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Saturday, October' ~, IT6.
The Mut Meeting and Barbecue.
Monday was certainly a big day
in Colfax. Since the pariah of
Grant was created, a gathering of
such magnitude never before as
sembled within its boundaries.
There were fully seven (hundred
whites and three hundred colored
present. The greatest enthusiasm
prevailed and the speakers received
great applause.
General Francis T. Nicholls was
the first to address the multitude.
We cannot say that the General if
a great orator; but his auditors
could perceive that the words
which emanated from his lips,
were direct from his heart, and
that they were full of truth. The
General is no politician-the can
dicacy for Governor being forced
upon him by the people's delegates
to the Baton Rouge Convention
and there is no doubt in our mind
S if General Nicholls is placed in
the Gubernatorial chair of Louis
iana, he will make the best Ex
ecutive that ever graced it.
CoL E. G. Randolph next intro
duced the Hon. L. A. Wiltz, can
didate for Lieutenant Governor.
This gentleman is a sound rea
soner, a good speaker, and in
a plain, straightforward manner
conveyed to the most ignorant of
his hearers the things he would
have them to understand. He
was cleered several times, and
the approving nods and laughter
of the colored portion of his aun
dianee showed the telling effect
his words had on them.
Col. John MeEnery was the
next spmker to take the stand, and
he mad, the most statesmanlike
speeh we have heard for many a
day. He reesived a great deal of
applaum sad sat down 'mid the
cheers of the multitude.
Mr. Ogden, candidate for Attor- 1
nea General, was the next speaker
introduced. This gentleman did
not make many preliminary mn
marks, but 8me right down to
hus subjects in a vivacious and
eloquent style. His illustrations t
were beatiful and his language a
lowery, and he delivered himself l
is suhob a plain and simple way, a
that, although some of his com
parisons were classical, and he n
soared aloft in eloquent oratory, e
the simplest colored man present
saw the the beauty and truth of t;
what he said. i
The next speaker was Judge 4
Spoford, of New Orlens. The s'
Judge went in pretty strong on U
the Kellogg usurpation; spoke at o0
some length upon our disturbance
in 1873; said that it was Kellogg ri
and Packard's work, and that, tc
they being backed by Federal hi
bayoneta, there was then no tri
bunal for the people of the State tl
to have recourse to. The Judge si
commenced his speech like a lead- hi
ing man on the stage in a drama. wi
Ho threw all his force into it, and w
done it well, but still there was an d<
undererrent or vein of huiuor in fil
him that Wanted to get vent, and S8
it aemed asif he would do better nc
in low comedy, and he done so: Bi
His aneodotes were good, and an
conveyed his ideas to his hearers ot)
in such a humorous manner that tel
the woods rang with the laughter fal
of his audience. no
CoL Randolph then introduced Bk
Judge Smith, of New Orleans. He tic
took the stand at a good time. coi
Standing so long, the people were the
growing tired; but under the wi'
sound of his voice their fatigue as
was seao gotten. We cannot
ay that bhe eare down from the ed
mblimo to the ridiculous; but we tar
ea y that be could pass from ne1
hib4owin , beautiful and pathe- eve
tie oatory to humorous nseedote, to
quiker than any other speaker bu
we ever heard. This minate his of
anidisaw ege assrly in tear, and the
the next they were convulsive wit]
laughter. Hi4 speech was rehshet
by white and black.
Major W. F. Blackman, of Alex
andria, was then called upon; bu
refused to make a speech. H,
said that those present had hearn
SH enough from the speakers wLi
already addre.sed them , and spoke
,e. in very strong term ns against imde
pendent voters.
ty Mr. Blackman was followed b,
Flowers and Ward, who reiterate,
what they said ir their New Oileam:
speeches. They were listened t<
with great attention by the colorer
There was plenty at the barbe
cue for all to eat, and to spare
and the day was agreeably spent
by all who participated.
A Rise that Did Not Work.
