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The Banner-Democrat. (Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, La.) 1892-current, May 01, 1897, Image 2

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IBaCIIPTirN : $e00 PER YEAR. ing,
Saturday, May 1, 1897. fall s
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The war now going on between the
Greeks and Turks has caused an ad- on t
vspee in wheat and a decline in cot- havir
ton. safe
Shreveport bas a population of altho
nearly 20,000 people. Shreveport is nbov
the go-ahead city of our State, and W
deserves to continne to grow.
presideut McKinley has recom- rema
mended to. Congress an appropria- prote
tion as an ixdemnity for the killing leret
of the three Itallians by a mob at
Hahuville, St. Charles parish, in TI
August of last year. These Italians it is
killed three of their own race and Lou
deserved their fate. City
The Greeks and Turks are at it ten
and several bloody battles have ibeen
fought. Every God-loving man is and
on the side of Greece, who hope that
the little powcr will make a charnel- O.
house out of the Turks. It is thea I:
Christian against the Mahometan. paps
The Dingley tariff bill imposes a girt
duty so high on Mexican cattle as to that
almost prohibit their importation to ing
the United States. Now Me~iC0 is fun
going to retaliate by making the duty mu'
so high on cured hams, bacon and gul
corned meats as to keep them out his
of that country. Lhei
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The St. Francis Levee Board of a ci
Arkansas has postponed the letting tatb
of gpe million, eight hundred thous- refs
and cubic yards of levee work that lev
was to have been let at Memphis bar
next month. The long line of levee Br
put up by this board has been washed tol
away by the recent floods, and it is a the
serious question whether the St. He
Franois will ever be levied or not. net
The loss to the board is a large
amount. the
* , bai
The Biggs crevasse is now nearly tili
b000 feet wide with t3e water going led
through at a depth of over 17 feet. wt
" The Reid crevasse, about a mile be- wS
low Biggs is over a thousand feet bo
wide. There is an immense volume Jul
of water going through these breaks thi
-perhaps as much as 250.000 cubic
* feet per second-and still at Vicks- cl
burg, five miles above, there is only w,
a fall of one tenth every twenty- to
four hours. in
The Times-Democrat says that in TI
the twenty years between 1866 and ar
1886, the three lower river states, w
Louisiana Arkansas and Mississippi, a'
had sustained losses from crevasses al
amounting to $71,827,600. The losses
since then, without including those
of this year's overflows, which can
not be even roughly estimated until
we know exactly what country will
be hlooded, will bring the total up to
fully $120,000,000. b
The Texas Farm and Ttaich truth
fully says that cotton growers' eo
ventions, opinions of statisticians,
agricultural editorials and all that,
are good enough in their way, but
after all each individual will plant an I
area of cotton fully up to his own
ideas of the fitness of things. Cot
ton growers may meet together, con
sult and unanimously concluded that
it would be a good thing to reduce
the acreage, but they will go home
and plant just as if they had never1
considered the subject.
It is well, says the New York
Marine Journal, to recall something
of the extent of the Missssippi's
watershed and draining system.
