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ratice in the Courts of the 5th
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VL. . ST. RANSVILL, LA., MARCH 24, 1877 NO. 39.
VOL. 1. ST. F'RANCISVILLE, LA., MARCH. 24, 1877 NO. 39.
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The Administration has had a panic.
The Administration has had every other
disorder known to hlnuanity, and the
panic closes the catalogue.
At about twelve minutes past ten a.
m. last Monday-we like to be particular
ill our tdates-a hack was observed to
stopt under the portico of the Executive
Malsonl and fironl it emerge the venerable
Senator Hamlllin. The hack, that is
known as Ia night-liner, being a cheap
conlveyaneo n ll thereforle within the
reach of the venerable Illanlin's personal
econoumy, moved oln, and the senator ant
bled into the White hloue. The venera
ble senator was evidently agitated. lie
carried a copy of 'I'Tlu CAPITAL, and it
shlonk with the nervous twitching of his
hand, while his aged swalklw-titii flapped
its forked extremities with unusual vio
The venerable Solon asked for the
President with a husky, trembling voice,.
and when shown into the presence of the
Administration he was evidently startled
at its calh exterior; for the Administra
tion stood buttoned in a broadcloth frock
and smoking a huge cigar, as usual. The
ancient half of senatorial Maine wiped
t he perspiration front his dome of thought
as lie laid aside his old silk plug.
"Mr. President," hl asked, "have you
seen yesterday's CAPITAL ?
"Ne: er see the daumned thing," respon
ded the Administration, pufling a volume
of snlloke into the senatorial conutenanle
beftre hintm, that caused the aged "Be-it
enacted" to sneeze and cough ii' the most
violenlt mI:uner.
"Well, Mr. President," continued the
venerable patt'1y, as soo as lie could
wrestle himself out of the sutfocation,
"this thing has gone far enough; this
has got to be stopped.,'
"Louisiana ?" asked the President.
"N\o, sir. worse, sir-perfectly damnta
ble ; I may say, Mr. President, without
being open to a charge of profanity, that
this is daunnable."
"Well, bowl on," said tile Adnministra
tieo, with that terseness of expression so
peculiar to it.
Whcereupon the aged and excited party
sat downl, opented TilE CAPITAL alid read
with husky voice our editorial headed
"'The Beginning of'the End." As he read
the countenance of the Administration
darkened. His brow corrugated uutil it
resembled l a galvanized iron roof. lie
pulled at his cigar like a locomotive onl
anl up-grade. lie rung the bell until the
cord snapped, and when it was answered,
said :
"Fetch my Cabinet!"
This order, uttered as if loe had said
"fetch umy carriage," "turn on thie gas,"
"order dinnedi r,' seeed to be the usual
style, for the servant only bowed and
hurried out. In a few minutes couriers
were dashing over town with hurried
sumurions' to the constitutional advisers.
They responded at once, in old depart
ument landaulets, in hacks, carriages and
on foot-the seven wise men of Wash
First appeared Don Cameron, the edu
cated stupidity of the Canterons.
Thent our beloved old Sardine of the
State I)epartment, put inl all appearance.
It was a rosy appearance-the gathered
vinttages of eighty snumUiers purpled ill
his intellectual face. He takes on moro
and molre the appearance of a retired
butler, as the time approaches for his re
turn to the family vault upon the Hud
After came the paternal Taft, his
Amooth, Ienevolent collntellallncebeanlig
with gentleness, with the mild calmness
of a cowpell ill all early stlunler mornllilg.
lle strode in on his long legs, and hing
ing on his legal center, clasped his hands
upon the routnded digestive atpparatus
that is so marked in his judicial figure,
and began twiddling .his thumbs, which
movement always indicates that the pa
ternal Tal'ft is rellectig.
The burly Zachariah, the great Michi
gander, rolling in, sat dowu on Senator
jlamlin's old hat and upset an inkstand.
When Z. (handler sits on a hat or upsets
an inkstand notice is given that he is
ready for business.
Tyner the simple came in meekly, with
a deprecating air, as if he wished to
apologize for being alive.
The Rotund arrived last. ITehad been
tacking along in a heavy sea and head
winds. lie rolled heavily, seeming to be
top-heavy, and when he came to anchor
he threw out a long breath, as if he
were blowing off steam.
