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Vj \hite Citizens, Attentionl! 'rhlere will he a meeting of the citi zens of this Wa'rd on Monday next, :-d inst., at 12 o'clock M., to form a White League and organize for.the ·oming campaign. A full attendance ')f the citizens iK earnestly requested. MANY CITIZENS. We publish in to-day's issue a let 'er from N. P. Metoyer, one of our old time, respectable free men of col or, andi we ask for it a careful peru sal. It will be seen he is yet right, tnd intends to show it more practi ,alliy this campaign than before. W\ould that all our colored people ould see their interest as he does. WAnD M'IETNI.--We are request ed to announce to the white citizens of the several wards of our parish, 'that meetings of the people should be held before Friday August 8th, 1874, to organize White Leagues, and elect :elegatcs to attend a convention to be h.eld in this city on the date above mentioned. Said convention to con suit as to the best interests of the white people of the Parish, and for :he purpose of perfecting the organ ::ation for the Fall campaign, and the ~iection of delegates to attend the convention to be held in Alexandria, La on Monday, September 1, 1874. S -- -----, - Iet each Ward immediately or ganize white leagues and elect dele gates to meet in this city on Friday, August 8th, 1874. Do not fail white men to give this matter your earnest attention. Let your councils be lihar monionus and your organization per fect and our success is beyond cavil.. The crops generally are in splendid condition and the best we have had in ten years. The increased acreage of corn will fully make up for the short crop. Weather warm with in dications of continued drouth. Our worthy and efficient Mayor, :Jr. J. F. DeVargas, took up the Lovies %who were having a liver little quar 1'd last week, and upon the report of ýme that they were abusing each oth fr in such language as is not con sidered polite, he mentioned the fact mat $10 or ten days each, would be lhe sum total of the amount he charged :or such conduct. They had a lovely and lively time getting up the ten and TiOUDABouT.--It will be remem ,,ared that last week, we made men tion of the departure of II. C. Myers and D. II. Bonlt, District and Parish Judges. They, we supposed, were getting out of the way of any Com. mittee appointed to demand their res ignattions, we now learn that they were in Shreveport upon last Satut day, and took the train for New Or "cans via Galveston, that day. This ;s the first time on record that any one from our city has taken such a roundabout way to reach the city. Tihe only danger attending either one' (of them is, that they will be cited to resigu their commissions, as one is tatally incompetent, and the other, H. SC. Myers, notoriously corrupt. Guilt makes cowards. RAIN.-Our city was visited with delightful rains upon Tuesday and Wednesday, which were much need ed. The atmosphere, which had been hot indeed, was cooled and the dust !aid in our streets. Our farmers are needing these rains at this time very much for corn, and to enable them to rlant potatoes. We trust they were general. We call attention to the card of Wallace & Co., in to-day's isue, the firm is one of the largest in the city ad is too war known to require com ment frum us. Maj. Cary is connect ed with the house, which in itsell, is ,fficient recommeandition of Jheir Complaints, Demands and Re- I sults. L l The troubles existing at this mo- t ment in our Parish are of long stand ing, and the causes can be traced back to the conduct of Radical officials here for the past six years. Although we may be somewhat in advance of the manifesto which will be publish- d ed to the world by our Committee just gone to New Orleans, it may not tle saiss to give some, for it would take pages to state all, the reasons which have caused the people of our down-trodden 'Parish,to raise in the majesty of their might and throw off the grinding rule of the corrupt men, who have since 18ti8 enjoyed the pri- t vilege of insulting and robbing our people. . Every iniquitous law which has i been passed by the Radical General t Assembly from that of the act of fore- a ing 'Parishes to levy taxes to pay ( ,judgments, to the organization of 6 State Militia, has been strictly fol lowed out in their extreme letter, r and we venture to say, and we defy t contradiction, that more general laws a for robbery and the better protection I of the plunderers have been devised, I planed and executed, by the leading I radical officials in our parish, than any i other one body of men in the State, we have tamely submitted to their in forcement, with some protest it is true, but with no organized opposi- t tion, the masses being frightened into º submission with the usual ' threats from the officials, that troops would 1 be used to sustain them, backed by the support it is true, of some of our own people, from good motives no }loubt. 