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ta. G. BROWH, Editor and Publisher,
MISSISSIPPI : - Daniel E. Young,
LOUISIANA :-John A. Washington,
Black Hawk, Concordia Parish; Hon. G.
Y. Kelso, Alexandria; Antoine & Sterrett,
Shreveport, A. C. Ruth, Carroll Parish.
A. D.Green, Washington City.
ILLINOIS :--Lewis B. White, Chicago.
KENTUCKY:-Dr. R. A. Green, Louis
!''ET -I'. B. S. PINCHBACK of Orleans.
nnaEsrosNDiNO SEc' --J. W. FAIRFAX
EDWARD BUTLER, of Plaquemines.
S. S. SCHMIDT, of Orleans.
ALBERT GANTT, of St. Landry.
JOHN I'ARSON, of Orleans.
A. W. SMYTH, of Orleans.
I IBABY, of Natitoches.
DAVID YOUNG, Concordia.
F. J. HERRON, of Orleans.
First Congressional District--Hugh J.
cJ.ampbell, H. Mahoney.
Second Congressional District-A. E.
Barber, James L. Belden.
Third Congressional District-Thomas
H. Noland, George Washington.
Fourth Congressional District-E. W.
Dewees, Raford Blunt"
Fifth Con,,ressional District-A. W.
Famlkner, A. B. Harris.
lhon. HUGH J. CAMPBELL, Chair
lion. P. B. S. PINCHBACK.
lion. F. J. HIERIRON.
lion. A. It. HARRIS.
!in. A. E. BARBER.
Lion. F. J. HERRON.
ion. Ed. BUTLER.
lion. A. W. FAULKNER.
We wi!l be glad if you notify our
.ffice of any delinquency on the
part of our carrier, as cur arrange
ments are such that every issue of
our paper should be regularly de
,a-The thanks of the LotLSANIANs
:.re conveyed to Major William Vi
ners, chief clerk of the House ofI
It!pr sentatives, for quite a batch
of reports and other important
Stat(. documents.
" If the Congressional Investi- i
gatiug Coummittee had been empow
erc'l to extend its inquiries into the
origin and practice of lobbying bills
through our State Legislature since
18;, it would have unearthed the
record ileither very welcome norS
creditable to the leaders of "the P
people"' and "the reformers.'
Ya-The English people are be
coming so solicitous about the safe- t
ty of Dr. Livingston, the great ex- t
plorer of the interior of Africa that
a party of search are about to be
dispatched to the inhospitable re
gion,' to search for him. $21,000
have nalready been subscribed for
that 1l)0 os.
l~s "'( dohn't liamne the Gov
.rnor ,ni nit for demanding Flan
dler's blank esignation. As resigna- (C
tion is n~t among Flancer's virtues sj
ia is a good thing to be able to make tl
l virtueof necessity .,me'iames i
a"It will be remembered that g
Italy, BraUzil aud Switzerland were 8
empalowered to appoint each one ar- t1
hitrator on the Committee on the it
".\ldma' clai"ms. They have been (t
appointed and it is no* said that it
only one of them can read English. a
For the other two to intelligentl'y i
engsage in the uarbitration, every t
document n ill have to be translated 1'I
into some other language which all p
the Comnumissicners understand. The k
proceedings untder any circum- I
stances will laUi according to the c,
preseat formation of the Committee,
to be carried on in aforeigan tongue. ' n
r Packard breathed freer when he
learned tiat the Committe had gone
r to Washington. Packard isasweet
thing. He is obliged to write a
mantn New York to prove himself
uninterested in the pavement swin
dle, which bobbed up and then
bobbed down again three years ago.
Why he must send so far to get
info mation which could be got so
easily at home is not to be seen.
That unfortunate deputy who
loaned mattrasses and blankets out
of a vessel under seizure, that the
Wilderness Senators might rest
easily, is still "out of town." This
is sorrowful. A man who could
remain out of town so long and
withhold by such means Packard's
vindication of himself, must be
dead to all human consideration of
pity and sympathy.
