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JUSTICE TO ALL
VOLUME L. ST. MARTINSVILLE. L.,. MAY 15th. 1886. NUMBER I.. l • II • l N~m BiNI Au|.u a THE MfER8ENGER. The Governor's Mesage. Gov. McEnery sent in a very interes ting message to the Legistature which convened at Baton Rouge, last Monday. Though lengthy it will amply repay perusal. Many important subjects are candidly treated, and should the recom mendations, or at least a part of them, be heeded, the people will be greatly beneftted. The message shows that many of our complaints are purely ima ginary. The crops. Its says, have been abundant; the health of the State un exampled; the levees have never been In better condition than now: the public schools have increased in efilelency; the agriculturist's interests are Improving; taxes are not onerous; property, life and liberty have been preserved and protec ed ad justicefhas been speedily admi nistered. One passage in the message which ought to attract general attention reads: "the government must protect itself and in the duty and authority to require enforce attendance in public schools, the State has a right to inter vene for its own protection. The igno rant man as a voter is as powerful as the most learned. The people are sovereign and every reason dictates that the voter shbould be fitted to fulfill the duties of citizeabhip," Thlsissound logic. There are many important matters that hbs been left unsaid, but, we presume. un less the Legislature falls to take them in bnasideration, the Governor will address a supplemental message to that body covering what was left out. However, taklng it all in all, it is a strong docu ment. A meruhant who opens a butiness es tabiishment does so with a view to sell goods. Some seek after trade, others rest spirely and wait for tradeto core to them; some are eager that the people shoul know what they have In stock, otheres prefer the people to And out. what they keep in store; some are held in In vitiagtestomers; others seem a me (to judge by their actions) that they are Ia buemem; e prespers and th other dent. The prosperus merchants have dilerent modes to bring their waves be fore the publie-aome will trust to a elegant at, hoping the purehaser will boom his house; somwill throw in "In galappe" and trust they will talk about his generoity; some will hang out and expose In trnt of their stores nearly half of their stock, thinkling to appall the cu pidity ofthepasser by;some employ dum iaes; while a few will use the peans of giving the most promiscuous publicity, byadvertisng in their local paper. This latter class requests you to visit their stock -they are not afraid of the quality of their goods, they Invite a comparison of prces, they do not ask you to ruan all over ereation fer what you need, since you can ind what you want at their counter, in fine they are neither asha med of their calling nor afraid of compe tition. Those merchants you can safely deal with. Progrees of The South. It can hardly have esacped the notice of close observers that the proposition to appropriate funds flona the federal treasury to incerease tihe educational fa cilities of the South received its chief support, if not original suggestion. from the census of 1880. The shock which t inking men of the whole country ses tained when the returns of that year showed that nearly half the voters in southern states were illiterate had im mediate outcome in a movement design ed to correct the evil. The idea pre vailed then and thereafter that illitera ey with its train of dangers, was neing opposed by influaces not sufficiently counteractive, and that the south was either hopelessly ndifferent to educa tion or financially incompetent to meet emergency. People failed to perceive that though the increase from 1870 to 1880 in the aggregate number of illiterate in the late slave-holding states h td been more than half a million, yet illitereay, considered relatively to the growth of the population, had actually deereased forty-fie in every thousand inhabitants and hence had become a vanishing dan ger. And more than this, no account whatever was taken of the progress southern education had already made, and In increasing degree was still ma king. It Is only within a year that we have come to recogia the hopeful signs of the southern educational work. A sober review to the whole eduaetioeal Seld in the south during the decade re veals a stady and rapid progress in the work ofeemmenschools in the highest degree encouraging, and points to a gra tifying stats of intelletual and moral developement. A Palpable Otrage. Thmrm of Gates Veaasey of this plae purcased in New York lately a bill of goods to be ed in connection with their soap festory here. The arti cles ast 82.50 and the freight by steam er toNewOrlean $0 making a total of $1180 for the entire sum disbursam for the let of merchandise, freightinclu ded,to tsthaity. Tranetred to a ar the goods were delivered at New Iberia a distance of 136 miles, ant the freight charged here was $11Str 6 c ts less than the cost of the articles and the cost of transportation to New Orleans. [Enterprise. Local Lights. A, Hillard. Esq., was In town this week. Died Sunday May thb. 1886, Miss AU sla Francols, at the age of 22 years. Never ask a young lady why her back hair