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OFFICIAL JOURNAL of the PARISH. BASTROP, LOUISIANA.. FRIDAY, : ; : OCTOBER 23, ISSl A. C. McMEANS Editor - B. V. SCHIÏOERBR, 11 • MVARLIN SÖH BOEDER ft Mc VARLIN, PTBU8HBK8. RELIGIOUS NOTICES. There will bo preaching at the Bap t'st Chinch (luring the year 1881 ou the second and third Sundays and Saturday nights before in each mouth, ~~ m ktiiodist c hurch .—Services every first and third Sabbaths, in each month, morning and night. Sunday-school every Sunday morning. J. M. McKee , Pastor. relative to juries. That Sterling old journal, the New Orleans Picayune, iu a late issue reviews au article pub lished in the Clarion some time ago on "Our Jury Syst« m." It will be remembered that in our article we took the ground that the great clog-wheel in our jury system is tbe miserable mass of ignorance that the law gives permission to sit on our jaries, We did not say as much then but we do say now that no man is a competent joror who has cot the ability to arrive at con clusions by a process ol reason ing. In its comments upon our article, the Picayune intimates that the Clarion favors the total abolition of juries, and says, "we can afford to put up with some trouble rather than part with the security of tbe old-fashioned inquest." There is no principle in our form of government that we moro heartily endorse than that which guarantees a citizen the right of trial by a jury of his peers. We regard the jury eys tem as one of the greatest and most sacred bulwarks of our liberties, and would antagonize to the bitter end any movement I that had for its purpose tbe 'everthtow of that bulwark. We look npon a man selected to per foim the functions of a jaror a? occupying one of the moftt responsible positions in life. It may be that the prolongation of a human life depends upon tbe decision of his mind. Human liberty may be destroyed forever by the inability of that juror to bend to tbe powerful appeals of reason. A felon may be un oaged and turned loose upon a helpless public through the biock'head stupidity of an in competent juror. We know and the Picayune knows that crimi nals do not meet that condign and speedy and sore punishment now that awaited them before the war, and the Picayune knows that the volume of crime is swelling in our State annually. How often are we called upon to read the history of a brutal murder in Louisiana, and how seldom do we find the murderer expiating his horrible orime at the end of a rope? Bot tbe Picayune says: "The remedy is to educate the State and see that educated men are not allowed to escape jury duty. If tbe people are educated, the ignorances will be redressed." Exactly what we have ever contended for. Place in these responsible position» men of innate intelli gence, and strip them of the heavy load of ignorance that commonly swings to the coat tailA of Louisiana juries, and we shall Boon find a wonderful rev olution wrought in the minds and purposes of evil-doers. We shall soon discover the natural thief living honestly because he will fear the results—the oertain re sults—of dishonesty. The blood thirsty bully will rapidly learn that it is an awful thing to rob a human body of its life beeanse his life will be demanded in tarn. Of course the State should be educated; but are we to be subjected to the terrible blun tiers that ignorant jurors com (mit outil that ignoraace reeled ? Would is cor Dot the expul sion from juries of the ignorant and untutored element that com poses sncb a large factor in our population be an incentive to that element to attain intelligence ? If a man knew that his wiilful ig norance disqualified him to occu py the dignified positiou that his neighbor's intelligence called him to fill, would not pride and ambition iucite the ignorant wretch to prepare himself to dis charge tbe ichole duty acd per torm all of the offices of a citi zen ? If not, then that person bos not the inborn manhood to act as an honest juror. He is void of all true patriotism and cares not a whit whether out laws are punished or not. "Give as," says the Picayune, in closing its learned disserta tion on our article, "a civilization that demands intelligent men, and give us laws that do not permit the intelligent to shirk the great duty of sitting in the jary box." As we argued last week, the press of .the State is tbe most potent" agent in tbe creation of such civilization, and the duty of infusing into tbe public heart« and mind a senti ment of tbdt