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dealings under the former bill were injurious to of how the business is carried on there, and I take ment of a distinguished officer that the trade with the public interests, and particularly detrimental it that it is sufficiently verified to be useful in the rebels had embarrassed all our military operto the military service, it does not follow by any throwing some light on this general subject. ltations, especially along the river. The act of 1861, means that under the new regulations which have appears that we have got a Treasury agent there allowing permits to trade, as acted on and carried sprung up under the new provisions of the law, whose name is Heaton; and let me say here, with out, was very injurious, and I believe the whole which were designed, and it was said would tend no disposition to condemn humans by classes or country demanded ils repeal. and were calculated, to remove the difficulties to condemn Treasury agents as a class, that suf- The only thing to which I wish now to call which had been witnessed under the old regula- || ficient facts have come to my knowledge since the attention of the Senate is that this section of tions, the intercourse is obnoxious to the same my connection with the Senate and with the Gov- the act of July 2, last, which the honorable Senobjections which were made by the Committee ernment in relation to Treasury agents to convince ator proposes to repeal, was ingratied upon that on Commerce on a former occasion; and there- me that taken as a class in their offices they are bill in the Senate when the honorable Senator fore I hope that the bill will not only be referred, || the most pestilential and pestiferous set connected himself must have been present. The bill passed but that it will be referred to the Commiltee on with the Government, the most obnoxious to jus- this body, and it was sent to the House of RepCommerce, who once examined the question, tice and the most injurious to us as a people. I resentatives shortly after the section was inserted, who had the facts before them, and who are not will read from this letter:
and the Senator voted for the bill. A motion was disqualified, as my honorable friend from Ver- “ Heaton was appointed Treasury agent by"
made to strike out this particuar section, the eighth mont supposes, by having reported this measure, the former head of the Department
section, and the motion was rejected. The voie but who are qualifiedsand his business is to grant licenses to keep stores, and
of the Senate is not given, because it was not Mr. COLLAMER. I merely presumed it had some other duties, as laid down in his instructions; but as
taken by yeas and nays. Immediately afterward been by the committee's recommendation, be- yet no person ha been authorized to act as agent for the the vote was taken by yeas and ways upon the cause I did not see how else it ever got through. Government to purellase turpentine or other produce for passage of the bill with the eighth seciion in it, and
account of Government. I do not know anything about it more than that.
ihat vote is now before me. The honorable Sena “There is a speculator at Newbern named Charley DibMr. MORRILL. I will not say that the hon- ble. He has no license or other authorization to trade. A alor voted for the bill. I only wish to call his orable Senator had no ground for his supposition, person brings in filliy barrels turpentine, and reports to attention and the attention of the Senate to it. I reasoning on that basis; but the fact is as I have Heaton. Heaton says he cannot buy it, as the Government
myself voted for the bill, probably without any stated. has not authorized him to do so; bui he recommends them
distinct recollection of the terms of that section, 10 sell to Dibble, and to no one else. If a man says he has I hope, therefore, Mr. President, that the bill been in the habit (before the war) of selling to Patterson,
Mr. COLLAMER. The gentleman probably will be referred; and particularly in view of the Sunith, or Brown, innd would like to cuutinue to trade will has looked at the record. facis mentioned by the Senator from Vermont, them, Ileaton says, 'Well, you had better trade with Dib
Mr. SHERMAN. I have the record before ble, wlio lias better facilities than anybody else.' And, which I am very ready to believe, which I have
although he does not threaten, lie hints very strongly thai no doubt exist, and to a very much greaterextent if Dibble is not the purchaser the seller may have trouble.
Mr. COLLAMER. I can merely say I did than he has stated. I am very free to say in ad- Heaton and Dibble are partners in the profits of all these not know this section was in the bill. I never vance that I liave not changed my convictions on trades."
knew it. the subject. I believed it was wrong then; I have I miglit go on and read further, but you will Mr. SHERMAN. It is very probable that the believců so all the time; I think so now. But i perceive what i lucky fellow Dibble is.' Fortu- section was put in the bill in the House of Repthink on a matter of so great importance as this nale Mr. Dibbleindeed! There are a great many resentatives. A motion to strike out was negawe ought to act with reference to all the facts that of these cases over the country; this is but a lived, not by yeas and nays, and immediately can be gathered on the suliject.
specimen. A case occurred recently in my own following is the vote by yeas and nays on the Mr. COLLAMER. Wind I said in relation to Siat-the papers in relation to it are here now- passage of the bill. this section having been inserted on the recom- where a Treasury agent, drawing his pay from Mr. COLLAMER. The bill originated here. mendation of the commillee was only a presump- the Government, sworn to carry out its laws and Mr. SHERMAN. Then the section was probe tion of mine from the fact thatit pussed. I do not its orders, engaged, as I believe, and as I have ably in the bill as it came from the Treasury Deknow anything about it. The gentleman knows no doubt, for a moneyed consideration, in a vio- partment, where I presume it was framed. The what transpired in the Senate at the time; I was lation of ihe neutrality laws, and sending out of bill came here probably with this section in it not here when the bill passed. After the remarks the port arms and munitions of war that he and from the Treasury Deparıment, was referred to of the Senator from Maine, 1 move myself lo refer those connected with him might be benefited; and the Committee on Commerce, was debited, and the bill to the Conimittee on Commerce. he went so far in his impudent attempt as to urge
a motion was made here-it does not say by Mr. CONNESS. Before the reference is made upon the collector of the port, (who said he would whom-lo strike out the eighth section. There I desire simply to say that I have been the re- and who did seize the vessels which contained these was no vote by yeas and nays, and then the bill cipient of many applications from parties inter- | articles contraband,) a violation of his duty, and passed. The bonorable Senator voted for it, and esies who have obtained permits under this per- argued indeed thut it was none of his business if || | voted for it, which I certainly would not have nicious statule to trade in cotton at New Orleans the oaths made before him were false; that he had done if my attention had been called distinctly and elsewhere, and that copies of the President's nothing to do with it; and finally he discovered to the eigbih section of the bill. I therefore do order and the order of the Secretary of the Treas- that it was perfectly right for the collector lo grant not attribute any blame to bim, because I voled ury given to them to authorize them to trade at a clearance in a schooner of fifty-five ions to clear with bim. those places have been furnished to me. When for Hamburg in Europe with those articles con- Mr. COLLAMER. I knew that bill; the SenI examined them, I confess that I was very much Traband of war ou board; and that it was none of ator from Maine says the committee ngreed upon surprised, for, like the honorable Senator from the collector's business to assume that she could it; I had no objection to it in that shape; bui ihat Vermont, I was not aware of the fact that Con- not make the voyage, but it was perfectly right bill with this section in it I never should have gress had passed such a law. I was astounded for him to let them swear her through. His con- voted for. I did not know it was there. I was that a policy such as these orders indicated could federate in the transaction, not then holding the perfectly astonished when I saw the President's possibly have been adopted in a time of war. Suc- commission of the Government, whose corre- proclamation stating that to be the law, ceeding these applications, and in connection with spondence on the subject I have in my possession, Mr. SHERMAN. A motion was made to them, further applications were made upon the urged the collector openly to violate his oath strike out the eighth section of the bill. That refusal of General Cauby at New Orleans, com- “What of the oath:” he said, and he put it on the amendment was agreed to in Committee of the manding that department, to carry out the instruc- ground of patriotisni. "All these fellows, you Whole, and when in the Senate the question was tions of the Treasury Department and of the know, are 'patriots.'” The truth of the business | put on that amendment again. Here is the record: President, asking me to go to the War Depart- | is that it is through a superubundance of that kind ““ The next amendment was lo strike out the eighth secment, and to the Treasury, and to the President, of patriotism, rather than through the efforts of tion, as follows." respectively, to obtain an overruling of the posi- the rebels, that this war has been prolonged. Then follow the very words of the law as it zion taken by General Canby in regard to it. 1 There is no doubt of it. I thank the Senator from now stands, will only say here for myself that I refused to in- Vermont, and the country, I think, is under ob- “This amendment was not concurred in." terfere in any respect, or to obtrude any advice | ligations to him, for presenting this subject to the No vole was taken on any other amendment; upon any Department of the Government in that attention of Congress at this time.
