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Official Journal of Grant Parish.
SA'I RIIAY, APRIL 27, 1912.
The Stage of Water in Red River.
I he U. S. river bulletin at 8 a. m. on
TLursday, April 25, gives the follow
ing reading:; for iRed river and the At
chafalaya river at Melville for the past
twventy-four hours, viz:
Station. lirn. Height. Rise. Fall.
Ih, ,nison. .. 1.' 0.0 0. .1
Artnur City 27 K.9 (). 0.0
Fulton ... 28 18.2 0.0 0.9
" breveport . 2 15.5 0.0 0.6
A lexand-ia. :;6 32.9 0.0 0.4
Melville.. 37 40.5 0.0 0.0
lIed river at Colfax camne to a stand
on Thursday of last week. and at noon
on, Friday, April 2., had rL:.>sttered a
fall of two feet six i:iches. The crest
of the lig rise coming down the Mis
si- ippi river has reached the mouth of
I: 1 river, and has forced its flood up
I'. 1 and into the Atchafalaya river un
til at Melville the gauge registers 40.5
ft t above the low water mark. This
!-s the water three feet and a half
as, ve the danger line, and threatens to
i:undate a large portion of country if
11ie levees give way, as has been the
case at some points. The Mississippi
is falling from Natchez to Memphis, so
in a few days the fall will have reached
New Orleans on its way to the Gulf.
Proposed Memorial to Congress.
Mr. T. O. Hart, Representa
tive elect from Grant parish to
the Louisiana Legislature, has
published in the Pollock Progress
a joint resolution which he pro
poses to introduce to have the
Legislature "memorialize Con
gress, to give, by appropriate
legislation, authority to the Sec
retary of the Interior to take up
and speedily settle * * * all con
tests between the settlers and
the railroad company, *" * and
to issue to the settlers patents
for their lands."
Mr. Hart asks for suggestions
from any one in regard to the
proposed legislation on the sub
ject. Taking him at his word,
we will suggest that' it appears
to us Mr. Hart should go a little
further in his proposed bill, and
especially provide for the in
demnifying of settlers for timber
removed from lands by the rail
road or their assigns. His pro
posed resolution says nothing
about timber. This is going to
be the real gist of the controversy
whenever the matter comes be
fore Congress. If something is
not done to settle this question it
seems likely to be referred back
to the courts, and the old-time
delay may be repeated.
39th Anniversary of the Colfax Riot.
Alexandria, La., April 13, 1912.
Editor Co Wax Chronicle:
This is the anniversary of the
dawn of white supremacy at Col
fax on that beautiful Easter Sun
day, 1873, thirty-nine years ago.
A few of the sons of Rapides
who went from the mother par
ish at the call for aid from her
young daughter are living to con
gratulate you people on the po
litical, financial and educational
development which has made
Grant the peer of many much
older parishes in Louisiana, as
well as your persistence in main
taining a principal for which
fladnot, Harris and Parish gave
their lives on that day.
We of Rapides have our reward
in the consciousness of duty well
done, the beneficient effects of
which soon became State wide.
Just inside of the eastern gate
of the Colfax cemetery there
stands on the left hand side a
Bois d'Arc tree some eight or ten
inches in diameter. This tree is
growing on the spot that marks
the grave of Parish, one of the
victims of the Colfax riot. About
twenty years ago the body of
Parish was removed from a point
north of here where the Colfax
hardwood mill now stands, the
caving bank at that point being
about to take a number of graves
into Red river. The intention at
that time was to erect a monu
ment over his grave, but as time
has pssed many persoua who
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took part in the Colfax fight have
also 'passed away, and interest I
having died away also, nothing
now remains to mark the spot
but this lone tree which a pitying
Providence has kindly nourished
and grown to mark the spot that
is now unknown to most of our
Whit is an Arpent of Land?
Some years ago, when Mr. R.
