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and it is proposed to increase it to $1,800.
expediency of discontinuing the navy-yard at
MINNESOTA VALLEY RAILROAD.
of the United States of America in Congress asembled, Charlestown, Massachusetts, and uniting the
That in all casos where any person, prior to June 10,
Mr. DONNELLY introduced a joint reso 1868, shall have settled on any tract of land of one same with the yard at Kittery, Maine ; which lution (H. R. No. 333) to protect the existing hundred and sixty acres or less, in the body of lands was read a first and second time, and referred land grant to the Minnesota railroad; which
known as the Cherokee neutral lands, and shall to the Committee on Naval Affairs.
have made improvements thereon of tlie value of was read a first and second time, referred to
fifty dollars, and occupied such tract for agricultural the Committee on the Public Lands, and purposes, such person, bis heirs or assigus, so occu. Mr. ROBERTSON introduced a bill (H. ordered to be printed.
pying any such tract of land shall, after due proof
made in such manner as may be prescribed by the R. No. 1417) to release the sureties on the CALL OF STATES, ETC., FOR RESOLUTIONS. Secretary of the Interior, be entitled to enter and
receive a patent for the lands so occupied on payin's official bond of Otis A. Whitehead, an addi The SPEAKER. The next business in the 81 25 an acre within one year, in such manger as the tional paymaster in the Army of the United morning hour is the call of States and Terri Secretary of the Interior may prescribe. And the States, for moneys lost after his death ; which tories for resolutions in their inverse order,
money so to be paid for said lands shall be paid oper
to said Cherokce Indians. was read a first and second time, and referred
commencing with Montana. to the Committee of Clains.
The joint resolution was read a first and INDIAN TERRITORIES.
second time. HOMESTEADS FOR SOLDIERS.
Mfr. CAVANAUGH submitted the following Mr. RANDALL. I would like to know Mr. SCOFIELD introduced a bill (H. R. resolution; which was read, considered, and whether this legislation proposes to interfere No. 1418) to authorize soldiers to select home. | agreed to :
with the treaty which was ratified by the Senate steads from the public lands; which was read Resolved, That the Secretary of the Interior be,
on the 6th of June last. a first and second time, and referred to the and is hereby, directed to furnish to this House
Mr. LAWRENCE, of Ohio. It proposes copies of all trenties made by the peace commissionCommittee on the Public Lands.
ers with the several tribes of western Indiaps during to protect twenty-seven hundred families who
the last and present years. AMENDMENT OF PATENT LAWS, ETC.
have settled on these lands and made improre:
TELLER OF THE SERGEANT-AT-ARMS. Mr. MERCUR introduced a bill (H. R. No.
ments without objection, having expended 1419) in addition to the act of July 4, 1836, to
Mr. FLANDERS introduced a joint resolu.
each nearly one thousand dollars in improve
ments. promote the progress of the useful arts; wbich tion, (H. R. No. 334,) on which he demanded
We want to prevent them from being was read a first and second time, and referred the previous question.
turned out of their possessions and deprived to the Committee on Patents.
The resolution was read. It provides that for of their rights by å treaty which assumes
the present Congress and commencing there. to dispose of public lands without the authority W. II. COX. with the Clerk of the House is directed to pay
of Congress. The facts in relation to this preMr. MILLER introduced a bill (H. R. No.
from the contingent fund of the House to the amble and resolution are perbaps sufficiently 1420) directing the Commissioner of Pensions
messenger and acting teller in the office of the stated therein in view of the debates already had to proceed to hear evidence and determine the
Sergeant-at-Arms of the House the difference in this House; but I may say a few words as to right of W. H. Cux, deceased, late a sergeant between his present pay and the pay of the the duty and power to pass the resolution. On in company F, second regiment Pennsylvania file and engrossing clerks of the House. the 31st December, 1838, a patent was issued artillery, to a pension, in the same manner as Mr. BENJAMIN. What is his pay now?
to the Cherokee nation of Indians for the Chero. if he were still alive, he having died of disease How much does the gentleman propose to
kee neutral lands. This patent was issued in contracted while a prisoner of war at Ander increase it?
pursuance of a treaty and on the authority of sonville, Georgia, and if found to be entitled Mr. FLANDERS. The present pay is $1,200,
the act of Congress of May 28, 1830, which, to a pension then the same from time of his
however, provided thatdischarge till death to be paid over to his father
“Such lands shall revert to the United States if the Charles D. Cox; wbich was read a first and his pay $600 a year?
Indians become extinct or abandon the same.' second time, and with the accompanying pa air, FLANDERS. Yes, sir.
By treaty of July 19, 1866, proclaimed pers referred to the Committee on Invalid
Mr. BENJAMIN. Is that in addition to the August 11 1866, the Cherokees ceded to the Pensions. twenty per cent. which we have already in
United States these lands in trust to be sold for LIEUTENANT II ARRIS L. REED. creased it?
not less than one dollar an acre, reserving to
Mr. FLANDERS. I understand not. Mr. WELKER introduced a bill(H. R. No.
actual settlers on the lands on the 11th August, 1421) for the relief of Lieutenant Harris L.
Mr. BENJAMIN, I understand it does,
1866, the right to purchase the lands by them and I hope the previous question will not be occupied at an appraisement therein provided Reed, which was read a first and second time, and referred to the Committee of Claims. seconded.
for. In pursuance of this treaty, Secretary Har
The previous question was not seconded, Lan made a sale of the lands not occupied by setPUBLIC BUILDINGS, PADUCAH, KENTUCKY.
