with John Brown
's “soul,” he marched and chorused till a Negro caucus ran him for the local Senate.
Lank and smooth, with sanctimonious garb and speech, he won the Negro heart, and got Republicans in Washington
to mark him as a man to carry out their plans.
was intriguing for the State
senator's chair, when the more lucrative and dazzling prize of Governor swung before his eyes.
The place is worth eight thousand dollars a year in gold.
Except the Governor
, who receives ten thousand dollars a year, the Governor
has the highest pay of any governor in the United States
. Governor Coke
has only five thousand, Governor Houston
only four thousand-Governor Ames
only three thousand dollars a year.
Besides his eight thousand a year, a Governor of Louisiana
has perquisites and patronage worth more than double his official salary.
If he wishes to make money fast, and feels no scruple as to means, the wealth of New Orleans, the commerce of the Gulf
, are in his hands.
is said to have found a fortune at the State House
The highest prizes offered to ambition by the State
appeared to lie within Kellogg