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PROCEEDINGS OF THI House of Representatives, Thursday, May 11, 1?** [In continuation.] Tu sPKAKER The Chair sustains theques lioT ofSfder ?d ru?e. the .notion out of order Mr WHEELER, (at ?"ue oclocl' ,, ,y n mutes I n. ) Then 1 move that the House do now adjourn ; und upon that 1 demand the yeas anManv"voiCKS. Tellers upon the yeas and nays. Tellers were ordered ; aud Messrs. Whekleb nod Floeence appointed. The House was then divided; and the tellers repotted forty-eight in the affirmative (a sufficient number.) , So the yens and nays were ordered. The question was then put; and it was decided in the negative? yeas 43, nays 63. So the House refused to adjourn. i Mr. HUGHES. 1 desire to offer an excuse lor the absence of mv colleague. [Mr. J n The SPEAKER. A motion is already pending to exuuse the gentleman Irom Ohio, [Mr. Shan non | After that motion shall have been disposed ^^WhTeLER.'1 ulu lofthe yeas and nay. U' TheHS^EAK ?FU?#Tbie yeas and nays have a 1 read\Vi!l it be in order to submit a motion that all further proceedings in the call be dispensed with? ? The SPEAKER. It will. Mr HOUSTON. Would it be in order to move that the doors be open, und that the absentees be Hllo-.ved to come in and render their excuses to the House? I Cries of" No! "No! . . Mr. CRAIGE. Thai would not be in order, Mr. Speaker, without unanimous consent, would it ? i The SPEAKER. It could not be done as long as uuy gentleman objects to it. lOr'ts of "Oh! let it be done! "and Yes. - ves'"l Mr. PURYEAR. I hope no objection will be jnterposed to taking such a course. It will facili tate the business of the House very much. I suggest that all objection to such a course be withdrawn. . Mr. CRAIGE. I want nn opportunity to ren der an excuse for my colleagues, aud I understand th.?t every member is entitled to an opportunity io render excuses for hi? colleagues, it he desires to liO fO. , The SPEAKER. As long as any gent eman obiects, the course proposed by the gentleman from Alabama [Mr. Hois cos] cannot be pursued. Mr. STUART, of Ohio. If I reccollect aright, upon the vote which was last taken no quo.1""'" voted. Now, I would inquire of the Chair, if we now suspend the proceedings under this call, will we -lot have lo renew the call ? ,, . , The SPEAKER. The Chnif would reply to the centieir.au. that a motion for the call of the House, or for nn adjournment; does not require a quorum Ul Mr. STUART, of Ohio. Is it then proposed to ?.Tis|>end the call for ttie purpose of submitting a motion that the House adjourn ? The SPEAKER. That is lor tbe House, and not ior the Chair to determine. Mr. HUGHES. There seeins to be an univer sal desire that the absentees should be permitted to cuine in informally, and to render their excuses to the House in propria ptriona. Mr. RUFFIN. i object. , Mr. HUGHES. Very well; I only spoke of it because the proposition came from that side ol the Hotiso. The SPEAKER. The question recurs upon the motion that nil further proceedings in the call bo disoensed with. Mr HUGHES. Upon that motion I demand the yeas and nays. The yeas and nays were ordered. The question was then taken ; and it was de cided in tbe negative?Yeas 40, nays 53. .So the House refused to suspend lurther pro ceedings in the call. Mr. SAPP. 1 move that the House do now ad J? The SPEAKER. Gentlemen will suspend for n moment, until a question of a highly privileged character is disposed of. The Chair understands that the Sergeaht-at-Arms has another member in custody. ,. , Mr. JONES, of New York. A very high privi "The Sergeant-at-Arms then reported to the House that, in accordance with the order of the House, he had taken in custody W iluax Aiken, and that he was then present. The SPEAKER. The gentleman [Mr. Aiken,] wili present himself before the body. Mr. AIKEN presented himself at his seat. Tb? SPEAKER. The gentleman stands charged with having left the House without leave, and contrary to its orders. The gentleman is at liber ty to make his excuse. Mr. AIKEN. I plead guilty to the charge. CAMPBELL. I move that the gentleman be excused ; and upon that motion 1 ask the yeas and nays. ... fwries of "No. "No ! "Oh. no J Mr. COBB. There is no objection to excusing the gentleman, and what do we want of the yens and nays. 1 hope the gentleman will not insist upon them. _ . A Voice. Campbeu.. do not insist upon them. Mr. CAMPBELL. If there is no objection to -xcusiug the gentleman. 1 do not insist upon the call lor the yeas and nays. Mr. ASHE. I wish to make a suggestion. I think that the best mode we can adopt, in order to tet along with the business, is to allow the ab sentees to come in, and render to the House their separate excuses, without tbe necessity of going through the formality of having them brought in by the Sergeant at-Arms. Mr. KKITT. I hope it will be done. The SPEAKER. By the unanimous consent ol the House, th.: absentees will be allowed to come in before the body; and render their excuses. Mr. CAMPBELL. I move that all further proeoedingt in the call be dispensed with. [Cries of " Let them come in !" " Let us set it ? Mr. HUGHES. I hope it will be allowed to be done by tin inimous consent. [Cries of "Yes!"' "Yes!"] The SPEAKER. The gentleman from Ohio |Mr. CiiMi'RELr..] moves that all further proceed ings in the call be dispensed with. Mr. IIENN. I hope the gentleman from Ohio will withdraw that motion, and allow the absentees to come in. ICries of " Yes!" " Yes !''] Mr. CAMPBELL If there is a general dis iiosition to let the absentees in, I have no objection to their coming; but it looks Tike a half-way method ol doing business. The SPEAKER. The Chair understands that objection is withdrawn to the proposition made by the gentleman from North Carolina, [Mr. Ashe.) The doors will be thrown open, and the other ab acuses will be allowed to come in and render to the House an excuse lor their absence Mi. PR INGLE. Why not admit them, and then suspend all further proceedings in the call ? The SPEAKER. That is n matter for the Hou*e, and not for the Chair, lo dec ide. A Member. Objection to opening the doors has been withdrawn. # The SPEAKER. The Chair hears no objec tion and the order of the House will be changed so as to allow the absentees to appear before this body, and render their excuses ; and shall, as the CI.air understands it, render their excuses. [Crie- of -' Yes ,r " Yes !"] The SPEAKER. It is so ordered. The doors of the Hall were then thrown open, and the absentees came pouring in from every di rection in great number*. Alter order was restored, and the noise and eon fusion consequent upon so large and sudden an increase of members in the Hall had cea*ed< The SPEAKER said :'The order of the House