During the speaking on Monday
Is last, a sham quarrel was gotten up
by some Republican negroes,
headed by C. Hl. Thomas, the col
ored nominee on the Republican
ticket for Representative from this
parish. He made himself very
officious, and complained to the
speakers on the stand, and said
that they came by invitation, and
that the colored men present
could not stand a chance with the
whites. He then mounted his
horse and rode off, thinking that
all the colored men would follow
him; but in this he was mistaken,
as not one accompanied him.-
Seeing that his ruse did not work,
he came back after the lapse of a
r half hour, and behaved himself
afterwards. His aim was to get
the colored men away, so that they
would not hear the Democratic
speakers, and at the same time
r trumnp up political capital for the
Republicans. If Thomas got what
he deserved, the Sheriff ought to
have arrested and lodged him in
3 jail. Such nincompoops as him are
the cause of nearly all the riots
and bloodshed which has occurred
in this State.
The School Board.
" GaANT PARIn8, LA., Oct. 17, '76.
Editor CuaIAxctL :
I was in your town on Saturday,
the 14th inst., for the purpose of
meeting that august body, the
School Board ; but no.such body
did I meet. I suppose some of
them had bought a piece of land
and must go and see it; and others
bought a yoke of oxen and must.
go and try them; and some of
them went to New Orleans, not to
marry a wife, but to see their wife,
Now, let it suffice for me to say
this to the School Board : How
is it that they can take an oath to
discharge the duties belonging to
said office, and very seldom appear
t6 attend to the duties devolved
on them ?
Now, there is very little fun in
riding twenty-two miles to Colfax
to meet the School Board, and
have to conme back as you went.
The people want schools, and
they want them now. There are
six or seven husdred dollars on
hand, lying idle, mand the people
want the benefit of that fund, and
want it now. There are half a
dozen petitions for schools now on:
file, waiting the action of the
School Board. Some who have
not had aschool this year, to-wit: e
Big Creek Church school-house, I
and Bird's school-house, and
others, who now want the second a
term. Crops are gathered, the c
fall is dry and pleasant, and why
not give them schools ? As the -
Board has not met to give instruc- e
tions, I will proceed to let out al
contracts to all who may send up t,
their petitions by a teacher,
with the prerequisite qualifications, li
as the school law directs.
What has become of our esteem- ti
ad friend, John W. Odum, Secre- T
tary of the School Board We tt
aever get to see him, nor do we tl
3ver hear from him. It appears 84
;o me that it is the Secretary's j
>usiness to have the prbceedings n
f the School Board published in
he parish paper, so that the tax
rith payers may know what their pub
led lie belrvants are doing in the way
of education.
,x- The Police Jury meets in Colfax
but on the 28th inst. I would like to
He meet all the members of the
ard School Board at t!ht time. I hope
to lso that the Secretary will be ,n
)ke hand and have all his papers fixeit
de- up, so that we can have the pro
ceedings of the Board published
by and let the people know how
ted many school stations there are in
ins the parish, and where they are
to located, and how ,,any months
-ed have been taught at each station,
and many other things that would
be- 1e interesting to the citizens of
re; the parish. S. C. CCr.R,
ant President School Board.
, Oct. 11, 176t.
Editor C'1n oNI(c:Ll
ay I see my name usedl a a nomi
p1 nee for Constable of Ward 3, upon
es, the Republican or Radical ticket,
ol- at the Convention lately held at
an Colfax. My name has been used
us without my knowledge, and en
ry tirely without my consent; there
he fore, I do not want my name to
id appear on the ticket.
ad Yours, etc., J. F. paRLUY.
lie The State Elections.
at INmANAPOLIS, Oct. 13.-Complete
'W returns from eighty-three coun
n, ties, nearly all of which are official,
- gives a net Democratic n ajority of
k, 1Ui21. The remaining nine coun
a ties gave a Democratic majority in
!t 172 of 1 37.
et The counties to hear from are
! Benton, Clay, Crawford, Harrison,
ic Perry, Pike, Spencer, Sullivan and
e Switzerland. Complete official re
1e turns may swell the majority to
at 4000. The congressional delega
to tion stands as follows :
in Democratic-First District, Ful
re ler; Second District, Cobb; Third
ts District, Bicknell; Twelfth Dis
'd trict, Hamilton.
