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VOLUME I. S. MARTINSVILLE, I.A. MA1Y 22d. 1886. Nu1I;:ER 13. TIlE " IE NE,(EER. The Lien Law. A bill Ihas Ieen lntrlaluiced in the lower huse of ltie- General As..mcaily having for its olject the repeal of that section of the law having reference to the giving of a lien on the crop for advances anld supplies. Amnd in its stead it i! prolkesl to p:ass "an act in con pliance with article ':1 of the Constitution, for the protretion of credi tors against the frameit;ent practices of debtors, and for ,ise.oering and reaching the property and fundlt of debtors." And as a rider to "tax every per:on in the country parishes who sells winesor liquors in quantties above a gallon, 43'4) a year, andl fine thlset who sell hes than a gallon or allow any lilquor to be drunk on the premises. fromn $5Pt to *l1lt, for each of feane," Such is te' prloposel remedy for the cure of -what e'very one who I;has gil en the matter ally serious thought must admit-a very vicious system. Without a doubt every planter and merchant would hail with pleasure ally measure that would tned to relieve them from the sinking conditionl in whlic: they are pla cel by force of circumlitance. Both, have labored too long under crlnshirg disadvantages. Instead of prospering thte are getting poorer every dlay. But, will the proposed bill produce the results its advocates anticipate ? most of the small planters oft this perish, at least are pretty deep ls debt. They make but one crop -cotton, this goes to the merchant. After settlement at the end of the year, the planter Ihas uot a cent cc:ming to him-- he is at the complete mercy of the merchant. And having but little of what he consumes the necessities of life,--should the merchant, believing that he is not allowed sufficient security in the future, refuse any further advances, anad unless given aid by the charitably nclined starvation and suffering would be the lot of the poor planter. We re regniae that the system under which our agrculturists labor at present is slinking him deeper and deeper in the mire of debt, but let not the remedy be to violent. We admit that could tile planter he given or had the means to tlet indep n'ently, one year ahead this ptoposed law wouldebe a-Cdl-send, and may yet be, but the meas ure must be weighed carefully before its adoption, nmo as not to entail suffering on manly. Our worthy Sheriff T. L. Brounsard re turned home from Baton Rouge, last Thursday evenilg having effected his fi nal settlement with tile State tor the col lectiont of taxes for the year i ). The following from thie New Itbria Enter prise of the Ilth. inst., is sm:lta:itially correct: Sheriff T. L Broumssard of St. Martin, has made his settlement for 1il and 15% ;and(l the percentage is over t1 per cemnt, which wheni we consider thle diflienlties under which he has had4 to lalbor in effectintg collecitioln and forcing tihe palllyent of taxes is not merely creli table ti;t exceptionally gewol. e dolbht whetheras geewl a slhowinghasevr r iw,'fre beeni mae in thle collectioln of tax-s inl that parish. Court of Appeals. Judges Moore and Clegg held a ses sion of the C'ircuit Court. here. last Mon day week. anmd passed upon the follow ing es.es: in the matter of the matter of .lules A. Raswebor vs. T. I,. Broussard'Sheriff and Pierre Fallries. 'I his is a suit by the Plaintiff by way of third opposition to have his lien and privilege on cotton and corn seized by the Sheriff, to satisfy a certain judgment and to have the proceeds of the sale of said seized property palid by preference over the seizing creditor. Judgment was rendered by District Court in favor of plaintiff, and said judgment is atinrmed by Court of Appeals. In the nmatter of the Estate of Belizaire Elisee Thibodeaux - opposition to de amand of aduministratuon. The Judg aleut of the l)istrict Court dismlissed the opposition-and this judgment is rever sed tiy the Court of Appeals. In the nattl of Jean Gerac and Ro nain Francet vs S. V. Martin. An ac tion to have assessment for taxes of 1885 reduced. Judgment of the District Court rejected Plaintiff's demand, and was aflirmed by the Court of Appeals. LIocal Lights. Fish, craw-fish and crabs are $lenti ful on the market every I'riday morn ing. The Corporation authorities have had ditches dug along all the back streets of the town. The Str. New Iberla, was in port last Wednesday evening and discharged quite a large freight at Landry's Ware house. Hon. Alfred Voorhibles, member from this parish, is chairman of one commit tee and a member of several others, of the House of Representatives. The beneflcient rainfall at the com mencement of this week did a world of good. Vegetation has taken a fresh hold, as it were, and is growingfast. An enjoyable soiree was given at Mrs. Baumgardner's residence last Saturday. The young folks speak in glowing terms of the pleasant time they had. . Again the cheering information comes to us that the crops are still growing fine. We hope our planters will extend their highest expectations, for no class are more deserving of success. The "Dames de Progres." a benevo lent colored society, attended an anni versary muass at the Catholic Church, last tuesday morning, in procession, headed by the Union Brass Band. The Mikado Social Club has issued in vitations for a "soiree dansante," to take place this afternoon at I)uchanmps's Hall. This sterling organization, clnmplosed of the elite as our young len, never do things by halves, hence, we are sure those who attend will have a jolly and pleasant time. The destruction of the alligator for thllr skins. hal grown to large prolNr tions in the last two or three years. A couple of hunters wert out this week killing quite a nlluier. Chief IDeputy Fleming, last Thur day. got wind that one Henry Williams. an earaped convict. was in the viet!:ity of town. 