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β€œ [120] member of the Union.” Governor Tilden, of New York, is still more menacing and emphatic: β€œFor similar acts our English ancestors sent the first Charles to the scaffold and expelled the second James from the throne.”

Louisiana is not more conscious than Ohio and New York that the day is big with fate. The policy of ruling by the sword has reached a turning-point. To-night will see this policy either make a step or fall back many steps. If Caesar rises, the Republic sinks.

On what a thread the issue seems to hang! While President Grant is pondering pros and cons, a pistol-shot, fired by a fool, may start a civil war. Sheridan is prepared to act, and the devastator of the Shenandoah would sweep the quays of New Orleans as thoroughly as he swept the granaries of Blue Ridge. If blood begins to flow, the President will support his officers; but who can say how many States will rally to the Government? It is not easy to assert. Since the fall elections many things are changed. The White Revival has set in, the centre of political gravity has been moved. A strong majority of Democrats will sit in the new Chamber.

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