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(Columbia, La., Oct. 18, 1912.
Senator Harper and the Tax
To the Voters of the 27th Sena
As your Senator, I desire to
call your attention to the several
Constitutional Amendments to be
voted for or against at the No
velnber election. It so often hap
pens that many voters fail to
study constitutional amendments
so as to know on the election
(lay how to vote upon them. There I
are nincteen ameundments to be
voted upon and every voter
shou ll read each one carefully
an i ; ,te such ones as he wishes t
to v, ~ for and such ones as he c
wishe.; to vote against, and on
election day go to the polls with d
such notions. I do not expect to I
discuss each act in full, but shall t
content myself by merely men- l
tioning each and stating how I a
e.pact to vote upon same, except s
Act No. 12, which I desire to t
discuss as fully as space and v
time will permit, for of all the p
amendments I consider it the s
greatest and most dangerous. s
Act No. 24 is an amendment p
to that provision of the constitu
tion known as the "grandfather" t
clause which enables almost
every white person in the State i
to register, against which I don't t
think there can be any objection. s
Act No. 132 speaks for itself o
and I think is a good one. I
Act No. 133 is the recall el
amendment which I consider one
of the best and would like to see rs
Act No. 139 speaks for itself re
and I think a very good one. $
Act No. 147, as I understand
it merely provides for an addi- s
tional judge, which if adopted, ,
would cost the stat .Q( per
pect to vote against, it.
Act No. 115 is for the benefit
of the Conffderate veterans, for
which I expect to vote. ti
Act No. 162 is the woman's di
suffrage amendment. I believe W
a good woman is the best thing p
on earth, entirely too good to be ti
in politics. If a woman's con- .1
dition or position could be bet- bj
tered by her going into politics or se
even the condition of the coun- to
try could be made better, I would
favor woman suffrage. This act
does not give women the use of
.the ballot, but it leads to that
and gives her what the ballot has
to give-political offices.
Act No. 180 speaks for itself,
to which I haire no objection.
Act No. 203 exllains itself,
and I expect to vote for it. w
Act No. 230 needs no explana
tion. I think the State has ex
empted enough railroads from
taxation, consequently I expect c
to vote against this Act. ti
Act No. 236, I consider a dan- d
gerous act and should be voted y
Act No. 4, I consider a verys
good one. It needs no explana
Act No. 6, I consider a good o
one. If this act is adopted the f
probability is that any one de. a
siring to borrow money at a low up
rate of interest and on such rea
sonable terms that the payments d
can be met, will be enabled to le
do so. t
Act No. 7, I consider a veryw
important and good one. It is ap
known fact that banks could not t
exist on their own. capital stock. m
It is upon deposits that banks
make money. If individual de
positors were to be taxed, de- i
positors would withdraw their a
deposits and banks would be aA
thing of the past. We need to
Act No. 8 is a good and just
one. By reference to my plat. h
form you.will fland it there N1o Ye
individual who builds.- a nice E.
home should be taxed for so do
ing. Good residential improve
ment enhances the value of all
realty near by, consequently the
realty should be taxed and not
nbia, the resident property improve
Act No. 9 I do not think a very
good one, consequently I expect
912. to vote against it.
Act No. 10 I consider a very
Tax good one-one that the State
cannot lose anything by, and
ena- stands a chance to gain.
Act No. 11 is a just one.
'e to Act No. 12 is the tax segregat
eral ing Act, and I consider, the
o be most dlangerous act ever pre
No- sented to the people of our State;
lap- the arguments of Governor Hall
I to and others to the contrary not
mts withstanding. I do not doubt
tion the Governor's sincerity and
sere honesty of purpose, but I very
Sbe much doubt his judgment. The
)ter principle of tax segregation is
i11y wrong, for under such a system,
hes two pieces of property of same
he commercial value may and are
on almost certain to be taxed at a
'ith different rate of taxation, one
t to belonging to the segregated and
hall the other to the unsegregated
en- lists. Section 1 of Article 2,
W I allows the General Assembly to
ept segregate other properties other
to than those mentioned in the Act,
md which takes away from the peo
the ple, a right that has never been
the surrendered before-the right to
say what shall or shall not be a
ent part of the State's organic law.
