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The Legislature.

In the Senate, yesterday, the bill for the relief of the families of soldiers in the lines of the enemy was returned from the House with amendments, one of which increases the appropriation to $1,000,000. Referred.

The Governor communicated the application of the Messrs. Bibb, who had hired negro convicts, and whose contract had been annulled. Appropriately referred.

The Committee on Confederate Relations, to whom had been referred so much of the Governor's Message as relates to the liability of the Confederate Government for negroes hired on fortifications, reported and recommended the passage of joint resolutions instructing our Representatives in Congress to use their endeavors to procure the passage by Congress of a law acknowledging and asserting the liability aforesaid.

The committee to investigate the charges against F. A. Winston, of Floyd county, reported that the evidence before them did not show that he had violated the laws of the Commonwealth.

The Militia bill was considered and passed — ayes 29, noes 8.


In the House, Mr. Robertson, of Richmond, from the Committee on Confederate Relations, gave notice that he had a report to make which he desired to have considered in secret session, which was agreed to, and the report submitted.

The Militia bill of the House Committee was read the first time and laid on the table, on motion of Mr. Anderson, who said the Senate was perfecting a similar bill.

The bill extending the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court of the town of Danville was passed.

The remainder of the session was consumed in the discussion and advancement of bills.

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