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Official Journal of the Parish of Vermilion.
VOL XXXIV. ABBEVILLE, LOUISIANA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER.26, 1891. NO. 28.
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ABBEVILLE - - - LA.
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He also retails Liquor by the drink
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offered for sale very cheap:
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a good fence and with good cabin, well,
etc. A choice farm.
3. 300 arpeuts on Bayou Vermilion,
about .12 miles below Abbeville. Fine
bayou land, part timber and part prairie.
Cheap for cash.
4. 183 arpents of choice prairie land in
5. 40 acres of fine timber land in the
rear of T. S. Winston's plantation.
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Proposed Amendinent to the
Constitution of the State of
ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEM
BLY OF 1890
STATE OF LOUISIANA.
Office of the Secretary of State,
In pursuance of the provisions of the
Constitution, publication is here by made
and given to the qualified electors of the
State of Louisiana of the proposed amend
ment to the Constitution of this State,
which has been concurred in by two-thirds
of all the members elected to each House
of the General Assembly of this State, at
the regular session thereof, held at the City
of Baton Rouge, in the year 1890, and which
is required to be published for the informa
tion of the qualified electors of this State
for three months preceding the general el
estion for Representatives. and which pro
posed amendment more fully appears in
Act No. 153, of the RetzularSession of 1890,
which is hereafter officially published for
the information of the. qualified electors of
this State, and which will be submitted to
them for 'heir approval or rejection at the
next general e!eetion. which will be held
on ruesday, tha 19th day of April, 1892' (it
being the Tuesday next following the third
Monday of this month) in such manner and
form that the qualified electors may vote
for or against said amendment, and if a ma
jority or the qualified electors voting at
said election, shall approve and ratify card
proposed amendment, then such proposed
amendment, so approved and ratified, shall
become a part of the Constitution of this
NO. 158. AN ACT
Providing for the submission to the
electors of the state, for adoption or re
jection, an amendment to the constitu
tion of the state by inserting therein,
"An article on levees, schools, charities
pensions, drainage, lotteries and general
Section 1. Be it enacted by the General
Assembly of the state of Louisiana, that the
tollowing amendment to the constitution of
the state be submitted to the electors for ap
proval or rejection, as provided in article
two hundred arid fifty-six of the constitution,
and it adopted the said amendment shall
re-ad as follows: Article on levees. schools,
chaarities, pensions, drainage, lotteries and
general fund. In aid of the levees, schools,
charities, pensions, drainage and general
fund hereinalter named, the following con
tract is now wade: In consideration of the
surn of thirty-one millions, two hundred and
fily thousand dillars, to be fully secured
and paid as hrreinafter provided, John A.
Morris, his heirs, agents and assigns, are
hereby autboriz-d and empowered for the
term of twenty-five years ensuing the first
day of January,181l, to preparoe obemes of
lotteries, to sell lottery tickets and to draw
and conduct lotteries in this state. Said sung
shall be paid to thc treasurer of the state by
the persons conducting the business pursu
ant to this contract in one hundred equal in
stallments, whereof each installment shall be
paid on or before the first days of January,
April, July and October in each and every
year during said term; and the treasurer
upon the receipt of each of said installments
shall apply the same as follows:
To the public schools of the state: Three
hundred and fifty thousand dollars annually,
payable quarterly in advance, as above pro.
vided, which sut shall be distributed to each
parish in the proportion presc ied by
article two hundred and twenty-fou of the
To levees: Three hnndfed and fifty thou
sand dollars annually, payable quarterly in
advance, as above provided, which sum
shall be distributed among the levee dis
tricts of the state or applied to levee pur
poses in the proportions and in the manner
provided by law for the distribution and ap
plication of the one-mill tax levied under
article 213 of the constitution.
To charities: One hundred and fifty thou
sand dollars annually, payable quarterly in
advance, as above proviled, of which sum
eighty thousand dollars shall be applied to
the hospitals established by the state, forty'
thousand dollars to state insane asylums,
twenty-five thousand dollars to state Institu
tions for the deaf, dumb and blind, and five
thousand dollars to the Soldiers' Home.
