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5OOLLEO1NDS L wTHERCOUBTS.
A SBir ro IDrvoacU AGAINSr A TaurA
Vrn Eaerzers worn Arzazows
A.UaIr WitY Gatr.
Bianus AND Opsuns.
·W r, r Aug. 8.--Gen.
husght into unpleas
ayh here, in connec
tlcP iitha divorce case. John
Q- Thompson, . an Indiana
s no r man, brings suit
lbr 4'Of against his wife,
wb -3een employed iu
the Treasury Department
here, charging, among other
things, that she has at divers
ntimes and in sundry places
committed adultry with Gen.
N. P. Banks and others, specis
fiig several occassiound rg
alsodbarges that Banks ob
tained for her a position in the
Treasury Department, and
that while there she lived as
his mistress. Mrs. Thompson
had previously brought suit
against her husband for di.
vorce, alleging that he hasfail
ed to provide for her support
for the last five years, and has
been unfaithful to his marriage
vows. This suit came on dur
ing.the special term of the
Supreme Court, sitting with
equity jurisdiction for the
month of July last, and Jus
tice Wylie made a decree
granting divorge to Mrs. Mar
tha 8. Thompson from her
husband, John Q. Thompson.
The declaration of the peti
tioner showed that the parties
were married on Christmas
slay, in the year 1858, and
that two children were the re
sult of that marriage. She
alleged that he had neglected
to support his family for the
past five years, spent his earn
ings in dissipation, treated her
with cruelty, and was the
cause of her being discharged
from a Government place.
The day succeeding that on
which the decree was made
Justice Wylie granted an or
der setting aside the decision
of the previous day on condi
tion that answer was filed by
the deffudant within ten days.
This was done on Tuesday,
and the husband recites that
the complainant instituted a
similar suit in the State of
Indiana, and said that she
was a resident of that State.
He charges that she has
failed to observe her marriage
vows, and accuses hgr of im
proper conduct with Eddie
Jullien in 1862, with Miles
Hubbard Thompson, a clerk
in the Treasury Department,
in November, 1864, at the
Metropolitan Hotel, at a house
on Thirteenth street between
I street and New York ave
nue, and on Sixth street, near
D street. He also discovered
a correspondence carried on
between her and M. H. Thomp
son in December, 1867, which
was wrong and for a wicked
object, and which Thompson
admitted was so. The husband
further alleged that she was
guilty of improper intercourse
with Nathaniel P. Banks at
different times, and with one
Joe. Kendall, at the residence
of her mother, in Shelbyvllle,
Ind., in the years 1872 and
1873. He asks the court
to dismiss the bill in so much
as granting a divorce from
Our people have always contend
ed that the restoration of good
government in Louisiana would be
attended with a revival of the ag
ricultural and commercial inter
eats. The political party which
wielded. the scertre of power in
this State during the era of reeon
atruction proved themselves atterly
unfit to govern. To the last it
urged its own ability to protect life
and property as the chief argu
ment why a continuation of power
shoauld. be grantea to i. Duriuz
the whole regim the pulit mind I
was in a state of constant fermen- i
tation. Pabli'' ooials were the I
instruments of daily use in excit
ing turmoil and animosity between
the races. This abnormal condib
tion of things disorganized the sys
tem of labor, which is an element
so necessary to the advancement of
a country's prosperity. Excessive
taxation, amounting almost to con
fiscation, utterly destroyed the val.
ues of property. Many of our best
citizens, after the patient exertion
of many years in the hope of a
better day in the future, and re
peated failures, at last abandon
ing all hope of ever ,ameliorating
their condition in life, abandoned the
State in disgust,-and sought a home
in some more inviting field.
Buit the change in the adminis
tration of the State government
has wrought a wonderful change in
all these things. The firm admin
istration of the criminal laws
of the State on the part
of those in whose hands it has
been placed, and who are able
to enforce. the laws, has restrained
the hand of the evil-doer. Louisi
ana is now the most peaceful, quiet
and law abiding State in the Union.
The people have forgotten politics.
For the first time since the begin
ning of reconstruction the people
have turned their attention to the
peaceful persuit of home industries.
The ever-brooding feeling of dis
content has been dispelled from the
public mind. Property has enhanc
ed in value, or at least has assum
ed some .solid value. There is no
more cry against taxation. In a
word, the people are haDpy--pros
perity is returning. We have one
of the best, upland parishes in Lou.
isiana. Let the people but encour
age the improvement of farms and
foster the raising of all articles of
necessary home consumption, and
hold out necessary inducements to
immigration, and the resources of
the State will soon be developed,
and its lost prosperity regained.
TREACHERY AND COWARDICE.
The Editor of the B. R. Adeocate Induced to
visit a Private ecsidence, where he is locked
up and a base attempt made to Cowhide him,
by a Lady, supported by two men.
