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N. O., is the sole agent of the
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We learn that the performan
ces for the benefit of the St. Johns
Church at Thibodaux were re
ceived witlh so much favor, that
the managers, at the earnestso
licitation of the public, will
repeat them on the night~ of
the 31st December and 1st JMi
uary. From the vivid description
of our correspondent, as well as
from what we have heard from
other sources, we doubt not that
all will be cordially welcomed
and greatly entertained.
The Times correspondent at
Vienna says: Intelligence from
Constantinople leaves, little
doubt that rejection of the
Turkish note by the powers has
caused the war party to recover
full sway. Above all, the reac
tion produced in the feelings of
the Sultan by the humiliating
rejection of the note is deemed
A RIussian official dispatch
states that the prize steamer
Eussland, commanded by Ad
jutant Baranoff, who command
ed the steamer Vesta in the af
tair with the Turkish ironclad,
Fetzi Boulend, has returned to
Sebastopol from a cruise in the
Bosphorus, bringing as a prize
the*Turkish transport steamer
)fessina, with 700 Turkish
troops on.board as prisoners.
The Jackson Clarion makes
the following good point in fa
var of the remonetization of sil
ver : "Th O stitution says that
'no Stati shall coin money or
make anything but gold and sil
ter a tender in payment of
debts,' thereby making both the
money of the country. The
wiseacres of the Republican par
ty have undertaken to improve
the constitution, without amend
ing it in the form prescribed by
that instrument, by enacting
that one of these metals-silver
---shall not be a legal tender for
debts exceeding five dollars, and
has forbidden the coinage of the
silver dollar. It is the duty of
the Democrafic party to return
to the constitutional doctrine
ind abolish this legislation."
A telegram orom Berlin says
Ieas.ia has ordered 1200 Krupp
A STATE CIONVENTION.
If we take the expressed opin
ions of country editors through
out the State as the expressed
will of the voters, there is no
doubt as to the early call of a
convention. It is very difficult
at any time to ascertain the will
of the people in regard to a
change of government, unless
that matter has been discussed
and their attention called to the
facts of the case. In this parti
cular instance we will admit that
the numerous bad features in
our organic law are so apparent
and have been brought forward
so prominently since its exist
ence, that we may assume that
a change is generally desired.
This,, however, is not the ques
tion to which we wish to call
public attention-the time for
holding it is one of greatest in
terest to the voters.
A convention cannot he re
stricted to sixty days; and when
one assembles it is right and
proper that the clauses about
which differences will arise shall
be patiently and thoroughly dis
cussed. Time is a necessary
element in the formation of a
good constitution. In this con
nection time and money are syn
onymous, and under the prevail
ing peqiniary distress we are
not in a condition to spend a
dollar which can be avoided.
True,under the expected changes
our government should be car
ried on at a reduced figure; but
this by no meanus follows. Fat
offices are just as much desired
by hungry Democrats as by
hungry Radicals, and here will
be the great fight in the con
cention. Human nature is the
same without regard to political
Siliations; all of us are liable
to be influenced by self-interest,
and we think a little delay in this
matter will redound to the public
interest, and produce a state of
public opinion much more favor
able for the formation of a good
In What Coin tbatt We Pay
The law for the issuance of
United States bonds simply re
quires that their payment shall
be made in coin, whether in
gold or silver, nothing is said;
but the payment of such indobt
edness in the lower priced coin,
(though it would be no violation
of the contract)yet as its prompt
ing seems to be begotten by a
desire to save the difference in
value between gold and silver, it
appears to us that the game is
not worth the candle.
To act squarely and honestly
in the payrment of debts has al
ways been considered a virtue of
the first rank among individuals,
and this quality is still more
essential between the govern
ment and its creditors. A failure
Ion the part of the individual to
meet his obligations promptly
affects only the parties directly
interested; but a failure on the
part of the government reflects
on each individual member of
that government, and in any
future transaction in the sale of
bonds those facts will be recol
lected to its great prejudice, and
an increased rate of interest will
,be demanded. The bondholders
will very properly reason, that
an advantage being taken of
them at one time in a monied
transaction; the same thing will
occur again when an opportunity
presents itself, and they will
necessarily take these matters
into consideration when a new
loan is called for by the govern
ment, and pay less for the bonds.
