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$7. And be it further enacted, That the said State Kansas, when her admission as a State becomes comple and absolute, shall be entitled to one member in t House of Representatives, in the Congress of the Unit States, till the next census be taken by the Federal G ernment.

the President of the Council and Speaker of the House of | Representatives, are hereby constituted a board of commissioners to carry into effect the provisions of this act, and to use all the means necessary and proper to that end. Any three of them shall constitute a Board; and the board shall have power and authority, in respect to| each and all of the elections hereby authorized or provided for, to designate and establish precincts for voting, or to adopt those already established; to cause polls to § 8. And be it further enacted, That the followi be opened at such places as it may deem proper in the re- propositions be, and the same are hereby offered to t spective counties and election precincts of said Territory; said people of Kansas for their free acceptance or reje to appoint, as judges of election at each of the several tion, which, if accepted, shall be obligatory on the Unit places of voting, three discreet and respectable persons, States and upon the said State of Kansas, to wit: Fir any two of whom shall be competent to act; to require the That the sections numbered sixteen and thirty-six Sheriffs of the several counties, by themselves or deputies, every township of public lands in said State, and whe to attend the judges at each of the places of voting, for either of said sections, or any part thereof has been so the purpose of preserving peace and good order, or the or otherwise disposed of, other lands equivalent theret said Board may, instead of said Sheriffs and their deputies, and as contiguous as may be, shall be granted to sa appoint, at their discretion, and in such instances as they State for the use of schools. Second, That seventy-t may choose, other fit persons for the same purpose; and sections of land shall be set apart and reserved for t when the purpose of the election is to elect delegates to a use and support of a State University, to be selected Convention to form a Constitution, as hereinbefore pro- the Governor of said State, subject to the approval vided for, the number of delegates shall be sixty, and the Commissioner of the General Land Office, and to they shall be apportioned by said Board among the appropriated and applied in such manner as the Leg several counties of said Territory, according to the num-lature of said State may prescribe for the purpose afor ber of voters; and in making this apportionment, the said, but for no other purposes. Third, That ten enti Board may join two or more counties together to make sections of land, to be selected by the Governor of sa an election or representative district, where neither of State, in legal subdivisions, shall be granted to said Sta the said counties has the requisite number of voters to for the purpose of completing the public buildings, or f entitle it to a delegate, or to join a smaller to a larger the erection of others at the seat of government, und county having a surplus population, where it may serve the direction of the Legislature thereof. Fourth, Th to equalize the representation. The elections hereby all salt springs within said State, not exceeding twelve authorized shall continue one day only, and shall not be number, with six sections of land adjoining, or as contig continued later than sundown on that day. The said ous as may be to each, shall be granted to said State f Board shall appoint the day of election for each of the its use; the same to be selected by the Governor there elections hereby authorized, as the same may become within one year after the admission of said State, an necessary. The said Governor shall announce, by pro- when so selected, to be used or disposed of on suc clamation, the day appointed for any one of said elections, terms, conditions and regulations as the Legislature sha and the day shall be as early a one as is consistent with direct: Provided, That no salt springs or land the rig due notice thereof to the people of said Territory, subject whereof is now vested in any individual or individual to the provisions of this act. The said Board shall have or which may be hereafter be confirmed or adjudged full power to prescribe the time, manner and places of any individual or individuals, shall by this art.cle each of said elections, and to direct the time and manner granted to said State. Fifth, That five per centum of the returns thereof, which returns shall be made to the the net proceeds of sales of all public lands lying with said Board, whose duty it shall be to announce the result said States, which shall be sold by Congress after the a by proclamation, and to appoint therein as early a day mission of said State into the Union, after deducting a as practicable for the delegates elected (where the election the expenses incident to the same, shall be paid to sa has been for delegates) to assemble in Convention at the State, for the purpose of making public roads and inte seat of Government of said Territory. When so assembled, nal improvements, as the Legislature shall direct: Pr the Convention shall first determine, by a vote, whether vided, The foregoing propositions hereinbefore offer it is the wish of the proposed State to be admitted into the are on the condition that the people of Kansas shall pr Union at that time; and if so, shall proceed to form a vide, by an ordinance, irrevocable without the conse Constitution, and take all necessary steps for the estab- of the United States, that said State shall never interfe lishment of a State Government, in conformity with the with the primary disposal of the soil within the same. I Federal Constitution, subject to the approval and ratifica- the United States, or with any regulations C.ngress ma tion of the people of the proposed State. And the said find necessary for securing the title in said soil to bo Convention shall accordingly provide for its submission fide purchasers thereof, and that no tax shall be impos to the vote of the people for approval or rejection; and on lands belonging to the United States, and that in 1 if the majority of votes shall be given for the Constitution case shall non-resident proprietors be taxed higher tha so framed as aforesaid, the Governor of the Territory residents. Sixth: And that the said State shall nev shall, within twenty days after the result is known, notify tax the lands or the property of the United States in th the President of the United States of the same. And State: Provided however, That nothing in this act thereupon the President shall announce the same by pro- admission shall be so construed as to ratify or accept t clamation, and thereafter, and without any further pro- ordinance attached to said Constitution; but said ord ceedings whatever on the part of Congress, the admission nance is hereby rejected by the Government of the Ur of the said State of Kansas into the Union, upon an equal ted States. footing with the original States in all respects whatever, shall be complete and absolute.

