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senger, one assistant messenger, and three laborers, total $52,700. I move that amendment to the years of age. Mr. Fletcher, in charge of captured $101.800. amendment.
and abandoned property accounts, about forty years Mr. SHERMAN. With the leave of the The amendment to the amendment was
of age. He is also an indetarigable laborer.
In recommending, or rather asking, that the numSenator from Maine, I wish to move, on behalf agreed to.
ber of iny fourth-class clerksbe increased, I beg louvo of the Committee on Finance, to amend the The amendment, as amended, was agreed to. to say that I do not think the number of the third
class should be diminished, nor that of tho second bill by inserting in line four hundred : “ For The next amendment was in line four hun
class. I greatly need two additional clerks, say of one chief clerk, $2,000.' This is to provide dred and nineteen, to strike out "seven'' and the first class. If these should be allowed that class for the chief clerk of the Construction Bureau insert “twelve ;'' in the same line to strike out
might then be diminished by one.
Ihave been obliged to write this very hastily, and of the Treasury Department. It is to supply 1. fourteen'' and insert "twenty;' in live four
I beg you to or use its crudeness. an omission.
hundred and twenty to strike out
6 fifteen'' and Very respectfully, your obedient servant, The amendment was agreed to.
N. SARGENT, Coinmissioner, insert “twenty-eight;" in line four hundred
Hon. John SHERMAX, Chairının finance Committee. The next amendment of the Committee on and twenty-one to strike out “six'' and insert Appropriations was in lines four hundred and twenty-one;" after "one,” in line four hun- The amendınent to the amendment was eight and four hundred and nine, to strike out
dred and twenty-two, to insert "twelve copy. agreed to. the words declared to continue and insert ists;'? and in lines four hundred and twenty- The amendment, as amended, was agreed to. "continued."
three and four hundred and twenty-four, to The next amendment was in line four hunThe amendment was agreed to.
strike out “$71,480" and insert “$137,000;?! dred and twenty-seven, to strike out "four! The next amendment was to insert after
so as to make the clause from line four hun. and to insert "six;'' in the same line to strike "chief clerk,” in line four hundred and twelve, dred and eighteen to line four hundred and out" seven" aud' insert “nine;' and in line
four hundred and twenty-nine to strike out the words “ six clerks of class four;'' after the twenty-five read : word “laborers," in line four hundred and For Second Comptroller of the Treasury, chief " thirty-one thousand and three': and to insert
clerk, twelve clerks of class four, twenty clerks of fifteen, to insert "and for temporary clerks,
“i forty thousand nine;'' so that the clause will class three, twenty-eight clerks of class two, (one of
read: $4,500;' and in lines four hundred and fifteen them transferred from the Third Auditor's office,) and lour hundred and sixteen, to strike out “in
twenty-one clerks of class one, twelve copyists, one For Commissioner of Customs, chief clerk, three
messenger, one assistant messenger, and two labor- clerks of class four, six clerks of class three, ning all, $32,940,” and insert "in all, $48,200;'so ers, in all $137,000.
clerks of class two, seven clerks of class one, one as to make the clause read:
The amendment was agreed to.
messenger, and one laborer, in all, $10,920.
Mr. MORRILL, of Vermont. I suggest to six clerks of class four, eight clerks of class three, seven clerks of class two, three of them transferred dred and twenty-six, after “chief clerk" to
the chairman of the Committee on Appropriafrom Third's Auditor's office,) iwo elerks of class one, insert " three clerks of class four'' in the
tions that now having inserted one additional one messenger, and two laborers, ilud for temporary clerks, $1,50, in all, $18,200.
clause relating to the office of the Commis- clerk, it is necessary to increase the amount
of the appropriation.
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The approamendment by inserting $9,000 instead of Committee on Finance to move an amendment
priation will be changed to $42,720, if there $1,500, in line four hundred and sixteen. to that amendment, to strike out two" and
be no objection.
The amendment, as amended, was agreed to. will allow me to go on.
of class four in the oflice of the Commissioner The next amendment was in line four hun. Mr. SHERMAN. This is the proper time of Custons. The Commissioner asks for tive, | dred and thirty-one, in the clause making proto amend the amendment. It is the only time
and we have cut it down to three.
I have a
vision for the clerical force of the First Anditor I can do it. I propose to make the appropria- letter from the Commissioner on the subject. of the Treasury, to strike out “two' and insert tion for temporary clerks in the First Comp
Mr. MORRILL, of Maine. The Senator 6 four," so as to allow four clerks of class four. troller's office $9,000 instead of $4,500. I
now proposes to provide for a new clerk. Mr. SHERMAN. In regard to the office of desire to state that tbere are some amend.
Mr. SHERMAN. If the Senator desires the First Auditor of the Treasury, I am assured ments necessary in regard to these bureaus.
suller information on the subject, I will send by him, and by the Secretary of the Treasury, llave carefully examined the matter, and I am
up the letter of the Cominissioner of Customs that he cannot get along with the number of 8.listied that the amount of force allowed by
to be read. He makes a very strong showing clerkis appropriated for. The Committee on the bill is entirely too low. The House of
in favor of a larger number of clerks than we Appropriations have proposed to amend this Representatives, in making the appropriations propose to allow him.
clause somewhat, but not so that I can offer for the bureaus in the Treasury Department, The Chief Clerk read the following letter: my amendments. I suggest, therefore, that all did not allow the amounts estimated for, nor
the amendments in the clause relative to the
TREASURY DEPARTMENT, the amounts fixed by law, but took the old
OFFICE OF CUMM15SIONER OF Cusrous, First Auditor's office, be passed over informally basis before the war. Our Committee on
June 16, 1863. for the present, and I will at a later stage of Appropriatious has very properly, in nearly SIR: I begleave to call your attention to the claszi. the bill offer a substitute for that whole clause. every case, increased the cierical force as fixed fication of the clerks in this burean, first premising
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. If there by the House of Representatives. Since the
that it is one of the three revisius bureaus of the
Department. By House bill No. 605, as reported with be no objection the amendments in the clause bill has been reported I have received commu- amendments by the Committee on Appropriations froin line four hundred and thirty-one, to line nications in great number showing ibat in cerof the Senate, ibis bureau is allowed two cierks of
four hundred and thirty-eight, will be passed taiu bureaus, where there can be no possibility
tbe fourth class only.
