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Official Journal of Parish of Ascension. Official Journal Town of Donaldsonville. LINDEN E. BENTLEY, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR. Saturday, March 1, 1873. I- ] LOUISIANA PROBLEM SOLVED. Action of the U. . Senate-Election Bill Defeated-Kellogg Government Sus tained. The National Senate was in session all Thursday night, considering the Louisiana question. The debate was vigorous and acrimonious. An amendment to Carpenter's elec tion bill, continuing the KelloggGov ernment in'power pending the pro posed new election, was adopted after a long and bitter fight. At 7 o'clock yesterday morning the final vote was taken, being upon a motion to table Carpenter's bill. The motion prevailed by two majority ! V"his action establishes the validity •of the Kellogg Government, and vin dicates the Durell decision, the ruling of the Supreme Court of the State, and 'the course taken by the CIIEF. Eureka! New Orleans will have another im mnense influxof visitors to witness the annual parade of the fire department of that city, on Tuesday next, March 4th. On Thursday next, the sixth day of March, the regular session of the Gen eral Assembly of Louisiana will expire by constitutional limit. It is generally thought among the members of the Assembly that Gov. Kellogg will call an extra session, to open immediately following the ending of the regular term. A large fire in the third district of New Orleane, Thursday afternoon, destroyed two hundred and forty buildings, mostly tenement houses, and rende'ed four hundred persons homeless. Several fiends in human shape were discovered pouring coal oil upon buildings adjacent to those burning, and were arrested by tli6 po-. lice. Just here is where a mistake was made; the scoundrels should have been killed upon the spot. The number of strangers who vis ited New Orleans to witness the cele bration of Mardi Gras Jas been vari ously estimated from forty thousiind to seventy-five thousand. The latter estimate is unquestionably too large, while the former is perhaps nearly correct. The spectacle of the day pro cession of the loyal subjects of his majesty Rex, King of the Carnival, and the night parade of the appro ipriately named Mistic Krewe, was one of bpilliant grandeur and engrossing interest, and fully satisfied the ex pectations of most of the persons composing the vast assemblage who witnessed the same. WAR, 'PERHAPS. Hiou. John McEnlery, who assumes to be Governor of Louisiana by virtue of certain tabulated and manipulated election returns which have beef de clared fraudulent by the Supreme Colut of the State, has issued a pro elanmation calling upon, yea " comn ianding," all citizens of the parish of Orleans who are amenable to militia duty, to come forward and enroll themselves at the headqu:rters of " General" Eugene Waggaman, pre paratory to being assigned to active duty. The pu, rpose of this move is to gather a sufficient force to capture the State-Ilouse and install the McEnery government ; and a public meeting was called for last evening at which the plan for future action was to be laid out. Gov. Kellogg announces himself fully prepared for any out break, as, in addition to a well armed militia and metropolitan police force, he has United States troops at his disposal in case the emergency shall demand tjieir presence. If there is to be any violence it will be inaugurated to-day or early next week, but we do not believe a breach of the peace will occur. Mr. McEnery. is doubtless playing a bluff game to force Con. gressional action. He will hardly as sume the responsibility of creating a riot that would be so terrible in its consequences as an outbreak of that nature must necessarily prove at this season, when popular excitement is at such highi' pitch. A dispatch comes from Washington with the whole some warning to the people that par ticipants in the McEnetr riot will Le rigidly isought out and punished by the federal Govternm:lnt. Let all, heed. OUR WASHINGTON LETTER. WASRINOTON, D. C., Fell. 20, 1873. EDITOR CHIIEF : Many of the streets in WaVshington' are in a frightful condition. The last autumn and early winter was favorable to improvement of streets, and the Board of Public Works caused the streets to be torn up and pavements laid, many of which are now under water. It is feared that those so re cently laid will succumb of the recent successive freezing and thawing, to the present unparalleled storm, dfnd that hundreds of thousands dollars worth of improvements will come to naught. As the days become less before the close of this session, the anxiety of those having bills expected to be acted upon, increases. A strong lobby has been in attendance ll1 the session. The numerous Congressional in vestigations this session have greatly embarrassed legitimate as well as il legitimate l1gislation. Aside from the usual judicial executive and legiisla tive appropriation bills, there have been but few bills of any importance calling for money passed thus far this session. It is a serious matter with those who have spent time and money in furthering their respective claims