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Extra session of the U. S. Senate.

Washington, March 16.
--Mr. Mason introduced a resolution requesting the President to inform the Senate what is the number of troops in Washington, and what respective arms of the service they belong to; why they were brought here; how long they are to remain, and for what purpose, and if they are to be increased? Laid over.

On motion of Mr. Douglas, the Senate took up his resolution.

He said he did not believe the President meditated war, and if he did, there was no provision for such a movement. He had no right to collect the revenue off Charleston harbor. He could only do so at the custom-houses. If the President attempted to collect revenue on shipboard, he is liable to impeachment. He could not put a collector in one of those ports, without first conquering the cities. It would require 28,000 men, at an annual expense of $316,000,000, and 30,000 men to protect Washington. Mr. Douglas introduced his three propositions, (before telegraphed.) He advocated the first as the only means of keeping the Border States in the Union.

Mr. Wilson, of Mass., replied, charging Mr. Douglas with designing to dictate to the Administration the course to be pursued by it.-- He was personal in his remarks.

Douglas was frequently interrupted by Fessenden, Hale, and others. His remarks were very unpalatable to the ultras. Adjourned.

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