character devolves upon tbe press. When such in fluential journals as the venera ble Picayune begin to discuss ibis important subject we may expect much ^ood to be accom plished. But we do not believe that in telligent men desire "to shirk ' jury duty, bad they the assur ance that their deliberations and investigations would not be thwarted and annulled by the votes of obstinate stupidity and arrogant, presumptuous ignor ance. Let an intelligent man know that bis co adjutors are aU intelligent men and he will fill tbe position of a grand juror with pride and cheerfulness. Tie a loud of ignoramuses to his intelligence, and he feels dis couraged m his labors and is in evitably embarrassed in tbe po sition. Lock six intelligent and six ignorant men iu a jury room to find a verdict in any criminal case, and nine times in ten the the vote will stand six tor and six against an acquittal. This condition forces "a compromise." Reason bends to stubbornness, or a "mistrial" is the result. Beason departs from the court room disgusted with ignorance and publicly avows that tbe jury system is a contemptible farce, And that is the cause which in fluences intelligent men to shirk jury duty. Believe them of that dead weight—of tbat mass of fungi —and a very different state of affairs will be tbe consequence. Until that is doue we may ex pect criminals to go unpunished and law-loving men to shun oar State. newspaper literature. No country in the woild sus tains its newspapers more liber ally than the United States. It is to this fact tbat we can at tribute tbe existence of so many journals devoted to so many dif ferent ends and aims. Our na tion is flooded with periodicals devoted to science, religion, pol itics and miscellaneous purposes. Political journals wield a tre meudous influence in this coun try. Without them the people would doubtless soon oease to exhibit that love of country for which the Americans are so re nowned. Oar political newspa pers arq the Argus-eyed senti nels of our liberties ; they are the guardians of our rights; they are tbe monitors of threatening dangers ; they are the pickets behind which We rest in security, believing that pur interests are being protected and that we will be kept posted by them as to the movements of any hostile powers that may seek our injury or destrnction. Daily, tri-weekly, semi-weekly, and weekly issues of these journals are- looked for aud read with a ravenous avidity by the people of this great na tion. We are not one of those who bend to tbe opinion that the people should rally to the sup port of every journalistic enter prise tbat appeals to them for aid. There are political papers, whose extinction for tbe want of public support would reflect credit upon tbe public. Those radically bitter partisans who reach tbe public's ear through tue medium of the press should be forced to "lock their forms" and let them remain locked un til doomsday for want of means to opeu them. Extremists do more harm than good. They iucite the populace to rash acts and are always wanting wheu danger is neir. Such journals are morally responsible for tbe nameless and countless crimes that have grow« out of political wrangles in the South since tbe close of the war. On tbe other hand, newspa pers tbat have been animated by patriotic impulses ; newspapers that have bad tbe interests and liberties and lights of tbe people at heart; newspapers tbat nerved themselves for the din of politi cal war when political war was impending, when the smoke and din of the battle surcharged the Very atmosphere around and about them, those are the news papers tbat people support with pride and appreciate with liberal hands. Those are papers tbat live in the people's hearts, that suffer when the people suffer, tbat rejoice when tbe people re joice, tbat prosper when the peo ple prosper. Tbe country can* not do without them. Their vis its to the firesidee of tbe land are indispensable. Tbe homes of America'are not complete un til one or more of these periodic visitors becomes an inmate. And happily there are very few in complete homes in our country. Whenever the American house hold is ruled by an intelligent father or mother a newspaper finds a hearty welcome. This fact leads us to notice tbe litera ture of political uewspapers— secular newspapers. Especially do we propose to criticise the literature of country newspapers^ No other class of men in tbe world do as much brain work for as little pecuniary reward as tbe editors of country