before Congress. It is urged with force and propriety that the country owes to them the meeting of the 44th Congress immediately after this session closes. It is not certain what may be done regarding its meeting. Congress has arranged to pay the M. C.'s of the 44th Congress the same as if they convened on the 4th. So great is the demand for rooms fronting Pennsylvania Avenue, on the fourth of March, that ten dollars a window is not considered exorbitant for them. The different State associa tions have endeavored to secure the necessary accommodation for those coming from their respective States, and to that end committees have been appointed to engage rooms at reason able rates. Thus far but few places have been engaged, for reason that they did not consider the price asked for rooms sufficiently low to warrant securing them. The Board of Health here has passed a law declaring: "That all school officers, trustees, and teachers thereof, are hereby ordered and forbidden not to receive into or allow to attend any school-public or private-within the District of Columbia, any pupil not vaccinated according to the rules arid regulations and orders of the Board of Health." Upon what ne-at dothe these our Caesars feed, that they have grown so great I It was a surprise to every one, even the Democratic members, to elhold the Hon. Fernando Wood of New York, (as slim as a bean-pole and straight as an arrow,) advocating the impeachment of Vice President Colfax. In the Senate gallery your correspond ent sat beside a gentleman, formerly an attache of one'of the metropolitan journals, who exclaimed when the re solution of 'AIr. Wood was read : "Mayor Wood is the last man whom Brooks should select to' offer such a resolution." "Why," says he, "Wood is no better than Bill Tweed. Tweed has copied after Wood is his rascally transactions. Did Wood and and he have their just deserts, they would now be serving a term in the penitentiary." In the absence of Senator Sumner, a bill is now pending in Congress for a statue for the late Chief,Justice Taney. It will be remembered that some years ago Mr. Sumner defeated a bill for this purpose, because of the righteous decision of the justice that "negroes have no rights that white men are bound to respect." I well re member his strong speech on the sub ject, in which he gave English prece dents of men who had disgraced them selves by retarding rather than ad vancing the interests of their fellow men. It is rumored that Senator Pomeroy will present rebutting testimony, and show that York is a purjerer and unworthy of the confidence of friend or foe; that if Pomeroy concedes of having any money transactions with York at all it will be in respect to the establishment of a national bank. The redutction of letter postage from three to two cents after July next, is being considered by every one here with favor. The House having passed it, the Senate has the responsibility of either concurring or rejecting it. The estimates made by the several de partuments for postage has been made Auon the basis of three cent postage, which, should the two cent postage bill be enacted, there will necessarily 14 a reduction of one-third from. From: the Statistical Bureau we learn that the coal deposits of England are declining in production and are giving evident signs of exhaustion. Our deposits are being continually developed. The coal fields of North America exceed a million of square miles, while later discoveries indicate that China alone possesses at least 400,000 square miles. These facts in dicate that the coming chapter of civ ilization will be intensely industrial. If England, with a workable area of about 6,000 square miles, has been able to exert a dynamic power of machinery equal to the entire muscular power of the human race, what may we expect when the resources of the entire world are developed ? A very modest and unassuming little man is Dr. Hayden, the Super intendent of the Geological Surveys of our Territories. But few have ex hibited more intelligence and energy in a great enterprise than he. His last report on Montana is especially valuable, and is in process of transla tion into several foreign languages Many new and important localities were discovered and their characters f.st presented to the public in these reports. The influence of these great areas upon the development of our nationality can not fail to be very great. Congress is now considering the propriety of enlarging the ap propriation to this work, in order that it may be still more efficient. The people here generally support the demand of the President that the organic law of Utah shall be so amend ed that the territorial legislature shall no longer have the power to thwart the anti-polygamic legislature of Con gress. As a consequence the Saints are agitating the matter of a removal, and propose- to buy wp one of the Sandwich Islands. A theocracy is no longer tolerable in the present age of free thought. The foolish experiment of lust and tyranny inaugurated by Joe Smith is very nearly played out. The exports of treasure from San Francisco, by sea, during 1872, amounted to $29,310,433 against $ 17, 253,.