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Also, the petition of Gardner Darr, and 71 others, citizens of Minnesota, asking an increased tariff on wool.
By Mr. WOODBRIDGE: The petition of Alfred Hull, and 66 others, citizens of Wallingford, Vermont, praying for an increased duty on foreign wool.
NOTICE OF A BILL. The following notice for leave to introduce a bill was given under the rule:
By Mr. DARLING: A bill directing the Secretary of the Treasury to resund to the proper party or parties the amount of tax paid under section seven of tho act to increse the internal revenue, and for other purposes, passed March 7, 1864, upon spirits imported prior to the date of said act.
HOUSE BILLS REFERRED.
FRIDAY, May 4, 1866.
The Journal of yesterday was read and approved.
PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS. Mr. CONNESS. I present the petition of many thousands of the working men and trades societies of the city of San Francisco, California, addressed to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in which they say:
“We, the undersigned citizens of the State of California, respectfully pray that you will be pleased to enact that eight hours shall be the period fixed for a legal day's work of labor, as to all workmen, artisans, or laborers in the employ of the United States; and that as weights, measures, &c., have been fixed and ascertained by law, you will, in like manner and spirit, fix the number of hours at eight, which shall constitute a legal day's labor."
I simply desire to say, Mr. President, in connection with the presentation of this petition, that the subject was before the Legislature of California on a like petition to this, and it was believed for a length of time by the workmen of that State that favorable action would be had upon it. I doubt not that State action is the more legitimate mode of arriving at this result than Federal action ; but it will be observed that the petition only asks that a law be passed to fix the hours of labor which shall constitute a legal day's work in the employment of the United States.
ľ desire to say in addition, on presenting this petition, and I speak from a long experience, that I fully believe labor would be as profitable to the whole nation if eight hours constituted a legal day's work as now that ten hours inostly do so, because I believe that the labor which could be and would then be performed in eight hours would be fully the equiv. alent of the labor that is generally performed
now in ten hours. I present the petition and · move its reference to the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom a like petition, I believe, has heretofore been referred.
The motion was agreed to.
Mr. SUMNER. I offer a memorial of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts addressed to the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress assembled, and praying Congress to reimburse certain moneys expended by Massachusetts for the common defense. morial, which is somewhat elaborate, sets forth at length the occasion on which these moneys were expended by Massachusetts and why Massachusetts.undertook to expend them, and the consequent liability of the United States to reimburse them; and it concludes as follows:
“The government of Massachusetts under instructions from the General Government acted with all its accustomed vigor and liberality, and may now justly call upon the parental authorities of the general Union for the mcasure of equity in reimbursement, of which the expectation was raised By their own promiso. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, thereforo, through its Legislature, respectfully asks that Congress will pass an act to provide for the refunding by the General Government of the expenditures made by Massachusetts as herein stated and explained."
This memorial is duly authenticated by the officers of the Legislature. I offer it and move its reference to the Committee on Military Affairs and the Militia; and at the same time, as it is a memorial from a State, I presum that if it does not come positively within the rule of the Senate, I shall not go too far if I ask that it be printed.
The memorial was ordered to be printed, || No. 303) for the relief of Joshua Hill, which and referred to the Committee on Military was read twice by its title, and with the accomAffairs and the Militia.
panying papers presented by him, referred to Mr. HARRIS. I present the petition of the Committee on Claims. William Syphax, who represents that some Mr. POLAND asked, and by unanimous forty years ago the late Mr. Custis, of Arling- consent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (8. ton, gave to his mother, Maria Syphax, on No. 304) for the relief of Mrs. Eastman, mother manumitting her, a piece of land of fifteen and sole heir of Alfred W. Eastman, deceased; acres; and he asks that Congress may confirm which was read twice by its title, and referred the title to that piece of ground to his mother to the Committee on Claims. and her heirs. I move that the petition be Mr. RIDDLE asked, and by unanimous conreferred to the Committee on Private Land sent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. No. Claims.
305) to amend an act entitled "An act conThe motion was agreed to.
cerning notaries public for the District of Mr. WILSON. I present the memorial of || Columbia," approved April 8, 1864; which the Sons of Temperance and Good Templars
was read twice by its title, and referred to the of Worcester, Massachusetts, in which they set
Committee on the District of Columbia. forth that they are meinbers of an organization Mr. TRUMBULL asked, and by unanimous of two hundred and fifty thousand persons in
consent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. the United States, and they go on to speak of
No. 306) relating to the granting of passports ; the evils brought upon the country, in the pub- which was read twice by its title, and ordered lic service, civil, military, and naval, by intox
to be printed. ication; and they ask Congress to pass a law providing that intoxication shall work a dis
The following bills from the House of Repmissal of any public officer in the civil, mili- resentatives were severally read twice by their tary, or naval service of the country. I move || titles and referred to the Committee on Territhe reference of the memorial to the Committee tories: on the Judiciary.
A bill (H. R. No. 179) amendatory of the The motion was agreed to.
organic act of Washington Territory; Mr. CHANDLER presented a petition of
A bill (H. R. No. 202) to amend an act encitizens of Midland, Michigan, praying for a
titled “ An act to provide a temporary govern; grant of land to aid in the construction of a ment for the Territory of Montana,”
,” approved railroad from Saginaw to some point on Lake May 26, 1864; and Michigan in the direction of Bay de Noquette
A joint resolution (H. R. No. 32) to faciliand in the Grand Traverse region; which was
tate communication with certain Territories. referred to the Committee on Public Lands.
