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effect so as to confer rights of citizenship one year after the date of such issue.
And that the said committee be instructed to report at as early a day as practicable by bill or otherwise.
The same having been read,
33 It was decided in the negative, Nays.
124 Not voting..
64 The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative are-
Hiram McCullough Nelson Tift
Lawrence S. Trimble
Daniel M. Van Auken James B. Beck Thomas L. Jones
Charles E. Phelps Philadelph Van Trump Benjamin M. Boyer Michael C. Kerr
Samuel J. Randall
William E. Robinson George W. Woodward
P. M. B. Young.
Those who voted in the negative are-
Bethuel M. Kitchen Daniel Polsley
William H. Koontz Theodore M. Pomeroy
William H. Robertson John D. Baldwin
Benjamin Eggleston George V. Lawrence Robert C. Schenck Nathaniel P. Banks Thomas D. Eliot William S. Lincoln
Glenni W. Scofield Fernando C. Beaman John F. Farnsworth Benjamin F. Loan
John P. C. Shanks John Beatty Orange Ferriss Job Lynch
Worthington C. Smith John F. Benjamin Thomas W. Ferry Rufus Mallory
Rufus P. Spalding. John A. Bingham William C. Fields James M. Marvin
H. H. Stark weather James G. Blaine John R. French Horace Maynard
Thomas E. Stewart Austin Blair James H. Goss Dennis McCarthy
William B. Stokes George S. Boutwell Samuel F. Gove Samuel McKee
John H. Stover
J. H. Sypher
Henry Van Aernam
Benjamin W. Norris Cadwal'r C. Washburn
Ellihu B. Washburne Amasa Cobb Ebon C. Ingersoll Godlove S. Orth
Henry D. Washburn Johu Coburn Thomas A. Jenckes Halbert E. Paine
William B. Washburn
B. F. Whittemore
James F. Wilson
Stephen F. Wilson
Mr. Oliver H. Dockery Mr. James M. Humphrey Mr. Pbiletus Sawyer
Francis W. Kellogg Samuel Shellabarger William H. Barnum James A. Gartield William Lawrence
Charles Sitgreaves Jacob Benton J. Lawrence Getz John A. Logan
Aaron F. Stevens W. Jasper Blackburn J. S. Golladay
William Loughridge Frederick Stone
Caleb N. Taylor
Carman A. Newcomb Row'd E. Trowbridge Henry P. H. Bromwell Charles Haight
John A. Nicholson
Burt Van Horn
Robert T. Van Horn Ralph P. Buckland Charles M. Hamilton Charles W. Pierce
Charles H. Van Wyck Charles W. Buckley Abuer C. Harding
William A. Pile
John T. Wilson
Fred'k E. Woodbridge.
So the House refused to lay the resolution on the table.
late brevets in the army; which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed. • Mr. William Lawrence submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and, under the operation of the previous question, agreed to, viz:
Resolved, That the Committee of Ways and Means be directed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law that it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to sell from time to time the surplus gold in the treasury not required for paying the interest on the public debt, and to apply the proceeds, with any surplus money in the treasury, in liquidation of portions of the public debt in such manner as may be authorized by law.
Mr. Bingham, on leave, introduced a bill (H. R. 1472) to provide for an election in Virginia; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Reconstruction.
Mr. Spalding submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:
Resolved, That the Committee of Ways and Means be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for the speedy resumption of specie payments by the government of the United States; and that said committee be requested to report on this subject at as early a day in the present session as may be practicable.
Mr. Spalding, on leave, introduced a bill (H. R. 1473) for the relief of Alexander W. McCormick; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee of Claims.
Mr. Cary, on leave, introduced a joint resolution (H. Res. 365) to repeal the tenure-of-office act; which was read a first and second time. Pending the question on its engrossment,
On motion of Mr. Maynard, Ordered, That it be laid on the table.
Mr. Scofield moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.
