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TiIiVEOLATF.. CYCI-40C12E; M.
of 1' the Legislature
d rY. -.:lllates 2 . Militar , Hirt ory—
Large Number of Private Cal
tional Amendment Discussed
x in the Hanse
ihy Telegraph to the Pittsburgh Gazette
HARRISBURG, March 17,1869.
c lit . BECK mideV statement that on
Monday night he was absent from the
Senate chamber when one of the grossest
outrages was perpetrated by the Legisla
tate. The bill repealing the act creating
the Twenty-Ninth Judicial District,
and putting Lycoming county in the
Fourth, and Elk county in the Sixth Ju
dicial District, passed both houses by a
conspiracy, in his absence. After further
statements from other gentlemen the bill
By Mr. GRAHAM: Authorizing the
School Directors of Birmingham bor
ough to borrow money and issue bonds
for the erection of school buildings, and
to levy a tax for the liquidation of the
..game; incorporating the Sbarpsburg and
Etna. Savings Bank.
By Mr. ERRETT: Prohibiting the
-sale of liquors in Patton township, Alle
gheny county; incorporating the Union
Club Company of Pittsburgh.
Mr. ERRETT called up the House bill
suthorizintt. tour additional supervisors
in South Fayett6 township, Allegheny
County. Passed dually.
`The balance ot the session was occupied
in discussing the Senate bill allowing
interested parties to Malty. Passed
'Adjourned till evening.
• EVENING SESSION.
A large number of unimportant local
bills parsed, including bill incorpora
tingg the Sharpsburg and Butler County
sailroad, supplement to Kittanning
Turnpike, relative to grading and pav
ing streets in Tern peranceville, allowing
voters of Tarentuin to decide - for, or
against liquor license, incorporating Fis
cal Agency and ImproVement Company.
relative to grading and paving streets of
Ormsby borough, relative 16 selling by
sample in Pittsburgh and Allegheny.
'HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
„BATES' BiSTORY OP PENNSYLVA2CIA.
The special order was the bill reported
on Wendy evening, authorizing Mr.
Bates to continue the history of Pennsyl
vania Volunteers—to include only three
volumes, and ten thousand copies of
each—a synopsis of which was given in
the dispatches of Monday evening.
The bill was discussed at length and
plisSed to second reading, the Democrats
Adl voting no, except Messrs.' Josephs.
McCullough and Nelson. who' ,voted aye.
SENATE BILLS PASSED FINALLY.
For grading and paving in East 'fir-
=lngham, Allegheny co.
Authorizing East Birmingham to et
smpt coupon bonds from municipal
taxation and levying a tax for the main
tenance of fire department and payment
of gas. - -
Extending the grading and paving act
of Allegheny City to Tarenturn.
' - Relative to municipal liens in Alle
gneny City. . •
Authcirizing the Schbol Directors of
East Birmingham to borrow more
Enabling the Allegheny county CoM
missioners to, improve the public build
ings of said county and pay for the same. I
Further extending the charter of the
_Bank of Pittsburgh.
• .Authorizing the First - Methodist
Church, Sharpsburg, to remove dead
Relative to the collection of State mer
cantile licenses by the Treasurers of
Relating to interments in -Trinity
-Church yard, Pittsburgh.
Authorizing the State Treasurer to re
pay certain moneys to Samuel Allinder,
late Treasurer of Pittsburgh.
Authorizing the United Presbyterian
Church, Tarentrtm, to remove dead
bodies to Prospect Cemetery.
Changing the time of -holding Courts
:in Butler county.
• Providing for the registry
of lots in
Relative to plank walks in Allegheny
Authorizing Allegheny, City to issue
water bonds. •
A.uthorizingthe Allegheny Valleyßail
load Company to apply so much as needed
-of bonds authorized, by iict•of April 11,
MT.. or procds, to payment of indebt
edness net edcrnred by mortgage and im
provement of facilities.
(living new wards in Allegheny City
the righl, to compensation from old wards
tor scowl property. •
Relailye to liquor licenses hi Robin
son, fieott, Char ters, Union and North ,
and South Fayette townships. Allegheny.
county. ' • •
Authorizing Bellevue - borough to Levi'
'extra tax and prohibit the sale of liquor.
Prohibiting the sale of liquors in Fin
ley township, Allegheny county.
