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Do not forget to look partion
larly at Mr. David Levy's ad
vertisement. He is the agent
for the celebrated Wilson Sew
ing -Machine, do you mindthat
now. Mr. Levy says that he
intends to under-sell all his com
petitors in the way of fall and
winter goods. None with a
nickel need shiver with cold for
the want of clothing while Levy
has a warm coat or blanket.
On Sunday last, at a collation
given by the colored population
on the plantation of False &
Bro., a desperate attempt was
made by one Alfred Sullivan,
colored, to assaslnste Edmond
Brooks, also colored, with that
barbaous weapon, commonly
called a razor. It seems that
Edmond Brookswhile acting as
bar-tender, was approached-by
Alfred, who demanded a drink,
and curtly informed Edmond
that he wished to be trea
like a gentleman. Edmond, who
was busily engaged dispensing
drinkables to a thirsty crowd,
politely requested his Chester
Slean customer to await his time
with patiene ; but before he
could say Jack Bobison, Alfred
crawled auder the ooater, Snek
ed behind his intended victim,
and, with the weapon aforesaid,
inflicted several incisions in and
about the throat of Edmond
Brooks. But for the rush of the
indignaut and excited friends of
Brooks, loe cowardly would-be
assin would hbae accompli
ed his Bellish purpoe.
The exasperated colored men,
thinking that Brooks was mor
tally wounded, meditated swift.
summary eng. ewe upon Al
fred, but better counsels pre
vailed, and he was held under
guard until the legal offcers
were notified. Deputy SheriffE.
Himel promptly repairedto the
scene of action and arre.ed
Alfred, who is now in dura~ce
Dr. Thomas Pugh wasimme
diately called to the assistance
of the wounded man and found,
upon examination, that the
wounds were serious but not
n oiy fatal. The dotor
ays it was a lose shasve in the
direction of what be teehnically
terms the carotid artery..which,
if properly invaded with a tren
chant instrument of a simisr
atur, will naturally involve
Dr. Pu skillfdly patched up
dmwamd"* itgd neck, and says
that thes gwOd of Damoetes was
not a pa;eMea t Edode case.
Brooks is a very worthy man,
and his assilant is a agsi of
lbe PrelAeintus Seuther a
No obe will deny that harmony
and good feeling throughout our'
broad land are essential to the
restoration of general prosperity,!
and whatever tends to biing
about these results must be eom-r
mendable without reference to
the source' whence it comes or
the., motive which prompts it.i
Under these circumstances the
tour of the President, though
somewhat limited as to States,
will nevertheless be productive
of good fruits.
There are a great many per
sons, both North and North
west, who, forming their opinions
of Southern people from the
teachings of extreme radical
papers, think that nothing good
can proceed from any locality
south of Mason and Dixon's line,
and that one who comes among
us entertaining different political
sentiments from the majority o
the population incnrs a great
risk of losing his right to vote and
may be his life. These lessons
have been taught them by those
whose interest it was to foster
inimical feelings between the
different sections in order to
advance their own political
The very warm welcome the
President has received through
oat his tripwill exercises whole
some influence on those benight
ed and prejudiced people. They
will gradum learn that we are
not worse t other folks though
we were once on a time the own
era of slaves, and resisted tb the
death when we found ourselves
imposed upon and our rights as
equals trampled in the dust.
This is a good beginning for a
new era in polities, and though
no blandishments of the head of
the government can make us
condone the trickery of those
who placed him in office, yet we
conceive it to be our duty not to
be blinded and misled by the
strong prejudices which we find
fault with in others, and give
him credit for the happy results
which have followed the inaugu
ration of his Southern policy.
Although it is the policy which
the Democrats wouald have car
ried out had Mr. Tilden been at
the bead of the government, yet
Mr. Hayes is to be admired for
the moral courage displayed in
the abandonment of the party
policy of his friends, sand which,
for years, proved such a sueccee
ful card in their hands. Some
contend that there was no other
course left open to him, and he
was forced to conciliate the large
popular majority against him by
a divergence from the course
pursued by his predecessor.
We think this' view does not
do him justice, and as an evid
enee of the truth of our position,
no one" imagines for a moment
that Gen. Grant would have
changed his policy had his desire
for a third election been grati
tied. With his election we might
have had trouble, yet we doubt
if any resistance would have fol
lowed his harsh treatment; and
although we might have had
many sympathizers in our forlorn
condition, yet sympathy is very
timental in its effects, and
would not have been available in
the strews to which we woeald
have been reduced.
It required not only a keen
sense of what was right, but a
good deal of moral corage for a
poitieian not only to strike out
a new conre in the face of his
friends,but to pursue that course
to its legitimate consequences in
de site of their bitter opposition.
Cr. oiny one said, "I world
rather be right than be Presi-'
dent ;" sad' we, as Democrats,
reiterate the sentiment and say
without reserve, that it is better
for the country to support the
measures of the President when
they are right, than to offer a
factious opposition simply be
cause we know he was not hon
The Mississippi Levees.
