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THE COLFAX CHRONICLE.
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VOL. XJ. COLFAX, GRANT PARISH, LA., SATURDAY, MAY 28, 1887. INO. 28.
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THE GOLFAX CHRONICLE,
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Colfax, Grant Parish, La.,
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Address: CirtomNc.x, Colfax, Ia.
B. M. HULSE,
Attorney and Counsellor at Law,
Will practice in the courts of Grant and
adjoining parishes and in the Supreme
courtof the State. Office at the court
eorg_ Wear, W.C.Roberts
.Brian, Alexandria. W.Colfax. bes.
WEAR, BRIAN & ROBERTS,
Attorneys and Couaellors at Law.
Will practice in the Courts of Grant
Pariih and Supreme Court of the State.
Office adjoining LeSatgu's drug store.
DR. ALLEN PATRICK,
PHYSICIAN and SURCEON,
Oflfee at LeSage's Drug Store. of
JNO. C. WICKLIFFE,
I)laerICT ArTrotN EY,
Attorney and Counsellor at Law,
Office at Court House.
Will practice in the Courts of Grant
and adloining lparishes and the Suplipeme
Court of Louisiana. ap3h'
JAMES B. TUCKER,
ATTOR'.O.EY' AT LAW
And Notary Public,
Will practice in the )istrict Courts of
Grant, Winu and Natehi.clhes parishes
and in the aupreame Court of the St:at,.
Offic at Court Hlouse. :l.-ly
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of all Ses.
W-ita fcr (rclular and tsa as what you want
II. 1 TAY::" 1 SO VS, Drawrý IJO3,
F )maire. N. V.
Or oucr New York OMlca.
aste. a ApretA. uHIL. (Laas & tco.. )baton, MaN.
Onr patanted Ver'tal iuller will not p, uue.
dana.r of teming wees.
The ZD, RTEG "r" i sMid with the
guata d o balg the NUBT
tht ean be Alu .
ELDSEE MAMFACTURIN C0.
-. ... -. WA5IAS AVI,
TO THE PEOPLE
Of Rapides, Grant and Neigh.
The Stock of Goods of the undersigned
is now complete in ever) particular, and
he is otlffering same at
Extraordiunary Law Prices.
In addition to his Immense Stock of
SEASONABLE DRY GOODS,
FacY NOTIONS, MEDICINES,
BOOTS AND SHOES,
u He has a large and well-selected Stock of
Men's, Youths' and Boys'
D Clothing & Furnishing
r Direct from the Manufactories
in New York.
His spacious Rooms on the Second Floor
are tfilled with
bought at the Factories in the West by
the Car Load, which is well suited to the
trade, and will be sold at extremely low
fPHighest market price paid for Cot
ton. Hides and Beeswax.
Prices low, quality as represeited, and
NEW GOODS AND
t JUST RECEIVED
6. W. BOLTON,
A Large Stock of GENERAL MER
CHANDISE baving leen bought in the
Leading Markets of the Country where
ever the cheapest purchase could be made,
and will be sold at prices to suit the times.
A well assorted stock of
FOR MEN, YOUTHS AND BOYS.
Furniture at very Low Prices !
PADGETT'S CELEBRATED TEXAS
My Stock will be found complete and
at prices as low as any, and many articles
cheaper than can be had elsewhere.
Ilaties, sorsteh, coaesetd
labag,, Sprsa MasIlse
3heumatism, Strala, brpti
lurm, saftshss, aset ai
Usalds, otildjUaoi , wsw
Utiags Backaas, Worms,
ites, ,Galt wine,
Bralsss sors, ksddle BsL
aleas i awla W eiles.
THIS COOD OLD STAND-BY
ork. Onset ther ossobs le the groass peeuslest
appabullk. oryber iassoassndea a odlatas.
The Luambeurmaanssads it Ia mat sealdoa
The hoasewife meds ti fr gamimalby m
The Carnalr asb It ifobs trseemd his as.
The llechale asd It always a his work
JThe lIsoew esedt--eat.s5alsuwa.
sed his esok yrar
the seaemboas mago oshe deeossmaa muso
lil IIera Pl slasatsnd ashr
The her-batesr seb It-it is his b
thOasm t dollars and a worMd of Weas.
The Railroad Ima aods It 4a will md Is i
mtgs h It iO iia rouad · t eaoid sands pss
5The iekwedma ssstl TLeme bsa.
h tike i aa a ntaidote for the dang he1$
ihmb ad ooamfot whUob senond h plaemr.
The Merehat needs Itabout lbtdramo
thissemoe the masseur jantsns aswsates Mess..
tKebepa USe. she nueese. " thd s, at
eep a weal. Al,.jela she sable top
see whes weased.
In reporting to the Picayuine
I about his trip to the place where
gold is found in Grant parish,
Assayer Lynch conveyed three
wrong impressions to the reporter.
