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THE OPELOUSAS JOURNAL.
TERMS FOR SUBSCRIPTION. Ohe Dollar and Fiftt Cent » a year, in ad vance. The year can be begun at any time, as flfty-twç numbers of the paper make a year s subscription. TERMS FOR ADVERTISING. Twkntt-Five Gests per legal Square for the first insertion and Twelve and Half C ekt8 for each subsequent insertion, to be paid rohen toe advertisement it .first inserted. The space of one hundred words, constitutes a teyal square, ana twelve lines in this type Is a legal square. OPELOUSAS, SATURDAY, JANUAR! 6, 1878. To Advertisers. A legal square, under the present priuting law of this State, is the space of one hundred words ; and the price allowed by the same, for publishing judicial advertisements, is one dollar per square for the first insertion and fifty cents for each subsequent inser tion. We offer to publish adver tisements, of «very nature, for one fourth the price allowed by law, provided the cash accompanies the advertisement This will be greatly to the interest of the advertiser, even if he has to borrow the money. If you want to be fixed off with a nice cravat, go to Phillips'. See advertisement, on fourth page, of Van Amburgh & Go's Great Golden Menagerie, Circus and Colosseum. Our veteran bakers, Messrs. Pierre Titard, and C. Brand, will please accept our thauks for New Year's presents, in in their line. The Christmas and New Year's days just past were two of the most beauti ful sunlit days we have ever seen, and we have no recollection of those two days having vied in their glories before. We publish au article from the New Orleans Democrat, defending Gov. X ich oil s from the attacks of a country paper. We are glad to see this stand on the part of the Democrat, in de fence of one of the best, probably the best, purest and wisest Governor Louis iana has ever had. The Terrebonne Progress wdnts the offices of Sheriff and Tax Collector consolidated; and also the offices of police jurors, justices of the peace and school directors ; and the creation of a board to examine the fitness of candi dates for office—we fear that a dozen elections would have to be held to get the right man, if candidates elect were rejected for uufitneRS or incompetency Can there anything good come out of Nazareth ? Go and see. The Enter prise thinks Phillips is not a merchant priuce, the victor in the mercantile war that it annonncei. The Enterprise of «ourse is not infallible ; and the way for it to see its error is for its editor to take his stand on Phillips' corner and watch the course of trade, how it runs smoothly with an ever increasing tide towards Phillips. Van Amburgh & Co's gieat circus, menagerie and colosseum is advertised to show here next Saturday. The times are hard indeed, but not so hard but that everybody will find money enough to go to a circus, and—take a drink when they feel dry. As to going to a circus and menagerie, it is but nat ura! ; we do not see any moral harm in it, such sights are not seen every day, and where one can spare the money without wronging a creditor or injury to those dependent upon him, we do not see why he should not gratify an inuoceut curiosity for sight-seeing. Wc reproduced a week or so ago a little item from the New Orleans Times, which intimated indirectly that Helen D'Este was engaged in the Parisian blonde busiuess, or an imitation thereof. The manager of the new Helen D'Este combination company writes us that the Times did them injustice, but has corrected it ; that they are engaged in no such business. He assures us that the company is first-class in cftamatic ability and of the right kind. We hear the same from other, and disinterested, sources. The company is now, or was recently, at Morgan City, and will prob ably be here daring this month. Miss Helen D ' EhUî is a great favorite here, and on lier return she will no doubt meet with the same success she did on Sier first visit to Opelousas. The old year is dead and the new year is born, but every new year makes the world and us all so much the older. The new year's birth seems to be J»e occasion for festivity, happiness, rejoic ing; but age tempers mjrth, and re solves hope into memory—and the ex uberant feelings that make each new year lively, are mainly confined to those •who are in the morning of life. To them the future is a Land of Beulab, made still more beautiful by the roseate line« of hope. They have no sad mem ories, bat all their thoughts and feelings are directed io a glorious fntnre, and each new year brings them so much nearer the blissful goal. Bat those who have reached the meridian of life, who have passed its summit and started down on the other side, have no such beautiful prospect and each new year brings tbeœ no auch joyous feelings. If they have ever seen the Land of Benlah, it ia now shot ont from view aad belongs to memory. Their way is now downward, towards and through the dismal Valley of the Shadow of Death, to "that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns." Every new year bringe these nearer tlie Dark Biver, which all have to cross. While tho young, those who have not reached the summit of tho hill of life, «ïtfoy each successive new year, they should take care to commit no acts, that will visit them with bitter haunting tuemorie« after they bare started down Into darkness on the other side. In youth we may be happy arid enjoy all its blessings, bnt at the same time oar conduct should be guarded by the re collection that Death is surely awaiting U8 > and that bar consciences tell us the misdeeds of this life will have to be| accounted for beyond fee grave. , j fMnttw VOLUME 11. OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 1878. NUMBER 1. School Matters. The Assessor's enumeration of school children