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SEC. 5. That if either of said constitutions of December, 1867, to the registered voters of said shall be ratified at such election, the Legislature State for ratification or rejection, and may also of the State so ratifying, elected as provided for submit to a separate vote such provisions of said in this act, shall assemble at the capital of said constitution as he may deem best, such vote to State on the fourth Tuesday after the official be taken either upon each of the said provisions promulgation of such ratification by the mili- alone, or in connection with the other portions tary officer commanding in said State. of said constitution, as the President may direct.

SEO. 6. That before the States of Virginia, SEC. 2. That at the same election the voters Mississippi, and Texas shall be admitted to rep- of said State may vote for and elect members of resentation in Congress, their several legisla- the general assembly of said State, and all the tures, which may be hereafter lawfully organ-officers of said State provided for by the said ized, shall ratify the fifteenth article which has constitution, and members of Congress; and the been proposed by Congress to the several States officer commanding the district of Virginia shall as an amendment to the Constitution of the cause the lists of registered voters of said State United States. to be revised and corrected prior to such election, and for that purpose may appoint such registrars as he may deem necessary. And said election shall be held and returns thereof made in the manner provided by the election ordinance adopted by the convention which framed said constitution.

SEC. 7. That the proceedings in any of the said States shall not be deemed final, or operate as a complete restoration thereof, until their action, respectively, shall be approved by Congress.

Approved April 10, 1869.

The final votes on this act were as follow:

IN SENATE, April 9.

YEAS-Messrs. Abbott, Boreman, Brownlow, Buckingham, Carpenter, Cattell, Chandler, Cole, Conkling, Corbett, Cragin, Drake, Fenton, Ferry, Fessenden, Hamlin, Harris, Howard, Howe, McDonald, Morrill, Morton, Nye, Patterson, Pomeroy, Pratt, Ramsey, Rice, Rob ertson, Ross, Sawyer, Schurz, Scott, Sherman, Spencer, Stewart, Sumner, Thayer, Tipton, Trumbull, Warner, Willey, Williams, Wilson-44.

NAYS-Messrs. Bayard, Casserly, Davis, Fowler, McCree ry, Norton, Sprague, Stockton, Thurman-9.

IN HOUSE, April 9.

YEAS-Messrs. Ambler, Ames, Armstrong, Asper, Banks, Beaman, Benton, Bingham, Blair, Boles, Bowen, Boyd, Buffinton, B. F. Butler, Cake, Cessna, Churchill, Amasa Cobb, Clinton L. Cobb, Coburn, Cook, Conger, Cullom, Dawes, Deweese, Dockery, Duval, Ela, Farnsworth, Ferriss, Ferry, Finkelnburg, Fitch, Gilfillan, Hale, Hawley, Hay, Heaton, Hoar, Hooper, Hopkins, Hotchkiss, Ingersoll, Alexander H. Jones, Judd, Julian, Kelley, Kellogg, Ketcham, Knapp, Laflin. Lash, Logan, Loughridge. Lynch, Maynard, McCarthy, McCrary, McGrew, Mercur, William Moore, Morrell, Myers, Negley, O'Neill, Orth, Packard, Paine, Palmer. Phelps, Poland, Pomeroy, Prosser, Roots, Sargent, Sawyer, Scofield, Shanks, Lionel A. Sheldon, Porter Sheldon, John A. Smith, William J. Smith, William Smyth, Starkweather, Stevens, Stevenson, Stokes, Stoughton, Strickland, Strong, Tanner, Tillman, Townsend, Twichell, Tyner, Upson, Van Horn, Ward, Cadwalder C, Washburn, Welker, Wheeler, Whittemore, Wilkinson, Willard, Williams, John T. Wilson, Winans, Witcher--108. NAYS-Messrs. Adams, Archer, Axtell, Biggs, Bird, Brooks, Burr, Cleveland, Crebs, Eldridge, Getz, Golladay, Griswold, Haldeman, Hamill, Hawkins, Holman, Thomas L. Jones, Kerr, Knott, Marshall, Mayham, McCormick, MeNeely, Niblack, Potter, Reeves, Slocum, Stone, Swann, Sweeney, Trimble, Van Auken, Van Trump, Voorhees, Wells, Eugene M. Wilson, Winchester, Woodward-39.