The following are the Yeas and Nays:

YEAS TO AMEND OR SUBSTITUTE.
CALIFORNIA.-McKibbin-1.
CONNECTICUT.-Clark, Dean-2.

ILLINOIS.-Elihu Washburne. Farnsworth, Lovejo
Kellogg, Morris, Harris, Shaw, Robert Smith, Sam.

Marshall-9.

84. And be it further enacted, That in the elections hereby authorized, all white male inhabitants of said Territory over the age of twenty-one years, who are legal voters under the laws of the Territory of Kansas, and none others, shall be allowed to vote; and this shall be the only qualification required to entitle the voter to the right of suffrage in said elections. And if any person not so qualified shall vote or offer to vote, or if any person shall vote more than once at either of said elections, or shall make, or cause to be made, any false, fictitious or fraudulent returns, or shall alter or change any returns of either of said elections, such person shall, upon conviction thereof before any court of competent jurisdiction, be kept at hard labor not less than six months, and not more than three years.

§ 5. And be it further enacted, That the members of the aforesaid Board of Commissioners, and all persons, appointed by them to carry into effect the provisions of this act, shall, before entering upon their duties, take an oath to perform faithfully the duties of their respective offices; and on failure thereof, they shall be liable and subject to the same charges and penalties as are provided n like cases under the Territorial laws.

6. And be it further enacted, That the officers mentioned in the preceding section shall receive for their ser

vices the same compensation as is given for like servic under the Territorial laws.

Colfax, Case, Pettit-8.
INDIANA.-English, Foley, Kilgore, J. G. Davis, Wilso

Iowa.-Curtis, T. Davis-2.

KENTUCKY.-UNDERWOOD, HUMPHREY MARSHALL-2, MAINE.-Wood, Gilman, Abbott, Morse, I. Was burne, Foster-6.

MARYLAND.-RICAUD, J. M. HARRIS, H. WINTER DAVISBurlingame, Davis, Gooch, Knapp, Thayer, Ch MASSACHUSETTS.-Hall, Buffinton, Damrell, Comis Dawes-11.

MICHIGAN.-Howard, Waldron, Walbridge, Leach-
MISSOURI.-Blair-1.
NEW-HAMPSHIRE.-Pike, Tappan, Cragin—3.
NEW JERSEY.-Clawson, Robbins, Adrain-3.
NORTH CAROLINA.—GILMER—1.
Olin, Dodd, Palmer, Spinner, Clark B. Cochran
New-YORK.-Haskin, H. F. Clark, Murray, Thompso
Morse, Matteson, Bennett, Goodwin, Hourd, Grange

Morgan, Pottle, Parker, Kelsey, Andrews, Sherman, | manded the previous question The call for the
Burroughs, Fenton-23.
OHIO.-Pendleton, Groesbeck, Campbell, Nichols, previous question was lost by the casting vote
Mott, Cockerill, Harlan, Stanton, Hall, Horton, Cox, of the Speaker: 108 to 108. Very much to
Sherman, Bliss, Tompkins, Lawrence, Leiter, Wade, the surprise of the House, Mr English, of Indi-
Giddings, Bingham-19.
PENNSYLVANIA.-E. J. Morris, Owen Jones, Hickman, ana, who had acted with the Anti-Lecompton
Roberts, Kunkel, Grow, Edie, Covode, Montgomery, party up to this time, moved that the House
Ritchie, Purviance, Stewart, Dick, Chapman.-14. agree to a Conference Committee, and that a
RHODE ISLAND.-Durfee, Brayton-2.
committee of three be appointed by the
VERMONT.- Walton, Morrill, Royce-8.
WISCONSIN.-Potter, C. C. Washburne, Billinghurst Speaker to meet a similar committee of the
Senate, and on this he called for the previous
question, which was ordered. The Yeas and

8. -Total, 120.

NAYS.

ALABAMA. Stallworth, Shorter, Dowdell, Moore, Hous-Nays were called, and the vote stood 108 to

ton, Cobb, Curry-7.

108: the Speaker voting in the affirmative, Mr. English's proposition was agreed to. The Yeas and Nays were as follows:

ARKANSAS.-Greenwood, Warren-2.

CALIFORNIA.-Scott-1.

CONNECTICUT.-Arnold, Bishop-2.

DELAWARE.-Whiteley-1.
FLORIDA.-Hawkins-1.