As my chief clerk has been absent on account of over. The reading of the bill will proceed. of mistake about it, the force allowed is not sickness a good deal during the last eighteen months, The next amendment was in the clause prosufficient to carry on the service. and is now confined to bis bed with infiammatory
viding for the Second Auditor's office, to strike The Committee on Finance, therefore, pro
rheumatism, one of my fourth-class clerks uols as
out lines four hundred and forty-six to four pose certain amendments to raise the amount I ask tu be allowed three more fourth-class clerks, hundred and fifty-two, as follows: 80 as to give them a force barely sufficient to to be taken from my tbird cluss, for the following carry on the business. In many cases we pro;
reasons: one of my third-class clerks is in charge of And the clause of the act of March 14, 1864, authorthe captured and abandoned property division, an
izing fifteen clerks of class threo, fifty clerks of clasy pose to allow less than they ask for. In regard important and perplexing business. The clerk hav
two, and one hundred and forty clurks of class one. io the office of the First Comptroller of the
ing charge of this in the First Auditor's othice, whose in the office of the Second Auditor of the Treasury, Treasury no one doubts that the statement of
duings are revised here, is a fourth-class clerk, is hereby continued in force until the 30th day of
Within the past year the whole warehouse business June, 1869, and no longer, Mr. Taylor can be relied on. He says, in an bas been sont from the Secretary's otlice to this. It The amendment was agreed to. official communication, that with the assist- becue necessary to devise and carry into effect a ance given in here he cannot carry on his
new system of keeping the warehouse accounts, The next amendment was after line four
which bad got into inextricable coutusion. Judge office. I think what I propose to allow will
hundred and seventy, to insert " also one Tourman, a man of good legal mind and aceustoined barely allow him to discharge the duties. The
clerk of class tour, fonr clerks of class two, to customs affairs--third-class clerk in this ofiicebusiness of the Treasury Department now can
Wis assigned the task of reorganizing this branch of four clerks of class one, one copyist, and two
With diligent labor le bas accomplished not be carried on with the force before the
laborers, to be employed as a tenporary force;'' it, and now has it in charge. These accouuis now,
and in line four hundred and seventy-three, to war, because that Department i; now settliug pro torma, pass through the First Auditor's office and up the business of the war; the war accounts
tben coino to this. At once a fourth-class clerk was strike out the words " forty-nine thousand
assigned to the duty of passing ihem in the Auditor's are passing through the Auditor's and Coup
nine" and to insert " sixty-four thousand two;!' ottice, but being entirely ignorant of tho business troller's ultices, and the war has occasioned a was instructed how to perform his duties by Judge
80 as to make the clause read: very large increase in the business of the Thurman, his inferior in pay and grade. Is it right For compensation of the Fifth Auditor, chicf clerk,
two clerks of class four, four clerks of class three, It will be necessary for me to who revise tbe business of their respective divisions
seven clerks of clues Wo, fifteen cierks of class one, offer several amendments in regard to the in this office should receiveless pay and stand agrade
six copyists, one messenger, and one laborer, emTreasury Department. The first one is in this lower than the clerks in the Auditor's ofhce having
ployed in his office; also one clerk of class four, four amendment of the Committee on Appropria
charge of the same business, but who know that this élerks of class two, four clerks of class one, one copyoffice is responsible for errors and not that?
ist, and two laborers, to be employed as a temporary tions to increase the allowance for temporary
Again, I have a clerk of the third class, Mr. Weed,
force, in all, $64,220. clerks in the First Compiruller's office from
a good lawyer and most invaluable clerk, in charge $4,500 to $9,000. of the New York acovunts. He is indefatigable, and
The amendment was agreed to, saves the Government, I will not say a hundred. Lut
The next amendment was on page 23, line
certainly more than ten times tbe amount of his
they were never before serutinized. I think he is and to insert twa'' before hundred thou.
sand;" so that the clause will read; amount of the appropriation should be in
furth-class clerk; indeed, he does more than double
Por detecting and bringing to trial and punishment creased by adding $4,500, so as to make the Juuge Thurman and Mr. Weed are about fifty
persors guilty of violating tho internal revonue laws,
or condiving at the same, in cases where such ex- served from the fact that the exports of grain
Mr. TRUMBULL. It is half past four now, penses are not otherwise provided for by law, $200.000,
there have been very great; and there is very and we have but half an hour for an exccutive The amendment was agreed to. great distress and annoyance among those set- session if we adjourn at five. I insist on my
mack ve The next amendment was in line five hun
motion. iling in the agricultural regions for the want dred and seventy-nine, after the words " pub- of ability to get titles to their lands.
The motion was agreed to; and after some lic lands” to insert the words "private land Mr. MIORRILL, of Maine. My friend from time spent in executive session the doors were claims and surveys."
California will pardon me for interposing, but reopened, and the Senate adjourned. The amendment was agreed to.
I think I can now say to the Senator from VerThe next amendment was in line five hunmont that the apparent mistake is not a real
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
1: STE dred and eighty-nine, to strike out "twenty one, and that the clause is all right. I will
* Bahamas and insert “ forty ;' and in line five hundred read it as amended:
Tuesday, June 23, 1868. and ninety, to strike out "thirty-four" and For surveyor general of California and Arizona,
The House met at twelve o'clock m. Prayer $3,000, and for clerks in his office, $11,000. insert tilty-eight;" so that the clause will
by the Chaplain, Rev. C. B. BOYNTON.
We intended to make an appropriation of read:
The reading of yesterday's Journal was, on $14,000, and if the Senator will reter to the For compensation of additional clerks in the Genbook of estimates he will see that it is precisely consent, dispensed with.
motion of Mr. MAYNARD, by unanimous eral Land Office under the act of March 3, 1855: for one principal clerk as director, one clerk of class what was estimated for, and the appropriation three, four clerks of class two, forty clerks of class is in the form estimated for. The estimate is : REPRESENTATIVES-ELECT FROM ARKANSAS. one, and two laborers, $13,610.
