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the President of the Council and Speaker of the House of vices the same coinpensation as is given for like service Representatives, are hereby constituted a board of com- under the Territorial laws. missioners to carry into effect the provisions of this act, $ 7. And be it further enacted, That the said States and to use all the means necessary and proper to that Kansas, when her admission as a State becomes complet end. Any three of them shall constitute à Board; and and absolute, shall be entitled to one member in to the board shall have power and authority, in respect to | House of Representatives, in the Congress of the Unite each and all of the elections hereby authorized or pro- States, till the next census be taken by the Federal Go vided for, to designate and establish precincts for voting, ernment. or to adopt those already established ; to cause polls to $ 8. And be it further enacted, That the followir be opened at such places as it may deem proper in the re propositions be, and the same are hereby offered to ti spective counties and election precincts of said Territory; said people of Kansas for their free acceptance or rejet to appoint, as judges of election at each of the several tion, which, if accepted, shall be obligatory on the Unite places of voting, three discreet and respectable persons, States and upon the said State of Kansas, to wit: Firs any two of whom shall be competent to act; to require the That the sections numbered sixteen and thirty-six i Sheriffs of the several counties, by themselves or deputies, every township of public lands in said State, and wher to attend the judges at each of the places of voting, for either of said sections, or any part thereof has been sol the purpose of preserving peace and good order, or the or otherwise disposed of, other lands equivalent theret: said Board may, instead of said Sheriffs and their deputies, and as contiguous as may be, shall be granted to sai appoint, at their discretion, and in such instances as they state for the use of schools. Second, That seventy-th may choose, other fit persons for the same purpose ; and sections of land shall be set apart and reserved for th when the purpose of the election is to elect delegates to a use and support of a State University, to be selected b Convention to form a Constitution, as hereinbefore pro the Governor of said State, subject to the approval vided for, the number of delegates shall be sixty, and the Commissioner of the General Land Office, and to they shall be apportioned by said Board among the appropriated and applied in such manner as the Legi several counties of said Territory, according to the num. lature of said State may prescribe for the purpose afor ber of voters; and in making this apportionment, the said, but for no other purposes. Third, That ten enti Board may join two more counties together to make sec as of land, to be selected by the Governor of sa! an election or representative district, where neither of State, in legal subdivisions, shall be granted to said Sta the said counties" has the requisite number of voters to for the purpose of completing the public buildings, or ft entitle it to a delegate, or to join a smaller to a larger the erection of others at the seat of government, unde county having a surplus population, where it may serve the direction of the Legislature thereof. Fourth, Th to equalize the representation. The elections hereby all salt springs within said State, not exceeding twelve authorized shall continue one day only, and shall not be number, with six sections of land adjoining, or as contig continued later than sundown on that day. The said ous as may be to each, shall be granted to said State fi Board shall appoint the day of election for each of the its use; the same to be selected by the Governor there elections hereby authorized, as the same may become within one year after the admission of said State, an necessary. The said Governor shall announce, by pro- when so selected, to be used or disposed of on suc clamation, the day appointed for any one of said electione, terms, conditions and regulations as the Legislature sha and the day shall be as early a one as is consistent with direct: Provided, That no salt springs or land the rig! due notice thereof to the people of said Territory, subject whereof is now vested in any individual or individual to the provisions of this act. The said Board shall have or which may be hereafter be confirmed or adjudged full power to prescribe the time, manner and places of any individual or individuals, shall by this article each of said elections, and to direct the time and manner granted to said State. Fifth, That five per centum of the returns thereof, which returns shall be made to the the net proceeds of sales of all public lands lying with said Board, whose duty it shall be to announce the result said States, which shall be sold by Congress-after the a by proclamation, and to appoint therein as early a day mission of said State into the Union, after deducting a as practicable for the delegates elected (where the election the expenses incident to the same, shall be paid to sa has been for delegates) to assemble in Convention
at the State, for the purpose of making public roads and inte seat of Government of said Territory. When so assembled, nal improvements, as the Legislature shall direct: Pr the Convention shall first determine, by a vote, whether vided, the foregoing propositions hereinbefore offere it is the wish of the proposed State to be admitted into the are on the condition that the people of Kansas shall prUnion at that time, and if so, shall proceed to form a vide, by an ordinance, irrevocable without the consei Constitution, and take all necessary steps for the estab- of the United States, that said State shall never interfe lishment of a State Government, in conformity with the with the primary disposal of the soil within the same. I Federal Constitution, subject to the approval and ratifica- the United States, or with any regulations C:ngress ma tion of the people of the proposed State. And the said find necessary for securing the title in said soil to box Convention shall accordingly provide for its submission fide purchasers thereof, and that no tax shall be impos! to the vote of the people for approval or rejection; and on lands belonging to the United States, and that in i if the majority of votes shall be given for the Constitution case shall non-resident proprietors be taxed higher tha so framed as aforesaid, the Governor of the Territory residents. Siath: And that the said Siate shall nev shall, within twenty days after the result is known, notify tax the lands or the preperty of the United States in the the President of the United States of the same. And State : Provided horcoder, That nothing in this act thereupon the President shall announce the same by pro-admission shall be so construed as to ratify or accept tl clamation, and thereafter, and without any further pro- ordinance attached to said Constitution ; but said ord ceedings whatever on the part of Congress, the admission nance is hereby rejected by the Government of the Un of the said State of Kansas into the Union, upon an equal ted States. footing with the original States in all respects whatever, shall be complete and absolute.
