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..E The St. Tammnany Farmer w.Th 0 YEAR TSAmmS STAMPS DNITED STATES GONVEATD RHi 19 .i D. g. MASON, Editor C NT LA ST D MA H ,18.X -i.D. R. MASON, Editor COVINGTO.., hA., SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 1918 VOL. XLIV No. 19 THE BIG GERMAN OFFENSIVE WILLBE A FAILURE Third Liberty Loan Campaign Will Be Commenced April 6th MOTOR LEAGUE OF LOUISIANA ENLISTS WITH GOVERNMENT President Crawford H. Ellis ." Writes Protfer To Government. RECEIVES LETTER OF THANKS, ACCEPTANCE List of All Motor Cars and Capacity Will Be Prepared. The Motor League of Louisiana with campaign headquarters at lio tel Grunewald, New Orleans, which ~iis conducting a state-wide campaign ;for good roads for Louisiana, and for this purpose is endeavoring to enlist the active support and co-op eration of all the business men and ear owners of the state is mobiliz 1ing motorists for emergency war ,serelce. President Crawford H. Elliis has .:rttth the War and Navy I epart , nmeants as follows: "The Motor League of Louisiana .'emposed of representative 'business men of this city and state is organ zisl.g a Motor Corps for the purpose .Oft co-operating with the Government 1a the transportation of men and g. lpplies or in any such other way as you or your Department may sug ge.>.st from time to time, as the oc ewailon demands. '"The plan we have in mind and ..Le line along which we are working .-rliey is to register all our car own , together with all data tabulatel, ing the name and address, telo _ one number, carrying capacity of or truck, and such other infor mation as would enable us to mobil e::I on short notice the largest i~esible number of cars, trucks and . 4rtvers capable of functioning in .aheb capacity as the work to be per ,mued might require. ,- ' '¶We are writing this letter with the hope that the experience of your department with similar movements *a. other cities or communities may ue utilized by our organization and ~'lmbo with the further object of secur i. from you your opinion as to how I:=a Mcn best co-operate." President Ellis has received reply f'roe the Department of War in an ._ wer to the above conimunication ad d.aesed to Secretary of War Baker . tfrm which the following is quoted: ."Receipt is acknowledged of your 7letter of the 20th instant, addressed -to the Secretary of War, in reference >i1 the organizing of a motor corps 'bfor the purpose of co-operating witn :the Government in the transporta bo. p of men and supplies. "'You are advised that the work YOU are doing is a:ong entirely prop r 4lines and it may be of value in ': l sng the country on the 'basis of .4amoplete preparedness. "'This office will have ready for 4use in a short time complete man als for the organization and opera tiOt of motor vehicle companies, in b8lntg motor trucks, automobiles motorcycles, and copies of this '9tlicastnin wi.l be forwarded to you s soon as they are available." 'Secretary of the Navy. Josephus atalels, in replying writes as fol S"I am pleased to acknowledge re of your letter of Feb. 20, offer le to co-operate with the Govern In the transportation of men supplies. "The patriotic spirit which pro you and other Americans to lunteer for service in case of need, ,s highly a,ipreciated. "Your letter will be recorded in Bureau of Supplies and Ac te and forwarded to the Chief ahweal Operations, so that you may e called upon in case your organiza 0b can be of service." Ii Commenting on this movement U the part of the League, Mr. Ellis id: "The nations's war vrepara Xtigi have resulted in a marked im = ?Vement in the road systems of the tle country. The volume of traf lever roads has been greatly in eMsed by the movement of Govern MAnot motor trucks which has neces si·ated not only new routes but has iade imperative the improvement SM roads already in existence to meet requirements of this additional tra.. c." Mr. Ellis said that he be leved that this war had given the reatest impetus to road building 'ad proper road maintenance of any tOadition that has confronted the *untry during the past fifty years. Ie pointed out that the actual eon itlon was contrary t, some local flaon in certain communities to the effect, that because we are in a tate of war road building and road (Ceatlmaed on paee 3) PARISH FOOD COMMISSION GETS LETTER INSTRUCTION Commissioner J. L. Haller and Inspector Mackie Will Enforce Rules. TROOPS AT FRONT MUST HAVE FOOD Louisiana Will Do Her Part In Self Denial To Conserve. John L. Haller. Parish Food Ad ministrator, and ill. A. Mackie, Ad ministrator for Covington, have re ceived instructions from State Ad ministrator John M. Parker as to the urgent necessity of s'rictly conform ing to the rules of the food adminis tration. Administrator Haller has Instructed the Ward Administrators to enforce the rulings. The Parker letters follow: New Orleans, March 