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subscriber., ielp boost the parish. D. II. MAsoN, Editor COVINGTON, LA., SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1920. VOL. 47 No. 2 MR. GRANT NOT' SATISFIED WITH ACTION TAKEN IN ROAD BIDS SWrites Letter to Farmer Explaining Reason for Dissatisfaction. LETTER WRITTEN BY COMMISSIONER DAVIS Who Defends Action and Tells Why Bids Should Be Accepted. Slidell, La., Nov. 22, 1920. Editor St. Tammany Farmer: Referring to resolutions adopted by the Police Jury November 19th. 1920, authorizing the acceptance of "bids for roads A, D and C." Some of the record, bearing on these bids and their acceptance, ha'; never been pub:ished, so far as I am aware, and as I want it 'publiished, so that the whole record may be nearer complete and correct, 1 ask that you publish this statement. If you do not consider it a matter of sufficient importance to justify its publication without charge, you are at liberty to publish it in your next issue on the front page of your paper at your regular advertising rate, ant send me your bill, which will be promptly paid by me individually. When the bids referred to were eonsdered by the Police Jury at their meting November 9th, 1920, a let Por from the St. Tammany Parish Good Roads Comdmission was also ,reaented to the Police Jury and read )D0ud to that body by Mr. Lewis L. Morgan. That letter reads as fol i To the Honorable Police Jury of St. Tammany Parish: Sentvinmen:-iReferring to bids submitted by the State Highway De partment for construction of the fo. lwling Federal Aid roads in St. feinmany paris;h, namely; : Section "A"--Covington-Hammondl road. 6ection "C"--Covington-Lacombe road. Section "D"-Lacombe to Slidell. Upon examination of these bids, dated October 25th, 1920, we find that-even if the State Highway I)e partment will furnish one-Half of the total costs of construction, there is not sufficient money in our parish road fund, after providing for obli gations now outstanding, to pay the other half of the total on all three projects Tbhse bids show a total cost for . all three sections A, C and D o; 5$443,196,27, One-half to be paid by St. Tammany parish, 221,598.1"3 Aint. reserved by St. Tammany for these projects ........... 171,550.00 Making a deficit for St. f Tammany as against reserve ........... 50,048.13 r If only sections C and D be cou salered, the total cost is $309,172.10 One-half to be paid by St. Tammany parish. 154,586.05 ;* at. reserved by St. Tammany parish for these projects ..... 113,300.00 Making a deficit for St. :Tammany as against I S~hsarve. . ..........dth 41,286.05 I It has been stated that the Stats i Highway Engineer has said he would E i nlsh the funds to pay one-half the $~Cl cost, but we have no official in ;ttation on that point. So far a; We know, the parish is obligated to 1 36y all the costs of these roads in -eeSr of the amounts stipulated as A Portion to be paid by the ~tate Sighway Department, in the appli- ( r mions for Federal Aid originally [ailed by your body. If payment must I :, made by the parish on this basis, t.3 deficit which the parish must pay I Sirll be ihereased at least twice as I ! tas the figu'res shown above. Se woulld ftirther advise that we e.: every reason to believe that i I i .bids are called for, lower prices W A1 be made. Reductions in cost of ! ; Struction and materials are being 4Tlrtd, and this does not seem to .. the. time for rushing into con . l view of the tqregoing1 we rp, , 'limetd that these bids be rejected, si d a new bidding be advertised for t: least thirty days. *. TAMMANY PARISH GOOD :., ROADS COMMISSION, I (Signed) J J. D. GRANT, t Chairman. I E. G. DAVIp c Vice-Chairman. t .. W. PATHERREE, c Secretary. 1 In considering these bids at their ( rN)emIber 19th meeting, the Pqlice1 nF_ disregarded entirely the recom a.tL. tioF of the Good Roads gom- I -l5p s embodied in the letter t a.: . d *bove. That is the partie u eta./ Point to which I wish to call the i WStatloa of the citlzens and taxpay- c S o0 the parlth. I do not wisll r 1 t there shall be left open any Shee for doubt or confusion in the t i-da of the people as to where the I a.