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THE DONALDSONVILLE CHIEF.
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VOLUME XLVI. DONALDSONVILLE, LA., SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 1917. NUMBER 33
INEWS OF THE PHOTOPLAYSI
Next Week's Bill at the Grand.
Sunday -Alme. Petrova in "Bridges
Burned," and a luke comedy, "Movie
Monday-Owen Moore and Irene
Fenwick in "A Girl Like That."
Tuesday-Gretchen Hartman in
"The Love Thief."
Wednesday--Marie Doro in "Lost
Thursday--Carlyle Blackwell and
June Elvige in "The Social Leper."
Friday-Lillian Walker in "Kitty
Saturday-Fourteenth episode of
"The Shielding Shadow," chapter of
"The Girl fromn Frisco," Pathe News
As Mary O'Brien in "Bridges
Burned," in which production she will
be seen at the Grand Sunday, Mme.
Petrova has one of the most interest
ing and entertaining roles of her
career. From the time she enters the
play as the daughter of an Irish gen
tleman in straitened circumstances
until the interesting conclusion of
this remarkable story, Mme. Petrova
holds attention by her superb acting.
Beautiful, sympathetic, affection
ate, Mary O'Brien meets a young
man who wins her heart. Then she
finds herself in the position of "the
woman scorned." But instead of liv
ing up to the old saying that "hell
hath no fury" like a woman in that
plight, she pleads for the man who has
wrecked her happiness. She refuses
to marry him at first, and this atti
tude wins for her all his love.
The Irish lassie becomes a secret
bride. Her husband goes to the war
and is terribly wounded. Sh' mean
time has made herself self- pporting
and is winning a name as worker in
behalf of the working cla ses. Learn
ing of her husband's ph ht she goes
to the front and nurses im. Then
real happiness comes to her at last.
"A Girl Like That."
Owen Moore and Irene Fenwici
are featured in "A Girl Like That,'
a melodrama with a crook touch,
whlich comes to the t;rand Monday.
Mdi. Moore has the role of a cashici
of a country bank, a bashful, nervous
young man reared in a rural en'. iron
ment. Miss Fenwick is seen as the
daughter of a bank burglar, who has
decided to give up his old habits, and
declines to be persuaded to r.sune
them. The story turns upon the ef
forts of Nell Gordon, portrayed 14
Miss Fenwick, to keep her fathci
straight and walk straight herself.
It takes place in a rain storm un
usual in intensity. The struggle in
the bank foilowing the opening of the
safe possesses real elements of melo
drama. There are other tense mo
ments, too, as when the father of Neil
is killed by his companions because
he refuses to instruct Nell to give to
them the aid they later try to secure
by subterfuge, only to fall into the
trap she lays for them.
"The Love Thief."
The power of a woman's jealousy
is the underlying theme which gives
vivid and rapid action to the William
Fox photoplay, "The Love Thief," to
be shown Tuesday at fie Grans.
Gretchen Hartman plays ne part of
a Mexican girl, Juanita, , *o, through
a ruse, gets Arthur Boyc 's fiancee,
Clare Nelson, to break of, her en
gagement. When Juanita se.., that
she cannot make Boyce (Alan Hale)
love her, her affection turns into
In a raid on an American border
town, Clare is taken prisoner by
Juanita and Costa, her ally. Boyce
goes to the rescue but is captured
himself. However, the two Ameri
cans get together, outwit their
guards, and make off toward the
border of the United States.
Juanita starts in pursuit, but is
shot down by American soldiers in a
battle with the Mexican squad she is
leading. Boyce and Clare are re
"Lost and Won."
Marie Doro is the heroine of "Lost
and Wan," which will be the Wednes"
day offering at the Grand. She is
seen both as a newsgirl and as a
young woman with a ear's training
in a fashionable s rl, later blossom
ing out as a newspaper reporter.
Miss Doro is given excellent sup
Port. Robert Grey is Bill Holt, a
newspaper reporter; his performance
will please those who in life follow
similar lines. Elliott Dexter is Wal
ter Crane, the broker who takes
chances in his business, and also
wagers $50,0to that within one year
four of his chums will "fall for" or to
a girl he will take from among the
"newsies" and educate and refine.
