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Official Journal Town of t LINDEN B EIrITOR AND PIRORIETOR. Saturdby, Septemlber 16, 1871. Republican State Central Exec utive Committee. Offleer of t~h Comnmitee. i'. I. $. Pinchbeck, President. Wiillm ýripers, Reording Secretary. .1 .w. FalrralC, Correspondig Secretary. Memberf for the State at Large. Edward Butler, S. 8. Schmidt, Thompson Coakley, Elbert GOntt, John Parus. A. W. Smythe, H. Ra.y, James MoCleery, David Young, F. J. $erron. First Congressional Districl. Hugh J. Campbell, H. Mahoney. Second Congressional District. A. E. Barber, James L. Belden. Thi'rd Congressional District. Thomas H. Noland, Geo. Washington. Fourth Congressional District. E. W. Dewees, Raford Blunt. tfth Congressional District. A. W. Faulkner, A. B. Harris. Congressional Committee, 3rd District. John R. Gallup, Emerson Bentley. kouis E. Laloire, Pierre Landry, Clark H. Remick. Copies of the CHIEF may always be found at Wilkinson's news depot and at the postoffice. Mr. Pierre Landry is duly author ized to act as agent for the ('HIEI in this parish and elsewhere. Bend in your names early for a year's subscription to the CHIEF. Only three dollars, payable in advance. California, a State which the Demo crats confidently expected to carry, has given a Republican majority of 4000. Truly, the political ,utlook is 'encouragiug. The estimated value of 13 of the leading newspapers of New York city is $1J,725,000, but they could not be purchased for that amount. The Herald alone is valuhied at $5,000,000. We send out a large number of pa pers this week to such persons as we think might wish to subscribe. If you like the CHIEF, send in your name im mediately accompanied by the amount of subscription, in order that you may receive next week's issue. The lively New Orleans Mitrailleuse has a correspondent, calling himself !6 _ s.. !j"Jilcs nrrewp " who ne1.trVtA. the following pun: What iz thee reezun the Sekretarie of State, pro tenmporarie ov La., aint a sardean ? Answer-Because he iz a Herron Messrs. J. J. Clayton, Adam Travis and John Hedgepath are authorized to receive subscriptions for the right bank of the, river, St. James Parish ; while Mcssrs. Valmire Shedrick, A. L. Don naud, N. 8. Landry, J. C. Oliver and Sanmuel Cook will act as 'agents for the left batik. We desilre to announce to the mer chants and business men of Donald sonvilld that we have completed such arrangements with Mr. James Buckley, the well known New Orleans stationer and printer, as will enable us to fur nish all descriptions of job printing at Nen Orleans prices. Give us a trial : small order first, larger ones after arnds if the work is satisfactory. The celebrated steamer Natchez, fresh from the dry dock, where she has for some time past been undergo ing a thorough course of repair,, has resumed her place it the New Orleans and Viekeburg trade, leaving the lat ter city BSaturday evenings. We un 'terstand that the champion R. E. Lee, and the gorgeous Kiatie 3ill also conm anence .gunning in a few days. The --l -tter named steamer is, without doubt, the most beautiful and mag ficent craft on the river. A glance at her lovely proportions, is good for sore eyes. All that the builder's and painter's art could do to make her perfectly beautiful, has been done. SALL WE HAVE A DAILY AIL ? The postal depairtment is advertis ing fon proposals for the carrying of a td-weekly mail between New Orleans and Bayou Sara by steamboats, and bids will be received until the 20th dav of Octobe" peext. It appears to us that now would be the tinge for the citizens of Donaldson ville to petition the department to give us a daily mail by way of the new rail road. .There was a law passed by .r.gr.es .soura tine ago authorizing a lalyv mail between New Orleans and Baton onuge, and it is high time it was put in effect. This is a natter which inteestts every citizen more or less,'and a petition could be gotten up which would very likely have the lcesired effert. At least, it is worthy a trild. SALUTATORY. In presenting the first nnumber of TuA D< ALtObN LLE CHIEF4O the reaing pblic, a words vtil u4ice as saliatory. L " 4 'Immediately upon retiring from the editorial (.hair of the St. James Sen tinel, it became my intention to estab lish a new lpa.p - yt.