THE DONALDSONVILLE CHIEF.
OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE PARISH OF ASCOENSION AND TOWN OF DONALDSONVILLE.
VOLUME IX. DONALDSONVILLE, LOUISIANA, SATURDAY, MAY 1, 1880. NUMBER 34.
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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
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
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
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,
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
SI'I Y HOTEL, P. Lefevre, Proprietor,
*J Railroad Avenue. cor. Iberville street.
.Bar supplied with best Liquors.
p IIILIP GEIGER'S Confectionery and
Fruit Store, Mississippi street, adjouining
Lemann's old stand. Cakes, Soda Water,
Nuts, Toys and Fancy Articles.
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.
JOS. TIIOMPSON, Railroad Avenue, next
door to corner of Conway street. near
the depot, dealer in Havana and Domestic
Cigars, Tobacco, Snuff, Pipes, etc.
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
M RS.J. FEVRIER. Milliner; all kindsof
fIats, Bonnets. Trimmings. Artificial
-Flowers and Fancy Articles. corner Missis
sippi and Lessard streets.
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
Singer Sewing Maohine
r corner Mississppi and Leseard streets.
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
CENTRAL DRUG STORE, corner Rail
road Avenue and Iberville street, L.
Blanchard, proprietor. Fresh Drugs and
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.
I L. FERNANDEZ. Barber Shop, Mis
a sissippi Street, near corner Lessard.
Shaving, hair-cutting, shampobing, etc., in
most artistic style.
TOUIS J. RACKE, Tinsmith, Mississippi
1 street, at Lemann's old stand. Orders
attended to with dispatch and satisfaction
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
DR. A. C. LOVE,
Left bank Mississippi river, opposite Don
Office and residence at Gibson's i.0tel.
DR. J. B. VANDEGRIFF
Attakapas street, near the Court-House,
. . W . M. cGALLIA R
Office in Crescent Place,
LAW AND NOTARIAL OFFICE.
R. N. Sins,
ATO.ORUT AT LAW,
Practice in Ascension,Assumption and St.
AWTORNWT AT TAW,
Office: One block below the Court
House, on Attakapas street. my24-ly
ATTORNT= A LIAW,
Office: Opposite the Court-House,
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
tY Mr. Sims will be in St. James every
Monday. . ap24
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,
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
11. C. GRUBE;
413: Licensed and Bonded Auctioneer.
Corner Chetimacles apd Mississippi Streets
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,
Railroad Avenue, opposite the Post-office,
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.
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
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
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
Naw YORK, April 24, 1880.
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
" The milk-pet sent by Bridget straight laid him on
And the subsequent proceedinls Interested him no
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The. V. S. and P. Bailroad.
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
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.
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
... . ---_
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.
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