Republican--Fifth District,
Brown; Sixth, District, Robinson;
Seventh District, Hanna; Eighth
District, Hunter; Ninth District,
White; Tenth Distnct Colkins;
Y, Eleventh District, Evans; Thir.
It teenth District, B;,ker.
e From the most reliable returns
' received the Legislature will stand;
f Senate--Democrats 23, Republi
c cans 25, Independedents 1, doubtful
1. House-Democrats 43, Repub
t ieans 52, Independents 1, doubt
f ful l.
U It is impossible at present to
' give a correct estimrate of the in
dependent vote for Harrington; it
Y will probably reach 7000.
SCOLT NBrs, Oct. 12.-Returns in.
o dicate some doubt as to the elee
r tion of McMahon in the Fourth
l District; it will prubably take the
official count to decide.
Complete, authentic and nearly 1
oEfficial returns from all the coun- t
Sties of Ohio show total Republican
gains 93tn, total Democratic gains
1 950, net Republican gain 448.r.
Apparent Republican majority t
5992. ]
TOLmEo, O., Oct. 12.--This con- i
gressional detrict gives Cox, Re
publican, 1800 and Barnes 1400
I majority. I
CiCscilsaN r, Oct. 12--There ap.
pears tobe no doubt about the
election of Banning, in the Second c
District, by about 50 majority. d
Sayler, in the First District, has
about 60. majority. Republicans
concede their election.
CoLaruce, Oct. 12.-Republicans
claim and Democrats admit the
election of Barnes by about 6500 P
and Boynton by about 800,) majori
CoLumnrs, Oct. 12.-The Repub- B
lican State Committee to-night o0
revised their returns, and now es- C
timate Barnes's majority at 677.
The 52 counties reported on Boyn- @
ton, Supreme Judge, indicate that R
the majority on the balance of the le
State ticket, will reach 9000. The
Republicans gain five Congress-.
men. t
W~nrew , Oct 12.-Matthew's S1
Ib- majority will reach 10,000. The
ay Legislature will stand two-thirds
Democratic and one-third Republi.
ax can.
to -ýMý -
hi The Southern Belle Disaster.
pe Further Particulars,
0(t Capt. J. P. McElroy, master;
o Capt. J. C. Libano, chief clerk; Mr.
d Walter M1aers, assistant clerk;
rhos. Holt, second engineer;
"v Messrs. Hebert and Truxillo, pilots,
in with several of the deck crew of
re the Ill-fated Southern Belle ar
rived in the city this morning.
From Capt. McElroy, Libano and
, the barkeeper, Mr. Henry, whom
hi we interviewed, we obtained the
of following particulars :
The boat was -in or about, the
middle of the river under full head
way (time 1, 50 a. m. Tuesday 10th
inst.) when the engineer on watch
Sdiscovered tire amongst the cotton
in the engine-room aft. He im
mediately turned the hose upon it
Li- and gave the alarm of fire. Capt.
,n Llbano, who was on watch at the
time, immediately ordered the
porter to go to the texas and wake
Ft every one up, whilst he proceeded
'd through the main cabin to arouse
- the passengers who, some forty or
e fifty in number, were all wrapt in
sleep. So rapidly did the flames
spread that ere he could return to
the office the whole forward por
tion of the boat was on fire which
rendered it impossible to save eith
er his books, papers, money or
valuables. Most of the money and
all of the valuables were locked up
`e in the iron safe and consequently
will be saved.