After the aged party from Maine had
extricated his crushed tile from under
the Interior Department, and Doln Came
ron had righted the inkstand, the Admit
istration pushed TInE CAPITAL towards
Don Cameron and sai,, "Read that." Don,
tmuch amazed, opened and began on the
social gossip. "Not that," roared His
Alcoholic Majesty, "not that!" T ie
startled Don started in on "A Breakfast
with Raymond," and would probably
have been dismissed from the Cabinet
had not the solemin party fromn Maine,
still at work trying to restore the cover
ing of his senatorial intellect, canme to
Deon's rescue and pointed out the objec
tionable editorial.
I)on is not a bad reader, and lie did full
justice to our article, reading in a clear
way, with proper emphasis and choice
intonation. When lie ended, the Ad
ministration said, between puffs :
"What do you think of that 1"
"Not a bad imitation of Junius," said
The Administration never heard of Ju
ntins, and evidently thought him some
disreputable newspaper fellow, but said
nothing. Evidently an opinion was ex
pected ; so Don Cameron said: "Poor
stulff." Chandler remarked, "Dalmned
rot." The Rotund blew off more steam
and said iothiig. The paternal Taft
only twiddled his thumbs, and looked as
if lie wanted to donate a nickle to a col
ored beggar. But Tyner, with truer in
stincts, his eyes fixedon the Administra
tion, said, in a deep, sepulchral voice:
'"Treason ! '
And the Cabinet started as if subjected
to an electrical shock.
"Cameron," said the Administration,
lighting another cigar, "order out a file
of men and arrest the fellow." Then,
rising from his seat, he gave, in his usual
manner, intmnation that the audience
was at an end. As the members, bidding
good morning, at which the Administra
tion only nodded and grunted, moved
from the room, Catmeron touched the
elbow of the paternal Taft and asked in
an undertone:
"Got any law for me in this ?"
"Not a law," responded Daddy T., smil
ing as if he were giving the War De
partment his blessing.
"WVell, I can't interfere through the
military without some authority- Mar
tial law has not yet been proclaimed in
the District. It belongs to your depart
mient, Taft."
"I suppose it does, if it belongs any
where. I7 don't like it. Piatt's got to
going for me anyhow, and I'd rather
have spinal meningitis. Besides, all the
newspapers in the country will bounce
us like bricks."
"That's true enoughl; but the old man
bas set his heart on it and something
mnlist be doue. I wonder who started the
damned thing. Grant never reads any
"Why, old Hainlin. Didn't you see
him pointing the article out. IHo got the
newspalpers down on him by raising the
Ipostage, and he wants an editor killed."
"Dadldy-long-legs, as the clerks of the
Department of Justice endearingly style
the paternal Taft, turned to his office and
suntitoned all his force and stated his
trouble. lie wanted some law ; but lie
wamted also a CAPiITAL of the day pre
vious. But such had been the demand
no CAPITAL could be had. A mliessetlger,
disguised as a coluntrynman andll armed
with revolvers, was sentll to our office.
He returned with four, being all that
was lett of an edition of fourteen thouis
and, anid the Department of Justice weint
to work.
There are few things more entertain
ing, if not instructive, than an old lady
who adjusts her spectacles and fetches
her fetmininto intellect to the study of
somte mysterious qu(testion. Of this sort
was IPol)py Taft in search of thie law un
der which we coutl be itndicted atnd pun
ished. To aid himi he had Dutton-
known, lo ! these lifty years, as the yel
low-lhantunser, a bird so called because of
its plunmage atnd a disposition to be foir
ever piecking away at rotten logs fur im
aginary worms. Also, the Ilun. Joseph
Cox. of the HInt. Countty Commonot (very
colnollit) Pleas, voltunteer adviser, altlc
half a dozen subs. of the DepartmEnt of
Justice, whose qualilications for place
were fobund in the faet that, hlike neccssi
ty, they know nio law.
Dutton said it was conslructive hur
glary-lat hurglary-for we sought to
break lthe peace. Cox asserted that it
wvas constructive arsoil, for we attempted
to fire the patriotic heart.
Each silub. had a different statute and a
ditferent colnstruction. Poor old Dadldy
Taft, hie studied each and all, until his
venerable head got so coufised tlhat be
could not tell his nearest and
best frieund whether hlie stood ulpon his
intellect or tile broad foundations of his
elonigatedt extremities.
