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The question was taken, and the amendment river to the Missouri river was not made to the The SPEAKER. It has been ruled uniwas agreed to.
State in trust for such companies as it might | formly that any bill which by its own force Mr. KASSON. I move to add the follow
name; but the companies were named in the will have the effect to take money out of the ing as an additional section : act of Congress making the graut.
Treasury is an appropriation bill, even if ihe Anl be it further enucleil, That tho lands hereby Now, we had a great deal of difficulty in Iowa money is to be paid in and paid out afterward. granted shail be opened to preemption, settlement, and purchase under the laws of the United States
growing out of that grant, and I believe the Mr. KASSON. I ask the gentleman from until certificd to and actually sold to a bone fine set people of the State will be better satisfied to Missouri [Mr. BENJAMIN] not to insist on his tler by the company building the railroad herein have the grant made directly to the company objection. provided for as fully as if this grant was not made:
than to have it thrown into the State Legisla. The SPEAKER. If there is no objection Provided, That the price of such purchase shall bo $250 per acre, and such purchaso moncy shall be ture. And more than that, in 1863 Congress || the amendment will be entertained. specially accounted for to the Treasury of the United made an additional grant of land to the three Mr. BENJAMIN. I ask the gentleman from States, and shall be paid to the railroad company whenever it would become entitled to such landy if
companies embraced in the act of 1856, and Iowa to yield to me for a moment. unsold.
that grant in the legislation of 1863 was made Mr. PRICE. I yield to the gentleman. Mr. PRICE. I accept that amendment. directly to the company, and this bill is follow Mr. BENJAMIN. I am opposed to this bill Mr. KASSON. The reason for that aiend. || ing the precedent then established.
in its present shape. As has been stated. it is a ment is that it is necessary in order that set
Dir. JULIAN. Had not the Legislature of grant to a railroail company in the State of Iowa. tlement of these western lands shall not be the State previously designated the companies This road passes near the line of the State of retarded by any great land monopoly. named in the act of 1863?
Missouri. I suppose there is not much land Mr. JULIAN. Will the gentleman from Mr. WILSON, of Iowa. Those companies in the State of Missouri that will go to this Iowa [Mr. Price] allow me to make a state were designated under the act of 1850. company under this grant; but I apprebend ment in regard to this bill?
Mr.JULIAN. Which was a grant to the State. there is some; how much I am not able to say. Mír. PRICE. For how long?
Mr. WILSON, of Iowa. That was a grant It does not matter, however, whether it is more Mr. JULIAN. Two or three minutes will to the State ; but Congress afterward granted or less. Here is a railroad company chartered be enough, the lands directly to the company.
by the State of Iowa. It becomes the owner Mr. PRICE. I will yield for three minutes. Now, I will state to the gentleman, also, that of land in the State of Missouri to hold for all
Mr. JULIAN. There is a novelty in this under the legislation of the State of Iowa and time to come so far as the State of Missouri is bill which I wish the House to understand. the articles of incorporation adopted by this concerned. The State of Missouri will have Up to this time the policy of the Government company the company is as much designated by no control over this company. It cannot by has been uniform, with, I believe, the single the State of Iowa for the construction of this road its legislation control a company that is charexception of the grants to the Pacific railroad, as the other companies were for the construction tered and controlled by the Legislature of the where the nationality of the measure made it of the other road. Under the general incorpor: | State of Iowa. This of itself should be suffiimpossible to make the graut to a State. The ation law of the State, this company organized cient to defeat the bill. uniform policy has been in favor of grants to for that purpose; and it therefore has an au Mr. PRICE. I now yield three minutes to the State in trust for a particular company to
thorization under the laws of the State of Iowa the gentleman from Pennsylvania. do the work. Now, I object to the innovation for the construction of that road. There are Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. I desire which this bill seeks to make in our policy as no other competing lines; no other companies to know to whom we are giving these lands. unsafe, as making us embark in a line of have been organized; no one proposes to build I find this bill is for the purpose of aiding the policy at variance with the whole legislation a road there except this single company. Iowa and Missouri State Line Railroad Comof the past, a line of policy upon which we Mr. JULIAN. I desire to inquire of the pany (the same being a corporation organized better not enter.
gentleman whether, under the grant contained under the laws of the State of Iowa) to con: Now, I hope that this bill, which ought to in this bill, the Legislature of Iowa will bave struct and operate a railroad. I should like have gone in the first place to the Committee any control over the selection of the company to have that act of' incorporation read, so that on Public Lands, may now be referred to that to do the work.
we may know who are these parties and what committee, so that it may be examined, the Mr. WILSON, of Iowa. No, sir; of course are the powers they possess. It inay be that extent of the grant ascertained, and the
not; because under the laws of the State of we are giving lands to this company not located priety of departing froin the old policy of the Iowa that company is now authorized to pro within the boundaries of Iowa. and putting Government fully considered.
ceed with the work, and unless it shall abuse those lands under the control of Iowa, which I know that there were two or three cases in its fra. chises and powers it has the right to would be a wrong thing for this Congress to the last Congress in which grants were made go on and construct the road. It can only be do. I want to know how much land is prodirectly to companies, but they were compa deprived of its powers by a judicial proceeding | posed to be granted. It occurs to me we should nies which the State Legislatures had pre in which the company shall be found to have know that. I hope that the motion of my viously designated as the lit instruments for abused its powers.
friend from Ohio, Mr. SPALDING,] to refer this executing the trust.
Mr. JULIAN. Suppose the company should bill to the Committee on Public Lands will be Mr. PŘICE. I will yield to my colleague fail to do the work.
adopted, so that we may vote understandingly. [Mr. Wilson] now.
[Here the hammer fell.]
As it is now we are all groping in the dark. Mr. FARNSWORTH. I rise to a point of Mr. PRICE. I now yield the floor for three Mr. PRICE. I will ansaer the gentleman's order, though it may be too late for me to raise minutes to my colleague, [Mr. GRINXELL.] questions, and I ask his attention and that of it now. I would like to inquire of the Speaker Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. I should others who may have the same objections. This how this bill came before the Pacific Railroad like to have read the act of incorporation of company is organized under the general laws Committee at all.
this company. I would like to know to whom of the State of Iowa, and not under special Mr. PRICE. It was referred to the commit we are giving these lands.
charter, for the purpose of constructing a rail. tee by the House.
