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RAGAN & NASH, Paorauroas. H. C0. G OO12WTN, Publisher. Saturday, Dec. 22, 1877. New York had her first snow storm for this winter on the night of the 13th inst. A large crowd witnessed the ex ecution of McClendon, the murder er, it Bastrop, on the 14th inst. In the House, on the 12th inst, Mr. Stephens, of Georgia, intro duced a bill repealing the iron clad oath. aMr. Patterson, Democrat, has been admitted as a member of the House from Colorado, by a vote of 116 yeas to 110 nays. The vote on seating Hon. J. B. Eustia in the U. S. Senate was 49 yeas to 3 nays. The low sneak thief, Kellogg, did not vote. The Zion (Colored) Methodist Conference in Georgia passed res olutions discouraging the Liberian emigration scheme. On the 13th inst., the Patrons of nusbandry held their second meet ing in New Orleans. A memorial was adopted, asking the Legisla ture to enact such laws as would foster the introduction of blooded stock in the State. The suggestion was made that the farmers of the State should hold an agricultural fair of the stock and products of our farms. A committee was ap pointed to take into consideration this subject. There is a general expression of satisfaction among the papers of the State that the New Orleans Democrat has been continued as the official organ. It was well mer ited, for, at a time when there was little certainty of its getting any remuneration for the work done, the Democrat accepted the situa tion and performed the labor, de pending solely upon the triumph of a cause it knew to be just for the pay the work entitled it to. Aecording to the N. O. City Item there is a regular jubilee at the State House, on account of the as tonishingly large tax collections throughout the State. The demand for State general fund warrants both for current and back years, in consequence, has very much in creased, and prices corresponding ly. At the Auditor's office, it is au thoritatively given out that the de linquent tax list will be unprece dentedly small. This is gratifying not only as an evidence of improv ing State credit, but of the increas ed ability of our people to meet the demands upon their purses. On the 12th inst, in the Senate, a great portion of the morning hour was again taken up in the preosentation of a petition for the appointment of a commission to in quire into the alcoholic liquor traf fic, and favoring a sixteenth amend nient to the constitution of the United States to secure female suf frage, and against any legislation concerning a revision of tariff du ties until after official inquiry as to the business industries of the coun try. They were all referred to ap propriate committees. In the commercial columns of the N. O. Democrat it is noted as an uunsual shipment that the towboat Sam Roberts, with three barges, left there last week for Cincinuati, haingasfreight for that point 500 barrels of rosin, 40 barrels of mo lasses, 25 hogsheads of sugar and 45 barrels of whisky. The remark able feature of this cargo consists of 1442 bales of cotton and 5u heogheds of tobacco! The cotton -nd tobacco will be taken to Ev "prile, Indiana, and reshipped them~e to New York. This is a mot stnaual and extraordinary *hipmea, sad for this reason men tion is made of it Christmas Grecting. We have now brought the CHRaoNcLE to the close of '77, haV ing been in charge about two months. A stranger in these parts, it was with some misgivings as to our ability to justly comment upon and champion the interests of Grant parish. But we feel greatly intersted in all that concerns the welf:-re of the State of our na tivity, and trusted t, that interest to identify us with 'the patrons of this paper. The very flatter:::g sup part we have received thus far en courages the hope th At the people of this section are satisfi::d with the endeavors we !:av ý · h , t to give them a paper in :\ic-h :hey could place implicit c.o:i!l ::., both as regards regulari ty,,f aP1i ea; nce and decision of ci.r'"t: ' :'. The CaRomsr.L is n1ow o:r ot the insti tutions of Grant, an.. is in the hands of parties f::!? idetitited with the parish in all that goes to make the bond sure-home, family and estate. [The fact that the family of our junior proprietor and that of the publisher only count two persons, all told, to the contra ry notwithstanding.J On Saturday, the 15th inst., we moved into our new office, and are now snugly fixed and ready for business. We made the move, and have succeeded in getting out the regular issue in due time, and shall endeavor to have our share of the holiday fun and give our readers the CHRO.ICLE at the appointed hour. Hoping that the close of the present year will put an end to the many vexations of our long-tried people, arid that the incoming one will be the harbinger of peace and plenty, we wish all a "merry Christ mas" and "many happy returns." That Message. By the press at large, in criticiz ing Hayes' message, it is pro nounced vague and unsatisfactory. A reader particularly interested in the Southern policy of the Presi dent, must have felt that he knew very little more upon the subject when he laid down the message than when he took it up.. The N. Y. Times says: "In speaking of civil service reform, we have been left still more in the dark. If the report of the Secretary of the Treasury is taken up there will be found a number of points on which fuller and more definite information is desirable. 