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By Mr. Glorer: A resolution to enforce administrative economy and reform; to the Committee of Ways and Means. And then

The motion of Mr. Felton was agreed to, and the House accordingly adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1877.

The following memorials, petitions, and other papers were laid on the Clerk's desk, under the rule, and referred as follows, viz:

By Mr. Banks: Papers relating to the petition for relief of Davidson and Davidson's heirs ; to the Committee on Patents.

By Mr. Banning: The petition of Captain P. E. Halcomb, that he be retired with the rank of major; to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Also, the petition of Benjamin Best, that he be refunded the excess of postage, paid by him above the legal rates, ou certain mail matter;

By Mr. Bayne: The petition of 550 business men and firms of Allegheny, Pennsylvania, for an increase of the salaries of letter-carriers; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads.

Also, the petition of 100 members of the Harmonic Colonization Society of Allegheny, Pennsylvania, for aid to enable them to occupy the public lands as homestead settlers, and the petition of 200 citizens of said city recommending that the said petition be granted ; to the Committee on the Public Lands.

Also, the petition of 11 letter-carriers of Allegheny, Pennsylvania, for an increase of salary; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads.

By Mr. Burdick: Papers relating to the private land.claims of the heirs of Rice Jones, in Illinois; to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

By Mr. Carlisle: The petitions of Frank Box, John Brice, James E. Dickey, Ellen English, Thomas A. Frazer, and Henry E. Shawhan; James S. Frizell, David A. Givens, Francis M. Gray, Mary A. Hall, Henry Jobpson, John L. McGhee, Joseph W. McIntosh, Heinrich C. Nebel, William L. Northcutt, F. X. C. Nott, Elizabeth Oxley, admin. istratrix, James J. Parish, John Quinlan, Eliza T. Rankin, executrix, Greenup Remington, administrator, Greenup Remington, Hermann Rohs, John N. Smith, John N. Smith, guardian, Susan Tomlinson, Will. iam W. Trimble, Isaac N. Webb, Charles A. Webster, and Robert C. Wherrett, for compensation for property detroyed by fire at Cynthiana, Kentucky, June 11, 1864, as a military necessity;

By Mr. Chalmers: Papers relating to the claims of Armistead Bar. well, for rent of his property known as the Castle and Manlove House, Vicksburg, Mississippi; for the destruction of the house known as “The Castle,” for the purpose of erecting Fort Castle; and for sugar taken by the United States forces; to the Committee on War Claims.

By Mr. Cole: Memorial of J. V. C. Kames, president of the Commer. cial National Bank, and other merchants and business men of Kansas City, Missouri, for the amendment of the bankrupt law, and remonstrating against its repeal ; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Felton: The petition of A. A. Fletcher, executor of H. G. Cole, for compensation for property used by the United States Army; to the Committee on War-Claims.

By Mr. Finley: The petition of Victorine Mott, for a pension; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Freeman: Papers relating to the claim of W. W. Hubbell, for compensation for the use by the United States of his patents for thun. derbolt shells and fuses; to the Committee on Military Affairs.

By Mr. Henderson: Papers relating to the claim of Martha A. Ashburn, for a moiety as an informer, due her late husband; to the Committee of Claims.

By Mr. Henkle: The petition of Henry M. Hanpon, for compensation for property used and destroyed by the United States;

Also, papers relating to the claim of the heirs of John Walton, for property destroyed by the United States Army; to the Committee on War-Claims.

Also, the petition of W. H. Rogers, that bis claim for property taken by United States authorities be referred to the Court of Claims; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Kimmell: The petition of Elizabeth Wills, for compensation for services rendered the Post-Office Department by her late husband; to the Committee of Claims.

Also, the petition of John Hamilton, for compensation for quartermaster stores taken by the United States Army; to the Committee on War-Claims.

Also, the petition of Magdalin Bodine, for a pension; to the Conimittee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Marsh: The petition of W. O. Ross and others, of Hancock County, Illinois, for the repeal of the resumption act, the remonetization of silver, and the making of greenbacks a legal tender for all dues;

Also, the petition of Thomas Marquis and others, of Viola, Illinois, of similar import; to the Committee on Banking and Currency.

