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Published Every Saturday. Official Journal of 4he Stats of Louisiana. Cifcial Journal of the Parish of Ascension. Oflfcial Journal Town of Donaldonville. LINDEN E. BENTLEY, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR. I, Postmasters are authorized and re quested to act as agents for the CRIEF. W Job priating in the highest style of the art at New Orleans prices ! Leave your orders at the C'Hnr office. " The Cmjrwa isaput to ,all subscribers PosTAGE FREE. Flaturday, January 16, 1875. The Iberia Progress, referring in complimentary terms to the new Speaker of the House of Representa tives, says : " We are not personally acquainted with Mr. Hagu." We should say not, if you spell his name that way. Mr. Hahn would hardly recognize himself in that orthography. It is refreshing among the numerous complaints ofiiard times which assail the ear, whichever way one may turn, to read the holiday greeting of the editor of the New York Pen and Plown to his friends and readers, wherein he is " pleased to congratu late them upon a manifest improve ment in the Jusiness prospects of the country." The sentiment expressed by Sen ator Logan of Illinois in his masterly speech upon Louisiana affairs, that " When the Democratic party was dead and rotten in its grave, the memory of Grant, Sherman and Sher idan would shine in the hearts of the American people like the noonday sun," will find a warm response in the minds of the loyal masses of this country. President Grant has sent a special message to the Senate upon Louisi ana affairs in which the course of the asninistration and the action of Gen. Sheridan are defended in a manner that should settlelall cavil upon these questions among candid and intelli gent men. The President firmly be lieves himself in the right, and so be lieving he will go ahead. Congress willpustain him beyond peradventure, and the people will sustain Congress. On Tuesday last the General As sembly unanimously re-elected Hon. P. B. S. Pinchback U. S. Senator frpm this State, and with his new credentials Mr. Pinchback leas gone to Washington to claim his seat. It is generally admitted in political circles that he will be admitted at once. We congratulate the distinguished gentle man upon this deserved expression of the continued confidence reposed in him by the Republicans of Louisi ana, and trust that the injustice which has long been done him in his exclu sion from the Senate may now be remedied. Upon the foqrth page of this issue pf the CHIEF we publish a lengthy article from the gifted pen of Eugene Lawrence upon " the dangerous clas ses at the South," which will serve to indicate how the state of affairs in this part of the country is regarded by a large proportion of the Northern people, and what the remedy they suggest for the regeneration of our social and political system. If in some particulars the views of Mr. Law rence may seem to aggravate the real condition of the South, it pan not be denied that his premises are in the main correct, while the experience of North and South Carolina proves that in the suppression of the White Leagues and Ku-Klux organizations lies our ogly path to peace and con sequent prosperity. Shades of Andrew Jackson ! can such things bet Failing to defeat the Reppblican majority in the House of Representatives by other methods, the virtuous leaders of the immacu late Democracy have dispatched em issaries into the legislative halls to bribe members of the House with of fers of money to prove recreant to their party and official trusts by as sistipg the Denmocrats to gain control of the government. Fie ! fie ! We thought the pure minded Democracy of Louisiana above such things. They have always insisted that bribery and corruption, as political agencies, were the exclusive property of the Repub lican party, yet here we find themn ,isjng the questionable agents witlh the readiness of adepts. One of their emissaries has been exposed and ar rested, and we hope it will be discov ered who the parties are that dis patched him upon his unclean and & fruitless errand. THE SUB-OOMMITTEE. Messrs. Foster, Phelps and Potter of the Louisiana Congressional In vestigating Committee left New Or leans durigg the early part of last week, after a very brief and incom plete investigation of the existing state of affairs here, and returned to Washington, where they have pre pared and presented to the full com mittee a report of their labors and the deductions they