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C~3The St. Tammnany Fre
I The St. Tammany Farmer any Farmer
D. H. MAsoN, Editor COVINGTON, LA., SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 1917. VOL. YLII No. 29
Over Ten Million Register on First Call to Serve Country
Ringing Speeches Made By
R. B. Smith, Sen. Staf
ford, E. G. Davis.
Beautiful Flag is Unfurled
Eighty Feet in
the Air.
The flag raising at the courthouse,
Tuesday, under the auspices of the
Associa:ion of Commerce. drew an
immense throng of enthusiastic and
patriotic people. The crowd was es
timated as h gh as 1500, and prob
ably this would not miss it much.
The 86-foot pole, set seven or eight
feet in concrete, stood fine-cut in
the clear atmosphere high above the
buildings and above the old flag
staff on the courthouse, and as the
crowd gathered thickly in the square
many a head was raised to scan the
top of this graceful, slender tree
that had grown in a hill thicket to
an age that had given it butt a
quarter of an inch of sap and that
had made up for its dwarfed diame
ter by shoving its head high into
the air above the growth surround
ing it. The beautiful flag, 10x15
feet, was the loving work of Mrs.
J. H. Warner, and was received with
cheers of admiration and respect as
it unfurled to the breeze.
. The Boy Scouts, headed by their
commander, Rev. F. C. Talmage,
marched onto the grounds armed
with hoes and rakes, tee soldiers of
the farm and the scouts of prepared
ness. They were greeted dWith ap
plause and the Municipal Band
warmed up to patriotic martial
music. By this time the crowd had
swelled into the streets -and auto
mobiles were in solid strings from
block to block.
Mayor Lacroix introduced the
speakers from the courthouse steps,
with the following remarks:
Ladies and Gentlemen; Fellow Citi
It is both my agreea'ble duty and
distinguished honor to preside upon
this occasion of such flattering out
pouring of our citizens to emphasize
their loyalty and fealty to the flag
we are about to unfurl. That ban
ner that stands ever for liberty and
for the cause of the United States,
denoted upon its folds ,by that gal
axy of stars, each in its sovereignty.
I shall not weary you with a pro
longed dissertation. The honors of
oratory for the occasion I yield to
the talented gentlemen who follow
, me. I beg to 'ntroduce to you ,Hon.
R. Burton Smith. (Applause.)
Mr. R. Burton Smith:
Mr. Smith spoke as follows:
Ladies and Gentlemen and Dbi
tinguished Visitors:'
I am glad to say a few words on
this occasion to the people of Cov
,ington, who have been so kind to
me during my stay here.
We safely feel sure our homes
will never hear the deep sound of
enemy guns, that we will never hear
the armed tramp of hostile legions
on our shores.
But this does not mean we can
escape the burdens, the bloodshed
and the mourning of this savage
war. Engand has her navy and no
foreign foe has or will land upon
her soil. But the war has obme
home to her.
I remember a few lines written
during the Crimean .War, sixty years
"On the Danube and the Duieper,
will the Cossack warrior sleep,
On the Vol1a and the Don, will the
Cossack mother weep.
There'll be wailing on the Seine too,
and mourning on the Thames,
And Europe will a picture be of
blood and tears and flames."
These lines are true, more true
to-day and will soon come home to
When we see our soldiers march
_way, when we know thousands and
millions of Americans are battling in
the bloody trenches, when day by
day the roll of death increases,
when every town and every hamlet
mourns some soldier's death, sleep
ing his last sleep in distant France
France the home of the forefathers
of so many of you. Then, and nly
then can we truly know we a' at
'It is a long story why we are at
`w. But not one can deny that
war at last was forced upon us.
That we are now fighting, not for
National honor alone but almost for
National existence.
When the Envoys of historiC
'rhnce and the Envoys of Imperial
. tain, Britain whose boast has
that the rising sun followed her
*m beat around the world, come
us not in haughty guise -but nm
our aid, recognizing that
awful danger, we may well
w that we must use our utmost
(Continued on pegs 4)
Registration Day Proves ?
Big Demonstration
of Patriotism.
St. Tammany Parish M:ke:.
Good Showing of the
People's Loyalty.
The registration June 5 was .u3 -
ceszfu'ly` carried out all over th!
State, and pract cally a.l oYcr the
Un;on, with patriot'c fervor. It is
estimated that the national registra
tion wi:l exceed ten m:ilion. Th',
rcgistrat'on of the state exc:3cded
two hundred thoui nd. New Or
leans around thirty-ieve thousanJ.
