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4 VOL. 1. LAKE CHARLES, CALCASIEU PARISH, LA., SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 1881. NO. 8. LAKE CHARLES CGBWEBüiAl, I'UIIUHIIEO EVERY K^TfRIlAV, 11V JOHN McCOBMICH. PRICK OF SUBSCRIPTION: " Two Dollars a Y ear. Entered at the Post Office, Lake ChnrleR, La., as second class matter. LAKE ICHAKLES, LA. 8ATIKWAÏ, : : : : AM, 1ST 27, I SSI. Agent*; for the Commercial. Jno. H. Poe.....................iiitgilail. J. W. Harrison.....West Lake Charles. C. Mayo.....................Opelousas. *©" Subscribers who fail to re ceive their paper, will please noti fy ns ol'tiie fact. Don't forget the Fair nest Mon day night. Who will be the first to put np a sash and blind factory in Lake Charles ? M. J. Eosteet is receiving some of his fall stock of goods, also a lot of fresh groceries, Capt. Thomas R. Reynolds has opened the Haskell House, and is now ready for business. Thanks to Rev. Father Kelly and the Ladies of the Altar, for com plimentary tickets for the Fair. We hud quite a blow here, last Thursday, accompanied by a heavy shower of rain, which was very much needed in this locality. Pleasant company, good music, and a happy time generally, for three days and nights, at the Cath olic Church Fair, next week. Mrs. Louis Leveqne has just , j had a new fence built around her j place, and the same nicely white- j washed. Quite an improvement, j The tug boats Alert, No. 1, Mar _____* ....., * ....... „ garet, Willie and Alamo, are all kept busy towing logs to the mills, nd schooners lills. to and from the The Steamer Willie went down to the Fass last Sunday night, with a barge load of lumber, and re-J turned Thursday morning with a sehooner in tow. --- »», m -m ——— Thanks to Gapt. T. F. Monroe, of Leesburg, for a subscription to the ______....... j................._ Commercial ; also, to our young friend J. W. Harrison, Esq., of West Lake Charles, for three new subscribers. The lad'es in charge of the Cath olic Church Fair, extend a polite invitation to all to pay them a visit •next Monday, Tuesday and Wed lesday. It will cost ouly "two bits," just the price of a treat in he saloons. Balloon Ascension.— -One of lie attractions of t he Fair will be balloon ascension, under the lanageineut of Capt. T. E. Eey îolds aud T. B. Ferren, Esq. The alloon will be started up, about 6 'eloek Tuesday evening. The "boom in logs" increases, nd the "logs in boom" are aug nenting in value every day. We tear of $8.25 per M ft. being paid 's week, and one log-man informs s that he will sell for $t)sure, and "riiaps $10, per M ft. All lovers of good music should .tend the Fail'. Prof. Ilortig will "at you to some master pieces of uric, composed for the occasion, is uauie aloue is a sufficient guar utee of it* excellence, both as to ouiposltiou aud excutiou. nd ud that some of the improve- ! outs that are beiug made will iu- ! rease the cutting capacity of the mil Mr. W. B. Norris 1s having his -mill thoroughly overhauled repaired, aud it Mill be eom cted in a few days, We uuder ill some I0,(h)U ft. more, oflumber i .'I . J «»>■ We have been able to gather the following particulars of the diffi culty, which occurred last week, between Bean Hodges and W. J. Clark, and which resulted almost fatally to the latter, ft seems that both men were on horseback, and pretty full of liquor; Clark was trying to cut off, with a knife, the neck of a bottle hanging from Hodges' saddle ; in his attempts to do so, he cut Hodges several times on the leg, when, Hodges getting mad, both alighted from their horses and engaged in a scuffle, which resulted in Clark 's receiving a severe wound in the abdomen, about an inch to the right of the hypogastric region. A physician was called only two days after wards. He found the wounded man lying with a. portion of the viscera protruding, and in a very critical condition. He pronounces the wound a very dangerous one, though not necessarily fatal. As will be seen by their adver tisement, the Sisters of the Holy Cross vail be prepared to receive scholars, at the Convent of the Immaculate Conception, on the 5th of next month. This institution is so well known in this part of the State that praise is useless. Sev eral ladies of Calcasieu have re ceived their education in it and Would be the first to recommend it. The location is most beautiful, the course of instruction complete, fend the utmost care is bestowed upon the children by the good Sis- j , 1 „ * . tors. Mother Sebastien, the prin . ' 1 „ ! eipal, has been in the Couvent for twenty years, and is known by every bodv. is to ing $25 j tice I the i to j Ceu. Hancock is reported to j Lave expressed his ophniion that j Gen. Arthur is an able patriotic,, j high-minded gentleman, and in the ! t,''? 