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VIUME 1 ' DONALDSONVILLE, LA., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1871. NUMBER 13. AnAIi;olDon b'llt (d g le Office in ('resceelt Place. Published Erery Saturday MAorni, g -AT Donaldrsý,nvi1e, Ia., -B. LIINDEN IE. BErTLEI, EDITOR AND PIIOPRIETOIOR. TERJMS OF nSITB(JSIP'TION: 4, 1,Vpy on,,yea .. .... ............ $3 )0 4 tlee ) ,o six nim th.a ... ............... 1 ;0 (,l l copi*-.... ........ . ..... . . I'aahble hlvariablv in udvance. Al/ I'Kl TI 7NSIN G RATES: [A square in seven lines Minion type.] Space. I wk. I mo. 3 mos. b imof. I square.... $1 . 0 $3 00. $5 $. 00$i 2 squar -- 2o0 5 001 9 of 15 00 4 suares 4 00 8 00 15 ' i 0 Scolumn -.. 7 13 2:5 40 00 50 ~)0 Scolumn. -. 14 005 00 400 60 (N) 70 9) I eilaum . . _ I_ _ j 1 40( 5. 75 00 1100 1)0) 'lTransient ad,'ertisemcnts. $1 per square first insert ion ; 75 ets. each subsequent inscrtidu. C(ommunications ( lIiy be 1u1hdreed siLmp y " (HII;F, Donaldsonville'. L. " or to the (#i tor and proprietor personal!y. The therllmometerC stood only two h(e'.recs abl)ov zero in St. Loauis la'st Monday. I t is authoritatively stated that over two thousand persons have been at rested( il South Carolina under the Ku-Klux act. In the three recent billiard matches in New Orleuan I.itweeu Messrs. Jo si~,h I)ion, champion of the world, al(l Ilcenry Miller, local c(hanmpion, thli former was victorioue each time. I) the secollnd game MIr. )ion lmade lth unIprallehlsl run 'of 10.5 point`. An exchange very trtthfully say; that the Chicago tire has demonstrated til inability of ordinary safes to withl stand thll heat of great contlagratioms. and the wits ,f inventors will be set io) work to discover son0e substance which may he relied ulpo1 as a jii'ot"e tion from fire. In consequeuee of the large nmunber of pensions paid in Nssvems r, the re duction of tikr pultie debt, during that mnonth was nly $3,4W6,00(1 The tal debt of the United States is nof something less than $2,7#O,000.n 0 Amount of cash in the l ixsnrvy 1)(i comber 1st, $106,380,144. The opening n'ght of the New Vari. ities Theatre, New Orleans, was ia sIIcc.ssfll Ole, the large house bein' crowded to its fullest extent. The theatre is described as one of tlh finest in the country, and it will be a popular place of resort The gre, comedian, John E. Owens, will aPI, next Monday night. The trial of the Boyd brothers ii New Orleans for the murder of Samuef Rainey has been concluded, and the jury returned a verdict of not guilty. .Judge Abell rebuked and dismissed the jury, characterizing their decision as one of tle most illegal on recordi ''The evidence against the accused wvas conclusive in the extreme, end th supposition Is the jury was bribed. The difficulty of late exidting 1 I sven the New Orleans Firemenli ciharitable Association and the cit. :authorities has been settled by the ,employment by the city of the Asso elation to extinguish fires for a tern:m. of five years, at the rate of $140,00' per annum. This sets the qulestion c a paid fire depalrtmeut at rest for ti pIresent at least. We believe the vo unteer system to be preferable, henl are glad this contract has been enCi tretd into. General Geo. A. Sheridan, undoubt edly one of the finest orators in the South, attended a mass meeting a JBaton R]ouge a couple of weeks a and delivered a rousing speech favor of the State Administratior . Of this speech, the New York S6a of the twenty-seventh of Novembe In to-day's Stun we publish extrac_ from a speech recently delivered Baton Rouge by General George A. Siheridan. Geneal Sheridan has froml the flrst been one of the foremost I leaders of the Republican party- in I Louisiana. He gives a very racy i sketch of General Grant's friends in that State, who, like his friends in I this State, seem fully bent upon destroying the party thereain order to secure a Grant delegation to the I national convention. General Sheridan's likenees of the President's principal supporters in Louisiana are as graphic as his denun ieations of military despotism there are scathing. Vrantl Duke Alexis. A Sketch of the Youth New York is Running Crasy After. The Grand Duke Alexis, who ar rived i, New York, on Sunday umorn ing last. on a Russian frigate, is a third ,on of the Emperor of all the Runssia', Alexander II, and the Em press Alexandrovna, formerly Princess of Hesse. The Emiperor has been twice marlied, and has now a large tifaiily. all children of the present Empress. The oldest is the Grland Duke Alexander, the heir apparent, who was horn on the 10th of March, 1845, foer yeari after the Emperor's second mnaiirriae ; the second, the Grand Duke of Aldimir, born April 20, 1847, the tihii' the Grand Alexis, botrn Jauar ar . 