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RULES AND PRACTICE
IN WHICH 16 ALSO INCLUDED
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
WITH THE AMENDMENTS THERETO,
AND SO MUCH OF JEFFERSON'S MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY
PRACTICE AS UNDER RULE XLIV GOVERNS THE HOUSE,
STANDING RULES AND ORDERS FOR CONDUCTING BUSINESS IN THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ;
TABLES SHOWING COMMENCEMENT AND TERMINATION OF EACH SESSION OF CONGRESS WITH
TION, AND OTAER MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTEREST.
HENRY H: SMITH,
of February 17, 1890.
1st Sess. 51st Coxg.
THE NEW YORK
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1890, by
HENRY H. SMITH, In the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.
The compiler deems it proper to again call attention to the fact that the general plan observed in the last (eleventh) edition of the Digest has been followed in this volume for the reason then stated, i. e., that uniformity of arrangement of matter in a work of this character is of the first importance, and, except for manifest reasons, should not be changed.
The Constitution of the United States, with the very copious foot and marginal notes referring to decisions of the Supreme Court as published in the second edition of the Revised Statutes, including those made by Mr. Boutwell, and also such as have been rendered since his compilation down toand including those reported in the 111th United States Supreme Court Report, together with a very full analytical index, is republished.
Jefferson's Manual, together with considerable matter by way of addenda, giving in brackets or foot-notes the present rules and general practice of the Senate (pp. 101 to 192); a table show. ing the commencement and termination of each session of Congress, together with the names of each Speaker and Clerk (pp. 193 to 190); a table showing the population of the United States as determined by the Ninth and Tenth Censuses (p. 197); a table showing the apportionment of Representatives in Congress from 1787, including the apportionment under the last census and the formation of States and Territories (pp. 198, 199); a diagram of the Hall of the House, showing the seats of members (pp. 200, 201); a list of the Representatives and Delegates of the House (pp. 203 to 213); a list of the standing and select committees for the present session (pp. 215 to 232); tables showing the contents of the volumes comprising the Annals of Congress (p. 282), Congressional Debates (pp. 352, 353), Congressional Globe (pp. 353 to 357), Congressional Record (pp. 357 to 360), arranged by years and Congresses; a list of impeachment trials in Congress and the British Parliament (pp. 401, 402,; a table showing the sessions of Congress convened at times other than the date fixed by the Constitution (p. 524); a table giving a list of the “extra sessions” of Congress convened by the President (p. 525); a list of the special sessions of the Senate of the United States from 1789 to 1889 (p. 525); the “ Bowman” and “ Tucker" acts relating to claims before Con. gress (307 to 313); an important decision by Judge Dyer relating to the privileges of members under section 6, article 1, of the Constitution (430 to 436); a table showing the contents of the twenty-five volumes of the Statutes at Large; a statement showing the qualifications of voters in the several States (p.547), and a list of the contested election cases in the present House (p. 558), are also published as matters of general interest and convenient reference.
In view of the fact that no joint rules bave been adopted since the Forty-third Congress—thus leaving unregulated the manner of transacting business with the Senate, including the appointment and proceedings of conference committees, the enrollment of bills, and their presentation to the President, etc.the compiler has included in this edition numerous additional decisions and much additional matter in relation to conference committees and methods of procedure, together with many late decisions touching general appropriation bills and practice in Committees of the Whole.
Special attention is again called to the plan of the index to the Rules and Digest, which has thus far received universal commnendation. Ia the earlier editions the index did not separate or distinguish between a rule or ruling thereon, so that until the page was found and the subject examined, it was impossible to determine its exact character. In this, as in recent editions, the rule and ruling are carefully separated, and a glance suffices to show just where to look for the subject or matter sought. To those familiar with legislative proceedings and parliamentary discussions the value of this will readily appear.
Under each sub-head is given first the reference to a particu. lar rule or rules, by clauses, and then follows the reference to the Digest proper, which may either be an extract or citation from the Constitution, Revised Statutes, a House Journal, or a statement of the compiler as to the parliamentary practice in respect to any particular subject or matter.
HENRY II. SMITH.
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