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r uS * LEYZVEYT SATURDAY AT LAKE PROVIDENCE. LA. JAMIES N. TURNER,. Publisher and Proprietor. UISCRIPT1ON: 1200 PER TEAR. Saturday, May 8, 1897. The war in Cuba is ruining the sugar industry of that country. The crop of 1896-97 is not expected to exceed 200,000 tons. Last year it was 240,000 tons and the year be fore 1,040,000. The Queen's diamond jubilee, to take place in London next month, will be the greatest demonstration ever witnessed. It is estimated that 10,000,000 persons will visit London * on the great day. The foods and destruction to life and property at Guthrie, Oklahoma, was terrible, and is worse than any thing that ever occurred in the Mis sipippi Valley from the effects of any levee giving way. Hundreds of lives were lost by the terrible flood. In India where the famine plague has been raging with such tiemble results, 62,600,000 was raised for the relief of these Starving people. The aumber receiving relief Itring the month of March is estimated at 3,141,323. The dedication of the magnificent Grant monument at Riverside Park it the great city of New York on, Wednesday last was one of the most imposing demonstrations ever wit nessed.. There were many old Con federates is line .who paid - tribute to the memory of the great soldier. It cost the Tenses Levee Board $12,435 in protecting the levees in Arkansas. The protection of the levees by this board was a great un dertaking. For males the water was running over the levees, lbut by superbuman work they were kept in tack and the country saved from in undation. The board deserves praise for its heroic work. The water from the Biggs crevasse has commenced to flow into the Mississippi at the mouth of, the Red, and for the next ten or fifteen days the levees from Red river down will feel the greatest' strain and we are afraid that the levees in that part of the State will go at more than one point. At New Orleans the situa tion is precarious and' it Is becoming more alarming. The Times-Demo-e crat says that the inflow of the water at the mouth of Red river will cause the river to rise for fifteen days on an average of one tenth a day at New Orleans, but we believe that the rise will be more rapid and that they can look for a height exceeding 21 feet, which they predict the river will reach." William P. Nicholls, nephew of Chief Juistice Nicholls, President of the Bank of Commerce of New Or leans, who was the cause of its doors being closed by embezzling a large sum of money, was found guilty on Friday last. Will he ever see the walls of the penitentiary? There is very much doubt, for he is liable to get a new trial. Would a poor man, without means, been allowed to go and see his family after.beig con victed, as this man was allowed to do? Not mueh. It is to be hoped that he will not get a new trial and and that he will wear the uniform the same as any other thief. The States says that "it was very much surprised at the verdict of guilty, in view of the many miscarriages of jastice which New Orleans has suffered, and the opportunities afforded by our loose procedure to guilty persons to defeat the ends of jietice." Dr. G. H. Tichenor of New Or Jesns, an "outlet crank," (as every body is called who is opposed to the all levee system), and who has de , voted much time and study to the . Mississippi river problem, says that "any man claiming that 'outletten' want the levees destroyed is an im beetle, knave or fool To make the levees protect the valley we must make fe outflow equal to the inflow by diseharging mediums which will cnavey the wnter tb the gult from the time the river commences to rise Suntil the flood wave passes to 1t level,'thus .keeplg the water fro' the levees for a long period, an when the food wave reaches tbh levees it will remain against them only a short period, insuring stabilitg, Ssad obviating themeeesity of raaini dt levees to a height that would be . t ' rubiatve to W ll a property i the event that they should gir ' .way. A NATIONAL HIGHWAY. A Within the past five or six years ' public attention has been drawn more and more to the nqueion