newspapers. There is a never-ceasing strain upon their mental powers. Their labor cannot be financially com pensated. From week to week, from month to month, from year to year, the country editors ap ply the powers and resources of their brains to the interests and pleasures of their readers. Unlike the city journals, the whole make-up of the country editor's paper depends uponbim alone. He must discuss the events of the day, give the news of the country, and note the lo cal doings and sayings tbat transpire iu his town and parish. He must write and revise and carefally scan every thing tbat enters his columns. He must be versatile, punctiliously precise and exaotly correct in all of his statements, if be would shun tbe gaze and stare of "critics' eyes." His language must be chaste, smooth and to' the point. His correspondents expect tbe editor to expunge their bad grammar, correct their miserable spelling, and make a readable communi cation out of a disjointed mass of unintelligible statements,,Tbe advertiser demands tbat tbe ed itor give bim a handsome "puff" done up in elegant style, The offîce-seekâr exacts editorial eu logies and endorsements. The markets, their fluctuations and the causes of them, tbe country editor is expected to know all about. In a word, the editor of a country newspaper is called upon to write on all subjects, from a street fight to a monarch's funeral ; from the intolerable snails and shrieks of a back yard full of cats to the stupen dous engagement of two mighty contending armies ; from tbe wranglings of insignificant ward bummers to the learned and elo quent arguments of grave and illustrious Senators. Would it not be strange, then, if the liter ature of tbe country newspaper were perfect ? Can it be expect ed o! one to an to dwell on sncb a medley of topics in » faultless style"? Ever lived there a uiau who could write up a do« fi^ht with the same ehegance and beauty of diction that would characterize a description of the grandeur of a setting sun or the sublimity of a thunder stor-n? Yet there are people who ex pect it. There aro people who severely criticise the literary de fects of a man who writes be cause he must write ; who-e ef fusions must go before the pub lic whether they have been re vised or not. The literary mer i s of a newspaper article do not redact the literary powers and attainments of the writer's mind, but they do disclose the versatil ity aud wonderful industry of his brain force. Articles that the writer may have given uinch hard and close study, are bur riedly read by a restless public, pronounced worthless and forgot ten. Tbe next day or week an other article is expected, aud none of those who read it con sider for a moment bow much labor it has cost tbe writer. Tbe fact is, the newspaper literature of this f ist age, dashed off at railroad speed, possesses mérite tbat few readers take time to cull out from tbe demerits, and tbe amazing wonder is tbat, un der the circumstances, more miserable stuff does not find its way into the columns of tbe newspapers than we usually see. STATE ITEMS. Colfax is annoyed and tormen ted with mosquitoes. Tbe cotton crop in Grant par ish is turning out better than was expected a few weeks ago. Carrollton and Jefferson threat en to secede from tbe Crescent City municipality. Tbe "top crop" has been to tally and everlastingly destroyed by worms in Richland. The Floyd Watchman basa despondent correspondent who bewails the moral "signs of tbe times." Dr. Beard, a health officer of New Orleans, has been indicted by the grand Jury for receiving bribes. A young negress was arrested in New Orleans and locked up last week for stealing a diamond ring worth $500. The editor of tbe St. Joseph Journal was the recipient and destroyer of a fine large, ripe fig last week 1 For tbe first time in tbe his tory of the world a telegraph of fice was established in Bossier parish last week. Our street railroad from Al giers to Harvey's Canal is being hooped up.