Excerpt from Speech of Hon. Marion Cannon, of California, Before the Committee on Pacific Railroads
It seems to me, that having violated every trust reposed in them by the people of the United States when we entered into a partnership with them in the construction of these great public highways, that they are not now entitled to any consideration whatever at our hands. After violating every contract and law creating the Central Pacific Company, I believe the partnership should now be forever dissolved and these bandits retired to private life, or the State's prison, where bet ter men are serving the State. If this great Government can not enforce its own laws against this corporation; if we must be continually harassed by the belittling suits that have so persistently occurred since the issue of these bonds; if we must abdicate our sovereignty, and through our officials be made to contend for petty successes or dis astrous defeats in the forum of our own credits, then it is time for a complete divorce of the Government from this corrupt gang of bandits, who have preyed upon both the people and the Government for nearly thirty years.
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