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Three Dqilars jYear. pfcial Jqurnal Town of Dqnald4nvil. LINDEN E. BENTLEY, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR. Saturday, - June 7, 1873. Mr. E. C. Hancock, one of the edi tors of the New Orleans Herald, was assaulted and beaten by two unknown men a few nights since, but was for tunately nqt severely injured. The city press is unanimous in condemn ing the cowardly assault in the most unqualified terms. The Messrs. Hunsaker of St. James parish 'seem to have gotten ipto trouble all around. lion. 0. F. Hun saker, formerly Senator from this District and ox-President of the St. James Police Jury, has been discov ered to be in arrears to the parish $1800, which amount be has just paid into tl}e treasury in satisfaction of the claim. UXr. D. S. Hunsker, ex-Tax Collector of St. James, is also in ar rears some $1400, and rwe under stand that be has prqmised to make the deficiency good. And finally, Hon. J. W. Hunsaker, ex-Parish Judge and ex-Presiden of the School Board, has been arrested, charged with em beralement of school funds to an amount which we hear variously es timated from $4000 to $11,000. He has given bonds to appear for trial, and our latest intelligence regarding the matter is the report that he will be released from the charge upon paying the amount of his defalcation into the parish treasury. The St. James treasury is to be envied. TO THE PUBLIC. Enrro C~m r : In view of the contemptible insinu ations leveled at me in the Leader of May 31 by some party or parties who have not the manliness to let them= selves be known to the public but must needs sneak into print under assumed titles, I desire the use of the columns of your paper to make a brief statement of facts. The motion of my counsel to quash the indictment presented against me by the Grand Jury for alleged em bezzlement of school funds, was made withqut my knowledge or consent, and the object of it was merely to test a point of law, my legal advisers de ~laring their intention of afterwards pseonding my request for the appoint ment of a competent accountant to .xamine my books and receipts and point out to the court the ridiculous blander that was made by the Dis trict Attorney in his information against me. 'The fair minded correspondents of -e Leader did not choose to take no rce of the fact that the case against a.,owas called up three times before ~he District Court on the day pre peeding the close of the session, but was postpgned each time because the District Attorney pretended that he was not prrep1ret-to take up the case. When the 1Boar.l of School Direc tors holds its neSt session I shall ask the appointment of a committee, to be selected from its own members, the ;ecent Grand Jury, and the leading merchants of Donaldsonville, which shall be requested to enter into a thorough examination of the tax rolls and delinquent lists of 1870 and 1871, aid of my payments to the School Treasurer with a view of ascertaining the truth or falsity of the charge again st me, and make a report of such exam ination to be published in the news papers of the parish. The total amount of school tax lev ied in 1870 was $1483, of which $1108 35 was collected. The amount levied in 1871 was 82631 03, and of this $2034 25 was collected, making a total of $3142 57 collected, and a de linquent list of $971 46. I hold re ceipts from the Treasurer of the School loard for $3140 57, leaving me in Alebted $o the school fiund in the enor pWQus sup) of $2, which I am ready to pay upon demand. These tigures will be verified by the tax rolls as the Dis triit Attorney or the sneaking corres pdents of his paper will shortly be forced to acknowledge. In rgard to the statement in the report of phe Grand 'Jqry that I was paid a thousand dollars for furnishing a cop- of the tax roll of 1871 and no such roll is on file in the Recorder's office, i will simply s4y that the roll was made and was offered to the for mer Recorder~ Mr. Younger, but that "lficial refsed to give a receipt for the 4ame, ihence I declined to leave it in his lice. This roll is now in the iands ofthe present Collector. ConsFious that I am innocent of the pffense 4ttjh which I am charged, I shall Cake steps tp have my character vindicated most completly, and I shall hold all traducers of my name to a strict accountatilityr for their coward Y slanders. HrAS. . SMITII. A