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determined upon in these two acts of Congress, ercise of any discretion vested in the War Depart- ! from that place, and were not present when the and praying that a similar bill may be passed and ment. I do not suppose that the Secretary of War commission made the investigation. enacied into a law at the present session of Con would communicate anything for publication Mr. JOHNSON. Is he now in the service? gress. I move that it be referred to the Commit which it was improper to have published; but I Mr. POWELL. In reply to the Senator from tee on the District of Columbia.
should like to inquire of the Senator from Ken- | Maryland I will say that I have seen it stated in The motion was agreed to.
lucky whether this report of a commission, as it the newspapers that he has resigned, and his Mr. MORGAN. I present the petition of Wil is denominated in the resolution, which investi-resignation has been accepted; but whether the liam C. Bryant, Henry W. Longfellow, Horace gated the conduct of General Paine, is a report fact is so or not I do not know. Greeley, John A. Dix, U.S. Grant, Joseph Henry,
made by a commission of which General Paine had | I can say to the Senator from Illinois, without Peter Cooper, George Bancroft, Henry J. Ray any ice whatever, or whether it is merely the having any personal knowle
of the facts conmond, Stephen H. Tyng, Jonathan Sturges, Wil private report of some officers designated, not by nected with General Paine and his administraliam M. Evarts, and inany others, citizens of New
ihe Secretary of War, but by some officer in the tion in and about the city of Paducah, that if a York and elsewhere, asking Congress to appro
field, making some inquiries in regard to General tithe of the reports I have heard be true his ofpriate money for the founding and support of a
Paine's conduct in Kentucky and reporting it to fenses are such as should cause him to be brought National Home for the totally disabled soldiers
the War Department for its private information, before a military court and dealt with in the harshand sailors in the Army and Navy of the United
and the report of a commission that General Paine est manner. As I before stated, I have no per. States. In consideration of the importance of the
never knew anything about, and never had any sonal knowledge of these facts, but I hear them subject and tlie high character of the memorial- || opportunity to appear before. If it be a report of from such sources as to cause me to give them ists, I ask that this petition be printed and re
that character, I presume the Senator from Ken- || full faith and credit. I believe that General Paine ferred to the Commiliee on Military Affairs and
tucky would be just as far as any other Senator had notice of the assembling of this commission, the Militia.
from wishing to publish an ex parte report, made and that he purposely avoided meeting the invesThe PRESIDENT pro tempore. It may be
in the dark, reflecting upon any person. There- || tigation. printed by unanimous consent. The Chair hears fore I think that this report, if it is of that char I think the resolution should be adopted so that no objection. The order to print will be made, acter, ought not to be communicated for publica- | the evidence may be given to the country. I and the petition will be referred to the Committee tion, and, unless the Senator from Kentucky is think those parties who have been guilty of the on Military Affairs and the Militia.
already advised as to the character of the report || offenses charged ought to be held up to the scorn Mr. RAMSEY presented the memorial of B.
which was made by the commission, that this res and contempt of the community. If they are A. Froiseth, praying for further legislation to
olution ought to be referred to the Committee on innocent they ought to have an opportunity of encourage foreign immigration; which was re Military Affairs, and let them inquire into it. I meeting the charges and making their innocence ferred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. inyself am very much opposed, and think it un manifest. I desire no ex parte statements pubMr. ANTHONY presented additional papers just to the character of any officer in the field, that lished to injure any man.
I desire that all men in relation to the claim of George W. Hall and a report with regard to his conduct, made out by | shall have meted out to them exact and evenothers, owners of the bark A One, praying for
a commission of which he had no knowledge, ex handed justice. I hope, for the honor of the indemnification for alleged losses occasioned by parte, and in the dark, should be published io the country and for the honor of the service, that this the seizure of that vessel a: Philadelphia on the country to his prejudice.
man Paine and others who are charged with hava 18th of December, 1863; which were referred to Mr. POWELL. It will afford me very great ing committed offenses in that region of the counthe Committee on Claims.
pleasure to give the Senator from Illinois and the try may prove themselves innocent; but I firmly
Senale all the information that I have on the sub believe they will not be able to do so. The proof BILL INTRODUCED.
ject of this report. I do not know what is in the is most positive against them, and I understand Mr. FOOT asked, and by unanimous consent
report. I heard some persons who claimed to that it is contained in this very record for which obtained, leave to introduce a joint resolution (S. || know state what was in it, and I have seen I ask, I hope the resolution will be adopted. No. 80) in relation to the distribution of prize Mr. TRUMBULL. If the Senator will allow Mr. TRUMBULL. Mr. President, I have money; which was read twice by its title, and me, I did not ask what was in the report, but | usually voted in favor of resolutions of inquiry, referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs. whether it was a report made without the knowl. and am as much in favor ofexposing the improper BILLS REFERRED. edge of General Paine.
conduct of officers as the Senator from Kentucky; On motion of Mr. SHERMAN, it was
Mr. POWELL. I understood the Senator's | but it appears that the Senator from Kentucky is
question, and will endeavor to answer it. I have not informed at all on this subject, except by ruOrdered, That the bill (8. No. 350) to authorize the purchase or construction of revenue cutters on the lakes be understood from persons in that locality, some of
He has heard that General Paine absented referred to the Committee on Finance.
whom seemed to have some cognizance of the himself from this commission. He admits that On motion of Mr. LANE, of Kansas, it was
character of this report, that it contains such General Paine was not before the commission that Ordered, That the bill (s. No. 351) for the relies of the
evidence as convicts this man, General Painc, of made this report; but he has understood that he officers and soldiers of tlic militia of the States of Kansas the most outrageous barbarities and cruelues that absented himself. I have understood that Genand Missouri in repelling the late invasion of those States were ever inflicted on any people in any Christian eral Paine knew nothing abour it; that this is a by the rebel forces under General Sterling Price, and for other purposes, be referred to the Committee on Military
or civilized age, and not only General Paine, but || private, secret report of some officers, perhaps Affairs and the Mililia.
some of his subordinate officers, and some citi inimical to General Paine, before whom he has On motion of Mr. LANE, of Indiana, it was
zens, even, outside. Some of the citizens of that never appeared at all, and of whose report he had Orderedl, That the bill (S. No.352) authorizing the hold
region of country seem to have been engaged in no knowledge whatever. The Senator from Ken
them. I have seen and conversed with persons Ing of a special session of ine United States district court
lucky has heard reports prejudicial to the characfor the district of Indiana, and for other purposes,
who were present when this commission was in ter of General Paine. I have heard a very good ferred to the Cominittee on the Judiciary.
session, and from those persons I have learned account of General Paine, and the only complaint Ou motion of Mr. LANE, of Indiana, it was the character of the evidence to some extent. It || I ever heard in regard to him, from any source,
Ordered, that the bill (S. No. 353) to amend an act enti has also been a matter of a good deal of discussion was that coming from the enemies of the country, tied "An act to incorporate the Metropolitan Railroad Com in the newspapers in Kentucky. I understand that he dealt with traitors and rebels in Kentucky pany, in the District of Columbia," approved July 1, 1854,
that General Paine did have notice of the sitting as they deserved to be dealt with, and protected be reierred to the Committee on the District of Columbia. of this commission; that he was notificd that the Union men.
