Harper's Weekly 03/13/1869


February 22:

In the Senate, it was agreed to postpone the repeal
of the Tenure-of-Office bill.—A bill was passed abol-
ishing the office of Superintendent of Exports and

In the House, a bill was passed granting the right
of way to the Memphis, El Paso, and Pacific Railroad.
—The Post-Office Appropriation bill was passed.

February 23:

In the Senate, the following bills were passed: one
authorizing certain National Banks to change their
names; another authorizing the Western Union Tel-
egraph Company to import submarine wires free of
duty; the Army Appropriation bill; a bill to amend
the Judicial system; the Civil Rights Act; and a bill
to prevent the extermination of fur-bearing animals
in Alaska.

In the House, the Copper Tariff bill was passed over
the President's veto, 115 to 56.—The report of the New
York election frauds was agreed to.—The salary of
the Special Commissioner of Revenue—Mr. Wells—
was abolished.

February 24:

In the Senate, the Copper Tariff bill was passed over
the President's veto, 38 to 12.

In the House, the bill to strengthen public credit
and legalize gold contracts was passed, 119 to 61.

February 25:

In the Senate, the bill to exempt manufacturers of
certain kinds of machinery from revenue tax was

In the House, the Senate bill authorizing certain
National Banks to change their names was passed.—
The report of the Joint Committee on the Consular
and Diplomatic Appropriation bill was disagreed to.
—The Constitutional Amendment proposition relat-
ing to suffrage, reported by the Conference Commit-
tee, was passed, 143 to 43.

February 26:

In the Senate, the Constitutional Amendment propo-
sition was passed in the same form as in the House,
39 to 13. It does not include the right to hold office.

In the House, the Deficiency Appropriation bill was

February 27:

In the House, the contested election cases of Messrs.
Hunt and Menard were the subject of a long discus-
sion, and both gentlemen were refused seats. Mr.
Menard is a colored man, and was allowed to speak
in his own behalf, the first instance of a colored man
addressing either House of Congress.

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