Carl.Stockdale is Kirkland Gaige, the
unscrupulous banker friend of Crane
and so infatuated with Cleo Duvene
that in order to obtain jewelry for
her he steals money from the ill of
Crane. Mabel Van Buren is Cleo,
the dashing adventuress, an un
usual piece of work. Maym Kelso is
the aunt of Crane, who mothers and
"The Social Leper."
One of the best of the many parts
that have been assumed by Carlyle
Blackwell is the role assigned to him
in "The Social Leper," in which he
will appear at the Grand next Thurs
day, supported by June Elvidge and
a east including Arthur Ashley and
Mr. Blackwell plays the part of a
Oan accused of murder, but who is
innocent of the crime. Nevertheless
teis put through a nerve-racking
third degree that leaves him tortured
hi body and soul and almost brings
Imto the point of confessing some
Ping he has never done just for the
phrpose of obtaining peace. Finally
d uilty party is discovered and ar
rested, after a fight that is one of the
n.ost thrilling and realistic ever de
s picted on the screen, and the innocent
e man is restored to his sweetheart.
e "Kitty McKay."
The screen version of "Kitty Mc
n Kay,' which the (;rrund will present as
its Friday attraction, proves an ex
ti cellent medium for the display of Lil
lian Walker's talents. The play had
d quite a run at the Comedy Theatre,
New York, its humor, serious interest
7 and amusing studies of Scotch char
acter contributing to its success.
f These qualities are cleverly brought
f out in the photoplay.
s Laid in the days when hoopskirts
were the fashion, the story of the
young Scotch girl who suddenly finds
herself transplanted from the humble
cottage of the McNabs, where she is
1 made to serve as a drudge, to the
home of Lord Inglehart and treated
as one of the family, although more
a comedy than anything else, is
strongly sympathetic and filled with
characteristic humor. The contrast
between Kitty's life in London and
her surroundings in the village across
the border are as amusing to the
spectator as they are surprising to
the heroine, and the happy termina
tion of her love affair with Lord In
glehart's son ends the dramatic sus
pense of the play. The high spirits,
love of fun and ready wit of Kitty
are brought out by Lillian Walker
most entertainingly; she also makes
a charming picture in her frocks
of sixty years ago. Jewell Hunt is
a good second as Kitty's chum, and
Charles Kent, Don Cameron, Thomas
Mills and Mrs. West form an im
pressive aristocratic quartette. W.
Jh Ferguson's embodyment of the
canny Scot who was forced to sign
the pledge or go to work when Kitty
left his house is rich in entertaining
qualities. William Shea is also the
real article as MacGregor, and Mrs.
Nellie Anderson and Beatrice Ander
son round out an excellent cast.
Coming Attractions at the Gem.
Today--Frank Keenan in "The
Thoroughbred," and Mack Swain in
"His Auto Ruination."
Sunday-H. B. Warner in "Shell
13." and Mack Sennett and Mabel
Normand in "My Valet."
Monday-"The Crime of a Na
tion," five-reel feature picture por
traying the experiences of a prisoner
aboard the famous British convict
Tuesday-"Who's Guilty?", Pathe
News, Mrs. Florence Rose's fashion
film orntnnns Mof -
Harron in "The Little Liar," and
Fred Mace in "His Last Scent."
Thursday-Norma Talmadge in
I "The Devil's Needle," and Weber &
Fields in "The Best of Enemies."
Friday-Frank Keenan and Enid
Markey in "Jim Grimsby's Boy," and
Mack Swain in "By Stork Delivery."
Saturday-Dorothy Gish in "Chil
dren of the Feud," and Raymond
Hitchcock in "Stolen Magic."
