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in settling hostile demonstrations. reported upon the request of the commission by special messenger, and also by telegrams to both Houses. I trust there will be no objection to the bill, as there was none in the Committee on Appropriations. Mr. WARD. How much money does the bill appropriate? Mr. BUTLER. One hundred and fifty thousand dollars. The bill was read. It appropriates $150,000 for the purpose of carrying out treaty stipulations with various Indian tribes and defraying expenses and disbursements made by the commission authorized by the act of July 20, 1867, entitled “An act to establish peace with certain hostile Indian tribes during the year 1868;" the money to be expended under the direction of the commission. Mr. BUTLEIR. I move the previous question on the bill. The previous question was seconded and the main question ordered. The bill was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time; and being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time, and passed. Mr. BUTLER moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed ; and also moved o the motion to reconsider be laid on the table. The latter motion was agreed to.

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The billis By Mr. Hooper, of Massachusetts. The

petition of James H. Beal and others, presi

| dents and directors of national banks, in favor

of creating the office of United States sealer, for the purpose of sealing scales and weights used in national banks, navy-yards, customhouses, &c. By Mr. JULIAN: The petitions of numerous citizens of Iowa and Missouri, praying a grant of land to aid in constructing the Iowa an i Missouri State line railroad. By Mr. MORRELL.: The petition of R. B. Myers.and 39 others, citizens of Conneautville, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, complaining of the depression of industry, and praying for such increase of protective duties as will revive manufactures and restore prosperity to the country. Also, the petition of 44 farmers and citizens of Oneida township, Huntingdom county, Pennsylvania, praying for increase of protective duties for the benefit of manufacturing industry. Also, the petition of John Palmer and 205 others, workers in coal at Dudley, Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, representing that their industry is #. depressed and many of their trade out of employment, and praying for such additional protective duties as will relieve their distress and aid them in the unequal contest with the underpaid labor of Europe. Also, the petition of 3 manufacturing firms of Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, employing, when in full operation, 45, workmen, now employing 26 workmen, signed also by citizens of said county, complaining of the insufficiency of customs duties to protect the industry of this country against the cheaper capital and labor of foreign countries, and praying that Congress will resume consideration of the tariff bill as passed by the Senate, which failed in the House March, 1867, and enact it into a law at the earliest practicable moment. Also, the petition of iron manufacturers of Huntingdom county, Pennsylvania, employing, when in full operation, 400 workmen, now employing 137 workmen, signed also by 75 citizens of said county, setting forth that the industry of the country is paralyzed for want of efficient protection against the cheaper capital and labor of foreign countries, and praying that Corgress will resume consideration of the tariff bill, as passed by the Senate, which failed in the House March, 1867, and enact it into a law at the earliest practicable moment. Also, the petition of Reynold & Moorhead, manufacturers of iron at Clarion, Pennsylvania, setting forth that they employ when in full operation 280 workmen, and have now but 160, complaining of the suffering condition of the productive interests of the country, and the paralysis of its industry, resulting from the want of efficient protection against the cheaper capital and labor of foreign countries; and praying that Congress will resume consideration of the tariff bill, as passed by the Senate, which failed in the House March, 1867, for want of time, and enact it into a law at the earliest practicable moment. Also, the petition of 23 manufacturing companies and firms of Blair county, Pennsylva: nia, employing, when in full operation, 1,536 workmen, now employing 951 workmen, setting forth that customs duties, which were sufficient under a high gold premium, have become wholly inadequate to protect the industry of this country against the cheaper capital and labor of foreign countries, and in prospect of a continued decline in gold must shortly prove ruinous; that nuch of the distress now prevalent, and daily increasing, would be relieved by the legislation suggested in Special Commissioner Wells's report of last year, as erfected in the tariff bill which failed in the ouse March, 1867, for want of time; and praying that Congress will resume consideration of that measure, and enact it into a law at the earliest practicable moment.

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Grandview, by way of Gentryville, Polk Patch, Pikeville, Pike County Springs, and Winslow, to Petersburg, in said State. By Mr. PETERS: The petition of A. D. Manson and others, of Bangor, for improvement of 1&ichmond Island harbor, on the coast of Maine. By Mr. PHELPS: Resolutions of Baltimore Board of Trade, against proposed reduction of duties on foreign coals. Also, a memorial of the representatives of 24 coal mines in Maryland, protesting against any reduction of the duty on bituiniuous coal too. from Canadian provinces. y Mr. Piti CE: The petition of citizens of the States of Missouri and Iowa, asking for a grant of land to aid in the construction of the Iowa and Missouri State line railroad. By Mr. It AND ALL. The petition of Henry B. Ashinead, S. C. Collins, W. Harvey Miller, King & Baird, and 124 others, printers of Philadelphia, representing that the productive interests of the country are suffering and its industry paralyzed for want of efficient protection against the cheaper labor and capital of foreign countries; that much of the distress now prevalent and increasing daily would be relieved by the legislation suggested in Special Commissioner Wells's report of last year, aud perfected in the tariff bul as passed by the Senate, which failed in the House of stepresentatives March, 1867, for want of time; and praying that Congress will resume consideration of that measure und enact it into a law at the earliest practicable inoment. Also, the petition of 75 employés of Sherman & Co., printers of Philadelphia, to the same effect. Also, the petition of Moore & Simpson, D. Rodney Ring, Lewis S. Moore, and others,

business meu of Philadelphia, to the same


Also, a memorial of Shields & Brother, G. W. Huntzinger, James A. Needles, Horace H. Soulé, Sainuel Sems, W. E. S. Baker, and 91 others, manufacturels, coal-ininers, and shippers, and business inen of Philadelphia, complaining of the paralysis of productive industry; and praying that Congress will resume consideration of the tarith bill which failed in the House of Representatives March, 1867, and enact it into a law at the earliest practicable moment.

