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TThE ST. TAMMY T PaAFMMM
n Every SatnIsry at is the saburliptlon prtse
RUSTIC and BULLOCH'S DRUG of The armi. You'll
UDBAL P].L.MCY, p.rz of your money by bedig a
The St. Tammany Farmer 2
S Paop mbrlher. Help boost the pariah.
D. H. MASON, Editor COVINGTON, LA., SATURDAY, AUGUST 28, 1920. VOL. 46 No. 41
DRAINAGE ONLY
KEY TO SUCCESS
ON RICE FARM
SAYS PLANCHE
Experience In Wet Land An
Object Lesson In His
Own Farm Work.
WITH IT SUCCESS,
WITHOUT, FAILURE
Drainage Appeals to Him
As a Wonderful Thing
For St. Tammany.
Couington, La., Aug. 25, 1920.
Editor St. Tammany Farmer:
SI am fully in favor of drainage.
Being ot) n and raised in St. Tau'
many pari-l,. with all my interests
cent'.rcd here, it is only natural th:t
1 shoo d li!ke to sere her prosper,
there.ore. Ig ve to that wonderfuj
rdo "ve: - 'rainage"" - my full arn
dorselalent.
As a boy. on my father's farm, I
can weli :'embOn'er what great
trouu.- he tad to harvest rice crops.
due to low .ands and the heavy ratue
that are . c trelqunt in this part of
tire country. To save his crop fromi
utter ruin, I have seen him buio
every bunl:e of rice. What wo-.:
fthat was oyi. one who has used the
same process could appreciate. I
can renmeumer how we boys, after a
heavy rain, would take any kind of
old raftt, pull it over to the big road
near Ramsay and go sailing down
it as "ar as the Mile Branch. Drain
age was the only question that woud
have solved oui trouble. But back
in those days drainage was little
- kbk kn of and had not been put t,
the Lest as it has to-day. The coa
sequences v ere we had to abandon
our .arm.
I want to call your attention, right
here, to M. Patrick's place near the
Ramsay road, furiner:y known as
"Mud Rive"." it is a good exam)le
of what partial dra nage will do
- yve:al yeais ago when Mr. Schu!tz
w 6s a member of the Police Jury he
prop;s:d cutting a ditch 8 feet wide
and I8 inches deep. He asked amy
opinot of s.ch an undertaking and
as I thought it was the only practi
cal ti.ing to do I advised him to
carry out his plans and gave him
r~ every ass'stence I possibly could. In
a short time he had a well drained
piece ci land on which Mr. Patri':k
to-day can plant and raise a good
crop. A g.tater benefit could hate
b. een deriveu if the ditching had con
tinue.l, but just about that time Mr.
Schu-Z-'s term as a member of the
Police Jury expired and nothing
more was. sad about it.
After many years the old feeling
for ' farm life" returned, and I
thought I would give it another
trial. The same difficulties were
again encountered and my succass
was little more than that of my
Isthe" before rme. Conditions had
been somewhat improved, owing to
several large ditches be ng cut by
the rarish similar to the one made
by Mr. Schultz, but not enough to
do much good. The question is,
shall our sons be doomed to the
same fate, it the farm is to be hi7
ea:liug in life? Shall we trust upon
his yoang shoulders the same draw
back ;hat we have carried for '1fa°
My answer is NO! What is yours?
I act not as well versed in drait
age a; some are, but 1 know enou7'
from actual experience to conviute
me that drainage is the only logical
thing for St. Tammany parish-until
that :mportant step is.taken we cam
not expect to succeed any more than
In the past.
We have the opportunity to-day to
r lake or mar our future. Shall we
' remain in the rut we have been in
Sfor the past fifty yeara, and more,
or shall we awaken to the fact that
S.acces~s, through drainage, is knock
lag at our door ready to enter and
distribute among us an equal sharr,
Sof this world's riches.
