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House, No. 1570, with the amendments of the Senate thereto, was refer

Mr. Schenck, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolu. tion; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:

Resolred, That James F. Wilson, of lowa, and John V. L. Pruyn, of New York, be appointed tellers on the part of the House of Represent- . atives to count the electoral votes for President and Vice-President of the United States.

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

I. A letter from the Secretary of War, in reference to the claims of J. E. Clarke and John T. Peabody; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed.

II. A letter from the Secretary of the Interior, relative to the claim

priations.

III. A letter from the same, transmitting copy of a report of the president of the Union Pacific Railroad Company, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 30th ultimo; which was referred to the Committee on the Pacific Railroad and ordered to be printed.

The Speaker also, by unanimous consent, laid before the House memorials and resolutions of the legislature of the Territory of Montana; which were severally 'ordered to be printed and referred, as follows, viz:

1. Asking a reconsideration of the treaty with the Crow nation, to the Committee on Indian Affairs. • 2. Asking an appropriation for the establishment of a branch mint in the said Territory, to the Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures. : 3. Asking for the removal of the Flathead Indians from the Bitter ,Root valley to their reservation on the Jacko, to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

4. Asking for the construction of a military road from Muscleshell to Fort Ellis, to the Committee on Military Affairs.

5. Asking for an amendment to the organic act of the Territory of Montana. to the Committee on the Revision of the Laws.

6. Asking for the construction of a military road from some point on the Union Pacific railroad, near Box Elder, Utah Territory, to Helena City, Montana Territory, to the Committee on Military Affairs.

7. Asking for an appropriation for the relief of the Montana Historical Society, to the Committee on Education and Labor.

The Speaker also, by unanimous consent, laid before the House reso. lations of the legislature of the State of Kansas; which were referred as follows, viz:

1. Relative to the protection of actual settlers upon the Cherokee neutral lands;

2. Relating to the Osage treaty ; severally to the Committee on the Public Lands.

3. Asking for the erection of a court-house, post office, &c., at Topeka, Kansas, to the Committee on Appropriations.

The Speaker also, by unanimous consent, laid before the House a resolution of the legislature of the State of Oregon, asking aid to a railroad from Salt Lake to the Columbia river, Portland, and Puget sound, and from the Big Bend of the Humboldt river to the Klamath lake; which was referred to the Committee on the Pacific Railroad.

Mr. Logan, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1865) providing for the payment of the national debt, and for the reduction of the rate of interest thereon; which was read a first and second time,

referred to the Committee of Ways and Means, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Benjamin F. Butler moved a reconsideration of all the votes of reference to-day, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

The House then resumed, as the regular order of business, the consideration of the bill of the House (H. R. 621) to authorize the building of a military and postal railway from Washington, District of Columbia, to the city of New York, the pending question being on its engrossment.

After debate,
The morning hour expired.

On motion of Mr. Higby, the House proceeded to the consideration of the business on the Speaker's table;

When,

The following message, heretofore received, from the President of the United States, was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed, viz: To the House of Representatives :

In answer to the resolution of the blouse of Representatives, of the 16th of December last, in relation to the arrest of American citizens in Paraguay, I transmit a report of the Secretary of State.

ANDREW JOHNSON. WASIIINGTON, February 1, 1869.

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

The bill of the House (H. R. 1451) for the relief of John H. Osler, of Guernsey county, Ohio, with the amendment of the Senate thereto, was next taken up and the said amendment was concurred in. · Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

The joint resolution of the Senate (S. R. 206) relative to the mileage of Charles Westmoreland, was next taken up, read three times, and passed.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith. : The joint resolution of the Senate (S. R. 175) relative to the recent contract for stationery for the Department of the Interior, was next taken up and read a first and second time.

Pending the question on its third reading, · Mr. Jenckes submitted an amendment thereto. Į Pending which,

Mr. Jenckes moved the previous question; which was seconded and the main question ordered, and under the operation thereof the said amendment was agreed to and the resolution ordered to be read a third time.

It was accordingly read the third time and passed.

Mr. Jenckes moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, andalso moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said amendment. · The joint resolution of the Senate (S. R. 194) authorizing the transfer of certain appropriations heretofore made for the public printing, binding, and engraving, was next taken up, read three times and passed.

Mr. Lafiin moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, and also

moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate with the passage of the said joint resolution.

By unanimous consent, leave of absence until Tuesday next was granted to Mr. Buckley.

The joint resolution of the Senate (S. R. 176) extending the benefits of "An act donating public lands to the several States and Territories, which may provide colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts," approved July 2, A. D. 1862, as amended by act of July 23, A. D. 1866, to States lately in rebellion, was next taken up, read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on the Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

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

The bill of the Senate (S. 644) to amend an act entitled "An act to prohibit the coolie trade by American citizens in American vessels," approved February 19, 1862, was next taken up and read a first and second time.

