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OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA* TERMS: $12 00 PER ANHUM. VOLUME Vll—NO. 283. XWV ORLEANS. Sunday, march b 1874. WHOLE NUMBER 2124. AMUSEMENTS. 4CAUKHY OF All'MC. Monday, March 2, 1874. BIDWELLS COMHDY AND VARIETY COMPANY. hVKItY SIGHT AND SATURDAY NOON, mhl S' T. CHARLES THEATRE. BEN DkBAR ...............Proprietor ftiid M.n»p*T ALEX. HlZGhRALP................Stage AUaager BNOAGKMK.NT FOR ONK WKKK ONLY OF THE Kmir.ent Natural Actor, MR. ROBERT McWADE. Sunday Hvrning, March 8. 1874. AND UNTIL FL'RTHKR NOTICK. Mr. McWade'a own adaptation ol RIP VAN WINKLE. air VAN WINKI.K ............Mr. Robert McWade VSIDAT-DeneSt ef Mr. ROBERT McWAt/K. SATURDAY—RIP VAN WINKLE MATINKH at V M. ________ mh8 QPEKA HOUSE........OPERA HOUSE Sunday. March 8. 1874. TU« fraud < »p« a ROLAND A KOMEVEACX, And the Couie.lv in «u e aer LE JKIJ AU CONVENT. MONDAY, Marrli 9—Brm-ti- a: MR. LOURDK, LKS DKtr.oNi UK VILLA NS. one act of BAdttlKK OK BKTILLK and LA SOKUR DK .IOCR18SK. nih8 It BALES. gl'EL'IAL NOTICE. Parties desirous of preciirmg ladles' Invitations for the CRAM) FANCY DRESS AND MASK BALL To be Riven by the flKNTLKMKN'S II KB ILK W BENEVOLENT socivno.N. AT EXPOSITION BUILDING, On Saturday Evening, March 7, 1874, Will please make application to any of the under* maned committee: SIMON uill.i. No. 192 Poydra. street. JOSEPH MAt.NKR. No. 158 Common street. HKKRY MAYKRS, No. 34 Chartres street. J. HAN DAK, No. 47 Chartres street. HKLLM B .KSKTT, No. 86 Canal street. N. J. sit WAR 1Z. comer of Lrsuline and Decatur street a. A. BLOOM, comer of MaRasine ' and NatcbeC alley. JOB SIMON. No. 6 M«Ra7.ine stir: t. ■ LKON MEYERS N 63 Common stree t. MAX BRAUN No. 611 Magazine street. LKON LEVY. Nu. 165 Canel street. No lady will be admitted to the ball without an Invitation. . let) n hi 5 3t MARSHAL'S MONITIONS. (Jolted (Stales vs. Schooner Lily of the Volley. I n THK T7SITED STATKS I IKTRIOT COURT, Dis trict oi Louisiana. No. 10,373.—Iu obodienc* to an admiralty warrunt, to me diroct^d in the above entitled suit, I have aeized and taken iuto my possession— THK SUHWNHR IILY OP THK VALI RY. now libeled by the United Wiates, lor the causes set forth in the libel now pending iu the District Court of the United States. And I do hereby cit*» a id admonish the owner or owners thereof, and all and every p+ rson or per sons having or prot^nriius to have, any tight, title, or interest m or to the sumo, to be and appear at u District Court of the Uuite<) Mates, for the district afoiesaid, to be hidden at the city of New Oih-aus. on the first Monday of April, ts show cause, ti any they* have or can, why the smd schooner Lily of ihe Valley should not be condemned and sold agreeably to the praver of libelaut. Uui'ed H a tea Marshal's office, N»*w Orleans, March 2. 1874. H. B PACKARD. mli3 21 28 ap4 United States Marshal. Elizabeth O. Porter «*t hIn«, vs. hteamship M Bsisnippi. i n THK UNITFD 8TATM DISTRICT COURT, District of Lomniftna, No. 10,366.—in obedience to an admiralty warrant to me directed iu the above entitled suit, I have seized and taken iuto mv possession— YuK STKaM 'HIP MISSISSIPPI. her tackle, etc.. now libeled by Elizabeth O. Porter et alt., fertile causes set forth in the Litn L now pending in the District Court of the United Mates. And I do hereby cite and admonish the owner or owners theieof. and all and ev ry person or per sons having or pretending to have any right, title or interest iu or to the same, to be and appear at a district court of the United Mates lor the district aforesaid, to !>e holden at the city of New Orleans, on the third Monday of March, to show cause, if any they have or cau. why the said vessel should not he condemned and sold agieeably to the prayer of libelants. United .States Marshal's office, New Oi leans, February 23, 1874. fe24 mh4 10 15 S. B. PACKARD, United States Marshal. •John J. Ilnrr A* (Jo., Ninnll & f'o. and £mltb I &;. McKenna 'h. ling B. M. Rowley. If Til *4 UNITED bTATES DISTRICT COURT. District of Louisiana, Nos. 10,361, 10,362 and L0.363.—In obedieuce t** an admiralty warnuit, to mo directed in the above entitled suit, 1 have JfebMHl arul taken into mv possession— THK BRIG II. M ROWLEY, her tackle, apparel, etc., now libeled by J. J. Bair L Co., Small At Co., Hmrth At McKenna, for the causes set forth in the libel now peuding in the District Court of the United States. And I do hereby cite and admonish the owner or Owners thereof, and all and every person or per sons having or pretending to have auv right, title or interest m c-r to the same, to be and appear at a District Court of ti>e United States, for the district aforesaid, to be holden at the eify of New Orleans, cm the third Mot. dav ot March, 1874, to show cause, if any they have or can. whv the said brig to the prayer of libelants. United States marohal's office, New Orleans, Feb* ruary 20, 1874. 8. B. PACKARD, fe21 27 mhIO 15 United States Marshal. United Stale* vs. Bark Tereeina. f n THK UNITBD STATES DtSTRIOT COURT, District of Louisiana, No. 10,356.—In obedience to an admiralty w an ant to me directed ia the above entitled suit, 1 ha .e seized and taken into my THB BARK TRRESINA. her tackle, apparel, etc., now libeled t»v the United States, for the causes aet forth in the libel now pending in the District 4Xmrt of the United Sia»es. And 1 do hereby cite and admonish the owner or Owners thereof, and all and every person or per ilous having or pretending to have any right, title er interest, in or to the sain», to be ana appear at a district court of the United States, for the district aforesaid, to be holden at the city of New Orleans, on the third Monday of Marrh, to show cause, if any they have or can, why the said bark should not be condemned and sold agreeably to the prayer •f libelant. United States Marslal's office, New Orleans, February 14, 1874. 8. B. PACKARD, fe!5 26 mh7 15 United States Marshal. £. Feb re n back vi. Steamboat Governor Allen. I n THB UNITED STATKS Dl STRICT COURT, DIS trtet of Louisiana, No. 10 364.