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IISTABLTSTIED AUGUST 24, 1852. WHEELING, WEST VA., TUESDAY~MORNING, FEBRUARY 20, 1877. VOLUME XXV?NUMBER 152~
(ihfMflhjjfnm
The Oregon liiliuny.
We arc waiting for a virtuous bur
froui the Democratic preaa orer tl
(Iregon infamy. A- an auctioneer woul
nay, "ahnll we hear it?*' We gueat no
For fear, howefer. that some of the 11101
virtuona ?f the Democratic brethern iua
not hare neen thecorre?|K)ndMcebctwe?
U. K. Nenltor Kelly ami (iov. Tililen
nephew, we again refer to it, an follow
"Portland, November 28.
' W. T. I'flion, l>r? Gramcrcy l\irL, A*.
"Certificate will Ih? Untied to 01
Democrat, Mu*t purchaxe one Kepti
lican Elector to recognise and act wi|
tin- Democrat ami nee lire the vote ac
prevent trouble.^ Deposit $10,000 to n:
credit with KonnUe Brother*, Wa
street. Answer.
"J. II. N. Patrick.
"I full indorse thi*.
"Jas. K. Kelly."
Kelly nay* (to the U.#. Senate) that h
did not understand what this di*pat<*
meant when he aigned it; hut a million u
two of newnpaper reader* aiinply aaj
' .Mr. Kelly! that'* too thin !"
An we remarked yenterday, Pel to
(Tildcn'* ncjihew) i* the chap whoundei
stand* cipher. Hewitt'* ' testimony thi
morning show* that Pelton wan the hea
man in tbia cipher busineaa. I'ut thin w
knew without Hewitts evidence. I'elton
headquarter* were :?t l"?,liramercy l'arl
Tilden'a hoii?e. From thoae h?*:tili|ii:irli*i
the ne|ihew sent the following reply to tli
above diapatch from Patrick ami Kelly
' If you make the obligation contini(ci
on result in March it can !*e doue."
But the Oregon fellow* wanted can
down. The idea of waiting until Tilden
inauguration did not unit them. So the
telegraphed thin: "One elector nuiat I
paid to recognize Democrat, to centre
majority.*' They alaoaent thndiapatcli
"Have employed three lawyer?; ediU
of only Republican paper a* one lawye
(ee, $3,00<>. Will take $O,00U for Hr/mlHci
Elector; must raise money;can't makeh
contingent. Sail Saturday. Kellv an
Bellinger will act."
Some of the Democratic ncw^pape
are reative under the development*
th??!?e dispatcher Colonel Mel lure,
the Philadelphia 2Ywnv, id hold enough
apeak out and express himself thus:
"Assuming that the dispatches puhliitl
ed during the last few days h?ve Ixh
orrectly deciphered, they .-how concl
sively that money waa wanted to corru
the Oregon Klectoral College by the pu
t hane of one Republican elector to a
with Cronin, and the only dill'erence b
t ween Oregon and Louiaiana is, that :i
tempted debauchery failed in Oregon ai
win successful in Louisiana, flearI
Senator Kelly and Colonel I'elton wi
want to be heard from again, to let tl
nation know whether N1 r. Tilden w
either directly or indirectly a party
the corrupt negotiation. We preauti
that he waa not; mil bin skirts will I
cleared only when the country known e
actlyall who were parties to it."
Ktrltciiicnl al Washiii|;lou.
There h evidently :i good deal of e
citeuient at the National Capital. Son
ol* the Democratic Congressmen areove
running with bile and spoiling (or
chance to discharge theirselves. Th
will probably unload extensively to-d:
In Cabinet circles there wan some si
produced yesterday by an editorial in Di
Piatt's paper of Sunday, in which I
suggested Governor Hayes'assassinatio
On thin point he harrangued the Was
ington bar-room bummers a* follows:
"If a man thus returned to power cj
ride in safety from the Executive Ma
sion to the Canitol to be inaugurated, v
are tilted for the slavery that will folio
the inauguration. We do not believe tl
people of the United States are of tli
sort. We do not believe that they a
prepared, without a blow, to part wii
their hard earnest, blood-stained posat
aions. Notice is now served on the cit
/.ens of Louisiana find South Carolina th
they must care for themselves; how soc
lamp-posts will bear fruit is for them
say. If there is law for fraud there
reason for violence, and to that we mil
our last appeal."
The President, whodyes not scare eas
and the Attorney General, were counse
ing together yesterday to see what is Ik
to be done about such an appeal as this
mob violence on Inauguration day. P
conclusion in announced. We have ft
?.i .1 .-i ..
amount of military to preserve t
peace. A proper disposition of t
Mcoumltel who weeks to precipitate ac<
lirtion on the 4tl> of March would be
walk hi in up front at the point of t
bayonet and compel him to listen to t
inaugural in the presence of all the pc
pie?the detested observed of all obaer
ers
k*ro|H>NC4l Appropriations.
An the report of the Finance Comm
tee of the IIoiiHe of Delegate* now stain
nome of the proposed appropriations f
the fiscal yearn ending September !
1877, and September :U), 1873, aie as fi
Iowa:
For the year ending September :
1877: Penitentiary $415,1100, of whi
$10,000 is for power, machinery and hei
ing apparatus.
For the University, $10,074 57,
which $7,000 is for current expense*, a
51,824 57 for repairs, improvements,?
For Normal ftchools $3,200, of whi
$2,000 ia for repairs on Mar?h:ill Col lei
and $500 lor repairs on the Went Ubei
School.
For the Deaf, l>umb and Blind 1 until
iion $28,000, of which $28,000 is for ci
rent expenses.
For the Insane Asylum $">0,575,
tvliirh $53,000 is for current expensi
In addition, $15,00O is appropriated (
t lie ex penned of lunatics in jail.
For criminal charges throughout tl
Slate the aum of $40,000 i* approprialt
For the year ending September !
137S, the following auujunts are appi
I'riated:
Feuitentiary $25,W0, of which $12,S
i? for the aupport of convicts.
For the Univeraity $8,150, of whi
$7,000 is for current expenses.
l>ea(, Dumb and Blind Asylum $2
COO, of which $28,000 is for current!
penaes.
Normal Schools, $300 only ia appi
priated.
Insane Asylum $55,575, of which $5
000 is for current t*v.>nses. For lur
tics in jail, $15,000 additional is appi
priated.
The TiiHcitrnM un Itnllroad.
