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OFFICIAL^10 URNAL OFTHE'UNITED ST A T ES OFFICIAL JOURNAL Vf JEW ORLEANS prbe Metis Dh#Htr-Wlio is Responsible ? We reproduce a New York special from "jhe St. Louis Republican: Now that ad the circumstances connected 'frith the Metis disaster are known, the journals sre less cautious in their criticisms lot the conduct of her captain and officers, aind the general verdict is that they were to blame. The tone of comment is as follows: The evidence thvs far leaves fault of the collision with the manag^ent of the Metis. A still more heinous neglect oc curred alter the vessels met. Immediate and thorough search should have been made for possible leaks. There was a par tial examination, not by the captain, hut by the niiit.e anil engineers, and they reported nothing of consequence. It "was fully fif f,een minutes after the collision before any one seemed to be aware that the Metis had $t hole in her hull The discoverer of this remarkable fact was the engineer. Where again was the captain I How does it hap pen that he, the highest responsible officer on board, left this all important fact to be found out at. second or third hands ! Had the leak been promptly discovered the Metis might be qiiuat to-day. Mattreeses and blankets could have been stuffed into the hole,*and the leak partly stopped before it had gained too much headway, tjupl, with the pumps going, she could have been kept from sinking and beached, like the Bristol. Another journal says the collision was the result of gross carelessness. After the disaster the officers and crew of the vessel behaved like cow ards, and there was not the proper life-sav ing apparatus on board necessary to the safety of the passengers in case of an emer gency. Hardy sailors, used to all winds and weather, expert swimmers, stole si lently away from the sinking ship in the life-boat, and left poor weak women and helpless children to savintliemgelves as best they could. The Tviminc thinks that if Captain Barton was blameless in respect to the collision, his conduct afterward was reckless to the last degree. Whatever the official judgment may be, it will be impossi hie to persuade mankind that when theves Bel was struck, only twenty minutes from shore, and was able ft> keep in motion, and obey her helm, for more than an hour after ward, every creature on board could not have been brought safely to land. Interesting Revenue Question. We reproduce the subjoined special to the St. Louis Globe : w i.«uik(jtos, September 2.—The State Department is engage,! ; n ali iWrcutiug correspondence over the question whether the cargo of tea-bought by the Japanese ves sel which arrived a week ago in San Fran cisco is to be charged or not with the ten per cent discriminating duty which lies against all imports brought on. vessels of countries which discriminate in favor ot their own shipping. So far as known, this is the first native vessel from Japan that has ever entered a Western or European poit. If this is so, no imports have ever been made into Japan for that government to make a favorable discrimination On Japati trades with China and other Asiatic countries, but it is not known whether.there are any defined du ties collected. The matter involves two points: First, Whether a country which has not had hith erto any foreign commerce of her own, or with the United States, is entitled to recip rocal tariff here without a formal declara tion on her own part of non-discrimination. Second—Whether Japan has or not given her people a special custom privilege in thus trailing with the Asiatic countries, and which, if it be the case, involves the sec ondary question ot whether they can or not, within the meaning of the clause found in all our Asiatic treaties relative to the fa vored nation. Mr. Mori claims thrrt Japan is entitled to the same privileges with all European and American nations, except Spain, with re gard to Cuba, under our laws and treaties. We. do not dispute this, but want the formal .proof that no discrimination exists. The Shreveport Telegram of Monday re ports a fire in Minden: We learn (rom a young gentleman just across from Minden by stuge, and who wit nessed the conflagration, that between the hour: of one and two o'clock this morning a destructive fire occurred in Minden, which did serious damage to tbe town. It broke out iu the back portion of the Webster House, destroying that building, and coni municating with two storehouses on each side of it, destroying in all eight business houses. We learn from our informant that the following is supposed to be an estimate of the losses: Dr. H. McFarland, $1000 Messrs. John Hart, $1000; Gerrin, $0000: Archmas'd, $1000; T. B. Miller, $.'1000; J. W Berry, $1000; J. W. Holmes. $3000; Isaac Murrell, $3000. The only insurance our in formant could hear of was for $2500 upon the hotel, of Mr. John Hart. We very much regret this calamity to the prosper ous town of Minden. The Vicksburg Times lias this to say about the Pensacola and Ship Island rail road from Vicksburg to Mississippi'City: We learn that the contractors on the Pen sacola and Ship Island railroad have sus pended, or will very soon suspend, tempo rarily, the work of grading.- This work has progressed so rapidly that they have kept close up with the engineer corps. The work being completed to Big Black, the lino is not located beynn. that point, and the work must- necessarily be suspended for the present. We learn from the oflicers.of the road, however, that work will be re sumed at an early day. The officers and coptiactors of the road all seem confident that nothing is likely to occur to prevent the early completion of this end of the road. The entire completion of the entire line will depend largely upon the people in the coun ties through which the road is to pass. ties through which the road is to pass. The following dispatch was received at Shreveport Monday by the Board of Trade: San Diego, August 31, 1872. To the President of the Shreveport Board of Trails' San Diego greets Shreveport. Our citi zens ratify withacelaniatioaanu enthusiasm the terminal agreement. THOMAS L. NESMITH, President Citizens' Railroad Committee. Colonel Lindsay, in response, sent the fol lowing telegram: Shreveport, September 2, 1872. Shreveport, the eastern terminus, returns greeliug to San Diego, the western ter minus of the Texas ""and Pacific railway, nml hopes soon to meet her half way io drive the last spike. R. 11. LINDSAY, Vice President Shreveport Board of trade. A prominent Liberal Republican, writing from Oswego, Kansas, to the campaign committee at Washington, says : Every day witnesses changes for Greeley, anil I mu now of the opinion that wo wili he iildi ie eaiyy Kansas lor the Cincinnati Baltintore lick it In this parr ol the State wo In vv alrludy about- twenty-five one buWilicdths ol the Republicans in favor of Gicthy white I know of no Democrat that will siij port Giani, whereits, njiou tho eon tu.iy, all will support Greeley. The entire Dina eiatic aiul twenty-live one bnndreths of the Ki publican vote will carry the State; and I ci i tidentlj -believe that by Novem ber Git^jh y will not only- have the entire #-DeluoeWic vote, lull that he*will receive