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18481229-publicledger - Mr. Sawyer rose for Ihe ptirpot e.'he ttid, of...
Mr. Sawyer rose for Ihe ptirpot e.'he ttid, of calling calling tbe attention of the House to a subject in which sll its member had a direct interest. He held in hit hsnd, be stid, a copy of the New ork Tribune, in which appears certain tables, purporting to show the amount of money wrongfully drawn out of the Bub lie treasury, by members of the Senate snd ouse, In thesnupe cf mileage. According to these tables, there was not aSeustor or member of the Houteof Representatives, wi'h the solitary exception exception of Mr. Budrer, of North Carotins, but had charged the Government more for hit travelling ex - I penses, than what he wnt legally snd hnnarabfy en - I uiira u. r or uis pun, ne qiu nm wiw vo ren anuee such a dishonorable imputation. Tne compiler of these tables, snd who stood fortri In the light ol a public prosecutor, had done him groit injustice in stating that he had obtained an excett of over two hundred dollars, for mileage, while hit colleague, Mr. St - henck, stood charged with an excess of only two dollars. The delivery of this speech threw the House into the utmost eonfnu - Mi - the Speaker finding it nearly impossible, if not quite so, to preserre any thing like order. Jokes repartees laughter attempts to offer resolutions speeches commenced snd inter - rspted and the whole followed with the customary explanations Mr. Turner at length succeeded In arresting and securing the attention of the House. lie complained, he said, not merely for himself, but for the slander charging the speaker of the House of Representa tives wi n petit larceny in taxing an excess 01 fourteen dollars f miletge. Mr. Henley, aa a member of the Committee on Mileage, rose for the purpose of making an explanation, explanation, not merely for setting the matter right before the House, but before tbe whole country. He wat interrupted by several other members, all equally snxious to speak to make explanation and to define their particular positions iu regtrd to any general or direct charge touching the taking of SAcrsaive mileage. Amid the general din, numerous nnet'ions of order were raised. Una as to whether Mi. Turner should be allowed to pn - eeed with bis remarks when interrupted interrupted by Mr. Henley. The question was taken by yea and nay, and decided decided in the srtir mauve. Mr. Turner eoatinued. He alluded to the state - - j - mrnt which apporred In the New York Tribune, andT S4id,tliat in speaking of that fatement, or rather its autnor, ne wisnea 10 msse Qisuneiinn oetweeu Mr. Greeley, a member of Congress, and Mr. Greeley, the editor f the Tribune. As s member, he had nothing at present to say againtt Mr. Greeley, but at an editorthe editorthe compiler of ibees tables th getter - up of these charge, he thought him to be t base slaadcrer. Gtrat sensation 1 Mr. Green, of the) Committee oa Milesge, attempted attempted to explain hi ooarse and the eoarse adopted by the Ommittee. lie gave it at his belief, that it was wa Mr. Greeley's object to charge fraud upon the members, in taking wast hsd been termed an excess of Ukilege,bul toehow the necessity fug charging, a law which he considered defective. Mr. Turner offered resolution Initrtlcting ine Committee on Mileage to inquire whether members have received more compensation for mileage than they are entitled to, and whether ihe article which appeared in the New York Tribane was not an allegation allegation of frsad. Mr. Thompson, of Indiana, moved to lay the resolution resolution on tbe table. The question was taken by yea and nays, and decided in the negative by a large majority. - Mr. Greeley asked snd obtained leave for the pur - ana of making aa explanation. He briefly detailed to the House Sow he and his reporters hsd obtained II the information which had beea spread before the readers of tb New York Tribune. His object, be said, in giving publicity to these facta, wss to save money to the treasury, by procuring such an alteration in the law as would cut down the charge made by membere f,a mileage. Mr. King, of Georgia, mid that he hsd never mads a ebarie I n mileage. He had left his sllowance to be settled entirely by the Coinmiitee on Mileage. Mr. Greeley resumed. Members, he aaid, never charged. They shirk the reap.i,nbiliy of it. But somehow or other, eighty - six Ihwauid dollars had been lot to the psblie treasury. Mr. King Do I nuders'and yon to charge me With shirking? 1 made a positive statement. Do yon impugn it? Mr. ureeler 1 casrge tin particular memoer with shirking. I say, somehow or other, th saoney has gone oat 01 ta treasury mat an. ' The sensation was very great throughout the Boase during this remark tile debate.) Mr. Gree'ey farther explained, and the defaua finally closed by adopting Mr. Turner's reaolatiun. , On notion, th Hoate adjinirped. -

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  2. 28 Dec 1848, Thu,
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