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The Committee of Claims desire to know and passage of this resolution, some amendments to

Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, praying compensa- look further into it, they will find a complete de

Joint Resolution expressive of the sympathy of Congress for tion for damages and losses sustained by reason of the sus

the exiled Irish patriots, Smith O'Brien and Thomas F. scription in the report of the Architect, which was pension by the Government of a contract therein set forth.

Meagher, and their associates. subinitted to the Committee on Public Buildings. By Mr. MCDONALD: 'The petition of William Frost

Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatires and others, assistant marshals, praying for increased com- The bill was reported to the Senate without

of the United States of America in Congress assembled, pensation.

amendment, and ordered to be engrossed for a That in consideration of the general sympathy felt by the By Mr. MOORE, of Louisiana: The project of a law, third reading.

people of the United States for Smith O'Brien, Thomas F. drawn up under the instructions of the Chamber of Com

Meagher, and their immediate associates, exiled Irish BILL PASSED.

patri. merce oi New Orleans, relative to steam boilers and inspect

ots, and the warm sympathies felt by the countrymen of ors of steam boilers.

The bill for the relief of Lieutenant Colonel these distinguished sufferers, who have become adopted By Mr. DURKEE: The petition of A. F. Stockwell and

citizens of the United States, the President of the United others, praying Congress to grant a portion of the public Mitchell, of Missouri, was read a third time and

States be requested to authorize a correspondence to be lands for the extension of the Mobile and Chicago railroad. passed.

opened with the Government of her Majesty the Queen of By Mr. FAULKNER: The petition of John

1. King,

Great Britain, appealing to the magnanimity of the British praying compensation for his inventions and improvements

Government and people in their behalf, and respectfully re. used by the Government of the United States at Harper's Mr. BRODHEAD. I desire to submit the fol

questing the liberation of these personages from their present Ferry.

lowing resolution, and if there is no objection ask confinement, with an offer to receive them upon the boxpiBy Mr. DUNCAN: The petition of Homer Bartlett and for its consideration at this time:

table shores of the United States. others, for an appropriation of money to the executive committee for the industrial Exhibition at London, to relieve Resolved, that the Secretary of State be directed to in- On Thursday, the 29th of January, Mr. SHIELDS them from the expenses incurred in the display of articles form the Senate whether all the claims, which were exhibited to the late - Board of Commissioners on claims against pending question:

submitted the following amendment; which is the from the United States.

By Mr. APPLETON, of Massachusetts: The memorial Mexico," were finally adjudicated; and also whether the of the city of Boston, in the State of Massachusetts, call- sum designated in the treaty was adequate to the full pay

Strike out all after the enacting clause, and insert: ing the attention of Congress to the situation of the harbor ment of the sums found due.

66 That while we disclaim all intention of interiering in

any way in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Great in that place.

There being no objection, the Senate proceeded By Mr. FICKLIN: The petition of certain persons, pray

Britain and Ireland, we deem it our duty to express, in a to consider the resolution. ing for the passage of an aci to incorporate the Washington

respectful manner, our firm conviction that it would be City Water Company.

Mr. BRODHEAD. I will, in a very few words, highly gratifying to the people of the United States, many

of whom are natives of Ireland, and connected by blood By the SPEAKER: A statement relative to the manner state the reasons why I have submitted the reso

with the inhabitants of that country, to see Smith O'Brien of paying the compensation of the members and officers of the two Houses of Congress.

lution, and why, in my judgment, it should be and his associates restored to liberty, and permitted, il so Also, the petition of merchants and others, of the city of | adopted. It is stated that there is a balance of disposed, to emigrate to this country. We would regard Philadelphia, asking for an improvement of ihe navigation forty-odd thousand dollars remaining in the Treas

this act of clemency as a new proof of the friendly di-puisi

tion of the British Government towards our Republic, and around the Falls of the Obio, by the construction of an ad- ury, after paying all the claims which have been

as calculated to strengthen the bonds of affection now hapditional canal.

found to be due by this Board. This balance, al- pily existing between the people of the United States and

leged to be now in the Treasury, is claimed by the of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.” IN SENATE.

Mexican Government, or rather has been assigned Mr. SHIELDS addressed the Senate at some SATURDAY, February 7, 1852.

to a Mexican citizen, who has presented to the || length in support of his proposition. A report of Prayer by the Rev. L. F. MORGAN.

Senate a claim for it. The whole amount appro- his speech will be found in the Appendix.

priated to meet the claims was three millions and Mr. SEWARD. I desire to suggest to the conPETITIONS.

à quarter. The Board of Commissioners adjudged sideration of the honorable Senator from Illinois, Mr. SEWARD presented the petition of citi

all the claims, as is alleged, and now it is stated who has favored us with a very eloquent, and zens of Mount Morris, New York, remonstrating against an extension of C.H.McCormick's patent remaining in the Treasury.

that there is a balance of forty-odd thousand dollars I hope very influential argument, in favor of the for a reaping machine; which was referred to the

amendment, which, if he will give me his atCommitiee on Patents and the Patent Office.

it is also important for the Senate to know- tention, I will read. They are to strike out, in Mr. SHIELDS presented documents in support whether all the claims presented against Mexico, the fourth line of the printed amendment the word of the claim of the widow of Brevet Major J. P.

on the part of this Government or of its citizens, O'Brien, late of the United States Army, for a

“respectful,” and insert the word "courteous;" have been finally adjudicated and passed upon by in the same line, strike out the word "convicpension; which was referred to the Committee on

the Board; and we can only obtain that informa- tion," and insert the word “opinion;" in the Military Affairs.

tion from the Secretary of State. I hope, there- ninth and tenth lines, strike out the words “ we Also, the petiton of Rufus L. Baker, of the Ordfore, the resolution will be adopted.

would regard this act of clemency,” and insert nance Corps, praying to be allowed the difference The resolution was adopted.

“this act of clemency would be regarded;" so as of pay between the grades of captain and major,


to make the amendment read: during the time he performed the duties of the lat

On the motion of Mr. DODGE, of Iowa, the “ That while we disclaim all intention of interfering in ter grade; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of any way in the internal affairs of the kingdom of Great Mr. WALKER presented the petition of the the Whole, the bill to relinquish to the State of

Britain and Ireland, we deem it our duty 10 express, in a Iowa the lands reserved for salt springs therein; gratifying to the people of the United States, many of whoin

courteous manner, our firm opinion that it would be highly Board of Supervisors of Columbia county, Wis

and no amendment being made it was reported to are natives of Ireland, and connected by blond with the inconsin, praying that the military reserve at Fort Winnebago may be granted to the State for the imthe Senate and ordered to be engrossed and read a

habitants of that country, to see Smith O'Brien and his third time.

associates restored to liberty, and permitted, if so disposed, provement of the Fox and Wisconsin rivers; which

to emigrate to this country. And that this act of clemency was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.


would be regarded as a new pront of the friendly di-pnsi. On the motion of Mr. BORLAND, the Senate

tion of the Rritish Government towards our Republic, and as CONGRESSIONAL LIBRARY.

calculated to strengthen the bonds of affection now happily Mr. HUNTER. I would ask the general conproceeded to consider, as in Committee of the

existing between the people of the United States and of the sent of the Senate to take up the bill providing for

Whole, the bill to revive a portion of an act for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

the relief of the widows of deceased soldiers; and the repair of the old Congressional Library.

