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By unanimous consent, Mr. Caswell was granted an indefinite leave of absence. And then

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

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 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. Banning: The petition of Henry J. Drysdle, to have the charge of desertion removed from his military record ;

Also, the petition of Captain W. J. Lyster, to be reimbursed for the loss of personal property destroyed by fire at Camp Supply, Indian Territory, on July 1, 1877; to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Also, papers relating to the petition of Michael Colloty, for a pension; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Blackburn: The petition of Elias C. Boudinot, of the Cherokee Nation of Indians, for relief; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Buckner: Papers relating to the Saint James Mission land. grant; to the Committee on Private Land-Claims.

By Mr. Rush Clark : Papers relating to the petition of Jonathan Rob. erts, for a pension; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Cravens: Papers relating to the claim of Bishop E. Fitzgerald, for property taken by the United States Army; to the Committee on War-Claims.

By Mr. Culberson : The petition of S. J. Davenport, for pay for serv. ices rendered as a fireman, engineer's department, House of Representatives, during the months of January, February, and March, 1877; to the Committee of Claims.

By Mr. Ellis: Papers relating to the claim of G. Alfred Hall, for commissions on sales of confiscated property in New Orleans; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Fenn: A paper relating to the establishment of a post-route from Lewiston, Idaho Territory, to Wallowa, Oregon ;

By Mr. Finley: A paper relating to the establishment of a post-route from Ashland to Mifflip, Ohio: to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads.

By Mr. Gunter: Papers relating to the claim of Pryor N. Lea, for res. cuing three United States soldiers from a sand-bank in the Mississippi River and for caring for them during their sickness ;

By Mr. Hunton: Papers relating to the claim of P. H. Hoof, for prop. erty taken by and furnished to Uuited States troops;

Also, papers relating to the claim of Valorous G. Austin, of similar import; to the Committee on War-Claims.

By Mr. Ketcham: The petition of Alexander Ray, of Washington, District of Columbia, to be refunded certain taxes erroneously assessed and collected of him; to the Committee for the District of Colambia.

By Mr. Knott: The petition of John J. Elliott and 5 others, late United States soldiers, for pay for horses lost in the military service; to the Committee on Military Affairs.

By Mr. Leonard : Papers relating to the claim of John Orsborne, for property taken by the United States Army; to the Committee on War-Claims.

By Mr. Lockwood: The petition of 500 citizens of Western New York, for the repeal of the national banking act, the resumption act, and to make greenbacks a legal tender; to the Committee on Banking and Currency.

By Mr. Luttrell: The petition of D. B. Woolf and others, of California, for the establishment of postal savings-banks;

By Mr. Manning: A paper relating to the establishment of a postroute from Senatobia, by way of Hillsdale, to Longtown, Mississippi; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads.

By Mr. McKenzie: The petition of J. Clark, for a pension;
By Mr. Pollard : The petition of Daniel A. Martin, for a pension;

By Mr. Reed: The petition of John Thomas, for a pension; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Reilly: Two petitions of citizens of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, for the repeal of the resumption act; to the Committee on Banking and Currency.

By Mr. Ryan: Papers relating to the claim of David Morrow, for property destroyed by United States troops; to the Committee of Claims.

Also, three petitions from 242 citizens of Kansas, respecting the disposition of the lands known as the Sac and Fox diminished reservation; to the Committee on the Public Lands.

By Mr. Schleicher: Papers relating to the claim of Thomas Kearney, for losses sustained while in the revenue service of the United States; to the Committee of Ways and Means.

Also, papers relating to the claim of Duncan, Reddington & Company, for Indian depredations; to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

By Mr. Sinnickson : The petition of William H. Warner, for a pension; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Vance: Papers relating to the claim of Albert Fuller, for the use of a patent by the United States;

Also, papers relating to the application of Moses Marshal, for an extension of a patent on a knitting machine; to the Committee on Patents.