-46 during the previous year, showing an increase of over $12,0(f), 000. The production of the precious metals on the Pacific coast has been gradually declining for a number of years. The above figures show a re action against the downward move ment, which is especially encouraging in these latter dlays, considering the heavy balances of trade against us. The difference is to be made good in " spondulicks ;" it is a very assuring fact that our production of the latter is so COpiOus. Our home production of railroad iron, during 1872, reached nearly a million (975,000) tons, while the for eign import was but little over half as great-529,591. In 1&50 the im ported iron was nearly three times as much as the domestic product. During the current year it is estimated that home production will enlarge to 1, 250,000 tons, while the import will scarcely reach half a million. The chief source of our foreign import is England, where the iron industry has become seriously deranged of later years by the enhanced cost of pro duction. Pennsylvania produced aboat half our aggtegate in -1871,but the in dustry has been rapidly dleveloped of late in Illinois, New York, Ohio, 3Maryland, Wisconsin, Iasacllhusetts, Michigan, Maine, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, New Jersey, Georgia, West Virginia and Kentucky. Illinois is rapidly overtaking Pennsylvania in this production-a fact ominous to free trade dogmas. For several years a project has been vigorously ptiessed on Congress for an approlpriation to assist in the great silver miiniig enterprises located upon the Comstock lode in Nevada. Adolph Sutro, a German engineer, has en gincered this movement with great pertinacity, and- is said to be fully confident of putting it through this session. The ground upon which Congress is urged to interfere is, that by the increased production of silver which this mneasure would recure, a great fiiancial benefit, greatly trans cending the cost of the work itself, would accrue. For the past twelve years I)emno cratic Congressmen have been excused from the political tricksters. They being opposed to the Administration and its policy could not consistently ask their 31. C's to labor in their bc half foir favors from the Republican party. Your correspondent has all dlong envied the ease of a Democratic nember. With no influence, politically, with the Administrations, they were ender no obligations to get favors ror their constituents. In conversation with an MI. C., yes erday, your correspondent learned hat the intention of the DemocrAts ,vas to sacrifice Brooks, with the hope hat by so doing the party (Demo cratic) would be able to purge itself from the charge of any connection with the Credit Mobilier matter. This certainlyisperfectly consistent with the tactics of, that broken-down party. It is exceedingly gratifying that the Republican party does not consider the political policy of the party, and through the newspaper press of the country has encouraged investigation, regardless upon whose heads it might fall, whether demo crats or republicans, justly, claiming thlat it as a party has nothing to do with the private speculative transac tions of its members, and to that end is ever ready to criticise their actions as it would the actions of any member of the Democratic party. The testimony of Senator Logan before the Senate Committee is entire ly satisfactory to outsiders as well as the committee, that his connection with the Credit Mobilier was honora ble ; also that of Wilson. was equally honorable. But with Senator Patter son, it is entirely different. Mr. Pat tcrson has had, all along, the unlimit ed confidence of the people here, and when his letter was produced by Ames suggesting, to said Ames, what he should testify to in order to ex ouerate him (P.) from censure, the people felt like exclaiming, "is ii pos sible that Senator Patterson is such a man." Whatever the excuse he may make does not suffice. He is branded as a prevaricator and unworthy the confidence of any one. IIis friends still hope for his redemption however. Reliable statistics, which your cor respondent gleans from one of the )Departments, show the English cotton mninufacture supports about one-sixth of the population. It is estimated that the power-looms now engaged ii this industry, turn out fourteen millon yards, or eight thousand miles of cot ton cloth per day. Every spindle in the spinning-mills works up fifty'times as much cotton, in a given time, as did the spindles of fifty years ago. It is machinery that gives to England her pre -inence in this and other branches of manufacture. We are rapidly overhauling her, and by the close of this century, will have pluck ed the diadem of industrial supremacJ forum her haughty brow. Russian aggression in Asia is not confined to Turkestan. Within the past year, advances have been made toward the Chinese Capital, and the cclestials are compelled, in helpless dismay, to see the Siberian frontier sweeping down upon them. Already the Russian flag flies along the coast half-way down the seaof Japan. Rus sia has long been seeking to bathe her frozen feet in the iarm