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Saturday, . August - 1, 1896.
P. . STRICKER, X. D.,
Omce at Campbell & C3hase Drug
Store on Levee street.
C. S. WTLT,
ttorneey at Lraw.
Lake Providence, La.
Practices In State and Federal Couerts
CLIFTON F. DAVIS,.
A. ttorney at Ltaw,
Lake Providence, La.
At Judge Montgomery's law office.
W. D. BELL,
Burgeon and Practicing Pysician.
(Obstetrics a specialty.)
Will respond to all calls, day or night.
Office at Bernard drug store. lesidence
rext to Metodist Chure
Payment for medical services must
be made at the close of each month
Local and Parish News.
Services every first and third Sunday of
the month, at 11 a. m. and 8 p. m.
H. W. KNICKERBOCKER. Pastor
The long drouth continues.
The river is rising at this point.
No rain yet, and it continues hot.
The price of chickens have gone up.
That free ferry should be worked
The cotton is deteriorating every
Health in town and country is very
The Hill store has a very pretty
We are into August, end another
Attend the Firemen's meeting Mon
day night. -
Services at the Episcopal Church
Follow the crowd and you will wind
up at White's.
It is said East Carroll is full of
sound money men.
A newspaper man has a hard time
to please every one I
That first bale of cotton has yet to
make its appearance.
ColE. W. Constant was up bright
and early on Monday.
We regret to learn that Mr. Z. Gol
denburg continues unwell.
It is said that a tax sale taking place
after 12 o'clock vitiates the title.
The military boys all looked fagged
out from their trip to Lake Charles.
Royal Powell went up to Arkansas
on Tuesday to attend a .big barbecue.
Town has been exceedingly dull
this week. Nothing doing whatever.
Cotton is opening very fast, and the
fall trade will begin earlier than
We heard a prominent planter say
this week that the cotton stalks were
We regret to learn that Miss Nannle
Davis has been sick with chills and
The town ie rather quiet as far as
business is concerned; but improve
Mrs. Gee. F. Blackburn left for
Houston, Texas, on Tuesday to join
The Hon. City Dads will convene in
regular monthly session on Wednes
day night next.
Several wells have been driven by
the cltiaens of town on account of their
cisterns being dry.
U. 8. assistant engineer Phil Long
has returned after a few weeks spent
at his home In Alabama.
Its all right when some other fel.
lows toe is stepped on, but when its
your own, there is a squeal.
When the mercury gets up to a
hundred in the shade its pretty hot.
It has bben there this week.
Several of our friends have asked
us wby Tom Davis is makoing such
frequent trips to Mayersville.
The concrete foundation for White's
store has been put down, and on
Monday work will be started in earn
Mis Eliae Holmes, one of Green
ville's pretty young ladies, is visiting
Miss Julla Coleman on Sparrow
A large number of colored people
from the MeCulloch place were in
town on Monday as witneases before
Mesrs. P. D. Quays and C. A. Voel
. ker were in town on Wednesday anad
gave s a sall. They had been out to
look at Baxter bayou bridge.
A meeting of the stockholdori of the
Lake Providence Telegraph Co., sle
called-to meet at the oslee of lion.
J. K Ranadel! at 10 a. m. oe Friday,
Sherit Donn has erected a tele
phone line from hise reesidence eon the
lake to his deee and thrence to the
drg storo. HIe will Mad it a great
Mr. F. B. itll, of the iarm of Hull
Bro,. contractors, who have teo s.
tract for tiq ereotioo of the hm4aola
store of Mr . W N. White, rerwid ia
twn on Sundy last as d kat)F.ft5 on
- ateda.v.m ,orfing.
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the hat for summer.
Physicians everywhere prescribe
Live Oak Rye, and professional men
use it in preference to all others, and
have found it the purest and beet
Uncle Phil McGuire can supply you.
We had tbo pleasure of a call on
Tuesday from Mr. T. J. Maurin, U. S.
pension agent. He tells us that he
has been over considerable ground
lately, and everywhere that he has
been, the crops are a failure.
Mrs. A. J. Chaze of Vidalia and
Mrs. A. O. Dupuy of Lake Charles,
mother and sister of Mrs. O. J. Cam
bell, of our town, arrived on the steam
er Natchez on Sunday last to remain
sometime. We hope their visit will
Mr. Yancey Bell, clerk of the Police
Jury has a notice to contractors in
this issue, calling upon them for bids
for the erection of a bridge across
Baxter bayou. Specifications can be
seen at his office, corner Lake & Spar
Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Fournier, of
New Orleans, brother and sister-in
law of Mrs. Clarence and Mrs. C. E.
Seghers, arrived on Tuesday to pay
them a visit. We hope they will have
a pleasant time on the banks of beauti
ful Lake Providence.
