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M. I>. KAVANAOHi Editor.
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fîhST. Landry Democrat will he is
iwlVKiilarly every Saturday iieie
will be a strict advocate of
be toicipU*H of the Democratic party,
iated in the platform of prin
ilopted by the last conventions
party, held at St. Louis and
mge in 1876. Under the broad
ised at St. Louis, on the plat
adopted, the party appealed
thrtservative element of the coun
»i| the polls gained the victory,
rived of the grand result by fraud,
the effect of that great political
uprising of the people is apparent on
every side. Ittaught the partvin power
that constitutional liberty was not yet
dead ia the land, aud that no party
could expect an unlimited lease of
poifer, at the hands of the people, who
actpd ina spirit violative, alike of the
fntilamtntal law, and of the rules of
common honesty in the administration
of the government. Its first result was j
seen in the liberation and redemption of
S«>uthCarolina and Louisiana, the last
States ; 4>f the So nth that languished
«ltd pi
vithdrävn, eleu as the snow drifts of
vinter Sisappwr beneath the genial
v !irmtl|>f the spring nun. Its second
•«■Stilt igt» be sem in tile increased im
Mirtanf the Sc life has assumed in Na
„ioual politics. long ignored, she
is fliijleiily becofce a factor, and an
■ipnqpnt one in \Ue politics of the
In the cabinet on the national
•y, she is again represented. In
ate she is refreseuted by the
nd most gifted «f her sons, ami
»wer branch of fee National leg
she has beeon» •» power no
to be ignored. Her material
ment is becoming^» object of
I legislation. The plicv of pros
ami hate has heeriuhaudoned
nid »lew and enlarged polfc, founded,
not Persecution, but on br^d princi
ples JSstatesuiunship has bee substi
Inftfar, as the national adit fl j s tra
tion its adopted or will infot« f|,j s
policjïe shall heartily sustain i but
uo loner.
As § the State administration-^, e
.admiiftration of Nicholls and Wtlw
we wlbe found amongst its stauncli^
suppjers. Coining into power, iu tl,
' evt*
ont H
midsdf a revolution, with the tnateuo
rial af financial interests of Louisianrtteadei
ruineiftnd utterly paralyzed; with

Tacesf rayed against each other; with
the l|v almost a dead letter, on the
statntj book ; with official dishonesty
and cfruption the rule and honesty the
excepfon, it stauds to-day before the
people a living example, of what an
admiijfstration, having an eye single to
tjie g(jbd of the people, can accomplish,
«reo In the brief period, intervening
iceiiie fate of the State passed into
its hands.
To-day peace prevails throughout the
State ; every obligation contracted and
maturing iu 1877 has been paid ; the
reduction of the debt of the State has
commenced ; the antipathy existing be
tw'eea the white and colored race, the
onte^op of the teachings of carpet-bag
gery nearly extinct ; the coloied people
having fcarr**! from actual experience
that tlieir rights and liberties : re safest
when entrosted to an administration
resting not «n Federal bayonets, but
in the hearts and affections of the peo
ple. The laws are enforced, and res
pected through «he judiciary, and at
the close of the year just passed, those
entrusted with the collection of the
public revenue, have paid into the State
Treasury all the taxes wdlected from
ithe people. Such a icview of accom
plish«! facts, in so brief a perhtd of
ten, is gratifying te» every Loui^aaian.
We all recollect the day when Louisiana
was the hum * beanteous and qoeen-like
amongt iter sister States of the Union.
We can stow all look forward to the
day and that not in the distant future,
when she will again occupy the same
jsïtion. Works of internal improve
ment already completed, and in process
of completion, will soon ponr into the
j. ( p of ourqneeii city of the Mississippi
ValhW, the richest tri botes of commerce,
vith deep navigation at the mouth of
the Mississippi rive* with the New
Orleans and Texas Pacific road com
nleted ; with the other railroads which
will follow, the natural outcrop and
„atgrowth of these and of the changed
atate of things incident to the inaugura»
doli of a State Government siieh as we
a„w possess, the eye of prophecy itself
caR scarce forsee the future greatness
of New Orleans and the consequent
prrt8 p,»rity of the State. These are the
I objects which should lie paramount to
I every Louisiauiaii. That they are para
mount with our State administration, if
ia apparent; to all, who will but review
fs workings for the last nine months,
g» faç as our parish aud parish politics
arfe concerned, we shall ever advocate, a
^ policy iu strict accord with that above
stated. St. Laudry is herself ft little
«mpire. She could furnish homes to
day for 5QQ0G atatwart sons of toil. Her
l9b^ltbyao4 bet
Landry Democrat.
land« of inexhaustible fertility. Thou
sands of acres of it are still virgin and
ready to yield flits husband-man heavy
returns of rire, cotton, sugar, corn.
