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The Defense Bill

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Day
11
Month
March
Year
1898
Copyright
Public Domain
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Washington, Maren 8.- The galleries of the house were packed to the doors and long Unes oí people, unable to gain admission, surged about the corridors. Public interest in the debate on the biir appropriating $50,000,000 for the national defense was ï-efiected in this large attendance in the galleries. When the reading of the bilí was concluded with the item of $50.000,000 for the national defense a spontaneous outburst of applause went up from the members and' the galleries. Caimon and Sayers, the minority member of the appropriation committee.Hhen mutually proposed the agreemeijt they privately made before the house met for three hours' general debate on the bilí, to be followed by one hcrar's debate under the five-minute rule. Barrett, Rep., of Massachusetts asked if opportunity would be allowed for amendment and when Cannon ansvvered that he did not know, he objected. His objection was greeted with hisses and loud cries of "Vote," "Vote." Barrett, yielding to the urgent appeals of the Republicans about him, withdrew his objection. The agreement as to time was formally ratifled. After the confusión which folowed this dramatic scène had subsided Cannon took the ftoor to open the debate on the bill. "It is not a war appropriation," said he emphatically. "I say that in my judgment, measuring my words, that it is a peace measure. (Great applause.) The government of the United States would not. if it could, trench upon the rights of any naiion on earth." (Renewed applause.) The only discordant note up to the hour of 2:30 p. m. was when General Bingtiam, Republican of Pennsylvania, said Ve cared not so much for the bravery and courage of Consul General Lee as for his cool judgment. Hisses from all quarters of the hall greeted this statement. Bingham was again hissed when he said he condemned any statement on the floor to the effect that our relations with Spain were other than they had been for years past - perfectly friendly.

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Ann Arbor Argus
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