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WILLIAM W. HOLDEN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR. . . Vol. XV... .No. 7. Another Chan je of Terma. " The Daily and Weekly papers of this City baring advanced their terms, on account of the deprecia tion of the currency, we are compelled to do the tame. We regret to hare to do this, but it is una voidable. The price of the Standard will hereafter be as follows : Semi-Weekly, 6 months, $30 w 3 months, 15 Weekly, 6 months, 20 " 3 months, 10 . Subscribers heretolore obtained for nsby friends, and subscriptions on the way to us, will be receded at former rates. L. BL ! RALEIGH : TUESDAY. JAW. 24, 1S85. The LegUlatare. We give to-day the proceedings in full of Friday and Saturday. . . In the Senate, on Monday, a numoer oi owj uu resolutions of minor importance were acted on. The Senate agreed to the proposition to appoint a joint select committee of the two Houses, to exam ine and report at what time an adjournment can take place. When we left the capitol, at half past twelve o'clock, M Dick was deliveririgan able and ekquent speech against the policy of arming the slaves, and against the-righ of the Confederate government to exercise control oyer the institution of slavery. In the House, on Monday, resolutions denounc ing the illegal arrest of Dr. Henry P. Bitter, of Edenton, by Confederate authority ; also," the bill from the House providing for supplies for the people of Wilmington ; also, resolutions introdueed by Mr. Gr ssom in relation to impressments, were severally considered and passed. Peace Movement ia the Legislature. The resolutions introduced in the Senate Jby Mr. Pool, at the session of the Legislature preceding this, providing for the appointment of five commis sioners to treat for peace, are still on the tame in the Senate ; and similar resolutions, introduced by Mr. Carter in the Commons, have been made the order of the day by that ooay ior ,j.nursujr On Friday last Mr. Hanes, of Davidson, intro duced in the Commoas resolutions providing for a State Convention, and for a Convention of the Con federate States. And on the same day Mr. Smith, of Johnston, introduced a bill in the Commons pro viding for a Convention of the people of this State. Mr. Hanes accompanied the presentation of his resolutions with a very ablo and interesting speech, which was listened to with marked at tention. He took ground boldly and unequiv ocally in favor of a reconciliation with the people of the North, "under the Constitution of our fathers," as the alternative to be preferred to subju gation, which seemed to him to be inevitable if the war should be continued, as be took it for granted, it would be, by the federal government We learn that Mr. Hanes' speech will be published, when the people will have an opportunity of reading and judging for themselves. Mr. Hanef resolutions were laid upon the table by a vote of 59 to 40. The bill introduced by Mr. Smith provides for submitting the question of Conventia a or no Con vention to the people at the polls, and at the same time for the election of delegates, to take their seats and act in case the people vote for a Convention. This proposition is not only called for by the con dition of the country, but it seems to us to be in every respect reasonable. After four years of wast ing war it appears ta be highly reasonable and pro per that the people of the State should have an op portunity, in Convention assembled, to deliberate upon their condition, and to take such steps as may, in their judgment, be best calculated to promote their happiness. Surely, surely in a country like this there can be no risk in trusting the people. That is the question after all, which is involved in this bill introduced by Mr. Smith, Can the people be trusted T Every one sees and admits that the pub lic men of the country are unable, with all their skill and wisdom, to close this' ruinous war and re store repose and prosperity to the people. Let us at length go to the fountain of power to tie people themselves. But one may say, it is not expedient to call a Convention a Convention is unnecessary, Very well, say so, and vote that way at the polls, if you wish; but let the people have an opportuni ty to decide the question. I( a Convention is inex pedient and unnecessary, they will so declare at the ballot-box; but if necessary and expedient, and. they should say so when they come to vote upon it, who will gainsay their right or their wisdom in so declaring ? He who is afraid to trust the people, at any time or on any question, is unfit to represent them. ; We think it would be a good plan to pass Mr, Pool's resolutions, and also to submit the question of Convention to the people, for the reason that, if other States should decline to unite with North Carolina in the peace movement, she would have a Convention in exist ence through which she could ' act for herself. Let her discharge her obligations to her sister States by offering to unite with them through commissioners, as proposed by Mr. Pool's resolutions ; and then, if they should decline to co operate with her, her skirts would be olear, and it could not be said that she had proved faithless to her co States. But if the Legislature itself should decide not to appoint the commissioners, let them lAuxn bti the neonle. The memorable Peace Conference, which, as many think, ought never to have been held, failed mainly because the commis sioners to it were appointed by partizan uovernors 0 f - profit by this example.. The commissioners under Mr.