make from the r testimony taken. As a natural con r sequence of the narrow scope of their inquiry, and, we are bound to say, the unhappy selection of witnesses generally made by Republican couno sel, coupled with the shrewd selec tions of their opponents, this report is any thing but satisfactory to the friends of political liberty and Repub lican government in Louisiana. Re fusing to go back of the recent elec tion to ascertain the causes which produced intimidation of Republican voters, and erroneously assuming that because there was no actual violence upon the day of election that all men were allowed to vote as their inclinations directed, the sub committee announces the belief that the Democrats are entitled to a victo ry at the polls and that the action of the Returning Board was fraudulent and illegal. The White League is criticised and condemned by the re port, as is also the attempt of the Democratic minority to control the organization of the House of Repre sentatives by chicanery and force; wlhich is nothing more than was to be reasonably expected, for the re volutionary spirit of the League and the outrageousness of the legislative coup d'etat are too apparent and fla grant to be ignored. It is not for us to question the mo tives or judgment of the honorable gentlemen of the sub-committee, but we do most emphatically insist that the method and scope of t: eir inves, tigation was faulty and contracted in the extreme. They may have honest ly expressed, in their report, the im pressions made upon their minds by the testimony which was offered them, but they have certainly erred as greatly in defining the actual coudi tion of our State as if they had never examined a witness or read a news paper. A small measure of the blame for this .fa. uxpas must, in our estima tion, rest upon the gentleman dele gated to irepresent the Republican party before the committee during its sessions in New Orleans. It seemed to us that there was a lack of energy and good management in this all-im portant task, contrasting greatly with the vigorous persistency and untiring watchfulpess for every loop-hole through which to fire a shot, evinced by the Democratic attorneys. We make due allowance for the short space of time allotted for the inves tigation, the impossibility of procur ing the presence of many witnesses whose testimony would have proven invaluable, and the unreasonable li mits to which the committee confined their examination, but despite these drawbacks we can not evade the be lief that the cause of our party could have been much better upheld and vindicated than it was-that too much reliance waS placed in the fact that it was a righteous cause ,and hence, in the eternal fitness of things, bound to prevail. It will be the judgment of the great mass of enlightened and unbiased people of this country-and certainly of the Republican party-that the sub-committee has signally failed to accomplish the true object of its ap pointment and ascertain the real sit uation of affairs in unhappy Louisi ana. In the light of recent events the Grant parish massacre, the Cou shatta butchery, the DeClouet rebel lion in St. Martin parish, the revolu tion of September 14th in New Or leans, the sanguinary policy avowed by the White League press and ap parently sustained by the Democratic party, etc., etc., - the remarkable statement that political intimidation does not exist here will gain no cre dence outside that bigoted class of Democrats who refuse to believe any thing that is injurious to their party. To use a homely expression, " there could not be so much smoke without some fire," and if the gentlemen of the sub-committee have failed to probe the ash-heap of Louisiana his tory deep enough to discover even the embers of what was once a very conflagration of rebellion and crime, then they have indeed failed in their mission aud rather aggravated oar evils than opened a way for their cure. It is significant of the general die satisfaction with which the conclu sions of the sub-committee are view= ed that the full committee, consisting of seven members, has decided to come to Louisiana, and will leave Washington for New Orleans to-mor row evening. If they re-open thein vestigation, it is to be hoped they'll begin at the beginning of our troubles, and after a complete and searching examination into the manae and effect as applied to Louisiana's political ills we feel asauied they will frame a re port greatly dissimilar to that of their sub-committee. Giving this