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SEO. 3. That the President of the United States may in like manner submit the constitution of Texas to the voters of said State at such time

and in such manner as he may direct, either the entire constitution, or separate provisions of the same, as provided in the 1st section of this act, to a separate vote; and at the same election the voters may vote for and elect the members of the in said constitution, and members of Congress: legislature and all the State officers provided for Provided, also, That no election shall be held in said State of Texas for any purpose until the President so directs.

SEC. 4. That the President of the United States may in like manner re-submit the constitution of Mississippi to the voters of said State, at such time and in such manner as he may direct, either the entire constitution or separate provisions of the same, as provided in the 1st section of this act, to a separate vote; and at the same election the voters may vote for and elect the members of the legislature and all the State officers provided for in said constitution, and members of Congress.

SEC. 5. That if either of said constitutions shall

be ratified at such election, the legislature of the State so ratifying, elected as provided for in this act, shall assemble at the capital of said States, respectively, on the fourth Tuesday after the official promulgation of such ratification by the military officer commanding in said State.

SEO. 6. That in either of said States the commanding general, subject to the approval of the President of the United States, may suspend, until the action of the legislature elected under the constitution respectively, all laws that he may deem unjust and oppressive to the people.

Yeas 125, nays 25, (not voting 47,) as follow: YEAS-Messrs. Allison, Ambler, Armstrong, Arnell, Artell, Bailey, Banks, Beaman, Beatty, Beck, Bingham, Blair, Boles. Bowen, Brooks, Buffinton, Burdett, Benjamin F. Butler, Roderick R. Butler, Culkin, Cessna, Churchill, Clarke, Amasa Cobb, Clinton L. Cobb, Coburn, Cook, Conger, Crebs, Cullom, Davis, Dawes, Deweese, Dickey, Dickinson, Dixon, Dockery, Donley, Duval, Ela, Farnsworth, Ferriss, Ferry, Finckelnburg. Fisher, Fitch, Garfield, Gilfillan, Hale, Hawley, Hay, Heaton, Hill, Hoar, Hoge. Hopkins, Hotchkiss, Ingersoll, Jenckes. Alexander II. Jones, Judd, Julian, Kelley, Kelsey, Ketcham, Knapp, Laflin, Lash, Lawrence, Lo gan, Loughridge, Lynch, McCarthy, McCormick, McCrary, McGrew, William Moore, Morgan, Morrell, Morrill,

Negley, O'Neill, Orth, Packard, Packer, Paine, Palmer, | The officers elected shall enter upon the duties Phelps, Poland, Pomeroy, Prosser, Roots, Sanford, Saw of the offices for which they are chosen as soon yer, Schenck, Scofield, Shanks, Sheldon, Slocum, John A. Smith, William J. Smith, William Smyth, Stevens, as elected and qualified in compliance with the Stevenson, Stokes, Stoughton, Strickland, Tanner, Till-provisions of said constitution, and shall hold man, Townsend, Tyner, Upson, Ward, Cadwalader C. their respective offices for the term of years preWhittemore, Wilkinson, Willard, Williams, John T. scribed by the constitution, counting from the Wilson, Winans, Witcher, Woodward-125. 1st day of January next, and until their successors are elected and qualified.

Washburn, William B. Washburn, Welker, Wheeler,

NAYS-Messrs. Adams, Archer, Biggs, Bird, Burr, Cleve land, Eldridge, Getz, Golladay, Haldeman, Hamill, Holman, Thomas L. Jones, Kerr, Knott, McNeely, Moffet, Niblack, Potter, Randall, Reeves, Sweeney, Trimble, Wells, Winches

ter-25.

IN SENATE.

