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account of other business being before the com Mr. FESSENDEN. I will say in reply that pay, 1 ought to know the number of men that it mittee; and if there be no objection, I should like I have no wish about it at all except to accommo is to pay; and I supposed the Senator was able to to have the rule suspended, and have them taken date the Senate. The remarks made by my friend, inform us, or else he would not have been able to up and acted upon. They will take but a moment, and which he has made on several similar occa get the exact amount that it was necessary for us I think.

sions before, go precisely to this extent: that al to appropriate. I have been in pursuit of this The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The Senator | though the bill has been printed and been lying | kind of information ever since this session began, from Maine asks the unanimous consent of the on the table for three weeks, no Senator knows and I have not been able to discover within one Senate to proceed to consider the billsjust reported anything about it.

hundred thousand of the number of men that we from the Committee on Finance. It requiring the Mr. TRUMBULL. I thought it was reported have enlisted in the public service to-day. Someunanimous consent of the Senate, if no objection this morning.

times we have it at five hundred thousand, and be made, the bills will be considered as before the Mr. FESSENDEN. So it was, but it was sometimes it is up as high as six hundred and Senate. The Chair hears no objection.

reported just as it was printed three weeks ago, seventy-two thousand; and as we are on this subCLERKS IN TREASURY DEPARTMENT.

without the slightest change in the world. jeci, and I am turned over to the Senator from

Mr. TRUMBULL. We could not know that || Massachusetts, I will most respectfully ask him The Senate, as in Committee of the Whole, pro until this morning.

what is the number that we have to pay by this ceeded to consider the bill (H.R. No.388) making Mr. FESSENDEN. The bill was laid on the bill. appropriations to reimburse the contingent fund Senator's table three wecks ago, and if he chooses Mr. WILSON, of Massachusetts. I suppose of the office of the Secretary of the Treasury, in. never to look at the bills placed on his table, we the Senator from lowa is certainly aware, for he cluding compensation of additional clerks who

cannot help it. We went on the presumption that has before this taken opportuniiy to ascertain, may be employed according to the exigencies of

Senators knew what was on their tables, and of that I cannot give him a positive answer. I will the public service, and for temporary clerks for all men I thought my friend from Illinois knew state as my judgment, from all the facts in my the current fiscal year and for the year ending perfectly well what was on his table. I will make possession, that we have to-day in the Army June 30, 1863, which had been reported from the

any explanation necessary in regard to the bill, of the United States from five hundred thousand Committee on Finance, with an amendment.

or it may go over; it makes no difference to me. to five hundred and twenty thousand men. I do The bill appropriates, to reimburse the contin

The amount of it is just this: at the beginning of not believe it varies more ihan ten or fifteen thougent fund of the office of the Secretary of the the session we had an estimate from the pay de sand from that number. Treasury, for additional clerks authorized by the partment of the Army of $50,000,000, predicated Mr. SHERMAN. How many regiments ? act of July 27, 1861, and for temporary clerks in

upon an army of five hundred thousand men. He Mr. WILSON, of Massachusetts. Something the Treasury Department for the year ending 30th found afterwards, as was found in other bureaus, less than six hundred, I think we have got someof June, 1862, $50,650, and for temporary clerks that that estimate for that number of men was where about from five hundred thousand to five in the Treasury Department for the year ending | altogether too small, because we had a great many hundred and twenty thousand men in the Army June 30, 1863, $ 103,000; but the Secretary of the more to pay and who want their money, and he of the United States, Treasury is authorized, in his discretion, io clas has now sent in an additional estimate for the pay Mr. SHERMAN. I can inform the chairman sify the temporary clerks so authorized according || department of the Army of $30,000,000 to pay | of the Committee on Military Affairs that I have to ihe character of their services, or assign to such those men. The committee are perfectly satisfied, now an authentic list of the Ohio regiments. There of them as he shall see fit any compensation not and so was the House of Representatives, that the are eighty-seven Ohio regiments now in the serexceeding that of clerks of the first class. It also

money should be paid. We have contracted the vice of the United States. I have no doubt, thereappropriates for the necessary furniture, station

debt and of course it must be provided for. That fore, that the whole number of regiments in the ery, and labor consequent upon the increased is all there is about it.

service is between seven and eight hundred. I clerical force, $7,000.

The explanation of the appropriation of $100,000 have an authentic statement from the adjutant The amendment reported by the Committee on contained in the second section is simply this: a general of Ohio, giving the names and number of Finance was to add the following as an additional bill providing for the payment of certain persons, the regiments from that State. There are seventysection:

officers and soldiers who were called into service nine regiments of infantry, six regiments of cavSec. 2. And be it further cnacted, That from and after

in Missouri, and actually rendered service, but || alry, and two regiments of artillery, besides a the 30th day of June, 1862, there shall be employed in the office of the Assistant Treasurer at St. Louis a chief clerk

were never mustered into the service of the Uni very large irregular force of cavalry and artillery, and teller, with an annual salary of $1,800, and one assist ted States, and providing pensions for them ifthey squadrons and batteries, not attached to regimenis. ant clerk, with an annual salary of $1,200, and the sum of were entitled to them, passed both Houses, after Mr. TRUMBULL. I should like to kwow $3,000 is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the being carefully examined. We directed that they how the Senate could be informed about a matter 'Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to pay the salaries of said chief clerk and assistant clerk for the fiscal year end

should be paid, but provided no money for their that was only reported this morning. The Sening June 30, 1863: Provided, That the clerks hereby au payment, and this section provides the money to ator from Maine thinks we ought to know all thorized are to be in the place of other clerical force now carry out the bill that we have passed. Those are about it; he says the House bill has been upon authorized by law for said uffice.

the two provisions of the bill. 'If Senators want our tables; but we have a committee of the SenThe amendment was agreed to.

further time to deliberate upon them, I have no ale, a very distinguished committee of the Senate, The bill was reported to the Senate as amended, || objection.

to examine these bills, and we have no right to and the amendment was concurred in, and ordered

Mr. GRIMES. There is a little piece of in suppose that they would report the bill back as it to be engrossed and the bill to be read a third

formation which I should like to have that I pre came from the House, and we had no opportunity time. It was read the third time, and passed.

sume the Senator can give the Senate, as this bill 10 see what they would report. It is brought in The title of the bill was amended by adding is designed to make an appropriation for the ar here in the morning hour, an appropriation of upthereto the words, “and to provide for the em rears of pay, and that is, what is the number of wards of thirty millions of dollars, the rules are ployment of additional clerks in the office of the men composing our Army? We once made an suspended, and it is asked that the bill be passed Assistant Treasurer at St. Louis."

