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in destitute circumstances; and for several
SARAHI J. PURCELL.
late a sergeant in company E, seventeenth regiyears has been wholly dependent upon him for On motion of Mr. VAN WINKLE, the bill
ment West Virginia infantry volunteers, on the support.
(S. No. 314) for the relief of Sarah J. Purcell, pension-roll, at the rate of eight dollars per The bill was reported to the Senate as was read the second time and considered as in month, to commence from the 27th of March, amended, and the amendment was concurred Committee of the Whole. It proposes to direct 1865, and to continue during her widowhood. in and ordered to be engrossed, and the bill the Secretary of the Interior to place the name
The bill was reported to the Senate without to be read a third time. It was read the third of Sarah J. Purcell, widow of Charles W. Pur- amendment, ordered to be engrossed for a time and passed. cell, acting captain of artillery, on the pension
third reading, read the third time, and passed. JANE D. BRENT.
roll, at the rate of twenty dollars a month, from Mr.WILLEY subsequently entered a motion On motion of Mr. VAN WINKLE, the bill
the 27th day of September, 1864, to continue to reconsider the vote by which the bill was during her widowhood.
passed. (S. No. 298) granting a pension to Jane D.
On motion of Mr. LANE, of Indiana, the as in Committee of the Whole. It provides
third reading, read the third time, and passed. | bill (S. No. 329) for the relief of Mrs. Margaret for placing the name of Jane D. Brent, of
Kaetzel, was read a second time, and con
RUTH ELLEN GRELAUD. Detroit, Michigan, widow of Thomas Lee Brent,
sidered as in Committee of the Whole. Its late a captain in the Army of the United States, On motion of Mr. LANE, of Indiana, the Sen
purpose is to direct the Secretary of the Inte. on the pension-roll, at the rate of twenty dol- ate, as in Committee of the Whole, proceeded
rior to place upon the pension-roll the name lars per month, until her marriage or death, to consider the bill (S. No. 72) for the relief
of Mrs. Margaret Kaetzel, widow of Nicholas and after either event the pension is to be con of Ruth Ellen Grelaud, widow of John H. Gre
Kaetzel, who was a civilian employed in the tinued to Mary Brent, daughter of Thomas Lee || laud, deceased. Its purpose is to direct the
service of the United States at the arsenal at Brent, if then under the age of sixteen years, Secretary of the Interior to place the name of Columbus, Ohio, and that she be paid a penuntil she attains that age. Ruth Ellen Grelaud, widow of John H. Gre
sion at the rate of eight dollars per month, to Mr GRIMES. Let us hear the report read. laud, deceased, late a captain of artillery in The Secretary read the following report from the Únited States Army, upon the pension-list,
commence from the 5th of April, 1865, and to
continue during her widowhood. the Committee on Pensions submitted by Mr. at the rate of the half pay proper he was enti- The bill was reported to the Senate without VAN WINKLE on the 2d of May:
tled to at the time of his death, commencing | amendment, ordered to be engrossed for a The Committee on Pensions, to whon was referred on the 17th of August, 1857, and to continue
third reading, read the third time, and passed. the petition of Jane D. Bront, respectfully report: during her life or widowhood.
On motion of Mr. LANE, of Indiana, the the United States, from West Point, in 1835, and remained therein until his death, which occurred at bill, and I move that it be indefinitely post
Senate, as in Committee of the Whole, proFort Leavenworth on the 11th of January, 1858, hav- poned.
ceeded to consider the bill (H. R. No. 434) for ing been in active service in the wars in Florida and
The motion was agreed to.
the relief of Isabella Strubing. It directs the Mexico. The petitioner, in March last, applied to the Commissioner of Pensions to have her name
Secretary of the Interior to place the name of
MRS. SALLY ANDREWS. placed on the pension-roll as the widow of Captain
Isabella Strubing, widow of private Damon Brent, accompanying her application with satisfac
On motion of Mr. LANE, of Indiana, the Strubing, deceased, late of company E, fortytory proof of her identity, marriage, and continued Senate, as in Committee of the Whole, prowidowhood; but owing to the want of positive proof
sixth regiment Pennsylvania volunteers, on the that her husband died of a disease caused by his ser
ceeded to consider the bill (H. R, No. 462) | pension-roll, and pay or cause to be paid to her vice in war, as required by the act of July 21, 1818, in granting a pension to Mrs. Sally Andrews. It
the sum of eight dollars per month from the order to enable hier to obtain a pension under that
directs the Secretary of the Interior to place act, her application has been suspended by the Com
30th of May, 1864, and to continue during her missioner, and she has been advised to apply to Con
the name of Sally Andrews, of Buxton, York widowhood, and in the event of her death or gress for relief.
county, Maine, widow of the late Elisha An- || marriage, to the minor children of Damon The committee find in the papers submitted to them
drews; quarter gunner on board the Levetta Strubing until they shall have attained the age strong presumptiveevidence that Captain Brent died of disease contracted in active service in the line of Adams, on the pension-list of invalid pension
of sixteen years. his duty in Mexico, during the continuance of the ers,
and pay or cause to be paid to her the sum Mr. GRIMES. Let us hear the report in war with that country. Brevet Colonel and Surgeon
of eight dollars per month during her widowJohn M. Cuylor, of the United States Army, certifies
that case. that he was one, and the senior, of the medical offihood.
The Secretary read the report made by the cers who wero with Captain Brent during his last The bill was reported to the Senate without
Committee on Invalid Pensions of the House illness, and that the disease of which he died was
amendment, ordered to a third reading, read chronic pleurisy.. He adds. “There is no doubt, I imagine, he was in the discharge of his official duty the third time, and passed.
of Representatives. By the evidence in the
case it is proved that Damon Strubing, the huswhen seized by the discase that eventually termi
MRS. HARRIET B. CROCKER.
band of the petitioner, when en route with his nated his life.'