He was too severe upon the enemies REFERENCE OF PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE.
commission was to come and assemble at the of the country, in the opinions of the enemies On motion of Mr. SHERMAN, it was
town of Paducah; and that he absented himself | themselves. Ordered, That so much of the President's message as
and took away his stuff officers and others, who Sir, I do not propose to discuss General Prine's relates to the financial afiirirs of the United States be were equally guilty with himself. I understand conduct. I am not sufficiently advised to do so. referred to the Committee on Finance.
from the report that there is no supposition about He is from my State; and I thought it unjust to ADJOURNMENT TO MONDAY.
it, but that all the damning crimes with which him that a report should be published to the On motion of Mr. DOOLITTLE, it was this man is charged are fully proven.
world reflecting upon him, (if it does so; I know Ordered, That when the Senate adjourn to-day it be to
Mr. DOOLITTLE. I will inquire of the Sen not how that may be, for I know nothing that is meet on Monday next. ator what General Paine he refers to.
in the reporı;) a report made by men acting in
Mr. POWELL. General Paine, of Illinois, I CONDUCT OF GENERAL
secret, and before whom General Paine never apINE AT PADUCAII.
understand. I do nol know the person. I never peared, and never had an opportuniiy to appear, Mr. POWELL. I move that the resolution saw him.
so far as I have been informed. I introduced yesterday be now taken up.
Mr. DOOLITTLE. There is a General Paine I move the reference of this resolution to the The motion was agreed to, and the Senate pro of my own State, and I desire not to have any Committee on Military Affairs, and let them inceeded to consider the following resolution: impression go out that may involve him. He quire; and if there is a report made that reflects
Resolved, That the Secretary of War be directed, if not certainly is not the General Paine that the Sena upon General Paine and shows that he has comIncompatible with the public interest, lo transmit to the tor alludes to.
mitted outrages--a report by a competent tribuSenate the report and evidence taken by a military commission, of which Brigadier General Speed s. Fry was
Mr. POWELL. I understand that the Gen- | nal before which he has lnd an opportunity to president, appointed to investigate the conduct of Briga
eral Paine to whom the resolution refers is from appear and defend himself-I shall be the last dier General Paine, United States Army, in and about Pa Illinois. I do not know him, and I have no per man to seek to cover it up, and I shall unite with ducali, Kentucky.
sonal knowledge of the facts of the case. What the Senator from Kentucky in exposing his conMr. TRUMBULL. I should like to inquire of I state in regard to him is upon information which duct and brirging him to punishment; but before the Senator from Kentucky whether he is aware I have received from others. Whether the state any such publication shall be made, I want the of the character of the report which he has asked ment I have made is true or not I am not prepared committee to inquire and ascertain whether this to be communicated to the Senate? I know that to say; for, as I said before, I have no personal is a secret ex parte report that it is sought lo pubthe resolution leaves it in the discretion of the knowledge of the case. I understand that Gen lish to the country, and if it is, I am opposed to Secretary of War to communicate the information eral Paine had notice of the fact of the meeting the publication of any such document, or not, as he shall deem the public interest may of this commission before it met at Paducah; The PRESIDENT proiempore. The question justify; and I have full faith in the judicious ex but he and others implicated absented themselves ll is on the motion of the Senator from Vilmois, lo
refer the resolution to the Committee on Military | explicitly during the last two or three months'itary commission has ever sat upon the conduct Affairs and the Militia.
wiih guilt, and that, 100, on the assertions of gene of General Paine before whom he has appeared Mr. POWELL. I hope this resolution will not tlemen who were engaged in this commission or hud any opportunity to appear, or of whose be referred. The Senaior speaks of the inves- ' taking the evidence
sessions he has known anything; but somebody, tigation having been held in secret. Why, sir, 1 I can see no good reason for referring the res inimical to General Paine, has got together a comthere was no secrecy about it. It was a matter olution to the Military Committee or any other mission oul in Kentucky somewhere, and made of notoriety in all the public jourouls of the West committee. The resolution is carefully worded. reports to the War Department reflecting upon his that this investigation was going on. The com If the Secretary of Wur should, in his discretion, conduct in the management of his department, mission was appointed by the military authori think it would not be proper to give this testi whatever it was, while he was in command there, ties in that region of the country, as I understand. mony to the country, he can withhold it. It is as I understand. It was conducted by three officers of the Army left to his discretion, and I so framed the resolution Now, my proposition is that this resolution of the United States, one of the rank of brigadier for a purpose. I thought that per possibility the (which seeks io bring this partial, ex parte, inquis. general, and the other two I think of the rank of Government might wish to arrest some of the jeerial report before the country for the purpose colonel. The people in that region of country persons implicated in this record, and I did not of damaging a man who lias never had an opporwere invited to come up and make known all the wish to give them a chance to escape. If there unity to appear before the tribunal) shall first go facts touching and concerning the conduct of this are such persons at large it would be manifestly to the Committee on Military Affairsthatthey may
improper to publish the testimony, and hence the inquire at the War Department, and if it is a reMr. JOHNSON. Who ordered the commis resolution leaves it to the discretion of the Secre- port that is proper to be communicated to the Sen. sion?
tary of War to give us the record or not, at his ate, if it is a report made after investigation, where Mr. POWELL. The military authorities, I pleasure. I suppose, however, that the names of the party has had an opportunity to exculpate understand. Brigadier General Fry was presi- , all or nearly all the persons implicated in these himself and he has not done so, let it be called for dent of the tribunal, and Colonel Brown and Col transactions have been before the country in the and published to the country, and let him take onel Brannock, I think, were the associates. That newspapers for months back. I know ihat the
the consequences of his misconduc'. was the manner in which the investigation was papers in Kentucky and in the gentleman's own object which the Senator from Kentucky [Mr. conducted. I am told that it was not secret. In Staic-Illinois-have been teeming with articles Powell) has in view is not an investigation of the newspapers of the day, the general account on this very subject. I trust the Senate will not the conduct of General Paine. The other Senawas that General Puine was notified, but that he hesitate to call for the record which is on file in lor from Kentucky (Mr. Davis) speaks of it as left and did not appear before the commission. I the War Department.
