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VOL. XXXIV COLFAX, GRANT PARISH, LA., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1910 NUMBERI 1
Closing Mouth of Red River
Capt. Teal Holds that Red and Ouachita Rivers Should
be Divorced from the Mississippi--Shreveport
Times Discusmes the Proposition.
The Shreveport Times of Feb. 16th
lhas the following communication
from Capt. C. H. Trul, of Colfax:
Editor of The Shreveport Times:
Dear Sir-I notice an editorial in
your issue of Sunday. the 13th inet..
the irst lines of which read ab fol
lows: "The Times fails to see wherein
the plan to dam Old river and divert
the waters of the Red and the Oua
chita rivers into the Atchnfalaya
woold be of any benefit to the people
living in the valleys of the Bed and
the Ouachlta rivera."
As a taxpayer, I deem the above is
of sueh grave error I cannot afford
to let it go without, correction.
Now, if you will consult your gauge
at Shreveport you will And the flood
of 1908 lacked six inches of being as
high as theflood watersof 1892. At
Coushatta they just came to the
1892, at Montgomery two and a half
teet higher than in 1892, at Colfayx
three and a half feet, at Alexandria.
practically four and a half feet; and
at a point near where t he Red empties
into the Atchafalaya five and a half
This was brought about by the
building of a levee across the great
swampor low ground between Bayou
des. Glaises and the Atehafalaya
(which levee was probably built in
1904 and 1907.) Previous to this
Stimete he waters of the Red and the
Ouaebita, or more properly speaking
the Black, made their exit through
this swamp, (the Minsslsippi being
high) haIving taken possession of the
Old river and the Atchafalaya.
Now, we must do one of three
things, or abandon our lands and
homes on the lower Red and Black
and Onachitarivers, vis: Tear down
this wall of earth, pot up by the Alex
andria and Atchafalaya Levee Board,
or take up the line of levees now
built to the lower line of Bossier pai
lsh and extend thenm to the town of
Alexnadna, a distance of probably
125 miles (both sides of the river
250 miles) which means a perpetual
tax of -ten mills, or divorce the two
SNow, it is lees than 100 miles from
the mouth of the Red via the Atcha
falays to the Gulf, which is pracitcal
ig a straight river, and has a fall of
rve and a half Inches to the mile,
while from the mouth of the Bed to
the Gulf down the Missiasippi river is
more than 800 miles, with a fall of
probably less than three inches to
the mile, so youa se- th separation
would increasethecurrentof the Red,
eour its channel, and the levees al
lsdy built would go into disuse, and
per Mietitel vaee would blossom
a t-s roe. I want to call your at
eodon to oe rnose fact.
! Tfes was not a drop of rasn water
.k3 ttwwen Shreveport and Alexan
arnu dering the high water of 1908,
slt canPot be claimed that that af
leted the lote as well as it mast be
idraittsd all the water that, came
dolrn the Bed most have converged
C. B. TsL.
Colfa, La., Feb. 14, 1910.
'hhTimes, iS commenting on this
eomalUesintion editorially, ya:.:
Captain Tqtl 'refers to the editorial
Ln The Thuesof laetoenday, in which
it wa stated that we failed to see
whel'5I.la*n to dam the msouth
ao R8]4 ri.ver a1sd dicrt.,its waters
through tluAtebhalaken would beat
.It tepeopkiul the Red anl Onchito
$jlr valleys. HIe argues that it
-ornld t oft y tret lnefit inaolviSng
'tls. Cla pturels on both these
mnr -, It waould preveut the %tl.
a.ippi bkehing taito Bed, and woeld
pprovidea shortr outlet to the Galf
ttrogh t de Ateafahteya. thrtby is
eiilds the erieat of the Bed and
secoarilgits chamI so that levees
wold no lougr brneseesasay to con
Si theboo4d wqters.
I. 4pi TrNeal's theory is corret
r -.3 wneek out i pracdeei ibis
not difficult to see that there is an
argument in favor of the project.
It opens up the old question of levees
or no levees, One argument is, that
whetn you couflnes river to its banks.
closing up theoutleta, it will "scour"
out, and thus accomnaodute floods.
