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THE LOIIISIANIAN.
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COUNSEL.
1''. - ''hid thy friend farewell,
St; ,t,,: ail ht though that farewell may be,
: u his palm with thine. How carnst
flow fir from thee
'."tprice may lead his feet
tiLt to-morrow comes? Men have
Liy turn the corner of a street,
And days have grown
ithi- tu.1 mouths to lagging years,
!r.- th:y " looked in loving ep y again,
6-n: .t . is nuderlaid with tears
With tears and pain.
Theref.re, blot sodden death should come
r :. ir distanee, clasp with pressure true
TL, hatd of him who gooth forth; unseen.
Fate goeth too!
fIr. t thin alway time to say
S. n" earntt word between the idle talk;
tat with thse hencefirth. ever, night and day,
; pe t should walk.
M. E. M.
VIl It STORY TELLER."
MY AVENGER.
L I itlier, Czar. It seems almost
1. disturb You as you lie there,
:th.! out at full length on the hearth
' It itl the firelight gleaming on your
;m-smooth coat and showing off your
hbulk against its ruddy glow. But
I (e1 sad and lonely to-night, old fellow,
to+l I wonhi fain realize in your comupa
n. !Vt that there is one creature on
uni t'at ertuatutre on earth that trutle
- ,itn though that creature be
la.; ;t t So (iorne, sir-come--wake
.p. ut is right; tup with you, Czar
III !tut your great paws on
ny th ,in~u,,t ,al rub your head against
ii' +Lc . tolich has seldom known so
tin.t it :trtss. But gently, gently;
that nl! "lo' You are apt to forget for
;t th t ovi t are rather larger than a
il-.;.l1 c'lf: so your g:unbols are the 1
rt r, of lit -ht iliP, and your foindness, I
Ro. t i +~ itniistrative,speedily becomes
i. t down beside ;me, not 01
iV' tr load upon my knee, so that
'2 r~t aty humnd upon it, for lay 1
I: .> rt busy with the events of the
usi l thi titree satisfaction that thrills
L a-hlit ii h vet I look at your mnassive
an! powtrful jaws, and strong
Itiethil, is ith ttnly r.estige of glad
L'i hu:t tijit, events have left to me~.
T tlh-k. int flilce flashes up) now,
ix I lr.! out into vivid di tinetneas thet
]0iiiia that liangs above the mantel-i
Ie ittli.ntr that to-morrow will claim
r W uiinleirablt. share of attention from 1
tilt lasn who i ill doubtless come int
gri'it tinatl is ti itt present at the salei
f th-tI-ttt is utntry-.mezat knoiwn an
1udlihsittuatetl on the Hundsn
I'o r, just tuetty inil,.s from New York, mi
ndWttiithi t-n miinuttes' walk of the 1
embokstuitimn' I believe I have t
aitt tli :ldIvitis&.m&nt correctly. i
~ira tliji is to he disposed of to-mnor- £
rs n lii' gtitumi-1 platmi.', furniture, I
il t lt r s-. ltiiti 'Cs hb o oek ~e .-- e.v er ith in~g cx -
''tt. iy .rettt lht-si:n bloodhound, t
"i 'ilir Iitturti. That sabll rinain t
I wion No scandal-loving
.ia r sh ill ever px~iitt to it as a like- i
I iutiful Mrs. Kerrison, and c
u '" ii?,r1stinig relic tif the celebrated t9
r ~~I will keep that painting 1
unueof mny paset folly and the H
liii n whit-h avaited my blind e
Tb 'i'was 4chritenedl by the ar
li n lDuennn." The scene it
and b-i the (Itstumnes the ,r
la1 rge arthial window with e
I i avi t.utl(. framework, I
lihtyprjctn bttdlotny, jt
ay st ilo httitnltrt(e hangs I
I" o f s~ivmr-.rav damiask. s
i.. tin its lireti ledge there s
ni lo isibtish, pllntted in an j
I libe uring otto or two
i-r .1 1.1 s tns. Two lper- it
- I ini thiij !acdiony. O)ni, an
Sttir-.d in a dark hoavy-look- ti
THE LOUISIA IAN.
" REPUBLICAN AT ALL TIMES, AND UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.1
rOLCIE, 1. IEW SILE1~5 LA, TIlISI Ii, FEDIFAI g, 1811. 11UMB11 16.
nag robe with stifly starched ruff and
slashed sleeves, clutches hergreat feather
fan with instinctive eanv while her drow
sy head droops sideways against the
framework of the window, and she sits
there fast asleep The other, a fair-hair
ed, childish-looking girl, leans forward
with smiling mouth and downward
glancing eyes, gazing intently upon the
movements of some personage below.
