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for leave to introduce a bill granting a pension to General James Co, of Van Wert, Ohio, for services in the war of 1812.
On motion of Mr. J. Morrison Harris, at 4 o'clock and 30 minutes p. m., the House adjourned.
TUESDAY, MAY 29, 1860.
The following petitions and memorials were laid upon the Clerk's table, under the 24th rule of the House, to wit:
By Mr. Van Wyck: The petition of the heirs of Mary Clearwater, praying for a pension under the act of July 4, 1836;
Also, the petition of the heirs of George J. Denniston, praying full pay for two years' services of the said George J. Denniston as an assistant quartermaster in the revolutionary war.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.
By Mr. Van Wyck: The petition of Sarah Bacon, widow of M. Bacon, praying for a pension; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.
Also, the petition of the children of Hannah Dubois, widow of John Dubois, praying for a pension; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions.
By Mr. Davidson: The memorial of B. F. Taylor and other officers of the mint at New Orleans, praying for further legislation in relation to their powers and duties; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.
By Mr. Noell: The petition of George P. Doan, administrator of W. A. Linn, praying for relief; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary:
By Mr. Hoard: The petition of F. E. Hassler, administrator of F. R. Hassler, praying indemnification for losses sustained while superintendent of the United States coast survey; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.
By Mr. J. Morrison Harris: The memorial of Henry M. Fitzhugh, administrator of William Fitzhugh, asking compensation for losses incurred in the revolutionary war; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.
By Mr. Landrum: The petition of H. H. Womack, praying for the payment of six hundred and seventy-four dollars and eighty-seven cents alleged to be due him by the United States government; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.
By Mr. Edwards: The memorial of Ward Marston and other marine officers, praying for the allowance of arrearage of pay; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.
By Mr. McKean: The petition of Julius Pierce, praying for certain amendments to the bounty land laws; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.
Mr. Theaker, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined and found truly enrolled a bill of the following title, viz:
H. R. 5. An act making appropriations for the support of the Military Academy for the year ending the 30th of June, 1861.
On motion of Mr. Niblack, by unanimous consent, the bill of the Senate (S. 10) in addition to “ An act to promote the progress of the useful arts” was taken from the Speaker's table, read a first and second time, and referred to the Committee on Patents.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Hickey, their Chief Clerk: Mr. Speaker : The Senate have passed a bill of this House of the following title, viz:
H. R. 640. An act for the relief of Wendell Trout; with an amendment; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.
The Senate have also passed a bill of the following title, viz:
S. 450. An act to change the location of the custom-house for the district of Brazos de Santiago from Point Isabel to Brownsville, in the State of Texas; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.
The Senate have disagreed to the amendment of this House to the bill of the Senate (S. 416) to secure homesteads to actual settlers on the public domain, and for other purposes.
The House then resumed, as the special order for this day, the further consideration of the bill of the House (H. R. 646) to secure contracts, and make provision for the safe, certain, and more speedy transportation, by railroad, of mails, troops, munitions of war, military and naval stores, between the Atlantic States and those of the Pacific, and for other purposes; the pending question being on the amendment submitted by Mr. Noell.
After debate, all further debate having been closed thereon,
"Strike out of the first section of the bill all after the enacting clause to the word and inclusive of the word California,' in the 12th line, and insert in lieu thereof the following: • That, to insure the safe and speedy transportation of mails, troops, and public stores from the valley of the Mississippi river to the Pacific coast by railroad, starting from a point on the western border of the State of Texas, between the thirty-fourth and thirty-sixth parallels of north latitude, and thence, proceeding by a single trunk line, by the nearest and best route, to the eastern boundary of the State of California.'"
"Strike out the word 'one,’ in the 32d line of the same section, and insert the word three.' "
And the question being put, Will the House agree thereto?
Mr. John G. Davis submitted an amendment in the nature of a substitute for the said bill.
"Strike out all after the enacting clause down to the twelfth line, inclusive, and insert: That, to insure the safe, certain, and speedy transportation of the mails, troops, seamen, munitions of war, and military and naval stores of the United States, between the Atlantic and Pacific States, by railroad, to wit: One main trunk railroad from the city of San Francisco, in the State of California, along the most practicable route, and through the most eligible passes in the Sierra Nevada and Rocky mountains, to the eastern base of the Rocky mountains, at some point between the thirty-fifth and forty-second parallels of north latitude, and thence with three branches, terminating, one on the western border of each of the States of Iowa, Missouri, and Texas, so as to make the most direct and complete connexion with the railroad system of each of said States respectivety; there be, and is hereby, granted to.”