In this extremity a happy thought
struck Poppy 'raft. lle would go to
+ Thompson, the druggist, and take a mild
Spurgative. Tle had discovered in former
vexed conditions that a mild purgative
relieved tie bowels, opened the pores,
astimulated the circulation and cleared
the brain. There _is a curious
theory -prevalent among the
heathen Chinese that the soul ,ie4 in the
stomach. If this be so--and the case of
Poppy Taft, is singularly striking in its
support-what a soul Poppy Taft must
possess! for, as Shakespeare said of Car
1 dinal Wolsey, he is a man of unbounded
stomach. In this instance the purgative
- and the investigation worked well. To
favor both Poppy Taft retired with the
a statutes to a cry secluded place, and at
the end of an hour caine out with the
statutes and a conclusion. He found us
{ guilty of inciting to rebellion, insurrec
tion and riot, and ibrthwith we were in.
dicted and arrested.
We were arrested by a tall, handsome,
well mannered gentleman, who, calling a
hack, carried us and our bail into the
dread presence and majesty of the law
Sjlly Authur MeAuthur. We filt relieved,
and believed that Providence had its eye
on us, when we found that it was not the
I venerable Pumphlries or the weeping
We humbly submit, that for so grave
an offense against the peace and dignity
of the Administration, the bail was en
tirely too low. We expected to be called
I upon for at least a hundred thousand, in
stead of a pitiful five thousand. The
court was evidently derelict of its duty.
But we submit.
Anil now, Poppy Taft, aided by his as
sistants, are hard at work to find the in
surrection, or rebellion, or riot that we
I incited. When found we hope he will
favor us with an affidavit, so that we can
issue a subponua dates tccum to fetch said
insurrection, rebellion or riot into court.
Are we a vassal or a peer f Say ,
Fearful Scenes Consel,tent Upon the Awful
Ilcstclt of Panic.
NEwYoRK, Mla.ch 9.-At the
time of the ila,"m lant evening in
St. Francis X-vier church which
re-ulted so disastrously, Father
L~raiiache was preaching on "Hell
and the Horrors of the Damned."
and perfect stillness prevailed
-uddenly, as the preacher was pict
uring the torments of purgitoty, a
vouing woman in the northern cor
ner of the w *.t gallery, evercotme by
her feelings, fainted, and gave
utterance t.i a hy-terical scream.
startling the worshippers. and caus
tn them to spring to their feet.
I he next rmnnient some reckless
person cried 'fire.' and this gave
Iise to the panic.
Father Langiache. who was near
ing the en'! of his sermon, stopped
and imilored the people to s.eep
their seats, as there was absolutely
no cause for alarm. Father Mer
rick. the pastor, heard the scream
and rushed into the sanctuary. He
called utmon the congregation to
keep their seats, as there was no
fire and no cause for "larrr. The
-exton also endeavored to stop the
panic. Therse effrts were partially
-uccessl'ul. Father Lungiache re
tired to the vestry-rot m, and in a
few moments returned attired in his
cape, and uttertd the benedicion
dirmissting the congregation, and
the organ b3gan to play. The
women in the main body of the
church and in the east gallery pas-
Id out in an orderly manner, and
oot a uingle person in tile portion
of the church last named was i jtr
ed. The peopl!e occupying that
ortion of the g 'lery where the
commotion had begun and centered
Is ened to neither pr iest, pastor.
-exton, berediction nor orLait.
Th.ey ru-hed towards the exit from
the gallery, and almhnost craz-d with
fear, pu-lied and fought iiih: ir. way
into the narrow stairway leading
to Sixteenth street. The s:airwat
is but fiur feet wide. and witli~n
three or fouur .tcps of the bottoim it
maks a sharp turn be:ore it reach
es the vestibule. The crowd of
maddened women rushed down
.-tairm and would probably have all
eachld the street in salety, but at
tle bend in tihe sairway an aged
and very stout wolnman, in her ea
gerness to meich a place of safety,
fell headong dwu star's, and be
forie she cuclid regain her feet the
franlltc crowd, presed on toward
the ve.~sibule, cmine upon her p.os
mrate fo m, and those in the fore,
moat ranks tell upon her. In a
moment the pa-sage way was
choked anid a ,cene of the wi;dest
confu.-inn and mst initetoe excite
iment en,-ued. '1 he crow'., in fear
and terror, pressed on witlh almost
trre iutible force, and nothtnt_, could
be done to stop their advantce. 'I'he
c uzed women lough; their way to
wards dhe choked up stairway ti am
ping upon those woo had lailcn in
frout and crushing the life out of
them. They soreamed and fought
like maniacs, and every effort to
hold tihem back, so that the stair- It
way cou'd he cleared, was of no eC
evail. Father Whyte and seev- c
eral other priests who were in the H
church parlors at the time the pan-.
