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THE NEW ORLEANS DAILY DEMOCRAT.
VOL. V--NO. 114. NEW ORLEANS, MONDAY, APRIL 12, 18S0. PRICE, FIVE CENTS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS. A ' Party Organ's Slate for the New British Cabinet. .ope but Advanced Liberals on It SDbate in the German Reichatag on the Increase of the Army-Other For eign Facts. GREAT BRITAIN. Zox. DN, April 11.-The Spectator thinks that ~Oladstone esnnot be left out of the new OCabinet ad that he cannot occupy any pDice in it ex esptthe first place. The 8pectator's preforenoe . ee the constituents of the Cabinet is as follows: 4Oladstone. First Lord of the Treasnury and leader of the House of Commons; Earl Gran ,ille. President of the Council and loder of the otnaseof Lords; Marqjuis of Hartineton, beore tary of State for the Foreign Department; ' [ght Hon. Hugh O. E. Chllders, who was re. ,eleted for Pottefreet, Ctancellor of the Ex ebeueor; Sir Wmn. G. G. Vernon Harcourt, who was re-elooted for Os ford city. Secretary of State for the HIome Department; Duke of Ar grie, Secretary of State for the War Depart melt; Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, who was e-delected for Bradford. and who was former Under Secretary for the Colonial Department. Secretary of State for the Colonial Department; i|t Roundell P. elbonurne, Lord High Chancel o arl N orthbrook, former Under Secretary xf;O die, Secretary of State for India and oent of the 0ounell of India; Mr. Anthony .. dell, who was re-elected for Sheffield. (.at of the B ard of Trade: Right lion. obn, Jih. Bright, Cbanollor of the Duchy of Lan S:atr;Prof. Hntry Fawcett, who was reoelruted If P sotney. PreIldent of the Loral Govern Met Board: Lord ilesoborry, Posmaster Gen . Marunls of BRion. Lord Privy Seal with ir hps. U'Hagan for Lord Chancellor of Ire S i Mr. Geo. J. Shaw Lefevre, who was re t for Readlng, Chief Secroletary fot Iroland; kTh Ba aseoy, who wastre-elected for Hast . ecretary to the Admiralty. to be remarked that this extreme Liberal S i only one steD short of Iadtcalism. ln. Go . J. Goachen. who has just been ele d for Ripon, the ablest financier of the bera party, Is excluded from the list because e oPnoses the equalization of county to oroh franchise. The Observer has reason to believe that the M. quis of Balitbury will be created a duke. There is some talk of Mr. Gosohen succeed tla Lord Lytton as V'cnroy of India. S mOng varlous suggestions made, one has e with conlidershle favor in important ters. viz: That Gladstone be called to tho se. e of Lords and usalnio the Premiership a' itstt Lord of the Treasury: that Lord Hart , iPrp be the leader of the House of Commons f l (UE aster of War. and Lord Granville Min later of foreign Affairs. GERMANY. Namrx. April 1.-The Reichstag has con diadea the second readlng of the army bill, ain adopted the remainder of the clauses withUotlt alteration. Amendments exempting eOet'r from military service were rejected. d oposal of Herr Von Buehler for a con promote universal disarmament was . almost unanimously. In the RelchstaR a t. Herr Eckert. National Liberal, said e strengthening of the army was of the high est Imoortance to the nation and must not be ade a party question; that no party existed Germany that wished to weaken the defen pive power of the Fatherland. CHAMPION BILLIARDS. The First Game of the Vignaux-Slosson Match Won by the Former. PAIa. April lo.-The Vignaux-Blosson bil liard match commenced at a quarter to t o'eloek this morning, at Oremorne Hall. - eeirs. Poit and Thomas were chosan um 8Ires Sloeson started with I point. Vignaux ollowing with 2 points. The next breaks re Iauksd in tlioson s3, and Vignaux io. Next leson 24, followed by a run of 422 bh Vlanaux. hch was hailed with cheers. Vignaux's next t break was 185. oSeon's two largest breaks were 227 and 292. tignaux's average was 185 and Sloseon's 147. oth champions were loudly applauded. Vig made soe points first Blosson only scoring SThere was considerable betting on the re RMany amateurs were present, including rince of Wurtemborg. The game termin at 11:40 . m.., and will be resumed to-mor tow evening at 8 o'clock. A ysteriouas MIrder Near Newmarket, New Hampsabre, - NWM.i ARK T. N. H.. April 11.-Yesterday after P. whie three little girls were gathering r flowers In the woods at Durham. N. H., Srdiscovered the headless body of a young man nearly nude. The town authorities were immidlatoi¥y notified, and an investigation showed that a brutal murder had been commit ted, but by whom is as yet a mystery. The body was found lying face downward, at full length. With both arms resting underneath and only obvere with a shirt. The right arm was from the body at the shoulder and the dalso been out off and has not yet been About oo feet away a coat, pantaloons -Vet were found, and in another direction, . tenhty.five feet distant, a linen collar, g.,ttl.eoLtle and shirt-bosom. which had been t c t ompletely off. Thegr were three gold studs with garnet set a the shirt bosom. The too part of the mLin, minus hair over a space nearly as large . s a sacer. and the murderer's oak club were .also found in a little cleating. It is evident that a murder was committed. Several pieces or the ekull and brain were scattered about, Sand torn fothin, all Indicating the victim's a.nge for life. The authorities are carefully - nv!stgatlng the matter. Meanwhile great ex -',-emeat prevails in the neighborhood. -"he New Ratlroad alliance-The Laws of Georgal to be Respected. LouasvlLLE. April 11.-At a special meeting of thedirectors of the Louisville and Nashville adyesterday. the president placed before the ad ontract and alliance perfected with the reoygt a Central Georlgia an Western and At tiantleroads. 