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ST. LANDRY DEMOCRAT.
M. D.' KAVANAG-H, Editor. TERMS FOR SUBSCRIPTION. One Dollar and Fiftv Cents a year, in ad vance The year can be begun at any time, as llfty-two numbers of the paper make a year's subscription. AGENTS OF THE DEMOCRAT : D P Saizan Barre's Landing (•apt'. Sam. Haas Bayou Chicot j. J. Hicks VUle Plate Leopold Godchaux .Big Cane Abraham Richard Church ville Dr. J. F. Lester Petit Prairie Henry Wood worth Washington Mentor Andnis Grand Coteau * ~ Pla<jueimne Brulee Foreman & Duson Andrew Henry — T. C. Chachere — Jos Fabacher J. D. Bernard E. C. Roger B. S. Gay M. J. Rosteet The gentlemen above named are our agents and as such requested to solicit subscriptions. M. D. KAVANAGH, Editor. Prud'homme City Fabacher P. o Poupeville Arnaudville Bayou Bœuf Lake Charles 0PK1.0USAS, SATl'BD.VV, MAY 25, 1878. ...Menneiito Minmm« Col. B. M. Harrod Cliief Engineer of the State and Major H. B. Richardson, Assistant, arrived in the parish yester day, for the purpose of making the necessary arrangements for a complete survey of Bayous Courtableau and Têche, with a view to the removal of the bar at Little Devil and other ob structions to navigation in the Bayou Courtableau and tiie construction of such works as will insure permanent navigation in Bayou Têche. We are pleased to see the present government paying some attention to works of Iii ternaV Improvements in St. Landry. We had the pleasure of meeting in our town, during the present week, Hon. Hobt. M. Lusher, State Superintendent of Public Education. Mr. Lusher is making a personal inspection of the schools throughout the entire State. He carefully examined the books of the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the School Board, and those schools now in session. He expressed himself as well satisfied with the energetic efforts made by our officers in behalf of the public schools of the parish ; and last but not least as agent of the Pea body fund made an appropriation to one school from that fund and promised similar appropriations to all graded schools in the parish with an average daily attendance of over one hundred pupils. Mr. Lusher left us on Wednes day on the steamer Minnie for Simrns port, from which point he will con tinue his inspection through the Nor ern parishes. What arc the Representatives of the Democratic Party in this Parish Doing ï - We have since our first issue been advocating the organization of some action on the part of our executive committees, which would insure .a call for all Democrats in the parish to meet in convention. We trust before our next issue some action will be taken by the committees. The Democrats of St. Landry demand and intend to have this year one con vention composed not of rival politi cians, but of delegates fairly elected from the entire Democracy of the parish. We trust both committees will unite and carry out their wishes, and thus prevent a recurence of the disasters of the last campaign. The Crops in St. Landry. The farmers of this parish are of one opiuion on the subject of the season. Never was spring more favorable for the breaking up of the land, the sowiug of seed and the cultivation of the young plant. Com could have been sown with success in January and by this time would be making ears. As it is we have none so far advanced, that we know of except in small patches planted for roasting ears. While the warm weather set in early, the dry season with few good showers has enabled the planters to cultivate their crop with great advantage, to destroy the grass as fast as it made its appearance and to keep the soil mellow and in tip-top condition. . The corn crop (and by the by we feel a particular interest in this crop) never looked richer and more promising. While we are not furnished with statistics on which to base a correct opinion, if we aré to judge of the whole parish by what we have seen in those parts we have visited, the acreage in corn this year is larger than we ever have known it. Our people have their eyes open and have found out it wont pay to raise cotton and buy meat and bread from the West. This is just as it should be, and we hope the conviction will grow stronger day by day, until St. Landry instead of importing thou sands and thousands of pounds of pork and cargoes of corn, will not only sup ply the home consumption but raise enough to export to other less favored States. Our cane crop is also very good. The cotton we have seen, while it shows a good stand looks somewhat backward. We regret to state that since our last issue we have experienced a storm of considerable severity. Some rain fell on Saturday. On Sunday night it came down in torrents, accompanied by a terrible wind and amounting in portions of the parish to a tornado. We learn that south and north of this point houses were torn down, trees nprooted and fences prostrated. The corn was bent down a good deal. It is too young iiowever to have been much injured. It rained again on Monday and the weather ever since has been on the showery order. As the old darky said " the more rain the more rest, no ntassa the more rain the more grass." We will certainly realize the latter, and our farmers will have to be up and doing to get ahead of the grass. The signs are so promising for a large crop, we hope the tillers of the soil will not lack cour age, but work on and ever with their whole heart and soul. it London, Con., has a sensation in the way of a sait for breach of promise brought by a divorced woman against ner former husband, who refuses to warty ber again. motta VOLUME 1. OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1878. NUMBER 19. District Court. We did not publish abstract of busi nPgs transacted in Court last week _ ___ Our last abstract closed on Wednesday May 8th. On Thursday Court met at 9 o'clock No. 12673, return day of commission ex tended to 13th inst. 12668, amended petition filed, tried by jury waived, con ditionally and case fixed for the 17th 12691, default. 