Pich The amendment was agreed to.
For the surveyor general of California and Ari- Mr. PAINE. Mr. Speaker, I rise to a ques.
zona, $3,000. The next amendment was in lines six hunClerks in his office as per act, &c., $11,000.
tion of privilege. I send up the credentials of dred and fifty-eight and six bundred and fifty- Our information on that subject, which the
the Representatives-elect from the State of
BUIL nine, to strike out the words "two thousand five' and to insert "six thousand three," and satisfied us that the estimate was not too much.
I demand the previous question.
The Clerk read the resolution, as follows: also after the word “dollars,'' in line six hun.
Mr. COLE. I will only add, that so great dred and fifty-nine, to strike out " $4,500 ;" is the necessity of which I was speaking of Resolved, That the orth of office be now adminis
tered by the Speaker to lIon, Logan H. Roots, Hon. so that the clause will read: permitting the people settling in the agricul
James Hinds, and Hon. Thomas Boles, RepresentaFor compensation of the surveyor general of Min- tural portions of the State to acquire a title to tives-elect from the State of Arkansas. nesota. $2,000, and the clerks in his oflice, $6,500. their property that the Legislature of the State Mr. MAYNARD. I suggest to the gentle. The amendment was agreed to. passed a resolution asking for a much larger
man from Wisconsin to take the course por STRES The next amendment was in line six hun- || appropriation for the survey of the public
sued in the case of Tennessee. The creden. dred and sixty-five, to strike out the word lands than has been accorded by the commit
tials of the Representatives-elect from Ten"four" before " thousand" and to insert tee, and larger than will be accorded by the
nessee were formally referred to the Committee “six," and also after the word “thousand" Senate or the House of Representatives. The
of Elections. The gentleman will see that is to insert "three thousand,' and in line six reasonable amount that is asked here is cer.
a wise and prudent proceeding. We bad & hundred and sixty-six to strike out "$6,000;": tainly not extravagant by any means. It will
report from the Committee of Elections almost so that the clause will read:
not come up to the emergency.
immediately. I think it is the best course for For surveyor general of Kansas, $2,000, and tho
us to pursue now. clerks in his office, $1,300. The next amendment was in lines six hun.
Mr. PAINE, I withdraw the demand for The amendment was agreed to. dred and seventy-seven and six hundred and
the previous question. I wish to say a word The next amendment was in line six hun- seventy-eight, to strike out ** $7,000;" so that | by way of explanation and in reply to the gen; dred and sixty-nine, to strike out " $7,000" the clause will read :
tleman from Tennessee. Having examined
For surveyor goneral of Idaho, $3,000, and for clerks after “dollars ;'' so that the clause will read : in his office, $1,000.
the credentials myself, having found them corFor surveyor general of Colorado and Utah, $3,000, and for the clerks in his office, $4,000.
The amendment was agreed to.
rect, and having beard of no contest of the
claim of these gentlemen to their seats in this The amendment was agreed to.
The next amendment was in line six huu
House, although they have been here for weeks The next amendment was in lines six hundred and eighty, after the word “hundred'' to
and months waiting for admission, I do not sce dred and seventy-three and six hundred and insert "and two;'' and after the word “dol
any good reason why we should refer their cre. seventy-four, to strike out "$4,500"' and to lars” to insert and seventy-two cents;" and
dentials to the Committee of Elections in the in
first instance any more than in ordinary cases dred and seventy-four and six hundred and
dred and eighty-two to strike out $6,500;”? of credentials presented where there is no notice seventy-five, to strike out “$7,500;" so that so that the clause will read:
of contest. It there is any contest, if there is tbe clause will read :
For surveyor general of Nevada, $2,502 72, and the clerks in his office, $1,000.
any question in reference to the election of For surveyor general of California and Arizona, $3,000, and for clerks in his office, $11,000.
The amendment was agreed to.
these gentlemen, if there is any doubt of their
right to represent the State of Arkansas in Mr. POMEROY. I want to call the atten- The next amendment was in line six hun
this House, then I will admit it is proper to tion of the chairman of the Committee on dred and eighty-five, to strike out $6,500;" refer these credentials to the Commillee of Appropriations to this clause. I do not under- so that the clause will read:
Elections, although even in that case the rights stand why the $4,500 should be stricken out in For the surveyor general of Oregon, $2,500, and for lines six hundred and seventy-three and six the clerks in his office $4,000.
of contestants would not be concluded or preju. hundred and seventy-four and $11,000 inserted.
The amendment was agreed to.
diced by the adıninistration of the oath. If Mr. MORRILL, of Maine. The $4,500 and The next amendment was in line six hun
any gentleman will state that he has heard of the $7,500 are put together. dred and eighty-eight, to strike out “$6,500;"
any charge against either of these gentlemen Mr. EDMUNDS. The clause now reads, as so that the clause will read:
of disloyalty or of any irregularity in the elec
tion at which they were chosen I will covseet amended, “For surveyor general of California For surveyor general of Washington Territory, to this reference. Unless this is done I do not and Arizona, $3,000, and for clerks in his $2,500, and for the clerks in bis office, $4,000.
see why in this case we should depart from the office, $11,000,” which makes the appropria
The amendment was agreed to.
ordinary procedure in like cases. tion $14,000. The next amendment was in line six hundred Mr. MAYNARD.
If the gentleman will Mr. POMEROY. That is the criticism I and ninety, to strike out " four' and insert allow me, I will say a word. He was a member was about to make. résix;' and after the word "thousand" to
of the last Congress and will remember what I Mr. MORRILL, of Maine. That is evidently | insert "three hundred;" and in line six hun- am about to say. At the commencement of
dred and ninety-one, to strike out “$600;" so that Congress the credentials of the 'Tennessee Mr. COLE. No, sir; it is not an error. that the clause will read:
delegation were referred by the House to the Mr. MORRILL, of Maine. It seems to be For surveyor general of Nebraska and Iowa, $2,000. and the clerks in his office, $6,300.