ic occurred rushed round to the ,
front of the church and, assisted by h
,olnrolmien, by main force droggend t
out some of the women who were i
;ying on the stairs. A number of I
women were thus got out alive and
only alih;ly i-j-ried. In the strug- i
,ile for life Lhey were almost den- a'
,ided of their clothing. As the t
priest and police, aided by a num- d
her of citizens, made their way up ti
the -taircr-e they found lying on ni
the steps four other women and a
-mail boy. 'lhey were taken our t
into the open air, but life was ex- ti
tinet. One woman, Anna Forbes, g
was brought out alive and apparent- a
ly not much injured. She walked, 'i
with the assistance of a policeman, v
to a drug store on Sixth avenue, to
near S'xteenth street, where she
expired in a few moments. The b
assistant sexton say, the distinctly p
heard the cry of 'fire I" but did not n
see who gave utterance to it.
A eentlemaun standing outside of r
the church informed Sergeant Dug- p
las that lie saw a man in the ves- a,
tihule of the church put his head it
inside the door, and cry '-fire " w
Father Whyte and the other priests c;
connected with the church -are of
the opinion that the cr:y of fire waq
given by one of a tang of pick- q
pocket-, wi h the intention of crea- la
ting a panic, during which they ,1
could ply their nefarious vocation. d,
Father Why:e says that he was in r
the confessional at the time, and
when ie reached the front of the at
church lie was almost crushed to
death while endeavoring to extric
ate some of the women who were i
in imminent danger of losing their
lives. he
This morning in St. Francis
Xavier church a solemn mass of t
requiem was offered for the dead aL
and grayers said for the speedy re- ti
covery of the wounded.
Last eyening the alarm of fire w
was sounded in Astoria, in the
suburbs. As the firmen rushed it
past the church of Our Lady of
Mt. Car met, one of thew, crred
'fi e." hlnmediate;y those seated
in the rear seats, sprang to thei to
tet and rushed for the street, folI
lowed by near'y the whole congr-e
gation. When the panic had ex- Ir
h:,ustcd itself, and tihe people be
come composed, it was found that t
four women had been seriously in
jured by being trampled upon. w
[Washington Capital.] Ii
The lion. James A. Gartield, M. H
C., of the High Commi-sion, b,
through whl:c we are mnade to n,
"'grin and b ar it.' has sued the Ps
C:eveland PI.AINDEALER, we art hi
told, for having published the fict th
that he. the Hon. J.,mes. had beam- oc
ed, from his intellectual counte- w
nrance, upon the du-aky beauties of a
an octoroon ball in New Orleans. ho
Why the [lon. James shou!d thus
feel hlrn.elf damaged in reputation se
for having smiled upon his prianci- in
oles in petticoats at a ball, after t'i
weeping over the fainting Eliza Pi
Pinkston on the sofa, bothers our g
j mrnali'tic mind con~-iderably. rt
Indeed, to us the smiles are the d,
more commendablo, for they were thI
-incere. Tihe tears, we fear, came
from the same source Ihit furnishes in
the honorable gentleman's princi- oc
ples, and come under the head olf in
b:,gus. am
Admitting, however, that the at
dignitied solon was compromised
ly his appearance in the midat of s
the dusky be:les of the pave, hw m
cou:d it d tnane his character more te
than hlis endorsemeant of J. Madison w
Well.s, thie mnnn whlo has carried ct
into Louisiana Dolitics all the tricks Uo
ofa dishonest horse-jackey, in which st
he was lamout', or rathler infamnou,
throughut the Scutl? ci
Thie P. D. of Cleveland shares sc
with D. P. of Washington thie honor d
of pro-ecuton through the cou ts a
And troam lute develotpments it looks or
:s if oatr only hipe is from that i). i
P. whose interferencte in human cr
affairs so often protects the j ist and aM
c, ,fouad4 the wicked. Tihe fel- tr
:ows finding the courts, through gi
his last test of our supreme tribu
nal, as unprincipled us tlhemselves, na
are rushing to them, not for pro- ac
ection but for persecution. p1
We are writing a polittal article ti
where we should devote our pena to fu
-OCtal m:tter-, and tire fair readers el
of' 'HE CAPITAL must pardon us, for ct
our .octial mlnd, as the Pennsylva- cc
ant man remarked when the mule m
kicked him, is all torn up,
We published the statement that
the distinuluished gentlemen sent
from the North to tee a fair Count
in Louisiana had attended an octo
roon ball, believing it to be a hoax.
