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'The True D emocrat.
Vol. XXI St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish La., Saturday, July 13, 1912 . 24
YOUNG EX-CONVICT IS
IN RESISTING ARREST
Out of Penitentiary but a Few Hours,
Youth Continues on Career of
Crime With Results Disastrous to
If he recovers front the pistol
wound through his body, Joe William
will probably learn that it is aI
mighty short time between peniten
tiary sentences, for in event of his:
recovery he is almost sure to receive
a longer term than the one which he
completed on Tuesday.
Williams is a white boy, eighteen
years old. Tuesday he was liberat
ed from Angola, where he had serv
ed a year's sentence, with good timei
off, on a charge of horse theft int
Alexandria. He now lies in the par
bsh prison, facing but two alternates
---death or another penitentiary sen
Wiiliams arrived at Wilhelm about
2:30 p. m. on the day he was releas
ed from the penitentiary, and began
drinking. Early in 'the night, know
Ing the inmat'es to be away from
home, he entered ,the dwelling of
John Mullins, an employe of the Wil
helm Lumber Company, and stole a
pistol and $191. The robbery was
discovered and reported to Deputy
Sheriff Fred Wilcox, who happened
to be in the neighborhood. Arriv
ing at Wilhelm, Mr. Wilcox was ap-I
praised of the circumstances and or
dered the boy to throw up his hands.
The youth replied with a pistol shot
and started to run. Mr. Wilcox then
fired at him, one shot striking in the
back to the left of the spine andi
coming out in the left breast.
Willliams was brought to St. Fran
cisville Wednesday morning, and is,
now in jail, receiving treatment from
the parish physician. His wound is
serious and recovery is problemati
WILL NOT GO TO ENCAMPMENT.
Deficient Military Appropriation
Keeps Boys at Home.
The fact that they will not get to
participate in the annual military en
campment to he held at Camp Staf
ford during the latter part . of this
month is proving a source of disap-!
pointment to the members of Com
A deficit from last year's encamp
ment must be met from this year'sI
funds and the remainder is not suf
ficient to take the whole guard to
camp. A provisional regimenlt com
posed of eight companies from the
First and four companies from the1
Second Regiments of Infantry is all
that have been ordered to report in
camp. Company A is not included in
these orders and will therefore not
attend the encampment.
Adjutant General MeNeese has
plans on foot which, if they material
ize, will put the ILouisiana National
Guard on its proper military footing.
Lieutenant Col. Kilbourne has been
retired at his own request. There
are now several vacancies in the
First Regiment, and ('apt. G. C. HIow
e1ll will probably be promoted to the
rank of Major within the next few
Plaquemine, ,a., July 9, 11)2.
True Democrat, St. FIrancisvrile, La.
There t,ill be a meeting on Sunday,
July 28th, at St. Gabriel, at which
all of the congressional candidates
from this District have been invited
to adldreass the people.
The speaking will begin at 12 M.
promptly. Mcssrs. Amos. Ponder, A.
P. Rarrow, Louis Morgan, Ferd Clai:
borne, Horace Wilkinson and all ofl
the other prospective candidates are
expcted to be present.
Yours very truly,
Chairman Arrangement Committee.
TRUCK GROWERS RE-ORGANIZE.
Plan to Raise Fall Crops for North
A meeting was held at the court
house Saturday morning at which the
West Feliciana Truck Growers' Asso
ciation was reorganized and new life
and vigor put into that body.
The new officers are I)r. Jas. Kil
bourne, iresident; Rev. S. L. Riggs,
vice-pri-sident; S. C. Cobb, secretary;
J. R. Matthews, treasurer. These
with G. L. Plettinger, Willis Daniel
and It. M. Leake form the Board of
Talks were made by several inter
ested parties and a concerted move
ment is to be made in the way of
interesting a sufficient number of
people to make truck raising in W~est
Feliciana really worth while.
Their idea is to at once begin prep
arations for a fall crop of beans and
Irish potatoes. Next spring it is ex
pected that larger crops of these
two staples will be planted and that
cabbage and tomatoes will be includ
THOSE WHO MAY GET BERTHS
ON THE TAX COMMISSION.
With the date of its opening only
nine days off, and the bill giving it
legal existence -signed by the govern
or, the capital has begun to gossip
concerning the personnel of the Tax
(Comnmission, which is to sit July 22,
for twenty days, and then report on
suggested legislation to a special ses
sion, which will probably be called
•-for the last part of August.
Four of the six members at 'large
to be appointed by the governor are
practically certain--all of them hav
ing been members of the Blanchard
Ex-Governor New-ton C. Blanchard,
Edgar H. Farrar, New Orleans.
Henry M. Carver, Natchitoches.
Solomon Wolf, New Orleans.
