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DFP 3/14/63  2 - We pass by in our comments the singularly...
We pass by in our comments the singularly singularly loose manner in which the act is framed, to the question of necessity. 1 he principal argument used by Senator Howard, in his place in- in- the Senate, was that his Honor Judge Wilkins is "literally occupied the whole year, early and late, in hearing and determining cases. He spends his whole time in the discharge of his duties and tlte business is -perpetually -perpetually accumulating on hi 7tands." Senator Howard made this statement, statement, not only on his Senatorial honor, but as a laper. He said, " I have long practiced practiced in the Circuit and District Court of the United States for the District of Michigan, audit is within my personal knowledge" that the faithful Judge " ought to be relieved from the multitude of cases which he is called upon to decide, admiralty as well as civil cases." Now, we regret that a decent regard for truth compels us to state to the Senators who were influenced by this repre sentation of Senator Howard to vote for the bill, that, beyond the fact that he had long practiced in the courts, there is not a single truth in it. It is not a fact that Judge Wilkins' whole time is required to discharge his duties. It is not true that business is perpetually accumulating on his hands. It is not true the calendar is crowded with cases. We are informed by one of the officers of the court that all the business which comes before either the circuit or district can easily be performed by his Honor Judge Wilkins in three months. This would give him the other nine months to attend to the examination examination of cases argued before Mm and chamber chamber business. It is safe to say that Judge Wilkins can easily dispatch more than double the amount of duties required of him, and this fact would have been shown in such a manner as to have utterly confounded the Senator had it been known here in time for a messenger to reach Washington after the statement was prepared. As it was, the Clerk ot the Court, CoL Winder, visited Washington, but arrived there too late to defeat one of the most corrupt political jobs ever carried through Congress. Some of the Senators seem to have suspected suspected that it was a job, but unfortunately they did not understand the topography of Michigan well enough to expose it, and both of our Senators were too deep in the job to permit them to tell "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth." One of the principal points relied upon by Senator Howard to deceive his brother Senators business

Clipped from Detroit Free Press14 Mar 1863, SatPage 2

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan)14 Mar 1863, SatPage 2
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