific, | lishing an arsenal. I expect that Congress Barker, widow of Alexander Barker, deceased; that it is the bridge provided for there, and
will be called to appropriate six or ten million A bill (S. No. 450) for the relief of Sylvester not elsewhere.
dollars to build up this work. I do not wish Nugent;
Mr. SHERMAN. The island of Rock Island,
to undertake to arrest this work after we have Å hill (S. No. 494) granting a pension to as I understand, is a little above those two
begun it; but I hope that those who take an Elizabeth Steepleton, widow of Harrison W. cities.
interest in it will see to it that all these extray. Steepleton, deceased;
Mr. TRUMBULL. The language of the
agant aspirations and pretensions are kept A bill (S. No. 495) for the relief of Henry | original act passed in 1867, is a bridge to Reens ;
down, and that we spend only such amounts connect the island of Rock Island with the
of money as are necessary for the country at A bill (S. No. 497) for the relief of Catharine / cities of Davenport and Rock Island," and I
this place, and that we proceed gradually and Wands;
propose to insert these words so as to have it slowly in building up that institution. It is A bill (S. No. 498) granting a pension to specific. They are the very words of the fixed there, and I have no doubt will stay there. Anna M. Howard ; original act.
I desire to say this much because I know A bill (S. No. 500) granting a pension to
Mr. SHERMAN. Does that increase the Lucinda R. Johnson; length of the bridge?
that the gentleman who is at the head of this
institution at Rock Island, desires to lay the A bill (S. No. 501) granting a pension to Har
Nr. TRUMBULL. I do not think it changes foundations there on a large and broad scale, riet W. Pond;
it at all; but I thought it was proper that it of an establishment that must cost many milA bill (S. No. 520) granting a pension to should be specific, and as the joint resolution
lion dollars before it is completed. I lope Martha Stout; and must go back to the House I thought it better
that those who are friendly to it will not press A bill (S. No. 549) granting an increase of to adopt the very words of the law.
us into these extravagant appropriations, and pension to Catharine Eckhardt.
Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. I desire to especially that those of us who think we ought The message also announced that the House ask my friend from lowa whether he would had passed the following bills of the Senate, ovject to an amendment of this character:
to proceed with some degree of care in this with amendments, in which it requested the
project, will not be held here or elsewhere
Provided, That in no caso shall the cost of tho as being actuated by a local spirit or a feelconcurrence of the Senate:
bridge exceed $1,000,000? A bill (S. No. 175) for the relief of Joseph Mr. HARLAN. The joint resolution now
ing of jealousy simply because this institution
is in another part of the country. McGhee Cameron, and Mary Jane Caineron, provides that it shall not exceed the estimates, minor children of La Fayette Cameron, de
General Dyer, chief of the ordnance office, and I think the estimates were $1,000,000, ceased; Therefore I do not see any necessity for the Springfield armory from 1795 to 31st May, bio
states in a note to me that the expenditures at A bill (S. No. 382) granting an increase of amendment suggested by my honorable friend
and at Rock Island arsenal from its establishpension to Obadiah T. Plum; from Vermont.
ment in 1862 to 31st May, 1868, have been as A bill (S. No. 422) granting a pension to Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. I think you follows: Maria Schweitzer and the children of Conrad had better accept it. Schweitzer, deceased;
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The quesA bill (S. No.518) granting a pension to the tion now is on the amendment offered by the widow and child of John P. Felty;
Senator from Illinois.
Mr. HARLAN. I will not object to the
For purchase of land, inA bill (S. No. 314) for the relief of George amendment suggested by the Senator from
cluding buildings, water T. Brien ;
privileges, &c........... Vermont. A bill (S. No. 383) granting a pension to Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. Then I move
For erection of buildings, John A. Weed and Elizabeth J. Weed, minor to insert at the end of the first section the fol
and other improvechildren of Robert T. Weed, deceased ; lowing proviso:
ments, machinery, &c., A bill (S. No. 517) granting a pension to the And provided also, That in no caso sball the ex
including repairs if the widow and children of Henry Brown; and penditure on tho part of the United States exceed
2,552,076 55 A bill (S. No. 521) granting a pension to the $1,000,000.
