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GTtting Dcspcrate. of
Thiee situation in Caddo par- i
f .l Juidge Blanchard to re--al
quire the presence of andtllI
spteecll~te froln Mesrl'. Chllarles 1
P. Fltenner, Ch'larles F. Back
and W. S. PIarkerst. in sup
port of his cause. What ne
cessity was there for the im
portation of such talent into
the hote Iparish of the dis
tinguished Caddoan, if he be
as claimed, the favorite son of s
Verily, as a favorite son, he a
seems to require considerable
outsilde influence to uphold 11
him in his home parish.
The presence of these dis
tinguished New Orleanians in a
Shrev'eport and their master
ly addresses may help Judge
Blanchard's cause materially
in Calddo, butt, for all that, we
cannout Ih-lp thinking that his
managers have seriously blun
dered in this matter, for the
incident will be interpreted
elsewhere as a confession of t
w,;akness of the Judge in his t
own parish, and may react
him elsewhere as a boome'
Mass Meeting Fndorses the
Pursuant to a call a mass
meeting was held in the City
Hall last Saturday for the
purpose of protesting against
and condemining the iiflam
matory resolutions adopted
by the mass meeting at Nal(o-1
leao ville, on the preceeding
Sunday, denouncinti the ac
tion anid good faith of the
ILafouurc'hc and the Atc'hatala
ya Levee Boardls in damming
Bayou Lafourche. Mayor W.
C. Uagan called the meetilng
to order and asked that a
chairmain be al)poi nted; where
ul)on lion. ''liThomnas A. Ba.
deauix was chosen chairman
by acclamation. Mr. Badeaux 1
took the chair and briefly ex
plailned the pulrpose of the
meeting, anid suggested that
a secretary 1)e chosten. Mr.
L. 11. Lancaster was duly.
electedl Secretary and the!
meetinig )ro(eeded to busli
ness. adlopting the followiLng
Whereas,. the experience of
the past has demonstrated
that the levee system on the
Bayou Lafourche is insuf
ficient and powerless to ee
cure and protect the greater
portion of the Lafourche val
ley from disastrous overflows
of almost yearly occurrence,.
inflicting great loss aniid en
tailing much' delrivation and
suffering upon a great num
ber of peonple in the plarishes
of Lafourche and Terrebonnlue;
Whereas, the improved con
dlition If the levees of the
Mississippi i ver, which have
becen muater'ially enlarged and
heighlteted, has materially
riaiseltl the iuish water level in
the L.afour'iih, t,) such ani ex
tent a, toi :nake ue:'rly |;th
entire levee systet of the
Bayuc' iafourche too low and
weak to keep within their
conlines tie waters of the
bayou lduring the highest
stage of thie river, as wa:s
fully dci'utstrated (uriig
r-,cent high-water years, 1,)
tably in 1l97 and 1903, hvlit
tle levet" 'S h d1 tto he ra;i.i-el is
tn arly :il n!' t11. etll tir," line of
to prevent lt'e watr. ft't!I t1
'Ulllillg over, aud giL'rl %',l .v,
ii . - t te V'i. -l tt' a tii;i , t ! i "
I\etriea:-. 1the' ,.r;eii A a l I
, i uii ' r:ti.-it er of tc llte y '
til-\,t lat,' vI l h"'I ig1 e al (l: - -i
taielr the vrdalley tie pint a
llof 't i - of 11.TV hLv es t li r 1L
the I..l; tmle"h , :1' t te t lltlr- tl
by mteri'lly expendi of. withie
t1t"( ltorY r jei't t%1 over111 !, IL;
igI desluroe I. n fi ,loaniedl with '(
cotn-sidhiable hl-os of lpropterty II
to ri'i rian ow\\ et.rs, Withoutt )I
giving u.- better security as
afailn t overflows, but, on the Apc,
contrary, pushiing higher and I es
higher up the valley the point al
of d:tager of revas3 es, there- L
btiy materially expending the ti
itltor as ubjectr up, t overflow, a
tandlin teaslg the tosv dal- p
aglo, anI suiferit, of the pooargi
Whereas, thebayo recent high
water tage llf 1903 has effec, ti
tively demonstrated that the 1'
point of danger has been ex
tended as far up, at least, as '1
Labadieville, i the Parish ofly
Ameptio,th a foreak, notwith-as t
standing two large crevasses
below antatiockprt, dison. harging Tte
an immense volumie of waterh l
the bayou rose higher and f
higher all along the line, till f
Labadieville was seriously B
menaced with a break, as was c
also a point at or near the t
plantation of lion. F. A. Tote v
in Assumption parish; which f
two threatened points were
only saved, most probably, by t
the unexpected large crevasse t
on VWiaverly plantation, just e
a few miles below. I
i Whereas, the continued iml- I
f provement of the levees of t
the Miksissippi River, by both t
t the State and Federal govern- e
ments, and the consequent
raising of the high-water level
in the L:tfourtch, will neces
B sitate, unless the bayou is
dammed and lock.d, the con.
tf1TMh ithg hnd eiilargi -
of our levee "sJ ta atet ll along I
tile line, at an enormous ex
pendituire of time and monlley,
without, ill the laeanllwhile,
tgiving Immunity trolu cre
vasses, and the consequiemit
lost-cs and damages and suf
fering oc,.asiouied thereby.
