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THE DONALDSO VILLE CHIEF.
OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE PARISH OF ASC NSION AND TOWN OF DONALDSONVILLE. VOLUME IX. DONALDSONVILLE, LOUISIAN , SATURDAY, APRIL 1 r, 1880. NUMBER 32. Amncus Humani Generis. A Wide-Awake Home Newspaper PabliebedEvery Baturday, at Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish,La., -BY ll NDlEN E. BIlENTLEY, EDITOR AND PlROrRITOR. TERMS OF 8UBSCRIPTION: One copy, one yM $2~0............... 0 iOnegopy, six months, ...............10 2 Six oopies, one year,...............- 10 00 T welve copies, one year,..........100 Payable invariably in advance. AD VERTIING RATES : One lnch of space consttutes a "square." as. 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Address: CBIEr, Donaldsonville. La. DONALDSONVILLE BUSINESS DIRECTORY. DRY GOODS, GROCERTES, Etc. A D. VEGA, Agent, dealer In Dry Goods. A Notions, Clothing, Boots and Shoes, flats, Groceries, Liquors, Furniture, Hard ware, Tobacco, Paints, Oils, Glass, Lumber, Bricks, Carts and Wagons; Loeb's corner, Railroad Avenue and Mississippi street. B ERNARD LEMANN, dealer in Western B Produce, fancy and staple Groceries, Liquors, Hardware, Iron, Paints, Oils. Carts, Plows, Saddlery, Stoves and Tinware, Fur nltnre, Crockery, Wall Pappr and hlouse Furnishing Goods, Mississippi street, corner Crescent Place. tOSEPH GONDRAN, dealer in Clothing, Y Dry Goods, Notions, Hats, Groceries, Wines, Liquors, Boots, Shoes, Hardware, Paints, Oils, Saddlery, Crockery, Furniture and all kinds of House Furnishing Goods, No. 14 Missississippi street. M TOBIAS, dealer in Groceries, Dry M * Goods, Clothing, Notions, Boots and Shoes, Hats, Furniture, Hardware, Crock ery, Trunks, etc., corner Mississippi and St. Patrick streets at4 No. 24 Railroad Avenue. vyerything at lowest figures. ( rLINe , corner Crescent Place and e l oemas street, dealer in Dry Goods, Notions, Boots and Shoes, Groceries, Pro visions, Corn, Oats and Bran. M ISRAEL & CO., deales in Dry Goods, a Clothing, Boots, Shoes, Saddlery, $nggies, etc., corner Mississippi street and Railroad Avenue. S MOYSI, dealer in Dry Goods, Cloth e Ing, Boots, Shoes, Hats, Groceries, Furniture, Hardware and Plantation Sup plies, at the old Post-office stand, Mississippi street. Q WEINSCHENCK, dealer in Dry Goods, " Notions, Clothing, Groceries, Hard ware, Hats, Boots and Shoes, and general Plantation Supplies, Railroad Avenne, be tween Iberville and Attakapas streets. P T. BABIN, dealer in Choice Family * Oroceries,WIies and Liquors, Lamps, Oils, e.t, Darrowville, near ferry landing. and opposite Donaldsonville. LIQUOR AND BILLIARD SALOONS. r -IRE PLACE, Gas. Israel, manager, . Corner Lessard and Mississippi streets.. Billiards, Lager Beer, Best Wines and Liquors, Fine Cigars, etc. BUTCHERS' EXCHANGE, P. Mollere, propricetr, Crescen Place, opposite the Market-Rouse. Best of Wines, Lqunors and Cigars always kept at the bar. HOTELS A1D BOARDING-ROUSES. R ORT. E. LEE HOTEL, at Marx Israel's old stand, corner Mississippi and Les eard streets. Jos. Iafargue, proprietor. Bar and billiard room attached:- First-class en tertainment and accommodations. QT. LOUIS HOTEL, Lucy Butler, pro prietor, Crescent Place, near the wharf. First-class Board and Lodging at reasonable rates. 1i Y HOTEL. P. Lefevre, Proprietor, 1 Railroad Avenue, cor. Iberville street. Bar supplied with best Liquors. CONFECTIONERIES. P tILIP GEIGER'S Confectionery and Fruit S-ore, Mississippi street, adjoining r emann's old stand. Cakes, Soda Water, t.Aq. Toys and Fancy Articles. D ONALDSONV'LI CONFECTIONERY. by A. Grille, Mississippi street, near St. Patrick. Branch on Railroad Avenue, ear Opelousas street. Cakes, Fruits, Nuts, da Water, Tce Cream. Cakes. Ice Cream and Syrups for weddings and parties fur nished on short notice. CIGAR DEALER. (l.: THOMPSON. Railroad Avenue, next . }p t corner of Conway street, near ibe b) , dealer in Havana and Domestic Cigars. To~lieq, Snuff, Pipes, etc. MILLINERY. RS. M. BLUM. Miltijer, Mississippi street, between Lessard and St. Pat ijck. Latest styles qf Bonnets, IDats, French Flowers, etc.; also, all kinds of Ltadies' Un derwear. MRS. J. FEVRIER, 'Milliner : all kinds of Hats, Bonnets. Trimmmgs. Artificial Flowers and Fancy Articles. corner Missis sippi and Lessard streets. BOOTr AND SHur MAK.ING. `` GOETTE, Boot and Sloemaker. Mis a sissippi street, opposite Maurin'a store. All work in best style at bottom prices. ---i SADDLERY---lrANESS-MAKING. "FREDERICK BRENN, Saddler and liar - nehss Maker, 159I Railroad Avenue. Sad tiles and harness of all styles and prices made to orde.r. All orders t'for repairing and painting of tahriafges and Buggies prmptly .e-uue4.ggi pmpl BSMWIG MACHINE S. Singer Sewing Machine DEPOT, corner Mississippi and Lessard streets. A. Combe ........................ Manager, Mrs. Octavia Isleqy,.............. a3eslady LIVERY STABLESB UNDERTAb ING. S CHONBERG'S Livery, Feed and Sale Stable and Undertaker's Establisbment, Railroad Avenue, between Iberville and At takapas streets. Competition defied. DRUGS AND MEDICINES. B RYBISKI, Apothecary and Druggist, * Mississippi street, between St. Patrick and St. Vincent streets, adjoining Gondran's store. CENTRAL DRUG STORE, corner Rail road Avenue and Iberville street, L. Blanehard, proprietor. Fresh Drugs and Medicines. HOUSE AND SIGN PAINTING. R J. GREEN, House, Sign and Ornamen * tal Painter, Railroad Avenue, near Claiborne street. Paper-hanging and Calci mining in superior style. BARBER SHOP. L L. FERNANDEZ, Barber Shop, Mis * sissippi Street, near corner Lessard. Shaving, hair-cutting, shampooing, eto., in most artistic style. TINSMITH. L OUIS J. RACKE, Tinsmith, Mississippi s street, at Lemann's old stand. Orders attended to with dispatch and satisfaction insured. ATTORNEYS AT LAW. Frederick Duffel, R. Prosper Landry. DUFFEL A LANDRY1 Attorneys at Law. Office on Chetimaches street, Just back of the Counrt-Hlousc. EDWARD N. PUGH, Attorney at Law, Attakapas street, opposite Louisiana Square. Visits Nanoleonville on Mondays. SODA WATER MANUFACTORY. SODA WATER MAINUFACTORY, H. Hether, proprietor, No. 11 Mississippi street. Soda, Mineral, Seltzer and all kinds of aerated waters manufactured, and sold at lowest prices. Dr. P. J. Frledrichs, of New Orleans Is now permanently located on Railroad Avenue between Mississippi and Iberville streets DR. A. C, LOVIF , Darrowville, La. Left bank Mississippi river, opposite Don aidsonville. Office and residence at Gibson's Hotel. DR. . B. VANDI)EORIFF OFFICE : Attakapas street, near the Court-House, Donaldsomvllle, La. _ R. W. M. McGALLIARD Office in Crescent Place, Donaldsoaville. La. LAW AND NOTARIAL OFFICE. IR. N. Sims, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Donaldsonville, La. Practice in Ascension, Assumption and St. James. mch22-ly EDMUND MAURIN, ATSTOlNT AT ZIAW, Office: Opposite the C~ourt-HJouse, Donaldsonville, La. Practices in the Fourth Judicial District, -comprising the parishes of Ascension, St. James, St. Charles and St. John Baptist and the parish of Assumption. aprl9 PAUL LECHR, ATT$i3RZT AT LAW, Donaldsonville, La., Office: One block below the Court House, on Attakapas street. my24-ly John H. Ilsley, Jr., F. B. Earhart. ILSLEY & EARHART, ATTOI.WTS AT IAW, Office: Opposite the Court House, Donaldsonville, La. Practice in the Fourth Judicial District (comprising St. Chareks, St. John, St. James and Ascension parishes), and in the Supreme and United States Courts. umy3l-79 CHAS. OBERKAMP, Jr., Barber and Hairdresser. Crescent Place, adjoining St. Louis Hotel, Donaldsonville, La. Shaving, Hair Cutting, Dyeing, Shampoo ing, etc., in elegant style at moderate charges augi H. C. GRUBE'S Auction and Commission House, Donaldsonville, L5a. The undersigned is pleased to inform the public that, having filed the bond required byl hw and received his commission from the Governor as an AUCTIONEER, he is now prepared to execute with promptaeas and satisfaction all business in the auction line with which he may be entrusted. y pr niture and articles of every descriptiop stored and sold on commission. Apply to or address, H. C. GRUBEI dl3 Licensed and Bonded Auctioneer. N BEL, DRUGGIST, Corner Chetimaches and Mississippi Streets Donaldsonville, La. A complete stock of Pure Chemicals al ways on hand. Prescriptions carefully com piled at all hours, day or night. feb16 JOHN P. FORCHA, Cistern Maker, Railroad Avenue, opposite the Post-office, Donaldsonville, La. All work guaranteed and satisfaction warranted. Prices lower than the lowest. T W. BROWN, Justice of the Peace and Notary Public. Office at Hercule Landry's itrairie Store, Parish of Ascension. All bdtsieaess transacted with precision and dispatoh. sei20O For the CmaRF. DOT EX-RECORDER BY A, J. REYNOLDS. I apheak me now ov von ofvicial, Who also ish a vriend ov mine, Und dhough he bees zomevat heculiar, He's es nice a "duck" es you vill din'. He iah der von Regording man, You gan dell it by his looks; B Vor mood der dime you vind dot man A wriding in some books. He ethands him 'round der Courd-House, Vrom morn undil meridian; Und ven der clock chimes oud dot time, Pilly ish a missing man. Vat vor I I dought you vould dot ask, You voolish, senseless sinner; Vy, Pilly