--The necessity for some considerable repairs to the Capitol
building must have impressed itself on the members of the Legislature, who, in the pursuit of their calling, have been compelled to thread its dusky, dusty and musty interior.
No doubt the subterranean caverns, in which the State
officers are now ensconced, and the labyrinthian and devious windings which lead thereto, will some day give place, in a new and more commodious edifice, to light and air, and other appliances usually deemed valuable adjuncts to earthly existence.
But it is not of that
time we need now concern ourselves.
Take care of the present — the future will do so for itself.
To do the first requires an outlay of money — the great lever which moves the world, and which will cause the cobwebs, decayed wood, mouldering walls and other insignia of the edifice referred to, to take wings, or rather to be hidden under a good appearance — that musty veil which hides a great many faults.
We understood at the beginning of the session that the attention of members would be called to the present condition of the building.
We do not know that it has been done.
But even though this course has not been adopted, we had almost imagined that members would see for themselves what was wanting, and supply of their own motion the absence of official recommendation.
If the Legislature lets the Capitol
go into a decline, it may some day succumb to the rigorous and unceasing assaults of Father Time
, and summarily conclude existences valuable not only on domestic but State account.
This is a view that our Assembly friends may not have heretofore taken.
If so, we commend it to their serious consideration.
There is no knowing what may happen.
Badinage aside, gentlemen, order the Capitol
building to be renovated.