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ed to constitute a vote of the House, which was adopted. The hour for the order of the day having arrived, the House took up the consideration of the report of the majority of the joint committee appointed to confer with the l ces of the Salt Works in Washington and Smyth counties. Mr. Anderson, of Rockbridge, moved that the report of the minority of the committee be substituted for that of the majority, and proceeded at some length to discuss the merits of the two reports. Mr. Crockett moved that, in view of the absence of several gentlemen interested in this section, the reports be laid on the table, which was adopted. On motion of Mr. Prinon, the House took up the bill to amend and re-enact the act of the Convention providing for the enrollment of free negroes in the public service. Mr. Wilson, of Is Wight, proposed a ryder to the bill providing that sheriffs or other officers shall receive eight cents per head for each negro drafted in the public service.
part of Alexandria would be remembered by the General Assembly when in the future the city he represented should seek the aid of the State to relieve her from some or the intolerable burdens under which she now labored. The previous question having been ordered, the bill was put on its passage, with the following result: Ayes--Messrs. John T. Anderson, Francis P. Anderson, Baker, Baskerville, Bass, Blue, Bouldin, Bradford, Burke, Carter, Carpenter, Cazenove, Cecil, J. J. Coleman, Crockett, Curtis, Dabney, Daniel, John D., Davis, R. J. Davis, Dice, Eggleston, Ewing, Fleming, Fletcher, Forbes, Friend, Garrison, Gatewood, George, Gillespie, Gilmer, Grattan, Green, Hopkins, Hunter, Kerby, James, Johnson, Jordan, Kaufman, Kyle, Lively, Lockridge, Lynn, Mallory, Matthews, McCamant, A. W. McDonald, McKinney, McLaughlin, Minor, Montague, R. E. Nelson, Newton, Noland, Orgald, Payne, Pitman, Reid, Richardson, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, Robert C. Sanders, Sheffey, Sady, Steger, Tate, T
xpediency was referred to the appropriate commitee: By Mr. McKenney--Of furnishing horses to those who volunteer in the cavalry service of the State, retaining the 40 cents per diem until the purchase money is refunded. On motion of Mr. Crockett, the House took up the report of the joint committee appointed to confer with the lesses of the salt works in Washington and Smythe counties. After remarks by Messrs. Crockett and Baskervill, the subject was laid on the table. Mr. Woks in Washington and Smythe counties. After remarks by Messrs. Crockett and Baskervill, the subject was laid on the table. Mr. Woodson made an ineffectual effort to call up the question of filling the vacancies in the General Assembly from Northwestern Virginia. The following bills were passed: An act to amend section 14 of chapter 163 of the Gode, relative to the removal of records and papers of courts. An act concerning Treasury notes. The House then adjourned.
ut the male inhabitants of Richmond, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Petersburg, Fredericksburg, and Lynchburg, for the defence of those cities, whenever he shall think necessary, and also for drill. The bill follows the Governor's recommendations closely. Mr. Robertson, of Richmond, offered a resolution, that until the bills relating to the military organization and the State defences shall be disposed of, the House shall resolve itself into secret session at 12 ½ o'clock daily; that the Speaker shall vacate his seat at 3 o'clock, and resume it at 7 o'clock P. M. The resolution was passed by a vote of ayes 56, noes 28. Petitions to the General Assembly, praying for the passage of a bill prohibiting the distillation of grain, were presented from the citizens of Wythe by Mr. Crockett, from the citizens of Montgomery by Mr. Montcohery, and from other counties by other gentleman. The hour of half-past 19 having arrived; in accordance with Mr. Robertson's the went to the reunion.