The expression of pleased recognition
and interest on her pretty feature betrays
f to the spectator that it is no chance pas
ser-by that basso attracted her attention,
and imagination readily depicts the glid
ing gondola and the gallant cavalier on
which she looks. She is in the act of
dropping from her slender outstretched
hand a spray of scarletrose,apparently just
plucked from the plant at her side, a love
gift or a signal to the lover beneath. In
her fair frivolous face, with its coquettish
yet childish smile and its expression of
gratified vanity, we read no tragic story
of real passion, of true though guilty
love. It is the face of a weak,vain, heed
ness woman; one who might have been
the 1 e :oiae of a oane ancient Spanish
comedy of cloak and sword, or the cen
trail igure of a merry tale like those told
by Boccaccio and Marg.&ret of Navarre; a
woman beautiful and fascinating, it is
true, with that girlish, child-like beauty
and seemingly innocent fascination which
lm)sess such wondrous power to ensnare
the hearts and bewilder the brains of the
wisest of men, but lacking all depth of
feeling, all true nobility of soul.
In the background the scene deepens
into tragedy. The damask window cur
tain has just been swept aside by a man
hands ane and noble-looking, but no
longer young; a splendidly-attired, dark-I
broweei Venetian, whose deep, passionate
eves, anxd frowning brow, and clenched
, hand reveal to us the love and jealousy
- and revengeful ire of the betrayed hus
r band, who has learned in that one glance
r tie story of his wife's faithlessness and
t his own despair. There is more than
anger or revenge written on that dark,
- stormy face. Love strong and fervent,
a ,nd sorrow cruel in its intensitT blend
with the fiercer passions and contend
with them for the mastery. He has loved
that Woman, and his heart in that one
moment of revelation has been made de
a solate. Poor shallow-souled, careless
child dropping her signal-flowers with
that thoughtless smile, how little she
dreams or has ever thought of the ter
rible retribution which she has herself
dragged down upon her head-of the
stormy desolation she has brought upon
her husband's life.
I think if at the judgment day a voice
arises to plead for such women as these,
the words will be those of that divinest
utterance of the Great Intercessor,
"Father, forgive them, for they knew not
what they did !"
I have frequently been told by con
noisseurs and artists that this picture is
a remarkably fine work of art. It was,
however, neither for the excellence of its
execution nor the dramatic intensity of
the scene therein portrayed that Ibecame f
its possessor, but for the striking resem
blance which the features of the golden
hairedgirl bore to once seenthen only for I
the first time, but already indelibly
implrinted on my memory-the face
of Maude Pemberton. Tne likenes I
is altogether an accidental one ; the 1
artist had iaever even seen Miss Pem
berton, but looking in the depths of his
soul for the fact of a vain, shallow, un
principled woman, his genius portrayed '
for him that girlish, soulless beauty, and I
he tra ced the portrait of my futur~e wife.
I merried late in life. I was what is]I
usually termed a self-made man ; that is]I
to say, Heaven gave me, not genius, but (
something better, namely common sense; I
and I turned the gift to a profitable ac
count. In my early days I was too much '
enigrossed in the cares and toils of life to I
waste much thought on the softer pa.
sions ; and when at last the goal of my ]
endeavors was reached and the golden I
prizm won, I had shaped for myself an (
existence wherein my business by day I
and any library in the evening hlled up '
nay d~avs, and left nao time for the pursuit "
of those soeial pleatsures for which, how- 1
ever, I felt I could speedily acquire a 1
likinag. I waw therefore not exposed toj1
the wilts :and maclhinations of fortune- 1
huanting nlunima*4 and mercenary danm
se s. and I reached the age of forty
seven heart- whole, fancy-free, and at
single lflm. l]
One cve:ing I found myself oceupying jE
a seat inthe p~arqulet of the Fourteenth v
Street Opera House. I was fond of I
theatriced nnd muasical entertainments, t4
I and after parsed +u; evening at one or
r the other of the numerous places
- of amusement in New York. On the
B night in question, the dreary ugliness of
B this, the most dismal of American opera
- houses, was enlivened by'the fair faces, the
I brilliant toilets, and the noisy chatter of
- a crowded and fashionable audience. I
B had come to listen to the music, and was
much disturbed byYthe incessant talking
l which went on around me, a party oc
cupying seats in the front row imme
diately above me being especially an
aoying. They kept up a continualstream
- of caonersation and laughter in very an
aible tones, till at la-t, fairly out of pa
f tience, I turned and looked up, hoping
1 that my indignant glances would have
some effect in reducing my tormentors to
silence. As I did so, my eyes rested on
the face of a young girl who, with part
ed lips and eager gaze, was leaning over
f the front of one of theboxes, and looking
intently at the performance on the stage.
