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New Orleans and Ship Island canal, to the Committee on the Public Lands.
Under this call joint resolutions and memorials of State legislatures were presented and referred as follows, viz:
By Mr. Mullins: Joint resolutions of the legislature of the State of Tennessee, in relation to the navigation of the Tennessee river, to the Committee on Commerce.
By Mr. Chester D. Hubbard : Joint resolutions of the legislature of the State of West Virginia, asking Congress to aid in the completion of the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad, to the Committee on Roads and Canals.
By Mr. Polsley: Joint resolutions of the legislature of the same State, asking Congress to pass a law incorporating the Washington and Cin. cinnati National Railroad Company, to the Committee on Commerce.
By Mr. Mallory: Joint memorial of the legislature of the State of Oregon, asking from Congress a grant of land along the line of a wagon road from Tillamook valley to the Portland road at Lafayette, Yam Hill county, in said State, to the Committee on the Public Lands;
Also, joint resolutions of the same legislature, relating to the appointment by Congress of a commission to investigate and take proof as to losses sustained by citizens of Oregon on account of Indian depredations since report of last commission, to the Committee on Indian Affairs;
Also, joint resolutions of the same legislature, relating to granting and confirming unto the State of Oregon certain lands, to the Committee on the Public Lands;
Also, joint memorial of the same legislature, requesting the establishment of a mail route from the town of Roseburg, in Douglas county, to the Randolph post office, in Coos county, to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.
All the States and Territories having been called for bills on leave,
Mr. Arnell submitted the following preamble and resolution; which were read, considered, and under the operation of the previous question agreed to, viz:
Whereas Ku-Klux outrages continue to be practiced upon peaceable and law-abiding citizens of the United States in the State of Tennessee and elsewhere: Therefore,
Resolved, That the Committee on Reconstruction be, and is hereby, instructed to inquire carefully into this whole matter and to report to the House, by bill or otherwise, at the earliest day possible.
Mr. Arnell 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.
Mr. Stokes introduced a joint resolution (H. Res. 384) granting additional compensation to certain employés in the civil service of the goyernment at Washington; which was read a first and second time.
Pending the question on its engrossment,
(Yeas........................ It was decided in the affirmative, Nays ...................... 73
/ Not voting .......... 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. Oliver H. Dockery Mr. William Lawrence Mr. John P.C. Shanks
H. H. Starkweather
Thomas E. Stewart John D. Baldwin John F. Farnsworth Horace Maynard
John H. Stover Fernando C. Beaman William C. Fields
J. H. Sypher
Caleb N, Taylor
Lawrence S. Trimble
Henry Van Aerpam
Burt Van Horn Nathaniel Boyden
James M. Humphrey Carman A. Newcomb Charles H. Van Wyck John M. Broomall Morton C. Hunter J. P. Newsham
Hamilton Ward Charles W. Buckley Ebon C. Ingersoll
William E. Niblack
Cadwal'r C. Washburn John C. Churchill Norman B. Judd Godlove S. Orth
Ellihu B. Washburne Reader W. Clarke George W. Julian Frederick A. Pike
William B. Washburn
James F. Wilson
John T. Wilson
William Windom, John T. Deweese
George V. Lawrence Glenni W. Scofield Those who voted in the negative areMr. Stevenson Archer Mr. W. P. Edwards Mr. Bethuel M. Kitchen Mr. Robert C. Schenck James M. Ashley Thomas D. Eliot J. Proctor Knott
Charles Sitgreaves Samuel B. Axtell Orange Ferriss William S. Lincoln
Rufus P. Spalding Nathaniel P. Banks John R. French
Samuel S. Marshall William B. Stokes James B. Beck James A. Garfield George F. Miller
James K. Moorhead Stephen Taber
Benjamin W. Norris Row'd E. Trowbridge
Ginery Twichell Roderick R, Butler Joseph J. Gravely Halbert E. Paine
Philadelph Van Trump John B. Callis Asa P. Grover Sidney Perham
Henry D. Washburn Samuel F. Cary Thomas Haughey S. Newton Pettis
B. F. Whittemore John W. Chanler Thomas A. Jenckes Luke P. Poland
Stephen F. Wilson
Fred'k E. Woodbridge Oliver J. Dickey
Francis W. Kellogg William H, Robertson George W. Woodward John F. Driggs Michael C. Kerr
William E. Robinson P. M. B. Young. Eplıraim R. Eckley
Those not voting areMr. George M. Adams Mr. Columbus Delano Mr. Julius Hotchkiss Mr. Charles W. Pierce George W. Anderson Nathan F. Dixon
Asahel W. Hubbard William A. Pile Samuel M. Arnell
Grenville M. Dodge Richard D. Hubbard Theodore M. Pomeroy Delos R. Ashley Charles A. Eldridge James A. Johnson
Samuel J. Randall
Logan H. Roots
Philetus Sawyer W. Jasper Blackburn John A. Griswold
James R. McCormick Worthington C. Smith Ralph P. Buckland Charles M. Hamilton Hiram McCullough
John Trimble Benjamin F. Butler Abner C. Harding
John A. Nicholson
Daniel M. Van Anken Henry L. Cake David Heaton David A. Nunn
Robert T. Van Horn
Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne 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.