as our candid opinion, we await the issue. IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. The situation of affairs at the seat of government is unchanged. Both houses of the General Assembly hold regular daily sessions, and although the appointment of the standing com mittees is delayed for the purpose of according the Democrats representa tion thereon in case they conclude to return their duties, yet such business as the introduction of bills, the first and second readings thereof, appoint ment of necessary special committees of investigation, etc., is transacted as if there was a full Assembly. The recalcitrant Democrats will not be suffered to delay needed legislation much longer, however, as a resolution has been introduced in each house to declare the seats of absent mem bers vacant unless occupied within a stated delay. Among the reform measures intro duced we note bills to reduce the fees and emoluments of various officers, to abolish certain useless offices, to repeal acts creating new parishes, to amead the section of the revised stat utes prescribing the compensation of witnesses, to prohibit Police Juries from employing other counsel than District Attorneys pro tem. in suits for or against a parish, and several others. A bill to suspend the collection of taxes on overflowed lands and another to remit penalties upon all back taxes paid within ninety days from the pas sage of the act, have also been placed upon the calendar of the Senate and will in all probability become laws. 1 Senator Landry has given notice that he will introduce a bill authoriz ing the Police Jury of Ascension par ish to levy a special tax to pay labor- ' ers employed to protect the levees during the high water; also, a bill for the better protection of laborers on plantations throughout the State. C The same gentleman offered a resoln tion providing for a committee to ex amine into the matter of certain ferry privileges granted to Marx Schonberg and others at Doualdsonville by act No. 16 of extra session of 1870. On Monday next the Senate will consider the Governor's veto of the ji acts amending the charter of Donald sonville, incorporating the Bayou La- - fourche Railway Co., and, authorizing the town attorney of Donaldsonville 7 to sue for abrogation of the ferry char ter granted by act No. 16 of extra session of 1870. The Prussian Diet-Sour kront and lager beer. Report of the Grand Jury. Submitted Thurtday,Januarv 7th, 1875. To the Hon. O. J. Flagg, Judge of the Fourth Judicial District Court in and for the par ish of Ascension: The Grand Jurors having finished their labors, respectfully tender this their final report to.your honor. We have done all in our power to investigate matters and report accordingly, hoping that our labors will prove successful and beneficial to the publio. PUBLIC OFFICES AND BUILDLIGS. The Court-House is in a leaky condition, and.considerable repairs are needed, partie ularly in the flooring of the jail, and the walls of said jail ought to be repaired. The jail is very clean and the prisoners well at, tended to. The food is wholesome and good; the prisoners only complain of want of blankets. RECORDER'S OFFICE. We have examined the Recorder's office. It is kept in perfect order. The Recorder informed us that the Police Jury had con tracted with him to make out a complete in dex of conveyances and index of mortgages for his office; that in said contract the Po lice Jury failed to provide for the payment of the same; that now the said indices are made complete and have been received by the Police Jury. Now we would ask your honor to order the Police Jury that when-. ever they will proceed to levy a tax for the ensuing year that they shall levy a special tax to meet the payment of said indices and all necessary books that said office may be in need of. SHERIFF'S AND CLERK'S OFFICES. The Sheriffs office is well kept. The Clerk's office is well kept with the exception that the papers are rather ;oose in said of fice. PARISH TREASURER. We have examined the Treasurer's books, and found thei correct and in accordance with his report which we found filed in the Recooder's office, in accordance with law. SCHOOL FUNDS. We have examined the books of the Treas urer of the publi~ schools 9f this parish, and found them correct. He held a quietus from the Superintendent of Public Education of this district. We beg leave to call your honor's atten tion to the following matter: The late Grand Jury of this parish, at the last session of