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VOI.u'ME I. ST. MARTINSVILLE, I.A. SEI'TMBER 4th. I886. NUMBER 28.
THE AIME'NE'A c i'LE.
Al drrrti e.m.nt.
of the Parish of St. Martin.
A Fraudulent Friendship.
Ever siilee the late unpleasintness the
Repulblican party has been loud in its
profsions of friendship toward the col
ored ilaln. Upon the stump. in country
state and national conventios. it has
nvr lost an opportunity to place upon
paper something in reference, to the sa
eredl rights of the freendman. Tho.ir ora
tor- for lhours have labored upon this to
pie', often time.s waxing elolluent, and
their Isw*t writels have written in proli
fie and glowing style uponIll the subject
ue*er straining to make a point tJ:at the
Republican party was the real and only
friend of the colored man. Time and
time again have thoughtful people asked
themselves the question, "Is the iepuh
lican party's friendship genuine or is it
befriending the colored man in order to
control his vote? And when the self-styled
"party of great moral and modern ideas"
fails in getting the colored man's vote
will not the party's interest in his wel
fare cease? 'That such is the eme the
position taken by three Republican con
ventions in succession when platforms
were adopted without the slightest al
Insion to the negro, furnishes indubita
ble evidence that the so-called love pre
;iously manifested is fast waning. "In
fact" as the Tiaes --Democrat notes, when
upon the election of Cleveland they ut
terred their doleful predictions of the
fate awaiting the negro under a Demo
cratic national adminlstraLem they
Iurned their ships behind them. They
declared that the negro would be mal
treated, outraged, returned to semi-sla
very; that his condition would be a sad
and horrible one indeed, under a Demo
cratic President. As nothing of this
kind has come about, as the negroes are
better off to-day, more contented and
prosperous than when the Republicans
surrendered the national government, it
is of course. ilpossible for the latter to
,make any argument on this issue. and it
is wisdom for them to say nothing more
This action clearly shows the position
of the Republican party. When the ne
gro is no longer useful tb it, he is cast
aside without ceremony. What do the
colored men of the country think of it?
Are they willing to admit that they
should be a political nonentity unless
they vote the Republican ticket? No! Let
thenl show their manhoud by standing
with the good people among whom they
live and by their votes show that they
are not Republican serfs.
Forward! By this sign we conqu er.
"monerats remember th" watc'hword.
Letters Fromthe People.
[The Messenger is not responsible for
the views expressed by communications
published under this head]
Judge Edward Simon, candidate for
('ongress in the Third Itistrict, having
read audibly from the Ileria Enterprise,
the unfoundedi attack therein questioning
his democracy, and the sarcasm on his
long legs,---some one exclalmed "what
falsehoods in this attack."
"Well" said the Judge smiling, "this
was once tried on when I ran sue
cessfully in 1I79l foq"q' Constitutional
(ionvention, it can't hurt me my demo
cratic legs are saong enough, and my
Enterprise is ufficiently great to clear
all the Gates closed against me in my
way, and to carry me safely and Gayly
through the contest into Congress."
Mouton Vs. Fontelieu.
It is sate to say that the race for the
Judgeship has settled down to Mouton
It is, perhaps, glnerally known that in
quitting a lucrative law practice and in
consenting to accept the provisional
judgeship, it was understood by the bar
that Mr. Manms wald be candidate.
Or Mouton acepted the appointment, we
belip, with that understanding.
It must be eoniede (I no better man
can be found in the district for this tru4.
He is young, energetic and brilliant; a
clear thinker, close reasoner, a lucid and
fascinating speaker. As a lawyer he
ranks high. 111 statements of positiod
are as clear as the sun; he discusses
with charming lucidity whatever he
takes up. With the people he is popular.
His impartiality is eoncedeil, and their
will be no dissent among those who
know him-and he is pretty well known
in the district-to the statement that to
know is to admire him. His campaign
will be active, vigorous and aggressive.
For our part we refuse to entertain any
other belief that the one that he will be
Voters who are nat registered should
hasten to do so, every single vote
Let the Charges be Explicit.
"The Morgan City Free Press alludes
to Judge Mouton as having been irregu
lar-or anything else that we might in
fer-in the recent Bayou Bontte war
trial. Will the Messenger or Reveille
please inform."--aouslana Farmer 24%.
We found the article referred to so
silly and vague as not to be worth n
cing. But, since our esteemed Noew l1
ria contemporary has resurrected
matter we will say that if the Free Pre
will furnish uis such specifeations, and
the name of its Informant, as will pe
sent the matter in a clear light, we p
mise to refute its allegations with very
Distruction of Charleston.
