turned into an executive office, and a deserted dining-room into a legislative hall.
's orders, planks are nailed across the doors and windows, and secured by iron stanchions.
Barricades are thrown across St Louis Street, and the main entrance of the hotel is closed.
One door — a back door in Royal Street — is left open.
Inside and out the State House
is strengthened to resist assault.
Forty Negro police, armed with clubs and six-shooters, take position in the hall, while others of their company occupy the stairs and corridors.
Rifles are stacked against the wall; and General Campbell
, a Southern fire-eater, now turned scalawag, is charged with the defence.
Provisions, reckoned for a siege of twenty days, are brought into the yard: canned fruits, dried fish and flesh, whisky, tobacco, and pale ale. A bar is opened, and spittoons are placed.
A hundred mattresses are fetched from the barracks and strewn about the halls and passages.
Supper is cooked, and boxes of cigars displayed.
When everything is ready, Kellogg
sends his scouts into the streets to bid Negro members come in, enjoy a smoke and drink, and sleep in Government House, in readiness for the morrow's work.