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The Leader of em
On Exhibition in the Lobby of the VICTOR Theatr
To-day and To-morrow
L. M. BOUDREAUX
Physician and Surgeon
Office near Court Ilouse
'Phlones--(Office 175; Residence 276.
D)istrict Attorne andl Attorney at Law.
Notary in office.
AMinos T. Gordy,
Attornley at La,w.
I'hole 34 Office over flanki of Abbeville.
Attorney at Law.
\'. B. White,
North of Court House.
R. J. Iahauve,
Attorr.ny at Law.
Notary in oice. t
J. O. Bronssard,
Attirnev a; Taw.
Notary ,·il Ah.;tractnr i'i office.
Kitchell & Bailey,
Att,)r:!Ces :u 1, 'w
-" ', ; i.',)urt ,'Ott,.
Walter B. Gordvy,
Attorney at Law.
Notary in office.
Greene & Greene,
Attorneys at Law.
Notary in office.
We have just received 1
some pretty, high grade
Misses Bracelets, prices 1
- $2 to $3.50.
S Ladies Bracelets, prices
$3.50 to $6.
Vermilion Jewelry Co.
J. A. LeBlanc, Mgr.
We carry a complete line
of the famous "Blue Jay"
To My Friends
I wish to announce that'
Mrs. Bernard is now in charge 5
of my business and the same
courteous treatment prevails. i
Will appreciate a continu
ance of your valuable patron
Yours truly, C
Soille facts on
H Record( in Books
of Police Jury
Mr. Rom. P. LeBlanc, the sec
retary of the police Jury, after
being asked regarding the matter
ldiscussed at the board of trade
meeting has given out the following
statement for publication, in which
he points out several matters re
garding the affairs of the police jury
in the past:
"The records will show the con -
ji:rison of waste or ecolnomy and can he
easily estblislced. The report of the
supe rvisor of public accounts canl Ib Cot -
pared .as far hack as April 7, 1585, th e
date the court house burned, which will
throw light on the whole subject matter.
"The police jury. and the one preced
ig, manifested their good will in the
m..tter of aulits by etmploing tl'e
services of Mr. Chas. E. \'erruuth, to
ste if anilthin:. was out place of in the a"c
coanlt:;, and rarely, if an thing wrong
was com;tellplated, the audits would
have disclosed the fact.
"The managenlent, or mlismanage
ntent. has been uninterruptedly the
I s;ae since ten, twenty and thirty '.ears
;:o. The records show this, except in
some certain ways, which will be ex
plaincd later. "The court house was
built five years sfter the fire of 1885,
and while it is true enough, rtoone was,
n u,: mind, wisely set aside annually, t
tyin -;in) with 2 mills and then ra:se I
to three mills, to ultimately pay cash
for con.tl-retion, there is nothing
on record to show, at that time, where
the parish was doing business on a cash
hasis, except two items out of many
more, which shows conclusively, it must
have been in debt.
"First the election of 1884 was paid
in 1886 (see Vol 1,page 170) and second,
vaults for the court house were brought
in 1891 and paid for in 1892 -the same
condition of affairs then as now.
"There is room for improvement to
day, as well as there haj been back to
1885, in moreways than one, admitted by
this and tile old police juries.
"In 1909 the police ury called for a
convention of the best business men of
this parish, which convened in the court
house on July 10, 1909, and nothingthen
was offered in the shape of remedy by
"The police jury appointed a super
visor of highways, who pointed out in
his report Aug. 12, 1913, (see Vol. 4,
pagi 374), wholesale waste, and the
report was published, but that seemed
unpopular at that time and the police
jury had to rescind their action and
repeal the ordinatice creating the office.
"On Jan.25, 1913,a committee was ap
pointed to look into what could be found
as a remedy, by tax or otherwise, and
the committee never inquired or report
ed. Therefore, nothing could be done
by the well disposed members of the
two police juries.
"This police jury shows the expenses
for the last fiscal easr, up to Sept. 30--
leaving October to account for, to be
$23,271.67, and $36,145.50 the year be
fore, or, $12,873.83 less than the year
"Those interested in the management
of the affairs of the parish ignore en
tirely the fact that since the year 1900, I
or twelve years ago, the revenues were
$34,500, in round figures, while in 1912
$29,600, or nearly $5,000 less, in other
words, if the revenes had increased in
stead of decreasing, or had the ex
penditures dlecreased as did the revenues,
no doubt, today, the parish would not
only do business on a cash basis, but
would have a good amount to its credit
in the parish treasury.