There is an old apothegm1
which has acquired strength
with age : "If you require the
success of others, first try to
help yourself." The State of I
Louisiana has tried to help her
self, and to rebuild her levees
without any extrinsic aid; she
has expended millions of dollars
since the war, raised by taxation,
which her impoverished inhabi
tants could with great difficulty
raise .the means to liquidate; yet
we have made no progress in
our levee system; some of the
old breaks still remain open, and
the taxes raised are barely suf
ficient to patch the levees here
and there and prevent an entire
overflow of the country.
Levee building is an annual
business owing to the caving
banks of the great Mississippi,
and the resources of the State
are not adequate to accomplish
this great work and maintain it
in an efficient state. Should the
Federal government take charge
of it, locate and build the levees
as they should be built, we may
still have occasional crevasses
under peculiar circumstances ;
but the mere fact of their being
under the superintendence of the
engineers of the United States
will give confidence to the set
tlers, and the lowlands will be
speedily occupied by a thrifty
and energetic population.
A memorial recently prepared
in Memphis for presentation to
the next Congress, says:
There is no public enterprise
which the government can aid with
so much justice and propriety as
this one ; nor is there one that can
be undertaken and completed at so
small an expense from which such
immense profit to the agricultural
and commercial interests of the
whole country would result. It is in
no sense a local enterprise for the
benefit of either a corporation or a
small community of private indivi
duals, but its scope and extent em
braee interests and cover an extent
of territory of sufficient magnitude
to make it eminently nationalin its
character. This will be more ap
parent when the facts are even
briefy examined and considered.
The region of country subject to
overflow lies in the States of Illi
nois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennes
see, Arkansas, Mississippi and
Louisiana, and embraces within its
ares about 24,800,000 acres of the
richest and most prodnetive corn,
cotton, rieo and sugar lands in the
If these I nds were protected from
the overflow of water which an
nually Bows over them they would
be quickly put in cultivation, and
by a very moderate computation it
may be safely estimated that in
less than flbe years the production
of. these our great agricultural
staples, cotton, rice and sugar, will
be increased more than fifty per
Cotton is the commodity which
more than all others contributes to
our commercial prosperity, and
gives us a substantial basis of wealth
not possessed by any other country
or people. Our exportation of all
articles nowamountato 840,00,00)
in value * by reclaiming the alla
vial lads of the Mississippi delta
from overflow the exportation of
cotton, sugar and rice alone could
easily be made to exceed this entire
In our last issue we referred
to the disaremination on the
part of the general government
in its appropriations for internal
improvements, and we now give
the figures themselves. From the
report of the sommiasioner of
the General Land office it ap
pears that the Southern States
have received 15,291,883 aores
of land and the Northern and
Western States 44,176,768 acres,
a difference of 28,885,385 acres.
In the report of the Secretary
of ihe Treasury, made to the
Senate January 7, 1875, it is
shown that from 1789 to 1873
the appropriations of money in
aid of the constructions of wagon
roads, railroads and canals were
For the Northern States and
Territriers ........... $7,025,7.2 70
For the sixteen Southern and
Border States... 6.... 6,981,982 00
Making a difference against
s of . 9................... o,o,0re 70
During the same period the
Secretary's report shows that
for other public works the dis
proportion was nearly as great,
For the Northern 8tates and
Territories.... ......... $76,85,609 50
And for SBothern States.... 11,612,08656
Add the two sums together and
we shall find ourselves in ap
propriations made from a fund to
which the South contributes her
full share, short one hundred
and fifty-five millions two hun
dred and ninety thousand three
hundred and three dollars and
Now, in all consoience--if po
liticans are supposed to have
any-how can Congressmen, in
the face of these figures, refuse
to grant the small sum in com
parison which will suffice for our
immediate wants, in the way of
internal improvements ? Setting
aside the violent acts of Congress,
which, as previously stated, un
der a" war of conquest greatly
contributed to bring about this
state of affairs, we have a:
equitable claim for help, based
on the very large appropriations
made for one section and the
niggardly ones made for the
other. Fortunately for us (unless
we are greatly deceived), we
shall have a representative from
our district in the next Congress
who, uniting his efforts to those
of Messrs. Ellis and Gibson, will
have a fair chance, not only to
win his spurs as a preux chevalier,
but also to take firm hold on the
affections of his constituents.
While this levee question is
held in abeyance our interests
are suffering-our lands are ly
ing idle and our energies are
palsied. We cannot afford to
plant cane on some of our most
productive lands, for the de
struction of one crop involves
serious delay and probable bank
ruptcy. In the present prostrat
ed condition of our planting in
terests there are very few able
to take the risk, and fewer still
willing to incur it.
We shall watch the proceed
ings of the coming Congress
with great interest. Mr. Hayes
is President, and will continue
to fill the Presidential chair in
despite of all the politicians may
say or do : "C'est tnafait accom
pl," and we do not wish to see
valuable time wasted in the face
of so many things of importance
which await congressional action.
Our wohy boss, Charles
Dnpaty, Esq., has just returned'
from New Orleans, whither be
went on urgent business. Our
editor in obief is looking well
and brings us cheerful news of
the fall trade prospects.
JFWIATfIG Tii 8HOP.-M-r.
