___ The St. Tammany FarmerOY
T he. S. TEAs n a F a er D .St, T ammMa y P ari sh 1
I LS A YEAR OP ORTUN .TE
D. H. MAsoN, Editor COVINGTON, LA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1917. VOL "XLIII No. i3
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ORDINANCES PASS FOR CERTIFIED BOARDING HOUSES
Slidell Get-Together Meeting at Commercial Big Success
FISRT STEP FOR
A Special Meeting of the
Town Coucil Passes
Ord. 57 and 58.
Sanitary Measures Adopted
Carrying Out Intention
of the Law.
Covington, La., Feb. 13, 1917.
The town council met in special
session on the above date to pass up
on certain health ordinances to es
tablish certified hotels ann boarding
houses in the town of Covington,
and to regulatehe disposal of sput
um or saliva r"' other bodily secre
tions or excretions of persons hav
Present: P. J. Lacroix, mayor;
.Smile Frederick, A. R. Smith. J. E.
1Nilson, H. A. MackJe. Absent: M.
P. Planche, 'D. I. Addison.
Moved by A. R. Smith, seconded
by H. A. Mackle, that the following
ordinance be adopted. Carried.
ORD~LANOE NO. 57.
An ordinance to establish certified
hotels and boarding houses in the
town of Covington, 'Loudiiana:
*,Be it ordained by the Mayor and
Board of Aldermen and the Munici
gal Board of Health of the town of
Covington, as follows:
Section 1. That. any person. firm
or corporation wlo- shall hire, lease
:or rent, or otherwise dispose 'of. by
the day, week or month three or
more rooms in any premises for liv
ing or lodging purposes within the
corporate limits of the town of Cov
ington, shall be deemed to be a
boarding house or hotel keeper, un
der the provisions of this ordinance
for the following purposes, to-wit:
That any such person, itrm or cor
poration desiring to come within the
provisions of this ordinance shall
certify under affidavit to the Munici
pal Board of Health of the town of
Covington to the following 'regula
(a) That such boarding house
or hotel keeper will not lease, rent
or hire any room 'for living or. lodg
ing purposes on premises owned by
them or under their control, to any
person who is afflicted with tObercu
losis of the lungs or larnyx, o any
other disease whose virus or ililect
ing agent is contained in the sputum
or other infectious secretione or ex
("b) That 'all of the windows,
doors and outside openings of kitch
ens, dining rooms or other compart
ments where food is served or kept,
are screened in a fly-proof manner
subj. to the rules and regulations
of tMlf unicipal Boar if Health in
such cases made and p'ovided.
(c) That the drinking water sup
plied by such hotel or boarding
house shall 'be found to be chemical
ly pure and free from all dangerous
or infectious bacilli after proper
(d) That all drains, out-houses,
water closets, cess pools and toilets
shall be in strict accordance with
the sanitary laws and regulations in
such cases made and provided.
(e) That no cook, waiter, house
keeper or other person employed by
such boarding house or hotel keeper
who is afflicted with tuberculosis or
the lungs or larnyx, or any othdr
Sdisease whose virus or infectious
agent is contained in the sputum or
'o ther infections secretion or excre
(f) That subsequent to the pass
: ge of this ordinance all rooms
which are commonly leased or hired
in such places shall have been
thoroughly and scientifically iumi
gated according to existing laws.
Section 2. Be it further ordained,
" That after a complete inspection and
report by the duly constituted Health
Officer of the town of Covington, the
Mayor shall issue a certificate to
Smid boarding house or hotel keeper
in the following words and terms,
. "To All Whom It May Concern:
This is to certify that ..........
............... has certifled under
' the sanitary laws of the State of Lou
Ssiana, and the Town of Covington,
:that the hotel or boarding house
. kept by .......................
ts free from all tubercular infqction
4?r other contagious diseases, and
i'that in addition said boarding house
1or hotel keeper will not admit or
receive as a guest, or patron or
weherwise accommodate any person
fficted with tubercular diseases,
4jd has otherwise complied with all
'.t the State and Municipal regula
atons regarding the sanitation of
hotels and boarding houses."