E. McKnight was a cadet at the
Louisiana S t a t e University,
studying civil engineering, and
Mr. G. H. McKnight was young
in the survey business, the Colfax
Chronicle was asked, "what is
an arpent of land?" We called
the McKnights into consultation
over the question, and, after
writing to several eminent pro
fessors in the various colleges,
we found that very few of them
knew what constitutes an arpent
of land. So we had to fall back
on Webster's Unabridged dic
tionary for information on the
subject. The inquiry ha v i n g
come up again of late, we again
refer to Webster for an answer
to the question. He gives us the
Arpent French,:a Gallic word
-Formerly a portion of land
French, ordinarily containing 100
square rods or perches, each of
18 feet, or 900 square toises,
equal to 4088 square yards, 'or
nearly five-sixths of an English
acre. This is the arpent of Par
is. The woodland arpent con
tains 6108 square yards, or about
1 acre, 1 rood, 1 perch, English.
[Written also arpen.]
Acre-A piece of land contain
ing 160 square rods or perches,
or 4840 square rods, or 43,560
square feet. This is the English
acre. That of the United States
is the same. The acre of Scot
land contains 6104.128 yards.
Thus we see the apparent dif
ference between an English acre
(4840 square yards) and a French
arpent (4088 square yards) to be
752 square yards. But what the
exact difference is no man seems
to be able to figure. out exactly,
because of the difference between
the arpent of Paris and the wood
land arpent. And thus the mat
ter has stood for two or three
hundred years, and every fellow
has the liberty to figure it out to
The Titanic Horpor.
Now that the Titanic horror is
known to the world, what stands
out most conspicuously in the
whole tragic story is the fact
that every human life on board
could have been saved and would
have been if elemental precau
tion against such a disaster had
About nine hundred persons
represented the total capacity of
the life-boats with which the ship
was equipped. Sixteen hundred
persons went to untimely graves
because there were no more boats
in which they might leave the
The Titanic had been heralded
as unsinkable. Prabably she was
capable of weathering any storm
or surviving any collision with
another vessel. But apparently
her owners never took into con
sideration what was bound to
happen and what did happen, as
it did happen, when she plunged
at high speed into a great im
movable mountain of ice.
Yet under the conditions as we
now know them, the great ship
might have gone to her fate be
neath the waves and every soul
on board have lived to tell the
tale but for the failure of the
owners to take into account the
possibility of an accident that
would send her to the bottom.
When the accident occured,
due to the wonders of wireless
telegraphy, the news of it prompt
ly reached half a dozen ships
hundreds of miles away. They
answered promptly and shaped
their courses for the scene.
Because of the buoyancy which
the watertight compartment not
shattered by impact against the
wall of ice gave, the great\liner
remained afloat for frive hours,
though apparently from the be
ginning her doom was sealed.
There was time, therefore to
put of all the 2a0 peasns on
board. But, due to what would 1
have been deemed criminal neg- a
ligence on the Mississippi river,
there was life boat accomoda- f
tions for but little more than one- c
third that number and when it s
was exhausted, the unwritten
law of the sea, that women and
children must always go first, c
being scrupolously observed, over
1500 men, some of them nota
bles in art, the sciences, litera
ture and business, were left to
sink with the ship.
Those whom the life boats ac
commodated were safely taken
aboard the rescue vessel. The
1500 who perished might as easi
ly have been saved if there had
been other lifeboats to float them
in the calm sea in which the ac
Nothing, of course, can bring
back the lives of those who per
ished in this greatest of all ma
rine tragedies. But the tragedy
can be made to serve humanity
in the future and the government
at Washington will have the sym
pathy of the nation in its resolve
to require greater safe-guards in
ocean travel hereafter.
No vessel, great or small,
should be permitted to enter or
leave an American port which is
not equipped with sufficient life
boats to remove all its passengers
and crew in time of emergency,
and such a law aught to be pass
ed even if it spells the passing of
the latter-day leviathian and for
ces us back to the days of ships
of more moderate size.-N. O.
