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Fight Is Transferred

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Parent Issue
Day
27
Month
January
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Charleston, W. Va., Jan. 26.- After a contest of over two weeks Internal Revenue Commissioner Ñathan B. Scott was yesterday afternoon elected United States senator from West Virginia for the term ending in March, 1905. Many predicted that there would be a deadlock for weeks, but a decisive resul t was rcailied on the first ballot, when there were continued demonstrations of applause. Senator Elkins, Senator-elect Scott and oth-ers were freely congratuláted on the management that prevented what some consideret a serious crisis. The vote in joint convention stood: Scott, Eepubliean, 48; MfGraw, Democrat, 46; Goff, Republican. 1; total vote cast, 95; nëcessary to elect, 48. As the ballot stood when the last name was called Scott had' only 47 votes and the deadlock "whieh had been expected seemed assurèd. IÏIizMi(l Man Quiefcs tho Trouble. But just before the president of the senate started to announce the result Delégate Hunt aróse and was recognized by the president. He had voted for Judge Reece Blizzard, whom he had nominated and voted for in separate session the previous day. "I desire to change my vote," he said, and he cast the vote that elected Scott. Delégate Asbury, who had been absent during the entire session on account of sickness, was present and voted for Scott. Morris, Republican, against ivhom a contest was pending in the senate, was not permitted to vote, and the Taylor county seat in the house which is claimed by Dent, Democrat, was lef 4 vacant, in aceordance with the compromise agreement reached Tuesday night between the leaders of the two hoises. Contesfc Is Kemoved to Washington. lt was given out that Scott's election would be contested before the United States senate. During the balloting the Democrats lïled against the votes of Getzendanner and Pierson, whom they claim to be ineliglble beeause they accepted a commission in the volunteer army while holding their offices as senator. This they will make one ground of the contest. The other ground will bé that Scott received only 48 votes, a majority of the joint assembly or of all present, but one less than a majority of all the members elected to the legislature. As a precedent they cite the Blackburn-Hunter case in Keniucky, in whk-h the senate refused to let Hunter take his seat because he had not received a majority of all the members of the Kentucky legislatare, thöugh he had received a majority of those present and voting.