Capt. McElroy had just gone off
watch, and after making every
f possible effort to save the lives of
- those on board, barely escaped
with his own life. He made the
descent from the hurricane to the
main deck by means of the falls
used in hoisting the stage; the first
1, engineer, Mr. Thos. Roberts at the
d same time jumped from the hurri
cane roof to the lower deck, and
was seriously injured in the back
and right ankle. The report that
his back was broken is, we are
pleased to be able to state, untrue;
he is, however, very badly bruised.
d The second engineer, Mr. I hoe,
Holt, who was on watch at the I
time, stood nobly to his post, and 1
did not quit the engines until the t
boat struck the shore; he was pret- I
ty well scorched, but not severely
injured. Mr. Hebert the pilot,
stuck heroically to his post, and
left it only when he was satisfied
that his services were of no further
" use; fortunately be escaped from 1
the flames unharmed.
Mr. 'Vm. Henry, the barkeeper,
made a narrow escape; he was
asleep when the fire broke out and
barely escaped with his life, losing
1 everything else that he possessed.
He informed us that as he ran
down the forward steps, two gen
tlemen who came on board at Port
Hudson were behind 'him a short t
distance; findihg the steps giving
away, and fire on all sides of him,
he made a leap for life, and landed
safely on the forecastle; what be
came of the parties behind him he
does not know, but supposes that
they fell into the flames and perish
The Katie landed near the wreck
whilst it was still burning, and ab
number of those who were on the
Belle returned by her to their
homes. In consequence, at this
time, it is impossible to say who
.mongst the number reported c
missing are really lost.
Miss Fanny O'Connor-this lady f
Swas reported by our morning con
tempories as having been lost-is,
we are happy to state, safe at her
home in Baton RIdhge, having es
caped, as also did all the other lady
passengers. For this information
we are indebted to Mr. Alex. Ben
jamin of this city.
The lollowing are known posi
tively to have lost their lives. Geo.
Thomas, (colored) stewart; three
cabin boys and five or six of the 6
deck crew, names unknown. I d
Wmin. Von Phul, of West Baton
Rouge; A. C. Griffiths and J. J.
Ligon, of Port Hudson, and a
y>ung man, 19 years of age, named
Droze of Baton Rouge. U
It is possible that some of these se
parties may have taken passage on to
the Katie or have gone home by M
The officers of the Southern ti
Belle speak in the highest terms th
of the hospitality displayed by the an
citizens of Plaquemine in minister- th
ing to their wants. Nothing that wi
could be done,te make them com
fortable was left undone. Mr. na
Roberte, the first engineer, wasg
left at Plaquemine to receive medi- isl
-_ attention.
The Southern Belle had on tol
board nearly 800 bales cotton, be- sh
tween 150)0 and 2000 sacks cotton oh
seed, and a large lot of sundries, to
She had between forty and fifty IS
ie cabin and a few- deck passengers.
Is Capt. McElroy will in a few days
place a boat in the trade to repre
sent the lost one.
The Carrie A. Thorn left this
morning for the wreck, for the pur
pose of saving all that could be
saved. The boat burned to the
water's edge and sank in near the
bank. Her safe, engines, boilerN,
r; etc., will, no doubt be recovered
r. in time.
r; As the books and papers were
r; destroyed, it is impossible to give
s, a list of the consignees of Lel
)f cargo.-N. 0. Denmorgit.
d Jail Delivery at Coushatta,
,e The following is from the Cou
shatta Citizen of October 7 :
e Some time during last Wednes
day night a party of unknown
h men visited the parish jail in this
place and set at liberty all the
a criminals confined therein. One
of the prisoLers, who conveftsed
with parties after getting out, says
the men who set them free were
white men, ten or twelve in num
e ber, and well armed. They first
e tried to force open the front door
of the jail, but finding it too much
e for them, they got a ladder and
r effected an entrance by a window
° in the second story of the building.
Some of the prisoners were under
sentence and were shackled and
chained; the chains and shackles
were filed lose, and after being set
free the whole crowd left town in
the direction of Springville, and
have not since been heard of, with I
the exception of one negro, who is
up the river patiently waiting for
the sheriff to come fr him. The
belief is general that the men who
entered the jail are the friends of
the man Strother, charged with an I
attemp upon the life of Mr. T.