- Pool's resolutions could be chosen by the peo? .and lcriK atures. ana not tv tne neoDie. Let ua - pte on the day set apart for votirg on the Conven tion question. We know not what is going on at Richmond. We know nothing of the mission of Mr. Blair or of its results. We hear many rumors, but in grave Biatters like this we can hazard no opinion except U'ftl ArtW- ' I - , - .and Mr. Davis will not make peace. The States must aot Under this new government, as indisputably shown by Mr. Hanes, thsy are sovereign and have a right to act. If any doubt as to when they shouldj act, and how, j.et that doubt be solved Br the odmiv fiiK-ucrr vfj There is no hitfher. theta in aJ - o no safer tribunal in Ibis country. The demand for jeace is loud and incessant It drowns all other rounds. Nor is it confined to any one party. It is beard in both parties and among all classes. It vill not be silenced. Like a rising cloud, it rolls, -itflthonders in our ears with increased volume every moment. We tell public men, who hesitate as to .their duty we tell the Legislature that the people are terribly in earnest io this matter. We know something of public sentiment in North-Carolina, .and we are not mistaken. Sooner or. later, unless ithe advance of the enemy should prevent it, a Con vention will be called, and this Legislature will take steps to-call it Why not now f Delay is danger ous. We may lose every thing by delay. We may .save much by action, and action p&omtt actios u what .the people want Oatrages by Tories aad Others. A friend has sent as the following account of the manner in which the people of Cherokee and Clay Counties have been recently treated by .a ro ving band calling themselves Confederate soldiers : Fur the Standard. ' TORIES! TORIES 1 1 Mb. Editor : For the sake of women and chil dren, and for decency's sake, permit me to state a few facts. A band of lories, about 150, calling themselves Confederate soldiers, entered Cherokee county, N. C, from Georgia, last week. In Chero kee, tbey robbed and stole horses, &a Capt Tid well stationed at Murphy and others followed and forced them to give up the property. The tory officers, as I have heard, promised Capt Tidwell that they would commit no more' depredations in Cherokee and Clay counties, and he then permitted them to pass on. But after Tidwell left them, they immediately resumed the glorious work of robbing and stealing, butreserved their most glorious efforts for a night attack upon the true and unsuspecting people of the eastern part of Clay county. Here the tories seemed to be in their own clement and glory. Divided into squads they scoured the whole country, across mountains, into the little coves, &c, and robbed and stole nearly every horse in the country. No .doubt these tories thought tbey had it all their awn way ; but a little band of citizens served them up a breakfast just as they were about to leave, somewhat after the manner the Whigs, under Marion, served their tory brethren of 1778. These citizens suddenly charged, and fired into them and wounded several, and routed and scat tered the cowardly rascals 1 In the rounds they captured eight of the tories, and about twenty-five horses and mules. In their flight the tor Us left cot ton yarn, jeans cloth, leather, needles, spoons, scis sors, baby clothes, women's clothes, bed-clothes, knives, thimbles, guns, boots, and hats, Ac., Ac. Also a mail bag, which contained the records of the Superior Court of Fannan county, Ga., ic., Jbc. The tory prisoners stated that the whole, gang was made up chiefly of deserters from the infantry, who had mounted themselves; that there were four captains along, namely : Thompson, Cowan, OJell, and Garrett Others of them said, they were sent here to lake horses and other property from Union men. Others said, this country was abandoned to the Yankees, and they were to take the property to keep it fioui the Yankees; and that the whole gang belonged to Graham's command, and came from Athens, Ga. The above are the facts as reported to me by eye and ear witnesses, and I presume it is all substan tially true. Now who is responsible for this tory raid from Georgia into North-Carolina 1 Tories, in the Revolution of 1776, were hung with out mercy. By that law, this whole gang ought to be hung. If commander Graham, of Athens, Ga., sent them, he ought to be hung as a tory leader. If Gov. Brown sent them, he is a tory and ought to meet a worse fate. If Jeff. Davis sent them, he is the chief of tories and ought to be hung as high as Haman by the same law. If Graham, Brown, and Davis, inflict merited punishment on the actual tories who have plunder ed us, and give us redress, they will be acquitted ; if they do not, the people of these counties in North-Carolina than whom there are no truer, or more loyal citizens any where will hold them, Graham, Brown and Davis, responsible as tory leaders! If Gov. Vance quietly submits to tory raids from another State upon his citizens, he ought to' be blacked and kicked into some gentleman's kitchen to wash dishes and carry slop to the pig as a position and occupation suiting his genius. These bands who steal, lob, abuse women and children and murder, are tories, because they do the deeds of the tories of 177G. Why are they sent i upon us T Our men are in the army. Our women and f children toiling like negroes for food and clothes even clothing their men in tie army. And yet, v.uua ui wmu iv fuiuiiiicu iuu mill DfcCAi, uu curse and abuse women at their will. These independent, irresponsible companies are a curse to any country or cause. If the authori ties do not put them down, the people will be ut terly ruined, or be compelled to turn out, devil-like, to bushwhacking. Just think of it ! A man and his sons serving in the Confederate army at $18.00 per month, and a gang of tories comes to rob and steal from their wives and children' thimbles, combs, baby clothes, Jfcc. Oh ! is not this the quintescence of oppres sion, of tyranny, of devilism 1 But all this is the legitimate fruit of the accursed, secession" doctrine that one person must be punish ed for the crime of another. A good man has a son, independent of his father. That boo in spite of his parents goes to the