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VOLUME I. S. MARTINSVILLE, I.A. MA1Y 22d. 1886. Nu1I;:ER 13.
TIlE " IE NE,(EER.
The Lien Law.
A bill Ihas Ieen lntrlaluiced in the lower
huse of ltie- General As..mcaily having for
its olject the repeal of that section of the
law having reference to the giving of a
lien on the crop for advances anld supplies.
Amnd in its stead it i! prolkesl to p:ass "an
act in con pliance with article ':1 of the
Constitution, for the protretion of credi
tors against the frameit;ent practices of
debtors, and for ,ise.oering and reaching
the property and fundlt of debtors." And
as a rider to "tax every per:on in the
country parishes who sells winesor liquors
in quantties above a gallon, 43'4) a year,
andl fine thlset who sell hes than a gallon
or allow any lilquor to be drunk on the
premises. fromn $5Pt to *l1lt, for each of
feane," Such is te' prloposel remedy for
the cure of -what e'very one who I;has gil
en the matter ally serious thought must
admit-a very vicious system. Without
a doubt every planter and merchant
would hail with pleasure ally measure
that would tned to relieve them from the
sinking conditionl in whlic: they are pla
cel by force of circumlitance. Both,
have labored too long under crlnshirg
disadvantages. Instead of prospering
thte are getting poorer every dlay. But,
will the proposed bill produce the results
its advocates anticipate ? most of the
small planters oft this perish, at least are
pretty deep ls debt. They make but one
crop -cotton, this goes to the merchant.
After settlement at the end of the year,
the planter Ihas uot a cent cc:ming to
him-- he is at the complete mercy of the
merchant. And having but little of
what he consumes the necessities of
life,--should the merchant, believing that
he is not allowed sufficient security in
the future, refuse any further advances,
anad unless given aid by the charitably
nclined starvation and suffering would
be the lot of the poor planter. We re
regniae that the system under which our
agrculturists labor at present is slinking
him deeper and deeper in the mire of
debt, but let not the remedy be to violent.
We admit that could tile planter he given
or had the means to tlet indep n'ently,
one year ahead this ptoposed law wouldebe
a-Cdl-send, and may yet be, but the meas
ure must be weighed carefully before its
adoption, nmo as not to entail suffering on
Our worthy Sheriff T. L. Brounsard re
turned home from Baton Rouge, last
Thursday evenilg having effected his fi
nal settlement with tile State tor the col
lectiont of taxes for the year i ). The
following from thie New Itbria Enter
prise of the Ilth. inst., is sm:lta:itially
correct: Sheriff T. L Broumssard of St.
Martin, has made his settlement for 1il
and 15% ;and(l the percentage is over t1
per cemnt, which wheni we consider thle
diflienlties under which he has had4 to
lalbor in effectintg collecitioln and forcing
tihe palllyent of taxes is not merely creli
table ti;t exceptionally gewol. e dolbht
whetheras geewl a slhowinghasevr r iw,'fre
beeni mae in thle collectioln of tax-s inl
Court of Appeals.
Judges Moore and Clegg held a ses
sion of the C'ircuit Court. here. last Mon
day week. anmd passed upon the follow
in the matter of the matter of .lules A.
Raswebor vs. T. I,. Broussard'Sheriff and
'I his is a suit by the Plaintiff by way
of third opposition to have his lien and
privilege on cotton and corn seized by
the Sheriff, to satisfy a certain judgment
and to have the proceeds of the sale of
said seized property palid by preference
over the seizing creditor. Judgment was
rendered by District Court in favor of
plaintiff, and said judgment is atinrmed
by Court of Appeals.
In the nmatter of the Estate of Belizaire
Elisee Thibodeaux - opposition to de
amand of aduministratuon. The Judg
aleut of the l)istrict Court dismlissed the
opposition-and this judgment is rever
sed tiy the Court of Appeals.
In the nattl of Jean Gerac and Ro
nain Francet vs S. V. Martin. An ac
tion to have assessment for taxes of 1885
reduced. Judgment of the District
Court rejected Plaintiff's demand, and
was aflirmed by the Court of Appeals.
Fish, craw-fish and crabs are $lenti
ful on the market every I'riday morn
The Corporation authorities have had
ditches dug along all the back streets of
The Str. New Iberla, was in port last
Wednesday evening and discharged
quite a large freight at Landry's Ware
Hon. Alfred Voorhibles, member from
this parish, is chairman of one commit
tee and a member of several others, of
the House of Representatives.
The beneflcient rainfall at the com
mencement of this week did a world of
good. Vegetation has taken a fresh
hold, as it were, and is growingfast.
An enjoyable soiree was given at Mrs.
Baumgardner's residence last Saturday.
The young folks speak in glowing terms
of the pleasant time they had. .
Again the cheering information comes
to us that the crops are still growing fine.
We hope our planters will extend their
highest expectations, for no class are
more deserving of success.
The "Dames de Progres." a benevo
lent colored society, attended an anni
versary muass at the Catholic Church, last
tuesday morning, in procession, headed
by the Union Brass Band.
The Mikado Social Club has issued in
vitations for a "soiree dansante," to take
place this afternoon at I)uchanmps's Hall.
