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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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
Corporation Notice.
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
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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
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General Rejoieings !
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
Prices are going down, and a bright outlook
seems beaming upon us from
the near future.
At'the well known, popular establishment of
Mississippi Street, corner of Lessard,
The initiative has been taken in anticipating
this promised era of general thrift.
Here may be found the
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Men's and Boys' Clothing,
Of Every Description,
That has ever been offered for sale in the
Town of Donaldsonville or parish
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Reduction from the Old.
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