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that the motion to reconsider be laid on the
table.
The latter motion was agreed to.

JOHN W. IIARRIS.
Mr. BEATTY, from the same committee,
also reported back, with a recommendation
that the same do pass, Senate bill No. 332,
granting a pension to John W. Harris.

The question was upon ordering the bill to be read a third time.

The bill, which was read, directs the Secretary of the Interior to place on the pensionroll the name of John W. Harris, late a pilot in the service of the United States, and to allow him from the naval pension fund a pension at the rate of twenty-five dollars per month, to commence on April 16, 1863.

The bill was read the third time, and passed.

Mr. BEATTY moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed ; and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table. The latter motion was agreed to.

HARRIET W. POND. Mr. BEATTY, from the same committee, also reported back, with a recommendation that the same do pass, Senate bill No. 501, granting a pension to Harriet W. Pond.

The question was upon ordering the bill to be read a third time.

The bill, which was read, directs the Secretary of the Interior to place on the pension: roll the name of Harriet W. Pond, wife of James Pond, formerly Harriet W. Stinson, and to allow and pay to her as in her own right, and not subject to the claim or control of her husband, a pension at the rate of seventeen dollars per month, to commence on the 21st day of August, 1864, and to continue during her natural life.

The bill was read the third time, and passed.

Mr. BEATTY moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed; and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table.

The latter motion was agreed to.
Some time subsequently,

Mr. MAYNARD said: I did not at the time pay particular attention to the bill granting a pension to Harriet W. Pond, or I would have asked some explanation of it, as it seems to be a bill granting a pension to a woman who has a husband living.

The SPEAKER. The Chair noticed at the time the bill was read that it was a peculiar bill.

Mr. BEATTY. The report accompanying the bill explains it fully. I ask that the report be printed in the Globe, in connection with the bill.

No objection was made.
The report was as follows, made by Mr. Van
WINKLE, of the Senate:

The Committeo on Pensions, to whom was referred the petition of Mrs. Harriet W. Pond, respectfully repert:

That the said petition, with accompanying papers, was originally referred to the Committee of Claims, who reported the facts of the case as follows, which, after due examination, this committee adopt as correct:

Sho represents that she volunteered her services to minister to the necessities of the soldiers during the rebellion; that she left ber home in Old Town, Maine, and went out with the sixth Maine volunteers, and continued an active attendant upon the sick and dying until the close of the war; was on thirteen batu e-ficlds and many heavy skirmishes, and among other things assisted in preserving the names of the dead and procuring the bodies of many for their friends; and spent freely of her own money for the sick, wounded, and dying to the amount of at least $3,000. Her son, of that regiment, was killed in battle, but had expended $1,000 of his own monoy, at his mother's request, for the same purpose.

She represents that in field and hospital sho attended to the necessities of all soldiers alike, and witbout any expectation of remuneration, and would not ask for it now but her health and constitution have suffered by fatigues, hardship, and exposure, and she is left without means of support.

She further represents that at the battle of Antietam, while assisting in the removal of wounded soldiers, a wagon was overthrown, killing three soldiers and breaking her own leg; that she renewed her la bors for the soldiers before ber limb was strong. causing it to be thrown out of place, and erysipelas set in, by which she is permanently disabled.

She shows, too, that in 1863, while with the Maine The bill, which was read, directs the Secre-
regiment, she was captured by the rebels, and by
them robbed of $250 in money, and clothing beside.

tary of the Interior to place on the pension-
Her affidavit shows that she expended $4,000 in the

roll, subject to the provisions and limitations
service, and there is some corroborative testimony of the pension laws, the names of Rehma
upon the subject. The papers indicate her good

Brown, the widow, and Nacey J., Alvey F.,
character and persistency in the work.
The Committee of Claims conclude their report as

Sarah C., and Henry, children under sixteen
follows:

years of age of Henry Brown, late a private in
Your comunittee are of opinion that compensation
in such cases, if mado at all, should be by ihc States

company K, tenth regiment Tennessee carwhose regiments accept tho services and permit such

alry volunteers, and to pay her a pension at attendance. This committee bas hitherto declined the rate of eight dollars per month during to recognize such claiins. But in consideration of the injury she has received, and loss of her son, on

widowhood, and two dollars per month for whom, it is alleged, she leaned for support, it may

each of the children until they shall attain the be proper that a pension be provided for the peti- age of sixteen years, commencing January 31, tioner in this case; and they recommend that her

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papers be referred to the Committee on Pensions.
In accordance with this recommendation the said

The amendment was to strike out from and
petition and papers were referred to this committee, including the words," at the rate of eight dol-
who proceeded to consider the same. They do not
find that there is any law under the provisions of

lars per month" and to insert “commencing wbich the petitioner is entitled to a pension, unless

January 31, 1864."
on account of the death of her son, a private in the The amendment was agreed to.
service, who was killed in battle; but it does not

The bill, as amended, was read the third
apnear that she was so dependent on him at and
before the time of his death as to bring her within

time, and passed. the said provisions.

Mr. BEATTY moved to reconsider the vote If this is so, the case is one of a class of which several, within the last few years, after being pre

by which the bill was passed ; and also moved viously referred to the Military, Naval, or other

that the motion to reconsider be laid on the
Committees, have been sent to the Pension Commit- table.
tee. The class referred to consists of cases in which

The latter motion was agreed to.
relief or reward is asked of the Government on
account of alleged exemplary services in the Army

MARIA SCHWEITZER AND CHILDREN.
or Navy. It is ovident that the consideration of such
cases does not fall within the proper duties of the Mr. BEATTY, from the same committee,
Committee on Pensions. They have, however, for
two or threo years reported on them, usually ad-

also reported back, with an amendment, Senversely, or have asked to be discharged from their ate bill No. 422 granting a pension to Maria further consideration, not because they had been Schweitzer and the minor children of Conrad improperly referred, butas a conclusion from the facts presented. Many of these cases have asked a double