Open cotton is common now, and it
will only be a short while before pick
ing will be general. The continua
tion of the hot weather and the long
drouth will force the fleecy staple
upon the market earlier this year
than ever was known before.
From the news received this week
from our planter friends in regard to
the crops, they are going to be short.
Some few places have fine crops, but
the majority of the plantations have
the poorest kind, and every day they
are getting worse. We are sorry to
say it, but the cotton crop in the parish
is going to be shbort.
Tuesday evening at half past seven
the mercury registered 88 degrees.
4$ is very seldom that the thermome
ter stays so ;high so late in the even
Ing as this. After going to about 95
in the day it generally goes down to
70 towards evening and a breeze starts
up that makes it cool during the night.
Tuesday evening was the hottest of
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Dunn, Mr. and
Mrs. T. J. Fatherree and Mr. and Mrs.
T. J. Gilliam left town on Tuesday
morning to spend the remainder of
the week camping away out some
where in Baxter swamp. They took
their guns and fishing tackle, and
went prepared to have a jolly good
time. They sent us an invitation to
join them, and we were sorry that we
could not spare the time. We forgot
to say that in case of snake bites, they
carried along the required remedy.
We learn this week that several
prominent gentlemen of our parish
have gone in together and will erect, a
telephone Jinoe from town to the
Keene store in the second ward, and
from ~bwn up to Asbton, near the
Arkansas line. We are told that the
second ward already has a liu6 from
the Keene store to Henderson landing,
and all that would have to be put up
would be between town and;BKeene's
store to give us communication with
the first and second ward. The line
from our town to Ashton could be
erected with little cost and would be
of great benefit.
We hope that those who have taken
the matter in hand will push it
through. There is no telling the bene
fit a telephone iue in our parish
would be. In case of high water it
would be the very thing, besides it
would save many a trip to those who
otherwise would have to come to
town, or those who would have to go
from town to the country. We hope
to see the line in working order in the
For the past week we bare been list
ening to the jokes of the soldier boys
since their return home from Lake
Charles. Some of them are pretty
good. One lu particular wuas stealing
the blank cartridges. One ofthe boys
told us that at one of the railroad
stattions he poke Gis gun out of the
car window and banged away; a very
large sine lady, probably about 200
pounds in weight, was his target. iHe
says at the report of the gun she fell
brackwardsr, and for a little while he
thought be hbad pt I a sure enaongh
bullet. Another ti, two ue wesre
walking on the trhek about 4 bandred
yards from the ea wbbe mred. lie
e be a #eWersa seesh assalmgls all
stllsr tht tas fe eows di sltr-is
lad~i tress; but when ti etes y t
KItsulesppt river ea~ i h i s m~ t
Aimes tiho*ght bew$h bia
It is a gloomy evening. The air is
heavy with electricity, the gray clouds
deepen into a stormy slate, the rank
weeds and the dark, green vines en
twining the tree trunks droop 'till they
touch the tangled grasses on the
ground. They are weigtted down by
their wealth of leaves and berries.
The volume of the Mississippi grows
strong and turbulent; its yellow sur
face is lashed into white-capped waves,
and great black masses .of drift wood
are borne on its current.
Old Harry Balfour watches, uneasi
ly, the clouds, the earth, the water.
"'Sho is his time Miss," whispers the
old man very slowly and with a tremor
in his voice "*Bho is his time. v ait
jest one mill'-Thar! thar he goes!"
cries the negro. - Right thar through
them underbrushes; thar wbar the lit
tle white church stands; over yonder
by them broken down grave stones."
We look toward the spot indicated.
but see nothing save the elder bushes;
the cypress trees, the yellowish red
trumpet vines and the indistinct out
lines of the little white church. ",What
does he look likeP" I asked. "Is he
white as a sheet and his body thin as a
vapor?" "-Lor,' Lor. Miss!" and the
old man laughs heartily. "He ain't no
mo' like a regular hant than you is.
He's jes like any other man, 'cepten his
face; that's sorter pale and skeerish;
and his eyes, they's big and deep set,
and looks like dark lights in 'um,
He wears a long gray blanket
shawl that kivers him from his neck
to his feet, but once I seed him
throw it off. That's the furst night
he ever come to me. Then I seed the
blue shirt what he had on. It wuz too
big for 'im and open at the neck and
around his belt wuz hung his knives
and a little pistol and some strings and
a yellowish bag, and he sez to me,
-'Harry," sez be, ,"My name is
Bunch, and this very place whar you
lives uster belong to me. and that's
why its called BHqch's Bend. Do you
hear? Its called -." But by dis time
I begin feeling sorter creepish and
so sez I: .'Yes, yes sir. Does you
wan't sompen to eatP" and I starts
out out of de bed. But no, Miss, dat
man did'nt want nothin.' He did'nt
want no corn bread, and he did'nt
wan't no pork, and he did'nt want
nary bit of cake, and he did'nt want
no ostermillion; no, Miss. 'pon my
word, he did'nt toant no watermillion.
