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13
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June
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1879
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In the House consideration was resumed of the bill amenaing the statutes relative to the removal of nausea f rom state tofedsral courts. In the course of an informal diñcussion Mr. Conger (liep., Mich.) stated that his side of the house did not intend that Mr. ïownshend's bill should go a step beyond whero it was now. Mr. Townshend inquired if it were true (as it was everywhere whispered) that it was the purpose of the opposite side of the House to delay actiou on every bill and resolution at this session, except appropriation bilis such as would suit the views of the majority and the President. Mr. Conger - Without having authority to speak for the gentlemen on this side at all, I think I may say that every man on this side listens to the demand of the country that no legislation except appropriation bilis shall be proceeded with, but thjt we shall adjourn after the appropriation bilis shall have been passed June 4. - In the Sonate, Mr. Bayard (Dem., Del.), from the judiciary committee, reported with an amendment, the Senate bill repealing sections 820 and 821 of the Revised Statutes, which prescribe the juror's test oath, etc,, and said he would probably ask leave to cali it np to-morrow tor consideration. Ordered, printed and placed on the calendar. Mr. Voorhees (Dem., Ind.) offered a resolution directing the Secretary of War to inform the Senate of the circumstances leading to tne arrest and removal of J. M. Bell and other Cherokre Indians from the Cherokee Nation. Mr. Voorhees had Information tending to show that the persons named were f orcibly removed by United States troops withott reaf on being given them for such action Adopted. The Senate took up the bill to amend the act in relation to the judicial districts in Texas. The bill passed and the Senate adjourned. In the House Mr. Springer (Dein., 111.), as a question of privilege, offered a preamble and resolution reciting the proceedings of the committee on expenditures in the State Department, in the last Congress, in connection with the charges against George F. Seward, minister to China, and referring the report of that committee, the articles of impeachment prepared by it, and the testimony taken in the case to the judiciary committee, with instructions fco consider the fiame, take other testimony, if nccessary, and report to the House at the next session. Points of order made by Mr. Conger (Rep., Mich.) and Mr. Calkins (Rep., Ind.) were overruled and the preamble and resolutions agreed to. June 5. - In the Senate Mr. Pendleton (Dem., O.,) trom the committee on foreign affairs, reported back the House joint resolution appropriating money t enable the United States government to particípate in the international exhibitions to be held at Sydney and Melbourne in 1879 and 1880, which was adopted. By a vote of yeas 28, nays 18, the bill reported yesterday by Mr. Bayard from the jndiciary committee, relative to juries, and to repeal sections 801, 820 and 821 of the Revised Statutes, was taken np. The amendment was rejected, yeas 18, nays 30. The committee's amendment, being the substituto for the original bill, was then agreed to, yeas 39. nays 18. House resumed consideration of business of the morning hour, being the bill relating to the removal of causes from State tofederal courts. The demand for the previous question being withdrawn. Mr. White (Rep., Pa.) proceeded to argue in opposition to the bill Mr. Thomas (Rep., 111.) argued in favor of the rmendnaent offered by the minority of the committee. The moroing hour having expired, the Speaker laid before the House a message from the President, transmitting the proccedings and report of the board of officers in the case of Fitz John Porter. Referred to the committee on military affairs and ordered printed, witli all documents. Mr. Atkins reported the legislative, executive and judicial appropna-lm bill, and moved that it be printed, and recommitted, and demanded the previous question. The previous question was seconded and the bill was ordered printed and recommitted. June C. - In the Senate Mr, Lamar, from the select committee on the improvement of the Missisppi river and tributaries, reported with an amendment the House bill to provide for the appointment of a Mississippi river commission. Placed on the calendar. Mr. Lamar said hewould ask leave to cali it up for consideration at an early day. Mr. Coke (Dem., Tex.) asked Mr. Bayard (Dem., Del.,) chairman of the finance committee, what action had been taken on the Warner silver bill. He had understood that the committee, had agreed to postpone its consideration until December. Mr. Bayard did not feel authorized to say what had taken place in committee. He would only say that no member had been instructed to report on the bill. Mr. Edmunds resumed his