Major Lewis Caes, jr., certifies that he wasstationed On motion of Mr. LANE, of Indiana, the regiment, on veteran furlough, after having at Meer during the fall of 1817, and at Monterey in the succeeding spring, as inspector general, and was bill (S. No. 326) granting a pension to Mrs.
reënlisted, and while passing through Louisthen in frequent communication with Captain Brent, Harriet B. Crocker, was read a second timeville, Kentucky, on the 2d of January, 1864, whose health was not good, which the captain justly and considered as in Committee of the Whole.
fell and broke his left hand. Having partially and correctly" ascribed to the climato of Mexico; that his health continued to grow worse, and not The Secretary of the Interior is directed by the
recovered the use of his hand he obtained perunfrequently incapacitated him for duty, and he bill to place the name of Mrs. Harriet B. Crocker,
mission from the surgeon who attended him to complained of weakness and debility, with difficulty mother of Henry B. Crocker, late a private in
return to his regiment, which was then at Dalof breathing. Major Cass thinks his disease was pleurisy, and adds that Captain Brent's habits were
company G, one hundred and fifteenth regi- ton, Georgia. Strubing, by direction of the temperate and regular. ment Ohio volunteer infantry, on the pension
lieutenant colonel of his regiment, whom he It is evident that Captain Brent's disease was con- roll, at the rate of eight dollars per month, to
met on his way, reported to Surgeon James tracted while in the service of the United States. He ascribed it, at a time when he could have no motive commence from the 4th of October, 1862, and
Bryan, then in charge of the United States to deceivo, to the climate of Mexico; and as the war to continue during her widowhood.
general hospital at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. with that country was then in progress, and he was a The bill was reported to the Senate without
Surgeon Bryan gave him a certificate showing conspicuous actor in it, having been, as the commitamendment, ordered to be engrossed for a third
that he was, by reason of the injury in his hand, tee are informed, brevetted a captain for gallant and mcritorious services at Buena Vista, there is hardly reading, read the third time, and passed.
unfit for duty, and also gave him permission to room for doubt that the disease of which he died was
return to his home, at Reading, Pennsylvania. directly caused by his service in the Mexican war, in
MRS. KATIIARINE F. WINSLOW.
On the 30th of May, 1864, while riding in a train the line of his duty.
On motion of Mr. MANE, of Indiana, the of the Pennsylvania railroad the train ran off the The committee therefore report a bill granting a pension to the petitioner.
bill (S. No. 327) granting a pension to Mrs. track and broke a number of cars. Strubing The bill was reported to the Senate without
Katharine F. Winslow, was read a second time being one of the passengers had his leg badly
and considered as in Committee of the Whole. l shattered, and was also severely burned and amendment, ordered to be engrossed for a third
Its purpose is to direct the Secretary of the scalded, from the effects of which he died in a few reading, read the third time, and passed.
Interior to place the name of Mrs. Katharine | hours afterward. · The Commissioner of Pen
F. Winslow, mother of Cleveland Winslow, late sions declines to place the name of his widow on On motion of Mr. VAN WINKLE, the bill
lieutenant colonel of the fifth New York Vet- the pension-roll in the absence of a certificate (S. No. 299) granting a pension to Jane E.
eran volunteer infantry, on the pension-roll, at from a commissioned officer of his company Miles, was read the second time and considered
the rate of thirty dollars per month, to com showing that at the time of his death he was in as in Committee of the Whole. It provides
mence from the 7th of July, 1864, and to con- the line of his duty, which cannot be obtained. for placing upon the pension-roll the name of tinue during her widowhood.
The committee are of the opinion that the case Jane E. Miles, of Somersworth, New Hamp. || amendment, ordered to be engrossed for a
The bill was reported to the Senate without comes within the spirit and intent of the act shire, widow of William D. Miles, late a lands
granting pensions to the widows of deceased man in the naval service of the United States,
third reading, read the third time, and passed. soldiers, and therefore recommend the passage at the rate of eight dollars per month, from the
MRS. ABIGAIL RYAN.
of the bill. 22d day of March, in the year 1865, to con- On motion of Mr. LANE, of Indiana, the
The bill was reported to the Senate without tinue during her widowhood; the pension to bill (S. No. 328) for the relief of Mrs. Abigail | amendment, ordered to a third reading, read be paid out of the naval pension fund. Ryan was read a second time and considered
the third time, and passed. The bill was reported to the Senate without as in Committee of the Whole. It directs the
MARIA SYPICAX. amendment, ordered to be engrossed for a third || Secretary of the Interior to place the name of On motion of Mr. HARRIS, the bill (S. No. reading, read the third time, and passed. Mrs. Abigail Ryan, widow of Thomas A. Ryan, ll 321) for the relief of Maria Syphax was read
39TH CONG, 1st Sess.-No. 168.
JANE E. MILES.