2~hedetails of the contract will aot be made public. The alliance has already eaeived the se.gnatures of the presidents of the erl, ria Bailroad. and the n and Atlantlc roads. President New aýolb stated that the alliance. in connection the previous coalition between the Geor. , the Central and South Carolina roads. the objective points of the combination ah and Charleston. He said grear care n taken that the alliance shall conform to laws and polile of Georgia, and all the omi.Dpoaus nnited will keep within the letter - .aaplrit of the law and act in obedience to the - *saaes of railroad commissions, as though Sooombination had been formed. There was UEL) 4d'lre or Durpoee on the part of the Louis :vlle or Nashville management to acquire any mandue advantage over its neighbers or com wetitors. The Virginia Repubileans. Prssanao. Va., A pr4 11.-The Republicans &eld conventions in different counties of the 8te on Saturday to elect delegates to the State oanveation to appoint Virginia delegates to baCih'O, The Dinwiddie county convention lieted eeo. Matthews, colored. a delegate, and ted a resolution favoring the nomination re rginia Legislature, was elected as a dele ate. from Prince George county. A teetrueUve Fire as Wilmnsteon, N. C. A Ran burned to a Crtmp. Wurtzxaroao, 0.. Anri 11.-A fire broke out a,12:ae st night In a building on Dock street. m by B. R. Ahrens. filled with bar and Tl sO ot, on th.. ad. ~ton-~ dslbd~o o~h n .A. Pleok which were also destroyed. The walls of Ah rens's building fell, crushing the front of Peck's store and compelltng those in Peck's bull 'n1a to make a rush for life. All got out but Cept. William Ellenback. whose body was afterwards found burned to a ,riso, and near by his mas ter a faithful dog. which always followed at his heels. The total loss is $2.,ooo; insurance $18.000ooo. Blaine Far In the Lead In Iowa. DEuMOINEs. April 11.-The latle Register has definite returns from 76 county conventiots which have been held out of 99 counties in the State. Fifty inne have elected solid Blaine dolegatlons, and 7 send solid Grant delega tions. Base Ball. WASleniToN. April 10.-Nationals 3, Provi denece 2; thirteen innings. UNDER THE NEW CONSTITUTION The Imbroglio of the Twenty-second Judicial District-Opinion of Judge Duffel. As a sequel to the Twenty-second Judicial District imbroglio at Donaldsonville, Ascen sion parish, we publish to-day the full text of Judge'Duffel's opinion, giving his reasons for opening the Twenty second Judicial District Court on Monday. April 5. 1880. and the sum mary of the entrles on the minutes of the court. Our reporter got access to these documents, and they offer sufficont pubtic interest to justify extended notics, as this is the first test case UNDER THE NEW CONSTITUTION. The facts shown by the minutes disclose that on Monday, the fifth instant, the Twenty-second Judicial District Court was opened by Judge Henry L. Duffel. judge of the late Fourth Judi cial Dislrict Court. claiming to hold over on ac count of the electrd judge being euj ituod. On motion of District Attorney Earhart the, commislsions of the sheriff end cierk of the Twenty-second Judicial Diarstl,t Court were or dered suread on the minutes, The acting judge then fixed the terms of the court and ad. ]onrued to Friday, the ninth Instant. On Friday the court again convsned, and the (lepulles if the clerk and sheriff wore sworn in. Without further ac lion the Judge ati urned to 'lhursday next, the fifteenth insetut. One of the ounsel for Judge John A. Choevers. Judge James D. Augustin. was interviewed by our reporter as to the probable action that would be taken, but declined to inform the re porter, taking the position of tt, father con fessor. Couns l. hwowver. seemed quite elated at the contents of the documents referred to above, to wit: Juige Duff ti' taction and opin ion, and we look for speedy and decisive meas ures. JUDGE DUFFEL s OPINION. The Fourth Judicial District C lurt was com posed, under the constitution of 180s. of the t arlmhes of Ascension. St. JaNtes, tt. John and St. Charles. Under the constitution of 187s. Ascension and St. James fell under the juris diction of the Twenty-second District Court; the otner two parishes. with Jefferson, now con stitute the Twenty-sixth Judicial District. On the second of D-rembtr last, J. A. Chbmvers was elected district judge of the T.venty-seAond District, and on the same day .lichael Hahn was elected judge of the Twenty-sixth District. We will take it as admitted that Hahn has en tered into his otfice, and that consequently that territorial portion of the, former r'ourth Dis trict is now provided with its constitutional judge. We now fiud that J. A. aCeevers has been enjoined from entering into his office. and tha' the territorial portion of the former Fourth District, comprising Ascension and St. James, and which now forms the Twenty-sec ond District, is not at present presided over by the judge elected under the constitut'on of 1879. The question Is: Shall said district remain without a judge until the injunction sued be disposed o ? If not, then who is the judge? Who is to preside over it? The judge of tile or mer Fourth Distri.t.who held down tothefirst Monday of April, 150o or the one to be appointed by the Governor as in the case of a vacancy? And it is even asked whether the present con stitution has provided for the contingency which is presented. The preamble of that constitution declares the said char ter is enacted. "in order to establish jus tice, insure domestic tranquillity and promote the general welfare," all of which blessings could not be secure in a territory unprovided with a judge. It is evident that the constitu tion contemplated that all the districts should have their respective judges. "All court," says article 11, "shall be open, and every per son for injury done him shall have adeoutte remedy without unreasonable delay." This does not look to an interregnum in the judi ciary. 