28 POLITICAL s civil status, the child of a plebeian f.ithrr nr ninthrr mi^ht be created consul without offence a^anM r«-tij:i«»« Thr snci.il feeling respecting intermarriage, in wJiiHt tin* tul$ plebeian alone could have hat! a great intctxM, *<ii.ililr*l iln-m i«» carry their point The other intiM; have M»»«M fMllmvr*!, hut fur a proposal that met with success that military liiJmwH with consular impcriuin shwihl be the chief m»p Uau " MI UK place of consuls. This may be rrg.wlnl, jirrhajis as a * "Mjm between the parties, fur members iifrilhrr rmml hit iln* of military tribune in the army, Bui- u-hai ^h»»us itutthc concession was wrung from the patrician parly rwryilting about this magistracy wan left at loose cmK » the smatc was to make a decision every year whether tin: chief magistrates should be tribunes with consular powrr, ur *nnsnU, The former had this to recommend it, that the cxig^iKir1* ^»f war might require the presence of both consuls w the lirM, and the military tribunes — three, aft :rwai tin six in iiumb«*r, thra six for each legion— had been officer* uf the army ftom the oldest time. Yet the grant of Jw/*rtH*«t t«» limn, an they might be plebeians, was a giving up of the patrician |«»imt, a* far as thi non-military imptrmm was cunccrnril. Hut had no right of triumph, and in some ulhcr respects below the consuls in dignity, The office of consular tribunes continued from 310 to 387, IL CM with some interruptions of years when ccmnul* were appointed. Of these years two-and-twenty had consuls, and fifty-one military tribunes for the chief magiitratc*, The greater part of the time patrician* won the election*, which seems to show that the poorer plebeians cared litllt? about re- warding the wealthier men of their order with places ; to them the disability was of little value.* Early in this period (prob, in 31 1, U, c.f or in 319), the pa- tricians managed, by separating from the consulship the function of holding the census, to constitute a new, very im* *Comp. I* Unge, i, § 76, Mommsen, Hist* L» 3741 Staat** &, x» § 165-1 7Si for the consular tribune*.