1869, April 9-The House bill pending, Mr. Morton moved this as a new section: That, before the States of Virginia, Mississippi, and Texas shall be admitted to representation in Congress, their several legislatures, which may be hereafter lawfully organized, shall ratify the fifteenth article which has been proposed by Congress to the several States as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Which was agreed to-yeas 30, nays 20, as follow:

YEAS-Messrs. Abbott, Brownlow, Buckingham, Car penter, Chandler, Cole, Drake, Harris, Howard, McDonald, Morrill, Morton, Nye. Osborn, Pool, Pratt, Ramsey, Rice, Robertson, Ross. Schurz, Sherman, Stewart, Sumner, Thayer, Tipton, Warner, Williams, Wilson, Yates

-30.

NAYS-Messrs. Anthony, Bayard, Boreman, Casserly, Conkling, Davis, Edmunds, Fenton, Ferry, Fessenden, Fowler, McCreery, Norton, Patterson, Sawyer, Sprague, Stockton, Thurman, Trumbull, Willey-20.

A few unimportant changes were made, and the bill passed both Houses, as above.

[A bill passed the House of Representatives, December 9, 1868, providing for an election in Virginia on the 27th of May, 1869, on the constitution and for State officers, and for members of Congress, the legislature to meet September 7. It passed without a division. The bill was reported in Senate from the Judiciary Committee, with amendments, February 10, 1869, but was not called up.

The general provisions of the bill were these: That the constitution adopted by the convention which met in Richmond, Virginia, on the 3d day of December, A. D. 1867, be submitted for ratification on the day above named to the voters of the State of Virginia, who shall then be registered and qualified as such in compliance with the acts of Congress known as the reconstruction acts. The vote on said constitution shall be "for the constitution," or "against the constitution." The said election shall be held at the same places where the election for delegates to said convention was held, and under the regulations to be prescribed by the commanding general of the military district, and the returns made to him as directed by law.

It is provided by the second section that an election shall be held at the same time and places for members of the general assembly and for all State officers to be elected by the people under said constitution; the election for State officers to be conducted under the same regulations as the election for the ratification of the constitution and by the same persons. The returns of this election shall be in duplicate; one copy to the commanding general and one copy to the president of said convention, who shall give certificates of election to the persons elected.

The third section provides that an election for members of the United States Congress shall be held in the congressional districts as established by said convention, one member of Congress being elected in the State at large, at the same time and places as the election for State officers; said election to be conducted by the same persons and under the same regulations before mentioned in this act; the returns to be made in the same manner provided for State officers.

By the fourth section it is provided that no person shall act either as a member of any board of registration to revise and correct the registration of voters as provided in section seven of the act of July 19, 1867, amendatory of the act of March 2, 1867, entitled "An act for 'the more efficient government of the rebel States," &c., or as a judge, commissioner, or other officer, at any election to be held under the provisions of this act, who is a candidate for any office at the elections to be held as herein provided for.

The fifth section provides that the general assembly elected under and by virtue of this act shall assemble at the capitol, in the city of Richmond, on first Tuesday in September, 1869.

The Senate committee's amendments were: To submit, at the same election, to a separate vote of said voters, the question whether the fourth subdivision of the first section of the third article and the seventh section of the third article of said constitution shall constitute a part thereof, and the vote on said question shall be "for disqualification" or "against disqualification." Also, to substitute the following for the fifth section:

In case a majority of all the votes cast on the ratification of the constitution shall be "for the constitution," the general assembly elected under and by virtue of this act shall assemble at the capitol, in the city of Richmond, on the first Tuesday of July, 1869; but if a majority of the votes cast on the question of ratification be against said constitution, said general assembly shall not convene nor shall any person elected to office under the provisions of this act enter upon the discharge of the duties thereof in pursuance of said election. The provision of the constitution voted upon separately shall constitute a part of the constitution if a majority of the votes cast upon it be "for disqualification;" but if a majority of the votes cast on that question be "against disqualification," it shall not constitute part of the constitution.]

The Mississippi Bill.

IN HOUSE.

