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By Mr. Landers: The petition of George Spindler and 1,100 others, of Hartford, Connecticut, for an increase of the salaries of letter-carriers; to the Committee on the Post Office and Post-Roads, when appointed.

By Mr. Luttrell: Papers relating to the petition of John A. Sutter, for compensation for land owned by him in California and held under Mexican grants, which was settled upon and occupied by settlers from the United States under the plea that it was public land, after the conquest of California, and indemnity for the seizure and destruction of live stock by emigrants from the United States; to the Committee on Private Land-Claims, when appointed.

Also, a paper relating to the establishment of a post-route from Suisun City to Colliersville, California; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads, when appointed.

By Mr. McMahon : The petition of Frederick Draught, late of Company A, Eighty-second Regiment New York Volunteers, for the removal of the charge of desertion ; to the Committee on Military Affairs, when appointed.

By Mr. Morse: The petition of the letter-carriers and of 15,000 citi. zens of Boston, Massachusetts, for an increase of the salaries of said carriers ; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads, wben appointed.

By Mr. Norcross : Papers relating to the claim of Milton B. Cushing; to the Committee on Naval Affairs, when appointed.

By Mr. Page: A paper relating to the establishment of a post-route from San Andreas, via Mount Ranch, to Sheep Ranch, California;

By Mr. Phillips : The petition of the letter-carriers of Leavenworth, Kansas, for an increase in their salaries;

By Mr. Reed: The petition of the letter-carriers and citizens of Portland, Maine, that the salaries of letter-carriers be increased;

By Mr. William W. Rice: The petition of F. H. Dewey and other citizens of Worcester, Massachusetts, of similar import;

By Mr. Riddle: The petition of Mattheas Wright and others, of Fentress County, Tennessee, for cheap telegraphy;

By Mr. George D. Robinson: The petition of Emerson Wight and 1,200 other citizens of Springfield, Massachusetts, for an increase of the salaries of letter-carriers; to the Committee ou the Post Office and Post-Roads, when appointed.

Also, the petition of West, Stone & Company, and others, of Springfield, Massachusetts, for the repeal of the bankrupt law; to the Committee on the Judiciary, when appointed.

By Mr. Ross : The petition of the letter-carriers and other citizens of Elizabeth, New Jersey, for an increase of the salaries of letter-carriers; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads, when appointed.

By Mr. Singleton: The petition of Joseph R. Shannon, for compensation for the steamer W. Burton;

Also, the petitions of Joe. L. Denson, Dr. J. C. Denson, Latham and Lawhorp, Paschal D. Hammock, John J. Ritch, Johu L. Smith, R. H. Bustin, Wilborn Thrash, and John W. Morgan, all of Scott County, Mississippi, for compensation for property taken by the United States Army; to the Committee on War-Claims, when appointed.

By Mr. A. Herr Smith: The petition of citizens of Lancaster, Pennsyl. vania, for an increase of the salaries of letter-carriers;

By Mr. Springer: The petition of the letter-carriers and other citizens of Springfield, Illinois, of similar import; to the Committee on the Post Office and Post-Roads, when appointed.

Also, the petition of Seth Driggs, a claimant under the treaty of April 25, 1866, between Venezuela and the United States, for relief; to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, when appointed.

By Mr. Amos Townsend : The petition of William H. Morris and 31 other letter-carriers of Cleveland, Ohio, for an increase of salaries of letter-carriers;

Also, the petition of H. G. Sunith and 10,000 others, citizens of Cleve. land, Ohio, of similar import; to the Committee on the Post Office and Post-Roads, wben appointed.

By Mr. Townshend : The petition of Francis B.Thompson, for compensation for services rendered the United States as surgeon of the Fiftysixth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry; to the Committee on Military Affairs, when appointed.

By Mr Vance: A paper relating to the establishment of a post-route from Ivy, North Carolina, to Flag Ponds, Tennessee, via California Creek; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads, when appointed.

Also, the petition of James Roberts and Noah Roberts, that they be paid the amount due Martin Roberts, deceased, for services rendered the United States by him during the revolutionary war; to the Committee of Claims, when appointed.

By Mr. Wait : The petition of Charles T. Almy and other citizens of Connecticut, for cheap telegraphy;

By Mr. Walker: The petition of the letter-carriers of Richmond, Virginia, for an increase of their salaries; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads, when appointed.

