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Mr. Charles L. Scott

Mr. William N. H. Smith Mr. James H. Thomas
Daniel E. Sickles
James A. Stallworth

John W. H. Underwood
William E. Simms
John W. Stevenson

Zebulon B. Vance
Otho R. Singleton
William B. Stokes

John V. Wright.
William Smith

Miles Taylor
So the second resolution was agreed to.

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

And thereupon Mr. William A. Howard appeared, was sworn to support the Constitution of the United States, and took his seat in the House.

Notices were given, under the rule of motions, for leave to introduce bills, as follows, viz:

By Mr. Duell: A bill for the relief of the heirs of Henry Dela. matter;

Also, a bill for the relief of Jay Crofoot, of the State of New York. By Mr. Burch: A bill granting a registry to the brig Adelaide;

Also, a bill authorizing and directing changes of venue in certain cases in the federal courts in the State of California.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Hickey, their Chief Clerk:

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

S. 274. An act for the relief of Townsend Harris, or his heirs or legal representatives;

S. 281. An act for the relief of D. G. Farragut;
S. 285. An act for the relief of John Brannan; and

S. 441. An act for the relief of the heirs or legal representatives of Jean Hudry; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.

On motion of Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne, Ordered, That the further consideration of the bill of the House (H. R. 114) further to provide for the safety of passengers on vessels propelled in whole or in part by steam be postponed until to-morrow.

Mr. Sherman moved that the House resolve itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

Pending which,

Mr. Sherman moved that the bill of the House (H. R. 503) making further appropriations for the service of the Post Office Department during the fiscal year ending the 30th of June, 1860, be made the special order.

Pending which,

Mr. Campbell called up and claimed that the House should now consider as a question of privilege the report of the Committee of Elections in the Nebraska contested election case.

The Speaker decided that the motions submitted by Mr. Sherman must be first disposed of, the said motions being privileged under the rules, and having been first made.

From this decision of the Chair Mr. Campbell appealed.
Pending which,

On motion of Mr. Phelps,
Ordered, That the said appeal be laid on the table.

The question was then put on the latter motion submitted by Mr. Sherman,

And it was decided in the affirmative.
So the said bill of the House No. 503 was made a special order.

The question was then put on the former motion submitted by Mr. Sherman,

And it was decided in the affirmative.

The House accordingly resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union; and after some time spent therein, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Dawes reported that the Committee having, according to order, had the state of the Union generally under consideration, and particularly the bill of the House (H. R. 503) making further appropriations for the service of the Post Office Department during the fiscal year ending the 30th of June, 1860, had come to no resolution thereon.

On motion of Mr. Sherman, Resolved, That all debate in the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union on the bill of the House No. 503 shall cease in twenty minutes after its consideration is resumed, and the Committee shall then proceed to vote on such amendments as may be pending or offered to the same, and shall then report it to the House with such amendments as may have been agreed to by the committee.

On motion of Mr. Sherman, the House again resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union; and after some time spent therein, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Dawes reported that the committee having, according to order, had the state of the Union generally under consideration, and particularly the bill of the House No. 503, had come to no resolution thereon.

And then,

On motion of Mr. Ashmore, at 5 o'clock and 30 minutes p. m., the House adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 1860.

The following petitions, memorials, and other papers, were laid upon the Clerk's table, under the 24th rule of the House, to wit:

By Mr. Waldron: The memorial of the Chippewa, Ottowa, and Pottawatomie Indians, asking for their proportion of land and money under treaty of September 26, 1833; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

By Mr. Pottle: The petition of one hundred and thirty-seven citizens of the State of New York, praying for pensions to the officers and soldiers of the war of 1812; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Gilmer: The statement of the judge of the superior court of New York city in the case of Amor J. Williamson vs. Daniel E. Sickles; which was referred to the Committee of Elections.

By Mr. Edward Joy Morris: The memorial of the Board of Trade

of the city of Philadelphia, in behalf of Commander M. F. Maury; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

By Mr. Florence: Additional evidence in the case of the surviving children of John White, relative to the payment of arrears of pension; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions.

By Mr. Barrett: The petition of A. W. Fagin and others, manufacturers of St. Louis, Missouri

, asking for a law to prevent the counterfeiting of trade-marks used by the manufacturers of articles not protected by patents; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce

By Mr. John Cochrane: The petition of citizens of the State of New York, praying for pensions to widows of soldiers of the war of 1812; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

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

Resolved, That the Postmaster General be, and he is hereby, requested to communicate to this House, at as early a period as possible, all the facts and circumstances pertaining to the defalcation of Isaac V. Fowler, postmaster, or late postmaster, as the case may be, of the city of New York, stating particularly the time said defalcation commenced; its progress from time to time; when it was first known to the General Post Office Department; the aggregate amount thereof; and, if any, what legal proceeding or prosecution has been instituted against said Fowler by the government on account of said defalcation, and to what amount the government is secured by bond or otherwise.

