Washington, Jan, 29.
introduced a resolution authorizing the President
to accept volunteers for the protection of the public property.
introduced a bill for the reorganization of the militia of the District of Columbia.
presented a memorial for the repeal of the Fugitive Slave
The Pacific Railroad bill was taken up, and a number of amendments proposed; one providing for the northern route was adopted.
moved to strike out of the bill all portions which appropriated money, with a view of showing that Virginia
dissented from making a large debt, when probably all the public debts would shortly be apportioned among the States, and that Virginia
would not be held chargeable with any of the sum now appropriated.
The motion was lost
Pending the subject, the Senate
resumed the consideration of the report of the Committee
, of Pennsylvania
, agreed with Mr. Pryor
, that no compromise can be effected, and cited the news of yesterday from South Carolina
to show it. The Southern States could not be turned from their deliberate action by soft words or tears.
He opposed the right of secession.
, of Md.
, denied the constitutionality of the right of secession.
He expressed the belief that not a corporal's guard in Maryland
Faults had been committed on both sides, but Southern politicians fostered disunion, as affording a new sphere for their defeated ambition in the Union
He favored Crittenden
, of N. C.
, defended Southern rights, and reviewed the proceedings of the committee.
He said the North
ultimately designed the total abrogation of slavery, and without quarter, and it could not be expected the South
would remain in the Union
Mr. Van Wyck
denounced secession, but counseled conciliation.
No action was had.