—In obedience to an admiralty warrant to tne directed iu the above entitled suit, I have seized and taken into my pos •essi OU STS AM BOAT GOVERNOR ALLKN, her boats, machinery, etc., now libeled by K. Prhrenbach, for the causes set forth in the libel now pending in the District Coart of the United States. And I do hereby cite and admonish the owner er owners theref, and all aud every person or persous having, or pietendiug to have, any right, titl* or Interest in or to the same, to We and appear at a District Court of the United States, fer tne district aforesaid, to be holden at the city of New Orleans, aa the third Monday of March, to show cause, if any £ they have or can. why the said steamboat should not be condemned, aud be sold agreeably to the prayer of libelant. United States Marsh alto office. New Orleans, February 20, 1874. 8. B. PACKARD. fc2l 27 mb 10 15 United States Marshal. _LOST. L OMT OR MISLAID— A MORTOAGB NOTE, mode and • g.,en b> M Muiphv and K. K. Cos, t. tba order of t. M. li'Ri nud ti doraed bf him, dated May 15. 1273, pa.: »bl<* twelve month, after date, for 6141 66. Also, a « h>»ri'y Hospital CMtin cate, No. 65, for anpnlieaof 1871 dau-d Ja .nary 1, 1872. favor of M. I*. nuun, and by him Indorsed, for *ll>R. T. e publli' are hereby w-rned ttgmu.t buy ing or receiving tbe above-named obligations, pay ment of same baying been stoop* d nh8 3t JOHN C. 8TBWART. CAUTION. VJTIIE CNDER81GNBO CAUTION ANY and all persona from nstng, buvtrg and selling tbe bottles need by them, and manufactured expressly for their use, for Mineral Watera aud Ginger Ale, and having the names of the undersigned im pressed thereon, as PABLO k. Cl)., Mineral Water and Ginger Ale Manufactory. Nos. 272 and ITS Royal street. All persona using the same, or baying and Wa llin g ths same, without the consent of tbe un gio rs l gn od. ia writing, will bn pruaecutad according jo the law, aad bold ro s y snslbis for all damsgss PABLO h CO, KUarral Water sad Qtagnr Ala pM lm IwMaM Louisiana Jockey CInb Already are heard notea of preparation for the spring meeting of the Louisiana Jockey Club. The programme of the meet ing is already published. There will be six days racing. For the first day, in the race for the Pickwick stake, there are thirty two nominations, and for the Fortuna stake, on the last day, there are also thirty-two nomi nations. This is the largest number of horses ever named to start in one race on any track South. Of course, it is not expected that they will all come to the post, but the indi cations are that from twelve to fifteen of the flyers at least will show up lor drum tap. There ure now wintering here some thirty horsos. Edwin Adams and Nellie R. arrived to-day. These, together with the Mobile, Natchez, Memphis aud Charles ton stables, will give us plenty of sport. So much by way of reference to preparation in ttie line of horse flesh. Now for a few words concerning the great improvement that has been made in the con dition of the track itself. Every one who has ever visited the Fair Grounds knows how sodden the track was, how clayey, and how severe it was on the racers in weather the slightest wet. Now all this is changed. The track is springy and elastic. It is firm and strong, but is jast sufficiently light to ail'ord play aud ease to the horse. This greut change is entirely due to the energy and sagacity of Captain William M. Con ner, the popular clerk of the course. Few men know the requisites of a raoe track; they are apt to make a track too solid, and where they gain in smoothness and firm ness, they lose in buoyancy. Captain Con ner has bit the happy mean, and now pre sents to the racing world a track equal to any on the continent. We do not speak now of the buildings or the stands, or the general appearance of the grounds—we al. lude to the track as a race course. We speak of.it lor its adaptability for displaying the greatest speed of which the thorough bred courser is capable The track bod has been raised throughout its entire extent from six inches to two feet. Captain Conner having had experience in the matter, observed that the material on the old Metairie was what made that track so serviceable, and hss succeeded in obtain ing the same kind of tilling for tbe Louisiana course. Some thirty carts and upwards of 100 men have been employed for a month past iu perfecting improvements. The severe rain of night before last afforded a fair test of the drainage system now in operation. Eight hours after the ram the track was dry and the harrows at work. Racing men, turfites, all who have visited the track, are enthusiastic in their praise of its present condition. The grading and shaping ot the course has also been much improved, particularly that portion leading down the hack stretch. Now that spring in her "etherial mildness" has come a visit to the Fair Grounds anj an inspection of the Louisiana raoe courso will repay any one time and trouble. Jottings In the Grant Parish Trial. ' Last week's proceedings went along rather quietly. Judge Woods pushed the trial us last as circumstances would permit. The court. District Attorney Beckwith, oounsel for defense, clerks, deputy mar slmls, jurors, witnesses, prisoners and re porters all wore a weary look .yesterday, but brightened up a little last evening when Judge Woods announced that ho would not hold a night session. In the early part ot the Meet District Attorney Beckwith closed liiss case, al though he had many more witnesses, some what to the surprise of every one. It is probable that he holds » reserve for re buttal, Iu the beginning, friend* of tW tfelenfce sneeringly declared that they would not believe colored witnesses on oath. That being the case they must change front, for their side yesterday brought forward sev eral colored witnesses to help out old alibi_ Alibi, that thin old rasoal, has been evoked to save five of the accused, namely I Denis and Frudhumme Lemoine, Oscar Givens (properly Austin Gibbons), Clement Penn, and A. C. Lewis. The reader can act as his own judge in llie matter by reading the tes timony published in the Republican. Friday night, when the name of Jacques Lecour was called as a witness for the de fense, Deputy