THE DONALDSQONILLE CHIEF.
OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE PARISH OF ASCENSION AND TOWN OF DONALDSA;NYLLIdL
VOLUME IX. DONALDSONVILLE, LOUISIANA; SATURDAY, FEBRUARY '2, 1880. 25
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DRY GOODS, GRSOCERIES, Etc,
D. VEGA, Agent, dealer in Dry Goods,
A Notions, Clothing, Boots and Shoes,
Mats, Grgýeerries, Liquors, Furniture,Had
wareToiaccHard- Wa ts Oils, Glass, Lumber,
Briceb, Carts and Wagons; Loeb's corner,
,ailroad Avenue apd Mississippi steet,
ERNARD LEMANN, dealer in Western
Produce, faney and staple Groceries,
jors, I4rydware, Iron, Paints, Oils, Carts,
Plea wSaddlery, Stoves and Tinware, Fur
niture, Crockery, Wall Paper and House
Furnishing Goods, Mississippi street, corner
yOSEPH GONDIAN, dealer in Clothing,
tpeg~y 4 Notions, Hats, Qnpseries,
Wine*., .qgors, Boots, Shops. Hardwa.me,
Paiti, Oils Saddlery, Crocktiy, Furnitute
4ad all kinds of House Furn aibpg Goods,
No. 14 Mississippi street,
M TOBIAS. dealer in Groceries, Dry
i `btslothing, Notions, Boots and
Shoese, Hats, Purniture, Hardware, Crock
ery, 'Trunks, etc., corper Mississippi and St.
Pa~trick streets and No. 24 Railroad Avenue.
1 -pprythipg at lowest figures.
C KLINE, corner Crescent Place and
" Houmas street, dealer in Dry Goods,
Notions, Boots and Shoes, Groceries, Pre
visions, Corn, Oats and Bran.
MF ISRAEL & CO., deales in Dry Goods.
M , Clothing, Boots, Shoes, Saddlery,
Buggies, etc., corner Mississippi street and
S MOYS, realer in Dry Goods, Cloth
S ing, Boots, Shoes, Hats, Groceries,
Furniture, Hardware and Plantation -Sup
plies, at the old Post-officeetand, Mississippi
WEINSCHENCI., dealer in Dry Goods,
o Natioos, Clothing, Groceries, Hard
ware, Hats, Boots and Shoes, and general
Plantation Supplies, Railroad Avenue, be
tween Iberville and Attakapas streets.
P T. BABIN, deaner in Choice Family
P Groccries,Wines and Liquors, tamps,
Ol~s;etc. Darsewv-ille, near feiry landing,
and opposite Donaldsonville.
LIQUOR AND BILLIARD SALOONS.
HilE PLACE, Gus. Israel, manager,
Corner Lessard and Mississippi streets.
Billiards, Lager Beer; Best Wines and
Liquors, Fine Cigars, etc.
)UTCHERS' EXCHANGE, P. Mollere,
SDprporietol, Crescent Place, opuposite the
rket-flouso. Beat oif Wines, Liquors aiid
Cigars always kept at the bar.
HOTELS AND BOAIIDlNG.HOUSES.
R ORT. E. LEE HQ'PEL, at Marx Israel's
old stand, corner Mississippi and Les
saril streets. Jos. Lafargue, proprietor. Bar
and billiard roomu attaehtd. First-class en
tertainment and accoummnodations._____
T(. OIpIIS HOTEL. Lucy Butler, pro
ypsietori, Crescent Place, near the wharf.
First-class Board akduIpodging at reasonable
I iPt Y HOTEL, P. Leferre, Proprietor,
V Railroad Avenue, cor. Iherville street.
Mar supplied with best Liquors.
PHILIP GEIGER'S Confectionery and
Fruit Store, Mississippi street, adjoining
Lemann's old stand. Cakei, Soda Water,
fluts, Toys and Fancy Articles.