Yankees. Then by permission, a tory gang falls upon the father, curses him, hangs him awhile, robs him of money, horses, praviaions, olothes, Jbc., and what for t Because his son, over whom he had no con trol, has acted 3 he chose. A son sins, the father is punished 1 ' A woman's husband, whom she can't control, goes to the Yankees. Immediately, the Sa-. tanic agents of power pounce upon her, curse and abuse her, hang her or one of her little children to force them to tell where the husband, or hU money is, and then strip them of horses, provisions, clothes, spoons, baby rag, Jbc, and why ? The sin of the father is Tinted upon helpless women and innocent babe?. M The memory of the wicked shall not" Polo von. Children yet unborn will curse the memory of men now living, and confinement in the "lake which burns with fire and brimstone " to all eterni ty will alone be an adequate punishment for their crimes. Justice will ultimately be done, but how long I how long 1 R. W. D. Our correspondent has used very strong language, and we feel it to be our duty to publish his commu nication pretty much as he has written it It can not be, however, that the President knows of these outrages ; or, if he does, he is certainly making ef forts to prevent their repetition. Our people natu rally look to him and to our Governor for protec tection. If they cannot get protection tbey will soon become indifferent as to what flag waves over them. Oue readers have doubtless heard much as to the outrages perpetrated on the old men, and women and children of Randolph and other Counties, by certain of the Home Guards called out to arrest deserters. Every good citizen is opposed to deser tion. Every good citizen will do everything he can in reason to aid in returning deserters to their com mands. But there is a right way and a wrong way in every thing. -It is right to arrest deserters, but it is wrong to arrest and torture women and chil dren, and to destroy property on mere suspicion that this or that old man, or this or that woman has harbored dec erters, or can tell where they are. It is wrong to arrest and tortore the wife of a deser ter to make her tell where her husband is. It is horrible, in this Christian land, in this " high noon of the nineteenth century," to hang this wife up by the thumbs, or to put her thumbs uuder the fence, with two men to sit upon the fence, until she screams out and tells where her husband is. We have heard that this was done in one, of the Counties -of this State I Who is responsible for the deed f Do any of the members of the Leg- JsUlure of this State know of this and other wanton cruelties to, women and children? Do they know that houses have been torn down over the heads of helpless women and children? that their little property has been plundered or destroyed ? and that, in many instances, they havo been arrested on mere suspicion of harboring deserters, or know in? where thev weresnd penned for days in school- houses, and Churches, and barns J Do they know of these things, and yet sit silent in their seals f Almighty God I - And yet this is a Gospel land, and we have Chaplains who are paid to preach the Gos pel of Justice, Mercy, and Truth ! Is the manhood of the country all dead. f A friend has just banded us a letter, written by a lady, dated Asheborough, Randolph County, January 28th, 1865, from which we nitke the fol lowing extract; 1 write to tell you now tne cavairy servea me on last Friday. They searched my house said our folks were in the woods took neat, and salt, and chickens from me, and commenced to take my corn. I begged so bard they let my corn alone. They also snapped their pistols at me and Mrs. . . I have always done my part by the soldiers, and it ia bard that I should be treated in this way. I have, always been true to my country. The cavalry stopped at every house and took what they pleased. What I have I got by my hard labor, and ft seems hard to see it taken from me." The above letter is from an unmarried lady whose brother, who had been her protector, was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg, and is now a prisoner in the bands of the enemy; The cavalry referred to are said to belong to the Home Guards. We feel it to bo our duty to make publication of these facts, Sn order that the attention of the au thorities, as well as of the public generally, may be called to them. Will those authorities do anything to protect the defencele&d against such outrages ? We shall see. . - - We think it is now apparent to every- one that Gov. Vance is still determined to " fight it out,? and that he is opposed to every peace measure ef a practical character. What will the Legislature do H Will that body tamely submit to be ruled by ona man 1 It seems to us that it is lime for indepen dent members to speak out If Gov. Vance is not a Peace Conservative, let th fact be' announced io the two Houses, and let him be classed for good and all, as he deserve to bey-with the Destructives.4 Expose him in his true colore to ihe people, and ha will at once lose his power to mislead and bani boozle those who are really and honestly die to do something for peace. Parley and du with him, and he will have you just where he warns 0 a- t a . . you. oinp mm oi an nts pretences ana disguises, and he will soon be powerless for harm. . -' i Cuserimo. The Confederate has at length been roused from its lethargy, and in its issue of Monday last says: ' . "The cause of tba Confederacy is not lost A tery short time wil) demonstrate that its safety is assured. But the people ye who have all at stake you must remain true, loyal and courageous. Hold out yet a while and all will be welL'.' So mote it be ! It will be seen that Mr. McAden has offered a resolution proposing that the two Houses adjourn on Saturday next, to meet again on the third Mon day in November. This may be fairly regarded as an anti peace