Washington City, July 12. - The conference report on the postoffice appropriation bill was presen ted to the senate y esterday, the bouse insisting on its disngreement to the clause appropriating $800,000 f or South American mail service. A raótion was made that the senate insist, and a long debate ensued, but the motiou was agreed to - 38 to 16. The tenate bill providing for seacoast defenses was next taken up, and another long debate took place, bnt without action the senate, at 5:80 p. m., adjourned. The house ordered a conferenca on the land forfeiture bilí, and after some debate concurred in the senate amendment to the agricultural bill appropriatm? L100,000 for eorgbum experiments, which had been the cause of disagreement. This passed the bill. The con terática report on tha District bill was agreed tv), and then iu committee the Mills bill wí;s resumed on tbe ameudment fixing the duty on flaxand linen tüfe'S etc., at 40 per cent. ad valorem. After a long political debate it was rejected. The rate of duty on bugs and bagging was changed from lö per cent. ad valorem to % of a cent a pound. The wool section was then taken up and Caswell of Wisconsin offered an amendment substituting thd scheclule of 1807 for the oae in the bill, but the matter was laid over and the house took a recess until 8 p. m. At the evening session the bill providing for taking the eleventh and subsequent censuses was passed. O'Neil, by an ingenious amendment which wns hot noticed untiUfcdöpted, got the - wages of messengers and watchmen raised f rom $4' i() to StiOO per year, and Conger of Iowa secured an amendment giving preference to honorably discharged soldiers. The bouse adjourned at 11:30 p. m. Washington City, July 13.- A resolution was introduced in the senate yesterday providing for the printing of extra copies of the pensions committee's report on vetoed private pension bilis. The resolution resulted in quite an acrimonious debate, during which Blair said the presidenta rnessages were not gentlemanly. Butler of South Carolina .Jhouht B]air a poor judge of ■%entlemanhóod, and Mair retorted tbat he at any rate was not a traitor and indebted to his country for bis lile. Then George took the floor to speak on the fisheries treaty, and stopped the war of words. Wheri George had concluded a bilí to pay Mrs. Sarah L. Latimer 85,000, for giving important information in 1864 as to hostile intentions of the Sioux Indiaus, was passed, and the seuate adjourned. The house passed the resolution for a special committee to investígate alleged evasions of the contract labor law af ter speeches recounting the evils of too znuch imraigration, especiaily of Italians and Chinese. The Mills bill was then taken up and the rest of the day devoted to a politica! discussion, until at 5 o'clock the house took a recass until 8 p. m., the purpose being the consideration of antagonized private pension bilis. The opposition, however, was continued at the night gession, and nothing was accoraplished, the house adjourning at 10:15. Washington City, July 14. - A protest was presented in the senate yesterday signed by a large nuraber of wool manufacturers and dealers against the Mills bilí. A bill appropriating 150,000 for a public building at Waubesha, Minn., was reported, and bilis were passed authorizing a bridge across the Mississippi at Waubesha and appropriating $200,000 for a branch soldiere' home in Grant county, Indiana, Dolph then occupied most of the remainder of the session in a speech against the fisheries treaty. When he concluded some uuinteresting business was transacted, and the senate adjourned uiivil Monday. The conference report on the postoffice appropriation bill was presented in the house. ït agrees on everythmg except the subsidy amendment. The rate of postage on seeds, bulbs, etc, was fixed at 1 cent pr eaoh two OunciS, The report was agreed to and Bingham moved to concur ou the subsidy feature, but to reduce the appropriation from 000 to $450,000. The matter was d'bnted at length, Biügbam, Dingley and Owe of Indiana favoringit and Bluuut, Holman, Dockery and Nelson of Minnesota ppposing. The der bate vj!s pending when the house at ■ p. m. took recess to 8, ut which time private pension biBs were cousidered and fcwetity-ïóur passed, including one in be&alf of Muck-APee-Wah-KeuZah, or "John." The house adjourned at 10:30. Washington City, July 16.- The house Saturday rejected Bingham's proposition relativetoa mail subsidy in the postoffice BppTOpTiatton bill, tnsisted on a rlisagreemenr, and ordered a new conference. The toriff bill was then resumed, tha wool schedule beiiij tlie subject of debate. La Follette of JViseonsin antagonized the remarks made on the tnriff by Carlisle at the opning of the debate, and tho discussion was continued by Scott, ürosvenor, Ford of Michigan and others. At 5 p. m. the house took recess until 8, at tvhicii time consideration of private bilis was taken up, and nin -teen passed, adjournm nt beiug r ached at midnight. Washington City, July 17. -The s nate passed a bill appropriating 825,000 for a monument to Gen. George Rogers Clark, to be erected in Louisville in recognition of his gerviees in the conquest of the northwestern territory during the revolutionary war. Pugh spoke in favor of the fisheries treaty and Chandler against it, and these two speeches, with some unimportant routine work, occupied the whole session. The house took up the tariff bill immediately upon assembling, the motion to etrike wool from the free list being pending. After some debate a división on the motion was had, and it was defeated - yeas, 93; nays, 122 - Sowden, Wilkins and Foran, Democrats, voting aye, and Anderson of Iowa, Republican, nay. Mills otfered an amendmont fixing the duty on certain carpetings, mattings, etc. , which was adopted, and after the rejectiou of a motion to restore the wool toriff of líir7 this part of the bill was disposed of. Then some committee ameudments fixing the duty on kaolín, marble, etc., were adopted, and the tariff part of the bill was done. The tobáceo section being reached, Wise wanted the tax on cigars, etc., repealed, but his proposition was defeated, and Johneton of Nortb Carolina moved the repeal of all tax on spirits distilled from grain or fruit. The motion was defeated - 27 to 135. A motion was then made to repeal the taxes on fruit spirits, and this was pending when the house adjourned. Oct. 1, 1888, was the date flxed tor the tobáceo clause to go into effect. Washington City, July 18.- Blair moved In the senate yestorday' that a place be provided in the capítol to test Craig's improved telegraph scheme, the object being to have the government buy it if it was a good thing. The resolution went over. The sundry civil bill was reported back, and a bill to place John C. Fremont on the retired list with tha rankof major general was Butler, Cali, Gibson, Hearst, and Gray Demócrata, voting a . Tbe aenato thcn receded from its subsidy amendnient to the postotfico bilí. Tbe bilí to pay government workinen íor overtinie since tbe eight hour law went into effect was taken up, and after debate, passed - yeas, 2.j; nays, 22, The senate then adjourned. The house adoptad a resolution asking why ex-Confederates vvere refused Mexican war pensions, and then resumed the taritt discussion. All amanddients repeahng the tax on cigars, etc, and' fruit spirits were rejected, as were several proposing to strike out the modification of the revenue laws relating to tbe collection of toxes. Lawler olTered an amendnient ab;lishing the oleomargarine táx, and that was rejected- lül to 3. The last section of the bill was acted upon, leaving ouly those sections that have been passed over to consider. A motion was adopted thöt thf bill go into effect October 1 next, and Mills said he would cali the previous question Satui'day at 11:30 a. m. The house took recess to !■ p. m., at which session bilis establishing lighthouses at, a number of Atlantic ports and in the lakes were passed. The house ad journed at ! :45 p. m.