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2.1%
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1.4%
war prisoners
1.4%
war bonds
1.4%
second-hand news
1.4%
anti-northern diatribes
1.4%
accidents, particularly fires
1.4%
war reports
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humor
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elections
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hospitals
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military orders to report
0.7%
European news
0.7%
trade
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military orders, e.g. conscriptions
0.7%
From the Wed., Dec. 09, 1863 issue

The Senate met at 12 o'clock M., Mr. Hunter, of Va., in the chair. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Read, of the Presbyterian Church.

After the journal of the Senate had been read, the President's annual message was read.

The reading of the reports of the Secretaries and other documents accompanying the message was dispensed with.

On motion of Mr. Orr, the several parts of the message and the various documents were referred to the appropriate committees and two hundred and fifty copies of the message and accompanying documents ordered to be printed.

Mr. Orr, of S. C., presented a petition from Mrs. Margaret W. Rice, asking that Confederate bonds destroyed by accidental fire be reissued to her. Referred to the Committee of Finance.

Mr. Wigfall, of Texas, introduced a bill for allowing officers of the army of and below the rank of Colonel to draw two rations a day. Referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion of Mr. Orr, of S. C., the Senate adjourned.

The House was called to order at 12 o'clock M. by the Speaker. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Moore.

The Speaker then announced a communication from the President, when the message was read by the Clerk. At the conclusion of its reading,

The Chair laid before the House the reports of the Secretary of the Treasury, of the Secretary of War, Postmaster General, and Superintendent of Public Printing, which were ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. Lyons, of Va., five thousand copies of the message were ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. Miles, of S. C., the message and accompanying documents were referred to the Committee of the Whole, and the House resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, Mr. Curry, of Ala., taking the chair.

No quorum being present, the House adjourned.