Mr. VEST. In the same
section, line 39, after the word "guilty," I move to strike out "of an
offense," and insert "of a misdemeanor;" so as to read:
Shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, etc.
The amendment to the amendment was agreed to.
Mr. VEST. In the same section, line 40, before the word "imprisonment," I move to strike out "and" and insert "or;" so as to read:
And shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years, etc.
The amendment to the amendment was agreed to.
The VICE-PRESIDENT. The hour of 1 o'clock having arrived, the Chair lays before the Senate the unfinished business. First, however, he lays before the Senate bills from the House of Representatives for reference.
HOUSE BILLS REFERRED.
The bill (H. R. 995) for the
relief of J. M. Billings was read twice by its title, and referred to the
Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads.
The bill (H. R. 6126) to amend an act to authorize the construction of a bridge at Burlington, Iowa, approved August 6, 1888, and amended by act approved February 21, 1890, was read twice by its title, and referred to the Committee on Commerce.
The following bills were severally read twice by their titles, and referred to the Committee on Claims:
A bill (H. R. 509) for the relief of F. Y. Ramsey, the heir at law and distributee of Joseph Ramsey; and
A bill (H. R. 522) for the relief of Benjamin Alvord.
THE REVENUE BILL.
The Senate, as in Committee
on the Whole, resumed the consideration of the bill (H. R. 4864) to reduce
taxation, to provide revenue for the Government, and for other purposes.
Mr. DOLPH resumed the floor in continuation of the speech begun by him yesterday. After having spoken with interruptions for nearly four hours,
Mr. CHANDLER (at 4 o'clock and 58 minutes p. m.). As the Senator from Oregon has been interrupted so much, I ask unanimous consent that he may be permitted to go on after 5 o'clock.
Mr. TELLER. Is there any law to prevent him from going on?
Mr. CHANDLER. I do not want the Senator to feel that I have cut short his speech.
The VICE-PRESIDENT. Is there objection to the request of the Senator from New Hampshire?
Mr. QUAY. There is objection.
Mr. HARRIS. The Senator from Oregon having the floor, has a right to go on as long as he pleases, and there is no rule which can stop him.
Mr. CHANDLER. I certainly understood the Senator from Tennessee to insist that the discussion on this bill should be limited to the hours between 1 and 5 o'clock.
Mr. HARRIS. On the contrary, the Senator from Tennessee insisted that the discussion should begin at 1 o'clock and continue at least until 5, and as long after as any Senator chose to continue it.
Mr. CHANDLER. I do not remember any such statement.
Mr. HARRIS. There was no such statement made, but there is no limitation. If the Senator from Oregon, having the floor, chooses to go on he has a perfect right to do so.
Mr. CHANDLER. I knew the Senator from Oregon was not feeling well to-day--
Mr. GRAY. He can do as he pleases.
Mr. CHANDLER. My object is to let the Senator do as he pleases.
Mr. DOLPH. I am sorry I have not got very far with my speech to-day because I have been interrupted so much. The remainder of it will keep, and I shall give it to the Senate in aerial form. I suppose on Monday I shall be asked to give way to Senators who have given notice of their intention to speak on that day, or the Senator from Pennsylvania [Mr. QUAY] may then want to resume his speech. I shall be very glad to accommodate Senators; and I shall renew my speech when I can do so at the pleasure of the Senate.
Mr. CHANDLER. Certainly the Senator ought not to yield and let others into the discussion when questions have arisen where they want to be fully heard, and then cut them off. I do not think the Senator wants to do that.
Mr. DOLPH. I am in no hurry. I shall allow everybody to interrupt me and discuss the question who pleases, if he will only quote me fairly, and not put into the RECORD things which I think I have not said or draw unjust conclusions from my remarks. I do not want to be arraigned in the Senate Chamber as a slanderer of the American people.
Mr. CHANDLER. The Senator did not want the misstatement of my position by the Senator from Colorado to go uncontradicted.
Mr. QUAY. the hour of 5 o'clock having arrived--
Mr. TELLER. I have not misrepresented either the Senator from New Hampshire or the Senator from Oregon. I have simply stated that was the logic of their position.
[Mr. DOLPH'S speech will be published entire after it shall been concluded.]
Mr. QUAY. I suggest there is no quorum present, and the hour of 5 o'clock has arrived.
The VICE-PRESIDENT. The absence of a quorum being suggested, the Secretary will call the roll.
The Secretary called the roll, and the following Senators answered to their names:
The VICE-PRESIDENT. Twenty-seven
Senators have answered to their names. There is no quorum present.
Mr. HARRIS. I move that the Senate adjourn.
The motion was agreed to; and (at 5 o'clock and 5 minutes p. m.) the Senate adjourned until Monday, April 23, 1894, at 12 o'clock m.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
SATURDAY, April 21, 1894.
The House met at 12 o'clock
m. Prayer by the Chaplain, Rev. E. B. BAGBY.
The Journal of the proceedings of yesterday was read and approved.
Mr. BYNUM. Mr. Speaker, I desire to all the attention of the House to a matter which may be of some importance in connection with the Journal. I am not able to say how it will affect the Journal.
When the House was in Committee of the Whole on yesterday, it had under consideration certain bills which it reported favorably to the House, and pending the consideration of another bill, on a motion made with regard to it, the gentleman from Tennessee [Mr. ENLOE], as appears of record, made the point that no quorum had voted. Immediately thereupon a motion was made that the committee rise; which was agreed to.
It seems to me that the report of the Committee of the Whole, and the subsequent proceedings of the House in passing the bills reported from the Committee of the Whole with that record of no quorum pending, must be a nullity. This proceeding will be found on page 3928 of the RECORD, in the second column. The Chair will observe this language:
The question was taken; and on a division (demanded by Mr. ENLOE) there were--ayes 67, noes 18.
Mr. ENLOE. I make the point that no quorum has voted.
Mr. BUNN. I move that the committee rise.
The motion was agreed to; and the committee accordingly rose, and the Chairman of the committee reported to the House that the committee had had under consideration certain bills, which were ten taken up and passed; whereas I think the chairman of the Committee of the Whole should have reported that the committee found itself without a quorum.
Mr. COX. But the question of a quorum was not raised on these bills.
Mr. BYNUM. I know; but the committee could not have reported them without a quorum.
Mr. BURROWS. The point of order, I think, should be made against the recognition by the Chair of the motion that the committee rise, when the point was made that there was no quorum, instead of causing the roll to be called. It was the duty of the Chair, when the point of no quorum was made, to immediately cause the roll to be called.
The SPEAKER. That is correct. That is the rule.
Mr. BURROWS. Instead of entertaining the motion that the committee rise, the roll should have been called.
The SPEAKER. The rule provides that in Committee of the Whole, when the absence of a quorum is developed, the Chair shall direct the roll to be called; the committee shall then rise and report the names of the absentees to the House, which shall be entered upon the Journal. Then, if a quorum appears, the House shall immediately after go back into Committee of the Whole without motion. That is the rule.
Mr. RICHARDSON of Tennessee. I have no doubt, Mr. Speaker, that the intention of the House was to construe the condition as if the point of no quorum has been withdrawn. When the point of no quorum was made and the gentleman from Go to the next page