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we beg leave to submit the following report.
At the time this committee was appointed,
the term of office of the City Counicil expired
by law during the month of March last, and
it was deemed that there was not suieent
time for the accomplishmentof what was de
sired of the Council prior to the date upon
which they must resign theiroffices. Subse
quently however, by an act of the legisla
ture, said term of office was prolonged until
monththe of JuteNext.
Your committee immiediately began their
investigation, but for the lack of time and
other obstacles they are unable to state defi
nitely what may be done in the promotion of
the object in view. They are enabled, how
ever, to state that they have conlerred freely
with promilent and nilnuential members of
the Council, and are assured that there is an
earnest desire uponaibe part of the city au
thorities to meet tli views and requirements
of the sugar planters of the State, as announ
ced in their convention.
We find by examination that there is a
spa .e bounded by Bienville, Levee and Jef
tiison streets, and the Mississippi river, ex
el.sivaof the space occupied by the platforms
attaches.tothe wharves, and by the streets
witbhi said boundaries. crossing the Levee,
of 1'0 feet in length, by an average width
of 21. feet, and that said spa.e will contain
over 20,000 hhdsl of sugar. We find that the
•pu blie, wharves in front of said space have
been leased for some two years and a half.
sad that the lessees have the use ald occu
pancy of this space upon conditions that the"
keep it at all times in perfect repair. We .
further understand that this vacant ground
yields to the lessees no revenue in compari
son with the cost of keeping it in repair. and
that they would be willing to surrender it to
the city or to any one who would relieve
them of its care. With this dilliculty re
moved, we are again assured by leading
members of the Council that they woul,,
with a view of fostering and protecting the
great interest of Louisiana, lease to an asso
ciation of planters, for a term of years with
out charge, the above described space, and
that they would authorize tie erection of
suitable improvements thereon, and by the
enactment of the necessary oldinances, give
power to taxsach property as should be pro
tected by such improvements, to an extent
which should give a fair return for the invest
ment, and that such tax might be so regu.ated
and imposed asto amount to the exclusion of
all descriptions of property except Sugar and
Molasses-thus devoting the whole space
above described to the purpose of a sugar
mart.
We have also made careful estimate of the
cost,of the following improvements:
Say a suitable platform to cover tWe entire
surface ............. ......... . c30,000
Slate noofs, sup~ported by ioa columns, to
coser two thuds the ~urfsce .......... 75.000
In all ..................................10U6,00
'Estimating that during twelve months
there wouli be landed upon this sugar mart
200,040 hhds. sugar, which should pay each
a tax of ten cents aid 300.000 bbls molasses,
which should each pay live cents, a revenue
would hbe derived of 8$ ,000 per annum All
of which is respectfully submitted.
M. O. H. NORTON.
New Orleans. April 9th, 1856.
THE CLAY CELEBRATION.-lThe ceremony
of laying the corner stone of the monument to
America's greatest Statesman, took place in
New Orleans on Saturday last. The military
( including several companies from Mobile )
Civic Societies, Firemen &c. were out in
peat numbers, and formed one of the most
.autiful pageants we have ever seen. 'Jud _e
IPl S CA4P delivered the oration, a contribu
ie~frsoem Mrs. LE VERT of Mobile was read
i tAs. Dasux, and a beautiful and ap
.ropriate ode was read by M F Bigny of the
New Orleans Picayunes An anthem was sung
by the artists of the French Theater accom.
paned by the orchestra of that establishment
which was received with enthusiastic ap
plause. and contributed much to the cererno
nies of the day. The following articles were
desposited in the cavity of the stone:
Life of Henry Clay, by Geo. D. Prentice ;
Life and Times of Henry Clay, by Calvin
Cotton ;
Private Correspondence of Henry Clay;
The names of President of the United
States and his Cabinet. of the Governor of
Louisiana and State Officers, of the Mlayor of
the City of New Orleans and City Ollicers of
the Custom; and
The Officers of the Clay Monumental As
sociation ; also,
Copies of the Daily Papers of New Orleans
April 12, 18.56;
A copy of the Civil Code of Louisiana. and
one of the several coins of the United States.