L iby A. Grilhe, Mississippi street, near
St. Patrick. Branch on Railroad Avenue,
~car Opelouslas street. Cakes, Fruits, Nuts.
Ada Water, Ice Cream. Cakes. Ice Cream
Wad Syrups for weddings and parties tur
.nislied on short notice.
JOS. THIOMPSON, Railroad Avenue, next
door to corner of Conway street, near
the depot, dealer in Havana and Domestic
Cigars, Tobacco, Snuff, Pipes, etc.
MRS. M. BLUL1. Milliner, Mississippi
street, between Lessard and St. Pat
rick. Latest styles of Bonnets, Hats. French
Flowers, etc.: also. all kinds of Ladies' Un
MRS.J. FEVRIER, Milliner; all kinds of
Hats, Bonnets. Trimmings. Artificial
Flowais and Fancy Articles, corner Missis
sippi and Lessard streets.
BOOT AND SHOE MAKING.
Q GOETTE, Soot and Shoemaker, Mis
Ae sissippi strut, opposite Maurin's store.
All work in best style at bottom prices.
SADDLERY --.HiNNESS-MA KING.
J OSEPII HISS, Saddler and Harness
Maker, 1!) IiRailroad Arepue. Saddles
c ik hariwss of all styles, and prji~ mude to
order. All orders for repairing ~4-j paint
ing of Carriages and Buggies promtpty ex
Singer Sewing Machine
corner Mississippi and Lessard streets.
A. C ombe... .........--,Manager,
Mrs. Octavia Illey, ........... Saleslady
LIVERY STABLES & UNDERTAKING.
Q CHONBERG'S Livery, Feed and Sale
Stable and Undertaker's Establishment,
Railroad Avenue, between Iberville and At
takapas streets. Competition defied.
DRUGS AND MEDICINES.
B RYBISKI, Apothecary and Druggist,
" Missisaippistreet, between St. Patrick
and St. Vincent streets, as jolning Gondran's
CENTRAL DRUG STORE, corner Rail
road Avenue and Iberville street, L.
Blanchard, proprietor. Fresh Drugs and
HOUSE AND SIGN PAINTING.
R Jn GREEN, House, Sign and Ornamen'
* tal Painter, Railroad Avenue, near
Ch ibosne street. Pacer-langing and Calci
mining in superior style.
L L. FERNANDEZ, Barber Shop, Mis
* sissippi Street, near corner Lessard.
Shaving, hair-cutting, shampooing, etc., in
most artistic style.
LOUIS J. RACKE, Tinsmith, Mississippi
street, at Lemann's old stand. Orders
attended to with dispatch and satisfaction
ATTORNEYS AT LAW.
Frederick Duffel, R. Prosper Landry.
D UFFEL LANDRY, Attorneys at
1jjpaw. (le on Chetimaches street,
just back ofe Court-House.
EDWARD N. PUGH, Attorney at Law,
Attakapas. street, opposite Louisiana
Square. Visits Naoleonville on Mondays.
SODA WATER MANUFACTORY.
SODA WATER MANUFACTORY, It.
I ether, proprietor, No. 11 Mississippi
street. Soda, Mineral, Seltzer and all kinds
of aerated waters manufactured, and sold
at lowest prices.
Dr. P. J. iedrichs,
of New Orleans
is now permanently located- on Railroad
Avenue between Mississippi and Iberville
DR. A. C,IOVE,
Left bank Mississippi river, opposite Don
Office and residence at Gibson's Hotel.
- Rr. I. vAsexuve
Attakapas street, near the Court-House,
DR. W. X. McGALLIARD
Office in Cresceat Place,
AW AND 1lQTARIAL OFFICE.
R. N. Sinms,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Practice in Ascension,lssumption and St.
ATTORNEY AT LAW,
Office: Opposite the Court-House,
Practices in the Fourth Judicial District,
-comprising the parishes of Ascension, St.
