--The Senate met at 12 o'clock Saturday.
Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Doggett
, of the Methodist Church.
offered the following, which was agreed to:
That the Committee
on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the propriety of providing by law for retiring from the line such field and company officers as have or may hereafter become unfit for active service by reason of disease or wounds, so as to open the way for promotion to those below them who remain in the field in the actual discharge of their duties; and that they further inquire whether an officer who is absent from his command in time of battle, unless from absolute disability, or under orders from his superiors, or is a prisoner, ought not to be dropped; and further, if it is not expedient and proper to assume that an officer who is absent for three months or more, unless he is a prisoner, is prima facie,
unfit for duty, or is delinquent in the discharge of his duty, and ought therefore to be either retired or drooped; and generally, what ought to be done to get officers of superior rank, who do not perform duty in the field, out of the way of officers of inferior grades who do perform such duty.
, of N. C.
, introduced a bill to amend the law imposing regulations on foreign commerce.
From the Military Committee was reported a bill to provide for the payment of commissioners appointed under the habeas corpus
law. Referred to the Judiciary Committee.
From the same, a bill to authorize the appointment of Chaplains to battalions and hospitals.
From the same, a bill to amend the act to allow officers in the army to purchase rations and clothing.
Senate bill to authorize the impressment of the railroad iron
, equipments, and rolling stock of railroads, when the same shall be necessary for the public defence, was referred to the Joint Committee
Senate bill, to establish a bureau of foreign supplies, was considered and passed.
introduced a bill to legalize the organization of eight companies of cadets in the State of Alabama
Referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
A message was received from the House of Representatives announcing the passage of resolutions relative to the death of the Hon D. M. Currin
, of Tenn.
Enologies on the deceased were delivered by Messrs. Henry
, of Tenn, Mitchell
, of Arit, and Walson
, of Miss
; after which the Senate adjourned.
House of Representatives
met at 11 o'clock A. M.
After the usual preliminary opening proceedings, Mr.
, obtained the flour, and addressed the House
at length in Divor of the continued suspension of the will of habeas corpus.
, of Tenn, replied in favor of the repeal of the act suspending the writ.
After which the question was called, and the vote taken on the printing of the President
's message sent to the House
on Friday in relation to the suspension of the writ; which was ordered to be printed.
, of Tenn, paid a glowing tribute to the memory of the Hon. David M. Curran
, a member of the last Congress from the 11th Congressional District of Tennessee
, and offered a resolution that the House
adjourn, which prevailed.