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do not mean to complain of this, but I mean venience resulting from the use of these small a word further. I am requested to reduce the to say that I do not like to have my friend, the coins is much less than it would be under the amount for which this coin is a legal tender. I Director of the Mint, led into temptation. All system now proposed ; but even with the ten have no authority to do that, but I would bave I desire is that in regard to this immense pur cent uotes in circulation this inconvenience has no objection if the House should determine to chase of metal, amounting to millions of dol been so great that the Treasurer of the United reduce the amount to thirty cents, giving us lars, there shall be an advertisement for such States, in his last annual report, has given us a the quarter of a dollar and one of these fivethings as the Director of the Mint wants, and most vigorous protest against the manner in cent pieces to settle the smaller balances of when he has advertised, then that the man who which this small coinage has been thrown out accounts which cannot be reached by legalbids the lowest to supply what he does want upon the community. I think, therefore, that tender money. shall have the preference.
thegentleman who has charge of this bill should Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. I yield I now desire to answer another argument, not propose to withdraw from circulation the to the gentleman from New York. My friend from Pennsylvania [Mr. KELLEY] ten-cent notes, thus compelling the people to Mr. WOOD. Mr. Speaker, whatever we says that he is in favor of having this done by fill their pockets with these small coins in order may have thought with reference to this bill general law. That is a favorite way of stopping to carry on those little every day transactions originally we have been deprived of an opporany reform-to say, Oh, yes, make a gen.
in which we must all to some extent engage tunity to discuss it in a way in which, in my eral law." A general law is good for a general and wbich constitute the staple of the business judgment, its great importance requires it purpose, and a particular law is good for a done by a large portion of the people. I trust, should be discussed by this House. We are particular purpose. We are providing for a par. therefore, that the gentleman will not retain now confined simply to a consideration of the ticular purchase now. Now, the reason that a the feature of his bill to which I have called amendment offered by the gentleman from general law is not required for these purchases attention and which I have sought to remedy Massachusetts, which proposes simply to de. is that the Director of the Mint does not pur. || by an amendment. I am acting on this ques- | prive the Director of the Mint of the discre. chase gold and silver at all; he only receives tion not in any captious spirit, but from a tionary power which he now exercises in the those metals, parts them, assays them, and regard to the public convenience.
purchase of material. coins them. But in this case he is to go into Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. I yield Mr. KELLEY. It is open to general amend. the market and purchase metals to an immense to the gentleman from Pennsylvania, [Mr. ment. The previous question has not been amount. The difficulty is this: there is a large | KELLEY.]
ordered. nickel mine in Pennsylvania, and the largest Mr. KELLEY. Mr. Speaker, I thank the Mr. WOOD. Not without the consent of establishment in this country and the second gentleman from Tennessee [Mr. MAYNARD] the gentleman from Massachusetts. only of all such establishments in the world. for his suggestion, which gives me an oppor Mr. KELLEY. When his hour expires the That establishment has heretofore donc all this tunity to make an explanation for the informa bill will be still open to amendment. nickel business for the Mint.
tion of the House. This bill is an official bill. Mr. WOOD. I understood the gentleman Mr. KELLEY. One moment. The gentle. It is not an emanation from the Committee on from Massachusetts to refuse to allow the genman is mistaken in one respect.
Coinage, Weights, and Measures. It was pre | tleman from Missouri [Mr. McCORMICK] to Mr. DICKEY. I would ask the gentleman pared at the request of the Secretary of the offer an amendment to his own amendment, from Massachusetts (Mr. BUTLER] if there is Treasury by the Director of the Mint, and was I have risen, therefore, simply to say a word any barm in Pennsylvania manufacturers hav. | transmitted to the House through the Speaker with reference to the amendment of the gening the preference over English manufacturers by the Secretary of the Treasury, with an offi tleman from Massachusetts, which is to incorof nickel?
cial communication recommending its passage. porate a provision in the bill that the nickel Mr. KELLEY. I was about to answer the It was examined by the Committee on Coin. and copper shall be purchased only by public gentleman from Massachusetts by stating that age, Weights, and Measures, and was reported advertisement and from the lowest bidder. I the establishment to which he refers is in New as it came from the Treasury Department. As am glad that at last this principle is sought to Jersey and not in Pennsylvania.
chairman of the committee at that time I con be incorporated in our legislation. I have no Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. Be it so, ferred with the Treasurer of the United States, doubt that hundreds of thousands of dollars then; I will say New Jersey. The mine is in who, after examination, stated that the remarks are annually wrongfully taken from the TreasLancaster, Pennsylvania, the manufacturing in his report about the distigurement of the ury by allowing our subordinates to go into the establishment is in Camden, New Jersey. I small coinage, its odor, &c., had reference not market and make purchases at any price they think I know all about this thing when I am to the nickel coinage, but to the bronze coins, | please, of any quality they please, and in any put to it. And in answer to the other gentle. he having used the term “ nickel' when he quantity they please. man from Pennsylvania [Mr. DICKEY] I have should have employed the word " bronze." Now, I know no reason wliy the Director of to say that there is no harm in Pennsylvanians | He said further that if the bill should contain the Mint in Philadelphia cannot offer compe. having an advantage over English men unless a proviso making these coins redeemable, so tition to the whole world in a public advertisethey tax the people to pay them for that ad as to prevent the creation of a surplus and to ment to furnish such material as will be suit. vantage. If they do that, then there is the enable public officers as well as private citi able and adapted to this purpose. As he is to harm; and that I stand by everywhere. zens, when they found these coins accumulat frame the advertisement, as he is to judge of
My friend from Pennsylvania [Mr. KELLEY] ing in their hands, to exchange them for legal the quality of the article when it is proposed says that he desires the same thing I do. tender money, his last objection would be re to him, and as he is restricted only to giving it Very well ; I have talked this matter over with moved. I discussed with him especially the to the lowest bidder, in my judgment it would the Director of the Mint no longer ago than this clause to which the gentleman from Tennessee save hundreds of thousands of dollars. And morning, and he says that he can get along refers ; and he said that knowing as he did, as we are required virtually to do away with onder my amendment; that he will not have from the wear of the five cent copper-nickel the existing currency of this character and give any trouble under it, as I do not mean he shall coins now in existence, their freedom from to him the power to substitute an amount equal bave. But I do not mean that there shall be impurity, he hoped the ten-cent note would be to thirty or forty million dollars, allowing him one special favored manufacturer in this coun withdrawn, as is provided in the bill. This to expend of the public money from twenty to try who shall have the run of the Mint and measure, therefore, has the sanction of the thirty million dollars, I hold that the tempta. shall have what must eventuate in a job, I care Secretary of the Treasury, the Treasurer of tion is too great to be placed in the hands of not how pure men are when they start out. I the United States, and the Director of the one man, whoever he may be, or however far now yield for a few moments to the gentleman Mint.