The key-n;ote to success througl
Ott the West has been drainage and
iVrlgat~on. If thousands of acres of
their barren wasto lands can be con
rerted into beautiful productive
: elda by the same methods they a-m
urging us to adopt, why should we
itesitate in accept.ng the same privi
le ewhen our beautiful Southland
bIasts of more advantages than oer
Weatern neighbors?
Ho . James Cox, Democratic nomi
Sle tor president of the Un'ted
mates, in his acceptance speech,
stressed the great need of drainage
mid irrigation. He said common
pi'd', ce wouldt suggest that we tu
" , 'ea. to our iutmost our acres of
tilable land, There are still va~t
malpir.s in extert in our country per
forming no serv ee to humanity. it
5i s only through such iprojects.as
r.alnage and irrigation, he says, that
~Wtill convert them into prospero I's
1rms. Every dollar spent will yield
; .ompensating results.
:W lt.h words of such encouragement
* these let ui all get together and
9tt o'd St. Tammany on the "map of
Yours truly,
MAtURICE P. PLANCHE.
IFOt RENT-A furnished houss
Ilth modern improvements, screenr,
B"etrc lights, water. Apply Box
('C, Ocvinf ton, La. au28
CARD 01F THAN'KS.
', Wish to thank all thoes who
U ttr' i gly helped up with the care
( our sick wife and mother, Mrs.
* E. Davis, and especially do we
- St·t Bro. Martin and Bro. ToncY
, l.igiou3 services, rendered at her
de and funeral.
SHUSBAND AND CHILDREN.
:;t '·i
NEGRO BUILDING
ON THE FAIR
GROUNDS IS
ASSURED
Influential Colored Citizen3
Get Together and
Form Plan.
TO RAISE $500
FOR BUILDING
Committees Appointed and
Plans Mapped Out for
the Campaign.
The Board of Directors of the tt.
Tammany Parish Fair Associatiou,
of wuich President J. H. Warner.
Mr. H. A. Mackie and Mayor Root.
W. Badon are members, conferred
with Prof. T. F. Dickerson, of Mali
sonville, Dr. J. L. Johnson, of Sli
dell; J. H. Vaughan of Mandeville;
Mrs. Delphine Heiser, of Madison
vi le, and Fev. I. Gilchrist, Rev. i.
J. Bell, Prof. V. C. Thorton, Mrs.
Josepuine Moore, Miss Marion Bel:,
of Cov.ngton, and Peter Foster, >)
lndian Village, regarding the build
ing to 'be erected for the colored
jieopl,* of St Tammany parish.
Th b member of the board explain
ed to the colored representatives th.it
a separate building was necessary
for the following reasons:
1. The persent buildings were too
small to house all the exhib!ts.
2. The board realized that the
colored people ought to have a plate
to amuse themselves with music,
games and a restaurant.
3. That the colored people will
be free to visit all exhibition booths.
4. That said Ibuilding is to be
erected at once near the race track
and .viat:on field with a campus for
1a:l g;;mes and other outdoor amuso
ments.
5. That this building will be
controlled jointly by the Board of
Directors and the colored building
committee.
6. Thaat the colored people of
the )arish are to raise $500 and the
Board of Directors will have the
build rg and grounds ready for the
fair.
The colored representatives ex
pressed their appreciation to Preji
dent Warner, Mr. Mackie and Mayor
Badon for - the, 4nterest past Sand
present, that the board had taken
in the colored people, and pledge-I
themseives to raise the $500 as soon
as possible.
The colored committeemen organ
ized w:th Prof. T. F. Nickersoa,
chairman; Prof. V. C. Thornton, se.
retary, and Rev. B. J. Bell, treasurer.
It w:as moved.by Prof. Dickerosn,
seconded by Rev. Bell, that this )r
ganization will be known as the
Colored Division of the St. Tammany
Parish Fair Association, and that a
membership fee of one dollar be
lev'ed. Carried.
