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The Speaker decided, on the facts as stated by the chairman of the committee, that the two parts of the amendment were to be treated as separate questions, and that it would be divided accord. ingly.
From this decision of the Chair Mr. Wise took an appeal to the House, on the ground that the committee had reported the amendment, as an entire amendment, to strike out and insert.
And the question was put,
Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the House ?
And passed in the affirmative, yeas, 98; nays, 89.
FEBRUARY 26, 1841. The House proceeded to the consideration of bill No. 544, in Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union ; and, after some time spent therein, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. McKay reported that the committee had, according to order, had the state of the Union generally under consideration, particularly the bill (No. 544) making appropriations for the naval service for the year 1841, and had directed him to report the same, without amendment.
The question was stated, Shall the bill be engrossed and read a third time? when
Mr. Evans moved the following amendments,
In the 13th line thereof, strike out "one mil. lion four hundred and twenty-five thousand," and insert two millions.
In line 18, strike out “fifteen,” and insert twenty-five.
In line 20, strike out “ twenty-five thousand two hunded,” and insert forty-two thousand.
In line 23, strike out “ forty-six thousand eight hundred," and insert seventy-eight thousand.
In line 25, strike out “five thousand four hun. dred,” and insert nine thousand.
In line 27, strike out “six thousand six hun. dred," and insert eleven thousand.
In line 30, strike out “twenty-nine thousand four hundred," and insert fifty-nine thousand.
In line 32, strike out “twelve,” and insert twenty.
Mr. Dromgoole raised a question of order, whether it was in order to offer a series of amend. ments at one time.
The Speaker decided that it was not in order to offer more than one amendinent at a time, and that the foregoing amendments were not in order.
From this decision Mr. Evans appealed; and, pending the question on said appeal,
The House adjourned.
On the succeeding day Mr. Evans withdrew his appeal, and the decision of the Speaker was acquiesced in.
JOHN TYLER, Virginia, President.
SAMUEL L. SOUTHARD, of New Jersey, President of the
Isaac C. Bates,
William R. King,
Robert J. Walker,
Alexander Mouton, Nathaniel P. Tallmadge, Alexander Barrow, New Jersey.
William S. Fulton,
Lewis F. Linn,
Thomas H. Benton,
James T. Morehead,