Mr. Brabson submitted an amendment in the nature of a substitute to the amendment submitted by Mr. John G. Davis.
After debate, And pending the question on the amendment submitted by Mr. Woodson,
Mr. Davidson, from the Committee on Enrolled bills, reported that the committee had examined and found truly enrolled bills and a resolution of the following titles, viz:
S. 49. An act to grant the right of pre-emption to a certain tract of land, in the State of Missouri, to the heirs and legal representatives of Thomas Maddin, deceased;
S. 65. An act for the relief of Mrs. Jane McCrabb, widow of the late Captain John W. McCrabb, assistant quartermaster United States army;
S. 260. An act for the relief of Mrs. Agatha O'Brien, widow of Brevet Major J. P. J. O'Brien, late of the United States army;
S. Res. 8. A resolution relating to the claim of George Fisher, late of Florida, deceased; and
S. 52. An act for the relief of Jeremiah Pendergast. When The Speaker signed the same. The question then recurring on the amendment submitted by Mr. Woodson,
After further debate,
Mr. H. Winter Davis moved that the bill and pending amendments be recommitted to the select committee on the Pacific railroad.
Mr. Curtis moved the previous question; which was seconded and the main question ordered and put, first, Shall the said bill and pending amendments be recommitted ?
87 The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative are
Vr. Green Adams
Mr. Chapin Hall
Thomas Hardeman, jr
Mr. Isaac N. Morris
Thomas A. R. Nelson
Those who voted in the negative are
Mr. Charles F. Adams
Garnett B. Adrain
Mr. Thomas M. Edwards
Thomas D. Eliot
Mr. James B. McKean
So the motion to recommit was agreed to.
Mr. Branch 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.
Mr. Sherman moved that the House resolve itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
Mr. Florence moved, at 4 o'clock and 50 minutes p. m., that the House adjourn; which motion was disagreed to.
The question then recurred on the notion of Mr. Sherman;
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. Tompkins 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. 217) making appropriations for the construction, preservation and repairs of certain fortifications and other works of defence for the year ending June 30, 1861, had come to no resolution thereon.
On motion of Mr. Christopher Robinson, at 5 o'clock and 18 minutes p. m., the House adjourned.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 1860.
On motion of Mr. Thomas,
The roll having been called, the following named members failed to answer to their names, viz:
Thomas L. Anderson, John D. Ashmore, Charles L. Beale, John A. Bingham, Harrison G. Blake, Thomas S. Bocock, John Y. Brown, Silas M. Burroughs, Martin Butterfield, Horace F. Clark, Sherrard Clemens, Clark B. Cochrane, John Cochrane, Roscoe Conkling, Thomas Corwin, John Covode, Samuel S. Cox, Reuben Davis, Henry L. Dawes, William H. Dimmick, Alfred Ely, William H. English, Thomas B. Florence, Augustus Frank, Muscoe R. H. Garnett, Daniel W. Gooch, James T. Hale, Andrew J. Hamilton, George S. Hawkins, William Helmick, Thomas C. Hindman, George W. Hughes, James Humphrey, Albert G. Jenkins, Lawrence M. Keitt, William S. Kenyon, David Kilgore, Charles H. Larrabee, Shelton F. Leake, Henry C. Longnecker, Peter E. Love, Gilman Marston, Charles D. Martin, Elbert S. Martin, John A. McClernand, John J. McRae, W. Porcher Miles, William Millward, William Montgomery, Edward Joy Morris, Isaac N. Morris, Freeman H. Morse, Abraham B. Olin, George W. Palmer, Albert G. Porter, Roger A. Pryor, Alexander H. Rice, James C. Robinson, Albert Rust, Charles L. Scott, George W. Scranton, Charles B. Sedgwick, Daniel E. Sickles, William E. Simms, Otho R. Singleton, William N. H. Smith, Daniel E. Somes, Francis E. Spinner, James A. Stallworth, John W. Stevenson, James A. Stewart, Lansing Stout, Mason W. Tappan, Miles