Sunday, March 25-Desmand and
Williams in "The Criminal," and
Cavender and Fritz Schade in "The
Thrilling Race Scenes in "The
The sport of kings, with all its at
tendant excitement, is said to be
thrillingly portrayed in a number of
scenes in "The Thoroughbred," in
which Frank Keenan will be seen at
the Gem today. The story concerns
the efforts of a Puritanic young min
ister to effect the abolition of horse
racing in one of the southern states,
his success and his ultimate contri
tion, inspired by a realization of the
fact that his activities have caused
poverty in the home of Major Ainslee,
whose daughter he loves. Many of
the scenes, therefore, are those of the
To film this portion of the subject
Reginald Barker, who directed the
picture, took his entire company to
Tia Juana, Mexico, where horse-rac
ing at the time was enjoying a tre
mendous popularity. Through the
influence of friends he was given per
mission to use all parts of the track,
paddock, stables and grandstands for
his purpose. Three full days were
spent at the track, and Barker re
turned with several thousand feet of
exposed film, depicting horse-racing
at the height of its vogue.
Newest Developments in Scientific
Warfare Shown in "Shell 43."
Virtually all the accoutrements of
modern warfare are used to a great
er or less extent in "Shell 43," the
spectacular war drama featuring H.
B. Warner and Enid Markey, which
will be the Sunday offering at the
Gem. The story deals with the spy
system, as it is believed to be em
ployed now on the battlefields of
Europe; hence it was imperative that
in filming the play absolute accuracy
of detail be maintained throughout.
Among the most important pieces
of equipment shown in operation dur
ing the play is the trench periscope.
This novel and highly valuable ap
paratus is first seen on the screen
when the action of the story moves
into the trenches and dugouts, where
Warner, as William Berner, is fulfill
ing his duties as a spy. The instru
ment is shown in use by an officer and
then is more clearly explained by a
view of the results of its use-i. e.,
the reflector clearly mirrors the ac
tivities of the troops in the territory
surrounding the trenches and dug
outs. This unusual bit of photo
graphy, it is said, was obtained only
after many hours of experimentation
by Cameraman Charles Kauffman.
Another interesting phase of mod
ern war methods is offered in the
depiction of the uses of the helio
graph, by which messages are trans
mitted by the rays of the sun. This
repeatedly is brought into play in the
many successive scenes which show
Warner at the window of a chateau
exchanging queries and replies with
an aero scout several miles away.
"The Crime of a Nation."
Far more than ordinary interest
will be felt by local photoplay pa
trons in the announcement that "The
Crime of a Nation," a vivid five-reel
picture telling the story of the fa
mous British convict ship "Success,"
has been booked fox exhibition at the
Gem next Monday.
Never before has such an interest
ing and instructive motion picture
been presented to the American pub
lic as the films of this old prison hulk
about which hangs so much history
and tragedy. Her career began a
century and a quarter ago, when she
was a magnificently equipped passen
ger vessel, trading between London
and Calcutta. She was then the pride
of the Anglo-Indian colonization fleet
and fully armed to protect herself
against the pirates that then infested
the Indian seas.
Then came her days of evil fame.
In 1802 she was chartered by the
British government to convey prison
ers to the newly established penal
settlement of Botany Bay, and for
forty-nine long years she was en
gaged at this work.
In 1851 she was converted into a
floating prison and remained so for
seventeen years. She was then sunk
A I h t
and lay un r the waters of Sydney
harbor for .jany years In 1890 she
was raised be exhibited to the pres
ent genera n as a relic of a bygone
age and a vivid and striking lesson in
the progress of humanity and civiliza
The motion pictures of this old
floating prison depict the life of a
convict in the last century from the
time he received his sentence in the
English courts until his death in the
penal settlement, and vividly portray
every old-time method of punishment.
The "Success" is the oldest ship in
the world and the only convict ship
left afloat of that dreadful fleet of
ocean hells which sailed the Seven
Seas in 1790 A. D. She is unchanged
after all these years, nothing being
omitted but her human freight and
theiraufferi -f tom-he cruelties and
barbarities practiced upon them.
Aboard her are now shown in their
original state all the airless dungeons
and condemned cells, the whipping
posts, the manacles, the branding
irons, the punishment balls, the
leaden-tipped cat-o'-nine tails, the
coffin bath and other fiendish inven
tions of man's brutality to his fellow
man. From keel to topmast she cries
aloud the greatest lesson the world
has ever known in the history of hu
WHY IT SUCCEEDS.