# The gentlemen who were appointed by
the citizen*' meeting held at the Council |
Chamber Saturday night,to canvas* the!
city for subscription* among the'
1,1 business men to the stock of this road, 1
began their work veiterday, and report;
an encouraging degree of *ucces?. They j
l* propose to go forward with the canvas*, i
re and hope that their fellow-citizens will!
iy bo ready to meet them, when called upon, (
''' with their mind* made up as to what they
are willing to do. The whole cf*e, in a
very few words, i* simply this: The "
Tuscarawas road is already built from
the Lake to Urichnville?101 miles?and
lii proposes to come on immediately to West p
I, Wheeling (and make that point it* terid
minus) in case $250,000 of stock is sub*
7 scribed at Wheeling und along the line
11 between Wheeling and L'riehsville. AI- 0
ready over $170,000 of thi* stock has
been subscribed along the line, and it i*
proposed to raise $110,000 more, q
l* Wheeling i* asked for $50,000
h as her share. Nearly an entire free
ir right of way hat* been secured. In order I
r> to bind the subscription* already obtained
and the right of way thu* secured, work J
11 must be commenced before the 1st of
r* July. The company propose to bond the
lH road, as soon as the $250,000 stock is
taken, for a million of dollars, and at P
0 once put it under contract. They expect
* to grade, bridge and lay the road with
steel rails for lliis $1,250,000, as railroads
r" can Ik? built very cheaply jiint now. If
ie they are successful, we shall have by
July 1, 1878, and |>erhaps sooner, a new
'I line iff the" West and to the Eut, and a rp
local line penetrating a rjeb and popu- j,;
' lous region in < >hio, thus owning up ud- St
'H vantages to our merchant* and manufac- u'T
Hirers which they do not now enjoy.
K . ^ ri
a A Joint Committee ol the Senate and j0
i : House of Delegates was yesterday ap- si
ir pointeil to investigate the attain of the
r: I inane Asylum. We understand they are gV
vested with |>ower to send for }>ersons rt
u| and papers. Those who have demanded tr
this committee have now au opportunity ?>
r* to see the interests of the State looked ^
of after, and they should not lie backward j?
of about coming forward with whatever cvi tl
to deuce lliev possess. cc
?. . tli
Tiik Appropriation hill pending before J*1
the House of Delegates provides for ex- ?.j
il- penditures amounting to about $550,000. j(
l't Is not this a good time to leave the Capi- ct
tal bill, anil the host of expenditures sc
thai will follow in its wake, severely ^
it- alone? As long as you .can live in a ^{,
"I good bouse rent free, and cheaply and fu
'jVj well in all other res|?ects, is it wise to &r
,e launch out on a sea of expenses and high
14 taxes. 0
'jj. I.fiiisi.ativk Notes. ? Congressman "j
l,0 Elect Kenna was on the tloor of the "
x. House yesterday. .
Judge Ferguson has returned to the c
Capital and occupied his seat in the
House of Delegates yesterday.
The Capital Hill came up in the Senate
yesterday and was laid on the table. *
a(! The Joint Resolution, to extend the
r- present session of the Legislature, otler- |\
a eil in the House bv Speaker Gibson, was ,,
l.tbon ntt vuu?ni-.Uv ?..<! vMn.l .... n|
* motion lite announcement of the re.su It of 1
l-v- the vote wa* postponed until to-day. "
lir The Special Joint Committee to ex- ?
;,n amine the State 1'cnilentiary, concluded 1
I their work last night and will report this ?r
morning. They have investigated sundry "
charges preferred against Cantain W. L. re.
!? Bridges, Superintendent, and Frank \V.
Brown, clerk of said institution, and will
report unanimously that the charges are
not sustained.
(Sen. Beckley is using his utmost en- p
deavors to get his Militia hill through 1
the House. ^
* Hut four days remain of the present
1 s session of the legislature.
r? C0
ill " so
* FOREIGN NEWS.
ut thk i:a?ti:kn qi chtio.w
m in
.l0 Vienna, February 19.?Montenegrin m
lrt Envoys Baza I'etrovies and Stanko Had- P1
*e enies will embark Wednesday for Con- J?
stantinople. ?'
y, Bulgaria, February 19.?Turkish a
||. troops along the Danube have increased
(S. to 75,OIK). The garrison of Kustchuk Cfl
numbers 12,000. Belgrade negotiations C(
lo are progressing satisfactorily and it is
u> axpected the treaty of peace will be
,|| renily to submit to the great Skuptschina "
lM by the 2Gth inst. ??
111 ' r. ... ?i.? ?t
',e Powers of her intention, and of the c;r? *
lie cumstances which make it impossible for
her to forego i 111 mediate interference, but '
will give no indication of her eventual ^
isolated action.
lie bj
, F.X ( !?.% XI). ai
HI
;0# London, February ID.?The corresv*
pondent of the Western Associated Press, V
at Calcutta, savs, that Viceroy's official E
dispatch of February IGtli, Hates that F
.. the famine in North Arcot is much worse G
J* than supposed, and there is great disks
tress in Mysore. pi
or There is some authority for the stalo^ w
IU ment that Gen. Gordon will leave Cairo
for Massowah, to negotiate with Abya- di
sinia for pence and opening the country si
totrad^. w
Flit 11 KDCOKl). at
\\
>t- AI Cairn. n(
Caiko, February 19.?A lire to-day gi
of partially destroyed the brick store occu- ni
mj pied by A. Marax and P. Nell", clothiers, tii
on the levee. Thedainage to the building 0f
*0, and stock is about $2,000; insured.
ch St. I/)uis, Mo., February 19.?A lire oi
i>o, broke out nbout midnight in the ui
:|V row of frame houses just aorth of the fo
bridge approach in East St. 1/0uis, and 0I
at this writing, 1 A. m., al?out a dozen Jf
III- houses are nearly consumed. A strong th
lr. northeast wind carried the tlames to the at
wood work of the bridge approach and co
aboilr -1,000^ feel of it i* now burning, in
01 Several engines from .St. Louis started th
- s. across the bridge to assist in subduing ai
or the lire, but were cut off by the flames w|
and forccd to return. Subsequently two ni
or three of them were taken over on a gii
"e ferry-boat, and are now doinij good ser- (|e
?d. vice". But little definite information can m
50, be obtained to-nigbt, but it i* safe to say
. ' that the eastern approach to the bridge Ca
'" is so badly damaged that trains can not aa
cross, and that the houses where the lire 0l
00 originated will bo entirely destroyed.
No estimate of the loss can be given to- w|
ch ni?5,u
I>ayton, February 10.?A lire broke E
out in a barn in Miamaaburg, this even- a,
3,- ing, destroying it completely and the *1
x. stock it contained. Several horsea in the St
barn were taken out,but some of the cattle At
that remained in it were burned. Lo$s n<
o- i* about $5,000; no insurance. fu
3. Hungcd IliuiMHt. j||
ia- NtW Obi.kanh, February 19.?W. C. th
o- Warner, of San Franclaco, suicided by C<
hanging.