Her facilities for stock raising are su
perb ; her access to New Orleans already
easy will soon be doubly so, when the
New Orleans and Texas Pacific road
shall have been completed. So far as
this paradise of tiie husband-man, and
stock raiser is concerned, it is almost a
terra incognita. We intend to make its
advantages aud its beauties known to,
and appreciated by the outside world.
As to St. Landry politics our course
will be this: We intend to support
blindly no man, no clique, no faction
no ring. We intend freely and fearless
ly to advocate the principles of the
Democratic party, under the broad ban
ners it raised at St. Louis and Baton
Uouge in 1876. We intend to adopt and
advocate aud inculcate a policy whicl
will not tear open, but which will heal
the rents existing in the party, in the
parish, so that when the time comes, we
may present an united and unbroken
front, and thus make our weight felt Hot
only in State conventions of the party,
but at the polls, on election day. In our
opinion the time for "crimination and
recrimination " has passed, betweeu the
Varieties and Courthouse factions. They
should each " forgive and forget," and
each should remember for the disruption
which occurred last June, neither is
blameless. They should again meet on
common ground, forget the past and
side by side march to the polls, and cast
an united Democratic ticket when th«
day of eh ction comes. These are the
priuciplesou which we intend to conduct
the Dkmocrat . We intend to be kimi
ami courteous to all who shall differ with
us and shall certainty exact and requin
the same courteous bearing from others.
We rely confidently on the support, o
those who have at heart the success
of the Democratic party, Slate am'
National, who desire peace and har
mony and unity ; who desire to see th«
material resources of the parish aui !
State developed.
Nor is the career of the Democrat t
be ephemeral. It is not, iuteuded as
has been suggested as a mere campaigr
sheet. It is intended to be permanent.
Its resources are ample. Its coips ot
contributors equal to that of any coun
try paper in Louisiana. It has beei
brought into existence to supply a wan
long acknowledged and long felt in this
Community, to-wit: a first class Demo
cratic paper. As such it makes its bow
beforeyou and asksyou for your support
The Legislature.
The Legislature commenced on Mon
day the 7th January. The Governor'r
message seut iu on Wednesday, is ü
plain, straight forward, business-lik«
document, perfectly characteristic oi
the man. It makes many importai))
suggestions to the Legislature, and
breathes throughout a spirit single to tlx
best interests of the State. We cat
not reproduce it in our columns owin^
its length, but commend to oui
s the article iu the Picayune,
theWiewing it which is reproduced in oui
|htmns of to-day. As was to hav«
®8ii expected, almost the first questioi.
e*Mng up, on the opening of the Leg
is '^are, was that of calling h conveii
t)onto frame a new constitution.
w ')*i it seems to be generally con
ceded^ men 0 f H u parties that
changtahould be made in the organic
law anfti ult f oj) without uiinecessaiy
( ' e ) a y< seems to be a difference ol
«»piuion i t | le mu de of doing it.
Some are tf avor (> f calling a conven
tion itume^jjyj others advocate the
delegation %he matter to a select com
mittee to bé|pp 0 j B j e j i, y (| lt . Senate
and House, w«, [ 0 assemble in the
spring, ft»rm Constitution and submit
it to the people^ t |, e nex j geueral elec
tion. Ex-Goy. \ 4 } u , introduced a bill
to this effect in tk house on the 10th.
There are still otft^ w j 10 are j n f aV0 i
of appointing a j^fit committee of the
House and Semite % up amend
ments to the c(»ns% tiwn to be gui,,
mitted to the people "fc, the next general
election. Senator Wfc e i nfnM J„ C ed a
bill to this effect in thls eiJate on the
10th instant. It provi«\ % {„r a joint
committee of niueSciiatlp^,,,] thirteen
Representatives. It scenl 110W gener
ally coticedeil that the calfcg rt f a co „.
vention, will be abandoned though it
has some advocates and reà^, a{ j to
the methmlof Ex-Gov. Hahrf w sena
tor White. So far «8 we are ^ctrned
we have full faith in the ah»li| ^ t |, e
members of the present legislate
grapple witfe this or any other q :
that n>ay co>ie before them. Th
us shc I j de.nwnstrations of their a«nu>
courage, integrity .ijid devotion to tl (<
. ... . v .» B t „,„ 1 10 ^
best interests ot the State last yyinW
- '
as to satisfy us that in this matter of
chaiigiMg the organic law they can %
trusted. The members of the tw»v
houses know the needs and R'anf on
their constituents and if after the nec
essary del»8teand reflection and con
sultation tiiey conclude to amend the
organic law by either of the three
modes which they may deem «uost ex
pedient, we are prepared to support
their actios and guarantee in advance
that the people will do the same.
