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THE NEW ORLEANS DAILY DEMOCRAT.
OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA AND OF THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. VOL. II-tNO. 277. NEW ORLEANS, TIH tIURSDAY, OCTOBEIR 4, 1877. PRICE, FIVE CENT DOMEmTIC NEWN. IUSASTROUs CONFPIAiRATION IN NEW YORK. lnralng of the Dry Dock Railroad Com pany's Car shop and Stables. Nffw YoRK, (Ot. 3.---A great fire broke out about 9 o'elock this morning at the corner of Avenue B and Fourtneeith street, in the ear .hops and stables of the IDry D)ock Railroad mpny. Volumes of smoke worn seen a few jninutes before 2 o'clock ciomih" from the Wl lows of the car shop, and bIefore an alarm could be soulnd>l the whole interior of the building was in lanmes. All tmh cars of the 0otpany worB himrnul. Thl' second and third larms woer sounanld. and afterwards a dplai alarm brough oengines from the most distant parts of thea' city. The firemen were, however, unable t, cont il the flames, which aoon compleotly wrapped the burning build . Every effort was directed towards say the tonnomnients on the oppositi4 side of Avenue 1 and F'iftr'nth shtrint, and mean While the nplovs ,of the comlpany, who had gatherll at the scone of filre, mnadt' stren tuous efforts tn save the, stock, and -the horses were gotten out as fast as they could be tin hitched. Soon some eight hunlrled horses which had been liberatedl were running liaise'on Four teenth street and thrieatninr the crowds of oiteod people who thronged to see the burn I shop, The llromnn, uiler thodlretition of hlief dates, made a hold stand toI save the tenement on Avenue ii, and many of the men stood intie) glare of the flames, and in dan gerof falling walls to pour streams of water on their stealnhig brick wanls. The workmen t lengrth succredtrl in taking out all the horsee before the stable adjoining the car shop was on fire. The lhiss to the Dry Dock Company will prfobaoly -oxcoed $501,0(t5. At 9:80 the building was one roaring mass of games, which lighted up all the uDpor part of the lty, and the light magniflil by the fog, ssuses the conflagration to seem even more -atenslve than It Is in reality. The firemen did their ntmnost to check the mread of the Itames, but- it was plainly evi ent that the building could not be saved. -he entire number of the cars belonging to company--Is In all--were stored in this utdlnn, and burned like tinder, he horses from the stahtle. about 800 in number, were lei out, will with terror, and, : they escaped, dashld through the streets adding to the colnflusion. It was thought that all the horses were saved, as none were kept -OU the second flor. SThough no wind was blowing, the flames threatened to spread to1i the ailjolning build ings, and their occupiants were soon on gca- d in frantlc attempts to save their few onseohold gomis. From one of the houses a woman was borne out, shrieking with pain. he had just bor seiztedl with labor pains, and was hastily transferred to a neighbor's house. . LPUISVILLI AND NASRVILLE RAIL ROAD. Amnual Reports Received and Oamcer Elected for the Ensauln Year. LO8svIwLL, (lit. 3. The annual meetIng -.f the stockholders of the Louisville and Xashvllle Railroad Company was held to-day In the company's builling, corner of Main od eoond streets. There was an unusually I e attendance of stockholders, and more Interest manifested in the welfare of the road I than ever noticed lheretofore, which is ac tnted for by the fact that the road is grow- t more and more imnpolrtant eviery year and fast becoming one of the Imoist inmportant oroughfares in the country. The change i Sthe better in the company's affairs dates t the incoming of the present manage E. D. 8tanldiford, who was 'hisen prest-. 4mint a second time, has given the road his whdle time and attention, and when he first this greatest amblitlmn should be to make the road a first-class one In every particular, ndr source of revenue to its stockholders. In furtherance of this amblition his large for tsirne and unbounderi credit einabled him to SIke mnst acceptable contracits for the line t all its branches, and how will he hIas sii' -eeded Is shown by the fillowing annual nr' ports.submlttel by himsel'llf tnd li i the us~retarly for the liscal year' cnilg .une 31): The repo't of the president., Hon. E. I). '8tandlford, shows thait the' nlit earnings of the' : road for thie yetar endling .June 3t1, wtor' l$1,075,s40 40; surpl us arniIgs, $649,!317 1; Increase of nsurplus 'arningK over tthe pre Svous year. $309.4110 75. 