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
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 ”