the name of our American Union, I enter our solemn protest against all these abuses of the military power.
My chair of Speaker is surrounded by troops.
Our officers are prisoners in their hands.
Members of the Legislature, I solemnly believe that Louisiana
has ceased to be a sovereign State; that she has no longer a republican government; and I call on every representative, of our country to retire with me before this show of arms!”
So saying, Wiltz
adjourns the House
, and followed by the whole body of Conservatives, quits the hall, marches round to St. Louis Street, with half the city at his back, the citizens cheering him with lusty English shouts.
At number 71 in St. Louis Street they find new quarters, and after a formal act of possession, they adjourn the House
is little pleased with his victory.
In place of mending matters by his violence he has made them worse.
The four Conservative members, though expelled by force, are not expelled by vote; nor can they now be expelled, even in appearance, for the Negro rump falls short of a legal quorum--fifty-six votes.
has been sworn as Speaker,