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LAKE CHARLES, PARISH OF CALCASIEU, LA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1874. [NO. ^THEwiEKLY ECHO Publish/ il Every Saturday Morning, -AT- • L.AK1S CHARLES, LA. TermsofSuftscriptloii. , <»necopf, one year....^......«2 00 One ccrph «ix months,, . 1 «....... I 50 ïingle «»pie»,........05 payable invariably in advance. ADYEKTISING Per ÔqMWe, (10 lines or less) .....$1 50 ®very subsequent insertion......1 00 Announcement of candidates for office............... «10 00 Trench «5 extra. •Marriage and Death Notices^ «1 00 •ObitnuTy Notices 10 cents a line. 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S rERNS' FERTILIZER AND CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING COMPANY New OtIpotis, Lru MANUFACTURERS OF THE GREAT FERTILIZER.; Stern«' Bnw Bone EUPER PHOSPHATE, FINE GROUND BONE. Oak*, No. Iß Chartres St, New Orleans, La. Dr. A. €. Hérisson, FRENCH PHYSICIAN. H AYING located permanently at Lake Chnvles, offers his services to the inhabitants of this Parish; speciali ty chronlb ffisensea. May 4, Y2—ly. J. ARNAULT TURLUCHER, Hedleine Doctor. Office—Labe Charles. . 18-ly ____ Thos. B. Ferren. Carpenter anti Builder. 1 . LAKE CHARLES, LA. Jobbing dooewHh dispatch. Prompt ®nd persontd attention given to repairs of store», dwellings, efco. Cisterns made mid repaired. Orders left at the shop or the Echo office promptly attended to. Septal-ly. Wallace & €©• IMPORTERS AND WHOLESALE DEALER Hi DRY GOODS , II »öd 13 Magasin« st, a«d 79, 81* 83,85, 87 and 89 Common st. dee21'73-lj New Orleans. an To the Voters of Calcasieu. Formst Grove, Calcasieu ) Parish, La., Bept. 4,1874. j Havirm been solicited by many df my old Démocrate friends to become a candidate to represent ray parish in the next Legislature, I hesitated for some time, knowing my limited capacity to meet the talent of the State that is reason ably expected would be select ed and concentrated in our legis lative halls for the purpose of en acting laws, which are to govern yon and me in the future. Not only feeling my limited abilities, fellow-citizens, but my domestic affairs and family * require my presence to provide for their phys ical wants at the present, and try to lay up something in store for them when old age shall have blunted my energies. I reasoned with mv friends that we had in our midst other worthy men of far superior talent and in better cir cumstances to sacrifice the time, than myself. I am no aspirant to office, and but for the earnest so licitations of friends, and the be lief that I bave entertained that it is the duty of every citizen to serve his country whenever called upon, however humble, if practi cable, without neglecting dnties of paramount importance, I felt that I should have to déclina the distin guished horor. In accepting the invitation to become a candidate, I feel it a du ty I owe to you, fellow-citizens, to lay |before you my views upon some of the questions now enga ging the public mind, and some of the obnoxious laws imposed upon ns since the la^e unfortunate war, which has entailed upon our State enormous debt that every thinking man must say is grinding into death our best energies with ♦ he iron heel of oppression, and if not arrested by retrenchment and reform, judgment must be pronounced against her, and her tombstone inscribed; here lies tbe once thrifty, happy and proud Louisiana; now dishonored, bank rupt, dead. The first item that claims our attention is the Levee Bill. The act that fastened this imposition upon us, was passed in 1867, whereby you and I, and every tax payer within the limits of the State of Louisiana are bound to pay, although we may live upon the banks of the Sabine, Calcasieu, Whisbkachitta or Mermentru, where our crops are often swept away in a single night by the rain floods. We must pay mills, upon each dollar of hard earnings, to protect the favdml farmers of the Mississippi valley. Yet our good legislpture did not say to us, come to (he public crib and buy without stint, we hare an inex haustible treasury that can never fail, ft has failed, fellow-citizens, and such evil legislation must en gulf the whole finances of the State. *Tbe legislature could, with equal propriety and justice, tax the farmers of the Mississippi val ley to fence our farms of Calca sieu, to protect them from horses, hogs and cattle. About one-third of our taxes are few levee pur poses to protect the Mississippi farmers, in which, we have no in terest save our wishes for their happiness, success am^ prosperity. Such unjust and unequal taxation and legislation most meet the condemnation of every thinking mind. As the Hon. J. R. Smart has said, it enriches a few oaipet-bag gers and eoalawags who will nev er be content until they suck the last drop of blood of the hard working yeomanry of our once proud, but now bankrupt State. Tbe next item we %hall notice, is the office of Parish Judge. My friends, there is not an act, except the oue just referred to, that is bet ter calculated to blunt your ener gies or bring your children to want. « It requires «130,000. to pay' the parish judges alone, besides the fees of the Sheriff who is paid for his services while in attendance npon the parish court. If you live upon Sabine, Whisbkachitta, at