MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE.
A message from the House of
Representatives, by Mr. McPHERSON, its Clerk, announced that the House
had concurred in amendments of the Senate to the following bills:
The bill (H. R. No. 1260) to provide for the admission of photographs for exhibition free of duty; and
The bill (H. R. No. 1529) for the relief of Francis A. Eastman, postmaster at Chicago, Illinois.
The message also announced that the House had passed the following bills of the Senate without amendment:
A bill (S. No. 570) transferring certain powers and duties to the Department of Justice, and providing a seal therefore;
A bill (S. No. 533) for the relief of Lucas, O'Brien, Dickinson, and other counties in the State of Iowa;
A bill (S. No. 644) amending the act approved July 27, 1868, entitled "An act relating to pensions."
The message further announced that the House had passed the bill (S. No. 475) to authorize the sale of public property at Houlton, Maine, with an amendment; in which concurrence was requested.
ENROLLED BILLS SIGNED.
The message also announced
that the Speaker of the House had signed the following enrolled bills,
and they were thereupon signed by the Vice president:
An act (S. No. 392) to set apart a certain tract of land lying near the headwaters of the Yellowstone river as a public park;
An act (S. No. 423) for the relief of Julia A. Smith;
An act (S. No. 550) to constitute Shreveport, in the State of Louisiana, a port of deliver;
An act (H. R. No. 213) to authorize the issuing of a certificate of registry to the brig Michael and Anna;
An act (H. R. No. 1333) to amend section thirty-five of an act to reduce internal taxes, and for other purposes; and
An act (H. r. No. 1417) for the relief of George W. Morse.
REGISTER TO BRIG ISADORE.
Mr. SPENCER. The Committee
on Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. No. 1669) authorizing
an American register to the British brig Isadore, owned by Edwin M. Fowle,
of Newton, Massachusetts, have instructed me to report it back without
amendment and recommend its passage. I ask for its present consideration.
By unanimous consent, the bill was considered as in Committee of the Whole.
Mr. MORRILL, of Maine. If there is a report in that case, I should like to hear it.
Mr. SPENCER. There is a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury. I do not think there can be any objection to the bill.
Mr. MORRILL. Let the letter be read.
The Chief Clerk read as follows:
I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 1st instant,
transmitting certain papers asking Congress for authority to issue American
register to the British brig Isadore, with the request that I will furnish
your committee with the facts in my possession, together with any suggestions
as to the propriety of granting American registry to this vessel under
a new name.
I reply, that the statement submitted by the papers in this case shows that this vessel is of American build, but was placed under the British flag, then under the Haytien, then again under the British, which flag she still hoists. Her present owner is Edwin M. Fowle, of Boston, an American citizen, who twice had her extensively repaired in this country.
The collector of the port of Boston reports that Mr. Fowle has in his possession and produced the protest of the master, the survey, and the receipted bills for repairs made. He made an affidavit, which I herewith transmit, that the vessel as she lay in a wrecked condition in the harbor of Charleston, in November, 1870, did not exceed in value $1,000, while the repairs appear to have amounted to $5,196.70.
I may further add that there does not appear to have been any collusion with the various owners of this vessel; and that her present owner became possessed of her and repaired her in good faith.
Had the vessel been foreign-built, and wrecked and repaired as she was, she would be entitled to American registry under the act of 23d December, 1852. I therefore think that Congress may very properly authorize the register asked for.
The papers are returned herewith.
USE OF SENATORS' FRANKS.
Mr. CHANDLER. I ask the
indulgence of the Senate to read a letter which I received this morning.
It is dated Jackson, Michigan, February 25, 1872, and is as follows:
DEAR SIR: I am receiving spurious documents from some source with yours and Hon. O. P. MORTON'S frank on the envelope. Inclosed find sample.
If you and Senator MORTON are sending such documents about the country and playing into the hands of the Democracy, it is something I least expected. I think to the contrary, and cannot conceive from what source they come. Please answer me at once in regard to it.
If you have documents of the ring of true metal, send to me, and I will distribute on good ground.
Yours, truly, JOHN F. DREW.
Hon. Z. CHANDLER.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Senator from Michigan asks unanimous consent to make a statement.
Mr. CHANDLER. There is no objection.
The VICE PRESIDENT. If there is no objection, the Senator will proceed. The Chair hears no objection.