I have a few words to say upon these amendThe motion was agreed to.

on his motion it was further postponed until Mon- || ments, and also upon the resolution itself. I will The bill was read a second time, and the Senate day next.

be governed by the preference of the Senate, as to

CONTRACTS FOR MAILS. proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to its

whether I shall proceed now or at a future time. consideration.

Mr. CLEMENS submitted the following reso- Several Senators expressed a desire to adjourn. It provides that the sum of $72,500 be appropria- lution for consideration:


move, therefore, that the ted to repair the Congressional Library room, which

Resolred, That the Secretary of the Navy and Postmaster Senate do now adjourn.

General be requested to furnish Congress with copies of all was lately destroyed by fire, according to the plan

The motion was agreed to and the Senate adcontracts originally made and at present existing for the described in the repori and drawings which were transportation of the mails between New York and Cali

submitted by the Architect to the Secretary of the fornia by steainsiiips on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans,
Interior, and approved by the Committee on Public

and all information they possess in regard thereto; what
amount has been paid, and to whom; what amount is now

Buildings of the Senate; provided, however, that
the work shall be executed under the direction of
paid, and to whom, for the transit of the mails across the

Monday, February 9, 1852. Isthinus of Panama, in connection with said steamship serthe Secretary of the Interior, and be subject to vice; the gross amount of money that has been paid under

Prayer by the Rev. L. F. Morgan. such a modification of the details as may be con

each service; when such contracts commenced; in what sistent with the general arrangement of the plan, sums and at what periods of time paid, and to whom each

EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS. payment has been made; whether at such periods as ex- The PRESIDENT pro tempore laid before the and necessary and proper in the opinion of the pressed under the terms of said contracts or otherwise; the Senate a communication from the War DepartPresident of the United States.

amount of service rendered, and by what vessels; how Mr. HUNTER. I will say a very few words often they arrive and depart; what time has been and is

ment, transmitting, in compliance with a resolution now occupied in the carriage of the mails between said

of the Senate of the 4th instant, a report from the in regard to the bill. It provides only for the re- ports; whether all the vessels stipulated under said con Chief Engineer, that a communication from the pair of the old Library room, which we hope to

tracts to be built have been so built, or what portion of Board of Engineer officers for the Pacific coast, adhave fitted up and ready for use by the middle of them; wbether, if two or three of the five ships contracted to be built under said contracts were not so built, but other

dressed to the Engineer Department on the 28th of May. It is an object which is very anxiously desired by members of both Houses of Congress, vessels engaged in independent lines united with the vessels

October last, recommended that Congress be asked of the Government contractors, thus forming one line; each that we should have it fitted up as soon as possible.

to appropriate not less than $500,000 for the of the parties, however, owving their own vessels, and in commencement of fortifications at San Francisco; The room will be according to its old dimensions.

that manner answering the terms of the contracts to build I hold in my hand a drawing of a vertical section said five ships. Whether other facilities exist for perform

which was read, and ordered to be laid on the table ing the same or a similar service, and if other propositions

and printed. of it. As it is proposed, it is to consist of ihree have been made, and upon wliat terms, to perform said ser- The PRESIDENT pro tempore laid before the stories and an alcove, surmounted above by light vice, and within what periods of time?

Senate a communication from the War Departiron galleries, the whole to be crowned by a sky

THE EXILED IRISH PATRIOTS. light the entire length of it. It is proposed to

ment, transmitting, in compliance with the resolu

At one o'clock the Senate proceeded to the con- tion of December 13, 1815, si xty-two copies of the make it fire-proof, and that the only material used sideration of the special order, viz: the resolution official Army Register for the year 1852, for the shall be iron. I believe that is a general descrip- submitted by Mr. Foote, of Mississippi, on the use of the Senate; which was read, and ordered to tion of the room. If Senators are anxious to 2d of December last, in these words:

be laid on the table.


land, representing that the fees accruing from the The bill was read, and passed to the second The PRESIDENT pro tempore laid before the office of Consul at that place, are wholly insuf- reading, and the report was ordered to be printed. Senate a memorial of the Legislature of Alabama, ficient, and praying to be allowed a salary; which He also, from the same committee, to which was praying that the citizens of that State may be in- was referred to the Committee on Commerce. referred the petition of Samuel Spalding, submitted demnified for losses sustained during the Indian Also, a memorial of manufacturers of lasts, at an adverse report; which was read. hosulities in 1836 and 1837; which was referred to Boston, praying that the bill giving further reme- He also, from the same committee, to which the Committee on Indian Affairs, and ordered to dies to patentees may become a law; which was was referred the petition of James Carrigan, subbe printed. ordered to lie on the table.

mitted a report; and, in concurrence therewith, Mr. WADE presented a memorial of assistant Mr. HAMLIN presented the petition of Elliot the committee were discharged from the further marshals, in Licking county; a memorial of as- F. Penney, a soldier in the last war with Great consideration of the petition. sistant marshals in Perry county; and a memorial Britain, praying a pension; which was referred to

Mr. JONES, of Iowa, from the Committee on of assistant marshals in Wade county, in the the Committee on Pensions.