Committee on Reconstruction. That commitan error as it stands. Mr. COLE. Lleven thousand dollars for The amendment was agreed to.
tee reported substantially with regard to Teo
nessee the action that has been taken in regard the clerks in the surveyor general's oflice in The next amendment was in line six hun- to Arkansas. When that had been perfected California is the almount of the estimate for dred and ninety-three, to strike out three" into law the House then referred the creden that service. The usual amount of appropria and to insert " four;" and in line six hundred | tials to the Committee of Elections. That tion for the survey of the land in that State is, and ninety-four to strike out “ $6,000;” so I believe, $50,000, and that is the amount esti- that the clause will read:
committee reported them back, and the mem;
bers from Tennessee were then sworn in. I mated for this year. The fact is there is a For surveyor general of Montana, $3,000, and for the clerks in his office, $4,000.
think the same prudent course should be pure great necessity for surveying the public lands
sued in this instance. in that State. The tide of population setting The amendment was agreed to. in that direction is very great ; so great, indeed, Mr. TRUMBULLAs it is very clear that
Mr. PAINE. Mr. Speaker, as the gentle that last month six thousand emigrants went we cannot finish this bill to-day, and there is gentlemen near me express the same opinion,
man seems in earnest in this matter, and other to that State. It will be borne in mind that it
a necessity for an executive session, I move I will modify my resolution as follows: is a very large State, comprising about two that the Senate proceed to the consideration hundred thousand square miles, and the tend- of executive business.
Resolved, That the credentials of the Representsency of the population now is not to the mines,
Mr. MORRILL, of Maine. Suppose we go
tives-elect from the State of Arkansas be referred to the Committee
of Elections. but to the agricultural regions, as will be ob- on a little longer with the bill.
The resolution, as modified, was agreed to.
DRAWBACK ON SHIP-BUILDING MATERIAL. reconsider the various votes by which bills bad Mr. COBB. That can be presented under
On motion of Mr. LYNCH, by unanimous been referred this morning, and also moved the rules. I object. consent, the bill (H. R. No. 1286) to allow that the motion to reconsider be laid on the The SPEAKER. It will be referred by the drawback-on articles used in the construction table.
Jourual clerk. of vessels, which was yesterday referred to the The latter motion was agreed to.
INTERNAL TAX BILL. Committee on Commerce, was ordered to be
PRINTING OF A REPORT.
Mr. SCHENCK. I call for the regular order printed.
Mr. JENCKES, by unanimous consent, sub
The House, under the order heretofore made,
resolved itself into the Committee of the whole the following resolution; which was read, con- mittee on Printing :
on the state of the Union, (Mr. BLAINE in the sidered, and agreed to:
Resolned, That three thousand extra copies of the
chair,) and resumed the consideration of the Resolded. That the Clerk of the House of Repre
report of the Committee on Retrenchment on the bill (H. R. No. 1284) to change and more sentatives be directed to present to the Secretary of
civil service of the United States be printed for the effectually secure the collection of internal State the act entitled An act to admit the State of use of the House,
taxes on distilled spirits and tobacco, and to Arkansas to representation in Congress," together
amend the tax on banks. with the certificate of the Clerk of the House of Representatives and Secretary of the Senate, showing On motion of Mr. LAWRENCE, of Penn
The section under consideration was the that the said act was passed by a vote of two thirds
following: of both Houses of Congress after the objections of
sylvania, by unanimous consent, the amendthe President thereto had been received, and after ment of the Senate to the bill (H. R. No. 822)
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represent
atives of the United States of America in Congress assemthe reconsideration of said act by both Houses in granting a pension to Hampton Thompson i bled. That there shall be levied and collected on all accordance with the Constitution, was taken from the Speaker's table.
distilled spirits on which the tax prescribed by law REPORT OF CHIEF OF ORDNANCE.
The amendment of the Senate was to insert has not been paid, a tax of sixty cents on each and Mr. BUTLER, by unanimous consent, prein line five, after the word " volunteers,' the
every proof gallon, to be paid by the distiller, owner, or any person having possession
thereof; and the tax sented a report of the Chief of Ordnance; words " and to pay him a pension at the rate on such spirits shall be collected on the whole numwhich was ordered to be printed, and referred of twenty-five dollars per annum."
ber of gauge or wine gallons when below proof, and
shall be increased in proportion for any greater to the Committee on Ordnance.
Mr. LAWRENCE, of Pennsylvania. I move
strength than the strength of proof spirit as defined that the amendment of the Senate be con- in this act: and any fractional part of a gallon in PENSIONS TO EX-OFFICERS. curred in.
excess of the number of gallons in a cask or package Mr. O'NEILL, by unanimous consent, intro- Mr. MILLER. I think the amendment had
shall be taxed as a gallon. Every proprietor or pos
sessor of a still, distillery, or distilling apparatus, duced a bill (H. R. No. 1310).to provide for better be referred to the Committee on Pen- and every person in any manner interested in the the granting of pensions to those ex-officers of sions.
use of any such still, distillery, or distilling apparathe United States Army, according to their Mr. LAWRENCE, of Pennsylvania. The 'l fussball
be jointly and severally liable for the taxes rank at date of final muster out, who were
imposed bylaw on the distilled spirits produced thereamendment does not increase the pension from, and the tax shall be a first lien on the spirits wounded while serving as enlisted men and who allowed by the House bill. It only specifies distilled, the distillery used for distilling the same, are not now drawing pensions as officers ; which the amount, which the House bill did not.
the stills, vessels, fixtures, and tools therein, and on was read a first and second time, and referred
the lot or tract of land whereon the said distillery is The amendment was concurred in.
situated, together with any building thereon, from to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.
Mr. LAWRENCE, of Pennsylvania, moved the time said spirits are distilled until the said tax
shall be paid.
The pending amendment was the one moved before the House a communication from the the motion to reconsider be laid on the table.
by Mr. Van Wyck, to reduce the tax on whisky Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting state
The latter motion was agreed to.
to fifty cents per gallon, instead of sixty cents,
as reported by the Committee of Ways and ment of the sums paid without protest during
ORDER OF BUSINESS.