HOUSE BILLS PASSED. ,
The following House bills passed"
the act' of April 10th, 1867_.
changing venue from Allegheny to Jer-
Serson county. • ,
Authorizing First M. R. Church;hfead.
'villa, to borrow money,
Lzem " ling ' Meadville = firemen from
payment of city taxes. '
Aiding Southwestern Normal 'College.
Changing the- Minimum occupation
-school tax in Penn township, Allegheny
Antliorizlng the school board of the
-Sixteenth ward, Pittsburgh, to borrow
money for building pumms.
Incorporating the Allegheny Valley
Fire Inzuranoe Company of Kittanning.
Incorporating the Westmoreland
'County Agricultural Society.
For the better prosecution of disorder
ly persons in Millvalei Alleg hens county-
The bill authorizing Sh iroburg to bor
row money was defeated. - •
AdjGurnod till evening. -
THE CONBTITIITIONA,L AMEIMISSNT.
Inthe evening the special order, the
Constitutional Amendment, wus taken
up. The lobbies in the House were
I Mr. ROGERS, of Philadelphia, intro
duced a resolution submitting the ques
tion of ratification to the people.
Declared out of order, because it was
no amendment or substitute for the bill
before the House.
Messrs. REA, WILSON and GATOS.
ELL spoke in favor of the amendment,
and Messrs. CORNMAN, PORTER,
(York,)and BROWN, (Clarion,) against
Pending the question the House ad
Ev Telegraph to the Pittsburgh Gazette.]
WASHINGTON, March 17, 1869.
THE RUSH FOR OFFICE.
The hotels are crowded with office
seekers, and the arrival of every rail
road train increases the number. The
public departments and lobbies of the
Capitol are alive with them, and mem
bers of Congress are continually called
from their seats by those seeking posi
tiontiof some character. Both Senators
and Representatives are overwhelmed
with letters from all parts of the country
on the same business, and it is impossi
ble to give prompt responses.
VISITORS AT THE WHITE HOUSE,
Among the visitors at the Executive'
Mansion to.day was the House Commit
tee on Military Affairs, headed by the
Chairman, Mr. Logan, who called to be
introduced to the President. •
The usual order about visitors was ob
served. Those received were mainly
Senators and Representatives, who were
present in large force.
MINISTER. TO HAYTI.
'Additional efforts are being made to
secure the appointment of Ebenezer D.
Bassett, colored principal of a school in
Philadelphia, as Minister to Hayti. He
is endorsed by the National Committee of
Colored Men, Fred. Douglass, Downing,
Langston, and many other blacks and
CLAIMS 0031 3IISSION
The joint Commission of the British
and American governments to settle the
Hudson Bay and Puget Sound difficul
ties, will meet in New York to-morrow.
Preseht, for the British government,
Hon. Jno. Rose; for the United States,
Hon. Alex. S. Johnson; Hon. B. R. Cur
tis, umpire; counsel for the United States,
Caleh Cushing; for the British govern
ment, Hon. -Charles D. Day, of Canada.
The counsel will be heard orally to-mor
row on the testimon v and briefs already
submitted. The united amount of the
claims of the two commissions is 113,000,-
000. The treaty-of 11356, negotiated un
der ex-Presidept Buchanan and Lord
Packenham, stipulated for the protection
of the rights of those conimissions dur
ing the continuance of the license grant
ed by the British government. 'lt is now
sought to found on that license a claim
in fee to the territory so occupied, which
the United States resists. .
A Naval general order., issued today,
calls the attention of officers to the regu
lations of the Navy forbidding applica
tions for duty through persons of influ-
Kite. All such applications are ordered
to be made direct to the Secretary of, the
Leaves for his new command to-morrow..
He will be accompanied from here by
Col. Wheriy; Capt. Ennis and Lieur r
Eathbone, of his staff, who have been
on duty in the War Department. Col.
Campbell remains at the Department.
The President sent several nominations
to the Senate tads'', but it is said they
are not of an important character.
The Senate to-day confirmed the fol
lowing nominations: Frank. Moore, of
New 'York; second Secretary of Legation
at Madrid; Jno. T.. Forbes, Pension
Agent at Philadelphia. There were• no
POSTMASTERS NOMINATED. .
