I fit DANR£lli
W. H. SCANLAND, Editor and Proprietor
BENTON, LA., THURSDAY, MARCH 19,1908.
THE ETHICS OF WORK.
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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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.
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
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 '
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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.
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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
The new Democratic State Central Com
Gen. Aibert Estopinal as chairman. * |
THE LAST ROLL CALL ANSWERED.
anc | rendered
Samuel H. Russell, a member of Egbert
Jones Camp, U. C. V., died at Huntsville,
Ala., after a lingering illness, aged seventy
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,
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 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
as soon as the
ready for the weeding.
Winnfield Sentinel : The man who shows
1 ™ pt P ollt i ciai
state > that is,
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
"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
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LATEST NEWS IN PARAGRAPHS.
Six Chinese were killed in a fire at Mary
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
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,
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
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.
Mrs. Lula Jordan suicided by shooting,
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
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
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
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
No. 212 Texas Street, Shreveport, La.
Wholesale and retail dealer in
Crockery, Cutlery, Glassware,
Tinware and General House Furnishing
Goods. Also agent for the celebrated
Charter Oak and Buck's Brilliant
STOVES AND RANGES.
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.
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.
In diseases of the Eye, Ear, Nose and
Throat. Spectacles and Artificial Eyes
always on hand. Office, Rooms 32 and
34, Cooper Building, Shreveport.
Attorney at Law.
Office at the court house, Benton, Bos
sier parish, La.
Q H. MINGE, Jr.,
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,
Will attend all responsible calls day
or night. Office at residence, Plain
Dealing, La. 'Phone, No. 25.
J^R. A. A. GARRISON,
Majestic Theater Building, Shreveport.
Both 'Phones, No. 745.
JJR. R. LOGAN ARNOLD,
Graduate University ot Maryland.
Dr. J. H. GAYLE,
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
Office, third floor of Majestic Theater
Building, Shreveport. 'Phones: Old.
1041; new, 544. '
QOMEGYS & RATZBURG,
Offices, second floor of Cooper Build
ing, Shreveport, La.
ROBERT R. EMERY
Fire Insurance and
Office, ground floor First National
Bank Building, Market Street entrance.
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.
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
Write, 'phone or call.
512-4 Texas Street
========= Limited _ ------—— ..
Carry a fall line of
Boots, Shoes, Hats, Caps,
Furniture and Groeeries
Fancy Groceries Notions
Q Alden Bridge ... Louisiana
W. H. Smith. r. a. Smith.
ROUGH AND DRESSED
Ami Best Heart
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
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
\ Watches, Clocks
j 4 *
1 Elgin, Waltham and Hampden Watches.
I A specialty of fine watch repairing. All
5 work guaranteed. Please give me a call.
\ 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.
Louisiana Star Nursery
Plain Dealing, La.
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