Mr. BENJAMIN rose to debate it, and the tlers to the American Emigrant Company, AuMr. TRIMBLE, of Kentucky, introduced a joint resolution, under the rules, went over.
gust 30, 1866, Secretary Browning claiming tais bill (H. R. No. 1422) appropriating $100,000 SETTLERS ON CHEROKEE NEUTRAL LANDS. sale to be invalid, on the 9th October, 1867, sold for the erection of a custom-house, post office,
Mr. CLEVER. 1 introduce a joint resolu
the same lands to James F. Joy. The emigrant and court rooms at Paducah, Kentucky; which tion (H. R. No. 335) for the protection of set
company, to settle the conflict, assigned their was read a first and second time, and referred tlers on the Cherokee neutral lands in Kansas,
contract to Joy. By a supplemental treaty; to the Committee on Appropriations. on which I demand the previous question.
made April 27, ratified June 6, and proclaimed The Clerk read as follows:
June 10, 1868, this assignment and sale are
confirmed. Between August 11, 1966, and Mr. STOKES presented joint resolutions of and the Cherokee nation of Indians, made July 19,
June 6, 1868, some twenty-seven hundred fam. the Legislature of Tennessee asking to be 1866, proclaimed August 11, 1866, there is a provision ilies settled each upon one bundred and sixty reimbursed for expenses incurred in calling purporting to authorizo a sale by the Secretary of the Interior of the Cherokce neutral lands in Kansas,
acres of these lands and made large improve; out the militia in 1867; which were referred
but which reserves from sale lands having improve ments, and yet this sale and supplemental to the Committee of Claims.
ments of the value of fifty dollars, not being mineral treaty profess to sell out their lands, improve;
and occupied by any person for agricultural purSUITS AGAINST RAILROAD CORPORATIONS. poses, and which gives to occupants iho right to pur
ments, and all without compensation, and Mr. COOK introduced a bill (H. R. No. chaso one hundred and sixty acres each of said lands,
leaving the settlers to be turned out of possesunder and by virtue of which about eight bundred 1423) to provide for bringing suits in the courts
sion or to buy their lands at such prices as may families are provided for; and whereas between of the United States against railroad corpora, August 11, 1966, and June 6, 1868, about twenty
be imposed on them by Mr. Joy: I object to tions where portions of the line are in several said Cherokee neutral lands, cuch family occupying I object to it because it is made upon the
the sale to Joy because it is unjost to the settlers; States; which was read a first and second one hundred and sixty aercs, on which improvements authority of a treaty; and this House has agaia time, and referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals. dred and ten dollars, beside expenditures for living
and again declared a treaty cannot authorize of $150 for each family, said settlement and improve
& sale of public lands. The sale to Joy is void. IRON MOUNTAIN RAILROAD.
ments being made without objection from any source
But if a sale could be authorized by treaty, the Mr. ROOTS introduced a bill (H. R. No. in the right to acquire title to said lands as other
sale in this case is void. The treaty purports to 1424) to amend an act entitled “An act mak settlers on the public lands; and whereas on the 30th day of August, 1866, a contract was made by and
cede the lands to the United States in trust to ing grants of lands in alternate sections to aid
sell them. The execution of a trust cannot be in the construction and extension of the Iron
American Emigrant , Mountain railroad from Pilot Knob, in the of certain portions of said lands, which contract has been assigned by said company to James F. Joy, said
can be regulated by law; and the joint resoluState of Missouri, to Helena, in the State of contract and assignment being on file in the Depart
tion before us is a mere regulation of the exe; Arkansas ;' which was read a first and second ment of the Interior ; and whereas a supplemental
cution of the trust, or its execution by law. I time, referred to the Committee on the Public
trenty between the United States and said Cherokee
have said that the treaty professes io cede : Lands, and ordered to be printed. proclaimed June 10, 1868, all without any knowledge
title to the United States in trust; but the WASHINGTON AND CINCINNATI RAILROAD. thereof by any of the persons occupying said lands,
Indians have no title to cede. The title of all and which ratifies said contract with the American Mr. HUBBARD, of West Virginia, presented Emigrant Company and the assignment thereof to
public lands is in the United States. The a joint resolution of the Legislature of the State
İndians only have a possessory right. If it be of West Virginia, requesting the passage of the
supplemental treaty, but which makes no dopisina said the Cherokees had a patent, I answer, the
for the protection of the porsons or families who have patent was granted in pursuance of a treening bill incorporating the Washington and Cincin. settled upon and improved said lands, but purports nati National Railroad Company; which was to ratify a sale of said lauds including the improve
which could not convey the legal title. So ir ments thereon: Therefore, referred to the Committee on Commerce.
As any title rests on the act of Congress of May
between Tales lignes, Secretary of the Interior provided for by treaty ; and
, at all evention
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives | 22
, the act expressly provides that the tide
shall revert to the United States when the
PROTECTION OF LIFE IN THE NAVY. lands are abandoned by the Cherokees, as they
Mr. ORTH introduced a bill (H. R. No. have been. The fifth section of the Indian
1426) for the better protection of life in the appropriation act of March 3, 1803, confers no
Navy; which was read a first and second time, authority to sell public lands by treaty. If the and referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs. Indians by treaiy can sell the title to lands
GREAT AND LITTLE OSAGE INDIAN TREATY. they occupy or even as tribes acquire title, then they may sell to foreign nations, which never Mr. CLARKE, of Kansas. I offer the folwill be permitted. The Indian tribes are not lowing preamble and resolution, upon which nations in the sense of the treaty-making power. I demand the previous question: If it be said this joint resolution violates Joy's Whereas on the 13th day of June, 1868, the House contract, I answer, his contract is unauthorized of Representatives adopted a resolution relating to and void. Congress may disregard it and con
tle treaty lately concluded with the Great and Little
Osage Indians, in the following words, to wit: tracts still more valid when the public interests Resolvell, That the President is hereby requested require it. For the purpose of doing justice to furnish to this llouse copies of all instructions, the resolution now before us was introduced at records, ind correspondence connected with the com
mission authorized to make the above-named treaty, my instance to-day, as it was a week ago, and
and copies of all propositions made to said cominission I hope it will pass.
