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Confederate Congress.


Friday, February 24, 1865.
Prayer by Rev. Mr. Jeter, of the Baptist Church.

Mr. Semmes, from the Finance Committee, reported back with the recommendation that it ought not to pass, House bill to provide for the immediate payment of arrears due the army and navy. Placed on the calendar.

Mr. Wigfall, from the Military Committee, reported back Senate bill to abolish the offices of post quartermasters, commissaries, &c., which had been sent back from the House with an amendment; and recommended that the Senate do not agree to the amendment, but ask a committee of conference.

Mr. Hunter disapproved of a committee of conference on this bill. He was opposed to the bill, as, if passed, it would derange and interrupt the collection of the tax in kind. There might exist other valid objections to it, with which he was not acquainted.

The bill was, for the time, informally passed over, and,

On motion, by Mr. Hunter, the Senate resolved into secret legislative session, and soon after adjourned.

House of Representatives.

The House met at the usual hour, and was opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Peterkin.

Senate amendments to House bill to establish a foundry and arsenal in the valley of Deep river, North Carolina, and to House bill to amend the thirteenth section of the act to reduce the currency, &c., approved February 17, 1864, were concurred in.

Mr. Lyon, of Alabama, from the Committee on Ways and Means, reported the following bills:

‘ A bill further to provide for the regulation of taxation on banks and bank notes, and for the confiscation of such notes in the hands of alien enemies.--Ordered to be printed.

’ A bill to authorize the First Auditor to record and keep all accounts of the Navy Department. Passed.

A bill to amend the act authorizing the appointment of assistants to the register in signing notes and bonds, so as to allow two additional clerks to be appointed. The bill was amended so as to prohibit the appointment of any person liable to military duty, and passed.

Also, a bill to provide for the more efficient organization of the Treasury Agency in the Trans-Mississippi Department. Passed.

A bill making additional appropriations — made the special order after existing special orders, and ordered to be printed.

Also, a bill providing for the refunding of money paid by persons residing in districts declared impracticable for the collection of the tax in kind in commutation of said tax, in cases where the tax has thereafter been collected in kind.

Mr. DeJarnette, of Virginia, offered, as an additional section, a bill, prepared by a special committee on the subject, authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to suspend the collection of taxes in cases where it shall be shown to his satisfaction to be peculiarly oppressive or unjust.

The amendment was adopted and the bill passed.

The resolutions reported some days since from the Committee on Foreign Affairs in connection with the result of the late peace negotiations and the determination of the Confederate States to prosecute the war, coming up,

On motion of Mr. Baldwin, of Virginia, the further consideration thereof was ordered to be in secret session.

On motion of Mr. Clark, of Missouri, the House resolved into secret session, and having spent some time therein, the doors were re-opened and the House adjourned.

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