By Mr. TAFFE: The petition of O. P. Mason and 1,000 others, citizens of Nebraska, praying the passage of the bill pending in Congress to grant aid in the construction of the Midland Pacific railway, in the State of Nebraska.

IN SENATE. TUESDAY, June 16, 1868.

Prayer by Rev. A. D. GUILLETTE, D. D.

On motion of Mr. SHERMAN, and by unanimous consent, the reading of the Journal of yesterday was dispensed with.


Mr. CONKLING presented a petition of cigar manufacturers and journeymen cigar. makers, praying the adoption of the system of collecting the revenue on cigars by making the stamp a revenue stamp instead of an inspect. or's stamp, sold only to licensed manufac. turers; which was referred to the Committee on Finance. . He also presented a memorial of persons interested in the mining of coal in the United States, protesting against any action which would tend toward the reduction of the pres: ent duty on coal; which was referred to the Committee on Finance, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. CAMERON presented the memorial of the National Board of Trade, praying the passage, of an act to incorporate said board; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. HARLAN presented a report of the executive committee of the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, on the influences of the Washington city canal on the health of the population of the city; which was referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia, and ordered to be printed.



Mr. MORRILL, of Maine. The Committee on Appropriations, to whom was referred the bill (S. No. 465) for the erection of schoolhouses and the maintenance of schools in the District of Columbia outside of the cities of Washington and Georgetown, instruct me to report the same back and ask to be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia. The Committee on Appropriations will take notice of the intention, if it is so desired, to move this on the miscellaneous appropriation bill.

The report was agreed to.

Mr. MORRILL, of Maine, from the Committee on Appropriations, to whom was referred the joint resolution (S. R. No. 141) requiring the Special Commissioner of the Revenue to act as superintendent of the Bureau of Statistics in the office of the Secretary of the Treasury, asked to be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred to the Committee on Finance; which was agreed to.

Mr. SUMNER, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, to whom was referred the message of the President of the United States, communicating a report from the Secretary of State, in relation to recent events in the empire of Japan, moved that it be printed; which was agreed to.

He also, from the same committee, to whom was referred the petition of Stephen G. Montano, submitted a report, o by a bill (S. No. 553) to pay Stephen G. Montano, a citizen of Peru, an unpaid balance of money awarded to him by the mixed commission authorized by the convention of January 12, 1863, between the United States and Peru: The bill was read and passed to a second reading, and the report was ordered to be i.i.


Mr. MORRILL, of Maine, asked, and by unanimous consent obtained, leave to introduce a joint resolution (S. R. No. 146) authorizing the sale of certain bonds belonging to the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians, and the adjustment and o'. of certain claims against them; which was read twice by...its title, and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs. Mr. FERRY asked, and by unanimous consent obtained, leave to introduce a joint resolution (S. R. No. 147) for the relief of Jonathan S. Turner; which was read twice by its title, and ordered to be printed. Mr. SHERMAN asked, and by unanimous consent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. No. 554) to promote commerce among the States and to cheapen transportation of the mails and military and naval stores; which was read twice by its title. Mr. SHERMAN. In regard to the reference of that bill, I have consulted some members of the Committee on Commerce, to whom some might suppose it should properly go, or to the Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads. As the bill is a very important one, proposing to construct railroads from the city of Washington in different directions, and as there is a great deal of dispute about the right to do so, I will move that it be referred to a select committee ; I do not expect any action upon it at this session, but with a view that the select committee may turn their attention to the subject and report early in the next ses.

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to consist of seven members. The motion was agreed to. Mr. SHERMAN. I also move that the bill be printed. The motion was agreed to. Messrs. SHERMAN, SUMNER, CHANDLER, RAMsEY, Stew ART, Buck ALEw, and Wickers were appointed the committee. ONEIDA INDIANS.

Mr. HOWE submitted the following resolution; which was considered by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolred, That the Secretary of the Interior be directed to inform the Senate whether he has issued any order or adopted any regulation prohibiting the individuals of the Oneida tribe of Indians from cutting and removing timber from the common lands of the tribe; and if so, under what laws such prohibition is sanctioned, and what penalties are imposed for a violation of such rule. Also, if he has author; ized the agent of said tribe to sell such timber and take pay therefor; and what, security he has taken of such agent for the proper disposition of the proceeds of such sales.

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Mr. STEWAR.T. I move that the Senate proceed to the consideration of House bill No. 1059. The motion was agreed to ; and the Senate, as in Committee of the Whole, proceeded to consider the bill (H. R. No. 1059) to relieve certain citizens of North Carolina of disabilities. Mr. STEWAR.T. Mr. President, there are before the Senate several reports from the Judiciary Committee on this subject; one to relieve citizens of North Carolina— The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Would it not be well to have the bill read first? Mr. STEWAR.T. explanation. There have been reported from the committee several propositions of this sort;

a bill to remove disabilities from citizens of

North Carolina, and also, a bill to remove disabilities from citizens of Alabama. The committee have considered a large number of other names in an informal way, and I desire to propose, in lieu of the bill that is before the Sen. ate, an amendment, in the nature of a substitute, containing a variety of names. It will be unnecessary, therefore, to read the original bill. The substitute that I offer contains all the names embraced in the bill, and also combines all the bills that have been reported, and those that have been sent to the Judiciary Committee on this subject. The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The reading of the original bill will be dispensed with unless, it is called for by some Senator, and the substitute only will be read. The Chief Clerk proceeded to read the amendment, which was to strike out all after the enacting clause of the bill and to insert the following in lieu thereof:

(Two, thirds of each. House, concurring therein,) That all legal and political disabilities in posed by the United States upon the following-named citizens of North Carolina in consequence of participation in the recent rebellion be, and the same are hereby, removed, namely: Franklin county: A. M. Timberlake, W. S. Harris, E.A. Crudup, and Green H.9 rupton. Wake county : . William H. Harrison, Willey D. Jones, Albert. Johnson, Jacob Sorrell, Hilliard J. Smith, C. L. Harris, and W. R. Richardson, Pitt county: Joseph Staten, Lewis Hilliard, Charles J. O'Hagan, Calvin Cox, James C. Langley, and Charles Round tree. Halifax county: Charles, N.Webb, John O'Brien, John T. Gregory, George W. Owens, John A. Reed,

and J. T. Evans. Beaufort i."; Samuel T. Carrow, Hiram E. Stifiey, Wiiian is. Roiman. George"f. Winsley.

Howard Wiswall, Edunund Hodges. Luther Ruff, Samuel Windley, John B. Respass, Henry Hodges,

Jesse G. Bryan, Edward J. Warren, Edward S. o

Jesse Robason, and William A. Blount.
New Hanover county: David Bunting, Edward

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Madison county: F. M. Lawson, O. S. Denver, D. E. Freeman, James Ramsey, James Croder, and L. G. Brignum. ----

Warren county: William A. White, John W. Patille, John H. Bullock, John C. McGraw, James T. Russell, Nathaniel R. Jones, William W. White, and J. T. Allston........

Union county: William M. Austin Arthur Stigall, Robert Bivens, Benjamin F. Fincher, James McNeily, Miłos A. Lemons, Jackson Greene. Thomas W. Griffin, Richard Tarltoo, and Asa Brumblow,

Nish"ounty. George N. i.ewis and Ābshīom Baines.

Rowan county: J. A. Hawkins, Matthias Boyden, Gjonhardt, Levi Trexler, William P. Atwell, and É. Williamson.

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Chowan county; William R. Skinner, John H. Hall, Robert G. Mitchell, and James A. Woodard. Haywood county: A. L. Herren. Carteret county; William B. Duncan, Isaac Raino and Thomas Duncan. ...Wake county;, Bartholomew F. Moore. Joseph W. Holden. R. W. Wynne, and William Jenks. Cicaveland county. John W. Logan. Chatham county; John A. McDonald: Craven county: Richard T. Berry and Charles R. Thomas. Wake county: William W. Holden. Burke county: Tod R. Cadwell. Davidson county: Henderson. Adams. Rutherford county: George W. Logan and Cebern L. Harris. Yadkin county: Richmond M. Pearson. Guilford county: Itobert P. Dick. Rockingham county: Thomas Settle. Person county: Edwin G. Reade. Brunswick county: Daniel L. Russell, jr. Rowan county: Nathaniel Boyden. kichmond county: Alfred Dockery. Iredell county: Anderson Mitchell. Rockinghain county: James Blythe and David S. Ellington. Johnston county: B. R. Hinnant. Henderson county: W. D. Justus. Rockinghain county: John W. Foster and Turner W. Patterson. * ovule county: James I. Moore and R. P. aylor. 1&utherford county: Eleazer McArthur. Bertie county: John S. Shepperd. Çatawba : James. Mott. Pitt county: lichurd Short. Fayetteville: Ralph P. Buxton. Cumberland county: Warren Carver. McDowell county: W. W. Gilbert. Anson county: William T. Tucker. Halifax county: A. L. Pierce.,. Duplin county: James K. Williams. Cherokee county : M. B. Crisp. - - Warren county: Islaun H. Bennett, Benjamin E. Cook, T. A. Monttomery, John H. Bullock, Alexander S. Steel, John W.1&ogers, and John J. Rodwell. Bertie county: William P. Gurley. Cleaveland county; Eli H. Eulea wider. . . Ashe county: Efi Gray beal, Jackson Litzeman, John Calhoun. James Sapp, and John