if General Paine was on trial; but that is not the have no doubt that when the facts contained in Mr. DAVIS. Mr. President, I have read the question; that is not the proposition before the the report shall be made known, they will reflect report that was made by the commission referred Senate. The simple proposition here is to callout very severely on the conduct of General Paine to in the resolution, and it involves, if true, not for publication an ex parte, inquusitoriul report of and of others in and out of the military service. only offenses but crimes of the deepest dye. I do some unauthorized commission, or, it authorized, I understand that such is the character of the evi not know whether the report be true or false. I probably autliorized by some subordinate officer, dence, and I think it is meet and proper that the should be exceedingly gratified if it were to turn but not authorized by the War Department. I report with the evidence should be published. out to be untrue, and if General Paine was guilt am opposed to having any such report published
The Senator speaks of entering into a vindi less of the ofienses imputed to him in that report. or called for, as I undersiand this to be. But if I cation of General Paine from the assaults made I would now suggest to my colleague that it seems am mistaken as to the character of the report the upon him. I did not intend at this time to make to me a discretion in relation to giving or with Committee on Military Affairs can recommend any assault upon General Paine, and I shall make holding the report ought not to be confided to the the passage of the resolution, and the report can none now; but if the proper time for it shall come Secretary of War. Tihink that discretion should be called for. and the necessity for it shall exist, I think I shall never be confided to or exercised by any other Mr. JOHNSON. The Senator will permit me be prepared to make an assault upon General officer than the President of the United States. to ask him whether General Paine has requested Paine.' Indeed, when the facts touching his ad It seems to me, too, that the Senate has the right a court of inquiry or a couri-martial since the ministration at Paducah, and in and about Galla to call for, and that there is a proprieiy in iis supposed report was made. lin, Tennessee, shall be published, I think no having access to, any report that is made by a Mr. TRUMBULL. I am not aware that he man will be under the necessity of making an as military commission and returned to the War of has or that he knows of this report. I have had sault; I think the facts themselves will be crush fice. Iiheretore suggest that this report be called no communication will General Paine ini refering. I have in my possession some documents for, and after it is received by the Senate the Seria
I know the gentleman; he is a higlily touching his administration in Temessce, ob ate may make such disposition of it us ii may respected citizen of my State; a gentleman of tained from a gentleman of the very highest au please. If justice to General Puine requires that good reputation and sianding. I know nothing thority. I shall not introduce them here now, ihe report, when it is made to the Senate by the about these imputations that are thrown out upon because I do not think this is the proper time; bui War Office, shall be referred to the Military Com hearsay here. I have had no communication with I want the country to know what have been the mittee, it
then take that course, and the Mila General Paine; but inasmuch as this resolution actings and doings of these officials in that region. 1) itary Commitee would be authorized, as I think pointed to the bringing before the public of a re
The Senator says that General Puine has only they ought to be, in justice to General Paine, port which I have understood here in Washing. • been loo severe on rebels, the enemies of the coun especially as the investigation was made in his ion reflects upon his conduct as a military officer try. How does he know that? Only from l'e absence, to reinvestigate the truth of the charges in the discharge of his duties while in command port and rumor about this man's administration. and imputations made against him in the report. in Kentucky and in Tennessee, and a report mude I have no complaintio make against General Puine I thinkine Senate ought to call for the report, without his knowledge, he having had no opporfor what he may have done to rubels, but I want atlid ihal, when the rrport is made to the Savale, lunity to appear before the commission, I thought to see what have been his actings and doings in at the instance of any Senior whatever it should it unjust to him that any such publication should regard to loyal men, not only as to their persons be referred to the Commilite on Military Affairs be made. If I am misinformed as to the character but as to their property, for I understand that lief for its eximination and a report upon that report, of this commission and ihe character of the report, has made very free use of the property of other i' and to hear additional testimony exculpatory of the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom the people. These allegations are madle. I want in ; General Paine, if he or any of his friends desire resolution will go if my motion prevails, will see ihe evidence, to learn whether tliey are true ; thäl such proof shall be heard.
ascertain hów the fact is and let ihe report be or false. As I before said, I personally know The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The question called for and published, for I am the last person nothing about General Paine or about these is on the motion to refer the resolution to the to cover up or screen the misconduct of any transactions; but he is represented as a heari Committee on Military Affairs.
official. less monster, and a robber of the people whom Mr. POWELL. On that question I call for Mr. LANE, of Indiana. I move that the SenI have the honor in part to represent; and where the yeas and nays.
ate proceed to the consideration of executive busimen have violated the just laws of war, and The yeus and nays were ordered. trampled upon the rules of common honesty and Mr. TRUMBULL. The Senator from Ken Mr. TRUMBULL and others. Let us dispose common decency to the detriment and injury of tucky (Mr. Powell) speaks of this report as a of this question. my constituents, I deem it my duty in every "recoril," and of "evidence," and both the Sen
EXECUTIVE SESSION. proper manner to have the facis laid before the ators from Kentucky tell us that this was an country in order that the guilty culprits shall be examination in the absence of General Paine. To
Mr. LANE's motion was agreed to, and the held up to the scorn and contempt of honest men.
Senate proceeded to the consideration of executive is wrong to designate itas evidence or a record at For that reason, and in order that the public all. One of the Senators tells us that he has seen it.
business; and after a short time spent in execuservice may be promoted, and that all in future
tive session the doors were reopened, and the Mr. POWELL. It has been published in the
Senate adjourned. may take warning by the infamy that shall attach
newspapers. to this man provided he has been guilty of the Mr. TRUMBULL. This report has been puboffenses charged against him, I want this evi- lished already! It is a very singular proceeding.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. dence laid before the country. I should suppose I have never seen it, and I never will be a party
THURSDAY, December 8, 1864. that no friend of the Government would wish to to the publication, by the Senate, of a report The House met at twelve o'clock, m. Prayer withhold from the people evidence in regard to reflecting upon any man, that je got up in his
by the Chaplain, Rev. W. H. CHANNING. the conduct of its officials of such a character as absence, and without an opportunity for him 10
The Journal of yesterday was read and approved. every Senator here who has read the public jour- exculpate himself, if he is charged with offenses nals must know the testimony is in relation to in that report. Now, the Senators ask to have
EXECUTIVE COMMUNI ON. this man, General Paine. I do not know whether this report communicated to the Senate; and the The SPEAKER laid before the House the reGeneral Paine is guilty or not; I know that I have object is to make public, I understand one of the port of the chief of the Ordnance Bureau of the heard from innumerable persons in that region of Senators, that which has already been published Navy Department; which was referred to the the country that he is guilty, and I know that the in the newspapers. I should like to know who Committee on Naval Affairs, and ordered to be public press has charged him most distinctly and
The truth about it is that no mil. Il printed.
ence to it.
put it there.