S (Continued on pae 6. )
.TO VOTERS FOR
Criticises Oppositions Meth
ods and Gives Statement
of the" Facts.
SOME TRYING TO
3-Mill Tax Expires Next
Year and 3-4 Special
It is very apparent that a plain
expression of facts is at this time
not only apropo but quite necessary
in view of the false and malicious
statements and vicious rumors that
have been set afloat by some of the
misguided individuals opposing the
proposed special school tax soon to
be voted on.
Among the loudest shouters of the
opposition are a number of men who
object to spending a red copper of
their own, irrespective of whatever
general good it may do, but who are
ever ready and over-willing to spend
the other fellow's dollar whether he
wants to or not. They own land and
property which they will neither sell
nor improve, selfishly hoping to dis
pose of same at fabulous sums, yet
too ignorant to perceive that their
own miserly actions are preventing
the very opportunities for which they
are keenly looking;' forever publicly
bemoaning the lack of local improve
ment they Mafia like, stab in the
back any forward movement, unless
they can see in it some personal
Some say, "I have no children to
educate, to hell with the' other fel
low's," a statement so heartless and
contemptible as to merit no notice.
Some are trying to frighten the
women taxpayers, a majority of
whom, be it said to their credit, favor
the proposition, dby saying that the
tax will be double the present rate,
when as a matter of fact the tax vill
be a, graded one, growing less from
year to year, as the bonds are taken
up; and right here it should be re
membered that the St. T. & N. O.
I. & F. Co's. 3-mill tax will expire
next year, that the 3-4 mill special
state tax is paid only one year, 1917,
tnd that the parish police jury, at
the request of tlLe town council, has
reduced 'the parish tax by 2 mills,
so that within two years the taxpay
er will be paying u.ESS than at pres
ent, INCLUDING the proposed
speciala.school tax, and will have a
new school house in Mandeville on
an improved school system, and an
improved school system in Lewis
burg and Houltonville, as well as
Some have stated that the negr
school was to be placed next to the
white school, and others that it was
to be placed under the whites in thc
same building, a statement so pre
posterous that it is nauseating and
could only originate with molly
coddles typical of some of the oppo
nents. No, gentle reader, there will
be no such mixture; but the colored
children in their own school separate
and away from the white children
will be given a four if not five
months session instead of the three
months now alloted to them.
Some are saying that some of the
opponents are such because of their
expectant realization ,of ,personal
profits; for instance, that the present
school director's energy is due to a
desire to sell more school books, etc.,
that, another and one of the largest
taxpayers in the ward expects 1to
dispose of land in the wilderness at
an enormous price, that is otherwise
unsalable, for a school site; that an
other, at present a town official, will
be appointed school inspector. Lies,
all dies born of malcontent and des
peration in a "win by fair or foul
Some are saying that the school
is to be built in the woods, far away
from the center of the town. Abso
lutely ridiculous. The site has not
been selected, not even thought of.
It is a self-evident iproposition that
the tax must be voted before any
,ositive action can be taken; then,
after a consultation with the taxpay
ers, the location as well as all other
matters connected with the school
will be decided with a view of doing
the greatest good for the greatest
Some are saying that the money
received from the tax will be used to
pay for teachers, equipment and im
irovements in other schools. Sense
less and absurd; for the very mo
ment thiat one cent of this fund
ihould be diverted to any other pur
pose whatsoever than the building of
a new school in Mandeville and the
maintenance and improvement of all
the tourth district schools, aqy tax-,
payer would be, privileged to step in
to court, prevent the payment of the
t.ax and prosecute the offender. This
Is the law and should Mbe remember
-- and heeded in preference to the
Judge Carter Strict as to
Law Against Concealed
GRAND JURY REPORTS
BUT FEW TRUE BILLS.
