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gentleman from Ohio as merely yielding for an it is not contemplated that the soldier himself, in Mr. JONES. That is just what I am coming explanation.
locating the warrant, shall pay anything to the to. When it had been stricken out in the House, Mr. CARTTER. Certainly. I only yielded register and receiver for said location. The Gov. the bill went to the Senate, and it was understood for an explanation, and I wish now to state a fact. erumen itself is to allow compensation to the that Mr. Vinton followed it there and got the pro
Mr. MARSHALL. I declined to take the register and receiver, when the soldier has not viso incorporated. It came back to the House, floor for the purpose of explanation.
transferred the warrant; but when the soldier has | and a committee of conference was appointed upon The CHAIRMAN. The Chair desires to made a transfer, the assignee who made the pur- the bill, and that committee, I believe, with my know of the gentleman from Ohio, whether he had chase is required to pay the compensation to the friend from Virginia, (Mr. Bayly,) and Mr. Vinyielded the floor finally, or merely for explanation? register and receiver.
ton both, on it, on the part of the House, reported Mr. CARTTER, Only for explanation. Mr. JONES. Still you authorize the soldier to it back here, when the clock wanted but five, ten,
Mr. MARSHALL. Well, I declined at the transfer his warrant, and you charge the assignee | or, at most, fifteen minutes to twelve o'clock, the time to accept it for that purpose.
the price of the fees which you authorize the reg. 4th of March, 1851. I then called for a vote upon The CHAIRMAN. The gentleman from Ohio ister of the land office to receive for making the it. I wished to defeat the proviso; and I would is entitled 19 the floor.
location. When the man comes to buy the war- have defeated the appropriation bill sooner than to Mr. CARTTER. I will yield the floor finally rant from the soldier, it will reduce the value ex- have seen it passed the House with the proviso in in a moment, but not by calling the previous ques- actly to the amount which he is to pay to the it. The committee had not time to meet again, tion. The fact that I was about stating ai the receiver of the land office. Then this section and unless the House concurred in the report the time my friend from Kentucky rose, was this, that makes an appropriation out of the Treasury; and bill would be lost. In that state of feeling, and at every one of these warrants costs the public Treas- by our rules the bill should be considered in Com- that period of the session, passed the proviso, after ury two dollars. Now I want this measure mittee of the Whole on the state of the Uniop, || three fourths of the members had voted against it. opened up. If we dispose of this public domain, where this section has not been considered. To I hope this bill will be referred either to a select let us do it intelligently and responsibly, and not the next section, which provides for extending the commitee or to the Committee on the Judiciary, under the gag of the previous question, or by benefits of the act approved September 28th, 1850, or to some other committee, which will take the force of the drill, taking hold upon combinations to other persons, I have no objection; but it will subject into consideration and make the bill such here. Give us an open sea, and a fair sail upon not suffer from undergoing an investigation by the as it should be and such as shall meet the wishes this question, and I apprehend that a portion of committee tp which it will be referred, and who of a majority of this House, and which, at all this bill at any rate will be obliterated.
will report it back in an intelligible form which events, shall provide for the repeal of that proviso Mr. JONES of Tennessee. It is very evident, will bear the test of scrutiny.
in the civil and diplomatic bill of the last session. I think, from the vote of this House refusing to I desire to make a few remarks upon another I move the previous question. lay upon the table the motion to reconsider the subject which has been introduced here; that is, The previous question was then seconded, and vote by which the bill was ordered to be engrossed, the proviso which was incorporated into the civil the main question ordered. that the bill is not now in a form that meets the and diplomatic bill the last session prohibiting the Mr. CLARK asked that the previous question wishes and views of a majority of the House. location of bounty land warrants upon any lands might be withdrawn for a moinent. While there is a decided majority of the House other than those which had been surveyed and (Cries of " Too late!!] for the main and principal feature of this bill, brought into market. I think the gentleman from The SPEAKER said no remarks could be made there is also, I think, a majority against the bill as Virginia (Mr. Baily) will find he is mistaken after the previous question had been seconded. it now stands.
when he says that this provision was incorporated | The question was now upon reconsidering the vote In the first place, the first section of this bill is into the civil and diplomatic bill under the recom- by which the bill was ordered to be engrossed and perhaps wholly and entirely unnecessary, because mendation of the Secretary of the Treasury that read the third time. ihis House has, upon a former day of the present it would be necessary to make a loan. My recol- The question was then put, and carried in the session, passed a provision to effect exacily the lection, is that the recommendation of the Secretary affirmative. same purpose that this section is intended to ac- of the Treasury for a loan was in the first session So the House agreed to reconsider; and the complish.
of the last Congress. This proviso, restricting question again recurring upon ordering the bill to The next section, which provides for giving the location of these bounty land warrants, was be engrossed and read a third timefees and augmented fees to the receivers and regis- passed upon the last day of the last session of Mr. DUNHAM moved to refer the bill to a ters of the land office who shall locate the land the last Congress, when it had been ascertained select committee of five. warrants, is not in a form that suits myself, and that the revenues of the country would exceed even The question was put, and the motion to refer I think very many of us, if not a majority of this the wasteful and extravagant and prodigal esti- was agreed to. House.
mates and deinands of the Administration, sus- Mr. DUNHAM moved to reconsider the rote I must say that I do not understand the full tained and backed by the Congress of the United just taken, and to lay that motion upon the table; bearing of that section. If it shall pass into a law, States.
which latter motion was agreed to. I suppose it is to give to these officers the same Mr. BAYLY, of Virginia, (interrupting.) I
CUBAN AFFAIRS. fees to which they would have been entitled if the only wish to set the gentleman from Tennessee
Mr. BAYLY, of Virginia, asked that by unaniland had been entered and paid for as provided for right as to the matter of fact in relation to this in this section; and not only this, but, if I under- loan. Does iot my friend recollect that he and I the House the several Executive communications
mous consent the Chair be permitted to lay before stand it, it does more—it authorizes the registers had three or four discussions during the last sesand receivers to receive similar fees for the land sion of Congress, in which he undertook to show
upon the Speaker's table. One of these was of a
most important character, and should be referred warrants they have heretofore located under the that the bills we had reported largely exceeded the to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. There law granting bounty lands to the soldiers in the revenues of the country?
being no objection, Mexican war. But this section makes a distinc- Mr. JONES. That was the first session.