F. Greer. North Carolina: G. B. Arledge, A. B. Blanton, B. H. Blount, Daniel Coleman, sen., Jackson Dalton, J. W. Fuller, William Golden, John Gibbs, W. P Grimsley, N. B. Liampton, J. M. Hamilton, Helter Hildebrand, W. D. Justus, Jesse Jenkins, Absalom Kelly, Ed. B. Lyon, Gorge W. Mgkinnon, George Nicks, Miles Pasigett, William H. Puryear, Everett Phillips, R. J. Powell, Josephus Reed, Calvin J. Rodgers, James, Raius, John Ritter, A. J. Scroggins, II. E. Stilley, Benjamin Thou, pson, J. A. Thorn, Jos. Taylor, and Charles Williams. SEc. 2. And be it further enacted, That all legal and political disabilities imposed by the United States, upon the following natucal citizens of Alabauna in consequence of participation in the recent rebellion be, aud, the same, are hereby, removed. namely: Joshua F. Morse, Walter. II. Grant, J.G. Harris, J. McCaleb Wiley. Benjamin F. Porter, W. 11. Wood, J. F. Conoley, J. C. Meadors, C. C. Sheats, A. J. Serimsher, F. W. Sykes, Joseph Cotmans, Jotues M. Ligon, Thomas, D. Eister, Ferdinanol. L., Hammond, Thomas W. Martin, S.C. Posey, W. B. Figure, Joseph C. Brădsey, David C. slumphreys, David P. Lewis, Willia in A. Austin, Lemuel Sanford, 11. C. Sanford, Willian S. Mudd, Robert Blair, Robert S. Hesiliu, Jaunes 11: McDonald, Jaunes longstreet, Mistou J. Saffold, Hardy Wilkins, James R. Dollard, John Heuderson, Joli. Holley, P. G. Harper. W. B. Nichols, J. J. McLeore, Benjaulin F. Saffold, Thomas O. Glascock, Adam C. Felder, N. B. Cloud, Charles Pelhain, Moses Canuak, James S. Clark, R. S. M.. Iluuter, William Wood, J. P. Titul:erlake, John B. Talley, W. J. Matthews, Larkin Willis, J. B. IRagsdale, John R. Caffey, William A. Catley, Jonathan Lathau, James Williams, Willian Lovelady, P. W. Cargile, Allen Lee, Uharles Womble, Hirata Darton, Andrew J. Files, John Brown, James L. Boyd, J. 11, 13 yers, Wiley H. Pope, B. F. Ilarris, Joseph W. Srygley, J. H. McDonald, Thomas, Masterson, John 1. Torry, John M. Proctor, Cliff Braudon, John D. Johnson, Williaul Bishop, John D. Terrill, Burr W. Wilson, James M. Moore, Barnett Moses, Joseph, Clifton, H.W. Matthews, E. S. Miasterson, A. 13. Masterson. Williaul C. Risby, John #. Nosmooth. Thomas ii. Nesmith. A. j. Kirby, j. T. Abir mathy, Q. li. Bynum, A. J. Ingle, James Hogan, Joseph P. Conner, Josse lugrum, W. P. leuson, Majors. Self. W. H. Braseal. Joup. Yielding, Caleb King, William O. Winston, G. N. Winston, William J. Haralsoa, George W. Malone, D., L., Nicholson, Theodore Watson, John Mimms, L. W. Davis, John T. Foster, George S. Huston, Robert McElvaine, John Elliott, Calgb Price, Cleveland. E. Moulton, Averett Howard, J. D. Cummingham, J. W. Hughes, M.C. Stokes, A. Howard, J. H. Nettles, Walter L. £oleman, G. Gold thuite, loavid Campbell, William Traminel, W.J. Gilluore, William G. Delony, John Edwards; J. B. Hubbard, H. A. Manning, A. Strickland, T. W. Newson, George.W. Watson, Lavid L. Nicholson, Joseph C. Boyd, Silas C. Dobbs, Nicholas Davis, Robert Alexander, Joseph C. 13oyle, B. B. McCraw, W. L. Taylor, W. J. Dooman, B. L. lyer, Thomas J. Jackson, John M. Ward, Henry Clifton, T. K. Brautiey, J. P. Hall, Edward 1'. Tucke, James L. Caldwell, R. C. Parish, C. D. Hudson, John Appleby, Alexander Monox, W. P. Crook, James is. Houston, John W. A. Jackson, William C. Sherrod, W. B. Jones. David Day, George Charleton, James S. Clark, William McDonald, Jämes W. Moore, Q.C. Tompkins, Galot! Terrel, John M. Modor, L. E. May, Moss Carrack, Thomas Stubblefield, John C. Moore,

