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L. 55. OPELOUSAS, ST. LANDRY PARISH, LOUISIANA, FEBRUARY 15. 1908. NO. 32.
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TOR STONE DRAFTS.
For Investigation of Pfesi
Roosevelt's Alleged Mis
use of Patronage
sug bit of by-play is being
in the Senate closh-rooms and
"-'eromos. It consists of a resolu
a_ by Senator Stonoof Missouri,
on President for information
.rt5 that the Federal
iass n used to promote the
of one od the Republican
for the Presidential nomina
Snaat .Stone declines to intro
/rl iout n -until he has a
tt it would be passed by the Re
While a few of the senators
seriously the charges of Sen
` tith P"efdent has toy
to House," and they are
Sover-ealous brethreo that
rmeansai safe experiment. As
fact, the President would en
better than th
11e t SenateAn4
onage which would make
Senate will receive this in
as the Presidential
sion of Public Printer Stil
p of the hour in political
this week; aid the
has been suspended. The
'ttee n ing col
furishing sup plies to the
h Itisbeiev that one of
'sleeta the Present
be the attwmt, hich
S2wlbe uled vgoro
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States of this Repubic. The good people
everywhere recognize the enormous in
crease of bloody and violent crimes
throughout the country. Everywhere!
there are seen murders and violen out-!
rages of the most atrocious nature. In
some of the States, organizations of citi
z ns are determined that no tobacco
shall be produced, and none of the exist
ing crop m the hands of the farmers shall
be sold, so that by such holding of the
staple the price may be forced up to
some figure demanded, and in order to
maintain the desired conditions "night
riders," as they are called, are infesting
the tobacco districts, murderin- all who
attempt to violate their behests, and
burning the barns, factories and store
houses of the delinquents. These oo
rages are of nightly occurrence in more
than one State, and nobody is punished.
No attempt is made to arrest the guilty
parties, who reign supreme in a wide
agricultural region, and furnish an ex
ample and precedent for any other organ
ization of citizens who may want to con
trol the stocks and prices of other
The unwillingness of the American
peop.e to punmis, or adequately punish,
any atrocioun riminals by judicial pro
cess has resulted in the fact that
while capital crimes are reported by
thousands, cases of capital punishment
by procem of law are numbered by tens
only. Yet, while the public opinion of
the countrk is manifestly unwilling that
iaihcdtriiii's.-shall hbe seriiouly pun
ished, if at all, their crimes are naturally
ApAeplored, t efft rt s. being
4e'tr o nake the fbzigul .joitot bet
tet by hat are l.r l pohibivemeae
uris. 'Thereibfld`l" e n1 blhodfymurders
if there were no pistols and other deadly
weapons, and therefore the sale and the
carrying of them concealed upon the per
son is prohibited by law.
:Bt ` It'#*, like those against mur
an 0trtge, is seldom enforced, and
it code.s about that while the orderly
and law-loving citizens never carry arms,
they are at the pnercy 9f the largqum
rleand ol" that otnstaptfy vltate
a $e0 theI al c s going a y armed.
JB.i tbee rtin- is. oano cerished that
there would Be.no desperate and lawless
classes, but for the4juors which are on
sale, at ,everr corner, and witl which
otl~irise ;qgiet and peaceable ~itizens
inflame their evil passions and then o out
to murder, outrage and plunder at their
pleasure, and to to meet that situation a
law is enacted prohibiting the making,
i buying and selling of liquors in such and
Well, what happens? Why, the people
in such States being absolutely deprived
psl intoxit4ig liquors, are
pr most inno
cent Lamvalvy - crea-ures,
with angelic wings sprouting out of
theirshoulders, and halos of sacred light
beming aroiuietther heads. That, at
least, is what ought e place, but it
does not. There are j as many pistols
a d yst. as m 4wpeRii does
a nals;uot. the l the
l t from th Is on
ii k nd to oe 0 fail
o to enforce t laws.
jtheofatalag o the
-i*yto stop crime. Laws are piled
on laws until few know, and fewer care,
Sthey are because laws which are not
aaP mere ~th n. We are bit
t pppsed to punishing our fellow
creatures Th crimes are the result of
mm hVIUiiu welnesle, and if we could
lyat ore tihos weaknesses we would all
be id Tlis it the ntion which has
on of th meinrlca people,
Sobstacle in the way.
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EunicedJennings Oil Field
Its Future and Resourcey
A Report on "The Jennings Oil Field--Its Extent and Future" by
Prof. F. C. Theile---S. to be Equal to the Baku
Oil Field of Russia- ther Inobrmaton
ieaning, Il..,' Feb. 7.- At"thl time,
whenthenngs oildfeld is being more
extensaively developed than for a great
many montim past, and is attracting at
tendon from almost every quarter at the
g*be, the hollowing report of Pal. F. C.