bicks himself all oop Und valks avay do dinner. Und ven et last dot meal ish done, He vill again be 'round, Und zit aboud der Courd-House door, Es if in dudy bound. He sthrictly ish a bizness man, Und ish alvays et his boat; Und vill " ethick on " der legal hours, No madder vat id goat. He vas a very gurious von, Lives in Bert Barrow village; Und vilst he's nod a varming man, Hie spheaks or botato tillage. He spheaks zomedime mit der old Shudge, Who lives in dot town too; Und maybe I vill some, nexd reek, 8pheak of der Shudge mit you. Bud, I'm apheaking now or "Pilly Be," Dot good Regording man; Who alvays to his bizness dends In a vay dot's "' smack und jam." He has a dark und biercing eye, Zomovat like Willlam Cowdy; Und yen you go vrom him avay, He'll zay-"dell your kin' yolks howdy." Und he ish von goot-hearted man, sympathy sincere; Unt ven a vrien'of his ishla ill, You'll surely vind him dere. Bud.gden in der bizness hours, Ven l islab din und whirr, He'll look him vrom his book straght oop Und ask-" Vat ish der stir 1" lied now he ish der Depudy Glerk Or der Twenty-two times District Court, Und you may bet at reg'lar hours He'll certainly be " in bort." Vor he has ofden been in Gourt, Und has der legal ruling heard; Und zo he'll alvays drimi his zale, Und glide on der lee side of " Ford." Ferd ish addorney vor der Sthate, A good von he vas, too; Und surely iv he vas nod dot, He'd be no vriend or Pilly Bu. Vor Pilly ish a barticular man, Ven he does his vriends select; Und I dink a man has a righd to be In die ding, circumspect. Und now I've sphoke or die, mine vrien', .In tones bod calm und mild, Vor he ihab a true and vaithiful vrien', Und es shentle es a shild, Yah! von may thravel der vorld 'round, Vrom hero unto Hindoo; Und never, never, never vind A nopler man dan Pilly Bu. DONALDSONVIL.Ls. April 11, 1880. SONG OF THE BREEZE. [As sung by the major-general in "The Pirates of Penzanee."] Softly sighing to the river Comes the lowly breeze. Setting nature all a quiver, Rustling thro' the trees, Thro' the trees. And the brook in gentle neasure, Laughs for very love. While the poplars in their pleasure Wave their arms above Yes, the trees in very pleasure, Wave their leafy arms above. Yet the breeze is fbut a rover; When he wings away Brook and poplar mourn a lover, Sighing, well a-day! Well a-day ! Ah, the wooing and undoing That the rogue could telli When the breeze is out a-wooing Who can woo so well 1 Ah, the tales the rogue could tell Nobody could woo so well. - 1T: . Gilbert. ... 9-- I- 4 . .. An Unequal Tax, St. Landry Democrat. According to the State census of 18'5, there were in Iouisiana 188,359 persons entitled to vote. Of course there were other males over twenty. one years old not entitled to vote. The law is, we believe, that all males over twenty-one years of age shall pay a poll tax of one dollar. Now the State Treasurer's report for 1879 shows that during the year only $42, 548 46 for poll tax were paid into the treasury, and this included collections from one to ten years back. Only those who pay a tax on property pay a poll tax. This tax is neither uni form nor equal, except on the tax payers who pay their taxes. It is a sham and a fraud, and ought to be abolished, or collected from all. For the year 1879, less than $2000 for poll tax were collected iu this parish, and yet there must be about 7000 males in it over 21 years of age. If our law riakers would provide a remedy to collect this tax, there would not be so much necessity for the increase in the assessment of the property of those who pay all the taxes, poll tax included, ".Leap year gives young ladies a gentlemau's privilege in making love," says an exchange. Perhaps it does. But no respectable young man will have any thing to do with a young lady who takes a position on the street corner, and only winks at the gentle men as they pass by, but also squirts tobocco juice on their coat tails. Nor would it look well for a dozen or more young ladies, when the weather will admit of it, to loaf around in front of the church an hour and a half Sunday nights, sparring and knocking one another's hats off and dancing a tra la-la on the sidewalk in order to kill time until the congregation is dis missed, and then buckle up to a young man and escort him horne.