tOL. 1. NEW SERIES. WEST BATON ROUGE, SATURDAY, APRIL 19,1856. . NO. 16.
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HENRY J1. HYAMUs, ISu
glitor & Proprietor. lot
Ogee near the Court House, the
rS T B A T O N RO UGE. of
? UMS of the SUGAR PLANTER' ant
gahmtptlon --33 a year. due invariably at the
time of subsribing; if not then paidl or within three
oibsthereafter, five dollar will be charged: no to
s*asription will be iaken for a less term than lec
neatsa: no paper discontinued until arrearges are o
A velg.Advertisements not exceeding ten
llses,.S1 for the first, and 50 cents for every eubse- aic
eat insertion; those of greater length in proportion.
A lberal discount to those who advertise by the to
Toe to Club.--Where aClab of not less than lit
tm names is sent, with the cash, the paper will be Lit
feaished at $2 50 each subscriber, and an addition- ga
slcopy to the person furnishing the list.
re Clb of not less than twenty is furnished, n
with the eash, the paper will be forwarded at $2 2 (e
ichk ubeeriber, and two additional copies for the ot
t. Job Prlntng.
ath ua PajsPri, BLasws, Cantes, BDne, Fti lu ta
and other Notices, executed with neatness and de- St
spatch, n all cases, cash on delivery. te
A .w and sin larly successful remedy for the
aCreof all Bilious dieases s-Costiveness, Indi
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fet, homors, Nervousness. Irritailit., lInfamma th
tions, Headache, Pains in the Breast, Side, Back, e
and Limbs, Female Complaints, &c. &c. Indeed, tb
very few arethe diseases in which a Purgative Medi- su
tin is not more or less required, and much sick
ne s and suffering might be prevented, if a harm
less but effectual Cathartic were more freely used. m
No person can feel well while a costive habit of
body prevails; besides, it soon generates serious and n(
often fatal diseases, which might have been avoided us
, the timely and judicious use of a good purgative. of
This is alike true of Colds, Feverish syvmptomts, and
Bilious derangements. They all tend to Ibecome or m
produce the deep seated and formidable distempers
which load the hearses all over the land. Hence a
reliable fanmily physic is of the first importance to ie
the public health, and this Pill has been perfected t
with on.summate skill to meet that demand. An et
extensive trial of its virtues by Physicians, Profes- a
sors, and Patients, has shown results surpassing ri
any thing hitherto known of any medicine. ('ure
have been e efected beyond belief, were they not sub- c
stantiated by persons of such exalted position and
character as to forbid the suspicion of untruth. O
Among the many eminent gentlemen who have
testified in favor of these Pills, we may mention :
Prot J. M. LCKas, Analytical Chemist, of Cin- a
tinnati, whose high professional character is en- an
dursed by it
Joas McLrt.A, Judge of the Supreme Court of
the United States. a
Tios. Coitwls, Secretary of the Treasury. Is
Hon. J. M. WRIGHT, Governor of Indiana.
N. LoxowoTar, great wine grower of the West. U
Also Da J. It. Cu.rILOSi, Practical Chemist, of
New York City, endorsed by
Hox. W. L MARCY, Secretary of State. g
Wt. B. Asrox, the richest man in America.
S. LsLAND & Co., Propt's of the Metropolitan
Hotel, and many others.
Did space permit, we could give many hundred
certificates, from all parts where the pills have
been uaed, but evidence even more convincing than
the experience of eminent public men is found in a
their effects upon trial. t
These Pills, the result of long investigation and
study, are offered to the public as the best and
most complete which the present state of medical
seience can afford. They are compounded not of
the drugs themselves, but of the medicinal virtues
only of Vegetable remedies, extracted by chemical
process in a state of purity, and combined together I
in seh a manner as to insure the best results. This
system of composition for medicines has been found
in tee Cherry Pectoral and Pills both, to produce a
ote e~ient remedy than had hitherto been ob
tained by any process. The reason is perfectly oh
ML. While by the old mode of composition, every
mediciae is burdened with more or less of acri
omaimus sad injurious qualities, by this each indi- I
vidual virtue only that is desired for the curative
effectis present. All the inert and obnoxious qual
itieteOeach substance employed are left behind, the
curative virtues only being retained. Hence it is I
self-evident the effects should prove, as they have
peved, morepurely remedial, and the Pills a surer,
mare powerful antidote to disease than any other
medicine known to the world.
As it is frequently expedient that my medicine
should be taken under the counsel of an attending
Physician,-and as he could not properly judge of a
emedy without knowing its composition, I have
supplied the accurate Formula by which both my
Pectrl and Pills are made to the whole body of
Prafltioner in the United States and British Amer
iean Provinces. If, however, there should be any
one who has not received them, theyOwill be
pJmptly forwarded by mail to his request.
