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s***' ♦ VOL. 1. LAKE CHARLES, CALCASIEU PARISH, LA., SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 1881. NO. 6 LAKE CHARLES COMMERCIAL, PIBLISHETI EVERY 8ATTROAY, 11Y .JOHN McCORMIOK. PRICE OF SFTBSGEIP1ION: Two Dollars a Year. AT) VERT J S ING RATES : IVr Square, (1-0 lines or less), first inser tion, $1; each subsequent insertion, 50e. Legsit ndverttseiuents, (1(10 worn« or less), first insertion, $1; each subsequent insertion, 50c. Liberal discount to those who adver tise by the year. Entered nt the Post Offiep, Lake Charles, Ln., as second class matter. LAKE .CHARLES, LA. SATl RftAY, : : : : AUGUST .3, 1SSL Agents for tlie Commercial. •1 no. H. Poe....................Bagdad. J. W. Harrison.....West, Lake Charles. C. Mayo.......................Opelousas. **at" Subscribers wiio fail to re ceive their palter, will please noti fy us of t<he fact. Judge H. I). Read is having a new dwelling house built. If yon want some good bottled beer, call on Win. C. Fricke. Governor Louis A. Wilt* is re ported as being quite seriously ill, at his residence, in New Orleans. The schooners Mary Lynch and Lottie Mayo, are at Schindler & j Valverde's ship-ways, to undergo geueral repairs. I --- s « < - j Thanks to Messrs, G. M. Gossett, E. A. Perkins, W. I). Jenkins and J«w. H. Poe. for subscriptions to the COMMERCIAL. j ______ I H. D. Nix shipped a ear-load ! (60,000) of shingles this week, *o \ C>. T. Perkins, Term! lion ville, and , ions plenty more of the same sort —__— » —--j Read the advertisement of C. II. Lrwee, in another column. Mr. : Bruce is prepared to do all work in his liiiein a satisfactory manner. ; Give him a call. I " * 1 - There are now seven prisoners T, . , T „ . I in the Parish Jail awaiting their : trial at the next District Court, six colored and one white. The popu latiou of the parish is about 11,000 white aud 2,000 colored. Beaumont, Texas, is now an in corporated town. An election for town officers was Jield on the JOth inst,, When John C. Craig, was elected Mayor, and John Keith, J. Blanchet, L. P. Ogden, A. J.Gilder and F. E. Adams, aldermen. Grave apprehensions were en- tertained during the past week concerning the President's condi- tion. Another operation had to be performed, which proved sue- j cessful, and the patient has Since been oontiuaally improving. - * * * - Special attention is called to the addition made to the advertise- j , „ . ,, ment of E. Kaiser & Co to,.,- oI room for their large stock of fall and winter goods. Call at ouee, and secure good bargains. See H. I). Nix's advertisement in another column. Go to Nix, if you are naked, he can clothe you ; if hungry, he can and will feed you ; if dry, he can n et you, and if you re going West, on Horace Grec ey's advice, or coming East, ou your own better judgmeut, he will cross you over the river. We invite particular attention to the advertisement headed "For Sale and Rent." The Haskell House is one of the hest knowu hotels iu the State. They are j closing out their summer stock at reduced prices, in order to make' There is ai niut of money in it for a mau who understands bis business. i The Store house offered for sale, ts as good a location as tlier<; is in ; town, a new building, and in every ! way a desirable investment. j A singular combat was.witnessed a few days days since at Nix's ferry. On going to his store, early in the morning, his son (who sleeps in the store) called Mr. Nix's attention to the fight going on, between two large fish in the river. They must have fought several hours, for Johnnie Nix heard them, before day, splashing and making a fear ful noise in the water. About sun rise one of them threw up the sponge and turned over on his back. Mr. Nix sent one of his hands to the rescue in a boat. The mau towed the fish ashore, and it died in a few minutes after it was landed. It proved to be what is known, in our waters, as a shovel fish, and measured about five feel in length. From the wounds and gashes on the dead fish, his antag onist must have been an alligator gar-fish. We wish to call the attention of the residents of this parish to the card of Mr. L< L. Bourges. He comes amongst us^highly recom mended by his Excellency the Gov ernor of this State and others of equally high repute. The young gentleman, is eminently qualified to conduct a first class school, be ing a graduate of the La. State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy, an