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VOLUME XLIV. LAFAYETTE. LOUISIANA TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 1909. NUMBER 67. FARMERS' CLUB FINE MEETING, Meeting Saturday Proved One of Most Interesting and Instructive Yet Held-Forty Present. PARISH FAIR COMMITTEE GIVEN GENERAL APPROVAL AND ENCOURAGEMENT. Fne Paper on Cane Culture by Pierre Landry-Ir.secticides Discussed -Program Next Meeting. The Farmers' Club held a regular semi-monthly meeting last Saturday evening at the Industrial Institute, President J. A. Roy in the chair, Sec retary E. L. Stephens at the desk and some forty members present. The meeting proved by far one of the most Interesting and instructive yet held and augurs well for the future of the organization. The keenest attention was given to the many valuable dis cussions' and everybody present seem ed to enjoy the practical ideas and suggestions elicited throughout the meeting. Dr. Stephens read the minutes and they were approved. Dr. Stephens reported that owing to his unavoidable absence the committee on By-laws was unable to report. P. R. Landry report ed for the committee on Parish Fair that further time was necessary to gather information and formulate a report. fBoth committees were granted an extension of time. President Roy explained that as a member of the committee on Fair, he had attended a meeting of the Progressive League, but that the subjects considered were cansls and drainage. He, however, expressed his Arm conviction of sun cess in the fair proposition; as the grounds were already assured and gen eral approval and encouragement giv en on every hand. Dr. Stephens said he had correspdnded with St. Martin and other parishes to obtain informa tion and statistics concerning parish faiis and expected soon to have some. thfbg interesting to report. Mr. Per rim - suggested that the Club get in toneh with the Louisiana State Depart meat of Agriculture on the subject, and by motion of Dr. Stephens it was resolved to invite Secretary Jastrem ski or Capt. Carter to address the Club on the 17th. The question of eresting a parish fair. association is receiving the earnest and serious con sideration of the Club and of the Pro gressive League and only intelligent Acton and co-operation are needed to bring about the full realisation of this essential ajunct to every agricultural community. The idea of fairs is rapid > ly taking hold In every parish in the , s*We and people are fast waking to * the importance of an Institution that has done so much to stimulate indus trial and agricultural enterprise all veme the United Sta~t. Wqr. C. N. Thibodeax exhibited some e" ainercial inaect powder and the assc developed great interest. Prof. tt smid Hellibore was the best U5 ticd.e and Mr. Grevemberg held te~es. dust to be very good. Mr. Geo. e adM ceol oil and dry time was 1#Soo¶and Mr. Perrin said slacked and green were the best. . i ;.Tacy s3id that either lime or sal applied to plants with bellowa serve to excellent purpose. T. IL Hopkins showed a sample E grown on his place which was to be very gpod for winter said be planted with the b80 to psmt advantage. Mr. wantd to knew how best cern is dryr .ather, and grrian ragul by cultivating very Si Novebaer. The subject of aas discuased and it was con Stat a cane planter could cultu 0 atvantasge one third of his land diad pon and rotate crops. Mr. tsiY d an isatrae show slep/ of breedmig corn, and F i whom the corn is In his ideal Ia the . This feature a ned whe _ter. was ~(ftuastamby mneans - Paq les lea oflsit as mnet -eema -oms ,t:n th best rtsra. Mr. - wih d remt v- 1~P~s o eprn reublded ps iate*ear - it Y $. teri 4 . I l o ANNUAL ADDRESS. Delivered By Pres. N. P. Moss of the Louisiana School Board Associa tion at the Alexandria Meeting. Below we print in full the annual address of Dr. N. P. Moss, President of the Louisiana School Board Asso ciation at the Alexandria meeting April 2. Dr. Moss was honored by re-election as president for the fourth time, hav ing been the frst and only president tf the association. The address contains a numoer of good suggestions and we are sure will erove of interest to our readers. The address follows: Members of the Louisiana School Board Association and guests: It gives me pleasure to greet you once more, assembled in annual con vention. I recall with deep feelings of satis faction at this time the large atten dance, splendid work and enjoyable sociabilities of the Third annual meet ing of this association held in New Orleans a year ago. That we would not have so large an attendance on this occasion was to be ex pected a natural result of the sweeping change in menibership of the parish boards of education brought about