[Spotlbility should be placed for t ':, optence of the bids so much high m·;·a than could have been obtained by a 'SCHOOL LEAGUE JOINS KING'S DAUGTERS IN GIVING Help To Give Thanksgiving Its True Meaning to the Poor. OVER 300 GIFTS SCHOOL CHILDREN Entertainment of Excellent Program in the School - Auditorium. The schools have been in the habit of each year contributing to the Thanksgiving dinner of the poor, and this year a very liberal supply of packages were delivered to the King's Daughters to be given out in their annual distribution. Some three hundred gifts were contribut ed, practically every school child participating. Wednesday evening a Thanksgiv ing. program was carried out in the ;chool auditorium. A playlet was put on and an excellent arrangement of songs were rendered. Thepro gram included fourteen numbers. Mrs. Ga.ligher accepted the pres ents in behalf of the King's Daught ers, with a few appreciative remarks as to the work and the generosity of the school and the Thanksgiving .ustom. The exercises were well attended ana the entertainment was enjoyed by all. -0---- a CARD OF THANKS,. -t We desire to publicly express our a thanks to the Covington Fire De partment and citizens who worked so faithfully and saved our house *rom fire last Tuesday, P. J. LABORDE and FAMIIY. Dr. F. F. Young, Jr., of Covington, after an abe3nce of nearly two years, aas again resumed his practice in Covington and vicinity. Dr. young, in the next thirty or sixty days, if his Gans materialize, expects to open a surgical sanitarium in Covington where he will have associated with him one of the competent surgeons of this State. WILLIA.L i A. SMITH. William A. Smith die4 in Mande- g ville, Tuesday, November 23, 1920, at the age of f7 years. Mr. Smith was an old-time resident and promi nent citizen of Mandeville and was mayor of that City fort imany years, naving served nine terms. He has b very large family connections. He i3 survived by his widow and sic children: Herbert W. Smith, Es telle, Corinne; Mrs. Vivian Rosen thal, Hilda and Mariam Smith, all residents of Mandeville. Funerel was held Wednesday, No- t vember 24th, Services were con ducted by Rev. Father Thomas, pas- p tor of Our Lady of the Lake Church, o and were'very largely attended. In- u terment in the Mandeville CemeterY. j His death is deeply mourne~ by 'the entire community. c readvertising for 30 dnys=--or ven C 15 days. The Good Roads Commis I sion's recommendation was, as shown in the above quoted detter, s that the bids be rejected and re t advertised for 30 days. a No matter how ngures may oe t juggled by taking funds from one c pocket and putting in another, and then finally paying to a contractor, there must still remain the fact that every dollar paid for the work in i excess of the amount it would have i been necessary to pay - under a re advertisement, is just that much money lost from the road building resources of bhe Parish and State. I I want the people of the parish to know that the St. Tammany Good c Roads Commission, of which I alnm I a member, did not approve the ac- J ceptance of the bids, but on the con- a trary, recommended their rejection. Yours very truly, J. ". GRANT. Ms. Davis' Letter. Covington, La., Nov. 25, 1920.- s Editor St. Tammany Farmer: Dear Sir:-In this issue of your paper is published a letter from Mr. J D. Grant, chairman of the St. y Tammany Parish Goo Road%^ bom missiofl relative to tlhe advisabilitya ofqi letting contracts for the construc tion of the main highway through I our parish, namely, the road from Tangipahoa parish line to Slidell, via Covington, Mandeville. nd Lacombo. t The last paragraph of Mr. Grant's 1 :etter reads as lolfows: "I want the 1 people of the parish to kpow thht the St. Tamelgy Parish Good Roads Commission of whic. I am a m m. ber, did n apprDove the acceptance of these a_, but on ,the contrary, recommended pigt, rejection." At their m e on November 9. I the Police Jn 4 before them the t Road Comm aW recommendation 1 to reject the _, for which the I Lommission gave the following res I sons: The totarbbwest bids for the I 7,000 Illinois Wool Growers Pool 1920 Clip A cooperative wool pool last year by 3500 sheep-men of Illinois. supervised by the Illinois Agri cultural Association, saved them about $50.000 This year twice as many wool-growers from 87 coun ties are following the same plan. which consists of shipping, grading and storing the wool untu the Most favorable market it presented The middle mad is eliminated. the growers selling direct