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THE DONALDSONVIL LE CHIEF.
A Wide-Awake Home Newspaper-Published Every Saturday-Subscription Price, $2 a Year.
VOLUME LI. . . ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
,. DONALDSONVILLE, LA., SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 1922. NUMBER 43.
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PROHIBITION JUDGE RECANTS.
Says Dry Law Vicious Debasing and
Creates Widespread Disrespect.
Judge Arthur G. Powell of At
lanta, president of the Georgia Bar
Association, in his annual address
before that organization at Tybee,
Ga., a few days ago, vigorously at
tacked the prohibition law. HIe de
clared that it was his "calm, deliber
ate judgement that no enactment of
such widespread, vicious and univer
sally debasing effect on our lfw and
the enforcement of it, of such po
tency in arousing disrespect for law
had ever been imposed upon our
people."
The judge said he spoke freely
because his words were "in the na
*'ture of a confession of one who has
repented." "I was one of those,"
he said, "who helped to draw and
p ass the prohibition law of Georgia.
~. thought i v.s right, cold facts
have' convinced me' to the contaify.5'
"Immediately following the pas
sage of the statewide prohibition law
in Georgia in 1907, long before the
war, the capital felony docket in the
u:upreme court increased in a start
ling ratio, a condition which the pas
sage of time never has relieved.
The wave of homicide that swept
over Georgia on the passage of its
statewide prohibition law found its
counterpart in the wave that swept
the nation on the passage of the
national act."
The people of the rlate are asked
to vote on capital removal when only
five per cent of the voters are now
inte.restedl in the move. Will it be
by a majority of the whole vote cast,
or only by the highest vote received?
For example suppose 200,000 votes
are polled; New Orlea'~s receiving
52,000; Baton Rouge, 51,000; Alex
andria, 49,000, and Lafayette, 48,
000. Will New Orleans get the site
despite the fact that 148,000 votes
were cast against, her? On that. ba
sis New Orleans will secure the cap
ital. The peolple au'e to vote on the
question at the next congressional
election, Nov. 7, when lRepublicans
and Democrats, as it should Ie, will
participate. New Oreans will fur
nish nearly half of the total vote.
The vote of the city has been in
creased by the registration of negro
chauffeurs, porters and cooks, who
all register without any axing and
pay their poll taxes... If" it is to be
decided by the hii'hest vote and not
a majority, New Orleans will be the
capital of the state, within the next
ten years.
Every family should I:eep, this
preparation at hand during the hot
of the summer months. It is almost
sure to be needed, and when that
time comes, is worth many tinrs its
cost. Buy it now. --(Adv.)
Under a decision rendered by the
Supreme court recently a baker who
toils before his old-fashioned oven
Is not a manufacturer und(er the law
and must pay a license tax, whereas
the one who uses electricity or steam
to mix his douch or to do other work
is a manufac-turer and is therefore
exempt from the tax.
According to a decision handed
down recently by the Interstate
Commerce Commission, railroad
freight rates will be reduced on July
1, by amount equal to ten' per cent
of their present levels. The deci
sion marks the conclusion of the in
vestigation begun last autumn by the
commission, on it,, own initiative, into
the reasonableness..i of existing freight
rate levels. Prac(tically all classes
and commodities of traffic are affect
ed 'by the ruling.
The Home of the Soul.
In olden times, it vas believed that
the seat of the soul 'Vas the stomach,
most likely for the reason that a man
Is Ilever so coaplhetely used up as
when his stomach is out of order.
'or the cure of ordinary stomach
troubleS there is nothing, quite so
prompt and satisfactory as Cham
th blcts. They strengthen
the stomach and enable it to per
orne its functions naturally. Give
them a trial. They only cost a quart
er,.__ (Adv.)i
"The Lotus Eater."
The most distinctive event in mo
tion pictures--the dramatic event of
the season-will be the offering at
the Grand Theatre next Tuesday.