Means. the years 1865, 1866, and 1867, on the vessels Mr. SCIENCK. I propose to call for the Mr. VAN WYCK, Mr. Chairman, the counof the United States and Brazil Mail Steamship regular order, but before doing so I wish to try, with great unanimity, are demanding the Company at the port of New York, amounting state to the House that by its order, being in reduction of the tax on whisky, and the comto $7,611 10; which was referred to the Com- Committee of the Whole on the state of the mittee in its proposition have bøt yielded to mittee on Appropriations.
Union, we take a recess from half past four until that demand. Some weeks ago, when I subADMISSION OF ARKANSAS.
half past seven o'clock. I ask that by unan- mitted a report exposing the machinations and Mr. MILLER. I ask unanimous consent
imous consent the House shall remain in Com- power of the whisky ring to some, it seemed to record my vote on the bill for the admission
mittee of the Whole on the state of the Union almost incredible. Examinations since then of Arkansas.
for fifteen minutes after half past four o'clock, made show its power still more incredible. It The SPEAKER. The Chair cannot ask gentlemen staying here or not as they please, has stalked through the antechambers of this unanimous consent.
in order to afford the gentleman who acts as Hall, through the corridors of the Senate, and Mr. MILLER. Then I wish to say if I had
chairman of the Committee of the Whole on controlled the avenues to the Executive Manbeen bere I would have voted in favor of the
the state of the Union (Mr. BLAINE] an oppor- sion. While it directed the action it defied the bill, notwithstanding the veto of the President. tunity of delivering a ten-minutes' speech, not power of the Government. I then believed on the tax bill.
that the only way to destroy the ring and check CONTRACTS PAYABLE IN GOLD.
Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. No busi- the immense frauds and demoralization perme. Mr. BROOKS. If there is no objectionness to be done?
ating that branch of the service was to reduce and if there is I would instantly withdraw it-I Mr. SCHENCK. No business to be done. the tax to fifty cents per gallon; to take away move to take up from the Speaker's table the Mr. FARNSWORTH. I would like to its wealth by depriving it of the source of its bill of the Senate allowing contracts to be made know what subject the gentleman is going to ill.gotten gains, and that the tax be collected in gold. It is pretty important that it should speak upon.
at the worm of the still, thereby dispensing pass.
Mr. ELDRIDGE. Would it not answer with that great means of fraud-bonded wareMr. HOLMAN and Mr. ALLISON objected. ll quite as well for the gentleman from Maine to houses. Everything I then stated has been SALE OF LOT SPRINGS RESERVATION.
have the use of the Hall for this purpose for more than vindicated, and conclusions then Mr. JULIAN. I introduced a bill the other some evening? [Laughter.]
formed fully justified by subsequent facts. The day providing for the sale of Hot Springs res
The SPEAKER. Is there objection to the whisky ring then opened its batteries and ervation in Arkansas. I ask unanimous con
proposition of the gentleman from Ohio, (Mr. honored me with its denunciations through sent that it be printed. Schenck?]
every channel they could reach. At that time The bill was ordered to be printed. No objection was made.
it was announced the Ways and Means would. R. P. PARROTT. IMPROVEMENT OF WESTERN RIVERS.
oppose any reduction and that the temperance
sentiment of the country would insist upon a On motion of Mr. ROBERTSON, by unanMr. EGGLESTON. I ask unanimous con
high tax. Feeling, therefore, confident of the imous consent, the bill (S. No. 303) for the
sent to present the resolution which I send to relief of R. P. Parrott was taken from the
retention of power the ring became more insothe Clerk's desk, and that it be referred to the
lent, stole larger sums from the revenue, comSpeaker's table, read a first and second time, Committee on Commerce.
manded thousands unblushingly and almost and referred to the Committee on Commerce.
The Clerk read as follows:
publicly to manipulate legislation. So bold REMOVAL OF DISABILITIES.
CINCINNATI, OH10, June 22, 1868.
and arrogant had it become in this last act The Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, on the 20th I desire to correct the
that the people everywhere demanded that this Journal. I ain recorded as not voting on the
instant, unanimously adopted the following:
Resolved. That in the opinion of this Chamber it power should be destroyed, and as it could bill for the removal of disabilities yesterday.
is of vital importance to the commerce of the Ohio only be destroyed by being impoverished that valley, and of the West generally, that the appro
the tax must necessarily be reduced. Such priations named in the river and harbor bill now MILLIGAN CASE.
before Congress for the works at the falls of the Ohio was my position when I made the report as a On motion of Mr. ARNELL, by unanimous
river and at the rapids in the Mississippi river, as member of the Committee on Retrenchment,
well as for the general improvement of navigation and such is my position to-day. consent, the report of the Secretary of War
in those rivers, should be granted at the present sesin regard to the Milligan case was taken from
sion; and that we earnestly request our Senators and The tax as proposed by the Committee of the Speaker's table, ordered to be printed, and
Representatives to give these features of the bill Ways and Means, at sixty cents per gallon, in referred to the Committee on the Judiciary,
prompt and efficient support.
JOHN A. GANO,
my judgment, will fail to drive out illicit disMr, WASHBURNE, of Illinois, moved to
President Chamber of Commerce. tillers of molasses. I think, therefore, it is Hon. BENJAMIN EGGLESTON.
necessary to reduce that tax to fifty cents per
I voted against the bill.
gallon, so that the chances of illicit distillation cents per gallon. I am therefore enabled, after | and, beside that, it will do away, in all prob-
committed, wbich closed the distilleries in PeoNow, if we are to strike down illicit whisky Mr. FARNSWORTH. I would like to make | ria, they employed three thousand men, who
Re by means of reducing the tax, I think it is an inquiry of the chairman of the Committee earned from two to three millions a year as
ised necessary to reduce it so low that we inay of Ways and Means.
wages. They consumed more than five mil- : -strike down every source of fraud and viola- The CHAIRMAN. Debate on this amend. || lion bushels of graiu per annun. Besides, they
waited tion of the law. And in my judgment it is ment is exhausted.
fed and fattened thousands of cattle and hogs necessary to reduce this tax to fifty cents per Mr. INGERSOLL. I move to amend the | which found a market in New York and Phil. gallon, in order to shut out the chances of amendment by striking out "fifty' and insert. || adelphia. All this great interest has been illicit distillation. I would myself rather favor | ing. "twenty-five,'' 80 as to make the tax virtually destroyed. Now, reduce the tax to a reduction below Gifty cents, as many mem- twenty-five cents per gallon, I wish to sub- twenty-five cents and you will rescue this interbers of the llouse favor, than to leave it above mit to the consideration of the committee some est from absolute ruin, and in all probability that sun. One thing is evident, this whisky facis in connection with this subject, so far, at revive un interest which has contributed 80 ring must be destroyed, or the power of this any rate, as the manufacturers' interest is con- largely to the local prosperity of Peoria, and Government to collect taxes is gone. cerned. contributed to the revenues of the Government
wote geri [Here the hammer fell.]