BY TELEGRAPH.
ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT.
U rut: DAILY INTKUIOKSCKR
WASHINGTON.
DOITGRESS.
)lnt Session of the Senate and
House.
eport of the Commission on the
Louisiana Electoral Vote.
bjections to the Findings of the
Commission.
eparation of the Two Houses.
)iscussion of the Objections.
be Senate Affirms fte Finding of
the Commission.
resident Grant After Don Piatt.
Stormy Democratic Caucus.
HOUSE.
Washington, February ID.
At 10 a. m. the Houie met and took a
eetH until 10:1)0, tin* time being occueil
preparing for the reception of the
mate. "The galleries were crowded as
mat on the days when the count into
oceed.
Precisely at II o'clock the Senate arved.
The presiding officer said the
int meeting of Congress resumes it* soson.
The ohjectioin presented to the
rtiticates from the State of Louisiana
iving been submitted to the Commix-!
on, tlie two house* have reconvened to
veive and consider the decision of that
ihunal in writing signed by u majority
' the Commissioners agreeing thereto.
The decision wan then read. Ilia in
nguage the same as the decision given
the case of Florida, with the difleiyncc
iat where the latter recites that "the
immbsion has decided/' the words of j
le present decision are, "the commission j
w, by a majority of votes, decided."
ho official communication continues : ,
I'he brief ground of this decision is, that
appears, upon such evidence as by the
institution and the law named in said
:t of Congress (the Electoral law) is
impotent and pertinent to the considerion
of the subject, that the before men*
lined electors appear to have been lawlly
appointed such electors of President
ul Vice President of the Cnited States
r the term beginning March 4, 1S77,
the State of Louisiana, and that they
>ted as such at the Lime and in the
anner provided for by the constitution
the United States and the law, and the
mmissiou has, by a majority of votes,
icided that it" is not competent,
uler the constitution and law, as it
listed at the date of the passage of said
t to go into evidence of the alienndi pa;rs
opened by the President of the Sene
in the presence of the two houses, to
ove that other persons than those regarly
certified to oy the Governor of the
ate, according to the determination of
leir appointment by the returning o(li-1
rs for the election in said State, prior
the time required for performance of
cir duties, had been appointed electors, |
by the counter-prool to allow that they
ul not, or that the determination of the
turning officer* was not in accordance
itli the truth and facts; the cointms
an, by a majority of the votes, being of
e opinion that it is not within the jurdiction
of the two houses of Congress
count the votes for President and Vice
resident, or to enter upon a trial of such
lestion.
The Commission, by a majority ol the
>tes, is also of the opinion that it is not
impetent to prove that any of said perns
so appointed electors, as aforesaid,
Id oflice of ttust or profit under the
nited States at the time when they were
>pointed or that they were ineligible
ider the laws of the State or any other
alters offered to be proven. The Comission
is also of the opinion, by a manly
of the votes, that the returning
licera of the election in Louisiana were
lawfully constitulcd body by virtue of
ie constitutional law, and that the vaincy
in said body did not vitiate its projedings.
The Commission has also decided and
)es hereby decide by a majority of the
)tes, and report as a consequence of the
regoing and upon the ground before
ated, that the papers purporting to be
certificate of the electoral votes of said
ate of Louisiana objected to by*L. 0.
owe and others, marked No. 2 by the
ummission and herewith returned, is
>t a certificate of the votes provided for
f the Constitution of the United States,
id that they ought not be counted as
ich.
The signatures are Sauuiel F. Miller,
u Strong. Josenh 1*. Uradlev. Qeo.*F.
dmunds, O. P. Morion, Frederick F.
relinghuyaen, James A. Garfield and
eorge F. Hoar.
The decision having been read, the
residing officer asked whether there
ere any objections to the decision.
Mr. Gibson presented objections to the
cision on the tftoiind that the Commiton
had refused (o receive the evidence
h>ch had been offered, and had decided
i*t the votea mentioned in certiticatea 1
id 3 should be counted for Hayes and
'heeler, ouch evidence to the contrary
)twithatanding. The paper recites at
eat length the proceedings of the Comiaaion,
but the point of it ia the rejects
n of the evidence. It ia signed by most
the Democrats in both houses.
The reading of the paper occupied just
le hour. It was the driest of legal docuents
and repetitiona of the various
rms in which the evidence hail been
Pered and refused by the Commission,
o one after the first live minutes made
e slightest pretense of listening to or
tempting to understand it. A hum of
nveraation prevailed on the tloor and
the crowded galleriea to audi an extent
at the presiding officer several timea
>pealed for order and ailence. Finally,
lien the reading was ended, an opportuty
was given members who had not yet
gned tho paper to step to the Clerk's
sk and affix their names. This used up
ore time and added to the uproar.
At 12:15 the joint committee was again
lied to order, and the presiding officer
ked whether there were any further
jection* to Louisiana.
Senator Wallace presented objections,
liich were read. Thejr are :
1. That the decision is in violation of
lectoral net in this State; that by the
t the Commission ia required to derivo
liether any and what votea from such
ate are votes provided for by the Conitution
and what persons were duly aplinted
electors; yet the Commission rescd
to examino.and ascertain, wlio were
ily appointed electors in and by the
ate of IiOuisiana and what votea from
at State are within tho provisions of the
institution of Ike United States.
2. Because the act creating the Com
minion pained to the end, that the Com
mission would hear and examine the evi
dence, and honestly decide what elector
io anv disputed State were fairly am
legally chosen. Whereas, the Commit
ion refused to hear and consider th(
evidence offered to ahow that the elec
torn whose vote# the Commission had de
cided should be counted, were not dull
chotfti, but that they had (ah>ely anil
fraudulently acted ax such electors, ami
also refused the offer to show that tin
certificates of the election were procured
by corruptiou and were wholly untrue
Because the decision it< in disregard
of truth, justice and law and establishes
the demoralizing and uminouH doctrinc
that fraud, forgery, bribery and perjur)
can lawfully be used as a means to make
a President of the United States againsl
the well known or easily ascertained will
of the States.
This paper is signed by Senators Wal
lace, Johnston, Bailey, Kernan, Kellei
(Oregon) Salisbury, and other Senaton
and members.
The presiding olliocr having called fox
other objections to the decision, Mr
Cochrane presented an objection and protest
signeu by himself and several Senators
and Representatives, for the following
reasons:
1. It wns not denied before the Commission
that Tilden's electors in IiOuisiann
had received a large majority of the
votes cast.
