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The bllýwing gentlemen are authorized to collect
and receive subslriptions and advertiwsemrwc for the
Opeitouses Corier, in their respective towns:
Aveners Manatlr, S. Martinsvile, (La.)
hmurns Bou.uuan. Breaux's Bridge, (La.)
A. Musravoa, Washington, (La.)
For Gowerir,
RObERT C. WICKLIFFE, or Wst Fsseswa.m .
Ibr Ldeutenant Gornor, ,
C. H. MOUTON, or Laaramt.
For Sareary of &a...
For .aditor,
SAMUEL F. MARKS, or Waar FuClaasa.
For Treaurer,
CNARLEI E. GRENEAUX, or NA.emr esas.
For Attorney General,
hr Bupsrdrufede of Public Edclation,
SAMUEL BARD, or Cas.oua.
Sh C.eregs.-4Mk Disnrid,
JOEN M. SANDIDGE, or Bosssa.
August 18th, 1855.
Movrs. Ssssde4 Mqeysi.--Pleme announce that
L. Vamt.ar Caoisasz lls is an Anti-Know
Nothing esndidate for Sheriffof this Parish, at the
JIevember election.
S0th Jone, 1855.
We are authoriesd to anaounee that Mr.
hIads Leman is an Anti-Know-Nothing eandi
dMeo the ofe of Sherif for this Parish, at the
eete in INovember nest.
August 55th, 1155.
ggWe are authorized to announce Mr. WILLIAM
ewroru a a candidate for the offee of Die
tefor the 165th Judicial Dis of this
sh eletion INovember 1865.
Opelousas, May 19th., 1855.
Q7" We are authorized to announce that Psaxz
*lSun t is a candidate for the oflice of Assessor.
he oceupied last year. Election to take place in
nvamnber next, sad that as such he believes it his
duty to announce that he is opposed to the Know.
Wethings' Sect. He recommends himself to his
hiesds and the public.
[Opeloouas, Feb. 17th., 1855.
m m unm m nn m
At the oocasion of the arrival of some of
te demooratic candidater on the State ticket,
there were a grand meeting in our town, on
irtaSa b Speeches were delivered by
. 7 idge, the dewoeratic esadi
r te ihi Di triut in Cogress, by Chsd.
Mutes, A 8. Herron, and 8. F. Marks, etn
didates 2f the same party for Lieutenant
GoQraor, Secretary of State and Aaditer.
flrapeakerme the kanwnothing aide wre,
Mr. Dren , of New-Orleans, Mr Adolphe
U OCtVr,of St. Mary, and E. N. Cullom Esqr.,
f our tman..
A barbecue had been prepared by the Anti
rnow-lothings of our town, for the occasion,
but owing to the incleeancy of the weather,
the people ould not partake in the repast,
ad during .lmoet the whole day, oear vast
rtJl eswee Sled with the public to its
t apaeity. A large aumbqr of ladies
- the meting san4 appladed the speak
We vgret very m.ch tat we hare not
been able to gIve amamary of theUterent
be.a that waer amde by these gentlemen.
bas it tasy ty ay veall bees well
1ierYtth ge, it li well to remark that
lisrs. &4,s sad Henrr, partioularly,
bw eliited e r a Wlent and high knew
Idgsedis p s t the day. Thr arge
e" swiioetn. s btesy . eari.d es esti on
ftethe maiad 4 their bharers, and Know
Nathiugme's 4r below per.
Bvry ing pasd it very quiety, the
atea d a est~ °as paid to the speakers,
q .el the ezaciting tepje they were
:WbW. isw s mmq -h4 bmoaoiuin &..*
a[V.Ibow hUg W~ivwý of tit4lar
tbL -· aeM1Mý dti.Orawrwi ba 1ý.W.
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; ,:,cwt - fit'rbs a a pu.a.
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[From the Know-Nething and American Crusader,
of September 1st.)
We sappoe no one North ail prefsd that the .w
rican party is n agei-slawry in sesusewt. It is so,
and strongly; and being so, its actions will faith
fully correspond. t is opposd to sieoery. It be
lieves in limiting the institution to its present
bounds; to getting and keeping government free of
it; to banishing it from the District of Columbia.
It believes that the recent outrages in Kansas, to
establish and perpetuate slavery, are monstrous. It
believes that the Nebraska bill was a wrong which
the legislation of no country before ever surpassed
in atrocity. These matters it beluves and will act
up to. Do any assert that the party is not anti
slavery in sentiment? Why no party of any size
and importance at the North could exist unless it
was more or less anti-slavery. It is a party of the
Northern sentiment, and is not to be crashed out,
beat out, or got out in any manner whatever.
The American party, too, has its own special
American principles. They are well known. They
refer to the subjects of naturalization, citizenship,
schools, offices, &c. Along with these comes in a
healthy, strong. earnest anti-slavery plank. We
maintain, accordingly. that no political body can
do more, or is willing to do more for the anti-sla
very cause than the American. It has numbers,
position, power and a will ts do. And it will be
faithful to duty.