There are 16,900 miles of navigable
waters in its system. It drains no
less than twenty-two States ailf
Territories. The Mississippi itself
has 240 tributary streams classified
as rivers. The value of this river
system as a means of transportation
has been estimated by experts at the
enormous sum of $2011000,000. The
total sum expended by. the national
government for repairs from 1789 to
1880 was $51,000,000, and this sum
1:: '. I incsreascd until it now ap
i'" bhe probably 575,000,000. The
Statcs of Louisiana and Missis
sippi bane spent milbons in strength
ening the levees. The Mississlppi
Rivetr Comssion,, which has been
* in existence sinc;e 1879, . has also
sapnt~ many milliops of dollars on im
 prov..... -For these reasons at
' .-: b.* IM ,d doabtless, when thpe
* oi a"s""base. that the river has
the hoowstt n n strain on
#wt loss of life and
iahs In ay pgest flood fqr
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The river is now falling at the rate
of 1 1-2 inches every twenty-four Ibervil
hours, and is about two feet below zeAt
the highest point reached on the pres- last
ent stage of the river. Whether this meast
fall is natural and the river would not city f
be rising to-day if no breaks had oc- ers o
curred, is bhard to say; but it is fall- favor
ing, and we are thankful for it. p
River men say that by Monday the the et
fall should increase, and the water and I
now coming out of the Arkansas will cided
not check the fall at this point;. those
C Work has been entirely suspended It
on the levees in the parish, those Louio
having charge, deeming everything to sa
safe and further work unnecessary, of th
f although the river is now four tenths at At
9 above 41.90, the 1892 flood mark. Nita
d We hope that the authorities will expla
not retrove the guards for at least nest
another week; it is better for them to high
' remain until all danger is over and 'dAo
protection is assured. Keep the temur
g levees watched for another week. from
it ___ _W
n The latest river report shows that are
i it is falling at Pittsburg, Cincinnati, pay
Id Louisville, Fort Smith and Arkansas conn
City; Cairo, 1 foot, Memphis 3 havE
it tenths, Helena 2 tenths. It is rising unce
!u at Nashville, Chattanooga, St. Louis
is and Little Rock. set c
at---- mere
We find in a recent issue of the N- bave
1- O. Picaune an interview had between reds
e Baton Rouge correspondent of that begl
paper and ,'Major" Henry C. Brown, poli
who is well known in Providence. We ury,
a give below that part of the interview at u
to that relates to "*Major" Brown's clos- an
to ing a break in the levee, and it is the
is fiunny to us how any reporter, who mat
ity must be as green as grass, can be Orli
ad gulled into sending such a special to levi
gut his paper. It is good reading, but ven
there is no one who believes a word strc
of it, especially those who know what cal
of a crevasse is. It may have been a po
ing tato ridge that "'Major" Brown had
us- reference to and not to the Biggs of
hat levee, which was a twenty foot em- sur
his bankment. Here is what "Major" doi
vee Brown said:
ed "Incidental to his story, the major saf
told how he stopped a crevasse on it
sa the Wednesday night before the break. e"
St. He was on the Biggs levee when a big
tot. negro rushed up to him and shouted :
*Mistah Brown. she done gone!' " a
.rge Who'se gone, what's gone-what's hif
the matter with you. nigger? Come kui
back here!" yelled the major. ,Bring P
rly, that shovel along." lea
r .The darkey obeyed reluctantly and re
ing led the major to a spot very near tio
eet. where the crevasse occurred, where it Bo
be- wal found that the river was rushing ev<
feet through a hole as large as a man's to
body. As soo as the major saw it, he w
ame jumped on the levee immediately, over to
taks the spot where the hole was, and the Bo
biearth gave way, the major dropping ve
into the hole. As he dropped in, he the
cks- clawed the earth in front of him and de
)nly worked it into the breach. He called w,
to the negro to give him the spade, t
which he did. Next he bade the darky tb
jump into the soft mud behind him GI
and help to step the flow of water. no
tt in The darky became frightened at this 1
and and started up the levee as if the devil th
was after him. The major kept at the to
tes' spot with his shovel until help came a
ippi, and the danger spot was fixed up after Al
uses an hour's work. That would have re
ses been a crevasse if the major had not th
s been there at the right time." as
can- The time should not be long off
til when the people should elect their 4
will United States Senators instead of the of
p to way it now is-by corrupt and i
bought up legislatures. There are a st
g ood many Senators holding seats S
th- who would not be Senators if their i
ie lIection had been left to a direct vote
of the pople. b
but Once upon a and not very
u an long ago at that, the Crescent
own City controlled the entire of d
Cot- North Louisiana, but now this tra
con- has been transferred to St. Louts
I that andother northern markets. It must c
duce be that the people -get cheaperr
home freights, cheaper goods, or that they
never have come to the conclusion that
they have been robbed long enough I
York by the commismsion merchants.
thing The Times-Democrat has issued a
,il's pamphlet covering its entire relief
stem. fund collected from different sour
igable ces for the benefit of the drough
s no sufferers of our State. The amount
ai collected by that paper is $25,000.
itself The Times-Demoefat don't do things
Siifed by halves, as is shown by the noble
river work, and it should feel proud of it.