1869, March-Mr. Benjamin F. Butler, from the Committee on Reconstruction, reported the following bill:

A BILL to provide for the organization of a provisional government for the State of Mississippi.

SEC. 2. That the several ordinances which may be passed by the constitutional convention of said State within the limitations as herein provided, shall be in force in said State until disapproved by Congress, or until Mississippi shall have adopted a constitution of State government and the same shall have been approved by Congress: Provided, That nothing in this act contained shall deprive any person of trial by jury in the courts of said State for offences against the laws of said State.

SEC. 3. That the military commander in said State, upon the requisition of the provisional governor thereof, shall give aid to the officers of the provisional government of said State in preserving the peace and enforcing the laws, and especially in suppressing unlawful obstructions and forcible resistance to the execution of the laws.

move the said provisional governor and appoint a successor in his stead.

Be it enacted, &c., That for the better security | any one or more provisions of said proposed of persons and property in Mississippi, the con- constitution to a separate vote. stitutional convention of said State, heretofore elected under and in pursuance of an act of Congress, passed March 2, 1867, entitled "An act for the more efficient government of the rebel States," and the several acts of Congress supplementary thereto and amendatory thereof, and as organized at the time of its adjournment, is hereby authorized to assemble forthwith upon the call of the president thereof; and in case of his failure for thirty days to summon said convention, then the commanding general of the fourth military district is hereby authorized and required to summon by proclamation said convention to assemble at the capital of said State; and said convention shall have, and it is hereby authorized to exercise, the following powers in addition to the powers now authorized by law, to wit: to appoint a provisional governor; to authorize the provisional governor of said State to remove and appoint registrars and judges of SEC. 4. That the said provisional governor elections under said acts of Congress, who shall may remove from office in said State any person not be voted for at elections within their own holding office therein, and may appoint a succesprecincts; to submit to the people of said State sor in his stead, and may also fill all vacancies the constitution heretofore framed by said con- that may occur by death, resignation, or othervention, either with or without amendments; wise, subject, however, in all removals and apto provide by ordinance that the votes for and pointments, to the orders and directions of the against said constitution and for and against the President of the United States; and the Presiclauses thereof submitted by this act to a sep-dent of the United States may at any time rearate vote, together with the votes cast for and against all State and local officers voted for under said constitution, shall be forwarded to SEC. 5. That if at any election authorized in the provisional governor by the judges of elec- the State of Mississippi any person shall knowtion, and shall be counted in the presence of the ingly personate and falsely assume to vote in the provisional governor, the general commanding name of any other person, whether such other the military district of Mississippi, and such person shall then be living or dead, or if the committee as the convention may appoint for name of the said other person be the name of a that purpose; and it shall be the duty of said fictitious person, or vote more than once at the provisional governor, commanding general, and same election for any candidate for the same committee to make proclamation of the result office, or vote at a place where he may not be of such elections; to pass laws exempting a lawfully entitled to vote, or without having a homestead not exceeding $1,000 in value, and lawful right to vote, or falsely register as a voter, household furniture, mechanical and farming or do any unlawful act to secure a right or an tools, provisions, and other articles of personal opportunity for himself or other person to vote, property necessary for the support of a family, or shall, by force, fraud, threat, menace, intiminot exceeding $500 in value, from seizure or sale dation, bribery, reward, offer, or promise of any upon process for the collection of debts; which valuable thing whatever, or by any contract for laws shall continue in force until repealed or employment, or labor, or for any right whatever, modified by the legislature to be elected under or otherwise attempt to prevent any voter who the Constitution; and to pass such ordinances, may at any time be qualified from freely exernot inconsistent with the Constitution and laws cising the right of suffrage, or shall by either of of the United States, as it may deem necessary such means induce any voter to refuse or neglect to protect all persons in their lives, liberty, and to exercise such right, or compel or induce, by property: Provided, That said convention shall either of such means, or otherwise, any officer of not continue in session for more than sixty an election to receive a vote from a person not days: And provided further, That the districts legally qualified or entitled to vote, or interfere unrepresented from any cause in the convention to hinder or impede in any manner any officer at the time of its adjournment shall at once in any election in the discharge of his duties, or proceed to elect duly qualified persons to take by either of such means, or otherwise, induce seats in said convention. The election of such any officer in any election, or officer whose duty delegates shall be held under the direction of it is to ascertain, announce, or declare the result the commanding general, in accordance with the of any vote, or give or make any certificate, provisions of the act of Congress approved document, or evidence in relation thereto, to March 2, 1867, entitled "An act for the more violate or refuse to comply with his duty or any efficient government of the rebel States," and law regulating the same, or if any such officer the acts supplementary thereto; and certificates shall neglect or refuse to perform any duty reof election shall be awarded to the candidates quired of him by law, or violate any duty imreceiving the highest number of votes: And posed by law, or do any act unauthorized by law provided, also, That said convention may submit relating to or affecting any such vote, election,