2. It was not denied l>eiore the Comtni*'
sion that Wells and his associates, styling
themselves the Returning Hoard, wert
guilty of gross grauds; that their certificates
given to Hayes' electors were false
and fraudulent ami that their action in
canvassing the votes was in violation ol
the Constitution and laws of the Slate.
:i. The action of eight members of the
Commission in declining to hear evidence
ui ihup? anu omer racis was in vioiauon
of the letter and H|>irit of the act under
which the CttnraiMion wan created and ol
the Hpirit of the Constitution of the United
States.
No further objections being presented
the presiding oflicer announced that the
Senate would withdraw, so that the two
houses might separately consider and decide
the objections.
The Senate having withdrawn, Mr
Wood rose to wake a motion.
The Spenker interposed, the legislation
of the day beginning after prayer and
the reading of the journal.
Mr. Wood then moved thnlthe House
adjourn until 10 o'clock to-morrow.
lleforc putting the question the Speaker
desired to present some, en rolled bills,
but Mr. Conger objected.
The yeas and navs were then culled oil
Mr. Wood's motion, and it was agreed to
?veas 140, nays 130.
'riie following Democrats voted in the
negative:
Messrs. Ainswortlf, Anderson, Bngley,
Bell, Campbell, Carr, Cutler, Finlay,
Goodin, Hatcher, llayward, Hopkins,
Jones, Kelir, Lemoyne, Morgan, Meal,
l'helps, l'otter, Powell, Stevenson, Tarbox,
Warner, Wells, Willis,Wilshire and
Yates.
The House then took a recess^ and this
Democffets remained in fclic Hall for a
CAUCUS.
* SENATE.
A few Senators were in the chamber
when the session wa* resumed at 10
A. M.
lu reply to a question by Mr* Withers,
the President pro tem. said that the
House will be ready to receive the Senate
for the purpose of resuming the count of
the electoral vote at 11 o'clock.
Mr. Withers inquired if it was in order
to move a further recess until that
hour.
The President pro tem. said that it
would not. The Senate having already
taken one recess from Saturday until
nun illuming, 11 iiiuiu noi inne a hccuiiu
one until after the ?|iicf= tion was decided
in the joint meeting.
At 10:56 A. M. the Senate repaired to
the House of Representatives headed by
ita officers.
Upon returning, the President pro tern,
said that objections liaving l>een made to
the decision on the vote of Louisiana,
the two houses would separate to deliberate
in regard to that decision. Unless
some Senator asked it, he would not
direct that^he decision and the objections
thereto be read again.
Mr. Davis thought the papers should
be read.
Mr. Sargent said if all the papers were
to be rend the two hours allowed for discussion
would be consumed, and there
would I* no time left for debate.
The President pro tern, decided that
the time occupied by the reading of the
papers would not be taken out of the
two hours allowed for debate. The t?ro
hours would run from the time the debate
in the Senate actually began.
Mr. Shermtfn submitted a resolution
that the decision of the Commission upon
the electoral vote of the State of Louisiana
stand as the judgment of the Senate,
the objections made thereto to the contrary
notwithstanding.
The decision of the Conuuissfon was
then read by Secretary Gorham.
The President inquired if the objections
submitted in the House should be
read.
Messrs. Bogy and Davis demanded the
reading, when Mr. Sherman said that the
papers had been read in the House and
it was no use to have them read again to
encumber the record.
Mr. Withers?We want as many records
of them as possible.
Mr. Bogy said that this was the most
I important business which the Senate had
ever been called upon to perform, and
| the reading of the objections should not
1 be omitted to save a few minutes' time.
The objections were then read.
mr. rvernaii miummeu a snosiuuie lor
the resolution of Mr. Sherman an follow*
:
Ordered, That the votes purportiug to
be the electoral votes for President and
Vice President, and which were given by
Wm. P. Kellogg, \V. J. II..Butch,Peter
Joseph, L.A. Sheldon, Morris Mark*, A.
11. I .evissee, O. II. Brewster and Oscar
Jeflrein, claiming to be electors for IjoUisiana,
be not counted, the decision of
the Commission to the contrary notwithstanding.
m
The i|uestion being on the substitute of
Mr. Kernan, Mr. Maxey s|ioke of the
Electoral Commission as being invested
with the powers of the two houses of
Congress in canvassing the electoral vote,
and said it was entrusted with the duty
of deciding who were the true electors, but
this duty had not l>een performed. The
commission was directed to ascertain the
true vote of the State, but instead of that
they had brought forth a certificate reeking
with fraud and offensive in the nostrils
of all honest neople. The judgment
of the commission hail been weighed and
balanced and found wanting. It could
not stand the touchstone of truth, justice
and fair dealing. If the law organising
this commission did not authorise the
commission to ascertain the true vole of
the State it was the most cunningly devised
pitfall that ever mortal man fell
into. The judgment of the commission
was founded on the denial of the right
to prove fraud. It wan an admission]
that fraudulent certificates of a notoriously
corrupt returning board were good,
valid and true. This judgment bearing
so heavily in favor of fraud and ;ainst
tru\h and justice, would never be aj>proved
by the American people, but it
would b? condemned for ail timo. Thej
truth hadjudl been sought by the Commission.
but all its avenues were closed.
Evidence was shut out and thereby the
law was perverted. In conclusion heI
said the Democratic parly counselled'
lawful and peaceful submission to the
decision ami confidently relied on the
i will of the people in thin cane.
I Mr. Kernan said the Senate should not
be trusted. It would hut affirm the de
? cision which had been made bv the Com
mission, lie then spoke of the oiler ol
the Democratic counscl before the Com
mission to prove that fraud existed in
I Louisiana, and that} certain elector* inI
that State were ineligible, and commenl
! ingon the decision of the Commission
I said: If a tile of soldiers should threaten
. to murder the Governor of a State unlet*
I he signed the certificate of certain eleci
tors and the Governor yielded under this
! decision, there was no power in tlie two
' houses of Congress to inquire into the
i matter. The decision was to the effect
i that there was no power in Congress to
I inquire into the truth nnd smite down
fraud. He entered his solemn protect
against it, and he did so from a higher
' motive than for the success of any man
i or any political party. He did not want
it to go to the world without a protest
' that a false and fabricated certificate was
. to be counted. He was deeply pained
that such n principle should have been
aliirmed by a vote of 8 to 7.
