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18490110-publicledger - Committee of Ihe Whole Mr. Smith, of Indiana,...
Committee of Ihe Whole Mr. Smith, of Indiana, in the Chair and took np the Civil and Diplomatic Appropriation bill. Mr. Lmbree offered an amendment to eomnute thr. mileage of members by the shortest mail routes. Mr. Stephens moved to amend the amendment by substituting the words, u the usual mail routes." Upon this amendment a warm discussion ensued, in which Messrs. Tack, Brown, of Mist., and Root participated. Mr - Brown was rather personal in his remarks. He rebuked the editor of the New York Tribune for tke publication which had appeared in his paper in reference to the mileage of the members of both houses. He conceived that he, Mr. Oreeley, was sent lo Congress to discharge other duties than editing a paper in the House ; and yet he had no compunctions to suena to nis private Dusiness, ana receive at the same time eight dollars a day to attend to business which should occupy his whole time. Mr. Brown said that notwithstanding Mr. Oreeley set oat for being a reformer a reformer of great national abuses yet he had no objection to vote for putting seven hundred dollara worth of books into his possession. Mr. B. next reflected upon the course par - sued by Mr. Tack in this matter; and added that as ha was a member of the House, he would let him explain for himself. jar. Tuck took offence at the remarks of Mr. BroWi and said that it was out of the power ef some rflt.nbers to insult others. Mr. Br own continued his remarks. Mr. Giddinrs asked Mr. Brown if he would rnaka any deductions for long speeches. "Yes," said Mr. Brown, "for sn free nerro speeches which never enure to the public interest." Mr. Root followed, in an exceedingly able and witty speech which greatly interested the House. He closed his speech by ofTeriar an amendment, abolishing the present mileage and substituting tra velling expense paying oy ue aoor Willie members were actually on their journey. nr. oreoiey wished to offer a few remarks 6y way ef explanation, but a motion to rise prevailed. am vuwHuucs on lowrnsii improvements reported a resolution tn print one thousand extra copies of the Secretary of War's Report relative to Buffalo Xiaiuur. Mr. Toombs opposed the passage ef this resolution with great warmth. Too much of the public money, he said, had already been squandered upon local affairs. The House bad better order several thousand copies of the Mew Testament they were printing too roach already. Several members replied somewhat a! fcth to Mr. Toombs' remarks, Witbost any action being taken, a motion to ad - joBTB prevailed.and the House accordingly adjourned, 51 IA LEGISLATURE.

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  1. Public Ledger,
  2. 10 Jan 1849, Wed,
  3. Page 2

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