appropriation, as we thought, sufficient to cover it. at once; and we are told it has been on our tables

It seems that was not enough, because the num for thirty days. It has not been on our tables at DEFICIENCY IN PAY OF VOLUNTEERS.

ber of men was greater than was supposed. Now all from the committee of the Senate until this The Senate, as in Committee of the Whole, pro we have a bill for $30,000,000 more, to cover de moment, and we are not in the habit of examinceeded to consider the bill (H. R. No. 404) to ficiencies, and I should like, for the government || ing measures which are before the committees; provide for the deficiency in the appropriation for | of my own conduct, to know what is the number. they do not come before us until they are reportthe pay of the two and three years volunteers, and Mr. FESSENDEN. The question put by my ed. Now, when it does come here, and we have the officers and men actually employed in the friend, the Senator from lowa, is good-naturedly | the bill before us, what is our condition? I wish western department. It appropriates the sum of malicious. That is all there is of it. He knows to call the attention of the Senate and the country $30,000,000, or so much thereof as may be neces perfectly well that I do not know, he does not to the action of the Congress of the United States. sary, to cnable the Government to pay the two know, and nobody on God's earth does know We are asked to vole millions and hundreds of and three years volunteers called into the service how many men we have got in our employ; at millions of the people's money without knowing of the United States, being an additional amount any rate, we cannot get the information. But we upon what basis we do it. We have discovered required for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1862. do know that this appropriation is necessary to now, sir, by a statement from the chairman of the It also appropriates the sum of $100,000, or so pay those whom we have, according to the esti committee, that he knows nothing as to the nummuch thereof as may be necessary, to carry into mates of the proper department. We all know ber of men we have in the field; and yet he brings effect the act approved March 25, 1862, to secure the fact that there are a great many more men in a bill here appropriating thirty millions of money pay, bounty, and pensions to officers and men the service than were originally supposed to be as a deficit, to make up a deficit in the payment actually employed in the western department, or provided for. I cannot tell how many. I have of volunteers, without knowing how many voldepartment of Missouri.

not examined the subject. The proper person to unteers there are. Mr. TRUMBULL. Is that bill in print? I am | call upon is my honorable friend on my right, the What is the basis of this large appropriation, not prepared to object to it, but really it seems to chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs, || which is more than twice as much as it look to me this is a very hasty way of legislating. Here who probably can explain that matter, or some of carry on the Government a few years ago? The is a bill appropriating some thirty millions of dol the gentlemen on thai committee.

basis of it is that in the formal estimates which lars that comes in during the morning hour, the Mr. GRIMES. I am willing to let the remark | the Department sent us, they underestimated the rules suspended, nobody in the Senate paying any of the Senator from Maine, that my question was number of volunteers. Well,ifthey underestimated attention to it, and it passes. We have the sanction a malicious one, go for whatever it is worth. the number, it is necessary to have an additional of the committee for it, and probably we should Mr. FESSENDEN. I said good-naturedly sum to pay for the increased number. When we all vote on that any way; but it seems to me that malicious.

ask how much is it necessary to have, we are told, a decent respect for the Treasury of the United Mr. GRIMES. I do not care what adjective is Enough to pay for the increased number of volStates would require that these bills should be added to it. I suppose it is my business, when I

How much is that? The Senator before the Senate long enough to enable them to am called on to vote an appropriation for a spe says, “ I do not know;" and when a Senator asks see what they are doing. I do not object to it, | cific purpose, to know exactly the data upon which the question, he thinks it is good-naturedly malihowever.

the appropriation is to be voted. If it is to vote cious to make such an inquiry. Now, what is

unteers.

the basis of your appropriation of $30,000,000 ? amined with the utmost accuracy and care, and

it

proper to say that I thought this a careless mode There is simply this: one of the Departments the difficulty generally is in the trouble about get of legislation. Though it was true that the bill of this Government, or one of the bureaus of a ting them through so many forms and so many had passed the House of Representatives, yet, Department, hás sent in a statement: “we want careful examinations; but not one dollar can be when it was not under the control of the Senate, thirty millions of money in addition to what we taken, no matter how much we appropriate, un we had no opportunity to consider it; it has not asked for heretofore, to pay an increased num less it is necessary according to law. 'If we ap been before us until within the present hour; and ber of volunteers." Well, how many have you? || propriate $100,000,000, not a dollar could be taken when it comes here, it is proper, as I said, out of "We do not know how many there are, but we more than was necessary to be expended under a decent respect to the Treasury of the United want thirty millions of money more.” How do you the existing laws and applied to the payment of States, and, above all, to the people of the United know you want $30,000,000, if you do not know the soldiers who are fighting in your Army, and

States who have to supply that Treasury, that we whether you have five hundred or six hundred who are contending for the cause we all profess | should know something about this appropriation or seven hundred thousand men in the field? How to have so much at heart.

of more than thirty millions of dollars. And now, do you know whether you want $30,000,000, or Because in such a case as that we do not stop sir, what have we got, and what is the basis upon not? How many men were estimated for before? to send to the Department to inquire how many which the chairman of the Committee on Finance

It seems to me, sir, that the Senate ought to companies are here, how many companies are | falls back? He falls back upon this basis, and have the information, that the committee ought to there, how this regiment is and how that regiment none other: if the money is not wanted, it will not have the information, and before we are called is—a thing that, in the ever-changing phases of a be used. What do your appropriations amount upon to vote thirty millions of money to pay an great war like this they cannot know themselves; to, what does Congress sit for, what does its conadditional number of volunteers, we ought to know because we do not trouble ourselves about these trol over the Treasury amount to, if all you have what that additional number of volunteers is. matters, which we cannot ascertain, and which to do is to appropriate all that is asked, on the Otherwise there is the greatest uncertainty in all they cannot ascertain to the certainty the Senator ground that the officers if they do not need it will our appropriations, and it comes simply to this: | speaks of, all this noise is made about the loose not use it? It is very easy, then, to pass apwe just vote the amount that is asked, without manner in which these bills are brought in. The propriation bills. The care which the people of inquiry, without knowing whether it is necessary manner is that which has been followed from the ihis country suppose the Congress of the United or not, and we vote it simply because it is asked. || foundation of the Government, and correctly fol States takes over their money amounts to very

