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THE DONALDSON VILLE CHIEF.
OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE PARI$H OF A CESION ADD TOW¶ OF DONALDMO'TILLE. VOLUME i. DONALDSONVILLE, LA., SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 1872. NUMBER 6 .onalsonbille C of. Office in Crescent Place. .Published Every Saturday Morning -AT Doonaldsonville, La., -BY LINDEN F. BENTLEY, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION One copy, one year... ..............$ 00 One copy, six months................. 150 single eop .................. ....... 10 Payable invariably in advance. ADVERTISLYG RATES: (A square is seven lines Minion type.] Space. I wk. 1 mo. 3 mos. 6 mos. 1 yr. I aguare.... $1 00 $3 *$5 00 $9 001500 'squares... 2 00 5 9 00 1500 25 00 4 squares... 4 00 8 15 00 25 00 3500 a colunm... 700 i3 00 25 00 40 5000 column... 14 0' 25 40 00 600 7000 1 olumn... `28 40 0 55 00 75 00 100 00 Transiont advertisements. $1 per square first insertion; 75 ets. each subsequent insertion. All official advertisements $1 per square each inhertion. Communications may be addressed simplI CHIEF, Donaidsoavifle, La.," or to the edi tor and proprietor persoually. Some unknown friend has our thanks for files of Mobile papers. The State debt of Vermont is but a slight sum over $500,000, and is still undergoing reduction. Hon. John R. Lynch, a colored man, has been elected Speaker of the Mis sissippi House of Representatives. 1 -0 James Fisk, Jr., was shot and killed by Edmund Stokes in New York, two weeks ago. The quarrel between the men arose from a love affair. According to the decision of the Na tional Republican Executive Commit tee, the Republican Convention for the nomination of a President and Vice-President will meet at Philadel phia on the fifth day of June next. An exchange says: " Chicago is re assuming her old progressive tenden cies. The city now boasts a man who has had the small-pox twice in eight years, and remarks casually, in giv ing the information, that it hasn't been a good time for small-pox either. The man is not proud, however." The New Orleans Magnolia has changed its form from a four-page to an eight-page paper, and its appear ance is much improved thereby. The Magnolia still keeps up its battle cry of "Down with the State Lottery swindle," and we hope its efforts to induce the Legislature to repeal the obnoxious law creating the swindle will not prove in vain. The remarks of the press of the country upon the political trouble's in this State have been widespread and general. The large majority of the journals condemn the federal officials for their interference with the State Government, and urge the President to demonstrate his disapproval of of their action by removing them from office. That scurrilous little sheet the New Orlearis Patriot has " gone glimmer ing as the things that were," and been " gathered to the tombs of its fore fathers." One by one the abusive, demoralizing journals of the State that have been a disgrace to the profession succumnb to that wholesome public opinion, which exists to a greater or less extent in all communities, dis countenancing abuse of the liberty of tiae press, and failing to recognize personal vilification of officials as ar guments against th4ir public honesty. Good-bye, little Patriot, you have gone where you will not be lonely, for the dominious of Satan abound with myriads of just such nasty papers. The New Orleans Mitrailleuse has made its appearance in all the gor geousness of a beautiful heading, much improved typographically and enlarged in size. We have had no time as yet to peruse its columns, hence shall withhold our judgment of its editorial department for a future tiwe. The remarkable, wavering part which its editor has played in the pilitical arena during the last month or so has somewhat shaken our faith in his judgment and stability, but we hope he may retrieve himself by a more consistent future, arrayed upon the side of the right, in which ease, all success 4q tlhe llansusognp Mi ThJ Political Situation. The following pithy paragraps are copied fr' m the Carrollton State Reg ister, on ýf the most able Republican journals I the State : JUDGE A ELL AND THE GRAND JURY. Judge bell took a hand in the de filement f public affairs on Thursday, and manuged to deface the enemies of his ofli e with more dirt. Because the grand jury acted in the case of Whliýla , where a murder had been comnmittl , and which it was warran ted in i estigating by virtue of the coroner' inquest, and did not act in the case 4f Chester, which was a mere scrimmage between a body of excited partisans; he charged it with dishones ty, and then dismissed it. The mem bers of t.e grand jury, sixteen in num ber, are npeached by a judge upon a simple Illegation of a partisan news paper, the sole excuse which Judge Abell male for his rash and prejudiced