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Mr. W. Lawrence moved to reconsider the vote agreeing to the said resolution, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.
Mr. Cook, by unanimous consent, from the Committee on Roads and Canals, reported, with amendments, the bill of the House (H. R. 621) to authorize the building of a military and postal railroad from Washington, District of Columbia, to the city of New York.
Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendments, be printed and recommitted to the said committee.
Mr. Orth, by unanimous consent, introduced a joint resolution (H. Res. 385) tendering the thanks of Congress to Brevet Major General Joseph J. Reynolds; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. B. F. Butler, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1546) to enforce the laws of the United States in the State of Georgia; which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on Reconstruction, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Ferry, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1547) to establish the rank of pay officers in the navy; which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Randall, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1548) to regulate the refunding of taxes paid into the treasury of the United States; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Upson moved to reconsider the votes on the reference of the last five named bills, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.
Mr. Holman, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to:
Resolved, That the Secretary of State, if not incompatible with the public interest, communicate to this house all the correspondence in his department between Hon. J. Watson Webb, American minister at Brazil, and Rear-Admiral Davis touching the disposition of the American squadron at Rio Janeiro and the Paraguay difficulties.
Mr. Lynch moved to suspend the rules in order to postpone the bill of · the House (H, R. 1364) “to provide for the gradual resumption of specie payments" to the first Wednesday of January next, and to make the same a special order for that day, after the morning hour, and from day to day until disposed of; which motion was agreed to, two-thirds of the members voting in favor thereof.
Mr. Wood moved to suspend the rules to permit him to introduce, and the House to agree to, the following resolution:
Whereas the Worcester Spy, edited and conducted by a member of this house, recently published the following statement: “Of the $7,200,000 in gold voted for Alaska, the amount it is now reported Rus. sia actually got was $5,000,000 in gold, about one million pounds sterling. This leaves $2,200,000 to be accounted for. But with regard to the outside ring, the third' house—the press, editors, and correspondents
-it is reported that above three hundred thousand dollars in greenbacks was spent among them. Mr. Riggs, a banker here, is said to have obtained from the Secretary of the Treasury, just at the close of the debates, &c., which terminated by the purchase of Alaska, a loan of the amount just specified. That loan was-if it had any real existence—for obvious reasons, never made public. Immediately on the receipt by Mr. Riggs,
newspaper men and others known as lobbyists were the owners of drafts of various amounts on the Treasurer of the United States, which it is declared General Spinner's books will show were cashed. Among the sums specified in these reports are such items as New York Tribune, $20,000;' manager of its Washington bureau, $5,000;' publisher of Washington Chronicle, $25,000. The correspondents of the Times, World, Boston Journal, Philadelphia Press, Chicago Tribune, Boston Advertiser, Evening Post, and others are all put down as having been paid various sums each, from $2,500 upward. Some of them are anxiously inquiring what has become of the money, as it has never been paid to them. The daughters of a member from Ohio got $10,000 each; but this it is affirmed was immediately sent back. Robert J. Walker got $25,000 in gold. The certificates for this amount were, I believe, stolen from him in Boston or New York. He says it was a professional retainer from the Russian government. He appears also to have been acting profes. sionally for his own government, as some part of the Riggs' $300,000 appears to have passed into his hands;" and whereas these declarations, if true, seriously affect the character of our government; and if not true, the parties accused should have an opportunity to prove their innocence: Therefore,
Be it resolved, That the Committee on Public Expenditures be directed to institute a full investigation into the truth of these allegations, with power to send for persons and papers, and to report at any time.
And the question being put, was decided in the affirmative, two-thirds of the members voting in favor thereof.
So the resolution was agreed to.
Mr. Burt Van Horn moved to suspend the rules to permit him to introduce, and the House to agree to, the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Committee of the Whole be discharged from the further consideration of the House bill No. 1202, to provide for the construction of a ship-canal around the Falls of Niagara, and that the same be made the special order for consideration in the House on the second Tuesday of January next after the morning hour, and so continued until disposed of. And the question being put,
(Yeas.......... It was decided in the affirmative, Nays.....................