Mr. GRINNELL. I will yield to the gen. road along the southern tier of counties of that Mr. FARNSWORTH. I wish, then, to make tleman from Pennsylvania after I get through. State to the Missouri river. This is to aid in this point of order: that is, that the Pacific The SPEAKER. The Chair cannot enter the construction of that road without regard to Railroad Committee have no riglit under the tain the amendment which has been offered the organization of a company whatever. That rules of the House to report a grant of land for unless the point of order be waived as to its is all there is of it. any road not a part of the Pacific railroad. involving an appropriation. The amendment Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. Does not
Mr. PRICE. The gentleman from Illinois proposed by the gentleman from Iowa contem this proposition donate land not situated in the [Mr. Farxstortn] is slightly mistaken in that. plates an appropriation, and would make the State of Iowa to this corporation?
The SPEAKER. The Chair decides, in the bill an appropriation bill. That amendment, Mr. PRICE. Not that I know of. first place, that the point of order is raised too therefore, is not in order for consideration in Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. Unques. late. In the second place, the Committee on the House unless by unanimous consent. tionably it does. the Pacific Railroad is authorized expressly by
Mr. BENJAMIN. If unanimous consent is Mr. PRICE. That point has been guarded the rule to consider any matter relating to any required, I object.
by the amendments which have been adopted land-grairt railroad between the Mississippi val Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. What is | by the House. ley and the Pacific coast that may be referred the amendment ?
Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. It says to them.
The SPEAKER. The amendment offered it shall go forty miles. Mr. FARNSWORTH. That means of course, il by the gentleman from Iowa provides that the Mr. PRICE. If the gentleman had listened any railroad extending from the Mississippi val Government of the United States may sell these to the amendinents he would have known that ley to the Pacific coast.
lands, put the money into the Treasury of the has been guarded. "The SPEAKER. The rule says nothing United States, and pay that money out of the Mr. KASSON. I move my amendment in a about the termini of the railroad; only that it | Treasury to this company. Such an amend modified form, so as to bring it within the rule. must be located between the Mississippi valley ment would make this an appropriation bill, Mr. MORRÍLL. I know when land grants and the Pacific coast.
and therefore it could not be considered in the have been made to certain States, and it was Mr. WILSON, of Iowa. I think the gentle. House except by manimous consent.
found they were not enough, they have come man from Indiana [Mr. JULIAN] is slightly Mr. KASSON. I would like to call the at back and asked us to make up the deficiency mistaken in relation to the legisla:ion to which tention of the Chair to the fact that the amend in other quarters. I desire to know what he has referred. The grant of land made by ment does not propose an appropriation of guarantee we have this company will not come Congress in 1856 to the State of Iowa for the money in the Treasury. It is a simple propo here and ask for other land. purpose of aiding in the construction of these sition for the substitution of the money for the Mr. PRICE. I do not think we have a several lines of railroad from the Mississippi ll land when the land shall be sold.
guarantee that these men will not do a great
many things for the next fifty years. I do not the use of the same for postal, military, and Mr. DELANO. I desire to call the atten. know whether they will ask for more lands; other purposes, with an amendment, and with tion of the Chair to the clause making provision but if they do, there are no more. a recommendation that it do pass.
for the use of the money that may be placed in Mr. DAVES. It is the last bite. [Laughi The bill was read.
the Treasury from the sale of the lands. It is ter.]
Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. I rise in these words: Mr. GRINNELL. A friend of mine on the to a point of order. This is an appropriation Shall be deposited in the Treasury of the United other side, though differing in politics, just bill, being a pledge of the credit of the Uni States by the treasurer of said company on the 1st came to me and remarked, "I want to appeal to ted States Government to pay certain interest
days of April and October in each and every year, to
be applied by the Secretary of the Treasury to reimthe honest member from Iowa to know how money and pay the principal in case of the tail burse the Government for any money paid for interure of the company.
est as aforesaid. a great deal of time over a simple thing. Mr. PRICE. I would like to say a word on Now, I ask whether any further legislation will ask the gentleman from Indiana, (Mr. that.
is necessary to authorize the Secretary of the JULIAX,] who is so much troubled about this The SPEAKER. The Chair will hear the
Treasury to pay out this money which is to be great grant of lands, what it is, really. Some gentleman before he decides it.
thus applied and which is here appropriated. twenty or thirty thousand acres of land, of Mr. PRICE. The gentleman makes the point The SPEAKER. The Chair referred to refuse lands, which even Missouri - Pukes": that this is an appropriation bill because it pro that very section in his remarks. would not take up, and has been in the market vides that the Government shall pay from the The Chair sustains the point of order that for years at a few cents an acre.
Treasury certain sums of money. I have not this is an appropriation bill for the reason that Nir. EGGLESTON. Then why do you want the bill before me, but I do not think such lan by its own force it takes money out of the them?
guage as that is to be found in the bill. It only | Treasury. This bill on every 1st of January Mr. GRINNELL. Let the company take provides that the Government shall guaranty | and every 1st of July would take money out them, and see what they can do with them by the payment of certain sums of money. of the Treasury by its own force. There are draining and otherwise.
Mír. SPALDING. When the first twenty-five two sections in the bill which involve approMr. EGGLESTON. What does this com miles are completed we have to pay $17,000.
priations. pany want with these poor refuse lands?
Mr. PRICE. No, sir.
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois., Then I Jir. GRINNELL. They want to have a Dr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. Read two submit that the bill must go to the Committee variety to show my friend's constituents when or three lines of the bill.
of the Whole on the state of the Union'. they come there, bad lands as well as good lands. The SPEAKER. The gentleman from Iowa Mr. STEVENS. I move that the bill be This road passes through a county in my dis desires to say a few words before the Chair recommitted to the Committee on the Pacific trict; and the people are making great sacri decides the question.