from railroad corporations or by individuals, and the Mr. RANDALL, Mr. Speaker, I always
President is requested to withhoid said treaty from the
Senate, or if sent to the Senate to withdraw the same, believed this was an outrage, but it ought to until a full investigation can be had and report inulo have been corrected at some time prior to the
by the Committee on Indian Affairs of this House." confirmation of the treaty.
And whereas on the l5th day of June, 1803, the
President, in reply to said resolution, transmitted to Mr. LAWRENCE, of Ohio. It can be cor this louse a message and a report from the Secrerected now, as I can prove to the satisfaction tary of the Interior purporting to give the informaof anybody.
tion requested; and whereas the said report of the
Secretary of the Interior did not contain all the The previous question was seconded and the records, correspondence, and propositions connected main question ordered ; and under the opera
with the commission authorized to make said treaty;
and whereas the chairman of said commission was tion thereof the joint resolution was ordered to llon. N. G. Taylor, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, be engrossed and read a third time; and being and a subordinate otiicer of the Interior Department;
and whereas a portion of the records of said comengrossed, it was accordingly read the third
mission must have been suppressed by said ollicer if time, and passed.
the Secretary of the Interior is correct in the stateMr. LAWRENCE, of Ohio, moved to recon
ment that "no propositions made to said coininis
sion from railroad corporations or by individuals sider the vote by which the joint resolution was have come to the knowledge or possession of this passed; and also moved that the motion to Department:" Therefore, reconsider be laid on the table.
Resolved, That the President is again respectfully
requested to furnish to this House copies of all inThe latter motion was agreed to.
structions, records, and correspondence connected
with the commission authorized to negotiate the lato TAXATION AND THE PUBLIC DEBT.
treaty with the Great and Little Osage Indians, and Mr. ASHLEY, of Nevada, introduced a bill
copies of all propositions made to said commission
from railroad corporations or by individuals. (II. R. No. 1425) to equalize taxation and reduce the interest on the public debt; which
Mr. BROOKS. I do not know that there is was read a first and second time.
any objection to the furnishing of the informaMr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. Let the
tion called for by the resolution, but it seems bill be reported.
to me that the language of the preamble is The bill was acco ccordingly read in full. It I hardly respectful to the Secretary of the In
terior. The use of such word as suppressed' provides that upon all gains, profits, and in
is hardly appropriate. come arising from the bonds and other interest-bearing securities of the United States,
Mr. CLARKE, of Kansas. Can I have an payable to any person, State, municipality, opportunity of making a statement to the
House? body politic or corporate, company or society, whether corporate or not corporate, out of
The SPEAKER. If debate arises, the resothe Treasury of the United States there shall
lution goes over under the rules. be charged yearly as a tax for every $100
Mr. BROOKS. I must object to the resothereon ten dollars, and for a lesser sum in the
lution unless it is put in a difierent shape. same proportion. Said tax shall be assessed
The SPEAKER. The resolution being a and collected by the Treasurer or other dis
call for executive information, it must go over bursing officers of the United States charged
if any gentleman objects. with paying any of the interest upon the debt Mr. CLARKE, of Kansas. I will modify the of the United States in the same currency in
resolution by inserting the words “it is bewhich said interest is paid, and said tax shall lieved ;" so that it will read: “And whereas be instead of all other taxes assessed or levied it is believed the said report of the Secreas tax upon income from any of the interest tary of the Interior did not contain all the bearing securities of the United States.
records," &c. I will also strike out the word Mr. ASHLEY, of Nevada. I demand the "suppressed and insert “withheld." previous question.
Mr. BROOKS. Then I withdraw my objccMr. MILLER. object to that.
tion. The SPEAKER. The Clerk will read the The previous question was seconded and the rule on page 185 of the Digest.
main question ordered; and under the operaThe Clerk read as follows:
tion thercof the resolution was agreed to. “No motion or proposition for a tax or charge
Mr. CLARKE, of Kansas, moved to recon. upon the people shall be discussed on the day on sider the vote by which the resolution was which it is made or offered, and every such prop adopted ; and also moved that the motion to osition shall receive its first discussion in a Com
reconsider be laid on the table. mittee of the Wbole House."
The latter motion was agreed to. The SPEAKER. The point of order being made, this bill is referred to the Committee
MINNESOTA LAND GRANT. of the Whole.