-Skrere port 'imes. Our BroadbrI4 Letters. Easter Servioes in the hlhurchee-Aori monious Debate in thIMethodist Con ferenoe-Book BaleafOpening of the Academy of Design Metropolitan Art Museum-Gypsy bber, Etc. NEw Yoax, April 10, 1880. EDITOR CHIEF: As if glad to be relased from the sombre season of Lentiall the church es, without distinction, joined in the Easter celebration, )r. Adler, the most heterodox of Jeos, found cause for jubilation that CIst had come again; and Dr. Gotteil, the cham pion of Israelitish orlodoxy, in the great feast of the Pasepver, when cel ebrated under the lioit of the new dispensation, found a4difional cause for congratulation andrejoicing. Even the followers of the stern Calvin shook off the iron rule of tie conventical, and the earliest and nbst beautiful of the Spring flowers, mode their altars bloom like the garde of the Lord. The musical portion of the Easter ceremonies was espedally attractive and delightful, and first-class so pranos, contraltos, tears and bassos were in active demmd, and at ex orbitant prices. One dFthe most mag nificent celebrations, a might be ex pected, took place a the Catholic Cathdoral, which iP probably the grandest church edifice to be found on the American continent. The day was not pleasant; a cald, sharp wind swept through the streets, reminding us uncomfortably that March had not yet gone; few ladies had courage to fly their Spring kites, and those who did looked like roses twined about the North Pole, or daisesblooming on an ice-berg. To return to the cele bration at the Cathedral: the crowd was simply immense, but vast as the building is, the mass of the people who desired to get in would more than have filled it twice. Expecta tion was great. Cardinal McCloskey, clad in the royal robes of his sacred office, was to officiate in person, and in addition to that, a large number of eminent clergymen were expected to be present; for this Feast, so sacred in its associations, takes precedence. of every other church festival of the year. Of course every sensible man knows, whether Christian or Pagan, that churches, like profane institu tions, must be supported, but I con fess that it was not without a shock, that I saw each aisle guarded by a dozen ushers, while the money chang era that Christ cast out of the Temple, eat by their tables, demanding their dollar and half dollar of every man, woman and child who passed the sa cred goal. When one reads those lines of loving promise, that the Bread of Life shall be given to them who are hungry, and that the Watei of Life shall be given to them who are thirsty, "without money and without price," it looks as if the promised land for the poor, the needy and forsaken, was yet far off, and that in heaven, as on earth, all good things were reserved for the rich. One remarkable, and I may add, unusual feature at the Cathedral, was the en tire absence of anything like floral decoration i not a rose-bud or a violet to Ie seen. This was understood to be the Cardinal's desire, who wished it especially on the score of economy. The vestments that His Eminence wore were rich and rare, covered over and over with magnificent and costly lace, wonderful jewels of fabulous value sparkled on his breast and on his fingers, the value of a single one of which would have covered the temple with flowers. Plymouth Church, even in mid-winter, is lavish in its floral offerings, but on an occa sion like Easter, the contributions are not only liberal, but exquisitely beau tiful. Over the lovely parterre of flowers, beamed the face of the pastor, Mr. Beecher, who looked as hale and as rosy as if his lines had always fall en in pleasant places, and his dwell ing place had ever been "' a land flow ing with milk and honey." Brother Talmage, too, gave and elaborate cel ebration, his Easter-tide thanksgiving being suppliwented by the fact that his appeal to Dives and Lazarus has met with a liberal response, and if the Peter's-pence come flowing in as they have for the past three weeks, they will no longer be under the necessity of mortgaging their church organ. The Independent Catholic Church is making rapid strides; ex-priests and monks giving daily additional strength. New halls are being opened in New York and Brooklyn, and it now looks as if the schism would be come formidable. Our Methodist friends met in Coun cil this week, and part of the proceed ings were the very reverse to har monious. It has long been evident that itineracy would be like a lion in the way, if not a sunken rock on which the Church would split. Dr. Sims, of the Eastern Conference of New York, opened the ball by a so ties of resolutions which were calco lated to overthrow one of the Church's most honored institutions. All 'those ministers who have good fat places naturally want to keep them, and all the poor evangelists jn the country naturally wint to get into the great cities, where brown stone churches and stained-glass windows, velvet