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[108] fanatical person, strongly wedded to his opinions, and ready to spend and be spent in what he deems the “ good cause.” Turning from Pinch he asks if we have seen the Chambers — an enquiry which enables us to ask if he regards the Lower Chamber as a lawful assembly.

“No,” he answers with a smile; “until we get a legal quorum we are not a House. Some doubt exists about the quorum ; our advisers tell us fifty-four Members make a quorum, but the custom is to reckon fifty-six; and till the question has been settled by the judges we abstain from acting on a dubious right.”

“ Have you fifty-four Members?”

“No; fifty-three. Speaker Hahn has allowed three candidates not returned by the Board to take their seats. That act is wrong. Not being a legal quorum, the Assembly has no power to give away seats.”

“Nor to elect a Speaker?”

“You are right. So far as such things have been done, they are unlawful and without my sanction. Michael Hahn is no more Speaker than I am President. My Chamber is a caucus and no more; ”

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