Marshal Halleuder made the return that tbe man had just been arrested on the supposition that he was one of the indicted. The indiotment names one J. La cour, and it was suspeoted that this was the person. Jacques was released on his own recognizance and yesterday appeared, when Mr. Beckwith stited that he had been unable to identify him, thereupon or dered a release. Lecour said he could not read or write, but before he left the stand said that his name was spelled Lecour; tho other man used aa a. Had there been some drilling that he should so suddenly under stand orthography t tjuite a number of witnesses for defense who live in the Red river country left for home last evening. Mr. Castellanos, who appeared as oonn sel for defense two or three day a la tbe be ginning of the trial, did not pnt in an ap pearance last week. District Attorney Beckwi th has had no legal assistance from the first, aad does not take notes. _ Balls ts Come. On St. Patrick's night, the seventeenth instant, Branoh No. 5, Hibernian Benevo lent and Mutual Aid Association of Louisi ana, will give a grand fancy dress ball at Grunewald Hall, for tbe benefit of its re lief fund. The gentlemen composing this branch will use their best endeavors to make the ball one worthy of the occasion and its object. On 8t. Joseph's night, the nineteenth in stant, the Silver Bell Social Club wiil give its fourth grand fancy drees and masquerade ball and promenade concert at Exposition Hall. The Stonewall Club announces its fifth grand soiree to be given at Perfeot Union Hall on Saturday evening, the eleventh proximo. Renew Yocu Shirts— Colonel 8. N. Moody, the great monarch of the kingdom of shirts, offers his liege subjects a most bounteous supply of under garments this morning. Therefore, if then are any who amid the exeitementa of tho Carnival or the socaes ot the Legislature^ have xoat aasnnder "han d s, and gussets aad aaama," they should at ease repair to the ioy» p al ate THE GRANT PARISH PRISONERS. Trial in the United State* Circuit Court. Twelfth daj's proceeding* in the case ot the United States against W. J. Cruikshank and others, charged with conspiracy and murder in Grant parish last April. District Attorney Beckwith announced that he wa* unable to identify Jacques Lo cour with the indicted person of that name, therefore released him. Judge Woods then declared Lecour a competent witness. Maurice Cratt sworn—Live opposite Col lax, three miles below; left my home last April because some armed colored men vis ited my house, called for whisky and drank it; they told me they were going to Colfax, as there was going to b« a fight; this was about eight days before Esster Sunday; was at my brother's house, opposite Colfax, on that day; there were about 300 people there; remember seeing Clement Penn; saw some of the fight aa I stood on the hank opposite Colfax; saw Nash and saw a white flag ftt the courthouse; heard tiring ami saw colored men marching and drilling. Cross examination—My store is three miles below Colfax, same bank; Fuller Johnson was ono of the men who took whisky at my house; some of them had been my customers previously; colored people told me there would bo a fight; when I left my store I left it in charge of a colored man; had $1U00 worth of goods in it; some goods were gone when 1 returned to my store; whisky and molasses were taken, but can't say positively that any thing else was taken; the things iu the store were not tumbled; when 1 went to my brother's store, ten days before the fiyht, saw my brother aud Mr. Grant there; Graut was looking over to Colfax; Easter Sunday about 300 people, black and white, gathered there; Cl. ment Penu was doing nothing; am positive I saw him at my brother's store Easter Sunday; the people were not armed; it is unusual tor so many people to congregate there; Penn had something white on ono of his feet; saw several men in a tree, but can't remember anybody beside Peun in it; it is ten or twelve feet to the first limb, where the men sat; saw Pe.nu on tbe limb about 11 A. M. Easter Sunday; the tree is 400 or 500 yards from the courthouse; the court house began to burn at noon or one o'clock; heard artillery; do not know wbat became of all the people who ! were at my brother's store; two colored women told me about the fight; several days before the tight saw Graut and others sink tho ferry flat; never heard a white man say ho was in the battle; Grant aud Patton went over lo Colfax while the court house was burning; they told me that ne groes had been kdled and told other things about tbe trouble; first knew that Penn had been iudioted wheu he was arrested. Jacques Lecour sworu—Last April lived four miles Irom Cloutierville; saw Prud liomme Lemoine at the church Easter Sun day; did not hear of the fight until two or three days after it happened; did not know the men who told me. Valcour Villere sworn— Live twelve miles from Colfax; went there last fall; Easter Sunday was living twelve or thirteen miles from Colfax on the Dartigo; know Oscar Givens ami Denis Lemoine; D. Lemoine was at my houije Easter Sunday, for I was with him; did not see Givens that day, dross-examination—A week or ten days belore Easter Sunday was told th at there would be a tight in Colfax; Denis Lemoine told me. but didn't say when tbe fight was to take place; he told me several days be fore the battle; Neiley Dean also told mej first heard that 1J. Lemoine was to bo tried here some time iu February. Richard Grant sworu—Lived *>h tane river iu April, 1873; own a plantation oppo site Colfax^ know Clement Peun, now in court; saw turn at Robert Aaron's store, op posite Colfax, Easter Sunday; he arrived there* half an hour before the fight; a big crowd was there that daj; saw Richardson, tho Fraziers, Aaron, A. Keller, Ferrier there; saw colored people drilling across tho river every day; it seemed to me l here were 350 colored men; witnt ssed some of the fight; saw a body of armed white men near Colfax; I Tvas on the river bauk, opposite Colfax; saw 150 white meu moving t .ward the courthouse; heard an order given for white men to mount; heard a volley and