$w Donaldsonville was only a few miles distant, and presented greater facili ties for the successful conduct of a newspaper enterprise, I determined to locate here. My arrangements are such, however, that I can give a com piete record of the current events in both parishes of St. James and Ascen sion, thus making the CHIEF the rep resentative paper of the Senatorial District. The CFIEF will uphold the princi ples of the Republican party ; support the State and National Administra tions so long as they shall maintain their standard of good government; and will especially discountenance the attempts being made by a faction of unscrupulous men to divide and dis tract the Republican party of Louisi ana, in their greedy pursuit after offi cial power. Every editorial ability I may pos sess shall be used to make this news paper valuable as a means of political, local and general information, and I ask the support of all classes of the community in this attempt. Res;pctfully, LINDEN E. BENTLEY. THE WASHINGTON COMMITTEE. The committee of twenty prominent Republicans of Louisiana appointed by the President of the late State ('onvention, to wait upon President Grant and represent to him the out rageous actions of the federal officials here in using a United States build ing foi the meeting of a State Con vention, and also bringing United States troops into requisition to en deavor to control that Convention, met in Washington on Monday, the 4th of September, and proceeded next. (lay to Long Branch to call upon the President. They were cordially received, and the interview was a pleasant one throughout. The Committee present ed President Grant with a complete written report of the ..ncidents con nected with the mat* .they had conme to complain of, w' :;1 he received and promiiseif to icisider more fully at leisure. He admitted the charges against the Custom-house officials were very grave, and stated that he knew nothing of the use of troops at the Custom-house on the day of the Convention; the troops were sent by General Reynolds, commanding the department, upon a requisition fromn United States Marshal Packard. In conclusion the Presidep~t said he would refer the committee's charges to the officials in qu~tttlt ,'lnd ask their defenee. Thecommittee then retired, The New Orleans Republican throws up its haty shouts " Hurrah for Gen. Grant!" and feels eonfident that he will do the right thing and cut off tie heads of the offending officers. But we are less hopeful of such a wished for consununation, and think it very probable the President will pigeon hole the documents handed him by the committee, and endeavor to smoothe themeater over by letting it alone, trusting to time to efface its effects. One thing ipecertain: such a course on his part will not only turn the Republicans of Louisiana aghinst him, but it will effectually spoil 'all his chances for a renomination, us this matter of federal officials mixing in State politics and using United States troops to control them, has raised a cry of indignation from the press and people of every State in the Union, and any public man who attempts to justify it will be hooted down and forced into obscurity. Let General Grant ponder well., So sure as he fails to remove his offending subor dinates and thus destroy a precedent dangerous to the liberties of the Amer ican people, not only will he be defeat ed for renominatio4 to the Presidency, but when his term of office expires he will find himself a mere nobody-a greater one, even, than Andrew John son discovered himself to be when he left the White House. Surely, this is not a pleasant prospect for any public man, much less for one who has risen so high as General Grant. We said we were not hopeful of the President remeving the Custom-house officials. Our reaions are, firstly : the Custom-house le en have ever studi ously represented to him that Gov ernor Warmotb, and friends are op posed to his &-election;- secondly: Collector C'astY:is his brother-in-law -and Presid'fl Grant is known to protect domestic relations Thus, it will be seen, personal ambition and Xies of .lati4yiship will combine tq 'tt the 4fci. aforaid re-ain i powtr. We hope we may be mistaken in our estimate of President Grant, and our sitpposition of the action he will .tae iffi~,me ter. - If he 4l p~at the wool from his eyes which has been placed there by deceiving and design ing men, and look upon the situation as it