YEAS. Messrs. Ahl, Anderson, Atkins, Avery, Barksdale, Bishop, Bocock, Bonham, Bowie, Boyce, Branch,

GEORGIA.—Seward, Crawford, TRIPPE, Gartrell, Wright, Bryan, Burnett, Burns, Caruthers, Caskie, Clark (Mo.),
Jackson, HILL, Stephens-8.

INDIANA.-Niblack, Hughes, Gregg-3.
KENTUCKY.-Burnett, Peyton, Talbott, Jewett, Elliott,
Clay, Mason, Stevenson-8.
LOUISIANA.-EUSTIS, Taylor, Davidson, Sandidge-4.
MARYLAND.-Stewart, Kunkel, Bowie-3.
MISSOURI. ANDERSON, Clark, Craig, Woonson, Phelps
MISSISSIPPI.-Lamar, R. Davis, Barksdale, Singleton,

Clay, Clemens, Clingman, Cobb, John Cochrane, Craig
(Mo.), Craige (N. C.), Crawford, Curry, Davidson, Davis
(Miss.), Dewart, Dowdell, Edmundson, Elliot, English,
Eustis, Faulkner, Florence, Garnett, Gartrell, Goode,
Greenwood, Gregg, Hall (Ohio), Hatch, Hawkins, Hill,
Hopkins, Houston, Hughes, Jackson, Jenkins, Jewett,
Jones (Tenn.), J. Glancy Jones, Owen Jones, Keitt,
Kelly, Kunkel (Md.), Lamar, Landy, Leidy, Letcher,
Maclay, McQueen, Mason, Maynard, Miles, Miller, Mill-
son, Moore, Niblack, Orr, Pendleton, Peyton, Phelps,
Phillips, Powell, Quitman, Ready, Reagan, Ruffin, Rus-
sell, Sandidge, Savage, Scales, Scott, Searing, Seward,
Shaw (N. C.), Shorter, Singleton, Smith (Tenn.), Smith
(Va.), Stallworth, Stephens, Stevenson, Stewart (Md.),
Talbott, Taylor (N. Y.), Trippe, Ward, Warren, Watkins,
White, Winslow, Woodson, Wortendyke, Wright (Ga.),
Wright (Tenn.), Zollicoffer-109.

[The four in italics had hitherto voted anti-Lecompton.]

-5.

Quitman-5.

NEW-JERSEY.-Huyler, Wortendyke-2.
NORTH CAROLINA.-Shaw, Ruffin, Winslow, Branch,
Scales, Craige, Clingman-7.
New-YORK.-Searing, Taylor, Sickles, Kelly, Maclay,
John Cochrane, Ward, Russell, Corning, Hatch-10.
OHIO.-Miller, Burns-2.

PENNSYLVANIA.-Florence, Landy, Phillips, Glancy Jones, Leidy, Dimmick, White, Ahl, Gilis, Reilly, Dewart-11.

SOUTH CAROLINA.-McQueen, Miles, Keit, Bonham, Boyce-5.

NAYS.-Messrs. Abbott, Andrews, Bennett, Billinghurst, Bingham, Blair, Bliss, Brayton, Buffinton, Burlingame, Burroughs, Campbell, Case, Chaffee, Chapman, Clark Conn.), Clark (N. Y.), Clawson, Cockerill, Colfax, Comins, Covode, Cox, Cragin, Curtis, Damrell, Davis (Md.), Davis (Ind.), Davis (Mass.), Davis (Iowa), Dawes, Dean, Dick, Dodd, Durfee, Edie, Farnsworth, Fenton, Foley, Foster, Giddings, Gilman, Gooch, Goodwin, Granger, Groesbeck, Grow, Hall (Mass.), Harlan, Harris (Md.), Harris, (III.), Haskin, Hickman, Hoard, Horton, Howard, Kellogg, Kelsey, Knapp, Lawrence, Leiter, Lovejoy, Marshall (Ky.) Marshall (Ill.), Matteson, Montgomery, MorRepublicans, 92; Democrats, 22; Americans, 6. Total gan, Morrill, Morris (Penn.,) Morris (Ill.), Morse (Me.),

Morse (N. Y.), Mott, Murray, Nichols, Palmer, Pettit, Pike, Potter, Pottle, Purviance, Ricaud, Ritchie, Robbins, Royce, Shaw (Ill.), Sherman (Ohio), Sherman (N. Y.), Smith (Ill.), Spinner, Stanton, Stewart (Penn.), Tappan, Thompson, Tompkins, Underwood, Wade, Walbridge, Waldron, Walton, Washburne (III.), Washburne (Me.), Wilson, Wood-108.

TENNESSEE.-Watkins, MAYNARD, S. A. Smith, Savage, READY, Jones, Wright, ZOLLICOFFER, Atkins, Avery-10. TEXAS.-Bryan, Reagan-2.