We think, with all deference to the opinions and
convictions of others, that there is no necessity.
as some advocate, to abandon the creed and plat
form, the organization and policy of the American
party, to rally on the Anti-Slavery question. We
would not lessen the importance of that great issue;
but rather swell its potency. And to do this we
would place it i the hands of the American party.
The trust wuuld esafe. The American party is
the only one in the country that has a being; cer
tainly the only one that has any power. It would
be impolitic, if not suicide, to abandon it, even for
a moment. If the infamous outrages of Kansas are
to be redressed, what party can do so well as the
American ? If any of the political evils are to be
remedied, we frankly ask what party can do so
much, and is willing to go so far, asthe American4
We submit that no other party is its equal in power
or good faith. Other parties, then, should rally
around it, throwing aside, for the time. main mat
ters, and going forward for a common cause.
lieve it will accomplish, and is accomplishing to
day, a hundred fold more than any other instrumen
tality. It is anti-slavery enough for all practical
purposes. To throw aside its great cardinal prin
ciples, would put it just in the same position of the
old, effete rotton, unproductive parties all around.
No. Let us remain intact ; and at the sine time be
true to the anti-slavery sensiment of the people. (arry
at out, with other good American principles, and
11 will be right.
We appeal to the North fi come upon the Ame
rican platform. It is the right one. It is the party
of the people and will be true to them.
We are much gratified with the privilege of
giving to our readers the following communication,
on an intensely interesting subject. from the hand
of one who feels and thinks in earnest, and there
fore expresses his thoughts with clearness and
force. We have long since determined toopen our
columns to the free and full expression of political
opinions; we have in consequence received many
favors, as remarkable for their enthusiastic patrio
tism as for their freshness and vigor of expression,
and their direet and practical bearing upon the
great questions at issue. But none of them have
surpassed that which follows, in the conspicuous
light in which the alternative of law, or fanaticism,
the Constitution or oKnow-Iothingism, is pre
sented. It is the welfare of a gqg nation that is at
stake. The question at issue is vital, and is toAe
termiune whether the American Repub, is nqp to
begin its downward course, or by adhering to its
ancient fundamental law, it is to keep.l in its glo
rious progress; its name a terror to tyrants and
the rallying cry of all who love liberty.
It itgratifying to see the talent and patriotism
of the nation thus coming, armed and equipped,
early and heroically to the field. To our corres
pondent, from rhom we hope to hear again, and
to all other Native .4epea Whigs, we present a
hearty welcome. When old Whig journals, se
duced by the charms of novelty or led by the more
potent influence of money, close theirdoors against
the communicatiodb of those who have done so
muehi to build them up, let them be assured that
Democratic journals will publish, dnd Democrats
will read with pleasure, the essays of all who will
emancipate themselves from the caverns of Know
Nothingism and declare their independence from
its thraldom. We have been of opinion from the
first, thlt for every sore-headed and disappointed
of.ce-seeker that has deserted the Democratic
rty we shall gain ten honest and high-minded
hi. But should we be disappointed in this,
should the anti-Know-Nothing Whigs still choose
to keep up their old party organization, and to be
known as Whigs even while they co-operate with.
as to eradieste a dangerous political heresy, we
will still receive the aid of their voi., pens and
vntes with our heartiest tank s.
ReroI LIBzTunaY.
The second article of the Constitution ofthe Na.
tional Council of North America as published in
the Richmond Enquirer, the. Charleston Mercury
ad the New Orleans Delta, rads thus:
" TheAr ojat of this orgaesuitars sall h to protet
awry .Lucs citieras in the l and proper eureue
fll his civil and a4 bious riglt. ad priilteges; to
rs the aidious icofe Church of Rome, and
i st erfoegr iorig , agaeirm our republican in
isations, is all f a;to paece is all *ua of
bm.r, ast orps it in the gift of the people, or by
appointment, none but sative born Protestant citi
tens; and to protect and uphold the union of these
States and the Constitution of the same."
It will be seen in article four of the Constitution
for the povernmeat of subordinate councils, and
for the iving of the first, second and third degree,
that a.ter the candidate for admission is duly pre
pared outside by an oath that he is not a Catholic,
or i a Protestant, that he is n4 married to a
Catholic wife, &c., he is then taken hslide and
made to swear a solemn oath, amounting in sub
stance to the following:
* a.ow-oTin.re OTa PIr IN PLAIN INOLIsa.
1. I solemnly swear that I will never vote ei
ther fr a Catholic, or a man whose wife is a
Cat4sie, or for any-natmralized citizen, foy
Municipel, State or Federal.
l ly.rear, that I will aever, if l
ofoicaal patronage give
-aa.l- sda or erson whose wife s
a Catholi - A citizen.
.& And malmo er of
Me City, State.t r
any ocs unadr m a
or any Catholic, or a. y pe.sna whw wif.
tolithalt I ill turn such peern out o
"And I elso swear that I will never vote for any
mea Iii' any osie within the gift of the peopl
who is notatatiwe-bore American citizen, info
vorof Protestant Americans ruling America," fo.