it, that the absentees who have just entered shall appear at the bar of the House, and render ex cuses for their absence contrary to its orders. As the mo?t convenient mode of executing the order, tbe names of tbe absentee* will be called by the Clerk, in their regular order. The Clerk commenced calling the list of absen tees wflh tbe name of Nathan Bf.ixher. The SPEAKER. If the gentleman is present, he will render his excuse. Mr. BELCHER. I remained in the House dur ing the past night as long as my health and strength would permit. I then left the House, having paired off with Mr. Hamilton, of Maryland. Mr. CAMPBELL. I move the gentleman lie excused. ... . u Mr. SAPP. Upon that motion I demand the yeas and nays. I Cries of" Oh. no! "Ob,no! ] Mr. WHEELER. Oh, yes Mi EDMUNDSON. If there is no objection,! suppose tbe gentleman will be excused by unani mous consent. The 8PEAKER. But the gentleman from Now York [Mr. Wheeler] demands the yeas and naya upon the proposition to excuse. Mr WHEELER, li" there is no objection to excusing the gentleman, 1 withdraw the demand for the yeas and nays. The SPEAKER, (pausing a moment.) Ihe Chair hears no objection, and the gentleman is ex cused by unanimous consent. Peter H. Bell. Mr. BELL. I have no particular excuse to render. 1 have absented mysfelfbut one hour out of the last twenty, and that happened to bfl. when a call of the House was ordered. 1 have no lurtl ^Mr^klTTREDGE. I move the gentleman be e*There being no objectiou, the gentleman was excused. Mr* BENNETT. I staid here as long as 1 was able, and went away. [Laughter.] Mr. JONES, of Tennessee, (in his seat.) lie was able to get away then, was he ? By unanimous consent, Mr. Bennett was ex cused. Thomas H. Benton. Mr. BENTON. I have, sir, to make my excuse to tue House, which I hope will be satisfactory to gentleman when they bear il. It was neither on account of age or infirmities that 1 was absent, for 1 never felt belter. Nor did I pairotl with any person, although several good and true men otter ed to walk off with me, in whose company I should be proud to bo found. But to pair on was not within my view of parliamentary rules, and 1 have never done it, and 1 do not mean, at this late day, to begin to learn anything new. AiUtquas vias?the old ways?is my inotto. 1 was absent, that is true, but without disre spect to the House, and without the least design to impede its business, or to prevent tlie com pie e transactions of the business, such as it was, in which the House was engaged. [L-augtiier-i I hope to be allowed. Mr. Speaker, to say, the presence of this House, that I have admired the decorum, the urbanity, the dignity, and the impartiality with which you have presided, and the precision with which all questions have been put by the Speaker. No real transactions could have been conducted with more ahsoiuto propri ety and gravity than the Chair conducted the bu - n/J of On. lU during .h. evening. 1 was greatly gratified. 1 went away, taking a survey of the House, and seeing g and true men sitting all around, and <J keep up a quorum to carry on the business ot the House such as it was. [Laughter.] .1 saw tha my absence would make no difference at a I, and therefore I went away, amums revertendi, llaut'? ter)?with design to return?not to escape, the business of the House, but to return to it refresh ed and invigorated, and take my share, and sit it out; to tell the exact truth, to husband and save some strength for a pinch, when it should come, for I did not think we had yet got to the tightest place. It was therefore to be able to serve the House better when it should more need service, that I took a brief repose. In making this excuse to the House, 1 do not wish to be considered as having been absent unti now?until this hour. I have been waiting a long lime at the door, and am entitled to credit lor the time I was kept out. [Laughter.] I was not brought back by tbe Sergeant at-Arm?, but re turned voluntarily, and was stopped at the door, and long debarred of entrance. Striking a balance between the time I was voluntarily absent, and the time 1 was involuntarily kept out. il would be pretty tear even worked out upon a lair equation, and my delinquency would be very small. Taking it in that sense. I am entitled to the decision of the House that the accouut is nearly even, and, at all events to a decision that there has been no dis respect to tbe House; being tree from disrespect, and from all desire to impede the progress of its business. 1 hope this v?ll be satisfactory to the Hou-e, and that I shall be excused, especially as I declare that I will do better for time to come. ^The'SPEAKER* If there be no objection, the "cntleman will be excused. ? No objection being made. Mr, Benton was ex cused. ,. . Svyii'ei.. Cari?tiier8 was next called. Mr. PHILLIPS I rise to a question of order. Will it be in order to now move to suspend all further proceedings under the call > It is afier what has laken place, that tKe House does not intend to inflict a penalty upon any one of the absentees. ,, , The SPEAKER. The motion would be in ?fMr! PHILLIPS. Then I move that all further proceedings be dispensed with. Mr. WHEELER. I object. Mr. PHiLLIPS. Well, I make the motion. ' Mr WHEELER. When the consent of this House was given tbat the doors should be opened, and the absentees be permitted to come in U was 6pon the express understanding that each nbs?"* I i.fe should be called to the bar of the House, and render his excuse. , The SPEAKER. That was the order of the House: but il is competent for the House to change its orders. . Mr DRUM. I ask the yeas and nays upon the Mr."WHEELER. I expressly asked if that was the understanding when the consent of the House was given; and had it not been so under stood, 1 should have objected to the order. The SPEAKER. If there be no objection, all further proceedings under the call will be dis pensed with, by unanimous consent. Mr. WASHBURNE, of Illinois. I object. The yeas and nays were not ordered. The question was then put; and decided in the affirmative. , .. So all further proceedings under the call were dispensed with. . Mr. HUGHES. 1 move that the House do now ?djMr.rWHEBLER. 1 demand the yeas and nays upon that motion. ? . Mr. INGERSOLL. I call for tellers upon the yeas and nays. Tellers were ordered; and Messrs. L.A"iL\, o. Virginia, and Washbcrn, of Maine, were ap P?The House was then divided : and the tellers reported tbirty-nine in the affirmative, (a sufficient number.) So the yeas and nays were ordered. Mr. HOWE. I desire to be excused from vot ing, for the reason that last night I paired oil with Mr. Singleton, who staled that his family were unwell, and who is still detained from the House, I presume, from the same cause. I do not, there fore, feel at liberty to vote. But. sir, I find that by the rules of the House that if I am here I am required to vote, unless excused by the House. have no wish to violate the rules ol the House, and therefore ask to be excused. The SPEAKER. The Chair decides that the gentleman from Pennsylvania cannot be excused lrom voting upon a motion to adjourn. 