This sterling organization, clnmplosed of
the elite as our young len, never do
things by halves, hence, we are sure
those who attend will have a jolly and
The destruction of the alligator for
thllr skins. hal grown to large prolNr
tions in the last two or three years. A
couple of hunters wert out this week
killing quite a nlluier.
Chief IDeputy Fleming, last Thur day.
got wind that one Henry Williams. an
earaped convict. was in the viet!:ity of
town. 'UpIon Immdliate investigation a
Henry Williams was found. but he was
not the man wanted.
I he first week in June. we are told, is
the time fixed for the entertainment of
the children of the Convent sch4ools.
Fromn appearances. we believe, we are
safe in venturing the assertion that they
will surpass all previous efforts.
Archibishop Leray. through his attor
neys. has instituted suit against the Cor
poration of St. Mlartinsville. for "slander
of title." i. e.. for having erected, with
out the ue'nalict and against the wishes
of the said llil:tiff a town eulahllaose,
on laud claimed hby him. D:inaages in
the sumll of five hundred dollars and alI
costs are prayed for. This suit is likely
to bring some things to the surface
which have been resting quiet for many
Deputy Sheriff Anmede Champagne,
brought in two prisoners (col.) named
Augustin Langeon and Jean B. Marti
net, last Thursday and they were iocar
cerated in the parish jail. They are
charged with assault and intent to kill
one Nicholas Andre. They are from th!
"Grande Anse.'" in the upper part of the
parish., where the alleged assault was
committed. There are at present in jail
five prisoners, all black.
Our friend Chris. Fitzgerald has a
-obby little apiary--some 30 hives. lie
will this season get about a hundred gal
lons of honey and may be more, With
the use of a patent extractor working by
the centrifugal process, the honey is ex
tracted from the comb without a dreg
or single foreign substance remaining
therein. The honey is as clear and pure
as crystal. Our young friend has not
had much leisure to attend to his hives
but with what little time he could spare
had demonstrated the fact to his satis
faction, that, properly conducted, there
is money in it. Those wishing tobtiy
prime honey can call on him.
Why did you strike thus man? asked
"I had sufficient cause, your Honor.
He came to my house the other day on a
visit. lie criticized my children; he
laughed ot my daughter's singing; he
ridiculed the fish story I told him; he
put my wife to a great deal of trouble at
dinner time; he turned up his nose at
the vittles placued on the table, and- "
"But all that gave you no excuse to
strike him with a stick of stove-wood." -
" know; but let me get through. Af
ter dinner he began to talk about the
proposed huilding of the Hlail conjointly
by the M. B. A. & V. Fire Cotmpany.
Then I hit him.,"
"ialll ellh! Did be talk about that? I
fine you ten dollars for not shooting
The Flontelieu imlIwachlulent cIlas was
The Dlemocratic caucus favors the all
poitltieut of Police Jurors by the tov
ernor. Ilence,, the parish affairs will le
coutinued in faithful and worthy hanei..
The? el)l.mocratic party again showed its
The Legislature has adlopted a relun
of symnpathyrfor Ireland in her just ef
forts for home rule. Also praising (lad
stone and Parnell. The Secretary of
State was requtedtal to trnansmit copies
of their re:elltio to the two latter gen
Mr. Provost of Iberia, introduced an
act in the house to fix and regulate pI'
senger fair on railroads at 3 cents a mile.
and imposing heavy finues for its viola
tion. It is to he hoped that the re tll.
man's efforts will he crowned with sue
There is no doubt that the adoption of
Corporeal punishment for petit lareeny
would tend to stop stealing. No one
who once submitted to the infiction of
the lash would be apt to steal again.
The cure woul4 be radical. But we
are opposed to any such meanure. No
artbarity should be tolerated in this
State. leucee we believe the bill will
fall of adoption.
The coliunittee on the Constitution
will report unfavorably on the bill to
amend theConstitution so as to enlarge
the civil jurisdictton of Justices of the
Peace. It certainly would be to the
interest of tax-payers if some of the
higher Courts were- abolished uand the
Jlustices of the Peace given power to try
and decide minor offences; but. then we
suppose the hangers'on must be taken
Our Choice For Congress.
Hon. B. .. GOay.
We are in favor of the re-election of
Mr. Gay baeen he is the right man in
the right plae--he suits the people who
seat him to Washington to wateh over
their lnterests, which are amselantly me
naced by a knot o1 theoretical politicians
whose anti-tariff schemes would, if ar
ried out, convert lower louisiana into a
The _ar interests of Louisiana, front
which half a million of people derive
haeir sustenance, and to maintain which
millions of eapital are annually Called
into requisition, cannot be entrusted to
Mr. Gay i one of the largest sugar
planters in Louisiana, and has invested
thousands upon thousands of dollars to
develop the sugar industry of our State
he is a thorough planter and manufactu
rer, ntimatelyaequainted with the wants
of the planter and laborer, and is posseemed
of business talents which lift himi high
above the plane occupied by politl"'lans
In supporting Mr. Gay we reflect the
wishes of the i)emoratic party of4 Iler
ville,end we trust the" party throughout
the District will show its preference for
) tendering him a ;natimous nmuan
Sin conventimn assenibled. it is
due to himt because he h as been a faith
ful erv;art and because it is uge.