a second time and considered as in Commit- was considered here by one of the standing
FRANCIS A. GIBBONS. tee of the Whole. It proposes to release and committees of the Senate and reported by it. On motion of Mr. WILLIAMS, the Senate, confirm to Maria Syphax, her heirs and as- If the Senator desires that no other business as in Committee of the whole, proceeded to signs, the title to a piece of land, being part of shall be considered to-day, and is in a hurry to consider the bill (H. R. No. 386) for the relief the Arlington estate, in the county of Alexan- | adjourn, and will put it on that ground
of Francis A. Gibbons. It directs the Secre. dria, in the State of Virginia, upon which she Mr. GRIMES. I have this to say: in the
tary of the Treasury to pay the sum of $563 19 has resided since about the year 1826, bounded estimation of the Senator there is nothing in to Francis A. Gibbons, being money paid by and described as follows, to wit: beginning this resolution, or very little; but if he had him for property purchased at a quartermaster's at the intersection of the south line of said been here as long as I have, he would have sale in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, on the Arlington estate with the center line of a small discovered that on the same claim and in the 15th of February, 1863, under the direction of run, said point of intersection being about one same manner we have passed little bills intended
Colonel Belger, assistant quartermaster, which fourth of a mile from the southwest corner of to appropriate money for the carrying of the
was not delivered to the purchaser. said Arlington estate, running thence westerly || mails, that, in one instance, in a case at Louis- The bill was reported to the Senate without along said south line seven chains and forty | ville, amounted to $1,500,000 before we got amendment, ordered to a third reading, and links; thence in a northeasterly direction, on through with it; and in another case, on the was read the third time. a line making an angle of thirty-five degrees upper lakes, where we supposed at the time Mr. TRUMBULL. I should like to know with the said south line, twenty-two chains we passed the bill, it only amounted to some what that case is. Is there a report? and thirty-eight links; thence at right angles, | eight or nine thousand dollars, it amounted to Mr. WILLIAMS. There is a House report in a southeasterly direction fifteen chains and between one and two hundred thousand dol
accompanying the bill.
The bill has already sixty-seven links to the said south line of the lars. I do not know anything about the mer- passed the House. Arlington estate ; thence westerly along the its of this resolution, and I do not feel at this Mr. TRUMBULL. Will the Senator explain said south line of the said Arlington estate time as though I was capable of undertaking | what it is? nineteen chains and ninety-two links, to the such an investigation as I would wish to make
Mr. WILLIAMS. I will simply state that place of beginning, containing seventeen acres into it, after the experience I have had on this Mr. Gibbons purchased at a quartermaster's and fifty-three hundredths of an acre of land, || subject.
sale, in the city of Baltimore, a certain num. be the same more or less.
Mr. CONNESS. The Senator is
ber of bushels of damaged corn. He paid for Mr. MORRILL. I should like to inquire || frightened by his experience on this subject. the corn before its delivery, and when the corn of the Senator from New York, the chairman
I am very sorry that a bill of the kind de- was measured out to him there was not as much of the Committee on Private Land Claims,
scribed by him ever passed this body while corn as he had purchased and for which he had what are the grounds on which this bill is
the Senator, usually so watchful, was in his paid by $500. The proof is clear and conplaced.
place. I should not think that such a bill clusive on the subject. He has paid to the Mr. HARRIS. The person named in this could possibly pass his vigilance. But I beg | United States $500 of money for which he bill is a mulatto woman. She was once the
him to believe that this resolution does not slave of Mr. Custis. Mr. Custis at the time I contain a claim for $100,000, nor any respect
received no equivalent. He simply asks the
Government to pay him back that amount of she married, about forty years ago, feeling an able fraction of that sum. The parties who per- money. interest in the woman, something perhaps akin formed the service are here, and have been wait- The bill was passed. to a paternal instinct, manumitted her, and ing patiently and anxiously. The services have
SAMUEL STEVENS. gave her this piece of land. It has been set
been long performed and paid for by them. The apart to her, and it has been occupied by her resolution simply authorizes the Postmaster
On motion of Mr. HOWE, the Senate, as in and her family for forty years. Under the cirGeneral to pay as much as he shall find and
Committee of the Whole, proceeded to consider cumstances, the committee thought it no more ascertain to be their due, after it has been fully Stevens, à Stockbridge Indian, to enter and
the bill (S. No. 309) to authorize Samuel than just, the Government having acquired and completely investigated. The committee title to this property under a sale for taxes, recommend an amendment which relates to a
purchase a certain tract of land in the Stockthat this title should be confirmed to her. similar claim already passed by this body, but
bridge reservation, Wisconsin. The bill auMr. HOWARD. Will the Senator from New not yet acted upon by the House of Repre
thorizes Samuel Stevens, a Stockbridge Indian, York be good enough to state in whom the title sentatives, I believe. Now, although this day
to enter and purchase the tract of land known runs? has been devoted to pensions, certainly nearly
as lot No. 126, in the Stockbridge reservation, Mr. HARRIS. The title runs to this woman all the Senators are in their seats, and there is
in the county of Calumet and State of Wisconand her heirs. sufficient time--for it is not yet half past three
sin, under the “act to authorize the issuing Mr. MORRILL. That is satisfactory. o'clock-to examine this resolution. I hope Stockbridge, Wisconsin, and for other pur
of patents for certain lands in the town of The bill was reported to the Senate without we shall proceed with it. It will not occupy amendment, ordered to be engrossed for a third a moment of time.
poses," approved March 3, 1865. It also directs reading, read the third time, and passed.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Sen
the Commissioner of the General Land Office, HOUSE BILL REFERRED, ator from Iowa moves that the Senate proceed
upon the entry and payment therefor, to cause to the consideration of executive business.
a patent, in due form of law, to be issued to The bill (H. R. No. 596) to authorize the
Mr. CONNESS. I hope that motion will
Samuel Stevens, in conformity with the act use of the metric system of weights and meas- not be carried under the circunstances.
above mentioned. ures was read twice by its title.
Mr. WILSON. Will the Senator from Iowa
The bill was reported to the Senate without The PRESIDING OFFICER. This bill withdraw it for a moment?
amendment, ordered to be engrossed for a third will be referred to the select committee on Mr. GRIMES. Vote it down if you do not
reading, read the third time, and passed. thal subject when appointed by the President
Mr. H'ESSENDEN. I move that the Senate want an executive session. pro tempore of the Senate.
The motion was agreed to; there being, on
The motion was agreed to; and the Senate time spent in the consideration of executive
adjourned. Mr. CONNESS. I move that the Senate
business, the doors were reopened. proceed to the consideration of House joint
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. resolution No. 77. It will not occupy a mo
COMMODORE THOMAS TCRNER.