Pensions, to which was referred the petition of State of Ohio, for taking the Seventh Census, Mr. CASS presented a petition of citizens of Jacob Young, submitted a report, accompanied by praying additional compensation; which were re- Sharon, Mercer county, Pennsylvania, praying an

a bill for his relief; which was read and passed to ferred to the Committee of Claims. avowal by Congress of the principle of " interven

the second reading, and the report was ordered to Mr. BRIGHT presented resolutions adopted at tion for non-intervention,”as a portion of the pub- be printed. a meeting of the inhabitants of the town of Na-lic law of nations. Ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. ATCHISON, from the Committee on Inpoleon, Ripley county, Indiana, recommending Mr. FELCH presented four petitions of citizens

dian Affairs, to which was referred the memorial the passage of a law providing for a division of of Michigan, praying a donation of land to that of Margaret Farrar, reported a bill for her relief; the indian territory lying southwestwardly of the State, for the construction of the Oakland and Ot- which was read and passed to the second reading. Missouri river, and for defining the boundaries of tawa Railroad; which were referred to the Com

He also, from the same committee, to which the Territory of Nebraska; also, making provis- mittee on Public Lands.

was referred the documents relating to the claim of ions for the removal of certain tribes of Indians Mr. GWIN. I present the memorial of James Lewis A. Thomas and Thomas Rogers, submitted from that Territory, and for the settlement of the M. Crane, praying additional compensation for a report, accompanied by a bill for their relief; public lands lying therein, to which the Indian | publishing the acts of Congress for 1849-50, in

which was read and passed to the second reading, title has been extinguished; which were referred ihe California Courier, a newspaper published by and the report was ordered to be printed. to the Committee on Territories. him in California, and that some general provision Son, the bill was considered as in Committee of

Subsequently, on the motion of Mr. ATCHIAlso, a résolution of the Legislature of Indiana, | may be made for giving adequate compensation to in favor of an appropriation of the vacant public the newspaper press in that State for publishing the Whole, and its further consideration was postlands within the Vincennes land district for the the laws of the United States. I will state, in

poned indefinitely, the bill having been passed at benefit of common schools; which was ordered to presenting this petition, that the present compen

The last session. be printed. sation for publishing the laws there is entirely in.

Mr. DOWNS, from the Committee on Private Also, a resolution of the Legislature of Indiana, adequate. 'During the last summer, I was applied Land Claims, to which was referred the memorial in favor of the location of a national armory at to on numerous occasions for copies of the laws.

of J. Epes Cowan, reported a bill authorizing the Evansville, in that State; which was ordered to be They never can be published there unless there is

legal representatives of Antoine Vasquez, Hypoprinted. an additional compensation. As the question is

lité Vasquez, Joseph Vasquez, and John ColliAlso, a resolution of the Legislature of Indiana, important, in connection with the Judiciary sys

gan, to enter certain lands in Missouri; which was in favor of the construction of a canal around the tem, I move that the memorial be referred to ihe read and passed to the second reading. Falls of the Ohio river; which was ordered to be Committee on the Judiciary.

He also, from the same committee, to which printed.

It was so referred.

was referred the petition of Martin Fenwick, reAlso, a resolution of the Legislature of Indiana, Mr. GWIN also presented the petition of Sam- | ported a bill for the relief of Martin Fenwick or in favor of restricting the entry of the public lands uel Stone and Isaac H. Marks, praying compen

his legal representatives; which was read and to settlers, and to them only, in limited quanti- sation for property of which they were dispos- passed to the second reading. ties, and at the cost merely of the survey and sessed under an Indian treaty; which was referred

Mr. BORLAND, from the Committee on Printa patent; which was ordered to be printed. to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

ing, to which was referred the resolution submitMr. SEWARD presented a petition of journey

ted by Mr. Douglas, the 5th instant, to print five men cigar makers at Detroit, Michigan, praying

PAPERS WITHDRAWN AND REFERRED. thousand five hundred additional copies of the rean increase of the duties on cigars; which was On motion by Mr. SEWARD, it was

port of Captain H. Stansbury, of his exploration referred to the Committee on Finance.

Ordered, That the documents on the files of the Senate,

of the valley of the Great Salt Lake, for the use Also, a petition of citizens of Guilford, Illinois, relating to the claims of Charles Reeder, Walter R. John- of the Senate, five hundred copies thereof to be furpraying the adoption of measures for the ainicable son, and the legal representatives of Thomas P. Jones, be nished to the Topographical Bureau, three hundred

referred to the Committee of Claims. adjustment of international controversies; which

to the Smithsonian Institution, and two hundred was referred to the Committee on Foreign Rela

On motion by Mr. SEWARD, it was

copies to Captain Stansbury, recommended the tions.

Ordered, That the documents on the files of the Senate, adoption of the resolution, and it was agreed to.

relating to the claim of Phæbe Morris, widow of Robert H. Mr. BADGER presented the petition of J. H. Morris, to a pension, be referred to the Cominjttee on Pen

NOTICE OF A BILL. Carter, a passed midshipman in the Navy, pray- sions.

Mr. FELCH gave notice of his intention to ask ing arrearages of pay and the reimbursement of

On motion by Mr. MORTON, it was

leave to introduce a bill to authorize the sale of expenses incurred at Rio de Janeiro, while de

Ordered, That the petition of Joseph M. Hernandez, on certain reserved lands, tained there by sickness; which was referred to the files of the Senaie, be referred jo the Coumittee of the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. SEWARD. I am requested to present the On motion by Mr. UNDERWOOD, it was The following engrossed bills were severally
petition of Richard M. Bouton, of the State of Ordered, That the memorial of the representatives of read a third time and passed:
New York. He says that in the year 1842, he

Jean Baptiste de Lomagne, on the files of the Senate, be
referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

A bill to relinquish to the State of Iowa the lands was employed by the Commissary of Ordnance to manufacture percussion caps for the use of the

On motion by Mr. SEBASTIAN, it was

reserved for salt springs therein; and

A bill to provide for the repair of the CongresArmy; that from that time until the present he has

Ordered, That the petition of Jonathan Lewis, and the diligently devoted himself to that task; that he documents relating to the claim of Theodore E. Elliott, on

sional Library room, lately destroyed by fire. the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on found there was not either in this country or in

ASSIGNABILITY OF LAND WARRANTS. Indian Affairs, Europe any efficient machine, which was self

On motion by Mr. MASON, it was

A message from the House of Representatives, operating, for that purpose; that he has invented

by Mr. Forney, their Clerk, was received:

Ordered, That William W. Chew have leave to withand perfected such a machine; that the articles draw his memorial and papers.

Mr. PRESIDENT: The House of Representatives have which are the production of it are now in use in

passed the bill to make land warrants assignable, with

REPORTS FROM STANDING COMMITTEES. amendments; in which they request the concurrence of the the Army and Navy of the United States; that they are made with greater economy than, and are of Mr. FOOT, from the Committee on Pensions,

CASH & ELLIS. vastly superior quality to, any other; and that it is to which was referred the petition of David L. Da

Mr. DAWSON. A bill for the relief of David the interest of the Goverment of the United States vis, submitted an adverse report; which was read.