Also, the petition of the workingmen of Richmond, Virginia, that the wages of mechanics employed on public buildings and navy-yards throughout the country, and in the Government Printing Office, at Washington, may be restored, and for the enactment of such laws as will prevent unjust discrimination in fixing the salaries of one class of Government employés upon a basis of liberal compensation, while that of mechanics and laborers employed by the Government is regulated upon a basis of the lowest market rate, as affected by great commercial depression; to the Committee on Education and Labor, when appointed.

By Mr. Watson : The petition of letter-carriers and citizens of Erie, Pennsylvania, for an increase of the salaries of letter-carriers ;

By Mr. Alpheus S. Williams: The petition of the letter-carriers of Detroit, Michigan, of similar import; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads, when appointed.

Also, the petition of Elizabeth B. Custer, widow of the late General George A. Custer, that she be paid $3,000 unjustly recovered from her father's estate by the United States; to the Committee of Claims, when appointed.

Also, the petition of the heirs of James Corbett, late a private in Com. pany H, Sixteenth Regiment Michigan Infantry, for a pension; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions, when appointed.

By Mr. Jeremiah N. Williams: A paper relating to the establishment of a post-route from Midway to Indian Creek, via Pine Grove and Mount Level, Alabama; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads, when appointed.

By Mr. Albert S. Willis : The petition of R. A. Robinson, and other citizens of Louisville, Kentucky, for the immediate repeal of the bank. rupt law; to the Committee on the Judiciary, when appointed.

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

Mr. Speaker: I am directed to notify the House that the Seuate have adopted the following resolution, viz:

Resolved, That a select committee, consisting of seven Senators, be appointed, whose duty it shall be to take into consideration the state of the law respecting the ascertaining and declaration of the result of the election of President and Vice-President of the United States, and that said committee bave power to report by bill or otherwise; and that said committee have power to confer and act with any committee of the House of Representatives that may be charged with the same subject.

The Speaker then stated the regular order of business to be the consideration of the resolution submitted by Mr. John T. Harris, as a substitute for the motion of Mr. Hale, that James B. Belford be sworn in as a Representative from the State of Colorado, pending which the House last adjourued. After debate,

On motion of Mr. Wood, Ordered, That when the House adjourns it adjourn to meet on Wednesday next.

Mr. Wood moved to reconsider the rote by which the motion was agreed to, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

By unanimous consent, the following resolutions were submitted, read, considered, and agreed to, viz:

By Mr. Schleicher:

Resolved, That a select committee of eleven members be appointed by the Speaker, whose duty it shall be to consider the civil service of the United States and measures to promote its efficiency, and that the committee shall have leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Schleicher moved to reconsider the vote by which the resolution was adopted, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

By Mr. Southard :

Resolved, That a committee consisting of eleven members be appointed, whose duty it shall be to take into consideration the state of the law respecting the ascertaipment and declaration of the result of the election of President and Vice-President of the United States, and that said committee have power to report by bill or otherwise, and to confer and act with the committee appointed on the part of the Senate charged with the same subject.

Mr. Southard moved to reconsider the vote by which the resolution was adopted, and also mored that the motion to reconsider be laid on tbe table; which latter motion was agreed to.

By Mr. Samuel S. Cox:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Navy be directed to report to this House what action has been taken, if any, in the navy-yards of the United States in regulating the hours of labor; and whether such action has been in derogation of or compliance with section 3736 of the Revised Statutes, which requires that eight hours shall constitute a day's work for all laborers, workinen, and mechanics who may be employed by or on behalf of the Government of the United States.

Mr. Samuel S. Cox moved to reconsider the vote by wbich the resolution was adopted, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; wbich latter motion was agreed to.

By Mr. Garfield:

Resolved, That the House documents of the Forty-fourth Congress not yet distributed be delivered to members of the present House, except one copy of each document to be delivered to the former mem. ber.

Mr. Garfield moved to reconsider the motion by which the resolution was adopted ,and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

By unanimous consent, leave of absence was granted as follows, viz:
To Mr. John B, Clarke, until Monday next;
To Mr. Martin I. Townsend, for one week.

By unanimous consent, leave was granted for the withdrawal from the files of the House of papers in the following cases, viz:

By Mr. Riddle: Papers in the case of Mary E. Campbell, for reference to the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions, when appointed.

Also, papers in the case of J. D. Bond & Brother, for reference to the Committee of Claims when appointed.

And then,

On motion of Mr. Knott, the House, at 4 o'clock and 5 minutes p. m., adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 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. John H. Baker: The petition of Mrs. Mary Bar and others, that she be granted a pension;

Also, the petition of Robert M. Widney, for a pension ;

Also, the petition of William H. Replogle, that he be granted a pension from the date of his discharge to the date of bis enrollment as a pensioner;

Also, the petition of Erasmus A. Corckett, for a pension; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions, when appointed.