'The Judgment Law against parishes, the School Board, and the Police Jury enactments have been the < greatest levers which have been used t to hoist us to poverty, and to give sonme show to these movements, some a of our monied men have been indnec ed to take part, looking upon their action simply as a monied investment, in fact such were the arguments used, 1 to enlist their co-operation. t The first alarm that our people , took was in 1870, but after appoint- t ing a Committee and),making an ex amination of the affairs of the Parish, a compromise was effected in which, as usual, the people lost all, and the Ring was suffered to go on.' We do not blame the Reform Association at that time for it, they had the solemn promise of the Radical leaders that t such things should no longer be tole rated, that certain judgments obtain ed on fraudulent lipaper would be thrown out, these promises taken in connection with pledges of reform &c., were satisfactory to a part our people, and the affair at that time ended. But the stealing did not end ; for scarcely had our people become quiet before all the iledges made were vio lated, and the plundering went sweep ing along until 1873, when the first Democratic Police Jury we lhave hlad since 1867, came in power, and went t properly to work to correct existing evils. The suit of P. A. Simmons in his capacity as President of the Po lice Jury, thirough the ramifications of the courts are known to all-and right here allow usto charge the latter part of our troubles toithe scandalous condition of our courts, particularly i that of our Supreme Cotrt, whose de cision in that ease will remain upon i the Statute Books a niarvel of legal I wisdom. Wherein a bonded officer may, by ealition with the Police Jury, swindle a'parish, thile blame, if any, is upon the non bonded Police Jury, I and the tax-payers of a Parish have no recourse but to submit. Our radical officials not satistledwith this decik sion, went to work mad, arranged the eourts by re-Districting this part of the State, and forming a District with II. C. Myers as Judge, when no legal a impediment would exist in the way a of the spoilers. a D. H. Boullt, Sr., a man to whom i must be given the credit of posses- sing all the brains and imoney in the party here, was Tax Collector, and to I him we are indebted for all this; as he publicly declared i the city of New Orleans, after th formation of I the 17th Judicial District, and the ap pointments of H. C. Myers asDistrict and his son D. iH. Boali, Jr., as Par- a ish Judges, the removal of the Sim- I mons' Police lury, which *as in it- I self, a direct vioatir of a writtsn and signed compromise made between the a Kellogg andMlcEnery oleers in 1878; that every thing was ar'range to his ' satisfaction, and he w dproeed to grind uis to the dust. This was noo idle threat, the ignoran and corrupt Police Jary began its i ue of money upon frandulent claim, and 8 per cent taxes were levied to meet the a requirements of all our ereditors, the I Riag was complete, thej courts were ja packed, the Police Jury was of them, and our people were hoe nd hand and foot, and at the merrcy of the mightyr nman I). [. Iloullt. This )'crushing process" was inaugurated and 30,000 acres of land o1ered at forced sale fir tares in one 'week, this was the straw that "broke the camels back." With starvation staring us in the face, no money to buy food for our families, much less to pay taxes with, and a rapacious tax collector thun dering at our doors, were more than sufficient causes for the people to re volt. We met, organized, demanded the resignation of the Police Jury, and the reduction and postponement of the collection of taxes, and we ob tained them. We deimandeed the re signation of the Tax Collector, the District and Parish Judges, the Dis trict Attorney pro temn., and the meem hers of the School Board, and they have been complied with. Our meet ings have been conducted with dignfl ty and quietude, and we have in our owwn power.obtained those rights and protections which, the courts of this State have refused to accord to us. The power of thtlitadictil party is completely broken hare, not one of thorn would dare attempt to organize a club of negroes, far he is known to be a corrupt man even by them, and his intluence has passed away with his power. Sister parishes of Louisi ana "go thou and do likewise," Attitude of thie Parishes. The parishes demind a hearing in the councils of IAuisianla, and their demand has so far assumed the fol lowing shape: 1. We want a Convention to assem ble outside of New Orleans. 2. We want that Convention to be limited in numbers) so that its per. sonnet may be select. :;. We want the country to enjoy an opportunity of making itself heard. 4. We want the name and the peit cy of the white man's party for the present campaigni to be decided by the Convention thus assembled. In other words--let those words seem harsh atnd ungrateful if need be -the parishes are .not willing to ac cept any platform in whose construc tion they have had no part; they decline to adopt any leadership as to whicih they have not been consulted they have lost confidence in the New Orleans Democracy as now represent ed, and, to use a popular vulgarism, they want an entirely new deal all around. Instead of a convention called and controlled by the Demo cracy, they ask for a convention which shall decide whether the Dem ocracy is to ie an, important or un important adjunct of the common scheme. Instead of going as recruits to the Democratic nucleus, they pro pose to meet as independiet equals the recruits of other armies and in council wtith them confer the naine and shape the policy of the conflict. There must be no foregone conclu sions, no