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General Assembly of Virginia.
[Extra session.]
Senate.

Thursday, March 28th, 1861.
The Senate met at the usual hour, Lieut. Gov. Montague in the chair.

On motion, the Committee on Enrolled Bills was enlarged by the addition of the following names: Messrs. Nash, Claiborne, Newman, A. D. Dickinson, and Quesenberry.

The following House bills, communicated during the morning, were read a third time and passed: Authorizing the Board of Public Works to appoint Commissioners to estimate and report losses sustained by Wm. W. King in the construction and repair of a turnpike road; to incorporate the Tobacco Savings Bank in the city of Richmond; providing for a special election in the town of Marion, in the county of Smythe; incorporating the Farmers' and Mechanics' Insurance Company of the city of Richmond; an act to increase the pay of the Commonwealth's Attorney for the Circuit Court of the county of Ohio; making an appropriation for the removal to Virginia of the remains of Gen. Harry Lee; to incorporate the Leesburg and Aldie Turnpike Company; to incorporate the Newport and Gap Mills Turnpike Company; Senate bill concerning plaster of Paris, with amendments, which were concurred in; amendments proposed by the House to the bill for the relief of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad were agreed to.

Orange and Alexandria Railroad.--Senate bill for the relief of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, reported from the House with an amendment, was, on motion of Mr. Paxros, laid on the table.

Evening Sessions.--On motion of Mr. Coghill, the Senate resolved that to-day and on each day for the remainder of the session, unless otherwise ordered, they will hold an evening session at 7½ o'clock.

Remonstrance.--Mr. Thomas, of Fairfax, presented the remonstrance Col. H. C. Dorsey and others, officers of the 178th Regiment, against the formation of an independent battalion in Alexandria.

Mr. August, from the Committee on Military Affairs; to whom was referred the joint resolution in regard to the sale of arms, reported a substitute.

Bills Reported.--To incorporate the Great Kanawha Limited Company, in Kanawha county; changing the time of holding the Courts in the 15th Judicial Circuit; to amend the charter of the Bank of the Old Dominion.

The Virginia Canal Company.--The unfinished business of yesterday, the bill to incorporate the Virginia Canal Company, and to transfer the rights and franchises of the James River and Kanawha Company thereto, was taken up, and several immaterial amendments adopted. One of the amendments adopted provides, that if, on the West of the Alleghany Mountains, the said Canal shall propose to make any change in its line of improvement as heretofore located, and there shall be any interference between the line of improvement of the company and that of the Covington and Ohio Railroad Company, each company shall select an arbitrator, and the arbitrators shall locate both lines at such points of interference so as to prevent any unnecessary or unreasonable expense to either company in the construction of its line, and if said arbitrators cannot agree upon the location of said lines; they shall select an umpire, who shall perform the duty hereby assigned to them.

The bill having been sufficiently amended, it was put upon its passage, and adopted, every member present voting for it, as follows:

Ayes.--Messrs. August, Brannon, Bruce, Carson, Caraway, Jr., Claiborne, Coghill, Dav, Dickenson of G., Dickinson of P. E., Douglas, Finney, Gatewood, Greever, Johnson, Logan, Lynch, Maggie, McKenney, Nash, Neeson, Newlon, Newman, Pate, Paxton, Quesenberry, Smith, Thomas of F. Thompson, Townes, and Wickham.--31.

The rules were suspended, and Mr. Neeson was authorized to communicate the bill to the House at its night session.

Mr. Brannon reported a substitute for the Covington and Ohio Railroad bill. Ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. Carson, the Senate adjourned.


Evening session.

The Senate met at 7 ¾ o'clock, Lieut. Gov. Montague in the chair.

Mr. Johnson offered a resolution, proposing that the resolution passed by the Senate to-day requiring night sessions, shall not take effect until tomorrow — ayes 9, noes 9. No quorum voting, Mr.Paxton moved a call of the Senate. Mr. Neeson thought it plain that night sessions were a failure, and therefore moved to adjourn. Ayes and noes called — ayes 10, noes 14 --no quorum voting. Mr. Paxton again moved to adjourn. Ayes and noes demanded — ayes 13, noes 16--quorum.

The question then recurring on the adoption of Mr.Johnson's resolution, Mr. Coghill opposed the resolution, and thought it actually necessary that the Senate should hold night sessions, in order to dispatch the business now before the Senate. Mr.Johnson withdrew his resolution.

Relief to Sheriffs.--On motion of Mr. Taliaferro, House bill authorizing the Auditor of Public Accounts to release the securities of defaulting Sheriffs from the payment of damages in certain cases, was taken up.--The bill, as reported by the Senate Committee, with an amendment, was adopted — ayes 26, noes 2.

Preservation of Public Peace.--A communication from the House of Delegates, reported at 9 o'clock, was taken up. The communication related to the contemplated removal of certain arms within the limits of the State. After being reported, a motion was made to lay the resolution on the table, which was agreed to.

Bills Passed.--In relation to printing the acts of Assembly; to amend the 15th section of chapter 109 of the Code of Virgnia, (second edition;) concerning divorces; amending the charter of the town of Union, in the county of Monroe; to authorize the County Court of Fluvanna county to appropriate certain funds to the uniforming and equipping volunteer companies in said county; incorporating the Rockbridge Insurance Company.

On motion of Mr.McKenney, the Senate adjourned.

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