is, he will certainly perform his duty and throw the Custom-house officials overboard, brother-in-law and all. Then, indeed, shall we join in the cheer of acclamation which will go up from a million throats, and throw our hat with the best. We shall see what we shall see. THE TIDAL WAVE HOAX. For some time past there'has been a rumor afloat that an immense " tidal wave" would visit the Atlantic sea coast on or about the 4th of October next. which would extend some dis sance inland, carrying destruction d desolation in its vast proportions. So generally has this report been cir culated, that it has come io be be lieved by a large number of the in habitants of New Orleans; and many are preparing to move from the rear portion of the city, to the higher ground near the liver. The fact that this sensational rumor was reported as having its origin from the scientific researches of the celebrated Professor Agassiz, gained for it a kind of half doubting credence even among the more intelligent and better educated classes. This matter has become the subject of a correspondence between several prominent citizens of New Orleans and Professor C. G. Forshey, and, believing it will propve interest ing, we append it herewith. L. is to be hoped that the sound reasoning of thr learned Professor may serve to dispel the present belief entertained by so nmang people in a rumor which is at at once foolish and improbable. Here is the correspondence referred to: NEW ORLEANS, September 9, 1i71. Professor C. G. Forshey : DEAR SIR-A widely extended ap prehension prevails among the people of the gulf and Atlantic coast, pro duced by a prediction, imputed to Profesusor Agassiz, of a great tidal wave Or inundation of the coast from the sea. After some conversation with you, we ask, on behalf of ourselves and many others we venture to represent, that you give us for publication, your views as to the merits of the predic tion, and if convenient, your reasons, blietily expressed, for the views you entertain. We ask this favor, believing that such publication will tend to allay the pulic anxiety, from your reputation as a man of science. We have the honor to subscribe ourselves very truly, your obedient servants, WILLIAM S. AUSTIN, M. D., SAMUEL CHOPPIN, DL D., ROBERT W. RAYNE, JAMES DESI3AN, A. K. LEE, WILLIAM H. WILLIAMS. CITY HOTEL, New Orleans, September 9, 1871. GENTLEMEN-I have the pleasure to acknowledge your card of this day, asking my opinion of the merits of the prediction of a " tidal wave," imputed to Professor Agussiz. The like questions have recently been addressed to me so often and from so many quarters, that I am obliged to you, gentlemen, for furn ishing me an occasion, once for all, to answer them, and so far as any word from me may have any value to allay publie anxiety in the premises. Without the pleasure of a personal acquaintance with the great Swiss naturalist, I will volunteer his defense from any charge of agency in this most monstrous aml cruel hoax. lrofessor Agassiz is an illustrious servant in his domain of inquiry, which, I believe, has never embraced the physical sciences. Zoology, geol ogy and the natural sciences gener ally, as distinguished fromi the physical sciences, bound the field of his dis tinctions; and, therefore, he is with out authority, should he ever become so unphilosophie, -to -assume the prophet for the amusement of alarm ing the unscientific. With this defense of an illustrious philosopher, now absent, as I learn, on a mission of discovery and collec tion, you will pardon me if I add a few viefs, which appear to me worthy the attention and recollection of all persons, humble or lettered. Science, thus far, has furnished man no keys to the far future, beyond the regular operations of known laws. The alternation of day and night; the phases of the moon; the regular return of the tides; the seasons of the year, and of the planets to their positions, at well ascertained periods -long since fully explained--are re lied upon as our intuitions, our staple of knowledge. Any accidents relating to any of these, are beyond human ken; and the child has as much authority as Herschel, Arago or Ley ernrier, in predicting them. No " conjunction of the planets," or combination of causes known to science, can give the remotest guess when an earthquake will occur, or a volcano discharge its lava, at