January 22, 1868


Butler hopes to pass an amendment that would immediately remove all State officers in the South; the amendment was voted down.


Reconstruction. It was some cause of satisfaction, amidst the troubles of these times, that the amendment of Butler to the pending reconstruction measure in Congress was voted down on Monday. It proposed the immediate removal of all State officers in the South, and the filling of the vacancies thus occasioned by the conventions sitting in the southern States. That would have opened the door at once to the hungry horde of malignants and incompetents who are eager for the opportunity to hector over the people and "eat out their substance." This they may in time do; but it is at least better for us that the day is postponed, and there is some chance left of defeating the devilish schemes to reduce the State to disorder and ruin.
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