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Why Blaine And Conkling Didn't Speak For Eleven Years

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Mr. Conkling desired to add that bo commission, paper, or authority whatever was issuecl to him, except the letter of rotainer which had been read. If the ïneinber f rom Maine had the least idea how profouudly indifferent to him his opinión was on the subject he had been diseussing, or on any other subject, he thought he would hardly take the trouble to expr?ss it. He apologized to the Houso for the length of time he had occupied in consequence of being drawn into the matter by an iaterruption which ho had beforc denounoed to beungentlemanly and impertinent, aud having notliing whntever to do with the matter. Mr. Blaine snid heknew that this was what they called down Eaet " running emptyiugs." The gentleinau f rom Nw York could not get off on the technical pretensc that he did not hold a commission as a Jndge Advocate. Many an offioer had led a brigade, a división or a corps with no more of a commission than such a one as the gentleman from New York hol.]. As to the getlemim's cruel sarcasm, Mr. Blaine oontinned : " I hop;; he will let me escape liis lÍKciiún. Hís lordly pomposity, his granciiloquent swell, his majestic overtowering, his turkey-gobbler strutting have been eo enishing to myself, and to all members of the House that I know it was an act of the grossest tenierity on my part to venture on provoking them. But I know wlio was responsible for it all. I know that for tbe last ñvo wccltK an extra trut has soized the gentleman. It is not his f;mlt- it is thn fünlt of anothor. Tht't gifted nnr] sntirical man, Theodorn Tilton, ot tho New York In dependeni, was bere spending some weeks aud writing liome letter, in whiob, among some m rious tbingu, he pnt some jocose things, amuDg the oruelest of wliich was that tho mantle of tho lato Winter Davis had fallen upon the member from New York. He (Coukling) took it as serious, and hns eiuce etrutted more than UBual. Wcll, the resemblance is great - as striking as Hyperion to a Satyr, Thersites to Hercules, mud to marble, a dung-hill to ft diamond, a singed cat to a Bengal tiger, a winning puppy to a roaring lion. Shade of the mighty Davis, forgive the almoRt profanation of that jocose satire I" - Debate in the House in 1866.


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