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Clay And King

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Parent Issue
Day
11
Month
January
Year
1878
Copyright
Public Domain
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Tho moro that the Gordon-Conkliug fiasco is talked about the moro it is laughed at. Sharper and harahorwords are i'reqneutly ntteired without rendering it necessary for four solcmn oíd Senatorial roosters to sit up over thom and coneoct a Pickwickiuu deolaraüon of peaod and harmony. But the gallaut Gordon, who is a candidute for re-eleetion, and the arrogaut Conkling had to have their angry pnssions assiiaged as Clay and Kiog had theirs ia 1841. Francia P. Bhiir had been dismissed from acting as Senate Printer by a party vote, and King, of Alabama (afterward Vice President), made an ele borate C.efense of hiin. Éle wout into Blair's personül history, and his formor intímate relations with Mr. Clay (it may be stated here that Mr. Clay had befriended Francis P. Blair, in Kentucky, when he was quite a young man and in needycircumBtancos), and concluded by saying thut the chiiracter of Mr. Blair would not suffer by comparisou with that of the Senator Iroin Kentucky. Mr. Clay responded by saying that he should not have referred to Mr. Blair persoually had his name not been before the Senate in an official character. That for ten years he sat in silenco under the personal abuse of the Globe; that it was an infamous paper, and ite chicf editor an infamous man. H considered him a conimon libeler, and the paper itsfll a libel ; and for Mr. Kinpr to tiike to put inin on au equality with Blair constraiued liim "to say it was false aud cowardly." Mr. King immediately rose, and, ad dressing the chuir, said : "Mr. President, I have no reply to make - none wlintever." Withia a very short time Mr. Clay was approached by a gentleman whoin he reeognized as a mutual íriend, bearing i his band what lio took to be a written missive, and, without wuitiiig for him to speak, Mr. Cluy exclaimed with much excitement of mauuer, ' ' You hayo a challenge from Mr. Kiug, I suppose ; I accept it." Both gentlemen wero determined to fight, and, as the luw of the District of Oohimbia prohibited dueling within its liroite, it was greatly feared they would escape to Virginia or Miiryland for the purpose of a hostile meeting. The friends of both, without regard to party feeling, made j the strongest appeals to them for bearance and explanation, and probably j no similar case ever excited so much interest. Firstly, after the lapse of six days, an arrangement was made by which Preston, of South Carolina, made a statement, after whieh Kirig and Clay each withdacw their words, and there was a genera] love-feast. Hamlin played the part of Preston, but neither Oonkliug uorGordon spoke their litfcle piecss. Gordon is iiot bo quiek-tempered as his colleague, Beu Hill, who once, in the ' Confedéralo Sonate, had a fearful row with Yancey, of Alabama. They i dulged ia some pretty rough talk, and í at last Yaneey said that Hill had made i some statements abqut him whioh were ' falso. Hill responded quickly from his seat that he tlirew the falseliood back in i }iis teeth. Upon motion, the Senate i went into secret session. Yancey was then appealed to adjust the matter, but reiterated -what he had said, and took his seat. Thereupon Hill threw a heavy glass inkstand, which struck Yancey on the side of his face, bruisiug it aud causing the blood to ilo-w profusely, but not fclKMihillg him ('Uvan or doing any visible in jury. Yancey rushed at Hill, but was preveiited from Btriking him, and here the fight endcd. Afttr ranch trouble the partios were reconcüed and the Senators were bound to secrecy, but the story leaked ont. Jlany thin'k that the blow bronght on tho spinal disease Tcliieh causod Yancey's deatb.

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Old News
Michigan Argus