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Lynch, Marshall, Mayham, McCarthy, McCormick, Me-
Crary, McNeely, Mercur, Moffet, Jesse H. Moore, William
Moore, Morgan, Morrell, Morrill, Mungen, Niblack, O'-
Neill, Packer, Palmer, Peters, Poland, Pomeroy, Potter,
Randall, Reading, Reeves, Rice, Rogers, Schenck, Schu
maker, Scofield, Shanks, Slocum, Worthington C. Smith,
William Smyth, Stevens, Stiles, Stokes, Stone, Strick-
land, Swann, Sweeney, Taffe, Tanner, Trimble, Twichell,
Van Auken, Voorhees, Cadwalader C. Washburn, William
B. Washburn, Wells, Wilkinson, Willard, Eugene M.
Wilson, Winans, Woodward-103.

NAYS-Messrs. Ambler, Arnell, Asper, Beaman, Beatty,
Benton, Bingham, Bowen, Boyd, Buffinton, Burdett,
Benjamin F. Butler, Roderick R. Butler, Cake, Cessna,
Churchill, Amasa Cobb, Clinton L. Cobb, Coburn, Cook,

or the result thereof, or if any person shall aid, counsel, procure, or advise any such voter, person, or officer to do any act herein made a crime, or to omit to do any duty the omission of which is hereby made a crime, or attempt so to do, or if any person shall by force, threat, menace, intimidation, or otherwise prevent any citizen or citizens from assembling in public meeting to discuss or hear discussed any subject whatever, or if any person shall by any means break up, disperse, or molest any assemblage, or any citizen in or of such assemblage when met or meet-Conger, Donley, Duvall, Ela, Fisher, Hay, Heaton, Hill, ing to discuss or hear discussion, as aforesaid, or shall by any means prevent any citizen from attending any such assemblage, every person so offending shall be deemed guilty of a crime, and shall for such crime be liable to indictment in any court of the United States of competent jurisdiction, and on conviction thereof shall be adjudged to pay a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or less than one hundred dollars, and suffer imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years nor less than six months, in the discretion of the court, and pay the costs of

prosecution.

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SEC. 6. That no officer of Mississippi shall buy or sell treasury warrants, or claims of any sort upon the treasury of the State, or of any county or district thereof. All taxes and moneys collected by any officer shall be paid into the appropriate treasury; and any collector who receive warrants in payment of taxes shall file with the treasurer a schedule, made under oath, of such warrants, with the name and residence of each person from whom any such warrant may have been received. Any person who shall violate this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished as is prescribed in the fifth section

of this act.

SEC. 7. That the courts of the United States shall have jurisdiction of cases arising under this

act.

SEC. 8. That the poll-tax levied in any one year upon any citizen of Mississippi shall not exceed $1 50, and all laws in said State for the collection of taxes and debts shall be uniform, and every citizen shall be entitled to all the exemptions and immunities in these respects of the

most favored citizen or class of citizens.

