COURT JOURNAL

The calm which invariably precedes the storm prevailed at the palace yesterday, and but little work was done. The guards lounged around the galleries and ante-chambers in a listless manner, occasionally gathering into knots, listening to the jovial yarns of Colonel Jack Wharton, Chief Equerry in waiting to His Majesty, or exciting stories of the chase as related by Billy Conner, Lord Groom of the Royal Stables. During the entire morning His Majesty remained in seclusion, only granting an audience to a deputation of loyal ladies, who desired some information concerning the royal colors, with a view to using them in the decoration of Tuesday. His Majesty received them graciously, and summoned Garter King-at-Arms, to his presence. The latter explained that the Royal colors were Green, Gold and Purple, regretting that the subjugation of the State had been too recent to prepare a Royal Standard, but that upon all His Majesty's future fete days it would invariably be displayed. An hour was subsequently spent in completing additional arrangements for the reception of the Grand Duke, His Majesty, who of course understands all languages, inditing the following autograph letter, to be handed to his Royal cousin upon arrival. We give it in the vernacular:
His Royalovitch Highnessoff (sic) the King of the Carnival, Offcia Ilywelc, omest one worle ansh isroy alcous inth emostp uiss ant Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff: andwi llh o ldaspe ciala udie ncef orh Isrece pti on ataue nse ton Mardi Gras. Rex.

In the evening a grand State banquet was given. Among the guests attending which were to be found Gen. H. S. McComb, Gen. Beauregard, Col. Sam Boyd, Norbert Trepagnier, P. O. Hebert, Samuel Smith, J. W. Burbridge, I. K Marks, C. A. Whitney, and C. H. Slocomb, Esquires. The approaching festivities were here discussed at length with the viands and wines until 9 o'clock, when his Majesty, attended by his Lords in waiting and Gentlemen of the Bed Chamber retired, leaving the guests to their own enjoyment. His Majesty was subsequently read to sleep by one of the under Secretaries, but with some difficulties. The proceedings of the City Council usually productive of somnolency being found upon this occasion ineflectual, through their usual brevity of late ; resort was then had to the minutes of the Academy of Natural Sciences, under the soothing influence of which nature shortly succumbed.



  • Many additional applications for position were filed during the day at the office of the Earl Marshal of the Empire and another heavy batch of correspondence was being opened up to a late hour of night, all testifying greater promise of gorgeous magnificence of the Royal State Pageant. God save the King!

  • EDICT NO. XII.

  • To all whom it may concern: His Royal Highness the King of the Carnival being deeply impressed with the enthusiastic loyalty manifested by his beloved subjects of all degrees and conditions, upon this his most blessed fete day, has resolved -

  • That a proper consideration for the glory of his regal state and sovereign care for his loyal subjects, demands the abrogation of all laws, and the removal of all impediments of whatsoever kind or nature that may impair or interfere with public enjoyment.
  • In pursuance of this determination, he therefore, solemnly enacts the following decrees to rule the law of the land during the entire reign of his illustrious and glorious Majesty:

  • First - Whereas, it having come to our Royal knowledge that one Stockdale, Collector of Internal Revenue, intends taking advantage of His Majesty's preoccupation in aifairs of State connected with the Royal Pageant, to collect all the taxes of the Realm, his office is hereby abolished.

  • Third - The credit of the Realm is hereby reestablished on a specie basis, and all securities, of whatever nature, are declared to ru^e at par value. Any person, subject or foreign, detected in an attempt at their depreciation will be immediately incarcerated in the lowest dungeon of the Donjon-keep.

  • Fourth - All subjects guilty of any breach of the peace, working all and any description of disorder or offence against good taste and delicacy in the display of outre or improper costumes, will be immediately conveyed to the barracks of the household troops; and our well beloved servant, Col. A. S. ledger, Captain of the Guard, near to the person of his Majesty, is hereby charged with the strict enforcement of this order under penalty, in default thereof being forced to attend the meetings of the Academy of Natural Sciences for an entire year.