movement for it is not probable that peace measures can be matured and passed during the present week. What will the people of Ala mance, three fourths of whom are for peace, say to this proposition by one of their Commoners 1 For the Standard. Mr. Editor : Can you tell me where Mr. Irvin Thompson is ? Some say he is gone to Europe ; others say he is in the front ranks, where the bat tle rages fiercest Knowing the patriotism of the man as I do, I conclude he is in the latter place; making the fur fly. He said that whenever the Yankees polluted the soil of this State with their feet, he would give them some of the' gist and grit of our revolutionary forefathers. I am satisfied he is doing that very thing, for he is not the man to back down trom what he says. If you know what regiment he is in, Mr. EJitor, please let me know, as I want to write him a letter of encouragement while he is spilling his blood in the cause of inde pendence. E. We regret that we are unable to give our corres pondent the company and regiment to which Mr. Thompson belongs. Mr. Thompson was very anxi ous to secede from the old government He distin guished himself in his native County of Wayne by bis zealous advocacy of secession ; and though we have not had the pleasure of hearing from him late ly, we have no doubt be has been a long time in the front ranks, where the blows fall fastest and thick est, fighting for bis favorite doctrine. A grateful country will reward him. The following is the bill introduced in the House of Commons on Friday last, by Mr. Smith, provid ing for calling a Convention of the people of this Siate : A BUI to call a Convention of the People. Whereas, In the judgement of this General As sembly, the present condition of the country de mands that the sovereign people of this State should assemble in Convention to effect if possible an honorable termination of the present war : And whereas, on matters of such grave import, this General Assembly, is reluctant to adopt any policy without first ascei tainiog tho sense of the people, in whom all sovereignty tesides: . Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assem bly of I fie State of North Carolina and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That upon the passage of this act the Governor of the Slate, be and he is hereby required to issue a proclama tion commanding tne sheriffs of the respective coun ties in the State to open the polls at the several precincts in said counties, on 13lh day of February A. D. 1865, where and when all persons qualified to vote for'members of the General Assembly may vote for or against a State Convention, those who wuih a Convention, voting with a written or print ed ticket "Convention," and those who do not wish a Convention, voting in the same way "No Conven tion ;" also to open separate polls at the said time and places for the election of delegates to the Con vention to be assembled on such times as are here inafter provided ; said polls to be superintended by inspectors appointed by the Sheriff, with the advico of three justices of the Peace of the respective counties, who shall be sworn according to the pro visions of section 8, chaper 52 of Revised Code. Sec 1. Beit further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the Sheriffs to make out duplicate state ments of their polls in their respective counties, on the question of Convention and no Convention, sworn to before the clerk of the County Court, one copy of which shall be deposited in said clerk's office and the other copy transmitted to the Gov ernor of the State at Raleigh, under the same rules and regulations and under the same penalties sr prescribed in the case of the returns of the vote for electors of President and Vice-President of the Confederate States, as are now prescribed by law immediately after said electibn.- Sec 3. Be it further enacted, -That it shall be the duty of the Governor, as soon as he shall have received the returns of the Sheriffs, in the presence of the Secretary of Stale, Public Treasurer and Comptroller, to compare the number of votes cast for and against a convention ; and if it shall appear that a majority of the votes polled are in favor of a convention, he shall forthwith issue a proclamation in such manner as he may think proper, summon ing the delegates elected to said convention as afore said to convene ic Raleigh, on the 2nd Monday in March A. D. 1865, and if a majority of the votes polled are against a convention the Governor shall in like manner issue a proclamation of that fact, and in that case the assembling of the said delegates elected as aforesaid under this act is hereby declar ed to be illegal and of no effect Sec. 4. Be it further enacted. That the election for delegates as aforesaid shall be held and conduct ed in the same manner as elections for members of, the General Assembly, and the vote shall be count ed, and the scrolls compared and certificates issued in the same manner as prescribed by law for mem-i bers of the Uouso of Commons. Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, That if a vacancy shall occur by death, resignation or removal from the State or by the refusal to serve of any person elected delegate as aforesaid, the .presiding officer of the Convention shall issue bis writ to the sheriff, of the county in which such vacancy may have oc curred, after such notice as the Convention nay order, to open a poll to fill such vacancy, under the sarae rules and regulations as hereinbefore prescrib ed for the election of delegates. Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, That the said Con vention shall consist of one hundred and twenty delegates, and each county shall be entitled to the same number of delegates as members of the House of Commons under the last apportionment ' Sec. 7. Be it further enacted. That this act shall be in force from and after its ratification. LEGISLATURE 07 SORTH-CAROLTNA. SENATE. Friday, Jan. 20, 1865. A list-of names proposed for appointment as Mag istrates was laid upon-the table. - Mr. Wiggins introduced a bill to authorize fifteen Magistrates of Halifax county to transact county business, which, under a suspension of the rule, passed its severai readings. . Mr. Ellis offered a resolution to instruct the ju diciary committee to enquire into the expediency of passing a law empowering the wives of soldiers to make contracts binding tba property of their hus bands, which was adopted. Also a resolution in structing the same committee to enquire into the expediency ef the passive of a law to prohibit the sale of property under execution, for specie, unless the contract specifies tho payment of specie, which was adopted. BILLS, ETC ON f HEIR SECOND READINGS. ; Resolutions requesting the Governor, in certain contingencies, to remove the Commissioner of Ap praisements recently appointed by him. Amended and passed. Rule suspended and passed its third reading. A bill to provide spirituous liquors for medical purposes in Cabarrus county. Rejected. - A bill concerning impressments. Rejected. A bill to levy a tax in-kind for the support of the families of sol tiers. Postponed and ordered to be printed. A bill to amend the act to incorporate the N. C. Volunteer Navy Company. Passed. Resolutions protesting against emancipation for publio services. Made special order for Monday next at 12 o'clock. A bill to amend 1 section, 87th chapter, Revised Cod j. Rejected. resolutions in regard to illegal impressments of iperty by tue Confederate government. Alter discussion ty Messrs. AAssiter, W right and Udom, the resolutions were made the special order for Tu esday Dext at 12 o'clock. Resolutions in regard to habeas corpus. Infor . mally passed over. A bill to amend an act to authorise the Gover nor to employ, slave labor in the erection of fortifi cations, ice Passed. A bill to appoint inspectors for the town of Fay etteviile. Pat-sed. Resolutions in relation to the exemption of cer tain employees from conscription. Passed. A bill to rearrange the public office in the Capi tol. Mr. Wright offered an amendment providing that the Treasurer and Comptroller should exchan ge rooms. A lengthy communication from the Comptroller in relition to the matter was read. Mr. Wright's vmendment was parsed, and the bill, as amended, was then laid upon the table by a vote ofntolS. BILL OR ITS THIRD KDADlNd A bill to incorporate the North and South Caro lina Railroad Coiapany. Passed. MUECLLANI0U3. The resignation of Mr. McCoy as Eifgrosiing Clerk was received and accepted. A proposition from the House to proceed to the election of an Engrossing Clerk was concurred in, and the Senate voted as follows: T. H. Hill 10; W. A. Huske 22 ; Pfohl 3. The committee reported the whole number of votes 133, as follows: Hill 44; Huske 54; Pfohl 17; T. W. Davis 18. No election. The Senate again proceeded to vote for Engross--ing Clerk, as follows, the name of Mr. Pfohl having been withdrawn: Huske, 22; Hill 13 ; Davis 5. The committee reported the whole number of votes cast as follows : Huske 56; Hill 46 ; Davis 82. No election. The Senate then adjourned. HOUSE OF COMMONS. The House was called to order at 11 o'clock A. M. Mr. Shepherd presiding in the absence of the Speaker. The Journal of yesterday was read and approved. The Speaker laid before the House the resigna tion of Neill McKay, one of the Engrossing Clerks. On motion of Mr. Grissoni this resignation was sent to the Senate with a proposition that the two Houses elect a clerk to fill the vacancy at half past eleven o'clock. The names of Messrs. Walter A. Huske, T. U. Hill and Pfohl were put in no mination. An engrossed bill, from the Senate, .to facilitate the building of bridges which have been washed away in the counties of Alamance and Granville, passed its several readings under a suspension of the rule. Leaves of absence were granted to Messrs. Amis and Alford. A message from the Senate announced its concur rence in the proposition from the House to elect an Engrossing Clerk at half past eleven o'clock. The House proceeded to vote. Mr. J. Yf. Davis having been also nominated. The committee to superin tend the election subsequently reported " no elec tion." Mr. Hanes introduced resolutions on the subject of a general Convention of the Confederate Slates, as follows : Resolution on the subject of s General Convention of the Confederate Slates : Whereas, The present system of legislation by the Congress of the Confederate States, by which the most oppressive and unconstitutional laws have been passed from time to time, by the votes of ir responsible representatives from Missouri, Ken tucky and other Slates, some of whom have never seceded from the Government of the United States, but have at this time their full quota of men in the armies of oar enemie, and who therefore have no constituents upon wnom the laws passed by them can operate, and some of whom dare not even show ' themselves in the States which they profess to re present, is an outrage to which no free people ought to submit: . And, Whereas, Article A of the Constitution of the Confederate States provides, "Upon the de mand of any three States, legally assembled in their several Conventions, the Congress shall sum mon a Convention of all the Confederate States, to take into consideration such amendments to the Constitution as the said States shall concur in sug gesting" at the time when the said demand is made ; and should any of the proposed amendments to the Constitution be agreed on by the said Convention voting by States and the same be ratified by the Legislatures of two-thirds of the several States or by Conventions in two-thirds thereof as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the general Convention they shall thencefor-. ward form a part of the