Tele, who is manager of the ;Royal
Peoem Coranya's reryhere, an
"-"" hemist·ia:t L~ls
OneruC oncu analysis, . o Las en
gaged forae pst f ieeks.in
Jeoninaspii field. ' be
interest to the
Iy to thosei
ha Ruowu. in e
wd 'a ,a and. n
on theý a~insua ho~¶
- que t., a Mad
metal r we in a v
aPn Pb ove in
"a we:,82 fe ed
tio. eitory. On reaching this
a 4 twas iscverdy
ai feldnto existen e. The well
200m0i Qm bre it ceased
la s 9 an in uthen O
eede,912 ted. Ic
rall 1.14into ezlstenee4 The well
2t ,W;iyri tbe r it ensed
ftoaker too edlEalind in the
,ap the ed648o17 terrl -
amnerwels elbdetween 10,000 and
. 0Q ban ~ i->s Jennings
add b s. e in its igea -
44 abbot $16,000,000 in
i'04 .1494vt 9
"thee T.1 their geological
ý zi~r~a the
eiº l; immbe er f.
~gaw iknStmt diff~e it4ittl5.
I MM is··t (il~p~hl
ihwmaery tan mt-exminsthe Ui'
It~n~itI~ ' wichi wbi
the er~35 - Lu b
"_! ~ llb~iwd Asdns theid
territory is situated n an oil belt proper
or is barren of'pretroleum.
"As surface indicatioxs for underly ag
oil deposits the following Bata is observed.
Oil seepages, outcrops of bituminous
rocks, gas seepages, white-leached shales
or sandstones, shales burnt to redness,
fumaroles, mineral springs and deposits
from mineral springs may also be men
tioned. Uplifts and depressions are
further evidences of subterrean activity,
and the general formation overlying a
given territory very often discloses un
mediately the underlying deposi to
very great depths, The proper _ii
eatio s and deductions from this data
have been made possible. by the vast
amount -of ree6rds aeeumulated on tLis
subject, coupled with the
of- economc geology, and
hen;e surfce indications ai* of vital i
importance in proprly locating oil fields.
mou tes from .Port Hudson
,ThqeaJennings oil field lies nearly fifty
ni and from the gulf coast, :three
miles north of the juncture of ayous
,Ne-pique and 'Cannes.I -It is situated 1
the outcrop of the Port Hudson
) formation, as mapped by
Louitiana geological urvey. This
formation was frst observed by the cole
brated geologist, lilgard, in 1869, at Pbrt
Hu..o:, La., where its typical exponsure
is found. It comprise. niealyl of Csl
easieu, St. Landry and Acdia parishes, 1
and part of Cameron, and all Louisiana `
oil fields are situated within its amdius.,I
After crobeing the Sabine river into Texas ,
its name changes into' t. auo (Mfras,'
so designaate by the , T Geologial
Survey. All the celebrated '.eas oil.
fields in the gulf coastal -plane are situ.
ated within this belt, and, based on this
knowledge, the . proper ,interpretation
of surface indications and the locating of
oil-pools has :become ant "lpost' exact
science within the gul lnt teios r.
"Observations by the writer in the
Jenningu district show that an oolitbie
(meamng eggutone). marl .eposit, .c
companied-by ironandsmanee oxides,
occurs regularly directly over the large
oil tratas and..n beaccepted as a true
ndication- of oil underl in paying
imnti~ies. Thismsau e has been
obrvbed bythe write on i Spindle Top
(3eumiont), in our Lake at Batson '
P ie, at Jasiper, Tex., and at different
lacilities, where oil existed in larger
trtiesa An Isolated. occurenee of
?hsdepoisit must not be construed im
mdisately as indicating an underlyin.oil
poool,but should be investigated furter,
in-otder.to find its source and then in
depjunen withany, oriaall, of the above
desi surfaices indications, a true oil
Ield maybe located. The oolithimal
Indi. ates aperiod of sedimentation, and
1was trmental in_ formisthe im
Irv sif'its, h hcover oil de
Thtes ashu m pevein' nteir dibslitare
"Thhem marL i~i9ia~ii~ e h~S7bssd upiftEd~
at a later preiod, and formed at different
levels the different oil strata encountered
in drilling wells. Enough of them has
been exposed to enable the geologist to
interpret the surface indication correctly.
"Following these indications in the
Jennings district it is shown that the
indications reveal another large oil de
posit about two miles south of the oil
field proper, on sectino 38, closely adjoin
ing the King tract.