beyond reproach or suspicion. I think it is from Tennessee, (Mr. MAYNARD.]
Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. The gen. our duty to guard in our legislation the public Mr. MAYNARD. I shall support this amend tleman means the late retary of the Treas. Treasury in every respect, and it seems to me ment of the gentleman from Massachusetts,
that the adoption of this amendment will, with(Mr. BUTLER,) placing my support on a slightly Mr. KELLEY. The late Secretary of the i out doing injury to the currency or to the proper different ground from his--one I intimated yes Treasury, the present Treasurer, and the pres creation of this coin, us is proposed by this terday-and which, it seems to me, I either ent Director of the Mint. I will say that in measure, protect the Treasury, and throw open overvalue or my friend from Pennsylvania directly the measure has the indorsement of to competition not only the nickle mines of [Mr. KELLEY] greatly undervalues.
the preseut Secretary of the Treasury, who as this country but of all other countries, proIn the peculiar state of our small currency a member of this House supported the bill vided they can furnish a suitable article at the unusual, and I trust temporary--it is proposed in substantially its present form in the later
lowest price. to give us more of what we already have, a days of the last Congress, and who voted for Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. I yield coinage whose intrinsic value is but fifteen per it when it contained the clause which was in: to the gentleman from New York to make a cent. of its nominal value ; and this is to be serted by a vote of the House providing that motion. done by dispensing with the ten-cent note and American materials should have the prefer: Mr. DAVIS. I am a member of the Comissuing these coins of the denomination of one,
That clause is contained in the bill as mittee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures, and three, and five cents. When the ten-cent notes printed, but not in the measure as now under as I think this bill has not been sufficiently are withdrawn, as proposed, we shall have for consideration. The bill, therefore, as it now considered by any committee of the House I general circulation in the small business trans stands, has, as I have said,
the direct approval move that it be recommitted. actions of the country nothing but these base of the late Secretary of the Treasury, the Treas Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. I yield pieces of five cents and less. I submit that in urer of the United States, and the Director of to the gentleman from Pennsylvania for a inis way the pocke:s of the people would be the Mint, and the indirect approval by his vote moment. filled with an inconvenient quantity of what I in this House of the present Secretary of the Mr. KELLEY. I desire to say that this bill bad alınost said is little better than trash. Treasury. There is a point upon which the was very maturely considered by the commitWhile we have the ten.cent notes the incon. gentleman from Massachusetts will permit me tee at the last session, and that yesterday after
the announcement of the committees, know The SPEAKER. This bill would not fall All the committees were called, but no reports ing the anxiety of the Director of the Mint to under the privilege.
were made. be rid of the working of tin and zinc, with the Mr. BROOKS. Very well; then I make no Mr. KELSEY. I move that the House do consent of the majority of the committee, of objection.
now adjourn. all the members present, including the gentle. The bill (H. R. No. 133) regulating com Mr. SCHENCK. Will the gentleman from man who now makes the motion to recommit, | pensation in cases of contested elections was New York [Mr. KELSEY] withdraw that motion [Mr. Davis,) and the chairman of the com read a first and second time, and referred to the until I can introduce a couple of bills, and have mittee, [Mr. Heaton,] I submitted the bill and Committee of Elections.
them referred and ordered to be printed ? asked that it should be put upon its passage. Mr. ELDRIDGE moved to reconsider the Mr. KELSEY. I will withdraw the motion Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. I move vote by which the bill was referred; and also
for that purpose. the previous question on the recommitment. moved that the motion to reconsider be laid Mr. SCHÊNCK. I ask leave to introduce The previous question was seconded and the on the table.
a bill supplementary to and explanatory of main question ordered; and under the operation The latter motion was agreed to.
certain acts of Congress relating to officers of thereof the motion to recommit was agreed to.
LAND DISTRICT IN WYOMING.
the Navy, to be referred to the Committee on Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts, moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was re
Mr. SPINK, by unanimous consent, intro
Naval Affairs, and to be printed.
Mr. JOHNSON. Is this in order? committed ; and also moved that the motion duced a bill (H. R. No. 134) to establish a
The SPEAKER. Only by unanimous conto reconsider be laid on the table. land district in Wyoming Territory, and for
sent. The latter motion was agreed to. other purposes; which was read a first and
Mr. JOHNSON. I object to everything out second time, and referred to the Committee on
The SPEAKER, by unanimous consent, laid
Mr. SPINK also, by unanimous consent, from Texas, and ask that they be referred to
before the House the following; which were introduced a bill (H. R. No. 135) to create an the Committee on Reconstruction.
referred to the Committee on the Pacific Rail. additional land district in the Territory of There was no objection. Dakota, to be called the Pembina district ;
road, and ordered to be printed: Mr. BEAMAN introduced a bill (H. R. No. which was read a first and second time, and
To the Senate and House of Representatives : 131) to divide the State of Texas into three
I invite the attention of Congress to the accomreferred to the Committee on the Public Lands.
panying communication of this date which I have States; which was read a first and second time,
RESOLUTIONS OF BOARD OF TRADE.
received from the Secretary of the Interior. and referred to the Committee on Recon
U.S. GRANT. struction.