150; the fourth, the Gramlnd l)nche.s. Maria, born Octo ber, 17, 1853: the fifth, the Grand Duke Sergia, born May 11, 1857; and the yotunges5, the (;rand I)uke Paul, born Octolber 3, 18s. It is worth relating that there was no little anx iety atteding the Grand Duke's birth. The iimpeiial finnamily and the State officials were at first oveijoyed to hear the tidings from the sick chamber that the Grand l)ucless was beyond danger. and that a prince had been born. The general delight and amu tual congratulationls in the St. Peters burg palace soon t',asmed, however, on the news coming soon after that the child was dead. An hour later a Third llme:senger c:'me from the royal sick chanmller, saying that the court physician had snacteded in bringing to life what at the mnoment of birth aplleared to be a dead infait, and wheln tlhe Duke Alexanlier appeared at the dloor of the saloon, his third son in his arms, the rejoicing knew no loundsa. The child was christened sootn after at the magnificent cathedral of St. Isaac in St. Petersburg, as ('ol .iel of the Ekatherninenbonrg infan try regiment, an honor conferred thus early only on the princes of the blood imperial. Rarely had a more brilliant or distinguisihed assemlnbl gathered in thie cathedral. T'he whole imperial ''itil.;r including the Emiperor and Emilress~ . and all the Grand Dukes, were present. Most'of tthe foreign courts wetore represented by Ministers in their robes of state, anmd the officers of the Impenrial Lifi'e Guard were sta tioned at intervals in \-arious parts of the viast building. Fo'r a period of several vars after his birth, the young prince was in very precarious health. and it was scarcely hoped that lie would live till the years of matur ty. But1lrs itender health has grown more robust with e(,ch year. In 1856 hea accompanited his parents to Mos •w co, and was then---at their corona tion--lpresented for the first time to the assembled representatives of the empire. 'pon the return of the im perial family to St. Petersburg, the (;rand 1)uake's education was immedi Itely commenced. Madame de Bern atrd, a French lady, and Franlein Von ilithchlff, the daughter of a Coiur land noblenman, were appointed his i governesses, since all the imalperial childareI, of Russia are educated at omne. Ailexis early showed great aste for and application to studly. Few months pIsa, ed before lie was able to read easily Russian, German and Frelnch, and also speak theml with consideanlale flueniyv. When fukther auvanced, he was placed rader the tuition of Professor Farganoff , who instructed him in mathematics and, geography; Professor Von Stein, who taught hinm ancieun and modern his torv. and Mr. Gordon. ia Scotehman. ITrnl wlhomll ie Ieol'aiel eLKglish. inl 16ti he accompanied his uncle, the a (rand Duke Constantine, Grand Ad- I miinl of the Russian navy, on a trip to the fortress of sweahorg. During e a territic storm, which lasted eight I: hours, the young Duke displayed I so much intrepidity and daring that a Constantine, on his return to St. a Petersburg, urgently requested the, ( Emperor to appoint him to some posi- I tion in the navy. This the Emperor i reluctanutly (lid, after delaying for v a long time, being fearful of the s delicate constitution of the Prince. d Since then it has been his passion to f be on shipl-board, and he has spent I all the time that his duties would permit him on the water. The Duke's 1 grandfather was Nicholas I, the reso lute and war-like Czar, who over- v awed the wide-spread rebellion inci dent on his accession, and who con- r ducted the begininng of:the famous v Crimean war against the allied pow- v ers. The blood of Frederick the Great, of Prussia, also flows in his a veins, so that his disposition should V be worhvy a memiber of the imperial I family of Russia, whose characteristic has been a predilection for war and d milita-r pursuits. Moreover, the f Duke is said to inherit much of his I1 father's intellectual culture and