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The Negro senators agree that the White fellows in Washington are impertinent in rejecting Pinch. He is the martyr of his skin. Those White fellows talk about his character. What right have they to pry into a gentleman's private life? They prate about Governor Kellogg's election not being valid. What right have those fellows to review a State election in Louisiana? Pinch shall go back. Pinch is their choice. Pinch shall sit in their name under the marble dome, among the chief sages of the commonwealth!

On going with Antoine into Kellogg's cabinet we encounter Pinch. The Negro is in high feather, for the Negro senators have just affirmed once more his election to the State Senatorship, and Antoine has brought his credentials for the Governor to sign and seal. Got up in paper collar and pomade, Pinch smiles and smirks, and sickens you with his bows and scrapes. You think of giving him twenty cents. Kellogg appears to loathe the fellow, yet he cannot well refuse his name and seal. Who knows with what reserve he signs? Pinch watches him with eager eyes, chewing his quid, and spattering the walls and carpets. Ach! The scene is rich in comedy.

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