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$s00 JUSTICE TO ALL. S$ 00. VOLUME I. ST. MARTINSVILLE, LA. JUNE 19th. 1886. NUMBER 17. T'HE MEAsEVNGE. Is It Just. The following extract is from the pub. lished proceedings of the last meeting of the Police Jury: James K on, Esq, having presen ted to the Plice Jury, in open session; a claim ofMesrrs. Gates & Barnard of Iberia for the sum of $121.40 for damage to steamboat Durio at Breaux Bridge, caused by inefcilency of the Bridge thee-And it appearing that said claim i. just and reasonable, on motion of Mr. Zeehampe duly seconded-It is aunolved that said claim be and is hereby approvle and or dered to be Apl ot of my fhods lathe Treasury andasa valMelaeat of the revenues of this year. The facts in this matter appear to be that whilst the Str. Duro was ceming through the drawbridge at Breaux Bridge one of the persons, at the crank of the roller on which the chain holding the span is attached, thinking or apprehen ding that the smoke stack of the boat would strike the span, lot go his hold, thereby causing the span to drop, produ cing the damage for which the Parish is made to pay. In allowing this claim we suppose the Police Jury did the beet thing under the cireaumstances. We are sure it is a eater plan than litigating over the matte. However, it most forcibly strikes us that if in entering into contracts with fndi viduals, whereby an adequate considera tion is given for the performance of cer tain work, that Body should demand and exact a solvent bond for its faithful exe cution, not forgetting to insert a clause therein making damages accruing from gross negligence on the part of the con tractor or his employees, payable by the contractor, such claims would fall on him who by right, hould be responstbl. If he chooses to employ irreeponsible help he should pay the damages following such employment. tgh the mount is mall, very small, t is sufflelently to teach a wholesome lesson. And we trust it will not be lost. WEDDING. . Union of Charles E. Whitney and Louise Renaud. There was a large gathering of ladies and gentlemen yesterday ev g at 8t. The resa's Church to b nuptial cere mony of Miss Louise a an interes ting young lady of this city, and Mr. Charles K Whitney, the city editor of the Times-Democrat. The audience eonsieted of beautiful young ladies, sedate matrons, profession al and businese men, and the newspaper men, with whom the groom has always been a favorite. The members of the preos--represntative of all the journals of thlLe city--were out in their might to comgratulate their co-laborer rpna his entry into the grand old order of I:hi' dirts Nit a l'.r,,rtner s, fair. The guests as they arrived were re eeived and scorted to seats by Capt. .John Augstot, John Avery, Judge A. BJurthe A. tCapdeville, L. L Lincoln. S. D. Pool and Charles A. Donnaud. The bride wore a beautiful costume of white silk, ele gmntly trimmed and a large veil floated around her like a cloud. She was ae eombled to the altar by her brother Mr. Paul F. Renaud, and the groom walked by the side of Mrs. Elisa Renaud, the mother of he bride. Rev. Father Massardier preached a brief sermon and pronounced the happy couple man and wife. t 8 oelock Mr. and Mrs. Whitney left IPgsboingt, and the North per the bmnesaw route, and will be gone for about a month. They havethe best wieb es of the Picayune for their happiness and sucmes.-N. O. Picope J.we Jtf. The parents of the fair bride were for merly of this town. A hot of friends unite with the Messenger in wishing a long, happy life, full of unalloyed bliss to the couple. "He Is Not The Fashion." iow often do we hear this expressmon used, even in a little burg like this, in reply to this question relating to the me rit of ae young man. "Oh, yea, it eanust denied that he is upright, and of uablemished private charactet but thenhe is not the "fasaio." Ala it is a fet, that modest merit of the brightest order is too often entered to perish by cold negbpSi while Impudent medioerity makes ittay with relat into the good graces andieections of thoee, who are the fashion. No matter in what one may excel; though he is endowed with all that goes to make a true gentlean, iV he be net enrolled among the toa ries of tfashion, he is east aside -g too often nerd. Unfortunatelyhiw hi., hes ndspeseeesion of thit bruse talma, whlch seldom fails to set as a oe sen ame. N4o, modest merit, has ot thatirresistible conidence ad surance imupdenee, that precious metal which is sometimes better than gold. In short "he is not toe fashion." Their Request Shoultbe Omtated. Mr. LeeAsG rd, the member of the Pollee J of the 5th Ward, presented to that be at its last sitting, a petition from the eitisems of Breaux Bridge and vicinity, asking an appropriation to re pair thhridge, acroes the Teche, at that place. Thesy ythatthe bridge is in a very delapidated and dangeroas condition. The petition was laid on the table subject to future action, We think the people of that section are entitled to a brand new bridge d:mi lar to the one not long ago erekted here. But we believe the 5nances of the parish will not admit of it just now. Neverthe less an appropriation large enough to put the present bridge in Qafe traveling '*nmlition i' urgently needed. And the Police Jury shoeuld not hesitate to grant a Mi'i, g d'eivut. It it .. 