Another Deposit Revealed
"Gas seeps, as well as oil seepages,
have been obser ere, andit goes with
out doubt that dril.g at this place will
furnish large producttN oil wells. This
covers by no means, however, the extent
of the Jennings oil field. The latest de
velopments on the west side of the cele
brated Arnaudet tract, and south of tue
oldest oil wells, show a large oil deposit
underlying. Again this place was over
laid by the oolithic marl, showing the
correctness of the above statement.
Singularly enough the well on this tract
was completed in quicksand, similar to
the great wells in the Baku oil fields in
Russia, which is today, and has been for
a long time past, the largest oil producer
in the world.
"Like the Baku field, the Jennings
field is traversed by large sand dunes,
accounted for by the drywells encountered
in the Jennings and Baku proven oil
fields, and the similarity of the two fields
is so surprising in stratigraphy, general
location and other items that it is safe to
state that both fields are of the same
character and should therefore show sim
ilar developments. It follows from these
obseryations that deeper drilling in the
Jennihgs field should be practiced. The
overlying heavy sand deposits (as much
as 1,000 feet sometimes) must entirely"
be discarded as forming the ancient top
soil in the Jennings field. The ancient
tertiary surface soil does not occur until
a depth of about 1,400 feet is reached.
Calculating from this depth as represent
ing the surface from 2,000 to 3,000 feet of
tertiary deposits must be penetrated to
reach the immense oil deposits which con
stitute the resrvoirs of the Jennings field.
If this procedure is resorted to the oil
yields will be immense and the crude oil
will be of a lighter grade than obtained
from the upper infiltrated stratas. That
this is an established fact is shown by the
composition of the present crude oil, when
s :bjecting it to a scientific analysis. It
will necessitate more careful and exact
drilling than practiced as at present, but
the monetary returns will be so great
that they will completely dwarf the earn
ings of the present field. It is hoped that
deeper wells will shortly be. started in
accordance with the above correct state
" Todag no oil well is 'located' in uiaKu
or anywhere else, in the Russian oil fields
without the aid of a competent geologist
and field engineer, and dry holes are an
unknown quantity in those places. If
this course is at once adopted in this pro
gressive Union large sums of money will
be saved and turned into valuable assets.
Rivals Russian Baku Fislde
"The Jennings field, now the largest
single producer in the United States,
should be the rival of the Baku field in
Russia, and thus further promote Amer
ican prosperity and enterprise.
"Its boundaries have ndt nearly been
reached, As stated above, another large
oil field exists to the south of the present
field, shown distinctly by its outcrops,
and to the west of theproven field surface
indications occur, which are equal to any
observed in other parts of the district.
Instead of a scanty few hundred acres,
the Jennings oil field covers several thou
sand acres, but deep pools must be tapped
and drilling operations must be carred
outwith more exactness than at present.
"The north and east limits of the field
have been clearly defined, as no produe
ing wells have been discovered to the
north beyond the northern lines of the
Crowley Oil and Mineral Company's lease
and the Texas Com fond the east
era limit of the p about one mile from
the center of the field.
"The above data demonstrates that
theaemningaoil field must be regarded as
a sueemsion -of -hugs ol pools running
a slight northswestWouthet direction
(conforming to the ancient shore line of
the tertiary sea) and as the northern and
eastern boundarries of 'the first pool have
been fj.ndpit follows conclusively that
further develop mentsmusst be carried on
to the west and south of the present pro
ductive area. The recent discoveries of
newgusherterritory in section 45 prove
the western extension' of the f:ield absol
_utel, and it is beyond dispute that the
southern extesion will tfurnish its proper
share of oil production in a short time
thus elevating the Jennings oil field. to a
commanding factor in the oil industry ;"
In connection with the above article,
we will state that the Pelican Oil and
Mineral Co., Ltd., a local concern, with
F. L. Sandoz, president, and J. J. Healey,
secretary, are the owners in fee simple of
fifty and one-third acres of land in Sec
tion 38, and immediately adjoining Sec
tion 40. Inasmuch as this company's
land lies right in the heart of the favored
area referred to in'the article published
above; it is reasonable to presum etbat.its
value as '"oil land" is truly great.
We understand that the company bnra
limited quantity of stookewilm or sale,
and when same is disposed 6f, -that. they
will immediately undertake the develop
ment of the property.