The SPEAKER laid before the House the foltion between the soldiers who are the beneficiaries Mr. BAYLY. At the second, too.
lowing communication from the President of the of the Government under the acts of Congress Mr. JONES, (resuming.). Then how did this United States, viz: granting bounty lands. It provides that the sol
proposition get into the civil and diplomatic bill? To the House of Representatives : dier shall locate the land himself, and that the They cannot say I did it. The first move which I transmit to the House of Representatives a report from Government shall then take the responsibility of was made was to refuse to make any appropria
the Secretary of State in answer to the first part of a resopaying the register and receiver for locating them. tion for the further survey of the public lands and
Inition of the 15th December, 1851 ; and also a report from I ask you how does the soldier who paid it in
the Secretary of the Navy, in answer to the remaining part to provide for their being brought into market sub
of the same resolution. the first instance to the receiver of the land office ject to being located upon by these warrants. The
MILLARD FILLMORE. get it back from that officer? This bill provides Department said that they must have money to
WASHINGTON, 23.1 December, 1851. in the first instance, that everybody shall make survey the lands, and it was decided to put it into
[The first part of the resolution of the Horse referred to
in the above, called upon the State Department for any inpayment to the register and receiver the fees for the bill, at the instance of Mr. Vinton, whose formirtion in its possession in regard to the conclusion of a locating the warrants, and that when he comes to name has been mentioned in connection with this treaty between Spain, France, and Great Britain in relation settle with the Treasury Department there shall subject; but when the appropriation was put in, it
in the Island of Cuba, and the nature of such treaty. be refunded to him from the Treasury of the was accompanied by a proviso to prevent the loca
Department informs the House that it has no knowledge or United States as much as he has received from
the conclusion of any such treaty, and that there is good tion of warrants upon such lands as should here
reason to suppose that no such treaty has been entered into, the man himself. It provides that,
after be surveyed.' When it came into the House although there is no official information upon the subject « The registers and receivers of the United States land that proviso was stricken out of the bill by an
The second branch of the resolution called upon the Navy offices shall hereafter be severally authorized to charge and overwhelming majority, so large that those who
Department for information in regard to the relative strength receive for their services in locating bounty land warrants,
of the British, French, and the United States squadrons in advocated it had no show at all upon the question. | the West India seas, and whether additional appropriations the same rate of compensation or percentage to which they are entitled by law for sales of the public lands for cash, at Mr. Vinton was, from the beginning, uncompro
are necessary to increase the force of the United States on the rate of one dollar and twenty five cents per acre, the misingly opposed to the passage of the bounty | Navy reports that the United States have in those seas but
that station. In response to the above, the Secretary of the said compensation to be hereafter paid by the assignees or land law, and threw all the obstacles in his power holders of such warrants, in all cases where the same have
five vessels, carrying sixty-five guns in the aggregate ; that been transferred by the soldier or bis legal or personal rep
in its way. If I mistake not, my friend from the British squadron consists of twenty-one vessels, cartyresentative, under the provisions of the acts of Congress, Virginia (Mr. BAYLY) voted against that law when
ing in the aggregate six hundred and thirty-two guns; and and the regulations of the General Land Office on that sub it was before the House.
that the force of the French is deemed to be equal to that ject, and to be paid out of the Treasury of the United States,
of the English. He also states that additional appropria
Mr. BAYLY. I must say that my friend from upon the adjustment of the accounts of such officers, where
tions are neeessary if the United States squadron be inTennessee does not exhibit his usual accuracy toit shall be shown to the satisfaction of the General Land
creased, unless the vessels be drawn from other stations. ] Office that the same was located by the soldier or warrantee, day. I voted for it.
Mr. BAYLY moved that the communication or in case of his death by his next of kin, as provided by the Mr. JONES. I recollect that the gentleman and accompanying documents be referred to the acts of Congress aloresaid.”
said in a speech that he did not want his constitu- || Committee on Foreign Affairs, and be printed; Mr. BISSELL. Will the gentleman allow me ents to get these lands and remove from his State. ) which motion was agreed to. for a moment?
Mr. TAYLOR. Will the gentleman from Ten- The SPEAKER also laid before the House a Mr. JONES. Certainly.
nessee permit me to ask him if this proviso did communication from the Treasury Department, Mr. BISSELL. By the terms of this resolution not come from the Senate, as an amendment? transmitting, in compliance with the 20ih section
of the act of 26th August, 1842, detailed state
NOTICE OF A BILL.
can be accomplished by not adjourning, will be ments of the manner in which the contingent funds By Mr. FOWLER: A bill for regulating the mileage of the sending for absent Senators. The Senate can of said Department have been expended during | members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the
order the attendance of absent members, or wait United States. the year ending the 30th day of September, 1851;
to see whether or not they will come in. which,
Mr. CASS. I would only say that I do not On motion by Mr. HOUSTON, was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means, and ordered under the rule, and referred to the appropriate committees : The following petitions, memorials, &c., were presented | think there is any probability of obtaining a
quorum. to be printed.
By Mr. BRIGGS: Memorial froun citizens of New Bed- Mr. MANGUM. I renew the motion to adAlso, laid before the House a communication ford, Massachusetts, for the relief of seamen at home, and || journ. from J. J. Abert, Colonel of the Corps of Topo
in foreign ports
The motion was disagreed to--ayes 10, noes 10. graphical Engineers, a report relative to the conMaster's Society of the city of New York.
After waiting for some time longer without obstruction of roads in Minnesota Territory, in Also, for the same, citizens of the United States trading | taining a quorum, answer to the resolution of the House of the 15th with Havana.
On the motion of Mr. MANGUM, the Senate instant; which,
Also, for the same, the President and Secretary of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Also, a communication from the Navy Depart-delphia. Also, for the same, citizens residing in the city of Phila
Friday, December 26, 1851. ment, transmitting a report from the Fourth Audit
Also, for the same, citizens residing in Ifavre de Grace, The House met at twelve o'clock, m. or of the Treasury, exhibiting in detail form the France.
The following gentlemen have been appointed pay and allowance of the several officers of the
Also, a memorial from the Chamber of Commerce in the by the Speaker to constitute the select committee Nary and Marine Corps of the United States for
city of New York, for the construction of a light houze on
on the joint resolution in relation to the assignthe fiscal year ending 30th June, 1851; which, By Mr. BRAGG : The memorial of the assignces of the ability of land warrants, viz: Mr. Dunham, of In
On motion by Mr. BOCOCK, was referred to claim of Francis Collel, praying for the contirmation of the diana; Mr. Stephens, of Georgia; Mr. Harris, the Committee on Naval Affairs, and ordered to be printed.