'All officers.," stys article 161, "shall continue to discharge the duties of their offices until their successors shall have been in ducted." Who is the successor of the judge of the Fourth Judicial District, in so far as the parishss of Ascension and Stt. James are concerned? Sure ly the judge elected of the Twenty.second Dis trict, when te shell have been Inducted. Again, article 259 says that "in order that no inconvenience m ay re-ult to the public service from the taking effect of this constitu tion, no office shall be superseded thereby. The law shall remain in full force. though contrary to the constitution, until the entering into office of the new officers to be elected." etc. Who is that new officer who is to enter into the office of judge of the Twenty-second District-i, e.. the judge of Ascension and St. James. John A. Cheovers is the man, and until he or another enters, who is to perform the duties of judge of the Twenty-second Distric, or judge of Ascen sion and St. James? Evidently the former judge of the Fourth Judicial District, as he ts the only territorial judge found in office at the taking effect of this constitution, and whose office is not to be superseded by said constitu tion unthi his successor (article 161) or the new officer (article 259) enters into his ffice. It would be idle to say that becau-e Hahn en tered into his duties as judgs in the oarishes of St. John and St. Oharles, that this curtail ment of the territory of the former Fourth District has had the effect of disrupting entirely the said district, and of leaving two of its par Ishes unprovided for. But it is objectel that the judge of the former four th cannot be the judge of the twenty-second, because the two districts are now named and composed differ ently. we do not think that the change of names and a partial change of territory should in the least affect the rights of every district to have the courts within its boundaries open for the benefits of its citizens, and especially when this desirable end can be accomplished by a former judge, whose duty it is to retain his office of judge in the territory of his district, which is left unprovided for, until the new officer enters. Suppose the Fourth Judicial District, urder the present constitution. was composed of the same rarishes as composed the Fourth District under the constitution of 186s8, and that J. A. Uheevers.elected as judge of the Fourth, had been enjoined, would not the judge of the for mer Fourth continue in office until his succes sor or the new officer would enter ? If the prin ciple is sound that "all courts shall be open" "all officers shall continue in office until their successor be inducted-until the enter ing into office of the new officers" then we presume that the continued discharge by the judge of the former Fourth District of the duties of the office over the par ishes of Ascension and St. James, which formed part of his district, woulid be a compliance with the spirit of the constitution of 1879, if not with its very letter: and it would thus avoid the inconvenience to public service and promote the general welfare about which said constitu tion appears to be so solicitous. A change of names cannot affect a legal princiole. Thus, the cle k of court is ex olffcio recorder, and jet should the office of elera of this court, to whico he was elected on the second of De cember last, be contested, and he be enjoined the recorder elected in 1876 would retain his office until his successor or the new offioer would enter, and would thus apparently per form the duties of the clerk until it be decided that the newly elected clerk and e officio re corder is entitled to the office. We are next told that the Governor is to ap. point a judge as in case of vacancy. Under article 109o the Governor is to appoint to fill vacancies occasioned by death, resigna tion or removal, and (article 198) whenan offier under impeachment is suspended from mef.or the Governor shall make a p'ovisonal appoint ment and, finally, artihle 69 gives authority to the ttovernor to fill vacancies not otherwise provided for in the con-titution. Should we de aidethatthe judgeof the former Fourth District is absheolutely out of office. although no one I; rgeet to ref him, then we would renaer nul he o o the aonstitutioa thrt all om.oiersa eoalaue to ex seth.. 6dodutimo their several offices until the induction of the new officer, and leave the Twenty Second Dis trict without ajudge. And then. should the Governor decline to ap point, as Oheevers is neither dead, nor has re signed, nor removed, nor been impeached or suspended and that therefore there is no va cancy to fill; again the Twenty-second District will remain without its jud,ge, and wilt so re main to the end of time, because the pending itjunction could never be declded and thus the provisions of the constitution will be defeated. In that the court shall not be oven. and persons shall not have adequate remedy without delay, and general trnquilllty shall not be maaitained, and general welfare received. Let ui suppose that similar proceedings againest a doz An of the other district judges elected under the present constitution bhad been instituted thronghoutthe State, and then consider the incalculable evils which would spring were the courts to be all abut uo. The fact is patent that were Cheevers to be in ducted be would p.eside over the parishes of Ascension and St. James, the Twenty-second District. Therefore. until he dee enter into his office. th, judge who now presides over these parishes must retain the office-calling judge of the Fourth District, or by any other name. so he has a territorial j Iu risdicion. anud this is so pro vided, not for the judci,'e