in this parish, are divided among the districts, as folluws: FIKST DISTRICT—OPELOUSAS. White, 585 CoIoredf7?l SECOND DISTRICT—GRAND COTEAU. White, 569 Colored, 486 THIRD DISTRICT— ARN AUDVILLE; White, 237 .Colored, 227 FOURTH* DISTRICT—BIG CANE. White, 251 Colored, 425 FIFTH DISTRICT—WASHINGTON. White, 513 Colored, 834 SIXTH DISTRICT—BAYOU CHICOT. White, 395 Colored, 53 SEVENTH DISTRICT—VILI.E PLATE. White, 841 Colored, 379 EIGHTU DISTRICT—FAQUETAIQUE. White, 677 Colored, 197 NINTH DISTRICT—PLAQCEMINE. White, 900 Colored, 120 RECAPITULATION. White Males, 2717.White Females, 3301 Colored Malesl851.Colored Females 1641 Total Males, 4568...Total Females, .3942 Total Whites, 5018. .Total Colored, 3492 Total White and Colored 8510 When our public schools closed in December, 31 white schools and 19 col ored schools were in operation. Of the white pupils enrolled 758 were boys, and 370 girls, total 1128, with an average daily attendance during the month of 914, employing 32 teachers at a cost for the month of $970, averaging a fraction over $30 per teacher. Of the colored pupils enrolled, in the 19 schools, employing 26 teachers, 589 were boys and 457 girls, total 1046, with an average attendance during the month of 845, the 36 teachers' pay being $651, averaging $35 per teacher. For the number of schools, it will be seen that the colored attendance was better than the white, which we can un del stand to mean but one thing: they take more interest iu the matter. The subject of education should interest everybody, and parents should lose no opportunity to seud their children to school. The moral and material wel fare of the country depends more on the education of its citizens than on anything else. A government like ours is or should be governed by the suffrages of its citizens ; and unless its citizens can exercise the right of suffrage intelli gently, they are not fit to exercise it at all. The want of mental and moral education on the part of a large majority of the citizens will surely damn any re publican government. President Ealer, of the school board of this parish, has done a good work in the administration of his office. He has brought more energy and devotion to bear in the matter, than probably any other person in the parish would or could have done. He has everything concerning school matters systematized, iu proper form, and at his fingers' ends. He has made the business his own pro per business, and pursued it with as much zeal and pertinacity as if it held out to him a reward of a hundred thou sand dollars. He is emphatically the right man in the right place; and so long as he stays there the school affairs of this parish will flourish if he be properly supported. See advertisement, on fourth page, of Vau Amburgh & Co's Great Golden Menagerie, Circus and Colosseum. Van Ambcrgh's Consolidated Shows .—Van Aga burgh &• Co.'s con solidated shows gave two exhibitions in Titusville on Wednesday to crowded honse8. The aggregation and combina tion of so many attractions as were embraced in Van Amburgh's celebrated meuagerie and "Frost's popular circus could not fail to bring out the populace for a day of instructive, high-toned entertainment and recreation. In every department of the vast congress law and order prevailed, and the long programme in the arena was gone through with as advertised. The ani mals were fresh, fine, large specimens, well trained and under perfect subjec tion. The circus performance wa k s satisfactory*to the most captious critics. Tho tumblers, vaulters, jugglers, con tortionists, riders and clowns, showed themselves to have been culled from the leading men in the business, and correspondingly well up and skilled in doing their respective specialties. We cun cheerfully recommend this show as of the first order of merit, and have no hesitation in saying that the proprietors are honest and pay their bills in full, as per contract, on demand.—[Titusville Herald. Now at the beginning of a new year, if our farmers, and iti fact all other», would strive more to make their homes comfortable, and to supply themselves and families with the ordinary wants and conveniences of life, and strive less after money for the mere love of lucre, and after fortunes that are sel dom realized, life would be plt asanter and happier, there would bo fewer hopes deferred to make the heart sick, the decline of life would be made smooth by contentment, and old age wonld have fewer stings of disappoint ment. "We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can take nothing out of it ;" when wealth je ac cumulated in this life it is left general ly as a bone of contention for unworthy heirs to quarrel over, to squander, and to become the means of corrupting and srrejCkjD g their own lives. flora Tewple, the world-renowned trotter and the fastest on tbefuri wljile she was in active sporting serviced died , at Philadelphia, on the 21st ult., in the j 88d year of her age. The Course of the Governor, (From the New Orleans Democrat, Dec. 29.] Wesincerely regret to read the re peated attacks of our friend of the Natchitoches Vindicator upon Gov. Nicholls and his administration. We know that the editor of the Vindicator, who is our long-time personal friend, is a sincere and patriotic man as well as a fearless and trenchant writer; but he is previously in error in his present war fare upon the Governor of Louisiana. The first attack of the Vindicator was part of an article highly complimentary to the Democrat, and very gratifying to its editor, whose poor services to the State were flatteringly referred to. The attack upon the Governor was based upon an entire misapprehension of some brief remarks made by him in the Printing Board when the question of the disposal of the printing contract was under discussion. In the