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VOLUME I. ST. MARTINSVILLE, LA. SEPTEMBER 18th. 1886. NUMB.ER j0.
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of the Parish of St. Martin.
The Free Press of Morgan City
We were much pleased with the ex
planation given by the Free Press of
Morgan City. concerning what that pa
per calls the Bayou Boutte war buncome
as ,oming from a gentleman who knows
all tile circunºt:nuces connected with
the case. Court % ill meet here on the
fir-t Monday of next month, when all
tlwe facts of this affair as those growing
out of the preliminary examinations
held before Judge Mouton will be fully
investigated by the Grand Jury and the
truth will come out. In the meanwhile
we would be thankful to the Free Press
if Ihe could explain how it was that!
Spring James, the would be deputy Con
stable appointed specially to execute
the warrants for the arrest of Ernest
Mtel, was sworn as such by the magis
trate on the 21st of July 1886. in Morgan
City, when it was proven by Spring
James himself and other witnesses who
testified in the preliminary examination
that he Spring James did not go to Mor
gan City on said day; but was and re
mained all of said day on Bayou Chene
in the parish of St. Martin.
As the Free Press. seems to take much
interest in this Bayou Boutte war, and
anxious to know all the circumstances
connected with this case we take this
opportunity to inform the Free Press
that on the 15th. instant on the prelimi
nary examination of Sandy and Lorenzo
Randall Jr. charged with shooting at
the dwelling house of Valasin Sparks, a
gentlemam from Morgan City or vicinity
by the name al Lewis Paul alias Jack
Paul was sworn and testiled as a witness
on behalf ofthe Randalls, and was im
mediately arrested by the court on mo
tion of the District Attorney, for perjury:
Attidavit was made by the District At
tor:y against said Lewis Paul alias Jack
Paltti for perjury. And Mr. Paul is now
in our jail.
The Democratic Mass Weeting
Sehlom. if ever, have we seen a larger
gathering of the sturdy Demoeracy of
the Parish. than was seen at Breaux
Bridge last Sunday. To give an idea of
the number of people present, it is only
neceafary to state that the Firemen's
!Hall, where the meeting was held, has a
seating capacity of over 714), and it was
crowded. hence, allowing a pretty fair
guess of the number present.
The meeting was harmonious and en
thusiastic throughout, and marked in
terest was manifested in all the proceed
ings. Mr. Cyprien Guidry was "master
of ceremonies" and acquitted himself of
his onerous duties with credit.
Judge J. B. Mouton, was called and ad
dressed the people in his usual felicitous
happy and vigorous style. His remarks
elicited much applause
Gen. Alexander Declouet was discover
ed among the audience, and to prolonged
calls, the venerable gentleman ascended
the platform. He received a perfect ova
tion. He spoke feelingly and with tell
ing effect. lie traced the course of the
Democratic party, from the past to the
present day, and in strong convincing
language showed that the future prospe
rity of our country depended upon the
continuance of a wise Democratic admi
nistration. Throughout the course of
his remarks he was otfen interrupted by
Addresses were also made by Judge
Simon and Mr. Armand Martin.
It may be remembered that the Messen
ger said last week that the party was
never more united than now; we have
no reason to change that assertion.
St. Martin will undoubtedly give Judge
Mouton at the approaching election, such
a majority as will even surprise his
The delegates selected are among the
most respectable men of the parish, and
their selection reflects credit on the
meeting. They will represent St. Mar
The official proceedings of the meeting
are published in another column of this
We Must Stick Together.
The Ascension Democrat, in an able
article on unity in the party says:
Schism usually leads to severance and
severance means the co-alition of the
weaker side with the common enemy,
and in that step a renunciation of the
title of Democrat is virtually aceom
It is absolutely essential to a healthy
condition that difference of opinion
should exist within the party; it is in
the multitude of opposing councils that
the wisest policy is found and the best
men selected for standard bearers. Let
each one valiantl fight for his own end,
let him insist with all his powers of ar
gument and persuasion upon the adop
tion of his views, let him urge the nom
ination of his favorite candidate andad -
vance his interest by every available legi
timate means. But when the contest is
over, and the fight lost if he claims the
name of Democrat let him aequiesce in
the reeult and labor loyally for the con
This isgod Democratic doctrine and
what the Messenger has always preached.
Monday Sept. .St13i in the parish of
atfourche, F. A. Bienveun Jr, at the age
of 47 years. The remains were brought
here for interment, which took place
from the Catholic church, Wednesday
morning, and were accompanied to their
last resting place, by a large conensu
of sorrowing frienda
Diem was a kind father and a devoted
husband, a loving son and faithful broth
er, a true and helping friend, kind and
generous to all, agoed and useful eitiSe.
We extend to the family our heartfelt
sympathy in their sad afilction.
Messrs. Oscar Durand and (. W. Ban
ker shipped 20 barrels of new molasses
to New Orleans by the Morgan Railroad
Beer on ice at 5 cents a glass at
Our swampers have "exoded" to the
The month with an "R" is with us,
but where is the oyster?
