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The True Democrat.
EI.,RlE ROBINSON it
MRS. MAY I.RO IlNSON Editrs
Official Journal of the Parish of
West Feliciana, the Towns of Bayou
Sara and St. Francisville, and of
the School Board.
We also own and publish the Feli
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 cla:ss
Subscription $1.50 a Year in Advance.
Saturday, April 13, 1912.
An exchange intimates that it is
asking too much, even of a newspa
per friendly to President Frank Ail
ler of the Game and Fish ('ommi) -
sion, to read the commission's new
ly published report to the General
Assembly. For our part, we take is
sue with this view. The report well
repays perusal, imparting some in
formation, and incidentally nu,-h
amusement. And nowhere does the
latter feature more boldly atnd sug
gestively than when the Commis
sion shows restivenes:s, regarding
criticisms of its warden service "by
those" it says. "who do not hunt or
pay for a hunting license. This is
a never-ending source of surprise to
the members of your Booard. This
whole movement for the conserva
tion of game was started by the
sportsmen, who earlier than the
members of the General Assembly
irealized that without a paid warden
service there never could be en
forcement of the game laws, and
who willingly assess themselves this
tax to carry on the work, and thus
save the State from appropriating
from the General Fund a .sum of mo
ney sufficient for same. We there
fore respectfully urge lupon the mem
hers of the General Assembly the
reasonableness of ignoring the crit
icitsms of those who are not finan
cially interested in the problem."
"Financially inter:ested" is good.
The honorable Game and Fish Coim
mission would make this a close cor
poration, confined only to those who
are "financially interested in the
problem." Conservation is not th:n
an, undertaking for the benefit of
the whole state and all its peoples,.
now and for generation: to come,
but a scheme only for those finan
cially interested! Game wardensI
are not then the servants of the
people as a whole, and therefore
amenable to them for the profpr
performance of duty, but _2nly to
those "financially intiested" and
who pay a hunter."' license!
On the'-h er hand, it will be quite
a '" lem in itself for either the
'General Assembly or the Game
F4ils' Commission to decide, - are
the persons fFnancially-.".terested in
the problem. Is ,ý only the sports
man who p'-" his dollar, or the .pot
hunter r-,o gets returns a hundred
,'- l-or his, or the land-owner, whose
preserves are protected? Is not ev
ery citizen, irrespective of any di
rect interest in game conservation,
financially benefited in various
ways by the conserving of this, as
any other natural resource of the
State? So that after all, the finan
ciaUy interested are so numerous as
to make iit incumbent upon the leg
islators to listen to all complaints,
as well as all suggestions, concern
ing improvement of the service.
VOTING BLANK ON HARRIS.
The resolve of many Democrats to
vote blank for Thos. H. Harris, the 1
nominee for state superintendent of
public education, on account of his
course during the campaign, in or
der to make him run far behind on
the ticket, it carried out, will be ef
iective as a political object lesson
to men of pride, but it is doubltful
if Mr. Harris will care, so long as
he has the office.
However, to vote blank for him
will necessitate the marking of ev
ery other Democratic nominee on
the ticket. One cannot staml) the i
rooster, and thus vote thme ticket I
straight, while if one (who lhas the I
habit) should stamp the rooster and
then attempt to vote blank on HIar
ris, it would invalidate his ballot.
For this reason, it is probable that
most ballots will be simply rooster
stamped, and Mr. Harris will claimn
the result as an endorsement of hist
course. It is interesting to speculate
oCn what the average Democrat will
The Drainage Congress in session t
. New Orleane means much for all i
Splnaces where .land reclamation is d - I
srable. It means much to Iouisi- e
ana. The press has however devot- u
ed- space so l7rgely in advance to c
athis congress, that its plans are all u
Sforecasted and known. S
THE STATE ELECTION.
Th'. State elietron ta:e- plae on
STuer.Iiay, and ai th. re--;ilt is ;a ore
gone conc'ltuSionl, it vW!i prob;ily
Show aX t gr'et s!'atiIi.. (;.': ;ii - lJ."
ul:tilf VOtt'. i' -' only n! w (lu .,tiJ)i
that comel s ip is in vol vtd i tihe
priimarly in some piari.!e , ini ludine
i- \\ st Feliciana, for dl tI ~l . to to the
r State I)eilo;ratic: ('onVnt(n ii a( Bat
- on Rouge, June 4, and this is hard
i ly of su:'h lIl(ln(mint as to ('il out a
It is to be hoped howv:evr that h.i
s weather will he propitious an i that
the farmers will not let their fI'i'd
or other business inteirfere wiih
their going to the poll:; and :asting
their hallots for .10dge Hall. \VWe par
ticularize farmers, tb)(ea:tis,' is due
to theli' that the majority was piled
il) in the country that overaw(ed and
overwhelmed the city vote.
