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. He. The St. Tammany Farmer
President in His Message Reasserts Determination to Win War
In Going Over Causes of the War the President Shows
That Conquest is Absolutely Necessary to the Se
curity of the Freedom of the Civilized World,
and He Gives Assurance that There Will
be no End of the War by this Coun
try Until It Has Been Won.
The President spoke as follows:
Gentlemen of the Congress:
Eight months have elapsed since
I last had the honor of addressing
you. They have been months crowd
ed with events of immense and grave
significance for us.
I shall not undertake to detail or
even to summarize those events. The
practical particulars of the part we
have played in them will be laid be
fore you in the reports of the ex
ecutive departments. I shall discuss
only our present outlook upon these
vast affairs, our present duties and
the immediate means of accomplish
Ing the objects we shall hold always
In view.
I shall not go back to debate the
causes of the war. The intolerable
wrongs done and planned against us
by the sinister masters of Germany
have long since become too gros ly
obvious and odious to every true
American to need to be rehearsed.
But I shall ask you to consider
again and with a very grave scrutiny
our objectives and the measures by
which we mean to attain them, for
the purpose of discussion here in
this place is action, and our action
must move straight towards definite
ends. Our object is, of course, to
win the war; and we shall not slack
en or suffer ourselves to be diverted
until it is won. But it is worth
while asking and answering the
question, 'when shall we consider the
war won?'
From one point of view it is not
necessary to broach this fundamen
tal matter. I do not doubt that the
American people know 'what the war
is about and what sort of an out
come they will regard as a realiza
tion of their purpose in it. As a
nation we are united in spirit and
intention. 'I pay little heed to those
who tell me otherwisq. I hear the
voices of dissent-who does not? I
hear the criticism and clamour of the
noisy, thoughtless and troublesome.
I also see men here and there
Sing themselves in impotent dis
lyalty against the calm, In
domitable power of the nation.
I hear men debate peace who
understand neither its nature
nor the way in which we may
attain it, with uplifted eyes and
unbroken spirits. But I know
that none of these speaks for
the nation. They do not touch
the heart of anything. They
may safely be left to strut their
uneasy hour and be forgotten.
But from another point of view I
b'elieve that it is necessary to say
plainly what we here at the seat of
action consider the war to be for and
what part we mean to play in the
settlement of its searching issues.
We are the spokesmen of the Ameri
can people and they have the right
to know -whether their purpose is
They desire peace by the overcom
ing of evil, 'by the defeat once for all
of the sinister forces that interrupt
peace and render it imposaible, and
they wish to know how closely our
thought runs with theirs and what
action we propose.
They are impatient with those who
des!re peace by any sort of com
promise-deeply and indignantly im
patient-but they will be equally
Impatient with us if we do not make
k plain to them what our objectives
ace and what we are planning for
1n seeking to make conquest of peace
by arms.
I believe tlat. I speak for them
when I say two things: First
that intolerable thing of which
the masters of Germany have
shown us the ugly face, this
menace of combined intrigue
and force which we now see so
dearly as the Cerman power, a
Thing without conscience or
honor or capacity for covenant
ed peace, must be crushed and,
If it be not utterly ibrought to
an end, at least shut out from
the friendly intercourse of the
n rations, and, second, that when
this Thing and its power are
Ladeed defeated and the time
sĀ·omes that we can discuss peace
k--hen German people have
ok en whose word we can
mlte.e and when those spokes
are ready in the name of
-'sir people to accept the cam
a Jdgment of the matioe a.
to what shall henceforth be the
bases of law and of government
for the life of the world-we
shall be willing and glad to pay
the full price for peace, and
pay It ungrudgingly.
We know what that price will be.
It will be full, impartial justice
Justice done at every point and to
every nation that the final settle
ment must affect our enemies as well
as our friends.
You catch, with me, the voices of
humanity that are in the air. They
grow daily more audible, more ar
ticulate, more persuasive, and they
come from the hearts of men every
They insist that the war shall not
end in vindictive action of any kind;
that no nation or people shall be
robbed or punished because the ir
responsible rulers of a single coun
try have themselves done deep and
abomniable wrong. It is this thought
that has been expressed in the
formula, 'No annexations, no con
tributions, no punitive indemnities.'
Just because this crude form
ula expresses the instinctive
Judgment as to the right of
plain men everywhere, it has
been inade diligent use of by the
master of German intrigue to
lead the people of Russia astray
-and the people of every other
country their agents could
reach, in order that a prema
ture peace might be brought
about before autocracy has been
taught its final and conrincing
lesson, and the people of the
world put in control of their
own 'destinies.