of the Ci Mississippi river floods, and the idea has been advanced in many quarters er that the general government should th take charge of the entire system of h levees and general river improve. pC Sment. But the present flood, the w; hihest. and most destructive we be have ever had, has brought the ques. ta tion face to face before the people; gr eo and not only the southern press, but 80 r, influential journals all over the land Ti d are openly advocating the necessity be ir of the general government taking. the levee system in charge. fe The Mississippi river is a great inland sea. According to the Pica- to yune, it drains an extent of territory t equal to one halt or more of the ter- pe t ritory of the Union, excluding q u Alaska, an area of a million and a quarter square miles. It supplies to th commerce more than 1600 miles of `e navigable water, over which passes in r millions of dollars in goods, mer- st r- ehandise, produce and everything re t produced by the hand of man. In c f times of war, as in the fate civil at struggle, it is used as a means of d( both attack and defense. All of he 1 Tbts water comes rushing down upon fI le the three states of Arkansas, Louis. gm e iana and Mississippi, a vast ava. an e lanche carrying everything before it he e when it breaks through the levee t it line, leaving death and destruotiot} t in its wake. The states alone, with the pres- tr ent meagre assistance of the general in government, cannot cope with the ti Ith floods that come upon us in the tl spring. To keep out the water d, requires much larger levees, almost gi double the size of the present ones, i up and ddn the entire stretch. bi This means. double the amount of id d money now available. It is an im-. n possibility for the states to raise it, C e and the appropriations made by con- d - gress are insulicient. In the mean- it is time the waters come up, and this K Y year have actually run over the tops y, - of some of the levees. Now to say I ' that-snob a system is a success is it 1e farcical. No system can be a suc- H cesq when crevasses occur everytime p' e we have a flood The general gov- Mj e ernment should take charge of the at , river question, -just as the dykes of SRHolland are kept up by that govern- ac N men- i -e Every high water we get the in I waters from the states of New York, di e Pensylvania, Virginia, West Vir-. vi t. ginia, North Carolina, Georgia, ol g Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, at - Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ten- so ir nessee, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wis e eonsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, di n Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakotab, of it North Dakotab, Montana, Wyo- a e ming, Colorado, New Mexico, Okla- ni y homs, Indian Territory and a part ci 1 of British America, which list has Lb 11 been compiled by the Picayune. m All of this water passes by the parish t 4 of East Carroll, with the exception a , of what sweeps through crevasses p .and drowns out our neighbors, t a Over this great flood the people of hi e the northern states send their coal he Sand grain to the Gulf in barges and fu e bear naoe of the hardships which we have to stand. he o Such papers as the Boston Tran- U ,script, the Chicago Record, the H o Washington Post, the New York m World, the Springfield (Mass.) o Republican and other influential t ( journals are openly advocating the d necessity and the duty of the general di n govcrnment taking charge of the n e levee system. Public opinion is be- e. h ing gradually educated up to this P n idea. It will tare some time yet to f get the question squarely before the s entire Uiion; but until the general W s government comes to the assistance t o of the river states more than it does If f at present, wreck, ruin and general " devastation will be the portion allot- hi Sted the people of Arkansas, Missis- te Ssippi and Louisiana every flood tide e inspite of all the high sounding ti ," theories" of the engineers, t Ce ------------ f it The office of a circuit judge is surely 5 Sa soft job, and the lawyer who secures ai such a position is in possession of an Y official place that is a thing of beauty Ce and a joy as long as it lasts. The men hi at who hold such positions are usually h more of politicians than judges.