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COMPENSATION OF COMMISSIONERS UNDER THE ACT FOR
THE SUPPRESSION OF BIGAMY, &c.
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
A communication from the Secretary of the Interior, recommending amend
ments to the act in reference to bigamy, approved March 22, 1882.
APRIL 3, 1832.-Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed.
To the Senate and House of Representatives :
I transmit herewith for the consideration of Congress a letter from the Secretary of the Interior, in which he sets forth the necessity which will exist for an appropriation for the payment of the commissioners to be appointed under the recent act of Congress entitled "An act to amend section 5352 of the Revised Statutes of the United States in reference to bigamy, and for other purposes,” and also for the payment of the election officers to be appointed by said commissioners.
In this connection I submit to Congress that in view of the important and responsible duties devolved upon the commissioners under this act, their compensation at three thousand dollars per annum, as provided therein, should be increased to a sum not less than five thousand dol. lars per annum.
Such increased compeusation, in my judgment, would secure a higher order of ability in the persons to be selected and tend more effectually to carry out the objects of the act.
CHESTER A. ARTIIUR. EXECUTIVE MAXSION,
April 3, 1882.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
Washington, March 24, 1882. . Sir: I beg leave to call your attention to some of the provisions of an act recently passed by Congress entitled "An act to amend section 5352 of the Revised Statutes of the United States in reference to big. amy, and for other purposes."
It is provided in section 9 of said act
That all the registration and election offices of every description in the Territory of Utah are hereby declared vacant, and each and every duty relating to the registration of voters, the conduct of elections, the receiving or rejection of votes, and the canvassing and returning of the same, and the issuing of certiticates or other evidence of election in said Territory, shall, until other provision be made by the legislative assembly of said Territory, as is hereinafter by this sectiou provided, be performed, under the existing laws of the United States and of said Territory, by proper persons who shall be appointed to execute such offices and perform such duties by a board of live persons to be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, not more than three of whom shall be members of one political party, and a majority of whom shall be a quorum.
It will be seen that all the registration and election offices of every description in the Territory of Utah are by this act declared vacant, and that the duties of the present officers are devolved upon others to be appointed by the commission of five persons provided for in the act. No appropriation is made for the payment of these officers to be thus appointed.
The laws of the Territory upon the subject of the payment of these officers are somewhat obscure, but it appears that they are county officers, and their compensation is no doubt paid from the treasuries of the counties, and it may be doubted whether the officials of the counties could not, and would not, interpose such obstacles to the payment of the new officers as would render it very difficult, if not impossible, to get proper persons to perform the duties. If for this cause proper persons could not be procured to serve, the purpose of the act would be defeated.
There should be an appropriation for the payment of these officers, and also for the payment of the members of the commission for office rent, and for incidental expenses of the office, including postage. The latter item would necessarily be large, and should not be borne by the commission. Very respectfully,
S. J. KIRKWOOD,
Secretary. The PRESIDENT.
47TH CONGRESS, Į HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 1st Session.
IMPRISONMENT OF THOMAS SHIELDS AND CHARLES
WEBER IN MEXICO.
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
IN RESPONSE TO
A resolution of the House of Representatives, transmitting a communication from the Secretary of State in reference to the arrest and imprisonment of Thomas Shields and Charles Weber in Mexico.
APRIL 3, 1882.-Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed.
To the House of Representatives :
I forward herewith, in compliance with a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 6th of February ultimo, calling for information in reference to the arrest and imprisonment in Mexico of certain American citizens, a further report from the Secretary of State, and its accompanying paper, concerning the case of Thomas Shields and Charles Weber, to which that resolution refers.
CHESTER d. ARTHUR. EXECUTIVE MANSION,
Washington, April 3, 1882.
To the PRESIDENT:
The Secretary of State, in further response to the resolution of the House of Representatives of February 6 last, touching the imprisonment in Mexico of Thomas Shields and two other American citizens, has now the honor to communicate a copy of a dispatch from the United States minister at the city of Mexico, of the 4th instant, No. 370, detailing the particulars in regard to the arrest and imprisonment of Thomas Shields and Charles Weber, as called for by that resolution.
It will be observed from Mr. Morgan's dispatch that he promptly rendered to Mr. Shields and his companion every possible assistance.
FRED'K T. FRELINGHUYSEN. DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Washington, April 3, 1882.
Mr. Daris to Mr. Morgan. No. 229.]
DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Washington, February 10, 1882. SIR: It is desired that you will promptly report to the Department, for communication to the House of Representatives in response to its resolution of the 6th instant, a copy of which is herewith inclosed, any known or ascertainable facts concerning the alleged arrest and impris. onment of Thomas Shields and two other American citizens, at Apam, Mexico, for breach of civil contract. am, &c.,
J. C. BANCROFT DAVIS,
Mr. Morgan to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
Merico, March 4, 1882. (Received March 17.) SIR: I proceed to answer your dispatch No. 229, February 10, 1882, which, with its inclosure (resolution of the House of Representatives, February 6, 1882), I received this morning.
About the 15th January last I received a letter dated “Apam Jail," January 13, 1882, signed by Thomas Shields, Charles Weber, and Pbilip Salm, in wbich it was stated that two of the parties (Shields and Weber) were citizens of the United States; that they were from Pittsburgh; that they had hired to come to Appazaco as glass-blowers for $130 per month, in coin of the United States; that on their arrival in Mexico they were sent to Apam (instead of Appazaco); that there was no furnace built; that they did not commence work until December; that they claimed wages at the rate of $130 per month from 14th July, 1851, to the time they stopped (20 January, 1852); that they had asked for a settlement several times and had been refused; that they had informed their employers they would not work without a settlement; that they left for home, taking the regular train; that, arrived at Vera Cruz, they were arrested upon a charge of having obtained goods under false pretenses; and they asked me to send them a lawyer to defend them.
A copy of their letter I inclose.
I had known of these men before. They had called at the legation with the view of obtaining some advice from me with respect to the contract (which I gave them as well as I could), and I know from them that Mr. James Lohse, a citizen of the United States doing business here, had been instrumental in bringing them to Mexico.
On the day I received their letter I sent Mr. Neill to see Mr. Lohse, believing that he could cause the proceedings against them to cease. Mr. Lohse gave him some information with reference to the men, their conduct here, &c., and said he would call at the legation in the afternoon to see me. I waited for him until late in the evening. As he did