and the Negro porter went before Judge Durell
, not in open court, but in the Judge
's lodgings, and exhibited a bill, setting forth a statement that, whereas he, Caesar C. Antoine
, had been duly elected Lieutenant-governor of Louisiana
, and whereas he had reason to expect embarrassment in entering on the said office, he prayed the United States
Court to grant him an order restraining certain persons, named in a schedule prepared by Billings
, from doing any act, from speaking any word, from giving any sign, in prejudice of his claim to the said office of Lieutenant-governor
The persons named in the schedule as likely to prejudice Antoine
's claims were one hundred and thirty-five in number.
The first was Governor Warmoth
Next came the Secretary of State
Then followed nineteen Senators
, more than a hundred representatives, and the members of both the Conservative and Republican returning boards.
In short, this Negro asked Judge Durell
to prohibit the executive and legislative bodies of Louisiana
from doing any act in prejudice of his claims-for five clear days!
granted him an order in the terms set down.
is faithful to his tools; yet