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MR. JOHNSON: "I think the House has been sufficiently disgraced with this scene already, and I object to it."

Each of the gentlemen was an adept at evasion and retort. In a running debate with Voorhees of Indiana, Mr. Daily exclaimed:

While the lamp holds out to burn,

The vilest sinner may return,

and when Mr. Lovejoy said, "I feel bound to interpose in behalf of the scriptures," Mr. Daily, unabashed, continued:

It is good doctrine anyway. It ought to be there if it is not. I have read Watts and the Bible so much together that I sometimes mistake one for the other. [Laughter.] Now I would say further in regard to Governor Black, he was an appointee of Mr. Buchanan. The marshal and the secretary, Mr. Morton, were also Buchanan men. They were all Breckenridge Democrats; and a large majority of them are now in the rebel army. But Mr. Black, when the national difficulty arose, broke friendship with these old friends, and went back to his native town of Pittsburg where he raised a fine regiment, and we heard of him the other day as the first man to enter the enemy's works at Yorktown.

MR. MORTON:

I think he would have been the second man in, if there was as certain knowledge that there was whiskey there, as there was that there was no enemy there.

Mr. Daily, knowing what a center thrust this was in the knowledge of all Nebraskans, and that the House was ignorant of its terrible point, indignantly answered, "That shows, Mr. Speaker, the character of men. I do not reply to it."

Mr. Daily, having passed a pleasant eulogy upon a witness, whose character when attacked had been sustained by twenty of his neighbors, received the following from Mr. Morton:

The cabinet of Jeff Davis could, I have no doubt, impeach the loyalty of this congress, cabinet, and president, and substantiate their own, before any tribunal in Richmond; the inmates of a penitentiary establish among themselves their purity and the wickedness of the outer world; and the little imps in Tartarus would attest the virtue of Satan and impeach the court of heaven that banished him.

Inasmuch as this contest was never decided on its merits, it matters but little that the analytic arguments of distinguished members should be omitted, and only a mere synopsis of those of the contestant and sitting member be given. The speech of Mr. Morton was first in order, and announced the consequence of the committee being bound by the prima facie action of the House:

My conclusion must naturally and logically follow that the best manner to become a member of Congress with safety, security, and celerity, is not to become a candidate before the people at all, but quietly to go to the private residence of some governor of small means, easy virtue, and extravagant habits and purchase a certificate of election, being well assured that it is positively the last one to be issued, come here and secure the affections of the clerk of the House by some means, and if he is a bold man, and an anxious candidate for re-election, your name will be put upon the roll-call of the members and you will be sworn in, safely in, seated upon live oak and green morocco, to enjoy all the honors and perquisites arising therefrom, for the period of two years.

Taking up the case of L'Eau-qui-Court county, where one hundred twenty-two votes were thrown out of his count, on the testimony of four witnesses, Mr. Morton referred to evidence in which Mr. Westerman said that in consideration of the testimony which they were to give in behalf of Samuel G. Daily, "I agreed to pay W. W. Walford one hundred dollars and Heck fifty dollars." He further showed that, in a case in Dakota Territory, subsequently, this same Westerman gave as a reason why the witness Walford should not be believed upon oath, that he was a hired witness in Nebraska; and of the fourth one, Cox, he said, "He tendered his services to me as an itinerant witness, but I declined to negotiate, and within a week he turned up as a witness for Mr. Daily."

When it was charged that the vote of the county for him was greater than the whole population, he showed that since the election a part of the county had been set off to the Territory of Dakota, and a new census taken. Of twenty votes denied him

in Monroe precinct, Platte County, because some were of citizens upon a reservation, he claimed they were, nevertheless, citizens of Nebraska, and such residents had been entitled to vote in the nearest adjacent precinct, by a recent legislative enactment. Of thirty-nine votes from Buffalo County, he claimed that the sworn records of the county showed organization and hence the vote valid. In Rulo precinct, Richardson County, where ninety votes were cast for Morton and the committee deducted twenty for want of residence in the precinct, he claimed that custom allowed them to vote in any precinct where they might be on the day of election, and further said:

Perceive that while they are painfully careful to deduct twenty votes from me, they are felicitously forgetful of the nine votes which they admit should be deducted from those returned for Mr. Daily.

Falls City precinct returned one hundred and four votes for Mr. Daily. The ballot box, unsealed, was for hours in the hands of a person out of the possession or sight of the election board. It is proved, too, handfuls of ballots were taken out of the box by a political friend and supporter of Mr. Daily's and others put in their place by the same person. The whole 104 votes returned from Falls City should be thrown out. If L'Eau-qui-Court is thrown out the former certainly must be. If both go out, I am elected.

MR. NOBLE of Ohio:

Mr. Speaker, I have been acquainted with that judge and his associates a great while. Where they lived before they went there, they would neither be believed on oath, nor be entrusted with anything. I could relate instances of fraud above anything I ever knew, during an active practice of over twenty years.

Mr. Morton presented in evidence an act of the Nebraska legislature, since the commencement of the contest, legalizing the first organization of Pawnee County, and claimed that he lost thirty-nine votes in Buffalo County on a charge of nonorganization, while in a county of the same condition, his opponent gets one hundred of a majority. He claimed that the law was not observed in Clay and Gage counties and in the

J. STERLING MORTON, 1896.

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