'The coun try, for instance, would have been benefited by knowing the (letails of the contract with the syndicate; the reasons for the discrimination which exists against subscribers as pfirchasers of coupon bonds of the new issue in this country and in favor of foreigners; the considera tions which practically exclude the national banks , from the work of placing the new bonds and other matters which have puzzled(l a good many minds in the financial world. In directing attention to these facts, we have no desire to consider whether the President and the Secretary of the Treasury have done their full duty in the premises. We simply desire to point out, that if they have not, there is practically no remedy for the omission. It is true that, in regard to any specific subject, the House or Senate could require information so far as it seems pertinent to the subject un der discussion, but thl information will be in writing, an'l still lack fullness and clearniess, leaving a serious want in te* minds of the Leginlature." The subject of civil service re form and that of his Southern pol icy seem to be matters of most comment. All agree, in the main, that, in his message, Mr. Hayes has signally failed to pronounce as de cidedly upon these subjets as the country had been led to expect. ----- ---~~----- - If the conmiients of ihe N.y. Sun are just, it seetms ie Governor of Texas has been gulred into counte nancing the plans ~pf the Mexican war plotters. He has made a call for United States troops. In its comments on the candi dates for the State Senate from the Fourth District of New Orleans, the Democrat says: Amongst them are several gentlemen of capacity, with all the moral and political qualifications required for the im portant position. The public wel fare and the interest of the Demo cratic party require that one of these shall be Wminated and elec ted. The State Senate now stands nineteen Democrats to sixteen Rad icals. This shows a very small Dem ,cratic majority, and yet the con test between the rings, monopolies and old established evils in the State on the one hand and the peo ple on the other, in the coming session of the Legislature, bids fair to be fierce and bitter. It is there fore of the highest public import ance that the Senatorial convention shall nominate a man with no taint of ringism about him; a man who will fully and courageously repre sent the people on all measures that may arise. Such a man the State needs, and therefore the whole State is interested in this election. There is much talk of in dependent candidates, but if the Democratic convention makes a proper nomination there is little to apprehend from such a move ment. A Natchez newspaper, describing the changes in the course of the Mississippi river, says that St. Jo seph and Rodney have been left inland; Vicksburg is left on a lake; Delta wil. soon be washed away; a cut-off has been mad at Grand Gulf, and by another season Port iibson and Claiborne county will have no landing. On the 14th inst., in Congress, a bill was introduced to subsidize a steamship line to Brazil, which proposes that the Postmaster Geu eral may contract for the carrying of the mails from some port or ports in the United States to Rio de Janeiro, touching at St. Thom as, Barbadoes, Pernamubuco, Bahia and San Salvador, or other desig nated points on the east coast of South America. The fall of Plevna creates scarce ly an excitement either in London or at other European centres. The event was so long anticipated and so much a certainty that its conse quences on the situation were dis counted a month ago. The general conclusion is that the loss of Os man's army substantially ends the Turkish powers of resistance, and that peace is certain to follow with in a short time. In Wilmington, Delaware, two negroes named George Collins and Samuel Chambers, who were con victed of a criminal assault on a white woman, the wife of a tramp, were sentenced to be hanged on the 19th of March next, but after they had been sentenced it was dis .overed that the 19th would fall on Tuesday, and they were again brought into court and sentenced to die on the 22d, which falls on Friday-the traditional hanging lay. This is a curious conformity to custom, which has been broken n upon in other States. Hayes' Posideion. A Washington correspondent of the Cincinnati. Enquirer says: A leading Republican Senatoe, whose name I am cot at liberty to quote, says: "Within two weeks after Congress assembles following the holiday recess Hayes will either wake terms with the Republicans whe antagonize him or he will be forced to make his bed in the Dem ,cratic camp. We are done with trifling; we must either say to the Democrats, 'take this man, whom we repudiate in office as yours, or force us to abandon him, whom you said before he was inaugarated that he was a fraud, and whom you still believe to be one, but use him for the seifish purpose of gratifying your own desire for ofice. We re pudiate him. If you want him, take him, and be responsible for his acts.'" Now is the time to subscribe for the Co.rax CMLao.UCL. Only $2 a fear. The War Plet. [N. Y. Sun, 13th inst.] Although the papers on the Mex ican question, which Mr. Evarts prepared and culled and emascula ted in answer to the call of the House of Representatives, are in tended to give a false coloring to the scheme of the annexationists and speculators, it is impossible to conceal the devices, pretexts and fabrications that crop out all through the correspondence to ex cite prejudice against Mexico, and to prepare the hearts of our people for war. Every border riot, every example of Indian vagabondage, every rob bery of Texan rangers, and every bad act common to a loose frontier population, is charged to Mexican account, and held up as an outrage perpetrated on the sacred soil of the United Stater, to avenge which war must be declared, and the nor thern States of Mexico must be an nexed as indemnity for the past and security for the future. These sche mers are playing the old game over agoin which Tyler, Polk, Calhoun, Mason, and their associates intro duced thirty years ago. On the eve of the meeting of Congress the public mind was exci ted by inflammatory