and then followed the vole on the passage of the connection. These things took place with my- I will say before I close that I have simply an- bill, which showed a very full Senate. self before the appearance of General Conhy's swered all such applications as have been made lo Mr. CHANDLER. If the Senator will parreport, which shows conclusively that he has been me to aid these gentlemen in making money pend- | don me I will correct him. simply performing his duty as an honest and able | ing this war, by saying that I do no business of Mr. SHERMAN. I will hear the Senator. officer, as he is.
that kind. The leiters in my possession will go Mr. CHANDLER. I have the record before In that connection also permit me just now to to the Committee on Commerce, if they want me; I read from the Journal: call the attention of the Committee on Commerce them, so that they may have the general range of « On the question, Will the Senate concur in the follow
- I will submit the letters in my hand to them the special agents of ihe Treasury Department ing amendment made as in Commillee of the whole, to with this reference-to the fact that the most before them.
wil, strike out the eighth section?" mischievous and pernicious action under these Mr. SHERMAN. Mr. President, my own The eighth section came from the Treasury Delicenses to trade in the rebellious territories is convictions about this subject have been before partment in the bill, and was stricken out by the constantly going on under and by the patronage expressed to the Senate, and I will not now re- Committee on Commerce. The Committee on of our Government. On Saturday morning I re- peat them. I only wish to correct one or two mis- || Commerce recommended an absolute prohibition ceived the letters I have now in my hand at my | apprehensions into which the Senate and the coun- of all traffic with the rebel Slates. While the bill desk here. One of them is written by an attorney try might fall from the statement of the honorable was upon its passage in the Senate, the section in New York city, who refers me for bis responsi- Senator from Vermont. My own convictions | stricken out by the committee was reinstated by bility to no less a person than the Vice President have been, like his, that we cannot at the same the Senate on a distinct vote, against the recomof the United States. He asks in behalf of another time trade and fight with a people; commercial mendation of the Coinmillee on Commerce and party a permit to go to Newbern, North Carolina, relations are entirely inconsistent with war; and against the judgment of that committee, the comio trade in lurpentine, &c. He gives an account I have also probably mentioned before the state- mille having recommended an absolute prohibition of all trade and traffic with the rebel States APPORTIONMENT OF REPRESENTATIVES, ETO. Van Valkenburgh, Voorhees, Ward, Wilder, Winfield, of every kind and description.
Benjamin Woud, Fernando Wood, Woodbridge, and Yea
Mr. SLOAN introduced a bill submitting to mal-64, The motion to refer the bill to the Committee
the Legislatures of the several States a propoon Commerce was agreed lo.
So the resolution was adopted.
Mr. ASHLEY. I move to reconsider the vole Mr. SHERMAN. I trust the Senate will al- Mr. HOLMAN asked for the reading of the just taken, and also move that the motion to relow me to take up a bill for the relief of a citizen bill in extenso, and it was read.
consider be laid on the table. of my State. I move to take up House bill No. It provides for submitting to the Legislatures
The latter motion was agreed to. 163, for the relief of Charles Anderson, assignee of the several States the following article:
DICTIONARY OF CONGRESS. of John James, of Texas. A similar bill has Art. XIII, Sec. 1. Representatives in Congress shall
Mr. SPALDING offered the following resoluheretofore passed the Senate.
be apportioned among the several States which may be ill-
tion: The motion was agreed to; and the Senate, as
bers of qualified electors. The actual enumeration shall Resolved, That there be printed, for the use of the memin Committee of the Whole, proceeded to con- be made in the year 1870, and within every subsequent bers of this flouse, a sutlicient number of extra copies of sider the bill. It directs the Secretary of War to term of ten years, in such manner as Congress shall by law the Dictionary of Congress to make the quota of the House
direct. pay to Charles Anderson, assignee of John James,
equal to that already ordered by the Senate; provided the
Sec. 2. Direct taxes shall be apportioned among the copyright hereby directed to be paid by the Clerk shall not of Texas, the sum of $1,041 66, being the amount
several States according to the appraised value of taxable exceed the amount heretofore paid per copy for the sanno ceruified by the Quartermaster General to be due property therein respectively. The rule of appraisal and work. to John James for back rent of Camp Hudson, taxation shall be uniform.
Mr. SPALDING moved to refer the resolution in Texas, prior to July 1, 1859, the same having The bill was referred to the Committee on the to the Committee on Printing, and demanded the been regularly assigned to Charles Anderson. Judiciary, and ordered to be printed.
previous question. The bill was reported to the Senate without
MILITARY ROAD IN OREGON.
The previous question was seconded, and the amendment, ordered to a third reading, read the third time, and passed.
Mr. McBRIDE introduced a bill to amend an
main question ordered; and under the operation
thereof the resolution was referred to the ComEXECUTIVE SESSION.
act entitled "An act granting lands to the State mittee on Printing.
of Oregon, to aid in the construction of a military On motion of Mr. SUMNER, the Senate pro
PEACE. road from Eugene City to the eastern boundary ceeded to the consideration of executive business; of the State," approved July 2, 1864; which was
Mr. COX submitted the following resolution, and after some time spent therein the doors were read a first and second time, and referred to the
and demanded the previous question on its adopreopened, and the Senate adjourned. Committee on Public Lands.