The following are the Yeas and Nays: 8 4. And be it further enacted, That in the elections hereby authorized, all white male inhabitants of said Ter.
YEASTO AMEND OR SCBSTITUTE. ritory over the age of twenty-one years, who are legal
CALIFORNIA.—McKibbin-1. voters under the laws of the Territory of Kansas, and
CONNECTICUT.-Clark, Dean-2. none others, shall be allowed to vote; and this shall be
ILLINOIS. - Elihu Washburne. Farnsworth, Lorejo the only qualification required to entitle the voter to the Kellogg, Morris, Harris, Shaw, Robert Smith, Sam. right of suffrage in said elections. And if any person not Marshall-9. 80 qualified shall vote or offer to vote, or if any person shall vote more than once at either of said elections, or Colfuæ, Case, Pettit-8.
INDIANA.-English, Foley, Kilgore, J. G. Davis, Wil80 shall make, or cause to be made, any false, fictitious or
Iowa.-Curtis, T. Daris_2. fraudulent returns, or shall alter or change any returns of either of said elections, such person shall, upon convic
KENTUCKY.-UNDERWOOD, HUMPHREY MARSHALL-2. tion thereof before any court of competent jurisdiction, be
MAINE.— Wood, Gilman, Abbott, Horse, 1. Was
burne, Foster--6. kept at hard labor not less than six months, and not more than three years.
MARYLAND.-RICAUD, J. M. HARRIS, H.WINTER DAVIS$5. And be it further enacted, That the members of Burlingamo, Davis, Gooch, Knapp, Thayer, Charge
MASSACHUSETTS.- llull, Buffinton, Damrell, Comis the aforesaid Board of Commissioners, and all persons
Dawes - 11. appointed by them to carry into effect the provisions of
IIoward, Waldron, Walvridge, Leachthis act, shall, before entering upon their duties, take an
MISSOURI.-Blair-1.' oath to perform faithfully the duties of their respective offices; and on failure thereof, they shall be liable and
New-HAMPSHIRE.- Pike, Tappan, Craginą. subject to the same charges and penalties as are provided
NEW-JERSEY. -Claroson, Robbins, Adrain—3.
NORTH CAROLINA.-GILMER-1. n like cases under the Territorial laws. $ 6. And be it further enacted, That the officers men. Olin, Dodd, Palmer, Spinner, clark B. Cochran
New-YORK.-Haskin, H. F. Clark, Murray, Thompso tioned in the preceding section shall receive for their sero i Myrse, Mattson, Bennett, Goodrin, Lourd, Grange
Morgan, Pottle, Parker, Kelsey, Andrers, Sherman, | manded the previous question. The call for the
Ou10.--Pendleton, Groesbeck, Campbell, Nichols, previous question was lost by the casting vote Mott, Cockerill, Harlan, Stanton, Hall, Horton, Cox, of the Speaker: 108 to 108. Very much to Shorman, Bliss, Tompkins, Lawrence, Leiter, Wade, the surprise of the House, Mr English, of Indi
PENNSYLVANIA. - E. T. Morris, Owen Jones, Hickman, ana, who had acted with the Anti-Lecompton Roberts, Kunkel, Grow, Edie, Covode, Montgomery | party up to this time, moved that the House Ritchie, Purviance, Stewart, Dick, Chapman.-14. agree to a Conference Committee, and that a
Roope ISLAND. - Durfee, Brayton—2.
committee of three be appointed by the Wisconsin.- Potter, C. C. Washburne, Billinghurst- Speaker to meet a similar committee of the 8.-Total, 120.
Senate, and on this he called for the previous
question, which was ordered. The Yeas and ALABAMA.–Stallworth, Shorter, Dowdell, Moore, Hous- Nays were called, and the vote stood 108 to ton, Cobb, Curry—7.
108: the Speaker voting in the affirmative, Mr. ARKANSAS.-Greenwood, Warren-2.
English's proposition was agreed to. The Yeas CALIFORNIA. -Scott-1.
and Nays were as follows: CONNECTICUT.-Arnold, Bishop_2. DELAWARE, -Whiteley-1.