Of those to be appointed by Speak
er Thomas, 2 from each of the eight
congressional districts, the following
are mentioned about the House, al
though Mr. Thomas himself has said
nothing concerning his announcement,
which will be made Thursday:
First District, Joe Generelly.
Second District, Walter F. Jahncke
and Sigur Martin.
Third I)istrict, Robert B.. Butler.
Fourth District, Robert Roberts.
Fifth District, John Elliott Clayton
and Carey Thompson.
Sixth District, DeIos R. Johnson
and Geo. K. Favrot or Charles Kil
Seventh District, Leon Locke and l.
Eighth District, A. T. Hunter, of
Rapides and T. J. Hendrick, of Je~na.
While Lieutenant Governor Bar.ret
.has nout mentioned any of his possi
ble appointees, these are being men
L. D. Beale, from the Sixth; GCeo.
Henry Clinton, from the Fifth; Leon
R. Smith, from the Fourth; Walter J.
Burke, from the Fourth; Henry L.
Favrot, from the Second.
It is accepted that David Black
shear, who served as secretary of
'the Tax Commission during Blanch
ard's regime,and who was highly coom
Iplimented by that body, will be ask
ed to take this work again, lie has
In. his possession much data and in
formation gathered by the former
comminision which would be of vast
interest to the present body.
It is planned that the present corm
missiaon will go further in its work
than did the previous body. That dur
ing the Blanchar(l admini~stration sim
ply analyzed evils and reported gen
erally on the cures that shoufld be de
The attemiPt of the present com
mission will be to frame a series of
bills, statutes and constitutional
amendments, making in their total a
synthetic plan of fiscal reform car
rying into effeot the conclusions
reached by the previous and by this
The Governor vetoed both of the
Fred Frac.e salary bills, one giving
hiJ $4,000 salary, and the other cut
ting off all fees,
HON. FERDINAND C. CLAIBORNE OF POINTE
COUPEE PARISH ANNOUNCES FOR CONGRESS
Has Been Active in Reform Movements and Is Responsible
For Much Good Legislation at Present Sitting
of General Assembly.
The True Democrat this week pre
sents the name of Hon. F. C. Clai
borne, of New Roads, as a candidate
for both the unexpired and the suc
ceeding term as Representative in
Congress from the Sixth Congression
Being so well and favorably known
in this parish it is hardly necessary
that Mr. Claiborne receive commen
dation at our hands, yet the situa
tion is such that if we did not di
late upon his candidacy we would
feel that we were guilty of remis
ness in our duty to the public.
Mr. Olaiborne is a son of Judge L.
B1 Claiborne, and a grandson of Lou
isiana's first governor after the terri
tory's admission into the union. He
is a native of Pointe Coupee parish
and received his early training in the
schools of that parish. Later he at
tended successively the Louisiana
State University, Soule's Commercial
College and Tulane University, grad
uating in law from the latter institu
tion. Since he left school Mr. Clai
borne has been engaged in the prac
tice of law in New Roads. By pains
taking endeavor and diligent applica
tion he has built up a lucrative legal
practice and his fame as a practicion
er has spread beyond the confines
of his own parish so that he is often
in demand in other parishes where le
gal complications arise.
Mr. Claiborne organized the First
National Bank of New Roads a num
ber of years ago and was its first
president. At that time he was the
youngest president of a national bank
in the United States. He remained
in that capacity until his practice
grew to the extent that it required
all his time.
Four years ago Mr. Claiborne was
elected as one of Pointe Coupee's
representatives in the General Assem
bly. It was during the latter part
of the second session that he at
tracted state-wide attention by his op
position to the Sanders steam-roller
methods, and he has been prominent
ly before the public ever since.
At that memorable time, Mr. Clai
borne led a movement in the Legis
lature with the object of having the
McEnery succession to the United
States Senate filled by an election of
the people. Being promptly steam-i
rollered in this, he championed the
cause of tre lion. Robt. F. Broussard
when that gentleman sought senato
rial honors in opposition to the ma
chine candidate. In this he was
steam-rollered some more, but not
quite so much as before.
These and other events occurring
at that time were the principle cause
for the organization of the Democrat
ic Good Government League. Mr.
Claiborne took an active part in the
formation of the League, and when
the convention mot in New Orleans
to endorse candidates for governor
and lieutenant-governor he was a
well-backed candidate for endorse
ment for the position of lieutenant
governor, The convention was so
equally divided between Claiborne
and Gueydan that a fight, and possi
bly a split seemed inevitable. Here
Mr. Claiborne achieved a master
stroke, for he seconded the nomina
tion of his opponent, sacrificing him
self for harmony in the movement
which has meant so much to the
During the hard campaign that fol
lowed, Mr. Olaiborne was in the
thickest of the fray. His manner on
the 'stump was calculated to win
votes and to him were awarded the
hardest assignments. He was a mem
ber of the central body of the League
and had much to do i~th producing
the success of the movement.
