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[10] President Grant has been compelled to own that the order made by Judge Durell on the application of Antoine was not only “ illegal” but a “grave mistake.”

Yet this “illegal order” was signed, and the “grave mistake” carried into full effect. These things were not only done in ignorance, but are maintained to-day, when the illegality is admitted, and the “grave mistake ” denounced by President Grant himself. In fact, this order, hardly to be matched in absurdity by the edicts of Rio Jacques on the Senegal, governs the domestic politics of Louisiana to the present hour!

If Judge Durell had not signed that order, the legislature of Louisiana would have met, and organized itself under Governor Warmoth. It is all but certain that Chambers freely organized would have found McEnery and Penn duly elected to the executive office. It is certain that the Supreme Court of Louisiana would have sustained that finding. Under a Conservative ruler, New Orleans might have found such peace as reigns in Charleston and Raleigh.

Judge Durell's order gave the partisans of Kellogg an advantage over the citizens of Louisiana, and by Kellogg's act the reign of “ anarchy” began.

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