Railroad. fices for what they need. Let us vote, and Mr. PRICE. I maintain that the point of Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I move help a noble enterprise.
order is not well taken because this bill only that it be referred to the Committee of the Nr. RICE, of Maine. I ask leave to move guaranties the payment in a certain contingency | Whole on the state of the Union; and upon the following:
which may never arise. It is a guarantee in the that motion I demand the previous question. Provided further, That the lands granted by this happening of a contingency, and until that The previous question was seconded, and the bill shall not exceed forty thousand acres.
arises there is no money to be paid. There main question ordered. dír. PRICE. I do not yield to that amend is no appropriation made for the payment of Mr. ROSS moved to lay the bill upon the ment. money.
table. Mr. HALE. I wish to ask the chairman of
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I beg par The SPEAKER. That would be acting on it the Pacific Railroad Committee whether under don; the Speaker will see from the very
in the House, although it is an appropriation bill. the fourth section of this bill this company guage of the bill that it is an appropriation bill. Mr. ROSS. Well, I withdraw the motion. may not connect their western terminus with The SPEAKER. The bill pledges the The question being upon the motion of Mr. the Union Pacific road, or one of its branches, "credit of the United States, in such form as WASIIBURNE, of Illinois, to refer the bill to the by a north and south road, instead of a road the Secretary of the Treasury shall prescribe, | Committee of the Whole on the state of the running westerly? I notice that the section to the payment of the interest of the stock of Union, specifies no eastern limit of the point of junc the said company from the date of issue of the Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois, demanded tion with the Pacific road, but a western Tiinit same, and for a period not exceeding twenty
and nays. only. I do not understand that it is our policy years from the date of said issue, at the rate
The yeas and nays were ordered. to grant lands to enable these companies to of six per cent. per annum, payable semi-annu
The question was taken ; and it was decided build north and south roads.
ally on the 1st days of July and January in each in the negative-yeas 43, nays 65, not voting Mr. PRICE. I do not think that can hap and every year, in the legal currency of the 75; as follows: pen under the hill as amended. I demand the United States, at the Treasury of the United YEAS-Messrs. Ancona, Boyer, Broomall, Buckprevious question.
States. The second section provides that land, Cobb, Delano, Dixon, Ezzleston, Farnsworth, The House divided; and there were-ayes certain moneys shall be applied by the Sec
Farquhar, Finck, Garfield, Grider, Hale, Aaron
Harding, Abner C. Harding, Hayes, James R. Hub35, noes 58. retary of the Treasury to reimburse the Gov
bell, James M. Humphrey. Jenckes, Latham, WilMr. WILSON, of Iowa. I deinand tellers. ernment for any moneys paid for interest as liam Lawrence, Marston, Morrill, Nicholson, Orth, Tellers were ordered; and Messrs. PRICE aforesaid."
Samuel J. Randall, William H. Randall, Ritter,
Ross, Schenck, Scofield, Shanklin, Sheilabarger, Sitand SPALDING were appointed.
Mr. BINGHAM. I beg leave to suggest greaves, Spalding, Taber, Thayer, Elihu B. WashThe llouse again divided; and the tellers
whether it is not very apparent that not one burne, Henry 1). Washburn, Welker, Wentworth, reported-ayes 47, noes 57. dollar of interest can ever be paid without an
NAYS--Messrs. Ames, Anderson, Delos R. AshSo the previous question was not seconded. act of appropriation subsequently passed by ley, Baker, Banks, Baxter, Beaman, Benjamin, BerMr. WENTWORTH. I have no remarks Congress.
gen. Bidwell, Bingham, Blow, Boutwell, Sidney to make. I am satisfied that this bill has got The SPEAKER. Will the gentleman please
Clarke, Cook, Darling, Dawes, Dodge, Donnelly,
Driggs, Eliot, Ferry, Grinnell, Henderson, Higby, a large majority of friends in this House, and point out what part of the bill so declares ?
Holmes, Asahel W. Hubbard, Hulburd. Julian, Kasif it could be sent to a proper committee and
Mr. BINGHAM. The language of the bill son, Kelley, Kelso, Ketcham, Loan, Longyear, p'it in a proper shape, I believe that this is, “ to pledge the credit of the United States Lynch, Marvin, McClurg, McRuer. Mercur, Miller,
Morris, Moulton, Myers, Newell, Niblack, O'Neill, House will give the State of Iowa for this pur in such form as the Secretary of the Treasury Patterson, Perbam, Price. John H. Rice, Rogers, pose any amount of land she asks for. I now shall prescribe to the payment of the interest Rollins, Smith, Stevens, Trowbridge, Upson, Burt move that it be referred to the Committee on of the stock of the said company for a period
Van Horn, Robert T. Van Horn, Warner, William B.
Washburn, James F. Wilson, Stephen F. Wilson, Public Lands, and on that I demand the pre not exceeding twenty years from the date of Windom, and Woodbridge-65. vious question. said issue, at the rate of six per cent. per annum
NOT VOTING-Messrs. Alley, Allison, James M. Mr. KASSON. Will the gentleman yield ? payable semi-annually." That is a pledge of
Ashley, Baldwin, Barker, Blaine, Brandegee, Brom
well Bundy, Chanler, Reader W. Clarke, Coffroth, Mr. WENTWORTH. I insist upon the the credit of the United States. What then?
Conkling. Cullom, Culver, Davis, Dawson, Defrees, demand. I do as the gentlemen did ; they
Before it can be paid there must be an appro Deming, Denison, Dumont, Eckley, Eldridge, Glosswould not let me speak. [Laughter.] priation passed by Congress authorizing its
brenner. Goodyear, Griswold. Harris, Hart, Hill,
Hogan, Hooper, Hotchkiss, Chester D. Hubbard, The previous question was seconded and payment.
Demas Hubbard, John H. Hubbard, Edwin N. Hubthe main question ordered; and under the Nr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. There is bell, James Humphrey, Ingersoll, Johnson, Jones. operation thereof the motion was agreed to. a pledge of this payment “on the 1st days of
Kerr, Kuykendall, Lafin, George V. Lawrence, Lo
Blond, Marshall, 'McCullough, McIndoe, McKoo, Mr. WENTWORTH moved to reconsider July and January in each and every year, in Moorhead, Noell. Paine, Phelps, Pike, Plants, Pomothe vote by which the bill was referred ; and the legal currency of the United States at the roy, Radford, Raymond, Alexander H. Rice, Rousalso moved to lay the motion to reconsider Treasury of the United States, or any of its
seau, Sawyer, Sloan, Starr, Stilwell,
Francis Thomas, John L. Thomas, Thornton. Trim upon the table.
depositories. If that is not an appropriation | blo, Van Aernam, Ward, Whaley, Winfield, and The latter motion was agreed to.
there is no language that can make an appro Wright--75.
So the House refused to refer the bill to the NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD.
The SPEAKER. The Chair might as well Committee of the Whole on the state of the Mr. PRICE. I am instructed by the Com. decide the point of order. He is
Union. mittee on the Pacific Railroad to report back regard to it.
