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praying for the presentation of a bronze medal to the officers, soldiers, and marines for services during the war; which was presented to the Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures.

By Mr. Brooks: The petition of citizens of New York, praying for the removal of obstructions at Hell Gate.

By Mr. Moore: The petition of masters and owners of vessels of the State of New Jersey, praying for protection.

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

By Mr. Laflin: The petition of M. S. Casler, praying for an increase of compensation; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

By Mr. Brooks: The memorial of saw manufacturers of the State of New York, relative to the duty on steel.

By Mr. Hubbard: The petition of Willis, Barnes, and others, of the State of Connecticut, of a similar import.

Ordered, That the said memorial and petition be referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

By Mr. Plants: The petition of A. G. Brown and others, citizens of the State of Ohio, relative to dividing the said State into three judicial districts; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Mercur: The petition of E. M. Davis, a citizen of the State of Pennsylvania, relative to the finances; which was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means;

Also, the petition of John Hatfield, praying for relief.

By Mr. Lincoln: The petition of Elizabeth Knowles, praying for relief.

By Mr. Maynard : The petition of James D. Murray, praying compensation for supplies furnished during the war.

By Mr. Bingham : The petition of J. H. Atkinson, praying for relief; Also, the petition of C. G. Kennedy, praying for relief.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee of Claims.

By Mr. Kitchen: The memorial of Nicholas K. Trout, a citizen of Virginia, praying for the removal of disabilities;

Also, the petition of Samuel Gold and others, of Virginia, praying for the removal of disabilities from Gilbert De Layfayette.

Ordered, That the said memorial and petition be referred to the Committee on Reconstruction.

By Mr. Fox: The memorial of the “ New York and Antwerp Mail Steamship Company,” of New York, praying for a mail contract to Europe.

By Mr. Axtell: The petition of J. G. Morrison, a citizen of the State of California, relative to post roads.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

By Mr. Fox: The petition of citizens of the United States, praying for the removal of obstructions at Hell Gate; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

By Mr. Kerr: The petition of John S. Davis, praying for a pension ; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Brooks: The petition of citizens of New York, praying for the erection of a bridge over East river, between the cities of New York and Brooklyn; which was referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

By Mr. Blair : The petition of W. Wakeman and others, citizens of the State of Michigan, praying for pensions to soldiers of the war of

1812; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions and the War of 1812.

By Mr. Banks: The petition of Catherine Walsh, praying for a pension; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Stone: The petition of A. J. Brent, of the State of Virginia, praying for the removal of disabilities.

By Mr. Halsey: The petition of Alexander Donnan, a citizen of Virginia, of a similar import.

Also, the petition of John C. Armisteads, a citizen of Virginia, of a similar import.

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

By Mr. Polsley: The petition of the members of the bar, of Monroe, State of West Virginia, relative to the removal of the circuit court from Parkersburg.

By Mr. Robertson: The petition of John Demarest and others, citizens of the State of New York, praying for the removal of obstructions at Hell Gate.

By Mr. Spalding: The petition of citizens of the State of Ohio, pray. ing for the enlargement of the Sault Ste. Marie ship canal.

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

By Mr. Kerr: The claim and evidence of S. M. Stockslager; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

By Mr. Schenck: The petition of merchants of the city of New York, praying for a reduction of the duty on anatto seed.

By Mr. Jones: The memorial of Peck, Van Hook & Co., citizens of the State of Kentucky, relative to the revenue laws.

By Mr. Beaman: The petition of C. H. Parshall and others, citizens of the State of Michigan, praying for the passage of the “ civil service bill.”

Ordered, That the said petitions and memorial be referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

By unanimous consent, leave of absence for four days was granted to Mr. Kitchen.

