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ELECTION OF A SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA

HEARINGS

BEFORE A

SPECIAL COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING EXPENDITURES IN SENATORIAL PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE

SEVENTIETH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

PURSUANT TO

S. Res. 195

(69th Congress)
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
TO APPOINT A SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO MAKE INVESTIGATION
INTO THE MEANS USED TO INFLUENCE THE NOMINATION OF
ANY PERSON AS A CANDIDATE FOR MEMBERSHIP

OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE

AND

S. Res. 324

(69th Congress)

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON
INVESTIGATION OF EXPENDITURES IN SENATORIAL PRIMARIES
AND ELECTIONS TO TAKE AND PRESERVE EVIDENCE IN CON.
NECTION WITH THE ELECTION OF A SENATOR FROM

PENNSYLVANIA ON NOVEMBER 2, 1926

JANUARY 4 AND 24, 1929

PART 3

Printed for the use of the Special Committee Investigating
Expenditures in Senatorial Primary and General Elections

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SELECT COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING EXPENDITURES IN

SENATORIAL PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTIONS

JAMES A REED, Missouri, Chairman CHARLES L MCNARY, Oregon.

ROBERT M. LA FOLLETTE, JR., Wisconsin GUY D. GOFF, West Virginia

WILLIAM H. KING, Utab.

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ELECTION OF A SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 1929

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UNITED STATES SENATE,
SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES

IN SENATORIAL ELECTIONS,

Washington, D. C. The special committee met, pursuant to call, at 10.30 o'clock a. m. in room 212, Senate Office Building, Senator James A. Reed presiding

Present: Senators Reed of Missouri (chairman), McNary, Goff, King, and La Follette.

There appeared before the committee Mr. William B. Wilson, the contestant, and Mr. Francis Shunk Brown and Mr. Edward A. Kelly, counsel for Mr. William S. Vare, the contestee.

The CHAIRMAN. We will put in the record, with the consent of the committee, the correspondence that was submitted at the informal meeting the other day—a letter from Mr. Vare, the certificates of his doctors, and the reply that was sent to Mr. Vare-so that the record may show the proceedings up to this point. (The papers above referred to are here printed, as follows:)

ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., November 28, 1928. Hon. JAMES A. REED, Chairman Special Committee on Campaign Expenditures,

United States Senate, Washington, D. C. DEAR SENATOR REED: Shortly before the adjournment of Congress, you will recall I was stricken by sickness and your committee graciously excused my appearance before you at that time. After partial recovery, but against the advise of my physician, I went to Kansas City convention, as I had been elected a delegate, and I am now paying the price. The trip, instead of helping me as I had hoped, injuriously affected my health until, on August 1, I suffered a stroke, paralyzing my left side, leg, and arm.

Of course, I do not need to go into details as to the result of a stroke. Suffice it to say that I am now slowly recovering, but I am still confined to my summer home at Atlantic City. My physicians advise me that I must have absolute rest and quiet if I am to make further progress toward recovery. In fact, they have warned me that any undue exertion at this time, physical or mental, might be attended with disastrous results.

I had hoped, upon the reassembling of Congress, to be able to comply with any request of your committee to appear before you, but that is, in my present condition, physically impossible.

I am grateful for your consideration and, with assurance of my regards, I remain, Very truly yours,

WM. S. VARE.

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