benefit, "but in order that no inconvenience may result to the public service." Believing that there is no vacancy to be filled by the e3ecutive, we would havie refused to sign the ordi'r of injunction, but we enter tainedadoubh ts to the duty of the judge of the Fourth District to remain in office unit the new offider, be hecalled judge. clrk, etc., who is to rp, late him, had ths'n Inducted. As we haionu to be the judge of the Fourth Distriot ourdecision may be unfavorably criti cised, but that cannot be healed, and no one will be seriously rijured. as the tenure will be no doubt short, and THE SUIPREME COURT will soon rectify this juglruet, if wrong. Our desire Is lsituply to comply with the constitu lion, as we understand it-prevent a hiatus in the adminletration of lw. it Dpossible, and not to hlld an off.te to which we were neither elected nor apoolnted. C ,urts are bound to solve doub fi.l questions of Ilw and n,t refer them to the L tislature, much less the exteutivw. M. 354; ant the rule which governs ifi the construc t u of a stattre is nappucable to the coLsti ution. viz: to dis cover the spirit and intention of the law-giver. 18 A. 345. Thit hal been the unit ,rm constructinnglv n to our different ,-onstitutlons. and it hits always been held that an inttrrefrgnt cannot be toter ated; that the judicial aurnorities, like the other powers. should co'linue in force until sup planted by the now ofi.:ers. So aR- to obviate the inconvenience of a IUAse between the dieplace ment of the old governmnent and the organizi tion of the new. the old incumbents remain un til the new officers are induct, d. 8 A., 401; : A.. 237. No one will question that had the sheriff of the parish if Asc'nsion. eale ,.d on thb setcond of December last. been uei ,.lni from entering into his eolie that ,he sh-riff of stid parish elected November. 1876. would continue in office. Why? To prevent an irnertreg~tro, and becalse the LOW constitution so provides. Why, then, question the right to hold over in the present ease'? Surely the .arisrhes of Aseensinu and it. James were comprised in the former Fourth District, and now form exclusively the Twenty sec md District, exceot the judge who hold ju riast ?tin therein, up to the lirt of April. 1880. should continue to do so until thi new officer. whoever he may be. comes forward and enters. Under the law of the Interchange of judges, it was held that the judge of the First District presidlig in the Second District, was the judge of the Second District for the parish In that district in which he presided (i A.. 756;14 A., 814), and the same consru t lion. whic is Found, would make of the judge of the former Fourth District the judge of the present Twon ty-secondJudicial District. In open court, Parish of Ascension, fifth of April, ie80. H. L. DUFFEL, Judge of the Fourth Judicial District of 1868, holding over and acting as Judge Twenty second Judicial District. THE STATE CO VENTION. Official Call of the Democratic State Central Committee. HEADQUARTERS DEMOCRATIC STATE CENTRAL Committee. New Orleans. March 11. 1880. At the regular meeting of the Democratic State Central Committee of the State of Louisiana. held on Saturday. the sixth instant, the follow ing resolutions were adopted: Resolved. That a convention of the party be cal edto meet in New Orleans on the twelfth day of April.atsuch a placeas may be selected by the chairman of this committee, for the purpose of s leeting delegates to the national convention to assemble in Cincinnati on the twenty-second of June. and to designate the time. place and basis of representation of the several congressional conventions, to he herd for the purpose of nominating candidates for Congress in such districts as have no central congressional com mittes, Resolved. That the basis or representation in said convention shall be the -ame as in the State C ,nvention. which assembled at Baton Rouge. October 6. 1879, except when the Demo cratic vote was increased at the el.ction on Deo cember 2. 1879, in which case that vote shall prevall. Resolved, That the Parish Committee of the city of New Orleans and of the dtffTrent par ishes. be instructed to cause delegates to be selected to said convention on the basis of said representation. APPORTIONMENT. The parishes of the State and wards of New Orleans are entitled to the following number of delegater. respectivoly, under the foregoing resolutions, to wit: Ascension . ....... . 6 Sixth Ward........ 7 assumptlon-......... - Seventh Ward..... 9 Avoyllis .............- Eighth Ward ..... 7 East Baton Rouge.. .11 Ninth Ward........to West Baton Rouge.. 2 Tenth Ward...... 12 Bienvilll............ 6 E-eventh Ward... it Bossier .............. 8 Twelfth Ward.... 5 Caddo..----............... 13 Thirteenth Ward. 3 Oalcasieu .............. 7 Fourteenth Ward.- 1 Caldwell ............ 4 Fifteenth Ward.... 4 Cameron ............. 2 Sixteenth Ward... 1 Eaet C.arroll.......... 1 Seventeenth Ward. 2 West Carroll.......... 3 Ouachita ........ 14 C ttaboula .... ....... . 5 Pla uemines......... 4 Clalborne......... 9 Pointe Counee ..... 7 C ncordia ............. 6 R pides .......- ... .10 De Soto ........ ... 7 Red River........... 3 East Fllciane ........ 9 Richland ............ 6 West Feliciana....... 9 Sabine............ 5 Franklin............. 5 t. B rnard..........4 Grant ...... ......... 3 St. Charles........... 6 Iberia .... ......... 6 St. Helena........... 3 Iberville'............. 5 St. James............ 5 J,ekson .............. 2 8 t. John ......- ...... 4 Jefferson .............. St. Landry...........19 Lafayette ..... ...... 6 St. Martin............ 5 Lafourche . .....lo St. Mary............ 7 Lincoln ............... 7 St. Tammany .. .... 4 Livingston...... .---- 4 Tanglpahoa ..... ... 5 Madison ...---- -12.... ... Tenses .... 