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The True Democrat.
ELRIE ROBINSON Editors
MRS. MAY E.ROBINSON Edit
Official Journal of the Parish ol
West Feliciana, the Towns of Bayou
Sara and St. Francisville, and ol
the School Board.
We also own and publish the Fell
clana Record, a weekly newspaper
for the town of Jackson, La. Ad
vertisers will do well to get joint
rates for both papers.
Entered at the Post Office at St
Francisville, La., as second class
Subscription $1.50 a Year in Advance.
Saturday, March 30th, 1912.
WHY SOME PARENTS ARE EN
One cannot but note that in some
parts of the state a more cordial at
titude is shown the public schools
than in others. It is seen that in
some, the parents co-operate more
special taxes are more enthusiasti
cally voted, and ,so on. Our obser
vation goes to show that it is becaus
feeling is reciprocal. Where the pa
tions are cordial, it is because the
school management is responsive to
popular demand, or makes the inter
ests of the children paramount.
For example, at Covington there
is a strong School Improvement
League. There, the teachers' insti'
tutes are held on Saturday and the
children do not have to sacrifice a
school day for this purpose. In some
places, rally days are held on a
school day: a clear break in the
most important feature of school ef
ficiency: routine. In East Feliciana
it is held on Saturday. Right. There
is no loss of time.
In a word, at all places where the
school management is single in its
devotion, to the interests of the pu
pils, the result is general good will.
When the contrary is shown, there
is resulting antagonisn.
A periodical holiday for the teach
ers again approaches, this time the
annual meeting of the teachers asso
elation is ,the excuse. If one must
not swap horses in the middle of a
stream, how much worse is it for the
ferryman to leave his boat there a'nd
go on a pleasure trip. This, in ef
fect, the teachers do at a critical
time in the school course of study.
It would be only ungent necessity
that could excuse their doing so, but
no necessity exists, and the trip is
to most of them, a junket, a conven
ient time for doing spring shopping,
to such extent that towns bid against
each other for the holding of the
convention, as if it were a commer
cial transaction. Parents can not
be expected to be very cordial either
to a school system that permits, yea
oven enforces such dereliction of du
ty, or to the teacher who takes ad
vantage of or submits to such a
break in her school duties.
Parents should get together * and
show their approval in some way of
those teachers, who consider the
children's interests before their own
The printing firms in Monroe, La.,
have agreed to place upon all work
they send out the words: "Printed In
Monroe." If the work is well done
there could be no better advertise
meant of the printing but also of the
town itself as being the sort of place
to produce good work. It is a good
rule and should be adopted in all
towns, each for itself, where print
!ng facilities are adequate.
It would tend to encourage the
placing of home printing with home
printers, which is by no means the
rule. The very merchants, who ex
pect the local newspaper to boost
home trade and all home enterprises
most frequently fail in this respect,
givng out their orders to larger
houses, that can malke a lower price
than the home printer. Houses that
specialize on certain lines of work
can always do so. Local merchants
seize upon these bargain prices, and
fail to consider what would happen
if every one, printers included. dealt
dlirect with specializers.
HIome people should so far as they
can stand by the home printer, and
in tur-n, the latter should take a
pride in labeling his work as done in
the town or city, in which he lives,
and whereby he lives,
The above may seem to be a lit
tle inconsistent, coming from an at
(lent advocate of the parcels post.
This is only apparently so. For
while there can be no doubt that
home industries should be fostered,
it is due home people that they
should not be shut out from the ben
efits of competition, such as the
parcels post would increase. It would
srvee to keep the home merchant
waked up, and abreast with the
times, which would be as much to
bis advantage as that of anybody
el.3e. Some merchants could not
keep up with this procession. But
in business preeminently survival of
the fittest holds good, and it were
better that one home merchant, or
printer, fail rather than that the'
whole body of the people should be
deprived of advantages.
Again the parcels post is not con
fined to commercial transactions, but
could be employed for the thousand
and one incidents of daily life when
one needs a certain safe method of
conveying articles from place to place
For these reasons, one can advo
cate parcels post and conservation of
home industries without inconsisten
The malls are now flooded with
reading matter in the form of spec
ial correspondence, leaflets, pamph
lets, magazine and newspaper arti
cle reprints, the subject of all of
which is the parcels post. The True
Democrat is in constant receipt of
such matter, that after a brief space
of time, goes toward the filling of a
capacious waste-basket. The par
cels post is a subject of national im
portance, and it is legitimately up for
discussion. But a suspicious circum
stance about all this parcels. post
"literature" is, that it is against the
establishment of such a post. It sol
emnly proclaims that the big in
terests, among which, of course, are
the mail order houses, have on a
campaign in favor of parcels post.
