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SHREVEPORT SEMI-WEEKLY NEWS.
Number I, SHREVEPORT, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1861. Volume ATTORNEYS AT LAW. (HODGE 4. AUSTIN, _Attorneys at Law, ,fwice over Childers 4 Beard's .Stove. Cor. Texas and Spring sts.,0 ]1-lyd SIREVEPORT, LA. J. C'. OVNCURlE, .-ttorney at Law, SHIREVEPORT, LA. O.fice with L. l. VNutt, corner of .Mil/m alul Mlarket streets. ~&34d-1y E.MME T D. CRALIG, Attorney and Oounselor at Law, Ofce, opposite Po.s O./ice, SIREVEPORT, LA. Will practice in the Courts of •'addo, I)DeSoto, and Bossier. Idld L. 3. NUTT, Attorney at -a w, "Ofce, corner Milamn 4- Market Streets. SIIREVRPORT, LA. I'ractices in Caddo, Bossier and lceSoto. n10-lyd '.E.1 D. MARKS. THOS. G. POLLO('CK. ?MARKS 4. POLLOCK. Attorneys & Counsellors at Law. Sireceport, La. PRACTIC E incopartnership in all b he courts held in the city of Shreve lport, and in the parishes of Deo Soto and Bossier. ()tfice on Market street near Milamn. n3-d-y. PRIVATE BOARDINO. SlTravis street, near" Baptist Church. EINGI locat.:d in a retired and agree :ildle part of the town, aftfords unusual in l.hcelcullls to boarders. transient or perina nent, will find it a com'ortable honme. aimu ili.s or single gentlemen can obtain plens •it rooms, and day boarders will be accom u-odated. sl1?'. Mlrs. A. B. TAINroIt. COMMISSION MERCHA'TS 1 F. PE.IIPI,. J. V. ROGERS Phelps d& Rogers, (Succes·ors to T. II. Etheridge ) Grocers &ComminissionMerchants C'or. Commerce and Mlilam sts.. SHrRE:VEPORT. LA. tKecep constaatlv on I:tand a large as ,ortinent of Ntapl andl ancy Gro - eries, IIay, Corn, Oats. et,. Advance's malde on c,,nsiguments to our friends in Netw ( )ri.ins. n lSdly .1. I. Simpson. G. 3. Cal/houn. Simnpson & Calhoun, \0:IEIIlOU & COMMISSION ,IEI CIIANT S, l(ccueirng tland Forw' ard(if g Age.nts, SIIREVaI:PORT. LA. lI vinzg leased tne popular and eomimo .umr \Vareihouse ,t Messrs. HIoward, Tally L (Co.. Itl!d havi g had long experience in hu-int:ss, we hope to receive a share, of the. ptblic pFatrulage, and pledge ourselves to i alli in our power to give enc tiro satistacte tioin n all ,u-,iness entrusted to our care. A/ wec ask is m trial. :.:?.5 ASSOCIA'TIONS. I. U. 0. F. . The regular inmeetings of NEITTH LODGE. No. 21, are held 'on W\eVdnsda)y evewnings, at 7 o'clock, att their Lodge Itoom on' texas street. .INO. I)ICKINSON, N. (. N. SFli.I11MAN, Secretarv . n ]10 MAs o iv I c. A s IIlEVEI'( : tT LO( DGE of F. kI and A. M. No. 115, meets ,ve.ry Friday at 74 P. M. JoHIIN W\. JONES, W. M. .1. I . Jirowillee, $ec'y. Shrerepurt Chapter of IR. A. M. No. 10, tc.r:s ton :he nd and 4th Monday of each month, at 7.1 P. M. J.1. (. McI(%Vi1.LIA.bt, T1. C. Waller, Recorder. H. P. Shrrrreport Council. R1. and S. M. No. 5, ie.,-ts ,n the Ist and 3d Saturday of each umonth. at 7A '. M. EMtIET 1). C('itAI, H'nurv Ivy , RIeorder. T ".O..i1 i Plauc. ' tl eting, at the Ma.sonic Hall on 'I'exav .trt u:, v.r Mavor'ns oTice. no24 THE SEMI-WEEKLY NEWS Is publisked every Mondayand Thurs day Mormnng. OMee, on Texas Street, Abuve Spring, near the Mayor's ogjee. T ERtM e: Per Annum, (in Advance,) $4.00 Six Months, " " 2.00 Three A " " 1.00 I'Ten Cents per Week, Delivered. 3 Copies One Year, $10. The above low raes are for the " War times and size," which places our paper within the reach of every family. SINGLEt COPY 10 CENTS. AD- ERTIBING R.TES := For each square of twelve lines or less for the first insertion .............. $1.00 For each additional insertion, per square, ........................ 50 The privilege of yearly advertisers is strictly limited to their own immediate and regunlar business; and tlh. business of an advertising firm is not considered as inclu ding that of its individual members. Advertisements published at irregular intervals, $1 per square for each insertion. All advertisements for strangers or tran sient persons, to be paid in advance. Advertisements not marked on the copy for a specified time, will be inserted till forbid, and payment exacted. Marriages and deaths will be published as news; obituaries, tributes of respect, and funeral invitations as other advertisements. iVe will be pleased to recci're as contributions, good chaste romances, poetry. etc., if original, also well writ ten articles on any /subject. The Lucky Prediction. iOlIN Wyman was over head and ears in love with Annie Grafton-an attachment which Annie was not un willing to receive. So far everything seemed prosperous and plain sailing, but, my dear reader, did you ever know a more detestable conjunction than that " but"? Well, the but in this case was, the widow Grafton, who sustained the maternal relation to Annie, had a very dacided objec tion to John as a son-in-law. Not that she disliked the young man. She admitted that he was steady. good looking, and of an amiable dis position, and all that,-i:T he was poor. Hle learned the trade of a car penter, and though lie made fair wa ges, had thus far been called upon to support two sisters, both of whom were now married and off Ili.