Whereas the country hails with manifestations of patriRECLAIMING SWAMP LANDS.
otic joy and congratulation the victories recently achieved HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Mr. ROSS introduced a bill to secure to the
by our brave armies; and whereas “the recognized object Monday, January 16, 1865. several States the benefits of an act entitled "An
of war, at least among civilized and Christian nations, is
an honorable and satisfactory peace; and that although we The House met al twelve o'clock, m. Prayer
act to enable the State of Arkansas and other do not know that the insurgerils are yet prepared to agree by the Chaplain, Rev. W. H. CHANNING. States to reclaim the swamp and overflowed lands to any terins of pacification that our Government would or The Journal of Friday last was read and apwithin their limits;" which was read a first and
should deem acceptable, yet as there can be no possible proved. second time, and referred to the Committee on
harm resulting froin ascertaining precisely what they are
ready to do, and in order to refute the imputation that the The SPEAKER. The first business in order | Public Lands.
Administration contemplates with satisfaction a continut is the call of the States for bills on leave, to be
The SPEAKER. The call of States and Ter- ance of hostilities for their own sake, on any ground of referred, and not brought back by a motion to ritories for bills on leave being concluded, the next
mere punctilio, or for any reason than because it is conreconsider. business in order is the call of States for resolu
pelled by an absorbing regard for the very end of its exist
ence;" and whereas “all established and rightly consii. PAY OF SUPREME JUDGES.
tions, commencing with the State of Ohio, where tuted Government, combating arined and menacing rebel
the call was suspended on the 19th day of Decem- lion, should strain every nerve to overcome at the earliest Mr. GRISWOLD introduced a bill providing || ber last.
moment the resistance it encounters, and should not compensation to the Justices of the Supreme
merely welcome, but seek, satisfactory (however informal)
UNITED STATES CHRISTIAN COMMISSION. assurances that its end has been attained:" Therefore, Court of the United States and for the payment of their traveling expenses; which was read a first
Mr. ASHLEY I offer the following resolu
Resolved, That now, in this hour of victory, which isihe
hour of magnanimity, it is eminently the duty of the I'rosand second time, and referred to the Committee on tion, and demand the previous question on its ident, on the basis of the present “riglatfully constituie the Judiciary. adoption:
Government," either to send or receive cominissioners un
agents with a view to national pacification and tranquil. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RAILROAD COMPANY.
Resolved, that the use of the Hall of the Housc of Rep- lity, or by some other rational means known to civilizator
resentatives be granted to the United States Christian Christian nations, secure the cessation of hostilities and Mr. ORTH introduced a bill to incorporate the
Coinmission for their anniversary exercises on Sabbath the Union of the States. District of Columbia Railroad Company; which evening, January 29.
The previous question was seconded, and the was read a first and second time, and referred to Mr. COX. I move that the resolution be laid
main question ordered. the Committee for the District of Columbia. on the table.
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I move that
the resolution be laid on the table.
The previous question was seconded, and the Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois, introduced a
Mr. COX. I have modified the resolution since main question ordered. bill to provide for two assistant inspectors of Mr.'WASHBURNE, of Illinois. On agree
it was first presented so as to remove objections
of gentlemen on the other side. steamboats in the city of New York, and for two ing to the resolution, I demand the yeas and nays. Mr.WASHBURNE, of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, local inspectors at Galena, Illinois; which was I do not believe in granting the Hall for this pur- when the rebel executive and the rebel congress read a first and second time, and referred to the
pose. Committee on Commerce.
have again and again peremptorily and insulungly The yeas and nays were ordered.
refused to entertain any overtures for peace, 1 • MISSOURI LAND TITLES. The question was taken, and it was decided in
deem that it would be disgraceful for us to conMr. KNOX introduced a bill perfecting the the affirmative-yeas 78, nays 38, not voting 64;
tinue to importune them to accept peace proposias follows: title of certain locations of land in the State of
tions and peace commissioners.
YEAS--Messrs. Allison, Ames, Ancona, Anderson, ArMissouri; which was read a first and second
The SPEAKER. There can be no debate on nold, Ashley, John D. Baldwin, Baxter, Benman, Blaine, time, and referred to the Committee on Public Blow, Boutwell, Boyd, Broomall, James S. Brown, Ambrose
the resolution. Lands,
W. Clark, Cobb, Coffroth, Cole, Demning, Dixon, Donnelly, Mr. COX. I want the House to understand Alsu, a bill perfecting the titles to lands in the Driggs, Eckley, Eliot, Frank, Grinnell, Hale, Charles M. this is Horace Greeley's proposition. I demand State of Missouri, localed under the act of FebHarris, ligby, blooper, Hotchkiss, Asahel W. Hubbard,
the yeas and nays on the motion that the resoluJohn 11. Hubbard, Ingersoll, Jenckes, Julian, Kassou, Kel ruary 17, 1815; which was readba first and second ley, Orlando Kellogg, Knox, Littlejolm, Loan, Longyear,
tion be laid on the table. time, and referred to the Committee on Public Marvin, McAllister, McIndoe, Samuel F. Miller, Morrill, The yeas and nays were ordered. Lands.
Daniel Morris, Amnos Myers, Leonard Myers, Norton, Orth, Mr. ŚMITH. I understand that if the resolu
Patterson, Perham, Pike, Price, William II. Randall, John tion be debated it goes over.
The SPEAKER. The main question has been Mr. DRIGGS introduced a bill to establish a William B. Washburn, Webster, Whaley, Williams, Wild ordered. board of health and quarantine in the District of son, Windom, and Worthington-78.
Mr. COX. While I would like to hear the Columbia; which was read a first and second
NAYS – Messrs. Augustus C. Baldwin, Brandegec,
gentleman from Kentucky, still I want the vote time, and referred to the Committee for the DisEldridgc, English, Finck, Griswold, Hall, Ilarrington, Ilol
taken to-day: trict of Columbia.
man, William Johnson, Law, Le Blond, Long, McKinney, The question was taken, and it was decided in
James R. Morris, Morrison, Noble, Pendleton, Robinson,
the affirmative-yeas 84, nays 51, nul voting 48;
as follows: Chilian A. White, and Joseph W. White-39.
YEAS-Messrs. Alley, Allison, Ames, Anderson, Amold, judicial system of the United States; which was
NOT VOTING-Messrs. Janies C. Allen, William J. Al- Ashley, Baily, Jolin D. Baldwin, Baxier, Bramai, Bout read a first and second time, referred to the Com- len, Alley, Baily, Blair, Bliss, William G. Brown, Freeman well, Boyd, Brandegee, Broomall, Ambrose W.Clark. Freemittee on the Judiciary, and ordered to be printed.
