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s oo JUSTICE TO ALL. S0 oo.
VoL M:' i. ST. MARTINSVILLE, LA. OCTOBER 15th. 1886. NUMBER 34.
A dredcri,~e ent.
of the Paris'i of St. Martin.
Third Congressional District,
lION. EDWARD J. GAY,
of Iberville parish.
Tw. ntv-first Judit al District,
JAMES E. MOUTON,
of St. Martin parish.
Extract From the .eport of
the Grand Jury.
To the Hon. James E. Mo:t ,n. Judge
of the 2lst.Judici.l T)istrit (', urt ;.f rhe
State of Louisiana. holding se.ssion in
and for the parL-h of St. Martin.
According to custom and usage, the
Grand Jurors of the brate of Louisiana
enipaneled to inquire in and for the body
of this parish, having completed their
labors, beg leave to submit to your hono
rable court, through their undersigned
foreman, the following report and sug
gestions to wit:
They submit that they have carefully
and thoroughly examined into every
charge and complaint brought before
them. In many cases they have not
found the proof sufficient to indict the
acc'used. in other, some of serious nature
they have f.,und trie bills as their report
to this court will show. They cannot
.-ay that the commission of crimes bat
dimniuished in this parih : but they feel
confident that prrmapt triall of partie,
arnued. with a vigorous application of
the penalties of the law to those who af
ter a fair and impartial trial, will be
found guilty, will deter otherafrom vio
lating the criminal statutes of the State;
but as a question of economy to the pa
rish and to save time, they weapectfully
suggest that the trials of such cases of
misdemeanors that can be tied by a ju
ry of five be postponed to ho tried at a
civil term of Court, Vnder the provi.ion=
of Act No. 35 of 1880, unless the accused
demand their constitutional right of hav
ing a speedy trial.
Parish PriAon.-They examined the
parish jail, it is kept in good order and
the prisoners therein have been and are
well treated and well provided for; a
good fence should be made around the
Court House-The inside of this buil
ding is also kept in good order; the
seats which have been lately put in the
Court room add comfort for those who
have to remain in it during the session
of the court to the decorum which is so
necessary in a 'ourt f Justice ; but the
building Itself is in a sad condition of
decay it needs great reputa which should
be made without much relay; and if the I
pesentº condition of the Inances of the
parish does not permit dS Pollee .ury
to make the aeeeasy Ippw*ritdo for
that unrPosetdeer Sd that the
nlecss.:ry steps be taken by the Police'
Jury to levy a special tax for that pur
pose. The people of the parish are in
terested in the repairs and preservation
of a Court House, that must have cost
the parish at least fifteen thousand dol
larsiduring the days of the prosperity of
Parish Warrants--SeBt. 5 of act No. 30
of 1877, page 47 of the Rgular session
reads as follows: Be it enacted and that
no(evidemne of indebtedness or)warrant
for the payment of money shall after the
first day of October 1877, be issued by
any offlcer of any parish or munoeipal
corporation in this state, except against
money actually in the treasury of said
parilh or lunuielpal corporation. Any
peron.- violating the provisions of this
Section shaull on etnvietio,n he punished
by inlprisou:neut or fine or both, at the
discretion of the court, provided that
this section shall not apply to certificates
issued to jurors and witnesses for their
.ervices in the courts. It follows that
all such warrants issued In controvention
of this law are worthless and the pay
menut thereof cannot be enforced. Nev
ertheless for years this law has been dis
regarded, and warrants have been issued
wnil'u there was not one dollar in the pa
rish treasury, the consequence of this
has been that these papers have been
bought by speeylators at heavy discount
from the original creditors of the parish
to the great injury of the credit of the
parish whilst in fact these warrants
which by authority of the Police Jury
are received by the tax collector at the[
end of the year, in payment of the parish I
taxes are thus paid in full. The inten
tion of the law is that the taxes should
be paid in cash and that the money t
should be turned overto the parish treas
urer and the creditors of the parish
should be paid in money by that officer
upon orders or cheeks drawn on him by
the proper authorities.
These Grand Jurors say that the pro
visions of Act No. 30 of the regular ses
,in of the Legislature of 1877 must beo
rc..- pct.d otherwise that the sanmeshould
lie elnfrlctd. I
0. J. Durand, Foreman.
A Rare Chance.
We offer to our readers, and the
public thegrandest offer ever made in
this parish. We will furnish the 3lea
eenger" and The Mayflower. of Yar
mouthport, Mass.,an eight page faully a
paper, for one year, for $1.35.
Breaux Bridge, Oct. Ilth. 1886.
The three representations given at
Breaux Bridge, were successful beyond I
anticipation, the entire profit will be de
voted to the public library; there Is talk I
of erecting a spcIal building for that f
The I ramar'e Association Is indebted
to Mr. Van ctr Cruyssen, for the scenic
decorationpupon which the success of
the playsso much depended. .
Mr. Van der Cruyssen, has since his
location here, volunteered his assistance
and talent on all occasions pertaining to
use.ul improvements or charitable pur
There are 15 men under the age o 30
years in Portlau'd. Ore., who are worth
Gone for ever-the brass band.
igW Reer on ice at 5 cents a glass at
We will furnish the Messenger from
now to the end of the year for 25 ct4.