14 Morehouse .......... 7 Terrebonne........ 7 Natchitoches ........-14 Union.............. 9 Orleans- Vermlilon.........a 5 First Ward .......10 Vernon .......... 3 8ec~nd Ward....... 12 Washington ......... 8 Third Ward ........17 Webster ............. 4 o)urth Ward ..... 7 Winn............ 4 Fifth Ward....-..... 10 ALBERT VOORHIESB President. D. M. TENNIBON. Secretary. THE CONVENTION. Notice to Delegates and to Members of the State Central Committee. In accordance with the decision of the execu tive committee, approved by the State Central Committee at the meeting held on Saturday evening. Masonic Hall will be the place and 12 o'clock m. the time of meeting of the conven tion to choose delegates to the Cincinnati Con vention, which assembles on the twenty-second of June next, to nominate Democratic candi dates for President and Vice President of the United States. In connection with this announcement we are requested to say that.the country members of the State Central Committee are respectfully requested to meet the executive committee this morning at half-past to o'clock in Parlor "0" of the St. Charles Hotel. BASE BALL. TheL Dan A. Bose nine r n detested the ,IsoseLoeb Ql-b a' so tao' L THE CREVYASE. A Democrat Reporter on a Sunday Tour of Observation. Progress of the Work and Prospects of an Early Completion. A reporter of the DEMOCRAT started yester day afternoon under the bluest and clearest of Louisiana skies to ascertain what was the present status and true inwardness of the iharpe crevasse, The trip on the Tobhouplton las street cars in such pleasant weather was quite invigorating and suggestive of many great commercial notions as we passed the in numerable cotton presses, the vast amount of shipping, the numerous grain elevators, among which the new one of enlarged size, being built by the company; the waterworks, with its graceful iron shaft or standing pipe soaring heavenwards; the ice manufactory, and all those growing signs of co(mmercial welfare which indicate life and prosperity for the Crescent Citr. At the terminus of the line the ren rter de socendld and weiked to the levee, where the ferry w st in vaiting. As he stopped into the ealf with about five other passengers, he no tiord a d, zmn or so extraneous individuals,. among whoms a lady who must, have weighed, about 3s0 counds.walkilg towards the landing. "ijok here. bold ferryman'." said the revorter, feling nrvous about being overcrowdert, "how rosany people can you take over in this clll ?" Well," gravely answered the gay gon dolier, "about say "13--15-14." A quick movement of the reporter's right hand towards his hip Ipocket, a smothered sigh as of a man not fond of danger suddenly thrust upon the leadership of a forlorn hope, and the hbat glided away from the lauding to attempt the puzzlug eddies of the Missis-aiopt. OJai rary to exoectations the skis landed safe ly, and after witnessing the 8unalay sport of the men and brothers catchi:g "buffaloes" with the net at the opening of the crevast, the re porter entered upon the business of the day. He found that the work had PRCOItEBSED CONSIDERABLY. but was yet appreclably removed from comple tlon. The woaer went through the crevasse with great force and scattered widely out isto the lands, and as the proce.s of underseouring was a natural resultant of this free flow the depth at the break was rude' y estimated at be tween twenty and twenty-five feet. It struck violently agalnst Sharpeo' house on the upper side of the crevasse, where it stood at a depth of about three feet, nod deflected across to the orchard on the other side, shivering the trees and threatening the houses in the broken on closu res. The water still covered the earth far out as the trees, whiqu clos'd in the pr ,pect, but ex oepting in the immediate neighbrrhood of the crevasse the water had receded from the levee to a distance of about three hundred yards. This showed that while the water issuing through the break had seemingly lost none of its violence, the works alrealy constructed had partlally stemmed the torrent, and the land around was proportionately affnoted. Where a few days ago the water had stood high. carry ing a menace of total destruction to the crops. vegetation in many places yesterday asserted itself, seemingly UNIMPAIRED BY THE FLOOD. But beyond and around was a sheet of water with nothinc nearing its head save a towering tree or a trembling house, with he:e and there a boatman pulling his skiff and striking athwart an errant log or a desetted cabin. £rhre was no sign of habitation in the patches of houses studding the plain, the people being yet ensconced In the temporary a'commoda. tlions provided for them when the flood origi nally set in. There were not, many persons on the levee in the neighborhood of the crevasse, and those that had assembled were chiefly there from cu riosity. or Impelled by the more iniustrious thought of despoiling the waters of some of the countless fishes which rushed through. - The work of DAMMING THE CREVASSE was found in an advanced condition. At a point about 160 yards on either side of the cre vasse the piling a, d woodwork had been com monoed, running out to the old levee in front, where a gap had been closed, and forming almost a rectangle. All the heavy piling had been done, and the only remaining pile driver stood out In the river, unused and unnecessary. The piles had been sunk ab nt twelve or fifteen feet in the bed, and the force then employed on the work, about forty or forty-five men, were malniy engaged in sinking lesser piles by band. In every direction around were strewn hay and sand bag, and within the rectanalo were seen the evidences of the break which o' curred on Thursday night, in the shape of sunken bags or floating hay. The principal sad MOST DANGEROUS CURRENT set in from