OARD. To the Public: [ deis it necessary, in justice to myself pnd the gentlemen who are so curities upon my official bond, that an explanation should be made of the causes and motives :which combined to procure my indictment by the Grand Jury of this parish upon the charge of " embezzlement" in my ca pacity as Tao Collector of Ascension. The specific charge made against ns:e in ~p "information" filed by the District Attorney is, in effect, an al legation that I collected $947 in cash for State licenses and entered the amount upon my books as having been collected in State warrants of the class until recently receivable in payment of licenses, the market value of which ranged from eighty to ninety cents on the dollar. To begin with, tlhe reader will per ceive that even if I have been guilty of the misdemeanor with which I am charged, there is no actual deficit in the funds collected, and no loss to the State has or can result from the irreg ularity. But I do not wish to be un derstood as advancing these facts in palliation of the alleged offense ; that offense, when committed, is a direct violation of law, and no valid excuse for its commission can be given. Secondly, the very amount, $947, shows a flaw in the indictment, as the State licenses are all of denominations divisible by $5; this mistake may have been the result of a blunder on the part of the brilliant niathenmetician who footed up the various amounts which are assumed to have been un lawfully converted into warrants, or it may be that $947 was guessed at as being about such a sum as might have been so converted, or, again, perhaps the odd digit was added to give the indictment an air of truthfulness. Thirdly, I have never held in my own right a single warrant of the class that were receivable for licenses, nor have I been interested, directly or in directly, in the purchase, sale or any manner of speculation in those securi ties. I am prepared to establish by the most positive evidence that every collection made by myself is entered correctly upon my books, and that every warrant I received came direct ly from the hands of the license or tax payers or their agents authorized to settle their dues to to the State. If any speculation in public securities has been carried on in the Collector's office-if warrants have been substi tuted for cash collections-then my former deputy was guilty of the irreg ularity, but I do not believe he has committed such misdemeanor and I am confident of his ability to vindi cate himself from even the suspicion of having done so. The only State warrants I have held or possessed personal interest in since I have been Tax Collector were issued to me by the Stats Auditor on Friday, May 23, for my services as Supervisor of Iteg istration during the elections of No vember, 1872, and February, 1873, and these I disposed of to New Orleans brokers at a discount of forty-six per cent. If I had been in the habit of appropriating to myself portions of the public money paid nme by tax pay ers and repl)lacing the amounts with warrants, I should most naturally have "cashed " these warrants issued to me instead of selling them at such a heavy rate of dlepreciation from falce value. The grounds upon which the indict ment against Ime is based are simply these: Several persons, whom it is not essential to name here-a couple of whom are merchants in I)onaldson ville-have acted as agents for the payment of licenses for a numbner of the business men of the parish, receiv ing cash with which to discharge these license dues but giving State warrants therefor to the Collector. The Grand Jury summoned a portion of the bus iness men referred to before them for the ostensible purpose of ascertaiining what description of legal tender was given for their State licenses. I have good reason to believe that the testi mony of these parties was that they paid cash, but that the spokesman of the Jury purposely omitted to ask them to wchom the cash was paid. If this had been done,T assert confident ly that not even a shadow of founda tion for an indictment against me could have been discovered. The cash was paid to agents, and the agents gave warrants to me, so I amn simply i charged with the responsibility of speculations with which I had no con nection whatever otherwise than as legitimate receiver of legal tender for obligations to the State, and in which I had no interest except the ten per