by the election of last November. But, my friends, whilst numbers are always to be desired that the in terest may be larger, and whilst num bers may also add to the enthusiasm of the occasion, nevertheless wP should know that it is not the ele ment of numbers so much as the qual ity of earnestness which contributes to the success of a meeting or con vention. The quality of earnestness must be strongly present with ua to day, otherwise you who have come to this meeting would not be here; and as for numbers we shall possess them just as soon as we can properly present the claims of this association before the newly organized school boards of oui state. It was thought advisable to give time to the new order of things in school affairs to settle down, before beginning the campaign for member ship in this association in order that the best results might be obtained. After familiarizing themselves with their ofliclal duties by actual exper ience the newly constituted School Continued on last page. methods of soil preparations, planting, etc. Mr. Landry is a practical plan ter of long experience and his advice was timely and much appreciated as many farmers are now turning to cane culture. First year stubble is best for planting, and cane must be mature. Windrow and cover well with earth immediately; use a slide to pack earth on cane and as soon as weather per mits plant Short stubble is not good, long jointed cane being best, ribbon cane was better in many respects than red. Cotton seed meal had not given good results, peas being the best fer tiliser for this soil. Mr. Landry ex plained why so many lost seed cane last season through improper wind rowing, and suggested that farmers going Into the crop proceed slowly or take abundant advice of those who had already learned the many princi ples governing its culture. Mr. Grev emberg said that when the cane suck ered too much for the land he had found gupno very good for increasing the growth. Rows should be five feet four inches wide and land must be thoroughly prepared before planting. Mr. Perrin asked whether any one had noticed any difference In the cane yield In rows running east and west and those running north and south, but no one seemed to have observed this. the following program was arrang ed for the next meeting: Dr. Dodson, on beets as stock food; Prof. Carter or Prof. Jastremaki, subject to be chosen; J. C. Nickerson, how to culti vate oats; I. C. Wallis, the agricultu ral possibilities of an acre of ground. Dr. Stephens invited everybody to in apect the Institute an patron's day, every Friday. It was suggested that the farmers write to local papers giving their diews and asking questimns of lnter eot to alli, where~pon, 'Editor Broas sard of the Democrat, who was preos eat, tendered the eslumas of his paper for any pubieatisem of the society. The Advrtfer reporter stated that he hod atteodad every ameqng and re -ni d the sueoodla 1 fBull and wolS emmt- e to di se. The Adver. Item r"_ k OW r-ee DISTRICT COURT IN SESSION. Grand Jury Impannelled and Judge Delivers Charge Emphasizing Their Duties and Obligations. CALLS SPECIAL ATTENTION TO NEED OF NEW COURT HOUSE. About 100 Cases Nearly All for Minor Offenses Laid Before Jury for In vestigation. Yesterday morning Judge Camp bell opened a regular term of District Court and empanneled a Grand Jury v itn A. E. Mouton a: Foreman and the following membnrs Albert Landry, L. S. Broussard,, Ito ger Connolly, Wilhelm Steiner, Gas ton Francez, F. G. Cole, Veranus Spell, t A. Olivier, J. R. Reaux, P. R. Du pleix, Hebert Billeaud. Sheriff La oste opened court and Clerk St. Julien read the list of Grand Jurors urawn for the term. Sam P. Brown was excused and J. O. Broussard and Luc LeBlanc failed to answer, but at- I terward appeared in time.. The clerk swore the Jurors and Judge Campbell inquired into their qualifications. The Judge then proceeded to read his charge calling attention to the sacred obligations and responsibilities placed upon the Jurors by the law, and cau tioning them to do their duty without fear or favor. Carrying Concealed weapons was prohibited and even of ficers of the law were not allowed to violate the law. Judge Campbell in structed the Jury as to the Concubin age act of 1898, the Shattuck law, the Sunday law, selling liquor to minors and sale of tobacco to minors. It was proper to investigate all public im provements, buildings, and books. The Drainage act of 1908, prohibiting the obstruction of natural drains was given attention and the Judge suggest ed that District Attorney Robira read r this as well as other laws to the Ju rors for their information. It was a duty to inquire into whether the school lands had been rented and whether