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e-ground and the cotton-field.
A few can read print, and scratch their names; not many can do either; while only three or four can express their meaning in decent English words.
Most of them are so poor and ignorant, so vain and shifty, that Kellogg dares not trust them in the streets and grog-shops.
New Orleans, a gay and rattling town, is rich in drinking-bars and galling hells-places in which men like Pinchback serve apprenticeships.
These bars and hells have dangerous fascinations for Mose and Pete, Negroes fresh from the cotton-fields, and eager to enjoy their freedom in a great metropolis.
Spies bring in news to the State House, that clever and unscrupulous men are dealing with the Negro senators.
Cousins, the Negro member for St. Tammany, is said to have been kidnapped — in the street and carried to a distant part.
His vote is lost-a set-off to the one false Conservative.
Other Negroes are said to be spending their dollars and getting drunk.
Kellogg perceives that he
deserted corner of the town, from which the tides of life and trade have long since ebbed away.
The stench reminds you of Dieppe, the dominoes and billiards of Bayonne.
Yet this French quarter used to be a fashionable lounge, where ladies flirted, duellists fought, and senators ruled.
The Rue St. Louis was an afternoon drive for belles and beaux, where sparkling Creoles ruined their admirers with a smile; but since that period fashions have changed, and everyone now lodges at the Hotel St. Charles.
The once fashionable hotel has sunk into a State capital; one wing of the old hostelry being turned into an executive office, and a deserted dining-room into a legislative hall.
By Kellogg's orders, planks are nailed across the doors and windows, and secured by iron stanchions.
Barricades are thrown across St Louis Street, and the main entrance of the hotel is closed.
One door — a back door in Royal Street — is left open.
Inside and out the State House is strengthened to resist a
f him — a man who brings them no substantial gain, and lays them open to reproach of Caesarism.
To Kellogg's last appeal for help, the President wired, impatiently: It is exceedingly unpalatable to use troops in anticipation of danger; let the State authorities be right, and then proceed with their duties.
Other critics, also of his own party, show as much impatience as the President.
Colonel Morrow, a Republican officer, is travelling through the country, and reporting on affairs to General Sherman.
Morrow reports, according to his observation, that the South is loyal to the Union, but opposed to scalawags and carpet-baggers.
The Republican majority in Congress, scared by the November elections, have appointed a committee to visit New Orleans and look into the state of things.
Three members of this committee, Foster of Ohio, a Republican, Phelps of New Jersey, a Republican, and Potter of New York, a Democrat, are in the city taking evidence, and the two Republicans hardly hide