DUTY ON CIGARS.
Brooks) time to move to postpone it until a fu the bill to a given day, so that there could be a Mr. STEVENS. I am instructed by the Comlure day.
little discussion on il. I would not object to a mitte of Ways and Means to report to the House
Mr. BROOKS. This is a subject upon which postponement to a given day some time next joint resolution (H.R.No. 124) explanatoryofthe
I am now quite unprepared to act, and which I week. act entitled "An act to provide internal revenue
have but hastily considered. But I will say that, The SPEAKER. The Chair understands the to support the Government, to pay interest on the
in the opinion of a large number of honest man gentleman from New York to object only to the public debt, and for other purposes,” approved
ufacturers of cigars, it will be quite impossible, consideration of the bill at the present time. June 30, 1864; and ask its consideration at the
under the principle of the law as it now stands, Mr. BROOKS. I do not desire to object; but present time.
ever to have an honest taxation of cigars. The I trust the gentleman will consent to a postponeThe resolution provides that so much of the act
templation to fraud is so immense, the duties are so ment of the bill to provide internal revenue to support the Govern
great, and it is so impossible to detect those frauds, Mr. STEVENS. I have already said that if ment, to pay interest on the public debt, and for
that with the principle by which the duty is now che gentleman will allow me to make the stateother purposes, approved June 30, 1864, as refers
laid upon cigars, I do not believe there can be meni which I desire to make, I am willing that to the tax or duty on cigars, shall be so construed || any legislation devised which will produce the re the consideration of the bill shall be postponed. that the tax shall be assessed on the real value,
sult which the honorable gentleman suggests. I have no desire to press the matter unduly; but whenever the owner shall fix the value of the
It has been suggested that it is practicable to I think the subject should be acted on without any cigars. If the inspector or assessor shall deem
have a stamp, like that of the posi office, to be unnecessary delay, because the Government, unsuch price below the real value, he may, subject affixed to each cigar, so that whenever a duty is der the present construction of the law, is losing to the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury,
upon a cigar the stamp will show whether every day some thousands of dollars of revenue take the same at the price named, to be sold for
it has been paid or not. I have no doubt, from on the manufacture of cigars. the use of the Government, under authority of the
the best informacion I can obtain, that a stamp Mr. BROOKS. I think that if the honorable Secretary of the Treasury.
of one cent, like that used in the post office, on gentleman from Pennsylvania will allow the bill Section iwo provides that returns relative to ci
each cigar, will yield a larger revenue than can to be postponed until Tuesday or Wednesday gars may be made monthly or bi-monthly, instead
ever be obtained upon any principle like that con next, that will be soon enough to act upon it. of weekly, as may be directed by the assessor.
tained in the old bill, or that suggested in the new Mr. STEVENS. If the gentleman will allow Section three provides that manufacturers of
the bill to be taken up now, I will state the evil cigars may have their cigars inspected and
One great system of fraud under the present which, in the opinion of the committee, it is imstamped, and pay the tax upon the same at any
law, and which the remedy proposed by the portant to remedy. time before as well as at the time of sale.
honorable gentleman will not correct, is the use The SPEAKER. Is there objection to the Section four provides that the stamp shall indi
of old cigar boxes with the stamps upon them, consideration of the bill by the House at the cate the amount of tax paid or payable.
in which are put new cigars which have not paid || present time? Mr. BROOKS. This is a very important bill; || duty. I think if the honorable gentleman will Mr. BROOKS. I withdraw my objection, with although I do not wish to delay whatever action
take a little more time he will lose nothing, but the understanding that after the remarks of the may be necessary upon it, yet I would like to see
will accomplish what he and I undoubtedly both gentleman from Pennsylvapia the bill will be postthe bill in a printed form. desire.
poned until Tuesday next. Mr. STEVENS. The bill is already printed,
I have no personal interest in this matter, not Mr. STEVENS. Mr. Speaker, among the but if there is any difficulty about it I would be using tobacco in any form or shape whatever,
provisions of the act of last session are the folwilling to have it postponed until lo-morrow.
and therefore I am entirely disinterested upon lowing laying a tax on cigars: Mr. BROOKS. It is a bill which I would like
this subject. But if the honorable gentleman will to have go before my constituents, and while upon consult with others who are practically acquainted
“On cigarettes made wholly of tobacco, and also on
cigars known as cheroots or short sixes, valued in each the floor I would ask the gentleman from Pennwith the subject, and give the House due time to case at not over five dollars per thousand, three dollars per
thousand. sylvania (Mr. STEVENS) a question. Perhaps it
consider it, I think he will come to the conclusion is premature; but as the subject is suggested by which has struck my mind, not irrevocably, but
“Ou cigars valued at over five dollars and not over fif
teen dollars per thousand, eight dollars per thousand. the Secretary of the Treasury, I may ask the
which has impressed me with considerable force, 66 On cigars valued at over fifteen dollars and not over gentleman if it is likely that there will be any
that the true way to collect the duty on cigars thiriy dollars per thousand, fifteen dollars per thousand. change of duty upon tobacco. The Secretary of is to put a stamp upon each cigar.
