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Forty-fourth Congress

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Tbe Speaker laid bofore the House a petition from certain citizena of Cincinnati in regard to the count of the electoral votos. &. diseussion aroeo as to whether the petition shoukl be read and therefore printed. Mr. Garfield held that the reading of the petition was out of order, even though preseuted to the Spaaker. Mr. Banning called Mr. Garfleld's attention to the f act that a number of citizens went to New Orleans and made a report of a partiaan nature to the l'reaident, who has sent it to the House, and it had printed, and on the diecuamon of tho printing of that report, that gentleman (Gaifield) had taken the position that it mnst bo printed, and now wben a petition comes signed by citizens of both partios the gentleman objacted to the printing; of it. The other side of the House had also objected I to the appointinent of committccs to iuve'tigate the fraude of tho Southern States, and, with tbreo exceptioiis, voted sgainst it. They bad also votod against the reaolution calling for information in regard to the ejection of Gov. Wella from the Governorship of Louisiana The Repubücau party was attemptitig to defeat the will of the people by fraud, but if thore was one thing tho people love more than auothor, more than life, it was the liberty that was vouchaafed to them in an honcst ballot-box. [Applanao on the Democratie a de and in the galleries.] He wiabed to teil the gentleman from Ohio (Garfield) that the people wouid havo an honcst ballot-box, and, though th army might come with eighty rounda of ammuuitiou, though the navy might be called upoa, though the 80.000 otlioeholdors might be called to the reaouo, an honent people would put them all down. [Applauee.l Ho bopeü, howev6r, that the meiuuertt ou the other aide of the House woulü tbrow aside their pnrtiaanahip and stand by the right. Mr. Garñcld said be was glad at last a gen tlcman had beon found who could speak for the American people, who could teil exactly wbat tlie people were goiug to do. We sincerely regrettod tUat his colleague (Banning) sbouïd L'poai: in a time of real danger hke the present, whou the conntry needed aU ita wisdom, and all ite fairness, and all ita calmnees, and that he ahould have fouud it neoesaary at Biich a timo to hint at what the pooplo would do ; that they would dofy the authority of the United Statoa, that the navy might come, that ite trappings of war might rattle, but the poop!e would como down and overrule ovorything. It was the very easenco of violenco for a gentleman to appeal to the people to resist the plain procos of iaw, and in an hour Jike thia the men who attompted to shake a brand of flro over the country vL re the men who ought to be most eeverely judged by the poople. Mr Banning aaid he also thought that tbe ooudition of the country waa danerouaandthe House ougbttoiroeeeïwiti eautiousness, and certainly hia aide of the House was doing bo, ai.d it would continue to do eo, but it would not bo deterred from ite duty bj auy thing or anybody. Referring to the high terms in which the Republicana spoko in their report to the PriHideut of Gov. Wells, he sent up and liad real at tho Cltrk's deak the correspondence which led to his ejection from the ftoveruorship of Louisi ana. Was thia tho man whom his colloagua (Gaifield) wooH have run hiadishonett hands iüto an honeat ballot-lx x and purge it of tlo fraud wbich it contained ? This min who wit 9 denounced by Gen, Hhcriddn aa a disiionoct man ? Mr. Frye aaid (he fact that njon were talking about war and jet gold stocd at 107i and not at 150 showed elearly that tho pet pie did not. tke any stock in the Democratie cry of war. They were not ca?ily frightened by the gentleman who tüJko.l abont the peoplo coming and stri])pij)g men of power. Sodio timo ago Bboiidan Bent a dispatch from Louisiana, iodicating that in his judxement a large portion of the poople of that State was banditti. and the gentleman from Oiiio (Banning) nd bis friends went crazy over the tostimony of Gen. Bhc-ridan, and hoïd public meetings denouncipg him for eonding sach cUspatohcs. Mr. Frye continucd to apcak for some time in def ense of Gov. Weiis and in dennuciatiion of what ho termcd tho political outragea in the Sonth, parücularly in Lonimana. The diacussion, which was now devoteil to the outragequestion, waseomewhatprolongod, and waa participated in by Mesera. Atkina, Fryo, Wiliia, and Spencr. Kegular l1ruceeiing% Teesday, Dec. 26.