YEAS.Messrs. Ahl, Anderson, Atkins, Avery, BarksFLORIDA.-Hawking-1.
dale, Bishop, Bocock, Bonham, Bowie, Boyce, Branch, GEORGII.-Seward, Crawford, TRIPPE, Gartrell, Wright, Bryan, Burnett, Burns, Caruthers, Caskie, Clark (Mo.), Jackson, Hill, Stephens-8.
Clay, Clemens, Clingman, Cobb, John Cochrane, Craig INDLANA.-Niblack, Hughes, Gregg-3.
(Mo.), Craige (N. 0.), Crawford, Curry, Davidson, Davis KENTUCKY.-Burnett, Peyton, Talbott, Jewett, Elliott, (Miss.), Dewart, Dowdell, Edmundson, Elliot, English, Clay, Mason, Stevenson—8.
Eustis, Faulkner, Florence, Garnett, Gartrell, Goode, LOUISIANA.-EUSTIs, Taylor, Davidson, Sandidge-4. Greenwood, Gregg, Hall (Ohio), Hatch, Hawkins, Hill, MARYLAND.-Stewart, Kunkel, Bowie-3.
Hopkins, Houston, Hughes, Jackson, Jenkins, Jewett, MISSOURI.--ANDERSON, Clark, Craig, WOODSON, Phelps Jones (Tenn.), J. Glancy Jones, Owen Jones, Keitt,
Kelly, Kunkel (Md.), Lamar, Landy, Leidy, Letcher, MISSISSIPPI.-Lamar, R. Davis, Barksdale, Singleton, Maclay, McQueen, Mason, Maynard, Miles, Miller, MillQuitman-5.
son, Moore, Niblack, Orr, Pendleton, Peyton, Phelps, New-JERSEY.-Huyler, Wortendyke-2.
Phillips, Powell, Quitman, Ready, Reagan, Ruffin, RusNORTH CAROLINA. --Shaw, Ruffin, Winslow, Branch, sell, Sandidge, Savage, Scales, Scott, Searing, Seward, Scales, Craige, Clingman-1.
Shaw (N. C.), Shorter, Singleton, Smith (Tenn.), Smith New-York.-Searing, Taylor, Sickles, Kelly, Maclay, (Va.), Stallwoith, Stephens, Stevenson, Stewart (Md.), John Cochrane, Ward, Russell, Corning, Hatch-10. Talbott, Taylor (N. Y.), Trippe, Ward, Warren, Watkins, OBIO.-Miller, Burns-2.
White, Winslow, Woodson, Wortendyke, Wright (Ga.), PENNSYLVANIA:-Florence, Landy, Phillips, Glancy Wright (Tenn.), Zollicoffer-109. Jones, Leidy, Dimmick, White, Ahl, Girlis, Reilly, De- [The four in italics had hitherto voted anti-Lecomp
ton.] SOUTH CAROLINA.-McQueen, Miles, Kei:t, Bonham,
NAY8.-Messrs. Abbott, Andrews, Bennett, Billinghurst, Boyce-5.
Bingham, Blair, Bliss, Brayton, Buffinton, Burlingame, TENNESSEE.-Watkins, MAYNARD, S. A. Smith, Savage, Burroughs, Campbell, Case, Chaffee, Chapman, Clark READY, Jones, Wright, ZOLLICOFFER, Atkins, Avery-10. Coon.), Clark (N. Y.), Clawson, Cockerill, Colfax, ComTEXAS.-Bryan, Reagan-2.
ins, Covode, Cox, Cragin, Curtis, Damrell, Davis (Md.), VIRGINIA. - Garnet, Millson, Caskie, Goode, Bocock, Davis (Ind.), Davis (Mass.), Davis (Iowa), Dawes, Dean, Powell, Smith, Faulkner, Letcher, Clemens, Jenkins, Ed Dick, Dodd, Durfee, Edie, Farnsworth, Fenton, Foley, mundson, Hopkins—18. Total, 112.
Foster, Giddings, Gilman, Gooch, Goodwin, Granger, Absent-Caruthers (Mo.)
Groesbeck; Grow, Hall (ólass.), Harlan, Harris (Md.),
Kellogg, Kelsey, Knapp, Lawrence, Leiter, Lovejoy, Mar-
shall (Ky.) Marshall (11.), Matteson, Montgomery, MorRepublicans, 92 ; Democrats, 22; Americans, 6. Total gan, Norrill, Morris (Penn.,) Morris (II.), Morse (Me.), - 120.
Morse (N. Y.), Mott, Murray, Nichols, Palmer, Pettit, Nays.
