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iESTING READIIIG ATTER.
REVIEW AND COMPARISON OF
Caddo Parish Pliauelally, Agricel
urally sand Otherwise. During
The Past Decade.
Tho following is an exhaustive and
t review, from a busines stand
int, of the condition of Caddo par
during the past ten years. It
prepared by Mr. H. H. Hargrove
the instigation of Capt. T. F. Bell
d Tam PaoGoIss publishes it in
r that the public might see it,
t condition and in comparis,.n
ith the same affairs during the past
In this line Yr. Hargrove has few
uals and readers may be as
the statent as made by him
correct in every particular. His
ent furnishes interesting and
oughtful reading matter and we
that our readers will give it a
SUnEVEPORT, Dec., 1, 18t2.
CAPT. T. F. BILL: You have re
y informed me that there were
e of our Caddo people who felt
at we were worse off financially
we were ten years since and ex
the wish that I would make
a balance sheet of Caddo's con
for a period of ten years, that
truth of that depressing convic
that our people were retrogra
- nancially--might be thoroughly
intelligently controverted. To
on safe prounds, as being sus
ae of easy proof, I aepto the
of our parish agriculture as
in lhe twocensus years of 1880
1 90, which covers the crops of
d 1889. I will give, however.
ps and acreage mn cotton and
6ir Several intervening years to
that in cotton we have changed
1 %, while in corn we have in
rTON IN BALES AND ACREAGE
Ten. I Bales. Acreage.
wt 24m100 72,unI
Ito . oae bee
COM IN DUvSNLS AND ACREAGE.
.-teT . Bushels. Acreage.
4 Is 24eu
o a ns, e s . w e
tar many yes been consid
I ot bem af the south
Sownbra d and moet. We
in on the highroedto its
by mare than 900 per cent.
1 hear earn mops in ten
the potato imp as another
Lm incaur domestie econo
1a11 in 1879 our mp of
was whie in
to be 75,000, and in
to a0004 bebels. Of
to fal thes Sancial results
Amiad give not only the
Seutton grown but its
vale. Ia 1879 the 20,968
450 pounds eachb,
w total iop of 9,488,850
rwas orth 11l cents
a total cotton
In 1&9 the
18000 bsle, weighing
eah, malde a total weight
which that year
a an yars previous
the otton sed be
Item of retunes.
saM ta r par tore
wrie w 183 the
bsy 9 tabe ubLi
*mk seeed .lde1s
awls8 mbels whIlesi
.abw* eat. -
January 21, 180,l pled ties at $?.6
per bundla In 1889, as per quos
tion in the Times' commeral col
umns of January 21, bagging was 8
cents per yard and ties $1.30, making
a saving of 40 to 50 cents per bale, or
about $9,000 less than ten years be
To make the record clearly more
hopeful and convincing, the prices of
all lines consumed by our farmers is
here given, and these are authentic
being taken from the New York
Journal of Commerce:
Articles. P ice.
Flour. per barrel ............. 7. 75
Opts, per bushel ... ......... 51 33
Rice, p r pound .............. I '4 5
Hay, 100 pounds .......... 1 10 45
Molasses, per gallon .......... I 50 43
Mess Pork, per barrl .... 12 10 25
Lard. per pound............. 9 '
Meal, per barrel ........ 3 40 2 0
ugar, per pound............. 7 4'.
Bacon, per pound . ..... 8' 6s'
Shoulders. .:r pound ......... 5 4,
American Pig Iron, per ton I 2 50 20 (0
tomatoes. per dozen cns 5. 50 15
In addition to these quotations,
our merchants here have made me
estimates on many lines of merchan
dise which are not included in these
official market (qnotation-i.
Capt. James Lt estiuimates a gen
eral and average reduction of 25 per
cent in hardware, wagons and agri
cultural implhmuents, since I879.
Wm. Enders says cheap furniture
has been reduced 50 per cent and
best lines about 25 per cent.
Aaron Kahn reports 25 per cent re
duction in stoves and cooking uten
sils, but that chinaware, toys and high
grade cutlery, are more expensive on
account of the tariff.
The house of S. G. Dreyfuss & Co.,
furnishes the following data: In
1879 plaids were 10, cents, and in
1889 5l cents per yard; domestic and
cotton goods, a0 per cent decrease in
cost; jeans and other woolen goods.