A. B. and LL. B. and having had six years experi c,ice iu the schools of New Or- I *©»¥». We therefore take pleasure j iu recommending him to all who have children, whom they wish to enjoy the benefit of a thorough education. j ™ ~ ' 7j- I , I There are at least forty schoon ! er8 eUÄa ^ d in the luiubcr trade of \ <*•*<•«"«« "* v er, aial witli the , mill04ld facilities, it is still impos to get the lumber away from the mills. Last week the Goos mill wharves were so crowded w Rh lumber that Mr. Goos had to throw a large quantity iu the river, J to get it out of his way, so as to i continue sa wing. The lumber will j ll0 t be lost, however, as it will be floated 1o the railroad landing, . , , , ... hauled out, and shipped by rad. m » a We are indebted to Mr. G. Gar denial, the courteous telegraph eru Louisiana. From the appear- ance of lii8 paper he has a good patronage. Mr. Prather is an old typo and editor, and we wish lu'm success. . 1 , ~ ~ „ A special from Beaumont to the * operator at the Railroad depot, for the very useful report of shipment of lumber and cross-ties, by rail road, from the 1st to the llffh of this mouth. Our inteutiou is to continue, with the assistance of Mr. Gardemal, the publication of this interesting business item of Lake Charles. We have received a copy of the Ashley County 'rimes, published at Hamburg, Ashley County, Ar kansas, by Mr. Win. Prather, well known to the craft iu southwest N. O, Democrat says; "Our ship _ ,, „ . . lu,ub ^ tUe August, averages seventy cars daily, the heaviest business ever known here." • r / i We presume this number must include cars passing through from Lajic CliayU'8 and Ora nge? New Oilcans has now a Com mittee of Public Safety. The C. Ö. P. S. is the outgrowth of a de fective police, jitupid juries, execu tive clemency, and the consequent increase of lawlessness and crime. The organization is » secret one. We publish the first official pro clamation in another column. We call particular attention to the new card of M. J. Roetoet. The flues manufactured by the Galveston Artificial Stone Works have been iu use iu our town for several > ears, aud have given uni versai satisfaction. Go at once and get ouo, and comply with the ordinance of the Town Council. A Xcw Era for Lake Charles. The mill owners and lumbermen , „ , .....j of Calcas.en have at last realised the fact that they can no longer absolutely depend upon the nucer-, tain mes of the river for their sup-; . / ply of timber and logs. The ^ x , maud for lumber, at this point, has been constantly increasing since the day that the first saw-null was erected at Lake Charles, and this demand has, to-day, reached such proportions that our twelve saw-j mills are strained to their utmost capacity to fill one-half of the or ders sent to them. Any interrap tion in the supply of logs is, there fore, a serious loss to them, and we are glad to see that serious ,. steps are being taken by some of or.r citizens to prevent any such contingency in the future. We had occasion, in a previous number, to allude to a project then , on foot for the construction of a, steam tramway, through the ptue|aaw region, for hauling logs to tide water iu the river. We aie now in possession of facts which enable us to assure our readers that this . . , .... pioject will be earned into execn tion at an early day. Our parish ioner Mr. A. J. Perkins, was this week in the timbered country, se lecting the location and course of the road, which is to be constructed in the interest of the firm of A. J. Perkins & Co., of which lie is the j senior partner. This road is fo. j tended to strike tide-water, on the ... . ,, , w ' , est J orb, and to run up through : the northwestern part of the par- j ish. We have also been informed, by our townsman Mr. IL C. Gill, that a surveying party is now iu the field, or rather, to speak more tech nically, in the woods, locating an other road, which is destined to run north from this place, and to tap the main liver near the mouth of Marsh Bayou, about forty miles by water from Lake Charles, The early construction of this road, which is to be, for the pres eut, ;i tramway haul logs bj horse-power, may be considered a certainty. Mr. Gil), iu whose in ! te) est the road and tramway are . , . , 1 to be built, lias already purchased | the land through which the road is j to pass; he will, at once, have a j portable saw-mill on the ground to