John Barrymore, America's great
est actor, supported by Anna Q. Nill
son, Colleen Moore, Wesley Barry
(Freckles) and others. Barrymore
plays a dual role, that of Father and
Son. The father, who has been sail
ing the seven seas for many years
in search of health, leaving his wife
alone in their villa on the Mediter
ranean. Returning suddenly, he
finds her in a egmpromising situation.
Broken-hearted, he takes their boy,
whom he had "not seen before, and
puts out to. sea. `Aging quickly be
cause of his marital tragedy, he
makes the 'boy'ptomise to remain on
the yacht and no ~to see any girl or
woman ual- he is twenty-five years
of age.` " The y promises and
keeps his word.
On his aky he
lands irf- leW 011 -un
sophisticated, is quickly enmeshed in
the net of a vampire. Disillusion
ment comes quickly, and he starts on
.& trans-Pacfic airship trip. The blimp
is wrecked, and he is' thrown upon
an island. There also ^he meets a
girl-the girl. But he has a wife in
New York City, and duty compels
him to return there. -
This is just the start of the re
markable story, and theq result is the
first photodrama to attain perfection
in every phase.
The Silk Worm Industry.
Mrs. Oliver Blanchard of New Or
leans, an authority on the silk in
dustry in this country and abroad,
says that indications are that Silk
Worm raising and the production of
silk will soon become an established
industry in the United States. Ac
cording to recent information, Calif
ornia is making practical demonstra
tion of the possibilities for the re
vival of this important industry and
is preparing to place it on a com
mercial basis. The Seritere Com
pany at Oroville claim to have test
ed not only the quality of silk but
also the cost of production which
will allow to compete with European
prices. At. various times in the past,
Louisiana has produced an excellent
quality of cocoons. The mulberry
tree, which furnishes the natural
food for silk-worms thrives all over
the state and produces an abundance
of large nourishing leaves. A num
ber of people have gone in for silk
worm raising with very satisfactory
results, though their efforts, so far
are very limited. With a little State
and Federal encouragement this in
dust'ry could soon be made to sup
ply the American market with the
raw material which we now import
from foreign countries at the rate
of $4,00ot,00,000 annually.-Houma
Times.
Telephone Hearing June 23.
The application of the Cumberland
Telephone eompany for an injunc
tion to pr:t .;,r a decrease in its rates
by the L,..;:isiana Public Service
Commision, will come up for hearing
before the federal court in New Or
leans on June 23. Judge Nathan P.
Bryan of the United States Circuit
Court of Florida and Judge Henry
D. Clayton of the United States Dis
trict Court of Alabama, will sit with
Judge Rufus E. Foster in the case.
A temporary restraining order was
granted by Judge Foster a month
ago. In applying for the injunction
the telephone company averred that
Francis Williams is not qualified to
sit on the commission in the case
because he expressed himself against
the existing rates during his cam
paign; that a reduction of the rates
to previous levels would be confis
cation; that the case was closed and
the public servicd commission had
not reopened it and had not ordered
a rehearing.
Cutting high grass is now proper
and it would be a welcome move if
the high grass around the High
School was cut down. The hedges
in the City Park also need trimming.
A few badly dilapidated sidewalks
treated to a few loads of g-aveI
will just harmonize matters all
around.
CONFEDERATE REUNION.
Reduced Rates Offered by Railroads
to Veterans' Meeting at Richmond.
The a?&ual reunion of Confeder
ate Veterans, Sons of Confederate
Veterans, Daughters of the Confed
eracy and the Southern Memorial
Association, will be held in Richmond,
Virginia, June 20 to 22. In order
to enjoy the benefit of the reduced
rates, intended visitors must be pro
vided with certificates showing that
they are members of one of the Con
federate organizations mentioned.
Judge Edmund Maurin, adjutant
of Victor Maurin Camp No. 38,
United Confederate Veterans, has re
ceived the requisite blanks from
headuarters and is ready to supply
all having the qualifications so that
they may purchase tickets at- excur
sion rates. Persons not members
can qualify by joining the Confeder
ate organizations to which their
qualifications render them eligible.