By Mr. STANTON, of Kentucky: The memorial of of Tennessee; Mr. Tuck, of New Hampshire;
the administrators of John H. McHalton, deceased, pray- and Mr. BISSELL, of Illinois. JOHN S. THRASHER.
ing to be allowed the commutation to which he was en- BURNING OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. The SPEAKER also laid before the House the By Mr. GAYLORD: The petition of J. S. Årinstrong The SPEAKER, by unanimous consent, laid following communication from the President of || ington county, Ohio, asking a grant of land for the benefit brarian of Congress; which was read, as follows,
and sixiy others, citizens of Wesley and vicinity, Washi- || before the House a communication from the Lithe United States, viz:
or education in the * Independent School Association, of To the House of Representatives: the Commonwealth of Wesley.”
viz: In answer to a resolution of the House of Representatives Also, the petition of citizens of Somerset, Perry county,
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, December 25, 1851. of the 15tă instant, requesting information in regard to the
Ohio, asking the establishunent of a mail route from the Sir: It is my very painful duty to communicate to Contreprisonment, trial, and sentence of John S. Thrasher in
town of Somerset, in Perry county, to the town of Jackson, gress the destruction of the books, paintings,* statuary, the Island of Cuba, I transmit a report from the Secretary in Licking county, Ohio.
medals, and other property of the principal saloon of their State, and the documents which accompanied it.
By Mr. WILLIẢMS: Two petitions, nunerously signed, Library, yesterday morning, by fire that originated in the MILLARD FILLMORE.
praying for a maii-route from Decaturville, Decatur county, room, in a manner to me altogether uaccountable, as no WANTINGTOX, December 23, 1851.
by the way of the Herinitage and Swallow Bluff, to sa- fires have been used in it for a long time, and no candles, vannah, Harden county.
lamps, or other lights, have ever been used in it during the The communication having been read, By Mr. MILLSON: The petition of Vincent Walker, whole time that it has heen
under my charge. Mr. BAYLY, of Virginia, moved that it be re- and other watehmen of the Gosport navy-yard, asking an I have not been able to ascertain the precise number of ferred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. increase of their pay.
the books that were destroyed, but believe that it may be
Also, the petition or Thomas Marry, asking the payment estimated at about thirty-five thousand. Mr. BROOKS moved to amend the motion as of compensation improperly withheld.
It is truly gratifying to have it in my power to add, that follows:
By Mr. CHANDLER: The memorial of Patrick Hayes, about twenty thousand volumes of books that were in the *With directions to examine into the laws of domicil in
C. Massey,jr., and many other citizens of Philadelphia, ask- Law Room, and in the two rooms adjoining the Saloon of the Island of Cuba, and to see if they are not proper mat
ing Congress to remunerate the sufferers by French spolia- | the Library, are safe. Many of these books belonged to the
tions on the coinmerce of its citizens of this country previous | library of the late President Jefferson, that was purchased tere for negotiation and treaty."
by Congress in the year 1815. The question was put, and the amendment By Mr. MOORE: The memorial of citizens of Philadel- They constitute the several chapters in the Catalogue of was agreed to.
phia asking an appropriation for the erection of piers and the Library, agreeably to Mr. Jefferson's classification, unMr. B. said: I do not propose to make any harbors in the Delaware river and bay.
der the following heads: Ancient History: American His. Also, the inemorial of Messsrs. H. P. & W.c. Taylor, tory, Ecclesiastical History , Chemistry: Mineralogy and temarks upon that amendment at the present time. and Powers and Weightman, of Philadelphia, asking Con- Conchology; Moral Philosophy; Law of Nature and NaA MEMBER. You can't, for it has passed. gress to pay the expenses of sending the American speciinens tions; the five chapters composing the law department of Mr. B. continued. But I will, at a proper time, of art to the London Industrial Exhibition.
the Library; Religion ; Politics, (including the science of
Legislation, Political Economy, Commerce, Banking Staby the indulgence of the House, enter into an
tistics, &c.,) part of the chapter on Architecture, and the fiplanation of what these laws are, and how un
entire chapter on Music; Dialogue and Epistolary; Logic; justy they operate upon our citizens, and the rea
Rhetoric and Orations, and the Theory of Criticism.
FRIDAY, December 26, 1851. in thy Lthink it a proper subject for negotiation
I sincerely hope that the searching investigation Conupon the part of our Government.
Prayer by the Rev. L. F. Morgan.
gress will give to the distressing event, which every lover
of science and literature must deeply deplore, will lead to The whole subject was then referred to the The PRESIDENT called the Senate to order at a detection of the causes that produced it, and to the adopCommittee on Foreign Affairs.
thirty-five minutes after twelve o'clock; and stated tion of means that will prevent, in all future time, a recurMr. BOCOCK. I believe that the first message that there was not a quorum present.
rence of the sad calamity. which was read from the President of the United Mr. FELCH. I move that the Senate adjourn.
With the most respectful regard, I have the honor to be, Statas, was in answer to a resolution offered Mr. MANGUM. Will the Senator withdraw your obedient servant,
JOHN S. MEEHAN, Librarian. by my colleague from the Petersburg district, || that motion?
To the Hon. Lynn Boyd, Mr. Meade,) a few days ago, calling upon the Mr. FELCH. I withdraw it.
Speaker of House Representatives U. S. Congress. Execative for information, as to whether there Mr. MANGUM. I move that when the Senate Mr. STANTON, of Kentucky, asked the
d been a treaty concluded between England | adjourns, it adjourn to meet on Monday next. unanimous consent of the House to introduce a und France having relation to Cuba. The com- The PRESIDENT. The Chair is under the joint resolution in reference to the subject referred munication in answer to this legitimately goes to impression that the motion cannot be received. to in the communication just read. the Committee on Foreign Relations. There | The Constitution of the United States expressly (Cries of "Read it!" (Read it!”] was another part of that resolution calling upon | designates what is to be done. We cannot adjourn The resolution was then read the first and secbe President
of the United States to inform the for more than three days without a joint resolu- ond time, as follows: leuke whether, in his opinion, it was necessary tion; and when there is not a quorum in attendance Joint Resolution authorizing an inquiry into the origin of this our navy in the Gulf of Mexico should be we can only adjourn from day to day. Such is the late fire, by wbich the National Library was deThereased. In answer to that part of the resolu- the Constitution of the United States.
stroyed. lion there was a communication from the Navy Mr. FELCH. Then I renew the motion to
Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Public Buildings
and Grounds be instructed to inquire into the origin of the Department, and it is my impression that com- adjourn.
fire by which the National Library was consumed, on the munication should go to the Committee on Naval Mr. BRADBURY. I think there will be a 24th instant, and whether the same occurred from the neg
Affairs. The chairman of that committee is not quorum present in a few minutes. I hope the i ligence of any officer of Government, or person in the em bere, and supposing that is the legitimate refer- Senate will not adjourn until we order some in- ployment of either or both Houses of Congress, or from the
defective construction of the furnaces or tlues, or was the mce, I move, or ask, if it is not apparent to the vestigation into the causes of the late fire. I think
act of an incendiary; and also the extent of injury to the ezairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations the Sergeant-at-Arms might easily secure a quo- | building, and the best mode of reconstructing the Library that it be referred to the Committee on Naval rum.