J saw the material for tramway and ! , . earners, and promises a speech' . . , . , , ~ I completion of this long wished to r enterprise. Ia due time, if the busi ness j ustifies it, he will convert his , horse-power iuto a steam tramway, i We wish these gentlemen all the ! ,, , : success they deserve m their laud- ■. able euterpnses. The great lum- j ber interest s of Lake Charles looks up to them with the brightest an tieipations for the future, and the day that our log-men, mill-men and lumber-men will no longer be de pendent upon the rise or fall of the Calcasieu River for their supply of material, will be the dawn of a new era of unexampled prosperity upon Lake Charles. Last Saturday our town, aud par ticularly the vicinity of the Court House, looked like the first day of , Court term. The fox sales, to take place that day, had drawn a large crowd iuto town. All the property advertised, except a very few, sold without competition. Fifty cents and one dollar each adjudication, ; befog about all that was offered, ; and treue rail v whoever cot in the and general y whoever got iu the, | first bid, had the property knocked down to him. We have received a eopy of the Terrebonne Times, a new paper published at Houma, Terrebonne parish, by the Terrebonne FubJish ing Company, witli Mr. If. M. John son as editor aud business mana ger. The Times is a large eight page paper, well printed md aWy j edited. We X with pleasure. ! ---■—e* 1 "»---------— Advertise in the Commercial. Killed By Liohtnino. —On Friday 5th inst., Mr. Gustave Lan i, T . , . dry, who lived on Lacasme, during : a ttlmder sf<ir wa8 8itting in his j ho „ 8e ^ his fam51 when the cllilnne wa8 8trllck by ligh t nin g. _ .. i Ine electricy went down the ohim i nep, entering the room, killing Mr. ^ illste ntl V , and seriously in , jnrl hig , notM>r . in . law . N() other . membor of the family wa8 , lurt an(1 t , ho old M y wj|| recovm , -— ------ Bagdad Siftings, j We have had refreshing showers for a week past., but not sufficient ! to cause a freshet, but we have had ! plenty to cause us all to east our : C - TCS heavenward in anticipation. 1 latz & Moss and Stanton & Co., „[are driving ahead, with a good sup j ply 0 f fogs; but lumber is accumu | lating so that there will soon be no | wharf room, unless schooners ; ma, ' e better trips. L, L'ttchie Hansen, a laborer at ! Stanton & Co's mill, accidentally got bb} hMld (iang , lt hl the „ dg ,J ptue|aaw and mangled his thumb and j forefinger to such an extent that ( both had to be amputated. Ur. : ^° 88 attended him. j. A «?. od " la " v ,ne, ' hav ? . come *" ! here the past week seeking om pfoymeut, and idl have been suc j I.v convinced us that there is more j timber being put in the streams, iu ft?* 8 f ectiou ' t),is 8ea80n ' fl,an Uas been for U1I.V previous years—and, : moreover, the log-men are taking j special pains to have only A No. 1 cessful in finding ready work and good wages, at the mills, and tie camps above here. Come along, gentlemen, we can find lots of work for you, and good pay at that. A few days' sojourn in the West Fork timber district has thorough logs hauled. They ha ve come to the conclusion that " l)t nikilo nihil fll" and they are right. The pres ent good prices for timber is very encouraging, hence their idea for pushing tilings ahead in good sea son. There is but little doubt that in a short time those mills that are investing before hand will be well supplied witli timber, and of the liest quality at that. K. & O. E. West Lake Charles Jottings. Hot! Hotter! Hottest! Give us a breeze! breeze! breeze! Norris' mills have suspended operations for a month, iu order to P re P are for tlie fcU t,ade - P ^ ,hee ' fl ,°® U .P W,e rl '^ r ' <»ii the market here, selling at twenty-five cents a buchet. Mr. A. J. Perkins returned Fri day evening from a tour of iuspec tion in the pine woods, where lie * lay looking tor a site tor his steam tram way J The saloon owned by Mr. W. C. |ß U8b jy ojieu at all times to the public. Wiley, the genial bar-teud er, will serve liis friends with dis l>»teh. Give him a call. The schooner Hermes, loaded with ineux, wlule m the act of tak ^ <lv ^ ri , we la8t , Mouday ev . euingr, struck a snag iu the lake, aud filled her bold witli water. She is "<»w on Clooney's ways for re pairs. The writer returned front a trip to Caleasieu Pass Wednesday, feel ing greatly benefitted by the de lightful Gulf breezes that he en