Also, a paper relating to the bill granting C. W. Hughes a pension; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Walsh: Papers relating to the claim of Robert Warner for carrying the United States mail;

By Mr. Alpheus S. Williams: Papers relating to the claim of Henry K. Sanger, for services rendered as United States depositary at Detroit, Michigan; to the Committee of Claims.

By Mr. Young: Papers relating to the survey of the port of Memphis, Tennessee; to the Committee on Commerce.

On motion of Mr. Knott, by unanimous consent, the Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from the further consideration of a memo. rial and bills of the House of the following titles, viz:

Memorial of L. Madison Day; to the Committee of Claims.

I. R. 499. A bill to amend section 27 of chapter 2, Title II, of the Revised Statutes of the United States; to the Committee of Elections.

H. R. 458. A bill giving the Court of Claims jurisdiction to hear and determine the claim of William T. Pate and Silas Q. Howe; to the Committee of Ways and Means.

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

Resolved, That the Clerk of the House be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to pay to Richard M. Bowler, out of the contingent fund of the House, $120 for services rendered as laborer in the House post-office during the months of October and November, 1877.

Mr. Waddell, by unanimous consent, from the Committee on the PostOffice and Post-Roads, reported a bill (H. R. 1496) for the relief of George H. Giddings, accompanied by a report in writing thereon; which bill was read twice, referred to a Committee of the Whole House, and, with the accompanying report, ordered to be printed.

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

By Mr. Haskell: A bill (H. R. 1497) for the relief of Alexander J. Mueller, of Allen County, Kansas; to the Committee of Claims.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1498) amendatory of section 3009, cbapter 8, of the Revised Statutes of the United States, and providing for the payment of duties upon imports in gold and silver, and United States legal-tender notes; to the Committee of Ways and Means.

By Mr. Ryan: A bill (H. R. 1499) to provide for an examination and survey of the Arkansas River from Fort Smith up to the mouth of the Little Arkansas River; to the Committee on Commerce.

By Mr. Garfield: A bill (H. R. 1500) authorizing and directing the Secretary of the Interior to place the name of Zephaniah Crubaugh, late a private in Company D, One hundred and fourth Ohio Volunteers, on the pension-roll; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Schleicher: A bill (H. R. 1501) for the relief of William Log. necker ; to the Committee on War-Claims.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1502) for the relief of Ella P. Murphy; to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1503) for the relief of Thomas Kearney, collector of customs for the district of Corpus Christi; to the Committee of Ways and Means.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1504) to equalize promotion among officers in the line of the Army; to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1505) for the relief of Mrs. Harriet R. Alsbury; to the Committee on War-Claims.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1506) to provide for cheap transportation of freight between tide-water, on or near the Atlantic Ocean, and the Ohio and Mis. sissippi Valleys; to the Committee on Railways and Canals.

By Mr. Morgan: A bill (H. R. 1507) for the relief of Daniel Lester;

Also, a bill H. R. 1508) for the relief of James B. Russell ; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Chalmers: A bill (H. R. 1509) authorizing the Secretary of War to purchase and attach to the National Cemetery of Vicksburg the Grant-Pemberton monument at Vicksburg, Mississippi ; to the Committee on Military Affairs.

By Mr. Hunton: A bill (H. R. 1510) for the relief of Job n Q. Larman, Joseph L. Harley, and Thomas P. Sparks; to the Committee of Claims.

By Mr. Sapp: A bill (H. R. 1511) to provide for cheap transportation of freight between the tide-water, on or near the Atlantic Ocean, and the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys, by constructing a railway from a point at or near the city of New York to the city of Council Bluffs, in the State of Iowa, and branch roads to connect therewith; to the Committee on Railways and Canals.

By Mr. Cobb: A bill (H. R. 1512) appropriating $250,000 for the improvement of the Wabash River; to the Committee on Commerce.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1513) for the relief of Catherine Harris; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

Also, a bill (H. R. 1514) appropriating $150,000 for the improvement of White River; to the Committee on Commerce.

