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in the House, but must first be discussed and con- the Committee of the Whole on the state of the
The motion was agreed to. its consideration in the House now.
The House accordingly resolved itself into the Mr. HOLMAN. I make the objection. Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union,
Mr. STEVENS. I offer the following as an (Mr. Schenck in the chair,) and resumed the additional amendment:
consideration of the bill (H. R. No. 676) making For the purchase of ground adjoining the Brooklyn navy- appropriations for the naval service for the year yard, $102,000.
ending June 30, 1866, and of the amendments Mr. HOLMAN. I make the same point of offered thereto, as follows: order upon that amendment.
Insert the following: The SPEAKER. The amendment must first For purchase of land adjoining the Boston navy-yard, be considered in Committec of the Whole on the $135,000. state of the Union.
Insert the following: Mr. STEVENS. Then, for the purpose of con
For purchasc of ground adjoining the Brooklyn navy
yard, $102,000. sidering these two amendments, I move to go into Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union. I question of order that this bill, being recommitted,
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I raise the Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I rise to a
must be considered de novo. I call for the readpoint of order. My point of order is, that the bill is out of the committee, that the committee ing of the bill in extenso.
The CHAIRMAN. The Chair understands has been discharged from its consideration, that it has been reported to the House with the recom
the position of the bill to be this: after having mendation that it do pass, and that it is not in
been considered in Committee of the Whole on order to go back into the committee for the pur- || House, and in the House two amendments were
the state of the Union, it was reported back to the pose of considering amendments.
The SPEAKER. The Chair overrules the proposed, and the whole bill recommitted with the point of order. It is in the power of the House
amendments. That being the case, the Chair de
cides that the bill must be read, and that the whole to recommit a bill as often as it pleases to the Committec of the Whole on the state of the Union.
question is open as if the bill were now referred Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. But the gen
to the committee for the first time.
Mr. STEVENS. I do not rise to appeal from tleman's motion is not a motion to recommit the bill.
the decision of the Chair; but what has been alThe SPEAKER, The Chair so understood it.
ready decided in Committee of the Whole on the Mr. STEVENS. I meant that. I move now
state of the Union cannot be reconsidered in com
mittee. that the bill, with the pending amendments, be
The CHAIRMAN. The Chair may be misrecommitted to the Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union.
taken as to the point of fact; but the Chair under
stands from the Clerk that the bill was recomMr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois, demanded tellers.
mitted with the amendments. If the bill has been Tellers were ordered; and Messrs. SPALDING
recommitted, the Chair is still of opinion that the and COFFRoth were appointed.
bill must be read. The House divided; and the tellers reported— ering amendments, of course.
Mr. STEVENS. For the purpose of considayes 58, noes 35. So the bill was recommitted to the Committee
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. For the purof the Whole on the state of the Union.
pose of considering the whole bill. Mr. STEVENS. I now move that all general
The bill and amendments were read. debate in Committee of the Whole on the state of
Mr. HOLMAN. Do I understand that these the Union on the bill and amendments be closed
amendments are now pending, without the bill in five minutes.
being read by sections for amendment? Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. That is not in
The CHAIRMAN. The Chair decides that, order. The bill has not yet been considered in the
the bill having been considered in Committee of Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union.
the Whole on the state of the Union and reported The SPEAKER. It has been considered in
to the House, and having been recommitted, toCommittee of the Whole on the state of the Union, I gether with amendments offered in the House, and general debate has been terminated upon it.
ihose amendments must be acted upon, and then The Chair therefore thinks that the five-minutes
the bill taken up clause by clause and considered. debate only will apply in the committee, although
Mr. HOLMAN. I hope this amendment as it is a new question, which has never been raised
to the Boston navy-yard will not be adopted. At before.
the last session of Congress the House passed a Mr. HOLMAN. Does that apply to both proposition of the same kind. The Senate struck amendments?
it out of the bill, and the House afterward by a The SPEAKER. It does, and to any amend
vote of 56 to 38 concurred in the action of the
Senate. It did so on facts which were then exmenis that may be offered to the bill in Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union. The posed to the House as to the entire absence of any bill generally having been debated, the closing of necessity for the purchase, and on account of the debate is a question as to which a majority of the
extraordinary and profligate price proposed to House musi decide.
be paid for the land. For the purpose of getting Mr. WILSON. Does the closing up of debate
all the facts before the committee that were beapply to the amendments?
fore the House at last session, I ask for the readThe SPEAKER. The five-minutes rule will
ing of the affidavit of the original seller of the
owners are Messrs. Oakman & Eldredge.' They Mr. WILSON. I will suggest to the Chair
purchased it of Gustavus V. Hall not more than that if that is to be the rule, all that the Commit
a year ago for $55,000, to which is to be added tee of Ways and Means have to do, in order to
$6,000 for improvements, making the cost of the shut off debate on appropriation bills, is to re
property to the present holders $61,000. They port one appropriation only in a bill, and, after
propose to realize
profit on the sale to the Gove ihat has been considered in Committee of the
ernment of $74,000. Whole on the state of the Union and the bill re
The Clerk read, as follows: ported back to the House, have it recommitted
I, Gustavus V. Hall, of Charlestown, in the county of
Middlesex, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on my with amendments embracing the whole body of
oath say, that late in February, A. D. 1864, I was present appropriations.
at an interview between Mr. Oakman, of Charlestown, and Mr. STEVENS. I have no doubt about it; Mr. Ililinger, who sold bim a wilarf in said Charlestown, but I withdraw the motion to close debate.
called Brinnallis wharf, wherein said Oakman told Mr.
Hiltinger that he paid a large price for the whart, and that
he would scil it back at any time within a year, if the Gov. Mr. COBB, from the Committee on Enrolled
ernment did not take it, as he expected, for $10,000 ices than
GUSTAVUS V. TALL.
Boston, April 27, 1864. regulating the naval force on the lakes; when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Suffolk, ss : Speaker signed the same.
Personally appeared Gustavus V. Hall, above named, and
made oath that the foregoing allidavit, by him signeel, is cruc. NAVAL APPROPRIATION BILL-AGAIN.
