"If you can do anything for the passage of the National Bank Act you ought not to fail of doing it. There seems to be no other way for placing four hundred millions more of government bonds."
The other features of the Act, as a vital part of the policy of the Administration, are briefly rehearsed by the speaker, very much as you already understand them.
"Beyond a doubt," he says, "a decisive vote will be reached to-morrow, and the bill will surely be defeated, unless-----in the Senate, and----- in the House can be induced to support it. They are good enough Republicans, but they are going the other way, some of them for one reason, some for another."
"And mostly without reason! Perhaps something can be done!"
Very likely the views of such men as he has indicated cannot easily be changed, but there are sometimes curious coincidences nowadays. It happens that the very Senators and Congressmen named, and not any others have been invited to attend a meeting of a committee of the Grand Council of Twelve of the Union League this very evening, to discuss the work of the League in their States and districts. They all are members of the League, and they have gladly agreed to come; for their very seats in either House depend upon the support they receive from the great party machine.
We may as well attend that meeting, for many subjects of interest may come up for discussion.
There is no better place for a caucus than in the room of Grand President Edmunds in the Land Office. The committee of the Grand Council is not large. It is a mere business committee for practical work, but it has facts and figures to present which are intensely interesting, not to say gratifying, to the invited legislators. They are as pleased a lot of patriotic politicians as ever listened to the details of a thorough work of local organization for their