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ovided for the members of the Senate; also, three sofas, to be placed in the lobby, for the accommodation of the ladies attending the sittings of the House. Mr. Smith, of Virginia, moved to lay the resolution on the table; which was agreed to. Mr. Garnett, of Virginia, introduced a resolution with reference to the compensthat the words "quarterly in advance," wherever it occurred in the Senate bill, be stricken out. This motion was disagreed to by a vote of ayes 30, noes 35. Mr. Smith, of Virginia, then moved to amend by inserting the word "daily," instead of "quarterly in advance." This motion was agreed to — ayes 35, noes 27. The bill fixesaring what persons shall be exempt from militia duty. A number of amendments were proposed and severally discussed, when a constitutional question was raised by Mr. Smith, of Virginia, as to the power of the House to decide upon cases of exemption, expressing the opinion that the bill interfered with the rights which pertained to
, and attacked the Congress. The latter vessel fired six or eight broadsides into her, but without effect. The Merrimac came astern of the Congress, and fired a raking shot, killing nearly all the men who were at the guns, on the port side. The Rebel vessel then came around to the larboard side, when the Captain appeared and demanded a surrender, which was positively declined by the Captain of the Congress. To this the "Merrimac" replied by firing a broadside, which killed Lieut. Joseph Smith, he being cut in two by a ball. The "Congress" was then surrendered. During the action, the two vessels were at times in contact. Our informant judges that about three hundred were killed on board the "Congress;" the rest with the exception of those who escaped, being taken prisoners. When he and some others reached the shore, by swimming, they were shelled by one of the rebel vessels, but escaped. More men were drowned on the "Cumberland," by the sinking of the vessel, than