Of all thePatent Medicines that are offered, how
bu wodl be taken if their composition was known !
Slife consists in their mystery. I have na
msposition of my preparations is laid open
to ll1ma, and all who are competent to judge on
thesubject freely acknowledge their convictions of
their ~ntrhnsic merits. The Cherry Pectoral was
-l o Iad by scientice men to be a wonderful
Umliciid before its effects were known. Many em
hat Phtiians have declared the same thing of
.y PI ls ad even more confidently, and are will
gm8tertify that their anticipations were more
tlan 'lllzem by their efbects upon trial.
STaey sby theirpowerful influence on the
ernl a to purify the blood and stimulate it
clate healt ation--remove the obstructions of
rathe kbowels, liver, and other organs of the
body, retoring their irregular action to health, and
by ooseeting, wherever they exist, such derange
Ueit. a are the Arst origin of diseaue.s
Beiiaugar-wrapped, they are pleasant to take,
sd iaiag puly vegetable, no harm can arise from
StW se wr apper on the Bo.
DR. JAMES C. AYER,
?rSSUsa i AUti~ytICal Chemist,
LOWWLL YAKS. 4
WAR Sem~iw U.Jive Ia.Dim hi SL
U. T. WAD=
$ UD.SsUM7. U ill
Platform of the National American thi
1st. An humble acknowledgement to the
Supreme being forHis protecting care vouch- "
safed to our fathers in their successful revo
lutionary struggle, and hitherto manifested to the
us, their descendants, in the perservation of To
the liberties, the independence and the union
of these States. D.
2d. The perpetuation of the Federal Union, ca
and Consitution, as the palladium of our civil Jo'
and religious liberties, and the only sure bul- 0.
wark of American independence. Jo.
3d. Americans must rule America: and G.
to this end native born citizens should be se
lected for all State, federal and municipal t
offices or government employment, in pre
ference to all others. ad
4th. Persons born of American parents re
sidino temporarily abroad should be entitled
to all the rightsof a native born citizen.
0th. No person should be selected for po. W
litical station (whether of native or foreign Sr
birth) who recognizes any allegiance or obli
gation of any description to any foreign prince, Ai
potentate or power, or who 4fuses to recog- J
nize the Federal and State Constitutions J,
(each within its sphe:e) as paramount to all
other laws, as rules of political action. *
6th. The unqualified recognition and main
tainance of the reserved rights of the several
States, and the cultivationof harmonyand frý
ternal good will between the citizens of the
several States,and to this end, non-interference Pa
by Congress with questions appertaining solely th
to the individual States, and non-intevystion H4
by each State with the affairs of any other Al
7th. The recognition of the right of the na
tive-born and naturalized citizensofthe Unrited ,
States. permanently residing in any Territory i
thereof, to frame their constitution and laws.
and to regulate their domestic and social af- Ui
fairs in their own mode. subject only to the
provisions of the Federal Constitution, with
the privilege ofadmission intothe Union when
ever they have the requisite population for one P'
Representative in Congress, provided always,
that none but those whoare citizens of the U ni- b
ted States. under the constitution and laws r
thereof, and who have a fixed residence in any J
such Territory. ought to parti#ipate in the for- ti
mation of the constitution, or in the enact- i
ment of laws for said Territory or State.
8th. An enforcement of the principle that a
no State or Territory ought to admit others than
native (born citizens to the right of suffrage, or re
of holding political office. N'
9th. A change in the laws of naturalization
making a continued residence of twenty-one
years.of all not heretolore provided for, an It
indispensible requisite for citizenship hereaf
ter. and excluding all paupers and persons 0
i convicted of crime. from landing upon our a
aiores: but no irierference with the vested ci
rights of foreignels.
10th. Opposition to any union between 1
Church and State: no interikrence with reli
gious faith, or worship, and no test oaths for t
I Ith. Free and thorough investigation into
- any and all alleged abuses of public f'mtnction
aries. and a strict economy in public expend- r
12th. The maintenance and enforcement of I
all laws constitutionally enacted, until said j
laws shall be repealed, or shall be declared o
null and void by competent judicial authority.
:13th Opposition t) the reckless and unwise I
policy of the present Administration in the
general management of our national affairs,
and more especially as shown in removing
a Americans (by designation) and conservatives
d in principle, from office, and placing forigners
e and ultraists in their places; as shown in a
n truckling subserviency to the stronger, and
n an insolent and cowardly bravado towards
tie weaker powers: as shown in re-opening
d sectional agitation, by the repeal of the Mis
d souri Compromise; as shown in granting to
I unnaturalized foreigners the right of suffrage
min Kansas and Nebraska; as shown in its
vascilating course on the Kansas and Nebras
ir ka question; as shown in the corruptions
is which pervade some of the departments of the
Ld Government; as shown in disgracing merito
a rious naval officers through prejudice or ca
' price; and as shown in the gundering mis
management of our foreign relations.