C. Cash and Giles U. Ellis, was rejected by the to secure to itself a property in the invention. He He also, from the same committee, to which presents an application to the Senate to take the were referred the following bills from the House

Senate on Friday last. At the request of some

of the friends of that bill, I move to reconsider subject into their consideration. It is supported of Representatives, reported them back without by letters from Colonel Baker; a late Secretary of

the vote by which it was rejected. amendment:

The motion to reconsider was laid upon the War, Mr. Marcy; the Chief Engineer of the Navy An act for the relief of Albra Tripp;

Yard, and others. In compliance with his request, An act for the relief of Joseph Johnson;
I move that the memorial and accompanying pa-
An act for the relief of Sylvanus Blodgett; and

RAILROADS. IN IOWA. pers be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs. An act for the payment of arrears of pension to The PRESIDENT. The first general order They were so referred. the guardian of Artemas Conant.

is a bill granting the right of way and making a Mr. JONES, of lowa, presented the petition of consideration of the petition.

grant of land to the State of lowa, in aid of ihe a body of Hungarian refugees, settled in Scott Mr. JONES, of Iowa, from the Committee on construction of certain railroads in that State. county, Iowa, praying that they may be included Pensions, to which was referred the petition of This bill is before the Senate as in Committee of in any measure of relief which Congress may pass Jacob Young, submitted a report, accompanied by | the Whole, and the question pending is on an for the benefit of their brethren at New Buda, in a bill for his relief.

amendment offered by the Senator from Kenthat State; which was referred to the Committee Mr. GEYER, from the Committee on Pensions, || tucky, (Mr. UnderWOOD.), on Public Lands.

to which was referred the memorial of Robert Mr. UNDERWOOD. 'The Senator from TenMr. DAVIS presented the memorial of C. G. Armstrong, submitted a report, accompanied by a nessee (Mr. BELL) had the floor when that bill Baylor, United States Consul at Amsterdam, Hol- ll bill for his relief.

was last under discussion. He is not now in his



steam vessels.



seat, and I would like to make some arrangement,

whole or in part hy steam," and the act to modify said act, have where there are collection districts. That is if possible, that it might come up in its order when

approved March 3, 1843, and any other act of Congress:
Prorided, That no person shall be appointed are ori Desmot by the Committee on Commerce, and the amend-

the chief provision of the bill, as it was reported that Senator may be present. I hope, therefore, that at this time it will be passed over inform- engines, steam-boilers, or other machinery belonging to ment of the honorable Senator from Kentucky ally:

only extends the power of the district judge of The PRESIDENT. It will be one o'clock very I approve entirely of the object of the bill of Kentucky a liule further than it now exists, and shortly, when the special order will be called for, my friend from Arkansas, (Mr. Borland;) and enables him to appoint inspectors at other ports and some disposition must be made of this bill. from what I know of the rivers in his State, not which are not ports of entry, provided these places

Mr. UNDERWOOD. I will ask the consent having ports of entry, there is great injury sus- are not within a certain distance of some port of of the Senate to pass that bill over, as the Senator tained for want of inspectors. I know also that entry. from Tennessee is not in his place.

the people in the western end of my State, who The honorable Senator from Louisiana says that Mr. DODGE, of lowa. I make no objection are removed some two or three hundred miles from he sees no necessity for the passage of this bill, to the motion of the Senator from Kentucky, be | Louisville, (the nearest port of entry for them,) because these inspections may be made at other cause the Senator from Tennessee is entitled to the labor under the same difficulties, there being no important points. But they are distant points, floor, and is understood to be desirous of address: 1| inspectors of steamboats at Paducah and other and therein is the difficulty. They are points 80 ing the Senate.

places. My amendment, therefore, provides that distant as to subject those interested in the boats The bill was then passed over informally. judges of the district courts, where there are such which wavigate the rivers of Arkansas to very NAVY-YARD IN SAN FRANCISCO.

poris of entry or delivery, may appointinspectors- great inconvenience and very great expense. The PRESIDENT. The next general order

men who, in the language of the bill, "shall not boat which has been injured on the White river,

be interested in the manufacture of steam-engines, is a bill to establish a navy-yard and depôt on

or the Arkansas, or any other river in that State, the Bay of San Francisco, in California.

steam-boilers, or other machinery belonging to must be taken to a distant port to be repaired, for Mr. GWIN. I should like to make a statement

steam vessels,'' who shall make the inspection and the reason that her inspection must be made and with regard to that bill. The Senator from Penn- / perform the duties contemplated by the said law, certificate given at that port. But if yon give us sylvania (Mr. Brodhead) wishes to be present imposed by any act of Congress.” I have con

“and who shall be subject io ali the responsibilities the advantage of having our boats inspected at when that bill is called up. Pressing business in

home, where the accident has occurred, we shall the State of Pennsylvania has called him away for

ferred with my friend from Arkansas, and I believe then have the facilities for repairing our boats at a short time, and before his departure I agreed bill to be conferred on the State of Arkanses should

that he is willing that the benefits proposed by his home also. Even our steam ferry-boats are under not to call up this bill until Thursday next. I am

the necessity of being taken fifteen hundred or two willing that it should be passed over until that

be extended to the State of Kentucky by the thousand miles to get their inspection certificates. day, but I now give notice that I will then call it : amendment which I have offered. I see no objec- That is a very serious objection to the present law,

tion that can be offered to the passage of the bill. as it affects States situated as mine is. The Senup: The bill was accordingly passed over.

I hope that the amendment will be adopted, and ator says he is not aware that very serious incon. that the bill will be passed.

venience or suffering exists. I can say to him, that LIFE-SECURITY ON STEAMBOATS.

The question was then taken on the amendment, it he had lived in my State, he would know that The bill supplementary to the several acts of and it was adopted.

serious injury has resulted from the present regu. Congress, providing for ihe better security of the No other amendment being offered, the bill was lations. The consequence of the inconvenience of lives of passengers on board of vessels propelled reported to the Senate, and the amendment was getting certificates is, that our rivers are filled with in whole or in part by steam, and for other purconcurred in.

boats which could not get a certificate anywhere. poses, next came up in its order, as in Committee Mr. DOWNS. When that bill was before the They have come from other rivers, and slip into of the Whole.