REV. HARRISON HEERMANCE. Mr. JOHNSON. I present a memorial from Mr. WILSON. I desire to call up a joint ninety-five citizens of the counties of Dorset
resolution which I supposed was passed the and Somerset, in Maryland, stating that they
other day; but I find it was not. It is the joint were assessed by General Lockwood in several
resolution (H. R. No. 107) for the relief of thousand dollars for the purpose of rebuilding | Rev. Harrison Heermance, late chaplain of the a church that had been burned, and with the
one hundred and twenty-eighth regiment New burning of which they say they had nothing to
York volunteers, which was recommitted to the do. I move its reference to the Committee on
Committee on Military Affairs for the purpose Claims.
of having a report in the case, and again reThe motion was agreed to.
ported with a report which has been printed. Mr. VAN WINKLE presented six memorials The motion was agreed to; and the Senate, from citizens of Alexandria city and county, as in Committee of the Whole, proceeded to Virginia, remonstrating against the proposed consider the bill. retrocession of that county to the District of The joint resolution was reported to the SenColumbia; which were referred to the Com- ate without amendment, ordered to a third mittee on the District of Columbia.
reading, read the third time, and passed. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES.
ADVERSE REPORTS OF COMMITTEE ON CLAIMS. Mr. CLARK, from the Committee on Claims, Mr. CLARK. I asked the Senate the day to whom was referred the bill (H. R. No. 519) before yesterday to allow me some time to-day to amend an act entitled "An act to provide for || for the business of the Committee on Claims; the payment of horses and other property de, and if there be no pressing business in the stroyed in the military service of the United morning hour, I should like to begin now, so States," approved June 24, 1864, reported it as to get through early. I move that the Senwithout amendment.
ate proceed to the consideration of the report He also, from the same committee, to whom No. 2 of the Committee on Claims on the petiwas referred the bill (S. No. 46) for the relief tion of John Nabb and Sarah Nabb, an adverse of Henry M. Whittlesey, reported adversely || report. thereon.
The motion was agreed to.
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The report
of the committee will be read. ment of a commission to purchase a site and
Mr. CLARK. erect a building for a post office, custom-house,
Perhaps I can state the case and for holding the courts of the United States,
a little more succinctly than it is stated in the in the city of St. Paul, reported it with amend.
report. The petitioners in this case state three ments.
accounts for which they ask payment of the Mr. WILLIAMS, from the Committee on
United States, the first of which is an account Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R.
for damage to the three-story brick and tile No. 386) for the relief of Francis A. Gibbons,
house No. 70 Church street, Charleston, South reported it without amendment.
Carolina, for which they ask the United States Mr. MORRILL, from the Committee on
to pay $1,504 44. They also state an account Claims, to whom was referred the joint resolu
for the rent of the house and for the price of a tion (S. R. No. 52) authorizing the Secretary
slave who was sold and the price went into the of the Treasury to change the name of the
hands of a trustee of theirs, appointed by them, steamboat City of Richmond to the City of
and for that they ask the United States to pay Portland, reported it with an amendment.
$3,125. They also ask that the United States He also, from the same committee, to whom
shall pay them the amount of a deposit which was referred the bill (S. No. 222) further to
they made in a savings bank in Charleston, prevent smuggling, and for other purposes,
South Carolina, which they lost in the rebel
lion, amounting to $678. The committee reported it with amendments.
report an adverse resolution that the prayer of BILLS INTRODUCED.
the petitioners ought not to be granted; and I Mr. HOWARD asked, and by unanimous || think that is evident without stating the case consent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. || further.
OWNERS OF THE BRIG SABAO.
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The ques- diers. The committee report a resolution that of the Committee on Claims on the petition of tion is on agreeing to the resolution reported by the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be Sweeny, Rittenhouse, Fant & Co. the committee. granted.
Mr. CLARK. The prayer of the petition in The resolution was adopted.
The resolution was adopted.
this case is that they be allowed to go to the F. A. LEWIS,
Court of Claims. They have been once to the On motion of Mr. CLARK, the Senate pro
On motion of Mr. CLARK, the Senate pro•
Court of Claims, and had an adverse report, ceeded to consider the adverse report (No. 6) ceeded to consider the adverse report (No. 16) || they want now, when it consists of five, to see
when the court consisted of three judges ; and of the Committee on Claims on the petition of
of the Committee on Claims on the petition of F. A. Lewis. John Egnolf.
if they cannot get a favorable report. The Mr. CLARK. The report of the committee
Mr. CLARK. This petitioner prays for com
Committee on Claims came to the conclusion
to report against it.
The report was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. CLARK, the Senate protion being negroes; and further, that the so-called confederate government has taken from him his
WARREN, 1100D, AND IIUMPHREY.
ceeded to consider the adverse report (No. 23) other property to the value of $4,000, for which that government promised to pay him; and as the United
On motion of Mr. CLARK, the Senate pro
of the Committee on Claims, on the petition States have overthrown the confederate government, ceeded to consider the adverse report (No. 18)
of Francis Miller. they are justly responsible for its debts. The committee are unable to appreciate the soundof the Committee on Claims on the petition of
Mr. CLARK. This petitioner entered into
contract with the Government for the furness or justice of the reasoning in relation to either George Warren, Daniel Hood, and Calvin R. portion of this claim. Humphrey.
nishing of certain supplies, the price of which The petitioner has deemed it unnecessary to fortify
Mr. CLARK. The committee in this case
he found afterward to be raised in the market, either portion of his claims with a particle of evidence beyond his own statement. The committee, report a resolution that the prayer of the peti
and he refused to deliver the supplies. He now in view of the foregoing allegations, ask the passage tioners ought not to be granted.
asks that the Government should pay him that of the following resolution: Resolved, That the prayer of the petition of F. A.