cushioned pews are aids to that de-o votion and humility which are the surest evidences of a change of heart. The Rev. Joseph Pullman, in the most orthodox style, took the bull by the horns. Dr. Buckley and Dr. Booth took a hand in the fight, and for a time the debate was carried on with a bitter acrimony, which seemed char acterized by anything but the meek ness and humility which induces us to turn our unsmitten cheek to our neighbor, in hopes that he will give it an extra lick. In fact, the whole temper of the discussion was most on christianlike and uncharitable, and certainly but an indifferent example to the hosts of benighted sinners who look to these christian shepherds for gospel light. It would seem as if a determined effort is to be made to narrow the limits of itineracy In the Methodist Church, or at least to leave it discretional with the Bishops or Presiding Elders, to say whether the stay of the minister may be prolonged beyond the term of three years. The sale of books and pictures this Spring has been remarkable. One private gallery of paintings brought over a hundred thousand dollars, and a half dozen libraries realizing fabu lous prices, where people who were never supposed to know much about books, like Vanderbilt and Astor, have really been found among the bidders for rare and valuable works, some times going up among the thousands for special volumes. The Spring opening of the National Academy of Design, which is one of our pet institutions, was an im monse success. The reception night usually brtngs out our crease de 1a creme, and all the good and staid old Knickerbockers, who look upon the legitimate drama with horror, and re gard the opera as a wicked invention of the devil. In these artist recc.p tions, however, there is always a wholesome profane ingredient, which reminds us that the world still moves on, and if it were not for the sinners, that good painting and good music would be as rare as red crows or white blackbirds. The Great Father from Washing ton dropped in upon us on Tuesday, and after breaking bread with our esteemed fellow-citizen, John Taylor Johnson, the President of the Metro politan Art Museum, he formally opened the new institution, and dedi atdrl it tn Art frnawar The Eastern season has not been )ne of unmixed thankfulness and blessing. Many scenes of murder, robbery and violence have clouded this joyous festival. A remarkable ease occurred here in the arrest of a party of Gypsies, who defrauded a sharp fellow by the name of Jessup, in Indiana, of the sum of 2150. The ~ypsies were in camp near Jessup's ractory, and he, attracted by the sparkling black eyes of one of the remale Romnies, paid them an occa sional visit. The mother of the girl, 1 shrewd old witch, offered to tell the ;entleman's fortune, but, in order to summon the spirits to aid her, it was necessary that a certain amount of money, not less than two thousand lollars, should be placed in her hands, which she faithfully promised to return. The first incantation was had, but the spiritual vision was clouded, and the money was retuarned to Jessup, tied up in a red silk band kerchief. A few days after, she tried it again, and made Jessup promise that he would place the money in his safe, and not look at it for fourteen days. Just then a noise occurred out side, and as Jessup turned his head, the Gypsy deftly changed the hand kerchief, and got off with the $2150. Jessup, who thinks he is smart as the average I$oosier, was so ashamed of being duped that he never mentioned it for a couple of weeks, but at last bis cupidity got the betted of his van ity, and he set a detective on the track of the robbers, who hunted them down in Brooklyn. Fortnne tellin g and swindling must be a good business, for these vagabonds own a number of houses in Brooklyn and Jersey City. This week the trout fishing begins, and it is quite a lively time among oar local anglers. Yours truly, BROA1BlRI).. Our Washington Letter. An Appropriation Bill Pared-The Pres idential Oanvams-An Avalanohe of Bills-The New Motor, Eto, WAsnalovo$. D. U.,.April 19, 1880. EDITOR CHIF r: The Consular and Diplomatic Ap propriation bill was passed on the 30th ult., just as it came from the Committee. The only debate of in terest was on a proposition of Mr. Blackburn to dispense with the ser vices of Foreign Ministers, to compel them to remain at their posts, &c., all of which were talked over in a lively manner. Probably there will be greater activity in Congress dur ing the next few weeks than at any time since the first ten days of the session. It will be remembered that the House some days since agreed