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commissions to county officers. It was on that are no: his neighbors; whether men in a town The charge was made that liribes had been of. ground that the committee, at the last session of which had a bitter quarrel with the town in which || fered, and Mr. Dundy, among others, proposed Congress, reported that this was an unorganized | another man lives are more likely to know about to raise a committee to inquire into that charge; county, and ihe House, by adopting the report of his real character and to testify correctly about it and he said at the time that he himself had been the committee, declared that ii was right in its than men who live in his immediate neighbor- offered a watch. When the committee was raised, decision on that point

hood, where the daily beauty of liis life comes to it called upon him to testify who offered him the The silting member challenges 20 votes in the the notice and attention of every one more fully watch, and he refused to give the testimony, and Rulo precinct, for the reason, mainly, that they than it does to those who live at a distance and the Council reprimanded him for not giving the were non-residents of the precinct. I have al are full of the gangrene of prejudice? “Distance testimony. That is the true_state of the case. ready recited the law which requires that the lends enchantment to the view," says a gentleman Let me say, further, that Mr. Dundy testifies that voters should be residents of the precinct at the

the proceedings of that Legislative Council are intime. It appears from the evidence of Dundy, Mr. RICHARDSON. I understand the gentle | accurate; that they have been altered so that they an attorney, and afterwards a member of the Le man to make the point that no witnesses were pro do not show whai actually occurred, and that Mr. gislature, which position seems to sanctify every: duced to charge that this man Dundyswore falsely. | Morton was then the secretary of the Council and ihing, that he was a resident of Rulo precinct, and Mr. DAWES. Oh, no.

had charge of the proceedings. that 24 non-residents of Rulo precinci, and 5 half Mr. RICHARDSON. I was paying particular Mr. RICHARDSON. I have a distinct, vivid breed Indians voted at that precinct. He gives the attention to the gentleman.

recollection of that whole transaction. No time names of 29 non-residents of the precinct who voted Mr. DAWES. Then it is my fault, not yours.

will be able to obliterate it from my memory. I on that occasion. Five are half-breed Indians, and Mr. RICHARDSON. The gentleman must found these men seeking by bribery to pass through not entitled to vote at all. That left 24 testified by || have expressed himself blindly.

the Legislature n bill io charter 'n bank founded him to be non-residents, and he gives their names Mr. DA WES. No doubt it is my fault. I upon public lands. I caused the district attorney and the places where they resided. In answer to said they impeached Dundy's character for truth to commence proceedings against them, intending this, as in support of the vote cast in L'eau-qui- and veracity. There are States where they put to pursue them. This man Dundy agreed that court county, nothing is brought to show that the question directly to the witness whether they he would go and testify to everything that had they were residents of the precinct. When they would believe the man under oath. I do not live occurred. He said that he had been offered the came up to the polls they took the oath prescribed under that sunshine, but I believe in Nebraska bribe of a gold watch. He refused to disclose by the statute, ihat they were entitled to vote and they do put that question to the witness, and seven who had offered it. The gentleman may be techthat they were residenis of the district, but they men of a town at war with that in which Dundy | nically correct in reference to the fact that it was were permitted by the judges to insert a proviso | lived, swore' that they would not believe him. because he refused to testify to the whole truth to the effect that if the place where they resided | They called his town'an abolition hole, a place that the lecture was read to him. was within the precinct, &c. They interpolated | filled with abolitionists and negro thieves. "The Mr. DAWES. This whole matter was before that into the oath to save the consciences of these other town, I believe, by way of offset, was called the Committee of Elections, and the commillee men; so that they swore that they were entitled a loco-foco hole.

supposed that what occurred in the Nebraska Leto vote and were residents of that precinct, pro Mr. RICHARDSON. Those men, of whom | gislature, when neither of these parties were presvided the Pawnee reservation was within that pre I do not propose to give any testimony here-1 ent, could not be testimony to be used in this case. cinct. Now, the statute shows that the Pawnee had the misfortune to bc Governor of Nebraska The gentleman from Illinois has given his version reservation was not in that precinct; and if it was,

of it. The record itself is down in the committee. another statute shows that it was outside of the Mr. DAWES. Your loss was their gain. room. I stata it from recollection, but I think this Territory.

Mr.RICHARDSON. A very poor one though, is the true state of the facts: that Mr. Dundy was I say ihat 29 of them voted. It is not certain I have no doubt. You will find that in the legis- | brought before the bar of the Council for contempt how all of them voted; but as Mr. Daily got but 9 lative proceedings of that Territory the President for refusing to answer the question who offered rotes at that precinct, it is certain that 20 of them of the Council read this Mr. Dundy a lecture for him the bribe. He undertook to conccal the name must have voied for Morton. Thus Morton getting || accepting a bribe.

of the party, and that was very wrong of him. n large vote there, and Daily getting but I, it is cer Mr. DAWES. I am not going to forget that; || He ought to have been confined in jail until he did tain 20 of them were counted for Morton, and there. and I want my friend from Illinois, before I come disclose it. He would have been so confined if I fore the committee rejected 20 votes. In unswer to to it, to read that matter over again, for it has been had had to deal with him. those votes there was not the evidence of a solitary so long since he read it that he has forgotten a part

Mr. RICHARDSON. I want to make one sinman of all those who knew best; but they made an of it, and the real fact, too.

gle point upon the gentleman. The man that I attack upon Dundy, and some twenty witnesses I was saying that it was the easiest of all things, was satisfied offered the bribe left the Territory were introduced to impeach his character. Seven, by positive and good testimony, to prove the resi while Mr. Dundy was before the Council, so that my friend near me suggests I should have said. Í dence of these voters; yet this contestant did not process would not reach him, or I would have had beg pardon for the mistake. Seven witnesses were think it worth while to produce a single witness, ihe whole matier investigated; but he was on his introduced to impeach thic character of Dundy. I but contented himself with bringing up seven men winding way long before process could reach him. understand Dundy is from the district of one of from a distance to swear that they would not be Mr. DAWES. I do noi know of any testimony the members of the committee, and I trust the gen- || lieve Dundy under oath, and I guess they told the that Dundy received the bribe. Nobody pretends tleman is not prejudiced in his favor for that rea truth, for they probably would not have believed that he did; but after the bribe was offered him, son. But where did these witnesses come from? him if they knew he told the truth. And against and the Councilinstituted the proceeding, in which Not onc of them from the town where Dundy re that testimony were brought forward twenty of his he took part, to bring the pariy to justice, he then sided; but all from an adjoining town, which had neighbors, who swore that they would believe him refused to disclose the name of the party. That a bitter feud with this town in which Dundy under oath. Inasmuch as no witness was brought was the statement. resided. And in support of Dundy's character who should have been brought to prove that these There were other votes cast for the contestant twenty neighbors of his there is where I got my men did reside in that precinct-for where a man which the sitting member challenged; but the comidea of twenty witnesses before-testified that his resides he cannot hide under a bushel-that inas mittee were not of the opinion that they ought to character for truth and veracity was good, the much as the contestant contented himself with be rejected, and I shall iake up no time in going seven from the adjoining town swearing to the || going off to another place and getting those seven over ihat ground. contrary. If it had been so very bad, and ihe wit men who swore as to their opinions, and twenty The contestant alleges, in answer to all this, nesses had sworn to a lie, the committee were of men were brought to swear exactly the opposite, first, in reference to L'eau-qui-court county-Í opinion that it would have been an easy thing to the committee thought the evidence itself was fair have already given his answer upon that point. show by the neighbors of this man, for profound and ought to be allowed.