We hear that the public schools will
he closed at the end of this month.
The round boat is advertised to resume
There is some talk of organizing a mi
litary company in Breaun Bridge.
The excursion given by the colored
eot.ple will take place to-day. The
t;= n will leave the depot at-o'clock a.m.
1Wn Beer on lee at e oents a glas at
There were several races, last Sunday
on the town track and the day was. en
livened by several "little excitements."
Some people must have faith in cotton
as a paying crop to judge by the num
her of gins being put up in different
parts of the parish,
By inadvertance, we failed to mention
in our last issue, the agreable soiree
given by Miss Laurence Mouton to her
The spell of obstinate drouth that has
been so severely felt, was broken last
Monday, when a heavy rain fell, and did
Several young people from this town
attended a social gathering, at Miss
Martha Mouton, in Lafayette parish,
last Saturday, and were highly pleased
with the evening.
We acknowledge receipt of a comnpli
mentary ticketto attend theGrand Tour
nament whieh will take place to-day,
at New Iberia, under the auspices of the
Attakapas Rangers. We invite all to
attend as the fete promises to be a grand
The Messenger tenders its thanks to
Democratie Mass Mesting.
Breax Bridge Sept. 1t 1888.
Begular Demoeratle Mes Meeting
called by the Demeeratle Executive
Committee of the Parish of St. Martin,
upon due call from the Hoe. Win. Vin
cent Chairman of the Demoeratie Exe
cutive Committee of the Third Congres
sional TlMtrlet at Breaux Bridge on this
Sunday September the 15th. 1886.
The meeting was ealled to order at 10
o'eieeNk L. .
On moden duly seconded the follow
ing oeems were unanimoemly elected.
PreMddet: Areade Patia.
Vice Presdents: Olivier Broumard Jr.
Valerier Martin, Alex. Thibodeaux, Cy
prim Melaneo, Charl Bees Sr., P. U.
Brenesard, Ulger Wers, Emile Babi,
F. A Domengeas, Ceeuse Angelle, Sidney
Babin, Adolphq Dupuis.
Secretary: W. A. Blenvenn,
The object of themeetlagwas explain
ed It being for the perpeme of eleeting
Delegates to represent this Parish in the
Convention to be held at Faanklin on
the 21th. day of dept. ltt, to nominate
a Democratic Candidate to represent the
Third Congresrionoal District in the
Fiftieth Unied Stateo Cougress.
On motion the following report and
resolutions submitted by toe Parish Ex
ecutive Committee were unanimously
To the mase meeting of the Demnenet'
at the Parish of St. Martin, convoked and
held at Breaux Bridge. St. Martin's Par
iab this Sanday the 12th day of Sept. 186.
By call of the members of thb. im, • -
tie Parish Kxecutive Coulttlee am1g
through Armas Gllard Iq.. their Pres
Ideat pro. ter, now their President, In
the absence of Valery luidry the then
Whereas the Democrats of this Parish
in view of the apprebhing Congreeaiom
al election in this District, have called
pon Valery Guidry thea President of
said Committee, through a well known
Democrat holding prxies from members
of said Committee, and have requested
him to call a mass meeting of the Demo
crate of this Parish at the usual place in
said Parish where smeeh etings areheld
to appoint parlsh Delegates to the Con
greesional Convention which will usnem
ble in the town of Franklin ae the Mth.
of Sept. 188, them to select and nomi
nate a Democratic Candidate for Cona
gres at the November election.
And whereas the said Valery Guidry
then President of said Committee, has
refused to doe so ad has declined to de
elare when he wond do so.
Be it resolved by the Democrats of
this perish in maw meeting aesem
bled, that it wasthe duty of the mem
bers of the Democratic Parish Com
mittee (all agreeng thereto except
thtthen Presldeatl take the matter
na bhad and to call threagh their Preal
deat pro tem, this mass meeting dor the
purpose above statd.
Be It further Resolved, that wtheras
noticees of this mas mesing at iresx
Bridge bavt been paMbled in the wo
issues of the two weekly newspapers of
this town (both of wMhir are Demerat)
and wheresas Drea Bridge is the meet
central point of the perish where all
general mas meetings have invariably
been held, the Democrats present at this
merting reprweset the true entimest
wish of and the party in this parish
Be it further resolved. That the Dem
ocrats of this parish do ereby approve
and ratify as a whle the action e the
members of the Demeeratie Parish le
etive Committee at Brmeaux Bridge on
Thursday Sept. 9th 1866; and condemn as
disorganising and destrsetiveof the uni
ty of the Democratic Party in this
Parish the action of Vlery Guidry to
have called a mass meeting of the Dem
ocrats of this perish or the same day, at
a remote point of the Parish for the sme
purpose to wit: to electdelegateand all
this after he had hatl ugalsnuce, that
ts meeting haalready bhn smle* and
after the sad nottee bad been published
in the newspapers aid by posters all over
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