tu- As will be seen by reference
r to section 4 of article 1, the Gen
ost eral Assembly will have the fix
ate ing of the rate of taxation upon
n't the segregated properties of the
)n State, which I fear would cause
elf one of the greatest lobbies to be
formed at our State's capitol that
all ever has been, for the great cor
ne porate interests will want the
iee rate of taxation just as low as
they can possibly get it. The
elf reduction of one mill will mean
$25,000 to $35,000 a year to the
nd corporation interests of our State.
di- So you can readily see what a
d, reduction of four or five mills
, would mgn. Yik lsok cau see
t codif very easily spend $100,000
or more with the General Assem
bly and still be largely to the
or good. You note also that section
three of article four exempts
doctors and lawyers from license,
ve whereas, merchants and those
ng pursuing other business occupa
be tions are not exempted. If one
n should be exempted all shohld
t be. The word "skill" in the
or section referred to, is where doc
n- tors and lawyers get exemption
Id from the payment of license.
SArticle 8, is a most complexed
Saffair. The reimbursement by
athe parishes of municipalities
disadvantageously effected, will
If, be looked upon by the people in
the country as though they wer~e
If, being robbed of so much, and
will likely cause untold trouble
between the parochial and mu
S Section 11 of article 8 isso
ct complexed most any construc
tion might be placeq upon it. I
don't believe there are two law
yd yers in the State who will place
the same construction upon said
I consider said section the j
most dangerous of any provision I
of Aet No. 12. It iserydoubt
ne ful in my mind if special school
. and road taxes can be levied
Supon the segregated properties,
a- and if our supreme court should <
t decide that such taxes can be i
to levied upon properties, it is cer- r
tain that unsegregated property a
will have to be assessed at fifty t
a per cent of its market value and i
ot at a parochial rate of sixteen I
k. mills before such bpecial tax can j
e We, in Winn parish, are pay- .
e- ing less than thirteen mills state (
ir and parish taxes, whereas, if E
Act No. 12 be adopted will have (
Sto pay sixteen mills parish taxes
before we can vote any special
Staxes which we need and must a
t" have for our schools and roada.
ro You must have in mind that Mr.
*E. H. Farrer, who is the great. o
est corporation attorney in thq
South, is really the author of
Act No. 12.
During the regular session of
the Legislature whenever a bil
was introduced that affected th
special interests the agents o
such would be on hand in ful ]
force, but during the extra se
sion not an agent of the special
interests was to be seen, so one
could not but conclude that the
special interests were being taken
care of. The proponents of Act!
No. 12 tried to use the the State's
money as a campaign fund to put
their views before the people,
put were prevented from doing
so. You probably will be pre
sented with figures to try to
show you that the parishes will
be gainers by the proposition,
but you must remember that
while figures do not lie, yet they
can be made to do so. I
The proponents of the "tax
reform," so called, will tell you
that you will not have to yay s
much taxes under the "reform?' i
system as under the present
system. but any one only has
read the Act carefully to
that in nearly every paris
creased, for you'will have to p
fully sixteen mills paroch I
taxes before you can levy agy
special taxes, whereas, the corn
bined state and parochial rate in l
a few instances exceed fourteenl
mill. The three parishes I have
the pleasure to represent, will be
effected considerably from the I
fact that a large percentage of
their assessments are derived
from timber which is being re
moved very rapidly and it is only
a question of a few years when
the revenue derived from that
source will almost stop. I was a
warm supporter of the Governor
during the late campaign,
and 'vhile I do not doubt his
honesty of purpose, I very much
doubt his judgment in this par
I expect to vote for Acts No.
24, 132, 133, 139, 155, 180, 203,
4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11, and I ex
pect to vote against Nos. 147,
162, 230, 237, 9 and 12.
S. J. Harper.
She's a wise woman who knows
just what to do when her hus
band's life is in danger, but Mrs.
R. J. Flint, Braintree, Vt., is of
that kind. "She insisted on my
using Dr. King's New Discov- i
ery," writes Mr. F, "foradread.
ful cough, when I was so weak!
my friends all thought Ihad only J
a short time to live, and it com.
pletely cured me." A quick eureI
for coughs and colds, it is thel
most safe and reliable medicine [
for many throat and lung trou- i
bles-grip, bronchitis, croup, A
whooping tough, quinsy, tonsili. li
tis, hemorrhages. A trial will ~
convince you. 50 cts and $1.00.
Guaranteed by all druggists. i
on Tickets on sale for all pointsi
Geo. W. Henderson, Agt. L
Subscribe for The Watchman,
only one dollar a year.