-Mon- e roe News. Judge Gunby, the DemocratR;epub P Slican-Populite flopper, should be the hi Slast man in the world to say anythig A ti about the eircuit judge Job. As lqpg i as he was one of the judges it was a h a good thing, but as soon as he got the be bounee, he pommenced to give this e a branch of the judiciary sheol. The tl judges usefhtdeas in this state is passed ' md his long winde4 editorials have- no C weight whatever. it re Cairo, IllI., felt two distinct earth quate shoekolast week. 1 An Incident of Ante-Bellum Days b With a Squeal After a The War. CnAS. H. GOFFE. Previous to the late civil war be- v tween the st;tes, there lived in North- a ern Louisiana, on the shores of one of d those lovely lakes with which the val- t ley of the Mississippi river is so fre- i quently dotted. a proud and wealthy c planter named Shapley Owen. He f was a Kentuckian by birth, and in a bearing and manners embodied all the fearless chivalry and courteous hospi- a tality, of a typical scion of the blue v grass dominion, and it was ever a h source of pleasure to him, to narrate e the part he had taken in the battle of a Tippecanoe, when, as a boy of sixteen, a he rode bareback and barefooted by h the side of General Shelby as a volun- I teer courier, when the great Tecumseh a fell. l Col. Owen hat amassed a large for- I tune as a cotton planter, and his broad estate of twenty-four hundred acres in r the highest state of cultivation, equip-. o ped with all the advantages and re- t quirements of a princely domain, was t as delightful in location and surround- v angs, as could be found anywhere on t the surface of creation. The residence was of palatal pre- % tentions, with broad verandas extend- c ing from each of the two stories of the t stately mansion; a spacious court in the r rear; grand halls and elegant apart- i ments within, furnished in the highest a conception of luxury and taste, gives t I an idea of this rural princely home. A ' dozen or more cozy cottages in the r rear, tidy and attractive, were the i homes of the house servants and their I families. Back on the plantation, in a grove of live oaks lay a village 50 tene- r ments, occupied by the colored peas- 1 antry. or slaves. The mansion or '.big t L house" as termed by the negroes, with t the stables, carriage houses, etc., were embowered in a luxurious growth of k china-berry,myrtle and magnolia trees, I .i!th the choicest shrubbery of the t tropics blooming in profusion. Four I hundred slaves answered to the morn- i I ing roll call, and the yearly output of , the plantation was more than two I thousand bales of cotton, besides thous ands of bushels of corn, and minor pro- I r ductions. We give these details as a t gratuitous and truthful portrayal of a I model plantation, typical of the anti- i bellum days, and it may be of causual I " interest to the reader, who has little I f idea of the elegance and independance, that was so universal in the cotton I states in .'Barronial times" of 1860. ! Col. Owen's family had resided here I for many years, although each summer. during the heated term they had found it congenial to occupy a residence in 5 Kentucky. amid the scenes of early I s years. The matron of this proud home was one of the kindest and most lovable of ladies. Among the favor B ite slaves was a house servant named - Henry Smith, an handsome mulatto of powerful build, who had grown up un. i der the eye and special care of -"Old Mistus," as Lady Owen was affection- I ately called by her servants. T The war was hadly felt in this remote portion of the Confederacy, until the t advent of the army of General Grant I in 1863, when the direful calamity of invasion by hostile forces, was soon painfully realized. in devastation and distress that followed. When the ad . vance guard of the Union army swept down the valley the land marks of the old regime were quickly destroyed, and the mystic relations-domestic