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The Democrat.
E. K. BIOSSIT,....... .....EDITOR
Our Agents.
Thomas IMcIntyre, ....... Nw Orleans
J. Curtis WValdo,.......... " "
S. 1M. I'ettengill & Co.,.....Now York
Geo. P. R,well & Co.,..... "
Iowell & Chesman,.....St. Louis, 1fo
Wednesday, - - Nov. 1, 1876.
Parish Executive Committee
J. G. P. HOOE.
To the Commissioners of Election.
The Commissioners of Election
should be very careful to find the
name of every voter on the poll book.
If he has Barrett's 1874 certificate
his number will be less than 3,437,
and his name will be on the old list,
with but one number. If it is not so
found he will be on the new list eith
er with a duplicate, in which case his
certificate will have two numbers, but
his name will only be among the new
ones, or will have entirely new pa
pers, and he will then be on the new
list with some number above 3,437
and only one number. There is dan
ger of frauds but from two sourcs.
Either from some voters having bath
the old certificate and a duplicate,
and if they will always hunt him up
on the poll book he can't use but One
-for then his name will only be
among the duplicate or from the reg
Istered boys, and these they will havc
to look into as best they can.
publicans are hoisted by their own
petard. The proclamation of Grant
against South Carolina, instead of in
timidating her citizens, has roused
them to increased activity, and awa.
kened in the Northern States a fel
ing of just indignation. The allega
tion of insurrection against the au
thority of the Government is met by
a pointed denial'by the Radical
judges and other officers, and the real
object of the Cameron order has been
so thinly veiled that no doubt can eý
ist of the intentions of its framers.
The effect produced is the opposite
of what was hoped by them. Mir.
Tilden will receive an increased vote
in the North in consequence of this
attempt to strangle the free expre$
sion of South Carolina's suffrages,
and the reign of organized terror of
which Grant is the author will expire
amid the derisive shouts of the vi-.
torious Democracy on Tuesday next.
-TnE fine and large Scott Plae,
adjoining Town, affords the best an
most convenient pasturage for th
Town cows and other stock, and wi
in a few days be ready to accommc
date all such. See notice of J. .
Goffe, the Lessee.
--RIVER about as low as she cad
get, and in an awful fix all along the
line; we only look now for boat,
when we hear them whistle abovw
the lower frown bar.
-WEATHER the most delightful
and genial on record: never knew
sunch a Fall before; just the needed
boon for the planters all around.
-OYsTaER season has come--you
can find proof of this by calling
around at Sam's at any hour of the
day and night you choose.
-"Foa the convenience of the
Pinewoods voters." How is that for
The indifference manifestcl to
Il wards changes in the organic law
would argue either that the Consti
tution is so excellent that improve
ment is impossible, or that the desire
for reform now so loudly expressed is
insincere. And yet as a matter of;
Sfact every one knows the Constitu
tion is not excellent in itself, nor
satisfactory to those who live under
it, and as a matter of opinion we may
believe that the popular cry for re
form is not only sincere but that it is
so powerful that it will make its
voice be heard.
One of the most fruithful sources
of wasteful extravagance in the last
eight years is the unlimited appro
priations of the Legislature to its own
personal uses, that is, to the pay of
its members and employees, to the
contingent and extra expenses and
such like which have been increased
as the cupidity of members or their
necessities required. The expendi
ture for these purpose one year
reached the stupendous sum of three
quarters of a million of dollars, while
in contrast to this the ante-bellum
Legislatures had never appropriated
a larger sum than seventy-five thou
sand dollars to the same purposes,
and did not always use the whole
of that.
The first Amendment to the Con
stitution proposed now for adoption,
and upon which every voter will have
an opportunity to display the sincer
ity of his professions for reform, re
stricts the Legislature in its expen
ditures for the purposes we have ex
plained and forbids the annual ap
propriation to exceed one hundred
and seventy-five thousand dollars.
Since the formation of our Govern
ments, both State and National, until
a recent period, every legislative Act
had to be submitted to the Executive
and approved and returned to the
Legislature before it adjourned.
t This uniform rule, the excellence of
which we in Louisiana appreciate
fully now, is still adhered to in the
National Government. Every Act of
- Congress is approved by the Presi
dent while the Congress is in ses
sion or it does not become a law, and
the President attends on the last
night of the session in his room in
the Capitol for the purpose of affix
ing his signature without delay.