course of those remarks the Governor said that he desired to keep the good people of the State united. Strangely, our con temporary interpreted this into the ex pression of a purpose or desire to dis solve or demoralize the Democratic party into a sort of mongrel concern. How our friend could have attached such a meaniug to such words we are at a loss to understand. We read them at the time with sincere pleasure, and subsequently heard them from the Gov ernor himself in conversation. We un derstand the Governor to entertain views on this subject entirely different from those attributed to him by the Vindicator, and in full accord with those eutertained by that journal itself and by ourselves. We understood hi" then, as we understand him , to desire, as earnestly as any man in Lou isiana, that their shall be no division in our party ; we understand that he be lieves the opposition to us is too power ful and uumerous to admit of any dis sentions or divisions among us, or of any purpose to dissolve and break up that grand party organization whose banner he carried through the last canvass and which won the State from its despoilers. We have no authority to speak on this point for Gov. Nicholls, but simple justice both to him and to our friend of the Vindicator requires that we should set him right according to his own utter; n ces. The Viudicator has followed up the first attack with several others, one of especial bitterness in its issue of the 15th inst. In the latter article the Vindica tor makes a sweeping denunciation of those who hold places of honor and trust under the State administration, as time-severs, lick-spittles, reformed thieves and captured enemies. We do not understand the Viudicator to in clude the public officials of the State en^masse iu this denunciation. But the tone of the article is well calculated to create the impression that the adminis tration and the civil service of the State are as corrupt and debauched, as were those of Warmoth and Kellogg. This is terribly unjust. Mauy of the best men iu Louisiana are holding offi ces by appointment from Gov. Nicholls. A vast majority of the officeholders are good and true men ; indeed, the objec tiouable appointees are so few that they do not taint or tinge the mass. And who is responsible for those few objec tionable and unpopular appointments? Gov. Nicholls alone? By uo means. The Democrat last winter and spring was not in full accord with the policy adopted by the administration and the caucus in conducting the iflsue with the Packard usurpation. But that policy was adopted after mature and patriotic thought by those in authority, and in whose integrity of purpose we trusted. TLey had lights before them that we had not, and they acted accord ing to those lights and their best judg ment. The offensive appointments which were made, we have much rea son to believe, though we have no au thority for it, were made in carrying out that policy ; therefore, the respon sibility must be divided, and no greater or more cruel injustice could be done than to shoulder the whole of it upon the Governor. We are all free to differ about the wisdom of the line of action adopted in that great and memorable crisis of our affairs. We have already said that we were not in accord with it. But after it was agreed upon it would have beeu the height of folly, if not criminality, to attempt to embarrass or defeat it, and we refrained from criticising or as sai liug it. Despite our fears it succeeded. The policy which we, and those who thought with us, desired to pursue, we believe would have also succeeded. But that belief may be the inspiration of the vanity of man. Whether it would have succeeded or not, 110 human wis dom can now pretend to tell ; it remains one of those untried aud uncertain schemes of the past. Probably it would have saved the State in a blaze of chivalric glory, aud, again, it might have been the sowiug of the dragon's teeth, which would have tilled the State with armed men, drenched its soil in human blood and in the end failed of its purpose. But the policy adopted proved a suc cess; it won the game, and where has it placed us 1 Why, with already a large measure of relief from the troubled, uncertain and embarrassed legislation of last winter and spring, upon the eve of the assembling of the Legislature of 1878, unembarrassed and committed to a great work of reform. Let us not waste t he precious oppor tunity we hold to relieve the burdens of this State in fierce and defamatory wrangl.es among ourselves. If the Leg islature about to assemble fails in its great obligations to the State, if the Governor or any other public officials, falters in his duty to the people, we shall not be behind our frieud of the Vindicator in denouncing the treason. But let us have cause before we plunge into a mad and indiscriminate riot amongst ourselves. The social, political and constitutional evils which, during four years of deso lating war and ten years of vicious and rrespousiblp government, have taken root m oar institutions and grown into stalwart plants, every leaf and branch of which is laden with the poison of corruption and extravagance, are not to be cut down or uprooted and destroyed in a day nor in a year. The civil pro cesses of reform are slow, it is true, but we can not hasten them by the unjust censure or the fierce dénonciation of those to whose hands they bave been entrasted. Sec advertisement, pn fourth page, of Van Amburgh Co's Great Golden Menagerie, Circus and Colosseum. We have been authorized to state that the Helen D'Este Combination will ar rive here abont the middle of January next. Miss D'Este has organized a new company of good actors and assurance is given that they will please this com munity.