Increased pay of General officers
The bill to increase the compensation of the General
assigned to duty at Richmond
, which elicited some newspaper comment when it was under consideration in the Senate, has undergone some important changes, and at length passed both branches of Congress so much improved in form that its progenitors would not now recognize it as one of their own offspring.
It was sent to the House
some days ago, and by that body modified so as to include all the Generals
in the army.
The Senate subsequently added some unimportant amendments, which were yesterday concurred in by the House
, and the bill now only awaits the President
's signature to become a law. It gives a General $500 per month, a Lieutenant General
$450, a Major General
$400, and a Brigadier General
in command of an army to receive $100 a month in addition, and all others in the field $50. We look upon it as an act of wisdom in the House
thus to remember those who are daily risking their lives in defence of the country, and it will no doubt receive the popular approval; while it might have seemed invidious to have selected an officer whose good fortune it has been to be assigned to duty at the capital as a particular object of favor, however deserving he may be.
The bill to increase the pay of soldiers was amended by the Senate so as to make it applicable only to one year, instead of a permanent arrangement, and in that form has passed both branches of Congress.