'J lh reduction on , aortge debtt of the imin, stern and branches for the yim' a-mounit to S72 ,0o. Itb 1 dtctlon of $21 ,H) on tie' hInmidled ldbt of the Nashville anld hmit iIr Irl'inchll. aInd of $1 5,oo on thebondld dlebt of the Soiuth and North Alabama, hoth operated by the Louisvill,' and Nashville lIail',ndl. 'Total lengthl of the road !;00 miiles. 'I'hie ro port of Secretary llaI(nov showsh the total re -sources of the roall to hIe $.ii,05o0,3;(; ;09, and the boioidild (dti,i $14.1 i2 3. The election for direo'lrs r'sultied as fol lows: E. D. Stanlif'ortl. i. V.icutor Newiomb,. B. F. Guthrlo, W. i. ('allwoll, W. 11. Smnith, H. C. Murrell, Win,. Fa rrinton. II. .. Potter, ,Oeo. H. Hutchings, .hJu. W. hays, and (Geo. SIl. Washingthn. Dr. Standiford was re-electe( president hy' thedlrtectors; Newcmrh, Vice l'r.,sident; V. . ainey, Secretary, and A. N. tQuarrier, Assist l'uit Secretary. THE MPEAHERKHIP. Candldates all Confident. WMg cToN, ()Oct. 3.-- Ilon. . S. Cox has Tr ived he city and made a formal entry ibr the rac. for the, Speakrship. Like all the isandldates thinks he will be norninated in auocus. It I understexol that he lainms that he will go intt, the caucus with forty votes on the first ballot. Mr. Morrison of Illinois, who is also a ca'ndidato, will he here to-mor 2ow. He claims thirty-five votes. BJlackhurn, of Kentucky whose frindls say he will be herez by the last or tihe week, claims thirty eight. Rtandall arrived l, -day with sixty five votes. Other candidat.h have a s(catteir ing vote of twenty-live all tIll. It will be Been that the total er vo.tote claimiedl aggregate much more than the whole I)emn.ocratic vte in the House. NEW YORKH O5l1'P. Mamoan stelnberger NEW Yoa', ,Oet L -CLo Seihergcrc , uwh las achieved so much notoriety I,y his ffll,ots o annex the Samoan island to tih'e United tates, is expected to arrive here to-day by the steamer Amnerilue fro.m ilavre,. Gilnman's ullt. NEW YORK. ()ct. 3.--It was discovered yes terday that forged llsurance scrip amount ing to $23,607 had I, oni hypothecated by Wiu. (. Gilman. Mr. (nilman has disaplpared. t NEW YORK Oct. 3.--The extent of Gilman', aforgeries will not exceed $250,000, of which the American Exchange Bank will lose about ,000. The ofllcers of the Atlantic Mutual rance Company say that all certificates standing in Gilman's name have been traced -With the exception of three, and even if these are altered the amount of the loss will only inmreasedl $:),t)0. No trace of the missing Wan has yet boen found. A report of his sui aIe has many believers, notably among those who were intimately acquainted with Apprc.vin the Aemlanstratlen. Yong, Oct. 3.-The plan to indorse bya man meetng, is te jgmetaeatrsfacouiiak. the Fulton Market of two specimens of Call fornia cuu lheri's, grown from California seed in New Jersey soil, each of which mneas u res over four feet in length and three inches in dilanutrer. They are hollow and unfit for food. Cliar' Homicnide. NI.w YonK, Oct. 3. -The lion. (assius M. (!lay sends a dlspatch in which hre says that he shot the negro while acting in self-defense. The deceased was a bad character, whom lhe had ordered off his land, anrd who had in consequence threatened his life. Sweeney'u Saler. NNaw Yonx, Oct. 3.--. . .Hwooney's real estate was solki to-day, bringing $C1i,rOr4. Fire at sea. NEw YORK, Oct. 3.--The British fst"imshlr tilenarchyv which arrived here yrosterrrlay, re po rts that on Septenber 24 she passed the hull of an iron vecsel completely burnllll out. Foundered. N iew Yox, Oct. 3f.- Informat.lon reachod hero. t4o-dav that tile atearnlrl Magnolia, from Hlavttannah for New tYork, floundrlrcl off (ape Hatteras. The IRpassengI'ers anll crew wIre sirvri and lainded at Delaware Brheakwater this morning. CONHLIN' CONIQUIEST. Platt to lurreed Arthur, NEw Yons. Oct. 3.--In ti he crustrrn-lrou.se tl day it was ascerl'tained that MIirveyor N. II. Arthuir' suec!.ssorf was to be ThorrlnaC. I'latt, the man who su.staineld Conkling at the Rochester Convention. It was also antnoullrcedl that. Gen. Arthur had tArndered his rresigna tion to the President. POLITICAL POINTS. Meeting of the New York State Central Committee. Nrew YoIgK. Oct. 3- The Republican State Central Commlittee met at the Fifth Avenue Hotel to-day for the purpise or organizing. 'The halls and iorridors, were fillled with poll ticians, who dllscussedi the prosipec'ts of the rcampaign. Ex-Collector Murphy anid oth,'rs were on lhand. The meeting was rciale.l to order by lion. Wi<. A. Darlinglr, the tenplrary chairrrani. The memlbers answered-+ to their names, only ,ight being albsent. On lmotion of M r. Knapp, IIon. John F. Smytlhe was chosen permanent ch'lia.irman. Thie executive comrlitt(e, was eltecteil, and E. . MJohinsonl chosen chairman and HI. A. Glidden secretary. It was deeeiddl to make the Fifth Avenue Hotel their permlanent heatirhilarters. Mlnneuota to Hal Fraudulency. .T. P'Aur, Min., Oct. 3.