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[56] Squads of police, with bludgeons and revolvers, guard the doorways, and refuse to quit the precincts. of the Chamber. General Campbell, they allege, has marched them to their posts, and till that officer orders them away they will remain. Foster and Phelps observe these facts and note these words.

To Wiltz it is now apparent that if stratagem fail, the scalawags are prepared to call in force, and to McEnery it is no less evident that the Federal officers are ready to obey that call. One hasty word, one heedless step, may lead to a collision. “Let us be firm and quick,” the citizens whisper to each other; “most of all, let us abide within the law.”

At twelve o'clock Vigers begins to read the roll, when fifty-two Republicans and fifty Conservatives answer to their names.

“A hundred and two members and a legal quorum are present,” shouts Vigers through the rising din of Negro voices.

“ I move,” says Billieu, the Conservative member for La Farouche, “ that the Hon. Louis A. Wiltz, late Mayor of New Orleans, take the chair.”

Vigers, waiting for some one to propose Michael Hahn, has the impertinence to say he will not put

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