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OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE PARISH OF ASCOENSION AND TOWN OF DONALDSONVILLE. VOLUME IX. DONALDSONVILLE, LOUISIANA, SATURDAY, MAY 1, 1880. NUMBER 34. glanalksonbille 4Tief. 'Amicus Humani Generis. A Wide- jlrake Home Newspaper Pcblished Every Saturday, at Dot.i onville, Ascension Parish,La., -BY I INDEN E. BENTLEY, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR. TEBMS OF LSUBSCRIPTION: One copy, one year,..................$2 0 One copy, six months,................. 1 Six copies, one year,.............. 10 040 Twelve copies, one year,.............18 00 Payable invariably in advance. AD VERTIING. RATES: One Inch of space coasttutes a "square." SQUARES tuo I. 1'2mos. 3mos. 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Address: Cauis, Donaldsonville.-La. DONALDSONVILLE BUSINESS DIRECTORY. DRY GOODS, GROCEIIES, Etc. A D. VEGA, Agent, dealer in Dry Goods, . Notions, Clothing, Boots and Shoes, lHats, Groceries, Liquors. Furniture. Hard ware, Tobacco, Paints, Oils, Glass, Lumber, Bricks, Carts and Wagons; Loeb's corner, Railroad Avenue and Misssissippi street. SERNARD LEMIANN, dealer in Western Produce, fancy and staple Groceries, Liquors, Hardware, Iron, Paints, Oils. Carts, Plows, Saddlery, Stoves and Tinware, Fur -niture, Crockery, Wall Palper and House Furnishing Goods, Mississippi street, corner Crescent Place. 1OSEPi[ GON DRAN, dealer in Clothing, D l)ry Goods, Notions, Hats, Groceries, Wines, Liquors, Boots, Shoes, Hardware, Paints, Oils, Saddlery, Crockery, Furniture and all kinds of lHouse Furnishing Goods, No. 14 Mississippi street. M TOUIAS dealer tn-OGroeeres, Dry. M Goods, Clothing, Notions, Boots and Shoes, Hlats, Furniture, Hardware, Crock ery, Trunks, etc., corner lississippi and St. Patrick streets and No. 24 Railroad Avenue. Everything at lowest figures. C KLINE, corner Crescent Place and C Houmas street, dealer in Bry Goods, Notions, Boots and Shoes, Groceries, Pro visions, Corn, Oats and Bran. M ISRAEL & CO., deales in Dry Goods. I Clothing, Boots, Shoes, Saddlery, Buggies, etc., corner Mississippi street and Railroad Avenue. S MOYSE, dealer in Dry Goods, Cloth •. ing, Boots, Shoes, Hats, Groceries, Furniture, Hardware and Plantation Sup plies, at the old Post-office stand, Mississippi street. SWEINSCIHENCK, dealer in Dry Goods, S" Notions, Clothing, Groceries, Hard ware, Hats, Boots and Shoes, and general Plantation Supplies. Railroad Avenue, be tween It.erville and Attakapas streets. JNO. SOLOZANO, dealer in Groceries, Wines and Liquors, Crockery, Tinware, Notions, etc. No. 21 Railroad Avenue, be tween Conway and St. Michael streets, Donaldsonville. P T. BABIN, dealer in Choice Family e Groceries,Wines and Liquors, Laumps, Oils, etc. Darrowville, near ferry landing, and opposite Donaldsonville. LIQUOR AND BILLIARD SALOONS. T IIE PLACE, Gus. Israel, manager, Corn.r Lessard and Mississippi streets. Billiards, Lager Beer, Best Wines and Liquors, Fine Cigars, etc. BUTCHERS' EXCHANGE, P. Mollere, pro prietor, Crescent Place, opposite the Market-House. Best of Wines, Liquors and Cigars always kept at the bar. HOTELS AND BOARDING-HOUSES. RORT. E. LEE HOTEL, at Marx Isrnel's - old stand, corner Mississippi and Les sard streets. Jos. Lafargue, proprietor. liar and billiard room attached. First-class en tertainment and acconmmodatious. S-T. LOUIS lHOTEL. Lucy Butler, pro .0prie+tor. Crescent Place. near the wharf. First-class Board and Lodging at reasonable rates. SI'I Y HOTEL, P. Lefevre, Proprietor, *J Railroad Avenue. cor. Iberville street. .Bar supplied with best Liquors. CONFECTIONERIES. p IIILIP GEIGER'S Confectionery and Fruit Store, Mississippi street, adjouining Lemann's old stand. Cakes, Soda Water, Nuts, Toys and Fancy Articles. DONALDSONV'LE CONFECTIONERY, by A. Grilhe, Mississippi street, near St. Patrick. Branch on Railroad Avenue, near Opelousas street. Cakes, Fruits. Nuts, Soda Water, Ice Cream. Cakes. Ice Creanm and Syrups for weddings and parties fur nished on short notice. CIGAR DEAIER. JOS. TIIOMPSON, Railroad Avenue, next door