Schweitzer, deceased. or increased pension for the widows of officers of the The bill, which was read, directs the Secrebigher rank, the rate not increasing after the rank tary of the Interior to place upon the pensionof lieutenant colonel is reached in the ascending scale. Such increase cot being allowed by law, it

roll the names of Maria Schweitzer, the widow, will be readily perceived that what is asked in such and Carl B. and Maria Schweitzer, children cases is a mere gratuity. For at least two years past under sixteen years of age of Courad Schweitno such case has been reported on favorably by this comunittee. If they approved such increase, they

zer, late a private in company C, sixty-first would decm it their duty to report an amendment to regiment New York volunteers, and allow and the general law, increasing the rates of pensions in pay her a pension at the rate of eight dollars the cases mentioned, thus putting all on the same footing.

per month for herself during widowhood, and There are, however, in the case of the petitioner to two dollars per month for each of the children, whom this report more particularly relates, some until they severally attain the age of sixteen facts at least analogous to the cases in which pensions are allowed by law. The petitioner had devoted years, commencing February 2, 1865. herself to thoservice of her country by administering The amendment was to strike out all after to the wants of sick and wounded soldiers, and this

the words “ for years continuously; and while actually assisting

pay her a pension” and to insert in removing some of the wounded from the battle

the words " subject to the provisions and field of Antietam, an accident by which three of her limitations of the pension laws, commencing charge wero killed inade her a cripple for life. In

February 2, 1865."
consideration of this the cominittee submit to the
Senato the accompanying bill granting her the pen-

The amendment was agreed to.
sion of an acting assistant surgeon, as in her own The bill, as amended, was read the third
right, from the time she left the Army during her

time, and passed. natural life.

It is proper, in explanation of some of the phrase- Mr. BEATTY moved to reconsider the vote ology of the bill, to state that since the war the peti- by which the bill was passed ; and also moved tioner, who during its continuance was a widow, was again married; but that her husband is himself

that the motion to reconsider be laid on the greatly disabled by disease contracted while an offi- table. cer in the Army during the war, and unable to con- The latter motion was agreed to. tribute to her subsistence. In ordinary cases pensions are not granted to married women, but as in CHILDREN OF ROBERT T. WEED, DECEASED. this case the pension, if granted, is in consideration of her own personal services and permanent dis- Mr. BEATTY, from the Committee on Inabilty, the committee have sought and intended to make it payable to her in her individual right until

valid Pensions, reported back, with an amendher death.

ment, a bill (S. No. 583) granting a pension to LUCINDA R. JOHNSON.

John A. Weed and Elizabeth J. Weed, minor Mr. BEATTY, from the same committee,

children of Robert T. Weed, deceased.

The bill authorizes and directs the Secretary also reported back, with a recommendation that the same do pass, Senate bill No. 500,

of the Interior to place on the pension-roll the

names of John A. Weed and Elizabeth J. Weed, granting a pension to Lucinda R. Johnson. The question was upon ordering the bill to

only surviving children of Robert T. Weed, be read a third time.

late a private in the second Indiana volunteer The bill, which was read, directs the Secre

battery, who died in the service of the United tary of the Interior to place on the pension

States and in the line of duty, and to pay to roli, subject to the limitations and provisions | guardians, a pension of eight dollars

them, or their legally appointed guardian or

month

per of the pension laws, the name of Lucinda R. Johnson, the widow of Dr. B. Johnson, of

from November 10, 1864, the date of the d.ath Illinois, late a contract surgeon in the military

of their father, until they respectively attain service of the United States, and to pay her a

the age of sixteen years.

The amendment of the committee was to pension at the rate of seventeen dollars per month, to commence March 7, 1865, and to

strike out all after the words “a pension,' continue during her widowhood.

and insert "subject to the provisions and lim. The bill was read the third time, and passed.

itations of the pension laws, commencing NoMr. BEATTY moved to reconsider the vote

vember 10, 1862.'

The amendment was agreed to.
by which the bill was passed ; and also moved
to lay the motion to reconsider on the table.

The bill, as amended, was ordered to a third
The latter motion was agreed to..

reading; and it was accordingly read the third

time, and passed. UENBY BROWN.

Mr. BEATTY moved to reconsider the voto Mr. BEATTY, from the same committee, || by which the bill was passed ; and also moved also reported back, with an amendment, Sen- that the motion to reconsider be laid on the ate biil No. 517, granting a pension to the table. widow and children of Henry Brown.

The latter motion was agreed to.

JACOB LEIT.

PATRICK COLLINS.

| provisions and limitations of the pension laws, JULIA WHISTLER.

Congress decided adversely to them. CommoMr. BEATTY, from the Committee on Invalid

the name of Catharine Gensler, mother of dore Moore remained a private citizen up to his Pensions, reported back adversely a bill (S.

John D. Gensler, late private company I one death, which was some five years ago. Mrs. No. 516) granting a pension to Julia Whistler;

hundred and sixty-ninth regiment Pennsyl- Moore comes in now and asks that the pension which was laid on the table.

vania volunteers, commencing June 29, 1864. she received by her former husband, who at the

The bill was ordered to be engrossed and time of his death was an officer in the United

read a third time; and being engrossed, it was States Navy, may be revived to her. The Senate Mr. BEATTY. I move that the Committee accordingly read the third time, and passed. passed a bill reviving it. The Committee on on Invalid Pensions be discharged from the

Mr. VAN AERNAM moved to reconsider Invalid Pensions are of opinion that we sbould further consideration of the petition of Jacob the vote by which the bill was passed ; and also not extend the provisions of the pension law that Leit, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for additional moved that the motion to reconsider be laid | far, or if we do, that it should be by general law bounty, and that the same be referred to the on the table.

which should cover all such cases. We are of Committee on Military Allairs.

The latter motion was agreed to.

opinion that this party has no claim on the UniThe motion was agreed to.

ted States Government for a pension; certainly ASA F. HOLCOMB.

not in consequence of her marriage with ComGEORGE T. BRIEN,

Mr. VAN AERNAM, from the same com- modore Moore, and certainly not, having mar. Mr. VAN AERNAM, from the Committee | mittee, also reported a bill (H. R. No. 1409) ried after the death of her first husband, by on Invalid Pensions, reported back, with an granting a pension to Asa F. Holcomb ; which virtue of whose death she received the pension amendment, a bill (S. No. 314) for the relief was read a first and second time.