We had a good rain this week.
We do not believe the wind of Tuesday
has injured the cane crop.
t'1,ttm in seed is now selllng at $23,
\:ith a f:tling tendency.
Read the report of the grand jury pub
14o d in ainther column.
Jean Charles, colored, was tried this
wHe.: ftr lareeny and acquitted.
1'TI: cape ,of Harvili Daniel, accused
of )ow stealing resulted in a mistrial.
The M.enager and the Mayflower of
Yarmouthport, Mass., one year for 6$1.5.
Mr. Anatole Wolford and lady, of Cha
renton were in town this week, visiting
friends and relatives.
The Cotton Seed Oil Mill is now work
ing day and night, and employs a large
numbler of hands.
The wind has blown pretty hard for
several days this week, without doing
SI Beer on lee at 5 ents a gluas at
New Orleans and Galveston were
struck by a storm on Tuesday night, eau
sing little damage.
A grand tournament will be given at
Franklin, on Saturday and Sunday, 15th,
and 16th, inst., for what benefit, we do
The members of the Ladies Aid Society
will please accept the sineere thanks of
the Messenger, for the nice cakes sent to
Parties wishing good and pure milk
I will do well to call on Mr. Auguste Le
doux lir. Ledoux pases his milk to I
his eutouwers early in the umorning.
The first eommuni on of the children
of this parish, will take place Thursday
next. The instructions will be eoadue
(ted by the Rev. Father Ponehe.
The Messenger will be furnished from
now to the end of the year for 25 eta.
The Agricultural and Mechanical fair
at Jeanuerette which closed last Sunday,
was pronounced by tmhse who attended,
as a grand, brillisat, and successful at
A great number of country peoplewere
in town this week, attending the Miion
exercises at the Catholic Chureh. The
average attendance at the night exerci
ses is about twelve hundred people.
We take *hasure in announcing to
the public, that our young friend Pierre
Gary, has opened a fruit stand and Oy
ter Saloon, in the ailding adjolniag the
Fournet Bros. Coaes house. Give Pierm
a trial, he deserves it.
Mr. Joseph Rosenberg, who died la the
Touro Inlrmary in New Orleans, lIs
week, age 102 year was anative t Alt
breisach--Bdea, and was one of Nap
leon Bonaparte's soldies, sad partidpa.
ted in the memorable Ramleai Cam
Gah. Oarenal will ie pleasl to see
every body take their interest by rushing
to visit his Emporium and buy cheapent
and best ste
Immense fresh stock just receiveld.
The Mayor inmp+ed a fine of $25 upon
a drunkard who resided arrest this week.
This i the second time that the same
party has ereated disturbance in towu
in less than two months, and fully de
served the penalty imposed upon him.
Twenty-flve cents will sewure the Mes
senger, for the balance of the year
As will be seen by the ommunicastion
from Breaux Bridge, the entertainments
given by the Dramatie Club of that town
for the purpose oforganitaig a publie !i
brary were highly succeestul.
The Messenger congratulatee the boys
on their success.
There is a law pasred by the last Legis
lature, that compels the Clerk of Court
to collect or retaln the poll tax, from the
jurors who ecnnot produce their poll
tax receipts. Is this law enforesd by the
Clerk of this parish?
Ernest Miel, the hero of the Bayou
Boutte war, who was in our parish jail
for several weeks, under the charge of
murder, was set at liberty last week. the
grand jury finding no true bill against
him. The grand jury after weighing all
the evidencesin the case, ame to the
coeclusion that Miel had defended his
life. And in an heroic manner too.
The Ladies Aid Soeiety of this towa
gave their third soiree at Dr. Lynch's
residence, Thursday night, it but wasnot
as largely attended as those given pre
viously, and the sucess was not as satis
factory. The Docter's residence was
tastefully decorated, and illuminated by
a large number of chinese lanterns which
presented a magnifieent appearance.
We hope the Ladis will have a better
success, next time.
A GREAT REMEDY FOR CATARBN.
In another coluona of this paper will
be found an advertieemet of a Catarb
remedy, of which a sample is sent tree to
any sufferer of tise terrible scourge. We
know B. 8. Lsaderbeekh Co., the proprl
etors, to be a responsible frm and these
who write them will recelve prompt at
tention and quare dealing.
The Vafrey refinery, owned by Mr. A.
L. Moneot, has bees In operatios this
week running of some of last years sugar
of which he has a comenderable amount
claseed good condsidering the quality.
Secretary Egdilett has been eating
pears frem a aneestral pear tree 23
years old, at Endlott farm, near Danvers
The Canadian Pacifc Balroad claims
to have the highest bridge in the world.
It is 248 feet abeve the ground.
The new one dollar silver eartlcates,
eas the Philadelphia Record are the
prettist specimens o paper money the
governmet h seer pt afloat. If there
was a dollar' worth of metal tabend
eish erteate they would be altogether
Prvdeises IL, is eed ero 3 he
reported dissemgets seel s um a
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