any place A the globe; and nothing shopt of a considerable upheaval beneath the sea, or a disturbance of its bed, rcairoduce aa º.iNh wa~ as is - c n tlE su predi on. in anv.ay ere¢ a'eterlse o aln of Water than in bb€d to rmn winds, or lunar tides of the ordinary kind. Spring tides are known as high and low tides, ocnurrihg aboIt tlee elmIhge and fallf f .Lie au- M Abaw +1., m the earth, moon and sun are nearly in a right line, andt hence the tides, "by combined attraction of the sun and moon on the earth, increase the cor mon tides by some inches, or even some feet, at speciallocalities. These are all well known and accounted for, and may be predicted by Mark Twain, or his humblest almanac reader. No other heavenly bodies are sufi ciently near the earth, to effect sensi bly the tides of the'ocean; so that no " conjunctious of the planets" what. ever their position, can appreciably influence the earth's tides. The changes that are taking place, by the operations of geological causes, are generally so slow as sea'ely tc be appreciated within any histork period. These, however, are some times attended by great and sudden movements, called earthquakes and volcanoes. But they occur as above stated, at such long and irregular in tervals that no sane man has eve) ventured to predict them. And nc better test of fitness for a madhouse could be given, by either a philoso pher or a pretender, than the utter ence of any such prophesy. Returning my thanks, gentlemen for the value you are pleased to at tach to my opinion on this, as a mat ter of public interest, I have the honor to rnmain, very rentpectfully, CALEB G. FORSHEY. A aARD.. When I washed my hands of all further conuection with the faction of hungry office-seekers commonly designated as the Custom-house ring and announced my new departure through the columns of the St. Jamnei Sentiuel, I fully expected to be as sailed and maligned, with more or les violence and untruth, by the news papers bel6nging t,, the faction I had cut loose from. In anticipation o0 this, I inserted tfhe flTlowing Par graph in the card which anlnountced that my connection with the Se.tinci And I consider him a narrow mind ed man who would persist in a wrong course for fear of the slanderers who infest all commnunites, and are ever ready to gossip and lie about the affairs and motives of others. True to my expectations, some of the slanderers have commenced their dirty work, aid two of the newspapers referred to above, have led off in the inevit4ble attack.-I say inevitable because it is not to be supposed that men- -be they editors or otherwise who possess no principle themselves can appreciate it in others. The first of the pack to come howling at my heels was the Ascension Leader, pub lished here in Donaldsonville, but its tone was merely insinuating and not attracting or deserving of much notice. The second howl is of a louder and more malignant tone, and comnes fr.on just the source such a slanler~ might be expected to emanate from-the Lafourche Republican, Mr. D. H. Reese, editor and proprietor. In its issue of the Q~i .ij at, that paper publishes aid a;ic.le ivhish its editor anounces had been written for the former issue, and in which the " new departure " of the Sentisel was noticed and characterized in " plain terms, as a 'sell out' on the part of its conduc tors." The editor of the Bepublie..a then proceeds to ,state that e' Mr. Bovee's card will be, found upon our first page,". and explains that his ideas seem to conitide with those of Mr. Bovee in the matter, which is not material for wonderment, as Mr. Bovee espouses the same rotten caue that Mr. Reese does, while I denoinee it. The editor.finally concludes: We would also publish the card of Mr. L. E. Bentley ii this issue if space allowed, but asit is a very lame attempt to exonerate himself from the natural verdict, we consider it not im With the usual narrow mindedness of men of his clays, the editor declines to publish both sides of thb question. Of all men, Mr. D. H. Reese should be the last one to accuse another of " selling out," or to prate of'" remain ing steadfast" by the piinciples of Republicanism or principles of any other kind. It is a matter of history that Mr. Reese bolted from the party last year, because he failed to get the nomination as Senator from the Re publicans of his district, and