SEC. 9. That all lands which shall hereafter be forfeited and sold for non-payment of any tax, impost, or assessment whatever, in the State of Mississippi, or under proceedings in bankruptcy, or by virtue of the judgment or decree of any court in the said State of Mississippi, shall be disposed of only by sale in separate sub-divisions not exceeding forty acres each: Provided, however, That such portion of said land shall first be offered for sale as can be sold with the least injury to the remainder.

Hoar, Alexander H. Jones, Judd, Julian, Kelley, Kel-
sey, Knapp, Lash, Lawrence, Maynard, Eliakim II.
Moore, Negley, Orth, Packard, Paine, Phelps. Prosser,
Roots, Sargent, Sheldon, John A. Smith, William J.
Smith, Stevenson, Stoughton, Tillman, Tyner, Upson,
Van Horn, Ward, Welker, Whittemore, Williams, John
T. Wilson, Witcher-62.

The Public Credit Act.

This bill became a law March 18, 1869, being the first act approved by President GRANT:

Be it enacted, &c., That in order to remove any doubt as to the purpose of the Government to discharge all just obligations to the public creditors, and to settle conflicting questions and interpretations of the laws by virtue of which such obligations have been contracted, it is hereby provided and declared, that the faith of the United States is solemnly pledged to the payment in coin or its equivalent of all the obligations of the United States not bearing interest, known as United States notes, and of all the interest-bearing obligations of the United States, except in cases where the law authoriz ing the issue of any such obligation has expressly provided that the same may be paid in lawful money or other currency than gold and silver. But none of said interest-bearing obligations not already due shall be redeemed or paid before maturity unless at such time United States notes shall be convertible into coin at the option of the holder, or unless at such time bonds of the United States bearing a lower rate of interest than the bonds to be redeemed can be sold at par in coin. And the United States also solemnly pledges its faith to make provision at the earliest practicable period for the redemption of the United States notes in coin.

March 12-It passed the House-yeas 97, nays 47, (not voting 49,) as follow:

YEAS-Messrs. Allison, Ambler, Ames, Armstrong, Arnell. Asper, Axtell, Bailey, Banks, Beaman, Benjamin, Bennett, Bingham, Blair, Boles, Boyd, Buffinton, Burdett, Cessna, Churchill, Clinton L. Cobb, Cook, Conger, Cowles, Cullom, Dawes, Donley, Duval, Dyer, Farnsworth, Ferriss, Ferry, Finkelnburg, Fisher, Fitch, Gilfillan, Hale, Hawley, Heaton, Hoar, Hooper, Hotchkiss, Jenckes, Alexander H. Jones, Judd, Julian, Kelsey, Ketcham, Knapp, Laflin, Lash, Lawrence, Lynch, Maynard, McCrary, McGrew, Mercur. Jesse H. Moore, William Moore, Morrill, Negley, O'Neill, Packard, Paine, Palmer, Phelps, Poland, Pomeroy, Prosser, Roots, Sanford, Sargent, Sawyer, Schenck, Scofield, Sheldon, John A. Smith, Worthington C. Smith, William Smyth, Stokes, Stoughton, Strickland, Tanner, TillWashburn, William B. Washburn, Welker, Wheeler, Whittemore, Wilkinson, Willard, Williams, Wi nans-97.

April 1-Its further consideration was postponed till the first Monday in December next-man, Twichell, Upson, Van Horn, Ward, Cadwalader C yeas 103, nays 62, (not voting 31,) as follow:

YEAS-Messrs. Allison, Archer, Armstrong, Axtell, Bailey, Beck, Biggs, Bird, Blair, Brooks, Burr, Calkin, Cleveland, Cowles, Crebs, Cullom, Dawes, Deweese, Dickinson, Dixon, Dockery, Eldridge, Farnsworth, Ferriss, Finkelnburg. Fitch, Garfield, Getz, Gilfillan, Golladay, Griswold, Haldeman, Hale, Hambleton, Hamill, Hawkins, Hawley, Hoag, Holman, Hopkins, Hotchkiss, Jenckes, Johnson, Thomas L. Jones, Kerr, Laflin, Loughridge,

