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Official Journal of the Parish of Ascension
Official Journal Town of Donaldsonville.
LINDEN E. BENTLEY,
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bers PoSTAGE FREE.
Saturday, June 30, 1877.
The Riussian government purchased
the monster Krupp gun made for the
Mts. M. Israel & Co. will sell their
entire stock of goods regardless of
cost, on account of a change to take
place in the pai tieiship.
A terrible conflagration occurred at
St. Johns, N. B., last week, by which
$i5,IJOO,lK)O worth of property was
destroyed. Several lives were lost.
The Sheriff of Concordia parish dis
covered a plot of the prisoners under
Lis' care to break jail, and made the
discovery just in time to prevent their
Col. Jack Wharton has filed his
bowl aul taken charge of the Mar
ahal's office. Col. James Lewis will
assume the duties of Naval Officer on
The members of the State Board of
Immigration appointed by Governor
Nicholls are Messrs. Win. Bogel, Dan
iel Dennett, W. P. Freret and A.
Kreutz. These selections are highly
commended by the press.
The stockholders of the Louisiana
Levee Company have decided to ac
cept the provisions of the act passed
at the last session of the General As
sembly, repealing the charter of the
company and providing for the pay
ment of its claims against the State at
the rate of sixty cents on the dollar.
Speaking of the cold blooded mur
der of Mr. Bernheim, nacr Shres eport
the Mindenit Democrat says
If the haoundrel is as lucky as the turn
derer of young Franks, he will go siet free
Slipping upon a man in the dark aid shoot
ing him down with a shot gun is beeomin,
epfdemic in North Louisiana. It is higi
time somnebody's neck was broken in the in
teoest of law, order and life.
The people of Claiborne parish wil
celebrate the Fourth of July in a(to
bellum style. A grand barbecue s it
beheld at which eloquent orators wil
orate about the glory of our institkl
tions and the prowess of
-the American aigle,
'The bird no one can inveigle,
Or throw salt on his beuntiful tail.
Boston, the moral city of lhe con
tinent,developes greater motstrositietk
e*(rime than any of its less virtuout
contemporaries. The latest instance
in point is a child two years and six
months old who killed a companion
three years of age by striking him on
the head with a sharp pointed brick.
The Russians tare pouring across
the Danube in great force and ad
vancing rapidly into Turkish te rii
tory. The first crossing was made at
Ibrail on Saturday last. Miinktar
Pasha has inflicted a severe defeat
upon a Russian division near Kars.
A vigorous bomnhardmuent of Rustclhuk
Is in progress. Great events are itm
Referring to the ieception of the
Judges of the Supreme Court at (pe
lonsas, a contemporary gravely fur
nishes the astounding information
When the Suprenie Judges cintered the
court roum. all the ttembetrs of the bar a rose
and remained standing until they were
And then, we presume, these astute
lawyers remained in a sitting position
until they arose again. Their remark
able conduct reminds its the historical
character referred to by Mother Goose
or somte contemporaneous poet, who
When lie had stood up enotgh
At once sat down again.
Twelve States will hold elections
between this and November, thus
atf rding ns an early insight into the
character and extent of the impression
upctn the mind of the people produced
ley the lhte remarkable contest and
the policy of the new administration.
The first state to vote will he Oregon,
in July. Alabama and North Carolina
follow in August; California, Vermont
and Maine in September; West Vir
ginia, Ohio, Indiana and Connecticut
in October. The fact that several I
Senaorial seats are involved in the
result of these elections will heighten
public interest therein.
Death of John Evans---The Removal of
Ryan to the Parish Jail.
John Evans, who was shot by Thos.
RN an at Wiese's saloon, in this town,
on Thursday of last week, died at the
Charity Hospital in New Orleans on
Sundae- morning, less than twenty
floir hones after reaching the cit .
- Shortly subsequent to his arrival in
New Orleans, Evans wrote a note to
Mr. Armand Richard of Donaldson
ville, stating that he was feeling about
the same as when he left here ; that
- physicians had examined his won nd
and decided not to attempt the ex
traction of the bullet.