11 *' ? UB beJU * ihe i Clprf Magistracy would discharge t he duties with but one p vu pose— that of benefiting the whole coou ! ft deuce, ; With all due deference to Gen. Hancock's opinion, we, of the ; South, preferfio«h*g to the woitnd 1 cd President as long as there is a ...... , . .. , try, and that the people might rely ou his judgment wjjth absolute con I , ... , , «P«* °f Meleitm Ins body, and a : ot ^ ^recovery, rather thau run the chances ot Arthur's administration. . < , . » The Southern Pacific railway is beiug pushed as rapidly as the scarcity of ties and timber will per mit. The extraordinary demand for timber aud ties, for railway building, all over the Southwest, makes it difficult to push the work on the road as fast a s was expected. The road is now laid one hundred and sixty miles west of Sau Anto nio, and graded a bout two hundred miles, and is also being worked west of El Paso. In spite of all drawbacks, the managers of the road confidently expect to connect New Orleans with Sau Francisco, in the mouth of June, 1882. A Blaze and Nearly a First Class Fire. —Last Thursday ev ening as one of W. C. Frieke's eui ployees was til bug g gasoline lamp, near a lighted candle, t he gasoline in the feeder, from which he was pouring flic oil, took fire aud made considerable of a blaze. The alarm of fire Mas given at once, but for tunately Mr. Greig aud Mr. James Kinder M ere near at hand, and, with hlaukets, extinguished the flame- before any damage was done. Another instance of careless hand ling of inflammable oils. A first class entertainment is »waiting you at the Fair, for the benefit of the Catholic Church of Lake Charles. The ladies in charge spared no paint fie make the occasion both agreeable aud prof ltwble Logssold yTsterdlty at$8A0 for ! ,, . -Jf „ , . small, and $y.'8> lor large timber. The Lumber Demand. Every indication points to the fact that Ihe present period of ex eitemeut in the lumber business is not t emporary, that it will continue to increase, and that there will he by next fall and winter such a de mand for lumber as has never been witnessed here. All the mills at Lake-Charles, those at Orange and Beaumont, and those of the Atcha falaya and Tecbe, are now being run to their fullest capacity, and yet they cannot answer one-half of the calls made on them for lum ber. There is no doubt that the great railroad boom in the South west i 6 the cause, but it is not the only cause of this increased de mand. Everywhere, in every di rection. new buildings are being erected. In the Teche country particularly, we are informed, there is an unprecedented activity in putting up new improvements. The latter section has been thus far limited, for a supply of lumber, to the cypress Swamps of the At cbatalaya and Grand Lake; but the time is not far distant when this source of supply will be altogether inadequate to the wants of the people who have been used to ob tain their lumber from that direc tion; and the Teche country will have to look elsewhere for a more j 1 V " position to xncioa ,, , ! owners would do w abundant and cheaper lumber mar ket. Cypress lumber is now sell ing freely, on the Teche, at from $25 to $.'15 a thousand, with a dis se. Our mill well to take no j tice of these facts, and prepare for I the new market soon to be opened i to them. There is, in the above : figures, evidence of a sufficient' ! margin for profitable competition by our Calcasieu pine with the ey I press lumber of the Teche. j The Orange Riot.— 1 Thetroub j , eg af 0j> . rauge may now he consid ered at an eud and everything is quiet there. It is impossible to gja|te wUh cerMutir tJie U0lllbep of 1; ;„ ecUr wounded during tins speJ c-ies of reign of terror which pre vail'd therefor several days, with out any attempt on the part of the judiciary or executive to put a stop .to it* Reports have been very aljd nureliable fror „ ^ origin to the conclusion of the dif ficulties. We can only state gen erally that four or five negroes were killed, several wounded and the rest of the lawless gang order ed to leave the county. At last accounts Sheriff Michael, the wounding of whom, by the desper adoes, Mas the immediate cause of the explosion, is doing well. The President's Condition.