The people of our town have reason
to be proud of the neat and beantifnl
condition of our streets. Within the
last few months, Mayor Ray has given
much »f his time in superintending the
men employed in working on then».
He understands his business to perfec
tion. In the matter of good streets
OpelotiRus can challenge comparison
with any town in the Stafe.
We use a temporary heading this
week; oar new one will probably be
here for &ext issue,
Hard Times.
' R " Di T or i 'iie year just closed,
las pi med h disastrous one. to onr plan
tel s. ''e spring antl summer seasons
\\eie tinus Qa || v propitious and every
t inig niilieatt-d an unusually heavy
yield ot ou r K1 eat stable crops sugar,
cotton anil eon,. In August the catei
pi .its c.niie, ami soon completed tbeii
work of devastation. To the cater
pi ars succeeded the equinoctial Möl lns,
which m turn were followed by heavy
and long conti, JUe( ] rains, effectually
lnteifering with cotton picking. This
>a< weather in j ac . t continued almost
lo the end of tl,« year. The result »as
1 le cane ciops were very seriously in
jured whilst the cotton crop reduced
iu quantity by tl„. caterpillars, storms
and rams proved when gathered of
^eiy interior quality aud has brought
an unusually low price, lleuce many
o out farmers have been unable to
meet their liabilities. Their failure has
leacted disastrously to the merchants,
aud the result will be another tiar.i year.
Everybody will be cramped and every
body will complain uf tlle | liU .j tillie8 .
In our opinion the time has about ar
rived, wlieu the people of the country
should begin to apply a remedy for this
continued and almost chronic complaiut
of hard times. ' Tim remedy is ap
parent to all who will pause and reflect.
We are living too extravagantly. We
'leal too much ou credit. We are now
standing on the threshold of a uew year,
mil a more propitious occasion will
never present itself to turn over "a
■ lew leaf aud. take a new departure,"
Cease buying on a credit; live close;
ive within your means; live as we used
o do, during the war when experience
i-aught us we could dispense with all
tie luxuries of life, aud many, of what
ve had learned to consider its neces
-aries. We can raise at home almost
•verything we want. Our milk, corn,
neat, butter, vegetables of every kind,
an all be produced at home. Let evt
armer begin at once and make
■ouest effort to do this for a few
■ ml see what a difference it will make;
now effectually it will sîiHu tile cry
• bout " hard times," aud what pros
perity it will bring to the country. We
live iu a country above ail others
adapted, to raisiug horses, mules, cattle
oid hogs. Yet our cattle are of interim
juality ; our" smoke houses" in Chicago
<ud Cincinnati and our lioise aud mule
»natures in Kentucky and Tennessee,
(low can we expect anything but" hard
unes" as long as we continue to live as
ve now do Î Iu January we give a
privilege ou the expected crop of the
.ear, to some merchaut to advance us
he supplies necessary to make it. The
Top proves to be a short one, and at
lie end of the year is insufficient to pay
or the "necessary supplies" which the
uercliant has ad vanced, ami nearly all
•f which every planter ought to raise
• n superabundance on his own planta
tion. True if this were done, the mer
chants would «lo a smaller business
ban now; but then they would do »
tar safer one, and one more satisfactory
• like to themselves and the planters,
ilut people will shake their heads ami
-ay we can't do what you propose. We
can't make our farms and plantations
-elf-sustaining. Our answer is you can
if you - ill only try and in proof of
ivhat we say, we can poiut to a house
hold not half a day's drive from Ope
lousas where if you were to call for
linuer you would be seated at a table
groaniug under its weight of everything
substantial and where you will have
occular demonstration of the fact, that
the hospitable proprietor has little use
for a merchant other than to furnish him
with his coffee and flour. What this
man is doing nine-tenths of our plan
ters aud farmers could do, if they would
try. Had we but kept up the habits ol
economy inculcated by the dire necessi
ties of the war forafewyears how differ
ent would have been our condition to
day 1 We would have been the most in
dependent people on earth ; but under
our ruiuous system of " strained credit"
all are rapidly becoming the poorest.