12079, order granted to take testimony of witnesses, returnable May 13th. 12677, default confirmed 12678, default confirmed. 12690, default 12559, judgment for plaintiff personally against 0. H. Violet, husband, dis missed as to A. Dejean, wife. 12674 new trial granted, exceptiou filed and fixed for the 13th inst. 12682, continued by consent. Friday May 10th Court met at Î o'clock. 12698, default. 12676, retur day of commission extended to Friday the 17th. 12688, same order as in 12676 13690, same order as in 12688. 12683, same order as in 12690. The morning hour having expired No. 12645, Stephen W. Osborn vs. James O. Chachere et als was called and a jury empannelled. The trial was then pro ceeded with until 7 o'clock p. M., when Court adjourned until the following morning at 9 o'clock. On Saturday morning the followin business was transacted during the morning hour: No. 1799, State vs. II Milspangh, carrying concealed weapons, sentenced to pay a fine of $5-00 and costs of prosecution and in default there of to go to jail for 10 days. 12582, ap plication of defendant for commission to take testimony under commission tiled. Objected to by plaintiff and filed and fixed for a hearing for Monday the 13th. The jury commissioners were ordered to draw 30 additional jurors for the 4th week, said jurors to be called to appear on Thursday morning at 9i o'clock a. m The case of Osborn vs. Chachere et als was then resumed and continued until 7 o'clock p. m ., when the jury was discharged and Court adjourned until Monday May 13th. Monday May 13th Court met pursu ant to adjournment. No. 12635, motion of defendant to file amended answer objected to by plaintiff, submitted and taken under advisement by the Court 12674, testimony of iwo witnesses for plaintiff taken by consent in open Court subject to all legal exceptions when offered. 12645, Osborn vs. Chachere et als was then taken up, evidence closed and at 7 o'clock, court adjourned and jury dismissed until 9J o'clock on Tues day. During the morning hour of Tues day the following business was trans acted : 12673, return day of commission extended till Saturday the 18th. 12635, motion to correct clerical error in origi nal petition allowed and amended an swer submitted the previous day al lowed to be filed. 12693, default vs. all parties. 12689, default. 12676, continued by consent. 12688, answer for one de fendant ; default vs. the other. 12696, judgment by default made final. 12582, application for commission to take tes timony filed previous day, taken up, argument opened and left open to be resumed on the 15th. 12645, S. W. Os born vs. J. O. Chachere et als. The arguments of this case was taken up, E. T. Lewis opened the case for plaintiff. He closed at 4 o'clock in the evening and was followed by Judge B. A. Martel, who concluded his argument about 7i o'oclock. The case was closed for plain tiff by Thomas H. Lewis. The jury were then charged by the Court and re tired about 9 o'clock. The Court hav ing waited until 12 o'clock on the jury adjourned until Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock. On Wednesday at opening of court, argument in 12582 was resumed and commission ordered to issue returnable on or before the 24th inst. 12674, ex ception overruled and jurisdiction main tained. 12645, Osborn vs. Chachere, about 10 o'clock the jury appeared in Court and through their foreman M. G. Wilkins tendered the following verdict : " We the jury in this case do submit to your Honor this our verdict, That S. W. Osborn, plaintiff, pay J. O. Chachere $400 for improvements made on the land now in contest and after so doing that S. W. Osborn be put in fall posses sion of said land now in contest," 12635, case taken np, statement of facts closed and judgment for defendant. On Thursday May 16th, Court met at 9 o'clock. 12688, ret urn day of commis sion extended to May 24th. 12684,12685, 12686,12687, default vs. all the defend ants. 12689, answer filed. 12650, trial resumed, evidence cjosed and case left open to be argued. On Friday May 17th, commission granted to take testimony of the State Treasurer, returnable on or before May 27th in the following pases viz: 12684, 12685, 12686, 12687, 12688, default con firmed as to defendant Morris. 12694, default vs. all parties. 12693, exception filed and fixed for hearing. 