to corner of Conway street. near the depot, dealer in Havana and Domestic Cigars, Tobacco, Snuff, Pipes, etc. MILLINERY. RS. M. BLUM. Milliner, Mississippi I street, between Lessard and St. Pat .aick. Latest styles of Bonnets, Hats, French Flowers, etc.; also, all kinds of Ladies' Un derwear. M RS.J. FEVRIER. Milliner; all kindsof fIats, Bonnets. Trimmings. Artificial -Flowers and Fancy Articles. corner Missis sippi and Lessard streets. SADDLERY---HARNESS-MAKING. FREIDERICK BRENN. Saddler ard Har ness Maker, 159 Railroad Avenue. Sad diles and harness of all styles and prices nmade to order. All orders for repairing and Kiiuting of Carriages and QpIiggies promptly sxecated. SEWING MACHINES. Singer Sewing Maohine DEPOT, r corner Mississppi and Leseard streets. A. Combe.......................Manager, Mrs. Octavia Ileley,..............Saleslady LIVERY STABLES UINDERTAEINO. SCHONBERG'S Livery, Feed and Sale Stable and Undertaker's Establishment, Railroad Avenue, between Iberville and At takapas streets. Competition defied. DRUGS AND MEDICINES. BD RYBISKI, Apothecary and Druggist, " D e Misuisslppistreet, between St. Patrick and St. Vincent streets, adjoining Gondran's store. CENTRAL DRUG STORE, corner Rail road Avenue and Iberville street, L. Blanchard, proprietor. Fresh Drugs and Medicines. HOUSE AND SIGN PAINTING. D J. GREEN, House, Sign.and Ornamen 111g tal Painter, Railroad Avenue, near Claiborne street. Paper-hanging and Calci mining in superior style. BARBER SHOP. I L. FERNANDEZ. Barber Shop, Mis a sissippi Street, near corner Lessard. Shaving, hair-cutting, shampobing, etc., in most artistic style. TINSMITH. TOUIS J. RACKE, Tinsmith, Mississippi 1 street, at Lemann's old stand. Orders attended to with dispatch and satisfaction insured. BOOT AND SHOE MAKING. S GOETTE, Boot and Shoemaker, Mis l sissippi street, opposite Maurin's store. All work in best style at bottom prices. ATTORNEYS AT LAW. Frederick Duffirl, R. Prosper Landry. D UFFEL & LANDRY, Attorneys at Law. Office on Chetimaches street, just back of the Court-House. EDWARD N. PUGH, Attorney at Law, Attakapas street, opposite Louisiana Square. Visits Nanoleonville on Mondays. SODA WATER MANUFACTORY. SODA WATER MANUFACTORY, 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. Friedrichs, of Nc' Orleans Is now permanently located on Railroad Avenue between Mississippi and Iberviiic streets DR. A. C. LOVE, l)arrowville, La. Left bank Mississippi river, opposite Don 4pCaonville._ Office and residence at Gibson's i.0tel. DR. J. B. VANDEGRIFF OFFICE : Attakapas street, near the Court-House, Domaldsonville, La. . . W . M. cGALLIA R Office in Crescent Place, Dieoaldsonville. La. LAW AND NOTARIAL OFFICE. R. N. Sins, ATO.ORUT AT LAW, Donaldsontille, La. Practice in Ascension,Assumption and St. James. much22-ly AUL LECHE, AWTORNWT AT TAW, Donaldsonville, La., Office: One block below the Court House, on Attakapas street. my24-ly FB. EARHART, ATTORNT= A LIAW, Office: Opposite the Court-House, Donaldsonville, La. Practices in the Twenty-Second Judicial District (comprising St. James and Ascen sion parishes), and in the Supreme and United States Courts. myl R. N. SuMs. J. E. PocHE. SI. S & POCHE, AW£3ORNWJT AT LAW, St. Jammes, La. Office at F. P. Poche's. Address: Convent P.O. tY Mr. Sims will be in St. James every Monday. . ap24 PAINTING, GRAINING, CALCIMINING and SIGN-WRITING. Paper-Hanging a Specialty. All orders addressed to me at Donaldson. ville will receive prompt attention. R. J. GREEN. H. C. GRUBE'S Auction and Commiassion House, Donaldsonville, La. The undersigned is pleased to inform tile public that, having filed the bond required by law and received his commission from the Governor as an AUCTIONEER, he is now prepared to execute with promptness and satisfaction all business in the auction line with which he may be entrnsted. Fur niture and articles of every description stored and sold on commnission. Apply to or address, 11. C. GRUBE; 413: Licensed and Bonded Auctioneer. N BEL, DRUGGIST, Corner Chetimacles apd Mississippi Streets Donaldsonville, La, A complete stock of Pure O~hemliols al