Let us then profit by past experience ;
let us live within our means; let us pay
more attention to corn, rice, potatoes,
hogs, mules, horses and cattle and less
attention to " king cotton." The most
independent planters in St. Laudry
to-day, are those w|»o have lived thus ;
who have planted cotton simply as a
surplus crop and have always planted a
superabundance of corn aud hence been
enabled to raise their own horses, mules
md hogs. Such men in the very na
ture of things must succeed, and in our
opinion it will require but a brief ex
perience to demonstrate the fact that
only such can succeed. There is cer
(tain ly but little of the philosophy of
,. , . ' . , •
pmiinon sense displayed by the planter,
vho buys mnjes at extravagant prices,
*ho pays a dollar a baue I for porri.
|Hipl fifteen dollars per barrel for pork,
ise cotton and sell it at eighf or
cent^ per pound. Ask yourselves
test ion, how long can we continue
business without being bauk
Î Make the calculation and then
anKtef »hen if you keep on as yon are
«»%*g, huying extravagantly on a
{ re '%tMngs which you can raise at
iiomtfj^ talking abopt " hard times."
1; Planter.
s V y8 ' lß ' ft filing his
goods a%^ructed, by telegraphic dis
pateh, will be found ijiHiis ad
We are
the police
fourth page. Read it.
to get in this week rill
' appointments of road
to a lack of time and
Garden see«
tlie Big Martar
per package an
li C. Mayos' sign of
eVmsas, for five cents
cents per dozen
Lient. Gov. Wiltz on calling the Sen
ate to order on the 7th inst., took occa
sion to address them at some length.
As usual Iiis remarks were brim full of
common sense. From his terse aud ap
propriate address we take pleasure iu
quoting the following:
"Senators, I am glad to meet you
once more assembled iu your chamber
and our own capitol, with your doors
"peu to the honest public, in the midst
of a peaceful city and a tranquil State.
1 congratulate you in the proud posi
tion you occupy as the chosen legisla
tors of the people of a sovereign com
monwealth. I congratulate you ou the
restoration of our State to her rights
under the Federal constitution, as well
as on the absence of the armed intru
ders, whose interference but lately
disgraced these halls."
How different indeed was this assem
Itling to that of 1875, which pictured it
self to the Speaker's mind as the words
fell from his lips. Ou thisoccasion ail was
peace a ud order. Noclankiugof swords
no hurrying to and fro of caparisoned
aides de camp. No batteries with their
guns leveled at the chosen representa
tives of the people. No De Trohraind
with fuss and feathers walking up the
aisles of the legislative hall ejecting
members from their seat at the point of
the bayonet. Will the veil of oblivion
ever efface from our memories the hu
miliating scenes enacted on that mem
orable 4th of January Î Tliey certainly
can never be repeated in Louisiana.
The reign of the carpet-bagger is gone
for ever. Every department of the
government is entrusted to tlie men ot
our cnoice. Let out Legislature second
the efforts of Nicholls and Wiltz and
ill will lie well with us. Expunge,
say, from our statute books all obnox
ious laws; reduce the expenses of gov
■ rnineiit ; give us true substantial re
form. The people have a right to ex
pect much from their legislators and
will hold î hem to a strict account.
Clav Leinelie, a young coloied man
about 20 years of age, went duck hunt
ing with two friends Sunday morning
in the Leonard Swamp, near town. He
was last seen by his companions stand
ing near a free watching a gang of ducks
feeding some distance from him, about
2 o'clock p. m . Afraid of frightening the
ducks his companions did not call him,
but went on home. He did not coin«
home that night. The following da\
search was made and he was found
dead, at the place where he was last
seen. His body was covered by the
water and was discovered by the powder
hoi ii floating on the water. It is sup
posed he was taken with cramps, fell
and was drowned. E. P. Veazie depnt.v
coroner,-held an inquest yesterday anil
the above was the verdict of the jury.
He was a good citizen and leaves a
young wife to whom he had beeu mar
ried only about a month.
A welcome daily visitor to our sanctum
is the New Orleans Democrat. Replete
with the latest news, its editorials are al
ways of a high order, reflecting credit
on its able editor, and instructive to the
people. Its long columns of adver
tisements bespeak not only success but
furnish proof conclusive that its mana
ger is the right man in the right place.