A brass plate bearing the following incrip
tion :
"This corner store of a monument erected
to the memory of Henry Clay, was laid on
the 12th day of April, A. D. 1856, A. L.
5856,
By the M. W. G. Lodge of Free and Ac.
cepted Masons, of the State of State of Louis
siaua.,W. M. Perkins, Grand Master; H. H.
Deson, D, G M., S. O. Scruggs, J. G. W., L.
Texada, S. Q. W., S. C. Michell, G. T., S.
G. Risk' Grand Secretary."
The W hig State Committee of Rhode Is
land held a meeting at Providence last week.
gentlemen being present from remote parts
of the State, thoughi the attendance was small.
The Providence Journal states that the best
feeling prevailed in the discussions, and the
general opinion was expressed that there ex
isted the basis of a Whig party in Rhode Is.
land, and that many men who had attached
themselves temporarily -to other organiza
itions, and many who, in the absence of a
Whih nominajion, stood undecided in their
political course, would hail with gratification
a ticket representing their principles, which
they had-ote borne to victory, and which
they were not ashamed of in the hour of dis
aster. ,
A S.L-aoDID Cao._.A gentleman from
Grosse Tete was in town a day or two since,
and boasting to his partner that he had the
bestcrap on the Bayou. waich made his face
brighten up considerably. Upon farther in
quiery it seems that the said planter haefour
of his stubble cane sprouting, while J- had
three, S- two, and iome body else one,
while the rest had nothing !--rhe counte.
nance ofsaid paitner fell about a foot.--lb.
"I1 want to know," said Young America,
"what was your opinion of me, 'when you
Jirst saw me P"
Alsri s must rule America.--[K. N.
Platfors.
Blatk Lawk tried it in 1862. and the Biack
Feat nad Rat.Heds are trying it sno.--Demo.
. Yes, Atmenasvanquished Black Hawk in
'183 . eal they will dam out the Northern
J.l du youSag-Nieht Flat heads in 1856.
-ILr~irsidl Towrasl.
fUE SUGAIR PLL- \INTE1.
' IHIIEL J. HYAM.iS,
t EDITORANID PRqPlIETOR.
4, All cqmmunlcitions intended o promtle the prti
- rate ends or t.lterrct of 'olrpnratluI Scl..ices, Inldi
vidual,, ur School, will be c:,arged as adrortinrmentl
.iCnarIs of a tnasw'aL chnarn.ter can o.tr be in
orl-ld in this pap,,r as advertsementets, and ma.t b,
r ,a:l tr IN atvars .
NOTICE. o
Cornmunikations intended for this paper shnuull be
lircedl to Baton :IOge, sor West atlon Ihoue.
SOur exchanges wIl confer a favor upon ue Iy direct
fg as abole.
OI'.Any of our Baton Rouge friends hat'
Ing communications, &c., for the Su,,ar Pln
'er, by leaving them with Mr. Bruce tlueston,
on board the ferryboat Byrona, will be promt
ly received and attended to.
FOR I' RESIDENT,
MIL'D FILLM.ORE.
FOR VICE P]II, hI 1IENT.
A. J. DONELSON.
SAT TRDAY, APR 19, 1856.
07- We must return ourthanks to Mr. R.
F. HALl. for his care and attention to our
I interest while absent.
Rj" The squib that appeared in our last
issue about our matrimonial tour, was entire
ly gratuitous on 'the part of our 'Sub." We
would not have cared so much about it, if he
had married us in reality, but the idea of
marrying us to a steamboat is rather too much
of a good thing.
A Fi~a Cua.ca.--Mr. J. C. ELDER offera
for sale on aecomodatiug terms, his former
residence in our parish. This is a fine op
pertunity for any one desiring to invest in
real estate in our parish. Mr. O. Balunano s
his agent on this side the river.
THE NATIONAL AMExRIAN PLATFOR.- We
this week present our readers with the Plat
form of the American party in its correct
wording. The previous publication was
issued as we recmved it. Our patrons will
please note the corrections.