The registrars in most sect ons
worked over time, and reg:strJat. s
are still being received.
Exemption boards will be appo:nt
ed at which exemption cia ms wl:
be heard. H'hese appointments w::1
probably be made in the same man
ner as the registration boerds were
made. There is nothing further
known as to the manner in which
names will be selected for service,
but it is thought that they will be
drawn from a wheel, the same as
jury names are drawn.
The registration in St. Tammany
parish is about 2125. The reg's
trars are still registering cards, an]
Recorder E. J. Frederick is still
busy and will probably receive cards
until instructed not to.
Early In the morning of June 5 a
big crowd had gathered at the court
house in Covington and it became
necessary to appoint five or six more
registrars. But the biggest rush
was in the morning. Later in the
day the registrars got a breathing
Fully fifty per cent of the regis
tration was negroes. They came at
all ages, 417 to 50, and some amus
ing Incidents marked their registra
tion. One being asked if he had
seen military service, answered
"Yes, I broke my arm once." One,
when told that he was through and
might go. said, "Yas, sir; I's jes
waitin' fer my gun." But they all
showed patriotic spirit and were
willing 'to register.
The following are the figures of
St. Tammany parish, representing
the registration of June 5. Fifty
four more had registered June 6,
and there were still -others coming:
Ward 1 ...................136
Ward 2, 1st precinct ...... 115
Ward 2, 2d precinct .........97
W ard 3 ................... .67
W ard 4 ..................
W ard 5 ..................
W ard 6 .................. 1 6
W ard 7 ..................
W ard 8 .............. 121
W ard 9 .................. 481
W ard 10 .................
The picture program at Parkview
Theatre today will consist of Charile
Chaplin in "Behind the Screen," and
a M..tua: \We<.kly and a twt part
Mutual Drama. "Doors will be open
at 6 p. m. .Admission on Saturday
for the Chaplin pictures will be 10
cents for everybody, including child
ren. The next Chaplin picture' will
be "The Rink."
On Sunday will be presented W.
S. 'Hart in "Truthful Tulliver," and
a two part Keystone comedy entitled
"The Scoundrel's toll," featuring
Edgar Kennedy. Doors open Sun
day at 5 p. m. Admission 10 and
15 cents. s
Monday will be presented "The
Masque of Life," a seven reel novel
ty that has startled two continents,
introducing Pete Montebello, the
chimpanzee star, and escaping w Id
animals from a burning circus and
other hair-raising incidents of inter
est. The first performance will start
promptly at 5 o'clock., Admsision
for adults will be 20 cents, 'ch'ldren
10 cents. Patrons who are look'ng
for something out of the ordinary
will congratulate themse:ves for
witnessing 'this production. It will
be here for one day only-Monday.
June 11th.
Tuesday will be presented Sessue
Hayakawa in "The Bottle Imp."
Doors open at 7 p. m. Admission
5 and 10 cents.
Wednesday, Billie Burke and a
Victor Moore comedy and a Bray
cartoon comedy. Ddors open at 7
p. m. Admission 5 and 10 cents.
Coming, Sunday, June 17, Louise
Glaum in "The Wolf Woman."
All persons are warned again t
fishing, hunting and trespassing on
property of the undersigned under
penalty of the law.
j2s2t JOHN S. LOMBARD. a
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Left to right: First Row-James Burns. Oreice Pierce, A. J. Park. Second Row-John Cross, Minette
Laird, Leanora Coffee, Rebecca Thomas, Lxdia Strain, Rachael Keen, Edna Strain, Lawrence Smith. Third
Row-Irma Bieriorst, t artha McNeely, Josie Frederick, Ethel Fisher, Gladys Soniat, Ruth Burns, Olga
Planchard, Madeline Planche, Clarice Langworthy.
Oscar M. Birch, 45 years of age,
of the Burns Co., Inc., was shot and
killed by James J. Ezell, aged 26,
Wednesday morning. June 6, the
weapon used be:ng a pump shotgun..
loaded with birdshot.
The coroner's jury brought in a
verdict of justifiable homicide.
