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of continuing the construction of canal and locks at the Cascades of the Columbia River in the State of Oregon; to the Committee on Commerce.

Also, a joint resolution (H. Res. 35) correcting the Army records of Captain George D. Hill, United States Army;

By Mr. Phillips: A bill (H. R. 1170) to repeal section 1258 of Revised Statutes, 1873; to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1171) for the relief of tbe Delaware Indians, in accordance with treaty-stipulations ;

Also, a bill (H. R. 1172) to authorize the payment to the Delaware Indians the amount awarded to them under the provisions of the treaty of July 4, 1860; to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

By Mr. Haskell: A bill (H. R. 1173) for the relief of Joseph B. Pratt;

Also, a bill (H. R. 1174) for the reappointment of George W. Smith, of Kansas, second lieutenant Ninth Cavalry, late captain Eighteenth Infantry, to be captain Eighteenth Infantry with his relative rank and grade in the Army from August 15, 1861, provided he is not to receive any pay or allowances for the time he was out of the military service, (June 15, 1866, to August 6, 1873;) to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1175) grauting a pension to George Silvers, private Company E, Fifty-seventh Regiment United States Volunteers; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1176) for the relief of Mrs. 0. F. Short, of Kansas; to the Committee of Claims.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1177) to provide for the sale of certain New York Indian lands, in Kansas; to the Committee on the Public Lands.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1178) for the relief of Charles S. Wilder;

Also, a bill (H. R. 1179) authorizing the appointment of a commissioner and the settlementof the claims of certain citizen of Kansas named therein; to the Committee of Claims.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1180) for the relief of Elkanah Huddleston; to the Committee on Military Affairs.

By Mr. Wren: A bill (H, R. 1181) for the relief of William Haydon; to the Committee of Claims.

By Mr. Welch: A bill (H. R. 1182) to establish the Territory of Lincoln, and to provide a temporary government therefor; to the Committee on the Territories.

By Mr. George Q. Cannon: A bill (H. R. 1183) for the relief of R. M. Thomas; to the Committee of Claims.

By Mr. Jacobs: A bill (H. R. 1184) explanatory of section 1889 of the Revised Statutes of the United States, and to ratify and confirm certain territorial legislation, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1185) for the payment of certain Indian-war bonds of the State of California; to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1186) to provide for the continuation of the improvement of Smoke River, in Washington Territory; to the Committee on Commerce.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1187) for the relief of A. D. Fisher, of Washington Territory; to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Also, a bill (11. R. 1188) amendatory of the laws relating to the entry of coal-lands; to the Committee on the Public Lands.

By Mr. Kidder: A bill (H. R. 1189) to extend the time one year for presenting the claims of Dakota volunteer forces as examined and re. ported upon by General Hardie, under special act of Congress approved February 20, 1874, to the proper accounting officers for approval and payment; to the Committee on War-Claims.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1190) authorizing the legislative assembly of the Territory of Dakota, by general incorporation acts, to permit persons to associate themselves together as bodies-corporate for the transportation of freight and passengers by land or water; to the Coinmittee on the Judiciary.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1191) for the relief of James E. Macklin, lieutenant Eleventh Infantry, United States Army; to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1192) to permit any person, except when such persou may have sold or assigned a claim upon which he has filed his declaration of intention to use his right of pre-emption on different tracts of land until he shall have made final proof and payment, and to repeal section 2261 of the Revised Statutes; to the Committee on the Public Lands.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1193) to extend the jurisdiction of the district and circuit courts of the United States for the punisbment of crimes over Indian reservations within the limits of any State or organized Terri. tory ; to the Committee on the Revision of the Laws of the United States.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1194) for the relief of Charles A. Luke: to the Committee on Military Affairs.

By Mr. Fenn: A bill (H. R. 1195) to provide for negotiations with Cour d'Alene Indians, and making appropriations for their use and benefit;

Also, a bill (H. R. 1196) to provide for the occupancy of missionary stations on Indian reservatious; to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Also a bill (H. R. 1197) to protect bona fide settlers upon the unsurveyed public lands in the Territory of Idaho ;

Also, a bill (H. R. 1198) to create one additional land-district in the Territory of Idaho; to the Committee on the Public Lands.

