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SBIENVIL LE DE MOCRAT
surplus do not al
S ways denote the
strength of a bank.
A Bank of real
strength has char
acter, experience; a record
for sound finance and serv
ice to its patrons.
These are points to be taken
into consideration when
making your choice of a
Bank and it is by these
standards that we ask to be
acter, experience; t axecord /
CO nERCIAL BAN
. AARCADIA, U.
SIf you are without
We are trying here
to call your atten
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insuoranT e 4ite is .
i Autok callc yaw ate
OF INTERPE ST
FROM sAILS AND VICINITY
Mr. P. 0. Cole was a business visitor
Mrs J. D. Cole apd son, and Mrs.
v.. Garett were the guests of Mrs.
Mr. J. G. Cole was a visitor to Gibs
Mr f. P .Cole returned home Fri
afrom Alexandria, where he has
attending the Bead Caap Meet.
Sot the W. O.
HMr Ford Cole ria sister, Ledna,
we visitors to r~elfand Saturda
|M. iaf MS& IL :I5.bry, of w t.
)non visited Mr. and Mrs. F. L
.re. J. B. Jones Is VtitE her daugh
'Mr~. John . ' g.
Irq R. L Cqle, . L. and F. L.
Wi, aB M ir.AI Mrs. T'W. Jameks
eusrt( Otho BfbDatter and Theo
, of Gilband, spent Saturday
iuntasy with Mr. and Mr. H. IL
Mattle Beard and children, of
i, were the o st of UMr. Stew
L4a44 Mr. J. W. Cole and phildreo,
Thiurday ighit with Mr. and
J,. 4 Cole.
meeting of the boliew i nt and
Soft Aradaia adt vi-cinty Pra
bere Istt FIdyt bear . ti .
of the Bam of A grilture,
addresedt U upfd1th
of 9prp8ib a stock co0 pany
to erfdt'20a000 bshel capacity
lotatd ting iad storfug yl^sa
J. Ai. nere, farpi " esnostlator
at the meetig '
kroll stated that such plants are
ad that the teatnes are fldlg
tabe that cotton aisWg. enorth
75e per buhel for itatoes delivered
at the potato Itorin~j ~ d cing plant.
The potatoes noijlable could be
profitably used for l feed, thus noth.
ing would be waste~
The average costfor erection of a
S20,000 capacity plant would be around
$8,000.o0'- A comattee composed of
Mrs. W. J. McGuire,*, M.'Conger and
.J A. Anders was pointed to solicit
subscrlptions of tbq amount ot stock
required for the pro t.
If a potato curim plant in Arcadia
will give the farmns a better money
crop than cotton, teI it is time for
every, one to put th r shoulder to the
fwheel and boost t proposition.
None of t he w snp.of ftak*l
pre are areonventf i and no thouht
of the dlplay . uag that women
are said to love tbhtebrlde
Swho ,all1tm n akla t hbe ra
rere attrtibuted &itw n* The
w oplmwn br4 e4w aet bave to
Ibe coaxed to n the day, ta. et
SPortia and OUivia rtl their lover
In m~ lt the remay, the latter
two i t;l .t -t bdeWegre to
)ched wlth a halt thalte amtost U a&
seemly; and we b 'th testimony Ot
, theuo that did thklae
of tti ang.
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BRING YOV EI8 AN? BUtT.
TBmTO, . L.McCf AN.