The story of the shooting is m!xed
with incidents of a previous difficul
ty, in which Ezell was beaten up
by two or three men. 'Mr. Birch's
wt:fe was formerly Mrs. Ezell, mother
of James Ezell. IRemarks said to
have been made by Ezell, aroused
the anger of Mr. Birch, and EzeU,
fearing bodily harm made applica
tion to Justice Pechon to have Birch
):aced under peace bond. Ezell
probably weighed little over 100
pounds; Birch about Ib0. The
proper papers being filed, Anatole
Beaucoudray, constable, served them
on Birch, who was irrformed that if
he would come into court and have
the peace bond signed up, there
would be no further trouble in the
matter. This only increased Birch's
anger against Ezell, anid according
to Mrs. Birch's statement Birch
rushed over to Ezell's house on the
Lee Road, where Mrs. Birch hac
gone to get some milk. Mr. and
Mrs. Ezell were at breakfast. Mrs.
Biroh was leaving the house as Mr.
'Birch came up. She tried to pre
vent him from going up the steps.
but was pushed aside. It is sa.d
that Ezell shot him through the
heart as he was entering the house.
The: !hole matter is greatly re
gretted.: Mr. Birch was known as a
quiet, peaceable man, peculiarly reti
cent, but a man of very firm con
vict:ons. He stood well in the com
No weapons were found on the
body of Mr. Birch except a. pocket
Ezell left Covington Wednesday
The funeral took place Thursday
afternoon, interment being made in
the Covington Cemetery. Mr. Hir lh
was 45 years, 9 months, 19 days (af
Senator Delos R. Johnson, l)iltit'i
Attorney Vol Brack and qaite a
num'ber of the Birch fajnily and rel
atives from Washington parish at
tended the funeral.
Covington, La., June 4, 1917.
The Police Jury met on the above
date as a Board of Reviewers and
met continuously until Friday ev:n
ing, with the exception of Tuesila'.
and after going over the as -ea;,neur
rolls carefully, they acccp;teid them
as made out, with a few exe;eptions.
The meeting then adjourned to meet
on W'ednesday. Juqe 13, regular
meeting day.
J. B. l1OWZE,
There is a good deal of anxiety
caused by the report that charbon is
getting to be quite a menace to cat
tle, and owners have been making
inquiries as to how far the disease
has really taken hold in St. Tam
many parish. Farm Demonstrator
Lewis was asked and promised to
make a report for the Farmer, so
that it might let cattle owners of the
parish know just how matters stood,
but he has failed to do so. He has
been worked nearly to death in the
past week, and it is probable that he
simply could not keep his promise.
We shall try to get this report next
week, if we can get it from Mr.
Lewis. In the meantime, all cattle
dying suspic:ously should be burned,
if possible; otherwise buried in lime
and carbo:ic acid or other powerful
There seems to be an opinion
among some that the water in the
gutters has become poisoned and
cattle have died from drinking it.
Don't get scared when anybody says
"bonds." One reason why most peo
ple know very little about bonds is
that usually they cost around $1,000
each, and you and I don't buy $1,000
things every day.' But our United
States is nows issuing United States
Liberty Bonds that cost as low as $50,
and it's high time now to learn that a
bond is the safest investment on earth.
On the United States Liberty Bond
you get 3% per cent interest, payable
every June 15 and Dec. 15, and - also
you get your entire principal back.
United States Liberty Bonds are cer
tain to become as numerous in the
United States as gold pieces. They
will have a wide and ready sale. Any
time you need money, you can take
your bond to the bank and get it.
There isn't a real estate dealer any
where, or an automobile maker, or a
grocer who wouldn't be just as glad to
take a United States Liberty Bond as
he would to receive gold coin.
If 'you haven't already ordered your
United States Liberty Bonds, see your
banker or your broker today.
Baders Wl Help You
Buy U. S. Liberty Bonds
Patriotic bankers and brokers the
nation over are making it easy for
everybody to buy United States Lib
etry War Bonds. The fact that you
have not an abundance of ready
money need not prevent your helping
your government by ordering United
States Liberty bonds. See your bank
er or broker today and ask him about
s.y terms.
I deem the following letters, com
ing from men of such high standing
and men who are so well known at
home and in Covington, as valuable
endorsements. As I am before the
people for election to the office of
Mayor of Covington, with promises
to do my best for the town, I pub
lish these letters, because they show
confidence in my'ability by men who
are competent to judge the qualifica
tions necessary to the proper ad
ministration of such an office.
Very truly yours,
New Orleans, La., May 26, 1917.
Mr. Robt. L. Aubert, Covington, La.
My Dear Mr. Aubert:-1 am glad
to note that you have announced
your candidacy for the office of
Mayor of .Covington.
I am glad because I feel perfectly
safe in predicting a safe agd also a
progressive administra'tion for the
town of Covington, should they
honor .you with their votes.