to the mills The local pools are called by the Farm Rureau advisors in ach edunty Thirteen middle. wsr'4 `ý"i jil r Iiii westo~r' stt''"~C· ,!nilr n:~ ~7~· i ;'~·1 '" P. i ip CI? Plmifle4 ONE IS TWO AND SINGLE IS DOUBLE (By Dr. Stevenson.) One is Two, and Single is Double. Federal censure during the war rblbied uy of free speech, and made us submit to many wrogs:. When a baker handed us a loaf of bread and said that it was two, our oppressei imagination made us believe that, because the price had been doubled, one loaf was really two. When a dairyman offered cream chees at 2 for 15 cents, and charged for four, we realized that our mathematics was upset. We must call a halt upon those and similar autocratic relics of the war. Wheat is 30 per cent lower than pre-war prices, and the time for a reduction in the price of bread is here if you will demand it. If you buy cream cheese, pay by the pices. It is unlawful, and an imposition upon the purse, for one to advertise and sell a single cheese a- a doub'e Cotton is Dead--Cane is King. St. Tammany won first prize fcr cane at the State Fair. This has re vived suggestions for a central syrup mill, and the project will receive the consideration of the Association of Commerce. The current syrup crop is estimated at 600.000 gallons-the alrgest in the history of the paris.. -and fear is expressed that a, growers are sacrificing a pa,- of th, cane that should be reserved 'o: planting. Mr. Planter, let not the $5Oib a~ acre prkfit, nor the past high price for syrup, tempt you to gri4 all your cane, keep a larg. part (pr seed. It is your bank ac count, We regret to learn that Mr. John P. Rausch, of Abita Springs, has been quite ill this week. ---0--- PRFiBYTERIAN THANKSGIVING DINNER. The Thanksgiving dinner given by ;he Presbyterian Church at the iouthern Hotel was well served and prepared and was enjoyed by every )ne who partook of it. Some gave up their home Thanksgiving to en joy this dinner and miahy who were visitors here took this oq"portUnity f having a home-like '.igner. :onstruction of this entire road ag gregated $443,'96.27, ha:f of which was to be borne by the parish, and amounted to $2'1,598.13. To meet this latter amount the parish had net aside $171,550.00, making a de bcit of $50,048.13. Under these cop litions the Road Commission coul'l not have made any other recommee lation. The Police Jury met again on Nov. 19th, to consider these bids, having been advised by Mr. Duncan Buie, :hief engineer of the State Highway Department, that unless these bids were accepted, he would feel com pelled to allot the Federal Aid to some other parish and withdraw his affer to St. Tammany. Mr. Buie himself appeared before the Police Jury at this last mentioned meeting ind offered to give the parish of St. Tammany $42,000 additmQu0l F'ed eral Aid, with whieh to make up the ereficit, and the contractors present reduced their bids to the amount of $8,000. The entire deficit thus be ing provided for, there was no rea son left for the Police Jury to re ject the bids, nor do I think there wfs any reason left for the Road Commission to stand by the:r fir:l recommendation. The duty of the Road Commission and of the Police Jury, as I see i% is to get roads as quickly and cheap ly as pqssible. If Mr. iuie is wi:l ilg to make up the larger part of our .efliit, and thereby enable us to en er contracts without delay, it would De a very serious mistake to reject his offer. By its rejection we could very possibly h.ave lest the chief highway of the pariah. ,Ap a member of the Road Com mission and as a taxpayer, I think it Is entirely proper for the Police Jury to accept the State Highway Department's offer, rather than take the great chance of losing Federal Aid, which would mean losing our main and chief thoroughfare. Respectfully, I. G. DAVIS. PARISH JAIL IS EMPTY FIRST IN YEARS Joe Perkins (colored) passed out of the door of the parish jail on Thanksgiving, leaving its bleak walls and emptiness behind, after an in carceration- of several months. Hie drew a deep sigh as he passed out of the shadows into the bright sun light, and the door remained open. letting In the warmth and bright ness of a most perfect day. As he stepped into the open, there was no sound ef shouted good-bye. No ribald jokes, no profane admonition from toughened criminal or casual un