tatiou The.great daily should never be for
t the gotten. Thanks for a copy of the
SThe book.
ational ----
.89 to John Cowdeon, the "outlet-crank"
is sum as he.is called, says "the outlet sys
w ap- tem had a fair trial and an impartial
i The trial from 1874 to 1878 on the Mis
Missis-l sissippi river when the BonnetCarre,
ength- the borganza and the Atchafalaya
saslppi did lower the average flood line 4
a been feet and 6 inches at New Orleans and
s also 9 feet at Vacksburg, when the river
on im- was at high water mark at Cairo,
sons it when the Bonnet Carte and Morgans
em th breaks were closed and 'an attempt
er has was mide to close the Atchafalays,
a l on for they were doing too much godd
i ie and i demonstrattmg the folly of the
,ed fqr levee.system and uatility of the outlet
Iberville South.] mists
At a meeting of prominent citi- Only
zens of New Orleans held on Sunday set in
last for the purpose of devising The
measures to effectually protect the one
city from overflow, one of the speak- occul
ers openly pronounced himself in wide
favor of having the levees on the talkie
Jefferson parish side cut to relieve no o
the pressure of the water against they
the embankment on the Orleans side, Fis
and his view of the matter was coin- ened
cided with by a large number of was ,
those present. girl ,
It is a peculiar coincidence that went
all of the great crevasses in South tfeh
Louisiana have occurred just in time shIll
to save New Orleans, and thc cause that
of the sudden and unexpected breaks iihb
at Ames, Davis, Bonnet Caire and knov
Nita have never been satisfactorily and
explained. But the dastardly sug- a tal
gestion made at the New Ocleans tish.
meeting is the first instance in our H'
high water history of a man oplenly tires
advocating such a cowardly and con- gazi
temptible method of seeking relief in
from the wator. blac
We know that there are thous- they
ands of people in New Orleans who und
are none too good to cut or rather mas
pay for the cutting of levees in the witl
i conntry, and for this reason we CrCe
3 have urged upon our people the stte
,necessity of guarding those embank- of a
Sments. wat
We know what to expect from a eith
set of thieves and robbers. Com- turf
mercially the people of the country bon
have been filched and have 'been arol
n reduced almost to a condition of bod
1t beggary, in order that the metro- d
n, politan parasites might roll in lux- nof
e ury, and the thief does not hesitate bac
Sat murder when his personal safety son
hangs in the balance. a o
T- o drown and ruin thousands in 'fr
's the country parishes would be a mo
o matter of little consequence to many i t
1o Orleans, if by the cutting of country wo
to levees they could escape the incon- At
at venience of a little water upon their a
rd streets. ape
at When citizens of New Orleans, so
_ called by New Orleans papers of
" prominent people," get up in pub
lic meeting and advocate the cutting we
of neighboring levees, there is no ly
n- surmising what they are capable of di
r" doing in secret.
Eternal vigilance is the price of tti
or safety and in the present emergency ti
on it would not be amiss to keep a keen to
k- eye on the rascals in New Orleans. ad
d: Concordia parish has had one cre- be
vasse on her front during the current we
high water, and we are pleased to at
ie know that this break occurred where TI
ug perhaps it wilt be c.lcnlated to do the th
least possible harm. This break occur- to
d red at Glasscock's. in the lower por- le
ar tion of Concordia, near the old pt
cit Bougere break, which has been open sc
Ug ever since the war. The break is said uc
a's to be about 300 feet wide, and the qi
be water going through will only add ri
-er to the volume going through the t'
the Bo1gere opening, and it will not do w
ug very much damage, because most of ir
he the.lands down there were already un- a
Lud der. When the levee broke the water r
ledwas standing eight to ten feet against it
de, its front, and four feet on the rear, so o
y that the fall it had was nut very great. d
.im Glasscock levee was an old embank- b
ter. went, and it had not received any at- fi
this tention for several years past, but at s
'vil the time it collapsed it had a large d
the force of laborers at work upon it, who
xme were raising and strengthening it. o
ter All the other levees in the parish are B
ave reported to be in excellent shap', and p
not there is very little apprehension now d
as to the safety of any of them.-Con- s
cordia Sentinel. v
Many planters, anticipating the over
feir how and the expense and inconvenience
the of removing stock during high water,
and have built high mounds, several feet
above the 1882 orerflow,and will put
re a sheds over them. Our friend, John
eats Smytbh, after 1882, made a substantial
heir mound under his barn on Wavertree 1
ote plantation and it will serve him well
now. He is the first of the ,,mound
builders" in Tensas of the modern t
race. * * ' Dr. Juo. M. Gillespie
re andMr. Dan Morris, who have been
active in guarding the levees between
cent Hard Times and Hard Scrabble against
of disaster, are loud in their praises of
ra r. Charles O'Donnell, the levee con
oe t who came to the rescue of the
Hard e ble levee at the most criti
imst cal penod f his presence of mind
aper and skill repal e damage that
they might have resulte a crevasse.