First, as to location--saying the
place where the gold was found is
between Colfax and Boyce, whereas
it is due east of Colfax, and not
between these two points.
Second, as to the value of the
f find--saying that although gold
was found, the quantity was small
and would not pay-IF THE ANALY
81S NEXT WEEK DOES NOT DISCLOSE
THAT THERE IS MORE GOLD CON
TAINED IN THE SAMPLES THAN CAN
BE EXTRACTED BY WASHING. When
Mr. Lynch must know positively
that there is MORE GOLD IN THE
SAMPLES THAN CAN BE WASHED OUT,
having already made the test and
found that the fire reveals the
presence of an extraordinary quan
tity of gold.
Third, as to the genuiness of the
find-Mr. Lynch says he is of the
opinion that the samples sent him
first may have been extracted from
a "pocket," and were therefore
richer in ore than any other spot
in the vicinity. As to the samples
being found in a "pocket" or extra
rich spot of deposit, Mr. Cameron
says they came from two elevated
spots fully forty feet apart, and if
it is a pocket it is extra large.
The first sample sent to Messrs.
Claussen & Lynch for assay was a
residue from about a half bushel
of earth washed out by Mr. Came
ron. This sample, under the fire,
ran at the wonderful rate of six
TEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS PER TON !
The result was so astonishing that
Messrs. C. & L. were really non
plussed, and declined to report on
the assay, but simply made a gold
band of the material and presented
it to Mr. Cameron, who has it now,
and proposes to treasure it as a
keepsake. At their request Mr. C.
then sent the assayers a sample of
unwashed sand and one of un
washed clay. An analysis of the
sand proved it to be rich at the
rate of $200 per ton, while the clay
only yielded $2 per ton.
Mr. Cameron has a party at work
getting out the boards for a camp,
and expects to commence sinking
a shaft in a few days. He says he
is satisfied that he can wash out a
ton of the $16,600 material, such as.
he first sent off for assay, in less
than thirty days. He proposes to
reveal to the world what is in that
"pocket" by scooping it out and
having it melted into golden eagles.
A large number of samples have
been sent off for assay during the
past week by various persons.
Among them Mrs. Lane sent spe
cimens from the hill close to the
Darro bridge, where there still re
main indications of mining done
by the Spaniards years ago. This
hill is about a mile north of Mr.
C.'s Indian hill, and has the same
indications for gold. Those who
have examined the dirt of both of
these hills say it is exactly the
same, while some claim that Mrs.
L's hill is the richest. On Thurse
day Mrs. Lane received a telegram
stating that the assay of her sam
ples was favorable. Yesterday she
received word that the run was at
the rate of $16 in gold and 7j
ounces in silver. The sample as
sayed was red sand, taken from
the side of the bluff at the bridge,
about ten feet from the top surface,
and is claimed to be the poorest of
the three samples sent. We await
a report from the other two sam
ples, which will be received to-day,
confident that they will prove
more valuable than the one already
Anxiety is easier to bar than
How is it that none of the para
graphers have arisen to remark
that New Orleans has Nott * a
Mrs. Mary Gibson, wife of Hon.
R. L. Gibson, United States Sen
ator from Louisiana, died in Wash
ington City, on Tuesday, 17th inst.
Of the 73 secular newspapers
published in Louisiana 30 are for
Nicholls, 18 for McEnery, 6 for
Moncure, 1 for Williams, 1 for
Garland, and 17 non-committal.
Judge Blackman, Mr. S. Cullen
and Mr. S. M. Brian invested in a
100 acre piece of land in Grant par
ish, near that "gold mine." As Mul
berry Sellers would say, "There's
millions in it."-Alex. Dem.
Associate Justice William B.
Woods, of the Supreme court of
the United States, died at his resi
dence in Washington at twenty
minutes past twelve o'clock Satur
day, 14th inst., aged 63 years.
Specimens for assay of ores, dirt,
etc., were sent off from Colfax to
New York, New Orleans, Georgia,
and other points during the past
week, so that in a few days we will
have the opinions of a number of
experts as to the quality and quan
tity of gold in Grant parish.
Mr. Geo. Osmond, editor of the
Plaquemines Protector, while act
ing as one of the sheriffs posse in
an endeavor to capture a maniac,
was fatally shot by the crazy man,
Monday 16th, and died Tuesday
from the effects of his wounds.
Sheriff Thibaut, then in turn, shot
and killed the insane murderer.
Mr. Osmond was an able editor,
and the Protector under his charge
was recognized as one of the best
country papers in the State.
The New Orleans newspapers
appear to labor under a prejudice
similar to that of the Jews during
the time of Christ, when they be
lieved of a verity that nothing
good could come out of Nazareth.