The same rule prevails in every State
except three, and Louisiana is one of
The second Constitutional Amend
ment allows the Governor only twen
ty days after the adjournment to sign
and promulgate Legislative Acts in
stead of all the year, as has been the
pernicious custom of the Radical
regime, by which means the two Gov
ernors who alone have practiced it
have been enabled to hold up Bills
until a pufficient price was paid for
their signatures.
The third Amendment abolishes
the Parish Courts, the annual cost of
which is one hundred and thirty-two
thousand dollars, and as the same
Amendment provides for a reduction
of the salary of the District Judge,
the total outlay saved each year will
abe one hundred and fifty-one thou
sand dollars. The adoption of this
Amendment restores to the District
- Court precisely the jurisdiction it
Sformerly had. Before 1868 the Dis
t trict Judges did not find themselves
-oppressed with labor when they dis
I patched all the civil, all the criminal
- and all the probate business of the
District. Justice was as speedily
and well administered then as now,
- and under a system less complex than
rthe present. Next Winter the Leg
1 islature will increase the terms of
1 the District Court to four for each
I Parish, or six if need be, to supply
the place of the terms of the Parish
Courts, and this is returning to the
Sold routine. Before the war Rapides
had five terms of the District Court
every year, and she can have them
The fourth Amendment reduces the
,salary of the Governor from eight to
f six thousand dollars.
The fifth forbids certain otfficers
from receiving fees or perquisites of
otffice, and when we consider that
these officers are furnished largely
,increased salaries, it will be seen no
I injustice is done them. The Treasu
rer formerly received $2500 salary
I now he has double that sum. The
Attorney General's salary was for
merly $3500-now he has $5000.
The District Attorney formerly had
$1200 a year-now he has $2500.
These are the officers whom the fifth
proposed Amendment prohibits from
receiving fees.
All five Amendments will be adop
ted by a vote of the people next
week. It has been conjectured that
the Radical authorities will instruct
their adherents to vote against the
third Amendment solely for the rea
son that a diminution of offices
leaves some hungry mouths unfilled.
It is hoped that our party will vote
for it, snd remit to a Constitutional
Convention the construction of a
more satisfactory system than any
quantity of amendments can supply.
-Tow DAVIDSON, of the Bonnie
Lee, fixed us up abig package of late
w °"Mr. B. W. Woodruff, our popular
SRegistrar, has deemed it expedient to
" establish another polling box in La
t- urile Ward, for the convenincce of the
Pe Pinewoods voters. The Poll will be
Sloated at the Church on the line of
is OQu:lntieo and Chamubers' plantations."
f-[Rapides Gazette.
iWheu Mr. Woodruff abolished the
"Big Island" precinct on the north
r side of Red River, a white precinct, a
, "pinewoods" precinct, where he had
, an opportunity to consult the "con
Svenience" of the "Pinewoods voters"
s his pretext was that he either could
not or woultd not appoint but four
s teen polling places. In considera
t tion thereof and to give the people
. living at Big Island an opportunity
Sto vote at Dennis Smith's on the
rf River he moved the Latannier box
Sback to Smith's from Robinson's
I Store where he had placed it, and we
d were satisfied. Thus the matter
r stood and was so published by us on
Wednesday last. On Wednesday,
r, the "Republican Leader" and Presi
'e dent of the Returning Board came to
e town and on Thursday the "Burnt
n down" precinct was announced by
d the Registrar. The coincidence is
striking. An effort was then made
Sto get the Registrar to restore the
le Big Island precinct but he absolutely
refused to do so.
Now these are the facts. If MIr.
Woodruff saw fit to abolish one of our
,e precincts and to make a new negro
_ one in the very heart ofa large negro
settlement and almost at the door of
the President of the Returning Board
.he was exercising a discretion ves
Sted in him by the law, for which he
d is amenable to no other authority
. than his pledges of fair play and for
Swhich he could be called to account
ii in no other court than that of his
t own conscience. We could by ap
e preciating the pressure brought to
ebear upon him, make allowances for
Sthe Registrar, but we have ko words
if strong enough to express our con
e tempt for the artifice of pretehding
that it was done "for the convenience
iof the Pinewoods voters." In the
i first place there are not twenty pine
woods voters whose convenience had
d not already been consulted in mak
t ing the other polling places, and we
Shave yet to learn that the President
of the Returning Board and'the Ra
Spides Gazette are the proper and
Ssuitable custodians of the interests
f or convenience of the Pinewoods
I- We are firm in our belief that they
_ would spurn with disdain any such
,n sponsors. The Executive Commit
tee of the Democratic-Conservative
e party are abundantly able, and more
1than willing to look after the conve
nience of the "Pinewoods voters" who
it vote their ticket to a man, and the
Is display of so sudden an interest in,
)and zeal for them, from such ques
tionable quarters, reminds one of the
,9 patronizing solicitude of the fox for
the hen, or the eager anxiety of the
wolf to look after the convenience of
the lamb. The game they are play
n ing is one easily detected, with all
the "profound thought" and "me
d thodical work" of the "Republican
Leader." They want the negroes to
vote at boxes by themselves so as
that that same Leader, when he drops
it the role of Leader and assumes that
,. of President of the Returning Board,
., may upon such false and flimsey
pretexts as he used in 1874, throw
out the white boxes and leave the
e republican ones intact. A Demo.