SOLITARY AND ALOE.--The Albany Reg
ister, which bolted when the Know Nothing
Convention at Philadelphia nominated Fill
more for President is now soberly advocating
George Law for the same ofice.
THE P.4AQ.n.E..v. SSTIsRt..-The Plaque
mine Sentinel comes to us this week in an en
tirely new dress. This is the best evidence
of prosperity and success in business we know
of, and certainly none more deserves it than
Brad. We look upon the Sentinel as one ol
the best of on0 exchanges.
9 W. If. GARn.LD has been admitted to
bail in the sum of $40.000. The question of
almitting to bail in a sum far below the
amount at issue, is one likelyto be productive
of much harm, as it holds out too great an in
ducement to swindling. Mr. GARLAND can
easily afford to forfeit his bonds and then
make a handsome speculation out of it. The
"wise heads" say its all right. So we go!
07- We learn from some of our Bruly
Landing residents that lately several travel
lers have been stopped and rohbedbvnegroes
in the Cut-off road to Plaquemine These ne
groes have been accompanied atintervals bv
white men. Who these desparadoes are, i, not
known but we hope our parish authorities
will"take such measures as will sneedily
!ring these ruffians to justice. In the mean
time we would advise all who travel that
road, togo well armed.
CoPARTNEaRSHP.-Our friend Dog C. Mon.
tan, the "Iron man" of Church Street. has
associated with him in business. Mr. JonA S.
HUGuET, an old and highly respectable citi
zen of Baton Rouge. They have made and
will continue to make, large and well select
ed additions to their stock of Hardware, and
customers may rely upon getting the very
best of everything pprchased of them. All
success attend the new firm.
Ta" TrIsoDAvx MIERVA.-It was our
pleasure while, sojourning in the Crescent
City to meet our worthy Confrere, Josa C.
WHITE, ofthe MiMerva. JONA albeit a "May
or" has not grown proud since his elevation
to a dignity rarely occupied by the fraternity,
but takes his "bitters" as democratic as any
body else. The Minerva is one of the best con
ducted journals in the state and is justly a
pride to its proprietors. How about that
poetry, JONA ?
SRain, rain! we want rain. Every one
is complaining of the dryness of the weath
er. What little chance we have had of get
ting caL.e enough for seed next year is likely
to be lost from the fact that the ground is so
parched and dried that nothing can come up.
So We go ! we are always in the extremes!
The ground is either so hard and dry that
plowing is impossible or so wet that you are
in danger of being bogged.
D-Briggs Elliott arrested some time since
in Baton Rouge for harboring Slaves and re
ceiving stolen goods was-tried before the 6th.
Judicial Court on Wedpesday last and found
guilty of both charges. This man has for a
long time set law at defiance in his misdeeds
and has at last met the reward of his actions.
He was sentenced to six months imprison=.
ment in the parish jail, or pay a fine of two
hundred dollars.
,G-At the municipal election in Columbia,
S. C., on the 7th inst., E. J. Arthur, the can
didate of the American party, was elected
Mayor. There was no organized opposition.
The Sugar Planters' Convention.
In accordance with the notices given
through the.public press, this conven n was
assembled in New Orleans on Thursday the
10th inst. The Convention was not es large
aswas desired but this was attributed to
the fact, that many planters were under
,. the impression that little or nothing would
' be done on the first day of the meeting.
Ilad it been delayed until the next day, it
would have been as large as the mrost enthu
1e siastic advocate of the Sugar Mart could have
I- desired. The proceedligs of the Convention
will be found on our first page. The report
iscopied from the True Delta of the 11th
inst., and is by far the best report that ap
peared in any of the city papers. Although
this convention was small in numbers it
made up in spirit and energy every allowance
for its thinness.
But one single incident occurred to mar the
harmony of the Convention, and that was the
interference of one Col. Beca..E II.
