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tJ1~ ~TOLU~! _ Lii XXIV MOROELOU$W~dSTUA V4 8$. WAIIINITON EIW. i, NO ItOPE FOR TIUE RIVERS AND l HIARBORS BILL. Judge EdgErton Writes a Severe l.etter othe Plresiestt--r. Fister, Super lutsing Architect Freret's Chief Clerk a To l e punaaished for Contempt. u 'l:he ivers sad Harbors Bill Virtually li Dead, '~ Spelal.to the Timea.Democrat. ,WAsaIiGTON, Feb. 18.--All the in- a ,dicattion are that the rivers and liar- t hI,rs bill is dead. At all events the v committee has so little hope In secur- a uyg an opportunily for its conalideration II rhat tt mertlbera can give no assur. s,. e that they will even make the ef- a fort.. Thl chair. hes not consented to ti rec,,gtize the chairman of the rivers h ants harhori committee to move a sus- tl pension of the rules, and it is imposes bie to get it up In any other way. Even If this motion could be put be. i fore the. House Mr. Sowden would v fight. it tooth and nail, with a fair b prospect of preventing a twe-thiris d vote being cast for it. In the present ft state of. legietation the House would not endure a protracted fight that might prevent more important legis- ll lation from being considered. The other possibillity, that the President will veto the bill anyhow, is sufficient. ly discouraging to the supporters of the b bill to make them hesitate about get- a ling. into a struggle in the House n which, even If they woo, might prove ti a profitless .victory. The Senate Gelag for Col. Freret's ft Chief Clerk. W Te probabilities just now point to the at speedy appearance before the bar of ti the Senate of Thomas D. Fiater, chief tl clerk in the office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury Department. sa Mr. Fister, as was slated at the time, el refused to reply to certain questions ta asked him by thosub-committee of the o public buildnlogs and grounds, now en. ti gaged in investigating Col. Freret's o .administration of the architect's h adfiee. b A number of Witnesses had testified c to thue fact that Mr. Fieter had aided ea in the collection and forwarding of u campaian funds during the last elec- a tion. When Mr. Flater was summon- tU rd to appear and was asked why he violated the law, he refused to reply, e and all the persuasions of the commit- o tee failed to have any effect upon b huim. a A meeting of the full committee was tl called for this mornIog and the mat- I ter was discussed there at length. Just r what was decided upon cannot defl. ti uittely be learned, but it is generally si understood that the committee will y some time to-day 'ask the Senate to a o.rder the arrest of Mr. Fister, and to have himn brought before the bar of the d S~enate, there to reply to the question, c or be sent down to the congressional 'ifatrm" for contempt. In some man. C Baer or another the committee got into a u discussion of Mr. Fister's public his. c tory, and in this way the fact was ex. '. posed that in 1860 Capt. John G. t Breshwood and Lieut. S. B. Caldwell ( and Thomas D. Fiater were dismissed -I from the revenue service of the United 3 States by Secretary or the Treasury I Dix, for having surrendered tbe reve- c sue steamer McClellan to the State of N Louisiana. The record of the case is g in a document sent to the House of Representatives by Secretary Dix on January 22, 1861. Judge Edgerton's Letter to the Presi- I dent. WAstINQTo , February 18.-Judge A. P. Edgerton, who was recently re moved from the office of civil service commissioner, has written an open I letter to the President. He says, among other things : 9I was indebted to you fur the only e appointive office I ever held. You now declare by your action that you re- I gret the appointment. I, with equal t right, can say that I regret the accep tance. Your regret was never made " known to me by you in any word or t utterance or action until now, at the I close of your administration, and on I the day before my removal. Of course, I if you believed me unfit for the post- i tion or neglectful of duty, you should I have removed me long ago; but I pre suome there were prudential political I reasons why you did not make the i removal until after the election. In this regard, it would almost seem as If you were willing to play false with the mugwumps