The Pica!,une of yesterday did'nt
want the Congressional Committee
" to suspend its investigations here so
suddenly, as some citizens wished a
complete exposure of existing cor
ruption by an impartial inquest.
Besides this there are "five credita
ble persons in possession of unnoted
and important.information to be
published whose testimony has been
cut off by this departure." It may
be matter of some regret that these
"five" did not testify in New Or
leans, so that the Press artists might
touch up the coloring of the evid
ence a bit, but the fact that the
Committee will not sit in the Cus
tomhouse here, will scarcely affect
the testimony. Let us remind the
Picayune that these five burdened
and heavy laden gentleman can hie
away to Washington City, where
they will undoubtedly be permitted
to testify.
- The Grand Duke Alexis is
not much of a Republican, but he
is more a man of the people than
those who make professions of the
fact. While he is the Nations' guest
it is becoming to treat him with
courtesy. But the snobbery of
Messrs. Flanders and his fellow
workers is simply disgusting. We
abominate toadyism. A decent re
spect is the attribute of a gentle
man, but the fawning sycophant is
only entitled to our disgust.
IThe New Orleans Ti,,wes of
yesterday says :
"'Having successfully and merrily
passed through the Carnival, and
entered on the Lenten season, it be
hooves those who have solemn secu
lar duties to perform to enter upon
them with zeal and alacrity, and
prosecute them to a satisfactory con
clusion. This injunction is espe
cially applicable to our Governor
and Legislature, who have delayed
too long, to respond to the demand
of this people, for the repeal of acts
which deprive them of the rights of
Srepresentative republican govern
"The Lenten season," it is well I
Iknown, originated from the forty
days of peculiar significance and
sorrow in the history of Christ,
previous to his crucifixtion. Does
the Tine, mean to indicate to the
Legislature the propriety of remem
bering that this is their "Lenten
season?" If not so, we would like I
to know what other intelligible in
terpretation is to be placed on
its admonition. Whether so or not I
however, is this paper so destitute
of comparisons that it must drag
into its political mire, so beautiful
and so touching a subject as the
"Lenten season ?"
lTThen receit fight with the i
sional committee is simply another t
triumph for the Administratlon.
The animosity of the Fags springs
like all the baser passions from un
gratified ambition to plunder and
s~teal from the public coffer. It is
the war of the lobby and has spread
its deadly breaches so wide that it I
tlhreatened without check to eat up '
the whole State. The Governor
aided by the Lieutenant Governor C
will fight this lobby until it dies c
the death that dogs die-in a ditch. I
The lobby shall not rule. The]
peoplle's government, not the bro- t
kelrs' government, must stand. iL
TIhiting upon the same platform all t
colors, ail c,,nditions of men, the I
Republican party will triamph- e
never fear. I
e -
e The return of Mardi Gras on
t Tuesday last was the oeoasion of the
a inest and most artistic displays of
If such galas as is almost possible. It
L- is difficult to describe the whole
n scene. Long before mid-day the
. principal throughfares were cram
it med with a bustling mass of huma
o nity moving to and fro. Masked
1. men, women and children of every
o degree and condition of life doubtless
it bustled up and down, in every ima
e ginable kind of grostesqueness and
t transformations. The vicinity of
s Clay statue at the foot ofSt. Charles
d street, on Canal street, was partica
d larly thronged.
a At 3 o'clock 'p. M. precisely a
e salute was fired at the foot of Canal
f street and the procession marchel,
up St. Charles street. The line was
formed in a far too orderly and re
gular manner for such an occasion
of pure revelry and unrestrained
mirth ; but as a procession, it was
t eminently a success.
e The day was remarkably fine,
while the sun shone out in the
astrength of his rays.
The evening followed the day in
evident good nature. It was a
beautiful time. And the happy
thousands who after the Carnival
disappeared, took a brief respite
° within doors, again rushed forth
f "soon as the evening shades" pre
e vailed. Every available standing
ground was occupied, and the an
txious enquiry heard from many a
lip, where will they start from? In
vain however where such enquiries
- for the mystery could not be solved.
t Again however St. Charles street
and vicinity were the scenes of at
I traction and the curious tens of
thousands whose interest had been
3 excited by the high promises fairly
I jammed up every spot of ground long
before 9 o'clock. Shortly after this
hour the cry "they're coming" and
the sounds cf music and the increase
of light in the streets indicated their
approach. And soon the Mystic
Krew wended their way down St.