I have stated. Hence we report adversely of George T. Brien.

The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior

upon the bill. The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to place upon the pension-roll, subject to the Mr. MAYNARD. If my memory is not at to allow and pay to George T. Brien, out of the provisions and limitations of the pension laws, fault, there are some personal considerations naval pension fund, a pension at the rate of the name of Asa F. Holcomb, private company clustering around this widow, this patriotic fifteen dollars per month, in lieu of the pension B twenty-fourth regiment New York cavalry, woman, that would incline the House to take of five dollars per month heretofore allowed commencing September 29, 1864.

the same view of the case that is taken by the him, the pension to commence from and after The biil was ordered to be engrossed and Senate. She was unquestionably entitled to a the passage of this act and to continue during read a third time ; and being engrossed, it was pension by reason of ihe services and death of his natural life.

accordingly read the third time, and passed. her first husband. She drew a pension until The amendment of the committee was to Mr. VÅN AERNAM moved to reconsider she married her second husband. The seestrike out all after the words - at the rate of the vote by which the bill was passed ; and also ond husband is now dead, and she is doubly & and insert in lieu thereof “ eight dollars per moved that the motion to reconsider be laid

widow. I see no principle that is to be viomonth, subject to the provisions and limita- on the table.

lated, as we have intermitted the pension during tions of the pension laws.

The latter motion was agreed to.

the time of her coverture, by restoring her The amendment was agreed to.

EMILY B. BIDWELL,

again to the pension-list, and I confess it would The bill, as amended, was ordered to be read a third time; and it was accordingly read the

Mr. VAN AERNAM, from the same com

gratify me much to see that done. I speak

without any personal knowledge of the party, third time, and passed. mittee, also reported back House bill No. 1363,

without ever having even seen her, but merely Mr. VAN AERNAM moved to reconsider granting a pension to Emily B. Bidwell, widow

from what I have learned through others who the vote by which the bill was passed ; and

of the late Brigadier General Daniel B. Bidalso moved that the motion to reconsider be well, with the recommendation that it do

are somewhat acquainted with her personal laid on the table.

The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior history. If the gentleman will allow me, I

will move that the bill be recom initted to the The latter motion was agreed to. to place upon the pension-roll, subject to the

Committee on Invalid Pensions with permisprovisions and limitations of the pension laws, ihe name of Emily B. Bidwell, widow of the

sion to report at any time, and will ask them

to give it another examination. Mr. VAN AERNAM, from the Committoe late Brigadier General Daniel B. Bidwell, at

Mr. BENJAMIN. I do not think there is on Invalid Pensions, reported a bill (H. R. the rate of fifty dollars per month from the 19th No. 1406) granting a pension to Patrick Col. of October, 1864, at which date he was killed

any necessity for recommitting the bill to the lins; which was read a first and second time. at the battle of Cedar Mountain, Virginia, to

committee. I presume no instance can be

found in the history of our legislation where The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior continue during her widowhood; and the pen. to place on the pension-roll, subject to the sion heretofore allowed her under the general virtue of the marriage of a widow. I am not

we bave revived a pension that has lapsed by provisions and limitations of the pension laws, law shall be discontinued, and the sum received ibe name of Patrick Collins, a resident of by her under the same shall be deducted from

aware of any such precedent. If there is any Columbus, Franklin county, Ohio, and late an the pension hereby granted.

reason why it should be done in this case the employé of the United States military railroad The bill was ordered to be engrossed and

same reason would unquestionably apply to construction corps, and to pay him a pension read a third time; and being engrossed, it was

every case of the kind, and they are numer. at the rate of ten dollars per month. accordingly read the third time, and passed.

ous, as the committee know. Were the coinThe bill was ordered to be engrossed and Mr. VAN AERNAM moved to reconsider

mittee instructed by the House to inquire into read a third time; and being engrossed, it was the vote by which the bill was passed ; and

the expediency of so amending the general accordingly read the third time, and passed. also moved that the motion to reconsider be

law that in the event of the death of a second Mr. VAN AERNAM moved to reconsider laid on the table.

husband the pension should be revived to the the vote by which the bill was passed ; and also

The latter motion was agreed to.

widow, that would present the question dismoved that the motion to reconsider be laid

tinctly as applied to all such cases. But I am

MRS. EMMA M. MOORE. on the table.

decidedly opposed, and I believe that is the The latter motion was agreed to.

Mr. BENJAMIN, from the same commit. view of the committee, to taking this isolated tee, also reported back adversely Senate bill case and making it an exception to all other No. 519, granting a pension to Mrs. Emma M.

Numerous cases of the kind bave come Mr. VAN AERNAM, from the same comMoore.

before the committee, and they have reported mittee, also reported a bill (H. R. No. 1407)

Mr. MAYNARD. I hope the gentleman adversely upon them in every instance, so far granting a pension to John Gridley; which will give the House some reason why that bill as I know. was read a first and second time. ought not to pass.