The question recurred on Mr. STEVEN'S House bill No. 414, to secure the speedy con Mr. DELANO. I would like to say a word. motion to recommit the bill to the Commitstruction of the Northern Pacific railroad and The SPEAKER. The Chair will hear the tee on the Pacific Railroad; and being put, the telegraph line and to secure to the Government Il gentleman's suggestion.
motion was agreed to.
very clear in
Mr. WASIBURNE. of Illinois, moved to But there is the question of the reception of Indoe, McKee, Moorhead, Morrill, Myers, Noell, reconsider the vote by which the bill was re the report, which may be raised. The Clerk Paine, Phelps, Pike, Plants, Pomeroy. Radiord, liaya committed; and also moved to lay the motiou will read the rule.
mond. Alexander ll. Rice, Rogers, Rou-seau, Saw
yer, Sloan, Starr, Stilwell, Strouse, Taylor, Jolin L. to reconsider upon the table.
The Clerk read as follows:
Thoinas, Thornton, Trimble. Van Aernam, Ward, The question was put; and there were “If it is disputed that a report has been ordered to
Whaley, and Winfield-78. ayes 38, noes 65.
be made by a committee, the question of reception So the House refused to adjourn. So the motion was not agreed to.
must be put to the House."-Barclay's Digest, pago 59.
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois, obtained The question recurred upon the motion to re
that can be raised. consider the vote by which the bill was recom
The SPEAKER. The gentleman from IlliMr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. Let that nois rises to debate tlic question of the recepmitted ; and being taken, it was not agreed to.
question be put. Mr. PRICE. I am instructed by the Com
tion of the report. The Chair will state that
Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. I rise | debate must be confined within a very limited mittee on the Pacific Railroad to report back
to another point of order; that is, that the with amendments House bill No. 414, to secure
range. The only question is as to whether the Committee on the Pacific Railroad has no the speedy construction of the Northern Pacific | authority to sit during the sessions of this
House will receive the report under the cirrailroad and telegraph line, and to secure to the Ilouse.
cumstances stated by the chairman of the Government the use of the same for postal, mil
The SPEAKER. The Chair sustains that itary, and other purposes, with a recommenda- || point of order.
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I propose tion that it do pass.
to proceed within the limited range stated by
Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. This Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I rise to
the Speaker. bill was recommitted during the present sesa point of order. My point of order is that sion of the House; and the House has con
Mr. BANKS. I raise a point of order, the Committee on the Pacific Railroad has not tinued in session all the time since the bill was
which is that the question presented by the ordered any such report to be made. recommitted.
gentleman from Illinois is a question of the Mr. PRICE. That is a question of veracity The SPEAKER. The committee may have
order of business, and is not debatable. If a between the gentleman from Ilinois [Mr.
discussion is to proceed upon the allegation WASUBURNE] and myself, which can best be bill, in case the one first reported should be authorized the chairman to report an amended
that the chairman of this committee has resettled elsewhere. recommitted to them.
ported a bill without authority, it is a question Mr. WASIIBURNE, of Illinois. I make Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I believe
of privilege, and must be presented distinctly the point of order that the committee has had I have the floor.
as such, and not as a question of the order of no meeting since this bill was recommitted, for
The SPEAKER. The gentleman from Ili
business. A question of privilege such as that the gentleman from Iowa and all his colleagues nois rises to discuss the question of the recep
would require an investigation into the transhave been upon the floor of the House alĩ the
actions of the committee, which cannot be had tion of the report. time.
at this time, and which cannot be discussed at
Mr. PRICE. I wish to say a word in refThe SPEAKER. The Chair overrules the
this time. point of order. If the gentleman from Iowa
erence to this question. I have stated that I
The SPEAKER. The Chair overrules the [Mr. Price] states that he is authorized by the coinmittee to make the report, the Chair cific Railroad to report this bill; and when I
point of order. The Clerk will read from the make a statement of that kind here or any
Journal of the Twenty-Seventh Congress, sec. bas no right to go behind his statement. Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I rise to intend that my veracity shall be called in ques. where else, I warn gentlemen that I do not
ond session, page 1410, a precedent on this
question. a still further point of order: that it is within tion with impunity.
The Clerk read, as follows: the knowledge of the Chair that the bill had
The SPEAKER. The Chair will state to
"The Speaker stated that no question of order was not been recommitted to the committee two
involved; that the question, Shall the bill be received the gentleman from Iowa that gentlemen have as the report of the committee? was for the Ilouse minutes when the gentleman from Iowa stated the right to raise these points of order.
alone to lecide; and as the reception of the bill wag that he had been instructed by the committee
Mr. PRICE. They have the right to ascer
obiected to, that question would be put to the House. to report it back, and therefore it was utterly tain what is the fact; but when the fact has
"The question was then put under the operation impossible for the committee to bave had a
of the previous question.” been ascertained by the statementmeeting; and that the committee has had no
The SPEAKER. It will be observed that in
Mr. ROSS. I rise to a question of order. meeting, for the members of the committee
The SPEAKER. The gentleman will state
that case the question was put under the opera. have all been in their seats here since the bill bis point of order.
tion of the previous question, showing that, was recommitted. Therefore, it cannot be true
Mr. ROSS. It is that brethren should dwell
without the operation of the previous question in point of fact that the committee has ordered this bill to be reported back since it was recomtogether in unity. [Laugliter.)
the question would have been debatable, though The SPEAKER." The Chair sustains that
within the narrow limits just stated by the Chair. mitted.
Of course the previous question would have The SPEAKER. The uniform rule of those point of order.. [Renewed laughter.]
Mr. WASIIBURNE, of Illinois. I believe,
been unnecessary, if, in the opinion of the who have occupied this chair is that when the Mr. Speaker, that I have the floor, and I yield
occupant of the Chair at that time, the question chairman of a committee rises and states that
had been undebatable. it to the gentleman from Pennsylvania, (Mr. he has been instructed by his committee to THAYER,] that he may move to adjourn.
This is the only precedent the Chair has been report a bill, that statement is assumed to be
able to find in the hurried examination which
I move that the House true. adjourn.
he has had the opportunity to make since the The Chair has before him a precedent in the
Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. On that point was raised. last Congress which, after the discussion, was motion I demand the yeas and nays.