thiity pn ot lit ot tin lit publican vote, thus «6CUting the electoral vi ie of tin- State. TLiie is m in the Ghu ,.g.. Tribune : The official debt statement for September I shows that the decrease since March 1, 1869, including the curb iu the treasury, is $318,141,289. As the cash on band amounts, bj the same statement, to $84,853,550, tiie real reduction, in three years and six mouths oi Grant's adiniiflstrution, has been $-353,287,<30 Iu 'three \ ears aud seven months of Johnson's administration, the corresponding reduction was $470,23b,650. To equal this showing, the debt must 1 a eased, during September, by $206,948, The British*AUulterat!on Act. The adulteration act recently passe! by the British Parliament renders it unlawful not only to sell bad food, but also to nuke and sell mixtures such as the substance called "Jonathan," which was exhibited at a recent trial in England. Power is given to local hoards to appoint analytical chem ists, and inspectors of markets are com pelled to prosecute offenders. Adultera tions of a poisonous character are to be punished for the first offense by a line of $230, and for the second offense by six months' imprisonment at hard labor. The intermixing of any substance with intent to fraudulently increase the weight or bulk of any article of food, drink or drug is punishable by a iifie of $100. and on a second conviction the name of the offender is to be published. Victor Hugo was tjrribly excited when lie beard that Rochefort bad been pardoned in consequence of bis persistent solicita tions. " Ibis is the finest-day of mj- lifea" be exclaimed, tearfully. Ol'FIC'l A-t»9 TREATIES AMI FKOCLAJIAyiONHo A PROCLAMATION, BY ■J11E TRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Supplemental Convention between fee United States and Great Britain, concern ing the Renunciation of Naturalizatiou in certain Cases. Signed February 23, 1871; Ratified Mareh 21, 1871 ; Ratifications ex changed May 4; 1871 ; Proclaimed May 5, 1871. Whereas a convention supplemental to the convention of May 13, 1870, between the United States of America and Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom ol Great Britain and Ireland, concerning naturalization, was concluded and signed at Washington by their respective pleni potentiaries, on the twenty-third day of February, 1871, which supplemental con vention is word for word as follows : Whereas, Bv the second article of the convention between the United States ot America and her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ire land, for regulating the citizenship of citi zens and subjects ot tbe contracting parties who have emigrated, or may emigrate, from tbe dominions of the one to those of tbe other party, signed at London on the thir teenth of May, 1870, it was stipulated that the manner in which the renunciation by such citizens'and suhjrcts of their natural ization, and tbe resumption of their native allegiance may he made and publicly de clared, should be agreed upon by the gov ernments of the respective countries, the President of the United States of America and her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, for the purpose of effecting such agreement, have resolved to conclude a supplemental convention, and have named as their plen ipotentiaries, that is to say, the President of the United States of America, Hamilton Fish, Secretary of State, and her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Sir Edward Thornton,. Knight Commander of the most honorable Order of the Bath, and her envoy extraor dinary and minister plenipotentiary to tho United States of America, who have agreed as follows : ARTICLE i. Any person, being originally a citizen of * tho United States who had pre viously to May 13, 1870, been naturalized as a British subject, may, at any time before August 10, 1872, and any British subject who, at the date first aforesaid, had been naturalized as a citizen within the United States, may, at any time before May 12, 1872, publicly declare his remmeiation ol such naturalization by subscribing an in strument in writing, substantially in the form hereunto appended, and designated as annex A. Such renunciation, by an original citizen of the United States, ol' British nationality, shall, within the territories anti jurisdiction of the United States, be made in duplicate, in the presence of any court authorized by law for the time being to admit aliens to naturalization, or before the clerk or jtro thonotary of any such court; if the declar ant be beyond the territories of the United States, it shall be made in duplicate, before any diplomatic or consular officer of the United States. One of such duplicates shall remain of record in the cus tody of the court or officer in whose presence it was made ; the other shall be, without delay, transmitted to the Depart ment of State. Such renunciation, if declared bv an original British subject, of his acquired na tionality as a citizen of the United States, shall, il the declarant he in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, be made in duplicate, in tbe presence of a justice pf the peace'; if elsewhere in Her Britannic Majesty's dominions, in triplicate, in the presence of any judge of civil or criminal jurisdiction, of any justice of the peace, or of any other officer for the time being authorized by law, in the place in which the declarant is, to administer an oath for any judicial oi other legal purpose: if out of Her Majesty's dominitms, iu tripli cate, in the presence of any officer in the diplomatic or consular service of Her Majesty. ARTICLE II. The. contracting parties hereby engage to communicate each to the other," from time to time, lists of the persons who, within their respective dominions and territories, or before their diplomatic and consular officers, have declared their renunciation of naturalization, with the dates and places of making such declarations, and such in formation as to tho abode of the declarants, and the times and places of their natural ization, as they may have furnished. ARTICLE in. Tbe present convention shall be ratified by the President of the United States, by aud with the advice and copsent of the Sen ate thereof, and by Her Britannic Maj esty, and the ratifications shall he ex changed at Washington as soon as may be convenient. In witness whereof the respective pleni potentiaries have signed tbe same, - and have affixed thereto their respective seals. Done at Washington the twenty-third day of February, in tbe year ol our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one. HAMILTON FISH. EI)W'D THORNTON. annex a... I, A. B., of [insert abode], being origin ally a citizen of the United States ot Amer ica [or a British subject], and having be come naturalized within the dominions of her Britannio Majesty as a British subject [or as a citizen within the United States cl America],'do hereby renounce my natural izaXiTtn as a British subject [or citizen of the United States], and declare that it is my desire to resume my nationality as a citi zen of the United States [of British subject], (Signed) A. B. Made and subscribed to before me,-, in [insert country or other subdivision, and State, province, colony, legation, o* consu late] this-day of-. 