It is an attempt to impcach three out of the four peace reigned in Nebraska, and it would have It is complained, in reference to the testimony witnesses. He does nothing beyond that. He been the most natural thing to have brought at of these. lwenty men,

that their testimony was then claims that in Falls City, where this Dundy least one of those witnesses from his own town taken after the sixty days had expired, as pre resides, there werc illegal voics cast for the siting where he was best known to have sworn to that scribed under the statute. But it will be recollected Delegate. He produces a witness, whose name fact. But no such witness was produced, and the that the resolution introduced by the gentleman is James Buchanan; his testimony is contradicted committee believed that the testimony of this man from Illinois, (Mr. RICHARDSON,) was intended || by that of his own brother, who was one of the Dundy was entitled to credit, unless something to provide for just such a case, and that the com- ll judges of election, by the clerk of the board of more should be brought against it than I have mittee should hear the testimony in regard to that election, and by his own statement, made the night stated.

limitation, because without that the whole of the after the election, and then by at least twenty wit. Mr. RICHARDSON. Will the gentleman from testimony of the contestant was out of the case. nesses, who swear that he is not to be believed Massachusetts permit me to make one suggestion It was not the testimony of affidavits like that under oath, which is the way they impeach a witin reference to that point?

which the contestant desired to introduce, but the ness in that Territory. The commiiiee were of Mr. DA WES. Certainly.

depositions of witnesses taken after due notice, || the opinion that upon that testimony the votes Mr. RICHARDSON. In the impeachment of which the House directed that the committee cast ai Falls City ought not to be rejected. a witness I do not understand that you enter into should hear without regard to the limitation of A technical objection was made by the contestspecific acts. The inquiry is as to general char time. The committee would have violated their ant to the returns from several counties, and that acter. If a witness were to attempt, in impeach- 4 instructions, as well as have violated all justice, was that they were not "abstracts" of the votes. ing another in court, to descend to specific acts, if they had not admitted it.

The law requires that the returning officers of ihe the court would arrest him at once, as I under Mr. DAILY. As the statement of the gentle several counties shall send abstracts of the votes stand the law.

man from Illinois (Mr. RICHARDSON) will go out to the board of territorial canvassers. The canMr. DAWES. So I understand it, too. with this case and be read by the people, I desire vassers of several counties sent the entire votes, Mr. RICHARDSON. So I thought.

to correct a statement which he made. The gen the aggregate, and the contestant says that that Mr. DAWES. I am always glad to agree with tleman is mistaken when he says that the Presi was not a compliance with the statute, that they my friend, but the only question is, whether a dent of the Council read a leciure to this man should have sent an abstract of the votes. man's neighbors know him better than those who || Dandy.

Now, without stopping to inquire whether that

pay as such.

the returns and find what the vote was, there ha llensconced in his own seat here seems to regard || There is the certificate presented by Mr. Morton,

is a proper and legal distinction, the question arose with the knowledge of anybody but himself, set was called. By an unjust, certainly by an unrein the committee, what was their duiy? Suppos- || ting forth what he said he could prove. But to flecting, vote of the House, Mr. Daily was aling the returning officers had failed properly to show the utter folly of taking such affidavits, I lowed to take his seat as sitting member; and the return the votes, it was the duty of the Committee have only to say that afterwards and since this man who came here with his certificate-as good of Elections to find out what the vote was. It is hearing closed, the same party offered a counter as yours or mine, or that of any man on this Hoor not pretended that the returns made are not in affidavit; but neither of them was such testimony - was turned from the bar of the House and compoini of fact true, or that they did not give the as could be used.

pelled to contest his way back to this Hall, or actual votes cast in the counties; but it is claimed Now, sir, I have gone over the whole case. It abandon his clear and legal right to a seat. by the contestant that they did not give abstracts, is summed up atthe close of the report of the com Now, starting with a proposition of this kind, I but gave the whole votes in aggregate.

mittee, which shows that Mr. Daily was duly | generally find, in my transactions with men, that elected by 150 majority:

nothing fair follows such a beginning. That is my ENROLLED BILL SIGNED,

Mr. VOORHEES. I regret, Mr. Speaker, to experience. Mr. COBB, from the Committee on Enrolled have at any time to make an attempt to gain the I now wish, Mr. Speaker, to call attention to the Bills, reported that the committee had examined attention of this House; and I certainly regret it nature and character of the certificate of the sitting and found truly enrolled an act (S. No. 225) for at this late hour, for I know that members do not member, (Mr. Daily.] I think it the beginning the relief of the owners, officers, and crew of the like to be delayed with keen appetites and empty of fraud, à fountain of uncleanness—especially Spanish bark Providencia; when the Speaker | stomachs. I have often thought that there was on the part of the sitting member-a fountain of signed the same.

no stronger example of human selfishness than is || impurity, from which nothing has flowed entitled NEBRASKA CONTESTED ELECTION-AGAIN.

presented by this House during the hearing of.a to the consideration or respect of this House. I

contested-election case. A person once snugly in Mr. It duty to go

be- great the attempts other per declaring him duly elected under the forms of law, ing no evidence that there was any fraud about sons to enforce their rights to seats in the same with all the guarantees of law. He came here and the votes of these counties; and we had the test body. But however little we may consider this presented it, and found here a man presenting this imony to enable us to come to a correct conclusion, | question, and with whatever small degree of in- | thing, (holding up Mr. Daily's pretended certifiand dispose of the whole case.

