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promulgated in the Washington Union, and before By Mr. HORSFORD: The petition of sundry citizens Mr. BRADBURY presented the memorial of the people too. And by the by, without mean

of Ontario county, New York, praying for an appropriation Cornelius Vanderbilt, proposing to contract for

to reimburse to individual contributors to the Industrial Exing the slightest disparagement to the gentleman

hibition at London, the expenses which they have been carrying the mail between New York and San from North Carolina, or his constituents, I will obliged to pay,

Francisco twice a month by the Nicaragua route; say, that I was elected by a constituency equal in By Mr. BRIGGS: The memorial of Walter R. Jones and

which was referred to the Committee on Naval inielligence with those of the gentleman to whom others, asking Congress for the iminediate establishment of

Affairs. a Mint of the United States in the city of New York ; to I propose, briefly, to reply. Now, I ask, what gether with a statement of the amount of gold bullion

Mr. MALLORY submitted documents in supterrible thing has Donelson & Armstrong done? received at the port of New York from California during port of the claim of W. F. Russell tą indemnity What breach of the law have they been guilıy of, the year 1851.

for property destroyed by the United States troops that they are to be condemned here, in connection

By Mr. EDGERTON: The petition of Nathan Averill for a grant of land.

in Florida; which was referred to the Committee with the resolution now under consideration ?

Also, the petition of citizens of Henry county, Ohio, for

of Claims, Why, they have been teaching consolidation ! a mail route from Kalida, Ohio, to Adrian, Michigan.

Mr. SHIELDS presented the petition of the They have been teaching Federalism! Now, I Also, the petition of citizens of Williards county, Ohio, for a nail route from Bryan, via Nimrod, West Butsalo, and

heirs of Elisha Merriman, a revolutionary soldier, put it to gentleman upon this floor, Have the Lakes Corners, to Nettle Lake.

praying a pension; which was referred to the editors of that paper been engaged in teaching Also, the petition of Amiable Brileau for remuneration Committee on Pensions. federalism, or consolidation? or have they only for losses in the Revolution, as a refugee from Canada, and Also, the petition of Joseph Smith, sen., praying departed from the gentleman's particular views

for a grant of land.
By Mr. GAYLORD: The petition of E. G. Coulson, and

compensation for services rendered and supplies of these things? To be more explicit, have they 240 citizens of Morgan county, Ohio, asking for the uncon

furnished the United States in the Black Hawk departed froin the text, or from the gentleman's ditional repeal of the fugitive law.

war; which was referred to the Committee of commentary upon the text? I wish to know that. By Mr. McLANAHAN: A petition from citizens of Claims. While the gentleman charges upon that paper the

Union and Perry counties, Pennsylvania, desiring the estab-
lishinont of a post route from Millestown, Perry county, to

Also, the petition of Orris Crosby, praying an inculcation of such sentiments as have fallen from Mitllinsburg, Union county.

increase of pension; which was referred to the his lips to-day, I desire to know if it may not be By Mr. FOWLER : The petition of C. P. Stickney and Committee on Pensions. possible that he, too, might possibly be mistaken 616 others, legal voters of Fall River and Taunton, in Bris

Mr. SOULE presented the petition of the Gerwith regard to the true and orthodox doctrines of tol county, Massachusetts, praying for the passage of tariff laws for the benefit of American citizens.

man Society of New Orleans, praying that the the Democratic party? Who are Donelson &

By Mr. APPLETON, of Maine: The petition of Eben- transportation of passengers on steamboats on the Armstrong? I never heard them charged as Con- ezer Evans, for increase of pension; and

western waters may be regulated by law; which solidationists and Federalists until 1851. Never ! Also, the petition of the children of Joseph Dale, for a was referred to the Committee on Commerce. Mr. ORR. I call the gentleman to order.

pension.

By Mr. ASTIE: The petition of Thomas F. Ganse, pray[Cries of " Go on!” is Go on!”']

PAPERS WITHDRAWN AND REFERRED. ing for additional compensation, as deputy marshal, to Mr. ORR continued. I hope the gentleman

On motion by Mr. DAVIS, it was will be allowed to proceed in discussing the resolu

Ordered, That the petition of Caroline L. Eustis, on the tion before the House; but it seems to me this de

IN SENATE.

files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Revobale would be much more appropriate in Commit

lutionary Clairns. tee of the Whole on the state of the Union.

TUESDAY, January 27, 1852.

On motion by Mr. DAVIS, it was A MEMBER. Then let us go into Committee of Prayer by the Rev. L. F. Morgan.

Ordered, That the petition of Silas L. Loomis, on the the Whole on the state of the Union.

files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS. The SPEAKER. The Chair was not disposed

On motion by Mr. PEARCE, it was to arrest the gentleman from Mississippi (Mr. | Senate a communication from the War Depart

The PRESIDENT pro tempore laid before the

Ordered, That the petition of Hans Nelson, on the files NABERS] in the course of his remarks; but it cer

of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Naval Af

fairs. tainly is not in order to discuss the subject pro

ment, transmitting, in compliance with the resolu

tion of the Senate of the 22d instant, a copy of a posed to be discussed by that gentleman. His

REPORTS FROM STANDING COMMITTEES. letter “from Colonel Benjamin Huger to General remarks, in the opinion of the Chair, are irreleGeorge Talcott, bearing date at Fort Monroe Ar

On motion by Mr. SHIELDS, it was
Fant to the subject.
Mr. FREEMAN. I move that the gentleman
senal, November 5, 1850;" which was rend and

Ordered, That the Cominittee on Military Afairs be dis

charged from the further consideration of the memorial of referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. hare liberty proceed.

the Oneida Indians, and that it be referred to the CommitMr. MCMULLIN. I ask the gentleman from

The PRESIDENT pro tempore laid before the tee on Public Lands. Mississippi to give way in order for me to move

Senate a communication from the Treasury De- On motion by Mr. SHIELDS, it was

arine an adjournment. partment, containing a statement of the

Ordered, That the Committee on Military Affairs be dis(Cries of " Oh no!” “Oh no!'']

Hospital fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, | charged from the further consideration of the memorial of 1851; which was read.

John M. McIntosh, and that it be referred to the ConmitMr. McMULLIN. I desire to inquire of the

tee on Public Lauds. Chair if this matter will not come up to-morrow

Ordered, That it lie on the table and be printed.

Mr. WADE, from the Committee of Claims, agnin?