The resolution was agreed to.
portion of the money which was retained upon
his contract for the portion that he did furnish. Lewis ought not to be granted.
MRS. KATE PETTIT.
The committee came to the conclusion that it The resolution was adopted.
On motion of Mr. CLARK, the Senate pro
should not be paid to him because be refused ceeded to consider the adverse report (No. 19) to perform his contract. They therefore report On motion of Mr. CLARK, the Senate proof the Committee on Claims on the petition of
a resolution that the prayer of the petitioner ceeded to consider the adverse report (No. 8) Mrs. Kate Pettit.
ought not to be granted. of the Committee on Claims on the petition
Mr. CLARK. I call the attention of the
The resolution was adopted. of David Baker, Mowrey & Steere, Samuel Senate to the report in this case, as it is short,
JOHN R. BROWN. True, and Nathaniel Crowell, owners of the and involves, perhaps, a new principle.
On motion of Mr. CLARK, the Senate probrig Sabao.
The Committee on Claims, to whom was referred Mr. CLARK. The committee in this case the petitions and papers relative to the claim of Mrs.
ceeded to consider the adverse report of the Kate Pettit, have considered the same, and make tho Committee on Claims on the petition of John report a resolution that the prayer of the peti- following report:
R. Brown. tioners ought not to be granted, and unless The petitioner alleges that, in July, 1865, she was
Mr. CLARK. This is a claim for damages some one desires to have the report read, or
walking on the sidewalk of a street in the city of
Georgetown in this District, and was knocked down for the seizure of a vessel by some of our naval some portion of it stated, showing the nature by a Government wagon through the careless or vessels as a blockade-runner. The committee of the case, I will ask the Senate to take the reckless management of the driver; that, as a conquestion on the adoption of the resolution, sequence, she was by this accident seriously and irrep
came to the conclusion that there was probaarably injured, whereby she lost the use of one of her ble cause for the seizure, and that no damages The resolution was adopted. arms, and was put to great cost and expense.
should be paid.
The report was agreed to.
P. A. WHEELER. Considering the allegations and circumstances in ceeded to consider the adverse report (No. 9) this case to be proved, the committee know of no rulo Mr. CLARK. The next report is one of the Committee on Claims on the petition of by which the Government can be holden for the illegal
not printed, on the petition of P. A. Wheeler. J. W. Downey.
and unauthorized acts of its servants; cases of this
It is an adverse report. I move that it be Mr. CLARK. This petitioner prays for the reasons of public policy can never be allowed as agreed to. restoration of his real estate taken and sold claims by Congress.
The committee recommend the passage of the fol
The report was agreed to. under the confiscation act, and the committee lowing resolution:
CYRUS M. HARMON. report a resolution that the prayer of the peti- Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner cannot tioner ought not to be granted. be granted.
Mr. CLARK. The next report is No. 37, The resolution was adopted.
The resolution was adopted.
on the case of Cyrus M. Harmon. The peti
tioner was the owner of a newspaper in West SELINA BARCLAY.
Virginia, and the rebels got possession of a On motion of Mr. CLARK, the Senate pro- On motion of Mr. CLARK, the Senate pro- large portion of the country, embracing the ceeded to consider the adverse report (No. 10) ceeded to consider the adverse report (No. 20) county of Jackson, where he lived, and on the of the Committee on Claims on the petition of of the Committee on Claims on the petition of || 4th of September, 1864, occupied Ravenswood, Selina Barclay. Alonzo Morse.
and immediately destroyed the presses, stock, Mr. CLARK. This petitioner prays for
Mr. CLARK. This petitioner prays indem- and type of the establishment. He desires thé relief for the burning of her house which was nification for certain United States notes lost United States to pay for it. The committee burnt by the destruction of the navy-yard at by the burning of his dwelling-house, and the came to the conclusion to report adversely. Gosport, Virginia, by the rebels. The commit- committee make an adverse report. The notes The report was agreed to. tee report a resolution that the prayer of the were in part compound-interest notes, and in
COLONEL D. D. TOMPKINS. petitioner ought not to be granted.
part notes which could not be identified. The The resolution was adopted.
Treasury Department paid him for those which Mr. CLARK. The next adverse report is
could be identified, and the committee report No. 40, on the petition of the executors of the JOHN AHERN.
against the balance of the claim, on the ground || late Colonel D. D. Tompkins. Colonel TompOn motion of Mr. CLARK, the Senate pro- that there is no identification.
kins was ordered to reside in the barracks fur. ceeded to consider the adverse report (No. 12)
The report was agreed to.
nished for the United States troops at New of the Committee on Claims on the petition of
Orleans. He chose afterward to reside in the
LIEUTENANT COLONEL REYNOLDS. John Ahern.
city, and he demanded commutation for rent Mr. CLARK. This petitioner prays to be On motion of Mr. CLARK, the Senate pro- and quarters, which the Department refused indeinnified for loss on a contract with the ceeded to consider the adverse report (No. 21) to allow him. The committee think the Deacting assistant provost marshal general of the of the Committee on Claims on the petition of
partment were right, and therefore recommend northern district of New York for board and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel S. M. Reynolds.
that the prayer of the petition be refused. rations furnished to the United States for sol- Mr. CLARK. This petitioner prays to be The report was agreed to. diers and recruits at the city of Albany in relieved from responsibility for money stolen
EPHRAIM HUNT. 1863, 1864, and 1865; and the committee report from him on the 22d December 1865; and I call adversely to the prayer of the petitioner. the attention of the Senate to it, as the money
Mr. CLARK. The next report is No. 41, The report was agreed to. was lost at one of the banking-houses in this
on the petition of Ephraim Hunt.