waters of the South, lat hitherto has found her way hedged up. The contest for Asia tic Empire lies between her and Eng land. There will yet be a collision but the time is not come, Russia will await, before provoking the contest of the Anglo Indian Empire, till she has secured her railway communications through Turkestan. A French play wright has lately placed upon the stage a drama sharply satirizing American institutions and democrocy in general. The French government; fearing our government would take offence, interdicted the play unless the writer would obtain from the American minister at Paris an assurance that it would be received in good part. MIr. Washburn in effect says: We don't care a straw about it. This all seems very funny to us. Our institutions are the object of the most reckless abuse, even by officials in W\ashingtooi, drawing support from the governmnent, yet nobody seems to care. We are not sensitive to abuse like ill established governments. Our government is by the people, of the people and for the people. They are continually changing its Ipersonfnel, but never think of pulling it down. The Japanese government, two years ago, placed a loan of $5,000,000 in the London market, which was eagerly absorbed. Now another loan: of $12,000,000 is being rapidly sub scribed. This measure may be regard ed in some quartersas agreat advance in civilization. Somnemoney oracles, however; hint something about the " Heathen Chinee" who so wonderfully trumped Bill Nye in Bret Harte's piquant ballad. It is remarkable, however, that Japan is the only Asiatic country that has conceived the idea of borrowing outside capital for in ternal developmeht. Sundry English and American jour nals, in commenting upon the death of the late ex-Emperor Napoleon III, indulge in that train of wishy-washy sentimentality which shows a great weakness of moral convictions in both writers and readers. 'he man who deliberately phlnned the coup d'ctat of 1652, and who, in its execution, hesitated not at wholesale assassina tion, reckless perjury and nameless villainy should not find a coveit from public indignation even in Hades. A bad character has no claims to public indulgence oven after its owner has passed away. The moral power of virtue can not be upheld if this salu tary discipline of great criminals is relaxed. The protection which the law of libel'affords to private character in this country is likely to be subjected to a more thorough test than has ever yet been applied to it. Whether any appeal will be made to the law in behalf of the reputation of eminent public men who have been slandered, as connected with any corporations, in any investigation in Congress, re mains to be seen. But an example has been set by one of the most noted corporations in New York, which promises to be a brilliant success, and may therefore Vmpt other corpora tions and .men similarly injured to prosecute the same course for their protection. 4 noted insurance writer, named English, who, until recently, was known to everybody as a subser vient agent and'supporter of the lead ing insurance men of New York, re cently, for reasons best known to him self, saw fit to publish an attack upon the Mutual Life Insurance Company and upon its officers. This company has long stood higher in public confi dence and esteem than, perhaps, any other financial trust of the country, and general surprise was expressed that any one should be bold enough to insinuate that its management was not at least perfectly honest, whether in all respects free from errors of judg ment or not. The president of the company, Mr. Winston, immediately took the most efficient measures to silence the libel. In the first place, Mr. English was arrested under the New York law of slander, and being unable to find bail was placed in Lud low street jail, where lie now remains. In the seco. place, the company made their aunal statement for the year 1873, laying all their business interests out before'the world; making an exhibit of financial soundness, strength and economy unparalleled in the history of life insurance. Up to this time the company seems to have much the best of the contess If it should result in the somewhat per manent incarceration of 1.. English, the case will become an encouraging precedent for all trustees of great:pub lic interests, whose characters are likely to be made the sport of unprin cipled libelers. There is justly some complaint amobg the artists who have submitted models in competition for the Farragut statue. The models are different sizes and styles, of different proportions and in different positions. Your correspondent can imagine an artist in fire-heat for getting up a model, dumbfounded when he at temptsa design. These different styles and positions are perhaps equally credible Lind perhaps might be exe cuted comparatively well by.most of the competitors. None can afford to spend time and money in getting up numerous designs, and the result is they get up only one or two, and take chances. The best artists, whose time is too valuable to work on uncertain ties, present simply a miniature model roughly sketched which is