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[341] voters from the polling-booths. A White citizen could hardly cast his vote. Unless some friendly Negro led him up and vouched for him as a scalawag, he could hardly reach his balloting-urn. The Blacks were mostly armed, the Whites were all disarmed. In every village row White blood was shed.

“Thank God those shameful days are gone for ever,” says a planter of more moderate vein. “The Black ;yranny and the Black legislature have vanished, lever again to blight our cities with a curse.”

“Gone without violence?”

“Yes, by natural causes; gone as all bad things should go: by means of natural law. Europe has saved us from the curse of Negro rule.”

It is the immigration, chiefly flowing in from Liverpool to Galveston and Indianola, that has restored the balance of White power in Texas. Except the runaways from Red River, few Negroes have entered Texas; while, since the war, more than a hundred thousand Whites have come in from English ports. Untainted by secession, these settlers get their votes the moment they apply, and they have nearly always cast them on the Conservative side. Race counts. A clown just landed from an English deck

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