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THE COMMERCIAL JtÜHNALi
PUBLISHED EVEBT WEDNESDAÏ. louisiana thibodaux, o. N. DUPRE, Publisher & Prop. fer YEAR IN ADVANCE * 1(X) Exposition. We have always been one of those to contend that country and city press should work to gether, whenever it could consis tently be done. If the city and country press always worked in harmony and would unite often er in public matters a world of good could l»e accomplished and in time there would not be one scintilla of evidence remaining to refute the boast that they are the true champions of the peo ple. A question has but recent ly been agitated upon which we feel the country and city press should unite. While the matter in question is one that will be nefit New Orleans moreso than any other city or town in the state it goes without saying that the good to come to the Cresent City from it can do no harm to the country, but on the contrary must redound to the mutual wel fare and benefit of both. The matter we have in mind is that all important question of the Panama Exposition. We are for its location in New Orleans, first,last and always. The rea sons it should fail to the lot of New Orleaus have been put forth so ably and so repeatedly that we feel a bit leary about attem pting to remember some of the few undeniable reasons. We of the country have more reasons than one why we should lend our assistance to see that the largest city of the south captures the prize. To that end we believe every parish in the state should lend its best assistance. The advantages to be derived from the holding of an exposi tion in New Orleans, commémora ting the completion of the con necting link between the Atlan tic and Pacific, so close to our southern shores, and doing away with a cruise of weeks in order to reach destinations of to day, is in itself a matter of no little moment. The good to come from the completion of the Panama Canal is beyond the imagination of the most sanguine optimist. Were a picture of possibilities drawn and shown to us we would of necessity ridicule it because we have not given the matter suf ficienl thought. The actual com pletion of the work alone will bet ter tell the tale. The advantages we will admit will be more bene ficial to New Orleans than to any other point in Louisiana, but they will not and can not by any means be restricted simply to New Or leans and its immediate vicinity. The benefits are bound to come to us. How the benefits will come to us from the completion of the canal we will refrain from discussing at this time, but the benefits to come from the exposi tion being held there, it strikes us,are better appreciated by the public at large. In advertising its wonderful and ever yielding and increasing resources alone, Louisiana will reap more than three fold any amount of money it might expend in order to get the big expoeition Having an exposition right at home will give us a golden opportunity to ■how our commonwealth off to bet ter advantage. Anything that might be shown the visitors from the world over is bound to have ef fect, investigations are bound to follow, and being in close proximity to the sections offering the resources that we offer, a visit to the particu lar section exhibiting will be more than probable. Suppose Lafourche had an exhibit of its own at such an exposition showing what its soil produces, the possibilities for diver sification, and its superiority over other sections of this republic,its dif ferent timbers and the uses to which they can be put, its poultry, eggs, fowls, and the superiority its eggs have over eggs and poultry from any other portion of this state; the truck that is raised and can be raisedhere; the fact that three crops can be grown on one piece of land in one year; its wild berries and all of its others resources, is it unreasonable to suppose that- the thousand of vis itors who would have their attention attracted by such an exhibition and who have a live interest in such matters would refrain from taking a short trip of sixty miles or less to be better convinced after being absolutely astounded at our possi bilities and opportunities ? As it is with Lafourche, so would it be with all other parishes. Being «loser home we would have the ad vantage of the best advertising we have ever had. Everything can not be done in a city. \\ ithout the country the city would be at a dis advantage. Since New Orleans is after the prize let the press through out the state stir up the people to the opportunity an exposition in New Orleans offers. Let the mat ter be properly agitated so that there will be no opposition whatever. W« favor the exposition for New Orleans and can see but^ good for the enti*- jstate in its being located there. jpAe entire state should not refuse to assist in a financial way towards the securing of the big ex position. Opportunity* A recel' t lecture delivered here which was heard and appreciated by most of our people went to show the great opportunities oSered by this great country of ours, but par ticularly the great southland- dear old Dixie. The lecturer made a strong and urgent appeal, particu larly to the young men,placing op portunités as they, were seen the world over before 'hem. The great secret to success is work. Work hard and earnest, be prepared in advance do not wait uutiiyouare up against it or until a difiicult problem stares you in the face. Study and be prepared so that when it does meet you you will not be taken by surprise, electri tied, paralyzed as it were. The success of the south it> is contended rests with the people of the south. If we do not sei}?