ommittee to investigate the causes of the disasters which have befallen our arms in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and moved that it be printed. Mr. Crockett, of Kentucky, opposed this motion upon the ground that the matters embraced in the resolution of the gentleman from Tennessee might require to be considered in secret session, and moved the resolution be laid upon the table without being printed. Mr. Foote sustained his motion with great earnestness. Mr. Crockett refrained from discussing the question, for the same reasons that prompted him to oppose the motion of Mr. Foote. The motion of Mr. Crockett was adopted, and the resMr. Crockett was adopted, and the resolution was laid upon the table. The House was about to take a recess until 1 o'clock, when a message from the Senate informed them that Messrs. Clark of Missouri, and Barnwell of South Carolina, were appointed upon the part of the Senate to wait upon the President and inform him of the organization of Congress. Mr. Garl
estant for a seat in this House, to the privileges of the floor. Adopted, except as to secret sessions. Mr. Dawkins, of Fla., presented certain resolutions adopted by the Legislature of that State. They related in part to the arrearages of pay due to mail contractors. Referred to Committee on Post-Offices and Post Roads Mr. Gartrell, of Ga., presented resolutions of that State, relative to the pay of officers and soldiers of the army. Referred to Committee on Military Affairs. Mr. Crockett, of Ky., offered certain resolutions relating to the military service of the country, which, on his motion, were laid on the table for the present. Mr. Perkins, of La., offered a bill for the admission, duty free, for a limited time, of all imports, save from the United States.--Referred to the Committee of Ways and Means. Also, a bill for allowing to members of the Cabinet seats upon the floor of Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Article VI., See 6 of the Constituti
ale of ardent spirits in cities and towns, [authorizing the authorities of cities and towns to prohibit the sale of liquors, at the request of the military officer in command]. On motion of Mr. Locksidge, the Senate bill to repair the military road leading from the Warm Springs, by Huntersville to Greenbrier river, at Marten's Bottom, was taken up. The passage of the bill was earnestly advocated, upon the grounds of military expediency, by Messrs. Lockridge, Robinson, of Richmond, Crockett, and Anderson, of Botetourt; When, after a brief debate between the advocates of the bill and Mr. Barbour, relative to the form of the appropriation of $6,000 called for, it was passed by a vote of ayes 87, noes 4. The salt works. The hour of twelve o'clock having arrived, the order of the day — the "report of the joint committee to correspond with the lessees of the salt works"--was taken up. The pending question was to strike out the first resolution of the majority report and to
erred to appropriate committees, or laid upon the sable, to be called up at an early day. It is evident that this Congress means to do its duty, and we have not the slightest doubt it will have the hearty co-operation of the other Departments of the Government in everything that will tend to promote the public welfare. Mr. Speaker Bocock announced the appointment of committees, a list of which we subjoin: Committee en Elections--Messrs. Smith of N. C., Vest of Mo., Staples of Va., Crockett of Ky, Gardenhire of Tenn., Curry of Ala., Clapp of Miss., Dawkins of Fla., and Tripp of Ga. Ways and Moons.--Messrs. Kenner of La., Jones of Tenn., Bonham of S. C., Garnett of Va., McRae of Miss., Lyon of Ala., Machen of Ky., Holt of Ga., and Graham of Texas. Military Affairs.--Messrs. Miles of S. C., Kenan of Ga., Pugh of Ala., Davis of Miss., Harris of Mo., Swann of Tenn., Bridges of N. G., and Batson of Ark. Foreign Affairs.--Messrs. Foote of Tenn., Perkins of La., Smith
Sect. 2. Be it further enacted, That the owners of property destroyed under the operation of this act, as well as those persons who shall voluntarily destroy their property to prevent the same from falling into the hands of the enemy, are hereby authorized to perpetuate the testimony of such destruction in the manner prescribed by an act of the Provisional Congress, entitled an act to perpetuate testimony in cases of slaves abducted or harbored by the enemy, and of other property seized, wasted or destroyed by them, approved 30th August, 1861, and such owners and persons shall be entitled to indemnity out of the proceeds of property sequestered and confiscated under the laws of the Confederate States, in such manner as Congress may hereafter provide. Upon which ensued a lengthy debate, participated in by Messrs. Curry, Garland, Smith of Virginia, Foote, Crockett, Miles, Royce, Gray, Dupre, Russell, Wright of Georgia, and Lyons of Virginia. The bill was finally adopted.
r it occurred in the Senate bill, be stricken out. This motion was disagreed to by a vote of ayes 30, noes 35. Mr. Smith, of Virginia, then moved to amend by inserting the word "daily," instead of "quarterly in advance." This motion was agreed to — ayes 35, noes 27. The bill fixes the salary of the Clerk of the House at $-,000, and allows him three clerks, with a salary of $1,500 each; the salary of the Doorke per, $1,500; Assistant Doorkeeper, $1,200; and the pages $2 per day. Mr. Crockett, of Ky., moved to amend by striking out $1,500 as the salary of the Doorkeeper, and inserting $2,000 instead thereof. Amendment agreed to. Mr. Machen, of Ky., moved to amend by striking out $1,500 as the compensation of the assistant clerks, and inserting in lieu there of $2,000. Mr. Royston, of Ark., moved to lay the amendment on the table, and the motion was agreed to. The bill was then read as amended, and being put upon its passage, was adopted. The House then res
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