I do honestly believe that you are
most eminently qualified to hold
such an office, as your commercial
experiences in various branches have
fitted you to serve the public intell'
No time in the history of our
country has it become more urgent
for all forms of pubic administra
tions to be conducted upon a most
econ'omical and efficient system.
I do feel that if the town of Cov
ington would e:ect you as their Chef
Magistrate, they would obtain the
very best results.
Yours truly,
Madisonville, La., Mary 28, 1917.
Mr. Robt. L. Aubert, Covington, La.
Dear Mr. Aubert:-I have your
letter of the 24th inst.,.wherein you
advise me that you 'have announced
your candidacy for the office of
Mayor of Covington. I had pre
viously seen in The Farmer that you
had entered the race. It affords me
great pleasure indeed to know that
you are p:acing yourself at the ca.l
of your town in this important po
sition. Many of us are far too much
occupied with our own projects to
give sufficient thought to the munici
pal affairs in which- we are concern
ed, and as a result our munic'pal
affairs are often found to be in the
hands of less competent persons.
It is a great pleasure for me t'o
testify that during the many years
that I have known you, you have at
all times merited my unconditional
approbation and esteem, and I fully;
believe that the people of Covington
would find in you one who wou!d
administer their affairs in an effici
ent, careful. economical and straight
forward manner.
Wishing you all success, I remain.
Yours truly,
The U. S. A. can make two and one
half cannon for every one the Kaiser
builds. Help build those cannon by
buying United States Liberty Bonds.
See your banker or your broker today.
President Wilson ha's bought United
tates Liberty Bonds. Hive you?
Farmbrs, Legislators and
Lawyers Meet at
Baton Rouge.
Article 3252 May Be Re
pealed at Extra
Probably two hundred farmers,
members of the General Assembly,
attorneys for the Federal Farm Loan
lank, and others interested in the
success of the government mortgage
:oans to farmers in Louisiana, as
sembled in the Senate Cham'ber at
Baton Rouge, last Saturday, and
urged upon the Governor the neces
sity of an immediate extra session
for the purpose of repealing or
amending Article 3252 of the Civil
Code regarding what is known as the
Widow's Homestead Clause.
The Federal Farm Loan Bank, lo
cated at New Orleans, which has put
nearly a million dollars into circu
lation among the farmers of Ala
bama and Mississippi since its or
ganization in March, 1917, still has
its hands tied so far as Louisiana is
concerned 'by the existence of a use
less and archaic piece of legislation
on the statute books.
Mr. Adrian D. Schwartz, who has
been appointed attorney for the Fed
eral Farm Bank in St. Tammany
parish, stated upon his retu'n that
Governor Pleasant favored sn extra
session for the purpose of alending
the Article in question, so as to per
mit the bank to do business, and to
leave it to the regular session in
1918 .to consider its repeal alto
gether. This is the view also taken
by Representative J. Monroe Sim
mons, who believes the law should so
be changed as not to apply to loans
bearing 5 per cent or less, and ex
tending for a period of longer than
one year. The average amount
which the Southern farmer is bor
rowing from the bank is $800 .t
5 per cent, and he has thirty-six
years in which to reduce his loan,
if he so requires.
At a meeting of the stockholders
of the laokie Pine Products Oom
pany held Monday, June 4, a semi
annual dividend of 5 per cent was
declared. In spite of the embargo
on vessels, car shortage, and-the re
cent damages caused by accident,
the company was shown to be
in a prosperous condition, and It was
dec ded to organize a company with
$25,000 capital to exp'oit the Mackie
:Medicinal Pine Produet, such as
Pine Oil, Pinexo, etc.
The commencement exercises of
St. Paul's College will take place
-Wednesday evening, June 20, 1917,
at 1:30 p.'n. Invitations have been
essued by the faculty and students.
- 0--o--
The Madisonville Shipbuilders
have been playing some ball the past
few weeks. There are some Indi
vidual .players who are stars in their
line of wdrk and would attract ball
fans any where. For instance.
Boone LeBlane and Wallace Fassman
are big league timber and are ,bound
to be grabbed sooner or later *by
some bright manager who is keep'ng
in touch with opportunities. They
are both young men. . elloat, Lan
dry, Dendinger and Stein are bat
ters to be counted on in the future.
This might be a tip to John Dobbs.
A big game is scheduled for June
10, with the Federals, and it is an
nounced that the Federal battery,
Wagner and Ryan, are going to ,be#
pushed to the limit.