Mr. McKee submitted the following preamble and resolution ; which were read, considered, and, under the operation of the previous question, agreed to, viz:
Whereas experience has demonstrated that the naturalization laws of the United States are not such as to advance and promote the best interests of the nation; and whereas whatever may have been necessary in the early days of the republic, in the way of strict naturalization laws and stringent rules and regulations for the admission of aliens to citizenship of the United States, and for long periods of residence previous to such admission, such necessity now no longer exists; and whereas the best interests of the country and our whole people demand that the avenues to citizenship be made plain, short, and simple, to the end that, by a liberal policy, we encourage and invite men of culture, of industry, and enterprise to our land, encourage migration of foreignborn persons, and thereby more rapidly increase, build up, and develop the vast resources of our country: Therefore,
Resolved, That the Committee on the Revision of the Laws be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill repealing all the existing naturalization laws, and providing that in future naturalization shall only be made in United States courts, upon the oath or affirmation alone of the alien desiring to become a citizen, without any previous period of residence being required; and that such person, upon taking an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and the laws made in pursuance thereof, and renouncing all allegiance to any foreign power, shall have a certificate of citizenship issued to him by the clerk of said court, and said person shall thereafter be entitled to all the rights and privileges of citizens of the United States, and of the several States in which they may reside, as defined by the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the States in which they may reside.
Mr. McKee, on leave, introduced a bill (H. R. 1474) to establish a uniform rule of naturalization; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on the Revision of the Laws.
Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne, from the committee appointed to wait upon the President of the United States, reported that the President had informed the committee that he would make a communication in writing to the two houses on Wednesday next, at 1 o'clock p. m.
Mr. Stokes, on leave, introduced a joint resolution (H. Res. 366) proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States; which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Maynard, on leave, introduced a bill and joint resolution of the following titles, viz:
H. R. 1475. A bill to give uniformity to the currency;
H. Res. 367. Joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States; which were severally read a first and second time, ordered to be printed, and referred—the former to the Committee of Ways and Means, and the latter to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Mullins, on leave, introduced a joint resolution (H. Res. 368) requiring all applicants for pardon or relief of certain disabilities to give ninety days' notice previous to their application to Congress; which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Reconstruction.
Mr. Mullins submitted the following resolution which was read and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, viz:
Resolved, That the Judiciary Committee be, and are hereby, instructed to investigate and report to this house the propriety of the passage of an act to suppress by national authority any and all combinations of persons who belong to or are in collusion with any secret league, or wicked and common enemies to the peace and good order of society, known and designated by the name of Ku-Klux Klan, or by whatever name the said marauders or common enemies of peace and order may be known or designated; and that said combination of persons be declared outlaws and common enemies to good order and civil government, and upon conviction thereof before any court of competent jurisdiction, that the property of such persons be confiscated to the use of the United States, and that the persons thus convicted be declared infamous, and incompetent to hold any office within the limits of the United States.
The Speaker laid before the House a letter from C. E. Lippincott resigning his position as Doorkeeper of the House, said resignation to take effect this day.
The same having been read,
On motion of Mr. Kelsey, the House proceeded to the election of a Doorkeeper.
Nominations having been made as follows, viz: By Mr. Kelsey
.OTIS S. BUXTON. Mr. Hill...
EDWARD JARDINE. Mr. Whittemore.
W. T. COLLINS.
And Mr. Kelsey, Mr. Hill, Mr. Whittemore, and Mr. Randall, having been appointed tellers,
The following named members voted for Otis S. Buxton, viz:
George M. Adams, William B. Allison, Oakes Ames, Stevenson Archer, Samuel M. Arnell, James M. Ashley, Samuel B. Axtell, Jehu Baker, John D. Baldwin, Nathaniel P. Banks, Deinas Barnes, Fernando C. Beaman, James B. Beck, John F. Benjamin, John A. Bingham, James G. Blaine, Austin Blair, George S. Boutwell, Nathaniel Boyden, Benjamin M. Boyer, James Brooks, John M. Broomall, Ralph P. Buckland, Albert G. Burr, Roderick R. Butler, Samuel F. Cary, John W. Chanler, John C. Churchill, Reader W. Clarke, Sidney Clarke, John Coburn, Burton C. Cook, John Covode, Shelby M. Cullom, Henry L. Dawes, Columbus Delano, Oliver J. Dickey, Nathan F. Dixon, John F. Driggs, Ephraim R. Eckley, W.P. Edwards, Benjamin Eggleston, Jacob H. Ela, Charles A. Eldridge, Thomas D. Eliot, John F. Farnsworth, Orange Ferris, Thomas W. Ferry, William C. Fields, John Fox, James A. Garfield, Adam J. Glossbrenner, James H. Goss, Joseph J. Gravely, William Higby, Samuel Hooper, Benjamin F. Hopkins, Julius Hotchkiss, Chester D. Hubbard, Calvin T. Hulburd, Ebon C. Ingersoll, Thomas A. Jenckes, Alexander H. Jones, Thomas L. Jones, Norman B.Judd, George W. Julian, William D. Kelley, Francis W. Kellogg, William II. Kelsey, Michael C. Kerr, John H. Ketcham, Bethuel M. Kitchen, J. Proctor Knott, William H. Koontz, Addison H. Lafflin, George V. Lawrence, William Lawrence, William S. Lincoln, William Loughridge, John Lynch, Rufus Mallory, Samuel S. Marshall, James M. Marvin, Horace Maynard, Dennis McCarthy, James R. McCormick, Hiram McCullough, Samuel McKee, Ulysses Mercur, George F. Miller, James K. Moorhead, Daniel J. Morrell, James Mullins, William Mungen, Leonard Myers, William E. Niblack, Charles O'Neill, Godlove S. Orth, Halbert È. Paine, Sidney Perham, John A. Peters, S. Newton Pettis, Charles E. Phelps, Fred. erick A. Pike, Tobías A. Plants, Luke P. Poland, Daniel Polsley, Theodore M. Pomeroy, Hiram Price, C. H. Prince, Samuel J. Randall, William H. Robertson, William E. Robinson, Lewis W. Ross, Glenni W. Scofield, Worthington C. Smith, Rufus P. Spalding, Thomas E. Stewart, William B. Stokes, John H. Stover, J. H. Sypher, Stephen Taber, Francis Thomas, John Trimble, Lawrence S. Trimble, Ginery Twichell, Charles Upson, Henry Van Aernam, Daniel M. Van Auken, Philadelph Van Trump, Cadwallader C. Washburn, Ellihu B. Washburne, Henry D. Washburn, William B. Washburn, Martin Welker, William Williams, James F. Wilson, Stephen F. Wilson, William Windom, Fernando Wood, George W. Woodward, P. M. B. Young.
Mr. Beatty, Mr. Bowen, Mr. Cake, Mr. Callis, Mr. Cobb, Mr. Corley, Mr. Donnelly, Mr. French, Mr. Haughey, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Norris, Mr, Shanks, Mr. Taffe, and Mr. Whittemore, voted for W. T. Collins,
Mr. Hill and Mr. Moore voted for Edward Jardine.
Recapitulation of the vote for Doorkeeper.
W. T. Collins,
142 14 2
Whole number of votes...
Necessary to a choice..
Otis S. Buxton having received a majority of the whole number of votes given, was declared by the Speaker duly elected doorkeeper of the House for the remainder of the present Congress.
Mr. Buxton appeared, and having taken the oath required by the Constitution, law and rules, entered upon the discharge of the duties of his office.
Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:
Resolved, That the Postmaster General be directed to communicate to this house a copy of any contract or agreement he may have made with Wells, Fargo & Co. for carrying the mails between the termini of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads, at the rate of $1,750,000 per annum, together with all correspondence on that subject in the department; and also all the correspondence, proposed agreements, or contracts in the department, of Carlton Spaid, in regard to the carrying of said mails; and further, all information in the department and all the complaints made in regard to the manner in which said Wells, Fargo & Co. have performed the said mail service.
Mr. Shanks, on leave, introduced a joint resolution (H. Res. 369) declaring it to be the duty of the United States government to acknowledge the provisional government of Crete as an independent political state, and to treat with it as such; which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed in the Globe.
By unanimous consent bills were introduced, read a first and second time, and referred as follows, viz:
By Mr. Ferry: A bill (H. R. 1476) making appropriations for certain harbors in the State of Michigan; to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be printed.
By Mr. Ingersoll: A bill (H. R. 1477) to prohibit the sale of coin on behalf of the United States, and to provide for the redemption of the United States legal-tender notes in coin at par; to the Committee of Ways and Means and ordered to be printed.
By Mr. Maynard: A bill (H. R. 1478) to relieve De Witt C. Senter, of Tennessee, from disabilities; to the Committee on Reconstruction.
Mr. Schenck moved that the several votes of reference this day taken be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.
The Speaker laid before the House additional papers in the contested election cases of Chaves vs. Clever, and Switzler vs. Anderson; which were severally referred to the Committee of Elections.
The Speaker also, by unanimous consent, laid before the House resolutions of the constitutional convention of Texas, as follows, viz:
I. Requesting the appointment of a committee to inquire into the condition of the State; which were referred to the Committee on Reconstruction.
II. Requesting that Sabine Pass may be made a port of entry; which were referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Also a communication from the governor of the State of Georgia, relative to the inability of the loyal State government of that State to carry out the laws of Congress; which was referred to the Committee on Reconstruction.
Also copies of the laws of Dakota Territory for 1867-68; which were referred to the Committee on the Territories.
The Speaker having announced as the regular order of business the