PETITIONS.

to whom was referred the petition of Lieutenant The SPEAKER. It will come up as unfinished Mr. BADGER presented the memorial of Rob- John H. Patterson, reported “That the prayer business.

ert Burns, assistant marshal of the county of of the petition ought not to be granted." Mr. McMULLIN. Then I move that the Davidson, North Carolina; the memorial of R. B.

He also, from the same committee, to whom House do now adjourn.

Morisey, assistant marshal of the county of- was referred the petition of José Baya, reported, The motion was agreed to; and North Carolina; the memorial of Thomas F.

“ That the prayer of the petition ought not to be The House adjourned till twelve o'clock to- Gause, assistant marshal of the county of New granted.” morrow. Hanover, North Carolina; the memorial of Rich

Mr. FOOT, from the Committee of Claims, to ard Fauntle, assistant marshal of the county of NOTICE OF A BILL.

whom was referred the petition of Phæbe Glover, Chatham, North Carolina; the memorial of R. Mr. WASHBURN gave notice of his intention to intro

submitted an adverse report; which was read. duce a bill entitled " An act for shortening the transit of the Barnes, assistant marshal of the county of Jones,

Mr. BAYARD, from the Committee of Claims, mails between New York and London." North Carolina; the memorial of H. Currie, as

to whom was referred the petition of Joseph Hill, sistant marshal of the county of Robeson, North

submitted an adverse report; which was ordered PETITIONS, &c. Carolina; the memorial of Edward Vail, assistant

to be printed. The following petitions, memorials, &c., were presented marshal of the county of Sampson, North Carounder the rule, and referred to the appropriate committees:

Mr. MALLORY, from the Committee on NaJina; the memorial of Charles W. Lee, assistant By Mr. JOHN W. HOWE: The petition of E. F. Curtis,

val Affairs, to whom was referred the petition of marshal of the county of Johnston, North Caroof Pennsylvania, praying Congress to pass a law making

John M. Simonton, submitted a report, accompalina; the memorial of John D. Hawkins, jun., nied by a bill for his relief. land warrants under the act of 1850 assignable.

Al-0, two petitions from sundry citizens of Butler and assistant marshal of the county of Franklin, North
Beaver countes, Pennsylvania, praying Congress to estab- Carolina; the memorial of John P. Pitt, assistant

The bill was read and passed to the second readsu a poet route from Butler county to New Brighton, in

ing. Beaver county, via Petersville, Evansburg, Zclienople, | lina; and the memorial of P. A. Jones, assistant marshal of the county of Edgecomb, North Caro

Mr. FISH, from the Committee on Naval Afand William Butt's Store. By Mr. PORTER: Five petitions, signed by over three

fairs, to whom was referred the petition of John marshal of the county of Granville, North Caro- | S. Devlin, administrator of Elijah J. Weed, subhundred citizens of Marion, Shelby, and Macon counties, | lina; praying additional compensation for taking | mitted a report, accompanied by a bill for the relief Missouri, asking the establishment of a post road from

the Seventh Census; which were referred to the Hannibal to Bloomington, via Warren, Oak-Dale, Shelbyvule, &c. Committee on the Judiciary.

of the securities of Elijah J. Weed, late Quarter

master of Marines, deceased. By Mr. GOODRICH : The petition of E. P. Day and The PRESIDENT pro tempore laid before the

The bill was read and passed to the second readouers, for an appropriation to defray the expenses incurred Senate the memorial of Charles Bingham, United by contributors of articles from the United States to the In

ing. dustrial Exhibition in London. States marshal for the southern district of Alabama,

Ordered, That the report be printed. By Mr. ROBINSON: The proceedings of a public meet

and his assistants for taking the Seventh Census, ing of citizens of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, praving a divis- praying additional compensation; which was re

Mr. FOOT, from the Committee on Pensions, ion of Indian Territory southwest of Missouri river, and ferred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

to whom was referred the petition of Nancy for defining the limits of Nebraska, and for other purposes. 8:40, the petition of Thomas Hamilton, John C. King, Mr. BERRIEN presented a petition of the Bar

Wright, submitted a report, accompanied by a bill

for her relief. and others, of Decatur county, Indiana, praying for the of Georgia, praying that the salary of the district establishment of international arbitration, &c.

judge of the United States for that State may be The bill was read and passed to the second readBy Mr. JOHNSON, of Tennessee: A preamble and res- increased; which was referred to the Committee i ing. olutions bearing the following title, viz: “Land Reform." Resolutions adopted at a public meeting of the inhabiton the Judiciary.

Ordered, That the report be printed. ants of the county of Dearborn, State of Indiana, convened Mr. FISH presented the memorial of George Mr. RUSK, from the Committee on the Post in the town of Aurora, in the said county, on the 16th day Griswold and others, citizens of New York, pray- | Office and Post Roads, to whom was referred the of January, 18522, recommending a reform in the land laws

ing the establishment of a United States Mint in | petition of Robert Jamieson and Benjamin Wilof the United States, and that the public lands be granted in small Sparcels to actual settlers for cultivation, free of ex

that city; which was referred to the Committee on || liamson, submitted a report, accompanied by a bill achon by the Government. Finance.

for their relief.

The bill was read and passed to the second read- tee on Naval Affairs. The usual number of copies is a matter certainly more local than this. We ing.

of those papers was ordered to be printed for the have printed extra copies of documents about He also, from the same committee, to whom was use of the Senate, on the recommendation of the everything under heaven; and, not satisfied with referred the petition of N. Kuykendall

, submitted Committee on Naval Affairs. This is a proposi- printing documents about everything under heaven, a report, accompanied by a bill for his relief. tion to print two thousand additional copies. "The we have gone into the clouds, and printed extra

The bill was read and passed to the second read-Committee on Printing directed me to report in numbers of documents containing speculations ing.

favor of the resolution, and I have done so. My upon storms, for whose information I know not; Ordered, That the report be printed.

opinion, however, as an individual Senator is, for the action of what body I know not. Mr. DAWSON, from the Committee on Mili

that the resolution ought not to be adopted. I If the Senate will look into this document, they tary Affairs, to whom was referred the memorial | say this without reference to the merits of the

will find it as I stated; it relates to vital and imD.'D. Mitchell, submitted a report, accompanied question involved in the papers, but simply be- portant questions pending before the country: the by a bill for the relief of Lieutenant Colonel Mitch- cause I think it is contrary to the rule usually acted rights of junior officers under superiors, and the ell, of the State of Missouri.