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I will assented to by the whole House, and no ap
endeavor to confine myself within the limits
The yeas and nays were ordered. peal was taken. It was the case of the Illinois
The question was taken ; and it was decided
laid down by the Speaker. I debate this in ship-canal bill, which was reported from the in the negative-yeas 47, nays 58, not voting || lowa [Mr. Price] is mistaken in the position
no spirit of faction. I say that my friend from Committee on Roads and Canals. The Speaker
78; as follows: ruled that it was an appropriation bill, and it
he assumes, and the House will bear me out
YEAS-Messrs. Ancona, Baker, Broomall, Buckwas recommitted to the Committee on Roads
in what I say. land, Cobb, Cook, Delano, Dixon, Farquhar, Finck, and Canals. The chairman of that committee, Garfield, Grider, Hale, Aaron Ilarding, Abner C. Mr. SMITH. If the gentleman debates this, Mr. Arnold, of Illinois, arose in his place and Harding, Hayes, James R. IIubbell, Hulburd, James
when he gets through, can the other side be M. Humphrey, Jenckes, Julian, Ketchum, Latbam, reported the bill back, modified so that it did
Marston, Miller, Newell, Niblack, Nicholson, Orth, heard? I raise the point of order. not contain an appropriation in it. The point Patterson, Samuel J. Randall, William II. Randall, The SPEAKER." The gentleman from Illi. of order was made that he had no right to reRitter, Roys, Scofield, Shanklin, Shellabarger, Sit
nois has not transgressed the proper limit of greaves, Spalding, Taber, Thayer. Elibu B. Washport the bill back at that time, because it was burne, Henry D. Washbury, Welker, Wentworth,
debate. The House will see there may be a immediately after it had been recommitted, Williams, Stephen F. Wilson, and Wright--47. time when the question of reception may be and there had been no action upon it by the
NAYS -- Nessrs. Ames, Anderson, Delos R. Ash- || important. A chairman may rise and say he
ley, Banks, Baxter, Beainan, Benjamin, Bergen, BidCommittee on Roads and Canals since its rewell, Binsbanı, Blow, Boutwell, Sidney Clarke, Dar
has been authorized to make a report, alcommitment. The point of order was over ling, Dawes, Dodge, Donnelly, Driggs, Eliot, Ferry, though a majority of the committee may be ruled by the Chair, and no appeal was taken.
Grinnell, llenderson, Holines. Asaliel W. Hubimard,
opposed to it. If his report be conclusive, the Loan, Longyear, Lynch, Marvin, MeCourg, McRuer,
House would have to consider it. tions the committee may have given their Mercur, Morris, Moulton, O'Neill, Perham, Price, Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I wish chairman. They may have instructed him to
John II. Rice, Rollins, Schenck, Smith. Stevens, Fran-
my friend from Iowa to distinctly understand report a bill which would be acceptable to the ert T.Van florn, Warner. William B.Washburn, James I do not impugn anything he ha: said. Such House ; or they may have given him alternate F. Wilson, Windom, and Woodbridge-58.
is not my babit "here or elsewhere,'' to use authority, to report a bill in one form or in
NOT VOTING -- Messrs. Alley, Allison. James M.
the slang of the day. [Laughter.] But I Ashley, Baldwin, Barker, Blaine, Boyer. Brandegco, another; or he may have had an enlarged Bromwell, Burdy, Chanler, Reader W. Clarke, Coff
call attention to this fact, and the House will authority over the subject. The Chair cannot roth, Conkling, Cullom, Culver. Davis, Dawson, De bear witness to its truti, that this bill was determine, nor can the House determine, what
frees, Deming, Denison, Dumont, Eckley, Eggleston,
reported back within two minutes after it was authority any committee may have given its wold. Harris, Hart, Higby.Hill, Hogan, Hooper, Hotch
recommitted to the Cominittee on the Pacific chairman. If he states that he is authorized kiss, Chester D. Hubbard. Demas Hubbard, John U. Railroad, a committee consisting of fifteen by the committee to make a report, the Chair
Hubbard, Edwin N. IIubbell, James Humphrey, Inis bound to receive the statement as correct. gersoll, Johnson, Jones, Kerr. Kuykendall, George
members. I am certain my friend from Iowa V. Lawrence, Le Blond, Marshall, McCullough, Mo. was not five feel from his seat all that time.
I suggested what I know to be true as a mat Mr. STEVENS. If the question on the curred in the rebellion, and any distinction on account ter of fact, that the committee had not in any | reception is decided now we may adjourn. of race or color, and in favor of certain amendments parliamentary sense a meeting by which they Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. I want
to the Constitution.
By Mr. PRICE: The petition of 239 citizens of the could have ordered the reporting back of that to raise a point of order on the reception. State of Iowa, asking Congress not to restore any State bill. I will read the rule as laid down in the The SPEAKER. The gentleman is rather
that has rebelled and warred againstthe United States Manual.
to its place and power as a governing partner in the late, as the previous question is ordered on
Union till adequate security has been obtained against But first I will state a case, which I think the that subject. The Chair will state that if the its renewing the attempt to secede: against its being Speaker will recollect, a case which arose in House should adjourn this would the unfin represented in Congress beyond its just proportion the Thirty-Fifth Congress, when Mr. Orr was ished business, and would come up as soon as
according to its voting population; against any pay
ment of debt incurred in rebellion, or for its emanciSpeaker. Mr. Clingman, as chairman of a com the Journal is read.
pated slaves; and against any distinction in its conmittee, undertook to report a bill, when the Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I move stitution, laws, or municipal regulations on account question arose whether he was authorized to that the House adjourn.
of color or descent, report it. He said he had consulted a majority The question being put, there were-ayes 48, of members upon the floor and considered he noes 49,
IN SENATE. was so authorized. The Speaker held he had Mr. DELANO. I demand the yeas and
WEDNESDAY, April 25, 1866. no such authority after consulting the commit nays, tee one by one when they were not together The yeas and nays were ordered.
Prayer by the Chaplain, Rev. E. H. GRAY. as a body. It is laid down in the Manual as Mr. SMITH. If the gentleman will with
The Journal of yesterday was read and follows: draw his demand for the yeas and
approved. I will
nays, "A committee meet when and where they please make a motion to adjourn.
PROTECTION TO UNITED STATES OFFICERS. ifthe House has not ordered time and place for them The SPEAKER. It can be withdrawn by but they can only act when together, and not by sep
The PRESIDENT pro tempore appointed as arate consultation and consent, nothing being the
unanimous consent. report of a committee but what has been agreed in Mr. DELANO. I ask unanimous consent
the committee of conference on the part of the committee actually assembled.”-Manual, p. 85.
Senate on the bill (H. R. No. 288) to amend to withdraw it. I appeal to my friend from Iowa as an hon No objection was made.
an act entitled “An act relating to habeas est, candid, and like myself a somewhạt hasty The question was then taken on the motion
corpus and regulating judicial proceedings in
certain cases, man, whether he comes within that rule. If to adjourn, and it was agreed to ; and there. || Clark, Mr. TRUMBULL, and Mr. Hendricks.
approved March 3, 1863, Mr. he will say in the presence of the House he has upon (at ten o'clock and twenty-five minutes had the committee together and they have con p. m.) the House adjourned.
PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS. sidered the bill and amendments made to it, I
The PRESIDENT pro tempore presented a will withdraw my opposition. I object to the reception of the bill.
memorial of the Legislative Assembly of the
Territory of Dakota, praying that certain setMr. STEVENS. I can understand perfectly The following petitions, &c., were presented under the case of Mr. Clingman referred to.
tlers in that Territory may be indemnified for the rule and referred to the appropriate committees : He
By Mr. BANKS: The meinurial of Daniels. Young losses which, it is represented, they will suffer stated distinctly they had not a session. It is
& Co., and many other firms and dealers in tobacco, by the terms of the treaty with the Pecan Innot this case at all. The chairman here was for a change in the tax on imported from a gradual instructed to report this bill. He has so stated, to a uniform scale of duties.
dians, now pending in the Senate; which was
By Mr. BAXTER: The petition of Joel Jones, and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs, and no member of the committee has denied it.
26 others, of Wolcott, Vermont, regarding the recon and ordered to be printed. I call the previous question,
struction of the revolted States. The previous question was seconded and the Also, the petition of Mrs. Lucinda Gates, asking that
He also presented a communication from the the pension granted her husband, a soldier of the war
New York East Annual Conference of the main question ordered. of 1812 be continued to herself.
Methodist Episcopal Church, expressive of the Mr. SPALDING moved the House adjourn, By Mr. BENJAMIN: The petition of citzens of and demanded the yeas and nays. Schuyler county, Missouri, that Congress require
views of that body in relation to the present amplo guarantees from the rebel States before their state of the country; which was ordered to lie The yeas and nays were ordered.
members are admitted to seats in the national Legis on the table. The question was taken; and it was decided lature. in the negative-yeas 40, nays 60, not voting By Mr. BINGHAM: The petition of Gordon Lofland,
Mr. WILSON presented a petition of unmarIlugh Wilson, and others, of Guernsey county, Ohio, ried daughters of revolutionary soldiers, pray83; as follows: for protection to wool.
ing that they may be granted the same pension YEAS-Messrs. Ancona, Baker, Bromwell, Broom Also, the petition of James Stockdale, Benjamin all, Cobb, Cook, Delano, Dixon, Finck, Grider, Ilale, Harris, and others, of Guernsey county, Ohio, asking
that was received by their mothers while liv. Aaron Harding, Abner C. Harding, Hayes, James R. protection to wool.
ing; which was referred to the Committee on Hubbell, Jenckes, Julian, Keteham, Latham, Wil Also, the petition of W. Emerson, John Gray, Pensions, liam Lawrence, Marston, Newell, Niblack, Nichol Philip Inhart, and 280 others, citizens of Tuscarawas son, Orth, Samuel J. Randall, William H. Randall, county, Ohio, asking protection to wool.
He also presented two petitions of white Ritter, Ross, Shanklin, Shellabarger, Sitgrcaves,
Also, the petition of wool-growers of Tuscarawas voters in the southern part of Florida, praying Spalding, Taber, Thayer, Elihu B. Washburne, Henry county, Ohio, asking protection to American wool.
that commissioners may be appointed to award D. Washburn, Wentworth, Williams, and Wright-40. Also, the petition of W.N. Camden, IIenry Hartly, NAYS-Messrs. Allison, Ames, Anderson, Delos R. and others, of Guernsey county, Ohio, asking protec
damages for property belonging to them which Ashley, Banks, Baxter, Beaman, Bergen, Bidwell, tion to wool.
was confiscated and sold by the rebels; which Bingham, Blow, Boutwell, Sidney Clarke, Darling,
Also, the petition of John English, Thomas Dixon, were referred to the Committee on Claims. Dawes, Dodge, Donnelly, Driggs, Eliot, Farquhar,
John S. Hull, and others, of Tuscarawas county, Ferry, Grinnell, Henderson, Higby, Asahel W. Hub Ohio, asking a reduction of tax on the sale of agri
Mr. GRIMES presented a petition of citi. bard, Holburd, Kasson, Kelley, Kelso, Laflin, Loan, cultural implements.
zens of Burlington, Iowa, who represent that Longyear, Lynch, Marvin, McClurg, McRuer, Mer
By Mr. BUCKLAND: The petition of George H.
the laws and regulations touching the business cur, Miller, Moorhead, Morris, Moulton, Myers, Adams, and 29 others, citizens of Tiflin, Ohio, for a O'Neill, Perham, Price, John H. Rice, Rollins, law regulating inter-State insurance.
of insurance now in force in the several States Schenck, Smith, Stevens, Francis Thomas, Trow By Mr. COBB: The petition of Richard Mann, and are dissimilar, and tend to the detriment of bridge, Upson, Burt
Van Horn, Robert T. Van Horn, 87 others, of Sauk county, Wisconsin, on the subject trade, and they therefore pray that Congress Warner, William B. Washburn, James F. Wilson,
of reconstruction. Windom, and Woodbridge-60.
Also, the petition of J. S. Maxon, and 44 others,
will enact such just and equal laws for the rego NOT VOTING-Messrs. Alley, James M. Ashley,
of Bradford and Evansville, in Wisconsin, on the ulation of inter-State insurances of all kinds Baldwin, Barker, Benjamin, Blaine, Boyer, Brande
same subject. gee, Buckland, Bundy, Chanler, Reader W. Clarke,
Also, the memorial of Edwin B. Wagoner, late sec
as may be effectual in establishing the greatest Coffroth, Conkling, Cullom, Culver, Davis, Dawson, ond lieutenant in the twenty-fifth regiment of Wis
security for the interests protected by policies, Defrees, Deming, Denison, Dumont, Eckley, Eggleconsin volunteers.
and promotive of the greatest good and conston, Eldridge, Farnsworth, Garfield, Glossbronner, By Mr. DARLING: The petition of dealers in leaf venience to all concerned in such transactions; Goodyear, Griswold, Harris, Hart, Hill, Hogan, tobacco and manufacturers of cigars, in the city of Holmes, looper, Hotchkiss, Chester D. Hubbard, DeNew York, for an increase of tariff on those articles.