action Was the article which he read from the sntiosal Republican accusing the gran jury of acting in the Whey land ct and of neglecting to act in the Chester case. As Wheyland is dead and Chester is running around loose sti ng up trouble, the two cases are very iferent, and the grand jury was the Fit judge of what its duties were in the matter. This whole matter sifts itself down to a sim ple question whether Judge Abell who is t one man, and a partisan at that, i to form the opinions of the grand j ry, or whether the citizens, who co stitute the body, are to do their own thinking. TIIE PRESIDENT'S GOOD SENSE. It is just as well to keep a clear ac count a we go along, and in doing so we find at President Grant has to be credi with a great deal of prudence in conn tion with our rather tumul tuous condition during the last two weeks. He has kept his hands off with atriotism singularly at vari ance 11th the report that he always lends a fist in favor of his own part isans. the rowdies and the lobby who thought to make Grant useful in the way of letting them kick up a shindy and plunder folks have been disapp fnteL He has respected the streija right of the State to make a July o herself with a fairness that nothing could exceed. A ALLEN CARPET-BAGGER. An 'ihman named J. Chester Morris y arrtred in New Orleans, is nu gr a small sore which he was paid c with last week for engaging in a free fight among the sovereign Americans of the State of Louisiana. J. Chester Morris hopes to make some money, or other good thing, out his hurt, but he will probably miss his object since the free fight business is an in itution wherein each one has to pay is own expenses in this coun try. hese John Bulls always have to undergo the process of a licking in the U' ited States, whether they in vade s in the shape of armies, or in single file. Each blarsted Britisher think he can come to America and rectify the fight that Cornwallis lost, and tills gets his head into chancery. J. Chester Morris is the latest ex ample, but somehow he seems to have, some ing mean in his disposition, for he rses to acknowledge the corn, as hi predecessors have done, but in sists hiding himself as a Iaartyr to something else besides English pluck and'obstinacy. He must be a fraud. REFO M MEASURES RECOMMENDED BY T COMMITTEE OF FIFrY-ONE. Th Committee of Fifty-one have made hree recommendations, and on ly thui , after a session of three weeks, and 1e must say that the country can not I saved by either one of these sugg tions. The reinstatement of SpeaW or Carter cannot be made by Gove nor Warmoth, since that is the right if the House of Representatives; the I hase of a tract of land for an insa asylum can be deferred with perf t safety until the city can pay her 1 gitimate expenses, and the proc lama ion of martial law is wholly un nece ry, since order been maintained and eace now smiles upon us with mild eyed beneficence from every quar er. The self-constituted Aerop ague ad better disband, us it is get ting to hands tarred with sticks that g sense has east aside. GO '. WARMOTH PRESERVES PEACE. G, vernor Warmnoth, whatever may be rtid of him in other matters, has done what was never done in New Orleans before. He kept the peace at the late election. For once the peo ple went peacably and voted; no rows, no fights, no insults. This is one thing the Democrats and the Gem Legislature have forgotten to charge hin with. How can the Democracy so in measures of reform if we are have peacable elections, such as e last one t These " obnoxious laws" giving Warmoth the power to keep the peace on election days, to gether with the school bill, must be rep aled, or we must have martial law at ce. FREE SPEECH. one thing we are certain, that during Governor Warmoth's adminis tra~on of affairs in Louisiana the puic press, or rather the right of free sp h, has been freer than it ever w before; and this is our idea p1 whAt good government means in one res et, at least. We have seen the Go ernor abused without measure, an we have seen his enemies abused, ny yet never an attempt has been made to suppress this by either party, because both were free to do what ei ther did. If the Governor had been the despot that he was represented to be, and had had at his control the thugs who were said to be his to do his bidding, this thing might not have been as clear as it has beenr; and though we do not approve of slander ous abuse, still we prefer to see it tol erated for those who do like it rather than that the freedom of speech should be suppressed when the truth is nec essary to be told. As has been said, error is never dangerous so long as virtue is left free to combat it; and the speech that is wicked can do but little hurt while the voice of honesty is allowed to meet and destroy it. is it not better, then, to have free speech under Warmoth, than to be muzzled under another