'UpIon Immdliate investigation a Henry Williams was found. but he was not the man wanted. I he first week in June. we are told, is the time fixed for the entertainment of the children of the Convent sch4ools. Fromn appearances. we believe, we are safe in venturing the assertion that they will surpass all previous efforts. Archibishop Leray. through his attor neys. has instituted suit against the Cor poration of St. Mlartinsville. for "slander of title." i. e.. for having erected, with out the ue'nalict and against the wishes of the said llil:tiff a town eulahllaose, on laud claimed hby him. D:inaages in the sumll of five hundred dollars and alI costs are prayed for. This suit is likely to bring some things to the surface which have been resting quiet for many years. Deputy Sheriff Anmede Champagne, brought in two prisoners (col.) named Augustin Langeon and Jean B. Marti net, last Thursday and they were iocar cerated in the parish jail. They are charged with assault and intent to kill one Nicholas Andre. They are from th! "Grande Anse.'" in the upper part of the parish., where the alleged assault was committed. There are at present in jail five prisoners, all black. Our friend Chris. Fitzgerald has a -obby little apiary--some 30 hives. lie will this season get about a hundred gal lons of honey and may be more, With the use of a patent extractor working by the centrifugal process, the honey is ex tracted from the comb without a dreg or single foreign substance remaining therein. The honey is as clear and pure as crystal. Our young friend has not had much leisure to attend to his hives but with what little time he could spare had demonstrated the fact to his satis faction, that, properly conducted, there is money in it. Those wishing tobtiy prime honey can call on him. Why did you strike thus man? asked his Honor. "I had sufficient cause, your Honor. He came to my house the other day on a visit. lie criticized my children; he laughed ot my daughter's singing; he ridiculed the fish story I told him; he put my wife to a great deal of trouble at dinner time; he turned up his nose at the vittles placued on the table, and- " "But all that gave you no excuse to strike him with a stick of stove-wood." - " know; but let me get through. Af ter dinner he began to talk about the proposed huilding of the Hlail conjointly by the M. B. A. & V. Fire Cotmpany. Then I hit him.," "ialll ellh! Did be talk about that? I fine you ten dollars for not shooting him. Legislative Briefs. The Flontelieu imlIwachlulent cIlas was tried yesterday. The Dlemocratic caucus favors the all poitltieut of Police Jurors by the tov ernor. Ilence,, the parish affairs will le coutinued in faithful and worthy hanei.. The? el)l.mocratic party again showed its wisdom. The Legislature has adlopted a relun of symnpathyrfor Ireland in her just ef forts for home rule. Also praising (lad stone and Parnell. The Secretary of State was requtedtal to trnansmit copies of their re:elltio to the two latter gen tlenuan. Mr. Provost of Iberia, introduced an act in the house to fix and regulate pI' senger fair on railroads at 3 cents a mile. and imposing heavy finues for its viola tion. It is to he hoped that the re tll. man's efforts will he crowned with sue There is no doubt that the adoption of Corporeal punishment for petit lareeny would tend to stop stealing. No one who once submitted to the infiction of the lash would be apt to steal again. The cure woul4 be radical. But we are opposed to any such meanure. No artbarity should be tolerated in this State. leucee we believe the bill will fall of adoption. The coliunittee on the Constitution will report unfavorably on the bill to amend theConstitution so as to enlarge the civil jurisdictton of Justices of the Peace. It certainly would be to the interest of tax-payers if some of the higher Courts were- abolished uand the Jlustices of the Peace given power to try and decide minor offences; but. then we suppose the hangers'on must be taken care of. Our Choice For Congress. Hon. B. .. GOay. [Iberville South.] We are in favor of the re-election of Mr. Gay baeen he is the right man in the right plae--he suits the people who seat him to Washington to wateh over their lnterests, which are amselantly me naced by a knot o1 theoretical politicians whose anti-tariff schemes would, if ar ried out, convert lower louisiana into a howling waste. The _ar interests of Louisiana, front which half a million of people derive haeir sustenance, and to maintain which millions of eapital are annually Called into requisition, cannot be entrusted to safer hands. Mr. Gay i one of the largest sugar planters in Louisiana, and has invested thousands upon thousands of dollars to develop the sugar industry of our State he is a thorough planter and manufactu rer, ntimatelyaequainted with the wants of the planter and laborer, and is posseemed of business talents which lift himi high above the plane occupied by politl"'lans generally. In supporting Mr. Gay we reflect the wishes of the i)emoratic party of4 Iler ville,end we trust the" party throughout the District will show its preference for ) tendering him a ;natimous nmuan Sin conventimn assenibled. it is due to himt because he h as been a faith ful erv;art and because it is uge.