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~ - W. H. SCANLAND, Editor and Proprietor BENTON, LA., THURSDAY, MARCH 19,1908. THE ETHICS OF WORK. According Labor is the natural condition, as it is the imperative necessity, of the vast ma jority of the human rai _ to Holy Writ, it was a part of the primal curse. Yet out of the obligation imposed upon humanity to provide food and raiment for itself by toil and travail many blessings may be evolved and humanity itself may be uplifted and be made more worthy than: if the world were composed entirely of idlers and work were a luxury rather than an inexorable obligation. An able writer, commenting upon the strenuous efforts which modern society makes to evade honest work, says the agonizing inquiry seems to be *'What ; shall we do to be saved from work?" And, therefore, he concludes that " our social « system is in imminent danger of being honeycombed throughout by this general demoralization." The evidences of de- , mcralization we discover in the anxiety of ; men to secure occupation in which they j are called upon to render the minimum of j labor for the maximum of remuneration, j Thousands of men seek political offices for; the reason that the remuneration is often- i times absurdly large when compared with the nature and amount of the work re quired as a return. The same spirit leads men to take "shortcuts" to riches. They are unwilling to go alongthe slow and toil some ways which their fathers trod, cannot bear the idea of continuous laboi Their souls revoit at the idea of years spent in work for which they shall receive no more than a just reward for what they give. And so we have forms of gambling in trade, business operations resting upon chance, and finally collapse and public confidence almost destroyed. And all because the cry is " What shall we do to be saved from work?" A quaint precept of Zoroaster is quoted by this writer: "He who cultivates the earth with diligence accumulates by his work a more precious store of moral ex cellence than he would be able to acquire by uttering ten thousand prayers while idle." The reason why is plain enough. He has learned the habit of directing his energies to a useful purpose. While accu mulating for himself he has provided for others. He has been taught to expect as his reward only that to which his labor entitles him. He has set an example of sturdy self-reliance, of a cheerful depend ence upon his own resources, and demon strated that happiness and labor, so far from being inconsistent, are in fact closely linked together. Man was put upon this earth to work. Not only must he toil for his mere bodily needs, but in that grander and nobler undertaking which concerns his future existence he is is told that he must "work out his own salvation." In no re spect is he to be a drone or a dependent. " What shall we do to be saved from work?" Surely this gospel of idleness can They ; work?" Surely this gospel of idleness can never prevail. The men whom we honor most are the men who work, and the men who accomplish most, the true leaders in all departments of human thought and human j endeavor, are the workers. And their work is not a means to an end, but is the end itself. Idleness to the earnest man is tor pidity: indolence is death. Activity is life, and it matters not in what station in life one's activity is exerted, he is happier if employed, and he ought also to be more unselfish. Antipathy to labor and surrender to indolence is pure and unadulterated sel fishness. Indolence leads to crime, and disinclination to work is at the bottom of m -, ltrn , .... _ , "7™ * , work or,die hands to do." Th,s » a s,m pie old truth that most of us learned in childhood, but it is the very essence of i wisdom. The devil will not make much : headway with busy people, however, and if our work is the end in life if we are : faithful in its performance, accepting it not grudgingly and in bitterness of spirit, but heartily, realizing that to live is to do, we shall in very truth realize how dependent our happiness is upon our labor, and our cry will be, " What shall we do to he saved from idleness?" There is no question but the prevailing! practice in this State of holding teachers' j conventions, or other gatherings that call the teachers away from their desks during school terms ts a bad one. While there is. onto*! ! ?■ eVentS f are for the S° od oi the. depaitment in a certain way, yet the fact that they come during regular school terms which are too short anyway, is to be : deplored. There are too manv breaks in school terms already caused by the hob days provided by law.