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ment to have been made by the said act; and what classes of soldiers charged with desertion have been considered by the War Department to be embraced by the said act; and further, what additional legislation is deemed necessary to enable him to carry out the provisions of the first and second sections of said act;

to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Also:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, directed to inform the House at the earliest practicable period whether any of the lands heretofore granted by Congress to any railroad company to aid in the construction of its railroad, and for which such company was not entitled to patents at the time when the period expired within which by the terms of the law making such grants such railroad was required to be completed, have been patented to such company since the expiration of the period within which such railroad was required by law to be completed; and if any such patents have been issued to any such companies, that he inform the House how much land has been patented to each of the land-grant railroad companies for land for which they were not entitled to patents when the period within which their respective railroads were required to be completed expired, and the date of such patent; and that he also inform the House by and under what authority such patents were issued, and furnish to the House copies of all decisions made by the Secretary of the Interior in relation to the issuing of patents to any of such land-grant railroad companies for lands for which they were not entitled to patents at the expiration of the period above named, and also copies of all opinions and decisions made by any officer of the government in relation thereto, and on file in the Department of the Interior;

to the Committee on the Public Lands.

By Mr. Bingham:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Interior be requested to inform the House whether the various railroad companies incorporated by Congress or aided by bonds or lands have complied with the laws of Congress respecting the construction, operation, and maintenance of their own telegraph lines for the use of the government and the public, and if not, what companies have failed to do so.

Second. To inform the House what contracts, if any, exist between any of the railroad companies so aided and any telegraph company by which the railroad company may undertake to lease or assign its telegraph facilities or property, so far as it relates to the transmission of commercial messages for the government and the public;

to the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads.

By Mr. George D. Wise:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury communicate to this House the number and names of all internal-revenue appointments, if any, made within ninety days preceding the 7th day of November, 1882, together with the names of the persons on whose applications said appointments were made, with the collection districts in which appointed; and also the amount of compensation allowed to and the duties performed by each appointee; and whether the persons employed within the period specified, if any, are still retained upon the pay rolls of his department;

to the Committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Ford:

Resolved, That the Clerk of the House be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to pay to W. H. Barbour $320, being the difference

between his salary at $720 per annum and that of a clerk in the foldingroom at $1,200 per annum, from January 1, 1882, to September 1, 1882; and the amount herein authorized and directed shall be paid out of the contingent fund of the House, subject to the approval of the Committee on Accounts;

to the Committee on Accounts.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Sympson, one of their clerks:

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have directed me to return to the House of Representatives, in accordance with its request, the resolution of the House providing for the printing of 20,000 copies of the report of the Tariff Commission.

On motion of Mr. Dunnell, by unanimous consent, the bill of the House (H. R. 3341) for the relief of George F. Brott andaccompanying petition were taken from the table, and, with the accompanying report, (No. 465) recommitted to the Committee on War Claims.

On motion of Mr. Haskell, by unanimous consent,

Ordered, That the bill of the House (H. R. 6563) to abolish the internal-revenue taxes on tobacco, snuff, cigars, and cigarettes, and for other purposes, together with the accompanying report (No. 1813) and views of the minority, be reprinted.

Mr. Abram S. Hewitt, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Accounts, viz:

Resolved, That the Doorkeeper of the House be authorized and directed to place upon his roll of pages the name of George Adamson, and that he be paid out of the contingent fund of the House and be under the control of the Doorkeeper.

The Speaker announced the regular order of business to be the consideration of such business as may be presented by the Committee on the District of Columbia, under the order of June 5, last;

When

Mr. Neal, from the said committee, to which was referred the bill of the House (H. R. 6929) to provide for the collection of taxes in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes, reported the same with amendments.

The House having proceeded to their consideration, the said amendments were severally agreed to, and the bill as amended was engrossed, read the third time, and passed.

Mr. Neal moved to reconsider the vote last taken, 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.

Mr. Garrison, from the same committee, to which was referred the bill of the House (H. R. 6930) to levy an assessment of the real estate in the District of Columbia in the year 1883, and every third year thereafter, for purposes of taxation, reported the same with amendments.

The House having proceeded to their consideration, the said amendments were severally agreed to, and the bill as amended was engrossed, read the third time, and passed.

Mr. Garrison moved to reconsider the vote last taken, 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.

Mr. Neal, from the same committee, to which was referred the bill of

the House (H. R. 6928) to regulate licenses in the District of Columbia, reported the same with amendments.

The House having proceeded to their consideration, the said amendments were severally agreed to, and the bill as amended was engrossed, read the third time, and passed.

Mr. Neal moved to reconsider the vote last taken, 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. Neal, the bill of the House (H. R. 6156) for the relief of occupying claimants, reported from the Committee on the District of Columbia with amendments, was taken from the House Calendar, the said amendments severally agreed to, and the bill as amended engrossed, read the third time, and passed.

Mr. Neal moved to reconsider the vote last taken, 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.

Mr. Randall moved that the House adjourn;

Pending which,

Mr. Aldrich, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined and found duly enrolled a bill of the Senate of the following title, viz:

S. 2198. An act to rectify and establish the title of the United States to the site of the military post at El Paso, Texas;

When

The Speaker signed the same.

By unanimous consent, leave of absence was granted as follows, viz: To Mr. Maginnis, until after the holiday recess;

To Mr. Simonton, for three days; and

To Mr. Rosecrans, for to-day.

