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Congressional. In the Senate, Mr. Barnwell, of South Carolina, from the Committee on Finance, reported a bill fixing the pay of Senators and Representatives at $2,500 per annum, and mileage at 30 cents per mile; the President of the Senate, when acting as such, to receive the pay of the Vice President; and the Speaker of the House to receive double the pay of any other member of that body.--The bill was amended, on motion of Mr. Oldham, of Texas, by striking out $2,500 and inserting $3,000; and further amended by providing for the deduction from the pay the amount of each day's absence without leave, and passed. The pay of the officers of the Senate was fixed as follows:--Secretary, $2,500 per annum; Assistant Secretary, $1,000; two Clerks, $1,500 each; Sergeant-at-Arms, $2,000; Doorkeeper, $1,500; Assistant Doorkeeper, $1,200--each payable quarterly, in advance, and Page $1 per diem. A message in waiting from his Excellency, the President, by his Private Secretary, wa
on again resolving itself into open session, a motion was made to reconsider the vote by which the Senate refused to pass the House resolution, recommending the people of the Confederacy to plant no cotton this year. After a few remarks by Messrs. Barnwell and Semmes, the vote was reconsidered, and the resolution adopted by the following vote: Yeas.--Messrs. Brown, Burkett, Clay, Clarke, Davis, Henry, Mitchell, Orr, Sparrow, and Semmes--10. Nays.--Messrs. Barnwell, Haynes, Hunter, Oldham, Phelan, Peyton, Preston, and Wigfall--8. Mr. Haynes offered the following resolution, which was agreed to: Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be directed to inquire into the expedioncy of providing by law for obtaining, by way of loan, for the use of the Confederate States Government on the bonds of said Government, having twenty years to run, at an interest of eight per cent per annum from the time when the blockade now upon the Southern ports shall have been removed, such
Confederate Congress Senate. Monday, March 17, 1862. The Senate resumed the consideration of the bill offered by Mr. Philan, of Tennessee, for the prohibition of raising cotton during the year 1862. Mr. Oldham, of Texas, made a stirring speech against filtering away the time of the Senate in useless discussion, and urged that the bill be referred, which was done. Mr. Johnson, of Arkansas, introduced a bill repealing an act of the Provisional Congress, and enacting as a subncing the passage of the bill appointing a Public Printer for both Houses of Congress. Mr. Johnson, of Arkansas, introduced a bill "to regulate navigation of the Confederate States, and to establish direct trade with foreign nations." Mr. Oldham spoke against the bill. Mr. Phelan, of Tenn., asked the Chairman of the Committee of Commerce what disposition had been made of his resolution to abolish all ports of entry, and suppress all commerce with foreign nations. Mr. Clay, of
ongress.first Mission. Senate. Thursday, March 27, 1862. Mr. Yancey, of Ala, was qualified and took his seat. Mr. Osh presented two devious for a flag, which were referred to the Committee on Flag and Seal. Mr. Hill from the Judiciary Committee, reported back with amendments the Senate bill, No. 18 declaring the officer who shall act as President and Vice President in cases of death or premoral from office. The Committee on Post Offices and Post-Roads on motion by Mr. Oldham, were, discharged, from further consideration of the Britton of Mr. Dickson, in relation to carrying the mails on Sunday. House of Representatives. Thursday, March 27, 1862. The House met at 12 o'clock, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Peterrin. Journal of yesterday read. The States were called, commencing with Missouri, for memorials, resolutions, &c. Leave of absence was asked for, and obtained, for Messrs. Grey, of Texas, and Ralls, of Ala, on the ground of
d for a record of the vote on the question of constitutional construction involved. The motion to strike out was then agreed to by the following vote: Yeas.--Messrs, Baker, Brown, Burnett, Clay, Cinir, Hunter, Johnson, Maxwell, Mitchell, Oldham, Phelan, Peyton, Preston Simms, and Yancey--15. Nays.--Messrs. Barnwell, Haynes, Henry, Orr, Sparrow, and Semmes--6. Conscription. A message from His Excellency, the President, recommending the conscription of persons subject to milPresident, recommending the conscription of persons subject to military duty between the ages of 18 and 35, was laid before the Senate. Mr. Sparrow, of La., moved that it be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. A long debate ensued, in which Dr. Oldham opposed the recommendation, and Messrs Sparrow, Clark of Mo. and Wigfall favored it. The motion to refer the message to the Committee on Military Affair was then agreed to, whereupon the Senate went into secret session.