As the flame in yonder fireplace seizes on
the fresh-placed logs and flashes upward
into new brightness, it shinas upon
the painted image of the beauty revealed
to me at that moment, the face that faa
cinated my gaze and enthralled my heart.
"C'est Ia fatalite!" sings Ia Belle Helene,
in that opera of Offenbach's which I have
too much cause to remember. It was fa
tality, the blind infatuation which seized
upon me in that moment, and which
held me captive till a few short months
ago. I loved Maude Pemberton from the
first moment that I looked upon her,
and I left the theater with the settled
purpose (nnavowed even to myself, it is
true, but not the less existing) of mak
ing her my wife.
ifadness! you will say. Ah, yes, it was
1madness; but are any of us so wise that
we may forever escape from the commis
sion of acts of insane folly ? Is any mind
so perfectly balanced that it may not be
swayed by one of thase sudden impulses,
prompted by the feelings and passions
which may have seemed dead, but were
but sleeping! In my youth I had never
loved, and my fate when it came met me
in this insane, unreasoning guise.
To be e natiuued.
OFFICIAL JOURNAL
OF THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
FIRST SESSION
or THE
SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
or rTE
STATE OF LOUISIANA
Niath D y's Proceidiags.
Housz or REPRmEnTExATIVU,
WExxDAr, JANTARY 11, 1871.
[ Continued fmm our layd Number. ]
JOIUT %imno i.
The President and members of the
Senate having entered the hall of the
House, were escorted to front seats, and
the President occupied the Speaker's
chair, with the Speaker npon his left
The Secretary of the Senate then salled
the roll of the Senate, and thirty-five Sen
ators responded to their names.
The Clerk of the House then cafled the
roll of the House, and the following mem
berm anaweree to their names ;
Messrs. Carr, Abell, Adolphe, Antoine,
Baker, Barker, Barrett, Barrow, Bently,
Bickham, Blunt, Bowen, Brewster Brous
nard, Brown, Bryan, Buchanan, Bucking
ham, Borch, Butler, Carter, Chachere,
Cechran, Crawford, Derby, Darinsburgi
Davidson, Davis, Demas, Dewecs, Durio,,
Ellis, Faulkner, Floyd, Fontelien Gaddis 2
Gardner, Garatkamp, P. Harper, W. Har
per, Hempetead, Huston Hrams Johnson (
Jordan, Kearson, Kenner, Killen, Kin
sella, Ia Saliniere, laurent, Liambias, t
H. Lott, J. B. Lott, Lynch, Mahoney, c
Marie, Marvin, Matthews, McCarty, Mc- c
Fualand, Meadows, Moncure, Moore, t
Morphy, Morris, Murray, Nelson, Ong, a
Oplatek, Otto, Overton, Pond, Quinn,
Baby, Biley, Ringgold, Sartain, Schu
macher, Soner, Stamps, Stanton, Ste
vons, Stinson, Tatman, Thompson,
Tounoir, Tureaud, Ullnmann, Verrett,
Wand", Washington, of Assumption, a
Wasingonof Concordia, We ru, S
Wheyland, E.Williams, H. W a
4Wilson, Worrall, Yorke Young-100 o,
The presiding offiers then announ o
that the General Assembly of the S 1*
had met in joint session to com tl
journals and unnotunce the results of th d
vote taikcn in the Senate and House tl
Representatives, yesterday, in the r
ter of thc election of a United State c.
r Senator according to law.
a The Secretary of the Senate then read
a the journal of the Senate.
f The Chief Clerk of the House then
a read its journal
D The President of the Senate then de
f dared that General J. B. West, having
[ received the majority of votes east by
a each branch of the General Assembly of
g the State of Louisiana, was elected
- Senator to theUnited States Congreat
- from the State of Louisiana for the
- period of six years, commencing on
a March d, 1871.
On motion of boa tor Blaekman, the
- Senators retired, and the House resumed
( the transaction of its regular businesa
Speaker Carr in the Chair.
