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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 2: Introductory Sketches. (search)
the Republican side. As Hickman's name was called and he rose and voted for Pennington, Vallandigham sprang to his feet and, stretching out his right arm toward the Clerk's desk, in a long, resonant drawl that would not be drowned, he shouted: Mr. Clerk, I move that this House do now adjourn! Cries from the Republican side: Sit down! Sit down! Order! Order! You can't interrupt the ballot! Sit down! But Vallandigham went right on. He would not sit down, and he would interrupt the ballot-and he did. Mr. Clerk, I move that this House do now adjourn, especially, sir --both arms now extended, mouth wide open, eyes wide staring-especially, sir, since we have just had Gabriel's last trump, the crack of doom and the day of judgment! I question if anything like it ever occurred in the history of legislative bodies; or if any speech or stroke of daring leadership ever produced such an effect. A yell went up from the entire House-Democrats and Republicans joining in it. There