entertain ing no hopes of election for .himself, used every means in his small power to defeat the regular Republican nom inee for that position, and secure the election of the Democratic candidate. This statement slsi undantly proved by the fact that, after the contest was over, Mr. Reese spoke in terms of thb highest eulogy of the Democratic can idate, claiming his election, and denounced the successful Republican in his usual slanderous style, declaring the latter to have been illegally and fraudulently lected. To ns ent s moralizing iun;ce ih pil is oil the Me-may e attribut ethe defeat of the Republicans of Lafourehe last election, and the success of the D)eno crati ticket in a parish which has a If I felt disposed to enter into the gentleman's personal nffair.-but I will not so demean myself-I could easily show him to possess the same characteristics in his business relations as in politics. In conclusion. I beg the indulgence of the readers of the ('CHIE for occu pying its space with this matter. But when I am attacked and accused of selling out my principles, by the edi tor of a newspaper, I feel justified in using my own paper to defend myself; and when that attack is made by an editor so entirely devoid of any poli ticle principle whatever, as the one I have referred to. I cannot refrain from holding him up to the public gaze, that his slanders Inmay fall harm less when their worthless and unrelia ble source is discovered. LINDEN E. BENTLEY. STReAtD.--Broke into the pocke of the editor of this paper, some time during the week, a ten cent piece. Who it belongs to or where it came from is a mystery to us, and we earn estly request the owner to come and take it away ; we have been without money so long, that its use is entirely forgotten. Upon one side is a beautiful young lady, with a hIandkorchisf to her eyes, weeping to think she had lost her mate, andti pon the other a night calp ,n a pole as a signal of dis tress. A beautiful woman is like a great truth, or a great happiness, antd has no more right to cover herself with a green vail,orany sinmilarabominationy than the sun has to wear green spec :tacles. Notice to Taxpayers. Tax COLLECTo.'s OFrICa, Parish of Ascension, July 22, 1871. N OTICE is hereby given that the Parish taxes for the yeart 1870 are due, and that all interested parties are requested to call at my office in the Town of Donaldsonville, on Mississippi street, opurite MaIl Israel'R store, within twenty days flrom the date of this notice and pay the same, in default whereof I shall prioceed to seize aceording to law. CHAS. F. SMITH, It-f Parish Tax Collector. Sale of Ferry! PAJISH OF ST. JAMES. P UBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that I will proceed to sell at public auction in front of the Court-houlte in St. JhLes Parish, the right to ferryas now estab - d - by.lw,. at 12 o'clock M., on Saturdaey, the 24th day of OCTOBER, 1871 to be adjudicated to the highest and last bid [der for thpe term of one year. , Te!nns-Cash on the spot in United States curreucy. OSCAR F. IIUNSAKER. President Police J.ury. Resolutions Adopted by the Bepublioan State Oon. vention, August 10th, 1871. RESOLVED, That we declare the Repuhlieanl .patty of'Loaislans in fall sympathy with the national Republicau party ; thatv e indo.e the platfbrm of principles laid down by the Chicago Coupvetian., ' '. Resolved, That we believe that the con greasional measures of recmnstruction have, proved a complete success in our' State. We indorse these measures, and all laws of Con gress enacted in the laterests of order and civil liberty. We believe that if honestly and fairly executed, these statutes will conduce to the proeperity of the South and to the strength enin of Republican institutions. Rsarcd, Th.t we specially indorse 'those planks of the RepuIblica platform which plledhle our party to the paymeut of the psb lie debt. Resolved, That we adygcate the reduction of national taxation, and y reditrik.ution off the imapotal in such manner as to binpsc the lekLt 111 i ba .rden *pow the.peuppe. . :] erved, That we pledge ourwlves and our partytdititl exeet of:the eotbfta tional and statutory proviflorsi r the public edcaation of all te children of the State without dietl~dtioa. Resolead, That we indorse the Republi n alknstration of the national rad State guv ersuvnt.s We eepecifly indorse--and