18, 1918. Mr. John L. Haller, Covington, La. Dear Sir:-We enclose you copies of Special Flour Rules 25 and 26, as requested. Farmers who grind their own meal may give certificates to the quantity of meal on hand and ob tain a proportionate quantity of wheat flour against such certificates. At the same time, wheat flour is the most important food needed for war purposes during the next four months, and it is the patriotic duty of all citizens, farmers and merch ants included, to discourage the use of flour as.much as possible. This is no hardship in Louisiana where most of the substitutes are raised and on hand, and any co-operation in the line of the government's pur poses will be patriotic and appre ciated. Yours very truly, JOHN M. PARKER. Food Administrator for La. Rule 26-No licensee manufactur ing wheat flour shall, without the permission of the United States Food Administrator, sell or deliver such wheat flour to any retailer or con sumer thereof, unless the buyer pur chases at the same time or the li censee satisfies himself that the buy er has 'purchased one pound of wheat substitutes for every pound of wheat flour purchased. Wheat flour substitutes for this purpose shall include hominoy, corn grits, corn meal, corn flour, edible corn starch, barley flour, rolled oats, oatmeal, rice, rice flour, buckwheat flour, potato flour, sweet potato flour, soya bean flour and feterits flour and meals. In making any combination sales under this rule, the licensee shall name a price for each of the articles so sold, which shall not represent more than a normal pre-war profit on any one of such articles. Washington, March 21, 19118. .ohn M. Parker, Food Administra tor, New Orleans, La. Following is the Food Administra tion's new conservation message which will be released for 'publica tionin Sunday morning papers: "If we are to furnish the Allies with the necessary proportion of wheat to maintain their war bread from now until the next harvest, and this is a military necessity, we must reduce our monthly consumption to twenty one million bushels a month as against our normal consumption of about forty-two millian bushels, or fifty 'percent of our normal consump tion, reserving a margin for distri bution to the Army for special cases, leaves for general consumption ap proximately one and one-half Ipounds of wheat products weekly per person, many of our consumers are depend ent upon ibakers bread. Such bread must be dunable and therefore re quires a larger proportion of I-heat products t'han cereal broads baked in the household. Our Army and Navy require a full allowance. The well to-do in our population can make greater sacrifices in the consumption of wheat aproducts than can the poor. In addition, our population in the agricultural districts, where the other cereals are abundant, are more skilled in the preparation of breads from these other cereals than the crowded city and industrial popula tion. With improved transportation conditions we now have available a surplus of potatoes. We also !ve in the spring months a surplus of milk and iwe have ample corn adl oats for human consumption. The drain on rye and barley as~sati tutes has already greatly exhausted the supply of these grains, to es.pct the needed saving of rwheat w1 ale wholly dependent upon the. vIu - tary assistance of the Americae, ple and 'we ask that the following rules be observed: (thoatauee ap asg. 5) GENERAL PERSHING IEETS KING ALBERT r.s ::E~:~~:~::I.: "~l:'i :".': -:.€1.: ·' General Pershing, commwander in chief of the American forces in Franc. being greeted on his arriv.al on the Belgian front by King Albert of Belgium. Thi isth fistphotograph to arrive in this coun~try showing the meet1.g t~meal ersingpai ilsit to the Belgian front and inspected the forces whi-nch are holding that part of the line in Flanders. ASSOCIATION OF COMMERCE MEETING OF MONDAY Mr. J. V. Leitch, of the Motor League of Louisiana, appeared be fore the Association of Commerce, at the meeting Monday night, and laid before the members the im portance of the league work. Quite a number of memberships were se cured and the interest of the asso ciation was aroused in promoting the building of the connecting link of the Chef Menteur road now being completed with a bridge to be built at the Rigolets. With the comple tion of a short piece of road to the parish line from Slidell, St Tammany parish wouldl he in a position to take advantage of this great road to New Orleans and connecting highways. Mr. Mackie made a report for the committee in charge of building a motor line to Malisonville, which would include the extension of the present line to Mandeville. Madi sonville was expected to become greatly interested in this project, but up to this time it has been diffi cult to get a meeting of its citizens, although one had been promised. Progress was relported and an ex tension of time was given for further developments. Committee relative to completion of shelling of Madisonville road re ported that work had not progressed because money for completton was not forthcoming. -0---- T. F. DAVIS WAR WAR SAVINGS LETTER The following letter has been giv en to the press of the state for pub licity: New Orleans, March 20. 