Mr. FESSENDEN. I am sure I do not know lowed. The Departments estimate as near as they little if all we have to do is formally to pass a law what the Senator from Illinois is driving at, but can the amount needed for specific purposes, and appropriating specifically, as the Senator tells us, it does seem to me that he takes peculiar pleasure we appropriate that amount, and if it is not needed just what is asked. Would it not be as well to in seizing every opportunity to find fault with the it remains in the Treasury. There is no danger amend our Constitution, and let the officers draw Government, and particularly with his friends on about it, no trouble about it. There is really no from the Treasury just what it is necessary to pay this floor. What may be his motives I do not foundation for the charge of carelessness with re out, without coming to Congress? What does know, but such seems to me to be the fact. gard to the manner in which these appropriations our supervision amount to This, then, is the The course that the committee have taken on are made.

whole basis of this appropriation, as stated by the this subject is precisely that which has always Sir, I undertake to say that the Committee on Senator from Maine: the money will not be used been taken. He knows it very well, or he ought | Finance does its duty in reference to these things. if it is not needed; they are very particular in the to know it. If he keeps such a strict watch over It tries to do its duty, I know. It may fail. I Department in the passing of accounts; and if the the public Treasury, why, when this bill and wish the Senator from Illinois, in whom I have money is not needed, it will not be used, and no other bills were on his table so long, has he not great confidence, was in my place, and I have no harm can grow out of the appropriation. Sir, I informed himself and been able to check these ex doubt it would be better done, with greater care, did think that Congress took some supervision travagant expenditures by giving the Senate in greater deliberation, and far more wisdom and over these appropriations. I know, and I think formation, and not sit in líis seat and wait simply | judgment than I can pretend to bring to it. But the Senator from Maine knows, that these approto find fault because other people do not give him I content myself, I am obliged to content myself, \ priations are often transferred from one thing to all the information he wants. One would think with taking ihe estimates of ihe Departments with another. a little activity in finding out facts affirmatively reference to these matters. They know what they Mr. FESSENDEN. They cannot be transwould be of use to the country, instead of nega- || believe to be necessary, and I know that under ferred by law. tively complaining of everybody else,

the existing laws the money we appropriate can Mr. TRUMBULL. Some appropriations can Mr. TRUMBULL. I am not upon the Com not be misspent. Our simple appropriation of it be transferred, as I understand, by the law, in the mittee on Finance.

does not take the money out of the Treasury. We War Department. This one cannot, the Senator Mr. FESSENDEN. Has not the Senator du- || suy," there is such a sum of money; take what says. Perhaps not. I cannot say as to this parties to perform beyond his own particular position? || under existing laws is necessary for the purpose.' ticular one. I have not investigated it. Doubtless If these remarkable and extravagant appropria- || That is all; and we are obliged to content our the Senator is right; but it has been the practice tions are being made, is it his dutyis that his selves with that, and it is a perfectly safe proceed- || in this Government to transfer appropriations; it view of it-to sit quiet, to wait, and merely com- || ing. That is not the way in which money is has been the law, and my understanding is that plain, and take no means to ascertain the facts wasted. It is wasted in these schemes and new it is the law to-day, that you may transfer some aright?

arrangements--I will not refer to anything in par classes of appropriations. This may not be one Mr. TRUMBULL. The Senator misunder- || ticular, but I may mention the class of subsidies of them. stood me. I did not say it was extravagant. I to steamboat companies, and the like of that. That I have said a great deal more than I intended to do not know whether it is extravagant or not. is the way your money goes out of the Treasury. have said about this, but I have been drawn into

Mr. FESSENDEN. What is he complaining As I said before, I brought this bill up this morn the remarks which I have made rather from the of, then?

ing because I supposed it was a matter about exhibition of feeling manifested by the Senator Mr. TRUMBULL. I want to know what it which there could be no dispute, no difficulty, no from Maine than anything else. I have no disis for. I want to know what it is based on. It trouble with the Treasury, no trouble anywhere, position to delay this matter. I think it is a very may be that it

is a very economical appropriation. | because the money is wanted, and the sooner we loose mode of legislation to make appropriations Mr. FESSENDEN. The Senator has been || pass the bill the better. If Senators wish to look in the lump in this way, without knowing whether here long enough to know, and he ought to know, at it, if my friend from Illinois desires to consider the service requires that amount or not, and leavthat it is absolutely impossible for the committee it longer, I say, with all my heart, lay it on the ing it simply to the officers to determine how much which reports these bills to know to a fraction all table, and letii lie there until he is satisfied about it. of the appropriation they will use. about the appropriations which are made for the Mr. TRUMBULL. Mr. President, I hope I said that you need only get it large enough, and uses of the Departments. How can I know, how am too good-natured a person to suffer myself to then if the money is not necded, the officers, if can the Committee on Finance know, the facts in be driven from the consideration of a public meas they are honest men, will not use it. I prefer that regard to the exact number of men, and make a ure by ill-natured and petulant remarks in regard we should know what is needed, and make the calculation to a man or to a company. It is out to me personally. It seems as if nothing could appropriation for the proper amount. Perhaps of the question. One thing we do know, that un be said respecting a bill which the Senator from you cannot get it exacily, but when we are dealder the management of these matters in the De Maine is connected with, but he supposes it en ing in such large sums as $30,000,000, we certainly partments no more money can be taken out, unless titles him to make some reflection upon the char could approximate to the amount. it is stolen, (and how it can be stolen we do not acter of the Senator personally, and he throws out Mr. WILSON, of Massachusetts. The Senknow,) than is necessary to effect the purpose. these ill-natured remarks. Now, sir, I am not to ator from Illinois asks what cannot certainly be All our appropriations are specific; and this ap be diverted from the consideration of a public answered by any Senator here, or by any member propriation is for the pay of soldiers, and for the measure by any remarks of that kind; and I do of the House of Representatives, or by any one pay of soldiers under existing laws and regula not think that the petulancy manifested is calcu- || connected with the Government, and that is the tions. We know very well that if it happens to lated in any great degree to promote the public || precise number of men we bave in the field to-day. be too much, the money is not lost because it is | interests, and I shall not undertake to reply to The Government has raised regiments enough, if not spent. If it happens to be too little, our sol- | that line of remark at all.

full, I think, to make about six hundred and twendiers are not paid and there is danger of trouble I was not finding fault with the Senator from ty-five thousand or six hundred and thirty thouin the Army; but if it is too much, not a dollar can Maine. I spoke in reference to a measure that sand men. be used that is not paid exactly according to law was brought before the Senate for the first time in