man whose popularity might be the result of a suppression of the truth ? Graphic Picture of a Senator. We extract the following from the St. Louis Democrat of recent date : The telegraph informs vs that ex Senator McCreery has been nominated by the Democrats of the Kentucky Legislature to succeed Garret Davis in the United States Senate on the 4th of March. McCreery is a jolly old soul, and personally, one of the cleverest of men. You would take him, from his dress and appearance in the Senate, to be a well-to-do farmer, fresh from his barn-yard, who had just dropped in to see with what little wisdom the world was governed. He was elected a few years ago to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Guthrie, and served until the 4th of March last. He was a candidate for re-election, and indications were decidedly in his favor. He felt so contident of success that he declined to go home to take Bart in the canvass. Finally his friends persuaded him that le must be present at least to receive the con gratulations of his friends when the thing was done. So he started for Frankfurt. He l hd got as far as Lex ington when he received an invitation to a big wedding party in that city, commemorative of the iuptials of two members of the first families. He accepted, and presented himself in homespun and tobacco juice. At the supper table that evening lie met his political death in this way: Right in the presence of the elite, under the blaze of the big chandeliers, he trans ferred an unwashed soup spoon, yet rmoist with mock-turtle, into the bow els of a formidable pyramid of ice cream and so mixed up his courses as to chagrin and disgust all the first families represented at the festal board. He was doomed. No man who who so thoroughly disregard the pro prieties was fit to represent Kentucky in ,the Senate. A delegation went frotib Lexington next day intent uporn his defeat, and they worked so assid uously in the name of all that was respectable in Kentucky, that they shelved him effectually. John W. Stephenson, then Governor of the State, was elected in his stead. Me Creery went back to finish out his term in the Senate, swearing ven geance against the "shoddyites of the Blue Glass region," as he styled them. He wss Flchm, and the masses rather liked him because he wasn't Turveydropsical; he has spent a year in hard wsrk among his friends, and has now redeemed the blunder of the soup spoon. He is a man of unusual ability in his way, and there is in him,- as a public speaker, a vein of humor that often recalls the best days of Tom Corwin. Woodhulil and Claflin in the Bos sel Funeral Procession. [St. Louis Republican's New York Letter.] If Victoria and Tennessee were not amused, they must be difficult ere tures to entertain. The boys in vited then to speak, and were partic ularly happy in their remarks on their personal appearance. A big tow headed boy sung out: " Which is the old cat they calls the next President ? Oh! my, ain't she ugly ! Say, old gal, give us a song and dance. Is that your own hair or a scatch ? Open yer mouth-yer 'fraid to, for fear the hoss cars'l think it's the depot and drive in." " Jehu! what a nose," says a lad with in a foot of Victoria; " I hain't seen such a nose since I had the Measles, and then the doctor had it to prick at bile with." The nasty little nuisances stood in solid masses about the women. Col. Blood and Stephen Pearl An drews manfully strove to protect the brokeresses; but the boys seemed to know all about matters, and said : " Now his blood's up"-" Say, Capt'n -it's all right-we're all free lovers." When a cheap transparency made its appearance with a delegation, bearing inscription, "And they had all things in common," then the crowd shouted, "Fetch that banner over here!" " Give it to Woodlhull!" " Here's the gal for that motto!" Finally the pro cession started, and those unhappy women, footsore and insulted, walked miles through the mud which covered everything, supported by the greatest rabble that ever paraded, one weak band, thirty or forty lower-class French women, and thousands of wild, hungry-looking men. It was ridicu lous on the part of the police to inter fere with the Communists, as they did on the preceding Sunday, since that act was the only one that gave any sort of consequence to the whole agffdr, Opinions of a Democrat. The St. Louis Times, an ultra Dem ocratie journal, publishes a letter from a New Orleans correspondent, dated January 6th, from which we make the following extracts. The correspon dent was an eye-witness to the excit ing political events which had occur red up to the date of his letter, and his opinions as those of a non-partisan looker-on must possess no inconsider able weight. His picture of Carter is true to the life. After stating that President Grant had turned his back upon the Carter faction, the writer goes on to say : This