on, that is, to refuse to print additional numbers of rights of sailors. I carefully avoided, when I was The bill was read and passed to the second read copies of papers of this sort. They relate, as I up before, expressing any opinion on the merits ing.

understand it, simply to a personal quarrel be- of the controversy in volved in this case, because Ordered, That the report be printed.

tween individuals, and the printing of the papers it seems to me, that if there ever was a single Mr. STOCKTON, from the Committee on Na

will be, to that extent, taking a part by the Senate document that ought to command the respectful val Affairs, to whom was referred the memorial of

in the quarrel. No public interest, that I can see, consideration of the Senate, and ought to induce Wm. A. Christian, submitted a report, accompa

is to be advanced by the publication. If the par- them to print such a number of copies as would nied by a bill for his relief.

ties desire that the public should be more generally enable this question to be understood, it is this The bill was read and passed to the second read

informed on the subject, let them print these copies one, which relates to the rights, the interests, the ing. at their own expense, and send them out to the

protection, and guardianship of a class of AmeriOrdered, That the report be printed. country.

can citizens, who are without protection, and

Mr. 'HALE. I ask the attention of the Senate, Mr. NORRIS, from the Committee on Foreign and I will not occupy its time for five minutes. i legislation of Congress. I refer to the sailors.

without guardianship, if they do not find it in the Relations, to whom was referred the petition of have read these papers. They relate to two of The question of their rights is before the Senate. G. Thomas Howard, reported a bill for his relief.

the most important questions that can come before Here is a document containing the proceedings of The bill was read and passed to the second read

the Senate. "They relate to the government of the a court of inquiry, touching that very matter. ing.

Navy. They relate to the rights of junior officers, Here is a report showing what the action of the NOTICE OF A BILL.

under alleged oppression by their superiors. It Government has been on that very question. Mr. FISH gave notice of his intention to ask must be manifest to everybody that they are ques- Here is a report which shows the construction leave to introduce a bill for the relief of William tions of high interest. I do not pretend to pass an which the head of the Department puts upon the Bedient, late a sergeant in the 4th regiment of opinion upon the merits involved in the case; but administration of the law in that particular. Upon artillery.

I tell the Senate, that these papers relate vitally, a question of this sort, when we ask to have such BILL INTRODUCED.

to the rights of every junior officer under a supe- a document printed, it is objected to. The honMr. CLEMENS, agreeably to previous notice, rior. And what strikes my mind with more force orable Senator from Missouri finds fault that we asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill to

is, they relate to the rights of every private sea- have not asked for a larger number. Perhaps if extend the benefit of the act to regulate intercourse

man in the Navy of the United States. They , I had been brought up in a larger part of the withe Indian tribes, and to preserve peace on the

have been submitied to the Naval Committee, and country, where the boundaries of States are frontiers, approved the 30th of June, 1834, to the ordered to be printed. The usual number has been larger, and the rivers are larger, and everything people of the State of Texas, and others; which

ordered to be printed; and it seems to me, on ques- is larger, I might possibly have inculcated larger was read a first and second time by its title, and

tions of this magnitude, if we have a report of the ideas, and asked for the printing of ten thousand referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Committee on Printing, it is but a small matter to copies; but I come from a modest part of the On the motion of Mr. WHITCOMB, the bill print two thousand copies of an official document, country; and, therefore, when I ask for the printintroduced by him yesterday, entitled "A bill relating to the most vital questions that affect the ing of a small number of copies, I hope that this granting the right of way and making a grant land

American Navy, and not, as I understand, to a fact may not be made to prejudice the claim which to the States of Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa, in aid mere private and personal quarrel.

I make, if it is small. of the construction of a railroad from Wabash to

Mr. ATCHISON. I have but one word to say Mr. BERRIEN. Mr. President, assuming that the Missouri river," was read a second time and

in relation to this matter. I suppose this document this document contains those important questions, referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

was communicated, in the first place, for the ac- which it is said by the Senator from New Hamp

tion of the Senate, and ordered to be printed for shire are embraced in it, his argument is perfectly GOVERNMENT WAREHOUSES.

the use of the Senate. In addition to that, it is conclusive to prove that the Senate ought to inMr. HUNTER submitted the following resolu- now proposed to print two thousand extra copies form themselves of the contents of these papers. tion for consideration; which was considered by for distribution. For whose information are these If they really do involve questions which are imunanimous consent, and agreed to:

two thousand copies to be printed? Is it for the portant to the rights and interests of officers of Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed information of the American people at large? Or ihe Navy, and of the sailors belonging to that arm to report to the Senate the number of public warehouses is it for the information of a few select individuals, l of the country's service, it behooves the Senate now leased by the Government, the places where leased,

outside of the Senate Chamber, outside of the walls to inform themselves of these questions; and if the periods for which they are leased, the terms upon which they are leased, and the amount expended upon them for of Congress ? I would like these questions to be it be necessary to regulate their legislating accordJabor and other purposes. answered.

ing to the information which is communicated, it If this is a question for the action of the SenLIBRARY OF CONGRESS.

is the duty of the Senate to require that they ate, it is proper and right that the document should should be printed. Mr. PEARCE submitted the following resolu

But the argument of the Senbe printed, in order that each Senator may exam- ator from New Hampshire does not proceed a tion; which was considered by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

ine it for himself. But I can see no earthly good single step, unless we mean, according to what

to be effected by printing these additional num- seems to be the propensity of the day, to look beResolved, That the Committee on Public Buildings be

bers. I do not know what portion of the commuinstructed in inquire into the expediency of enlarging, re

yond this Senate Chamber for legislation, and inpairing, and refitting the principal apartment heretofore nity is to be enlightened by the printing of two voke instruction from without. I do not perceive occupied by the Library of Congress, so that it may be en- thousand additional copies of this document. If that there is any, the slightest ground, for the extirely fire-proof and capable of further extension in bar

it is a document of high importance; if it is one penditure which is proposed to be incurred on this mony with the general plan of the Capitol, upon the removal of the Senate and House of Representatives and their ofin which the American people feel a deep interest,

Relying upon the statement of the fices to the wings of the Capitol.

ten thousand or twenty thousand copies should be Senator from New Hampshire, I should think it NAVAL APPOINTMENTS.

