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SHIZEVEPORT SEMI-W EEKLY NEWS.
X oir 11. SHREVEPORT, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1861. Volume I ATTORNEYS AT LAW. ?i 1- I " II,: I:vi:roi'r. A.a .1 . MONVCUF:),:," .& t ()>,1iF"ý '(R lit J, mw, . '1*r ;~//, 1J.. .1!. ..1r//, 'vir~i,r- n/ .Ll,/rtr,a (//d _1/, 1-e/ xr, r x. ,:: t(_ I /;MAIE9h.7' 1). ('JL.-I(:, Attorney and Counselor at Law, ýilttI~~iyrt'IITI. A. Wil pru;.etirt. in the (ourlts of (niailo. I ),totr, miiid I'us. itvr. V1( Alt ..ie Al t -V 1 'w, )Ili, r", c(Jnr Srtreets. ~I1Ji~:r~iRI, LA. I'raJ'iclt ee in (ndtldo, lossier anti 11t·sot,.. 10-i IO-vyd 1i. l IN it. 1I AR Kr. 'lto'. G. PQl.IAWK .' JTAIK t.t1 it - P OL L O('K. Attorneys & Counsellors at Law. .Sh rr","ejr;,,·, La.. 1>1AC'IICi. inrii r~4I:tftrr"1iI4 in nil the, c'IKt.rt ' (1I(1 In the city of Sihrevt" pcort, and.ill * Ii th )':W'is lis 01o Iet Soto t )'lice. ctn ' 1r-t: O, :;trrc(t nea'r 3lilnrlr, PRIVATE BOARDING. '!7i v is -trecct, oictr lapttist ('htint It. L1 : Il1N; locate~l in * 'tirt-trd and ngrtr- ItIt 1. trt o f the' towAn -rfthr Ii hinhisUa itt ,Iue.,,ieit.tt to I, ti-drhr, trtnsirnt or jie~rnit 2;i24o eir hiZ' tril"" gtbehit-n Ottilhttt ra J(tirt r~a1,,, eI .s9'Jv'. Mrs. A\. B. 'FAIýrIhit. COMMISSION MERCHA'TS J. t:. tlllII.Jj-. J. '.. 1(ltO(.EItM i'hiclpis & Ro-eru, (.'tr'rc xso,-rs to T. If. Ethicritljrei (;le(c.lr·N ;Co llllri?;. loi nlll'rcllan1 hi·(p coustnntlv- on iaid a Inrge. ;a Alic11(".( s Illa(I nil (f i"tl li1'11meft.i to ouni trit til,, ill Nev (- Jr0eaul4. II11( 111 Siupljiion & Calhoun, WiIIElIOU E & COMMISSION 311I 'J ITANX T.`, ,"'r"1 !1/ (//t? (Li/ yur(crli/i~rt .gt'ms, HialviIg Ita-tri titi p~,lalar anai cItlil)fli d'iti ttus\'ldi1ltict itf "1Issrs. I Iowviard. Tall v .A Co., atiil hlattviag laid Iongx etritrinnI. ill we hi alope to ItteijV ai ,lou rt I the pul Jour iila~inga.. and l~datlge ourselves tai io all iii ulr power to give tentire sratistiac ion du all ~U~iItoa antnrateIl to our rare. A/ t ar(. /.- is a tria/. not23 ASSOCIATIONS. I 0. U. P - ý 4T 'rThe regular meetings of XE I T LODGE, No. 21 , are, held oI t4edlinesday 4eVeuitigs, at 7 O'clock, at tlheir Lodge. lRoon on 'Texas street. .INO. DICKINSOtN, N. G. N. SaE.IO AN, Secretary. 110 -41 AS O 1 C;. SH.REJVEPORT LOD G E of F. SICand A. M. No. 115, meets every Friday at 7.1 P. M. Jut`s W. JosES, W. 1. J. I. Blrownlee, Sec'y. Shreceport Chapter of R. A. M. No. If), meets onl the 2ud and 4th Monday of each month, at 7 P. M. J. 0. MCWILL.AMS, T. C. Waller, Recorder. I. P. Shrerrport Council, R. and S. M. No. 5, meets on the 1st and 3d Baturday of each mnonth, at 74 P. M. EIMMET 1. CRAIG, Henry Levy, Recorder. T.1. ...M LV Place of meeting, at tbhe Masonic Hall on Texas street, over Mayor's ofilce. noJ41 THE SEMI-WEEKLY NEWS Iv piuld;sdtd rrry TuIvsday aiNd Fri day AtorniNg. Office, on Teiasn Street, Abor~cre A'pring,-wa~r the· May~Sor's oile.. 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Ad veitiseiiients not inurkel in the cioiv fora speeifithd tiimie, will he inserted till IM1arriages ani deaths 'vill he pbilished U4 ii niw;dituaris, trilittes of reslpeet, and fumoral inlvitlati o- as ithr rii . ueti$.incnt.s II w j wll Le Ipcarcd to rv.'pire vis 'font/f'ri/ton'v, teooL ciaIest/e rottrm.v, poeety,. dev., If origiu/, also re// writ ten IfjC/15' ar I? on'l! *ntlbj('Lct. PICKETING-A BURLESQUE. NotwithbtLtanldiug their continual reverses, the Yankees try to be funny occasionaily. 'The following speci men is taken itifrorn a Nortlhern paper: While on lily loiinelv beat, about an hour ago,. a light attracted my at tention, and, looking up, I beheld one of Seccsh's pickets stan'?ing be tore me. 'Soldier," says he, -vou remind mc of my grandmother, who dlied be fore I was born; but this unnatural war has made us enemies, and I must shoot you. Give inc a chaw toback er." Ile was a young man, mny boy, in the prime of life, said deseended from one of the first families of Virginia. That is to say his mother was a vir gin. At least that's what I under stand by the first families of Vir ginia. I looked at him, and says I: "Let's compromise, my brother." "Never!" says hlie, "the South is fighting for her liberty, her fireside, and the pursuit of happiness, and I desire most respectfully to weicome you with bloody hands to a hospita ble grave." "Stand off ten paces," says I, "and let's see whose name shall come be fore the coroner first." liHe took his place and we fired simultaneously. I heard a ball go whistling by a barn about a quarter of a mile on my right, and when the smoke cleard away, I .aw the Secesh picket approach me with an awful expression of woe on his otherwise dirty countenance. "Soldier," says he, "was there anything in my head before you fired?" "Nothing," says I, "save a few harmless insects." " Sptak not of them." says he. SWas there anything inside of my head?" "Nothing!" says I. "Well," says he, "just listen now." Hie shook his head mournfully, and. I heard something rattle in it. 