Total of each.. children of William M. Wooten, deceased. The amendment was agreed to. The message also announced that the House Mr. WILSON. I desire to say a word in
It will be seen that the land and water prir had passed ihe following bills, in which it regard to this measure. It is a very large ap- ileges have already cost three times more af requested the concurrence of the Senate :
propriation, but I suppose we must make it as À bill (H. R. No. 1337) granting an increase we have undertaken this work. I hope, how
the Rock Island armory than at the Springfield
armory, and that about one fourth as much of pension to Frances T. Richardson, widow ever, that we shall for some time to come be I have been appropriated at Rock Island as a
Springfield Rock Island armors.
$77,442 62 $242,082 52
$2,629,519 17 $887,101 70
Springfield for buildings, improvements, and NAYS-Messrs. Anthony, Buckalew, Conkling, last two years I think the average would be machinery. Unless carefully watched by Con- Edmunds, Fessenden, McCreery, Morgan, Morrill of about the same. I have the figures here show
Vermont, Sherman, and Vickers-10. gress we shall soon find that the expenditures
ABSENT—Messrs. Bayard, Chandler, Corbett, | ing the amounts. The amount of curreney on at Rock Island will cast in the shade all the Dixon, Doolittle, Ferry, Frelinghuysen, Grimes, Hen- deposit during the same length of time and expenditures made at Springfield during the derson, Hendricks, Howe, McDonald, Morrill of Maine, Norton, Patterson of New Hampshire, Pat
lying idle in the Treasury is also stated in a past seventy years. I call the attention of our terson of Tennessee, Rice, Saulsbury, Sprague,
table which I have before me.
The average friends from the West to this demand for vast Welch, and Wilson-21.
for the last year las exceeded $34,000,000. expenditures for this armory in time of peace. So the joint resolution was passed.
Now, if you change the gold which has lain Mr. HARLAN. Perhaps I ought to say, in
idle in the Treasury for the last year into cur
TEMPORARY LOAN CERTIFICATES. response to the Senator's appeal, that I shall
rency at its market value, and add to it the not press any appropriation for the construc
Mr. CATTELL. I now move that the Sen.
currency that bas lain in the Treasury, you tion of additional works at Rock Island beyond ate proceed to the consideration of Senate bill will find that more than one hundred and fifty those which the committee, over which the No. 543.
million dollars of currency and gold turned Senator so ably presides, shall deem demanded The motion was agreed to; and the Senate, | into currency have lain idle in your Treasury by the best interests of the country. I do not as in Committee of the Whole, resumed the for the last twelve months. agree with him as to the original propriety of
consideration of the bill (S. No. 543) to pro- Mr. MORTON. I should like to ask the locating these works there ; I think it was vide for a further issue of temporary loan cer: Senator if he can state the amount of gold that highly proper that they should be located there. tificates, for the purpose of redeeming and has been sold by the Treasury within the last Arms will be needed on that side of the Repub- | retiring the remainder of the outstanding two years? lie probably for a long series of years, more compound-interest notes.
Mr. TRUMBULL. I cannot; I have not than at any other point. I think it is a very
Mr. TRUMBULL. I move to amend the those figures, but this amount remains after all appropriate place to have a depot of arms; bill by striking out all after the enacting clause the sales. I will state to the Senator that I can but I shall not press any appropriation beyond and inserting:
give him the receipts of gold for the year ending that which his committee will recommend.
That for the purpose of redeeming and retiring the June 30, 1867. "The amount received from Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. I shall con- remainder of the compound-interest notes, saving customs, which is collected, as the Senator is tent myself with merely calling for the yeas and the unnecessary payment of interest and reducing the
One public debt, the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby
aware, in gold coin, was $170,000,000. nays on this resolution. Without any reference authorized and directed to make sale of $10,000,000 of hundred and seventy-six millions were received to the arsenal, I consider this appropriation the surplus coin in the Treasury of the United States during the last fiscal year which has been
on the first Monday of the month of August next, and wholly improper. I merely ask for the yeas on the first Monday of every month thereafter, until
reported, and for the quarter ending on the and nays upon it.