—[Lafayette Advertiser. SeC advert isemept, on fourth page, of Van Amburgh & Co's Great Golden Menagerie, Circus and Colosseum. j planters' illeetlug in St. Mary. [Frotii the Lafayette Advertiser.' At a meeting of the Planters' Union of the parish of St. Mary on the 15th inst., the wages for first class hands for the year 1878, were tixed at fifteen dol lars with rations, or eighteen dollars without rations; second class men and women and children iu proportion to labor; two thirds payable at the end of the month aud one third retained to the end of the year. First class women fifty cents per day, without rations Rations one pouud of pork and two pounds of corn meal. Not more thau one half acre of laud to be allowed for private use of each laborer. No per quisites of any kind or extra time to be allowed, and all short time to be de ducted. Many other details were also agreed to, and the members of the association pledged themselves to each other to carry out in good faith the letter and spirit of the compact, and any member violating the same in any manner, to be expelled. Seeming to fear the efficacy of local regulations, the Union adopted the fol lowing: " As the laborer is protected iu his pay by a privilege on the crop, he should in return give some security in carrying out his part of the contract Capital as well as labor should be pro tected. We therefore suggest that Donelson Caffery, Esq., be employed to draft a law for such purpose, and that the Legislature of the State be memo rialized to pass the same." If tho planters of St. Mary, who pay wages for labor, find it necessary to appeal to the Legislature for protection how much more are those entitled to it t who work their places on the share system Î See advertisement, on fourth page, of Vau Amburgh & Co's Great Golden Menagerie, Circus and Colosseum. The Ouachita Telegraph, a Demo cratic paper, objects as follows to the price fixed by law for legal advertise ments. When the present printing law first assumed shape, we took occasion to ex press our dissent in more ways than one. The learned members of the Legislature heeded our protest so far as to make a small concession iu favor of the country printer whose labor they had reduced fifty per centum. The city press, ready to steal a weather or crop item from a rural coteuiporary, stood by aud calmly smiled when their country brothers were to be slaughtered. The members of the Legislature, get ting $8 a day, did not call for a reduc tion of their per diem. Their services were invaluable, but the poor devil of a printer for whose paper they were in debted and to whom they had often appealed for " a little notice" should be reduced to starvation rates! Reform began, as it always does, with the news paper. The Lawyer and the Farmer. A sharp old quaker who had read the story of the lawyer and the farmer and the gored ox, called upon a neighboring lawyer and said : '• Friend Foxcraft, I very much desire to ask thy opinion." I am all attention," replied the lawyer putting down his pen. "Supposing, friend Foxcraft, that my dog hath gone in thy pantry and stolen a leg of thy mutton, what ought I do?" Pay for the mutton, nothing can be clearer." 'Exactly, friend Foxcraft; and now know thee that thy dog, 'Pinchem,* whom I well know by sight, hath stolen leg of mutton from my pantry worth exactly one dollar, and now what art thou going to do?" Pay for the mutton, of course; here is the change." The Quaker took his dollar, and was about to depart when he was halted by the lawyer with : " Hold on a moment friend. I have little bill against you, which I hope you are ready to pay." * Bill against me, friend Foxcraft?— Thou are certainly laboring under a mistake. I am shure I owe no man a shilling." ^ No mistake at all. I charge you my regular fee of five dollars for profes sional advice iu this case." Then verily I must pay thee; bat allow me to give it as my opinion, friend Foxcraft, that I have touched pitch and been sadly defiled." See advertisem ent, on fourth page, of Van Amburgh & Co's Great Golden Menagerie, Circus and Colosseum. School Dress .—If there is one place more than another where simplicity should characterize the dress, it is the schoolroom. The object for which the children are here gathered is certainly not the display of the wealth or tender ness of their parents. Anything which diverts the attention of the pupil from his shool duties is an injury to him ; bnt it will accord with the observation of teachers, that fine clothes oftener work mischief to their wearer in this respect than mean clothes do. The highest minded children are oftenest found in }lain garb, while those be-ringed, and je-ruraed, and otherwise showily at tired, are generally quite destitute of intellectual home culture. Their mothers have been too busy with their clothes to pay much attention to their brains. This sounds severe; would it were not true. While over attention to toilef niafters is a Ijindrance to study, negligence and un tidiness are as care fully to be avoided. Clean clothes, plainly made, ueed not be expensive, either of time or money, and a proper regai'd to personal cleanliness in all its details is what every person owes to himself or his associates. It is very desiijable that the pupil should have at least two school suits, for in the crowded school room the clothing soon becomes saturated with the exhalations floating in the atmosphere, and an air ing of the clothes every two or three days is necessary to keep them fresh and sweet. See advertisement, on fourth page, of Van Amburgh & Co's Great Golden Menagerie, Circus and Cplosseutu. All women play cards alike. Watch a woman at a game of whist and you'll get ft pretty correct idea of how all women play whist; "Lame, Harry, is it my play ? Let nie sèe —second hand low—that's thf» first time around