But the fact that a wrong use has
been made of a just idea is no rea
son why a right use should not be
made of it. It ought to .be -brought
under the patronage of its real
friends. Let it be said again that
autocracy must first be shown the
utter futility of its claims to power
or leadership in the modern world.
It is impossible to apply any stand
ard of justice so long as such forces
are unchecked and udnd eated as the
present masters of Cflemany com
mand. Not until t:' . :..:5 been done
can right be set up as arbiter and
peacemaker -among the nations.
But when that has been done
-as, God willlng, it assuredly will
he--we shall at last be free to
do an unprecedented thing, and
this is the time to avow our pur
pose to do it We shall be free
to base peace on generosity and
Justice, to the exclusion of all
selfish claims to advantage even
on the part of the victors.
Let there be no misunderstanding.
Our persent and immediate task is
to win the war, and nothing shal:
turn us aside from it until it is ac
complished. Every power and re
source we possess, whether of men,
of money, or of materials, is -being
devoted and will continue to be de
voted to that purpose until it is
Those who desire to bring peace
about before that is achieved I coun
sel to carry their advice, elsewhere.
We will not entertain it. We sha:l
regard the war as won only when the
German people say to u', through
properly accredited representatives,
that they are ready to agree to a
settlement based upon justice and
the reparation of the wrongs their
rulers have done.
They have done a wrong to
Belgium which must be repair
ed. They have established a
power over other lands and peo
ples than their own-over the
great empire of Austria-Hun
gary, over hitherto free Balkan
States, over Turkey and with:n
Asia-which' must be relin
Germany's success by skill, by in
dustry, by knowledge, by enterprise,
we do not grudge or oppose, but ad
mired, rather. She had buit up for
herself a real empire of trade and
influence, secured 'by the peace of the
world. We were content to abide
the. rivalries of manufacture, science
and commerce that were 4nvolved
for us in her success, and standt or
fall as we had or did not have the
brains and the inttiatve5 urpk5s
her. But at the e had
conspicuously won her phs of
The Southern pine mills are developing into one of th, most i iporlant fc.tors in the war. Their output ls being
tripled, and they are working day and night turning out lumber for the construction of the government'l emergenc
eet. rThe photograph gives a night view of one of the large mil.s ..ouewnhere in the South.
(By Mrs. J. H. Warner)
Covington, La., Dec. 5, 1917.
To the Officers and Members of the
St. Tammany Branch Chapter of
American Red Cross:
I beg to submit this my report for
month ending December 4, 1917.
During the period we have had
eight class days with an average at
tendance of ten members.
All the auxiliaries are continuing
-their excellent work, since last re
port we have received work as fol
164 pieces assorted surgical dress
ings; 72 bed shirts, 44 shoulder
66 bed shirts.
550 pieces assorted surgical dress
ings; 72 bed shirts; 4 knitted sweat
ers; 2 pairs wristlets; 64 Christmasl
337 pieces assorted surgical dress
ings: 65 bed shirts. 2 pair bed socks.
69 bed shirts, 208 pieces usrgical
12 pairs pajamas, '17 bed shirts,
8 pairs knitted socks, 2 pairs knitted
sweaters, 5 pairs knitted wristlets.
1110 pieces surgical dr sslngs. 81
bed shirts, 17 spairs pajamas, 20 pair
knitted" socks, 2 shoulder wraps, 6
knitted mufflers, 33 knitted sweaters,
1 knitted helmet, I pair wristlets,
51 comfort kits.
Making a total for the parish of
2369 assorted surgical dressings, 519
garments. 82 knitted articles and
115 comfort kits.
We have forwarded to the New
O)rleans chapter since last report the
following: 2369 pieces assorted sur
gical dressings, 29 suits pajamas,
442 bed shirts, 46 shoulder wraps,
2 pairs bed socks, 28 pairs knitted
*socks, 8 pairs knitted wristlets, 6
pairs knitted muffltrs, 39 knitted
sweaters, 1 knitted helmet, 115 com
fort kits.
Madisonville auxiliary reports hav
ing organized the negroes, who are
doing excel'lent work under the sup
ervision of Mrs. Blanchard. Madi
sonville has also taken up knitting.
Slidell reports a number of ne
groes willing to work, and requests
sewing for them.
iLacom'be reports that St. Tam
many is now working in connection
with them.
Mandeville has done excellent
work, besides the large amount of
gauze work, they have done a large
amount of sewing, and have sent in,
sixty-four Christmas packages.
