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Special Capítol News Co. Correspondeuce. Washisotoh, D. C, March 27, 1SM . Congressman Weadock recently told the writer hereof how he carne to raake his first and only election bet. "I never made but one bet on the result of an election," said he, i "and I couldn't decently help doing that. It was during my campaign for re-election last year, up at Grayling, in Crawford county. My campaign committee had announced a big political meeting for a certain date, with myself for speaker, and to head us off the republicans engaged the village band for that day, and came out with flaming bilis announcing a grand rally at the same time and place. Not tobefright-' ened by that sort of tactics, my friends sent to outside towns and engaged two or three bands equally as good, and prepared to go ahead with the show. The day came, and of course, the two political aggregations served to fill the little town to overflowing. While at the hotel, previous to the meetings an enthusiastic republican said in a loud and confident voice to a large crowd of democrats: 'That's all right. You may have more bands here today than we have, but 111 just bet you $25 against $10 that we'll beat you in this county.' A dead silence seemed to rest like a pall over the crowd present, and not a democrat seemed to have courage enough to take the bet or even to make any reply. Then the 'had-to' on my part came in. I waited until I saw that no one else intended speaking, aad feeling that silence at that particular time would be construed by my friends as a confession of fear on my part that the fellow might be speaking prophetically, I said, 'My friend, I'll take that bet, and here's your money.' A stakeholder was round, and then a democrat standing near me, apparently grown more bold, offered to take another bet of the same kind. To this the republican assented, and then another democrat begged the opportunity to take the third bet. The republican had only $20 left, however, which he placed with the democratie $10, and then we separated and waited for election day to come and decide our bets. "I thought no more of the affaii until a few days after election, and I I had carried the county by a big majority. I received a letter from the Grayling Republican notifying me that he had lost his $70, and that my $25 awaited my order. I notified the Democratie committee to get the money and use it toward paying the bands they employed for the big rally. Congressman Gorman is back from his recent visit to his home, looking f,". 1 feeling much improved physically, the recent injury to his amputated arm having grown better very fast during the past two weeks. Whether he feels any better mentally, because of his personal talks with the numerous candidates for postmaster at Ann Arbor and other points in the district, he does not say. He hoped to be able to reconcile the various candidates to the fact that in making his final decisión he would do what seemed for the greatest good to the greatest number. While he isn't yet giving out any names to the public, he will very soon do so. He laughed when spoken to about the report that one of the Ann Arbor candidates, who received a package of government seeds from him, construed the gift as a hint that he was not to be nominated for postmaster, and might as well go to farming. That man was evidently over-sensitive. Every congressman has4about 18,000 papers of garden, field and flower seeds to dispose of, and the senators a quantity proportionally large, yet they never think of using them to convey a hint of anything but the kindest personal friendship. 1 H w r w w Congressman Whiting has not only had sickness and death in his family during the past winter, but he has himself been sick quite a lit tle of the time, at least he has not been at all well. During the past week he has been confined to his house most of the time, although not dangerously sick. His friends hope that with the coming of betteV weather he will be able again to attend to his congressional duties. Messrs. Aitkin, Moon and Weadock are still in Michigan, while Mr. Linton expects to go there ia a day or two to help, if possible, in electing a republican as his successor as mayor of the combined Saginaws. He was mayor when elected to congress, and like that distinguished democrat of New York, David B. Hill, has held on to two offices for a year. He would have resigned the lesser when he took the greater, only his republican friends didn't want to take any chances of getting a democrat into his place, and so urged him not to resign. Congressman Burrows has recently spent a week in rusticating in Florida, where he made a speech or two and had a good time generally Mrs. Burrows is now at Fortress Monroe, for a week, accompaniec by Judge J. W. Stone and family of Marquette. Being an old mem ber of congeass from Grand Rapids, Judge Stone spent a day or two in the House, on his way south making new acquaintances and renewing old ones.


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