Wester, district clerk, but how
I true the supposition may be, we
are unable to say. We have not
heard whether or not the sheriff"
will try to capture the pri:soners
and arrest the men who liberated t
them, but presume not, as the at
temp would likely prove a waste g
of tiute. No blame or suspicion is a
attached to the officer in charge of
the jail, Mr. Champion, who knew
nothing of what had transpired the .
night previous until he went to i,
feed them on Thursday morning, r
and found them gone. * Four of
the fleeing birds are negroes, and
the other a white man. '
The New State Engineer.
The New Orleans Republican
has the following to say of Gen. a
Jeff. Thompson's successaor :
The appointment of Col. A. F. di
Wrotnowski to succeed Gen. M. t
Jeff Thompson as chief State en
gineer, will be peculiarly gratifying ni
to all who know what the office '
requires and the . qualifications of
the appointee. di
CoL Wrotnowski is the son of yr
the late lion. Salathiel Wrotnow- P
ski, at one time Secretary of State LI
of Louisiana. During the war he
was a volunteer lieutenant colonel re
of the Federal army, and detailed as a'
an officer of engineers. A broth- to
er of his was killed at Port Hanl- n,
son while serving oin the staff of H(
Major General Weitzel.
In theory and practice of all r
branches of engineering and sur
veying, civil and militarv. Colonel to
Wrotnowaki is thoroughlby educa
ted, and he has had more practi
cal experience than falls to the lot
of most of his profession. In ad- er
dition to this he is exceptionally j':
familiar with the duties of his
present office, because of his long j
connection with it. Learned in or
his profession, he is exceedingly
modest in presenting his opinions, 8'
though positive in maintaining Li
them. A gentlemen by birth and
eduneation, a lover of his profession
for the sake of it, conscientious
and indefatigable, he will do honor
to an appointment which, un
sought, is only a promotion for o
distinguished merit.
John D. Lee Sentenced, tb
S.iLT LAKE, Oct. lO.--Xt Beaver, an
Utah, to-day Judge Boreman pas
sed sentence upon John D. Lee am
for participation in the Mountain be
Meadow massacre, nineteen years ui
ago. In doing so he called atten
tion to the atrocity of the crime, js
the inability heretofore of the ge
authorities to procure evidence; tat
that the conspiracy to murder was,
widespread; that Lee was offered a
up as a sacrifice to popular indig- st
nation, but the others equally tio
guilty might hereafter expect pun- at,
ishment The prisoner having the
right, under the laws of the Terri- thi
tory, to choose death by hanging, am
shooting or beheading, and having ti
chosea to be shot, was sentenee. y
to be shot to death January 26, sep
18". 7
Ae- mendments to the Con
1 An act to amend the Comntit
ir- the state of Loauiiajau.
be Be it ena:cted by the .velteanad
be of Ri epreseutat ives of the b
!e Louisitna in General Arsembhl
vcnll(e, two-t hlirdl of the mea
' each Ilouse :greeing thereto,
(i tidlonlig alilt lldullets be pro
entered upon the respective j
re the S~eiate and lHouse of k
tives. with the yeas and Uay_
I thereon, and the Secretary a
el shall cause the alllne to be
three months bet'orli the next
election for Rel'e senutatiswle
General Assembly, il at le-ut
paiper in every parishn in the
lwhich a liewspaper shall be
and said proplosed aend
l- subluitted to the people, at
tionl, in such manner and fora
people may vote for or
s- anmendmelt separately, i. e.:
n posed anieudument, For a
is "Against approval," and in
as to the others; and a
te voters, at said election, shall'
te and ratify such aItendmnent or
, lnients, the wame shall be p
numbirtler and become a
constitution, and be proclaiau -
by the Governor and 8eeretar~
1- 1. TIe, expenditures of -
t of the Geineral Assembly feet
land mileage of nembers, for
of otlicers and eingloyee, and
tingent expenises, shall not e
tl sult of one Ihundred and se
n thousalnd dollars ; and nembe
Generali Assembly shall
dollars a day during their
r and a tmileage of t enty cea
t fot actual distanerc from the co
q of their respective parishes to
2. The last 5sentenlce in article
six of the constitutiou, whirl
follows, to w it : "If any bill
be retuIried by the Governor
fiti days after it shall hasve bme
sented to himn, it shall he a law
Inanier as if he had signed it,
E uGeneral Assuebly b3y tlJournl
) vent its returnt, in which ca.le
bill shall he returned on the
ef" the nlleeting of the (Gnelrl
hbly ate-r the expiration of
days, of hle t law, .shall be
as to re:l as tollows,. to wit:.
