--The order of the day in the Senate,
yesterday,--the bill to re-organize the militia of the Commonwealth
— was taken up, and its consideration completed, the bill passing that body substantially as it came from the Committee
on Military Affairs.
After the passage of this bill the Senate went into secret session, and the balance of the day was spent with closed doors.
In the House, Mr. Anderson
, from the Committee
on Military Affairs, to whom had been referred a preamble and resolutions inquiring what forces were necessary, in addition to those already furnished by the State
, for the protection of the State
, reported that a conference was held with the State
and Confederate authorities, the result of which was that the full strength of the State
The Committee was discharged from further consideration of the subject.
, from the Finance Committee reported a bill concerning auctioneers, and prohibiting auction sales
in certain cases.
Laid on the table.
, from the Salt Committee
, reported a resolution asking to be discharged from the further consideration of the resolutions before them, and that the same be referred to the joint Committee on Salt.
The report of the committee was agreed to. Ayes 57--noes 24.
A preamble and resolutions was offered by Mr. Miller
, for the appointment of a committee to inquire into the sentiment of the Northern
people as expressed in State conventions, primary meetings, &c., on the subject of peace, and to report such measures as in their judgment may be calculated, with honor to the State
, to bring about an armistice.
On motion of Mr. Morgan
the resolution was indefinitely postponed.
The following resolutions of inquiry were submitted: By Mr. Burr
: Of empowering the James River
and Kanawha Canal Company, and other lines of internal improvement, to regulate the charges for freight and passengers.
By Mr. Holden
: Why the Confederate
soldier is not furnished with rations according to the Army Regulations
; and if they cannot be furnished, why commutation is not allowed.
By Mr. Kelly
: Of exempting from taxation the "Model Farm," Petersburg
, of Rockingham
, offered a resolution that the present session of the Legislature be adjourned on Monday, the 12th of October. Laid over under the rules.
The calendar was then taken up, and the bill relating to the impressment of negroes discussed at some length.
The order of the day, the militia bill, was then reached, and occupied the remainder of the day's session.