—[Gretna Courier. How is that done, White ? The last two numbers of the Ouachita Telegraph bave come to us as half sheets. The Tele graph may have the dengue, ^iko the rest of Monroe: Gov. McEueiy is of the opin iou that one office at the time is enough for one man to hold. He is cleaning out the Augean stables and pens in New Orleans. A New Orleans Jeweler heads an advertisement in the Item thusly: "Guiteau deserves hang ing !" Guiteau entertains a dif ferent opinion, however. A move is ou foot to raise a Wiltz fund for the widow and osphans of the late Governor The ladies of New Orleans are at tbe head of the laudable en terprise. Louisiana and Texas are now attracting the undivided atten tion of tbe rail road Kings of the world; With the increase of rail roads will come the tide of im migration to our rich Stated The Great Corner House of W©8s®® & illiBlIÄä®!!, IS NOW STOCKED WITH FALL AND W Their line of MERCHANDISE embraces EVERYTHING tho is usually handled by hist classjdealers. J.heir stock of ORT COODS IS IMMENSE. Clothing For the Multitudes is in store at Wonderful Bargains. SHOES AND BOOTS Of all descriptions, from common Polkas to fine custom-made. NOTIONS AND FANCY GOODS Of Every Imaginable variety for tbe season of 1881 '82. The fame of this great house is co-extensive with the parish and tWe are HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE willing to testify to the SPLEN DID BARGAINS tbat can always be had at W@ltf & iiifees® ■t Their gooas were bought to sell. People have but little money this season. They bave marked their goods to conform to these facts Their stock is complete in every department. Their prices ASTONISHINGLY LOW. The public are cordially solicited to call au 1 ascertain for them> selves. Remember the great CORNER HOXJSE, WEST OF THE COURT HOUSE SQUARE. m MEAN BUSINESS E MONROF, L A. DEALER f* In FURNITURE, WINDOW SHADES, COFFINS, COFFIN TRIMMINGS, Etc. Metalic Burial Cases, with ser vices of Undertaker and bodies preserv ed with embalming fluids, if desired. All orders promptly attended to Terms, reasonable. Store ou Grand street, be low the Court House. /»"Furniture repaired. A full stock of Children's Carriages, Wagons and Velocipedes. Oct. 21.1881. J.E.PETERS. w. W. FARMER, COUNSELOR IN LAW AND EQUITY, Attorney at Law acd Solicitor in Chan - eery, Monroe, Ouachita parish, Louisi ana. Has resumed his profession as Coûnselor, to which he will devote care ful attention; and will invariably require payment for his advice. Has also re sumed his profession as Attorney and Solicitor; and will practice in the United States District, Circuit and Supreme Courts, and in the State District, Circuit and Supreme Courts; in all classes of cases, law, equity, probate, criminal and bankruptcy. (A new bankrupt lau> will be adopted -tin 1882.) "WSasli make the maintenance of valid and the annulment of illegal tax titles a specialty. • devote his personal attention to his casés and all his time to his profession, as his sole business, to the exclusion of all other occupations ; and cannot be en gaged or retained in any case without a August 25,1881. Land for Sale or Rent. I have a number of fine plantations situated in different portions of the par ish, which I will sell or rent on the most reasonable terms. I have also a large quantity of unimproved first class lands conveniently situated, which I wil! sell at a great sacrifice and on long time. I have also some improved and unim proved town property for sale or leas«. I will give a poor man an opportunity to get a home inneaily any portion of the parish, if he will apply to me. SAMSON LEVY. BRICK! BRICK! The undersigned has on hand a lot of SUPERIOR BRICK, which he will sell at the kiln at the low price of EIGHT DOLLARS per thou sand. W. J. HAYNIE. The Morehouse Nursery, POINT PLEASAN1, La. The undersigned is now ready to re ceive orders for frnlt trees for next fa delivery. All trees guaranteed. marl4-y J NO. MULHOLLAND. M. tHOLAKS J. H. M'eOKMIO. Sholars & McCormick, (Successors to Sholars' AJKey,) Wo, 8 DeHiard Street, Mourn, L*., — »HALBH8 IK— ipiRTS" GOODS GROCERIES, BOOTS, SHOES, HATS, ETC. AGENTS FOR Gullet's Cotton Gin, Laflin & Rand Powder Co., —AND— General Insura nce A gents. £öterandah Hotel, Cor. of Washington and Veto Streeti, riCKSBUMlG, Jfliss. One block ol railroad dep"t, and tbrf blocks of fost Office, Telegraph and Express offices. Large, wry. well furnished and ventilated roo The finest view of the River and Lake of any Honsein the City. The Table Snpplied with the best 0» market affords. TEEMS MODERATE This house is under t he manag® 8 ® and control of JOBKT ~S7V- arAM®* FORMERLY OF BASTROP. LEON SUGAR, REAL ESTVTE AOENT I BASTROP, LA. FOR SALE. RESIDENCES—Four resident*«^ eluding some of the most c0 houses, finest buildings and Des tions in Bastrop. , . he best STOREHOUSES - One of the houses and business stands in to ^ LOTS—Suitable- building » . most every quarter of the corpora #f Parties wanting to ouy, rent will do well fco consult me.