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[36] denomination. That so much of the act approved July twenty-second, 1861, as allowed forty cents per day for the use and risk of the horses of company officers of cavalry, be repealed. That whenever an officer should be put under arrest, except at remote military posts or stations, it should be the duty of the officer by whose orders he was arrested, to see that a copy of the charges on which he had been arrested and was to be tried should be served upon him within eight days thereafter, and that he should be brought to trial within ten days thereafter, unless the necessities of the service prevent such trial, and then he should be brought to trial within thirty days after the expiration of the ten days. That whenever the name of any army officer should have been borne on the Army Register forty-five years, or he should be of the age of sixty-two years, he should be retired from active service; and that the President be authorized to assign any officer who might be retired to any duty.

Mr. Sherman moved to amend the ninth section of the bill making a deduction of ten per cent in salaries of officers in the military, naval, and civil service, by requiring the deduction to apply to all allowances for mileage, and for commutation for servants, forage, and rations, and to all fees or contingent allowances paid for personal services from the treasury of the United States. Mr. Doolittle moved to amend the amendment, and Mr. Sherman accepted it so as to read: “And this deduction shall apply to all allowances for mileage, for commutation for servants, forage, and rations, and for all fees and contingent allowances paid for personal services from the Treasury of the United States; and the rate of mileage of members of Congress shall be reduced fifty per cent, to be computed by the most direct travelled route from his residence to the seat of Congress. A statement of the mileage of each Senator shall be certified to the Secretary of the Senate, and of each Representative and Delegate to the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives, by the Postmaster-General, within thirty days of the commencement of each session of Congress.” Mr. Simmons, of Rhode Island, and Mr. Howe, of Wisconsin, opposed the amendment. Mr. Howe could not vote for the ninth section, making a deduction on Government salaries. Mr. Trumbull regretted that Mr. Sherman and Mr. Doo-little had pressed their amendments. Mr. Sherman's original amendment was agreed to, and Mr. Doolittle proposed to add a new section, reducing the rate of mileage fifty per cent. The amendment was opposed by Mr. McDougall, and was agreed to — yeas, twenty-nine; nays, ten. Mr. Howe moved to strike out the ninth section making a deduction in salaries of ten per cent during the war — yeas, two; nays, thirty-six.

Yeas--Messrs. Howe and McDougall-two.

Nays--Messrs. Anthony, Browning, Chandler, Clark, Collamer, Cowan, Davis, Dixon, Doolittle, Fessenden, Foot, Foster, Harlan, Harris, Henderson, Johnson, King, Lane of Indiana, Latham, Morrill, Nesmith, Pomeroy, Powell, Rice, Saulsbury, Sherman, Sumner, Ten Eyck, Thomson, Trumbull, Wade, Wilkinson, Willey, Wilmot, Wilson of Massachusetts, and Wilson of Missouri--thirty-six.

On the fourteenth, the Senate resumed the consideration of the bill. Mr. Wilson moved to amend by adding as a new section: “That the number of paymasters of the volunteer forces of the United States shall be reduced so as not to exceed one hundred and twenty-five;” and the amendment was agreed to. Mr. Wilson moved to amend by adding as a new section: “That quarters and fuel shall be furnished to officers only when on duty in the field, or when assigned quarters in public buildings belonging to the Government. The number of offices now allowed to certain officers of the army for the transaction of business shall be furnished, and no more;” and the amendment was agreed to. On motion of Mr. Wilson, the bill was further amended, by adding as additional sections:

That the bounty now allowed by law to soldiers in the service of the United States shall, in the event that a soldier entitled thereto shall die intestate, without having drawn the same, be paid to the following persons,, and in the order following, and to no other persons, to wit: first, to the widow of such deceased soldier, if there be one; second, if there be no widow, then to the children of such deceased soldier, share and share alike; third, if such soldier left neither widow nor children (or children born in lawful wedlock,) then and in that case such bounty shall be paid to the following persons, provided they be residents of the United States, to wit: first, to his father, or, if he be dead, or has abandoned his family, then to the mother of such soldier; and if there be neither father nor mother as aforesaid, then such bounty shall be paid to such brothers and sisters resident as aforesaid, who may have been dependent upon such intestate for support. That all contracts made for, or orders given for, the purchase of goods or supplies by any department of the Government shall be promptly reported to Congress by the proper head of such department, if Congress shall at the time be in session, and if not in session, said reports shall be made at the commencement of the next session. That no contract or order made as aforesaid, or any interest therein, shall be transferred by the party or parties to whom such contract or order may be given, to any other party or parties, and that any such transfer shall cause the annulment of the contract or order tranferred, so far as the United States are concerned: Provided, That all rights of action are hereby reserved to the United States for any breach of such contract by the contracting party or parties. That the President of the United States be, and hereby is, authorized and requested to dismiss and discharge from the military service, either in the army, navy, or volunteer force in the United States service, any officer for any cause which, in his judgment, renders such officer unsuitable for service, and whose dismission,

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