the amount of coin in the Treasury, exclusive of that 30th of September last there were received The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Does the for which no cortificates of deposits shall have been $48,000,000. I have not the figures to show what Senator ask for the yeas and nays on the third
given, shall be reduced to the sum of $10,000,000; the
the receipts into the Treasury for the entire reading or on the passage of the joint resolu- retary shall give five days public notice in one daily year were, but assuming that the other quartion ? newspaper published in each of the cities of Wash
ters yielded as large an amount of customs as Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. On its pas
ington and New York, that sealed proposals for ten
the quarter ending the 30th of September last, sage.
the Assistant Treasurer in the city of New York. till there would have been received during the The amendments were ordered to be en
three o'clock p, m., of the day appointed for the sale. fiscal year which has just expired into the grossed, and the joint resolution to be read a
Such proposals shall be addressed to the Assistant
Treasury $192,000,000 in gold. The amount third time. It was read the third time. in the presence of such persons as may choose to
of the indebtedness of the United States as Mr. MORGAN. I beg to inquire of the
attend at tho time designated in the notice. No pro- reported on the 1st day of June, 1868, upon Senator from Vermont whether it is expected posals shall be received unless accompanied by a
which we have agreed to pay the interest in that the Government is to pay $1,000,000 for States of five per cent. in currency of tho amount of gold is $2,020,827,841 80. This indebtedness the building of this bridge ?
coin bid for in such proposal, which shall be received does not at all bear the same rate of interest. Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. The estimate
in part pay for the coin bid for in case the bid is is that it will cost $1,000,000. There is a proaccepted, and if not accepted shall bo returned to
Some of it bears a less rate than six per cent. the party who made the bid. Payments may be interest ; but assuming that we paid six per vision in the resolution that the railroad com- received for coin in currency, or compound-interest cent. upon the wholeindebtedness of the United pany across the river there may have the use
notes with the interest
accrued thereon. When compound-interest notes are received, they shall be can
States on the 1st of June last, which we have of it by paying one half of the cost. There is celed by the Secretary of the Treasury, and with the agreed to pay in coin, the whole amount would also another provision that provides for tear- currency received he shall purchase and cancel any be $121,000,000. Thus you see that we are ing down the existing bridge, by which I think
interest-bearing indebtedness of the United States,
paying therefor not exceeding its current market receiving very considerably more in gold for we shall render ourselves liable, if we go on, value at the time. None but the highest bids shall duties than the amount of interest which we to pay probably more than half as much more. be accepted for gold, and in case of different bids at
pay in gold.
We received $50,000,000 more Dr. HARLAN. The resolution provides
the same rate said bids shall be accepted only pro
in gold during the last year which is reported specifically that the Rock Island Railroad Com- of the Secretary of the Treasury, shall have the right
than will be our interest for the coming year. pany shall pay one-half the cost of this struc- to reject all or any bids if deemed by him less than This being so, I can see no necessity for ture, and if the old bridge is torn down, it the fair value of gold at the time.
retaining on hand a surplus of forty millions renders it absolutely necessary that they should Mr. President, it will be observed that the of gold; but I have framed my amendment so for their own convenience. It also provides
amendment which I bave offered proposes to as to require the disposition only of the excess that if any other railroad company shall avail reduce the coin in the Treasury of the United over forty millions, and that at the rate of ten theinselves of this structure across the river States to $10,000,000 by monthly sales of millions a month, and providing that there they shall pay a proportional part of the cost, $10,000,000 until it is reduced to that amount. shall be received for the gold, when it is dis. and I have been informed it is probable that Had I followed my own inclinations entirely I posed of, the compound-interest notes, with another road will avail themselves of the op- should have introduced a proposition to reduce their accruing interest, and the currency of portunity, and this will still further reduce the it much lower than that. I do not tbink the country; and that it shall be the duty of amount that the Government will be called there is any reason for retaining so large a sum the Secretary of the Treasury, on the receipt upon to pay.
as $40,000,000 in gold in the Treasury. But of the compound-interest notes, to cancel Mr. YATES. I desire to state that I have inasmuch as Congress has manifested a dis- them, and with the currency to purchase the seen the old bridge at this point, and it is per position to keep more than twice that amount interest-bearing indebtedness of the United haps the greatest obstruction to the Mississippi in the Treasury for the last two years, I thought States in the market, and destroy that interestriver. It is constructed so as not to run at it would be accomplishing much if we could bearing indebtedness as soon as he receives it. right angles across the channel, but diagonally, reduce the amount to $40,000,000.