Parse, who atterplted to give an exposition
of the affairs of the Opelousas Railroad Com
pany, and the disinterestedness of that body
to the interest of the Sugar Planter, in loca
teing a platform or depot for them at the ter
minus of that rolaI. Some little of the
manouvering of that gentle:nan or his agents.
t" hay ing come to the knowledge of several
- members of the Convention. he was not lis
e tenet to with any interest and was finally, re
e quested to come down from the stand. as
1 planters had come there to discuss their own
h interests, an not the interests of the Opelou
sas Railroad Company. He took his seat ac
cording to the request and then followed such
a a tongue-lashing from Judge Caes and Mr.
r KanRR of St. Mary, as made him feel his im
- portance in that assemby. A merited and
n deserved rebuke !
a The.committee appointed by the Conven
tion metnext day, and entered upon the dis
charge of the duties asigned them. Mr. W.
H. J vxar was appointed chairman of the
committee and S. O. NELsoN Secretary, the
sub-committees were named for the different
parishes. In West Baton Rouge, Messrs B.
R. Camis, W. J. LrLr, and DAN. HicaaE~
were aprointed to collect snbseriptions to,
and will be furnishe.t with, printed copies of
the Charter of the 'Sugar Mart" and are re
- quired t,+ report to the chairman of the com
mittee in New Orleans on the let of June of
the present year. The olject of their report
ing by that time is to be able to lay the mat
ter before the City Council (as a -new coon
- cil will by that time as elected-the present
council appearing to take no interest in the
matter) and if they cannot come to terms
1 with that body for a sufficent space of ground
( on the levee for the purposes they require.
to th-n poceed at once to the purchase of
the ground on the opposite side of the river
and construct the necessary sheds. By acting
r in this manner it must be apparent to all that
the planters have done and are sti'l will
ing to do all they can to retain the "Sugar
Mart" in the city, therefore if the city does
I not yield them what they require no one can
blame the planters fur removing it from the
City levee.
It is of more importance to our planting
community that this object should be con
sumated by the ropening of the next business
season than probably many of them are aware
of, as the crop will be small and of course
must bring trig' prices and the planter should
by all means avail himself of the privilege
of controlling the price of his own produce
by allowing it to remain upon the platfoirm
as long as he thinks proper It is a well
known fact that they have long enough been
controlled by others to their own great de
triment, and as this opportunety presents it
self to relive them of this controlling influen
ce. it should be acted upon with energy and
a determination to see it'carried out.
At the rates, or tarif to be charged fir each
hogshead of Sugar, say ten cents, and for each
barrel of Molasses, five cents, storedl upon this
platform, it will yield such a revenue as will
pay the expenses of it. or such a dividend to
the planter, as will mike the charges almost
amount to nothing. In view of the profits
that would arise from this mart, it was sug
gested to some of the comnrittee while ex
aming a site for its location, that private in
Idividnals would build the mart if they were
allowed the tarif of charges as set fore in
the report of the cornmittee. We make this
assertion by the authority of the gentlemen
to whom the suggestion was made.
We have heard some few-and truly they
were few-object to the expense of this plat
form, alleging that they feared it would be
an outlay of so much capital that would never
--- --K 11L 41 anUC s LuilG WOUiu never
benefit them! Now with the incident above
related, we cannot see what better evidence
they would have of its ability to meet
every expectation, and if that is their object
in holding back, we think the objection can
be very easily removed. If private indivi
duals are willing to build this platform at
4heir own expense, with the jlivilege of
charging the rates as above stated, it must be
the best of evidence that it would pay them
and that handsomely, for the use of their
money and labor.
But it may be urged by some that if private
interest is willing to undertake this matter, 1
why should the planters be put to the trouble
to build it? Simplyhbecause the y want the
entire and czxclusive control of the mart in every
particular', and because difficulties might
arise that would be disagreeable to all parties
concerned !