and . social-of master and slave, which i -earns had cemented ijito wondrous sys- I tem of mutual regard and dependence. t disolved before the fierce inconoclast of war. The slaves were confronted by a new and strange doctrine; the armed missionaries brought to thhir doors a " new innovation of personal liberty and civil rights. and inculcated the idea, that the first step to freedom required that the slave must turn against his master, and smite those who had here tofore been held in higliest` regard. And so, when Henry, the faithful serv ant of Mrs. Owen's household, was im portuned by the new comers to forsake the only friends he had ever known, I and to betray the hand that had reared him-to harm those, whose comfort and happiness had been through hlife, the first imnpulse of his heart, his better nature revolted with horror. But such splendid specimens of physical man hood were wanted in the service of the SUnion forces, which began at once to 4 recruit regiments for the service, and Henry was compelled to leave his old mEaster and follow the army. It was with sullen reluctance, however, And poignant grief, and on the first oppor tunity, the "colored conscript" stole a midnight visit to his old home. Those were days and nights of dark dismay and trouble, when scouts and marauders, spies and informers were Sever prowling about, invading the Spremises. A constant feeling of ap prehension and terror brooded over every household. SLate one stormy night, Col. Owen Swas aroused by a gentle knock on his bed room door, and at once recognized Sthe voice of his favorite servant. Henry was admitted to the apartments. 1 "I want to see Old Mistus." he said. and approaching the couch whereon his aged benefactress lay, the great tears rolling down his swathy cheek, *,I come to tell Ole Mistus good bye," and taking the good lady's hand, con Stinned: **I'm going to leave thiscoun try soon-perhaps to-morrow-I'm go ing to old Kentucky, but 1 shall not forget my old master and nistus. SSome day, perhaps, I will see you all again, if God is willing, and I want you to remember that no matter what Smay happen Henry will never forget his best friends*" With a parting Shandshake, the poor heart-broken Sslave, his lips quivering with emotion Chat shook his massive frame like an aspen, closed the door behind him, and passed out into what now seemed to S him a cold unfriendly, dessolate sorld. g All that was dear to him he fLa left g -foevter. He had never relied upon a himself, and though possessed of intel lIgence far above the average of his e color, yet he had been alkays depend s ent. To be sure, he had made several e trips to Kentucky with his master's d family, and thither be directedl his course. There was little difficulty in foading something profitable to do, and it was not long before Hepry was do Ing service in the cabin of an Ohio river steamer. r The months awd seasons passed, and lepgthened into years, and the cabin boy became head steward of the boat, and had won the respect andconfidence of employers, but ever in the strong stalwart breast was a memory, sweet and more precious to him than.the wealth of a hemisphere. When the war had closed, and peace had again asserted her benign reign over the late disrupted land, Col- Owen and his wife took a trip north for a visit to their old Kentucky home. The steamer which conveyed them up the Ohio river took fire and burned to the water's edge. and but for the arrival of another boat just at the nick of time. a fearful loss of life would have occurred. No one who has ever witnessed a tire at sea, or been on board a burning steamer, can efface from memory the awful scenes of terror, the harrowing cries of agony and dispair. which appall the stoutest heart at such a time, and as the ,.Gen. Lytle" was being rapidly consumed, and her passengers driven back, inch by inch, to the stern of the doomed boat by the raging flames, many plunged headlong into the river. The rescuing steamer, at great peril to her own safety; run along side the stern of the burning boat, and a ladder was ex tended to the hurricane roof, down which many frightened