Constitution. But no State shall, without its consent be deprived of its "equal representation" in the Senate. Therefore, Resolved, That the Joint Select Com mittee on Confederate relations be instructed to frame and bring in a bill callng a Convention of the people of this State, or submitting the question to them so as to enable them to assemble in Conven tion if a majority of them should desire to do so for the purpose of co-operating with any two other. States in culling a Convention of all the Confeder ate States, for the purpose of amending the Con stitution, so as to provide that'hereafter the repre sentatives bf any State or States, whose territory is in the hands of the enemy si that the Confeder ate laws cannot be enforced therein, shall not dur ing the continuance of such occupation by the ene my, be permitted to vote upon any question of leg islation, but shall have only such rights us are al lowed to the delegates from the Territories of the Confederate States; and of considering such other amendments as the said three States shall concur in suggesting. Resolved, further, That Stste sovereignty being the principle on which North Carolina -and the other States withdrew from the Federal Union, the States composing the Southern Confederacy fire sovereigns, and the Confederate Government is oo ly their agent, and subject to their control, and that the States in their sovereign capacity, in General Convention as sembled, have the right to negotiate a peace with the government of the United States, without con sultation with the President of the Confederate States, but subject only to the subsequent ratifica tion of the several States in their separate State Conventions. At Mr. Hanes' request his remr.rks in support of these resolutions were read frottf. the desk by the Clerk. 'Pending their reading there -vras another ballot for Engrossing Clerk resulting as before. On this ballot Mr. Huske received 56 votes; Mr. Hill 46; Mr. Davis 82. Mr. Phillips moved that Mr. Hanes' resolutions be printed and made a special order for Tuesday next On motion of Mr. Person they were laid upon the table. Yeas Messrs. Alston, Amis, Austin, Baxter, Benbury, Bond, of Gates, Boyd, Brown, of Madison, Brown, of Mecklenburg, Bryan, Caho, Cobb, Cost ner, Crawford, of Rowan, Crawford, of Wayne, Cunningham. Dargan, Davis, of Halifax, Davis, of Franklin, Duke, Erwin, Faison, Faucette, Gaskins, George, Gidney, Grier, Gudger, Harrington, Har ris, Harrison, Hassell, Hawes, Joyner, Judkins, Lane, Latham, Lewis. Little, Love, McAden, Mc Cormick, .McLean,- Outterbridge, Patton, Peace, Person, Pool, Polk, Powell, Russ, Shepherd, Shipp, Shober, Smith, of Cabarrus, Smith, or Duplin, Stan di and Wooteu 68. Nats Messrs. Allison, Asbeworth, Banks, Rest,. Blair, Bond, of Bertie, Caldwell, Calvert, Carson, of Alexander, Carter, Clapp. Cowles. Craige, Flynt, Fowle, Griseom, Hadley, Hanes, Henry, Holton, Horton, of Watauga, Uorton, of Wilkes, Isbell, Jordan, Lowe, McGehee, McMillan,,Murrill, Patter son, Phillips. .Rogers, Russell, Sbarpe, Simmons, Smith, of Johnston, Stipe, Waugn, Wheeler and Young 39. INTRODUCTION Or BILLS. The following bills were introduced and referred. Mr. Smith of Johnston, a bill to call a Conven tion of the people. Mr. Russell, a bill in regard to the holding of courts in Brunswick county. Mr. Austin, a bill to legalise an election of Inten dant and Commissioners of the town of Monroe. Mr. Fowle, a bill concerning injunctions. A bill reported from the Finance Committee, which was considered at the former session in se cret, was transferred to the open calendar. The House then adjourned until to morrow morn ing at 10 o'clock. ' SENATE. Saturday, Jan. 21, 1865. i BILL, ETC, ON Til II It 8ECOND BEADINOS. A bill to incorporate the Cumberland Monu '. mental Association. Passed its 2d and 3d readings A bill to incorporate Mt Hermon Lodge, No 1 1 8, in town of Asheville. Passed. A bill to incorporate the Deep River Woolen Com pany. Passed. A bill to amend an act to incorporate the Cape rear importing and exporting company. Passed. A bill to amend the 6th sec 71st chap, of Re via ed Code, relating to the tolls of millers. Laid upon the table. A bill to authorize a certain number of magis trates in the county of Columbus to transact county business. Passed, rule suspended, and passed its 3d reading. A bill to. amend an act to nrnvida for a Tiirnml-n road from Salisbury to the Georgia line. Passed. 1 a uui to auiaorize ine cniei cleric ot tne lreasu- ' ry Department to transact certain business in the ' name of the Treasurer. Passe d. A bill authorizing the taking of depositions of persons within tho enemy's lines. Passed. A bill to authorize the county court of Jackson . to appoint a tax collector. Passed. A resolution' to authorize the Treasurer to receive partial payment of taxes from counties within the enemy's lines. Passed. A resolution to furnish Nathan Whitford, Esq . a copy of the Revised Code. Passed its 2d and 3d reading.. BILLS, ETC, ON TBEIR THIRD BEADINN3. A bill to amend an act to incorporate the North Carolina Volunteer Navy Company. Passed. A bill to amend an act to authorize the Governor to employ slave labor in the erection of fortifica tions, ic. Passed. A bill in relation to Inspectors in the town of Fayetteville. Amended by providing that flour shall be inspected at the depot when required by the owner, and passed. A resolution in regard to the exemption of cer tain State employees. Passed. A bill to incorporate the North and South Caro lina railroad company. Laid upon the table. The reporter was in error yesterday in reporting this bill as passed. It was read and informally passed over. HESOLUTIONi INTRODUCED. Mr. Hall introduced a resolution to authorize the Governor to send supplies to the citizens of Wil mington. The rule was suspended, and after some discussion the resolution passed its 2d and 3d read