1 hat is the rule the present incumbent of the chair has uniformly adhered to. He believes it to be a cor rect rule, and he therefore decides that the motion that the gentleman be excused cannot be enter tained. ... , . Mr. HOWE. But I should like to know how to act. My honor with the gentleman with whom I have pa-red off is at slake upon the one hand, and in conforming to the rules of the House upon tbe other. . , The SPEAKER. The gentleman must settle that question for himself. The parliamentary law knows nothing of the j^r.nciplc of pairing off. There is nothing of the sort in the books; and it is a practice which prevails, perhaj s, in no other legislative body upon the face of the earth, except this If the gentleman has paired off. he had be ter have staid off. The Chair makes the sugges tion in perfect good humor. The rules of the House require him to vote, if he is present; and if he precludes himself from voting by agreement Willi another member, the best method ho can adopt is to slay away from the House. It is, however, for the gentleman to prescribe his own course. Mr. HOWE. I desire to say one word more. There was no hour named by Mr. Singleton. when our agreement was to expire. We simply agreed, when be left the House last night, that we were to pair off until this morning. 1 do not see the gentleman in the Hall, and I do not therefore, in honor, feel at liberty to vote, nor yet do I feel at liberty to violate the rules of the House. Under these circumstances, I should esteem it a favor if the House would excuse me from voting. The SPEAKER. The Chair has no doubt the I House will very readily excuse the gentleman ! from voling. It is, however, not in order to submit 1 the motion, and the Chair cannot, therefore, en ! tertain it. Mr. MACY. 1 desire also to stale to tbe House tbat I paired of! with Mr. Disney last night, until this morning. I do not see the gentleman from Ohio in his place, and 1 shall, therefore, not feel at . liberty to vote The question was then taken upon the motion | to adjourn, and decided in the negative?yeas 60, I nays 81. So the House refused to adjourn. Mr. ELIOT, of Massachusetts. I move ihat there be a call of the House. Mr. WASHBURN, of Maine. Upon that motion I demand the yeas and nays. The yeas and nays were ordered. Tbe question was then taken upon Mr. Eliot's motion, and decided in the negative?yeas 35, nays 71. So the House refused to order a call of ibe House. Peuding the call of the roll, Mr. ELLISON stated that upon this motion he bad paired otf with Mr. Boyck, from South Car olina. Mr. MACE. I move that when this House ad journ it adjourn to meet on Monday next. The SPEAKER. That motion is not in order, being in the nature of business, and no quorum having answered to their names. Mr. MACE. I was not aware of the fact that there was no quorum present, or 1 should not have made the motion. Mr. WHEELER. I move that there be a call of the House ; and upon that motion 1 demand the yeas and nays. The SPEAKER. That motion is not in order, for tho reason that the House have just voted upon that motion, and refused to order a call of j the House. Mr. PECK, (At half-past ten o'clock, a. m.) 1 move that the House do now adjourn ; and upon | that motion I demand the yeas and nays. Mr. TWEED. I ask for tellers. . ' Tellers were ordered ; and Messrs. Davis, of1 Indiana, and Mace appointed. The House was then divided upon ordering the yeas and nays; and the tellers reported thirty-one in the affirmative; (a sufficient number.) So the yea? and nays were ordered. The question was then taken upon Mr. Peck's motion ; and decided in the negative?yeas 45, nnys 72. So the House refused to adjourn. Mr. MACE. I move a call of the House. Mr. WASHBURN, of Maine. Upon that mo tion I demand tbe yeas and nays. Mr. BRIDGES. 1 ask for tellers on the yeas and nays. Tellers were ordered; and Messrs. Mack and Cox appointed. . The House was then divided upon ordering the yeas and nays; and the tellers reported thirty-six in the affirmative ; (a sufficient number.) So the yeas and nays were ordered. The question was then taken on the motion that there be a call of the House ; and it was decided in the negative?yoas 53, nays 70. So the House refused to order a call. Mr. EDMAXDS. (At ten minutes past eleven J o'clock, Friday morning.) I move that the House do now adjourn ; and on that motion I demand the yeas and nays. Mr. TWEED. 1 demand tellers on ordering the veas and nays. Mr. STKATTON. Will it be in order that we take a recess for half an hour ? The SPEAKER. Not unless by unanimous consent. Mr. STRATTON. 1 hope, then, that the unani mous consent will be granted for a recess, so that the clerks, who have been kept constantly calling the roll since yesterday morning, may have a little repose before the reuding of the journal, which takes place at twelve o'clock. The SPEAKER. The Chair understands that the clerks are ready with the journal. Tellers were ordered on the yeas and nays ; and Messrs. Peck and Vail appointed. The question was then taken ; and the yeas and nays were ordered; the tellers having re ported?ayes l'orty-one, more than one fifth of a quorum. , The question was then taken on Mr. Edmands's motion'; and it was decided in the negative?yeas 41), nays SO. So the House refused to adjourn. Pending the above call, Mr. ELLISON stated that he had paired off with Mr. Boyce, of South Carolina, for twenly or thirty minutes. Mr. HOWE. I think it is quite evident, from the proceedings of the last twenty-four hours, that no practical good is to result to the country from our continuing longer in session ; therefore 1 move that when the House adjourns, it be to meet on Monday next; and on that motion I demand the yens nnd nay*. Mr. OLDS. I demand tellers on the yeas and nays. , Tellers wero ordered ; and Messrs. Meacham and Greenwood appointed. The House was then divided ; and the tellers 1 reported?ayes thirty-nine, more than one-iiftli of a quorum. So the yeas nnd nays were ordered. The question was then taken on Mr. Howe's motion; and it was decided in the negative?yeas 43. nays, 83. So the House disagreed to the motion to adjourn over. Mr. WENT WORTH, o? Mao*?chusct?e. I move that there be a call of the House; aud on that motion demand the yeas aftd nays. Mr. GREEN. 