James, St. Charles and St. John Baptist
and the parish of Assnmption. apr19
ATTORNEY AT LAW,
dffice : One block below the Court
House, on Attakapas street. my24-ly
John H. Ilsley, Jr., F. B. Earhart.
ILSLEY & 1.ARHART,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
Office: Opposite the Court ilouse,
Practice in the Fourth Judicial District
(coiiprisigg S. Charles, St. John, St. James
and Aswension wr4isea). "id is the Supreme
and United States Courts. any3l-dl
CHAS. OBERKAMP, Jr.,
Barber and Hairdresser,
Crescent Place, adjoining St. Louis Hotel,
Shaving, Hair Cutting, Dyeing, Shampoo
ing, etc., in elegant style at moderate
H. C. GRUBE'S
Auction and Commission House,
The undersigned is pleased to inform the
public that, having filed the bond required
by law and received his comnmission from
the Governor as an AUCTIONEER, he is
now prepared to execute with promptness
and satisfaction all business in the auction
line with which lie may be entrusted. Fur
niture and articles of every description
stored and sold on commission. Apply to
or address, H. C. GRUBE:
d13 Licensed api Bonded Auctioneer.
Corner Chetimaches and Mississippi Streets
A complete stock of Pure Chemicals al
ways on hand. Prescriptions carefully coi
piled at all hours, day or night. fchl6
JOHN P. FORCHA,
Railroad Avenue, opposite the Post-office,
All work guaranteed and satisfaction
warranted. Prices lower than the lowest.
Justice of the Peace and
Office at Hercule Landry's Prairjp Store,
Parish of Ascensica.
All business transacted with Freci"'n uapd
For the CHIEF.
LOVED AND LOST.
A. J. REYNOLDS.
They name thee before me,
A knell to my ear;
A shudder comes o'er me,
Why wert thou so dear?
They knew not I knew thee,
Who knew thee too well;
Long, long I shall I rue thee.
Too deeply to tell.-ByRos.
The moon was calmly looking down
From a elear and cloudless sky,
And the stars in their loveliness seemed to
From their stations so far and so high.
And the birds had long since ceased their
And each had sought its quiet nest
Tired and tuneless their little throats
Were resting-for they needed rest.
And all alone, amid this scene
Of silence rare and grand,
I stood by the side of nmy sweet Evelise,
And fondly held her hand.
Yes, held the fair and dimpled band
In a fond and fervent clasp;
For I felt and knew by the face so wan,
I held it for the last.
The grim old Fates bad frowned on us,
And willed that we should pIrt;
In spite of our love-in spite of our hopes,
Disregarding the tsehing of hearts.
So we meekly bowed to the all-wise decree
That sundered two lives forever;
Though it tore me away from my lassie so
I will cherish her fondly-ever.
And we're parted to meet perhaps never
Whilst the earth on its axis shall turn;
Yet mem ry reverts to the glad days of yore,
And with them that night will return.
And I see her now as I saw her then,
As we stood 'neath that clear moon and
4nd I hear leer sad voice as plainly as when
She remarked, " We must part-you and
And forever will dwell in my sorrowing soul,
The pain, the woe and regret,
That comes with a power I can not control,
And I wish are never had met.
I promised her then, as we took the last
That her and the past I'd forget;
And I've striven quite hard-but I verily
It vividly dwells with me yet,
We have loved-we have lost-and yet it is
That others have done just the same;
As fondly and faithfully as once I lov'd you,
With the same devotion, and with as junch
But God looked down on us that eve
From His Throne in the realms above,
Aed blessed the hearts He had caused to
With that foolish passion of love.
DONALDSONVILLE, February 25, 1880.
Our Broadbrin Letters.
The Amusements of Gotham-From the
Brothels to the Churches-Shepherd
Cowley out on Bail-Sensational Elope
NEW Yosic, February 21, 1880.
Nothing can be more instructive I
than the amusements of a great city.