Charles street. The procession
halted in front of the City Hall
where the Grand Duke and his par
ty were assembled and civilities were
passed and the calvacade resumed
its march. All on its way along the
route, it was witnessed and justly
admired by many thousands of
spectators. The tableaux were of
the most gorgeous and elaborate
and classic description. The prin
cipal representations were of charac
ters of the Homeric period and de
picted some of the leading charac
ters mentioned in the Iliad, the
masterpiece of the father of poetry ;
while others, though different, were
of a remarkably interesting kind and
completed one of the grandest
pageants witnessed in the city for
many, many years.
The prooes ion paraded through
several streets and then disappeared
in the new Varieties Theatre, where
appropriate amusements were
doubtless continued.
Tuesday will however be long re
membered. The continuation of a
set of favorable circumstances all
contribute] towardi rendering it
not able.
iThe Repulican asks a dis
agreeably ditfficult question of the
Committee of fifty-one. It wantse
to know how they can claim to re- I
present the people when there is not
a colored man, nor a sound white
Republican among them? How
could you ? As we are sometimes
good at guessing we will hazard a
solution of the problem. They
mean the re.sprable people; and as
they don't include negroes and
white Republicans in this class, of
course they bridge the gulf by
ignoring them in any calculation of
representation. The recent "Wil-i
derness' and Bay St. Louis affl!ia
tions to the contrary notwithstand
aiiP" ill the true Representatives
of the people in the General As
sembly permit this shilly shally
much longer when Democrats de
feat Republican measures ? Have I
we the schools provided for ? The
next election anticipated, or any
other necessary work doLe ? We
charge the Democrats with the res
pousibility of defeating reform
movements by their frivolous and c
useless course. When will Repub- t
licans have the manhood not to is- ,t
ten to or obey the suggestions of t
Democrats, who, "hkd they the pow ,
er, would put every colored man in l
the gutter. Id
-0-------.I-- _~---
Arrival at New Orleans
e The steamer James Howard, with
a this distinguished Prince and suite
- on board, came within a few miles
of this city on Sunday night and
I rested. On Monday morning she
y came to the city and landed the
a ducal party.
The Grand Duke was tendered
I the freedom and hospitality of the
I city by Mayor Flanders, and shortly
s after left the boat and went to the
- St. Charles Hotel and took apart
ments engaged previously.
s An immense crowd assembled on
1 the levee to catch a glimpse at "the
, Grand Duke," and a number follow
a ed the carriage after itleft the land
- ing to feast their eyes with the
i sight.
Travelling for personal entertain
s ment, and not investing his visit
with that official surrounding which
not unfrequently marks the travels
e of Princes and Rulers, there seems
to have been no programme drawn
for levees or receptions, and there
i was doubt as to how and when he
could be seen. The anxious pub
1 lie had not long to wait, however,
for an occasion to see his Royal
Highness. The Mardi Gras Carni
. val and the Mystic Crew of Comus
coming off on Tuesday, furnished
. the opportunity.
The city authorities had erected
a platform in front their hall, and
provided suitable accommodation
outside the building we suppose in
vited the Grand Duke and suite to
the present. At the proper hour
they took their assigned positions.
Shortly afterwards several State
dignitaries apeared and the intro
duction of Governor Warmoth
Lieutenant Governor Pinchback and
other notables took place.
The Carnival passed and s Royal
Highness after enjoying a complete
and doubtless satisfactory view of
the pageant quitted the stand, and
the papers say, at the suggestion
of the Mayor left the Hall by a side
door and s3 was sent out of view
of the crowd, whose only desire was
to look at a distinguished stranger.
But not so thought the manipu
latars of the unfortunate Duke. He
must neither see nor be seen, and
he was, therefore, driven down to
quiet and neglected streets to his
apartments, whether with the ap
prehensions of murderous pursu
ers, or to escape assassination, per
haps the Mayor understands. In
the evening, however, H. R. H. was
again tempted to the same spot to
witness the procession of the Mystic
Krew of Comus, when an oppor
tunity was again afforded to gazers
to look at Alexis.