This will be a saving to the United States of so that a boat in passing is in danger all the time
many millions of dollars. During the last of being carried by the current on to the piers sent to the Treasury Department and received year we might, by the disposition of gold which of the bridge. The consequence is that there from that Department a statement showing the we had on hand, have saved in currency to the have been many steamboats lost there, and amount of coin on hand in the Treasury of the United States at least $6,000,000, probably navigation has suffered very materially. By United States at the close of each month for something more. In former times $6,000,000 the provisions of this joint resolution that the last two years beginning with July 1, 1866, would have been considered a very consideraobstruction is to be removed-a duty which and ending with July 1, 1868. The amount ble sum ; and at this time, when the country devolves upon the United States, and is to a of coin, including that deposited for which is complaining of taxation, when the feeling great extent the consideration for which the certificates were issued, has frequently ex- of the nation is such that an attempt is being Government makes this appropriation. I think ceeded $100,000,000. The average for the last made to tax the bonds of the United States, there can be no reasonable objection to it. year, after deducting the gold for which cer
as some suppose in violation of the good faith The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The ques
lificates of deposit have been issued, exceeds of the Government, it does seem to me that tion is on the passage of the joint resolution, || $83,000,000. More than eighty-three millions we should save this $6,000,000 to the Treasury on which the yeas and nays are demanded. of gold have lain idle in the Treasury for the last of the United States, and pot suffer this money
nays were ordered ; and being || twelve months. Besides, an average of about to lie idle in its vaults. taken, resulted-yeas 26, nays 10; as follows: twenty millions of gold certificates were issued. The PRESIDENT pro tempore. It is the
YEAS-Messrs. Cameron, Cattell, Cole, Conness, So that considerably over one hundred millions duty of the Chair to call the attention of the
have been there in all
. Over eighty-three mil- Senate to the fact that the morning hour hav. art, Sumner, Thayer, Tipton, Trumbull, Van Winkle,
lions in gold have been in the Treasury all the ing expired the unfinished business of yesterWude, Willey, Williams, and Yates-26.
time for the last twelve months, and for the Il day is before the Senate regularly.
y resince this subject was up yesterday I have
Mr. SHERMAN. I will ask whether the ELECTORAL VOTE OF LATE REBEL STATES.
counted in the convention of the two Houses ; unfinished business takes precedence of the
The Senate, as in Committee of the Wbole,
and I think then he was clearly right. The special order? resumed the consideration of the joint resolu
effect and object of the joint resolution is to The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Under the tion (S. R. No. 189) excluding from the Elect
remove from the arena of passion and of preja. rule of the Senate the untinished business oral College votes of States lately in rebellion
dice questions which would appeal to passion supersedes everything else. which shall not have been reorganized, the
and prejudice when it was known at the time Mr. EDMUNDS. If we can once get up pending question being on the amendment of
that a particular decision or a particular rule the joint resolution, which is the unfinished Mr. CoxKLING to the amendment of Mr.
would produce a certain result. Now we de business, we can dispose of it in two or three DRAKE.
clare the rule before any of us can know upon hours.
Mr. EDMUNDS. I believe the Senator
which political side of the question it is to Mr. SHERMAN. I have no objection to from Kentucky [Mr. Davis] wishes to address
operate. We do not declare, as I said yesterthe special order going over informally, in the the Senate for a short time this morning.
day, who shall vote, or how they shall vote, hope that we may get a speedy vote on that Mr. DAVIS. I believe the pending propo.
but we simply declare what we the political resolution. sition is the substitute offered by the Senator
communities within the territories embraced Mr. POMEROY. It cannot go over informfrom New York.
in these States which make up the State in a ally, because the unfinished business takes precedence of it.
