--The Senate met at 12 o'clock on Saturday.
Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Minnegerode
of the Episcopal Church.
, of La.
, introduced a bill to authorize the Surgeon General
and the Commissary General
to make contracts for the distillation and manufacture of spirituous liquors.
Referred to the Military Committee.
, of Va.
, offered the following, which was adopted:
That the Committee
on Foreign Relations be instructed to inquire into the expediency of requesting the President
to make an exception, through our commissioners abroad, to the various European
powers to which they may be accredited, of the violations of the rules of civilized warfare and of the atrocities committed by the Government
and the armies of the United States
in the prosecution of hostilities against the Confederate States of America
The Committee of Commerce were discharged from the further consideration of a bill to create a Department of Foreign and Interior Supplies.
On motion of Mr. Graham
, of N. C.
, Senate bill to provide for the payment of commissioners appointed under the act to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus,
and to confer certain powers upon said commissioners, was laid on the table until to-day and ordered to be printed.
, from the Judiciary Committee, reported a bill providing that, when required by either party to a suit pending in the District Court at the time of drawing juries for the next term of the Court
, the Judge
shall select juries from the entire district, instead of from the county or parish in which the Court
may be sitting.
, from the Joint Committee
on Impressments, reported a bill to provide supplies for the army, and to prescribe the mode of making impressments.
Also, a bill to provide for the establishment and payment of claims for property taken or informally or unwarrantably impressed for the use of the Government
The bills were laid on the table until to-day and ordered to be printed.
House amendment to Senate bill to provide a means of transit across the Mississippi
for Western members of Congress was concurred in and the bill passed.
House bill to amend the act to provide for holding elections of representatives in the Congress of the Confederate States in the State of Tennessee
was considered and passed.
introduced a bill to allow foreigners and Marylanders to enlist in the volunteer navy.
Referred to the Naval Committee.
Joint resolution to rescind the joint resolution fixing the day of adjournment was laid over until to-day.
House amendment to Senate bill amending the act to establish a marine corps was concurred in and the bill, as amended, passed.
The Senate resolved into secret passion, and soon after adjourned.
House of Representatives.
--Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Jeter
, of the Baptist Church.
Mr. A. H. Garland
, of Ark, presented the minority report of the Committee
on the Judiciary on the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.
On motion of Mr. River
, of Va, the House
resolved into secret session.
After the doors were reopened the House
adjourned to Monday morning, at 11 o'clock.