printed. It seems to me that the motion does not my duty to adhere to the original recommendation Mr, HALE submitted the following resolution resolution only proposes to print two thousand go far enough, on this account. The fact that the of the Committee on Naval Affairs. Upon the

recommendation this document was printed for for consideration:

copies satisfies my mind that it is for the purpose the use of the Senate; and I intend to inform my. Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be in

of distributing this document among u very few. self of its contents for the guidance of my juda structed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law that appointments in the naval service of the United

I have not read the document, and from what has ment; but I do not feel that I am under any obli. States shall hereafter be for a limited time, which shall be been spid of it, I cannot conceive that it would be gation to distribute two thousand copies of this expressed in the commissions.

of the least interest to any portion of the people of document among the people of the United States CAPTAIN WILLIAM K. LATIMER.

the State of Missouri. It may be of inierest to to invoke their aid in the formation of my opinion. The Senate, on the motion of Mr. HALE,

the officers of the Navy, for aught I know. It may || I am opposed to the resolution. proceeded to consider the following resolution, re.

be of interest to persons connected with the Navy. Mr. PEARCE. I should like to know whether ported from the Committee on Printing:

If so, ascertain the number actually necessary,

and it is proposed to publish not only the charges and

place them at the disposal of the Secretary of the the finding of the court, and the opinion of the “ Resolved, That two thousand additional copies of the charges and specifications, before the court of inquiry against

Navy, for distribution. For my own part, I do not Secretary of the Navy, but also the evidence in William K. Latimer, a captain in the Navy of the United desire to be troubled with documents of this char- the case? States, and the accompanying papers, which were ordered acter. If this resolution should be adopted, I sup- Mr. BORLAND. No, sir. to be printed, be printed for the use of the Senate.”

pose my distributive share would be one sixtieth Mr. PEARCE. I should still like to know Mr. BORLAND. I simply wish to call the part of iwo thousand. What disposition to make precisely what it is that is to be published. I canattention of the Senate to the character of that of such a number I do not know.

not understand what we are to publish from the resolution. The proceedings of the court of in- Mr. HALE. I am exceedingly sorry to meet reading of the resolution. quiry, in the case of Captain Latimer, were called this opposition. I believe that yesterday we or- Mr. BORLAND. It is not proposed to pubfor by a resolution of the Senate, and when they dered five thousand extra copies to be printed of lish the testimony at all. That is all to be left were received they were referred to the Commii- || the geological survey of the Siate of lowa. That out.

occasion.

course.

use.

me,

Mr. PEARCE. It may possibly be necessary questions of this sort, involving flogging in the be reached at an earlier day. I have no desire to for the vindication of the officer charged, that his Navy and discipline generally, ii may be a desire delay action upon this biil. On the contrary, I defence should be printed with this document. I to scatter such a document in some portions of agree with the Senator from Maine that this bül is cannot tell what ought to be printed until I see the the country to produce agitation and to annoy one of great importance, and I wish to have it papers. Unless we can know exactly the state of Senators with petitions on the subject of which acted upon as early as possible. But this I think ihe case, I am opposed to this printing.

the petitioners know very little practically. I hope I will be best attained by permitting the bill to reMr. BORLAND. I will state to the Senator the Senate will refuse the printing of these addi- tain its present place on ihe Calendar, while at the that the resolution does not propose to publish the tional copies.

same time great advantage will result to the busitestimony at all. It leaves out a large portion of The resolution was rejected.

ness of the Senate generally by adopting that the report, and it seems to me that if the purpose is

NAVY-YARD AT SAN FRANCISCO. to enlighten the public in regard to the matter, the

Mr. BADGER. Every day furnishes addiwhole of the proceedings and testimony should be

On the motion of Mr. BADGER, the Senate

tional evidence of the propriety of an amendment published. We should thus involve the publica. sider the bill to establish a navy-yard and depot || session of Congress, and that is, that all questions proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to con

to the rules of the Senate, which I submitted last tion of a very large book, for this is one of the largest documents that has ever come before us.

on the Bay of San Francisco, in California, and in relation to the taking up of bills should be deMr. HALE. How large a pamphlet will this for other purposes. make?

Mr. BADGER stated that his object in calling tlemen is, do not let us consume the whole day

cided without debate. Now, all that I ask of genMr. BORLAND. About one hundred pages. for the consideration of this bill was, that he might in debating whether we will take up this bill

. Mr. STOCKTON. I desire to say that I canhave the opportunity to submit several amend

Mr. BORLAND. I think if nothing else had not see the propriety of publishing a document ments for the purpose of having them printed.

ever been said against this practice of making spenow before the Senate for its action. I may be

The amendments having been submitted, wrong, but it does appear to me that as we are

On motion by Mr. GWÍN, the further consid

cial assignments, there is one argument which going to act upon the subject, all that is necessary eration of the bill was postponed till to-morrow.

ought to be conclusive against it. That argument

has been repeated so often, that it has now become for us is to have the papers printed for our own

FRENCH SPOLIATIONS.

perfectly familiar to every member of the Senate,

Mr. BRADBURY. I desire to call up the bill and it is, that in very many instances, more time The PRESIDENT. That has already been to provide for the ascertainment and satisfaction of has been consumed on the question of taking up ordered.

claims of American citizens for spoliations com- bills than has been consumed on the merits of the Mr. RUSK. I should have voted against this mitted by the French prior to the 31st day of July, | bills themselves, and the question of their passage. proposition at any rate, believing it entirely use- 1801, for the purpose of making it a special order For that reason, I think that the impolicy of conless to add to our expenditure and delay other for some future day. I gave notice, at the time I tinuing such a course must be demonstrated to the necessary printing. But when I learn that the reported the bill, ihat I should propose to have Senate. And, sir, there is another matter which testimony upon which the papers were founded is some day assigned for its special consideration. || I would mention as a reason why this practice of to be left out, I certainly cannot be guilty of such | It is a matter of so great importance that I think making special orders has been resorted to, and gross injustice towards this officer, who seems to it should be taken up now for the purpose I have thus far sustained. I know of no other reason be assailed by the Senator from New Hampshire, | indicated.