We all feel grateful to t who
that did such good service in preserv r
ough line of levees in Teness.-Ten
ed a The Homer Clipper says that
relief "worldly fpeople usually measure a
christian by his every day life and
not by the strength of his voice on
ount Sunday." -You are correct.
S000. sprina anti Summer Samples.
binge Mr. Walter Goodwiu wishes us to
noble say that he has just received his new
line of Spring and Summer samples,
f it. and Invites his friends to call and take
a for- a look at them. On account of the
t the newtarlff, clothes are much cheaper.
In accordance with provisioUs of the
til Charter of the town of Providence. and by
Mis- direction ot the Hon. Board of Aldermen,
an election is hereby ordered to take place
arre a Monday, the 7th day of June,
tl g, for the pnrpose of electing a Mayor,
a Secretary, Treasurer, City Marsbal and
ine 4 fve Aldermen.
All Dersons who may desire to vote at
Is and said election are required to register and
iver procure proper registratIon papers tin a
eordane with Act No. 187, of the Acts ol
Cairo, the General Assembly of the State of Lon
ilatsiansa. approved July, 180.
ias The supdvisor of regitratlon will caus
lis one eo be openea on mondsy, the rlttr
tempt day of April, 18,8't hours te be by hib.
'algea, d anl d tac adesianaed to aceordance
with raid Aet No. 1tf.
g odd Gie nader my band ad olcial seal ,
the to~a of Providence, on this the 10tt
a day of April, ltai. _ r
outtet -U. HAWLEY, Mayor.,
i C. .. £S taY, Secretary.
It was early in the morning. The
dew, yet sparkled on the grass. The
mists had not vanished from the lake.
Only a few bird songs, fresh and sweet,
set into vibration the still cool air.
The herdick reached our door. No
one could mistake knowing that its
occupants were schoolchildren. Their
wide awake interest in life, even at the
sunrise hour; their laughter, their
talking-all proclaimed, the fact-and
no one could mistake the expedition
they were on.
Fishing canes by the dozen were fast
ened to one side of the herdick. There
was a huge pail of minnows; and each
girl held her lunch basket. At first we
went to Jack Fall's bayou. Here, in"
the green lit gloom of the forest we
fished, and fished, and filed, in the Y
shallow water, but in spite of the fact
that two or three had brought their
5 rabbits' foot, *.just for good luck" you
know, though we are not superstitions.
and one, even had a four leaf clover as
a talisman, we caught pathetically few
s fish.
However. our stay at Jack Fall's ias
not without interest. When we grew
tired of admiring the scenery and of
gazing, Narcissus-like, at our images
in the water, two conceited big
black snakes bethought them that
- they would sally forth and give us to
a understand whose premises we were
tr making ourselves so free and easy
e with, and the killing of these
,e created quite a sensation. After
much adventurous crossing of the
stream on the whitened blasted trunk
of a tree, which raised high above the
water's level, and resting one end on
a either side of the bank, formed a na
n- tural bridge, the girls donned their sun
ry bonnets, and the boys twined the lines
nn around the fishing rods so that every
of body's hook would'nt catch in every
o- body elkes clothes, and we were soon
off for Camp Lee. It was near the
noon hour when we reached Baxter
te bayou. Some of the party fished.
ty some played games, one or two made
a cruise down the stream in a bateau.
in The day was in its zenith, but the
a morning freshness lingered in the air
ny ad tV -irls and boys made the silent
ry woods ring and echo with their mirth.
