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[60] out. Wiltz answers that he knows of no intruders-all the gentlemen present are members of that House, and the person of every member of an American legislature is inviolate.

“ I am a soldier, only second in command, and must obey my orders,” urges De Trobriand. “General Emory has ordered me to follow the instructions of Governor Kellogg.”

“I have to state to you in formal words,” replies the Speaker, “ that this House, duly elected, has organised itself, by electing me as Speaker, Captain Floyd as Serjeant, and Mr. Trezevant as Clerk. After organization, we have seated five members, whose cases are referred to us by the Returning Board. Will you eject these men?”

“ My duty as an officer leaves me no choice.”

Wiltz calls on every member to rise with him in protest. All the Conservatives rise, put out their hands, and call on heaven to witness their appeal. The Negroes, fearing that a fight is coming on, surge over the seats and benches, crouch behind desks, press into corridors, and shut themselves up in closets.

“ Point them out!” cries De Trobriand to Vigers.

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