— The latest news winch reached us from the President's bedside, through our exchanges, and win'eh date to Thursday at midnight, are of the most gloomy character. There is scarcely any hope left for ids reco very. His physicians have made the sad announcement to his wife aud cabinet, that he canuot survi ve, aud that t he end may eome wiiMn forty-eight hours. His sf reugth lias almost, entirely failed him. his mind is Manderiug at in tervals, and every symptom points to au early dissol utiou. There M as some reliance placed on the fact that be was able to retain some nourishment, hut this ground of hope has been almudoued. ÂïmfiLlÂT Ä * 1 oiJug loi an 3luii3j£i MKUîiy. —Si. LouiaClobe-Dcmcu ut. ... -i palish ut a woman wno ggve hii th : te tour children at one time, two j boys and t-MO gills, all living, and ; uow Oju oiioUjÇb to walk, Aud yot j You can ha ve an excellent meal, at any hony of the day or night, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, ai the Gaihotie Church Fair. No Need fob Immigration.— There is a gen tleman in St. Landry parish, La., who has been married sMci-n years, and dnring that time his wife has given birth to sixteen j chiJdneu —t winst wiee, lu tir e same PERSONAL. the j A. J- Perkins, Esq., returned ex- ! S "'" ,a .V »feht from Galveston is he de at Hon. G. A. Fôurhét made a fly iug trip to New Iberia this week. C. P. Hampton has returned from Texas, where he had gone ou busi ness. Miss Julia E. Smart returned, a few ago, from a visit to Leesville, Vernon parish. Mr. Walter Stansberry, from the parish of Iberia, spent this week in Lake Charles, visiting relatives. Miss Rosa A. Moss, from Rose Bluff, is visiting in Lake Charles. She is stopping at the Haskell House. Mrs. Carlos Greig, wife of Prof. Carlos Greig, of our town, is visit ing friends and relatives in St. Martinsville. Judge S. D. Read returned from Vernon parish, where he gone to bold a term of the District Court, last Monday evening. Hon. A. J. Kearney, Dist. Att'y, came up from Cameron last Wed nesday. He is after the law-break ers with a sharp stick. Mr. Felix Bellocq, the genial representative of the mercantile firm of Schmidt & Ziegler, of New Orleans, was around among his customers this week. W. W. Westhoff, of Cnero and Victoria, Texas, spent several days among the mills this week. He too, wants more lumber. We have not heard what success he had. W. F. Stewart, Esq., of W. F, Stewart & Co., Lumber Dealers, of Galveston, was around this week He was looking after his lumber interests here, and says the lumber boom continues to increase. Messrs. C. Mayo and C. A. Fra zee, of Opelousas, visited our town this week. They seemed to enjoy themselves very much, they went on a fishing excursion and returned very much elated with their suc cess. a a be set can ple is Sheriff D. H. Lyons and wife re turned last Saturday, after an ab sence of several weeks. We arc pleased to know that Mrs. Lyons, who lias been quite ill during her absence, is much improved in her health. We arc pleased to note, as an I acquisition to our community,-the of | «rival in our town of Mrs. and Ml ? 8 Lll,y Jo1jubou ' («»ter-m-law and niece of Capt. Reynolds,) who will make their home at the Has kell House, and help to make the guests of the house at home also. Dr. S. E. Shelton and lady, from the (Land Chenier«, came up on the Willie, from Cameron, Thurs day morning. The Doctor is taking his wife to visit her father, Judge Moore, at Austin, Texas, who is suffering from a paralytic stroke, which, if is feared, will necessitate the J edge's resignation of his seat oh the bench, as one of the Judges of tiie Supreme Court of Texas j H'cst Lake (italics Jottings. j I I "i'li Ids genial, 'Mr. II. .C., D ......j smiling countenance, has been with us ! seiend days dûs week. j A shower on Tuurwlay was highly ! aop eeuited hv utt, (hough it, has nut : improved die tempe atme of the ut Mj.M.pbc.t* a great deal. Om Ilde town will soon lune a pub mol, to he conducted under t „ ! I £"**** "J *** 'p"" V v Mtc myjucuiouw <uu>tu>u. Jryjibu» "Nai Ni d." I umpires of Miss Mattie Hurt, t orn, O viige. May the und -fiat <ug meet 1 with the success it dese 'Ves. I „ , ,, .... . .. Capt Beeves aud Mr. Hits ireEscou Lts, took Umir departure f «Mi-smiy j mot uiug, the former ou a Visit it. Ins tamtty m