JOIN Q. A. GRIFFIN, Mr. STEVENS. I move that the rules be sus
Justice of the Peace for all Counties. pended, and that the House resolve itself into Mr. HOLMAN. Then I ask the Clerk to read
the following affidavit of the person who sold this property for $55,000, to which improvements worth $6,000 have been added, making $74,000 profit proposed to be paid for this property:
I, Jacob Wittinger, of Belmont, in the county of Middlesex, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on my oath, say: that I sold the wliarf known as Brintnallis whart, at said Charlestown, the third wharf situated westerly of the original line of the navy-yard ; that I sold said wharf in die month of December, A. D. 1863, 10 Oakman & Eldredge: that I executed the deed thereof to them in the month of February, A. D. 1864; that I received therefor the sum of $55,000. Dakman & Eldredge bad been lessees of said wharf under a lease which liad expired about six months before said sale in December, and perhaps earlier; and they were occupying at the time of the sale in December under an agreement for an occupancy of one year after the expiration of said first lease. Their occupancy, I think, was to terminate, by the terms of our agreement, about May 1, A. D. 1864. Vakman & Eldredge offered to sell me all the improvements they had put upon the premises and deliver them to me, including scales and railroad and all else, for $6,000; but I did not buy them for the reason that I thought the property not worth so much. On the day the deeds were passed, Mr. Oakman told me lie would give me $10,000 to take the property back is his proposed sale to tlie United States failed, or was not consummated for any reason. Before this sale, I had owned this wharf twelve or fifteen years; had done business upon it; and for some eighteen years had done business on wharf property in that immediate neighborhood. I sold this because I thought I got a good price for it, and I had no other reason for selling it. Before the sale I had freque:it conversations with Oaknian & Eldredge about selling it in thein, and their objection to buying it was that the price asked and finally paid was too great, and that the wharf was not worth it. They also said it was of less value than Caswell's wharf adjoining, which they had bouglit of Messrs. Lawrence & Sawyer.
Boston, April 27, 1864. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Suffolk, ss :
Personally appeared, Jacob Hittinger, above named, and made oath that the foregoing alidavit by him signed is true. Before me,
JOIN Q. A. GRIFFIN,
Justice of the Peace for all Counties. Mr. HOLMAN. It will be perceived, from these affidavits, that this property actually cost these parties $61,000, and the profit proposed to be given them is the sum of $74,000. Now, for the purpose of showing more completely and entirely the want of any necessity for making this purchase, I ask that ihe Clerk shall read the following extract from a leading Republican paper published in Charlestown:
« The affidavits or a large number of the most experienced and competent men were furnished that the portion of the wharves proposed to be sold for $135,000 would be dear at $60,000; that the portion retained irom the two wharves by Oakinan & Eldredge was worth as much or more than that thcy proposed to sell ; so that they would keep atleast one half of the value they bought for $104,000, and sell the other half for $135,000! This evidence came from owners of wharf property in the same neighborhood, from merchants, from whiarlingers, from whart-builders, from gentlemen who own and sell real estate, in fact from the best citizens of the town having knowledge of practical affairs. Burihis was not all. The proofs summoned by the mayor established that many thousand feel of unsurpassed wbart property could be constructed on the premises already owned and inclosed by the Government, as cheaplyat Jeast, if not more cheaply,than that involved in the proposed sale could be repaired for and inade lit for Governinrituse and occupancy. This testimony canic from inany sources, and among other deponents concerning it were certain officers in the navy-yard, of high character for integrity and good judgment and skill in their dopartments of the public service. The affidavits embracing these facts, and also setling forth the manuer in which the sale to the United States of whart property would affect the city of Charlestown, in withdrawing from commerce and from taxation property so greatly needed for both purposes, were by the mayor laid before the Senate, that had yet to pass upou the appropriation of $135,000, which had gone through the House, wherein it liad been advocated by Massachuscits vicmbers, and opposed only by Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois.”
Mr. HOLMAN. I have but a single additional fact to which to call the attention of the committee, and that is this: that these same parties, Oakman & Eldredge, in 1862, since the war began, have, I believe, sold property to the Government, for the purpose of increasing the capacity of this navyyard, to the extent of $123,000. That is to say, within the last three years we have appropriated $123,000 for the purpose of enlarging the navyyard at Charlestown. Ii is now proposed to enlarge it by paying to the same parties the sum of $135,000. And it will not escape ihealtention of the committee that the purchase of this land was made for the express purpose of selling it to the Government. li is sold to these parties and purchased luy them for the express purpose of selling it to the Government; and those parties now propose to sell back to the parties from whom they purchased it this property at a loss of $10,000, unless they are enabled to drive this bargain with the Government. Thesc arc the influencos which are at work to force this upon the Government of the United to report to the House whenever I can get an op- Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union, States. I do insist that there is no evidence be- || portunity so to do, extending the provisions of (Mr. Schenck in the chair,) and resumed the confore this House, and never has been, that there the act of April 19, 1864, in relation to the con- sideration of the special order, the naval approwas any necessity for this purchase, or that the || demnation of private property upon Rock Island priation bill. capacity of the navy-yard' at Charlestown was to all cases wherein the Government may desire The amendment of Mr. STEVENS, with the modinsufficient; but at the same time it is really true the appropriation of private property for public ification proposed to be added by him, was read. that the attempt to sell this property is influenced, use. That bill will provide simply "that the pro- Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois, I make the not by a desire to promote any public interest, or visions of an act entitled . An act in addition to an point of order that the gentleman cannot modify for any purpose of enlarging the navy-yard, but act for the establishment of certain arsenals, ap- his amendment so as to include an appropriation. to promote the private interest of these parties, | proved April 19, 1864,' be and the same are hereby The CHAIRMAN. The gentleman cannot who have already realized a handsome profit from extended to and shall be construed to apply to modify his amendment, but must move it as an the Government by the sale made in 1862. I trust all cases wherein the Government of the United amendment to an amendment. the House will not make this appropriation. States may deem it necessary to appropriate pri- Mr. STEVENS. Very well, then.
