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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 Excerpt: ... Shannon, 119,774; Thomas Corwin, 117,9o2; Leicester King, 5,134; scattering, 4o; total, 242,81o; Shannon's plurality, 1,872. The counties of Highland, Butler and Montgomery had failed to return their vote in time to be computed with the above. The aggregate vote in the three counties was: Shannon, 8,197; Ccfrwin 6,949; King, 171,5o that the actual vote cast was: Shannon, 127,971; Corwin, 124,851; King, 5,3o5; with a plurality of 3,12ofor Shannon. On the fourteenth of December, Gov. Shannon was inaugurated in the presence of the two Houses and the State officers, delivering an appropriate address. Retiring Gov. Corwin had previously sent in his annual message in which he had discussed the various public questions and urged the Legislature to deal with them firmly, with moderation, discretion and wise judgment. During the recess of the Legislature, the Directors of the penitentiary had removed Wm. B. Van Hook from the office of warden, and the matter was referred to a select joint committee for investigation. The majority of the committee made a report, after taking a great deal of testimony, sustaining the action of the Directors, so far as the exercise of the undoubted right of removal was concerned. The testimony and the report showed that Van Hook was an efficient officer, but had incurred the hostility of contractors and others connected with the institution. From the beginning the convicts had been placed at hard labor, either for the State direct or through contractors who paid the State a stipulated price for their services. Similar disputes were of frequent occurrence both before and after this particular incident, which was the first to become conspicuous. The first official record of the arrival of a Chinese in the State was made in the joint reso...
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