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TIE S WU&ELI IEUEll UURL
10oo JUSTICE TO ALL. SI oo.
VOLUME I. ST. MARTINSVILI.E. I I.' JUNE 12th. I886. NUMBER 16.
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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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
MouroN.--Saturday June 5th. 1886, at
1 p. mi., at the age of 5 months, Alice,
child ot Jules J. Mouton and Theodora
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.