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I desire to vate property, being real estate, to the use of the Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. The gentleadd only a word to what has been already said Government, and in relation to which the Gov- man from Pennsylvania offered this amendment by the gentleman from Indiana (Mr. Holman] ernment and the owner or owners of such prop- in the House, I
I made the point of order that it in regard to this subject. This whole question erty may not be able to agree upon the price to contained an appropriation which must be first was up during the last session of Congress, when be paid for the same; provided that the board of considered in the Committee of the Whole on the the proposition was introduced here. After it commissioners provided for in the third section state of the Union, and the Speaker sustained that had passed, the patriotic and loyal citizens of shall be appointed by the circuit court of the cir- point of order. the town of Charlestown, property-holders, men cuit in which the proceedings are to be had." Mr. STEVENS. The Speaker ruled that my of the highest respectability, embracing all the Now, sir, this will provide a means whereby amendment was in order, but that as it contained city authorities, brought the subject to the atten- the Government may ascertain by a jury, in a an appropriation it should have its first considertion of Congress, a committee came down here to court of competent jurisdiction, the just and fair ation in the Committee of the Whole on the state protest against the purchase of this land, upon value of such property as it may deem necessary of the Union. Then I moved to go into the Comthe ground that it was utterly unnecessary for the to appropriate to the public use. I hope, there- mittee of the Whole on the state of the Union. purposes of the navy-yard, and upon the further fore, inasmuch as there is this difference of opin- The CHAIRMAN. The Chair has now taken ground that the price was extravagant and out- ion in relation to the value of the property in this || testimony on both sides, and as he understands rageous; a piece of land which the party had case, that this amendment may not be adopted, | the fact, when this amendment was offered in the bought for $61,000, and for one half of which the but that we shall abide by what may be the result House ihe Speaker decided that it was in order Governmeni had agreed to pay $135,000. When of the action of Congress in relation to this sys- as germane to the bill, but that it should be rethe bill went to the Senate with this provision in tem for the condemnation of private property for ferred to the Committee of the Whole on the state it the Senate struck it out, and it came back to public use.
of the Union. The bill and pending amendments the House. I was not present during the debate, Mr. STEVENS. If I were sure that such a were then referred to the Committee of the Whole but it was fully debated here, and the House con- bill would pass in this House and the Senate, I on the state of the Union. The question is now curred with the Senate in striking out this pro- would not urge the amendment. In order to pro- on the amendment as offered in ihe House and vision by a vote of nearly two to one.
I do not
vide for the possibility of such an act being passed, referred to the committee, and it cannot be modknow what new facts have been brought forward I propose to modify my amendment by adding to ified except by an amendment to the amendment. which should justify us now in reviewing the ac- it the following:
Mr. STEVENS. Then I move it as an amendtion which we look at the last session of Con- Provided, That if an act shall be passed at this session of ment to the amendment, gress upon a full and thorough investigation and Congress providing for the condemnation of private prop- The amendment and the amendment to the understanding of the whole matter.
erty for public use, the appropriations herein contained, pro- amendment were again read. Mr. STEVENS. I do not intend to consume
viding for additions to the navy-yards at Boston and Brook-
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. Mr. Chairthe time of the committee by any further discussion. I remember the discussion of last year, one
I now move that the committee rise, for the
man, if this amendment is to pass, I want it to party alleging that these affidavits were all from purpose of closing debate.
pass so that we may have a chance to see whether Mr. DAVIS, of Maryland. I ask the gentle | House has fully and deliberately considered a
we cannot save something. I do think when the interested men, and the other that they were from disinterested men. Under those circumstances I
man not to move that debate close immediately had very little to say upon the subject, and cared
after the House again resolves itself into the Com question of this kind and decided against it, that mittee of the Whole, but that twenty minutes or
it ought not to stultify itself by now passing it. very little about it. The mayor of Charlestown half an hour be allowed for debate. The measure
The gentleman ke of the gentlemen from contended that that town would be very much
Charlestown who came down here. The meminjured if this purchase was made by the Govwhich I proposed has been grossly misrepre
bers here who know those gentlemen say that ernment, while the Government said they must
sented by every gentleman who has spoken upon have it. I understand that he went before the it, and my desire is to put it intelligibly before
they are of the highest character. Mr. Griffin is the House, not to repeat my previous argument
a distinguished lawyer, and was the competitor people upon that question at the late election, and he was left out. This is not exactly record evior to restate facts which I have already presented,
of one of the preseni members of Congress from and which have not been answered.
that State. He came down here and I had a condence, but I understand such to be the fact. How
versation with him. He said that he was influever, the committee, after a full examination of
Mr. STEVENS. I move that the committee rise.
enced solely by a desire to serve the public inthis question, after having the chief of the bureau before it, have reported that it is absolutely ne
The motion was agreed to.
terest, and that he could not remain silent and So the committee rose; and the Speaker having
see the Government swindled as it was proposed cessary that the Government should make ihese appropriations for both these navy-yards. But resumed the chair, Mr. SCHENCK reported that
to swindle it by this appropriation. He told me the Committee of the Whole on the state of the
some other things in regard to it which are not all' I mean to say upon this subject is to ask that the Clerk will read a communication from the Union, having had under consideration, as a spe
proper for me to state here. bureau, so as to show that the Committee of cial order, the bill (H. R. No. 676) making ap
The amendment to the amendment was adopted.
The amendment as amended was then rejected, Ways and Means acted upon proper grounds in propriations for the naval service for the year ending 30th June, 1866, had come to no resolu.
The next amendment was read, as follows: this matter.
tion thereon. The Clerk read a communication from Joseph
For the purchase of ground adjoining the Brooklyn navy
The SPEAKER. When the House was act- yard, $102,000. Smith, of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, of the
ing upon this bill a few moments ago, there was Mr. STEVENS. Navy Department, recommending that the pur
As the other amendment chase be made.
a point raised as to the right to close debate, which has been rejected, I will withdraw this one. Mr. STEVENS. In order that we may not
the Chair slated was doubtful. The Clerk will Mr. ODELL. I object to that. consume the remainder of the day in discussion, read from page 62 of Barclay's Digest.
The CHAIRMAN. The amendment cannot I move that the committee rise, for the purpose
The Clerk read, as follows:
be withdrawn unless by unanimous consent. of closing general debate. "The proposition to close debate may be made at any
The amendment was rejected.
time, taking precedence even of a motion to go into Com-
The CHAIRMAN. The Chair will take this that motion will he permit me to make a stale- upon which it is proposed to close debate inust have been occasion to say that, by the authorities, when a ment?
previously taken up and considered by the committee.” bill is thus recommitted with amendments pendMr. STEVENS. I withdraw the motion, and The SPEAKER. As this subject has pre
ing which have not been confirmed by the action yield to the gentleman.
viously been considered by the committee, the subsequently of the House, all that has been Mr. WILSON. Mr. Chairman, the value of Chair is still of the opinion formerly, expressed done in the committee falls to the ground. The this property has been stated at various sums by with reference to the right to close debate.
bill, therefore, will be taken up as originally reparties interested and those who are not inter- Mr. STEVENS. I move that when the House || ported from the Committee of Ways and Means ested; and I think it is very difficult for this com- ngain resolves itself into Committee of the Whole and referred to the Committee of the Whole on mittee to make up a judgment as to what the upon this bill, all debate on the pending amend
the state of the Union. property is really worth. Several of the citizens ment be closed in five minutes.