t. Nanal Bank
tAd ,"I4, 3Lou3ian
Tahe resor~ NtidilBak nk w exceed by. than a Billion Dollars the combined resources of all
an, a nks, private ba s, and trus comies of the country. The resources of the Natin
BanW • •ofr the Unit4h States at this time exceed the gret resources of the National Banks of issue of Eland
S the. Domintion of Cada. ( France, Italy, theNethean s, y Sweden, Jaan and Germany, all combi,
R . W, sor btrlastavailablesrO ntso On Novenbe lt, 1918 there was7, 754 Natinal Banks with rau e
..jA2.10i' ,,0s0.00. ahdo onlyone latlonalBankwas c ed during the year, and this was a small bank n ifor
Usb!lt~ 51, * nla.- Now there's a reason for all this, every on these NalonaP -Banks are under U. S. Government supr
rrv~ 4aandiYoi can ely upon Uncle Sam to see that out Interest Is protected. The First Nationl is oneof the
% b mank aa4 we are proud7of ourrecrd which hash to make up WtMIit
^0(FromReorof to Congress Dec. 1918)
(pro Reptt of /*r
TX L[ECTiON ORDERED
An O.n Letter Irm the Parish Board of School \
Directors that Every Citizen should Read
The Bienville Parish Board of School Directors have called a Parish-wide
school tax election of 5 mills to replace the 45 special district taxes now in
force in the parish. The ordinance and resolutions, proclamation, voting places,
commissioners and clerks of election appear elsewhere in thjs issue of the pa
per. The election will be held Saturday, May 17, 1919.
The proposition submitted is a very simple one. If carried it means, that
all men, without regard to color, financial standing, or physical location will
hereafter pay the same rate of taxation for the support of the public schools of
The man in Arcadia or Gibsland will have to pay the same rate as the
man in the Lee District or the Friendship District.
If carried it means that all the present high rates of taxation will be abol.
ished, except the building taxes, which will be reduced to a point sufficient only
to pay out the buildings.
The last legislature reduced all the special taxes now existing to five mills.
If the district system remains some of the poorer districts will. have very short
terms of school, because a five mill tax in some of these districts will produce I
a very small amount of money; whereas, if the district is made parish-wide,
the poorer schools will get some of the money paid by the richer districts, and
at the same time both will pay the same rate of tax.
For'instance; there is one district in the parish where a five mill tax will
produce $2,250.00, this school hhs two teachers and about 50 pupils. There is
another school not far away where a five mill tax will bring in about $225.00.
This school needs two and sometimes three teachers. They have about 85 pupils.
It can readily be seen that the latter school can never properly educate their
children. The parish-wide proposition is to equalize this money between all dis
tricts, and give all children more equal educational opportunities.
The larger towns and richer districts will of course lose some revenue by
the parishBwide method, yet since the towns have been built up largely by the
country we feel that it is only just and right that some of the funds of the
richer communities should go to them for the education of their children.
For instance all the people of Blenville Parish have -for years been paying
out their money patronizing the V. S. & P. Ry., have they ever received any re
turns in the way of taxes for their money? Only people who live in the districts
through which the railroad runs get the benefit. The parish-wide method would
give a division of these funds to all the people.
S We desire to say that we have given this matter careful consideration and
think it the best movement for the betterment of the schools of the parish that
we have ever seen.
This tax, together with the other sources of revenue, will afford ample
funds to pay capable and experienced teachers a reasonable salary for their
Sservices, and otherwise provide sufficient means to conduct all the schools of
the, parish in a far more satisfactory manner than has been done in the past.
Under this plan the high schools will be open, without tuition, t6 all the white
children of the parish.
S The intention therefore of the election to be held May 17th, is to convert the
whole parish into one school district so that the revenue from whatever source
Sderived may be so distributed as to give all children more equal educational
Sopportunities than at present. This is right and proper and the only argument
Sagainst it is one of pure seltishlms.
Knowing the deep interest the people of Bienville feel in the proper educa
Stton of their children, as heretofore indicated by the special taxes voted on
Sthemselves fi thb sdpport' ithe schools, we your representatives entertain no
fears on the outcome of this election. The tax will not' prove burdensome, and
it i.~ea nlmuchl lighter than heretofore, and/the tof:i amount of funds
to be handled by the Board will only l:e suffileeft to'mailit.atn on ~thoolsdn a
parity with the other progressive parithes of the state, and certainly the good
people of Bleniille Parish will not be ,:atlifled with anything lest than this.
