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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,

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