We favor no repudiation or
seating of the debt due by ourj
government, as she is fully able]
to meet her .obligations; thel
bonds should be liquidated in
gold coin, or its equivalent in
silver as established by the
marketable price of that metal.
The coinage of the old silver
dollar will be greeted with
pleasure for home circulation,
for as long as its value does not
equal that of the gold dollar it
will not be exported ; there is
our fixed principle in reference;
to a circulating medium-the
cheaper currency will always
drive the more valuable out oft
the country, presenting the par
adox, that the least valuable, or
weaker metal,con trols the strong
er and more valuable.
We see no valid objection to
thy remonitization of the old
silver dollar, provided its em
ployment as a legal tender in
the payment of debts be re
stricted to a sum not exceeding
The Mistletoe Bosugh.
Having received due notice, both
public and private, of the festival to be
given on the 20th and 21st at Thibo
daux for the benefit of St John's
Church. we who had been the recipients
of much courtesy on similar occ, sions
fr'm the ladies ofg ar sister parish, felt
it incumbent updi us to return it in
Notwithstanding the inclemency of
the weather we determined to
brave all "moving accidents by Flood
and Field," and at the appointed hour
found ourselves one of a large audience
awaiting the drawing up of the curtain.
It rose upon a scene, the grouping
and effect of which gave fair promise
for those which were to follow, nor was
As each verse of the sad, sweet bal
lad - ended. the acts of the pantomime
unfolded with added force, the thrilling
interest of its drama until the closing
scene. That culminated, as the now
aged bridegroom, clasping the wreath
that has been torn from the fatal oak
chest, beholds with dying eyes the
vision of his bride, clad in the robes of
Bridal and Death, beckoning his spirit
through the portals her own had passed.
before the first leaflet had faded of that
It is difficult to picture anything
lovelier or more touching than the tab
leau here presented as a curtain at the
back of the stage parted, displaying the
slender form of the girl-bride Lovering
amid rosy clouds, attended by angels
and cherubs, a rapt smile on her sweet
face and arms extended, gently bekon
ing her heart-broken bridegroom to
Realms, where she was his at last.
The young lady who personated the
bride played her part with a charming
grace and ideality which evinced a fiue
sense of the delicate pathos of the
legend. The tableau throughout gave
evidence otgreat skill and taste in the
lady managers, while the arrangement
of the costumes was perfect in charac
ter and brilliant in effect.
An interval for refreshments gave us
ample time to discuss the viands and
confections, (all excellent of their kind)
provided by notable housewives for our
The second part of the programme
was opened by a Scotch song, sung by
Miss Lou Pogh, a little maiden of eleven
summers, in a voice of great flexibility
and sweetness. She was dressed in the
full and picturesque costume of a Hie
land lassie, mounted on a raised da=:s
coveied with handsome draperies. En-I
tering with animationin in the spi rit of
the "song, she accompanied it with apt
and graceful gestures with an ease which
no training, and only innate tatent
Vociferously cheered and encored,
ash again mounted the dais and gave us
"Comin' thro' the Rye," retiring after
it amid universal applause.
A laughable farce (and experience
proves that all farces are not laughable)
was well acted and admirably sustained,
and a piece of fine declamation closed
We will not close our account without
a bestowal of unlimited praise upon the
ladies of St. John's Church for the
skill, taste, ease and celerity for which
their entertainments are distinguished,
and in the manage;nant of which they
are actively and efficiently sustained by
the gentlemen.. Also, we tepder our
grateful hcknowledgements for personal
kindness,hospitahty and courtesy shewn
us on this and all like occasions; and
we would be glad to see more of our
parishioners the recipient of like favor,
which can be obtained in so pleasant
and graceful a manner.