If they merely consisted of Sunday
school picuics and church fairs, they
would need very little description, for
all cavalcades of young folks and old
folks, with lunch baskets and hamp
era, heading for a leaky old barge
which is drawn to its destination by a
smoky little monster of a tow-boat,
and all church fairs, where unlucky
bachelors and unfortunate married
men are fleeced by lucky-bags, lot
teries, and post-offices, are very much
alike. l3ut unfortunately, all the city
amusements are not under the con
trol of the goody goodies, but there
are amusements going on here day
and night where crime abounds, and
sin holds high carnival; where souls
are wrecked, and murder is done,
and where robbery is planned as a
regular business pursuit* The char
acter of our amusements has not im
proved of late years; instead of a
wholesome concert or a well regulated
drama, we are now either the victims
of a disreputable class of so-called so
ciety plays, redolent with the aroma
of the demi-monde and reeking with
the foul morals of the brothel; or es
caping from the contamination of this
disgraceful class of plays, you find
yourself confronted in a hundred
forms, with the variety shows, a class
of awusewent to which New YoIk
seems to have surrendered itself al
most entirely at the present time.
Like everything else in this world.
they are of various degrees; the best
are to found on Broadway, and the
vilest on the Bowery, where the
sweepings of the low concert saloons
of London crack their coarse jokes
and corrupt the morals of the young.
The Bowery has an unsavory reputa
tion at the best, the worst class of
dens, which are a snare to the feet of
the unwary traveler from the country,
are to be found here. A few years
ago they were on Chatham street,
and on the different vile thorough
fares that divide the old fourth ward.
The leprosy of crime had poisoned
the whole neighborhood; across the
street was the bloody sixth ward, and
the foul rookery of the Five Points,
which a hundred years of municipal
enactments have not been able to
purify. While here, on the subject
of amusements, those who read my
letters three years ago, can not forget
my description of the Grand Duke
theatre, then in the zenith of its glory.
The building was an old, tumble
down, shackley aiThir, which looked
as if it might at any moment fall
about the ears of the audience. The
theatre was down in a deep cellar, all
damp and clammy, sighted with poor
candles, yet a palace for the gaIinua
,and waifs, who have no home but the
streets. The performers were news
boys and boot-blacks, and the per
formance a cheap imitation of the
worst class of variety shows; but it
was conducted with all the pomp and
circumstance of a much more pre
tentious theatre. While in full blast,
it became one of the sights of the
town, and every evening, disguised
in false wigs ned utiskers, brokers
and bankers from Wall street, mer
chants from the country, gamblers,
thieves and fast men about town,
could always be found among the
audience. But the Grand Duke, like
many other grand institutions, had to
succumb to fate. A portion of the
ella r tumbled in, some of the per
formers found their way to the peni
tentiary and States prison, others were
transplanted to some of the vagrant
variety shows which perambulate the
country, while others have wandered
away, no man knows whither, never
to return again. But to return to the
Bowery; the deps that were once lo
cated in the recesses of the Five
Points now flaunt their banners, in
the open light of day, on the Bowery.
The denizens of the low dance houses
on Cherry street and through the
slums of the fourth ward have, most
of them, forsaken their old haunts,
and are now located on the most pub
lic thoroughfare in the city. Suppose
the hour about eleven at night, the
theatres and variety shows, have,
most of them, ended their perform
ances, and the human drift wood of a
large city, is afloat upon the streets.