VIRGINIA. Garnet, Millson, Caskie, Goode, Bocock,
Powell, Smith, Faulkner, Letcher, Clemens, Jenkins, Ed-
mundson, Hopkins-18. Total, 112.
Absent-Caruthers (Mo.)

RECAPITULATION.

Yeas.

-120.
Nays.
Democrats, 104; Americans, 8. Total-112.

The bill having been returned to the Senate on the second day of April, Mr. Green moved to disagree to the House amendment which motion was adopted: Yeas, 34, Nays, 22.

The following are the Nays:

Messrs. Broderick, Cameron, Chandler, Clark, Collamer, Crittenden, Dixon, Doolittle, Douglas, Fessenden, Foot, Foster, Hale, Hamlin, Harlan, King, Seward, Simmons, Stuart, Trumball, Wade, Wilson.

In the House of Representatives, on the 7th of April, Mr. Montgomery, of Pennsylvania, moved that the House adhere to its amend ment, which motion was carried, Yeas, 119, Nays 111-the vote being the same as on the adoption of the amendment, with the exception of Messrs. Marshall and Bowie, who paired off

and did not vote.

The following, not voting, had paired off: Adrain with Huyler, Dimmick with McKibbin, Gillis with Roberts, Clark B. Cochrane with Sickles, Reilly with Thayer, Taylor (La.) with Kunkel (Pa.), Washburne (Wis.) with Arnold, Olin with Corning. Whiteley, absent.

The Committee of Conference was composed of Messrs. James S. Green, (Mo.), Robert M. T. Hunter, (Va), and William H. Seward, (N. Y ), of the Senate; and Messrs. William H. English, (Ind.), Alexander H. Stephens, (Ga.), and William A. Howard, (Mich.), on the part of the House.

On the 23d of April, the Committee made

On the 13th of April, the Senate voted to in-their report (susceptible of various interpretations), Messrs. Soward of the Senate, and Howard, of the House, dissenting. After a running fight of a week between the friends and opponents of the new scheme, on the 30th of April, the report of the Committee was adopted by both branches of Congress. It was as follows:

sist and ask for a conference committee, Yeas, 30, Nays, 24-the Nays being the same as the Nays on Mr. Green's motion to disagree, with the addition of Messrs. Bell and Sumner. On the following day, the House received a message from the Senate insisting on its disagreement and asking a committee of conference, An Act for the Admission of the State of Kansas when Mr. Montgomery, of Pa., moved that the of Kansas did, by a convention of delegates assembled into the Union.-Whereas, the people of the Territory House insist on its adherence, oz which he de-at Lecompton on the 7th day of Nov., 1857, for that pur

pose, form for themselves a constitution and State | held that the people of Kansas do not desire adınission inf government, which constitution is republican; and the Union with said Constitution under the conditions s ohereas, at the same time and place, said convention forth in said proposition: and in that event the people did adopt an ordinance, which said ordinance asserts said Territory are hereby authorized and empowered that Kansas, when admitted as a State, will have an un- form for themselves a Constitution and State Governmen doubted right to tax the lands within her limits belong by the name of the State of Kansas, according to the Fe ing to the United States, and proposes to relinquish said eral Constitution, and may elect delegates for that purpo: asserted right if certain conditions set forth in said or- whenever, and not before, it is ascertained by a cens dinance be accepted and agreed to by the Congress of duly and legally taken, that the population of said Ter the United States; and whereas, the said constitution tory equals or exceeds the ratio of representation require and ordinance have been presented to Congress by order for a member of the House of Representatives of the Co of said convention, and admission of said Territory into gress of the United States; and whenever thereafter su the Union thereon as a State requested; and whereas, delegates shall assemble in Convention, they shall first d said ordinance is not acceptable to Congress, and it is termine by a vote whether it is the wish of the people desirable to ascertain whether the people of Kansas the proposed State to be admitted into the Union at th concur in the changes in said ordinance, hereinafter time; and, if so, shall proceed to form a Constitution, a stated, and desire admission into the Union as a State take all necessary steps for the establishment of a Sta as herein proposed: Therefore, Government, in conformity with the Federal Constitutio subject to suchlimitations and restrictions as to the mode ar manner of its approval or ratification by the people of t proposed State as they may have prescribed by law, ar shall be entitled to admission into the Union as a State u der such Constitution, thus fairly and legally made, with ‹ without Slavery, as said Constitution may prescribe.