the lower side. owing to the suction of the crevasse, and a dam fully thirty feet wide is being constructed where Thursday's break occurred, while the remainder averages about fifteen. On this, the lower side, the whole work is now concentrated, and It is only a question of obtaining sufficient labor to effectually close it. There are hopes that to-day there may be upwards ef 200 men secured, and if so. the com vlete damming will probably be effected by Tuesday. Mr. Pandely, who was present yesterday when the reporter visited the crevasse, stated that the only difficulty he aoorehouded was that the negroes would be paid off to-day, and there might be some dlfficulty in getting the necessary labor. This difficulty removed, he had no doubt of an early success. Through the unoer dam there was a fierce current running with a width of about thirty feet. but there was no Immediate danger ap orehended from it, and its closing will be left for the last. It is now considered that the damage to the crops caused bh the crevasse will be materially less than wes at first supuosed. The Millaudon pelace is comparatively free, and the otops ar' not supposed to be appreciably injured, and should an early closing be effected the damage will not sensibly affect any other than the Bharpe place. THE NEWSBOYB' HOME. The Christian Work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Yesterday morning the Society of St. Vincent de Paul held their quarterly meeting at the Home recently established under their aus pices for newsboys. In Bank Place. between Gravler and Natchez streets. The Home was cemmenced in November by a few volunteers from the Society St. Vincent ae Paul. and is divided into four departments: a chapel and club room, a dormitory, a kitchen and dining hall. and a school-room. The boys congregate in the club-room, when they are not occupied in selling papers or with their classes, and amuse themselves by playing games and reading books from the library of the club. Those who have no homes are allowed the use of the dormitory, and those who choose. TAKE THEIR MEALS in the dining hall at a trifling expense, which goes at present to the matron in charge to par tially meet the outlay for groceries and market ing. The management of the Home and the classes are superintended by volunteers from the society of St. Vincent de Paul. assisted by several Sisters of Mercy. The Sisters hold their classes between 6 and 8 p, m.. teaching reading, writing, arithmetie and singing. Of the latter the boys are very fond, and to encourage them the Sisters have procnred an organ. Altogether THE HOME IS PROGRESSING as favorabjy as conld.be expected under the many adverse circumstanees that have been encueatered. There are not over one hun dndblys oe the ram" w l l ea bee i the present condition, but a great deal more will be requlred to perfect it in the manner de sired. However, as it it, it certainly deserves not only the highest commendation, but sub stantial and material aid from all who desire the welfare of our newsboys. There were about 200 members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at the mass communion and quarterly meeting of the society this morn ing in the:little chapel of theb Home. The mass was offered at 7 a. m. by a Jesuit father, and is offered every Sunday at 10:30o a. m. for the news boys. followed by a sermon. At THE GENERAL MEETINO the quarterly reports of the twelve conferences ot this city were read: also that of the confer ence of evenial works (or volunteers), who have charge of the works of the prison. Boys' Hou-e of RTfuge. Boys' Aselum. on Blenville street, and Newsboys Home. The members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. with the exception of the volunteers for the special works, devote themselves to allevi ating the sufferings of the very destitute poor, but no work of charity is foreign to their rules. N a'pplication, however, for relief is granted without thorough iivestigation. The society distributes its charity irrespective of creed, color or nationality, and its rules are of the simplest kind. The conferences of this city have a member ship of about Soo. But as the contributions for the work are generally from the members them selves, who are, as a class, men of limited meann, their small treasuries are often de pleted. which freueently restricts the useful news of the society. The meetings of the con ferences are generally wekly, and are lunfor mal and simple in their style. The conferences have for officers a tremsdent. secretary and treasurer; the latter t ases a hat around at the meetings for contributions from the members, which are given ace( rdinu to aceh one's means: but no memuer knows what the other gives. This piaces all ON AN IEQUALITY. Thus the means of the conferences are raised. with the zxception of an ocncasional donation fromr a friend, or now and then a concert or a lecture. Where there are several conferences in a dis trict, t.hern is a particular council that uov erns the several ronferenco. and where there are several particular councils they are .ov erned by upver councils, who are governed in turn by the SUPERIOR COUNCIL at Parne. The members of the soclety are not allowed to wear badges, hale procestsons or make displays of any kind. One of the reasons of the great success if this socrtty is that when it finds people in trouble it feeds and clothes them before asking them to pray. But it Is remarkable that this society. which has conferences in nearly every part of the civllzd world, should apparnutly be, so little known. This can only bo attributed to their rules anti desire to he known only to those wlto reolly areworthy of their assistance, and be cause they, in the true spirit of Christian char ity. do not want "the left hand know what the right hand