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18490125-eveningpost - posed to any at upon measures. The ends of the...
posed to any at upon measures. The ends of the controversy upon the mileage of members is highly creditable to the reputation of some of them for skill in tactics. They belabor Mr Greeley in all sorts of ways, for exposing the frauds committed on the Treasury under the preseat system of ascertaining anl paying mileage accounts for a week or two, then tley smother a plain, sensible, and prastieable plan for remedying the abuse thus shown and admitted to exist, with scores of foolish amend ments, and at length unite upen one in committee ot the whole, where men give their votes without the least sense of responsibility, which they know will meet a summary defeat in the House. This is the morale of Mr. Schenck's amendment &id the proceedings npon it. He proposed as a sub stitute for all suggestions for checking the allowance of excess of mileage, that a handsome salary of 2,000 a year be settled on each member, without regard to the lencth of the session, and the mileage to be reckoned in the old way, but be greatly reduced rate. AH who voted for this in committee well knew it could not command forty voles in the House upon theyeas and nays, yet it passed in committee, because the adoption of it there cut off all chance for real amendment in respect to the mileage. The result was that the trick perfectly succeeded, and that scheme which commanded a majority in committee as defeated by five to one in the House.

Clipped from The Evening Post25 Jan 1849, ThuPage 2

The Evening Post (New York, New York)25 Jan 1849, ThuPage 2
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  • 18490125-eveningpost — mileage

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