formation we may vote upon it, it is to the parties cate, dated when? This election took place in OctoThere is another point to which I wish to refer. in the contest a question of most vital importance || ber, 1860. Mr. Morton got his certificate NovemI stated in the outset that the matter of the two and interest-a question which may for all time ber 2, 1860—the gentleman who now stands in the certificates—one given to the contestant by the to come affect the future prospects, hopes, and anomalous position of a contestant for this seat. Governor of the Territory, and the other given || destinies of one or other of these men; and it seems Here is the certificate presented by the sitting subsequently by the same Governor to the sitting to me that as reasoning, reflecting, and conscien- || Delegate, dated the 29th of April, 1861, nearly two Delegate-came before the House at the extra ses tious men, we should give to matters of this kind months after Mr. Morton's term of office had comsion, and the House passed upon them and gave our most earnest attention.

menced, nearly two months after the 4th of March, the sitting Delegate the right to hold the seat dur Mr. Speaker, I have always listened with great when he was entitled to all the privileges and iming the contest. The contestant then memorial pleasure to the gentleman from Massachusetts, munities of a member of Congress, and from which ized the House for a rehearing. The committee (Mr. Dawes,) and it is tolerably well known that time he was entitled to date the beginning of his reported upon his memorial, and the House again I am somewhat a believer in him, if not one of his decided that the sitting Delegate should continue admirers. But I must say, that to-day I have lis Another man, the sitting Delegate, presented a to hold the seat. They thus passed upon the tened to him with a degree of pain, and lamented certificate here, bearing date, as † have stated, the matter of the certificates. The contestant has, | the tenacity with which he clings to the system 29th of April, 1861. Now, what kind of a queshowever, insisted before the committee in the of errors on which his argument is founded. If tion does this present? Let us look at it for a mohearing upon the merits, on going into the matter it were nota matter in which deep personal interests ment. There are some reasons injected into the of the validity of the two certificates. The com were involved, it would perhaps have been an body of this certificate why the second certificate mittee were of opinion that the question having amusement to me; as it is, however, the matter is was given. But that question was all argued here been passed upon by the House, it was no longer 100 serious for such a feeling.

at the extra session, and argued on my side of it before them, and their business was to inquire into Now, Mr. Speaker, I wish to revert to the start- || by the gentleman from Massachusetts himself. the merits of the case without regard to the cer ing point in this case; and if I do not prove to the He argued the Governor had no right, for any tificates. But the contestant offered to prove to House that this is one of the most extraordinary reason whatever, to give his second certificate. In the committee that the certificate upon which the cases that was ever submitted to an American order to satisfy the House on that point I have sitting Delegate was admitted to the seat was a Congress, I will agree that my judgment may go turned back to the debates of that period, in which forgery upon the part of the then Governor of for naught. On the 5th day of July, or perhaps, I find the gentleman from Massachusetts holding the Territory-not, however, implicating the sit more correctly speaking, on the 4th of July last, the following languageting Delegate; that the then Governor of the Ter these two men presented their claims to be mem Mr. DAWES. I will save the gentleman that ritory had got into a personal quarrel or difficulty bers of this body. What was their attitude before trouble. I agree to it now. with the contestant, and to avenge himself upon the House, and how came they here? I ask mem Mr. VOORHEES. I know you admit it, but I him had gone and made out a new certificate and bers to consider and review and see the attitude would rather prove it. given it to the sitting Delegate ; that he did it after in which these two men stood here, and then say

Mr. DAWES. You never heard me say any. he had ceased to be Governor, and that the seal how they are going to cast their votes. Mr. Mor- || thing to the contrary. upon the certificate of the sitting Delegate was a ton came here a regularly elected and certificated Mr. VOORHEEŚ. Very well. That is a good seal borrowed from something else and put upon member from Nebraska. I was elected in the starting point. The admission is that this certifiit. This was his offer. It was an offer made at same month for the seventh congressional district cate on which the gentleman from Nebraska has the last moment of the hearing. The sitting Del in Indiana. Other members were elected in the been holding his seat here for nearly a year is an egate, while denying that allegation, consented same month from all parts of the United States. illegal document which gives him no right here. that the witness by whom the contestant proposed In his case the votes had been counted, a major. || The gentleman from Massachusetts admits it, and to prove it might be examined, provided he should ity declared on his side, and the Governor had if that be anything to strengthen the case before have an opportunity to produce witnesses to rebut given him his certificate. All had been done in fair-minded men for the sitting Delegate, he is the evidence, and also to prove that the certificate accordance with law. He came here, therefore, welcome to it. The certificate is now admitted to held by the contestant was obtained by bribery. || with as high a title as did the Speaker of this body, | be worthless and cannot do him any good. I cer. This the contestant declined to agree to, because or any member on this floor. Some thirty days, tainly had a right to suppose that that was the he said it would protract the hearing so long as perhaps, or less, after he had received his certifis | position of the gentleman from Massachusetts, and to amount to a denial of justice to him. He asked that he might be permitted to introduce one wit the present sitting member, Mr. Daily: Mr. Daily Very well, we have now the confession of the ness to prove that the sitting Delegate's certificate then became the contestant. He challenged Mr. the chairman of the Committee of Elections that was a forgery. The sitting Delegate was willing Morton's right to a seat here. He undertook to the sitting Delegate has taken and held his seat to consent to that, provided that he might intro show that the Governor of Nebraska had erred on an invalid certificate, we have the confession duce rebutting testimony, and might be permitted in issuing his certificate to Mr. Morton, and that that he obtained the possession of a seat upon this to altack the certificate of the contestant.

the canvassing board had erred in returning a ma floor upon a paper now admitted by the chairman [Here the hammer fell.]

jority for him. Mr. Morton came here simply as of the Committee of Elections to have been inMr. CRISFIELD. I move that the House do a man whose seat was contested. It must have valid and illegal. Now, I shall prove that besides now adjourn.

been with some surprise that on his appearing here | being invalid and illegal, it was fraudulent. Mr. DAWES. Allow me five minutes to com he found that the then Clerk of the House had Mr. DAWES. The gentleman will please state plete my statement of the case,

put on the roll-call of this House the name of a me correctly: 1 said in the House last July what Mr. CRISFIELD, I withdraw


motion. man, not who had been certified by the Governor I have stated in the committee-room, and what I am The SPEAKER. If there is no objection, the of Nebraska, not who had been declared elected || willing to state anywhere, that after the Governor gentleman from Massachusetts will proceed. by the board of canvassers, not who had received of Nebraska had given one certificate to the now No objection was made.