doesn't match that in front. Sheriff Broussard left last Thurday fot Baton Rouge to effect his final settle ment with the State for the collection of taxes. The Mikado Social Club, will spread in a few days, a Terpsichorean feast for its friends, but of this more anon. Judges Moore and Clegg, held a ses sion of the Circuit Court, here this week. We are not Informed if much business was transacted. Mr. B. Dyer advertises ia to-days pa per. In handing his card for insertion, Sh said he is ready to compte with any one for cheap prices. The property of the Etate of Chas. Guerinlre, as advertised was sold last Wednesday. at publie auetion and brought very low prices. The Cypress Island plantation for instance, sold for only two thousand dollars. There was a croquet party at Mrs. W. A. Bienvenue, past Wednesday, where were congregated the beauty of the town. It was a very enjoyable affair. Reports come to us that the crops are growing splendidly. The acreage, we believe, is larger than last season, and should our planters be favored with pro pitions weather, a large crop will be made. The curs are getting disagreably nu merous, and it is about time for his Honor the Mayor to Issue and ediet to dispatch them to the "happy hunting grounds." Mr. Charles Bouligmy, who was strick en with an attack of apoplexy, some weeks ago. Is, we are glad to learn, do ing well, and, will soon we hope, be up and attending to his usual avoca floas. We want ts to go on record: We have land, in this parish, susceptible of the highest improvement, and that, we ean if we choose raise all we consume. And if the best results are not obtained the fault lies at our own door. One hundred dollars looks like a pretty steep price for a two months old calf, but Dr. H. P. Onilbeau, of Breaux Bridge, don't think so, for that is just the price he paid, the other day, for one of that age, with a pedigree ever so long. We are in a position to aver with po sitiveness that the pubtle schools, both as to attendanee and good order, are in a fourishing condition, and the progress of the children in their studies, is also, very satisfactory. Our eiclent School Board, is employing the means at hand to the best advantage. Mrs. Hypolite Martinet, aged years died last Saturday and her mortal re mains were intmred in the Catholic ce metery Sunday evening. A large con courseof friends attended the funeral. This venerable old lady was endowed with a benedcent spirit-thoroughly cha rltable, deeply religious, and was a kind mother, and good friend. She leaves a large family to deplore her demise. She was the mother of L. A. Martinet, the editor of the Louisiana Standard. Peace to her ashes. Front the New Ibheria Enterprise of the. 8th. inst., we learn that 'last week, on Friday or Naturday. as the steamer Dul rio came through the bridge across the Bayou, at Breaux Bridge. the bridge keeper seeing that the tuimoke stack would strike the raised span of the bridge, let go the erank and the span came down on the boat, and the pilot house and cabin as well as smoke-s.tack were wrecked, The Durlo belongs to the Iberia Oil Mills of Gates A Vesaey, who will put in a claim for damages against the parish of St. Martin." At this writing, our knowledge of the facts in the premises extend no further than what is gleaned frona the statement of our contemporary, hence we refrain from passing any comments thereon, at this time. Not content with throwing dead cat,. dogs. cattle and other offal In the l&t y..i. now comes some unknown to us Ignora mus, who, not knowing to what conse quences his act may lead, has. sometime during the night of last Mopday, duam ped a barrel of fecal, barrel and all. In that stream. When it is known that many people use this water for house hold purposes, weud reprebeenble sets. must be nipped I. the bud. And. If none are existing, a strigent ordinance to cover such cases, should be imnme diately adopted, and, we know, we can trust the Mayor for its proper enforce ment. We hope, we will be pardoned for bringing this matter before the pub lie but it may be the only way to meet the eye of the offender. A Card of Thanks. Extraet from the minutes of Vol. Fire Co. No.1, boheld on May 6th. 1886. On motion of Mr. Aug. Maralst, duly secon ded and unsalmounly carried, it was re solved that the sincere thanks of this company be sad are hereby tendered to the ladies sad gentlemen who contribu ted to the entertainment given on the 2ad. of May, for our benefit, be it fur ther resolved that a copy of the above resolution be furnished by the Sereetary protein, to the St. Martin Reveille and the Measengerfor publication. A true copy from the minutes. W. A Bleavenu Secty. protein. A Card of Thanks. St. Martinville, May 5th. I l8. 0 MNotion of Mr. W. A. Blevenu sec ended and unanimously atopted. It was resolved that the thanks of the St. Martinville Mutual Benevolent Asso elation be and are hereby tendered to Messrs. A. de Laureal., . Mouton, L. G:e rinlere. J. B. Pene, J. A. Hitter, Felix, Edward, Daniel, Charles and Albert 1 Veorhles, for their kind assistance In the " entertainment of the 25th. of April last. I given for our benefit,and that this rt solution be spread on the minutes and published in the St. Martin Reveille and I Msger. A true opy from the minutes. Raphael DoB:ane Sec'ty.