The following nominations of Postmas
ters were sent in : Elizabeth Van Lew,
of Richmond, Va., in acknowledgmeut
of important services to the Unionarmy
during the rebellion. vice Alexander
Sharp, resigned, and since confirmed as
Marshal for the District of Columbia;
Eliza F. Evans, at Ravenna, Onto; Emily
J. C. Bushnell, at Sterling, Ills.; George
T. Matthews, at Dubuque, Iowa; C. E.
Carr, at Galesburg, Ills.;. Wm. A. Carr,
at Van Wert, Ohio; Omalah Ballow, at
Hancock, , Ohio; H. W. Farnsworth, at
Topeka, Kansas; Rufus P. Millen, at
Amboy, Die.; Warren W. Huntington,
at Galena, Ills.; Richard J. Tompkins, at
MOunt Carroll, Ills. 'Six or seven of the
above are re-appointed.
The President has also nominated J. C.
Smith assessor of internal revenue for
the twenty-first district of Pennisylvanis.
vice Frost, deceased; Israel Was burns;
Sr., collector of customs for Portland,
Maine; O. C. P. Clarkel collector of cns.-
tome of Osirego, N. Y.;llenry D. Moore,
collector ofonstoms at Philadelphia.
• Warr. GATIO3MEMIDAN
Will postpone his departure from this
City until to•morrow. will proceed
to New York and , piss a few days, and
afterwards visit Bt. - louts and Fort Leav
enwortb—lt is understood. the General
has determined to establish his head
quarters at Chicago. A department of
supplies will be Oontintu El
id at t. Louis
to furnish the,,posts of the Upper Mts.
eau& The Lientenint General called on
the President this morning and had a
lengthy interview., .
The:lirst eenticaof;the amended bill to
enforce the fourteenth constitutional
'amiadment is Gootals, reportedN„_the
Judiciary, Committee by. Mr. Trumbalt
repeals so much of Vie, act s of, l one 25th.
1868, as relites td GeOrgisf ett econ d
revises the military go of Geom.
Rio; section third continues that gov ment of the State as,Toroeisionand de•
clares null and void each act ejequiv
African members of the legislature and
restores them to their seats, the persons
idmitted to their places to wale the
same, and prohibits any. . person
disqualified under the fourteenth
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pipyBBURGII, THURSDAY, NARCH. 18. 1869.
amen d men t From holding a seat in said
Legislature; section 4th makes it the duty
of the President to station such part of the
land and natal fores of the Unita States
In such Sta es as & 1 1;111 be sufficient to
carry the wit into full:, execution; and all
officers in command of o,ch forces shall,
on demand of the acting*vernor, ren
der military aid and assilsn
tace in the •
administration of the gevet,nniebt and
protection of life and property and ad
ministration of justice.
MINISTER FROM ARC:METIER :REPEBLIW.
Senor Garcia presented his credentials
to the President today, as Minister of
the Argentine' Republic. In response to
his address the President said: Mr. Gar
cia, I Welcome you as the diplomatic
representative of the Argentine
in this country. It shall be my endeav
or during your mission to reciprocate
, the kind sentiments which you express on
behalf of your Government, and its desire
to strengthen: those relations of friend
ship and commerce which now unite
both nations. I notice that your letter
of credence is signed by your predecee- •
sor, now the Chief Magistrate Of the Ar'
gentine Republic. The personal and of
ficial character which he maintained
while here warrants the assumption that
in selecting you as Minister of that Re
public he was actuated by his usual dia.! ,
cretion and had no reason to apprehend
that your career would not justify his
choice. A similar confidence is enter
tained by me.
MARSHAL FOR WESTERN DISTRICTOF PA.
A special says the President informed
Hon. 43. J. Dickey this morning that he
had not settled upon any appointments
for Pennsylvania except that of Mr.
Murdock, United" States Marshal for the
Western District. He has ordered Mr.
Murdock's name to be sent to the Sen
ate. The other appointments for Penn
sylvania will not be considered by the
President for several days. •
NEWS BY CABLE.
LBy Telegraph to the L'lttatanth Gazette.] -
LONDON, March I7.—The annual con
test for the championship between the
Oxford and Cambridge Universities eight
oared boat crews took place this after
noon and resulted , in a victory for Ox
ford by four lengths. The race, over a
distance of about five miles, from Put
ney down the Thames, was rowed la
twenty minutes and six and a half sec
Large meetings have been held in
Dublin and Belfast, at which petitions to
the Queen agalust the disestablishment
of the Irish Church were adopted.