ways on hand. Prescriptions carefully comu piled at all hours, day or night. febl6 O(WN P. FORCHA, Cistern Maker, Railroad Avenue, opposite the Post-office, Domaldsamville, La. All work guaranteed and satisfaction warranted. Prices lower thaq the lowest. For the CraIP. DOT VISIT OF COFIELD'S BATTERY. BY A. J. REYNOLDS. Der sun shone glear and brightly, In a bure and gloudless sky, Und vor a glaring yonder Der vedder id vas dhry. Und der poys of dot vine Bat'ry Who luf do frolic zo, Yust asked der sholly Capdain To "daddy Coleld's" go. Und der Capdain, who ish alvays In vor some sphort und tun, Zaid he had him no jecoptions If ve vould der chances run. Und you bed dem habby soldiers In rapture loud did cry: " Ve'll go do vadder Cofleld's Iv der yedder's yet or dhry. Zo der day id game et last, Und dem vellers all ver dere, Vor dey zaw in der dim distance Champagne and cake und beer. Zo dey marched dam vrom der hall Indo some big cane cart, Und like a drumpet zounding Came der order vor do sthart. Der band sthruck oop a poody chune, Und der vellers moved avay, Und beeples came oud on der sthroet To hear dot vine band blay. Und dey drove dam down der vide street, Mit spirits soariug high; Und Ferd spheak of some spirits, Vor he say his throat yas dhry. Der Capdain, who's a demp'rance man Dot ish vat zrme volks zay, Bud I hev mine own obinion Uhd I dink anudder vay. Vell, lie spheak him oop to Ferd Und dell him nod to vorry, Vor vrom vat he'd seen und heard Ve'd nod vor dot dhrip pe sorry. Und dis vas zomoevat zoothing Do der vellers he vas mit, Vor dere dhroats dey vere zo very dhry Dot some "cotton" dey did sphit. Bud purdy zoon ve reached der blace, Vich iah nice und grand und fine; Und der Capdain shump him quickly oud Uud vormed der moys in line. Den lie make von purdy leedle speech Abond von Commodore, Who dhrank him von time too much ale Und vent " shliding on a door." No !! vat's der madder now mit me l lie sphoke him nod of doors; He splheak mit Mister Cofield, Zaying, "Vadder ve are yours." Und I dell you id surbrised me Do hear dot Capdain Jones, Yust call dot old man vadder Mitout "nmaking any bones." Vor I dought he vas an orphan, Mit von vadder uund vo moddor, Urd ven he daste zome fluid Id vas to anguish smudder. Vell, der old man he yust shmile, Und dell us do gome in; Und you bed dat all der vhile Dem soldiers sweetly grin. Und ve vent oop on tier gal'ry Ov course ve had to yield Vor Ferd pick oop von glass, Und he spheak aboud a vield. A yield dot had zome soldiers Vat never can, vill run ; Dere vas zomeding in F'erd's glass, Bud lie bowed fund id vas-gone. CUd dere vas laughs und cheering, Und dere vas jeers und groans, Unl der heartiest of denm laughers Vai der passive Cnpdain Jones. I know dot vas a shoke, Vatever Ferd did zay; Vor lie only geds off shokes Ves lie's in a limpid vay. No! I don't dink dot I mean Vat dot you vord vill imbly; I mean ven Ferd ish habby He surely vas nod dlry. Zo der ioys sthatnd at a dablo Und dhrink zome plendy. too; Bud der Capdain, being modest, Zaid id vould never do. Zo lie dell der poys do " fall in," Dey vere doing dot already Zo dey " veil oud " in der yard, Und 1 hear him dell 'em '" steady." Und dey "' steadied" all dey could, Und zome looked in distress ; Und lie sthand him onu der zide Und dell dem do "oop dress." Dem vellers all looked clean, Und vor my life I could nod guess. Vat dot sprightly Capdain mean, Ven he dell dem do " right dress." Id zeemed do me dot lmit dot man Dere must be zomeding wrong ; Vor der soldiers rightly dressed at home, Und id took 'em pnurdy long. und I zee a man mit shning sword Standing in der rear; Und a yeller spheak wiit me itd zay, " Dot vas Lieutenant Piers.a" Und I zee a man nit specks On a nose dot vas nod fat; Unld dot zame shap zay do me, " He's vrom der Democrat." Id vasn't Major Burke, Nor needer Major Hearsey, 'or dot leedle man vas athill. Und der udders dey are fussy. Vell, der hand sthruck oop a chune, Und ve march us all avay; Und der Capdain say guite soon Ve'll have unudder day. Und ve vent indo der hodel VaC ish galled der Robert Lee; Und Lieutenant Joe set oop a tread Do vinish off der sphree. Und der vellers all disbandled. Yed I can nod deld you how; Bud I knowv dere vas a yeller Sharged Imyonets on a cow. Bud hie zay hie did nod do id. Vrom der had vons kept aloof; InBud if he don't pelieve me, I vill bring vor him some proof. 