that is usually assigned for making such disposiof putting part of the proceedings before the com- Mr. RUSK. I think our experience with re- tion of a bill, than that it has some special merit munity and leaving out the testimony. I cannot gard to the assignment of a particular day for the over other bills, and on that ground precedence is consent to publishing only that objectionable mat- consideration of matters which Senators desire to claimed for it. I suppose, however, that there is ter which I understand the Senator from New be made special orders, shows that the effect is to de- no Senator who brings forward a bill here who Hampshire to desire to spread out before the lay them and our other business also. It promotes does not consider it as of sufficient importance to country, certainly not for the information of the debate much more when bills come up out of their claim the speedy attention of the Senate. Now, country. The ordinary number—some three hun regular order. I think every one will agree with sir, there are between fifty and one hundred imdred copies—have already been printed for the use that the result has been as I have stated; and portant bills before the Senate at this time, and yet of the Senate. I do not wish the inflammable mat- I hope, therefore, the motion may not prevail. I matters which I certainly do not consider of much ter to which the Senator alludes sent out as part shall vote against it.

importance, have been made special orders, and a and parcel of the proceedings, for I consider that Mr. WALKER. I entertain the same opinion day has been assigned to each of them. And what this document will be inflammable matter without with regard to the assignment of particular days | advantage do we gain by this? We certainly gain the testimony upon which the findings of the court for the consideration of particular bills, which the nothing in favor of the particular bill, if we are to were made.

honorable Senator from Texas has expressed. I take equally and fairly the measures which are Mr. HALE. The Senator from Texas misun- do not intend to ask for the assignment of any brought forward by Senators on this floor. So far derstands me entirely if he understood me as as- particular day for the consideration of any meas- as my short experience has taught me, I am satsailing any officer. I stated expressly that I ure in which I am particularly interested. I am isfied that this course of making special orders has would not state my opinion on the merits of the willing that any bill, in which 'my State is special delayed the business of the Senate, while it has case one way or the oiher.

ly interested, shall take its regular turn on the done nothing to advance the progress of the parMr.-RUSK. Did not the Senator say that he || Calendar; and if it gets no action, I am willing to ticular bill, the furtherance of which it was indesired to place before the country the construc- let it take its chance in its order. There are indi- || tended to promote. Here is an illustration: How tion placed upon the law by the Secretary of the vidual States which are as much interested in the much time have we lost here this morning, in the Navy?

passage of other bills as the claimants for indem- mere discussion of whether we will take up a bill? Mr. HALE. Yes, sir,

nity for French spoliations are for the passage of The amendment, to which the Senator from North Mr. RUSK. If that is not conveying an insin- this bill, and the representatives of these States || Carolina alluded, was not adopteduation against an officer, I misunderstand lan- | may, with as much propriety, ask that their favor. Mr. BADGER. I know it was not. guage.

ite measures shall be set down as special orders Mr. BORLAND. And I have made these reMr. HALE. I think the Senator will be at a as these claimants. I hope we have got through marks to strengthen the remark made by that Senloss to find for whom censure is intended or im- || with special orders. I agree with the Senator from ator, and with the view of putting a stop, if posplied., I said that here was the construction Texas, that special orders provoke debate. Mem-sible, to the practice of making special orders. which I understood the Secretary of the Navy to bers come here prepared to make speeches, and Mr. BELL. I have one word that I wish to put on the administration of that part of the law. their speeches touch somebody who feels bound say, not upon this question, because by parliaI carefully avoided expressing any opinion, and, to reply, and that reply begets another, and so the mentary law it is not a debatable question, and I indeed, I cannot say that I have any opinion on debate is continued for a long time. I hope this deny that any gentleman is able to show any parthe merits of the particular controversy involved | bill will not be made a special order, and that no liamentary law, or anything more than a loose in this case. I only say that the Senate should other special order will be made.

practice which has grown up in this body, to waract informedly on the matter. I have no interest Mr. BRADBURY. This bill is certainly one rant any debate upon this question. I never knew in this matter. I have no friend involved in it of very great importance. It is one upon which in my experience in the other House, that debate at all.

I suppose every Senator will desire to be called to could be extended further, except by general conMr. MANGUM. This is a very small mat- vote, and my purpose in making it a special order sent, than when a member desired to give priority

I am opposed to the publication of this addi- was, that we might know beforehand when the to any bill, to give him the opportunity of stating tional number of copies of this document, and I subject was to come before us for consideration. his reasons why it should be taken up out of its wish to call the attention of the Senate to the his- || It is usual to give some consideration of this kind regular order. "If another member rose to speak tory of the Committee on Printing. Sir, that to bills of so much importance, involving so much upon the question, it was out of order for him to committee was raised for the purpose of diminish- l general interest. I believe it will not lead to any proceed, except by general consent. This dising unnecessary and extravagant expenditure in increase of debate; but, on the contrary, that de- cussion is clearly out of order, and it is clearly regard to the public printing; and the first year it bate will thereby be lessened. I hope, therefore, out of the indulgence of the body that such a pracwas in operation, of an equal session with the that the Senate will agree to the motion.

tice has grown up. I know it is very difficult for session preceding of the same length, the expendi- Mr. GWIN. It is because this is a bill of great you, Mr. President, to restrain members when so ture for the public printing was reduced from importance that I am opposed to making it a spe- many desire to express their sentiments and opin$39,000 to $14,000. " I regret to see that we are cial order. I am anxious to take up the Calen- ions for or against a proposition of this kind; but running into ancient extravagance. I think we dar, and to clear it of all bills as they stand there I must maintain that it is now out of order. I ought to adhere to the recommendation of the in regular succession. I wish to proceed with the have not said anything except in vindication of committee in most cases, especially when they re- business of the Senate, and I feel assured that by what I consider to be the parliamentary order of fuse to publish additional numbers of these docu- i refusing to make this a special order, and proceed- the body. If Senators choose to indulge in a

We print a vast deal of matter here that ing with the Calendar, we shall accelerate busi- licentious debate of this description, it is their own is of no interest to anybody. As far as is ne- ness; because gentlemen understanding that to be fault, but it is out of order. cessary for our legislation here, we have already the rule will push the business, in order that the Mr. BADGER. Following the example of my printed the usual number of these documents. On particular bills in which they have an interest may friend who has just taken his seat, and endeavoring

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to add some reasons to those otiered by the honor- Mr. HAMLIN. The Senator from Wisconsin in view of its magnitude, and the length of time able Senator from Arkansas why the amendment of says I am wrong. It may be so, but such was that it has been pending, I shall vote for taking it the rules which I proposed should have been my impression. At all events, I think that those up now, in order that that disposition may be

who are so devoted to the measure for giving away inade of it which is asked for. sition. My friend thinks he has escaped all the two millions of acres of the public land, will not The question was taken upon the motion to take difficulty of an irregular debate, because he has deny to this class of claims which, as the Senator up the bill, and resulted-yeas 26, nays 17; as made a speech, and did not say one word upon from North Carolina has truly said, have been of follows: the question before the Senate. (Laughter.] Now, more than half a century standing, the right of be- YEAS-Messrs. Badger, Bayard, Berrien, Bradbury, I will follow his example, because I know I shall ing placed in an equally favorable position. I think, Clarke, Cooper, Davis, Dodge of Wisconsin, Dodge of then be in order; for he says it is out of order to too, that those who have aided in this bill—and the