An inquest was held on the body
of Evans by Coroner Roche, and the
jury returned a verdict that deceased
came to his death from a gunshot
wound inflicted w ith a revolver in
the hands of Thornas Ryan, causing
The proces verbal of the inquest and
post iiiorter examination will be for
warded to Distiiet Attorney Earliart,
to be used in the examination and on
the trial of Ryan upon the charge of
When intelligence of Evan's death
reached here, Ryan was removed from
the house of Mr. Jos. Xacarissas to
the parish jail, for more secure cus
tody. His wound is doing well, and
no further apprehensions relative
thereto are eiterrained. He has not
been informed of the death of Evans,
and when the news reaches him lie
will probably have a suddenly ang
mented appreciation of the grave na
tuie of the terrible offense which he
has committed. The circumstances
of the affair, as related by witnesses,
make the murder one of peculiar
atrocity and deliberation, and the
prisoner will be fortunate if he escapes
the highest penalty known to our
The colored man named Whiting,
who practiced law a brief term before
the District Court in Lafonrcehe, is a
fraud and a cleat. possessing no di
ploma or license from the Supreme
Court of Georgia as lie claimed, and
utterly incapable of conducting a case
properly. Jndge Beattie severely rep
Siimanded him for his lame defense of
an accused in a criminal prosecution,
the lawyers took a rule on him to
show cause why his name should not
be stricken from the roll of attorneys,
and Whiting disappeared next day.
lie is a tall, black fellow, about thirty
years of age, and figured a very brief
1 period in this Judicial District two or
C three years ago, when the District
I Attorney declined to continue the
I prosecution ili u murder case wherein
Whiting was attorney for accused,
until the court should designate com
petent counsel to defend the prisoner.
Mr. henry Johnson, who advertised
a reward in last week's CmiEF for the
apprehension of his son Alexander,
discovered the boy in a rather unex
pected manner. Alex. left in company
with his cousin Nelsoii White, and
to facilitate their departure from the
vicinity of their hiomes,they laid illicit
hands ipon the horse, saddle and
bridle of John Hack, an aged and ex
emplary citizen of the eighth ward.
Mr. hack went in search of his proper
ty, and overtook the ironaways in the
fifth ward, where they were arrested,
charged with horse stealing. Justice
Jaies committed accused to the par
ish jail to await examination, and
Alexander's wherehabonts is no longer
a subject of speculation with his
parents. Their satisfaction at his
diseovery,however,is no doubt greatly
niarred by the circumstances attend
The Canioneers of Doialdson have
invited a very large number of people
to participate in their celebration of
the national holiday on Wednesday
next ; in fact, the aim has been to
solicit the attendance of nearly every -
body and family, and those who have
been overlooked may procure invita
tions upon application to the chnair
man of the Administration Coninittee,
Capt. Landry. There will be " big
doings" in Donaldsonville on the na
tion's natal day, and such a crowd of
human beings as the town has never
Judge P. Hickey Morgan of New
Orleans has been appointed one of
the magistrates of the new interna
tional judicial tribunal established in
Cairo by the Khedive of Egypt. Re
malking the fact, an exchange says
c The Delta of the Mississippi sends a
Judge, learned in the law, to the
I Delta of the Nile. The father of his
tory, old Heredotus, narrator of
iiiar%'els as he was, never dreamed of
sin-li a marvel as that."
The PublicSelhoolsof the (apital,
The Bourbon Flash in a Clear Sky.
BY EMERSON BENTLEY.
New Orleans is Louisiana's capital
city--the seat of government, com
mercial metropolis, and representative
- of all those political and social virtues
and vices peculiar to the comunon-.
wealth. We may truly designate her
as the barometer of Louisiana in the
_ sight of the world. The influence of
t her press, her tax-rolls, ballots and
t population attest it. Because she oc
1 copies this proud position, is aware of
- her prestige and glories in it, we are
justified in the opinion that whatever
transpires within her limits is a mat
ter of interest to the balance of the
l State. And particularly is this the
t case whenever any act of her political
I leaders tends to create public opinion
t with a view to future legislation.
A few weeks ago the city school
I board assembled, and while laboring
- under a mental depression which they
would desire the general public to
entitle a ven itable manifestation of the
f spirit of economy-resolved upon a
reduction of forty per cent. in all ex
penditures. There were no useless
officials to curtail, no costly abuses to
suppress, or occupy the attention of
- the board. And the poorly paid army
of teachers were demoralized by the
forty per cent. subtraction from their
salaries. To begin with, the Legis
lature had blundered, by failing to
duly inform itself of public school ne
cessities, and appropriating a meagre
sum of $100,000. On appeal fronn those
who knew $400,000 to be reniuired,
they authorized the City Council to
place $275,000 on the budget. The
Council blundered by reducing this
amount to $225,000). And the board
was not infnllible, and it blundered
into a sweeping measure, degrading
the highest public interest to the level
of the most ordinary. 'Tine schools
suffered from the want of lIsty- cham
pions, and New Orleans from a forty
per cent. lowering of her progressive
The board rested ft om its labors, a
feeble protest went up in behalf of the
wronged teachers and against the (ie
lIsive economy. A special committee
on ' discipline, expenses and general
efficiency," Archibald Mitchell, chair
man, reviewed the field, ai f at a
subsequent meeting publishetilits re
flections. It was a Bourbon flash
from a clear political sky. lb lifted
up a (lead issue and infused it with
life. As an essay in the direction of
political confusion it was subtle ; as a
reform recoin neudation unprofound.