a legal majority, but of a man, forsooth, who was contestant, he had no authority to give another. Mr. DA WES. The committee was of opinion || contesting his seat here. How that name got on That is a question, however, outside the case now that the certificate had been, whether rightly or the roll I do not know, you do not know, no man presented to the House. The House then determwrongly, passed upon by the House at the last will ever know, except the parties to it and He ined that question; and although I think they session, and that the committee had nothing to do who knows all things. There it was, however, determined wrong, it does not arise in considering with that certificate, but must inquire into the and much to Mr. Morton's surprise and mor the case now upon its merits. merits of the case. We therefore declined to hear | cification, as much so as it would have been to Mr. VOORHEES. Yes, sir; and I say to the testimony on either side. The contestant, how any member here, who came with a clear title to gentleman that up to this day I have had much ever, produced an affidavit, not taken on notice or his seat, to find that the name of his contestant more complaint to make against the action of the

Mr. DA WES." It hope the gentleman will al- || The gentleman from Massachusetts visiis ene con

House than against the conduct.of the gentleman Mr. DAWES. , It certainly cannot be out of should be submitted to them in this case, not to from Massachusetts. But let me say that in his order yet to call Mr. Morton by name.

report upon the evidence before them previously, remarks lo-day, as the advocate or apologist of Mr. VOORHEES. Well, sir, I propose now but upon that and all the evidence that should be the action of ihe House in this respect, he has to attend to the weightier matters of the law, and presented to them afterwards. Mr.

and by. Let us settle the question as we go along; and

it strikes me as a little remarkable, and I think it low me to say that I have never advocated that po sequences of a failure to give notice upon the con will the House, that the chairman of the Comsition assumed by the House in my life, on any testant; and I can hardly bring myself to speak

mittee of Elections should fall into so great an occasion. I have stated, in support of the con of him as the contestant; for coming here as he error, working such an injustice to the contestant clusions of the committee, that the matter referred | did, with the only valid title to the seat, he little as this does. I can only account for it upon the to them by the House to inquire, upon the merits expected to see the man whom he defeated recog ground that the heavy labors he has undergone in of the contest, which of these parties had the great nized as the sitting Delegate, and be thrown back another branch of the public service for a few est number of legal votes cast for him, had noth in the position of a contestant, I say, therefore, weeks past has prevented bim from bestowing ing to do with the point which the gentleman pre that it seems a little awkward for me to speak of upon the subject the time and attention that its sents. The committee were instructed to go to him in that character. That is my apology to the merits demand. I will read from the Journal of the polls and to the returns to inquire which party House. The gentleman from Massachusetts, I the House. I suppose that will be taken as higher received the greatest number of legal votes, and say, regrets that the contestant had not given no authority than a mutilated copy of the resolution, they addressed themselves to that duty. I knew tice. I should like to know how he was to give which is to be found in some other document. very well all along what was to come, namely, that notice. Was he ever placed in the character of a

The Journal says: there would be an attempt to argue more upon the contestant before the meeting of the House in Resolved, That the papers in the case of the contested invalidity of the certificate of the sitting Delegate || July last? Did he not come here on that occasion seat for Delegate from the Territory of Nebraska be referred than there would be to reach the merits of the in the simplicity of his heart, supposing he had

to the Committee of Elections, and that they be authorized

to investigate and report on the same, without regard contest by showing that a majority of votes were as good a right to his seat as you or I? He was

notice; and that all other cases of contests for seats in this cast for the contestant.

not contesting the seat. He was giving notice to House be also referred to that committee for investigation Mr. VOORHEES. Now, Mr. Speaker, there || nobody. He supposed his right to his seat was

and report. are some old lawyers sitting round me, who have || cqual to that of any other member. Yet the gen Mr. DAWES. That is the resolution word for practiced long in courts of justice in the country tleman from Massachusetts wants to visit upon word, as I have quoted it. where they live; I submit to them and to every him the penalty of not giving notice of the taking Mr. VOORHEES. Did the gentleman's resoman here, whatever his profession may be, that of testimony. Now, to show that no such notice lution have in it the words “ without regard to when a party comes into a court of justice, the was necessary, let me read the instructions of the notice?" basis of his action being a deed, a note, or bond, House to the Committee of Elections in this case. Mr. DA WES. In the resolution, as I read which is found to be illegal, fraudulent, and in- || I commend it to the attention of the gentleman it, the words were included “without regard to valid, it taints and corrupts his whole case, it man from Massachusetts. I read from the Globe notice;" but it did not say “ without regard to vitiates it and covers it over with suspicion from of the July session:

notice of any kind." The gentleman read the resbeginning to end. And that this is the case of the “Mr. Richardson. I offer the following resolution: olution as including the words "without regard silting Delegale now does not rest upon my own

Resolved, That the papers in the case of the contested

to notice" or anything of that kind. mere naked assertion. It is a maxim of law with

election from the Territory of Nebraska be referred to the Mr. VOORHÉES. That is the Globe report,

Committee of Elections, and that they be authorized to which the gentleman from Massachusetts is of investigate and report upon the same, without regard to

and this is the same. The Globe says that the course familiar, and I have no doubt he has anticiany notice, or anything of that kind."

gentleman from Illinois (Mr. RICHARDSON) intropated the reply I would make upon this point, Mr. DAWES. I beg the gentleman's pardon; duced his resolution as I have read it, and that that everything is to be construed against a party is he reading the resolution of the House instruci. then the gentleman from Massachusetts (Mr. under these circumstances, that he who vitiates | ing the committee in regard to this case?

DAWES] moved to amend the resolution so that it titles, destroys papers, or manufactures them, he Mr. VOORHEES. I am. That was the reso would include the papers in all the contested-elecwho corrupts or changes them, should have every lution which was passed by this House; and why tion cases upon the Speaker's table at that time. thing construed against him from that point on. was it introduced? It was because Mr. Morton Taking that amendment, with the resolution as it That is the point I make, and the reason I make had been driven out in a surreptitious manner from was offered by the gentleman from Illinois, we it is, that it is in accordance with the logical pro the enjoyment of a right to which no other per have the resolution as it now reads upon the priety of things, that when the sitting Delegate son could properly set up a claim.

Journal. from Nebraska commences this proceeding him Mr. DAWES. Does the gentleman read that Mr. DAWES. That is exactly what I have self in fraud, there is the place to commence the resolution from the Journals of the House? read. discussion and make an exposure of the fraudu Mr. VOORHEES. I read from the Globe. Mr. VOORHEES. Then I have got the gentlelent credentials with which he, by some means Mr. DAWES. I have here the resolution con man to agree with me again, that it was shown to procured his name to be inserted on the rolls of taining the instructions to the Committee of Elec be "without regard to notice," and that strikes this House, and by virtue of which the gentleman | tions in this case.

down the whole of his argument here. from Massachusetts himself declared his title to Mr. VOORHEES. In what?

