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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 bill.

By unanimous consent, leave of absence for the rest of the day was granted to Mr. Pruyn.

By unanimous consent, leave was granted for the withdrawal from the files of the House as follows, viz:

By Mr. A. H. Jones, the petition of ex-United States soldiers of the 2d regiment North Carolina mounted infantry; by Mr. Holman, the papers in the case of 0. P. Çobb and others; said petition and papers to be presented in the Senate.

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

1. A letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a copy of a circular address to the architects of the United States relative to the new War Department building, and asking an appropriation of $6,000 for payment of premiums awarded.

II. A letter from the Secretary of the Interior, relating to the contract with Vinnie Ream for a life-size statue of the late President Lincoln.

Ordered, That said letters be referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

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

S. R. 204. Joint resolution relating to the Department of the Interior; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of the House.

Mr. Schenck moved that the rules be suspended, so as to enable the House to take up and consider the bill of the House (H. R. 1460) regulating the duty on imported copper and copper ores, with the amendments of the Senate thereto.

Pending which,

On motion of Mr. Benjamin, at 4 o'clock and 20 minutes p. m., the House adjourned.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1869. The following memorials, petitions, and other papers, were laid on the Clerk's table, under the rules:

By Mr. Blaine: The petition of Patrick Ryan, late of company F, 5th Rhode Island volunteers, praying for a pension.

By, Mr. Maynard: The petition of Nancy Patton, praying for an invalid pension.

By Mr. Perham: The petition of Charity Banks, praying for an invalid pension.

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

By Mr. Marvin: Two memorials from citizens of the State of New York, praying for pensions to surviving soldiers of the war of 1812; which were referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions.

By Mr. Phelps: The memorial of the legal representatives of Richard Hall, deceased, praying compensation for losses sustained during the late war with Great Britain ; which was referred to the Committee of Claims. By Mr. Niblack: Joint resolutions of the Indiana legislature, relative to the harbor at Michigan City; which were referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

By Mr. Culloin : The petition of citizens of the State of Illinois, pray. ing for the passage of the civil service bill; which was referred to the Committee on Retrenchment.

By Mr. Ketcham : The petition of Thaddeus J. Murphy, praying for relief; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

By Mr. Shanks: The petition of William B. Shelton, Thomas W. Scott, Samuel Zoller, Philip Teotz, H. Thompson, F. W. Reece, Philip Winkle, praying for arrears of pension; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Farnsworth : The petition of officers of the 8th United States infantry, praying for increased pay.

By Mr. John T. Wilson : Additional papers in support of House reslution No. 1827.

Ordered, That the said petitions and papers be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

By Mr. Moore: The petition and memorial of sugar refiners in the United States; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

By Mr. Beck: The petition of distillers in Frankfort, Kentucky, praying for a inodification of the internal revenue act; which was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

By Mr. Cadwalader C. Washburn: The petition of citizens of the State of Wisconsin, praying for a grant of land to open a wagon road from Bavfield to Chippewa Falls; which was referred to the Committee on the Public Lands.

By Mr. Delano: The petition of citizens of the State of Ohio, praying Congress to extend the invalid pension laws to the war of 1812; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Koontz: The petition of John L. Hurt, praying for relief from political disability.

By Mr. Lash: A petition of similar import from M. B. Tate, a citizen of North Carolina.

By Mr. Maynard: A petition of similar import from John K. Yerger, of Mississippi.

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

By Mr. Moore: The petition of citizens of the State of Connecticut engaged in the coasting trade, praying for relief; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Perham, from the Committee on Invalid Pensions, to which was referred the bill of the House (H. R. 1741) granting an increase of pension to Emily B. Bidwell, widow of Brigadier General Daniel D. Bidwell, and to Sarah Hackleman, widow of Brigadier General Pleasant A. Hackleman, reported the same without amendment.

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

Mr. Holman 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. Shanks, by unanimous consent, introduced a joint resolution (H. Res. 436) directing the Secretary of the Treasury in all cases where the United States has aided in constructing railroads to withhold bouds sufticient to secure the construction of said road as a first-class railroad, in

accordance with the report of special commissioners appointed for the purpose of examining said road; which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Shanks 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. Robertson, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Navy be directed to communicate to this house the correspondence of Rear-Admiral Charles H. Davis, commanding the South Atlantic squadron, concerning the difficulties with Paraguay, with accompanying papers, together with any information on the files of the Navy Department relating thereto.

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.

Mr. Richard D. Hubbard, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:

Resolred, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and is hereby, directed to furnish this house a statement of the various amounts paid for works of art to decorate the Capitol, such as statues, paintings in oil, frescoes, (including the picture on the dome,) and bronzes, since the 1st day of January, 1855, up to the present time. Also the names of the different artists, whether they were foreign or native, the sum received by each for their work, and by what authority they were employed.