Mr. Spalding, by unanimous consent, submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was read, referred to the Committee of Ways and Means, and ordered to be printed, viz:
Resolved, (the Senate concurring,) That Congress will not entertain any project that looks directly or indirectly to the repudiation of the debt of the United States; hence the Congress unhesitatingly abjures the proposition embraced in the executive message of applying the interest that shall hereafter be paid on the six per cent. bonds in liquidation of the principal sum named in said securities.
Mr. Stephen F. Wilson, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills,
reported that the committee had examined and found truly enrolled a bill of the following title, viz:
S. 186. An act providing for the sale of the lands, tenements, and water privileges belonging to the United States at and near Harper's Ferry, in the county of Jefferson, West Virginia ; When The Speaker signed the same. The morning hour having expired,
The Speaker, by unanimous consent laid before the House communi. cations as follows, viz:
I. A letter from the Postmaster General, transmitting estimates of sums required for the service of that department for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1870; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed.
II. A letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting papers requesting that a pension be granted to Charles McCarthy, formerly an engineer on United States military railroad in Tennessee, with the recommendation of the general of the army, if facts are found true; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.
III. A letter from the Secretary of State, transmitting, in compliance with the act of March 2, 1799, an abstract of the returns made to that department by collectors of customs, of American seamen registered in the several ports of entry of the United States; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.
IV. A letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting the report of Inspector General Hardie, relative to purchasing the building known as “ army building,” in New York city, now under lease for military purposes; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
V. A letter from the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting statement by Surgeon General Barnes of expenditures made under his direction of the appropriation by Congress for the Columbia Hospital for Women and Lying-in Asylum ; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and ordered to be printed.
VI. A letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting petitions for removal of their political disabilities from Robert Gilliam, J. N. Ryan, Abram Shepherd, F. F. Stribling, and N. K. Trent, of Virginia, and W. H. Grant, of Georgia; which was referred to the ('ommittee on Reconstruction.
VII. A letter from the Secretary of War, stating that it is impracticable to state with sufficient accuracy the amount expended during the year ended June 30, 1808, on account of the Indian war, and that the amount expended for river and harbor surveys and improvements for same period was $3,130,154 68; which was laid on the table.
VIII. A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting draught of a bill allowing the Secretary to furnish collectors of internal revenue with fire and burglar proof safes; which was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.
IX. A letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting the papers and recommending that permission be granted by law to Joseph Segar, of Virginia, to erect and keep a hotel on the public grounds at Fortress Monroe, under proper restrictions by the Secretary of War; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
X. A letter from the Commissioner of the General Land Office, transinitting reports of the Solicitor of the Treasury and ('ommissioner of Indian Affairs relative to the claim of Charles May to certain lots m
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in compliance with House resolution of July 1, 1868; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.
XI. Joint resolutions of the legislative assembly of the State of Oregon, rescinding resolution passed September 19, 1866, relative to amending the Constitution of the United States, and withdrawing the assent of the State of Oregon to the proposed 14th constitutional amendment; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the last named communication was referred and ordered to be printed, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to
The Speaker also laid before the House copies of the laws of Colorado Territory; which were referred to the ('ommittee on the Territories.
