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he appointment of commissioners to make sale of so much of the stock owned by the State in the joint stock companies as may be necessary to meet any deficiency in the treasury for the expenses incurred, or to be incurred, during the fiscal year; such deficiency to be reported by the Auditor of Public Accounts to the said commissioners. The resolution was adopted. Mr. Cox submitted a resolution looking to the purchase, by the State of Virginia, of the life- size portrait of General Robert E. Lee, now being painted by Mr. Edward C. Bruce, artist, and appointed a committee of five of the House, and three of the Senate to ascertain if the portrait can be purchased; if so, at what price, and to report to the General Assembly. A message was received from the Governor in relation to the distillation of liquor for the use of the Government, and covering a communication on the same subject from the Secretary of War and an opinion of the prohibitory law from the Attorney-General. T
in nearly every paragraph of the most wonderful massacres of rebels on all occasions, and the superhuman valor of our troops, which took place in newspaper correspondence during the first months of the war. General A. J. Smith is accused of taking five thousand prisoners from Forrest in Mississippi, which is fresh news. Two hundred negroes are said to have defended fifteen hundred white troops from the rebels near Colliersville, and saved them. This, too, is perfectly original. General R. E. Lee had a son killed on the Woldon railroad! The bereaved parent should be informed of his loss. He has not heard of it. General Hill, the Gazette says, was killed at the same time. But he still consumes his rations regularly. General Hancock's rush upon the enemy at Spotsylvania, in which he captured Major-General Edward Johnson, of Virginia, and his division, is styled "a splendid charge by General Burnside." Further: "On Wednesday, another action took place, in which Gener
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