Whereas, the legi4lature of
this State has recognized that
"owing to conditions peculiar
Lto Bayou Lafourche, levees
along said Bayou could afford
security against destructive
g floods by waters from the
Mississippi only if built up to I
a size at present not suscepti
ble of even approximate de
termination, and certainly
Sbeyond the means available
Sfor building levees;" and
e "that the present levees along
said lBayou are insecure. and
thie lives and properly of tilhe
inhabitants alonig said lBayou
i are endamngerrd; and inot only
this but tihe mainitainiiing (f
even tile present insecure and
I unreliable levees along said
SBayou is a drain on the leveet
I funds of the State such as
ecannot be permitted to con
Stinue, if due regard is to be
- paid to maintaining in efi.
Scient condition the line of
- levees along the Mississippi;"
-and recognizing these salient
. facts, the legislatutre did by
1- act No. 9 of 1900, authorize
l the closing of the Bayou La
1- fourche at Donaldsonville by
Smeans of Locks, as soon as
; the Federal authorities shall
I- have giveln their consent to
e the doing of the work as
' auth'orizedl by the legi,-latture
1 ini sail act.
y Whereas. iy a't of thle -ifth
n Comigr.ss the Uuiated States
K- gov't li .llNe t li I t')s.,!it to
e acro-,s the ti;Ly.; Lai',urilce.
l s tautho:ized bi said t; Nto.
e the -'tii le,.,>-:.-:t'i , 'lid, by
t act No. st ,t 1.'2. aut ,oize,
g temuporary c1a:li ;it the leent
i- o ,l lU:tmu h;fur.-hie. ' ae itni
it tiIe I i' i isit'el,'lint 01 I4,,,:k-. as
is provihded for in art No. 9 le
of the General AssemblF y of pa
tihe State of Louisiana for the m
v ,ir 1'I0. and the act of the to
I'if, it: ih;lll C ne)1I; - of the e,
I'nlit,.le Stt1,t : provided, that tli
t;.l:t (1l1 :1all tnot bc placed of
,cr e1,ii 1),, hire January lst al
S\1 1..h,,etas, tihe Atchafalaya ht
li a. i lf aiurche Levee ti
l:arid-, piursualt to the ait- s
thlrity 'ested'( in themni by to
oill t o arts of the State la
l-~riýl: at ure awl the act of w
Colt~"s, are now, after some ir
unllat l;iab del (ay occasioned Ii
by an iiijunctionl sued out a
ag;ai:st themm by citizens ofI
Ascension and Assumption, t
engaged in placing said dam. d
and in dredging the bayou F
Lafourche and cutting a canal t1
thirty five feet wide from 14
Lake Boeuf, in Lafourche
parish, to the Bayou Ta•
fourche, to provide the chan- a
nel and supply the sweet 14
waIter as is reuuired by sec- P
tion 3 of said act No. 84 of 1
Be it, therefore, Resolved P
That we fully approve as wise I
and patriotic the action of
the legislature and of the a
Federal government in autho. 0
rizing the Levee Boards to e
lock and dam the Bayou La- v
fourche, in the manner and s
I form in the preamble fully
set forth, as the best and
cheapest means of protecting
the people of the Lafourche i1
valley, and their property, s
I from destructive floods. e
Resolved, that we fully ap- F
prove as valid and concur in a
the reasons given and advanc- f
ed l)y the legislature, in the a
preamble of act No. 9 of 1900, y
for authorizing the closing of a
the Bayou lafourche by locks, c
the necessity of which is re
cognized by the Engineers 2
I both of the State and Federal I
1 governments. I
SResolved, that we fully ap
prove and highly commend
Sthe Levee Boards for using _
Scrhflr orty vested ii-Them 1
by the State legislature and
Congress relating to the clos- 1
ing of the Bayou Lafourche,
and view with satisfaction I
the fact that they are pushing 1
with despatch the work of i
placing the dam at the head
of said Bayou, and taking the
necessary steps to secure the 1
channel and depth of sweet 1
r water in the Bayou required I
by section 3 of act 84 of 1902.
iWe hereby declare our entirei
Bconfidence in the integrity I
and patriotism of the mem
bers of the levee Boards,
and in their competency to
-carry out to successful com
e pletion the important work
B entrusted to them, and pledge
1 them our earnest support.