your honorable court, found a true bill against one Aaron Hill, Sheriff, for extortion in office. No action has been taken to pros ecute this matter by the District Attorney since said true bill has been found by the said Grand Jury. Respectfully submitted, JOSEPH GONZALES, Foreman Grand Jury. E. F. Babin, Joe Nicholas, Theodule Hebert, Wm. Mulberry, Marcelin Renard, Sam Cushinberry, F. Monticino, Sam Cefforney, Chas. Andrews, Elie Clay, D. Gregoire, John Baptiste, Remo Brassett, Victor Arthnr. NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. Corporation Notice. RE-SALE OF THE MARKET DUES. IN conformity with the ordinances of the town of Donaldsonville, I will offer at public auction, to the last and highest bid der, for cash in U. S. currency, at the Court House, in the town of Donaldsonville, on Thursday, Jatuary 28th, 1875, at 10 o'clock A. M., for the term of one year from the Ist day of February, 1875, the tarm of the Market-House and Market Dues. The purchaser to furnish his notes, with good and solvent security, in solido, to the satisfaction of the Council, payable to the Treasurer of the town of Donaldsonville, at his office, in eleven equal instalments, ma turing respecti relv on the 28th February, 31st March, 30th April, 31st May, 30th June, 31st July, 31st August, 30th September, 31st October. 30th November and 31st December, 1875. and bearing eight per cent. per annum interest from maturity until final payment. Besides which the lessee shall furnish a bond with good and solvent seenrity'in the sumn of one hundred dollars for the faithful performance of his duty as farmer. The said farmer shall be governed by the same tariff of market dues for 1875 as was in force in 1874. C. KLINE, Treasurer. Donaldsonville, January 16th, 1875. To S.O per Day. AGENTS 5e WANTED. All classes of work ing people of both sexes, young and old, make more money at work for us, in their own localities, during thel!spare moments, or all the time, than at any thing else. We offer employment that will pay handsomely for every hour's work. Full particulars. terms, etc.. sent free. Send us your address at once. Don't delay. Now is the time. Do not look for work cribusiness elsewhere, un til you have learned what we offer. G. SxwN soN & Co., Portland, Me. jal6-ly ADVERTISImT : Cheap: Good: Systematic.-All persons who''eontem plate making contracts with newspapers for the insertion of advertisements, should send 2. ceeati to Geo. P. Rowell &jCo., 41 Park Row, New York, for their PAMPHIET BOOK (Ninets -seventlt edition, contgining lists of over 2000 newspaperb and edienates, showing the cost. Advertisements taken for the leading papers of many States at -' tre mendous reduction .from publishers', ates, Get the book. jal6-Ly. THE NEW YORK TRIBUNE, "The Leading American Newspaper." The Best Advertising Meditun. Daily,$10 a year. Semi- Weekly,$3. Weekly,$2. Postage free to the subscriber. Specimen copies and advertising rates free. .Weekly, in clubs of 30 or more, only $1, postage paid. Address THE TRIBUNE, N. Y. jai6-ly STANDARD TIME-KEEPER. J. F. Park, Chronometer and] Watchmaker, Cor. Mississippi and Lafourche streets, Donaldsonville, La. Watches, Jewelry, Spectacles,Clocks, etc., for sale. Particular attention paid to the repairtng of fine watches. All work war ranted. dec13-73 THE PRAIRIE FARMF R. The Great, Leading, Popular Farm, Orchard and Fireside Journal of the Northwest. FOR TOWN AND COUNTRY. FOR OLD AND YOUNG. Published Weekly at Chicago. by the PRAIRIE FARMER COMPANY. in neat quarto form of eight pages, handsomely il lustrated. Termae-$3 per Yearla Advance. gS' In all eases add 15 cents to prepay postage. Cheaper in Clubs. Three months on trial, 50 cents. Prospectus and sample copy free. 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The Weekly Witness has, in less than three years, attained the circulation, unpre cedented in so short a time, of over 60,000 copies, a result due to the large amount of the choicest reading matter, news, markets, etc., which it gives for the exceedingly low price of One Dollar per annum. As this price can not be reduced, and as it is not desirable to reduce the size of the paper, the 20 cents of postage heretofore payable I by subscribers at their own post-offices will' now have to be added to the subscription, as the postage must be prepaid hereafter by publishers. The subscription rate for 1875 will therefore be $1 20, or 60c. for the half year. New subscribers may have it for 300. for a quarter on trial. We