It is desirable that the majority
t- vote should be maintained as an in
1- dication that the people have not
lost interest in the issues for which
they -o grandly gave lpronouncemefli!'nt
it in January. nut are still det t'runi: l
- to have these necessary rformis ari
11 ril out.
Judge lHall should go into o(l'fi: e
Swith a big vote. It will he an en
dorsoleent of himli, a. guarantee of
public confidence lie will be bad
ly enough handicapped by .lon ,e f
the men who will go into offi..e with
Shini, without being tieprc. cd by a
1, half-hearted vote.
Go to the pIolls, liesti ay nieXt, an!:
o do your duty in thl wek of reli'ev
inn the State from l,,ah i laws and
sinceural I: hrnacl es.
e FISCAL AGENTS APPOINTED.
1l a 'vote of 4IXrl 0 Iowo, Altor
Sney General GuiL's 1 ul i-nl
d onl(ed by Li eiilenllant Covxrnor LamI
s) bromllont, for the State Board of Li
quidation to postp1one action indefi
g nitely so, that thel nsuiing ad nlinis
tration minight (lispI;s, of the State
fundis, wa.a defeated a, a riitetiln:
WeXdns.day mlorning. The fiscal
agents chosen were: (iiy of New (Or
leans, the Hibernia laink and Tr'u.st
Company, Whitney-Central Nationa
Bank and New Orleans National
Bank. Third District: Bank of A.
sumption, Napolconville, and State
National Lank of Iberia, New Ie
o ria. Fourth Distriut: First Nati, nalj
Hank of Shreveport and Commercial
n National Bank of Shreveport. Fifth
District: Central Bank and Trust
Company of Monroe and the Ruston
State Bank. Sixth District: Bank of
Baton Rouge and the Louisiana Na
tional ranek o'f Ialaj o evventh'
:D Di,;ct: The Rapidec Bank of Alex
andria. and the Union Trust and
Banking Company of Opelousas.
In answer to criticismdl, Gov. San
dera n a lengthy speech before the
Board of Liquidation showed that
the ltxw by which each outgoing ad
utistration has the appointment of
the fiscal agenta for the ensuing
term comes from thile Blancnhlard ad
ministration, extra session of 19(~,
was introduced by Mr. L. E. Thomas,
and voted for by many who are nowv
Gcod G(overnment League men. Be
yond reminding Gov. Sanders lhat
Mr. Thomas was not at that time an
anti-Satders man, it is oilly ncs
sary tq remark that many other
thiingA, hesitides chickens come home
ON:_Y DEMOCRATIC WAY.
Mr. Zach Spearing's at tempt by
circular letter to poll the vote of
Hall and Aswell men for the speak
ership of tlihe House, in advance of
the convention of lthe General As
sembly, is rigidly oplsosed by Hon.
F. C. Claiborne, one of ithe uthree G.
G. candidates. Mr. Claiborne sayns
that hie proposes to fight for this hon
or on the floor of the House', regard
lhs:; of faction, and thii!vi that the
only l)enmocratic way. W\hille mosat
reform niovOemnent; ha.ve gone ott
like a lighted match after the first
victory for the lack of organization,
it is patent that such efforts as Mr. l
Spearin.n is making would soon tend
to oveir-much organization from which
Louisiana has been alreandy too great
a sufferor. If the reforml men want
''to get together" whcn they ellet:t 1t
Baton Rouge that is another matrfr.,
(fr~:i havin.g it all cut and driedl be
THAT OTHER DISTRICT.
It is taken for grantedt that there
will be but little if any change in
the North Iouisiana districts, be
cause the increase has been in the :
south and southwestern lpart:s of the
State. That being the case, .Tudget
Looney need have littlh fear but a
that he will have Tudge Watkins for f
his competitor in the Fourth Dis
tlict, amnd McGregor, Eilder and oth- P
er folks in the Fifth District can i,
make plans for the undding of each
other and Fauntleroy . without im- s
minence of disarrangement of what o
may be done at Baton Rouge. a
THE POLICE JURY A LEGISLA
In another part of the rl-port of
:l the Game and Fri h Coammission, ref
S-'c:'cnce is made to the abortive ef
An; forts of the police juries of the
to State to protect the game and, fish,
1" under t'c:'ner Ihws. The Commission
ie overlooks, as most people do, that
it poilce juries are legislative and not
d- executive bodies. Theirs is the du
a ty of making parochial laws, not ex
ceuting them. Hence, they are fre
I luently blamed for non-execution of
tt their own ordinances, though that
'd work lies with the executive offi
Ih cars of the parish.