SResolved, that we have full
I confidence in the integrity,
ability and competency of the
i State and lUniited States En
gineers whio have decided up
Son the closing of the Bayou
SLafourche as the best and,
under the prevailing condi
tions, the only practical means
of protecting the valley there
of from the ravages and ruin
of oft recurring destructive
. floods, and declare our impli
f cit faith in the feasibility of
the plaus for locking and
t damming the Bayou, design
ed, prepared and approved by
e them, and according to which
- the locks are to be construct
s Resolved, that while we
i deeply sympathize with our
a brethren of the upper valley
in any temporary inconven
ience which the work now un
der comnstrut-tion may have 0o
chi-joileli them, we respecttul
ly h, i.o remind them that
)* clih tet.porar-y inconven
s iece, destiied soon to vanish.
. ia as nutlhing cmlparcd with
t lite mnt. l ww'rry aml a:nxirty
\ Vw,,ict t peudple o: Liafoumr.he
I ol a great pOi-tiOn of
1 t,'s (,f the in;'oiitrollahle
? I iO'r'e thrcateIn them
.5 with Xrii ii am (ic selat iou.an
less than not inlg when corn
pared with tle frequent enor- 3
mous losses, (uamages and u:i
told suffering which the ii,
evitable crevasses entail uponi
their less fortunate brethren
of Lafourchl and Terrebo nnie;
and we, therefore, deprecate
and profoundly rcgret the -
hasty and inconsiderate 'ce
tion of some citi:i o,.: ,
sister parish of A a1:n0:11io,
taken in mass-meeting held
last Sunday iii N\apoleonville,
when they adopted a seri:+s of
inflammatory ,resolutions de
noun;ing the Levee Boards
and State Engineers, calling
for their ennoval, opposing.
the work authorized to bel
done both by the State and'
Federal kovernments, and
threateni to stop said work,
legally or erwise.
Resoyl kthlt we regard
e f b ' -adoptpl by
said mass-meeting at Napo
leonville. as published in the
press, as uanwise, unjust, un.
patriotic, and mlmost ili-advised
and uncalled fer; tl+.t it is
particularly unfair and un.
just to denounce the Levee
Boards for failure to comply
with section 3 of Act No. 84
of 1902, when they are engag
ed in doing the necessary
work to carry out the provi
sions of the said section, and
when the time for compliance
-"from the time of placing -
said dam," says the law, that
is, from the completion of
said dam-has not yet expir
ed, the dam being still in the
process of construction; that
ordinary justice and a sense
for fairplay require that an
ample opportunity be first
given the Levee Boards to do
and complete the work laid t
, out for them to do by the (1
State legislature and Con T
s gress before aspersing and de- b,
1 nouncing them in unmeas
ured terms as is done in the b.
- aforesaid resolutions:
1 Resolhed, that it is our -
firm conicition that if the
n Bayou I ta 1ife i-1dammed
I and locke I as contemplated :
;- by the p posed plans and
provided r by the State and
i Federal g ernments, a work
upon whi the Levee Boards r
f are at p nt engaged, as ,
I aforesaid, e people of the o
e Lafourche alley will not on- I
e ly be give thereby perfect
t immunity from destructive
I floods, an the present area
. of land un er cultivation be:
e rendered uch more produc-i
7 tive and tly increased in
-value but large area of wild
and idle l d will be brought
Sunder the ow and made to
' yield abun nt crops, result
Sing in unch additional
Cwealth an prosperity and
happiness the people of the
That it is also our firm con
Cviction wh the said work is
completed, and the Lake
Boeuf mad,to pour its waters,
Saccumulate4 in a great nmea
-sure, thronh various water
ways, from he vast basin ex
, tending frot Donaldsonville
down to thq Lake, into the'
" Bayou Lafourche to supply it I
e with swoeL ter si contem
- plated by sectton 8 of act 84
f of 190o, the drainage of the
I aforesaid vast basin will be
greatly improved, a result
much to bedesired; while this .
Y diversion of the accumulated
h waters of Lake Boeuf will re
t- lieve the lower portion of the
same basin by greatly reduc
ing the volume of water es
ca ping from the Lake through
r Bayou Boeuf into Lake Des
y Allemands, thence through
- Bayou Des Allemands and
. lakes below, and thereby also '
Simprove materially the drain
age of the lower basin.
- Resolved, that copies of
Sthese resolutions be mailed
i to the Governor of Louisiana
and to the Secretary of War
at Washington as expressive
of our entire approval of the
<.proposed work of closing of
e Bayou Lafourche as provided
f by State and Fedetlral Legisla
('tion, and of our entire cmnfi
. dence in the integrity, patriot
ism, ability and competency
Sof the Levee Boards alnd Em
I giueers in charge of said
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