In justice to Mr. Annis, Editor
of the Baton Rouge A.dvocate, we
give the following particulars, ta
ken from that journal, of one of the
most cowardly, treacherous and
disgraceful affairs ever chronicled
in any civilized community:
A CARD TO THE PUBLIC.
I desire to make the following
statement concerning a coward
ly assault that was made upon me
on Wednesday at about 10 o'clock.
I feel that this statement is due to
my family, my friends and to my
In Tuesday's issue the following
harmless paragraph appeared in
the columns of this paper and had
no referenee whatever to the
party who took exceptions to it
and to no other lady in this com
.The young man at Baton Rouge
who was fined ten dollars for rob
bing the nest of a mocking bird,
may be. seen any fine evening on
Boulevard, meditatively humming
to himself: "O, lis 10 to the mock
ing bird"- Carroll Conservative.
"Look here, Mr. Conservative.
that slander has run its course, and
its about time the weary pencil of
ye pun-gent scribe should have a
rest. For the 99th time we reply
that t' e "young man" didn't tob
the bird's nest, wasn't fined ten
dollars and dgesn't warble; even
'"ncuth the window of his darling.'
The fact of the matter is, that a
young man wais arrested on such
charge but upon positive proof that
he was not guilty was honorably
acquitted. His own story about it
was that he found a young bird on
the ground and to save its lifo
picked it up and turned it over to
!,is '"sweetheart" and she has care
fully cared for the bird, and to.day
it is a full-fledged songster.'
At about half-past 9 o'clock Jos.
Gil came into my office and stated
that he had been held responsible
for the appearance of the above and
desired me to go with hin', to the
house and explain the matter to the
lady. He did not state who held
him responsible or who the lady
was. 1 told him he was certainly
foolish and to go and explain to
the lady that there was no refer
ence in it to her, that it was mere
ly a harmless paragraph that re
flected upon no one. He then de
parted and in the course of half an
hour a eorge Pots ceame to ; my
oRce ano ezpreed a desire tbl sea
me. I invited hint in. He thin
stated thatbhit wife (or some lady
at the house, I do not remember ex
actly his rwords) de'ired- me. to
come down to his house and explain
the contents of the above pera.
gra. ' I told him there was noth
ing in the paragraph that referred
to his wife, that I did not know
his wife was any way connected 1
with the matter and that certainly
it could have had no reference to
her. He remarked that that was
all right, or words to that effect,
and that in order to satisfy her of
thsatfact it would be better for me
to go down and make that state.
ment to her. I then remarked to
him, that in order to gratify the I
lady and to assure her it had no
reference whatever to her I wuald
go down to her house. When we
arrived at the house I saw Mr. "Gil
inside and was requested to walk
in and take a seat. I took a 'seat
next to the door and was requested
by a lady, whom I afttrwards
learned was Mrs. Potts, to take
another chair near the southeast
corner of the room, which I did.
Immediately she shut the front
door, instantly turned the key and
I think removed the key from the
lock and put it in her pocket. Af
ter locking the door she approach
ed me with one hand behind her
and remarked, you have been slan
deriug me, sir, and I intend to
learn you a lesson, or words to
that effect. I remarked: no madam,
I have not and proceeded to make
a statement of the facts- as I had
been requested by Mr. Potts to go
there to do. Without waiting to
hear my statement she commenced
striking at me with a cowhide. I
raised my umbrella up before my
face in such a position us to ward
off the licks. After she had struck
some four or five licks Mr. Potts
came up to me and jerked the um
brella out of my hands. I then
held up my left arm to fend off the
licks and as one of the licds struck
me in the hand I involuntarily clos
ed my hand on the. cowhide, and
whed Mr.;Potte saw this he caught
hold of me, pulled me back and re
marked in ' a very rough voice
"none of that, sir," when she con
tinued to strike at me. When she
had struck twelve or fifteen licks
she stopped and by force they ex
torted a promise from me to publish
in my paper .he statement that was
made in Tuesday evening's issue.
Then the door was opened ass .1
was allowed to depart. This is a
plain and truthful statement of the
facts as they occurred from begin,
nig to end, which discloses one of
the moat treacherous and cowardly
acts, on Mr. Pott's parts, that any
man, with the least pretentions of
a gentleman, could - be guilty of.
He not only treacherously invei
gled me into his house for the dia
bolical arpose above stated, but
aided and abetted and I verrily be
lieve compelled his wife to assault
me herself rather than take the re
sponsibility of a man and demand
of me an explanation, due from
one gentleman to another. For
this treachery, for this cowardice
I brand him before this community
as one unworthy the notice of de
cent gentlemen, as as one so- low
and con tn ptible that a gentleman
cannat c:1ll him to a personal -ac
count for his conduct. Such treach,
ery, villainy and ruffianly coward
ice is unbecoming a man and is en
tirely too low and comtemptible to
merit further notice at my hand. I
regret very much to intrude this
personal matter before the readers
of this paper, but under the circum.
stances I feel that it was unavoida
ble and would be excusable.
W. C. ANNIS.
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