The Speaker, by unanimous consent, announced the appointment of the following-named members to fill vacancies on the standing and select committees, viz:

Mr. Bisbee, on the Select Committee on Law respecting Election of President and Vice-President and the Committee on Education and Labor.

Mr. Hitt, on the Committee on Railways and Canals and the Select Committee on the Payment of Pensions, Bounty, and Back Pay.

Mr. Lynch, on the Committee on Education and Labor and the Committee on the Militia.

Mr. Mackey, on the Select Committee on the Public Health and the Committee on Manufactures.

Mr. Smalls, on the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on the Militia.

Mr. Shelley, on the Committee on Patents and the Committee on Expenditures in the Post-Office Department.

Mr. Reese, on the Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures and the Select Committee on the Census.

On motion of Mr. Steele, by unanimous consent, the bill of the House (H. R. 4788) authorizing brevet commissions to commissioned officers for distinguished conduct in engagements with or campaigns against hostile Indians was taken from the House Calendar, engrossed, read the third time, and passed.

Mr. Steele moved to reconsider the vote last taken, 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. George D. Robinson, by unanimous consent, the bill of the House (H. R. 3220) to ratify the issuance of duplicate checks in certain cases by the superintendent of the mint at San Francisco was taken from the House Calendar, engrossed, read the third time, and passed.

Mr. Robinson moved to reconsider the vote last taken, 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. W. W. Rice, by unanimous consent, leave was granted to print a proposed amendment in the nature of a substitute to the bill of the House' (H. R. 3843) authorizing the construction of a building for the accommodation of the Congressional Library.

On motion of Mr. Wadsworth, by unanimous consent, the bill of the Senate (S. 1483) for the relief of Guy V. Henry was taken from the Speaker's table and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. And then,

On motion of Mr. Holman, at 3 o'clock and 15 minutes p. m., the House adjourned.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1882.

The following memorials, petitions, and other papers were laid on the Clerk's desk, under the rule, and referred as follows, viz:

By the Speaker: The petition of Charles Peace King, for the colonization in Texas of the colored people of the United States; to the Committee on Education and Labor.

By Mr. Campbell: The petition of manufacturers and dealers in tobacco, cigars, and cigarettes at Altoona, Pennsylvania, asking a rebate to any reduction that may be made in the tax upon the same, and in favor of the abolition of all internal revenue taxes on tobacco, cigars, and cigarettes;

By Mr. Dezendorf: The resolutions adopted by the Lynchburg (Virginia) Tobacco Association, relative to tax on tobacco and repeal of internal-revenue taxes;

to the Committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Forney: A bill making an appropriation to continue the work on the Coosa River, in the States of Alabama and Georgia ;

Also, a bill making an appropriation to continue the work on the Tennessee River;

to the Committee on Commerce.

By Mr. Garrison: The petition of Lewis McKenzie, of Alexandria, Virginia, praying to be reimbursed in part for expenses incurred in the contest for his seat in the Forty-first Congress, and also in the Fortysecond Congress;

to the Committee on Claims.

By Mr. Joyce: The petition of Murray & Reed and others, for a rebate equal to the amount of the reduction that may be made in the tax on tobacco;

By Mr. Kasson: Memorial of Charles Hewitt and others, dealers in

tobacco and cigars at Des Moines, Iowa, for early determination of the question of reducing tobacco taxes, &c.;

By Mr. Moulton: The petition of citizens of Shelby County, Illinois, to place lumber and other products of the forest on the free list; to the Committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Morse: The petition of merchants and marine underwriters of Boston, Massachusetts, for the establishment of telegraphic communication between Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, and signal communication with the mainland, and asking an appropriation of $32,000 therefor;

to the Committee on Appropriations.

By Mr. Morrison: The petition of Louis Bartel and others, citizens of Saint Clair County, Illinois, for the extension of the bonded period for distilled spirits;

to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Also, the petition of N. W. Waldo and others, citizens of Brighton, Illinois, for the appointment of a commission on the alcoholic liquor traffic;

to the Committee on the Alcoholic Liquor Traffic.

By Mr. Page: The petition of citizens of California to the United States Tariff Commission, recommending an increase of duty on chicory; to the Committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Peelle: The petition of citizens of Fountaintown, Shelby County, Indiana, asking that an increase of pension be granted to Harman W. Boles;

to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

Also, the petition of C. P. Jacobs and others, for amendment of the patent laws;

to the Committee on Patents.

By Mr. Pettibone: Papers relating to the pension claim of Alfred T. Moreland;

to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Ritchie: The petition of Leland, Smith & Co. and others, tobacco dealers of Toledo, Ohio, for rebate of tax on original packages of tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, and snuff on hand if the tax on these ar ticles shall be removed or reduced;

By Mr. George D. Robinson: The petition of H. S. Johnson and others, of Amherst, Massachusetts, for increase of duty on imported tobacco;

to the Committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. White: The petition of citizens of Lewis County, Kentucky, who served in the Union Army during the late war, for the enactment of a law granting a pension to soldiers who were contined in Confederate prisons;

to the Committee on Pensions, Bounty, and Back Pay.

The following-named members appeared and took their seats, viz: Messrs. Beltzhoover, Hubbell, and Money.

Mr. Caswell, as a privileged question, from the Committee on Appropriations, reported a bill (H. R. 7049) making appropriations for the service of the Post Office Department for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1884, and for other purposes, accompanied by a report (No. 1817) in writing thereon; which said bill was read twice, and, with said report, referred to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Holman reserved all points of order on said bill.

Mr. Blackburn, as a privileged question, from the Committee on Ap

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