And yet these interests have not
selnti out one word ocncerning their
propaganda. Strange, inexplicable,
passing all reasonable belief in its
On the other hand one must infer
from the activity of the enemies of
a parcels post that there must be
strong reasons and considerable
funds for their continued campaign.
The express companies of the big
money interests are undoubtedly
most threatened by the establishment
of such a post, and from them must
proceed al.l the stuff that is sent out
to poison the public mind in this re
The arguments that it will destroy
the home merchants, that it will lay
waste the small towns and villages,
that it will increase the postal de
ficit have been met and answered a
score of times. But they sincerity
.: such solicitude concerning the
home merchant and the small town
may well be viewed with suspicion
when one remembers that the voice
is that of the express companies:
their special interest in the small
town and merchant being as new as
i: Is strange, whi'le their fears for
tlie United States not being able to
do what they do with profit is an in
excusable imputation against the
The trial of Annie Crawford for
murder of her sister, Elise, which
has been on-we feel like saying "on
the boards," yellow journalism has
made such a feature of it-has re
sulted in a hung jury of 3 for con
viction, 9 for acquittal. The failure
of the state to prove strong motive
was undoubtedly the cause of mis
trial. It was at first supposed that
the girl was murdered for the insur
ance money, but when the defense
showed that Annie Crawford had paid
more than the amount of the insur
ance for her sister' funeral expenses,
it became very hard for the state to
prove that this was the motive, al
though it is quite possible that she
would not have paid the expenses
had she not been in 'he public gaze.
The only alternative motive-family
pride, threatened by her sister's con
dition-does not seem to have been
proven either. Whatever the mo
tive, or if innocent, Annie Crawford
has shown herself a remarkable pris
oner, stoical and calm to the high
One of the best things about this
old world is that wonders never
cease. They did not cease when the
Creator lookedupon His creation and
Laid, "It is very good," and each
succeeding hour and period has had
its own special miracle. The nine
teenth and twentieth century has
witnessed manly, and these apart
from scientific and inventive achieve
ments. In politics also wonders nev
er cease. Portugal became a repub
lic. Mexico, untamed, ignorant tries
to be one. But greatest wonder of
all is the republic of China, and its
suffragettes. In this thought-to-be
hide-bound country, that woman
should be given the vote without
question is remarkable, and that they
should violently assert themselves is
no less so.
Colonel Roosevelt made Taft and
now he is trying to unmake him
He will find that the first job wa
easier than the last.-Monroe Inde
ATTORNEY-GENERAL TO PASS ON
Hon. Horace \Vilkinason, chairman
of the executive conmmittee of the
D)emocratic state central committee,
had a conference with Judge Walter
Guion, Tuesday, relative to certain
question.: arising concerning certain
procedure under the primary law.
Judge Guion will make reply to the
questions put up to him in a few
days, and his rulings will be given
wide publicity through the officers of
the state central committee.
"Pending this opinion of the attor
ney general," said Mr. Wilkinson, "I
would suggest that parish committees
where their organization is complete,
should delay a few days in the se
lection of their delegates to the Bat
on Rouge Conventino, until we can
get the views of Judge Guion cover
ing all these points. A few days'
delay will make no material differ
ence, and, it may obviate a world of
trouble in the end. Several ques
tions have arisen in various parishes
and I have covered all the points, as
frr as. possible, in a letter to the at
The letter of Chairman Wilkinson
to Judge Guion follows:
New Orleans, March 26, 1912.
Hon. Walter Guion, Attorney Gen
cral, State of Louisiana, New Orleans
La.: Dear Sir-We would respectful
ly requcat your legal opinion on the
First-In cases of failure of any
parish to elect a parish committee
in the recent primaries, does the
old committee hold over or is it com
pelled to call a primary election for
a new committee?
Second-Where elections have been
held for parish committeeman, in cer
tain wards of a parish and not in
other wards, do the old members
hold over, or has there to be an
other primary to fill the positions
not filled in first primaries, and if a
new election is required, upon whose
call should said election be held?
Third-Has the Democratic state
central committee authority to or
der primaries to fill vacancies in the
parish committees in case the local
committee refuses or fails to act?
Fourth-Would it be permissible or
legal to hold a primary election for
delegates to the Baton Rouge Con
vent4oan of June 4, or to elect mem
bers of a parish commaittee at the
same polling places, with the same
commissioners and officers as are
delegated to conduct the general
election on April 16 next?