The Vital Issue Now Before Louisiana.
Pollock, La., April 20, 1912.
Editor Colfax Chronicle:
By united effort we can do any
thing that ought to be done.
Division is the father of defeat.
Discord is a powerful chord.
Righteousness is a strong and
swift runner; and righteousness
will finally win over every oppo
nent; but there is no chord with
which righteousness can be so
seriously hobbled and handicap
ped in her race as discord. The
great political parties recognize
the danger of discord. The Re
publicans are right now rejoicing
over the fight between Clark,
Harmon and Wilson.' It means
Democratic weakness, and tends
toward Democratic defeat.
On the other hand the Demo
crats are glad that a big healthy
row seems to be on in the Re
publican ranks over Roosevelt
and Taft, because that row means
weakness. Each party is expect
ing to win because of the discord
in the other.
This letter is a request to every
body in the State to stand by the
Louisiana Anti Saloon League;
not to let little differences split
us up. The League is not a poli
tical party nor an ecclesiastical
order. It is an instrument
through which- the anti-liquor
people of all parties, churches
and orders can express their con
victions. If we will rally to it
and co-operate through it, care
fully avoiding discord, we can
crystalize into action the anti
liquor sentiment in the State and
win victories. The liquor inter
ests laugh loud when they see
discord among the people who
want prohibition. It is very
properly funny to the brewer and
the saloonist to see church peo
ple opposing each other instead
of the liquor traffic. They are
afraid of the Anti Saloon League
because it offers a practical me
thod of destroying their evil
work. But they know that if
the "dry" Methodists endorse it,
and the "dry" Baptists are shy
or condem it; if the "dry" Pres
byterians get in, and the "dry"
Disciples stay out; if the "dry"
Democrats support it, and the
"dry" Republicans ignore it
they well know that this will
mean defeat for the "drys."
The Anti Saloon League has
the distinction of causing the
liquor forces more uneasiness at
this very moment than any other
enemy. The reason is this: the
League is organized as the fight
ing instrument to be used by the
combined enemies ed liquor.
There is but one item in its creed,
and that is this: "I believe in
the prohibition of the liquor traf
fic." Every man, woman and
child who believes this may rea
sonably be expected to co-operate
with the League. No wonde;
liquor fears it. If we lay aside
our differences and act unitedly
upon this question we are sure to
win, and we can win very soon.
"A Saloonless Louisiana" is our
next goal post. Let everybody
in the State, of all creeds and
parties, who want to reach that
goal, co-operate with the League,
which has no aim except to be
your sword and mouth-piece on
As Field Secretary, I want to
thank the pastors and the church
people for their pulpits and their
audiences. The churches ought
to covet an opportunity to co
operate with us in- -this work.
There is certainly no enemy of
the church more dangerous than
the liquor traffic.
Can we not, through the Lea
gue, present a solid frontagainst
liquor? JAs. A. CHRISTIAN.
EXCITEMENT OF SOME KIND
Unregenerate, Long Barred From
Scenes of "Pleasure," Ready With
"Bose" Bulser, the baseball writer,
tells this story on "Germany" Schae
fer, says the New York correspondent
of the Cincinnati Times-Star. Bulger
allows that when Schaefer returned
from Cuba two years ago he plum
honed for entertainment. So they
framed up a soiree at the home of one
of his friends. The lady of the house
was hospitable, but prudish. There
are a lot of things in this world she
doesn't believe in. But she permitted
the gathering to have a few hods of
foam. "Now," said Mr. Schaefer,
brushing the dust ot his cheekbones,
"bring on the cards and we'll have a
little game. Ten-cent limit."
"We have no cards in this house,"
said the stern-faced hostess. "I do
not believe in gambling.",
"Oh, all right," said Mr. Schaefer.
"Mebbe some one's got some dice.
We'll roll the bones to see who goes
next time to the corner."
"We have no dice, Mr. Schaefer,"
said the lady of the house, acidly. "I
tell you that I do not permit gambling
in this house."