To pensions: Fifty thousand dollars annu
ally, payable quarterly in advance, as above
provided, to the pensioning of disabled, in
firm or indigent confederate soldiers, citi
zens resident in Loutsiana.
To the city of New Orleans, for drainage
and other sanitary purposest One hundred
thousand dollars annually, payable quarterly
in advance, as above provided, the expendi.
ture of said sum, and thetnanagement and
control of the same to be determined by the
General Assembly, which is hereby directed
to carry into effect this provision by appro
To the general ftind: Two hundred and
fifty thousand dollars annually, payable
quarterly in advance, as aboveprovided.
The several sums of money above speci
fied shall be devoted to the objects and pur
poses hereinbefore stated, and the General
Assembly is hereby directed to carry into
effect this provision by appropriate legisla
Said John A. Morris, his heirs or agents
shall within twenty days from the date of the
adoption of this article file in the office of
the Secretary of State a written acceptance
by him or them of this contract. And for
the protection of the state and the security
of the public this contract is made upon the
express condition that said John A. Morris,
his heirs or agents shall within thirty.days
from the date of the adoption of this article
fi'e in the office of the Secretary of State a
declaration in writ ig, signed by hmu or them.
and six other persons, slgnifying their con.
sent to form the corporation hereinafter
named, and the said John A. Morris shall
file therewith his bond with good and solvent
sureties, residents of this state, in the sum
of five million dollars, said bond to be in fa
vor of and accepted by the Auditor of the
state. The condition of said bond shall be
that the said Morris, his agents or assigns,
shall pay to the state of Louisiana the said
sum of thirty-one million two hundred and
fifty thousand dollars at the date and in the
manner herein set out, and shall faithfully
perform all the obligations herein contained,
and thereupon the persons signing the said
declaration shall be thereby constituted a
corporation under the name and title of
,-The Louisiana Lottery Company," whereof
the capital stock shall be five million dollars,
represented by fifty thousand shares of one
hundred dollars each, at least twenty per
cent. thereof to be forthwith fully paid up,
and which corporation shall be and continue
during the period of this contract, and shall
have all the rights ead powers possessed by
corporations generally as defined by the
present civil code of the state, and shall be
liable for the moneys herein directed to be
paid to the Treasurer of the state, and for
all prizes to be drawn in said lotteries, and
shall be entitled to receive semi-annually
from the persons conducting the business
under this contract fifty per cent. of the net
profits of the said business.
And in consideration of the. payment of
said sum of thirty-one milliin two hundred
and fifty thousand dollars in installments as
aforesaid, said corporation and the shares of
stock therein, and the business authorized
by this contract, and the ,revenues and re
ceipts thereof, shall be exempt from all taxes,
flues, assessments, impositions and licenses
of any kind whatever, whether state, parish,
municipal or otherwise.
The powers of said corporation shall be
vested in a board of directors, to consist of
seven persons, who may make and establish
rules and by-laws for the proper manage
ment and regulation of its affairs. The per
sons signing said declaration shall consti
tute the first board of directors, and shall
serve for the term of one year from the time
of the filing of said declaration and until
their successors are duly appointed.
All lotteries other than those authorized
by this article are prohibited in this state,
unless by similar amendment to this consti
tution and for not less than one million two
hundred and fifty thousand dollars per an
num. All provisions of the constitution and
laws of this state inconsistent or in any way
conflicting with this article are declared to
be superseded hereby.
Section 1I.-lie it further ena ted, that it
shall be the duty of the Secretary of State
to publish the foregoing proposed amend
ment in accordance with the provisions of
article two hundred and fifty-six of the con
stitution within ninety days after the first
day of .January, in the year eighteen hundred
Section. 111. -Be it further enacted, That
at the next general election all electors who
desire to vote for said amendment shall
write or print upon their ballots the words.