,nAt one o'clock came lunch-when the
sir mystery of each basket was revealed, -
and curiosity as well as hunger was
appeased. After dinner, there was o
some more of running, of exploring,
era of games and fishing.
ih- At four o'clock the crowd decided it
ng wanted to go home, by driving entire
no ly around the lake instead of coming
of directly from Baxter bayou. In order
to do this, they convinced the driver
of that beyond the shadow of a doubt a
straight line is the longest distance be
tween two points and that the only way
ten to shorten the trip to town was by
us. adding to it several miles.
Again all of us, girls, boys, lunch
;re- baskets, fishing rods and httle pet dog,
ent were settled in the herdick, Late in the
to afternoon we reached the Elton levee.
ere The lerdick stopped and vie went to
the the embankments to look at the water,
ut- to look at the great, yellow, turbu
)or- lent, Mississippi river, which for the
old past month had been threatening to
pen scorn our man-made barriers anti in- *
said undate our little town. Now it was
the quiet, and yet dangerous, potent, ter
add rible in its quietude. We stood on
the the bags of sand and looked at the
do water, as we would stand close to the
t of iron cage in a menagerie and watch
un- a sleeping lion, which at any moment
ater might awaken and shake his heavy
inst mane,and roar and pace restlessly furi
o0 ously his narrow cell, and once more
eat. display all the fierce power which had
nk- been absorbed into his beast's nature
at- from the lightning, the tempest, the
t at sultry air and the hot sands of the
Irge desart.
who Probably it was the oppressive sense
it. of helplessness which a view of the
are Mississippi brought to our minds;
and probably it was exhaustion from the
now day's hard playing that made us more
Con- subdued in our merriment, but when
we returned to the herdick we were
all somewhat quiet and thoughtful.
ver We had reached new town. We
ence could see the crowds of negroes on the
ater, streets of Providence-the regular Sat
feet urday crowds. Several of the party
put were talking of what a jolly day it had
John been and were planning another pie
utial nic, when in an instant, in the twink
tree ling of an eye, without a moments
well warning, the herdick collapsed. The
nudi wheels crashed like a glass that is shat
dern tered. The vehicle went down with a
espie tremendous noise, turning over on one
been side. QuickCas thought the two horses
ween broke loose and ran through the town.
ainst For a second everything was confusion.
es of The children on the side which turned
con- over were in a comparatively safe posi
)f the tion. Several of them were thrown en
criti- tirely out of the doors, but those on the
mind opposite side were in real danger.
hat here was a possibility of their being
asse. crushed by the others, and if the horses
who had dragged the vehicle even a few
ur feet, they could not by any means have
ens iate themselves. However, as
nea gically as our picnic
hatended, red itself only a come
dy, for no o as hurt, and after
sure aa little hysterca hing and cry
and ing together on the .t of the
e on girls and a few '"By Gingo. w did
the thing happenP" exelamations
the boys, the crowd separated,and e
person went to his or her home, only
S a little the worse for wear.
us to d a E
of neA
of At a meetin of the Lake Providence
per. Lumber Co., held Feb. 1Tth Inst. the Board
of Directors agreed on the following prices
for lumber to-wit:
Cypress cabin lumber. $12 per m.
Cypress bevelled esding, rough, $10 per m.
O ;ypress dressed siding. 213 per m.
Cypress T. & G'. flooring and ceiling, best
of the grade. 217 per m.
nd by Cypress T. & G. flooring and ceiling,2nd
rmen, grade, $13 per m.
e plce Gum cabin lumber. $8 per m.
June, Shingles., all heart. 82.50 per m.
o Shingles, 2nd grade, $2 per m.
a aod These prices are for lumber at the
Sa mill; when Cehvered, the hauling will have
vote t to be added.
eterand oE. J. HAMLEY. Mazager.
Aot FfOR *BAE E.