1 demand tellers on the yeas and nays. Tellers were ordered; and Messrs. Dunham and Ellison appointed. The House was then divided; and the tellers reported?ayes forty-three, more than one filth of a quorum. So the yeas and nays were ordered. | to he continued.] United States Supreme Court, Tuesday, May 23, 1854. No. 31. Jolin Stuart et al. vs. Hugh Max well. Error to the circuit court of the United States for the southern district of New York. Mr. Justice Curtis delivered the opinion of this court, affirming tho judgment of the said circuit court in this cause with costs. No. 103. Mary E. Barney vs. David Saun ders et al. Appeal from the circuit court of the United Slates for the District of Columbia. Mr. Justice Grier delivered the opinion of this court, reversing the decree of the said circuit court in this cause as to the fifth and sixth ex ceptions to the auditor's report, aud affirming it as to the residue. No. 107. Daniel R. Southard et al. vs. Gil bert C. Russel. Appeal from the circuit court of the United States lor Kentucky. Mr. Justice Nelson delivered the opinion of this court, af firming the decree of the said circuit court in this cause with costs. No. 62. Thirion Mnillard et al. vs. Cornelius W. Lawrence. Error to the circuit court of the United States for the southern district of New York. Mr. Justice Daniel delivered the opinion of this court, affirmingthe judgment of the said circuit conrt in this cause with costs. No. 89. Louis D. Gamache et al. vs. Fran cois X. Pirjuignot, et al. Error to the Supreme court of the State of Missouri. Mr. Justice Ca tron delivered the opinion of this court, affirm ing the judgment of the said supreme court in this cause with costs. No. 26. Cross Hobson et al. vs. Edward II. Harrison. Error to the circuit court of the United States for the southern district' of New York. Mr. Justice Wayne delivered the opin ion of this court, affirming tbe judgment of the said circuit court in this cause with costs. No. li>3. David A. Hall, assignee of John Hoover, use of Edward Hall, plaintiffs in error, vs. Thomas Sewell. In error to the court of appeals of Maryland. On motion of Mr. Kev erdy Johnson, jr., this writ of error was dock eted and dismissed with costs. Adjourned till to-morrow, at 11 o'clock. CHAMPAGNE, WHITE WINES, AND Flue Cordials? Moet ic Chandon's Sillery 1 ere. quality "j Do Grand Vin d! Anglaise, A.Oech'a Do Oeil de I'erdrix, j H. Piper ic Co.'s Heidsieck, Ranauld A* Francois. Longworth ic Zimmerman's Sparkling Catawba. Chas. Schurinan's Sweet Catawba, Ladies' Wine. Ilaut Sauternes and Chateau Sauternes White Wines. Hulskamp, Zoon ic Moyler's fine Curacao, white and red, injugs. Do do Anisette white, in bottles. Rosalia Maraschina Cordial. SHEKELL& BAILEY, May 5?lwif No. 5, oppo. Centre Market. GAUTEIR'S.?Just received a large as sortment of Pate De Foiea Gras, from Stras burg, in small and large jars. Jan 22?if C. GAUTIER. SHIRT* MADE TO FIT.?Gentlemen wanting Shirts can save trouble and be per fectly suited by leaving their orders at STEVENS'S May 21?3iif Sales Room, Brown's Hotel. 8 TR A Y 8.? Broke into my Enclosure, near Congress Btirying-ground, between 16th and 17th streets, three Cows, one large pale-red, with large tits ; one middle-sized red. with blaie in her face, and white about her flanks ; and the other a small red ; white about her flanks, white on her hind leg*; a small blaze on her face, and a leather strap around her neck. The owner is hereby advertised to come forward, prove proper ty, pay expenses, and take tbe cows away. May 18?d3l JAMBS LITTLE. Congressional. THIRTY-THIRD CONGRESS. FIRST SESSION. Senate.?Tuesday, May 23, 185 1. CONNECTICUT RESOLUTIONS. Mr. TOUCEY said that yesterday hi* colleague had presented certain resolutions of the legisla ture of Connecticut ; he regretted that they were presented in his absence, By the report of the debate which had sprung up on the resolutions, he saw that his colleague had fallen very naturally mlo an error, in speaking of the actiou and senti ment of the democratic parly of that Stale. His colleague was not very intimate with the senti ments of tliat portion of his constituents. The error of his colleague was in speuking of the sup port given to those resolutions by the democratic members of the legislature. Not one-fourth of the democratic members of the legislature voted for those resolutions, and of those who voted, both for and against them, more than two-thirds of the democratic members voted against them. lie was well acquainted with those who had voted against the resolutions, and will) the people whoin they represented ; he knew them to be firm friends of th'e Constitution and of the Union, and he be lieved resolutions embracing what is contained in ihese resolutions could not receive their approval. The people of Connecticut he had no doubt would now and always strenuously oppose the course proposed jn some of these resolutions. PEN8ACOLA DRV DOCK. Mr. MORTON moved that the report of the Secretary of the Navy, in relation to the contract with Gilbert tSc Secor for the construction of a lloating dock, basin, and railway for the navy yard at Pensacola, Florida, be taken up with a view to | reference. Agreed to. He then submitted the following resolutions: Jtrrolreii, That tho report of tbo Secretary of tho Navy, of tho Ulh instunt, being executive document No. (U, of tlio present session, communicating information in com pliance with a ? evolution of the Seuatu in relation to the dock, basin, ami railway at Pensacola. be referred to the Committee on Naval Affair.*, with instructions to examine into the contract with (Jiitxi't A Sceor lor the construction cf the said dock, basin, ami railway, atid also to ascertain bow nnd in what manner the paid contract has been per formed, what security has been Kiven lor reimbursing tho United States the amount of $l>li>,-t:S7, which hnve been paid the said (iilbert A Secor hy the Navy Department, in cas? the said dock, basin, and railwoy should not be ac cepted by the government, nnd what further steps are necessary to protect the interests of the United States? Hcf/hrd, That if the said committee in the investigation should deem it necussury, they be authorized to send for persons aud papers. Air. MORTON addressed the Senate upon the subject, contending the dock, ifcc., a complete failure,' nnd was now a nuisance, to remove which irotn the harltor of Pensacola, he would willingly vote an appropriation. The motion was agreed to. On motion by Mr. BROD11EAD, a report on the subject of dry docks, made in 1852, was also re fur red to the same committee. SLAVE TRADE IN CUBA. Mr. MASON, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, submitted the following resolution, which was considered and agreed to: Resntrixi, That tho President of the United