"In all government, howsoever
economically administered, when ex
penhitures increased and revenues
decreased, unquestionably show lack of
-administrative ability on one hand, or
politicI inemes predominating, both
of which am agaist the tax payers.
"Tim pulcation of the finaocial con
ditio, of the prisk is apoint well taken,
andit womhin iaas serve the amie
P---- as it idriuuhe es a
Supervisor of Public Accounts
Reports to Governor L. E. Hall
ROM P. LEBI.ANC
Secretary of thil Il'ice jury.
An abstract from the report of the state auditor of public
accounts reads: "It gives me pleasuire t: say that I found the books
and records in the office of the police jury exceedingly well kept and
What have you to say about the report? Mr. LeBlanc was asked.
"Th. above extract is enough for me. I prefer to receive such
a verdict than to accept the highest political office within the gift
of the people."
No Duck Until
President Woodrow Wilson has
issued a proclamation which has
become a national law regulating
the opening and closing of seasons
for hunting migratory fowl.
For "waterfowl"---no excep
tions are made for black mallard or
migratory ducks, geese, etc.---iti
Louisiana the season will open on
November 1st, and close on Feb
A person violating this law any
where in the United States shall
be.guilty of a misdemeanor and
sholt be fined not more than $100
or imprisoned more than ninety
days, or both at the discretion of
This differs from laws previously
observed here which make distic
tions for certain kinds of waterfowl.
New Cowfeed, a scientific mix
ture of cotton seed hulls, fine corn
chops, wheat bran and cotton seed
meal. Rich milk producer. 100
lb. sack. At Immergluck's. ad
Boys' School Suits
A variety of colors and styles ranging in prices from
$1.75 to $8.50, the kind your boy will get satisfaction
in style, and value in wear.
Boys' School Shoes
From $1.50 to $3.50 the kind you have been looking
and asking for, they are made to stay with him, no
matter bow roughly #Pe might use them.
Bank Officers Elected.
At the meeting of the stockholders of
the Peoples Bank & Trust Co., which
was held Tuesday,the following directors
and officers were elected: B.M.Stebbins.
0. J. Chauvin, P. U. Broussard, R. J.
Montagne, Jos. Immergluck,, Jake Im
mergluck, John Nugier. J. E. Nettles,
T. P. Fklmming, 11. B. Sere, L. II.
Iihutot, F. Joubert, Jr., and D. Silver
man, with E. M. Stebbins president; 0.
J. Chauvin, first vice president; P. U.
Broussard, seconded vice president; J.
C. Broussard, cashier, and John Ewell,
Receives New Machine.
The Victor Theatre has received
their new moving picture machine
and will be immediately installed
and put into service. The machine
is one of the largest and best that
are made, being put out by the
Precision Machine Co. The ma
chine is fire proof, and has all of
the latest improvements, which
tend to better the picture service.
The machine is on exhibition in
the theatre lobby today and
Make a town beautiful and you
make it moral.
Tells of Conditions
in Affairs of the
Numerous irregularties in t:he af
fairs of the parish police jury were
brought to light through the re
port made to Gov. Hall by W. H.
McFarland, supervisor of public
accounts covering a recent audit of
the jury's accouants, made at the re
quest of the gvernor and John
Nugier, Jr.. district attorrnev of ver
Alth;ngh the investigation was
mnade at a requcs of Johll Nugier.
Jr., district attorney of the parish
to the governor, it was disclos
during the course of the examina
tien that he had been paid a salary
as legal adviser to the police iury
in contravention of law.
According to the report, Mr.
McFarland found frequent errors
in the ni.nt:re of undercharges a:d
overcharges in the accounts of the
finance committee, and the report
says"the finance committee was not
always careful to verify the calcula
tions and extensions on bills before
Ii: was found that in some in
stances police jurors were drawing
salaries for services in excess of
those allowed by law, and that
outsiders were members of commit
tees of the police jury, and as such
were paid salaries larger than the
regular jurors. Instances where ex
penditures exceeded amounts set
aside in the budget for certain pur
pose were frequent.
It was found that the police jury
maintains a force of road inspectors
which varies in number from 113
to 117. and that it pays to each in
spector $10 per year, whereas the
law requires that they ,serve free,
according to the opinion of the sup
ervisor of public accounts.
Following are some of the extracts
from the report:
"The finance committee was not always
careful to verify the calculations and ex
tensions on the hills before approving
them, the result being that quite a rum -
ber of errors, both of overcharges and
undercharge. wt re noted during the ex
amination. They are mentioned in detail
in the statements.
"The parish is very heavily in tdebt.