'What's that?" I exclaimed. "That," says he, "is your bullet, which has penetrated my skull, and is rolling around in my brain. I die happy, and with an emnpty stomach; but there is one thing I should like to see before I perish for my country. Have you a quarter about you?" Too much affectcd to speak, I drew the coin from miy pocket and handed it to him. The dying man clutched jit convulsively, and stared at it fever 'ishlv. "This," said he, "is the first quar ter 1 have seen since the fall of Sum ter, and had I wounded you I should ºhave been totally unable to give you any quarier. Ah, how beautiful it is; how bright, how exquisito, and how good for drinks. But I have not time to say all I feel." The expiring sollier then laid down his gun, and hung his cap and over coat on a branch. And there I stood, my boy, on that lonely beat, looking down upon that f:allen type of manhood, and thinking how singular it was he had forgotton to give me back my quarter. 'lThe sight and thought so ffehcted me that I was obliged to turn my lback on the corpse, and walk a little way from it. WhIen I returned to the spot the body was rone. Had it gone to lheaven? Perhaps so, my boys -perhaps so; lbut I havu't seen my quarter since. i Cold Comflort. 'J'The St. Louis Republican. n lea:id ing Abolition paper, is d''wza on Lin cdli's message. It says. Still, we acknowledge to somij,' dis appointnent in perusing this State paper. It is not what we expeered froni Mr. Lincoln. It is not what the occasion dlemandedl froni li611. We did look for smn libelcra;l Iand wtell definiel euihnciatiton of tl. principles upon which his Adini iiiitration was to be conducted and the war for tihe preservation of the Union prosecuted. We did think that the time had conicme when, in consid'eration of the sacri fices which thie Ioyal adherents of the Union had made in Kentucky, Mary land and Missouri-to say notliuig of the many thousands who are yet ftithfil in each and every State of I the Southern Confe·deracy-the l'resi dent wot;.1 lie ready to settle the doubts existing in the minds of many as to the real policy of his Admninis tration. lie has not don,' so, and in our opinion has made a grave mistake. As it is, however-looking to the silence of that message on this point, and seeing therein a positivis refusal to commit himiself' to any of the ultra and defensible schemes which con template the emancipation of the ne groes in the slave States-we amy look, we suppose, fir a slutiion ut this questiou to the proclanutions of (. ens.. Sumner, Dix and 11alle k, as embody ing the policy of the 'J\vernment. A bill has been introduced in the Tennessee Legislature to authorize the Governor to take possession of all 1 the salt in store, on ship board, or 1 held for sale in the State, for public use and for other purposes. A Great Bore. An Italian of St. Louis has invent ed a new electric war steamer which promises to be the greatest invention of the age. This new steamer is proposed tobe about 300 feet in length, and 100 in diameter, from top to keel. The form of this new vessel is to be that of a large pototo, or "more like a whale," the large proportion to be in the water. The circular build of the upper part of the steanier, or cov ering, is to be on such an angle that no cannon ball can strike it square, but fly off, doing but little damage to the boat. The covering is to le made of certain metal that can be electrified from heavy batteries located in the magazines in the center of the ship, so that, on any attempt to board the vessel, every person making the effort would instantly be thrown off by the shock into the sea. Iii her Low, un der water, she will carry a steel screw which, revolving with great rapidity, will bore into any steamer or ship she can approach, and then by a heavy discharge of electricity induct ed by the screw, the vessel thus bored into will be shivered to atoms. This new electric or galvanic steamer is to be made of the best material, at a cost of 1,500,000, and it is computed, with her full armament on board, will draw about five fathoms of water. The port holes are to be opened by a sprinm, and after the discharge of the gun innediantely closed. Her hull is to be proof against sinking. Many other new ideas It the construction of the steawer are giveni by the in ventor, but the ablove is sufficient to ive the ener:al plan oft the. vessel. T'hli inventor savs- that with such a ast erac he would deftv flets it the cobin ii etd world, and could enter any tf reigni pi rt antd 'listxov th i citries wit mutt hxaz::rdiag any risk of Ieitig injiiretl lI thle tirinjg of iguns or the hina;rdiig of troops. Thex moidel will be ctomopleted in a few days and will lIe tfrwtarded to Waslhington for in spection.