The Texas and Pacific Railway has
announced the following round trip
rates, from Donaldsonville to Rich
mond: via Memphis and Southern
Railway, Bristol or Atlanta, $27
34; via New Orleans, Chatanooga or
Atlanta, $24,67, via Memphis, Louis
ville, Cincinnati and Ohio, $44.28;
via New Orleans, Louisville and
Nashville, Montgomery and Atlanta,
$29.
These rates cover the round trip
and the ticket is good for stop-overs
at all points on application to the
conductor. There is also one fare
for the round trip authorized for
met bers of affiliated organizations
wlh is $41.15. Richmond was the
capital of the Confederate States of
America years ago.
PINCHOT NOMINATED.
Republican Administration Given An
other Jolt in Pennsylvania.
In the Republican primary election
held in Pennsylvania recently,
Gifford Pinchot and George Wharton
Pepper, Liberal Progressives, defeat
ed the Harding administration, can
didates for governor and United
States senator, respectively, by ma
jorities aggregating about 30,000.
Following closely upon the triumph
of Albert J. Beveridge, anti-adminis
tration candidate for United States
genator in Indiana, the results in
Pennsylvania, gave a severe jolt to
the supporters of the Harding ad
ministration only a little less forcibly
than those leaders in Congress who
have ignored presidential leadership.
The victory of Mr. Pinchot against
the demoralized Republican machine
in the Keystone state was character
ized by some of the features which
contributed to the success of Bev
eridge in Indiana. Coupled with the
Beveridge victory the remarkable
success of Mr. Pinchot and the nom
ination of Mr. Pepper were accepted
as reflecting dissatisfaction among
the voters of two of the most im
portant states in the Union with pre
vailing onditions. The Democrats
are iicIed toflffla great de2l-more a
comfort that the Republicans in the
election results in both Indiana and
Pennsylvania.
Miss Gaudin Wins Contest.
Miss Melba Gaudin, the charming
and attractive young daughter of
Dr. and Mrs. Louis A. Gaudin of
Convent, was adjudged the most pop
ular young lady of St. James parish
by winning the beautiful diamond
ring offered by Jefferson College in
its recent popularity May fair con
test, says the St. James Voice. There
were six young ladies in this con
est, including Miss Gaudin, who won
the first prize by a comfortable mar
gin. Miss Malarcher received second
honors and Miss Marguerite Bour
geois came third. Miss Melba is a
member of the Belmont School facul
ty and is well known through this
parish as well as in New Orleans.
She is a graduate of the Sacred
Heart Academy of Convent, La., and
finished at that institution with high
literary honors. She is an accom
plished musician and a leader among
the social set of Convent. She is
leaving next Tuesday for Cincinnati,
Ohio, where she will attend the grad
uation of her sister, Miss Stella, who
will receive her A. P. diploma. They
will return to Convent June 10.
The Voice joins the .maany friends
of Miss Melba in congrat:lating her
upon her social success and knows
tl( the ring she has just received
wi be a lasting testimonial of her
popularity.
To Amend Sunday Law.
By a vote of 31 yeas and 1 nay,
the senate put through a bill 'by
Senator Butler to amend the Sun
day closing law, so that the act will
not apply to newspaper offices, print
ing offices, bookstores. drugstores,
apothecary shops, cigar stores, un
dertaker shops, public and private
markets, bakeries, dairies, candy
stands, livery stables, garages, auto
mobile repair and accessory shops,
retail gasoline stations, railroad, ho
tels, boarding houses, restaurants,
soft drink stands and railroad ware
houses.
The election held in Alexandria
a few days ago upon the question
to issue bonds in the sum of $360,
000 for municipal improvements,
carried both in number and valuation
of property. .The bonds are to be
issued for four different purposes,
as follows: For a gas plant and
distribution system, $110,000; for
water reservoir and maine, $95,000;
for improvement of Seventh street
ditch and city drainage, $100,000;
for purchase of fire department
equipment, $65,000.