Because It's for One Thing Only, and
Our Peo e Appreciate This.
Nothing c be good for every
Doing on hing well brings suc
Doan' dney Pills are for one
For weak or disordered kidneys.
Here is reliable evidence of their
J. A. Schuler. Jr., 407 Railroad
avenue, Plaquemine, La., says: "I
have taken Doan's Kidney Pills for
kidney disorders and have found
them beneficial. I always advise my
friends to take Doan'§ Kidney Pills
when they are complaining of their
Price 50 cents, at all dealers. Don'i
simply ask for a kidney remedy-get
Doan's Kidney Pills-the same that
Mr. Schuler had. Foster-Milburn Co.,
Props., Buffalo, N. Y.-(Adv.)
Spring Rise Coming Down River.
High water now in the Mississippi
and Ohio rivers is sweeping toward
the gulf and causing a slow but
steady rise at almost every point, ac
cording to reports at the beginning of
the week. What effect the rise will
have in this section government of
ficials, who are watching the situa
tion, are not ready to say at this
time, it being explained that the flood
is too far away to make predictions.
"There is nothing in the situation
at present even to warrant the issu
ing of a special forecast," Assistant
Forecaster Dyke, of the New Orleans
office of the United States Weather
Bureau, said Tuesday morning. Mr.
Dyke is only one of several govern
ment men who have the situation in
New Orleans, Louisiana and Missis
sippi under observation.
Barge Lines from Chicago to New
Plans for extensive barge lines to
operate from the Chicago district to
New Orleans through the proposed
$20,000,000 canal connecting Chicago
with the Mississippi river have been
outlined during the past few days.
This activity is due to the recent
victory of the Illinois Manufacturers'
Association over the railroads of the
central states, gained when the su
preme court of Illinois sustained the
law providing for an eight-foot chan
nel and the opening of the waterway
from Chicago to the Gulf. It is pro
posed to widen and deepen the Chica
go drainage canal and the Illinois
river as far as La Salle, Ill. Ample
capital is said to be waiting to pro
vide numerous barges and regular
service along the new route.
The home merchants are prepared
to supply your needs. Buy from
them, and by keeping your money at
home help build up your own com
Ro l Bhing Powder makes it possible to pro
duce appetizing and wholesome cakes, muffins,
cornbread, etc., with fewer eggs than are usually
In many recipes the number of eggs may be re
duced and excellent results obtained by adding
an additional quantity of Royal Baking Powder,
about a teaspoon, for each egg omitted. The
following tested recipe is a practical illustration:
1 cup sugar DIRECTIONS:-Boil sugar and
3 cup water water until it spins a thread and add
to the stiffly beaten whites of eggs,
3eggs beating until the mixture is cold.
2 teaspoons Royal Baking Powder Sift together three times, the flour,
I cup flour salt and baking powder, and add
alternately to the white mixture with
1 teaspoon salt the yolks of the eggs beaten stiff.
36 cup cold water Add 3 cup cold water and flavoring
1 teapoon flavoring Mix lightly and bake in moderate
teasoon lavoingoven about one hour.
The old method called for 6 eggs
and no baking powder
made from Cream of Tartar, derived from grapes,
and adds none but healthful qualities to the food.
No Alum No Phosphate
PLACED UNDER CIVIL SERVICE.
Postmasters of All Classes Subject to
Announcement was made last week
by Postmaster General Burleson that
after April 1 the appointments of all
postmasters of the first, second and
third class would be subject to com
petitive examinations. Nominations
will be sent to the senate, as in the
past. but in making selections the
president will be guided by the re
sults of examinations and will send
in the names at the head of the lists.
Whether the Civil Service Comis
sion, under which fourth-class post
masters now are named, will conduct
the examinations has.not yet been
The president's f orthcoming order
will provide for" ' orm- of modified
civil service classification by which all
vacancies, whether caused by resigna
tion, removal or death, will be filled
by competitive examination. Those
already in the service will continue
without examination until the expira
tion of the four years' term beginning
with their last appointment, when, it
is understood, they will have to un
dergo the competitive test.