to win with the Demo crates. "And here permit me to define the term 'Mugwump' as referring to a class of politicnl reformers who have the spirit of reformation without the common sense c.d good judgment to reform, as reforms are not effected by unjust personal denunciation, but by reason. The result of the election placed you in a dilemma from which. few people would have known how to extricate themselves. You found a man on your hands when the Mug wumpe had declared war upon an enemy to their civil service reform theories, and your plan of becoming their ripresentative in the future would be weakened or defeated if some assurance of your fldelity to their cause could not te secured. Accord ingly, it appears that you decided upon the removal of the head of the com mission, and, deeming Mr. Thompson a good enough Mugwump for them, you Iherefore demanded my resigna- a lion that you might appoint him, ap- h parently as an atonement for your 11 previous Inaction. d "Mr. President, with due courtey tt to the htilh offee you'hold, allow me t1 to say that you are a very peculiar I man, a positive man--positively wrong I or positively right-and, therefore, se unsafe man to trust; and that element in your character, I believe, led to 0 your defeat. k "Pope says: 'The most posltive ., men are the most credulous, selne they most believe themsetvees and ad. vise most with their feilow-flatterer and worst enemies.' Being one of 0 that kind of positive men yourself, e you have kept some men of like char- 1t acter around you who are poaltive In f their conceit. They flatter yoes and have conceit that would magnify C themselves and the malignity from others. * "Juvenal says : ,'There is nothing 0 a man will not believe in his own fa vor.' You were credulous enough to believe that you were, elected Presi dent by the Mugwumps, and, there- fi fore, you permitted them ! TO MhALIG YOUR REAL FRIWNDS and to flatter you into a policy which : led to your defeat. You are a mian who would not permit your real t friends to admonish you with freedom ti and confidence, and as a result you d have suffered for the want of friends, a and your wrecked and wretched great ness has discovered that there is no tl true success in life without the power p and blessing of frlendship. You be- a lieved that your will and power to en force was above all powers; but the o will of the people, expreased in a, con- e stitutional way, has" taught you that I there was a wiser and better Way than I that chosen by you. b "Having sworn to support the civil tl service law, It has been my. constant 11 effort to do so; but I never did swear 1 to support a Mugwump idterpretation a of it, based on a monstrous assumption p that the commission was Independent of law. How many poor. unfortunates r have been denied the advantages and a benefits of the law by questions never a contemplated by it, and how many t expenses have been incurred through a unnecessary and devious requirements e and practices, it is not my purpose at a this time to state. a ,"Yen will be censured and condemn-' ii ed because you put no trust in your , own party, but believed yourself to be better than your own and greater than all parties. You have ascertained that e the many were not made for the oon.i1 If you can find as many reasons ft t removing me as the Democratic party, . through an Indifference which was I simply retaliatory, had for removing you, I shall be quite willing to remain d with you in the gloom of defeat." The judge proceeds to give his un- c derstanding of the civil service, and continues: f "'You canused to be placed upon the e Congressional Record this announce. e ment of a nomination by you, to be confirmed by the United States Senate: 4 'Hugh S. Thompson, of South Carolina, to .the United States Civil Service Commission, in the place of Alfred .P. Edgerton, removed.' I do not ask you to give any reasons for this act. I know, and so do you, that the only one you could give would be that it t was your will, for if you attempted to give any other your own previous t words would prove it to be untrue. In my interview with you before the , removal you expressly disclaimed having any reasons for it except my refusal to reqign to enable you TO tAKICE MR. THOMPSOCN'S NOMINA- I TION. Removed