-AYic Iberia En ferprise " We indorse every word of the above and have been laboring on this line for about three years—protesting against so much of the "dress parade" and spec tacular in the school work inaugurated by the present head of the "Department of Education" of the State, whose greatest aim and ambition is to be eternally in the promotion." For particulars, just watch j the teachers' meetings, normals, etc., this summer, and read the cut-and-driedcom plimentary resolutions that are invariably p agse( j j n the interest of apolitical aspirant whose vaulting ambition is never satisfied. In a statement the Parish Superintendent shows that the schools of East Baton Rouge "are greatly in need of funds," and he proposes to open a campaign for a special sc hool tax throughout the parish "Either ______________________ r ________ there must be a very pronounced increase j n t h e matterof receipts or an equally pro no unced decrease in the number of schools, the teaching force, or the length of the school term," says Superintendent Strick i anc j. Notwithstanding the "great need 0 f f uru ] s " by the common schools of the state, the Parish Superintendents in ses ! sion at Baton Rouge last December passed a reso l u tion calling on the Legislature for ano ther State Normal, which would cost §30,000 annually, besides the expense for ; new building's. And in addition to this p P0 p 0se( j extravagance in the hour of need « common schools of Louisiana, pow comeg the State Board of Education re so j v j n g t 0 ea j) on the next General Assem , to give the State Superintendent still ; ano th e r assistant. He has only two now. j aj , e the request "is considered j mos t reasonable." And yet the cry for j i on g er school terms, better school houses an( j higher salaries for teaehers is heard i throughout the State. New Orleans Truly, "the times are changed, and we are changed with them." Many years ago there actually was printed a clause in each of the many contracts between the Penn ; sylvania Railroad Company and the negro Italian and Hungarian laborers employed in building the lines of the company on the Eastern peninsula of Maryland providing that the laborers should not be "forced" to eat diamond back terrapin more than three times each week. The rivers, creeks, marshes and inlets of the Chesapeake ter ritory fairly swarmed wdth diamond back terrapin forty years ago, some of them fully twelve inches across the shell. None of these is ever seen now. Eight-inch terrapin are like pound gold nuggets. Ne groes made a precarious living at this time selling diamond backs to farmers at fifty cents the barrel for hog feed. A barrel of eight-inch terrapin would now easily bring! §1,500. Just think of it, ye present day epicures! Diamondbacks "for hog feed" forty years ago ! Now it is only the mil lionaire hogs that can afford to eat them. It may be that the action of the New Or leans bosses in the last primary will prove a blessing in disguise to the people of the State. The bosses have given themselves away in overdoing the fraud business. Many country voters, apprehending no danger as to the adoption of the reform measures betöre them, and considering the election practically over, would doubt less have remained at home at work, and. he bosses would have scored an easy vie- j tory in defeating the proposed Constitu-; tional Amendments. But now the people j have been sufficiently warned, and all that they need do next April will be to turn out to a man and vote for the amendments. The adoption of the amendments will do a : great deal toward destroying boss rule in New Orleans. j New Orleans New Orleans. If they determine on it, the country parishes can adopt the amend ments. Let the voters of Louisiana, with their honest, free and untrammeled bal lots, "pluck from the nettle danger the flower safety," and dethrone the imperial w ard boss. ___ The New Iberia Enternrise savs tw« New Iberia Enterprise says there are too many school holidays "provided by law." True. And then there is also our: flunky "Arbor Day," which is a mis erable innovation of one man, and which not "provided by law" or common 8ense . Can any good reason be given for 'a ■ ■ .u u-r. , ue given ior, i ? Pmi " S , Cnot thls state of 'he : '""e e °nsumed tn going through the farce ob f rvln S and honoring Arbor Day in : , Yt"', 5 ' aboundln S m magnificent S ', yg ° t0 Kansas, Nebraska or toms? ^ g6nera y ' f ° r 0ur cus ' ° mS '--- FROM OVER OUR GREAT STATE. pnn ft rn OC ,mo n t 7 ... , the late Gen. Meyer on the House Naval Affairs Committee. ' The Poli ce Jury of Caldwell Parish pro j P oses to build steel bridges across all streams in that parish. An investigation of the scum on Lake Pontchartrain was begun by the State B0ard ° f Health last Th «rsday. Patrolman Joseph Gibbous, of New Or leans, was dismissed from he force for : conduct unbecoming an officer. mu tv „ J n^Tr , r? C f n *" J Co " mit * COnfirmed Pa f R ' Lambremont as the nominee for Lieutenant Governor. The twent y- second annual Slate Sunday Sch ° o1 Conventl on of Louisiana will be * n Paton Pou ge, March 24 to 26. FeIix Bierbiglia, nine years of age, told ^ ew Orleans police that three older boys had com Pelledhim to rob his father's safe ' The new Democratic State Central Com Gen. Aibert Estopinal as chairman. * | THE LAST ROLL CALL ANSWERED. war oegan anc | rendered conflict, Samuel H. Russell, a member of Egbert Jones Camp, U. C. V., died at Huntsville, Ala., after a lingering illness, aged seventy years. Peter Stern, a native of Holland and a one-legged Confederate survivor of the Civil War, died of pneumonia, in New Or leans last Thursday, aged sixty years. Captain A. LeBlanc, a Confederate vet eran, died at his home in New York on the 11th inst. He was for a number of years a leading merchant of Magnolia, Miss., and for a long time Mayor of the town. Stewart Dick, aged seventy years, a prominent citizen of Paducah, Ky., and a Confederate veteran, died Saturday at Clarksville, Tenn., from a ceived in the Civil War, He failing health for two years. George LeSassieur, one of the best known members of the New Orleans Stock wound he re had been in T. J. Shickel died at his home in Salem, Va., Friday morning, after an illness of ten days. Apoplexy was the cause of death, but he had been in ill health several months, Mr. Shickel was sixty-six years old and served throughout the Confederate War with gallantry, being present under Pickett at Gettysburg. Dr, Anek A. Rowland, seventy-four years of age, died at Atlanta, Ga., March 10, from nephritis. Dr. Rowland was a native of Simpson County, Ky., and a graduate of the medical department of the University of Louisville. Dr. Rowland was regarded as one of the most able sur „ ------------- goons of the South in the early days. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted > n *h e Confederate Army with his life-long friend, Dr. Yandell, and served with the I Army of the Tennessee during the entire ! war. While in the army he served as sur ; goon on the staffs of Gen. Villepigue and Gen. Gardner, and was medical inspector for the Trans-Mississippi Department of the Southern Army, of Fred W. Foster, machinist and gunner on the Alabama, the Confederate cruiser j that caused so much damage to Northern j merchantmen^ during the Civil War, was found dead in bed at Atchison, Kansas, Alabama, j uncle he became one of'the 'Alabama'crew when it was turned over to Admiral Raphael the United States ship Kersage off Cher bourgi FraneCi her crow WM icked b the British yatch Deerhound, and Foster and tw0 of his companions came to Amer . j ica> tearing they might be ca|led eviden ce before the Alabama Chums Board j Q f Arbitration, Exchange died in that city on the 11th inst; , \ He was born in Madisonville, St, Tammany Parish, in 1839, When the Civil War began he joined the Confederate Army efficient service during the Saturday morning. Foster was an ap prenticed machinist in the Birkenhead, England, navy yards, aud hfelped build the Through the influence of an Semmes, the Confederate commander. When the Alabama was sunk in battle with THE STATE PRESS. a : Lake Charles American : Cut out the bil>d killin S in y° ur vicinity, even if you are obli & ed to appeal to the authorities to sto ; sto P New Orleans World: This is a white ! primary. White men who are disposed to ! P* ck each other's pockets should be sent to the penitentiary. Lake Charles Press : Someday the cor ^ P oli ticians will be weeded out of this people get as soon as the ready for the weeding. Winnfield Sentinel : The man who shows 1 ™ pt P ollt i ciai state > that is, j an active interest in promoting the welfare of other» will reap his reword in the bene < h =-t accrue to himself, Assumption Pioneer: To-day is Repub hean day in Napoleonvilie-go to the Court House and listen to the pretty fairy tales j 'hey know so well how to weave, Lake Charles Press: It maybe dis heart ening, but it shouldn't be. When the ; P eo ple are defeated they should renew the attack with greater determination, Winnfield Sentinel: When men o''heir righteo rise in "YT*'" "L"''"' , :' Bnleous indignation de " ! "' d the punishment of those who debauch the ballot box, then will there be a fair count. New Orleans Picayune: Falsifying an election, whether primary or final, is a criminal offensTand onTy a criminal Uurt can deal with it. The criminals should be as severely punished as the law will permit, Lake Charles Amor* . leans man has 0 ! 