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Washington City. April 19. - Riddleberger's resolution for the publio consideration of the fisheries treaty was reported back to the senate adversely Wednesday. A bilí was introduced for the purchase of a site for a supreme court building. The bill for the forfeiture of unearned land grants was then considerad, but without action it went over, and Sherman replied to Vest's speech of Tuesday In whieh he asserted that Hayes was not fairly olected. Sherman defended the action of the Louisiana returning board, showed that the electoral commission was supported by more Deuiocrats than Republii'uns in congres, and explained the success of the Democratie state ticket in Louisiana while the Republican national ticket was declared electod. Vest declared the explanatiou did not explain and had read Blaine's speech deuouncing that feature of the 1876 election. Hawley replied to Vest. These speeches were made in consideration of the Dakota bill, and that rneasure went over without action. The conference report on the American commercial convention bill was preseuted and was pending when the senate at 5 p. m. adjoumed. A bill to prohibit Chinese immigration was introduced in the house by Belmont, and the report of the conference comniittee on the bill authorizing the president to arrange a conference between American nations agreed to. The committee on labor then got the floor,and the bill to créate a department of labor was pasced. Next, after a long debate, the bill to créate a board of arbitration to settle disputes between common carriers and their employés was passed. The opponents, among whom were Anderson of Iowa, Tillnian of South Carolina, Foran of Ohio, and Breckenridge of Kentucky, ui-ged in brief that the bill simply poiuted out the way how not to do it. Tlie house then adjourned. Washington City, April 20. - Bills were reported in the senate Thürsday authorizing the president to place Gen. J. C. Fremont on the retirad list with rank of major general and appropriating $150,000 for national soldiers' homes. A resolution was offered by Hoar providing that the debates on the fisheries treaty in secret session shall be reported by an official stenographer and published if the senate so orders. The Dakota bill was then taken up and after speeches in its favor by Plumb, Allison and Platt, and against it by Butler and Cali, it was passed by a strict party vote - 28 to 25. It provides for the división of the territory and the admission of South Dakota as a state. A bill for a public building at Akron, O., was reported and the senate adjourned until Monday. The house received and flled a petition f rom the Philadelphia maritime exchange against the sugar and molasses schedule of the Mills bill. It was agreed that the tariff debate be. resumed on Tuesday next. In committee of the whole the house then considered the Indian appropriation bill. Additional sums aggregating $23,000 were voted for Indian education. A pomt of order against the appropriation of $2,858,000 to pay the Choctaw judgment was overruled, and the committea rose, whereupon Randull moved to strike out the Choctaw judgment clause, and with the previous question ordered on this and the passage of the bill, the house adjoumed. Washington City, April SÍÍ - The senate amendments to the military academy bill were agreed to by the house Friday, which semls the bilí to the president. The house then refused to strike out the Choctaw judgmeiit item from the Indiau appropriation, and the bill was passed. It appropriates $5,100.000. A bilí was reportad to retire Cien. W. F. ("Baldy") Sniith with the rank of major-general. . The house in comuiittee of the whole then took up the pension appropriation. It was ameuded so as to make the payinent of pensions to widows date from the death of their husbands. and then passed. The amount appropriated is $80,880,000. The river and harbor bill was begun next, and a little progress made wheu the house took recess until 7 :30 p. m. The svening .session to be for the consideration of private pension bilis. Upon assembly in sveuing session the house passed twenfcy-two pension bilis and adjourned. Washington City, April 23. - The river and harbor appropriation was the ouly business eonsidered by the house Saturday. The bill was amended by the addition of $260,000 to the sum total, $10,000 being for the breakwater at Port Jefferson, N. Y., and $250,000 to remove islands in the harbor of Philadelphia. Without compl'eting the bill the house adjourned until Monday. Washington City, April '24. - The sonate passed a house bill yesterday prohibiting pooling, bookmaking, etc. , on f oot and horso races, or base ball games in this city or Georgetown. The railway land grant forfeiture bill was considored briefly, but went over. Palmer offered a substituto for the annual industry bill. The international copyright bill was then taken up. and Chace in advocacy said all other nations had copyright laws, and the American people were the buccaueers and t-orsairs of literatura. Morrpl deprecated the applicatiou of such epithets to the American people, and offered an amendment excluding from the operations of the bill artieles in foreign newspapers or periodicals. Vanee offered an amendment exeluding the papers and periodi cals in toto from copyright. Beek wanted free trade in books, and Chace was willing if foreigu countries would agree. Without action the bill went over. The senate held a secret session. and at 5 :SJO p. m. adjourned. An invitation to particípate in the celebration of the centennial anniversary of the iuauguration of George Washington to be held in New York April 30, 1889, was laid before the house Monday and referred. Senate bill granting a pension of $100 a month to the widow of Gen. James B. Ricketts was amended reducing the rate to $75, and as amended passed. In committee of the who'e the river and harbor bill was then eonsidered, but little progress made, and at 5 p. m. the house adjourned. Washington City, April 26.- Thomas W. Phillips, of New Castle, Pa., president of the Oil Producers' association, appeared before the house committee ou manufactures yesterday and gave testimony respecting trust organizations. Mr. Phillips read a statement from the executive committeo of the association giving the causes which led to the organization, viz: The existence of au enormous stock of oil which was contolled by speeulators ; the increased cost of production under the constantly lessening flow of oil from wells ; the depreciation in value of oil held for a long period after production, and the extremely low prices obtained for oil. These causes, witness said led to organization with a view to limiting the production for a given period. Mr. Phillipps stated that the cost oí production, uow that wells are not flowing as they formerly did, is over $1 per barrel, and prices have seldom reached that figure of late. Had not the production been liinited, many of the smaller dealers would, in his opinión, have been obliged to suspend. The statement of the executive committee urged that coijgress enact legislation to prevent gambling in difforences and futures in oil and other articles of daily coiisumption.


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