Clarke, Clay, Creswell, llenry Winter Davis, Thomas T. man Clarke, Cobb, Cole, Henry Winter Davis, Thomas T.
Davis, Dawes, Dawson, Dumont, Farnsworth, Ganson, Davis, Dawes, Deming, Dixon, Donnelly, Eckley, Eliot, DUTY ON DISTILLED SPIRITS.
Gartield, Gooch, Grider, Harding, Benjamin G. Harris, Frank, Garhelil. Goncli, Grinnell, Griswold, ligby, Ilooper,
lerrick, Huiburd, Hutchins, Philip Joluison, Kalbfleischi, Asahel W. Hubbard, Jolin H. Hubbard, lugerstall, Jenckes, Mr. GRINNELL introduced a bill to increase Francis W. Kellogg, Kernan, King, Knapp, Lazcar, Mala Julian, Kasson, Kelley, Francis W. Kellogg, Knox, Little. the duty on all spirits that may be distilled after lory, Marcy, McBride, McClurg, McDowell, Middleton, jolin, Loan, Longyear, Marvin, McClurg, Meindoc, Samuel July 1, 1865; which was read a first and second
William H. Miller, Moorhead, Nelson, Odell, Charles F. Miller, Morrill, Daniel Morris, Amos Myers, Leonard time, and referred to the Committee of Ways and
O'Neill, John O'Neill, Perry, Pomeroy, Pruyn, Radford, Myers, Norton, Orth, Patterson, Perham, Pike, Price, Wil.
Samuel J. Randall, Alexander H. Rice, James 6. Rollins, liam H. Randall, Alexander 11. Riee, John H. Rice, Edward Means.
Scott, William G. Stecle, Strouse, Stuart, Sweat, Tracy, H. Rollins, Schenck, Scofield, Sloan, Smith, Smithere, *
Spalding, Starr, Stevens, Thayer, Thomas, Upson, Van Valkenburglı, Elihu B. Washburne, William B. Wasiburn, Webster, Whecler, Williams, Wilder, Wilson, Windom, and Worthingtou-81.
NAYS-Messrs. Ancona, Augustus C. Baldwin, Bliss, Brooks, Jamies S. Brown, Chauler, Coffrouli, Cox, Cravens, Denison, Eden, Edgerton, Eldridge, Englisli, Finck, Hale, llall, Harrington, Charles M. Harris, tolmall, Williani Jolinson, Orlando Kellous, Keran, King, Law, Lazear, Le Blond, Long, Mallory, Marcy, MeAllister, McDowell, McKinney, James R. Morris, Morrison, Noble, Pendleton, Radford, Sunu J. Randall, Kobinson, Rogers, Ross, Scott, John B. Steele, Stiles, Townsend, Wadsworth, Chilton A. White, Joseph W. White, Fernando Wood, and Yeamap-51.
NOT VOTING-Messrs. James C. Allen, William J. Allen, Blainc, Blair, Blow, Williain G. Brown, Clay, Cres. well, Dawson, Driggs, Dumont, Farnsworth, Ganson, Grider, Harding, Benjamin G. Harris, Herrick, Hotchkiss, Hulburd, Hutchins, Philip Johnson, Kalbfleisch, Knapp, McBride, Middleton, William 11. Miller, Moorhead, Nelson, Odell, Charles O'Neill, John O'Neill, Perry, Pomeroy, Pruyn, James S. Rollins, Shannon, William G. Steele, Strouse, Stuart, Sweal, Tracy, Voorhees, Ward, Whaley, Winfield, Benjamin Wood, and Woodbridge-18.
So the resolution was laid on the table.
Mr. THAYER stated that his colleague, Mr. O'Neill, was paired with Mr. Steele, of New Jersey.
Mr. VAN VALKENBURGH stated that his colleague, Mr. POMEROY, was absent from the House on account of illness in his family. The vote was then announced as above recorded.
PAYMENT OF RECRUITING OFFICERS. Mr. FINCK submitted the following resolution, and demanded the previous question on its adoption:
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affirirs be directed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for the payment of such field officers of regiments who were appointed by the Governors of the several States during the rebellion, and who were engaged in recruiting and organizing companies and regiments for service in the forces of the United States, or commanding, superintending, or directing camps of instruction and rendezvous establisted by said Governors, the same pay and emoluments allowed by the United States, at the time, to officers of like ranik, from the time of entering upon such service under their appointinent up to the date of their inuster into the service of the United States, and that said commillee report by bill or otherwise.
The previous question was seconded, and the main question ordered, and under the operation thereof the resolution was adopted.
QUOTAS OF CALIFORNIA. Mr. McKINNEY submitted the following resolution, and demanded the previous question on its adoption:
Resolvcil, That the Secretary of War, (if not incompatible with the public interest,) be directed in communicate to this llouse what is the number of troops furnished by the State of Calitornia to the General Government under the various calls, and whether the draft lias been entorced in that State as in other States, and if not, the reason for its non-enforcement,
The SPEAKER. This being a call on one of the Executive Departments for information must, if objected to, lie over for one day.
Mi. COLE, of California. I object.
REPAYMENT OF COMMUTATION MONEY. Mr. NOBLE submitted the following preamble and resolution, on which he demanded the previous question:
Whereas under the call made by the President for three hundred thousand troops, on the - day of
A. D. 1864, in order to fill their quotas, soine of the districts made a supplemental draft subsequent to the passage of the act regulating the subject, of July 4, 1864, which supplemental draits were declared irregular and the persons thus draited were ordered to be discharged therefrom, and when coininutation had been paid it was also ordered that the same should be resunde, which bas not been done; and whicreas in many instances the persons who liad thus paid commutation within a very short period thereafter were again drafted under the subsequent call and compelled to enter the service of the United States; and whereas families are now suffering for want of the return of said commutation: Therefore,
Resolved, That the Secretary of War be directed to inform this House why the said commutations have not been refunded without so mucli delay.
The previous question was seconded.
Mr. SLOAN. I move to lay the resolution on the table.
Mr. NOBLE. Let me appeal to my friend not to move to lay that resolution on the table for this reason: I know many instances where the facts therein stated are true.
Mr. SLOAN. I do not object to an inquiry in reference to the subject-matter of the resolution. What I object to is that the resolution asserts many facts which I do not know to be true.
Mr. NOBLE. I do know that many of them Now, I understand that permission has been are true.
given to the Committee of Ways and Means, of Mr. SLOAN. I have no objection to a reso- which I am a member, to sit during the sessions lution of inquiry calling for all the facts in rela- of the House. If so, I take it that that bestows tion to the subject.
upon the members of that committee the right to The motion to lay the resolution on the table vote upon any question taken during their abwas not agreed to.