does." SEVEN'S STEAMER. A Satisfactory Trial Had Yesterday. It will be remembered that on two occasions recently the new steam fire engine of Eagle Fire C, mpany No. 7 was tested, but owing to the newness of the machine:y the trials were not so satisfactory as anticipated. This fact brought down to the city on Friday Mr. Chris. Ahreons. of the Ahrens Manufacturing Company. of Cin cinnati. builders of the steamer. Under the supervision of this gentleman and in the pres ence of Chief Engineer O'Connor. another trial was bad yesterday, at the corner of Decatur and Blenville streets, the result this time being highly satisfactory, as will appear from the fol lowing certificate. The undersigned, judges appointed for the trial of the new steam fire engine built by the Ahrens Manufacturinr Company, of Cincin nati. 0,, for Eagle Fire Company No. 7, respecr fully report the following as the result of the trial which took place this morning, corner of Decatur and ilenville streets: Time of raising rteam.25 pounds, and forcing water through 5o feet of hoe,. 1~-Inch nozzle, 3 minutes and 35 seconds. Water thrown 0l feet in 4 minutes. First throw, 50 teet of hose, I +-inch nozzle. 269 feet: second throw.50 feet of hose. 1;-inch noz z'e. 280 feet: third throw, two streams. through 50 feet of hose each, and %/.-inch nozzles. 233 feet each. DAN A. BOSE Mississippi Fire Co. No. 2. E. L. GILEB. Evgineer No. 18. HENRY J. VOLGRINGEB. Louisiana Fire Co. No. 10. The engine is of the third class, with double pump, straight frame, mounted on high wheels, and weighs about 57o0 pounds when ready for service. It has two steam cylinders 0t4 inches in diameter. 8-inch stroke, and two 4-inch pumps. It has the improved coil boiler and ra lid steam generators. The engine is nickel plated throughout and highly finished and a model of beauty and workmanship. The company were bhihly pleased with the result, and many vt tran flremen who wit nessed the trial gave free expre,:eion to their aprreciation of the work done. We understand that Mr. Ahrens will remain in New Orleans until the new engines of Nos. 5 and 21, ordered from the san ae shops, shall have arrived in the city. which will b, in a very few caRs, since the steamers are to be shipped from Cincinnati this morning. SHOOTING. At Leadfield and at Frogmoor. Another contest for the Totts cup was yes terday shot on Leadfields by the members of the Crescent City Gun Oiub. It was a glass ball match, and on the first round Messrs. Ogden and Dobeg tied. The tie was shot, and :Mr. Ogden [won. IThe young men of the club talk of challenging one of the senior clubs at an early day. The sixth shoot for the Washington Artillery BATTALION CUP took place yesterday at the New Orleans Club Park, and resulted as follows: Yards. Dupre ..................200-3 5 4 4 4-20 500-2 2 3 4 5-16-36 Parda.....................2o0-3 4 3 2 3-16 500-3 0 3 0 0- 6-21 Charlton .................200-4 3 4 3 3-17 500-3 2 3 3 3-14 31 Villarubia ..............20..oo0-3 3 3 4 3-16 600-2 3 3 2 5-15-31 Arms.....................200-4 5 4 4 4-21 500-4 4 3 3 5-17--38 Miller.....................200-4 4 3 3 3-17 600-5 0 0 2 2- 9-26 Bradford ................200o-8 3 4 4 4-18 500-5 0 2 0 2- 9-27 Selh ....................-200-4 2 5 3 4-18 500-3 4 4 3 6-19-37 Michel....................200-4 3 3 3 4-17 500-3 5 0 0 2-10-27 The contest yesterday, it will be seen by the above. was won by Major Arms. The first shoot was won by Selph. second by Charlton. third by Arms, fourth by Bradford and the fifth by SelDh. --=m AN ENJOYABLE FESTIVAL. St. Bernard Fire Company No. 1 at Oak Grove. At the Oak Grove Park, two squares below the Blaughter-House. there was a picnic what you may call a real, live, whole-souled affair. given by St. Bernard Steam Fire Engine Company No. 1. The usual sports attendant upon the giving of picnics, such as horse and foot races, rooster in the pot, greasy pig, etc.. were indulged in dur ing the day. At night. the music of a fine band wooed the lovers of the dance, and it was at a late hour that the Iriends of No. 1 left the pleas ant grove. Owing to the military disciplineof thefire "boys." who as a whole kept an eye upon dis turbers of the peace (tbere were none, thougn.) everything went on as smoothly and pleasantly as could be desired. The committee of arrangements with such a chairman as the genial and amiable John Dol honde, -siata by Messrs. F. D. hebhers. . Wiohtwrieh, Slvyvn Roe.saol dand . lllan stay. peorPomed i dtses Wit great tart and with an eye to Derfecoton in all the details of the Ifestival. Before closing this report it wuld bewell to mention, not as a matter of news. but stimeo for record, that the following named gentlemes are the 9mieers of St. Bernard Fire 0 mpny No. 1: J. Numa Augus'in. president; P A. Nnuez. vice president; Wm. Lllonnler, tar y; John Dolhonde. treasur"r; A. Deroant. foreman; Henry Hoffmann, first assistant; Brmalia. second aselsstant. The grounds were under the charge of Oast. Thomas Kieran. Seldom has the Oak Grove witnessed such a large concourse of people a stended yesterday the festival of St. Bornard Fire Company No. 1. ACADEMY OF MUSIO. Haverly's" Juvenile Opera Company closed a very successful engagement last night. The little people have made many friends, too,'dur ing their stay in this city, who wish them as warm a reception everywhere as they met With here. To-night the Arabian Night Combinatlon opens in an Arabian Night, a comedy which has made a hit wnerevwr it has been presented The pr'duc' n is a comedy. and stress is laid uuon the announcement th r, it is a comedy flo the reason that it- name has led many to be lieve or suppose that it a, as a speotacular affair. The company presenting the play is declared to be a strong one. and a performance of asa pDrior order may be confidently expected. A