All along are gambling houses and
low dives, where gaudily dressed wo
men, disfigured by debuachery and
sin, lay in wait for the thoughtless
and unwary. Don't imagine that every
one who goes down into the wretched
hells, is necessarily one of their own
class. Many of them are clerks, or
young men from the country, where,
perhaps, loving mothers and sisters
in the old homestead are wondering
what they are doing in the great city,
quite unconscious of the terrible
dangers that surround them. The
ceilings are low, and the walls are
covered with cheap prints, represent
ing sailors parting from their sweet
hearts, and hunters chasing buffalo,
while in one of the vilest I saw a pic
ture of "Christ blessing little child
ren," and hanging above it, worked
in worsted, by one of the worst sin- t
ners in the place, was the motto:
"Suffer the little children to come
unto me. and forbid them not, for of f
such is the kinkdom of heaven." Per- v
iaps that scripture lesson was learned 5
by a bright-eyed, fair-haired, inno
cent girl, among the New England u
hills, long years ago, before she ever 1
dreamed of the infamy and degrada- 8
tion that should not only hunt her
down to death, but should transform t
her into a human tigress, destitute t
alike of love or fear to become the
huntress of others.. The place is
lined with low tables, around which t
are grouped men and women, rep
resenting every crime in the calendar,
convicts recently released from States
prison; here find a comfortable abid
ing place, for the keepers and deni
zens are all of their own class, and the
opportunities for robbery and plunder s
are frequent and profitable. The
liquor is all of the most poisonous
character, and a bottle of drugged
whiskey is alway-s ready for strangers a
who display any money. Drugging
and robbery are of almost nightly oc
currence. Many of the victims find
their way to the hospitals, and not a
few to the morgue, where the Coro
ner's jury, after a five minuteinvesti
gation, bring in a verdict: "found
dead." Another class of amusements,
made notorious by the recent visits of
an eccentrie Brooklyn minister, is the
gambling hills with which this great
city abounds. It is not at Mike Mur
rey's or in Morrisey's old place the
worst part of the gambling is done
here you may see merchants, bank
cashiers, and men called respectable
by society-but if you want to see the
worst class of gambling which is so
near like stealing that you can't tell
the difference between them, you
must go to Ann street, Barclay street,
Park Row or Fulton street, and if'
you get away without being robbed,
you will be luckier than nine hundred
and ninety-nine out of every thousand
who go in. All the people connected
with these places are regular profes
sional thieves, fellows who would
pick a pocket or rob a hen-roost, if
nothing else offered. They are the
meanest and worst thieves in the city;
they carry every crime from petty
larceny to murder written in their
villain^;:s countenances, and the mall
who is so poor a judge of hunma na
ture as to fall into their clutches, al
most deserves to be robbed.
But while the city is full of amuse
ments or these dangerous classes,
there is also to be found in a large city,
that which is hard to be found any
where else. Great ability, like any
other scarce commodity, is dear, and
it is only the great centers of capital
that can afford to pay for it. Great
orators, actors, singers, preachers,
painters and sculptors naturally gravi
tate to where the rewards are the
greatest, and where the avenues to
fame are broader. I trust I may not
be considered irreverent, if I class
church going among the amusements
of the city. The whole character of
our church going seems to have
changed; the great body of our peo
ple do not go to church simply as an
act of Sabbath worship, but they go
to bear Beecher or Talmage, Doctor
John Hall or Robert Colyer; and ap
ropos - of the blacksmith preacher,
who graduated from the forge to the
most aristocratic pulpit in New York;
When he came here from Chicago a
few months ago, they were not want
ing who prophecied his speedy dis
comfiture and downfall, but all their
prognostics have failed, and the self
taught student of Christ has anchored
himself so deep in the hearts of his
congregation, that it seems as if they
would hold him till the Master calls
The magnates of the Episcopal
church have congregated around the
gentle shepherd Cowley, and Dr. Mor
gan A. Dix, the Rector of Trinity,
has become one of his bondsmen.
The latest sensation is the elope
ment of a pretty school girl aged
twelve, the daughter of a wealthy
farmer on Long Island, with an ugly
old villain of forty-five, who leaves
behind him a wife and several child
ren. He was a laborer on her father's
farm, and wretchedly poor, so the
presumption is that he took her to
some of the low dens in New York, as
those are the only places that would
We have been having quite a cold
snap, whereat the heart of the ice-man
doth much rejoice, and the small boy
crieth balielnjah as he snow-balleth
the passing traveler.