Stales bo re* quested to communicate to the Senate, if in his opinion it be compatible with tho public interest, coplos of all cor respondence in the State Department relative to the slave trade in the island of Cuba, and of any late decrees or other acts of the Spanish government in that Island connected with the rame. REPUBLIC OF DOMINICA. Mr. DOUGLAS submitted the following reso lution: Jletolttd, That the Committee on Foreign Relations be instructed to inquire iuto the expediency of recoguizing the independence of the republic of Dominica, and of open ing diplomatic intercourse with tho same. Mr. CHASE objected to the resolution, and it was laid over. PAY OF DEPUTY POSTMASTERS. Air. RUSK, from the Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads, to which was referred the bill from the House regulating the pay of deputy post masters, reported tho same back with an amend ment. The bill, on motion of Mr. "Weiaer, was con sidered. the amendment agreed to, and the bill was read a third time and passed. colt's fire-arms. Mr. STUART, from the Committee on Patents aud Patent Olliee, reported a bill granting an ex tension of his, Samuel Colt's, patent lor an im nrnvcn>?"t ?? ????, ??J mode a most elaborate report upon the merits of the invention. GOLD COINS. Mr. G\V IN, Irom the Committee on Finance, reported n bill authorizing the coinage of gold pieces of the value respectively of ten eagles, und live eagles. He gave notice that, at an early day he would ask Kie Senate to take up and consider said bill. NEBRASKA AND KANSAS. A message was received from the House an nouncing the passage by that body of a bill to es tablish territorial governments for Nebraska and Kansas. The said bill was taken up and read a first time, and ordered to a second reading. .1 lie CHAIR. Shall the bill be read a second time. Mr. SUMNER. I object to the second reading of the bill at this time. 1 lie CHAIR. The bill goes over then. VETOED LAND DILL. Air. "VVELLER moved to postpone all other business with a view of proceeding to I he con sideration of the vetoed bill granting laud to the several States forihe relief of the indigent insane, and, after some debate, the iviotion was rejected. INDIAN APPROPRIATIONS. The Senate then, on motion by Mr. IIUNTER, proceeded to the consideration of the bill making appropriations for the support of the Indian service for (lie year ending June IJO, 1855. The question pending was on the amendment appropriating $50'J,000 to pay the friendly Creeks for certain lands taken from them during t.he war ol 1612, was debated for some time and then re jected?yeas 12, nays 22. Other amendments were offered, debated, and adopted. The bill wns then reported to the Senate, and all the amendments made in committee were agreed to. And then the Senate adjourned. House ol' Representatives. THE NEBRASKA-KANSAS BILL. Air. AIAUR1CE said he was absent from the Mouse yesterday on account of sickness, and lie desired simply to remark that had he been in his seat he should have voted against the Nebraska and Kansas bill, and now asked leave to have his name recorded in the negative. But objection wns made. Mr.GIDDINGSmoved that fiAy thousand copies of the journal of yesterday be printed for the use of the House, lie rcga'rded them as of great im portance, and therefore wished them to go out to the country. Mr. PHELPS asked the gentleman whether he would include the journal of the tenth and eleventh of Alay. Objections were made to the proposition of the gentleman from Ohio. TENSION FRAUDS. t The SPEAKER laid before the House a com munication 1'roin the commissioner of pensions in relation lo the numerous frauds committed tinder the pension laws, and calling the attention of Con gress to this subject, with a view to a remedy. Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. LAND BILLS. The bill giving lands to all the States for pur poses of educational and internal improvement purposes coming up on the regulnr business, A1 r. HAMILTON, who was entitled to the floor, yielded it to A1r. BENNETT, on whose motion the further consideration of the bill was postponed for four weeks from to-day. deficiency bill. The House resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole on the Stale of the Union, Atf. Chand i,kh in the chair, and proceeded to the considera tion of the Senate's amendments to the bill making appropriations to supply deficiencies for the year ending June 30, IS*4. Mr. PHELPS said he did not purpose to sub mit any remarks additionnl to those heretofore de livered by him. but merely to call the attention of the committee to the necessity of speedy action on this bill. In order to facilitate business, he proposed and asked tho committee to proceed to vote on the amendments which the Senate had made to the bill. The following amendment being under consid eration : " For completing and keeping in order the grounds south of the President's House, ?9,770." Mr. CRAlGE said he understood that the money heretolore appropriated has been expended. The amount now a?k(>d wns neressnry to corn pie e the improvement. It was desirable the ponds should be filled up and levelled, with a view to the health of the inmates of the President's House. , , Debate ensued, for and against the proposed appropriation, during which . Mr. CAMPBELL inquired whether it would purify the political atmosphere about the While Mr. HOUSTON could only reply that the at mosphere of this Hall was considerable improved by the action ofthe House last night. The above named amendment was concurred in, with an additional one, offered by Mr. Stanton, of Kentucky, appropriating #1.000 for the pur chase of iron settees for the Capitol and Presi dent's grounds. The committee agreed to the following amend ment of the Senate. " For furnishing the rooms of the new wing of the Patent Office building with furniture, and pro viding the saloon therein with cases for models, $45,000." Other amendments were concurred in. WATEK WORKS. The following amendment haying been read, and the question stated on concurring in it: " For continuing thi works for bringing water into the city of Washington, $500,000." Mr. PHELPS said the Committee of Ways and Meaus recommend a non-concurrence in the amendment. Already $100,000 has been appro priated for the purpose, and he believed nearly all of it has been expended. On the plan upon which that amount has been expended, the committee were informed that the estimates of the engineers show an aggregate expenditure of $2 300,000. This was the calculation ofthe engineer having charge of the work; but experience showed that the ex penditures always exceed the estimates. Another plan was proposed by Mr. Salomon, lie thought this plan would not involve