is a word of far-reaching potency, and especially when a record does not explain it. I am conscious of this, and deeply pained by the con sciousness. "'The people have the right to know the truth in all matters of this kind, and for this reason only do I address I you. I canno', like you, make a pray •er for relief to the public, such as the article seemed to be in the 3Baltimore 1 Sun of the 14th instant. This is the i first time in the history of the govern ment that an out-going President has found it uecessary to advertise through the newspapers his particular work during his term of office and his claims upon his party and the country for approval. Between the lines can be read the special plea for re-election. I can point to another removal than mine, beyond a parallel to go down through history when I shall be for gotten, Before I do so-eist me refer as Sproof of your ignorance of public opin i on and not of your indifference to it, Sto what you say in the Sun articles of Mr. Burnesa, of Missouri, as one not guilty of the annoyance to wlieh you were subjected by the count y mem. b hers of Congress introducin, to you their constituents, because he always presented his constitientis at public o receptions. If Mr. Burnes were living a he could tell you another reason, which . he often told to others, that he had n been rudely treated by you and had no n respect for you, personally, and aecrib g ed the defeat f the Damocratic party e to your ignorance of it. It was nor if cessary that you stiould make some ir explanation for your attack upon the I-,Wlayback' members, but you were n unfortunate in the selection of your Switness, one of the ablest and noblest n legislators in Congress. ', "But to the case of removal which must become animportat pert- of he history of the country : I was on, the floor of the Hoge of Representativese durin tbhe time the votee of the' alec. toral college were counted saud heard: the aonouncemena of :the reslt--thasl . Boojamin Harrison was duly elected President of the United States-- ut the words that borned :deep through the empty boxes of the administration could not be officially added,, though known to be true, 'IN PLACE OF GROVyER OLEVELANbs, IaEMOVED.' By whom, and for what cause remov- d ? The answer to now btiag made ls every home, in every business In tih |and, and history will inoribe it upon ll its records." Judge Edgerton attributes Mr. olevelsad's defeat to his disregard of the opinion and advice: of the east mineunt men of his party and to his p.lldtcal Igratitude, and continues as follows: "In the statement of your publie aets as printed la the San article re. ferred to, is this deelastion: 'Whben IMr. Cleveland came Into office, he ;oned the departments filled with In. competents, who had found permanent )lodgment there through favoritism.' etc. How can you say that you foowed the departmetas filled with inoaompe. tents and yet retained, all ihn ome during your administration I There Io a mistake somewhere. *"DId you not know, Mr. President, that nearly three-tourth of all the persons now in oese in the depart. - ments were there in 1886? 'Let me present to you the tact that one State-the State of Maine-has In one department only (the Treasusry Department) 61 clerks, not oa of whom a has paimed a civil service examinatlon, a bat all found permanent lodgmuent there through favorltlsm, - and were there when you:wke Inaugurated is a 1885 and are yet In bee. Ehe same $ condition of things exlste In other :de. partments. "You will soon have no power of t removal and the plages they hold will a not be subject to your 'clearing out' J efforts. You have shut your eyes to 1 the fact that these clerks have been e active and suceessful Ino aidling In yur own 'clearing out,' and the poor olYl service eligibles still have the Wldb a scope you have secured for them 0, t the outside, while the incbmpetents ibt d rejoicing within. ",You do not understand the civl service law, Mr. President. Its '1 examinations are not made for those inside, but for those outselde. Yotr theory of Inaction would defeat the c law. You have not dared to weed out t ineompetents." t Judge Edgerton criticizes the coa- e duct of one of the other commlssoners, without mentioning his name, and I concludes