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diness to proceed to the election. Mr. Tomlin moved that the House go first into an election for Superintendent of the Penitentiary. Adopted. Mr. Tomlin inquired whether the Committee to examine into the bonds of candidates, &c., had yet reported, and being answered by the Clerk in the negative, moved a postponement of the election until Thursday, March 20th. Adopted. Mr. Carpenter offered a bill on authorizing County Courts of Alleghany county to impose a tax upon dogs. Mr. James moved to amend the bill by extending its provisions to Botetourt. Adopted, and the bill ordered to its engrossment. A bill was called up providing that any Senator or Delegate who shall, without the consent of the House of which he is a member, absent himself from its deliberations, he shall be deemed guilty of a breach of his privilege, and that no member shall hereafter absent himself from the Assembly without first obtaining the consent of the House of which he is a member. T
thirteen they made prisoners, they only take a roundabout way of saying that they killed none at all." It is stated that when the attack was made there were only two men on deck, (Captains Chubb and Saunders,) who made most desperate battle, which continued until the ammunition was exhausted, when the two brave men were compelled to surrender, after having killed and wounded seven or eight of the enemy. They were put in irons and treated in a barbarous manner. It appears that Joseph James, an engineer, of Portsmouth, to whose violent death I alluded in my last letter, was killed at Wilmington, N. C., by a man named Jas. Thompson, who has been committed to jail on a charge of murder. A very large steamship went to the wharf at Newport News yesterday, and after receiving on board a number of Yankee troops, she left and bore away towards the Capes. It is supposed that she has gone to Hatteras, and that the troops are to swell the number of Burnside's army in the Sounds