MADRID, March 17.—General Prim an
nounced to the Cortes yesterday that thif
Monarchists were. prepared -With their
candidate for the throne. Hiq name will
be announced soon.
MADRID, March 11.-:-The Cortes has
appointed four permanent Committees
to supervise the bustores of the Asiem-
My. It is said the draft of the new Con
stitution, which is to be submitted to the
Cortes, establishes complete civil and re
ligious liberty, but retains Catholicism
as the religion of the State. .
A serious disturbance, growing out of
the opposition of the people to military
conscription, is reported in Andalusia.
At Xeres and Montana barricades were
erected and there was some lighting be
tween the people and the troops. In the
latter place two men were killed and six
wounded. ICo disorder has occurred in
Cadiz. Minister Sagosta has advised the
Cortes not to enforce the conscription.
Members of the Cortes, without distinc.
of party, have offered their assistance
and support to the government to main
lain public order at any cost. _
BERLIN, March 16.—A bill has passed
the Parliament securing freedom of
speech in all the districts of Germany.
HAvicsA, March 17.—The United States
flag ship Contoocook, Admiral Huff, sail
ed to-day on svcrnise.
FINANCIAL AND COMMERCIAL.
-LONDON, March 17.—Evening—Con
solo for money, 93; for account 944;
5.20'5, 83%. Stocks firm; Erie, Illi
nois, 96X. Tallow 498. 3d. . Sugar 395.
fid. Linseed OLI £3O 10s. Calcutta Lin
seed 608. • •
ANTWERP. March 17.—Petroleum 55f.
holders ask 504.
FV.ANKVOST, March 17.—Bonds dull at
87 L .
IVNIIPOOL, March 17.—Cotton quiet;
Middling Uplands at 12®1234d; Orleans,
12V,@)12%d; sales of 8,000 bales. Califor
nia white wheat 9s. 10d; red western, Bs.
9d. Flour 235. 6d. Corn 305., Tor old, 295.
3d. for new. , Oats 88. sd. Barley 6s.
Peas 41s. Cheese 788. Bacon 625. 6d
Petroleum unchanged. Tallow 468
Turpentine 31s. Linseed 011 £32. Lin
seed Cakes £lO 10s., 10 pounds 15s. ,
Georgia and the Amendment.-
(By Telegraph to the Pittsburgh Gazette.)
ATLANTA, March 17.—The Senate to
day took up. the fifteenth amendment,
and st,motion to indefinitely postpone re
sulted in a tie vote,
17 to 17. Benj. F.
Conley, the Republics*" President of the
Senate, having the casting vote,voted yea.
Governor, aullock to-day issued.= ex
ecutives:der setting .iorth
that he has
received information of the voluntary
absenteeism of a large number of mem
bers of the House; in order , to ,prevent a
quorum. and 'that as no appropriation
bill for the year 1889 has yet been per
fected or submitted to bim, It is ordered
that no money shall be paid to members'
00 account of per dein" ormileage until
an appropriation billis peifecteCiad re
.oeives his approvul.
Railroad Acadent 1n Diaetnulette.
(BiTelegragh to Os Pittsburgh Gazette.)
• SPRiltpiLtILD, March 17.- 7 11te atter.,
noon express trainirout Boston for New
York vict this city bad a narrow nape'
fp:m.oo;4ms accident, in I::insentience
of `a broken rail, while running at full
aDeed, one mile Suit of-Paltuer. The en
gine paaged - in difety, but two baggage
and four passenger oars were thrown off
and dragged twenty rode. pne of the
baggage oars was turned bottom tilde up.
Fortunately, of the two hundred and .
fifty persons in the train, no one was se.
Timely injured. The rail was broken by
a large took which fell ow it from sledge
a b ove and then bounded to the other
side of the road.