St. James Hunter Handles Rabbit
Torn by Rabid Dog.
Frank Chauvin, our parish treas
urer, went to New Orleans Friday
morning, we understand, to see about
taking the Pasteur treatment.
Mr. Chauvin and a party of neigh
bors were out rabbit hunting this
week and one of the dogs viciously
tore up a rabbit he had caught. Mr.
Chauvin, thinking nothing of the oc
currence, took the rabbit away from
the dog and gutted it. The next day
the dog took sick and developed hy
drophobia symptoms. Being killed
by one of the neighbors, the head
was sent to New Orleans, and the re
port sent Mr. Chauvin was that the
dog had undoubtedly died of rabies.
Mr. Chauvin went to Vacherie and
tried the celebrated mad-stone, but
to make assurance doubly sure, has
gone to New Orleans to see about the
necessity for taking the Pasteur treat
Mr. Chauvin was not bitten, but
fears that in handling the *dog and
rabbit he may have become infected.
-St. James Interim, March 10.
Thibodaux "Grand" Nearing
The new picture house being built
at the corner of Green and West 3r d
streets will in all probability be
ready for business April 8, Easter
Sunday, unless the unforeseen pre
vents, or unless material to be used in
its construction is delayed. Steady
progress can be seen, and the build
ing is rapidly advancing toward com
pletion. The difference in the dimen
sions of the old and the new building
is easily noticed from the difference
in the bricks on the side wall. The
previous building appeared large, but
the new building is still larger. The
management proposes installing its
own electric plant, and will also be
connected with the town plant.
H. H. Ko an, fe eral agent in
charge of the enforcement of the
United States migratory bird law in
this ction of Louisiana, calls attei
tionto the fact that the shooting of
robins, cedar birds and yellow-ham
mers is prohibited at all times, and
that the upland plover, or papabotte,
is protected until after the 1918 sea
A Word for the Merchants.
Donaldsonville merchants contrib
ute to every movement for the up
building of the community; they em
ploy scores of clerks; they own or
rent substantial buildings; they are
the backbone of your city; they are
entitled to your patronage.
The St. James Interim reports that
the levee-building machine Lafourche
has completed the St. Joseph-Armant
levee in St. James parish and is now
CIVIL SERVICE EX NATIONS.
Opportunities to Quali for Federal
Government Po ions.
The United States Civil Service
Commission announces the following
examinations to be held in New Or
leans and other large cities on the
dates stated. Blank applications and
necessary information. may be se
cured from the commission at Wash
ington, D. C., or from the Secretary,
Tenth Civil Service District, Room
330, Customhouse, New Orle:uns, La.,
and circulars descriptive of the ex
aminations and places to be filled can
be seen at the office of The Chief:
April 3-Assistant pharmacognos
ist, $1800 to $2500 per annum, Bu
reau of Chemistry, Department of
Agriculture, Washington, D. C.
ApriV4b---Electrieiaj's helper, $720,
office of the Secretary of Agriculture,
Washington, D. C.
Junior petroleum engineer, $1200
to $1500, Bureau of Mines, Depart
ment of the Interior, for service in
Mineral examiner, $1320 to $1500,
General Land Office, for service in
Nautical expert, $1000, Bureau of
Navigation, Navy Department, Wash
ington, D. C.
Statistical scientist, $1600 to
$1800, Bureau of Crop Estimates,
Department of Agriculture, for duty
in Washington, D. C.
April 4-5-Structural engineer and
draftsman, $1600 to $1 0, Supervis
ing Architect's Office, jreasury De
April 10-Technical\ .ssistant in
pharmacology, $2500, H4Ig.enic Lab
oratory, Public Health ServA, Wash
ington, D. C.
Mechanical draftsman, to fill two
vacancies at the Naval Torpedo Sta
tion, Newport, R. I., one at $4.24 and
the other at $3.52 per diem, and fu
ture vacancies at any navy yard or
other naval establishment or in the
Navy Department at Washington, D.