Carpenter and Plumbing Work.
When you are in need of carpen
ter or plumbing work give me a
trial. My prices are reasonable and
all work is executed in a neat and
workmanship manner. If you con
t'emplate having any work done just
tell me to call and I will be glad to
discuss the matter with you. No job
too large, none too small. CAMILLE
ESNEAULT, Carpenter and plum
ber, Donaldsonville, La.
Advertise in the Chief. It pays!
AUTO OWNERS IN COURT.
Several Violators of 1920 Law Hail
ed Before Judge Maurin.
E. R Turner, one of the indefati
gable investigators of the Louisiana
Highway Commission, has been
scouring this section for violators of
the automobile law known as "The
Pay-as-You-Go Law," otherwise Act
120 of 1921. Mr. Turner has "bag
ged" a number of alleged violators,
amongst them several prominent cit
izens.
The charges, which Mr. Turner
made before Judge Edmund Maurin,
vary from failure to change regis
tration of auto by new owner; deal
ers using dealers' license for busi
ness or pleasure purposes; failure to
display license conspicuously; failure
to register autonmbiles; using li
cense of Ford touring cars on trucks,
etc. `The investigator under the law
has all the powerq of constables and
of police officers including the power
to arrest any person who violates
any provisions of the law and he
may serve all processes lawfully is
sued by the courts or the Louisiana
Highway Commission.
Violation of the Louisiana High
way Commission ~aws is punishable
upon conviction b a fine of not more
than $100 for the first offence or
imprisonment for not more than
thirty days; and for the second of
fence or any sulsequent offences by
a fine not exceeding $500 or im
prisonment for not more than ninety
(lays. Mr. Turner, who is in uniform
travelling on a iast motorcycle, has
his headquarters in Baton Rouge.
Large Paupus in Bayou.
Considerable' eicitement was caus
ed( by the appearance i1 Bayou La
fourche last wee,, of a large fish of
the Paupus famijy. The fish is be
lieved to have b come lost near the
mouth of the ba ou and to have en
tered the strea in the mistaken
belief that it le4 to deep water. It
swan up streaid and was seen at
various points lbetween Labadieville
and Belle Rose, and is believed to
have come as ffir as the rice mill,
just below the railroad bridge, where
the shallow water made further
progress imposs le, and then turn
ed back and hewaed down stream for
the gulf. Many eople saw the huge
monster of the ep and some shot
at it, but appaftly without effect.
The last seen the fish was at
Thibodaux, whe it was speeding
fast towards th4 uf.
New T i Refused.
The motiton f' new trial in the
case of the six lians convicted of
the murder ofa Hllas Calmes, was
dismissed by J .e Rober S. Ellis,
of the district, of Tangipahoa,
at Amite City Wednesday. The
motion was argil, last Monday and
was taken undi 4dvisement by the
judge. Sentec ..will be passed
shortly and un*. e verdict of the
jury the deat.W ty will be im
these men have' ben tried, cone
ed and sentenced ot hang for the
Calmes murder.
Recommends Chamberlain's Tablets.
"Chamberlain's Tablets have been
used by my husband and myself off
and on for the past five years. When
my husband goes away from home he
always takes a bottle of them along
with him. Whenever I have that
heavy feelng after eating, or feel
dull and played out, I take one or two
of Chamberlain's Tablets and they fix
me up fine," writes Mrs. Newton
Vreeland, Minoa, N. Y. Take these
tablets when troubled with consti
pation or indigestion and they will
do you good.-(Adv.)
Lillian Russell, the blonde beauty,
wife of Alexander P. Moore,
for many years one of the most
conspicuous and popular actresses on
the American stage, died at her
home in Pittsburg, Pa., last Mon
day. She was a beautiful woman, a
big star and she enjoyed a long,
brilliant and succesful career.
Advertise in the Chief. It pays!
