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Official Journal Town of t
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
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.
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.
In presenting the first nnumber of
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
A. K. LEE,
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
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,
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.
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
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
Notice to Taxpayers.
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!
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
President Police J.ury.
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
Devoted to Politics. News, Iterature, and
the D)issemination of Republican Princi
Published every Saturday morning
Donaldsonville, La.,
LINDEN E. BENTLEY, Editor and Pro
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
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 . ,
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
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
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