Mr. SWANN, by unanimous consent, pre
Washington, March 15, 1809. Mr. BEAMAN also introduced a bill (H. R. sented resolutions of the Board of Trade of
To the honorable Secretary of the Interior: No. 132) for the division of the territory known the city of Baltimore, indorsing the resolutions
Under the act of Congress approved July 2, 1864. it as the State of Texas into separate territories ; adopted by the National Board of Trade in
is made the duty of the Government directors of the which was read a first and second time, and
reference to immunity of private property at Union Pacific railroad " at any time to report to the referred to the Committee on Reconstruction. sea in time of war; which were referred to the
Secretary of the Interior such information as shall
be in possession of the Department." Mr. ALLISON moved to reconsider the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
According to the provisions of this act it becomes votes by which the bills were severally referred;
Also, resolutions of the Board of Trade of our duty now to report the following facts: and also moved that the motion to reconsider the city of Baltimore, indorsing the action of
March 10, 1869, in obedience to the act of Congress,
December 27, 1867, the stockholders of the Union be laid on the table.
the National Board of Trade, and also the Pacific railroad met in the city of New York and proThe latter motion was agreed to.
resolutions of the Chamber of Commerce of ceeded to the election of directors for the ensuing the city of Cincinnati in reference to building
year, when an injunction was served by Judge BarCOMPENSATION IN CONTESTED ELECTIONS.
nard, of the supreme court of the city of New York, levees on the Mississippi ; which were referred upon the ofiicers of the company, some of its directors, Mr. DAWES. I ask unanimous consent to to the Committee of Ways and Means.
some of its stockholders, and certain of the Governintroduce a bill regulating compensation in Also, resolutions of the Board of Trade of ment directors, restraining them from and prohibitcases of contested elections for the purpose of
ing an election of any officer or directors upon the the city of Baltimore, indorsing the resolutions
day designated by the Federal law of December 20, reference to the Committee of Elections. and preamble passed by the Board of Trade 1807, for the ensuing year. The wbole number of Mr. BROOKS. Let it be read. of the city of Philadelphia in reference to
votes thrown we have ascertained to be 207,430 shares,
of which 205,840 were given for the gentlemen whose The bill was read. The first section pro certain modifications of the national bankrupt
pames are hereto annexed, and no other votes could vides that whenever the right of any Repre. law; which were referred to the Committee on have been given that would change the result. sentative or Delegate in Congress to a seat in the Judiciary.
Under these injunctions. attachments (some of
them not bailable) and threats of imprisgomenti the House of Representatives is contested, and
MEMBER-AT-LARGE FROM TENNESSEE. disobeyed, the inspectors of the election were advised notice of such contest is served in conformity
not to declare the result, though believing themselves to law, no money shall be paid as mileage or
Mr. BUTLER, of Tennessee. I ask unani authorized to do so by the Federal law, and hence compensation to either the sitting member or mous consent to introduce a resolution in ref. the new board thus elocted remains in abeyance un
der injunctions and attachments which may endure the contestant while such contest is pending erence to the case of Hon. John B. Rodgers,
for a year or more, and thereby make the company and undecided ; and that whenever the right claiming a seat as Representative-at-large from and stockholders expense and litigation, and thus to such seat shall have been finally determined
the State of Tennessee, for reference to the endanger and obstruct the progress of the road. either by the House or by a withdrawal upon Committee of Elections.
Fearful of these results, we, as Government direct
ors, have felt it our duty to make an early report of the record from all further contest the mileage
Mr. BROOKS. Let the resolution be read. these facts to the Secretary, with the view of his calland compensation allowed by law shall be paid
The Clerk read as follows:
ing attention thereto of the President and of Con
gress, in order that such legislation may be bad as to the person only to whom the seat shall thus Whereas Hon. John B. Rodgers was on the first may be deemed necessary to protect the interests of
Tuesday of November, 1868, elected to the Fortybe finally accorded.
the United States and to keep uninterrupted this First Congress from the State of Tennessee as a mem great national work. The second section provides that there shall ber for the State at large; and whereas there is no
JAMES BROOKS, Neto York, be paid out of the contingent fund of the House existing law for the additional member, but the loyal
J. L. WILLIAMS, Indiana, citizens of Tennessee believe that they are justly en
D. L. HARRIS, Massachusetts, to any person, either the sitting member or the titled to said additional member: Therefore
J. D. WEBSTER, Minois, contestant for the right to a seat as Represent. Be it resolved, That the credentials of Hon. Jobn B.
II. PRICE, Iowa, ative or Delegate, to whom it shall be finally Rodgers be referred to the Comm.ttee of Elections,
Government Directors. and that they be instructed to report at as early a determined in the manner provided in the first
OLIVER AMES, Massachusetts, day as possible whether the credentials are in proper section that such seat did not of right belong, form, and whether the State of Tennessee is ontitled
THOMAS C. DURANT, Nero York, a sum of money not exceeding such sum as he to said additional member, and to report a resolution
JOHN J. CISCO, New York,
SIDNEY DILLON, New York, accordingly. shall make it appear to the Committee on Ac
CORNELIUS S. BUSHNELL, Connecticut, counts of the House of Representatives that he Mr. BROOKS. I have no objection to re
BENJAMIN E. BATES, Massachusetts,
JOHN DUFF, Mussachusetts, bas actually and necessarily expended in pros ferring the credentials to the Committee of
JOSIAH BURDWELL, Massachusetts, ecuting or defending such right to a seat in a Elections, but I object to the instructions.