'ell, all dings must hIaf an ending, lInd so dis hablby day, Mit ids glorious sun descending 'or all dime lhas bassed avay. Blud ids frolics und ids pleasure Shall dwell for aye mit us: Mit ajoy nuo vords can measure, Dot halcyon day of" busts." DONALDSONVIL.LE, April 24, 1880. ......----c-II'DP'I-- ....... A recent visitor at the home of Mr. and MIrs. 'Tont Thumb, near Middle borough, Mass., writes that the "g'eneral," is now forty -years old andti weighs seventy-five pounds. Their resideuee is a three s8Iy wooden hlouse, tastefully painted, with pIiaz zas and bay-windows commanding an extensive view of variegated scenery. Lieut. Gov. McEenry leaves for New Orleans next Saturday to relieve Gov. Wiltz of the cares and fatigues of fofllice for a season. The delicate health of Gov. Wiltz makes it neces sary for him to seek a change of clime, and he will accordingly spend part of the heated term in Western Texas and the mountainsof Colorado.--Mon roe Bulletin. The Bismarck Sun, whl:ich is noth ing if not independent, anzd still leA If not patriotic, nominates the follow ing as its National ticket; For Presi dent, Henry Ward Beecher of New York; for Vice President, Jos. H. Acklen of Logisiana.-Shrereport Our Broadbrlm Letters. A Striking Romance with an Unromantio Ending-Bridget Mulligan's Hero isam-Boy Thieves-Demolition of an Old Sanctuary. Naw YORK, April 24, 1880. EDITOR CliEF: Neither history or fiction furnishes any more striking romance than that which has just culminated here during the present week. A little over a month ago an announcement ap peared in the newspapers that the son of an eminent clergyman in Newark had sued his father for his mainte nance for several years. This State ment was extraordinary enough, and set all the gossips guessing; but be hind it lay a history which would furnish the foundation of a first-class novel. About thirty years ago, at Schrappell's, in the interior of the State, lived a young and beautiful girl, who had just turned eighteen, and who was regarded as one of the belles of the place. Besides being young and beautiful, she was wealthy in her own right, and a half a hun dred young bloods, in her own and the adjoining counties, were ready to fight or die for her, but with the usual perversity of her sex, she would have none of them, and, despite of the des perate siege they laid to her, she kept her little heart whole and free. About this time she visited New York, on the invitation of some relatives, who had a son about the age of twenty. There she stayed, enjoying the de lights of the metropolis, till it became evident to her friends that she was about to become a mother. The son of her friends, who appears to have been the author of her ruin, accom panied her over to the Sands street Methodist Church, in Brooklyn, and there the pair were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. This occurred in the April of 1853. On the follow ing June a son was born to them, and at its birth, it was taken from the young mother, who "never saw her darling boy again." Her father-in law took the child away, and told her it was dead. Then. they commenced a series of persecutions and abuses, which, in a few months, drove the wretched girl away from her husband's home, and back-to the home of here parents. The secret of her ruin she kept to herself, and though, to all ap peara|nces the same, the cauker-norm was gnawning at her heart; for, strange to say, she was infatuated with the author of her ruin. Her parents died, leaving her a large property, and then, and then, when she was all alone, she hoped lie might return; but, lie never came again. Years rolled on, and the neighbors wondered why Nellie refused all suit ors. To the poor, the sick' and the forsaken, she was ever an angel of mercy, and even the outcasts of her