Most Cases Before Court are
of the Minor Crimi
District Court opened with Judge
Carter on the bench and District At
torney Brock prosecuting. Judge
Carter was strict in the enforcement
of the law as to carrying concealed
weapons, and wi:l it his- best to
break the habit up.
The grand jury brought in but few
true Bills, and the criminal cases
were mostly of a minor character.
The following true bills were re
turned by the Grand Jury:
Walter Parker, carrying conceal
Peter Burton, larceny.
Jas. C. Strain, carnal knowledge.
'Leon Johnson, larceny.
Bdb York, larceny.
Joe Ray, shooting with intent to
Napoleon Daniel, larceny.
iH. S. White, carrying concealed
Will Franklinton, carrying con
Robt. O'Neil, carnal knowledge.
Rousseaux Sharp, Jas. Sharp and
Arthur Hunt, araCult and battery.
Cordelatia M&Joncide, libel.
Oscar Bradley, assautl and -bat
.P1omon Roberts and Louis Re
vere, cutting with intent to kill.
Ben Davis, carrying concealed
The following cases were disposed
of by the court:
"Ben Davis, plead guilty to carry
ing concealed weapon.
Will Franklinton, plead guilty to
carrying con ,aled weapon.
H. S. White, plead guilty to carry
ing concealed weapon.
Joe Ray, found guilty to shooting
with intent to murder.
Bob York, plead guilty to larceny.
Pete Burton, plead guilty to lar
Union BBank vs. W. T. Tippin et
al., judgment as prayed for.
Town of Slidell vs. J. W. Decker,
judgment against defendant.
Will J. Morgan vs. Dr. G. C. Min
turn, taken under adv'isement.
J. S. Read, found guilty by the
court. Motion fo rnew trial was
State vs. Toulous Depriest, found
guilty and sentenced to pay a fine
of $100 and costs, and default to 12
months in jail subject to work on
public roads. It was further order
ed by the court that sentence be
suspended, provided defendant gives
to he sheriff every Saturday, begin
ning Saturday, Feb. 24, the sum of
$4.00 per week, this amount to be
used by the sheriff to purchase pro
visions and necessary clothing for
maintenance of his children.
J. W. Fowler vs. Southern Express
Co., default entered against defend
W. T. Pittman vs. N. O. & N. I
Ry. Co., ju.dgment for plaintiff.
John Ramsay, plead guilty to lar
Carrie Carroll Rutland vs. Allen
Rutland, judgment as prayed for.
Sentences not given in time for
publication will be published next
pin-headed opinions of egotists.
If this tax is passed it will give
Mandeville a new six-room school,
fu:ly equipped with new desks, black
boards, etc., an auditorium with
seats and stage, a library, &eachur's
office and a concrete basement to be
used as a playground in bad weather,
an artesia.z, well, electric lights and
sanitary cldsets and wash rooms: in
one word, a modern' up-to date
school and so built as to permit of
enilargement in the event of convery
ing it into a high school, which
closely within the range of probabi:i
ties. It will also give a full nine
months session to the Mandeville.
Houltonville and Lewisburg schools
and probably a second teacher to the
latter. It will obviate the necessity
of sending children to Covington or
New Orleans schools, thereby saving
time, trouble, money and worry to
the parents, and, the grades will be
such as to permit the pupil's stepping
directly into the high school here or
It will give the colored school a
loncor and better session' separate
and to itself.
It will encourage the people with
children to locate here permanently.
any opinion to the contrary notwith
Btanding, for it is a well known fact
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FRUIT STONES SAVED FOR GERMAN OIL
-x . . .$.
No fruit stones are thrown away in: Germany. They are all collected and
crshed. The oil iL extracted for drugs and military purposes. The photo
graph shows the stones being packed to be sent to a crusI~ig mill.
MR. MORGAN IN
FAVOR OF THE
Washingto, D. C., Jan. 23, 1917.
Mr. D. H. Mason, Covington, Lou
My Dear Mr. Mason:-1 carefully
read and was favorably impressed
with Dr. Durell's observations touch
ing the untrammeled and unrestrict
ed authority, now exercised by ho
tels and boarding houses, in relation
to the receptiilon of tubercular .pa
I firmly believe that boarding
houses and hotels ought to be re
quired to consult some law, other
than their own j.sonal interests.