Mr. HOLMAN. I suppose there will be no of Charlestown are certainly of opinion, as is The motion was agreed lo.
objection to considering the amendments of the shown by affidavits and statements forwarded by Mr. STEVENS. I move that the House again Committee of the Whole on the state of the Uuion them to committees of this House and to mem- resolve itself into the Committee of the Whole on heretofore adopted as applying to this bill. bers, that the price asked is exorbitant.
the state of the Union, and resume the consider- There was no objection, and it was ordered Now, sir, in order to avoid difficulties of this ation of the special order.
accordingly. kind in relation to all cases, I wish to state that The motion was agreed to.
The CHAIRMAN stated that the bill was open 1 hold in my hands a bill, which I am authorized The House accordingly resolved itself into the to further amendment.
Mr. STEVENS. I move to insert the follow- stand the matter, the occupant of the Chair, when change from a per diem to a permanent salary in ing, which was ruled out of the bill when it was the House was last in committee, decided that most cases, and have fixed it at the lowest rate in committee before:
what the gentleman from Pennsylvania now offers of salary, $1,200. The number of clerks is inFor pay of clerks in the ordnance department at the sey- as an amendment was not in order; and it was creased in some instances. There is one added eral navy yards, in lieu of the present per diem pay, víz: ruled out of the bill. No appeal was laken from at Philadelphia. And then they appoint one clerk
For salary of one clerk at Portsmouti, New Hampshire, that decision, and hence the decision stood, and at $1,400, which is not intended as a general rule, navy-yari, $1,200. For salary of one clerk $1,200, and one at $1,000 per an
that clause is no part of the bill. Hence, as it is the general rule being $1,200; but this being a num, at Boston navy-yard, $2,200.
no part of the bill, and the gentleman from Penn- clerk of class second as clerks are classified in the Forsalary of one clerk at $1.200 per annum, and one clerk sylvania desires that it shall be, he now moves to Departments, they say that this is necessary to at $1,000 per annum, at the New York navy-yard, $2,200. amend the bill by inserting it.
command the talent required to carry out these For salary of one clerk at the Philadelphia navy-yard, 81,200.
The CHAIRMAN. When the House was in departments, and the Committee of Ways and For salary of one clerk at $1,400, one clerk at $1,000, one committee before, it was ruled that all that latter Means thought it only reasonable, and so reportdraughtsman at $1,600, one analytical chemist at $2,500 || portion of the bill was not in order, on the ground | ed it. per annum, one assistant pyrotechnist at $1,400, and one
ihat it was not for carrying out any of the opera- Mr. BROOKS. In the case of the American keeper of magazine at $480 per amum, at the Washington navy-yard, $15,180.
tions of the Government, or anything provided Nautical Almanac we have increased the salary, Mr. HOLMAN. When the bill was in com
for by law. But everything that was done in that || and I have no idea that a scientific man, at the mittee before, the point of order was made that
previous Committee of the Whole having falten present rates of currency, could be obtained to do those paragraphs contained independent legisla
to the ground, the bill is now considered the same the work without that increase, but after the retion and were not for carrying out the existing
as if it never before had been in Committee of the sumption of specie payment the increase of sallaw, and that point of order was sustained. It
Whole. It does not need, therefore, any motion aries ought not to continue. is now proposed to insert the very matter that
to restore that provision to the bill. But a mo- Mr. STEVENS. It will be very easy to adwas then ruled out. I make the point of order,
tion can be made to amend it, or to strike it out. just the matter when that time arrives.
The Chair decides that the clause under consid- Mr. BROOKS. In order to test the sense of first, that it is not competent for the gentleman to move to insert those words already stricken out;
cration is already a part of the bill, and is before the House, I will move to add the following pro
the committee. and secondly, if it is competent to do so, it is in
viso to the clause proposed to be stricken out: dependent legislation and not in order to an ap
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. As the Chair Provided, That the increase of salaries contained in this propriation bill.
rules that the matter proposed to be inserted by act shall continue only during the suspension of specie payMr. STEVENS. I offered the amendment as the gentleman from Pennsylvania is already a
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I suggest to one necessary to carry on one of the Departments part of the bill, I move to strike it out. of the Government.
It changes the existing law by increasing the the gentleman from New York that that time may The CHAIRMAN. The Chair understands
salaries of the clerks at the various navy-yards, || be pretty far distant, and that he had better fix the gentleman from Indiana to make the point of
how much I do not know. There is nothing in upon some time, say the 1st of July, 1867. order that that portion of the bill having been
the present bill to show what their salaries are Mr. BROOKS. I would not stake my sagacity ruled out when the House was in Committee of
In terms, the clause provides for paying on that as the period of time for the resumption the Whole before, that no other ruling can now
to the clerks in the ordnance department at the of specie payment. be had upon that part of the bill. The Chair several navy-yards, in lieu of the present per diem Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. Then I move overrules the point of order. Whatever occurred
compensation, the several sums mentioned in the to amend the amendment of the gentleman from in the Committee of the Whole before has now
clause, as follows: to one clerk at Portsmouth, New York by striking out" during the suspenno validity, but falls to the ground. The Chair New Hampshire, $1,200; to one clerk at Boston, | sion of specie payment" and inserting in lieu
thereof "after the 1st day of July, 1867.' will have read from Barclay's Manual the ground $1,200, and to another $1,000; to one clerk $1,200 upon which he bases his decision.
and to another clerk $1,000, at New York; to one The CHAIRMAN. The Chair would remind The Clerk read, as follows:
clerk at Philadelphia, $1,200; and at the Wash- || the gentleman from Ilinois that there are iwo « After a bill has been committed and reported, it ought
ington navy-yard to one clerk, $1,400; to another, amendments already pending, and that an amendnot, in an ordinary course, to be recommitted; bui in cases
$1,000; to one draughtsman, $1,600; to one an- ment in the third degree is not in order. of importance, and for special reasons, it is sometimes re- alytical chemist, $2,500; to one assistant pyro- Mr. STEVENS. I desire to have what is said committed; and usually to the same committee. Ifa report technist, $1,400; and to one keeper of magazine, || by the Department on this subject read. be recommitted before agreed to in the House, what has passed in comunittee is ot' no validity; the whole question
$480. I would be glad to know what the present The Clerk read, as follows: is again before the conmittee, and a new resolution must
per diem allowance of these various clerks is. "The above salaricd clerks are required for the proper be again moved as if nothing had passed."