He decided to become a candidate
for reelection to the lower House,
but his activities in that direction
were confined to making the custom
ary deposit with the secretary of the
Parish Executive Committee. He
made no speeches for himself, did no
advertising, spent no money, and
was elected in the first primary.
After the memorable January pri
mary Mr. Claiboale was chosen by
Judge Hail as one of the committee
to prepare legislation to be put be
fore the General Assembly to be en
acted into laws. He did splendid ser
vice in this respect and afterwards
on the floor of the House in looking
after reform measures. He has been
considered a leader at this session
of the Legislature and his record
for reform justifies the consideration.
Mr. Claiborne announced himself
as a candidate for Speaker of the
House and at the outsct could have
been assured of success had he been
willing to make certain promises and
deals. He, however, preferred to
win without this or go down into hon
orable defeat. He waged a vigorous
campaign and all admitted that he
had bright chances of having his
hope realized, when, only a few days
before the convening of the Legisla
ture, the mighty Mississippi left its
banks and started in a stream of de
struction to the gulf. Mr. Claiborne
threw his political chances to the
winds and was foremost in the res
cue work. Night and day he worked
to save his people and their chat
tels. When this work was finished
the Legislature had already convened
and another man was Speaker.
When the death of his friend, the
late lamented Bbb Wickliffe, shocked
the nation, Mr. Claiborne was too
grieved to begin the mad scramble
for office. He shrank from inter
views and any statements as to his
intentions were matters of conjecture
Now, that the election is a matter of
but a few weeks and his duties in
the Legislature are ended, he makes
this his first announcement.
Young, able, brilliant, capable eith
er in committee or on the floor, he
well merits success.
A MAIL ORDER DEAL.
Down in Oklahoma recently a man
went into a -store to buy a saw. He
saw the kind he wanted and asked
the price. It was $1.65, the dealer
"Good gracious," said the man, "I
can get the same thing from Sears
Roebuck & Co. for $1.35."
"That's dess than it costs me," said
the dealer, "but I'll ved it on the
same terms as the mail order house
just the same."
"All right," said the customer, "you
can send it along and charge at to my
"Not on your life," the dealer re
plied. "No chagking accounts. You
can't do business with the mail or
der house ,that way. Fork over the
The customer replied.
"Now 2 cents for postage and 5
cents for a money order."
"Certainly, you have to send a
money order to a mail order house,
The customer, inwardly raging,
kept to his agreement and paid the
"Now 25 cents expressage."
"Well I'll be----," he said, but
paid it, saying, "Now hand me that
saw and I'll take it home myself and
be rid of this foolery."
"Hand it to you? Where do you
think you are? You're in Oklahoma,
and I'm in Chicago, and you'll have
to wait two weeks for that now."
Whereupon the dealer hung the
saw on a peg and put the money in
his cash drawer.
"That makes $1.67," he said. "It
has cost you 2 cents more and taken
you two weeks eonger to get it than
if you had paid my ~price in the first
"I told him there were a dozen
3 people right here in town who had
)never heard of him." "I guess that
- took him down a peg or two." "I
guess it didn't. He started right out
- to find them and borrow money."
POINTERS FOR TRUCK GROWERS.
Rev. S. L. Riggs Gives Some Time
To Truck Growers:
The selection and preparation of
the land is of prime interest for fall I
crop of cabbage. Choose a level
plot, preferably a bottom. Cabbage
will thrive in rather stiff land that
contains vegetable matter in suffic
ient quantity to hold the moisture
well during dry fall. The best way
to get this leguminous substance in
the soil is to plow under a good crop
of pea vines. The peas ought to
have at least 8 weeks' growth to be
very profitable to the soil, say plant
about 25th of May and plow under
25th of July. When plowing for the
peas let the soil be broken deep-
from one-half to one inch deeper
than formerly. But when you are
plowing under the pea vines to plant
fall cabbage do not turn up any clay
or unbroken soil on top for it is life
less and will injure the growing crop.
in plowing during the fall for spring
planting it is 'safe to break soil from
1 to 2 inches deeper each fall until
you get 8 or 10 inches of good soil,
giving four months for the weather
to operate and impart life to the
dead clay. About the best method I
ever found to plow under a good
crop of pea vines and weeds was to
use D. O. Avery plow, Revolving Cdl
ter, about 15 inches in diaineter, use
triple tree with three good horses or
mules, two of them walking in vines,
one in furrow. Place a piece of log
chain on right end of tree and other
end to beam of plow, just far enough
ahead of Colter so it will not hit the
blade, and let it drag all the weeds
and vines close to the ground and
everything will be completely buried.