If he viedes the pr se made by this oath, or
Ireveals yof the secrets fths Order, ordtu
the s Netbny of the State Council, &e., foe.,
biads himself s the pesalty of eacmmupication
fomthe Orer, the srbiture ofr all intercourse with
its smemabers, and baingdeaoumed in all the socfe
t * ts . ...as s kitr so its God ai4
hi ssa* J', end he w solnaly warned, "that
whenheAles theesU lar ttyd chakes these
then itU~p videkY that "he laws
sit cal m srk wn opaeryF stisg on
Tlis is the new way of protecti civil aad reli
gions liberty,.saal securing equal rights to every
citises. Now, since the publlac sees this eomoter
itble gahed hideousnem, let u ito
tothe Coustitutioeao the
laditrs; of re*sgoe
S Coes ntitealo of the UnIIited
C'ihs Ceontitutoae sad the laws f the Unitad
hd lbw laJiaw' the elend " and the jedles in
.wsa BStats beh b ad thessbR eytlaag i the
Ceutitetio innre hot law n
btwkhstitu d th sverals
a Staa~ss~i~t.Ihsthesemepdi w
the true American citizen, native or adopted-aye
every rational freeman of every sector nationality,
to look on t&ispicture, the g~loioaa work of our phil
anthropic ancestry, the founders of the American
name and fame, and then turn to the Constitution
of the grand National Council of this (miscalled)
Americas organization-" Hyperion to a Satyr"
the one, the work of patriots whose names and
virtues will descend to the latest posterity, the
other the offspring of bigotry. intolerance, falsehood
and deceit. I am aware that the Louisiana plat
form of Know-Nothingism has very faintly con
demned the 8th article of the Philadelphia platform,
by protesting against the application of its princi
ples to the American Catholic-it does not cen
demn the principle f proscriptioa for religious opinion.
but merely its application, not to Catholics atlarge,
but only to American Catholics-thereby clearly
according their assent to the principle itself. But
it is unnecessary to refine upon this subject-ifthe
Know-Nothing party which is anti-American, op
posed to the Constitution of the United States-to
the enlightment of the age, toall the glories of the
American name-let it be so, the sin be on their
own heads. I call upon every true American,
who is not a renegade to his name and country, to
oppose with all his energies the anti-Constitutional,
anti-American principles and traitorous designs
disclosed by the Constitution and Ritual of "the
Native American party."
I call upon the.eitizens of Louisiana, irrespective
of nationality, of religious caste, or of politics-of
all true men who love America and her existing
institutions--to unite in opposing the men who have
solemnly sworn before Almighty God to rob their
fellow citizens of their constitutional rights, because
they are not of Protestant brth, or perchance may
have married Catholic wives-and that, too, in the
teeth of the Constitution of the United $tates,
which declares "that ao rdegious test shalU ever be
required as a qualification for ofice under the United
Can faith be placed in men avowing such prin
eiples and sworn to carry them out in secret
meetings, by signs, grips and adhmnciatiens against
their fellow-citizens? MýIL who are false on reli
gious toleration and religious equality can never
be true to the Constitution and the South on the
slavery question.
One word more, Mr. Editor, and I am done: In
this momentous struggle the true national issue be
fore the people is the Constitution of the United States
or the Constitution of the Kniow-Nothings. There is
not an inch of middle ground to stand upon. He
who is not for the Constitution of the United States
as it stands is against it, whether by voting with
the Know-Nothing party or abstaining from cast
ing his vote against them. No American citizen
should fail to exercise the inestimable privilege
voting. It is his solemn duty not only tovote, but
to examine well, while yet he has time to do so,
the great question that presents itself. Let him do
this. Let him look att the Constitution of his coun
try and the glory America has attained under its
all-wise provisions, and then upon the change the
"new Order" would give us, and the ballot box
Will sound the knell of Know-Nothingism now and
[From the Ouachita Register.|
" To err is human, to forgive divine, " is a
sage axiom, which we have after, in our his
tory, been caused o acknowledge the truth
of; but never before did the fixed truth, at
least of the first part of the proposition, ap
pear more obvious to us at this stage of the
game, than in that of our being duped into
connection with what is denominated" Know
Nothingism, " alias "Great American Par
ty ;" or more properly, we now think, "Ja
cobinism. " And were it not for the consoling
influence, as a virtue, in the latter division
of the text, ours would be a pitiable condi
tion indeed.
We, the undersigned, from our recent con
nection with the above Order, having become
convinced of the evil tendency of many of the
principles which have been and are daily be
ing engrafted into its organization in the
South, by designing and intriguing political
demagogues--and they, too, most generally
hailing from the hot-beds of Abolitionists and
Free-soilers of the North-have determined
to dissolve all connection with it; and that,
too, in the most public aid summary manner
For so doing, among many, we would
enumerate the following reasons, to wit:
1st. That all, or nearly so, of its leaders
and lecturers in the North are Free-Soilers,
SilverýGray-Whigs, or rampant Abolition
2d. An overwhelming majority of those
who have been elected by the Order are, l
politics, opposed to the Democratic party
and, in the North, they are invariably op
posed to Slavery in the South, and, in a word,
to all great Southern movements and inter
ests. (see the late treasonable acts of the
Know-Nothing Legislatures of Massachusetts
and other States.)