§ 2. And be it further enacted, That for the pu pose of insuring, as far as possible, that the elections a thorized by this act may be fair and free, the Governo United States District Attorney, and Secretary of the Te ritory of Kansas, and the presiding officers of the t branches of its Legislature, namely, the President of ti Council and the Speaker of the House of Representative are hereby constituted a board of Commissioners to cari into effect the provisions of this act, and to use all tl means necessary and proper to that end. And three ( them shall constitute a board; and the board shall hav power and authority to designate and establish precinc for voting or to adopt those already established; to cau polls to be opened at such places as it may deem proper the respective counties and election precincts of said Te ritory; to appoint as judges of election at each of th several places of voting, three discreet and respectab persons, any two of whom shall be competent to act; require the sheriffs of the several counties, by themselv or deputies, to attend the judges at each of the places c voting, for the purpose of preserving peace and good o der; or the said board may, instead of said sheriffs ar their deputies, appoint at their discretion, and in such i stances as they may choose, other fit persons for the san purpose. The election hereby authorized shall continu one day only, and shall not be continued later than su down on that day. The said board shall appoint the da for holding said election, and the said Governor shall a nounce the same by proclamation; and the day shall t as early a one as is consistent with due notice thereof the people of said Territory, subject to the provisions this act. The said board shall have full power to prescri the time, manner, and place of said election, and to dire the time (within) which returns shall be made to the sa board, whose duty it shall be to announce the result proclamation, and the said Governor shall certify the san to the President of the United States without delay.

Be it enacted, etc., That the State of Kansas be, and is hereby admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original States, in all respects whatever, but upon this fundamental condition precedent, namely: That the question of admission with the following proposition, in lieu of the ordinance framed at Lecompton, be submitted to a vote of the people of Kansas, and aesented to by them or a majority of the voters voting at an election to be held for that purpose, namely: That the following propositions be, and the same are hereby offered to the people of Kansas for acceptance or rejection, which, if accepted, shall be obligatory on the United States and upon the said State of Kansas, to wit: First, That sections mumber sixteen and thirtysix in every township of public lands in said State, or where either of said sections or any part thereof has been sold or otherwise disposed of, other lands equivalent thereto, and as contiguous as may be, shall be granted to said State for the use of schools. Second, That seventy-two sections of land shall be set apart and reserved for the support of a State University, to be selected by the Governor of said State, subject to the approval of the Commissioners of the General LandOffice, and to be appropriated and applied in such manner as the legislature of said State may prescribe for the purpose aforesaid, but for no other purpose. Third, That ten entire sections of land, to be selected by the Governor of said State, in legal subdivisions, shall be granted to said State for the purpose of completing the public buildings, or for the erection of others at the seat of government, under the d rection of the legislature thereof. Fourth, That all salt springs within said State, not exceeding twelve in number, with six sections of land adjoining, or as contiguous as may be to each, shall be granted to said State for its use, the same to be selected by the Governor thereof, within one year after the admission of said State; and, when so selected, to be used or disposed of on such terms, conditions and regulations as the legislature may direct: Provided, That no salt spring or land, the right whereof is now vested in any individual or individuals, or which may hereafter be confirmed or adjudged to any individual or individuals, shall by this article be granted to said State. Fifth, That five per centum of the net proceeds of sales of all public lands lying within said State which shall be sold by Congress after the admission of said State into the Union, after deducting all the expenses incident to the same, shall be paid to said State for the purpose of making public roads and internal improvements, as the legislature shall direct: Provided, The foregoing propositions herein offered are on the condition that said State of Kansas shall never interfere with the primary disposal of the lands of the United States, or with any regulations which Congress may find necessary for securing the title in said soil to bona fide purchasers thereof, and that no tax shall be imposed on lands belonging to the United States, and that in no case shall non-resident proprietors be taxed higher than residents. Sixth, And that said State shall never tax the lands or property of the United States in that State.

At the said election the voting shall be by ballot, and by indorsing on his ballot, as each voter may be pleased, "Proposition accepted," or "Proposition rejected." Should a majority of the votes cast be for "Proposition accepted," the President of the United States, as soon as the fact is duly made known to him, shall announce the same by proclamation; and thereafter, and without any further proceedings on the part of Congress, the admission of the State of Kansas into the Union upon an equal footing with the original States in all respects whatever shall be complete and absolute; and said State shall be entitled to one member in the House of Representatives in the Congress of the United States until the next census be taken by the Federal Government. But should a majority of the votes cast be for "Proposition rejected," it shall be deemed and

§3. And be it further enacted, That in the electic hereby authorized, all white male inhabitants of said Te ritory, over the age of twenty-one years, who possess t qualifications which were required by the laws of said Te ritory for a legal voter at the last general election for t members of the Territorial Legislature, and none othe shall be allowed to vote; and this shall be the only quali cation required to entitle the voter to the right of suffra in said election. And if any person not so qualified sh vote or offer to vote, or if any person shall vote more th once at said election, or shall make, or cause to be mad any false, fictitious, or fraudulent returns, or shall alter change any returns of said election, such person shall, u on conviction thereof before any court of competent jur diction, be kept at hard labor not less than six months a not more than three years.

§ 4. And be it further enacted, That the membe of the aforesaid board of commissioners, and all perso appointed by them to carry into effect the provisions this act, shall, before entering upon their duties, take oath to perform faithfully the duties of their respecti offices and on failure thereof, they shall be liable subject to the same charges and penalties as are provid in like cases under the Territorial laws.

