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r authorities, but by those who had the power and the will to exercise it.
The people had gathered, a compact mass, about the city hall.
They were silent, but looked angry and threatening.
Suddenly a body of men appeared, marching through the Camp street gate, drawing two howitzers after them.
It was a strictly naval demonstration, comprising officers, marines, and sailors.
The marines lined the St. Charles street side of the banquette opposite the hall.
Standing in the street in front odrew their howitzers back into the square; after them marched the marines.
With a rattle of steel, glitter of bayonets and rumble of wheels, the Northern pageant passed through the Southern crowd.
As the last rifles were disappearing through the Camp-street gate, the crowd—so long silent in accordance with their mayor's request, threatened no longer.
Instead, as Mayor Monroe turned toward the hall, they broke into cheers, which followed the retiring soldiers like a defiance.
In her high feve