-In the I)enrm'ratiel Stalt Cronvention, the first resolutioin dir nolrlrees the frauds arild crilles by which tihe elctiron of Presrident and Vice Presidentl was rever'rsedl;the seconlld congratulatel the coulln try that President Hayes finds It necessary to adopt the Democratlic policy of slif-goverr rliont and to abandon the devlcss for per petuating sectional jealousy and haterdi. Mr. Biminig was norninatei for Governor. ltanding by Hayec. ROME, N. Y., Oct. 2.-The resolutions adopt od by the One;rla county lIepublican C(ommit toe declare that the l.epublicans stand by Hayes, as by Lincoln and Grant. and contains a quotation from Menator Conkling's speech at IRcxhlester2 saying, "We are for the success of the national administration in everything real. in everything honest, in everything wlse, according t) the constitution, the laws nrnd the commorn sense of tihe people.'' Coal nrilke Ended. WrriKEsIARRE, Pa., Oct. 3.--Thlrr ng strike in tihe coal tieleis i practically endred. In the Wikestbarre region work has bree resumred and reports indicate that the workingmeon of the other setions will follow the example in a few days. Arrhbishop Balyry Dead. NrwAtIx, N. J., (Oct. 3. ArchbIshop Bailey dlial at 10 o'clock this morning. OCran Frelghts. NEw V Yo1K, Oct,. 3:. -()an freights were stradly and fairly aclive. 'I'o Liverpirid, by t.lll, gr, grain, 8~ ; to London, by steam, g rain, :5l. FOR.EI(ýN NEWS. ENGLAND. oast Rare. lioiryiN, Oct. 3. The bltting in the boat ra 'e fir the chamrlriship of England, wnich takes place on tie 'Tlharnes (i, nrse, is £501 to CVli on liBoyd. tliggins is trininig on the Thllin is, anl Ii'yd Ihaw arrive i froml Now ca tle. The stlakes ain' Clia. Thie crniirse' will bie l'from I'iutn'y to Mort Lake. Titlens Dead. Li iNInN, (Oct. 3. -Madamni Teresa Titiens is ldoearl. Sli., was attackek last evenring with dillicutll breatining anld faintlness, rallied, and raplllporled Ibetter until 2 o'clock this mornlinlig, whIni sie tli..d quite peacefully. FRA NCE. Jiiles inmon. 'PAln., (let. 3---M. LJules Sinmron is sufferiing severe ly frOll al oi peration ol n a carLbuncle; i hiis conditionl is serious. iPAIN. The Virginius Indemnity. ImONiON,(Oct.3. A corresplonrdlentat Madrid teelngrairihs that the S raviishi governmenlt, throuligh its Ministry of Foreignl Affairs, has Ipromised Minlister Lowell to ipay the riionlil inrtallilnelnt (if the Virginlill award dulrring this week. Whitheir other Culbanl elairrºs are to be paid at that tire is rinot statedl. WAR NOTES. More Bridges on tihe Danube. ST. PETEIISIURIi, ()let. 3. Thie R sHian governrrrent has contrru'te.l with ten private I lin-sro ti cinastrirjt pontoon bridges across the lianube, at a corst of $1,751),0E00. Russian Railroad Building. LONrioN, Oct. 3.--The Rulssians have or tdnreil c(nirtractors to construct 3111 kilometres, antout' inl; lmiesn of railway in Bulgaria, trr build huts for 10i,0oJr men, and hospitals for 15, 00)0. And StiDl They Come. LONtDON, Oit. 3. Russian reinforcements t cortirlue crossing the Sereth into Wallachia. Turks Cross the Danube. LoNuoN. (O.t. 3.-A Reuter's telegram from Buciharest says 2(510 Turks crossal by a pon toon btridge to Kalavet from Silistria. DOMESTIC NMARKETST. r NEW YoaK, Oct. 3.-Wheat quiet and nom inal; Chicago $1 33r(1 34. Sugar stronger; sales 16 hhs,' 15,000 bags, baso 8.4eq,83 for e.refining fair to good; powdered 8,; refined Stron yelow 8;(.9; extra C 9e% '/; stan d i i ; oCA : &staard crushed clst WA a 30}jo; of Sun Corn ýFovorbohr 42'42'. 1t4't rtR of hogs r yentr'rrIny 17..423; tr-day t#1ii ut 13,00(0; Jllht $5 2o(ir, .36; pnrklng duili qt, 25fl5 69 hr vv paluit. $5 40015 76. Ilrnrippt of ecattfr afmut 200 cars. Esiiiuiatcrl recoipts of wheat 4174 cav. corn 414; f'y canal, 50000m hushc'ls wheat. 8 III p. nr.--(lo4ng r outat ine: Whr+at-(/.! tohrr' $1 06r46li5,; N:nYem icv $1 0; yOen $1, 412';. (loin -Oril'rr 42', laid; Nnyoemhc 417, bid; yur 41 'y (1ots- -- ctelh4W r 23'.j,;rc72i November 23Fpr:i23. Pork OItohor . 14 f4;1 year $12 70 .faiiunry $12 5110112 E/, Lard - bctober H4.341 yoer 4.30; .Inrlrnry &.io. MT. 1A)0T1H. Oct. 3; Whe(at No. 7 $1 114 (i1 11n4-ati; Novorrnher, $1 1"4l all tho yrear, $1 1''; No. 4 'r $1 I cnah. ?q n, cash; 42 hid; (ýctohnr, 11'p lid ; No vembtr, 444/ bid; all the ar, 9' le 5 a. (a; Otober, 25'ý I1i14: Nou'onjhor, 2)1'" /lP'.fcrnlor, 211'/ hid. ICyc (lasC i 65','; . N r ry' d I $2 1H. for.k- tDash, $1 I ;( Iktner, $'4 1,i(, FOUIRKIN MA~KgETR. JLoNioiN, Oct. 1, 11 a.il. -(niinil - li5 fou rniny or iti ciunt f.5 15-1;. Noion.- Etri I",. 1 :30 p. in. Eril' l I'. 2 p. n. -( l!Ciin ,l !i, LONDoON, Ult. 3.