polite r tastes, so that he comea naturalty by e all the qualifications so laudable in . a General and a statesman. His oficial r positions are Captain and Aid-de camp of the Emperor, and chief of the Ekatherinenbourg regiment of infan- i try, and of the first anqadroti of the t fleet of Finland, of none of whic.h he e is so proud as of a medal of hobor v given him for rescuing a young ldtly from dirovs ing, at the imaminent peril of his own life, Such incidents, re. vealing his general disposttion shoow how well deserving his unversal c popularity among the Russian people. A His official title is, His Imperial High- I ness; the Grand Duke Alexis Alexa:- t drovich, and his rank in the Imperial 8 RussiaPn Pvy is that of first lienten. C ant, 11 Men of Humble Origin. John Adams was the son of an humble farmer, and Franklin was tile son of a tallow chandler. Pope, one of the greatest of English poets, was the son of a linen-draper. Bloomfield wrote his best poem, "' The Farmer's Boy," while working in a garrett, as a shoemaker. Gifford, the first editor of the Qiwarterly Reriew, began life as a sailor boy, and afterward serv'ed an apprenticeship to a shoemaker. Ben ,Johnson, the dramatic poet, worked for some time as a bricklayer. Shake speare was the son of a poor man, who could not write his name. Burns was the son of a small farmer ; Allan Cunningham of a gardiner; Hogg was a shephperd; Ebenezer Elliot worked in J an iron foundry ; Falconer was a sailor boy ; Thomas Moore was the son of a grocer, who, however nmlall aged to give him a classical educa tion; Gerald Massey is the son of a canal boatman, andl began life as an errand boy, and wais next an opera tive in a silk mill. I)aniel Defoe, the author of " Robinson Crusoe," began I life as a hosier, and was almost wholly self-taught. Cobbett, was in early life a fiu:mer's boy, and after wards a private soldier. Isaac Wall toll, the " Complete Angler," was a linen-draper. Dr. Isaac Miler, D)ean of Carlisle, and his brother Joseph, author of " A History of the Church," began life as weavers. )Dr. John Pri deaux, Bishop of WVorcester, got his 1 education at ()xford, by entering the University as a kitchen boy. John Bunyan, anthor of the " Iilgrim's ' Progress," was a tinker and entirely self-taught. Joseph Ames, the anti quary, was an iron monger. llugh Miller, the geologist and journalist, was a quarryman. Camden. the great historian, was the son of a house painter. ('axton, who was the first to set up 1a printing press in England, ' was apprenticed to a weaver. The drlunatist, Holcroft, was a groom. I Torn Paine was the son of a stay- e mlaker. Sam Pepys was a son of ar tailor. Richardson, the novelist, was c tihe l'n of a joiner. Among scien-l c tific men, Simpson, the amathenmaticiaun, i r was a weaver. Captain Cook was the t son of a peasant, who at seventy a years of age, learned to read that he ,light 1lursue the. rnarrative of hisi Sson's voyages. Sir Richard Arkwright, I, the inventor of the cotton spinning e machine, commnenced life as a barbel. Prindley, the engineer, began lif' as a - mechanic. Sir William Herschel, f the illustrious astronomer, was a e musician in tile hand of a regimlent. i Faraday, the chemist and natural i philosopher, was the son of a black smith. Ferguson, the astronomer, was a shepherd. John HIunter, the t celebrated surgeon, and his brother ) William, the eminent physician, were 41 Sons of a farmer. Chantrefy, the sculptor, was a milk boy; and Flax- I nman, another great scullltor, was the son of a plaster-cast maker. Sir li Thofitas Lawrence, the painter, was s the son of an inn-keeper. Opie, the c painter, worked in a saw-pit, and v Hogarath, the satirist, began life as a working engraver of coats of armas. Cobden, the Statesman, was the son of a farmer. Sir John Hawkins, the famous gentiral, began life as at builder. . Management of Maniacs. r One of tie' oldest inhabitants of u Boston has furnished the following a anecdote of Governor Leverett, as au I illustration of the force of courage o and ingenuify upon a madman: One morning, many years ago, a stout, burly built maniac in a par , oxysm of insanity, burst out of the e asylum, and on his way a musket, heavily loaded, fell into his hands. With this formidable weapon, mount ed with the terrible bayonet, the t madman rushed out into the city, and I pretty