1918. Editor St. Tammany Farmer: Dear Sir:-As president of the Federal Land Bank I have been ap pointed on the Stalte Committee of War Savings to call to the atten tion of the farmers of this district their duty in connection with War Savings. The Government has provided in the War Savings Stamp the best se curity yet offered to any people. The interest-bearing unit is the $5.00 stamp which can be bought this montlr for $4.114, redeemable on ten days notice at any post office with 3 per cent simple interest or if held to maturity. January 1, 1923. $5.00 cash will be paid, yielding 4 per cent, compounded quarterly. I deire to make a special request of the farmers and the farmers' wives that they form the habit of investing in War Savings Stamps regularly each month, and, in order to carry out the request of our Presi dent and to help our country, I de sire to suggest that this season when the farmers are casting their crops that they plant at least one addition al acre in cotton, corn, rice, sugar, oats, peas or other food products. Let this acre be known as a National Acre to *be cultivated in the ordi narily rest time, and with the pro ceeds of this acre invest in War OconamRed on page 5) ··d. MANDEVILLE HAS COLORED AUXILIAY IN GOOD WORK Mandeville, March 28---The fourth ward adds another leaf to its wreath of laurel in the shape of Mandeville Colored Auxiliary A. R. C., with the following officers: Chairman, Miss Alice Burrill; vice chairmin, Mrs. E. Daniels; secretary. Miss Hattie Nor ton; trasurer, Mrs. Corinne Lewis; chairman of supplies, Mrs. Vctoria Vaughn; captain of garments, Miss Ernestine Brousseau; Captain of knitting, Miss Emma Burrill; cap tain of surgical dressigns, Miss Ethel Sanders. The forty-ex members present at the organization last week exhibited a keen Interest in Red Cross work and expressed an anxiety to get busy at once, this being especially so with those who have relatives somewhere over there. Sewing machines are being put in order, tables and lockers are being built and uniforms are being made with a view of beginning work next week and if there be any truth in the saying that "coming events cast their shadows before them" then the other colored auxiliaries in the par ish (not excepting the Lewisburg colored auxiliary, which is doing fine work, although only three weeks old) will have to trot a rapid pace to keep from being beaten by this baby auxiliary. The Mandeville colored auxiliary will, until further notice, meet every Thursday at 2 to 6 'p. m. at the Sons and Daughters Hall in Marigny ave. The Rev. Weaver and Bro. Marshal Burrill were of much assistance to the organizer, and will look after the "substantial" side of the auxiliary. Treasure Island, Robert Steven son's masterpiece and known where ever the English language is spoken, will be screened at a special picture show next Saturday, April 6, at the Hip Theatre, for the-benefit of the Mandeville public school. Admis sion 15 cents straight. Some people may ask, why doe3. this just finished new school already need assistance? The answer is, that because of the high cost of ma terial there was scarcely enough money, as a matter of fact, several hundred dollars had to be borrowed to pay the last installment to the builder, and the money sought to be raised by this entertainment is for the purpose of filling, grading and sewering the grounds, equipping a library, 'purchasing a piano, all of which are sorely needed, especially so if this school becomes a junior high school next year, and while you are aiding the above good cause you are getting more than your mon ey's worth in the shape of a magnifi cent and elaborate picture, featuring the same principles as in "Jack and the Beanstalk." Farewell Smoker. Quite a large number of the young set, close friends of the honor guest, gave a farewell smoker and reeep tion at the residence of Mr. William Smith complimentary to Janes C. Toomer, last Tuesday night, on the eve of his departure for Camp Pike. Mr. Toomer is one of the seven white men.drafted from this parish in an s.l · · 1,..:. ASKS WATCH BE KEPT FOR SPIES OF GERMANY IN PARISH Chairman Davis of Council of Defense Asks Help From All. EVERY EYE SHOULD WATCH FOR ENEMY These Spies Are Now In Our Midst in Parish of St. Tammany. To the Loyal People of St. Tanp many Parish: The St. Tammany Branch of the National Council of Defense is en deavoring to be of some use to our country in this, it·s time of trouble, and we call upon the loyal people of the ,parish to co-operate with us in this effort. It is