lit, miles, the latter on a bust- t uess u p to tue Crescent Cdy. Porkiu» & Miîier'ij in Hi liaa recoin* mciwedupenitions again, after having! uudergotte a most thorough overhaul- [ iug, aud is now prepared to furnish j au almost antimned supply of luiiihe •. j A chip forced itself tMjtweeij the j knives of Loek. Perkins & CVs planer ! Iiirt Tuesdav, ciuising g probable delay ' of tinea weeks. Tim knives were ftro | keu aud the imieSiinery othewrise dam ! a'.ed. j Mr. C. P. Hampton relu, act liisi B Suuduy from a sh ,1 trip to Worttiam 1 aud CWeaua, Tex., wliere he had been on a short visit to Ids relatives. I ,., T the farmers Mdt probably make enough j . "come; ot the vorld-wide j in me, w again vi iblo iu the no/Jm est, I aud now is the time for the love-sie.k »wains to take tiieir "iiiuiuorata'' <>ui 1 te» pi'omuiuulti w Iumi tlic $uu> and <x>iik*î pop I lys ouu to «"PP 1 / t«elr indi\ idird wuuta. [Communicated.] Can Calcasieu be Made an Agricul tural Parish! No. 4. The area of this Parish is im mense. It extends from the Mer meutau on the east to the Sabine river on the west some eighty miles, and from north to soutli, some seventy miles, comprising something near five thousand six hundred square miles. This is a large territory to be included in one parish. The lands of the par ish are diversified, consisting of prairie, timber, ridge and swamp. The prairie lands are composed of ridges and marshes, and well adapt ed to cultivation ; the ridges for cotton and corn, and the marshes for rice. The timber lands consist of ridges and swamps, and are cov ered with a heavy growth of'pine, cypress and other valuable woods, adapted to building, fencing and manufacturing purposes. The par ish is sparsely inhabited, vast tracts of land without owners, and a large portion belonging to the State. It may be asked, why is there so much land in the parish vacant 1 In answer to this ques tion we would say that, mull within the last year there was no commu nication with the outside world but by water, in small schooners, hence there were but few persons found their way to the parish, and still fewer that came to look for homes, so the lands remained un bought. Now we have a railroad running through the parish, by which people, looking for homes, may eome at will ; and all who come will meet a warm welcome. There is no doubt, whatever, that Calcasieu parish can be made a perfect garden spot, and it will be so made before many years. Once get the tide of immigration set to the parish, and this happy result will he verified, and the tide can be turned this way if the peo ple will but make an effort to se cure it. Who will mote in the good work 1 Hebdomadal. [Communicated.] Norms' Point, Aug. 20,1881. Me. Editor—T he Norris Mills (W. B. Norris, Agent,) are under going a general transformation which will not only be a delight to the crew employed there (number ing aboutthirfcy men) hut also remu nerative to the proprietors. Elab orate and cosily machinery are being utilized to make this one of the best (if not the best) mill es tablishments on the river. A few of the most notable improvements may be interesting to your read ers, viz : The dust from the Circular and the Gauges will be carried direct I y into the furnace by machinery, ui must dispensing wiih a fireman assistance. The log chain will be extended about twenty feet into the log harbor to deep water, de lying our log-men to cut cypress too large, either in length or di ametei, mai cannot be hauled up, sinking logs w llbealmostas easily handled as when fin.i,mg. Anar ______ rangement of five rollers will save the labor of severel men, als'o anew tramway will carry the slabs to.the pit on dump! ng cars, where there is no possible danger of tire to tile rndls which is a great item in the wry of safety to toe surroundings, All tlieimprovements are too nu mérous to mention. The cost of , . ...... „ ,, , w 1|l<: 1 w? 1 not fuff short ot (but tuny possibly exceed) $«i. 000 . i he capacity w'tl probably be about 40 'poo feet of lumber per diem. M ,.. W . B. Non s is on the ,/u cùw fl om eal ,, y dRWU t ,„ duBU Ja wifcll , Je distance of his efficient fore man (who by the way is a thorough inaclihiiBt a» well mh a miller) Mr. Gentry, and the indomitable exer tions of Mr. Willie Jones, he cau not possi hly fail to accomplish big laudable enterprise. ENCORE. --- •»-•—«* -- ^ NATURAL MISTAKE. Squirt Mc 0 * !1 iuul occasiou logo to Cort 1311,1 l33fc week, »ud while there he went into a grocery and purchased 'Î* T* J®«"»».. "•«''*.