Pike, Potter, Pottle, Purviance, Ricaud, Ritchie, Robo Democrats, 104; Americans, 8. Total-112.
bins, Royce, Shaw (III.), Sherman (Ohio), Sherman The bill having been returned to the Senate . Y.), Smith (III.), Spinner, Stanton, Stewart (Penn.), on the second day of April, Mr. Green moved bridge, Waldron, Walton, Washburne (111.), Washburne to disagree to the House amendment which | (Me.), Wilson, Wood-108. motion was adopted : Yeas, 34, Nays, 22.
The following, not voting, had paired off: The following are the Nays:
Adrain with Huyler, Dimmick with McKibbin, Gillis Messrs. Broderick, Cameron, Chandler, Clark, Cols with Roberts, Clark B. Cochrane with Sickles, 'Reilly lamer, Crittenden, Dixon, Doolittle, Douglas, Fessenden, with Thayer, Taylor (La.) with Kunkel (Pa.), WashFoot, Foster, Hale, Hamlin, Harlan, King, Seward, Sim- burne (Wis.) with Arnold, Olin with Corning.” Whitemons, Stuart, Trumball, Wade, Wilson.
ley, absent. In the House of Representatives, on the 7th
The Committee of Conference was composed of April, Mr. Montgomery, of Pennsylvania, of Messrs. James S. Green, (Mo.), Robert M. T. moved that the House adhere to its amend Hunter, (Va ), and William H. Seward, (N. Y ), ment, which motion was carried, Yeas, 119, of the Senate; and Messrs. William H. English, Nays 111-the vote being the same as on the (Ind.), Alexander H. Stephens, (Ga.), and Wiladoption of the amendment, with the exception liam A. Howard, (Mich.), on the part of the of Messrs. Marshall and Bowie, who paired off House. and did not vote.
On the 23d of April, the Committee made On the 13th of April, the Senate voted to in their report (susceptible of various interpretasist and ask for a conference committee, Yeas, tions), Messrs. Soward of the Senate, and 'How30, Nays, 24-the Nays being the same as the ard, of the House, dissenting. After a running Nays on Mr. Green's motion to disagree, with fight of a week between the friends and oppothe addition of Messrs. Bell and Sumner. On nents of the new scheme, on the 30th of April the following day, the Hsuse received a mes the report of the Committee was adopted by sage from the Senate insisting on its disagree- both branches of Congress. It was as follows: ment and asking a committee of conference,
An Act for the Admission of the State of Kansus when Mr. Montgomery, of Pa., moved that the into the Union. Whereas, the people of the Territory
of Kansas did, by a convention of delegates assembled House insist on its adherence, oc which he da. | at Lecompton on the 7th day of Nov., 1857, for that pur
pose, form for themselves a constitution and State | held that the people of Kansas do not desire adinission Int government, which constitution is republican; and the Union with said Constitution under the conditions se wohereas, at the same time and place, said convention forth in said proposition: and in that event the people a did adopt an ordinance, which said ordinance asserts i said Territory are hereby authorized and empowered 1 that Kansas, when admitted as a State, will have an un- form for themselves a Constitution and State Governmen dwubted right to tax the lands within her limits belong by the name of the State of Kansas, according to the Fe ing to the United States, and proposes to relinquish said eral Constitution, and may elect delegates for that purpos asserted right if certain conditions set forth in said or whenever, and not before, it is ascertained by a cens! dinance be accepted and agreed to by the Congress of duly and legally taken, that the population of said Teri the United States; and whereas, the
said constitution tory equals or exceeds the ratio of representation require and ordinance have been presented to Congress by order for a member of the House of Representatives of the Cou of said convention, and admission of said Territory into gress of the United States; and whenever thereafter su the Union thereon'as a State requested ; and whereas, delegates shall assemble in Convention, they shall first d said ordinance is not acceptable to Congress, and it is termine by a vote whether it is the wish of the people desirable to ascertain whether the people of Kansas the proposed State to be admitted into the Union at th concur in the changes in said ordinance, hereinafter time; and, if so, shall proceed to form a Constitution, ar siated, and desire admission into the Union as a State take all necessary steps for the establishment of a Sta as herein proposed: Therefore,
Government, in conformity with the Federal Constitutio Be it enacted, etc., That the State of Kansas be, and subject to suchlimitations and restrictions as to the mode ar is hereby admitted into the Union on an equal footing manner of its approval or ratification by the people of tl with the original states, in all respects whatever, but proposed State as they may have prescribed by law, ar upon this fundamental condition precedent, namely : shall be entitled to admission into the Union as a State u That the question of admission with the following pro- der such Constitution, thus fairly and legally made, with position, in lieu of the ordinance framed at Lecompton, without Slavery, as said Constitution may prescribe. be submitted to a vote of the people of Kansas, and $ 2. And be it further enacted, That for the pu aesented to by them or a majority of the voters voting pose of insuring, as far as possible, that the elections a at an election to be held for that purpose, namely : thorized by this act may be fair and free, the Governo That the following propositions