- Filrlor Iltcvy andrl ii' liwrnr at 32s; irmports 411i,4. What 'lull, biut tin chalingsal in pitrhns, crlrgo rT (ll iciigo, off thlr i.·nat 55sr5.a5; tdo (C.llfornia l2l, irllros ,ffT (lChicago t14 arrivo Slit iISa: Ito i1Californria 5 rt5164Jla.i ; air rivail light,; imports into tUnitnil KltiKgdlin dulring past wink 235,1(10. (Corn steaily ntl.+i lu. irhal gil iii pricrts; iar goes off tin iioas=t. 249,; cargoIr toi arrivi' 2lsaz3 Ils- tl; arrivals light; irrllmportsr Ilitl Uitr Kingllorli past wi~k 15',nlr). Mark Lane wihe'a t lsllrr. (CorHn st.irly. 3:3-r p. m.- (ItJnsols Mloniy taorllnt ?954. 5 p. in Whatl off icoat .ril ti, arriv' qrluiit. Corn l il satnaily. Mark Lanl-- Whnlat qulit, Corn Asttirly. LVEIat'oori, l. (t. I, Noon.- C(ottln actlve anid tirinr; Midtilirng I7plan.l.l ;l ~, (lrlansr. (;i ;.d; sales 1,ra 1) Iiralas; for alpmulation. and ex iort, 3000; rnivlpta 1054.0 ArllriJrlcan 25o. Frnturos ipt.rndl partially l-10d bittor, hbut thi ailvani' his sairc b i,rn partially lost. Uplanlls, low Millllinr g 'llrrusnI ictirbr dI livery 6 11-32r, Novcnrilmur a.lnl hl).'crnlmr (cr 4if; 11-321, Iuinlltc r arid .Januariy 11-32d, January artil Ftrilruary, by snti, its 1d. 1:31i p. in. ltplanirs, Lnw Midillirig clanse, now crop, shilpp.il I)c.en.lllmir anl January, by sail. 6t Il-32d. 1:45 p. m.--IFlouirr Gil lower at lls. Wheat Irrgrular ; spul'ing 2If3r1t lowar at 11shlI1s Hi d (Calfornia (irib lQ hrittar a.t 121 hlilr.b1. ; avnr lagn 1r. brttjer on tit ria' r ian ilritwr, iat 12 (lrrad 12 rat. Corn uii tiarngeid in price, buit tentl ing ulpwardl , at 244,. ltuaa illunclangllr d at, 41s. L'AliIa, Oct. 3, I1 :I p. In. kItntia 1I14rf Lc, THE NEW MI.I5MOI;RI MENATOR. Gov. Phelpu Appoints Col. D.B . Arm stron& to urcceed Menater Bogy. [St. Lruis Republican, Sept. 30.] To the surprise of a good many peo ple and to the chagrin of numerous - ambitious politicians, Gov. Phelps to day appointed Col. D. H. Armstrong to fill the unexpired term of Senator Bogy, made vacant by his death. Armstrong is known as the old war-horse of De mocracy in Missouri, and belongs to the aggressive wing of the party. He is re markable more for his clear grit and vim than for his learning or abilities; and while he will do the State no special discredit, will not be apt to make a great noise in the Senate by forensic displays or a keen aptitude for committee work. During the war he was in strong sym pathy with the Confederates, though not an active participant. In 1870 he was chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee and by many is credited with being the author of what is known in Missouri politics as the "I'as sive Policy," whereby the Democracy let the State nominations go by default, giving their support to the Liberal Re publican ticket, headed by B. Gratz Brown, which was elected, thus knock ing the bottom clean out of the Radical party, and restoring the State event ually and permanently to the Democ racy. By appointing Armstronu, Phelps pays a debt which he has frequently acknowledged to the appointee. When (iov. Phelps was a candidate for Gover nor a story was put in circulation which severely injured his character for chas tity and honor toward women. It was known as "the steamboat scandal." SThe gist of it was an alleged assault on a respectable laly while traveling with her on the steamboat Lady Johnson from Hannibal to St. Louis. There was such a clamor about it, in and out of the party, that the D)emocrat.ic Central Com mittee held a meeting and discussed the propriety of forcing Phelps to withdraw from the canvass. There is no doubt 1 that at one time the committee had I resolved on this course, when Arm strong, whose influence was great, put himself into the breach, and by his per suasion induced the committee to take no notice of the story, assuring them it was an invention of the enemy, and that it was unjust for the party to aid in the sacrifice of the man who had been its best servant in its stormiest days. In fact, Armstrong saved Phelps from an invitation to step down and out, when the goal of a long-cherished am bition was practically run, and Phelps settles the score by sentling him to the 1 Senate. Armstrong is a Nova Scotlan by birth, sixty-five years of age, and an 4 almost life-long resident of St. Louis. S-----r * - THE ýUPREME COIURT VACANCY. [Oonrier-Journal.] The Washington IepreUblica, discuss ing the Supreme Court vacancy, refers to the fact that since 180o the appoint ments to the Supreme bench have all been made from the Northern States, that the members of the court are dis tributed geographically very unequally, and recommends Judge Herschel V. Johnson, of Georgia, for the appoint ment. Judge Johnson is favored by Hon. Alexander Stephens. The ap ; pointment will soon he made, as the Supreme Court meets October 8, and it r is quite probable a representative South ern man will receive the honor. Judge Hunt, of Louisiana, and Judge Johnson have been prominently mentioned in s connection with the appointment but the President's views have not been known. He is not likely to display any partisanship in the premises, and is ý quite likely to appoint a Democrat. [N. Y. World.] WASHINOTON, Sept. 27.