Friday, May 18, 1866. ment of time.
Mr. HENDRICKS. I ask the Senate to Mr. GRIMES. What is the title of it?
The House met at twelve o'clock m. take up Senate bill No. 251, for the relief of Mr. CONNESS. A joint resolution for the Commodore Thomas Turner.
The Journal of yesterday was read and relief of Ambrose L. Goodrich and Nathan The motion was agreed to; and the bill was
FOREST CULTURE. Cornish for carrying the United States mail read a second time, and considered as in Comfrom Boise City to Idaho City, in the Territory inittee of the Whole. It directs the Secretary Mr. DONNELLY, by unanimous consent, of Idaho. It will not occupy a moment. of the Treasury to pay to Commodore Thomas submitted the following resolution; which was
Mr. GRIMES. This day was devoted, by an Turner $6,741 out of any prize money in the read, considered, and agreed to: order of the Senate, to the consideration of Treasury, in full for his claim to share in the Resolved, That in view of the almost complete abpension bills, and there are a great many Sen- | prize money realized upon the condemnation sence of woods and forests in the interior regions of ators not present who ought to be here when and sale of the vessels Cherokee, Aries, and
the continent, and of their paramount importance
in the settlement and occupancy of the country, the these questions that are now proposed to be St. John.
Committee on Public Lands be directed to inquire taken up are called up. It seems to me that Mr. HENDRICKS. I will state that upon whether a system cannot be devised whereby the at this stage of the day we had better proceed this subject there is a difference between the
planting of woods and forests may be encouraged in
regions destitute of timber by liberal donations of to the consideration of executive business, of court at Boston that ordered the condemnation public lands in alternate sections to individuals or which we have a great deal to do; and I there- of these three vessels and the Department, the
corporations, and the reservation of the adjoining secfore make that motion.
tions by the Government at an increased price, as in court holding that the commodore is entitled
the case of railroad grants; the lands so granted, or a Mr. CONNESS. I think that is very unkind to his prize money, and the Department not so proportional part thereof, to be planted with trees in the Senator. This joint resolution has been | holding. The committee think he ought to adapted to the climate and the needs of the com
munity. considered by one of the standing committees || have the prize money along with the rest of the of this body. It is a House resolution. It was officers.
COINAGE, WEIGHTS, AYD MEASURES. first passed by the House, after being considered The bill was reported to the Senate without Mr. KASSON, by unanimous consent, subby a committee of that body, who made a re- amendment, ordered to be engrossed for a third mitted the following resolution: port upon it. It then came to this body, and I reading, read the third time, and passed.
Resolved, That three hundred extra copies of the
report on a uniform system of coinage, weights, and Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, commodating some fifty or more inmates ; but measures be printed for the use of the committee and examined by them, and they are willing from lack of funds they could not complete making the report, and one thousand for the use of this House.
that it should take this direction. I will like- their operations. The officers of the Guardian The SPEAKER. This resolution will be
wise state that there is great urgency for the Society then petitioned Congress for an approreferred, under the law, to the Committee on
passage of this bill, inasmuch as these men priation, and their petition was referred to the Printing.
must either renew the float at once or put in a Commitige for the District of Columbia. They
draw, and it is necessary that they should know asked for means to enable them to carry out PROTECTION OF TIIE FRONTIER. what to do.
their object; and this was favored by the Seco Mr. BURLEIGH, by unanimous consent, Mr. LE BLOND. I do not understand that retary of the Interior. A reference to this introduced a bill to provide for the better pro
this bill comes into the House from the Com- matter can be found in the report of the Sectection of the frontiers of the United States mittee on the Post Office and Post Roads. retary of the Interior to the present Congress. and Territories thereof; which was read a first | They may possibly have examined it, but they On considering that petition, and consulting and second time, and referred to the Commit- | have not given in a report on the measure. with these gentlemen and with the Secretary of tee on Military Affairs.
Mr. ALLEY. I will say for the information the Interior, it seemed to the committee wiser PREVENTION OF KIDNAPING.
of the gentleman that this bill was carefully and better to take this property and project out
considered by the Committee on Post Offices of the hands of private parties and establish in Mr. WILSON, of Iowa. I ask unanimous and Post Roads in the Senate, and passed the the District a public reformatory institution in consent to report from the Committee on the
Senate unanimously. It has been referred to the usual way, with a board of trustees. It Judiciary, for consideration at the present the Committee on the Post Office and Post | seemed the only sure way to have a suitable time, Senate bill No. 132-an act to prevent Roads in the House, and was partially con- institution for juvenile offenders established and punish kidnaping.
sidered in that committee, and the judgment i h«re without great expense, there being already The SPEAKER. The Clerk will read the of the committee was expressed favorably in fruin fifteen to twenty thousand dollars' worth bill, after which the Chair will ask for objec- regard to it.
of property that will all be transferred to the tions, if any.