Mr. MAYNARD. If I am not mistaken in The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior

Mr. BENJAMIN. Mr. Chairman, in that reference to the identity of this party, she preto place on the pension-roll, subject to the

case the facts are about as follows: Mrs. sents an unusually strong and an unusually provisions and limitations of the pension laws,

Moore was at one time the widow of Lieuten- meritorious claim, if there can be such a thing the name of John Gridley, late of company

ant Cox, United States Navy. He died about as a meritorious woman connected with the G ninth regiment Michigan volunteers, com

fifteen years ago, and his widow was pensioned naval service. If I am not mistaken she is mencing February 4, 1805.

under the general law at the rate of twenty- descended on her father's side from a naval The bill was ordered to be engrossed and

five dollars per month. She continued to officer who has reflected great renown on our read a third time; and being engrossed, it was

receive that pension for several years until she Navy. I mean Commodore Rogers. accordiugly read the third time, and passed.

married Commodore Moore. Commodore Mr. BENJAMIN. I know nothing of her Mr. VAN AERNAM moved to reconsider || Moore, prior to his marriage with widow Cox, | parentage. the vote by which the bill was passed; and also had belonged to the United States Navy. Hé Mr. MAYNARD. If I am not mistaken the moved to lay the motion to reconsider on the resigned from the United States Navy and went family have reflected upon our naval service table.

into the navy of Texas when Texas was an more renown than, perhaps, any other family The latter motion was agreed to.

independent nation. He continued in the || in the country that has served in the Navy. If

Texan service until about the time that coun: that be the case, it presents an appeal to us, it CATIARINE GENSLER.

try was annexed to the United States, and seems to me, that scarcely any other woman Mr. VAN AERNAM, from the same com- although the Texan navy was annexed to that in the country could present. For that reason mittee, also reported a bill (H. R. No. 1408) of the United States, the officers belonging to | I would be glad to have this bill recommitted, granting a pension to Catharine Gensler; which the Texan navy were not commissioned in the so that the committee may again examine it was read a first and second time.

United States service. They for a long time and see whether there are not facts connected The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior | importuned Congress, and finally got their with it which would take it out of the general to place on the pension-roll, subject to the claiın into the courts, but both the courts and run of cases.

JOHN GRIDLEY.

cases.

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Mr. BENJAMIN. I know nothing of the a more reliable support than the Government, widows and orphans and invalid soldiers and parentage of this lady, or of her history, except which was pensioning her in consequence of sailors who have no pensions, and have not what is contained in the papers before the the chivalrous acts of her first husband.

been able to get any under the general law. committee. But I am of opinion that it makes Mr. MAYNARD. My colleague will allow They have not. bowever, been entirely regardno difference in that respect, and that we should me to ask whether he, of all the men in this less of the subject of the increase of pensions not bend our legislation when dispensing favors | House, would interpose any obstacle in the either in this or the preceding Congress. It of this kind--for they are nothing but favors- way of either man or woman contracting a will be recollected that a few years since our to fit any particular case ; but we should legis- second marriage? [Laughter.]

pension laws were such that a poor widow late for all cases, and preserve a principle in Mr. MULLINS. "By no means; but when who had six or eight or ten children, as many the legislation for all these cases. If the prin: || persons do elect of their own choice to marry had, dependent upon her for support, she reciple in this bill is correct, it will apply with a second time I do not want to pay them for ceived eight dollars a month. Measures have the same force to all the other cases of a like doing it. [Laughter.] It might be considered been matured and passed by this Congress character; and, as I said before, they are nu- something like bribing them to go against their whereby a widow who has children receives This party received a pension under will. I want their choice to be open

and free. an additional pension of two dollars a month, the law; she married the second time with We should not give a pension in this case. and twenty-four dollars a year for each child the full knowledge that the pension would The lady might have a third husband, and he | dependent upon her for support. We found, lapse in consequence of her second marriage. | might die, and we might have to give her an- so far as individuals were concerned, that a The committee of the Senate base their report other pension for him. [Laughter.) To grant great many entirely disabled, where they had

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, in favor of this bill upon the fact that her pensions in this way is perhaps bad luck to lost both arms, both legs, or both eyes, were second husband should have been incorpo- the husband. [Laughter.] I want this lady | receiving only eight dollars a month. We have rated in the Navy of the United States ; that to die in peace and quietude. As she has increased those in proportion to the disability; is the argument that is used in the report of elected her present position let her remain those partially disabled getting eight dollars; the Senate committee. But the House com: in it peacefully and quietly. She is now in those very severely, fifteen dollars; another mittee were not able to see the force of that fine credit. She is the widow of two naval class, twenty dollars; and those totally disaargument in every way. That question has officers, one of whom seems to have been in || bled, so as to be entirely dependent on others, been discussed over and over again in Con- the service of a foreign country. The courts | twenty five dollars a month. This makes an gress, and had received an adjudication in the and Congress have decided that enough has increase on the pension bills of something like courts of the country, and the decision had been been done in the way of payments for Texas | tifty per cent. We have thus done tolerably the saine in each case; and we could see no good by our paying in the first place millions on well in increasing pensions. So far as the parreason for coming in at this late day, when more millions to buy her and afterward paying mil. ticular subject referred to is concerned, the thon twenty years had elapsed, and reversing | lions to fight her. I think it is time we should || committee will be glad to take it up, as they the decision of former Congresses, and the de- stop paying people coming from Texas, whether | have all questions in regard to pensions, at the cision of the courts, and placing this party male or female. [Laughter. I do not care | earliest possible opportunity. They may be upon the pension-roll of the country; we did to run in debt in that way. It does not pay. able to report at this session, but I cannot say not think it would be right and just to do so. I think the committee are right in their report whether they will or not. Hence there was no other alternative than to in this case.

CATHARINE ECKHARDT. report adversely upon the bill of the Senate. I Mr. BENJAMIN. I desire to correct the have no objection to having the bill recom- gentleman from Tennessee, [Mr. Mullins.]

Mr. PERHAM, from the same committee, mitted, but I think the result would still be This lady was never a Texan.

also reported back the bill (S. No. 549) grantthe same.

Mr. MULLINS. But she chose a husband ling an increase of pension to Catharine Eck. Mr. MULLINS. Will the gentleman yield | who was a citizen of Texas; and husband and

hardt, with the recommendation that it do pass. to me for a few moments ? wife being one, how you can make her other.

The bill was read. It directs the Secretary Mr. BENJAMIN. Certainly. wise than a citizen of the same country?

of the Interior to pay to Catharine Eckhardt, Mr. MULLINS. I know nothing of this || (Laughter.]

widow of Henry L. Eckhardt, late a private in case beyond what has been stated on this floor.