more than about $1,000,000. For these reasons the committee had recommended a non-concurrence in the amend ment. Mr. HAMILTON was opposed to the recom mendation. He referred to the history ofthe work, and urged its continuance. He was opposed to this project originally; but the work has been commenced, $100,000 has already been expended, lands have been condemned, contracts, in embryo, have be,en entered into, and every arrangement made for its continuance. The plan has been ap proved by the President of the United Stales and the Secretary of War, and has therefore, sufficient ground to stand on, with a view to further appro priations. Mr. STEPHENS, of Georgia, said the Senate's amendment provides for supplying Washington and Georgetown with water. He hoped the great project would be carried out, and those cities sup plied with pure water. Mr. SMITH, of Virginia, inquired whether, if this appropriation should not be made, (he money already wppropriated would not be lost? Mr. PHELPS replied that, if the House should adopt another plan, which would cost less, then they would lose the $100,000 already expended. Mr. SMITH, of Virginia, further inquired, whether this was not the plan which the President ofthe United Stales had adopted' Mr. PHELPS replied it was; but this did not preclude Congress from adopting another plan. I Mr. STANTON, of Kentucky, said this project was to cost the government not less than $5,000,000, while the estimate is $2,300,000. He exhibited maps of the Rock Creek plnn, by Colonel Hughes, by which lie said that 231,000,000 gallons of water, daily, could be furnished, at a cost of $500,000; while only 82,000,000 gallons of water would be furnished from the Great Falls, at a cost of $5,000,000. Mr. HAMILTON said that the statement of the geutleniau must carry deception with it. Rock Creek cannot supply over ten millions of gallons of water daily, while the Great Falls of the Poto mac can supply eight or ten times as much at all seasons of the year. Mr. I-IILYER said that the water of Rock Creek was not supposed to be pure and suitable for a great city. The Potomac M ater comes from the mountains, and none can be purer. It was desi rable water should be brought from the purest source. He though that the President and engi neer ought to be sustained by the judgment of the House. He knew that the plan involved a large amount, but it was proper the selection should be made at the true point. Mr. BAYLY said every body knew Rock Creek is a little branch which runs between Georgetown and Washington, and from what is on its banks he did not think it was good drinking water. Mr. MILLSON could not see the justice of sup plying the people of Washington with water at the expense of the government. If the water works are designed for the government, let it be shown. Mr. CRAIGE inquired, have we not a large amount of property which pays no taxes, and have we not a large number of employees who are to be supplied ? Mr. MILLSON did not see why his constitu ents, who have to drink bad water, should pay taxes for supplying the people of Washington with much better water. If the people should bring water into the city and the government make use of it, let it be paid for by the government. Mr. STANTON, of Tennessee, had heard prac tical gentlemen say thatthe plan of Captain Meigs cannot cost less than $7,000,000, and lie ventured to assert that it would not cost less than $5,000, 000. The whole plan was extravagant, and ought not to be adopted. If Washington is to be sup plied with water, it should bo done on some cheaper plan. Mr TAYLOR, of Ohio, referred to the previous legislation of Congress on this subject. If it was preferable to leave the selection of a plan to the President atul the Secretary of War, it seemed entirely judicious to adhere to it, unless good reasons can be shown to the contrary. Statements which had been referred to were, incorrect. Mr. STANTON, of Kentucky, said that, because ihe President had approved of the plan ought not lo deter Congress from acting upon the subject. Neither of the plans had been submitted to Con gress. Mr. BARRY said that the President had adopted n plan, in accordance with which the work had lieen commenced. If this plan was to be the sub iect of opposition and examination every time an appropriation is asked for, it would never be con summated, because at every session outside inllu jnce would be brought to bear to retard it, and ;ive the glory of the achievement to another set jf men. Messrs. WRIGHT, ol Pennsylvania, RIDDLE, lrANSANT, BAYLY, SKELTON, SAGE, and STANTON, of Tennessee, continued the debate ; >efore terminating which the committee rose. SUMUER TRIM. Mr. HOUSTON oflered the following resolution or the consideration of the House : Rtsolvrd, That when the House adjourn oti Wednesday, he 31st Instant, it will adjourn to meet on Thursday, the Irst day or June, at eight oYlock. a. in., and when the louse adjourn on that day, It shall adjourn to meet on londay, June 6th. and that the doorkeeper be instructed o renovate and refit the hall of the House for the summer ession. Mr. STANTON, of Tennessee, offered the fol owing amendment: Resolved, That the Clerk of tho House be directed to re act e tho chairs at present in the House, and substitute lew ones suitable for summer. Mr. STANTON said, wo want lighter chairs, hat we may with more facility get in and out of >ur seats. The resolution, as thus amended, was adopted. And the House adjourned. An Elephant aboard a Steamboat.?When lie elephant went tip the lake on the steamer jady Elgin, a few days since, we remarked that he huge traveller might be a somewhat ugly nstomer on board a boat. It appears that, on he passage, the wheelman suddenly found dif iculty in changing the boat's course; for ug,and pull, and bear on as much as he would, he wheel would not budge an inch. " Port helm I" cried the captain. " Aye, aye, sir," responded the wheelman. But still the helm was "hard a-starboard," ,nd the boat was taking a turn into the middle if the lake. The captain swore, and the mate nade for the wheel-house. Pushing the man .side, he took hold himself. It was of no use, he mate was no more successlul than the rheelman. " Port helm ! Can't you sco where the boat j going?" shouted out the captain. The mate declared that something was the latter with flic wheel, as he could not stir it. 