as follows: "I am justified in stating one single fact ofmlschievous distrust and wrong. a doing on the part of a commissioner in I charge. , t '"Collector Magone, of New York, t addressed to me a personal letter, thusee I marked on the envelope, the postage paid, no Indication that it could be official: on the Inside also marked 'personal,' and this letter was opened and read by the commissioner In charge, and forwarded to the other commissioner, then in Boston, and by him answered before the letter was sent to me, then at home in the West. "PFrom such sources as this has come nearly all of the attacks upon me, and, I doubt not, most of the tslerepresen tations of my opinions made to you : whether they bad any Infleooe is questionable. "A. P. EbaGERTON." A Word eof Caution. [City Item.] If the RIepubilcan party of Louisiana desires the outrages of which it com-. plains suppressed It will not appeal to Congress or to tne North for redress. There is a growing sentiment in the State against these outrages, but this sentiment will be checked by any in fluence from the North with the do I mestic concerns of the State. The proper tribunel before which to lay an appeal Is public opinion at home. If this appeal should be in vain it would even then be aseless to appeal to Congress. Lessons of the past should teach the colored people the powerlessness of the Federal au. thorilies to give them relief. The Item, in company with a large I number of papers in the State, propo see to put a stop to iawlessness and bulldosing, but its efforts will be very muoeh handicapped by Congrerssionsl I iovestigation or agitation. Chandler Is Sregarded with very much more abhor rence than a bulldozer Is, and the lat Ster is toot eight of when the bloody Sshtrt is waved. SThe race question is at best a dl)oult Sproblem. It can be solved only by the communities io wbleh it exists. No Sgood purpose can be served by carry Slog the issue luto national politics, white on the contrary suech a course I would undoubtedly delay she dawn of i'an era of equal justice to all mten. A sure path to success, Is to mse ir Cheatham's Chill Tonic and benlog t i cured of cbills and fevers, so you wint ebeableto work. Try a bottle. uar-. ' ! anteed. Sold by all drtgglets. A' Large Atte aeeAIYidt' a N The DoStiatieseu iehe dv :il See. Meatuses Judgec tAsojI st11 reismaed - Jadi eltpeoalt~are4A Geatlemem. .... -(8pseelas oe 1hedlines'Dstabem ,ta Ritusow, ,lFeb. 18:-Thls Wilt ,t* memorable day in the ilatyot.f eps ton. tI retlom ooa .t opipnener cisp 3I th i s success t be rl icqla wonge lq erpr of Vol. ltdo. w l wrbasan, .iaa*. fitfitha!lbtb to t de of qspb b ith[' o tisn o li ot oat!mud p b, ,ofe p trIco. tos rers. : ,. . , some dd bfougt in les fromjmlsq, ever. paris lIn t h-ate. , tb £oe tog rset' wtx the sr E stree oe. an rdfor hs the W t o entioe. "p Witha dq stage, are blooaming ra" ent , its living song birds, show that the ti, f hand of 1ti.+otaln ,not bndow be e i h Attllm.t i.9eo. district ., , dheebl e. of p toa the chair as temapon ,W s I " olefmer. d JVDes ALLU. 8 4ZASDA t.1i1. a, D Ons taCtthg the obate as tnoperain ail ohairmas Judge-arkllile, I ,Usam W11 ae that totusbed the' beats of the sea' andfeae, told b ew, as alm ahothy, di freadless and untotueS, he ad mandSa to louiiana, some .t nty ,ja e ado, s nod bow. be Was wsleomet with a ti liol itaiay e that was' Oily Ilr tedPli 1 b 4e6essie of ti} people.t Mio daee l Serbeis tie toaligi howa bai esiad 11 thogswereoors e roo e by en bopoabl and = to.414 ils, oand .bow in ,tlhou hp (it thed binoked b gide oie :tNiby hio bid twice eTiecta blm di1tretndhlrtey N aditlait sa district Jags. . oAt tihe.ooeclbeton of Judge o 0 dole's remarks as temporanyp hineoP t7 a persosne. toisgt isation was e by hio w gas elected peromtlimrt otr i' bt dent and Meesr. S. D. PD.Wrei, Q Asc of Kligbre and E. O. Drn w seoretarle, tb and eosr . 