Moved by Prof. Thornton, second
ed by Dr. Johnson, that each repre
sentative present be appointed chair
man of the local committee in his
community, and that the local com
m-itte , be empowered to raise funas
for the association. Carried.
The following committees were ap
pointed:
Bal Iding and Grounds--Rev. I.
Gilchrist, Prof. V. C. Thornton and
Rev. B. J. Bell.
Agriculture-Pete Foster, Robert
Brown, Isiaah Penn, Steven Pieros,
Charlie Beard, Wallace Pichon, Hy
Williams, A. Izidore, J. R. Vaughau,
Joe Taylor, Francois Flot, Antoine
Pierra and Foster Green.
The following committees will be
appointed in a few days: Commit
tees an Textile, Culinary and Lire
Stock.
The following members paid one
dollar: Pete Foster, Prof. T. F.
Dickerson, Rev. B. .. Bell, Rev. I.
Gilchr'st, Dr. J. L. Johnson, J. R.
Vaughan, John Heisser, V. C. Thorn
ton, Mrs. Josephine Moore and 315es
Marion Bell.
e~,..nty cents was collected for
stationery.
Th:*re being no further business
the meeting adjourned subject .o
call.
V. C. ITHORNTON,
Secretary.
TEACHERS IN COVINGTON HIGIl
SCHOOL
Followin, are the teachers in the
Covincton High Schol for the 1920
1921 session:
Prof. A. J. Park, principal; Miss
Maima Paysinger, Science and Math
ematlcs; Miss Lois Musick, English
and Latin; Miss Mina King, English
and Latin; Miss Ruth Burns, Home
Economics; Miss Pearl Grantham,
7th grade; Miss Nettle Sojourner,
7th grade; Miss Mabel Burch, 6th
grade; Miss Edna Close, 5th grade;
Miss Anna Elichlal, 5th grade; Miss
Chrisizen IitzSimons, 4th grade;
Mrs. V. Z. Young, 3d grade; M ss
Eliza Stockton, 2d grade; Miss Li'i
rance Derveloy, 1st grade; Mrs. E.
D. Evans, 1st grade.
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MRS. FLORN. la. DAVIS.
Died, at Pearl River, La., Mrs.
Florence L. Davis, aged 64 years, on
Wedne.day, AugiPt 18, 1920, after
an illness of three weeks. She has
been en invalid for eightsyears, an.l
in that time has apot ~walid a ste,.
She trusted in Gos 'zealZiiig that He
would care for helW She was a de
voted wife and ,atirlng mother. To
know her was to love her. She was
laid Lo rest in thgAudttbon Ceme
tery on Thursdayf#3Lgust 19, at 3 p.
m., where a hosti*itsds and rela
tives gathered to pay their last
tribute of love and respect. 1
FARM BOYS ON 40 00MILE TOUR
4 " . :te . i
* One hundred and fifteen itaan boys, who ha tly won a competitive examination in agr4
nutural subjects were rewarded, with a 4000-mioe sour through the principal farming regions of the
Wountr7. The trip took Ihqm through New York, Chisago. Detroit, Cleveland and Washington, endings
mt College Station, Tit. The tour was financed by the business men of Texas. Its purpose was tal
'broaden the viewpoint of the future farmer boy and to enable him to meet agriculture problems with
mor jntellgeae.
SCHOOL BOARD
PROCEEDINGS
m OF AUG. 20
Covington, La., Aug. 20, 1920.
The St. Tammany gParish School
BoartI met in regular session at the
courtnouse in Covington, La., on the
above date with the president, N. H.
Fitzeimons, in the chair, and the fol
lowng members present: T. J. O'
Keele, ward 2; N. H. FitzSimoni,
ward 3; W. W. Talley, ward 5; Dave
Evans, ward 6; I. H. Keller, war!
7; Geo. Banks, ward 8; W. J. Sebas
tian, ward 9; Wm. Oswald, ward 19
Those absent were H. H. Levy, ward
4; Geo. R. Dutsch. ward 1.
