May 27, 1886 - Crew Lake

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May 27, 1886 - Crew Lake - VICKSBURG. A Fljinjr Trip to Crew Lake How the...
VICKSBURG. A Fljinjr Trip to Crew Lake How the Craelty to Convicts is Investigated. Vicksbubg, MU., May 30. SpeolaL A committee of the Louisiana Legislature arrived arrived here this morning from Baton Rouge The committee which was appointed to Investigate Investigate the alleged cruelty and inhuaaaa treatment of Theophlie Cavallera convict who lost his; iegs from exposure and neglect, neglect, at Crew Lake camps, is composed of the following members: G. W. Monday, East Feliciana ; Dr. R. C McCullough. Tensas Tensas ; T. O. Murphy and L. BertolL Orleans ; Ewell, colored, of Assumption, and J. XL Caben, clerk. The committee left this city by the Vlcks-burg. Vlcks-burg. Vlcks-burg. Bhr eve port and Pad do Railroad In Superintendent Belknap's private ear at 9:30 o'clock A. M. for Haydeu's convict camp. There they examined five convicts and two attendants. Two of these Witnesses Witnesses were from Trecavant's convict camp. Dr. McCnllongh, of the committee, states that they examined no witnesses who were at the hospital daring the alleged cruel treatment of the convict Cavalier, and the only facts elicited were that Cavalier, who was a washer at the eamps, was not exposed exposed to the weather, but was protected by the shed under which he worked. Dr. Mcintosh, Mcintosh, of RayriUe, who attended the convicts convicts at the oamp, was not present. He Is regarded as an Important witness, and will be summoned to appear before the committee committee at Baton Rouge. The committee reached this city on their return to Baton Rouge at 4 P. M. The hurried movements ot the committee preclude the idea that the 1x10 was anything bat an expedition to whitewash the Crew Lake convict camps, the alleged cruelties ot whloh have from time to time been ventilated ventilated through the press, aad especially some months ago, when provoked by reported crimes compared to which the case et Cavalier Cavalier sinks info Insignificance Itself; but a member of the committee states that thsy were only investigating tbe Cavalier matter. matter. The distinguished CoL 8. L. James, lessee of the Louisiana Penitentiary, accompanied accompanied the committee to this city and left for New Orleans via Jackson at noon today. today. The committee will return to Baton Rouge at 11 A. M. to-morrow, to-morrow, to-morrow, except Dr. MeCui-lough, MeCui-lough, MeCui-lough, who visits his plantation in Tensas. While on this trip the committee were the guests of Superintendent Belknap, of the V. and iS. and V. S. and F. Rtlroada, who was specially attentive and lost no opportunity opportunity to disclose the-beauties the-beauties the-beauties ot valley scenery and the marked Improvement In the condition ot the railway system over whloh he so successfully presides. ,

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 27 May 1886, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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