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' 4 T •k r 1 - H i t i t o e th s in e g a T e d w o .h tt i h w t a h s e a ; ( l r u y est q iu u t e i s l i l o e n for o 7
1 ill [1- law, namelY: Where is the power oar
si move!. under`the Constitution? Dir. Car
penter then Made . some argument to
show that the President has no constitu
tional right to rernovo a 'public officer,
• except by and with the advice and con•
sent of the Senate. There were, he said,
a few maxims of conStitutional laW so
elementary and obvioukhat they Were
often forgotten. Among these were some
which bore , airectly on the question
under discuision. It should"be remem
bered, first, that the Goverment of the
United States, and its .several \depart
ments and officers, possess no power not
expressly granted or resulting by neces
sary implication from the words of some
express grant in the Constitution.
If the , administration of the Goin\
ernment disclosed any deficiency of
necessary power in any department of
the Government, the remedy was by
amending the Constitution. The mere
distiovery of the defect did not authorize
the department to assume needed power.
If the President might usurp powers,
because they seemed to him necessary;
he would soon become the people's mas
ter, ,instead of their servant. There
were but two provisions of the. Constitu
tion applicable to the determination of
the extent of the power of the President
in appointing and removing from office.
The first wee authorizing the President
to appoint Ambassadors and other offi
cers, for whose appointment the Consti
tution itself did not provide. This pro
vision contemplated two things, nomina
tion and appointment. The nomination
.was to be made by the President alone;
the appointment by and with the con
sent of the Senate. There being no ex
press provision for removal, that power
was evidently to be regarded as a mere
incident of the powers of appointment,
it 'being necessary that a vacancy should
exist before it could be filled. Then,
since the power of appointment did not
belong to the President alone, but to him
And to the Senate,,the conclusion was in
evitable that other powers implied in
this power of removal also belonged to
the President and Senate together, and;,
not to the President alone, and, there
fore, that the President could not consti
tutionally make removals during the re
cess of the . Senate. This view
seemed to be sustained by the
other provisions authorizing the
President fetid. a vacancy that may hap
pen during the recess, and by implica
tion denying be has power to create va
cancies when the Senate isnot in session.
In conclusion he said it was the duty of
the Senate to preserve this law, because,
if once repealed, no matter how great
the necessity for it might be at any ft-.
ture time, it Probably could never be re
enacted. Re would rote for its suspen-
Bien, because he thought it required cer
tain modifications which could not be
. this• session, and net at all for
the reason given by other Senatora, that
if tho law was left in force it would em-,
barrass the President, because he did not
berieVe that with the la* or- without it
the President would have any right to
make removals during the recess of the
Mr. MORTON thought all the argu
ments in favor of the law far-fetched,
based Solely on technical grounds, and
sufficiently answered by the history and
practice of the government for seventy
eight years. The position of Senators
who made long and ingenious argu
ments to allow the constitutionality,
wisdom and necessity of the law, and
then . announced they were willing to
suspend it, reminded him of, the well
known gentleman who was strongly in
favor of the Mollie liquor law, but op
posed to its enforcement, (Laughter.]
At four the Senate, on motion of Mr.
DRAKE, went into Executive Session•
and soon after adjourned.
cyci,ocx. A. 31.
SENATE: Tenure- of-Ofilce Act
—Further Discussion Without .
Action—The Case of Georgia.
HOUSE :° Important Omission
in the Enrollment of Appror
priatioallin of Last Session-
An Animated Debate.
lßy Telyitraelt to the Pittsbergh Gazette. /
WeeditNOTON,. March 17, 1860.1
A memorial of - the citizens :of Texei.
protesting against the organization of
State government and suggesting tile
State be divided into several States or
Territories, was referred to the Judicial l y
The bill to enforce the fourteenth
amendment in Georgia, with an amend
mint, was reported from the Judiciary
The same Committee reported back the
names of Joshua Hill and H. V. Miller,
claiming to be Senators from Georgia. i
with a recommedation that they lay on
the table until action was taken on the .1
joint resolution relative to Georgia. •
The bill granting land to a railroad
from the southern boundary of Kanhas
to the Pacific Ocean was referred to ;he
Committee on Public Laiads.
The bill relating to the.,Freedmea's ,
Bureau was referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs. It provides lor the
edntinning of the educational and Col- I
lection departments until January 1, 1870.