Iuwa, Downs, Felch, Fish, Foot, Hamlin, James, Jones of

Towa, Jones of Tennessee Mallory, Miller, Pearce, Smith, speak upon the question before the Senate, and thing is not alone, nor are those special orders with

Soule, Spruance, Sumner, Cphain, and Wade--28. you avoid all difficulty by speaking upon ques. out their particular friends, and I think that the NAYS--Messrs. Atchison, Borland, Clemens, Dawson, tions not under consideration by this body. I early improvement of the navigation of the Upper Douglas, Gwin, Hale, llouston, Hunter, King, McRae, will follow that example, and in the first place, I Mississippi, and the question of the printing of the

Mangum, Norris, Rusk, Sebastian, Walker, and Whilbeg to suggest to the Senate that our rules specity Seventh Census, are subjects of importance-may the questions which shall be decided without de- be expected to join in giving to this measure a

So the motion to take up the bill was agreed to. bale, and that I do not know any other parlia- place on the Calendar, which shall only ask the

Mr. BRADBURY. I now more to postpone mentary body whose rules can add to the number action of the Senate afirmatively or negatively,

the further consideration of the bill till the first of uniebatable questions in this body; and every so that if adopted it may go to the House of Rep

Monday of February next, at one o'clock, and that question, which is not by a rule of the Senate, or resentatives, and be there adopted or rejected, as

it be made the special order for that day. by the long and well-established usage of the Sen- that body may decide. I have been one of a small

Mr. FELCH. I would suggest to the Senator ale--which supplies the place of an express rule- | minority of the whole Senate who have from time

from Maine to postpone it for a longer period. declared to be not debatable, is of course deba- to time urged an adherence to the Calendar, so

Mr. BORLAND. There is another special ortable. The right of debate exists in every case, that all business may come up in its order, and

der appointed for that day. except when it is excluded by an express rule. on this question I have been voted down on every

Mr. FELCH. One of the members of the Now, when my friend speaks of " licentious occasion; and I now ask, and I trust that I may

committee, I believe, wishes to make a minority debate" here, I take occasion to say, that though ask with some confidence, those Senators who

report. I refer to the Senator from Indiana, who such debate may exist in other bodies, it is totally have obtained their special orders to allow this

is now sick. I would, therefore, suggest the third unknown here.

question to have a position equally favorable with Monday in February. I wish to say, that from the little experience we

The PRESIDENT. Does the Senator from their own. have had to-day, added to the days upon days Mr. BRADBURY. I desire to add to the re

Michigan make a motion to that effect? and weeks upon weeks that have been consumed, marks of my colleague, the statement that this

Mr. FELCH, I will make that motion. during the five years that I have had the honor of bill stands next-or nearly next-on the Calendar

The PRESIDENT. The question will first be serving in this body, in determining whether we to the bill granting lands io the State of Iowa, so

taken on the longest day. should take up one question or another in order to that, had that will not been made a special order,

The question was then taken on the motion to give it precedence over some other, I am induced this one would have followed almost immediately postpone the further consideration of the bill till io hope that some gentleman of greater powers of || afterwards, and it would be doing no more than

the third Monday in February; and it was decided pursuasion than I possess may yet introduce a

in the affirmative. the same measure of justice that has been done to a rule which will declare that the question of pri- that bill, to make it a special order. It would

RAILROADS IN IOWA. ority shall be decided without debate. This ques- come up at an early day, without any assignment; The Senate then proceeded to the consideration tion ought to have been decided long since, one way but we wish to see this bill taken up and acted of the special order, being the unfinished business or the other. If I may be pardoned for the sug- upon, if possible, on the first day that it may be of the preceding day, the pending question being gestion, I will say that I see no impropriety in brought before the Senate for consideration. It is on the amendment offered by Mr. UNDERWOOD to giving precedence to claims of this sort io which not my purpose to consume a long time in the the amendment reported by the Committee on this bill refers. They are of half a century's consideration of this bill, and for that reason I Public Lands to the “bill granting the right of standing, and have been discussed and rediscussed thought it might be deemed proper to have a day way and making a grant of land to the State of in both branches of Congress for twenty-five designated for it, so that we might have a fuii Iowa, in aid of the construction of certain railroads years, and the most able reports have been repeat- Senate, and have it disposed of without unneces- in said State." edly made upon them in both Houses of Congress, sary consumption of time.

Mr. UNDERWOOD. I ask the yeas and nays uniformly favorable. The bill has once passed Mr. BORLAND. In response to the Senator on that amendment. both Houses of Congress, authorizing their pay- from Maine, with regard to the order of business The yeas and nays were ordered. ment, and it was rejected by the Executive for on the Calendar, I desire to call attention to the Mr. HUNTER.' I was not present yesterday three reasons, one of which was, that we were at Calendar, by which it will be perceived that the when this amendment was offered, nor had I the war, and not in a situation to pay our debts. That bill granting land to the State of Iowa, to aid in good fortune to hear the speech of the honorable reason has passed away. We have, according to the construction of a railroad, is number one, and Senator from Kentucky, (Mr. Underwood.] 11 a report made at the beginning of the session, a in the order of business is number twenty-two; | I understand the amendment it is to propose an surplus of twenty millions of dollars, and I think that to provide for the ascertainment and satisfac- | equal distribution of the public lands among all this is a very good time to bring forward these tion of claims for spoliations by the French, is the States of the Union. claims and pass them, and show that the reason number fifty-nine in the order of business, and Mr. UNDERWOOD. It proposes a pro rala given before was true, that we needed the money number sixiy-four in the order of bills presented distribution among States which have not received for fighting and could not pay our debts; but that to the Senate. The bill granting land to lowa public lands, according to the population, to a we now have it, and will apply it to satisfy just stands at the head of the list, where it stood at the certain extent. All the States omitted in that demands. beginning of the session.

amendment which I offered have received a larger The PRESIDENT. The question is on post- Mr. HALE. It is with great reluctance that I portion than the States provided for in the amendponing the special order. separate myself from the friends of this measure

ment. They are a great deal in advance of the Mr. BORLAND. On that question I ask the on the question now before the Senate. I have other States already in the amount they have reyers and nays.