Yours truly, BROADBRIM.
Heavy Storm in Natchitoches.
Previous to the night of Thursday,
the 12th inst., very heavy Southern
winds prevailed, and the sky was
overcast with dark storm clouds, but
no rain fell. At 11 o'clock that night
the wind suddenly veered to the
Northwest. Vivid flashes of lightning
lit up the Egyptian darkness, followed
by the thunder's angry roar. A per
fect hurricane arose, accompanied
with hail stones. But a part of the
storm visited this place, lasting but a
few moments. Yet fences were pros
trated, and trees uprooted. In the
upper portion of the city the wind
litted the roof from Mr. F. Hubley's
shop, an old building. No other se
rious damage was done here. The
heavy Convent fence blew against
this local's residence with a crash,
thoroughly alarming the inmates,
while the building shook like an as
pen, under the force of the gale.
We learn from the stage driver be
tween here and Pleasant Hill, that
the road was blockaded with fallen
timber. Six miles east of Mansfield, a
tornado passes through the pine
woods, cutting a clean sward, half a
mile wide, leaving not a tree standing,
and piling the timber indiscriminate
ly in confused heaps. Messrs. Farr,
McCoullongh and Steinhardt, were en
route to this city on the night of tihe
storW, and give graphic accounts of
the perils and hardships they en
countered. They had to cut their
way through the fallen tiuber, and
were fifteen hours in resohriug this
city from Mansfield.
When the~full account of the dam
age done, reaches us, it will doubtless
prove one of the most destructive
storms which has visited our section
in nJaay years.
Thaus far, the only casualty we have
heard of in this parish, is that of a
colored man, who was struck by tihe
limb of a falling pine, and had his
Death of Col. R. A. Stewart.
West Baton Rouge Sugar Planter.
Col. U. A. Stewart, once a promi
nent planter and politician in this
State, died recently at Orange Lake,
Florida, where he resided for some
time, He served during the war as
commander of the PointeCoupee Bat
tery, in which he distinguished him
self as a brave and daring officer. At
the close he removed to Brazil. but
becoming dissatisfied with the coun
try, he secured profitable employment
in the Island of St. Thomas, where lie
successfully introduced his celebratod
apparatus for the defecation of cane
juice, from which he accumulated
quite a large fortune. Ill health in
duced him to visit Florida and there
the ý' grim visitor " found -him.
Among his intimate friends he was
always called " Black Dick " from his
very swarthy complexion. May the
ashes of this good man rest in peace.
Ahi, distinctly we remember, it was
sometime in last D&-ember, when we
heard a rapping, as of some one gent
ly tapping, tapping at our sanctum
door. When we rose and raised the
lattice in there steppes a well-known
bore, and paid us in advauce, one
year's subscription, a thing he had
never, never dove before.
our Washlington, ttter.
Death of a Noted Artist--Good, News for
Invalid Pension Ol an t-An ZEn
forcement of that Fatnoiss &MSewioe
Order Needed-What Uongres 'is Net
WAssuragey, D. C.. ;Feb. 2%, 1880.
Death has done Its work and Con
stantini Brumidi, whose paintings may
be seen in all parts of the Capitol, has
gone to his long rest. Last year lie
narrowly escaped a fall from the scaf
fold on which he was at work is the
rotunda and he never recovered from
the shock. He was born in Rome in
1M(, and for years has been in feeble
health. With a Wiide reputation as
an artist in his native land, he became
involved in 1848 in political troubles
that exiled him from home and kin
dred in 1852. Locating in New York
his first great work was painting the
"Crucifixion" in St. Stephen's ehurch.
He soon was called to' Philadelphia
and painted "'St. Paul and St. Peter,"
went to the City of Mexico and
painted the " Holy Trinity," which is
a master work, visited by thousands.