This is done in the last week of July
for fall crop of cabbage. Let it stand
broken in big lands or beds 16 to 20
feet wide. After a week or ten days
'start harrow or disc, working on the
surface so as not to disturb the mass
of weeds and vines buried under
neath. By August 15 or 20th lay off
4-foot rows by running Planter Jun
ior Cultivator, 3 inch teeth on side,
5-inch teeth in rear, then you are
ready for planting the seed in hills
two and one-ha'lf feet apart. Draw a
little dirt with hand 'to center and at I
same time press down a little, make
indentation with three knuckles and
sprinkle about 12 to 15 iseed in these
knuckle impressions, drawing about
three-eighths to one-half inch of dirt
over them and at same time press it
slightly. This can all be done very
quickly-a man at his best can plant
.an acre per day.
I will try to give further advice as
season may demand.
S. L. RIGGS.
WHEN THIRTEEN WAS LUCKY.
A correspondent of the New York
World attempts to controvert the su
perstitious idea that the number 13
is unlucky and he points out the fol
lowing significant facts to justify his
"Thirteen is the United States lucky
number. Thirteen was the original
number of States. There were thir
teen stars in the helmet of the God
dess of 1 iberty and thirteen arrows
in the talons of the eagle emblem of
the United States. In 1913 a Presi
dent will be inaugurated, Woodrow
Wilson, in whose name there are
Mr. Wilson was christened "Thom
as Woodrow Wilson," we believe, so
"Thomas" will have to be dropped.
In fact, it has already been dropped,
as was the case with Mr. Cleveland,
who was christened "Stephen Gro
HE'S BEHIND IT.
Woodrow Wilson quotes this as
apropos of himsedf:
"For beauty I am not a star;
There are others more handsome by;
But my face, I don't mind it,
For I am behind it;
There are others in front that I
She-What is the name of the op
era. they sing tonight?
He-There it is on the curtain
WHILE MOVING CAMP
TO TORRAS CREVASSE
Baton Rouge Boat Turns Turtle Op
poslite Brunswick Landing on
Way With Convicts to Close Tor
The Steamer Marjorie, belonging
to the Capital City Oil Company, of
Baton Rouge, turned turtle in a hard
blow of wind, opposite Brunswick
Landing, twelve miles above Bayou
Sara, Saturday night, and is a total
loss. The boat did not sink imme
diately, but floated to a point about
a mile below Baton Rouge and was
The Marjorie had in tow the barge
Lucille, bound from Hope Plantation
to Red River Landing with Capt. An
derson's convict camp, where the
force of 124 men is to be used in
closing the Torras crevasse. The
barge was not damaged and proceed
ed on its way in tow of another boat.
None of the convicts escaped, and
but one life was lost, that being the
negro woman cook. The body was
recovered and brought to Bayou Sara.
Dr. W. H. Taylor held, an inquest on
Sunday morning, and the remains
were taken to Baton Rouge.
For some time the Marjorie has
been employed in the Baton Rouge
Morgan City trade, through the Pla
quemine locks, but during the
high water period was under charter
by the United States government for
rescue work. The boat was 90 feet
long and had a capacity of 125 passen
gers and 30 tons, exclusive of the
barge. She was under the command
of Capt. G. W. Strong. The loss is
about $6,000, fully covered by insur
It is said that the convicts behav
ed remarkably well during the excite
ment and there was no attempt at es
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETS.
Fixes September 3rd as Date for Pri
The Parish Democratic Executive
Committee met at the Court House,
Wednesday, July 10th, 1912, at 11
o'clock a. min. pursuant to call and ac
cording to law.
On call of the roll there were
present a quorum, in person and by
The Chairman then announced that
the object of the, meeting was to fix
the date of the primary election for
menmbers of the Board of School Di
rectors of the Parish of West Felici
ana, to fix the time when the notifi
cation of candidacy shall expire, and
to fix the amount required to be de- *
posited by each candidate.
When, on motion, duly seconded, it
was resolved, That the date of the
1 Democratic Primary Eleotion for mem
bers of the Board of School Direc
-tors of the Parish of West Feliciana,
SLa., be Tuesday, September 3, 1912,
that all persons desiring to become
-candidates for the said position shall
file their written notification with the
Secretary of this Committee on or be
fore midnight, July 20, 1912, and that
-they deposit the sum of $2.50 with
Sthe Secretary of this Committee, to
defray the expenses of said election,
and as according to law.
It was further resolved, That the
Secretary be authorized to pay all
expenses of said Primary Election
and of this Committee out of the
said sums so collected as deposits.
There being no further business, on
s motion, duly seconded, the Commit
C. H. ARGUE, Chairman.
E. S. MUSE, Secretary.
CHANGE BRAND8, AMOS, CHANGE
Amos Lee Ponde;, late attorney
for rthe state's unpopular game com
Smission, has declared his candldaey to
succeed the late Robert C. Wickliffe
- in congress. Amos, what seeet