U-p.n motion of Mr. Evans, second
ed by Mr. Oswald, the minutes of the
preceding meeting were accepted a:+
published in The St. Tamma-iy
Farmei, the official journal.
Thb- follow ng resolution was in
troduced by Mr. O'Keefe, secondel
by Mr. Keller, and unanimously car
ried, to-wit:
Be it resolved, That the St. Tam
many Parish School Board of the
Pariah of St. Tammany, La., now
proceed to open the ballot boxes use i
at the special election held in School
Distr'" No. 2 of the Parish of et.
Tammany, La., on August 18, 1921),
exam n' and count the votes cast at
said election contained in said ballot
boxes, both in number and amount;
examine and canvass the returas
mad- by the commissioners and
clerks serving at said elect'on ai
shown by th.: tally sheet, ;poll list and
compiled statements of the votes
made by said commissioners' and
clerks presiding at said election; all
.n accordance with a resolution of
this board ordering said election dat
ed J .y 9, 1920.
The School Board then proceeded
in the presence of three competent
witnesses to count the ballots -ou
tained in the boxes used at said elec
tion and examined the same as to
number and amounts, inspected the
statement of voters made by the coin
miss.taiers and clerks presiding at
said election, and after said inspe
tion, .'xamination and canvassing
were made the following resolution
was intioduced by Mr. Oswald, duly
seconded by Mr. Talley, and unani
mously carried, to-wit:
Be it remembered, that we, they
School Board of the Parish of St.
Tammany, La., acting as a board of
commisiooners for the elect:on held
in and for the School District No. 2
of the Parish of St. Tammany, La.
on August 18, 1920, met to-day in
open session at the offic eof the Par
ish School Board in the Town of
Covington, Louisiana, at the hour of
10 a. :a., for the purpose of counting
the votes cast at said election and
examining the same, 'both as to num
ber and amount, and inspecting and
examiing the same both as to num
ber and amount, and inspecting and
examining and compiling the returns
sent in 'by the commissioners and
clerks presiding at said election in
said School District No. 2 of the
Parish of St. Tammany, La., on th.+
48th day of August, 1920, for and
against the proposition submitted to
the property tax payers, qualified as
electors under the Constitution and
laws on the State of Louisiana, con
formably to a resolution adopted on
the 9th day of July, 1920, by the
St. Tammany Parish School Board
of the Parish of St. Tammany, La.
The meeting having -been regular
ly called to order by N. H. Fits
S:mons, ;president, and all members
being present except Geo. R. Dutsch,
ward 1, and H. H. Levy, ward 4, did
in open session and in the presence
of Alex Taylor and F. F. Wiggintoni
and J. W. Blackwell, three compe
tent witnesses, and in the presence
of as many others as chose to a'
tend the examination, inspection and
compilat on of the returns of said
election; and having aseertaine4d
from said inspection and compilation
that tne votes in numnber and amount
cast at the aforesaid election held ia
School Distr'ct No. 2 of the Parish
of St. Tammany, La., for and against
the poposition submitted to the tax
payers of said School District No. ?
by a resolution of the School Boardl
of the Parish of St. Tammany, La.,
adop-sd July 9, 1920, to-wit:
Proposition to levy a three mill
tax on all property subject to tax
atwi.on in School District No. 2 of thJ
Parish of St. Tammany, La., for a
period of ten years for the purpose
of giving addlitional aid to the pub
lNoc schools in said School Distri-t
No. 2.
For, or in favor of sa:d proposi
tion "here were cast Fifty-two (52)
Yotes, representing a taxable assess
ed property valuation of forty-three
thousand four hundred and forty
even ($43,447) dollars.
Against, or in opposition to satl
BOGUE FALAYA
COMMISSION
REPORTS
Covington, La., Aug. 24, 192,
Editor St. Tammany Farmer:
I have the honor to submit nuer,
with a report of the transactions of
the new Park Commission, wit.i a
requebt tha" it .be published in T'h e
St. Tammany Farmer for the Z~fo'
mation of the general public, the real
owner of the Bogue Falaya Park an-i
Pavilion.