The bill providing the mode of settle
meat of certain claims was referred to
the Committee on Judiciary. It pro-
vides for the appointment of two addi
tional Judges of the, Court Of Claims,
whereupon the Chief Justice shall des
ignate any three of the Judges to consti
tute a chamber of Indian Claims, tol ad
judicate claims against the United
States of the Cherokee,Creek, Seminole,
Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes, growing
out of any treaty or stipulation made
with them by the Government.
A Bill granting lands in aid of New Or-
leans, Mobile and Chattanooga Railroad
was referred to Committee on Public
A bill granting lands in Florida to aid
in the rebuilding of the Pensacola and
Louisville Railroad was referred to the
Committee on Public Lands.
—A. bill dizectinir, the..Postmester Gener
al to contract with the he* Hari-
Antwerp Steamship Steamship Company was Intro
A joint resolution prescribing the mode
of procedure by State Legislatures In
ratifying the Constitutional Atuendments
was introduced and laid on the table.
A resolution was adopted requesting
of the President copies of correspondence
between Buchanan and Cass as to the
policy to be pursued to avert the' then
A joint resolution relative to alight
houses on the coast of Oregon was rammed.
A joint resolution allowing the ,New
foundiand Telegraph Company to land
cables on American soil was taken up.
An amendment applying the bill to all
other Cable Companies was discussed.
At the expiration of the morning hour
the bill repealing the Tenure-of-Office act
was taken up.
Mr. EDMUNDS argued agalest' it.
Mr. THAYER offered a substitute for
the pending bill, plroviding that the act
regulating the tenure of certain civil
officers is hereby made and declared to
be inoperative and void from and after
the passage of this act; provided, how
ever. that the President shall report to
the Senate, within ten days froth the be
ginning of each session, all the appoint
ments made by him during the preced- 1
ing recess of the Senate which require
confirmation by the Senate. • ' . I
Mr. SHERMAN spoke briefly in favor
of the repeal of the act. He considered
the true constitutional principle to be
that the President has power to make
absolute removals from office during a
• recess of the Senate, but can only make
temporary appointments to fill such
venzincies, to be confirmed or rejected by
the Senate at its nextsession. The great
reason •for passing the Tenure of-Office
was that President Johnson sought by a
trick to evade. and did in many cases,
this Constitutional provision. If it should
be found necesaary, Congress Might en
act a civil servibe law, general in its
provisions, and thus, might guard against
the abuse of Executive powei, by im
proper removals. If it was right to sus
pend a law for 'a year. it was of course
equally so to repeal it, If the law were
repealed for a year General Grant.
might, if be choose, remove eVerybody.
now,: 7n . office, and after that should
be. 'done, how could Congress deny
the same right to succeeding adminietra
tions. The public opinion of the coun
try demanded the repeal of the law.
The House of Representatives, which
had concurred with the Senate in passim;
it, had already manifested its wdlint
netts to repeal the law, the occasion for t
having passed. The Senate, in oontdde
ing the question of repeal, was really
sitting as a judge in its own case, and if ,
it insisted upon Abe law in foroe, it might
plausibly be accused of, doing so from
a design to maintain Or itself exoeptional
powers, conferred upon it.two years ago
.meet . a .special emergency, , now hap-
Idly passed away. The Senator from
Vermont (Mr. Edmunds) had spoken
much of the danger to the liberty of the
country' from the 'love of power in the'
EXAMItiVO; but it should be remembered
that Senators were no more willing thin
the President to yield up poWer once ob.
tained. He (Mr. Sherapm) thought it
wrong to refer, in the discussion- of this
question, to the character , of General
Grant, or hie wishes on the subject. The
Senate was not required to: grant hint
say epeeist favor, but only to p ut, him In
this respect upon the ranee Rioting with
all other Prealdenti, • from Washington
to Johnsen. : •
Mr. COLE, spoke in advocacy of the
s u bstitute.
Mr. CARPENTER said, owing prob
ably to his inexperience In legislative de
bate, he was surprised at the course of
this discussion. Mneh bad beep - said
about the high character and great ser
vices of Gen. Grant. Noon° appreciated
them more highly than be, but they had
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
The Secretary of the Treasury was di
rected to state the present condition of
the St. Loins Custom House.
Tile resolution extending the time for
taking testimony in contested elections
The Indian "
appropriation bill was
made the special .arder for to-morrow.