Clothes for a
Gentleman
Here is the home of BLOCH'S CLOTHES for
spring and summer that have a world-wide reputa
tion throughout America for fit; tailoring that is
done painstakingly; full value-in fact, one hundred
per cent clothes satisfaction.
The opportunity of every man and young man
in Donaldsonville and surrounding country to get
clothes of the most exclusvie style at prices that are
extremely reasonable.
All kinds of clothes to keep you cool during the
hot weather season, you'll find here. A complete as
sortment to select from at right prices.
B. LEMANN & BRO., INC.
THE BIG STORE Donaldsonville, La.
LOUISIANAI CARBON INDUSTRY
65 Per Cent of Amount Used in
America is from Monroe.
The following special from Mon
roe, La., dated the 29th ultimo, ap
pearedl in a recent issue of the Nest
Orleans Times-Picaypne:
"Sixty-five per cent of the total
volume of natural gas used far car
hon making in the United States
during the year 1921 was-virtually
all supplied by one fielc in the state
of Louisiana--the Monroe district,
according to the 1921 report of the
U S. Geological Survey on the car
ben black industry just received
here.
"The total volume of natural gas
burned for carbon in the Unite i
States during 1921, the report states,
was 49,431,855,000 cubic feel., of
which Louisiana contributed 32.
101,800,000 cubic feet, or 65 per
cent of the total, and all other states,
five in number, supplied only 17,
330,055,000 cubic feet, or thirty-five
per cent. -
"Of the total number of pounds of
carbon produced from this gas, ac
cording to the government record,
31,034,000 pounds came from Lou
isiana gas, or 53 per cent, while 27,
598,700 pounds came from the gas
utilized in other states, or 47 per
cent, the grand total carbon black
production for the United States
being58,632,700 pounds, the great
est in the history of the carbon black
manufactuirng industry.
"These government records, there
fore, rank Louisiana first as a carbon
black producing state, suPl..g-ting
West Virginia, which previously held
first place.
"The following are the\ govern
ment figures in d.etail for the year
1921, covering ,natural gas put to
burners and carbon produced:
"Natural gas put to burners:
State cub. ft Pet.
Louisiana ,:2,101,800,000 64.9
Total 32,101.800,000 64.9
West Virginia 14,312.800(,000 28.9
Penn., and Ky. 2,148,255.000 4.4
Wyo., and Mont. 869,000,000 1.8
Total 17,330,055,003 15.1
Grand Total 49,431,855,000 100.0
Carbon black-roduced:
State Pounds Pet.
Louisiana 31,034,000 53.0
Subtotal 31,034,000 53.0
West Virginia 23,909,000 40.7
Penn., and Ky. 3.270.300 5.4
Wyo., and Mont. 419,400 0.9
Subtotal 27,598,700 47.0
Grand total 589,632,700 " 100.0
"The United States Geological Sur
vey reports show further tha;t twenty
four states in the United States pro
duce natural gas in commercial quan
tities. Out of these twenty-four
states only six are recorded in the
carbon black producing list, being
Louisiana, West Virginia, Pennsyl
vania, Kentucky, Wyoming and Mon
tana. Out of these six states, the
report shows, one field (Monroe) fin
-;,state (-LouiiTana) contributed
65 per cent 6fTlT' ls :fliZd'"
carbon making purposes 4n the
United States during 1921, arid local
records indicate that more carbon
plants are still going up, so that the
record will be continued if not sur
passed in the year 1922."
Next Week's Bill at the Grand.
Sunday-Ethel Clayton in "Her
Own Money," and a comedy.
Monday--Sylvia Breamer and Con
rad Nagle in "Unseen Forces," and
Pathe News.
Tuesday-John Barrymore in "The
Lotus Eater," and music by Clai
borne's Orchestra.
Wednesday-Mary Miles Minter
in "Her Winning Way," vaudeville
with Jimmy Cooper, "Bayou Pom
Pom" and Claire Winters.