Returning, lie stopped in this city and
impressed with the possibilities of the
walls of its then Capitol, Gten. Meigs
permitted the artist to decorate the
room of the Committee on Agricul
ture. He selected as the central figure
" Cineinnatus Driving the Plow."
This completed work attracted great
attention and the fame of Brumidi
was heralded everywhere, and thence
forward to the day of his death he was
constantly an employee of the Gov
ernment at a salary of $10 per day.
His life work illumines the walls of
the Capitol on which the magic touch
of the artist has painted pictures,
visited daily by thousands and that
will be admired by generations' to
come. The belt of allegorical paint
ings inside the dome begun in 1878
is now but half finished. He longed
to live to complete the work. The
writer said one day to him as he was
wearily going to the rototnda to be
drawn up the dizzy height: "We all
hope you may live to finish the work,
but if not, is there any one to take
the brush when it falls from your
hand ?" "Alihs ee," said the artist
with a smile on 's wrinkled fice,
" no man is necessary in this world."
In' his sick chamber lie made the car
toonsathat will be the pictures some
other artist's brush will paint, so' in'
all our lives we leave some pact of
our work to be filled up by those that
live after us.
"' Lives of great aeen oft remind us
We may make our lives sublime,
And departing leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
It will be gratifying to the invalid t
soldiers who are waiting so patiently
for, action upon pension claims to
learn that Congress has provided for
a large corps of assistant clerks to
clear up the lagging business of the e
Pension Office. There is no reason
why a soldier should not receive his
pension, if entitled to .one, in four
weeks after his application is fled,
yet it is our experience as attorneys
that claims lay in the office two and
three years, despite all efforts to ob
tain a hearing. Men are waiting for i
their cases to be passed upon whose I
lives have been rendered useless to
themselves and their families; women i
who have faithfully nursed them;
children growing up in dispair, curs
ing the country their parents had
served in their vigor, while the alms
house is sought by many as an asylum
from starvation pending the tedious
and tardy consideration of their
claims. Aaron Barnes of Independ
ence, Iowa, was advised to go to the
poorhouse, as he was old, infirm and
destitute, but ho said, "I'd die first,"
and hobbled away toward his lonely
shanty. He was not seen for a week,
and was found dead, frow hunger and
cold, by a messenger who brought the
news that his claim for $1600 pension
had been allowed. This condition of
affairs is a disgrace to our nationality,
and the new force, it is hoped will
dissipate the masterly inactivity of
the Pension Bureau.
There has been fcor two or three
weeks a deluge of accusations that
one of the Republican Presidential
I aspirants was using his official posi
tion to aid hint in his ambition-in
fact, that he expected his subordinates
to work for hiro, and promised oflices
to others as an inducenient to work.
The charges are met with an emphatic
denial; but would it not be well for
the official so charged to caution all
those small office holders who ate
s known to have been engaged in work
8 ing up a "hoom" for their superior,
against a repetition of the oBinse ?
e Better still,onght not President Iayes
a to re-issue his famous order No. 1- 1
and enforce it?
The idea of having the Democratic
convention callgd here has very sen
sibly bhesntabanwdoed. If it sbould
become the rate of boti patties` o
hold their nominating Conotautics
here, And at a gtne whew + ngress'
was not in sesion, there would be
less objection among the peopleothan
in theesseeonaguestiou. But. ere J
every .year gteater wiefh t ea&tip
masses to.prevent tCongressmeo- and
public officials from interference with
thePresidential selections. Whea tbat
is accomplished a long step towsards
genainetirhi Service reform will have
Of avtnal progress in legislation
since I last wrote you, thelre has been
very little, unless we count th."
amount of work en the new $oase
rales as progress.