will send the Weekly Witness to clubs of twenty, sepa~ rately addressed and post-paid for one year, for $20, without commiesson or any other deduction. Specimen copies sent free on application. In religion the Witness will take take the same ground with the Evangelical Alliance and Tract Society; In Temperance with the National Tempe: ance Society; In human rights. irrespective of color, with the Ameri can Missionary Society; public questions will be regarded only from a C(istiaa standpoint; and no advertisement of an in jurious kind can be inserted at any price. The Daily Witness, containing news, mar kets. financial reports 4, " much excellent reading matter, is $3 pe. mnnum, $1 50 for six months, or 75 cent :.. luarter. A New York daily, post-pm.,i, -i. three dollars a year is a new thing. Orders, checks and drafts are to be made payable to the proprietor and publisher, JOHN DOUGALL. H AVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS? General Rejoieings ! HARD TIMES PASSING AWAY! A New Era of Prosperity Dawning ! It is Now Evident That the dark cloud of commercial depres sion that has hung over us so long is breaking, that every kind of BUSINESS IS REVIVING, Prices are going down, and a bright outlook seems beaming upon us from the near future. At'the well known, popular establishment of MARX ISRAEL, Mississippi Street, corner of Lessard, DONALDSONVILLE, LA., The initiative has been taken in anticipating this promised era of general thrift. Here may be found the Largest and Best Stock -OF DRY GOODS, TRIMMINGS, UNDERWEAR, Men's and Boys' Clothing, PLANTATION STORES, STAPLE & FANCY GROCERIES, BOOTS & SHOES, HATS & CAPS, HARDWARE, SADDLERY, HARNESS, BUGGIES, CARRIAGES & CARTS, Of Every Description, That has ever been offered for sale in the Town of Donaldsonville or parish of Ascension. At Israel's New Goods at New Prices! Is the Watchword, And a visit to the Emporium will demon strate that the New Scale of Prices -IB A GREAT Reduction from the Old. 9 Call and Examine the Stook. NO TROUBLE TO SHOW GOODS. Look for the big sign of MARx ISRAEL, On the Front street, a19-74 DONALDSONVILLE. lyr TOM. H. FRANKLIN, Attorney at Law, Office in Crescent Place, my2tf Domaldsonallle, La. LAW AND NOTARIAL OFFICE. R. iN. & Wim. Sinms, ATTORNEYS AT LAW. Donaldsonville, La. Practice in Ascension, Assumption and St. James. mch22-ly. R BEAUVAls, Attorney & Counselor at Law, Convent P. 0., St. James, La. Praatices in all the courts of the Fourth Judicial District-parishes of St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles and Ascension and in the Supreme Court of this State in New Orleans. a26-73 [[ENY C. DIBBLE, Attorney & Counselor at Law AwN NOTARY PUBLIC. 170 Common Street (Up stairs), mh8-ly " Nw OnLANS, LA. DR. . M. Mc9ALLIARD, Office in Crescent Place, Doaaldso.avlle, La. J. GREEN, House, Sign and Ornamental Painter, DonaldsMnville, La. GRAINING, Glazing, Marbling, Kalso mining and Paper-Hanging in all their branches. Wdrk intrusted to my care will receive prompt attention. aug l-ly LUCY BUTLER'S Boarding & Lodging House, CRESCENT PLACE, DONALDSONVILLE, LA. Good accomodation for travellers at rea onable prices. , sep27-73 LEONARD DUFFEL, Collector, Respectfully offers his services to the bus; ness public and his friends generally in the parish of Ascension and town of Donaldson ville for the collection of accounts. Any bus incss entrusted to his care will receive the promptest attention. jan16 W e G. WILKINSON, Newsdealer and Stationer, Railroad Avenue, DONALDSON$ *ILLE, LA. Dealer in all kinds of Books, Newspapers, Periodicals, Pictures, Blank Books, Pens, Ink, Toys. Fancy Articles, Garden and Flower seeds, etc. Subscriptions to any newspaper or period ical received at publishers' rates. Any thing in the reading line not on hand will be pro cured at the shortest possible notice. Call at the sign of the ASaeunaion Ne'ws Depot. I ROSlPECT US -or TIE SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, For Iels. 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A sample paekage that will produce from 5 to 10 bushels o. peas, with cireulars giving terms to Agents, and ful.directions as the time and mansor of planting, will be sent, postpaid,' " say one deslrn to act as Agents, on r toefp 0 enui--, The seed offer are ".l gennine-this , ear's prodluction, New is tth tnime to order, so you may be prepire for early plantin. Address. L. L. O.8ENT, Cleveland, Tena. HUNTER'S MARVELLOUS TUCKE -olrk ;l r o lmu" - wasHa "r5"ahimas" 6MhgL.