our aim to assist the National Government in every step it takes for the proper ,prosecU tion of the war. Just at this time our people can be of invaluable as sistance to the Nation (which means themselves) in obeying the food laws and seeing that their neighbors do the same. Every loyal citizen should consider himselfta committee of one to report merchants or individuals ho are not being regulated by the new food laws. These reports should be sent to the local Food Commis sioner, or if they will be sent to the Council of Defense will be properly delivered. Such reports will be handled in confidence, if necessary. One of the greatest menaces, if not the very greatest, facing our country today is the enemy in our midst. You are either for our coun try or against it; you are either an asset to the Nation or a liability. Neutrality ceased and a dividing of the ways was reached last April 6th, and yet we find people who are luke warm concerning the war and not raising their hands to assist their Nation. Worse than this, thousands throughout the country and a few in St. Tammany, at heart, are against their Nation. These should be watched and their unpatriotic utter ances and treasonable actions should be reported to the Council of De fense. The Government is prepared to handle them, and all reports, ex cepting anonymous ones, will be ac cepted, turned in to the proper places and held in strict confidence. We invite the co-operation of all loyal citizens in every effort to fur ther the cause of our country, and particularly in the above two fea tures, which are probably the most important just at this time. Respectfully, E. G. DAVIS, Chairman St. Tammany Council of Defense. Council Defense to Meet Wednesday At the courthouse on 'Wednesday, April 3, at 8 o'clock, Mrs. Lydia Wickliff Holmes, of Baton Rouge, and Miss Levering Moore, will hold a patriotic meeting. The public is in vited to ;be present. The women are expected to be present. The Council of Defense would like the women of all nearby towns to at tend this meeting, as these ladies will outline some of the work to be car ried on by the Council. Don't forget-8 o'clock, April 3, at the courthouse. swer to the recent call for 95,000 men, and leaves home, on next Tues day, April 2. Mr. W. (Sandy) Roberts, of Man deville, has also tbeen drafted and will accompany Mr. Toomer. God speed and care for you both, Jim and Sandy. Our prayers and best wishes will ever be with you. and may you and the other Mandevil lians return honored and a credit to your town, yourselves and your God. Notes. Miss Merle Sharp has been ap pointed a lieutenant in the surgical dressing department of the Mande ville Auxiliary A. R. C. Miss Merle, having the ability and knoweldge of the work required, will be of in valuable assistance to chairman of said department. Mr. and Mrs. Fordyce Kimball and their young daughter are the guests for several weeks of Mrs. T. (ava lier. Mr. Kimball Is the represen tative of the State Traffic. Relief As sociation and is an authority on 'good roads, but if he lingeri here ehbouts. for some time he will find that there is a 4bookful to be learn *d buot bad waeeds. elah! LETTERS FROM COVINGTON GIRLS, -BOYS IN FRANCE Nurses and Members of Base Hospital Unit No. 24 of New Orleans. MISS LANSING AND FISHER IN FRANCE Interesting Sketches of Life Aboard Ship and On Shore. Mrs. G. E. Lansing he.; r".' eived the following letters from her daughter, Miss Janella, with It. iI. I'. No. "4: "Somewhere," Dearest Folks: This is our third day out and we're a:l been hav:ng a wonderful time. A few have been a little sick, but Mae and I have never felt better in our live. Our appetite has increasedl with each day and we have such lovely meals. I have enjoyed each one so much. We are traveling first class and everything is so nice and such good service it scarcely -seems possible that it can be really in time of war. I'll tell you what we had for break fast: Grape fruit, oatmeal, milk, eggs and bacon, coffee and rolls. the service was all so nice and there was plenty of everything. There seems to be no shortage of butter and sugar. Quite a few of the boys are musicians and they furnish us music during our lunch and dinner every day. Nearly everybody ap plauds every piece. Every morning after breakfast we walk the deck for a while and if it isn't too windy get a deck chair and sit out in the fresh air and wattch the sky and waves or read. Mae and I have a couple of books from the library-there are quite a collection on board-and read aloud to each other. After lunch we take another walk and then usu ally get up a card game. There are lots of interesting folks on board and thgre is usually ,plenty to do or talk about. A good many of the boys and girls gather around the piano in the lounge and play and sing. There is a nice, big open grate with a real coal furnace and it is the most