Room, so as to afford perfect security in the future against fairs. The PRESIDENT. It is in the power of the the like disaster, and report the facts to the House.
The Mr. BAYLY, of Virginia. The reference I Senate to send for absent members if such is its on oath, such persons as may have information touching moved was a proper one, as the communication pleasure.
the premises. Refers to international affairs. I have not, how- Mr. CASS. I do not think it is worth while to Mr. SWEETSER. I move to amend the resoarer, the slightest objection to the reference pro- || send for absent members during the holidays. Ilution by making it the duty of a select committee, posed by my colleague.
have prepared a resolution in relation to the fire, to consist of five, instead of the Committee on Mr. BOCOCK. If the reference to the Com- which I intended to submit, but I am willing to let Public Buildings. mittee on Foreign Relations is the proper one, I it lie over.
The SPEAKER. The gentleman from Ohio on satisfied.
Mr. FELCH. If there is any object to be ac- | moves to strike out the "Joint Committee on PubMr. HASCALL moved the House adjourn; complished by withdrawing the motion, I will lic Buildings and Grounds," and insert a "select which motion was agreed to. withdraw it.
committee of five." to the House adjourned.
The PRESIDENT. The only object which Mr. SWEETSER. At the suggestion of the
members around me, I will move to insert the weather. I request the gentleman from Alabama rum of the House now present. Gentlemen hare Committee on the Library, instead of that pro- to withdraw his call for the regular order of busi- left with the impression that there would be no posed in the resolution.
ness, to enable me to introduce a bill for that business transacted until after New Year's day. The question was then taken on the amendment, ' purpose.
The SPEAKER stated that there was no quoand it was lost.
Mr. COBB. I have no objection. I consent. The resolution was then read a second time, and Mr. STANTON, of Kentucky. 1 ask the Mr. SWEETSER. I withdraw the objection ordered to be engrossed for a third reading. i general consent of the House to introduce a bill, I made to the introduction of the bill offered by
Mr. FOWLER. I suggest an amendment to and to move to refer it to the Committee of the the gentleman from Kentucky, (Mr. Stanton,] the last part of the resolution. It proposes that Whole on the state of the Union.
but I do it vith considerable reluctance. I was the committee shall have power to send for such Several MEMBERS. «« Read the bill !"
in favor of a more stringent course than that indipersons as may have information. Now, how The bill was then read, as follows:
cated by the chairman of the Committee on Pubare we to know they have information? I suggest An act making appropriation to meet the expenses incurred
lic Buildings, but I withdraw it upon the suggesas an amendment the words “ that may be sup
in consequence of the late fire at the Capitol. tion of my friends. posed to have information," instead of the words Be it encted by the Senate and House of Representa
The SPEAKER. The question is now upon used in the resolution.
tires of the United States of America in Congress as- the motion of the gentleman from Illinois, (Mr. The SPEAKER. The amendment can be insembied, That the sum of five thousand dollars be, and
RICHARDSON.) the same is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the troduced only by unanimous consent.
Mr. RICHARDSON. I withdraw my motion Mr. STANTON, of Kentucky. It has been much the roof as may be preparat, under ene direction of' in reference to adjournment for the present. suggested to me, that in the resolution offered to the Coinmissioner of Public Buildings, in discharge of ex- Mr. STANTON, of Kentucky, by unanimous the House, the Library has been miscalled, and Library Room, the removal of the rubbish, and the preservapenses incurred in the extinguishment of the late fire in the
consent then introduced the bill, heretofore referred that instead of being called the National Library, 'tion of such books and other articles as inay have been
to, making appropriation to meet the expenses init should be called the Congressional Library, or saved, and the construction of a tin roof for the preserva- curred in consequence of the late fire at the Capithe Library of Congress. I suppose that by the tion and protection of the public building now exposed. tol; which was read a first and second time by its unanimous consent of the House that alteration The reading of the communication from the il title. can be made.
Commissioner of Public Buildings was then called Cries « Read the bill!” “ Read the bill!" The SPEAKER. If there was no objection | for, and it was read, as follows:
The bill was accordingly read as reported the alteration could be made.
OFFICE OF COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS,
above. No objection being made, the resolution was
WASHINGTON, 26th December, 1851.. Mr. STANTON, of Kentucky. I move that altered accordingly. Honorable RICHARD H. STANTON,
it be referred to the Committee of the Whole on The SPEAKER. The proposition of the gen
Chairman Com. on Public Buildings and Grounds : the state of the Union.
Sır: The late destruction of the Hall of the United tleman from Massachusetts (Mr. Fowler) is obStales Library by fire, has left a mass of burning books
Mr. STEPHENS, of Georgia. There can be jected to, and cannot be entertained.
and papers, which I am now having removed. I am also no objection to its being passed upon immediately, Mr. STANTON, of Tennessee. It seems to constructing a temporary roof (covered with tin) over the without sending it to the Commitiee of the Whole. me that the resolution is defective in one particu
exposed arches which cover the rooms immediately east of The rule can be suspended by unanimous consent;
the Library, which I hope to finish this week. lar. I merely make the suggestion to the gentle- To enable me to pay the cost of these works, and also
and we can pass it, and send it to the Senate for man who offered the resolution, and to the House, the buckets, axes, &c., purchased during the fire, and
their action upon it to-day. that if the House concur with me in that respect wages of men employed to guard the premises and prevent There being no objection, the bill was ordered it may be amended without objection. One object further extension of fire to other parts of the Capitol, I very
to be engrossed and read a third time; and being respectfully pray your committee to ask for an appropriation of the resolution seems to be to inquire into the of five thousand dollars, which I hope will be sufficient for
engrossed it was then read a third time and best mode of making the Library, when it should these purposes.
passed. be rebuilt, fire-proof, so that it cannot be subjected I am, with great respect, your obedient servant,
Mr. RICHARDSON. I now renew the mo
WM. EASBY, to any similar accident in future. I simply wish
Commissioner of Public Buildings.
tion I made a few moments since, that when the to inquire, and suggest whether the range of in
Mr. SWEETSER. The bill makes an appro
House adjourns, it adjourn to meet on Tuesday vestigation ought not to go further than this, and
next. inquire as to the best means of making the whole priation of money, and must go to the Comunittee
Mr. STEPHENS. I ask that the Clerk be of the Whole on the state of the Union. Capitol fire-proof. It is well known to all that
authorized to carry forth with to the Senate the this accident not only destroyed the Library, but
The SPEAKER. Is there any objection to the bill which has just been passed. endangered every other part of the Capitol. The introduction of the bill?
The SPEAKER. It will be done as a matter
Mr. SWEETSER. Yes, sir, I object. structure of this building above the House and
of course. Senate is of wood, and both the Senate and House
Mr. COBB. I now make a motion to proceed Mr. FOWLER called for the yeas and nays on of Representatives are liable to be consumed at with the call for resolutions, dispensing with the
the motion of the gentleman from Minois, (Mr. any time, as was the Library day before yester. call for petitions, &c.