Mr. DONNELLY introduced a joint resolu. Mr. MAYNARD. This does not propose tion (H. R. No. 333) to protect the existing a tax on the people, as I understand it. land grant of the Minnesota valley railroad,
The SPEAKER. The Chair supposes it is in the State of Minnesota ; which was read a a tax on the people. Tax bills, tariff bills, \ first and second time. and money bills are required by this rule to be Mr. DONNELLY. I demand the previous referred to the Committee of the Whole.
question. Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. I move The joint resolution, which was read, directs to suspend the rules for the purpose of con the Secretary of the Interior to permit to be sidering the bill in the House at the present | filed in the proper office the plat of the locatime.
tion of the Minnesota valley railroad through The SPEAKER. The rules cannot be sus unsurveyed lands of the United States within pended during the morning hour. The bill is the State of Minnesota ; and from the date of referred to the Committee of the Whole on such filing he shall withdraw froin settlement the state of the Union.
all snch lands as would, if such lands were 40TI Coxg. 2D SESS.-No. 251.
nays are being taken, we may be able to find from the Electoral College votes of States The SPEAKER. The resolution then goes out what the joint resolution is about.
lately in rebellion which shall not have been over under the rules. The yeas and nays were ordered. reorganized;
CIVIL-SERVICE BILL. Mr. AXTELL. Would it be in order to Joint resolution (H. R. No. 201) in relation have the sections read which it is proposed to to the Rock Island bridge;
The SPEAKER. The morning hour hag have repealed by this joint resolution?
An act (H. R. No. 1119) for the registration | expired, and the House now resumes the colla The SPEAKER. It would not, forit would be
sideration of the motion pending at the adjourn. or enrollinent of certain foreign vessels ; in the nature of debate.
An act (H. R. No: 1080) for the relief of
ment last Monday, that the rules be suspended The question was then taken upon ordering Edward B. Allen ;
so as to make the civil-service bill the special the joint resolution to be engrossed and read a An act (H. R. No. 675) granting a pension
order as soon as the general appropriation bills chird time; and it was decided in the aflirm to the widow and child of Cornelius L. Rice;
are disposed of, and not to interfere with the ativem-yeas 95, nays 34, not voting 69; as An act (H. R. No. 672) granting a pension
tax bill. follows:
Mr. JENCKES. I yield for a moment to to the widow and children of Charles W. WilYEAS-Messrs. Allison, Ames, Anderson, Arnell,
gentlemen to introduce bills. cox; Delos R. Ashley, James M. Ashley, Bailey, Baldwin, An act (H. R. No. 670) granting a pension
ARKANSAS TAX COMMISSIONERS. Beatty, Benjamin, Benton, Boles, Boutwell, Broinwell, Bucklund, Benjamin F. Butler, Roderick R.
to the widow and children uf Andrew Hol Mr. SCHENCK, by unanimous consent, from Butler, Churchill, Sidney Clarko, Cobb, Coburn,Cook, man;
the Committee of Ways and Means, reported Covodé, Cullom, Dawes, Delano. Driggs, Eckley, Ela, An act (H. R. No. 669) granting a pension back Senate bill No. 564, concerning the tax Eliot, Fields, French, Garfield, Hamilton, Hinds, Hooper, Hopkins, Tulburd, Alexander H. Jones,
to the widow and children of Myron Wilklow; commissioners for the State of Arkansas, with Judd, Julian, Kelsey, Koontz, George V. Lawrence. An act (H. R. No. 666) granting a pension the recommendation that it do pass. William Lawrence, Loan, Loughridge, Lynch, Mal
to Henry H. Hunter; lory, Marvin, Maynard, McCarthy, McClurg, Mckice,
The bill provides that all acts and proceedMercur, Miller, Moore, Moorhead, Mullins, Myers,
An act (H. R. No. 664) granting a pensionings which have been had or performed by any O'Neill, Orth, Paine, Perham, Peters, Pile, Plants, to the children of Charles Gouler;
two of the tax commissioners in and for the Pomeroy, Raum, Robertson, Sawyer, Schenck, Sco An act (H. R. No. 663) granting arrears of State of Arkansas, shall have the same force field, Selye, Shanks, Spalding, Starkweather, Thaddeus Stevens, Stokes, Tatie, Taylor, Trowbridge. Van
pension to Cyrus K. Wood, legal representa and effect as if had and performed by the three Aernam, Burt Van Horn, Van Wyck, Elibu B. Wasb tive of Cyrus D. Wood, deceased ;
of said commissioners. burne, Henry D. Washburn, William B. Washburn,
An act (H. R. No. 662) granting a pension Mr. SCHENCK. This is a Senate bill, and Welker, Thomas Williams, William Williams, James F. Wilson, Stephen F. Wilson, Window, and Wood to the widow and children of George R. || provides that the action of two commissioners bridge-95. Waters;
where the other was sick and did not reach the NAYS-Messrs. Adams, Archer, Axtell, Baker,
An act (H. R. No. 661) granting a pension || place shall be legal. The committee recomBock, Blair, Boyer, Brooks, Cary, Chander, Dixon, Eldridge, Herriss, Gotz, Glossbrenner, Golladay,
to the widow and child of William Craft; mend that it pass as it came from the Senate. Grover, Haight, Iligby, Jenckes, knott, Marshall, An act (U. R. No. 521) granting a pension The bill was ordered to be read a third time; Mungen. Niblack,Randall, Ross, Sitgreaves, Stewart, to Soloman Zachman; Taber, Thomas, Lawrence S. Trinbic, Upson, Van
and it was accordingly read the third time, and Auken, and Van Trump-31.
