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THE _V EE LI M88UUCEL
$s00 JUSTICE TO ALL. S$ 00.
VOLUME I. ST. MARTINSVILLE, LA. JUNE 19th. 1886. NUMBER 17.
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.
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
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
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
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
Keep cool, Audibert's lee cold beer
will do it.
There o but one bird (black) in the
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
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
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