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The True Democrat.
Vol. XXIII St. Francisville, West Fellioana Parish La.. Saturday, Ma 2, 1914. No. 14
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Having re-opened my store, I respectfully A
invite the public in general to come in and
, look over a lot of odds and ends which I will A
sell at most any price in order to make room
for new stock. -
My business will be, conducted on a cash
basis in the future, and all orders entrusted A
to me will receive the best attention.
I will carry the International Harvester A
Company's line of goods; also the leading im
plements of other makes.
I have come up and gone down with the
". people of this parish, and in making another
Sstart I respectfully solicit your patronage.
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. O. Item:
In his biennial report to the Louisi
a legislature, Dr. Clarence Pierson,
perintendent of the East Louisiana
ospital for Insane at Jackson, will
ake a series of 10 recommendations.
He would place all state charitable
d eleemosynary institutions under
he jurisdiction of a salaried board of
ree members and will urge a bond
usue for immediate relief. His plan
First. Enact a. law establishing for
the state's charitable institutions a
civil service commission.
Second. Amend the present law re
quiring sheriffs to convey patients to
the insane hospitals; instead, require
the insane hospitalt to send their own
trained male and female employees for
male and female patients.
Third. Amend the present law rela
tive to qualifications of a superintend
ent of insane hospitals requiring one
before election as superintendent to
have had previously three years' con
tinuous service and experience in a
hospital for mental and nervous
Fourth. Enact a law requiring that
all buildings to be occupied as living
quarters by inmates, erected by state
institutions with state funds, be of ab
solutely fire-proof construction.
Wants Eugenics Law.
Fifth. Enact a law on eugenics, as
applied to inmates of insane hospitals
lad the penal institutions, permitting
sterilization of certain classes of in
Sixth. Enact a law permitting hos
pital authorities under certain condi
tions to parole mentally improved pa
Seventh. Enact a law establishing a
place for the commitment, detention
and treatment of dipsomaniacs, ine
briates and those addicted to the ex
cessive use of narcotics, morphine, co
caine and other drugs.
Eighth. Enact a law to compensate
for their labor certain state cares in
insane hospitals and on penal farms,
said egrnings to be s9nt to their fam
ilies or to be placed to their personal
Ninth. Pass a concurrent resolution
relative to pending acts in congress
on the subject, of immigration restric
To Reorganize Institutions.
Tenth. Enact a comprehensive law I
reorganizing Louisiana's eleemosynary
institutions, by the creation of a board I
of three salaried members to adminis
ter the affairs of the following 10 state
institutions with the state treasurer to
retain and disburse the funds of each
institution on proper warrant, to-wit:
Charity hospital, New Orleans; Char
ity hospital, Shreveport; East Louisi
ana Hospital for the Insane, Jackson;
Louisiana Hospital for Insane, Pine
ville; Soldiers' Home, New Orleans;
Louisiana Institute for the Deaf, Baton
Rouge; Louisiana Institute for the t
Blind, Baton Rouge; Lepers' Home,
Iberville parish; State Reform School, t
Monroe, and a sanitarium for tuber
There should be organized a woman's t
visiting committee in Louisiana to t
visit state charitable institutions at
will and at intervals, says Dr. Pierson. i
Mail orders for gents furnishing
goods and clothing receive prompt at
tention when sent to E. A. Laboye, i
Baton Rouge. (Advt.)
SWe beg to announce to
the general public that we
are now open for business,
and 'solicit the patronage
of all in accounts of gen
eral banking. . . . . . I
! Farmers 8 Merchants
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Annual Picnic to be Held at Farm
Colony on Thursday, May 14th 8
The usual spring picnic of the East
Louisiana Hospital for the Insane will
be held Thursday, ý¶ay 14th, at the
Farm Colony. An excellent program
of speakers, embracing such men as
Hon. John M. Parker of New Orleans,
Mr. A. H. Egan of Memphis, Tenn.,
General Supt. Y. & M. V. railroad, and
Mr. Donald Despain of Alexandria, has
been arranged. This is during the
first week of the legislature, and we
hope to have a large number of that
body present on this occasion, as well
as a free outpouring of the people from
the, surrounding vicinity.