A. joint resolution supplging• omis
sions in the enrollment of some of the
general appropriation bills of last sesslon
was reported. One of them requires the
bonded warehouse owners to reimburse
the Government fur salaries of Store
Mr. BLACK argued against the bon
ded warehouse proposition.
Mr. BUTLER, Mass., explained and.
advocated the proposition, which he said
had been unanimously agreed upon by
the Committee of Conference at three
o'clock on the morning of the 4th of
March, and which was at that hour the,
law of the land. But it being a matter
which took one million five hundred
thousand dollars out of the of
whisky dealers, of oourse thep r ovi s i onii
dropped out in the enrollment of the bill.
He, didn't know who was to blame.
Mr. WASHBURNE, Wisconsin, asked
whether he meant to charge that it was
Mr. BUTLER, in reply, recited - the
anecdote of the fool, who told the miller
he knew the miller's hogs were always
fat, but didn't know on whose corn they
Mr. WASHBURNE remarked that it
was a very serious matter. If the enroll
ing clerks were guilty of the offense, it
should be known, and he hoped the gen
tleman from Massaithusette 'Would take
means to have it made known.
Mr. BUTLER said he did not know
who was; responsible. He was informed
that it was en accident which had hap
pened over and over again In former
tionjresses. did not think it.proper
to use the merits of the question
now. n t had been the law, but either
through a blunder or aoethlng weiree,
the law had been altered.'
Mr. llCHENOK.defended the enrolling
clerk from any impntlition on his integ.
rlty. The principal enrolling cleric.
whom he knew to be a worthy (Meer,
had informed him that he and the other
clerks had been working fir forty eon
seOntive hours mid were comPlelfgY ex*.
Intuited when the Conference report on
this particular appropriation bill was
sent to them from widen to make up Mal•
eralhums in enrolling. The report as
dresented to them was confused and.
ifficultAto ho understood, and hence the
clause in question had Wen overlooked.
Ho (hir. Schenk) had no knowledge of
undertooktem, being in the bill, but , tie
to say from his knowledge of
the principal enrolling clerk, that ,he wan
as incapable of having designedly omit;
rod anything proper to he inserted In 0
bill attany member of the House, 11
matter', who: Be protested - againt!t.. l !!:
such' Ingislatts in appropriation Dills
and argued Particularly against return- - I
to the system of making inspectors crea
tures tind tools of distillers. •
Mr. BUTL ( 1.:11 held up the manager
ship of the • onference Committee, and -
called attention to the omitted para. -
graph, which he said Was underscored
with heavy lack lines. He also coin-
mented on the Let that tug opposition
to the resolution C9lllO from the Chair- ,
man of the Committee on Ways and
Means, from the gentleman from Ken
tucky, -( Mr. Beck,) who represented one
of the largest distilleries in the United
States, from the Chairman of the Commit
tee on Enrolled Bills,
who made a point of order upon it, .
whose duty it way to see that. the bill
was properly enrolled. . , ••
Mr. SCHENCK explained' toil easily
Ruch a mistake might be made, without
imputing any improper design, l and re
marked that so far as he knew of the offi
cers of tbe House and members "of the
Coininittee on Enrolling Bilks. theY,'Were -
at least as little likely to attempt to com
mit fraud on anybody as the,gentlernan
from Massachusetts. The , gentleman
might talkaboat the necessity of_impos.
ing more and more tax on distilled spir
its and tobacto, but all he had to say was
that Congress' had fixed what ,that tax
was to be. The people should know
by general system how much tax °
is charged on whisky and•how much on
tobacco, and not have to go to apprOpria- •
tion bills to find out what additional bur
dens are imposed on these articles.
Mr. HOLMAN replied to the remark
of Mr. Butler, that the suggestion was
entirely unworthy of any\g lt-w e i n:. i leman
occupying a seat on the floor. as the
first time m his experience that y gen
tleman had thought proper to 'couple , '
such a mistake with the presuniption
that by any possibility it might have
beon the- result of design to defeat the •
will of Congress by corrupt dealing in '
the enrollment of an act. . He did not
I know by what authority or command of
position the gentleman from Massachu
setts indulged in such insinuation. The '
intimation was not.only false, but - could
only have been suggested by a willing- , \
new to perpetratejust such a .fraud on
the legislation of the country.