No ! the planters have now set to work in
earnest; they have' depended to long and toe
much upon others, as they have learned to:
their sorrow, and they are determined to push
on and persevere until they have accomplish- J
ed all they desire and. to which are so i
justly and honestly entitled. Wnmost any
other city of the Union would heve built ware 1
Shouses, arnd sheds; afforded every convenience
for the storage or sale of the great staple of
n their state, and encouragdt it every way so as
to make everything satisfactory to the grower;
e but New Orleans, ridden to almost destruc
t tion by polities has had no time or desire to
o attend to anything but extorting money from
I every branch of industry, without encourag.
ing it, to put in the pockets of every patriotic
office seeker who was so fortunate as to get an
it office. We hope who ever may be elected to
the City councils under the new Charter, will
'e pay some attention to the fast declining corn
n mercial interests of the City, and instead of
rt driving it away endeavor by all means to in
courage it.
I) -___ __
The New eourt House.
;e For some two or three years past, every
Gsand Jury has reported upon the necessity
ie of buihlin- a new Court Hlouse and Jail or
je repairing the old ones of our Parish. But
little attention was raid to it from the tact
n the financial condition of the Parish would
. not at the present time warrant such an ex
y penditure. His Honor, Judge ROAERTSON,
. at the present session of the Sixth D)istrict
r- Court, specially chargedl the Grand Jury to
ie examine the condition of the builiings aid
to report forthwith upon the same. andt in
al obedience to the charge ot his Honor, report
· ed that they hal inspected the Court House
. and Jail of this Parish and utterly condemned
L the same as a publihe nuisance; entir"y unlit
a for the purnoses said buildings were intentled.
. and recommended that unless suitable meais
ures were taken for the construction or proper
h reparation of the same before the next term
r. of the Court, that the Court was a.:vie.l inl
_ defaiO thereof to embody the cr,.n,hlaint
Sini its charge to the next Grand Jury. that
they might enquire whether or not the
Soficers who were charged with the supervis
ion of the matter were guilty of such an
ominision of public duty as would render them
e liable to he indicted and thus enforce a rem
* edy by virtue of law.
t The District Attorney. some time after
wards, filed a rule on the police Jury to show
cause if any they hid, why they shoull rot
be compelled to proceed forthwith to the
construction of the necessary buildings for the
Jparish. It was tt.eu ordered by the Court
I that the report of the Grand Jury be served
I upon the Presid-nt of the Police Jury, and
Suordering that body to proceed at once to the
erection of said buuhlir,.s, or to show cause
_ in open court w-.y this rule should not be
made abtolute and peremptory.
i A ma+na ae was accordingly issued bring
ing the Police Jury int r court and after hear
I in thetestinmonyon both sides, it wasordere ,
adjudged and decreed, that the rule taken in
the case, be made a 4olute; that the Police
Jur) on or before the next term of the court.
should proceed to furnish new and suilable
buildings for a Court House and Jail, or make
i such suitable repairs to the present buiihlings
as will fit them ibr the purposes r, iuireid,
and that the order be obeyed, or at the expi
ration of the time specitied a writ of dictiinsus
should be issued. and the revenues of the par
e ish he sequestered tir the purpose. An ap
peal was taken by D. N. BARRow. Eq.. At
torney for defendents, but was overruled by
the Court. dlr. B.Racow in d!efence o: the
appeal said that the petition for a mandamus
was not sworn to as required by art. 510,
I Code of Practice. The coart overrnied this
me ri.l in on the ground that the District Attir
ney being an oticei was not obliged to t.ake
the oath.
The defendant's attorney submitted that if
the State sought to avail ita~el any of the ex
traordinazy remedies given in the Code of
l'ratice, it n'.mst comply as fully as an inii
vidual, with the riles laid down to obtain
such process. On the minrits of the case, the
deiendent contended that the Police Jury is
vested by the Legislature with certain, Leg
islative powers, such as raising taxes, &c.
'Chat the Judiciary cannot compel the Police
Jury to do an act which requires the exercise
of these powers. That the power to corn
pel them to build a Court House. inc'udes
the power to compel the Police Jury to raise
the tax! That the right of raisin, a tax is #
purely legislative act, which the court cannot
compel the Police Jury to do That where
the Legislature leaves the doing of a certain
act to the discretion of a public officer, no
mandamus will lie to compel him to do an
act within that discretion. That the law
under which this writ was issued, left to the
Police Jury the d'iscretion of determining
what is a sufficient Court House and conse- I
quently whether they would build a new one
or repair the old one. That consequently the
mandumus ordering them to proceed to the
immediate building of a Nerw Court House.
could not be made absolute, since it was
shown that they were taking steps either to
repair or build-that this writ sought to con
trol the discrimination of the Police Jury.