then saw the wiiite men retreat; I helped to sink the ferry fl it as » cautionary measure, before Easter Sunday, Cross-examination— Cau*t cay lliat J saw Clement Penn up a tree Easter Sunday; don't think there were 150 people there then; am sure that I *:id hot cross tho river that day; spoke with Clement Peun during the day; do not know the manual of arms; saw the colored men drilling in Coltax; they had guns and were drilling; can't ex plain what drilliug is; uid not hear com mauds; Sunday evening kuew that negroes had been slaughtered; tluuk I heard firing alter dark; went to Colfax Slonda.i; saw a wounded colored man who tried to speak to tne; I did nothing to relievo him; re mained there half an hour; lorge* who went over to Colfax with me; know of no prepa rations to bury the dead; counted forty four dead negroes. David McCall sworu—Easter Sunday last I was at my house below Colfax, in Rapides parish; met Clement Penn on a public road on Easter Sunday, about nine o'clock in the morning; he wore a white hat, and one of his feet was outside the shoe ; did see him again that day ; he wns on his horse. Cross-exanrnatien—Heard there was to be a fight on Easter Sunday ; beard it two or three days before; it was the regular tulk in tny neighborhood. J. F. Ferrier swora—Live one mile and a half from the mouth of Cane river; knew Clement Penn all my life; last Easter Sun day passed the day with him opposite Col fax, on the river hank, on the point oppo.-ite Coltax, about 400 yards from Colfax; saw Clement Peun with him on a cotton wood tree limb, about, fifteen fret from the ground; 1 helped him up because his foot was wounded. Cro-s-examination—First saw him about II A. M. Easter Sunday; there were both colored and white men on the point; four of us were on the limb, Clement Peun, two Frideaus and myself; we remained on the limb hail an hour; 1 assisted to h Ip Penn down; I started fur home about snudowu; knew nothing of the fight until 1 saw it; heard tl)« report of a small piece of artil lery in Colfax; heard no ahootiug when I left; saw people on foot running down the road toward Cu-iy's point; saw mounted men following; saw men tail on the Colfax bauk, near the courthouse; can't say how many were shot or fell; more than one fell about noon; can't say whether they were white or black; believed that somebody was hutt; dul not see Grantcross the river that day; I crossed at half past twelve; did not see anything going on in Colfax then; saw armed white men; Clement Penn crossed with me; found a wounded man in Rich ardson's house; it was Frank Moses; we took him over to Grant's house in a skiff; we took him over half hour bv sun; knew the wounded man; Moses remained on Grant's place a week afterward; Clement Penn could not help us take Moses back; the courthouse had been burned when wo got over; Moses oould Dot walk; we toted him on a plank; be did not die; saw sm >ke trom the court lioui-e; saw prisoners; they were at Rich ards n's hunse; saw white m*-n iu town; can't say how many prisoners there were; Moses in a white man; Grant saw him when we plaoed him in the house; told uobody that people had been killed iu Collax; did not s^e Grant cross the river thatday; never heard a man say he was in the fight; Mo ses did not say bow liegot tbe wound; never been to Colfax since. Widow lladnot sworn—Am widow of old Mr liadnot, who was sh t at Colfax last April; I live fifteen miles from Coltax; on the seoond of April Sidney Harris, some negroes, Peter Laconr, Naan and Cazabat were at house; Louis Meek ins, George Walker, Neal Robinson, Louie Palmer, Tube Ciieheu were among the sixteen colored armed mounted men; the Utter stepped at my house; do not know what the polored moa same for; they left a notes after that we left heme, herng afraid; we had house; it was not burned; we heard other bad rumors. Cioss examination—Do not know when Mr. liadnot went to Piheville to get Cal houn; lelt my home on the fifth; heard none of the conversation between Harris and Cazabat and the colored men. Mis4 Mary liadnot sworn—Mr. Beckwith admitted that this witness would fnruish the same evidence as her mother, aud she was excused from testifying. Didie Frideau sworn—1 live on Cane river, two and a half nnies from Colfax; on the thirteenth was opposite Colfax; kuow Clement Penn; lie, was near un at Craft's store E tster Sunday; saw him sitting on a limb; his foot was on his shoe; went across the river with him that dav; got Frank Moses, a wouuded man, and took him over to Gram's place; arrived at Grant's place at dusk; saw nothing of tbe fight while in Colfax; Penu was with us all the time; Sidney Harris' brother was the one who called on us to go over and help his wounded brother; Bob Aaron went over with ns; saw armed white men in Colfax ; saw about thirty dead ne groes, and some wounded tuen; did not have a hand in the tight myself; we re muined in Colfax twenty minutes; knew none of the white men except Nash ; saw old Mr. liadnot when we found Harris; Grant asked me what, had bpen done iu Col fax, and I told him; went to the point Easter Sunday because I bad heard, two weeks before, that there was to be a fight between the whites and blacks: there were colored people iu front of Craft's store ; we were not afraid of them; I expected the tight, and went purposely to see it. Augustine Frideau sworn—1 know Clem ent Penn anil saw him Easter Sunday at my home; we went to the point together; diil not see him at the point before dinner; Penn, myself and others were up a tree looking toward Colfax; we remained in the tree about twenty minutes; he had a sore foot; I pulled him up the tree; late in the evening I crossed over to Colfax; do not remember that Clement Penn went with ns; went over to help Moses, who was wounded; brought back the wounded man. Cross-examination—The sun was about two hours high when we crossed tho river; when we were in tue tree we heard plenty shooring; the oaunon was moved to the river bank before we got into the tree; saw several dead negroes iu Colfax; saw Dr. Joyce there; denier t Penn went home with me. Narcisse Frideau sworn—Live about ten