Senaie at a former session, I stated some reasons ours where there is no place of inspection, and The bill consists of two sections, the first of why I thought it ought not to be passed; and I thus they evade the general law. We wish to which provides that the authority vested in the

must confess that the same reasons still operate compel them to be inspected where their trade is, judges of the district courts of the United States,

upon my mind. I know it is very desirable to so that thus they cannot impose upon our people, within whose judicial districts ports of entry or

have a proper inspection of steamboat boilers, and and expose the lives of passengers. That is the delivery may be established on the navigable Congress has designated by law the places where object of this bill. It does not propose to change waters, lakes, bays, and rivers of the United States, certificates of inspection may be given and by the present law at all, but only to give us the same by the act of July 7th, 1838, entitled " An act to

whom. But the law, as it is, has operated badly, benefits that the people of the rest of the United provide for the better security of the lives of pas

and there has been a great deal of complaint that States enjoy. sengers,” &c., be vested in the judge of any other

the certificates of inspection have been given in Mr. UNDERWOOD. I wish to address a sin. district court of the United States, within whose

many instances without sufficient examination. gle remark to the Senator from Louisiana, to show judicial district no ports of entry or delivery may

It seems to me that it will be a better security that that there are actually existing difficulties which have been established by law, and that he be au

the certificates of inspection are properly given, I should be remedied. There is a very large steamthorized to appoint one or more persons compe

to require that the boats shall be inspected at the boat manufactory carried on at Paducah. There tent to make inspections of such boats, and of great points where inspections are now made--at

are also preparations made for repairing boats to their boilers and machinery; that such persons so

the ports of entry, like Louisvilleor New Orleans. a very great exient. Now, suppose a new boat appointed shall not be interested in the manufac

But if you extend the facilities for procuring cer- is built at Paducah; that boat must be taken to ture of steain-engines, boilers, or other machinery

tificates of inspection, so that they may be pro- | Louisville, sume three hundred miles from Padubelonging to steam vessels, who shall perform the

cured on all the small rivers in every State, it may cah, up the river, to be inspected; and that boat duties contemplated by said law, and receive such happen that when a certificate is refused at one may be designed to trade upon the Tennessee river, compensation as said law prescribes. The second point, the boat may be taken to another of the i and for no other trade. You will then compel the section provides that all certificates of inspectior., small places, and the consequence will be that the boat to travel three hundred miles up and down required by said act, shall be delivered to the clerk inspection will be less rigid, and that certificates will the river, putting the owners to the expense of of the district court of the United States for the be granted with less examination than at present. these two trips, for no other purpose than to projudicial district in which said certificate shall have Besides, I see no necessity for this bill as a mat- cure a certificate of inspection. been issued; and that any master or owner of any

ter of convenience, because though the boats may Take another case: Suppose the Arkansas river steamboat who shall refuse to deliver such certifi- run on the small rivers, they are generally built or becomes low, as it does occasionally, and see how cate within thirty days after such vessel shall have repaired at other ports—at Louisville or New Or- these small boats are allected that run upon it, become employed in any judicial district as afore- leans—and they can obtain their certificates there. trading from Little Rock to the Mississippi river, said, shall incur a penalty of one hundred dollars, I think, therefore, as there seems to be no neces- and not passing below the junction with the to be recovered and distributed like other penalties sity, for the passage of this bill, and especially Mississippi, but from point to point along the incurred under existing laws.

as I think the very small security we now have Arkansas. The law, as it now exists, requires Mr. BORLAND. If there is nothing at pres

will be weakened by it, that it should not be boats to be inspected every six months. When ent before the Senate, I should be glad to have passed.

the six months expire after ihe boat has been once that bill disposed of now. The Senator from

Mr. BORLAND. I did not anticipate there inspected, that Arkansas boat has to travel to New Kentucky (Mr. UNDERWOOD) has an amendment would be any opposition whatever to the passage Orleans, or to St. Louis, to procure another certo offer to the bill, to which I presume there will of this bill. I think the Senator from Louisiana tificate of inspection. You see at once what a cost be no objection; and I hope the bill will then be is entirely mistaken in the purpose of the bill. It and delay is put upon the owner of the boat, and allowed to pass.

is not to weaken or to lessen the security we now to a certain extent, upon all that are concerned in Mě. UNDERWOOD. I have prepared an have; it is not to change the law at all on the sub- the management of it, for the purpose of inspecamendment, which I will read to the Senate. 1ject of inspection; it requires the same qualifica- tion. propose that it shall come in at the end of the bijl tions on the part of inspectors which are now re

Now my friend's bill, with my amendment, is by way of an additional section. The amend- | quired. It refers to the general law, and simply designed to provide for having inspectors at the ment is as follows:

extends the benefits of that general law over a re- places where the boats are repaired, and near the Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the judges of the

gion of the country that does not now enjoy those places where they trade, so that after the time exdistrict courts of the United States within whose judicial

benefits. The general law, as the Senator very | pires within which they are required to be indistricts there may be ports of entry or delivery, shall have well knows, gives power to district judges of the spected, they need not travel out of their way for power and authority to appoint inspectors of steamboats, United States to appoint inspectors within collecand of their boilers and machinery, at such places within

that purpose, but may have an inspector near at the judicial district not less than fifty miles distant from a

tion districts. Where the district of the judge is hand. It seems to me that inspectors in Arkansas; port of entry or delivery, as the judge of the district may

a collection district of the United States, there he having the duty of inspecting the bonus in which deem proper; and the inspectors so appointed shall have has the power to appoint inspectors, but judges the property and lives of the citizens of that Stateare all the powers and rights, and shall perform all the duties whose districts do not embrace a collection distric: intrusted, will perhaps be a little more diligent and and be subject to all the liabilities imposed upon inspectors appointed under and in virtue of the act of 7th July,

have no power to make these appoinments. This faithful in their attention to the boats engaged ex; 1832, entitled “ An act to provide for the better security bill simply proposes to confer on the judge of the clusively in the Arkansas trade, than those would of the lives of passengers on board of vessels propelled in district of Arkansas the same power which judges I who have the duty of inspecting boats which are

to be engaged in trade four or five hundred miles tion upon our western waters, it will be that of a HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. distant. They would then have an additional in- || restriction, rather than an enlargement of this sys

Monday, February 9, 1852. centive, perhaps, to a diligent and faithful execu- tem, and to provide some other mode of examining

The House met at twelve o'clock, m. Prayer tion of the trust, when the lives and property of these boats, and the quality of their engines, so the people of their own State were concerned, and that it may be ascertained with some degree of by the Rev. L. F. Morgan. I should, therefore, expect them to perform the certainty whether it is safe for people to travel

The Journal of Friday was read and approved. duty faithfully. These are the evils which exist, upon them or not.

Mr. MILLSON. I move a reconsideration of and which the bill proposes to remedy, and I hope I know that there are suggestions of that kind. the vote by which the House on Friday last rethat it may be permitted to pass.

