Local Matters

February 20, 1871


There were reports of bribery and corruption of members of the legislature regarding the railroad war. A committee asked a delegate if he knew anything on the matter, and delegate Budd denied knowing any information on such corruption.


Dr. Pannill's committee still investigating.- The committee of the House of Delegates appointed to investigate charges of bribery and corruption on the part of members of the Legislature was again in session on Saturday. Mr. Isaac D. Budd, delegate from Loudoun, was the only witness examined, and his examination failed to elicit anything in regard to the subject of the investigation. In answer to the usual question Mr. Budd said: " I do not. As a member of the General Assembly, if I knew of such a state of facts I would promptly denounce and expose it." By Mr. Thomas: Do you know of any money being offered to members that they might confer in regard to these matters? A. No, sir, I do not. Q. Do you know of any pecuniary consideration or the promise of any office in the gift of the Legislature being held out as an inducement for the influence of any member? A. I do not; if I did, I would expose it. By Dr. Pannill: Q. Have you heard of any gossip that might lead to any facts by which light might be thrown upon this subject? A. I cannot now remember any. I have not, I think. By Mr. Thomas: Q. Do you know of any means being placed In the hands of outside parties to be used for the purpose ? A. I do not, sir. The committee then rose, to meet on Monday afternoon at VA o'clock.
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