The privilege of the Press in the South.
On the eighteenth of March, the Governor
and Executive Council of South-Carolina
adopted the following resolution:
, That the editors and owners of newspapers in this State be informed, that if any of their employes shall fall under the conscription, the Adjutant
will be instructed to withhold from confederate service such of said conscripts as the editor or owner of such newspaper shall declare by affidavit to be absolutely necessary to carry on their respective establishments, and that the work cannot be done by workmen within their command or otherwise exempt: Provided
, The number withheld shall not exceed seven for the Charleston
daily papers, five for the Columbia
daily papers, and two for each country paper: And provided, The conscripts withheld from confederate service shall be subject to be detailed to such local and special duty as may not seriously interfere with the business of their respective offices.
The bill in the Virginia Legislature exempting newspaper men from military duty has been modified so as to include the conductors of weekly papers.
As finally passed, the bill exempts “one editor of each newspaper now being published, and such employes as the editor or proprietor may certify on honor to be indispensable for conducting the publication of the newspaper so long as the same is regularly published at least once a week.” --Charleston Mercury, March 22