14th. Therefore, to remedy existing evils,
i- and prevent the disastrous consequences oth
re erwise resulting therefrom we would build
1- up the "American party" upon the princi
e ples hereinbefore stated.
15th. That each State Council shall have
x authority to amend their several constitutions
er so as to abolish the several degrees, and in
stitute a pledge of hour instead of other
se obligations for fellowshf1 and admission into
ig the party.
a 16th. A free and open discussion of all po
e litical principles embraced in our platform.
Proceedings of the Police Jury of the
Parish of West Baton Rouge.
Ata regular session of the Police Jury of the Parish
Sof West Baton Rouge,9eld at the Court House in
said Parish according to law, on the 3d day of Sep
tember 1856. Present J. T. Landry, President; B.
Landry, Ernest Hebert, Adamis Hebert.
There being no quorum, the Jury adjourned on ac
count of sickness, to tile first Monday in October.
J. T. La.yuY, Pres't.
Dt DAVD N. BaOW, Clerk.
f MONDAY, Oct. 18th 1855.
- The Police Jury met according to adjournment.
' Present: J. T. Landry, Pres't, B. Landry, Ernest He
bert, Adamis Hebert and L. Caldwell. There being no
e quorum the Jury adjourned to 2d Monday in Novem
it b 1855. Attest.
J. T. LsDrv, Prest.
Davi N. Bannow, Clerk.
d MoNDAY, Nov. 12, 1855.
Perstant tn adjournment the Police Jury of the
Parish of West Baton Rouge, met at the Court House
n Present: 3. T. Landry, Pres't, B. Landry, Ernest
Hebert, Adamis Hebert. Alexander Barrow. James
Devall, W. W. Lemmon, W. D. Winter. Absent, John
A. ianos L Caidwell, James Pipes, Jos. H. Johnston.
On motion of W. W. Lemmonall members absent at
previous sessions were excused.
On motion of J. R. Devall,
S Reseeed. That whereas Henry Cole, lessee of the
Ferry under the ordinance of the 27th March 1855,
has failed to comply with the conditions of said ordi
nance in having a good and sucient steam-boat to ply
between West Baton Rouge and Baton onuge by the
12th of November 1865.
Thesjbe 1. d Rabe o That the President be an.
thorized to re-leae the ery inl conjunction with the
Sauthorities of the town of Baton Rouge upon
iea tin d condltions as uhall be agreed upon by
the said President and the authorities aforesaid.
On motion Louis Favrot was appointed road and
lovee inspector foDthe 4th Ward in place of G. Da
On motion B. Hebert was appointed road and levee
Inspector for the first road and levee District, in place
of A. Hebert, deed. tei
The Finance Committee made the following report
the claims therein mentioned were allowed:
To N. W. Pope, Sheriff. (election expenses... $121 50 CU
N W. Pope in case of State s. S. C. Smith... 15 90 w
V. Hebert, Justtce of the Peace ............. 4 75
D. N. Barrow, six months salary............ 1 00 00
Capitolias Vis-a-Vis, quarter salary....:... 150 00
Joseph Brand, Assessor (making tax-rolls).. 30 oo th
O. Bernard, Jr., Recorder. for extension of tax- o0
roll............................... ..... 46 00 t
Joachin Aillet for serving warrant.......... 1 70
G. D)ubroca, road and levee inspector........ 25 00
On motion of A. Barrow, it was resolved that bl
the Parish Attorney be instructed to take such steps iil
as he shall see proper, upon the bond of Ilenry Cole.
There being no further business, the Police Jury
adjourned sine die.
Attest: J. T. Lanar, Prest. Cl
DA.lo N. BAuxow, Clerk. w
According to law the Police Jury of the Parish of
West Baton Rouge met at the Court House thereof, on
Monday the 7th lay of January 1856, that being the
first Monday in said month.
Present: Messrs. J. T. landry. Pres't, B. Landry,
Adamts Hebert, Alexander Barrow, L. Caldwell. Ab
sent, John A. Danes, Ernest Hebert, James W. Pipes, g(
James R. Devall, W. W. Lemmon, W D. Winter and ri
Jad. H. Johnson. M
There being no quorum present the Jury adjourned m
until 9th February 1856.
Attest: J. T. Landry.7, Prest.
