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On motion of Mr. Sherman, Resolved, That the bill of the House (H. R. 561) making appropriations for the service of the Post Office Department during the year ending June 30, 1861, be made a special order, and that all debate thereon in the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union shall cease in one hour after the committee shall proceed to its consideration; 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 shall have been agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Sherman, the House 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, accordirg to order, had the state of the Union generally under consideration, and particularly the bill of the House (H. R. 564) making appropriations for the service of the Post Office Department during the year ending June 30, 1861, had found itself without a quorum, and that he had caused the roll to be called, when it appeared that the following named members were absent, viz: .
Green Adams,· Garnett B. Adrain, Thomas L. Anderson, William C. Anderson, James M. Ashley, John D. Ashmore, William T. Avery, Elijah Babbitt, Thomas J. Barr, J. R. Barrett, Charles L. Beale, Samuel S. Blair, Milledge L. Bonham, Alexander R. Boteler, John E. Bouligny, William W. Boyce, Reese B. Brabson, Lawrence O'B. Branch, George Briggs, John Y. Brown, Henry C. Burnett, Alfred A. Burnham, Silas M. Burroughs, Martin Butterfield, Horace F. Clark, Sherrard Clemens, Clark B. Cochrane, John Cochrane, Roscoe Conkling. Samuel S. Cox, James Craig. Burton Craige, Samuel R. Curtis, Thomas G. Davidson, H. Winter Davis, Reuben Davis, Daniel C. De Jarnette, William H. Dimmick, R. Holland Duell, Henry A. Edmundson, Alfred Ely, William H. English, Emerson Etheridge, John F. Farnsworth, Reuben E. Fenton, Orris S. Ferry, Stephen C. Foster, Philip B. Fouke, Ezra B. French, Muscoe R. H. Garnett, James H. Graham, John A. Gurley, Chapin Hall, Andrew J. Hamilton, John B. Haskin, George S. Hawkins, John Hickman, Joshua Hill, Thomas C. Hindman, James Humphrey, John Hutchins, Wil. liam Irvine, Albert G. Jenkins, Lawrence M. Keitt, Francis W. Kellogy, William Kellogg, William S. Kenyon, David Kilgore, Jacob M. Kunkel, Lucius Q. C. Lamar, Charles H. Larrabee, Shelton F. Leake, M. Lindley Lee, Dwight Loomis, Peter E. Love, Owen Lovejoy, William B. Maclay, Charles D. Martin, Elbert S. Martin, John A. McClernand, Edward McPherson, John McQueen, W. Porcher Miles, William Millward, William Montgomery, Laban T. Moore, Edward Joy Morris, Freeman H. Morse, John T. Nixon, Abraham B. Olin, George W. Palmer, John J. Perry, John F. Potter, Emory B. Pottle, Roger A. Pryor, John H. Reynolds, Alexander H. Rice, Jetur R. Riggs, James C. Robinson, Albert Rust, Charles L. Scott, George W. Scranton, Charles B. Sedgwick, Daniel E. Sickles, William Smith, Daniel E. Somes, Elbridge G. Spaulding, Thaddeus Stevens, William
Stewart, John L. N. Stratton, Mason W. Tappan, Miles Taylor, Eli Thayer, Thomas C. Theaker, Charles R. Train, John W. H. Underwood, Zebulon B. Vance, Henry Waldron, E. P. Walton, Cad. walader C. Washburn, Israel Washburn, jr., Edwin H. Webster, William G. Whiteley, James Wilson, Warren Winslow, John Wood, John Woodruff, and John V. Wright.
No quorum having answered to their names,
On motion of Mr. Stevenson, at 5 o'clock and 40 minutes p. m., the House adjourned.
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 1860.
Before the journal of yesterday was read,
On motion of Mr. Davidson,
The roll having been called, the following named members failed to answer to their names, viz:
Garnett B. Adrain, Thomas L. Anderson, James M. Ashley, John D. Ashmore, Elijah Babbitt, William Barksdale, J. R. Barrett, Charles L. Beale, John A. Bingham, Samuel S. Blair, Thomas S. Bocock, John E. Bouligny, William W. Boyce, Lawrence O'B. Branch, John Y. Brown, Anson Burlingame, Henry C. Burnett, Silas M. Burroughs, Martin Butterfield, Horace F. Clark, John B. Clark, Sherrard Clemens, Clark B. Cochrane, Roscoe Conkling, John Covode, Samuel S. Cox, Jabez L. M. Curry, Reuben Davis, Henry L. Dawes, Daniel C. De Jarnette, William H. Dimmick, Henry A. Edmundson, Thomas D. Eliot. Alfred Ely, John F. Farnsworth, Thomas B. Florence, Philip B. Fouke, Augustus Frank, Muscoe R. H. Garnett, Daniel W. Gooch, Galusha A. Grow, John B. Haskin, Robert Hatton, George S. Hawkins, Joshua IIill, Thomas C. Hindman, William Howard, John Hutchins, Albert G. Jenkins, Lawrence M. Keitt, Francis W. Kellogg. William Kellogg, David Kilgore, Jacob M. Kunkel, Lucius Q.C. Lamar, Shelton F. Leake, John A. Logan, Peter E. Love, Owen Lovejoy, Charles D. Martin, Elbert S. Martin, John A. McClernand, John McQueen, John J. McRae, W. Porcher Miles, William Millward, William Montgomery, Sydenham Moore, Freeman H. Morse, Abraham B. Olin, George W. Palmer, John J. Perry, James L. Pugh, 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, James A. Stallworth, Thomas C. Theaker, Charles R. Train, Clement L. Vallandigham, Charles H. Van Wyck, Henry Waldron, Cadwalader C. Washburn, William G. Whiteley, James Wilson, Warren Winslow, and John Woodruff.