NAYS-Messrs. Archer, Beatty, Beck, Biggs, Bird, Burr, Benjamin F. Butler, Roderick R. Butler, Amasa Cobb, Coburn, Crebs, Deweese, Dickinson, Eldridge, Getz, Gol laday, Hawkins, Holman, Hopkins, Johnson, Thomas L. Jones, Kerr, Knott, Marshall, Mayham, McCormick, MeNecly, Moffet, Mungen, Niblack, Orth, Reading, Reeves, Rice, Shanks, Joseph S. Smith, Stiles, Stone, Strader, Sweeney,

Taffe, Trimble, Tyner, Van Trump, John T. Wilson,
Winchester, Woodward-47.

March 16-It passed the Senate-yeas 42, nays 13, as follow:

SEC. 2. That any contract hereafter made spewhich may be a loan of coin, or a sale of property, cifically payable in coin, and the consideration of or the rendering of labor or service of any kind, YEAS-Messrs. Abbott, Anthony, Boreman, Brown- the price of which, as carried into the contract, low, Cameron, Cattell, Chandler, Conkling, Corbett, Cragin, Drake, Edmunds, Fenton, Ferry, Fessenden, may have been adjusted on the basis of the coin Gilbert, Grimes, Harris, Howard, Kellogg, McDonald, value thereof at the time of such sale or the renMorrill, Nye, Patterson, Pool, Pratt, Ramsey, Robert-dering of such service or labor, shall be legal son, Sawyer, Schurz, Scott, Sherman, Stewart. Sumner, and valid, and may be enforced according to its Thayer, Tipton, Trumbull, Warner, Willey, Williams, Wilson, Yates-42.

NAYS-Messrs. Bayard, Carpenter, Casserly, Cole, Davis, Morton, Osborn, Rice, Ross, Spencer, Stockton,

Thurman, Vickers-13.

Pending the consideration of this subject, the following proceedings took place:

IN HOUSE.

1869, March 12-Mr. Schenck introduced the bill passed at third session of Fortieth Congress, and "pocketed" by President JOHNSON. (See page 13-395.)

Mr. Allison moved to strike out the second section; which was agreed to-yeas 87, nays 56, as follow:

YEAS-Messrs. Allison, Ames, Archer, Bailey, Beaman, Beatty, Beck, Biggs, Bingham, Bird, Bowen, Burr, Benjamin F. Butler, Cake, Cessna, Amasa Cobb, Coburn, Cullom, Davis, Deweese, Dickinson, Dyer, Eldridge, Farnsworth, Ferriss, Ferry, Fitch, Getz, Golladay, Haldeman, Hale, Hamill, Hawkins, Hay, Hoag, Holman, Hooper, Hopkins, Ingersoll, Jenckes, Thomas L. Jones, Kelsey, Kerr, Knapp, Knott, Lawrence, Loughridge, Lynch, Marshall, Mayham, McCormick, McNeely, Moffet, Jesse H. Moore, Morrill, Mungen, Niblack, O'Neill, Orth, Reading, Sawyer, Scofield, Shanks, Worthington C. Smith, Stevenson, Stiles, Stone, Stoughton, Strader, Swann, Sweeney, Taffe, Trimble, Tyner, Van Horn, William B. Washburn, Welker, Wells, Wilkinson, Willard, williams, Eugene M. Wilson, John T. Wilson, Winans, Winchester, Witcher, Woodward-87.

terms.

March 11-Mr. Howard moved to insert the word "written" before "contract" in the 2d section where it first occurs; which was agreed to.

Mr. Sumner moved to strike out the 2d section; which was agreed to-yeas 28, nays 15, as follow:

YEAS-Messrs. Bayard, Boreman, Carpenter, Casserly,
Harris, Kellogg, McDonald, Norton, Nye, Pratt, Robert-
Conkling, Corbett, Cragin, Ferry, Fessenden, Gilbert,
son, Sawyer, Schurz, Scott, Sprague, Stewart, Stockton,
Sumner, Thurman, Trumbull, Vickers, Wilson-28.