: CLARENCE PIERSON, M. D.,
BASE BALL FACTS.
Did you ever know that McInnis, Col
lins, Barry and Baker, that famous
$100,000 infield of the world's champion
Athletics never have known the taste
of alcoholic liquors?
Did you ever know that Connie
Mack; the manager of the world's
champions, can, at a moment's notice,
put nine first-string men on the field
who never took a drink in all their
These revelations are made in an
article by Harry Beach Needham in
the May number of McClures. It is an
interview with Connie Mack, whose
Philadelphia Americans, during the
thirteen years of their existence, have
brought home five pennants and three
"Clean Living and Quick Thinking"
is the title of the Needham article. It
tells at first hand-right from the man
who knows all about it-how a system
of right living makes the real cham
pion ball player.
It is a story with a fine moral. It's
about baseball, but it can be well ap
plied to almost any walk of life. Mack
the master of the diamond, opens up
his heart and soul and divulges the
secrets which have caused so much
speculation these many years.
"It was directly after the world's
championship had been won by the
Athletics for the third time-a record
-that a broad-minded newspaper edi
tor, who is hardly to be classed as a
&1allTanii; s'ays Mi~. Neelani, "rw
marked that Connie Mack had more
influence with the youth of America
than any other man he could name.
"'All over the country,' said the ed
itor, 'mothers are telling their boys
that if they want to stand high in
sport, if they aspire to be champions,
they must not drink-they must lead
clean lives. The victory of Mack and
his team is a triumph for clean living'."
Explanation in a Sentence.
Asked for an explanation as to the
consistent class shown by the cham
pion Athletics Mack said:
"I have come to the conclusion that
the continued class shown by the Ath
letics can be put down-if you want it
in a sentence, right over the plate
to clean living and quick thinking.
"And without the one you can't have
the other-the quick thinking. There's
nothing to that. Temperance is a fine
thing-and don't get the wrong angle
on that temperance. For one thing, it
applies just as much to eating. One of
the most brilliant players of the last
ten years ate his way out of the Amer
ican League. If you think that's far
fetched, remember that a former citi
zen of my home town, Ben Franklin,
spoke of men who 'dug their graves
with their teeth.' I would make the
guess that more folks die from over
eating than from starvation-that is,
The master of the diamond then pro
ceeded to speak more specifically of
"Who puts the ball player out of the
game? You would, naturally say the
umpire, wouldn't you? Well, all the
umpires together haven't put as many
ball players out of the game as Old
"Now, don't get off on the wrong
foot. Boozing is not common among
the high-grade ball players. It was
common twenty years ago, but to-day
it is rare in the majors-boozing. Keep
in mind, though, that steady, moderate
drinking gets a ball player in the end,
just as sure as boozing. Alcohol slows
a man down inevitably, and slowing
down is the reason for the shelving of
by far the majority of players. If you
estimate a clever player's years in
baseball at fifteen, why, moderate
drinking will cut off from three to five
years-a third of his life on the
How One Youngster Was Won Over.
Mack's method in dealing with a
youngster is best illustrated by a single
example which he cited. Mr. Needham
quotes Connie as follows:
"Going South one spring, I took quite
a fancy to a youngster who was to be
triad out. I liked his looks and I liked
his line of talk-above all I liked his
high spirits. Seemed to me that he
world be there fighting all the time
never down in the mouth and ready to
"So, having taken such a fancy to
hid, I began to pry into his private
life a little, but in such a way as to
make him see that I was-you know
really interested in him, not merely
cuous about his own affairs.
inquired if he drank. Well, that
yo ng fellow was frank and above
bo4d about it. Said he took. a drink
once in a while-a glass of beer occa
siopally, sometimes a whiskey; but
almost always he drank to be sociable
-4be a good fellow.
you ever go a while without
drinking?" I asked him.
'1'Sure,' he exclaimed. 'Sometimes
I two weeks or a month without
taking a drink.'
"Don't you miss it?" I asked him.
" 'Not a bit; never miss it at all.'
"I kept quiet a few minutes. Then
I came at the youngster this way: 'Of
coirse, I understand-I know your
drinking doesn't amount to anything.
