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A few Republicans voted for it in order to load down Clayton's substitute, but the Democrats saw the scheme and changed their votes. The rest of the Republicans did likewise, and the result was a party vote, the Republicans supporting the Democratic bill, and the Democrats opposing it. Clayton and his colleague, Davis, voted with the Democrats, and the amendment was lost by a vote forty-nine to fifty. Now came the rub for prohibition in the vote on the substitute. Clayton and Davis again voted with the Democrats and Greenbackers; but Johnson, of Montgomery, who had been elected on two or three tickets, and generally classed as a Democrat, voted for prohibition, and the license bill was defeated by a vote of forty-nine to fifty. The next question was upon the engrossment of the prohibition law. Clayton and Davis now voted with their party, and the motion prevailed, fifty-one to forty-eight. Staurday the vote was taken on the final passage, and the bill passed, fifty-two to forty-one. Johnson voted for it, and a number of Greenbackers dodged. Yesterday the bill was taken up in the Senate and passed, thirty-four to eleven. The bill now goes to the Governor, whose approval is certain. The bill as passed differs from the Senate bill, published last week, only in the omission of the word "now." The act will take effect on the Fourth of July. (March 5, 1884.)
John Q. Adams said: "No vote can be lost or thrown away when it is cast for a principle, though you have to vote alone; and you can cherish that sweet reflection that your vote is never lost."
The great American Statesman, Henry Clay, just about his venture in support of the Compromise of 1833, said, " I would rather be right than to be President."
John B. Gough said: "You must stand to your principles. They talk about protection, but we temperance people have no protection whatever. We want protection from the liquor tragic for the widow, the orphan and the children."
The able and distinguished United States Senator, Lot Morrill, said on the floor of the United States Senate: "The liquor traffic is the gigantic crime of crimes. It inflicts upon society more evils than come from any other crime; more evils than come from all other crimes. No one, so far as I know, has ever denied that all this is true. Is there any compensating good coming from it to the State or the people that should restrain us from resorting to prohibition?"