C., at salaries ranging from $3.52 to
$6 per diem.
Pathologist in charge of forage
crop disease investigations, $1800 to
$2000, Bureau of Plant Industry, De
partment of Agriculture, Washing
ton, D. C.
April 18-19-Assistant chemist in
forest products, $900 to $1500, Forest
Service at Madison, Wisconsin.
The next examination of applicants
for teachers' certificates will be held
at the Donaldsonville High School
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,
March 26, 27 and 28, (white) ; and
Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
March 29, 30 and 31, (negro), be
ginning at 9 o'clock a. mn. each day.
The examination of teachers upon
the books of the Reading Course will
be held Saturday, March 24.
Attention is again directed to the
recent laws enacted upon the exam
ination of applicants for teachers'
certificates. No longer are graduates
of approved institutions exempted
from all subjects of examination but
the Theory and Art of Teaching.
Either they are exempt from all sub
jects upon their diplomas or must
earn teachers' certificates through ex
amination upon all subjects.
H. P. BROUSSARD, Supt.
Every dollar you spend with a local
merchant remains in local circulation
and enriches the community just that
much. Every dollar you spend out
side of this town remains outside and
decreases the money in local circu
lation just that much.
L. J. ECHEVERRIA
HIDES, WOOL, FURS, ETC.
P. O. Box 276 Phone 52
Office and Warehouse:
Division Street, Near Freight
FIRST PRIZE FLOAT IN CARNIVAL PARADEI
This attractive float was a conspicuous and much-admired feature
of the recent Mardi Gras parade in Donaldsonville, and won first prize.
It was entered by the Israel Shoe Company, local agents for the fa
mous Selz Royal Blue Shoes.
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VOTES FOR WOMEN. $
Southern States Woman Suffrage
417 Camp Street, New Orleans.
Special Privileges to None.
Oregon has a woman in the legis
lature who understands her own abil
ity as well as the business of being a
legislator. One of the bills Mrs.
Thompson introduced was under dis
cussion, when a legislator who op
posed it made the remark that "he
couldn't properly.object to it because
its author was a woman." Mrs.
Thompson promptly arose and said
to the members, "Iwant this house
to understand I am not asking any
favors because r am a woman.
When I ran for this office I did it
because I believed'that women were
'equal o holv' , d.that legis
Tatijri nieeded thetiiT I am willing to
take my chances with the men here,
and am well able to take care of my
self." She certainly did. When the
roll was called on her bill, the op
ponent had disappeared. Mrs.
Thompson and women of her force
ful, intelligent type would raise the
status of many legislatures.
Ontario Steps Forward.
In calling the roster of suffrage
provinces in Canada, five sections now
proudly answer "Here." They are
British Columbia, Alberta, Saskat
chewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
This makes nearly the entire Cana
dian boundary of the United States
equally free for men and women,
save the province of Quebec. It is
more than a coincidence, however,
that on the other side of the boun
dary line the United States keeps
pace in giving votes to women. With
the exception of Minnesota and a
portion of New York, all the northern
line of the United States is women
suffrage territory. Perhaps this con
tiguous spirit of freedom emphasizes
the force of good example and the
irrepressible tendency to evolution in
politics, quite as much as the ir
resistible spread of votes for women
irrespective of monarchial or re
publican forms of government.
President Wilson Congratulates.
When the North Dakota legisla
ture passed the bill granting presi
dential suffrage to women, President
Wilson sent a congratulatory letter
to Governor Frazier, a part of which
was: "My interest in the extension
of suffrage to women, as you know,
is very great, and I feel that every
step in this direction should receive
the most cordial endorsement and
Local Girl Becomes Bride of Gulfport
A wedding of much interest to
friends here and in Donaldsonville,
La., was that of Emile Guel, Jr., to
Miss Pearl Rogge. The ceremony
was performed in the attractive home
of Miss Rogge's brother-in-law and
sister. Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Smith, in
14th street, Wednesday evening,
March 7, at 8 o'clock. The couple
maihed into the handsomely deco
rated parlor to the strains of a wed
ding march played by Mrs. W. R.