Hickory Flat, or Mermentau, or any portion of the parish, and if a party should trespass npon vour rights, in a manner that would re quire civil service, and the inter position of the law, however argent the case may be, yon must travel to Lake Charles to obtain it, de laying much time, and incurring much expense, and often giving the trespasser time to place him self beyond the jurisdiction of the court. I am in favor ojf abolishing the office. Let us haye our Justices, in every ward, as jn times past. We have men in every ward of tbe parish who are as competent to administer justice, in common cases of equity, as in our parish judges. This system will work equally as well as the present, after ail your trouble and ex pense of bringing cases before the Parish Court. If yonr case should be in any way complicated, it will go to the District Court by ap peal, for final decision. Why, Dot, take the case direct to this court at once, which is competent to ad minister jusCice according to the strict letter of the law, and save to yourselves and the parish, tbe expense of the judicial proceedings in the Parish Court. gjk I favor abolishing the office of Tax Collector, repealing the law that created it, and giviDg the work to tbe Sheriff, who can do it for one-half of the present rate, and at a saving of 2ij per cent, to the State and Parishes. Abolish it and save this useless expense. The next measure is the public school system. I favor public school?, and the Jaw shook! be so framed as to give every taxpayer, rich or poor, whether he lives in our thickly populated settlements, or in the sparsely settled districts, equal opportunities in its benefits. I favor allowing tbe funds belong ing to the thinly settled neighbor hoods, to accumulate in tbe hands of the treasurer, so as to give to them the means of reaping tbe ad vantage from a public- school arising out of this general fond, instead of cutting them off en tirely. I know there are some who favor a concentration of the funds of eaeb district upon oue point, so as to keep np a permanent school, and demand of those living remote from the centrnl point to board their children; by this means yon defeat the objeot of the free school system, and the favored few who happen to be centrally situated, re ceive all tbe advantages of the poblic fund, at the expense of- the many who shonld have no equal share in this public provision. It is a fact beyond contradiction, that education is the chief comer stone and prop of all republican governments. Impair or take away this inestimable boon from tbe people, and where would we drift ? Ah ! like a ship, without compass or rudder, we would drift as fast as tine and tide could carry us upon tbe gulf of discord, violence and barbarism. Consequently, too much time, thought and care cannot be bestowed upon our sys tem of education. Wisdom is the chief thing; therefore get wisdom. Our statute book stands ac cursed with the registration law. There is not an act npon that great book more odious and op pressive, which imposes a great hardship upon ns in the way of expense, to say nothing of "the unfair and partial working of the system. It was enacted to create more offices, and place more pow er in the hands of the Governor, and bridling the liberties that were secured to us by Washington and* his brave followers, who baptized those glorious liberties in tbe crim son heait's blood of our fathers. I am opposed to the preseht manner oi electing police jurors, and am iu favor of each ward elec ting its member; we can by this means secure better representative men and better calculated to ad minister the parochial aSfiirs. This is an office of more importance than is generally accredited to it, and we should look to it that we elect our best men; it is the legislature of onr parish and they should be good financiers. I am opposed to all monopolies. I am opposed to all land grants to any company or corporation for tbe purpose of aid ing in tbe building and construc ting of railways, tramways, or ca nals. I believe the public domain belongs to the people and no body bas the right to legislate it into the hands of a few. I favor the open ing of the land office and placing all pnblic lands npon tbe market, thereby giving all a fair opportuni ty of obtaining a genuine and guar anteed title to lands atones, which object couDot be accomplished by the Homestead Act. I am in fa vor of tt^s state paving its own cri minal eXpenses^»Ehe State, her self, is a party, jHpf her laws are broken and her IRraor assailed, why should she not pay the expen se of upholding her dignity and de fending her honor? We, as par ishes, it is true are members of the State, and directly interested in upholding her in her dignity, de fending her honor, and enforcing her laws ; but the taxation would not be equal and uniform compa ring poor parishes with the more wealthy. Fellow-Citizens, whether elected or not, I shall advocate re trenchment in every branch of the government to the lowest possible standard that will insure the ser vices of capable and efficient men, the abolition of all useless and su perfluous offices, and curtailing the power of the Executive. In the present condition of our State, groaning under a heavy debt, I am opposed to entering