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Remarks by Senator Ellender
Mr. President, I regret very deeply the sudden death of Representative CLARENCE CANNON.
Soon after I joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in 1948, I became chairman of the Subcommittee on Public Works. At that time, it happened that Mr. CANNON was chairman of that same subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.
He and I had quite a struggle at times, in conference. But I always found Mr. CANNON amenable to providing funds for the protection and preservation of the Nation's most important resources-land and water. He and I found ourselves in complete agreement that unless these were protected now, for the use of future generations, all the metal and minerals which might be dug out of the ground would count for nothing.
But the interests of the late chairman of the House Appropriations Committee ranged far and wide. He is perhaps best known as the author of House Document No. 122, entitled “Cannon's Procedures in the House of Representatives.” The title page of that volume, in a very few words, tells the story of a lifetime of service and devotion to the public business. It reads as follows: "By CLARENCE CANNON, Member of Congress; sometimes Parliamentarian of the House, Speaker pro tempore, Chairman of the Committee of the Whole; chairman of Committee on Appropriations, etc." And, Mr. President, that little et cetera, if expanded to cover all his activities and attributes, would speak volumes in itself.
In closing, I should like to point out that the same title page of "Cannon's Procedure” contains a quotation from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, whose import should not be lost on us today. The quotation begins with one of the characters, Bassanio, speaking as follows:
And I beseech you wrest once the law to your authority; to do a great right, do a little wrong.
But Portia, the heroine, answers:
It must not be * • • 'twill be recorded for a precedent, and many an error by the same example will rush into the state.
Mr. CANNON recognized the great wisdom embodied in those words. I regret his death, and I extend my condolences to “Miss Ida,” his lovely wife.
Remarks by Senator Cotton
Of New Hampshire
Mr. President, the Senator from New Hampshire happens to be one of the Members of the Senate who served in the House and served on the Appropriations Committee in the House under the leadership of the late CLARENCE CANNON. I served on that committee for 6 years. I came to know CLARENCE CANNON as chairman of the committee on which I served. He was a resolute, stanch man in upholding his convictions. He was a fair man. We was considerate in every way of the individual members of his committee.
On at least one occasion Mrs. Cotton and I found ourselves with Mr. CANNON and his charming wife, traveling on a vacation trip. When he was away from the confining labor to which he devoted himself unflaggingly and was relaxed, I found him to be a delightful companion and his mind a veritable storehouse of exceedingly interesting information which he had accumulated during a long, distinguished career. I shall never forget my association with him.
Our hearts go out to Mrs. Cannon. I take this opportunity to pay my tribute to a man under whom I served and for whom I always had the deepest respect and admiration.
Remarks by Senator Church
Mr. President, I join in the expression of sadness at the unfortunate passing of CLARENCE CANNON.
I knew him to be one of the strong men in Congress.
It is always an occasion of special sadness when a strong man dies.
Remarks by Senator Carlson
Mr. President, I wish to associate myself with the remarks that have been made regarding the passing of a very distinguished neighbor of ours, Representative CLARENCE CANNON, of Missouri. For 12 years I had the privilege of serving with him in the House of Representatives.
We who live in the Midwest are deeply indebted to him for the favorable consideration which he gave to us in the State of Kansas and the surrounding area, when it came to the control of water runoff and development of the States' water resources.
He was always a great student of the needs of that section of the country and a great proponent of programs for the improvement of the rural sections.
Personally I have had many pleasant associations with him and meetings in regard to these programs. He was always courteous to me and I appreciated so much the many favors we received from him. We will all miss him in the Middle West. We will all miss him in Congress and in the Nation,
He was a great legislator. He was a great citizen of his country.
I share with other Senators in expressions of sympathy to Mrs. Cannon and the family.