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RULES AND PRACTICE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
IN WHICH IS ALSO INCLUDED
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
WITH THE AMENDMENTS THERETO,
AND SO MUCH OF JEFFERSON'S MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY
PRACTICE AS UNDER RULE XLIV GOVERNS THE HOUSE;
STANDING RULES AND ORDERS FOR CONDUCTING BUSINESS IN THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ;
TABLEB SHOWING COMMENCEMENT AND TERMINATION OF EACH SERSION OF CONGRESS WIT)
AND OTHER MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTEREST.
HENRY H. SMITH, JOURNAL CLERK OF THE HOUSE DE REPRESENTATIVES OF TIJE U. S., Under the act of March 3, 1877, and the resolution of the Hours
of October 1, 1890. THIRTEENTH
D SESS. 51st Coxg.
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1890, by
HENRY H. SMITH,
In the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.
The compiler deems it proper to again call attention to the fact that the general plan observed in the last (twelfth) edition of the Digest bas been followed in this volume for the reason therein stated, i. e., that uniformity of arrangement of matter in a work of this character is of the first importance, and, except for manifest reasons, should not be changed.
The Constitution of the United States, with the very copious foot and marginal notes referring to decisions of the Supreme Court as published in the second edition of the Revised Statutes-prepared by Mr. Boutwell--and also such as have been rendered since his compilation down to and including those reported in the 111th United States Supreme Court Reports, together with a very full analytical index, is republished.
Jefferson's Manual, together with considerable new matter by way of addenda, giving in brackets or foot notes the present rules and general practice of the Senate (pp. 101 to 192); a table showing the commencement and termination of each session of Congress, together with the names of each Speaker and Clerk (pp. 193 to 196); a table showing the population of the United States as determined by the Eleventh Census, compared with the population as shown by the Ninth and Tenth Censuses (pp. 197 to 199); together with a supplemental table (p. 285) showing the apportionment and ratio under each census, with references to the statutes, with extracts therefrom; a table showing the apportionment of Representatives in Congress from 1787, including the apportionment under each census and the formation of States and Territories (pp. 198, 199); a diagram of the Hall of the House, showing the seats of members
(pp. 202, 203); a list of the Representatives and Delegates of the House (pp. 204 to 214); a list of the standing and select committees for the present session (pp. 215 to 232); tables showing the contents of the volumes comprising the Annals of Congress (p. 282), Congressional Debates (pp. 360, 361), Congressional Globe (pp. 361, 365), Congressional Record (pp. 365 to 368), arranged by years and Congresses; a list of impeachment trials in Congress and the British Parliament (pp. 426 to 430); a table showing the sessions of Congress convened at times other than the date fixed by the Constitution (p. 560); a table giving a list of the extra sessions” of Congress convened by the President (p. 561); a list of the special sessions of the Senate of the United States from 1789 to 1889 (p. 561); the “ Bowman” and “Tucker” acts relating to claims before Congress (pp. 314 to 320); an important decision by Judge Dyer relating to the privileges of members under section 6, article 1, of the Constitution (pp. 460 to 464); a table showing the contents of the twenty-five volumes of the Statutes at Large (p.583); a statement showing the qualifications of voters in the several States (p. 592), a list of the contested election cases in the present House and the action taken thereon up to the date of publication (p. 604), and a table show. ing the political division of parties in the House of Representatives in the Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses, the lastnamed Congress being unofficial (p. 606), are also published as matters of general interest and convenient reference.
In view of the greatly increased interest in recent years in respect to parliamentary law and practice, due mainly to the steady increase of representation in Congress, especially in the House of Representatives, together with the vast increase of business-the result of the rapid growth and development of the country—the compiler has, at the request of numerous members of the House, prepared (p. 402) a sketch or summary of the constitutions of, and practice in, the principal foreign legislatures or parliaments, excepting that of Great Britain, the manuscript of which was unfortunately mislaid or lost at a time when it was impossible to replace it without unduly delay ing the publication of this volume. It will appear in the next edition, with a more carefully prepared summary of the most