Thursday-George Walsh in "The
Serenade."
Friday-Lois Wilson and Milton
Sills in "Miss Lula Bett" and a come
dy.
Saturday-Episodes of "Son of
Tarzan" and "Go Get 'Em Hutch,"
Pathe News and Charley Chaplin in
his latest comedy, "The Idle Class."
"LISTEN IN"
HERE IS A PART OF OUR PROGRAM
FOR NEXT WEEK:
Men's Lorraine Seersucker and Spanish 9M98
Linen Suits, special, only.......................................
Boys' Wash Knee Pants, 50c value, 25c
special, next week, only.... ........................
Boys' Checked Nainsook Union Suits, 49c
sizes up to 34, special price ... .................
Men's Genuine French Guyot Suspenders, 79C
$1 value, special, per pair..... .......................
Large size Huck Towels, with red 1 5
borders, 25c Value, sale price.................
Ladies' Summer Vests, with tape 1 Oc
shoulder straps, special, each...........................
Ladies' Black and White Hose, worth 35c
75c, special price, only.............................
Children's Milan Straw Sailors, with 98
ribbon streamers, $1.50 value, at .......
Men's Blue Work Shirts, well made, 69c
worth $1, special, each... ...........................
36-inch Pajama Check, for underwear, 1 4
worth 20c, special, per yard... ..........
Coner Railroad Avenue and Donaldsonville, La.
Mississippi Street
JACK SHEEHAN RECOVERS RUM
Liquor Worth $100.000 Taken in Dry
Raid Restored By Court.
Mark Boasburg, better known as
"Jack Sheehan," regained possession I
of assorted liquors valued at $100,-1
000 which was taken by prohibition
officers in a raid made January 3,
last. The goods were restored to him
on an order signed by Judge Rufus
E. Foster of the United States dis
trict court, at New Orleans.
Attorneys {for Sheehan land the
government have been engaged in
active warfare ever since the raid.
The two indictments returned against
Sheehan by the federal grand jury
were held to be faulay by the court
and were set aside.
In obtaining the first search war
rant, August J. Rouch, prohibition
oflicer, swore._t t
29, 1921, there awas n
two boats in Mississippi river near
the road house of Jack Sheehan a
large quantity of whiskey and wine.
This wine and liqlior was transported
to the residence and -road house
known as the Suburban Gardens, and
there are now stored in this resi
dence, road house and out building,
500 cases of whiskey and 500 cases
of wine. These buildings are located
near the junction of river road and
Shrewsberry road, and focatel in
Jefferson parish, La."
Following is Judge Foster's com
ment on that angle of the case:
"In exeecuting the search warrant
Rouch took with him a number of
other prohibition agents and by a
display of force intimidated the de
fendant and entered and searched
his residence. A large quantity of
liquor was found in the residence
and seized but not removed. Guards
were placed in and around the resi
dence, however, and the seizure
maintained
"T'he next day, on a summary
hearing, the seizure was set aside
and the guards ordered withdrawn
from the residence. This was done
to the extent of taking the guards
out of the building but a cordon was
maintained on the outside."
The second search warrant charg
ed violation of customs laws. The
decision declares it was issued on
evidence gained by the prohibition
agents while ille' ally invading the
home of Sheehan.
Louisiana Boys Enroll for Camp.
The ready response of Louisiana
to National needs is well demonstra
ted by the fact that the last report
received by M. G. Osborn, local rep
resentative for recruiting for Citi
zen's Military Training Camps, shows
that this Corps Area, comprising the
states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
Louisiana, Mississippi North Caro
lina, South Carolina and Tennessee,
leads the United States in procure
ment of candidates for the training
camps this summer, Louisiana is well
up on the list but there are still
some vacancies to be filled, and
those interested are requested to
communicate with M. G Osborn,
state chairman Citizens' Military
Training Camps, University Station,
B:.ton Rouge, La.
Why Suffer from Rheumatism.
