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increase of compensation, upon the principles of the bill passed by Congress at the last session. It is absolutely necessary that some action shall be immediately taken up on this subject or we will lose all our most valuable and officiant clerks. Already several of our best clerks have resigned and entered the service of the Confederate Government, where the pay is better. Recusant Justices of the Peace. I have received information that several of the Justices of the Peace in Mercer county have taken an oath of allegiance to the Federal Government. The first question that pressured itself was, whether their offices thereby become vacant. This question was presented to the Attorney General for his opinion, and I regret to say that this experienced office can find "no law vacating their offices ipse facts" As there are doubtless many cases like kind in the State, I earnestly invoke your attention, so the adoption of the necessary legislation to relieve the State from all s