RICHARDSON;) which were ordered; and having day. I make this as a suggestion, and I think the Mr. CLINGMAN, (interrupting.) If the gen-been taken, were
e-yeas 91, nays 54; as follows, resolution should be so amended.
tleman will allow me, I ask the general consent of viz: Objection was made to any such change, and the House to offer a resolution, of which I have YEAS--Messrs. Aiken, Williy Allen, John Appleton, the suggestion was not considered
given previous notice, and which I think will meet William Appleton, Ashe, Averett, Babcock, Thomas H. The resolution was then read the third time and with no objection, which resolution is as follows: Bayly, Barrere, Bartlett, Beale, Bennett, Bissell, Bocock,
Bowne, John H. Boyd, Bragg, Brooks, Albert G. Brown, passed.
Resolved, That so much of the standing rules as provides
Burrows, Busby, E. Carrington Cabell, Caldwell, Chastain, for calling States and Territories for petitions, be rescinded SEIZURE OF THE BRIG AROC.
Churchwell, George T. Davis, Disney, Dockery, Dunham, and repealed.
Eastman, Edgerton, Evans, Ewing, Fitch, Florence, Floyd. Mr. FULLER, of Maine, by the general consent Objection was made by Mr. JONES, of Ten- Henry M. Fuller, Thomas J. D. Fuller, Gonnan, Hail, of the House, introduced the following resolution; nessee, and the resolution was not received.
Hamilton, Harper, Isham G. Harris, Sampson W. Harris, which was read, considered, and agreed to:
Mr. RICHARDSON. I move that when this | Johnson, Robert W. Johnson, George W. Jones, George G.
lebard, Houston, Howard, Hunter, James Johnson, John Resolred, That the President of the United States be re- House adjourns, it adjourn to meet on Tuesday King, Mace, Humphrey Marshall, Martin, McCorkle, Mequested to communicate to this House, if not incompatible
Donald, McMullen, Millson, Miner, Morehead, Olds, Orr, with the public interest, any information in possession of Mr. FOWLER demanded the yeas and nays;
Pena, Powell, Price, Richardson, Riddle, Robinson, Sack Government relative to the seizure of the brig “ Aroc," of
ett, Schermerhorn, Schoonmaker, Scurry, David L. Bey. Easiport, Maine, owned by 7. A. Paine, and commanded which were ordered.
mour, smart, Snow, Stanly, Frederick P. Stanton, Richard by Captain A. C. Spates, and the deiontion and imprison- Mr. RICHARDSON. Is there a quorum? H. Stanton, Stuart, Sutherland, Taylor, Benjamin Thoinpment of the master in the year A. D. 1850, by the Haytian The SPEAKER. A quorum is not necessary
son, Thursion, Venable, Wallace, Addison White, Wikeni, authorities at the port of Jeremie; and also what measures, if any, that may have been taken to procure indemnity to on a proposition for yeas and nays.
Williams, and Yates--91.
NAYS--Messrs. Abercrombie, Allison, Brenton, Briggs, the owners of said brig for her detention, and for the inu
Mr. BOCOCK. I move to strike out Tuesday, Joseph Cable, Lewis D. Campbell, Chapman, Clark, Cleveprisonment of the master. and insert Monday.
land. Clingman, Cobb, Conger, Jobp G. Davis, Doty, FichMr. SWEETSER asked the unanimous con
Mr. RICHARDSON. I have no objection. lin, Fowler, Gaylord, Goodenow, Goodrich, Grey, Grow, sent of the House to withdraw certain papers from
Mr. STEPHENS, of Georgia. I wish to be
Hascall, Haven, Hendricks, Henn, Hillyer, Horsford, John
W. Howe, Thomas M. Howe, Ingersoll, Ives, Jackson, the files; but it was objected to.
indulged to say a word or two. If we adjourn Andrew Johnson, Daniel T. Jones, Preston King, Kuhus, Mr. COBB. Many of us have important bills
over till Tuesday, it will be impossible to pass Landry, Lockhart, Mason, Meacham, Molony, Murphy, to present to the House, and have referred to the before that time upon the bill, of which no
Nabers, Newton, Peaslee, Penniman, Perkins, Rantoul, appropriate committees, but we shall never be tice was given, appropriating money to defray the
Robie, Scudder, Origen 'S. Seymour, Benjamin Stanton,
Alexander H. Stephens, Stone, Sweetser, George W. able to do so, unless we proceed to the regular
expenses incident to the burning of the library, Thompson, Townshend, Tuck, Wałbridge, Ward, Washorder of business. The regular order of business and necessary to preserve the other portions of the burn, Watkins, Welshi, and Wildrick–64. is calling the States and Territories for petitions, building now exposed to the weather. It is a bill So the motion was agreed to. and I call for that order of business now.
that should be passed immediately, and sent to the Mr. ORR moved that the House do now adEXPENSES OF THE FIRE.
Senate, before its adjournment to-day, for action | journ; upon which question tellers were demanded Mr. STANTON, of Kentucky.
thereon. If the House remain in session, reports and ordered, and Mr. OrR and Mr. Fowler ap
With the from committees will soon be iif order, when the pointed. The question was taken, and the tellers permisson of the gentleman from Alabama (Mr. chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings reported—ayes 74, noes 59. COBB] I will state that the Committee on Public and Grounds can introduce as a matter of right So the House adjourned to Tuesday next. Buildings received a communication this morning his bill, which has just now been precluded by from the Commissioner of Public Buildings, sta- the objection of the gentleman from Ohio, (Mr.
PETITIONS, &c. ting that great expense had been incurred in ex- SWEETSER.] The House should not ndjourn to- The following petitjons, memorials, &c., were presented tinguishing the fire on the 24th instant, and that day before passing the bill. We must sit here under the rule, and referred to the appropriate committees : an appropriation is needed to meet this expense, until we can reach that bill in the regular order of By Mr. JOHN W. HOWE: The petition of William and for the purpose of putting the building in a business.
