aid to the families of volunteers was discussed during the greater part of the day, and was passed to a third reading, yeas 100, nays 73.
Nothing further of material interest to the volunteers, or in relation to the war, was considered during the session.
The acts passed by the extra session the year before left little more to be done for the soldiers.
The session continued until the 30th of May, when both Houses were prorogued, having passed 226 acts and 117 resolves.
Among the laws passed by the Legislature at this session was one declaring that the term of enlistment of a person in the military or naval service shall not be taken as part of the period limited for the prosecution of actions of such persons, and that, if defaulted, he may sue out a writ of review, and that, when absent, the court may continue or suspend the suit; also, a resolve authorizing the Governor
to build one or more ironclad Monitors
for coast defences; also, authorizing the Treasurer
to receive and distribute moneys remitted by Massachusetts volunteers, and to notify the treasurer of the town in which the family of the soldier resides, who was to notify the party to whom the money was due, and to pay the same free of charge.
All such money was exempt from attachment, by trustee process or otherwise.
If the money remained in the State
treasury over thirty days, interest was to be allowed.
A resolve was passed appropriating five hundred and fifty dollars to reimburse expenditures made for the relief of the Massachusetts
prisoners of war at Richmond
and elsewhere; also, a resolve authorizing the Governor
to take measures for the removal of the sick and wounded soldiers of Massachusetts
to their homes, the expenses of which were to be paid from the treasury of the State
; also, a resolve authorizing the Governor
to arrange for the reception and treatment in State hospitals of such of our wounded and sick seamen and soldiers as they can accommodate, to be paid for by the State
; also, an act authorizing towns to raise and appropriate money for the aid of the families of the soldiers, not to exceed one dollar a week for the wife, and one dollar a week for each child and parent, provided that the whole sum shall not