There was some real betting in
the stand last Sunday, with odds of
2 to 1. While the management is
positively against betting, the fans
s.mply could not be set down on.
See the game next Sunday and judge
for yourself.
The Double T. G's. met last week
at the home of Miss Ruth Collin3.
Prizes were won by Miss Lucy Ray
and Miss Leah Alpeunte. Miss Ruth
Frederick was hostess of the club
this week.
A Big Demonstration and
Successful Registra
tion Day.
Local Notes and Social Do
ings of the Past
June 5, 1917, will long be remem
bered in the annals of Slidell as a
day of great demonstration of pa
,triotic spirit and registration of eli
gibles between the ages of 21 and 81
years. 488 presented themselves
and we do not know of a single one
evading. Owing to insuflcient cards
being on hand registration was de
layed for more than two hours about
two o'clock, and it was necessary to
work far into the night in order to
complete the same.
There was a great assemblage of
citizens at the City Hall at 4 p. m.,
to witness the ceremonies attendant
on raising the fine flag presented to
the town by Mrs. M. McDaniel.
Mayor Badon presided and introduc
tory talks made for each speaker.
Rev. T. J. Embree was first and
made a splendid oration, calling par
ticular attention to the grand record
made by Louisianians, and .though
he was not a native of Louisiana -
was proud to live here amog .peo
ple who had such splendid spirit
and such an inspiring past. Ad..
dressing the colored people, quite a
number of whom were.- present,
created great enthus'asm among
them by his reference to their fine
record at San Juan Hill, Ciuba, where
they were first to plant the Amnei
can flag, and asked itf they were not -
ready and willing to be among the
first'to plant it on the Kaiser's cita
del. Instant response by those pres
ent was manifested, and some want
ed to go right now.
Father Benedc`et Stetter was next
speaker and said that no matter
what a man was before the begin
ning of the war that the conditions
at present were such as to make
every fair thinking man embrace the
American flag and to support it to
the limit of his means, this blood
and life if necessary.
IRev. Spurgeon Wingo was very
patriotic in his talk and aroused the
fervor of the meeting to a high pitch
at several times.
Mr. C. M. Idddle also addressed
the meeting, 1rging all to invest in
Liberty Bonds, which were brought
within the means of every one thru
the Bank of Slidell who ouered them
as low as one dollar per week, and
received a practically unanimous
response to his request for eveiy one
to hold up their hands who were
willing to buy a bond.
Dr. J. K. Griffith acted as "c ilor
sergeant" and demonstrated his
ability to capably fill the position to
the complete sat!sfaction of all pres
The City Hall and jlatform were
decorated with bunting and flags
and while the music left much to be
desired the occasion was celebrated
:n a most fitting manner.
The Salmen Brick & Lfmber. Co.
has offered to the War Dppartment
ten thousand acres of land for etl
campment purposes. The land Ia
near the trunk lines- of railroads in
the Ozone belt, well drained, and
shaded and suitable in every respct
for the purpose offered.
Capt. V. Stuart Redden.
Capt. Val Stuart Redden, seventy.
five years of age, a native of Mary
land but almost a life-long resrdent
of St. Tammany parish, departed this
life on Thursday, May 31, 1917. He
had traveled a good deal and for
short periods of -time lived In St.
Louis, Mo., and Laurel, Miss., hutt
has made his home here for the pest4 ,
ten years with h!s son, S. R. Red
den. Capt. Redden's home place is
known as,"The Myrtles," and is near
Covington. In the eighties he wrote
articles for The St. Tammany Farm
er. The only relatives that survive
him are his wife and son, S. R. Red
den, and family, of Slidell, and a
nephew, A. L. Redden, of New Or
leans. Mr. Redden had been marrd-,
ed 48 years. A large concourse of
friends attended the funeral on Fri,
day, ceremonies .being conducted by
Rev. F. C. Talmage. Rev. Spurgeon
Wingo offered up the prayer. Inter
ment being made at Greenwood Cem
etery here.
Local Notes.
Misses Nora and Emma Harry, of
Handaboro, Miss., arrived Tuesday
to spend a few days with Miss Ella
Salmen. Mrs. J. J. Harry and Mrs.
Ducate are also visitors at the Sal
men home. Dr. Harry and his son
Jason will arrive today and they will
all motor back to their home in
Handsboro, Miss.
We understand that our young
friends, Misses Cora and Margaret.
Abel, left last week to join the RIs$ :
(Continued on page 4) . '

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