Nickell and forty-four others, citizens of Venango county, condition to be secure from the action of the Mr. RICHARDSON. There is barely a quo- || from Agnew'Mills, in rad county, via Lamartine and
Pennsylvania, praying Congress to establish a post route
Five Points, to Cass, on the Susquehanna and Waterford PAPERS WITHDRAWN AND REFERRED. speak upon the subject at all; but I want to make a furnpike, ten moiies east of Franklin. By Mr. CLEVELAND: The petition of S. Burrows and
On motion by Mr. FELCH, it was
suggestion to my friend from lowa, (Mr. Dodge.] other eitizens of the town of Wales, in the State of Mas- Ordered, That the petition of Joseph W. Edwards, on the
1 perceive, from the wording of the resolution, that sachusetts, praying for the settlement of all national ques- files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Pen
the printing is to be done in the quarto form. All tion by a Congress of Nations.
sions, By Mr. BENNETT: The petition of C. A. Thorp, Esq.,
the printing that has been done heretofore has and other citizens of Chenango, New York, asking for a
On motion by Mr. PRATT, it was
been done in the octavo form. By departing from law to give more effective protection to the rights of pat- Ordered, That the memorial of citizens of Baltimore, on
the mode of doing the printing, if I am correctly the fles of the Senate, relating to the establishment of a line informed, you will leave the printer at liberty to By Mr. STANTON, of Kentucky: The memorial of of mail steamers between the ports of Baltimore and NurRobert Milis, late Architect of Public Buildings, recom
make his own charges, without any regard to the folk and England, be referred to the Committee on the mending the construction of a temporary Hall for the use of Post Office and Post Roads.
past action of Congress on that subject. This the House of Representatives on the site of the late Library Koom, and the use of the present Hall for the Library.
On motion by Mr. P., it was
proposal seems to me to be a departure from the
mode which we have heretofore adopted in relation By Mr. BAYLY, of Virginia: The petition of Charles Ordered, That the memorial of William Blackiston and Fletcber, of l.ancaster, for a contract for carrying the Uni- others, citizens of Maryland, in relation to the establish
to printing. If we pursue it we shall order a thing tad States mail in a line of steamers proposed to be estab- ment of a line of mail steamers between the ports of Balti
to be done in a new mode, and there will be nothlished between Norfolk, in Virginia, and Cadiz, in Spain. more and Nortoik and England, be referred to the Committee ing to govern us in fixing the compensation. I on the Post Office and Post Roads.
think our past experience ought to have shown us On motion by Mr. DAWSON, it was
that this mode is not the right one. I desire that IN SENATE.
Ordered, That the petition of Willard Boynton, on the" || this inatter shall be referred to the Committee on SATURDAY, December 27, 1851.
files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Indian Printing. According to my experience on subjects
Affairs. Prayer by the Rev. L. F. MORGAN.
of this sort, there will be a great many plates, di
On motion by Mr. BELL, it was
agrams, and engravings. I recollect having looked
into the subject a year or two ago, and the amount On the mouin of Mr. SMITH, the Senate ad- William Russwurm, on the files of the Senate, be referred journed. to the Committee on Revolutionary Clainis.
paid for engravings in a report from the Patent
Office was such as to astonish me. I believe it On motion by Mr. DODGE, of Jawa, it was
amounted to some thirty or forty thousand dollars
for a single volume.
If we adopt a resolution of this sort, changing sjons.
the form in which the printing is to be done withPrayer by the Chaplain, Rev. C. M. Butler.
NOTICES OF BILLS.
out knowing anything of the number of diagrams FLOGGING IN THE NAVY. Mr. SEBASTIAN gave notice that he should
or plates which it may be necessary to print, we The PRESIDENT pro tempore laid before the ask leave to introduce a bill to grant the right of shall do it in ignorance of the amount of the cost.
I therefore think it would be prudent-and I make Senale a report of the Secretary of the Navy, way and a portion of the public lands in the State
that motion—to refer this matter to the Commitcommunicating, in compliance with a resolution of Arkansas, to aid in the construction of certain
tee on Printing, that that committee may make of the Senate of the 22d instant, the record of the railroads therein. proceedings of a Court of Inquiry, convened No
Mr. DAWSON'gave notice that he should ask
an investigation of the whole subject.
Mr. DODGE, of Iowa. I do not object to the vember 20, 1850, on board the United States ship leave to introduce a bill to provide for the payment Cumberland, in the bay of Naples, for the investo the State of Georgia of moneys expended and
reference of this resolution to the Committee on tigation of charges preferred against William K. losses sustained, in horses and equipments, by the Printing, though the number stated is precisely
that which was ordered to be published of Foster Lauimer, an officer in the Navy; which was read volunteers of the State militia, while engaged in and ordered to lie on the table. the suppression of Indian hostilities,
& Whitney's report. This document was ordered
to be published at the Executive session of the DEFICIENCIES IN NAVAL APPROPRIATIONS.
REPORTS FROM STANDING COMMITTEES.
Senate, commencing the 4th of March, 1851, hy The PRESIDENT pro tempore laid before the il dian Affairs, to which was referred the memorial
Mr. ATCHISON, from the Committee on In- a resolution which I offered at that time. But as Senate a report of the Secretary of the Navy,
it is proposed to publish it in a new form, and as of the heirs of Joseph Watson, reported a bill for communicating, estimates for deficiencies in the
I am anxious that it shall be published in that appropriations for the naval service for the year
the relief of the representatives of Joseph Watson, form, (that being the form recommended by Dr. ending June 30, 1852; which was read:
deceased; which was read, and passed to the sec- Owen,) and as the Senator from Kentucky has ond reading.
made some observations in reference to the matOrdered, That it be referred to the Committee on Naval
Mr. JONES, of Iowa, reported from the ComAffairs.
ter, I hope the resolution will be referred to the mittee on Enrolled Bills that they had presented || Committee on Printing. PETITIONS.
to the President of the United States the joint reso- The question was then taken on the motion to Mr. SHIELDS presented the petition of James lution providing for the printing of additional refer, and it was agreed to. Corrigan, a pensioner of the United States, pray- | copies of the Journals and public documents.
PRINTING OF THE CENSUS RETURNS. is an increase of pension; which was referred
The following resolution, offered by Mr. BRIGHT, to the Committee on Pensions. Mr. CLEMENS presented a petition of citiOn the motion of Mr. ATCHISON,
was taken up for consideration: Zets of Cherokee county, Alabama, praying that
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns, it will adjourn Be it resolved, &c., 'That the Joint Committee on Printing to meet again on Friday next.
be directed to contract with Donelson & Armstrong for remuneration may be demanded of the Spanish
printing the Census returns, upon such ternis as they may Gorerinaent for the seizure of the property of
MILITARY ROADS IN IOWA.
deem reasonable. Edward Stiff, a citizen of the United States, and Mr. JONES, of lowa, submitted the following Mr. SMITH.. As this is a subject of very conbis imprisonment by order of the Captain Gen- resolution; which was considered by unanimous siderable importance, and as it will involve an aperal of Cuba; which was referred to the Commit- consent, and agreed to:
propriation to the amount of several hundred tee on Foreign Relations.