-There is an intimation that the President will fill the vacancy on the Supreme Bench be fore the court meets, a week from Mon day. The names of Herschel V. John. son, of Georgia, and Judge Hughee, of Vd a, now United state District SJd e, were pressed on s attention : ht oa o ser a IMPROVEMENT OF THtE MISI~4SI PI.P wiEW ORIlEANM ANs TILE IRIE'AT TATIe OFr THE I1M511. ýlPPI VALILEY. l.~teetlinW (Correepondenee lltwe~r the lon. B. J. I.lnis and the m. Paul Committee. New OTLLALrt, October 3J 187~7 Editaor I)e mocrnt--I send this letter and accompanying resolutions for pub Ifeation with the view of calling the at teation of our Chamber of Commerce7 Board of Trade, merchants, bankers and bwsiness men to the all-Important subject of the improvement of the Mis sissippi river and our relations with the West. Delegates from New Orleans should be sent to St. Paul on the lth of Octo ber by our commercial representative bodies, We must look to the West, to West ern Representatives and interests;, to help us in achieving the success of cer tain great measures which are of vital importance to us. The alliance between the West and South is natural, is dic tated by all of our productions, pursuite and interests. That alliance, If. it once be consummated, means that the West and South will govern our great RIepub lic forever. The West says to us, "Come with us and we will do thee good." B1 all means let us go. Iar above party and party politics and party considera" tions are the mate*ial interests of our State and section. These interests its with the West. Again I say, let us ge with the West. Respectfully, E. JoHn ELLIs. OvrF(!E or CoUntnr Assnsson, Ramsey county, Minn., St. Paul, Sept. 25, 1877. Hba. E. J. Ellis, M. C.: lier ,itr--With a view to closer com mercial relations with the South, our natural ally, we are seeking a divorce from the East, and look to you to help us. Can you not meet us on the eleventh of October, or at least send others and favor us with a word of sym pathy and encouragement by letter ? I wrote the resolutions inclosed and there fore need not repeat those sentiments. Please commend the subject to your Governor and to your press, and en deavor to enlist attention to this great improvement so needed to the terminal cities at the head and foot of the river. St. Paul greets New Orleans and says, come with us and we will do you good. Let us have a full delegation sent by your Board of Trade and the influence will be felt for years. Very truly, y ours, J. W. MCrmaN,7, Chairman. L HAMI5R 01' oUOMM6CE I, St. Paul, Minn., September 18, 1877. To Hon. E. John Ellis: Your attention is respeotfully invited to the following preamble and resolutrins unanimously adopted by the St. Paul Chamber of Commeroe this day: Whereas, the great wheat producing States of 1 the Union are in the Mississippi valley-the State ! of Minnesota heading the ooldmn with 36,000,000 bushels, Iowa following with `4,001,000 bushels, Illinois 33,000,000 bushels, Wisoonsin 25,000,000. Missouri 18,000,000-aggregaling nearly 150,000, (000 bushels, or nearly one-half of the entire pro duot of the United States, which is estimated at 325,000,000 bushels; and Whereas, the wheat produot of the New Eng I land ~tates is estimated as barely suofioient to sup ply them with bread three weeks, that of the State or New York six months. Pennsylvania and Ohio twelve months, leaving the Btate s of the Missis sippi valley the great and almost only exporting States of wheat; and Whereas, the Mississippi river is the trunk I line for heavy transoortation, upon which the - whole country must depend as a check upon ex I otbitant freivbts, hiolh consume the fruits of our industry, and cause us to pay higher prices for all we consume, and receive lower prices for all we aecl; 7T.erefore, re.oleed, That the first duty of the generad government is to make this great high. I way of commerce navigab'e, with a muinimuma of 1 five feet water from St. Paul to the Gulf of Mex Sis+, to do this in the shortest possible time with the very least regard to red tape, and, if neces sary, to postpone all othr minor and collateral improvements until this work is accomplished. RJlcmolced, That