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man Weyler the most thoroughly condemned and despised man that now lives in the world. So I have thought that I would appeal to the Senator from Iowa if he could not postpone the appropriation bill until the hour of 2 o'clock, that perchance we might get at least nearer to a vote, if we do not reach a vote by that hour, upon the joint resolution.
Mr. ALLISON. I appeal to the Senator from Alabama to allow me to go on with the consideration of the appropriation bill for the reasons which I have already stated and for other reasons of public concern. This appropriation bill has been upon the table of the Senate for some time, because I have been occupied in another matter of public interest wherein it was supposed to be of great importance that the measure should be brought to the attention of the Senate. This is the first moment in three weeks in which I have been able to bring the bill before the Senate. This matter relating to Cuba has been under consideration here for two or three weeks. During the last week it was not pressed with any great vigor, at least so far as the public sessions of the Senate are concerned. I desire very much to have the appropriation bill disposed of now, in order that I may for a few days absent myself from the Senate. That is the only personal reason why I urge it now. I have no doubt the Senator from Alabama will have an early opportunity to bring forward his resolution and secure a vote on it. I certainly will interpose no impediment in the pathway of a vote.
Mr. MORGAN. The Senator from Iowa says or intimates that there has been no attempt on my part
Mr. ALLISON. No; I do not intimate that.
Mr. MORGAN. To press the Cuban resolution during the last week or ten days.
Mr. ALLISON. I do not intimate that.
Mr. MORGAN. Out of a spirit of honorable and just indulgence to one solitary Senator on this floor, which I conceived it to be my duty to do, I have allowed this measure to pass from day to day, and when that Senator returned to the Senate yesterday morning he still said he was not prepared, and the matter went over again, with the understanding that the appropriation bill which the Senator from Iowa is now pressing at the hour of a quarter to 1 o'clock would not be called until 2 o'clock to-day.
Well, I know that the Senator has always been faithful, zealous, able, honorable, and patriotic in the discharge of every duty the Senate has ever imposed upon him, and I know that as a rule no measure can properly be antagonized to an appropriation bill when there is any emergency whatever for the passage of the appropriation bill. There is no emergency now for the passage of the sundry civil appropriation bill, for it will not take effect until the beginning of the next fiscal year, which is some time off yet. There being no emergency for that, and there being an emergency in respect of the Cuban resolution, I thought that I would ask the Senator if he would not yield in favor of my effort to relieve those people in Cuba for a while, to say the least of it.
There is at present no urgent necessity for the passage of the appropriation bill. But, sir, I will not antagonize an appropriation bill. Senators can take their responsibility. It will be but a few days until I think they will all be shocked with the idea that they have interposed objections to this measure, when, by declining to do so, they could have saved many human lives, and amongst them the lives of American citizens.