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Publisher and Proprietor.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
C. Rt. EGELLY, Secretary.
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.
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
For terms, apply to
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.
*" * aLears 00an LeIrI -td-:..'ie·jt M
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
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,
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.
,  ., ...,.. . 4.,. - -- ------ -,,,'.
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.
Levee St, Lake Providenoe, La,
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. Thompson & Co.,
Cotton Factors & Commission Merchants
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
Information for the
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.
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.
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.
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
In Place of Bald Ea e.
- A. L. Coxsuas. L. M aWrB ,
Master. Clerk.
trp only 53.

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