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J. M. SWEENEY,
EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR.
baturday, August 19, 1976.
OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF GRANT PARISH.
NOTICE.
All Judicial Advertisements, of every
kind, MUST be paid for immediately
after the first insertion, otherwise they
will be discontinued. No exceptions
will be made to this rule.
The mines of Colorado yielded,
in 1875, over $8,284,000 in bullion;
the estimated production for 18'16
is more than ten millions.
The new wool clip of Vermont
is'being bought by manufacturers
for twenty-five cents a pound, the
lowest price since the war.
The reception of ex-Postmaster
Jewell at his home was a grand
ovation. Citizens of both political
parties welcomed him home.
Thousands of people assembled at
the depot and the arrival of the
train was hailed with musio, rock
ets, colored fires and aasalute of
fiteen guns.
The Charleston (S. 0.) Journal
ef.Oommerce publishes a letter of
a prominent gentleman in that
city, from the Galveston Cotton
Exchange, which gives an encour
aging prospect for the cotton crop
of Texas. The writer states that
the crop will be 800,000 bales, and
will be at least 5000 bales in ex
cess of last year. The weather
has been very favorable, and if no
untoward event occurs, it is esti
mated that Texas will contribute
largely to the agricultural re
sources of the South. But until
September no estimate is safe.
The New York Sun of the 4th
says : The telegraph informed as
yesterday that the President had
sent the name'of David B. Sickles,
of Arkansss, to the Senate for con
fmntioa United States Consul
to Beagkok. This eventfurnished
a topiO of discussion to the nu
merous friends of Mr. Sickles in
this city, where be is even more
extensively known than in Arkan
as. Mr. Sickles is a brother to
the Superintendent of the Union
Pacific railroad, Mr. T. E. Sickles,
and has had a great deal to do for
the railroad at times in the inter
est of Jay Gould. He was also
interested in the Little Rock and
Fort Smith railroad, where Mr.
Blaine figured extensively in con
nection with certain bonds.
Pariah Democratio Convention.
The parish Convention met at
Colfax, on Saturday, the 12th
inst., for the purpose of nomina
ting candidates for Representa
tive, and the several pearish oficers
on the Democratio Conservative
ticket at the ensning election, pro
seeded to ballot, with the following
result :
For Bepresentative--E G. Ran
dolph.
For Parish Judge-A. V. Ragan.
For Sheri--Ohas. . Nugent
For Clerk of District Court
~enry C. Walker.
For Reeorder-W. H. Hodnett
For Ooroner-Dr. P. Goode.
For Police Jurors--let ward, J.
A. Daniels; 2d ward, Wm. Tyson;
8d ward, Mat. Swofford; 4th and
6th wards, Randolph Reeves; 6th
and 7th wards, Chas. W. Fittz.
For Magistrates-lst ward, A.
C. Lewis; 2d ward, J. Hadnot;
&l ward, L F. Corley; 4th ward,
F. M. Hamil; 5th ward, Randolph
Beeves; 6th ward, John L Chel
ette; 7th ward, Jules Lamaranux,
in the corporation of Montgomery;
George C. Purvis, outside corpor
ation.
Constables-ist ward, P. Laeour;
Sd ward, H. Bogguas; 8d ward,
AOglesby; 4th ward, S. Gray;
6th ward, John Reeves; 6th watrd,
Augustan Chelette; 7th ward, H.
M. Jets.
Letter of Aooeptanoe.
BANx PLAcE, Garr Pass, La.,
August 16, 187
Andrew Cruikshank, Esq., and others
of the Comliittee :
Gmsi.xEEN-Your communica
tion of the 14th inst., informing
me of my nomination by the Par
ish Conservative Democratic Con
vention for Representative to the
next Legislature, is received.
