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JUSTICE TO ALL
VOLUME L. ST. MARTINSVILLE. L.,. MAY 15th. 1886. NUMBER I..
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The Governor's Mesage.
Gov. McEnery sent in a very interes
ting message to the Legistature which
convened at Baton Rouge, last Monday.
Though lengthy it will amply repay
perusal. Many important subjects are
candidly treated, and should the recom
mendations, or at least a part of them,
be heeded, the people will be greatly
beneftted. The message shows that
many of our complaints are purely ima
ginary. The crops. Its says, have been
abundant; the health of the State un
exampled; the levees have never been
In better condition than now: the public
schools have increased in efilelency; the
agriculturist's interests are Improving;
taxes are not onerous; property, life and
liberty have been preserved and protec
ed ad justicefhas been speedily admi
nistered. One passage in the message
which ought to attract general attention
reads: "the government must protect
itself and in the duty and authority to
require enforce attendance in public
schools, the State has a right to inter
vene for its own protection. The igno
rant man as a voter is as powerful as the
most learned. The people are sovereign
and every reason dictates that the voter
shbould be fitted to fulfill the duties of
citizeabhip," Thlsissound logic. There
are many important matters that hbs
been left unsaid, but, we presume. un
less the Legislature falls to take them in
bnasideration, the Governor will address
a supplemental message to that body
covering what was left out. However,
taklng it all in all, it is a strong docu
A meruhant who opens a butiness es
tabiishment does so with a view to sell
goods. Some seek after trade, others
rest spirely and wait for tradeto core
to them; some are eager that the people
shoul know what they have In stock,
otheres prefer the people to And out. what
they keep in store; some are held in In
vitiagtestomers; others seem a me
(to judge by their actions) that they are
Ia buemem; e prespers and th other
dent. The prosperus merchants have
dilerent modes to bring their waves be
fore the publie-aome will trust to a
elegant at, hoping the purehaser will
boom his house; somwill throw in "In
galappe" and trust they will talk about
his generoity; some will hang out and
expose In trnt of their stores nearly half
of their stock, thinkling to appall the cu
pidity ofthepasser by;some employ dum
iaes; while a few will use the peans of
giving the most promiscuous publicity,
byadvertisng in their local paper. This
latter class requests you to visit their
stock -they are not afraid of the quality
of their goods, they Invite a comparison
of prces, they do not ask you to ruan all
over ereation fer what you need, since
you can ind what you want at their
counter, in fine they are neither asha
med of their calling nor afraid of compe
tition. Those merchants you can safely
Progrees of The South.
It can hardly have esacped the notice
of close observers that the proposition to
appropriate funds flona the federal
treasury to incerease tihe educational fa
cilities of the South received its chief
support, if not original suggestion. from
the census of 1880. The shock which
t inking men of the whole country ses
tained when the returns of that year
showed that nearly half the voters in
southern states were illiterate had im
mediate outcome in a movement design
ed to correct the evil. The idea pre
vailed then and thereafter that illitera
ey with its train of dangers, was neing
opposed by influaces not sufficiently
counteractive, and that the south was
either hopelessly ndifferent to educa
tion or financially incompetent to meet
emergency. People failed to perceive
that though the increase from 1870 to
1880 in the aggregate number of illiterate
in the late slave-holding states h td been
more than half a million, yet illitereay,
considered relatively to the growth of
the population, had actually deereased
forty-fie in every thousand inhabitants
and hence had become a vanishing dan
ger. And more than this, no account
whatever was taken of the progress
southern education had already made,
and In increasing degree was still ma
king. It Is only within a year that we
have come to recogia the hopeful signs
of the southern educational work. A
sober review to the whole eduaetioeal
Seld in the south during the decade re
veals a stady and rapid progress in the
work ofeemmenschools in the highest
degree encouraging, and points to a gra
tifying stats of intelletual and moral
A Palpable Otrage.
Thmrm of Gates Veaasey of this
plae purcased in New York lately a
bill of goods to be ed in connection
with their soap festory here. The arti
cles ast 82.50 and the freight by steam
er toNewOrlean $0 making a total
of $1180 for the entire sum disbursam
for the let of merchandise, freightinclu
ded,to tsthaity. Tranetred to a ar
the goods were delivered at New Iberia
a distance of 136 miles, ant the freight
charged here was $11Str 6 c ts less
than the cost of the articles and the
cost of transportation to New Orleans.
A, Hillard. Esq., was In town this
Died Sunday May thb. 1886, Miss AU
sla Francols, at the age of 22 years.
Never ask a young lady why her back
hair doesn't match that in front.
Sheriff Broussard left last Thurday fot
Baton Rouge to effect his final settle
ment with the State for the collection of
The Mikado Social Club, will spread
in a few days, a Terpsichorean feast for
its friends, but of this more anon.