With many good wishes for similar
suceesses, united to those for the anniv
ersaries of the season, which we tender
through the columns of our local and
well-edited weekly, the Prosera, and in
the hope that it will prove the pioneer
of much interchange of courtesies be
tween Christ Church, Assumption, and
St. John's Church, Lafourche, we bid
our friends,adieu. ARBIA.
rFor the PIONEER ]
An Affecting Little Story.
BY - BRIGGS TEASER.
I Once upon a time there lived
1on Canal street a wealthy old
'maid, who owned a beautiful
poodle dog. Her name was
Mary Ann Moxon, and she lo6
ed that dog above all things
earthly. She always attended
to his toilet herself, and spent
las much time in combing and
"perfuming him every morning
as any fashionable belle spends
in her own superb get up. Ma
ry Ann was a facetious soul, and
)loved to play practical jokes on
the world at large. She had a
splendid gold collar made for
her poodle, and on it was en
f graved in fancy letters: "I am
Mary Ann Mxon's dog; whose
r dog are you?" Her great de
light was to turn the dog out on
the street and sit at her window
to watch the result.
His collar and general get up
were so splendid that every one
who passed would pick up the
o poodle to look at his beautiful
gold ornaments, and Mary Ann
would laugh until her sides
Swould almost split, as she mark
ed the look of disappointment
which would creep over the
faces of the people when they)
read the question : "Whose dog
e are you?" One day the dogi
wandered a little further down
a the street than usual, out of the
' view of his mistress, and soon
went home like a streak of light
ning, yelping at every jump.
f He bulged into the parlor where
o his mistress was, and went over
d and under the furniture like one
of those hop-skip-and-a-jump
fire-concerns boys shoot off at
Christmas. The strangest part
i' of his proceedings was, that hlie
L would sit down on the carpet,
and in that position would rub
himself all over the room, whin
g ing like all wrath, and seeming
g to be in great misery. Mary
Ann was in the gr-atest distress,
and finally succeeded in captur
e ing her darling. She found a
er card tied to his collar, anl on it
it was written: "It's turpentine
- that's the matter with me; what's
t the matter with von?" Then
she understood the joke had
1 been turned on her. Some
e cruel boys had turpentined her
le dog and sent home with that
a messagtre to his mistress.
Mary Ann didn't not faint,
hnt she greased that dog in a
jiffy, and then she sat down on
the carpet, and while the tears
ran down her cheeks, she wailed
out that beautiful hymn "Joho
ny Baptiste pour quni, you
erease my dog with tar' ?" Poor
Mary Ann ! if there was a mis
erable woman on earth, it was
She imagined that all the
world had turned against her,
and that she didn't have a friend
anywhere in the wide, wide uni
verse. She long for the quiet
of the tomb, where the weary
are at rest and the wicked
cease from troubling; but as
she couldn't make up her mind
to spread her angel wings for
,another clime, she just folded
''that poor poodle to her bosom,
iafter the grease had eased him
land, locking to and fro, ever
!found out the burden of her
lwoes in that solemn soul'sooth
ing song :
"Johnny Baptiste, ponrquoi
You grease my dog with tar 1"
A dispatch from Tnrna Ma
gurelli says the bridge aeross
the Danube to Nicopolis has
been destroyed by ice.
A dispatch from Genoa says
Russia has, been sounding the
Mediterranean States on the
proposed opening of the Darda
The French governmert has
requested Don Carlos to leave
France. He started for the
According to the Diario Oji
cial 6,792 men will soon be on
the Rio Grande under command
of Generais Trevino and Canales.