be, and the same are United States District Attorney, and Secretary of the Te hereby offered to the people of Kansas for acceptance ritory of Kansas, and the presiding officers of the ty or rejection, which, if accepted, shall be obligatory on branches of its Législature, namely, the President of tl the United States and upon the said State of Kansas, to Council and the Speaker of the House of Representative wit: First, That sections mumber sixteen and thirty- are hereby constituted a board of Commissioners to canı six in every township of public lands in said State, or into effect the provisions of this act, and to use all th where either of said sections or any part thereof has means necessary and proper to that end. And three been sold or otherwise disposed of, other lands equiva- them shall constitute a board; and the board shall bay lent thereto, and as contiguous as may be, shall be power and authority to designate and establish precinc granted to said State for the use of schools. Second, for voting or to adopt those already established ; to cau That seventy-two sections of land shall be set apart and polls to be opened at such places as it may deem properl reserved for the support of a State University, to be the respective counties and election precincts of said Te selected by the Governor of said State, subject to the ritory; to appoint as judges of election at each of th approval of the Commissioners of the General Land several places of voting, three discreet and respectab Ofice, and to be appropriated and applied in such man- persons, any two of whom shall be competent to act; 1 ner as the legislature of said State may prescribe for require the sheriffs of the several counties, by themselvi the purpose aforesaid, but for no other purpose. Third, or deputies, to attend the judges at each of the places That ten entire sections of land, to be selected by the voting, for the purpose of preserving peace an good o Governor of said State, in legal subdivisions, shall be der; or the said board may, instead of said sheriffs ar granted to said State for the purpose of completing the their deputies, appoint at their discretion, and in such b. public buildings, or for the erection of others at the seat stances as they may choose, other fit persons for the sam, of government, under the d rection of the legislature purpose. The election hereby authorized shall contin thereof. Fourth, That all salt springs within said State, one day only, and shall not be continued later than su not exceeding twelve in number, with six sections of down on that day. The said board shall appoint the da land adjoining, or as contiguous as may be to each, for holding said election, and the said Governor shall a shall be granted to said State for its use, the same to be nounce the same by proclamation ; and the day shall t selected by the Governor thereof, within one year after as early a one as is consistent with due notice thereof the admission of said State; and, when so selected, to be the people of said Territory, subject to the provisions used or disposed of on such terms, conditions and regu- this act. The said board shall have full power to prescril lations as the legislature may direct: Provided, that the time, manner, and place of said election, and to dire. no salt spring or land, the right whereof is now vested the time (within) which returns shall be made to the sa in any individual or individuals, or which may hereafter board, whose duty it shall be to announce the result 1 be confirmed or adjudged to any individual or indivi- proclamation, and the said Governor shall certify the san duals, shall by this article be granted to said State. to the President of the United States without delay. Fifth, That five per centum of the net proceeds of sales & 3. And be it further enacted, That in the electic of all public lands lying within said State which shall be hereby authorized, all white male inhabitants of said Te sold by Congress after the admission of said State into ritory, over the age of twenty-one years, who possess tr the Union, after deducting all the expenses incident to qualifications which were required by the laws of said Te the same, shall be paid to said State for the purpose of ritory for a legal voter at the last general election for ti making public roads and internal improvements, as the members of the Territorial Legislature, and none other legislature shall direct: Provided, The foregoing pro- shall be allowed to vote; and this shall be the only quali positions herein offered are on the condition that said cation required to entitle the voter to the right of suffra State of Kansas shall never interfere with the primary in said election. And if any person not so qualified sha disposal of the lands of the United States, or with any vote or offer to vote, or if any person shall vote'more th: regulations which Congress may find necessary for once at said election, or shall make, or cause to be mad securing the title in said soil to bona fide purchasers any false, fictitious, or fraudulent returns, or shall alter thereof, and that no tax shall be imposed on lands be change any returns of said election, such person shall, longing to the United States, and that in no case shall on conviction thereof before any court of competent jur non-resident proprietors be taxed higher than residents. diction, be kept at hard labor not less than six months al Sixth, And that said State shall never tax the lands or not more than three years. property of the United States in that State.