there had been a violation of the laws governing them. In refer ence to a new Court ouse the Judge used the following v' us language. "Concerning the Court House it is Indeed a shame to our parish and city, it has outlived its time and is utterly unfit as a temple of Justice. At this very time and moment we have no proper place for you, gentle men of the Grand Jury, to meet and perform thework allotted to you, and when you take in view the, stride made In our parish and city and in the way of Improvements, and seeing that s old and dilapidated and unfit Court House It is a shame to our communi ty, and I dare say, that the Parish of Lafayette having such a poor excuse for a Court House, It Is Indeed a re flection on out Police Jury. A Court House Is badly needed. For years back the attention of the Police Jury has been called to this fact, and it seems that they do not think that a new Court House is needed. Pre vious Grand Juries have called the at tention of the Police Jury to this fact, and I ask of you to again remind the Police Jury of the urgent necessity of shortly building a modern and up to-date Court House." District Attorney Robira took charge of the Jury and that body be -gan Its investigation at once. About -100 cases nearly all for minor offenses, were laid before the Jury, and many of these will doubtless be thrown out, -The court room was well crowded with witnesses, jurors and spectators when cdurt opened and much Interest seemed manifest. A TANlERY DEGON. Mr. I. B. Bendel and Joseph Wil liams have started a tannery near La fayette and have already treated quite a number of hides Mr. Bendel is not yet in a position to say postive ly just what the possibilities are in this line, but is sanguine of a paying investment. The young man, Wil liams, is a Russian and seems to un derstand the process of curing leather several samples shown being equal to any commeretal article. The bark is obtained from the oak and other trees in the woods around, and no chemicals are employed at all. To tan leather In this way requires sev eral months. Foe ale Bu. -Saan all stove with impur bahle an ea, also a twen ty .suita red bat heater, both In peruat eeaeisem. WIll sell very chasp. Mmes P. 0. Bow 414. NEWS NOTES FROM THE INSTITUTE. Commencement Sermon Sunday, May 23, by Rev. Gilchrist, First Unita rian Church, New Orleans. EIGHT SCHOOLS TO BE REPRE SENTED IN ORATORICAL CONTEST. Attakapas Society Chooses Debaters for Julian Mouton Medal-S. P. Gives Special Rates for Field Day. It is announced that the four re mnaining Fridays in the month of April shall he "patron's day"-on which all of the parents of the Insti tute students are specially invited to visit the school at any hour during the day. The commencement sermon on Sunday, May 23, at 5 p. m., will be preached by Rev. Elmer Gilchrist, of the first Puitarian church, New Or leans. Arthur L. Talbot, an alumnus of the Institute, now a lawyer in Napoleon ville, will be Alumni Orator. Prof. R. L. Himes, of the Louisiana State University, has been invited to deliver one of the commencement addresses. The Attakapas Literay Society held its preliminary contest on last Sat urday night, to determine who should represent the Society in the annual contest for the Julian Mou~ton medal for debate. Those contesting were: Messrs. Andre Mouton and Harmon Langford, and Misses Marie Gueydan and Mary Parham. All four of the contestants delivered excellent de bates, and the decision of the judges were in favor of Mr. Langford and Miss Parham, who will therefore represent their society as against the representatives of the Avatar Society in the final contest on Saturday night, May 22, during the commencement exercises. The Avatars have not yet chosen their representatives, but will probably do so at the next meeting. There will be eight schools repre sented in the oratorical contest to be held at the Institute Saturday night, April 24: Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Jennings, Lafayette, Leesville, New Iberia, St. Martinville. Their ora tions have already been received and submitted to the following judges on matter and composition, namely, Supt. Nicholas Bauer of New Orleans, Prin cipal W. B. Prescott of Opelousas, and Supt. H. K. Steickland of Baton Rouge. Three other judges will be appointed on the night of the contest upon Delivery.. The highest average percentage made will determine the The Latest Footwear Fashions from New York and Paris are ready for you at our store, because we sell the famous Regal Shoes for Women. Each one of these 1 Regal styles is an exact reproduction of an expensive custom - ý, model, and possesses the exclusive style of a made-to-order shoe. REGAL SHOES For Women have lo.been