Mr. Thurman said the statute of
Louisiana created a Returning Board
consisting of live persons, wlio were to
hold office with power to till all vacancies
that might occur. It devolved on the?e
live men to say who should hold office in
the State. The question of who should
; hold office depended not on the will of the
i people but on the will of the Returning
Hoard. He believed'such aboard was ut*
tori v destructive of a Republican form
of Government. The State of Louisiana
under otic Constitution hud no power to
create such a Board. The acts vf tlint
1 Uoard were unconstitutional, null and
i void. Even if it* aq^a were not unconstitutional
they were not legal in canvassing
the vote of the 7th of November
' last, because the statute required that the
Hoard should be composed of live peTsour
of different political parties
but in fact it was composed
of but four persons of the same party,
and they steadily refused to fill the vacancy.
The duty of that Board waa to
canvass and compile the returns of (lie
Commissioners of Election, but testimony
showed that they did not do so. The
proof which the counsel offered before tlie
Commission should have been accepted,
and in that position he was fortified by
the act of both houses, four years ago, in
rejecting the vote of Ixmisiana. ilcthon
referred to the alleged ineligibility of
certain electors iu that State and said, lie
could not regard that, other than as a
nullification of the constitutional provision
on the subject. Under tins decisftm
no matter by what fraud a man might be
elected President or Vice President, or
how ineligible au elector might be, there
was no power to inquire into or of it.
The vote of an inoHgible elector must
be counted, and neither the State nor
Congress could right the wrong. lie
utterly dissented from such a decision
as being destructive to republican government.
The decision would have the
effect of a proclamation to dishonest returning
boards to perpetrate whatever
villainy their interests might dictate,
with absolute certainty that they would
Ik? successful. * ' I
Mr. Sherman saul he was surprised at
the objections to the decision of the commission.
It was constituted by the votes
of the very gentlemen who now objected
to its finding. Tic Senators objecting
knew when they voted for the bill organizing
the commission that tlieie very
questions ol taking evidence were to be
submitted to it, and tliey were in honor I
bound by it* decision. Although ho voted
against the bill and fought it ?tep by step,
after it passed he made up his mind to
abide by the decision of the commission.
These objections now from tlic other side
of the chamber were insulting to the
tribunal ami insulting to those who
sustained its decision. The Democrats
had chosen an arbitration; the decision
was against them, and there should be
no unseemly wrangling. Ite further declared
that the decision of this tribunal
was right, and, as a question of law, no
man would have held two months ago
that Congress had the right to overhaul
the returns by which the electors were
chosen. If there was any right of a State
it was the right to choose itn own electors.
This right was carefully guarded
by the Constitution, and Congress had no
more power to reverse or overrule the decision
of the State than any nan in Great
Britain had.to do so. A good deal had
been said about fraud and perjury,and the
Republicans were looked upon and'
pointed at aa upholders of fraud. Suppose
Congress could go behind tliese returns;
it would Ond*fraud murder anil violence
on the part of the Democrat*. The State
of Louisiana had the right to provide by
law for overruling this fraud, and it did
so by its Returning Board. For the
Democrats to talk about frniul when it
was the violence and fraud of^ the Democratic
party which brought this danger to
the country seemed wrong. The Louisiana
Returning Board might be imprisoned;
Jhe members arrested; they might be
driven to their graves; but they had nimply
obeyed the law, and Congress had no
power, thank God, to reverse the decision
of that Board. The Democrats
>
? vu?.g tut " "t u iiutt unit bbt wuai
they proposed to prove. Why was it
they did not offer their proof before the
investigating committee. He argued
that it would have been impossible for the
Commission to have examined all evidence
before the 4th of March, and this
attempt to have them take evidence look*
ed as if it was contemplated, to have a
new election for President. lie defended
the decision of the Commission, and asked
if these pure and honorable men were
to be assailed throughout the land by
libeller* and assassins. When all the
testimony tnken'by both Houses of Congress
in Louisiana shall have been read
by the people they will see that the decision
of the Commission was right and
just.
The President pro tem, said that the
chair takes this occasion to say to the occupants
of the galleries that if there arc
any marks of approbation or disapprobation
the chair will order the galleries
to be cleared at once, so that the innocent
will sufier with those who break the order
of the Senate.
Mr. Morton said, the statu tc of Louisiana
creating the Returning Bo^rd, provided
in express terms, that the majority
of the number should constitute a
quorum to dp business and make returns.
The Board was to consist of live persons,
to be elected by the Senate; three of that
number, by express terms of the act
were a quorum to do buuneB*. There
were four in number upon the Hoard,one
more than the majority. The Electoral
Commission had decided that the Board
was properly constituted; on the other
hand it wa? argued that the existence of
a single vacancy destroyed the Board.
The Commission said, not upon the very
best settled principles of the law.
The constitution provides that the Senate
shall consist of two Senators from each
State, yet vacancies from half a
dozen states will not deitrov the
legal character of the Senate.' The
law provides that the Supreme Court
shall consist of a certain number of
Judges; two or three vacancies will not
destroy the legal character of the Supreme
Court. So he could run through
the law in regard to corporations and
special tribunals. There were certain
commissions created fof Bpecific ministerial
purposes. Sometimes the law required
that a commission should be full
to enable it to perform an act, but here
the law creating this tribunal guards
1 againut that by specially providing that i
! a majority of the member* conatitute a i
quorum, and if there be such majority
; present, it makes no difference from what f
came there are absentee*, whether there (
are vacancies or whether the uieui- \
! bera are wilfully absent, it there i
be a majority present the law ia I
i complied with. Now, in regard to the 1
eligibility of electors, the Commission
decided that it waa not competent to t
prove that certain electors werd ineligW j
t>le on the 7th of November, the day of t
the election. They, decided upon two 1
grounds. Firat, because in any point of
view proof would be immaterial, because i
the Hibstance of the Constitution, the 1
spirit and meaning of it, ia that elector* <
shall be eligible when they come to act 1
and when they come to vote, and not at (
the time when thev are elected. Certain i
persona are ineligible to be members of t
this Senate. A Senator must have cer- i
tain qualilications. li he has them when c
the time comes to be sworn in, that ia t
enough. It ia immaterial whether he t
ban them on the day of hta election. \
That j* well settled but the Commiasion f
decided that proof was immaterial rpon n
other groufid. If it were conceded that ?
