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in the tone of his voice, or the reaction to opposition. Once a man of CLARENCE CANNON'S quality felt that he had the fullest command of the facts, and had arrived at his decision from knowledge and judgement based on experience, it was hard for him to abide dissension from those he felt were inadequately informed, or limited in their judgment.
Moreover the subjects that he dealt with as chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, and as chairman of the Joint Committee on Reduction of Nonessential Federal Expenditures, called for a meticulous knowledge of a vast mass of precise data. He not only knew his homework, as the phrase goes, but he created the homework for others to do, and to him the materials with which he dealt were second nature. He not only knew his work, but he loved it as well.
What he had and what this called for, of course, was a mind that had a quick, even an instant, grasp of a formidable mountain of great facts as well as unlimited minutiae. If sometimes he was impatient, under the stress of time and the pressure of events, with those who often spoke heavily but with an only limited command of the subject, his disgruntlement could be understood. For one of the summations of his effort for his country may be better realized if I repeat, what has been said again and again, that in his lifetime CLARENCE CANNON played a major role in the expenditure of $1 trillion of his country's treasure. In that sense he is probably unique in the whole of human history since the days of antiquity. And no comptroller, no expert accountant, no genius of figures and mathematics, and no computing machines controlled by the ablest expert in finance, knew better or more thoroughly what was what when it came to withholding or dispensing the people's money for the people's good.
If I may be pardoned a personal note, I say this not out of bereavement merely for a close and a good friend and colleague, but out of my knowledge of CLARENCE CANNON'S workmanship in the field of fiduciary legislation. I say it because I happened to have lived much of my legislative life with a deep concern for the American dollar and what was being done to it. In fact, I know you will forgive me, if I point out that the closeness of my association with CLARENCE CANNON stemmed in no small part from the fact that as chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency, and as chairman of such committees as the Joint Committee on Defense Production and the Joint Economic Committee, I constantly conferred and consulted with CLARENCE CANNON and, I am pleased to say, he, too, frequently sought my counsel.
Again, without going into the chronicle of his life, which already has been done so well, I think it pertinent to point out that the work which is so monumental and so definitive that CLARENCE CANNON did in the field of creative parlimentary studies was the basis, I feel, for his greatness as a Member of this Chamber. It was the beginning of his reputation as a stickler for accuracy and detail. He was a lawyer, a superb and scholarly parliamentarian, a teacher of history, a leader of men of the first magnitude, a stern patriot, and, in my judgment, one of the 5 or 10 greatest legislators this country has produced in all its history. His death will be felt in many places, and chroniclers of this era will accord him his due down through the corridors of time. But there is no solace that can fill his place in our hearts, and no one we shall ever know who can fill his shoes.
Remarks by Representative Harris
Mr. Speaker, the Grim Reaper has again visited these Halls and called one of our most distinguished and beloved colleagues to his reward. Mr. CANNON served the Congress as an employee. He became Parliamentarian to the House of Representatives and left his imprint in the parliamentary procedures under which its business is conducted. He then became a Member of this body as a Representative of the great State of Missouri which has furnished so many outstanding men to our Nation. He was a man who gave his life to public service.
Never was there anyone more dedicated to the service he performed or the people he served. What an inspiration he has been to me and the other Members of Congress as he assumed the demanding duties of the chairmanship of the Committee on Appropriations and continued his outstanding work for the people of Missouri whom he represented so well for so many years. Indeed, he served all the people of this Nation.
He was beloved by all the Members of the House of Representatives for the services he performed and for the courtesies he has extended us through these years as we have appeared before his committee. His guidance and his counsel have become monuments to responsibility in public office.
Few men in the history of our Nation have served so ably or so devotedly or so long. We shall miss him.
Remarks by Representative Waggonner
Mr. Speaker, all too suddenly, we have lost a great man from our midst with the passing of our colleague, the Honorable CLARENCE CANNON.
Fully armed in every debate and discussion he was a formidable ally when he was on your side of an issue; equally formidable if he were on the other. We will not soon see his equal in either body.
He was an honorable man, and I admire honorable men.
Even before I had the pleasure of knowing him personally, I knew of his stature through his monumental work "Cannon's Procedure in the House of Representatives.”
I can only envy those who knew him through a longer association here in the House. I profited by his friendship, by sharing in his wisdom, and by the benefit of his strength of character.
Like every other Member of this body, I will miss him sorely.
Remarks by Representative Cederberg
Mr. Speaker, I join my colleagues today in paying tribute to a great American whose service in the Congress of the United States will be long remembered.
It was my privilege to be assigned to the Appropriations Committee of the House, on which he was serving when I first came to Congress, and so became closely acquainted with Representative CANNON early in my service in this body. During the years I have observed his keenness of mind and his astuteness as a legislator.
Few men in the Nation have a greater insight into the fiscal requirements of our Government than had our departed colleague. Few could equal his ability as a parliamentarian.
CLARENCE CANNON surely typified the type of statesman Emerson had in mind when he wrote:
Not gold, but only men, can make
A nation, great and strong;
Stand fast and suffer long.
Who dare, while others fly,
And lift them to the sky!