bill siaJil nto be returned. ly,
el'tu"r withint rise (iays, not
hunyl.tvs. aI'ler it ,shall have
Sselntd to himn, it shall be a law
manner as itf he haid signed it,
General Assembly by aaljourn
vent its return, in which cuss
not bt. u law linluss signledi
gatsut within twenty days
3. The judicial powters
vested in parish courts are
gatedl and withdrawn. The.
l ourts ct the state, oltsaide of
i.ht of O rleans, shall haqe'
tiicticion in all civil eau .
aillounlt e ttcls iete hunired"i
eIxclusive of interest, afU
juriasdiction over eases d
tlres iof the peace when thu1 se
pute exceeds If:ty dollar's,'
iinterest. In criminal cases
diction shall be unlimited,
shall lhavie full jurisdiet"Ie
of plrobalite anld succesaieti,
said ilistriet' judges shall
ary of four thulsaid doll
pa ablie equ.uintcrl on his oua
Jusaticts of the ,peace nall
diction inl ivil cases when,
ference to inlterest, the
plilte dots inot exceted one h
tals; with power t" pree
IlenIt for that amount, and
eat, not to exceed eight
annuuu , as may be proved,
have, in addition to the to
diction iow vested in thea,'
crimtuinal j rileiction as is sa .
parish courts. Clerks of
coulirts shall have pi:wer to
of arrest, at tarlutilienit,
piriovisiuenal stiilre and iij
receive au:l prolbate wilhi;
ulsininist rators, (executtreI
tutors andl unider-tultors i
which no opposition shall be
hmllloetgnat.e acLoteuta,
scheduiles of debts when as
is imalde thereto, their jud
prima facio evidence of es
grant orders directing sale eo
Iwtloulging to successions or
to granIt orders oL eeizure sea4
exceutlory pirocess, and
slch fiees thierelier lra way -i
iby tite iGeieral Aeutembly.
4. The Giovernor shall
ary of six thouanaud dollar i (
pay able quairterly, on his ow*l
5.. No tees or lperqliiltet
shall be allowed to or reeoi
Treasurer, Auditor, Attorne
or by district attorneys.
2bigned) E. D. EST
Swyker of the tHouse of Rep
(Sigiiee) . t. A%
Lieutenuant Gioveruor and P
the $mltate.
A true copy- P. O. D -
The foregoing was r
ofice of the secretary of' ~
lI7ti, atld is made public la
with article 147 of the blAe
tion, which provides: i
An amrendlent or
this constitutiton may be
the 1Senate or House of Re
and if the same shall be
two-thirds of the
ed to eaceh houee,
atimenudment or amdn
be eateied on their
uals, with the yse
taken thereon; and the
State shall cuase the amae
lishled, three months before
general election r o
tatives to the General
every parish in which a
shall be published. And sialc U
a•mendnenit or amendmenats
silblnitted to the people at
tion; and if a majority of th
at said election shall approve
fy such amendtmentlenslt .
Inents the same sball beeome 4
this countitution. If oolS
amendment shall be ab
time, they shell be aubinittli
manner and form that the
vote for or apiset pDac
separatoly. P.O. D
;*n Secrestryd ad

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