Judges Moore and Clegg, held a ses
sion of the Circuit Court, here this week.
We are not Informed if much business
Mr. B. Dyer advertises ia to-days pa
per. In handing his card for insertion,
Sh said he is ready to compte with any
one for cheap prices.
The property of the Etate of Chas.
Guerinlre, as advertised was sold last
Wednesday. at publie auetion and
brought very low prices. The Cypress
Island plantation for instance, sold for
only two thousand dollars.
There was a croquet party at Mrs. W.
A. Bienvenue, past Wednesday, where
were congregated the beauty of the town.
It was a very enjoyable affair.
Reports come to us that the crops are
growing splendidly. The acreage, we
believe, is larger than last season, and
should our planters be favored with pro
pitions weather, a large crop will be
The curs are getting disagreably nu
merous, and it is about time for his
Honor the Mayor to Issue and ediet to
dispatch them to the "happy hunting
Mr. Charles Bouligmy, who was strick
en with an attack of apoplexy, some
weeks ago. Is, we are glad to learn, do
ing well, and, will soon we hope, be up
and attending to his usual avoca
We want ts to go on record: We
have land, in this parish, susceptible of
the highest improvement, and that, we
ean if we choose raise all we consume.
And if the best results are not obtained
the fault lies at our own door.
One hundred dollars looks like a pretty
steep price for a two months old calf,
but Dr. H. P. Onilbeau, of Breaux
Bridge, don't think so, for that is just
the price he paid, the other day, for one
of that age, with a pedigree ever so
We are in a position to aver with po
sitiveness that the pubtle schools, both
as to attendanee and good order, are in
a fourishing condition, and the progress
of the children in their studies, is also,
very satisfactory. Our eiclent School
Board, is employing the means at hand
to the best advantage.
Mrs. Hypolite Martinet, aged years
died last Saturday and her mortal re
mains were intmred in the Catholic ce
metery Sunday evening. A large con
courseof friends attended the funeral.
This venerable old lady was endowed
with a benedcent spirit-thoroughly cha
rltable, deeply religious, and was a kind
mother, and good friend. She leaves a
large family to deplore her demise. She
was the mother of L. A. Martinet, the
editor of the Louisiana Standard. Peace
to her ashes.
Front the New Ibheria Enterprise of the.
8th. inst., we learn that 'last week, on
Friday or Naturday. as the steamer Dul
rio came through the bridge across
the Bayou, at Breaux Bridge. the
bridge keeper seeing that the tuimoke
stack would strike the raised span of the
bridge, let go the erank and the span
came down on the boat, and the pilot
house and cabin as well as smoke-s.tack
were wrecked, The Durlo belongs to
the Iberia Oil Mills of Gates A Vesaey,
who will put in a claim for damages
against the parish of St. Martin." At
this writing, our knowledge of the facts
in the premises extend no further than
what is gleaned frona the statement of
our contemporary, hence we refrain
from passing any comments thereon, at
Not content with throwing dead cat,.
dogs. cattle and other offal In the l&t y..i.
now comes some unknown to us Ignora
mus, who, not knowing to what conse
quences his act may lead, has. sometime
during the night of last Mopday, duam
ped a barrel of fecal, barrel and all. In
that stream. When it is known that
many people use this water for house
hold purposes, weud reprebeenble sets.
must be nipped I. the bud. And. If
none are existing, a strigent ordinance
to cover such cases, should be imnme
diately adopted, and, we know, we can
trust the Mayor for its proper enforce
ment. We hope, we will be pardoned
for bringing this matter before the pub
lie but it may be the only way to meet
the eye of the offender.
A Card of Thanks.
Extraet from the minutes of Vol. Fire
Co. No.1, boheld on May 6th. 1886. On
motion of Mr. Aug. Maralst, duly secon
ded and unsalmounly carried, it was re
solved that the sincere thanks of this
company be sad are hereby tendered to
the ladies sad gentlemen who contribu
ted to the entertainment given on the
2ad. of May, for our benefit, be it fur
ther resolved that a copy of the above
resolution be furnished by the Sereetary
protein, to the St. Martin Reveille and the
A true copy from the minutes.
W. A Bleavenu
A Card of Thanks.
St. Martinville, May 5th. I l8.
0 MNotion of Mr. W. A. Blevenu sec
ended and unanimously atopted.
It was resolved that the thanks of the
St. Martinville Mutual Benevolent Asso
elation be and are hereby tendered to
Messrs. A. de Laureal., . Mouton, L. G:e
rinlere. J. B. Pene, J. A. Hitter, Felix,
Edward, Daniel, Charles and Albert
1 Veorhles, for their kind assistance In the
" entertainment of the 25th. of April last.
I given for our benefit,and that this rt
solution be spread on the minutes and
published in the St. Martin Reveille and
A true opy from the minutes.
Raphael DoB:ane Sec'ty.