So our city confreres are loath to
believe that anything good can
come from Colfax. They locate
our gold mines near Boyce, or any
other point away from Colfax, and
repeat the error of location with a
persistence that is simply marvel
ous. Stick to Colfax all the time,
brother scribblers, and you will
always be within two or three
miles of gold.
Leprosy in Louisiana.
For the last two or three years
the rumor has been current that
leprosy existed in the parish of St.
Martin. Acting upon information
received and a request from the
citizens of St. Martinsville, the
State board of health lately ap
pointed a commission to investi
gate the matter. This cdmmission,
which was composed of fifteen
eminent physicians,submitted their
report on the 2d inst. A synopsis
of their finding is given below:
We found all classes of citizens
anxious that an unsparing examination
should be made, and that neither leni
ency nor favors might be shown, but
the whole truth be established and
made known regardless of every other
consideration. Preparation had been
made by the local physicians with the
views of facilitating the work of your
'The task was of a laborious and ex
acting kind; keeping the entire body
of medical examiners-fifteen in nam
eIr--continually engaged to the end;
not so much in the examination of
those persons who were dlseaeed, as it
was in the critical inspection of tihe
very large number accuased but found
to Ie Iperfectly healthy. In the Ieal
ronfereuce the entire field of evidence
was carefully traversed; and the sub
stance of this report, as herein given,
was unanioionel agreed upon.
We found three casesofannistakable
leproey, and thnee showing symptoms
snspicooas of that disease. Beedes
these, there were reported to us two
'ases of native citiaeus, d.rlaaed to
have leprosy. (One of tlsem-- whlke
meale adult-a blood relative of ive of
the above mentioned cases, sad now a
patient in a private institutiom tI New
Orlesawns; the other a light mulhtto
youth, Is in the Charity Hfespkt. ni
eluding one extremely doubtful, we
found six cases, all of whom were fe
males; four adults, two children, five
white and close bhlod relatives, with a
history strongly pointing to hereditary
transmission of leprosy. Of these
five white persons, two are married
sisters living vis-a- iris on a street in
the oatakirt of town. These two have
the disease unquestionably, and so has
the 10-year-old daughter of one of
them. The 6-year-old sister of this
child has symptoms suggestive of the
leprous taint. The other married sis
ter above mentioned has several chil
dren, none of whom show signs of dis
ease. The husbands of these ladies
are in perfect health. A near blood
relative, a lady past middle life, has
signs reasonably suspicious of the dis
ease, but by no means certain. Her
case constitutes the fifth white person.
These people have been in constant
and familiar association with the gen
eral community during the whole of
their lives, and notwithstanding the
fact that we have a history of the dis
ease associated with this particular
family, how true or otherwise we are
unable to say, but at any rate extend
ing back some seventy years, yet at
the present time here are only six cases,
including even the most doubtful, al
though the opportunity to spread has
been all this time unlimited.
No sueach history of a disease can
possibly agree with any accepted idea
of contagiousness as understood by
the medical protession. Your commis
sion, therefore, has failed to discover
any excuse or ground whatever for the
sudden outbreak at this moment of the
wild, utterly false and probably mali
cious rumors which have magnified the
cases of a few unfortunate children of
an inheritance, into a mighty epidemic
of several hundred cases of leprosy, and
the disease still spreading.
If leprosy has kindled such a panic
on the score oft its contagiousness, upon
the same ground tubercular consump
tion and syphilis should fill the world
with terror ungovernable; for the dan
gers in favor of the latter diseases over
the former are as ten millions to a single
Your commission unhesitatingly de
clares that Southern Louisiana, includ
ing the parish of St. Martin, is as sate
a region for human habitation, cer
tainly in so far as the disease leprosy
is concearned, as any in the United
States or in the world.
We would not be understood as de
claring that no such case can occur as
the transmission of leprosy by contact;
but we are of the opinion if such does
ever occur, the case is exceedingly
rare, and is even then really a case of
inoculation. The disease is preventa
ble, and should be eradicated from
among the American people. There is
no cure of the individual; but the dis
ease should be limited to that one person
by isolation in an asylum or hospital
for leprosy only. Such an institution
could be established and maintained
by the State or national government at
a very moderate cost.
In arriving at a complete history of
leprosy in St. Martinsville it is neces
sary to go back a period of seventy
years. at which time the first case
known to the inhabitants was said to
have occurred in a family who came
from Nova Scotia. In this family two
cases of leprosy occurred ending in
death in a brief time. There has not
been in St. Martinsville any lineal de
scendant of this family and no appear
ance of the disease in the town u~til
thirty years after, that is to say about
forty years ago a brother; and sister
came from Nova Scotia and settledlin St.
Martineville, the disease appearing in
the sister shortly after her arrival and
making very rapid progress soon caus
ed her death. The brother, some years
afterwards, developed the disease and
died in i86e. Both these people being
unmarried left no descendants.