Peoria has long been noted as a great cen. nearly twenty million dollars. Nr. SCHENCK. The amendment proposed tral point for the manufacture of high wines [Here the hammer fell.] by the gentleman from New York (Mr. Vax and alcohol. Peoria engaged largely in this Mr. BUTLER. I rise, Mr. Chairman, 10 WYCK] is to reduce the tax on whisky to ten manufacture long before the war. All along | oppose the amendment of twenty-five cents, cents less per gallon than the amount recom- during the past twenty-five years it has been because I desire the whisky tax may be fixed mended by the Committee of Ways and Means. || largely engaged in the manufacture of alcohol at twenty cents ; and the reason I have for this The gentleman who makes that motion places for the export trade. The gentleman from is not, as has been stated by the chairman of himself upon the same grouod taken by the Massachusetts [Mr. HOOPER) inquires what the Committee of Ways and Means, lest the committee; he says that he believes it necessary amount of tax Peoria has paid to the Govern. business should be done by ilicit distilleries. So to come down to fifty cents per gallon, in order ment on distilled spirits under our revenue far as I can learn the difficulty is with the recto make it unprofitable to manufacture illicit laws. My recollection is that it has paid about lifiers and wholesale dealers. A tax, perbaps, whisky. I shall not extend the remarks I made sixteen or seventeen million dollars of revenue, of a larger amount could be obtained from disupon that sulject yesterday by adding to them a very large sum. Up to four months ago some tilleries; but I desire to put it so low as to get But in reply to the argument of tbe gen
of the distilleries in the district which I repre- rid of transportation bonds--to get rid of that tleman from New York, [Mr. Van Wyck,] in sent continued to run, but during the last four great source of fraud. At twenty cents, that favor of his amendment, I want to take advan- monibs not a single gallon of whisky or high will bring, with special taxes, the tax on whisky tage of this occasion to correct an error into wines bas been made in that district. The rea- up to forty or forty-five cents--a little larger, which I was betrayed yesterday. While occu- son is tbat the manufacturers there cannot com- I think, than the Committee of Ways and pying the floor with explanations in relation to pete with the fraudulent manufacture of whisky Means calculated, this tax upon distilled spirits, I was frequently or high wives in localities more favorable for Now, sir, I assume that whisky can be interrupted and compelled to answer at the the illicit traffic, such as New York, Philadel. made for from twenty-five to thirty cents per moment, gathering my thoughts for the pur- phia, Boston, Chicago, and Cincinnati. There | gallon. If you lay a tax so large that the tax pose as I best could; and when some gentle- is only one method by which the honest, legit- is larger than the cost of the article, then the man inquired what I believed would be the imate manufacturer in the West can be sus
tax becomes a matter of speculation; and as aggregate tax per gallon upon distilled spirits tained, and that is by reducing the tax to such
you exceed the cost of the article, you step by under ihis bill, by adding together the direct a point as does not amount to an offer of an
step encourage evasion of the tax. That is the tax, the tax on capacity, the tax on sales, and immense premium to fraud, while at the same reason you cannot collect the present tax on all the special taxes, I replied that in my opin. time enforcing your revenue laws with great whisky. A man can make his whisky for ion it would amount to a dollar or more. I strictness.
twenty cents a proof gallon of the purest am now satisfied I was wrong in that statement. Now, sir, I have moved to reduce this tax to quality. If he can save one gallon out of ten I was having in my mind some calculations twenty-five cents, and I desire to give my rea- he gets even by fraud ; if he can save two out made in my head as I proceeded, based upon sons in favor of this proposition. In the first of ten he makes a profit. For that reason it a former supposition that the direct tax wonld place, you have tried to collect the two.dollar | is impossible to collect the tax. If you bring be fixed at ab ut seventy-five cents or a dollar tax, and you have failed. When the tax was down the tax so a man to get a dollar has to per gallon. Now, the truth is that the aggre- sixty cents per gallon the Government col- risk a dollar, then the tax will be paid and colgate tax provided for in this bill cannot amount lected more revenue than it has collected dur. lected. If he risks one dollar to get one, then to a dollar per gallon. I have made a careful ing the last year at the two-dollar tax. During it is a mere lottery. With the tax at sixty calculation upon the subject which I desire to the year when the tax was sixty cents the Gov- cents, as fixed by the Committee of Ways and submit to the Committee of the Whole. ernment collected $28,000,000, while during | Meaus, he risks one dollar to get three; and, The direct tax, as all are aware, is sixty the last year, although the tax has been more at the same time, the distiller in the West can
Then there is a special tax of $200 on than trebled, only $13,000,000 have been col- not go on and pay his tax before he transports the first fifty barrels or less of a distillery, with lected. If the tax be reduced to twenty-five his liquor. Therefore, if you inaugurate the four dollars per barrel on every additional cente per gallon no export or bonded ware- tax at sixty cents, you'inaugurate a system of barrel, a barrel being by law reqnired to be houses will be required. The tax can be col- transportation bonds, which are the great forty gallons of proof spirits. This would be lected everywhere at the distillery before the source of fraud. an addition of ten cents per gallon.