Mr. Beaman, from the Committee on Appropriations, reported a bill (H. R. 1808) making appropriations for the service of the Post Office Department during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1870; which was read a first and second time, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, made a special order for Tuesday next after the morning hour and until disposed of, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne, from the same committee, reported a bill (H. R. 1809) making appropriations for the payment of salaries and contingent expenses of the Patent Office for January and February, 1869; which was read a first and second time, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Morehead, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1810) to provide for the better security of life and property from the dangers of coal oil, crude petroleum, and their products; which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee of Ways and Means, and ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. Price, by unanimous consent, the bill of the House (H. R. 394) confirming title to Little Rock island, in the Mississippi river, with the amendment of the Senate thereto, was taken from the Speaker's table and the said amendment was concurred in.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

Mr. Julian, by unanimous consent, from the Committee on the Public · Lands, to which was referred the bill of the House (H. R. 1714) to close the land system in certain States, reported the same with an amendment, which was agreed to.

Ordered, That the bill be engrossed and read a third time.
Being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time and passed.

Mr. Julian 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. Cullom, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:

Resolved, That the President be requested to furnish to this house, if not incompatible with the public interest, any information which he may have showing that the people of the governments of Hayti and San Domingo are desirous that those governments shall become a part of the United States.

The House then proceeded as the regular order of business to the consideration of the bill of the House (H. R. 1627) to establish a police court for the District of Columbia, the pending question being on the amendments reported thereto from the Committee for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Welker moved the previous question, which was seconded and the main question ordered, and under the operation thereof the said amendments were 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.

Mr. Welker 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. Koontz, by unanimous consent, from the Committee for the District of Columbia, to which was referred the bill of the Senate (S. 102) providing for the formation of corporations and regulating the same in the District of Columbia, reported the same without amendment.

Ordered, That the said bill be printed and recommitted to the said committee.

Mr. Brooks 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. James F. Wilson, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported a bill (H. R. 1811) for the relief of Blanton Duncan, which was read a first and second time.

Pending the question on its engrossment,
After debate,

Mr. James F. Wilson moved the previous question, which was seconded;

When,
Mr. Scofield moved that the bill be laid on the table,
And the question being put,

( Yeas .......

.............. 86 It was decided in the affirmative, Nays ...................... 80

( Not voting................. 56 The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present,

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Stevenson Archer
James M. Ashley
Alexander H. Bailey
Nathaniel P. Banks
Demas Barnes
William H. Barnum
James B, Beck
John A. Bingham
Austin Blair
George S. Boutwell
C.C. Bowen
Nathaniel Boyden
James Brooks
Albert G. Burr
Benjamin F. Butler
Samuel F. Cary
John W. Chanler
John C. Churchill
Thomas Cornell
Henry L. Dawes

Mr. John T. Deweese Mr. Ebon C. Ingersoll
Oliver H. Dockery

Thomas A. Jenckes
Grenville M, Dodge

James A. Johnson
W. P. Edwards

Alexander H. Jones
Thomas D. Eliot

Thomas L. Jones
John F. Farnsworth William D. Kelley
Thomas W. Ferry

Michael C. Kerr
John Fox

Bethuel M. Kitchen
J. Lawrence Getz

J. Proctor Knott
Adam J. Glossbrenner Israel G. Lash
J. S. Golladay

Samuel S. Marshall
James H. Goss

James M. Marvin
Samuel F. Gove

James R. McCormick
Asa P. Grover

Hiram McCullough
Charles Haight

James K, Moorhead
Thomas Haughey

William Mungen
David Heaton

Leonard Myers
Julius Hotchkiss

William E. Niblack
Richard D. Hubbard John A. Nicholson
James M. Humphrey S. Newton Pettis

Mr. Charles E. Phelps

C.H. Prince
John V.L Pruyn
Samuel J. Randall
William H. Robertson
William E. Robinson
Lewis W. Ross
Rufus P. Spalding
Thomas E. Stewart
Frederick Stone
Stephen Taber
Francis Thomas
Charles I'pson
Daniel M. Van Auken
Philadelph Van Trump
James F. Wilson
Fernando Wood
Fred'k E. Woodbridge
George W. Woodward
P. M. B. Young,

