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“ [293] usually traveled route;” and of course if the route usually traveled from California to Washington is around Cape Horn, or the members from that embryo State shall choose to think it is—they will each be entitled to charge some $12,000 mileage per session, accordly. We assume that each has charged precisely what the law allows him, and thereupon we press home the question—‘Ought not that Law to be amended?’

It appeared from the statement, that the whole number of ‘circuitous miles’ charged was 183031, which, at forty cents a mile, amounted to $73,492 60. With about twelve exceptions, it showed that every member of the Senate and House had drawn more mileage than he ought to have been legally entitled to, the excess varying in amount from less than two dollars to more than a thousand dollars. Viewed merely as a piece of editorship, this mileage expose was the best hit ever made by a New York paper. The effect of it upon the town was immediate and immense. It flew upon the wings of the country press, and became, in a few days, the talk of the nation. Its effect upon Congress, and upon the subsequent congressional career of its author, we shall see in a moment.

Dec. 23d. Mr. Greeley wrote a letter to the Tribune, in which he explained the manoeuvring by which Congress, though it cannot legally adjourn over for more than three consecutive days, generally contrives to be idle during the whole of the Christmas holidays; i. e. from a day or two before Christmas, to a day or two after New Year's. ‘I was warned,’ he wrote, ‘when going to Baltimore last evening, that I might as well keep on to New York, as nothing would be done till some time in January. But I came back, determined to see at least how it was done.’ It was “ done” by making two bites at the cherry, adjourning first from Saturday to Wednesday; and, after a little show of work on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, adjourning again till after New Year's day. Mr. Greeley spoke in opposition to the adjournment, and demanded the yeas and nays; but they were refused, and the first bite was consummated. ‘The old soldiers’ of the House were too much for him, he said; but he took care to print the names of those who voted for the adjournment.

Dec. 27th. To-day the pent — up rage of Congress at the Mileage

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