Mr. CHANDLER. Inclosed in this letter I find the following document sent under the frank of OLIVER P. MORTON and myself:
"The Reform Movement--A National Convention called to meet at Cincinnati, May 1, 1872--Resolutions of the Liberal Republican State Convention of Missouri--Speech by Governor B. Gratz Brown--Letter from Senator CARL SCHURZ--Indorsement by ex-Secretary J. D. Cox, Hon Stanley Matthews, Judge George Hoadly, and Judge J. B. Stalle, of Ohio."
Mr. President, I only have to say that my frank on that document was a forgery. I never franked such a document as that, and I never will; but I do not know that foreign my frank is any worse than the document itself. The whole thing was conceived in fraud and brought forth in iniquity. It was a fraud to put the name "Republican" upon it, and I am not surprised they should circulate frauds by forgery.
Mr. MORTON. I desire to be permitted to say simply that--
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Senator from Indiana asks unanimous consent to make a statement. Is there objection? The Chair hears no objection.
Mr. MORTON. I desire to say that my frank upon that document, or one of that character, sent to Michigan or elsewhere, is a fraud and a forgery, made without my knowledge and consent.
Mr. TIPTON. Mr. President--
The VICE PRESIDENT. Does the Senator from Nebraska desire to make a statement on the subject?
Mr. TIPTON. I desire to make a personal explanation also.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is there objection? The Chair hears none.
Mr. TIPTON. I desire to say that I have been treated very much as the Senator from Michigan has. I did send out one of his speeches recently, and it was returned to me, and I was asked whether I had franked such a document as that; and if I did entertain the sentiments of his speech, my constituent told me never to send my frank to him again. [Laughter.]
The VICE PRESIDENT. Do Senators desire this subject to be referred to the Post Office Committee? [Laughter.]
HAYDEN'S GEOLOGICAL SURVEY.
Mr. ANTHONY. I am instructed
by the Committee on Printing to report back a resolution to print additional
copies of Hayden's final report of the geological survey of Nebraska and
adjacent Territories; and I ask for its present consideration.
There being no objection, the resolution was considered and agreed to as follows:
Resolved, That there be printed for the use of the Senate fifteen hundred copies of Hayden's final report of geological survey of Nebraska and adjacent Territories.
KU KLUX REPORTS.
Mr. ANTHONY. A concurrent
resolution was referred to the Committee on Printing this morning relating
to a matter that has already been under consideration by the committee
on a resolution offered in the Senate. It is a resolution to print
the report made and the testimony taken by the Ku Klux committee.
The Committee on Printing recommend and amendment to the resolution, so
as to make it correspond with the resolution introduced into the Senate,
and which we understand to be the wish of the Ku Klux committee on both
sides of the Chamber. It is a pretty large number, but it is what
that committee desire.
There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the following resolution:
Resolved by the House of Representatives of the United States, (the Senate concurring,) That there be printed of the majority and minority reports of the joint Committee to Inquire into the condition of the late Insurrectionary States ten thousand extra copies, of which thirty-five hundred shall be for the use of the Senate and sixty-five hundred for the use of the House of Representatives; also fifteen hundred extra copies of all the testimony taken by said committee, of which five hundred copies shall be for the use of the Senate and one thousand for the use of the House of Representatives.
The Committee on Printing proposed to amend the resolution so as to read:
Resolved by the House of Representatives of the United States (the Senate concurring,) That there be printed on the majority and minority report of the Joint Committee to Inquire into the Condition of the late Insurrectionary States forty thousand extra copies, of which ten thousand shall be for the use of the Senate and thirty thousand for the use of the House of Representatives; also five thousand extra copies of all testimony taken by said committee, of which fifteen hundred copies shall be for the use of the Senate and thirty-five hundred for the use of the House of Representatives.
The amendments were agreed to.
The resolution, as amended, was adopted.
Mr. CAMERON. I ask the
Senate to allow me to bring up the bill which I have tried for so many
days to get before it in regard to the education of certain Japanese youth
in the Military Academy. I hope there will be no objection to taking
it up now.
Mr. SPENCER. I should like to introduce a bill.
The VICE PRESIDENT. That is in the nature of an objection.
Mr. CAMERON. I hope the Senator from Alabama will give way.
Mr. SPENCER. It will not take a second.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Senator from Alabama insists on his right to the floor.
Mr. CAMERON. Does the Senator insist?
Mr. SPENCER. I ask the Senator to allow me to introduce a bill for reference.
Mr. CAMERON. I am willing to give way for that.
Mr. COLE rose.
Mr. CAMERON. The Senator from California will certainly give way to me.
Mr. COLE. I will not object to the Senator taking up his bill if, after its taken up, I shall have an opportunity to introduce some morning business.
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