people made their way, and were conveyed to a place of safety. Col. Owen and his wife, both large of frame and feeble with years, were almost helpless, as they stood on the roof, and it seemed doubtful if either could be rescued without bodly harm, if rescued at all, as the ladder was long and unsteady in the swinging and swaying of the boats. The flames were approaching with ravenous greed, and the scorching heat had driven the gallant e~d gentle man to the very edge of the hurricane deck, and all eyes were riveted on the aged planter and his helpless wife. A catastrophe seemed about to occur that could not be averted. The plan ter was trying vainly to shield with his person the wife of his bosom from the cruel flames, when suddenly a power ful man shot up the ladder and sprang to the side of the old couple. "Old Mistus I'll save you, don't you fear!" and gathering the good lady in his strong grasp, he quickly made his way to the lower deck of the rescuing steamer, and deposited his precious burden in a place of safety; then hurry ing back he brought down the old gen-" tleman. A few moments later the flaming roof of the Lytle collapsed; the burning hull was cast loose, and floated away. In the cabin ol the rescuing boat a touching scene was being enacted, that softened the hearts of strong men, and brought tears to the eyes unusued to such signs of emotion; for there, upon a sofa in the elegant cabin was resting the good lady Owen, exhausted and prostrated from the terrible ordeal, and stooping by her side, with a face por traying the greatest joy. was the faith ful slave, whom a kind providence had so miraculously enabled to rescue from a fearful death, the master and mistress of his early life. Col. Owen and his wife have been in their graves for more than twenty years, and the brave hearted negro may too have gone to his rest, but no creation or fiction could more completely delineate the purity of true unsolfish gratitude than this simple story of the faithful slave. BRICE, BRICZ, ROIC. Aome Brick Company Is now ready with a fine lot of Brick for sale for cash. Prices to suit the times. Call at office of Company, No. 5 Levee street, for prices. JNO. W. COOKE. Manager. Lake Providence, La. Registration bNotice. Notice is hereby given that the registra tion book for the Town of Providence will be open at my office in said town from Monday, April 19th to Monday the 7th day of June, 1897, the date fixed for holding the election for municipal officers of said town. Under Act No. 89 of 1896,. providing for a new registration, it is necessary that every one desiring to vote in said election shall register anew. J. S. GUZINARD, Assessor. Providence, La., April 17th, 1817. PROCLAMATION. MAYOR'S OFFICE. TOWN OF PROVI DENCE, LOUISIANA. In accordance with provisions ot the Charter of the town of Providence. and by direction o1 the lion. Board of Aldermen, an election is hereby ordered to take place on Monday, the 7th day of June, 1897, for the purpose of electing a Mayor, Secretary, Treasurer. City Marehal and five Aldermen. All persons who may desire to vote at said election are required to register and procure proper registration papers in ac cordancewithAct No. 137, of the Acts of the General Assembly of the State of Lou isiana, approved July, 1894. Thie supervisor of registration will cause his office to be opened on Monday, the 12th day of April, 1897. at hours to be by him tixed and place designated in accordance with said Act No. 187. Given under my hand and official seal ot the town of Providence, on this the 10th day of April, b1897. E. J. HAMLEY, Mayor. Attest: C. Rt. EGELLY, Secretary. NOTIZOE At a meeting of the Lake Providence Lumber Co., held Feb. 15th inet. the Board of Directors agreed on the following prices for lumber to-wit: Cypress cabin lumber, $12 per m. Cypress bevelled siding, rough, 810 per m. Cypress dressed siding, $13 per in. Cypress T. & G. flooring and ceiling, best grade. $17 per m. Cypress T. & G. flooring and ceiling,2nd grade, $18 per m. Gum cabin lumbet. $8 per m. Shtinglee, all heart. $2.80 per m. Shingles, 2nd grade, $2 per m. 