Though a few years mark its existence,
it already occupies a front rank in the
press of the country. We know that
this was not achieved without difficul
ties, but true merit is bound to win in
the long run.
Our police jury is just now consider
ably puzzled. It seems that it is next
to an impossibility to run the parochial
machinery with less than $85000, and
yet the impression exists that under the
constitution and the laws of the
State, that body is precluded from
collecting a larger tax than the State
tax. We appreciate the embarrassment
of our august body and hope our Leg
islature by some wise provision will so
diminish our criminal expenses as to
relieve t hem of their difficulty.
Mr. Sol. Isaac comes to the front this
week, and offers his large and varied
stock of goods at prices " better than
ever." Read his advertisement and see
his reasons for offering them so; then
call 011 him and if he does not please
you both as to the article you desire,
and the price, why yoti are one of the
few wh o were boni not to be pleased.
An infant, white, was found ina pond
a few days ago, in Bellevue, A physi
cian examined it and expressed the
opinion that it was born alive. Babies,
some of them at least, do not seem to
be popular these days. If the making
of them was as unpopular as they are,
the poor little things would uot be born
to be cas t n way.
Mr. S. R. Walker, proprietor of the
Oakland sawmill, opposite Washington,
La., advertises lumber for sale in to
day's paper. When a certain quantity
is taken, he will pay to ilage.
Thanks to the administration of onr
town council, Opelousas does not owe
one cpnr. How many other towns in
this Sate are there of which the same
may be said ?
" Well, may I hope then, dear, that at
some future time I may have the hap
piness of making you my wife î " "Yes,
I hope so, I a in sure," she replied, " for
I am getting tired of suing fellows for
breach of promise."—[Indianopolis Sen
A Massachusetts gifl swallowed a
hair pin about sis weefcs ago, and was
married three days afterward. Now,
then, girl«, it s risky, but you can't get
anything good without aotne ri#k—\
[Appleton's J oumnly " *
Lifting the trail of the dress Ua^iefe
of idiocy now accomplished wtfh the
left hand. It is vulgar and
ciently idiotjp t?$ use the rifin »„jd.
Presently, a man with a helltet ft j, will
be taken atoug to #ttend tgffc teciouB
business.—r ' *
Spirit of the Governor's .lies
fN. O. Picayune.]
It. will be unnecessary to follow, in
detail, the numerous important sub
jects referred to in the message of the
Governor, for none of a public nat ure
seem to have been omitted. It is rather
with the spirit of this almost imiuirural
message that we prefer to deal Its
whole tone is marked with moderation,
with urnmess, and with exclusive de
votion to the interests of Louisiana. It
avows a grateful pride in the " patriotic
devotion to duty, gallantry, anil patient
endurance of the Louisiana militia du
ring the troubles through which Louis
iana has happily passed."
It affirms that "political excitement
lias ended, the voice of the people
everywhere respected, the rights of all
are tully guaranteed ; the laws, through
the instrumentality of the courts, are
properly and impartially administered,
and there exists a strong feeling of hope,
relief aud content among all classes in
There is in this, it is true, a just im
putation upon the misrule that has just
ended ; yet there is no shout of victory,
no display of personal vanity, no de
nunciation of a fallen and flying foe.
The protest at the close of the mes
sage at the recent action of the Senate
of the United Stales, which has refused
Louisiana her legitimate right of re
presentation in that assembly, invali
dated the election of the Hon. Henry
M. Spofford, whom the Legislature had
commissioned, recently, with a unani
mity without example, in conformity
with the constitution and laws of the
State, and of the United States, consti -
tutes almost the sole reference to Fed
eral politics.
The object of the Governor seems
to have been the reconciliation of all
good elements, with the sincere reform
of all abuses by whomsoever perpetra
He does not seem to consider the
object of his administration attained
by liftiug inherited burdens from one
shoulder of the people to rest them even
more heavily upon the other. Hence
we follow a methodical review of the
State finances, comprehending in ail
its incidents fully one half the mes
* he enhanced value of tlie State
securities and warrants is noted, with >
the reduction of the gross debt to less
than halt the amount limited by the
constitution. Wecan perceive through
out the message a purpose to maintain
'! IK * f°.'tity reduction. This is mani
rested m the recommendation of a more
scrupulous system of collection and
lisbursemeut. The same consistent
purpose is evident that " no unnecessary
or useless expense, or office should be
illowed to remain." "Ii the burden of
the people is to he alleviated it must
be done by curtailment applied wlien
ver it can be accomplished, without.
