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published evekt Wednesday. THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA 0. N. DU PRE, Publisher & Prop. PER YEA Ii IN ADVANCE ? l0 ° Post Oüiee at second class Entered at the Thibodaux, La. as matter. Correspondence on subfects of general interest solicited. To insure notice of their com inuuications, writers must furnish their real name. Land Congress. There was held in the central part of this state last week a farm and land congress. The importance and far reaching ef fect of such a congress had never dawned upon us, and we are sure any intelligent man who has never stopped to look into the matter might reach the con elusion that it was something held simply to gather people to gether for the purpose of making them spend money for the bene fit of the town in which the con ventiou was held. If any one has any such ideas they had better dispel them once and for all for such is not the case. We accidentally had occasion to see the exhibits offered at this congress, which was held in Al exandria last Wednesday and Thursday and when we say we were paralyzed and amazed at what we saw we are only mildy expressing our utter astonish ment. The courthouse, a magni ficent modern building, had its lower flower and porches conver ted into a veritable central mar. ket. One found in the building,in corridors after corridors, devo ted exclusively to stalls or stands what one would find in any mar ket place. On these stands were found exhibjts of what the sur rounding country could do and was doing. There were the dif feront flowers in bloom, grown in this state, presided over by ladies and gentlemen; there were vines and shrubberies, vegetable and fruit of all kinds, from the straw berry ou the bush, with the soil still clinging to the roosts to the strawberry in the crates and boxes, the artichoke on the bush and the artichoke piled up in baskets, fresh onions, all sizes and varieties, onions with the greens artistically arranged, sweet pens, in the hull and with out, carrots, turnips, tomatoes, almost every v.-getaVIo imagin able. The fruits were there, pea ches, oranges, apples, and tin fruits that are now out of season were preserved und elegantly dis played in jars. The birds and wild fowels after having been carefully prepared by the tax idermist, were on exhibition in glass cases, the fish arranged so as to display and appear neat were given their share of space What could not be exhibited in any line was photographed and accompanied with accurate data and some one was present to offer any explanation or accept any suggestion. On the outside of the building, horses, mules, hogs fowels, principally chickens,for m ed the display, while tons of all the hays grown in this state, par ticularlyin that section, was ther e to greet the visitor in bales. Th e industries were represented also . all the different canneries in that section from cane syrup to truck ing had exhibits doing them ere dit. Lumber in all the uses t< which it is put from house hold articles to sewer pipes of wood, samples of wooden pipes that had been taken from the ground in New Orleans in 1849 were be ing looked over by the visitors Visitors from all over the country were attracted there and were not only viewing but informing them selves, supplying themselves with literature and taking their own notes on what they saw there, as well as in the town. A model farm, in the lobby of one of the hotels, with the residence,the grass to grow, the soil to be found, the wells, barnsiand all accessories on a farm, including miniature windmill; the system of drainage and plowing and cultivating was exepmlified in a model farm built on two tables covering a space of about 60 square feet in centre cf the lobby. The above is simply illustrative of what can be done to develop and bulid up any town and its surround ing territory. It goes to show that the people can do something, that they possess a progressive spirit and last but not least, it creates that rivalary that forces better re sults and makes the land yield the best that is in it. It encourages farming in a scientific manner, for the reason that the man with the poor yield, the man with the poor products, the man with the indif ferent product will learn the proper method from the successful method. Another matter that it brought to mind was our contention that pa lish fairs are the proper things. We were never so fully convinced in this respect than since we were fortunate in seeing the results pos sible through these various displays. We know that some people will de cry the idea, for various reasons, but principally because they did not give the matter sufficient thought !ind because they do not ippreciate thö merits of trie parish , fair, not beinj,' familiar with the . same, not being in a position to know its results and effects. Next Legislature Schools. And Among the man}'matters com ing before the next Legislature will be the question of appropriations, and from predictions freely made there will be quite a number. The school, education, is going to de mand quite an amdunt from the lawmakers, but care should be ex ercised in the distribution of funds leas primary schools are not given their just proportion. Higher edu cation) all will admit, needs it, but no portion of the educational sys tem of the state is in mpr,e dire need of it than is the primary school, without which the greater majority of the citizens would ac quire nothing else. There are but few people in comparison with the population in every town and pa - rish, as was recently stated by Prof. Monaghan here in a recent lecture, who are fortunate in receiving uni versity educations. Higher education is necessary, hut to acquire it one must first re ceive the primary teaching, without prhniary schools of any kind the uni versities would soon close, for pri mary schools are but feeders to higher institutions. There are many however who are educated in. private primary schools, but the public schools furnish the greater number and are entitled to the con sideration due them. High schools are all good and well in their plapes, and it is well that all parishes should have them. We believe a high school spurs all other schools on to a greater activity. The private schools have their friendly rivalry excited and they thus putfopth their best efforts. Yet it would be bad policy to appropriate too large an amount exclusively for high schools if the rudimentary and primary schools must lose in the least by the appropriation. These ideas are brought home to us by the recent action of the School ! Board Association of this state! memorializing the General Assem-j bly to appropriate two hundred thousand dollars for high schools, j The great majority of the parishes: have recognized state high schools, j While we understand that the pre-1 sent public school in town has ad- j opted pratically the entire curricu- ; lum of studies required in approved ; high schools, having this session | added a teacher of art and music, something wanting before we took up the fight, it is still not recognized as such even if it has christened it self high school and will not be re cognized until the proper formali ties are