Since then, however, we have sworn
testimony to the fact that the emi'
nent statesmen did attend such ena
tertainment and took part la the
We cnn see after telredtiOY that
this was not only allowable but
commendable under the eircumstans
ces. Mr. Ditty, a gentleman of
Baltimore, one of the distinguished
men and inesttmable eititeos, we
learn, informed the committee that
he had tola his good lady about itt
.nid be gave us to understand that
if she did not approve at least she
forgave him.
Whether the other distinguished
gentleman followed this wise and
prudent course we are not inform
ed. It would have been more pru
dent. and probably have saved
them the slander and libel suits
now springing up to vindication anud
<xplanatioln; and they could have
told their wive:, as we now tell
the publie, thet as these eminent
gentlemen were sent to inveo gate
a state of affairs quite out of'heir
'ine of life. it was their duty to in
vestigate in all directions. Leave
no stones unturned, as it were.
It was, aside from the politicalt
bearings of the subject, a rare opA
portunity for the study of human
nature as developed under returning
boa, d+ bayonets and carpet-baggers.
1here is a deal of human nature in
petticoats, the world well knows,
and its peculiar phase in New Orb
leans, as shown at an octoroon ball,
was something the solemn old pumps
could not forbear. So they went.
We get the details from the elo
quent utterances of our old friend
tie Hoer.,. Pig-Iron Kelley. It calls
for his flow of language, his play
4of fancy and round, full voice, to
do the subject justice. Such are
required to fetch before one the
ualutial house-the gorgeous finish
and furnish of the same and the ex
qeisite music--not of the Union not
the future-but rather of the "las
civious pleasinsa of the lute" spoken
by of Richard III., a little before
he counted himself in through a
returutng board of his own Cre a
tion. Then the dusky beauties of
the burning r'octh, so elegantly at
tired, so graceful in manner, so
sprightly in conversation, that.
without refreshments, without the
champagne frappe and the dance
they were charming.
Of course the venerable SOlonA
on a study-of- human-nature bent
could not stand about like so many
leatherless owls staring at the:e
seductive females and d imp'nini
their 3outhfulj.y. The Hon. Pig.
Iron Kelly se:ected the celebrated
octaroon of the pink eyes, and all
the rest, save Judge 'ITrumbuill
who, after` one j nap, was taken
with a pain and retired, went in.
In the dance that followed the
[ion. Pig-Iron excelled in agility.
lie perfcLly amazed the crowd.
He never danced lower than the
bottom of a chrir, and some of his
more succe.sful leaps were accom
panied by yells that, coining front
his capacious longs, almost lifted
the ceilings and made the lovely
octoroons seize their back hail'
with an instinctive impulse born of
a belief that an Indian was on
Hun. John Sherman shone in the
senatorial dignity that he imposed
in the dance. lie seemed all the
tame to be rising to address the
'resident of the Senate. And this
gave a pleasing variety to the en
tertainmnent. It served to quiet
down the exub-rance of our old boy,
the lion. Pig-Iton.
The Hon. Job Stevenson etcelle4
in gra;ce of movement. I'he lovely
octorooins were qiite enthusiastiC
in their admira'in of the Hlion.Job,
and Ircely expressed the belief that
ie w,)u d shiiie in the balle,.
Governor Palmor exhibited great
skill in turning corners. At the
most critical moments, when it was
leared the honorable old party
woid be lost, although rolling exr
ce.savely, h3 would sudtidenly fetclh
up with a readiness and -kall really
Surprisin .
The Hen. James A. Garfield doe
clined the dance firom religious
scrupules. He secured a small an,
dience in a corner and indulged in
a high philosophical talk about the
origin of man. 'T'his greatly eun
tightened and entertained his hear
crs, who expressed their admiration
o ci ies of 'good enough," 'dat's do
tr'ulf," "fore de Lord,' "ain't he
gland," &c.
We regret that oar space twill
not permit a more full and detailed
account of this festivity. But, how
ple.~asant it is to see such reconstrun
mioi, such a shakieg up in a chteer
ful mArner of old bones, such a
clasping of hands over the bloode
chasm. Instead of the eminent old
cocks being ashamed of the perfot'
mauce, they ought to be proud,
yes, sir, proud.

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