Also, the petition of Alexander M. Vinnedge, to be relieved from the charge of desertion; to the Committee on Military Affairs, when appointed.

Also, the petition of Charles C. Reynolds, postmaster at Milford, Indiana, to have refunded to bim the amount paid to the United States Government for postage-stamps which were stolen from the post-office at said town; to the Committee of Claims, when appointed.

Also, the petition of James Collins, Nelsou Austin, and Hector Phillips, of La Grauge County, Iudiana, late members of Captain Hall's scouts, of the One huudredth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, for compensation for extra-bazardous services rendered during the late war; to the Committee on War-Claims, when appointed.

By Mr. Banning: The petition of Hon. B. M. Moore and 26 others, of Cincinnati, Ohio, for the removal of all taxes upon matches; to the Committee of Ways and Means, when appointed.

By Mr. Bell: The petition of Joel A. Billups, executor of John Billups, deceased, for compensation for property purchased by United States Army officers; to the Committee of Claims, when appointed.

By Mr. Boyd : The petitions of the letter-carriers and of other citizens of Peoria, Illinois, for an increase of the salaries of letter-carriers; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads, when appointed.

Also, the petition of Joseph F. Wilson, for indemnity for dispossession of certain lands in Elkhart County, Indiana, through the agency of United States officials; to the Committee on Private Land-Claims, when appointed.

By Mr. Brentano: The petition of the central body of the uniteil trade unions of Chicago, Illinois, signed by its officers, and of 6,132 persons residing in the States of Illinois, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, Obio, Pennsylvania, and California, that the homestead law be changed so as to bring its benefits within the reach of the poorest citizen of the country, either by incorporating in this law a clause affording help to actual settlers for the first year, and making the assistance so furnished a loan at a low rate of interest for ten years, which may be made a prior lien on the homestead and its improvements, or such amendment of the law as will give the desired relief; to the Committee on Appropriations, when appointed.

By Mr. Brogden : The petition of Sophia B. Moore, for compensation for resin and turpentine seized by the United States authorities at New Berne, North Carolina, in 1862; to the Committee on War-Claims, when appointed.

By Mr. Buckner: The petition of J. D. McGill, for pay for advertising the sale of the United States navy-yard at Philadelphia, in the Georgetown (District of Columbia) Courier ; to the Committee on Naval Affairs, when appointed.

Also, the petition of William H. Newman and L. A. Van Hoofman, for compensation for the use of their mills in Alexandria, Virginia, dur. ing the war, by the United States; to the Committee on War:Claims, when appointed.

By Mr. Crapo: The petition of James R. Denham and other lettercarriers, and of 150 other citizens of New Bedford, Massachusetts, for an increase of the salary of letter-carriers ; to the Committee on the Post Office and Post-Roads, when appointed.

By Mr. Danford: The petition of Amos Hixon, of Archer, Ohio, for a pension ;

By Mr. Frye: The petition of Emery Pollard, for a pension; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions, when appointed.

By Mr. Flardenbergh: The petition of citizens of Jersey City, New Jersey, that the petition of M. B. Bramhall, for compensation for cotton seized by the United States, be favorably considered ; to the Committee on War-Claims, when appointed.

Also, resolutions of the Board of Trade of Newark, New Jersey, for the repeal of tbe bankrupt law; to the Committee on the Judiciary, when appointed.

By Mr. Hartzell: The petition of James T. Christian and 77 citizens of Illinois, that his name be restored to the pension roll;

By Mr. House: The petition of Abram Moore, for a pension ; to the Committee on Invalid Pensions, when appointed.

Also, the petition of the letter-carriers of Nashville, Tennessee, for an increase of tbeir salaries; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads, when appointed.

By Mr. Hungerford : The petition of citizens of Elmira, New York, for the repeal of the resuinption act; to the Committee of Ways and Means, when appointed.

By Mr. Loring: The petition of E. A. Stocker and 250 other citizens of Salem, Massachusetts, for an increase of the salaries of let .er-car. riers;

Also, the petition of R. B. Reed and others, letter-carriers of Salem, Massachusetts, of similar import; to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads, when appointed.

By Mr. McCook: The petition of George C. Jenks, for compensation for an alleged violation of his rights on the part of the Post Office De. partment in the manufacture and use of drop-letter boxes, with an

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