By Mr. McMahon : The petition of the letter-carriers of Dayton, Ohio, for an increase of salary to $1,200; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads.

By Mr. Morgan: The petition of Mrs. Jane Jameson, for compensation for services rendered in taking care of wounded United States soldiers; to the Committee on Military Affairs.

By Mr. O'Neill: Papers relating to the patents of W. W. Hubbell, for fire-arms; to the Committee on Patents.

By Mr. Page: The petition of Andrew J. Worth, to give effect to a warrant of remission of judgment of condemnation in cases where money has been paid the collector of customs before the warrant is issued; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Schleicher: Papers relating to the claim of William Schachardt, for procuring depositions and other documents used by the United States in settling claims with Mexico; to the Committtee on Foreign Affairs.

Also, the petition of Arabella Grover, for compensation for timber taken from her land in Texas by United States troops; to the Committee on War-Claims.

By Mr. Vance: A paper relating to the establishment of a post-route from Mount Sterling, North Carolina, to Casby, Tennessee; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads.

By Mr. Walsh: Papers relating to the claim of James W. Anderson and others, for property used by the United States Army;

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Also, papers relating to the claims of citizens of Williamsport, Mary. land, for property destroyed by United States forces September 17, 1862; to the Committee on War-Claims.

On motion of Mr. Throckmorton, by unanimous consent, the Committee on Indian Affairs was discharged from the further consideration of the bill of the House (II. R. 682) for the relief of Jiles S. Boggess, of Rusk County, Texas, à soldier of the war of 1812, and the same was referred to the Committee on Revolutiouary Pensions.

Mr. Alpheus S. Williams, by unanimous consent, presented a memorial of citizens and taxpayers of the District of Columbia, in relation to affairs of the District; which was referred to the Committee for the District of Columbia, and ordered to be printed in the Record without the names.

Mr. Eden, by unanimous consent, from the Committee on War-Claims, reported a bill (H. R. 1487) making appropriations for the payment of claims reported to Congress under section 2 of the act approved June 16, 1874, by the Secretary of the Treasury; which was read twice, ordered to be printed, and recommitted to the said committee, not to be brought back on a motion to reconsider.

By unanimous consent, bills were introduced, read twice, ordered to be printed, and referred as follows, viz:

By Mr. Finley: A bill (H. R. 1488) granting a pension to Victorine Mott, widow of Peter Mott, late private of Company I, Fifteenth Reg. iment Obio Volunteer Infantry; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Ellis: A bill (H. R. 1489) to authorize the Commissioner of Patents to hear and determine the application of Frederic Cook;

By Mr. Lathrop: A bill (H. R. 1490) to fix the time within which an action for the infringement of a patent or trade-mark may be commenced; to the Committee on Patents.

By Mr. Butler: A bill (H. R. 1491) to give to the Court of Claims jurisdiction of certain claims by the States of the Union against the United States;

By Mr, Conger: A bill (H. R. 1492) to amend section 3477 of the Revised Statutes; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Price: A bill (H. R. 1493) granting a pension to Sally Rogers, the widow of Isaac Rogers, a soldier of the war of 1812; to the Comittee on Revolutionary Pensions.

By Mr. Tipton: A bill (I. R. 1494) to amend the third section of the act entitled (An act to determine the jurisdiction of circuit courts of the United States, and to regulate the removal of causes from State courts, and for other purposes," approved March 3, 1875, and to re-enact section 619 of the Revised Statutes ; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By unanimous consent, resolutions were submitted and rzferred as follows, viz:

By Mr. Mackey :

Resolved, That the Clerk of the House be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to pay, out of the contingent fund, the sum of $40 to Robert Coates, for services rendered in the cloak-room, by authority of the Doorkeeper, from the 6th to the 26th of March, 1877—twenty days, at $2 a day; to the Committee of Accounts.

By Mr. Ellis:

A resolution concerning the amount due Mr. Randall L. Gibson, con. testant in the Forty-third Congress; to the Committee of Elections.

By Mr. Wright:

Resolved; That the Committee on Banking and Currency be directed to inquire into the propriety of so amending the bank-laws as to require in the election of directors the principle of cumulative voting where such law may exist in a State in which national banks are located ; also, as to the propriety of amending said laws so as to limit the efficiency of proxies to six months; to the Committee on Banking and Currency.