Mr. Pendleton, by unanimous consent, presented a joint resolution of the legislature of the State of Ohio, on the subject of the Louisville and Portland canal; which was laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.

The Speaker having announced as the regular order of business the bill of the House (H. R. 114) further to provide for the safety of passengers on vessels propelled in whole or in part by steam, heretofore made a special order for yesterday, and postponed until this day

Mr. Hickman made the point of order that the report of the Committee on the Judiciary on the protest of the President of the United States, having been postponed until this day, takes precedence of the said bill of the House No. 114.

The Speaker overruled the point of order.
From this decision of the Chair Mr. Hickman appealed.
Pending which,

On motion of Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne,
Ordered, That the appeal be laid on the table.

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the said bill (H. R. 114); the pending question being on the motion of Mr. Crawford to commit the same to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne moved the previous question; which was seconded and the main question ordered to be put.

On motion of Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne, the vote by which the main question was ordered to be put was reconsidered, and the demand for the previous question withdrawn.

The question then recurring on the motion to commit,
Mr. Crawford withdrew the same.
The question then recurring on the engrossment of the bill,

Mr. Crawford moved to amend the same by striking out the first section of the bill.

Pending which,

Mr. Branch moved to amend the said section by adding at the end thereof the following proviso, viz: Provided, T hat this section shall not be construed to apply to vessels of other countries, nor to any craft employed exclusively in the internal commerce or trade of any single State, except when the same is employed upon the ocean or upon a lake or river whose waters form the boundary or wash the shores of two or more States or Territories, or of one or more States or Territories and a foreign country.

Pending which,

On motion of Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne, all debate on the said amendment was closed.

And the question being put, on agreeing to the amendment submitted by Mr. Branch,

It was decided in the affirmative.
So the said amendment was agreed to.

Mr. Moorhead moved further to amend the 1st section by striking out, in the 5th line, the words "and steamers used as tugs, towboats, or freight boats.''

After debate,

On motion of Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne, all debate on the said amendment was closed, and the said amendment was then agreed to.

Mr. James Craig moved to amend the said section further by adding at the end thereof the following, viz:

And provided, further, That nothing in this section shall apply to ferry-boats plying more than two hundred miles from an inspection office.

Pending which,

Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne moved to amend the said amendment by striking out the words "two hundred," and inserting in lieu thereof the words "four hundred;" which motion was disagreed to.

The question then recurring on the amendment submitted by Mr. James Craig,

Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne moved to amend the same by striking out the words “two hundred," and inserting in lieu thereof the words "three hundred;" which motion was agreed to.

The said amendment as amended was then agreed to.

Mr. McKnight moved to amend the said section further by adding at the end thereof the following proviso, viz:

"Provided, further, That steamers used as tugs, tow-boats, and freight boats, and not employed as passenger steamers, shall be governed by such rules and regulations for meeting and passing steamers and other vessels,

and for exhibiting and carrying lights, as shall be prescribed by the board of supervising inspectors.''

Pending which,

Mr. John Cochrane moved to amend the said amendment by striking out all after the word “- lights,”' and inserting in lieu thereof the words "as govern other steam vessels."

Pending which,
All debate thereon having been closed,
The said amendment to the amendment was disagreed to.
The amendment submitted by Mr. McKnight was then agreed to.

Mr. Humphrey moved further to amend the said section by striking out all after the word “steamers," in the 3d line, to the word "shall,” in the 5th line; which motion, debate thereon having been closed, was disagreed to.

Mr. Riggs moved further to amend the said section by striking out all after the word “that," in the 24th line, to and including the word "passengers," in the 25th line; which motion was agreed to.

Mr. Edwards moved further to amend the said section by striking out the first proviso in the original bill; which motion was agreed to.

Mr. Peyton moved further to amend the said section by adding at the end thereof the following words, viz:

Provided, That if any tiller rope is used, composed in whole or in part of hemp or any other combustible material, on any steamboat navigating the rivers of the United States, in lieu of the metal chains or rods now required by law for steering said boats, the said rope shall be protected from the pilot-house to the tiller by a metallic casing containing a proper nonconductor of heat, in sufficient thickness, in the opinion of the inspector, to prevent the combustion of said rope long enough for all practical purposes on said boat; and if any master or owner shall violate the provisions of this section, they shall pay for each trip the sum of three hundred dollarsone half for the use of the inspectors, the other half for the use of the United States."

Debate having been closed thereon,
The said amendment was disagreed to.

The question then recurred on the motion of Mr. Crawford to strike out the 1st section.

And being put, it was decided in the negative.

Mr. Crawford moved that the bill be recommitted to the Committee on Commerce.

Pending which,

Mr. Sherman moved that the further consideration of the pending bill be postponed until to-morrow.

Pending which,

Mr. Crawford moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the House refused to strike out the 1st section.

Pending which,

Mr. Sherman moved the previous question on the motion to postpone; which was seconded and the main question ordered, and under the operation thereof the further consideration of the bill was postponed until to-morrow.

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