12582, an swers filed for defendants. No. 12668, Bernard J. Sage vs. Wm. S. Evins, was called for trial and a jury empanneled. Case was then proceeded with until 7 o'elöck p. m ., when Court adjourned until Saturday at 9£ o'clock p. m . On Saturday the case of Sage vs. Evins, was taken up and proceeded with ontil 5 o'clock when Court ad journed until Monday May 20th. On Monday during the morning hour, return day of commission in 12673, was extended to Saturday May 25th. 12683, answer filed and commission issued re tamable on or before the 25th May. Sage vs. Evins, was then called. It was found owing to great rains of Sat urday night and Sunday sight that 3 of the jurors were absent. After waiting until 11 o'clock, the absent jurors not having arrived, Court adjourned until the next day at 9 o'clock. On Tuesday during the morning hour an answer was filed iu 12674, default confirmed in 12694. The case of Sage vs. Evins was then called and the jury being all present the trial proceeded with and continued during the entire day. This case will probably occupy the Court the balance of the week. Court will adjourn for the term soon after this celebrated case is finished. Laws of Mississippi to Suppress Vice. [Correspondence N. o. Christian Advocate.] Are not these an improvement on the famous "Blue Laws" of Connecticut: Mr. Editor : That you and your readers may know what Mississippi has done, through her laws to suppress vice, I will briefiy refer to some of them : She lias a law which punishes any one who is drunk, or any one who pro fanely swears, in a public place, in the presence of three or more persons, and it is made the duty of justices of the peace to arrest and infiict the punish ment upon offenders. Any officer of the State who is con victed of one single act, while under the efi'ect of intoxicating liquor shall be removed from office, which is not un common to see practically enforced. Gaining of any kind (except horse racing and shooting matches) is pun ishable. Public officers who lend pub lic money to bet are liable to be broken of their offices. Keeping for sale or selling lottery tickets, and all gift en terprises, are indictable. Betting with a minor is a felony. Owners of houses, .and even vacant lots, who permit gam ing therein or thereon are indictable if they do not inform against the offender The laws for, retailing liquors are very stringent. The keeper ot' a licen sed liquor shop is indictable if he per mits any riotous or disorderly conduct or sells to a drunken man, or sells to a minor, or permits drunkenness in his house ; and the owner of the house who permits retailing in it without license is liable to indictment if he does not in form against the offender. The carrying of deadly weapons is also an offense, and punishable before a justice of the peace or circuit court. Selling deadly weapons or cartridges to drunken men or minors—parents, teach ers or guardians allowing children, pu pils or wards to carry deadly weapons— are contrary to law and punishable. The laws against vagrancy are also stringent. All gamblers, all able-bodied persons who have no visible means of support, all prostitutes, and all keepers of houses of prostitution, and all beg gars able to work, are by law held to be vagrants, and punishable as such. The Sunday laws are equally strin gent. No shop or store of any descrip tion is allowed to kept open on Sunday, nor auy sales of goods, wares or mer chandise allowed on Sunday ; nor any work done on Sunday (unless of charity or necessity,) nor hunting with guns, or hunting with dogs, nor fishing in any way is allowed on Sunday. Wilfully disturbing any congregation assembled for public religious worship, at any time or place, is also indictable. All contracts made on Sunday are void, and cannot be enforced. Speaking or writ ing words deemed insults, and calculated to lead to a breach of the peace, is in dictable. These are a few of the many Riws of Mississippi having for their object the suppression of vice, the advancement of morals and the preservation of good order. Take it all in all, the criminal code of Mississippi is not surpassed by any in the Union. A Subscriber Returning: Prosperity. [New York Herald.] The astonishing feet that our exports during the past year exceed our imports in value by over $200,000,000 calls at tention in value by over $200,000,000 calls attention to the other fact that the country is suffering, not from poverty, but from a phethora of everything really valuable, combined witli a lack of mark ets for the disposal of the surplus. A nation which has more factories, more machinery, more skilled laborers, more railroads, more agricultural produce, more land in cultivation, more animals to work it and more labor-saving con trivances tfian it ever had before, and more in proportion to population also than it ever had, cannot be called poor. Official figures show that the increase has been greater in the seven years since 1870 than in the ten years between 1860 and 1870, which everybody cites as years of high prosperity. The aggre gate quantity of land under cultivation ias increased from 90.000,000 of acres in 1870 to 120,000,000 ind877; that is to say, we have 30,000,000 acres more under the plow in 1877 than in 1870. The follow ng table shows the number of animals and amount of produce in 1870 and 1877 : 1877. 1877. Number of horses 7,145,370 10,329,700 Number of mules 1,125,415 No. of milch cows 8,935,332 No. of oxen ijnd cattle.. 14,385,270 Number of sheep 28,447,961 Num ber of swine ,,,. 25,134,569 Bushels of wheat 235,384,700 Bushels Of corn..'. 1,094,255,000 1,340,005,000 Bushels Of oats 247,277,400 405,200,000 Bushels of barley 20,293,400 35,600,000 Bushels of rye 15,473,000 22,100,000 Pounds of tobacco 250,628,000 480,000,000 Bnshels of buckwheat.. 9,841,500 10,500,000 Tons of hay 24,525,000 31,500,000 Cotton in 1878 the largest crop since I860; , . Coal—29,000,000 tons mined in 1870, and 47,000,000 tons in 1877. 1,637,500 11,300,100 19,223,300 85,740,500 32,262,500 360,000,000 Hampton to be Re-Elected .