whisky has been removed from the premises. There is another reason why I want this tax It is a little difficult to state what would be Thus all whisky, when it leaves the distillery, || brought down. Let me say now if you tak at the amount of the tax upon sales; but the tax becomes free whisky in the market. Business sixty cents, with special taxes making it about at wholesale being three per cent. upon the men can then draw against it for the legitimate eighty cents, your whisky will stand as it now sales, if you average whisky at $1 33 per gallon purposes of business upon the commission does. With two dollars a gallon we do not (and it might, perhaps, as a general average, house with which they do business. Now, no collect more than a dollar or ninety cents. The come down to about that if the tax were such thing can be done. Not a house in the reason is the taxes will not be paid. But if reduced to only sixty or seventy cents,) three West can ship whisky to New York and make you put it at twenty, twenty-five, or thirty per cent. would amonnt to only four cents per a dralt against it for one dollar a barrel. The
cents you can collect it. There will be more gallon. The retail charges have been increased reason is that they can have no assurance the money paid over, and what is of still more con: so that they, added to the wholesale, would whisky will not be seized at Chicago, again at make an equivalent of about five or from five Buffalo, and so all along the route; and before
sequence, you break down the whisky interest
--I will not say ring—which is too strong for to six cents per gallon. the whisky gets to New York its entire value
your Government to day. You break up the The tax upon the capacity is five dollars per has been eaten up by costs and charges levied corruption fund which will be collected from day upon the mashing and fermenting of a hun. by the hungry and not always scrupulous the people by the whisky influence to be used dred bushels. A hundred bushels, at the average agents of the Government.
against the Government. of twelve quarts to the bushel, would be three Now, sir, by reducing the tax upon whisky [Here the haminer fell.]. hundred gallons. This per diem tax having you will revive the industries of the West con.
Mr. INGERSOLL. I withdraw the amendreference to the amount taxed would be equiv. nected with this business, and you will, more
ment for the purpose of allowing the gentlewan alent to about a cent and a half per gallon. over, put more money into the Treasury at from lowa [Mr. Allisoy) to renew it. Thus the whole tax in the aggregate, saying twenty-five cents per gallon than at the present Mr. ALLISON. I will not renew the amendnoching about the tax upon sales, (which is tax, provided you will lay a five per cent. tax comparatively a small matter and hardly to be upon the sales of wholesale dealers and upon
ment, but will offer another, to insert fifty five
instead of sixty. I only desire to offer this for taken practically into the account,) would be retail dealers. It will, in my opinion, then be from seventy-six and a half to serenty-seven easy to collect $50,000,000 from whisky alone;
the purpose of saying a word or two to the comniittee. And I desire here in advance to
warn members against the danger of going to which the coinmittee have added in the way millions and tens of millions, and I fear that another extreme. Some members seem dis- of special taxes may be considered, with the the difference between forty and fifty cents posed to put the tax down to twenty or twenty- exception of the quarter of a cent, as a clear would operate to that effect. five cents a gallon on distilled spirits. Now, addition to the tax on whisky. In other words, Now, let us, while we are correcting this the gentleman from Massachusetts (Mr. But. while they have reduced the direct tax from evil, do it effectually. Do not let us follow the LER) is mistaken in his calculation as to tbe two dollars a gallon to sixty cents, they have unwise philosophy of a humane man, who was amount of revenue we can raise out of distilled increased the indirect taxes sixteen cents a too kind-hearted to take all the dog's tail off spirits by this bill. I take it for granted the gallon, making a tax of seventy-six and a quar- at one swoop and took a little piece off each Comunitiee of Ways and Means have adopted ter cents per gallon, according to the bill be. day. Do not for the next year leave the all the incidental taxation that it is possible to
The prevailing reason in the minds inorals and the revenues of the country a prey impose upon distilled spirits, io witi a special of all members here why we should reduce to the men who hold them both at their mercy tax on the distillery, a special per diem tax, and the tax is the necessity of breaking up the under the patronage of the Administration, a tax on sales. Now, the chairman of the
great power of the whisky ring; that combina- bat let us strike a point which will give us committee has presented an estimate of the tion which defrauds the revenue and prevents revenue enough for the Goverument, as forty incidental tax upon this article. I believe the us from getting revenue on more than one gal- cents per gallon, with the additional sixteen chairman is too high in this estimate. Indi- lon in ten. The only practical question of and a quarter cents, will do. The last day I rect taxes, before the spirits are put upon the statesinanship for us to consider is whether was in the House I learned from a member market, will not exceed six cents per gallon, seventy-six and a quarter cents is too high a from New York that he had the day before, in so that if the proposition of the gentleman from tax to enable us completely and electually to the ordinary course of business, shipped alcoIllinois or the gentleman from Massachusetts break up the combination.
hol from New York to the western part of should prevail it will make the tax less than I believe it is too high, and I am in favor of Kansas. Now, let us make this so that nature forty cents per gallon, which, taking the very putting the direct tax down to hitiy cents, but will have some influence in regulating this highest possible estimate of the quantity, would not lower, Now, I am aware that the precise important branch of traile, so that the West only amount to $30,000,000 per annum or less. amount of tax which will begt meet the neces- may produce whisky where the corn is grown.