fortunate. The cells werp empty. Perkins was the last prisoner to peep through the bars and hael pass ing pedestrains for a chew of tobacco or some trivial favor. And Perkins says he has had enough of lonesome confinement, He promises to be good hereafter. Fresh air and a ray of sunshine was the only thing left in the jail Thanksgiving. Let u" be thankful, ELECTIO, CALLED FOR DEC. 14. Gov. John M. Parker has pro claimed that there shall be held on December 14, 1920, a special e:+ction for the election of 44~egate3 to the Constitutional -nuvpntion. Fred. J. Heintz is the Democratic nominee from this parish without opposition. His election Will be merely a fo! mality. COMMISSIONERS OF ELECTION Following Is the list of commis sioners and clerks for the election to be held December 14, 1920: "Ward One. Oscar Go:date, Charles Oulliber. Sr., Abbie Burns, Commissioners, Earl Galatas, clerk. Secodi Ward, First Precinct. Ofle Sharp, Henry Barker, Le ander Fussell, commissioners; Mark Fitzgerald, clerk. Ward Two, Second Precinct. W. T. Wallis, B. M. Bryant, Willie Burns, commissioners; Norman Core, clerk. Third Ward. g.as. Smith, W, R. Kennedy, Pete Barelli, oommissioners; S. D. Ander son, clerk. Fourth Ward. Henry Rasch, Lucas Prieto, Paul Esquinance, commissioners; W. G. Davis, clerk. Fifth Ward. D. P. Carpenter, L. A. Talley, R. B. Talley; nuWomis ioners; J. J. Thom as, clerk. Sixth Ward. David Evans, Sam Williams, Ran dolph Parker, commissioners; G. C. Thomas, clerk. Seventl Warl. Martin Row-ald, S. F. Phillips, Joe Todd, commissioners; J. C. Villars, clerk. Eighth Ward. William Powe, Jas. H. Robert, Joe F. Crawford, commissioners; Don F. Watts, clerk. inth Ward. Robt. L. Smith, F. A. Bourgeois, Cha,. 0, Gusman, commissioners; Preston Decker, clerk. Tenth Ward. Geo. M. Cook, Ralph Abney, Silar E. Rayne, commissioners; A. Mar ques, clerk. J. H. SMITI, IAQCIS ORANTHAM, W. E. .BIOSSMAN, Supervisors of Election. INTEREST IN FOOTBALL The feeling at the Naval academy is that the coming football season will he one of Sthe greatest in the history of Sthe In.stitution. The game i against the eleven of the Mili tary academy on the New York . polo grounds November 27 is Santicipated with the keenest Ino terest, but the schedule as a whole is the best in a dozen years, and affords an oppor 4 tunity by which the naval team Scan he m.ensured in comparison 9 with the stron. st teams In the Scountry. FROM A PORTRAIT OF MRS. BRAND WHITLOCK An excellent portrait of Mrs. Brand Whitlock wife of the ian bassador to Belgium painted nv the famous Belgian artist F'u rarn Raes. BACHEMIN WILL MAKE UP CAR OF SYRUP Parish Agent Bachemin this week mailed out the following letter to a number of farmers. Those who did not receive one of these letters, and are desirous of getting in on ship ments, should take it up with him immediately. Severni farmers have asked for as Esistatce in the marketing of sugar cane syrup. In order to get bids. it is necessary to find just what you have, therefore, knowing that you are interested, we are addressing you this letter. You realise that we will get you all that we can. At present the market is from seventy-five to one dollar per gallon, depending on the quality and grade. It is our aim and purpose to market this syrup as soon as possible ik ng advantage of the high price dat is always off red on early mark t. We would suggest that if you re interested in disposing of your :yrup, that you submit an average arale giving us an idea of what .lass your syrup would grade, which will determine the price. If enough farmers will co-operate n different communities, it will en Lble us to assemble syrup in car lots, nd we feel certain that we can get the buyers to take the syrup at the cars. If you are interested, you must by all means give us the information asked for. Yours truly, F. BACHEMIN, JR., Parish Agent. A. G. HAMILTON, Extension Agent in Marketing. - 0--*- Mr. Allie Davenport was in Cov ington several days thi.3 week and left Friday for Toledo, Ohio, where he has been living for a" number of years. He has a position with a rasil road company there and is very nice ly situated. There were union services held at the Episcopal Church Thanksgiving Mr. and Mrs. Will J. Morgan, of Abita Springs, were visitors to Cov ington, Friday. - 0--F-- AVOID BLACKLEG INFECTION Bodies of Animals Dying of