Smi h, and stood beneath a large wed
ding bell where Rev. H. H. Sneed
read the impressive ceremony that
united this happy young couple in the
holy bonds of matrimoriy, W. E.
Rogge, brother of the bride, and Mrs.
A. B. Berry standing.
Punch and cake were served after
the ceremony to the guests, they be
ing only the immediate family of the
contracting parties. The out-of-town
guests were Mr. and Mrs. F. Rogge
ville, and Mrs. Amelia Rathoff, of
The bride is the talented daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. F. Rogge of Don
aldsonville, while the groom is a pop
ular young man of this city.
Immediately after the ceremony
Mr. and Mrs. Guel, Jr., left for their
home in 14th street and 34th avenue,
which had been previously prepared
for the couple. They have many
friends here who wish them much joy
and success in their wedded life.
Gulfport (Miss.) Daily Herald.
Assessors Receive Instructions from
Board of State Affairs.
Asse'.ý A. S. St. Amant of Ascen
sion parish is in receipt of the follow
ing commt ication from Chairman
L. E. Thorns of the Board of State
"Baton Couge, La., March 1, 1917.
"Dear Sir:-We have received a
great many letters from assessors and
other persons, asking us whether or
not certain property was exempt from
"These letters have been with ref
erence to furniture and fixtures in
barber shops, hotels and offices of
various kinds; the furniture, books
and apparatus in doctors' and sur
geons' offices; books and furniture in
lawyers' offices; notes and accounts,
fire-arms, billboards and gasoline
"Under the law, all, of the above
named items of property are subject
to taxation, and every assessor in the
state is expected to place them on his
"In order that there may be no
confusion with reference to tax ex
emptions, we enclose you herewith a
list of all property exempt from taxa
tion in this state.
"In making your assessment you
will assess everything not contained
in this list.
"Trusting this may be of assistance
to you in your work, we remain,
"L. E. THOMAS,
The list referred to by Mr. Thomas
itemizes the property exempted from
taxation by article 230 of the state
1. All pu tic property.
2. All pIr.es of religious worship
or burial _,
3. AI$)4ectories, parsonages and
grounds appurtenant when used ex
clusively as residences for the min
isters in charge.
4. All charitable institutions.
5. All buildings and property used
exclusively for public monuments or
6. All property used exclusively for
school and college purposes.
7. Real and personal estate of any
public library, and that of any library
association, and all books and phil
osophical apparatus, and all paintings
and statuary of any company kept in
a public hall, and not kept for private
8. Household property to the value
9. Any railroad or part of railroad,
constructed subsequent to 1903 and
prior to January 1, 1909. Other rail
road property is exempt, but these as
sessments are made by Board of State
Affairs and do not concern local as
10. Legal reserve of all life insur
ance companies organized under the
laws of Louisiana.
11. Property of military organiza
tions while used by the state national
guard or militia.
12. Mortgage loans, mortgages and
mortgage notes upon real estate in
13. Loans made by life insurance
companies to policy holders on the
sole security of the policy held by the
borrower in the company making the
loan and the notes evidencing such
loans, provided the rate of interest
does not exceed 5 per cent.
14. The capital, surplus and per
sonal estate of corporations organ
ized after November 23, 1912, for the
purpose of lending money on mort
gages on country property in this
state. Interest must not exceed 6
per cent, capital must be $250,000,
full paid. Exempt 20 years.
15. Steamship companies under the
provisions of article 230 of the consti
tution of Louisiana for 1913.
16. All money on hand or on de
17. All loans made by homestead
associations and societies secured by
stock to their members.
18. The capital stock, franchises
and property of all corporations con
structing, owning and operating com
bined systems of irrigation, naviga
tion and hydro-electric power, using
fresh water of Louisiana streams, for
ten years under conditions laid down
in the amendment to article 230 of
the constitution, proposed July 6,
1914, and adopted in November, 1914.
Article 48 of the constitution pro
hibits the legislature from exempting
any property from taxation.