The meeting in atits eityer the
leading educators unoder the avspices
of the National Education Asebeli ton,
was one of great interest. Reports
were made of the progrese of etieraE
education not only in our ow Coti -
try. but the wor st ae
coufaging. The marked appe L
ance of illiteracy it ear awn lapd,
particularly among the ecolred .pe,
was shown to be very notlceable.;
The success of the new motor seems
to be assured. Great interest is man
ifested In this new invention which
promises to reduce the expense of all
motive power-at least 80 per cent.
Inquirers enclosing stamp addressed
to "Phaks," lock box 587, wiltreceive
Mr. Acklen's Swell "Pops."
An item from the New Orleans City
item of the 13th reads thu :' A rueeor
is currepta=that a duel- will take place
pre long between Congrsssiper iug
and Allen growing oufhe i
blv which the House Crnmutitte t
Foreign Relations is now iavestigat
For the information of Gen. King,
we 00py3tJie fullowiang wli b i$ ani
abstract from a Washington ° (setri'
bution to the Forest and trem , of
" Mr. Acklenisoneof the vesyfew
gentlemuen in Washington whoaow
owns regulation alaring pistol.. *q
can he loadledeither fiom thiibecl
or the muzzle, so as to fully c ioply
with all. the >regalations ef the, e iei
The barrels are abouta foot lopg,.I
calibre, and two.pounda pull %f trig.
ger. These' pistols l'#ie'se~er b'ees
nsed in thefleie, altou tghte" were
spoken for last winter, at the Lims
;Senators Conkling -and Lamar had
their wordy difficulty on thetoerot
the Senate. The insulting language
used. by these Senators was after=
wards recalled, satiffctoritf to both
gentlemen. Mr. Acklen is an expert
shot with a pistol. The two dueling
pistols cost Mr. Acklen in Englau4
When Mr. Acklen gets out his reg.
ulation pistols, Gen. King will be ex.
peeted to run out his heaviest as,
New York World.
Last spring the five children of M1.
B. Corbin of Colorado promised to
earn money enough to paytor anuor.
gan if their 'father would buy one.
The bargain was made, and, ass cap
ital, three dozen chickens and an aete
of arable land were given to them.
The ground was planted with onions
and yielded the remarkable crop of
three tons, for which $145 was re
ceived. The net receipts from the
chickens was fifty-five dollars, twak
ing the totad receipts $20I. The or
gan cost $118, leaving ' balance of
eighty-two dollars still in the chil
dren's treasury. The children are
from sir to fifteen years of age and
worked throughout the season with
great energy and perseverance and
hence deserved their success. We are
glad to record this pleasant little
item, and trust it may inspire other
children in the country to like indus
try and thrift. 1'areets may do well
to follow Mr. Cotbin's example.
In the contest for the Judgeship of
the 12th Judicial 'istrict, the Su
preme Court has just rendered a de
cision overrtling the decision of
Judge . Rodgers and deciding the
matter in favor of Aristfde Bar
bin anal against W. F. Blackoan.
f1'hey have thus vindicated the law
and shown themselves superior to
partisan bias. Nothing lees than their
condemnation of the legal joggling
by which it is sought to defeat tht
will of the people as expressed at the
ballat box and to give the ofliae to
the defeated candidate, was expected
front the Supreme Court, and their
judgment is and will be received with
much satisfaction by all who were
cognizant of the facts- &tbine Index.
Whenever we want infpimatiwn
about country matters New Orleans
is the jphlce to go for it. Morecaq lie
lear ed in that city a4,o t country
wants than we know ourselves. The
wise men live- only in the cities, the
country is filled with bumpkins wino
mnily have sense enough to live, work
and be directedm by their more fortu
nate metropolitan brethren. The copi
meits of the city press upon ile pje
cest-ity of a stock law and tsm a
pointmoent df Police Jurors by rte
Governor, amply demonstrate this
charge withomt going intp other par
The editor is out of towp to-day.
The constable chased him three
miles, hut couldn't fetch himi. Send
Valentines again, will lt?-o-8yaur
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