But if any one were to ask me about
you, of course I couldn't ring in excep
.tions-'I'd have to say you drink.' Here
I stopped, to let it sink in, then I
"'Now, so long as you don't miss it
when you're not taking it, if I were you
I'd think it over and decide whether
th1 drinking is worth classing yourself
with those who do drink-with those
who can't get along without the stuff.'
"Say, in two days that youngster
came to me and said: 'Mr. Mack, if
anybody asks you whether I drink you
tell 'em I don't-for I do not drink'."
Incident of the World's Series.
Mack relates an interesting incident
relating to the world series with the
Cubs when the athletics won the cham.
pionship title for the first time. Prior
to the opening of the series the Ath
letics were called into conference by
the manager and every man made a
pledge that he would not, under any
circumstances, take a drink of liquor
of any kind until the series had ended.
Mack impressed it upon them that
they would need 100 per cent of their
efficiency in this crucial series and
that no man must fail.
"I suggested," said Mack, "that ev
ery man on the squad who felt sure
that he could go without a drink, if in
the habit of drinking, was to say so
openly and before us all. But any man
that wasn't dead sure was to insist on
having his drink-and nobody was go
ing to deny it to him. Around the room
we went-and every player promised.
Of course, you understand, that a num
ber didn't need to-never touched it.
"There was a star of the old Ath
letics-who was still with us as utility
man. He seldom got into games, but
was always ready and he made a val
uable man to do the coaching at third
-the only place it counts for anything.
Up to the last game of the series this
player didn't handle a ball or swing a
bat. But he did his share of winning
games on the coaching line. When the
fourth game was over-the count was
3 to 1 in our favor-he certainly was
in bad shape; had a fierce cold, could
hardly speak above a whisper, and
seemed to be in for a setto with the
grip. I wasn't surprised to have him
come to me about himself. Near as I
can recall it our talk was like this:
"'Connie, I'm a sick man. If I don't
take something to brace me up, I'll be
in bed to-morrow.'
"'You mean you want to take a
drink?' I asked him.
"He acknowledged it.
'"All right; go ahead,' I told him.
'Do as you think best. But, if it were
me, I'd die before I took a drink.'
"HIe looked at me, saw I was in dead
earnest, and said: "No drink for me,
"Say, he wasn't in bed the next day;
he was in the game. I put him in to
help start our scoring machine.' He
stole second at a critical moment of
the game, which a slow-thinking, slow
acting man couldn't have done against
Archer. And he brought in the first
run of the rally that cinched the
world's title-all without his drink."
Quick thinking, quick acting by men
who nearly always measure up to 100
per cent of efficiency is the secret of
athletic success, according to the tem
a perate Connie, and this efficiency, he
a maintains, results from the right order
a of living.
t There is no "night life" among the
I Athletics. There are no "sports" in
i his crowd, says the manager, and ev
ery one of his men is expected to lead
a clean life.
And while knocking the booze game
and the "sport" life which sends play
ers late to bed and makes them tardy
in their rising, Cornelius McGillicuddy
(his right name) puts in this gentle
boost for matrimony:
"I'm not one of those who sits on a
fellow and tries to talk him out of get
ting married, even if he is a youngster
making a comparatively small salary.
If I make up my mind that the girl's
all right, I-I encourage him to go
ahead and hitch up for life. Good
wives'have a strong influence on high
strung ball players. They help their
husbands to think quick, because they
help them to live clean."
COURSES FOR ALL TEACHERS.
The catalog and pamphlets of the
State Normal School ,at Natchitoches.
La., announce broader and more varied
courses to be offered at the summer
school which opens June 1, 1914. There
will be courses in all subjects that
second and third grade teachers re
quire to raise their certificates; courses
in all subjects on which first grade
teachers are examined; courses for
rural teachers in agriculture, garden
ing, live stock, dairying, club work,
rural problems and sociology; courses
in domestic science and manual train
ing; courses in music and art for spec
ialists and supervisors; courses for
special high school teachers in ad
vanced history and literature, science
and mathematics, economics and pro
fessional work. All persons interested
should write the school for informa
tion.- The necessary expenses for six
weeks are $24; for 10 weeks, $38. This
does not include books. In the sum.
mer school, the adopted text-books are
ON VISITING THE SICK.