ings. Mr. Bagley, a' resolution to authorize B. F. Bag ley, former Sheriff of Perquimons, to collect arrears of taxes. MISCELLANEOUS. The Senate proceeded to vote for an Engrossing Clerk, as follows: Uuse 18; Hill 9; Pfohl 6; Da vis 7. The Committee reported the whole number of votes cast 134, as follow : Huske 42 ; Hill 41 ; Da vis 45 ; Pfohl C. No election. The Senate then adjourned to 10 o'clock Monday morning. HOUSE OF COMMONS. The nouse was called to'order at 10 o'clock A M. The Journal of yesterday was read and approved. Mr. McGehee asked leave to change his vote on the question of laying on the table the resolutions introduced by Mr. Hanes on yesterday. He had not heard the remarks of Mr. Hanes in exposition of the' resolutions and voted in the negative not perceiving at the time that a vote in favor of a gen eral Convention of the States necessarily involved a vote for calling a State Convention, to which he was opposed. Mr. Fowle said that he should not oppose the motion of his friend from Caswell, that he agreed in the main with that gentleman in' regard to his views upon this subject, but did Dot consider them as applying to this resolution. During the last summer the subject of a Convention was before the people, and was argued at some length in. Wake county that he had taken ground against a Slate Convention, and bad endeavored to show what evil would flow from separate State action, but at tb same time he had taken position in favor of a Gen eral Convention of the Southern States, in case tba. times should demand any action. No evil certainly can result from a Convention called in accordance with the Constitution of the Confederate States, in which Georgia, Virginia, South-Carolina and the other Southern States would be represented, but on the other band much good to the whole country may-result As to the objection that a State Con vention was necessary before a General Convention could be called, this matter he had mentioned before his constituents, at the same time informing them that tne Legislature bad the power to restrict the Convention to the consideration of that subject only. He would vote to allow the gentleman to V change his vote. Mr. Caldwell believed the resolutions right and proper, but thought they had not been fully under stood. Proceeding to discuss them, he was called to order by Mr. Baxter, the chair sustaining the technical point raised. Mr. Perkins was permitted to record bis vote in the negative on this question, and Mr. Strong was f allowed to vote in the affirmative. Mr. Polk presented a statement of the Bank of Wadesboro, which was sent to the House with a proposition to print . The following bills passed their 2nd and Sid read ings, viz : An act to legalize an election of Inten-- dant and Commissioners of the townot Jdonroe, : and a bill in regard to the holding of Courts in the ; county of Brunswick. A bill te provide metns of supplying the State Treasury was laid on the table Ayes 48, Nays 47. The House concurred in a message from the Sen ate proposing to go forthwith into an election for Engrcsing Clerk. There was no election on this ballot Mr. Davis received 45 votes, Mr. Huske 42, ( 'Ua.ll.Hy1I U K Lln .1 I FT JUL UUI Vl JUL & IVIil J. . The hour having arrived for the appoinment of Justices of the Peace, Mr. Pool introduced the fil. lovjpig resolution which was adopted Ayes 56, Noes 29. " Resolved, That the Secretary of State be in structed to prepare and submit for the information of the House, a tabular statement of the counties of the State, wi.h the number of Justices oi the Feace ic each, who have qualified and whose resignations have not been tendered; and that time may be giv en to prepare this statement and in order tha members may vote undei-standingly, tbe further consideration of this SttbicA be poBtngued, t, Sate I urday, 28th inst'" Mr. McAden offered a resolution proposing that tbe two Houses adjourn on Saturday next to meet again oh the third Monday in November. - ; Mr. Waugh moved to lay the resolution on the table. Not agreed to Ayes 14. Noes 64. Mr. Fowle proposed, by way of amendments resolution raising a joint select committee on ad journment to which Mr. McAi'en's and kindred resolutions might be referred. This resolution was adopted. The House then adjourned untill Monday-' morning ten o'clock A M. . WAR NEWS. t From AViluiinvlnB. vui iiuai ti iiiuiuiuu ymyci m VI lae ZUin. A US Journal says our looses in the late fight were heavy, being about one hundred kills! and four or five hundred wounded. Tho total loss, including prisoners, is not less than three thousand. No list of the killed and wounded yet published. Th& Journal stuff that thn Aiif-mv wam f fartr- ing Fort Anderson and other works below Wilming ton. The fort is gone, but that paper does not think that the town -must necessarily be captured. It was reported that the enemy attacked Gen. Hoke'a forces on Thursday evening last Heavy cannonading was going on, but it may have been the enemy's gunboats firing at our forces at or near Sugar Loaf. We have a rumor that some of the enemy's gunboats were blown up in this engage ment, and that Gen. Hoke repulsed the land forces of tbe enemy. We give the rumor for what it is worth. We do not know what forces we have at Wil mington, but the fear seems to be that, in the end the place will be captured. We hope, however, for the best If we should receive any further news from Wilmington before going to press we will add it to this article. From Sherman. Gen. Sherman has commenced active operations, at the head, it is said, of; 80,000 men. He is sup posing to be aiming at Branchyille, where it is stat ed a considerable Confederate force is awaiting his approach. We have no Augusta papers later than the 14th. The Chronicle & Sentinel of that date says, the re fugees from Savannah all concur in the statement that the general treatment of the