effeetually cleared the streets t as he was marching along. Turning a corner, he suddenly came upon ,. Governor Leverett, and was on the point of making a point blank charge r upon the vitals of the old Governor, r who, comprehending his danger in a e single glance at the old fellow, and drawing himself up squarely and firmly before his dreadful antagonist, t he hailed him thus : S " tHo! brother soldier, have you s learned your exercise 1" " Yes, I have," said the fellow, with a terrible oathl S "Then, brother," said the Gover - nor, " stand to youn arms, like a s vigilant soldier, while I give the word of command." e The madman seemed pleased, and s stood bolt upright, with his musket I fitted closely to his shoulder, in regu 1 lar drill order, "Poise your firelook !" The fellow I did so. "Rest your firelock i" The a fellow obeed. " Ground your fire s lock!" This ho did, " Face to the right about, march! says the Gov ernor, and- the madman wheeled and I stepped away. The Governor quickly 1 ran upt behind him, and seized the powerful fellow and musket, and held - him until several lookers-on-stand ing at a safe distance, and watching e this curious seene-ca-ne to the Gov a ernor's assistance, and the madnma r was carried back, in awful rage, to his r quartersa, 1 The anecdote reminds me of a similar one that happened to the r timous Dr. Physic, an eminent medi I cal man, now dead and gone, of Phil Sadelphia. The doctor was a visiting p hysician at the lunatic asylum, near that city, and one morning, after Sosing his rounds among the patients of the institution, the doctor strolled up staiirs bito the top gallery of the large rotunda of the building, to in view the city and sur':ounding coun try. While absorbed in the view from his high elevation, a robust mad ms man, who had eluded his keepers, Ld came suddenly upon the doctor, to ., his no little astonishment and bodily fean'. But keeping perfectly cool, he r bid the maniac "good day," and was turning about to go down stairs. " No you don't," said the man, ,n clutching the doctor firmly as a vice, d I want you to show nme something; they say you do everything; cut off heads, legs and armn; put them to gether, take a man all apart and n mend him up as good as ever; and I 18 know you can, too, but I want you to in jump down this hole (the opening of a the rotounda, surrounded by the long, ie spiral stairway), away on the pave ment. Come on, do it you must!" And the fellow exerted himself to * drag the doctor up to the railing, to which the poor doctor clhuig with the tenacity of a tick. The moment was one of peril to the doctor, but his n presence of mind completely floored t his antagonist. " It would be very hard for me to Sjunmp down there, sir ; " said the doc tor; " but I can do a greater feat a than that for you, if you wish to see ame try." " Can, you, elh, old fellow ? Well, , try it. What is it?" " Why, sir, I will go down there, to the bottom, and with one spring, sir, I'll jump clear uip here." ' Ha ha! laughed the maniac: "that " would be worth seeing; go down doctor, and jump up--I'll catch you when you come up." I 'The doctor lost no time in going down and sending ap the keepers, Swho nabbed the poor deluded man. ---~c~t---- I The Jackson (Miss.) Leader of No vember 30th, says: A squad of Federal soldiers is to be sent to Newton county, and pernlan entlv quartered there. This has been rendered inecessary by the villainous conduc· of the l)emocracv in that county. A perfect reign of terror is reported as existing, produced by threats and assaults upon Republicans and Repullican officials. E. B. How ard, the sheriff of the county, is miss ing, and no doubt that he has been brlutally murdered by the Ku-Klux exists among those who are tinailiar with the prevailing state of affairs. lie left his home about two weeks ago for the Northern part of the county to collect taxes, but has not been seen or heard of for ten days. His friends, becoming anxious for his welfare, have made diligent search, but can get no clue to his whereabouts. In addition to his known unpopularity among the Ku-Klux, owing to his fearless con duct as a Republican, he was especial ly obnoxious to them on account of his recent election to the office of sheriffi A week before the election he was met at night by a band of as sassins who tokl hinm that he should