--This gentleman, whom the people of the St. Mary's district have continued in Congress for a number of years notwithstanding that he was accused of sympathizing with the South
during the recent struggle has hitherto not taken his seat in the present Congress.
telegraphs to his paper:
arrived here to-day, and intends to take his seat in the House
on Monday next.
Some speculation has been indulged as to the course Mr. Harris
would pursue with reference to the test, or iron-clad oath as it is sometimes called.
The absence of Mr. Harris
up to this time, taken in connection with his avowed predilection for the recently defunct Southern Confederacy, has been interpreted as a determination on his part not to take the oath prescribed by act of Congress: but further speculation in the matter is put at rest by the announcement of the gentleman to-day that he can formally and conscientiously take the oath.
It has been expected, and some now believe that the House
will refuse to let Mr. Harris
occupy his seat, or will hereafter expel him as an unworthy member, because of his alleged commission of an offence for which, it will be recollected, he was tried and found guilty, last summer, by a court-martial.
On the other hand, Mr. Harris
and his friends claim that even if he had been guilty of the offence alleged, he was afterward pardoned by the President
, and his supposed political disability was thus removed.
And it is further claimed that the testimony presented to the President
in the application for pardon clearly showed that the witnesses on whose evidence Harris
was convicted were unworthy of belief and had perjured themselves on the trial. "