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this bill should be taken up and perfected. He certainly thought that, of the number of gentlemen composing the Military Committee, at least one might be found competent to engineer the bill through, even in the absence of the chairman. Mr. Singleton, of Miss., regretted the absence of the chairman of the Military Committee, but entirely concurred in the views expressed by the gentleman from Arkansas. He could see no necessity for postponing it. The question was called on the motion of Mr. Welch, and the House refused to postpone. Mr. Singleton, of Miss., offered an amendment to the bill, to come in after the word Governments, in the sixth line, to exempt physicians who have practiced their professions five years previous to the 11th day of October, 1862, and ministers of the Gospel who were in the regular exercise of their calling at the time above mentioned. Mr. Staples, of Va., who was entitled to the floor, moved to recommit the bill and amendments to the Mi