Skip to comments.Secretary To The Senator: Karl A. Badger And The Smoot Hearings
Posted on 10/29/2010 9:22:31 AM PDT by Colofornian
APOSTLE Reed Smoot was sworn into the United States Senate on 5 March 1903 amid a whirlwind of criticism focusing on the nature and status of his qualifications.2 Senate hearings were later convened to investigate the charges against the Senator. The controversy affected few more intimately than Smoot's 25-year-old personal secretary, Carl A. Badger...
The force of his feelings is apparent in the following excerpts from his letters: ...I wish our people could come to the conclusion that this investigation had not been wholly creditable to us.°
Badger could not sanction their devotion and obedience, especially when duplicitous.
Badger, however, was appalled. "This is a contemptible attitude for us to be in," he wrote home. We have said that certain things do not exist, they are proved to exist; we say that if they are proved to exist that the guilty will be punished, and now they are going to wait to see if we mean what we say...We are occupying a cowardly, hypocritical attitude in this matter, and cannot but reap a harvest of humiliation and shame. There is no use quibbling about whether we made a "compact" or a "covenant," no one doubts but what the country, which had been fighting us on this issue for a quarter of a century, understood that polygamy had gone, and we allowed them to have such an impression,--encouraged them in it for our own ends, and we are now estopped to say that we made no agreement. Where is our honor on this matter...It makes me angry...
I believe our honor is more to us than anything on earth; and we must keep our word sacred. If we wish to convert the world to the truths of polygamy, let us first be honest.
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