y cratic House of Representatives and
the election of Samuel J. Tilden will
block that "little game," even if the
people of Louisiana, tired of being
; swindled out of their victories and
robbed of their property, do not take
the matter in their own hands.
h The putting of the box at Cham
bers' "Burntdown" place exclusively
for the colored radical vote is a part
ot of that plan, which it is sought to
n hide under the flimsiest of pretexts
and the basest of falsehoods. We
ie think that our friends are able to
; take care of themselves, and we are
inclined to believe, and beg leave to
r suggest, to the Gazette and its owner
,f that they will have their hands full
it in looking after their own interests.
In the name of the "Pinewoods vo
,, ters" we respectfully decline any in
, terference of them on their behalf
- and to reject any such favors at their
Le hands. If they will fairly count and
r- honestly return the votes of the
- Pinewoods voters, they will consult
.d both their convenience and interests,
) and that is a right they demand.
h They have no favors to ask of either
n the sly fox or the ravenous wolf.
it IFY.
*e -SWEENY, of the Colfax Chronicle,
' takes another tilt at the young man.
jH Re hints that he has a letter from
e the young man in which he writes
il him "in behalf of a down-trodden
a community, for the sake of every
y thing high and holy to rent him his
. office to start a Democratic paper to
vindicate their cause." Now, we
.e have some hope of the young man
e voting our whole ticket from top to
The revision of the Registration
for this Parish was closed at 5 o'clock
P. M. on last Saturday, the 28th
inst. We have the figures made from
an actual count of the books by one
of the United States Supervisors of
Election, Robert P. Hunter, Esq.,
and we give them below. The fig
ures are made by him after having
counted the lists twice over with the
same result and may be relied upon
with absolute certainty as the correct
showing made by the books of B. W.
Woodruff, Registrar, any reports to
the contrary notwithstanding. The
last number on the registration made
by E. J. Barrett in 1874 was 3436.
He reported colored 2089, white 1331;
colored majority 758, at the close of
his registration. But as this report
did not agree with his figures a count
of his book was made so as to get a
certain starting point, and the actual
figures were found to be colored
2068, white 1368, which makes his
total of 3436. When B. W. Wood
ruff commenced his revision there
was then a colored registered majori
ty of 700 even.
On Saturday evening when Mr
Woodruff closed his revision his last
number was 5779. Taking from this
3436, Barrett's last number, we find
that Mr. Woodruff has issued alto
gether 2343 certificates. Of these,
as his duplicate numbers show by
actual count, 1083 were duplicates is
sued by him to persons who had been
registered by E. J. Barrett but had
lost their certificates. 1083 from
2343, the whole number of certifi
cates issued by him, leaves 1260 as
the whole number of new registra
tions made by him. A count of the
distinguishing marks on his books,
"white," "colored," who had no du
plicate numbers opposite to their
names showed that of the 1260 new
registrations made by him 642 were
colored, and this left of course 618
whites, or a gain of 24 colored on the.
registration of B. W. Woodruff.
This gain added to the majority with
which they started, 700, makes the
actual, absolute and precise colored
registered majority at the close of
Woodruff's revision on Saturday eve
ning last 724.
From the foregoing we get the fol
lowing tabu'ated
Total certificates issued.......... 2343
Duplicates .................1083
Originals....................... 1260
Colored .............. ...642
White .....................618
Total vote..........................4696
W hite....................... 1986
It may be instructive to compare
this registration with the previous
ones since the war, as follows:
1808-2220....T. J. Calemy, Registrar
1870-3586.... A. F. WVilde, '
1872--3382.... J. G. P. HIooe, "
1874--3436:....E. J. Barrett, "
1876--4606... B. W. Woodruff, "
This shows a remarkable increase
of the registered vote this year, both
white and black, which is to be ac
counted for by the coming of age of
youths, immigration and the stirring
up of the laggards. Everybody is
registered in 1876, and now let us see
how much we can increase that 700
majority we have promised for our
ticket. With 600 new whites it
ought to go to 1,200 any way, and it
is to be remembered that four hun
dred of the colored voters were with
us in 1874 and will be again. Put
us down for 700 majority sure!
