have not in their possession complete information on the whole subject.
The papers relating to the organization of Norton county, in the hands of the secretary of the state are sufficient on their face and are in their usual form, but there are indications in the petition for organization that one hand penned many of the signatures.
It would seem also, from these papers for organization that the notarial seal of Mr. N H. Billings, for Cloud courtly, was used in Norton county, which would probably vitiate the use of the same.
5. Your committee are satisfied that there could not have been six hundred inhabitants in the county at the time the census was taken and do not hesitate to say that in their judgment such census was largely fraudulent. Neither do they believe that the organization of this county is of such a character as to entitle the same to representation in the House and would therefore recommend that the seat of N H. Billings be declared vacant.
CALVIN REASONER, chairman.
G. S. BISHOP, secretary.
Afterward the following concurrent resolution was adopted:
It remained that way for some years, but has since been removed and in the vacant place on the photograph someone has written the followins (sic): "N. H. Billings, absent without leave from Feb. 3, 1873."
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