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21, 1880. L'
MOi~ .e_____ __ The River and Harbor bills adopted by Oohgrees for many years past con tain liberal appropriations for the Im provement of rivers whose namm do not appear on any map that ever was printed. Unknown creeks, small lon lets, unimportant harbors, crooked and steep rivers, running through com paratively poor and thinly populated sections of the country, constantly re. ceive the protecting care of the Gov. erament, and we do not complain. But we live on a river whose name is known far and wide-a river whose beautiful valley is not surpassed in fertility and climate by any in the world-a river the best adapted for navigation of any in the country-a river whose bosom is broad, whose Inm clination or fall Is very slight, whose banks do not cave, which does not overflow, and on which a mighty traffic is carried on by a vast and pop ulous country for six months of the year. Yet, strange to say, the name of the Ouachlt ver is scarcely recoga naled in Congrtp above a tiny lumber stream in Minnesota or West Vir ginia I Owing to the existence of two or three shoals our grand and important stream is "tied up" as it were, for five months of each year. These shoals could be and ought to be removed by Congress. Every practical steamboat. man on the Ouachita knows and de clares that at a comparatively small expense, permanent navigation can be established, and they have repeatedly petitioned for this relief. Year after year passes byand nothing is done. The people of this valley-the beau. tiful Ooachita Valley, from Black river to Camden, are Interested In this Vital Question. Nature has dowered them with a highway-a complete and everlasting rival of railways. How long will our people fall to look after this great boon ? How long will they vegetate and feed on empty promises? It does seem to us candidly that the people all along this valley should lay aside every other consideration and endeavor to send a man to Congress who is able to impress upon the Coun, ells of the Nation the importance and Justice and righteousness of improving, or rather, creating low water naviga tlon on the Ouachita. ANOTHER NORTH AND SOUTH RAILROAD SCHEME. The Natche. Bannerof the 19t h has the following to say: "It would ap pear from this that the Syndicate which was to have built the North and South railroad through Ouachita, Morehouse and RIapides parishes, are casting about for another route: Messrs. Col. Jno. H. Rice, of Fort Scott, Kan,, representing the Syndi cate who talk of buildnlog a Southern extension of their Kansas, Nebraska and Dacota Railway, and Judge U. M. Hoyt, of New York, representlng the N. O. N. & N. W. Railway, ar rived in the city on yesterday's train had met a lage number of our busi ness men at the A. L. I. Armory last night. The object of their coming is to see what inducements Natches can offer to the road to come this way, and have demonstrated practically to them what our people have been claiming regprdlng the most practicable route vIz: That the route, via Natche, will enable them to cross the Louliana swamps in fewer miles, on higher grounds, give them a straighter route to New Orleans, and through a more thickly? settled country. Col. Rice poke to these present in the frankest _rms, giving the names of the mem bers of his syndicate who are well known to our railroad men as solid men of immense wealth as well as practicable railroad bui.ders. After satisfying those present that his com, pany was fuly able to carry out any agreement they may make, he said that while they would build the road and put it in running opperation without asking a dollar from anybody, they would expect, before locating on this route, the city of Natchez to guarantee them a good bonus, payable when the road is coanpletcd and the care running. Col. Rice then gave graphic descriptions of the growth of his State, how in a few years it had sprung from a trackless plain to the proud distinction of being one of the leading agricultural States of the Union with 5,000 miles of railroad, many thousands of school houses and the finest zinc, lead and coal fields in the world, where millions of bushels of cereals are grown every year, etc., and ended by saying: "You people of Misslssippi and Louisiana need ev erything we raise up there and we need everything you raise down here. This great trunk line from New Or leans to Dacotah will open a commu nication that cannot fall to be profl table." Judge Hoyt, of the other company, then spoke briefly, saying that his company did not feel that they had met the proper encouragement from the Natehez people, that three years ago they made their survey from Vi dalla, north, secured by donating many thousands of acres of land along the line , and the Vidalia people had done all they could by raising money for the purchase of ground on which to erect a depot and machine shops. But the financial aid expected from Natchez was witheld, and that now, if our people fall to secure the location of Col. Rice's company on his survey, the N. O. N. & N. W. is dead. Those present then tendered Col. Rice a unanimous vote of thanks for the Information he had given regards laog our sister state and the meeting adjourned to reassemble at the court houseethis evening at 8:30 o'clock, to which all of our citizens are cordially invited, when tne same gentlemen will be present and. give us another talk. Congreesman Irlon was Saturday low terviewed by a representatfve of the New Orleans States regarding the bill before Congress to appoint a commis sion to go to South and Central Amer ica and investigate the yellow fever germ theory. Mr. Irlon said: "I think its prospects pretty good now. There seems to be little opposition now, and if we can get it up under a suspension of the rules we shall pass it." General Newton, Chief of Engineers, has made a report to the Secretary of War, opposing the passage of any charter for a railroad bridge across the Mississippi river at Memphis, he say nlog that a charter was granted a com. pany for this purpose last year and that one bridge at that point ought to be suficient. But the same gentle man has, within the past week, re ported favorably on a second bridge at St. Louis. Congressman Zach Taylor is Indignant over the dtclsion of the Secretary, as he (Taylor) has been pressIng the Kansas City and Mem phis Itailroad bill, and he has decided to push the bill in the committee and in the House, and will do his utmost to get it through. CLOTHING'HOUSE, ICHEAP GOODS= - MAKE - Cheerful Buyers! And an elegant stock to select from, is an advantage that every one appreciates. Therefore, it you anticipate buying anything in the CLOTHING LINE, call at the STAR CLOTHING HOUSE, and you will find the Largest and Best selected stock of CLOTHING, GENTS FURNIHING GOODS, BOOTS, SHOES; fHATS, CAPS & ETC; that is kept outside of New Orleans. It is not necessary to (quote prices, here, nor do we say that we are selling at, or below cost, but, if you want anything in our line call on us and we will sell you at a legitimate profit. Respectfully, I. BAER & BRO., MON T1,0 aEL, L.A. MONROE RESTAURANT, No. 26 DeBiard Street, Monroe, La. This new Restaurant has just been opened. Everything new and Fresh. The table will be supplied with the beat that the market affordas. A well appointed Bar, is one of the conveniences attached, at which thebeat of Liquora may be bad. Meals at all hours, at the following prices:. SIngle meals ....................... .......... c. Board per week ........ ........................ $5.00. J. S. H JAUGH," Proprietor. SUBLETT BROS. DEALER IN HARDWARE, BLACK SMI1TH' & MACHINIST B Tools, Cooking and Heating toves, Iron, St e el Wagon Timbers, Belting, Guns, Pistols Sporting Goods and House furnishing ardware. MONROE. LA. ERNEST FUDIHUKAR, SOUTI GiRAND STREET MONIOEI. - DEALER IN - Ohoice Family Groceries, Wines, Liqnors, Cigars, Tobaee Genera Assorted Merchandise. F. WM. BLEES, 7'eaclcr of the PIANO, ORGAN, VIOLIN, SINGINGo , THIIEORY OF MUSIC ARMONY, ETC. SBCOORE REVIBED AND MUffU ARRANGFD. T'er,,i : Instrumental or Theoretical Lessons"a (per month)............................... $8.00 Vocal Lessons (per month) ........ ....... ........ .. ..................... $4.00 For further particulars, address F. Win. BLEES, "Ouachita House," Monroe, La. AdverCse In The Tele i .