I know that the Senator from Massachusetts (Mr. ferred to the Committee on Revolutionary PenMy friend from Massachusetts, on my left, | Davis) proposes something of that kind. But

sions the bill for the relief of William Miller, (Mr. Davis,} has a bill, which he promises to bring now, imperfect as this system is—and I must say intending afterwards to move its reference to the forward soon, overhauling the whole subject, en- that I have no particular interest in this matter more

Committee on Invalid Pensions. I have examdeavoring to make provisions which will regulate than other Senators, no interests beyond those feel- ined the bill and report, and find that its legitimate the whole matter, from beginning to end. If I am ings of humanity which prompt us all-I should reference is to the Committee on Invalid Pensions. correctly informed, it proposes something like a see with reluctance a system which I think will Mr. JOHNSON, of Arkansas. I made the morevision of the present law. We in the West all operate injuriously, so greatly extended as is pro- tion on last Friday. I did not then understand the have a common interest, not only on the Missis-posed by this bill, and especially as the Senator case; nor was there found any one upon the floor sippi, but on all its tributaries; and I have no doubt from Kentucky informs us that a new system is who did. It was necessary that it should be diswe are all sincerely anxious to see that system very shortly to be reported. Why, then, take up posed of, that the House might reach other matadopted which will secure the lives and property | this subject in which all are so deeply inter- | ters. Hence I made the motion. I believe the of our people. It seems to me that this bill willested, when a bill matured under all the light which gentleman is right; and hope that his motion may not interfere with the one which the honorable science can shed upon it is so soon to be brought prevail. Senator from Massachusetts proposes to present; || forward? I hope ihat gentlemen will consent to let The question was taken, and the vote was reand when that bill comes up, if it will secure the the matter stand as it is until the bill is brought be considered; and then, on further motion, the bill object we aim at, I shall be ready to sustain it, and fore us which has been promised by the Senator was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions. to unite with my friends from the West to accom- from Massachusetts. I will go as far as any man MEXICAN INDEMNITY AND BENJ. E. GREEN. plish so desirable an object.

on this floor in doing everything that I believe Mr. DOWNS. I am willing to go as far as any | likely to promote the interests of every section of

Mr. GREY occupied the floor for an hour, under one to facilitate the interest of the West, and es- the country, and to afford all facilities necessary

a suspension of the rules, in reply to the remarks pecially that of the States of Arkansas and Ken

of Mr. Barly, of Virginia, a few days since, on for the easy transaction of their business; but at iucky, and it is with very great regret that I offer the same time I desire to take every requisite pre

the Mexican indemnity bill, which injuriously

connected the name of Mr. B. E. Green with the any opposition to this bill, and I do it only from a caution in guarding the lives of the community sense of duty. I admit, that there are some in- 1 who are obliged to travel upon these boats. I am

non-payment by Mexico of the indemnity due by conveniences resulting from the law as it now ex- as much interested in this matter as any other

her in 1844. His remarks, vindicating the conduct ists, though they do not seem to me to be quite so gentleman. I live in the interior of the State of BAYLY, have been withheld for revision. They

of Mr. Green against the alleged charges of Mr. great as have been pointed out. There is no ne- Louisiana, and boats in the interior of that State cessity that a boat shall be inspected wherever have the same interest in regard to this question

will be published in the Appendix.

Mr. MURPHY. I ask ihe unanimous consent she goes. She gets her inspection at some place as those in the States of Kentucky and Arkansas. where there is an inspector. Is there any boat I shall, therefore, do everything to facilitate their

of the House to offer the following resolution: now running in the district in which either of the trade; but I must oppose this bill because the im

Resolred, That the Committee on Revolutionary Claims

have leave to report back to the House the petition and members is particularly interested, which does pression is strong upon my mind that it would papers of Doctor Avery Downer, praying for a pension; not in her usual voynges go to Memphis or Nash- increase the danger of those explosions which and that the petitioner have leave to withdraw his papers ville, or St. Louis, or some port which is a port of have already been so tremendous and appalling. froin the files of the House. entry?

Mr. DAVIS. Mr. President

I will only remark as to this petition praying Mr. BORLAND. There are half a dozen, at Mr. CASS. I was about to suggest that a vote for a pension, that the Committee on Revolutionleast, in my State.

should be taken on this question immediately, in | ary Claims consider it was improperly referred to Mr. DOWNS. I think they must be very rare order that the honorable Senator from Rhode Island, that committee, and therefore ask leave to report cases, in which a boat does not run to some port [Mr. Clarke,) who has the floor on another sub- it back. There has been once a favorable report of entry.

ject which was made the special order for this by the House upon this petition, and the petitioner Mr. 'BORLAND. There are many on the day, should be allowed to proceed.

desires to withdraw his petition that he may preWhite and Arkansas rivers. They run in the in

. I only one moment. I sent it to the Senate. terior of the State.

the Mr. DOWNS. I do not think the evil is so condition of this bill which has been referred to will be so ordered. very great as has been stated. I opposed this bill by the honorable Senator from Louisiana. It has

CHAIRMAN OF MILITARY AFFAIRS. heretofore, and I oppose it still, because it must been delayed much beyond what I could wish; but be recollected that if there is some inconvenience, every Senator will perceive that it is a subject House to excuse my colleauge Mr. Burt) from

Mr. ORR. I rise for the purpose of asking the and some evil at present, there are, in my opinion, | which is so complicated that a great deal of informevils on the other hand transcendently greateration is necessary in order to frame a bill. That

further service upon the Committee on Military The loss of life is an immense evil, and it has been information has come in, some of it more slowly Affairs. Mr. Burt left this city about the middle so great on the rivers at the West, that many per- than I could wish; but I will say to the honorable

of December. Upon his return home, he was sons so distrust the boats that they actually avoid Senator that I expect in the course of this week to

seized with indisposition, which has continued up them, after all that has been done to prevent ex- present the bill to the Senate, and in that bill there to the present time; and the probability is that the plosions, or to guard against them. I happen to will be a provision for the consideration of the time of his return may be delayed much longer. have stronger convictions on this subject, from the Senate-in the first place for inspecting the iron of It may perhaps relieve the Committee on Military fact, that at one time of my life it was my duty, || which boilers are made; and in the next place for

Affairs from much embarrassment by excusing as a district attorney, to investigate several cases a rigid inspection of boilers, with the application him from further service, so that another genof calamitous explosions, and to go into the de- of a test to show their strength. The whole sub

tleman may occupy that post, and thus enable the tails of an examination as to the manner in which ject, in a word, will be brought under the consid

committee to proceed in the discharge of the duties these certificates were granted; and from the sev- eration of the Senate, with the design of giving the devolving upon it. eral investigations I was engaged in there, I came most ample protection to life and property which

Mr. HOUSTON. I would like to know whether to the conclusion that the system was exceedingly it is in the power of Congress to afford.

such is the wish of the gentleman's colleague? defective; that these certificates of inspection were There being no further proposition to amend,

Mr. ORR. Of course. I should not have made scarcely anything but a mere matter of form, and the question was taken on ordering the bill to be the application, had it not been the desire of my that litile dependence could be placed upon them. engrossed for a third reading, and it was decided colleague. I oppose this bill, because I think that if you in- in the affirmative.