187-. (Signed) E. F.. Justice of the Peace, for other title] HAMILTON FISH, LDW'l) THORNTON. And w hereas tbe said supplemental oon entkm has- been duly ratified on both parts, and the respective ratifications of the same were exchanged in this city on tbe fourth day of May, 1871, by Hamilton Fish, Secretary of State" of the United States, and h | r Edward Thornton, K. O'. B„ Her Britan nic Majesty's envoy extraordinary aud min ister plenipotentiary accredited Jo this gov ernment, on the part of their respective governments : Now, thereiore, be it known that. I, Ulysses S. Grant, President of Abe United States ol America, have caused the said supplemental convention to be made public, to the end that the same ami every clause and article thereof may be observed and tiulfilled with good faith by the United States and the citizens thereof. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at tbe city of Wiskington this fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one, and of the independence of the United States of America the ninety-fifth. U. S. GRANT. By the President: • Hamilton Fish, Secretary of State, by at be of six The is a OF fee in ex 5, to the ol of the ot the tbe by de for LAWS OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY. iSTo. 86. .A-TST ACT To lix the terms of the district court in the Fourteenth Judicial District, desig nating certain weeks of said terms for the trial of civil eases, aud certain weeks for the trial of criminal cases, anil providing lir the drawing and summoning of j iries fo- said terms. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate ami igiuse of Representatives of the State of Lousianain General Assembly convene!, That tie terms of the district court in the Fourteeith Judicial District are hereby fixed, anc shall commence as follows, to wit: For the ptrish of Ouachita, on the second Mondays o': March and Septeiiiber; for the parish of Rkhland, on the. third Mondays of April and October; for the parish of More house, on the third Mondays of May and November. Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, etc.. That the first, two. weeks of each term shall be devoted exclusively to the transaction of the business on tie civil docket of the court, to the businesi of the grand jury, and to the tiling of crimiial informations and the orders thereon; nj> either proceedings on the criminal docket ot the court shall be had dining the first two veeks. Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, etc., That the remaining weeks of eac'« term shall be devoted to the transaction an-i disposal of the criminal business of the c»urt, aud to the trial of civil jury cases. Daring said j remaining weeks' no proceeding thall Tie had in ^uy civil case, unless an order for the trial oi' such case by a jury shall have been made previous to the third week; pro vided, that in all eases judgments may be signed, and motions for new trials and mo tions for appeals may be made and dis posed of during said remaining weeks; and, provided further, that, by special permis sion of the court first obtained, together with consent of parties, proceedings may be had in any other case during said re maining weeks. Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, etc., That, in the manner provided by law, two juries shall be ilrawu lor each of said terms of court, to be designated as the "first jury" and the "second jury." The first jury shall be summoned to attend on the first day of the term. From the first jury the grand jury shall be selected and drawn in the manner provided by law. The remaining jurors of the first jury shall then be dis charged till the third Monday of the term, when they shall again attend, and shall serve for the third week. The second jury shall be summoned to attend on the fourth Monday of the term, and shall serve for the fourth week, and as much longer as they may he needed. Any of the first jury who may he impanneled on the trial of a case shall be retained until the termination of said case. All objections or exceptions to the formation, construction, drawing, or summoning ol' said juries shall be Hied on the first day of the term, and not afterward; anu if the juries should '-e set aside a new first jury shall be Immediately drawn and summoned for the second Monday, aud a now second jury for the fourth Monday of the term, and the court shall proceed. Ju lies drawn for the first term of court under this act shall be legal, without regard to the time when drawn, if in other respects legal. Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, etc., That all laws or parts of laws conflicting with this act are hereby repealed so lar as they conflict, and that this act shall take effect from and after its passage. (Signed) O. II. BREWSTER, Speaker of the House of Representatives. (Signed) R. B. S. PINCHBACK. Lieutenant Governor and President of the Senate. Approved June 14, 1872. • (Signed) H. C. WARMOTH, Governor of the State of Louisian a» A true copy: F, J. Herron, Secretary of State. ' AN ACT No. 04. to a To provide lor the construction of a shell road in the parish of Jefferson by the police jury of tbe left bank of said parish, and for the payment thereof; for the keeping of the same in repair, and to au thorize said police jury to levy a special tax for said purpose. Section 1. Be it enacted by.the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Louisiana in General Assembly con vened, That it shall be the duty of the police jury of the left bank, parish of Jeffer son, and it is hereby authorized and em powered to pass and adopt, within ten days from the passage of this act, the necessary ordinahees and resolutions for the construc tion within one year from the adjudication of the contract, of a shell road extending along the Metairie ridge in said parish of Jefferson, from the New Orleans canal West as far as the Labarre road, and at the option of said police jury along the Labarre road to the l iver Missis sippi; said load shall be in all respects a first-class shell road, and shall be built in accordance w ith tbe specifications to be fur nislied by the surveyor of the parish; and it shall be the duty of the police jury to cause the surveyor of said parish, or of some uther. in case there be no such officer, to furnish the necessary plans, lines, grades, levels, curves, etc., and to take the general superintendence, in accordance with the specifications furnished, and the C09t ot this shall be assumed by the contractors. Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, etc., That the cost of the construction of said shell road shall he borne in equal proportions, one-half each by the front proprietors bor dering on said road, pro rata, and the said police jury of the left, bank, parish of Jef ferson, and the proportion of tho front pro prietors shall remain a lieu and privilege superior to all other liens aud privileges upon the property fronting on said road in favor of the contractors thereof, until fully paid, by recording the bills for the same, duly certified by the surveyor of said par ish, iu the office of the recorder of said parish. .Sec. 3. Be 't further enacted, etc., That it shall be the duty of said police jury of the left hank, parish of Jefferson, within ten days from the passage of this act, to ad vertise for ten days in the official papers ot the parishes of Jefferson and Orleans lor proposals, to be sealed and directed to said police jury, aud to he opened by them in open and public meeting of said police jury on a day to be named in said advertise ment, when said police jury shall proceed to adjudicate the contract to build said road to the lowest bidder, and shall pro ceed , in such form as said police jury shall determine, to make a formal contract in ac cordance with the plans and specifications, and said lowest proposal, with said lowest bidder, and may require of such lowest bidder such security as said police jury may think proper for the faithful performance of the contract within such time as the said police jury and said contractors may agree, it being understood that this shall "not ex ceed one year. Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, etc., That from and after the completion of said shell rtiad hereinbefore provided for, it shall he the duty ot said police jury, during the month of December of each and every year, to appropriate a sufficient sum ot monev out ot its treasury to keep said road in repair during the current year, which sum shall not bp appropriated to any other purpose. Sec. 5. Be it "further enacted, etc.o That upon the completion of said shell road, and said completion having been duly certified to, according to the provisions"of this act, it shall be the duty of said police jury ol the left bank, parish of Jefferson, to at once pay to the builders of taid road, or otherwise settle with them, as both parties to the contract may agree, the proportion of the police jury being one-half the total cost thereof; and should there not he suffi cient luiids iu the treasury, tiie police jury are hereby authorized to levy a special tax sufficient -fo pay the sum required upon all the taxable property in the left bank, par ish of Jefferson, to be equally assessed according to the last assessment made be fore the levying of such special tax; and upon the collection of such special tax, which shall be immediately proceeded with, said police jury shall pay its propor tion of the cost of the shell road herein pro vided for. Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, etc., That all laws or parts of laws contrary to or in consistent with the provisions of this act are hereby repealed. §BC. 7, ge it further enacted, etc., That this act shall take effect from and after ' its passage. (Signed) O. H. BREWSTER, Speaker of the House of Representatives. (Signed) P. B. S. PINCHBACK, Lieutenant Governor and President of the Senate. A true copy: J. W. Fairfax, „ Assistant Secretary of State. Received in the office of Secretary of State August 6, 1872. The foregoing act having been presented to the Governor of the State of Louisiana for his approval, and not having been returned by him to thehouseof the. General Assembly in which it originated within the time prescribed by the constitution of tiie State of Louisiana, has become a law with out his approval. j JNo. 42. AIN?" ACT Making Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi-Gras, a legal holiday, 'Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and Home of Representatives of the State of Louisiana in General Assembly con vened, Tint the day known as Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi-Gras, be and is hereby declared a- legal holiday throughout the State of Louisiana- ' Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, «etc.« Thai this act shall take effect from and after jts passage. (Signed) O. 11. BREWSTER, 0 Speaker of the House of Representatives. (Signed) P. B. S. PINCHBACK, Lieutenant Governor :.nd> President of $bp Senate. Approved April 23, 1872. ® (Signed) 11. 0 WAKMOTif Governor of the State of Louisiana. A true copy. F. J. Herron, Secrethrv of State. AIM ACT To incorporate the city of Natchitoches, anil provide for the government of the game. Section l.° Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of tbe State of Louisiana in General Assembly convened, That all that portion of land within the fol lowing boundaries, to wit: bounded on the east by Red river, including the left bank of said river; on the south by the lower fine of the land belonging to Auguste Mar tin; on the north by a line beginning at Red river, and running due west across the high est point of Radio's Ilill to Bayou Ides or Yaco: thence on the west by'a line running due south until it intersects the southern line, shall he known and distinguished by the name of the city of Natchitoches. Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, etc., That to provide for the government of the city ot Natchitoches, there shall be eleeted on the first Monday in May of every year, by the qualified voters of said corporation from among themselves, one mayor and six eoun cilmen, with the powers aud duties herein after set forth. Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, etc.. That the election of the officers created by tbe second section of this act shall be held at the courthouse in said city, and be pre vious^- notified to the inhabitants by pub lie advertisement at the. door of the. court house and two other public places in said city, which notice shall be given bv the mayor of said city, ten days before holding the election; and said election shall com mence at six o'clock A. M. and close at six o'clock P. M. of the same day. and the said election shall be conducted in all respects according to the laws of the- State regulat ing elections, and tbe returns to be made and commissions issued according to the election laws of theGtate, which may be in force at such time. Se£. 4. Be it further enacted, etc., That in case of a tie vote at said electii n, or in case of the death or resignation ot any ot the officers mentioned in the third section of this act the clerk of the district court or his deputy shall order an election in the manner set forth iu the third section of this act, anil a plurality of votes at all elections shall be sufficient Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, etc., That on receiving their commissions of election the mayor and eouncilmen shall meet and organize themselves into a body to be known as the "mayor and council of Natchitoches," and shall proceed to elect one suitable per son to be assessor and collector of the city taxes and licenses, and to elect a treasurer of the city of Natchitoches, who shall he ex officio secretary of the city council. Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, etc., That the Mayor shall preside at all meetings of v.ity council, shall call meetings of the coun cil when he deems necessary, shall approve all laws, ordinances and resolutions of the city "council, shall vote as other members of the council .upon fl.ll ques tions, and. shall be vested with, the same powers as are now'exercised by the recorders of the city of New Orleans. He -shall be committing magistrate, with full power to examine and commit in all cases arising under the laws of the State, for all crimes, offenses and misdemeanors against the State in the same manner and to the same extent as justices of the peace now or hereafter may do. He is hereby authorized and empowered to examine, try and sentence persons for violation of the laws and ordinances of the cor poration of the City of Natchitoches, aud offenses against the same; and shall hold his court daily, from nine o'clock A. M , un til three o'clock 1'. M., or loDger if neces sary. All fines collected by said mayor's court under the provisions of this act, shall be paid into the treasury of the city of Natchitoches monthly. Sec. 7. Be it further enacted, etc., That the mayor shall hold his office for the term of one year from the first Monday in May, eighteen hundred and seventy-two, or until his successor shall have been elected and duly qualified, and he shall be entitled to and receive an annual salary to be fixed by tbe city council) 1 which shall be neither in creased nor diminished during the, term of office in which it shall be established. Sec. 8. Be it further enacted, etc., That the mayor oi the city of Natchitoches is hereby authorized to appoint fine cdlirt officer, who shall be at ail times subject to tho orders of the. mayor; and said pourt officer shall he empowered and authorized to serve warrants, summons, search war rants, attachments. and mittimus issued by the mayor in offenses against tho State and city incorporation, and shall receive the same fees for such services as are by law allowed to constables, to be paid by the city of Natchitoches. Sec. 9. Bo it further enacted, etc., That that the mayor and city council, and their duly elected and qualified successors in office, shall have perpetual succession; that they shall be capable of instituting and de fending suits in all courts of this State, un der the title of "The Mayor and City Coun cil of Natchitoches," and" that citations and other legal prdtess shall be served on the mayor. Sec. 10. Be it further enacted, etc.," That the mayor and city council shall have full power and authority to make and pass such Jaws and ordinances as are necessary and proper; first, to regulate and preserve the peace and good order of the city, and pro vide for and maintain its cleanliness and salubrity, tit a manner not inconsistent with the laws bf this State; second 'o adopt and use a common seal; third, to purchase, hold and convey, alienate any estate, real or personal, to "accept any gilt, grant or inheritance of property " for public or charitable purposes, to erect school, market and fire engine houses, aud such other buildings as may be for the public benefit, and to build a city workhouse; fourth, to establish a quarantine, for the protection ot the city against contagious diseases and epidemics; fifth, to levy 15 and collect such annual and special taxes bn the real and personal, movable and immovable property oi the city oi Natchitoches as shall be deemed necessary by them; pro vided, that said taxes shall in* no one \t H r exceed two per centum on the,a sesseil value of the real and personal estate within said city for the year for which the assessment of taxes is made; sixth, to im pose an annual license tax on trades, pro fessions and. callings, said license, to expire on.tbe thirty-first day of December in the year in which it was obtained, and which license tax-shall be due and parable at the office of the city treasurer from the first day of January to the twenty-eighth day Qf February inclusive; seventh, to fix the amount of bonds to he given by the city officers from whom bonds are required: eighth, to organize, appoint and uniform and commission a police force, and to appoint*as many police officers as may be necessary; to fix their salaries and com pensation of all officers and others appoint ed or elected by them; to remove for suffi cient cause any Gf the appointees or officers elected by themselves, and to define the du ties ot all such officers and apnointees; ninth, to survey and lay out streets, public squares, to regulate and make improve ments to the streets and squares and othef public property, aud provide for lighting and. watering the same: to construct a wharf within the corporate limits, and fix the wharfage dues thereoD; to order aud direct the ditching, filling, opening, widen ing and continuing of any of the streets, and if for the above or other public pur poses tbe land of any private person or body corporate is necessary to be bad, to purchase tbe same at a reasonable price, or to cause the same to be expropriated according to the mode and formalities prescribed by existing laws upon the sub ject, to regulate the proportions and to make and repair all common drains, public roads, levees, causeways and bridges, fo determine the completion and pavement of the streets, to fix the squaring, anil to jire vent encroachment upon the ^topping and obstructing of the streets, public squares, sidewalks, levees, public roads or river banks of the city of Natehjtoches, and to order any object, whatsoever may be its value, which may incumber the said places or prevent and embarass the free use of the :ame, to be removed or Sold for w hom it %y concern, in the same manner and a "rt such advertisement as shall be re ff uu M by ordinance; tenth, to clean the banks £ ane r i V er, or other streams witlnn q e ]jiujts of the «city, and reopen such and natural drains as have been obsti tlje OWIie rs»of adjacent land; eleveLc to determine what animals sna.l run at] aJ ,„ e within the corporate limits, and pro j t,it others from doiDg so, to impound all a ; ma j g run ni n g a t large in violation of the -a, g and or ,ii HaliCes 0 f the city, to fix the P e -nties and fl uc8 which the owners thereof n before the animal so impounded ' be de ii ver ed up, anil to pass laws - d ordinanoe8 lor the sale of said amm, after tbree days notice in a newspaper; ^ n 0 stme t womb, to abate nuisances, si.. e > e8 l ' hou8 ^ of ill fame, aud cause the acre, , ishinent of vagrants; thirteenth.^ ^ ^ laws and ordinances, aud to mak Dilations for the purpose of building] G workhouse, and providing for the go ■ _ ment of the same; fourteenth, to pass It.^ and ordinances imposing a fine upon ii persons who shall conduct any business oi or by ot the the in pursue any occupation for which a license is to be collected, whenever such persons in ot or shall conduct such business or pursue said occupation without previously obtaining such license; fifteenth, to regulate the police of theatres, public balls, taverns, places for shows and exhibitions, houses of public en tertainment, saloons aud shops for retailing liquors, and to order tbe same to be closed whenever the public safety and tranquillity shall require it, and impose such, duties and regulations upon persons keeping such places as they may deem necessary.and proper; sixteenth,to regulate the proper gov ernment of carts and drays, carriages, om nibuses and other vehicles of every descrip tion; seventeenth, to establish market places, and adopt regulations by ordinances governing said market houses and places. Sec. 11. Be it further enacted, etc , That the mayor and city council of Natchitoches shall succeed to, and be invested with, all the rights, property and possessions of the town of Natchitoches,, as previously incor porated. Sec. 12. Be °t further