ncing the death of General Johnston was sent to the Adjutant General by General Beauregard. It was emphatic. Mr. Wigfall replied that was so, but Gen. Van-Dorn had also telegraphed on a former occasion that Col. Robert had been killed in battle, when he afterwards turned up alive and is yet alive. In the excitement of a battle-field nothing can be known with positive certainty. On account of the uncertainty, the resolutions were not on at the time. The Texas frontier. Mr. Oldham, of Texas, called up the bill reported upon adversely by the Military Committee, to receive into the Confederate States service one regiment of Texas volunteers, for the protection of the Texas frontier; which, on motion, was recommitted. Defence Appropriations. Mr. Henry, of Tenn., offered a bill appropriating $500,000, to be laid out as the President and Secretary of War may direct, for the erection, at such places as he may indicate, of furnaces, &c., for smelling from, &c.; ap
t law regulating drop letters. He was opposed to charging as much for drop letters, or letters to be carried a few miles, as for others to be carried a great distance. There ought to be a discrimination as between distances. The result of this bill is to make the large cities contiguous to each other pay for the transportation of the mails to the almost total relief of the rural population. He preferred rather to abolish the postal system and employ private means of communication. Mr. Oldham, of Texas, spoke in favor of the bill of the committee, and advocated a uniform system of postage — because it simplified the postal arrangements, and would nearly, if not quite, make the department self-sustaining. Mr. Yanory, of Ala., offered an amendment to strike out ten cents on all distances to all parts of the Confederacy, and insert the words, charging five cents for all letters to be carried any distance under 100 miles; ten cents on all letters to be carried over 100 miles,
Thos Askew, leg; H C Cater arm; T K Cathey, hand; J W Deans, do; W W Ellington, head; B Jones, arm and leg; Chas Kirker, face; T Prince, hip, W H Percell, hand; S H Roels, face; S Young, leg. Total Killed, 3; wounded, 16; loss, 12. Company E.--Killed; Lt W C Faith. Wounded:--Simpson, mortally; Dan'l James, face; Allen Shultz, hip and side. Killed, 1; wounded, 3; missing 2; total, 6. Company F.--Killed: A J Garner, Privates Kennedy, Jacob Taylor, Lewis Taylor, Spinks, Espy. Wounded: Sergt Oldham, leg; Corp'l Cawley and Johnson, Privates Fitts, Campbell, James, Smith, Brown, Degby, Lightsey, Killed, 6; wounded, 11; missing, 3; total, 20. Company G.--Killed: Private Humphrey. Wounded: Corpl Butt, Privates Adams, Ashworth, Carroll, Dodds, Finicy, Farrington, Gossett, Gaddy, Hughes, McGee, Ross, Rosser, Ray. Killed, 1, Wounded, 14; missing, 1; total, 16. Company H.--Killed : Sergt J D Sanders, priv'ts T J Jay J J Segmor. Wounded: Capt M L Stewart, face; Cor H W foot; Corpl F H
ice President Stephens called the Senate to order. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Seeley of the 2d Baptist Church. The Secretary proceeded to call the roll, the following Senators answering to their names Alabama Messrs. Yancey and Clay, Florida, Messrs. Maxwell and Baker; Georgia, B. H. Hill, Kentucky H. C. Burnett, Louisiana, T. J. Semmes Mississippi, Messrs Brown and Phelan, Missouri Jno. B. Clark, North Carolina, Messrs. Davis and Dertch; Tennessee, London C. Haynes; Texas, Messrs. Wigfall and Oldham; Virginia, Messrs, Hunter and Preston--17. The absentees wire Messrs. Johnson and Mitchell of Arkansas; J. W. Lewis. of Ga.; Wm. E. Simms, of Ky.; Ed. Sparrow, of La., R. L. Y. Peyter of Mo., Messrs. Barnwell and Ott, of S. C. G. A. Henry, of Tenn. Mr. Yancey, of Ala., gave notice that he could move an amendment to the rules of the Senate tomorrow, by striking out the 43d and 46th rules, and inserting in item of the latter the following: "All legislative sessions of the Senat
States Congress.[adjourned session.] Senate. Wednesday,Aug. 20, 1862 The Senate met at twelve o'clock and was opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Seeley of the Baptist Church. The journal of yesterday was read and approved, and the call of the States and of committees was made without response. Mr. Barnwell, of South Carolina, presented a petition from the Bishop of the P. E. Church in South Carolina, and other Professors of its Theological Seminary, asking exemption of candidates for the ministry from conscription. Referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. Mr. Brown, of Mississippi, offered the following, which was afterwards withdrawn, the matter being already under consideration by the authorities: Resolved,That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into what legislation, if any, is necessary to prevent abuses in the matter of introducing substitutes into the army. On motion of Mr. Oldham, of Texas, the Senate adjourned.
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