Mr. TRUMBULL. Can we not tell how many and for services rendered under existing laws. the morning hour, the rules asked to be suspended, we do pay, exactly? All the pay rolls go in the first place to the proper and it about to be passed through the Senate, ap Mr. WILSON, of Massachusetts. The regibureau in the War Departmentto ascertain wheth- || propriating more than thirty millions of dollars ments have been reduced. Some of them were er they are precisely correct or not, whether the without any consideration whatever. In calling never full according to law. Some of them have men's names are borne on the list, and whether attention to that, as I supposed was legitimate and been largely reduced by sickness and by the casthey have rendered the service according to exist- proper, it seems that lincurred the displeasure of ualties of the field; therefore, sir, I think it may ing laws, and then these - rolls, as approved, go my friend from Maine; and now, sir, since some be safe to say that the whole number of men has through the Treasury Department. They are ex discussion has arisen in regard to it, I have deemed ll been reduced about one hundred thousand. I

It may be

man.

suppose the Department estimated for five hun Mr. LANE, of Kansas. The history of every claims, in whole or in part, the same as if the dred thousand men, or something near that. The

final settlement and liquidation had been made Senator from lowa suggests that we pay all who Mr. GRIMES. He has therefore an exact before the 30th of June. are sick. That is so; but there are thousands and statement of every man; and a good general does Mr. FESSENDEN. The simple explanation tens of thousands of men who have been sick who it; but we have generals in the field who do not of that is this: the act referred to, the revenue from one cause or another have been mustered out understand at all what their duties are in this re bill of August last, allowed the States, on paying of the service. Regiments that came into the ser gard, and do not perform them, and a part of the in their quota, to receive an abatement of fifteen vice one thousand strong have been reduced so blame for that I think rests with us. As an evi per cent., and it further fixed a time within which that most of them will not average over eight hun dence, a major general died the other day in the it should be done, and extended that provision so dred men.

I doubt whether the infantry regi- || West, one of the noblest, most gallant soldiers far as to give the States leave to offset the expenses inents of the country to-day will average over that ever drew his sword in behalf of his coun they had been at on the same account; but the eight hundred men. 'I think there are about six try; his assistant adjutant general came here and difficulty is, that they have not been able to get hundred and fifty regiments; I think the number wanted some position. He was told that he could their accounts so made out that they could prevaries very little from that. The Department can be secured that of assistant adjutant general for sent them within the time specified, in a definite not tell within several thousand by the best in some general who wanted a man of experience in form, and this bill is simply to make an allowance vestigation; and it is well known that the War

that place.

He said he would not take it: why? to such States as shall file their claims within a Department from the commencement of this war Because, he said, while performing the duties of certain day, leaving them afterwards to adjust have been overwhelmed with business, that they that office under that skillful officer, he was re their accounts. I see no objection to it. It is have not been able to make up a full, accurate, quired to work twenty hours out of twenty-four. recommended by the Secretary of the Treasury. and exact statement of everything connected with that officer would come in and say to him, how The bill was reported to the Senate without the Government that you can lay your hands on many men are there in that regiment; how many amendment, ordered to a third reading, read the easily, and ascertain what you desire to know to are disabled; how many men are fit for duty; what | third time, and passed. your satisfaction. I have spent hours and days officers are absent? If the answer was, “ I am

ENROLLED BILL SIGNED. endeavoring to learn what I could in regard to the not able to say, sir,"he would tell him," it is your number of our men. It was estimated that we had | duty to know, sir; it is your duty to tell me at A message from the House of Representatives, about six hundred and fifty or six hundred and any moment;” and he required him to do it. He by Mr. Etheridge, its Clerk, announced that the sixty thousand. It was so reported to Congress required him to have his clerks in such a state of Speaker of the House of Representatives had upon the basis of the number of regiments in the efficiency, and his returns in such a condition, |, signed an enrolled bill (S. No. 225) for the relief field and the number of men allowed by law to that he could know exactly the position of every

of the owners, officers, and crew of the Spanish make these regiments full. I said here some time man in his brigade or his division. Now, sir, the || bark Providencia; and it was signed by the Presago that, in view of that statement, I thought we Government has adopted the plan of allowing a

ident pro tempore. had one hundred or one hundred and fifty thou- | general to select his assistant adjutant general,

OPERATIONS OF OUR ARMIES. sand too many men. I thought half a million of | and he selects a friend or relative, a man whom men or five hundred and twenty thousand men he does not wish to overwork. We have allowed

Mr. WILSON, of Massachusetts. There has abundant, and as many as we could use to ad them to select them because we have said it was

been sent here from the War Office a dispatch vantage, and I think we have an abundance of a confidential position. There may be a propriety

from General McClellan, and also a dispatch from troops in the field now for the purpose, and that in allowing a general to select his aide-de-camp;

General Hartsuff, which it may be of interest to they are very well used, too. that is a confidential position; he belongs imme

the Senate to hear. I do not believe that it is in our power to give diately to the general's family; but in the regular | will be read, if there be no objection. The Chair

The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The dispatches an exact answer; I do not think it can be ascer Army we do not allow a brigadier general or a

hears none. tained by the War Department or by the Govern- || major general to select his assistant adjutant genment. The only way that it can be ascertained eral. We have selected a corps which we con

The Secretary read, as follows: would be to go over the rolls completely at the sider almost the elite of the service for the dis

[Received 7.50 a. in.) paymaster's office; but they, as everybody knows, charge of the particular duties of that department,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE Potomac,

WILLIAMSBURG, May 6. are very incomplete, and I think that some legis- and it ought io be so in our volunteer service. If

Hon. Edwin M. STANTON, Secretary of War : lation is necessary in order to reorganize or do your Commander-in-Chief will insist that your I have the pleasure to announce the occupation of this something to aid the pay department. The pay- adjutant generals and your brigadier generals and place as the result of the hard-fought action of yesterday. masters have not had their accounts settled, many your division generals shall make proper returns,

The effect of llancock's brilliant engagement yesterday af

ternoon was to turn the lelt of their line of works. He was of thein, for the last five or six months. Some of that they shall strictly perform their duty accord

strongly reinforced, and the enemy abandoned the entire them have accounts of hundreds of thousands of ing to the Army regulations, we shall know the position during the night, leaving all bis sick and wounded dollars unsettled. I think that department should number of men we have, and we never shall know

His loss yesterday was very severe; we have aid enough, and that the Government should until we do that.

have some three hundred uninjured prisoners, and more

than a thousand wounded. Their loss in killed is heavy. have clerical aid enough; that the policy should Mr. FESSENDEN. Imove that the bill lie on

The victory is complete. I have sent cavalry in pursuit, be to proceed to settle these accounts at least every the table for the present. The statements made but the roads are in such condition that I cannot move arsixty days. I fear that unless something be done by the Senator from Massachusetts have induced tillery nor supplies. The conduct of our men has been exto correct what I regard as a great evil, many of me to make that motion.