cheerful thing we have seen since leaving home. It is just like being in a big comfortable home. At night the motion of the ship doesn't bother us at all. We sleep like tops. Our quartermaster is a fine fellow. He says the nurses will always, come first, and he is going to look out for our comfort. We had a life boat drill, of course, and they certainly are going to look out for our safety should the occasion arise. The sea has been almost calm and the sun has been shining beautiful ly except for the first day. Last night a good many of the girls and boys danced, awhile. Mae and I played cards with a couple of the boys who mere interns at the Touro when we were there. It is nice to see them again after so long a time. I have not seen the two boys from home. They are not allowed up on our deck. Sunday we had church services There was a Methodist minister, but next time it will 'be some one else He gave a very nice talk. Most of the service though was read from a book with special services for those at sea. It could do for any religion. The collection was nearly forty dol lars. It is turned over to seamen's charities. It is wonderful how quickly one can adapt themselves to conditions. We already feel so at home-you should see the nurses sitting about in little groups, knitting, reading, just chatting, 'while others are sitting in the writing room writing letters. I left a letter and telegram to be sent you when we get over. They are to be held until we are across and then sent, but it makes you hear so much quicker than if you .had to wait until we are over. Take good care of yourselves. Don't be imprudent -keep well. 'We are all right so you needn't worry. Loads of love to each one of yolu. Devotedly, JANELLA. "Over Here. ' My Dear Folks:-Well, here we are at last "over here." When we say "over there" now we mean America. I can scarcely 'believe it I.s true. We had a long trip, but we enjoyed it all very much. We had unusually good weather. Iast Sun day and Monday the waves ran pret ty high. The wind had gotten strong by 8aturday evening. Mae and about two-thirds of our lunit were seasick as could be by morning, but I re-liz ed my hopes of crossing the ocean without being sick. The boys gave several concerts in the evening and played almost every nght for danc tezsrisb a4 ag *1 COVINGTON BOY, ENLISTED NOW AN OFFICER, SON OF ATTORNEY 8, M, MILLER ..ý - o - .. .,..ý 4 .g4-3 Lieut. Benj. WV. Miller. GERMANS WILL NOT WIN IN BIG HERALDED OFFENSIVE The much vaunted German drive, which was heralded by an invitation to neutral correspondents to be presr ent on the front, has been carried on with the uttermost fury by mass ed men numbering over a million for the past eight days. While they. have entered a wedge into the allied forces and driven them back twenty miles, the attack is weakening and the opinion of military men is that the worst is over and the allied forces will lsoon commence a counter at tack. It is estimated the Gerapn forces have lost half a million men, as they were mowed down like gr ss in their furious rush to break the linesi Losses of the allies not over 150,000. The allies are said to be well protected in the rear, with freh troops to use when the proper mo (Continued on Page 5.)" Liberty Loan Drive Begins April 6 The Council' of Defense is now or ganizing for the purpose of making the third liberty loan a big suecesI in St. Tammany parish. l]very ef fort will be brought to bear to make the people realize that this 1. J#o1. war and that it will take a vaste pt of money to carry it on sucoesa . Every person who can possibly d6 so will 'be urged to buy liberty bonds. Besides being a good investment they are the price we must pay for. liberty. They will feed our soldiers and arm them and care for them. Mrs. J. C. Burns was lppointed a committee of one to ask the public schools of our parish to give one big day over to the campaigners. It is therefore urged that all schools get up some big demonstration, have parades and advertise the third lib erty loan, which begin April 6. This order is given with the approval of Superintendent Lyon, who wishes to encourage the greatest effort ina this matter. Colored Drafted Men Leave Today. The colored drafted men will leavd for camp, from Covington, Sat urday (today). Preparations have been made by the Council of De fense to see them off. Individual lunch boxes will be provided and an Honor Guard escort will attend them. The colored people will provide tf teen of the lunches and ladies of the Council of Defense will provide the rest of the lunches from their own: kitchens and these lunches will be presented by the colored cooks of those kitchens. There will be 40 of these colored soldiers to be pro vided for, as this is the number that will leave today. The white soldiers will 'leave next, Tuesday and porper arrange twill be made for due attention I their departure.