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be in- thousand dollars, I should be very sorry to have Mr. PELCH presented the petition of Amos structed to inquire into the expediency of constructing a it brought under consideration, and receive its disKendall and John E. Kendall, praying compensamilitary road from Dubuque, in the State of Iowa, to Fort
position at our hands while the Senate is as thin tion for services rendered the Western Cherokees Dodge, in said State.
as it is at the present time. I have no disposition in prosecuting their claims; which was referred to
Mr. JONES also submitted the following resothe Committee on Indian Affairs. lutions; which were considered by unanimous con
to throw any obstacle in the way of the consider
ation of this question; but I desire to take the Mr. WALKER presented the petition of citi- sent, and agreed to:
opinion of the Senate-of the entire body-upon zens of Wisconsin, praying that the right of pre
Resolved, That the Secretary of War be directed to com
it. There is very little more than a quorum now emption and a credit of two years may be allowed
municate to the Senate such information as may be on file
present; and I would suggest to my friend from to the settlers on the Menomonee Purchase, in military road from Fort Dodge to Dubuque, in lowa; and
Indiana, that the consideration of the resolution that State; which was referred to the Committee that he inform the Senate what the cost has been for the had better be postponed until after the holidays, on Public Lands.
transportation of the munitions of war, provisions, &c., Mr. UNDERWOOD presented additional eviused at said fort, from the usual place of deposit upon the
and at an early day next week I will be prepared Mississippi river.
to submit to the Senate such suggestions as I may dence in relation to the claim of James Jeffries Resolved, That the Secretary of War be also directed to deem proper. I therefore move that the subject and Jeremiah M. Smith; which was referred to the communicate to the Senate a plan and estimate for the be postponed until Monday next, when I will be Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.
construction of a military road from Dubuque to Fort Mr. DAWSON submitted additional evidence Dodge, and the amount necessary to pay for the survey and
prepared to have it taken up, and disposed of at estimates for such road.
as early a day as possible. in relation to the claim of Calvin B. Seymour;
Mr. BRIGHT. It will be recollected that this which, with his memorial on the files of the SenGEOLOGY OF IOWA, WISCONSIN, AND MIN
resolution has been the standing order of the body ate, was referred to the Committee on Indian
for the last ten days. I refused to call it up on Affairs.
The following resolution, submitted by the Sen- one occasion, when the honorable Senator from Mr. DODGE, of Wisconsin, presented a peti- ator from Iowa, (Mr. Dodge,) came up in order | Connecticut objected. He alleged that he would tion of citizens of La Crosse county, Wisconsin, for consideration:
be ready, on the morning following, with an praying the establishment of a mail route from La
Resolved, That five thousand five hundred copies of the
amendment. There is an urgent necessity for Crosse to Black River Falls, in that State; which report of Dr. D. D. Owen, on the geology of Iowa, Wiscon- acting on this subject. A part of the returns of was referred to the Committee on the Post Office sin, and the Territory of Minnesota, together with the maps,
the census are ready for delivery, and ought to be and Post Roads.
illustrations, &c., be printed; and that five hundred copies Mr. GWIN presented the petition of Santiago | fice, two hundred copies to Dr. Owen, and three liundred be delivered to the Commissioner of the General Land Of
in the hands of the printer. I dislike to press it
if the honorable Senator objects; but I can see no E. Arguello, a captain in the California battalion, copies to the Smithsonian Institution.
good reason for delay in the matter. The public praying compensation for losses sustained during Mr. UNDERWOOD. That resolution was contract which we have for the printing of this the late war with Mexico; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
passed over the other day at my instance, and I am || body does not cover this class of printing, and we 80 very hoarse now that I do not know that I can have to dispose of it to other and different persons
than those holding the contract. The joint reso- character of its population, soil, productions, and industrial Secretary speaks. I should like to be informed, if lution provides that the Committee on Printing | pursuits, its census presented the best illustration of the ex
it has been suspended, why it has. We want tent and practical utility of the information which has been shall contract with the gentlemen named in it, who
that information. I should like to know with gained. are prepared to go on with the printing, at fair “ Another object was to furnish a specimen of the style in whom the contract was made to print it; whether prices. "I can see no objection to the resolution, which, according to my judgment, it ought to be published. i the printer under that contract is to be connected
Such a specimen will be of great value in contracting for and I hope it may be the pleasure of the Senate to
with the contract under this resolution; and whether the publication of the entire work by furnishing a standard take it up and act upon it now. by which the contractor will be governed in regard to the
the suspension has not been caused by the propoMr. SMITH. I have already said to the Sen- paper, printing, and general style of execution.”
sition contained in the resolution. I desire all this ate that we have very little more than a quorum I have seen a part of the proof-sheets of the information before I vote upon the subject. present. There are only some thirty-four or thirty: l publication which the Secretary of the Interior But my great object in rising was to ask the atfive Senators here, and it is exceedingly doubtful says he has caused to be prepared; but it has not tention of the Senate to this point: If the work is whether there will be a quorum in the Chamber if | been laid upon our tables; and I think the Senate to be published in the manner proposed by the we undertake to go into the discussion of this should be informed of the extent of the printing, Secretary of the Interior, we should examine itresolution. . I have some suggestions to make to for which they are about to contract, before they | we should see that it is a work of such a character the Senate in opposition to its passage, and I hope authorize it to be done. The census of Mary- | as would do credit to the country before we order to be able to satisfy the honorable Senator from land, which the Secretary proposes to exhibit to its publication. If it is to consist of the mere tabIndiana that there are very serious objections to the members of both Houses, contains a short | ular statement of the census, as the last was, I its adoption; but I am unwilling to address myself history of the State, and of each county in the should have no objection to any mode of publicato only about one half the Senate. I believe it is State, the period at which it was settled, by whom tion which might be required. But if it is to be very unusual to take up questions of this import- it was settled, and a great deal of information of published in this extended form, according to the ance, involving the expenditure of some three or this kind. If the whole Census returns are printed view of the Secretary of the Interior, and as it will four hundred thousand dollars, if not half a mil- upon such a basis, they will take up some iwenty be published if this resolution passes, I say we lion, when there is but little over one half the Sen- or thirty volumes as large as the Documentary have not sufficient information in regard to the ate present, to make a disposition-a final dispo- History which is being published, some of which | character of the work to vote understandingly sition of them, so far as we are concerned. I are in the archives of the Government, and involve upon it. wish to say nothing at present in regard to the the expenditure, I suppose, of half a million of Mr. GWIN. I think the arguments of the character of the resolution; but it is a proposition dollars.