cent. commnnissio allowed ine by law for the collection. Now I comec to the mtoti\v- whi:h actuated the parties who were instru mental in procuring i11y indictment: which, I ame. certain, were personal and political dislike and prejudice, and an itching desire to have mIe sus pended from oflict in order to 1)rocure the appointment of some person who would prove more subservient and agreeable to their desires and tastes and perhaps make his occupation of the office a pecuniary advantage to themselves. The investigation of the books and accounts of my office was ordered by tole State Auditor up on information furnislce4 by a certain individual who had asked me to vio late the law by cashing some of his State warrants and returning the same as having been collected for taxes. I refused to do this, and perhaps my refusal was the means of strenghten ing his expressed determination to "' break up that Bovee-Smith-Kline Bentley ring" that would not pay him tribute. The conviction forces itself upon me that he wished to entrap nie into cantravention of my duty by cash ing his warrants, and infbrm the Au ditor of my Ilisdemleanor. I believe him capable of such treachery, low as it is. I have no reason to fear a prop erly conducted inquiry into my otfi cial conduct, and I should not presume to criticise or blame the D)istrict At torney for the legitimate and straight forward discharge: of his duty in the prosecution of such an investigation; but I protest against the prostitution of his prerogative authority to the gratitication of his personal spleen. I charge that the investigation of my official accounts has been directed in an unfair, undcrhanded manner, with the deliberate intention of deceiving the public mind, and I denounce as libellous and untrue the imputation that haIs been cast upon mne by an in coimpetent Grand Jury, under the guidance of an astute trickster, who was undoubtedly aware, while elicit ing the testimony of merchants, that in nearly four-fiftJhs of the cases the cash which they declared they had paid for licenses was not paidtl) to thil Collector but to agents authorized to settle with him. Aside fromn other facts, the circum stance of the " true bill "' against me nIot being presented until twenty-fouir houlrs before the adjournment of the District Court, thus precluding tlhe possibility of a trial during that ses sion, would seem to strengthen the firm belief that I have expressed that the purpose of indicting me was mere ly to procure my suspension from of fice pending the ceirt vacation. I shall probably recur to this sub ject again shortly, and give some fur ther particulars in relation thereto. Respectfully, L. E. BEINTLEY. OUR WASHINGTON LETTER. WVAsmIxToNo. D. C., May 31, 1873. E.uITroR CIIEFr In a small village in the State of Illinois was born the noble organiza tion known as the Grand Army of the Republic. A few brave men had re turned to their homes after many years of hardship, privation and dan ger, spent in the defense of the noble flag they loved so well, bringing back with them vivid recollections of the iallny deeds of heroism they had so often witnessed upon the bloody field of battle. They bore with them sad remeembrance of men who stood shoul der to shoulder with them when the air was being rent by the missiles of death, of having seen those men sink down by their sides, pierced by the deadly Iulle:ts, the life blood oozing from their wounds. And all for the priceless boon of liberty. Among tlhemselves were many who were ma'imedl and forever disabled. Empty sleeves were seein at every corner, to remind them of the ravages of that horrid thing we call war. And while their miniiiids contemplated the scenes of the past in which their comrades had been swept down by the fiery blast, and they knew their voices could never again be heard in song or merry jest as in days of yore, they cast their eyes about them to behold the tearful eyes, the sad faces and the dark weeds of mourning of those whose hearts had been broken with grief on account of the loss of more than comrades. They witnessed the sorrow of the old man, bowed down with the weight of many winters, whose sons, his support. in the autumn of his day, had left his side to rally to the defense of his country whose flag had been struck down by traitor)l hands ; of the aged, trembling, croning old woman, whose thoughts ran back to the day when her boy, her