cellent with scarcely an exception. The enemy's works the paymasters will be ruined, and the Govern The motion was agreed to.

are very extensive and exceedingly strong, both in respect

to their position and the works themselves. Our loss was ment will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.

heavy in Hooker's division, but very little in other parts of If their accounts were settled promptly, when they

DIRECT TAXES DUE BY STATES.

the field. Hancock's success was gained with a loss of paid a regiment again they could correct errors; Mr. FESSENDEN. I should like to have the

not over twenty killed and wounded. Weather good to

day, but great difficulty in getting up food, on account of but when it goes five or six months, it is impos- | other bill taken up and passed.

the roads. Very few wagons have yet come up. Am I ausible for them to correct many of the errors that The PRESIDENT pro tempore. There is an thorized to follow the example of other generals, and direct they must inevitably make. 'I mention this be other bill before the Senate, as in Committee of names of battles to be placed on colors of regiments ? We cause I believe, and it has given me a great deal the Whole, by unanimous consent, for consider

have other battles to fight before reaching Richmond.

G. B. MCCLELLAN, of anxiety, thai there is danger that the Govern- | ation. It is ihc bill (H. R. No. 444) to amend

Major General Commanding. ment will lose money, and that many of the pay an act entitled " An act to provide increased revmasters, who receive a very small compensation enue from imports, to pay interest on the public HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, for the great amount of labor they perform, and debt, and for other purposes," approved August

WILLIAMSBURG, May 6.

Hon. E.M. STANTON: the responsibilities they take, will be ruined. 5, 1861, which will be read at length. Mr. GRIMES. I do not desire to prolong this

Every hour proves our victory more complete. Enemy's The Secretary read the bill. It declares that

loss great, especially in officers. Have just heard of five discussion, and I am not going to say anything the provision in the fifty-third section of the act more of their guns captured. Prisoners constantly arriving. in regard to the matter of appropriation. I believe approved August 5, 1861, allowing such portion

G. B. MCCLELLAN, that this discussion can be made a great deal more of the tax as may be assessed by any State, Tcr

Major General Commanding. profitable to the country and to the Senate than I ritory, or the Dístrict of Columbia “ to be paid ihought it could have been made a few minutes and satisfied, in whole or in part, by the release

CATLETTS, May 7, 1862.

Hon. E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War: ago. The Senator from Massachusetts says there of such State, Territory, or District, duly exe Cavalry reconnoissance returned from Culpepper Courtis some necessity, in his opinion, for legislation | cuted, to the United States, of any liquidated and Housc; drove cavalry pickets three miles and into the town. in regard to the paymaster's department, in order, determined claim of such State, Territory, or Dis

Two companies of cavalry escaped very hurriedly, being

notified in time. Captured seven prisoners and horses try. first, to control the payment of money through that trict of equal amount against the United States,

ing to escape froin the town. No troops between river and department; and second, to ascertain the number provided ihat in case of such release, such State, Culpepper Court-llouse; only cavalry outposts there. Two of our troops. It may be necessary, and I pre- Territory, or District shall be allowed the same regiments at Rapidan station and detachments scattered to

Gordonsville. Number not known; supposed to be large. sume it is, that there should be some legislation | abatement of the amount of such tax as would be

Generals Ewell, Elsie, and others in command. Town geaof this character, but not for the purpose of ascer allowed in case of the payment of the same in

erally occupied, and handkerchiefs waved at our troops. inining the puniber of troops. The difficulty in money," shall be construed as applying to such Railroad broken short distance from river-unbroken beregard to that lies partly with this body, and a claims of States for reimbursement of expenses

yond. River barely fordable-a ford below railroad bridge. good deal more with the Executive of the coun

Occupied town about forty minutes, and returned. Send incurred by them in enrolling, subsisting, cloth

prisoners to Washington to-day. Please send any informiry. It is the business of every brigadier general | ing, supplying, arming, equipping, paying, and ation about evacuation of Yorktown, present position of to require his assistant adjutant general to report transporting Their troops employed in aiding to enemy's troops which left, and any other news. to him every day the precise number of men there suppress the present insurrection against the Uni

Respectfully,

GEORGE L. TIARTSUFF, are under his command, the number that are fit led States, as shall be filed with the proper offi.

Brigadier General. for duty, the positions they occupy, the number cers of the United States before the 30th of July in eachi regiment, the number there are on the sick next; and that in such cases the abatement of fit

TROOPS FOR KENTUCKY. list, the number there are on the leave-of-absence tecn per cent, shall be made on such portion of Mr. DAVIS. I desire to inquire of the chairlist

the tax as may be paid by the allowance of such man of the Committee on Military Affairs when

in our hands,

Get none

here.

that committee will report n bill that passed the I understand that, as the Navy has taken New tion so deeply involving the feelings and reputaHouse of Representatives in February, author- Orleans, the officers consider all these vessels as tion of thai member. li will occupy several days izing the State of Kentucky to raise some twelve matters of prize, to be sold for the benefit of the at least. I therefore wish, before the Senator from months' med. It was referred to the Committee captors, if there are any there. That idea prevails, Massachusetts moves in the matter, to slate that on Military Affairs on the 5th of March, and I but whether that is true or not, I think the sub I will not vote for any resolution of expulsion, have requested the bonorable chairman some four ject needs examination,

but will place my solemn opinion upon the record or five times to bring the matter before his com Again, if they can be looked after, the owners and let that go to the people of Oregon, who alone mittee. He has promised me two or three times desire to send their agents or to go themselves, can dispose of this matter properly. that he would do so, but he never has done so with a view to obtain possession of their vessels; Mr. SUMNER. Mr. Presidentyet that I have heard of. I should like to get from at any rate, to find out how they are situated. In The PRESIDENT pro pore. The Chair him some information as to when it is probable the existing state of things they are not permit- || begs to state that this debate is allowable only as the committee will act upon that subject, and I ||ted to go nor to send any agents with reference to mere matter of indulgence and courtesy. There should like to be before the committee when they any business transuction; and the large amount of || is no question before the Senate. take it up

property

that exists in this condition is left, per Mr.SUMNER. I was aware that it could oniy Mr. WILSON, of Massachusetts. The Sen haps, wholly uncared for, and liable to very great be conducted on that principle, but I was unwillator, as he has stated, has repeatedly called my loss. There are many of these cases, and I think | ing to proceed in the matier until I had ascerattention to that bill. I will say to him that it is it is a very proper subject of examination by the tained from the Senator from New Hampshire on the table of the committee, and has been sev Committee on Commerce, and I hope the inquiry | what his own purpose was, and I am very glad eral times read and referred to by the committee, will be made.