gone through; title of pro perty transferred to the school board, and the building and ap purtenances, as well as all ap pliances made to conform with the regulations set down by the state school board. Unless the appro priation were made with the proviso that all schools doing the work would be entitled to a portion of the appropriation it would inflict an injury. Not one school in this pa rish would get a cent split in a thou sand part, yet we would be contri buting with our taxes to the main tenance and bettering of schools out side of the parish. Now. if in this appropriation somo schools other than recognized state high schools would get their apportionment it would be fairer. The other question affecting the schools is the levying of special t'axes. A bill will in all probability be introduced to render it less dif ficult to impose and levy a special tax for school purposes. While the present manner may be a bit in convenient it is safe and the people can not claim ignorance as to the levy, but it can be so arranged that it will be less difficult, and the easy manner in which it is proposed to allow the school boards in the different parishes to levy the taxes might easily be abused. Hence this matter should be given proper attention and present laws on the subject should neither be modified, appealed nor amended to the extent of removing the safety that now sur rounds these laws. As to making the members of the state school board elective, see no objection to elec - ting the members of the state board. The argument advan ced is that this would bring the schools into politics, if this is the case then we would like to know what the condition is to day. The school system of this state, in its every branch, is more in politics than any other department over which the state has any say so or control. The educational system of the state of Louisiana is absolutely, un qualitiedly and without the sligli test per adventure of a doubt the most valuable political asset the dominant party has ever had, wili ever have or can hope to have. From the fountain head down to the teacher in the most secluded and remote rural school politics plays a part; it is all pull and political influence first that sets, the educational machinery s of our state in motion, and occa sionally merit and the best in terests of education are consider ed. Therefore, electing the state board could do no\more harm than is done education to-day.All three of these question) proper consideration. deserve THAÏ DID YOb KNOW There was not only frost in the northern part of the state last week but also in this section? Early risers saw it on last Wed nesday morning, and the ther mometer said it was cool enough? Frost is all right in winter, but entirely disagreeable for man and plant out of season? In the absence of anything else Haliey's comet must stand the blame, no one else will? The comet la coming closer and closer to the earth every day, and some people are getting bet ter? All those who owe us and have not paid, had better be particular |hat they pay up before May 18th? ■ If the end of the world comes when the tail of the comet »»rush es the earth, some will be in bad? We advise ail delinquents to pay up, because this one omis sion may deny them the kingdom of Heaven? Even those who owe for pa pars they read and do not pay for are glialked up by the good angel? If some prtdiction, equivalent to the predictions that are made now, were made every year, some people would be good yearly? If the predictions have a bad ef fect on the superstitious, it has a good effect on the bad? Comets with all sorts of mis fortunes as advance agents might help the bill collectors? This reminds one of how many good people are afraid to die, and yet they must not be told they are no good? When soqie oue is working and makes more noise than is neces sary you can put it down, there is something doing? The noise is simply keeping pace with the temper and the temper has the better of the ! work? one tries to prevent the . reat aa d m be ' • » j Just let such person!» alone j and they will eventually run down as. anything else and the j no 'se will cease? ; The less attention paid to them, ; the quicker will they come to | their senses and get over their anger? If business suits meant busi nessall the time, m my society bell« s would object to the full husband evenings business dress and tuxedo? The lady who wins a in a business suit nine out of ten, will win a husband? Business suit wearers have no: as much time as nine eve nings out of ten to wear so citttyclothes? Roosevelt really is rapidly grow ing to be entitled to the name he acquired when President ? A stick is always in the way and very frequently forces it is not wanted ? itself where The distinguished ex-president seems to be a^out the same, is al* ways in the way and really thinks he is big ? It is curious how some people are collectors of curios and to what extent they will go to collect them? Collectors of curios are as a rule also collectors of photographs, strange to say ? It may be that the photographs that they do collect are those of people so peculiar and freakish that they consider them curios ? Some people are fortunate in al ways, having a cold in the head, for without it they would indeed be lonesome ? Without a cold they have noth j n g j n their heads but are frequent ly not aware of it ? They are fortunate after all in having a cold, for they can really fif . expeditions do thing in their head 8 y There are some things that are thrown away which no one appre ciates and there is no loss ? If all hints that were thrown fell on fertitle soil there would be bet ter results in the world ? About the only soil on which hints flourish when thrown is the soil of discontent and jealousy ? Some people take everything to be a hint and fail to understand h^w it could be anything else ? Some people who go on fishing not have a good time unless they have the proper bait? Unless they have just the right bait they do not feel in proper spirtä ? Baits however are not used ex culsively for calching fish, but they ma ke fishing excursions successful, according to some ? gy bait is not only meant worma , meat and fish catching but beer, cocktails and s t ra ights ? Worms are used to catch fish only,while liquor has too often been used to catch succors ? Both are floaters and it can easily be understood how both require bsût; although some what of a dif ferent'&iötl ? I YOUR BANKING ? > g No matter how small, || No matter how large, \ THE BANK OF LAFNBHE ! Will give it careful \ attention. This message f applies to the men and | women alike. i OFFICERS : A. J. Braud , President, L. A. B louin, V-President. fC, J. Braud, Cashier. P. F. L|J sgendre. Asst. Cashier. G eo. M. D elaune,Asst.Cashier" CAPITAL & SURPLUS $135,000 00 1 L. C. Waterbury, dealer in Lumber, Paints, Oils, Lime and Fire Bricks. Cisterns Made to Order. Cumberland 'Phone 111-2. Local 'Phone 37. 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 ;<i;d 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. ELLIS BRAUD'S SONS. MAIN STREET, THI&oDAVX. ma e£f 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. 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