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[402] laws respecting our soldiers and their families, an abstract of which we here present.

The resolve passed March 10, empowered the Governor to purchase or have manufactured fifteen thousand stand of muskets; also, arms and equipments for one regiment of cavalry; also, guns and equipments for five batteries.

An act passed April 29, authorized the re-imbursement to the cities and towns for the bounties paid by them to volunteers, in sums not exceeding one hundred dollars to each volunteer.

An act passed April 17, authorized sheriffs and deputy-sheriffs, police of cities, and constables of towns, to arrest persons charged with desertion, upon the written order of the provost-marshals of the different districts within the Commonwealth.

An act approved April 17, provided that no person, enlisted or drafted, who had received bounty money or advance pay, should be discharged from the service upon a writ of habeas corpus on the ground that he was a minor, or on any other ground, until he had paid over the bounty money or advance pay, and turned in the clothing and arms and military accoutrements, which he might have received.

The resolve approved April 14, appropriated the sum of ten thousand dollars for the benefit of the Discharged Soldiers' Home, on Springfield Street, Boston, on condition that an equal amount be raised by private subscription, and used for the same purpose.

An act approved April 27, legalized the acts and doings of cities and towns in paying bounties to volunteers, and taxes assessed to pay the same.

An act approved April 23, authorized the State aid to be paid to families of drafted men the same as to families of volunteers.

An act approved March 1 rendered null and void any tax levied upon a city or town to relieve or discharge from the military service any person who shall be called or drafted into such service.

The resolves approved April 6, were in grateful acknowledgment

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