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1 Argument of Nathaniel C. Moak before the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections, May 10, 1886 on the Resolution to Inquire as to Article Written by George F. Spinney, for New York Times of April 15, 1886, on Senator Raines 1886

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NATHANIEL C. MOAK,
BEFORE THE
SENATE COMMITTEE ON PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS,
MAY 10, 1886,
ON THE RESOLUTION TO INQUIRE AS TO ARTICLE WRITTEN BY
GEORGE F. SPINNEY, FOR NEW YORK TIMES OF
APRIL 15, 1886, ON SENATOR RAINES.
If the committee please, the parting kick which we received at the
last meeting of the committee was given in the fact that the animus
of this publication was a libel suit which had been brought by the
Raines Brothers, several years ago, against the New York Times. It
turns out that Mr. Spinney knew nothing of that, had nothing to
do with it and that he did not even know that the learned senator
was a member of the firm of Raines Brothers. I might quite as
well urge the fact that Raines Brothers had brought a libel suit
against the Times expecting that it would be likely to  milk
liberally, that having failed in exacting the lacteal fluid was the
animus of the senator's proceeding against one of its representatives.
Of course that libel suit cuts both ways. If the Raines Brothers
have a law suit that has not brought forth fruit, naturally lawyers who
are somewhat given to getting what they can out of their law suits
might have an animus against the paper which had not properly
milked' quite as well as the representative of that paper might
have an animus against them. And we might quite as well urge that
when this investigation was urged against the Times, when a much
more libellous article was published in the World, that the animus
in selecting the Times representative as the victim was because the
Raines Brothers had not made that suit quite as productive as they
thought it should have been. One fact was developed, however, in
the proof of that fact which I propose to use, for what it is fairly and
legitimately worth. It is that the learned senator, whose action is
under discussion here, is a lawyer and skilled in the law. He ean
plead no ignorance of the law here. He cannot claim he was but a
simple layman not familiar with the objects and contents of this bill;
and being a lawyer and familiar with the law, if this bill is what I
shall attempt to show it to be, a bill which is infamous in its charac-

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