Mr. FESSENDEN. In regard to that there clusion on this matter, and report a resolution
have been several reports in favor of Ephraim On motion of Mr. CLARK, the Senate prothat the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be
Hunt which have been acted upon by this body, ceeded to consider the adverse report (No. 15) granted.
and a bill has been passed. There is now an of the Committee on Claims on the petition of The resolution was agreed to.
adverse report. If the Senator is willing I should Jerome B. Pillow.
prefer that it should lie over. Mr. CLARK. This petitioner sets forth that
SWEENY, RITTENHOUSE AND COMPANY.
Mr. CLARK. I will not object. he is a loyal citizen of Arkansas and asks pay On motion of Mr. CLARK, the Senate pro- The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The case for cotton which was carried away by our sol- ceeded to consider the adverse report (No. 22) will be passed over.
REBECCA S. MINOR.
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The ques. AMOSKEAG MANUFACTURING COMPANY.
tion is on the motion of the Senator from New Mr. CLARK. The next report is No. 42,
Mr. CLARK. I move now to take up the Hampshire, that the Senate proceed to the on the petition of Rebecca S. Minor. The pe
bill (S. No. 225) for the relief of the Amosconsideration of this subject. titioner asks for compensation for fences and
The motion was agreed to.
keag Manufacturing Company. buildings taken by troops of the United States
The PRESIDENT pro tempore.
The motion was agreed to; and the bill was near Natchez, Mississippi, and used for fuel. tion now is, Will the Senate reconsider the
read the second time, and considered as in The case was wholly unsupported by evidence,
Committee of the Whole. Its purpose is to and the committee recommend that she have
vote by which the bill was passed?
require the Secretary of the Treasury to pay leave to withdraw her petition. The report was agreed to. House of Representatives at the last session
to the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company the
sum of $1,650, in full for three regimental of Congress, and came to the Senate and was
cook wagons furnished the Government in MARIA GENAUD. passed here. The committee had examined the
1861. Mr. CLARK. The next report is No. 48, claim very thoroughly, and came to the conclu
Mr. POMEROY. I should like to know on the claim of Maria Genaud, heir of Jeansion, I think unanimously, that the claim ought
why the company did not get their pay if they Hudry. The committee report that the prayer to be paid. The bill was passed. The bill hav
furnished these wagons.
If the wagons were of the petitioner ought not to be granted. ing been passed by both Houses of Congress,
furnished by the company upon an order from The report was agreed to.
it went to the enrolling clerk. But by a mis-
the quarterinaster or from any competent au-
thority they ought to have got their pay. Why
did they not? Mr. CLARK. The next report is No. 49, The bill was reintroduced and taken up, I think, Mr. CLARK. I will state that these wag. on the petition of George D. C. Hibbs. The on the first or second day of this session, and
ons were furnished on the order of General committee report against the claim. was passed by the Senate and sent to the other
Frémont when he was in command at St. Louis; The report was agreed to. House. It was then brought back here by a
they were well made, and the bills for them MARY E. TWIFORD. message for the purpose of entering a motion
were reasonable. The claim was presented to to reconsider. Mr. CLARK. The next is No. 52, in the
I desire to state that this loss of the party is
the quartermaster and the parties relied upon case of Mary E. Twiford. I think one of the fully proved. The value of the property is
the quartermaster, submitting it to the commis. Senators from West Virginia presented the fully proved. The title is fully proved. The || for supplies furnished under General Frémont,
sion which was organized to consider the claims petition in this case. The cominittee came to
Union sentiments and services of the man who the conclusion that they did not see any ground
but the quartermaster neglected to do so, supmakes the claim are fully proved. It is also on which the claim could be allowed. It is a
posing that the parties would present it to the case where a house belonging to a widow lady | good deal of information and assistance to the fully proved that the man himself furnished a
commission. For this reason the claim failed was burned by the rebels because, as was sup
to be presented to the commissioners, and the troops of the United States. It is proved that posed, she had given information to our troops. his wife left her home in the night time, and
parties were not paid on that account. The Mr. VAN WINKLE. I think the Senator eame through our lines for the purpose of
wagons were taken and used, and were seris mistaken about that claim having been pre
viceable. delivering information, and was fired upon by sented by any of the Senators from West Vir
The bill was reported to the Senate without the pickets. It is proved, also, as bearing on ginia. the Unionism of this man, that he has a son
mendment, ordered to be engrossed for a third Mr. CLARK. I may be mistaken about
reading, read the third time, and passed. who has been in our service through the rebel. that. I merely mentioned that because I did lion, and is still in the service. I hope it will
R. E. BRYANT. not know but that the Senators might desire
not be reconsidered, but I am willing to have their attention called to it.
On motion of Mr. CLARK, the bill (H. R, the question taken without any further deThe report was agreed to.
No. 214) for the benefit of Colonel R. E. bate.
Bryant was considered as in Committee of the ANTHONY S. ROBINSON.
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The ques- Whole. Mr..CLARK. The next report is No. 56, tion is, Will the Senate reconsider its vote
It proposes to require the proper accounton the petition of Anthony S. Robinson. It | passing the bill?
ing officers of the Treasury to allow R. E. Bry
Mr. NESMITH. I ask the Senator from is an adverse report, that the prayer of the
ant, late commissary of subsistence, on settlepetitioner should not be granted.
New Hampshire what amount is appropriated ment of his account, a credit of $1,484 13, the The report was agreed to. by this bill.
vouchers and accounts for which were lost and Mr. CLARK. About ten thousand dollars.
destroyed, falling into the hands of the enemy AARON VAN CAMP.
