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[188] forgetting guests and drawing-rooms, his broad and intellectual features strained and grim. We talk of New Orleans.

“The state of things in that section is unbearable,” says the President, brightening up. “Here, in this cabinet, I have a list made out by General Sheridan of three thousand murders and attempts at murder in Louisiana.”

“I have seen a later list, in which the figures count up to four thousand.”

“Four thousand! ” exclaims the President.

“Yes, four thousand; and the list is growing every hour. Nothing is easier than to make such lists. You have only to ask for ten thousand; Packard and Pinchback will be able to supply them in a week.”

“You think the figures incorrect?”

“The figures may be true enough. Violence is common on the Gulf of Mexico, where a civilized race is fighting with two savage races; but the question is-how far these murders and attempts at .murder have their sources in political passion?”

“Why,” puts in Colonel Grant, “ there were three thousand political murders in Texas last year; three ”

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