certainly he killed ifhe was elected and warned him against running for the office. Other and bolder threats had been made against his life. Now the barbarians seem to have done their bloody work, and not even his body can be found. Other county officers are threatened with dealth if they qualifv. Such being the condition of things. Federal assistanee has become necessary, and will be nuade ample to keep the peace, it a whole regiment he required. The tinge for intimidat ing Republicans has passed, and the midnight Democratic assassins might as well find this out first as last. New ton county will receive the special at teution o U[ncle Sam's Prosecuting Attorney, and without fear or favor, bring her offenders to justice. In another paragraph, the same journal says : A report of trouble in Amite county came to our notice this morning. If seems that a white man shot a color ed man, whereupon he was promptly arrested by Sheriff Parker and held in custody. A band of lawless men, num bering soene fifty, organized and for cibly took the prisuoner from jail and released him. Considerable excite. ment has been produced by the affair, and this morning, on reqqisitiou of Governor Alcorn, eighteen Federal soldiers were sent there to preserve the peace. They will likely remain for several weeks, or longer, if neces sary. A MISTAKE.---The following from the La Crosse Democrat will be read with interest by young fellows who go to church for fun: A minister, not many miles from here, rotaliated on some young people who were laughing in the congrega tion in the following januner. He paused, looking at the disturbers, and said : " 1 m alwavys afraid to reprove those who misbehave in church. In the early part of my ministry I made a i.t~rt mistake. As I was preaching, a young man sitting just before me was constantly laughing talking and mak ing uncouth grimaces. I paused and administered a severe rebuke. After the close of the services one of the of ficihd members came and sak1 to me SBrother - , you made a great mistake. That young man whom you rebuked is an idiot.' Since that I lhave always been afraid to reprove those w.ho misbehave in church lest I should repeat that mistake, and reprove an other idiot." During the rest of that service, at least, there was good or der. The war in Cuba continues, The Moral of the Ring. The KNew Orleans Times of Decem ber second contains the following : A few years ago, when our worthy fellow-citizen, David Bidwell, the en terprising proprietor of the Academy of Music in this city, was conducting a large American circus in London, and astonishing the Britishers, ie was induced to engage as members of his company a stalwart young English Gipsy and his beautiful, graceful and (in her line) accomplished wife. The young man had already established the reputation of a powerful gymnast, posturist, understander, and general utility man, and his wife was a most elegant and graceful equestrienne. The couple were regarded as valuable accessions to the circus, especially as in certain parts they acted together, when the enormous physical power of the man served to show off the sylph like grace and agility of the woman. Thus the pair prospered, amd being thrifty and well disposed, managed to accumulate a comfortable independ ence, which was prudently invested by the husband in a prosperous circus of which his thther-in-law was chief owner. The great physical power, agility, skill and nerve of the man rhaving at tracted considerable attention among the class known as the patrons of the Prize Ring and the devotees of gym nastic sports, lures were held out to the circus posturist to tempt him to some exhibition of his mettle in the fistic line. Unfortunately the simple Gipsy fell a victim to these arts, and consented to make a trial of his pow ers in a set-to with, some notable champion of the ring. From this con test he emerged with suchl notoriety, such proofs of endurance, courage and skill, that his name became famous through the admirers of the "noble art of self-defence," as these brutal exhibitions are so mockingly and false ly styled. A series of victories in the ring rapidly advanced the renown and fortunes of the ex-pdsturist, until at last lie was recognized as the legiti mate successor to Toni Savers, the champion of England. It is needless to say that this elevation had a