8d. That it would poascribe men for their
religion and for their birth-place.
What would be the result, for igstanoe, of
an act of Congress proscribing men in the
right to vote, to hold office, or to worship
God as they might see fit and proper?
We are not Roman Catholics, but God for
bid that the fair escutcheon of our beloved
Union should ever be blackened and stained
by so vile and sacreligious an act! Once
break the sacred chain of Liberty that binds
us as brothers, and then, indeed, may we
say, "farewell, farewell, a long farewell to all
our boasted and much loved institutions. "
Once establish the proscriptive principle in
our Government in regard to Religion, and
soon the foundations of genuine peity and
ehristian devotion will be broken up, and an
open field left in which the bigoted, selfh,
.and fanatioal religionist is to push his pro
ariptive policy with the aim of finally ex
eluding all others save those of his exelusive
faith and order. Proseribe the foreigner for
his place of birth, and the Catholic for his
religion, and what would soon be the condi.
tion of society in communities where they
long since been ineerporated among
. and true citizens and neigh
4th. As Xinogwe feel that we eannot
er sat in col.o with the above party
without violating aso at the most sacred
preceeptive principles al t~me-honored
In conclusion, we would my, fogiveness
we implore, and hope the future will pre
sent again so ensnaring a trap.
A. L. Hundley, Phil. H. Thomias,
F. M. Hadiley, William 8. Steel,
. S. Gomillion, J. E. Hundley,
2W. T. Nettles, J.J. .Nettles,
T. C. Bradford, Isham Neatherlin.
OQoitan Panrax, Aug.
T toMe Editors of A Oecdita Resgistr
-Gentlemen: Ten will confer a favor on
the un ign"ed by publishing in your paper
cur withdawal from the secret political par
ty called the American party.
We thus publiclywiithdraw that we may
net ýeresfer be identified iwith any seeret
polilical organization, believi it to be eon
Mtry , the pi.ria of eur Constitation.
F ar .. Dsee, Daniel T. Bead,
.8s Seymour,l , Peter A. Iron,
G. Dua, G. 0. Shea d.
.R. O . CWharle. ]i TM deo ,
W .Nfler, I T. T.MeDoa te,
Joedhi. nihf,
N?. 4L .ib a. WrPratOni,
Duwi&WEal enUee U t is Ummram,
2eIeww F1D~i v.ci-'-Numyt~C~l nati~L
It is well known that in the Catholic por
tions of the State, Mr. DERSIONY, the K. N.
nominee for Governor, is commended to the
people as a good Catholie; and equally well
kiowa that, according to the "all-things-to
all-men" policy pursued by the K. N. tacti
cians, he is represented in the Protestant por
tions of the State as a Protestant, or at least
as no Catholic. Ditto of Mr. TxADA, the
K. N. nominee for Lieutenant Governor. In
North Louisiana, where especial regard is
had for the 8th article, the K. N.s are not
satisfied with this Janus-faced character given
to Mr. DERoBIGNY-they want the question to
be decided ceslusively, and all dubiety on
the subject to cease. If not, the signs are
that the head of the K. N. ticket will be un
mercifully acratched in that section.
A correspondent, writing recently from
Claiborne parish says:
"If Mr. P)ERBINY is a member of the
Catholic Church in this State, I want it put
beyond question. There are K. N.s here
who swear to oppose him, or any man of the
Catholic Church in the United States; and
they say, if the K. N.s have nominated Cath
olics for the first and highest offices in the gift
of the people of Louisiana, then they have
been deceived, and they will abandon any
such a party."
Tbe same correspondent writes:
" One of the wigwams burnt up its papers,
the other night, declaring there was too much
Abolitionism in the order for them to swal
From these, and other symptoms of a
healthy reaction, we conclude, that the days
of "SA " are numbered in old Claiborne,
and that, at the appointed time, she will roll
up her old-~shioned Democratic majority,
with a vehement everwhelningness worthy
of her ancient renown.-B. R. Advocate.
Judge Watts informs the editor of the Ma
rion (Miss.) Republican, that a serious and
extensive combination or organization has
been discovered among the negroes near
Garlandsville, Jasper county. It seems that
an old negro, about 65 years old, was at the
head of it; he sustains the repu.tion of being
a conjuror, and the negroes were in the habit
of applying to him, as a great physician or
conjuror, who could cure all kinds of disease.
The facts, so far as developed, are briefly as
follows :
A trustworthy negro on a neighboring
plantation, after receiving pledges of secrecy,
revealed the emistenee of the conspiracy to
an overseer, and requested him to repair to
a certain place in the midst of a dark, and
unfrequented swamp and see for himself.
The overseer did not go, but the next morning
he took with him some friends, and went to
the spot dignated by the faithful negro.
