Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XLIV.
POLITICIANS, AUTHORS AND HUMORISTS.

WADE, OF OHIO--JEFFERSON DAVIS, OF MISSISSIPPI--JOHNSON, OF AR-
KANSAS--ANTHONY, OF RHODE ISLAND--TROLLOPE, OF ENGLAND--
ONE OF MIKE WALSH'S JOKES--ALBERT PIKE'S WAKE--THE SONS OF
MALTA.

BLUFF BEN WADE, a Senator from Ohio, was the champion of the North in the upper house during the prolonged debates on the Kansas- Nebraska Bill. Dueling had long been regarded as a lost art in the Northern States, but Mr. Wade determined that he would accept a challenge should one be sent him, or defend himself should he be attacked. But no one either assaulted or challenged him, although he gave his tongue free license.

One day Senator Badger spoke plaintively of slavery from a Southern point of view. In his childhood, he said, he was nursed by an old negro woman, and he grew to manhood under her care. He loved his "old black mammy," and she loved him. But if the opponents of the Kansas-Nebraska bill were triumphant, and he wished to go to either of those Territories, he could not take his "old black mammy" with him. Turning to Mr. Wade, he exclaimed: "Surely, you will not prevent me from taking my old black mammy with me?""It is not," remarked the Senator from Ohio, dryly, "that he cannot take his old black

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