Better than Ever !

I take this method of informing 1 my Cash customers, and
all those who buy for Cash, that I have stili on hand a
which I am determined to sell at COST PRICE, rather than
carry them over until next season.
That Stock comprises a large assortment of CLOTH"
NELS, all kinds of DRESS GOODS, JEANS,
HATS, all of which will be sold in order to make room for
the Spring Stock.
These goods having been bought for cash, at extremely
low figures, will prove to purchasers the best bargains ever
given them before. My stock is the largest, my assortment the
best, and my prices the lowest you can find in this parish.
The price of FURNITURE is put down to the
lowest figure. I have also on hand the 44 STONE
WALL STOVE," which I will sell cheaper that any
other stove in the market, and POTWARE received
direct from the factory, is sold much lower than ever before.
I have also reduced the price of the BEST SPOOT
COTTON to cents per dozen.
Give me a call soon and convince yourself of the correct
nèss of the above announcement.
I have a few NICE SHAWLS left, a pretty good
NUBIAS, and a quantity of setts of CUFFS AND
COLLARS, which must be sold at REDUCED RATES
I will continue to sell all my other goods at the lowest
possible figures.
Thanking you for your past patronage, and soliciting a
continuance of the same, I am
Yours Faithfully,
Corner Main and Bellevue Streets, Opelousas, La.
Opelousas, Jan. 19,1878-tf
hesitation and without reserve." "The
woik so efficiently accomplished by
you," lie says to the, Legislature, "at
your last session, is indicative of what
yon will do at this.'' "Burdens of the
Government," says the message, " result
not only from contributions levied for
its support, Imt likewise from indiiect
sources, aud this subject should receive
attention. The leduction of fees of
î ,' e ' ,h< ' P^V'tun, of the per melons
iiabl 1 ot «»^rchaigiug, are all matters
{Ä 11 "'* t( "'. il(i, ; l l uatt ' iegislative action."
»**!** «lit* m Hit* feline connection Home,
impropriate olhsei vaUoiiN upon theprac
tice ot 44 constructive m ilea ire," as 8» vor
ing somewhat of " inequality aud indi-1
It is fearlessly said, "there are oï»
jeets of taxation not included under
present laws. This should be remedied.
presdit aws This sl.ouKI be remedied -
1 lieie ought to be no more privileged
property than there ought to be priv
ileged classes."
The determination of the Executive
to improve and enforce the laws against
violence is made manifest by his refer
ence to the objectionable practice ol
waiving a preliminary examination
upon a charge of murder or oilier hi^h
crime. This " does aw ay with the per
petuation of important testimony, and
witnesses frequently are not to be found
when most needed." Additional guard*
art! also required around the informal
and t.e parte application for panions,
and the appointment of a commission i
sUKgcsted, which shall review the re
cord in such applications and present
the facts alone for Executive considera
On the subject-of immigration the mes
sage states:
The Board of Immigration report to me that
they are receivim; constantly applications for
Information, which has been hitherto supplied
at priviite expense. In vi. w of the importance
of I hit! Hiilijcct. I invoke sui h appropriation as
may enable rtieiu io carry ou their work m
this particular Ironi public fum s.
As a summary, we may assert that
the message evinces aconscientiousand
logical detei initiation to carry out, in
good faith, the great work of pacifica
tion and reform to which the movement
that placed the government in power
has been so solemnly pledged by a leg
islative resolve and Executive indorse
ment. The burdens are to be lifted
costs of govern
from the people ; t
ment are to be reduced; the laws are
to be enforced ; and Louisiana is to be
made airain an attiactive home to all
> ho desire peace, prosperity, and social
L.ruiony. This we are sur; will gralifx
the trillv conservative power in the
State which has expelled tlie alien ad
adventurers, and installed an honest.
able and economical administration. If
there be those of the old regime, who,
by any combination or other influence,
expected to continue under the admin
istration of Francis T. Nicholls tin
abuses w hich have heretofore existed,
we infer from the message they will
meet, in the person of the Executive,
with a stubborn, uncompromising and
unconquerable adversary.
Proceeding» of the Pall»* >* u »'J r «
1). F.
Oi'i'i ui'svs, .Tfinnary »'*tli, 1878.
lice Jnrv uiel pnrmifuit to a<lji'»ninient.
î Pwwit: R. H. Littell. President ; H
i (i. T. Hawkln#. Ii Gnillory F.