'ne at the IEt I1me lhig. Nearly every Democratic paper, in the third Congressmioal distriet have already expressed their preference for the Hen. E. J. Gay as his own enecemor. If they reflect the sentiments of the people 1. the perishes in which published-and we have not the least reason to doubt that they do-this gentlemea should feel highly gratified at this exhibitlim of good will. There is am dmbt that he has proved a faithful and eemseletoins re- presentative and another term should be his disert& Local lights. Keep cool, Audibert's lee cold beer will do it. There o but one bird (black) in the prish cage. Roasting ears were selling in town this week. four ears for a nickel. The great trouble here is, we have too many patriots, entirely too many mar tyrs, posing for effect. The ball of the Mikado Social Club to take place on the 96th. Inst., promises to afford a gala time to the votaries of Terpslchore. Neatly printed ball programmes, with pencil, Ac., attached, ready for use, for sale at this office. You can buy one, two, or as many as you need. J. Kleber Melanson and P. Treville Melancon of Bresa Bridge, wee regis tered as guests at the Mqtropoltam Hotel in Washington D. C. last Monday. The Mutual Benevolent Asseelatiom of this town having secured a train will run an excursion to New Orleans on the 13th of July. We shall has more to say about this matter. We have It on the best atthority that the Dramatic Club of our ster town of Breaux Bridge will seoo give a the atrical entertainment The plays are being rehearsed now. Mr. J. D. Collins, of Cypress Island, has sent to this oflice this week, some cotton blooms gathered from his feld. Mr. Collins has several acres of cotton in full bloom. Hon. Al. Voorhies, of this parish vo ted against the Sunday law. The vote stood 71 to 18 in favor of the bill. The bill only awaits the signature of the Gov ernor to become law. Dr. Arthur Gullbesa, of Breaux Bridge and Dr. W. G. Martin, of Arnaudville, were in town last Saturday. We also noticed Mr. O. Martin, of Preaux Bridge in town last Tuesday. At the Succession Sale of the Est. of J. P. O'Rourke, the store building was pur chased by Mr. Edwin Guerinlere, for $1000. And the residence was bought by Mrs. J. O'Rourke also for $1000. We again call the attention of pen perty holders to the fact that the asse sor has the assessment lists for the cur tent year open for inspection and cor rection. Let those interested remember this, as the twenty days allowed to visit the lists will soon expire. Lovers of the mazy dance, arc inform ed that the dauwing programune as adop ted sad whic, will be oheeed at the coming ball is printed in neat little books with pencils attached and for sale at this office. Everybody will want one. We were pleased In meeting this week our young friend Walter Simon who has been spending a few days with his pe rests and kinfolks. Walter is looking well and his traveling seem to do him good. He has recently traveled through out the States of Georgt. Alabama, and Florida, and is now on his way to Texas. Wherever he may be we hope he will meet with the best suesers. June has indeed, been "a wet month. It has been raint, rain, every day, for the past two or three weeks. The crops will if not already, feel the effect of this long continuous rain. Where there was late planting and the erops were not rid of the grass, there will be a sweet olJ time fighting the growing weeds. How ever it might be worse and If we have fair sunshiny weather for the next few weeks, the planters may pull out at the big end of the born. Thursday evening, towards 6 o'clock, the sky suddenly beenme overcast by dark, threating clouds. Soon a strong wind commenced blowing from the West, followed by a slight rain. So strong had the wind become, that for a while it was a general question if a cyclone had not struck the town. However it did not hat over half an hour or so. We fear It has tended to serlously injure the crops. Fur ertain the corn is laid nearly flat oen the ground and other crops have Sufered as hed. Ahw let as eostlaegetolook on the brgtside. We have always couteaded that St. Martinsvinle has a bright future ahead of her, if her people will omly beeth themselves. While our neighbors are grasping at every ehasesamd making the most of their opportaltiss, we are sor rowfully forced to aemowledge that our people seem to be utterly indferent as to how the "world wags." A glanee will bshow right around uo are means to enhance our trade, butsne special effort is being made to turn it in Its proper channel. Unless we "hustle" and show the people naturally tributary to us that we want their trade, I. it reasonable to suppose that they will come to us, espe cally when our neighbors are extending the warmest welcome to them? Rev. Parmentier assisted by Rev. Coughilin, gave stereopticon exhibitions at College Hall, last Tuesday and Wed nesday. A large number of people were present at both entertainments. The proceeds proved atisfactory, we be lieve, and are destined to a fund to build a Catholic Church in New Iberia. The views shown were well selected sad va ried, and we hear that every one atten ding was well pleased. It is certainly worth the price of admission if not more. After each exhibition a lottery was drawn, the prises being valued at $i0 each. The prise theerst evenlng abean tiful toilet set, was woe by Mr. J. . Mouton; the prise the seonad evelsg was won by A. Milaatzsi, belng a pretty statuette.