The next case to occur was in the
person of ayonug man, a native of New
Jersey, but a resident of Martinique for
some years. He arrived in St. Martins
ville in 1853, and first showed symp
toms of leprosy in 1857; got progress
ively worse and died iu 18367. He had
a brother, who is still living i St.
Martineville, is married and has a fan
ily. They are all healthy.
The next case to oceur waq in the
person of a man, a native of St. Mar
tinarille, whoe mother was a native of
San Domingo. This is of all theim most
interesting ease to us, because the
present eases being all lineal deecnd
ants of this man's mother, the heredi
tary taint is clearly manifested. It is
said that be presented well marked
symptoms of leprosy and died in Octo
The friends of the State administra
tion would fight any other candidate
that the people might present as bit
terly as they do Nicholls, if that can
didate had the same chances of sucesse
that Nicholls has. They fought Ogden
bitterly. They want a harmony which
leaves the ofices in their hands, and
beyond this they do not care a thrip
for harmney.-Homer Journal.
Contentment is a good thing
until it reaches the point where it
site in the shade and lets the weeds
The best way to keep et
in memory is to refrest~h ~A ith
leisure is a very pleeasant gar..
ment, but a bad one for eonstant
Progress of Revemue Reform.
It is signifieant that the moneyed
men of the country, the bankers,
bondholders and capitalists, are
beginning to concern themselves
very anxiously as to the reduction
of the surplus. When the great
struggle for the abolition of ex
cessive taxation first began, it was
antagonized almost without excep
tion by the real financial corpora
tions and magnates.. The conduct
of that gallant and patriotic fight
was relegated to a few devoted en
thusiasts in Congress, to whom
their opponents contemptuously
referred to as free traders, fanat
ics, etc., etc.
But the movement assumed defl
nite form. It gathered strength
and gaified accessions.aiYear after
year, although thwarted at the
preceding session by a combination
of the Republicans with the Randall
Democrats, these undaunted men
returned to the charge, stronger,
more confident and more resolute
after each encounter, and steadily
drawing nearer to victory. In 1884
the party leaders ceased to deny or
belittle the danger involved m a
perpetuation of oppressive and un
necessary taxes, and in fact pro
claimed the purpose of the Dem
ocracy to avert that danger by
summary and radical expedients
This declaration entered intq the
platform of that year. It consti
tuted a part, and a large part,of
the pledge upon the faith of which
the country voted the Democratic
party into power, and it still re
mains a sacred compact between
that party and the people-a com
pact thus far unfulfilled.
Now, however, the gravity of the
question is receiving wider and
more serious recognition. The
accumulation of a surplus in the
treasury is no longer one of those
distant evils visible only to the
inspired ken of seers; it is present,
it is imminent, and its forbidding
shadow falls upon and chills such
tremendous interests as to quicken
the pulse of every intelligent ob
server. Since the adjournment of
the last Congress, in both sessions
of which the handful of Demo
cratic renegades led by Mr. Randall
helped the Beublicans to discredit
ther party before the country,
thoughtful men in every walk of
life have began to realise that a
crisis of mysterious import and
incalculable outcome is involved in
the continued withdrawal from cir
culation of vast sums wrung from
the people by needless taxation
and hoarded in the treasury in
excess of any legitimate demand
and beyond the reach of usefual
Solicitudae is no locmr onfined
to the so-called free ta e tatos,
bankers, capitalists, financier, all
are asking themselves how this is
to end and what can be done to
arrest the peril. The very men
who were onee securely counted
upon to give character and sub
stance to the opposition have now
become the coadjutors of the reve
nue reform leaders to the extent of
admitting that there is grave peril
in the situation, and that some
remedy for it must be devised.
Indeed, the DImoeratic party must
inevitably come to be the party of
the solid interests of the country,
for it is the only party that has
had the wisdom to perceive the
danger and the courage to confroht
it. A reat change is taking place
in public opinion--in inte lh t
pblic opinon. In this struggle
for a reductioa of taxation the
Democratic party is drawing to
itself all that is substantial and
influential in the ranks of its oppo
nenta-New York Star.
While Thad. Stevens was a
younglawyerhe once had a case be
fore a bd-tempered Judge of an
obscure Pennsylvania court. Un
der what he considered a very er
roneous raing, it was decided
against him; whereupon he threw
down his books and picked up b
hat in.a high state of indig
and was about to leave the et
room, tsint impreeatios all
ened himself to fau ht
saumed an air of odemaded majesty,
and asked Thad if he meant "to
-espns his sontemp far this
eourt?" Thad. trnedto'him very
defrental made a respectfal
bow, and rie in feigned amase
ment: eres my contempt for
this court? o sir trI g tp
conceal it yowr honer," a gas
he tuned to leave, "but 1
d-4h ard to do it"