-WE call the attention of our col
ored voters to the singular fact, that
George Y. Kelso is here once more
among us, and is once more running
for office and expecting them to go it
blind on him a third time for Sena
tor. We beg them to remember that
he does not live here, makes New Or
leans his home and that of his fami
ly, and only comes about Rapides as
he needs their votes, which when pro
cured, off he goes, hobbles around in
fine store clothes, big gold chains
hanging to his vest button holes,
smokes fine segars, drinks fine liq
uors, and has no use for the colored
men of Rapides, except when another
election comes around. These are
facts, colored men, you all know it,
and we ask you in the name of com
mon sense, in the name of the com
mon regard you should have for your,
selves and the country yen live in
and are part and parcel of, are you
going for the fourth time in your vo
ting lives to be fooled by George
Kelso and his nice clothes and his
nice promises? He has always vio
lated every promise made you, has
never done a single thing as Senator
for you, but draw his pay, and then
spend it away from your homes.
Are you once more going to be hum
bugged by him and pliantly vote for
him? Think of it, ponder on this
matter seriously and for once be free
men and vote against him. Look to
this well!
-THEY spell it H-a-z-e now, and
it disappears as the Democratic sun
The best informed of our Northern
friends regard the vote of New York
as certain for Tilden by a large ma
jority. With the 35 electoral votes
of New York added to those of the
States he will certainly carry, the
election of Tilden is assured.
There is every reason in the world
to claim that Gen. Nicholls will be
fairly and honestly elected by at least
ten thousand majority, and with Til
den as President and a Democratic
House of Representatives, we need
have no fears of not getting the fruits
of our victory in Louisiana.
Turning from this bright outlook
in our National and State affairs, we
may safely say that the certainty of
electing our Home Ticket by a large
majority is no longer an open ques
tion. Our increased white registered
vote, added to even the colored vote
we got in 1874, would elect our tick
et without any new accessions of col
ored strength. In 1874, with a white
registered vote of 1,368, and 700 col
ored registered majority, we carried
the election by a majority of 351.
Now wehave a registered white vote
of 1,986, with a colored registered
majority of 724, and we have also the
300 colored voters who voted with us
then. They have gained in propor
tion but 24 voters. The day has
passed forever when they can claim
every registered colored man as a
republican voter. They have shaken
off the shackles, and are exercising
the right of freemen to vote whatever
ticket they please. There will be
polled the largest vote ever cast in
the Parish, and if the people, the
substantial people, do but half their
duty, we will certainly have that 700
majority we have promised, and if
they all turn out on the day of elec-.
tion and work like beavers, we can
carry the Parish by a majority of not
less than one thousand.
Fraudulent Colored Registration.
It would surprise any one to look
over the book and see how many col
ored boys are registered claiming to
be 21 and 22 years old, and it cer
tainly would astonish th1 most in
credulous to hear with what precis
ion, unanimity and how pat they all
give in 1854 as the year of their
birth. This shows drilling beyond a
doubt. We do not blame the Regis
trar for this, for we have noticed that
he was careful to examine and Cau
tion them and explain to them that
they had to swear to their age. He
could do no more. There are proba.
bly 150 registered who are not twen
ty, but who have given in their ages
as over twenty one. This is a mat
ter of great importance. Some of
the names will probably be erased on
the revision of the registry, but all
of them can not be reached.
It will be one of the most impor
tant duties of the Commissioners of
Election to look after these fellows
when they offer to vote. Sec. 14 of
the Election Law gives any body the
right tQ challenge a vote and Sees.
20 and 21 make it the duty of Com
missioners to put oaths to challenged
voters. When the Commissioners
exclude any such vote they ought to
make a note of the reason and the
minor offering to vote should be im
mediately arrested. The Gertificate
of the Registrar is not the only proof
of the right to vote. The Commis
sioners may require other evidence
to satisfy them. Our United States
Commissioners who are vested under
United States laws with full authori
ty to scrutinize and challenge votes
should make it their especial busi
ness to watch these youngsters when
they offer to vote.
Look out for them!
fessed radical politician, whose busi
ness it is to lie and whose hope is for
the opportunity to steal, resorts to
many a trick to bolster up his droop
ing cause, in these centennial times.