Mr. HOLMAN. It was stated on a former day performance of the duties of the ordnance department of Mr. HOLMAN. The other point I now make when this measure was before the House that the
ihe different yards. The ordnance stores and accounts
were formerly kept in charge of the storekeeper, but are is that the amendment now submitted contains per diem was $3 50. It was so stated by the gen
now entirely contided to the ordnance officer. This change independent legislation, and that it is not for the ileman from Pennsylvania, (Mr. STEVENS,) or by of system and the vast increase in the labors of the ordpurpose of carrying out any existing law. And some other gentleman upou this floor.
nance department make it absolutely necessary that perupon that point I desire to have a precedent read. Mr. STEVENS. Only some of them.
sons of ability and responsibility should be permanently
allached to the ordnance oflice for the performance of the li was decided in a Committee of the Whole upon Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I would be
clerical and other duties connected therewith. this very point raised.
glad to know how many of them received a per “ The salaries are fixed at the very lowest amount at Mr. STEVENS. This comes in under the diem, and what salaries the other clerks received. which is is thought possible to secure competent persons. ruling of the Speaker. I think we are acting very much in the dark in
The salary asked for the draughtsman is about the same as
the pay now received by him. The CHAIRMAN. The Chair is informed that this matter.
- The services of a skillful analytical chemist are greatly when the House was in Committee of the Whole I think, sir, that if we are going into this busi- needed in the ordnance department of the Navy. For want before, the ruling of the Chair was that that por- ness of raising salaries we should not go into it of such a person the department bas frequently to resort to
outside partics, and often suffers for wint of chemical antion of the bill was not in order, as it was noi for || by piecemeal, but should go over the whole sub
alysis and information, which, if furnished, would be of the purpose of carrying out any present object or ject fully and fairly. I am opposed, first and last, great service to the Government. Instead, therefore, of a law. As all that was done in the commitiee be- to any increase of the salary of any person en- pyrotechnist, who has been heretofore employed, the fore has fallen to the ground, and there is no pre- || ployed under the Government; but if we are going
bureau ask for a skillful ananglical chemist and an assistcedent, and this presents itself as a new question, into it, let us go into it fairly and justly, and do
aut pyrotechnist. The keeper of magazines has hereto
fore been estimated for by the Bureau of Yards and Doeks. the Chair will rule that this being a provision for justice to all parties systematically.
"1. A. WISE, Chief of Bureau." carrying on one of the Departments of the Gov. Mr. PRUYN. I wish to call attention to an er
The question was taken on Mr. Brooks's amendernment is in order. Therefore he overrules the ror in the footing up of these appropriations. The ment, and it was disngreed lo. point of order, amount is footed up fifteen thousand and odd dol
The question being on Mr. WASHBURNE's Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. As the Chair lars. It should be $8,380.
amendment, the Chairman ordered tellers, and has ruled the amendment offered by the gentleman Mr. STEVENS." I did not foot it up myself. appointed Messrs. WASHBURNE, of Illinois, and. from Pennsylvania to be in order, I desire to call It was done by the clerk. I ask that it be cor
GARFIELD. the attention of the committee to what the amend- rected.
The committee divided; and the tellers reported, ment is. I did not expect my strict construction The correction was made.
-ayes 57, noes 40. ruling, in order to save money to the Treasury, Mr. BROOKS. I desire to suggest that while So the amendment was agreed to. would be the law of this House; but I made it a we are increasing these salaries—and I think we law to myself. This amendment provides for in- must do it in order to enable these men to live ing amendment, to come in at the end of the bill:
Mr. DAVIS, of Maryland. I offer the followcreasing the salaries of the clerks at certain navy- there should be some stipulation that the increase yards. That brings up this whole question of the shall continue only during the suspension of spe
Providel, That no money appropriated for the naval ser
vice shall be expended otherwise than in accordance with increase of salaries; and the committee has got to cie payment, because at the end of the war and
the following provision, so far as it is applicable; that is decide now whether it is willing, in the present the resumption of specie payment we shall other. to say, that the President, by and with the advice and constate of the country, to enter upon this work of wise have enormous salaries imposed upon the
sent of the Senate, shall appoint a Board of Admiralty,
which shall consist of the vice adiniral and one rear adincreasing salaries. country
miral, one commodore, one captain, one commander, and The CHAIRMAN. The Chair does not un- I observe that in the appropriation for the pub- one lieutenant commander, over which the Secretary of derstand that any amendment has been offered by lication of the American Nautical Almanac there the Navy or the officer bigliest in rank present shall prethe gentleman from Pennsylvania. The clause is an increase of salary provided for. I think
side; and when the subject under consideration shall ap
pertain to the duties of any bureau in the Navy Departwhich the gentleman from Illinois is now com- that there should be some limit to the increase,
inent, the chief of such bureau sball be a meinber of the menting on, being already in the bill, a motion to and that it should continue only during the sus- board, and entitled to sit and vole on the consideration of insert it is not requisite. It would be in order for pension of specie payment.
With that proviso, the subject. the gentleman from Illinois to move to strike it | I am quite willing to vote for this increase.
Sec.—. And be it further enacted, That the board shall de
liberate in common iind advise the Secretary on any matters out or to amend it.
Mr. STEVENS. The Department have asked submitted by him relating to naval organization, vaval legisMr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. As I under- for this, not as an increase of salary, but as a lation, the construction, equipment, and armament ut ves
sels, navy-yards, and other naval establishments, and the condition of armed rebellion for more than three years ;" No objection was made, and the bill was redirection, employment, and disposition of the naval forces and insen in licu tliereof:
ferred accordingly. in time of war. All such opinions shall be recorded.
And were in such condition on the 8th day or NovemSEC. --, And be il further enucled, That is vessel of-war ber, 1864, that no valid election for cieetors of President
AMENDMENT OF TIIE RULES. shall be built or materially altereil, nor any guns of new and Vice President, according to the Constitution and laws construction ordered or adopted, nor any engine for any thereof, was held therein on said day: Therefore.
Mr. WHALEY, by unanimous consent, introvessel-of-war adopted or ordered, nor any permanent strue
duced the following resolution: ture for naval service executed, until the plus, estimates,
Mr. YEAMAN. I desire to offer a substitute
Resolved, That rule 102 be amended as follows: proposals, and contracts for the same shwi have been sub- for the joint resolution.