'he thing was perfectly inexplicable. The en ine was stopped, and master, mate, and all ands went below to Bee what could be the mat ?r. After a search of some minutes, it was iscovered that Mr. Siam, the " elephant of le menagerie, not liking tho noisy rattling of bains overhead, had taken npon himself the ?sponsibility of giving anew " tnrn "to affairs, fith his trunk wound round the chain, he was jlding on with the grasp of a vice, and it was ith some difficulty that tbre keeper persuaded m that such liberties could not be allowed, is said that he behaved ouite well during the st of the voyage.?Buffalo Commercial. pajdjiitgtfltt EDITED BY WM. M. OVERTON, CH. MAURICE SMITH, AND BEVERLEY TUCKER. CITY OP WASHINGTON. MAY 24, 1854. O. II. P. Stem, is our authorized agent for collecting accounts due this ollice, and for ob iug new subscribers in Virginia. George W. Mkaeson is our authorized Rgent to receive subscriptions and advertisements, in Washington, Georgetown and Alexandria. CONGRESS. In the Senate, yesterday, Mr. Morton offered some resolutions directing an investigation as to the contract for the dock, basin and railway at Pensacola, which were adopted. Mr. Mason' from the Committee on Foreign Relations, offered a resolution calling for copies of all correspondence bearing on the slave trade in Cuba, which was agreed to. Mr. Douglas offered a resolution directing an inquiry into the expediency of recognising tho indepen dence of the republic of Dominica, and estab lishing diplomatic intercourse therewith, which being objected to, was laid over. Mr. Rusk reported back House bill regulating the pay of deputy postmasters, and the same was con sidered and passed. Mr. Gwin reported a bill authorizing the coinage of gold pieces of the value respectively of ten eagles and five eagles. Mr. Stuart reported a bill extending the Colt pat ent for fire arms. The Nebraska bill was re ceived from the House, and read the first time; Mr. Sumner objecting to a second reading, it was laid over. The Indian appropriation bill was then considered, and the Senate adjourned. In the House of Representatives, the further consideration of Mr. Bennett's land bill was further postponed for four weeks. The Senate's amendments to the deficiency bill were taken up in Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union, and several of them concurred in. That appropriating $500,000 for the continua tion of the water-works, occasioned a long de bate, which was not concluded when the commit tee rose. A resolution was adopted to adjotfrn oves three days next week, for the purpose of having the hall renovated and fitted for sum mer use. J8@"Tt was with sincere pleasure that we yesterday met with Lieut. Isaac G. Strain, who had just arrived in this city. He appears in good health and spirits, though ho still bears tho marks of the severe sufferings of his expe dition on the Isthmus of Darien. To his in domitable energy and unconquerable spirit himself and the survivors of his party are in debted for their lives. THE PASSAGE OF THE NEBRASKA KANSAS BILL. In our paper of yesterday we had barely the time and space to announce, in our editorial column, the passage through the House of Representatives of the Senate Nebraska bill, with the omission of the Clayton amendment. Frankness demands that wo should say, we would have preferred the retention of .that amendment; but, convinced, as we are, that to have insisted on it as a sine qua non, would inevitably have defeated the bill, we feel per fectly satisfied with it as it passed the House. We take this occasion to tender to the friends of this great, wise, and beneficent measure, in and out of Congress, in the free and slave States, our warm congratulations on its passage. It should be the subject of rejoicing with all who value the blessings of a free, a constitutional, and an equal government. The passage of this measure is indeed a tri umph of the Constitution over wild fanaticism, of reason over error, of good feeling over preju dice, and of patriotism over destructiveness. After a protractcd, violent, and bitter struggle that has lasted for months, and in the face of every conceivable form of opposition, tho friends of tho Nebraska bill have come out conquerors. The Constitution that was menaced by many and vindictive enemies remains pure, unsullied, and un violated; and we have now just such a government as the fathers of the republic left us. Sectionalism has been repudiated in the Senate, in the House of Representatives, and by the people. Despite the loud clamors of fanatics, the threats of abolitionists and free soilers, and the blasphemous protests of politi cal clergymen, the Congress of the United States has asserted the supremacy of the Con stitution and vindicated its own character for integrity, intelligence, and patriotism. That there should have been one single Jeraocratic vote against the bill we sincerely regret. That there should have been a single roto either whig or democratic from the south igainst it, we think wonderful indeed; but that here should have been a solitary democratic southern vote against it, passes our understand ing. We hope that the Nebraska contest, so warm, jxcited, and bitter, has now passed away, only :o be numbered with the things that were; for it :anuot reasonably be doubted, we presume, that ts passage through the Senate in its present ihnpe, will be merely a matter of form. After he strufrtrl^ that its friends have made to pass t through the House, it can hardly be expected hat its advocates in the Senate will insist ipon the retention of the Clayton amendment should they do so, however, it is very plain ind apparent that its defeat in the House will >e inevitable. However, wo have no appre ipnsions on that score. We believe that it rill pass the Senate in its present shape, and >ass without any difficulty. We give below thcyeas and nays on the final ?assage of the bill. YEA8?Messrs. Abercrombie, James C. Allen, Willi* Allen, .she, David J. Bailey, Tho*. II. Bayly, Burksdalc, Barry, *11, Bocock, Boyce, Breckinridge, Bridge*. Brook*, Ca*kie, ha.tain, Chrisiuan, Churchwefl, Clark, Clingman, Cobb, olquitt, Cox, Cralge, Cummlng, Cutting, John (I. Davis, virion. Di*ney. Dowdell, Dunbar, Dunham, Eddy, Kdmund >n, John M. Klliott, Engll*h, Faulkner, Florence, (inode, reen, Greenwood, Gray, Hamilton, Sampson W. Ilarrli, cndricks, llenn, Hibbard, Hill. II liver, Houston, Ingersoll, eorge W. Jone*, J. Olancy Jone*, Itoland Jone*, Kerr, idwell, KurU, Lamb, Lane, I.atham, Letcher, Lilly, Llnd y, Macdonald, McDcugall, McNalr, Maxwell, May, John G. filler, Smith Miller, Old*, Mordecai Oliver, Orr, Packer, >hn I'erkln*, I'help*, Phillips, Powell, Pre*ton, Ready, e?te, Richardson, Riddle, Bobbins, Rowe, Ituffin, Shannon, law, Shower, Singleton, Samuel A. Smith, WUliam Smith 'illlnm R. Smith, George W. Smyth. Snodgras*, Frederick Stanton, Richard II. Stanton, Alexander H. Stephen*, raub, David Stuart, John J. Taylor, Tweed, Vail, Van*ant, 'albridge. Walker, Walsh, Warren, Westhrook, Wltte, D. Wright, llendrlck B. Wright, and Zolliooffer?118. NAYS? Me**r*. Ball, Bank*, Belcher, Bennett, Benson, ;nton, Bugg, Campbell, Carpenter, Chandler, Crocker, illoni, Curtl*, Thomas Davi*, Dean, De Witt, Dick, Dick son, Drum, Eastman, Edgerton, Kdmands, Tho*. &. Eliot, llson, Etherldge, Everbart, Farley, Fenton, Flagler, Fui r. Gamble, Qtddlng*, Goodrich, Grow, Aaron Harlan, An ew J. Harlan, Harrison, Hastings. Haven, Helster, Howe, iighes, Hunt, Johnson, Daniel T. Jones, Klttredge, Knox, ndsley, Lyon, McCulloch, Mace, Matteton, May all, M?a cham, Middleswartk, Mlllson, Morgan, Morrison, Murray, Nichols, Noble, Norton, Andrew Oliver, Parker, Peck, Peck ham, Pennington, Bishop Perkins, Pratt, Pringle, Pusyear, David Ritchie, Thomas Kltchey, Rogers, Russell, Satin, Bapp, Seymour, Simmons, Skelton, Oerret Smith, Hector L. Stevens, Strattou, Andrea' Stuart, John L. Taylor, Na thaniel G. Taylor, Thurston, Tracy, Trout, Upham, Wade, W alley, Kllihu B. Waahburne, Israel Waahburn, Wells, John Wentworth, Tappan Wentworth, Wheeler, and Yatea? 