The offering of $75 Reward and re
ferring to a Section of the law which
does not say what it is reported to
say, the exaggeration of the colored
majority, the manufacture of ficti
tious crowds and Reception Commit
tees, the employment of the police
and Post-Office carriers as canvass
ing Committees, the hiring of steam
boats and brass bands at Govern
ment expenses and the importation
of voters may be classed with some
of the "tricks of the trade;" but
when the young man tries to make
us believe, and when the Registrar
says that he made the precinct at
"Burnt Down" for "the convenience
of the Pinewoods voters," the pre
tense is rather "too thin" to deceive
anybody and must be classed as still
lower down than even a trick. It is
an attempt to obtain credit under
Itis rumored that United States
troops are ordered to be quartered in
this town, and at other polling-places
in this Parish, on election day. We
are glad to hear it. We must assume
that the Officers of the United States
Army can have no motive to inter
fere with an election of a partisan
character. Their object can only be
the preservation of the public peace,
and the prevention of intimidation.
The only intimidation attempted in
this Parish during this sauoass has
been that of Radicals over Colored
voters. It is a well ascertained fact
that eight hundred colored voterA of
Rapides desire at this election to
vote the Democratic ticket. Every
means has been resorted to by the
Radical leaders to prevent this. In
some instances persuasion has been
unhesitatingly used. In oth
ers threats, curses, the promise of
violence, have been unsparingly em
ployed. It is the intention of these
desperate men to renew all their
efforts on election day, and it will be
the duty of United States Officers to
interfere to prevent this intimidation
whenever they shall be called on in
the manner prescribed by the Acts of
Congress. .
And unless thut called on, we must
assume that those Officers know they
have no right to interfere. The
United States Army cannot legally
be required to perform police duty at
an election. Their presence at an
election is intended by the Radicals
to be a menace to us, and as such we
might treat it with the scorn it de
serves. We know our duties and our
rights as well as we know our privi
lege, and it would be folly to shut our
eyes to the fact that Mr. Packard ex
pects and hopes that here and there
men may be goaded to the commis
sion of imprudent or violent acts,
and to base thereon a charge against
the fairness of the election. We
warn our friends against the slight
est impropriety of speech or act, and
with the same earnestness we urge
upon them to watch every active
Radical, and take care that he does
not prevent a single colored voter
from voting the ticket of that voter's
-THE "best Government under
the planet" is fighting us hard here
at home; all their officials are in the
field dead against us. Barrett, the
Post Master, of Pineville, DeLacy,
the Deputy Post Master of Alexan
dria, and though last, not least, J.
Madison Wells, U. S. Surveyor of the
Port of New Orleans, and President
of the Returning Board, is the head
and front of the big blows aimed at
us, and he is a hard old enemy to
keep off. Barrett and DeLacy are
candidates for the Legislature, and
the Surveyor of the Port has camped
here for the contest, neglecting his
paid and sworn duties in New Or
leans to drill and lead the hosts of
Radicalism against us. Voters of
Rapides, white and colored, are you
going to be duped and fooled by
these men, who only seek their own
aggrandisement, as against your true
interests? Ere this you should know
that they do not aim at the welfare
of the Parish, and that they are pow
erless for good. To checkmate all
this, vote the Democratic-Conserva
tive ticket from top to bottom; you
can but be right in doing this, and it
is your duty and to your interests to
do it.
-WHAT better proof do the voters
of Rapides, especially the colored
ones, want of the total failure and in
competency of the Republican noti
nees of our Parish, than the fact that
the most reliable, consistent and
trusty Republicans in the Parish, are
disgusted with such a patched up
and endorsed ticket, and are forced
to remodel it, almost ip all parts,
with proper names, and are going to
vote for them. This alone is a poor
compliment to the would-be leaders
and office holders of the Republican
party, and they should blush with
shame thus to endeavoa to impose a
so called, Republican ticket on the
honest colored masses of the rank
and file of their party. But they
have counted wrongly this time, and
the DeLacys, the Mat. Wells and the
Kelso family must now learn that
they have played their parts too well
for these masses, and the crack of
their whips don't frighten them in
the least. Among the colored mass
es are men of good horse-sense, of in
dependence, of decency, and they are
now going to assert all these and will
no longer blindly and tamely submit
to their bad masters. We can but
admire such men and throw in a good
word of cheer for them and the asser
tion of their manhood.