JOHN B. ALLEY, Massachusetts, contest prosecuted or defended by him, iu the Mr. BUTLER, of Tennessee. Then I move
F. GORDON DEXTER, Massachusetts, opinion of the Committee of Elections, before that the rules be suspended in order that I may
CHARLES N. LAMBARD, Massachusetts,
WILLIAM H. MACY, Nero York, whom it was pending in good faith and with offer the resolution.
JOHN F. TRACY, Illinois, reasonable cause. The SPEAKER. The rules cannot be sus
CYRUS H. McCORMICK, 'Nero York city,
G. M. DODGE, Iowa, Mr. TRIMBLE. I object to the reception pended except on Monday.
Directors. of the bill.
ORDER OF BUSINESS.
NEW YORK CITY, March 11, 1869. Mr. D ES. I hope the gentleman will Mr. JOHNSON. I ask unanimous consent
CHANGES ON COMMITTEES, not object to its being referred to the Commit to offer a substitute for a bill introduced yes The SPEAKER. The Chair desires to an tee of Elections.
terday in relation to the preservation of the nounce that the gentleman from Michigan [Mr. Mr. TRIMBLE. I will withdraw the objec. fur-seal in Alaska for reference to the Com- || Blair) declines service on the Committee on tion. mittee on Commerce.
Foreign Affairs, and also as chairman of the Mr. BROOKS. As the Committee of Elec Mr. BUTLER, of Tennessee. I object. Committee on Private Land Claims. If there tions have a right to report at any time that Mr. JOHNSON. Then I call for the regular be no objection the Chair will appoint Mr. is substantially withdrawing all objection. order.
Blair to the position on the Committee of Mr. DAWES. They would not have the The SPEAKER. The regular order is the Ways and Means made vacant by the resignaright to report at any time such a bill as this. call of committees for reports.
tion of the gentleman from Indiana, Mr.
ORTH.) And the Chair will also appoint Mr. The main question was then ordered ; and the House, to the resolution for the appointOrth chairman of the Committee on Private | under the operation thereof the resolution was ment of a joint select Committee on RetrenchLand Claims, and also as second on the Com- || adopted.
ment, asked a conference on the disagreeing mittee on Foreign Affairs, the place held by Mr. BINGHAM moved to reconsider the vote votes of the two Houses, and had appointed him during the last Congress.
by which the resolution was adopted; and also as conferees on the part of the Senate Mr. WITHDRAWAL OF PAPERS.
moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on PATTERSON, Mr. Grimes, and Mr. CASSERLY.
the table. Mr. ARCHER asked and obtained leave to
ADJOURNMENT. The latter motion was agreed to. withdraw from the files of the House, without
Mr. ARNELL. I move that the House leaving copies, the papers in the case of R. M. DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS. adjourn. Green.
Mr. STEVENSON. I submit the following On the motion there were--ayes 69, noes 60. Also, to have referred to the Committee on resolution, on which I demand the previous Mr. PAINE. I call for the yeas and pays. Naval Affairs the papers in the case of Charles I question:
The yeas and nays were not ordered. W. Whitney, now on the files of the House. Resolved. That all books and public documents, So the motion was agreed to ; and the House Mr. BOLES asked and obtained leave to except the Congressional Globe, of which extra copies
(at two o'clock p. m.) adjourned. withdraw from the files of the House the peti.
have been printed for distribution, and which have
not been delivered to the persons entitled thereto tion of William Pollard, late assistant second under tho resolution of the last House of Represent
PETITIONS. engineer United States Navy, asking to be atives, shall be delivered by the officers having pos
session of the samo to the Representatives in this The following petitions were presented under restored to the naval service.
House of those districts whose former Representa the rule, and referred to the appropriate comMr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. I ask tives have not drawn the documents to which such mittees : leave to have referred to the Committee of districts were respectively entitled, according to the rate of distribution established.
By Mr. BEAMAN: The petition of Annie Claims the papers, now on the files of the House, relating to the claim of the heirs of James B.
Mr. MAYNARD. I move that this resolu
G. Etheridge, of Detroit, Michigan, for comArmstrong, presented in 1860; and the report tion be laid on the table. Its adoption would
pensation for services as nurse during the late of the commissioners upon the claim of Mas. be a gross injustice to gentlemen who retired
By Mr. POLAND: The petition of William sachusetts for coast defense, presented during with the last Congress, and who ought to the last Congress. receive the documents published during that
Colton, of Virginia, praying for removal of his
disabilities. Mr. HOLMAN. I call for the regular order.
Congress, and to which as members they were The SPEAKER. The gentleman from Masentitled.
Also, the petition of Almon Baldwin and 25 sachusetts [Mr. BUTLER] can have the papers
On the motion to lay the resolution on the
others, soldiers of the war of 1812, for pen
sions. mentioned by bim referred under the rules.
table there were---ayes 29, noes 95. Mr. BUTLER, of Massachusetts. Very || order. I submit that under the rules of the Mr. MAYNARD. I rise to a question of
By Mr. WASHBURN, of Massachusetts :
The petition of Cominodore Charles Steed. well; I will do so. House members are not entitled to vote upon
man, asking for compensation for services ENROLLED BILL SIGNED.
rendered. a question in which they are directly interested. Mr. BEATTY, from the Committee on En T'he SPEAKER. The Chair overrules the rolled Bills, reported that they had examined || point of order. This is a question that inter
NOTICE OF A BILL. and found truly enrolled a bill (H. R. No. 7) to ests the constituents of members rather than
The following notice for leave to introduce strengthen the public credit; when the Speaker members themselves.
a bill was given under the rule: signed the same.
the transportation of United States mails by of the Fortieth Congress contain an express railroad companies. Mr. STONE obtained leave of absence for
declaration that the books referred to in this
and are to be distributed among them.