Mr. , DAWES remarked the Committee
on Appropriations had looked into the
matter and found no occasion to intimate
lack of integrity on the part of any offi
cers connected with the enrollment of .
Mr. ,KNOTT argued the proposition
to impose additiohal burdens on manu
facturers of whisky and tobacco was bad • •
faith on the part of Congress. : , '
Mr. ALLISON believed the present ,-
tax was sufficiently high, without im
posing additional burdens; bat still he
should Tote to make the correction, be
cause both Houses agreed to the parer
graph. It could be repealed, if it was
deemed right to do so.
Mr. LYNCH moved to amend the par
agraph by, making it apply only to In
ternal Revenue Bonded Warehouses.
Mi. DEWEES presumed there would
be no objection to the amendment.. .
Mr. ALLISON said there would be.
Mr. LYNCH explained the omitted
paragraph was intended only to apply to
the revenue warehouses, but its lan
guage was broad enough to make It ap- ,
ply to custom warehouses.
Mr. SCHENCK proposed that when the
House was called on to correct a blunder
of a clerk, it correct also a .blunder of
legislation. Such a provision should not
have been in an appropriation bill. The
reduction of the tax on Whisky had •
worked:well, and should not be affected
in such a *ay. Last year the tax had
produced $13,000,000, but now it was pro
ducing at the rate of po,oomoo a year.
The Goyernmertt could, therefore, well
afford to pay' its' own officers to do its
own business. The fact that it wasdoing
so now had probably had much to do
.with the larger collection of revenue
from that source. He protested against •
this whole system of legislation in appro- • _
priation bills about taxes, about offices.
about finances, and about everything
Mr. BUTLER said that the 'question
was whether an enrollitig clerk, by sect- •
dent or design, , should , be, allowed to
change a law taking Millions from the
treasury; and whether, when It comes
back to the House for correction, there
can be a lobby brought into requisition
to prevent such correction. He did not
know that there was a lobbying pressure
in favor of keeping this provision , out of
Mr. SCHENCK—WiII the gentleman
state from what source that pressure
comes, and on whom it has been di
rected? - -
Mr. BUTLER--Every man can see as
well as I can see: every man can under
stand as well as I can understand; and I,
am not to be diverted from any Orgill:1164
by any attempt to get up,a aide issue.
Mr. SCHENCK—No side issue at an. •
The gentleman intimated that there le a -
lobby here pressing to prevent this para.
graph being put back. I wantldm to re
duce this flying of his, if he, dare. to the
shape of a direct charge againitioybody.
Mr.. BUTLER-4 dare Staid Up for the
Treasury of the United, States. ..The gen
tleman from Ohio has high courage to •
stand up for tho whisky ring:The coun
try may judge between-us. - , ' 3
Mr. ; SURRIWK—The gentleman may
. ... ,_
state that which he knoWit to De uhlrue ,
if he knoWeetayth_lPg Omit it.' -
Mr. BlFrL.F..R.,&teuppftd--,tbe result
would beihat Ire abonld, get into some
such discuss/Cu l'Undetsuind the gen-
tleman froinaltio - thoroughTY: I know
all his ink: and out!, . eLokeosto day he .
shall have them ,lnvestlitatod, when he
desires it. ' ''' ' ' "
Mr. BOBBINCI.K.—Wheti yonplease.
Mr. BUTLER — 1., *balk - take care
ball be done. ',
Mr. SORIIINOR.-4ust when you please.
Mr. BUTLER-0-BM let us not be di
verted font this obis Anestion. find that
the clerk who d item in
the eriroliment'of the bill hes heen, bo
lero thequestion came up in the House.-
stati Ws case to. SOO CheinOlil of She
Committee of 'Weys and Means, and
~h as found an advocate in him'.
Mr. SOFIENUK—I never beard of the
case before that clerk came to my seat,
while the 'gentleman from •Masembu
setts" was making an abusive attaok upon
him, somebody.. doing whet hilL
own colleague (Mr Dawes ) admits , was
nothins but an accident: •• - ,
Mr. BUTLER --I am confined to par
liamenutry language, and yet I hive not
received It. I made no abusive attack'
on anybody. I stated the facts, and I
state them again. At three o'clock in
the morning this - provision was in the
law; at five o'clock it was not in the law.
There was a million and a half doller a
year interested in having it fail, and it
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