THE CONGRESSIONAL GLOBE (P. 1228--February 27, 1872)
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    Mr. TIPTON.  I regret to arise when the morning hour is so far exhausted, but I have a speech to make on this subject; it will run beyond the morning hour, and if some gentleman will get an extension of time for me I will go on and make my remarks now.  ["Go on."]
    Mr. HARLAN.  In view of the fact the honorable Senator has stated, and the other fact that my colleague [Mr. WRIGHT] will be entitled to the floor at one o'clock, I would move that this matter be postponed, and that the Senate proceed to the consideration of the arms resolution.
    Mr. TRUMBULL.  Before that vote is put, if there should be no objection, I should like to present the amendment I suggested, and let it come in at the end of this resolution.
    Mr. CONKLING.  While that is going to the Chair let me make a suggestion to the Senator from Iowa who proposes that this resolution shall stand over.  I know the morning hour has almost expired; but I think we can get a vote upon this matter in a few minutes.  It seems to me there cannot be much to debate.  Everybody will vote for a general resolution on this subject; there is no objection to that; and it will not, I say to the Senator from Missouri, delay one day the acquisition of the information; but in the mean time let us have this.  Now, unless there is some prospect of delay, which I think there is not, I ask the honorable Senator to let the Senator from Nebraska be heard; it will be subject to a demand for the regular order, of course; but if we can vote in a few minutes let us do so.
    Mr. HARLAN.  The honorable Senator will perceive it is an impossibility in view of the statement made by the Senator from Nebraska.
    Mr. CONKLING.  I only ask that it go on informally.
    The VICE PRESIDENT.  First the amendment of the Senator from Illinois will be reported as he has desired to have it reported.
    The Chief Clerk.  The amendment of the Senator from Illinois is to insert at the end of the resolution:
    And also that he inform the Senate whether the head of any Department has caused to be prepared in his Department the tabulated statement, or any part thereof, referred to in the following statement made in the Senate by the Senator from Indiana [Mr. MORTON] on the 23d of February, 1872: "I saw this afternoon a tabulated statement giving the number of recommendations made in each Department since the 4th of March, 1869, by the Senator from Illinois, [Mr. TRUMBULL,] numbering one hundred and three;" and if so, at whose instance and for what purpose said tabulated statement, or any part thereof, was prepared; whether the head of such Department at the same time caused like tabulated statements to be prepared giving the number of recommendations made by the other members of the Senate for the same period.
    Mr. CONKLING.  I can see no objection to that if the Senator wishes it, and I accept it.
    Mr. TRUMBULL.  Let it be adopted as an amendment to that of the Senator from Nebraska.
    Mr. CONKLING.  No; I accept the amendment as an amendment to the resolution.  That saves a vote.
    The VICE PRESIDENT.  It can be accepted by the consent of the Senate.  The yeas and nays have been ordered.
    Mr. Conkling.  Then it will be in order to accept it presently, which I will do.
    The VICE PRESIDENT.  If there be no objection, this will be regarded as an amendment coming in at the close of the resolution; and the amendment of the Senator from Nebraska still remains pending, upon which the yeas and nays have been ordered.  The morning hour has expired, and the Senate resumes consideration of the resolution of the Senator from Massachusetts, [Mr. SUMNER,] the pending question being on the motion of the Senator from Illinois [Mr. TRUMBULL] to reconsider the vote by which the amendment of the Senator from new York [Mr. CONKLING] was agreed to, and the Senator from Iowa [Mr. WRIGHT] is entitled to the floor.
    Mr. CONKLING.  If my honorable friend wishes to proceed I will not ask him to indulge me one moment; but if it will be agreeable to him to allow this matter to go on for a few moments to see if we can get a vote, then I will make that request.  I beg to say, however, that I do not make it at all if he prefers to proceed.
    Mr. WRIGHT.  If I could be sure that we should have a vote in five or ten minutes on this resolution, I should not object; but if there is any probability that the debate will be protracted, I prefer to go on.
    Mr. CONKLING.  I think we can vote presently.
    Mr. HARLAN.  The honorable Senator from Nebraska informs me that he expects to occupy about half an hour.
    Mr. CONKLING.  Then I should not think it courteous to press my request.
    The VICE PRESIDENT.  If there be no objection, the resolution having been changed this morning will be ordered to be printed as it now stands.
    Mr. CONKLING.  Before the Senator from Iowa proceeds, I beg to interrupt him once more to call attention of the Secretary to an error in the printing of the resolution.  The word "such" is omitted in the fourth line from the bottom between the words "and" and "Senators."  To make the resolution consistent, the word "such" should occur there, so as to read "whether any such Senators."
    The VICE PRESIDENT.  And "South Carolina" will be omitted in the resolution, and also in the text of the amendment, as it is now by the unanimous consent of the Senate excluded.


    Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN.  With the consent of the Senator from Iowa I move that the memorial which was presented yesterday from a committee of an agricultural convention and referred to the Committee on Agriculture be printed.
    The motion was agreed to.


    A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. McPHERSON, its Clerk, announced that the House had passed the following bills and joint resolution; in which the concurrence of the Senate was requested:
    A bill (H. R. No. 1021) for the relief of preëmption settlers in the State of California;
    A bill (H. R. No. 1760) explanatory of the internal revenue act of June 30, 1864, amended by the act of July 13, 1866, in relation to sirups, jellies, mustards, sauces, and canned preserved fruits, vegetables, and meats, enumerated and taxed in schedule C of said acts and acts amendatory thereof;
    A bill (H. R. No. 48) to settle and quiet the titles to lands along the boundary line between the States of Georgia and Florida;
    A bill (H. R. No. 1761) extending the time for the completion of the Portage Lake and Lake Superior ship-canal;
    A bill (H. R. No. 1762) to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to allow the printing and impressions of currency notes and bonds, &c., for the use of Heath & Co.'s Counterfeit Detector; and
    A joint resolution (H. R. No. 104) directing the Secretary of War to add the German language in the United States Military Academy at West Point.
    The message also announced that the House had concurred in the amendments of the Senate to the following bills:
    A bill (H. R. No. 383) to authorize the construction of a bridge across the Missouri river at or near St. Joseph, Missouri;
    A bill (H. R. No. 1417) for the relief of George W. Morse; and
    A bill (H. R. No. 1074) to provide for the survey of the harbor and river at Washington, District of Columbia.
    The message further announced that the House had passed the following bills:
    A bill (S. No. 384) extending the time for the completion of the Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay and Lake Michigan ship-canal, in the State of Wisconsin; and
    A bill (S. No. 392) to set apart a certain tract of land lying near the headwaters of the Yellowstone river as a public park.
    The message also announced that the House had passed the bill (S. No. 550) to constitute Shreveport, in the State of Louisiana, a port of delivery, with an amendment, in which it requested the concurrence of the Senate.


    The message likewise announced that the Speaker of the House had signed the enrolled bill (S. No. 675) granting to James D. Dana the use of certain plates, and it was thereupon signed by the Vice President.


    The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted by Mr. SUMNER on the 12th instant.
    Mr. MORTON.  For one I desire to express the hope that we shall remain here to-day until this discussion is closed and the vote has been taken.
    Mr. COLE.  I concur in that.
    Mr. WRIGHT.  Mr. President, this debate has been greatly protracted, taking a very wide range; and yet I trust I shall be pardoned, even at this late hour in the discussion, and at the hazard of trespassing on the patience of the Senate at a time when a vote is so anxiously desired, if I add a few words.  Among the last coming to a place in this body, and counting myself, as I do, in all sincerity, and especially in the presence of these crowded galleries, among the humblest of those around me, I nevertheless do not feel at liberty to refrain from stating the considerations controlling my action.
    I suppose, Mr. President, as was suggested yesterday by my friend from New Jersey, [Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN,] it will not be deemed out of order to discuss the measure now before us.  To avoid all questions at this point, however, I shall possibly say enough upon some other matters to bring myself within the practice if not the rules of the Senate.
    We have been in session, Mr. President, now nearly three months.  Almost one half the time fixed by our action for the continuance of the session has expired, and yet what has been done?  I feel bound to say in all candor, next to nothing.  Before the adjournment in December, upon the question of appointing a "committee of investigation and reform," we had a debate running through days and weeks.  The days were absolutely lost fixing the day of final adjournment solely and entirely, as I submit, because of an effort to attach conditions as unprecedented in parliamentary proceedings as they were unnecessary and inexpedient.  Following this we had the discussion upon amnesty and what has been styled its "twin measure, the civil rights supplement," but which, in my judgment, was in no manner germane to the text to which it was sought to be attached--a discussion running through another ten days, and ending, as every Senator must have seen, because of the tactics pursued, in the defeat of both, and this, too, in the face and teeth of the fact that both, as independent measures, might have passed in half the time consumed by that debate.  I say they were defeated by the tactics pursued by some of the friends of both rather than the enemies of either, for it is now obvious, as it clearly was to every unprejudiced mind during the protracted struggle, that the measures conjoined lost votes sufficient to defeat them, which they certainly would have had, and that, too, in sufficient numbers, when disconnected, to have carried either separately.
    For myself, I may say in passing, that while I would vote for the civil rights bill, amended
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