Eastlan, J. T. Ledyard, James Gavity, John Brep

ingham, Harry D. Houston, Ezra P. Chappel, Harry I, Thornton, sate of Alabama; and also all officerselect at the election commenced the 4th day of February, 1868, in said State of Alabama, and who have not publicly declined to accept the ollices to which they were elected. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all legal and political disabilities imposed by the United States upon the following named citizens of Georgia, in consequence of participation in the recent rebellion be, and the same are hereby, removed, namely: James Martin, of Bibb county ; McWhorter Hungerford and Jesse Wimberly, of Burke county; Thomas Paulk, of Berrien county; N. N. Gobet, of Cobb county; W. W. Merrill and George W. Merrill, of Carroll county: W. O. Edinouson, of Chattooga gounty; John C. Johnson, Asa M., Jackson, John W. Johnson, Josiah A. Browning, John C. Nunnally, and Itobert Flournoy, of Clark county; Joum U. Richardson, Daniel Fowler, William H. Richardson, John Foutz, Robert M. Barrett, and Samuel M. Fowler, of 1)awson county: Benjamin F. Bruton, B. l'. Powell, Richard H. Whitely, and John Higdon, qf Decatur gounty; L. H.; ltoberts, of Echols county; James A. Harrison, of Franklin county; S. F. W. Minot, of Fayette county; Nathan Yarbrough and Thomas J. Perry, of Floyd county; Bluford D. Smith, Joseph E. Brown, and George S. Thomas, of Fulton county; R. L. McWhorter, James R. Byuuin, D. A. Newsom, C. J. Caldwell, R.C. Hales, John Mitchell, G. li. Thompson, W. H. McWhorter, jr., R. isulbert, and J. C. Broom, of Greene county; W. ii. Rainey, John B. Miller, Whitson Frohock, Henry F. Beach, and John Brooks, of Glynn county; Jaunes H. Maxwell, George M. Wyatt, W. J. Aliums, J. C. Grillin, John Fryer, and Willis Goodwin, of Henry gounty; Joel R. Griffin, William A. Matthews, John h. Hose; Augustus Alden, A. C. Thompson, Kīnchen Taylor, Elbert Fagan, James W. Love, Jesse Cooper, &nd, Robert Braswell, of Houston, county; Gorge ... Page, Qt Lee county; Joshua Griffin and A. J. Liles, of Lowndes county; M. A. Potts and M. B. Polis, of Monroe county; Francis M. D. Hopkins, of Miller county: J. M. l'usty, (or Burtz,) of Mitcheli county: W. Woods, of Morgan county; S. F. Strick-. land and C. D. Forsyth, of Paulding county; Ephraim Tweedy, James N. Ells, William Doyle, and Joseph P. Carr, of 1&ichmond county; Duncan Jordan and William B. Dixson, of Randolph county; W. D. Hatuilton, of Scriven county: J. H. Caldwell J. T. McCorinick, Thomas C. Miller, and E. H. Worrell, 9f Troup...county; John R. Evans, M. C. Suith, Henry II. Tooke, C. H. Latimer, Thomas S. Hopkins, Theophilus P. Perry, and, Thomas S. Paine, of Thoulas, county; Marion Bethune, J. T. Costin, Albert Costin, J. L. Gunn, and B., Carley, of Talbot county: William F. Holden, Taliaferro county; Augustus ll...Lee, of Newton county; Jaunes il. McWhorter. W. H. Ward, F. L. Upson, and F. J. Robinson, of Oglethorpe county; Edward R. Harden, of Randolph, county; David B. Harrell, of Stewart county: I. H. Greenleaf. of Ware county; Willian Griffin, of Wilkinson county; S. C. Prudden and A. Q. Mason, of Putnam county: W.U. Gibson and Samuel F. Goye, of Twiggs county; W. K. DeGrafenreid, Marshall loegraffenreid, and W. J. Lawton, of Bibb county; J. H. Harrison, 9s Franklin county; William Gibson, of Richmond county; John R. §rother, of Baldwin county; J. G. M. Warnek, John McKinnon. William G. Bagwell, Abraham Strickland, Murdock McCloud, and Robert Humphries, of Brooks county; J. R. Corker, of Burke county; William P. Edwards, ot Taylor county : John C. Johnson, Asa M. Jackson, Joun W. Jouison, Robert Flournoy, G. W. Nunually, Flournoy W. Alains, and Peter W. Hutcheson, of Clark county; James M. Clark, of Sumpter county; David Wherebel, of Hall county : James Huñaker, of Whitfield county; John M. Mathews, A. L. Byrd, G. li. Byrd, H. T. Sanders, John N. Montgomery, Joel Hunt, M. A. !oaniel, Gabriel Nash, and V. H. Deadwyler, of Madison county. SEC. 4: And be it further enacted, That all legal and political disabilities imposed by the United Siâcs upon the following-named citizens of Arkansas and South Carolina, in consequence of participation in the recout rebellioot be, and the same are her by, removed, namely: W. M. Harrison, of Drew county, *: o R. o; *pd, C. C. Bowen, F. J. Moses, R. M. Wallace, John D. Ashmond, of South Carolina.

Before the reading of the amendment was concluded,

Mr...WILLIAMS. I wish to inquire whether there is any particular necessity for reading all those names. There is a long list of mones there, and the Senate know nothing about the particular individuals, but must depend of $9turse upon the Committee on the Judiciary. For the sake of saving time I suggest that the reading of the names be dispensed with. . The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The read. ing of the names may be dispensed with by Unanimous consent. Is there any objection? No objection being made, the reading of the names will be dispensed with.

Mr. D00LITTLE. I should like to inquire of the Senator having charge of the bill if the Name of Joseph Keener, of Jackson county, North Carolina, for whose relief I presented a petition, is included.

Mr. STEWAR.T. I do not recollect,


Mr. DOOLITTLE. I would also inquire in regard to James W. Terrell, of Jackson county; North Carolina, whose petition I presented the other day. I move that those names be inserted.

Mr. CONNESS. I should like to know who those persons are, and whether due inquiry has been made in regard to them, what their position and opinions are. ... I do not mean now what are called mere political opinions, but how far they are prepared to forget their former offenses. I should like to hear something about

them. The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The ques. tion is on the amendment of the Senator from Wiscousin. Mr. CONNESS. If we can get no information as to these names, I for one shall vote against the bill if they are inserted, because I will not vote to remove the disabilities from any man unless his case has been examined sufficiently to i. us a guarantee for his obeying the law and keeping the peace in the future, I shall oppose the bill in all its stages unless we have that guarantee. Mr. D001,11'TLE. I presented the petition of Mr. Keener, and it was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. The facts set out in the petition are no doubt correct. I have received a letter from him, in which he makes a statement in relation to himself. He says in his letter to me: “In addition to the facts stated in the petition, you may say truly that I have not at any time thrown any obstacle in the way of reconstruction under tile .law. As a member of the Legislature of North Carolina since the rebellion, in 1865, I gave my support to the most liberal legislation for the freedmen of this State. It is due to truth and candor to state that I was opposed to the present constitution of North Carolina. Should you feel any delicacy in asking pardon for a so-called rebel, you will be kind enough to lona this petition to some other person who has not. The petition is in the hands of the Judiciary Committee, and I supposed the committee would act upon it. He does not state in his letter to me what part he took in the rebellion. If the Senator from Nevada will send for the o he can ascertain the facts. Mr. POMEROY. I ask the Senator if he knows anything personally about this case. Mr. D00LI ITLE. I do not, except from the letters I have received; and how are we to act on these cases? Here eome before the

