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[105] though he is not so dark as many of his brethren on the Niger and the Senegal. Small in stature and weak in frame, his only strength appears to lie in a feminine sort of shrewdness. Antoine was a porter in the Custom House. Before he took to politics he could hardly get his pay, yet, having a place under Government, he found the. way open to public life. His rise was rapid. From the bench of a porter he passed to the chair of Lieutenant-governor. He was a servant of clerks; he is the master of senators. Since the Caliph made his porter a pasha, no man of his calling has been raised to so high a place. It was a golden chance. Apart from accidents, Antoine is not a man who could have risen.

This Negro Caesar in New Orleans allows me to see that he joins hands with the White Caesar in Washington. Chewing his quid, and squirting his tobacco-juice into a huge spittoon, he informs us that he “never seed sich a thing as dat affair with Wiltz;” also that the “culled people in Louisiana don't mind General Grant having a third term, if he like, or even a sixth term if he like.” Caesar in New Orleans sails in the same boat with Csesar in the White House.

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