WEDNESDAY, March 17, 1869. introduce a bill for reference.
point of order. The same authority that Prayer by Rev. F. S. De Hass, of WashMr. JOHNSON. I object to the introduc. adopted such an order can revoke it.
ington. tion and reference of any bill out of order. I
Mr. MAYNARD. I call for the yeas and The Chief Clerk proceeded to read the Jourhave a bill myself which I want to introduce nays on the motion to lay the resolution on the | nal of yesterdayį but was interrupted by and cannot do so. table.
Mr. CONKLING. I suggest that the further Mr. KELSEY. I renew my motion to The yeas and nays were not ordered. reading of the Journal be dispensed with. adjourn.
So the resolution was not laid on the table. The VICE PRESIDENT. It requires unaniMr. LAWRENCE. I hope the gentleman
Mr. WOOD. I rise to a question of morality. mous consent to dispense with the reading of will yield to me for a moment.
Have we the right to give away other people's || the Journal. Is there objection? Mr. KELSEY. I would do so, but objec- || property?
Mr. SUMNER. I must object to that. I tion is made to every proposition requiring
The SPEAKER. That is not a parliament will say, in making the objection, that down ypanimous consent.
ary question. The merits of the resolution to within a year I never knew it to be asked The SPEAKER. The gentleman from Cali are to be decided by the House, not by the that the reading of the Journal be dispensed fornia (Mr. Johnson) objects to anything else Chair. The question recurs on seconding the with, except during the last forty-eight bours than the regular order. demand for the previous question.
of the session. I believe that all Senators, ! On the motion to adjourn there were-ayes
The previous question was seconded. they reflect upon it, will see that it is import. 51, noes 65.
On ordering the main question there were ant that the rule should not be departed from. So the motion was not agreed to. ayes 91, noes 18.
Mr. CONKLING. I will renew the sugges. So the main question was ordered, which | tion that time--during the last forty-eight ORDER OF BUSINESS.
was upon the adoption of the resolution. hours of the session. Mr. HOLMAN. I call for the regular order. Mr. MAYNARD. I call for the yeas and The VICE PRESIDENT.
The Secretary The SPEAKER. The regular order is the
will resume the reading of the Journal. call of States for the introduction of resolutions The yeas and nays were not ordered.
The Chief Clerk resumed and concluded the and bills which may be put upon their pas. The resolution
reading of the Journal of yesterday. sage. The call rests with the State of Ohio. Mr. BUFFINTON moved to reconsider the
PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS.
vote by which the resolution was adopted;
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair preMr. BINGHAM. I offer the following reso be laid on the table.
sents the proceedings of the Republican State lution, on which I demand the previous ques The latter motion was agreed to.
convention in Georgia in regard to the position tion:
of that State, which will be referred to the
MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be
Committee on the Judiciary, authorized to appoint a clerk at the same compensa A message from the Senate, by Mr. McDon. Mr. TRUMBULL. As the committee are tion he received during the last Congress.
ALD, its Chief Clerk, announced that the Sen prepared this morning to report on that subMr. ARNELL. I move that this resolution ate had passed joint resolutions of the follow ject, perhaps the paper had better lie on the be referred to the Committee on Accounts. ing titles, in which the concurrence of the table. The SPEAKER. The gentleman from Ohio || House was requested :
The VICE PRESIDENT. It will lie on (Mr. BINGHAM) has called the previous ques Joint resolution (S. R. No. 27) authorizing the table. tion. If that should not be seconded a motion Commander Charles H. Baldwin, United States Mr. CONKLING presented a petition of citi. to refer will be in order.
Navy, to accept a gold medal from the king || zens of New York engaged in the tobacco trade, On seconding the previous question there of the Netherlands; and
asking legislation for the reduction of the tax on were-ayes 54, noes 14; no quorum voting. Joint resolution (S. R. No. 28) authoriz. low-priced cigars known as “cheroots ;'' which
Tellers were ordered; and Mr. ARNELL and ing Lieutenant Commander W. A. Kirkland, was referred to the Committee on Finance. Mr. Bingham were appointed.
United States Navy, to accept a gold medal He also presented a petition of citizens The House divided; and the tellers report from the emperor of France.
of New York. praying such an amendment to ed-ayes seventy-seven, noes not counted. The message also announced that the Senate | the Constitution of the United States as will
So the previous question was seconded. had insisted on its amendment, disagreed to by Il fully recognize the obligations of the Christian
religion ; which was referred to the Committee B. Wales & Co., on the files of the Senate, be re No. 145) to promote the building of steamships on the Judiciary. ferred to the Coinmittee on Commerce.
in the United States, and to provide for the Mr. SHERMAN. I present the petition of a
On motion of Mr. RICE, it was
transportation of the United States mails be. number of merchants in the city of Toledo, Ordered, That the petition and papers of Charles tween New York and Europe by steamships Ohio ; and as their petition is very brief I will
P. Redmond, on the files of the Senate, be referred built in the United States; which was read
to the Committee on Claims. read it: "Believing the provinces above our northern bound
On motion of Mr. ABBOTT, it was
twice by its title, and referred to the Committee
on Commerce. ary should be embraced as nearly as practicable in Ordered. That the petition of citizens of Wilming
Mr. WILSON asked, and by unanimous conour commercial system, with as little restriction on ton, North Carolina, praying an appropriation for our intercourse with them as is compatible with a building a post othce, on the files of the Senato, bo sent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. No. fair reciprocity, wo respectfully request you to en referred to the Coinmittee on Post Ofices and Post 146) relating to the Freedmen's Bureau ; wbich courage by legislation the policy which will best pro Roads; and that tbe petition of citizens of Wilmingmote that object." ton, North Carolina, praying for an appropriation
was read twice by its title, referred to ihe ComI move its reference to the Committee on for deepening the Cape Fear river, and the memo
mittee on Military Affairs, and ordered to be rial of the Chamber of Commerce, of Wilmington, printed. Foreign Relations. North Carolina, praying an appropriation for the
Mr. SPENCER asked, and by unanimous The motion was agreed to.
