Chapter 2: reign of anarchy.
On Monday morning, Packard
, having the Republican
writs in his hand, the Federal
soldiers at his back, arrived at the Mechanics' Institute, in which edifice the Assembly was to meet.
Caesar C. Antoine
, holding Durell
's order, stood at the door, pointing out who should enter and who should not enter.
None but his friends were passed.
Once in the legislative hall, these lost no time in prate, for Durell
's order would expire on Wednesday, and many things had to be done before the Conservative members took their seats.
The first thing was to depose Governor Warmoth
and obtain possession of his official lists.
But how was the lawful governor to be displaced?
A Negro, named Pinchback
, known familiarly as Pinch, offered his services to Kellogg-at a price.
This Pinch, a bustling fellow, had been a steward on