There they stY indications of a large crowd
having been ajsembled; horses had been tied
up, fires kindld, and from appearances they
calculated thit upwards of one hundred ne
groes had there assembled on the preceoding
night. They left the spot, and the neigh.
borhood was quickly alarmed. Severdl ne
groes were taken up, and among them the
leader, or old conjuror. The greatest excite
ment prevailed in the county; a council was
held, and it was decided that the negroes
should be hungimmediately ; ropes were pro
cured, and tie sentence of the council was
about to be executed, when the crowd relented,
fearing that the innocent should perish with
the guilty. *
The negroes were then severely whipped,
and they confessed that the conspiracy exten
ded throughout a large section of country,
that there existed several other organiatione,
which they called "schools," in the neighbor
hood, and that their object was to organizse
sufficient force and march, increasing their
force as they went to a free State.
No arms or ammunition of any kind coul
be discovered, but the negroes confessed that
they were to meet at Garlandsville next Sat
urday night to make a start. When asked
why they selected that place as a rendesIps,
they could give no reason and the presumption
is that they intended to sack the plaee and
murder the inhabitants. Two white men,
they say, have ben among them, but their
names were not known by the negrees, nor
was anything developed which could identify
them. Arms e ammunition are probably
concealed somewhere, as such a scheme would
have never been attempted without them.
It is supposed that such an argatation or
"school" exists near Chunkeyville, in this
county, and we recommend that a vigilant
system of patrols be at once adopted through
out the country. Suspicious charactem and
known abolitionists exist among us, and we
cannot be too vigilant in watching over our
slaves, and thereby protecting them from the
vile influences which are known to exist in
our country.
The Know-Nothings of~msachusetts dis
banded the foreigners. Very well. But
they organize militia companies of Famu
Nu-anos, and give them the arms of the
State ! A free negro company was also or
ganised the other at Providence, I. I.,
and granted the use of the State arms. Yet
you hear Southern Know-Nothings give as a
reason for their opposition to foreigners, that
in the event of a disturbance, these troops of
foreigners would be marehed by the aboli
tionists against us. If so, why do the aboli.
tionias disband and disarm them? If they
regard them as allies in the war against the
South, why deprive themselves of their in
valuable services? Why pit them aside to
make way for a free negro army? Southe
men, can you answer? Or are you so dim
of eyesight as not to penetrate this abolition
scheme ! If the foreigners are so strongly
anti-slavery, why do the abolitionists of Ilh
aois, Ohio, Indinana and Iowa, make war
upom them ? and why in the recent struggles
there, did the foreigners take sides with Don
glass, in favor of Kansas and Nebraska and
the# South, against the banded legions of
Know-Nothingiem and Abolitionism, who
'rashed upon them with the war cry, down
with slavery aSn the foreigners? Can any
enthusiast Constantinople
lately .eýrds oftelegraphie wire,
whic he i i house, mn the hope of
being thbe r the news, When taken
up for the admitted the fact, and
aid that all he li learn was the fall
of Sebastpol, A "Turk cut the wire
in two in order to a interrior was hol.
rT) eKnow ifthse
ase any such about ir pe
t Ja on, the founa r . ,the
peasty of t Union, when he eame to
guemsd the followine epitah to be i
o..his tomb: `
"Here lies Thomas Jefferson, author of the
Declaration of Independence, and of the
statte gious toleranee in the
oimmonwealth o Virginia.
Tna Nuw Otisans Bs. - -a Ite sma
ber of the Bee, a Know-Nothing organ, we
noticed an article admitting that unless a
powerful effort weu made, and a great ehange
effected, the Democrats would gain largely
over their usual vote in the Southern postion
of the State, but at the same time contending
that this loss would be made up in North
Louisiana. Now, to a citisen of North Loui
siana, this admission of the Bee would look
very much like giving up the canvass. We
will admit that at one time we believed the
Know-Nothings would have carried this por
tion of the State; but, alas, alas ! for the suc
cess of tbat party, that day bar passed. The
Democrats who joined them are finding out
the trick and are leaving them by scores, and
many of the old line Whigs are coming to
the rescue. Such a majority as will be rolled
up in November next for the Democratic
nominees has never before been heard of in
Louisiana.-Ouachita Register.
Nothing predictions, like dreams, san only be
interpreted by contraries. Before the election
in Virginia, their organs sent greeting to the
faithful throughout the country, that they
were to carry that old State by at least 15,
000 majority-having a clear margin of about
25,000 to go on; but Wxsz rolled up a ma
jority of 10,000 against them. In Alabama
they also predicted a tremendous majority;
but that State went against them by over 11,
000 majority. In North Carolina, prophecy
ditto-the majority for the Democrats being
much larger than it was in the last Presiden
tial election InTexas and Tennessee, ditto,
ditto. In Kentucky, however, the fates, not
wishing to be too cruel, granted them a small
majority-4,297. From that number deduct
the voters whom they deterred from voting
by violence and intimidation at the Louisville
polls-say 1500-and we have 2,797 left, as
the sole consolation for the moribund " Sn "
in the South.