David N. Barrow, Clerk. Si
Proceedings of the Police Jury of the Parish of West G
According to adjournment, the Police Jury of the
Parish of West Baton Rouge met at the Court House to
thereof on the 9th of Februry 1856.
Present: J. T. Landry, Pres't. Ernest Hebert. Admis
Hebert. B. laodry. Alx. Barrow. James W. Pipes.-
Absent: L. Caldwell. W. D. Winter, Wsles R. Devra ei
John A. llanon, W. W. Lemmon, J. H. H. ohnston. el
On motion, ei
Recolm. . That the Clerk of the Police Jury of the
Parish, notify the members of this Jury of the next
And no quorum being present the Jury adjourned
until Monday the 3d March, lb56.
Attest- J. T. Landry, Pres't.
Hzoar J. HYAxs, Clerk- pro tem.
Aecording to adjournment the Police Jury of the at
parish of t est Baton Rouge, met at the Court House ti
thereof, an the :1t Mon-day in March 1985i.
Present: Messrs. J. T. Landrv. Pres't. Adamis He- "
bert Alexander lar:ow, L. Caldswell, J. W. Pipes . . It. S
[trall. W. W. emmnon.*W. D. Winter, Janies H.
Then came S)r. Janrior IIebert and presented rcer
tificate of election as tnemtelr of the Police Jury from
tLe first Police Jury Ward, to fill the vacancy caused b
by the removal Irum theh arisol:~ftJohn. .\. tDaIns. to
On motion the President appointed Messrs. I. Cald
well Adamsi liebert and IV. W. I-rcuon, a committee
to examine the credentials, and -sniicommitteehaving
reported favorably Mr. Jauvier llebert took the oath it
prtscriled by law.
The n,inoto- of the preceeding meeting were then
read ald approved.
sIr. ('a:lds etl lated hti reasons for absetlce at the
last mnetilo of the Police Jur,- and aski t nhbeex
cud,l. and in motion tey were accepted and the
on mrion of W. I. Winter all members heretofore
absent at the meetings of the Police Jury, were ex
tlr. eCaltwell presente-l :: petition from the redents a
of Dav. n -- . in the "i,:- r " u.-le. prayiung tlor apu
lhe road. whiclh a ietid o it" J.ory. *
On oitio of ir i. 1.. siwel. It yras
1 so1,,i. It hri.s :l: . the inh:L:5;:t;-ts of that part of F
thi's parish. sittanted in tie rear of the idant-tions of
.Me- r. . ati i'* e: 1 :" . .. iost-.ell.(1.ave leti
tioned :i l. 1' llie . f r ,t ,,uo ,;ic r.ad to .nable them
a free tr it t tle Colrt itous , uand ihe Mississisippi
liot'snll. Th:.t a i urv of coven free holder's, consist
iu ofII Mv-irl. 1I. W. Aln. .iohn h ird, ir. P. i1. i.n
rs It hin. W . NP .h.;ns I.. IDutacoll oandl
J. V. l)urel' . li hereby asp.iuted to trace slanid lay t
out a I'u'l!i IRad for tli- bliinetit of nai P'etitioner
and to tal.e alil -tlsh legel steps as may secure an early (
completn .f sa:tid road.
On mot~io ,f Mr. L. Cal-ws.ll.
I.l.,,. That a committee of fivre members be ap
t po.inted by the President of tle Police J .ir, who shall 1
:take in rnenstideration the propricty oc 'repairing the
u: Court :Housei anid Pulic Jail. or tlhe purchase or
5 consruction of suitable buildtrigs for a new Court
5 House sni taiil. ann d that said committee be authonzed
to examine sites w~hiin'.te mile of tile present Court
House. ant receii ,prttos:ls fr the purchaseorerec
Hiem iof buildlinugs efitab!e for the purpose of a Court
S louse cii toil. .
R ol.st c. That said committee report their investi
gations at the next meeting of this Lolice Jury.
tOn motion of Mr. Adamis Htebert. it was
RstIrwe Whereas, the Cut-off road is now and has
been impasssile for want of necessary drainage and
s bridges and otilier repairs.
re it Resnlce. Thata committee composed of Messrs.
B. landrr anl H. Bergeron. be and they are hereby
appointedu od sauthorireld jointly with a similar com
e mittee appointed by the PolceJury of the Parish of
lberville at its last session to contract for and cause
to be made. the necessary repairs to said Iberville and
West Baton Rouge Cut-off road.
Be it further Resolved. That upon certificate of the
said joint committee of the completion and acceptance
3, of wail repairs, thle president of the Police Jury of
the Parish of West Baton Rouge is hereby authorized
to issue a warrant to the contractor or contractors for
one half the amount of said costs and repairs.