That 'Disease Should Be Burned or Buried Quite Deeply. Carcasses of animals dying of blackleg should either be burned or buried deeply. The bodies of such animals constitute the main source of blackleg infection, and it is a danger* ous practice to allow a carcass to de cay where It falls or merely haul It to some out of the way place. Like yile, skionitg or opening a carcass ttureases the danger of Infection. "GOOD MORNIN' JEDGE" FOR BALL PLAYERS' The historic "Good mornin' jedge' will be literal for major league ball players for the next. seven years at least The new deal in baseball which resulted in the namilu of Judge Landis or Chicago as supreme dictator in baseball--and his acceptance- makes this so The two blh leagues will attempt to settle all questions by club vote. but when thls fails, presldents of the league oill co to Judge Landis A Model Husband By RALPH HAMILTON -p (® 1920, Wietera Nowspaper Union.) "A good provider Is an ideal hus band," declared Mrs. Helen BliUs, "and the making of one depends oeq the firmness and common sense of the wife. Some women aim to be 'the boss.' They therefore reach for an empty distinction that brings no but a name. My theory has been tf be a guide, to watch the husban4 closely, to act with decision without the husband guessing it." Thus to her caller, young Mrs. Core Ballin, bride of a year, whose mind was always open for suggestion and advice. Mrs. Bliss went into detals: "In the same way I look to all my rights and quietly enforce them. I have trained my husband to perfec tion. No husband wishes to allow his wife all the money she needs-not that they are stingy, but they fix the certain amount for household ex penses they think the wife should have, and she drudges along all the rest of her life on the same old nig gardly basis. When I have found it tight squeezing I have ast helped my self." "What do you mean by helping yourself, Mrs. plisa. inquired Cors artlessly. "Oh, well, the average husband is "careless of his money. He carries it in his pockets half the time, not knowing how much he has. You know nearly all the men folks who amount to anything belong to the town dab." "Yes," nodded Cors. "It is costly. They have expensivd suppers and special functions where they play cards and the like, while we poor women have to scrape and save to buy a bit of finery for a call or a party. Well, I began to notice some time since that Robert would come from the club feeling unuppally pleas ant, and. I found out by clever ques tioning that he had been a winner." "Isn't that gambling?" inquired Cora breathlessly. . "The men don't call it so. They teram it a lucky strike. Well, on one of these occasios I investigated Iobert's pocketi .There was a, great ro.l of bills in his coat. I helped myself to half of his winnings." '"Dearl I dear I How innocent and in experienced you are," merely laughed Mrs. Bliss. "You'll learn in time, you'll learn." Cora did not fanCy the prediction, nor did she like the suggestion of un derhandedness. In two instances after that she heard younger wives than Mrs. Bliss discuss the 'same equivocal method cold bloodedly, as if it were an M$.erent right for a helpmeet to make all out of ia husband she could. Sow, Cora had no Iknowledge what ever that her husband, Walter, en gaged in anything more flagrant than a game of cards at the club to pass a pleasant hour, but gaadually her sen sibility as to the matter of a forced contribution of the husband's spare cash became less acute. One evening Walter brought home with him to din ner a visitor to the club, a man of some business prestige and lmp tance. They removed their overcoats at the hall rack. A pleasant hour passed by and after the meal, passing through the hall, Core observed Wal ter's gloves lying on the floor beneath the overcoats. She restored them to a pocket, but as she did so her hand came in con tact with a roll of bills. For over a week she had been contriving how to spare a little money for a new hat. Temptation assailed her. Doubtless Walter carried in that loose manner the money represented by card earn Ings at the club. She fluttered and hesitated. "I'll take it," she determined, though uneasily. "Then if Walter makes any comment I will make a playful jeAt of it." Cora pocketed the money, secretly, guiltily. The time came for the guest to depart. As Walter