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Y ST. MIARTINSVILLE, LA, MiAY 8th. iLK;. NUMBERE II.
An Ineorriible Old Swin
In another column will be found racy
reading in regard to a character that
was well known here in the seventies.
In a former issue we published a short
sketch of this Mr. Plin White, in which
it was shown that his picture adorned
the Rogues Gallery in New York City,
As will be seen by reading the article in
another column he has been at his old
Many will remember his first appear
ance here. A pertly, jolly old fellow,
carrying his 250 pounds weight with the
nimbleness of a youngster; polite, suave,
he haul that about him which never failed
to impress one most favorably in his be
half. Shortly after his arrival here, he
secured a positionon the Attakapas Ga
zette, (and by the way he is an excellent
printer) and subsequently became the
owner. He started a hostelry soon af
terward. About this time, two strangers
were sent here as supervisors of Regis
tration and Election, by Warmoth-not a
few remember Lassaliuiere and Metar
and, the two worthies in question, and
we may add, to their sorrow. An elee
tin w's to be held, and a "decker" was
made, where these two "parvenus" were
to be sent to the Legislature and the lo
cal offces were distributed among the
local members of the combination.
Nothing was left for the success of the
plan but to And a willing tool to be us
pervisor of election; White serenely bob
bed up as the man. The understanding
was carried out to the letter. After the
eoesummation of this piece of jugglery,
the atmosphere hereaboute became too
oppressive for White, and one fine morn
ing he suddenly decamped. Of his sub
sequent misdoings, the article published
to-day tells of some. It is worth peru
A Gala Day.
Last Sunday was, in its fullest s--e,
as we predicted it would be,a "red letter
day" in town.
At five o'clock In the afternoon with
out exaggeration, fully 1500 people, were
as the streets. Shortly after that hebr,
the firemen, composlng the membership
of Volunteer Fire Gq. No. I. neatly uni
formed, with their gaily trimmed englne
marched from their Hall to Mrs. J. P.
O'Rourke's residence, where the pretty
and charming Miss Laurence Blenvenu,
surrounded by a large number of ladies,
with deo St. Laurent as the central
figure attraction, presented, in a few
well chosen and admirably spoken words
a beautiful banner the handiwork of Mr.
J. Hitter, to the company. Mr. J.L.
Mouton, the gifted orator of the firemen,
on their behalf, in felicitous language
accepted the mark of esteem tendered
This ceremony concluded, ranks were
formed. At the head was Volunteer's
Brass Band, followed by the Company
with their engine, and immediately be
hinsd, was the beauti.ully decorated chi
riot contaitning the May Queen and her
suite, seven charming httle ladies, pret
tily attired in white, and walking on
each side were six firemen as an escort of
honor. After parading the streets, the
procession wound up in front of Du
champs Hall. The unanimous conclu
sion is that it was a splendid turn out.
At 7 o'clock the doors of Duchamp's
spacious Hall were thrown open, and
soon a number, estimated at 400 persons
were comfortably created inside. The
rising of the curtain disclosed a May Fes
tivaL In presence of the audienqa the
May Queen was crowned. The grouping
of the scene was admirable. The ones
taking part were : Misses Ange Marie
Delahonesaye, (the Queen) and M. R. De
lahonsesye, T. Blepvenu, O. Bienvenu,
Norma Guirard, J. Bitter, L Hitter, May
Murphy, and L. Theriot. Following this
were pianos solos by Miss A. Durand and
Miss Laurence Mouton.
Thereafter, the two-act French comedy
by Scribe entitled "La Lune de Miel,"
(the Honey Moon.) was rendered by the
amateur-artists, in that manner which
has gained them high eneomiums. In
the cast were, the Misses Laurence Bien
venu, M. L. Daban and Marie Rose Dela
houmye, and Messrs. Albert Bienveau.
Vavasseur Mouton, Gab. Osrdetal and
othme. It would be invidious to men
tion the acting of a particular one where
all did so well. Suie it to say that the
whole was a smooth and well acted a
play as one could wish to see. Miss
Wilson a pretty and charming yeng
lady from New Orleans, sang an opera
tie selection,that was well received by
the large audience.
After the theatrical performance, th
young folks took possession of the hall
and until a late hour in the morning
"tripped the light fantastic toe."
Let m hasten to sy that to the noble
hearted Mrs. de St Laurent and her
worthy assistants, the success and
thorough fulfilment of the programme
laid out, is due. These ladies, whose
eorts are always exerted for all deser
ving objects, deserve the thanks of the
whole community. Nor can we forge
those ladies who had chargeof the reftres
ment tables, their kindness, we doubt
not is fully appreciated by the firemen.