It has been objected by some Senator that it at Holly Springs, Mississippi, on the 20th day Mr. CLARK. The next is No. 57, on the will lead to a large outlay and expenditure; || of September, 1862, if on examining the evipetition of Aaron Van Camp and Virginius but from the experience and information of dence by the Commissary General he shall P. Chapin, an adverse report. the Committee on Claims I think there are no
deem him justly entitled to the credit; but the The report was agreed to.
facts to justify that fear. It does not seem to credit is not to be allowed unless the Commis
me to be so. THOMAS LAURENT.
sary General shall certify approval thereof.
Mr. WILSON. As the bill has been once Mr. CLARK. The next is No. 61, an ad. || passed by the Senate the whole question is
Dr. CLARK. I will say that the committee verse report in the case of Thomas Laurent.
have examined the papers and find that the involved in the reconsideration. If the SenaThe report was agreed to.
case is well proved before them; but have put tor from New Hampshire is willing to let the in the clause requiring the approval of the H. OLAY WOOD. vote passing it be reconsidered, and then to
Commissary General, so that if anything should Mr. CLARK. The next is an adverse re- let it lie over without action, I have no objec
occur at the Department the claim need not be tion. port, No. 62, on the petition of H. Clay Wood.
paid unless it be right. Mr. FESSENDEN. I should like to have
Mr. CLARK. I do not propose to let it lie The bill was reported to the Senate without that laid over. I believe I presented the papers. over longer than until we have considerd certain
amendment, ordered to a third reading read Mr. CLARK. I have no objection to its
other bills. I am willing, as a test of the sense the third time, and passed. lying over for consideration.
of the Senate, to take the vote upon the reconThe PRESIDENT pro tempore. The casa sideration without further debate, and then, if
ADJOURNMENT TO MONDAY. will be passed over by common consent, no
the bill should be reconsidered, to let it lie On motion of Mr. CLARK, it was Senator insisting upon a vote.
over, for we can debate it fully on the passage Ordered, That when the Senate adjourn to-day, it
be to Monday next.
MESSAGE FROM TUE HOUSE.
A message from the House of Representa16) for the relief of Josiah O. Armes, on which our power. We have got to meet it now, there
tives, by Mr. McPherson, its Clerk, announced there is pending a motion to reconsider. fore. If we go on with this question at this
that the House of Representatives had passed Mr. FESSENDEN. I suggest to the Sen
the joint resolution (S. R. No. 80) extending time I suppose the Senator will hardly have ator whether, as that will occasion consider- time to consider his other propositions. I
the time for the completion of the Union Pacific able debate, he had not better pass it over, suggest that he allow the vote on the passage
railway, eastern division, with an amendment, and take up the other bills which will not occa- of the bill to be reconsidered, or else let the
in which it requested the concurrence of the
Senate. sion debate, and dispose of them in the first whole question go over. place.
Mr. CLARK. Well. I will let it pass by, Mr. CLARK. I propose to take the ques- and take up other bills, if Senators desire to The message further announced that the tion upon the reconsideration first, and I think debate it.
Speaker of the House of Representatives had that will not lead to much debate; and then, Mr. JOHNSON. Let it be reconsidered signed the following enrolled bills; which there. reconsideredI agree to first.
upon received the signature of the President I do not know that anybody wants to debate it reconsidered.
A bill (S. No. 26) to encourage telegraphic 4t upon the motion to reconsider. I propose The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The ques. || communication between the United States and simply to make a very short statement in regard || tion will be passed by, no objection being made the island of Cuba and other West India islands, to at. to that course.
and the Babamas;
ENROLLED BILLS SIGNED.
postpone the line and take up the other realis: Mr. CLARK. No, I do not propose to have yo tempore of the Senater:
but an ap
A bill (S. No. 74) for the admission of the State of Colorado into the Union; and
A bill (S. No. 155) concerning the boundaries of the State of Nevada.
DANIEL WINSLOW. Mr. CLARK. I move to take up Senate bill No. 149, for the relief of Daniel Winslow,
The motion was agreed to; and the bill was considered as in Committee of the Whole. It proposes to release and relieve Daniel Winslow and his legal representatives from all judgments, and from all liens and incumbrances of judgments in favor of the United States, heretofore obtained against Winslow, in any district court of the United States, upon a contract entered into by him with the chief of the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing, to deliver at the navy-yard in Charlestown, Massachusetts, eighteen hundred barrels of Navy beef; which contract was dated September 29, 1816; the meaning of the act being to release Winslow from all liability arising out of the contract or any bond given to secure its performance thereof, and from all judgments founded on the same, whether against himself alone or himself and his sureties, but not to relieve him of any levies heretofore made or sums paid on those judgments.
Mr. JOHNSON. What is the ground of that?
Mr. CLARK. I am asked by the Senator from Maryland to State the ground of the claim. During the Mexican war this party made a contract with the Government to furnish a certain amount of beef for the Navy. He went on to furnish the beef, but the price of beef rose very much upon his hands. He still, however, continued to furnish, as far as he was able, until he became entirely ruined. His property was seized and all his lands and goods taken. His bondsmen were some years ago released. The man himself has nothing. He has acted honestly and done everything he could, and the committee think he should be relieved.
Mr. JOHNSON. I am satisfied.
The bill was reported to the Senate without amendment, ordered to be engrossed for a third reading, read the third time, and passed.
JOHN II. CROWELL. Mr. CLARK. I move to take up Senate bill No. 278.
