Unless the accounts are much exaggerated, the state of Louisiana
is that of unorganized civil war. White society is honeycombed with secret associations, whose members carry arms and bind themselves to put down negroes, while the Blacks seem to have but a feeble idea of law. 'Ile Governor, General Warmouth, has been compelled to apply to Washington for Federal aid, and has been ordered to use his soldiers at discretion, but to report every instance of such use to the President. The State Legislature has passed a Bill making any military organi- zation without the consent of the Governor illegal—a Bill the constitutionality of which is very doubtful—and it will probably be necessary to hold some counties by regular military force, as the whole South ought to have been for a few years.