uniformly voted for the bill, and shall continue to ceived, and in order to make the amount given to The yeas and nays were ordered.

du so; for I believe it is one of the few cases in the States named in the amendment equal to that Mr. HAMLIN.' By your kindness, Mr. Pres- which I can honestly vote money out of the received by the new States, not mentioned in the ident, I have been allowed to take from your table Treasury, because I'think it is to pay honest amendment, I propose to give about 14,500,000 the list of the present special orders, and by that debts. But I shall vote against the motion to take acres to the Siates which I have named in my list I find, first of all, the bill offered by the Sena- up the bill out of its order, for the reason given by amendment; the other States having received much ator from lowa, (Mr. Jones,] in relation to a grant the honorable Senator from Maine; for I do not of lands for the making of a railroad in that State. want to put it in the same company with the res- Mr. HUNTER. I merely rise to state that I

The PRESIDENT. That is the unfinished olution offered by the Senator from Mississippi, shall vote for the amendment of the Senator from business.

(Mr. Foote,) nor the one relating to the printing Kentucky, although I shall vote against the bill, Mr. HAMLIN. Yes, sir, it was a special or- of the Census, and other measures, which have whether that amendment is adopted or not. der, and became the unfinished business. Next been made special orders, I have very rarely Mr. ATCHISON. I wish to make an inquiry we have a resolution, offered by a gentleman who voted to make special orders; I have contended of the Senator from Kentucky, and that is, why he is no longer a member of this body-a very prac- with the Senator from Maine, in a small minority has left out of his amendment the State of Texas? tical resolution, sir, (a laugh]-the resolution of- to enforce the rules, and adhere to the Calendar. She has never received

any of the public lands. fered by the Senator from Mississippi, (Mr. l I shall vote against all special orders, and if the Mr. UNDERWOOD. I will state the reason, Foote, on the subject of the compromise. The Senate will vote with me, I will vote to lay all bills for the satisfaction of the Senator from Missouri, next is a bill to improve the navigation of the on the table till they are reached in their regular | which operated upon me in doing so. I though Upper Mississippi; and then another, in the shape order. When this bill comes up, I will give it all that the grant of $10,000,000 to the State of Texas, of a joint resolution in regard to the printing of the support I can, but I cannot vote to take it up and the further grant of thirty thousand square Seventh Census. Now these subjects have all been out of its order.

miles of land, which she did not own, was a great wrested from their order on the Calendar, and made Mr. DODGE, of Iowa. I suppose, Mr. Pres- || deal more to Texas in land, and money too, thai special orders. I think that my friend from Ar- ident, that there is no more decided enemy to these we ever could expect to get for the old States, from kansas, (Mr. Borland,) as well as my friend who French spoliation claims than I am; but the cour- any portion of the public lands. That is the reasits before me, (Mr. Walker,) both favored the tesy which is asked by the advocates of this bill son why I left it out. (Laughter.) propositions, making them special orders.

is one which I feel bound to concede to them. I Mr. Sumner addressed the Senate, in favor Mr. WALKER. You are wrong in that sup- i wish them to have an opportunity, at an early the bill. A report of his speech will be found in position.

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32D CONGRESS, Isr Session.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 1852.

New SERIES....No. 26.

Mr. FELCH. Mr. President, I desire to say Whole on the state of the Union; and upon that | called for the previous question; and having withsomething on this bill, having reported it from the question I demand the previous question. drawn it, he is now discussing the general propoCommittee on Public Lands. As the Senator Mr. BROWN, of Mississippi. I desire to sug- sition. from Kentucky (Mr. UNDERWOOD) has proposed 'gest, for the benefit of my colleague-for he may Mr. FOWLER. If I understood right, he only an amendment, which in point of fact changes the not be aware of it—that, if he yield the floor in obtained the door by the permission of the gentlewhole policy of the system proposed by the original this way, he would not be entitled to it in the man from Mississippi, (Mr. NABERS,), to make bill, it becomes a matter of a great deal of import- committee, and therefore could not go on then the motion to commit the resolution. If that is ance. Before saying anything on the subject, I without general consent.

so, is it in order for him to hold the floor for disshould like to refer to some statistics, given us Mr. VENABLE. He will get it, of course. cussion? yesterday in the speech of the honorable Senator Voices. He will have it by general consent.

The SPEAKER. It is not in order for the gen-, from Kentucky.

Mr. GORMAN. I rise to inquire what the tleman from Virginia to deprive the gentleman If it be agreeable to the Senator from lowa, | question is ?

from Mississippi of the floor, who is entitled to who has charge of the bill, I would move to post

The SPEAKER. The Chair was about to pro- address the committee upon the merits of the resoprone its further consideration until the day after pound the question. It is: That the joint resolu- lution. to-morrow, that I may have an opportunity of tion reported by the gentleman from Indiana, from Mr. FOWLER. I then make this question of referring to the remarks of the Senator from Ken- he Committee on Printing, be referred to the order, that it is not in order for the gentleman from tucky, which have not yet been published. The Committee of the Whole on the state of the Virginia (Mr. McMullin) to discuss any point, amendment has just been laid on our tables, and I Union; and upon that question the previous ques- and that he can only submit the motion for which would like to examine it. I would, therefore, sugtion has been demanded.

the gentleman from Mississippi yielded the floor. gest to the Senator from Iowa, the propriety of

Mr. ORR. I desire to inquire, what would be The SPEAKER. The Chair decides that the allowing the matter to lie over until the day after the effect of sustaining the previous question? | gentleman from Virginia obtained the floor for the to-morrow, or some subsequent day. I move to Suppose the House, after the previous question purpose of submitting the motion to commit; and posipone the further consideration of this subject has been sustained, refuses to refer this resolution ihat if he withdraw it, he loses his right to the until the day after tomorrow, (Thursday.)

to the Committee of the Whole on the state of the floor. The motion was agreed to, and then, on motion, Union, I ask if it would not bring the House to a Mr. MCMULLIN. As the result of this matter, The Senate adjourned.

vote immediately upon the passage of the resolu- if my motion prevails, is involved in doubt, I will, tion, as it is, without further discussion upon it? with the approbation of the gentleman from Mis

The SPEAKER. That would be the effect. sissippi, withdraw my motion of reference, which HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Mr. McMULLIN. Mr. Speaker, I

will entitle him to the floor. TUESDAY, January 27, 1852.

