quiet agitation on the slavery question.
Accordingly, it proceeded to enact what was called an emancipation ordinance.
The trouble with it was that it emancipated nobody.
It provided for the liberation of part of the slaves at a distant future day, allowing the rest to remain as they were.
The Radicals simply laughed at the measure.
They pronounced it a snare and a fraud, and went right on with their work for unconditional freedom, and the slave-owners continued to hold their human property the same as before.
The Conservatives, however, had not exhausted their resources.
They sought to secure the military as well as the civil control.
On the assurance that he could maintain peace and order, Governor Gamble
was given authority by the President
to recruit an army of State troops, which, although equipped and paid out of the national treasury, he was to officer and direct.
The organization was entrusted to General John M. Scofield
, a resident of Missouri
, and one of the Governor
The political advantage to the Conservatives of exercising military control at such a time is obvious enough.
But at first there was an obstruction in the person of General Samuel R. Curtis
, the Federal
commander of the district, who was not a man to waive his superior prerogative at a time when martial law prevailed, and who was, besides, openly in sympathy with the Radicals.
They got not only protection from him, but about all the patronage he had to give.
Pretty soon it was discovered that active efforts for the removal of Curtis
were in progress.
Charges of irregularities-afterwards shown