And it was shown that the police Jury had
appointed a committee to take action upon
the matter and report to the next meeting of
that Board.
The Court remarked that under the circum
stances he would enter up an order nisi, and
refused the appeal. We understand the de
fendents Attorney intends applying to the
Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus against
the Judge of the Sixth District Court, to com
pel him to grant an appeal. And thus, per
severing reader, the matter stands at present,
Upon the action of Judge RoaERTSON in
this matter, we have no comment to make;
let his determination to force further taxation
upon us speak for itself. Our parish has been
more taxed (in proportion to its population)
than any other in the State. We are not free
from debt, and it will require the larger por
tion of the resent year's taxes to liquidate
our present liabilities, and still we are to be
Ifurther plunged into the mire for the erec
t~on of these buildings. True enough they
Pe wanted, and must be built, and the parish
will do so, so soon as she can breathe free
from her present embarrassments, but in the
meantime, we hope the committee having
the matter in charge will have the old build
ings repaired (if the Court will allow them to
do so) and for a few hundred dollars they
can be placed in such condition as.to answer
all liurposes for two or three years to come.
By that time we may be in a helter condition
-and nodoubht we will-to build a new and
substantial brick edifice for the "proper ad
ministration of Justice."
Our inhabitants complain, and with justness
against this additional tax at the present time.
Last year they scarcely made any crops, and
this year they will make still less, barely
sufficient to meet their engagements, and as
they have always met their liabilities, they
do most positively object to the proposed lax.
If the committee determine to have a new
building,. it would be much cheaper to buy a
suitable house than to erect a new one, and
with a view to economy, we think the superb
residence of Doct. EsuFes at VILLA Ros.s
would answer every plgpose for a Court
House. It is bui't of brick in the most sib
s:;t.ntial manner; large enough to contain all
the necessary offices in a.hlition to the Court
room. anid bra very s*all samn could be made
fire-proof This building has been pro
nounced by one of the most experienced arch
Sitects of Biaton L r,:.e. Mr. lfos:i r MclKr
-iatic, as being in every way suitable for those
pnrp.ses. Considering the high prices of
builJing materials, a similar house could not
be built tor less than three times the amount
I lemanded by Dr. Eaer.as, and st l more in:
its favor, the Doctor is willing to give the
parish time to pay it in.
Let tre committee charged with the mat
ter give the odfer of Dr. ESDEe.s their atten
tion, as we are confident they N0ouhl be serv
ing the interests of the parish by so doing.
More anon.
Mt
A Good Movement.
The following resolution was adopted on
Tuesday evening by the American State
Convention which was in session in New Cr
leans last week:
1lesolred, That all secrecy, obligations,
signs, grips, and pass words of the Order be
now abolished.
If the Convention had done nothing more
than this, says the New Orleans Crescent, the
delegates to it would have been entitled to
the meed of high praise from their conutitu
e:;ts. A great stumbling block in the path
of the ultimate success of the party has been
removed. The rock on which we split the
las; canvass has ,een put out of the way;
and our enemy has been deprived of a formid
able weapon they have used daragingly
against us on previous occasions, and which
they knew well how to wield with dexterity
and power.
There exists in the minds of hundreds, if
not thousands, a strong objection to secret po
litical organizations; aid that objection is
very prevalent among many who believe in!
the prmcip;es of the American party, and
who would, otherwise, he its most active
energetic and influential supporters. It is
tr ue, there was a good reason for secrecy at
the c,mmgncemeent-a reason which justified
the policy observed. The new party pro
irsed to war upon. and break down if pqssi
Sble, both of the polhtical organizations which
had d:rided the conntry for a quarter of a
centu,,y. It would have been impolitic in
the last degree to have exposed it in its in
fancy to the onslaught of two old and power
I ful parties. Hence the comparative privacy
in which its first operations were involved.