35 per cent decreased cost; prints, 40
per cent decreased cost; brogan and
heavy shoe-wear, 50 percent decrease
We must remember that in 1879
we had only the river for freights,
while in 1889 we had 5 railroad routes
out of this city and of these 17. miles
of the New Orleans and 20 miles of
the Houston Narrow Gauge are in
-Caddo parish. This is a great item
which should be taken into our in
Again, in 1879 we bad only two
banks whnoe over-drats ....re 15 4er
cent, while in 1889 we had five which
has cheapened money to 10 per cent
per over-draft, making at least 50 per
cent per annum to our merchants
who carried our farmers.
In clothing, no figures were as
aured, Lut everybody knows there has
been an overwhelming decrease in
In drugs, no figures were secured,
but this item is not generally used in
such quantities as to cat any great
figure in our parish finanes.
The public expense for administra
tion of justice and protection to life
and property has even decreased. In
1879 the census reports a parish tax
of $28,000o, while in 1889 about $25,000
was taken froip the people and a por
tion of this was for bridges and some
interest on a small amount of bonds.
Our parish and city debt in 1879 was
$664,644, while in 1889 it exceeded
but slightly $200,100. In 1879 our
parish warrants were sold for 25 and
30 eents on the dollar with no money
in the treasury, while lately the par
iah paper is good at per and in 1889
there was a good surplus and par
ticularly so in 1b91. For this we owe
much to the good financial adminis
tration of a very able and business
like police jury-a majority of whom
have been successful with their own
business interests. Then crime has
decreased and our outlay in that di
reation is greatly lessened.
To anderstand thee fgures more
dearly they bshould be groauned as
details into an aggregate to reah an
amont known to have been saved,
mbeaels of petatees at 8s5........* 25,
--med, Isese l vlm.........
i" Sa~ar La~ Ur ................ . m
eal ies to have me sa.ved.....l~5w
This doe oat inbaelde the amoant
eved y eaper arehamdle, which
_- rnk h marw hm hao a meus as
perIm/m Oeduimg the wholo
w.LjUi~ jss . every feature of
lthese dals-I am reled to con
et--e that r -mrsie wealth-not
al individal eam -must be greatly
improved in the pat ten yea.,
m people have wasted their ooi
moessin Eadte.s. sIad debeae
mryr inve qedl seealmes
ditto. bg ymelrot ho arsc
earvya r..emind. mo tehoa
ene ~ 1g lab i i sop s
this wouly be reanthasa.
Is a' sen
be a good feature to show the changes
in the leading parishes doing busi
ness at 8hreveport : t,
S Corn. Cotton.
Bossier........ 76. 5 0 24.31 7 24.78' 31.511
Webster ....... 1i26.270 I 16.(0 6,25 17000
Blenville ..... .5 2 11.sso 7,?20 6,500
DeSoto..... . 1.665 68. 11,29 1,000
Re- River ..... 250 112. 11 .51? 14.81
.. . . I991,9641 10e.1,71 t- t1 9!i 1.M?;
It will be observed that all sections
trading at Shrevepl.rt have increased
their corn crops except Claiborne and
DeSoto. and of these DeSoto made in
1888 521,000 bushels, and her corn
arreage in 1889 being 76,500 acres
shows plainly that the figures in the
publishers report are typographical
errors. In cotton, all the parishes
have improved except Claiborne and
Beinville, which correspond with the
products of the previous year and in
supposed to becorrect. H. H. H.
AN ELECTRICAL WEDDING.
The (;ue.sts ter Ser.r.d -I la .Son:ethlng
Beyond Usual E:nlt-rtain.menst.
That was a wonderful electrical dis
play at the wedding of Mi~s Lydia Mii
ler and Mr. David Rosenhalmn on Tues.
day evening. After the marriage cere
mony had been completed the bride and
groom took their positions against a
background of potted phlnlts and flower.;
set against a screen of evergreens. Tiny
incandescent lamps were concealed in
the foliage of the screen, and glowed
and disappeared irregularly like fireflies
in among the trees. Electrical butter
lies and birds perched among the leaves
and flowers. Overhead was a crown of
Chinese lanterns, each containing a 16
candle power lamp.