On motion of L. Caldwell,
Resolved, That a committee of three members be
e oppointed by the President, to employ sonqe fit per
sons to revise the regulations of the Police Jdry.
And the President appointed Messrs. L. CaldwellB A.
Barrow aud Adamis Hebert.
!r The Finance Committee having reported favorably
o upon the following claims, the same were allowed and
the President authorized to draw his warrants for the
Rosemond Hebert, for one inquest.... ... $ 25 00
do do " account.............. 35 00
do do .............. 20 75
do do " . 25 00
Rosemond Hebert, adr. J. A. Hebert, inquest. 25 00
18 Edward Bourg. Coroner inquest.............. 259 00
James Odom, Jailor............ ........ 100 00
Sugar Planter, bal. salary ................ ....
W. B. Chamberlin, Clerk's fees........... 17 90
h Henry Grant. burying dead bod........... 10
In DavidN. Barrow, Clerk P.J ........ -...--'..100 09
SJ. A. Levesque, road andlevee inspector, 18.3. 2600
On motion Mr. T. Derichebourg was appointed road
and lee inspector in the 3d road and levee District, in
e- the place of F. A. Williams.
On motion the Jury adjourned Dine die.
Attct J. T. LasmRO, Prest.
DAVD N. Bxxonw. Clerk.
SUGAR AND COTTON Par sprEcTs.-We
were surprised to learn a few days since of
the utter hopelessness f-the-ugar crop in
this parish the coming year The great ma
jority of planters absolutely anticipate raising
no cane whatever. A great many are plow
ing up their cane fields and planting them in
corn and some in cotton. A ruinous year,
without doubt for sugar, while according to
all accounts the cotton crop will be greatly
augmented. en West Baton Rouge, we learn
they are going largely in the latter business
-alao on Bayou Marangouin. where not a
particle of sugar will be raised.--lb.Setindl.
BE CAUTIOUS.-We are indebted to Mrs.
Candle for the following lines:
Men brandy drink and never think,
That girls at all can smell it;
They dont suppose s woman's nose,
Was ever made to suell it.
What kind of bands do yunug ladies like
the bee t Ans.-H~i -bands to be sure.
The Sugar Planters' Convention. in
LOCATION OF A SUGAR MART. ue
An adjourned meeting of the sugar plan- ed
ters, who assembled in January last, to con- Ti
aider the subject of establishing an improved pl
sugar platform in this city or its neighborhood sc
was held yesterday in the Lyceum Hall. w
The meeting was thinly attended, not over w
fifty planters being present, the paucity of gi
the number being perhaps in some degree th
owing to the fact that an interesting race was tl
to have come off yesterday. le
At a few minutes past twelve the assem- SI
blage was called to order by Col. J. S. Wil- ge
liams, of Wept Baton Rouge, upon whose in
nomination John Moore, Esq.. of Attakapas, te
was chosen President, and Messrs. B. R. m
Chinn and H. J. Hyams, of West Baton Rouge, ci
were elected Secretaries. of
The Chair briefly explained the object of tt
the present meeting of the Convention, which H
was to receive a report from a committee, te
appointed at the session of the 23d of January si
last, to examine, the various localities sug. rs
gested for a sugar mart, on both sides of the hi
river; to estimate the costs of sucifimprove
me.,ts as might/be necessary, and suggest the cc
means by which a satisfactory arrangement of
might be arrived at. This committee con- tl
sisted of Messrs. Joseph S. Williams, J. A. tt
Braund, G. W. Campbell, James J. Hanna, L. 13
G. Compton and W. J. 'Minor. sc
Col Williams, as chairman of the commit- ri
tee, submitted a report, stating that they had 1
examined the various localities on both sides p
of the river. and a majority had come to the ra
conclusion that not only is the space at pres- of
ent assigned as a sugar platform totally inad
equate, but its condition is such as to affor bh
no protection to the produce of the sugar o:
They were of opinion that the whole of the ec
ground in front of Old Levee street, be'ween tI
Bienville and Jefferson streets, would be re- at
quired to meet the wants of the sugar trade, t
and it was their conviction that, as a situa- ti
tion for a mart. i:,t was the o(e which f,
would best,subserve the sugar iuterest w, .Le iI
Entertaining these views, they had appoin- S
ted a sub-committee, consistingof Mr. M. O. p
H. Norton, to see what arrangemants might
be made, and the report of this sub-commit- a
tee was appended and made part of their
The original committee added,. that if a sat- a
isfactoryagreement could not be made witnthe i
city of New Orleans, they unanimously re- c
commnended that a site fora mart be selected i
on the other side of the river, and between ai
point opposite Canal street oand the upper c
line of Gretna.