THE SiZE oF MAN.-A ridiculous state.
ment has run through the papers, of Adam's
beingone hundred and twenty-titeEteet high,
Eve one hundred and eighteen feet, and Noah,
one hundred and three feet, etc. The Egypt
ian mummies, if they are good for nothing else,
prove the interesting fact that for three or four
thousand years past, man has not changed in
in stature. If therefore, no diminution of it
has taken place in the course of all that time,
but the average size of the race is the same
now as three or four thousand years ago, is
there the least probability that it was material.
ly different in the two thousand years presmed
ing ? The argument is strong that it was not.
A gentleman of the highest respecta
bility, writes from Monroe, as foells:
" Know-Nothingism is fast disappearing 1
from the Ouaehita Valley. There have been 1
sixty withdrawals from the Know-Nothing I
Lodge at this place, and the rumor is now a
current that it will soon explode."
AVOYBLLEs.-We have seen a letter from a I
prominent citizen from Avoyelles, who gives :
the greatestencouragement to the Democratic ]
cause-the most prominent and staunch 1
Whigs of the Parish are with us-tle anti- 1
Know Nothings will carry the Parish by 150 i
majority, at least.
An extraordinary lussus nature has been
exhibited in Cuba. It consists of a pup of
large size, having its head, eyes, nose and
mouth completely human. It had also an
arm crossed over the breast, and the other
suspends over the head. The hind legs, ex
trmnely diminutive and very neat, were plac.
ed perpendicularly, like these of a prancing
A Rascal.--Sme years ago a noted war
rior of the Pottowattamie tribe presented him
self to the Indian agent at Chicago, as one of
th chib of his village, observing, with the
1stpmary simplicity of the Indians, that he
was a very good man, and a good American,
and noceluding with the request fora dram
of wbi y. The agent replied that it was
not his prastice to give whiskey to good men.
That good men never asked for whiskey, and
never drank it when voluntarily offered.
That it was bad Indians only who demanded
whiskey. 'Then,' replied the Indian, quickly
in broken English, 'me d-d rascal.'
Parricide Convirted.-The Savannah
Journal and Courier says that John Epps, who
murdered his father in cold blood, was convict
ed and seitenced to be hung at the late term of
the Superior Court of the county of Clarke.
The crime committed by this" man is one
whieh the annals of murder can scarcely par
Wivas aND DAUvHTEas.-A cotemporary
who is somewhat posted up isa satin and sta
tistics, talks as follows :
Whilst the business men of America pro
verbially live poor, dress shabbier, work
harder, and many more hours than in any
country in the world, their wives and daugh
ters are ten times more idle, more extrava
gant and more useless.
It strikes us there is some truth in that ex
tract Mr. Brocha, of the house of Broeha,
Buckham & Co., toils from twelve to sixteen
hours per day. Brocha last year made
$22,000. What became of it ? Ten thou
sand dollars of the same were spait by Mrs.
Brocha for new furniture "to spite the Max
well," while a large portion of the balence was
expended on "Blanche add Sarah," so they
mist go to Newport and" show the Fantad
lids," that ther wreother diamonds in New
York besides those white were inherited from
a great grandfather, who found in India a
princely fortune and a diseased liver. Broeht
had been in business since 1840. lIe does
a large and lucrative business. People who
have never been in his parlor and kitehen
imagine that Brocha is worth a quarter of a
milion of dollars, while those who have been
in wonder how he dodges the sherig, Brocha
zi still toiling, and is still making money,
- id yet ithe shoulddie to-morrow, it is ques
enable whether his assets would equal his
lihablitim." Wreem will probal7 utis days
by testing the vistae of a hilwng'worth of
strychnine. Bhod we be oe of the jurors
who sit upon the body, we should bring in the
following verditb-.~' died fran the visitation
of an estavagant wife and two senseless
In New Albay, Indiana, several hundred
bettes of native wine, the property of Mr.
anet, wereseisad by some of the city oicers.
This wine was m faa ed from e rlm s
grown b M~. F., aza.bad been buried in li
ellar it mad, for the purpaose of ripening it,
d* gi q it taver fr eneu tr years. It
was pled in tie oaltar s ag baems he pro
hibitory law pased, n resiaied thai un
disbarbedever aes. Ist ia emary to .
wine to remanl in thls pitios br foro
bfefreousumpu. Mr. ..ake the
to board up bt oe llra r nos ov
tened to.
The gneen's Attorney of the Minitary
Court at Havana, on the 18th instant, reqaires
the following named personato present them.
selves in the Royal Jail, in the space of three
days. The parties invited are John Vingo,
Porfirio Valiente, Jose Madeodo, Manuel
Fuentes or Priesto, Jose de Jesus Munos, and
Mrs. Rita Balbin. The offense now charged,
the first named for the murder of Jose Antonio
Castanedo, on the night of the 12th October
last, at the billiard room Marte & Belona, and
the others as accomplices in the crime. The
persons Machado, Priesto, and Mrs. Balbin,
were absolved recently by the Commission in
the matters of the so-called Pinto conspiracy.