Inine one strike out " seven," and inseri "eight.” ivitied to the board, and is opinion and advice thereon
Mr. WILSON. I desired to demand the pre- Al the end of the rule add: "A committee on so much of communicated in writing to the Secretary; nor shall any patented invention be bought or adopted for the naval ser- vious question on the amendment.
the public accounts and expenditures as relate to the De. vice without first the opinion of the board thereon having Mr. 'YEAMAN. I object if I am not owed
partment of Agriculture." been taken; and all experiments decided to test inventions to offer a substitule.
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois, moved that and naval plans and structures shall be conducted under
Mr. STEVENS. Then I move to go to busi- the resolution be referred to the Committee on the inspection of the board, or members thereof named hy the Secretary, and submitted to the board for its opinion ness on the Speaker's table.
Rules; which was agreed to. thereon.
Mr. YEAMAN. 1 withdraw my objection And then, on motion of Mr. HOLMAN, (at Sec. -, And be it further enacted, That all invitations and offer the following substitute for the joint res. four o'clock and thirty minutes, p. m.,) the House for plans or proposals for any of the works above mentioned olution:
adjourned till Monday next. shall be prepared by the board, subjrct to the approval of the Secretary; and all bids or offers r proposals for the Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives same shall be opened in the presence of the board, and the of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Thai award made by it, subject to the approval of the Secretary. the votes of the presidential electors of any Siate shall be
IN SENATE. Sec. –. And be it further enacieit, That the Secretary counted when presented and verified in the ordinary and
Monday, February 6, 1865. may add to the board from time to time other otticers of legal method; and it is incompetent and iminaterial for the Navy eligible to the position of chief of bureau, not ex. Congress logo behind such verification, and inquire whether Prayer by Rev. B. H. NADAL, D.D. ceeding three at any time, for consultation on any of the a part of the citizens of such State niny have been in re- The Journal of Saturday was read and approved. above subjects. The board may take the opinion of emi- bellion; and all laws and parts of laws and joint resolu hent practical engineers, mechanics, machinists, and archi- tions incompatible with this are hereby repealed.
IIOUSE BILL REFERRED. lects, in their respective branches of art or industry, when in their opinion the public service will be promoted by it,
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I raise the The bill (H. R. No. 641) provide for another and pay them such reasonable compensation as the Secre- question of order that the amendment is not ger- term of the circuit court of the United States for tary may approve. mane to the Senale amendment.
the district of Arkansas, and for other purposes, The amendment having been partially read- The SPEAKER. The only matter before the was read twice by its title, and referred to the Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois, said: Mr. House is the Senate amendment; and any amenj. Committee on the Judiciary. Chairman, I have heard enough of that amend- ment, to be in order, must be germane to that.
CREDENTIALS PRESENTED. ment read to make me quite certain that it is out The amendment offered by the gentleman from of order. Although when it was first offered the Kentucky would be in order to the original bill, Mr. POMEROY presented the credentials of committee decided it to be in order, yet I believe but is not in order to the Senate amendment. Hon. James H. Lane, chosen by the Legislature it to be so flagrantly out of order that I raise the Mr. YEAMAN. I offer it as a substitute for
of the State of Kansas a Senator from that State question again. I desire to say that I am in favor the matter before the House.
for the term of six years, commencing March 4, of the proposition, and would vote for it in the The SPEAKER. The joint resolution has
1865; which were read, and ordered to be filed. House; but I object to it because it is out of or- been passed upon by both Houses, and is not Mr. MORRILL presented the credentials of der. If we establish a precedent of this kind, there susceptible of amendment, except so far as applies
Hon. NATHANA. FARWELL,chosen by the Legis. is nothing under heaven that cannot be got into a to the amendment of the Senate. The amend. lature of the State of Maine a Senator from that general appropriation bill.
ment offered by the gentleman from Kentucky is | State to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignaThe CHAIRMAN. The point of order can- not in order.
tion of Hon. William Pitt Fessenden in the term not be properly raised till the amendment is be- Mr. WILSON. I demand the previous ques- which will expire on the 3d of March, 1865. The fore the committee; but as the gentleman from Illi- tion.
credentials were read, and the oath to support the nois has anuicipated, the Chair will decide that The demand for the previous question was sec
Constitution having been administered to Mr. so much of it as has been read is in order. The onded.
FARWELL, he took his seat in the Senate. Chair overrules the point of order so far as the Mr. COX moved that the House do now ad
PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS. amendment has been read. The further reading | journ. may disclose what will render the amendment out The question was taken; and the motion to
Mr. POMEROY. I now present the petition of order. The Clerk will proceed with the read- adjourn was not agreed to.
which I submitted on Saturday from Mr. E. ing.
The question recurred upon ordering the main
Bloodgood Beebe. Having read the petition, I Mr. DAVIS, of Maryland. I do not insist on question; and being taken, the main question was
see nothing in it which should deprive him of the the reading of the amendment. ordered.
right of petition, although what he asks is a very The CHAIRMAN. The Chair is of opinion The question was then taken upon concurring
foolish and unwarrantable thing. The petition that it is not in order to stop the reading of an in the amendment of the Senate, and it was being respectful and well got up,
I can sce no reaamendment. agreed to.
son why it should not be presented. I think we The reading of the amendment was concluded. Mr. WILSON moved to reconsider the vote by. | it, and I ask that it lie on the table.
have no appropriate committee to which to refer Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. Has the which the House concurred in the amendment of Chair decided the point of order?
Mr. GRIMES. What is in it? the Senate; and also moved that the motion to The CHAIRMAN. The Chair decides that
Mr. POMEROY. The petitioner desires that reconsider be laid on the table. the remainder of the amendment is in order. The latter motion was agreed to.
the opposing armies in the United States shall (Laughter.]
combine and fight the French out of Mexico, and MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE.
then take Cuba and Canada, and by that time he the decision of the Chair:
thinks the Union will be su consolidated that they
A message from the Senate, by Mr. HICKEY, The CHAIRMAN. The gentleman from its Chief Clerk, announced that the Senate had
never will fight each other any more. Maryland (Mr. Davis] having offered the amend- || passed a joint resolution (S. No. 94) authorizing
The petition was ordered to lie on the table. ment just read, the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. the Secretary of the Navy to advance to Paul s.