this improvement is national in r its imnportance, and not local;that itis paramount to all oshrs at this time, that it can be made I with less expense in proportion to its importance - than any other and should have preference over t all others if all cannot be earried on at the same time. Renoiled, That the appropriation heretofore made of $30,000 for the entire upper Mississipi river below St. Pant, out of about $4,000,000 ap propriated for other localities, was an aet of injos I tice and a wrong upon the Northwest, and an 1 utter ignoring of its necessities, its capacities, t and its destinies, as the future granary of the S continent; pre-eminent as a grain contre even in its infancy, with not one-twentieth of its virgin 'oil broken; that it was entirely inadequate to accomplish the work .needed; that it has either 8 not b-en expended at all, Rr if expended, has 0 been frittered away rlthout removing a sandbar, i leaving the river effectually closed and uneless as Sa narvgable stream at the very season when most needed to export our crops and import our win,ter supnlies, and taxing the grain producing States millions of dollars annually n surplus freights. R.'eol,.,d That these wrongs must bhe righted, and can speedily be righted, if the Represents tives in Congrees of the Mississippi valley, from. New Orleans to St. Paul, will stand shoulder to 8 shoulder and work and vote as one man for this purpose; consenting to no other improvement i and voting no other until this improvement is i, recoý,uized and provided for; and in order to bring about this unity of purpose and concert of action, we respee fully request the editors and --presentativameu of the Mieaisippi valley fr.r. the gulf to St. Paul, to meet in convention at t. Paul on Thursday, the 11th day of October next, Y to devise and carry out such united actxon as will - omphasize our demands eoon the ensuing ses e sion of Congress, and sr cure the just recognition of the rights of the Mississippi valley Irom 8t, Paul to New Orleans. We respectiully urge all newspaper editors in the West to attend this convent.on, and all vil v lages, towns, onties and localities interested in n the improvement of the Mississippi river as sag t gested above, to cooperate in this movement by a sending delegates to said convention at St. Paul, October 11. Several railroads have already agreed to carry delegates to and from this convention at sixty per cent of usual rates, and it is expected that similar arrangements will be made with all rail-. D roads leading to the State. Special arrangemen.ts will be made with the Keokuk Northern line pae'set company, to carry delegates from St. Louis and all points on the river to and from the cony antion 1- at greatly reduced rates, and if possibl. an ex 1-. orsaon steamer will be secured to rrake the )f round trip from SB. Louis to Bt. Paul aad return. It Whatever arrangements are made will be a S r. . t eMpublm hems ar s 1A.ess [uld .d, r sd#ho . 1-dm+ of the names and number of delegatee from eacoh Iosality that may be expeoted. J. W. MOoloun O. Gotxian, D. W. Ingersoll, Herman Trotf, Morris Aeerhbeb, W. L. Wileon, P. FI. Kelly, H. A. aestle, U. D. Strong, James H. Davideon, Conmmiltee, nrcar. A arin WAY TO PAW LOUTImAWIw EdItor Demvocrat-The debt whith has been heaped upon Louisiana by eight years of Radical rule and spoltatkon is now about $1~,000,0~)0. The State government has passed into the hands of our own people, and the grave question of how this vast oblfga tion Is to he cancelled and extinguished is one which presents itself constantly for solution. It liehooves un to dI something to re lieve a people already crushed by a iong relge of taxation -to exempt them for a time at least from the constant drains they have been subjected to. Something should be done to re-establish prosper ity within otr borders. As long as a huge debt hangs over un, our indnstries and resources are essentially' crippled and paralyzed. The Moffett plan recently adopted in Virginia recommends itself as peculiar. ly fitted fhr applianee to our pecuniary grievances, and we believe would rem edy the evils of over taxtion to a great extent. We have within the past few days conversed with a' gentleman recently fOum V4rginia, familiar with its workings there and are satisfled that a similar law in Louisielana would con tribute to her exchequer a sum largely in excess of a million dollars per an num, and would not be felt at aln In Virginia the revenue derived fromthe first few we'tke of its operation is at the rate of nearly a miiiion dollars per an num, There was at first some bpposltion to the law, but it has subsided antl is now smoothly in operatioo. There can be no