After debate,
Ordered, That it be read a third time.
It was accordingly read the third time and passed.

Mr. Eliot moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter notion was agreed to.

The hour of 41 o'clock p. m. having arrived, the House took a recess until 73 o'clock p. m.

After the recess,

The House, in pursuance of its order of to-day, resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union; and after some time spent therein the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Cullom reported that the committee having had under consideration the annual message of the President of the last session had come to no resolution thereon.

And then,

On motion of Mr. William Williams, at 10 o'clock and 25 minutes p. m., the House adjourned.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1869.

The following petitions and other papers were laid upon the Clerk's table, under the rules :

By Mr. Orth: The petition of Eliza Green, praying for relief; which was referred to the Committee of Claims. · By Mr. Phelps: The remonstrance of the Baltimore Board of Trade against the proposed abrogation of State or municipal tonnage regulationswhich was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

By Mr. Brooks: The petition of the New York and Antwerp Steamship Company, praying that the steamships and materials used in the construction thereof be released from all dues payable to the United States; which was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

By Mr. Beaman: The petition of Professor W. A. Norton and others, praying for an appropriation to meet the expenses of observation of the

eclipse of the sun; which was referred to the Committee on Appropri: ations. · By Mr. Phelps: The remonstrance of David Miller and others, of the State of Maryland, against the fifty per cent. provision of the bankrupt law; which was referred to the Committee on the Revision of the Laws.

By Mr. Maynard: The petition of Captain William S. Reynolds, a citizen of the State of Tennessee, praying compensation for services during the Mexican war and the war of the rebellion; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

By Mr. Selye: The petition of Hérinan Voigtlander, praying for a pension: 1:

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; By Mr. Starkweather: The petition of Ann McManus, praying for a pension. i Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

.. By Mr. Eckley: The petition of citizens of the State of Ohio, praying for an amendment to the Constitution.

By Mr. Bingham: A petition of a similar import from citizens of the same State.

By Mr. Covode: A petition of a similar import from citizens of the State of Pennsylvania.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Orth: The petition of citizens of the State of Indiana, praying for the establishment of a post route from Lebanon to Crawfordsville, in the said State; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

By Mr. Moore: The petition of masters and owners of vessels of the State of Maine, praying for protection from illegal taxes; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

By Mr. Garfield: The petition of George Veefort, praying for relief'; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

By the Speaker: The petition of Captain William S. Parker, praying for restoration to the active list of the navy; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

By Mr. Robertson : The petition of George C. Stone, relative to refunding tax on cotton; which was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

By Mr. Garfield : The petition of citizens of Tamaqua, State of Pennsylvania, praying for an appropriation for the National Homestead at Gettysburg; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

By Mr. Kelley: The petition of importers and consumers of salt of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania, praying for the reduction of the duty on salt; which was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

By Mr. Banks: The petition of John C. Blasdel, praying for a change of the registry of the steamer Island City; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce. · By Mr. Chester D. Hubbard : The petition of W. S. Alexander and others, citizens of the State of West Virginia, praying for an amendment to the Constitution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Kelsey: The protest of the Yates County Agricultural Society, State of New York, against opening the markets of the United States to productions of the Dominion of Canada'; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

: By Mr. Hill: The petition of citizens of the State of New Jersey, relative to the bounty laws; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 1. The Speaker having proceeded, as the regular order of business, to call the committees for reports of a private nature,

Mr. Boutwell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to which was referred the bill of the House (II. R. 112) for the relief of Flag-Officer D. G. Farragut and the officers and men who passed Forts St. Philip and Jackson, under tire, on the morning of the 24th day of April, 1862, reported the same with an amendment in the nature of a substitute therefor; which amendment was agreed to, and the bill ordered to be engrossed and read a third time.

Being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time and passed. · The title of the bill was then amended so as to read, “A-bill relating to captures made by Admiral Farragut's fleet in the Mississippi river in May, 1862."

Mr. Boutwell moved that the vote on the passage of the said bill be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said bill. · Mr. Loughridge called up, and the House proceeded to the consideri ation of, the bill of the House (H, R. 1204) to confirm certain private land claims in the State of Missouri-heretofore reported from the Committee on Private Land Claims; the pending question being on its engrossment.

Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed and read a third time. Being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time and passed." Mr. Loughridge moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said bill.

Mr. Wood, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1866) to promote the progress of the fine arts; which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on Patents, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Maynard, by unanimous consent, from the Committee of Ways and Means, reported a bill (H. R. 1867) for the relief of the Ilinois Iron and Bolt Company; which was read a first and second time.

Ordered, That it be engrossed and read a third time. Being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time and passed. Mr. Maynard moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said bill.

Mr. Moore, by unanimous consent, presented a communication relative to the straightening of the Washington canal for the more perfect drainage of the city; which was referred to the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Ward moved that the several votes this day on reference be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Mr. Benjamin F. Butler, by unanimous consent, submitted the follow. ing resolution ; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:

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