8. P. Colvin and W. ). TarrentaUo ase pntcat armsc. Tite, electien of si vice president A was then provided for, to be obsipcisd i of one each from 'the slx congrciselal districts of the State, the selectloa, to be left to tbs delugations from the different distrlets, wt o are to hand in w the names of toti elaosdn at the even. E lag session of th dconllntion. REV. T. K. FAUNT LEROY1 a native of Virginia, in a spirit of power 'and, eflbqence rarely equaied, the invoked the geluidance of haoven upon the teliberations of the onean tion. LIBUT. GOV. JEFFRIES, who was escorted to the rostrtm' by Hon. WV. 0. Vance of Bossier, 0. W. Bolton of Rapides, and A. L. Atkins of Bienville, a committee appolanted by the chair for that purpose, and li a few well chosen remarks be declared that the convention was formally openo ed and ready for the tranasction of business. Tbhe presiding ofloer, Judge Barks. dalte, next delivered an address of wel come, and left no doubts nla the minds of his bearers that the hospitality for which Ruston is famous is not lacklbg In sincerity. The prioted prograeame to this pointt had deen faithiully followed, but the absence of Col. A. D. Hammet of GIbbeland, Hoo. C. J. Boatner of Oua chits, H. P. Wells of Richland and Rev. Thoa. B: Markham of Orleans, deprived the convention of theielesure of listening to these gentlemen at that time. RICY. TIHOS. R. SIAMRKlAM, however, forwarded to the conventaiono p so address of welcome on the part of religion and churches in Louisiana, which was read by Fred W. Price, el E oq., of Rustoo. ii The heart of "Xerlfa," Mary Ashley b Townsend, would have been gladdened b could she have been present and wit- b nessed the enthusiasm and pleasore which greeted the reading of thel mlna grants' Song, by D. M. Sholare, Eq.,I of Ouaceita, which was as follows; 1 ISuMIGRANTS' UONG. lWrttonteazpreeelytor Lad dedicated to tie Sktote Itozuigration AseocLation otloulelatI. ST MAST A.ELET1OY ow2nII I I. We have turped our err facet 5 F'rom hbe old famillir iacee., From the messures en the measures We Ofa dagone by Wehave com fom ee mad island, We bave come from bill and bye-land, IFrom theirsadness ad tbher rladness, Here to live and die. II. For a share of Fortune's manna, i We have come to louisiana, And the stories of her glortes, They have alt come true' And our laughter followong after I All we dare and do. Where soge btrd soap swet and tender ( g Where such asies of peace asd splendor? WI Where uch earning rro thoturning Of tar furrow brown o where ach happy, restful houe a o here f ai e btgah Losu 4tg Soedn abwe ,..: , _ Whet sah b raab " dii t I resrease ba" Made tiee yah'reme - 'Ali lktFlu b o·mh aeeW mat XM iia ' his ate Wn Ii 'wees 1senS s pen, _ .te" J Gai itark o" oura wa wre mrk Swho e ys t tha aem sauk sad abowep ep of orasti leso1Wase *lIl j lt is oLest osdiia e to, wh .itts fttend In the apllatq.s whthi I ale oame and hti'l osptdoer uV t0 r reutasn, hL attI I h only AM&seal the Uulorot their sf p`tplestbleeIm ,1a . '• . 'wbt rofwee S pa -tS , ithf e imury t of w o raei iewte l a'd eo ti pall d Isai t-hobl weai v WL. 'SO. & 3RA u II stithit ostiesgbt to ithe ettiasditof , N itbe iaed bst haes who Mer t la suJ'irete tbit l3siton IXlt: r eistlesCoarsea marks the denlr o" hip to.de Sd atoe pWertMparme . Q dsolrtian, reela o als a, 10i 't. " as,, ieka, qf, t.ia SI 'o Prof.A ý .,'W. Bolton; * hl . !Al wa. BlIaneor ad a. m, 8atte.s I td'ie lowa w i iti lot, bthe co ý, iof idowoumwned till tiodele atl frove e, tbe iqthcles ngmesd , atA opmwlr fD.riot, J. ( a flttth is oife tbbt the Ruston Iit,,il ait ':PIfth Con sm marl the drn p a I. bl n; i h',od reo p taiq Di.p Judgec loepa's,4d, the eooiht l A poem of wleomg e b Mrs.a E. J ol Nloholon,. p resolutions s e p PAslg RIViEr, est L w then read bp Jobn B. lHolatead, SoIPr.,of r..aton. It was as olliown: 2OllBIAdNA. 1 may not nlamesher dell k. words. SNo follMowir .wr vo ao rly; i rIay not l sdl ave down with deeds. Nor meo k heor by t olearl from t s_ll ned write d prtty ame, Eix ept with Cosu leavea never, SApomo lroe toby Mrs. E. J. And I-I loV her ver i .e PEAoatlthlher elit vsas Sof toro. It wil as dras follows tl ade tralte rallet about er knee, I may not name bon all Inwordmin ; f I may not bd her rdown with deeds, Scennot with roe learlves never, SBShecas lheiaaro lrtome, And I-I love her ever.l he muso oat . her bsunlit seas 3Is k eit oen pine t oee n er dl ew S'Tis tner thr than anet otoboir Attended by ond urh beedlming She thrieds her iorout melodl _ hrough rAnd I-I lde and rly n willows 1. Her reseue sadoesen oatoh the refrains And pipe them to her brsy bllows r IAds knither on teep green elet