Thaddeus Hyatt before the Senate · March 9, 1860
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FROM WASHINGTON.; Thaddeus Hyatt Tenders a Patent Light to the
Senate. MELEE OVER THE PRINTING IN THE HOUSE. MR. HYATT BEFORE THE
SENATE. THE DEBATE IN THE HOUSE. WHAT THE COMMITTEES ARE DOING. THE
PRINTING CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION. INDIAN DEPREDATIONS IN NEW-MEXICO. THE
CONDITION OF UTAH. NEW-JERSEY AND THE WASHINGTON STATUE.
WASHINGTON, Friday, March 9.
All parties, this evening, expressed themselves dissatisfied with having frittered away the day doing nothing. Mr. HYATT's lecture on the Constitutional Powers of the Senate, consumed several hours in reading, and broke down two Clerks before it was finished. Those who voted for the reading admitted themselves badly sold. Not only were the galleries vacated during the infliction, but nearly every Senator left the Chamber. At one time but nine could be seen, and they were chatting together on the Republican side. Mr. HYATT was the only listener as the reader labored on, frequently turning two and three leaves at a time. When, at last, the document was through with, on motion of Senator MASON, the refractory witness was escorted to jail, notwithstanding his logic and length of argument.
The time of the House was spent quite as unprofitably by a discussion and squabble over Mr. GURLEY'S resolution relative to the printing, which had been introduced without consultation, even with his associates. The result was the defeat of any legislation on private bills. Only one day in the week is allotted to bills of this character, and some one is always ready to trust other matter upon the House, and consume that day.
Committees had no opportunity of reporting, although many reports were ready to be presented. The Committee on claims against the Government are applying strict rules in their investigations, and acting upon established principles. They utterly repudiate the idea that the Government is a vast alimony, but hold that just claims should be promptly liquidated.
The resolutions of inquiry entered upon by Congress seem to be aching both ways. Brigadier BOWMAN was before the Committee on Expenditures to-day, and testified that he thought the present prices paid for printing were fair and reasonable. Well done, Brigadier. He will be again recalled. An inquiry will also be made into the binding contracts just given out. Mr. COOMBS, Editor of the Republic, I understand, will swear that he proposed doing the binding at prices much less than the allowance since made to other parties. Several witnesses will be examined as to the character of the binding contracts, and to whom they were let. Rich developments are anticipated.
Dispatches just received from New-Mexico report the Navajoes as overrunning the whole country. Thirty thousand sheep, three hundred horses and many other animals have been stolen from the Rio Arajo country.
Two individuals were murdered near one of the towns, and several were carried into captivity. Outrages are occurring every day. These facts, just reaching here, may cause some changes in the army orders sent you yesterday. Troops from Utah will not reach New-Mexico for two or three months, while those in New-Mexico are ordered to leave for Texas. This movement will leave the country entirely unprotected, and open to these outrages.
Capt. HOOPER, delegate from Utah, was summoned before the Senate Territorial Committee to-day, to give information touching the condition and wants of Utah and Nevada. He urged that the eastern boundary of Nevada, if constituted separate territory, to which he had no objection, should run on a line with the Humboldt Mountains. He also pressed the claims of Utah to a State Government, and discussed her proposed Constitution.
It is rumored that the Legislature of New-Jersey will make an appropriation of $50,000 for a copy of MILLS' statue of WASHINGTON, as it illustrates the brightest page in her own history. It is a deserved compliment to the artist, and just what New-Jersey should do.