In continuation, they say that from esti- I
mates made. at least iS50,000 will be required c
to purchase the necessary grounds and build
suitable platforms and sheds. They had,
therefore. had prepared by one of their num
ber. a charter to incorporate an association of r
planters under the namie and style of the c
Lnuisiana Sugar Mart. which charter they (
recommended to the Convention; also, that, I
a committe be appointed to receive subscrip- c
tions to the stock. to the required amount of i
$Sl.50,000, and that as a basis of subscription,
each planter put down his name for a sum
equivalent to one dollar upon each hogshead
of sugar. of an arrage crop raised by him-
say the crop of 5;4.
The sub-committee reported, in effect, that
in consequence of the general anticipation
that the present city government would have
gone out of power last month, nothing was
done in the way of negotiation until the act
passed the legislatime postponingo,,r Munici
: pal elections. until June next. Then the
committee proceedled immediately to the dis
charge of its duties, but in consequence of the
brief space of time that had elapsed and oth
er obstacles, was not able to state definitely
what might be accomplished. The com
mittee, however, had had interviews with
prominent and influential members of the
Common Council, in which assurances were
given of an earnest desire on the part of the
,f city 'to meet the views and requirements of
the sugar planters."
As to the ground between Bienville and
Jefferson streets, alluded to by the parent
committee,, the sub-committee found that,
exclusive of the platforms connected with
a the wharves, and the space occupied by the
streets crossing the Levee, it is 1250 feet
long, with no average width of 2.50 feet, and
will afford room for upwards of 20.000 hhds.
w of sugar.
There is a lease of the wharves in front
. of this ground which will not expire for
for some two years and a half. The lessees
d have the use of the ground as well as the
Swharves, but on the condition that both shall
be kept in perfect repair; and as the reve
io nues derived therefrom are not proportioned
a to the expenditure, these lessees, the sub
r committee says, would willingly relinquish
3 this portion of their contract to any party
>o who would relieve them of their obligations
5 in relation thereto.
o This "difficulty" removed, the sub-com
0 mittee was assured by members of the Coun
39 cil that the city would, to promote its own
Sinterests, lease the ground fo9 a term of
Syears, free of charge. to an association of
planters; that permission would be granted
for the erection of sheds, &c., and that such
taxes would be imposed upon the property
protected as would give a fair revenue upon
the proposed investment.
SThe sub-coinmmittee estimates the cost of
the improvements suggested at $105,000
n 8$30,000 for a platform, to cover the whole
area, ai4 $75,000 for a shed with sate rul
and iron columns to enclose two thirds of the
ground. The sub-committee concludes by
suggesting that if during twelve months there
should be landed here x:00,000 hogsheads of
sugar and 3u0,000 `agels of molasses, a tax
ol ten cents each being levied on the former,
and five cents each upon the lItter. the mart
would vielc an annual revenue of $35,000.
The charter, submitted with the report,
provides that the capital stock of $250,000
shall be issued in shares of fifty dollars each,
not more than twenty per cent, to be demapd
ed at any one time, and no two successive
payments to be called in, without at leastsix
ty days intervening, and that the institution
shall bo governed by a president and six
Directors, the former of whom shall receive
a salaf one thousand dollars.
ThYResident addressed the Convention
in support of the scheme. Some action on
this subject, he said, had become imperative !
upon them. During the past winter he had
seen the sugar upon the Levee here embedd
ed in mud and water for days and days.
True, it was the duty of the city to keep the
platform in order, but the city had never done
so, and he feared never would. Even now,
when we had had a long stretch of dry 1
weather, such was the unevenness of the
ground where the platform was situated, that I
the sugar was sunk in pools of molasses. He
then went on to show that although New Or
leans was the best market in the United
States for sugar, by reason of the lower char
ges of the commission merchants here; still, I
in consequence of the want of sufficieut pro.
tection for the article when brought here,
many planters preferred disposing of their
rdp either at their plantations or at some
other port, and thus a very large portion of
this most important trade was lost to the city.
He hoped the plan proposed by the commit
tee would be carried into effect as soon as pos
sible. No planter, he was confident, would
refused to pay ten cents a hogsheads to have
his sugar kept clean and dry.
It had been urged that if they should be
compelled to purchase a site on the other side
of the river, the sugar brokers would oppose
the movement: but althought he respected
those gentlemen and desired to see them ful
ly rewarded for their sevices, he saw no rea
son why they should complain of crossing the
river more than a cotton broker, who willing
ly travels two or three miles to procure sam
ples. Should the city, however, realize the
reasonable expectations of the planters, this
objection even would cease.
ie would not place too much reliance,
however, on New Orleans. Its policy was
often of a most anomalous kind, and difficult
to account for. Many years ago he recollect
ed about a millions of ddlars was spent by
the city in paving Condd street to Ursulines
street. Soon after the grass was growing
through that very paving, and at the same
time he was paying seventy-five cents a bale
for carrying cotton f'om the corner of Com
meon and T''cnopitolas streets-the steam
boat lau:ding then-to the present site of the
St. Charles Hotel, where there was cotton
press at that time.