Respectfully,
BOGU: FAALAYA PARK COM
MISSION,
Per A. G. Maylie, Sec.
Receipts.
P. J. Heintz, old depot
fud .............. 400.03
F. J. Heintz, donations
from the public . .. 416.60 ,
A. V. Smith, balance old
Park Coi missioon .. 221.61,
Dr. W. L. Stevenson, for
old lumber ........ 61.80
B. P. Fontan, pavilion
rental ............. 12.5)
Daughiters of Isabella,
pav:i:on rental ..... 5.00
Druids, pavilion rental. 12.Y)
W. P. U., net receipts of
"Manliess Weding" .. 236.17
Total receipts ..... 1366.1S
Advanced by the town-at
Covington from gen
eral fund to meet in
cur-ed of ligations, to
be ieturned from the
spacial fund ....... 1687.51
$3053.69
Expenditures.
r. Roscoe, labor, build
ing pavilion ....... 603.9 )
smith Hdw. Co., lumber
and material ...... 1213.35
B. Commenge, galvaniz
ed ocfing and laying
sama ........ .... 482.00
W. W. Carre Lbr. Co.,
lumber ............ 373.9.
L. T. Ragan, wiring pa
vilion and lamps ... 117.60
Geo. Tasseigne, labor on
pavilion and grounds 34.82 1
R. L. Aubert Co., insur
anc. .............. 97.50
Pechon & Lamar, laying
p'po and material .. 115.00
St. Tammany Ice & Mfg.
Co., electric globes .. 15.60 1
Total expenditures .. $3053.63
The following have donated con
crete tenches or swings:
Mayor Rc'bt. W. Badon, Lawrence
M. Bourgeois, Covington Bank &
Trust Co., Commercial Bank & Trus'
Co., Walter Galatas, Dr. G. R. Tol
son, J. A. Domergue, Covington Gri. I
cery & Grain Co., Harry Piguet, S. J.
Newman, H. J. Smith's Sons, Meth
odist iSunday School, Episcopal Sun
day School, Presbyterian Sunday
School, Knights of Columbus, Ma
sonic Lodge No. 188, F. & A. M.,
Bogue Falaya Grove No. 21 U. A. O.
D., Women's Progressive Union, C.
E. Scaon'berg, Burns Furniture Com
pany, Mackie Pine Products Co.
prop"sition there were cast twenty
seven (27) votes, representing a tax
able assessed valuation of forty-two 4
thousand four hundred and s:xty-one
($42,161) dollars.
And after counting the votes, in
specting and exaamining the same a.I
to number and amount, sad.having
inspected and examined and cahvass
ed the poll list, talley sheets and.
comp. ed statements of votes mad3
by the commissioners and clerks pr -
siding at sa:d election and compiling
the returns of said election- we re
placed in the ballot boxes the ballo.s,
the poll lists, talley sheets and com
piled statements of votes cast at saidl
election and after having sealed th
same we deposited the boxes with
the secretary of the St. Tammany
Parish School Board of the Parishn
of St. Tammany, La., and having
satisfied ourselves that the returns
made by the commissioners and
clerks presiding at said election are
true And correct, and that the prop
osition submitted to the taxpayerA
quallfed as electors under the la .v
and Constitution of the State of Lo a
is'ans to vote at said election hell
in cnool District No. 2 of the Par
Ish of St. Tammany, La., on August
18, 1920, was carried by a majority
of votes in number and amount oM
assessed valuation of the p.roperty
taxpayers voting at said election.
The St. Tammany Parish School
Board of the Parish of St. Tammany,
La., cting as commissioners of the
aforesaid ~lection held in School Dis
trlct No. 2 of the Parish of St. Tam
many, La., in open session assembled
as atrresaide hereby declare that thri
said propoaltioh submitted to the
property taapayers of School District
No. 2 by a resoluation of the St. Tam
FOR THE COMMUNITY
+ HOUSE.