is the death blow of the anti Warmotli faction, for it was on this very same federal assistance that they chiefly relied, and without it they are as harmless as Falstaff's men in buck ram. They get little sympathy or encouragement from the Democracy, although a few injudicious Democrats have encouraged them; but the more prudent and thoughtful men of the party have, so far, stood aloof entire ly, animated by pretty much the same feelinge as possessed the old woman when Bruin and her husband were locked in deadly emibrace. If, indeed, they have any sympathy with either, they lean toward the Warmoth fac tion. * The action of Grant in disowning the revolutionary and high-handed measures of the Carter and Custom house clique surprised them no less than it did the opposition and the general public. There is no doubt that the Washington administration was in full accord with them until it was discovered that they were in a hopeless minority, and that the War moth party could not be ousted with out open and palpable revolution, without possibly bloodshed. Grant's brother-in-law, Casey, the collector of this port, has been the chief leader and wire-puller of the anti-Warmoth party, and every federal office holder in this city and State has worked like a beaver against Warmnoth. The United States revenue cutter Wilder ness was, and is now, used as a refuge for the absconding Senators, in order to break a quorum in the Senate. Everything points disreputably to the fact that Mr. Grant has been aiding, abetting and encouraging the opposi tion in their course, and the curses and maledictions that are heaped upon his head by the Carterites for his recreancy are both loud and deep. George W. Carter, leader of the Custom-House clique in the House, is the Speaker of that body. He is an ex-Confederate army officer, having served in the latter part of the war as Colonel of a cavalry regiment. He is likewise an ex-minister of the gospel, having at one time in his checkered career been an itinerant Methodist preacher. Army associations, how ever, knocked all the religious spirit out of him, if he ever possessed any. Now he swears like a trooper, and it is said lie can hold his own with the best at draw poker. He is a fair spe cimen of the bold Western politician rough, off-hand in style and manner, and possesses the courage and daring to execute. He is, however, lacking in discretion and judgmhnt. With a moiety of Warmoth's tact, skill and generalship, there, is no doubt that he would have wob an easy victory over the latter. Carter is a represen tative from Cameron parish, whither he went as a registrar a few weeks before the last election. The whole term of his residence in the parish does not exceed thirty days, nor has he been in the parish since lie has been returned. He holds some sub ordinate position in the New Orleaiis Custom-House. He is a genuine type of the exrebel, radical, carpet-bagger, without principle, honor, honesty or other commendable trait. An ex federal carpet-bagger is bad enough, God knows; but those miserable, sneaking, recreant, peijured ex-Con federates, whlo have crept iInt4 the Radical fold to prey upon thle Southl era, people, from such, good Lord, deliver us! A Remarkable Career of Crime. Charles D. Hilderbrand, the noto rious burglar and jail-breaker, now in prison at St. Joseph, Mo., tells the story of his life, an unbroken succes sion of crimes, beginining in his early childhood. He was born in 1840, and at the age of three months he was stolen from his parents, and it would seem that this act had some influence upon his ch.aracter, for his favorite crime has always been robbery. When only eight years old he was detected in robbinga money drawer in St. Louis, but on account of his age he was not imprisoned. Only a year afterward he appeared in Paris, where he was convicted of robbery and sentenced to one year's imprisonment, but after three months confinement he was par doned. Immediately upon his release he went to London, where he was de tected in attempting a heavy robbery with two notorious burglars. Both of his companions were transported to Van Dieman's Land for 30 years, and after six months imprisonment in the Old Bailey, Hilderbrand, now only 10 years of age, was banished to America. He went from England to Montreal, where he was soon detected in another robbery, and sentenced to six months imprisonment, but managed to obtain his liberty At the end of three days. Appearing shortly after this in Kings ton, Canada West, he was again ar rested for robbery, and imprisoned for one year, serving out his full term. In 1852 he returned again to the United States, and almost immediate ly made his appearance in a bold rob bery at Alleghany City, Penn., which shut him up again for two years. Scarcely had he gained his liberty when he was detected in a robbery and murder, and transported to Cuba for 