npon any new internal improvements, although 1 know our State is left far behind iö this matter, yet we have been despoiled, voted and taxed until we are unable to bear any more, and I will be found stauding firmly in opposition to any increase in our State liabilities or taxation, but on the contrary, demand a reduc tion in both of those particulars. I favor the State paying her debts as au individual, and establishing an enviable credit upon a safe ba sis; and when onr State credit shall have been established, and she is in a financial condition to engage in works of internal improvements, I insist that onr parish and Came ron shall not be neglected in tbe way of appropriations to improve the navigation of Calcasieu river. As every branch of business within the limits of onr parish is very largely interested in this naviga tion, it is a public blessing which claims a huge share of our atten tion. If elected, I shall use my best endeavors and ail my influence to have a government light-house, placed at the month of the Caloa sieu river, to insure economical and safe Ingress and egress to onr commerce and shipping. Other parts of much less commerce and tonnage are panted fight-houses, beacons and buoys. I shall insist npon a share of the public bounty and government safeguards. FeHovÀCitizeos I fear I bavé al ready wearied yoor patience and extended this letter to too great a length. I wonki be glad to see you all face to face, when the ques tions engaging onr attention conld be discussed far more satisfaction Jy, but this is impossible, am! out of my power; like many of you, my business and the cares of home and family demand my constant attention, and I ear. bnt illy spare the time. Fellow-Citizens, in con clusion, before I ask for yonr suf frages, I refer you to my record in tbe legislature of 1854A 55, and also the convention of I860, when I represented t^f* pariah In a pub lic capacity, I invite your careful scrutiny of the journals of these two sessions and the proceedings of the convention for the history of mv stewardship, as a public servant, and if you find that I have betrayed my trust or failed to ex ercise my abilities in assisting to enact such wholesome and sound laws as were an honor to our statute books for tbe good of my constituents and a credit to myself, or shrank from tbe responsibility of doing my whole duty as a State Rights Democrat, as I claim to be of tbe old Jeffersonian school, as banded down through Andrew Jackson and John C. Calhoun, don't cast your vote for me; trat if, on the coutrary, you find that I did lend my best energies to hon est legislation and performed my whole duty as a public servant, unflinchingly, and that I have filled up the measure of public expecta tion upon these grounds, sad upon these grounds alone, fellow-citi zens, I ask your Support through tbe ballot-box, the great palladium of liberty, on th e first Moi » day in November next. Respectfully, __________ WM. É. GILL A Call toy the People. Calcasieu Parish, La., 1 * August 21,1874. f Tbe Weekly Echo win please announce our friend W. W. Smart as a candidate for Parish Judge, to whom we pledge our undivided support and pledge our reputation that he will serve if elected. Jas. A. Collins, J. C. Monday, N. P. Smart, J. A. Kinder, John Kuhn, Thos. Hansen, Jas.<P. Geary, W. J. Neal, Lewis Cooper, D P. Lyles, • A. J. Eider, J. T. Hewitt, W. M. Perkins, H. C. Gill, L. C. Dees, J. S. Hawkins, V. P. Woods, Jacob Ryan, John Smith, Frank Byerly, W. G. Rasbury, H. C. Lyles. J. McCorquodale, Jas. Perkins, S. J. Perkins, Dan Hortman, J. H. Robinson, David H. Lyons, Thomas Hutton, Dan O Keife, J. C. Leblue, John lies, Jos Roy, John Akers, J. B. Bridges, Jos L. Bilbo, Arsen Leblue, Simeon Leblue, Jule Leblue, R. N. Dufa, J. O. Brewer, James Haley, A. C. Pithoa, J. J. Tharp, T. D. Reeves, Eli Berry, F. Wilson, J. Simmons, T. A. Jackson. A. Eseoubas, J. J. Hewitt, Henri Reimes, J. N. Prater. I. A. Perkins, H. D. Nix, Jos Moss, Robt Booth, Ursin Breaux, Baloma Leblue, J. Rigmaideu, M. Secette, vYm, Small, T. T. Harnett, J. A. Turner, A. J. Perkins, W. Lyons, E. Pelkink, W. P. Lyle, H. Esconbas, Yol Royer, J. A. Andrus, W. Fairchilds, Dan McCorquodale. Too Often True.— Some men take too much money out of their business to expend in household expenses and lavish display, and speedily bring themselves to the verge of bankruptcy. One old gentleman, who hful commenced life as a poor boy, had, by master ing the difficult steps to final 'suc cess, gained considerable wealth as a merchant, when he arrived at old age he retired to private life, to lire in ease and comfort on his income, leaving a prosperous busi ness in the hands of his son. In three years the young man was bankrupt He had failed in businessi, and was compelled to take a position as (dark iu a stran ger's store- * His father waa asked why it was that, in a burines» in which he bad succeeded so well, his son had failed. He gare this characteristic an swer: "When I first commenced business my wife mud I lived on porridge. As my burin«*» »» ere »set! we had better, food; and afford when I could it we hat! chicken. But, you see, Johnnie commenced with the chicken first.'" Dayton, Ohio, has 308 grain eJ evatora. The grain, however, ut derated in its liquid form.