An act (H. R. No. 518) granting a pension passed. NOT VOTING--Messrs. Banks, Barnes, Barnum, to George F. Gorham, late a private in Com Mr, SCHENCK moved to reconsider the Beaman, Bingliam, Blaing, Broomall, Burr, Cake, Readerlý.Clarke, Cornell, Deweese, Dodge, Donnelly,
pany B, twenty-ninth regiment Massachusetts vote by which the bill was passed; and also Eggleston, Farnsworth, Ferry, Finney, fox, Gravely, volunteer infantry ;
moved that the motion to reconsider be laid Griswold, Halsey, Harding, Hawkins, Hill, Holman, An act (H. R. No. 201) declaratory of the on the table. Ilotchkiss, Asahel W. Hubbard, Chester D. Hubbard, Richard D. Hubbard, Humpbrey, Hunter, Inger
law in regard to officers cashiered or dismissed The latter motion was agreed to. soll, Johnson, Thomas L. Jones, Kelley, Kerr, ket from the Army by the sentence of a general
POST ROUTE BILL. cham, Kitchen, Latlin, Lincoln, Logan, McCormick, court-martial; and McCullough, Morrell, Morrissey, Newcomb, Nichol
An act (H. R. No. 673) granting a pension
Mr. FARNSWORTH, by unanimous con: son, Nunn, Phelps, Pike, Poland, Puisiey, Price, Pruyn, Robinson, Roots, Sheilabarger, Smith, Aaron 1o Saffrona C. Phelps, widow of John S. sent, from the Committee on the lost Utice F. Stevens, Stone, John Triuible, Twitchell, Robert Phelps.
and Post Roads, reported a bill (H. B. No. T. Van Horn, Ward, Cudwalader C. Washburn, John
1427) to establish certain post roads; which
WITIIDRAWAL OF PAPERS. T. Wilson, Wood, and Woodward-69.
was read a first and second time. So the joint resolution was ordered to be Mr. STOKES asked and obtained leave to
Mr. FARNSWORTH. The bill contains engrossed and read a third time; and being withdraw from the files of the House papers nothing but post routes. It provides for no engrossed, it was accordingly read the third in the case of R. Kirkpatrick.
general legislation. time, and passed.
PAY OF JOIN D. YOUNG, CONTESTANT. The bill was ordered to be engrossed and Mr. DELANO moved to reconsider the vote
Mr. HIGBY submitted the following reso read a third time; and being engrossed, it was by which the joint resolution was passed; and also moved that the motion to reconsider be lution, on which be demanded the previous | accordingly read the third time, and passed
. question :
Mr. FARNSWORTH moved to reconsider laid on the table.
Resolvell. That the Clerk of the House of Repre the vote by which the bill was passed; and The latter motion was agreed to.
sentatives be directed to pay to John D. Young the also moved that the motion to reconsider be MESSAGE FROY TUE SENATE.
sum of $2,500 for expenses incurred by him in the
laid on the table.
The latter motion was agreed to. its Secretary, announced that the Senate had Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. Has this
NATIONAL BOARD OF TRADE. insisted on its amendments, disagreed to by resolution been before the Committee of Mr. PILE. I desire to present the petition the House, to the bill (H. R. No. 1284) to Elections?
of the National Board of Trade, which met change and more effectually secure the collec
Mr, HIGBY. The Committee of Elections
several weeks ago in Philadelphia, and ask that tion of internal revenue on distilled spirits and are unanimously in favor of it. tobacco, and to amend the tax on banks, had Mr. ASHLEY, of Ohio. Then let them
it be ordered to be printed in the Globe, as it agreed to the conference asked by the House report it. I move that the resolution be referred sippi river.
is an important paper relating to the Missison the disagreeing votes of the two Houses, to that committee. and had appointed Mr. SHERMAN, Mr. MOR
The SPEAKER. That motion would be
It was ordered accordingly. The petition, RILL of Vermont, and Mr. BUCKALE» conferees in order if the previous question should not
which is as follows, was referred to the Com
mittee on Commerce: on the part of the Senate.
be seconded. The message also announced that the Sen Mr. HIGBY. I ask the chairman of the
SECRETARY AND TREASUROR'S OFFICE, ate had agreed to the amendments of the House Committee of Elections to state whether the to the joint resolution (S. R. No. 139) excludcommittee has not acted on this resolution?
Whereas a bill is now pending before Congress
having for its object the granting of a charter to cering from the Electoral College votes of States
Mr. COOK. As a member of the commit
tain individuals for the purpose of constructing 3 lately in rebellion which shall not have been tee, I will state that the Committee of Elec
canal or channel through Puss l'Outre, one of the reorganized. tions have agreed to this resolution.
outlets of the Mississippi river to the sea, with the The message further announced that the
right to collect connugo dues or toll from ali ressels On seconding the demand for the previous
making use of the same; and
whereas the imposition Senate had passed, without amendment, the question, there were-ayes 50, noes 41; 10
of such a tax would be a serious detriment to the bill (H. R, No. 938) to authorize the sale of
carrying trade of the country by necessarily inquorum voting. twenty acres of land in the military reservation
creasing the cost of transportation on the producis The SPEAKER, under the rule, ordered
and manufactures of all sectious: Therefore, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. tellers ; and appointed Mr. Hugby and Mr.
Be it resolved, 1. That the Mississippi river, being ENKOLLED JOINT RESOLUTIONS AND BILLS. ASHLEY of Ohio.
a national highway,should always be kept free from
its highest navigable point to its outlot, and 11 Mr. WILSON, of Pennsylvania, from the The House divided; and the tellers report
charge of any nature whatever should ever bu er Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that the ed-ayes 57, noes 58.
acted from the shippiog navigating its waters. committee had examined and found truly
So the previous question was not seconded.