cut and dried plans; the campaign must take its rise under their auspices, and the cause of all the people go forth with the people's direct alnd legitimate benediction. N. O. Picayune. We perfectly agree with our able contemporary in the matter of our wants, and the heed the Democrats of New Orleans should give to our wish es. Some of our people have gone so far as to charge this movement of the Democrats in the city, as one planed and intended to bring about dissension and diCisioi among the white people of our State, we do not give: credit to such statements, but admit they are felt and uttered by many of our best citizens. We have great confidence in our New Orleans brethren, sad hope they will reseiud the order of the committee and meet in Alexandria on the 1et September next, if that should be impracticable then let us meet not as a Democratic party or White League party, but as honest, white citizens, in New Or leans or elsewhere and consult calmly for the beat means- to save our belov ed State. This is no timeto talk and bicker over names, we want unity, and we want our liberties. SINCENDIARI53.--We bear from good and substantial authority, that "very serious threats have been made by some turbulent negroes in our city. These are men who Iarsve been thor oughly taught the radical plans of waring or burning, and their action is not at all calculated for good. The declarations made on our streets Monday evening, that the RIadical party propose to lay in ashes our city, for some crime they may imagine hIas been committed against them, in de manding the resignation of corrupt leaders, we consider as very incendia ry to say the least of them. These remarke have been made time and again within the past six years, and we have said nothing, but at this mo ment the t~mper of the white people is ix no condition to be threatened, /m with unch a dire calamity as that of destroying our bomes, thrown in faces as an offset to our enforcing oar rights, we are not in a mood to stand at all The men who are indulging in suech expreaeons are well known, and we advise them to sing low. ti?' White men attend the meeting of the WHITE LEAGUE on Mondlay. Our Duty Done. We suppose that our friends will not consider us impertinent, when we assume a congratulatory tone and ex tend to our people that greeting we consider they so richly deserve. The once proud, honored old creole parish of Natchitoches, after six long years, years the remembrance of which is filled with the recollection of the nmurder, the robbery and the insult of our citizens, has thrown oil that sick ly sentimental conservatism, that line of action without a principle, that conduct of an army as it were, seeming to engage the enemy with its forces, but really when it achieves a temporary success and that not ma terial, its coummanders accept the first offer of truce from its opposers, and mistake the base surrender of their liberties for real benefits, that con servatism we say, which has, by af filliation, by compromise, tended so much to weaken our strength and give boldness and audacity to our foes, has at last been thrown aside, and a fight upon high and honorable principles been made and won. Who three short months ago, would have imagined that the ides of Au gust should, in our midst, see an ene my dethroned, an enemy, vast in strength and resources, that had ground our people to the dust, had with the mailed hand of Radical and ignorant negro law, grasped the bread we would convey to the mouths of our wives and little ones, seized upon all avenues of revenue, and by a vil lainous manipulation rushed our tax payers into biankruptcy, an enemy rendered unscrupulous and arrogant from our conservatism and indifter ence, and that trod alike, upon all right, all justice and all law, in its march to that one goal that actuate such characters-the god, Mammon. We venture to say that none expected such results as have been accomplish ed withohtt some serious intervening obstacle. .lBut we can be doubly com plimented, upon the manner wtlh which we conducted our movement, and the favorable termination of our purposes thus far. l)ignity of de corum in our meetings, firmness in our demands, and a solid unity of ac tion have been the great causes which led to our success-and we are proud to state that upon a plan well ma tured, we meave not to this moment made a failure. To our sister parishes we can proud ly commend our action, and will for a moment revert to that expression Sagain, conservatisni in dealing with fraud, we contend, and are so much I convinced in our opinion from the surrounding facts of the case, that we - willingly accept that olpinion as a tix ed principle, that in our political con 3 test we must assume a radical posi r tion, for we are radically riqiht or radi f call , wrong, and we faiil to per - ceive any middle ground that an hIon Blest body of citizens could occupy in f the contingency of a contest between Ssnelluch parties. Thie question has been t well defined and we venture to say is B perfectly understood, that this move t ment is not for the political suprema t cy of any party, but for the salvation Sof our common country, and we were I strengthened in this when we saw up s on Monday, such a large number our I leading colored citizens come forward t and fully identify themselves with r the