“On cigars valued at over thirty dollars per thousand the Treasury recommends that a tax be laid upon
Mr. STEVENS. I am not ready at this time
and not over forty-five dollars, twenty-five dollars per thouleaf tobacco. If such a tax be laid, it will change
to say what is the best mode of preventing frauds; “* On cigars at over forty-five dollars per thousand, forty the duty upon cigars.
and there is the great difficulty. At present, how dollars per thousand; and the valuation of cignrs herein Mr. STEVENS.
mentioned shall in all cases be the value of the cigars, exever, the committee do not propose to attempt It is not for me
clusive of the tax." whether there will be any change. It has been
any alteration of the law. They propose now recommended by the Department that a tax be
merely that Congress shall declare what we sup It is under that clause of the law that the diffilaid upon leaf tobacco. The committee have had
pose to have been the meaning of the act of Con- || culty with the Commissioner of Internal Revenue
gress of last session, in contradistinction to what has arisen. By his construction, he has declared some conversation upon the subject; but the com
we consider the very erroneous decision of the that we must wait until the sale of the cigars, and millee have not been full, and therefore have not Commissioner of Internal Revenue.
that if they sell for less than thirteen dollars per come to any conclusion. Nor can I inform the
Mr. DAWES. I desire to ask my friend from thousand ihey are subject lo a tax of only three gentleman what the action of the committee will be; much less what will be the action of this
Pennsylvania whether there is no way of correct dollars, although the law says that cigars valued House.
ing such decisions except by a joint resolution of at over five dollars per thousand shall pay a tax Mr. BROOKS. Would it not be wise to wait Congress.
of eight dollars per 'housand. The result is
Mr. STEVENS. There may be some other that all cigar manufact. rers, so far as I knowa few days, until we have some action of the committee upon the subject of leaf tobacco, before we
way; but at any rate I consider this method the certainly all the principal manufacturers-have
most effectual. change the duty on cigars?
stopped business, and have sold out or leased
Mr. DAWES. I would suggest to my friend their establishments to their foremen. The man• Mr. STEVENS. Although I am willing to
that the system devised in the law of last session ufacturer sells the tobacco to his foreman, who postpone the consideration of this joint resolution, if the gentleman from New York (Mr. Brooks] plicated, that, so far as I know, it is, among the seems, in its practical operation, to be so com manufactures the cigars, and in that form seils
the tobacco back to the dealer, the principal man, desires it, I may suggest here that, in the opinion || cigar manufacturers of New England, found to al thirteen dollars per thousand, and on these of those best'acquainted with the subject, the
be utterly impracticable. My friend will, I think, cigars a tax of three dollars per thousand is paid; Government has already lost millions by the con
be very soon satisfied, in the course of the ses wherens it is well known to every man who struction put upon the act of last session by the
sion, that this is not the only legislation that will knows anything about the subject that at the Commissioner of Internal Revenue; that the to
be required upon the subject. Cigar manufactu present price of tobacco and the present cost of bacco dealers, instead of paying the duty of eight ring has been entirely, or almost entirely, stopped | manufacturing there cannot be and is not a sindollars which the law requires, are paying, and
by the singular law of last session, or its more gle thousand of cigars made for less than five have been paying, but three dollars upon the singular construction. The law was certainly | dollars; and therefore if they were rated at their millions and millions of cigars which have been
sutricienily perplexing; but the construction of it true value they would all be subjected to a tax of sold. There has, therefore, been lost to the rev
has increased the dificulty instead of diminishing eight instead of three dollars per thousand. enue the difference between three and eight dol
it. I have great apprehension that there will be But, under the idea which the Commissioner lars per thousand upon the large amount that required something more than a simple joint reso-takes, that you must take it for what it sells as have been manufactured and soid, or which may lution to lead us out of this wilderness into which the value-and he instructs that that is conclube now on hand. It is in my judgment essential
somebody has brought us. I hope that my friend sive—the sale governs the inspectors and assessthat this jointresolution should bespeedily passed.
will be patient, and will address himself and ihe ors. Then, sir, nine tenths of the cigars manu. If any gentleman desires more time to consider
labors of his committee to clearing up the smoke factured since the last session of this Congress up the subject, I will move to postpone it until to which surrounds this subject.
to the present day-ne tenths, I venture to say, morrow.
A MEMBER. What kind of smoke?
have paid but three dollars tax. Mr. WASHBURNE, of Ilinois. I presume Mr. DAWES. Cigar smoke, of course. Now, what I propose, Mr. Speaker, is that inthe House will adjourn over until Monday next. [Laughter.]
stead of the sale actually made being the conclusive I think that, after the statement which has been The SPEAKER. Does the Chair understand value for the tax, the tax shall be assessed by made by the chairman of the Committee of Ways the gentleman from New York [Mr. Brooks) to experienced inspectors, and that upon the value and Means, (Mr. STEVENS,] we should all agree object to the consideration of the bill at this time? fixed by them the tax shall be assessed, although to pass this joint resolution to-day.
If so, the bill must be referred to the Committee that tax will bring it above thirteen dollars. Mr. STEVENS. I will make a statement of of the Whole on the state of the Union.
That is all there is of it. It construes the mode the evil to be remedied; then I will not call the Mr. BROOKS. I should be glad if the gentle- of finding out what is the value of cigars. previous question, but allow the gentleman (Mr. man from Pennsylvania would agree to postpone I provide also, what is the provision of other
Jaws, that when the inspector or assessor suspects less it is well known to the gentleman from Penn are no special orders. Is there objection to this extensive frauds by undervaluation in the sale sylvania, and to all others, that the manufacturers bill being postponed until Monday next and made or purchase of cigars, he shall be at liberty to of cigars are ingenious, and that the judges of the special order for that day? take the cigars at the price fixed on them by the cigars are few and far between, and that the assess No objection was made; and it was ordered owner, for the use of ihe Government. That is ors likely to be appointed by the Government to accordingly. the system adopted by many foreign nations inspect these cigurs are less likely to know any
ADJOURNMENT OVER. where there is a suspicion of undervaluation or thing of the subject than any other class of men fraud. It allows the Government to take the who will be invested with authority upon the sub
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I move that cigars at the price fixed upon them by the owner. ject. And I should not be surprised, under that
when the House adjourns to-day it adjourn to meet There is another reason why the present law item of the bill, and under the prevailing high
on Monday next. should be amended. Making returns weekly may prices, if the royal characters of Spain should
The motion was agreed to. be very well in the large cities, but in countie's be imprinted frequently upon boxes of cigars in RESTORATION OF CIVIL AUTHORITY. as extensive as my own, where a great many
order to sell them to the assessors at three, four, or | Mr. YEAMAN. I rise to a privileged queshundred women and children manufacture cigars, ten dollars more than the cigars are really worth. tion. Tintroduced yesterday a bill to provide for it is very inconvenient for them to make returns This is a subject which needs consideration and the restoration of the civilauthority of the United every week. My proposition provides that, in ought to be looked into immediately; and it is Siates in certain States; and through inadvertence the discretion of the assessor, monthly instead of il obvious to everybody who knows anything of the had it referred to the Committee on Military Afweekly returns may be made.
manufacture of cigars, that our Havana cigars, fairs. The subject matter would properly go Another evil exists under the present construc which bear so high a character for quality, are the before the Judiciary Committee. I move to retion of the law: the stamp put upon cigars which is production of the good people of Connecticut, and consider the vote by which the will was referred, pay a threc-dollar tax, is an eight-dollar stamp; of tobacco grown upon the banks of the Connec with the view of giving it the proper reference. and they go forth to the world us having paid ticut river.