own sex were frequently the recipi ents of her charity. So she quietly passed on through life, honored and loved by all who knew her, and a few years ago, she passed away, leav ing her great fortune to charity, and confiding her secret to her legal ad viser, who had been her life-long friend, as lie had ever been the friend of her father. Her betrayer studied theology, and graduated with high honor into the priesthood of the Epis copal Church. He taught pute mo rality acceptalhly; he preached excel lent sermous, but he never appears to have cast a thought, or to have troubled himself about time young wife whose lif ie lhe had so cruelly Ilighted, or of tile child lie had mercilessly and cruelly abandoned. With this great sin corroding at his heart, if hle had a heart, it is a mystery Iow tile man could preach, sabbath after sab bath, and ask pure men and women to break bread at the table of the C Lord. But hle went on for years; and r the infant who had been abandoned to strangers who knew the secret of I his birth, became a man, and the guardian who brought him up, before he died, bequethed to the son a claim on his parents for his maintenance. It is on this claim that the son now sues the father for nearly $3000, and the opening chapter in the Count presents some interesting revelations. All people who have paid any at tention to history, have pondered with delight over Horatius at the Bridge, Napoleon at Arcole, Sargeant Jasper on the parepets of Moultrie, and Washington with his little hatch et. All these were men, except the last, fighters by profession, fellows whose duty it was to give and take blows; in fact, men who were brought up to the business; yet all of these proud examples pale into insignifi cance before the heroism of Bridget Mulligan, in a recent encounter with her husband, on Wednesday last. Patrick .Mulligan who is from the County Sligo, and stands six feet in his stockings, and will turn the scale, even in these famine times, at 185, came home. He is an assistant mason by profession, and it was only a week ago that he won drinks for the crowd by carrying a hod of mortar on one shoulder, and a hod of brick on the other, with a stout man sitting be tween them, to the top of a three story house. I merely mention these things to show that he is no chicken. Bridget Mulligan is from the County W'exford. She is slight, and slim, with the agility of a wild-cat, and the pluck of a Zonave or an Inniskellen Dragoon. On Wednesday last Pat rick came home in a state of consider able excitement, owing to the unusual amount of potheen that he had hid den under his waistcoat. As usual under these circumstances, he m-sode it mighty warm for Mrs. Mulligan. As Patrick entered, Mrs.M. began to re monstrate with him, when Pat. gave her a blow in the eye, which quickly sent her tograss. Withoutlossof time, however, she got a carving-knife, and Patrick fonod it convenient to put a table between them. Seizing a tea pot, he sent it flying at her head. She dodged and caroomed on him with a milk-pitcher, and, to paraphrase Bret Harte: " The milk-pet sent by Bridget straight laid him on the floor, And the subsequent proceedinls Interested him no more." The result of fte battle was that Pat rick'was carried to the Hospital on a shutter, while Bridget, a little the Jorse for wesy, appeared next morn ing to prosecute. Patrick did not come to time on that day, but the next day after he was sentenced to six months on the Island for assault ing his " dear little Buttercup." All honor to Bridget! one noble stand she took. An act like hers is worth a hundred sermons on women's rights. The moral effect on the community has been wholesome, for we have not had a case of wife-beating for the past three days. The increase among our boy thieves is something which calls for special consideration, and for humanity's sake, if not for the safety of the com munity, some extra effort should be made to meet the crying evil. About five.anoths ago, thicitizenasof Brook Iy'i were startled by a series of rob beries and burglaries which, for the consumate ability of their