Neither party has a legal quorum; and the Republicans, finding they have lost their small majority, begin to slip away from their seats.
But the Conservatives, accustomed to such dodges, intercept them before a count-out can be tried.
A member proposes the Hon. Louis A. Wiltz
as Speaker; a second member proposes the Hon. Michael Hahn
. Fifty-eight members are present in the House
. Fifty-five cast their votes for Wiltz
, who is declared elected, in the midst of frantic cheers.
, who is standing by his chair, administers the usual oath of loyalty to tile law and constitution of Louisiana
calls the House
, and swears the members who remain.
Though some have slipped away there is a legal quorum.
, uncertain what to do, remains, and takes the oath from Wiltz
is voted Serjeant
, and Mr. Trezevant
is now composed.
, as Speaker, invites General De Trobriand
to remove the police, who occupy doors and passages, and General De Trobriand
obeys his call.
The Conservative Chamber
, organised under Wiltz
, appears to be recognised by the Federal