Now, Mr. Chairman, the amount of tax that sities of this case cannot be determined with (Here the hainmer fell.] we ought to realize on distilled spirits should the certainty with which we settle questions Mr. PRUYN. When I was a member of not be less than $50,000,000. The people of that depend on general principles. Without a the Committee of Ways and Means in the this country will not rest satisfied with a less full exhibit of the minute details, I am of the Thirty-Eighth Congress, with two or three of amount raised from that source. But it is opinion that fifty cents direct tax can be col- my associates on that committee, I urged very impossible to realize more than from twenty- lected without much fraud. I may not be warmly the propriety of reducing the then profive to thirty million dollars if you put your able to give sufficient reasons to satisty gentle posed tax of two dollars per gallon to one dol. tax at twenty five cents or less pergallon. Now, men why that is my faith ; certainly I cannot lar. We failed in our efforts to do so, yet the gentlemen say they desire to reduce this tax tó do it in five minutes. But I am persuaded result has proved just what was predicted at a point so low that we can dispense with all that a tax of seventy-six and a quarter cents that time by the opponents of a large and transportation in wond. I wish to call the on whisky, with all the opportunities that have heavy tax. No Government ever offered a attention of the committee to this question of been so long enjoyed, and the skill that has greater bounty to fraud, perjury, and all kinds of transportation in bond. The bill as presented been acquired by experts in fraud, will be too iniquity than this Governmentdid when it estalto the House prohibits transportation in bond much. As my colleague suggests, they have lished the whisky tax at two dollars per gallon. except for exportation, and the exportation of diffused the direct tax. That is wise, and we It was a tax that all persons, looking at the disulled spirits is necessarily confined to two are pretty certain to get the sixteen and a value of the article, had told us never could distinct articles, namely, alcohol and ruin, one quarier cents, and I would not disturb a single be collected, never would be paid, but would being exported almost entirely from the city of item of those special taxes so far as I have yet be evaded at all times and under ail circumBosion and the other from New York. Gentle- considered them. But I believe that if the stances. It was a tax that broke down honest men seem to forget that we have in this bill a committee will take fifty cents as the rate, and distilleries and encouraged those who were provision which, while it is intended to pro- so far reduce the incentives to fraud and the dishonest in the illicit distillation of spirits. lect, and must in a very great degree protect, lemptation to rascality, with the additional I am glad that the Committee of Ways and honest and fair men who are eagaged in the guards thrown around the revenue in this bill Means have yielded at last to the acknowledged business of distilling, requires this tax to be in the machinery for collecting it, we shall be sentiment of the House and of the country, and collected at the distillery warehouse, and that reasonably sate.
have proposed to make this tax sixty cents at the warehouse there shall be put on each [Here the hammer fell.]
instead of two dollars per gallon. And under barrel or package a stamp indicating the num- Nr. ALLISON. I withdraw the amendment a code of the most extraordinary character, ber of gallons contained in it and that the lax to the amendment.
such as is now contained in this bill, imposing has been paid thereon. So I apprehend that
Mr. KELLEY. I move to amend the amend- fines and penalties and requisitions such as a the honest distiller can have no difficulty in meni by striking out “fifiy cenis” and insert- man can hardly comply with, the tax is insecuring froin his banker, or from tuose who ing “ forty cents." I do so because I believe creased. as the chairman of the Committee of advance him money, the amount of money
that at ibat figure we will collect more revenue Ways and Means [Mr. SCHENCK] says, about required upon that barrel or package when he than at any other that can be inserted. I sixteen or seventeen cents per gallon; making exhibits it with the revenue stamp placed there believe that with the tax direct and indirect, the whole tax some seventy-six or seventyby the collector of the district, shoving that amounting to nearly eigbty cents on the gal- seven cents per gallon. the tax has been paid.
lou, the frauds will be almost as large in gallons Now, the wliole amount of whisky manufacNow the cost of producing a gailon of spirits as it is with the present tax. The question tured in the country at the present time, as I from corn is twenty-five cents, which makes | put by the gentleman from lowa (Mr. Pice] am assured by those well informed upon the the barrel cost about ten dollars.
Now, a tax to his colleague [Mr. ALLISON) during my subject, is about one hundred million gallons of sixty cents will make about twenty-four dol- absence involved the whole gist of the matter. per year; perhaps a litle more, and perhaps a
I read it at my home. He interrogated his little less. With the proposed tax we should (Here the hammer fell.)
colleague as to whether the thing he was driv- | receive a revenue from whisky of about serMr. GARFIELD. I rise to oppose the ing at was not to get grain whisky at such a enty-five million dollars per annum. amendment. I wish to say in the outset that price that it and the tax would be less than Now, it is very difficult to decide just where I have, for three years, been of the
opinion, as the price of molasses whisky without the tax, the point is to which we can go with safety and 1
am to-day, that it is folly for Congress to and there he hit the nail upon the head. The collect the tax, and find that it will not be attempt to collect a tax of two dollars a gallon gentleman from Ohio [Mr. SCHENCK) says it evaded by the distillers. My own iapression is on distilled spirits. Whenever I have had an hit Philadelphia. Not Philadelphia, but the that the gentleman from New York, [Mr. Van opportunity to vote on this question, whether scoundrels of the country who have been poured Wyck, ] who has moved to reduce this tax to in the Committee of Ways and Means or in
inco Philadelphia to drive her old business men fifty cents per gallon, has just about bit the this House, I believe my vote will be found of integrity out of it. It hits New York; it right point. And for one I am prepared, with recorded in favor of the reduction of the tax. hils Chicago; it hits the unconvicted felons, the information I now possess upon the subject, But at this time I suppose at least a majority who, as I liad occasion to say in quoting the to vote for fifty cents per gallon, believing that of the people agree that the hope of collecting language of an officer of the revenue, are crea- to be a tax which can be collected. If to that two dollars is gone. The only question, then, tures who would be committing burglary and amount you add the other taxes of seventeen is where we ought to put the rate. The Com bighway
, robbery, or expiating iheir crimes in cents per gallon, you will have a tax of sixty.
seven cents per gallon, yielding a revenue of it on the direct tax 10 sixty cents per galloa, profitable and safe to be cheating the Govern- about sixty-seven million dollars per annum; but let it be understood Lhat the committee meat and the community in illicit distillation.
a very large revenue when contrasted with the have raised the tax in the various forms of Now, a reduction of the tax to sixty cents ten, twelve, or fifteen inillion dollars per year special, per cent., and per diem taxes to the would diminish to some extent the price of now collected, an amount which will do very amount of sixteen and a quarter cents per
molasses, and would consequently diminish the much, indeed, to strengthen the Treasury and ballon. All the special taxes now collected price at which molasses whisky can be pro- the resources, character, and financial condi on spirits under the law, will not amount to duced. Ten cents above fifty cents is a mere tion of this country. more than one quarter of one cent per gallon. bonus to fraud; a mere payment of millions I should therefore be very glad to give my Therefore, the sixteen and a quirter cents to scoundrels to cheat the Government of other ll vote to fix the tax upon distilled spirits at tīty
lars a barrel.