Folsom continues doing excellent
work in surgical dressipgs and sew
ig, but as yet have not taken up the
Talisheek is doing excellent work,
and judging from the quality of work
sent in they must all be experts with
the needle.
Covington work continues as usual
but we are anxious to have more
Beg to call attention to the fifty
one comfort 'kits gotten up through
the efforts of Mrs. Spencer Hartwig.
The Girls' 'Honor Guard had a
"linen drive" and secured a nice lot
of old linen and cotton suitable for
use around hospitals.
Mrs. Lemieux, of Mandeville, 'Mrs.
FitzSimons, Mr. John Haller and my
self, of Covington, attended the Red
Cross Convention in New Orleans on
November 22 and 23, and received
a great amount of valuable informa
tion regarding the working of the
i Red Cross Chapters and it Is to be
i regretted that more of our menmbers
did not attend.
Beg to reporo that the profit on
yarn sold during the month amount
ed' to $2.75, which amount is turned
evear to the smeretary harwith.
1100 HEAD OF
There has been much said of St.
Tammany parish as a cattle country,
but perhaps it has not been consid
ered as seriously as it might. It is
well known that cattle get fat in the
spring on the wild-wood grasses, but
the money value of this range in the
production of beef has not had the
attention it deserves.
Recently there has been a ship
ment of eleven hundred head of cat
tie to Slidell by W. H. Turey. The
oattle come from the R. E. Ward
ranch, near San Antonio, Texas.
They came through Paradise from
West Louisiana and it took thirty
five cars to hold them. They are in
charge of R. C. Sutton a,-d have been
placed on Prevost Island, where they
will be wintered until grasa gets
good, and they will thden be put on
the range and fattened before being
finished and fed for market.
The success of the venture will be
watched with considerab!e interest.
Beef will bring a good price, but
feed will be 'high. If cattle can be
put in good condition on our range,
and then hardened up for market at
small cost, attention will :be called
'to this parish as a stock country.
Tick eradication will follow as a ne
cessity. There is more grass on
Prevost Island to-day than can be
found on the Texas ranges.
- -
Covington, La., Dec. 4, 1917.
The town council met in regular
session on this date, Mayor P. J.
Lacroix presiding, and the follow :ng
alderment present: Emile Freder
ick, H. A. Mackie, A. R. Smith, A. D.
Schwartz, M. P. Planche. Absent.
S. D. Anderson.
The minutes of November 6, 1917.
were read, and on motion A. R.
Smith, seconded by M. P. Planche,
and carried, were adopted as read.
The secretary reported the follow
ing receipts and- disbursements for
the month of Novemiber, 1917:
Licenses ........ .... 10.00
Taxes ...... ........ 12.70
Fines ...... ........ 30.00
Lights, N. O. G. N .... 25.00
Fumigator sold ....... .40
Costs ....... ........ .25,
Nov. 10, check to V. Z.
Young, treasurer .. 49.20
Nov. 17% same ........ 14.50
Nov. 20, same ........ 7.50
Nov. 30. cash on hand . 7.15
Moved by A. D. Schwartz, second
ed by H. A. Mackie, that the secre
tary's report be received and referred
to the Finance Committee.
The petition of FitzSimons Gro
cery Company, for permission to in
stall a gas tank for filling station,
was, on motion of A. R. Smith, sec
onded -by M. P. Planche and carried,
granted, subject to the regulations
of the fire department.
The following ordinance was of
fered by E. Frederick:
An ordinance prohibiting any per
son, firm or corporation from driv
ing any automobile or motor ve
hicle upon the public streets or al
leyways of the Town of Covington,
and within the corporate limits
thereof, with what is known as the
cut-out open, or the exhaust pipe
disconnected from. the muffler;
also prohibiting the same when
such automobile or motor vehicle
is standing on the public streets
or alleyways thereof.
@etoea Om---e it ordained by
Quite a number of letters have
been received by 'Harvey E .Ellis,
cha:rman of the Social Service Com
mittee of the Council of Defense,
from the boys in camp, in response
to inquiries as to what they would
Hike to have in their Christmas pack
ages. We giveextracts from a num
hber of them:
J. W. Hunt says: I appreclate
your kindness. -* * * I do not
need anything on this side of France,
except I hope my mother will be
cared for. *~ * * We have plen
ty to eat. Would like to the The St.
Tammany Farmer, so I can read the
news from home.
Nathan T. Sirmon: Your letter
of Nov. 1 received and contents care
fully noted. I would have written
you sooner but have been quarantin
ed on account of an epidemic of
measles in camp.