The motion was agreed to ; and the bill (S. No. 278) for the relief of Captain John H. Crowell, assistant quartermaster in the United States Army, was read the second time and considered as in Committee of the Whole.
By its provisions the proper accounting officers of the Treasury are to be authorized to allow Captain John #1. Crowell, on a settlement of his accounts, a credit of $225, for so much money disbursed by him to persons in the service of the United States, in payment for such services, the vouchers for which ‘payment were captured by the rebels and destroyed in an attack upon the camp at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was stationed on the 5th day of August, 1862, if, on examining the accounts of Crowell, the Quartermaster General shall deem him justly entitled to this credit, and shall certify his approval thereof to the accounting officers.
The bill was reported to the Senate without amendment, ordered to be engrossed for a third reading, read the third time, and passed.
R. L. B, CLARKE. Mr. CLARK. I move next to take up House bill No. 347.
The motion was agreed to; and the bill (H. R. No. 347) for the relief of R. L. B. Clarke was considered as in Committee of the Whole.
It proposes to direct the Treasurer of the United States to pay the sum of $1,500 to R. L. B. Clarke, in full for the time and expense incurred by him in contesting the seat of Augustus Hall, from the first district of Iowa, in the Thirty-Fourth Congress.
The bill was reported to the Senate without amendment, ordered to a third reading, read the third time, and passed.
COURT OF CLAIMS.
the parties should go to the Court of Claims Mr. CLARK. I move that the Senate now
for that purpose. The bill, however, does not proceed to the consideration of a House bill
undertake to allow the court to adjudicate upon reported from the Committee on the Judiciary,
any balance of accounts. but affecting claims. It is a bill extending the
The bill was passed. jurisdiction of the Court of Claims.
LOUDON COUNTY LOYALISTS. The motion was agreed to; and the bill (H. Mr. CLARK. The next bill is the bill (S. R. No. 473) to extend the jurisdiction of the No. 277) for the relief of loyal citizens of LouCourt of Claims was considered as in Commit- don county, Virginia. That bill is in charge of tee of the Whole.
the Senator from Wisconsin, (Mr. Howe.) I The bill provides in the first section that the do not see him in his seat, and I Court of Claims shall have jurisdiction to hear || fore, to let it be passed over.
I propose, there and determine the claim of any paymaster, The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The bill quartermaster, commissary of subsistence, or will not be taken up without a motion. other disbursing officer of the United States, Mr. CLARK. As the Senate is thin, and or of his administrators or executors, for re- the only remaining bill is that of Mr. Armes, lief from responsibility on account of losses by 1 and it may be desirable that Senators should capture or otherwise, while in the line of his
be present when that is disposed of, I propose duty, of Government funds, vouchers, records, to pass it over at present, and I shall move, at and papers in his charge, and for which such some favorable moment, that it be taken up. officer was and is held responsible;
QUARTERMASTER AND COMMISSARY SUPPLIES. peal may be taken to the Supreme Court as in other cases.
Mr. POLAND. I move that Senate bill No. By the second section, whenever the Court || 217 be taken up. of Claims shall have ascertained the facts of The motion was agreed to; and the bill (S. any such loss to have been without fault or
No. 217) to provide for the payment for quarneglect on the part of any such officer, it is termasters' stores and subsistence supplies furto make a decree setting forth the amount
nished to the Army of the United States, was thereof, upon which the proper accounting read the second time, and considered as in officers of the Treasury are to allow to such
Committee of the Whole. officer the amount so decreed as a credit in It proposes that all claims of loyal persons, the settlement of his accounts.
not exceeding $500, for quartermasters' stores Mr. DOOLITTLE. I did not understand actually furnished to the Army of the United what committee it was that reported this bill.
States and receipted for by the proper officer Several Senators. The Committee on the receiving them, or which may have been taken Judiciary.
by such officer without giving such receipt, inay Mr. CLARK. We were all agreed upon it
be submitted to the Quartermaster General of in the Judiciary Committee. It does not in
the United States, accompanied with such crease the jurisdiction very much, but sends a
proofs as the claimant can present of the facts class of cases to the court which are now very
in his case; and the Quartermaster General is troublesome to us.
to cause such claim to be examined, and if conMr. DOOLITTLE. It appears to me, from
vinced that it is just, and that the claimant, at
the time the claim accrued, was loyal to the the reading of it, to change the burden of proof in regai
Government of the United States, and has ever to these quartermasters' and commissaries' claims,
since so remained, and has never in any way Mr. CLARK. It simply sends these cases
voluntarily aided the rebellion, and that the to the Court of Claims, where they are exam
stores were actually received or taken for the ined much more thoroughly, where the Govern
use of and used by the Army, he is to report ment is heard from; but if they come before each case to the Third Auditor of the Treasury, the Committee on Claims there is nobody to
with a recommendation for settiement. A simrepresent the Government. The Committee
ilar provision is made in regard to all claims of on the Judiciary thought it much safer to let | loyal persons, not exceeding $500, for subsistthem go before the Court of Claims.
ence actually furnished to the Army. The bill was reported to the Senate without || having claims exceeding $500 for quarter
It is further provided that all loyal persons amendment, ordered to a third reading, and was read the third time.
masters' stores, or for subsistence, actually furMr. GRIMES. I should like to inquire of
nished to the Army of the United States, and the Senator from New Hampshire whatis meant
receipted for by the proper officer, or which by the last section of this bíll.
have been taken by such officers without
Suppose a balance should be found in favor of a quarter. || by the Army, may prosecute their claims against
giving a receipt, for the use of and actually used master or other officer; is it intended that a
the United States in the Court of Claims, in the decree shall be entered up against the Government of the United States ?