20 years. One of his companions was imprisoned for life. Hilderbrand contrived to obtain a release at the end of three months, and soon after was sentenced to 10 years imprison ment in Mexico for indulging again in his favorite crime. He escaped after six weeks imprisonment, and returned again to the United States. Convicted of robbery soon after in Nashville, Tenn., he was sentenced to the peni tentiary for eight years, but was re leased through legal interference at the end of a month.. In 1855 he ap peared in San Francisco, and was an inmate ofthe city prison for one month. Going to Europe again. he next served a term of seven months at Birming ham, England; five months in a dun geon at Lyons, France, and two months in Berlin, Prussia. Return ing to America, he served one month in jail at Pittsburgh, Penn; two months in Cincinnati; was sentenced for four years at Baton Rouge, La., but escaped at the end of fifteen days; six months at St. Louis; bought him self out in three days ; served two years in Illinois for two distinct charges, and escaped a third by flight to Europe. Returning to the United States in 1865 he was recognized and imprisoned in Illinois for one year. At the expiration of his term he at once entered into a conspiracy to rob an express company in Indiana, but was exposed by his associates, taken to Milwaukee, and sent up for five years. He served four years and four months, and was then discharged for good behavior. He has served four teen years in various prisons, a part of the time closely confined in dun geons. He has been in ten different State prisons, four city prisons, twenty police stations, and seven county calabooses. He declares that he intends now to reform, and devote himself to the publication of a book of crime, exposing the manner in which burglers operate, illustrating it by scenes from his own experience. -N. Y. Tribuse. Critical Periods of Human Life. From the age of forty to that of siaty, a man who properly regulates himself may lie considered in the prime of life. His matured strength of constitution renders him almost impervious to the attacks of disease, and his functions are in the highest order. Having gone a year or two past sixty, however, he arrives at a critical period of existence, the river of death tiows before him, and he remains at a stand-still. But athwart this river is a viaduct called " The Turn of Life," which, if crossed in safety, leads to the valley of " Old 1 Age," round which the river winds 1 and then flows beyond without a boat or causeway to effect its passage. The bridge is, however, constructed of fragile materials, and it depends upon how it is trodden, whether it bend or break. Gout, apoplexy and other bad characters are also in the vicinity to waylay the traveler and thrust him from the pass; but let hip gird up his loins, and provide himself with perfect composure. To quote a metaphor, " the turn of life " has a turn either into a prolonged walk or into the grave. The system and power, having reached their utmost expansion, now begin either to close, like flowers at sunset. or break down at once. One injudicious stimulant, a single excitement, may force it beyond its strength; whilst a careful supply of props, and the withdrawal of all that tends to force a plant, will sustain it in beauty and vigor until night has nearly set in. GRuMmBL.ERS AT NEWSPAPERS. Horace Greeley hits the nail on the head when he says: " It is strange how closely the men read the papers. We never say anything that anybody don't like but we soon hear of it, and everybody tells us about it. If, how ever, once in a while we happen to say a good thing, we never hear of that-nobody seems to notice it. We may pay some man a hundred com pliments and give him a dozen puffs, and lie takes it as a tribute to his greatness, and never thinks of it never thinks it does him any good. But if we happen to say anything this man don't like, or something that he imagines is a reflection on him. or his character, see how quick he flares up and gets excited about it. All our evils are duly charged to us, but we never, apparently, get any credit for what good we do." A man died the other day from habitual drunkenness. A post-mortem examination of his internal organs showed that his blood was largely mixed with alcohol. The coroner testi fied that the heart smelled as though it had been steeped in alcohol. Peo ple who are in the habit of keeping themselves saturated with the vile alcoholic compounds under the name of ruin, gin, bourbon, etc., should take warning from such an example. We may talk of soft hearts, noble hearts and true hearts but how can a heart " steeped in alcohol " be any of these ? Address of Speaker Brewster. Immediately after the election of Hon. 0. H. Brewster, of Ouachita, as Speaker of the House of Representa tatives, at the session of January 4th, he addressed