miles lroiu Coltax, up the river; day before Easter Sunday saw Clement Penn at my house; he was there Easter Sunday morn ing; he left at eight or nino o'cl ick Sunday; he rode a roan horse and returned to my house Monday; Lis foot was wounded aqii he was lame. Auguste Keller sworn—Last April T lived at Bob Aaron's, mouth of Cane river; saw Clemeut Penn Easter Sunday on the river bank, not far from the store; saw him pretty much nil day; lie was up in a eotten wood tree, in front of Craft's store; it was after one o'clock when we got in the tree; remained there Vutfi the tiring in Coltax ceased. Cross-examination—1 went over toColfax after the figbf; Boh Aaron did not ga with me; went over to see what w*j going on; Baw wounded and dead colored men; saw 'armed white iuen, Nash among them; re mained in Coltax half an hour; did lnit know any of the white men. Isaac Davis sworn—I know Clement Penn; saw hint last Easter Sunday, rip a tree on Cane river side, near Craft's etorc, about four or five o'clock. Cross examination—lie Was up a tree when I left; work for Mr. Graut; saw a wounded man at Grant's houss Monday morning; he was in Grant's home one week; his aunt waited on him; saw Grant Easter Sunday at Cralt's store; all the boats were sunk a week before the fight; Grant caused the boats, to be stink to interrupt communi cation. F. D. Knight sworn—Know where A. C. Lewis lived last spring, niue miles from Colfax; saw him Easter Sunday at eight o'clock in the morning; I lived close to Mr. Lewis; saw liitu nearly every day before the light. C. 11. Steam sworn—I lived in Grant par ish last April near A C. Lewis; was at his house Easter Sunday bet veen 10 and 11 A. M.; Lewis was there; paw him again at home ut five o'clock in tlio evening. Cross examined—Heard that there would be a tight, a week before it took place; the colored people told me; can't remember who told me; heard abont the fight, Easter Sunday evening;did not see Lewis Monday morning. Philip tTsscry sworn—Last April lived seven nnies from Colfax, near Mr. A. C. Lewis; saw him Easter Sunday; Mr. Illiorer became so frightened that he packed tip his store goods aud moved them to a place five miles off for safety; saw armed men on the third of April. Abraham Henderson sworn—Was living with A. C Lewis last Easter Sunday aud saw him at his home; knew Ben Brim; I was in Colfax two weeks before the fight; went there because the head men sent us word to go; did not remain loDg; had no trouble leaving Colfax; saw colored men iu Colfax, armed. Cross examination—Heard of tho fight the day after it happened; a colored man said ho would shoot me it I loft, Colfax. Jane Howard sworn—Lived at A. C. Lewis' when tho fight took place; was there in the morning uutil twelve o'clock, and saw him in the evening. Oliver Tavlor sworn—Last April lived at Mr. Tom Hickman's; was at Coltax Easter Sunday, and left there at noon, and got home next morning; went to Colfax because I was sent for; a colored man told me if I didn't go to Colfax he would blow my brains out; was drilled ia a company by Captain L«vin Allen; tho shooting had not commenced when I loft; some of the men were armed. Cross examination—The drilling did me no good, for I don't remember anything of it; cau't o*>ey military commands; when I left had m v gun right shoulder shift. Miss Elia Lewis sworn—Live ten miles from Coltax; was at home with my father, A. C. L*-wis, all of fast Easter Sunday. Cross-examination—Heard of the fighting Sunday noon; nit brother told me; my father went to Colfax next day. A YV. Lewis sworn—I am the son ot A. C. Lewi-; was at the house Easter Sunday with my father; brother Starrs told me about the fight about noon Easter Sunday; do not know how he learned of it. John Robinson sworn—I am a black smith; last April lived on the Kateland plantation, three quarters of a mile from A. C. Lewis'; Lewis was at my shop Friday be ore the fight; five mounted colored meu were there then; Frank Hvnes, Hearkness, Josh Smith, Bill Williams, Edward Carr, were the men; two ot them had arms; Hvnes got up an argument with Mr. Lewis about the Colfax business; they did not offer to barm Lewis. Joshua Smith sworn—Lived nine miles from Coltax last April; was there three dais belore the fight; was told that Sheriff Shaw ordered me to go; did not wish to fight; was given no orders after 1 got there; was told nothing; finally I left and was not detained by auy one; most of the people from my s> otiou who west to Colfax went home belore the fight. The court adjourned until to-morrow morning. Parisian Fdrnitdrr.— The great sale of the richest and finest furniture ever im ported to this city, to be sold at auction by Messrs. R. M. Sl B. J. Montgomery, will be ready for inspection during the coming week at Blaffer's buildine, on Canal street* near Rampart. Due notice of the day ol •ale will be given through the advertising oolnmn. At the Coliseum Place Baptist Choreh, of Camp aad Terpaiohore streets, • will be serrioss today at 11 A. M.aad Ttl IP.a Pisasklsf»y1 Court Items. Judge Hawkins has had several applica tions, in an informal manner, regarding the enforcement ot what is known as act No. 31, but lias turned a deaf ear to them all. While expressing no opinion on the merits or constitutionality of the law, he has as yet seen no reason to resort to any extraor dinary legal process to carry out its pro visions. If any rights, not previously in existence, are established by it, they can be well onough shown on the trial of the rule nisi in the case ot Stafford vs. the city. The court evidently considered a suit by the party interfered with the proper means to test its validity, aud there fore the attempt to institute a cross suit by the city signally failed. The peti tion goes through the forms of alleging damage aud infringement of vested rights, but on its face it is exceedingly weuk. Whatever support law and argument can affurd act No. 31 may be properly brought forward at the hearing of the rule nisi, and if the law bus any substantial foundation in correct principle it can be maintained as well ift this proceeding as on the trial of an original