( Not voting.....
.. 71 Two-thirds of the members voting in favor thereof. The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative are-
Mr. Julius Hotchkiss Mr. Daniel J. Morrell
Chester D. Hubbard James Mullins
J. P. Newshamn
Thomas A. Jenckes Benjamin W. Norris Nathaniel P. Banky John T. Deweese
Alexander H. Jones Godlove S. Orth Fernando C. Beaman Ignatius Donnelly
Norinan B. Judd
Halbert E. Paine
John A. Peters
S. Newton Pettis
William A. Pile
Luke P. Poland
Green B. Raum
Lewis W. Ross
John P. C. Shanks
Charles Sitgreaves Samuel F, Cary Joseph J. Gravely Dennis McCarthy
Worthington C. Smith John C. Churchill John A. Griswold
James R. McCormick Rufus P. Spalding Reader W. Clarke Isaac R. Hawkins Samuel McKee
H. H. Starkweather Sidney Clarke William Higby Ulysses Mercur
Aaron F Stevens J. W. Clift Samuel Hooper George F. Miller
Thomas E. Stewart Amasa Cobb
Benjamin F. Hopkins James K. Moorhead William B. Stokes
Mr. John H. Stover
J.H. Sypher Ginery Twichell Charles C'pson Henry Van Aernam
Mr. Burt Van Horn Mr. Henry D. Washburn Mr. William Williams
Charles H. Van Wyck William B. Washburn James F. Wilson
Fred'k E. Woodbridge,
Those who voted in the negative are
Mr. Oakes Ames
Mr. William S. Holman John A. Bingham
James M, Humphrey Nathaniel Bovden
Thomas L. Jones Benjamin M. Boyer
George W. Julian James Brooks
William D. Kelley John M. Broomall
William H. Kelsey John W. Chanler
Michael C. Kerr W. P. Edwards
William H. Koontz J. Lawrence Getz
George V. Lawrence Adam J. Glossbrenner William Moore Samuel F. Gove
Mr. Leonard Myers
William E. Niblack
Mr. Caleb N. Taylor
Those not voting are
Mr. George W. Anderson Mr. Columbus Delano
Oliver J. Dickey
Nathan F. Dixon James M. Ashley
Oliver H. Dockery Alexander H. Bailey Grenville M. Dodge John D. Baldwin
Benjamin Eggleston Demas Barnes
Jacob H. Ela William H. Barnum Charles A, Eldridge John Beatty
John Fox Jacob Benton
J.S. Golladay W. Jasper Blackburn Asa P. Grover James G. Blaine
Charles Haight Thomas Boles
George A. Halsey Henry P. H. Bromwell Charles M. Hainilton Ralph P. Buckland
Abner C. Harding Henry L. Cake
Thomas Haughey Thomas Cornell
David Heaton John Covode
So the resolution was agreed to. Mr. Hunter asked unanimous consent to submit a resolution, as follows:
Resolved, That the Secretary of State be directed to inform this house whether any commissioner has recently been sent as a representative of this country to Spain, and if so, for what purpose and by what authority; the name of said commissioner, the amount of compensation to be allowed him, and out of what fund paid, and also a copy of any instructions given to said commissioner.
Objection being made thereto, Mr. E. B. Washburne moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution; which was decided in the affirmative, two-thirds of the members voting in favor thereof.
So the resolution was agreed to. Mr. Cook, by unanimous consent, from the Committee on Roads and Canals, reported the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to:
Resolred, That the Committee on Roads and Canals shall have power to examine upon oath such skilled and scientific witnesses as they may deem necessary upon the bill referred to said committee in relation to the building of bridges across the Ohio river, provided the same shall be done without expense of mileage for officers or witnesses.