of that suit, ain't it? Well, I'll play—no, I hardly think I will—now yoa stop look ing at my hand—did yon see anything —of course I'm going to play, but I must have time to think—what's trumps —spades— I thought 'twas clubs—well, I'll—no—yes—well, there!" Then she will clap an ace on her partner's king and insist upon keeping the triefe for fear she will be cheated ont of it in the final "count. The Jews at New Port. WHAT ABRAHAM TOURO AND OTHERS HAVE DONE FOR THAT CELEBRATED WATERING PLACE. [Newport Letter to the Chicago Tribune.) In spite of Disraeli's magnificent Tancred, and Miss Shepard's delightful Sarouis, and George Eliot's immaculate Deronda, who wipes the weeping eyes of beauty with such sublime calmness, we yet, we Christian folk, remain in a state of heathen darkness in regard to the best type of the Jew. We lump them all together, and say in a sketchy manner, when we wish "to describe a certain physiognomy, "looks like a Jew, you know"; and we mean by this a low-browed, hooked-nose, swarthy face, with the seal of cunning set upon it. The other day I met, and walked and talked with a gentleman of whom this admiring comment was made to me directly after by one of the queen roses of society. " Oh, who was it ? Such a profile ; such a pair of eyes ; such a nose. The very handsomest creature I've seen for months." I unraveled the mystery by not only giving the gentleman's name, but the lineage that had bestowed this pair of eyes, this wonderful nose, this charm ing profile. " What, a Jew ? Why, i never should have thought it ! " " Because you have in your mind the lowest type of the Jew—the old clo' man, and of that ilk. But here in New port such ignorance is unpardonable— here in Newport, which was and is SO MUCH INDEBTED TO JEWS." The queeu of tho roaes looks at me in amazement. Indebted to the Jews! What do I mean ? And then I relieve my mind and tell of Abraham Touro, whose influence here gave his name to the long and beautiful street that is now called Bellevue avenue. And how he and his brother Judah were benefactors of the Redwood Library, and who donated a fund of $5000 for keeping Touro street in repair. Somewhere about the year 1760, in the old palmy days of Newport, there were sixty families of the higher class of Jews living in Newport. They were of the old race from Spain and Portugal, and these are some of the names they boie— Lopez, Sexias, Riviera, Pollock, Hart aud Touro. Dr. Water house, one of the old New England di vines, speaks of their efforts for public education with great commendation. Abraham Riviera was engaged in large commercial undertakings, and, after a repeated succession of losses, was obliged to assign his property. The English merchants with whom he had business relations favored him so gene rously that he was enabled shortly to carry on his enterprises. At the end of a few years. HE GAVE A DINNER PART*" TO HIS CREDITORS' and under the plate of each there was found a check covering the amount of debt, with? interest. He was called the honest man" after this. The grand dinner-givers at Newport now are not likely to entertain their credi tors in this manner, though, perhaps, this is hardly fair to say iu view of such times as have come upon us. It may be that there are descendants of this "honest man" who may yet perform a deed akin to this. One very interesting relic of the old time Jews here is the synagogue on Touro street or Bellevue avenue. It is seldom opened for servi ces now of auy kind, but it is kept in lieautiful repair by the old Touro fand. The gay visitors of this day as they stroll by that noble gateway seldom stop to observe it, and little suspect that it is really a work of art, and cost upwards of $11,000 in 1842, when Judah Touro, the brother of Abraham, caused it to be erected. See advertisement, on fourth page, of Van Ambnrgh & Co's Great Golden Menagerie, Circus aud Colosseum. They bad a jolly row in a Cincinnati church the other day. The parson was trying to give the benediction, and the organist had pulled out all the stops, and was playing Josenhus Orange blossom for dear life, aud this is what it sounded like : " The blessing of— fal-lol- de- roi- de- loi- de- roi- de- lido — shut up that d—d organ—be with you now—ri-too-ral-lol-de-riddle- diddle- di do—and always, for ever and ever. Amen. Stop that infernal music—fal lal- de- ral- ae-lumity- doo- die- di- do." And then a white-faced minister threw off his calico ulster and trotted up to the organ loft, threo steps at a time. There were only two rounds fought, but the organist got a terrible bloody nose, and the gallery was littered with leaden pipes and pedals. And as soon as that clergyman can open his eyes, he's goiug to write a powerful sermon on the worldliness of church music, and the desirability of praising God without any instrumental accompaniment.— [Oshkosh Christian Advocate. To Banish Fleas and Lice .—Pen royal, a common weed in pastures aud meadows, is very offensive to fleas, lice flies and musquitoes. To use it advan tageously, take lard and rub or grind it with a mnller ou a smooth, flat stone, slate or piece of marble, with the dried or green plant leaves, stems and blos soms, till well mixed. Let it stand twenty-four hours, melt at slow heat and strain. With this anoint the ears and neck of an animal, or the perches and nets of poultry which may be in fested. A small Quantity may be rub bed under the wings of a hen with a brood of young chickens. A few drops of the oil of penroyal in sweet oil, run bed on the face, neck and hands, will keep off musquitoes, however thick they may be. A good night's rest may be secured in the worst infested woods, or swamps where these insects or black flies do most abound by the use of this mixture. Keep it out of the eyes, as its presence there is not agreeable.