Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia, Rep. Herman L. Humphrey (R., Wisconson) for funding the Army.
To determine the question whether a standing army such as any we are likely to have in this country is dangerous to our liberties, we have only to address the question to our own hearts. All of us have friends, many of us have relatives in the Army, and we have only to ask ourselves this question if we were called upon today to leave civil life and take part in repelling any foreign foe, would not our love of country be as strong, would not our hearts in that hour of national trial beat in unison with the demands of our country just as much as if We were in civil life?
Chicago—The Fight at Turner Hall, Arrival of U. S. Artillery.
PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
MONDAY, May 20, 1878.
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Mr. HUMPHREY obtained the floor.
Mr. BANNING. I ask unanimous consent that the time of the gentleman from Maryland be extended.
Mr. FOSTER. I dislike very much to object, but the arrangements are such that if the gentleman’s time is extended other gentlemen will be precluded from an opportunity to address the committee
Mr. HUMPHREY. I must object.
Mr. SINGLETON. There is but half an hour remaining before the business of the District of Columbia will come up, and the gentleman from Maryland might as well be allowed to occupy that time.
Mr. WHITE, of Pennsylvania. I hope there will be no objection to the extension of the time of the gentleman from Maryland.
Mr. KIMMEL. I want only ten minutes
Mr. HUMPHREY. I cannot yield from the fact that the District of Columbia business comes up at two o’clock, and I have only this half hour in which I can speak.
The CHAIRMAN. The Chair would state that the gentleman from Wisconsin [Mr. HUMPHREY] has a right to speak in the time of the gentleman from Pennsylvania, [Mr. SMITH] and this is the only time under the rules that he will be entitled to speak, and if he yields the floor now there will be no time which the Chair can assign to him for debate upon this bill.
Mr. HUMPHREY. Mr. Chairman, I am sorry to have to take from the gentleman from Maryland any time that he desires upon this question. If I had been in a position to make my remarks without giving them in an extemporaneous manner I should have gladly yielded to him; but it is understood that there are very few of us who get an opportunity to speak upon these bills and upon questions that come before the House unless we do it at an opportune moment; and as I have had no opportunity to put in writing what I desired to say in the short time I have, I am obliged to occupy that time which is conceded to me.
It is not my desire, Mr. Chairman, to antagonize in any manner the bill that has been presented to the committee. It has many features that are exceeding in advance of the law as it stands at present. There are many excellent features connected with the bill; but I desire, before proceeding further, to meet an idea that has been so often advanced upon the floor of this House, that a standing army is a menace to the liberties of the people.