f the public debt — I can only refer them, for the views of the Department, to my former reports on that subject.
The Secretary again urges the attention of Congress to the importance of the bill for the consolidation of the revenue laws; the improvement of the marine service, substituting steam for sailing vessels, and increasing the pay in that department; the progress of public buildings and want of marine hospitals; and refers also to reports on the analysis of iron ores, and on J. T. Barclay's discovery for preventing the abrasion and counterfeiting of United States coin.
The fact that, in accordance with an act of Congress, commissioners were sent to the International Statistical Congress in London last July, is also referred to, with the further fact that the Hon. A. B. Longstreet, of South Carolina, withdrew therefrom on the first day of the session, on account of the presence of a negro as a member of the body.
The report of the Judge on the subject is submitted, and S