-Lx. 1171// 11cC/c//qn lic..ran ?-Wa:sh ingitn r gumors state that (ten. Metlel bill threatens to resign if Caweron's lpolircy relative to the slaves is to be carried out. 'The Cilunibus News has the following rteference to this rumor: (ten. McClellan so expressed him self in the antinth] of Julv or _August last, at Cairo, in the presence of several persons, ourself anmoua tIhe nlulller. In a llepulican caucus, held at Washington onil the evening of the loth, 'T'had. Stevens distinctly an nounced that (len. McClellnut had threateined to resign if the Cameron policy was adopted. 'Tie Arkansias Conspiracy.-T1'he lMemphis Appeal. of the 20th, says: Seventy-seven additional ipersons arrived at Little Rock on the 14th, who had been captured in Searcev county. They were a part of the gang of conspirators whose nest was disuiovered and broken up in Van Bureix county a short time ago. 'T'lie .1ournmial states that the foul conspira iv. which was the work of a fntiratica old Iliaptist preachier, aided by a few hoary headed old sinners, who have been long living in crime and wick edness among the barrens of the northern border counties, has been thoroughly broken up by the vigilance and prompt action of the loyal citi zens of those counties. Family Newspapers. Few persons have any just concep tion of the extent of their indebted ness to the papers for the informa tion they possess and the moral senti ments they cherish. Compared with the past ages of the world, this is a remarkably enlightened period. A large portion of the people have a considerable share of correct in formation on almost all topics of any importance. Religion, geography, history, and the political condition of the world, political economy, the important features of practical philos ophy, something of geology, chemist ry as applied to agriculture and the mechanic arts, and many other sub jects are familiarized to the public mind. Most persons can talk intel ligently about them, pretending to learning or research. But how do they come by this knowledge ? Not at school, nor at books generally speaking, but by picking up, here and there, from news papers, small instalments. Let any one ask himself where he obtained his knowledge of any par ticular fact. He is probably una ble to tell, because it came silently, unperceptible, in newspapers. The same is true in regard to our best moral sentiments. They are sugges ted reitterated, and fastened on the mind by the press. The pulpit does much; parently instruction, in many instances, does much; and the press more than both. Let any reader of a well conducted paper open its page and consider well its contents. There are in a single numnber some times front one hundred and fifty to two hundred separate and distinct articles, each one carrying an idea, a fact, or a sentiment, and stated or il lustrated sc as to produce an effect in en!arging the reader's store of know ledge, or giving a right direction to thoutgrt, feeling, or action. Muns not all this have its influence on the realer ? VWe think so. No reflecting man can fail to see that the nianv visits in a year of a:t well conducted paper, with a correct, elevated tone, and withal interesting in its contents, must exert a great moral influence, upon domestic litft. Children growing up under such an influence are far more likely to be intelligent, correct in their opinioitn and morals and better prepared for the active duties of life, than they could possibly have been without it. Anrti//r FIamine in Irclhnd.-A cousiderable portion of Ireland is again threatened with famine. From the mouth of the Fovle to the broad e'stuarv of the Shannon the fuilure it the potato crop is aidl to lie more general and comnplete than in any year sce 46. for several rea sons uafter that calamnitous era tb smallest holders showed their di.s trust of the unreliable root; and the reappearance of the disease, though in a molditied form: was calculated to check any premaiture return to tihe old dependence upon it as a main articelele it tood. (Greant pains were taken meanwhile to encourage the cultivation of turnips, mangold, fliax and othor green crops. 'T'he vast de crease in the laboriicg population ren dcered the temptation to plant the prolific potato less and less every year; and the formation of many large pasture farms, where whol' villages and their potato gardens had once existed, led to the supposition that whether the inscrutable blight which had caused so much suflering from 1845 to 1849 reappeared or hot. we should hear no more of acute aind wides-prrt'ad peasant dcstitution. [ London News.