to a " rider" on a deficiency appropriation bill by which the special deputy eleo tion Marshals should be selected from the various political parties. This " rider" the Republican Senators will oppose to the bitter end. Without expressing an opinion as to the desir ability of dividing up these on any other officers among the parties, I can not help expressing a hope that the subject will be fully discussed, and in that case the rider will be de feated. My reason for this is that political affairs have no proper place in these or any other bills. We ought not, under any circumstances, to leg islate for party advantage. In purely Presidential matters there seems in the last week to have been a rise in the Grant stock in the South, and of the Blaine stock in the East and West. The Grant men are making great endeavors to capture Iowa and Kansas, but the Blaine men seem to be in the majority. An immense silent strength is claimed for Grant, but I fear it will never make itself felt or heard. Hancock stook has taken a rise, especially in the South, and his friends hope that before the convention meets in June, Tilden himself will be a Hancock man. Nearly 6000 bills have been intro duced, printed and put on the calen dar of the present Congress. It would take 150 years to dispose of them at the rate the business was done at the extra session, or has been by the present session, which has now been together over four months. Thou sands of bills are introduced with the understanding that they are to sleep the sleep that knows no waking. A ward politician has some scheme. He was very useful in securing the nomi nation of Hon. Moreover Smith as the distinguished member from the Dis trict of Hardscrabble. The Hon. Moreover introduces his bill, it is printed by thousands of copies, and that is the end of the bill. The printed matter of this and the other thousands of its kind are paid for out of uncle Sam's strong box, and the aggregate of all this material, tons upon tons, finds it way at last into the hands of the junk dealers. At last a ray of good sense has seemed to fall acoess the vision of the committee of ways and means in re lation to the duty on paper material. For a time it looked as if the voice of the united press was to have no in fluence upon these men, but they began to discover that they were call ing upon their own heads the trum pet-tongued denunciations of the en tire press of the commonwealth. There should be no cessation of this struggle until the press are secured against the combination of the papet dealers, who under the present tariff can make a corner on this article at any time they may choose. The budding*springtime has come, and the note of preparation is seen everywhere in parks and reserva tions, and around private residences. Men in great numbers are putting lawns, gardens, public and private walks in order. In a few days we shall " See our jeweled silver maples And our lawns in robes of green, Smiling under golden sunshine, Gaily decked by nature's Queen." The throng of visitors in the city is unusually large. Hundreds have left the sunny South, who yearly go thith er to escape the rigors of northern winters, and they are now enjoying springtime at the Capital, and throngs are daily visiting Arlington, Soldiers' Home, Mt. Vernon, and other objects of interest. The Halls of legislation are filled daily by visitors who rarely fail of being disgusted by a few hours spent in the Capitol, witnessing the farce that is there played by the sren who are sent here at an expense of $5000 each, with all the etceteras, to make laws for the dear people. A congressional macdine is very un wieldy and uncomfirtably expensive, and if this combination of vast erudi tion and sublime foolishaess were to ieet only every five years, the coaim try would be infinitely the gainer. $SENTNEL. The Baton Rouge Boom. Capitolian Squibs, Baton .ouge is evidently looming up at last, and will ere long become one of the handsomest and most thriv ing towns in the South; On ill sides improvements are visible. Our Court House, that a few mouths ago seemed a crumbling ruin, is now one of the most stslish and neatest lookiqg buildings of the kind in the State. The engine house of Independenee Fire Company No. 2 is 'a freshly painted cosy little structure, while that of Washington Steam Fire Com pany No. I is also in as creditable a condition. Several neat buildings have been erected of late, with a gen eral disposition to go ahead all along the line. Real estate in our city, under the impetus that is being given by the restoration of the Capital, is becom ing more valuable