Charleston. S. C, was almost entirely
destroyed by several severe shocks of
earthquake, last Wednesday. The whole
city panic stricken, fled to open spaces
and parks for shelter and safety. Forty
persons were killed, and about 10()
wounded. The ctty is a mass of ruins,
business is suspended and all communi
cationts are cut off. Three quarters of the
hnildings are unhabitable, the situation
beggars discription. Loss estimated at
from eight to ten millions of dollars.
A powder magazine, at Chicago, was
struck by lightning last Sunday, and
explsled, one person was killed and sev
eral were seriously wounded, the proper
ty destroyed is estimated at seventy five
Bayou Sarah has experienced a very
disastrous fire last Saturday. The fire
occurred in the upper portion of the town,
and is supposed to be the work of an in
cendiary, the lees is estimated at about
President Cleveland has appointed Hon.
T.C. Manning, late chief Justice of the
Supreme Court of this State, Envoy Ix
traordinary and Minister Plenipotentia
ry of the United, States to the Republic
of Mexico, vice Henry L Jackson, resign
We are on to that little combination.
Trade seems to be picking q some.
The weather this week has baes deci
We had the pleasure of a call this
week, from our young friend George
We have been putting up some neat
and tasty jobs of late. See samji8 at
We noticed Dr. Thomas, who has just
pulled through a severe spell of sick
ness, riding about this week.
If appearances are a lure indication,
work is brisk at the blacksmith and
wheelwright shop of Regis and Journet.
Mrs. A. Gernand, after a two months
trip, in the Northwest, visiting friend.
and relatives, returned home last Mon
Our friend Ed. Knight spent the week
among the "hoary cypress and staid old
Druids"--and is none the worst for the
An impromptu soiree was given al
Duchamp's Hall, Thursday evening, by
the young men, and was highly e)4.ya
ble to all preset.
The saw-aill of Messrs. Guerinlere
Bros. which his not been in workini
trim for some time past, commenced
operations this week.
The midnight prowlers are again a
their devilty-entering houses am
frightening the inmates. We trust tha
every one will keep a gun loaded and I
a chance offers give the mislmesa th
We failed last week to note the fact
that Maurice Marcel the slayer of Chas.
Soule, had been released from jail on
bond. His father going security.
In our advertish:g columns will be
found the announcement of Judge Edw.
inmon's candidacy for Congress. The
Judge is well known as a man of ability
and if electe# would make, we doubt,
not a fair representative.
Though the two saw-mills at Breaux
Bridge are idle at present. a lumber yard
has been established there by Messrs.
Gall and Pharr of New Iberia, with our
friend .Jules Jamumard as agent--ther
seems to be a fair demand for lum
The obstinate drouth we are now en
during has caused a scarcity of rain wa
ter. We don't think it is exageraton to
say that one-third of the people are
dependent on the other two-thirds for
their drinking water.
Several youngamateurs from this town
will give to-morrow at Loreauville, a
dramatic entertainment for the benefit
of a worthy cause. The play selected
for this occasion is "Le Grand Barbs
monehi," a pretty comedy written by
our townsman Felix Voorbhies Esq.
Mr. W. E. Bienvenu is having the rear
of the store formerly occupied by J. P.
O'Rourke A Co., fixed up, and when fin
ished will reside there with his family.
He will soon open, in the front part, a
first class store of general merchan
Mr. Darcourt Dugas will to-day, ship
the first bele of ootton from this parish.
The cotton was ginned by Mr. Henry
Steckler, and is of line quality. Mr. Du
gas is an intelligent and enterprising
planter, and has one of the finest crops
of the parish. 1
In another columan we publish the call
of the chairman of the Democratic Con
gressional Committee, for a nominating
Convention, to select a candidate for
Congress, to be held in Franklin on the
25th. Instant. St. Martin is entitled to
Hon. Alfred Voorhies had the misfor
tune of being bitten by a vicious cur a
few days ago. Returning from Lake
Cataboula he was stopped on the way,
by a friend, and invited to get down and
take a cup of coffee. While at the table
spping his coffee, he felt a slight tug
g gat his pants, not knowing what was
bematter, he moved his position, when
he quickly felt a set of sharp teeth en
tering his leg just below the knee-joint
-a very palnful wound was inflicted.
The sore isnow healing fast, and will
obviate tbe necessity of a trip across the
pond to interview Mr. Pasteur.
Demnee ts, Attuenti !
A mass meeting of the Demnoratle vo
ters of St. Martin will be held in Breaux
Sunday the 12th of Sept. 1885.
for the purpose of electing five delegates
to thCongresi~onal Convsntiuon:and also
for any business relating to the coming
election that may he cilled up.
By order of the President prom t of the
Phh. Dem. Kr. COnm Armnus (illard.
C A Thomas, RPcrtary.