Appropriation Bill; but I refuse to let them bring it in; and tell the leaders plainly that they have no legal powers.”
“If President Grant
decides to support General Sheridan
, do you think the new Legislature may be got to work?”
“I hope the best; but I am sickening of my tasks.
I shall be happy when the moment comes for my release.”
“Release! Does any one hinder you from leaving New Orleans?”
“A sense of duty hinders me. I am a party man. Believing that the principles of my party are the best for every corner of America
, I have done my best to plant them in this region of the South
My work is not yet done; but I am older than I was ten years ago. I have deserved my rest, but shrink from taking it so long as any chance remains of finishing what I came into this State to do.”
His tone is grave and almost sad.
“ What is my life in New Orleans that I should wish to stay?
To be regarded as an alien or denounced as an adventurer is nothing.
I am shunned by everyone except the wretch who seeks a place.