— (Hearth and Home. The first lottery created in Louisiana, in 1810, was for the benefit of a church. In that year the governor of the terri tory of Orleans approved an act author izing the rector, wardens and vestry men of Christ church to raise by lottery the sum of ten thousand dollars for the purpose of building a place of public worship for said church. In 1822, the Presbyterian church by the same means raised $30,000, the success of Christ cbuKfh inducing this venture. In 1828, the French Evangelical society of New Orleans raised $30,000 for the same pur pose. In J813 the University of Orleans secured $50,000 by means of two lot teries. Other educational institutions raised in the aggregate about $90,000 before 1828. Over $88,000 which has been received from lotteries has been used on the canals and roads of the State. In 1806 the city of New Orleans, to free itaelf from debt, raised $30,000, and in 1822 $20,000 was similarly provided for seeds of the State. a Proceeding* of the Police Jury. Opelousas. December 10th, is?:. The Police J ury met pursuant to adjournment Present: R. H. Littcll. President; B. L. Clark. G. T. Hawkins, H. J. Guillory F. Savoy D. Saizan, S. Haas, E. Dubuisson and A, Guidry. The minutes or the last meeting were ru'd and approved. The President appointed Messrs. Duhuisson. Clark, Saizan and Haas a committee to exam ine the vouchers in the hands of the 1'ansh Treasurer, for the monies paid by him, where upon Mr. Haas reported that they had exam ined and counted tho vouchers presented bv the Parish Treasurer, amounting to twelve thousand nine hundred and thirtv-seven dol lars and twe ve cents ($12,tKi7.i2,j which amount corresponded with the entries on his books, and he moved that the vouchers be cancelled and that the Treasurer have a credit for that amount on his books ; carried. On motion of Mr, Haas, Resolved, that the Courthouce be and is hereby tendered tu the members of the Louisiana Conference or tin Metliodist Episcopal Church South, to hold the sessions of their Conference while in Opelousas. On motion of Mr. Guillory, Resolved, that the public road from Ville Plate to Wash ington be changed so as to run as follow*, tn wit: Following the road as laid out lu Un commissioners to the line between the lauds ..f Dr. Foster and Olin J. L. Fonteuot, thenc following the lane of Dr Foster and J. C. Fun tenot to the old Washington and Ville Plate road and thence that being the Washington road as it was at first. On motion of Mr. Saizan. Resolved, that the Parish Treasurer be aud is hereby authorized to refund A. A. Quibedeau the sum of fiffeen dollars, amount paid by him in parish taxes erroneously assessed. On motion of Mr. Savoy, K, solved, that the Jury Commissioners be and are hereby allowed the sum of two dollars and a half a dav, for the time employed in drawing the Grand und Petit Jury, payable out of the Contingent Fund of the current year. To the Hon. President aud members of the Police Jury, St. Landry : Gentlemen—Having been appointed by your Hon. body to make an estimate of the cost of building the bridge over Prairie Batsse Coulee by W. F. Anderson, we would respectfully re port that after a careful examination wc find that the building of said bridge is worth two hundred and fifty dollars. Respectfully submitted. J. O. CHACHERE, W. J. ROBERTS. Nov. 27th, 1877. On motion of Mr. Hawkins, Resolved, that the above report be received and the committee discharged, and the amount paid out 'of the Internal Imprevement Fund of the current year. On motion tho Police Jury adjourned until to-morrow at 10 o'clock a. m. Tuesday , Dec. llth, 1877. The Police Jury met pursuant to adjournment. Present: R. H. Littel!, President; A. Ouidry, G. T. Hawkins, D. P. Saizan, E. Dubuisson, H. J. Guillory, S. Haas, F Savoy and B. E. Clark. Office Parish Treasurer, / Opelousas, La.. Oct. loth, 1877. j ST AT EM E N'T OF AMOUNT RECEIVED BY PARISH TREASURER FOR COLLECTIONS OF THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, 1877 : To parish taxes for 1871 2l7.i2 1875 635.17 " " " " 1876 8594.68 " • " licenses 1877 32.60 Total eollecti >11 $9479.77 Less commission Amount received from collector $9193.11 I hereby certify that the above statement is correct. W. A. ROBERTSON, Parish Treasurer. On motion of Mr. Dubuisson, Resolved, that the sum of fifty dollars be and is hereby ap propriated, payable out of any money in the treasury, not otherwise appropriated, to pay A. Stairg, Assessor, to furnish the Police Jury by the next moetiug, with the total amount of taxable property for the parish of St. Landry. On motion of Mr. Clark, Resolved, that at a meeting of the Police Jury, to be held on the third Tuesday of January, 1878. being the 15th day of said month, the amount of taxes to be levied and assessed on said parish, for tho ser vices of tiie year 1878, shall then be fixed and determined. Resolved, that the followlii ' is the estimate exhibiting the various items of expenditure, necessary for the services of the year 1878, and that the said estimate be published at least thirty days before the amount of the tax shall be fixed and determined, as Uie law requires : Pay of officers and members $4000 Sheriff's and clerks salarv 1000 Contingent 2000 Magistrates criminal fees 2500 Constables " " 2500 District attorney fees for convictions 600 Sheriff's fees in criminal cases Q500 " per diem 700 Pay of grand and petit jurors 2000 Pay of witnesses in district court 2000 nternal improvements 6000 Maintainance parish jail . 