The motion to reconsider prevailed, and the bill eight doilars when in reality they have only paid Mr. L. MYERS. I desire that a time for the was then referred to the Coinmittee on the Judi. three dollars. This provides that the stamp shall consideration of this resolution shall be fixed at ciary. state exactly what tax has been paid, and is pay an early day. In my district the greatest interest
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE. able, which tax shall be assessed before the sale, | is telt in the matter. The law and its construcinstead of waiting till the time of sale, lion have operated prejudicially to both the cigar
Mr. STEVENS. I ask the unanimous conAll the cigaus which have been inspected since manufacturers and to the Government, and the
sent of the House to offer resolutions distributing the passage of the act referred 10-and there are income has been greatly reduced thereby. I
the President's message to the various committees. hundreds and millions of them-have escaped the trust we will proceed to the consideration of the
The SPEAKER. That requires unanimous
consent. payment of the eighi-dollar lax, for there is not resolution at once, if an early day cannot be fixed a cigar made which, under the law, comes under for its discussion.
Mr. BROOKS. I do not mean to oliject, but I the three-dollar tax.
Mr. KASSON. I desire to call the attention
want to avail myself of some early opportunity, I believe, sir, I have stated all of the evils and of the gentleman from New York (Mr. Brooks)
with the consent of the other side of the House, proposed remedies. The committee have not had to one or two amendments not contained in the
to make some remarks on the President's mestime lo consider all of the remedies that may be printed copy of the bill before him, one of which
sage, and I desire that opportunity in the early proposed. We have not seen the recommenda is designed to meet the objection iie made touch
part of the session, before we are pressed with iions of the committee, although we know some
business. ing the possibility of a misvaluation upon the thing of them. We will be glad to have sugges part of the assessor and fraud upon the part of
No objection being made, the resolutions pretions from every member. Especially would we the owner. In the bill before the House is inter
sented by Mr. STEVENS were read and agreed to, be indebied to the gentleman from Massachusetts lined after the word “liberty,” in line seventeen,
as follows: [Mr. Dawes) for the right way of construing the ibe words " subject to the approval of the Secre
Resolved, That so mnch of the annual message of the
President of the United States to the iwo Houses of Conlaw.
tary of the Treasury," so that the inspector or grers ill the present session, together with the accompanyIf the gentleman from New York (Mr. Brooks] assessor may take them subject to such approval. ing documents, as related withe finances, to the public debi, desires ii l am now willing that the matter shali The object of that clause is to enable the owner,
to the deticiencies in the revenues of the Post Office Debe postponed to a day certain. upon the one parl, if injustice has been done, to
partinent, to the receipts into the Treasury, to the public The SPEAKER. "The Chair will state that
expenditures, to the national and Stale banking instituappeal, or take proceedings in the nature of an Lions and a uniform currency, to provision for increasing, there are seven postponements from the last ses appeal, to the Secretary of the Treasury, to en the revenue by additional taxation, to live regulation of sion, which will take priority. able him to dispose of the action of the assessor;
imposts fixed by the reciprocity treaty betwren Great BritMr. BROOKS. Mr. Speaker, I do not see that and on the other hand to enable the assessor to
ain and the United States, oi 3th June, 18.34, to the issuing
of bonds and their exemption from taxation and from seizI do not concur in the general remarks of the gen take such action as, upon advice, he may deem ure fur debt, and for providing live ways and means for the tleman from Pennsylvania. The evils he speaks best to secure the rights of the Government. I support ot the Government, be referred :o the Committee of are well known, and were anticipated in some do not know anytimg safer than that. Every
of Ways and Mans. degree when the law was passed. The gentle law is liable to be misadministered. This clause
Resulveil, Thai so much of said message and accompa
nying documents as relates to commerce be referred to the man will recollect that at the time we had some protects both.
Committee on Commerce. discussion on the subject in the House. It was A single word upon another point. As is well Resolved, That so much of said in resage and accompanynot a full discussion, for we were necessarily re known, we expected by this measure to realize
ing documents as relates to the public domain be referred
to the Committee on public Land:. quired to move with rapidity. a considerable addition to the revenue. The law
Risolied, That so much of sand message and accompanyThe honest manufacturers of cigars desire an as passed is not the bill as it emanated from the ing documents as relates to the subject of telegraphs, and amendment of this law; there is no doubt of Committee of Ways and Means. That bill, as to the Post Otce Department, be referred to the Committee that; but there are great difficulties in the whole it passed the House, was modified in the Senate,
on the Port Ollice and Post Roads.
Resolred, That so much of said message and accompanymatter, and I hope the Committee of Ways and and that modification concurred in by the House. ing documents as reintes to the Constitution and laws of Means will take time to consult in regard to some But the point of importance now to be considered the United States, lo prize on our inland waters, and to of them, and particularly in regard to the laying is that where we ought to get eight dollars a thou-l judicial proceedings, be reterred to the Committee on the of a lux upon leaf tobacco and cigars in one and sand we are getting only three; and that fact every
Resotied, That so much of said message and accompanythe same bill and at the same time. And I hope | day affects essentially ihe revenue of the Govern ing documents as relates to the public expenditures be rethey will tuke into consideration the subject of a ment, as staled by the chairman of the Commit ferred to the Committee on Public Expenditures. tax upon cigars, for I am informed by men well tee of Ways and Means. The great object of the
Resoired, Tim so much of said message and accompanyinformed, honest manufacturers of cigars, that a action now is, not to insist upon the permanence
ing document, as relates to agriculture, and to the Departtax of one cent upon each cigar will yield a larger of the system itself, but to make it effectual, leav
ment of Agriculture, be referred to the Coummittee on Agrirevenue than it is possible for us to get in any ing the whole subject of a change of the system
Resolred, That so much of said message and accompanyother way. The fact is that the tax upon cigars open to the action of the House and the com
ing documents as relates to our intercourse with the ludian is so enormous here and in all countries that un mittee having charge of it.
tribes, and additional legislation in remodeling the whole
indiau system, be referred to the Committee on Indian less the Government takes the whole subject into I hope, therefore, with the explanations made, Atlitirs. its hands, as in France, and regulates the pro the House will see fit at least to send this measure Resolved, That so much of said message and accompanyduction, purchase, and sale of tobacco, it will be to the Senate as early as possible; and I think we
ing documents as relates to the Army of the United States, impossible to prevent fraud and smuggling. Smug are justified in asking as early a dny as possible
and to keeping up the military establisoment of the Govern
ment, be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. gling of cigars is about to be, and will be, im for its consideration, in order that the revenue may Resolved, Thatso much of said message and accompanymense from the anadas, and no law or remedy be saved that which it is admitted we are now los ing documents as relates to the Navy of the United States of ours can prevent that smuggling except by ing. That is the whole object and purpose of the
be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.