Mr. BENJAMIN. This lady married Com

company C, fifth regiment Missouri volunteers, But it strikes my mind forcibly that the Com. modore Moore in 1849, after the annexation | her, the further sum of two dollars per month,

in addition to the pension heretofore granted mittee on Invalid Pensions have taken the

of Texas, and when he was a citizen of the right view of the matter. Because reminis.

for and on account of the care, custody, and United States. cences cluster around this woman on account Mr. MULLINS. Had he become natural.

maintenance by her of Anna M. Eckhardt, a of her name or anything else, that is no argu

child under sixteen years of age of Henry L. ized ? He had been a citizen of the republic ment to my mind in favor of departing from of Texas. Did he become naturalized by the

Eckhardt by a former wife, from the 3d day our general principles. As to her noble birth

of February, 1868, while she has such care, annexation? and the line from which she has descended, I Mr. BENJAMIN. Yes, sir.

custody, and maintenance, until the child shall beg leave to say that there are those who have

attain the age of sixteen years. Mr. ALLISON. I move that this bill be

The bill was ordered to be read a third sprung from very low families, whose parents recommitted to the Committee on Invalid were, perhaps, kicked out of the furrow a half Pensions.

time; and was accordingly read the third time, dozen times by a bad plow while endeavoring The motion was agreed to.

and passed.

Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the to get corn for their children to live on, are just as much entitled to the mercy and mag.

IIENRIETTA NOBLES.

vote by which the bill was passed ; and also nanimity of this Government, and even much Mr. PERHAM, from the Committee on In

moved that the motion to reconsider be laid more so, than any one who had rich parents, valid Pensions, reported back without amend.

on the table. or wlio may happen to be the widow of a naval ment a bill (S. No. 232) granting a pension to

The latter motion was agreed to. oficer. Henrietta Nobles.

CARRIE E. BURDETT. Mr. MAYNARD. I would ask my col- The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior Mr. PERHAM, from the same committee, league [Mr. MULLINS] whether all the pen. to place upon the pension-roll the name of

also reported the bill (S. No. 238) granting a sions that we give by special legislation to Henrietta Nobles, widow of Daniel G. Nobles, pension to Carrie E. Burdett, with the recoinwidows and children are not in cases which late a captain of the fourth regiment Tennes- mendation that it do pass. come outside of the ordinary rule of law; the see infantry, and to pay her a pension at the

The bill was read. It proposes to direct the cases of persons who cannot obtain pensions rate of twenty dollars per month, to commence Secretary of the Interior to place the name of at the Pension Bureau under our general November 2, 1862, and continue during her

Carrie E. Burdett, widow of James F. Burdett, laws? And I would also ask whether we do widowhood.

late an acting assistant surgeon in the military not give pensions to them in consequence of The bill was ordered to a third reading; and service, on the pension roll, at the rate of sevmeritorious services rendered the country by it was accordingly read the third time, and

enteen dollars per month, to commence on the their fathers, by their husbands, and possibly passed.

6th of August, 1866, and to continue during in some instances by their sons?

Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the

her widowhood. Mr. MULLINS. I comprehend the idea, vote by which the bill was passed ; and also The bill was ordered to a third reading; and and I would replymoved that the motion to reconsider be laid

it was accordingly read the third time, and Mr. MAYNARD. The gentleman will allow on the table.

passed, me a moment further. Did we not, very early The latter motion was agreed to.

Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote in the history of this country, give to the

by which the bill was passed ; and also moved daughters of Count de Grasse, a foreigner, a

that the motion to reconsider be laid ou the gratuity, a bonus, and finally plaoe them on Mr. WASHBURN, of Indiana. I wish to

table. the pension-roll? inquire of the chairman of the Committee on

The latter motion was agreed to. Mr. MULLINS. Yes, I think the Govern- | Invalid Pensions whether there is any prospect ment has fully acquitted itself in all such cases, of the committee acting on the bill referred to

JOHN W. JAMISON, DECEASED, and ought to have stopped long ago in many them for the payment of pensioners in coin? Dir. PERHAM, from the same committee, of them. And here there comes up a lady, Mr. PERHAM. Mr. Chairman, in regard || also reported back Senate bill No. 427, for the who, being of proper age and disposing mem- to that subject I have to answer that the com- relief of the widow and cbildren of John W. ory, [laughter,) elected by her own choice to mittee has been very busily engaged during || Jamison, deceased, with the recommendation abandon the protection of the Government and all the session, when they could possibly be

that it do pass. take to her side one whom she looked upon as in committee, in providing pensions for the The reading of the bill was dispensed with,

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The bill was ordered to a third reading; and

CHARLOTTE POSEY.

CHILDREN OF JOSEPII BERRY. it was accordingly read the third time, and

Mr. PERIAM, from the same committec, Mr. PERHAM, from the same coinmittee, passed.

reported back a bill (S. No. 318) for the relief reported a bill (H. R. No. 1410) grantiog a Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote

of Charlotte Posey with a recommendation pension to the minor children of Joseph Berry; by which the bill was passed; and also moved that it do pass.

which was read a first and second time. that the motion to reconsider be laid on the

The bill was ordered to a third reading; and The question was upon ordering the bill to table. The latter motion was agreed to.

it was accordingly read the third time, and be engrossed and read a third time.
passed.

The bill, which was read, directs the Secre-
CATHARINE WANDS.

Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote tary of the Interior to place on the pensionMr. PERHAM, from the same committee,

by which the bill was passed; and also moved roll, subject to the provisions and limitations reported back a bill (S. No. 497) for the relief

that the motion to reconsider be laid on the of the pension laws, the naines of Mary E.

talile. of Catharine Wands, with a recommendation

Berry and Louisa Berry, minor children of that it do pass.

The latter motion was agreed to.

Joseph Berry, late a private in company B, The bill was ordered to a third reading; and

fourth regiment Iowa volunteers, commencing REBECCA SENOR.

October 27, 1862, and to continue until Noit was accordingly read the third time, and

Mr. PERHAM, from the same committee, vember 26, 1867. passed. Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote

reported back a bill (S. No. 316) for the relief The bill was ordered to be engrossed and

of Rebecca Senor, mother of James H. Senor, read a third time; and being engrossed, it was by which the bill was passed ; and also moved

deceased, with a recommendation that it do accordingly read the third time, and passed. that the motion to reconsider be laid on the pass.

Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote table. The latter motion was agreed to.

The bill was ordered to a third reading; || by which the bill was passed; and also mored

and it was accordingly read the third time, that the motion to reconsider be laid on the HENRY'REEMS. and passed.

table. Mr. PERHAM, from the same committee,

Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote The latter motion was agreed to. reported back a bill (S. No. 495) for the relief by which the bill was passed ; and also moved

MRS. ALICE A. DRYER. of Henry Reems, with a recommendation that that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table.

Mr. PERHAM, from the same committee, The bill was ordered to be read a third time; The latter motion was agreed to.

reported back, with a substitute, a bill (H. R.

No. 614) for the relief of Mrs. Alice A. Dryer. and was accordingly read the third time, and

ELIZABETH STEEPLETON.

The substitute, which was read, directs the passed. Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote Mr. PERHAM, from the same committee,

Secretary of the Interior to pay to Alice A. by which the bill was passed; and also moved also reported back, with a recommendation

Dryer, widow of Hiram Dryer, late a major of that the motion to reconsider be laid on the that the same do pass, Senate bill No. 494,

the thirteenth regiment United States infantry, table. granting a pension to Elizabeth Steepleton,

whose name is now on the list of pensioners, The latter motion was agreed to. widow of Harrison W. Steepleton, deceased.

the sum of twenty-five dollars per month, dur. The question was upon ordering the bill to | ing her widowhood, in lieu of the pension she be read a third time.

is now receiving. This act to take effect from Mr. PERHAM, from the same committee, The bill, which was read, directs the Secre.

the 5th of March, 1867, the day of the death of reported back a bill (S. No. 456) for the relief tary of the Interior to place upon the pension

Hiram Dryer. of Sylvester Nugent, with a recommendation

The substitute was agreed to. roll, subject to the provisions and limitations that it do pass. of the pension laws, the name of Elizabeth

The biil, as amended, was ordered to be enThe bill was ordered to a third reading; and Steepleton, widow of Harrison W. Steepleton, || grossed and read a third time; and being enit was accordingly read the third time, and late a private in company E, sixth regiment | grossed, it was accordingly read the third time, passed. Indiana legion, and allow and pay her a pen

and passed. Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote sion at the rate of eight dollars per month, to

Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed; and also moved commence on the 9th of July, 1863, and to

by which the bill was passed; and also inoved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the

that the inotion to reconsider be laid on the continue during her widowhood. table.

The bill was read the third time, and passed.

table.
The latter motion was agreed to.
Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote

The latter motion was agreed to.
ELIZABETH BARKER.
by which the bill was passed ; and also moved

POLLY W. COTTON.
Mr. PERHAM, from the same committee,

that the motion to reconsider be laid on the Mr. PERHAM, from the Committee on In

table. reported back a bill (S. No. 434) for the relief

valid Pensions, reported a bill (H. R. No. 1411)

The latter motion was agreed to. of Elizabeth Barker, widow of Alexander

granting a pension to Polly W. Cotton ; which Barker, deceased, with a recommendation that

ANNIE E. DIXON.

was read a first and second time.

The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior Mr. PERHAM, from the same committee, The bill was ordered to a third reading; and reported adversely upon Senate bill No. 282,

to place on the pension-roll, subject to the proit was accordingly read the third time, and

visions and limitations of the pension laws, the granting a pension to Annie E. Dixon; and passed.

name of Polly W. Cotton, widow of Wayne W. Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote the same was laid on the table.

Cotton, late of company G, seventh regiment by which the bill was passed; and also moved

Tennessee infantry, and pay her a pension as that the motion to reconsider be laid on the Mr. PERHAM, from the same committee, she has been receiving, the pension to com

the widow of a captain in lieu of the pension table.

reported back, with an amendment, Senate bill The latter motion was agreed to.

mence April 18, 1863. No. 175, for the relief of Joseph McGhee Cam

The bill was ordered to be engrossed and read JULIA M. MOLIN. eron and Mary Jane Cameron, children of La

a third time; and being engrossed, it was acMr. PERHAM, from the same committee,

Fayette Cameron, deceased. reported back a bill (S. No. 333) for the relief

l'he bill, which was read, directs the Secrecordingly read the third time, and passed.

Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote of Julia M. Molin, with a recommendation that | tary of the Interior to place the names of

by which the bill was passed ; and also moved Joseph McGhee Cameron and Mary Jane Cam.

that the motion to reconsider be laid on the The bill was ordered to be read a third time; eron, residents of the District of Columbia,

table. and it was accordingly read the third time, and children under sixteen years of age of La

The latter motion was agreed to. passed.

Fayette Cameron, deceased, on the pensionMr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote roll, subject to the provisions and limitations

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM R. SILVEY. by which the bill was passed ; and also moved

of the pension laws, and to pay them a pension Mr. PERHAM, from the Committee on Inthat the motion to reconsider be laid on the

at the rate of eight dollars per month, and to valid Pensions, reported a bill (H. R. No. 1412) table.

each the additional sum of two dollars per granting a pension to the children of William The latter motion was agreed to.

month from the 17th of December, 1862, until R. Silvey ; which was read a first and second they severally attain the age of sixteen years. time.

The amendment was to strike out all after The bill authorizes and directs the Secretary Mr. PERHAM, from the same committee, the words “pay them a pension” and to insert of the Interior to place on the pension roll, reported back a bill (S. No. 321) for the relief the words "from the 17th day of December, || subject to the provisions and limitations of the of Mrs. Mary Gaither, with a recommendation 1862.':

pension laws, the names of William A. Silrey that it do pass.

The amendment was agreed to.

and Mary Elizabeth Ann Silvey, children under The bill was ordered to a third reading; and The bill, as amended, was ordered to be read the age of sixteen years of William R. Silvey, it was accordingly read the third time, and a third time; and it was accordingly read the late a private in company B, second regiment passed. third time, and passed.