Mr. SCHENCK. I suggest to the gentleman The SPEAKER. The Chair overrules the that the only difficulty here seems to be that in point of order. The Chair thinks, and in this he the preamble a number of facts are stated as acl- has gone beyond his predecessors, that this priviually existing. Now I have no doubt that my lege enables ihe members of the committee to come colleague (Mr. Noble] is satisfied, either from in and vole upon any proposition pending before evidence within his own knowledge or otherwise, the House when they were not within the bar that a part at least of these alleged facts are true. when their names were called; but that they canStill they may be capable of some rebutting testi- not come in at a subsequent day, or after the remony; and if my colleague would modify his reso- sult has been announced, and record their votes. lution by inserting after the word “whereas'' Mr. MALLORY. I accept the ruling of the the words “it is alleged," all objection would be Chair and thank the House for the permission to removed.
vote. I vote “no”on the motion to lay the resoMr. NOBLE. I have not the least objection lution of the gentleman from Ohio [Mr. Cox) on to so modifying the resolution, though I know the table. personally of the existence of many of the alleged
EXCHANGE OF NAVAL PRISONERS. facis, Mr. SCHENCK. I have no doubt of that; but
The SPEAKER, by unanimous consent, the the modification will remove all objection.
morning hour having expired, laid before the Mr. NOBLE. I will make the modification sug.
House a letter from the Secretary of the Navy, gested; but I desire to say to my colleague that
transmitting, in compliance with a resolution of the personally know of one or two instances where
House of Representalives of the 21st of Decemmen have been drafted and taken into the service
ber, 1864, a statement of what measures have been a second time whose families are now suffering exchange of naval prisoners now in the hands of
taken for and what obstacles are in the way of an for want of this commutation money. And further, I know application was made more than six
the rebels; which was referred to the Committee months ago to get the money paid back.
on Naval Affairs, and ordered to be printed. The main question was then ordered to be put. APPROPRIATIONS FOR INTERIOR DEPARTMENT. The SPEAKER. This being a call for exec
The SPEAKER also, by unanimous consent, utive information, requires unanimous consent to
laid before the House a communication from the be considered this day, Mr. BOUTWELL. I object.
Secretary of the Interior, transmitting the annual Mr. NOBLE. Who objects?
statement as to the appropriations for that DepartMr. ROUTWELL. Iobject, and if the House | compliance with the act of May 1, 1620; which
ment, compiled by the Second Comptroller, in will pardon me, I will say to the gentleman from Ohio that if he will introduce a simple resolution
was laid upon the table, and ordered to be printed. asking information upon this subject, without al
MISSOURI A FREE STATE. leging any matters of fact about which the House The SPEAKER. The Chair lays before the know noihing, there will be no objection to it. House a telegraphic dispatch received by him on
Mr. NOBLE. I myself made a number of ap- Saturday lasi, when the House was not in sesplications more than six months ago for the repay- sion, with the request that it should be laid bement of this commutation which had been paid fore the House of Representatives. by men who were subsequently drafted. That I The Clerk read the dispatch, as follows: know to be true. Since I have been here a num
Jefferson City, Missouri, January 14, 1865. ber of these men and their families have written
Hon. SCHUYLER COLFAX, to me with reference to the matter, and I have Speaker House of Representatives : called upon the War Department time and again, The following is the proclamation of Thomas C. Fletcher, but have failed to get a return of the money. I
first Governor of free Missouri. We know you join in know the families need the money, and I think
spirit with Missouri in her jubiler to-day.
GEORGE SMITH, the resolution should pass.
President Senale of Missouri. Mr. BOUTWELL, I have called myself upon
W.L. LOVELACE, the War Department many times for information,
Speaker House of Representatives of Missouri. and have failed to get it.
Proclamation by the Governor. Mr. NOBLE. This is a case where money has
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, been paid, and it should be returned. The fault
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI, January 11, 1865. is in the War Department.
It having pleased divine Providence to inspire to rightMr. BOUTWELL, Iinsist upon my objection. cous action ihe sovereig, people of Missouri, who, through So the resolution was laid over.
their delegates in convention assembled, with proper legal
authority and solemnity,have this day ordained that hereTAX ON PASSENGER TRAVEL.
atter in this state there shall be neither slavery nor invulMr. SCHENCK submitted the following res
untary servitude, except in punisiment of crime whereof
-the party shall have been duly convicteil, and that all perolution, on which he demanded the previous ques- sons held to service or labor as slaves are liereby declared tion:
free: Now, therefore, by authority of the supreme execResolved, 'That the Committee of Ways and Means be
utive power vested in me by the constitution of Missouri, directed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the
I, Thomas C. Fletcher, Governor of the State of Missouri, laws for the assessment and collection of internal revenue
do proclaim that lienceforth and forever no person within as to provide that a tax of not exceeding one cent per mile
the jurisdiction of this state shall be subject to any abridgebe levied on every passenger traveling by railway, steain
ment of liberty, except such as the law shall prescribe for boat, or other public conveyance, to be additional to any
the common goud, or know any master but God. tax required by law to be paid by the railway companies,
In testimony whereof I have hereunto signed my name, steamboat companies, or other owners of such public con
and crused the great seal of thie State to be affixed, veyances; and that provision be made under proper re
[L. s.) at Jeffersou City, this 11th day of January, A. D. 1865.
TIIOMAS C. FLETCIER. strictions and penaltics for the collection, accounting for, and paying over of such passenger liix by the corporations
By the Governor: and other persons owning and running such public convey
FRANCIS RODMAN, Secretary of Slate, ances, for a compensation not exceeding - per cent. for Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I move that such collection and paying over.
that communication be laid on the table and printed The SPEAKER ordered tellers on the demand || in the archives of the Government. for the previous question; and appointed Mr. The motion was agreed to. Scherck and Mr. TOWNSEND.
RECIPROCITY TREATY. The House divided; and the tellers reportedayes 54, noes 38.
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. On Friday So the previous question was seconded, and the
the gentleman from New York (Mr. WARD] main question ordered to be put; and under the who objected to taking from the Speaker's table operation thereof the resolution was agreed to.
the resolution in relation to the abrogation of the
reciprocity treaty, said that he would make no obRIGHT TO VOTE.
jection this morning. I hope the House will conMr. MALLORY. I rise to a question of order. sent to take it up and concur in the amendmenis . A short time since I was granted leave to record of the Senate. my vole upon the resolution offered by the gen- Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. Is that in tleman from Ohio, (Mr. Cox.]
