From the State Capital....Sol Miller is a "brick."
February 14, 1862
From the State Capital....Sol Miller is a "brick." He is not an orator or, if he is, he conceals his gift. But he is sharp, active and persevering. He makes an excellent chairman of a "Smelling Committee." Fraud, double-dealing and villainy of any kind must be ingeniously concealed, indeed, if it escapes his prying eyes. Sol is chairman of the Printing Committee....The committee presented their report this morning, and it gives us a very refreshing view of the manner in which contracts for printing have been let. The committee very justly observe that there appears to have been "a systematic combination to obtain contracts at exorbitant rates" and that "this species of swindling has been winked at, if not actually encouraged, by officers whose duty it is to guard the state against imposition."...The banking law...was ordered to be printed in one paper in each county. It appears that certain favored papers, in addition to publishing the law in their own columns, struck off extra copies containing the same matter, but with different headings, and thus drew pay for publication in papers which only had an imaginative existence. For instance, the publication was made in the Louisiana Republican, a paper purporting to be printed in Pottawatomie county, but actually printed at a newspaper office in Junction City, which was run at the time by one G. W. Kingsbury, who patriotically received for such bogus publication $290.44. Cummings, of the Topeka Tribune, seems to have been the whilom proprietor of the Wabaunsee Patriot! for publication in which visionary sheet he received the modest sum of $344. There are other instances of the same kind....The report will be printed and you can review it at your leisure....
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