Bills are not paid as contracted, but are
place on the claim book and await their
turn, which is sometimes two years or
even more. The inevitable result is that
the prices charged for material furnished
or contracts made are much higher than
they would be if made on a cash basis,
and the parish is the consequent sufferer.
"Bills for supplies ordered by the police
jury are passed upon by the finance com
mitteeand, if approved, are entered in
the claim book in regular numerical or
As money reaches the treasury and is
placed to the credit of the several funds
the general rule is to pay first the oldest
outstanding claims due by each fund as
far as the money will go. If, however:
there is any particular claim which is
considered as an emergency or prefer
ence claim, a special resolution is passed
by the police jury authorizing its imme
diate payment, and it is paid out of its
regular numerical order.
"This method of operation seems to be I
entirely at variance with the provisions
of Act No. 32 of 1902. The way it is run
now. many colleetios for 1912, for ex
aple, will he mad topay a claim ap
- Is - fomelr )W. Ihaving
fund for to the year alimountel d I in t15,i31,
over 50 per ctent in excess of the c!:igit
for the purplxse.
"The polie jury regular pay. to th:
various roel ,'s.rse. thrteu..hout ti.
Sparilh a eal 'rc of el Il p,.r year ,.lch. Thil
buldgtt carries a:l item ef .1 1(,0 annually
to cover tiits exl n. :. . set the records
show that thore, wer..- 113, 116 and 117
oversreers in 1911, 1912 and 1912, reslpc
"I know of no lawseitherstate or loal,
which justifies in e-xpendliture of this
nature. Those who are s:lubjct to roa,
duty are compelled to give a c,.rtain num
ber of lays' labor per sear without c,,m
I pens'tioin,the law applies to then ,verseer
au tlis'; respect the samn. as it doet to the
out de who is under his directioe.
"Tt a!so was ,ot. I dulriine t.1' x·an
ation, that thet- phli,e ju:rtrs rc.eis,.l F. pV
not ,'l!r for atteilin'. m ,'tit:::s, b, .t al
so, f'. all corzii:ttet. wrk '. 1I forl- l , i.
iny after vatri, . lm.tt , in th,."r r, s en..r
tive wards. Act on. f0). of 19;4 l;r,,ides
that police jurors shall not be paid :a pe.r
dliem for more then twenty-five ,.tcvs in
ttlny onI year, six of whlich il:av lo e givein
to the insapectio of roads anti bridl.es.
In some cases, this limit seems not to
have been eoieh.rvt-d.
'There are three regular stald:in. con:
mittees of the police jury known as tlhe
finanic'- cortl ittee, tihe cortirl '.Ue COrn -
nuittt'e dnd t'ie brit:,t' ctmnm.nittee.. 'lach
coeillliittee is comnl: el;td of ti:ree.:ic luelars
and it :,CeeIs to b tthe cUsto, to appoint
on each of theise co:.unlit:.es alwa'-s one,
al:t its::. t tile two. i,;iiduacluls .iho :,r
tnot n:emini.rs of the police jury. It is the
furthe r cestorn to pay all of these conn
I:ittt-.s S9 per quarter each, without rt -
. gri.! to the numbmtmer of imeetiigs of t:he
colmmittet- that mlight b." hed during the
"In other words,it is a flat salary of $9
per quarter for commnittee work in which
mt:embers of the police jury participate.
As; this pay is dlesignedl to be, and is, in
addition to pai for mileage and per diem.
I think it wrong, in so far as the mem
hers of the police jury arc concerned.
"The appointment of out side citizens
as members of a standing committee of
the lºolice jury is all entirely new pro
position to me. I never heard of it be
fore,and I ami not in a position to pass on
the legality of it."
Police Jury Adjourns.
Monday the police jury met and
on account of the absence of the
district attorney, who was busy in
court, adjourned until tle next
regular meeting day, Nov. 10.
To Open Library.
A meeting of the citizens of Abbeville
was held at the town hall on Tuesday
night to consider the recorgani7 etion of
of the library association and reopeinig
the public library.
D)r. Schilling was chairman of the
meeting and he appointed the following
coutmittee: Mr. J. E. Nettles, Mrs.
Poster Stansbury, Mrs. Minos T. Gordy
Miss Pauline Mizzi and Miss Lizzie
Nettles, to see the citizensof the city and
see what could be (lone.
