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“Have not the coloured people a majority of votes in the whole State-ninety thousand against seventy-six thousand? ”

“ On the present lists, they have,” replies the Governor; “ but the lists are drawn in fraud. How can the coloured people have more votes than we have? In numbers we are nearly equal-three hundred and sixty-two thousand Whites to three hundred and sixty-four thousand Blacks. These figures are not ours. The census was taken under Warmoth's government. We know that some of the returns are false-and false in favour of the coloured men. But take the figures as they stand. How can a difference of two thousand in the population, yield a difference of fourteen thousand in the voting lists?”

“That is not easy to make out.”

“Except by fraud; by manifest and unblushing fraud. The fact is, Negroes are registered in different names and different parishes. Dead Negroes are kept on the lists; Negroes under age are put on the lists. Women are inscribed as men. Wherever you have Black officials, supported by a Black police, you have abuse.”

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