also to have been instructed by the Senator from but their general impression has been against re The resolution was considered by unanimous Ohio. I now offer the following resolution: porting the bill at any time when it has come be consent, and agreed to; and the petition was re Resolved, That BENJAMIN STARK, a Senator from Orefore them. The impression seemed to be that it ferred to the Committee on Commerce.

gon, who has been found by a comunittee of this body to be was a measure of doubtful expediency, and the

disloyal to the Government of the United States, be, and

PROPOSED EXPULSION OF MR. STARK. inclination of the committee was rather against it,

the same is hereby, expelled from the Senate. but they did not report against the bill for the Mr. SUMNER. I have a resolution to offer Mr. SAULSBURY. I object to the present conreason ihat they thought some facts might come relating to the case of the Senator from Oregon; || sideration of that resolution. before Congress which would authorize them to but before offering it, if I can have the attention The PRESIDENT pro tempore. It will lie over. report the bill, and the bill has been held on that of the Senator from New Hampshire, I desire to

ROSE M. HARTE. ground. The next time we have a meeting, I ask him a question. I have in my hands the reshall be very glad to have the Senator appear be port of a committee of this body, which was or Mr. WADE. I ask the Senate to take up a fore the committee and give any facts in regard dered to be printed as long ago as April 22, 1862, little bill which has been reported unanimously to it.

and which is signed “ DANIEL CLARK, J. M. by the Committec on Patents. It is in favor of a PACIFIC RAILROAD BILL.

HOWARD, JOSEPH A. Wright, John SHERMAN;' widow. I believe the claim is just, and I hope it A message from the House of Representatives, || and this report adopts the conclusion, that the will be passed. by Mr. ETHERIDGE, its Clerk, announced that the Senator from Oregon is disloyal to the Govern The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The regular House had passed a bill (H. R. No. 364) to aid ment of the United States." I have waited every business in order is the bill (s. No. 178) lo inin the construction of a railroad and telegraph line | day since this report was laid on the table to see corporate the Washington and Georgetown Railfrom the Missouri river to the Pacific ocean, in what action would be taken by the chairman, or way Company. wlrich the concurrence of the Senate was re by one of the other members of the committee

Mr. WADE. I move to postpone that for the quested. the Senator from Ohio, or the Senator from Indi

purpose of taking up the bill for ihe relief of Rose Mr. McDOUGALL. I, of course, shall move ana, or the Senator from Michigan, who is not M. Harte. the reference of that bill to the special committee now in his seat. Nothing has been proposed by Mr. MORRILL. I do not like to object, but I appointed by the Senate on that subject. I wish | either of them; and I now wish to ask the Sen am afraid that bill will lead to discussion. If I to say further, that it is, in substance, the bill that ator from New Hampshire, the chairman of that

were sure that it would not, I should not object; has been placed before the Senate by the report of committee, if he intends to bring forward any but the bill now properly under consideration has the special committee of the Senate. The com proposition in pursuance of the report which he been a long time before ihe Senate, and I am exmittee will bring it before the Senale ut a very early || has presented.

tremely anxious to have it proceeded with. day, for reasons that compel such a movementon Mr. CLARK. I hardly know why the ques Mr.'WADE. I will agree that this private bill the part of the friends of the bill, and I hope the tion should be put to me, Mr. President. If the

shall go over, if it leads to discussion. I hope it Senate will turn their attention to the measure. I Senator from Massachusetts had read the original will not, and I believe it will not. shall bring it to the attention of the Senate, and resolution under which the comınittee were ap Mr. MORRILL. Very well, then I yield for ask their action upon it, if possible, at a very early | pointed, he would have found that the committee that special purpose. day. I wish to give that notice now. I ask that had fully discharged their duty. They were in The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The Senator the bill be read and referred to the select commit structed by the resolution simply to investigate from Ohio moves to postpone the present and all tee on the subject of the Pacific railroad.

the charges. The committee have investigated prior orders for the purpose of proceeding to the The bill was read twice by its liile, and referred the charges, and have reported to the Senate the

consideration of the bill indicated by him. to the select committee on the Pacific railroad. conclusions to which they came. They did not The motion was agreed 10; and the bill (S. No. Ou motion of Mr. LANE, of Kansas, it was think it proper to put themselves in the position

299) for the relief of Rose M. Harte, widow of Ordered, That four members be added to the select com of accusers of the Senator from Oregon, and thus

Edward Harte, was read the second time, and mittee ou the Pacific railroad bill, to be appointed by the take upon themselves a work which the Senale considered as in Committee of the Whole. It proPresident pro tempore. did noi intrust to them. They preferred to dis

poses to require the Commissioner of Patents, The PRESIDENT pro tempore appointed || charge their duty as the Senate intrusted it to

out of any money belonging to the fund of the Messrs. WADE, LANE of Kansas, BROWNING, and them under the resolution, and then to leave the Patent Office not otherwise appropriated, to pay KENNEDY. matter with the Senate for action, and there it

to Rose M. Harte, widow of Edward Harte, the VESSELS OF LOYAL OWNERS RECAPTURED.

now stands. I do not intend myself to move any sum of $274 80, in full for certain papers pre

further resolution, unless I shall be instructed to Mr. FESSENDEN. I present the petition of

pared by him, by direction of the Commissioner do so by the Senate.

of Patents, illustrative of the " Progress of Agrithe owners of the ship John H. Jarvis, praying Mr. SHERMAN. I signed the report of the culture in the United States during ten years,' for the possession of their vessel seized by a pri- ll committee, without any pleasure, as a matter of and also for an article entitled “ Railroads in the vateer of the so-called confederate Slates, and re

course. It was painful to have to sign it; but that United States in 1850." captured by the United States forces. At the same

was the result of my conviction. Now, however, time I offer the following resolution, and ask for

The bill was reported to the Senate, ordered to I desire thus early to say that I hope the Senate its consideration now:

be engrossed for a third reading, read the third will not occupy any more time with this case. I,

time, and passed. Retolced, That the Comınittee on Commerce be instructed

for one, shall not vote for any proposition that to inquire whether any legislation is necessary in relation

D. G. FARRAGUT. to vessels belonging to luyal American citizens which have

will consume any more time in the discussion of heretofore been seized and confiscated by rebels, and which a question which must be at last decided by the Mr. McDOUGALL. I desire to report this have been recaptured at New Orleans and other places, and people of Oregon in a very short period. We are morning from the Committee on Naval Affairs a to report by bill or otherwise.