5. And be it further enacted, That the office mentioned in the preceding section shall receive for th services the same compensation as is given for like servic

under the Territorial laws.

The vote in the Senate, on agreeing to the Conference Co
mittee's Report, stood-Yeas, 80; Nays, 22; as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Allen, Bayard, Benjamin, Bigler, Big
Bright, Brown, Clay, Davis. Evans, Fitzpatrick, Gree

Gwin, Hammond, Houston, Hunter, Iverson, Johnson (Ark)
Johnson (Tenn.), Jones, Kennedy, Mallory, Mason, Polk,
Pugh, Sebastian, Thompson (N.J.), Toombs, Wright, Yulee.
NAYS.-Messrs. Broderick, Cameron, Chandler, Colla-
mer, Crittenden, Dixon, Doolittle, Douglas, Durkee,
Fessenden, Foot, Foster, Hale, Hamlin, Harlan, King,
Seward, Simmons, Stuart, Trumbull, Wade, Wilson.
PAIRED.-Bell with Pearce, Fitch with Sumner.
ABSENT. Clark, Bates, Henderson, Reid, Thompson
(Ky.), Slidell.

In the House, on the final vote, among those who had voted against the original Lecompton Bill and who now supported the English scheme, were Gilmer, Am., of N. C., and the following Democrats, viz.: English and Foley, of Ind; Cockerill, Cox, Groesbeck, Hall, Lawrence and Pendleton, of Ohio; and Owen Jones, of Pa. Gen.

Quitman, of Mississippi, and Mr. Bonham, of S. C., fire eaters, voted No, and the following members "paired off," viz.: Washburn (Wis.) with Arnold; Matteson with Reuben Davis; Purviance with Dimmick; Morrill with Faulkner; Horton with Hill; J. C. Kunkel with Miles Taylor; Montgomery with Warren; Thompson with Stewart (Md.); and Wood with George Taylor.

In accordance with this act of Congress, the people of Kansas went into an election on the 3d of August, 1858. Notwithstanding the liberal offers in regard to donations to Kansas of public lands, in this bill, and the threat that if the people did not accept a State Government with the Lecompton Constitution, they should not be permitted to come in as a State with any Constitution, till they should have a full population of 93,340, still, the Lecompton Constitution was again rejected by more than ten thousand majority. This may be regarded as the final disposition of this famous Constitution. From first to last, it had been the cause or the subject of more speeches in Congress than any measure ever brought before that body.

retaining as a part of the new State the western gold region about Pike's Peak, which was beginning to attract great numbers of immigrants; for the exclusion from the State of free negroes, and for the prohibition of bank issues, but had been defeated as to all these points.

By the Constitution, as adopted, the boundaries of the new State were declared to be the State of Missouri on the east, the 37th parallel of north latitude on the south, the 41st parallel of north latitude on the north, and the 23d meridian of longitude west from Washington on the west. The western boundary cuts off the Pike's Peak region and the desert which bounds it on the east, and limits the new State to the habitable eastern portion of the Territory, embracing an area of some sixty thousand square miles. The Executive is to consist of a Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Attorney-General, and Superintendent of Public Schools, to be chosen by the people, and to serve for two years. The House of Representatives is to consist of seventy-five members, to serve one year, and the Senate of twenty-five Senators, to serve two years, the numbers to be regulated by law, but never to exceed one hundred Representatives, and thirty-three Senators. The pay is to be three dollars a day and fifteen cents per mile travel. All bills must originate with the House, and no act can include more than one subject. The Supreme Court is to consist of three Judges, to be chosen by the people, to hold office for six years, one to go out every two years. There are to be five District Judges, to be chosen by the people of their respective districts, and to serve for four years. Each county is to choose a Judge of Probate, to serve for two years, and each township is to choose Justices of the Peace, to serve also for two years. Elections are to be by ballot. Every white male adult who is a citizen of the United States, or who has declared his intention to become one, having been a resident in the State for six months, and

THE WYANDOT CONSTITUTION.

