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TU VIL! MIBNEGER.
JUtTICE TO ALL
VOLI'ME I. ST. MARTINSILLE, LA., MAY lt. 18 8. NUMBER 10.
The Y. B. A.Entertainment.
Sanday the theatrical performance
given by the Mutual Benevolent Assoeia
tion, of this town, despite the inclemency
of the weather drew a fair audience in
Duchamp's Hall, and we are told tihe re
sult in a financial view proved satisfae
tory. The play performed was a one act
comedy written by our townsman, Felix
Voorhies Esq.. for the occasion, and we
must say that its sueeess was so great
as even to overtop the highest expecta
tions of our friend the author. From
the raising of the curtain to the end of
the play, the audience was kept in up
roarious merriment, and its appreciation
was expressed ty frequent applause and
quantities of bouquets were thrown on
The play is entitled, "L'hotel du Lapin
Etripe,"-it is well written, well planned
and full of apt repartees and unexpec
ted situations. In the cast was the au
thor, who, as a matter of course, rendered
his part admirably. Albert, in the cha
racter of Mrs. Bequette. Charley as ......
Dan, as Coco Labraise, and Edward, as
Cesaire, his friend, all four sons of the
*"nthor sustained their respective parts
sy,.leUddly, as was attested by the deaf
ening applause with which they were
greeted. Mr. Vavasseur Mouton and Mr.
.\lfrrd Hitter, as the traveling elerks,
were exceedingly amusing, and the eha
racters well played. Mr. J. B. Pene, as
the cook. and Mr. Alfred de Laureal, as
"L'homme presse," and Mr. Lionel Gueri
niere, as the waiter, also deserve special
praise for their acting as it was as per
feet as amateurs can reeah. All told it
was a big success. The Messenger warm
ly congratulates Mr. Voorhies, on his
success, which by the way, is not his
first in that line, and we dare say that
every one present entertained the same
The fact is, this weather that we have
been having furnishes a theme not quite
as agreable as prolific. For, it assumed
so to speak, all kinderf proportions-one
day, cool, clear, and bracing, the next,
sky overcast with threatening clouds,
which after frolicking would burst sad
inundate "the earth." Last Tuesday was
particularly a disagreable day-rain, and
a heavy one, with a strong wind blowing
from early morn' till after close of day.
At this wriMpg, a mild pleasant day
we are enjoying.
The agriculturist in consequence, are
not in a happy frame of mind; some
see a great drawback, others while not
so gloomy, are by no mesas satisded.
After a hard rain like the one of last
Tuesday, many are under the impression
that ground plowed but not planted will
necessitate re plowing, while some may
that by running the plow in the middle
of the rows, planting and then cover,
will answer. But, be this as it may,
those with whom we have conversed have
a mighty far of expression in their eyes.
--.se.ý. . k.. " k.... 1.... "L L..e
"Hail, bouteous Mg I that dost in
Mirth and youth and fond desire ;
Woods and groove are of thy dream
Hill and dale both boast thy bless
"The ectom of abserving May-dy,er
the frst of May, with foral and fesive
ceremonies, is older than the Middle
Ages and is probably the lieside.
cndant Roman loralia, or fetival
in homnr of Flora, celebrated from April
28 to May Lad.
"In England, the custom of going out
a-Maying is metioeed in Chaucer aad
Shakepeare. Before sunrls young peo
ple went tothe groves to gather flowers
and branches of foliage to aorn the
village May-pole, aroud which the daa
ting was kept up. A queen ae the May
the most beautiful in the village was
elected for crowning.
"Ift ths prety eaotom ever was in v
gue here, it must have fallen in "ano
coma desuetude," for our "reesllection
extends not to its remembrance."
"However, its observanee is on the ta
pis, for to-morrow, when, shold the in
tentions of the projectors be carried eat,
it will be a novelty In our midst
The Volunteer Fire Co. No. , will be
tendered a benefit, by the ladies, uader
the direction at Mrs. de SL aurent to
morrow. Weas toM, ant Dnote, by
the puble annoumeement, aam al
attractions will be ofered for the amage
ment of all those atteadlag the eter
tainment A lengthy and varied pro
gramme has on prepared, and nthiag
has been left undone to makste-monbw
evein "a red setter dar in theammale
ot the amuement lnein lthis town. T
esoause for whih given should be a
eient but as value for your money will
be given, we hope alarge rowdu wlll be
Attorney General Garland's testimony
in the telephone inquiry shows cond
sirely thathe has been guilty ot
honorable conduct. It would hale le
ed better had be not taken, when a ema
tort the United States, the Pan-Electrlc
stock tendered hlm, but the ompay was
not asking, and there was no reason to
easpect that it ever would ask for legls
lation to promote its interests. In tet,
the eiremetanes wereo such that it
could not be benefitted in that way. As
attorney general Mr. Garland had noth
ing whatever to do with bringing the
suit to test the validity of the Bell pa
A Worthy Kove.