The Duke and his party after
wards visited two or three of the
city theatr'es where balls were in
full blast.
Yesterday the consuls of the vari
ous nations represented here, called
at the St. Charles Hotel to pay the
usual compliments to the scion of a
power on friendly relations with
The stay of His Royal Highness
and Suite will extend to about ten
days, we understand, and there is
no doubt the polite and hospitable
people of New Orleans will render
his visit agreeable and satisfactory.
ay-We copy elsewhere an article
from the New Orleans Repulkdn'
headed Pinchback vs. Walker, in
which the point is well made by
our cotem. against Judge Walker.
The incident related by the RPiepub
ican is one specially worthy of re
collection, principally as an illustra
tion of the gross inconsistency of
some people. Judge Walker claims
to be a man anxious for the oblivion
of the past between the colored and
white people of the State, and wel
;suggest that if he and his kindred[
thinkers would be just to our race, -
accord to us those rights and privi
leges to which we are entitled,
and not falsely characterize our re
presentative men, they would do
*a great deal towards the accom
plishment of their much desired
-Wanted to know. The address i
of the fire when it goes out. Whether I
the edge of a sharp wind is keener <
thana cutting satire. Whether a I
treble singer does three times as =
much as another. And whether a I
lawyer even fainted under the bar- I
den of conveying a house. It
By a happy chance, Lieutenant
Governor Pinchback was enabled
to make his personal explanation
in regard to the "heavy swearing"
done against him before the con
k greesional committee, in the presence
e of the honorable gentlemen them
e selves, they visiting the Senate while
d Mr. Pinchbeck was on the floor.
e That he most favorably impressed
e the congrmesional visitors, both as
to his ability and honest devotion
d to the Republican party, is not left
e to conjecture; and that he convinced
y them, too, of the cordial support
e rendered to the State administration
by the greater and better portion of
the colored people of Lonisimaa, is
a also a fact.
e We much regret, however, that
he did not more fully elucidate his
- relations and associations with
e Judge Walker, of our virtuous con
temporary the Times. Here was
an opportunity to expose a fair
t sample of the evidence given to the
h test of sincerity and consistency.
a We admit the witness under dis
a cussion is a "blatant Democrat,"
a and that his "outrageous state-'
e ments" were made for "political
e capital;" but without more explicit
- definition how were the gentlemen
, from Washington toae convinced
I these aecusations are true? The
- Lieutenant Governor should have
s explained that at about the very
I date Judge Walker swears his
belief that he (Pinchbeck) was "an
I infamous character," this same
I Judge Walker and this identical
1 'infamous character," sat cosily side
- by side at an excursion party, ate
and drank at the same table in ut
r most amity and with mutual ad
miration of each other's good qual
a ities, and that the jolly Judge ap
- parently considered it no disgrace
Sto stroll, linked arms, up Canal
I street with and drink at the Maison
Blanche at the expense of the "in
I famous" Pinchbeck. When a man's
a preaching and practice conform, he
f is entitled to some consideration,
I and it is due the congressional com
a mittee, who wanted to be just and
honest, that this little discrepancy
in the Judge should be made mani
We are glad the Tieutenant Gov
ernor expressed publicly what we
before knew to be his intention, of
soon going before the people of the
entire State to defend not only his
own conduct, but that of the party,
in which he takes so marked a place,
from the unjust accusations of both
their natural Democratic foes and
of the traitor Republicans who have
joined them.