same purpose, on the files of the Senate, be referred
consent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. Mr. WILSON presented the memorial of On motion of Mr. STEWART, it was No. 147) granting a pension to William B. the New Jersey Women Suffrage Association and of the Vineland convention, in favor of
Ordered, That Margaret Doyle have leave to with
Looney, of Alabama; which was read twice draw her petition and papers from the files of the by its title, and referred to the Committee on suffrage for women ; which was referred to the Senate.
Pensions. Committee on the Judiciary.
On motion of Mr. HOWE, it was
He also asked, and by unanimous consent Mr. SUMNER. I present the memorial of Ordered, That the petition and papers of Ellen J. obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. No. 148) commissioners elected by the reconstruction Brosman, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the granting to the New Orleans, Mobile, and Chatconvention of the State of Texas, who repre. Committee on Claims.
tanooga Railroad Company the right of way sent the condition of the State and the wants On motion of Mr. CHANDLER, it was
through the public lands of the United States, of the loyal people, in which they set forth the Ordered. That tho petition of Daniel H. Smith, on and for other purposes; which was read twice frightful condition of things there; that the
the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committeo
by its title, referred to the Committee on Public number of assassinations since the rebellion bas steadily increased ; and that in point of
On motion of Mr. SPENCER, it was
Lands, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. OSBORN asked, and by unanimous confact since the election of General Grant as
Ordered, That the petition and papers of Willia in
sent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. No. President the assassinations in Texas have the Committee on Pensions; and that the memorials 149) granting land to aid in rebuilding the Penaveraged two persons daily. All this they of the Legislature of Alabama, praying grants of sacola and Louisville railroad ; which was read attribute to what they call in two words “ John
lands to aid in the construction of certain railroads,
twice by its title, referred to the Committee on son's policy.” They object to the organiza mittee on Publio Lands.
Public Lands, and ordered to be printed. tion of a State government at this time under
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES.
Mr. RICE asked, and by unanimous consent the proposed constitution, showing at length that such a government would be in the hands
Mr. TRUMBULL. The Committee on the
obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. No. 150)
providing a mode of settlement of certain of rebels and would be in itself disloyal to the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill (S.
claims; which was read twice by its title, renation. They set forth various remedies, and No. 3) to enforce the fourteenth amendment
ferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and among others, and the last on which they rely, to the Constitution and the laws of the United
ordered to be printed. is that Congress will provide territorial or mil. States in the State of Georgia, and to restore
Mr. COLE asked, and by unanimous consent itary governments for the State of Texas, divid to that State the republican government elected
obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. No. 151) ing the State into two or three subdivisions. under its new constitution, have recommended
to further the administration of justice; which They think under such governments there might an amendment to the bill, and report the bill
was read twice by its title, and referred to the be some protection to life and freedom of speech | back to the Senate without any recommenda Committee on the Judiciary. ind of opinion until such time as that comtion whatever, the members of the committee
He also asked, and by unanimous consent munity shall be fit for a State government. I who were present being equally divided in
obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. No. 152) niove the reference of this memorial to the regard to the bill, although they agreed in ref:
to provide for the paving of Pennsylvania aveComunittee on the Judiciary. erence to an amendment to it. Iam instructed
which was read twice by its title, referred The motion was agreed to. by the committee to report it back, without any
to the Committee on the District of Columbia, Mr. SUMNER presented the petition of
recommendation as to its passage, with that aud ordered to be printed. Samuel Pierce, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, amendment.
Mr. FERRY asked, and by unanimous conpraying for a pension ; which was referred to
The VICE PRESIDENT. The bill will go
sent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. No. The Committee on Pensions.
on the Calendar.
153) to extend the letters-patent originally Mr. NYE presented the inemorial of John
granted to John Young ; which was read twice 1. Lay and William W. W. Wood, citizens of whom were referred the credentials of Hon.
by its title, and referred to the Committee on The United States, praying compensation forthe
Joshua Hill and Hon. H. V. M. Miller, claim. Patents. invention of the torpedo and torpedo appara. ing to have been elected Senators to this body
Mr. POMEROY asked, and by unanimous tus used by the Government to destroy the by the Legislature of Georgia, have instructed
consent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. rebel ram Albemarle ; which was referred to me to report them back with a recommenda
No. 151) granting lands to aid in the construc. the Committee on Naval Affairs. tion that they lie upon the table until action
tion of a railroad and telegraph line froin the Mr. VICKERS presented resolutions adopted shall be taken upon the bill in regard to the
southern boundary of the State of Kansas to by the Board of Trade of Baltimore, Maryland, State of Georgia. I will state, in making this
the Pacific ocean, with a branch to the southin regard to the immunity of private property report or recommendation of the committee,
ern boundary of the United States in the direcat sea in time of war, in regard to building that I do it under the direction of the commit
tion of El Paso ; which was read twice by its levees on the Mississippi, and the action of the tee ; that for myself I am opposed to the rec.
title, referred to the Committee on Public National Board of Trade thereon, and in reommendation, and believe it the duty of the
Lands, and ordered to be printed. gard io the national bankrupt law; which were Senate to act upon the credentials of these
Mr. MORTON, in pursuance of previous referred to the Committee on Commerce. gentlemen at once. I do not wish the recom.
notice, asked and obtained leave to introduce Mr. CAMERON presented a letter from mendation of the committee disposed of. Let
a joint resolution (S. R. No. 32) prescribing William Welch, of Philadelphia, praying for the case go on the Calendar. "I shall resist
the manner of proceeding by State Legislathat action. such legislation by Congress as will afford protection to American vessels at the island of
The VICE PRESIDENT. The credentials
tures upon amendments to ihe Constitution
proposed to them for ratification ; which was Cuba; which was referred to the Committee will go on the Calendar.
read twice by its title. on Commerce.