We understand that a project is on
foot to ask the town eounecil to make a
special appropriation for the fre depart
ment of this town. And should this be
for some cause, unfeasible, then the re
quest will be made, for the counneil to
formulate an appeal to the tax-payers,
whereby they will be placed in a pool
tlon to expres their views in regard to
the levying of a special tax, yearly, for
the object above mentioned. We have I
new threeeomplales, and, we think, it is
rather too heavy an expense on the indl
vidual members thereof, and wrong, to
expect them, out of their private funds
to provide for the necessary pnipmnts.
While the members, or companle, have
asked no elp, it is nonete lees but Just
that the property owners hould willing
ly contribute, or be taxed a mite towards
keeping the enginesand appurtenanes
in good working orking order. We advance an
opinion held by many in saying that
with a thorough, well-egasade and
well-aeiped department, insuramne
would be greatly lesseed, and th money
so saved would be quite a sum. There
fore, we trust those who have this mat
ter in hand, will hasten to feel the pub
e pulse, ad be successfl in their en
The parish hotel has onlyone nmate.
The Ditrket Court has been In sea
aln this week.
Died Saturday Awrlt. Jimmy Be
gisaged 33 yesas.
We have a srtd uand I that a shln
gis mll here wou pay.
Ie seam, sherhst Soda water and
Cakes at Hubert's ladles parlor.
They are talking oft ergdllig a
Knights of Hoser Ledge here
The ranasof last Tuesday saede the
Teebe to rie easulderably. It is now
Always remember when you want to
buy the best to eoesult our advertlsing
Mr. Desire Bouevalt has opened a
barber shop, n the rear oe Mr. G. Four
net's coaee hoae.
Married at New Orleans, Thursday
April 29th. Loea L. Baker of this town
to Mies Maggie Lewis of New Orleans.
A colored denaisea was arrestld and
brought before Juge . DoeBlan, la
Tuesday accused of stealing meet ac.
from another gent. of diky hue, on the
Buacker place. A little 1l year ied black
chip was the main witaess. A little in
terrogation elicited this information:
the boy ealdtbhat e (the by) had stolen
the things at the Lnstgatien Of the aeu
sed, blng promised two dollars for s
doing. The accused denied all knowl
edgeofthetheft. Both bound over to
Sappear besre the District Court.
Hon. Alfred Voorhiee, Representattve
from this parish, takes hi departure to
morrow for Baton touge, where the Gen
eral Assembly of the State of Louislana
convenes next mnday.
Str. A. Durlo, towing a barge loaded
with lumber, paesed bound up, la Wed
needay evening. The Durik was also
heavily laden with lumber. We believe
her caru is desined for Breaux Brdge.
Mr. Henry Molalen. whose several
college friends In this town, will, we are
s be pleased to learn that be is now
the river reporter of the New Orleas
Daly Chronicle. Until taklng eharg of
his new poiltin, he was usecondierk of
the Sir. Warren plying in the Opeleoa
Ineonverstien with me oft r mer
chants, the other day, he exprssed the
belief, that why, and the wherefore of
our trade depresuson was fund In the
fact that the town is arruedd by eeua
try s~tom . leeuated heertees. And
aid that the trade whieh formerny ama
here isbeing done at tbese plne. Seme
ruth in ths.
A Few Chips.
ast Carroll parish does net we a
cent, andhl s 1800 dolar is the treae
LA. Iure, an go o Cbogres, from
the Secomd Dstrict, itf he bee inuined
The Opodsm Courer aep that se
rlf Duson aseribes the bet of oely me
prioner be ing n the parshhl to s
goed esste ao tos Sunea law.
The Plenyne very aptly says th re
ferme are prismo who wet ether per
snaeto rengr.. The penohliiaM Is a
m who wans is asighMr to quit
uReresentative Pr et doss sat hew
a w g the peepMes msy the
mlntuanetof a slse milHea, t as
much as the meyspent I w that par
000 wae wsturned up by the pew a few
days agoby astrmer at werk In Ms eail
at Batehbrg C.
A petition rm coloed men ro
meatly been seat to C Pgrem aklg ar
the creation f a egrle terrilry, the o
jeet beinlg to seaure a plae whers the
ingrees ma live by themselves as the
Indian do in the Idian Territory.
The Demoerat Tribse, eof Mlnden, says
t is betterto have a majity of the
Pollee Jurie In fourteen Paishes Be
publicsa than to have a majerity t the
paIshes under the government f rinl
'poltlciaas wb ears nsthinlg w the pee
ple." As soon as the coming legslature
adjourns we hope to be a poetion to
sling this query: "Where was Moses
when the light went out.
Real fets of the ortd ase, a cemplete
history eo the trial and conviction of he
sed.s, the eetief eesdemned Ste.
Can be aat the Post Ose, price I