I will say further that it is deemed by the trustees to be appointed. This is in accordThe Clerk read the bill, which provides that parties in interest to be of great importance ance with the wishes of the society, and it if any person shall kidnap or carry away any that the bill should pass at the present time. has the cordial approbation of the Secretary other person, whether negro, mulatto, or other- It will be sometime before our committee will of the Interior. By assuming an outstanding wise, with the intent that such other person be called, and I told the gentleman from New debt of about fifteen hundred dollars the shall be sold or carried into involuntary servi. York [Mr. HULBURD) that our committee would arrangement can be made, and the bill now tude or held as a slave ; or if any person shall have no objection to its passage. That is the reported to the House aims simply, in its proentice, persuade, or knowingly induce any position so far as the committee is concerned visions, to carry out this policy, to e-tablish other person to go on board any vessel or to in regard to this bill.
such an institution, which can be done at any other place, with the intent that he or she Mr. LE BLOND. I withdraw my objection. || small cost to the Government and to the mushall be made or held as a slave, or sent out The bill was ordered to a third reading, and nicipalities of the District; and there will be of the country to be so made or held, or shall was accordingly read the third time and passed. a saving of a great amount of property which in any way knowingly aid in causing any other Mr. HULBURD moved to reconsider the must go to ruin if this is not done. T'here is person to be held, sold, or carried away, to vote by which the bill was passed ; and also | nothing but this in the provisions of the bill. be held or sold as a slave, he or she shall be moved that the motion to reconsider be laid All that the bill proposes is to make provision punished, on conviction thereof, by a fine of on the table.
for the establishment of this institution. It not less than five hundred nor more than five The latter motion was agreed to.
contains nothing else. thousand dollars, or by imprisonment, not ex- Mr. THAYER. I call for the regular order
I will now ask that the amendments to the ceeding five years, or by both of said punishof business.
bill reported by the Committee for the District
of Columbia be voted upon by the House; and The second section provides that if the masREFORM SCHOOL IN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
I will say, as preliminary to that, that the proter or owners, or person having charge of any The SPEAKER stated that the regular order | posed amendments aim principally to correct vessel, shall receive on board any other per- of business was the call of the committees for errors made by the printers or in transcribing son, whether
negro, mulatto, or otherwise, with reports of a private nature, the pending ques- the bill for the printers. the knowledge or intent that such person shall tion being upon the bill reported from the Com- Mr. DAVIS. I wish to inquire if there is be carried from any State, Territory, or dis- mittee for the District of Columbia by Mr. not now an institution of a precisely similar trict of the United States, to a foreign country, BALDWIN, being House bill No. 379, to estab- character existing in this District under a charState, or place, to be held or sold as slave, or lish in the District of Columbia a reform school ter froin Congress for the same purposes. shall carry away from any State, Territory, or for boys.
Mr. BALDWIN. There is such an institudistrict of the United States any such person,
tion, the Guardian Society of the District of with the intent that he or she shall be so held || briefly the reasons for reporting this bill, to Columbia, and it is that institution which has or sold as a slave, such master, owner, or other explain some of its provisions, and to ask for presented a petition to this Congress; it is that person offending shall be punished by a fine a vote upon the amendment proposed by the institution with which the Secretary of the not exceeding five thousand nor less than five committee.
Interior and the committee have dealt in this hundred dollars, or by imprisonment not ex- The reasons for reporting the bill seem to matter. The officers of that society cordially ceeding five years, or by both of said punish- us very conclusive and urgent. There is in approve the bill. I have here a statement from ments. And the vessel on board which said the District of Columbia no suitable provision | the officers of that institution showing their person was received to be carried away shall for the confinement of juvenile offenders ; nor accordance with and approval of this measure. be forfeited to the United States.
is there any such provision for the confinement Mr. DAVIS. Having been a member of the There being no objection the bill was ordered of older offenders as is demanded by our civil- Committee for the District of Columbia, I to a third reading, and was accordingly read ization. There is nowhere probably greater desire to say that I have been informed by one the third time and passed.
or more pressing need of such an institution || of the officers of this society that the passage Mr. WILSON, of Iowa, moved to reconsider than within this District. An act of Congress of this bill would conflict with their rights under the vote by which the bill was passed ; and approved March 3, 1865, sought to make pro- their organization. also moved to lay that motion on the table. vision for juvenile offenders by authorizing the Mr. PLANTS. I do not know if it would The latter motion was agreed to.
Secretary of the Interior to contract with the be in order at this time to make a motion in BRIDGE AT ROUSE'S POINT.
managers of State institutions for their con- reference to this bill. But I am advised by
finement and support. The Secretary sought || persons interested in the Guardian Society, On motion of Mr. HULBURD, by unani- diligently to carry out the purpose of that act, already incorporated by Congress, that this mous consent, Senate bill No. 316, to estab- but after a faithful effort he failed to make proposed bill comes in direct conflict with their lish a post route from West Alburg, Vermont, the provision which the bill required. I be- interests. There is a Guardian Society already to Champlain, in the State of New York, and lieve he made one contract for the confine- in existence here who had expended some ten for other purposes, was taken up from the ment of a few offenders, and that was all he or twelve thousand dollars before they were Speaker's table and considered.
was able to accomplish, the managers of State || incorporated, and they were incorporated about The bill was read. It declares the railroad institutions being unwilling to make contracts, 1862. They have now before the Committee bridge at Rouse's Point, connecting the Og. or finding something in their charters to for- on Public Buildings and Grounds, as I am densburg and Lake Champlain railroad and bid it. He then turned to the officers of the advised, a bill asking some slight amendments the Vermont and Canada railroad, a lawful Guardian Society, and urged them to prepare to their act of incorporation, embracing substructure, to be known as a post route, and in such an institution on the tract of land known stantially the provisions of this bill. place of the present float it authorizes the con- as the “Government farm." They proceeded The gentleman from Massachusetts, [Mr. struction of suitable draws.
to do it, and through his aid the Secretary of BALDWIN,] Į understand, announces that it Mr. LE BLOND. That bill, I believe, has War transferred to them and deposited on the was by the assent or agreement of this Guardnot been before the proper committee. It con- Government farm for their use a large amount ian Society that this bill has been brouglit in. tains a very important feature, and I think it of lumber from abandoned hospitals. They I do not know what the facts may be in this had better be referred to the Committee on the proceeded with the work and expended about case; but I am informed by persons belonging Post Office and Post Roads.
tive thousand dollars raised by private sub- to that society that that is an entire mistake; Mr. HULBURD. If ny friend will allow scription to establish the institution required. that only one or two dissatisfied individuals mc, I will state that this has been before the || They erected a large building capable of ac- who once belonged to the Guardian Society,
but who have broken away from its are now acting in opposition to it.