The Speaker then annomeced the fol
k lowing standing committees:
PuMic and Priwtre Land Claims
r George W. Carter, of Cameron, chairman;
Thomas G. Davidson, of Livingston;
Edgar Davismo Orleas)aaTmesB. Wanda,
i of Tangipahoa; J. W. Bryan, of Calesien.
I State Library-!-eorge Washington, of
a Assumption, chairman; James B. Wanda,
I of Taugipahos; John J. Moore, of St.
- Mary, E. F. Buckingham, of Morehouse;
Henderson Williams, of Madison; Cain
Sartain, of Carroll; James Thomp
son, of St. Tammany; H. L Pond, of East
Feliciana; D. A. Cochran, of Lafayette;
I Ernest Broussard, of Iberia; George
- Washington, of Cuncordia.
Public Lands and Lenes-P. Jones
Yorke, of Carroll, chairman; George
Washington, of Assumption; W. R Whey
I land, of Sabine; Paulin Foutelieu, of Ver
million; J. S. Matthews, of Tensas; Henry
- Demas, of St James;Norbert LlanIbias,
of Orleans.
federal Rdations--David Young, of
Concordia, chairman; Isaac Ullm-n, of
Orleans; Raford Blunt, of Orleans; C. F.
Huaton, of East Feliciana; Henry Ritey,
of St. James; J. J. Barrow, of West Fe
liciana.
Intdrnal Inprorementa-D.W. C. Brown,
of Asoemsion, chairman; J. Henri Burch,
of Baton Rouge; Frederick Marie, of
Terreboune; O. H. Hempetead, of Iber
ville; W. H. Waters, of Orleans, J. W.
Bryan, of Calcasieu; J. J. Barrow, of West
FeliciTana.
Regidrtion-RI M. J. Kenner, of Or
loans, chairman; D. C. Stanton, of Bossier,
Henry Raby, of Natchitoches; George L.
Smith, of Caddo; Victor E. McCarty, of
Orleans; J. C. Moncure, of Caddo; H. IL
Stevens, of Jackson.
Banks and Banking-Peter Harper, of
St. Charles, chairman; H. C. Tournoir, of
Pointe Coupee; L. J. Soner, of Avoyelles;
Norbert A. Llambias, of Orleans; Paulin
Fontelieu, of Vermillion; C. D. Tatman,
of St. Landry; David Young, of Con
cordia.
'ublir Heath and Quarantine-Thomas
D. Worrell, of Jefferson, chairman; Ed
ward Williams, of Orleans; B. L Lynch,
of Iberdille; Charles A. Verrett, of Terre
bonne; J. H. Bowen, of Orleans; Theodore
Chachere, of St. Landry; Frederick
Schumacher, of Orleans.
Agra ualure-D. L McFarland, of St.
Martin, chairaan; F. C. Antoine, of Or
leans; F. Otto, of Orleans; Schuyler Mar
vin, of Catahoula; Bush W. Baker, of
Franklin: J. 1. Barrow, of West Felicana
Aprproia.o-Benjamin Gaddis, of
Orleans, chairman; B. IL Lynch, of Iber
yille; C. 3. Adolpbe, of Orleans; L C. La.
Salinicre, of St. Martin; J. B. Lotta of
Rapids.; Janes I. Thompson, of St.
Tainmany; A. L Durio, of St. Landry.
Public &ducation-Emerson Bentley, of
St. Mary, chairman; B. Buchanan, of Or
leans (right bank;) Thomas D. Worrall,
of Jefferson; Anthony Overton, of Ou-'
achita; 0. H. Brewster, of Ouashita; H.H.
Stevens, of Jackson; No~rbert A. Llamb~ias,,
of Orleans; Prosper Darunsburg, of Pointe
Coupe.; IL L. Pond, of East Feliciana.
The Speaker presented to the House
the following annual memege of his En
cellency the Governor, which, on mnotion
of Mr. Matthews, of Tenmas, was laid on
the table, subject to call, and one thou-i
send oopies ordered to be printed:
Sraraov Locasezx,
33cssie Dsparwneak, r
Nov Orlgam., January 11, 1671.
Gentlemnen of the Senate and Hoqus of Iepre.
amntatives of the Stbte of Loulsadau:
I congratnlate you upon the favorable
auspices under which you assemble. Our
State has been blessed by the providence ,
of God with plentiful crops. The stapleaf a
of sugar and eotton,which are the springst I
of our wealth, have been produced i
larger abundance than in any year since
the war. This increased productio has '
dinproved the gloomy f r of9
those false prophet. .who prediet the
ruin of our agricultured iztteresbs, as a
consequence of the change made by the
war from slave to free labor; another
l proof that is just to all is best for all.
