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10oo JUSTICE TO ALL. SI oo. VOLUME I. ST. MARTINSVILI.E. I I.' JUNE 12th. I886. NUMBER 16. THE M-IESENGER. - ----_ ___ __ _ - I Embrace Your Opportunities. Recently,a friend of the writer, who can see a little further than his nose, in, most convincing language, intimated in a conversation, that we senm to have but a poor idea of the possibilities of our af fluent lands ; that our section is lhaped for immeasurable prosperities. At every "tuna we see hidden wealth srmiliieg and Inviting the hand to pleuk it from a weary state, and make it of some use, if not to the people, then to our personal interest." This gentleman, besides the extensive practice of his profession, finds time to attend to a fine farm. Firstly, most of his home necessities, he raises on his farm. He has several heads of fl:e bluled stock, of different kinds; he has a poultry yard, of the best breed, the eggs from which, when he chooses to sell, readily goes at three dollars a dozen ; he has aeveral bee-hives ; he has a fine orchard growing; he planted, a year ago. two handred pecan trees, which are coming up splendidly; and, now, he has recently planted some two hundred fig-ecut, re presenting different varieties of this de liekous and wholesome fruit. He believes and so do we, that we can prepare dry figs and put them up as well and that will cmnmand as renumera tire prices, as anywhere. Not long ago, a lady, sent several jars of preserved to to ft. Louis, and they were eagerly pur ehased commanding fair prices. As this gentleman truly says there are no good reasons why instead of buying this fruit which grows in abundance here, we should not be selling it, and pocket the profits. The fig is indigeneous we believe, to this climate, the tree bears prolifically, is hardy and lives long. After attaining its growth it requires no care. We shall watch the experiment of our friend with interest. Country School Teaching. M. PRINTI.--Did you ever teach a school? If yql ever have, gues as hew you had a little rather y(et typel for it i a solemn fkct that the schoolmanter of a country school is about the most mnisera ble being on earth. Not long ago 1 visi ted the school of a friend of mine, not many miles from this town, and if there ever was anything which could approach Bedlam, it was this school. I had just got fairly seatcl, Whenk up jumps a young Bedlamite, with, 'Marster. Jo House keeps er pinchin ne.' 'Jo, did you pinch him?' 'No I didn't, 'twas Bill Grimes, for I seed him when he did it.' 'Bill, what did you pineh him for?' 'Koz he keeps er erowdin.' Then fallows a flag.llbation. Soon a class of litth omnes is callel up do read. 'What is that?' 'Thath A-r.' 'l ry well what is the n'xt?' 'I'dleo thir.' 'That is ii you blockhead.' 'B-,"r.' 'H l;.t !'1at?' 'l'deno Ihir.' 'What ,h 1 du . -orat , you?' 'I'dP in thir.' "lareter, Tom rogneu keens uakiii mre laugh, he-he-he.' 'Tom come here -id you make him laugh? *No sir.' 'Well, take your seat.' 'Marster, anaint I gwout.' 'No you will all go out directly. Tie class in spelling book stand up to read. Zekiel begin. 'B-a-k-r Baber. 'The next.' ':-u-g-a-r.' 'What dore that spell? 'I' den, tlir.' What does your mother put in" your etee?' "LassPs-er.' 'Next.' lharster. naialt the boys go out?' 'No. Firs? cla's in spelling.' Marst"r, Jim Stontes keeps all the squinatin spit at me.' 'Well. Jim you must stop after school. Spell PhthisiC.' P-p-I-p-tt--h-l-s-i--ti zick.' 'Marster, maint I speak? 'What for?' 'Koz I want to horry that are strati' ruler, what Jimmy Lumpkin's got.' 'No keep your seat.' Thus my friemnd and his pack of noisy urchins whiled away the time until the usual intermission-all had gone out but one, who had as I sup posed, something of great imlportance to camnunuicate to mny friend, the Marster- - hei advances towards the desk with all the gravity of a preacher. 'Marster, said he, 'Tom Strout keeps all the time wri ting love letters to the gals.' I could contain myself no l'nger--I seized my hat and rushed out of the door. The lavish eontributions by ex-confed erates of flowers for Gen. Grant's tomb are convincing evidence that the war is over. Those whom he vanquished have united with those whom he led to victory in paying tribute to his memory, This fact is a gratifying proof that the Union is thoroughly restored-that we have an undivided territory, a union of hearts, a people more closely knit together than has been the case at any previous time in the nation's history. Any attempt to destroy this feeling of amity and good will between the sections will assuredly fall. The party which shall endeavor to destroythls longdesired state of harmony and fraternity will merit just what it will encounter-a crushing and over wheluming defeat. The bloody shirt should remain furled forevermore. Cer tain it Is that the party which unfurl it :'aanot march to victory under the en sanguined ianner. Local Lights. The Police Jury met last Monday. Keep, cool, Audibert's Ice cold beer will do it. Blackberrying is getting to be deci dedly in vogue. Nature's infernal machine-the cucum her will soon be felt. When a poor fellow