Estimate of Exglenditt*rPs for
the .rlah of Assumnption
for the Year 1878:
Jurors certificates, ............ $ 600 00
Fees of District Attorney......... 250 00
S " " n " pro tem 50 00
Fees of Clerk of Court. ......... 650 00
"' of Sheriff, including opening
Court ....................... 750 00
Fees of Justices of Peace,........ 500 00
" " Coroner ............ 300 00
" " Coroner Jury............ 300 00
Board of prisoners in jail,........ 1,000 00
Blankets, clothes and medicine f
for prisoners ....... ........... 500 00
Parish printing, ............... 700 00
Per diem of Police Jurors ... ... 400 00
Salary of Parish Physician, and
extra charges, ......... ...225 00
Salary of Parish Treasurer and
Secretary. ... ........... 500 00
Salary of P.,rieh Constable....... 50 00
Fees of Parish Judge as commit
ting magistrate,............ 400 00
Appropriation for repairs of roads,
ditches and levees, ...... 1,500 00
Appropriation for blank licenses, 20 00
ZStationery for Police Jury, 50 00
" Recorder and Cl'rk
of District Court,............ 125 00
or repairs of Court House, jail
and Clerk's office. ............ 4,00M 00
or school buildings, furnitures, 2.000 00
Incidental expenses............ 1,000 00
Total.. ............ $16.220 00
STATE OF LOUISIANA.
PARISH OF ASSUMPTION.
Succession of Frank P. Sharp.
WHEREAS, Henry I oeb, of the parish
of Ascension, has petitioned the
Court for Letters of admimnitration on the
estate of the late Frank P. S.arp, deceased
intestate : Notice is hereby giver to all
whom it may concern, to show cause with
in ten days from date of this notice, why
the prayer of the said petitioner shiuld
unot be granted.
By order of the Court.
. THOMAS DIVINE, Clerk.
Assu'.ption, La.. December 29. 1877.
STATE OF LOUISIANA.
PARISH OF ASSUMPTION.
Succ ssion of Desire Le Blanc.
WTHIEREA1S. Emile L. Hetwrt, of the lar
ish of Assunmption, has petitioned the
Court for .etters of adnediistratioj on the
estate ol the ate D~airt .Le Blanc, dCeat-.
ed intestate. notice is hereby given to all
wholmi it may c.lcernl to sitow cause, with
in ten tdavs frotlm date o this noti ,. why
the prayer of the said petiti,ncer should
not be granted.
By otlter of tihe Court.
TLIUMA' 1)IVINE, Clerk.
Assumnption, La., Decemhber 10, 1877.
J. W. W ICILWI1' 'S
FLOATLIN STENCIL & ENiGRAVING BOAT,
MERCIIANT.' 8HIPPING & GENERAL
Also, Brands for marking clothing,
Checks for watches and keys, stencil al
phabets. steal stamps for imarking tools
and planters' utensils ; silver I,,d"les for
societies, Ac., &c. Watches, ducl s and
jewelry also repaired.
All work gnarantied.-Prices moderate.
7"a Orders left at the boat or at this
officee will be promptly attended to.
rTHE SUBSCRIBERS ABE FROM THIS
iday Associate L IIi the iractice of Medi
cme and the . 'rm is I, otD& BonalIs.
JOUEPH I). FO D,
A.-Tos C. BORlD18.
March 1. 1875
CORNER OF RAILROAD AVENUE AND
The Bar is supplicd with the best Wines
Wheeling., W. Va.
No. 64 Common Street, New Orleana, and
Cane carts, Mule carts,
Bagawso Carts, Rice carts,
Town carts. Small carts,
(of all sizes)
Axle grease, (the best made) Spokes, Fel
lees, 'Wheeling Nail., etc., etc.
ALL WORKD PULLY WARRANTED
Mr. R. H. WEIRSTER, Napoleonville,
will keep a itock of Carts ahd Axle Grease
Bayou Lalourche Packet.
TWICE A WEEK.
The fine passenger steamer
JOE DALFERgS, Master,
E. NICOLLE, Clerk,
Leaves New Orleans every TUESDAY
at 5 p. m., and SATURDAY at 10 a. m.
Returning, leaves Thiboduax everi MON
DAY and FRIDAY at 5 p. m.
BEAMIS & ARNOLD,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
Customn-Hoause, Up Stairs,
NEW ORLEANS, La.
Wiill give prompt attention to anybasi.
neas in the city. i, I in the Parieheof
.amption aud Lafourche,.
STATE OF LOUISIANA.
PARIsH of AssUMPTION.
Succession of Gedeon Guedry and
Amelise Landry, Iis wife.
