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Mr. Miller, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1574) in relation to a site for an executive mansion; which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds, and ordered to be printed

Mr. Cullom, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1572) to incorporate the Lincoln Art Association of Washington city, District of Columbia; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Cullom, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1573) for the relief of Arthur M. Lee; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

Mr. Beck, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1575) to repeal so much of former laws as imposes duties on animals imported from foreign countries for breeding purposes ; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

Mr. Koontz, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1576) granting a pension to Jacob Baughman; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

Mr. Koontz, by unanimous consent, introduced a joint resolution (H. Res. 390) giving additional bounty under act of July 28, 1866, and the several acts amendatory thereof, to persons who served three years and were honorably discharged, notwithstanding they may have been borne upon the rolls as slaves; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Callis, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1577) to provide for the establishment of a mail route from Scottsboro', in Jackson county, in the State of Alabama, to Cottonville, in Marshall county, in Alabama, and for the establishment of certain post offices therein named; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Callis, by unanimous consent, introduced a joint resolution (H. Res. 391) for the relief of loyal citizens of Alabama who acted as United States scouts during the late war; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Boutwell moved to reconsider the votes taken on the reference of the several bills introduced this day, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Mr. Callis, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined and found truly enrolled a joint resolution and bill of the following titles, viz:

H. Res. 388. Joint resolution explanatory of the act to create an addi. tional land office in the State of Minnesota, approved July 25, 1868;

H. R. 1537. An act to repeal certain provisions of section six of an act entitled “An act making appropriations for the support of the army for the year ending June 30, 1868, and for other purposes," approved March 2, 1867;

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The Speaker signed the same.

The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House a communication from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting the report of the Special Commissioner of Internal Revenue for the year 1868; which was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Schenck submitted the following resolution; which was read and referred to the Committee on Printing, viz:

Resolreil, That there be printed for the use of the House twenty

thousand copies of the report of the Special Commissioner of the Revenne, with the appendices, complete, and for the use of the Treasury Department one thousand bound copies of said report, with the appendices.

The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House a message from the President of the United States; which was read, referred to the Committee on the Pacific Railroad, and ordered to be printed, and is as follows: To the House of Representatives :

I herewith communicate a report of the Secretary of the Interior, in answer to a resolution adopted by the House of Representatives on the 16th instant, making inquiries in reference to the Union Pacific railroad and requesting the transmission of the report of the special commissioners appointed to examine the construction and equipment of the road.

ANDREW JOHNSON. WASHINGTON, December 18, 1868.

The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House executive communications as follows, viz:

1. From the Secretary of War, transmitting, in compliance with the resolution of the House of the 15th ultimo, a copy of a report from Brevet Major General James H. Wilson, relative to the improvement of the Des Moines rapids, and stating that no special report concerning the Rock Island rapids has been lately received; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be printed.

II. From the Secretary of the Navy, transmitting report of a commission appointed to examine Boston harbor, relative to the construction of a bridge between Boston and East Boston, in the State of Massachusetts; which was referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals and ordered to be printed.

III. From the Secretary of War, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 16th ultimo, stating that no reduction of the number of officers and employés can now be made in his department or any reduction of their salaries; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

IV. From the Secretary of the Interior, enclosing estimates for the compensation of the surveyor general of Louisiana and Florida, and the clerks required in their respective offices for tbe fiscal year ending June 30, 1870; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed.

V. From the Secretary of War, transmitting, with his approval, a communication from the Adjutant General of the army, recommending the passage of a joint resolution to drop from the rolls of the army Lieutenants Daniel Hitchcock, 5th cavalry, and William J. Mackay, 29th infantry, for desertion; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

VI. From the Secretary of War, transmitting, in compliance with the House resolution of the 16th ultimo, the report of Brevet Major Suter, on the bridge over the Missouri river at Kansas City; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs and ordered to be printed.

VII. From the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, requesting for the nse of his office 1,000 copies of the report of the Committee on Retrenchment, made to Congress December 21, 1868; which was referred to the Committee on Printing.

VIII. From the Secretary of the Navy, transmitting papers relative to League island; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs and ordered to be printed.

IX. From the Secretary of the Interior, in relation to furnishing and refitting an office for the register of deeds of the District of Columbia; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

X. From the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting, in compliance with House resolution of the 18th ultimo, a statement showing the total amount due and necessary to pay certain United States marshals for services in connection with the 8th census, in 1860; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

XI. From the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting, in compliance with House resolution of the 8th ultimo, a report by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, relative to the last commission appointed to treat with the Great and Little Osage Indians; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

XII. From the Secretary of War, transmitting a letter from a committee of colored citizens of the 5th congressional district of Virginia, praying for the continuance of the Freedmen's Bureau in that State; which was referred to the Committee on Freedmen's Affairs.

XIII. From the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting a letter from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, relative to a deficiency in the appropriation for pay of commissioners to treat with the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

XIV. From the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting a letter from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, with enclosures, relative to the removal from the Cherokee nation of certain Creek Indians; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

XV. From the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting a letter from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, submitting an estimate of appropriations required for medallions for distribution to Indian tribes; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

XVI. From the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting a letter from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, relative to the destitute condition of the Kansas tribe of Indians, and recommending an appropriation for their relief; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

XVII. From the Secretary of the Interior, relative to certain selections of lands made by the mixed and half bloods of the Sacs and Foxes, under treaty stipulations; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

XVIII. From the Commissioner of Agriculture, transmitting, in compliance with the House resolution of the 18th ultimo, a report relative to the cost of erecting the new agricultural building; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

XIX. From the Secretary of War, relative to additional appropriations for a bridge at Rock Island arsenal; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

XX. From the Secretary of War, transmitting the petition of James Chew, for removal of political disabilities, recommended by the General of the army and the commander of the first military district; which was referred to the Committee on Reconstruction.