—What little opposition there was to the re nomination of Governor Hampton has died ojjfc £>nd his re-election is as certain as his renomination. The hypocritical politicians who considered him too lib eral and generous have been silenced by the voice of the people. Tart words and rude jeers had an effect diametri cally different from that which was ex pected. The heart of the people is true, and the time has not come when politi cal capital can be niade by carping at Gevernor Hampton.—[Charleston News and Courier. We find the following in one of our exchanges. Jt is a humorous but keen hit at a fashion of diess for thé street by the fair sex that is frequently the subject of wondering comment by se date men : s " One of two young ladies who re cently visited the city from the country wrote home as follows : " We attract a great deal of attenshun promenadin the streets like other ladys, and holden np our close. Nobody isn't nothin nowa days which don't hold up their close, and the heir you holds 'em the more at tenahun you attracts." Front the Capital. packard's consulship—confirmation delayed, but sure. argument of senator eustis in favor of increasing the river and harbor appropriations. [Special to tlie n. o. Democrat.] Washington , May 15.—Packard's name came up to-day in executive ses sion, and Kellogg moved to suspend the rules and confirm him, but objection was made on the Democratic side, and the nomination went over to the next executive session. There is, however, little doubt of his ultimate confirmation. Senator Eustis made an argument to day before the Senate Committee on Commerce iu favor of his amendments increasing the river and harbor appro priations for Louisiana. Brulatour will soon be appointed secretary of legation to Brazil, vice Edwards resigned. potter's resolutions. the republicans in caucus over the matter. they will prepare an address to the country—the resolutions characterized AS mischiev ous and revolutionary. New York , May 15.—A Washington special to the Evening Post says : At a quarter to 3 o'clock the Republican members were still in caucus. A com mittee was appointed to prepare an ad dress to the country, which will be made public to-night. It alludes to Mr. Potter's resolutions as very mischevious, and the first step in a cunningly pre pared movement to unseat President Hayes, aud to revive the passions which existed throughout the country for sev eral months after the presidential elec tion. The speakers in the caucus have all taken the ground that Democratic lead ers have resolved to get President Hayes unseated if it can be done. Mr. Banks characterized the movement by Mr. Potter as revolutionary. the wise man of the herald airs his views. New York , May 15.— The Herald says: Mr. Potter's resolution still hangs tire, and if he should ever succeed in getting it passed, it will be so tight a squeeze as will deprive it of all moral efiect. As a piece of strategy this resolution is a bluntler in every way, and from parliamentary blunders on the floor of the House, it rises into an immense Democratic blunder, to begin a move ment which reunites the Republican party. The Republicans were previously scolding at the President and quarrell ing among themselves, but Potter's resolution brings them into a compact phalanx. This foolish attack on Mr. Hayes'title rallies the Republican party to his de fense, and is the greatest boon which could have been conferred on a Presi dent who has so long been at logger heads with his own party. hon. a. ii. stephen on the potter resolutions. Washington , May 15.— Hon. Alex. H. Stephens, who is absent from the House on account of illness, has addressed a letter to Hon. Clarkson N. Potter, ad vising him not to move the previous question upon adoption of the résolu tions of investigation, and to allow them not only to be discussed, but to accept all the amendments that may be offered by the Republicans. Mr. Stephens is not opposed to the fullest investigation of the electoral frauds charged in the Potter resolutions, but is of the opinion that such ihvesti gation should have the largest possible scope. the democrats united in support of the potter resolutions. the radical filibusters weakening, the louisiana supreme court and the anderson case—evi dence in hands of the investigators. Washington , May 16—Notwithstand ing differences of opinion among Demo crats as to the expediency of the inves tigation programme, there is no longer any doubt that the movement will be sustained by the party as a whole. The caucus committee has assurance that any programme it may be necessary to adopt on the floor will be supported by the party. The South and the Presidential Fraud. [From the New York World.] We can easily 'understand that our esteemed cotemporary, the Sun, may be embarrassed in the work of bringing about a thorough, searching and im partial investigation of the frauds which, as we believe, were committed in Florida and Louisiana at the time of the Presidential election in 1876. For our esteemed contemporary in Novem ber-of that year laid down fully and earnestly the doctrine, never accepted by the World, that there is no power which can go behind the certificates of a State given to certain persons as Presidential electors. And as the Sun neither is nor claims to be a Democratic journal we have no reason of course to expect that it will do justice to the mo tives or the conduct of the great body of the