You will doubtle~ ind some intol
erant of opposition--demanding the
right to pursue their self-imposed
regulations. However, I do not
think it can be successfully argued
that it is violative of the principles
of a free government to throw rea
sonable safeguards around the peo
In my judgment, ,it would be in
defensible if the town were, in the
face of Dr. 'Durell's advice; to con
tinue to acquiesce in a practice that
endangers the lives of the people and
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"MISS GEORGE WASH
"Ne'er Do Well," Biggest
Feature Ever Booked
The picture program for this Sat
urday night at the Parkview will be
a program of greater merit at the
regular admission price. Pretty lit
tle. Marguerite Clark will again be
,presented in her geratest 'triumph,
"Miss George 'Washington." This
will be the last time that this picture
will be presented in Covington and
those who did n&t see it the last time
will please take advantage of the Op
portunity, as it is really something
.Sunday will be shown Blanche
Sweet in "The Storm," along with
two comedies, including one Bray
cartoon. Open at 3 p. m. Admis
sion 10 and 15 cents. Music fur
nished from 3 to 6:30 by Mrs. Wil
bur; from 6:30 to 9:30 by Grimmer
Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 19th
and 20th, will be presented 'Rex
Beach's "Ne'er Do Well," which was
Iproduced upon the exact spots al
luded to by Rex Beach in the story.
-It is filmed with all the vim, snap
and punch that has m~de Rex Beach
one of our most iular authors.
There are hair-raising hand to hand
fights, plot and counter plot, and the
do or die spirit, intermingled with a
beautiful story' of love and romance,
fiendish jealousy and black intrigue,
with the naked passions of men and
women bared before you ap only Rex
Beach can bare them.- The prices of
admission for this feature will be 15
and 25 cents. Performances start
ing as follows, each day: first, at
3:30; second, at 6; third at 8:30.
The feature is in ten parts and it
will take exactly two and one-half
hours to see it.
Wednesday and Thursday will 'be
presented Lenore Ulrich in "The
Road to Love," a live part Para
mount. Admission 5 and lo cents.
'ri4ay and Saturday will be "A
Coney Island Princess," featuring
Irene Feuwick and "Owen Moore.
dimiutsom b sian 15 seats.
The Duck Puts It
Right Up to Slidell
COUNCIL MEETING OF
LA. FEDERATION OF
The cofrtil of the General Fed
eration is composed of the officers of
the General Federation, I; Chair
men of the Departments of the Gen
eral Federation, 15; Directors of
every State, 47; Presidents'of State
Federations, 50; Presidents of every
club holding direct membershib in
the General Federation, 2000; Hon
orary Presidents, 4; Honorar'y Vice
Presidents, 6; Local Federations,
11; Special committees, about 10.
This is a rough estimate of those
having voting powers in the Council.
Every man and woman is invit
ed to attend this Council meetiug.
The only "p vileges which will be
shown thos cvho are members over
those who are visitors will be tie
power to vote and make motions,
special seats assigned, 'and possibly
some few social affairs. As all of
the day sessions will be held in the
Bell 'Room of the, Grunewald ,Hotel,
with its seating capacity of 1600,
and the night sessions held in the
French Opera House, with a seating
capacity of 13000 or more, you can
readily see that visitors will be com
fortably seated within easy distance
of both seeing and hearing the
speakers. Club women, whether
members of Council or not, will be
invited 'to enter into discussions.
The coming of the Council to Lou
isiana will be an epoch making event
for the women of the state. To
have within your borders for one
entire week the leading club women
throughout these United States, wo
men of -vast and varied experience,
women who have received degrees
along all lines offered in the pro
tessional world, Doctors of Law,
Doctors of Philosophy, Ministers,
Poets, Authors, Artists, Musicians,
etc., women 'Who have ,thought big
thoughts, done big deeds, in broad
big ways, coming to give us the' best
fruits of their study and experience.