Mr. DAWES. Will my friend tell the House his seat illegal and invalid. Sir, I go with the Mr. DAWES. In the report of the committee. whether he only meant a notice of contest? gentleman from Massachusetts that far, and stand Mr. VOORHEES. Furnished by whom? Mr. VOORHEES. I have answered that queshere to-day to assert not only its illegality and in Mr. DAWES. Furnished, as I supposed, from tion once already, and I have given the reasons validity, but to add to its beauty by proving that the proceedings of the House. It differs in some why my answer is reasonable and sensible, and it is fraudulent.

words from what the gentleman has read. I do why none other can be. Why do I make that statement? I hold in my not know which is right.

Mr.DAWES. What does the resolution require hand the certificate brought here by the sitting Mr. VOORHEES. I will ask the gentleman us to investigate except the testimony referred to Delegate. It was before he committee. I would from Illinois (Mr. RICHARDSON) who is right? submit it to any sworn jury of twelve men whether Mr. RICHARDSON. It was my intention Mr. VOORHEES. Most undoubtedly it reit does not bear upon its face the evidence of forg- that the resolution should be drawn in that form, quires us to investigate the testimony furnished ery. I will submit it to any fair-minded man in and it is my belief that the resolution was offered before you, whether then taken or taken afterthe House whether it is not a forgery, not in the and adopted just as the gentleman from Indiana wards, and that term “notice" would have no name, but a forgery in the seal. I do not ask you has read it.

meaning if it were not so. What else could it to take my assertion, for I have here the evidence. Mr. DAWES. The gentleman from Indiana refer to? The paper bears upon itself the evidence that the reads the resolution as having the words in it, Mr. DAWES. I know that I am taking up great seal of the Territory of Nebraska has been without regard to notice of any kind." The copy the gentleman's time, and I hope that he will parforged and stuck on with the finger, not by the I have furnished, I have had furnished to me and to don me if I occupy the floor for a single moment legal stamp. The paper has not the mark of the the committee, reads simply without regard to the further, by referring to the statute of 1851, that iron upon it, which constitutes the seal.

notice. That is all the difference there is. I want it is required that the notice of contest should be Now, in connection with this matter, I wish to ask my friend from Indiana now, while I am filed within a certain time, and if this resolution read an affidavit. The gentleman from Massa upon the floor, whether he supposes that that re had not been adopted, the contestant in this case, chusetts says, touching that point, and he is cer ferred to the notice in regard to taking testimony at this time, would have been deprived of any tainly one of the most combative and tenacious or the notice specified in the statute relative to opportunity to contest the right of the sitting memmen I ever knew, to come from his cool section contesting the seat of the sitting member.

ber to hold a seat upon this floor. That is the of country, and I somewhat admire him for it Mr. VOORHEES. Most undoubtedly, in re notice to which I refer. Now, did the gentleman he says that the evidence I am going to read must | gard to taking testimony, because that was deemed from Indiana suppose that the resolution author. not be evidence before this House, because it was of essential importance. The changed relations | ized these parties to go out and gather up all sorts taken without notice, and he is going to visit upon of the parties demanded-imperatively demanded of ex parte testimony outside of the hearing and Mr. Morton the penalty of a failure to give the -some such saving resolution in favor of the con the sight of each other? notice.

testant's rights, or he would have had none at all. Mr. WICKLIFFE. As it is very late, if the The SPEAKER. The Chair must remind the It refers to giving notice looking to the presenta gentleman will permit me, I will move that the gentleman that it is not in order to call gentlemen | tion of evidence, so that the parties would have an House adjourn. by name.

opportunity to examine and cross-examine wit Mr. VOORHEES. I cannot yield for that purMr. VOORHEES. I beg the pardon of the nesses, looking to the object in view of a decision pose at this time, and I will say, in reply to the Chair for the breach of parliamentary rule. between the parties in this contest. The papers gentleman from Massachusetts, that I yield with

The SPEAKER. The Chair did not intend to contesting the seat of the Delegatc from Nebraska pleasure to his interruption. find fault with the gentleman. He has been try were referred to the Committee of Elections. Why I have answered twice the gentleman's inquiry ing for several days to correct a practice which was that done? It was that they should be au in regard to what this notice refers to; and I will had grown up of calling members by name. thorized to investigate upon all the evidence that ll dwell on it, to see whether it is not reasonable.


Here comes a man before the House who, by the | sinning in the light of day and in the face of knowl tion, not inine, went to the city of Omahi-Govaction of the House, is placed in an anomalous edge.

ernor Black's residence wasat Nebraska Cily, fifty attitude. What more natural and reasonable than Again, before I leave this question of the certif miles from Omaha-and there, at the seat of govthat the contestant should at once see that he had icate; talk to me about evidence! talk to me about ernment, Governor Black made out this certificate something to do now which he had not to do before? | challenging inquiry! I appeal to each member of to me, which I took to my attorney, Judge Conk. That he had to take th: affirmative; that he had the committee to know if I have stated incorrectly ling, and asked him whether I should accept it or to take the initiative, to get back the seat purloined any one point. Governor Black, it is well known, not. He advised me not to accept it. I then went from him? In order to do that, he not being the has been in this capital during the entire winter, to my other attorney, Mr. Lapp, and asked him. contestant originally, the time having expired in and if investigation was desired, Mr. Morton was He advised me to accept it, saying that it could which to give notice as a contestant, the time hav- || ready to bring Pentland before the committee, do no harm and perhaps it might do good. He ing elapsed for taking testimony, what more nal and willing to have Mr. Daily bring Black before said it was good and right in law. I therefore told ural than that such a resolution should pass ? that it also; and I know that it is no fault of the con Governor Black_that I would accept the certifi. it should receive the construction I place on it? testant that they did not appear, and yet investi catc. Governor Black took the certificate and put But enough on that point.

gation before the committee upon that point was it into his pocket and started for home. For some The gentleman complains of the contestant that smothered.

renson, he got off the boat before he got home. he did not furnish any testimony; that he fur I wish to advert to another point of a similar In a day or two he came home. I went then to nished none in regard io the L'eau-qui-court pre character in regard to that testimony.

him and asked him for the certificate. He deliv. cinct and other points; and with considerable Mr. WORCESTER. Did the gentleman ap ered it to me, but said it was so rumpled and sueh power of ingenuity, he came to the conclusion | peal to the committee?

