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Weekly on Tuseda) l Uriday by A ALPhA, Prepdeseas. $1.00 a year, pay- t ,, in advaac. the - M 3W TU~ESDAY, APRIL 6, 1909. 01 Vi AN IMPORTANT EVENT. pl1 ti The organization of the Vermilion, us Teche and Atchafalaya Drainage and al, iNavigation Association here Saturday na Was a very important event to this th 'tOwn and parish and of large conse- ar ` quence also to our neighboring par- w tghes, for it marks the beginning of a tb united effort to secure drainage for a o1 iarge area of this section and at the g same time obtain water communica- at tion with the Mississippi and New- ci Orleans. a! We have here one of the finest coun- d, tries of the globe; it is really a garden ri epot with a most favorable and de- tl f ttul climate, and all it needs to w er make it one of the richest is proper n, ` drain age and intelligent 'ic ;elopinent. I The diasinag' ,r"a will be lnmre!y tl effectel by 'ne deceining and clear- ti ltg of Vermilion bayou and the connec- S tion with the Teche. Congress has a already made provision for securing a -, ms toot channel in the Vermilion, as F far up as Pin Hook, but this is liable s to be deSfated or. aci-cuct of the unfn v vorai,'e *epor; of t'e Board of Engi- r neers. This is a matter to occupy the association, and its efforts should be t exerted at once to have this repoct re versel. But we of Lafayette should t not leave the mpatter entirely to the t association, we are too vitally concern- t 64, but ought to begin active work p Iamediately through our Progressive League to enlist our representatives t in a vigorous effort to have Congress 4 give us the sic foot channel. I Should the effort to have the Inter- I coastal Canal route changed to pass I through the Vermilion to Lafayette, I then across to the Teche and on to the Atchafalays and Mississippi succeed, of course there will be no difficulty on that score, for the channel will have to be deep enough to answer the pur pese, but whether the canal passes er way or lower down we want a SIX foot channel, and it behooves us to act promptly and to the best of our ability in she matter. Meantime, the Association should have our earnest support in their work, for whether the government ahaf adopt the Vermillion-Teche route or not, proper and sufficient drainage isa necessity and we must solve the problem somehow. As it stands we have an excellent chance of having the entmraant provide it through the in tercoastal Canal and certainy it is our time to "get busy." *- The Women Protest. Im iNew Orlesans States: Tb It Is given out from Chicago that ph 1mow WornOU have amied their l F n°mes to a protest against the enact. sp Ue t of the Payne tariff bill. "Singn tal A stations" have been established in the ds big department stores and a big as Ma& has set in by women who wish to thi e ea rheord as opposing the adop- In, ieso this bill. as Prom all the reports given out by ve ahe who,bave been able to analyse in thi bill al the talk about the re- fo duetnes of the tarif which has been in- to deiged to by its- advocates seem to be th bebuaosmbe. A tew unimportant ni milm have been made for the w abe of appearances, but these do not gi .; etI t any material degree a re- p1 Pduetlea ito the cost of living. The seem to be adequately protected ac hle very new and then some imquis- es iare c ngeasan Sads a "soker" in oi s' esectimos where a decided redou- U bad beam heralee. A s tohe people beginniag to see fw it was proposed to' bunco them a Semes of the Payne bill. they are to a gpertuanty to resent the ae - it the palty which made the un- J Sow afumept to impose upon the 1 ej , .natt. The women of cbS- t gg hy. tak gethIs question to hand a .? - the movement will t S datse ether cities. The cost of a aSotis ta haih, and when that is a 0 am the branes of tb buren oe a bnat al spnaps thae women and vts We hbill seems to have loek *t Ae dearporatioms and the I ag- gi Uet rafy, and in order ' ? i ºP50ttIV to de that it pro- 1 . aereni. th 'i a~ ,o the 1 t is way the wmen ofI entered vigoroesly Into e mX ou e ! the amvovu THE INTERCOASTAL CANAL CONVENITON (Continued from page one.) their contention as to the locality of the Intercoastal Canal. Bayou Tortue, which naturally flowed south, had been diverted by washings from the Cote Gelee hills and now ran north over a very shallow bed. A canal would divert flood water from the Vermilion and in dry seasons the su plus from the Atchafalaya could be used for irrigating the rice fields along the proposed route. The ca nal would open up a direct line with the finest timber section of the state and to cheap and easy communication with New Orleans and the traffic of the Mississippi river. Danger from overflow could be safe guarded by flood gates along the route. The Sen ator impressed the great possibilities of irrigation, navigation, and drain age and the resultant reclamation and development of a vast area of the richest and most productive section of the state. The people of St. Martin were anxious to co-operate with their neighbors in any plan for the com mon good and were willing to allow r the use of their drainage, machine to - the people of Vermilion and Lafayette. - Senator Labbe showed that railroads 3 were not opposed to canal and water way development and quoted Jas. D. 5 Hill to this effect. He appealed to Supt. Shackford, who was present for Sverification of this attitude by the 1- railroad companies. e