TESTIMONIALS TO NAVAL OFFICERS.
Mr. MORTON. I move that the resolution He also presented a memorial of members Mr. SUMNER. The Committee on For lie on the table ior the present, and be printed. of the Philadelphia Board of Marine Undereign Relations have directed me to report a
The motion was agreed to. writers, praying that for the benefit of comjoint resolution, and I desire to have it acted
CORRESPONDENCE OF CASS AND BUCHANAN. merce, the protection and safety of property
upon now. and life, steps may be promptly taken to pre By unanimous consent, the joint resolution
Mr. CHANDLER. I offer the following resvent the loss of the Absecom light-house from (S. R. No. 31) authorizing Lieutenant Com.
olution, and ask for its present consideration : the encroachments of the sea; which was re mander Arthur A. Yates, Surgeon Albert L.
Resolved, That the Secretary of Stato be requested ferred to the Committee on Commerce.
to communicate to the Senate a copy of the correGihon, Passed Assistant Surgeon Charles H.
spondence between James Buchanan, tben President He also presented a petition of citizens of White, and Assistant Surgeon Jerome H. Kid of the United States, and Lewis Cass, then Secretary Philadelphia, praying that pensions be granted der, of the United States Navy, to accept
of State, regarding the policy to be pursued to avert to the surviving soldiers of the war of 1812 ;
the war of the rebellion then threatening, wbich cordecorations from the king of Portugal in recwhich was referred to the Committee on Pen
respondence led to the resignation of Mr. Cass. ognition of humane services, was read three sions.
There being no objection, the Senate protimes, and passed.
ceeded to consider the resolution. PAPERS WITIIDRAWN AND REFERRED.
Mr. SUMNER. That resolution should be On motion of Mr. SUMNER, it was
Mr. CONKLING asked, and by unanimous | addressed to the President of the United States, Ordered, That the petition and papers of Thomas consent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. and not to the Secretary of State.
ENROLLED BILLS SIGNED.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Senator from The motion was agreed to ; and the bill (S. so as to read, “A bill to authorize any tele. Massachusetts suggests a modification of the No. 12) to authorize the New York, Newfound. | graph company incorporated under the laws resolution.
land, and London Telegraph Company to land of any State to land its submarine cable upon Mr. CHANDLER. Let it be so changed. its submarine cable upon the shores of the the shores of the United States."
Mr. SUMNER. It should read," that the United States was considered as in Commit The VICE PRESIDENT. The first amendPresident of the United States be requested, if tee of the Whole. It proposes to authorize ment of the Senator from New Jersey is now in his opinion not inconsistent with the public the New York, Newfoundland, and London before the Senate, and the Senator from New interest, to communicate," &c.
Telegraph Company to continue their existing || Jersey is entitled to the floor. The VICE PRESIDENT. The resolution submarine cable, in its several lines, from the Mr. STOCKTON. Mr. President, I think will be so modified; and the question is on shores of Newfoundland westerly, and to land the amendments explain themselves; the ob. agreeing to it, as modified.
the same upon the shores of the United States ject I have in view sufficiently appears from The resolution, as modified, was adopted. at such place or places as may from time to the reading of the amendments without any NORMAN WIARD'S ORDNANCE CONTRACTS.
time appear to the directors of the company remarks. There are before the Senate now, Mr. WILSON submitted the following reso
to be most convenient, and to maintain and as I understand, two bills that have been in:
work such cable or cables for the transmission troduced as general laws, and perhaps one or lution; which was considered by unanimous consent, and agreed to :
of messages and intelligence between the Uni two special bills. It seems to me that the
ted States and Europe, or any of the inter general law should be first acted upon; but if Resolved, That the Secretary of War be directed to furnish to the Senate copies of contracts inade and
mediate places, during the existence of the we are called upon to act upon this bill now, entered into between that Department and Norman
charter of the company. Congress reserves before the general law comes up, the only way Wiard, for the fabrication and delivery of ordnance
the right to alter or amend the act as it may to act upon it is to act upon it according to the or other arms, and copies of all correspondence in relation thereto, as well as copies of all applications
see fit by general rules, which shall be appli- il principle in the second section of the bill. for and papers in relation to other and additional cable to the company mentioned, to regulate | That second section, as amended, reserves th contracts not entered into between said parties. the use of ocean telegraphs and the tariff of Congress the right to alter, amend, or repea. MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE.
prices for the transmission of messages. the act by general rules. Why was that ex: A message from the House of Representa
Mr. STEWART. I do not wish to throw | pression, "by general rules," put in? Con tives, by Mr. McPherson, its Clerk, announced any obstacle in the way of this telegraph com gress certainly has the right to alter or repeal that the House had passed a joint resolution | pany, it being the pioneer company; but there this act and make general laws without reserv(H. R. No. 30) to supply omissions in the en.
is great apprehension of the consequences that ing that right. It was put in simply to make rollment of certain appropriation acts approved having exclusive privileges on the other side.
may follow if we grant this right to a company the bill attractive, and to admit the principle March 3, 1843, in which it requested the con
that a general rule was the better law. As we currence of the Senate.