Grimes, Hamlin, Morrill, Morton, Osborn, Patterson,
NAYS-Messrs. Abbott, Anthony, Brownlow, Drake,
Ramsey, Ross, Sherman, Warner, Williams-15.

Mr. Thurman moved to add to the 1st section the following proviso:

Provided, That nothing herein contained shall apply to the obligations commonly called fivetwenty bonds.

Which was not agreed to-yeas 12, nays 31, as follow:

YEAS-Messrs. Bayard, Boreman, Casserly, Morton, Norton, Osborn, Pratt, Ross, Sprague, Stockton, Thur man, Vickers-12.

NAYS-Messrs. Abbott, Anthony, Brownlow, Carpenter, Conkling, Corbett, Cragin, Drake, Fenton, Ferry, Gilbert, Grimes, Hamlin, Harris, Kellogg, McDonald, Morrill, Nye, Patterson, Ramsey, Sawyer, Schurz, Scott, Ben-Sherman, Stewart, Sumner, Tipton, Trumbull, Warner, Williams, Wilson-31.

NAYS-Messrs. Armstrong, Asper, Axtell, Banks, jamin, Bennett, Blair, Boles, Boyd, Buffinton, Burdett, Roderick R. Butler, Churchill, Clinton L. Cobb, Conger, Cowles, Dawes, Dockery, Donley, Finkelnburg, Fisher, Garfield, Gilfillan, Heaton, Hoar, Johnson, Alexander H. Jones, Judd, Julian, Ketcham, Laflin, Lash, Logan, McGrew, Mercur, William Moore, Packard, Paine, Palmer, Poland, Pomeroy, Prosser, Roots, Sanford, Sargent, Schenck, Sheldon, John A. Smith, Stokes, Strickland, Tanner, Twichell, Ward, Cadwalader C. Washburn,

Wheeler, Whittemore-56.

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Mr. Morton moved to strike from section 1st the words, "authorizing the issue of any such obligation;" which was not agreed to-yeas 14, nays 32, as follow:

YEAS-Messrs. Bayard, Brownlow, Casserly, Morton, Norton, Pomeroy, Pratt, Robertson, Ross, Spencer, Sprague, Stockton, Thurman, Vickers-14.

NAYS-Messrs. Abbott, Anthony, Boreman, Carpenter, Cattell, Corbett, Cragin, Drake, Fenton, Ferry, Fessenden, Gilbert, Grimes, Hamlin, Howard, Howe, Morrill, Patterson, Ramsey, Sawyer, Schurz, Scott, Sherman, Stewart, Sumner, Thayer, Tipton, Warner, Willey, Williams, Wilson, Yates-32.

March 15-This bill was then laid aside, and the House bill taken up and passed by the vote given above.

Amendment to the Tenure-of-Office Act. This bill passed both Houses, and became a

A BILL to strengthen the public credit, and relating to contracts for the payment of coin. Be it enacted, &c., That in order to remove any doubt as to the purpose of the Government to discharge all just obligations to the public creditors, and to settle conflicting questions and inter-law: pretations of the laws by virtue of which such obligations have been contracted, it is hereby provided and declared, that the faith of the United States is solemnly pledged to the payment in coin, or its equivalent, of all the interest-bearing obligations of the United States, except in cases where the law authorizing the issue of any such obligation has expressly provided that the same may be paid in lawful money or other currency than gold and silver: Provided, however, That before any of said interest-bearing obligations That every person holding any civil office to not already due shall mature or be paid before which he has been or hereafter may be appointed, maturity, the obligations not bearing interest, by and with the advice and consent of the Sen known as United States notes, shall be made ate, and who shall have become duly qualified convertible into coin at the option of the holder. I to act therein, shall be entitled to hold such office

AN ACT to amend "An act regulating the tenure of certain civil offices." Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep resentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the first and second sections of an act entitled "An act regulating the tenure of certain civil offices," passed March 2, 1867, be, and the same are hereby, repealed, and in lieu of said repealed sections the following are hereby enacted:

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