white people, and there can be no m danger to our cause in being as ex i acting in the future, as we have been s determined in the past. This diove - ment, which we claim the honor of I having inaugurated, and coming as it Sdoes from a parish so situated as ouars, I demands the reflection of our whole ' State, and we ask it a fair considers tionu Should you desire good gov ernmento honest officials and the wresting of our beloved State from the hands of the vile crew who' now revel id its ruins, you can accomplish it as we have done, before tke Novem Sher deletion. Publfe opinion will con trol every thing, and to give shape to an honest expression at the ballot box next fall, an opinion not tram Smeled with oath-bound secrecies, and sworn allegiance to midnight con claves; we must take ground that such things will no longer be tolera ted.' Let.each parish then put on foot the movement to purify their respective political atmospheres, in sist that all citizens shall take hand in assisting you in redemptiop, re I quaire the Badical leaders sha.U ot use their influence in keeping the colored B citizen from your meetings,. where he can hear for ijmself the truths he should, and we wish him to know, u ttered from pure and honest hearts Sand with pure and honest purposes, protect the colored man who express es himself as your friend, and is leady Ito give you his assistance, from that threatened violence which is always indulged in by some of the blood 5 thirsty bummers who follow in tile wake of any party iu power-do these and be true to yourselves, united and darinig to detwrnd aind reqtcire any right or immunity an honest citizen should expect, and our word for it. Louisiana will be practically redeem ed before the election in November. Mass Meeting on Monday. CORRIUPTION DIETIIONED! Natchitoehes is iedeemed! 13 00 Citizens in Attendance. The larg.est gathering, by far, that was ever held in our parish, of the white people, took place on Monday last, the 27th nat. It was impossible for the Court House to contain one half of the citizens assembled, and the meeting was held on Second street, in front of the offices of our fellow citizens Col. Will. M. Levy, I). Pier son and W. IH. Jack, and the large space on Second and Trudeau streets was packed with a deuce mass of de termined ald quiet citizens, among whom were over two hundred lead ing and respectable colored people. The meeting was called to order at 12:30 P. M., by Dr. J. V. Butler, President of the Reform Apcociation, who occupied the chair, with J. H. Cosgrove, as Secretary. The Presi dent explained the object of the call fot the Mass Meeting, and staten the peaceable intents of the assembly. Col. Winm. M. Levy was loudly call 'ed for and upon his appearance he. was greeted with three cheers and a tiger. In a short and telling speech he cautioned our people to quiet and de termined action, that this was not a mob as had been stated by our op ponents, but that we had met as hog- eat citizens to demand, as was our right, that corrupt and incompetent men should no longer rule over us. The call of regular business being in order, Mr. S. 1). Rains introduced the following a IESOLUTION : Whereas, It is the sense of the tax payers and citizens of the Parish of Natchitoches in this Mass Meeting as ',sembled, that the best interests of the Parish as well as the peace and quic tude of the whole colmunnity require the immediate resignations of the of ficials hereinafter named, that for the reason, that to their bad iniluence and mischievous acts are traceable the corruption which have brought suaering upon our people and distress and poverty ~in our Parish, therefore, Be it resolved, That a committee of seventeen be appointed by the President of this Association to notify H. C. Myers, District Judge, 1). I1. Boulit, Jr., Parish Judge, D. 11. onullt Sr., Tax Collector and J. J. Bossier, Parish Attorney, severally, of the sense of this meoeting as above ex pressed and that they do thereupon request their immediate resignarion, of their respective otfices-(Unan imously adopted.) The Presideait then appointed the following as the committee to whit upon the parties designated and soli cit their resignations: W. A. Ponder Chairman. M.H. Carver, E. 'Masson, Jacob Kile, M. Hertsog, Mortimer Perot, 8. D. Rains, L. N. Lane J. C. Triehel, Sidney Ilarrissoi, Joseph Henry, E. W. Rawle, B. A Terrett, A. P. Massey, G.C. Cunningham Joe. A, Carroll, J. J. Rains. Who immediately withdrew to fulfill their duties. After a recess of an hour, the meeting was again called to order by the President and was in formed that the committee was ready to report. Which report was as fol lows: NATcITOCHES, July 27, 1874. To Dr. J.Y. Bnthtlr. President of the Tax Re. form Assoelation in Mama Ieeting amaembned. Your Committfe to wait upon H. C. Myers, District Judge, D. H Boullt, Jr., Parish Judgt, D. H. Boullt, Sr., Tax Collector and J. J. Bossier Par ish Attorney, and request their resig nations have the honor to report that, Judges IL C..Myres and D. H.Boullt, Jr., are absent and the committee have been unable to tee them; that J. J. Bossier has given and signed a written certificate that he had sent unto the Governor his resignations of the office of Distriet Attorney pro tern and also member of the School board, that D. H. Boullt, Sr., Tax Collector