a poor 'handwrite (being his own hand) that it ihat he had none to offer, or he would have offered Mr. VOORHEES. Yes, sir; and I will hear should be copied, and he gave it 10 Pentland, his it. On the point presented by this certificate let any statement the gentleman has to make.

clerk, to copy it. Pentland copied it, gave it to us see what testimony the contestant brought here. Mr. WORCESTER. I would inquire of the Black, and Black took from his desk a blank seal I hold in my hand the affidavit of Mr. Pentland, gentleman whether it was not proposed by the which had been stamped, and which he had in which will show the character of this case in its | siling member to call Mr. Black before the com his house at Nebraska City, and attached it to the legitimate colors. It is as follows: mittee to take his testimony?

certificate, and then gave the certificate to me. District Or COLUMBIA, City of Washington, ss :

Mr. VOORHEES. I ask the gentleman if Mr. He was then still acting Governor of Nebraska I, Andrew W. Pentland, formerly resident of thc Terri

Daily's proposition was not to open wide the Territory. tory of Nebraska, but more recenily connected with the army of the Potomac, upon my oath depose and say: I am

doors once more, and to go back and hunt up Mr. MORTON, (the contestant.) I would ask a relative of Samuel W. Black, formerly the Governor of testimony de novo? That was the silling member's the gentleman whether Governor Black or any Nebraska; that I was at his house in Nebraska Cily one proposition. I aver that the contestant proposed other party ever gave me notice that any such cerday in May last, after he (Black) had been removed froin the governorship of Nebraska, and Alvin Saunders had been

to introduce Pentland, and cheerfully and will tificate was in existence? appointed and bad arrived in Nebraska, and had gone to

ingly to accord to the contestee the right to call Mr. DAILY. No, sir; except this: Governor OmahaBlack.

Black requested me not to. He said he was hounded That was after Governor Black's term of office

Mr. MOORHEAD. Will the gentleman per by this man Morton, who had a debt against him had expired, after he had ceased to be Governor mit me to say a word about this man Pentland? upon which he would stop his property and preof Nebraska

Mr. VOORHEES. Yes, sir.

vent him from going away, and he desired that and that at the private residence of the said Samuel W.

Mr. MOORHEAD. I know this man Pent nothing should be said about it until after he got Black, at Nebraska City, in the month of May, 1861, in the land very well. I have known him from boyhood. away. So I did not mention it. But for fear that presence of Samuel G. Daily and Samuel W.Black, I copied He was the clerk of Governor Black. He came this would be charged as a trick, when I came on for the said Black and Daily a certificate of election to Congress which he (Black) then and there, in my presence

to my room and stated to me that this paper which here and considered that question, I caused a teleand in Daily's presence, did sigu and give to Mr. Daily,

the gentleman refers to, and which was discovered gram to be sent to the papers, more than a week first, however, sticking upon the said certificate a green to be in his handwriting, was copied from the ori. before the commencement of the session of Conwater, which had been under the great seal of the T'erri ginal paper which had been signed and executed gress, stating that I had such a certificate, and yet tory

when Black was Governor; that the original pa Morton comes forward and says he did not know I would not vote for any man, I care not what else he would present in the case, who would be

per had become mutilated and soiled, and thai it || it until the 4th of July. For fear that very charge became necessary to make a copy.

might be made, I heralded it upon the winge of daub and defile his title deed by a transaction of Mr. RICHARDSON. Allow me one remark the telegraph that I had the certificate. this kind

just here. Is the gentleman willing to allow Mr. Mr. VOORHEES. Now, Mr. Speaker, just and the said certificate was made by date to appear to have Pentland to come forward himself and testify let us sum up these facts as we go along and have been issued some time previous, and by Black in his exec

about the facts of that transaction? He is in towii. a distinct understanding. utive capacity of Governor of Nebraska. Furtherinore this deponent is willing to go before the

Mr. MOORHEAD. I have no objection. I Mr. DAILY. One thing I forgot, if the genCommittee of Elections for the llouse of Representatives should be very glad to have it done, because ! tleman from Indiana will allow me to add it. of the Thirty-Seventh Congress and be examined and cross

know that he will testify to what I have stated Mr. VOORHEES. examined upon all the above subject-matter.

I shall have to decline, A. W. PENTLAND. here.

unless my time is to be extended. (Cries of

Mr. VOORHEES. Docs the gentleman from Agreed !”] Then I yield to the gentleman. Sworn and subscribed to before me this 4th day of March, || Pennsylvania know when the term of office of Mr. DAILY. I desire to say here to the House A. D. 1862. F. I. MURPHY, J. P. [L. s.) Governor Black expired?

and the country, that this Governor Black was Ah, this is not evidence, say the committee. Mr. MOORHEAD. No, sir.

not my Governor, nor the Governor of my party, Why not? Under the resolution I have quoted Mr. VOORHEES. I suppose not, or the gen nor did I go to Governor Black. Governor Black from the extra session, it is clear, legitimaie, and tleman would not have made the remark he did. came to me, and offered to give me this certificate, proper evidence. But further. If that would not Mr THOMAS, of Massachusetts. I would stating at the time that he had been convinced that do, Mr. Morton offered to bring the witness him like hear from the sitting Delegate whether the I was elected from the evidence that had been self before the committee in proper person. That statement in that affidavit is correct or not. laken-for it will be remembered that at that time was refused, and it is to be abserved here that it Mr. DAILY. I will answer the gentleman. I the evidence had been taken in regard to this outwas not for the want of proper notice.