-IT is in rather bad taste for the
owner of the Gazettte to praise him
self as a "Republicae Leader" in the
columns jof his own paper. We are
glad, however, to know that he is
supporting the whole ticket now, for
it hasn't been very long ago that we
missed the name of Gee. L Smith
from its masthead. Maybe that
claim in Washington has something
to do with the warmth of his support.
"You tickle me and I'll tickle you."
-COL. Jack Wharton said, lui
speech delivered in Alexandria O
12th: "With such men as Geo. L.,
and Col. Robert A. Hunter on`
ticket, the Republican party of Ra
is sure to win."-[Rapides G
of 28th.
The Republican Party of thin
ish and its candidate has at -
thrown off the mask. In the
mencement of this canvass in
pains was taken to conceal the
that Col. R. A. Hunter was the
inee of the Radical Convention.
use of that word was repudiated
great nicety was exercised in
selection of substitutes for it.
was "recommended" or "endo
by the Convention, was the a -
used to Democrats whose sup
As solicited. So much concern
felt about it that three different
ters were manufactured by or for
Radical Committee who were to
quest his acceptance. All this
to throw dust in the eyes
But unfortunately for those.
concocted this pretty little schem
the dust would not stick, and si
the few Democrats who, at first,
tended to vote for Co iunter hav
in the light of relent occurren
determnined they will no longer u
port him, it now becomes neces
to change big attitude and th
some sop to the Radicals. Hence at
the Prairie barbecue last week
claimed the same time in speakis
that the Democratic speakers
giving as a reason that his opponenj
were -five in number. This woul4
only be on the theory that he repre.
sented the Republican party.
The organ of that party ope
claims him, as the above extra
proves, and the Republican epeak
treat him as a brother. Add to th
his intimate relations with MI
Packard, their conferences whl
here, the thorough understanding be.
tween them, and the wide berth bh
gave Gen. Nicholls and his colleagu
during their visit, and all Democrat
must see that the "official journal" is
right again I n' claiming him a4
--WE beg our colored voer to re.
member that at the last election, we,
urged them earnestly to vote our:
ticket in order to gve as a trial.
Our main point was peace, order ad
the enforcement of the laws, and
this home matter we speeially held``
up for thei our jandi'dstaefor
Sheriff, Paul, and ivouchbe
for him as the right:li an to uin
Sheriff. Well, in a great mep.
our advice was followed by over 40'h
colored men who supported our tlcket;
in full in order to carry Dve Pu:,iPui
through, and we know they: nouW
must admit and agree that they did;
right and helped their white 1i4ar0»
citizens put a good and proper; maom
in the Sheriff's office, and now we
feel encou to give $em somq
more of just advicei a ice ndd
mon sense talkl.j:s e Paul is again
our candidate for heff, along wit-h~
other good, solid and worthy
citiriend and we now once snore ask
ourcolored friends to again join us
in electing good ofers; by thisa
time they mustknoWiaud feel whd
it is to have a good Sherifft and they
now have a fair chance of endorsing
all the good Dave Paul has done,
and increase their good acts by heap
ing on their people, and particularly
on themselves, a perfect lot of good
and efficient officers Will thby do
it? We feel convinced th4 heir own:
common sense, their own love oi,;
peace and quiet, and above all, their
own self-interests will prompt them
in this grave matter, and once mnore'
move them to vote right, to vote with
their own people, and throw aside.
their old false, o8ffice-hunting friends.
,-A GREAT many of the colored
Republicans, who are earnest in the
support of Hayes and Wheeler, sand
Packard and Antoine, are in a gre'at
quandary in regard to their bo~h.
ticket here, and can't exactly see for
a jambalaya one of endorsesnat;,
selections and choices can omoe in
for their support. We really on
conceive t6at it must be hard on'them
to see three of the most important of
flces made outside of their party, un.
der the poor plea of independence
and by direction of their self consti.
tuted'leaders, and then asked to vote
for them blindly and thus help put
them in offibe. And yet they cry
out against Democrats and allow the
shakiest of that sort to be thrust on
them. Their fix is an awkward one,
but we believe they will work out of
it. They have two chances to avoid
it and we rather believe they will do
it. The day is going by in Rapides
.when the colored people can be meek
ly and blindly led to the polls; they
have a way now ofthinking for them
selves and they will also vote as they
t---- -a --
-"WrrI Hayes for Presidentwe may
expect to bear the last of corruption in
high places, and see a speedy return to
the prosperity which this country ea
joyed before the war."--[Rapides
"The devil got sick, the devil a mohk
would be;
The devil got well, TUE DEVIL A MO.

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