600 bushels of fiie apples on track
at the Depot for hale to the people
of Columbia and' surrounding com
munity. These ajples can be bought
in any quantity desired at the rate of
$1.10 Per Bushel
M. C1 SOLT.
If you have young children
you have perhaps noticed that
disorders of the stomace are their
most common ailment. To cor
rect this you will find Chamber
ain 's Stomach and Liver Tablets
excellent. They are easy and
pleasant to 'take, and mild and
gentle in effect. For sale by all
After next July a standard bar
rel of apples must be twenty-six
inches between the heads, sixty
four inches in circumference,
outside measurement round the
middle, and the heads must be
seventeen and one-eighth inches
in diameter. In accordance with
a recent act of Congress, such a
barrel, if the apples in it are hand
packed and free from blemishes,
may be labeled "Standard." But
a fine of one dollar and costs will
be exacted for every barrel that
is marked "Standard" and does
not conform to the requirements.
The law was passed at the urgent
solicitation of those who believe
that a purchaser has a right to
know what he is getting when he
buys a barrel of apples.
"It seemed that my 14-year old
boy would have to lose his leg,
on account of an ugly ulcer,
caused by a bad bruise," wrote
D. F. Howard. Aquone, N. C.
"All remedies and doctors treat
ment failed till we tried Buck
len's Arnica Salve, and cured
him with one box." Cures burns,
boils, skin eruptions, piles. 25c
at all druggists.
State of Louisiana,
Parish of Caldwell.
Be it known, that on this the 3d, day
of October, 1812, we, the undersigned
upervisors of Elections within and for
e Parish of Caldwell, State of Louis
a, have selected from among the
nalified electors of the said parish,
e number and names of persons
ereinafter following for service as
mmissioners and clerks of election to
rve at the general' election to be
olden within and for the Parish of
aldwell, State of Louisiana, on Tuez
sy, November 5, 1912, as follows, vis.
Ward 1, Corey School House, Pre
nct 1-C A Ferrand, W B Reitzell,
M Smith, commissioners; J 8S Fer
Ward 2, St Peters, Precinct 1-W A
avis, R A Lively, Warren Martin,
mmissioners; B E Erskins clerk.
Ward 3, Kelly, Precinct 1-Tom
uke, R A Vincent, W P Kerlin, com
issioners; J R Brown, Jr. clerk.
Ward 4, Columbia, Precinct 1-W H
orris, SM Love, D J Dunn, commis
Ioners; CR Ferrand clerk.
Ward 4, Grayson, Precinct 2-I D
eredith, PM Fisher, T F Seiler, com
bissioners; L F Pine clerk.
Ward 4, Clarks, Precinct 3-B H
iller, JD Nethery, J B Gray, com.
issioners; A N Kinney clerk.
Ward 5, Fellowship, Precinct 1-Geo
Shipp, J J Downs, J S Kelly, commia
Sioners; J A Gilbert clerk.
Ward 5, Vixen, Precinct 2--F L
Zregory, W L Steele, J A Hargrove,
commissioners; S M Taylor clerk.
I Ward 6, Sardis Church, Precinct 1
J P Harris, JH Laird, H T Gough,
aommissioners; Chas Eubanks clerk.
Ward 7, Fredericksburg, Precinct 1
Sa Harrelson, A R Rentz. W R Rush
ig, commissioners; W A Redditt clerk
ard 8, Brown's Mill, Precinct 1
Emile Girod, J D Mott, H O Hebert,
commissioners; F I Girod clerk.
Ward 9, Union Church, Precinct 1
A W Meredith, WA Wall, E M Kirk
laud, commissioners; J R Walker clerk
Ward 10, Shiloh Church, Precinct' 1
SL White, J N Volentine, J T Han
chey, commissitners; CC Hudson clerk.
In faith whereof, we the Supervisors
of Elections aforesaid, have hereunto
signed our names at the office of the
clerk of court and ex-off~cio registrar
M voters in and for the parish of Cald
well, State of Louisiana, at Columbia,
La., this the 3rd day of October, 1912.
M. L. MECOM,
Clerk and Ex-Officio Register of Voters.
C J. . MEEDrI,
Chairman Board of Supervisors.
T. E. FLOURNOY, President OLIVER B. MORTON. (':ashi(r.
F. G. HUDSON, 1st Vice Pres. F. D. GIBBS, Assist:ant Cashi'r.
J. S. HANDY 2nd Vice Pres.
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