"For the Levees, Schools, Charities, Pen
sions, Drainage. Lotteries and General
Fond amendment," and all electors who
desire to vote at said election against si4d
amendment shall write or print upon their
ballots the words. "Against the Levees.
Schools, Charities, Pensions, Drainage, Lot
teries and General Fund amendment."
Section. IV. Be it further enacted, That
all officers c arged with elections or the
conduct of the returus thereof under the
general election laws, shall at the time
they give notice of the said general elec
tion also give notice of the election herein
ordered for the adoption or rej ction of the
proposed amendment, and shall without
other direction or authority than Is herein
contained make due returns of said election
in conformity with the general election
laws in so far as they are not inconsistent
with or in conflict with this act.
[Signed] S. P. HENRvY.
Speakerof the House of Representati ves.
Signed JAsw-S JEFFRIES.
ieut Governor and President of the
- Witness my si attre and the sedl
L.5. of the State Louisiana at the
- city of Baton Rouge, this 26th day
of August, 1891.
L. P. MASON,
Secretary of State.
A MWagnlfcent OGier.
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Grand Rapides has a twenty-four
C. H. Mouton on the. Lottery.
A meeting of the anti-democrats
of the parish of 3t. Martin took
place on the 13th of December, 1891
in the Opera Hall at Breaux Bridge
and was attended by about 300 per
sons although called on short notice.
Gov. C. H. Mouton in a lengthy
discourse delivered in French and
English, stating the object of the
meeting was vociferously applauded
throughout his reurarks. The fol
lowing resolution offered by Gov.
Mouton was adopted unanimously
Resolved, That while we admit
the democratic principle that the
minority must submit to the will of
the majority, yet we declare that it
is worse than idle to shut our eyes
to the existence of corrupt methods
and practices employed by the Louisi
ana State Lottery to control the
election for the adoption of the
amendment of the Constitution of
this State having for its object the
incorporation of its charter in that
instrument, and as democrats we
protest against the use of the money
of a corporation to control the re4
cult of popular elections; and we
hold that the "money power" is as
dangerous to "free institutions," as
the military power is. The doctrine
of Cesar, the destroyer of Roman
Liberty was.-"With money I will
get men, and with men I will get
money;" the doctrine of John A.
Morris is.-"With money I will get
patisaus, with partisans I will get
votes and with votes I will get the
exclusive priviledge of turning my
wheel and make millions."
Population of Louisiana.
Washington, Dec. 7.-A revised
bulletin of the population of the
State of Louisiana in detail, by par.
ishes, cities, wards of cities, towns
and villages, according to the official
count of the returns, under the
eleventh census, was issued today.
New Orleans' figures are 242,039,
which shows 18,01 per cent increase
over 1880- Next is St. Landry par.
ish, 40.250. or 0.61 per cent increase.
Of the 59 parishes three show de4
creases. The largest increase was,
in Vermilion parish, 63 75 per cent.
Every State in the Union has a
law against lottery gambling. Is
Louisiana indeed so poor that she
can not maintain hcr government
and educate her children without
going into collusion and partnership
with an association of gamblers to
bleed the people and violate the
laws of her sister States ? No intel
ligent man can believe such a mon
strous proposition, and every self
respecting citizen ought to do all in
his power to prevent the consumma
tion of the shameful bargain.-Don
"MeEnery watches and accelerat
ed the building of le ees.'-Duaeon's
If he had "watche4" Burke and
Strong and his brother-in-law Rich
ardson, and prevented them from
plundering the State, he might have
been eqtitled to more consideratipo
at the hands of the people. He
might also have profitably put in a
little time watching a few tax-col
lectors without detriment to any of
the other great interests of the
The old saying, "-a house divided
against itself can not stand" is as
true as the day is long. The lottery
managers understand this fact, hence
their untiring efforts to create a
division in the Farmers' Union ranks,
an order bitterly opposed to the
Morris amendment. With this end
in view the pro-lottery leaders are
actively shoving Guice, Claylon &
Co. forward in their work of strife
and discord. --Yarmerville Gazette.