The Territorial Legislature passed an act (Feb. 11, 1859) to refer the question to the people of a new Constitutional Convention, the election to be held on the first Tuesday in March, 1859. The election was held, and resulted in a majority of 3,881 in favor of a Convention. This result being ascertained, the Governor issued his proclamation for an election of delegates. The old party organizations were now abandoned, and those of Republicans in the precinct for thirty days, is entitled to vote. and Democrats substituted, and it was on this The State is prohibited from becoming a basis that the canvass for the election of dele-party in carrying on any work of internal imgates proceeded. The Convention was to provement, nor can any debt, to exceed a milconsist of fifty-two delegates. The Democrats lion of dollars, be contracted, unless the quesproclaimed themselves disciples of Mr. Douglas tion be previously submitted to, and the debt and his Territorial Sovereignty doctrine, and authorized by, a popular vote; and in all cases decidedly opposed to making Kansas a Slave a special tax must be levied sufficient to pay the State. The Leavenworth district, where, interest and provide a sinking fund adequate through its contractors for army supplies, the to meet the principal when becomes due. All Government exercised a great influence, and corporations, banks included, must be estabwhich from its population was entitled to ten lished under general laws only, and the corpodelegates, elected the Democratic ticket, not, rators made liable to twice the amount of their however, without the aid of fraudulent votes. stock. The sale of lottery tickets is prohibited. But the Republicans, by their predominance in The schedule annexed to the Constitution other parts of the Territory, succeeded in claimed of Congress $500,000, or in lieu theresecuring a majority in the Convention of thirty- of 500,000 acres of land, to meet the claims five to seventeen. audited to nearly that amount for losses in. curred by citizens of Kansas during the late troubles. The Commissioners had declined to entertain the claim of the New-England Emi grant Aid Society, to the amount of $25,000, for the destruction of their hotel at Lawrence, on the ground that they had no authority to

The Convention met at Wyandot on the 5th of July, and adjourned on the 27th of the same month, after adopting a Constitution by a vote of thirty-four to thirteen, all the Democrats present voting against it and refusing to sign it. They had strenuously contended, in the Convention, for the annexation to Kansas of act on any claims except those presented by that part of Nebraska south of the Platte; for citizens of Kansas, and the Convention de

DAVIS, Edmundson, English (Indiana), Garnett, Gar trell, GILMER, Hamilton, HARDEMAN, John T. Harris, Hawkins, HILL, Hindman, Houston, Hughes Jackson, Jenkins, Jones, Keitt, Lamar, JAMES M. LEACH, Leake, Love, MALLORY, MAYNARD, McQueen, McRae,

A grant is asked from Congress of 4,550,000 acres of land for internal improvements, also the swamp lands of the State to be appropriated | Miles, Millson, LABAN T. MOORE, Sydenham Moore, NELSON, Noell, Pugh, QUARLES; Reagan. Ruffin, Scott (Cal.), as a school fund. Sickles (N. Y.), Simms, Singleton, Wm. Smith, W. N. H. SMITH, Stallworth, Stevenson, STOKES, Thomas, VANCE, Whitely, Winslow, Woodson.

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Democrats, in Italics, (8 from Free States),
Americans, in SMALL CAPS (all from Slave States),

clined to go beyond the report of the Commis

sioners.

Prefixed to the Constitution is a Bill of Rights, which includes a prohibition of Slavery. This Bill of Rights also provides that no person shall be incompetent to testify on account of his religious belief.

By a provision of the schedule, this Constitution was submitted to a popular vote on the first Tuesday in October, which resulted in its ratification by the people by a majority of some four thousand. The Territorial election in November attracted but little interest from the general expectation of the admission of the State under the new Constitution. The Republicans, however, succeeded in electing their delegate to Congress and a majority of the Legislature.

Mr. Barksdale, demanded the Yeas and Nays -ordered.

The question was then taken, and decided in the affirmative: Yeas, 134; Nays, 73, as follows: YEAS-Messrs. Chas. F. Adams, A drain, Aldrich, Allen, Alley, Ashley, Babbitt, Barr, Barrett, Beale, Bingham, Blair (Pa.), Blake, Brayton, BRIGGS, Buffinton, Burch, Burlingame, Burnham, Butterfield, Campbell, Carey, Carter, Case, Horace F. Clark, Clark B. Cochrane, John Cochrane, Colfax, Conkling, Cooper, Corwin, Covode, Cox, Curtis, Dawes, Delano, Duell, Dunn, Edgerton, Edwards, Elliot, Ely, ETHERIDGE, Farnsworth, Fenton, Ferry, Florence. Foster, Fouke, Frank, French, Gooch, Grow, Gurley, Hale, Hall, Haskin, Helmick, Hickman, Hoard, Holman, Howard (Ohio), Humphry, Hutchins, Irvine, Junkin, Francis W. Kellogg, William Kellogg, Kenyon, Kilgore, Killinger, Larrabee, De Witt C. Leach, Lee, Logan, Longnecker, Loomis, Lovejoy, Marston, Chas. D. Martin, McClernand, McKean, McKnight, McPherWm. Montgomery, Moorehead, Morrill, Edward Joy Morris, Isaac N. Morris, Morse, Niblack, Nixon, Olin, Palmer, Pendleton, Perry, Pettit, Porter, Potter, Pottle, Rice, Riggs, Christopher Robinson, James C. Robin son, Royce, Schwartz, Scranton, Sedgwick, Spaulding, Spinner, Stanton, Stevens, Wm. Stewart, Stout, Stratton, Tappan, Thayer, Theaker, Tompkins, Train, Trimble, Vallandigham, Vandever, Verree, Waldron, Walton, C. C. Washburn, E. B. Washburne, Israel Washburn, WEBSTER, Wells, Wilson, Windom, Wood, Woodruff.

son,

The first State Election under this Constitution was held December 6, 1859, and resulted in the election of Charles Robinson (Rep.) as Governor by 2513 majority. Martin F. Conway (Rep.) for Congress by 2107 majority, and the entire Republican ticket for State officers by majorities ranging from 2000 to 2,500, also a Legislature which was Republican in both branches by very decided majorities.