But that reason does not now exist, nor has
it existed for twelve months. Had the ac
tion of the State Convention to which we
refer been taken in April, 185.5,we firmly be
lieve the electiornlast November would have
terminated differently. At all events, the
removal would have unquestionably tended
to the improvement of our political condi
tion.
But, '"better late than never," is an old and
true saying, and will be verified in this in
stance, unless we are entirely mistaken in
signs and promises of the future. The Amer
ican party now being an open organization-
the veil ot secrecy bedg removed-cannot be
assailed as olyore, or charged with conceal
ments of any cbription whatever. If so
assailed, hoaever, the gross untruth and in
justice of the attacks will recoil upon thiose
who indulge in them and correspondingly ad
vantage the slandered party.
For these reasons and many more that
could he mentioned, we are much pleased at
the change which has been made.
GROCERIES, Guoca.t.ES & c.-It will be
seen by a card in another column that our
old friend and brother typo, has dropped his
composing stick and turned his attention to
the other wants of man. In other words
HYATT has just opened a Grocery and Pro
vision store at the corner of Church and St.
Hypolyte streets, Baton Rouge, where his
friends and customers can find at all times a
well selected stock of goods in his line that
are hard to beat. His many West Baton
Rouge friends will be pleased to hear this, as
they generally make their purchases at the
Capitol and we know they will give him the
preference. Give him a call and examine for
yourselves. His wines and liquors are-A
No 1
[90Our good looking Sheriffwas fined five
dollars on Tuesday last, by his honor Judge
Robertson for not keeping proper order in
Court. NAT paid the fine with his usual
good humor remarking at the time that he
could not prevent people fron ,ingling the°
small change in their pockets I
,Another unfortunate was fined for e.eez.
mnn
Ame~iara Strb Counail.
At a Meeting of the State Council of th
American party, held in the City of New Or.
leans. qn the first Monday of the prat
month and year, April, 1856, the folhlewq
resolutions adopted by the members the
Legislature belonging to the American
were approved:
3d. Resolved. That the friends of M]ilhl
Fillmore and Andrew .I. Donelsor, inmesh
the ix Electoral Districts in this State, be ,
quested to hold District Coventions es t
first Monday of Jane next, at the foll
places, to wit :
For the First Electoral District, s,
ed of the parishes of Plaquemine and .
Bernaad, the Third District. of the `"itj
New Orleans and Faubourg Trim inth.1ti
of New O leans.
For the Second Electoral Di strict. omm.
ed of the Second District of the city ft
Orleans. with the exception of Faubotg
'I'rem, and the First District of the city o
New Orleans, in the city of New Orleans.
For the Th'rd Electoral District, coran
et of the Fourth District of the city of t
Orleans, that part of the parish of Orle.
Iring on the right bank of the M1-sississ
the parish of Jeffersson, St. Charles. St. Jt
the Baptait, St. Jame, Ascension, Assuspt
Lafourche arid Terebonne, at the town
T'hihodranxville.
For the Fourth Electoral District, comp.
ed of the parishes of Tammany, Washingtt%
Livingston, St. Helena, East and West Fel.
,'iana, Poirnt Coupes. East and West Bate1
Rounge, and Itcrville, at Baton Rouge.
For the Fifth Electoral District, compos.
of the parishes of St. Landry, Calcasieu, t,
Martin. St. Mary, Lafayette, Vermillion,ta
pi !es and Avoyelles, in the town of Ope.
For the Sixth Electoral District, coapie
of the parishes of Natchitoches. Sabine, -
I)e Sot,, Caddo Bossier, Bienville, Claibo,;
Ouachita, Caldwell, Jackson, Union. Mo
house, Concordia. Tensas, Franklin, Catahoe
Ia, Madison andi Carrol, at the town of Min.
den in the parish of Claihorne.
