The Cincinnati Daily Equirer (July 24, 1868)
C'a rp rt-Bacgera. Tbe carpW-bairgers are still pouring Everyday, it semis, a new delegation is heard thumping at the doors of Congress for admission. Alabama to-day wu restored to her representation. Tht appearance presented by tbe floor of the House is now quite striking. Tbe outer semi-circle of seats are occupied by tbe .cwpeHiiiggers almost exclusively, who completely invest tbe trunk members within. There does not a yet seem to be much atlilia" tion between these two elements. Of the five members to-day sworn in we learn tbe following as to their putcareeft: C. W. Buckley, who bails from the Second District, was born in Otseco County, New York in 1835. When he wu quite young he emil grated to the West and graduated at Beloit College, Wisconsin. He. afterward entered Union Theological Seminary, and wu ordained a Presbyterian clergyman in New York City. During th war be served M chaplain in one of tbe New York regiments. Being disch irged from the army, be wu employed m the Freed-men's Bureau in Alabama, having gone there in 18(36. Benjamin W. Norris represents the Third District He wu bora in Maine in lHlii, and graduated at WaUrvill College, and then studied law. During the war he was conne:ted with the Pay Department of the United States Army. At ihe close of the war he was attached to the Freedmea't Bureau in Alabama, and is tbe owner of an extensive plantation in that Slate. C. W. Pierce Is from tbe Fourth District. He is a native of New York, and wu born in 1823. In 184? bo moved to Ohio. When tb war broke out be entered the Eighty-fifth Illinois volunteers as a Lieutenant. He settled in Alabama in 1HC7. John B. Callis represents the Fifth District. He wu born in North Carolina in 18l!H. He emigrated to Tennessee in 1841, and from thence went to Wisconsin. At the commencement of tbe war be entered tbe Seventh; Wisconsin Regiment u a Captain, and rose to the rank of Brigadier-general, lie went to Alabama in 1865, at d at the close of the war be received a commission u Captainjntbe Forty-fourth Reg-ularl nfantry, which commission he still holds.-, Thomas Haughey, who represents the Sixth District, wu born in Scotland in lS'.'G. He emigrated to Alabama when fourteen years old; studied medicine and practiced his profession until the breaking out of tbe war. lie wu a surgeon in tbe Federal army, and at the close of the war returned to Alabama and resumed the practice of medicine. W hen these gentlemen presented themselves at the Speaker s stand to be sworn in, considerable interest and amusement wu excited by a colloquy between Mr. Dawes, the Chairman of the Committee oa Elections, and Mr. Brooks, of Ntw York. Brooks, who, according to Mr. Dawes, always gets off a speech on such occasions, objected to tbe members from Alabama being iwornin, because, he said, tbey were not citizens of the State, and bad not been elected by the people. One of tbem, be said, wu from Maine. Whereupon Dawc inquired where Brooks wu from. Tbe latter replied sharply tbat he was born ia Maine, but that when he left tbe State, many years ago, be came to New York with a trunk. This hit at tbe carpet-baggers created great laughter among the Democrats, and the Republicans manifested their disgust by calliag Brooks to order. The latter ia already familiarly known among tbe carpet-baggers U a trunk member. Ross, of Illinois, who is a Democrat, and who bu a tendency to bo witty on such occasions, walked down tbe aisle to where the Alabama members were standing, and looking deliberately at Mr. Pierce, who formerly lived in Illinois, said ho wu a constituent of his, and be would not object to hint. During all this time tbe Carpet-baggers stood amazeaand embarrassed under the gaze of tbe spectators in the galleries, and the insinuations of Brooks as to tbeir places of birth. When they .were finally sworn in they retired, greatly relieved, to their seats in the rear of the hall. Mr. Kellogg, the only remaining member ,lo be sworn in trom Alabama, has not yet arrived in thisdty:-Ly. Herald.