helped him on with hLuvrerct theirLajator rEARA$ MADISONVILLE THANKSGIVING CELEBRATED FOR SCHOOL Crowds Attend From All Over the Parish to En joy the Occasion. ENTERTAINMENT FINANCIAL SUCCESS Association of Commerce and School Improvement League Combine. The Thanksgiving Day entertain ment given at Madisonville by the Association of Commerce of that place and the School Improvement League was an occasion that calls tor congratulations. The success of the entertainment met all anticipa tion, both for the pleasure it gave a.id for the anancial result. Some thing over 4300 was made. The grand parade of school children and decorated automooiles was a fine sight, both from the point of attrac tiveness and display, and the spirit of civic loyalty and devotion exhibit ed was a lesson in the value of pro gressiveness, that may be learned with pront. The Thanksgiving dinner was im mensely enjoyed, the turkey being served with cranberries and the usual thinigs that go to make a first class dressing. The excellent ser vice and kind attention of the ladies added to the pleasure of this ex cellent dinner. Speeches were made by Adrian D. Schwartz, who gave a very interest ing and historical account of the origin of the day and the circum stances that have made it a celebra tion that reaches to the hearts of the people and into the home of ri:h and the humb.e alike; by Felix Baehe min, Jr., parish farm .aent and club worker for St. Tammany, who talked very inaterestingly on agricultur'l and club work, and by Rolanl Mor ga.l, who sp'"k, on "Educatiun." ,Mr Morgan illustrated his speech by a chart showing two roads branching from the pathway of childhood, one leading to the white house, illustrative of wealth, social position, happiness, success and hon or, called the Roadway of Educa tion; the other leading to the peni tentiary, illustrative of poverty, sor row, crime, failure and dishonor, called the Roadway of Ignorance. He made a strong plea for educa tion, and one that was impressive. Mr. Morgan, dressed in suitable costume, searched for and found the jug that had 'been extensively ad vertised. But here was no booze in it. 'For all its misleading sound, it answered for quite a different 'ur pose, and soon the tinkling coin; that sounded nothing like the' gloock, gloock of white lightning flowing out from the moonshine receptacle, began to reduce the empty sound of its hollowness to the dead sound of a fast filling vaccuum, as liberal and loyal patrons dropped their money into its rapacious maw. The three prizes for the best dec orated automobile were won by Paul Policar, first; Henry Menance, sec end; Joseph Cardone, third. The races, games and children's contests all provided amusement, and the excellent band made the even ing's dancing very pleasant indeed, while refreshmentfs and candies gave enjoyment to those who had a sweet tooth and a eweet girl to care for. One hundred pounds of Grand DamS coffee will be sold for the beneflt of the School Improvement League. - Ina pocket.- He drew forth a paii'o gloves.' "Not mine" he said, inspecting them. "Why, no, theysare mine," spoke Walter. "How did .they ever come in your coat?" "And, hello " cbnlt*nftd the guelt further, "I had a Jit4l roll of naoney. Gone ! Any dishonest servants around, Ballin' Cora's cheeks,were burning. She discovered her double error. She made a move to Search over ,the rug and arose with the missing money in the elgsp of her trembling fngers, "Is this the money?' she asked as naturally as she could. "Why, yes," war the reply, after an Inspection. The guest departed. Waiter coming back into the hall found.pora hyteri. cal and In tears. "Why, Corn, dear, whatever is the trrouble?" he inquired slicitously. "Oh, Walter!" she sbbed, clinging to him frightened and contrlte./ "I have been a willful, wicked ereature I Her face hidden upon his shoulder Corn faltered forth her story. WSalter Ballin laughed as he cheered and com forted her. "I think you are right in wanting more money," he said generously, "but I never risk any money at the club, so don't rely upon my gains, as they call it. Eschew your advisers as to how to train a husband. Just keep on giv ing me your love and your confidence and Jiwtll always meet yeou half way." "Oh, I am cured of my folly after my, escape from becoming an actual thiefl " insisted Co thnkfuuly.