  • Fifth - The market rate of cotton is hereby established for this day at fifty cents per pound, low middling grade, and for sugar at 25c. per pound, other products of the realm to grade in proportion. Any subject violating this edict will, upon trial and conviction be sentenced to serve not more than one term at hard labor in the Louisiana State Legislature.

  • Sixth - All punishments incurred by the children of the realm for any offenses of whatever nature, committed anterior to this date, are here-by cancelled in honor of the fete of his Royal Highness. Such parents or guardians disregarding the provisions of this edict are hereby sentenced to a perpetual deprivation of their night latch keys.

  • Seventh- All quarrels, hatreds, jealousies and vendettas heretofore existing between any of his Majesty's subjects are hereby cancelled, as nothing but the most unalloyed good humor and jollity will be allowed to prevail throughout the realm during the glorious reign of his Majesty.

  • Eighth - All persons residing along the route of the royal pageant are ordered to provide proper extra supports for their galleries, to festoon and decorate the same with the royal colors (green, gold and purple), and to pay due obeisance to his Royal Highness, in passing, under penalty in default thereof of perpetual exile to the Balize.

  • Lastly- Sir Warren A. Stone, the Right Hon. D. 0. Hollday, the Hon. J. T. Scott, and Sir Howard Smith, Physicians in Ordinary to his Majesty's household, having recommended a change of air and scene, the King of the Carnival will therefore be under the unpleasant and regretful necessity of bidding his loyal subjects adieu at sunset to-day, for a brief period of time promising to return again when his health, in the opinion of the Royal Physicians, shall have been fully re-established.

  • In doing so it is with a profound and gratifying sense of the loyalty displayed by his subjects of the cheertul and prompt alacrity with which his orders have been obeyed, and with the promise that on the occasion of his re-entry into his capital, the splendors of to-day's pageant shall be far outshone in magnificence and«gorgeous state.

  • And now, with the best wishes for their health, prosperity and happiness, he bids them adieu. Enjoining upon them during his absence unswerving loyalty in their allegiance to the Royal House of Carnival, and an unimpaired continuance of that loving affection already manifest for its reigning head, which is above all price.
    God save the King! Given under our hand and seal, at Carnival Palace, this the 12th day of February, in the year of our Lord 1872. Rex.


The decorations were very extensive. Canal, Camp, St. diaries, Royal, Esplanade, Rampart nnd other streets, containing many houses and stores, where Chinese lanterns, festoons and flowers were combined with charming effect. From many of our public buildings and leading stores floated the handsome flag of the King of the Carnival. The procession was formed at two o'clock, the hour designated in the proclamation, for if there is one thing his Majesty admires more than another, it is promptness. The excitement was very great, and the streets through which the King was to pass were densely packed with eager lookers-on.
The King, accompanied by the Earl Marshal of the Empire, splendidly costumed, soon gathered his hosts and the procession took up the line of march. Salutes were fired by the Royal Battery, under command of the gallant Col. Squires.
In the line appeared the Boeuf Gras, a splendid animal, of milk white color. The yeomanry, the pack, maskers in carriages, advertising vans, knights, harlequins and clowns on horseback, the whole being followed by the "unattached," a jolly, motley crowd, who had turned out "for fun," and were having it.
At four o'clock the Grand Duke Alexis, then in the city, accompanied by the Mayor and several gentlemen of his suite, arrived at the City Hall, and shortly after the King of the Carnival and his followers arrived.

Here the imposing ceremony of surrendering the keys of the city was performed, the Mayor presenting them with a well-timed speech, proclaiming his aftection and loyalty, to which his Majesty replied with becoming dignity and grace.

The procession then moved on and completed the prescribed line of march. Although the display has been eclipsed by subsequent efforts of our gracious Sovereign, it was acknowledged to have been the finest turnout ever seen in our city up to that time.