which was referred to the Committee on Commas Hubbard, John H. Hubbard, Edwin N. Hubhell,
By Mr. DONNELLY: A remonstrance of citizens merce. James Humphrey, James M. Humphrey, Ingersoll,
of Road's Landing, against the obstruction to the Mr. SHERMAN. I offer the petition of Johnson, Jones, Kerr, Kuykendall, George V. Law
navigation of the Mississippi caused by the Clinton rence, Lo Blond, Marshall, McCullough, McIndoo, railroad bridge:
James Smith, of New York, praying Congress, Mekee, Morrill, Noell, Paine, Patterson, Phelps,
By Mr. HAYES: The petition of 308 citizens of in behalf of himself, and others, citizens of Pike, Plants, Pomeroy, Radford, Raymond, Alex
Ohio, against restoring to the Union any State lately New York and Brooklyn, to pass a joint resoander H. Rice, Rogers, Rousseau, Sawyer, Scofield,
in rebellion, until adequate scourity has been obSloan, Starr, Stilwell, Strouse, Taylor, John L. tained against a renewal of the attempt to secede.
lution abolishing the fractional part of a cent Thomas, Thornton, Trimble, Van Aernam, Ward,
By Mr. KUYKENDALL: The petition of A. B. now exacted for each passenger in street rail. Welker, Whaley, Stephen F. Wilson, and Win Safford, and others, of Cairo, Illinois, praying for a field-83. uniform law regulating insurance companies.
road cars, or otherwise to exact the entire So the House refused to adjourn.
By Mr. LAWRENCE, of Pennsylvania: A petition
cent for the internal revenue, in lieu of the froin citizens of Washington county, Pennsylvania, fractional part, which the citizens will not comThe question recurred on seconding the asking an increase of duty on foreign wools. demand for the previous question on the recep
By Mr. MOULTON: The petition of 17 citizens of
plain of; but they do seriously complain of the tion of the report.
Keidy's Farm; also, the petition of 21 citizens of extortion of these monopolists, whose stock
Sandoval; also, the petition of 13 citizens of Cotton cannot be purchased for two hundred per cent. The previous question was seconded-ayes wood, all of the State of Illinois, praying that no 58, noes 38, and the main question was orrebel States be admitted into the Union without
above the par value. I move the reference of guarantees and securities for the future.
this petition to the Committee on Finance, dered.
By Mr. ORTH: Remonstrances from many citi The motion was agreed to. Mr. SPALDING. I demand the yeas and zens of Indiana against the restoration of the late nays on the reception of the report. rebel States until guarantees of future security are
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. obtained. The yeas and nays were ordered.
By Mr. PERHAM: The petition of 80 citizens of Mr. VAN WINKLE, from the Committee Mr. 'WASHBURNE, of Illinois. If the Maine not to restore any State recently in rebellion on Pensions, to whom was referred a bill (H. House adjourns, Mr. Speaker, will this be the
as a governing power in the Union till adequate
R. No. 315) for the relief of Christina Elder, first business in order in the morning?
attempt to secede, against any payment of debt in reported it with an amendment, and submitted 39TH Cong. 1st SESS.-No. 136,
& written report; which was ordered to be By unanimous consent the Senate proceeded | week. Thus far there have been reported to the printed. to the consideration of the resolution.
authorities 120340 cases, of which but 14,162 have Mr. HENDRICKS. The Committee on Mr. SHERMAN. The Committee on Agri
recovered: the rest have either died of the disease,
been killed, or are still under treatment." Naval Affairs, to whom was referred the peti- ||'culture would like very much indeed to report tion of fifteen petty officers and twenty-six sea some measure of a practical character to coun
Mr. Abbott, consul at Sheffield, writes under men of the Western flotilla, praying for prize | teract if possible the cattle plague now prevail
date of February 17, 1866 : money or compensation for captures made at ing in Europe; but we did not see that Con “The rinderpest continues to spread and the morIsland No. 10, Memphis, and other places on gress had authority to pass an effective measure.
tality to increase, notwithstanding the precautions
which have been taken to prevent the diffusion of the Mississippi river, have instructed me to In Great Britain, after various orders in coun the disease. For a time it was supposed that inocureport it back, and ask that the committee be cil and various efforts to stop the progress of
lation was a safeguard, but even this remedy seems discharged from the further consideration of the cattle plague, they have recently passed a
to have failed.
When Professor Gamgee addressed the social conthe subject. I am also instructed to say that very stringent law, embodied in this letter, gress, in October last, he was much ridiculed, not only the committee were not willing to report against || authorizing certain districts, supposed to be
in the discussions in the congress, but in the columns the petition, but there was not sufficient evi- || infected, to be first inspected, and then, when
of the newspaper press, of stringent measures which
he recommended. dence accompanying the petition, nor were the they are pronounced infected, authorizing the * The exemption of Ireland, the partial exemption committee able in the Department to find suffi destruction of cattle in those districts. Under
of one or two of the Scottish counties, seems to be cient evidence to justify a favorable report or it the officers or inspectors may enter any man's
due in the former case to a prohibition, which is
rigidly enforced, of the importation of cattle into a report of a bill appropriating money.
field, barn, or close and seize and summarily the island; and in the latter case, to the system of The report was agreed to. destroy cattle affected by or even subject to the
'crushing out the disease by the slaughter of cattle Mr. LÅNE, of Indiana, from the Committee | plague. It contains provisions for the destruc
wherever it appears." on Pensions, to whom was referred the petition tion of hides, offal, hay, straw, or other mate The rinderpest prevailed on the Continent of Andrew Branstetter, praying for a pension, || rial likely to convey the infection. It requires for some time before it crossed the English asked to be discharged from its further con the active assistance of justices of the peace,
Channel. In 1862, 152,000 cattle died with it sideration, and that it be referred to the Com constables, and the whole machinery of local in Austria. It spread over all southeastern mittee on Military Affairs and the Militia, as it laws and levies a local tax under the name of Europe with an average of more than seventydoes not come within the purview of the Com a cattle rate. It is manifest if such a law is five per cent. It was carried to England by an mittee on Pensions; which was agreed to. needed to accomplish the purpose we must
importation of Russian bullocks, and already He also, from the same committee, to whom || appeal to the State authorities. That such 200,000 very valuable cattle have perished. was referred a bill (H. R. o. 494) for the severe measures are needed to accomplish the We cannot estimate the destruction of such a relief of Martha J. Willey, reported it without wished-for result is shown, not only by this act
disease if by probable contingency it should be amendment.