Do you know that nine out of every
ten cases of rheumatism are simply
rheumatism of the muscles or
chronic rheumatism, neither of which
require any internal treatment? The
pain may be relieved by applying
Chamberlain's Liniment, which makes
sleep and rest possible, and that cer
tainly means a great deal to any
one afflicted with rheumatism.-Adv.
President Harding has asked con
gress for a deficiency appropriation of
$28,122,500 for refunding taxes il
legally collected during the finance
year ending June 30, 1921. The es
timated refunds are as follows: In
come taxes, $15,000,000; estate tax
es, $12,000,000; taxes on sales, $1,
500,0000, and other items including
$100,000 of prohibition, makes the
total stated
SPILLWAYS ONLY SOLUTION.
Engineer Delivers Strong Address on
Cure for Flood Menace.
.1. F. Kimper, an engineer,, who
has made a study of hydraulic prob
lems in this section for years, and
ivho is said to have forcasted dis
astrous crevasses two months be
fore they occurred, delivered an ad
dress before the New Orleans Asso
ciation of Commerce a few days ago
in which he advocated spillways as
-a solution of the flood menace.
Said Mr. Kemper. "It is incon
ceivable how any one can note the
results of the recent crevasses with
out being convinced of the efficiency
of a spillway in the vicinity of New
Orleans The river was a foot high
er than ever known and destined to
rise three weeks more, surely another
foot. The crevasses produced steady
three feet lower thani it would have
been had there. been no crevasses."
Referring to the claim by splil!way
opponents that outlets will cause a
shoaliag of the river below them,
Mr. Kemper said:
"The :tatement that the outlet
causes deposits below it in propor
tion to the water extracted is utter
ly false. It is an absolute impossi
bility except when applied to small
streams of small slope and great sur
face resistance. It might have been
the case of Bayou Lafourche before
it was closed. Insofar as the Mis
sissippi river is concerned, there
never is a time when it has not
enough current to carry all of its
sediment to the gulf.
"I have tried vainly for years to
get a levees-only proponent to show
me an authentic survey where a cre
vasse in the lower Mississippi caused
a shoaling of the river below the
crevasse. I have heard numerous as
sertions that it did, but no proofs. I
make the demand again, now.
"The commission, while assuring
us that an outlet will cause impair
ment, proves to us by a careful sur
vey at Old River coverning an in
terval of fifteen years during which
this outlet has been running, that
the bank-full carrying capacity of
the river, instead of showing impair
ment, showed an improvement of
7.35 per cent. They further show
that,,.,y raising the flood stage at
New. .rleans six and one-half feet.
they h:ave increased the volume of
flow thirty per cent or about 50,000
second feet for ea.'h foot of rise."
Referring to the scoring-process
of the river, caused by levees, Mr.
Kemper said the river's carrying
capacity could not he increased suf
ficiently by this means, because the
river bed already is 100 feet below
the gulf, into which the river flows.
The current is not as strong at the
bottom as at the top, he said and
consequently, the full force of the.
scouring is directel against the
banks, in search of an outlet. The"
entire question, he said, i;: Are the
outlets to be provided by man, in
the places where they can be con
trolled, or are they to be provided
by nature, at whatever point the
river's whim chooses?
Reductions in railroad employes
wages under the recent railroad la
bor board orders for the larger group
of the country's rail workers it is es
timated will aggregate about $110,
000,000 loss annually to about 1,
200,000 employes. B. M. Jewell,
head of the railway employes depart
ment of the American Federation of
Labor, declared that the cut in wages
does not measure up to the Ameri
can standard of living and that vig
orous protest will be made against
the reduction.
The 3rmy transport Somme, hav
ing ab6ard sixty-four flag draped
caskets, bearing the last of Amer
ica's war dead to be brought from
France by request, arrived at Brook
- lyn a few days ago. Services will
- be held Sunday and then the bodies
- will be sent to relatives for final
burial. All of the other thousan.ds
e of Americans dead overseas will re
main there.

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