* *
Denver. Col., Aug. 20, 1920. E
Edt.hor St. Tammany Farmer:
We receive l your valuable *
Spiper in which we see you good *
people have converted the M. C. -
* B. Library into a Community *
House. This is what Mrs. Mar- *
gle has been advocating for a .
long time and she is highly elat
ed over this undertaking and *
wishes to say to you good people *
upon her return she will do all *
in her power to push things *
along. Inclosed you will find *
$10.00 wltich please turn over *
to the proper person. *
We have been here in Denver *
aboit fifteen days and will leave *
here Sdpt. 12th for Ft. Smith, *
Ark., to spend about ten days *
with our son, Dr. H. H. Smith, *
then home.,
Hoping everything is lovely *
w wiot you and yours, we are,
Yours truly, *
MR. & MRS. H. H. SMITH. *
FOt ABITA SPRINGS FANCY
WORKERS.
Abita Springs fancy workers wi'l
1o doubt carry off many Iprizes at
he Annual Pasish Fair to be herd
n Cavtngton in October. I have
een appointed to receive entries for
he lalies of Abita Springs a.g vicli4
ty in t'fe fancy work departinei ,
Lnd shall take personal care of all
he entries made through me.
Pli-se prepare your very ,best en
ries and send them to my home in
kbita Springs.
MRS. O. W. LUECKE.
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NOTICE.
Extract from minutes of meeting
)f police jury of August 10, 192,1
It was mcved by C. M. Poole, sec
)nded by M. P. Schneider, that all
)ills must be sent in to the office of
,he police jury not lates than four
lays previous to the regular meet
ng day, as it delays the meetings
when o:lls are brought- in later, anid
%specially when they are brought In
)n m.eeting day, it makes confusion
tnd likely errors in the secretary's
-eports as they have to be ready be
ore the police jury meets for busi
ness, and under no circumstances
will any bills be paid coming in
tfter the above mentioned time, bat
will be filed to be paid the follow
ng meeting, bills 'brought in ,by of
icials not excepted.
Carried.
F. J. MARTINDALE
Secretary.
nany School Board of the Parish of
St. Tammany, La., adopted on the
Ith lay of July, 1920, as aforesaid.
.s carried, ac evidenced by the com
ilation of the votes as hereinabove
set forth, and having made public
proclaration of the above resolution
we have cl-sed th s process veroal
of the compilation of the votes as
hereinabove set forth at the afore
said election in number and amount,
which is made in triplicate, one copy
f waich the secretary is oredred to
Ile alth the 'Secretary of the State
>f Lou siana another copy with tWe
Clerk of Cuort of the Parish of St.
Fammany, La., and the third copy to
leposit in the archives of the office
of the St. Tammany Parish School
Board. of the Parish of St. Tatm
many, La.
In evidence whereof, we, the presi
lent of said board, and the members
thereof, nave signed this process
verbal on the 20th day of August,
1920, now in regular session helt
at the courthouse in the town of Cov
Ington, La. St. Tammany parish, In
the presence. of the aforesaid threi
3ompetent witnesses, who have sigu
ed and witnessed this process verbal
with the president and members of
the aa'd 'board.
Signed:
N. H. FITZSIMONS,
Thrd Ward and President.
T. J. O'KEEFE,
Second Ward.
W. W. TALLEY,
Fifth Ward.
DAVE EVANS,
Sixth Ward.
ISOM H. KELLER,
Seventh Ward.
GEO. F. BANCKS,
Eighth Ward.
W. J. SEBASTIAN,
Ninth Ward.
W. OSWALD,
Tenth Ward.
Witnessea:
ALEX TAYLOR.