Do not ask them how they feel. It
is an insult to them, for if they felt
well they would not be sick, and it is
also a reflection on your intelligence,
for if you would look around a little
you would be, able to see how they
feel. Be of some service and cheer (if
possible) and get out. There is a time
later when folks need company, but
sickness is essentially a nonsocial oc
cupation. It is a merit to visit the sick
when you help them, but to beat them
over their enfeebled heads with your
robust personality is a peculiarly care
(et the "Little Ad" habit.
WE 4 '
We Are Good
and we have the proof to
support our statement.
are only three of the many
claims which we advance as
entitling us to consideration
in the printing field, but our
customers know of many
The True Democrat
ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA.
TO SECURE EQUITY
Money, and not large crops, is the
measure of success in farming. What
benefits it the farmer if he is ever so
succeesful in producing If he must sell
his crops at unprofitable prices?
Farmers have learned how to pro
duce two ears of corn, two potatoes,
two bolls of cotton, two apples, etc.,
where only one grew before. But often
doubling the crop halves the profits, or
destroys it entirely. What farmers
want to learn now is how to put two
dollars in 'their pockets where only
one went before.
A Problem of Distribution.
Grain, and potatoes, and vegetables,
and fruit, and cotton, are raised in cep.
tain parts of the country, but wanted
for consumption in other parts, or in
It is clear then, that there is a prob
lem of bringing the supply of farm -
products and the demand for them to
gether. Before this time this has been
done by a system over which farmers
had no control. The farmer raised all
the necessaries of life-did all the hard
work-and then turned them over to
another set of people to market them
the easy work. And, strange to say,
the farmers" have always permitted
this other set of people to make the
prices and state the terms on which
the stuff would be handled.
Middlemen are Necessary.
We are not against necessary mid
dlemen, but we are against the pres
ent marketing system which is often
as bad for the middlemen as for the
producers, and positively is mainly re
sponsible for the high cost of living.
Honest handlers of farm produce will
help farmers to improve the market
ing system when they uhderstand.
So the problem is to build a national 4
marketing machine that will get a re- .
port of all the supply and where it is,
and.a report of all the demand ad.
where it is, and with one central in,
telligence and directing power send
the supply straight to the demand.
The farmer reports his crops to his
local clearing house; the local clearing
house reports to the county or district "
clearing house, and the county or di- ,
trict clearing house reports to the na
tional clearing house, which is in daily
communication with all .thb great mar
kets. The national clearing house then
directs the marketing. Pending the
organization of the county or district
clearing hoiuse the local clearing house
reports to the national.
NOT COTTON THIEVES.
Lake Charles American-Press:
It is queer what relics of war-time
prejudice and injustice still cling to
our laws. During the war cotton be
longing to planters along the Red river
was captured and sold by the federal
government. The government has for
many years been willing that-this
money should be paid to the original
owners of the cotton, but it has takes
Congressman Watkins six years to get
a bill through the House relieving the
claimants for this money from the oe
cessity 'of proving that they or the
original owners of the cotton had been
"loyal" to the government during the
war. Prejudice and ill-feellng put the
provision in the law in the first place.
No one of common sense could or
would expect a Louisiana planter to
be "loyal" during the war, especially
to'a government that destroyed and
confiscated property. The people of
the United States would have abro
gated such a requirement thirty years
ago. They do not care to be placed in :
the attitude of being cotton thieves. In
his private capacity, every congress
man in the past decade would prob
ably have voted for its abrogation; but
many men seem to lose their common
sense when they are elected to serve
the people, or gan an entirely errone
ous idea of what their constituents
Company H. Louisiana National
Guard, which is composed of L. S. U.
students, is ready and willing to go to
war with Mexico, according to state
ments from the commanding offilcers.
The company was recruited at the
University two years ago, and since
that time has made a record in Louisi
ana militia work. At present there
are three officers and sixty-five enlist
ed men in the company, but little
trouble is anticipated in raising the
enlistment up to war strength, should
the occasion arise.
Get the "Little Ad" habit.
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