By doing it we may shut out all competition. have the question now before us it seems to
but if we grant this right to a company that has it a general bill if it must be acted upon now. The message further announced that the
exclusive privileges on the other side of the If the wording of the amendment does not Speaker of the House had signed the following
ocean it amounts to an absolute monopoly. I reach the object I have in view I shall be very enrolled bills and joint resolution; and they Before we grant this privilege we ought to glad to correct the verbiage of it. were thereupon signed by the Vice President:
know upon what condition other lines may be Mr. SUMNER. The bill before the Senate A bill (S. No. 23) for the further security of landed in Europe. I think there ought to be is special in its object. It is to give the existequal rights in the District of Columbia ; some limitation upon this bill.
ing telegraphic company, through which we A bili (S. No. 25) supplementary to an act Mr. CHANDLER. This is precisely as it now receive intelligence from Europe, and entitled "An act to authorize the extension, passed before after discussion.
which lands in the island of Newfoundland, the construction, and use of a lateral branch of the
Mr. SUMNER. The Senator from Nevada | right to land somewhere on the shores of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad into and
will observe that the second section of the bill United States. The bill is special. It is not within the District of Columbia,” approved || subjects it to any conditions that Congress | general in its character. But it proceeds to February 5, 1867; and
hereafter may impose, being the very condi: provide that this company shall be subject to A joint resolution (H. R. No. 1) to supply an tions which the Senator has in mind. There any general provisions with regard to tele. omission in the enrollment of the act making is now pending before the Senate a general | graphic communications which may hereafter appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the bill containing the proper conditions for the Government for the year ending June 30, 1870, regulation of ocean telegraphs.
be adopted by Congress. Now, as I under
stand the motion of the Senator from New Jer. and for other purposes, approved March 3,
Mr. STEWART. I suggest that if this should sey, he seeks to change the character of the 1869.
become a monopoly we ought to have the right bill, to make it general instead of special. His HOUSE BILL REFERRED.
to repeal the law, and that clause should be in. proposition is general in its character ; it is The joint resolution (HI. R. No. 30) to sup
Mr. SUMNER. It is there. The second not special. It does not refer to this pioneer ply omissions in the enrollment of certain approsection provides :
cable, to which we are all so much indebted. I priation acts, approved March 3, 1869, was That Congress reserves the right to alter or amend object to it on that account. Let us take up read twice by its title, and referred to the Coin
this act as it may see fit, by general rules, which shall one of the bills now before the Senate, which
be applicable to the above-mentioned company, to mittee on Appropriations. regulate the use of ocean telegraphs and tariff of
are general in character, and which seek to EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION. prices for the transmission of messages.
provide a code or system for the government The VICE PRESIDENT laid before the
Mr. STEWART. I move to insert the words
of telegraphic communications, and pass that ; Senate a message from the President of the “or repeal” after “amend.''
but for the present let us pass this bill which United States, in answer to a resolution of the
Mr. CHANDLER and Mr. SUMNER. Very which it needs to land on the shores of the Uni
gives to the existing cable company the right Senate of the 11th instant, relative to the in:
well. stallment due from the Government of Vene Mr. STEWART. I will put the amendment
ted States, nor more nor less, and at the same zuela pursuant to the convention of April 25, at the end of the section. I move to add
time subjects it to all future conditions which 1866; which was referred to the Committee on " and Congress hereby reserves the right to
Congress may choose to impose. Sir, I can
see no detriment to the public interests which Foreign Relations, and ordered to be printed. | repeal this act.'
The amendment was agreed to.
can come from the present bill, while the propLIGIT-IIOUSES IN OREGON.
osition of the Senator from New Jersey, being Mr. WILLIAMS. I move that the Senate
Mr. STOCKTON. I have three amend. ll general in its character, leaves this pioneer proceed to the consideration at this time of
ments to offer to the bill, the object of which cable unprovided for, subject to the contingenjoint resolution No. 20, to which I presume
is to make it a general law and provide that cies of the passage of a more general bill. I there will be no objection.
other companies chartered by any of the States hope, therefore, that the motion of the SenaThe motion was agreed to; and the joint || is. I send my amendments to the desk.
shall be in the same position as this company tor-I say it with all respect; he will pardon resolution (S. R. No. 20) in relation to light
-will be voted down, and that the bill will The VICE PRESIDENT. Does the Senhouses on the coast of Oregon was considered
be passed in the shape in which it came from as in Committee of the Whole. It provides
ator from New Jersey desire to have all the the committee. that the erection of the light-house at Aquina amendments reported together?
The VICE PRESIDENT put the question bay, and of other light-houses on the coast of
Mr. STOCKTON. Yes, sir.
on the first amendment offered by Mr. STOCKOregon, for which appropriations have been
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Secretary ton, and declared that the ages appeared to or may be made, shall not be delayed for want will read the amendments together.
have it. of the consent of the Legislature of the State
The CHIEF CLERK. The first amendment of Mr. SUMNER and Mr. CHANDLER called to the purchase of the site or sites for such
the Senator from New Jersey is to strike out for a division. light-houses.
in the first section of the bill all after the word Mr. SHERMAN. As a division is called The joint resolution was reported to the Sen
"that,'' in line three, down to the word 'same,” for, I trust the Senator from Massachusetts ate, ordered to be engrossed for a third reading,
in line six, and to insert “any telegraph com will allow this amendment to prevail. In the read the third time, and passed.
pany organized under the laws of any State case of the telegraph bill introduced here two shall have the right to land."
years ago, reported by me, an amendment was LANDING OF SUBMARINE CABLES.
The next amendment is in the second sec. offered making it general in its character, and Mr. CHANDLER. I move that the Senate tion, to strike out all after the word “ fit,' I assented to it at once, and it has been the proceed to the consideration of Senate bill line two.
source of a very great deal of good. It enables No. 12.
The third amendment is to amend the title many telegraph companies to be organized