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December 3rd, 1872 AD (search for this): chapter 1
n which the eyes and hearts of forty millions of people are fixed in passionate hope and dread. President Grant affirms that anarchy reigns in Louisiana. No one doubts the fact; but General McEnery and the White citizens assert that this reign of anarchy was introduced by Grant, and is maintained in New Orleans for purposes of his own. This reign began, they say, two years ago, on the receipt by Stephen B. Packard of a telegram in these words : Washington, Department of Justice, Dec. 3, 1872. You are to enforce the decrees of the United States Courts, no matter by whom resisted, and General Emory will furnish you with the necessary troops for that purpose. George H. Williams, Attorney-General. This message was a riddle. Stephen B. Packard is a carpet-bagger, whom the President has sent to New Orleans as United States Marshal. General Emory is a Federal officer commanding the Department of the Gulf. But who were Marshal Packard and General Emory to fight? No mandat
ark him as a man to carry out their plans. Kellogg was intriguing for the State senator's chair, when the more lucrative and dazzling prize of Governor swung before his eyes. The place is worth eight thousand dollars a year in gold. Except the Governor of Pennsylvania, who receives ten thousand dollars a year, the Governor of Louisiana has the highest pay of any governor in the United States. Governor Coke of Texas has only five thousand, Governor Houston of Alabama only four thousand-Governor Ames of Mississippi only three thousand dollars a year. Besides his eight thousand a year, a Governor of Louisiana has perquisites and patronage worth more than double his official salary. If he wishes to make money fast, and feels no scruple as to means, the wealth of New Orleans, the commerce of the Gulf, are in his hands. Governor Warmoth is said to have found a fortune at the State House. The highest prizes offered to ambition by the State appeared to lie within Kellogg's reach; bu
Caesar Antoine (search for this): chapter 1
f his partisans. It was Saturday morning; on Monday the Chambers were to meet. A Chamber organised by Warmoth would proceed to verify the elections, and would probably refer the great question as to which of the two candidates, McEnery and Kellogg, was legally elected, to the judges of the Supreme Court. Kellogg feared alike the senators and the judges. But how was he to sweep them both aside? Billings, the unscrupulous attorney, who was acting in the Negro interest, proposed that Caesar Antoine, the Negro porter, should be employed to steal a march, not only on the Governor and the Chambers, but on the local courts. The scheme proposed by Billings was adopted and the Negro porter went before Judge Durell, not in open court, but in the Judge's lodgings, and exhibited a bill, setting forth a statement that, whereas he, Caesar C. Antoine, had been duly elected Lieutenant-governor of Louisiana, and whereas he had reason to expect embarrassment in entering on the said office, he
Caesar C. Antoine (search for this): chapter 1
McEnery and General Penn, soldiers of local name, on one side; and William P. Kellogg, a lawyer from Illinois, and Caesar C. Antoine, a Negro porter, on the other side. Each party claimed the victory, and till the Chambers met no one could say h, not in open court, but in the Judge's lodgings, and exhibited a bill, setting forth a statement that, whereas he, Caesar C. Antoine, had been duly elected Lieutenant-governor of Louisiana, and whereas he had reason to expect embarrassment in enterdice of his claim to the said office of Lieutenant-governor. The persons named in the schedule as likely to prejudice Antoine's claims were one hundred and thirty-five in number. The first was Governor Warmoth. Next came the Secretary of State.l to his tools; yet President Grant has been compelled to own that the order made by Judge Durell on the application of Antoine was not only illegal but a grave mistake. Yet this illegal order was signed, and the grave mistake carried into full
nesday night. Next evening, Durell sent for him to his private lodgings on important business. Billings, an attorney acting for the scalawags, was sitting at Durell's table, writing out an order, whislative hall. Packard was to oust the Governor, seize the archives, and close the doors. When Billings had drawn and Durell signed his warrant, Packard left the two lawyers, ran to the barracks, got Kellogg feared alike the senators and the judges. But how was he to sweep them both aside? Billings, the unscrupulous attorney, who was acting in the Negro interest, proposed that Caesar Antoine,, not only on the Governor and the Chambers, but on the local courts. The scheme proposed by Billings was adopted and the Negro porter went before Judge Durell, not in open court, but in the JudgeStates Court to grant him an order restraining certain persons, named in a schedule prepared by Billings, from doing any act, from speaking any word, from giving any sign, in prejudice of his claim to
John Brown (search for this): chapter 1