Democratic voters of the Union. But it seems to us nevertheless that even from the point of view of such a Republican as Senator Conkling, with whom we understand the Sun to agree in bis views as to the status and charac ter of the present Republican Adminis tration, it is very far from just to charge the Democratic masses of the South, as the Sun now does, with treason to the country and with a deliberate desire to destroy by fraud "the Government which "the Southern armies were un able to over-" throw," because the South has shown itself willing to recognize the Administration of President Hayes as a lawful authority. Mr. Charles Francis Adams—who can hardly be thought to be a sympathizer with those whom the San vehemently denounces as " Southern rebels now yelept Demo crats"—has recently expressed his con viction thot no assault ought now to be made upon the title of President Hayes, and if we are not mistaken a member of his family has even gone so far as to accept a Federal office under the exist ing Administration. The World has brought oat prominently before tire country the fact that Senator Conkling has been in possession, ever since the Presidential election in 1876, of infor mation which leads him freely to de nounce the President and the Adminis tration as guilty accomplices either be fore or after the fact in the frauds through which the Hayes electors in Florida and Louisiana obtained those State certificates which the Sun elabo rately maintained in November, 1876, must be accepted as final and conclu sive. But Senator Conkling is not Southern Senator, nor is lie a Demo crat. If be possessed this information in November, 1876, and has failed ever since to bring an open accusation against the President and the Adminis tration on the strength of it, surely it is against him and not against the. " Southern rebels" that the Sun should direct its wrath. What part has the South really borne in the history of the Hayes Administration? Certainly the South did not nominate Mr. Hayes. Certainly the South did not elect Mr. Hayes. Mr. Hayes was supported in his Presidential canvass by the whole power of the detestable Administration of President Grant, and the South con tended against him not simply to win a political victory, but to secure itself from political degradation and from so cial anarchy. How solidly it supported the candidacy of Mr. Tilden we all know. How wisely, no just aud candid American ever should forget. Taunted, provoked, irritated on every side by the unscrupulous emissaries of an Adminis tration of which Senator Conkling was a trusted counsellor, the people of the South went through a canvass which for them involved the issues of political life or political death, without uproar, disturbance or confusion. When the canvass ended, it appeared that Mr. Tilden was chosen lawful President of the United States by 196 electoral votes out of 369, being a clear majority of 23 over his Republican competitor. Of these 196 votes the Southern States cast 131, the Northern States only 65. In the East a single phalanx of three con terminous States—Connecticut, New York and New Jersey—stood for the Constitution and the sovereignty of the laws with the solid South ; in the West, Indiana alone. What followed? Un der the protection of Grant's adminis tration, of which Senator Conkling was a trusted counsellor, tlte people of two Southern States, Florida and Louisiana, were deliberately robbed of their votes for the Democratic electors, and the machinery was set in motion which re sulted iu the Electoral Commission and eventually in the inauguration of Mr. Hayes. The Democrats of the South protested agaiust the outrage perpe trated upon the electoral franchise, in all imaginable forms. They looked—as had they not a right to look?—to the leaders of the Northern Democracy and to the candidate whom they, the people of the South, had elected, to uphold the threatened sanctity of the ballot and see justice done. They looked in vain. Were they to assume the initia tive of civil war for the assertion of re sults achieved by their peaceful ballots. Had they desired disunion rather than union ? strife rather than peace, then was the time to have shown it. They did not desire disunion, they desired union. They did not desire strife, they desired peace. When Northern Demo crats accepted the decree of the Elec toral Commission from Senator Conk ling and President Grant against the earnest but solitary warnings and. pro tests of the World, the Democrats of the South saw the Federal power once more confided to a Republican Adminis tration, but not by auy act of theirs! In their local governments they asser ted without bloodshed that sanctity of the ballot which Northern Democrats shrank from asserting iu the Federal Government. The people of Florida and of Louisiana could only help to elect Mr. Tilden President. They could not make him President if he would not accept and maintain the title which they had given him. But the people of Florida and Louisiana, like the people of South Carolina, without the help of the candidate whom they had chosen to the Presidency did maintain the titles which they had given by their votes at the same time to Governor Drew and Governor Hampton and Governor Nicholls. Nay, when all had been surrendered at Washington, the Democrats of the South in the House, not holding the doctrine maintained by the Sun in November, 1876, put on record one last expiring assertion