A debate arose on their report.
No case was ever argued in the Senate with more frankness of expression.
in five would have been glad, for party reasons, to support Kellogg
and admit Pinchback
; but the Senators
were driven by facts to a conclusion dead against their party interests, and extremely honourable to them as individual gentlemen.
A long debate ended in the adoption of the committee's report.
The Senate not only declared that Kellogg
was not the lawful Governor of Louisiana
, and Pinchback
not the lawful Senator
, but directed that a new election should be held, so that the “reign of anarchy” might be put down in true republican fashion, by a public vote.
When pressed by the Senate to explain his action, President Grant
admitted that the late election in Louisiana
was “a gigantic fraud.”
He yielded to the Senate, that a new election ought to be held, so as to ascertain whether General McEnery
or William P. Kellogg
was the popular choice; but he reserved to his cabinet the right of choosing a convenient time for calling on the citizens of Louisiana
to exercise their right.