By Mr. Blount:

Resolved, That the employés of tbe House of Representatives who have served during the present session of Congress, and who have not taken the oath prescribed by law, shall be paid their respective salaries out of the fund already appropriated for such service; to the Committee of Accounts.

Mr. Peddie, by unanimous consent, presented a memorial of the Na. tional Board of Trade, proposing a bill for the establishment of a depart. ment of commerce; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Martin I. Townsend, as a question of privilege, submitted the following resolution, viz:

Resolved, That the Judiciary Committee be instructed to inquire into the cause of the imprisonment of Hon. Robert Smalls, a member of this House, in the State of South Carolina, and report as soon as practicable whether such imprisonment is or is not a violation of the constitutional privileges of the House.

Pending which, Mr. Butler submitted the following preamble and resolution as an amendment in the nature of a substitute for the foregoing resolution, viz:

Whereas it appears from telegraphic statements in the public news. papers that Robert Smalls, a member of this House, was by the authori. ties of the State of South Carolina arrested on the eve of starting to attend to his duties as a member of this House, for an alleged offense against the laws of the State of South Carolina, committed about four years ago, and before he was elected a member of this House, and held to answer by giving bail for his appearance at the proper court; and that thereafterwards said Smalls appeared at the bar of this House and took the prescribed oath and qualified himself as a member of this House, and then returned to South Carolina to answer according to the tenor of bis recognizance; and whereas it further appears, as aforesaid, that said Smalls is now held in close arrest in jail under the orders of the State court of South Carolina, so that he is hindered and prevented from appearing in his seat here to attend to his duties as a member of this House, and that he is absent without leave of the House: Therefore,

Be it resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be, and they are hereby, authorized and requested to examine into the parliamentary precedents in such cases, and report whether there has been apy invasion of the rights and privileges of this House; whether the detention of said Smalls is legal and justifiable; and wbat, if any, action ought to be taken by the House under the circumstances of this case, and report thereon forthwith; and said committee are further authorized to send for persons and papers, if in their judgment it be necessary to a full and complete investigation of the matter committed to them.

The question being on the amendment;
Pending which,
Mr. Townsend withdrew his said resolution.

The question then recurring on the resolution submitted by Mr. Butler, The same was agreed to. Mr. Butler moved to reconsidər the vote last taken, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Mr. Wood, as a question of privilege, from the Committee of Ways and Means, reported the following resolution, viz:

Resolved, (the Senate concurring,) That the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives be, and they are hereby, directed to adjourn their respective Houses without day on Thursday, the 22d instant, at 6 o'clock p. m.

Ordered, That the consideration of the said resolution be postponed for the present.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Sympson, one of their clerks :

Mr. Speaker : The Senate have passed, without amendment, a joint resolution of the House of the following title, viz:

H. Res. 38. Joint resolution authorizing the payment of Rev. John Poisal, D. D., late Chaplain of the House of Representatives, for the time of his service as such, without taking the oath prescribed by law.

The Senate have passed a bill and joint resolution of the following titles, viz:

S. 289. An act to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to issue a register and change the name of the schooner Captain Charles Robbins to Mippie;

S. Res. 6. Joint resolution fixing a site for the equestrian statue of General Greene; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of the House of Representatives.

The regular order being demanded, the Speaker announced the regular order of business to be the bill of the House (H. R. 805) to repeal the third section of the act entitled "An act for the resumption of specie payments,” and amendments thereto, under the order of the House of the 5th instant.

The House having proceeded to their consideration; Pending which, Amendments were submitted as follows, viz: By Mr. Keifer ; By Mr. Deering; By Mr. Ward. After debate, Mr. Butler, at 4 o'clock and 20 minutes p, m., moved that the House adjourn.

Pending which,

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

H. Res. 38. Joint resolution authorizing the payment of Rev. John Poisal, D. D., late Chaplain of the House of Representatives, for time of his service as such, without taking the oaths prescribed by law.

When The Speaker sigued the same. Mr. Hamilton, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 1495) for the relief of Captain Robert W. Sill, of the Forty-sixth Regiment of Indiana Volunteers; which was read twice, referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed.

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