Could I have known that this honor
was intended to be conferred on
me, or were I to consider my pri
vate interests or inglination, I
would not willingly have consented
to become a candidate, and would
have much preferred that some
one more able and better known
had been selected. It is well
known that I am no politician,
partisan, or extremist in any sense
of the word, and certainly not an
office-seeker. But, gentlemen, be
lieving as I do, that in a crisis like
the present, that the p4opl have
the right to command the services
of any citizen, I feel that I ought
not to decline, and I therefore ao
cept the nomination; and, if elect
ed to represent the parish of Grant
in the next General Assembly. I
will do all within my power for the
welfare of the State and parish in
the interest of reform and econ
omy. I, am, gentlemen,
Very respecfiully,
Your obedient servant,
E. G. RaDnoLPL.
MoirroomER, LA., Aug. 15, '76.
Editor Csaomcrz :
The news, excepting the nomin
ations for Representative and par
ish officers by the Democratic
Nominating Convention, has play
ed out, and you probably have all
the news you wish regarding can
didates. Crop prospects are very
poor about here. The rains of the
past week; have destroyedsa large
amount of fodder, and I do not
suppose rain at this time can add
anything to the cotton orop. My
estimate for this region is, for
river lands, one-half an average
erop; for pine hill land, 1001be.
lint per aore. There are spots and
spaces better and worse than this,
sad a very late fall may s.d some
thing to thia~estimate. The other
bank of Red River has had half a
dozenmad dogs lately, and some
stock and other dogs were bitten.
Mr. Editor, agitate this dog ques
tion until we getrelief from the
powers that.govern.
Waer END.
Gov. Kellogg on the South.
He Believes the Republicans will Carry
North and South Carolina, Louisiana
and Florida--The Coadition of Mis
sissippi.
New York Tribune, 3d.]
Gov. Kellogg, of Louisiana, was
in the city yesterday, and, in con
versation with a Tribune Reporter,
he made the following reuaris in
reference to the poiitical condition
of the South :
The comparative indifference re
garding political matters which I
hear spoken of in the North seems
to extend over the country. Cer
tainly there is no enthusiasm in
the South. I might, indeed, say
that there is scarcely a general in
terest Southern Democrats do
not anticipate, I believe, a change
of government. They have an ex
aggerated opinion of the power
and influence of the execntive
branch of the government to con
trol an election, and they expect
tremendous exertions on the parut
of those now in power. The local
governments in the South are the
chief bones of contention, and the
interest centres chiefly there, for
it is in connection with local poli
tics that the Southern Democrate
expect to find their rewaid. And
let me say here that one who is not
familiar with Southern lile cannot
form the least idea of the supreme
greed for oece which reigns
throughout the South.
The negroes are as devoted
as ever to the Republican party.
It means to them as fully as ever
the continuation in power of their
friends and the perpetuation of
those principles on which in their
opinion their rights as citizens de
pend. If a Northerner, unfamiliar
with Southern politics, were to go
South he would hear a great deal
said about a division in the negro
vote. Louisiana Democrats would
tell him that they are going to
carry the State election with the
help of the colored voters. Now,
that is all buncomb; it is prepos
terous, and no one knows it better
than the very men who would in
sist most strongly upon its truth.
At the recent Democratic State
Convention in Baton Rouge the
managers nominated a ticket com
posed ef white men, without a
single colored man upon it; and,
furthermore, a majority of the
nominees, in importance if not
numerically, were ex-Confederate
officers. Now, is it probable that
such a ticket is going to be sup
ported by colored voters? There
are ten theauan4 j a ebred
than 'white voters in the State,
and they will carry the election
without the shadow of doubt. In
Missieeippi, if there were a fair
election the result would be the
same. But look at the State of
affairs in Mississippi Men are
robbed, maltreated and murdered;
they are dropping like leaves in
autumn, but very little is heard
about it. The executive Govern
ment is in the hands of the oppo
sition, and all complaints are
pigeon-holed. The Federal Gov
ernment can only interfere at the
request of the State Executive, and
he of course will not request inter
ference. I say the Republiean
ticket ought to succeed in Missis
sippi by the number of Republican
votes, but there is very Little chance
of its success. In most of the
other States there is, I think, a
strong feeling in favor of the Dem
ocratic ticket. It is not a personal
feeling toward the nominees, but
a support of the party which is
directly opposed to the party in
power.