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. The gentle- instructed to inquire into the cause of delay in printing the ferred from the District of Columbia, at ruch place or places man from New York (Mr. WARD) who had public documents, and te report what measures, if any, are as may be selected by the Secretary of the Interior, $30,000. charge of the matter said that he would make no necessary to expedite the saime.
The Committee of Ways and Means recomobjection.
NAVAL APPROPRIATION BILL.
mended concurrence. Mr. RANDALL, of Pennsylvania. I object. Mr. STEVENS, from the Committee of Ways The amendment was concurred in.
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. Then I move and Means, reported a bill making appropriations Fourth amendment: to suspend the rules in order that the House may for the naval service for the year ending 30th June, Strike out the following: take up and consider the amendments of the Sena 1866; and moved that it be referred to the Com- To enable the Clerk of the House of Representatives in ate to the joint resolution (H.R. No.56) author- mittee of the Whole on the state of the Union, execute the resolutions of the House of July 4, 1864, directizing the President of the United States to give ordered to be printed, and made the special order
ing payment of additional compensation to its officers, to the Government of Great Britain the notice re
clerks, and other employes, and to the llonse reporters for for
the Congressional Globe, a suin suflicient for the purpose, quired for the termination of the reciprocity treaty
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois, called for the
being $37.991 40, is hereby appropriated out of any money of the 5th of June, A. D. 1854. reading of the bill.
in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, and the same is The question was taken; and, two thirds voting Mr. HOLMAN. I suggest to the gentleman
hereby added to the contingentiund of Ihe llouse of Repre
sentatives; but no payments shall be made under this proin favor of it, the rules were suspended, and the from Illinois that the right to raise points of order vision to any other persons than the clerks, officers, and resolution was taken up.
in Committee of the Whole on the state of the oilier employés of the llouse and the reporters for the ConThe Senate propose io amend the joint resolu- Union on this will be reserved.
gressional Globe. tion by striking out the whole thereof, including Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. That is my The Committee of Ways and Means recomthe preamble, and inserting in lieu thereof the object.
mended non-concurrence. following:
Mr. STEVENS. I have no objection to that
Mr. PRICE. Mr. Chairman, I understand that Whereas it is provided in the reciprocity treaty, con- reservation being made.
the effect of adopting the recommendation of the cluded at Washington the 5th of June, 1854, between the United States of the one part and the United Kingdom of
The bill was read a first and second time, re- Committee of Ways and Means will be to pay Great Britain and Ireland of the other part, that this treaty ferred to the Committee of the Whole on the state
this additional amount. I hope the House will "remain in force for ten years from the date at which it of the Union, ordered to be printed, and made the not vote for any resolution to pay additional sums may come into operation, and further until the expiration special order for Thursday next, and from day to any employés, and that the amendment of the of twelve months alter either of the high contracting parto day until disposed of.
Senate will be concurred in. ties shall give notice to the other of its wish to terminate the same;" and whereas it appears by a proclamation of
WAYS AND MEANS.
The question was taken, and the amendment the President of the United States, bearing date 16th March,
was non-concurred in, there being, on a division 1855, that the treaty came into operation on that day; and
Mr. STEVENS, from the Committee of Ways
-ayes six, noes not counted. whcreas, further, it is no longer for the interests of the Uni- and Means, also reported a bill to amend an act
Fifth amendment: ted States to continue the same in force: Therefore, entitled “An act to provide ways and means for Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the support of the Government, and for other pur
Strike out the following: the Uniteil siates of America in Congress assembled, That
For salary of the commissioner for codifying the naval notice be given of the termination of the reciprocity treaty,
poses," approved June 30, 1864; and for other laws, under joint resolution of March 3, 1863, from July 1, according to the provision therein contained for the terin purposes; and moved that it be referred to the 1864, to March 3, 1865, $2,025. Ination of the same; and the President of the United States Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union The Committee of Ways and Means recomis hereby charged with the communication of such notice to the Government of the United Kingdoin of Great Britain and made the special order for Wednesday next.
mended non-concurrence. and Ireland.
Mr. ANCONA called for the reading of ihe bill. Mr. SPALDING. I think,'Mr. Chairman, Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I ask the
The SPEAKER. The Committee of Ways that the action of the Senate is correct, and that previous question on the amendments.
and Means have a right to report general appro. the House ought not to vote that appropriation. The previous question was seconded and the | priation bills at any time; but this is not a bill of If I am correctly informed the services of that main question ordered. that character.
commissioner terminated some time ago, and he The amendment to the joint resolution was
Mr. STEVENS. If there be any difficulty | received his full pay. I know of no propriety in agreed to.
about it, I will withdraw the bill till the Commii- || giving him another year's salary, and I hope the The amendment to the preamble was also agreed tec of Ways and Means be called.
House will not overrule the action of the Senate to.
Mr. ANCONA. I did not object. I only de
in this respect. The Senate further proposed to amend the title
sired to know what the bill was. I withdraw the Mr STEVENS. I think the appropriation of the joint resolution so as to read: demand for the reading of the bill.
made by this House is right, and I ask to have A joint resolution providing for the termination of the re
The bill was read a first and second time, or- a letter on the subject read. ciprocity treaty of the 5th of June, 1854, between the United dered to be printed, and made the special order The Clerk read, as follows: States and Great Britain.
for Wednesday next, and from day to day until 439 II STREET, WASHINGTON, January 12, 1865. The amendment to the title was agreed to. disposed of.
My Dear Sir: I see by the Globe of yesterday that the Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois, moved to re
Senate amended the deficiency bill by striking out ny sal
ary as commissioner of the code of naval laws. This, I consider the several votes by which the amend- Mr. STEVENS, from the Committee of Ways presume, has been done under some misapprehension of the ments of the Senate were concurred in, and also and Means, also reported back the Senate amend- facts. moved to lay the motion to reconsider on the ments to the bill (H. R. No. 620) to supply defi
I was appointed commissioner in the spring of 1863. table.
In March, 1864, I reported to the House a draft of a code, ciencies in the appropriations for the service of
complete, except a chapter upon the pay of the officers and The latter motion was agreed to.
the fiscal year ending the 30th of June, 1865. employés, and a chapter specifically repealing the old laws
Mr. BROOKS. I object to the amendments whicli should be repealed.