On motion of Mr. Harry White, by unanimous consent, the Committee on Military Affairs was discharged from the further consideration of a bill of the House of the following title; and the same was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions, viz:

H. R. 849. A bill for the relief of Abraham Alstead, late a second lieutenant of Company A of the Fifty-fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers.

On motion of Mr. Garfield, the Committee on the Rules was discharged from the further consideration of the following resolution, and the same was referred to the Committee of Accounts, viz:

Resolved, That Frank M. Schell be, and he is bereby, appointed a messenger of the House of Representatives for the Forty-fifth Congress, with an annual salary of $1,200, to be paid out of the contingent fund of the House, for service in the Special Committee on the Revision of the Electoral Law, the Special Committee on Ventilation, and such other special committees as may be ordered by the House.

Mr. Mills, by upanimous consent, presented a preamble and resolution of the Texas State Grange, in favor of making the Commissioner of Agriculture a Cabinet officer; which were ordered to be printed in the Record, and referred to the Committee on Agriculture.

Mr. Cobb, by unanimous consent, from the Committee on Mileage, to which was referred the bill of the House (H. R. 650) providing for the payment of mileage to members of Congress for attendance upon extra or called sessions of Congress, reported the same, with an adverse recommendation, accompanied by a report in writing thereon.

Ordered, That the said bill do lie on the table and the accompanying report be printed.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Sympson, one of their clerks : Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed, without amendment, a bill of the House of the following title, viz:

H. R. 1220. An act to provide for certain deficiencies in the pay of the Navy and the pay of the Marine Corps, and for other purposes.

The Senate have passed a bill of the House of the following title, viz:

H. R. 902. An act making appropriations for the support of the Army for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1878, and for other purposes;

with amendments; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of the House of Representatives.

The Senate have passed bills of the following titles, viz:

S. 192. An act providing for the printing and distribution of the Biennial Register;

S. 291. An act to remove the political disabilities of Charles W. Field, of King George County, Virginia; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of the House of Representatives.

On motion of Mr. Atkins, by unanimous consent, the bill of the House (H. R. 902) Army appropriations, with the amendments of the Senate thereto, were taken from the Speaker's table and referred to the Com. mittee on Appropriations, not to be brought back on a motion to reconsider.

The regular order being demanded, the Speaker stated 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,
When further amendments were submitted as follows, viz:
By Mr. Aldrich;
By Mr. Stenger;
By Mr. Rush Clark.

Mr. Cummings, Mr. Hubbell, and Mr. Deering submitted modifications of amendments heretofore submitted by them.

Ordered, That the said bill and amendments be printed. After debate, Mr. Rainey, from the Committee on Enrolled Rills, reported that the committee had examined and found duly enrolled a bill of the House of the following title, viz:

H. R. 1220. An act to provide for certain deficiencies in the pay of the Navy and the pay of the Marine Corps, and for other purposes.

When
The Speaker signed the same.

The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House executive communications; which were referred as follows, viz:

A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting a communi. cation from the Treasurer of the United States, containing information called for by House resolution of the 6th instant, in relation to gold coin and gold bullion, &c., in the Treasury; to the Committee on Banking and Currency and ordered to be printed.

Also, a letter from the Secretary of the Interior, in answer to a House resolution of the 9th instant, relating to the commission sent to the Osage Indians; to the Committee on Appropriations.

By uvanimous consent, leave was granted Mr. Horace Davis to with. draw from the files of the House papers in the case of J. H. Merrill.

By unanimous consent, leave of absence was granted to Mr. Pollard for ten days.

Mr. Hubbell submitted a further modification of the amendment here. tofore submitted by him to the bill of the House (H. R. 805) to repeal the third section of the act entitled "An act to provide for the resumption of specie payments."

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Rules be directed to take into consid

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