1' \VWe fell into this error not long
r-2 ago in suggesting that the police
'1e jury of West Feliciana should fine,
d or otherwise punish delinquent road
id overseers. The president of the Po
lice' Jury called the fact to our 'at
ty tention that it was not that board's
i- p)rovince to do more than appoint
t I he road-overseers. It is then left
h to the people, acting through the
nt grand jury, to secure punishment
for neglect of duty. It is no more
correct to expect the police jury to
do this work, than to look to the
o; Stat e legislature to enforce its own
of All muist admit the justice of this
d1- position, and we would have earlier
If uowed our error in the premises,
ii but during the piast heated campaign
a the matter was overlooked.
Likewise, while we do not favor
:l, special parochial logislation for game
- and fish conservation, deeming
da state laws better adapted for the
purpose, yet it is nevertheless un
fair to charge the police juries with!
the non-execution of these laws in
the past. The fault lay in the pro
r- visions for their execution, and the
- carelessness, or lack of moral cour
i-i age on the part of individual citi
TO OBSERVE APRIL 30.
S(ov. Sanders has requested that
:. April 30, the centennial anniversa
al ry of .;uisiana statehood, should be
t'-n made a school holiday. In this con
;t nection. it is timely to remark that
a all grat events are poorly commem
_al; ,r-itd by non-attendance at school.
i The child takes and enjoys the hol
te idav with little or no thought or real
- knowledge of the occasion. Much
11j better is it to devote the forenoon
1 of such a day to a full program, con
h ci-rning the event to be celebrated,
ti or the person to be honored, so that
n the child is informed about it to
f )reatest pFo ie Veiit enat then
.ne a half-holiday in the after
noon, preceded by a nice lunch or
other treat. The celebration will
1 then stand out in his memory as
something worth remembering. This
fact was impressed upon us by an
old citizen of St. Francisville, the
late Thos. Raynham, a native of
England, who tokl us that he could
fwell remember when. William IV
wa( s crowned, in 1830, because the
schools were given a half-holiday
and a treat of cake and ale' On such
;mall delights does the memory of
We should like to see Louisiana
tStatehood honored by a celebration
Iin every school that would include a
Sliterary program that would at once
,depict the leading events of the
State's history, and inspire patriot
isnm and resolve for its future great
ness. After such a program there
could be refreshments and the half
holiday that would mark the date
with a white stone forever in the
minds of the young .
TEN THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH.
1. Plant cotton and corn-but not
Suntil your land is thoroughly prepar
- ed, and not until you have secured
good seed and seen to it that your
planter does perfect work .
2. Plant seed patches of both cot
ton and corn so as to have good seed
of your own next spring.
3. Plant some pasture lots for
the hogs, rape early in the month,
cowpeaus, soy beans and peanuts af
ter the ground becomes thoroughly
4. Look after all the livestock.
put them on pasture but don't out i
off the grain feed at once. See that
work stock are properly fed, and
that all young things are freed from
5. Arrange for plenty of both
Irish and sweet potatoes; keep the
6. Look after the orchard-spray,
7. Prepare land for hay crops, and
be s.ure that the acreage its liberal.
8. Start the cultivation right-
that is with harrows and weeders,
and at the right time-that is, be
fore the grass starts. p
9. Screen the house; drain all c
puddles near it; see that all garbage t
is removed from about it. C
10 Open the windows and let the a
sunshine in the house during the day; tl
open them at night and let th~.fresh w
air into the bed-rooms. 1.
- THE INTERESTS OF LOUISIANA
3f The first Isession of the forestry
*f- conference held in connection with
If- the Nashville meeting of the South
e ern Commercial Congress was open
h, edl on the afternoon of April 8th.
)n The presiding officer was Henry S.
tl Graves, Chief Forester of the U. S.
At Department of Agriculture. In op
u- ening they conference Mr. Graves
x- lpoke as follows:
e "In any consideration of the in
Df dustrial development of, the South,
itlthe problems which stand out as
i'most important are those connected
with agriculture and forestry. The
1g South is favored with climate and
e soil especially advantr, ous both
e, for agriculture and for the preduc
d' tion of forests. Its cut of lumber ag
O. gregates some 24 billion feet a year,
or over half of that used in the en
tire nation. Other industries bring
it the value of the products of the for
ft ests to-day to upwards of 550 mil
1e lion dollars.
t "Louisiana now stands second on
ly to the State of Washington in the
1o production of lumber, whille Missis
,l sippi, North Carolina, Arkansas, Vir
ginia and Texas are all ahead of any
other State. The lumber industry
of the South employs some 217,000
persons, and the allied industries re
quire over 200,000 more. We are
in dealing with a probl.em of gigantic
proportions and one which touches
:lir v.elfare of the entire nation.
