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“ [109] but Hahn is fond of titles, and the coloured members like to hear themselves called a Legislature. We are waiting for a compromise. If President Grant is firm, the other side will soon make terms. I could find the three voters to make up my quorum, but I will not pay the price. I wish to have an honest Government, and should be rather glad than otherwise to have a Conservative majority in the Lower House. White people are easier to satisfy than Black.”

“Why let the Chamber meet, transact business, and print journals, as though they were a lawful Legislature?”

“I cannot help myself. The other side are rich, and we are poor. McEnery's group, composed of rich people, can live without their pay; our group, composed of needy persons, must be paid. Unless we have a pretext for giving them three dollars a day, they cannot stay in New Orleans. In less than a week thirty out of the fifty would be gone. I let them meet, attend to formal matters, and receive their salaries, but I caution them to leave all serious business till we see our way. There is a fight between us. The Chambers are burning to pass an ”

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