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. That is the political sense, and declare that those political pending question.
communities, and no others, are the States Mr. SHERMAN. But I want to continue
mentioned in the Constitution as the ones
Mr. DAVIS. It is not my purpose to make the funding bill as a special order.
whose electors shall vote for President. The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The special many remarks upon the subject, but I would
Mr. TRUMBULL said on the 1st of February, order will be laid aside informally, if that be prefer that the vote should be taken upon that
1865, on this same question: the wish of the Senate.
proposition before I make any. Mr. SHERMAN. I do not ask it in regard Mr. EDMUNDS. If the Senator from Ken
"It is important to settle at an early day the mode
of counting the votes for President and Vice Presi. to this; but I say I hope the unfinished busi
tucky does not wish to submit his remarks now, dent, which, under the Constitution and laws, are to pess will be disposed of in a short time, so that I may just as well at this time, although an
be opened and canvassed a week from to-day in joint
session of the two Houses. It is known probably to we can proceed with the special order. amendmentis pending, (because these amend.
every member of the Senate that no rules have ever Mr. EDMUNDS. We shall get rid of it very
ments are only changes of phraseology after been adopted for action in that joint convention.” soon, I trust. all, ) occupy ten or fifteen minutes of the time
And then he goes on to say, with great proThe PRESIDENT pro tempore. The unfin
of the Senate in stating the grounds upon which priety, that it is extremely desirable and proper ished business of yesterday is before the Senate.
I think this joint resolution ought to pass; that a rule provided by law shonld be laid
and in doing that I shall endeavor to refrain MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE.
down, and the scope and tenor of his remarks, from going into any political questions that are A message from the House of Represent- not necessarily connected with this measure;
properly and conclusively, were that that rule atives, by Mr. McPherson, its Clerk, an
was to obviate as far as it is possible for the and I appeal to Senators on all sides of the nounced that the House had disagreed to the
law to obviate such a thing, any discretion, Chamber, considering the lateness of the sesamendment of the Senate to the bill (H. R.
any flexibility being left to the person or the sion, considering the nature of this joint reso- bodies who were to count those votes. In that No. 554) making a grant of land to the State lution, to confine themselves in debate, so far of Minnesota to aid in the improvement of the
he was entirely right, although I regret very as I may in courtesy appeal to them, to the navigation of the Mississippi river, asked a very questions that are presented, and leave | changed his view on that subject now.
much to perceive that he, apparently, has conference on the disagreeing votes of the two platforms and other considerations that appeal Houses thereon, and had appointed Mr. F. A.
At a later point in the debate he stated the to the general political campaign to be disPike of Maine, Mr. Ignatius DONNELLY of cussed upon some bill that will not occupy so
propriety of this in so much better and stronger Minnesota, and Mr. WilliAM MUNGEN of much time in its return to us as this may,
language than I can, that I beg leave to read a
little further : Ohio, managers at the same on its part. possibly. The message also announced that the House
“Now, sir, it is said that the votes of these States
Therefore, Mr. President, confining myself will not affect the result. That may be so; we may had passed a joint resolution (H. R. No. 329) strictiy to the real question of the propriety of know outside that it probably is so; but this war to amend the fourteenth section of the act this joint resolution, I have to say, in the first
may last four years more, I trust in God it will not; approved July 28, 1866, entitled “An act to
I do not believe it will; but suppose it shall run four place, that I think there is clearly no constitu- yoars longer, and the doctrine contended for here is protect the revenue, and for other purposes." tional doubt of our power to pass it; that it to obtain, how do you know but that at the next The message also informed the Senate that comes clearly within the scope of those duties
presidential elcetion your President may be selected Mr. JAMES B. Beck, of Kentucky, had been
by these very States in rebellion? Sir, I say to you that the Constitution has remitted to us as law- hero what I believe, that if the result of the presla appointed a manager on the part of the House, makers. The Constitution does not prescribe
dential clection depended upon the vote of Louisiana at the conference on the disagreeing votes of in terms how the votes of a State shall be