Your letter has solved a problem
for me, as I have often worried about
my mother and the children, as you
know my father died a short while
ago. I will appreciate it greatly if
you will call on my people occasion
ally and in case anything should hap
pen I know you would notify me. I
am the only maen from our parish in
the regiment and at times I have
been- lonesome for home folks but
since I read your letter I see they
are thinking and laying plans tO
make us comfortable and I am proud
to know bur citizens are all so loyal
and patriotic. I expect we will leave
for France in ......... I am well
and satisfied. Regarding the tobac
co, I would prefer North State o'
.rf, non cigarettes. The newispape
prefer is our home town paper, The
St. Tammany Farmer. My present
address is Co. F. 144th U. S. Int.,
Camp Bowie, Ft. Worth, Texas. A
box or letter will reach -me at this
address. I will notify you promptly
it we should move. In conclusion
al'ow me to say that I think you and
the other members of the committee
have gone the whol U. S. one better
(Continued on page 5)
the Town Council of the Town of
Covington, in regular session con
vened, That on and after the let day
-of January, 1918, it'sha!l Ibe unlaw
ful for any person, firm or corpora
tion to drive any automobile or mo
tor vehicle upon the public streets or
alleyways of the Town of Covington
with what is known as the cut-out
open, or with the exhaust pipe dis
connected in, any other manner from
the muffler thereof, or to permit the
same to remain open, or to allow
such condition to exist while any
such automobile or motor vehicle is
standing upon the streets or alley
ways of said town, while the engine
thereof is in motion.
-Section Two-Be it further or
dained, etc., That any person, firm
or corporation, through his or its
agent, or otherwise, violating any of
the provisions of this ordinance,
shall be deemed guilty of a misde
meanor, and upon trinl and convic
tion, shall be -fined not more than
$50.00, or be imprisoned, subject to
work on the public streets, not more
than thirty days, or both, as the
court may in its discretion deem
Section Three-Be it further or
dained, etc., That all ordinances or
parts of ordinances in conflict here
with, be and the same are hereby
Yeas--5. Nays--None.
Adopted Dec. 4, 1917.
Said ordinance to take effect from
and after January 1, 1918.
There being- no further .business
the - council adjourned.
L. A. P5Rl1l4ry"
Effort Will Be Made To
Enroll 500 Pupils
From Schools.
More Corn To Be Planted
and Food Stuffs To
Be Conserved.
(By F. Bachenain, Club Agent)
The Junior 'Extension Department
of the United Statea is launching a
nation-wide campaign, and every
state has been called upon to give
its full quota in increased member
ship, especially in the boys club
work, Louisiana being one of the
first states to respond, began her
membership drive December 3.
Mr. W.. A. Abbott, state emergency
club agent, from Baton Rouge, se
lected St. Tammany as the first par
ish in our state to start this great
movement, for increased food pro
duction, and is spending several days
with our local club agent making a
partial survey of the parish.
Our great food problem is grow
ing more and more serious daily,
and is being brought nearer and
nearer home each day as this great
world's conflict progresses. Today
our own sons and brothers are at
the front and need oar American
food. Our boys and girls are real- 1
ing this world's shortage, and are
willingly offering to do their share
at home, and we want their fathers
and mothers to aid and help them,
by advice, assistance and encourage
ment in this noble, patriotic work
which they are undertalking. They
are helping to minimi e tle pres
ent high cost of foodstuffs and to
conserve at home, to sacrifice for
those defending our democracy `t
the front:
I wish to call your attention to a
statement riven out by State Super
intendent T. HI. Harris, relative to
what boys' and girls' club work Is
doing -In the state:
Olub Work Polats Way To Success.
"Of all the forces that are work
ing for the development and ad
vancement of Louisian. I consider
the agricultural club work of the
pubic- school children one of the
most vital," said HMr. Harris. "These
children are demonstrating what can
be aceomplished in increased pro
duction by usinrg better seed, better,
methods of cultivation, and more
brains generally ta the agricultural
activities. These club members have
already accomplished wonders; they
have set the pace for better agricul
ture and.they have taught thousands
of adult farmers and hbusewives how
to do their work more intelligently
and skillfully."
W. R. Perkins, Director of Agri
cultural Extension Work for Louisi
ana has directed the Junior Exten
sion Diisin"n of the home depart
ment to make an estlmate by parish
es of the minimum number of boys
that should be enrolled for active
club work in each of the parishes
of the state for 1918. We have -eare
fully made this estimate for him
based on the rural 1school report of
the State Superintendent of Educa
tion. This estimate has been turn
ed over to Prof. Perkhis and he has
approved same. We have in this
parish 972 boys enrolled in the pub
lic schools with an average attend
ance of 614. We should be able to
enroll, according to therse igures, at
least 125 boys in the corn club; 150
in the rpig club; 50 In the cotton
club; 50 in thh poultry club. PThis
estimate is reasonable and is St.