Copies of the code, after it was printed, were distributed
among the several bureaus, and the officers of the Navy and been printed, and we ought to have some explaunanimous consent of the House to introduce the
others interested, for suggestions of amendment or crittnation of them.
cism. Many of them were relurned to me with valuable following joint resolution:
Mr. STEVENS. I move that the amendments suggestions, Be it resolved, &c., That in lieu of the duty on printing be referred to the Committec of the Whole on the
I remained here during the residue or the last session enpaper, unsized, used for books and newspapers exclusively,
deavoring to get action upon it in the House comunittee. noi levied by law, there shall be levied, collected, and
state of the Union, and made the special order for It was distributed to several sub-commiltees for examinapaid a duty of three per cent, ad valorem. to-day.
tion, but was not considered in committee or reported to Mr. KASSON. Is the resolution offered for
The motion was agreed to.
During the reeees I saw the chairman of the committee, consideration now?
Mr. STEVENS. I move that the rules be
(Hon. Mr. Rice,) and, by arrangement with him, came Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. It is for con- suspended, and that the House resolve itself into here at the opening of this session; and I have prepared a bideration at this time,
the Committee of the Whole on the state of the copy with references to all the former laws and also with Mr. KASSON. This subject is before the Union.
references noted and written on each page to all the amend
ments which bave bcen proposed. This I have now subCommittee of Ways and Means, and for that rea- The motion was agreed to.
mitted to the commitlee, and expect their action. I can son I must object to the consideration of the res- The rules were accordingly suspended, and the hardly expect it will be agreed upon and reported so as to olution at this time. House resolved itself into the Committee of the
pass before the end of the session, or nearly the end, and I
shall be compelled to remain in attendance. Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I will ask Whole on the state of the Union, (Mr. BoUTWELL
I respecifully submit, therefore, that the provision for the gentleman from Iowa when the Committee of in the chair,) and proceeded, as a special order, my salary sliould be retained in the bill, and I beg you to Ways and Means will consider this subject. to the consideration of the Senate amendments to submit this statement to the committce. Mr. KASSON. I hope this week. They have the deficiency bill.
I ain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. B. SEDGWICK, an extra session this evening for special and more First amendment of the Senate:
Commissioner of Naral Code. important business. I ask the gentleman at least Insert the following: to postpone the resolution,
To supply a deficiency for compensation of clerks in the
Mr. STEVENS. I think that that letter suffiMr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. If the genDenver branch mint, $450.
ciently explains this matter, and shows that the tleman thinks there will be some action on the
The Committee of Ways and Means recom- appropriation is quite small enough for the time subject this week and that the Committee of mended non-concurrence.
employed. The work done by this gentleman Ways and Means will report to the House, I will
The amendment was non-concurred in.
since the last session is very valuable. Without withdraw the joint resolution.
it, indeed, the whole code would be almost uninMr. KASSÖN. I think there will be. Insert the following:
telligible. Mr. WASHBURNE, of Ulinois. I withdraw To supply a deficiency in the appropriation for the branch
Mr. GANSON. I would ask the gentleman the joint resolution. mint at San Francisco, $134,889 68.
from Pennsylvania (Mr. STEVENS) whether this The Committee of Ways and Means recom- commissioner, or whatever he is, has had any PRINTING OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS. mended non-concurrence.
compensation previous to this, and isso how muchi. Mr. A. W. CLARK, by unanimous consent, The amendment was non-concurred in,
Mr. STEVENS. For one year. introduced the following resolution; which was Third amendment:
Mr. GANSON. Up to what timc? read, considered, and agreed to.
Strike out the following:
Mr. STEVENS. Up to last spring, I think. Resolrod, That the Jolnt Comiittee on Printing bo For the support and maintonance of the convicts trans
Mr. GANSON. I understand from the com
munication that has just been read, that this com- league (Mr. LITTLEJOIN] if he ever read the re- The Committee of Ways and Means recompensation is for trying to lobby this report through port or the codification.
mended non-concurrence. The committee.
Mr. LITTLEJOHN. In reply to that I will The amendment was not concurred in. Mr. STEVENS. The gentleman could not say that I have seen the report and a portion of Eighth amendment: have heard the communication read. The com- the codification, but have noi read it. But I have Insert the foilowing: missioder made an index to the book, and did satisfied myself, from the examination I have For the purchase of nautical and astronomical Instruother work which was deemed necessary. made, that it has required a vast amount of time
meuts, nautical books, maps, and charts; and for repairs
of instruments; and for binding and backing books and Mr. SPALDING. I would ask the gentleman and research, and that this gentleman is entitled
cbaris, $100,000. from Pennsylvania (Mr. STEVENS) if this appro- to compensation for the labor he has performed
The Committee of Ways and Means recompriation has been recommended by the Committee for the public.
mended non-concurrence. on Naval Affairs.
Mr. GANSON. I would also ask the gentle
The amendment was not concurred in. Mr. STEVENS. We have had no recommend
man whal proposition is made by the commisation from them on any subject.
Ninth amendment: sioner that he deems of value to the naval service
Insert the folloiring: Mr.RICE, of Massachusetts. If I understand in that report.
Bureau ofi'quipment and Recruiting : the fact in relation to the services of the commis- Mr. LITTLEJOHN. I am not in the habit For fuel for the Nirvy, and for the transportallon and exsioner in the preparation of this naval code, it is of being cross-questioned by gentlemen. I will penses thereof, 95.347,400. something like this: during the last session of simply reply, that all the laws affecting the Navy The Conmittee of Ways and Means recomCongress Mr. Sedgwick did make a partial re- have been condensed and brought together, so that
mended concurrence. port, not a complete report. The commiitee found, heads of Departments, and all others who desire Mr.WASHBURNE, of Illinois. Asihe amount on examining ihe report, that it was in such form to obtain information, will be able to understand of this item is large, I would like to bave some as to render it impossible for them to determine all questions relating to the laws of the Navy, explanation of it. what was the codification of the existing luws, which can be obtained from this one volume.
