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