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thing done, because I want to give the people of Hawaii all the 
liberties, rights, privileges, and opportunities that it is possible for 
them to enjoy. But a bill, I have been informed, is coining in here 
from the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-roads, bringing in a 
provision for a general system of postal savings banks for the United 
States. Of course that will include Hawaii, and in order to pass 
that bill we would have to get rid of the postal sys-tem in Hawaii. 
That bill would repeal the postal system as we found it in Hawaii 
and as it exists to-day. It is going on to-day, but I do not think 
actively.
In order to get this matter into a correct legislative attitude, so 
that we can vote upon it intelligently, I propose to add these two 
sections to the bill as additional sections, amending the sections 
by striking out "1899" where it occurs and inserting "1900;" so that 
it will read:
So much money as is necessary to pay said demands is hereby appropriated, out 
of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be available on and 
after the 1st day of July, 1900.
Strike out "1899" wherever it occurs in this amendment and 
insert "1900." Then we would have something, Mr. President, 
which would perfect the bill, and it is necessary to perfect it, for it 
was really a part of it when it was offered here, although it was 
sent to separate committees for the reason that the Commit-tee on 
Post-Offices and Post-Roads and the Committee on Finance are more 
properly the committees to deal with those particular features or 
the report of the commission than the Committee on Foreign 
Relations. That is why the provisions were separated and put in 
separate bills. I am not so sure but that we ought also to add the 
coinage bill, but then that is a matter about which no question has 
been raised. We have had enough questions here now to turn a 
man crazy over this bill, most of them growing out of the fact that 
Senators have not understood it.
Mr. CULLOM.   Mr. President, I think it is about the time when 
we should cease the consideration of this bill for to-night, as it is 
evident we can not finish it. Mr. MORGAN.   I will offer the 
amendment now. Mr. CULLOM.   The amendment of the Senator 
from North Carolina comes first. Mr. MORGAN.   I beg your pardon.
Mr. CULLOM.   I should like to say that I will be exceedingly 
gratified if we can fix a time tomorrow for the final disposition of this 
bill.   I am exceedingly anxious to get the bill through the Senate, so 
that it may be finally sent to the other House.   I ask the Senate 
whether we can not have unanimous consent to dispose of the bill by a 
final vote upon it to-morrow at 4 o'clock. Mr. MORGAN.   And the 
amendments? Mr. CULLOM.   The bill and amendments. Mr. HALE.   
I hope the Senator will not ask that that be done. I hope the Senator 
will not ask us to do that now.   There are several matters that are of 
importance to be discussed hereafter which have not yet been 
reached, and it is uncertain how much of the time to-morrow may be 
taken up in the consideration of the report of the Committee on 
Privileges and Elections.   I think the Senator in charge of the bill - 
while I appreciate his anxiety to close it up -  had better not now 
endeavor to fix a time for taking a vote on it. Mr. CULLOM.   Will 
the Senator consent, then, that the bill shall be finished to-morrow 
before adjournment?
Mr. HALE. I think it is very uncertain as to what time we can 
begin the consideration of the bill to-morrow.
Mr. CULLOM. I inquire of the Senator from Pennsylvania [Mr. 
PENROSE] whether it is expected that any Senator will desire to speak 
on the question in which he is interested to-morrow?
Mr. PENROSE.   I understand there are four or five Senators on both 
sides of the controversy who are ready at any time to ad-dress the 
Senate.   I also remind the Senator that the Senator from New York 
[Mr. DEPEW] has given notice of his intention to speak to-morrow on the 
Philippine question. Mr. COCKRELL.   That is to be in the morning 
hour. Mr. PENROSE.   Yes; but it will necessarily take some time 
which would otherwise undoubtedly be consumed by the 
Pennsylvania Senatorial case.
Mr. HALE. The Senator from Tennessee [Mr. TURLEY] when he 
suspended his remarks to-day gave notice that he desired on to-
morrow to continue.
Mr. PENROSE.   I understand the Senator from Tennessee expects 
to occupy at least an hour to-morrow, and if he is then interrupted as 
much as he has been to-day, he may occupy a longer time. Mr. 
HALE.   I think the Senator from Illinois had better not ask for an 
agreement this evening.
Mr. FORAKER. There is such an extreme necessity, as it seems 
to me, for legislation for Puerto Rico that I want to suggest the 
propriety of our having night sessions. I do not know what the 
sense of the Senate may be with respect to such a proposition.
Mr. HALE.   There are but few Senators now here. Mr. CULLOM.   I 
sincerely hope that the Senate will allow the Hawaiian bill to be 
considered until it is disposed of and at as early a date as is 
reasonable.   There are considerations, which I


do not care to speak of here, which render it important that the bill 
should be promptly acted upon. I should be very glad indeed to get it 
through the Senate and into the other House.
Mr. FORAKER. My great anxiety about it is that I may secure the 
consideration of the Puerto Rican bill as early as possible.
Mr. PETTUS. If the Senator from Illinois will allow me, if in 
order, I want to inquire of him whether it would not be best now to 
order the printing of the bill with the amendments to it so far as they 
have been agreed to?
Mr. CULLOM. I secured an order for its reprinting on Saturday 
night.
Mr. PETTUS. There have been so many amendments since that 
it is impossible to carry them in one's head. It is a mere suggestion 
on my part; I do not want to make any motion.
Mr. CULLOM. I think the Senator will find, on an examination of 
the last print of the bill, that there are not very many amendments 
which have been adopted to-day. I will drop the subject for the 
present, in the hope that I may get the bill through tomorrow; and I 
will now move that the Senate proceed to the consideration of 
executive business.
The PRESIDENT pro tempore.   Will the Senator from Illinois 
withhold the motion for a moment that the Chair may present some 
matters to the Senate? Mr. CULLOM.   I withdraw the motion 
temporarily.

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