Mr. Charles Russell, the affable man
ager of Mr. Joseph Boagni's market, has
again shown an enterprising spirit in
anreading out in his business, and thereby
Fording the public the convenience of
the large cities,, where anything desired
can be gotten in the markets. This
time it is the addition of a fish depart
ment to the meat market. All kinds of
.s, X.suehas red snappers, sheep's head,
tro b, salt water catfish, etc., will
be fresh, twice a week-Wednesday
SUPT. THOMPSON MAKES
PLEA FCR ST. LANDRY
UIges Immediate and Concerted
Action by the Citizens to Secure
t.. New Normal School
The following is an excerpt ftom a com
munication written by Superintendent
Thompson, published in the Picayune,
from its Baton Rouge corresfpondent. It
is a strong exposition of the reasons why
we should make an effort to secure the
location of the proposed Normal College.
As Superintendent Thompson says, weo
should exert ourselves and put forth our
best effoi to land the institution in this
parish, should the Legislature determine
to create another Normal School. The
question is a live one, and directly appealS;.,,
to the civic and patriotic pride of every
man, woman and child in the parish. It
bt;tves all of us who love our parish,
who love our children; and who would
like to enter upon that stage of intellectual
development and culture characteristic of
the present age, to heed the advice of
Superintendent Thompson and lend him
our hearty and active co-operation ip his..
efforts to secure the location of this
institution in St. Lanffry parish.
us all be active and vigilant,
forte our best efforts to install in
midstkaling that will be a joy f
and wnich will redound to the
benefit of our children and our childreii
A 'merry fight is developing for the pro
posed Normal Sc~ool-before the State
has decided to est blish another normal
school. Jackson, ' ast Feliciana parish,
w .nts the Normal t the old Centenary
College property; Pi.ident Stephens, of
the Southwestern Industrial Insititute, of
Lafayette, wants the additional Normal
at his school, and St. Landry comes for
ward with a claim for the suggested school
The claims of St. Landry to the Normal
School are set forth by C. J. Thompson,
parish superintendent of education for
St. Landrj, in the following communica
'.First-Because we need such an insti
"Second-Because we are near the
geographical center of the State, and ber,
cause we are in close railroad communica
tion with all parts of the State.
"Third-Becaus.he State should ditsr
tribute the location of its public institu
tions as to derive the greatest amount of
good from the reflex influence which they
exert over the people who come within
the radius of that influence.
Fourth-Because it will stimulate acti.
vity along educational lines among a peo
ple who aft now in the forty-four-par
cent list offltrcY, with a large propore
tion of them speaking a language differ
ent from that m which the school books
are printed. These people, who have
lived in a state of isolation for a very long
time, are susceptible of a high degree of
culture. They have lately become im
bued with the spirit, and are willing tt
make personal sacrifices for the educ.
tional and moral adancement of their
children. Why not help them, and agist
them in obtaining an opprtunity to eie.
vate themselves to hgher planes of li*
and learing? Ttie ly y to do this l
to present different and loftier ideals to
them for emulation and attinme
These ideals are best and most afcien
.introduced.through the medium of ti1
skilled and 'ew 'ienced school teacher.
dO not mean eaeher who Iknows hl
or her busineasin all its details,.and whs
is strongly versed not only in
science, but in which may be termd the
ogy of adolesqence. A .chr'e A .
this character must bet ned as well '
taught, and we can onlyilook for them
products of the schoolýwihere this speial
training is to be had. It is true that we
afahy e have a State Noinral College at
Natchitoches;'but that Normal School Ia
only able to supply thirty per cent of the
demand made on it for teachers. Ae
result of this shortage, we are compeul
to go beyond the confines of our State to
supply the deficiency, and today we
hundrteds of teachers from other Staten I
t !'chools of this State, a great number
oywhom are now receiving lucrative ei.
ployment in the schools of this pari sh
Most of tlir are good teachers, and ar.
rendering satisfactory service, but why
should this condition continue to exist..
If our youth had the opportunity, they
could do as well as the young men ail
women ito other States, and they would
the girls e.pecially, take employment a.
teachers and help us to solve somewhat
the mixed problem. 'What shall we do
with our girls?'
"The way to get the location of this gret
institution in our midst is to go after.4t
with all our might, and make it an in.
ducement- to the State to favor us be.
cause we deserve to be favored.
S"I will eonelude by imploring this peo
pie to arouse themselves and recognize
the necessity for prompt and continuous
effort from now until the time tht it be
comes necessary for the allotment of this
valuable acquisition to be made."-New
Judge James Hargis, the noted Ken.
tucky fuedist, who has figured in numer
ous assassinations, was shot and killed.
by his son Beach, in a store near. Jackson.
in that state. The shooters must be
Shard up to kill somebody when they muas
turn upon their own erowd.-Frankl-a.