met at 12 o'clock yesterday.--Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Burrows
, of the Baptist Church.
, of Ark.
, introduced a joint resolution of thanks to Gen. E. Kirby Smith
, and the officers and men under his command.
introduced a bill to organize the light artillery of the Provisional Army.
Also, a bill to authorize the formation of new commands to be composed of supernumerary officers, who may resign to join such commands, and to limit and restrict the appointment of officers in certain cases.
introduced a bill to authorize the appointment of graduates of military institutions, as cadets in the Provisional army.
The bill to allow foreigners and Marylanders to volunteer in the Volunteer Navy
, was considered and passed.
The following Senate bill, for the payment of Commissioners, appointed under the act to suspend the writ of habeas corpus,
as amended by the Judiciary Committee, was passed:
- Sec. 1. The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That the Commissioners appointed under the said Act shall be entitled to receive the compensation of $250 each per month, from the date of their respective appointments until the expiration of their service, and that their assistants shall be allowed the pay of judge advocate of the said courts.
- Sec. 2. That the said Commissioners shall have the powers conferred upon Commissioners appointed by the district courts by the act of the Provisional Congress, approved 30th of August, 1861, and numbered two hundred and seventy-three in the acts of the said Congress.
On motion, the Senate went into secret session.
The doors being opened the Senate took a recess till 2½ P. M, when a resolution of concurrence being sent up from the House
postponing the day of adjournment, it was considered and passed.
The injunction of secrecy was removed from an act passed by Congress in secret session as related to the time of meeting of the next regular Congress.
First Monday in November, 1864, is the time fixed for the next regular meeting.
House of Representatives.
--Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Doggett
, of the M. E. Church
The Speaker laid before the House
a message from the President
, giving his reasons for failing to approve and sign a bill passed at the last session, to provide and organize a general staff
for the armies in the field to serve during the war. The message was referred to the Military Committee, and ordered to be printed.
House bill to provide for the election of representatives in Congress from the State of Tennessee
, was taken up, and the Senate amendments were concurred in.
, of La, from the Committee
on Printing, reported back, Senate bill relating to the public printing, with amendments, which were concurred in, and the bill, as amended, passed.
Senate bill to establish certain post routes therein named, was taken up and passed with amendments.
's resolution, relative to the competency of the Secretary of the Treasury
, coming up as unfinished business, Mr. Foote
withdrew the preamble, and the resolution was referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary, by a vote of 43 ayes to 87 noes.
, of Texas
, introduced a joint resolution of thanks to the 9th Texas infantry, for re-enlisting for the war, which was passed unanimously.
, of Va.
, offered a resolution, rescaling the resolution fixing the 31st instant as the day of adjournment of the two Houses of Congress.
Mr. A. H. Garland
moved to amend by fixing Saturday next as the day of adjournment.
On motion of Mr. Marshall
, of Ky.
, the consideration of the subject was postponed for the present.
then moved that the House
reconsider the vote by which it refused to concur in the Senate bill doubling the amount of pay and mileage for the present session.
The motion was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Marshall
, the bill was amended by striking out the words "for the present session."
The bill was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time, and the question recurring upon its passage, the vote resulted-- ayes 37, noes 45, So the bill was lost.
, of Kentucky
, desired to introduce a bill to allow members of Congress to draw rations, but the House
refused to suspend the rule.
, of Ala.
, moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the increased compensation bill was lost.
Agreed to, and the bill was referred to a special committee of one from each State.
Mr. S. B. Callahan
, delegate from the Creek
nations, appeared and took the oath to support the Constitution
of the Confederate States
resumed the consideration of the resolution fixing the day of adjournment.
, of Ga.
, moved to amend by fixing Tuesday, the 7th of June.
Agreed to — ayes 45, noes 30.
The resolution of Mr. Russell
, as amended, was then passed — ayes 59, noes 29.
resolved itself into Committee of the Whole (Mr. Serton
in the chair) and resumed the consideration of the bill to amend the tax laws.
At 3 o'clock the House
took a recess until 8 o'clock P. M.