Mr. Lynch, by unanimous consent, submitted the following preamble and resolution ; which were read, considered, and agreed to:
Whereas vessels of the United States are, in ports of the Spanish West India islands, subjected to discriminating tonnage duties and port charges, amounting to nearly double the rates charged to vessels of Great Britain and some other European nations; and whereas the com
merce between the United States and said islands is very extensive and of great importance: Therefore,
Be it resolved, That the Committee on Foreign Affairs be directed to inquire and report to this house what action should be taken by our government to place vessels of the United States landing at said ports on an equal footing with those of the most favored nations.
Mr. Farnsworth, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1549) to restrict and regulate the franking privilege; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.
Mr. Whittemore, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution, which was read, considered, and agreed to:
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to report at the earliest moment if suitable accommodations can be provided for the United States courts and officers of the judiciary in the custom-house of Charleston, South Carolina, and if not, to submit such recommendations as he may deem proper."
Mr. E. B. Washburne, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to:
Resolved, That the Postmaster General be directed to communicate to this house a copy of the advertisement for proposals for furnishing postage stamps; also copies of the several bids offered therefor, together with the decision of the department thereon.
Mr. Sypher, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to:
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be directed to inquire into the expediency of repealing the sixth section of the act making appro. priations for the support of the army for the year ending June 30, 1868, and for other purposes, approved March 2, 1867, which prohibits the organization of militia forces in the States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas; and that they report by bill or otherwise.
Mr. Moorhead, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution ; which was referred to the Committee on Printing :
Resolved, That five hundred additional copies of House bill No. 1349 (the tariff bill) be printed for the use of the House.
Mr. Schenk, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution ; which was read, considered, and agreed to:
Resolved, That the Secretary of War be requested to inform this house what has been done toward the removal of obstructions to navigation at Hell Gate, in Long Island sound, for which an appropriation was made at the first session of the present Congress; and also that he state who was charged with the execution of said work, what plan was adopted, what proposals or bids were made by any person or persons seeking the contract, and generally all information in his power to communicate on the subject.
Mr. Farnsworth moved that the rules be suspended, and that the House resolve itself into the Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union for the consideration of the annual message of the President of the United States for the year 1867.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1868. The following memorials, petitions, and other papers, were laid upon the Clerk's table, under the rules :
By Mr. Miller: The memorial of Joseph Stockbridge, praying for a pension;
Also, the memorial of Flora D. McKay, praying for a pension;
By Mr. Benjamin: The petition of Mrs. Annie Bagley, heretofore referred November 27, 1867.
By Mr. Loughridge: The petition of Enoch Lytle, praying for a pension.
Ordered, That the said memorials and petitions be referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.
By Mr. Benjamin F. Butler: The petition of John Coleman, of the State of Louisiana, praying for relief;
Also, the petition of W. T. Richards, of Louisiana, praying for relief.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
By Mr. Chester D. Hubbard: The memorial of B. Stanton and others, of the State of West Virginia, praying for the passage of a law requiring the circuit court of the United States to be held in the city of Wheeling, in said State, which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
By Mr. Randall: The petition of letter carriers of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, praying for an increase of compensation ; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.
By Mr. Scofield: The petition of honorably discharged soldiers of the State of Iowa, praying for bounty land; which was referred to the Committee on the Public Lands.
By Mr. Stokes : The memorial of Charles A. Frazer, of the State of Texas, praying for the removal of disabilties; which was referred to the Committee on Reconstruction.
By Mr. Chilcott: The memorial of Charles A. Pitcher, of the District of Columbia, praying for relief.
By Mr. Stokes: The petition of Dr. L. Russell, praying for relief.
By Mr. Paine: The petition of G. Vanderburg, praying compensation for property used by the United States.
By Mr. Loughridge: The papers in the claim of Henry Berry.
Ordered, That the said memorial, petitions, and papers be referred to the Committee of Claims.
By Mr. Donnelly: The petition of citizens of the State of Minnesota, praying for the repeal of the tax on distilled spirits and tobacco.