idol, her prile, lherjoy, had kissed her wrinkled brow and bade her good-by-e, his last good-bye ; of the heroic sister who had with her own hands bnucl!b-d the sword-belt about the for:m of tile broihc :-ci mm,14f, alld tr ,:u +11 Ii -~. faced maiden who bore in her heart a love greater than that for fathei or mother, brother or sister, for one whose hapd will never again clasp hers, whose low voice, to her so musi cal and tender, will never again re pert the words she sq much loved to hear him speak; of the pale wan clheeked wife who had suffered the greatest loss of all, the loss of him who was to her more than her owp life, of him in whom was wrapped up her very soul and all that is most beautiful true and good in human na ture; and they also beheld the half wondering, half- doubting grief of chil dren who could scarcely understand why that dear, kind papa should nev er come back again to romp with them, and bring them toys and make time so jolly and nice. Those things they remember and these thing they beheld, and the scenes of the past and of the present led them to join themselves together as a band of brothers, that the frater nal feelings engendered in the camp and on the weary march might not die out, and that the duties of the future might not )be neglected. Their feelings were shared by all those brave men, " rough but gentle and truel" whose experiences were like theirs. From such seed grew up the Grand Army of the Republic. It soon spread to every village ahd hamlet throughout the loyal North, and to many places in the South. The deeds of charity done by the Grand Army have never been and never .will be told. Many a poor widow has knelt in her silent closet to thank Him who knows all things for the barrel of flour or the ton of coal brought to her door at a time when only God could know the anguish that wrung her heart to see her little ones shiver with cold or to hear them plead for bread. The (Grand Army was organized for a noble lpurpose, and nobly has it done its duty. Among the many things for which we have to thank this noble organi zation is the beautiful custom of strewing the graves of fallen heroes with fresh, sweet flowers, by which we acknowledge their service, their valor and their devotion. Yesterday, the thirtieth day of May, was set apart by the Grand Army as l)ecora tion )Day, and gloriously have the loyal people of the land responded to the call of the veterans to assist in offering the sad tribute to the memory of the dead who died that ie might be free men and free women. It is not possible that the world should forget such men or their deeds. It is not possible that a freedom-loving nation should neglect their final rest ing places. Four miiles west of the Capitol on the opposite side of the majestic 1'o tonmac is Arlington lHeights. Natiue has here been lavish of her beauties. Noble forest trees interlock their branches and the noon-day sun never ventures more than a glance at the modest wild flowers growing beneath their shade. The air is always fra grant with the sweet they give forth. No wonder that the wealthy and aris tocratic family of Lees should have chosen this place for their home. Now it has become a city, but a city so silent and void of life. In its streets no cry is heard. The visitor lpasses through it with slow and noiseless tread. Only the birds in the boughs of the huge oak trees are cheerful. They warble forth their sweet tones only to make us feel more keenly the sadness that comes over us when in the presence of the lifeless heroes. On a high ridge overlooking Wash ington City and the Potomac river is the Lee mausion. In its rear is the National Cemetery, in which reposes all that is mortal of fifteen thousand, eight hundred soldiers. Of this num ber four thousand are colored, two hundred and fifteen are confederates. At the head of each grave is a plain white board, on which is painted the name, rank, company, regiment and date of death of him who rests beleath. The boards at the head of confederate graves are similar to all the others, except that near the ground, half-hid den by the grass, is painted in small and modest letters the word "Rebel." The wall inclosing this cemetry (210 acres) is constructed of red Seneca sandstone. The grass is nicely and evenly mowed and the graveled drives and walks are kept in the neatest order. A great many graves tare marked by handsome monuments, erecte} by