seri ous o and debasing effect on the char acter of the victorious pugilist. Aban doning his old avocation, he became henceforth Jem Mace, the idol and hero of those disreputable characters who make up what is called the fistic circle in London. It was not long be fore certain representatives of the same class in this country sought out the champion, and at length induced him to try his fortunes in America. In justice to Mace it should be stated that he had retired fron. the ring, and had umanifested his determination to lead the life of an orderly and decent citizen. He had preserved his good habits as well as a comfortable inde pendence, and was not easily per suaded to yield to the solicitations of his new friends. But the arts and! flatteries of the seducers at last tri umphed over the honesty and resolu tion of the Gipsy, and he accepted the invitation to visit this country. In New York lie found himself in the midst of thie most depraved set' of ruftians, rowdies and low gamblers that can be found in the civilized world. It was in vain that his natural honesty struggled against these intlu ences. A prize fight was arranged, not more for the gratification it affrdo low instincts and tastes, than for the opportunity which it gives for every formnof vice. This fight came off near this city, and brought in our midst a large gang of the ru.fianly class de scribed. It resulted in a victory for Mace--a victory so easily won as to excite the general suspicion that it was a made-up thing. The atthir, how ever was somewhat mitigated in its disgraceful character by the vow of Mace to abandon foreter the P. IR., with all its unhallowed surroundings. We doubt not this was an honest itu pulse of the Gipsy; and when recently he was chided by an old friend for vi olating his pledge, there was some thing pathetic in the confession that he had manfully struggled to escape tfom the toils of the base crowd which pursued him, but that their persistent taunts, and other bad intluences had driven hin again into the ring. He might have added to these another powerfil motive in his dilapidated fortunes, brought on by the reckless life he had been induced to lead. Thus was he again drawn to this city to act an inglorious part in the barbarous arena on Thursday last. It is a worthy close of a career that originated in a liw ambition and a grovelling appetite for the applause of the disreputable. May such be the penalty of all who abandon honest and decent modes of life to engage in so debasing a spectacle as that of Thurs day. Let Jem Mace resume his old place i the circus ring, and afford a legiti nt te entertainment to the admirers of physical power and symmetry, and he nmay yet redeem himself from the vices contracted in that other ring, where the gifts of strength, agility ,mnd phys ical endurance are prostituted to the basest uses. AN HONEST CONFESSzoxN.-A cer tain Mr. Ignatius Donnelly, of Minne sota, in a recent speech, spoke as fel lows in regard to his change of poli tics : " A good deal has been said about my returning to the Repnhliean party. I do not feel that I evmer was ouit of that party. I may have got one leg over the traces, but I was in the halness all the while. [Great laugh ter.] If there was any reime In kick ing that leg out of the traces, my de fence will have to be that of the boy who went fishing on Sunday. A preacher saw him sitting on the river'* bank. "My son," said he, "don't you know you are committing a great sin to fish on the Sabbath day ?" "Wal," sakd the boy, "it can't be no great sin, for I hain't kotched nuthin." [Up roarious laughter.] I ran upon the patform of Ignatius Donnelly. I still regard it as a good, sound, substan tial platform, but there isn't enough of it to make a party out of. [Tu multuous applause.] In fact, my friends, I found that the temperature was increasing at the rate of one de gree for every fifty-four feet I de secended. It got so hot I concluded I was going to the devil. [Laughter] Now I don't think a man ought to go the devil simply to prove that he isn't afraid to go to the devil. So I took the back track. I came up like a half drowned gopher. [Tremendous out burst of laughter.] d a The Slaughter of the Students in Havana. The circumstances of the wretched tragedy which has added another dark g leaf to the history of Spanish domina e tion in Cuba, of