Senate.two or three hundred names.
Mr. POMEROY. Does the Senator know

the parties who wrote the letters? Mr. DOOLITTLE. This is the letter I received from the gentleman himself. . . Mr. POMEROY. Do you know him? Mr. DOOLITTLE. I do not personally know him, but I felt called upon to present the petition. r. CONNESS. I hope the Senator will send up the letter to be read at the desk. I have not heard a word of it. Mr. SHERMAN. I hope the amendment will be withdrawn. Mr. DOOLITTLE. I do not propose to withdraw it unless there is some good reason for withdrawing it. This gentleman I suppose is like the other gentlemen who are named in this bill, men who have at some time given their support directly or indirectly to the rebellion while the thing was progressing; but now that it is over, and that there is a proposition that disabilities be removed, these gentlemen ask that their disabilities may be removed. Mr. Terrell says that he was opposed to the constitution framed for North Carolina by the convention of 1868, “but should it be finally adopted I expect to make a quiet and peaceable citizen under it. In the late election in this State my name was placed on the ticket for county commissioner without my knowledge, and I was elected. . It is true this is a very small office, but I think it of some local importance that I be permitted to hold it. Besides, whether I ever seek office or not, I would of course prefer freedom from disabilities.” This is signed by James W. Terrell, who has been elected county commissioner.

Mr. STEWAR.T. I have sent for the peti

tions in these cases, and I find that they are signed by the petitioners alone, and I came across no one who could give me any information in regard to them. I could get no further information than was in the petitions of the parties themselves. The cases may be all right, but I should not like to act affirmatively on their own mere statement. Mr. HEN DIts CRS. I would suggest to the Senator from Nevada that, so far as I have observed, the Committee on the Judiciary have desired to restore the men elected to office as far as possible. The last person named seems to have been elected to the office of county commissioner, Mr. D001, ITTLE. With the leave of the Senate I will read what the petitioner states, and I think it will be satisfactory to the Senate: WEastER, Jacksox Cou'N TY, North CA Roll NA. May 25, 1868. To the Honorable the Senate and House of stepresentatives in Congress assembled:

The petition of James W. Terrell respectfully showeth that he was appointed postmaster at the small county office of Quilla Town. in the county of [[aywood, in the fall of 1852, and held that position until the breaking out of hostilities in 1861; that by participation in the rebellion as a captain in the confederate army he falls within the restrictions of the proposed fourteenth article to the Constitution of the United States: and your petitioner further showeth that at the late election in this State he was elected county countnissioner for the county of Jackson; He therefore respectfully asks, that your honorable body remove the disability in his case so as to allow him to take the position to which he has been elected; and, as in duty bound, your poli:ior will eyer pray. JAMES W. TERRELL. I have no doubt that is the state of the fact. Mr. CONNESS. Now, if the Senator will permit me— Mr. DOOLITTLE. Allow me to rend also the petition of the other party, and then the

whole facts will be presented to the Senate: WEBstER, JAcksox County, North CA Roll N.A.,

May 25, 1868. To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress assembled : The petition of Joseph Reener respectfully showeth that he was from the year 1838 to 1844 a member of the Legislature of North Carolina, and that during the war of the rebellion, although above the age of bearing arms, he sympathized with the confederate army, and was also during the war a member of the North Carolina Legislature, which bring him under the restrictions of the lioward amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Your petitioner further showeth that he was, at the late election in North Carolina, elected to the lower House of the Legislature. He therefore prays your honorable body to remove his disability, so as to allow him to take his seat in that body to which he has been elected; and, as in duty bound, *Joi will ever pray. . KEENER. Those are the papers which I received and had referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. Mr. CONNESS... Now, Mr. President, I have simply to say in regard to these cases that I am prepared to vote at any time to remove the disability from any of those citizens who have been engaged in the rebellion when it shall appear, outside of their own testimony, and in addition to it, that they were not guilty of cruelties and violations of the laws of war and of civilization pending the war, and when it shall be shown in addition that they are now prepared in good faith to “accept the situation,' not to accept it and fight it, but to accept it and become peaceable residents and citizens of the United States. ... We are dealing with persons who voluntarily disfranchised themselves, made themselves alien to our country and its institutions. I am prepared, notwith. standing, to deal liberally and generously with that portion of them who did not commit unnatural crimes, who did not violate the laws of war and humanity, and who are now prepared to act in good faith toward the nation and its people; but I desire other than their own tes. timony as to that point. Since I have been here, and since the termination of the war, I have had many such letters from persons known to me, some of whom left the State of which I am a "resident and went to participate in the war, and did take part in it; but their letters were of such a character, while they were seeking pardon and exemption from disabilities,

that I could not present then, nor ask for such relief for them. In no instance have I had a

letter that did not give evidence of the pride of opinion and of section and of faction that led to the war. Mr. President, the business upon which we are entering this morning, if we pass this bill as proposed by the member of the Judiciary Committee, carries with it a great many risks at best. We are sure to readmit to the rights and privilges of citizenship many who are not fit for them. We are bound, it appears to me, to exercise peculiar care. I am not prepared to relieve the disabilities of any person upon his own petition. Let those petitions be referred to the Judiciary Committee. Let them investigate through the best means in their power, and ascertain who the parties are, what their antecedents are. I will not now be understood, again I say, as referring to polit. ical opinions, because if a man has not the right to disagree to propositions submitted to him I do not know any other right that he can be said to have; but I wish that his patri. otism, his disposition to behave well in future, shall be tried and established. Therefore I hope that we shall not agree to the amendment of the honorable Senator from Wisconsin, but that those names will be referred to the committee and acted upon in the future, if found to be worthy of such action. Mr. FERRY. Mr. President, I shall vote for the aunendment of the Senator from Wis. consin, and as my vote is governed by thogeneral view which I entertain with regard to the duty of Congress in cases of this kind I desire to state it now very briefly, so as to avoid the necessity of stating it again. I think it is safer for society, I think it is safer for the peace of the country, North and South, that all political disabilities which have grown out of this rebellion should cease. I would prefer a general law to that effect. But while no such general law is upon the statute. book, if any citizen now laboring under those disabilities makes respectful application to Congress for their removal, I will vote to grant the prayer of his petition, because I believe it is better for those communities that persons laboring under these disabilities should be able by their votes, and as members of the Legislatures of those States, to make known their wants and feelings, than that they should be kept a discontented, sullen class in society, and their dis’ abilities thus remain simply a source of evil. I think a true policy requires the same prin. ciple to be adopted with regard to them that I would apply to other adult citizens who may have what some would consider disqualifica’ tions for the exercise of the elective franchise, but to whom the extension of that franchise is safer than its denial. The general principle applies, in my judgment, to all alike.