By unanimous consent, all further proceedings in the call were dispensed with.
Mr. Davidson, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that
Orde.On motioned the same.
the committee had examined and found truly enrolled a bill of the following title, viz:
H. R. 656. An act to grant a pension to Mary J. Harris, widow of Colonel Thomas L. Harris, deceased.
On motion of Mr. Hickman, by unanimous consent, Ordered, That the report of the Committee on the Judiciary on the message of the President of the United States protesting against certain proceedings of the House of Representatives be made the special order for Thursday and Friday next, after the expiration of the morning hour.
Mr. Phelps, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:
Resolved, That the Secretary of War be requested to communicate to the House the report of Lieutenant J. C. Ives, topographical engineers, upon the exploration of the river Colorado of the West.
Mr. Boteler, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be directed to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill making compensation to the members of the board of officers appointed to examine claims contracted in California under Lieutenant Colonel Frémont in 1846 and 1847.
Mr. Landrum, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 802) to revive the act approved March 3, 1823, and the act approved May 26, 1824, supplemental thereto, in reference to the Rio Hondo claims to land in Louisiana; which was read a first and second time, and referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.
Mr. Reynolds, by unanimous consent, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill of the House (H. R. 760) to authorize a change of the place of trial in civil cases in the circuit and district courts of the United States, reported the same without amendment.
Ordered, That the said bill be committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, and printed.
Mr. Reynolds, by unanimous consent, from the same committee, reported a bill (H. R. 803) further to amend the several acts respecting copy-rights; which was read a first and second time, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Reynolds, by unanimous consent, from the same committee, reported a bill (H. R. 804) providing for the punishment of marshals and deputy marshals of the United States, or other ministerial officers, for permitting the escape of prisoners in their custody; which was read a first and second time.
Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed and read a third time. Being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time and passed.
Mr. Reynolds 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.
Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said bill.
On motion of Mr. Hickman, by unanimous consent, Ordered, That the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from the further consideration of the bill of the Senate (S. 241) for the relief of McFarland & Downey, and that the same be laid on the table.
On motion of Mr. John Cochrane, by unanimous consent, Ordered, That leave be granted for the withdrawal from the files of the House of the papers in the case of Henry Fedler, for the purpose of reference to one of the executive departments.
The said papers were thereupon delivered to Mr. John Cochrane.
A message was received from the President of the United States, by J. Buchanan, his private secretary, notifying the House that he did this day approve and sign bills of the following titles, viz:
H. R. 5. An act making appropriations for the support of the Military Academy for the year ending the 30th of June, 1861;
H. R. 394. An act for the relief of Mary J. Maddux;
H. R. 367. An act for the relief of Braxton Bragg and Randall L. Gibson; and
H. R. 640. An act for the relief of Wendell Trout.
Mr. Winslow presented a paper containing a statement of certain proceedings of the select committee under the resolution of March 5, 1860, in regard to issuing a subpæna for certain witnesses before said committee.
The same having been read,
Resolved, That the Speaker be directed to issue his warrant, directed to the Sergeant-at-arms, ordering him to summon the following named persons to appear forthwith before the select committee appointed under the resolution of 5th of March last for the purpose of investigating certain alleged corruptions, viz:
D. S. Kown, Pittstown, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania;
By Mr. Train: “Iam not in the habit of troubling the House much, and I never insist upon speaking when I am clearly out of order. I
should consider myself guilty of gross impropriety, not only as a member of the House, but as a gentleman, if I insisted upon addressing the Chair, and interpolating my remarks when I had no right to the floor."
By Mr. HOUSTON: “I wish to know if the gentleman from Massachusetts applied that remark to me ?”'
By Mr. Train: "I mean exactly what I did say, and I stand by what I said."
By Mr. Houston: “I mean to say that if he applied that remark to me, he is a disgraced liar and scoundrel.”
Mr. Sherman submitted the following resolution, viz:
Resolved, That the gentleman from Alabama, Mr. Houston, be cen. sured for disorderly words spoken in debate.
| Yeas...................... 63 It was decided in the negative, 3,
......... 120 The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present, Those who voted in the affirmative are
Mr. William T. Avery
Thomas J. Barr
Mr Thomas Hardeman, jr. Mr. Roger A. Pryor
James L. Pugh
James M. Quarles
John H Reagan
James C. Robinson
Daniel E. Sickles
William E. Simms
James A. Stallworth
John W. Stevenson
James A. Stewart
James H. Thomas
John W. H. Underwood
Zebulon B. Vance
Edwin H. Webster
William G. Whiteley
John V. Wright.
Those who voted in the negative are
Mr. Charles F. Adams
Mr. Anson Burlingame Mr. Henry L. Dawes
R. Holland Duell
W. McKee Dunn
Thomas M. Edwards
Thomas D. Eliot
William H. English
Reuben E. Fenton
Orris S. Ferry
Stephen C. Foster
Ezra B. French