of Parliament, but by the actual execution of brought to our shores by any one of the numer He also, from the same committee, to whom similar measures in France, where by imme ous vessels daily arriving from the infected was referred the petition of Mrs. Josephine | dinte destruction of cattle infected they have regions. We do not underrate the importance Rice, widow of Brigadier General James C. checked the disease.
of the subject or the imminence of the danger. Rice, praying for a pension, asked to be dis The destruction which this disease has occa
But the question with us was, whether we charged from its further consideration, upon the sioned is much more fearful than I had any
had any power under our system of governground that the petitioner is already entitled to idea of until I read this communication and
ment to pass such a law as that which has a pension under the general law. recent communications from England. As a
proved to be somewhat effective in England, The report was agreed to. simple illustration of the destructiveness of
because the operation of that law, although Mr. KIRKWOOD, from the Committee on
this disease, I will state that of 203,350 cattle very severe, has stayed to some extent the Public Lands, to whom was referred a bill (S. attacked in a short period of time in certain
cattle plague, and has prevented it from spread. No. 203) to enable the New York and Montana
districts in Great Britain, 39,487 were killed, ling into regions where it might possibly, but Iron Mining and Manufacturing Company to 120,834 died, and only 28,656 recovered. There
for these very severe measures, have spread. purchase a certain amount of the public lands is great danger-it is manifest that it is im
We could not see that under our form of gov. not now in market, reported it with an amendpending-tbat this disease may come to this
ernment Congress has the power to order the ment. country. It has pursued very much the same
summary destruction of the private property Mr. CRAGIN, from the Committee on Naval march in Europe that the cholera has done,
of individuals in the States, nor use the vast Affairs, to whom was referred the memorial of and it probably will come here, notwithstand
number of local officers to make it effective. Edward St. Clair Clarke, acting assistant pay || ing all the efforts that may be made by the
We thought, therefore, the only thing we could master United States Navy, praying to be relieved from all responsibility in consequence Government and people of the United States
do was to report a resolution for the publicato exclude it. It is an important subject for
tion of a number of copies of this letter, so that of money lost by robbery in May, 1863, while the States to consider whether measures ought
the information which it contains may be genattached to the United States steamer Sumnot immediately to be adopted, founded upon
erally distributed for what it is worth among ter, submitted a report accompanied by a bill the experience of other countries, to prevent
the people of the several States. I am only (S. No. 283) for the relief of Edward St. Clair Clarke. The bill was read and passed to a sec. the spread of the cattle plague.
sorry that the Legislatures of the different The letters of our consuls in Europe have
States did not take some action upon it before ond reading, and the report was ordered to be printed. recently contained authentic statements of its
most of them adjourned. At any rate we He also, from the same committee, to whom progress. Mr. Dudley, our consul at Liver
thought it was a subject demanding immediate pool, under date of February 2, 1866, writes
attention, and that if we could not do anything was referred a bill (H. R. No. 453) for the relief of Cornelius B. Gold, late acting assistant pay: || Scotland, but prevails on the Continent in Belthat the plague is not confined to England and
by law more than we have done in prohibiting
the importation of foreign cattle and hides, we master United States Navy, reported it without amendment. gium, Holland, Prussia, some of the German
might invoke the attention of our countrymen Mr. WILLEY, from the Committee on Naval States, and in parts of Russia.
to an impending peril. In the same letter he says:
Mr. SUMNER. I was sorry to hear two Affairs, to whom was referred the memorial of
remarks of the Senator from Ohio. The first Otway H. Berryman, of the Navy, praying to
“Inclosure No. 2 contains the returns made to the authorities at London of the cases reported in the
was that the cattle plague was coming. I hope be allowed an amount equal to the balance kingdom during the week ending on the 27th of Janu that by proper precautions it may be averted. found against him on the settlement of his ac. ary, as taken from the papers of to-day, and two or I do trust it may never come.
I hope the counts as acting purser while in command of three articles showing the fatality of the plague in the United States schooner Onkahye, and which certain localities it has visited. In one there is a list
Atlantic ocean at least may be a barrier. I of persons who have suffered in the parish of North was sorry also for the other remark that, in he has been obliged to pay over to the United enburg, with the number of cattle they have each his opinion, Congress could not apply any States, submitted a report accompanied by a
lost, and the number left. In Cheshire, the county
remedy. I'do not venture to question the bill (S. No. 284) for the relief of the children
day, 160,41 cattle had died of the disease, 700 had been accuracy of the remark; but I was sorry that of Otway H. Berryman, deceased. The bill killed, 5,247 were under treatment, and 1,245 bad re the Senator who had the question in charge was read and passed to a second reading, and
covered. Upward of 3,000 were buried in this
had arrived at that conclusion. It does seem during the week. From an article taken from the the report was ordered to be printed.
Scotsman, a paper published in Edinburgh, it would to me that under our Government Congress CATTLE PLAGUE. appear that the plaguo has entirely ceased in that
ought to be able to apply a remedy in such a city, either having exhausted itself or else been Mr. SHERMAN. I am instructed by the stamped out. But the article goes on to say, 'The
Is not our Government defective to a Committee on Agriculture, to whom was re
vastness of the loss, however, that may be incurred certain extent if Congress has not that power?
before the disease runs its course in any district where ferred a letter of the Commissioner of Agri
I merely open the question interrogatively now, it once makes entry is indicated by the fact that culture giving information in relation to the about four fifths of all the cows in Edinburgh, when
without undertaking to express any opinion rinderpest or cattle plague, to state that that
the disease broke out here, died or bave been killed.' upon it. I agree with the Senator from Ohio
As fearful as is the mortality, I fear it is rather under communication has been considered by the
that it is of great importance that our people than overstated, and many other counties and towns committee, and after consideration they have have been and are suffering by this terrible plague
should be put on their guard. He therefore is directed me to report this resolution:
equally if not worse than there. All kinds of reme right in causing the circulation of all public
dies have been tried, but up to the present time no information on the subject; but I do hope that Resolved. That there be printed for the use of the specific has been found; and if vaccination fails, no Senate ten thousand copies of a letter of the Com preventive has been discovered.
the Senator baving the subject in charge will missioner of Agriculture communicating informa * By the official returns you will see that there is no consider carefully whether it be not within the tion in relation to the rinderpest or cattle plague. abatement but a still further increase of the disease power of Congress, in some way or other, I ask for the present consideration of the
for the week ending on the last Saturday. (See in-
directly orindirectly, to apply a precise remedy. resolution. being an increase of 1,704 cases over the previous
Mr. 'SHERMAN. The honorable Senator