- hands, and consequently he had been- able to lay up more than two hundred dollbrs or so. Mrs. (Grafton, on the contrary, was the owner of a valuable firm, and some monev in the bank, altogethel not less t han two thousand dollars. This in a country town entitled her to one of the places among the vil lage aristocracy, and as Auuie was the only daughter, and would inherit all the property eventually, she felt that it would be a decided nmesalli ance for her to marry any but a rich man, or, if not rich, a member of one of the learned profissions. So when John Wyman ventured to broach the subject to her, she said, not unkindly, but still firmly, " No, Mr. Wyman, I cannot give my con sent." lsave you heard anything against my character? asked John, in a tone of great disappointment. Not at all, said Mrs. Grafton, I be lieve you to be a very correct and es timable young man, but Annie is en titled to look higher. That is what Mrs. Grafton said, in substance to every remark the young man made, and he was finally obliged to retire from the conference in de spair. But where man's wisdom fails, woman's wit often steps in and avails much. When Annie heard from her lover the report of his conference, she leaned her head on her dimpled hand and said with a smile: We won't give up. What! do you really think you can bring your mother roundl said John eagerly. I have strong hopes. I know my mother better than you do, John, and I can arrange some way or other to manage her. I don't exactly see yet, but I'll set myself a thinking, and I guess something or other will turn up. But if there shouldn't Annie, do you think it right she should separate us 3? Won't you promise to be mine at any rate ? No, John, I won't promise to do that. I should not want to leave my mother alone. Then I am afraid, said John, in a desponding tone, that there is no hope for us. Fie, John, do you mistrust my power? said Annie, shaking her head at him. If that is the case, I've a great mind to say I won't marry you, even if mother does consent. Anything but that, Annie, but you know when your mother once gets her mind made up about anything, she isn't apt to give up very readily. I know that my mother has some strong points of character, and it is one of these that I rely on for success. I won't tell you anything about it just yet, but I'll let you know befbre it comes off. With this agreement they separated -John not knowing whether to hope or despond, but he tilt that if ever Annie became his wife it must be through the result of her stratagem. It was, perhaps, a week after the conversation detailed above, Annie had taken her mother's decision quite cahuly, much to that lady's satisfaic tion, tfor she loved her daughter, and would have been pained to see her grieve. This particular morning, Annie was unaccountably carless. She man:a:,ed to br.eak a pane of glass in t he s ttiig-room, without the slightest apparent necessity for so doing. As it was a c,,ld day in November, and this: was the room where they usually sat, it wa- a matter that must be reine died at once. Thlire. we shall have to send fr Mr. Wyman to come and put in a new pane, said her mother. I have an errand down in the vil lage, said Annie demurely-I will call and tell him to come. You had better do so, said l:her mother, and tell him to make haste. ZUgh! we shall catch our death of cold :l it isn't put in at once. Yes meother, said Annie. I declare i don't see how vovn cam: to do it, child, said the mother. I suppose I must have hcen very carelees, said Annie penitently. Well, what's done can't be undone. and I suppose we must expect such things to happen once in a while. Meanwhile Annie was putting on her bonfet and shawl, and at once bent her steps toward John Wyman's shop. He was planing a board when she entered. He looked up with an air of glad surprise. Annie explained her errand, and likewise added a few words, the pur port of which our readers will learn in due time. In about twenty minutes Mrs. Grafton saw John Wyman advancing up the gravelled walk that led to the door. Your daughter left word, said he, that you had a job in my line this morning. Yes, said Mrs. Grafton, and I am glad you have come so promptly. It isn't very cemfortable in this cold weather, to have a broken pane. Whereabouts is it ? asked John, in a matter of fact