Lately there has been quite a denmanel
for the reopening of the library, and,
with the help of the city council and the
public spirited citizent., it is noted that
th. library which con:tains quite a tnum
It r of vaiuable referene lxxokA. ai]t is
thi.refore of great .auvanitage to thl
chihlrcen of the comm:nity, as sc:el as
tihe entire cititzentship of the toe;n, will
soon be able to throw lJ.nel its cld,,rs
aKgain, to thet- public. It is phblic in
character and may be patroni,.-dl with
out restraint ly any olne who sees fit to
use it. It was thle concensus of the op
inion of those present that the pOreh of
Ale,-viile would respond :ilbrally, :.ndt
sufficient moneyv coulel be raised to khep
the library opened. There will tSe ai
other meeting on Tuesdlay, Oct. 21.
All are arged to attend.
Only the fittiest survive in city
111L 1i S('IIOoI Notes
I;V TIIE I'RINCIP'.\1,
"I' .. dt:, ta 'ic s,'nic eC uc pa-t
It.l;t at the il\ itationl of .Mii
Fr:l;nk. entcrtaiut d the faciulty
T'11edav eveninz. Sands iches and
tena ~ere served.
T'1: vaileys oiln the lull ar,..adhl,
in ::eul o(f repair. After each rain
the leakage is enornllous, and il a
short time the plastering will fail
off. Beside.:, the water is doinli
great damiiage to the lo!',riuuV',
joists. etc. A larg;e p'rt ion of the
)la-.tcring is now iian, in 1:g ' a
thread and the -it'iti'"n i, ulite
d,inul.irou, to the Ip li. I is
hfop.! that -,in. ret.,di xll h,.
d(eti ,"_' at once 1)v the ;,"ropier
:'u1 ori i'e .
iii .s 1 i.v Steen aid ',Ir.
Wt'.ittr (;w<l$" wt', el'ct'd ( Ires,i
I.':ý :::'1 -(l.- (;tC ar(, rt.slet iti t.lv,
,it,':a:y Swocie<tv. We '.';le 'l t o)1.:
S .uilt.: fr,,:i this ..,crietyi .
WVhy hasn't .º1,hbeill. .t Lai,.'
S-_howl nim'rovemiiit nt L,:t, tt? We
know i(f othe.r lcoisiana tomn: s
.where the lctne hl: d(one won(irs
for the .ch !'.l:,. Anit lf irt \'ill .,ioll
,eC" ll a it: i ll lf.rC.lIi/l' '1 l";l;' llt" 'i -?
1a vi . v.herelvy 'r" .er ret'.lt! will
''h1 Olyniji'tl l,:terary Society
will rcinder its first Iro)gratll Oct.
31. The progra:n will 1e as
fol!ows: Music I, on llir society;
Recitation, by. Miss lihla liebert;
Declaration, by ,Fred Itnmergluck;
Piano solo, by Miss Mazie Brous
sard; Debate: "R..olvel that the
United States should increase her
navy," Affirmative: F. Lachaussee,
Q. I)urke; negat!ivc: F. Montague,
"\. Gordy; Quertettee, by Steen
Lyons, Montague and Durke;
Reading of the high School
Journal, by Crawford Rose;Closing
Song, by entire society. The
program will be held in the Study
flall, Friday afternoon, and all
patrons are cordially invited.
Supt. J. 11. "Williamn' visited
the schools Tuesday and miade an
address to the boys. A visit from
Supt. Williams is always welcon:ed
by the school.
Miss Tarlton, teacher of the
sixth :grade was a visitor to L,;:fay
ettee Saturday and Sunday.
A number of the teachers will be
on the program for the Teachers'
Institute, to be held here Oct. 25.
Miss Holmes will give a model
recitation' in fourth grade reading,
and Mr. Skillman will have char'e
of the reading cours book, "The
Teaching Process." Miss Mills, :as
usual, will act as secretary of the
The high school foot iall teami
went to New Ii;ria Saturday and
defeated tlh:tI team by a ,core of 7
to 6. A- the score indic.ites. t!le
g:une w".V hard four'ht, and ,.liow,
the ::ettl!e of our bo))'. Th:
Iberia boys greatly out-wcighied
,lihe ;,.::alitCe, bult oulr Icr istain.cc
and team work xVotl theiday. TI'.
local boys have fathfilf:lv lractic,.
:.ch evening and tile ai bove sc Jie
-iows t!hat tihey hia;e In)t pr.acticc:l
in vain, for New l)beria lhas ailway\
Cbeen considered o:ne ,f th: 'trnllge-t
teams in So!t he;r oli-iai- . , La:ck
of .pace forbit- inldii it mlCii:
tion. but it i-. enou.,ii to m,' v th::t
each player did his part ably and
Imported Tomato Paste, 7 cans
for 25c, at ImmerglkL's. ad