Mr. Charles D. Caffery responding e to request, gave his views on the pro position in land assuring the conven c tion that the people of Lafayette were e heartily in favor of any scheme for 1- the upbuilding of this section and ar k guing strongly in support of the pro e posed canal. The Vermilion river was 0 the logical route for the Intercoastal is Canal and construction could be done at much less cost by making use of r- the channel of this and other streams is across St. Martin to the Teche, thence e, across the Atchafalaya swamps, the 1e Plaquemine river and locks into the d, Mississippi. The scheme for this great in waterway with the ultimate develop re ment of a system of lateral and inter 4.. secting canals was grand in concep ,s tion and its full realization, depended a alone on prompt action and full co to operation. The general government ar had spent millions in Improving the north and the east and still further 1d vast sums in developing and reclaim sir ing the arid plains of the west, and it at certainly behooved the authorities to t give some little attention to the most fertile country to be found in the uc he ion. The enthusiasm of this conven we tion and unanimity manifested by all be assured the success of the plan. In- Senator Gneydan here announced is that he had received information that the great dredge now at work on the *I.h*I* castal cam.1. between Vu *mil Ion bay and Mermentau, was progress ing at the rate of 1000 feet per day. This intelligence caused loud ap tat plause. D. L. McPherson, of Vermilion, spoke of the magnificent results cer tals to flow from the completion of the canal and pledged his parish to assist in every way. He dwelt upon - the possibilities of development along en Industrial and agricqltural lines and Ce asserted the proposed canal would re- ' volutionise this entire section by its foi irrigation, transportation and drainage features. The development of a sys- on tem of tributary canals together with i the streams interse'ting the main ca nal would aford communications and th water facilities that must result in the Di grandest realization of wealth and ax prosperity. T. Dr. D. C. Labbe moved to appoint a H committee composed of three from sc each peasish to draft suitable articles M of organization. The chair appointed Si the following gentlemen on this comn- La mittee: Lsafyette-M. Billeaud, Jr., JI F. V. Mouton. Dr. A. J. Burkette; Ver- G Smlion-C. C. Broussard, R. J. Moen B tagne, Adolph Brasseaux; St. Martin- u G. D. Domengeaux, F. T. Guilbean. J. B J. Bardia. B m Superintendent Shackford addressed the convention by request and gave as- * f surance of the Southern Pacic's hear- ( 1 ty emiersement of the canal project. a t shewing how such improvements ben- p a egtted railroads In the general devel. d e opinent of the country. The suceems t d of this scheme depended simply on d carrying out the details of the plan I t- as all concerned were so thoroughly t e In accord. Engineer Dabin and Mime I sr were asked questions as to the water I o- levels In the Teche and Vermieios i. and promised to give all information I of necessary. Senator Geoytha drew at- I to testion in an adverse report submitted several years ago by W. L. Marshal, I oa the Uantid States surve crps. as to the advisability of dragging a mix hR est chaisen in the Veramds op to W Laleytss end said this abouse be Ae - sedby the *Ogle io LTgd tt. His s4 that ` me-tly thee reports m ile 160erad end this " aWMi be dean. 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J. R. Jeantmtiard, Vice-President. Lasarent Pellerin. Sec. and Treas. ernment's estimate was twenty-ive Bi cents per cubic yard for Vermilion ge river, while the Canal was being cut - for seven and eight cents. A. Mr. F. V. Mouton for the committee Ai on organisation, reported the follow- L. ing which was adopted: M That the title of this organization be F. the Vermilion, Teche, Atchafalaya F Drainage and Navigation Association, 0 I and its ofiscers shall be: President, I T. J. Labbe,; Vice-presidents, Phil m i Hickey, M. Billesad,Jr., D. L. Mc Pher- B k son; Secretsq and Treasurer, F. V. B Mouton; Asitant Secretary, A. M. d, I Smith; Executive Committee, D. C. Labbe, J. J. Burdin, F. T. Guilbeau, s James Martin, Dr. A. J. Burkette, Dr. G. B. Delaurean, C. D. Caffery, C. C. a . Broussard, R. J. Montagne, C. J. Ed- r - wards; Finance Committee, Albert a f. Bienvenu, S. R. Parkerson, Adolph Brasseaux. d The officers and members of the as .. soedation shall constitute its Board r- of Directors and its domicile shall be t. at Lafayette. The objects and pur- c .- poses of the association are hereby [t declared to be, rst, to open the wa s terways of southwest Louisiana for a drainage and navigation and, second a ly, to construct a drainage and naviga ty tion canal from Schoonpr bayou to m the Vermilion and the Teche, thence r to the Atchafalaya and Mississippi riv 4 with the view of having the route m adopted by the government as the t- route for the intercoastal canal. ed Senator Labbe took the chair and sl, by mn tion the following committee on as reseolutiOs was appointed: St. Mat* ix tin-Albert Beinvean, James Martin; to Lsf iyette--Th. F. 3. Girard, Chas. D. me- Cafery; Vmrmnlio-D. L. McPherson, ig 3 3. Mesetgne. rts The folowiag telegates participated as to the coavention: I.Nayette-MaJer 46. .mC. .L ca"s Y-. J. .St 40 mum. P. L. DeClaeat S, rt L. 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