way. In the sitting room. Walk right in there. )frs. Grafton did not fail to observe that Annie did not come home with her late lover, as she feared she might, and in her heart she commended her daughter's prudence. I'm glad she knows what's good for her, thought Mrs. Grafton. I hope in time to secure a lawyer for a son-in-law. They usually pick out lawyers for political officers, and I should really like to be the mother in-law of a politician. The good lady went back to her knitting work, while John Wyman, with a business-like air, proceeded to his work. He had nearly finished the job, which by the way, seemed to take him considerably longer than usiual, when a knock at the door caused Mrs. Grafton to put down her knitting work and answer the sum mons. She started back in surprise at the apparition which presented itself. It was apparently a venerable old crone bent nearly double. attired in an old plaid cloak, and leaning for support on a r ,ugh stick. Good mornin', said M'rs. Grafton, mentally deci. ing that she was an applicant for ciarity. Would yo, like your fortune told, my worthy madame? inquired the crone in a quivering voice. Are you a rertuno teller? asked Mrs. Griafton wonderingly. YIv, madam, I can read the secrets of the stars, and from their mvsti,' deptl7'W.trace out their won dr :as maning. Would you know the i ..sr, present, or the future? Now Mrs. Grafton had in her na ture a large portion of superstitious credulity, and she listen.cd with no little awe to thste words of the crone How m'uch is your charge she ask ed. Twenty-tve cenut. Can you tell me tha past. Yes, madam. Very well. What is 7ny husband's namne? It was Eheen ::'. r; but your hlushand is no I~nger I .inieg.r You are right said Mrs. Grafton, quite impressed with the. correctness of her reply. Can you t, l me 1ow long ago be died'? Three yv'ars incce. On w'at day ? The day before Christmas. This is wonderful, said Mrs. Graf ton to herself Can you tell me how many children I have? You have two, but only one is liv Having answered these and many similar questions to the satisfaction and astonishment of Mrs. Grafton, John Wyman insisted that his for tune should also be told. The old woman examined him care fully, and answered all his questions as satisfactorily as he could have desired. Well, that is agreeable, said the young man, in response to one of her favorable predictions; shall I become in any way distinguished? Again an attentive examination, and the crone started back in appar ent agitation. Young man, said she, you will be come President. Is it possible exclaimed both Mrs. Grafton and John Wyman in chorus. Rely upon my word, she said, shaking her head solemnly. Come, saidJohn gaily, she deserves to be well paid. Here is twice your fee. I cannot accept it she said, I never take more than my fixed rate. This, more than anything else, con vinced Mrs. Grafton of the truth of her predictions. After the crone was gone, Mrs. Grafton seemed plunged in a brown study for some moments. At last she said, John Wyman, I have considered the matter you spoke of the other day, and if you still de sire to marry Annie, and she is will ing, you have my consent. It is needless to say that John Wyman very warmly protested that he was of the same mind. That day one month they were married, and John took charge of his mother-in-law's farm. As'to the predictions of the old crone, they were so far verified that John became president of a bank. Who the old woman was never trans pired, but it is shrewdly suspected that the young couple know all about her. "Rdebels" Escaping Througk'Can ada.-The New Albany (Ind.) Led ger, of the 31st ult., copies the fol lowing from the Quebec Chronicle: Some of the papers affect to dis believe our statement that a member of the Maryland Legislature who es caped from Baltimore; or rather th,. fortress which commando it, was re cently in Quebec. Perhaps theo wi4 also refuse us the credit when we say that Mr. Ward, the American Minister to China, was here a fort night since. He made his way fror, the South through the zNorthern States very slowly and with groe t difficulty, the officials being on the look-out for him, as the telegraph announced. lie is, however, proba, bly safe in England by this tiini.- - With him went another agCent ortf' r. !)lavis' Goverrnment-a young m.l who was at Bull Run. It is ccnj. tured here that Mr. \Tadce took l,. ters oft inarque with himn, to be giv, to privateers to cruise in thi ('lhin'e waters, if not to look after the Cali fornia treasure ships on the 'aceidc side of the Isthmusl . Number ox other Southerners have come ax:. goeu this summer by our steamer-. and many more have been stayi:2 here.