By virtue of a decree of sale ren
dered by the Honorable the Parish
Court of the parish of Assumption,
on the 20th day of December, 18774
I will offer for sale at public saue
Lion on the premises, on
Saturday, Jansuary 26, 1878,
between the hours of 10 A. 1M. and
2 P. M., the following described
property belonging to the above
succession, to-wit :
lo. A certain sugar plantation
with the buildings and improve
ments thereon, situated in said
parish of Assumption, right bank
of Bayou Lafourche, about two
miles above the village. of Pain
courtville. bounded above by the
lands of Jean Gonzales & Co., and
below by that of Oszm6 Blanchard,
and measuring three arpenta front
on Bayou Lafourche by a depth,
between i rallel lines, of fifty-five
arpents more or less.
2o. A certain tract of land, also
situate in said parish, in Saint
Martin's Bruly, in section No.
township , range , measuring
'fiunr arpents and a hsdf front by a
depth of fourteen arpents, bounded
on the east side by lands of Trasi
I mond Trahan, on the west side by
- the lands of Ddsird U. LeBlane, on
the south side by the lands belong
ing formnerly to Doctor Martin, and
in the north side by. the lauds of
(formerly) Gustave Lauve.
3n. Another tract of land also in
said parish, at Coteau St. Helene,
in secti,-n , townhinp , range ,
mesuring seven arpenta front by
a depth of fourteen arpents, bond
od towards Bayou Lafourche, by
lan4 of Joseph Aucoin, towards
Gr d Bayou by land of (formerly)
4o. The undivided half of a cer
tain tract of tmnl :also situate in
said parish, on the Bay of Lake
Verret. as beinm in fractional sec
tionn 18, townsinp 13, ranse 13 E.,
and measnrjig fifty sumerfeieal ar
peuts, also the undivided half of
the buildiuns thereon.
5o. Another tractof lind in Brn
ly St. Martin, in *sai t parish, in
section , range , townshi p,
meas.aring three arpents front by a
depth of fourteen arpents, bounded
north by lands of Harmogene Giroir,
south by that of Sarrazin Marrois,
east by th:at of Luci-u Landry and
south by that of Trasinumd Tralun.
Also the following movable prop.
erty t..-wit :
Nine mules, two plongh horses,
i.ne buggy horse, two mares, one
pair oxen, one bull, two large
carts, one small cart, one carriage
and harness. five setts t.f harne-as,
five pl.ughs. five spades, four
shovels, eight hoes, twelve cane
knives, one lot tools, two iron pul
lies, twelve silver torks, twelve sil
ver spoons, ten silver tea-spoons,
one piano, one silver ladle, one
gold watch, house-holdd furnitre,
kitchen utensils, poultry, &e., re.
Terms and Conditions.
The movable effects up to ifty
dollars CASH, and torall sums over
fifty dollars one-halfeash and the
balance payable in the monthi of
January, 1879, said balamne tobe le
presented by promissory note. W.th
good and solvent seeanlty, payable
to the order of the Administrator,
Jean Baptiste GQedry, with inter
est fron maturity until .paid a the
rate of eight per cent. per annum,
and the landed property, one-fourth.
cash and the balance payable in
three equal installments, one-third
in January, 1879, one-third in Jan
unary, 1880, and one-third in Janua
ry, 1881, purchasers furnishing
their note with good and solvent
security in solide payable to the
order of the Administrator, Jean
Bapiiste Guedry; all of said notes
to bear interest from maturity un
til paid at the rate of eight per cent.
per annum, and in ca-e of Judicial
proceedings to recover the pay
ment of sand notesorany partthere
of, purchasers to pay five per eent.
for attorneys fees on the amount
sned for; the land to remalsupe
cially mortgaged andi hypothecated
with the vendors privilege, and the
elause de non aliensande to secure
the payment of saldd noteseventua
interest and attorneys feet,
P. J. GILBERT,
Parish of Assumption, December
B. N. 8IMB, &
Attoraey at Law,
DONALDSONYaLL, L. .
Will practice in the ParisbU of Asces
tiou, Asseaption, St. Jemam saSd t. Jobs
W-Busiueas promptly attended to.