Roughing It

the country by Mr. Curry’s generosity, the United States said that did not alter the matter, and the three dollars and forty cents would be subtracted from the Secretary’s eighteen hundred dollar salary—and it was!

The matter of printing was from the beginning an interesting feature of the new government’s difficulties. The Secretary was sworn to obey his volume of written “instructions,” and these commanded him to do two certain things without fail, viz.:

Get The House And Senate Journals Printed; And, 2. For This Work, Pay One Dollar And Fifty Cents Per “Thousand” For Composition, And One Dollar And Fifty Cents Per “Token” For Press-work, In Greenbacks.

It was easy to swear to do these two things, but it was entirely impossible to do more than one of them. When greenbacks had gone down to forty cents on the

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