Tennessee infantry, the pension to commence Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote | November 13, 1863. by which the bill was passed ; and also moved by which the bill was passed ; and also moved The bill was ordered to be engrossed and that the motion to reconsider be laid on the that the motion to reconsider be laid on the read a third time ; and being engrossed, it was table. table.

accordingly read the third time, and passed. The latter motion was agreed to. The latter motion was agreed to.

Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote

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by which the bill was passed ; and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table.

The latter motion was agreed tu.

SETII LEA.

Mr. PERHAM, from the Committee on Invalid Pensions, reported back, with an amendment in the form of a substitute, a bill (H, R. No. 1315) for the relief of Seth Lea.

The substitute proposes to authorize and direct the Secretary of the Interior to place upon the pension-roll, subject to the provisions and limitations of the pension laws, the name of Seth Lea, of Knox county, Tennessee, and pay him a pension as a second lieutenant, commencing January 15, 1863.

The substitute was agreed to.

The bill, as amended, was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time; and being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed; and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table. The latter motion was agreed to.

JANE ROOK. Mr. PERHAM, from the Committee on Invalid Pensions, reported a bill (H. R. No. 1413) granting a pension to Jane Rook; which was read a first and second time.

The bill authorizes and directs the Secretary of the Interior to place on the pension-roll, subject to the provisions and limitations of the pension laws, ihe name of Jane Rook, mother of James C. Rook, late a private in company A, third regiment Maine volunteer infantry, commencing July 16, 1862.

The bill was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time; and being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed; and also moved that the inotion to reconsider be laid on the table. The latter motion was agreed to.

SARAH K. JOHNSON. Mr. PERHAM, from the Committee on Invalid Pensions, reported a bill (H. R. No. 1414) granting a pension to Sarah K. Johnson; which was read a first and second time.

The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to place upon the pension-roll, subject to the provisions and limitations of the pension laws, the name of Sarah K. Johnson, late of Salisbury, North Carolina, and pay her a pension at the rate of thirty dollars per montb, commencing March 4, 1868, and to continue during her natural life.

Mr. MULLINS. I desire to inquire why the committee propose in the case of this lady that the pension shall continue during her natural life?

Mr. PERHAM. It is a pension on account of her own services.

Th bill was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time; and being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

Mr. PERHAM moved to reconsider the vote py wnich the bill was passed; and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table.

The latter motion was agreed to.

Mr. PERHAM. The gentleman from West Virginia [Mr. POLSLEY] has prepared a most interesting report in this case, and I move that it be printed in the Globe with the other proceedings.

The SPEAKER. The Chair thinks that would be proper, as it is a novel case.

Mr. MILLER. I think where there are re: ports in these cases they should go into the Globe.

The SPEAKER. That would enlarge the Globe very much.

The report was ordered to be printed. It is as follows:

The Comınittee on Invalid Pensions, to whom was referred the petition of Mrs. Sarah K. Johnson, have

given the same their most careful consideration, and ask leave to make the following report:

That our northern women have won the highest praise for their devotion and self-sacrifice in the cause of their country, but great as their labors and sacrifices have been they are certainly inferior to those of some of the loyal women of the South, who, for the love they bore to their country and its flag, braved all the contempt, obloquy, and scorn which southern women could heap upon them; who lived for years in utter isolation from the society of relations, friends, and eighbo because they would rendor such aid and succor as was in their power to the defenders of tte national cause in prison, in sorrow, and in suffering. Among these heroines none deserves a higher place in the record of womanly patriotism and courage thun Mrs. Sarah K. Johnson.

At the breaking out of the war Mrs. Johnson was teaching a school in Salisbury, where she was born and always resided. When the first prisoners were brought into that place the southern women turned out in their carriages and with

a band escorted them through the town, and when they filed past saluted them with contemptuous epithets. From that time Mrs. Johnson determined to devote herself to the amelioration of the condition of the prisoners; and the testimony of thousands of the Union soldiers confined there proves how nobly she performed tho duties sho undertook. It was no easy task, for she was entirely alone, being the only woman who openly advocated Union sentiments and attempted to adininister to the wants of the prisoners. For fifteen months none of the women of Salisbury spoke to her or called upon her, and every possible indignity was heaped upon her as a 'Yankee sympathizer.'. Her scholars were withdrawn from her school, and it was broken up, and her means were very limited; nevertheless, she accomplished more by sympathetic arrangements than many would have done with a larger outlay of inoney.

When the first exchange of prisoners was mado she went to the depot to arrange some pallets for some of the sick who were leaving, when she stumbled in the crowd, and looking down she found a young Federal soldier who had fainted and fallen. and was in danger of being trodden to death. She raised him up and called for water, but none of the people would get her a drop to save a 'Yankee's' life. Some of the soldiers who were in the cars throw their canteens to her, and she succeeded in reviving bim; during this time the crowd heaped upon her every insulting epithet they could think of, and her life oven was in danger. But she braved it all, and succeeded in obtaining permission from Colonel Godwin, then in comunand of the post, who was a kindhearted man, to let her remove him to herown house, promising to take care of him as if he were her own son, and if he died to give him Christian burial. Ho was in the last stages of consumption, and she felt sure he would die if taken to the prison hospital. None of the citizens of the place would even assist in carrying bim, and after a time two gentlemen from Richmond stepped forward and helped to convey him to her house. There she watched over him for hours, as he was in a terrible state from neglect, having had blisters applied to his chest which had never been dressed and were full of vermin.

Tho poor boy, whose name was Hugh Perry, was from Wisconsin, and belonged to the filth Michigan cavalry, only lived a few days, and she had a grave dug for bim in her garden, for burial had been refused in the public graveyard, and she had been threatened that if she had him interred decently his body should be dug up and buried in the street, and they even threatened to take his body from the house for that purpose. Mrs. Johnson assured them that they could only do that over her dead body, and that she should resist them to death.

For this and similar things she was cited to appear before the sessions of the Presbyterian church; for this and similar acts of humanity she was literally ostracised from society, and when the war came to an end she was compelled to leave the place.