As the bill in relation to that society is now before the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds, I would much prefer that action on this bill should be delayed until that committee shall report, or what would probably be better, that this bill be referred to that committee for its consideration. I think it would be unjust to the existing society, that has already expended twelve or fifteen thousand dollars in pursuance of this same object, to supersede it by another corporation for the same object. I am not advised fully of the position of the two proposed institutions; but I have been requested by some of the officers of the Guardian Society to make this statement to the House when this bill came up for consideration.
Mr. BALDWIN. I will repeat the statement I have already made; that we had be. fore us the memorial from the Guardian Society for an appropriation. And we had a consultation with Mr. Harlan, the Secretary of the Interior, and with the agents of the Guardian Society in regard to the appropriation. And it is with the sanction of the Secretary of the Interior and the officers of that society that we have proceeded in this matter. I hold in my hand a communication from the officers of that society approving this bill. I cannot suppose that the gentleman from Ohio [Mr. Plants] has had any communication with the members of that society, or with more than one gentleman who was formerly an officer of that society, but at its last organization was left off as secretary of the society. There can be nothing clearer than that we are dealing with that society.
Mr. WELKER. I desire to say one word in reply to the suggestion made by my colleague (Mr. Plants) in relation to this Guardian Association. There was a corporation of that kind, a private corporation, that undertook to take charge of the same class of criminals that is provided for in this bill. This private corporation has met with many diffi. culties in carrying out the objects of this organization. They have had quarrels among themselves, and we have had both parties before the Committee for the District of Columbia while this measure was under consideration. I have no doubt that one of the parties has made the suggestion to my colleague which he has placed before the House, but the other party acquiesces fully in the passage of this bill.
The idea is, that it is better not to have two private corporations to take charge of the juvenile offenders who may be convicted by the courts, but to consign them to a public institution. And upon considering these quarrels, we deemed it best that there should be a bill providing a public institution for that purpose, as better subserving the interests of the District of Columbia in that respect than either branch of this divided Guardian Association that the gentleman speaks of.
Now, as I understand it, the regular officers of the Guardian Association acquiesce fully in what we propose to do by this bill. The 'minority of that association, who failed to get control of the Guardian Association, do object to this bill, and make this representation : that great injustice will be done by the passage of this bill. But the regular representatives of this Guardian Society have appeared before the committee, and acquiesce fully in the bill we have reported. And therefore I hope this bill
Mr. PLANTS. I wish simply to state to the House that I know nothing whatever about this controversy. I was approached by a gentleman who represented himself as one of the trustees of the Guardian Society which was incorporated, who made the statement to me which I have laid before the House. I have understood from him that their act of incorporation was now before the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds, they asking for some slight amendment to it. And all I have
asked was that this bill should be passed over "$4,500," the second blank hy inserting “31,000," the
third blank by inserting "$700."
In the same section strike out all after the word Mr. BALDWIN. The reasons for the pas- "Interior" in lino twenty-five to the word "collect" sage of this bill are extremely urgent. We in line twenty-seren, and insert the following: have had the fullest consultation with the Sec
Shall secure an assessment of taxes in such dclin
quent city or county suficient to cover the amount retary of the Interior in regard to this matter. required, and the expenses of collecting the same, and He recognizes the importance of the institu- appoint a collector who shall. tion, and approves in the most cordial and The amendment was agreed to. emphatic manner the bill we have now before The bill, as amended, was ordered to be I call the previous question.
engrossed and read a third time; and being The previous question was seconded and the
engrossed, it was accordingly read the third main question ordered.
time and passed. The amendments reported by the committee Mr. BALDWIN moved to reconsider the were read, as follows:
vote by which the bill was passed ; and also First amendment:
moved that the motion to reconsider be laid In section two, line four, strike out"two"and insert
on the table.
The latter motion was agreed to.
SALES AND GIFTS IN THE DISTRICT.
Mr. WELKER, from the Committee for the Second amendment:
District of Columbia, reported back House bill In the same section, after the word “Goorgetown,” || No. 561, to annul the thirty-fourth section of insert the following:
the declaration of rights of the State of Mary. One by the levy court of the county of Washington.
land so far as the same applies to the District The amendment was agreed to.
The question being on ordering the bill to be
the thirty-fourth section of the declaration of The amendment was agreed to.
rights of the State of Maryland, so far as the Fourth amendment:
same has been recognized and adopted in the In section four, line eight, strike out the word "sanc- District of Columbia, be repealed and annulled; tion" and insert in lieu thereof the word “approve." that all sales, gifts, and devises, prohibited by The amendment was agreed to.
the said section or any law passed in accordFifth amendment:
ance therewith, shall be, when hereafter made, In the same section, line six, insert after the word
valid and effectual. "Interior''the words to fix the salaries of said oifi- Mr. THAYER. As this may give rise to cers subject to the approval of the Secretary of the extended debate, I make the point of order Interior." The amendment was agreed to.
that it is not a private bill. It will of course
shut out the private business if it gives rise Sixth amendment:
to debate. In section five, strike out the words, "satisfactory Mr. WELKER. I understand the bill is in to them” and insert "to be approved by the board order under the call from the Committee for of trustees."
the District of Columbia. The amendment was agreed to.
