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rioter into jail. “ That was an act of justice.” “The rioters must be arrested,” said the Press of New Orleans the morning after the massacre. “The peace of the city must be preserved. The city authorities must be sustained."
In another cell lay the Rev. Mr. Jackson, who had been beaten with clubs, stabbed, and left to die by his enemies. His groans were heard by a friend of suffering humanity, in time to save him from bleeding to death from his terrible wounds.
In another cell, John Henderson, a member of the Convention of 1864 and 1866, who had so nobly opposed Judge Abell in his attacks upon Constitutional liberty, lay mortally wounded, arrested as one of the rioters."
In a distant part of the city lay the lifeless body of a German Federal officer. Captain Loup in the morning said to his wife, “ There is no Government I cherish as this Republic.”
That noble German was sacrificed for his love of the American Republic. “So much for your uniform,” was the cry of his rebel murderers, as they dealt their death blows. The lifeless body of Captain Loup was carried home in a cart followed by a mob. It was thrown upon the floor before his loving wife. She lay unconscious of her woe, beside the lifeless form of her beloved husband, with her children clinging to their widowed mother. The mob tore from her person-her watch and rings—tokens of affection given her by her husband. Captain Loup did not live to be arrested by the “reconstructed.”
Revenge, no doubt, was sweet to Judge Abell, Mayor Monroe, and other officials, acting under new “recon
struction measures. These traitors reposed that night in the calm conviction, “that the civil authorities had been sustained,” and the “conflict of races menced with so little loss to "our cause."
DR. DOSTIE'S DEATH.
On the morning of the 30th of July, 1866, Dr. Dostie went to the Mechanics’ Institute, conscious that his enemies desired his destruction. With no faith in Andrew Johnson, the unrepentant rebels, the City authorities, or the authorized bands of policemen; upon the military alone he relied.
Said he, “my enemies may assassinate me as they have often threatened, but the Convention has nothing to fear in presence of the United States army.” Dr. Dostic was closely watched by the conspirators. He had been so surrounded by the snares of his enemies, that whatever movement he made, whichever direction he took seemed a step towards death.
« Dostie is marked !" “ Dostie will never make another speech !" “Dostie shall never come out of the Mechanics' Institute alive!" with many similar expressions were proof that his destruction was the aim of the conspirators. He was an impediment to the plans of rebels in New Orleans. “ We now have Dostie and his Convention friends where we want them,” said Lucien Adams and his band of policemen, as they saw their systematic organizations ready for action. An alarm was given by bells—such as had been ordered by Monroe when General Butler approached the city in 1862—and five hundred armed policemen, and companies of firemen armed and equipped for murderous action, combined with a mob of citizens, rushed from different parts of the city to Mechanics’ Institute, to commence their massacre upon its defenceless victims. Upon hearing confusion in the street, a gentleman said to Dr. Dostie, “A policeman has fired upon a negro, he is begging for mercy.” He replied, “we cannot prevent it, we are defenceless."
When the mob rushed to the Convention room, Dr. Dostie forgetful of self, exclaimed to the excited crowd within, "Be quiet and seat yourselves upon the floor, we shall soon be protected by the military. The United States flag waves over us."
When the mob commenced firing upon the members of the Convention and its friends, he said, “What do you want ? Have you an order of arrest? render," "They will kill us. We had better try and save ourselves," said a friend. Dr. Dostic replied, "I am wounded; we will beg for protection."
He went to the door where he met the infuriated mob and asked them to spare his life. He was knocked down by a brick-bat and shot-dragged down stairs by the hair of his head and thrown upon the pavement. Citizens and policemen gathered around the seemingly lifeless body of their victim and thrust it with their swords. Urged on by the mob, news-boys pierced his head with penknives. The chivalry shot and stabbed him, and shouted for Jefferson Davis and Andrew Johnson. Said an eye witness to this scene, General Alfred L. Lee, an officer of Cavalry under Banks and Sheridan:
“There was a noble man who represented the Radical sentiment of the city-Dr. Dostie. He was not a member of the Convention, but he was in the hall; he was struck with a brick and knocked down. Policemen were standing near, but instead of arresting the assaulter they stepped up to Dr. Dostie and deliberately fired into the body of the defenseless man. A citizen standing by, drew his sword from his cane and thrust it into his body. Still the doctor was not dead, and was dragged by the police. through the crowd and placed in a common dirt cart. I saw this myself. One policeman sat on his body and one sat near his head. The poor man attempted to raise his head, and I saw the policeman lift his revolver and strike him on the face.”
Said another eye witness, an Ex-Major General in the United States army:
“I saw four policemen bear out the seemingly lifeless body of Dr. Dostic, (an carnest, sincere patriot, a preeminent Free Mason, and a gentleman against whose character no true charge was ever brought) his head hung down till it almost dragged upon the pavement, blood was streaming from his wounds, and marking the path by which he was borne. Around his inanimate form the mob rushed and blasphemed. At last a cart was reached and the body thrown in; before it was reached several blows had been rained upon the bleeding body. The news flew among the rioters that Dostie was killed, the tidings were received with cheers and expressions of positive delight. “Yes,' said the reconstructed all over the city: ‘Dostie has fought our cause for years, and now we have our revenge.'
Another rioter had been arrested and must be taken