manner and to the extent now provided by law
for the prosecution of claims against the United Mr. CLARK. No; it does not allow a
States in that court; and if the claimant shall set-off.
establish by evidence that at the time his claim Mr. GRIMES. Suppose there is a balance found in favor of the disbursing officer against has ever since so remained, and that he has
accrued he was loyal to the United States and the Government over and above the charges against him.
never in any way voluntarily aided the rebelMr. CLARK. This is confined to a certain
lion, the court shall render judgment in his
favor for so much of his claim as is found to class of cases, those where vouchers or funds
be justly due. have been lost, and to reach no other class of
Mr. POLAND. I move to amend the bill cases. There have been a good many of these || by adding to the third section these words: cases arising during the war, where the vouch
And such judgments shall be paid out of any money ers have been captured by the enemy, where in the Treasury appropriated for the payment for they have been destroyed, sometimes by fire, or quartermasters' stores and subsistence respectively. otherwise, or inevitable casualty. The commit- Mr. WILSON. Why not let these claims, tee thought it was very much better that they | like others, wait for the proper appropriation 2 should go before the Court of Claims than to Mr. POLAND. This merely makes proviscome before the committees of the two Houses, ion for the payment of the judgments that are where they now come, because they are exam- authorized. It is not an appropriation of itself. ined in the court more thoroughly; there is Mr. CLARK. With the permission of the there an officer of the Government to appear Senator from Vermont, I will say to the Senin behalf of the Government, whereas before ator from Massachusetts that this amendinent the committees we have no such officer and provides for the payment of these claims out very often have no such proof except such as of the proper fund.' They are properly quarwe can get by sending to the Departments. termasters and commissaries charges, and The Committee on the Judiciary, therefore-I this amendment simply is that they shall be think they were unanimous in regard to it, | paid out of those funds, and not ont of the came to the conclusion that it was better that general fund, so as to be chargeable to the
quartermaster's and subsistence departments Mr. GRIMES. The Quartermaster General fied that such a bill as this ought to pass at this respectively
has that now. All charter-parties for the trans- time; and I ask the Senator who has charge Mr. TRUMBULL. The committee thought || portation of troops or munitions of war are of the bill to postpone it and fix some definito there was some danger in permitting these made by the quartermaster's department, and time when it can be taken up and considered. claims for quartermasters' and commissary not by the commissary department or any other I think it is a very important bill, and it needs stores to be paid on the mere certificate of bureau.
examination and consideration before the Sena quartermaster or commissary. That is the Mr. POLAND. Are those claims now set- ate decide to pass it. present law, and under it they are referred tled in the Quartermaster General's Office? Mr. POLAND. I have no objection to the to clerks, although they involve very large Mr. GRIMES. Yes, sir. What I want is bill being laid over to some future day, if it amounts. We thought it safer, where the not only to include quartermasters' stores, can be an early day, and we can have a time amount of the claim exceeds $500, to send it which are included in the bill, but to include fixed when we can take it up. It is a bill which, to the Court of Claims. At present, if the all claims growing out of transportation by if passed at all, should be passed soon. claims are allowed they are paid out of the land or water for the Army.
Mr. WILLIAMS. Say next Tuesday at one funds appropriated for the commissary and Mr. TRUMBULL. The Senator from Iowa o'clock. quartermaster's departments. Now, we pro- will observe that this bill is not intended to Mr. POLAND. That will be satisfactory to pose to send them to the Court of Claims, and take away the general jurisdiction of the quar: it is proper that they should be paid out of the termaster and commissary departments to set- Mr. FESSENDEN. I desire to take up a same fund that they would if allowed at the tle for supplies and the general business of little bill of which the Senator from Minneoffice. The opinion of the committee was that those departments. It covers only the class sota [Mr. RAMSEY] has charge, and which will it was safer, where they exceeded $500, to of cases where there is a controversy, and it is I give rise to no discussion. make the parties go into the court, where the limited to cases where supplies have been taken The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The bill question will be examined on both sides. by the proper officer and a receipt given for before the Senate is not yet disposed of. Does
Mr. GRIMES. Does it send all cases there? || them, or where they were taken by the proper the Senator from Vermont make a motion in
Mr. TRUMBULL. All above $500-all that officer and no receipt given, and where the regard to it? class of cases which the law covers.
claimant was a loyal man at the time the prop- Mr. POMEROY. I move that its further The amendment was agreed to.
erty was taken, and has remained a loyal man consideration be postponed to and made the The bill was reported to the Senate as ever since. The bill is only intended to apply || special order of the day for Tuesday next at amended.
to that class of cases. They would not settle one o'clock. Mr. GRIMES. Does this cover everything those claims in the quartermaster and com- Mr. CLARK. Do not make it a special -transportation, &c., I would inquire of the missary departments because the proper vouch- order. Senator from Illinois.
ers had not been given. We passed a law one Mr. FESSENDEN. Let it go over simply, Mr. TRUMBULL. The Senator from Ver
or two years ago authorizing the Quartermaster without making it a special order. The Senmont has charge of the bill.