To select, each, one electoral candidate ad
one alternate, pledged to the support of the
above distinguished names for the offices ea
President and Vice-Prildent of th. 'giigt
States.
American party of the State Louisiaa the
holding of a State Convention in the twa ef
Baton Rouge, on the third Monday inuue
next, a rd that every parish eleettdeleg. to
sari Convention.
Papers throughout the State, favorable to
the American party wiU please copy,and in
sert until the respective Conventfion are
held.
THE CaOPs-sN ON -5s PLAsATEano.
-Five Negroes inr a caes feldd sttingis eir
and armed with shot guns and briwdtats.
Enter SPORTS.AW--"Hello, boys! what
are you all doing here.?"
N.o--Ro-"Watchin' de crop. mass."
SroarsxAti-"Watching the cropl therlt
in thunder is the crop?"
NernRo--"Dar it is massa."
Sportsman looks and discovers a olitay
stubble sprout just appearing above the
ground.
SProTsar.a-Considerably astonisr -"Da"
you call that a crop!
Nsaao-Yes, massa; dat's all we got di&
year."'
SProarTsxa-Still more astonished-'Aa is
that all you're watching ?'
Nvihao--' i golly. massa; got to watch
e cen dlat now, tokeep de neighbors fromlstel
ing it."
Exit sportsman marvelling at the nmamier
of hogsheads that plantation will make next
season.
1..The newly elected Selectmen ofBae
R/ oe, Messrs. Jos. LA.RcIa, H. Vl BASmS
and F. AaaoRa SE., or Ward No.1; lf.Te.
T.iNsoN. DuG. C. MONTAx and E. Wians if
Ward No. 2, were duly installed in oaiea oa
the 16th. inst. Young America has a chsdr
now to spread himself.
0 There being a tie on the ballot foriit~er
the Commissioners met on Thursday evei
the 7th inst., at the Mayor's office to e
the contest of the tie vote, betweenu4ae;
Monget and Edward Cousinard, as proof
for in the city charter. The result is tht
election of Joseph Mongetr to the aecs. O
yesterday the 17th inst., F. A. Nep
sworn in as City Constable for the eAsubi
year.
Mr. A. W. Bell, read a protest sgaisp*
authority of tL commissioners to decide.t
~election; and Silts Jones, with himeasl
fused to vote; the other four commsin
Blanchard, Walker. Elam and Powers,;, lb
for Joseph Monget and that gentleman w '
declared to be the Mayor elect for the eas
ing year.
ONE or THE SPRs..sCs.-Job Kolik' w
one of 'em on the stump. A double
throat, and lungs as large as two busliell
kets. enabled him to el.ctrify his Mcit
up to a fighting point in less tilu tbRem
would take for a Susquehanuaraft to eP
Niagara Falls. His great speech deliver
in Bob Shibb's ten acre lot wasa
For thesake of posterity wegive't e
"Fellow citizens!-You mightast just aW
try to dry up the Atlantic ocean witb a broom
straw, or draw this ere stump from aur
my feet with a harnessed gadfly, as convs
me that [ ain't gwine to be elected this h+
My opponent don't stand a chance; sota
sniff. Why he ain't as intellectual as cois
mon sized shad. Fellers, I am a hull teali
with two bull dogs under the wagon andia
tar bucket-I am. If thar's anybody S
side of whatr tbl sun begins to blisteri
earth that can wallop me, let him, show hiq,
self-I'm ready. Boys, Igo in for the A.tl
ican eagle-claws, stars, stripes and all; aid
mayl burst my everlastin' buttonholes, e"d
don'tkdock down, drag out and gouge everf
bodyas denies me."
Self-love is the safest of all - or
most people can indulge in it without the fear
of a rival.
The newspaper editor is sometimesa qu1.
fellow. He oftgi says he is sorrv, when
is probably glad; and that he is delighted,
wheiq the very ieverse is no dbtubiatit tl
of the matter.
A quack naedicineinaker advertises fa spl.
tice that will draw out men's virtues. Their
vices may be draw·nou 'wiMbit -thi ed te
poultices.

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