Mr. MORGAN. I present a memorial of the WASHBURNE] raises the point of order that the Forbes $250,000 additional, out of the sum to be
Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, amendment is not germane to the bill. The Chair | paid him under his contract for building a steam
in favor of a bill establishing a uniform system overrules the point of order, and from that decis- screw sloop-of-war, in which he was directed to of bankruptcy throughout the United States, in ion the gentleman from Illinois takes an appeal. ask the concurrence of the House.
which, speaking of the bill now before Congress, The question is, Shall the decision of the Chair Also, that the Senate had passed the joint reso
they say: stand as the judgment of the committee? lution (H. R. No. 126) declaring certain States not
“Though admitting of improvement in several respects, Mr. DAVIS, of New York. I move that the entitled to representation in thc Electoral College,
the bill in its general outline and provisions seems drawn committee do now rise. with an amendment, in which he was directed to
with signal ability and with a wise regard alike for the true
interests of debtor and creditor, and your committee regard The motion was agreed to. ask the concurrence of the House.
its passage as eminently desirable.» So the committee rose; and the Speaker having resumed the chair, Mr. Schenck reported that
As the bill has been reported from the committhe Committee of the Whole on the state of the Mr. ELDRIDGE, by unanimous consent, pre- || morial lie on the table.
tee and is before the Senate, I move that the meUnion, having had under consideration the bill sented a joint resolution of the Legislature of the (H. R. No. 676) making appropriations for the
The motion was agreed to. State of Wisconsin, lo the Congress of the United paval service for the year ending 30th June, 1866, || States, in relation to the improvement of the har,
Mr. MORGAN presented a memorial of mere had come to no resolution thereon. bor of Manitowoc, Wisconsin; which was referred
chants of the city of New York, praying the REPRESENTATION IN ELECTORAL COLLEGE. to the Committee on Commerce, and ordered to be
passage of the bill for the construction of a naprinted. Mr. WILSON. I ask unanimous consent to
tional ship-canal from Lake Eric to Lake Ontario;
which was referred to the Committee on Military take from the Speaker's table the joint resolution
MARRIAGES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
Affairs and the Militia. (H. R. No. 126) declaring certain States not en- The SPEAKER, The Chair would call the Mr. WILSON presented the petition of Daniel titled to representation in the Electoral College, attention of the House to the fact that the bill in J. Browne, agent to visit various parts of Europe in order that the House may concur in the amend- relation to marriages in the District of Columbia, to investigate and report on the production, manument made by the Senate.
introduced on yesterday by the gentleman from facture, and commerce of the flax and wines of · There being no objection, the joint resolution lowa (Mr. Price] was by mistake referred to the European countries, praying that an investigation was taken up, and the amendment was read, as Committee for the District of Columbia. If no may be had in relation to the exercise of unwarfollows:
objection is made the bill will be referred to the rantable power of one officer over another, and Strike out of the preamble the words “and were in such Committee on the Judiciary.
that he may be compensated for detention and
MUWASHBURNE, of Illinois. I appeal from
loss of time, which was referred to the Commit- tion, nor, as I have said, is there any committee title, and referred to the Committee on Military tee on Patents and the Patent Office.
to which the subject can be referred; but as the Affairs and the Militia. Mr. DIXON presented the petition of merchant persons in interest are in the largest number con
AGRICULTURAL CENSUS REPORT. tailors of Hartford, Connecticut, and those en- nected with the military service of the country, gaged in the millinery and cloak-making business, I move that this petition be referred to the Com
Mr. LANE, of Kansas. The Committee on praying that a specific tax may be imposed on mittee on Military Affairs and the Militia. Agriculture, to whom was referred the following each of those classes of work beyond a certain The motion was agreed to.
resolution, have directed me to report it back to exempted amount of each, and that the internal
the Senate without amendment, and I ask for its
EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS. revenue law may be modified accordingly; which
The VICE PRESIDENT laid before the Sen
present consideration: was referred to the Committee on Finance.
Resolved, That two thousand copies of the agricultural Mr. HOWARD presented two petitions of citate a communication from the Commissioner of
part of the Census Report for 1860 be printed for the use of izens of Berrien county, Michigan, praying that
Patents, transmitting the annual report of the Pa- the Commissioner of Agriculture. one or more of the southern States may be set
tent Office for the year 1864; which was referred Mr. POMEROY. We have acted on a resolu
to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Orapart as a home for colored people; which were
tion of that character, during the absence of my fice. referred to the select committee on slavery and
colleague, offered by the Senator from lowa, (Mr. the trcatment of freedmen.
He also laid before the Senate a communication HARLAN.) Mr. CHANDLER presented the petition of J.
from the Secretary of War, transmitting, in an- Mr. LANE, of Kansas. This is that resoluOwen, praying the repeal of the act entitled “An swer to the resolution of the Senate of the 20 in
tion. It was not acted upon by the Senate, but act to regulate the admeasurement of the tonnage stant, a copy of the report of the Provost Marshal
was referred to the Committee on Agriculture, of ships and vessels of the United States;” which
General, accompanied by copies of all papers in and is now reported back by them. was referred to the Committee on Commerce.
the possession of the War Department, relating Mr. POMEROY. I thought it was pased by Mr. GRIMES presented a petition of officers
to the quota of the State of Rhode Island, under the Senate. of the United States Government employed in the
the act for enrolling and calling out the national Mr. SUMNER. Should not that resolution navy-yard in Washington, District of Columbia,
forces and the acts in amendment thereto; which go to the Committee on Printing? I think so, praying for an increase of salary; which was re
was laid on the table, and ordered to be printed. according to our rule. ferred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.
He also laid before the Senate a communication Mr. HALE. Oh, no; it is a report from a com
mittee. Mr. HOWE presented a petition of citizens of from the Secretary of War, transmitting, in com
Mr. LANE, of Kansas. This resolution is rethe county of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, praying for || pliance with the resolution of the Senate of Janan appropriation for the improvement of ihe har
uary 16, 1865, a report of the board of commis. ported back from the Committee on Agriculture. bor at the mouth of the Manitowoc river; which
sioners of the Soldiers' Home, accompanied by The VICE PRESIDENT. Is there any objecwas referred to the Committee on Commerce.
certain statements which, with Senate Executive tion to the consideration of the resolution at ihis He also presented the memorial of the Legis. || Congress, contained the information concerning
Document No.52, second session Thirty-Seventh time? The Chair hears none, and it is now belature of Wisconsin, in favor of the improvement
fore the Senate. of the harbor of Manitowoc, Wisconsin; which
the Soldiers' Home called for in that resolution; Mr. LANE, of Kansas. There is a letter from
which was laid on the table. was referred to the Committee on Commerce, and
the Commissioner of Agriculture on the subject, ordered to be printed.