now under a heavy pressure. We have much im little bill which bas been twice favorably reported I merely wish to say, in explanation, that it is portant legislation to attend to. We have but a upon before and passed the Senate, but which probably known to all the Senators that a very short time in which to do it. We know very well failed to pass the House of Representatives for considerable number of our vessels, early in the that when the warm weather comes on, the cus

want of time. I do not wish that to happen again, struggle, were seized by the rebels at New Orleans om of the Senate and the pressure upon us will and therefore I bring it forward now and ask the and ai many other places. At the time the war take us away from here, even if some of the busi Senate to pass it. It is a bill for the payment of broke out, so to speak, there were vessels on their ness of the session is not disposed of. Many of a small balance of account due to Commodore Farway from Europe which were originally directed the most serious and important questions of the ragut. It has met the unanimous approval of the to return to New Orleans for cargo, and which, session are scarcely broached as yet. We have Commitice on Naval Affairs. I report the bill, when they arrived there, were taken possession several appropriation bills, we have the confisca and I ask for its present consideration. of, and some were taken possession of at other tion bill, we have many other measures of in The bill (S. No. 303) for the relief of D. G. places. It is quite natural ihat the owners of those portant legislation yet to act upon. The rules Furragut was read ewice by unanimous consent, vessels should now desire in get possession of under which we aci prevent us from expediting | and considered as in Committee of the Whole. It them if they can. They have been deprived of business in this body. We know very well that proposes to instruct the proper accounting officers tłem, owing to the unfortunate state of affairs, and in a question which involves the seat of a mem io allow to Captain D. G. Farragut of the United have met with serious loss. As things now stand, ber, the usual courtesy of the Senate will give a States Navy, in the setilement of his accounts, the there are difficulties in the way. In the first place, ll great deal of time to the consideration of a ques sum of $407 19, being the amount paid by him as

wages to two master's mates on board the United States ship Warren employed at Mare Island, in California.

Mr. KING. Is there any report or statement accompanying that bill?

Mr. MCDOUGALL. I will read the report made by the Senator from Rhode Island on a previous occasion, which I thought would serve instead of a written report now:

The Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was referred the petition of D. C. Farragut, having had the same under consideration, report:

That it appears from facts before your committee the petitioner, a captain in the Navy, was in command of ihe navy-yard at Mare Island, California, from the 9th day of August, 1854, to the 16th day of July, 1858; and that, while in that position, he was authorized by the Navy Department to rate or enlist two master's mates for the United States ship Warren, that the petitioner made the appointments authorized with a compensation at the rate of $450 per annum, or $150 a year to each over and above the usual pay, the Warren then being stationed at that port; and as the petitioner alleges, an amount insufficient for the support of an officer in California; and that the pay of the lowest class of laborers in the navy-yard, at the time of his command, was three dollars a day. The rate of pay authorized by the commandant was subsequently, on the adjustment of bis accounts, disapproved at the Navy Department, and the difference between that and the amount authorized upon other stations charged against Captain Farragut's individual account, thus leaving him no other remedy than an appeal to Congress.

Estra compensation has, in almost all cases, been allowed to officers of the Government in California, on account of the known high cost of living; and your committee deem that Captain Farragut should be allowed the reasonable dif ference paid by him for temporary officers, suitable to the care of large amounts of public property, whose appointment was in lieu of officers of a higher grade in the Navy; and they therefore report the accoinpanying bill, with a recummendation that it do pass.

I am well informed and advised that at that time Commodore Farragut was compelled to employ competent persons for special service there, and he could not employ those persons without paying a price beyond ihe ordinary price paid by the Government. I know him to be a very careful and exact man. He paid the money on Government account, and it has been considered a matter of justice heretofore by all those who have inquired into it, to refund him the money. I hope the Senate will not make it a matter of question now.

The bill was reported to the Senate, ordered to be engrossed for athird reading, read the third time, and passed.

WASHINGTON CITY RAILWAY. The Senate resumed the consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to the bill (S. No. 178) to incorporate the Washington and Georgetown Railway Company; and the Secretary proceeded to read the amendments proposed by the Committee on the District of Columbia to that amendment. The next in order was in the seventh and eighth lines of the fourth section of the House amendment to strike out the words "the gauge of the tracks” and the word "them” after "between,” and in lieu of" them" to insert "the two tracks;" so as to make the clause read:

And the space between the two tracks shall not be less than four feet nor more than six feet, and the carriages shall not be less than six feet in width, the gauge to correspond with that of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.

Theamendment to the amendment was agreed to.

Mr. MORRILL. I move to strike out section three of the House amendment. That was the vote of the committee, but by some mistake in printing it is not so printed.

The PRESIDING OFFICER, (Mr. Foster in the chair.) The Chair will suggest that there are other reported amendments which have ot yet been disposed of; but the Chair will put the question on ihe amendment of the Senator from Maine, if he insists upon it, at the present time.

Mr. MORRILL. I will take the direction of the Chair; I have no objection to waiting till the printed ainendments are disposed of.

The Secretary read the next amendment of the Committee oli ihe District of Columbia, which was in the fifth section of the House amendment, to strike out in the second and third lines the words “track and the pavements within," and to insert“ tracks;'and in the fourth line to strike out the word "always,” and insert “thereof, and also the space between the tracks at all times well paved and;" so as to make the section read:

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the raid corporation hereby created shall be bound io keep said tracks, and for the space of two fcct beyond the outer rail thereof, and also the space between the tracks, at all times well paved

and in good order, without expense to the United States or authorized to receive such subscriptions, that the same is the cities of Georgetown or Washington.

bona fide, and in fact and in truth for him or herself, and not The amendment to the amendment was agreed to.

for another; and any person who shall take a false and cor

rupt oath touching said subscriptions shall be held to have The next was to strike out the sixth section of comunitted perjury, and be subject to all the pains and penthe House amendment, in these words:

alties thereof: And provided further, That if more than the

capital stock be subscribed, then a pro rata division of the Sec. 6. And be il further enacted, That the privileges

stock shall be made among the subscribers, and if less than hereby granted shall continue until repealed by Congress. the capital stock be subscribed, then eachi subscriber shall

The amendment to the amendment was agreed to. be at liberty to take additional stock until the subscription
The next was in the sixth line of the seventh

is full. And when the books of subscription to the capital

stock of said company shall be closed, the corporators section of the House amendment, to strike ou named in the first section, or a majority of them, and in case the words likewise of," and insert " from so any of them refuse or neglect to act, then a majority of the altering and improving;' and in the ninth line to remainder shall call the first meeting of the stockholders of strike out the words - the level of,” and insert

said coinpany for the choice of directors, and in all meet

ings of the stockholders each share shall entitle the holder " their;" and in the tenth line, after the word to one vote, to be given in person or by proxy. "grade," to insert " and said pavements;" so as

Mr. GRIMES. Will this amendment be susto make the section read: Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That nothing in this

ceptible of amendment after it has been adopted ?