Those not voting are-
Mr. George M. Adams Mr. Burton C. Cook
Oakes Ames

Columbus Delano
George W. Anderson Oliver J. Dickey
Delos R. Ashley

Nathan F. Dixon Sanuel B. Axtell

John F. Driggs
John D. Baldwin

Ephraim R. Eckley
W. Jasper Blackburn Charles A. Eldridge
James G. Blaine

James T. Elliott
Benjamin M. Boyer

James A. Garfield Henry P. H. Bromwell Joseph J. Gravely Roderick R. Butler

John A. Griswold Henry L. Cake

William Higby Reader W. Clarke

John Hill Sidney Clarke

William S. Holman

Mr. Samuel Hooper Mr. Robert C. Schenck
Asahel W. Hubbard

Charles Sitgrea ves
William S. Lincoln

Worthington C. Smith
John A. Logan

Aaron F. Stevens
William Loughridge J. H. Sypher
John Lynch

John Taffe
Dennis McCarthy

Caleb N. Taylor
Ulysses Mercur

Nelson Tift
John Morrissey

Lawrence S. Trimble
Frederick A. Pike

Row'd E. Trowbridge William A. Pile

Ginery Twichell Luke P. Poland

Robert T. Van Hora Theodore M. Pomeroy Michael Vidal Hiram Price

Hamilton Ward

So the bill was laid on the table.

Mr. Harding 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. Stephen F. Wilson, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined and found truly enrolled bills of the following titles, viz:

H. R. 833. An act for the relief of Rufus M. Hollister, of Janesville, Wisconsin; and

H. R. 1751. An act in relation to the appointment of midshipmen from the lately reconstructed States; When The Speaker signed the same.

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

I. A letter from the Secretary of War, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 18th instant, relative to the number of civilians, commissioned officers, and enlisted men employed in the military service in and around New York city; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs and ordered to be printed.

II. A letter from the Secretary of the Interior, submitting an esti. mate of expenses incurred in negotiating treaty with the Ute Indians; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations. - III. A letter from the Secretary of War transmitting, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 6th instant, the report of General Cram upon the proposed ship canal through Maumee bay to Lake Erie; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be printed.

IV. A letter from the same, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 19th instant, relative to the employment of Alexander Dunbar to instruct veterinary surgeons of the United States; which was referred to the Committee on Expenditures in the War Department and ordered to be printed.

The Speaker having announced, as the business next in order, the resolution reported yesterday from the Select Committee on Alleged Election Frauds in New York, the pending question at the time of the recess being on the demand for the previous question,

The previous question was seconded and the main question ordered, and under the operation thereof the said resolution was agreed to.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Hamlin, one of their clerks:
Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill of the following title, viz:

S. 781. An act for the relief of Alpheus C. Gallahue;
in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this house.

By unanimous consent, leave of absence was granted as follows, viz: to Mr. Barnes, until Tuesday next; to Mr. Cornell and to Mr. Roderick R. Butler, for ten days.

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:

H. R. 394. An act confirming title to Little Rock island, in the Mississippi river;

When
The Speaker signed the same.

The House having resumed the consideration of the joint resolution of the House (H. Res. 402) proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the pending question being on the motion of Mr. Boutwell to reconsider the vote by which the same was recommitted to the Committee on the Judiciary,

After debate,

The said motion, under the operation of the previous question, was agreed to.

The question then recurring on the motion to recommit,
Mr. Boutwell withdrew the same.

The question then recurring on the engrossment of the joint resolution,

Mr. Boutwell submitted an amendment thereto; which was agreed to.
Mr. Boutwell submitted a further amendment;
Pending which,

Mr. Boutwell moved the previous question thereon; which was sec. onded and the main question ordered to be put;

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