did not know, though the gentleman from Indiana rageous fraud in L'eau-qui-court county: He said Now, Mr. Speaker, thus having disposed of the [Mr. VOORHEES) asserts it with such positiveness, that the vole in that county was not only frauduclaim which the sitting member from Nebraska Thatthere was an affidavit made by Pentland, which lent, but that it was an absolute fraud, and that has to a seat upon this foor, I am going to depart the contestant offered to introduce. Il escaped me, he felt it to be his duty, as a man and as a Gov. from that branch of the case by asking the mem though I was before the committee all the time, crnor, to do me justice, and to give me a certificate bers of this House, by their votes, to consider and I did not know that fact until after the decis- | revoking the former certificate, and giving the well whether they are willing to dignify this kind ion and report of the committee were made, when reasons why he revoked it. It is well known in of title into an equality with their own, and I ask I heard of it from the chairman of the committee. Nebraska that this vote in L'eau-qui-court county the members of this House if they have any fur I understood the contestant to offer to introduce was an absolute fraud. ther doubt as to the fraudulent and forged char Mr. Pentland, to prove thus and so by him, to Mr. VOORHEES claimed the floor. acter of this certificate, issued six or eight months which I replied that I was willing that he should Mr. DAWES. Will the gentleman let me after the legal canvass and award of the certificate be introduced and examined, provided I was per move to adjourn? to Mr. Morton, two months after his term of ser mitted to bring other evidence to contradict any Mr. VOORHEES. I wish to close what few vice as Delegate had commenced, and after Gove thing which he should say that I did not like. remarks I have to make this evening. ernor Black had retired from the gubernatorial | And I referred to the evidence; I referred to Judge Mr. DAWES. The gentleman can close them chair of the Territory of Nebraska. If they have Conkling, my attorney, and I said that I could better in the morning. any further doubt, with all these circumstances prove by him that I took this certificate from Gov. Mr. VOORHEES. I hope the gentleman will of fraud clinging about it, let them look at the seal ernor Black. I asked Judge Conkling whether he have some sympathy for a young and inexperiand impression and say whether they can find it would advise me lo accept the certificate. He said enced member, and let me get through. (Laughin their consciences and hearts to indorse and he thought I had a perfect case, and he would not ter.] The conduct of the gentleman from Nesanction such a fraud and such an imposition upon accept anything at his hands. It was made before braska (Mr. Daily) reminds me that it is not the the confidence and credulity of this House. It Governor Black's term of office expired.

first time I have seen a confederate in a dishonwas done once-last July. It is enough that it Mr. THOMAS, of Massachusetis. This paper? | orable transaction turn round and repudiate the was done once; let it not be done twice. An old Mr. DAILY. This identical paper was made person who helped him in time of need, It is the Chinese proverb says, “ deceive me once, it is my before his term of office expired.

unkindest thing of all towards Colonel Black, that misfortune; deceive me twice, it is my fault." Mr. THOMAS, of Massachusetts. Are the alier all he did for the gentleman--and I think he This House has been deceived once, and it was facts stated in relation to the mode in which that did far more than any honorable man ought to our misfortune. If we are deceived again in a paper was obtained, truc or not?

do-to be kicked and spurned by the recipient of transaction of this kind, it is our fault, and we be. Mr. DAILY. I will state how this paper was his bounty. It is a spectacle to be deplored. come a party to this fraud with our eyes open, ! prepared. Governor Black and I, at his solicita Mr. DÁILY. Let me say one word.



Mr. VOORHEES. The gentleman can say it

and the said Heck fifty dollars for said service rendered as Columbia, seized by the War Department for the when I get through. The certificate upon which

witnesses, and in full compliance with the bargain made
by me with them.

use of the Government; which was referred to the the sitting Delegate relies bears date the 29th day


Committee on Military Affairs and the Militia. of April, 1861. Now, why was it, if he relied upon Sworn and subscribed to before me this

29th day of July, He also presented the petition of John W.Jenhaving a certificate of equal validity with the rest

K. W. FRAZIER, kins and sixty others, citizens of Maryland, pray of us, that as late as the 28th day of May, a month

Justice of the Peace in and for the county of after that certificate was issued, he was serving

L'cau-qui-court, Nebraska Territory.

ing for the immediate and unconditional repeal of notices as contestant to take evidence to secure

And if anybody will take the pains to look at

the act of Congress abolishing slavery in the Dishis seat here? Nobody knew better than he did the testimony in this case he will find that almost

trict of Columbia, and that provision may be made every other witness produced here by the sitting in the District; which was referred to the Com

for the better enforcement of the fugitive slave law the fraudulent character of that certificate. No

Delegate is tainted by the corrupt employment of | mittee on the District of Columbia. body knew better than he did that he could not rest before the House and the country

upon it,

money. They all appear here in an equivocal and hence he went on, with that limping, halting | light, under the statement of the gentleman from character. This man Dundy appears here in that

He also presented the petition of W. Veirs

Bowie, of Maryland, praying for the return of, or gait that the consciousness of wrong always gives Illinois and the evidence, the sworn evidence in

compensation fora slave alleged to have absconded to a man, partially leaning upon the certificate and partially upon the contest, doubling himself to the this proceeding. For, sir, when seven men living

and placed himself in a camp of Federal soldiers, in the neighborhood swear that a man has got a

and by them carried outside the limits of the State gaze of my friend, the contestant,

and appearing in different attitudes and characters as he went bad character, you never find such a man to be a

of Maryland; which was referred to the Comalong, very good man. Where a man has really a good

mittee on the Judiciary. Mr. Speaker, I have only time to reply to those character, you never find that number of men in

Mr. HARLAN presented three petitions from points in the argument of the gentleman from his own neighborhood swearing that he is not to

citizens of lowa, praying for the construction of be believed under oath.

a ship canal between Lake Michigan and the MisMassachusetts which seemed to tell with most

But I will not dwell on this L'eau-qui-court pre

sissippi river; which were referred to the Comeffect upon the House. I lay down the proposition, and from that I argue the case, that this cinct, nor follow up, step by step, and county by

mittee on Military Affairs and the Militia. claim of the sitting Delegate, being conceived and

county, the gentleman from Massachusetis io born in fraud and wrong, and coming here based show that equal fallacy and sophistry have pre

Mr. CLARK. The Committee on Claims, to upon an invalid title, at every subsequent stage of

vailed in every part of his speech, extending over this proceeding it is tinctured with suspicion and an hour. I will leave that task to others who are

whom was referred the bill (H. R.C. C. No. 108) with odium. In order that this may not rest upon to follow me. The gentleman says “the census

for the relief of John Skirving, have had the same my unsupported statement, let me call the atienshows thus and so; the vote shows thus and so;"

under consideration, and directed me to report it

back with a recommendation that it pass. "I will tion of the House if they will only hear me good

and he says that the two are in contradiction with naturedly for a moment to some other testimony

ask that it be considered now, if there be no obeach other. Did not the gentleman from Massaupon this point. My friend, the contestant, could

chusetts well know that a portion of that county | jection, and I will state the reason. The Senate not give notice to take testimony, as the law pre- Territory of Dakota, which accounts entirely for had been taken off in the formation of the new

have passed a bill precisely like this bill from the

House of Representatives, which has gone to the scribes for contested elections. The time for ihat

House. The House, instcad of passing our bill, had gone by. He had been stunned and over

the discrepancy between the vote and the census whelmed by the edict of banishment from this reports? If he did not know it, I do, as will be more

sent back another; and we desire simply to pass

the House bill, so that the matter may be disHall, and all the right that he had to contest his

satisfactorily shown before this debate closes. way back was under the saving clause put in for