"It is of vital importance to the
1C South that the land suitable to ag
n- riculture be devoted to that purpose
1 and just as rapidly as possible be
n actually lused for the growing of
. crops, There is, however, a vast
area of land, some of it in great
r- blocks in the mountains and which
i_ is suited only to the growth of
trcas. Many persons point to great
floods like those we are now hav
ing and insist that forests have neth
ing whatever to do with the control
t of water. This is as absurd as would
be a statement that forests absolute
ly prevent large floods. They are,
t nowever, only one factor and may
be entirely overbalanced by other
factors like long-continued rainfall
or sudden thawing of snow in the
Smountains. The Geological Survey
is developing some very important
and interesting facts regarding the.
influence of forests on eron in the
t "F0'. problem touches the method
P Of handling the forests in a way to
benefit the South permanently. The
bulk of what is put on the market
is from timber 150 years old and up
wards. The cutting takes place with
out reference to a new crop of trees
and we still have that greatest en
emy of the forest, fire, which pre
Svents the establishment of new
growth. Moreover, the forest fires
Iare primarily responsible for the
damage resulting from erosion and
disturbance of streamflow in the
mountains. Unless there is a cor- 1
rection of the existing conditions
the supply of forest products will
not be maintai'ned, local industries
will decline or vanish, land. values
will be permanently reduced, and I
the benefits arising from the mere
existence of well managed forestse
will be lost, with unfortunate re
"There is no region except the
far Northwest where forestry is so
simple and the results so sure as in
the South. It is entirely practical to
secure from the area which should be
permanently in forest from 20 to 30
billion feet in the long run, by an
nual ,growth, if the forest il proper
ly handled. Much of this area is in
the mountains and the very man
agement for timber production will
seculre the indirect be~nefits of the
"The desired end can not be ac
complished at once. Our efforts
must be organized. We must with
all our forces, National, State, and
private, endeavor to overcome the
fire menace. The public must aid s
in the matter of a uniform, consist
ent, and sane system of taxation,
while private owners must accept
their .responsibilities and handle
their property in a way which will
build up and not injure the interests
of the State."
NEW NURSERY RHYME.
Here's a fly,
Let ut watch ,him, you and I; j
How he crawls
Up the walls b
In his typhoid overalls. a
There can be no doubt that the iE
people have shown that they favor T
competitive bidding for the seles- sj
tion of fiscal agents, and Judge h
Guion's contention that the matter ti
s~hould be postponed certainly made
the proper moral appeal, but this el
was a case where "the letter of the h
law" made a much stronger one. (I
Louisiana Railwa v Navigation Co.
In co-olera.tion with L(oui.ialna State University and
* Agri.u I; : l Coillege, St<Ilto lIBord of Health, State De
a" Partiiwent lof ' I'dneation, and tihe UT. S Denartment of ±
b. Agric(ultur ,.
4. Train of ten cats. El:ibitits of Life Stock, Poultry, 4.
:ý Improved AgriculturalI inl ple ilnts, Farlm Crolps, Model *
- Dairy Stalls, Model Milking [,ooms, Model Slaughter
4" Pens, (eneal IlHealtih Exl!ibits. School Exhibits, and ai
+ coinpetenl (ilrs (' spleakers.
*ý Farmers espe(,ially, and the 1public generally, are cor t
S dially invited(I. 1 ig the I.ldios and children. 4
T rain will be in Bayou Sara, near depot,
on Tuesday, April 30th, from 2 to 4 P. M.
Lectures and I)ra ctic(al i('ln(Instraltions will be made
+ wli le hiere, ild 1.10 (t ] ed (ut"it nal and instrium't ve features ,.
: alone, will be wllrtII going m les to lear and see. Tak, 4.
special note of the dalte anti d time Ibe on hand early. ,
For furlilher informl ati,., call or write,
F. E. FARR, Agent, Bayou Sara, La.
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Should be given the best training toprt
pare them for success in business.
YOUR I Personal Instruction. Free Employ.
S ment Department, Complete College
Bank, College Store and Wholesale
No miszepresentations to secure stu
dents. Through the success of its
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i, recognized everywhere as a'Wide
Awake, Practical, Popular and tSaC
cessLul School. f
GEO. SOtLE & SON1 .
it MR HENDON EXPLAINS.
h St. Francisville, La., April 10, 1912.