famous for their high quality. price is the same all the year osod. n not only afford you correct style, but also perfect ft and comfort-becaue they are made in quarer-size t double the usual number of sho-Guuga. $350 $400 and $500 PALK ME3RCANTILE C00., LTD.i TEACHERS' CONVENTION. Largest in Its History-Nearly All La fayette Teachers Attend.. V. L. Roy Made President. The State Teachers' Convention which met at Alexandria April 1, 2 and 3 was on e of the largest and most successful meetings ever held, there being o' er l 4 ) teachers in atten dance. The Lafayette delegation headed by Supt. Wright showed up strong, practically every teacher in the parish attending. The association elec ted V. L. Roy of Avoylless president. Mr. Roy for several years taught in the Lafayete Industrial Institute and also served as Parish Superintendent here. His many friends are rejoiced to hear of his new honors to which his zealous devotion to public educa tion justly entitles him. winner of the prize. General Passenger Agent J. H. R. Parsons, of the Southern Pacific, has issued a circular letter to all ticket agents on that line in Louisiana, au thorizing the sale of tickets from all points to Lafayette and return at one fare for the round trip, on sale April 23, and 24, good to return April 25. He also announces that two spec ial trains returning will be run, leav ing Lafayette at 11:15 p. m., Saturday April 24, one going west as far as Vinton, the other east as far as Mor gan City. The results of this will undoubtedly be an attendance of at least 2000 people on that great Field Day. Dr. E. L. Stephens and Miss Carrie May Miller represented the Faculty of the Industrial Institute at the con vention of the State Teachers' Asso ciation at Alexandria last week. They report a most successful session of the convention' and many inspiring department meeting and addresses. Supt. V. L. Roy, of Avoylles formerly a member of the Institute faculty, was elected president of the associa tion. EASTER EGO HUNT. The North Side School Improve ment league will give an Easter egg hunt on Mrs. F. E. Davis' lawn on Eas ter Monday. Admission five cents, al-1 so cake and lemonade will be sold at five cents each. Cottolene Display. E. C. Broussard's show window con tains a fine display of Cottolene, the vegetable lard which Is being so exten sively used to replace the bog lard. If you want the latest in spring and summer clothing go to Kahn's. THE INTERCOASTAL CANAL CONVENTION Delegates From Three Parishes Meet to Secure Change of Route to Ver V milion and Teche. OBJECT OF MEETING EXPLAINED BY SENATOR T. J. LABBE. Vermilion, Teche and Atchafalaya Drainage and Navigation Associa tion Organized. The convention of deleeaths and representative businrs ion froth the nliP'ý oring xowns and parithos call ed to Uit - t1 LafaA)t fI to to consider m asIurs for frt: ;g the proposi t' of chngirig the route of the In terceastal Canal from the original line by way of Franklin to a course by way of Vermilion river and the Teche, assembled in the parlors of the Century Club last Saturday evening. Delegates were present from St. Mar tinville, Breaux Bridge, Abbville, Broussard, Milton and Lafayette. The convention was called to order by Mayor C. O. Mouton who welcomed the distinguished guests and predicted the success of any project they might undertake. He called Senator Hen ry L. Gueydan of Vermilion to act as temporary chairman and the house voiced Its approval by generous ap plause. D. L. McPherson of Vermil ion was chosen temporary secretary and the convention proceeded to bus iness. Senator Gueydan asked Sena tor T. J. Labbe of St. Martin, to ex plain the object and purposes of the convention, which he did in a brief but forcible address. The United States had practically abandoned the , original route for the canal by way of Franklin and determined on a safer and more inland course on account of the open water of Vermilion and Cote Blanche bays. The shortest and most natural route is by the way of Vermilion river and the Teche and It was the object of the convention to present the advantages of this route to the authorities and endeavor It possible to secure Its adoption. The people of St. Martin had begun two immense drainage canals and one would come within three miles of Vermilion river. If the route was adop ted the government could have the canal leading from Cypress Island into the Teche, but whether this course was accepted or not, so Impressed were the people of St. Martin with the importance of these canals for drain age and transportation purposes that they fully intended to carry out a sys tem of their own, conhdent that the future would prove the correctness of Continued on second page.