Mr. STEVENS. At the time when this defiand what part of the report involved new proposi- Mr. PIKE. Does not the gentleman from New ciency bill was prepared the Navy Department tions submitted by himself-original propositions. York (Mr.LITTLEJOHN] think that fifteen months, had not sent in any estimate for deficiencies. They The report was distributed among the members at a salary of $3,000 a year, is sufficient time to sent in the estimate just as the bill was passing of the committee, and they took into consider- || accomplish that purpose when the product is a here. The committee examined it, and did not ation the subjects assigned to them respectively. | pamphlet of perhaps about two hundred pages? see how they could reject it, because it was for There was no further report in relation to the codi- Mr. DAVIS, of New York. In behalf of the debis already incurred. So they sent it to the fication from the commissioner. I suggested to gentleman who is named as commissioner of the Senate to be put on there. The paper containing him that the committee would desire that he should naval code, I would like to say one word here. the estimates has not come back from that body. enable them by marks and signs to distinguish || By an act of Congress he was entitled to an an- I remember that, among other things, it menwhat was original and that which he had sup- nual salary while employed in the service of the tioned that at the time the original estimates were plied. And within a few days past, within a week Government upon this work. The salary for last | made, coal was seren or eight dollars per ton, past, I have found on the table of the committee year 1
suppose was paid him. Now, if I un- whereas the Department was actually obliged to ibis amended report, which I supposed was what derstand the declaration of the chairman of the pay twelve or fourteen dollars per ton; thai therewas required by the committee, and they will im- Naval Committee (Mr. Rice, of Massachusetts] fore the increased expense asked to be met in this mediately take the subject into consideration and that committee had a right to suppose, after he deficiency will had been necessarily incurred to report upon it as soon as they can do so. In re- had presented the labors of the last year to the keep the Navy in motion. The committee were gard to any recommendations of the Committee committee, that his further services would be re- satisfied that the amount was fairly estimated; on Naval Affairs to the Committee of Ways and quired in preparing or following out the sugges- and although we did not recommend the item Means, I will state that the committee has re- tions which had been made to him by the chair- here, we asked the Senate to put it on, and they ceived no information whatever from the Secre- man of the Naval Committee. And in that work have done it. iary of the Navy which would enlighten them he has since been engaged. The result of his Mr. BROOKS. I wish to ask the chairman of upon any propositions which were before the work has been produced to this House and has the Committee of Ways and Means whether he Committee of Ways and Means.
been accepted by that committee. And I question remembers what was the deficiency for fuel in the Mr. PIKE. I would suggest to the committee very much the fairness of saying now ihat for last deficiency bill. that if we vote this appropriation there would this labor, which has been bestowed with the Mr. STEVENS. I do not. seem to be no reason why the next House should knowledge and at the suggestion of that commit
Mr. BROOKS. I know that it was very large not make an additional appropriation, and make tee, this commissioner is not entitled to compen- | -larger than this, if I remember correcily. I the office continuous and perpetual. The Com- sation from this Government. I believe that make the inquiry for the purpose of suggesting to missioner made a partial report, as he states in under the circumstances compensation, to some the Navy Department (I have no other means of his letter, on the 4th of March of last year. He extent at least, should be awarded to him.
doing it) that, in the regular bill which we shall was asked to specify what particular laws were Mr. MORRILL. I desire to ask the gentleman | shortly act upon, they should estimate for fuel amended, and what changes were made. The from Maine (Mr. Pike) whether he is a ware that sums sufficienily high to cover the whole year, so House remained in session until some time in July, any service has been performed by this commis- that we shall not have these immense deficiency but no additional report was received. The only sioner since the last payment was made.
bills. portion of the code changed at the last session, as Mr. PIKE. I will say in reply, that so far as Mr. STEVENS. I believe the amount is very members will recollect, was in relation to the prize I have learned at the Department, no service has large; but it will be remembered that since last laws, and that was from a draft by the district been performed since the last payment was made. year coal has increased in price almost one half. attorney and the district judge of the district of || I am not disposed to deny one word that Mr. I understood that the amount of fuel used has Massachusetts. For myself I see no reason in Sedgwick states in his letter. I only speak so far been barely sufficient-ihat the Department has the world for such an appropriation as this. as I know; and I have made inquiries on the sub- been obliged to purchase all it has bought. This Mr. RICE, of Massachusetts. I would say jec!.
fuel has been purchased by the Government, and that so much of the code as related to the prize Mr. RICE, of Massachusetts. I stated when I suppose of course it ought to be paid for. law was part of a separate bill.
I was upon the floor before, that within a few days Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I would ask Mr. PIKE. That is what I stated; from a draft past there has been laid upon the table of the Com- | the gentleman whether this coal is bought by condrawn by district attorney Dana and district judge || mittee on Naval Affairs a communication from the tract or in open market. Sprague.
commissioner for revising this code, which, I un- Mr. STEVENS, In both ways, as I underMr. GANSON. I would like to ask the gen- derstand, embraces a statement of the matter of stood-generally by contract, unless where there tleman from Maine (Mr. Pike) if, this commis- his work, distinguishing that which is in the ex- is a demand which must be immediately met, sioner has any peculiar qualifications for the po- listing laws from that which is new. I suppose Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. Well, Mr. sition. Was he ever at sea? Does he know that that work has been performed by him since Chairman, if it is bought by contract I do not see anything about the subject? Or is he a mere the adjournment of Congress, or since March last. how this deficiency could arise. The Navy Delawyer from Syracuse, in the State of New The amendment was concurred in.
partment, I take it, estimates originally at the conYork?
iract price. Mr. PIKE. I would say in reply to that ques- Insert the following:
Mr. STEVENS. But they do not make the tion, that I have a very high respect for the com- Navy Department, Bureau of Navigation:
coniracts at the time of the estimate. They made missioner, with whom I served in Congress while For binnacles, binnacle lamps, and alidades; for bonting, contracts, of course, through the summer, six he held the position of chairman of the Commit- muslin, and sewing materials tor ensigns, jacks, distinctive months after they made the estimates. tee on Naval Affairs. And I have no objection flags, and marks, signal flags, and foreign flags, and for mak
Mr. BROOKS. I have no right to answer the ing Hags of all kinds; for logs, loglines, log reels, log slates, to paying him a reasonable sum for his services;
log paper, log books, and sand glasses; for leads, lead reels, I question on behalf of the present Administration, but it seems to me that he has already been paid lead lines, armings for leads, and sounding cups; and for but if the gentleman will permit me, I will say a reasonable sum. signal apparatus other than signal flags, $125,000.
that the quantity of coal consumed is much larger Mr. LITTLEJOHN. This gentleman, the The Committee of Ways and Means recom- than was estimated for by the Department. It commissioner, served as chairman of the Naval mended non-concurrence.
has not been so much the increased price of coal Committee of this House, and perhaps there is no The amendment was not concurred in.
as the increased quantity consumed. gentleman here or elsewhere-who is better qualified Seventh amendment:
Mr. STEVENS. If the gentleman will look to discharge the duty imposed upon him than Mr.
at the report, he will find that we have one hun
Insert the following: Sedgwick. He has given this question a great
For freight and transportation of navigation materlals,
dred vessels more than we had last year. deal of attention, and much time and research. instruinents, books, and stores; for postage on public let
Mr. BROOKS. There is another subject to And from the investigation I have been able to ters; for the telegraphing of proposals; for packing- boxes which I wish to call the attention of the Navy make I am satisfied that the gentleman is entitled and material; for blank-books, forms, and stationery at
Department through this House, and that is that to compensation therefor.
navigation office; for maps, drawings, models; and for in-
in their estimates they fail to look to the expanMr. GANSON. I would like to ask my col$3,000.
sion of the currency. For example, if the war