In reply to the question what
States he thought might go Re
publican, Gov. Kellogg said: "I
have already mentioneg Loisians.
The Republicans ought to get
North Carolina, South Carolina
and Florida, and in my opinion
those States will give a Republican
majority. They ought by right to
have Mississippi, but that is
scarcely to be expected.
"Northern men,' added Gov.
Kellogg, "have a very inaccurate
conception of the actual condition
of the South, and it is not surpris
ing that they radically change
their opinions after spendidg even
a short time among us."
diabbed.
Our efficient sheriff,D. I. Paul,
returned on the steamer Bart Able
Monday, accompanied by two
prisoners hand-cuffed together.
Richaid Owens, one of the pris
oners, whom Mr. Paul captured in
Scott county, Miss., as under in
dictment in this parish for the
killing of Wm. Ba~cus, on the Tth
of June, 1875.
The prigoner, Elias Grinstead,
is also under indictment for kill
ing A. J. Tracy, in December, 1871.
Mr. Paul captured him in Law
rence county, Miss Requisitions
were readily granted in both cases.
Many of our citizens will remem
ber these two men, and how all
hope was given up of ever seeing
them again. But our sheriff got
wind of their whereabouts, and he
departed, firmly resolved to bring
them to justice, dead or alive. On
account of the desperate character
of his prisoners, Mr. Paul deserves
great credit for his asgacity and
nerve in bringing them back with
out a scratch. They were both
terrified when they found they
were caught, and begged Mr. Paul
to have the jail carefully guarded
lest a mob should drag them forth
and execute them without waiting
for trial. But they were assured
that Rapides is now a law-abiding
parish, and that they need fear no
violence.
Mr. Paul's idea of putting a
stop to murders, is to let no guilty
murderer escape. Let the des
peradoes know that they will be
tracked to the ends of the earth
and brought back to answer for
their crimes, and they will not
scatter their budlete about so reck
lessly. "Laws are safeguards only
when strictly enfored."-LRapidee
iazette.
The following is the New Youi
Sun's comment] on Gov. Tilden's
letter of acceptance :
Gov. Tilden's letter of accept
ance is the strongest, clearest,
ablest,' most statesmanlike, most
suggestive, and most Datisfactory
political document that has been
laid before the public within a long
period of time. It displays
breadth of mind, keenness df per
ception,;and fulnese of knowledge
in the discussionaof the great poli
tical questions of present public
interest. It is agreeable, in these
times, to peruse a paper of such a
character from a public man.
Hayes's small, narrow, and com
monplace letter waas a remarked
contrast to it in every respect.
Gov. Tilden's letter is as bold as
it is perspicuous. He shirks none
of the issues;of the day. He, in
dulges in no evasions, tricks of
lahguage, or prdtenees of any
kind. His friends will be strength
ened byjhestudy of it, and his
assailants will find in it no point
which they can shake.
Gov. Tilden accepts, strength
ens and illustrates the various im
portant articles of the St. Louis
platform on which he stands; and
to the,more important of them he
gives a force and definiteness
which are made all the more strik
ing by his elucidation of the ways
in which they can be practically
applied in the conduct of the Gov
ernment.
He first teuches upon the 'ques
tion of retrenchment and reform
in the administration, showing tle
evils of the extravagance and
wastefulness that have made ne
cessary the enormous taxation by
which the country is depressed,
and pointing to the struggle in the
House to reduce eopendituaes
under the menaces of the Senate
and the Executive. He would
deal practically with this matter
also, and proposes an amendment
to the Constitution by which the
evils of the existing system mag
be remedied.
He next adverts to the Southern,
question in words of wisdom and
sound bensc. tie would seek to
establish a cordial fraternity
among men of every race, now ani
ted in one dcestiny; and he prom
ises, as Chief Magistrate, to exer
cise the powers conferred by the
laws and Constitution, to protect
all citizens, whatever their former
condition, in every political and
personal right.