The SPEAKER. The Chair must interpose, Mr. NABERS. Mr. Speaker, allow me to say The House met at twelve o'clock, m.

Prayer tirely out of order.
and say to gentlemen that this conversation is en- that I have no unusual anxiety to address the

House. I did not desire to urge myself forward by the Rev. Mr. BUTLER.

Mr. McMULLIN. I desire to know what will before this House, but it struck me with a great The Journal of yesterday was read and approved. || be the practical effect of the motion which I have deal of force that the various attempts made to Mr. HOUSTON. I desire to know if there is submitted ?

obtain the floor would indicate that gentlemen have any question before the House?

The SPEAKER. It will be to bring the House something peculiar—some extraordinary views PUBLIC PRINTING.

to a vote—first, upon referring, and if that be neg- to present. There is another consideration. I

atived, then upon the adoption of the resolution. desire to reply to the remarks which fell yesterThe SPEAKER. The unfinished business of Mr. McMÚLLIN. Without further discus- day from ihe gentleman from North Carolina, yesterday is the business in order, being the reportsion?

[Mr. VENABLE.). It was with the view of enabling of the Committee on Printing, and upon which the The SPEAKER. Yes.

me to reply to him properly that I desired that gentleman from Mississippi (Mr. Nabers) is en- Mr. McMULLIN. Then I must beg leave to the House would go into Committee of the Whole; titled to the floor.

withdraw the call for the previous question; and I for I am fully aware of the fact, that if I am exMr. HOUSTON, Is it not in order for me to appeal to the House, upon all sides, to allow this pected to reply to that speech in order, it is totally make a motion to go into Committee of the Whole motion to prevail; and when the subject shall have impossible. The impression was universal yesupon the state of the Union?

been referred to the Committee of the Whole on terday that the observations of the gentleman from The SPEAKER. It will be in order, if the gen- the state of the Union, I hope that, by general North Carolina were out of order, and hence it is tleman from Mississippi will yield the floor for consent, the gentleman from Mississippi (Mr. Na- out of the question, as I apprehend, for me to thai purpose; but pot in order otherwise.

BERS] will be allowed to proceed, and occupy the follow him in the course he saw proper to take Mi. HOUSTON. I appeal to the House, I floor with a view to reply to the extraordinary without being guilty, to a greater or less extent, of appeal to the gentleman from Mississippi, to per- speech of the gentleman from North Carolina, | violating the rules of the House. I do not desire mit this question to pass over until to-morrow, or [Mr. VENABLE.)

to do that. I do not desire to do it now, because some subsequent morning, and allow me to make Mr. VENABLE. I hope he will reply: I am aware of the fact, that if one gentleman claims a motion that the House go into Committee of the Mr. McMULLIN. I wish, before I take my the right of proceeding out of order—if one genWhole on the state of the Union, with the view seat, to withdraw the call for the previous ques- tleman claims the right upon a given proposition to dispose of the bill upon which debate was closed tion, and then make an appeal to the House to to tell you about things in general—that any other last Saturday, providing for the payment of the let the subject be referred as proposed.

member may claim the like privilege, and hence last installment of the indemnity to Mexico. The Mr. GORMAN. I ask the gentleman if he de- it would be iotally impossible for us to have the debate has been closed upon that bill, and all sires to strangle the proposition, and kill it?. least order or the least propriety in our discusthat is necessary is to go into committee, and Mr. McMÜLLIN. So far from it, I desire to sions. Then while I know that some remarks finish it. I think it ought to be done; and there- have the resolution discussed, and finally passed. which I may offer may not be in stoic: accordance fore I feel bound, in the discharge of my duty, Mr. GORMAN. I beg of him, then, not to with the rules of the House, I trust that the same to make that appeal to the House and to the persist in his motion to refer to the Committee of kind indulgence will be extended towards me that genteman.

the Whole on the state of the Union. That would was given to the distinguished gentleman from Mr. McMULLIN. I suggest to the gentleman be its grave, out of which it could never be resur- North Carolina, (Mr. VENABLE.] I shall briefly from Alabama, [Mr. Houston,) and also to the rected.

advert to the considerations growing out of the gentleman from Mississippi, [Mr. Nabers,) if it Mr. STANLY. Will the gentleman allow me resolution and amendments now under discussion; is practicable at this stage of our proceedings to a word?

and if gentlemen expect to call me to order, if I do so, to refer the subject, which comes up as a Mr. McMULLIN. For explanation.

should take occasion to talk about myself, I hope inatter of course, to the Committee of the Whole Mr. STANLY. The chairman of the Com- he will now on the state of the Union. Then the object of the gentleman from Alabama can be effected; and the desirous that the House shall proceed with the im- me, I will suggest, that if he is permitted to go on gentleman frona Mississippi will have much more portant business of the country, and I suggest that out of order, it must be expected that every genlatitude in committee than he can have in the we postpone the consideration of this printing | tleman in the House will do the same thing, and House. I desire to know of the Speaker, if it is resolution to some day next week. It will then we shall then be virtually in Committee of the now competent to submit the motion by the con- come up again. What difficulty is there in the Whole. We had better preserve the rules of the sent of the gentleman from Mississippi? way to this mode of proceeding?

House by going into Committee of the Whole. The SPEAKER. The motion to refer is in or- Mr. McMULLIN'made a response not heard If that be the understanding of the House, I have der. The gentleman from Mississippi, however, || by the reporter.

no disposition that anybody who chooses may is entitled to the floor.

Mr. FOWLER. I rise to a question of order. not discuss the question; but I know very well Mr. MCMULLIN. Then I ask my friend from I wish to know what is the question before this that when the House gets tired of the debateMississippi to yield me the floor for the purpose House. It appears to me that all of this talk is members pursuing the same line of argument–it of submitting that motion.

out of order; but perhaps I do not understand the will be cut off; and I therefore give notice to the Mr. NABERS. Very well. question.

House that I will call to order, when necessary, Mr. McMULLIN. I have obtained the consent The SPEAKER. The question is upon the land that I would have done so yesterday, when of the gentleman from Mississippi to move that adoption of the resolution reported by the Com- the gentleman from North Carolina was speaking, the subject be referred to the Committee of the mittee on Printing. The gentleman from Virginia I had I been in the Hall.

mittee of Ways and Meanka [Mr. Houstox]"she Mr. MEADE. "o the gentleman will permit

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