I s-aizmi, 8. Unas. F. Dubuisnou an« <*• •
! Thi- minutes of tlic Imt, meeting * rr
' ' i o\, a ïuoïiur.' 1 0 f Ml. Clark, Revived, tjiot the
i PNtrict Attorney be and: is lu-reb.v aiitfcorlzea
to accept from A. il. Carl, tlie sum of o.ue hun
dred dollars, us a compromise of the BMid of
Girard Chiasson. for whom he was security,
and which w as forfeited, and give a flual an
cliarge to A B. Cart.
On motion of Mi. Hans. Resolved, that the
statement of the Tax Collector lie received and
published, and that he be authorized to takn
a credit for the amount of Parish Taxes for
property bought by the State, the uneollectable
tax and the delinquent Tax, as per his report.
apoi.ppe oark1güf.s, tax collector, is ac
cocnt wit11 tiie police juki* st. lafdrt
1877. To amount of parish tax roll —$ 480*9 OS
Balance carritd down 10 85
Dee. 30..By cash paid parish treasury
Auioüut'.Vpn.perty' söl'd'tö tliê State
of Lontaiana ?or taxe», see tax roll
Uncollectable as per statemont from
to 35 funmbed ....
Del p^ e i ft ™tutuUhcdTT.
s48008 90
' - v bllli,rioe
»œ' "office iÄi öf " Sn Landry. Ope'
lousas Jan. 14th, 1878. A. GARRIGUES,
Tax Collector of st. Landry.
Ou motion of Sir. Baizaii, Resolved, that
•Tost-pli Christ tie and is hereby authoilzed to
i-hatige the public road riuitiinir through hi*
land, and run tlie same on bis line, iu hccoi
luiu'e. with 8ee. 9. of the Road ordinance, pro
vided the same be done in nix months.
(»11 motion of Mr. Dubuisson. Resolved that
\. Guiitry, l<r. K. M. Millard and L. Darby bo
appointed a committee, to meet alike commit
tee appointed by the Police Jury of the Parish
of La'ayette, to make an estimate, and sug
•reet the must practicable method, of having
tlie Bridge rebuilt over Bayou Caranoro, the
dividing line between the Parishes i>f I.a ayctte
ind Bt. I.andry, aud make tlieir report to tl.is
Jury by the next Meeting.
On motion of Mr. Clark. Resolved, tl at the
• lerk of the Police Jury is hereby instrnctc ' tu
procure tlie nece*sar.\ B atik Books for the use
of the Recorders «flier ; . 'so to purchase one
Hundred do! ars wort spikes for the use of
the Public roads of tlf • ill ish. the same to lie
paid out of any moni'r 11 the Parisli Treasury
not otherwise appropi . i d.
On motion of Mr. i oy, P.eso'vcd, that the
following report of e , ommissioners ap
pointed Nov. 12*li 18' to la\ out ni:d locate a
public road from Opelousas 'o Hi ffin. i s Bridge,
lie published, ami action on tlie same bn de
ierred until the next m- etuig:
C'litm u P oint , Tec 7th :s77.
To tlie Hon. Police Jury of t«t. Landi \.
Wc the undo signed couiMissionei>'])ir.<>ceile4
tn lay out the road from Opelousas to Holt'uiHUa
Bridge as follows: We leave the road lrcuj
opelousas to the South cud of T. ( bachere's
lane, as it has been known for the lah! ten
year, thence to turn west and rut; between the
lands of T. Chachere and Mrs. J. Kaha-n
Kichard to the corner of said land, thence to
turn South between the land of J. F. Kichard
and the land of tlie heirs of Piere Richard
thence to turn West between tlie land of thé
heirs of Piere Kit-hard and the land ot Samuel
MeSpadden and V. lioagni, thence in a straight
'ine to the Southern boundary of the land of
the heirs of P. Richard, thence turn West be
tween the land of L. David and O. F. J.avergne
rheucc turn South between the land of Mrs'
J. Brasseur and O. F. Lavergne. thence m à
straight line to O. F. Tavergne's southern
liouudary. thence west between Alexander
I.avergne and Jean Gay, thence South between
Jean (iav aud P. F. Richard, thence in a
straight line to F. Perrodii s North East comer
tlience between V. S. Bounpies and F Perro^
din to his South East corner, tlience West be
tween Rail Road land and F. F. Richards
tlience South between Rail Koad land ami
Mrs Ann Ma'tin, thence in a straight line to
II. A. Guidrys eastern line and tlience to tlio
Grand Coteau and Church Point road thence
to run in front of A. Labiets, thence to three
ohiney trees, and ou back of A. Z. Daigles «eld
rhence in front of Antoine Guidrv's, thenee
through the North East corner of Taylors pas
lure, and 1 hence along Taylors ditch, thence
across a Coulee above Win. I.vons, and on
through Augustus Lyons lane and down to the
old public road at Crawford I.vons, thence fol
low the old road to Hoffmans Bridge.