The Paupers are Coming.- The total
number of arrivals of emigrants at Castle
Garden, says the New-York Journal of Com
merce, of the 11th instant, since the new ar
rangements went into effect on the 1st inst.,
together with the amount of property brought
into the country from this source, is shown
by the following statement :
August 1 to August 7, inclusive
1914 passengers with $207,349 70
Angst. 8, 166 passengers with 8,068 75
Augst. 9, 590 passengers with 13,239 38
Total, 2670 pass'gers, with $228,675 83
Giving an average to each person of $88 64
The immigration at this port for the past
six months of the present year amounted to
68,476 persons. Should an equal number
arrive during the remaining six months, and
bring as much property per head as those who
have recently arrived, the amount of proper
ty introduced in the country from this source
during the year would nearly equal $12,000,
An ALAR! BEDSTEAD.-An ingenious chap in
Lowville, Lewis county, Va., has invented an alarm
bedstead. This bed is attached to clock work in
such a manner that at any hour which is desired,
an alarm is set off, and if the sleeper does not heed
it, in about five minutesthere after, he or they will
get a practical illustration .f the adage, "Time and
tide (and the alarm bed) wait for no man," by being
rolled out upon the floor without ceremony.
[t. According to returns to the Auditor of Ken
tucky, there are in that State this year, 1,440,266
hogs over six monthsold, against 1,682,244 last year.
This decrease in number is attributed to the short
crop of corn last year, which compelled many to
kill thatotherwise would have kept them for a year
longer The quantity of pork raised in the State
the present season, however, will undoubtedly
exceed that of last year.
SRev. J. L. Hatch has been dismissed
from the pastorate of the Congressional Church
at Gloucester, Mass., the Council declining
to recommend him as a minister. The case
is a novel one and peculiar one. Mr. Hatch
entertained very liberal views in reference to
dancing and other amusements, and is said to
have intimated the probability that Christ
participated in the dancing at the wedding in
Cana of Gallilee. The affair occasions some
A GIRL OF SrIntr.-"Mary, why did you
kiss your hand to the young gentleman oppo
site, this morning?" said a careful parent to
his blooming daughter. "Why, the fellew
had the impudence to throw a kiss clear across
the street to me, and of course, I threw it back,
indignantly. You wouldn't have had me en
courage him by keeping it, would you?"
THE LAWRENCE BEquasTs.--Bsides nu
merous private gifts, Abbott Lawrence be
queatheJ $50,000 to the Lawrence Scientific
School; $10,000 to the Boston Public Libra
ry; $60,000 to buildings for model lodging
houses; $50Q0 to the Franklin Library of
the city of Lawrence; $5000 to the American
Bible Society, and $5000 to the Home Mis
sionary Society.
-The dispatch from Bayou Sara clearly
shows the decline of Know-Nothiugism in the
Felicianas. MEZRICK, the K. N. candidate
for Chief Justice, only about two months
since, received in Iest Feliciana 67 majority;
and on the 1st inst., Rev. J. P. SuMITr, the
K. N. candidate, is beaten by RATLIFF, Dem
ocrat, by one majority ; showing a clear loss
of 68 votes. In East Feliciana, ME.aetl
received 43 majority; and, on the 1st inst.,
SwrIm is beaten by 73 majority; showing a
loss in East Feliciana, since the 25th of last
June, of 116; and a loss in both parisls of
184, in the brief space of two months. When
it is remembered that the largest vote of those
two parishes is about 1200, one may estimate
the extent and rapidity of the decadence of
K. N ism in those parishes and throughout
the State.
The sugar planters of the Parish of St. Landry,
will meet at the Coigt House, in the town of Ope
lenuss, on Saturday, the 15th of September. The
object in view, is to devise ways and means in re
moving the sugar market from the Levee at New
Orleans, to the opposite side of the river. We ap
peod a few paragraphs of the proceedings of a meek
tg held in the Coirt House, in the town of Thibo
deaux, on the 28th at.
Whereas the present locality in the city of New
Orleans, at which the egar. is landed to be sold is
to small to suit the increasing demnd of this agri
eultural interest; and whereas, owin the too
smrrow space, sugar has to be sold wl thirty-six
hours after landing, or be ware-housed, and whereas,
ether great evils have been imposed upon the sugar
interest, and became so great as tor uire a change.
Therefore, resolved, that in eider to relieve the
sugar interest of this great burden, wl earnestly in
vite shaedopatapn of all persons laterted in the
aurgar crop of Louidsanu to uanie in deaeug ways
and means to remedy the evils complained of. Re
solved, that we invite the dlfbrent Parishes interes
ted to hold meetings to express their views on this
subject. The Daily Crescent, after publishing the
proceedings of the Thibodeuax Convention, says:
"We shdall watch the eorase of this movement with
much intereet. It is very important, and involves
considerations of more than common moment."
The Patriee and Courisr of Opelousas, and all
Zditors throughout the State ae respectfully re
quested to give the tabve a few insertions and oblige
g A special torm of the District Court,
of the Parish of St. Landry, will be holden
at this place, on the third Monday of October
next, by the Hon. Albert Veorhiet, Judge
of the 14th Judicial District, for the trial of
reesd -ae
of the Dis in Court.
Opelousas, Sept., 8th, 1855.
Publict Sale.
By the unddrsigned, a public auctioneer
in and for the Pariah of St. La.mdry.