"No gambling, hey," said Mr. Schae
fer. "No gambling at all, uhl Have
you any washtubs?"
She said yes, she had lets of wash
"Fine," said Mr. Schaefer, heartily.
"Now, you get me a watermelon and
three tubs-and I'll work the three
It is a pleasant bit of thoughtful
ness which many hostesses show in
leaving reading matter on the table of
their guest room. A guest is frequent
ly not accustomed to the same hours
of rising and going to bed as prevail
In the house where she is visiting.
She may have a habit of early rising
or of sleeplessness, or she may have
merely a short time in her room with
nothing to do, when she does not wish
to go down stairs or elsewhere to ob
tain books. At such a time a new
book, an interesting magazine or two
would prove most grateful. It is bot
necessary to have a whole guest room
bookcase. One or two wellchosen
books will serve the purpose quite as
well. It is a distinct compliment to a
guest to have put enough thought into
her tastes and interest to be able to
offer her Just the book or Just the ar
ticle which she would wish to read.
While this is not always possible, with
the best intentions, something bright,
readable and new will rarely go miss.
Life From Dead MateriaL
Evidenee that livaing plants or anl
mals are still being produced from
lifeless materials is ofered by a Brit
ish scientist. In experiments de
scribed at the Royal institution, they
sterilized inorganic fluids with many
precautions, heating for five to tweram
ty minutes as high as 175 degrees C,
although bacteria are destroyed at
55 degrees. The afluid seemed un
changed after six or seven months.
Its sediment, however, was found to
contain microscopio organisms, and
these were proven to be livin by
their great growth in a few days in
Royalty aered In Austria.
A woman in Vienna has been sent
to prison for three months for speak
ing disrespecttully of Maria Theresa,
who has been dead for 1S1 years. In
Austrian law royalty is protected from
crtiteism, written or spoken, for lOS
years after death.
A Mother's Care.
A careful mother will not give her
child a medicine without knowing it
pure, contains no opiates, and has beel
ing and curative qualities. Such a med
icine is Foley's Honey and Tar Com
pound for croup, whooping cough, bron
chitis, and all affections of the threat,
chest, and lungs. Best and safest for
children and grown persons. Contaais
I no ate J. w. Dmean Co Let
COULD NOT HOLD NAPOLEON
le the Disguise of a Workman Future
Emperor Passed Guard at For
tres of Ham. f
In discussing the origin of Louis Na.
poleon's. nickname of "Badinguet"
some details were given incidentally
of his escape from the fortress of Ham
in northern France on May 25, 1846.
Fuller details are now available,
thanks to the researches of M. Thir
ria, and in view of the escape of Capt.
LuxI they have a special interest at
the present moment
It seems that the sole credit for the
escape must lie with Louis Napoleon
himself. He made his valet, Thelin,
buy a black wig, some rouge, a cap
which was scrubbed with pumice stone
and a pair of sabots. Then he cut of
his mustache, put on a blue apron, a
blue pair of trousers and a close it
ting shirt of coarse stuff.
Some workmen were carrying out
some repairs to that part of the for
tress where the prince lodged and this
gave color to his disguise, so much so
that the two watchmen entertained no
suspicious regarding the man who
walked past them and out at the great
gate, a pipe in his mouth and a plank
on his shoulder. The sergeant on duty
at the drawbridge was reading a let
ter as he passed and took no notice
of him. It was then 5 o'clock in the
Four tames that day, the last time
at 5 in the afternoon, did the Govern
or, Demarle, send for the prince. Each
time Dr. Conneau replied that the pris
oner could not see anybody becausq
he had taken medicine. When at last
the governor lost patience and went
himself to the prince's room and
walked up to the bed gu which the
supposed invalid was lying he discov
ered that`a very presentable dummy
had taken the place of Louis Napoleon.
The discovery was made too late. By
that time the fugitive was over the
Would Not Part With Dog.