an elector was ineligible upon the day he
voted, can that fact be proven to strike ti
out hia vote? If it can, it is overturning ti
the very best principles of law. A may g
be ineligible to a seat in this body. He v
may not be 30 years old; lie may be un- tl
der the disabilities of the 14th amendment,
but if he cornea here and is sworn in and ft
takes his seat, he may be alterwarda tl
turned out on proof of the fact, but every d
vote that he cast has the same validity h
with the vote of every other Senator, it
A man may be ineligible to be appointed t<
Judge under the llth amendment, or p
for want of age, or from any cause a:
Provided by the law of the State in which d
e lives: yet if he is appointed, notwith- ci
standing iiis ineligibility,every act ol hia ii
as Judge ia just as valid as if he had been tl
clisiblc. lie mav be turned out unnn u. tf
quo warranto, but until that in done bin u
act is valid, and can there bp an excep- c<
tion found to thin rule. He knew of w
none. In applying it to elector* we ap- T
ply a simple well-settled rule of law, and hi
how absurd it would be to overturn that si
rule in a case where the discovery is made w
after the vote is cast, when it is pint retue- U
dy.that an elector was ineligible and strike d;
out his vote. If the Commission had p
decided that it would have overruled p
a well-nettled,'principle of law. Who six tl
months ago contended for thai principle? L
This tribunal decided that you could not
enter into proof to contradict the return* 15
by the proper returning oilicers of the tc
State?those apyointed by the State to e*
decide and declare who had been elected, ai
It seemed to him that if any principle of
Constitutional law . was plain, that must r<
be that the Constitution gives to each e:
house tho right to judge of elections, re- ol
turns and qualifications of its members, tl
If it were not for this provision ol the yi
Constitution each house could not do "fc
that, and if a Senatorial election was contested
it would have to be by the Leg'utla- C
ture of the State that sends the Senator G
here; but this i>ower has been given to J
each house, and it was not giv X
en in regard to electors that the houses H
have in regard to their memlw?rs. The V
answer is,power was not given. If the
framers of the Constitution had intended U
to give that power they would have said ei
so. To infer the existence of so great n C
power is to overrule every principle of I)
construction in regard to the Constitution II
that was adopted in the very beginning.- (I
To give Congress power to judge of the r?
election returns and qualifications of ei
electors, is for the legislative to absorb ci
the executive and to place the control of m
our election -of President absolutely in
the power of the two Houses. We know in
that it was intended, we know if anything In
is clear it was intended to make theelec- w
tion of President independent of Congress. U
TlieConstitutionsavsthecertil!pn?o??li?ll ?1.
be opened by the President of the Senate
in presence of the two Houses. Whether ti
he is to count the votes or whether yi
the two houses are to count them, nnd 1
assume under this law the two houses are tu
to do it in certain cases. This Klcctoral hi
Commission, wJjat can they do? They si
have but one duty to perform and that is
to ascertain that these certificates came cc
from the electors of the State; when that is
is done the vote shall be counted. They jn
must ascertain the- fact whether they S<
came from the electors of the State, anil pi
when thev have ascertained their duty is vi
at an end. There is no place to try auy
question of eligibility, and how qre we sa
to know the certificates came from the hi
electors of the State? In the first place III
the act of Congress provides that
prima facie evidence is given of the Gov- be
ernor's certificate, but that in not
conclusive; that is the result of an ui
act of Congress. It may repeal that act Ai
or it may provide by another to go behind
it. But when you go behind that
and come to the action of the officers of a ..
State, there your inquiry is at an end. \
"When the officer* appointed by a State to J?
declare who have been chosen electors p
have acted and made that declaration, 7J
it is final ao far as Congress is concerned.
The action of the State officers is the art
of the State.
Mr. liayard saul, as a member of the
Commission, he had given all he could * '
Sive of earnest study, patient labor and
evotion to secure a just execution of the * '
law under which lie was appointed. His "5
labors and his efforts had been crowned ?,
by failure. Deep was his sorrow and
poignant his disappointment. He mourn- j
ed his failure for his country's sake, for
it seemed to him not only did this decis- :1
ion of eight member* of the Commission "
level in the dust all the essential safeguard*
thrown around the election of
Chief Magistrate, but it announced to the
people of the land that truth ?nd justice, ..
honesty and morality, were no longer the . central
basis of their political power.
Tlje debate continued by Wallace j
against the decision of the Commission, !?
and by Logan and Sargent in tavor there- ly
of. V
Mr. Sargent?lu the course of his re- jV
marks, he said that the frauds had been ,
committed in Louisiana by the Demo- ?!'
crata, and it was by such means that they '
expected to seize the Presidency. It a'
wa* by such means, that a days ago, H
an assassin attempted in the' State
Mouse of Iiouisiana, to take the life of
the man whom more than half of the 1
people of Louisiana had elected Govern- ?
nr. [ Laughter on the Democratic side.] i
Mr. Sargent looking towards Withers utsaid,
the Senator might laugh at that W1
fact. Did theSenator laugh at the fact
that one of his party papers in this city
yesterday, counselled the assassination by
of Governor Hayes ? ^ \V
Mr^Withers?No, I do not laugh at ti(
that. co
Mr. Sargent?Doe? the Senator laugh all
at the fact that his partv U responsible th
for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, in
Does tho Senator deny that? Bti
Mr. Withers?Yes,sir; Tdeny it fairly an
and sijuarelv. ' ve
Mr.Sargent? resuming,said the Demo- th
cratic parly was stained ull over with the wi
crime of assassination. It had axsassinat- I",
ed the bent man God ever created, Abra- wl
ham Lincoln, down to the poormt negro ve
in Mississippi.
Mr.Wilhers said: Before replying to the an
tiTade of the Senator from California ho co
desired to state that he supported the bill ar
for the creation of Electoral Commission
in the ho|K> that the members drawn from At
the Judicial Department of the Govern- tin
went would give the subject a fair judicial Pr
consideration, but he was mistaken. This pn
decision had demonstrated the fact that oft
the members of the 8upreme Court, the al
highest tribunal in the land, could not ha
ise above partr nny more than pro
lounced politicians;
He then alluded to the charge* of tin
senator* from California and from Ohii
Sherman), that the Democratic part
?m responsible for all the wrongs com
ultted, and said three-fourths of thevio
ence in the South had been instigated am
irought about by the Kepuhlican*.
Mr. Bout well laid he Iwlievcd the peo
tie of this country would accept tin
udgment of the Commission, and tha
he Supreme Court would loae noprestigi
>y the action of its members.
Mr. Stevenson said that the proceed
nps of the American Senate to-day wouli
ive as lung m the Constitutional (lov
rniuent lasted or the principles of liberty
lad a votary. He voted for the bit
treating the Commission, and did so in tlu
nterest of pence. 11 had lieen stated thai
here was but one Democrat'who vote<]
igainst It. Thank Clod there win but
me, became the Democratic party mei
his matter on a broad basis of fair inveigation.