execution, and the adroit manner in which they covered up their tracks, led the po lice to believe that the jobs were the work of first-class professionals. The detective squad were urged to extra exertion, private aid was called in, in some pa tsaof the city the police guard was doubled, and early in January their vigilance was rewared by the capture of the entire gang; then, for the first time, it was known that the robbers were only children, the cap tain of the band, Thos. Ray, being only 11 years of age. Ray was, in fact, the smallest and youngest of the gang, but such was his force of char acter and indomitable pluck, that lihe ruled his band with a rod of iron. He planned all the robberies, laid out the work, and if there was anything ex ceedingly difficult to do, he did it himself. When the trial came on, the Judge was flooded with petitions from churches and benevolent associ ations, and on their conviction the heart of the Judge was so melted by their youth that their judgments were suspended. They had hardly got out side the Court-room before they be gan again, and last week young Ray stole a horse and wagon. His history was then minutely inquired into, and it transpired that the young rascal is a natural born thief, and Iares stolen ever since he can remember. There is nothing to do hlt to send him to the reformatory, and there, no doubt, amnong the choice material of that de lectable institution, he will be able to form a band that will makeit warm for the citizens of Brooklyu after they get out. A most interesting event occurred on Thursday, in the city of Brooklyu. Old St Ann's Prot. Episcopal Church stands right in the track of the new bridge which is to. unite the sister cities. It has been abandoned for regular service for some years back, and next week the work of demolition will begin. It is a church particular ly dear to the Episcopal heart, for at i ts altar have ministered many of the mnen who have helped to make Epis copacy one of thie honored institutions of the land. Dr. Heoshiaw. the Rev. James Eastman, afterwards Bishop, Iishop M'llvaiue, Dr. Cotler, Bishop Onderdonk, and hosts of others equal ly celebrated. TLe interior of the church was one mass of beautiful flowers, the chancel being fairly buried beneath the choice offerings of Spring. Bishop Litt john, of Long Island officiated, assigted by Bishop Smith, the Nestor of the Episcopal Church of America. One feature was particularly touching. One of the front pews had been occupied for nearly 50 years by Robert and Mar garet Bach, honored members of old St. Ann's. The old couple have gone, I trust, to a far.better place, but yes terday their descendants gathered around the old shrine, and the vener .able pew was one mass of -beautiful floweres. The services were quite lengthy, and exceedingly interesting; but, by the time this reaches you, the work of destruction will have com menced, and in a few weeks not one stone will be left upon another. Yours trulvp, fIROAI)BRIM. Our Washington Letter. Passage of the Army Appropriation Bill in the House--Preidential Probabili ties-Delegate Downey's Abberration -Spring Pulsations-A Swimming School-Orops and Labor, etc. WAsuxotrox. D. C..April 24,. 1880. E~DITO Caize : The House passed the Army appro priation bill, by a party vote. The Republicans, who at the extra session voted for what is called the "rider" on the bill, voted against it in a body yesterday. It is as follows: That no money appropriated in this act is appropriated or shall be paid for the subsistence, equipment, transporta tion, or compensation of any portion of the army of the United States to be need as a police force to keep the peace at the polls at any election held in any State. The Democrats profess to think Mr. Blaine's friend's, outside of three or four States are r losing their grip," and that, correspondingly, Grant's supporters are taking a firmer bold. On the Demnocrati. side, in the South especially, Hancock comes to the front. The feeling for him in Louis iana, Texip, Virginia and North Car olina is represented as very strong. Both Seymour and Tilden lose