No objection being made, Mr. Burt was excrease the number of inspectors, and appoint them

cused from service, and Mr. FAULKNER, of Virin small places away from these important points


ginia, was appointed to fill the vacancy. where the public attention would be called to them, The Senate proceeded to consider the resolu- MAIL STEAMSHIPS AND MAIL CONTRACTS. and where the public can know something of the tions submitted by Mr. CLARKE, on the 19th ulti- Mr. PEASLEE. I ask the unanimous consent qualifications of the inspectors, and extend the on the subject of non-intervention, (see page of the House to introduce the resolution which I power of appointment to so many other places, so 298,) and the pending amendments proposed by send to the Speaker's table. that it becomes almost a general thing, you will Mr. Seward and Mr. Cass, (see page 310.) The resolution was then read for information, weaken the security which we now have. We The resolutions and the amendments having

as follows: may have confidence in a certificate given at Lou- | been read, Mr. Clarke addressed the Senate at

Resolred, That the Secretary of the Navy be requested isville or New Orleans, where there are experienced length in favor of the views embodied in the reso- to communicate to this House ihe facts in relation to the andable engineers; for in such places they generally | lutions.

respective contracts with the Navy Department for building appoint men whose names are known, and whose Mr. CASS was next recognized by the Chair; mail steamships for the transportation of the United States certificates will give confidence. Although they but, on the motion of Mr. Hamlin, the further

mail between New York and Liverpool, between New York

and New Orleans, Havana and Chagres, and between Panamay haveas competent persons in Arkansas, or at considertiaon of the subject was postponed until

ma and San Francisco, and some point in Oregon: the other places than Louisville, Kentucky, yet their to-morrow.

amount of money which has been advanced and paid each of names are not so well known to the public. So On motion, the Senate proceeded to the consid- said lines of steamships by the Government; also, whether all far from extending this power of appointing in- eration of Executive business; and after some time

the vessels stipnlated under said contracts to be built, have

been so built, or what portion of them ; also, the amount of spectors, I think it should be restricted. I believe spent therein, the doors were reopened, and the

net receipts of postage collected on either of said lines of that whenever any remedy is devised for applica- ll Senate adjourned.

steamers, deposited in the Treasury to the credit of the appro



priations for the annual compensation for the service ren- time and price specified, it would have involved an The question was then taken, and there were dered under thetr contracts, or which has been applicd in pay expenditure by this Government to the amount of yeas 60, nays 108, as follows, viz: the acts of Congress of August 3, 1848. And whether said

about forty millions of dollars, as I understand it. YEAS-Messrs. Charles Allen, Allison, William Apple. steamships or any other steamships employed in the trans- Well, sir, one of the principal arguments I have | ton, Barrere, Bell, Bennett, Bibighaus, Bowie, John H. portation of our foreign mails are in all respects suitable for understood in favor of these steam lines—both those | Boyd, Brenton, Briggs, George H. Brown, E. C. Cabell

, immediate conversion into steainers for war purposes, capa- for whom we have already appropriated money Doty, Duncan, Evans, Fowler, Henry M. Fuller, Geutry

, ble of carrying the ammunition or battery appropriate to the

and for which we will be asked hereafter-was, Giddings, Goodenow, Goodrich, Harper, Hascall, Haven, class specified in the contracts; and is not suitable for such iminediate conversion, whether they could be altered so as that they were to be built after the most substan- Hebard, Horsford, John W. Howe, Thomas Y. How, Geo. to inake them efficient war steamers; and if so, what alter- tial approved model of war-steamers; that they

G. King, Mann, Martin, Meacham, Miller, Miner, Newton, ations would be necessary to be made, and at what expense

Samuel W. Parker, Penniman, Perkins, Porter, Priet, are capable of immediate conversion into warto make thein war steamers of the first class.

Schoolcraft, David L. Seymour, Origen S.Seymour, Stanly, steamers of the first class; that they are always Benjamin Stanton, Stratton, strother, Taylor, Thurston, Mr. GORMAN. I object to the introduction ready, with but little expense of time and money, Washburn, Watkins, Welsh, Wells, and Addison White of the resolution. for cases of emergency, and that it would be the

NAYS-Messrs. Abercrombie, Willis Alen, Andrews, Mr. PEASLEE. I move that the rules of the most economical means the Government could re

Averett, Babcock, David J. Bailey, Thomas H. Bayiv, House be suspended to enable me to introduce it. sort to for the purpose of keeping up our Navy. || Beale, Bocock, Albert G. Brown, Buell, Busby, Jos. Cable

, Mr. SMART demanded the yeas and nays; | It is said, upon the other hand, by some gentle-Caldwell, Thompson Campbell, Cartter, Caskie, Chastain, which were not ordered.

men, that these steamers, or a larger portion of Clark, Clingman, Cobb, Daniel, John G. Davis, Dawson, Mr. PEASLEE demanded tellers; which were

Dean, Dimmick, Disney, Dockery, Eastman, Edmundson, them, are not capable of being converted into war

Ewing, Faulkner, Ficklin, Fitch, Floyd, Freeman, Gansordered, and Messrs. SMART and WILLIAMS were steamers of the first class-that they cannot be ble, Gaylord, Gorman, Green, Grey, Grow, Hall, Isham G. appointed.

converted even into inefficient steamers for our Harris, Sampson W. Harris, Hart, Hendrieks, Henn, HibThe question was then taken, and the tellers | purposes without great expense of time and mon

bard, Holladay, Houston, Howard, Ives, Andrew Johnsen,

James Johnson, John Johnson, Robert W. Johnson, Ges. reported-ayes 75, noes 33; no quorum. ey, and that they are incapable of carrying, or of

W. Jones, J. Glancy Jones, Kurtz, Letcher, Lockhart

, Mr.CLINGMAN. I will ask a recount—there being made capable of carrying, the armament Mace, McCorkle, McLanahan, McMullin, McNair

, Me is a quorum in the House.

and batteries, and that, being constructed princi- | Queen, Millson, Molony, Morehead, Murphy, Murray, There being no objection, the question was pally with a view to speed and the carriage of pas- Rantoul, Riddle, Robie, Robinson, Savage, Scurry, Smart

, again taken, and decided in the affirmative, the sengers, they cannot, at any rate, be made war- Smith, Frederick P. Stanton, Richard H. Stanton, Abr'n tellers having reported-ayes 95, noes 27; and the steamers of ihe first class, and would, in fact, be of P. Stevens, Alexander H. Stepbens, Stone, St. Martin, rules were accordingly suspended. little or no use to the Government. How these facts Stuart, Sutherland, Sweetser, George W. Thompson

, Mr. PEASLEE. I move that the rules be sus

Townshend, Venable, Wallace, Ward, Alexander White, may be, I do not undertake to say; but I wish to

Wilcox, Wildrick, Williams, and Woodward.-108. pended that the resolution may be considered to have the information from a responsible and reliday, that motion being necessary, as this is a call able source, that I, and the rest of the House, when his name was called, asked the unanimous