begins going to the dogs. he as quickly hounded down. The young folks had an entjoyable sol. roe at the residence of Mr E. R. Knight, last Tue'sday. lion. Alfred Veoorhiee, was up froat IBato',, Rouge, this week, spelding seve ral days with his family: Neatly printed hall programmes, with ji.'e'il. *A.. attached. ready for use. f(, irle at this oflice. You can buy onee. 1two or as many as you need. The heavy rainfall during the week has benefitted some, while some com plain of too much. Its ill wind, etc. When in need of fresh and cheap gro cerise, don't fail to renmember that Mr. E- R. Knight asks a share of your patro nage. See notice in another column. The 15th. instant is the time fixed for the trial of the Fontelien impeachment c(.ae. Mr. Ben Kirkman. the sergeant at arms of the State Senate was in town last Tuesday serving subp eenas on wit That sterling organization the Mikado Social Chub, which has done so munch to bring our young people together, and afforded so much enjoyment to all, have sent out invitations for their first anli versary ball, which takes place on the 26i instant It promies to be the event of the season. This week has been, indeed, a rainy one. And it has tended to give an im petus to the growing crops. Corn. cane, cotton and other plants, we are told, have taken an upward tendency, and so has the grass for that matter. Taking all in all, it has done more good than harm. We believe, Mr. W.G. Ervin, was the first ma n in this parish to demonstrate beyond the shadow of a doubt, the adap tability of our soil for the growing of oats. He planted some few years ago a couple of acres of "Texas Rust Proof" and they came up fruitfully. And, If we mistake not he has every year since planted a patch. He no doubt finds it pays. At all hours of the day and night, ci tisens living In a certain locality of this town are regaled with an aniount of scurrility that is simply intolerable. The property occupied by the parties in question, belongs to a prominent citizen, and we will refrain from. at this time particularising. But patience has a limit, and unless this nuisance is soon abated, we will more partleularly refer to this matter again. A Stereopticon Exhibition will be given at College Hall on the 15th. and 16th inst. We are told that it will be un der the charge of Rev. Parmentier, and that the money ace-ruing therefrom i: destined for the general fund to build a Catholic Church in New Iberia. Suec being the case we trust our people will turn out in large numbers and give a generous aid forthis worthy object. Lel it not be said that a worthy and char-l table cause appealed in vain to St. Mar tin. Besides, in attending this enter tainment you will be sure to get you money's worth. Mr. J. A. Hitter is making the hat: and belts for the members of Home Hook and Ladder Co. The hats are asi mnilar in shape to those of the other com panies, being neatly trimmed in black The belts are made to match the hats Mr. Hitter is doing tasty work. The truck has .been ordered from Oconnel and sns, .New Orleans, and will proba. bly I. here during the coming week The young colored men, will present a tine appearance when they turn out. Statement of Taxes,. Collected by T. L. Broussard, Sherff and Tax Collector, for the Pa rish of St. Martin, from the first day of September 1885 to the first day of May 1886. Debit. Amount due the Parish as per Roll of 1885............810 515 G6 Special tax of "" .......... 4 77904 15 294 64 Back taxes int ' .......... 476 00 Tolal anmout due the Parish 815 770 4 Credit. Dee. 1st. 1885, cash paid par'h Trreasu rer. back taxes, int $138 68 Parish taxes 188. I 576 82 Special " " 416 66 $2 133 16 Jan. 4th. 1886 paid par'h Treasurer for back taxes, let. 1886 134 01 Parish taxes 5 261 28 Special " 2 695 0 8 090 68 ' Jan. 19th. paid parish Treasurer Parich taxes 1885 1 560 09 Special ' " 715 27 $2 305 29 March 8th. 1886 paid pariah Treasurer Back taxes. lnt. 3249 Pariah " 1885 850 91 Special " . 383 02 1260 42 June 7th. 1886 paid pariah Treasurer for Back taxes, Int. 170 63 Parish taxes 1886 658 60 Special . . 282 12 01 111 35 Deduction list, erro no-o and double seasm ment a properties sold to Stato in 1885 and carried on Roll . ....... 87 Property sold to State in 1886 for taxes of '85 24 32 $86619 Total amount col lected with deduction list $15 73 09 The Sheriff bas also turned over to the Parish Treasurer. for school funds, besides the above amount, Poll tax col I ledted ........................$1 472 00 DIED. MouroN.--Saturday June 5th. 1886, at 1 p. mi., at the age of 5 months, Alice, child ot Jules J. Mouton and Theodora I edoux. The Messenger tenders its sympathy to the family. Card of Thanks. We offer our sincere thanks to the G(en tr emen of th- Br, RBanl for their atten dance at our Exhibition; alt- to the Ledi~'s who gave us sueh generon assitance with the refresuhent tables. Sisers of Mercy. Sunday School Meeting. Bishop Matlsleu, and Rev. J. F. Mar shall anct others, wilh lecture at the Sun day School Meeting, at the M. E. Church on Friday, "June 18th. at 3 oelock p. nm. Divine servicesat 8 ocloekp. m. All are invited to attend. Rev. Ed. Field.