Provisional Corps of Engineers.
Agreed to. Also, reported back from the committee the bill to increase the pay of non-commissioned officers and privates of the Provisional Army.
This bill provides for an increase of $4 per month for each non- commissioned officer and private.
Mr. Foster, of Ala, moved to amend by striking out $4 and inserting $5. This motion was rejected.
On the passage of the bill the vote was taken by ayes and noes, as follows:
Ayes.--Messrs. Ashe, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Batson, Bell, Bonham, Boyee, Bridges, H. W. Bruce, E. M. Bruce, Chambliss, Chisman, Clapp, Clopton, Collier, Cook, Crockett, Curvin, Curry, Dargan, Davis, Dawkins, Dejarnett, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Foater, Freeman, Gardenheir, Gartrell, Gentry, Graham, Gray, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Herbert, Hilton, Hoge, Holcomb, Holt, Johnson, Kenan of Ga., Kenan of N. C., Kenner, Lander, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McDowell, McLean, Menees, Miles, Moore, Perkins, Pugh, Royston, Russell, Sexton, Smi
as the regular day for the of this body; but once call of the ascertained that there was not a quorum in attendance in either branch of Congress of Representatives a letter was read by the Clerk from Hon. Thos. S. Bocock.
Speaker, who was contained from the House on account of clamping illness in his family.
In consequences of the absence of a quorum the message of the President was of a rebel.
On the cab of the roll the following members answered to their tamer.
Messrs. Alrington, Ayer, Baldwin. Perksin. Botaler, Reyes, Breckinridge, Dodgers, Waltz, Barnett, Stambilke, Clapp, Clark, Collier, Couram, Cook, Creckott, Currin, Carry, Davis, Elliott, Palrowe, Foote, Garnett, Gartrell, Goode, Graham, Henly, Harris, Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Holt, Johnson, Jones, Kenner, Lewis, Lyons, McDowell, McLean, Menees, Miles, Moore, Perkins, Ross, Russell, Sexton, Smith of Va, Staples, Smith, Texas, Vest, and Wright of Texas.
In the Senate the following members were pick out.
risoners of war on each side can be attended by surgeons of their own army during captivity.
By Mr. Bargadale, of Miss — Of passing a law for the relief of postmasters whose business has been increased by the presence of large military forces.
By Mr. Witherspoon, of S. C.--Of permitting persons who have failed to make a support of provisions during the past year to retain their tax in kind upon the payment of the prices fixed by the Commissioners under the impressment act.
By Mr. Ayer, of S. C.--Of levying an export duty on cotton, tobacco, and naval stores, for the payment of the interest and principal of the six per cent, bonds.
By Mr. Miles, of S. C.--Of allowing by law to seamen and marines some increase of the privileges now enjoyed by them in the purchase of clothing and "small stores."
The following bills were introduced and referred.
By Mr. J. M. Smith, of Ga.--A bill to encourage the production of provisions and to allow compensation for tithes in
s, which were ordered, and resulted as follows:
Yeas--Messrs. Anderson, Atkins, Baylor, Blandford, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, E. M. Bruce, H. W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clark, Cluskey, Colyar, Conrow, Darden, Dejarnette, Dickinson, Dupre, Ewing, Foote, Gholson, Hartridge, Hatcher, Herbert, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullen, Montague, Norton, Perkins, Read, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Triplett, Vest, Welsh, Wilkes, Mr. Speaker--45.
Nays--Messrs. Akin, Ayer, Baldwin, Bell, Boyee, Clopton, Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Garland, Gilmer, Hanly, Hilton, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, Lester, Logan, Marshall, Miles, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of Alabama, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Turner, Villere, Wickham, Witherspoon--34.
This was considered somewhat in the light of a test vote on the habeas corpus bill, now pending in secret session.
Some seven or eight who voted for secret session will, it is said,