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“ You mean that the carpet-baggers, men like Kellogg and Chamberlain, make the rows?”

“ Not in our interest, but their own. These men our friends! You know me. In New Orleans I have the respect of bar and bench. No advocate objects to act with me or to oppose me in any suit. White judges receive me. I dine with high and low, just as I should dine in London, Paris, and Berlin. But let me go up North, into the towns from which these Chamberlains and Kelloggs hail. I should not be allowed to dine at a common table in Boston and Chicago! I tell you we shall get on better in New Orleans when we are left alone.”

On coming from the Senate, where the Members are still flaming out against the President's policy in Louisiana, we meet Pinchback in the lobby.

“Cheated, sah,” he bawls at me; “cheated, sah. The Senators reject my papers! It is all dat Kellogg, sah!”

“Has not Governor Kellogg signed your papers properly?”

“Gubnor Kellogg! He gubnor! Dat Kellogg is a rascal, sah. He sign de papers all right; put big seal all right; den he write a letter underground, ”

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