joyed while there, Capt. Monroe, Collector of Customs for that port, came up at the same time and will remain here until Monday. The crops at the Pass are good, witli the single exception of the orange, (not eveu excepting the mosquito.) which vvas considerably damaged by the cold w eather. The yield will , _ . j* visitor at that place, a welcome " Nac Nud." Col. RooKwiy.L will present to Congress, when it meets, a bill ap propriating <>10,000 for repairing refurnishing the White House. Wbi,e Congress will undoubtedly t ifc will probably, at the t ime, decide upon erecting a new Presidential mansion in some more suitable and desirable portion of the city. The White House has been notorious for its insalubrity, nearly everbody living in it suffer ing from malaria. The building, moreover is very costly and ex pensive, Congress being called on, every year, to coutribute from 10 to 2(i per cent of the cost of a new building for repairs. It would be ^«omy* to* prôcW at'orn-e to enact a new house and stop lavish- ing money on the present one.—N. O- Democrat. PERSONAL. L. Crager, representing Green leve, Block & Co., of Galveston, is on hand with his samples. Ben Asher, from LeGierse & Co., grocers of Galveston, is here with a smile on him like an over seer's wages. !?. A. Fairchild, merchant from Nibhlett's Bluff, was on hand last Saturday. He looks as fat and happy us usual. Wé had the pleasure of a call, Tuesday, from Dr. L. N. Mims. He reports peace and plenty pre vailing in his neighborhood on the Sabine. Mr. Henry Welsh, from Welsh's Station, was in town last Thursday, and called at our sanctum and got a receipt for a year's subscription. You may rest assured he was a weleofue visitor. M V. C. F. Ilfrey, a merchant from Cedar Bayou, Texas, paid our town a visit this week, prospecting. He expressed himself as being agree ably surprised at the appearance and extent of the Lake City. Mr. J. W. Harrison, the efficient book-keeper of Perkins & Miller, West Lake Charles, who has been rusticating at Calcasieu Pass for several days, returned lust Wed nesday, and is again at liis post. We were agreeably surprised, last Saturday, at havingacall from onr friend Sain Haas, of Bayou Chicot, St. Landry parish. Sam always has an eye open to busi ness, and in proof of same, he in vested $ 1162 cash, in three pieces of property at sheriff's sale, and subscribed to the Commkhcial. Come again Sain. We were favored by a call this week from Mr. Jean Caste X", of Mertnentau. He reports the rice crop in his neighborhood, almost a failure, on account of the drouth, although above and below him the crop has not suffered so much. He left a kindly souvenir in the shape of a two-dollar William, for one year's subscription. TO THE PLBLIO, Proclamation of the Committee of Safety, OUR OBJECTS AND PURPOSES. 1. To insure full protection, in life, liberty and property, to all good citizens; without distinction of party, race or nationality. 2. To suppress, at all hazards, crime aud rowdyism. 3. To coerce our public servants, both high and low, to the full, faith full and fearless performance of their duties, and to afford them protection iu the discharge, of the same. 4. To see that the monies collect ed from the people of this common wealth in the shape of taxes, licen ces, reyehues, etc., are economi cally ami judiciously applied to the use of the government—to the payment of the principal of the puqlie debt aud interesst thereon, and to see that the monies are not sei veri^d to the use, support and perpetuation of any infamous rings. To see that the laws of the commonwealth, especially the criminal laws, are strictly and im partially enforced; and to ferret out suppressed evidence and un willing witnesses in all important State eases. 6. To prevent undue influence on the pardoning power. 7. To watch with vigilance the jdiffemit branches of our govern ment. and whenever ami wherever we And au unfaithful public servant, or a wrong done the people, to see that the servant is punished ac cording to his guilt, ami to Sweep away the wrong, that right may rule, w order of Cojnu'iTWi or Brume Sai'hit. The swiftest bird, probably, is the eagle of the sea, or frigate, bird often measuring sixteep feet from tip to tip. It hovers utau elevation of 10,000 feet when a storm sweeps over the ocean. if it wishes to travel, says a French naturalist, it can almost annihilate spare. It eau breakfast iu Africa and dine in America. This bird reposes ou its great motionless wiugs, literally, "sleeping on the bosom of the air." Lake Charles Gommekciai,.