question about the right of the Legislature to pass an art similar to theone on the statute books of Virginia, cs the right to-regulate and license the sale of spirituous liquors is wholly within the exeroisoof the pollee power of the htate. Wherever these laws hare been ques tioned in the courts they have been ses tained, and the general fundamental principles upon which they rest have been recognized and enforced. We have freely discussed the Moffett scheme in the exchanges, with the best merchants, financiers and real estate owners of our city, and have tfound them all in ýac.cord upon its eflicacy in Louisiana if adopted. Indeed, it has found favor insoevry luarter when properly understood, and Is considered a sure solution of out dlff oulties. As your journal has-been the Bfet to explain the law and advocate itsadop tion, we hope you will o6ntinue to-.rge it upon the people till they thoroughly understand it and are satisfied of Itb wisdom and effriacy. X. PROF OM.OR F(OPTAI1nE' PlAN. MOUNT Of iVT CHIInnUI, A;i-r tw, New Orleans, October 3, 1877. Editor )Demora--A very useful eand well written article on our city drains ,ge and other hydraulic plans for its Im provement, which was published in your to-day's paper, and several ocher editorials and criticisms by repol ters and correspondents of the other New Orleans daily papers, which have ap peared during the last week, in which what professes to be "the plan of P'rol, F'ontaine" has been freely dtiscussed with commendations or adverse criti cisms, makes it necessary for me to ask you to publish this communication. I have, it is true, plans which I have care fully studied to efject the important ot,jncts of drainage and the prevention of inundations, but I have only given , the outlines of parts of therm by invita tion to our Mayor and a few j of our city engineers and business men, and also to our Governor in a hurried 7erhal and extemporized ex planation, without the aid 9f the black board and the diagrams and written< explanations necessary fo, the compre hension and clear elucida'tion of the ! new methods proposed for simplifying and cheapening the hydlraulic works. With the most profound respect for my 4 critics, and with many thanks ftr their good intentions, I must be permitted to say that I. do not recognaze as my plan any of the plans they have discussed. They have attributed t me theories and devices in hydraulic engineering such as I have never learned, taught or im agined. I must, therefore, respectfully and earnestly request them, and all others interested in the matter, to sus pend their judgments and criticisms in regard to what they conceive to be my plan or plans until they understand it or them, which it vwill not be posesble to do until they read. what I have written and examine well the maps and draw ings which will aid their compreben aion. I am now hard at work upon a manu script and various diagrams to aid our engineers in the study of plact for effecting the necessary objects men tioned in the captior, of this comunual cation. I promise to present a plan complete of the whole work of city improvement in three parts: i. Ita proper dfrainajeL.2. The con trol of the river current to protect its banks, an- the foundation of the city against undermine and engulfment. 3. The improvement ci Lake Pontchar train; the construotion of a harbor against its southern shore and the de fense of New Orleans against its storms. I will give the plan as a whole, and show how it ought to be utilized in the best manner with sufficient means. I will then show how it may be comple tell at less cost and in the cheapest way. rI will then suggest what ought to be c done first, and as soon as possible, while the rest of the work remains in abeyance for the want of money to com plete it. d I hope to secure the aid of one of our n scientific associations and the auspices - of public spirited citizens to help me in Sa task which has been forced upon me, I and which I cannot perform unaided. Very respectfully, your obedient ser ivant. EDwacs PoJ~NBx,. #p ý tot s ý1sd drpi rra mr abls ~CPF TIUE gqllMw1fl4Ei'AIu t,AAYETTE,. L IAre vettoe Advertiser. I We have received some details or the disastrous effects of the late stolbl In the southeastern portion of this p$ ish and upper portion of Iberia. N. extensive damage was suffered at ] yille but a few miles from there . wind was terrific tearing down t fences and buildings. On Mr. aut l:' place four buildings, including hi dwelling, wore torn to pieees residences and out-houses of Sei Ant. Viator, Francois Touoheque Laseline Vistor, were destroyed--tq dnced to frajnnents. At the lattet residence several persons were injure&. DrjO.G W. Bcraeton,who