Resoired, That so much of said message and accompanyputting a stamp upon each cigar. bill.
ing documents as relates to our foreign affairs, together Leime make another suggestion to the honorable Mr. STEVENS. As it does not seem satis with the accompanying correspondence in relation thereto, gentleman from Pennsylvania, (Mr. STEVENS.] factory to the gentleman from New York to con be referred to the Comunittee on Foreign Atlirs. His joint resolution provides that “whenever sider this matter now, I ask the unanimous con
Resolved, That so much of said message and accompany:
ing documents as relates to the Terriidrics of the United the owner or possessor (as agent) of cigars shall sentof the House that it be considered on Monday
States be referred to the Committee on Territories. fix the value ihereof, or allego a certain price for next.
Resolved, That so much or said ines-age and accompanywhich he pretends to have purchased them or Mr. KELLEY. Will that interfere with mat ing documents as relates to pensions and the Pension Buoficre them for sale, if the inspector or assessor
reau be referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions. ters that were postponed at the last session? shall deem such price below the real value, he
Resolved, That so mucii of said message and accompany. The SPEAKER. It would if it should be
ing (locuments as relates to le expenditures in connection shall be alliberty to take the same at that price for made a special order, which would require unan with the state Deparument be referred to the Committee on the use of the Government, giving the owner or imous consellt. In that case it would take pre
Expenditures in the state Deparumeni. agent a ceruficate of the value, who shall be paid cedence of other business. The Chair has ex
Resolved, That so much of said message and accompany
ing docuinents as relates to expenditures in connection the same on presenting the certificate to the Treas amined the Journal, and all the postponements with the Treasury Department be retired to the Communiturer of the United States or his deputy.” Double from last session are simple postporements: there lec on Expenditures in the Treasury Department.
Resolved. That so much of said message and necompany which was laid on the table and ordered to be California ;" which were referred to the Commiting documents as relates to expenditures in connection
printed. with the War Department be referred to the Committee
fee on Piiblie Lands. on Expenditures in the War Departınent.
Mr. SHERMAN presented a memorial of the Resulred, That so much o'said message and accompany
directors of the Western Associnted Press, praying documents ils relates 10 expenditures in connection
Mr. SCHENCK. I was not in the House with the Navy Deparunu'nt be retirred to the Commitee when the Committee on Military Affairs was
ing for a reduction of the duty on foreign print
ing paper; which was referred to the Committee ou Expenditures in the Navy Department.
called, and I ask permission now to make a report Resolved, Thal so much vi said message and accompany
on Finance. from that committee. ing ducumints as relates to the expenditures in connection
Mr. JOHNSON presented the petition of James with the l'ost Office Department be referred to the Com
No objection was made.
Crutchett, praying for compensation for the use mittee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department. Mr. SCHENCK. I am instructed by the ComResoleerl, That so much of said message and accompany miliee on Military Affairs to report a bill to drop
of his property in Washington city by the Goving documents as relates to the militia be referred to the
ernment; which was referred to the Committee from the rolls of the Army unemployed general Committee on the Militia.
on Claims Resolved, That so much of said message and accompanyofficers, I will state that the bill is a modificacion
Mr. WILSON. I present a petition of Major ing documents as relates to the District of Columbia be re and extension of the joint resolution passe d at
General Weitzel, late commander of the eighferred to the Committee for the District of Columbia. the last session of this Congress, and I only ask Resolved, Thatso much of said inessige and accompany. that it be recommitted and be ordered to be printed. officers of that corps, asking for an increase of
teenth Army corps, and four hundred and seventy ing documents as relates to coinage, and the subject of Weights and measures, be referred to the Committee on a
The bill was read a first und second time by its
che pay of officers to the extent of twenty dolUnion System of Coinage, Weights, and Mea-ures. title, recommitted to the Committee on Military lars per month, and that the price of the ration
Resolueil, That so much of said messige ilud accompa Affairs, and ordered to be printed. nying documents as relates to Pacific railroads be referred
may be commuted at fifty cenis instead of thirty. to the Committee on the Pacific Railroad.
I move the reference of ihis petition to the ComResolved, That so much of said message and accompa Mr. SCHENCK submitted the following reg mittee on Military Affairs and the Militia, simply nying documents as relates to roads iud canals be referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.
olution, upon which he demanded the previous saying that the price of provisions has increased Resolved. That so much of said message and accompa question:
more than three hundred per cent, since the law nying documents its relates to einancipation be relerred to
Resolved, that the Committee on the Judiciary be in was passed, making it exiremely difficult for offitie Committee on Emancipation.
structed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the cers of the Army to get along. Resolred, That so much of said messnge and accompa
mturalization laws as to provide that persons liable by law The motion was agreed to. nying documents as relates to immigration be referred to
to the performance of military duty, who, during the existthe Committee on lumigratio!).
ing rebellion, have left and continued absent from the Uni Mr. WILSON. I present also the petition of Resolved, That so much or said message and accompa
ted States, or may hereafter leave the United States, with nying documents as relates to the duty of the United States
Colonel T. W. Higginson, asking for the repeal a view to avoid any enrollment or draft for military serto guaranty a republican forin of government in the States
of so much of the fourth section of the act apvice, or wlin, liaving been, or hereafter being, enlisted or In wineli the governments recoguized by the United States dralled, or accepted as substitutes in the military service
proved July 4, 1864, as distinguishes between Juave been abrogated or overthrown be referred to the Coinof the United Siilles, may have beill, or may be, guilty of
colored soldiers that were free and those that were miliee on the Rebellious States.
desertion from such service, and shall have gone, and re sluves before the 19th of April, 1861. I move the MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT. mained, until the passage on such amendatory law, in any
reference of this petition to the same committee. foreign country, or maybertatier go to any foreign country, Several messages in writing were received from
The motion was agreed to. to escape arrest for such desertion, shall, from the date of the President of the United States by Mr. Nico such abandonment of their oril country, either to avoid Mr. GRIMES. I present the petition of F. LAY, his Privaie Secretary.