N. O. Republican.
We lately read in that great and
most worthy organ of the Ku Klux
Democracy of Louisiana, "The
Times" an article on "Flowers" evi
dently written by old Bigny, the
chief editor thereof; whose peculiar
style is easily identfied; too prosaic
for poetry and too poetical for prose.(
Now, old Bigny pretends to be a
poet, but writes poetry of the kind i
Horace described which neither I
Gods nor men can endure, and
which nobody but himself ever at
tempted to read, and how he mana- i
ged to survive the herculean task, I
will always remain one of the great- I
est marvelsof the age. Now, we I
would suggest to the aforesaid poet,
the said old Bigny,-that he at once
write an article on "Weed," & he
need not turn up his blue nose at
our suggestion, which is eminently
timely and proper, because, though i
he obviously knows nothing about t
flowers; he has had abundant oppor- i
tunity to stady weeds; having one
constantly before him;-a gigantic
weed of Yankee origin, an exotic in I
our clime; but which flourishes lux-i
uriantly upon a danghill of treason a
and disloyalty, and spreads its bale- a
ful influence around, almost as fat
al in its effects as the fabled Upas,
-which it resembles in most re- I
spects; flourishing by the destruc- I
tion of all around and tainting the
very atmosphere in which it sprea, , a
with a poison, as fatal as it is subatile,
and an efluvia, as noxious, as it is  t
dangerous. a
Come old man give us an casy i
upon "weeds," and we will agree not
to believe the curidus story current i
here,--that aman condemned to i
death for murder, on his way to the i
gallows and with the same in full i
sight, refused the pardon offered i
him, by that wicked wag and grim t
humorist, the Governor, on condi- a
tion that he should read, without <
musang a iag line,-your velume
of poetry;Indi tlyssy Drive
t on the et, drive on! T prefer hang
I ing a thousand times, to the far
o greater torture of readiang-a whole
" volume of old Bigney's poetry.
- Drive on, drive on! of the two great
e evils of course, I prefer the least;
- whieh is hanging, by all odds Drive
e on! I am not afraid to facedeath:but
a whole volume of old Bigney's poe
a try No! ten thaesadn times No. ! ! I
a Plequemie Repu ioasn.
t One of the great evils of Texas
n journalism is, that the State has at
f least twice as many papers as she
will support. She could support
the number she now has, but she
t does not, and, judging the future
by the past, she will not. There
arn several reasons for this. The
South has never been educated to
support newspapers. The lack of
r the proper appreciation of the pow
er and value of jonrnalism is one of
the curses entailed upon the coun
try by her old slavery system and
slavery civilization. Under that
system and civilization, the masses,
1 in a great measure, took their opin
ions of public affairs, and cast their
votes, according to the opinions
and wishes, and, too often, the dic
tation, of wealthy plenters, and the
politicians their interests, whims,
or prejudices led them to support.
People thus led had no particular
use for newspapers. And then, the
South not being a free school conn
1 try, there was not sufficient educa
tion and taste for hterature and
culture, to cause newspapers to be
sought after. The same classes,
equally as poor, and having to
work harder to make a living, in the
North, and in Europe, read news
papers eagerly, and highly valued
them, because popular education
had disseminated a taste for read
ing and a thirst for knowledge.
The old political leaders of the
South did not care to have the
masses of the voters to read and
think for themselves, any more than
they cared to have the colored peo
ple educated. Their philosophy
was that they could obtain the de
sired votes out of the whites, and
the desired field work out of
the blacks, with less trouble, in the
uneducated state. The writer of
this article is an old Southerner,
"to the manner born," and knows
the truth of what is here stated.
An!t this state of things demoralized
the wealthy and cultivated men of
the South in relation to journalism.
Having no use for newspapers to
inculcate opinions and carry elec
tions among the masses, because
the work could be done in an eas
ier manner as above stated, they
had no urgenb motive and no
moving inspiration for the develop
ment of a popular and powerful
journalism. Thinking men at the
South foresaw the ultimate weak
ness which this depreciation of
journalism would bring about, and
many of them, the writer of this
article among them, as long as
twenty years ago, spoke and wrote
and labored earnestly in behalf of
the building up of a strong South
ern journalism. But it was like
the voice of the prophet prophesy
ing in the valley of dry bone, only
that the wind from heaven did not
blow, and the dry bones did not
live. And the same old spirit lives
in the Democracy of Texas and the
South to-day.