0r ' '"J L cJZT* ""tYT or roDDing the Cumberland Telephone ""pany shows its deter "«nation to crush out all competition by prosecuting him vigorously. New Orleans Picayune : Recently there wa s almost a popular revolution in the State to secure the election instead of the -appointment of officials. Now that all °th ces are elective there is no longer any interest in the matter. There could be no dishonest elections if the people did their dut y'__ __ StateZtW^ ^^ a a a LATEST NEWS IN PARAGRAPHS. Six Chinese were killed in a fire at Mary ville, Cal. Fire at Bahia, Brazil, caused a loss es timated at 81,000,000. Fire destroyed 2,000 native shacks in Manila, P. I., March 11. Taft now has 126 out of 176 Republican delegates so far elected. Wm. Smith was killed in a logging ac cident near Laurel, Miss. The Maryland House of Representatives defeated a prohibition bill. The cotton mills of Mississippi will limit operations to four days per week. Five coal boat men were accidently drowned at Ashland, Ky., Saturday, Fire last Friday practically wiped out the town of Big Timber, Montana, causing an estimated loss of §1,200,000. Two persons were killed and eight in a a jured Saturday when a passenger train was wrecked on a high trestle at Bristow, Okla. Miss Emma Cleff dropped dead as she was dancing the last strains of the " Merry Widow" waltz in Chicago Saturday night. Thomas Rogers, a pioneer citizen, fell dead at his home at Texarkana, Texas, in the presence of his family, of heart disease. Ten persons were killed and much valu able property was destroyed in an explo sion of gas in a drug store in Natchez, Miss., Saturday. John B. Fillauer, president of a bank at Cleveland, Tenn., died suddenly in the bank a few minutes after the close of bus iness last Thursday from heart failure. China has conceded all that Japan de mands at present, and the threatened war is over until Japan can find another ex cuse to bully and encroach upon her effete neighbor. Machine guns, operated by the govern ment forces of Chile, in a great conflict with strikers at the nitrate beds and in the city of Iquique, laid 2500 men low, most of them being killed. McCowan Lassiter, aged twenty-four years, was talking to a friend on the streets of Vicksburg, Miss., on Wednesday of last week in apparent good health when he suddenly fell over dead. Notices announcing a wage reduction of 10 per cent were posted in seven of the large cotton factories in Lowell, Mass., last Thursday. Nearly 25,000 operatives will be affected by the reduction. The wife of Police Judge C. B. Butner was burned to death at Tyrone, Ky., Fri day night. She was carrying a shovel of coals from the sitting room to the kitchen when her dress caught fire. She was eighty years of age. While asleep and dreaming of burglars, Hugh Hollis shot and killed his young wife at Washington, D. C. Hollis was arrested, but released by direction of the Coroner's jury. Hollis' mother says her son was subject to nightmares and walked in his sleep ever since he was a child. Suicides. Mrs. Lula Jordan suicided by shooting, at Kosciusko, at Kosciusko, Miss., Friday. Mrs. Jesse Lyons, 19 years old, suicided with strychnine, at Sulphur, in the pres ence of her husband. Lawrence Dolotius, a printer by trade, committed suicide by shooting himself in the heart, in the City Park at New Orleans. George Tompkins committed suicide at Danville, Ky„ Saturday, by taking two ounces of carbolic acid and then behead ing himself with a razor. Miss Sarah Weed shot and killed Miss Elizabeth Hardee and suicided while the two were in bed at Boston, where they conducted a fashionable boarding school. James Johnson, a capitalist and leading politician of Chattanooga, committed sui cide by cutting his throat on a passenger train Sunday night between Chattanooga and Birmingham. Harve P. Watts committed suicide in jail at Stanford, Ky., Monday. In Sep tember last, while intoxicated, and without provication, he brutally murdered Haldon Vandeveer, at Kings Mountain. Items of Interest. odi8t ministe r at Port Lavaca, Texas, aged 81xt y-five years, has twelve boys and six * een I" the Confederate Army he Germany has planned to build 900 miles of railroad in East Africa. The highest point at which man can live without his health being seriously affected is 16,500 feet. Plans are being made to send 3000 New York school boys into the country during the coming summer to work on farms. Government ownership of railways in Japan is reported as as not feasible, so they will be turned over to a syndicate. The Rev. Abraham C. Ruebush, a Meth was in forty-one battle and was wounded five times. Lake Charles Press: We are surely a lot of ninnies in this State if we sit down and calmly submit to the dictates of a few unprincipled men in the management of It is the sublimity of weak ness to say we can do nothing. We /te<j to call particular attention to our Savings Department In which we allow 3 per cent interest