by the late semi-official Announcements that they will decline to be candidates. To be sure, the denial has heretofore followed the announcement with great promptness, but I find a great many politicians here who believe Seymour will not be a candidate under any circumstances, and that Tilden is working simply to name the Demo cratic candidate. The Senate has, as far as it had au thority to do, approved the Ute agree ment of Secretary Scliurz. It has provided, however, that three-fourths of the adult Indians of the tribes most endorse the agreement before it shall go into effect. The manner of en d&sement is not provided for, and I think it will puzzle the Indian Bureau to get an intelligible and reliable ex pression of opinion from the Indians. Delegate Downey of Wyoming in troduced a bill in the House yester day, providing for an appropriation of $500,000 to commemorate in suit able paintings upon the walls of the National Capital, the birth, life and death of our Sa*$ r, as told in the ground that he is insasn, and the pub lication of a fifteen page epic poem in the Congressional Record, as a speech pnrporting to have been delivered by him in Congress, strengthens the im pression. Among the notable events of the past week in Congress was the intro duction of a bill creating a permanent construction fund for the Navy De partment. An argument in favor of the permanent construction fund is that it looks to the disuse of the con tract system. This system, which in time of war or sudden emergency may be a military necessity, is indefensible on any grounds in time of peace. The uniform experience of the Govern ment with the contract system has been that of jobbery and favoritism on the one hand and worthless ships on the other. An eminent officer of the Navy has said that, taking the navy list as a whole since 1865, the advantage in serviceability and dura bility of Government-built over con tract built ships is three to one; while the cost has been inversely as three to five; showing -that the Govern ment, by doing its own work, gets five times as much for its money as by letting it out to greedy or rascally contractors! The pulsations of spring are in the air. The tens of thousands of trees that Boss Sheppard planted along the asphalt streets of the Capital, five years ago, have grown sufficiently to give the city a sylvan appearance. Young girls promenade in spring suits and new hats. Young dandies have donned light colored pantaloons. Equestrian parties are daily seen on the boulevards and suburban roads. There seems to be quite a revival of horseback riding in Washington ; the habit had become sonmewhat obsolete. Our effeminate youth of both sexes have, of late years, given their pref erence to the more enervating loco motion of whaled vehicles. The Natatorium is again open, and Wash ington can boast of a resort where ladies and gentlemen, as scantily clad as ballet girls, go together for a swim. The rules say that, no gentleman shall accompany a lady unless he goes into the water, and that in no case shall gentlemen accompany ladies to re main only as spectators. The custom of ladies and gentlemen swimming to gether is enough to surprise a man's grandmother, but it is drawing it a little too fine to say that it is Irblwr on the beach but wicked in the city. It is Iperhaps, after all, no greater ip aovation than the modern bold in the waltz. The fair bathers are no more exposed than in the onventional ball room full dress, for if the costume ex poses more of the lower extremities it compensates by hiding more of, time bust and neck. The wet skirts are not more clinging; and not nearly so designing as the recent pull-back Washington will not probbly be+ depopulated as early as usual by the summer exodus of pleasure seekers. The growth of trees and the park accommodations have made its a very tolerable place of residence, for even the warmest summer months. Then, the Congressional session will be pro tracted, it is thought, until the 4th of July. Some idea of the work before Con gress may be gathered from, the fact that +there are 1019 bills