enrollincut or drait, or to escape from arrest for desertion,
W. Moores, C. O. Morris, and J. M. Boyd, masTHANKS TO CAPTAIN WINSLOW.
leges of citizenship of the United States, and be only ca ters in the Navy not in the line of promotion, who
pable of naturalization thereafter by declaration of inten represent that they have been attached to the New The SPEAKER, by unanimous consent, laid iion, oath of allegiance, and probation of five years, as in before the House the following message from the the case of other aliens; and that the committee report by
York, Washington, and Boston navy-yards sevPresident of the United States: bill or otherwise.
enteen, eighteen, and nineteen years, and have
been from iwenty to forty years in the To the Senate and House of Representatives : In conformity to the law of July 16, 1862, ( most cor.
main question orilered; and under the operation dially recommend that Captain Jolin A. Winlow, United thereof the resolution was agreed to.
ask that they may be relieved from their present
straitened circumstances in consequence of their States Navy, receive a vote of thanks from Congress for the skill und gallantry exhibited by him in the brilliant
TRADE WITIL REBELLIOUS STATES. small pay of $1,200 not being sufficient to supaction, while in command of the United States steamer Mr. FERNANDO WOOD submitted the fol port their families, and they ask to be allowed Kearsirge, which led to the total destruction of tie piratical crati Alabama on the 19111 June, 1864-a vessel supe
lowing resolution, which was read, considered, $1,609 50 per annum for shore duty, and $1,200 rior in commage, superior iu number of guns, and superior and agreed to:
as retired pay. I move the reference of this pein number of crew.
Resolved, That the Committee of Ways and Means be
Lition to the Committee on Naval Affairs. This recommendation is specially made in order to com directed to inquire into the expediency of repealing the The motion was agreed to. ply with the rrquirements of the ninth section of the atore eighth section of the act entitled "An act in addition to the
Mr. GRIMES. I also present the petition of said act, which is in the following words, namely:
general acts concerning commercial intercourse briween * That any line officer of the Navy or Marine corps may loyal and insurrectionary Siates," &c., approved July 2,
Charles Fosdick Fletcher, who represents himbe advanced ove grade, if, upon recommendation of the 1864. President by name, he receives the thanks of Congress for And then, on motion of Mr.HOLMAN, (at one | Congress to pass a law at the present session for highly distinguished conduct in conflict with the enemy, or for extraordinary heroisin in the line of his profession."
o'clock, p. m.,) the House adjourned till Monday the establishment of a railroad along the line of ABRAHAM LINCOLN. next.
the twenty-second parallel of latitude, following WASHINGTON City, December 5, 1864.
as nearly as practicable the surveyed route from The message was referred to the Committee on
New Orleans to San Diego, in California, with a Naval Affairs, and ordered to be printed.
MONDAY, December 12, 1864.
branch to San Francisco, with like powers, priy
ileges, and immunities to those which have been THANKS TO LIEUTENANT CUSIIING. Prayer by Rev. Tuomas BOWMAN, D.D., Chap
granted to other companies chartered by ConThe SPEAKER also, by unanimous consent,
Juin to the Senate. laid before the House the following message from
The Journal of Thursday last was read and
gress. I move that this petition be referred to the
standing Committee on ihe Pacific Railroad. the President of the United States: approved.
The motion was agreed to.
Hon. James Harlan of Iowa, Hon. William
Mr. JOHNSON. Jam requested to presentIn conformity to the law of July 16, 1862, I most cordially recommend that Lieutenant Williain B. Cushing, United ARD of Michigan, appeared in their seats to-day.
the Senate may dispose of it as they see proper
a memorial of William Cornell Jewell, showing States Navy, receive a vote of thanks from Congress for
PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS. hisiinportant, gallant, and perilous achievement in destroy.
the impossibility of peace through home action, ing the rebel iron-clad steamer Albeinarle, on the night of Mr. WADE presented a memorial of members and praying for a reference of the points at issue the 27th October, 1854, at Plymouth, North Carolina. The destruction of so formidable a vessel, which had
of the bar of the supreme court of the District of to an international congress. resisted the continued attacks of a number of our vessels Columbia, praying that authority may be granted
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Does the Senon sormer occasions, is an important event touching our to that court to employ a stenographic reporter; ator propose any reference? future naval and military operations, and would' reflect which was referred to the Committee on ihe Ju Mi. JOHNSON. No, sir. honor ou any officer, and redouuds to the credit of this
diciary. young officer and the few brave comrades who assisted in
Mr. SUMNER. Let it lie on the table. Mr! DOOLITTLE presented the petition of this successiul and daring undertaking.
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The petition This recommendation is specially made in order to com Frances Elliotte, of Richland county, Wisconsin, will lie on the table. ply with the requirements of the ninth section of the aforesaid act, whicle is in the following words, namely: praying to be remunerated for the loss of certain
NAVY DEPARTMENT BUILDING. * Thintanyline officer of the Navy or Marine corps may
money in United States notes, occasioned by the be advanced one grade, if, upon recommendation of the burning of her house in January last; which was Mr. FOOT. The Committee on Public BuildPresident by name, he receives the thanks of Congress for referred to the Committee on Claims.
ings and Grounds have had under consideration highly distinguished conduct in conflict with the enemy, or Mr. HARLAN presented the petition of sol a joint resolution from the House of Representafor extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
diers of the first and third lowa cavalry, pray tives (No. 114) authorizing the Secretary of the WASHINGTON City, December 5, 1864.
ing that they be mustered out of service on the Navy to expend a portion of the contingene fund The message was referred to the Committee on
expiration of the term of service of their regi for enlarging the Navy Department building, Naval Affairs, and ordered to be printed.
ments in pursuance of a promise, as they allege, and recommend its passage, and authorize me lo
made to them by the mustering officer at the time ask for its present consideration. WASHINGTON ARSENAL EXPLOSION.
of muster in; which was referred to the Com By unanimous consent, the joint resolution was The SPEAKER also, by unanimous consent, mittee on Military Affairs and the Militia. considered as in Committee of the Whole. It prolaid before the House a letter from Major J. G. He also presented two petitions of citizens of poses to authorize the Secretary of the Navy to Benton, commander of the Washington arsenal, California, praying for the passage of House bill expend so much of the contingent fund heretofore transmitting a report in regard to the distribution No. 560 to amend an act of Congress entitled “An || appropriated as may be necessary for the enlargeof certain money appropriated for the benefit of act to grant the right of preemption to certain ment of the Navy Department building to meet the sufferers by the late accident at said arsenal, I purchasers on the Soscol Ranch, in the State of ll the wants of the Department.