on open accounts, or we will issue Certificates of Deposit, payable in twelve months, hearing 4 per cent interest. Commercial National Bank Of Shreveport fo » £Öce Mr A. KAHN, No. 212 Texas Street, Shreveport, La. Wholesale and retail dealer in Crockery, Cutlery, Glassware, Chinaware, Stoves, Tinware and General House Furnishing Goods. Also agent for the celebrated Charter Oak and Buck's Brilliant STOVES AND RANGES. PROFESSIONAL CARDS DENT 1ST. A. L. WALLICK, D. D. S. 215, 216 and 217 First Nat'l Bank Building, Shreveport. Both phones, No. 463. J E. JOHNSTON, Attorney at Law. Will practice in the courts of Louisia na and Arkansas, and in the Federal courts. Office at court house, Benton, La. rp T. LAND, Attorney at Law. Will practice in the courts of Bossier and adjoining parishes. Office at the Court House, Benton, La. H. GULLEDGE, Pliysicifln and Surgeon. Successor to Dr. C. H. Irion. Office at the Benton Pharmacy, Benton, La., where he can be found day and night. Calls promptly answered. Q C. CHANDLER, M. Specialist In diseases of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat. Spectacles and Artificial Eyes always on hand. Office, Rooms 32 and 34, Cooper Building, Shreveport. JOANNES SMITH, Attorney at Law. Office at the court house, Benton, Bos sier parish, La. Q H. MINGE, Jr., Fire Insurance. Gins and other country risks solicited. Office, 521 Spring Street, Shreveport. Cumberland 'phone, No, 279. Clifton F. Davis. E. Wayles Browne. DAVIS & BROWNE Attorneys at Law Suite 240-3, First Nat'l Bank Building, SHREVEPORT. W. J BAIRD, Physician, Surgeon and Coroner Will attend all responsible calls day or night. Office at residence, Plain Dealing, La. 'Phone, No. 25. J^R. A. A. GARRISON, Dentist. Majestic Theater Building, Shreveport. Both 'Phones, No. 745. JJR. R. LOGAN ARNOLD, Dentist, Plain Dealing, Louisiana. Graduate University ot Maryland. Dr. J. H. GAYLE, Dentist. High-class work in every respect. Specialist in Crown and Bridge Work. Rooms, 6, 8 and 10 Cooper Building, Shreveport. Both 'phonaa— old 'phone No. 77; new 'phone, No. 257. Graduate Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. Dr. Paul de G. Pickett DENTIST Office, third floor of Majestic Theater Building, Shreveport. 'Phones: Old. 1041; new, 544. ' QOMEGYS & RATZBURG, Dentists, Offices, second floor of Cooper Build ing, Shreveport, La. ROBERT R. EMERY Fire Insurance and Real Estate Shreveport, Louisiana (CORRESPONDENCE SOLICITED. Office, ground floor First National Bank Building, Market Street entrance. Blacksmithing I desire to notify my friends and the general public that I have opened a shop in Benton and am prepared to do blacksmithing, wood work and general repairing of any nature. My specialty is overhauling gin stands—or the entire plant—and repairing wind mills. ARTHUR J. NEWMAN, Monuments and Iron Fences ' Shreveport, Louisiana Near the Jewish cemetery. Take Parkview and Allendale belt line care. W HEN you want the best quiek results for a small ex penditure try our Dime-a-Line Column. A Cordial Invitation Extended To all Bossier Parish citizens to call and inspect our complete line of Fishing Tackle, including the much talked of "Dowagiac" Min nows; Baseball Goods, Croquet Sets, Lawn Tennis Goods, Ham mocks and all leading makes of Firearms, Ammunition and gen eral house furnishing wares. The attention of merchants is respectfully invited to our prices id stock. Write, 'phone or call. Carlton Hardware Company 512-4 Texas Street Shreveport, Louisiana an ========= Limited _ ------—— .. Carry a fall line of DRY GOODS Boots, Shoes, Hats, Caps, Furniture and Groeeries * SPECIALTIES: Fancy Groceries Notions Millinery Q Alden Bridge ... Louisiana W. H. Smith. r. a. Smith. DEALERS IN 10 ' is ROUGH AND DRESSED LUMBER Ami Best Heart Pine SHINGLES M ILL located four miles east of Bentorij on Benton and Belle vue road; shipping point, Benton. All orders, large or small, appre ciated. Any kind of timber, of any dimensions, gotten out on short notice. Real Estate 1 If you have farm or tim ber land for sale list it with me. I make a specialty of buying and selling country property for others. Come to see me when in the city. W. E. CARLTON Office, 512 Market Street Shreveport, Louisiana Real Estate \ Watches, Clocks and Jewelry j 4 * 1 Elgin, Waltham and Hampden Watches. I A specialty of fine watch repairing. All 5 work guaranteed. Please give me a call. Î * \ \ A. L. Beaumont Practical Jeweler Plain Dealing j J. E. Johnston, jr. j j 210 First National Bank Building. : 'Phone, 103. : Shreveport, La. Plant Good Trees And enjoy the fruits of your labor. We _ offers general assortment of fruit trees .Ag and plants for sale. Get our prices before placing your orders. Agents wanted. Louisiana Star Nursery Plain Dealing, La.