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Louisiana Corruption

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From the N. Y. World. For the past week ex-Governor Wmmoth has heen stopping at the Pii'th Avenue Hotel. His presencie in this city is in response t.o u personal business uffair and not in connection with politics. Yesterday niorning a Wtirli reporter obtained hú views on the pohtical sitinition in Louisiana and the teeling in tht State règardiug the third term. The ox-Governor conversed treoly on these topics. Ho said that he had retired permantiutly trom politics, and if he could preveut ït, uo consideration will ver induce hiiu to lueddle again with politics in any manuer. " What is the feeling in your State regarding the third terui f "Grant, who is undoubtedly a. cnndidatu for renomination, will receivc tlie support of the entire Domocracy not only of my State, but of overy State in the Routli wheiein negro rule and carpetbaggers hold the governmental powers. That is, on oondition that he helps them to regain the control of thüir respective States." "What do you think Grant's platform will be r" " I don't know. In the South it is a matter of little consequence. All they want ís his assistance m ridding themselves of negro rule, and if' he promises that they will support him not only for a tliird term, but for a fonfth inri ftfth term if neoessary." "Are they so partial to Grant as tuiit" " It ia not a partiality to Grant. The Southern people don't care the snap of their finger who is Presideut of the United States, or who is in Congress, as long as the hoinfl governments are managed by theuiselves." " What is to be tho President's policv towards the South in the future '?" " His policy will undoubtedly be o'ne of conciliation. He will prevent Federal interference at elections, and when he does tht you may rely that the State goveruinents will be wrested from tho hands of the corruptible set that are now in power." "What aborit the civil rights'r " "Oh, '. Grant is, without question, opposed to that : and there he makes a hit with the Southern people. I have uo doubt that, even should that bill pass Congress, he would voto it unoonditionally." " His not his oppo8Ítion to civil rights and his rofusal to send troops to carry the Vicksburg election ereated a favorable imprcssion with the Southern Dttrnrtcraoy i" " Uudoubtodly. It is lookcd upon as an indication of his future policy towards tho South, and if he continúes to c;irry it out he will receive thuir support. Any other man who can gnarantee what they ask will bo just as aoceptable as Grant. They have 110 choice in the matter, and will only support the man who will rodeem their State goveruments fioni tht hands of th; lasnally carpet-biiggers and negroes." " Is there any truth about th(; organization of white leagues ?" " Yes, sir ; they are forming all over the South ; and to my personal knowledge a arge nuraber are in existence in the Btate I come trom." "Is danger to be approhended from hese white leagues ?" "Yes; there is great dttsger to be apprehended. It will lead to bloodshed and war of races. Tho negroes have no one to blame but tbeinselves. The Southern whites have by every means endeavored to gain their co-operation, but they have rejected every offer and pursued a policy towards the whites which has created a lasting bitterness and hatrod on the part of the latter." "Are you of the opiuion that the Kellogg party in your State will carry the coming election ?" " If Orant continúes his policy of noninterference in Southern politics the Democrat8 will defeat the Custom-House ítang. Should he, however, support the Kellogg party, as he has done heretofore with Federal bayonets and the United States Marshal's inachinery, they will sweep the State. But the after cousequences will be terrible. Kellogg, Casey, and the company would ccrtainly pay the penalty with their lives, and the feeling existing between whites and blacks would be brought to a bloody climax." Speaking of the Post-Office defalcation atnounting to $40,000, which ocourred under Lowell, now Speaker of the Assembly, Governor Warmoth said, "Mr.Lowell is not a friend of mine, yet I do not hold him guilty. The money was taken by hia subordinates, for whom he was responsible. He wbs negligent in his management of the Post-Offiee affairs, and I tbink the defalcation was cotuniitted without his knowledge. He has settled with the United States Goverrunent by the payment of $7,000."


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