- itenatc.- The Senate met aul bad a brief formal session, only ñfUjen Senator being prenent. No business oí iniportancc was transaoted. Houhc- Not ia segsion. Wednesday, Dec. 27.- Senate.- Not in sesBion. Houw.- Tlio Speaker laid before tlie House a ïneaaage from tïio Prfuidci.t in regard to ! iug certain concessionn from tlic Hloux Indians. Roferred to the Comniitteo on ludían Affaire. Also, a mesinga f rom tbo President In rogard to tbo extradition trraty with Great Britahi, recltiüg tho conduct of tnat government in the eins of VMiisloiv and lïrent, and aniiouncinif t)i;it ftiuce Groat Britain had voluiitarily handed over Brent to tliia Gt)verument, he wonld continue to reEard tbat Ireaty as küU Is oiicratlon, but bo bopefl that a iipw treaty would booii be euteretl into. Ilefcired to the Ooïumittee on Foreign AlYair. . . .Mr, IIunloD, from tbo .ïoint committee to pruvld a form ei guTemmenl for the District of Columliiu, reported a bilí whlcb wcih made the ppecial order for Jan. i. The bilí provides thaf the Dlatriot bul bü governed by lbT66 CommisBiouere, oue a]]oiLtcd by tlie I'rooident, one Qjcoted hy the Jiouse, aud ooe by tbti Senato . . . Tlu ro w.i8 a tbreo hourn' debato oii tho Lmiittiana quoBtior, ix)wii!g out of a petition from ccriain oitizens of Clncinnati in regard to the counling of the electoral votOB. Finally the petition wttB reai and referreeï to a committee appomted to t unöloe i uto the KUbjct. It contaiuH a rcBolutíon declariují that tiie President of tho Sonate bas not the powor alone to count and declare the tetmt of the electoral vota. Tuduhday, Dec. 28.- genat.- Not in aesBlOD. floiw'.- The following billK were iutroduced aLd reft-m'd : Bj :rr. Hooker, tor the iiuprovcuient of the Píttri and Pacgoula rivera, in MhiUaippt ; by Mr. Dougíftofí, anthorlsfcfig tac OomniflBiODera of the.FreedfDau'B Savljjg AQ i ■ nv to buy fertain r :'. CBtatoi by Mr. l'ii n, aui];ta-:,'.ii:;; tho pnrohue o; o.iWiiBt oud UuUtoo at t'iu aseay L.aicc at lioiee City. FuiDAY, Dec. Ui).- tfyiaie. - Ihe Ëeuate mefc nd remalned In iessiqjj Dut a f uw minutes. Bon tor Lojfau was excuaed frota service on the comi.itict. ir-, consider the question of counting the lectoral voto, by hifi telographio requeet, and Mr. Oonkllng wek appointed to Ü1I the vacancy....Mr. iordon preeented the memorial of Wade Hampton, Vin. B. Öimpson, Wm. H. Wallace, and elxty-eiglit Senators and Representativos in the General Asenibly of 8outh Carolina, addrepsed to Congress, recitiup at Ungth the evente which have recently ranepired in Üiat State, tho interfcrcnco of hc militüry, etc., and asláng Congrega to akc hucïi action as will cause a cosaatlon of the military iLterferenco the affairs of the Stato and enable the Governor and LeffiBlafire to exercise tho duMes of the )flicoB to which they wcre elocted, ïhc memorial ïaving been rcad, Mr. Qordoii moved tliat it be re'errcd to the JudiciaryCommittee. Mr. Frelinghuyit-n moved to amend so as to refer it to tho Commtt;ee on Privilegoi and Elcctiona instead of the Jndiciary Committee. Pendlug the diflcussion, Mr. Gordon, by una:imoufl consent, Bubmitted a rcBolution recognizing the Hamptou Government as the legal Government of fiouth Carolina, but objectiou was made to It by itr. Morton and othere, and it was laid over. Owing to the absence of a quorum, no ac'ii n was taken upon the matter, and the Senato adjourned to Tueeday, Jan. 2. Rouw.- Tho House met and immediaieJy adjourned, uo quorum belng present.


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