Fifth-Where a senatorial district
committee ceases to exist by reason
of death, removal or failure to act
in causing an election of their suc
cessors, what steps will be neces
sary to revive such committee or to
re-establish the same?
Your opinion on the above matters
is asked that various pending con
troversies may be settled with the
least possible delay. Yours very truly,
Chairman Democratic State Execu
Spring kindly spring on us.
The saddest of duties: to buy coal
in late March.
And even M:r. Roosevelt says a
houn' dog has clean teeth.
Many a man wants a bigger insur
ance policy than he is worth.
No flowers for Easter. But a few
good Spring days can do wonders.
The leopard cannot change his
spots, but the cotton broker does.
What has become of the March
wind? Did the paliticians change it
all unto hot air?
At least let it be counted unto
Gov. Sanders for righteousness tha
he discovered Dr. Do'wling.
It is plain that our national Dem
ocratic brethren want Louisiana Dem
ocrats put into a strait-jacket.
Dr. Dowling now says that he will
pounce down without notice. The
sword of Damocles hangs over our
The latest health bulletin intimates
that you must keep your nose clean.
How this recalls the sorrows of
Canvass of the country shows that
the Teddy bear i:s no longer popu
lar. Nor, Mr. Taft will please note,
is the 'pos.um.
'there seems very litt~e local inter
est in who goes to the Baton Rouge
convention. When it comes to na
tional politics all are of a sameness.
News from New York to relatives
ind friends here state that Carl
Ieutsch is quite ill in that city. -He
-'1I be taken to Europe by his broth
r . Teutsch, if able to stand the
COMMISSION GOVERNMENT SUG*
GESTED FOR NEW ORLEANS.
A bill will be introduced at the ap
proaching session of the Legislature,
providing for a commission form of'
government for New Orleans, carry
irng a referendum clause, submitting
it back to a vote of the people of the
city as to its adoption.
If the people ratify the bill it will
become a law. If they reject it, it
will never become operative.
It is further proposed to submit
this question at a special election
late in the summer following the ad
journment of the Legislature and
pifor to the holding of the fall pri
The plan is to have an election on
this issue alone, ,so that no candi
dates can become involved in it
The Y. & M. V. officials who were
at St. Francisville two weeks ago
expressed great pleasure in viewing
the points of interest, especially af
ter learning that it was General
Agent H. C. Leake's native place.
They found the scenery charming,
and it is planned that photographs
shall be taken shortly of desirable
views and historic spots to illustrate
an article which will give the his
tory of the West Feliciana Branch
Road, one of the oldest roads in the
United States. The company now
owns the building at Woodville, oc
cupied by the Bank of Woodville,
which was the office of the original
company, and which was built in
1835. The article referred to, when
published either in magazine or
pamphlet form, will have wide circu
lation, and will attract attention to
many good features about this sec
The opportunity afforded the peo
p'e of Clinton and vicinity to secure
the railroad tapping the L. R. & N.
at Edenborn or in a locality near by,
is one which they should seize with
both hands, voting the tax necessary
as the road will do much to develop
the country all along the line. The
tax is a mere bagatelle compared to
the benefits, and the common sense
of the people will see it.
LOUISIANA RAILWAY & NAVIGA
TION CO., REDUCED RATES.
Annual Convention, Louisiana
Homestead League; Alexandria, La.,
April 26, 27, 1912, Bayou Sara to
Alexandria $2.77, Alexandria to Ba
you Sara $1.17, on certificate plan.
Tickets on Sale April 23rd to 27th in
chlusive; return limit, May 1st.
Louisiana State Medical Society,
Nelw Orleans, April 23, 25, 1912. Ba
you Sara to New Orleans and return
$4.56. Tickets on sale April 20, 21
and for trains scheduled to arrive in
New: Orleans prior to midnight of
April 22nd.. Return limit to reach
original starting point prior to mid
night of April 28th.
Twenty Sixth Annual Convention,
Louisiana Sunday School Association,
Shreveport, La., April 16-18. Bayou
Sara to Shreveport and return $6.85.
Tickiets on sale April 15, 16, 17 and
for trains scheduled to arrive in
Shreveport before noon, April 18th,
1912. Return timit to reach original
starting point prior to midnight of
Twenty-second Annual Meeting of
Louisiana State Public School Teach
er's Association, Alexandria, La.,
April 11th to 13th, 1912. Bayou Sara
to Alexandria and return $3.94. Tick
ets on sale April 9th, 10th and 11th.