each day. By the time the State Government is removed there is no telling what the iacrea.,e in value will be from the price for which it might be obtained at present. People abroad who are possessed of means for investment had bettes coun here and look around for themselves; A beautiful and healthy location, a magnificent and fertile back country, affording every advantage to the a8g griculturist, good schools, good so' ciety, churches, a well regulated, or derly community, is in brief that which the Capital of Louisiana offers :o the enterprising. Sixteen dollars and thirty- five cents foot up the expenses of attending the sick at the City Hospital during last month. And still the cry is thalt the South is too unhealthy a region for emigrants to select as their home. Thirteen dollars and sixty cents was the total amount of the cost of maintaining the prisoners sent to the jail by the city of Baton Rouge during th9 month of March, 1880. We defy any other city of eight thousand it. habitants to present such an evidence as the new Capi:al of Louisiana as a law-abiding community. A splendid opportunity offers itself to capitalists to lease the valuable and costly machinery and looms be. longing to the State, which are lying idle at the Penitentiary in this city. Every facility can here be found. The Mississippi river is near by, through, which coal can be obtained from the West. Else, there are dense forests almost within stone's throw with an inexhaustible supply of wood for fuel. The raw material is brought here in wagons from the back country, by the producers who have made this point their favorite market for its sale. Then our city containing some eight thousand inhabitants will fur nish all the operatives at as cheap rates as labor of this kind can be ob tained elsewhere. The manufactured goods could at last be sent away at the smallest coston our river steamers. Broom Corn. Countr. Visitor. Broom corn is spoken of as likely, at no distant day, to take the place of the breadatuffs now supplying the world. It appears that a process has been discovered by which the finest and most nutritious flour eas be made from the seed, equal to one-half of its weight, while the other half is valua ble food to produce beef and milk. Its yield is astonishing, reaching an average of 300 bushels to the acre on suitable land, and in many instances it has been known to produce 500 bushels or 30,000 pounds to an acre. It does not eshaust the soil like In dian corn, as it draws its nourishment from a greater depth. It is a similar character of plant to sweet cane, or sorghum, that furnishes such nutri tious food and is so generally es teemed; and it is stated that a com mon brush broom could sustain the life of an infant for days, by the ex traction of the nourishment from the end of the broom. Broom corn grows well in this State, and experienced poultry-raisers claim that poultry fed on the seed are never attacked by cholera. In many places in the State brooms are made by inlividulls who raise corn, and are sold in the neighboring towns at prices much below those purchaseable in this city. Farmerville Gazette: On the 28th nit., the gin-house of T. J. Freeman, near Marion, in this parish, was to tally consumed by fire, together with the gin stand and running gear and 600 bushels of cotton seed. Some timber near the gin-house had been burning on the day previous and from this it is thought the fire originated. ....Sunday night, two Negro girls, the eldest about 18 years of age, liv ing upon the place of E. II. Ward in this parish, left the cabin of Solomoq Raines, their grandfather, with a torch to go to the house in the yard in which they had been usually sleeping, and but a short distance from the cabin of tlheir grandfather. About two hours after they had left, the grandfather was awakened by the roar of flames, which had thesn nearly enveloped the cabin in whic$h bis grand daughters were sleeping. Rushing to the door of the burning building the old man broke it opel and discovered the feas stricken girls on the opposite side of the buikding, paralyzed with terror and unable to move. As the door was broken open the fames were forced through the opening and ren dered it impossible for the grand father to enter and save the girls from their horrible fate. The old man and others who were aroused by the shrieks of the poor girls were com pelled to remain idle spectators to their terrible death. .P'licon: Cattle and horses ip this section are beginming to die. There is nso moLs pasturage in this virinity. owing to hligh water, nod some of ttl, stock is dying hfom shet-r s6mt ation.