He also laid before the Senate a communication which I ask to have read. Mr. LANE, of Kansas, presented the petition | obedience to law, a statement showing the ex
from the Secretary of War, communicating, in The Secretary read the letter, as follows: of Andrew J. Gray, praying for a pension; which
DerARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, was referred to the Committee on Pensions. penditures of the appropriation for the contingent
WASHINGTON, D. C., February 1, 1865. He also presented a communication from J.G. expenses of the military establishment for the SIR: I desire to ask the especial attention of your com.
millee to the importance of having two thousand copies of Knapp, in relation to the transmission of printed year 1864; which was laid on the table.
the agricultural part of the repori of the Census Bureau matter and seeds through the mails to the Terri
MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE.
printed and given to the Deparunent of Agriculture for the tories; which was referred to the Committee on
purpose of distribution to its chief correspondents of the A message was received from the House of
condition and amount of the crops and turn stock. The Agriculture, Representatives, by Mr. McPherson, its Clerk,
necessity of this will be seen at once when your attention Mr. COWAN presented the petition of mili- || announcing that the House had passed a joint is drawn to the fact that the preliminary census report contary officers in the service of the United States, resolution (H. R. No. 161) in relation to certain
tained the summary of all the crops and stock for each praying for an increase of compensation; which
Stale, but did not give the returns for each county. The railroads, in which the concurrence of the Senate
correspondence of this Department consists of a chicf and was referred to the Committee on Military Af- was requested.
five assistants, the latter being fariners residing in different fairs and the Mililia.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES.
parts of the country. Through this organization the De. Mr. NES ITH presented the petition of Al
partment obtains information, the importance and reliabile bert J. Meyer, praying for an acknowledgment
Mr. WILSON, from the Committee on Mil- ity of which is now generally conceded, and the accuracy
or this information is becoming greater as the correspondof his services in the invention and use of plans itary Affairs and the Militia, to whom was reof signals in the military and naval service, and ferred the bill (S. No. 406) for the benefit of offi
ents become more experienced. Their zeal, too, kexps
pace with that experience. For this information they that he may receive the reward in rank and
cers of the Army in the field, reported it with receive no other compensation than a copy of my reports emoluments to which those services entitle him; amendments.
and some papers of seeds. Their Inbor is great, and they which was referred to the Committee on Military
Mr.MORRILL, from the Committee on Claims, have often expressed their wish to liave this report. Affairs and the Militia. to whom was referred the memorial of the Me
Apart from ihe fact that these persons are rendering this
important service, and that this service will become more Mr. POMEROY presented resolutions of the
chanics’and Traders’Bank of New Orleans, pray- valuable with the census returns of eacli county before Legislature of Kansas, in favor of a grant of lands
ing that the Secretary of the Treasury may be them, there are no persons who would appreciate so highly to aid in the construction of a railroad from Wyauthorized to return to that bank the amount of
the agricultural statistics of the report asked for, or who
would disseminate it around them so much. I trust, thereandoll to the southern boundary of the State, and money paid on dividends to stockholders in the
fore, that the request of a copy for each of the chief corthat the title of the Cherokee Indians to certain
city of New York by order of Major General But- respondents will meet with your approbation. lands in that State be extinguished; which were
ler, awhich had been previously confiscated in the With much respect, your obedient servant, referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and hands of the bank by agents of the rebel govern
ISAAC NEWTON, Commissioner.
Hon. JanES HARLAN, ordered to be printed.
ment, asked to be discharged from its further con- Acting Chairman Senate Committee on Agriculture. Mr. SUMNER presented the petition of Ansideration; which was agreed to.
Mr. LANE, of Kansas. It would be well to selm Richard, praying for indemnification for
Mr. WADE, from the committee on the con
inform the Senate that the committee have indepredations committed by the armed vessels of duct of the war, who were directed to inquire
formation that the type is not yet distributed; France on commerce owned by his father prior || into the facts and circumstances concerning the
attack on Petersburg on the 30th of July, 1864, M. ANTHONY! Is the Senator from Kanto the year 1801; which was ordered to lie on the table, the bill commonly called the French spolia- || ing testimony, was ordered to be printed. A mo
sas prepared to state the cost of the publication? tion bill being pending.
Has there beers an estimate? Mr. SUMNER. I have in my hand, Mr. tion of Mr. ANTHONY, to print five thousand extra
Mr. LANE, of Kansas. No, sir. President, a petition most respectably signed by copies, was referred to the Committee on Printing.
Mr. ANTHONY. It is customary for the citizens of Boston, in which they ask Congress TRADE WITH INSURRECTIONARY STATES. Committee on Printing, and, indeed, the rule reto enact a law preferring for appointment to all Mr. COLLAMER submitted the following res
quires it, to obtain, before reporting a resolution inferior offices persons honorably discharged from the military service of the United States who shall olution; which was considered by unanimous con
for printing a work, an estimate of the cost. I have served for a period of three years during the sent, and agreed to:
preferred that this resolution should go to the Resolved, that the President be requested 10 inform the
Committee on Agriculture, because I thought that present rebellion, or who shall have suffered per- Senate whether, since the 20 day of July last there have that was a more proper committee to consider it, manent disability while in the service, or who shall been granted to any individuals other than agents of the the Committee on Printing having already rehave been held for one year as prisoners of war, Treasury, any orders, permits, or licenses to buy, sell,
ported in favor of printing the number they thought and that the tenure of such offices be for life or dur
control, or in any way to deal in cotton or produce in the
proper, without taking this into consideration. I ing good behavior. This petition is most respect- extent of such licenses or permits, and to whom the same
ihink it would be better for the Senate to know ably signed, as I have said; indeed, I have rarely have been granted, and at whose solicitation, and what precisely what the cost will be before acting upon offered a petition where the names were more enti
orders have been granted to military authorities to aid the this maiter. It could be obtained in a short time tled to consideration. They are among the most
same; and further to inform the Senate what rule of pref.
from the Superintendent of Public Printing; and, cminent citizens of Boston. There is no commit
permits or licenses, if any, have been granted, whether indeed, I intended to ask him myself and inform tee to which this subject can appropriately be re- any and what consideration has been paid for such per- the Committee on Agriculture upon the subject, ferred, but I would state that some time during the
sonal and valuable privileges, and under what law such but it escaped my memory. last session l introduced a bill, which is now upon licenses or permits, if any, have been granted.
Mr. LANE, of Kansas. I have no objection the Calendar, to revise the civil service of the coun
IIOUSE BILL REFERRED.
to having the resolution referred to the Committry in order to secure a better class of officers. The joint resolution (H. R. No. 161) in rela- tee on Printing. That bill has never been called up for considera- tion to certain railroads was read twice by its Mr. ANTHONY. I do not wish to have it