the execution of the - eight medical students at Havana, o have been related to us by a- gentle o man who is familiar with the facts and e parties. It appears that these stu e debts were members of prominent (1 Cuban families, for whom the volunta rios cherished a bitter hate. This e feeling Is not only national and politi cal, but it is largely stimulated by that violent jealousy and hostility of el the ignorant and low-minded agaminst s those who occupy a higher social po e sition than themselves. The volunta il rios comprise the rabble of Havana. They are chiefly of the class that have e been compelled to leave their country d for their country's good. Many of Lt them are ex-soldiers of the Spanish i- army, and are reguarded as mere ad e venturers and vagabonds. The revo s lution in Cuba has given them the op Sportunity of invoking in their defence and encouragement-the strong nation al pride of all Spaniards. Hence the e impunity with which their numerous d outrages have been committed. As s long as these are done under the pre c text of vindicating Spanish pride and power, the better sort of people are e indiffelrent or openly approve actions it in which they take no part. The poor d defenceless Cubans are thus left to the n tender mercies of the most sanguinary d mob that ever domineered over a com d munity anuiT- government. The de a tails of the cruelties, ¶he list of the it murdered by the mob, the slaughter d of prisoners taken in opeh battle, the - confiscations, deportations and incar - ceratious, embracing members of near >f ly every Cuban family on the island, d will constitute the blackest chapter in i- the history of this country. Now it is - stated to us by a respectable and reli e able gentleman from Cuba, that among. n the other indignities perpetrated on e the Cubans, have been the desecra )f tiou of the graves of the Cuban pat ,s riots who have fallen in the struggle d still going on in the island This has 1 been quite a common practice in Ha i- vana: Incidents of it are said to have i, been constantly occurring within the 1 view of the young medical students of e the college of Havana, the dissecting y roomn of which adjoins the cemetery. ,r These young men were naturally ex a cited by these exhibitions of impotent and brutal hate against their deceased r relatives and friends, and in a moment o of youthful excitement and thought it lessness, retaliated by throwing stones at the pompous monument ertected :s over the grave of Castanon, the editor of of the Voice of the People, who was. killed at Key West about a year ago. Castanon was the 'chauapion of thte volintarios and the bitterest persecu y tor of the Creoles. He had timhe incn ceivable audacity to leave Havana and proceed to Key West with the view of ,t fighting a duel on American soil with e a Cuban who had threatened him. His h purpose was firustrated by a bullet, It which saluted him almost immediately d upon his appearance in the streets of e Key West. We have no knowledge r of the circumstances of his taking off, dl but a very decided conviction that he a deserved some punishment for the au a dacity of his mission. Be this as it t may, the voluntarios regarded him as s a martyr to their cause, and his re mains were "deposited with great pa t rade in a splendid mausoleum in the a Havana cemetery. It was this monu e ment whi'ch excited the young medical e students and became the object of d their foolish demonstration. We learn a that the extent of the injury done could have been repaired at small ex pense, and a reproof and punishmnent e of the students was decided on by the -govrznunent of the College. But this f did rot satisfy the vengeance of the e mnob. Nothing but blood would ap s pease their wrath. And the eo'ardly S government o Cubas allowed itself to - he intimidated into the infamoua deed e of dragging eight of their young stu dent, to thevi·sgarote, and there hb told bloo eextinguishing their young Slives in the midst of bootinga and ex ultations. Forty others, embracing Inarly the whole of the younger stu deints, were ondemne4 to four and five years' imprisonm)ent in the com, mon jails. Lt We reafnx8tn the opinion that no in cident of modern times has equalled f in haiuuisim and brutality this unfa g mous act, and that such will be the e judgient of the whole civilizel world. I- --,l. O. Timeca.