Mr. Hunter moved to postpone the subject, and take up the Army bill.

Feb. 15-Mr. Grow introduced in the House, Mr. Trumbull opposed the motion. He should keep a bill to admit Kansas under the Wyandot Con- the Kansas bill before the Senate till it was finally disstitution. Referred to Committee on Territo-posed of. It was more important than the appropriation bills, which appeared to be kept back in order to ries, which (March 29th) reported (majority) interrupt other important business. through Mr. Grow in favor of admission.

Mr. Seward hoped the friends of Kansas would let a vote be taken, so that the responsibility might lie where

it belonged.

April 11.-Mr. Grow demanded the Previous Question on the passage of the Bill, which was seconded, and the main question ordered.

Republicans, in Roman,

Democrats (from Free States.), in Italics,
Anti-Lecompton Democrats, Roman spaced,
Americans, in SMALL CAPS,

103
22

6

8

55

18

78

Total,

PAIRED-D a vis (Indiana), with Phelps.
Sherman with HARRIS, of Md.
Wade with Peyton.

Somes with McClay (N.Y.)
Van Wyck with Underwood.
Burroughs with Dejarnette.
ABSENT UNPAIRED Davis (Mis.), Landrum, Martin,
(Va.), Kunkel.

Senate, Feb. 21st. -Mr. Seward introduced a

bill for the admission of Kansas under the Wyandotte Constitution.

On the 5th June, this bill being under consideration,

Mr. Wigfall, of Tex., explained his views. He declared he would not vote for the admission of this socalled State, under any circumstances. He objected to their moral character, and was not willing Texas should associate with such a State.

Mr. Greene's amendment, to change the boundary

(taking in Pike's Peak), was discussed by Mr. Wade, who said the effect of the amendment would be to defeat the bill.

The vote was taken by yeas and nays, and resulted, Yeas, 32; Nays, 27. It was a strict party vote, except that Messrs Pugh (Dem., Ohio) and Latham (Dem., Cal.) voted with the Republicans not to postpone. Mr. Kennedy (S. Am., Md.) voted with the Democrats. Messrs. Crittenden (S. Am, Ky.), Douglas, Clay, (Dem. Ala.), and Nicholson (Dem., Tenn) were absent. Messrs. Douglas and Clay were paired.

So the motion to postpone, and take up the Army bill prevailed.

Mr. Trumbull called attention to the fact that the

Thre

Senator from Pennsylvania (Bigler) desired to postpone
the Kansas bill because the Senate was not full.
vote showed that sixty votes had been cast, with two
paired off, showing the fullest vote of the session.

He said the effect of the vote just taken was equivalent to the defeat of the Kansas bill and the Senator from Pennsylvania must have known the effect of his vote.

Mr. Wigfall desired to call attention to the fact that the House had once defeated the Army bill, because it did not want the army used against the Black Republi

can thieves and murderers in Kansas.

June 7.-Mr. Wade, of Ohio, moved to take up the Kansas bill, which was lost-as follows:

Chandler, Clark, Collamer, Dixon, Doolittle, Durkee,
YEAS-Messrs. Anthony, Bigler, Bingham, Cameron,
Fessenden, Foot, Foster, Grimes, Hale, Hamlin, Harlan,
King, Pugh, Seward, Simmons, Sumner, Ten Eyck. Trum
bull, Wade, Wilkinson, Wilson, Republicans, 25; Demo-
Crats, (Bigler and Pugh) 2-27.

NAYS-Messrs. Bayard, Benjamin, Bragg, Bright, Brown, Chesnut, Clingman, Davis, Fitch, Fitzpatrick, Greene, Gwin, Hammond, Hemphill, Hunter, Iverson, Johnson, (Tenn.) Lane, Latham, Mallory, Mason, Nichol son, Pearce, Polk, Powell, Rice, Sebastian, Slidell, Thomson, Toombs, Wigfall, Yulee.-82. [All Democrats.]

Total,

184

NAYS-Messrs. GREEN ADAMS, Thos. L. Ander son, W.

C. ANDERSON, Ashmore, Avery, Barksdale, Bocock, Bon-nedy and Saulsbury absent.

ham, BOTELER, Boyce, BRABSON Branch, BRISTOW, Burnett, John B. Clark, Clopton, Cobb, James Craig

Burton Craige, Crawford, Curry, Davidson, HENRY W still in the condition of a Territory.

Mr. Douglas was paired with Mr. Clay; Crittenden (Am.), with Johnson, of Ark., Ken

So both Houses adjourned and left Kansas

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