The Southern Editorial Convention.
Atlanta, March 13.
--The Convention of the daily press of the Confederate States
met in this city yesterday.
The following daily newspapers were represented: Savannah Republican
, J. R. Sneed
; Atlanta Confederacy, J. H. Smith
; Atlanta Intelligeneer, A. A. Gaulding
; Augusta Constitutionalist
, J. C. Howard
, by proxy.
The following weeklies were also represented; Macon Messenger, Jacksonville (Ala.) Republic,
and the Calhoun (Ga.) Flag.
On motion, S. Rose
, of the Macon Messenger,
was called to the chair, and J. Henly Smith
, of the Atlanta Confederacy,
Motions were made to appoint committees on telegraphic news, mails, printing, office labor, and printing paper, but owing to the slim attendance of delegates only a committee of four, on telegraphic dispatches, was appointed.
The meeting then adjourned over to Thursday, the 18th inst., at which time the Convention
The representatives of the Macon Messenger,
, and Calhoun Flag
were absent; but several new delegations were present, among them were Tragland, of the Columbus Enquirer
; H. M. Somerville
, Memphis Appeal
, and J. S. Peterson
, of the Atlanta Commonwealth.
The Committee on Telegraphing made no report.
On motion, it was resolved that all business before the Convention
lie on the table for the present, and that an Executive Committee be appointed, consisting of H. M. Somerville
, of the Memphis Appeal
, William Laidler
, of the Charleston Cowrier, Alexander Moseley
, of the Richmond Whig
, to take in charge the general interests of the press, to conduct correspondence, and to report progress to a meeting of the Convention
, to be called at Richmond
at the pleasure of the committee.
A preamble and resolution was adopted expressing the desire that the order issued by Gen. Jos. E. Johnston
, of the Army of the Potomac, excluding newspaper correspondents, as well as similar orders of other Generals
, be rescinded, and that in lieu of peremptory prohibition, proper restrictions be employed to prevent correspondents from violating orders and the courtesies of the camp.
A resolution was adopted instructing the committee of three, consisting of Messrs. A. Gauldin
of the Atlanta Confederacy, William Courtney
of the Charleston Mercury
, John McGinnia
of the New Orleans The Delta,
to report specially at the next meeting of the Convention
upon the effect of a Typographical Union and its workings on the publishing interests of the Confederate States
The Convention then adjourned to meet at Richmond
, upon the call of the Executive Committee.