horizing the Secretary of the Navy to make certain contracts without advertising for proposals was passed.
The consideration of the joint resolution relative to the fire navigation of the Mississippi was postponed till to-day, joint resolution relative to orders issued from the Adjutant General's office was indefinitely postponed.
The bill to aid committees of Congress in getting testimony and to punish false swearing before them, was passed with an amendment.
Bill for the relief of Mrs. Lauras Harper was lost by a tie vote, which was after wards reconsidered.
Mr. Brown introduced a bill authorizing the Secretary of the Navy to purchase a site for a laboratory and magazine near the city of Richmond.
A resolution was submitted that hereafter the Senate will take a recess from 3½ o'clock to 7 P. M. each day during the remainder of the season.
In the House the Speaker laid before the body a cater from Hon. Wm. Smith, of Va., tendering his resignation as representative of the 9th