During the last fifty years thee
Democracy has made a record in i
history to this effect, that where she i
reigns, free schools, popular educa
tion, independent individual think
ing and voting, popular and power
ful journalism, and energy and en
terprise in bailding railroads and I
manufacturies, and in all internal 4
improvements, public and private, I
are not to be found. These things
are patent to every intelligent and
candid mind, and to none more so
thln to those Southern men who
have spent their lives in laboring
for the popularization of public
education, journalism, literature,
Sand culture in the Sooth.
Knowing, as such men do, that"
the lack of these blessed influencese
among the poor men of the South1
is due to the paralyzing power of
"this body of death," the night-mare
Democracy; knowing, as such men
do, that this has been the case dur- i
ing the past, and that this intelleet
Ually, spiritually, and mocially damn
ing power still strnuggles to main
tain the hold of it" deathly arms I
aronad the necks of the souls ol 1
-r people, and to keep them I
choked ito a state o
pended maimatio. for fif
" to come; knowing all these
r as these Seuthern men do,
) pitiful it is to see the
. of the poor men of the South
t ing with and for the men who
kept them, their fathers, and
fathers in mental servitude for
t pears past, and who are seeki
- keep them, their children, and
I grand children in mental sr
for Afty years to come!
But, full justice compe' ,
say that the sparse poptio
the South, and the consequent
roads, long distances, and iu,
mail facilities, added to the
tunats influences already ment
have greatly retarded the
journalism in the South. ]D).
B difficulties were not the raa
B in the way of our journalia
B And now, in Texas, alli
interested in the developtq
our home journalism, should at
to avoid the influences whicehh
been its bane in the past, ai
- should also discourage the mai
multiplication of our newsp9a
Again, it is useless to supporp
pers which are not edited with
dustry, ability and taste. A.ddt
r is the case with the majority of ac
interior weeklies. The majority]
this class of papers in Texas ad
a the South, and also in the North to
a less extent, are not worth any
thing to intelligent readers.
r -Columbia, (S. C.) Us
Some one writes to as tt heis
studying at a law school that be.
a sides knowledge of law, he i de
. sirous of attaining the art of om
I tory, and he asks that we will gai
a him such advice as our experiea
may suggest.
We can hardly hope to be 4
much service to the inquirer. 4
do not know his temperaments
I disposition, his attainments, 4
habits, all of which would modd
any instructions likely to be of be
nefit. It is personal and peculia
advice that each man needs, and
that must be given by some one
who knows the circumstances d
the applicant.
Some general Xints; appieable to
all young aspirants for public spe
ing, may answer a good end.
1. The earlier one beg.. the
practice of public speaking tle'a4
ter. For although the gift, in pint
of fact, developes fate in lifW, it a
only in the case of those who havt
a strong, though, it may be, dcnn
ant talent for it. No man ha
learned any art until he can practic
it spontaneously, without conaciao
volition. If this proves true -
music, in drawing, in the dance, a
graceful posturing, it is even men
apparent in oratory. Parents mi
teachers should encourage childrh
to narrate, to converse-for stury
telling and fluent conversation are
essentially of the same nature a
2. The habit of thinkinug on one'
feet is invaluable. Oret oratioDs
may be prepared with elab!ortitn
and study, not alone in their si
stance, but in form. Such we know
to have been the preparation do
orations which continue to bd red
from age to age.
But for the purpose of ~ cri5
life one must be qualified to S1pea
well without laborious preparation
of language, and this can only ib
done when one can command his
thoughts in the face of an audience.
The faculty of doing this is greatly
helped by early and persistent prna
tice. Aspirants for oatorical hon
ors, without neglecting the ie"vR
preparation of th3 study for e-p
cial occasions, shiuld lse : no oP
portunity of speiaking of!-h~.
One should not be downcast "
failures. They are often far bet'
for the student than succe.sse
who goes to sdhool tC his nuist3
will always have a ,good ·chb
master, and will not LH' like!Y't
become either idle or conrueited.
3. Public speaking mn·eans b
ness, or ought to. Although the
is a great deal of fancy tall.g
after-dinner speeches, co ,p!C!5.
tary speeches, and religious exh'
ations, all of which are utta
fill up time, yet public •p •kii, "
its noblest aspect, is an attempt
gain some definite and importole
end by the use of reason and per
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