A like privilenge will not be given
the Louisiana Federation within the
next quarter of a century.
At the Council meeting work of
all departments of Federation will
be considered, as the program ' will
prove. Theea conferences will shape
the future work of the various de
pantmentsof Federation, and give to
woman a broader vision of the possi
.lbities offered through these avenues
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Call Issued by C. M. Liddle
Who Asks Mayor Badon
PROMINENT MEN SPEAK
FOR TOWI~ WELFARE.
Local News Items and Mat
ters of General and Per
(By Staff Correspondent)
Slidell,, La., Feb. 13, 1917.
The get-together meeting at the
Commercial Hotel was well attend
ed and every interest in the commu
nity was well represented.
The Hon. C. M. Liddle, who issued
the call, acted as temporary chair
man, told those present that the ob
ject of the meeting was to try tq
get-together, to stay td-gether and
to work together for civic improve
ments, and introduced Mayor L. Ba
don, as permanent chairman,, F. F.
Wtggington as secretary, and Mr. E.
F. 'Hailey .as toastmaster for the
evening, and announced that in a few
minutes a feast would.be ready.
Mayor Badon thanked the citizens
for responding to the call, and was
glad to see that the whole commani
ty was represented.
After a few minutes spent in get
ting acquainted and exchanging
ildeas, the signal was given acd . fty
fivq xepzesenitative dCit1ies of Slidell
pa'sed into the dining room where
tables were invitingly set.
Mayor Badon, as chairman of the
meeting, modestly disclaiming any
oratorical ab thanked the assem
blage for th resence and pledged
his support for any suggestions that
might be made for improvements and
that now was .the accepted time to
take some action, and that a special
meeting of the town council would
be called to consider any suggestions
made that might require immediate
action; however, preceeding the
business of the meeting that we
should trst do justice to the feast
spread, after which he turned
the meeting over to Mr. E. F. Hailey
as toastmaster, and called upon the
Rev. S. Wingo to offer grace.
A splendidly served repast was en
joyed, after which Toastmaster Hal
ley invited the Hon. C. M. Liddle to
make the introductory talk.
Mr. Lidddle told about some of the
needs of our town, among the most
urgest being street improvements,
followed by sidewalks; that under
the present system the cost of up
keep and working our poorly made,
unpaved and at present impassable
streets was very much more than
would be the case if we had better
streets, and that good sidewalks
would follow good streets; also that
the appearance of our town as view
ed from the railroad was ragged and
not inviting, except for the small
plot near the depot which .as, been
embellished by the Railroa4 'Com
pany with a garden of flowers and
other plants pleasant to the view,
and suggested that the right of way
through the town be fenced, shrub
bery planted and the space beautified
and kept in order by prisoners sent
enced to labor by the local courts.
That the electric light and 'ice
plant be municipally owned; that the
plant, under the able njanagement
of B. R. Houghton, Jr., during the
year of 1915 made approximately
$5000, and that during the year
916. about $6000, and that during
this time the cost to the city was
about $5000, and that the service
was not satisfactory, and it was sug
gested that the city buy the plant
and operate same.
Mr. Liddle's remarks were listen
ed to with great attention, and
warmly received, and he was thanked
by the toastmaster for the timely
IMr. U. IG. Neuhauser was called
upon to enlighten the meeting on
the spirit of get-together. Dis
claiming any rhetorical ability Mr.
Neuhauser gave some incidents from
his career as a knight of the tele
graph key. After his arrival in Slidell
he decided to put all his spare money
into land, and had lived to see his
judgment in this respect well con
firmed, and now found, himself sur
rounded by a fine body of represen
tative business men with whom he
had interests in common and that it
would be a pleasure tO do anything
that will assist in securing the im
"Hapes of the Town Council" was
the subject of a brief talk by Council
man Hursey, who stated that he was
no orator and had advised Mr. Liddle
that there would be no need to as
sign five minutes to him as he could
saly all that he had to say in less
than half the time-and proceeded
to do it. Telling his hearers that
because he ha~d ~beea defeated for
the legislature was no reason for his
aming imade thethe on alway; than
People Have Right to Enter
CASE OF MAYOR EGAN
VS. SIGNAL DECIDED.