the members as follows: Gentlemen of the House of Repre sentatives-You will not think it strange if I express surprise at thus being elevated to the responsible position of Speaker of the House of Repiesentaves. You know as well as myself that it is not fifteen minutes since my name was first mentioned as a candidate, and, consequently, I now take the chair without having made a promise to any member of this House. I am untrammelled and free, and will give you but one pledge at this time, and that is, that I will recommend and practice the most rigid economy in every branch of our expenditures. We have been extravagant and wasteful in the extreme, and, while I know that certain individuals are far more criminal than others, yet I cannot and will not deny that we are all most shamefully to blame for the manner in which we have allowed the people's money to be used in the past. Then let us cease to attempt to throw the blame of our former mis deeds upon any one man, or faction, or party-in short, let us cease to look to. the past except with the determin ation of discovering our own mistakes for the purpose of avoiding, them it the future. Let us unite with a firm resolve that we will pass such resolutions and laws, or if necessary, recommend to the voters of the State such amend ments to the constitution as shall for ever prevent the plundering of the people hereafter. I know that it is customary on occa sions like this for the recipients of office to return thanks to those who have elected them. This I shall not do. I shall wait until the close of the session, and then if I find that you have stood by me in my firm deter initiation to carry out the great prin ciples of reform and retrenchment which are so earnestly demanded by the people throughout the State, then I shall thank you a thousand times from my inmost heart for the proud position in which you have placed me. Let us keep the necessity of reform constantly in view, and make a record to which we can look back at the end of the session with feelings of satisfaction and approval-a record which we can point our constituents on our return home, and justly clainm that we have done our duty as the representatives of the people-a rec orde to which our children after us will turn with the proud satisfaction that their father proved true and faithful in one of the most critical periods of the history of Louisiana. No class of men ever had a better opportunity to establish a good name and to gain the confidence of the people. I hope and trust, and I can say from indica tions which I already see, that I believe that this opportunity will not be allowed to pase unjmproved. Thanking you most heartily for your attention, I shall now enter upon the duties of the office to which you havo called me, A Farewell to Geo. W. Carter. Farewell G. W. Carter. You save played a big hand in the game of Leu isiana politics, you have. That blue Spanish mantle flung loosely over your shoulders, and concealing under neath every imaginable weapon that goes off with powder, must now he taken to other fields than these. But don't take it to Washington, G. W., principally because it don,t look well. Chivalry does not set well on the. Na tional stomach. When political lead ers there surround themselves with ruffians, who make quorums of dead men, they somehow do not get along. It is surprising but it is true. The new parliamentary code of yours won't work in that country. By no stretch of logic can a dead man make a quo rum. even of a legislative body. You are " busted "-played out. Your rum mill is closed. Not even the Marshal's private office is secure for you now. It is a. pity, but it is so. We know you wanted " Refirm,"-you needed it:-no man more. We know you had a nice little job to turn the State over to the Democrats, but it didn't go through. We are sorry for the Dem ocrats; they meant well in their way, but they are " busted" too. You won't be Governor, G. W. Sorry are we, but you must work for your liv. iug hereafter, and not have the State to support you. Paddle your own canoe, for now you will And out no Democrat will paddle it for you. Tex as customs don't get aloug here any more. It is a great misfortune but it is a fact. The Digger Indiana (not taxed) might afford you shelter-they believe in a quorum of dead men-we don't, G. W., more's the pity. Go with you, Records generally keep where you will,your record will go with company with a high-toned gentle men like yourself and the Fays whom you lead. It is astonishing how reec ords stick to a man; yours isn't a good one. You believe inf cutting down the majority of your opponents by " hook or by crook," but it won't pay. Civilization don't permit it; it may be unfortunate but it is so. Wrn ja yourself in your mantle, you wunm't have much chance to put it to a onre becoming use. Good-bye.-N. 0. I Semi- Weekly Loeisieanians.