The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The ques

tion is on the amendment of the Senator from Wisconsin to the amendment of the Sena” from Nevada. Mr. CONNESS. On that question I ask for the yeas and nays. The yeas and nays were ordered. Mr }o. I will simply state the fact which is stated in their petitions; one of these persons is elected a county commissionet, and one is elected a member of the Legislo. ture. They both set out this fact in their Po tion, and ask to have the disabilities removed. There are hundreds of names contained in " bill, as reported by the Committee on the ". ciary, but I presume the Committee on." Judiciary have had no opportunity to ins" into the particulars in relation to these ". sons, except the fact that they have been elected, erhaps, to office in the State of North ol ina, and it is desirable that this disabilo should be removed, so that they can ao" the offices to which they are elected: Mr. STEWART. "I will inform the Sena” that, in regard to all of them, I have o: sounebody who knew them, or received o: from persons whom I knew, and who * known to Senators, with regard to, the ". The name of no man is inserted without “” vouched for by somebody who knows hit"

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Mr. TRUMBULL. I will state further, for the information of the Senator from Wisconsin, that the Senator from Nevada has had particularly in charge this matter of inquiring into the character and conduct of the men who have been recommended to have their disabilities removed; and that he has spent a great deal of time on the subject. During the last two months he has made inquiries of everybody from whom he could obtain information. I will state further, that most of the persons whose disabilities are recommended to be removed by the Committee on the Judiciary are ersons whom the eonstitutional conventions ave recommended should be released from their political disabilities, I believe we have included every name thus recommended by the constitutional conventions. I think every name they recommended has been inserted, and there are some names added to that list, on the representation of reliable persons in those States, with whom the Senator from Nevada has had intercourse, and from whom he has obtained information. I admit that it is very difficult to obtain satisfactory information in regard to perhaps a thousand names, but the committee have taken the recommendations of the constitutional conventions as far as they went, and have added a few names upon what they regarded reliable authority. This was the best disposition we found it in our power to make. It may not be entirely satisfactory; and I wish to say to the Senator from California that it is possible the committee have made mistakes, and it would be wonderful if they had not made some in this long list of names from several States; but we have had to act upon such information as we could obtain, adopting, as a principle, to relieve everybody who gave evidence of his intention to acquiesce fairly in the condition of the country brought about by the results of the war, and to sustain honestly and fairly the laws which have been enacted by Congress for the reorganization of the rebel States. Mr. CONNESS. I have not complained of the investigations made by the committee. I have only suggested that we should not add lames upon their individual application. We ave the name now of one of the two persons ho before us who says he is a member-elect of the logislature of the State of North Carolist. There is no recommendation from any "her source in favor of remitting the political *ilities in his case. Why, sir, his vote in the Legislature may send a man here that we *lhot admit. While we are endeavoring to admit these States to equal representation in ongress, is it possible that such a man could " have found loyal citizens in North Carolina * Tecommend him to Congress? Certainly !". He has either not taken the trouble to "it of fearing that he could not he has not undertaken it. "I only complain that the com** seem prepared to admit amendments of this character. When a committee have made the best investigation and the most careful *iry they can they have exhausted their power in the premises; and I am so willing to *lieve this class of disabilities that I am ready "like any report that a standing committee of this body shall make, unless"I know of "Poial facts to the contrary. ..Mr. WILLIAMS. I am disposed to be very o in the exercise of this power; but there Will be numerous applications of this kind to *Tess, and what we do now may be regarded ** Precedent hereafter. If now we relieve Pons'from these disabilities upon their own so without any evidence whatever as to * former conduct or present character or "ls, we shall establish a precedent, as it

* me, that renders this constitutional

o: *Rerfect nullity—a mere piece of . The President of the United States i." o man upon his own indi. Suppo * eation; that application must be o: by some other evidence, showing descri e man has some merit of some kind or "..."?". If this petition was accompanied '*) affidavit of any person stating that these