Also, a memorial of the legislative assembly of the Territory of Idaho, for appropriation for a military road from Fort Boise to Fort Lapwai, Idaho Territory; to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Also, a memorial of the legislative assembly of Idaho Territory, in relation to the Portland, Dalles and Salt Lake Railroad; which was referred to the Committee on the Pacific Railroad, and ordered to be printed in the Record.

By Mr. Corlett: A bill (H. R. 1199) for the relief of certain settlers in the Wind River Valley, Wyoming Territory. to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1200) for the location of a military wagon-road from Green River City, Wyoming Territory, to the Yellowstone National Park, and to Fort Ellis in Montana; to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Also, a bill (A. R. 1201) making an appropriation for the purchase of a law library for the use of the courts and the United States officers in the Territory of Wyoming; to the Committee on the Territories.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1202) defining and protecting the possessory rights of parties to lands and mining claims the title of which is in the United States; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Tucker : A bill (H. R. 1203) for the relief of John Kelly, of Alleghany County, in the State of Virginia ; to the Committee on War-Claims.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1204) making an appropriation for a Government building to be used as a post office, court-house, and bonded warehouse, at Lynchburg, in the State of Virginia; to the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds.

By Mr. Americus V. Rice : A bill (H. R. 1205) for the relief of Mary N. De Haven ; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Gibson: A bill (H. R. 1206) for the relief of the Touro Almshouse in New Orleans ; to the Committee on War-Claims.

By Mr. Martin : A bill (H. R. 1207) for the relief of James E. Merri. field, late musician in the Fifteenth West Virginia Volunteers ; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1208) for the relief of Philip Pendleton, late paymaster United States Army; to the Committee on War-Claims :

By Mr. House: A joint resolution (H. Res. 36) to so amend the Con. stition as to limit the Presidential term to a single term of six years; to the Select Committee on the Revision of the Laws Regulating the Counting of the Electoral Votes for President and Vice-President.

By Mr. Morrison: A bill (H. R. 1209) for the relief of the legal repre. sentatives of John W. Gall, deceased, late of Company A, One hundred and thirtieth Regiment Illinois Volunteers ;

Also, a bill (H. R. 1210) for the relief of Charles Volier, late of Com. pany M, Seventh Regiment of Illinois Cavalry; to the Committee on War-Claims.

By Mr. Vance: A bill (H. R. 1211) to place John Brown upon pensionrolls; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Muldrow: A bill (H. R. 1212) for the relief of Allen, West & Company, of Mobile, Alabama; to the Committee of Claims.

By Mr. Blount: A bill (H. R. 1213) making an appropriation available for ante-bellum mail-contractors; to the Committee on Appropriations.

By Mr. Samuel S. Cox: A bill (H. R. 1214) for the relief of Robert C. Murphy, of Washington, D. C., late United States consul at Shanghai, China; to the Committee of Claims.

By Mr. Ligon: A bill (A1. R. 1215) making an appropriation of $250,000 for the improvement of the Coosa River between the junction of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers and the point where the Salma, Rome and Dalton Railroad crosses said river in the State of Alabama; to the Committee on Commerce.

By Mr. Evins: A joint resolution (H. Res. 37) to authorize the Secre. tary of War to issue certain arms to the Washington Light Infantry of Charleston, South Carolina; to the Committee on Military Affairs.

By Mr. Ballou : A bill (H. R. 1216) for the relief of the heirs of Asbury

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By Mr. Cole: A bill (H, R. 1217) to establish a branch of the mint of the United States at Saint Louis, Missouri ; to the Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures.

Mr. Stepbens, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee of Accounts, viz:

Resolved, That the Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures be, and it is hereby, authorized to employ a clerk at the usual rates of compensation, to be paid out of the contingent fund of the House of Repre. sentatives.