despatches from the Rio Grande and other points in Texas, alleging that a bo dy of Mexicans had crossed the river, entered the town of San Eli zario, seized and imprisoned the civil authorities, and threatened several of them with death; and that the lives of all the American citizens in the county were in ex treme danger. These reports were backed by telegrams from different officers of the army, and communi cated to the War and State De partments as information to guide their official action. After giving several specimen communications of the alleged tools of the jobbers and dealers in flesh and blood, the Sun then gives the following solution of the affair: For hundreds of years the people of that part of Texas,under the old and the new Government, were ac customed to regard the salt lakes as public property, from which they drew their supphes without moles ration of any kind. It was a tradi tional right. sdddeunly the property was secretly conveyed to a compa ny, of which Mr. Howard became the agent. He arrested two citizens "for merely signifying their inten tion of going to the lakes and get ting salt." They had committed no offence, and the people who sympa thized with them rose up to protest against the outrage of their impris onment, and the denial of their old privileges. This is the whole story in brief, and out of it the Military Ring constructed a M xican outrage of the first magnitude, with invasion of our territory, imprisonment of civil authorities,and threats against the lives of American citizens, de manding the sternest action at Washington,and of course a supply of more troops to punish Mexico, which had no more to do with the affair than the King of the Canni bal Islands. The cla or against our weak and struggling neighbor rests mainly upon uufounuded char ges, such as is now exposed, and is kept up in the interest of a selfish and corrupt combination of jobbers and adventurers. Hon. J. B. Eustie, we understand, will be in the city Monday next. The first Sedator in Congress Lou isiana has had in many years, it is suggested that a public reception be given him. The country should see that we honor our real repre sentatives as much as we detest those political adventurers who have been imposed upon us by the blind, unscrupulous and reckless partisan spirit of the Republican party. Mr. Eustis will be met by his people with great cordiality. Should Mr. Kellogg intend to spend the holidays among the people he assumes to represent, he will be treated with contumely on every hand, and learn how much more he is now despised than he was even when he was a usurping Governor, and how miserable and contempti ble a creature a senatorial fraud is compared with a Senator chosen by the representatives of the peo ple and honored and trusted by his State.- [N. O. Democrat It is the opinion of Southern ~pn pers, almost without an exception, that the negroes in the 'outh are dying almost at the rate of four to one as compared with the whites. The caases are uncleanliness, lack of proper food, clothing, shelter, and cooking, sensual excesses of all kinds, drunkenness, neglect of the sick, the preference of "oonjurors" to physicians, and absence of prop er precautions against contagious diseases. Turkey Notes. Bucafsmrr, Dec. 13.-According to official returns, the Russian los ses in the fighting preceding the surrender of I'levna was 10 officers and 182 men killed and 45 officers and 127 men wounded. The Turks lost 4000 killed and wounded,and the prisoners include 10 pashas, 128 staff officers, 2000 officers, 30,000 infantry and 1200 cavalry; 17 cannon were also cap tured. LosxDO, Dec. 14.-A dispatch from Belgrade announces officially that Servia has declared war against Turkey. The Bucharest correspondent of the London News telegraphs that a report is current there that the Russians have gained a great vic tory near Elena, taking 12,000 prisoners. BILORADI, Dec. 14.-A proclama tion of the Servian government has just been issued, announcing that the Servian army has been ordered to cross the Turkish frontier. Loxox, Dec. 14-A telegram from Athens announces that an in surrection has broken out in the province of Amyre, Crete. Turkish families and inhabitants of other provinces have sought refuge in the fortress. The Governor of Crete has sent troops to repress the insurrection. CowxrsarrTioPLz, Dec. 14.-M. Chsistico, Servia's agent, delivered to the Porte Servia's formal decla ration of war against Turkey, and started for Belgrade. Loason, Dec. 14.-The Berlin correspondent of the Times says: The Russians expect to cross the Balkans in force, after which they will be ready to open negotiations. If negotiations are successful, the result will be a communication to the signatory powers. LoDosx, Dec. 12.-Reoter's tele gram from Verbitza states that the Czar will start for St. Petersburg on Saturday. He has visited Os. man Pasha and returned to him his sword in recognition of his bravery. CorNmrATIOPLE, Dec. 13.-No ov ertures for mediation have yet been made to any of the foreign embassies here. Chakir Pasha,who was reported to replace Mehemet Ali, has resigned his command on account of ill-health. EbInvluao, Dec. 13.-The Scots man's London correspondent tele graphs as follows: From a most influential quarter the suggestion has been laid before the British Cabinet that Constantinople be made a free city under guarantee of European powers. Losnox, Dec. 11.-A Bucharest dispatch says: It is semi-officially announced that the capture of Plev na will not prevent hostilities from being continued, even though pre liminary negotiations for peace should be commenced. NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. WANTED 200 HEAD OF SHEEP. Apply right away to M. KRAFT, d22tf. Colfax, La. 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