100. We shall ulso attempt a brief analysis of the votes on the passage of the bill. It has been made out in haste, and may possibly contain sotne inaccuracies. If so, it will ufford us pleasure to correct them, for nothing is further from our purpose or wish than to do injustice either to a party, an individual, or a section. Taking the vote by States, the following re sults appear: For bill. Against bill. . Not Voting. Alabama 7 ? ? South Carolina.. 3 ? 3 llltuois. 3 5 1 Massachusetts... ? 10 1 North Carolina.. 0 2 ? Georgia 0 ? .2 Virginia 11 1 1 Ohio 4 15 ~ Mississippi 3?1 Connecticut 1 3 ? Texas 2 ? ? ' New York 1' 21 2 Maine 1 5 ? * Missouri 5 1 Kentucky....... 8?1 Pennsylvania... 11 1-1 ? Tennessee 0 4 ? Indiana 7 3 1 Michigan 2 2 ? Iowa 1 ? 1 Rhode island. .. ? 2 ? Louisiana 3 1 ? Wisconsin ? 2 1 Maryland 1 ? 2 Arkansas 2 ? ? New Hampshire. 1 2 ? California 2 ? ? New Jersey 2 3 ? Florida 1 ? ? Vermont ? 3 ? Delaware 1 ? ? Those not voting were either absent or had paired off. The number of those not voting is twenty. Their names and States are as follows : William Aiken, of South Carolina. William Appleton, of Massachusetts. Wm. H. Bissell, of Illinois. George Bliss, of Ohio. Samuel Curuthers, of Missouri. Ebenezer M. Chamberlain, ol Indiana. George W. Chase, of New York. John P. Cook, of Iowa. Moses B Corwin, of Ohio. Wtn. B. W. Dent, of Georgia. Preslev Ewiug, of Kentucky. John R. Franklin, of Maryland. Wiley P. Harris, of Mississippi. Lawrence M. Keilt, of South Choline. Fayette MeMulIen, of Virginia. John McQueen, of South Carolina. John B. Macy, of Wisconsin. James Maurice, of New York. James L. Seward, of Georgia. Augustus 11. Sollers, of Maryland. The number of southern men who did not vote, is 1. The number from the free States 9 The two political parties stand thus in the House of Representatives: Whigs 74 Democrats ICO All the whigs from the free States voted against the bill. | The number of democrats from the free States who voted for the bill is 45 Tho whole number of whigs front the south. 24 The number of southern whigs who voted for the bill is 13 All of the southern democrats but two voted for the bill. Of the New York delegation numbering 33, (two absentees,) but 9 voted for the bill. Those voting for it are : Of the hards?Messrs.CuttinR, Cummings, Wal bridge, Rowe, Tweed and Walsh?6. Of the softs?Messrs. Taylor, Walker and West brook?3. As this statement has been made out in haste it is not unlikely that it contains some mistakes. If so, they will be cheerfully corrected. J8ST" Now that the Nebraska-Kansas bill has passed the House of Representatives, it is to be expected that the important measures of public policy which were deferred until it could be decided, will be promptly taken up, con sidered, and disposed of. Should there be any complaint on account of the time consumed in the discussion of the bill first referred to, it cannot reasonably and justly be made agfinst the friends and advocates of that bill. They have been willing, for some time past, to waive discussion and dispose of it in the most sum mary manner. But when this disposition was manifested, the cry was instantly raised, that they were afraid of debate, that they wished to stifle it, and that they were unwilling to ex pose the bill to the influence of popular demon* strations. Conscious of being right, and de siring to avoid even the appearance of evil, the friends of the bill permitted its opponents to have their way. They allowed to all who de sired to discuss it the opportunity of doing so. They also gave them time to confer with their constituents on the subject. The opportuni ties thus generously allowed, were not only used, but abused. Tumult, clamor, and de nunciation were heard throughout the length and breadth of the land. Whilst the friends of the measure, in and out of Congress, were quiet and peaceful, whilst they made no effort to get up popular demonstrations, or produce popular excitement, its enemies made sys tematic and concerted efforts all over the coun try to produce disturbance, commotion, agita tion, and sectional strife. They endeavored to overawe Congress by fulminations from the pulpit, by denunciations from the press, and by frantic howls from gatherings of the people. The purest and ablest patriots of the country were stigmatized as traitors, and the measure for which they labored, as wise as it was just, was denounced as a measure of infamy and fraud. The friends of the Nebraska bill cannot be charged with, and held responsible for, the de ny attending its passage. If too much time las been devoted to it, if other important neasures have been neglected on atcount of t, the blame and the responsibility must be issumed by its enemies, and by themthone. Every man at all acquainted with popular ?xcitements, will own that tho worst side of ?very question always has tho most noisy, tur mlent, and clamorous advocates. Conscious ?f weakness, they endeavor to keep up their pirits by loud clamor. The Nebraska bill now goes back to the Sen te, and as it is the Sonate bill with the omission nly of the Clayton amendment, it is to be oped that it will pass that body in the form i which it passed tho ITouse of Representa ive's. We do not entertain a doubt that such 'ill be the result. Thk "Winchester" Resctk.?The merchants f Boston held a meeting at the Exchange on Tonday, and adopted resolutions expressing the innks of the mercantile community to ths officers id crew of the steamer Washington for their no e exertions in rescuing the passengers of the Winchester from a watery grave. The meeting so urged upon Congress the duty of establishing fund to indemnify thein for all pecuniary losses such cases, and for medals to be distributed oong the meritorious.