enacted, etc.. That the mayor and four eouncilmen, and no less number, shall constitute a quorum to transact business, but to levy any tax, toll or impost, or to fix any license, or to make any appropriation, it shall require a vote of the majority of a lie eouncilmen and mayor, and the affirmative aud negative of each vote shall be recorded on the minutes. Sec. 13. Be it- further enacted,'etc., That whenever the owner of the property in front of which a sidewalk, banquette or ditch shall have been ordered to Ije made, filled tip, cleaned out or repaired, shall fail to do so iu the time required by the laws and ordinances of the corporation, the mayor and city council' shall cause it to be done at the expense of the owner of tbe property, and the said corporation shall have a special privi lege on said property to secure the pay ment .so due, which privefege shalUhold until the-corporation be paid; and in case such owner shall lie absent from or have no authorized agent living iu the corporation or parish of Natchitoches, or be unknown, the corporationViiall have the right to proceed in rem against the property in the manner pointed out by article 292 and seq, of the Code of Practice; and the corporation shall be entitled to eight pey cent interest upon the amount paid. Sec. 14/» Be it further enacttii. <et®.s That in case of the absence or inability of the mayor to attend, the city council shall (elect one of their number mayor pro tempore. Sec. 15. Be it further enacted, etc.", That the treasurer shall be ex-officio secre tary of tbe city council, and as such he shall keep minutes of the proceedings of each meeting, aud he shall read all Saws, ordi nances aud resolutions, and all other pro ceedings of the, city council; ito shall tile, all the bonds of the officers of the city and re *bord them in a separate book, and certified copies of said bonds and of all laws and or dinances shall be evidence in all courts of this State; he shall furnish, free of costs, to the mayor of the city certified copies of all laws and ordinances which impose a tine or penalty, or both, for their infraction, and he shall do and perform such other duties as may be imposed upon him by the ordi nances of the city. Sec. 16. Be it further enacted, etc., That as treasurer ho shall keep a correct account of ali moneys received and disbursed, lie shall keep separale and apart from each other ali moneys received by tax ' ation on real and persona! estates, licenses, fines and forfeitures, aud he shall exhibit his account whenever required to do sojty the mayor anil city council. Sec. 17. Be it further enacted, etc., That it shall bo the duty oi' the assessor and col lector to assess the taxes ou real and per sonal estate in tiie city, in the manner pointed out by the laws and ordinances i.i the city, and to collect the same. Sec. 18. Be it further enacted, etc., That for the purpose of,levying ami collecting taxes and licenses, the ■ mayor and city council are hereby invest*! with full power to pass ail laws not inconsistent with the constitution of the United States or of this State, to compel the payment, by compul sory process, of all taxes or licenses which may be due, and they are hereby author ized to confer on the assessor and collector power sufficient to carry into effect the laws and ordinances pertaining to the levying and collecting of such taxes and licenses. Sec. 19. Be it further enacted, ete., That from and after the passage of this act the powers of the police jury of the parish o* Natchitoches shall cease and determine within said city of Natchitoches, and the mayor and the city council shall possess all tiie powers within said corporation which have been heretofore exercised by the police jury, except so far as it relates to public buildings and property with:u said eity which belong to said parish of Natchi toches, and that the inhabitants and prop erty within the corporate limits of said city of Natchitoches shall be exempt, from. the. payment of ail parish taxes. Sec. 20. Bo it iurthqr enacted, etc.. That all the laws and ordinances of the mayor and city council shall have effect two- days after publication in tiie official journal of . aid i<-.. That admims i Nate! neglect are posted at three public plac town. Sec. 21. Be it further enacted, no inconvenience may arise in tit tration of the affairs of the ciry toche8 in consequence of a failure to elect the municipal officers thereof hereby declared that all nflieers .lerteu under this act shall remain until their sue cessors are duly elected anil qualified Sec. 22. Be it further enacted, etc.. That Lit in act shall take effect from and after its passage, and the officers elected under the former charter shall buhl their offices nmii the first Monday in May, A. D one thou sand eight hundred and sevenry-two, or until their successors shall hare been duly elected and qualified, aud the rtderk of the court shall older an election under this act as soon as the same kspromulgated, and the officers elected at said election shall enter upon the discharge of their duties on the first Monday of May, cno thousand eight hundred and seventy two, or a= soon here after as they may antsHl v; provided, that if officer elecreii -!•••!' any il in qualify within thirty days from the date of his election, the office for which he was elected shall be deemed vacant, and a new election to fill such vacancy shall be ordered. •and held in accordance with the provisions of this act. Sec. 23. Be it further enacted, etc., That the right of appeal shall exist in all cases where fixed penalties and forfeitures shall be decreed under the provisions of this act, to the parish court of the parish of Natchitoches iu the manner and under the same formalities as in the cases of appeal, and such appeals shall be tried in prefer ence to appeals in ordinary cases. Sec. 24. Be it further enacted, etc., That all laws or parts ot laws in conflict with this act, and on the same subject matter, except the. general laws of the State rela tive to municipal corporations, be, and the same are hereby repealed, (Signed) "O. H, BREWSTER. Speaker of the House of Representatives (Signed) P. B. S. PINCHBACK, Lieutenant Governor and President of the Senate Approved ,'lu! v 5, 1872. (Signed) II. C. WARMOTH. Governor of the State of Louisiana. A true copy: . F. J. Herron, Secretary of State. iVo, TJL A.A act Fo!' five belief of the heirs of the late 3. H. Wisner, Sheriff of Ouachita parish, and for the relief of his deputy, Henry G. Dobson. Whereas, His Excellency II. ,C. War moth, Goverin>r of the State of Louisiana, did, on the twenty-second day of July, eighteeu hundred anil sixty-nine, cause to be published his proclamation offering a re ward of one thousand dollars for the ar rest anil conviction of one T. B. Beavers, charged with the crime of murder; aud Whereas, J. II. Wisuer, sheriff of Ouachita parish, und his deputy, Henry G. Dobson, did arrest the said T. B. Beavers after in curring much trouble and expense; and Whereas, The said Beavers, after an ex amination before the Hon. Robert Ray, parish judge of Ouachita parish, was com mitted to jail ou the charge of murder: and Whereas, The said jail was soon after broken open, the sheriff