of the rights of the House and of the truth of history in their formal declaration that Mr. Tilden and not Mr. Hayes had been lawfully chosen to the Presidency in that same month. Once established in power against the will of the South and by the active efforts of Republicans like Senator Conkling, Mr. Hayes disappointed the expectation of such Republicans by re fusing to treat the South as the Sun now says the South ought to be treated, as a conspiracy of rebels bent on over throwing the Government of the Union. He accepted the supremacy of the laws and recognized the local rights of all the States. Why should the South have refused these blessings from his hand, since the hand whicb the South had chosen to secure to it these blessings had faltered and failed in the supreme hour? Is the South the worse to-day for its acceptance of these blessings? Is the country the worse? What would Republicans like Senator Conkling and journals like the Sun now have of the Soqtli ? Senator Conkling declares that he " knows" how the South was defrauded of the force of its true Presidential votes in 1876. What South ern voice, what Democratic voice, has been raised except to bid him speak and tell the country what he knows? Tfhe World has seen with cordial satisfaction the step taken by Mr. Daly in the As sembly at Albany to enforce this de mand upon Senator Conkling, a witness not to be suspected, as a Democratic witness or a Southern witness might be, of personal interest in the demonstra tion of the great wrongs done in 1876 to the South and to the Democratic party. When New York has made this call upon her Republican Senator, the in ventor of the Electoral Commission, and her Senator has answered it and proofs to damn the Republican Adminis tration at Washington into "infamy" are laid by him before the country, it will be in order for the great Demo cratic South to consider the ways and means of asserting the justice of the nation. Southern Farming .—How to ruin a farmer and his farm—Plant the farm in cotton and corn, year after year, burn all the stalks and trash, never put back anything which grows on the laud, let all the manure go to waste in unsightly heaps, plow hill-^ideç about'two inches deep, sô as to wash away the dirt and give you a çlean field. Do all these things, get in debt aU you can, drink lots of bqst-héad, cfyeW two plugs a week of flat tobacco, visit the race track, saloon and ten-pin alley every ohanee, then waste as much time as possible In other ways, and if you and your farm are not ruined, consult the devil for farther a dvice.-ÇArka nsas Grange. The Washington Post tells a story to the effect that Schurz, when called upon for his campaign assessment of $500, told the committee to call on him for two speeches, at $250 a night. His regular price was $300, but he was will ing to knock off $50 in consideration of the hard times and the necessity for re trenchment in all the departments. Official. the state apportionment. Rooms State Central Committee, Democratic-Conservative Party. New Orleans, May 14,1878.. At a meeting of the State Central Committee of the Democratic-Conser vative party, held in New Orleans on the first May, 1878, the following reso lutions were adopted : Resolved, That the convention of the Democratic-Conservative party of Lou isiana be held on the first Monday of August, 1878. lîesolvcil, That a convention of the Democratic-Conservative party of Lou isiana be held at Baton Rouge for the purpose of nominating a candidate for State Treasurer and members of Con gress for the various congressional dis tricts of this State. lîesolved, That the apportionment of representation in said convention shall be one delegate for each two hundred votes east for the Democratic-Conser vative candidate for Governor in 1876, and each fractional number less than 200 and exceeding 100 shall be entitled to one delegate. Resolved, That inasmuch as in certain parishes dissensions existed during the last campaign, whereby opposing fac tions nominated double sets of officers which resulted in the loss of several members of the Legislature ; aud inas much as these dissensions if continued will seriously jeopardize the Democratic prospects in certain localities, that the president of the State Central Com mittee be and he is hereby authorized to call a convention and make all nec essary arrangements to the holding of the primaries in auy parish, or ward of the city of New Orleans, in which the antagonistic factions refuse to uuite in a convention, within forty days of the holding of the State convention. Resolved, That the State Central Committee recommends the adoption of a rule by the convention that the num ber of delegates on the floor, represent ing each parish and ward of tue city, shall not exceed the number of votes to which such parishes or wards are en titled. In accordance with the first and sec ond resolutions, a State Convention of the Democratic-Conservative party is hereby called to meet at Baton Rouge on the First Monday (fifth) of August. Iu accordance with the third resolu tion the several parishes and wards of the city of New Orleans shall be entitled to the following representation, to-wit : PARISHES. Ascension Assumption Avoyelles Baton Rouge, East.. Baton Rouge, West.. Bienville Bossier 4 Caddo 9 Calcasieu 7 Caldwell . Cameron Carroll .East \ Carroll, West ) 5 10 Catahoula . Claiborne Concordia DeSoto Feliciana, East. Feliciana, West. Franklin Grant Iberia