Newspaper Has Privilege of
J. E. Glisson, who secured Judg
ment 'against Charles Biggio and
others, in the district court of St.
Tammany for $15,000 damages for
libel in efforts to have him imupeach
ed while mayor of Abita, will no;
collect his judgment. The Sipreme
Court annulled the judgment, re
versed it, and, in its stead, gav6
judgment for Biggio and his oode
fendants, dismissing Mr. Glisson's
suit. The court said, in parh, i
passing on the suit:
1. In a suit for damages for libel
and malicious prosecution it is nec
essary to allege and show, malelo on.
the part of defendant, and want of
probable cause, in the suit complain
2. Where defendant in 'such suit
introduces recard evidence to show
Justification of the charges made in
the suit which was charged to have
been . malicious ,ptosecution; J¶ ,.
that" heI° should' be judgoipt `t ;
3. An action for lfbel or .tialiC- '
ous prosecution does n'ot lie because:
of the filing of a petition wits the';
district attorney charging want it in
tegrity or other cause of in
a public officer or employe;
to removal by or under sus
of the court to whom the
cation is addressed; where the . .
munication to the proper o,~isr i
made in good faith, without ' eiie,
and with probable cause.
'It is therefore ordered, adjudged
and decreed that the Judgment ap
pealed from be anmilted, . a~spida
and reversed; and itF is not order
er, adjudged and decreed that there;
bgjudgment in favor of defendants,
dismissing plaintiff's suit with coats.
--4. O. Daily States.
May Criticise Public
A further interpretalon of the
law was made in the case of Wil
M. Egan vs. the Crowley Signal P0-'
lishing Company. Egan was mayb.
of Crowley and as .ayor vetoed a
ordinance of the city council aboli sh.
ing the restricted district. Artieles
in the Signal referred to him as 'ttb.
self-constituted champion of-the red
light, "red light," according to the
court, meaning the restricted dis
trict. One defdinition of "champion/'
said the court, was "one who ats or
speaks in behalf of lb person or
thing." , Plaintiff, therefore, tell
within the definition of "champion."
He had been placed in teh position
of mayor by the people of the city
and they were privileged to eritite" i"
his apts. If they thought those acts'
tended to vice, they had the right to,
say so. The court held that the
statement of a writer in the Signal,
that "There' s ftnt one of two reasons
why men want to keep it' (the re-.
stricted district) going. One is to
make money. The other Is that vile
men may gratify their hellish lusts,"
was more a commeptary on the aver
age man than a libel on the mayor.
The criticism of the complaining of
fcial furnished no base for action,
said the court, and the Judgment was
annulled anji the suit dismissed.
N. O. Times-Picayune.
read a few don'ts for the citizens,
who should not go to the City Fath
ers on trivial matters but should go
ahead and do some things them
selves: such as filling the small holes
in the street in front of youtr 'hbouse,
and to avoid driving across ditches
there'by injuring drainage, but to
drive to the bridge, and other don'ts
alIng that line.
'Prof. H. 'U. Baker next spoke of
Slidell high school, and showed by
the growth of the school that it' had
outstepped the provisions made for
it. How' with a building qot
structed for the aceommodatio0 of'
300 to 350 pupils that during last
session the enrqllment had gone over
400, and that it was necessary at
that time to give some of the lower
grades only half time instraction, in
addition to which, owing to a lack
of fundsia curtailment 'of two months
was threatened, but by united effort
an election was held and an addi
tiional tax of two and one-half mills
was levied, which produced revenue
sufficient only for the operation of?
the school for the nine months te .:
and it is now necessary that' -
tional accommodations be provlil .
as at present,owing to the heavy' Iin
crease in the enrollment, which has
reached the record figtur of five lnm-.a
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