Not only in lingland and America,
but in Germany, fanciers pay high
prices for dogs. At the recent ezh
bition of dogs at Cassel a Frenchma8
offered $3,000 for a police dug. The
dog belongs to Sergeant Dacker, who
refused the tempting offer, obserlang
that his dog should not quit German
at any price.
To .e Pardoned Mistakes.
Every honest man does what he
does because he thinks at the time it
is the best thing to do. Therefore.
honest men should be forgives amis
takes.-The Macey Monthly.
The World's Great.
What the world calls a great man
is usually one who has suffered so
strangely that historic science consid
ers it worth while to hold an autopsy.
"How could I swear when there was
no one to swear at," asked a defendant
I in a poliee court. Some people cannot
do udything without an audience.
Almost a Miracle.
One 9f the most startling changes
ever sen in any man, according to W.
B. H law, Clarendon, Tex., was af
fected ears ago in his brother. "He
had suh a dreadful cough," he writes,
"that all our family thought he was
going into consumption, but be began
to use Dr. King's New Discovery, and
was completely cured by ten bottles.
Now he is sound and well and weighs
218 pounds. For many years our fami
ly has used this wonderful remedy for
coughs and colds with excellent results,"
It's quick, safe, reliable and guaranteed.
Price 50 cents and $1.00. Trial bottle
free at all druggists.
Notiee of Final Aeaount.
Thirteenth Judicial District ourt, Par
ish of Grant, Louisiana.
Succession of Mary L Smith, deceased.
Notice.is hereby given that William
E. Kees, administrator in the above
name nmin, has this day Aled in
this ofe his final account as adminis
ptrator. You are therefore hereby noti
fied to file such opposition as you my
have thereto within the period precrib
ed by law, else the same will be homol
ogated and the administrator discharg
ed as prayed for.
SWitness Hon. W. F. Blackman, judge
.of said court. Given under my oBcial
seal and signature on this the Ith day
, of April, A. D. 1912.
' Clerk Dit. CouaUrt, Grant p,-I
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Turned Her Gold Into Nugget.
Mme. Couly of Romortin, France,
who had concealed $400 in gold in her
kitchen grate during a brief absence.
forgot all about it on her return, and
lit a fre which converted her whole
fortune into a gold nugget
This O is the size of the headache
that he had when he started for the
banquet. And this o is the size of
the headache that kept him out of
Both Good and Evil Recorded.
In the Koran we read: "Behold
there are watchers over you; worthy
recorders knowing what you do; and
whosoever shall have wrought an
ant's weight of evil shall behold it"
Irony of Fate.
The irony of fate was disclosed in
the story of the man who in an effort
to escape a trolley car and an auto
mobile was run over by a hearse.
New York World.
Sometimes A gets credit for saying
what B may have felt and thought
and what C had lived for years with
courage and self-denial.-Mlss Thack
Best to Do It Well.
If you are going to kick at all it Is
just as well to get there with both
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mose o ataur h sat manot be oeed bry Han'
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JOHN A. WILLIAMS,
COLFAX ............... LOUISIANA
Will practice in all the Courts.
L. G. O'Neal
Located at Colfax, La.
Junius Hart Piano House
DR. B. A. SOILEAU
'Ofle over the Bank of Colfax
Telephone No. 71
W. C. & J. B. Roberts,
Alttornus and Gounselors
Will practlce in State and United
Sta tes Courts.
NOTARi IN OFFICE
Offcs at flkuamlrla and Goilax. Loelana.
Dr. Jno. L. Woodall
PhpI:dcla and Surgeon
jocated in ottler of Dr. W`LJuoberts
All calls answered day or night
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Lawwr and Notarg
OFFICE OVER BANK OF ('OLFAX
Telephone No. 70
yraetliesin Stateand FederalCourts
JOEL M. DURHAM
Attorney at Law
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SpeIalis In di ase
Eye. Bar, Nose and Throat,
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