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Congressional Edition Volume 1767

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...opened. It was thonght to be a trick to get that poll thrown ont. There was a good deal of talk abont it, and a good many voters left that poll to vote elsewhere. There were two other polls in that police-jury ward, and a good many of the voters at our poll went over to them. After that, the key not being had, we got tired waiting, and at last opened the poll and commenced receiving votes. Mr. Blackburn. Well, sir, keep on. Witness. Well, then the voting commenced. After having had twenty or more votes cast, a colored man presented himself to vote, and, to my surprise, asked the depnty sheriff, who was iuside, for his certificate. I noticed that the depnty sheriff had a bundle of certificates in his pocket, at least twenty-five or thirty. He pulled them ont and commenced to examine them, and laid them down on the table opposite, and after some little time he handed the colored man one of these registration-certificates. I observed on seeing it that it was badly mntilated and torn. The man auswered, "Well, boss, I didu't tear it." I said, " I have no blame to attach to you; bnt you see this registration-certificate don't look like it onght to." Finally, I gave up endeavoring to make it ont and determined, as I saw no frand, to let the man vote. I asked him his name, and he said it was on the certificate. I called ont the name on the certificate; it was Sam Walker. I said to him, " You are Sam Walker 1" "Yes, sir," he said. "Then pnt in your ticket," said I. I had no doubt whatever of the valne of the negro's word, and thonght ho was acting entirely square, thongh he was a little flnttered and nervous-looking. He pnt in his ticket and handed the certificate to be written on; bnt just at that... Hide synopsis

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