reported favorably from committees and await ing action, and at least 100 more in the hands of committees ready tore port. The reports received at the Ag.i cultural Department show that the cold snap has played havoc with the fruit prospects of this year. The promised crop was most abundant, but the buds were so far advanced that the frost effectually destroyed them. No section seems to have es caped this killing visitation .o that the failure of the crop from present appearances seems to be general and wide spread. Notwithstanding the large immi gration, the arrivals are not safnlcient to supply the demand for laborers. The superintendent. Caftlst.Pile'a has hundreds of applications from all parts of the Union for mecluanics, farm laborers and house servants, which he is unable to fill. Pennsyl vania and Virginia want Coal and imon miners. The west wants farm laborers, iron workers and servant girls. The south calls for different kinds of help, and the east wants skilled laborers and factory ena ployees. This demand will tend to swell the increasing .tide of immigra tion. SENTINEL. The. V. S. and P. Bailroad. Monroe Bulletin. The Vicksburg, Shreveport and Pacific Company have closed a con tract with the lessee of the peniteu tiaroie thomei bet o lt 'mReat of this. The. iof6i: .... work about .5th of June." Tbhbed will be raised, in plaees, from four to six feet above its present level. The object is to place the entire line be tween Monroe and Vicksburg above the level of the highest water. The road will also be ballasted through out with gravel to be obtained west of the Ouachita. Major Green, the superintendent, has advertised in time Vicksburg pa pers for bids on the contrr.et to ex tend the road west of O)uachita. We understand that work will he begun on this part some time during the summer. Proposals may be made for the entire work, viz., grubbing and clearing, cross-ties and track-laying, or for grubbing and clearing and earth-work, in sections of five, ten or fifteen, miles, and separate proposals for bridging or cross-ties. Payments will be made monthly as the work progresses (less 20 per cent. retained until completion of contlact) on en ginieer's certificate. NATCHIITOCHES. Vindicator : The preliminary ex amination of Devrow, charged with Killing W. J. Collier, took place last Monday, before District Judge Pier son, and resulted in the acquittal of accused, who did the killing in self defense .... Amibroio Wallace, col ored, attempted to kill a chicken hawk by shooting at him with an overloaded pot-metal, double-barreled shotgun. The consequence was that both barrels of the gun exploded about a foot from the breech, shatter ing the stock, and everlastingly pow der burning and skinning Ambroise's face. None of the pieces struck hint. JUDGE HAHN.-The Hon. Michael Hahn, Judge of the 26th Judicial District, comprising the parishes of St. John, St. Charles and Jefersonen tered upon the discharge of his offi cial duties, at the Cot-s House, in this parish, on Monday, the 5th in stant. The new incumbent is an able man, and will make a most excellent Judge. We congratulate the people . of the district in their choice. As a sound, well-read lawyer and able practitioner, the Judge has few equals and no superiurs at the Lou isiana bar. We are glad to have it in our power to say that the Judge has almost entirely recovered fronm his recent mishap, itn the fracture of the thigh of one of his legs. --ureta Counrtr. The finance Cjmamiltee of the Aux ilary Sanatsry As0peiation announce that the commercial portion of our citizens have sabserilbed .50,000 to wards the $100,0100 absolutely neces sary to carry out the sanitary Inease urea proposed by tbis assocition, and which. they have no doubt, will make New Orkn-ms a permanently healthy city. They respectfully call upon the real estate holders to follow the good example.-City Item. ... . ---_ There's a mighty pretty girl some where in this neigthborhood whom we hlve dea-sl, but it knocks the iuflliln' out', our centinsentality a h. n lher puckers up her month to "ahistle " W aneeter."-L-init gsltoian.