Tammany's part In this campaign for
increased food we are making in this
state's drive for 1918 through the
work of the boys' and girls' clubs.
This movement has the active en
dorsement of the omelals of the State
Univereity, the State Department of
Education, and the State Food Ad
Our present club enrollment sinee
the epening of the schools totaled
239 in the various club projects ftor
boys, and we are proad to state that
in opening this emergency :ncreased
enrollment for increased food pro
duction, the Oovington school boys
were first to respond. Their names
land the special work -they will do are
ais follows:
To raise a pig to maturity: Alvin
8.oniat, Emile Fredericklt, Jr., Victor
Planche, Vanle Burns, Freak Burns,
James Clann, Emmet Weob, Harry
Martin, Walter Jones, Alden Beau
condray, Otis tMeyers, Elarl LeBliane,
Lawrence Plrederlek, George Me
Oormaok, Tom Frederick, Edson Bar
rfiner; Wi. Yenal, Alvin Basole,
Pierre Iaborde, P.1. Pl.ache, Jr.,
Ctde *KiaN, ULbert Soalat, idrldge
(hsalum4a a ans 6)
'hirty-Eight Cars of Cat
tle Arrive in Slidell
from Texas.
.Irs. Guzman Reads Inter
esting Paper in Re
viewing Schools.
(By Mrsn F. F. Wiggintom.)
The schooner Laguna, a three
nasted ship just oft the docks after
complete overhauling and repair
ng left Slidell Thursday bound for
oss Point, to load a cargo of .um
Pr, possibly four hundred thousand
set, for the North Cuban coast. We
re especially Interested in this boat
a she is owned by Slidell people.
There have arrived in Slidell dur
ag the past ten days, thirty-eight
ar loads of the Texas drouth section
attle which are being pastured on
'revost's Island, about seven miles
nst of here. About twelve hundred
lead of cattle were in the lot. A
-reat many pigs and goats are being
handled out there where the pastur
goe in good and water abundant.
We note with Ipleasure that actual
active dredging is now going on
brough the Middle Ground. The
bannel to the nortdraw is being
marked by clusters dWiling and the
J. S. dredge working from the east
irn end seems to be making one pro
:rdss and as thi sohannel will h~ve
o be used by all boats built on Lake -
'onchartrain tb get to deep water it
s a matter of general interest to
Enow the work ds actually being
We note our worthy 'Mayor is now
he proud navigator of an automobile
Lnd no doubt we will hear of a great
ictivity in street and road work,' in t~
(Continued from page 2.)
John Penn, a colored boy aged 11
rears, shot and killed Robert Jack,
lso colored, while he was sitting at
Stable at the Demourelle place,
)laying cards with two other colored
Young Penn was standing behind
rack while he was playing and per- .K
asted in calling Jack's hand so that
he others could hear him. Jack or
lered him to qiut, when Penn eon
inued, Jack got up and slapped him.'
Penn went out and got a shotguan
rom his blkother-in-law's house and
ended It with buskshot. When he
:eturned to the place an dstuck the
iun in at the door, the other men
warned Jack that he 'ls about to
shoot, and as Jack turned in his
haitr to look toward the door Be
-eeeived the charge in his side. He
was taken to New Orleans Monday
norning and died Tuesday. Penn 1s
sow in jail awaiting action in the
The police Jury will meet Tubsday,.:
December 11, 1917, at the court-
house in Covington.
Covington, 'a., Nov. 30, 1917...
The St. Tammany Parish School "
Board met in special session on the '
above date to take up the maitter of..
titles to the 16th sections, and any .
other business that might legally 1
come before the board. The fotllow
ing members were present: N. H.
FitPStmons, third ward; H. H. Levy,
farth ward; W. H. Kahl, fifth ward; :
Dave Evans, sixth ward; B. W. Tod. i
seventh ward; C. M. Liddle, 'ninathl.
ward; 0. E. 1MYllar, tenth ward. Ab- *
sent: Geo. R. Dutsth, irst warld; '
T. J. O'Keeft second ward, and I:.
H. Robert, eighth ward.
,Moved by Mr. Millar, seconded o
Mr. Kahl, that the board approvoe
the purchase of desk, chair, and
Bling eases for superintendent'si
Ice, as reported ,by the sueri.
et. Carrled.
Be. F, J. ijelnts, whet
eting as truant oprfeo
bard, apeared
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