The rise in real estate; the increase in
home and foreign trade; the augmented
commerce of this metropolis of Louisiana,
and of the South, though unfavorably af
fected by the European war; the addi'.
tional lands pat in cultivation, it the
f past year; the gratifying progress toward
I good railroad connection with different
parts of our State, and of the Union; and
the growth. of our principal cities, are
some among numerous evidences of the
rapid recovery of all the business in
terests of the State from the prostration
which followed the war. It only needs
that legislation should lend such addi
tional encouragement as it legitimately
can to these interests, and, above all, that
it should refrain from imposing any new
" and unnecessary burdens upon them, to
cause our State in the next two years to
surpass in material progress and pros
perity any previous era of its history.
In the last summer, while that scourge
r of the South, yellow fever, has repeated
its ravages in neighboring cities, our
chief city, New Orleans, has escaped
with a comparatively small mortality.
i This may be attributed to the increased
" skill and care of the health and quaran
tine officers, and the proper enforcement
of the quarantine regulations. This fact
might lead to the inquiry whether a
judicious system of sanitary arrange
1 ments, on an enlarged scale, and based
upon known scientific principles, might
not banish this pestilence from our
- borders entirely. The importance of such
a consummation in every moral, social
and physical point of view, renders in a
matter worth of grave consideration. The
f pecuniary lo.is alone inflicted by tie pre
f sence of this fever, or the bare rumor of
presence, upon all branches of trade, has
been estimated, by practical business
" men, at several millions of dollars an
nually.
A growing spirit of harmony and good
will, between the different classes of our
f people, has been strikingly evinced dur
- ing the last year. It has been seen in a
streugly prsaounced disposition on the part
of all good citisens in most parts of the
State, without respect to partisandiferences,
to preserve order, enforce the laws, and ren.
der obedience to all legally constituted an
thority. The devices and machinations of
evilly disposed demagognes and restless and
irresponsible parties, who seek to profit by
times of alarm and violence, have been set
aside by the good people of this State, who
are most deeply interested in its peace and
prosperity. The result has been that this
disposition, aided by the aiatery laws par s
ed by the tieneral Assembly, and by Con
gress, have secured, daring the last fall, the
most quiet, peInable and orderly election the
State has witnessed for many years. In for
mer elections, even within two years, New
Orleans and the State have been the scenes
of violence, riots and bloodshed, which have
disgraced their name, and greatlyinjured all
their interests. This fall, an important and
exciting election was held without any con
flict or disturbance, and with scarcely an ar
rest Such a thing was never known in New
Orleans before. I feel especially gratified to
be able to lay this before you as a matter of
record, because the last General Assembly
deeply impressed by the alarming and in
creasing violenee and lawlessness displayed
i. otr e.e&ti:n, and their al amntable etfects
upon every interest of the State, had with a
view to remedy these evils, enacted atri
getat penalties against such o~ences, and for
their more certain esforcemet had clothed
th. executive with ample poweras I have
endeavored to use these powers with mioder
stios and impartiality, but with firmness
sad with the single aim to preserve the
peace and to secure to all men, irrespective
of party, race, or onlor, the free exercise of
aD their right. asiatinees.
ThatlIhave been able to demso without
arraying against the law any clam or party,
may be accepted msa proof tiat the laws
ware wholesome sad wise, and that the peo
ple, ss a whole, have been satied that
their execution was faithful and impsrtisl.
I can uot pass from thid mabject to other
details, in justice, without calling your at
tahtion to the general and peaceable sequl
eaenceeof our people in theresuaa t the re
eacntetion poliey of the general govern
matk Their seceptasse of it as a finality
has been much more sstisactory in Louisi
ama than in any other State in the South.
This mast be attributed to the patriotism
sm4 wisdom of our people, sad to those
feasures of Stats policy which have led to
this great and derirable result. It has al
ways heeu 'my~ sinesre eo avietioa that it is
.z'fato trust to the ginol aense, the honor
and the sober seosed thought of the people.
This conviction has determainel my coureo
on muatters of State policy, even in matters
where I was forced, for a abort time, to dii
from mnof may polatieal frae~ The
r of the late ele Uoanfi
tinof Louisiana as comn
manny other loutbeam States,
I e, I think, couvinecd both fricnds sad
foes that I was right. I have refrained frot
all severe anti arbitrary measures, orrecourse
to meae fues, appea3sg, des all oeedons
sad in all leesaties, to the justie gal dis
cretion of te people themsdves. Under
all ciremstances, however, I save ahelk my.
self in readiness to employ all the resources
at my command, both civil andmilitary, lo
enforce the laws, preserve order, and pro
tect every citizen in his right so far as the
authority of the executive sold be lawfully
used. The good results of this spirit of
harmony ou all aides, upon 'the prisperity
of the State, connot be estimated.