generally complained of because the likeness is imperfect, and the chances seem in variably in favor of the poor artist who has nothing to do but get up a large model and exaggerated likeness The fact that the likeness is to be recognized at a glance, or in a hurried rush aroundhie models, seems to. be the test of merit. SI am not sure if in this country* of iuexperienced judges of art, competi tion instead of securing to the Gov ernment the best works of art, will tend to degrade the nation. In the case of Mills and Bailey before the Government Commission for the exe cution of the statue of Rawlins, your readers will remember, it was admitted that Mills had the best model, and Bailey with an inferior model secured the contract. It is time Congressmen informed themselves as to who is and who is not competent to execute the works desired by the Government and make square out-and-out contracts. Then we would be protected against Ipretenders to art and be spared the mortification of abortions. ALERT. The New Orleans Picayune advises against the selection of Gov. Warmoth by the Fusion Legislature as their candidate for the U. -. Senate. The Picayune repeats the argument of the CIImF, that such action would effec tually quash all hopes of federal rec ognition of the McEnEery Pretension. lion. C. B. Darrali, M. C., has or thanks for valuable public doec The present session of Con close Monday next. An extra is probable. Dispatches from W ington say that Pinchback will adventure be seated as. Senator this State because no one wig-; hand to contest his right to ' ton. If this shall transpire, our friends of the McEuery Le repeift in sackcloth and ashes of dilly-dallying in the matter of for a candidate for Senatorial They will have fallen into thev' trap we predicted some time Warmoth is the stumbling block in. way of their happiness just at eat. We regret to announce the death lHon. John Hedgepath, one of the resentatives of St. James Pa the J7gislature, which sad eve curred in New Orleans on 8 last. Mr. Lewis of Ascension resolutions eulogistic of the d and condoling with his widpw4 moved an adjournment out of to his memory, which motion ed. The remains of Mr. Hedi were conveyed to his home in James, where they were interred the lamentations of his many , rounding friends and associates. deceased was a colored man, of Ohio, of liberal education, personal qualities and no mean: ty, and his demise will create in the legislative halls thatfew licans in his parish can fill. BARGAI S BA Having made my Spring pnurhieas recent Bankrupt Sales, I am now to offer special inducements to my and the public at large, in the f goods, via: PRINTS, a 10e. 4-4 BLEACH COTTONS, a 12,17J IO.t 4-4 BROWN " " 10, 164. ALL LINEN CHECK, 40c., worth COTTON CHECK, - 124e., " ALL LINEN DAMASK, 60e., " SATIN STRIPE PIQUE', 30c, "C LINEN IHDKTFS, $1.25, $1,50, " CORSETS, - - - - $1.25, " Will also dispose of balance of SP STOCK at equally low prices. OF As we are shortly to receive a Le ; stock of SUMMER GOODS,in order todi room for the same we are disposing of Winter Goods Below Cost I MARX ISRAEL, Misississippi Street, corner of Lessard, ml-2t DONALDSONVILLE, LA. TO SUGAR PLANTERS. A Southern Invention. Ratoon Grubbing Done by Mune Invented by A. TRO ARD, Jefferson Parn Louisiana. This Machine has given full satisiaction, proof of which we refer to the followl planters, who have used it this season: Messrs. A. Miltenberger & Co., A. Rochereaun & Co., -Blanchin & Giraud. and Jules Lavergne, New Orleans; - G. Sabatier, Terrebonne; Gov. Moore, Red River; R. McCall, and H. Duffel, Ascension; Charles Villere, B. Labranche, and V. Breaud, St. Bernard; A. Gagnolatti, Widow 1. agaman, and A. Odier, Jefferson ; G. Thihbodeau, St. John the Baptist; 0. S. Villere, Plaquemine, and Drouet & Bros., Jefferson Parish. Two mules and one man twill grub from I to 10 acres a day, with swift mules. Thy man has nothing to do butto drive his maule Information for using the machine will ie sent with it. Edward Dronet, Agekt, No. 142 Gravier street, New Orleans, LA For Sale ! LOT AND IMPROVEMENTS delightfflly situated in the most pleasa*R portion d the town Of Donaldsonville, a neat Flower Garden, and Valuable Fruit fre1A and Vines on the premises. For particu~as apply to W. M. McGALLIARD, M. D., Crescent Place, Donaldsonville, La. J. D. AUGUSTIN, I. DE POORTER, St. Charles P. O., La. Edgard P. 0., 1 Augustin & DePoorter, ATTORNEYS AT LAW. Will practice in all the parishes of the 41t Judicial District, and before the Supre Court of the State. nov'3-72. FREDERICK DUFFEL, R. PROSPIER LANDR. * Duffel & Landry, LAW AND NOTARIAL OFFICE, Opposite the Court-House, Donaldsonville, La. Will attend promptly to all professioal business. No charges made for recordi.L notarial oets. ayur72 Sale of Ferries. UBLIC notice is hereby given that, bj Pvirtue of the power in.me vested, I wil proceed to sell, on Monday, March 3rd, 1873, at 11 o'clock A. M., at the Court-House, i the town of l)onalsonuville, to the high.s bidler, tl:e farm of thle tparish ferries fobr tl current yearM.VM. KENNER, President lPlice Jury. Parish of Ascension, January C"Sth, 183.