personal friends. Only forty -eight otficers are buried at Arlington. The highest in rank is Maj. D. F. Cole, of the 107th Colored Infantry. A hand somne lItonulnlent marks his grave, bear ing the in-cription "D. F. Cole, Major lo7th Colored Infantry, died at Point of t il.s. 1ar. l ld. Jatm: li ml . Ir;.. aged 27 years-Florecnce" T-his mon ume*t was erected to his memory by a young Jly o whomn he was be trothed. A fine large monument of granite standing near the mansion bears this inscription : " Beneath this stone re pose the bones of two thousand, one hundred and eleven unknown soldiers, gathered after the war from the 4.es of Bull Run and the route to the Rap pahannock. Their remains could not be identified, but their names and deaths are recorded in the archives of their country, and its grateful citi zens honor them as of their noble army of martyrs. May they rest in peace. September, A. D., 1866," At the entrance to the cemetery is a grand arched gateway forty feet in height, built of stone, over the top of which is inscribed the following stan za: "On fame's eternal camping ground Their silent tents are spread, And glory guards with solemn round The bivouac of the dead." Upon the apex is a large stone bear ing this inscription : "Here rest 15,815 of the 315,555 citizens who died that their country might live." Dear reader, I would love to give you a full description of the ceremon ies at Arlington yesterday. I know I can find no more acceptable theme. This being one of the largest national cemeteries in the country, and being located near the Capital of the Nation a very great interest is centred here, and there is scarcely a reader of my letter that will not be anxious to hear how the day was observed here. But a complete history of the ceremonies would require a great deal of space. The morning of yesterday opened clear and bright. As early as ten o'clock the grand cavalcade began to arrive, and by noon, the hour for the beginning of the ceremonies, there were fifteen or twenty thousand per sons on the ground. The grounds were profusely decorated with the national colors and huge wreaths of flowers. The monument to the un known was literally hidden with flow ers. I'resident Grant, the heads of departments and a large number of prominelnt officers of the military and civil departments of the government were there. At precisely twelve o'clock abattery of thirty-seven guns belched forth its deafening roar. The Marine Band, famous the country over, opened the exercises by executing in faultless style a choice selection of Music. Prayer was then offered by Rev. Dr. O. H. Tiffany, D. D., pastor of the Metropolitan Methodist Episcopal church of this city. The national hymn, " To thee, Oh, Country," was then sung by a choir of five hundred voices. After which an original poem, " Memorial," was recited by its au thor, l)r. E. A. Duncan. The choir then sang the hymn "Peace on Earth," upon the conclusion of which the Rev. T. DeWitt Talhnage delivered an ora tion worthy of publication in every journal in the land. I will be excused if I make one brief extract. " In all time to come let the mem orial day be kept. Strew flowers on all the martyrs' graves. Strew them on the heads that ached, and over the hearts that bled, and over the feet that blistered on the march. Oh, ye throng of departed heroes! stoop down and breathe this perfume of a nation's thanks. Stoop down and take this kiss of a nation's love. Stoop down and hear this shout of a nation's redemption. Speed on the day when war itself shall be buried-the grim old breaker of hearts. Carry him out on an old rusty shield. Bury his sword with him. Heap on stones and broken chariot wheels. Let widows and orphans clap their hands and shout, and let the winds howl his re quiem : 'This is the second death.'" A chorus of male voices then sang that thrilling song, "Comrades in Arms," after which the Marine Band played another air, which completed the exercises at a stand. At the tomb of the unknown gathered the orphans from the National Soldiers' and Sail ors' Orphans Home, where they sang with an effect that will never be for gotten by those who-heard it a hymn entitled '' Soldiers Memorial Day." After this Mr. J. P. Irvine recited an original poem entitled "Unknown." While the Marine Band was playing the procession was formed with Presi dent Grant at the head. Marching over every part of the cemetery they deposited a flag and a wreath, or a bouquet of flowers on each Union grave. When this was done there was to be seen one vast field literally cov ered over with flowers. Before the eye was one great sea of flags flutter ing in the breeze. Such a sight is not often to be seen. 