The remarks of the Chair were warmly
applauded as he resumed his seat.
Colonel Williams, of West Baton Rouge,
regretted that the Convention was so thinly
attended. He attributed the absence of so
many, who should have been present, to the
conflict of local interests, and the impertinent
intermeddling of parties who had no interest
in common with the sugar planters. He depre
cated the influence of these causes preventing
general and concentrated action. He was
told even that agents had been sent into the
country to convince planters that nothing
could come out of the proceedings of this
Convention, and that the committee whose
report had been read could not arrive at any
reasonable result. Years ago, the President
of the Opelousas Railroad had told the speak
er that the road would be made for the bene
fit of the sugar planters; that a platform,
conveniently situated, should be established,
and that in every way the sugar interest
should have the first consideration. But, in
stead of these promises being realized, indi
vidual interest had been consulted in the lo
cation of the depot, a location unsuitably sit
uated for a platform.
The planters should rely upon themselves,
and upon themselves only. They need e- e
pect nothing trom New Orleans, more than
the ground asked, if they gotthat. If the use t
of that ground was given to them, and they ii
should accept it, it was their interest toadopt F
such measures as would secure their crops
from damage by exposure. To accomplish
this end, it was necessary, he urged, to form
themselves into an association, and that as
soon as possible They could not measure t
the benefit which would accrue to them
from the establishment of a well regulated t
and properly improved mart here. The cot.
ton factor, the flour merchant, the provision
merchant can, to some extent, control the
market of his commodity; but not so with the
sugar merchant. And why? For the sim
ple reason that he cannot hold the article
three days, for the want of shelter for it.
On motion of Col. Williams, the report of
the committee, and accompanying Charter
were adopted. o
Col. Payne, formely Superintendent of the
Opelousas Railroad, next essayed to address t
the Convention, and was invited to the plat
form by the President. He had proceeded 1
some ten or fifteen minutes in speaking of the
location of the depot of the Opelousas Rail
road, saying: it was his fault, if fault there
was, and was giving reasons numerically in
favor of the site, when
I r. Potts, of Terrebone remarked: Mr.
President, I call the gentlemen to order.
We have not come here to discuss the affairs
or the management, past or present, of the
Opelousas Railroad. (A general stamping
of feet and tapping of canes.)
Col. Payne hoped he would be allowed to
continue. He had, he said, the signatures of
averal planters in favor of a platform at Al
if Mr. Potts-Mr. Chairman, the gentleman,
I I repeat is out of order. I move that he take
I his seat.
T The President--Gentlemen, the question
is, shall Col. Payne be allowed to go on. All
those in favor of his being allowed, will say
S iNo ayes responded.)
e The President-All those against it will
f say no.
e (Numerous noes.)
y Col. Payne descended.
e On motion of Col. Williams, the following
f resolution was adopted:
x Rewsled, That a committee of five be ap
r, pointed, who shall be authorized and instruct
rt ed that when three thousand shares of the
capital stock of this corporation shall have
t, been subscribed, to lease from the city of
0O New Orleans, for the term of - years, the
h, space described in the report of the commit
I- tee just read, if it can be done upon terms not
re essentially different from those suggested in
r- said report: and, in the event that this cannot
I be accomplished, that said committee be au
ix thorised to purchase or lease, on the right
e bank of the river, between a point opposite
Cannal street and the upper line of the tow
an of Grets a suiatable lot of fromd for a a9u
mart, and, whenever siid purchase or lease
shall have been concluded, said committee
shall surrender the same to the President
and Directors of the Louisiana Sugar Mart.
Under the foregoing resolution, the un
dernamed gentlemen were appointed the
M. O. H. Norton, S. O. Nelson, G. W Camp
bell, W. H. Avery, H. W. Allen.
Subsequently, the names of Col. J. S. Wil
liams and Duncan F. Kenner was added.
Mr. Kerr. of St. Mary made a few remarks.
Col. Payne had visited his house, and he (the
speaker) saw nothing in the course pursued
by the gentleman to condemn. If, however,
there was any covert or sinister design in his
mission, he hoped the Convention would
protest most emphatically against it. Mr.