smt for that purpose. Meantime tho free market men are unre strained in their businees, and the passage of the bill over the well considered veto of the Governor fails to work the harm in tended. Should the rule be maintained and tho injunction perpetuated no regrets will be heard except from the advocates of monopoly, and those who, by trusting to unstable advisers in and about the City Hall, have parted with their shekels in re sponse to assessments to secure the pass age of the bill. Patient waiting and watching on the ac tions of the grand jury have met with little reward for several days, no report ot any kind, not even against the police board, which tho Times and Picayune gave cur rency to so eagerly, being mude. Motions that Justice Gernon forward paper* in two different cases have been granted by Judge Abell. The fact that such motions have been necessary shows that something wrong exists in that court. Of course the grand jury can not find in dictments if affidavits are pigeonholed in the police court. But if they have nothing to do they can investigate that matter. Judge Abell some time since rescinded an order of his that Justice Gernon should for ward all paper* and submit all his records, and the grand jury, therefore, need not ex pect to get any insight into things in that way. But if the mountain will not come to Mahommed, he, the grand jury, must individually and collectively goto the mountain, in other words let the members go np to Davidson's court to tho upper story aud find out why papers have such an attraction fof that place. If in ten minutes they ilo Hot discover reasons enough Jn the confusion of papers, blank state of the records, utter indifference and irresponsibility of the subordinate clerks and officers, irregular and unlawful compli cations oi arraignment, bond, continuance, trial and sentence, malpractioe of attor neys and collusion cf officers, their vision in broad daylight ia jis limited as that of sixteen owls, Jn the luattef of securing a speedy trial toall eff'endere, and lessening the delay in getting them from the police courts to the First District Court, District Attorney Mc Phelin has done ail that ho could, but the effect has hardly been perceptible. No dis trict attorney of the State has so much labor to perform, and few of them can show such evidence ot faithful labor. In this connection it seems rather hard that the Legislature should have eingled him out from all others for a reduction of his fees. If the matter had been properly presented to that body, it seems hardly possiblu they would have made so unjust a discrimination. No doubt tbe Governor will give the subject a careful consideration be fore he sigus the bill; for it is hardly in the interest of reform to force a competent and conscientious attorney to devote his entire time to trying cases at $7 50 a piece. Odd Fellowship. We have received, with the compliments of F. \\ r . Dclesdernier, right worthy grand secretary, the proceedings of the Right Worthy Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows of the State of Louisiana at its sessions held in this city iu January lust. From its pages we gather the following interesting statis tics: Number of lodges, 30; total member ship, 1307; initiated, llfi; deaths, 50; paid for relief, $10,137 15; funds in treasury, $3502 56; funds invested, $51,891 29; in widows and orphans' fund, $13,915 17. These statistics go to show that this most benevolent order is plaoed on a substantial basis in our State, and its affairs ere in a flourishing condition. Pervice* at Aine* Church. Rev. Jaiqes Morrow will preach this morning at the above named church as usual. In the evening Rev. J. C. Ilartzell, of this city, will lecture there, npon the snb jeot of "Woman's Crusade Against Whisky." Mr. nartzell has just returned from Central Ohio, where ho visited several cities now agitated by the remarkable crusade against intemperance, and will speak practically and intelligibly npon this great question. -:- Valuable Improved Real Estate at Auction by the Sheriff— Particular at tention is called to the sales at auction to be made to-morrow at noon, at the Mer chants and Auctioneers' Exchange, Royal street, by the sheriff of the parish of Or leans, of a lot of ground, with the buildings and improvements thereon, situated in the First District of this eity, No. 183 Common street, between Baronne street and the al ley known as the Varieties Theatre alley. For fall particulars and terms see adver tisement Knight* Templar. Joseph P. Horner, grand commander of the order of Knights Templar, has promul gated general orders commanding a series of monthly drills of members of the com mandries in this-city, commencing at Grand Lodge Hall on Saturday March 14, 1874t at half-past seven o'olock. Church Huelubles. On Wednesday and Thursday evening next sociables will be held'at the Felicity Street Methodist Episcopal Chnroh. All who wish an extra lnnoh nod desire tohenr good nuaio and meet agreea bl e people, than to ge there. High Low Witier. Water. Fwt. ,.1866 18T2 39.06 .1862 1854 35.88 ,.1867 1871 5i.y: .1971 1872 17.00 .1867 1872 31.84 .1867 1971 22 06 ..1862 1872 46.40 ..1867 1872 33 93 ,.1862 1872 44 72 ,.1857 1864 31.00 ..1832 1H56 39.66 .. 18:12 1856 t.6.50 ..1H67 - 1872 35.75 ..1867 1872 46.80 1855 52.70 ..1867 1872 46.93 ..1870 1864 16.70 ..1844 1863 41.39 ..1362 1872 52.40 HIGH AND LOW WATJBR. Every Alan his own Calculator. As the flood season is approaohing and all the signs and prophets proclaim a high water this year, we give oar readers an in dex by which each may judge of the time and height of the river at each point within the borders of onr State. The signal service bureau of the United States army publishes each day the height of the rivers above low water mark at ail of the important points in the valley of the Mississippi (except at New Orleans, which is published as below high water mark). Now, to make this intelligible to the mass of the people, it is necessary that it should be known what is the difference between high and low water at the point named, else the information published will produce erroneous impreBsionB. To make this plain we will give a list of these differences be" tween high and low water, and then draw inferences and show conclusions: Alexandria. Louisiana It.ton Rouge................