It has been my pleasant fortune, during
the hast season, to visit a great portion of
our State, In answer to mtpeated and cow
dial invitations from many of my fellow-citi
zens, which were e.teaded to me by gente
men of all political parties I had bees ledto
believe, from the assranuce of many promi
nent jtineas, that I would and the leading,
most tleantial and enterpridsag people of
the diserent loealities imbued with better
and more advaseed ideas than those petty
partisan animosdites and sedtheoal hase and
prejudices, which, swaying the breasts of a
small class of men, more noisy than impor
tant. hail hitherto caused imwh of the do
mestis troeble f ear Stats, and brought
biograce upon its name; and that the good
people of the State a-l taken its peepe sund
order into their own hands, as was proper.
and that the power of these bad and restless
spirits wts gone. I am glad to say that
these assuances have been realised. I bao
everywhere been received with dbat wonte"
cordiality and hospitality for which Louisi
anians are ao deservedly famed. What is
more important, I everywhere saw evidences
that the people were determined. to sea
tmat thelaws were obeyed, and the rights of
all men, under the law, respected. I was
met with assurances from all parties, that
in every effort to advance the welfate, cred
it and the great interests of the State, I
should receive the hearty support of the
people.
AXrumrrD T TO T7E CONWSTUTIOX.
The last General Assembly proposed four
important amendments to our Constitution,
which were duly ratified by the votes of the
people at the last election. Thefltst amend
ment repeals the ninety-ninth article of the
constitution. This article, by reason of its
disfranchisement of an inluential coass of
our citizens, for political reasons, was ob
noxious to them and their friends, as the re
stlt has proved, was distasteful to almost
all. Incorporated in our constitution by an
unwise spirit of retaliation, and by its
peculiar phrlanology, serving mainly to
irritate and humidiate, while debarring
from siuatrage and office only the most
scrupulous and upright of the class it
was aimed against, and admitting all
others, it had all the most odious features
of disfranchisement, with none of its
good effects, if such there be. It is to
the lasting credit of the first Republican
administration of Louisiana, that the
amendment to strike out this last vestige
of the war, in our consfiution, was
paused with the unanimous Republican
vote of the General Assembly, and in
dorsed unanimouisy y the people, It is
no longer a liarI .the onltution.
Henceforth, in Louisiana all disabilities
resulting from the war are removed, and
no citizen is disfranchised by its laws,
except for crime or mental disability.
The second amendment limits the
total amount of State indebtedness that
can be contracted up to the year 1890 to
the sum of $25,000,000. All indebted
neas, of whatever character, contracted
above the amount, before that time, is
illegal and null and void. This voluntary
limitation by the people of the amount
of indebtednoss which they will incur,
for a term of years, will have the double
effect of increasing the credit of the
State aecuritien' thus leasening the in
terest of the Statejill have to pay on
any future loans, aiof comspelhang rigid
economy on the part of the State govern.
ment.
The third amendment prolaibits all
ofi~cials who have held public moneys
from voting or holding office, until they
idhall have procured from the proper
authorities receipts in full for all funda
which they have thus held. The forner
history of the State, with regard to many
of its public funds, is a sufficient proof
of the wholesomeness of this measure,
It is to be hoped that it will lead'to a
more istringent accountability by public
offcers for such trusts.
The fourth amendment remoree the
ineligibility, for a second term, that wins
imposed by the constitution upon any
iancmbent of the gubernatorial offlee.
Under this amendment, the re-election
of a Governor ii left like that of any'
other offier, to that last, and best m&~
ramaent of all free governments, the good
judgment of the people. While this
sen to meet minds a sound principle.
yet I did not feel at libesty, owing to my
personal attitude toward the question at
i'mmw, to take any part in the discnumdem
for or against it. The amendment was
allontsaeously and voluntarily presented
to the peopl. by the last General Assnem
bly, and has been ratified by a majority,
approximating 24,000 votes.
The great questions of public poliey
now most urgent, are such necsesgry
mneasurms of State and national legislation
as will natural wataenqurses, facilitate
oearn cumserc, sad rawme. our alluvial
lands from annual inundation. These
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