P. F. White, member from Ward 7.
;E. H. Fisher, Secretary.
J. W. Sutton, member from Ward 1.
J. E. Roden, member from Ward 6.
H. N. Hays, member from Ward 5.
J. F. Conly, Jr., member from Ward 4.
G. R. Boone, member from Ward 3.
G, L. Wren, member from Ward 2
RINOGOLD OIL 8 GAS COMPANY
' SELLING STOCK RAPIDLY
Dr. C. C. Allum, piesldent of the
Ringgold Oil & Gas Company, whose
charter appears elsewhere in the Demo
crat, was a business visitor to Arcadia
Tuesday. He stated to a representa
tive of the Democrat that stock was
being sold very rapidly, and that drill
ing operations would begin in a short
TAX PURCHASER' NOTICE
To Lind Wardlow or any other per
You are hereby notified that or
uly 0th, 918, at the principal front
doo* of the Court House in the sowI
of Arcadia, Bienville Parish, LaU. I'
purchased at Tax Sale the following
described property, to-wit:
E 142 of NW 1-4, Sec. 24; Tp. 15,
,And the price for which same was
sold And the amount of taxes andcost
of this notice being $18.80 The dee0d
is rdeorded fi Book No. 51, on page
268, and wask recorded on Oct. 24thb,
1918, and the said property wab sold'
for taxes of 1917.
. iThi the 8rd day of April, 1919.
S. A. COOK Arcadia, La.,
1000 DOZEN 0tGS WANTED BY,
J. L. MCCLLLAN, ARCADIA.
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NEW BAPTIST CHURCH BRWN8
O N 51 INT 61 U M V OWPIT41B1
The citizens of Arcadia were aroused
last Frlday night at about 9:30 by the
fire aarm, and rushing dowu town
found'the beautiful pew Baptist church
building a mass of flames. The alarm
was given by Mr. and Mrs. Foster Tay
lor, but the flames were beyond con
trol before a bucket brigade could be
The loss was probably felt the more
keenly by the people of Arcadia, owing
to the fact that the building had just
been completed that day, and dedica.
tion services were to have been held
within two weeks. Preparations for a
splendid dedicatory program were un
derway, and every one was looking
forward with much anticipation to the
day when the beautiful edifice would be
ready for use.
The origin of the blaze is a mystery
which will probably never be explain
Too much cannot be said in praise
of the building comnLittee, who went to
work, while the building was wrapped
in flames, to make preparations to
build another of the'same design. As
much as three thousand dollars was
subscribed on the grounds, by those
who stood witnessing the fire. The
building which was erected at a cost
of about $10,000.00 was insured for
only $5,000.00. Including the insurance
'enough money will soon be subscribed
to build another, and the contract has
already been let to Mr. Andrews, who
had the contract for the other building.
Mr. Andrews stated that he would de
liver the new building within four
months. The same building committee
was retained by the church.
R ev. J. C. Cox, in his sermon Sunday,
referred to the loss of the building,
choosing as his text the passage, "All
things work together for the good of
those who love the Lord."
DERRICK ERECTED AT CROSS
ROADS, NORTH OF HERE
r A derrick has been erected at Mar
t sailis, La., 8 1-2 miles due north of
Arcadia, and 7 miles east of Athens,
by Fuller & Conohan, in Section 6, Tp.
18, R. 5, and drilling will be started
Sas soon as the rig arrives, The rig
SIs en route to Athens and a car load
I of piping is in transit to Arcadia, and
Sboth are expected to arrive any day.
Fuller & Conohabn have done exten
. sive drilling hi Caddo and Oklahoma
Sfields, and we understand have been
o very successful.
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S T TO CHIRCH FUND
On learning of the destruction of
the Arcadia Baptist church building
by fire on last Friday night,. Sen. A.
R. Johnson, of Homer, who was here
a few days ago, generously contributed
$200.00 cash to the rebuilding fund.