*... 1962 ('air., Illinois...................1961 Uairoilton, Louisiana...........1971 Florence, Alabama.............1867 Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Helena, Arkansas.......... Jarksonport, Arkansas. . Lake Providence, Louisiana.... 1962 Little Rock, Arkansas..........1857 Louisville, head of falls........1832 Louisville, foot of falls Memphis......................... Month of White river...........1861 Natchez.........................1859 Red River Lauding.... .........1867 Rock isluud.....................1810 St. Louis........................1844 V.cksburg......................1362 Now, from the foregoing table it is seen that the Missouri and the Mississippi, above their junction, have but the small oscila tions ol twenty-two feet at Leavenworth, and sixteen and seven-tenths feet at Rock Island, while ths Ohio, at Louisvi lie, has thirty-nine and two-thirds above the falls. The Arkansas has thirty-one feet at Little Rock, and Red river thirty-nine feet at Al exandria. To properly appreciate tbe effect of a flood in either of the great tributaries npon the lower country, the cross section and slope of each must be known. But this informa* tion can not, in this article be conveyed; but the foregoing shows that a four leet rise at St. Louis or L misville means five feet at Cairo; that a five feet rise at Cairo means but a three feet six inohes rise at Memphis. It will be seen that Cairo, Vicks burg and Natchez agree. It will be seen, also, that three feet below high water in New Orleans means nine feet at Red River Landing, and that the gauge readings, as now published each day, show the effect of the cut-offs and outlets between tbe months of the Arkansas and Red rivers, for yesterday's list shows that at Cairo tho river was nine feet below high water mark, at Memphis two feet four inches below high water aud at Vicksburg thirteen feet below high water mark, and in New Orleans three feet and one inch below high water, and consequently at Red river nine feet below high water. The known high water discharge of tho Missouri, Upper Missis sippi, Ohio, Arkansas and Red river, if con centrated, would nearly treble tho ordinary floods of the lower Mississippi, and inevit ably overflow our country; but, as our valley runs from the south to the north, tho seasons unlock the floods in proper succes sion, and the enows in the mountains only send their waters after the lower floods have passed to the Gulf, and we may ex* pect the present flood from the Ohio to bo gone before the people of the great North west sow their spring wheat. Personal. IVo received a call last evening from Hon. E. D. Estilette, member of tho Legislature whose sessions have just ended, from the parish of St. Landry. Mr. Estilette now returns, as Mr. Young was fond of saying, to render an account of his stewardship, and he has made a record which he can point to with pride. The measures ho has introduced have the merit of being all for the publie benefit, of having been carefully considered and earnestly advocated. Mr. Estilette's coarse in the House on other matters won the respect of his fellow-mem hers, and whenever he gained the floor they sought to hear him with the oertainty that his excellent legal abilities would enable Mm to communicate something of value. The General Assembly needs more men of his character and talent, no matter what their politics may be, and we hope his con stituents will tako this into consideration. Colonel Town, oi the Madison Journal, also favored us with a call. Naval. We learn, through Mr. John R. Carmody, paymaster, United States navy, that Com modore C. R. P. Rodgers, chief of bureau of yards and docks, is expected shortly. He comes for the-purpose ot making an in spection of the location where public build ings are to be erected, with a view of making New Orleans a permanent naval station. The plans of the buildings have been prepared, and the buildings are to be erected below the town of Algiers, direotly opposite where the ironolads are anchored. Surgeon B. F. Gibbs, of the United States navy, has leei ordered to this naval sta tion, in place of Passed Assistant Surgeon Stewart, detached and ordered to San Fran cisco. _ The Fry Fund. Tbe St. Louis Globe of the fifth says that the balance of the fnnd contributed in that city for the relief of the widow of Captain Joseph Fry is still in that office, ready for transmission. It would have been sent when the contribution ceased—more than a month ago—says the Globe, bat fur the fact that information was had that Mrs. Fry was temporarily absent from New Orleans. The first installment of $500 was sent through Governor Kellogg, and the remain der will be sent through the same channel. Important Deelaloo. * In St. Lonis, March 4, a very important decision was rendered by Judge Treat in the ease of the steamboat Continental, which we pablish to-day. It is of interest to every steamboat man, for it decides that there ia no distinction as to supplies either in home or foreign ports, and that exclusive jurisdiction is vested in the United States coarts in all admiralty and maritime c ases. Werlein, Nos. 89 aad 92 Baronne street, has published the "Paathoa Walts," com posed by Charles WsUmaa, aad dediaated to Him Faany Wt BY TELEGRAPH. CONGRESS. Hons. YVashington, March 7.—The House is in debate. No bills passed. W ASHINGTON. The Bfoletle* Question. Washington, March 7.—The Ways and Meaus Committee of the House have been engaged all the week with evidence regard ing moieties. Innumerable instances of malpraotice and oppression have been de veloped. It seems likely that the system will be abolished. The investigation con tinues next week. What Mr*. Ualne* Hay* aboat Caleb's Ea cape. Mrs. Gaines is quoted as having said that Caleb Cushing was heard by the Durell oommittee two hours before the stated time and mado his escape in a buggy via Bladen burg. She will proceed against some ot his corner lots for satisfaction in her $200,000 libel suit. The Liquor Law Bill. Washington, Maroh 7.