I care not which way it was cast, if the pretended the two Houses on the bill (H. R. No. 818)
electoral votes of Louisiana were to choose the next ascertained to be its votes, but only prescribes President of the United States after the 4th of March, making appropriations for sundry civil expenses that the votes of a State shall be opened and decided either way, it would produce a revolution of the Government for the year ending June counted in the presence of the two Houses;
in this country unless you had some provision to
settle it by law in advance." 30, 1869, and for other purposes, in the place but it gives to Congress the power to pass all of Mr. W. S. Holman, of Indiana, excused. laws that are necessary to carry into proper
That is precisely what this resolution proENROLLED BILLS SIGNED. effect all the functions that are granted to any
poses to do in all these States, to determine which are the political communities
, and to The message also announced that the Speaker Department of the Governinent. Therefore,
declare in advance that none but those como it seems plain that this is the proper subject of of the House had signed the following enrolled law to ascertain and define a rule of action in
munities shall participate in this election. bills; and they were thereupon signed by the
The honorable Senator from Maryland (Mr. President
a case that may arise, that enters into the laws
"The question, then, Mr. President, is whether “Connecticut Avenue and Park Railway Com
Congress have any authority to legislate at all con viding by law as to how the people's will shall pany?' in the District of Columbia;
this subject. I agree with the chairman of the Judibe ascertained, and providing some board or A bill (H. R. No. 650) to amend act of 3d
ciary Committee and my friend from Verinopt"tribunal, regulated by law, pointing out their March, 1865, providing for the construction
The predecessor of my present collcague, duties beforehand, who shall go through with Mr. Collamer of certain wagon-roads in Dakota Territory; and the necessary functions of ascertaining what
"that the authority exists; and I was somewhat sur: A bill (II. R. No. 1068) to provide for cer
that will has been. So, I take it, that it is prised to find that it was disputed by gentlemen of clearly within the scope of our constitutional
such distinction every way, and particularly in their tain claims against the Department of Agripowers.
profession, as the honorable nuem ber from Visconculture.
This same question was up four years ago,
sin and the honorable member from New York." IMPROVEMENT OF MISSISSIPPI RIVER. and it was then fully debated, upon the pass
"I never heard before I speak it with entire The Senate proceeded to consider its amend. age of a resolution similar to this, excluding, respect to my learned brothers-that it was doubted
that it was within the province of Congress to proafter the votes had been taken in two of the ment to the bill (H. R. No. 654) making a
vide for cases of this description. The doubt was
, grant of land to the State of Minnesota to aid States, the yotes of the ten States to which and perhaps that doubt was well founded, whether in the improvement of the navigation of the this resolution applies; and in the course of
votes could be excluded by cither branch of Con. Mississippi river, disagreed to by the House that debate the propriety of legislation in ad. Nobody supposed that the Vice President event of Representatives.
vance was thoroughly laid down, and the pro. On motion by Mr. RAMSEY, it was priety of it shown in order to avoid leaving
heard it doubted before that such a contingenes; as anything to contests and discretions afterward.
might well happen, because of the manner in which Resoloed, That the Senate insist upon its amend
the constitutional provision was framed, could not ment to the said bill disagreed to by the House, and It was said by the honorable Senator from be provided for by legislation." agree to tbe conference asked by the House of Rep
Illinois (Mr. TRUMBULL) the other day, against resentatives on the disagreeing votes of the tivo this resolution, that it was leaving discretion
Then he quotes from Chancellor Kent to Houses thereon.
show that in the opinion of that eminent jurist, Ordered, That the conferees on the part of the to somebody; but as he himself then stated, Senate be appointed by the President pro tempore. the propriety of passing a law in advance and advance, as much as it is in the States, to promo
it is a proper and fit subject of legislation in The PRESIDENT pro tempore appointed of regulating the matter by law was to avoid vide for ascertaining who are the persons who Mr. Ramsey, Mr. HENDRICKS, and Mr. Pome
leaving anything to be the subject of contest have voted and who they have voted for; when the votes should come actually to be
Now, I beg leave to read from an authority