poople of that place by the federals has been mild. Thexe refugees say, that Sherman, with Foster's reinforcements, has about 80,000 men, and that he began bis movement against Branchville and Augusta on the 11th. One of tbe correspondents of an Augusta paper says the fate of Charleston will be decided in the course of thirty days. In Savannah market, apples are selling at $12 per bushel ; cavalry boots $8a25 per pair ; butter 75c per lb ; cheese 50c per lb ; adamantine candles 40o per lb, Havanna cigars $1Qa15 per doz, potatoes $9 per bbl, mackeral $1 per lb, mustard 50c half pint, lemons and oranges $40 per bo Of course this in greenbacks. From Petersburg. Every thing quiet around Petersburg and Ricb mond. Profound quiet," says the Express of Thursday, "now reigns throughout the Irostifo camps." Congressional. On the 19th inst, the Senate passed unanimously the House bill concerning the Cherokee Indians p also the House resolution to prepare an address to the people of the Confederate States. In the House, Mr. Marshall's resolution relative to pressing cotton and tobaccoo was adopted yeas 43, nays 31. A Senate joint resolution of thanks to Gen. Standwaite, Col. Gano and Geo. John S. Wil liams, was passed unanimously. Mr. Foote, rising to a question of privilege, ad dressed the House for two hours. He asked leave of absence for two months, but afterwards with drew the request air. aneeu introduced a resolution to expel Mr. Foote, which vas referred to the committee on Elec tions, yeas 44, nays 36. On the 20ih the Senate passed tbe House bill au thorizing the establishment of an office of deposite m connection with the treisury. The bill to con solidate the army passed by the House, was dis cussed. In tbe House, J. M. Leach submitted a resolu tion declaring' that no exigency exists justifying the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. Reject ed yeas 26, nays 43. The Senate bill authorizing reserve troops to be removed from one State to another, passed yeas 63, nays 16. The exemption bill was further considered with any result The Examiner asserts that the Senate in secret session adopted resolutions creating the office of commander-in chief of all the armies of the Con federacy, and recommending the reinstatement of Gen. Johnston by a vote of yeas 20, nays 2. And that the House in secret session concurred in said resolutions yeas 62, nays 14. Front the United States. Papers of the 18th contain reports of the cap ture of Fort Fisher. The Baltimore American says the fleet sailed from Beaufort arrived 62 Wilmington on Friday and landed the troops promptly without opposition. The bombardment on Friday and Saturday was un precedently heavy. On Sunday the land troops aided by 2000 seamen and marines assaulted the Fort at half past three o'clock P. M. Uen. Terry' commanded. Possession of the works was obtained by ten o'clock after a desperate fight The Federal loss was heavy especially in officers. Geo. Curtis was wounded. The garrison fell back to the extremity of Federal point and were there captured. The American claims the capture of 2000 prisoners, (including -Whiting and Lamb, both wounded) and seventy-two guns. Two hundred Yankees were killed and many wounded, in the Fort by the accidental explosion of its magazine. The Yankee loss in the fight is estimated at 900 killed and wounded. Confederate loss, 500. On the 16th inst, Mr. Blair spent several hours with President Lincoln. Mr. Blair says he bad an interview with Mr. Davis that his expedition was highly satisfactory, and ajl would be known in pro per time. In the U. S. House of Representatives, Mr. Cox offered on the 16th a resolution looking to the ap pointment of Peace Commissioners, which were laid on the table, yeas 84, nays 61. The Hon. Edward Everett died suddenly at Bos ton, on the lClh, of apoplexy. He had addressed the people a few days before, in Faneuill Halk iav favor of sending provisions to the people of Savan nah. His death bad occasioned much sensation. Under orders from President Lincoln, the "several executive departments will cause appropriate- hon ors to be rendered to the memory of tho deceased at home and abroad, wherever the national, name and authority are recognized." The Tennessee Union Convention-has nominated William G. Brownlow for Governor of that State. He accepted the nomination. Some three hundred delegates were in attendance. The Very Latest Wewa., The Wilmington Journal of the 21st, just receiv ed, states tbat on Thursday evening ' las in a akirmifah near. Sugar Loaf Clwgmao's brigade re pulsed the enemy. No important movements io the river below Wilmington. The Journal. states that the railroads are open, and that communication is had between Wilmington and Kingsville and Charleston. The enemy's loss in, the assault en Fort Fisher is put down at one thousand killed and wounded. The Petersburg Expreu of ihe 201b. says there was some cannonading near that place on tbe 19th t but it aroounUed to little or nothing: Tho Riclunond Jispatc bf the 19th has North, ern dates to the 17th. Gold was 218. The New York Tril-une says Mr. Blair was courteously treat ed by Mr. Davis, but he accomplished nothing. The Hlninjradds " that Yjje Union is not practical ly rest jredj But that if Mr. Blair 44 should fail to effect a pacification as we deem roost likely he will yet havo done bis country a signal service by aftsuruig tho South that our government is not vuv dictive, and does not insist on an unconditional sar render, but is ready and eager to co operate in tho restoration of an honorable and lasting pe?ce." We have iust received an Augusta Chronicle & Sentinel of the 21st It contains nothing definite as to the movements or Sherman. It says the fed eral Secretary of War had issued an order to 6end out of Savannah tho femilies of Confederate office. but Sheioan said thj order waa inhSi11- t'J' wqukjDot obey it. "" " lie