Iberville Jackson ,... Jeffeftiou Lafourche Lafayette 6 Lincoln 5 Livingston 4 First Ward 10 Second Ward 12 Third Ward 14 Fourth Ward Fifth Ward 10 Sixth Ward Seventh Ward 9 Eighth Ward 7 Ninth Ward 10 Madison 2 Morehouse 7 Nachitoclies y Ouachita 9 Plaquemines 4 Pointe Coupee 5 Rapides 8 Rett River 2 Richland 5 5 Sabine). St. Bernard 2 St. Charles l St. Helena 3 St. John the Baptist..4 St. James 5 St. Landry 19 St. Martin 5 St. Mary 7 St. Tammany 3 Tensas 2 Terrebonne 7 Tangipahoa 5 Union 8 Vermillion 5 Vernon 3 Washington 3 Webster 4 Winn » Tenth Ward 12 Eleventh Ward 11 Twelfth Ward 5 Thirteenth Ward 3 Fourteenth Ward 1 Fifteenth Ward 4 Sixteenth Ward 1 Seventeenth Ward 2 All Democratic-Conservative papers throughout the State are requested to publish the above. I. W. Patton, . Chairman Democratic Conservative State Central Committee. Compliment to Hon. J. Acklen. H. I From the Lake Charles Echo.] We have watched, with particular interest and pleasure, the course of our Representative in Congress, the Hon. J. H. Acklen, since he secured his seat from which he was so fraudulently kept until recently. Through the disinterested, persistent and untiring exertions of Gen. L. Sew ell, who was thoroughly conversant with all the facts of the case, Mr. Ack len was made to understand just how matters stood, aud uo sooner was he seated, than we find him taking active and prompt steps to relieve us of the foul oppressions and inquitous persecu tions that we have been subjected to for twelve long months. Twelve months that have covered more actual losses, more real pecuniary distress, more privation of the necessaries of life, and more wanton, profligate and arrogant disregard of the vested rights of citizens, than was experienced in this parish during the four years of fhe late war. To his efforts do we owe the presence ot Messrs. Adams and Hale, special agents, sent to investigate the condi tion of things here, and to report them as they find them. And we cannot but hope, after witnessing, for one week, their patient, pains-taking and search ing inquiry into subjects brought before them, that they mean what they say. It anything wrong has been done to find it out and, when found, to report it. Joseph H. Acklen, in the name of the people of the parish of Calcasiew, we thank you tor the chivalrie manner in which you have espoused our cause; and W£ fetîl that though you are Bower ies» to have restitution made for the property wrongfully, and by force, wrested from us; although you cannot obliterate the anguish of the auxious fathers in seeing taken from them the • £ ™ eai » 8 % which they were to fur nish bread to their helpless wives and famishing children ; although you can not wipe out the harsh feelings engen dered by the more harsh accusations and tyrannical exactions of an unscru pulous Government Agent, you can and will, when the record is laid before you, demand that Congress take action in this matter. We feel that in you we have a champion " Sang peur et sans re proche, who has the ability to find out where the responsibility lies for all these wanton and illegal acts, and the nerve to see that the offender is brought to the bar of public justice. For twelve long months have we been trying, without avail, to get some re cognition of our rights as American citizens from the Dictator, M. A. Carter. For eleven months have we been try ing, without avail to get some relief through the Federal courts, and now as a last resort, we appeal through you to the highest tribunal in the land, to the House of Representatives of the people of the United States,, ♦ ■ i''i ■ A conntry exchange explains that it was " spring poultry/* and not " poetry," that it agreed to take in exchange lor subscriptions. Henry S. Moss. [Courier Journal May 8th.] The unfortunate subject of this notice died last evening about half-past seven o'clock. The public can not soon forget the startling surprise, the appalling shock, produced a few weeks since by the announcement that Henry S. Moss, a prominent Main-street merchant, was known to have forged the names of many men, some of them his best friends, to many pieces of commercial paper. No event for many years has produced a greater sensation. Mr. Moss was a native of Glasgow, Ivy., and had lived in Louisville a quarter of a cen tury. He was well born, well raised, well connected with an extensive kin dred of most worthy and respected peo ple. He had been for years past elected and re-elected to the Board of Alder men of the city of Louisville. His hold upon his constituency was their confi dence in his integrity and courage. He possessed none of the arts of the dema gogue, and his career as alderman was in advocacy of economy and hostility to :ravagance and waste of the public treasure. His standing, both in Louis ville aud his former home, was that of aman of sensitive honor and courageous truth. His habits were those of perfect sobriety and abstemious simplicity. That such a man, at the age ot fifty eight years, should commit a great crime naturally produced the great shock felt by the public a few weeks since. But the case has now assumed an un alterable new phase. When all other friends had fallen away or stood ap palled at the enormity of apparent crime, a faithful wife, warmed by public denunciation and moved to greater ex ertion by her loneliness, declared that her husband was not a dishonest man, but afflicted with a diseased brain ; that what seemed to be crime