Mr. Broomall moved that the rules be suspended so as to enable him to submit the following preamble and resolution, viz :
Whereas the President of the United States, in his annual message to the fortieth Congress at its third session, says: “It may be assumed that the holders of our securities have already received upon their bonds a larger amount than their original investment, measured by a gold standard. Upon this statement of facts it would seem but just and equitable that the six per cent. interest now paid by the government should be applied to the reduction of the principal in semi-annual instalments, which in sixteen years and eight months would liquidate the entire national debt. Six per cent. in gold would at present rates be equal to nine per cent. in currency, and equivalent to the payment of the debt one and a half time in a fraction less than seventeen years. This, in connection with all the other advantages derived from their investment, would afford to the public creditors a fair and liberal compensation for the use of their capital, and with this they should be satistied. The lessons of the past admonish the lender that it is not well to be over-anxious in exacting from the borrower rigid compliance with the letter of the bond ;” and whereas such sentiments, if permitted to go to the world without immediate protest, may be understood to be the sentiments of the people of the United States and their representatives in Congress: Therefore,
Resolred, That all forms and degrees of repudiation of national indebtedness are odious to the American people. And that under no circumstances will their representatives consent to offer the public creditor, as full compensation, a less amount of money than that which the government contracted to pay him. And the question being put,
(Yeas .................... 135 It was decided in the affirmative, Nays........
Not voting........ Two-thirds voting in favor thereof. The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative areMr. William B. Allison Mr. Austin Blair
Mr. John Coburn
Mr. Ephraim R. Eckley
W. P. Edwards
Jacob H. Ela Alexander H. Bailey John M. Broomall
Shelby M. Cullom
Thomas D. Eliot
John F. Farnsworth
Orange Ferriss Nathaniel P. Banks John B. Callis
Oliver J. Dickey
William C. Fields Fernando C. Beaman John C. Churchill
Nathan F. Dixon
John R. French
James A. Garfield
Samuel F. Gove
Joseph J. Gravely
Mr. John A. Griswold Mr. William Lawrence Mr. Halbert E. Paine Mr. Caleb N. Taylor
Row'd E. Trowbridge
Tobias A. Plants
Henry Van Aernam Julius Hotchkiss James M. Marvin Luke P. Poland
Burt Van Horn Chester D. Hubbard Horace Maynard
Charles H. Van Wyck Richard D. Hubbard Dennis McCarthy
Cadwal'r C. Washburn
William H. Robertson Ellihu B. Washburne Thomas A. Jencker George F. Miller Robert C. Schenck
Henry D. Washburn Alexander II. Jones William Moore
Glenpi W. Scofield
William B. Washburn
Worthington C. Smith B. F. Whittemore
H. H. Starkweather James F. Wilson
John T. Wilson
Stephen F. Wilson
Fred'k E. Woodbridge. George V. Lawrence Godlove S. Orth
John Taffe Those who voted in the negative are
Mr. George M. Adams Mr. J. S. Gollada y
Asa P. Grover
William S. Holman James B. Beck
James M. Humphrey James Brooks
Thomas L. Jones Albert G. Burr
J. Proctor Knott
Samuel S. Marshall
Mr. James R. McCormick Mr. Charles Sitgreaves
Lawrence S. Trimble
Philadelph Van Trump John V. L. Pruyn
Fernando Wood William E. Robinson George W. Woodward Lewis W. Rosy
P. M. B. Young.
Mr. George W. Anderson Mr. Thomas Cornell Mr. Asahel W. Hubbard Mr. (. H. Prince
Samuel J. Randall
Logan H. Roots
Addison H. Laflin
Samuel Shellabarger Jannes G. Blaine Adam J. Glossbrenner John A. Logan
Aaron F. Stevens
Carman A. Newcomb Nelson Tift
John A. Nicholson
Daniel M. Van Auken Benjamin F. Butler Abner C. Harding
Charles W. Pierce
Robert T. Van Horn
Theodore M. Pomeroy Thomas Williams. J. W. Clift
So the rules were suspended.
And the question recurring, Will the House agree to the said preamble and resolutions ?
Mr. Randall demanded a division of the question. The Speaker put the question : Will the House agree to the preamble and first part of the resolution? the same being in the words following:
Whereas the President of the United States, in his annual message to the fortieth Congress at its third session, says: “It may be assumed that the holders of our securities have already received upon their bonds a larger amount than their original investment, measured by a gold standard. Upon this statement of facts it would seem but just and equitable that the six per cent. interest now paid by the government should be applied to the reduction of the principal in semi-annual instalments, which in sixteen years and eight months would liquidate the entire national debt. Six per cent. in gold would at present rates be equal to nine per cent. in currency, and equivalent to the payment of the debt one and a half time in a fraction less than seventeen years. This, in connection with all the other advantages derived from their investment, would afford to the public creditors a fair and liberal compensation for the use of their capital, and with this they should be satisfied. The lessons of the past admonish the lender that it is not well to be overanxious in exacting from the borrower rigid compliance with the letter