2. That Congress be respectiully requested to refuse
the passage of any such bill us is referred to in que enrolled joint resolutions and bills of the fol
Mr, ASHLEY, of Ohio. I move the refer
preamble. lowing titles ; when the Speaker signed the Elections. ence of the resolution to the Committee of
3. That Congress be requested to pass a bill providing for the reinorai of all obstructions to the
navigation of the Mississippi river and its tributaJoint resolution (H. R. No. 281) authorizing before the Committee of Elections, and it has
Mr. DAWES. This resolution has been
ries, the work to be done under the direction of tuis the issue of clothing to company F, eighteenth been unanimously agreed to.
ernment officers, and not, as heretofore, by contra* regiment United States infantry;
The above wero unanimously adopted at iho tirs
meeting of the National Board of Trade, held in the Joint resolution (S. R. No. 189) excluding ll the resolution.
Mr. McKEE. 'Mr. Speaker, I rise to debate
city of Philadelphia, on the 6th of June, 183, Attest: HAMILTON A. HILL, Secretary.
Bostox, June ö, 1908.
F. FRALEY, President.
FEES TO CONSULAR AGENTS.
izing the Secretary of the Treasury to dispose of the Mr. SPALDING. I ask unanimous con
property of the United States in certain canals and
pavigation companies, wherein the United States sent to introduce a joint resolution (H. R. hold stock, which have for many years been nonNo. 328) exonerating certain vessels of the interest paying. United States from the payment of tonnage
PENSION BILLS. fees to consular agents in Canada. It meets The SPEAKER. The Senate have asked with the approval of the Committee on Com for a committee of conference on nine pension merce.
bills, the amendments being verbal. If there There was no objection; and the joint res is no objection the House will reciprocate the olution was read a lirst and second time. It
request. provides that no consul or consular agent shall
No objection was made; and the Speaker exact tonnage fees from any vessel of the United States touching at one or more ports
appointed Messrs. PERHAM, VAN AERNAM, and
BEATTY. in Canada on her regular voyage from one
FREEDYEN'S BUREAU. port to another in the United States, unless said consul or consular agent shall perform
Mr. ELIOT. I ask unanimous consent to some official service required by law for such take from the Speaker's table Senate bill No. vessel wben she shall thus touch at a Canadian 567, relative to the Freedmen's Bureau, and port.
providing for its discontinuance. I have the The joint resolution was ordered to be en authority of the committee to which it would grossed and read a third time; and being
be referred to move that it be considered in the engrossed, it was accordingly read the third
House. time, and passed.
Mr. RANDALL. I object. Mr. SPALDING moved to reconsider the
Mr. ELIOT. I move to suspend the rules. vote by which the joint resolution was passed ;
Mr. JENCKES. I do not yield the floor and also moved that the motion to reconsider
for that. be laid on the table.
OUTRAGES IN TIIE SOUTII. The latter motion was agreed to.
Mr. ARNELL. I ask ananimous consent CONSULAR PAPERS IN EVIDENCE.
to offer the following preamble and resolution:
Whereas outrages, assassinations, and murders of Mr. WASHBURNE of Illinois. Mr.Speaker,
unparalleled atrocity continue to be perpetrated at I have a communication from the Treasury the South upon law-abiding and unoffending UnionDepartment in relation to making certain con
isis by bands of masked and armed desperadoes, in
such numbers and to such extent as to terrify whole sular papers record evidence in courts of jus
communities and paralyze labor in its lawful and tice. It is a matter of importance, and will be peaceful avocations: of great convenience in the trial of cases in
Resolved, That it is the duty of the Government to which the United States is interested. I ask,
extend full and ample protection to all its faithful,
loyal citizens at the South, white and colored, and therefore, to introduce a bill (H. R. No. 1428) that a special committee, to consist of three inemauthorizing the admission in evidence of the bers of this House, be appointed to investigate these
alleged outrages; and said committee is hereby emcopies of certain papers, documents, and powered to send for persons and papers, and to report entries.
to this House, with all reasonable dispatch, by bill The bill was reported. It provides that copies
or otherwise. of any aud all papers and documents filed or Mr. RANDALL. I object only to the latter remaining in the office of any consul, vice part-the appointment of a committee. consul, or commercial agent of the United Mr. BROOKS. I object to the whole. I States, and of any and all entries in the books have information of some thirty or forty outor records of any such office, shall, when certi rages in Minnesota and Illinois-awful outfied under the hand and official seal of the
rages. proper consul, vice consul, or commercial
EVENING SESSIONS FOR DEBATE. agent, be admissible in evidence in all courts
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. Gentlemen of the United States, and shall have, as evi
around me desire that there may be an evening dence, the same force and effect as the original papers, documents, or entries.
session for debate every night this week. I The Clerk read the following letter:
therefore move that evening sessions be ordered
at half past seven o'clock during the week. TREASURY DEPARTMENT,
Mr. RANDALL. With the understanding SOLICITOR'S OFFICE, July 11, 1863. SIR: Inconvenience sometimes arises from the want
that no vote is to be taken? of a provision making properly certified copies of Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. No busiconsular papers and records evidence in our courts. I have, therefore, prepared a short bill supplying
ness whatever-just a speaking school. this defect, which Iherewith inclose, and I have the
No objection being made, it was ordered honor to request that, if it meets the approval of accordingly. your committee, you will report it to the House of Representatives, with a view to its passage by that
LEAVE TO PRINT REMARKS. boly. I have the honor to be, very rospectfully,
Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania, asked and EDWARD JORDAN, obtained consent to print a speech on the
Solicitor of the Treasılry. question of the purchase of Alaska. [It will Hon. E. B. WASHBURNE, Chairman Committee on Com be published in the Appendix.] merce, House of Representatives. The bill was read a first and second time,
LOUISIANA CONTESTED ELECTION. was ordered to be engrossed and read a third The SPEAKER laid before the House testitime; and being engrossed, it was accordingly | mony, &c., in the case of the election contest read the third time, and passed.
of Jones vs. Mann, second congressional disMr. COBB moved to reconsider the vote trict of Louisiana; which was referred to the by which the bill was passed ; and also moved Committee of Elections. that the motion to reconsider be laid on the
FINES ON MAIL CONTRACTORS. table. The latter motion was agreed to.