The PRESIDING OFFICER, (Mr. Foster.) act shall prevent the Government at any time, at their option, from altering the grade, or otherwise improving Penn The motion now is to strike out an existing secsylvania avenue, and such other avenues and streets as tion and insert one in lieu of it. The Chair thinks may be occupied by said roads, or the cities of Washington

that a motion to amend the section proposed to be and Georgetown from so altering or improving such streets and avenues as may be under their respective authority and

stricken out, is not in order in Committee of the control, and in such event it shall be the duty of' said com Whole, though it will be in order in the Senate. pany to change their said railroad so as to conform to such Mr. HALÈ. Will it not be in order to amend altered grade and pavements. The amendment to the amendment was agreed to.

the section by adding something to it? I am

aware that it is not in order to move to strike out The next was in the second line of the eleventh anything the Senate have inserted; but will it not section of the House amendment, to strike out the be in order to move additional matter to the secword "railroad,” and insert “railways;" so as tion after it is adopted by the Senate? to read:

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Chair will The said company shall place first-class cars on said not anticipate what may be a question of order railways, &c.

by and by. At present the Chair is certainly of The amendment to the amendment was agreed to. opinion that a motion to strike out and insert,

The next was to strike out the fourteenth sec not being a divisible motion, must be taken as it
tion of the House amendment, in these words: stands.
Sec. 14. And be it further enacted, That the United States

Mr. HALE. I understand that; but I thought
Government shall bave the right and authority to convey

the Chair had answered the Senator from Iowa, and run freight cars, and carry freight for Government use, or I should not have put the question. over the whole or any portion of the railroad hereby granted; the Government of the United States to pay said company

The PRESIDING OFFICER. It is possible such reasonable compensation for the use of such railroad, that the Chair has anticipated the wisdom of somein the running of such freight cars, as may be deemed just body else, and may think foolishly; but he will by the Secretary of War, or by such other person as the President of the United States may designate for the pur

not now decide questions that are not before the pose of fixing such compensation.

Chair to decide.

Mr. GRIMES. I wanted to know whether this And in lieu thereof to insert:

section could be amended now. The condition And be it further enacted, That said corporation shall, on

of it is this: it is an amendment to an amendment. demand of the President of the United States, Secretary of War, or Secretary of the Navy, cause to be transported over

Now, can another amendment be added to it? I said railway any freight cars laden with freigiit for the use suppose it will occupy precisely the same posiof the Government of the United States; the officers caus tion in the Senate that it does here in committee. ing such service to be done shall pay a reasonable compen The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Chair sation therefor.

thinks it cannot be amended now.
The amendment to the amendment was agreed to. Mr. GRIMES. If it cannot be amended now,
The next was to strike out the fifteenth section can it be amended when it comes into the Senate?
of the House amendment, in the following words: It will then still be an amendment in the third

Sec. 15. And be it further enacted, That, within five days degree.
after the passage of this act, the corporators named in the
first scction, who shall act as directors for the first year and

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Chair has until others are chosen, or a majority of them, or if any been under a misapprehension. The bill is not refuse or neglect to act, then a majority of the remainder, before the Committee of the Whole; it is in the shall cause books of subscription to the capital stock of said

Senate. company to be opened and kept open for a period to be fixed

Mr. GRIMES. Then it is not amendable. by said corporators, not less than three days, and continued (pen until the whole capital shall be subscribed for, and said The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Chair corporators shall give public notice, by advertiseinent in at thinks not. A motion to strike out and insert is least two of the daily papers published in the city of Washi

a single motion, and not divisible. The motion ington, of the time when and the place where said books shall be opened, and the subscribers upon said books to the

is to strike out a certain section and insert another
capital stock of the company shall be held to be stockhold in lieu of it. It is in the power of the Senate, of
ers and associates of the corporators named in the first sec course, to adopt or not to adopt it.
tion : Provided, That no person, for himself, or for another, Mr. POMEROY. Do I understand the Chair
during the first day, shall subscribe for more than two hun-
dred and fifty, and during the second day not more than one to say that none of these sections can be amended
hundred shares each; when, if the whole shall not then be in the Senate; that they must be amended now or
taken and subscribed for, the subscribers then existing shall

not at all?
have the right to increase their stock in equal amounts, and
if the whole shall not then be taken, any party then may

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The motion
subscribe therefor in any number of shares until the whole now before the Senate is to strike out the fifteenth
shall be taken; and when the books of subscription to the section and insert other words in lieu of it. That
capital stock of said company shall be closed, the corpora-
tors named in the first section, or a majority of thein, and

motion is one and indivisible. in case any of them refuse or neglect to act, then a majority

Mr. POMEROY. The point with me is whether of the reinainder shall eall the first meeting of the stock the bill is now in Committee of the Whole or in holders of said company, and in all meetings of the stock the Senate. holders each share shall entitle the holder to one vote, to be given in person or by proxy: Provided, That a majority

The PRESIDING OFFICER. It is in the in interest in the shares shall have the right to increase the

Senate. same, whenever it shall appear necessary, to the extent of Mr. POMEROY. I do not know when it got four thousand additional shares, or to such extent as may into the Senate. I supposed it was in Committee be deemed necessary to carry out the object of this charter.

of the Whole. And in lieu thereof insert:

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The bill is a And be it further enacted, That within five days after the Senate bill that has been sent back from the House passage of this act the corporators named in the first section, or a majority of thein, or if any refuse or neglect to act, then

of Representatives with an amendment in the naa majority of the remainder, shall cause books of subscrip.

ture of a substitute. It is now before the Senate tion in the capital stock of said company to be opened and on the report of the Committee on the District of kept open for a period to be fixed by said corporators, not

Columbia proposing amendments to the House less than live days, and said corporators shall give public notice, by advertisement in the daily papers published in

amendment. the city of Washington, of the time when and the place Mr. POMEROY. But I thought the Senate was where said books shall be opened, and subscribers upon said considering this bill in Committee of the Whole. books to the capital stock of the company shall be held to

The PRESIDING OFFICER. It is before the be stockholders: Providerl, That no subscription shall be deerned valid until the person subscribing therefor shall

Senate, and not in Committee of the Whole. make affidavit before the persons, or any one of them, The amendment to the amendment was agreed to.

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