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Two Massachusetts Congressmen

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The following pioture oí oí iJawes and Butler is from the HartforcrG'owanL. Gen. Hawley's paper : There has seldom been a more striking contrast than in the course of these two Massachusetts men in Congress during the last few weeks. Mr. Dawes has been at his best all the time. He has never Btood so squarely in line with the better sentiment of his State. He receives unlimited commendation from all worthy sources. His position on the salary question has been honest, dignified and manly ; and, most of all, too, when there are but two other Massachusetts members to range themselves by his side. Pierce and Goooh are the only men who havo really represented the feeling of the State in their votea. Ir is nut a pleasant spectacle to witness the exultation of the Butler men here over their assumption that the brothers Hoar have got down to the level of their favorite on the last vote given on the question in the House. Mr. Dawes' position on the subject of government expenditures has been statesmanlike also. He has had the courage to face the administration and his party with sound views as regards its extravagant outlay ot money. li fle does not carry his point with his brother merubers of Congress, he will strengthenhiiuself vory greatly everywkere else. The House evidently prefers General Butler as a leader at present. He represen ts its real tone on the salary question, and his reoklessness as regards the revenue is in the same spirit. Small respect as we have had for Butler here of late, the general opinión of him has been lowered within the present month. Butler was never quite so bad as he has been thus far in this Congress. It is easy enough to trace him out as the inspirer of its worst aetion. No man of talent ever took a lower tone, and it is amazing that he should not repel rather thaii attract those about him by it. What could be meaner than this "laying for" men (touse one of Butler's own slang phrases), spying out their weaknesses ot' record, or other mistakes they have made, and turning the national Congress into a bear garden to fight out the personal controversies which thissystem provokesi' It is a hideous burlesque indeed. Butlor seems to have aaid to lus followers : " We miist give up this increased salary ; the people are aroused about it, and all efforts to resist their will, except by indirection, are useless. But wherever we find a Eepresentative ready to take the leaci in carrying out this will let us roast him 1" In this way they have hooted and hounded every man that they dared to, or who presented a vulnerable point for savage ojislaught."


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