When the bill was passed i
irnsexjiectcd that there would be a tree
ull and fair investigation and that jndg
aent would be rendered in nccordancf
ritli the proofs. -"A
Mr. Stevenson referred to the condiion
of Louisiana and said, as this !{ .
urnin^ Hoard had been so successful in
overnlng the State, that they might arell
extend their operations and govern
lie nation.
Mr. Howo said that the Senator from
Kentucky (Stevenson) had admonished
lie Senate that the proceeding-* of this
ay would live. That was true, and, in
is (Howe's) judgment, it was a pity tint
was true. He thought it would be betsr
for the fame of the Kenubtio if these
roceedings could be buried out of nght
i soon as they nhould l>e linfthed. For
avs the waves of vituperation had Lroka
at the feet of the Electoral Commission,
1 order to coerce that commission into
le crucifixion of the rights of States, and
>-day there came foamy surges and Iwat
pon the heads of the members of the
ommission to crucify them became thev
ould not consent to crucify a State,
he commission and its judgment would
jrvive, as it was just. He thought it
ipuld be a gladsome thing to every man
ho cheriRlNMl the reputation of tlie
democratic party that the commission
id not go behind the returns. As a lieublican,
cherishing the past of the Mr*
ublican party, he would not bln?di when
le blankets were all stripped nil this
ouisiana cane.
Senator Christmncy argued that the
lectoral Commission was equally fair
> both parties. He voted for the bill
itablishing the Electoral Committor)
lid determined to stand by it* decision.
Before Mr. Christiancy concluded hi?
. marks the two hours allowed for debate
c pi red. The question being on the Pe*lution
of Mr. Kernan as a substitute for
tat of Mr. Sherman it was rejected?
eas 28, nays 41: a strict party vote, as
dlowa :
Yeas?Bailey, Barnuni, Bayard, Ilogy,
oikrell, Coojier, Davis, Dennis, Eaton,
oldthwaite, Gordon, Hereford, Johnson,
ones (Kla.), Kelley, Kernan, McCrcary,
IcDonald, Maxey, Merriinan, Norwood,
landol ph, Ransom, Saulsbu ry, Stevenson,
Wallace, "Whyle, and "Withers?2S.
Nays?Alcorn. Allison, Anthony,
Ooth, Houtwell, Bruce, Burnaide. Cainron
(Pa.), Cameron (Wis.), Chalice,
brilliancy, Clayton, Conover, Cragin,
'awes, Kerry, PrelinghuyHcn, Hamlin,
[arvey, Hitchcock, Howe, lngalls, Jones
S'ev.), Logan, McMillan. Mitchell, Mor 11,
Oglesby, Paddock, Patterson, Rob tson,
Sargent, Sharon, Sherman, Sj>cn?
;r, Teller, Wadleigh. West, Windomi
id Wright?11.
Mr. Edmunds, who would have voted
i the negative, but who was delayed at
atne sick, was paired with Thurman,
ho would have voted in the affirmative,
laine, who would hove voted nay, was
stained at home by nick new.
The question then being on the rcsoluoii
of Mr. Sherman, it was agreed to?
jas41, nays US?a strict party vote.
Those voting in favor of the substitute
i above recorded voted against the re.su*
ition, and those who voted against the
ibstitute voted for the resolution.
Mr. Hamlin said, the Senate having
included its action on the vote of Louiana,
lie moved that the Secretary be
inuuihviiiu iiuuiv llic jiousc lilul lilt*
nate wa* ready to meet that body ami
roceed with the count of the electoral
)te. Agreed to.
Mr. Sargent asked if it wag not necesrv
to inform the House that the Senate
ul arrived at a conclusion in regard to
e decision of the commission.
The President replied that that would
! included in the notification.
The Senate then, at .'5:3o, took a recess
itil 10 o'clock to-morrow.
3. hew itt before the inventit.vtino
committee.
Washington, February li?.?A. S.
ewitt, Chairman of tie National Demoatic
Committee, gave the following tewaiony
before the Senate Committee on
rivilegea and Election* thin morning,
e had charge of the National campaign
id organization of the Democratic party
the different States. Kdward Cooper,
n of l*eter Cooper, was Treasurer of
e Executive Committee, and kept his
counts at the Seventh Ward Hank,
ew York city, in his own name. Wit?s
directed how the money in the hands
the Treasurer should he spent. Col.
ilton had nothing to do with it. He
ver made any attempt to raise fund*
yond asking certain parties, who he
ought would he willing to do so, to conibute.
He knew nothing about the
legrams which Pel ton sent to Oregon,
ever sent cipher telegrams during the
iole campaign,did, however, send three
fourregular telegramh|to()re^(.n during
e content, which were dated November
th, 1870. He, alter receiving legal
cision to that effect from Judge HoadIr,
of Ci.w;innati, told Senator Kelley
at no person holding office under the
fdecal Government was eligible a* an
sctor, and that the canvassing officers
ould so decide. Referring again to the
[ her telegram, he said he had never used
but had seen Col. Pelton use it; have
copy of the key to it and will turn it
er to the Commission to-morrow if
ey desire it; have never seen any ot the
pher telegr?nn sent to or received from
-egon at the Democratic headquarters
New York, lie also stated that Col.
?lton lived in the same house with Nain1
J.Tilden and cat at the same table
th hiiu.
probablx trouble in louisiana.
This morning the President wu.i visited
' the Attorney General, Secretary of
ar and Secretary of State, and atten>n
given, anfbng other things, t?r the
ndition of affairs in Louisiana, and
o to an article in the Sunday CupilaItol
is city, edited by Du? Piatt, which was
terpreted by the government officers as
rongly advocating violence and delice
of the laws, and as such was given
ry serious attention. Subsequent to
e iuterview of the Attorney General
th the President, Judge Taft sent for
S. Attorney Wells of litis district,with
torn he was in a long and earnest c6nrsation
in regard to the same article.
The statutes were closely examined,
d the notes made of law, which, it was
nsidered, attach criminal intent to such
tides.
Subsequently Judgo Taft and District
torney Well* were in consultation with
e President on* the same topic. The
esldent has excluded himself from the
blic to-day, and revives only Cabient
icers on business regarded aa of unusuimportance.
"letters and telegram*
ve ueen received by the Secretary of
i- War, the Attorney General anil Preaident,
as veil an l?y Congressmen iu?d
e others, with reference to the probableaej
rioiH troitlile id Lotiiaiana, nml havo rey
reived proiier consideration. it in yet
the feeling in military quartern that the
army in New Orleans ig sufficiently stroug
1 to prevent any outbreak.
TlIU RECE88.
j Democratic Representatives say the
j recess in to alio w time for the preparation
of objcctiotii* to tlie reception of the vote
L' of Watts, the Oregon elector. Mr, lturd
wan expected to prepare the objection*,
' hnt declined. M r. Jenks will nmlertake
thin work.