The bridal arch of evergreen under
which the newly married pair stood to
receive their friends tras provided with
a row of electric lamps in red, white
and blue. On top of the arch was
perched an American eagle, and on the
shield of pink velvet which formed the
keystone of the arch was outlined in in
candescent lights the figure of a heart.
the initials of the bride and groom and
the date 1892. Two bronze statues stood
guard at the entrance of the room, and
their helmets were illuminated by in
The eleotrical wonders, did set stop
here. The most ingenious feature of
this unique wedding reception followed
In the scattering of rice and imitation
mow fakes by two electric fan motors.
placed in the gallery overhead. As the
guests entered the supper room there
was a sadden outburst of electrical bells
and musical entertainments. As the
guests were mated there was a blaze of
light, and at the emipletiea of the first
course the words '"ood Iack" appeared
over the heads of the newly married
couple, and an electric hairpin, a gift
to the bride, became incandescent sad
surrounded her hed with a halo of light.
Wine bottles were suddenly trans
formed into glowing candelabra. The
feast was one long continned series of
electrical surprises, and however the
guests at ordinary weddings may feel,
the guests at this wedding must have
thought that they were amply recom
pensed for their outlay in wedding gifts.
The Baltimore attempt to make wed
dings entertaining and togivethe guests
a better return than is customary for
their trouble and expense may or may
not be elsewhere imitated. Democrats
may object that such weddings would
tend to the increase of luxury and ex
travagance. Nervous people may not
relish the startling suddenness with
which banquets are made to bloom with
a blase of light, or the mysterious ring
ing of bells or the sounding, unidenti
sed arsie. Nevertheless a good many
people besides the bride will remember
this wedding or many a day.--Balti
Where e a teb Go.
A Glesgew paper prints the statistics
of emZigration from that portt foreign
comtaies for etight months of the yeai
-_, r a to L month of September.
Of ih whole bdy et tnegrato a woe
bouhand for Autral, 1,i for Canada
d .T foratrl United Statue. Gle
ow is a ith port and (CadA and
Atrala ae itish eolotis, yet but
aet4sth et ts yemr emigrant sought
ew bomes uer the brtish ag, while
aime.tmth of the whole body sought
the a tih American rdiublc. Why
is it that (aea ad Austrat cmmot
get the emigests whom the aesonaz.
ss to obtan, wl millimoms of foreigo
e ae desrous of comaing to tihe nited.
Siates? There is far more unoc.npied
lead i them ritish posemesoes than
there is la ths coetry. Canada md
Austras muset hoewr elth e rities
.- estalh 3m ideemertie gve
mat , St ai w '-- * pollqy.
ie to hp theira remurces.
a ve ir people the eportunity of
heepteup wh the marsh of modern
mterpeteb-s.ew Tork Sun.
last Anugm I was making a please
aut ap i Lake Superior e tlhe steam
o CIla, with a brig yh ~ lady
e ho r ~ay. Thsre wmas r ly
eswwo m sad ma day at dimr
the Jbem were inMbgad t thea
d1s way, wh I saure engraed ea a
lage sver ealver the mass o the boat,
*Qhi " Tagdamto Naspy, esaid very
estlnsgs: 'Ten might sappese that
t disia is ilver,&nt it at. It as
chias."' Baeroe sh pae reply ti,
rrt ~~ir _esh Ir
wee Deserving o eeaogIttle
'By the way," mid the gentlemanly
looking person in the black broadcloth
suit, "if you mention my name in connec
tion with the accident you may say that
'Dr. Swankem was called and the frac
tured arm was suitably bandaged,' or
something to that effect. Please spell the
name correctly. Here is my card."
"Thanks," said the reporter, looking at
the card. "You are next door to Dr. Ry
hbold, I believe. Are you acquainted with
"No, sir," replied Dr. Swankem stiffly.
"We do not recognize Dr. Ryhold as a
memlwr of the profession. He advertises."
The Innocent Abroad.
Chappie--Would you care to change
your Ia:me. Miss Higgins?
.Miiv Higgins (blushing)-Ye-es.
('happie (with a bright idea)-Why don't
She Was Disappelnted.
He is a dignified gentleman of military
bearing, the kind of man who would at
tract attention anywhere, and he tells this
good story on himself:
"I was among the green hills of New
Ilampshire rusticating for a few weeks,
and taking up my lodgings at such hostel
ries 9 were within reach, when I found
mysc-., one day at a remote point, where I
was the only passenger at the station. A
man was waiting for me with a mountain
wagon, into which I climbed. He was the
landlord of a little inn at the top of the
mountain. He looked me over and then at
my solitary satchel.
