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Confederate Congress.


Tuesday, November 15, 1864.
The Senate met at 12 o'clock M.--Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Burrows, of the Baptist church.

Mr. Simms, of Kentucky, offered the following, which was agreed to:

‘ "Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of entering into some proper and satisfactory arrangements with the military authorities of the United States whereby the tobacco ration allowed by the act of Congress may be forwarded to such of the soldiers of our army as may be held as prisoners of war by the enemy, and that they report by bill or otherwise."

Mr. Sparrow, of Louisiana, offered the following, which was agreed to:

‘ "Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire what legislation, if any, is necessary to provide for the sequestration of the property of all persons who, being able to military duty, have left, or may hereafter leave, the Confederacy without the sanction of the Confederate authorities."

Mr. Sparrow offered the following, which was agreed to:

‘ "Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of extending the term within which it is now provided that the act entitled 'An act for the establishment and pay of claims for a certain description of property taken or informally impressed for the use of the army' shall cease and determine."

Mr. Orr, of South Carolina, offered the following, which was, after discussion, agreed to:

‘ "Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire whether the late order No. 77, Adjutant and Inspector-General's Department, revoking the details of all men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five, requires any modification by legislation to preserve the producing and industrial interests of the country."

Mr. Orr introduced a bill to exempt the cargoes of vessels owned by the States of the Confederacy from existing restrictions upon exports and imports.--Referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Hill, from the Judiciary Committee, reported back the bill to prevent persons indebted to alien enemies from settling the said claims with Government receivers in bonds. The bill was considered and passed.

Mr. Sparrow introduced a bill to increase the number of copies of the laws allowed to the War Department, and that one hundred additional copies of all the laws heretofore published, or which may hereafter be published, shall be furnished to the officer charged with the distribution of the laws in the War Department, to be by him distributed under the direction of the Secretary of War.

On motion of Mr. Maxwell, of Florida, it was ordered that when then Senate adjourn, it be to Thursday.

On motion of Mr. Garland, of Arkansas, the Senate adjourned.

House of Representatives.

The House was opened with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Peterkin.

Mr. Orr, of Mississippi, from the Committee on the Quartermaster and Commissary Departments, reported a bill to prevent frauds against the Government of the Confederate States, and to provide remedies against officers and employees of the Government committing them.--The bill was ordered to be printed, and made the special order for Thursday week.

Mr. Chilton, of Alabama, from the special committee appointed to investigate the case of Hon. W. R. W. Cobb, member elect from the third district of the State of Alabama, made a report and offered the following resolution:

‘ "Resolved, That Williamson R. W. Cobb, a member elected to this House from the State of Alabama, having failed to appear and claim his seat, but remains within the enemy's lines on terms of friendly intercourse with them, thus manifesting his disloyalty to the Confederate States, be, and he is hereby, expelled from membership of this House as such representative.

’ "Resolved, That a copy of the foregoing resolution be forwarded to the Governor of the State of Alabama, that the proper steps may be taken to fill the vacancy occasioned by the expulsion of said W. R. W. Cobb."

Mr. Chilton subsequently modified his resolution so as to substitute "stricken from the roll of members" instead of "expelled," the question having arisen whether a member who had never been sworn in or claimed a seat on the floor could be expelled.

Mr. Baldwin, of Virginia, called for the reading of the testimony in the case. He considered this a question of the highest judicial privilege, and must vote understandingly in the matter.

Pending this question, Mr. Russell, of Virginia, called for a secret session.

Mr. Chilton offered the following privileged resolution:

‘ "Resolved, That with gratitude to the All-wise Disposer of Events for His aid and protection to us in the past, and with humble trust in his providential guidance in the future, this House does heartily concur with the President in the recommendation that Wednesday, the 16th instant, be observed as a day of public worship, and, to this end, when the House adjourns to-day, it will adjourn to meet on Thursday next."

’ On motion, the House resolved itself into secret session.

On motion, adjourned till Thursday next.

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