« the numerous opportunities that obtain around us our yankte friends from the north will avail themselves of our magnificent opportunities and deprive us of rights that are fully intended for us. We have illustrations of it already in that the timbered lands are yielding handsome profits to people who have come to us from other climes and lost no time in viewing the situation and coping with it. In our cot ton fields, the raw material is taken from this state and sent across the waters and sent back to us in a finished material and sold to us at a handsame profit, plus the double cost of transpor tation from here and back. With sugar it is almost the same the uest refined sugars are made elsewhere while the bulk of the crop is made at home and ship ped away as cheaper sugars. This might have been obviated years ago by the establishment of central sugar refineries in the very heart of the sugar district. Diversification however seems to spell salvation. We can not all engage in the same occupa tions.Asit is with callings so is it with the disposition made of the soil. " If the entire country were given to planting the same thing the overproduction would ruin the business of all. To day we are so situated, with one crop, that if we fail or bnsiness is poor,or pratice is on the bum,it is all due to the fact tbatone crop has failed. We all depend upon sugar. Rice was once a crop that brought money, but it has been abandoned for the one crop. Little by little farming is giving away for the one crop. Truck ing is not being considered, whereas if several large planta . tions were divided into truck farms with one canning factory, canning and shipping vegetables of different kinds from the same land at different seasons of the year, the causes for the failure or losses of one man would not be the causes for the failure of the entire community. We buy most of our canned goods away, we buy all of our meats away, our grain comes principal ly from other states, our hay is not shipped out but on the con trary foreign hay is shipped in, our sugar is purchased from other markets than New Or leans,very frequently ;our clothes are seldom if ever Louisiana made, the very brooms with which our homes are freed of dust are from northern states and the time is not far distant when the dust itself may be im ported; instead of using home dust. All these conditions are inexcusable, and are possibie not because our soil will not yield the best of anything and every thing that man asks it to yield, but because we are blind to op portunity. Talking about it alone however does not bring results, there must be good,earnest,hard work. The people must be educated up to conditions. Education, not the kind that will benefit a small percentage of the people, but that will benefit the masses. Education, not of book knowledge alone, but practical education of pratical subjects, that are pos sible and feasible at the home,on the farm. Education in matters and of subjects that will build the state. We were so enthused with the lecture recently deliver ed here by a distinguised nor therner, which was so much in keeping with ideas that we have and previously set ! repeatedly • f 0 rth, that we can not under s tand how we did not see the j f ac ts as plainly before, nor how majority of the people have been blind to them so long. A stranger on the resources of our country, our state, telliug us facts that we were not aware of, t hat we did not stop to calculate, opportunities that we wasted or no t care to avail ourselves of, was truly a revelation. Louisi ana j s capable of more than she , s doing to day. Lafonrche,one of j ier richest parishes,is not doing her utmost,is not getting thebest there is in her. Why ? Because h er people are not getting the right sort of education. The sys t em is wrong. It took a stran ger to bring the facts closer jj 0 me; the voice of her own peo pj e seem to fall and have no ef- feet. Now that plain facts have been put up to us, will we take advantage of them and grasp a golden opportunity, or will walet j t s ij p us v if' DID YOU KNOW I THAT Anything free draws to a fini sh and people do not appre ciate it the less because free ? Despite this startling truth live people actually oppose the making of every access to a town free ? Any community imposing an indirect tax on visitors need not be surprised at progress ? When a community is so rich that the taxes more than pay the expenses, the taxes should be reduced J A community must either be in debt or invest all of its sur plus resources in public im provememts ? Since we are going to have public improvements we believe free bridges the most popular ? The measly little revenue the parish derives from this -source does not justify the drawbacks and inconveniences occasioned ? If the bayou did not interfere with the free crossing of people there would be more traffic ? The more people brought into town the more chances are there for better business ? The maintenance of anything that is injurious to business is not progressive to say the least ? These bints do not apply to Thibodaux alone, but to Race land, Lockport and all points on the bayou ? No one seems to know when they are really happy and are always looking for it blindy ? They continually say that if they only had this or that they would be happy ? When they get it they not only want something else, but are worryingbecause they lack it ? About the only happy and con tented persons are the handsome and indifferent ones who have no responsibilities ? They