§ 4. And be it further enacted, That the membe At the said election the voting shall be by ballot, and by of the aforesaid board of commissioners, and all perso indorsing on his ballot, as each voter may be pleased, appointed by them to carry into effect the provisions “Proposition accepted," “Proposition rejected." this act, shall, before entering upon their duties, take Should a majority of the votes cast be for “Proposition ac- oath to perform faithfully the duties of their respecti cepted, the President of the United States, as soon as the offices : and on failure thereof, they shall be liable fact is duly made known to him, shall announce the same subject to the same charges and penalties as are provid by proclamation; and thereafter, and without any further in like cases under the Territorial laws. proceedings on the part of Congress, the adinission of the $ 5. And be it further enacted, That the office State of Kansas into the Union upon an equal footing with mentioned in the preeeding section shall receive for the the original states in all respects whatever shall be com- services the same compensation as is given for like serviç plete and absolute; and said State shall be entitled to one under the Territorial laws. member in the House of Representatives in the Congress The vote in the Senate, on agreeing to the Conference Cot of the United States until the next census be taken by the mittee's Report, stood-Yeas, 30; Nays, 22; as follows: Federal Government. But should a majority of the votes YEAS.-Messrs. Allen, Bayard, Benjamin, Bigler, Big cast be for “ Proposition rejected,” it shall be deemed and ! Bright, Brown, Clay, Davis. Evans, Hitzpatrick, 'Gree
THE WYANDOT CONSTITUTION.
Gwin, Hammond, Houston, Hunter, Iverson, Johnson (Ark) retaining as a part of the new
Stute the western Johnson (Tenn.), Jones, Kennedy, Mallory, Mason, Polk, gold region about Pike's Peak, which was
ÑAYS.-Messrs. Broderick, Cameron, Chandler, Colla- ' beginning to attract great numbers of immi.
issues, but had been defeated as to all these
By the Constitution, as adopted, the boundaroted against the original Lecompton Bill and who now supported the English scheme, were Gilmer, Am., of N. C., State of Missouri on the east, the 37th parallel and the following Democrats, viz. : English and Foley, of north latitude on the south, the 41st parallel of Ind ; Cockerili, Cox, Groesbeck, Hall, Lawrence and of north latitude on the north, and the 23d Pendleton, of Ohio; and Owen Jones, of Pa. Quitman, of Mississippi, and Mr. Bonham, of 8. c., fire meridian of longitude west from Washington eaters, voted No, and the following members “paired on the west. The western boundary cuts off off," viz.: Washburn (Wis.) with Arnold ; Matteson with the Pike's Peak region and the desert which Faulkner ; Horton with Hill; J. C. Kunkel with Miles bounds it on the east, and limits the new State Taylor; Montgomery with Warren; Thompson with to the habitable eastern portion of the Terri. Stewart (Md.); and Wood with George Taylor.
tory, embracing an area of some sixty thousand In accordance with this act of Congress, square miles. The Executive is to consist of a the people of Kansas went into an election on Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Attorthe 3d of August, 1858. Notwithstanding the ney-General, and Superintendent of Public liberal offers in regard to donations to Kansas Schools, to be chosen by the people, and to of public lands, in this bill, and the threat that serve for two years. The House of Represenif the people did not accept a State Government tatives is to consist of seventy-five members, to with the Lecompton Constitution, they should serve one year, and the Senate of twenty-five not be permitted to come in as a Siate with Senators, to serve two years, the numbers to be any Constitution, till they should have a full regulated by law, but never to exceed one population of 93,340, still, the Lecompton Con- hundred Representatives, and thirty-three Senastitution was again rejected by more than ten
The pay is to be three dollars a day and thousand majority. This may be regarded as fifteen cents per mile travel. All bills must the final disposition of this famous Constitution. originate with the House, and no act can inFrom first to last, it had been the cause or the clude more than one subject. The Supreme subject of more speeches in Congress than any Court is to consist of three Judges, to be measure ever brought before that body.
chosen by the people, to hold office for six years, one to go out every two years. There
are to be five District Judges, to be chosen by The Territorial Legislature passed an act the people of their respective districts, and to (Feb. 11, 1859) to refer the question to the serve for four years. Each county is to choose people of a new Constitutional Convention, the a Judge of Probate, to serve for two years, election to be held on the first Tuesday in and each township is to choose Justices of the March, 1859. The election was held, and Peace, to serve also for two years. Elections resulted in a majority of 3,881 in favor of a are to be by ballot. Every white male adult Convention. This result being ascertained, the who is a citizen of the United States, or who has Governor issued his proclamation for an elec- declared his intention to become one, having tion of delegates. The old party organizations been a resident in the State for six months, and were now abandoned, and those of Republicans in the precinct for thirty days, is entitled to vote. and Democrats substituted, and it was ou this The State is prohibited from becoming a basis that the canvass for the election of dele- party in carrying on any work of internal im. gates proceeded. The Convention was to provement, nor can any debt, to exceed a milconsist of fifty-two delegates. The Democrats lion of dollars, be contracted, unless the quesproclaimed themselves disciples of Mr. Douglas tion be previously submitted to, and the debt and his Territorial Sovereignty doctrine, and authorized by, a popular vote; and in all cases decidedly opposed to making Kansas a Slave a special tax must be levied sufficient to pay the State. The Leavenworth district, where, interest and provide a sinking fund adequate through its contractors for army supplies, the to meet the principal when it becomes due. All Government exercised a great influence, and corporations, banks included, must be estabwhich from its population was entitled to ten lished under general laws only, and the corpo. delegates, elected the Democratic ticket, not, rators made liable to twice the amount of their however, without the aid of fraudulent votes. stock. The sale of lottery tickets is prohibited, But the Republicans, by their predominance in the schedule annexed to the Coustitution other parts of the Territory, succeeded in claimed of Congress $500,000, or in lieu theresecuring a majority in the Convention of thirty- of 500,000 acres of land, to meet the claims five to seventeen.