oeln mend the official areer of our Governor, H. C. Warmoth. We do this because, i~ our opinion, his administration of the government of Luistana under reconstruction has been saqleCtesaul as to bring about the c~aditlen of peace and oader which charaeterizee our State above all the other lSouthern States. By reason of hil execution of the laws, it is possible for Repablieans to assemble in any part of the State, and the IRepublican party consequently presents a united front and compact organization. The Donaldsonville Chiet A WEEKLY PAPER Devoted to Politics. News, Iterature, and the D)issemination of Republican Princi ples. Published every Saturday morning AT Donaldsonville, La., LINDEN E. BENTLEY, Editor and Pro prietor. Subscription, TItre .Dollars a Year, Payable in advance. Transient Advertisements one dollar per square first insertion; 75 ets. each subse quent insertion. Professional or other cards of one sqtare- or less, fifteen doalara per annum. SPECIAL TERMS to liberal e Address. Ed TDcnal 1Great Farmlrert. aTh arr i g Pell E tlt l)Sct rio T MI5 \E+1'Wsi It ieap because its circulatiti i lan thut of uny other wwspa bw is the time toifbbuit ctns' ll tile impoortanted me local interest; also li telligence; reviews of tbi as d important itew book ourge corps of soreapoade ne. ceve4 e e tel ace in c as St LegIs r whe ; fireign tereeet. 4 by evesn e eitblusive ret of the proceed file, Farmner' Cof the Aimerican t talks about f stock, financial, dr goods, alai. gei mnairket repoits u fnll reprts of tlerf an Institute Pipers' Club, and thepudAgricultdral ltqrt' in each numne ihly worth a .vs shubscstiouu . , iORTICULTURAf P4RTMENT tkeeppe with tlkg iutertt in mcel heiculture 4 comiply Wi1 ont ap alsafrom f tlB coutM'v f fotormatim of a characteio r tlsubecte have' e Yc Write in a lueid t of artidda oni ti management ot'4l f as, fruit 114 v.table cultre,O-itw makd tt ei giving general speiic dlro tia'i f planlting to the ate 4aposel of the lhte years tho tan a lcriitive i etrried on preipled uIn, in ig worthless aid plets iunder new nies, to the ine neued The 'krlai fe w1lm alwaysV re i+ irdl the farmer +usta aay such imUi, fat enuuly.lith nur kwledge. ht· ; , t h SVE'ERINAR EI RTHENT. mo the tore ltthle to bbre e ave . eart James I Ie t. sur n l diseses e. orses, eelpI 4 otl r d. kes "t#o t, pre |be y theae 1e P Wu redits. Answe d rtptions srili g We. are s.az-t n.c._fe ,' a tl 2rlbt e +dlý u to Rts h e!lr"" U ýwat. ofa 1' i]:Iable:htd. U.4t t informuttion prltor Inquiries s.oyil d as batef a e, that 'the ts, answers, an ptious may . p1 ietogether. weintend that bu shall kee advance in all tiat clee.Oii the A iii, ltanubWeth b'g, tug, and othe pi l of the e.i .Y, ril that for va 1 completeniu, it slUmit n al . he ost vals Iar. istriutte NEW publis.ihed } the thas been twe 'hat a crul' rding and tuA t+ Farmers' (club Xe. is in the , ' ie will save a fer ldreds of doo lia crop. In dl4itýut tthe reports, 1lcontinue t, prlnt`5te It things he subject of agriail Sby Amorie foreig writer, tba f itures foum ye it yeii'. As it is, no pir d it farmer ia, tilthout it. As ia si55IM tall workmen pis every flruir tu.4jt pvee the Wee I bline upon his tl 'iry Saturday ~eiuIg. ,'ie Tyabu T, b e est anl eh c·Spet pa pt.in the conu. This is nut sa ine a pi-t-of .oats It has fallen to' Net Slt to create. g test newspapers ofth eottry. He t entrate the comnti5l thtnanuhfcru ,the muineral resources, agtrulturml w4L df the Rtepublic. all i . mar . lan the ~ Thal is the .ntlh of the prilt the cUhap and het e, newsialper ilt' routry. W !i1 adalltaes t el us. \1e harl ail and Sn.-Wttlyeditions. A and intrieatut'hinery ofo me t--rll most cump --i devoted. purepnrse o tL Wskly Tri h best and e aper in th The res hare so and x rryx - solees that .opy o the rB ueotais muter as Think of it 1) twao dl l her tothe pHbS or8 year uch hiime y vt of hek ca people. 1ot last lesso a. r mO read rviewI found cur ou i world, the of a mien who 6wbne in yy ºerr RTheI 1 tngd by aý t has the la ircu m of in the c w + twice a i h other w q blned. b .ir ep r workp'o 8 N owre thea eve w n, and to do rain toi rai s M o eaa 4M td ,, way ev. HP+ Even w I gold, n felt g na far I the prol ct newl TEX Owe co 5 copi each ( $1 t0 culture vuluab Sclent no$Teln, alone, six to much litersr ol8eel* %is pu in the T Manl bers lre Mail a bers Mail cop Pc