And this, Mr. Speaker, is the kind of case on

posed of now. him by his friend from Illinois, (Mr. RICHARDwhich a man's title to his seat-as indefeasible a

There being no objection, the Senate,as in Comtitle as that by which any of us hold ours-is to

mittee of the Whole, proceeded to consider the son.) be taken from him, and on which he is to be turned

bill. It directs the Secretary of the Treasury to Now, having stated that this was a fraudulent away from our midst. If such a practice is to pre

pay to John Skirving the sum of $1,142, in full for concern to begin with, let me show to this House vail here, it will be no trouble to get to Congress.

his services in making designs, drawings, workwhat practices have been resorted to at its future stages to carry it out. The gentleman from Mas

My seat, or yours, or that of any member can be ing drawings, and measurements, in and about sachusetts challenges the whole vote of L'eautaken away from him, if the contestant can only

the public buildings in the city of Washington, qui-court county, and the sitting Delegatc from get a Governor who will give a subsequent certifi

and other expenses attending the same, under the

direction of the Commissioner of Public BuildNebraska says with stormy emphasis that it is

cate, and can get a Clerk of this House to put his well known in Nebraska that the whole vote was name on the roll, and can have a House reluctant ings, from the year 1842 to the year 1852, inclu

sive. to look into details in the hurry and confusion of a fraud. Mr.DAILY. In the northern precinct, I mean. the organization of Congress, and indifferent to

The bill was reported to the Senate without Mr. VOORHEES. I accept the gentleman's the particular rights or claims of a fellow-member

amendment, ordered to a third reading, read the

third time, and passed. amendment. I wish to do no injustice whatever,

to a seat here. none in the world, nor to deal unkindly with this Mr.Speaker, I have spoken strongly and plainly

REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES. question; but I am going to deal, honestly and Really it is a field of such confusion that, when I upon this question, not going over the details.

Mr. TEN EYCK, from the Committee on the plainly with it. Every member of the Committee of Elections knows that with regard to L'eau-quifind one side supported by unquestioned right, and

Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. the other side supported by unquestioned wrong,

No. 183) to provide for the settlement of the accourt county, where 122 votes for the contestant

counts of John A. Smith, clerk of the circuit court are thrown out, the contestant offered repeatedly I am ready to stop there and to say that it is all by fraud, by forgery, by subornation of witnesses,

and criminal court of the District of Columbia, to bring General Todd, the Delegate from Dakota, in this House before that committee, and let rottenness and uncleanness from beginning to end. | reported it without amendment. him testify what he knew upon this point for he But the summary of the vote does not change

Mr. TRUMBULL, from the Committec on the knew all about it-his offer was resisted and re the result, as will be conclusively shown. I have Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill (S. No.

279) providing for the selection of jurors to serve pulsed in every instance. The sitting Delegate || indulged in these remarks, Mr. Speaker, because

in the several courts in the District of Columbia, said that if he might be allowed to go back to Ne

I feel apprehensive that towards as honorable, as
high-minded, and, I had almost said, as able a man

reported it with amendments.
braska and reopen the whole case, he would allow
that testimony to be received. Well, the sitting || is to be perpetrated and consummated by the vote
as occupies a seat on this floor, a grievous wrong

Mr. WILSON, of Massachusetts, from the

Committee on Military Affairs and the Militia, to Delegate has held the seat here for nearly a year, that is to be taken. A great wrong was perpe

whom the subject was referred, reported a bill (S. as we have demonstrated, wrongly, and by an invalid title, and a ruse of that kind deceived notrated on him last July. I trust and pray that ihe

No. 304) to authorize the appointment of medical House will no longer lend itself to that proceed- 1 second reading.

storekeepers; which was read, and passed to a body. His object was to throw open the whole thus obtain another year's lease upon his mileage in the American Congress. question again, and prolong the controversy, and ing, but will stop it now, and give a public rebuke to fraud practiced in the attempts to obtain seats

Mr. FESSENDEN. I am directed by the Com

mittee on Finance, to whom was referred the bill and per diem and a seat in this House, upon this

Mr. CRISFIELD. I move that the House do

(H. R. No. 388) making appropriation to reimpaper, which should be the object of the scorn now adjourn.

burse the contingent fund of the office of the Secand hissing of every honest man within the sound

The motion was agreed to.

retary of the Treasury, including compensation of of my voice. The offer was resisted, and General Todd was not allowed to be called as a witThe House thereupon (at five minutes past five, I additional clerks who

may be employed according

to the exigencies of the public service, and for temness, except upon conditions that would inflict | p. m.) adjourned.

porary clerks for the current fiscal year and for the still further wrong. But an affidavit in relation to

year ending June 30, 1863, to report the same back this precinct in L'eau-qui-court county was sub


with an amendment. mitted, and submitted, I contend, directly within

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 1862.

I am also directed by the same committee to the rule laid down in the resolution, which did

Prayer by the Chaplain, Rev. Dr. SUNDERLAND. whom were referred the bill (H. R. No. 404) to not require notice. I will read it to the House:

The Journalofyesterday was read and approved. | provide for the deficiency in the appropriation for 1, Hernann Westerman, of lawful age, Inte of L'eau-qui

ihe pay of the two and three years volunteers, and

PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS. court county, Nebraskıt Territory, make affidavit and de

the officers and men actually employed in the ciare that in the month of November, 1860, I employed W. The PRESIDENT pro tempore presented two western department, and the bill (H. R. No. 444) W. Waford, of Boulomme, Dakota Territory, and Jacob Heck, of the Yancion reserve, as witnesses in the matter

potitions of merchants, traders, and citizens of the to amend an act entitled “ An act to provide inof the contested election of J. Sterling Morton as Delegate

city and State of New York, praying for the pas creased revenue from imports, lo pay interest on to the Thirty-Seventh Congress from the Territory of Ne sage of a general uniform bankrupi law; which the public debt, and for other purposes,"approved braska, Samuel G. Daily contestant. That in considera were referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. | August 5, 1861, to report them back with a recomtion for the testimony which they were to give in behalf of

Mr. KENNEDY presented the petition of | mendation that they do pass. said Samuel G. Daily, contestant, I agreed to pay the said Waford $100, and the said Neck fifty dollars. And I tur

Thomas Blagden and others, praying compensa These are very important bills, easily underther declare and say that I did pay the said Waford $100 tion for a topographical map of the District of II stood, and have been delayed for some time on

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