During the first two years she was enabled to do a great many acts of kindness for the prisoners, but after that time she was watched very closely as a Yankce sympathizer, and the rules of the prison were stricter, and what she could do was done by strategy. Her means now were much reduced, but she still continued in her good works, cutting up her carpets and spare blankets to make into moccasins, and when new squads of prisoners arrived supplied them with bread and water as they halted in front of her house, which they were compelled to do for hours, waiting the routine of being pustered into the prison. They were not allowed to leave the ranks, and she would turn an old-fashioned windlass herseif for hours, raising water from lier well: for the prisoners were often twenty-four to forty-eight hours on the railroad without rations or water.

Generally the officer in cominand would grant her request, but once a sergeant told her, in reply, if she gave any of them a drop of water or a piece of bread or dared to come outside of her gate for that purpose he would pin her to the carth with his bay. onet. She defied him, and taking her pail of water in one hand and a basket of bread in the other, she walked directly past him on her errand of mercy ; he followed her, placing his bayonet between her shoulders, just so that she could feel the cold steel. She turned and coolly asked hiin why he did not pin her to the earth, as he had threatened to do, but got no reply. Then some of the rebels said, "Sergeant, you can't make anything out of that woman, you had better let her alone," and she performed ber work unmolested. She came North last summer to visit her daughter who hnd been plaeed in school in Connecticut by the kindness of some of the ollicers she had befriended while in prison, transportation having been given her by Generals Schofield and Carter, who testitied to the services she had rendered

our prisoners, and that she was entitled to the gratitude of the Government and all loyal citizens.

Your committee desire to include in their report extracts from a letter of Mr. Eddy, who was confined in Salisbury prison, North Carolina:

"I was a prisoner at that place, and as such formed the acquaintance of Mrs. Johnson, an acquaintance never to be forgotten. Her kindness to the prisoners literally knew no bounds but her abilities, and theso seemed to increase with the demands of the case.

For, like the poor woman of old, 'her barrel of meal wasted not, neither did her cruise of oil fail.' She was one of those mysterious women who seemed always to abound, and yet to have nothing herself. She is a wonderful woman.. No prisoner was sick the fact of which sbe did not hear at once, and somo comfort always came. There was not a single exception. She attended to our washing at a pecuniary loss to herself. She wroteletters of comfortand good cheer. She wept with us, and when we went away she reoiced with us, and was the only one who extendcd to us a kind and parting hand.

“That she did what she did from pure inotives is clear to my mind; first, in that she did it in face of such opposition; second, in that she did it to the impoverishing of herself; third, in that she did it when the almost universal sentiment of the South was that the confederacy must be a success. I believe her motives were pure. I belive she sacrificed everything for the Union soldiers. She was one among the few. We prisoners found but one woman like her."

The following is a copy of a letter signed by twelve officers of the United States Navy, and at the time it was written wero prisoners in Salisbury:

CONFEDERATE STATES MILITARY Prison, SALISBURY, Nortii CAROLINA, January 22, 1863. MADAM: Allow me to tonder you my many grateful acknowledgments, and those of my officers and fellow-prisoners, for your kind and very acceptable loan of crockery for the use of the mess, without which we should be compelled to take our incals with no regard to proprieties, not to say the decencies of civilized life.

Poor as we are in everything but thanks, we can only pray that this and all the other similar acts of kindness on your part may be abundantly recompensed by Him who has declared that inasmuch as they are done unto the least of one of these his brethren they are donc unto Him, I trust that when (if ever) we are so happy as to be released from these bonds we shall be privileged, before returning to our homes and the beloved ones whose hearts are this day full of sorrow and anxiety on our account, to express to you in person our gratitude for your kindness and sympathy for us in the calamity which has befallen us, strangers as we are to you, and with no other claims than that of a common humanity and Christian brotherhood. both unhappily too often disregarded by poth parties in these evil times.

Dr. C. D. Paliner, of Cincinnati, Ohio, certifies as follows:

"I have known her personally and intimately sinco September, 1866, during which time I have been family physician of Mrs. Sarah K. Johnson. My attention was first drawn to her in the capacity of city physician for the poor, on account of her pecuniary want. I found her inuch reduced in health, requiring my services almost constantly. Her nervous system has been so seriously impaired from what she has undergone during the war that she has not been, nor do I think she ever will be, able to maintain herself, or attend even to her ordinary household duties. She is a woman of great force of character and strength of will, and no ordinary amount of physical and mental labor could have so wrecked her constitution."

From evidenco and letters presented to the committee they are of the opinion (as expressed in one of the letters written to her by one who had received aid and comfort from her) that she “lives in the hearts and memories of thousands of our people.” She was "theangelof mercy-nobly stepping between the forlorn prisoner and the phantom of despairgiving to his crushed heart a bright remembrance of a good and kind mother, bidding hinn be patient and cheerful, that the hour of deliverance might find him able to enjoy the anticipated pleasure of a union with the loved ones around the family bearth."

Your committee have examined the case with much care, and take pleasure in reporting the accompanying bill, granting her a pension of thirty dollars per month, commencing March 4, 1868, it appearing that Mrs. Johnson is very feeble in health, and that she has been obliged to leave her nativo State of North Carolina in consequence of her continuou kindness to Union prisoners in the Salisbury prison.

LAND BOUNTIES. Mr. PERHAM, from the Committee on Invalid Pensious, reported back the following resolution; and the same was referred to the Committee on the Public Lands :

Resolved, That the Committee on Pensions bo instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for bounties in land, to be given to the soldiers of the nation in the late war of tho rebellion, and report by bill or otherwise.

CLERK OF PENSION COMMITTEE. Mr. MILLER. I now submit the resolution which is reported from the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

The Clerk read as follows: Resolved. That the Clerk of the House of Representatives be, and is hereby, authorized and directed to pay to the clerk of the Committee on Invalid Pensiops a sum of money which shall make his compensation equal to that of the clerk of the Committce of Claims, to commence July 1, 1868.

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