Return limit, April 15th.
Second Annual Convention Nation
al Drainage Congress, New Orleans,
La., April 10-13th, 1912. Bayou Sara
to New t)rleams and return $3.48.
Tickets on sale April 7, 8, 9th, and
for train No.1 April 10th. Return
limit to reach original starting point
prior to midnight April 25th, with
privilege of extension to May 6th.
For further information, call or
F. E. FARR, Agent,
Bayou Sara, La.
That a thorough psychological in·
vestigation of the question of fatigue
would be of vast practical value in
the adjustment of hours for carmen,
teachers, pupils and others, and that
it is practicable to undertake such
work at Newcomb college, is the as
sertion of Professor David Spence
Hill, director of the psychological
laboratory. To measure mental and
physical fatigue is a difficult but not
impossible undertaking, he says.
Within a few weeks the psychologi
cal laboratory of Newcomb college
will be equipped with instruments
and devices for measuring different
aspects of fatigue. Specialists in
Germany and England, notably
Scbniyten, Oifner and Winch, have
been endeavoring to perfect tests
for the practical measurements of ca
pacity for mental and physical work.
The town of Lutcher has re ently
WILL DECORATE CONFEDERATE
In observance of Decoration Day,
April 6, West Feliciana Chapter, U.
D. C. will only decorate the monu
ment. On account of the nearness
to Easter and the scarcity of flow
ers, the decoration of soldiers' graves
will not be attempted. A committee
of ladies is named by the president
to decorate the monument. These
are: Mrs. O. D. Brooks, Mrs. Ben
Leopold, Mrs. J. S. Gore, Mrs. L. P.
Kilbourne, Mrs. L. W. Rogers, Mrs.
D. I. Norwood. All others interest
ed are requested to send what flow
ers and evergreens they can spare
to any member of the committee
most conveniently communicated
The, Chapter will entertain the vet
erans at luncheon at some later date.
It seems to us that Judge Hall has
already said that he intended remov
ing the seat of government to Bat
on Rouge. It is just as well to wait
a short while longer and see if he
can, and will, do this before making
any outcry, or sprawling all over the
mourner's bench. Those of us, who
believe in Judge Hall, and the num
ber is growing in Louisiana every
day, feel sure that he will do what
he ,promises or make it very eivident
why he cannot do so. He will prove
who and what are at fault, and put
this matter up to the people, as has
been so successfully done in the
Mrs. Abbie Gambel, Grand Chief
of Pythian Sisters of Louisiana and
Mrs. Myrtle Bradley will make an
official visit here to Lorraine Tem
ple No. 13, the first week in April.
SUCCESSION OF NAPOLEON B.
State of Louisiana, Parish of West
Feliciana, 24th Jud. Dist. Court.
Notice of Filing of Provisional Ac
Notice is hereby given to all whom
it doth or may concern, to show
cause within ten days from the pres
ent notification, if any they have or
can, why the Provisional Account fil
ed herein by the Mrs. Mary B. Rid
dle, Executrix of the above Succes
sion, should not be approved and ho
mologated and made the judgment
Winess the Honorable George J.
Woodside, Judge of the 24th Judicial
District of Louisiana, this 27th day
of March, A. D. 1912.
E. S. MUSE,
Chief Deputy Clerk 24th Judicial Dis
trict Court for the Parish of
I have sufficiently regained my
health to give all prescription work
my personal attention.
Send me your orders for anything
in the drugs or druggists' sundries
line, as well as your prescriptions,
and your orders will have prompt
and satisfactory attention.
L. P. KILBOURNE.
Pea vine hay and feed oats at 60c.
JAS. P. BOWMAN.
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State of Louisiana, Pa
Feliciana, 24th Jud. DId
John F. Irvine vs. W
In obedience to a FI
Sheriff directed by the $i
Jud. Dist. Court, in the
suit, I have seized and
sale at the front door of
House in St. Francisvil
the highest bidder at the,
o'clock a. m. on
Saturday, March 3
the following property
1 grey horse, 2 plow
shovel, 1 iron harrow, 1
Terms of sale,-Cash
J. H. CIA
The annual meeting d
holders of The Peoples
Francisville, La., for the
directors, will be held at
of the Bank on Wedn
noon, April 3rd, 1912 at
D. I. NOR4W
By virtue of the autl
in me as mayor of the
you Sara, I hereby ord
tion to be held on Mon
1912, for the purpose of
following officers, to-wit:.
or, one marshal and c
secretary and five co
March 2, 1912.
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