A. S. Chappuis, proprietor of the
Posting Tin Shop, was in town
last Thursday. His boat now
at Ladbadieville, coming up.
Planters needing pipees lamps
and other sugarhouse utensils
woald do well to give him a call.
Hon. Jonas Hughes, one of
the representatives in th.Legis
lature from this Parish, s now
lying hopelessly ill at his resi
dence in this Parish. We are
informed by one Physician that
Judge Hughes is afflicted with
Angeria pidoris, and by another
that he has a complicated affec
tion of the abdominal and thors
ces viscera. The latter com
plaint is not likely to kill a poli
tician in the doctor's opinion,
but in ours no malady could ap
pear more disastrous in its kill
ing proclivities. The death of
Judge Hughes would create two
vacancies in our Parish, as
Hon. George Drury has now
permanently removed to Fort
Worth, Texas. These gentle
men were both elected as Re
publicans, but the death of
Judge Hughes will probably
divest him of republican senti
ments, and as for George he has
purchased an interest in the
Fort Worth Democratic-be
come its editor and now runs
the paper in the interest of the
democratic party. Verily sich
is life. Solomon said that there
was nothing new under the sun.
Damphi believe it.
STATE Of LOUISanirA,
Parish of Assumption.
By virtue of the power vested in
me by law as President of the Police
Jury of the parish of Assumption,
I shall proceed to lease for one year,
by public auction at the Court
House, at Napoleonville, on
Saturday, November 8, 1877.
between the hours of 10 A. M. and
2 P. M., the following ferries, be
longing to the parish :
I. At the Baptist Church.
2. Ait Paincourtville.
3. At Parochial Church.
4. At Napoleonville.
5. At Chevretteville.
6. At Labadieville.
7. At Grand Bayou.
8. At Bayou Come.
9. At Bayou Pierre Part, opposite
10. At Pierre Part Bay.
One fourth CASH, or parish
warrans approved by W. B Ratliff,
ex-president of the Police Jury, or
the undersigned. For the balance,
notes to be executed by the pur
chasers with security to the satisfac
tion of the President of the Police
Jury, payable as above, on the first
days of February, May and August.
The purchaser of any ferry shall
not have the right of changing the
location of the same without per
mission of the Police Jury, under a
penalty of one hundred dollars for
acsh ofenae, recoverable before any
court of competent jurisdietiod.
He shall also be required to cross
all children attending sheools, free
of charge, going and eqming; pro
vided, that on Snndayeand school
holidays no pupil shall have.the
right to cross such ferries on terms
differing from those of ordinary
asengers. W. W. PUGH.
President Police Jury.
STATE OF LOUISIANA.
PLAnIS or AssUMPTION.
Succes ion of TJedi Charles Ford,
and Manelte Rousseau,
W HEBEAS. Eugene Perele of the par
iah of Assumption hae petitioned the
Court for Lettrer of adminnitration on
the estate of the late Jem Charles Pot,
and Maneite oa esa, bhi wife,deoeeed,
Notice is hereby given to all whom it
may concern to sow aoase within ten
days from date of this noete why the
prayer of said petitioner should not be
By order of the Court.
THOMAS DIVINE, Clerk of Coort
Assumption, La., August 4, 1817.
DL PAUL HUMBERT,
perfos ·: an rbaoa
the teeth Ia the lateet aad
maoet eeisti~e insan
Ctaeltetionc free, and al work uarsa
OBse a 5I. Is mailuvea Ayes..,
ARRIVAL OF AN
FALL & WINTER GOODSi
AUCTION FOR OARSIS
RUINOUS LOW PRICES!
Sold Very eheap.
My Stock is complete in every.
Department, and I nvite my friends
and the public in general to cemof
and be convinced that
can be bought at my Store for lee
Money than in New Orleans.
Calicoes at 5 els. a yard.
Cotton-anenels 10 " "
Jeans, 15 " "
r(ottonade, 15 " "
Bed, White and
Blue Flannel, 25 " "
Corsets, 50 " a piec.
Towels, 10 "
BLANKETS, SHAWLS, PLAIDS,
I call special attention in thelimne
Jus received, sach as
DELAI ,. &c.
One ofthe:hand4re~atad cheap
est assortmenotof E88S GOODS
ever presenta here, at'
10 Cesat€ . A Taswrcl..
A fhll Assortmeig of n...t z
MEWS, YOUTH'S a, BOYS
CLOTHINGO S eMnud.
The largest wao*tmet of P~dti
ture ever brought t this MarLket
BEDSTRADS, ARMOIRS, BITR
EAUX, WASHSTANDS, .
At astonishing Low Prices.
STOVES of all SIZES.
SAVE 25 010,amd~byy*Rrt good at
N. B.--A gnt for. tiro .mehgatbd
WILSON SEWlNG MACHllE.
All pews.,. 'heidinug Jdat* eu the
School 'Board of.Is Nd Psrhbh g*tiSed
to file the same 'wIOa 4iw '1 Aug
below, Treoeus atb. B ol Doe of
Parish atAampti.m, A gust
COunEs OF4hThmOAMAV3N.N aD
DONALDSONVIL L tA.
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Atterney at Lax,
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