remaining contests involved no question connected with Slavery or secession.
On the 8th, the House
, on motion of Mr. Holman
(Dem.), of Ind.
, modified at the suggestion of Mr. Hickman
(Republican), of Pa.
Resolved, That the House, during the present extraordinary session, will only consider bills and resolutions concerning the military and naval operations of the Government, and the financial affairs therewith connected, and the general questions of a judicial character; and all bills and resolutions of a private character, and all other bills and resolutions not directly connected with the raising of revenue, or affecting the military or naval affairs of the Government, shall be referred to the appropriate Committees without debate, to be considered at the next regular session of Congress.
On the 9th, Mr. Lovejoy
, of Ill.
, moved the following:
Resolved, That, in the judgment of this House, it is no part of the duty of the soldiers of the United States to capture and return fugitive slaves.
After a strenuous effort to rule this out of order, as precluded by the resolve before quoted, a vote was taken on a motion of Mr. Mallory
, of Ky.
, that it do he on the table; which was negatived: Yeas 66; Nays 81. Mr. Lovejoy
's resolve was then adopted: Yeas 92; Nays 55; [the Yeas all Republicans; Nays, all the Democrat and Border-State conservatives, with Messrs. Sheffield
, of R. I.
, of N. Y.
, of Ohio
, Wm. Kellogg
, of Ill.
, of N. J.
, and Woodruff
, of Conn
On the 10th, Mr. Clark
, of N. H.
, proposed, and on the 11th the Senate adopted, the following:
Whereas, a conspiracy has been formed against the peace, union, and liberties of the People and Government of the United States; and, in furtherance of such conspiracy, a portion of the people of the States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas, have attempted to withdraw those States from the Union, and are now in arms against the Government; And whereas, James M. Mason and Robert M. T. Hunter, Senators from Virginia; Thomas L. Clingman and Thomas Bragg, Senators from North Carolina; James Chesnut, Jr., a Senator from South Carolina; A. O. P. Nicholson, a Senator from Tennessee; William K. Sebastian and Charles B. Mitchell, Senators from Arkansas; and John Hemphill and Louis T. Wigfall, Senators from Texas, have failed to appear in their seats in the Senate, and to aid the Government in this important crisis; and it is apparent to the Senate that said Senators are engaged in said conspiracy for the destruction of the Union and Government, or, with full knowledge of such conspiracy, have failed to advise the Government of its progress, or aid in its suppression: Therefore,
Resolved, That the said Mason, Hunter, Clingman, Bragg, Chesnut, Nicholson, Sebastian, Mitchell, Hemphill, and Wigfall, be, and they hereby are, each and all of them, expelled from the Senate of the United States.
, of Del.
, and Latham
, of Cal.
, sought to have this so modified as merely to declare the seats of the indicated Senators
vacant and strike their names from the roll; but the Senate rejected the amendment (Yeas 11; Nays 32) and passed the original resolve: Yeas 31 Republicans and McDougall
, of Cal.
,--in all, 32;
Nays--Messrs. Bayard, Breckinridge, Bright, Johnson, of Mo., Johnson, of Tenn., Latham, Nesmith, Polk, Powell, and Rice--10.
thereupon declared the resolve adopted by a two-thirds vote.
On the 10th, a bill reported from the Committee
of Commerce, by Mr. Washburne
, of Ill.
, providing for the collection of revenue from imports — adapting our revenue laws to the state of facts created by a formidable rebellion — authorizing the President
to designate other places as ports of delivery instead of those held by Rebels--also, to close, by proclamation, ports so held — to prohibit all intercourse between loyal and insurgent