K. said he had signed the paper submitted to
him by Col. Payne, but, in doing so, he did
not wish to signify that he would adhere to
the project set forth in that paper, what
ever might be the result of the deliberations
of the Convention. He was as it were. only
giving a vote, and, if he was overruled, he
should abide by the decision of the majority.
He did not wish it to be under stood that
his act implied that this Convention was a
Judge Cage said he had been informed that
his name appeared on the paper.
Col. Payne--It is not.
Judge Cage remarked that some "Cage,"
he heard, was on it. If intended for him, it
was unauthorized. Col. Payne, in his per.
ambulations. had visited his (Judge C,'s)
humble cottage. but he positively refused to
commit himself in any manner. After leav
ing Judge C.'s, however, the gentleman met
the Judge's son, and obtained his signature.
If the gentleman, said Judge C., had asked
the boy for the horse he was riding, he could
have had it as easily. To say the least of
it, Judge Cage continued, the pretty interm
eddling of private individuals, not identified
with the interests of'planters, in any way,
was in bad taste. (Applause.)
Judge Cage cordially approved the view of
the committee, and he desired to see them
carried out energetically. He wanted them
carried out utterly regardless of private in
terest interest they came to advance, and it
was for them he would fight.
On motion of Mr. Potts the Committee on
Subsciption, etc., was authorized to appoint
sub-committees in the several parishes, to re
ceive subscriptions to the stock of the "Mart."
The Convention then adjourned.
REPOZRT or THE COmITTIZl
The committee appointed at the last Su
gar Planters Convention, held in this city on
the 22d and 23d of January last, and to whom
was referred the subject matter of examining
the various locations on both sides of the river,
with a view of making a selection for a su
gar mart, and to prepare ani submit, if it was
deemed necessary so to do, a charter incor
porating an association of planters, bavingfabe
its object the advancement and protection
of the sugar interests of the State, beg leave,
through their chairman, to submit the follow
That soon after the adjournment of the
convention, the committee assembled and
entered upon the performance of the duties
assigned it; that the various locations on both
sides of the river were examined in person
by a majority of the members composing the
committee. The levee upon which sugars
and molasses is received and sold in the city,
engaged the attention of the committee. The
space appropriated to that purpose is found
to be totally inadequate. Upon measurement
it is found that the whole of the ground from
Bienville street to Jefferson street, in front of
Old Levee, will be required for the accom
modation or the sugar interests of the State.
The committee, believing that the interest
of the planters would be best su berved by
the establishing cf a sugar mao t upon the
Sgrounds mentioned, appointed a suo-commith
tee to confer with the city authorities, and
report to our adjourned meeting the result of
such conference. The chairman of that sub
committee has submitted his report, which
is hereunto annexed, and adopted as a part
- of this report.
The committee upon a careful examination
of the various locations on the right bank o
the river, and in view of the importance of
f the interests involved in this movement, are
r unanimous in recommending that, in the
event terms cannot be made with the city
Sfor the grounds designated in this report for
Sthe purpose herein set forth. a locationu be
made for a sugar mart on the right bannof
athe river, between a point opposite the Ca
e nal street ferry and the upper line of the
town of Gretna, and commissionera be ap
pointed to make such selection, and make
n such terms with the city not essentially dif
ferent from the suggestions contained in this
r. report. and in accordance with the terms of
- the charter herewith submitted.
The committee, believing, from estimates
e made. that a sum of money not less than
S$i150,000, will be reqnired to nurchuase the
necessary grounds, build the necesaryl pl'
forms, sheds and wharves, for the accommo.
dation and protection of sugar and molasses,
- have bad prepared by one of its members, a
charter under the general law of State an
n, thorizing the same, incorporating an asso
:e siation of planters under the name and style
of "The Louisilia Sugar Mart," and recom
in mend its approval by the Convention; and
II that a committee be appointed-thechairman
y of which to reside in New Orleans-for the
purpose of obtaining the "equisite subscrietion
of one hundred and fifty thousand doloar. to
ill its stock; and that, as Ia basis of said sub
scription, it is recommended that each plan
ter subscribe at least the amount of one dol
lar a hogshead of his average crop-say the
ig crop of 1854.
All of which is reaefully submitted.
P-JOS PH S. WILLIAMS.
t- J. A. BRAUD
e GEO. W. CAMPBELL,
re JAMES J. HANNA.
of L. G. COMPTON,
be W. J. MINOR.
iM. O!.. NORTON
ot .0. N. ELSON.
ot aroaT on TIZ s,.uCoMrirr">I
u- To Col. J.S. Williams, Chairman :
ht 'Sir: Having been appointed a sub-.ib
ite mittee for the purp oef wsbrt ni if, a lo-a
n ceation suitble fbra s y o..ma-rt od -heba
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