This report, deploring mixed schools,
regretting financial straits, because
the way was not clear to double the
number of high scelools,proposed their
abolition. It borrowed a pretext,
added to it undue importaice, and
reached a sorry conclusion. The mix
ture of schools was not the burden of
public complaint, while their impov
erishment was. To crown this folly
a vacation of fiour months for all
schools was recommended, and the
opinion volunteered that-" we do not
regard our high schools as indispen
sably requisite to an efficient system
of public education, and are inclined
to believe that teaching advanced
studies at the public expense is an
abuse or our educational system. And
if public education is to promote the
well being of society by the education
of the poor, the injury inflicted upon
the community by the discontinuance
of the high schools will be insignifi
cant compared with their expenses,
and, as we have reason to believe
that the greater part of the pupils of
the high schools were not the children
of the poor, 'tut of those who could
afford to educate them had an ad
vanced education been desired."
It is a pleasure to note that this
opiatic dose was insufficient to settle
the qualmishness of the true friends
of the free school system on the
board. Mr. S. Coleman is credited
with the brave suggestion " that the
State would not allow the abolition of
the schools simply for the sake of a
few dollars; " and this gentleman
seconded the protest of a colored Re
publican (Mfr. Martinet), formed into
a motion by a Jewish Rabbi (Mr.
Gutheim), that action le postponedt to
the next meeting, July 3.
As the first fruit of this Bourbon
folly a committee of thirty-one col
ored men have waited on Governor
Nicholls to protest against the con
templated action on the Mitchell
report -or separate schools. \e are
now threatened with a subordination
of Pacific Railroad, commercial and
" reconciliation " topics, to the forced
and direful mixed school question.
The friends of public education are
placed in antagonism at the monment
when union was desirahle, and tlice
eieneies are wonderfully strengthened
and encouraged. The Picayune says
The establislnent of colored high schools
is not just now a particularly pressing ne
cessity. An outlay of nearly $10,000 way
le saved by deterring that project until a
nmore convenient season. French and Latin
might be dropped from the curriculum of
prescribed study, and thus another source
of expense te cut off. The grade of scholar
ship might be raised in the lower schools
Sand the 1igh school course reduced to two
years, which plan would further decrease
the expense without very materially impair
ing the usefulness of all the schools.
In this connection, it may not be amiss to
remark that the city *overnment does not
appeari to appreciate fully the merits and
value of the public schools. New Orleans
is the only city in the United States where a
larger appropriation is made to the police
than to the schools. In the city of Boston
the cost of the police is under $400,000, while
nearly $1,500,000 is appropriated to its
schools. Our police is poorly enough paid
that we must admit: but the best policeman
after all is a good school teacher; for the
schools are in the nature of prevention while
the police are only a sort of uncertain remedy.
We make this plea for the high schools for
the reason that they alone extend to the
poor mnu's children a chance to acquire
sometlhing like a thorough education, and
bring within their reach the higher prizes of
life. A-u imtpession prevails that the high
schools are a kind of euhiiational luxury,
which benefit only the rich: it is erroneous.
Rich men anu afford to send their children
to college, amn for the most part, do so; the
poor man knows by his own hard experience
the value of the iduitaion which has been
denied to him. and values his citizenship
mainly because it affords his offspring an
opportunity to escape the bondage of ignor
The Picayune has performed an
admirable service to its constituency
by this sage presentation of the case.
Let us hope that statesmanship will
nip an evil issue in the bud, and the
Bourbon flash leave behind even a
clearer sky than before enjoyed.
Louisiana is not too poor to educate
every loan's child, and the capital
city must keep aloft the standard of
Having purchased the press and
type formerly used in the publication
of the Ascension Leader, we have
greatly increased our facilities for
turning ont all kinds of job work,
from the small-sized visiting card to
the poster as large as a newspaper.
We guarantee good printing at rea
HJAVE YOU t'EEN
the New Stock of
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Opposite the River Ferry Landiny !
CHOICE FAMILY GROCERIES
GERMAN LAGER BEER
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PIN E APPLE, RAISINS.
.JELLIES-in Glasses or Bloxes,
Wl«t )CESTERIISHIRE SAUCE,
ENGLISH & FRENCH MUSTARD
LOBSTERS, SHADIN [ES,
CHOICE GOSHEN BUTTER.