¶HbE publio are hereby informed that
. there will be sold at public sale, to the
last and highest bidder, by the undersigned
Auctioneer, at the residence of Maximilien
LeBlane, on Queue Tortue, in Ie Parish of
St. Iandry, on
Thursday, 18th Octobernext, 1855,
the following described property belonging
to the E~state of arguert.. .dry, late of,
the Parish of St. Sdr, deceased, to-wit :
A. NEGRO-BOY, aged aout 19 years.
One Tract of Luad,
situated in the Parish of Ltfayette, on the
East side of Bayou Queue Tortue, measuring
four hundred aeree.
Terms and Conditions :-One, two and
three years credit, from the day of sale. Pur
chasers furnishing solvent security to the
satisfaction of whom the right, and all sums
not punctually paid at maturity to bear 8
per cent. interest from time due. And
moreover, the Land and Slave remaining
specially mortgaged unto said Estate until
full and entire payment of capital and in
terest. A. DEJEAN, Auctioneer.
Opelousas, Sept. 15th., 1855.
Public Sale.
By the undersigned, Auctioneer, in and
for the Parish of St. Landry.
H E= public are hereby informed that
there will be sold, to the last and high.
eat bidder, by the undersigned, Auctioneer,
at the last residence of the late Jacques
Lastrapes, distant about 9 miles North-West
of the Town of Opelousas, on
Tueselay, the 16th of October next,
the following described property belonging
to the Estate of said Jacques Lastrapes, de.
ceased, late of the Parish of St. Landry, to
situated in Lastrapes' Addition to the Town
of O(pelousas, on the West side of the coulde
Tesson, being Lots numbered, Sixty-seven,
Eighty, Thirty-seven, Fifty-three, Six, Seven
and.Eight, of the plan of said Town.
situated in Lastrapes' Addition to the Town
of Opelousas, on the West side of the could8
Tesson, being Lots numbered Sixty-five,
Sixty-six, Seventy-nine, Forty-nine, Fifty,
Twenty-three and Twenty-four, of the pla
of said Town.
situated in Lastrapes' Addition to the Town
of Opelousas, on the West side of the eoul4e
Tesson, being Lots numbered Fifty-eight and
ývract of 7M t,
situated West of the Town of Opelousas,
having two arpents and three sevenths front
by the depth of one hundred and three chains
and ten links, bounded North by land belong
ing to the Estate of Charles Lastrapes, South
by those of Cyprien Dnprc, Eugene Wartelle
and Stephen W. Wikoff, East by the corpo
ration line of the Town of Opelousas, and
West by land of said Wikoff.
situated in the Parish of St. Landry, at Prai
rie Plaisauce, having two arlents and one
ninth front on the Bayou Caron, or Grand
Louis, by the ordinary depth of forty arpents.
of both sexes and divers ages.
1 Box of pistols, a gold watch, one
gun and other articles.
Conditions .:--CAStH.
AUG. DEJEAN. Auctioneer.
Opelousas, Sept., 15th, 1855.
A meeting of the voters of the First Scho
lastic District of the Parish of St. Lan
dry, will take place at the Court -louse, in
the Tow:i of Opelousas, on Monday the 1st of
Ootoler next, for the purpose of electing
three School Directors for said District, in
conformity with Section 19 of an act of the
Legislature approved April 28th, 1855.
JOE- H. SANDOZ, Sec. pro. tern.
Opelousas 15th September 1855.
Public Sale.
By the undersigned, Auctioneer in and
for the Parish of St. Landry.
TIIE public are hereby informed that
there will be sold, at public sale, to the
last and highest bidder, by the undersigned,
on the Plantation hereinafter described, en
Plaquemine Ridge, on
Monday, 24th September, instant,
the following property, belonging to the Es
tate of Celeste S. Vig6, deceased widow of
the late Pierre Lemane, of the Parish of St.
Landry, to-wit:
situated on Plaquemine Ridge, in said Par
ish, measuring 90 superficial arpents, to
gether with all the
i thereon erected, being the former residence
of said deceased.
Tract of Wood Land,
situated in Prairie Ronde's Woods, and
measuring 2 arpents and a half front by
twenty in depth.
a situated in the Town of Opelousas, together
with all the Buildings and Improvements
thereon erected, being the last residence of
said deceased.
0 A NEORO MAN, aged about 30 years.
r A NEGRO WOMAN, aged about 60
e years.
A NEGRO GIRL, aged about 18 years.
About 15 or 20 head of gentle
t. horned cattle, 2 jennies, 1 mule,
household furniture, kitchen uten
sils, &c., &c.
The terms and conditions, will be made
known on the day of sale.
A. DUPRE, Auctioneer.
t Opelousas, September 8th., 1865.
7 HE undersigned having taken the Hotel
lately kept by P. Rogis, and known
as the Kossuth Hotel, informs his friends
and the public, that he is now prepared to
i receive travellers, and to accommodate all
I those who shall patronise his house. He hopes
to merit a share of public patronae.~
SGrind Cose, Sept., 8th, 185L6-3a.

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