complied with the request of your commitee and signed his resilnation to take ef fect from date. It Iso understaod and agreed between said Boullt and your Committee that said resignation is to becarriedout in good faith on his part, and that it is to be satisfactory to the people, and said Bollt having complied with the demand of the peo pie each individoal member of this committee gave 'his peronal pledge that no violencewould be offlered him,. and no harm done him by the people. W. A. PONDER, . W A Chairman. Which seport was unanimoeusly ad opted. On motion, it was resolved that the Committee of Seventy carry out the spirit and letter of the reso lution demanding other resignations. After speeches from Col. D. Pierson, W. H.h Jack and M. J. Cunningham, who advised all to return quietly to their homes, bat not to relax their or ganizations, and in future, allow no man to hold office, who was nothonest and capable-the meeting adjourned. S J. W. BUTLER, S President. J. l. Cos',mrovI(: Secretary. Rail Road Figures. The Question of having :ad RIot having a lRailioad, are being dliscuss ed with all their bearings among our people, in conversations aild newspa. per articles. and naccording to pro,-. ise we will now have our little say in the matter. Figures in array have been iused ill estimating costs of building the road, donations from parishes and citizen, along the line of construction, and in sununing up' the taxes we will have' toWpay in-liquidating donations, meet. iug accruing interest upon lonlds, &c As we have previously iused igured, suppose we continue to deal in them to convey an ide'a of the beaeftis and rerceipts which will accrue to us when the Railroad is completed i grouping these arithmetical numbers under two heads: ftxes the Railroad .Company will pay, and the approximated amount of the increase in all business and occupations, which will enable u+ to meet the residue of expenses. We estimate the increase in valua tion of real and personal property at the low figures of $300.(100 more than at present, placing the estimate of the assessment of the Railroad and its property running though the par ish at $20,000 per mile, certainly a very small estimate, we find this adds $ ,200.()0 .to the taxable property. Making the total assessment, from which the parish is to derive a reve nue as follows: Real estate and personal property $1,000.0A) Railroad 1,200.000 Total $5,200.000 Now figure up our taxation on that assessment of property at the rate of 100 per cent of the State tax, we have $75,400, to meet the following ex penses. Railroad interest tax $14,000 Parish expenses proper 30,000 Total 44,000 leaving a surplus of $31,400 asa sink ing fund and to pay off'judgements, &c. Of this 675,400 the Railroad compa ny pays $15,080, $1080 more than the entire amount of interest we will owe upon the Bonds, in other words, the Railroad pays, in twenty years, a di rect revenue to the parish in the way of taxes alone, the sum of $21,600, which can be used in liquidating the donation. - This settles the question of tihe in terest and taxes to be levied for its payment, -on the $200,000 in bonds we will give the company. The rail road pays that, and over, itself, for the privilege of using the londs to facilitate its construction, and add wealth to our parish. Now turn to the other hand, we ain reasonably expect an increase in bu siness and general prosperity, in the same ratio as the property valuation, that of 4 to 1, and we can make this more simple and easily understood by exemplifying it thus. An income at present from any pursouit is $1000, when the Railroad is built it will be *5000; in greater and less revenues in like proportion; would we not in the face of this alone be able to pay in creased rates of taxation I Buat the argument is, we conceive, unanswers. -ble, when at the same time flgures and facts show that the rate of taxa tion does not increase ut all, on the contrary, it is diminished, bling then only ! per cent for all purposes, and the Railroad #Ays one-fifth of that amount; to put it plainly, we ame getting some one to pay one-fifth of present taxes of 3 per cent, and put ting as in the way of being five times more able to pay the balance than we now are. You will only feel high taxation when you are too poor to pay, or when you do not meet a proportion ate revenue to pay with. We re ia favor of a Railroad, and the Central road more particularly, from the fact that its managers say, and figures show, it intends to do more for us than any heretofore praoposed, and asks as less for doing it. We learn that an accident happen ed to the steamer Sabine, on her up trip last Monday, below Alexandria, which compelled ber to return to New Orleans for repairs. Her freight was transferred to the steamer Lotus. WVe are arry for Capt. Sinnott, and miss his advent greatly. We were pleased to meet Iaj. T. W. Abney and Mr. Joseph Pierson, of Coaushatta on Monday, looking well and mauch'pleased witj our succesw Thanks to yen gentlemen for your kind remembrance of the Vindicator. A CARD. I Editor Vindicator : Having for reasons better known to } myself, ceased all affiliation with the Republican party, I respectfully request you to publish this card, so as to disabuse the minds of throse who are misinformed in that respect. Respectfully, IIENIiY JIERTZOG, .Ih.