Then comes the chief feature of
his message-an elaborate discus
sion of the finagcial question in
its various aspects. It is not only
comprehensive and lucid, but bris
ties with practical suggestions for
the establishment of practicable
financial reforms. He holds that
resumption is not difficult, shows
the methods and means of resump
tion, indicates the time for re
sumption, and points out the pre
parations that ought to be made
for resumption. "The proper
time for resumption he says, "is
the time when wise preparations
shall have ripened into a perfect
ability to accomplish the object
with a certainty and ease that will
inspire confidence and enoonrage
the reviving of business. The
earliest time in which such a result
can be brought about is the best"
A vague idea of distress is often
associated with the process of re
sumption, but Gov. Tilden shows
by a few words that this is un
founded. The Government is the
sole delinquent, and has only to
make good its own promises, when
the banks can take care of them
selves without distressing anybody.
He does not think it a work of
difficnlty for the Government to
make the coin now in the Treasury
available for the objects of a re
serve, and to provide forsuch other
exceptional demands for coin as
may arise. The best resource, as
provisions for reserves and
redemption, is a reduction of
the expenses of the Govern
ment below its income; for that
imposes no j1 3 the
people. The and
the actual date a leg
islation are mat t hav
ing reference
conditions, and the do
main of practical admiistrative
statesmanship. The Wlasg of a
definite date forzesulption, with
out prepasations for it, is a sham;
and the Government is evidently
in perfect saccord with the re
port that was yesterday agreed to
by the House Coeamittee on Bank
ing and Currency in favor of the
repeal of the resumption day
clause in the act of 1876. No
practical progress toward utual
resumption has been made, but
there have rather been steps back
ward. Having gone over the
ground thoroughly, Mr. Tilden
closesgthe;subject by aying:
"There is no necromaney in the
operations of government. The
homely maxim of ear life
ire the best ctadiiPir con
duct. A debtor who should prom
ise to pay a loan out of surplus
income, yet be h seem every day
spending all he could lay his
hands on in riotous living, would
lse all character for honesty and
veracity. His offer of a new prom
ise, or his profession as to the
value of the old promise, would
alike provoke derision."
Mr. Tilden makes- some excel
lent observations on the means of
relief to existing business distress.
He desires that the subject shall
be practically dealt with. The
public mind will no longer accept
shams. It has suffered enough
from illusions.
The last theme of his message
is civil service reform, and he han
dles it like a man of business and
knowledge. He points out the
two great evils in the Government
service. One is the prevalent and
demoralizing notion that the pub
lic service exists not for the busi
ness and benefit of the whole peo
pie, but for the interest of the
officeholders. The other evil is
the organization of the offcial
class into a body of political mer
opuaries, gornnjg.l auss
and dictating the nominations of
their own party, and attempting
to earry the elections of the peo
ple by undue influence and by im
mense corruption funds systema
tically collected from the salaries
or fees of officeholders. Mr. Til
den indicates the steps that must
be taken to make reform in this
;ranch effective.
Before closing, he pronounces
in favor of the one-term principle
for the Presidency.
On the whole, and in every re
spect, Mr. Tilden's letter of accept
ance is. a document worthy of a
genuine reformer, and invigorating
to the cause of reform. It will
increase public respeet for his
statesmanship and public confi
dence in his purposes, and will
greatly strengthen his prospects
as the Beform Demeesatic candi
date for the Presideney.
-Call on Kraft, examine his
goods, learn his peaices, and you
will certainly invest.
State Eleation.
Montgomery, Ala, Aug. 8.-The
returns continue to show very
-arge ,Demor_.a-..--b 
sixty-five counties every one rill
give a Democratic uajority, exeopt
six or reven. The Demoorats will
have 27 of 33 Senators, and at
least 80 of 100 Bsepresentatives.
This seeures a Demoorati suoces
sor to Senator Golddthwaite, the
present incumbent The farther
information is received that order
and quiet prevailed everywhere.
Lenuisville, Aug. 6.-Democratic
gain reported nerly everywhere
in the State.
Transparent m~ble in the Mex
ican exhibit at the Centennial is
greatly admired.