remarks on the bill to repeal sections 801, 820 and 821, Revised Statutes. The question recurred on Mr. Bayard's motion to recommit the bill. Mr. Voorhees (Dem., Ind) opposed the motion. Mr. Davis (Ind., 111.) favored it, and was surprised that there was any opposition to it. The object was simply to perfect the bill. All he wanted waB the repeal of the sections and to get a good jury law. The result of the vote was yeas 15 nays 27, bo that the motion was lost. The bill then passed, yeas 28 nays 16, a strict party vote. Adjourned until Monday. In the House the army appropriation bill was reported, ordered printed and recommitted. TbÏB bill is identical with the army bill previously reported at this session, with the exception of the appropriation for a storehouse at Omaha, and the substitution of the following as section 6, in iieu of that section in the previous bill : "Section 6. That no money appropriated n this act is appropriated or shall be paid for the subsistence, equipment, transportation or compensation of any portion of the army of the United States to be used a a pólice forcé to keep pcace at the polls at any eleotion held within any State " June 9.- In the Senate Mr. Vest (Dem., Mo.) introduced and asked unanimous consent for the present consideration of a bill to continue the special pension of f 100 per month, granted to the late Gen. James Shields, to his widow, until her dcath, and, if she die leaving minor children, to said children during their minority. Mr. EdmundB (Rep., Vt.) thought the bill hhould take the courso usual with such bilis, 1 and, on his objection to its present considera. tion, it was placed on the calendar. In the House Mr. Atkins (Dem., Tenn.) chairman oí the committee on appropriations, reported back the substitute for the legislative, exo'cutive and judicial appropriation bill which was reported and reeommitted last week, He stated that it was a unanimous report. He proceeded, by unanimous consent, to make a statement in regard to the bill. He said it difïered in very many respects from the bill reported a few days since.and recommitted. The principal feature of difference betwecn the substitute and the original bill consisted in the appropriation of $150,000 for the payment of salaries of storekeepers and gaugers, made neoessary by the increase of distilleries in the southcrn states within the last few mantJ-.R. There were no so-called pslitical restricti'.ms in the bill. The restrictions on 'the vetoed bill, which had created such a contest on the floor were not embraced in the present bill, nor was the appropriation for contingent expenses for courtB, amounting to $2,600,000. It was upon that portion of the bill that the restrictive clause had been placed in regard to the payment of supervisors and deputy marshals. Mr. Atkins then renewed his motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, and the motion was carried without a división. Immediately afterwards Messrs. Cabell (Dem., Va.) and Cox (Dem., N. Y.) iutimated a desire for a división. The vote was theref ore taken by yeaa and nay i and resulted, yeas 188, nays 21. June 13. - In the Senate the legislative and exfecutive appropriation bill was received from the House and referred to the committee on appropriations. The concurrent resolution providing for the adjonrnment on June 17 was ' also received and referred to the committee on apprnpriations Mr. Uopke (Dem., Tex.) moved to take up and conflider the resolution discharging the oommittee on finance from further consideration of House bilí 568 (Warner silver bilí) and declaring ít before the Senate for action. The vote on taking up the resolution was yeas 21, naya 22. On motion of Mr. Tournees the Senate took up the House joint resolution passed to-day providing for the erection oí a monument to mark the birthplace of George Washington, yeas and nays were called and the resolution passed without a dissenting voice - yeas 52, mays nne. In the House Mr. Morrison, (Dem,, 111.), from the committee on ways and menns, reported a resolution providing for the final adjournment of Congress at noon, June 17. Adopted. Mr. Harris (Dem., Va.) asked leave to offer a joint resolution appropriating $3,000 for a monument to mark the birthplace of George Washington. Adopted. Mr. McMahon (Dem., O.) reported back from the appropriations committee a bilí making appropriations for certain judicial expenses of the government. It was referred to the committee of the whole, and the House immediately went into committee, all general debate on the bilí being limited to 40 minutes. When the committee rose and reported the bilí to the Hose, a separate vote was demanded by Mr. Conger on the amendment adopted in the committee fixing the per deim of jurors in the territories at $3, and it was rejected- Teas 83, nays 160. The bilí was then passed- yeas 102, nays 85 - a strict party vote. The only Greenbacker voting, Stevenson, voted in the affirmative.

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