The SPEAKER. Private bills relate genSeventh amendment:
erally to individuals or corporations. May's In the same section, line six, strike out "to" and Parliamentary Practice states that private bills insert "by."
are for the interest of an individual, a public The amendment was agreed to.
company or corporation, a parish, a city, a Eighth amendment:
county, or other locality." It must not be a In section eight, line two, after the word "guilty,” | general bill in its enactments, but " a bill for insert "in a court in the District of Columbia.” the particular interest or benefit of a person or The amendment was agreed to.
persons.". As an illustration, a pension bill Ninth amendment:
for the relief of a soldier's widow is a private In the same section, line eight, after the word
bill, but a general bill granting pensions to any 'guilty,"insert“in a court in the District of Colum- class of such persons as a class instead of as
individuals is a public bill. This appears to The amendment was agreed to.
be a public bill. Tenth amendment:
Mr. WELKER. I ask the gentleman from In section nine, line two, insert after the word
Pennsylvania (Mr. Trayen] to withdraw his "years” the words “residing in the District of Co- objection. It will take but a moment. I can lumbia."
explain the whole matter in a word to the satThe amendment was agreed to.
isfaction of the House. Eleventh amendment:
Mr. THAYER. I withdraw the objection, In the same section, lines nine and ten, strike out
reserving the right to renew it if lengthy "for such a term or time as in his judgment the caso
debate arises. requires," and insert "there to remain for such a term Mr. WELKER. Under the bill of rights of or time as the trustees may dcem best."
the State of Maryland, adopted in 1776, there The amendment was agreed to.
is a provision which renders void all bequests Twelfth amendment:
and devises of property, real or personal, for In the samo section, line five, after tho word "gov- the use and benefit of religious denominations or erned," insert "them."
benevolent purposes of a religious character. The amendment was agreed to.
In the organization of the District of ColumThirteenth amendment:
bia that part of the law of Maryland was not In section twelve, lino thirteen, strike out the words
annulled in the part of the territory originally "in writing."
comprised of the State of Maryland, and to-day The amendment was agreed to.
in the District of Columbia no person has any Fourteenth amendment:
right to make any gift, devise, or bequest to any
religious denomination for benevolent or reliIn section thirteen, lines five and nine, strike out 'these" and insert "thc."
gious purposes. The object of this bill is simThe amendment was agreed to.
ply to remove that provision of the law so far
as the District of Columbia is concerned. Fifteenth amendinent:
The occasion of the introduction of this bill, In section sixteen, line seven, strikeout"Treasury" or a special reason for it, is that a gentleman and insert "Interior."
desires to leave a gift of this character for the The amendment was agreed to.
benefit of a church, and on examination of the Sixteenth amendment:
laws of the District 'his counsel has advised In section sixteen fill the first blank by inserting him that he cannot make any such gift. The
purpose of the bill is to repeal that law. "I the business relating to such deposit, and safe bill which gives them a right to exercise their demand the previous question.
keeping or preservation of all such articles or powers outside of the District of Columbia. Mr. JENCKES. Will the gentleman allow valuables as may be deposited with said com- Mr. WILSON, of Iowa. I submit to the me to make an explanation? Since the bill pany, and also to invest the capital or funds of House that if there is no language in the bill of rights in the constitution of Maryland was the said company, or such money or funds as restricting the operations of this company to the in force that State has adopted another consti- may be deposited with said company for that District of Columbia they may establish themtution. Would it not proper to refer to the
purpose, from time to time, in the public funds selves in any State throughout the country. I date of that first constitution in which this of the United States, or in any stock or property take it that the House would hardly be willing clause is contained ?
whatsoever, and to dispose of the said stocks, to establish an incorporated company of that Mr. WELKER. By an act of Congress in money, and property in such manner (not character, and I suggest that the bill be 1801 this provision of the law of Maryland | contrary to law) as to them shall appear most amended. was incorporated as the law of the District of | advantageous to said company.
Mr. INGERSOLL. I differ with the gentle. Columbia, so that it is in force notwithstanding Section six relates to dividends.
man on that point, but I will offer this as an the abrogation in Maryland.
Section seven relates to rules and regulations addition to my amendment, to save any ques. Mr. JENCKES. I suggest the insertion of for the management of the affairs of the com- tion of this character. the date of the constitution in which the clause pany.
And provided further. That the operations of this is contained.
Section eight provides that nothing herein company shall be confined to the District of ColumMr. WELKER. It refers to the thirty-fourth || contained shall be taken or construed to give
bia. section of the bill of rights. That I deem suf- the corporation hereby created the power to
Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. I desire ficient, because there is but one bill of rights in issue or circulate as currency any bill, note,
to know whether, if the motion for the previous that State.
token, or evidence of indebtedness of its own question shall not be sustained, it will be in Mr. JENCKES. There is another consti- || creation.
order to move to refer this bill to some comtution containing a declaration of rights which The amendment reported by the committee
mittee for further examination. consists of more than thirty-four sections. is as follows:
The SPEAKER. If the previous question Mr. WELKER, I will then ask consent to Provided, That cach stockholder shall be held in
shall not be sustained, a motion to refer the insert a reference to the bill of rights adopted dividually liable for all debts and liabilities of said bill will be in order. in 1776.
corporation to the extent of double the amount of Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. Then I
stock so owned by said stockholder. The amendment was accordingly made. The
hope the House will not sustain the previous bill was then ordered to a third reading; and
The amendment was agreed to; and the bill, it was accordingly read the third time and as amended, was ordered to be engrossed and
question, and that the bill may be referred to
the Committee on Banking and Currency, so read a third time. passed.