was there on a profbesstonal visit, made a narrow s** cape, and his baRggy was crushed his horse srippled. A house ooopitn by workmen at Mr. Freeman's crushed by the fall of a tree, wound|. several persons and causing one death. At Mr. evence Landry'e, two buildinrg were blown d+bwn and several of the mates were injured. A ntumber of eatthl and hogs perished and the crops ween seriously damaged. WT. LADHYr. [Opeloesns Oonrie.r We have heard of several planters 10 our parish losing some of their eattie hogs and sheep in the stornu of MonoIsl and Tuesday. Two planters in 3].els vae prairie lost some three huadtle head of sheep. Great damage wee done to the growifg crops, particularly to tlh cotton. IOpelouisa Jourast.] Are result in Opelounes some were blown down, many fences a low, and we bear that great damagewlwrr done to the crope, cotton especialy. The storm, following on the hees of tbb caterpillars, will reduce the cott.$ crop1 we have heard said, to one-thl* or one-fourth of whatltotherwisewI. ,G have been. OALOASMIBU. iLaks Charles Ecbl.l The equinootial storm waee very se vere In lower Oaloaeleu, and espe.lall along the gulf coast in Cameron pats,. Many frait trees here were blown down, and thoseands of oranges blown frglt the trees. In Cameron the hurrimas d id Immense damage to crops, prostra. tinq the cotton, and acotudlly tearingt.up s west potatoes by the roots. Nothi. I ias yet been heard of a few large ve a iels trading at this port, which were s . helgulf during the storm. ST. JOHS THl BATIrFT. ([Meachsaebe ] We haze interviewed several pl.e living in different parts of the who all assert that but little has beeudone to the snear cane by late storm. The only thing to bIe dreaded is an early and severe wntefr, I. which ease material damage will be done, as-it will be almost impossible 14. windrow erooked ane. Further particulars of the storm:i l Vermillion show that in the falling or Alfred Valot's house at Bayou one child was killed. Mr. V. father of Valot, was dangýerti wounded, and has since died. Mrs, AlI; fred Valot was also injured beyond the hope of recovery. HT. TAMMANY. The damage done by the late equl. noctial storm in St. Tammany, aloang the Pearl river, was very great. FOat. were carried away, cattle drowned, o -a the low lands generally Inundated, [Pointe Ooapee Ploseon." In thlidelightful weather otton ptle k - lng goes on at a very lively rate. The sugar cane has been materially injure ' by the violent winds and heavy reina beating it down and rendering the eat ting difficult and laborious. We under stand that some of our planters ame consummating their arrangements for grlnding and manufacturing, which, we preslune, will be in sucoessful operatlo in a low days. As yet, we are unable to form any idea of the probable yleld, but judging from its luxurious growth we should think it will turn out large. The weather has been very propitious for cane in Assumption since the great. storm. The damage from that Is est mated at 15 per cent. Should the weath er become malny or an early freasea come, it will be greater. The cotton is shedding badly in West.. JellcIana. The worms and storm have both proved destumctive. Half a Oro will be made. The cane in St. Mary is badly blows over, yet there will not. be as much less.. as at first predicted. The hogs and sheep of Avoyellee are assessed this year at su0(,(0 ; they have hitherto not been assessed. The Thlbodau Sentir&ine and Terre borne I ro-oe.. are working zealously away to have the Lafourche and Terr.e bonne canal cleaned out. The Montll. Be,,urd is a new paper published in Donaldsonvllle in thela terest of the colored people. The Claiborne Guardian prescribee mocking birds as a cure for cotto worms. The MarksvillI Vallawer and Lafayette A'AertiW;r come out in favor of a con stitutional convention. Opelousas is going to try the Sunday liquor law. The assesamentifor West 'felici~na I $951,05'2. N"w mrnnlý,'a war-snt.Oefar's, 175 Canal, op. (Nstde Vtrriý:tlcs Th'teatrý. AN OPIPONE rT AP IM1AR*ICl. [N. Y. T.ncm.. Beaus, Sept. 12.-I learn from rels.. ble authorities that the German Chan cellor has an awkward opponent ina the Crown Prince of Prussia, who married, as you know, the most popular of Quaee Victoria's daughters. The Crown riles has even had the honesty and states manlike foresight to declare that he would favor, in the interests of pease, the surrender of Alsace and Iirraine tO France, in consideration of an ladems nity worthy of the conceseion an4 ths, dismantling of the fortresses, whiel. the Germans themselves have so mn terall y strengtened, on the Frvelk Oflde . .r' r.srs . Ofase's arand e -eaa ehes plees or.sh Ar.M W*,.Mh em , e:.ip rl tV r,