and Commissary Generals to settle that class i ator will get it up just as well. Mr. POLAND. The first two sections of of cases, where the receipt had been given by Mr. POLAND. If Senators desire it, I have the bill provide, the one for the payment of the proper officer, or where he had not given no objection to that course. Let it go over quartermasters' stores, and the other for the
a receipt, if the property was taken and used | generally. payment of subsistence. These two sections by the Army, and the man from whom it was The PRESIDENT protempore. It is moved are precise copies of an act that was passed a taken was a loyal man at the time, and has that the further consideration of this bill be year or two ago, except that they restrict the continued loyal since. They have been set- postponed until Tuesday next. amount of claims which can be settled in the tling those claims. It was limited originally The motion was agreed to. department to those not exceeding five hun- to claims that existed in the loyal States. This
GEORGE HENRY PREBLE. dred dollars. The third section of the bill pro- bill proposes to extend that provision to all vides that claims of the character named in the similar cases-the Senator from West Virginia
Mr. RAMSEY. I now move that the Sen. first two sections above $500 shall go to the had a case up the other day-to all similar
ate proceed to the consideration of the bill (S. Court of Claims, and the bill is extended in both cases all over the United States, in disloyal
No. 176) for the relief of George Henry Preble, classes of claims, irrespective of the amount of as well as loyal States, wherever the proper
a commander in the Navy of the United States. the claims, to the claims of loyal citizens in all
The motion was agreed to; and the bill was officers took the property for the service of the
read a second time and considered as in Comparts of the United States. These are the only || Army and the vouchers were not executed. changes in the present law.
It directs the proper Now, instead of allowing those claims to be
mittee of the Whole. Mr. GRIMES. I suggest to the Senator who settled in the quartermaster and commissary
accounting officers of the Treasury, in settling reported this bill that it does not embrace as
the accounts of George Henry Preble, a comdepartments, they are transferred above a cermuch as it ought to embrace. It ought to em
mander in the Navy of the United States, to tain amount-I am not sure about the amount brace cases of transportation. There has been -to the Court of Claims. That is all there
allow him pay as a commander from the 16th more swindling and fraud perpetrated against || is of this bill. It was not intended to give
of July, 1862, in the same way and manner as the Government growing out of charter-parties the Court of Claims a general jurisdiction in
if the order discharging him from the naval for transport ships regard to cases where the proper vouchers
service had never been issued. Mr. TRUMBULL. Are not those all settled?
The bill was reported to the Senate without exist and where by the existing laws these Mr. GRIMES. No, sir. I know of some departments would have authority under the
amendment, ordered to be engrossed for a most enormous cases which are yet in abey; I general law to settle the claim. It would
third reading, read the third time, and passed. ance, and I trust the committee will amend involve another very serions question if you
CONGREGATIONAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON. this bill so as to include them.
imposed upon the Court of Claims the passing Mr. POMEROY. I move that the Senato Mr. POLAND. Claims for quartermasters' upon all these accounts for transportation where proceed to the consideration of Senate bill stores below $500 it is provided shall be settled there was a controversy about them. They || No. 253. at the Quartermaster General's Office, and could not do it. I think that would be too Mr. GRIMES. What is the title of it? claims for subsistence below $500 are to be extensive a change. There would be an objec- Mr. POMEROY. "A bill to incorporate settled by the Commissary General; and then tion perhaps to it, that to take that general the Congregational Society of Washington.'' the bill provides that both classes of claims class of cases the court would have to have a The motion was agreed to; and the Senate, above $500 shall go to the Court of Claims and great many clerks, and it would be impossible as in Committee of the Whole, proceeded to be settled there. to do the business in the court.
consider the bill. It proposes to create Oliver Mr. GRIMES. I find no fault with the bill Mr. GRIMES. This is a subject that I have 0. Howard, Silas H. Hodges, Daniel L. Eaton, as it stands. It embraces quartermasters! no charge of. I did not know there was any Henry A. Brewster, Charles H. Bliss, Ezra L. stores; but the term “
quartermasters' stores” such bill liere. I know that great frauds have Stevens, Benjamin F. Morris, Daniel Tyler, does not include claims for transportation; I been constantly perpetrated growing out of Llewellyn Deane, S. C. Pomeroy, and Calvin mean sea-going transportation and river trans- transportation by water. I could state some S. Mattoon, and their associates, a body-poliportation, which has amounted to hundreds of most extraordinary cases that have occurred, tic and corporate by the name of the First millions of dollars during the war. Many of some of which I understand are now under | Congregational Society of Washington, with those claims are still in abeyance, unadjudi- | consideration and are being passed upon by a all the powers incident to corporations and cated, unsettled. What I desire is, that these || simple clerk in the quartermaster's
department | usually enjoyed by them, and such as are requilarge claims shall also go to the Court of Claims -cases of controversy between the Government site to enable them to sustain religious worship and be adjudicated there, instead of being and contractors, owners of vessels, and men in Washington, in the District of Columbia, decided by a clerk in the quartermasters' de who executed the charter-parties. If, how- and to erect and maintain edifices for that purpartment. I suggest to the Senator from Ver- ever, the committee who have charge of the pose, and parsonages; and the society are to mont to change his bill, so as to include all bill do not think it advisable to extend it so as be exempt from any taxes to be assessed upon claims growing out of transportation by water. to cover cases of that character, I am not going || their
property, under the authority of Congress Mr. POLAND. I do not see that there can to insist upon it.
or of the District of Columbia or the city or be any objection to that, but under the third The amendment made as in Committee of county of Washington. section of this bill all claims of that character the Whole was concurred in.
Mr. POMEROY. While I sympathize fully above $500 are to go to the Court of Claims. Mr. WILLIAMS. I hope that this bill will with the society, I move to strike out the name It would be hardly proper of course to send not be passed at this time. "I did not anticipate of “S. C. Pomeroy'' from the list of corpora. that class of claims to the Quartermaster Gen. that it would be brought up to-day, and I desire tors. I did not know that that name was in eral's Office or to the Commissary General. an opportunity to examine it. I am not satis- the bill.