The SPEAKER also laid before the House
a letter from the Postmaster General, transNATURALIZATION.
mitting, in compliance with the act of July 2, Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania, by unani- || 1836, a report of fines imposed and deductions
1 mous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. No. made from the pay of contractors for carrying 1429) to amend an act entitled "An act to the mails of the United States for the year establish a uniform rule of naturalization,' ending June 30, 1867; which was referred to passed April 14, 1802; which was read a first the Committee on the Post Office and Post and second time, referred to the Committee on Roads. the Judiciary, and ordered to be printed.
SCHOOL TRUSTEES, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. GOVERNMENT STOCK IN CANALS, ETC.
The SPEAKER also laid before the House Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts, by unani. resolutions of a mass meeting of citizens of mous consent, offered the following resolution ; | Washington, protesting against the passage by 8 which was read, considered, and agreed to: the House of Representatives of the Senate bill
Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be transferring the duties of trustees of colored I instructed to inquire into the expediency of author schools to the trustees of white schools; which }
An act (H. R. No. 1069) for the relief of 1) Mr. BROOKS. That is a great deal of time;
which I have made in relation to the expenses Charles B. Tanner, late first lieutenant sixty we are usually allowed one minute. We are of the Freedmen's Bureau, I verily believe ninth Pennsylvania volunteers;
profoundly grateful to the gentleman for his that the annual cost of the bureau is at itast An act (H. R. No. 453) increasing the pen- generosity.
$15,000,000 a year. sion of Nancy Weeks, widow of Francis The question was upon the motion to sus. Mr. BROOKS. So that, in point of fact, Weeks, late an ensign' in the revolutionary | pend the rules in order to take the Freedmen's the sum of $15,000,000 annually is confided Bureau bill from the Speaker's table.
to the absolute and supreme disposal of General An act (H. R. No. 1156) authorizing the Mr. ELIOT. If the bill can be considered | Howard. I do not kuow how honest this GenCommissioners of the General Land Olhice to as before the Ilouse, I will yield for ten min eral Howard way be; but this is too much
po issue a patent to F. N. Blake for one hundred utes to the gentleman from New York, [Mr. money and too much power to be put at the be and sixty acres of land in Kansas; Brooks.]
disposal of any one man. General Howard's An act (H. R. No. 366) to incorporate the No objection was made, and the bill was
prosperity has been wonderful. This, it is said, National Hotel Company of Washington city; || accordingly taken from the Speaker's table, has arisen from the contributions of individuals An act (H. R. No. 420) to incorporate the and read a first and second time.
and societies; but, however that may be, I can Connecticut Avenue and Park Railway Com The question was upon ordering the bill to only say that he has in course of erection og pany in the District of Columbia ; be read a third time.
one of the beautiful hills adjacent to this city An act (H. R. No. 1069) to provide for cer The first section ofthe bill, which was read, pro one of the most palatial residences to be seen tain claims against the Department of Agri- l) vides that the duties and powers of the Commis in this or any other city of the Union. The culture ; and
sioner ofthe Bureau for the Relief of Freedmen second section provides in the beginning for An act (H. R. No. 650) to amend the act
8 and Refugees shall continue to be discharged the discontinuance of the bureau on the 1st of of 3d of March, 1865, providing for the con by the present Commissioner of the bureau, January next; but that provision is afterward struction of certain wagon-roads of Dakota and in case of vacancy in said office occurring nullified by the words as soon as the same Territory.
by reason of his death or resignation the same way be done without injury to the GoveruPAPERS WITIIDRAWN.
shall be filled by appointment of the President ment." The provision is in these words: Mr. BENJAMIN asked and obtained leave on the nomination of the Secretary of War, That the commissioner of the bureau sball, on to withdraw from the files of the House the
and with the advice and consent of the Senate; the lst day of January next, cause the said bureau
to be withdrawn froin the several States within
원 on the file.
continued, as soon as the same may be done without the duties of Commissioner unless appointed injury to the Government. WASHINGTON TARGET-SHOOTING ASSOCIATION. by and with the advice and consent of the Sen Who is to judge of this “injury to the Gor.
Mr. BALDWIN, from the committee of ate; and all assistant commissioners shall be ernment?'' General Howard. And it is not 1 conference on the disagreeing votes of the two appointed by the Secretary of War on the nom- || likely that General Howard will ever think it
1 Houses on the bill (H. R. No. 314) to incor
ination of the Commissioner of the bureau. In for the interest of the Government to disconporate the Washington Target-shooting Asso case of vacancy in the office of Commissioner tinue this bureau so long as he may be at the ciation in the District of Columbia, submitted happening during the recess of the Senate the head of it. But even if the bureau could be the following report :
duties of Commissioner shall be discharged by discontinued without, in General Howard's The committee of conference on the disagreeing
the acting assistant adjutant general of the estimation, “injury to the Government," the votes of the two Ilouses on the bill (X. R. No.314) bureau until such vacancy can be filled. bill makes the following provision: to incorporate the "Wasbington Target-shooting Association" in the District of Columbia, having met,
The second section provides that the Com But the educational department of the said buafter full and free conference, have agreed to recom
missioner of the bureau shall, on the 1st day of reau, and the collection and payment of moners due mend, and do recommend to thoir respective llouses, January next, cause the said bureau to be
the soldiers, sailors, and marines, or their licirs, shall as follows:
be continued as now provided by law, until otherwithdrawn from the several States within which That the House recede from its disagreement to the
wise ordered by act of Congress. amendment of the Senate to the said bill, and agree
said bureau has acted and its operations dis So that this bill, pretending to be a disconto the same with an amendment, as follows:
continued as soon as the same may be done tinuance of the Freedmen's Bureau, provides Striko out of said amendment, after the word
without injury to the Government. But the provided," in the first line, the following words:
in reality for its continuance and perpetuation, “The amount of real property or estate to be held
educational department of the said bureau and subject only to the future action of Congress. by tbe said association shall not exceed in value the the collection and payment of moneys due the sum of $50,000; and provided further that."
