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18481228a-eveningpost - Tits Milkaoi. The election of Mr. Greeley to...
Tits Milkaoi. The election of Mr. Greeley to the House seems likely to produce good. He has already rendered the people an important service by exposing the fraudulent manner of calculating and paying mileage. He has shown that the members of this House drew $62,000 at the last session, over and above the very liberal allowance of eight dollars for each twenty miles of travel. His exposure of this abuse in a letter to his paper, was brought up in the House this afternoon, as a breach of privilege. Some gentlemen were very virtuously Indignant, some were desperately angry, and others affected lofty and sublime contempt. One member who bad received received several huadred dollars more than be was en titled to by law, and who drew something like twelve hundred dollars as the expenses of a journey whiob cost him fifty, was quite frantic ia the vehemence cf bis rage against the author of this modest little work on mileage, and made use of a great deal cf language with which his previous habits hare probably made . hisn quite familiar, but which it is not usual to hear. in Congress, nor among deeent people anywhere, Like the stealing of the books, this extra mileage is an item in a system of gross Congressional eorrup tion, whieh is growing bolder aadblacker every year. Mr. Greeley sustained himself with spirit and temper. temper. He said that he had employed a reporter who had been a clerk in the post oOce department, to make up the table of distances for him, and knowing him to be competent to the task, bad takes for granted granted the correctness of the figures. He had made the exposure not from motives of personal enmity, but to show the necessity of reforming the law, or giving it a more rigorous and faithful construction. He submitted submitted with a good grace to every interruption, and showed himself more than a match for all bis assailants assailants united. Mr. Turner, of Illinois, moved a series cf resolutions directing the Committee oa Mileage to inquire whether whether any members had drawn mute than they were entitled to on mileage account, and if so, who they were, and how much they had so drawn, and by 'whom allowed ; also tc inquire if tbc communication in the New York Tribune ef tbc 20th inst, relative to mileage, was not la substance an allegation of frauds committed by members of this House, and if so, to inquire whether such allegations were true or false ; and that said committee hare power to send for persons and papers. These resolutions were all adopted. The yeas and nays were caled on the third one, respecting the allegation allegation of fraud, and that was adopted by the vote of 100 to 43. So the tion. Horace vreeiey raigned before an august committee of this assembly, to answer for defamation oi ino cnarucw vt m j j

Clipped from The Evening Post29 Dec 1848, FriPage 2

The Evening Post (New York, New York)29 Dec 1848, FriPage 2
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