Respectiully submitted,
J B Clark c W Foreman
Offutt Lyons H J Daigle
V S Bourque Lucius David
Eugene David
On motion the Poiice Jury adjourned until
to-morrow at 10 o'clock, a. m. '»eu until
„ „ , T uksdav Jan. lßth 1878.
Tue Police Jury met pursuant to adjourn
ment, Present. K. H. Littel), President A
Guidry, D. P. Saizan. G. T. Hawkins, E.'üu
(TÊTfaik ' H ' J ' GuilIwr y. *' Savoy aud
On motion of Mr. Hark Resolved, that the
fixing of the amount of Taxes to be levied and
assessed for the services of the year 1878 for
the Iii'"*»}» of St. Landry, be posponed until
Monday March the nth 1878.
The Police Jury made the following appoint
ments of Road Overseers for the year 1878
Alphonse Reed, from Herberts shop to F P
Pitre's. 1 jEL*
ÄÄÄ rrom We8t 611,1 ' nn °
Chachere hum.' fr ° m ° r ' cloU8a8 to «nd
Bndg?' Estllette ' flom Opelousas to Caliban»
S.mth linî. Ulth ' tr<,m Crtllhanj Brld & e t0 Smith
BlneVprUigs eWood ' froln Smith South line to
ffny-trnm Opelousas to Riders Bridge.
Bridge ' rs Brit, KC to Auzeuneg
<>. A. Bouillon from little Teche to Lastie
T. M. Anderson,
Catholic Church.
W. F. Anderson, from Fishers to the One
lonsas and port Barê Road. p
N. C. Devilliers. from Opi-tousas and Port
Barre Road to Coul-ns Bridge, including places
of W. C. Johnston and N. C. Devilliers
Adolphe Meyers, from Coulons Bridge to
Bayou Bourbeaux. 1
°P l,lo »Ra» »nil Ville
Road OiHîlousas and Washington
inlrton Road to^înirign™ "ft™ ° nd W!,8h "
lÄoÄ" i; rü Garrigues Bridge to
J?»- Robin from Blue «r!.rings to Wm. Falls
W O JohnViSn Sw pu-' " r8 ' früU ' W Fal,8t °
B.mmBolir™^ 11 ' «^and Coteau to
"»> Grand Coteau to
Opt'loiinas and Bellevue t o<xl
Bridge B0Ur,,Uft fro,n Omnil Coteau toFrozatda
HÄn"?' fr0rU 'o
che're's Mill' churob ' froui r,,rt IJi ' rr < 5 t» Cha
Ca A stilfe 8 fe° Uranlier fr0U1 rort Barr " J
AuzemiesBrfdwf, jr< frf,m ^ore
J. r -
Bridge'. fr0Ul Auzenn es Bridge to Mark»
zaÄid% Mark8 tr ° m Mark8 Bridse to Fro *
store L ' Tllyl ° r ' fr0m Arnaudvlll e to Castilles
np1»'e?line. Wkin9 ' fr ° m Taylors Ferr >' t0 B^rds
Chè'vis nl>leChin ' tr0W Tay,or * ferry to G. g.
neTs Ferry ' 1 ' ^ K#J '° U Pc,lt Prairle to Faulk
loierîine° <leaU ' fr ° W 8tatc I{oad to
M. J. Richard, from parish line to Church.
U *ee ,0 Fankner» Ferry.
per'»ne ltelIe ' fl " mWa,a,lngt0U to Moores up
MÄÄÄ ,ïowMooro « «PPe" "ne to
from Jouberts Bridge to
Attest : C. M ato,' &&! ttell ' prf ' 8ident "
I am authorized to forbid the „vi.,.,!
Ä: «miLïl
Oakland Saw Mill,
I have on hand a choice lot nf ,
cypres lumber for sale and ™f^ afa i a î' a
saw »11 orders for lumber at th? Ä» p t red {0
and at short notiC on btlU ovw*5L r ? te f
JTotice to Gardeners. ~
retails eta. per p »i »«r or M c*
Jan. ,n - *" — C *

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