All he wants wuz jes to tell me thar
wuz a chest as big as he wuz,
buried out tlfar in the grave yard, and
that it wuz full, Miss, mind 3 on, plum
full of gold.
Him and his chums, they hid it way
'fore de war, and it did'nt belong to
none of um, and now he says his
speerit it can't get no rest til dat gold
has done been found and giben back
to de ancestors of dem folks what he
took it from."
Then Uncle Harry told us the story
of the river pirate.
In January 1765. when the Colonial
settlements were being tormented by
the English government, King George
I, with his usual short sightedness,
sent to the puritanic village of Salem
a bant' of some two hundred odd
soldiers for the purpose of spying on
the inhabitants of that town. These
soldiers made no small stir in the sober
sided little village. Their uniforms in
themselves, occasioned much excite
ment. The coats were crimson, trim
med in gold buttons. The shirts
were of the finest white cambric, with
frills and ruffles and tucks galore.
The knee breeches were blue cloth and
had gold bands up the sides. The
stockings were of the richest red silk.
Add to this gorgeous outfit a sword as
keen and silver and bright as the rays
of the noon-tide sun, and a big hat
with a white plume waving above it,
and you can form some idea of the
glory and magnificence of ote of his
Msjesty's, King George's servants.
Then, too, most of these men were
dudes and took great pains in powder
ingtheir hair and arranging it in a
graceful queue at the back of their
We said their appearance made no
small stir in the sombre town of Salem,
but we must be just enought to add
that though their laughter was very
loud and merry, and their faces very
handsome, and their manners brave
and dashing, the little Quaker maidens
had been so warned against them that
they veritably believed the brilliant
cavaliers were soldiers of the Evil
One; nor would they any more dare to
look at them and flirt with them than
they would dare, on the solemn Sab
bath day to laugh out loud, or go to
an apple paring, or take one measure
of the stately minoet.
For some months the two social
streams flowed uninterruptedly through
the shadedstreets of Salem. The Puri
tans in their gray garbs with their high
steeple hate and big prayer books go
ing Co church thrice on Sunday and
once' every week day; the British
soldiers, beating their drums and sing
ing their songs, going to and from
the old Custom House, at all bours,
dnuring all days. However, after
a while, the two unlike currentscrossed
each other. One morning the house of
Goodman Choyce was alarmed by the
pitieous moaning of its little Quaker
misttess. She came into the dining
room, her face whiter than the spotless
kerchief around her neck, and hand
ed her husband a note, saying: "She's
been bewitched! She's been be
witched! I saw old Beldame Mar
tin looking at her with evil eye. Poor
little Conscience! Poor little Con
science!" The placid Quaker mother
wrung her hands and wept bitterly.
Meanwhile Goodman Cloyee read the
note. It was from his daughter Con
science, (She whom her school mates
called Tender Conscience because of
her senasitively sweet and considerate
eharater.) Tie few words told that
she wss married to one of the soldiers
of the Klag; that the marriage was reg*
stered at the 0toi HB se, and that
wham har paeeaP read these words.
t;a wuad be har away trom them,
tHst.g h her ashsad, where, she
ebet asJi The note was so cold,
as as-erd elset, so unnatural, the
'e#ta eqm*1~6e* that beyaOd a doubt
Mtshf~ad w~ w~ epltm,
~sg w~ toaendaj na
CLOSING OIUT SALE1
SUMMER HRESS GOODS
Will begin to-day and CONTINUE until they are all gone.
It will PAY everybody in the Town and Parish to attend
Why are we offering these Goods at sueh LOW Igures 1
BECAUS1,WE DON'T WANT TO CARRY THEM OVER
TO ANOTHER SEASON.
WE WILL SELL YOU
25ct Pure Grass Linen, at - - 15cts.
35ct Pure Grass Linen, at - - ets.
161ct Batiste Cloth, at - - - lOeta.
10ct Batiste Cloth, at - - - 7ets.
10ct Batiste Cloth, (figured and attipes) at 7cts.
15ct Challie, (figured and stripes, all wool
filling) at - - - 10cts.
15ct Challie, (dark grounds and figured) at 10cts.
15ct Empress Lawns, at - - - l0cts.
13jct Jaconettes, (figured, stripes and checks)
at - - - 9cts.
12)ct Black Figured Lawns, at - - 81cts.
10ct Navy Blue Lawns, (solid, dotted and
figured) at - - - 7cts.
10ct Chafonite Fancies, at - - bets.