and one of the principal witnesses in the Beavers' case were murdered, and the said T. B. Beavers oi were murdered, and the said T. B. Beavers rescued from jail by a mob of unknown men; therefore / Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate j vd House of Representatives of the State ,'Louisiana in General Assembly convened, i nan ho sum of one thousand" dollars be ami is i ler eby appropriated out' of any uoney in t) 1(; treasury, not otherwise ap rtopriatfed.lcr the purpose of reimbursing compensating the heirs and legal rep tt nfatives of J. H. Wisner aud his deputy, 11 ■ ' Dobson. ? EC 2. Be it further enacted, etc., That tms ac 8bft ii take effect and he in force' from an,. lfter it8 pagsage . (.btgneu, o H BREWSTER, speaker oi<h e House of Representatives. (Signed) p B s PINCHBACK, .Lieutenant Gc,,, rnor and President of the Senate. Approved May-q jgyo (Sighed) ifN WARMOTH, Go\ enter ol L, 0 f Louisiana. A true copy: F. J. Herron, _Secretary of ° tatf , ,4.2V No ' l-'ofThe relief of \N H Vaughn . Whereas W. H. Vaugt, state tax lector of t-ue parish "1 Morehouse," has overpaid he amount of ta charged to him lor the year 186b, to U arao S ni pf iour hundred dollars, as sIiowl per certifi cates of the Auditor herewith annexed . therefore, . ' Section 1. Beit enacted "oY theg enate and House of Representatives of tbeg, ate of Louisiana in General Assembly ,. 0D _ vened, That the sum of four hundredi 0 i_ lars be and the same is hereby appropria, d out of any moneys in the* treasury, n, otherwise appropriated, in payment thereof, and that "this act go into effect from and after its passage. (Signed) . O. IL BREWSTER, Speaker ot the House of Representatives. (Signed) P. B. S, PINCHBACK, Lieutenant Governor and Frqsident of the Senate. Approved July 1, 1872. (Signed) IT. C. WARMQTH, Governor of the State of Louisian!. A true copy: F, J. Herron, Secretary of State. JNTo. 7 liOlN'T kESOLUTION Relative to the removal of a duty from ice by the Congress of the United 'Stals, • and instructing our Senators and Repe sentatives relative thereto. W 11 eh fa's; The Congress of the Unite! States of America are contemplating, i, the readjusting of the national rariff, to re move tax or duty from rice,-which act •materially affects one ot tho largest- pro ductive. interests of our State, and other wise fails in the first duty of.a government in the protection of its material interests, by tbe .-enforcement of healthy revenue laws in the interest of protection to Amer ican industry; therefore, * Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Louisi ana in General Assembly convened, That, in the deliberate judgment of the General Assembly thereof, it would ba an unjust measure and against a soimd public policy lor the Congress ot the United States of America to remove the duty or tax on rice at this time, in view of the large national debt, and the depressing condition of the business interest and agricultural industry of the South. Therefore, we instruct the Senators and request our Representatives m Congress to oppose ali such legislation at this time; and that the .Governor of this State is hereby requested to communicate this joint resolution to our Senators and Representatives in Congress, so that they may take prompt action thereon in the in terest of the people of the State of Louisi ana. Adopted in Genera! Assembly, in the city of New Oi leans, on the twelfth day of Feb ruary, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventyTwo (Signed) O. 11. BREWSTER, Speaker of the House of Representatives. (Signed) P. B. S. PINCHBACK, Lieutenant Governor and President of tbe . Senate. Approved February 20, 1872. (Signed) H. C. WARMOTH. Governor of the State of Louisiana A true copyr . F. J, Herron, -TSio. l»o AN ACT To incorporate the Shreveport Bridge Com pany, and to authorize the company to . issue its bonds and to build a road from Red river to and across Red Chute to the hills, in Bossier parish, and to collect tolls thereon, and for other nurposes. Section 1. Bo it enacted by the Senate ami House of Representatives of the State ot Louisiana in General Assembly con vened, That Frank 31. Smith, A II. Leon ard. E. P O'Kev, Cbarles 3V. Keating, S. Peters, George W. Dillard, M. H. Crowell, 31, A. Walsb, I> D. Smith, S. M, Thomas^ aiid their successors and assigns, and sffch i-tfier persons as they may hereafter asso ciate with themselves, bo and are hereby constituted a body corporate and politic, to act in their corporate capacity as one per son, and are. hereby authorized, in their cor porate capacity, to do and perform all acts an individual can do, to purchase, lease, sell or exchange real or personal property, rights or credits, as an individual can do, ami to sue and be sued, and to do all things an incorporation can do; that service of citation or other legal process shall be made on tbe president of the company, or, in the absence of the president, on the sec retary tbereofpthat the domicile of this company is fixed in thei city of Shreveport, in the parish of Caddo, in the State ot Louisiana This company shall have a seal, and may change or alter the same at pleas ure. Sec. 2, Be it further, enacted, etc.. That the name aDd "style of this corporation shall be "The Shreveport Bridge Com pany," and the capital stock of this com pany shall be five hundred thousand dol dred dollars each, making five thousand shares. It shall be competent for tbe stockholders of this company to fix the amount of the capital stock from tune to time, as in their judgment they may deem best, not to exceed one million dollars. Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, etc., That this company shall have the exclusive right to build, equip and maintain a bridge across tbe Red river, to terminate on tho east bank of Red river, opposite the city of Shreveport, lor tbe purpose of passing vehicles of all kinds, animals, produce of all kinds, merchandise and foot passengers, and for-all purposes a bridge may tie used for: and no other bridge shall be built across said river within a distance of five utiles in either direction-for the period of thirty years, reserving the right to any railroad company to build bridges within said limits solely for railroad purposes, but in no way' to be used for any oi the purposes above stipulated, except as belonging to tbe actual business and operatin'? of tho railroad; and that same company shail have the right to charge such tolls thereon as may lie fixed by the board of directors of said company, aud shall have the right to police such bridge, so that no one or thing shall be allowed to pass over tho same except in accordance to the regula tions made the directors. Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, etc., That the affairs of tho company shall be con ducted by a board oi directors, the first board of directors to consist of the incor porators named in the first section of this act: in the event of the death of any such incorporators the balance shall compose the board of directors until the end, of the term; and in tho event of any of such in corporators transferring their entire inter est in this company during their term of service they shall cease to adt as directors during the residues of the term, and their place shall be. filled by the selection of some other stockholders by the other di rectors. This board of directors shall hold office for. two years from the first Monday of July, 1872. Thereafter the board ot di rectors of this company shall consist of five stockholders who hold at least twenty shares of stock, to he elected by the stock holders on the first Monday of July, 1874, and every two years thereafter; that no stockholder shall vote at any such election unless the stock on which he claims to vote has been owned by him at least three months before the election, as shown by the stock book of the company; that each stockholder shall have one vote for each share of stock he may own; that any stockholder may vote by proxy tor directors, and that a majority of votes cast shall elect; that it shall be the duty of the directors to advertise the ejection for direc tors in at least one newspaper in the parish of the domicile of said company, for thirty days before the election, aud to appoint three stockholders commissioners to hold the election; a failure to hold the election, as herein fixed, shall not operate a dissolu tion of this corporation, but the old hoard of directors shail. hold over until the next regular election. A majority of the board directors shall constitute a quorum for all business. Any vacancy occurring in the board of directors (except in the first board) shall he filled by the remaining directors for that tirin; any director, after his election, disposing of his stock so as to hold less than twenty shares, shall from that time cease to be a director, and hia place shall be tilled as above, * Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, etc., That the first hoard of directors of said com pany 6ball organize on or before the first Monday of July, 1872, ail'd all subsequent hoards] within ten days alter their election, by electing one of their members president, and electing a secretary. When it becomes necessary the board of directors may elect a treasurer and engineer, or any other offi cers they may designate All such officers shall be removable by the board of direc tors, except the president. The board of directors shall have the right to fix the salary of the president, and the salary or compensation of the other officers, anil to require a-bond, with good security, subject to the approval of the board, from tbe treasurer, and lix tbe ainmint thereof, and to pass all by-laws deemed necessary, not inconsistent with this act or contrary to law. | Sec. 6. Be it-further enacted, etc., That I -'oek certificates shall be provided, and 'hen issued, shall be signed by tbe presi " e, t of the board of directors and coucter the J 8i £>ed by the secretary and sealed with the • i, by this charter and sli-ilt fiv tl,a carter, and sltall fix the of sealpf the company; and a transfer hook shall be kept, and no transfer of stock shall be leg,] or binding on the company until the transfer is made on the books of the company, a«d such transfer shall be legal evidence of tte ownership of the stock, so far as the company is concerned, in any court in this State; that a copy, certified to by tne secretary of this company, under the seal ot this company, of any resolution of the stockholders or directors, shall be evi dence ot stock or ot any written proceeding kept by this company, and shall be taken as evidence in any court in this State. Sec. 7. Be it further enacted, etc., That the board'of directors of this company shall have the right to issue the bonds of this company for any amount not to exceed the whole amount of the capital stock, as fixed by this charter, and shall fix the aggregate amount ol the bonds to he issued, the ■.mount aud denomination of each bond, tho •me oi maturity thereof, the rate of inter ei J they are to bear, whether coupon bonds ' ,r tot. and every other requisite to consti iit'them legal-and certain; and in order to st-ure the payment of such bonds, with Tne t.terest thereon, said directors shall liave t. e right to mortgage all the property, both r«n and personal, including the bridge, 'inch mortgage sltall be recorded ! n ' fiffee of the recorder ot mortgages tor Cadno larish, a ltd shall not bo required to be retnscibed to keep it in force and ef lict; and sate board of directors shall have the rtglit to.revive any donation or gratu ity that may be given to said company, or any other aid th, rP to on any such terms as may bo agreed between them and other parties. Sec. 8. Be it iurtier enacted, etc., That to. the same company are hereby granted the exclusive right an! privilege to build, construct, establish and maintain a plank, shell or railroad from the terminus of said bridge on the eastern bank of Red river to and across the Red Chute in Bossier parish, and to the lulls or high lands by such route as shall be deemed most ad vantageous by the directors of said company, aml°that tbe same company shall be allowed and are hereby empowered to charge and collect, lor passing over said road, tolls at such rates as the directors shall prescribe; and the same right and privileges granted by tins section «shall he for the same term of years as has already been granted in this act, to wit: the term of thirty years. sec. 9. Be it further enacted, etc., That the property oi the said bridge and road company shall be exempt from State and municipal taxation for the full period of its charter, add in. consideration therefor tho said company agrees to pay into the treas ury of thd Charity Hospital at Shreveport the sum of one hundred 'dollars, to be paid within fifteen cays from January 1 in each year, for each and everv year during its term of incorporation. Sec. 10. Be it further enacted, etc., That ttns company, shall have tbe right by its agents, surveyors, engineers and employes, to. enter upon all lauds anil tenements through winch it may conclude to make such load and survey as hereinbefore pro vtded, and lay out and construct the same, that when such road, way or ro.ute shall iun through any lands belonging to the State'of Louisiana, the said company sha 1 ! have tbe right of way, and the landwhere on the said company's;road shall be con structed and lor tbe distance of eighty rods on each side of said road, tf such lands are the property of the State of Louisiana, shall be and are hereby granted to said company for the,,-use and benefit to aid in the con gtnioUon and tfiaintcnanee of said road. Sec. 11. Be it further enacted, etc., That P 5 * 1,1 ®* 1 * ♦ towu or incorporated vil lage in tli 18 State, be and is hereby anthor* ized to aid said company in the construc tion of. ita bridge and road, or either of them, by contributions, or by subscribing lor its stuck, or by purchasing its bonds, or by lssumg the bonds or warrants of said parish, city or town in favor of said com pany; and ihat lor the nurposes of carrying out the provisions of this act, the police juries of the several parishes shall repre sent the same parishes respectively, and the mayor a<nd council, or board of select mefi, pr board of aldermeii shall represent the said cities towns or incorporated vil lagee. Amd it shall be lawful at any time or ]jnie8 lor any parish, city or town to aid in the