States, I protest against this outrage.”
Turning to his colleagues, the Conservative gentleman calls on them to witness the extremity of this outrage on a free assembly.
“You see, they thrust me out with bayonets!”
“Let it be done!”
, and the indignity is done.
Eleven more members are in turn expelled.
endeavours to obey the Speaker
and protect a member, he is seized and held in custody by the soldiery.
When they have searched the hall, and turned the last Conservative member out by violence, Wiltz
stands up, and, with a proud and mournful gesture, calls the Chamber
to itself, and says:--
“As legal Speaker of the House of Representatives of Louisiana
, I have protested against this invasion of our hall by soldiers of the United States
with drawn bayonets and loaded muskets.
We have seen our brethren seized by force, and torn from us in spite of their solemn protests.
We have seen a force of soldiers march up the aisles of this hall of representatives, and we have protested against this act. In the name of a once free people, in the name of the once free State of Louisiana
, in ”