Mr. INGERSOLL, who was without the bar for information, which the rule requires shall lie || may be able to act more understandingly upon over one day. this subject. I am unwilling, with all the inform

consent to record his vote in the negative. ObjeeThe SPEAKER. The practice adopted by ) ation I have been enabled to obtain, to vote to

tion was made, and the permission not granted. the Chair has been, in such cases, to take the vote bind this Government in contracts with individu

So the rules were not suspended. after the rules were suspended, upon the adoption || als which may involve the expenditure of millions

Mr. CLARK. I rise to what I understand to of any resolution calling for information; and for and millions of dollars to extend a system, to say

be a point of order. I ask if this is not resolution its adoption the Chair has required a two-thirds the least of it, of doubtful expediency, when our

day? vote; otherwise he would feel it his duty to de- commerce has grown up to be second to no na

The SPEAKER. It is. clare the resolution disagreed to under the ruletion in the world, without any such aid. It has a

Mr.CLARK. I hope the day will be employed requiring the resolution to lay over one day. monopolizing and partial tendency, and I am un

in that way. Mr. JONES, of Tennessee. I move to suspend willing to vote millions and millions of dollars for

The SPEAKER. It is also in order, the Chair the rule which requires the resolution to lie over such a system, unless I am confident that it is one will inform the gentleman, to move to suspend the one day, as the House having suspended the rules | which will inure to the benefit of the Government; rules, and to ask the unanimous consent of the for its introduction, I apprehend there will be no that these steamers are in fact what they are rep- || House to introduce resolutions. objection to its being now considered. resented to be of being capable of conversion

DISTRIBUTION OF ARMS. The question was then taken, and the rules were immediately into war-steamers of the first class. Mr. HOWARD asked the unanimous consent suspended.

Mr. OLDS. I should like to inquire of the of the House to introduce the following resoluMr. JONES. I move to strike out the word gentleman, if his resolution calls for copies of the tion: “ requested,” and in its stead to insert the word contracts ?

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be in“ directed." That is the language of the rule. Mr. PEASLEE. It calls for the facts in rela- structed to inquire into the expediency af distributing arms

Mr. STEPHENS, of Georgia. I wish the tion to the contracts, but not copies of the con- to the new States and Territories, as recommended in the gentleman from New Hampshire (Mr. Peaslee) || tracts.

annual report of the Secretary of War. would inform the House as to his object in making Mr. OLDS. It is important that we should There being no objection, the question was this call. When these calls are made upon the have them; and I hope the gentleman will embrace taken, and the resolution was adopted. Depariment it requires a great deal of time, labor, li them in his call.

WIDOW OF GENERAL BELKNAP. and extra clerk bire, and I want to know, before Mr. PEASLEE. I have no objection to an Mr. HARPER asked the unanimous consent of we make this call imposing additional duty, its amendment of that kind. I will not detain the the House to offer the following resolution: object. House longer. My only object is to obtain light

Resnlved, That the Committee on Invalid Pensions be Mr. PEASLEE. It seemed to me, from the || and information upon the subject, which it seems | instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing by large amount of money we have already expended to me to be of the deepest importance to the Treas- law for the support of the widow of the late Brigadier Genin connection with these steamers, the applications | ury and country, and which can do no harm, and

eral Belknap. we had at the last Congress, which we have al- || which may enable us to act more understandingly There being no objection, the question was then ready had at this, and which we may have here- | upon this subject, and be of much benefit. taken, and the resolution adopted. after, that the subject was of consequence enough Mr. STEPHENS, of Georgia. I am in favor Mr. WASHBURN asked the unanimous colfor the House to obtain all the light and informa- of the resolution, for the reasons assigned by the sent of the House to present the petition of John tion possible, from the most responsible and reli- gentleman, and concur most heartily with his A. Poor and others, of the Executive Committee able sources, to enable them to act understand views, if I heard him correctly, in regard to these of the State of Maine, and members of the cor ingly. If I understand right, we are annually steamships.

poration of the European and North American appropriating $1,300,000 for the support of our The SPEAKER. The question is on the amend Railroad, for aid to said work. ocean' mail steamer service. Applications havement proposed by the gentleman from Tennessee,

Mr. STANLY objected. already been made from these lines for additional | [Mr. Jones.)

Mr. WASHBURN. I move a suspension of compensation. The amount of money which we Mr. PEASLEE. I have no objection to the the rules for the purpose. shall be compelled to pay under the present con- modification, if it is in order to accept it. I also Mr. STANLY. Can it not be introduced utract, if the contractors perform their service ac- accept the modification of the gentleman from Ohio, | der the rules? cording to their requirements without giving addi- || [Mr. Olds.)

Mr. WASHBURN. I can present it under the tional compensation, or the establishment of any The

question was then taken on the adoption of rules, but I choose to present it in this way; and new lines, will be about ten millions of dollars | the resolution; and it was agreed to.

inasmuch as it comes from the Executive of before their expiration-during the seven or eight years which they have to run. There were appli


Maine, I desire to have it printed.

Mr. FICKLIN. Is it an act of the Legislature: cations at the last session of Congress, and I doubt Mr. WELCH asked the unanimous consent of Mr. WASHBURN. It is a petition in behalf not that there have been already, and will be for the House to introduce the following resolution: of the State of Maine. a much larger number this, for the establishment Resolved, that the Committee of Ways and Means are Mr. FICKLIN. It is not customary to pubof thirteen additional mail steamers for our for- | instructed to report a bill modifying and altering the tariff

of | lish these petitions? eign mail service, involving an outlay, in the first

1846, by substituting, wherever practicable, specific for ad instance, to assist in building the ships, of six

The question was then taken; and a count bevalorem duties, with such rates of duty as will yield suffiand a half millions of dollars, and an expenditure || iron and other articles of domestic manufacture and procient revenue ; and with such discriminations in favor of ing had, there were-ayes 76, noes 46.

Mr. WASHBURN demanded tellers; which of two millions of dollars annually afterwards. ductions, as will afford adequate protection to the labor of I were ordered. This is in addition to those already established, our own citizens against foreign competition.

Mr. CABELL, of Florida. I ask if this is not and without any additional compensation. If the Mr. THOMPSON, of Virginia, objected. contracts had been entered into according to the Mr. WELCH

moved a suspension of the rules | rules ? Some gentlemen say it is, and others it is

a memorial which may be presented under the propositions made at the last session of Congress, to enable him to introduce the resolution.

not. strenuously urged and enforced upon the House, Mr. BOCOCK demanded the yeas and nays; and which, I have no doubt, will be at this, for the || which were ordered.

Mr. SMART. It may be presented, but caninot be printed under the rules.

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