'lhu$ ended the ceremony of decor a;ting the graves df the local dead who sleep at Arlington. Reader I can do l' Ibetter that lsr my letter here. i\t.:R'T" ADVEUTI$E3I , Piere NjCantgif Vs. Theh In the United States Clreit C t .=.. Fifth Circuit and Dietrit etf. d No. (i96. By virtue of a writ of selal me directed in the above proceed to sell to the hij t Saturday, the 5th day af at twelve (12) o'clock ., at inl the town of D o Mpesiop, the folowing viz : A certain tract of lad s tma . parish of Ascepasi opatn he il Mississippi river at the pIee the name of the +'New Rive and lying pameth sides of Net w ded on the upper line on the New River by lands of Niel E ard on the left bank by lakL Etienne Reine ; and on the Iowsr right bank of N.w river by la nd to Vincent Paul Lnudry iad name of the " Sheraa. .trst," left bank by lands belongs to nonx. Said tract ecstaai~ superficial acres. 2nd. Another pareel of las the same parish and neu l both sides of New rhl., em the right bank of said river herein above described, mad .a . by lands belonging to Simon below on both sides of amid river erty known as the "Dorersi said parcel of land contatg five superficial arpents. 3rd. Another tract of lad asnre parish and ueigh the upper line on both aids e by the parcel of lahnc4 described and on the lowerili bank of Ne* River by lads V. 4. Gauthreaux frare ad ea by laand belongi to a Nare m said tract containimgng about ficial acres, together with the improvements on said tracts u land and the standing L cattle on said iadng and the arming a sqg thereto belonging, as pera.av a Terms-Cash oa the s. .. United States Umnesls (oss, or leans, May 24th, lhS3. S. B, PACKARD, U. 5L·, OHN S. DUNHAM'8 WEAMT P@nWRggg for PURITY and STRBiIGTgI a I EQUALLED. All hoasekeepu eesw! p them like them. Try them! TeaV p has them I Sold by all Wholsql in New Orleans. HL H. WI·IiMks Boot and Shoe M Donaldsonille, La., In the building adjoining the s1l Respectfully announeas to his friet 4 the public in general that be is 'd is make boots and shoes of the y . terial to order, and guarantees all 114 to give satisfaction. Termas aerid . SEWING ACA I I am. also the agent for the 4 LYON. the HOME SHUTT LR,[ ks WILSON SHUTILE Sewing .iRll of improved pattern, which- I a prices varying fro.a "r s to se. Perons- of limited means es. pse a machine by paying part eash dra, t hl ance reoeirahbe insmaly insmaluIb . SEWING MACHIlNS WR.PA D at reasonable rates. A1ggi ary e3ears pay. GIVE ME A CALL. my3 H. LH. WILLiM MARX TRISRAT. WHOLESALE AtD RETAIL DEALt! I DRY GOODS, GROCERIES. BOOTS & SHOES, HATS & CAPS, SADDLERT, BUGGIUS, CAu ',:I e, Corner Mississippi and letsaISWie Domaldtsomvlge, 1A. Special public attention is aild to t large stock of saddlery, harness sad constantly kept on hand at Mr. rad tablishment, and for sale at gpetl REDUCED PRICES. ja4-ly Call and examine his Goods. R BEAUVAIS, Attorney & Comnseljr at I.5, ADDRESS :-Convent P. 0., S.JaIII RESIDENCE :--Longiew. St. Jam SParL Practices in all the courts of the Fu.rth Jndicial Distriot-parishes of St. J -, S John the Baptist, St. Charles aadAseiI and in the Supreme Court of this S.1 s New Orleans. a LAW AND NOTARIAL OFFICE . IN. & . Wm. Simna ATTORNEYS AT LAW Donaldsonrille, La. Practice in Ascension, Assumption USd James. ireBtT H ENRY C. DIBBLE, Attorney & Coustaelor at l$W, AND NOTARY PUBLIC, 170 Common Street( Up stairs), mh8.ly NEw ORLtBA4 J. D. AUGUSTIS, L. DI)EProoI St. Charles P. O., La. Edgard P. 0.. Aurgirstin & DePMoowee ATTORNEYS AT LAW. Wil practieo in all the parishes of the i Judicial District, and before the . - Court of the State. For Sale! STHE ".JOHNSONIAN I`STITUE. J' Lots upon which it is sittasted sa d for sale by consent of the Bishop of teI cese and the vestry and presiding itn of the (hurch of Ascension. 'For terms and conditions apply to E. N. PUGH, Trr D)onaldsonville, March 15, 18.3 Donaldsonville Boys' SckQL A PRAcrTICAL nSuokL for Buys from six to twenty yea s4 Hours from 9 A. K to 4 P. ]. Arrangements for board will be a -pe private families for scholars living at a auc,.. F.r particulars address IV. v Bt'FORP.