I object, therefore, to the bill as deceptive in
its provisions. It is not an abolition or a dis.
continuance of the bureau, but its prolonga; M. WELKER,
until otherwise ordered by act of Congress. A. J. GLOSSBRENNER, Mr. ELIOT. I now yield to the gentleman by further action of Congress. The bill cous
tion and pemanent establishment until repealed Managers on the part of the House.
from New York [Mr. BROOKS] for ten minutes. JAMES HARLAN.
tains this additional provision : GEORGE VICKERS,
Mr. BROOKS. I have hardly had time to Provided, however, That the provisions of this ROSCOÉ CONKLING, read this bill sufficiently to fully understand it. section shall not apply to any State which shall not,
Managers on the part of the Senate. But it is presumed that we know all about it, on the 1st of January next, be restored to its former The report of the committee of conference by a sort of happy instinct, so that it is hardly
political relations with the Governmentof the United
States, and be entitled to representation in Code was adopted.
necessary to discuss it or to know anything Mr. BALDWIN moved to reconsider the about the scope and effect of it. This bill Who is to judge of this restoration to “former vote by which the report was adopted ; and turns up in the House for the first time this political relations and the right to represent; also moved that the motion to reconsider be morning, and will be put upon its passage and ation in Congress? Is this to be determined laid on the table.
made a law, so far as this House can make it a by General Howard, or by the two blouses of The latter motion was agreed to. law, within twenty-five or thirty minutes at the
Congress and the President of the United furthest. We do business by steam, at high States? The bill contains no exposition, 10 SUTRO TUNNEL. pressure, at the speed of a locomotive in full declaration whatever on this subject
. My Mr. JULIAN. I move that the rules be course, sixty and sometimes eighty miles an suspended in order that I may have an oppor hour. Put into plain English, this bill, as I
objection to this proviso is that under it, in
such States as Mississippi, Texas, and Vir; tunity to submit the following resolution: understand it, creates General Howard supreme ginia, and other States that may not be restored Resolved. That the House will hold an evening and absolute sovereign over the affairs of the
to their “former political relations," this session on Tuesday evening, at half past seven o'clock, Freedmen's Bureau so long as he may choose bureau is to be continued indefinitely until the for the purpose of receiving and considering the report of the Committee on the Public Lands on the
to continue at its head, without any interfer two Houses of Congress shall repeal the act. Sutro tunnel.
ence upon the part of the President or the Here is a bill which in the beginning pretends Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I hope not; || Secretary of War. It makes him entire master to discontinue the Freedmen's Burean, but in that is nothing but a huge gambling operation.
and controller of the bureau. This bill pro- the end provides for its continuance through The question was taken on the motion to vides that:
all time in certainly three States of the Union, suspend the rules, and it was not agreed to.
No officer of the Army shall be detailed for service unless the commissioner of the bureau or the
as commissioner or shall enter upon the duties of
two Houses of Congress should hereafter othvice and consent of the Senate; and all assistant
erwise determine. Sir, we may disguise this Mr. ELIOT. I move that the rules be sus commissioners, agents, clerks, and assistants shall
matter of the Freedmen's Bureau as we please, pended, for the purpose of taking from the be appointed by the Secretary of War, on the nom
it is nothing but an electioneering machine ination of the commissioner of the bureau. Speaker's table Senate bill No. 567, relating
from the beginning to end. It is the contrir to the Freedmen's Bureau, and providing for Thus this bill, as I have said, makes General its discontinuance, in order that it may be con
ance of this Congress to manipulate, control
, Howard supreme in all his appointments. I
regulate, and dominate the southern States oi sidered at the present time. believe it has been established in a speech
this Union in order to keep those States su.. Mr. BROOKS. I think I must call the yeas made by my friend from Pennsylvania [Mr.
ject to this Congress. Through the agent's and nays on the motion to suspend the rules BOYER] that, notwithstanding the declaration
of this Freedmen's Bureau the northern peon unless some time can be allowed to discuss this of the honorable gentleman from Massachu
have heavy additions to their burdens of tale bill. I know it will be passed; but I would setts, (Mr. Eliot,] that this bureau has cost tion. The northern people, who pay si prefer to have a little discussion on it. but $6,000,000 a year, the actual cost is
per pound for tea, the people who buy sus Mr. ELIOT. If the gentleman desires to $15,000,000. I ask my friend from Pennsyl- ll the people who buy coffee, the people who discuss this bill for ten minutes, I will consent vania whether I am right?
taxed in every form, are taxed for the suç to yield that time to him.
Mr. BOYER. From some investigation il of the Freedmen's Bureau. It is to affeta