Tho Supreme Conn met pursuant to
| adjournment, and, after a few admisaions
; to the bar#and the pausing of some man*
| dates,adjourned to Monday next.
|- SUN DRV nvtx APPROPRIATION BILL.
The Hoiiae Coounittee on Apnropriai
lion* inserted in the Sundry Civil Appro
priation bill $?600,000 to pay the claims
t of Southern mail contractor* for services
, rendered before the war, and increased
the amount recommended for St. Louis
from $125,000to $400,(HK).
The House Committee on Appropria
tiona to*dny completed theSundrv Civil
Appropriation bill, and authorized their
chairman to report it to the House at
i the earliest opportunity. Its principal
itcinn nro the following: For expenses
of U.S. Court*, including marshals, ati
tornevs, witnewes, ?Ssc., $25,000,000; for
support of homes lor disabled volunteer
soldier*, $880,000; for llie signal service,
?1100,000; for coast snrvev $400,000; for
surveys of the northern and northwestern
lakes' and the Mississippi river, $100,O00;
lor tliu maintenance of light* on
the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio
rivers and RUcauUoyH as may be necessary,
$125,000; (or surveying public land*
ami private land olairn*] $50,1*00; for repair*
and preservation of public buildings
throughout the country. $100,000: for
the erection of pier-head lights on the
northern and northwestern lakes, $100,000;
for the establishment of alight house
:it (trass Point, Chicago, $5,(KK); for the
payment of southern mail contractors,
for Hsrvices rendered before the war,
s:st?,001; for lli? Hayden exploration-*
went of the lOQtli mcridinn, $"?0,000; for
the Wheeler exploration west of the 100th
meridian,$20,000; for the Powell exploration
west of the 100th meridian, $20,000.
For continuingthe work on public buildings
as follows: At Chicago and St. Louis
$ 100,000 each, Philadelphia and Cincinnati
$."25,000 each; Grand Kapiits, Mich.,
and KvniiHville, !nd., $20,000 each; Nash*
villc,Tenn.,$KI,000; Parkersburg, SV.Vn.,
$5,000; J\?rt Huron,Mich..$10,000. Tim
total amount appropriated l?y the hill i<
alH.ut $14,000,0*M).
l.OUI-IANA REVOKE THE MOUSE COMMITTEE.
The Committee on Powers, Privilege*
and Duties of the House, met thin afternoon,
and Duncan S. Kenner.was further
cross examined l?y Lawrence and Bnrcjiard.
He siiil that lie had uo s|>eci*l
interview with Hoy. Nicholls on the mil*ject
of Ins interviews with Wells, although
he way Iiave told Gov. Nicholls,
that he was making every possible eflc.ri
to secure an honest count.
In reply toacjuestion by Field, Kenner
said that at one of his interview*
with Wells, he?id to the latter: I aiu
astonished at the gravity and solemnity
with which you have listened to tin.
story of illiza Pinks ton. Wells replied,
you don'tftupiKkse that 1 aui to In- humbugged
by any such a yarn as thai.
Mr. Kenner further said that Well*
told him lie had been approached by some
one who offered hiiu a large sum oi
money i( lie (Wells) would let iiiin know
the result of tlie canvass before hand.
Judge Lawrence at this point wanted
to examine .Judge Davis and Mr.
Able, two clerks of the Returning lloard,
but Mr. Field objected to the examination
ot any one connected with the Board
until this committee should he able to
obtain the original returns now in the
possession of the Senate Louisiana Committee.
hip oujeeuon was sustained, and the
committee adjourned until to-morrow.
MED.
Judge II. VY. Williams, of l'enn9;lvania,
of the Supreme Court,' died in this
city thiR nftcinoon of heart disease.
The House Democratic caucus this afternoon,
after a short session, ad journed
till this evening.
THE UON AIIOUSED AT LAST.
U in mentioned this evening upon the
liighcflt official'authority that the President
hat determined on the prosecution,
of Don Piatt, editor of the Capital for
libel, and also for the seditious writing,
indictable under both the common ami.
statutory law. District Attorney Well*
was this afternoon directed to take the
necessary stepa in the matter, and the
arrest will be uiade to-morrgw. The article
in yesterday's Capital principally incited
the ollicittl action just determined
on, but it is understood that previous articles
in the same paper are regarded at
libelous upon the President, and will be
otliciallv noticed in the criminal prosecution
tor libel on the President.
DEMOCRATIC CONOKEWIONAI, CAUCUH.
| About one hundred members were present
at the l)eiuocratic caucus to-night at
the Capitol, .Representative Clyiner presiding.
Representative Vance, of Ohio, offered
' a resolution similar to that of Walling at
the Saturday night's caucus, asserting
that the Democrats should avail themselves
of all legitimate means to defeat
the act of the Commission.
This resolution caused much discussion,
but wa^ not voted on.
Representative Mills, of Texas,offered
a resolution declaring that an exigency
contemplated by the Constitution hnv
I ing arisen, and neither candidate for the
I Presidency of the United Si?im itavinu
a majority of the electoral vote, there|
fore resolved that the Houee should at
once proceed to vote for President.
Representative Springer oll'ered a reuo
I lntion reciting that Hampton anil
Xicholls are legally elected Governors ot
[South Carolina and liouisitna respet*
1 lively, and tliat an amendment he made
to army llie liill confining the operation*
of troops to the frontier.
Representative* Randall, Hooker,
Knott, McMahon, Ellis, Jones (Kv.),
jSpringer, Poppleton, Walding and Millfa
vo red the adoption of the pending rest*- *
lntion, and Iiepresentatives Ilunlon and
Harris,of Virginia, IJuckner and Pnnham
expressed themselves against al!
resolutions.
Representative Urown, of Kentucky,
ottered a resolution, the name as that
adopted on Saturday night, declaring
that the electoral vote shall proceed without
dilatory oppoUticn, but strongly protesting
agafnnt the act of a majority of
the Commission who signed the decision^
in the Florida and Louisiana cases. Kepresentative
Brown said he received intimation
from numerous sources that a reaffirmation
of the caucus action of
Saturday evening wax necessary. Jle
did not, however, press the resolution, but
yielded to Representative McMahon, who
moved that the caucus take a rece-*
until after the count of the Oregon vole
in joint convention of the two souses.
Carried.
Those of the caucus wlio favored extreme
measures did not, owing to the
large preponderance of the conservative
element, ask for a division of the questions
presented, nor was a vote taken ou
any one of them except for a rece/u. The
caucus standi by the action oi Saturday,
night. _
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