that the effect of the bill may be thoroughly Mr. WELKER moved to reconsider the
Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. I would vote by which the bill was passed ; and also
like to know exactly what this is. It is a bank, Mr. EGGLESTON. If these parties can moved that the motion to reconsider be laid
if I understand it, and if so why not bring it receive this property on deposit, and have a
under the operation of the banking law? upon the table. The latter motion was agreed to. Mr. INGERSOLL. It has no powers of a
right to sell it, what is to prevent them from bank. The bill follows the provisions in rela
charging such rates as the parties depositing
may agree to pay? It amounts to establishing NATIONAL SAFE DEPOSIT COMPANY, tion to the charter of like institutions in New
a pawnbroker's shop, to be legalized by ConMr. INGERSOLL, from the Committee for York and Massachusetts. It simply incor
gress. the District of Columbia, reported back, with
porates certain individuals into a body-politic Mr. INGERSOLL. I will say in answer an amendment, Senate bill No. 177, to incorwith power to erect a building, put therein iron
that the company have no right to dispose of porate the National Safe Deposit Company, in
or fire-proof safes, to receive on deposit bonds, | any article deposited with them except upon the District of Columbia, with a recommendatitle papers, jewels, and other valuable things,
an agreement made with the depositors. tion that it pass.
and hold them in sale keeping for the owners Mr. WILSON, of Iowa. I would ask the The bill was read. It constitutes A. R.
for such time as they may desire and at a stipu- | gentleman if all pawnbrokers, disposing of Shepherd, William S. Huntington, S. P. Brown, lated price to be agreed upon by them.
the articles left with them, do not have an agreeG. W. Riggs, Nathaniel Wilson, G. H. Plant,
Mr. WILSON, of Iowa. I want to ask the
ment with the parties as to the mode in which the and others, a body politic and corporate by the gentleman from Illinois, as this is a somewhat
property shall be disposed of, and if this bill name and style of the National Safe Deposit
lengthy bill, whether this incorporation is not does not provide by law that this company shall Company of Washington. to be substantially a bank of deposit? It oc
do what pawnbrokers usually do. The second section provides that the capital curs to me, from the reading of the bill, that
Mr. INGERSOLL. I must decline to yield stock of said company shall consist of a sum not
this incorporation will be clothed with power any further. I will say in reply to the gentle
to do business as a bank of deposit. I underexceeding $200,000, divided into two thousand
man from Iowa that I never had any dealings shares of $100 each, and that so soon as one stand the last clause to provide that they shall
with pawnbrokers, and know nothing of their fourth of the shares have been subscribed for,
not have authority to issue notes to circulate and twenty-five dollars per share paid at the as money; and that, I understand, is the only the bill but what is legitimate and proper. It
mode of doing business. . There is nothing in limitation in the bill on their powers as banktime of subscribing, and the balance secured
has passed tho Senate, and I have proposed to be paid, then this company shall be compe
ers. Now, if that is the character of the bill,
amendments limiting the business of the comtent to transact all kinds of business for which
pany, and giving further security to depositors. examine it. it is established.
Now, with the explanation that has been Mr. SPALDING. How would this comThe third section provides that the corporpany differ from the bank here that exploded call for the previous question then they can
made, if the House is not willing to second the ators shall open books of subscription for the
the other day? capital stock of this company at such time and
vote it down. I have answered as many ques.
Mr. INGERSOLL. I have this to say: that in such suitable place in the city of Washington
tions as I deem necessary. as they may think proper, and shall receive the
there is no authority in the bill allowing this Mr. HOOPER, of Massachusetts. I would installments on the stock of said company procompany to pay interest on any deposit ; it
ask the chairman of the Committee for the Disvided for in section second, and shall deliver may receive bank bills, bonds of the United
trict of Columbia [Mr. INGERSOLL] if there is the money so paid to the board of directors so States, or anything else that the owner is willsoon as they shall be appointed and prepared ing to pay a certain price to have kept safely: anything in this bill that prohibits disbursing
officers of the Government from depositing pubto receive the same.
But if there be any fear that the company may lic funds in this institution. Section four provides for the election of exercise the powers of a bank, I will move as
Mr. INGERSOLL. No, sir, there is not. I officers. an amendment, that they shall not receive
suppose that the disbursing officers of the GovSection five provides that the president, vice money on deposit. That is not the intention.
ernment are controlled by the statutes and the I will move to add this proviso : president, and directors of said company shall
orders of their superiors, and not by the pro
Provided, That nothing hcrcin contained shall be be, and they are hereby, authorized and em
visions of this bill. There is no prohibition in deemed to authorize the said corporation to pay inpowered to receive and keep on deposit all terest on deposits of money, securities, or any other this bill against disbursing officers putting their such valuables, gold, silver, or paper money, property deposited with it.
public funds in this institution, any more than bullion, precious metals, jewels, plate, certifi- Mr. HUBBARD, of Iowa. Are they author- there was in reference to their depositing in cates of stock, or evidence of indebtedness, ized to discount notes and bills of exchange? | the Merchants' National Bank of this city. deeds or muniments of title, or other valuable Mr. INGERSOLL. They are not.
I move the previous question. If the House papers of any kind, or any other article or Mr. WILSON, of Iowa. It does seem to do not desire to second it, they can vote it down. thing whatsoever, which may be left or depos- me that the provisions of this bill are too Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. I hope ited for safe keeping with said company, and broad, and I hope it will not pass.
the House will vote it down. shall be entitled to charge such commissions or Mr. SPALDING. I think the bill had bet- The question was taken; and upon a division compensation therefor as may be agreed upon, ter be referred to the Committee on Banking | there were—ayes twenty, noes not counted. and for the complete preservation and safe keep- and Currency.
So the previous question was not seconded. ing thereof shall construct, erect, lease, or pur- Mr. WILSON, of Iowa. Is there any ex- Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. I move chase, such fire-proof and burglar.proof build- press language in the bill confining the opera- that this bill and the pending amendment be ing or buildings, vaults, iron, or composition tions of this incorporation to the District of referred to the Committee on Banking and Cursafes, or other means which may become neces- Columbia ?
rency. sary, and generally to transact and perform all Mr. INGERSOLL. There is nothing in the Mr. HENDERSON. I would like to ask