—The bill regard ing the liquor law passed the Senate yester day, as follows: Bo it enacted, etc., That there shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advioe and consent of the Senate, a commission of five persons, neither of whem shall be the holder of any office of profit or trust in the general or any State govern ment. The said commissioners shall be se lected solely with reference to their fitness and capacity for an honest, impartial and thorough investigation, and shall hold offioe until their duties shall be accomplished, but not to exoeed one year. It shall be their duty to investigate the alcoholio and fermented liquor traffio and manufacture, having special reference to revenne and taxation in distinguishing as far as possi ble in the conclusions they arrive at be tween the effects produced by the nse of distilled or spiritoue liquors as distin guished lrom the use of fermented or malt liquors in their economic, oriminal, moral and scientific nspeots in connection with pauperism, crime, social vioe, the pubtts health ami general welfare of the people, and also inquire and take testimony as to the practical reunite of license and restric tive legislation for the prevention of intem perance in the several States, and the effect produced by such legislation upon the con sumption or distilled or spirituous liquors and of fermented and malt liquors; and also to ascertain whether the evil ot drunkenness has been decreased or in creased thereby, whether the use of opium as a stimulant and substitute for alcoholio drinks has become more general in oonse qnenoe of such legislation, and whether the public morals have been improved thereby. It shall also be tbe duty of said commis sioners to gather information and take testi mony as to whether the evil of drunkon ness exists to the same extent or more so in other civilized countries, and whether these foreign nations that are considered tbe most temperate in the use of stimulants through prohibitory laws, and also to what degree prohibitory legislation has effected the consumption and manufacture of malt and spirituous liquors in this country. Sec. 2. That the said commissioners, nil • of whom shall not be advooates of prohibi tory legislation, or total abstinence, in re lation to alcoholio or fermented liquors, shall serve without salary, shall be author ized to employ a secretary at a reasonable compensation, not exceeding $0000 per year, which with the necessary expenses in cidental to said investigation, not exceed ing $10',000 of both the secretary and com missioners, shall be paid oat of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, upon vouchers to be approved by the See--: retary of the Treasury, and for "this pur pose the sum of $10,000 is hereby appro priated. It shall be the further duty of said commissioners to report the result ot their investigation and the expenses at tending the same to the President, to be by him transmitted to Congress. The Vacant Neat In Congress. The case of Sheridan vs. Pinch back wiil lie submitted to the House early next week. Probably a majority of the committee will declare the seat vacant. A Letter from Governor Hebert. Governor Hebert has written a strong letter to Judge Windorn, t hair man of the Senate Committee on Transportation, in favor of the Fort Si. Philip cauaL He argues that the jetty system would ulti mately carry the bars of the Missiesipi mouths to the Yucatan coast. Coming Home. Colonel Norton and Major McKee are liomewaid bound. NEW YORK. Caban Mympalhlzi r*. New York, March 7.—When the steam ship City ot New York, which arrived here on Thursday, from Havana, was a dozen miles north of the latter place, three men were discovered hid in a lifeboat. They said they were sympathizers with the Cuban cause, did not want to be drafted in Havana and would pay their passage money. Upon the arrival of the vessel here, nevertheless, the captain turned back to Havana, and hauded the men over to the authorities. Arrived from Abroad. General Sohenck, United States minister to England, aud ex-Senator Cattell, repre senting the Treasury Department, arrived here to-day. Gone nt Last. Caleb Cashing sailed for Spain. Bank Statement. Loans decreased $4,500,000; specie in creased $1,500,000; legal tenders decreased $250,000; deposits increased $4,375,000. Receipts and Disbursement*. Tne sub-treasurer paid $4896,409 gold for interest, and $493,000 for called bonds for the week ending to-day. The enstom re ceipts for the week were $0,438,300. The specie shipments tor the week amounted to $343,111. ° A Robbery On the night of January 9. Adolph Hank called at the seventeenth precinct police station house, and iuformed the otUoers that his jewelry store had just beeu robbed. Af ter he himself had been knocked down and g agged. Tbe officers doubted the story, ut being informed of the number of a hack seen in the neighborhood on the night of the robbery, secured the driver and he in tarn gave tbe names of fiv$ of the thieves, three of whom have been arrested. None of the property has been reoovered. Over Due. The steamer Wisconsin is now several days over due, owing entirely, the man agers of the line believe, to the terrible weather._______ • FOREIGN. Meeting of Parliament. London, March 7,—Parliament met yes terday at 2 P. M., and proceeded with the formalities of organizing. The oath was administered to tbe members of the House of Commons in groups of forty. The members of the present and late governments have received royal com mands to attend a state dinner on Monday next, at Windsor Castle, where they will meet the Duke and Duchess ol Edinburg. The twejfth instant, which is appointed for the publio entry of the Duke and his bride into London, will probably be observed as a complete holiday. Remanded fer Examination. Captain Brown, one of the Tiohborne claimant witnesses, haa been remanded for ex a min a t ion on the charge of perjury. The war offioe ha* received no official ad ▼teea of tha septar* of u* ki, k wf th<t