F. F. WIGGINTON.
J. W. BLA.CKWELL.
On motion, duly seconded and
carried, it was voted to adjourn for
dinner until 1:30 p. m.
rContinueC oILp a3 4)
POITEVENT SAYS
NOT SPOKESMAN
FOR TIMBER
INTERESTS
Quotes Letter to Show HIe
Was Protected In Plan
of the Districts.
DON'T APPROVE
DRAINAGE NO W
Expects to Stump and Sell
Land In Near Future.
Not to Reforest.
New Orleans, Aug. 24, 1920.
Editor St. Tammany Farmer:
Dear Sir:-It would appear from
letters and statements published :n
your paper, that the timber interests,
and particularly the Poitevent &
Favre Lumber Company, are being
held responsible for the recent de
feat of the proposed drainage project
in St. Tammany parish. It was our
idea to ignore these statements and
communications, but as each issue
of your paper continues connecting
us with this matter, and in order to
set the facts straight before the gen
eral public, we wish to make the fol
lowing statement:
In your issue of July 31 you pub
lished, on your front page, an open
letter in which Mr. Eugene Arnett;
of Oklahoma, is quoted as having
made the statement that I was aex
ing as "spokesman" for the timber
interests or St. Tammany parish.
Any statement that I represented or
was the "spokesman" of the timber
interests of St. Tammany parish is
without foundation. Mr. Arnett call
ed at our ctfce in New Orleans in
order to discuss drainage in SL.
Tammany parish, and I distinctty
told Mr. Arnett, when he asked for
an expression of the views of tae
timber interests of St. Tammany
parish, that I did not represent the
timber interests of St. Tammanv
parist. and that I could only speai
for the Poitevent & Favre Lumb.tr
Company. If I had been "spokes
man" of the timber interests of th:s
parish, 'why'should Mr. Arnett have
called on the other timber interests
in order to secure their co-operation
and support of his plan for dra:n
age?
-,Mrs Arnett faters a-ssare&. as
that they would either leave our
lands entirely out of the drainage
distri'ts, oi that they would put
them in separate drainage districts,
and assist us in securing the appoint
ment of commissioners who were
satisfactory to us. These state
ments were confirmed in the follow
ing letter and other letters, whica
we raceived from Mr. W. E. Moorriss,
secretary of a committee of the St.
Tammany Progressive League, which
committee was sponsoring this drain
age project.
CJvington, La., July 15, 1920.
Mr. John Poitevent, Poitevent &
Favre Lbr. Co., New Orleans.
Dear Mr. Poitevent:-Mr. Arnett
.ill deliver to you personally Fri
day morning a copy of the ordi
nance passed by the Police Jury on
the 13th inst., together with a map
showing the 25 drainage districts
thereby designated.
The districts named Great South
ern, Pineland and Chinchuba, so far
as we have been able to ascertain,
contain practically all the growing
timber belorging to the three large
lumber corporations operating in
this parish. It in checking over th,
map r descriptions it is ascertain
ed that you have growing timber not
included in the three districts afore
said, please so advise, and at the
next 1egular meeting of the Police
Jury, as per understanding with
them, we will change the lines to
protect the property of yourself or
any ''her timber owner whose in
terests are to any extent jeopardized
by the arrangement of districts as
now designated.
The commitee in charge of this
work is absolutely sincere in an
unanimous endeavor to measure its
relations with the timber interests
by the golhen rule; yet, if through
lack of knowledge of your intereits,
as you see the situation, our pl.as
in any reepect fail to meet your de
s'res, we wish you would say so with
full assurance that we will co-op'r
ate with you in either of the ol
lowing plans:
First-Organization of the dis
tricts containing growing timber
with Commissioners of your own so
lectioa (thereby assuring your con
trol of your districts so that tney
may .emain undrained as long as
you wish).
Second-Rescission of the action
of the Police Jury as to the districts
in waich you are vitally interested.