The Speaker also, by unanimous consent, presented a letter from the secretary of the Territory of New Mexico, transmitting the laws of said Territory; which was referred to the Committee on the Territories.

The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House the credentials of J. Willis Menard as member elect to this house from the second congressional district, in the State of Louisiana, in place of James Mann, deceased; which were referred to the Committee of Elections.

By unanimous consent, leave of absence until the 19th day of January instant was granted to Mr. Pruyn.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Baker was excused from further service on the Committee on Education and Labor.

The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House the following message from the President of the United States; which was read, referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and ordered to be printed, viz: To the House of Representatires :

In answer to the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 14th instant, requesting the correspondence which has taken place between the United States minister at Brazil and Rear-Admiral Davis, touching the disposition of the American squadron at Rio Janeiro and the Paraguay difficulties, I transmit a report of the Secretary of State upon that subject.

ANDREW JOHNSON. WASHINGTON, December 16, 1868.

Mr. Niblack, by unanimous consent, introduced the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making more liberal provisions by law for the removal of the charge of desertion not of a serious or aggravated character against soldiers in the late civil war, and particularly as to the propriety of relaxing the rule withholding bounty from otherwise meritorious soldiers who have received honorable discharges, but against whom charges of desertion rest.

Resolved, also, That the Committee on Invalid Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of relaxing the rule withholding pensions from soldiers or their widows or heirs on account of charges of desertion, when such soldiers have received honorable discharges or may have lost their lives while in the army and in the line of their duty.

Resolved, also, That each of said committees be instructed to report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Price, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1578) to secure the use of American iron in the construction of land-grant railroads; which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on the Pacific Railroad, and ordered to be printed.

The House, as the regular order of business, resumed the consideration of the bill of the House (H. R. 1491) fixing the amount found to be due to the State of Iowa on account of certain claims against the United States, heretofore reported from the Committee on Military Affairs, the pending question being on the motion to recommit the said bill with instructions to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. James F. Wilson moved to amend the instructions heretofore submitted by Mr. Pruyn and accepted by Mr. Wood.

Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne moved the previous question, which was seconded. The question then being, Shall the main question be now put?

(Yeas...................... 100 It was decided in the affirmative, Nays ...................... 24

Not voting ................

. 97 The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present,

Those who voted in the affirmative are-
Mr. William B. Allison Mr. Delos R. Ashley

Fernando C. Beaman
John F. Benjamin

Mr. John D. Baldwin

George W. Anderson
Samuel M, Arpell

Alexander H. Bailey
Jehu Baker

Mr. John A. Bingham

Thomas Boles George S. Boutwell

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Those not voting are-
Mr. George M. Adams Mr, John F. Driggs Mr. Michael C. Kerr Mr. Green B. Raum
Oakes Ames
Ephraim R. Eckley
Bethuel M. Kitchen

Lewis W. Ross
Jaines M. Ashley
W. P. Edwards
Israel G. Lash

Philetus Sawyer
Samuel B. Axtell

Benjamin Eggleston George V. Lawrence Glenni W. Scofield
Nathaniel P. Banks
Orange Ferriss
William Lawrence

Lewis Selye
William H. Barnum
Thomas W. Ferry
William S. Lincoln

Samuel Shellabarger
John Bratty
William C. Fields
Benjamin F. Loan

Charles Sitgreaves Jacob Benton John Fox Samuel S. Marshall

Worthington C. Smith W. Jasper Blackburn James A. Garfield

James M. Marvin

Aaron F. Stevens James G. Blaine

Adam J. Glossbrenner James K. Moorhead Caleb N. Taylor
Austin Blair
J. S. Golladay
John Morrissey

Row'd E. Trowbridge Henry P. H. Bromwell Samuel F. Gove

William Mungen

Ginery Twichell
James Brooks
John A. Griswold
Leopard Myers

Henry Van Aernam Charles W. Buckley George A. Halsey

Carinan A. Newcomb Daniel M. Van Auken
Albert G. Burr
Charles M. Hamilton John A. Nicholson

Burt Van Horn
Render W. Clarke
Abner C. Harding
David A. Nunn

Robert T. Van Horn
J. W. Clift
Isaac R. Hawkins
Godlove S. Orth

Charles H. Van Wyck
Burton C. Cook
Benjamin F. Hopkins John A. Peters

Michael Vidal
Thomas Cornell
Asahel W. Hubbard Charles E. Phelps

Hamilton Ward
Henry L. Dawes
Chester D. Hubbard Frederick A. Pike

Cadwal'r C. Washburn
Oliver J. Dickey
Richard D. Hubbard William A. Pile

William B. Washburn Nathan F. Dixon Calvin T. Hulburd Tobias A. Plants

Thomas Williams Oliver H. Dockery

James M. Humphrey Theodore M. Pomeroy Fernando Wood Grenville M. Dodge Morton C. Hunter

John V. L. Pruyn

P. M. B. Young. Iguatius Donnelly

So the main question was ordered.

The question then recurring on the motion of Mr. James F. Wilson to amend the instructions, it was agreed to.

The question then recurring on the motion to recommit with instructions, as amended, it was agreed to.

Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne moved to reconsider the vote last taken, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Mr. B. F. Butler, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1582) to secure and protect the freedom of transit within the United States; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. R. R. Butler, by unanimous consent, introduced bills; which were severally read a first and second time, and referred as follows, viz:

H. R. 1579. A bill for the relief of Captain George E. Grisham, of Tennessee, to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

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