This contribution is especially appre
elated as Senator Johnson was under
* no obligation whatever to make such
a contribution, and the same was vol
NOTICE TO HOLDERS OF
AU parties holding Parish War.
rants are requested to send them in
to the COMMERCIAL BANK OF
ARCADIA, for eollection,
A. D. SMITH,
President of the Pollee Jury.
With a population estimated at O.*
000 and aa area approximately equal
to that of Pennsylvania, Honduras has
abundant rooam for development. It
Shas a tropical climate withb few: of the
sual dlwadvantages. The Interior Hi
amountainous and salubrious, with con*
siderable rich land suitable for diver
sifed farming and fruit growing, while
Ill of' the remainder, eyen the deep
moeatate slopes, Is used for pasturage
Can You Beat It?
To prevent misuse of automobiles i
device has been Invented ,that prints
Swithin a locked box a record of the
* time and duration of every stop made
by a car to which it Is attached and
the distance and speed between stops.
Subscribe for the DEMOCRBAT. It
only cost you $1.50-per year.
Sp I i
for Easter on Dress Goods, Dry
Goods, Shoes, Hosery, Corsets I
and other Furnishings.
New Hart, Schaffner & Marx
and other reliable makes of
Clothes for men. New arrivals in men's
and boys' Oxfords, Underwear, Hose,
Shirts and Neckwear.
Come to our Store for your Spring Mer
Jos. Dawidoft & Co.
We are offering to our customers for a limited
time a coupon with each 80 cent cash purchase
which will be redeemed by the Silverware Re
demption Bureau with Rogers Silverware. Call
and let us explain the proposition to you as it
will cost absolutely nothind extra.
This is your chmnce to get a cemplte set oI H
lGrde Silverware absoltely, Itre. t ItIs you
for the asking.
STHE PEOPES hARDWARE 'otc" .
"Get it where they've got ft"
TEST WELL TO BE DRILLED
FEW MILES SOUTH OF ARCADIA
Mr. E. W. Bagley, who is connected
with the Consolidated Progressive Oil
Company, completed arrangements
Monday for the drilling of a test well
on the J. P. White tract, five miles
South of Arcadia. It Is agreed by the
company that they will begin actual
drilling within 30 days.
The Consolidated Progressive Oil
Corporation, has as it's president, Mr.
R. L. Smith, who is well known in oil
circles. It was this company which
brought in the first producing well In
the Homer field. Mr. Bagley was in
charge of the company's business at
Homer during the time the well was
Here's hoping that the Democrat will
soo be able to announce that the same
company who brought in the first well
at Homer has brought in a producing
well at Arcadia.
MONEY TO LOAN on improved farm
land through the Federal Land Bank.
Apply to I. E. SUTTON, Sec. Treas.,
Bryceland, La. 52-b 4t.
J. W. BODDIE APPOINTED
CI ,MA IWAL
At a call meeting held by the KlMor
and Town Council of Arcadia, J. W.
Boddie was appointed to fl the tuex*
pired term of J. II. Houston, who reo
signed a short time ago.
Mr. Boddie 'has been deputy sherif,
of Blenvlle Parish under Sheriff J. E.
('urrie for several month, during which
time he has provenl himself a most et.
ficient officer, and will no doubt mako
a splendid marshal.
He tsmumed his doties as maptbal
Tuesday, April 1st.
Plants Affeeteo by ui .
Some remarkable variations Il plei
structure and color from ezposure to
the sue at different hours of thb day
have been brought to the notie of the
Itoyal itcroecoplel Society of Eng.
laad by Ool R. B. Rawso. In lowers
)f the common nMatrtluro-tPropaeolI
majus-the low mn of the ary morn
lag developed yellow colorig matter,
the middle st of nmiday stimulated
he violets, blues and purples The colt
or of the follae and lobtl of thl
leaves als changed.
MARKET PRICE PAID FOR F(C$
AND BUTER.-J. L. McCLELLAN.