Mahone's Revenge:
The Virginia Boss Removes Col. Sims from His Government Position.

Boston Herald, August 2, 1884.
(Special Dispatch to the Herald)

Washington, D.C. Aug. 1, 1884. Mahone, finding that he could neither tease nor tempt his rebellious lieutenant, Col. William E. Sims, to return his allegiance, had him removed today form the position in the office of the sergeant-at-arms of the House to which he originally had him appointed. There was no other ground for his removal than Mahone's wish. Mahone considers this position his personal perquisite, and Republican Sergeant-at-Arms Canady of North Carolina takes the same view. Mahone has a dangerous enemy in Sims, who is backed by the men in the Republican party in Virginia who are dissatisfied with the tyrannical role of the little boss. As almost every one of Mahone's lieutenants, Riddleberger included, is in this category, it will be seen that Sims is not an entirely insignificant factor. Mahone has treated Sims with his usual ingratitude. Sims suffered severe financial losses by his devotion to Mahone. It was at the suggestion of the latter that he came to Washington last winter to direct the Danville investigation on the part of the Readjusters. This he did, relieving Mahone entirely. Mahone promised him a position here commensurate with his abilities and achievements, and asked him to accept, temporarily, the position in the office of the sergeant-at-arms. This Sims did. He says now that he sees this was a mistake. Mahone also urged him to go as a delegate to Chicago. When, however, Mahone discovered that Sims was not for Arthur, he tried to prevent him from going, but Sims was stronger than Mahone in his own district, and he elected himself and his colleague, Winfield Scott, as Logan-Blaine men. Mahone told Sims personally and through his henchmen that he was digging his political grave; that Mahone would never condone such open rebellion. Then came Mahone's public excommunication in Chicago of the four Blaine delegates in the Virginia delegation, wherein he formally read them out of the Republican party. Sims told him to his face that he was a tyrant, and that no party could ever hope for a permanent success which was led by bosses such as Mahone, who allowed no liberty of either thought, speech or action on the part of their followers. Hence the rupture.


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