'These prices are for lumber at the mill; when dehlrered, the hauling will have to be added. E. J. HAMLEY, Manager. FOR SALE. A BEATIFZIL 'IVE ACIRE LOT, having a front of two chains and sixty-six links, on the lake road, next to the property of Mr. J.C. Bass. This fa beyond a doubt the finest ve seare bufiding lot in East Carroll parish. For terms, apply to MILLIKIN & HAMLEY, Real Estate Dealers, Lake Providence, La. January 16, '96.-tf. Sprlng and Sammer Samples. Mr. Walter Goodw4in wishes us to say that he has just received his new line of Spring and Summer samples, and invites his friends to call and take a look at them. On account of the newlarif clothes are much cheaper. MAL iE VY, *" * aLears 00an LeIrI -td-:..'ie·jt M PR~OVIDErCm, LA, GENTS FURNISHING.. I)OD8, SThe ases Sa sOa les r to is la eoL s Ohi Wam e B m, O.q, Doo ..m4 ,, mA6ss, Yo a. and Hmue oneb SCALL O Ml Before Purchedn Eqsewkev 5 U. eAsUDmU. 5 5. U4Mm "@UAUTY. SNOT UVAtlV.Y The Providence •Lumber Co., olpITRL TOCa * ohO Cyprees, Red Gum, Red Oak. Whit Oak. Ash. Cyamor, Roougb and Dr4 Lumber, Plain and Fancy Heart Cypress Shingles, Box' Boards and Barrel Heads. O3#IaPO#tE SOL3ICIrrTED. Lake Providence, La. The Only Family GROCERY, - S.. A. MN'La x.. P-oprieto, LEVEE 8T., LAKE PROVIDENCE, LA. Dealer in Fine Family Groceries and all kinds of Polts * and Nuts, Meat, Meal and Flour, Wines, Liquors and Oigera, SHay. Corn and Oats. Fine lteg Beer. "mEIOE®mOIO"·I··0"OIO|OB , ., ...,.. . 4.,. - -- ------ -,,,'. I. W. GREEN, Cor. Lake and Church Sts., Lake Providenoe,i ;... DEALER IN.... . SClothing, Boots and Shoes, General Merchandise, Groceries and Plantation BSppplies. Wines, Liquors and Cigars. Call before purchasing elsewhere. H. L. JONES, Levee St, Lake Providenoe, La, .DEALER IN.... Fine GROCERIES, FRUITS Flour, Meat and Meal. Wines, Liquors and Cigars A Cheap and Firse-class Grocery Honuse. . ....,......*v*r** E a.s.E.......... .Do & S. SPE G'L]aIER, 0H oT. Sash, Doors, Blinds, Stain-work, Interior PIlMh, and All Building Material. Obheapest PLe in the iath. Write for pries beoem purehuaag elswheine. W. B. WHOMPSON. P. L. MoQAT W. B. Thompson & Co., Cotton Factors & Commission Merchants NO. S0S PERDIDO OTREE'Y New Orleans, a "LouIsief. -- . . Because the imitations of Dr. Tiche mor's Antiseptic smell and tuate like peppermit is no proof that they are 'just as good" as the original, simon pure compound that has given univer sal satisfaction tor ten years. You may know Dr. Tichenor's Antiseptic by the trade mark. J. S. Gqaard aitrays keeps it for male. Wanted-An Idea ~- apCampbell & Chaze bave i ncressed their stock-of drugs and sundries. eta., and can mee. calls for anything ltbelr me* Information for the Public. The following is the schedule of the Y. & M. V. R. R., taking effct from Sept. 13. New Orleans Division-Train 6 will leave Vicksburg at 3.10 a.m.and arrive af New Orleans 10:35 a. m. Train 21 will leave Vicksburg 8:00 a. m. and arrive New Orleans 5:30 p. m. Train 6 will leave;New Orleans 4:20 pn m. and arrive Vicksburg 11.50 p. m. Train No. 22 will leave New Or. leans at 8.05. a. n. and arrive at Vickse burg at 6.55 p. m. Memphis Division-Train No. 5 wil leave Memphis at 7.55;p. m. and arrive at Vicksburg at 8:00 a. inm. No. 23 will leave Memphis at 8:46 a. m. and arrive at Vicksburg at 6:41 p. m. Train No. 6 eaves Vicksburg at 12.01 a. m. and arrives at Memphis at 7.10 p. m. Tran No. 24 will leave Vicksburg at 7:8 an m. and arrive at Memphis at 5:30 a. m. Alll trains run daily. For information as to;.rates &o., Write to W. D. BRENT, C. T. A. Vicksburg, Miss. JOHN WILLIAMS Undertaker. Lake Providence . Lw Keeps on hand a large assortment e1 Burial Casketts New, Plain and Oran mental Metallic Cases and Wooden Coffins Made and Trimmed to Order? Iapril 1-M-ly]l Chas. Swoflord, ouse, Sign and Oramental Painter, Bugg Pa l ad Paper Hanlt Lake Providence, La. Wanted--n Idea p-2 MUNN " 00: 1 I isadway. iew ds. "KUAN £ 00ar For Helena, Gireenville, Lake-Prow dence, Vicksburg. and All Way Landing. The Swift and klegant Steamer t CITY or SAVANNAH. In Place of Bald Ea e. - A. L. Coxsuas. L. M aWrB , Master. Clerk. trp only 53.