"'Want your t runks sent up to the house
or over to the store?'
"'This is all the trunk I have,' I re
"'Why, where's yer samples, mister?'
"I saw then that he had mistaken my
calling for that eminently useful one of
the drummer. But the next setdown was
of a different kind and made me feel
smaller than anything that ever before
happened to me. A very pretty, rosy
checked girl stood on the porch of the
little inn, a cloud of disappointment om heM
face, as we drew up.
"'Here we be, sissy,' said my driver a
he threw the lines on the horse's back.
"'Oh, pop,' said the girl as she pointed
to me, and the shadows settled on her fair
face, 'is that all you got?'
"I never in my life felt more completely
annihilated."-Detroit Free Press.
Satisfylag His Curiosity.
They walked together down the old read
past the orchard and the ruined mill to the
rustic bridge across the little brook, which
prattled idly to the pebbles as it hurried
"Mabel," said he, "do you know what
"I--I think so," she blushingly replied.
"I mean, were you ever the object of a
love that was as fierce as the bite of a
trout, as inextinguishable as the suna
Were you ever truly loved!"
"Was I evertruly loved ?" she repeated,
thoughtfully. "George, come back to the
house, and I will show you two diamond
rings, a cupboard full of valentines done
up in quires, and a bo futall of phlto,
Who Wrote It?
Johnny, who is studying literature,
asked his father the other day what the
word "autocrat" meant.
"Why, a king, a master or a bess," an
swered Mr. Jones without looking up
from his paper.
"Jim," said Johnny an bear or twe
afterward, anxious to air his lntest knowl
edge, "I'll bet yeo a dollar ye ean't tell
me who wrote 'The Bass of hm BreakImal
Table,' "-Youth's Companiae.
A emse Thaes.
Bald Teacher-Now, little boyhr. ten
what I'vre told you cn any of yota deane
Little Yorlek-Yea, sir, I can
Teacher-Well, how would yam dserlbeh
Little Yorick--lsese, sir, it's what
youn've got on the top of year bead.
rEqua the Eneeeay.
It was a pinie party, ad Ooldberg gal.
lantly ofered to help Miss Fmannle Sharp
girl over a fence, aaytiag:
"Just give me your had, Miss Fannie,
ad 111 help yeo over."
"Oh, mamma, come here: Mr. Goldberg
hs asked for my hand."-Texas Itings.
Hal-This is a rtatber startling notice en
the toeg of my laundry bill.
Hal-"The proepeton of this laradr
mae mnot respeible for the dlsappemaee
ef fanel shirte sent in to he washed."
New York Herald.
Oo Eseeptl o to the ele.e
Mrs. Bllows (trloudly)-Jane. I stood
atthe ce door lat night, and I heeud
Jma (semptanetl-y)-i e, mam, that's
em time, thi, that an eavemdeppr heard
asomethg ed-B-ookt Lia.
SeaCepala-La, giPtemeal There's
Ihrety a· Passmesm-lae liko the
M thL Otaway ifOm me lat smmr.
--New Yak Weemkl.
Mr. Gumpe-Gewilikims What em
emaoat you yelrle llea was dltmLt
t M ,-l a-I',. keL the mh ga.
BODEII HEIMER BRO S.,
- Dealers In
GENTS': FURNISHING : GOODS,
Also"a (Complete Line of Ladies Misses" and Chldren's
CLOAKS & BLAZERS
Everything at Hard-Times Prices.
Nos. 316 and 318 Texas St
N. B.-ORDERS FROM THE COUNTRY SOLICITED.
THE NORTH LOUISIANA CLOTHING IlOUSE.
JORDAN & BOOTH:
Are the Leaders in
FOR MEN AND BOYS.
Make a Specialty Of
Handle the Finest Makes Of
Shirts, Iats and Shoes
In the Market.
23 TEXAS STrET, - - - - - .S.HREVeT, UL
Svrev[rt's Vetrn Dry Ceds lelrciat
-La, gest Stock Of
-In North Louisiana is On Sale at This-- .
Dry Geuls EmpeIk
HIS LINE OF
Dress Goods, BootS,
And Reoduy-ade Clothlaj
Is jus wt is wanted in this market. Don't fwrget th .
place, r Nsmaam's.g, Texas Street.
Times are dull and money is searce. I need th "
money sad ober the best Bargains
in all Goods inthe
vera ed iu thi I bh a - ass : u kd -