— This is the title of a new weekly journal lately star ted. in the town of Lake Charles, La., by Mr. John McCormick. It is handsomely printed, ably edited, and brimful of well written editorials and choice selections. Brother McCormick, we wish you every success.—Ash ley County (Ark.) Times. as to as of iu is & a [Communicated.] Can Calcasieu be Made an Agricul tural Parish! No. In my last I treated upon the prairie lauds of the parish. In this I propose to notice the timbered lands and the uses they may be put to. In doing this 1 shall con fine myself to the lands upon either bank of the Calcasieu river above and below Lake Charles; leaving the other portions of the parish to be treated of at some future time. Upon each bank of the river be low Lake Charles the laud is high and run sloping back froiVi the river a long distance to the swamps, forming an elevated ridge of good rieh land, capable of befog cultivated, and wiiicli would pro duce; with proper cultivation, all diversities of crops of the State. Corn, cotton, oats, rye, barley, fruits, grapes, vegetables and ce reals of all kinds, can lie raised in abundance. . , t . A great part of the above lands are lying in a wild slate, waiting for and inviting the husbandman to improve them. Above Like Charles, the same may be said of the formation of the land. Rich ridges of land covered with heavy timber. These lands can be bought cheap, and there is enough timber growing upon the land to more than pay the purchaser of the land. This timber is mostly pine, aud is hear the river, down which it can be floated and sold to the mills at a good price, returning to the owner a good per cent, on first investment. Now, those lands coiddbe made ns famous as the Rhine lands of Europe, if the right kind of people would take hold of them. If the German citizens of the parish would use their influence with their friends in the fatlierluud, and induce them to come here and take hold of these lands, they could soon make a fortune. The Germans are proverbial for their industry, frugality and good conduct. They understand the culture of the grape, and the mak ing of wine, better than corn or cotton, and these river lands are well adaptetl to the culture, of the grape, and the yield would bo im mense. The juice of the grape is worth about two dollars per gallon at the vintage, 'which would amount to a large sum per acre. Besides the grape, the peaeli could also bo cultivated, and a large crop gathered every year and shipped to Ht. Louis and Chicago, auil sold at a good price. They could bo put in the Chicago market some weeks before any others, and reap the first market price. It is seldom that there is a fail ure of the peach crop, so there is but little risk to run. All that is needed is men who are not ufraid to work to take hold of the.niatter, and, in a short time, this parish would rival the old world iu its rich grape juice aiid fruits. Heb domadal. The Assassin Guitenn, Likely t o Spend Twenty Instead of Ten Years in the Penitentiary, The Washington (J). O.) Law Reporter, a Weekly, has an edito rial article on "Assault with In tent to kill," in which the inade quacy, defects and incompleteness of the Criminal Co dp of the Dis trict of Columbia are pointed out, tint which reaches the conclusion that instead of the maximum pen alty for Oulteau's offense being eight, or in case of two indict ments sixteen years, it is accord ing to la w twenty years, imprison ment. Theurtiele quotes a repeal ing section of a law relating to manslaughter and all capital felon ies Hint crimes except murder, treason and piracy passed in 1875, which the writer claims repents the law of 1805 fixing eight years as the maximum penalty for the tirst offense of assault with intent to kill. The 1875 law fixes imprison ment at not less than seven nor more than twenty yeaas. A facetious bru)tciiiaii on the Central Pacific railroad (jvled out as tlie train was about entering a tunnel : "This tunnel is about one mile long, anil tiie train will be four inimités in passing through it. The train dashed into daylight again iu four seconds, aud the sceue in the car wbb one for a painter. Seven youngJadies were closely pressed by fourteen pairs of masculine arms, fourteen pairs «flips were glued together, and two dozen whiskey flasks 'flashed iu the air.