,f The 'True Democrat,
It St. Francisville, La.
.. I have made ill a rule in my putb
1. lic life to refrain from replying to
)i criticisms: of my public acts, looking
d to the ro.uits accomplishhed by those
acts to be their defense if any
, should be needed. It is hard to ad
y here strictly to this rule always, for
,r sometimes my motives are misjudg
11 ed and I and the Board of which I
e am the executive officer are put
in a false position. For examp. -
*t we are frequently -arged with plac
e4.-i-- u'-ifteroests of the teachers he
e fore those of the pupils, when the
fact that the children of the parish
now have the best schools they have
ever had the privilege of attendin;,
ought to be self-.evident proof that;
we, put the best interests of the
children a.bove every other consid
However, this communication would
not be written, if in your edilirial
onl "The School Petition" last Sat
urday you had not read into my ac
tions motives that I never dreamed
of, and had not charged me witii
conduct utterly rep,;gnrant to my na
tive instincts and every fibre of my l
being, and if my silence might ni.
be construed into an acknowiedge
ment of the same.
It is true that the petition was n
signed by either "residents of, orj
tax-payers in, St. Francisville." It
is also true that I was told Vcdncs-I
day evening that the oppon'ent.a of
the measure were going to ,ldmand
that the names of those that were
not tax-payers be stricken therefrom.
Then to make "assurance donily
sure," I spc.n considerable time
Thursday morning copying from the
tax collector's book the names of'
the tax-payers in St. Fran-ciisvillL'
just as they appear in said book. I:
then went to several who had signedlt
the petition as individuals and, asked'
them to sign it again as their prtop
erty was assessed to them. I asked
all the tax-payers that I ;aw on -
Thursday to do the same tiring, an'd
if any one, except the editor of The
True Democrat, took such a requl-st
"as a slight" of any kind whatdevr,
I have not been appr: se: .c'f 1::
fact. How she could I;OSlibly ,L ..'
strue it as u:,ch is beyond my i ''
or to imagine, for cercinly the
thoght of so unmarly an an-t lhad
not entered my mind.
Please give this the name prwomi
nence in the paper you gave the ed
i'torial referred to.
A. M. IENI)ON.
Had Mr. Henfdon employed the im
pie courtesy of telling Mrs. Robin
son why he wanted her signature ai;
a tax-payor particularly, the above
explanation would not be necessary.
But his "native instincts" and the
"fibres of his being" frequently find n
but poor expression in hi:s manner,t
as more than one Ipeson can tent!
ty. The incident was really too triv- a
ial for mention, except that The o
True Democrat wished to empha- o
size the fact that no implied slight t
had had effect as regards its atti
tude towards school interests.
The other point, Mr. Hendon touch
el is i the firnt paragraph ofj-..
his communication in asserting: "We
(that is, the School Board and him
seif) are charged with putting e
. interests of the teachers before t ose
of the pupils, when the fact tha the
children of the parish now ha e the :
- b,t schools they have ever d the I-"
o p:ivilege of attending ough to be
; sclt evident.-proof that we put the
eC best interests of the child en abov
y every other considerati." Tg
1- conclusion is not logica ' To argue
tr hat the schools bein better- than
- ever before is proof tl at the chil
I lden's interests are f st consider
t , is ab in face of the fact that
-he chi ri ed o school
c a ere may attend
'Ire bett han ever
Sºlst be taken nto con
e sideratlon that more mon is spent
.on them, hence higher-pric d tea.b
tt ers are employed fr efi € kl
SI tendent down ,- here are better
- school hote3s, -more libraries, bet
ter equihlmcnt. It would be an exam
d ple of gross incompetency on the
)palrt of all concerned if the schools
SWitre not better in the circumstances.
Blut the schools are not so good that
l they cannot be made better, and
.1 that it shoukl be considered lese-ma
jesty to criticize them to that end
i. c(haractcristic of the arrogance of
the educational oligarchy in this
The True Democrat however dis
claims criticism of the local School
Board in any criticisms made of "the
rpowers that be." We well under
stand, as do most persons, what the
Marks and Labbe bills have done to
the local boards, even as the more
thoughtful members of these boards
are under no illusion as to the lim
itations of -their powers, and there
,fore do not rebel against what th v
,are not in a position to change. They
'are utterly without authority to pre
vent bi-monthy institutcs and other
matters objectionable to school pa
trllns a:: not being in the best inter
est, of the children.
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