Senators from Maryland and North Carolina justo reverse what has been the policy of ihe two A SENATOR. Yes, more.
tify us in passing this resolution now. If we get Houses of Congress during the last five or six Mr. PRATT. Yes, or more. I do not know the information of which they speak, it must be years. Some four or five years ago we determined what the amount is to be; but ought we not to through the committee. What does this resoluthat the public printing should be divorced from know what it is to involve before we direct the tion propose to direct the committee to do? To the political presses of this city. It is now pro- printing? If we publish a work of this character, print the census. If they find it necessary to give posed to reestablish the connection which formerly ought we not to see the work itself, and form some
this historical account of each State, they will existed. If it shall be the purpose of the Senate judgment of its utility, before we direct the com- come to the two Houses of Congress for instructo reëstablish that connection in the manner pro- mittee to contract for its printing? What is the tions. This resolution simply provides for the pubposed by my honorable friend from Indiana—if resolution? “That the joint Committee on Print- | lication of the census. that be the real judgment and opinion of the body ing be directed to contract with Donelson & Mr. BADGER. What for? The census.' -I for one shall not complain; because I have no Armstrong for printing the census returns, upon Mr. GWIN. What is the census taken for, if it objection whatever to the respectable and worthy such terms as they may deem reasonable." What is not wanted? Why was it taken, if not to make gentlemen named in the resolution. But I wish is to be printed? If it is to be a history of each a portion of the permanent archives of the counthe opinion of the entire Senate upon the subject. one of the United States, and of each county in try! I want it printed at once. The Senator I am unwilling to be called upon to address the those States, giving the population of each, the from North Carolina (Mr. MANGUM) says that it Senate on a subject of so much importance when period at which, and by whom, it was settled-if will cost several half millions of dollars. I should there is barely a quorum present. I therefore it is to be such a work as has been prepared in like to know if the postponement of it will make feel it my duty to persist in the motion to post- reference to Maryland, surely each Senator ought it cost any less. If we are going to print it, let pone its' consideration. I certainly do not de- to examine it before we vote to have it published. us do it at once. Whether we print it under the sire any delay. I have come for three or four If it is sufficiently valuable to be printed in this contract, or give it to different individuals, let us mornings in succession prepared to address the form, it should be done in the best manner, regard. || do it at once. I think that the very information Senate on the resolution. But I trust those gen- less of the cost. But for one I desire to see the these gentlemen wish will come more properly. tlemen who constitute the majority in this body work—to see the sample which the Secretary of the through the committee than any other way. If will be willing to postpone the question until we Interior says he is preparing to exhibit to us, the committee want additional power, or additional have the Senate in its usual condition, with some- which is now being printed, and which will be laid | instruction, let them come to the Senate and thing more than a bare quorum.
upon our tables. I desire that it shall be laid there, House of Representatives for it. We ought to Mr. BRIGHT. I understand the honorable so that each Senator may examine it and know act on the subject, so that the printing may proSenator from Connecticut to remark that some four what it is.
gress. In regard to the specimens alluded to by or five years since, this body proposed to divorce Mr. HAMLIN. Will the Senator allow me to the Senator from Maryland, he seemed to intithe printing from the public press of this city: ask a question?. I would inquire if the printing to mate that they were probably printed in the office The proposition was made
and acted upon, and I which he has alluded has not been suspended? I of the genueman mentioned in the resolution. ask him, and every other Senator, what has been have been informed, and I deem the information to Mr. PRATT. I did not say so. the result? What has the sequel proved? That be reliable, that from some cause the printing has Mr. GWIN. . I take it for granted that they we have either not had the printing done at all, or been suspended, and that nothing is now being have had no agency in the suspension of the work. done in a manner unfit to be put in our archives. done in regard to the matter.
I feel confident that they have not. The object of The work proposed to be done by this resolution Mr. MÄNGUM. Perhaps I can answer that the Senate should be to have this work printed, is important, containing statistics to which we shall question. I had an interview with the head of the and an appropriation should be made at once. want to refer in all time to come; and to print it | Census Bureau, and he informed me that this work We have another special order for next Monday. upon paper of the character used inder the con- was in progress now, and would soon be com- If we postpone this resolution to that day, it may tract system, and to have it done in the manner in pleted, and that it was impossible to form a just lead to its being put off from time to time. It which it is now done will render it valueless. This estimate of what expenditure would be required seems to me that its postponement will only emresolution is framed with reference to giving the until that work should be laid before the Senate. barrass the Senate. I think we had better take it work to responsible persons-persons who are I have no sort of objection to the gentlemen men- up and pass it, or amend it, now. ready to commence it, and to execute it, as the tioned in the resolution. They would perform Mr. PRATT. I have been very singularly unCommittee on Printing may require. It is not an the duties as well as any others I have no doubt: fortunate, if the argument which I intended to appropriation of money. The honorable Senator I have no choice in thai respect. But I do think i make has proved the exact contrary of that for says that it will involve an expenditure of thou-li before we embark in so large an expenditure, we which I used it. What is this resolution? Is it sands of dollars. It is true that money will be ex- | ought to know something about it. I hope the that this committee shall inquire in reference to pended, but it is to be expended under the direction Senator from Indiana will not press the immediate what is to be done, and what is to be published? of our committee, and one of them is a gentleman consideration of this resolution, in the absence of Does it give to the committee the power io inquire? practically acquainted with the subject. The Censuch information as would let us know what we On the contrary it takes from the committee that sus returns are soon to be presented, and hence I are about to do. It has been said that half a mil. || power, and directs them to contract for the printfind an apology for pressing the matter now. Ilion of dollars will be required. Sir, it will in all ing of the census, which the Secretary of the Inam willing to hear the Senator from Connecticut probability be three half millions certainly nearer terior has prepared. That book, that census, that at this time, and I presume the body generally are ihat amount than half a million. I hope we shall | which he has reported to the Senate as having been ready to hear him.
not take a leap in the dark. I hope the consider- | prepared as the census, is what this committee is Mr. PRATT. In my judgment we have not ation of the resolution will not be pressed upon the directed to print. They have, under this resoluthe necessary information to enable us to act upon body when there is scarcely a quorum present. tion, no power to inquire. They are not instructed this resolution. I notice that the Secretary of | At all events, before I give a vote affirmatively to inquire. The sole power proposed to be conthe Interior, speaking upon this subject in his re- upon any proposition of this sort, I desire to know ferred by this resolution is to cortract for the port, says:
the probable amount of the expenditure, and this printing of that paper, which has been prepared "With the view of enabling Congress to form a just esti
can be ascertained only when we have the work | by the officers of the Government as the returns of mate of the inportance and varied character of the inform- alluded to on our tables.
the Seventh Census. I apprehend, then, that I ation derived from the late census, and of the admirable Mr. PRATT. I did not know that the work was not wrong in the argument which I made. arrangement of the tables, the Superintendent has, with
had been suspended. I knew it had been commy sanction, caused the returns or Maryland to be printed
Mr. BADGER. The Senator from California for the use of the members of the two Houses. Tbat siate
menced, and I have seen some twelve or fifteen seems to have fallen into a mistake an evident was selecred, because, from its central position, and the li proof-sheets of the Maryland census of which the il mistake-as to the nature of the joint resolution