A resolution to abolish corporal
punishment in ts public schools
has been preAnid to the Balti
more School Boald
Amendmenta to the Ooutie
I go.
An set to amend the Cosoitttk
the -tato of Lealisams.
Be it enacted by the Seaste-aa
of Representatives of the Stab
Leuisimna in General Aseem
vyend, two-thirds of the
each house agreeing thereto,
following amendments be p
entered upon the respective ar
the Senate and House of
tives, with the yeas and aysa
MtIeon, and the Secretary s
shall cause the same to be pu
three months belere the next
election for Representatives ta
General Assembly, in at least oae
paper in every parish in the tahe
which a newspaper shall be pu
and said proposed amendments sha
submitted to the people, at said
tion, in such manner and form that
people may vote for or against
amendment separately i. e.: irst
pose amendite, 'i Y t p'raval,
'Against approval," and in liem
as to the other; ad a, sari~
voters, at said election, shall
and ratify nch amendment or
menls, the same shall be app
numbered, and beeem a pert t
constitution, and be proclaimed as
by the Governor and Ssseary
1. The expendtamues of  -
of tine -trleJ n llr I ut
and miltage of "F r=+--=
of ofisrs and e~ ee, and
tingent expenses, not exeed
sum of one hundled and sevety
thousand dollars; and memberr of
General Assembly shall rameive
dollars a day daring their
and a mileage of twenty casti a
fot actual distance from the court
of their respective parishes to the
Capitol
2. The last sentenee in article
six of the osnstitetion, which rees
follows, to wit : "If any bill shall
be returned by the Governor
five days after it shall have ber
sented to him, it dull be a law ia
manner as if hehad signed it,
General Amssembly by adjounm t
vent its return, in whish. as the
bill shall be returned on the ifs
of the meeting of the Gersral
bly after the exciration of asia
days, or be a law, shall be
as to read as follows, to wit: "If
bill naull not be returned by the
eruor within five days, sot, imel
aundays,. after it shall have bee
rented to him, it shall be a law i
manner as if be h d it, u
General Assembly by ouramu
vent its return, in which case it
not be a law unles sigaedaad
gated within twenty days aier
adjournment."
3. The judicial powers
vented in wrish urts are
gated and wsithrawn. The
Lourts of the hat .outeide of the
ish of Orlesans, sall hag
riadiction in all .elill sm
amount exaeeds'one hared
exclusive of interest, and
jurisdiction over cases
tices of the peso wham the sum la
puts exoed IZ doluar, exclash
itere In trimalcass ther
diction shall be unalimited, aad
shall have flllrdietlosov
at probate ime s'-.
amid district judges shellreceive
ary of four t ousadd dollars sa
payable quarterly on his own
Jutices of the peaabasll have
diction in civil cases when, wi
ference to interest, the anset I
patedoea not esoeed one haadrO
lara ; with power to pronounec
mont for that amsnnt, and sal
eat, not to exaeed eight per o
annum, as may be preve, sa'
have, in additioa to the adminml -
diction now vtsd in them, all
criminal juri sdton as i now v
parish Clerks of the
courts shall a power to grae
of arrest, ,het s
provisional are and iai
receive ag probate wills; te
admuiatrt, executors,
tatster saler-tatoessa
whieh no oppaiten shall be
homelogatbue accounts, tablams
sehedas of debts when a
is made their judgmenats
prima faci oe ndese of co
L d├Żet e of
to gran eisure ad
exaeute and sha Il
such rm o as ber I
by tbhe Assemb. .
aryof x dollars
payable y, on his own
6 Neo or qalatea of
shall .be so or reestvd
Tresre udltor, Attorney
oror y n a
Lieete t Governor andlM
the
mA sopy- P.
h18, is mails puhl ia
with d 14 of the MSits
tonw h rovides_
tio ttion nmy he
the Be orlionse of Re
smad ii saehall thb
two-th d of the se
ed to ecoh boas, mash
be a on their D
State lcoauaethe metb
itshed three months eline As
shall published. AndL
at elor tio orA ag s w
epam tely. p.G
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