The Hale Report Shown Up by Governor Garcelon and his Council and its Charges Proven False and Groundless. A Plain Statement of Facts Covering the Points in the Great Controversy, Together with a Brief Review of the Hale Inquisition.

[N. p. n. p., 1880]. First edition. 8vo, unbound, [32] pages. Vertical crease; some minor wear and soiling; a very good copy. Item #8737

Signed in type by the authors at the foot of the text. Anti-Republican propaganda published during a political crisis in the wake of Maine's election of 1879, a crisis which nearly precipitated a civil war. Using a pretext of voter fraud, lame-duck governor Alonzo Garcelon employed subterfuge to ram through a "fusion" Democrat-Greenback legislature, and soon mobilized the state militia to support his party; Republicans subsequently installed a parallel legislative body and named their own governor. When the dust cleared, a committee found Garcelon and his cronies guilty of preventing duly-elected Republicans from taking their seats. Garcelon answered with this indignant pamphlet: "The revolutionary and irregular legislature, fearing the wrath of the people, filled the State House with armed soldiery for the first time in the history of the State. A deadly Gatling gun frowned upon all who were allowed to enter the Capitol . . . no one was allowed to enter without a pass from the usurper."

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