Also in Store,
CHOICE SUGAR-CURED HAMS,
CHOICE BRANDS OF FLOUR:
Basket, Willow and Tin-Ware.
All Goods at New Orleans Prices.
Call and See Me Before Pur
chasing Elsewhere. d1S ly
WH1EELWllIGHT & COACHIAIEl,
Mr. Joseph Ferrier informs his friends and
the pubic, that the partnership heretofore
exi..ting betweeu Mr. Jos. Ieard and himsell
has been dissolved by mutual consent.
lie will continue tlie sine kind of business
at the old stand, where lie is ready to exe
cute at shortest not ice all work entrusted to
hli, pertaining to the trades of
Gunsmith, Locksmith, Blacksmith, WVheel
wright and Coachmaker.
Buggies, Carriages, Wagons and Carts
repaired in a workmanlike manner, at prices
to suit the times.
Old ehicles taken in Erehange for newr.
The Manufacture of
Plantation Carts and Wagons
a specialty. Inspection and comparison of
work and prices with those of other makers
will show a dif erente of from ten to twenty
Ipr cent. All work Luaranteed.
Donaldsonville, La., March 15, 1877.
FOR BOYS AND GIRLS,
Co r. Roilrood Areune and Attakapas Street.
Commercial and Classical course. Instruc
tion thorough in all branches.
Miss L. O. Hnsonu, )
C. Franklin. English.
L. Laundry, kirench,
L. Franklin, Primary classes.
Aunient history. German, Latin and Greek
laniuages, Mathematics and Natural Phi
iuoolitly. taught by the Principal.
For tentns of tuitioni or board apply to
Itll-ly Jil SOPHAR. Director.
G. FIT E '8,
Next Door to Post-Office.
Who has just received from the city,
r PERFUMERIES, ETC
LISLE THREAD HOSE,
WHITE LINEN SHIRTS.
BOOTS, SEIGOE & HATS
a specialty, in which I defy competition.
LADIES' AND GENTS'
TRUNKS, AND SADDLERY,
Also a large and fresh supply of
FLOUR & PROVISIONS
Mississippi St., next to the Post-Ofice,
DO.A LDSON VILL . d2
ON ACCOUNT OF A
CHANGE IN OUR FIRM
We are compelled to sell our
Boots, Shoes, Hats,
HOUSE FURNISHING GOOoS,I
MRS. M. ISRAEL & CO.,
Dwelling, Store & Fixtures
FOR S.( LE
ON LIBERAL TER3IS.
GO O To Tilk
CHEAP CASH CORNEA
THERE 111I. BE FOUNT) AT
.NEWV BRICK "TORE,
Corner Mississippi St. and R. R. Avenue,
A Ma1umoth and .arefnlly selected Stock of
EADY- MADE CLOTHING.
HATS AND CAPS,
BOOTS AND SHOES,
WINES AND LIQUORS,
LADIES' FANOY WEAR,
-All Marn.d Down to-
LOWEST CASE PRICES!
Comtparison of Goods and Prises with
those of other dealers always hlixIlenged
and invited, and the determination
Not to be U;nderseld,
strictly adhered to. The Cheap Cash Cor
ner 1s also a headquarters for sale of
Carts and Wagons,
Mannfactured at Pittsburg. Pa., and justLy
celebrated for durability and cheapnhss.
DON'T FORGET THE PLACE!
Loeb's Cheap Cash Coriet,.
tl 3 ON THE FRONT STREET. ly
F B. EARHART,
Practices in the Fourth Judicial Distries
(comprising St. Charles, St. John. St. James.
,and Ascension parishes), and in the Supreme
and United States Courts. oy5
LAW AND NOTARIAL OFFICE.
R. N. Sins,.
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Practice in Ascension, Assumption and St:,
Attorney & Counselor at Law,
Convent P. 0., St. James, Ea.
Practices in all the courts of the Mourth.
Judicial District-parishes of St. James, St.
John the Baptist, St. Charles and Aseipision
and in the Supreme Court of this State in
New Orleans. a26-7:4
Corner of Lessard and Attakanas Streets.
Ba.a. I. KEATING returns thanks to thu
people of Donaldsonville and vicinity for
the liberal patronage heretofore bestowed
upon the Academy, and begs leave to say
that no effort will be spared to merit a con
tinuance of public favor.
A limited number of pupils from abroad
will be received and furnished with bhird
and lodging. For terms of tuition, ctc., ap
ply to or ali ess
MRS. C. KEATING.
mar24 Donralsonville, La.
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physician who has ever made this disease a
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Price, for large box $3 00. or 4 hones for
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