LIVELY ROW. Brocky Clements Beats a Half-Dozen Women, and Now Feels Bore. That notorious locality, Franklin street, near Canal. was, yesterday evening, about 4:lo o'clock, the secene of a disturbance such as fre quently happens there. It seems that one Billy Clements, alias Brocky Clements, bad ralsed quite a lively breeze in the bagnio cornerof Gasqget and Franklin. IH. began by beating the women in the house, just for fun. and, meeting with no oppositlom, continued his playfulness by assaulting Marie Ja, ques, the proprietress of the house. She screamed for help, and her cries brought to hb aslstance one Frank Murphy, who endeavored to quiet Clements. Bro:ky refused tob~gpeel fled, and seizing a pot (f bulling eatables upon the stove he hurieO its contents at Murphy. who, resenting the assault, began to tap Olerm ents's head with a stick. The stick brrke on Clements's head. and wilh the stub Murphy out one or two gashes in the bulldozei's face. Finding tuat he was getting worsted. Olem ents fled to the street and fell into the ardas of Officer Donnsllr, who gently set him against a fence and proceeded to impress him with the tenets of the "riot act." At that moment. from every window and door of the house a woman was screaming "watch." "murder." as loud and as long as only a woman's throat can. Mr. S. W. Martin. who keeps a store at the corner of Gasquet and Franklin streets, as sisted the officer by holding the prisoner while the policeman was going into the house to ar test Murphy. COements, when the ofllcgr cam out, refused to go to the station with him, and d rew a pooket-k nife with athreatening gesture, Officer Donnelly. with great forethought, tested with his locust wand two or three times the re sisting powers of Mr. Clements's cranium. The lion immediately become a lamb. whom it was not difficult for Officer Donnelly to esoort to Capt. Galvn's elegant hotel, where lodgings were provided for the excitable Clements. Ia the morning he will be politely requealte "settle" with Cashier Sheehan. Clementi pretty well bruised; his head bears mars o undue familiarity with the policeman's club, and his face exhibits a snucession of bloody dents inflicted by the stump of the stick whitc Murphy used on him. Murphy was also arrested, together with all the inmates of the house: Marie Jaoques Lhly Whittle, Mollie Brown. Flora Whi.e. Emma Victor. Bella Norton and Carrie Green. FIRE. Two Houses Destroyed at an Early Hour Sunday Morning. About 3 o'clock Sunday morning a fire, the cause of which is unknown, was discovered on the ground flor of the.one-story frame house, crner of Gasquet and Roman streets, owned and occupied as a grocery by Mrs. J. Grigeon. The stock and building were burned to the ground, notwithstanding the prompt arrival and energetic efforts of the fire department The property was valued at $1800o and the stook at 500o; insured in the Merchants C0 moany. The two-story frame house, No. 12 Boema street, belonging to Mrs. Grigeon, and rented by her to several colored families, fell a victim to the flames. entailing a loss of 00oo, covered by a policy in the Merchants' Insurance Company. Officer Bourgoin sent the alarm from box 1$8. after Officers Clark and Carrick had tried to work off box 150 without avail, as it was out of order. "IRELAND AND SPECIMEN IRISHMEN." A lecture on this subject will be delivered in Ames M. E. Church this evening (Monday) April 12, by Rev. James Morrow. of Philadel phia. Admission free: collection in aid of the sufferers in Ireland. CITY ECHOES. Henry White carried concealed a loaded re volver and was locked up in the Central Sta tion. The water-pipe on Gravier street. between fsagazlne and Tchoupitoulas streetse. need re pair. A small fire at the residence of John Heaslan corner of Tchoupitoulas and Girod, waeextin guished last night without the necessity of an alarm. A False Alarm Frustrated. Mr. John Fay called at the Fifth Precinct Sta tion yesterday morning. and gave to Oapt O'Nell a fragment oi a false gey which hemld unloosed from box No. 612. at the engine-house of fire company No. 2. The supposition I . that some party in trying to turn a false alarat wag frightened off and broke the key in the hole of the box. A Small Theft. On Saturday evening Young Diets stooped near acrowd of boys on Felicity street.and laid twenty-five cents on the steps of a house while gazing at some kites. A colored boy. named Cbart e Evans. picked up the monj and ran off. He was arrested late in the alnit by Capt. Manning and Officer Flanagan. A Fugitive Caught. Charles Harris was arrested yesterday even. inc by Sergeant Rowley on the levee.near Canal street, and lodged in the Harbor Station. He is charged with the cutting and wounding of a party on board the J. M. White whilst the boat was on its up trip and passing Red Church, in St. Charles parish. Art sales. [New York Times.l The sum realized from the saleof the Demi- r doff paintings-$687,865--is very large, but it has been excelled at least once and ap proached several times. The Gillott colleo lion of 525 pictures brought $806,050 in 1872; Mr. Albert Grant sold his 205 plotures for $520,684; in 1875 Mr. Mendel's Manle a, collection of 445 pictures sold for $499,, and twenty years earlier Lord Northwfck's 1,881 pictures brought him $488,198 in cash. With out making the statement too positively, It is probable that the largest sum ever actually paid for any slnule canvas was $119.,544, the oicture being Murllio's "Conception of the Virgin," which was bought for the Louvre at Paris at the sale of Marshal Soult's eolleetio in 1852. And!possibly 300,000 francsis tbelirg eat sam ever received for a single work by a,, at itest, the picture in the case hen paianter Melesooer rand thebuyer An eused $pvedeI ie r and regulator at Q'*i ,isieN * YliE~lBitt~sza. /