The other argument is thut levees
have adled to the flood problem,
made it more expensive and danger
ous, and provided nu safeguard.
Certain it is that in the process of
scouring out the Red and Atchafalaya
rivers somebody is apt to be damag
ed. With the Red and the Ouachita 4
both at the flood stage the Atchafa
lays would not afford a sufficient
outlet at first. All this water would
be dumped on the people along the
Atchafalaya until that river "c:our
ed" out sufeficiently to take care of it.
There may be theories as to how long
this would take, butwe doubt if any
one is qualified to say off hand, and
we doubt if anyone can estimate the
possible damage in advance. So
that, while we are considering how
easy it may be to get rid of the sur
plus water in Bed river, we must also
consider what effect it will have on
our beighborsbelow as. This is tak
ing for granted that the "ecouring"
theory is sounad.
But The Timsdlid notstart out to
discusseo the engineering problems in
volved in the sobheme to divorce the
two rivers. "It is manilfest," weaid
"that the interests of the people liv
ing along the Red and Ouachita
rivers are paramount in this matter.
If divorcing the Red from the Mis
siippi will help them in any way,
there could be no reasonable objec
tion to the project." Then we under
took to call attention to the impor
tee to keeping both the Bed and
the Uuaebita open to navigation, and
to expres the opinion that the neces
sity of taking boats down the Atch
afalaya, and themes through the
Plaquemise locks to the Mississippi,
would tend to interfere with the nay
igation of these rivers.
In a matter of so much importance
something more than a theory is re
quired. Capt. Teal's idea may be
practical-The Times is not compe
tent to state. The flood problem on
Bad river is one of tremendous con
cern, and thousands would be willing
to sacrifice the river as a navigable
waterway if thereby the danger of
floods was everted. It remains for
the engineers to determine whether
damming the mouth of Red river
would solve the flood problem.
Model Rameds Thruh HM Lead Caset.
aSm Per Mle.
Mansfield, La., Feb. 8.-The police
jury met in regulareession yesterday
and gave out the fact that they have
issed 18,000 good-road certificates,
and they began work on the model
rodod They havebu·stlxead three
qurmtaeml of good roads, excrs
ive at the prt tbuit in theorporate
ihus- of the town of eauesld, for
which the town pays Besides the
certficeals they have paid aboot
9p00o0 of the general land. whieb
makes4be roads east about $8000
pereu.B But as they have mules on
lumdvaloed at 08100 and toerl a d
iapileumts vead at shiet W)O,
th cost eo thef mat section of the
rued will be esaklerably Imas. It
may bt tht'e of this fund bs
not Ismespeded hat it is afe to
say thlrmesdel ods will costebout
$P000 persMe tbrough the hill land
Mtmvawkg of roads by eoMraet
wre abolished, ea the parish wall
deed osor the 8tate and perish eon
vieta to do theroend work hereafar.
ahbsarndoess delay Ito L -i
seweomeseep ema hen s .1 th e
hmei ae ths het lndlmttehi o
erautg i thy sdsde. Plamast
Ito take adalwa are. ouM by adl
The Pope's Temporal Power
Overthrown Forty Years Ago by Garabsldi-Celebrated
by Methodists in Rome Offends Vatican-Friction
Shown During Fairbanks' Late Visit.
A great deal of discussion and"
also of bigoted dissention has of
late arisen over the Fairbanks in
cident in the city of Rome, and
much foolish talk is being indulg
ed in by Catholics and their clergy
and Protestants and their preach
ers. The inteligent civilized world
recognizes the fact that both sides
to this controversy labor under
the disadvantage of considerable
error, and as two wrongs never yet
have constituted a right, there
seems to be little chance of an
early harmonizing of the factions to
It is nevertheless true that in
the clashing interests the world is
benefitted and needed reforms are
brought about. This is true in the
political and religious world alike.
These warring religious folks tell
us that they propose to convert all
men to the true and living God,
and that they are going to take the
world for Christ. If they are
earnest and honest in this claim,
why then should they war one
against the other? We verily be
lieve the controversy to be for the
good of the world, and that harmo
ny will yet come of jt, when preju
dice and bigotry have been broken
down, and conmmon sense and true
religion can be brought into play.