3000 " indigents ; boo Outstanding indebtedness 3000 Pay of assessor joqo Commission of tax collector 1500 On motion the Police. Jury adjourned until Monday, January 14th, 1878. R. H. LITTELL, President. Attest: C' . Mavo , Clerk. Proceedings of the Board of Police ml the Town of Opelounaa. , Wednesday , June 5th, 1877. The Board of Police of the town of Opelou sas met pursuant to a call of the, President. Present: Dr. James Ray, President. Einile Donato, C. Mayo P. J. Lefebvre, Win. G. Bell, L. Skinner and C. N. Ealer. On motion it -was Resolved, that a special Deputy Constable be appointed for the term of two months from this (late, to have a salary at the rate of forty-five dollars per month, whose duties are to be those of a night watchman and fully empowered with the same powers as are' now vested in the Town Constable ; his hours of duty to be from 8 o'clock p. m ., to 6 o'clock a. m. Said special Deputy Constable to be appointed and commissioned by the President of the Board, to hold his office during good behavior, and to be fuider the supervision and control of the Town Constable. On motion the Board adjourned. JAMES RAY, Preêldent. Attest : O. v00rhie8, Clerk. Attest : O. v00rhie8, Clerk. JVE W A D VERTl SE ME MTS. For Sale. A well improved plantation of 1000 arpents, all enclosed and ditched, iu Bellevue, 3 miles from Opelousas, on long credit and in quanti ties to suit purchasers; 200 arpents unimproved wood and prairie land, in Plaquemine, at Î2.50 per arpeut, on time ; a farm of 137 arpents, 3 miles from town; 8 arpents, improved, in Ope lousas, in lots or in bulk ; and 10,000 nine feet pleux, for cash. Apply to Jan. 5-3IU THEO. CHACHERE. JVERY BEE-KEEPER SHOULD RE*D THE AMERICAN w-.OO a jetur. Sample copy IO cts. The mott successful and experienced ~ " are It* regular correspondents. " ' taW, TjSos e ö ~ " AUW« U » M30 V* CKl ■VIVs OTA Weit lfadiaog Bt, hînmn 'u1s B the®îd PW * à. Jtlstrays. Taken up by the undersigned in Bellevue, two brown, Amerieau mare mules, six or seven years old, fourteen and a half hands nigii, both branded with the letter H, and one of them also with the figure 5 with a loop on the upper part of the figure. The owner will please come forward, prove property, pay the cost of this notice, and take them away. THOS. B. DAILEY. Dec. 'M 1877-lt The Confederate Soldier'* RETURN, OR THE LOST CAUSE. A magnificent picture, beautiful in design and artistic in execution. It represent« a Con federate soldier after the war returning to his home, which he finds ruined by shot and shell looking lonely and desolate. In front of the' mined cottage, telling a sa<l tale of the miseries of war, are two graves with yu«e crosses, on one of which some frionuly hand lias hung a garland. The graves are overhung by a ween ing willow, in the shadow of which stands tile returned soldier with bowed head, as if think ing of the paat. To the right the cairn river and rising moon indicate peace and rest. Tb« stars seen through the trees represent the South draped over the graves, an emblem of the Confederate flag as well as a harbinger of brighter days to come. The flood of glorious moonlight streaming through the tree# and re flecting on the peaceful river adds to the sen timent and beauty of the scene *nd its sur roundings. No description of this gem of art will do it justice— it must be seen. It is a pic ture that will touch ever}' southern heart and should find a place in every southern home. It Is 14 x 18 inches in siae, on heavy plate paper. One copy will be sent by mail, in a paste -board roller, to any address, post-paid, on receipt 01 25 cfs. ; three copies for 60 cts., or sis iuc £1 in currency or postage stamps- Agent« wanted everywhere, to sell ttia ana a variety of other Cheap pictures. No money required untU ihey are soUL No trouble to sell them Send stamp ,or our catalogue and terms. Address. ■A. CREGAR & CO., Publisher®. 4*c. 2S ifia üwket I JUDICIAL. piBI.lt »ALE. PROBATE COURT, PARISH OFST. LANDRY, no. ESTATE OF EUGENIE SAVOIE. Bv virtue of an orderof the Hon ' Court of the pariah of St. Landry there win be ! sold at public auction to the highest oiaa , by the undersigned ex-offlcio auctioneer at tne last residence of the decease' d, a W t-nNE8 1 In the parish of St. ' ,5' following NESDAY, January 16th, 1878, the fo K described property belonging to the estate or *, i genie Savoie deceased, to-wit : . „,1«.« 1. About four hundred aYpents of '»""J, I eighty-si I and , ar P cu V\ 8 °]V I ândry Richard.) situated in the parish of St. Landry. 1 in Bellevue, bounded north by Theodore c ™."iSS 1 »I » "r 1 ?-"!,*, I sold on "heilst day of November 18. ., at the » HucceHHional aale of said estate, as pe P j Ule in the record of the «aid estate. ! Terns »Ätio r .-On a credU of"twelve [ months, purchasers furnishing bond and ae 1 curity according to law,bearing'P.. „ d I per annum interest from maturity ti ;p , and special mortgage and vendoi s privilege luuuKw-."». c c PU8ON, Sheriff and Ex-Officio Auctioneer. VOTlt'K OF FI^AL TABI.EAI'. PROBATE COURT, PARISH OFST. LANDRY, NO. 8728. ESTATE OF JOSEPH I). CASTILLE. Whereas, Alexander II. Castillo of the parish of St. Landry, administrator of the estate of Joseph D. CastillH, deceased, having tiled a "if'' »cat JÀME8 Ö. CHACHERE, Clerk ■ ■ ; ». , .. .. tableau of account and distribution of tue said ' estate, accompanied by his petition praying for , the homologation of tho same. ! And whereas, the prayer of said petition nas < been granted by an order of court, bearing date - December 10th, 1S77. .. j Now, therefore notice is hereby given to all ' persons Interested to make opposition to said j tableau in writing at my office in the town or j Opelousas, within the time required by law, why S the said tableau should not homologated and ] confirmed. dec ls-ede j j : ' ; | ; ! I pVBMC SALE. PROBATE COURT, PARISH OF ST. LANDRY, NO. 3866. ESTATE OF CHARLES THOMPSON. i By virtue of an order of the honorable Pro • bate Court, of the Parish of St. Landry, there , will be sold at public auction, to the highest bid j der by the undersigned or some public I auctioneer, at tho Courthouse in the town of ! Opelousas, in the parish of St. Landry on WEDNESDAY, January 9th, 1878, at 11 o'clock a. m ., the following described property belong ing to the estate of Charles Thompson, de ceased, to-wit: J. The undivided half of a tract of laud, con taining twenty-seven arpents, in twelve lots, situated on the northeastern corner of the cor poration of tho town of Opelousas, bounded north by Mrs. Dlcksor Ferry, south by J. L. Morris and Alexandra ejeune. east by land belonging to the estate if Yves D'Avy, west by properties of Mrs. Lou. h Lastrapes and Joel H. Sandoz. 