m Illinois to New Orleans in search of fortune. Hundreds of his neighbours do the same, exchanging the frosts of Lake Michigan for the sunshine on the Gulf. He brought to New Orleans a carpet-bag, a glozing tongue, and a supply of sentiment. John Brown was his hero, and in company with John Brown's soul, he marched and chorused till a Negro caucus ran him for the local Senate. Lank and smooth, with sanctimonious garb and speech, he won the Negro heart, and got Republicans in Washington to mJohn Brown's soul, he marched and chorused till a Negro caucus ran him for the local Senate. Lank and smooth, with sanctimonious garb and speech, he won the Negro heart, and got Republicans in Washington to mark him as a man to carry out their plans. Kellogg was intriguing for the State senator's chair, when the more lucrative and dazzling prize of Governor swung before his eyes. The place is worth eight thousand dollars a year in gold. Except the Governor of Pennsylvania, who receives ten thousand dollars a year, the Governor of Louisiana has the highest pay of any governor in the United States. Governor Coke of Texas has only five thousand, Governor Houston of Alabama only four thousand-Governo
James B. Casey (search for this): chapter 1
ects in view at New Orleans; first, to secure the State vote for his second term as President; second to procure the State senatorship for his brother-in-law, James B. Casey. For either of these purposes Federal troops might be employed by an unscrupulous President; but Judge Durell was trying to get the Senatorship for Norton, and therefore unlikely to assist in bringing Casey to the front. Neither Governor Warmoth nor General McEnery could make it out. Against whom was Packard to march the Federal troops? Time solved the mystery. Stephen B. Packard got his telegram on Wednesday night. Next evening, Durell sent for him to his private lodgings on impoapitol. No living man, not even President Grant, pretends to think that order of Durell lawful, or those proceedings of Packard just. Durell had his reward. Casey withdrew from the contest for Senator, taking the snug and lucrative berth of Collector, while Durell's friend Norton was adopted by a scalawag county as their par
der was signed, and the grave mistake carried into full effect. These things were not only done in ignorance, but are maintained to-day, when the illegality is admitted, and the grave mistake denounced by President Grant himself. In fact, this order, hardly to be matched in absurdity by the edicts of Rio Jacques on the Senegal, governs the domestic politics of Louisiana to the present hour! If Judge Durell had not signed that order, the legislature of Louisiana would have met, and organized itself under Governor Warmoth. It is all but certain that Chambers freely organized would have found McEnery and Penn duly elected to the executive office. It is certain that the Supreme Court of Louisiana would have sustained that finding. Under a Conservative ruler, New Orleans might have found such peace as reigns in Charleston and Raleigh. Judge Durell's order gave the partisans of Kellogg an advantage over the citizens of Louisiana, and by Kellogg's act the reign of anarchy began.
sanctimonious garb and speech, he won the Negro heart, and got Republicans in Washington to mark him as a man to carry out their plans. Kellogg was intriguing for the State senator's chair, when the more lucrative and dazzling prize of Governor swung before his eyes. The place is worth eight thousand dollars a year in gold. Except the Governor of Pennsylvania, who receives ten thousand dollars a year, the Governor of Louisiana has the highest pay of any governor in the United States. Governor Coke of Texas has only five thousand, Governor Houston of Alabama only four thousand-Governor Ames of Mississippi only three thousand dollars a year. Besides his eight thousand a year, a Governor of Louisiana has perquisites and patronage worth more than double his official salary. If he wishes to make money fast, and feels no scruple as to means, the wealth of New Orleans, the commerce of the Gulf, are in his hands. Governor Warmoth is said to have found a fortune at the State House. T
o opposition was expected by those Courts. Judge Durell, the only Federal magistrate in Louisiana, employed by an unscrupulous President; but Judge Durell was trying to get the Senatorship for Nortohis telegram on Wednesday night. Next evening, Durell sent for him to his private lodgings on import close the doors. When Billings had drawn and Durell signed his warrant, Packard left the two lawyeesident Grant, pretends to think that order of Durell lawful, or those proceedings of Packard just. s adopted and the Negro porter went before Judge Durell, not in open court, but in the Judge's lodgejudice of his claims-for five clear days! Judge Durell granted him an order in the terms set down.een compelled to own that the order made by Judge Durell on the application of Antoine was not only ics of Louisiana to the present hour! If Judge Durell had not signed that order, the legislature ace as reigns in Charleston and Raleigh. Judge Durell's order gave the partisans of Kellogg an ad[4 more...]
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