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[82] say, by doubts and scruples as to where his duty lies. All three are gentlemen of property. “We claim,” says General McEnery, “ to represent ninety-five per cent. of all the property in this city, ninety-eight per cent. of all the property in this State.” From what we learn in other quarters we have reason to believe this statement true. “And yet,” adds Penn, laughing, we, who own nearly all the property in the State, are bandits!

Bandits are not usually men of property; are not so in Spain, in Greece, in Asia Minor, and in California. If Vasquez were able to read the papers, he would be pleased to find, on the authority of General Sheridan, that a good many of his brethren sit on the bench and practise at the bar.

“No one contests your claim to represent the wealth of New Orleans; the question is about inhabitants, not property; and you claim, we understand, to have a true majority of votes in favour of the Conservative candidates?”

“We have,” the Governor answers, “a majority of votes; not large, yet large enough for us, if we are left alone, to carry on the government, and restore a reign of peace.”

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