}'»* f' '"^ "! l ^' C,eik , ti " t ! fi *»e'd have a lemonade '« ot Uom «\ '■' ,t " s ' l """ r ' "Marin 1" "Won't yon have a squeeze, silt" "Well, irarm, of I wits a young man J would. But I ve been mar ried uteb on to 30 years and the old lady is dreftte sot agin hoggin' out t-lio family,** An explanation was made, and 'squire bought a wpieezer to settle it, " a [Communicated.] His First Deer. Mr. Editor.—As the sun was gently sinking out of sight last Saturday evening, a small party of hunters left our sister city of 'Vest- Lake Charles with the in tention of slaying deer in the Bay ou Dinde M'oods. Nothing occur red to disturb the serenity of their trip down ; arriving at the cainp iug ground they hurried through to. get off. Finally they got started iu two parties, with a patent head light each, and with the full inten tion to treat their friends to veni son when they came back, but as the old saying goes, they counted their chickens before the eggs were hatched. One party followed the Bayou u]) (to its source, two of them thought,,) until they had goue a considerable distance. Not find ing any bucks they turned off into the woods aud thickets. They got tangled - np so, several times, that they could hardly extricate themselves, they succeodod final ly in completely losing themselves, aud one of the party made a mo tion to go home, it Mas seconded, but not carried into effect until three hours afterward, when they again found themselves, by the use of a small pocket compass, arrived in an old field they espied a pair of eyes and were just going to shoot when they discovered that, the eyes did not belong to a deer, but to a young colt. They were thoroughly disgusted now and wended their way to camp withont having seen the least indi cation of a deer. They arrived at 3 o'clpck A. M. The other party had followed the edge of the marsh with a little better success, to disturb the mo notony of the thing, they would shoot at lightning bugs for deers eyes, but never happened to get the deer or the bugs either, until at Inst, they saw a real pair or eyes. There M-ero two in that party, a veteran and an amateur, the ama teur expressed a wish to shoot it, the old gentleman knowing that ho had never killed one, thought he would let him pop away, it being only a small one, no soonertboiight thuu executed, the light was soon transferred to the youngster's head to shoot by, he shot, what a result, the Veteran hunter had never seen the like In his life be fore, he said. Both barrels went off at once, scared the deer to death, the hoy's hat was flying fif teen feet in the Tear, the head light twenty, and his gun and hair were standing straight on an end, he ran up to the deer and com menced to cut (us he thought) its throat, hut in reality it was one of its limits, he, in the excitement of the moment, not seeing the differ ence. After« little, with the help of the veteran, lie regained his senses, and between them they carried the deer home, and u-ore asleep when the other party arrived. They came home next day, with their spirits below zero and sink at heart, but all agreed that- Bayou Dinde was a good place to hunt at, even if you didn't find anything to kill. Amateur, Naughty hoys, to go hunting pn Sunday, kill a deer ami not send the printer a piece. A Startling Statement, [N. O. Dully Hliitou.] Major Benyaiml gives a local paper the startling information that Ihe Mississippi is rapidly cut ting iiscli 1 a channel into ihe At eftafahiya and expresses the belief that the latter stream will shortly become the main bed of the for mer leaving New Orleans stranded on a very shallow stream. Major Benypiud is reported by the paper referred to ns having said iu sub stance. that little less tlia.lt a year ago when Hie gange read nineteen feet, he made the soundings at the mou rin of Red River, and found a bar, aud on his visit there a few days ago, he again made sound ings, and wlih the gauge reading eight and a half feet, he found six teen feel of water where the bar had been, aud various depths, but none less than sixteen feet in he ehauttel of Red River clear to tie Atehai'nlaya, between seven aud eight milps, from the mouth of the lied. Too Good. —Gniteau, who at tempted to assassinate the Presi dent, aud who tried to kill one of his guards iu prison, was never " nowu to ose a profane word,— Cincinnati ('ommereial.