We hereby place ourselves on rec
ord ;is recommending the former
plan. However, we propose to 'e
spect your desires whatsoever they
may be and to that end it may be
entirey unnecessary for you to
at any expense whatever to prote.:t
your personal interests, which are
so cons.derrble that we want you to
be assured that they are also the in
terests of every proper thinking citi
zen of the parish.
Sincerely yours,
(Signed) W. E. MORRISS,
Secretary.
Yoa can therefore see that the
Poite ent & Favre Lbr. Co's. lands
are fully protected by those who are
advocating drainage, and therefore
they have nothinz to fear from the
establishment of drainage, other
than the reflex action that would
have followed from the carrying out
of such a project.
The Poitevent & Favre Lbr. Co.
believes that the interests of the
large ,nd small land holders, in a
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Hon. Don Caffery and Amos L.
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Covington last Thursday evening.
matte, of this kind, are identical,
and v hat affects the one affects the
other, and all of .the small as well
as the large interests, should hays -
been consulted by Mr. Arnett and
their views obtainied and their
rights cons:dered and protected be
fore any, action was taken. This was
not clone.
We are opposed to the drainage
p.-ojep covering the entire parish,
as a large portion of our parish needs
no drainage, and this would be plac
ing the burden of taxes on some of
our citizenc, without any resulting
benefits. And, we are opposed to
drainage, at this time, of the other
portions of the parish for many and
obvious reasons-among them be
ing the fact that the drainage dis
tricts Mere laid out by almost a total
strhnger to this parish, without sur
veys using made, lines run or levels
taken; thal the people, as a whoa',
were not consulted as to their vieN3
in the matter; that we are still in
the shadow of a great war, and the
Government is opposed to the launch
ing of any projects at this time;
that the bonds could not be sold, .e.
requlied oy law, except at a heavy
discoant, which would be in viola
tion of the law, in order to make
funds available for the carrying out
of this project; that, even if the
funds were available the necessary
machinery and supplies for carrying
out of such work are almoost un
purchaseable.
If we had drainage throughout the
parish, it would cost over eleven
million ($11,000,000) dollars, ac
cording to the estimate made by M'.
Frank J. Coleman, a drainage en
gineer of national reputation. And,
then, there would have to be a main
tenance tax, even on a gravity sys
tem, of approximately two hundred
and eeventy-4fve thousand ($275,
000) dollars per year, and each year
the taxpayer would have to pay this
tax t, maintain the system and .s
drainage tax to provide for the 'a
terest on the bonds and a skiking
fund to retire the same. This would
be true, whether our lands were in
oultivation or not. We believe that
the representations that are being
made that by haviing drainage we
would increase the value of our
lands from one hundred and fiftty
($150) dollars to two hundrel
($20C) dollars, or more, per acre,
are misleaaing and visionary. If
this were true, why is it that we have
thouncands of acres of land, well
drained, a large portion of which is
under cultivation, which can be
bought for twenty-five ($25) dollars,
or per haps even less, per acre?
Now a word in regard to the
policy of the Poitevent & P.avre Lor.
Co. it St. Tammany parish. It is
not our intention to reforest our
landi. We expect to start, in the
immediate future, taking the stumos
out ind putting our lands into culti
vatioi, in order to show just what
these lands can do agriculturally.
We propose to sell these lands, at a
reasonable price, first to our home
people and second to our neighbors
from other States, for agricultural
purposee. And, it is our desire to
assist them in profitably marketing
their products.
The Po!tevvent & Favre Lbr. Co. is
owned by homo people, practically
everything they have is invested In
this ps rish, and they are deeply nm
tefested in the development and fu
ture of St. Tammany parish, and .ts
people, and they will do nothing to
retard its growth or interfere with
its development and prosperity.
In conclusion, I wish to avail my
self of this opportunity to exprees
my thanks to the Police Jury of St.
Tamnimany parish for their fair and
impartial attitude in which they
have handled this entire matter.
Very respectfully,
JOHN 8. POITENVENT.

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