Mr. Stephens, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolu. tion; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:

Resolved, That John T. Chauncey be continued in the service of this House as heretofore until otherwise ordered, and that he be paid as heretofore.

Mr. Stephens moved to reconsider the vote last taken, and also mored that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

On motion of Mr. Stephens, the Committee on the Rules were discharged from the further consideration of the bill of tbe House (H. R. 282) prescribing the form of credentials of Representatives elect, and directing the manner in which the roll of the House of Representatives shall be prepared ; and the same was referred to the Committee of Elections.

Mr. Stephens moved to reconsider the vote last taken, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Mr. Cbalmers, by unanimous consent, submitted a resolution to create an additional standing committee on the improvement and commerce of the Mississippi River and its tributaries; which was referred to the Committee on the Rules.

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

A RESOLUTION asking for certain information from the Secretary of the Interior relative to the commission sent by that department to the Osage Indian Nation in July, 1875:

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and is bereby, requested to inform this House, at bis earliest convenience, first, when and for what purpose said commision was appointed and what persons composed the same; second, what compensation was agreed to be paid the members of said commission; tbird, what was the character of the labors performed by them and the amcant of compensation charged and received by them.

Mr. Neal moved to reconsider the vote last taken, and also mored that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Mr. Keifer, by unanimous consent, presented the petition and memorial of John A. Warder, president of the American Forestry Association, and others, a committee of the American Nurserymen's Association, appointed at its meeting in Chicago, Illinois, June 23, 1877, on the subject of forestry and tree-planting in the United States; which was

referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and ordered to be printed in the Record.

Mr. Keifer also, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (A1. R. 1218) to authorize the appointment of a commission to Europe to report on forestry and tree-planting in that country; which was read twice, ordered to be printed, and referred to the same committee.

Mr. Patterson, by unan.mous consent, submitted the following resolu. tion ; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, viz:

Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to in. quire into the expediency of so amending the law that but one form of oath shall be administered to Representatives in Congress, and that they report by bill or otherwise on or before the first Monday of Decem ber next.

Mr. Waddell, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1219) to establish a board of admiralty for the merchant marine and to improve said service; which bill was read twice, ordered to be printed, and referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Brentano, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolu. tion ; wbich was referred to the Committee on Reform in the Civil Service, viz:

Resolved, That it is in the interest of good government and a reformed system of civil service that all officers in the civil service of the United States who, in compensation for their services as such receive a salary of at least $2,500 and upward, shall devote their whole time to the performance of their official duties, and shall not be permitted to carry on any other business of any pature whatsoever.

Mr. Americus V. Rice, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read, cousidered, and agreed to, viz:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, respectfully directed to report to this House, within ten days from the passage of this resolution, the exact amount in detail of actual gold coin and gold bullion now in the Treasury; the kind and amount, in detail, of all outstanding obligations payable on demand in gold; the kind, character, and amount, in detail, of all items counted as coin in the Treasury, as published in the public-debt statement for November 1, 1877, with the actual gold owned by the government available for the resumption of specie payments, after deducting all such demand obliga. tions, together with the accrued interest on the public debt up to and including the date on which such report is made to this House.

Mr. Morse, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution ; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce, viz:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Trea, ury be requested to communicate to the House of Representatives, as early as possible, full and complete statements of the trade and commerce, on land and by sea, of the United States with the British Possessions in North America in the years 1875 and 1876, with information of the amount of duties levied on articles the growth and product of said territories on their entry into the other; and such ipforination as may be in his power of the effect of such duties on the trade and commerce and on the internal carrying trade of the United States by land and water, and such other information as to the effect of such existing duties on the commerce of the great lakes and the Saint Lawrence River, and on the pavigation interests of the United States on the high seas, whether, as compared with the former reci. procity systein between said territories, or a more extended or modified application of a reciprocity system as he may be able to furnish.

On motion of Mr. Eden, by unanimous consent, the Committee on,

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