All told, it was aday not soon to be
The Cleveland System. -
In its issneof the f1th. nlt, the Judge,
an illustrated weekly published in New
York, has a significant and expressivel
double-paged cartoon. It represents
President Clevelend as Hoxie, standing
near a locomotive, on the 'headlight i
printed "Enthsiasm out" and on the
tender the words "Cleveland Boom for
1888" the President being surrounded by
the Democratic workers Below the pic
ture is printed this pertinent advise: See
here Mr. Hoxie Cleveland I you can't run
that engine without us. And if y-ou
don't accede to our demands we'll take
the pins out ad kill1 her."
Follow: g is thu Judge's comment
The strike against the Cleveland sys
tem which is illuminated elsewhere in
the- pages will be the great event of
1888. The leading tyrant of the system
has been false to every expectation of
the laborers in the Democratic vineyard
so that they have gone from hunger to
the verge of starvation at the ve9 time
when they had most reason to anticipate
the rotgnd rtomach and the contented
mind. Toadd to their discomfiture and
indignation, the luxurywbich belonged
to them has been absorbed not so much
by the man of their choice as by the
enemy whom it is their duty, hope and
business to destroy. They complain not
only of injury but insult, and remark
with the grieved individual of the poet.
It may have been right to dissemble
But why did you kick me down stairs?
Mr. Hoxie Cleveland proposes to take
the engine of the picture over the rails
which run to the white house, but the
striking Democracy will probably have
more to say in the premises than he will.
They have been cheated once and they
will have the terms of the new arran
gement fied to suit themselves or they
won't have any terms with Mr. Hoxie
Cleveland at al. Prominent among the
strikers is a bald-headed little man who
is continually remarking "I am a De
moerat" with greatemphass on the per
sonal pronoun, and it is his carefully
concealed purpose to either "kill" the
engine or manage her himself. It be
hooves the direeter of the Cleveland sys
tem to listen tothese men. Their eause
isJ jmt andtheir determnlation is equal to
any eapgeney they may encounter. The
truth is that Mr. Hole Cleveland doesn't
understand railroading very well and
his purpose to make two engines going
in opposite directions pass each bther on
thesame track ean never be realized in
Lo.cal Ilg s.
New Irish potatoes are being sold, in
large quantities on the streets.
No fear of a general overflow need be
apprehended. The water is falling at
The Police Jury had a pow-now last
Monday. Nothing of great importance
Mr. G. C. Wimberley representing the
Sugar-Bowl, visited our officke this
Lewis Damsay. eolored, was jailed this
week by Constable P. J. Molty, for bog
Our thanks to the Firemen, for the gra
cious invitation to attend the entertain
ment of Sunday last.
Our young frsend C. Fitzgerald, has
at present time, some thirty behlves, on
his father's place. Chris expects to get
a hundred or more gallpas of honey this
A little ilcident happened the other
day, that might tend to hasten the buil
ding of the *"projected HalL"
Representative Louis St. Martin, of
New Orleans is the only Creole in Con
gress. lie is a little grizzled man
Good wine can be had in Solano, Cal.,
for 30 cents a gallon.
A Texas newspaper remarks that the
state should -boycott the Louisiana lot
tery." The boycott may have its uses.
A colored bride overcome by emotion
fell senseless, at the Catholic Church
Thurday evening. and ereated quite a
The tax-sales came off last Saturday.
as per announcement, and the greatest
part of the property offered for sale was
bought in by the State.
The True Friends Society with the
Brass Band, in procession, attended a
mass at the Catholle Church, last Thurs
day morning. This sterling organiza
tion, we are told is flnancially solid.
The subscribers to the fund for the
purchase of a truck for the Home Hook
and Ladder Co. are notified, that the
committee will call upon them, next
Monday, for the collection of theamounts
The powerful towboat, the J. 8. Mer
cer. was up last Sunday morning, towing
two barges of coal, for the St John plan
tation.- The tow-boat Arthur Lambert,
was in port also, last Tuesday, having
dropped two coal barges at the Keystone
plantation and towed one here for the
Cotton seed oil mill.
Un&btedly one of the best appointed
best cultivated places in this parish, is
the Keystone plantation. Not only tas
ty and neat are the surroundings, but at
every glance we see evidences of enter
prise. Under the able superintendence
of Mr. J. Peters, the affable manager, a
losing crop, we believe, has yet to
be (made. Passing near the place,
the other day, we could not help
but admire, the manner of working, and
the advancement of the growing crop.
By the way Mr. Peters, does not depend
on the public road labor, but attends to
his own road, and it is but the truth to
say that the public road running near
his place, is in the best traveling condi
tlon, surpassing in that respect. any in
the parish. Truly a model place.
I have in my possession
one gray mare branded thus
, with her filly 3 years old
$ unbranded. The owner
will plaese prove his property
and pay costs.
St Martinsville, La May 8th. 1886.