But the priests and preachers are
slow to give up their prejudices
and ecclesiasticism. The great
movement abroad in the world at
this day among the laymen of the
Protestant and Catholic churches
gives hope that there is to be a
solution of this problem, and we
believe that a common understand
ing and spirit of brotherhood is to
be reached among Christians the
In order that readers of the Col
fax Chronicle may understand the
gist of the controversy, we repro
duce a letter to the New Orleans
Picayune of Feb. 11th, written from
a Catholic standpoint, which gives
an interesting and very fair history
of the circumstances, but between
the lines the writer's bias can be
plainly read, as follows:
To the Editor of the Picayune:
Dear Sir:--The Fairbanks inci
dent in Rome is attracting much
attention in the press of our.coun
try at present, and, lest an alto
gether false opinion be formed by
the public of the attitude of the
vatican, I deem it only fair that a
few words be said explanatory of
the action of the holy see in this
case. The vatican authorities have
always received graciously mem
bers of all religions denominations,
who have been properly recom
mended-making no distinction
between laymen and minister.
Bishops of the Protestant churches
have received the attention and
courtesy which their position call
ed for. Certainly this does not
smack of intolerance. But why
should those autborities make an
exception in this case? Why re
fuse an autdience to so distinguish
ed a citizen of the United S8ates
as Vice President Fairbanks b
eause he has consented to make an
address in the Methodist chureb
Must there not be some special
reason for the exceptional stand
taken by the ratican in this par
ticular case? There is; and it is
this: The organizers and support
era ot that Methodist movement
ra the city of Rome have been
distinguished from the very begir.
miag by their hostile attitude to
tibatamed oa e*t.g pegs.
Watcrig Halyle's Csmet.
San Marcos, Tex., Feb. 5.-Prd.
8. W. 8tantleld, of the 8hutbwest
Texas Normal. and H. C. HobbM, of
this city, both being claews students
of qstronomy, are to-day recipiests
of much congrnatlations upon the
discovery of Balley's comet, whieb
was visible for the Brat time in this
section of the world last night. Tbme
two bad been on the lookout for the
celestial traveler for some days, each
using his own telescope. Last night
the object of their search was diseov
ered by Mr. Hubba, who had set up
his instruments at his home in the
northern part of the city. He imme
diately communicated with Prof.
Stanfeld, that gentleman going at
once to the sams place and viewing
the celestial body. The locution is
in a straight line west with the two
brightest stars of Aris,.about three
and a half degrees north and one and
a half degrees west of the planet Sat
urn, and about half a degree east of
Epsilon Pieciumn. It can be very
easily seen with a telescope of th
power of forty. Messes. 8taaufeld
and Hubs are out with their tele
scopes to-night studying the heaven
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Notee is beseby #lven that
THOMA8 O0. NUU3NT,
of Iatt, La.. who, on Septembher .
1L, made honboeetende~try No.51413
wild Non MuS for the West hlw of
NB qr, setion I. tvowh 8 north,
rap e *mest, LosIana MeridUse:
has Ifld uotnie of lateetib4 to aake
latl fire r pr.aof. to estasllsb
elsim to land above descrftmt,
before Clerk a t,(cert. at Odinsz, La..
on svbhe l rdaV -t Masmb. II.
Caimamtnea as witamises: M.
C. pinlt J. . Namant. L. .
S5thi. . . Hsy. aU of laiS. JA.
WALTIER L. COKENI. ,
- - -ItReristae.
eis ed eald Prse
U. S. Laud 1scm New OriUna. Ia.
February 84. 10. 1
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od Black Crwk, Ia.. who, mn Oct. 8.
1M. ode huseateade h re No.SU100
, No. 031, for orals. e.
tloe $4. townhibp mnorth. raslae
west. Lmalsuas Merdlan, has tled
antles of lateo to ake Inal ve
p proof. to etablish l to the
ýrdan abov"e e beo. re OClk at
(ourt, st4tnlfa. La., on te 14th
day of Mateb, 110.
Utallmat Pames as witaesesi s
aJs Thompso.d olNew Vert , La .
Water Mn, of Bluk Creek. ia.,
Wia. Cheleste, of New Yerds. La..
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