and he handed the State House
and the Great Seal to Kellogg
; taking as his price the title of Governor, the Senatorship in Washington
, and all the openings and emoluments of that chair.
's entry in the Senate, where he claimed a seat among the Shermans and Wilsons, Boutwells and Camerons, grave and conscript fathers of the republic, raised a storm which has not yet subsided, though twenty-two months have passed since he first laid his credentials on the table of that house.
A committee was appointed by the Senate to investigate his claim.
The members of this committee had to see that Pinch's credentials were in order; among other things to see that they were signed and sealed by a lawful governor.
Then the whole question of Kellogg
's government came up. A good majority of the committee were Republicans, and to give Pinch his seat was to strengthen their party by a vote. *But such a finding was impossible for serious men. The Senators
found that Kellogg
was not Governor
; that his signature was worthless; that the broad seal of Louisiana
had been improperly used; and that Pinchback
had no claim to sit in Congress.