3. A tract of land ly ■ g on the south side of Bayou Queue Tortue. i the parish of Vermil lion, containing six hundred aud forty acres, being section forty of township ten, south of range two east, aud section thirty eight of township eleven, south of range two east. 3. One tract of land situated on the Sabine River, in the parish of contaiug about 4. One old ..ack. Terms and Conditions.—T*ie movables for cash, and the immovables on a credit of one and two years from day of sale, purchasers to furnish their notes with good and sufficient se curity, to the satisfaction of the adlninistrotor; said notes to bear eight per cent interest from maturity, vendor's privilege and mortgage reserved on said lands until full'tlnal payment. J. J. BEAUCHAMP, dec 8-ßt Administrator. ^HERIFF'« HALE. DISTRICT COURT, PARISH OF ST. LANDRY, KENNETH BAILLIO VS. WILLIAM R. HUGHES. By virtue of a writ of fieri facias issued out of the honorable District Court, In and for the Parish of St. Landry, in the above entitled suit, aud to me directed, I will proceed to sell at public auction to the highest bidder, at the Courthouse of said parish, in the town of Ope lousas, on SATURDAY, the 6th day of Jan uary, 1878, at 11 o'clock a. m ., tho following des cribed property, to-wit : A certain tract of land situated on Bayou Jacque, bounded north by Bayou Jacque, south by Hill, west by D. C. Hillaud, said to contain 1200 acres. Terms—Cash, C. C. DUSON, dec 1 Sheriff of the Parish of St. Landry. HBLIC SAI.E. ESTATE OF JOSEPH A. GUIDRY. The undersigned administrator will sell at public auction, for cash, at the last residenoe of said deceased, near Grand Coteau, on WED "NESDAY, the 9th day of January, 1878, at 10 o'clock a. m ., o'clock the following named mova ble effects, viz : One creole horse, one pair oxen, one pair cart wheels, aboutSO barrels of corn, one lot of plows, one brand 0G. household and kitchen furniture, beds, bedding, armoirs, tables, chairs, one saw, and many other articles pertaining to the house hold and farm. The whole being sold at the risk of purchasers, who purchased the same on the llth December, 1877, and failed to comply with the terms of the sale. IGNATIUS GUIDRY. Deo. 29-Jt Administrator. pi RLIC SALE. PROBATE COURT, PARISH OF ST. LANDRY, No. ESTATE OF BENJAMIN A. SMITH. By virtue of an order of the honorable Pro bate Court, of the Parish of St. Landry, there will be sold at public auction, to the highest will be sold at public auction, to the highest bidder, by the undersigned administrator or by any duly qualified auctioneer, at the last resi dence of the deceased, near Grand Coteau in the parish of St. Landry, on THURSDAY, January 17th, 1878, the following described property, to wit: Two creole mules, twenty head of gent!« horned cattle, about fifteen head of hogs, one grease hog, about seventy-five, barrels of corn, about eight hundred bundle« of fodder, one corn mill, a lot of chairs, one sofa, a lot of tables and other furniture, one clock, one watch, lot of cooking utensils, a lot of bedsteads, feather beds, blankets and other bedding, a lot of silver aud other table ware, a lot of wash stands, armoirs, toilets, &c., two safes, one gun, one lot of cotton containing about seven bales or 2800 pounds, and a large varietv of other movables, comprising household furniture and kitchen utensils, plantation implements, etc., etc. Terms—Cash. LUCIUS L. GUILBEAU. Jan. 5-2t-ede Administrator. JVotice. ESTATE OF BENJAMIN A. SMITH. The creditors of this estate are requested to present their claims to the undersigned at his office In Opelousas to bo classified, and all per sons indebted to the estate are requested to eomc forward and settle the same without de lay, with tho undersigned, if they wish to avoid # . „ E. D. ESTILETTE, Attorney of th o Estute of Benjamin A. Smith Jan. 6-5t ^TOTICE OP ADMINISTRATION. PROBATE COURT, PARISH OFST. LANDRY, No. 3882. ESTATE OF MERCIE ANN PARKER. Whcrea*, Joseph Pcndar of the- parish of St Landry hfw applied by hi» petition to be ap pointed administrator of tlie estate of Merci« tan dry oa * ea '" t<5 of the parish of St. Therefore, any person intending to make op Position to «aid Hjmplntnient, will file the same V 1n J' »race, in the town of Opeloosas, within ten days from the present notice O. CHACHERE, Clerk. jan 3-U JAMES I MEW ADVERTISEMENTS. Eatraved. On or about the ist day of December A n 1877, from the undersigned, one Texas dark dun mare, branded on the right tbiirh u When she left me she was in fine condition and when last seen she was below Ville Plat* Also one dark bay yearling horse colt, star hi forehead, branded thus: B on the thigh Anv one flndinz same and delivering or making iî known tojhe undersigned at H«youCMcotTwUi be liberally rewarded. s aTl « Dec. 29-3T aA * ö - Jfolic«. The public school term of 2877, having ended in theparsh of St. Landry, teachers will pi-a*« uawi m their report and receive their pay atas early a date a« possible. AU public schools are now closed. Due notice wiil£, given of schools as may be opened on the second Mon day of January, 1877. 411011 ^ CHAS. N. EALER D«e. 8011001 Board 01 et - Landry.