FISCAL: 35 Billion 26 Million

Smart, sharp-nosed Lewis Deschler, official Parliamentarian of the House—who ever since he came of age ten years ago has been advising the Speakers of the House on the abstruse technicalities of House procedure—had the eyes of the House upon him one afternoon last week as he marched up to Reading Clerk Alney Chaffee. Taking a large leatherbound volume from beneath his arm, the Parliamentarian laid it on the edge of the Clerk's desk and turned away. As he did so the volume began to slip. Alney Chaffee made a lunge for it but...

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