hll, 'Ti finer faril trehan chant oere choeping, Atten Idedn ory church bher rll She thread s her woods to ep t But reerdls ad 'bou re mlk-wb the rheairt S And pipe them tolw her bilrloy She it so hlr, she is so sweet, And I-I love her dearly I O queen of all the sweet Southland, .d rose so rare and royal 5, We pledge our faith and plight our hand, r We Louisianians loyal I So rest within your sunlit seas Nor fear the winds unruly; You are so fair, our falth we swear, Because we love you truly I The poem was listened to with ' pleasure and lnterest. CAPT. R. E. KICKAM, sigual corpe director for Louisiana. br-e. ing absent, an itoeresating paper by him, giving data and statlestics regard. log the climate of Louisiana, was read t by Fred. W. Price, Esq. The absence of Prof. William 0. L. Stubbe director of the State Agricul. tuoral Iurean, was much regrelted, but in PIIOPF. i. A. KNAP'P, t, who, on the programme, was to follow him, the people made the aequaln tance ofel one o In listennlog to whose ad dress they, for a time, forgot 1he dism appointment at not hearing Professor Stubbs. Prof. Koapp bas completely won the heartr of the people, and hie sddress, whleh has been the feature of the convention, will perhaps accom pUlish much in arousing a spirit favor Log immediate encouragement to im-. migration. Prof. Knapp was followed by GEORGE :51. IAoMAX, a citisoen of Lincoln and a native of outh Carolina. lie is a prosperous and practleal farmer, and his addree weas, ilike the man, eminently praetl lt ton character, and was Inltently li ? tened to. DR. D. \V. POBTER, of St. Landry, Lathen read anso lteresting ar LCoNstinued on ·'co,,d l'!te.j ,,-.-i- ur:%irS ur h . UL- I t 1 [N. Qa gIgf ore. pltlou mpdlt+ Im.LO-rwaeIr Dr. W t, P . (,. Ae9u No.ri e te --t, ,. Usn assgno syreasn fo Snptooa o .l the peosow redr otb t with tho tl leI rtn ltls ihh salugtstttltiip oe or ems wesgiu *srm 1e agate it; elJo-,a a ermmue t is knowst p reytty eaett'ek e 'I l"Duse, isuea tegr a uob e hota atdw Iourwea lltu t* knou atd t erag ggg Shat' tins, bra t they hem, ar h leot d b foa .ree .agersl pnditbsererord have osWeur$t fl` aow~id of S lla w Ies a no i! ihr, at onetime dat a mldeut ofn I hloartl f health . ) ,t Darlng the absence of the yelslow se iad hae feveb i ae ',with the su thWsill Aut i roiary Saitary Asoalion ueFsedu a tamplug oute the diaseae i.. a `ea Did npot yoer n afrters g ld a or knows that I a e on the ofuheitt.t health ad had forty .De a Wersg rDo you enjoy uatfoe tublly. I ln intee llbad the oellor fe pllly years ago, exicept last spring, wD e I was laid up o accotn t of lernowleete. e.ld bgy heling my foot rwoe over by an ambolence." iDWhat do you thtink of se pro meetgesm to bye leld by th iotton and Produce Jxhe ange" l "I have no ear of the reskalt, taoute obalth and bad ant lwtll sgrlBepllp4 co, m ereefh asn well as the pub)ouc. i - tlra to " . .i. ,J. ewould lot be Jeopardisel byh IOW ilght he was handed the follof owe Inygl yewhiah explain st sprig, : wa Is to ertify thouat have knowdrl/nr. Wel. o. Astin for over twenty years, aby an aonmblarce." ., . that during allo tt time oI ha never meetknown hi to be laid up withe tt seon od trouble whch could opaol tael ts the aerformance of the most tard, ouhe ommessoas work. His remarkable phaa strearnth and endurpbance l such a t cally to make him much youngporter bade the doll ariltn wea hae oned theo pposell Mi whiavast experienxpl l : yellow fever eed o dorsm 1ent any onl to f erl wi that I le knhiory . Dr. Georgt K. Pratt, the distity yr, tred phsicanould was s latervewed at his home on Prytal mo street, ie 'looked upon the appoinosent o Dr.t Austion as the very best that cou.l be made. calore p d ast experience eldw position. er e cone dereda himee phr cally able to perfor all the or uties SpAustin would reeve the cordied and atmoet unomon the apIndorsentment of e profion as the v ity. that coud b oulde. always be ued whe n hltldren are ctt teeth. It relieves the 4 -te eurer at once, r It produces nattrl, pain, sad the little cherub awatli h "bright assa btton." it te Weygtge - th gamsteIt soothe the dil4 ygat regulates the bowels, ho beet known remedy for dlrtg M, whether arising from teething or otlIer caulse. 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