realize their error how ever when it is too late to catch up for lost time ? To be happy with what you have and with what you are produces contentment quicker than any thing else ? Wishing to be what you can not be does not make you what you are not or can not be ? The less the worry the earlier we lose the habit entirely and the better off we are T There is no such thing as luck making everybody, but foresight has made many ? Opportunity is what too many of us are not on the look out for and for which we should keep our eyes opened ? Too many walk through this world blindly never seeing oppor tunity step aside for fear of injuring them ? If more displayed greater energy, more would be fortunate and the wealth of the world would be with more ? We can not all do the same thing and attain the same success all the time ? Our trouble is that the minute we see an individual successful at something we all want to do the same thing ? If we use different methods and are less attentive to that business, we not only do ourselves no good but harm the successful ones ? If every man took advantage of the different opportunities presen ting themselves we would all be bet ter off '■ Some men may get more oppor tunities than others, but there may be a reason for it ? Some men are better than others, in some respects, and it is but na tural that they should be rewarded? 4 The quantity a man carries is no evidence of the amount he may have spent or paid for Î It often happens than an indivi dual gets loaded on treats or free hand outs ? If it were not for treats some fel lows never would have imbibed from the cup that cheers ? Some folks wear glasses for a blind, while others wear them be cause they fear blindness ? One has defective eye sight, the other has insight and will not have another look him in the eyes ? The best way to invite slams or slurs is to meet them half way and turn them into compliments ? Many an individual intending to salm or slur is checked by the indif ference of the party, whose feelings he would hurt ? A man of courage does not know ingly hurt one's feelings and has not enough courage to meet a man of courage ? Worry is not always caused by having something on the mind, for some appear to have no minds ? If they had a mind of their own they would not know what to do with it at any time f It is pnfortunate for them, but exceedingly fortunate for some others, who lead them for selfish purposes ? I YOUR BANKING ? No matter how small, No matter how large, THE BANK OF LAFOURCHE Will give it careful attention. This message applies to the men and women alike. OFFICERS : A. J. E raud , President. L. A. Blouin , V-President. K. J. B raud, Cashier. P. F. Legendre , Asst. Cashier. 2 Geo . M. delaune ,Asst.CashierJ CAPITAL A SURPLUS $135,000 00. L. C. Waterbury, dealer in Lumber, Paints, Oils, Lime and Fire Bricks. Cisterns Made to Order. Cumberland 'Phone 111-*. Local 'Plume 21. I nvest 35 Cts and Save $9.65 The Shinola Set Why not polish your own shoes with our waterproof paste Shinola ? Bootblack charges 10 cents. Shinola gives 100 shines for 10 cents. ^ With the Shinola polisher and dauber the task is an easy and pleasant one. Shinola gives a quick, brilliant lustre. The shine is waterproof and permanent. When shoes get dusty a few strokes with the polisher restores the lustre. For home and office. E11IS BRAUD'S SONS. MAIN «STREET, THI&ODAl/X. TO CALIFORNIA $32.15 from Thibodaux One way colonist Tickets on Sale March 1 to April 15,1910 inc. VIA SOUTHERN PACIFIC Through Train Daily Oil Burning Locomotive Pullman Tourist Sleepers Chair Cars and Coaches Liberal Stopovers Rate Per Berth in Tourist Sleeper, New Orleans to San Fran isco $5.75. * Ask Your Agent for information and Literature, or write D. Asbüi^, D. P. A. iQ Charles. J. H. R. P ARSONS , G. P. A. New Orleans f FOR BEST HER CORIOLANU S. RECORD:— Pacing. 8:111-2. Trottln*, Ml M on a one-half mile Track* Registered by American Trotting 1 Register, REGISTRATION NO. 36863. Doubl* Gftlted, B * r M h possessing » Run nin g Walk Vmémr 16 1-4 Hands High, Mahogany Bey. Kindest and Tlnest that Iwt Came. Standard Bred StaHios, foaled 1901, by Expedition, 14900; das Lucile Wand by Wilkes Bsjr, 3803; grandam Nelly H. by Young Jim, 209, etc.- See eile Wand. Bred by W.«yi. Peak, Georgetown, Ky. For farther particulars, address or call on Jos. Jeffries* Stable opposite Frost's Lumber Yard, back of Drexler Stables. ROSE COLD CREAM Has no Superior Few Ëquals . . . For relieving Sunburn, Tan Freckles, Chapped and Chafed conditions of the Skin. An Elegant Massage Cream. Prepared by LAFOURCHE DRUG STURE, THIBODAUX. IiA. SWEET TALK—Terse and Eloquent- The most glittering exuberance of grandiloquent verbosity or polysyllabic expatiation is not equal to its merest whisper. When you spend Money for poor $ When you spend Money for de sweets, it says-"Farewell For* $ licious confection it says- M Th* ever." S taste will stay till you com« § again." Nuf Sed Choicest Delicacies in the Line of Cakes Candies, Pies, etc. Taste our Home made goods. Knobloch's Confectionery, GREEN STREET GUET &l SENAC CO., Ltd. IMPORTERS AND Wholesale Liquor Merchants. SOLE PROPRIETORS CO ^ON & w t»TAWaAHD J.. r*\ m j-rJ\ î»! .»'• ni * f" 3 W s GO H iSo >v% 2° M* TRADE-MARKS REGISTERED. SOLE AGENTS IN THE GULF STATES FOR FISSE THIRION & CIE Black Seal Champagne Ret»«. J. PLENAUD & CIE Clarets Bordeaox. G. MALIFAUD Brandies Cogna«. BAMIBEZ Y OIA Sherries and Ports Jane. J. J. SAULNIER & CIE White Wines Bordes«« COBNIBE PLENAUD & CIE Cordials ...Bordeaal 418 Gravier Street, Phone Main 2322-Y HEW O!