men were men whose characters afforded suffi. cient guarantee that they would be good and peaceable citizens I should be very much disposed to include them within this bill; but we do not know but that they may be leaders in the Ku-Klux-Klan; they may be men engaged in deeds of violence, or who countenance violence and crime in southern States, and are otherwise objectionable. If they are not included in this bill that does not necessarily reclude them from obtaining the benefits of a aw like this. I have no doubt that we shall be constantly passing laws of this description. If these men will bring forward some affidavit or some evidence of some nature or description that they are suitable men to whom this favor of Congress should be extended, I am prepared to go for it. I am in favor of a liberal policy on this subject; but I do not think we ought at once to dispense with the constitutional disability and treat it as a perfect nullity and allow any man simply to come in here with a mere petition and have Congress remove his disability. Mr. TRUMBULL. I wish to say one word in reply to a remark made by the Senator from California, that the committee seem disposed to admit these amendments. The committee has not expressed any opinion that this amendment be adopted. It is offered here in the Senate; the committee has not considered it at all. So far as I am concerned, I beg leave to say to the Senate that these petitions do not present a case that calls upon the Senate, in my judgment, to relieve these parties. What do they say? They state in their petitions that they have been elected to office ; they do not even profess themselves that they are prepared to abide by the legislation of Congress. They make no pretense of the kind; they simply say that they were engaged in the rebellion, and have been elected to office, and ask to be relieved. Who elected them 2 For aught 1 know they may have been elected by the enemies of the country, by the worst rebels there are there. If there was any statement in the petition itself it would present a different case. We not only have no evidence from anybody that these parties are of that class who ought to be relieved from disabilities, but we have not a statement of the parties themselves; and unless Congress is prepared at once to pass a general law relieving everybody, there certainly is no case presented by these two parties. The question being taken by yeas and nays, resulted—yeas 12, nays 23; as foilows: YEAS–Messrs. Cole. Davis, Doolittle, Ferry, Henderson, Hendricks, Johnson, McCreery, Patterson of Tennessee, Sprague, Van Winkle, and Vickers—12. NAYS–Messrs. Cameron, Chandler, Conkling, Conness, Corbett, Drake, Harlan. Howard. Howe. Morgam, Morrill of Maine, Morrill of Vermont, Nye, Pomeroy, Sherman. Sumner, Thayer. Tipton, Trumbull, Wade, Willey, Williams, and Wilson—23. ABSENT-Messrs. Anthony, Bayard, Buckalew, Cattell, Cragin. Dixon, Edmunds, Fessenden, Fowler, Frelinghuysen, Grimes, Morton, Norton, Patterson of New Hampshire, Ramsey, Ross, Saulsbury, Stewart, and Yates-19. So the amendment to the amendment was rejected. Mr. HENDRICKS. At the close of the fourth section I move to add the words “and George W. Jones, of Tennessee.” Mr. POMEROY. I should like to hear some statement about Mr. Jones. Mr. HENDRICKS. I did not think it neces: sary to make a statement about him, he is so well known to most of the Senators—particularly known to the Senator from Ohio; [Mr. SHERMAN, who served in the House of Representatives with him—as one of those southern men who always opposed secession. I believe at one time he was a member of the Richmond congress, and that is all the connection he had with the southern cause, so far as I know. It was known to the Senator from Ohio, I believe, as it was known to myself when I served in the House of Representatives with him, that he was opposed at all times to the policy of the extreme men of the South. He was as conservative in his views as anybody in the House, and devoted to the Union. Mr. CONNESS. I desire to inquire of the

disabilities a mere farce.

honorable Senator whether there is an application from Mr. Jones. Mr. HEND RICKS. No, sir; I do it as his friend, so far as I know. Mr. CONNESS. You propose to grant him relief for which he does not apply? Mr. JOHNSON. He has applied. Mr. CONNESS. I hope the committee to whom his application has been referred will state to us why that application has not been granted, or what action has been taken upon it. I will go very far toward taking any statement the honorable Senator from Indiana may make, and my purpose is not to doubt any statement that he does make ; but if Mr. Jones has made an application I should like to know before I vote what it is; I should like to hear it read, and to know why the committee have refused it. Mr. HENDRICKS. I understand that the Senator from Tennessee [Mr. PATTERson] has a letter from Mr. Jones on this subject. He did not refer it to the committee, and I did not know of any such letter, and I did not base my motion upon the letter. In that letter I underderstand he expresses his earnest desire to be relieved from political disabilities. I made my proposition upon my own knowledge of him. I know that, as a member of the House of Representatives, he was one of the most useful members, a vigilant, careful, attentive man, esteemed by men of all sections. He was not a sectional man, and was as much opposed, in my judgment, to the secession movement as any man in the North. He was extremely bitter against it. I saw him as late as the summer of 1860, and had conversations with him. Indeed, I think I had conversations with him in the spring of 1861. Just how late it was I will not say, but it was in the summer of 1860 or the spring of 1861. I knew even up to that time how very bitterly he was opposed to all such movements. During the whole course of his service, during the four years I was in the other House with him, there was no man nore opposed to the extreme views of the South than he was. He was a useful man, a man of intellect, a man of high integrity, and will be useful whenever he comes to assist in the great work of the restoration of this country. Mr. COLE. The Senator from Indiana is a member of the Judiciary Committee, and can insorm us whether this name was before the committee and whether it has been acted on by the committee, whether it has been rejected by the committee or not. Mr. HEN DRICKS. My impression is, but I will not speak with confidence about that, that I suggested to the Senator from Nevada to add Mr. Jones's name ; and I think the objection was that this bill was confined to two States, Alabama and North Carolina. That was the only objection that was made in the committee, so far as I understood. Mr. STEWART. The name was not considered in committee. Mr. HENDRICKS. Except just that far. Allow me to add that I would rather, from my own knowledge of a man, his fitness to be a citizen, represent the case without his application than with it. I know George W. Jones as well as I do almost any public man, and I am willing to vouch for his honor anywhere and everywhere. Mr. WILSON. Mr. President, we ought not to make this matter of removing political - I do not concur, therefore, in the declaration made by the Sen. ator from Connecticut. Toward the people of the rebel States our first duty was and is to do justice. We have in a measure done justice to the loyal men of those States. Our next duty to the people of those States is to be mer. ciful to the disloyal, to those who have offended against the laws of the country. There are probably about fifty thousand of these persons under disabilities. I am willing to remove the disabilities of the great body of these persons at once. There are a few hundreds of the men who engaged in the rebellion I would allow to wait a little while until they manifest a disposition to support their country and its

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