10ct Cypress Lawns, at - - bets.
8ict Cypress Lawns, at - - Sets.
10ct . Pique, (stripes, dots and solid) at - 7cts.
12ct Pique, (stripes, dots and solid) at - 7cts.
25ct French Organdy, at - 15cts.
25Lt Swiss, (dotted and lace stripes, in black,
green, pink, purple, lilac and tan) at - 16cts.
LADIES' TAN OXFORDS,
One lot that were $2.50, at $1.75.
Sizes, 2 (b 5.
W. N. WHITE, Agt.
Salem. Faithe went into her daught
er's trim little room, folded each
piece of finely woven linen, and laid
it into a cedar chest, putting with it
faint, sweet scented sprigs of old time
lavender. Then kneeling down beside
it, she prayed, prayed with a broken
heart for the child she would rather
far have had lying before her calm
and dead. The neighbors said that
every morning, thro' all the remaining
years of their quiet, monotonous lives,
Goodman Gloyce and his wife Fathe.
went first to the Custom House to see
the registered marriage of their
daughter, and to find it there was a
letter from her; then repaired to her
littl room and prayed for her return.
Late at night, in the month of May,
1766, the moon is hidden by clouds,
the Mississippi river is dark and tur
bulent. The black hulk of the little
schooner Spy. tosses like a toy ship on
the waves, a single yellow torchlight
flares from the mast. Aboard the deck
are some dozen men, rough, drunken,
boisterous. On either side of the
mighty. swollen stream they see only
'the dark, awful impenetrable forests,"
Their coarse voices shock the stillness
of the North Louisiana landscape.
They half shout, half sing the words,
We are rounding Bunch's Bend,
Come drink, brave river men.
We have ravaged glade and glen
Of the gold that none would lend,
Hoorab I Hoorah I
We bail the old sand bar,
Stretching round us near and far,
And our meeting none shall mar,
Hoorah I Hoorah !
We are rounding Bunch's Bend I
The boat gives a lurch as it strikes
the mud, the (pirates cease singing;
they carry a load from the deck. It is a
long box of black iron, and four men
stagger beneath its weight. Landing
it safely on shore, they tie the boat and
proceed to a spot some twenty feet
from the water's edge. Four small
trees are so covered by the wild grape
vine they form the posts of a summer
house. Beaching their rendezvous,
the pirates fall back. Only Bunch
and his wife enter the enclosure of
vines. The darkc-ruel eyes of the man
look defiantly around the forest, the
eyes of Conscience Cloyee glance
timidly first into the face of her hus
band, then into the tangled brushwood.
The moon comes from behind the
drifting piles of smoke-pearl clouds.
and sheds a weird radianess over
the scenes. Captain Bunch proceeds
nosty to bury thl treasury. An
arrow whiles thro' the Undergrowth.
Coansheee Cloyeb fails, and the blood
streanms from her heart. Raising his
bead Buneh sees the ssalitioes, eu*
e.y-s Nýrd4N psi g at him
te r tbe* al higgit. te *0it,
lie rwet esfQ bii. et ptuepl he~ss i
iiidby al #aiahawti
darts like a panther through the
woods. The pirates rush for their
boat. They row furiously against the
stream. The moon is hidden by a
cloud. The wilderness is vast and
A full good hundred years have
passed since old Charon rowed the
soul of Captain Bunch across the Styx
(which narrow stream the river pirate
doubtless found blacker than is the
Mississippi on even the stormiest,
blackest nights) and yet in the gloomy
twilights, old Balfour sees the long
dead man wandering, wandering,
wandering through the forest. looking
always for the hidden, stolen treasure,
tormented always by the memory of it,
apd longing oh, so intensely, for rest.
"'I sho' is gwine to fine dat money."
says uncle Harry, ,"and ones I git it
thar ain't a nigger on dis place can
hoodoo me out of it. I don't keerhoW
many watermillion's he sea he'll gib
Royal Powell and some of the other
boys got fat on the camp grtb over at
Lake Charles. The majority of them
though looked like a cyclone had
It is said that we are to have at
least three more weddings in: the next
three or four weeks. We don't know
whether this is caused from it being
leap year or not.
The Knights of Pythias will hold an
important meeting on Tuesday night
next. Business of Importance is to be
transacted. We hope our country
brothers will attend.
It clouds up, it threatens, and a fel
low comes along and punches you
under the ribs and says we are gotin
to get it at last--rain. But we do't
get it, have'nt got itsad don't expect
Mrs. Patton Williams and two ehbb
dren of New Orlens, arriveld i wt
town on Tuesday mortnng ·e atri
the guests of Capt. and Mrs. I. W .
Brown. Mrs. Williams s sater of
White Ias had a reuk al the
on the shmeer is. -Me haue
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