audited to nearly that amount for losses in. The Convention met at Wyandot on the 5th curred by citizens of Kansas during the late of July, and adjourned on the 27th of the same troubles. The Commissioners had declined to month, after adopting a Constitution by a vote entertain the claim of the New-England Emi. of thirty-four to thirteen, all the Democrats grant Aid Society, to the amount of $25,000, present voting against it and refusing to sign for the destruction of their hotel at Lawrence, it. They had strenuously contended, in the on the ground that they had no authority to Convention, for the annexation to Kansas of act on any claims except those presented by that part of Nebraska south of the Platte ; for citizens of Kansas, and the Convention de clined to go beyond the report of the Commis- | Davis, Edmundson, English (Indiana), Garnett, Gar sioners.
trell, GILMER, Hamilton, HARDEMAN, John T. Harres,
Harokins, Hill, Hindman, Houston, Hughes JuckA grant is asked from Congress of 4,550,000 son, Jenkins, Jones, Keitt, Lamar, JAMES M. LEACH, acres of land for internal improvements, also Leake, Love, MALLORY, MAYNARD, McQueen, McRae, the swamp lands of the State to be appropriated Miles, Millson, LABAN T. MOORE, Sydenham Moore, NEL
Son, Noel, Pugh, QUARLES, Reagan. Rufin, Scott (Cal.), as a school fund.
Sickles (N. Y.), Simms, Singleton, Wm. Smith, W. N. Á. Prefixed to the Constitution is a Bill of SMITH, Stallworth, Stevenson, STOKES, Thomas, VANCE, Rights, which includes a prohibition of Slavery. Whitely, Winslor, Woodson.
Democrats, in Italics, (8 from Free States), 55 This Bill of Rights also provides that no person Americans, in SMALL CAPS (all from Slave States), 18 shall be incompetent to testify on account of
78 his religious belief.
By a provision of the schedule, this Constitu- PAIRED-Davis (Indiana), with Phelps. sion was submitted to a popular vote on the
Sherman with HARRIS, of Md.
Wade with Peyton. first Tuesday in October, which resulted in its
Somes with McClay (N.Y.) ratification by the people by a majority of some
Van Wyck with Underwood. four thousand. The Territorial election in
Burroughs with Dejarnotte. November attracted but little interest from the
ABSENT UNPAIRED— Davis (Mis.), Landrum, Martin,
(Va.), Kunkel. general expectation of the admission of the Štate under the new Constitution. The Repub
Senate, Feb. 21st. - Mr. Seward introduced a licans, however, succeeded in electing their bill for the admission of Kansas under the delegate to Congress and a majority of the Wyandotte Constitution. Legislature.
On the 5th June, this bill being under conThe first State Election under this Constitu- sideration, tion was held December 6, 1859, and resulted
Mr. Wigfall, of Tex., explained his views. He de
clared he would not vote for the admission of this soin the election of Charles Robinson (Rep.) as
called State, under any circumstances. He objected to Governor by 2513 majority. Martin F. Con- their moral character, and was not willing Texas should way (Rep.) for Congress by 2107 majority, and associate with such a state. the entire Republican ticket for State officers (taking
in Pike's Peak), was discussed by Mr. Wade,
Mr. Greene's amendment, to change the boundary by majorities ranging from 2000 to 2,500, also who said the effect of the amendment would be to defeat a Legislature which was Republican in both the bill. branches by very decided majorities.
Mr. Hunter moved to postpone the subject, and take
up the Army bill. Feb. 15-Mr. Grow introduced in the House, Mr. Trumbull opposed the motion. He should keep a bill to admit Kansas under the Wyandot Con- the Kansas bill before the Senate till it was finally disrtitution. Referred to Committee on Territo- posed of. It was more important than the appropri
ation bills, which appeared to be kept back in order to ries, which (March 29th) reported (majority) interrupt other important business. through Mr. Grow in favor of admission.
Mr. Seward hoped the friends of Kansas would let a April 11.-Mr. Grow demanded the Previous vote be taken, so that the responsibility might lie where
it belonged. Question on the passage of the Bill, which
The vote was taken by yeas and nays, and resulted, was seconded, and the main question ordered. Yeas, 32; Naye, 27. It was a strict party vote, except
Mr. Barksdale, demanded the Yeas and Nays that Messrs. Pugh (Dem., Ohio) and Latham (Dem., -ordered.