II cause A B1,ATIFUL FIYE ACRE LOT. hravina
the 12th a front of two chains and sixty-s!x link~uo
by him the lake road, next to the property of Mr
ordane J.C. eass. This is beyond a doubt tbhe
fMest ive scre buitdlog lot ia EaCt Carrol
I eal o parish.
yor. . Real Estate Dealers,
Lake irovldence, iLa
January 1$, '96.41.
**- Lake anid Leare S**erts, eLAK
r Dealer In
The ness line of Olothinag cared in the ety. Leae.. D.m ..e.,
ate., Japa Bools and Bhoeu. Maetintss. md ma tlag Ocasbl ee'm
Valises and Bags
SCALL ON ME Before Purchasing Eleewher~
The Providence Lumber Co.,
a (FIalrrlm3
MI ,.--,gl3AL m I W-,
SCypress, Red Gum, Red Oak. White Oak. Ash, Cyoamore. Rough and D
Lumber, Plain and Fancy Heart Cypress Shingles, Box Boards
t1 and Barrel Hads.
CI''ED D CLake Providence, La.
* The On Family GROCERY, s
8. A. D ALeX. IPropr1et~. at N
* Ti
S Dealer in Fin Family Groeriis and all kinds do Fnite p .;
* and Nuts, Most, Meal and Flour, Wines, Liquor and' Oijas, lean
SHay, orn and Oata. Fine Keg Beer. bu
S. I
S. W. GREEN, 12
Cor. Lake and Church 8ts., Lake Providence, 7
....DEA LF. IN.... F
Clothing, Boots and Shoes,
e General Merchandise, Groceries and Plantation Supplies
3 Wines, Liquors and Cigara. Call before purchasing elsewhere.
k L evee st, Lake ProridenOe, Tin,
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aK 8
Flou, Meat and Meal. Wines, Liquorse and Olgr
- ObCheap and Fires-olaas Grooery Houee. H
. D. S. B. D PENGLER, J AG'Z`.,
L .Vz[njeiBUTr) , Ma; s........
did fanufaot erUse ol
aash, Doors, Blinds, Stain-work, Interior Pelssh,
n y and All Building Material.
Obe_ C Plae in the Boath. Write for prices before purehuaig ehws.
.ee [email protected]@[email protected] ElEl*e
d ,!O O W. B. o PS . P . oCT.
C. W. B. son & Co.,
s Cotton Factors & Com'i on Merchants
the Nw Orleans, .
Because the imitlations of Dr. Ticbe
nor's Antiscptic smell and taeto like
peppermit is no proof that they are
"just as goof" as the original, simon*
pure compound that bas given univer
sal satisfaction for ten years. You
may know Dr. T'chnlor's Antiseptic
by the trade mark. J. S. Gueuiard
hlwsays keeps it for sale.
Waned-An 1dea
WCampbell & Cl " b$ increase
their stock of drnlgPssd gU dilh.eir
and can meet call ios asrh y tIin f
ne r
Information for the
Tbo following is the schedule of the
Y. & M. V. R. R., taking effect from
Sept. 13.
New Orleans Division-Train 6 will
leave Vicksburg at 3.10 a.m.and arrive
at New Orleans 10:35 a. m.
Train 21 will leave Vicksburg 8.00
a. m. and arrive New Orleans 5:30 p.
Train 6 will lerive:New Orleans 4-20
p. m. and arrive Vicksburg 11.50 p. m.
Train No. 22 will leave New Or
leans at 8.05. a. m. and arrive at Vicks.
burg at 6.55 p. m.
Memphis Division-Train No. 5 wi I
leave Memphis at 7.556p. mi. and arrive
at Vicksburg at 3:00 a. m.
No. 23 will leave Memphis at 8:45 a.
m. and arrive at Vicksburg at 6A:45 p.
Train No. 6 leaves Vicksburg at
12.01 a. m. and arrives at Mdnphis at
7.10 p. m.
Train No. 24 will leave Vicksburg
. 1 7:35 a- m. and arrive at Memphis at
5:30 a. inm.
Alll trains run daily.
For information as to rates ae.,
write to
W. D. BRENT, C. T. A.
Vicksburg, Miss.
Lake Providence I
Keeps on hand a large asetrteat o.
Budal Caskets, aew, Ple and Bras
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