n which the eyes and hearts of forty millions of people are fixed in passionate hope and dread.
President Grant affirms that anarchy reigns in Louisiana.
No one doubts the fact; but General McEnery and the White citizens assert that this reign of anarchy was introduced by Grant, and is maintained in New Orleans for purposes of his own. This reign began, they say, two years ago, on the receipt by Stephen B. Packard of a telegram in these words :
Washington, Department of Justice, Dec. 3, 1872.
You are to enforce the decrees of the United States Courts, no matter by whom resisted, and General Emory will furnish you with the necessary troops for that purpose.
George H. Williams, Attorney-General.
This message was a riddle.
Stephen B. Packard is a carpet-bagger, whom the President has sent to New Orleans as United States Marshal. General Emory is a Federal officer commanding the Department of the Gulf.
But who were Marshal Packard and General Emory to fight?