Cal.) voted with the Republicans not to postpone. Mr.
Kennedy (S. Am., Md.) voted with the Democrats. The question was then taken, and decided in Messrs. Crittenden (S. Am., Ky.), Douglas, Clay, (Dem. the affirmative: Yeas, 134; Nays, 73, as follows: Ala.), and Nicholson (Dem., Tenn ) were absent. Messrs.
Yeas-Messrs. Chas. F. Adams, A dra'in, Aldrich, Douglas and Clay were paired. Allen, Alley, Ashley, Babbitt, Barr, Barrett, Beale, bili prevailed.
So the motion to postpone, and take up the Army Bingham, Blair (Pa.), Blake, Brayton, BRIGGS, Buffinton,
Mr. Trumbull called attention to the fact that the Burch, Burlingame, Burnham, Butterfield, Campbell
, Senator from Pennsylvania (Bigler) desired to postpone Carey, Carter, Case, Horace F. Clark, Clark B. Coch- the Kansas bill because the Senate was not full. Tire rane, John Cochrane, Colfax, Conkling, Cooper, Corwin, | vote showed that sixty votes had been cast, with two Covode, Cowo, Curtis, Dawes, Delano, Duell, Dunn, Edger- paired off, showing the fullest vote of the session. ton, Edwards, Elliot, Ely, ETHERIDGE, Farnsworth, Fenton, Ferry, Florence, Foster, Fouke, Frank, French, Gooch, lent to the defeat of the Kansas bill, and the Senator
He said the effect of the vote just taken was equiva. Grow, Gurley, Hale, Hall
, H a skin, Helmick, Hicks from Pennsylvania must have known the effect of his vote. man, Hoard, Holman, Howard (Ohio), Humphry, Hutchins, Irvine, Junkin, Francis W. Kellogg, William Kelloge, the House had once defeated the Army bill, because it
Mr. Wigfall desired to call attention to the fact that Kenyon, Kilgore, Killinger, Larrabee, De Witt C. Leach, did not want the army used against the Black RepubliLee, Logan, Longnecker, Loomis, Lovejoy, Marston, Chas. can thieves and murderers in Kansas. D. Martin, McClernand, McKean, McKnight, McPher. son, Wm. Montgomery, Moorehead, Morrill, Edward Joy June 7.-Mr. Wade, of Ohin, moved to take Morris, Isaac N. Morris, Morse, Niblack, Nixon, Olin, up the Kansas bill, which was lost—as follows: Palmer, Pendleton, Perry, Pettit, Porter, Potter, Pottle, Rice, R'i g 88, Christopher Robinson, James C. Robin: Chandler, Clark, Collamer, Dixon, Doolittle, Durkee,
Yeas-Messrs. Anthony, Bigler, Bingham, Cameron, ing, Spinner, Stanton, Stevens, Wm. Stewart, Stout, Strat- Fessende:1, Foot, Foster, Grimes, Hale,
Hamlin, Harlan, ton, Tappan, Thayer, Theaker, Tompkins, Train, Trimble, King, Pugh, Seward, Simmons, Sumner, Ten Eyck. Trum. Vallandigham, Vandever, Verree, Waldron, Walton, bull, Wade, Wilkinson, Wilson, Republicans, 25; DemoC. C. Washburn, E. B. Washburne, Israel Washburn, WEB- crats, (Bigler and Pugh) 2—27.
NAY-Messrs. Bayard, Benjamiu, Brage, Bright, STER, Wells, Wilson, Windom, Wood, Woodruff.
Brown, Chesnut, Clingman, Davis, Fitch, Fitzpatrick, Republicans, in Roman,
Greene, Gwin, Hammond, Hemphill, Hunter, Iverson, Democrats (from Free States.), in Italics,
Johnson, (Tenn.) Lane, Latham, Mallory, Mason, Nichot Anti-Lecompton Democrats, Ronan spaced, Americans, in SMALL CAPS,
son, Pearce, Polk, Powell, Rice, Sebastian, Slidell, Thom.
son, Toombs, Wigfall, Yulee.--82. (All Democrats.] Total,
184 Mr. Douglas was paired with Mr. Clay; Nays-Messrs. GREEN Adaus, Thos. L. Ander son, W. Crittenden (Am.), with Johnson, of Ark., Kep. O. ANDERSON. Ashmoro, Avery, Barksdale, Bocock, Bon- nedy and Saulsbury absent. ham, BOTELER, Boyce, BRABBON Branch, BRISTOW, Bur. nett, John B. Clark, Clopton, Cobb, James Craig,
So both Houses adjourned and left Kansas Burton Craige, Cravoford, Curry, Davidson, HENRY W. I still in the condition of a Territory.