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D. II. MAsoN, Editor COVINGTON, LA., SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1920. VOL. 47 No. 2
SWrites Letter to Farmer
Explaining Reason for
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
6ection "C"--Covington-Lacombe
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
Tbhse bids show a total cost for
. all three sections A, C and D o;
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.
(Signed) J
t Chairman. I
E. G. DAVIp c
Vice-Chairman. t
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
Help To Give Thanksgiving
Its True Meaning to
the Poor.
Entertainment of Excellent
Program in the School -
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
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
The exercises were well attended
ana the entertainment was enjoyed
by all.
-0---- a
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,
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.
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
westo~r' stt''"~C· ,!nilr n:~ ~7~· i ;'~·1 '" P. i ip CI? Plmifle4
(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
We regret to learn that Mr. John
P. Rausch, of Abita Springs, has
been quite ill this week.
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
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
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.
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,
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!
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,
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,
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.
Supervisors of Election.
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
An excellent portrait of Mrs.
Brand Whitlock wife of the ian
bassador to Belgium painted nv
the famous Belgian artist F'u rarn
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
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
If you are interested, you must by
all means give us the information
asked for.
Yours truly,
Parish Agent.
Extension Agent in Marketing.
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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.
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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.
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
(® 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
"What do you mean by helping
yourself, Mrs. plisa. inquired Cors
"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
"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$
Crowds Attend From All
Over the Parish to En
joy the Occasion.
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
"Not mine" he said, inspecting
"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,
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
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.

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