Mr. Hawkins, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1854) for the relief of Lodge No. 22, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Gibson county, Tennessee; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion of Mr. Orth, by unanimous consent, the Committee on Private Land Claims were discharged from the further consideration of the petitions of White and Bauer and John Stratman, and the same were referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. William B. Washburn, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1855) to pay widow Sackett for a horse lost by her husband in the late war; which .was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee of Claims.

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

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

Resolved, That 500 copies of House bill No. 1060 (to reduce into one act and to amend the laws relating to internal taxes) be printed for the use of the House and of the Committee of Ways and Means, with the amendments thereto (thus far adopted) in Committee of the Whole.

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

H. Res. 219. Joint resolution for the relief of George W. Lane, superintendent of the branch mint at Denver, Colorado, and assistant treasurer of the United States; When The Speaker signed the same. Mr. Paine, from the Committee on Reconstruction, reported the follow

ing resolution ; which was read, considered, and under the operation of the previous question, agreed to, viz:

Resolred, That the Secretary of War be directed to inform this house whether any district commander has turned over for trial or punishment to the civil authorities of any reconstructed State any persons who had been tried, convicted, and sentenced for offences by military tribunals, while such State was under military government, and who were under going punishment pursuant to sentences so reridered ; and if any such cases have occurred to inform this house of the facts in each case.

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

Resolved, That there be a meeting of this house on Thursday evening next week, for consideration of reports from the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

The House then proceeded, as the regular order of business, to the consideration of the bill of the House (H. R. 1682) relating to the operations of the pension laws, and for other purposes; the pending question being on the motion of Mr. Niblack to recommit the same to the Committee on Invalid Pensions with instructions.

Mr. Niblack having withdrawn the said motion,

By unanimous consent, amendments were submitted by Messrs. Benjamin, Garfield, James F. Wilson, Arnell, Allison, Raum, Myers, Stover, Covode, and Stevens.

When,

On motion of Mr. Benjamin, the said bill and pending amendments were recommitted to the Committee on Invalid Pensions and ordered to be printed

Mr. Benjamin 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. Cook, from the Committee on Roads and Canals, to which was referred the bill of the House (H. R. 1804) to establish a bridge across the East river between the cities of Brooklyn and New York, in the State of New York, a post road, reported the same without amendment.

Pending the question on its engrossment,
After debate,
Mr. Delano moved to amend the same; which motion 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. Cook 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.

Three messages in writing were received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Moore, his private secretary, which were handed in at the Speaker's table; also, a message notifying the House that he did on the 30th ultimo approve and sign bills of the following titles, viz:

H. R. 1751. An act in relation to the appointment of midshipmen from the lately reconstructed States.

H. R. 394. An act confirming title to “ Little Rock Island," in the Mississippi river.

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

And on the 2d instant, bills of the following titles, viz:

H. R. 1596. An act making appropriations for the support of the Military Academy for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1870;

H. R. 1564. An act making appropriations for the payment of invalid and other pensions of the United States for the year ending June 30, 1870; and H. R. 1158. An act for the relief of Commander John L. Davis.

On motion of Mr. Newcomb, by unanimous consent, Ordered, That an amendment in the nature of a substitute for the bill of the House No. 847, together with a report, proposed to be submitted by the Committee on Roads and Canals, be printed.

Mr. Cook, from the Committee on Roads and Canals, reported a bill (H. R. 1856) to establish a certain postroad in the State of Connecticut; which was read a first and second time.

Pending the question on its engrossment, Mr. Richard D. Hubbard submitted an amendment to the said bill. Pending which, The morning hour expired. On motion of Mr. Robinson, the House proceeded to the consideration of the business on the Speaker's table;

When,

Tie Speaker laid before the House the following message, this day received from the President of the United States, viz: To the House of Representatives of the United States :

I transmit to the House of Representatives, in answer to a resolution of the House of Representatives without date, received at the executive mansion on the 10th of December, calling for correspondence in relation to the cases of Messrs. Costello and Warren, naturalized citizens of the United States, imprisoned in Great Britain, a report from the Secretary of State, and the papers to which it refers.

ANDREW JOHNSON. WASHINGTON, January 29, 1869. The same having been read, After debate, On motion of Mr. Robinson, under the operation of the previous question,

Ordered, That the said message be referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and printed, and, by unanimous consent, with leave to report at any time after the morning hour.

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. 693. An act for the temporary relief of the poor and destitute people in the District of Columbia ; When The Speaker signed the same.

The Speaker laid before the House the following message, this day received from the President of the United States; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed, viz: To the House of Representatives :

I transmit to the House of Representatives, in answer to their resolution of the 23d instant, the accompanying report from the Secretary of State.

ANDREW JOHNSON. WASHINGTON, January 27, 1869.

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