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nsideration of the House, he would waive any remark upon the constitutional principle involved in the prayer of the petitioners. It is the utterance of a large and intelligent body of constituents, and is worthy of special consideration as a demonstration of their patriotism and their readiness to sustain the government in any and all measures deemed necessary to the successful prosecution of the war. He moved its reference to the Committee on Military Affairs, and it was so referred. Mr. Ayer, of South Carolina offered the following resolution; which was appropriately referred: Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary to inquire and report, by bill or otherwise, on the expediency of increasing the penalties now imposed by law on all Government officials, arents, and employees, who may be found guilty of practicing fraud and peculation on the Government; and especially to report on the propriety of punishing every such offender with severe flogging on