was the irres ponsible act of a lunatic ; that he had not been sane or responsible for a year past. She demanded an inquiry, and on Saturday last it was holden in the Jef ferson Circuit court before Judge Jack son and a jury, and it was tlieu estab lished and placed of record that Henry S. Moss was a lunatic, and had been for a year last past. This judgment was based upon the testimony of leading physicians and learned experts in men tal diseases, such as Drs. Chiplev and Williams, of Cincinnati ; Rogers, Hewett and Bell, of Louisville ; and Forbes, of the Anchorage Asylum. They said his brain had beeu long diseased, and that he was theu dyiug of the malady. Al eady the consummation has been reached. In all this sad affair we are glad we find this one point upon which we can congratulate his family aud many fosmer friends ; that it is now es tablished beyond all dispute—nay, be yond all wish to dispute—that Henry S. Moss leaves an honest and vindicated name to his posterity—a name over which they may weep for his misfor tunes, but need not blush nor be ashamed. A very simply method of postal de livery is said to prevail iu a Spanish provincial town. Those who expect etters come to the post-oftice and form a queue. The postmaster then hands all the letters he has received, in a basket, to the first comer, who looks through them liesurelv, takes his own, if any, and passes the basket to the person immediately behind him, aud this goes on till the basket is emptied or the queue exhausted. " We have got to practice the most igid economy at such a time as this," emarked a man the other day to a crowd on the sidewalk. "I have stopped all the papers for which 1 formerly sub scribed, and don't buy candy toys, and such trumpery for the children ; times are hard. Come in boys and take a drink." Instead of setting up nights and wear ing the down on her cheek off on some fellow's vest, an Indiana girl has during the last year made $600 by cultivating broomcorn. CANDIDATES. For Sheriff. Me. Editor :—You will please announoe my name as a candidate for re-eleotion to the offieo of Sheriff of St. Landry, at the election in November next. Subject to the nomination of the Democratic Convention. C. C. DUSON. NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. Notice ! We the undersigned committee appointed at the last meeting of the Board of School Direc tors, request all holders of school warrants, issued previous to 1877, to hand them in within the next ten days, to Mr. Ealer, President of the Board or to such other parties as they may select and notify us of their warrants for ex amination by this committee, who are to pasa upon their validity and make recommendation« to the Board, as to payment or non-payment of the same. - C. C. SWA YZE, ) L. SKINNER, > Committee. 8. BIRROTTE, > May 25 Ice Cream Saloon. The undersigned has opened an Ice Croani S11 loon, corner Main and Bellevne streets, whero ICE CREAM, SODA WATER, AND PASTRY of nil kinds will be kept always on hand and ot the best quality. Ladies will find my Saloon cool and pleasant with polite waiters in attendance. May 19-tf CHARLES P. GORDON. JUDICIAL ADVERTISEMENTS. OTICE OF ADMINISTRATION. PROBATE COURT. PARISH OF ST. LANDRY, No. 3987. ESTATE OP PIERRE DERBANNE. Whereas, Marcelite Guillory of the parish of St. Landry has applied by her petition to be ap pointed administratrix of the estate of Pierre Derbonne, deceased late of the parish of St. Landry. Therefore, any person intending to make op position to said appointment, will file the same in writing in my office, inthetownofOpelousas, within ten days from the present notice. CIL! may 18-lilg JAMES O. CHACHERE, Clerk. piBI.It SALE. ESTATE OF BENJAMIN A. SMITH. By virtue of an order of the Hon. the Probate Court, of the parish of St. Landry, there will be sold at public auction, to the highest bidder, by the undersigned administrator, or any duly qualified auctioneer, at the last residence of the deceased, near Grand Coteau, parish of St. Lan dry, on TUESDAY, June 11th, 1878, the following described property belonging to the estate or Benjamin A. Smith, deceased, to-wit: 1. One tract of land with all the buildings and improvements thereon, containing about three hundred arpents, bounded north by Bayou; Bourbeau, east by land of widow Jean Dugal, south by land of Dr. E. M. Millard and west by lands of the convent of the Sacred Heart and the St. Charles College. 2. Two hundred acres of land, situated in the E,irish of St. Martin, bounded north by James leans and others, south by H. Smith, east and west by W. E. Walker. Also a claim against the United States Gov ernment, which will be sold forcasli. Terms aud Conditions.—One-third of the pur chase price to be paid cash on the day of sale and the balance in two equal and annual in stallments from day of sale, purchasers to fur msli their promissory notes, with good solvent personal security in solido, for the credit portion, payable to the order of purchasers, and to be endorsed by them in blank. Said notes to bear eight per eent annual interest from day of sale and the property to remain specially mortgaged aad the vendor» privilege to be retained there on until full and entire payment of the princi pal and interest of the notes given for the pur chase priee of the same. The tract of land No. I, with improvements, not to be delivered before 1st January, 1879, and the growing crop thereon reserved. L. J. GUILBEAU, May 11-56 Administrator.