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WATERWAYS ASSOCIATION HEARD
ROOSEVELT EXPRESS HIS IIEWS
Politics Dropped by Formcr President Long
Enough to Tell of His Plan for Deep
ening the Mississippi River.
HAS MUClH PRAISE FOR SENATOR JAMES P. CLARKE
'CONVENTION COMES TO CLOSE AFTER ELECTION OF OFFICERS
AND THE SELECTION OF PEORIA, ILLINOIS, AS THE NEXT
MEETING PLACE--OLD FASHIONED SOUTHERN BARBECUE
Western Newrpnper Uniot News Service.
Little Rock.-The use of the ma
chinery and force of experts now el-
ployed in digging the Panama canal,
in the construction of a deep water
way connecting the great lakes and
the Gulf of Mexico, was urged by
speakers at the annual convention of
the Lakes-to-the-Gulf Deep Water
ways Association in this city. Col.
Theodore Roosevelt, nominee of the
Progressive party for president of the
United States, who made a non-politi
cal speech before the convention, of
fered this as a solution of the problem
and the same course was urged by
other distinguished men who spoke.
It was pointed out that the well or
ganized and highly trained body of
amen now engaged on the Panamai
'~Canal work will be available within
thb next year or two and that they
sihould pots be allowed td scatter until
Col. Roosevelt spoke at the second
day's session of the convention. He
abandoned politics for the day and
spoke only on the subject of deep
waterways. He discussed also the
problem of preventing the recurrence
of floods in the Mississippi valley,
such as that which occurred this year.
"One of the main troubles in se
curing deep waterways and utilizing
the spare flood water" said Co). Roose
velt, "is the inability or refusal of the
champions of any one project to look
the whole problem in the face. This
problem cannot be handled piecemeal;
there is need of action from the stand
point of the nation as a whole. In
the past so much money has been
spent in improving small creeks and
rivers that the whole system of water
way improvement has been associated
with unpleasant memories in the eyes
of many people. It rests with such
an organization as this to remove that
stain and convince the people of the
necessity of looking at the whole
problem from the standpoint of the
"That is why I so emphatically be
lieve that this and other such prob
lems must be handled by a commis
sion: it will not do to leave it at the
mercy of scrambling interests. If we
allow it to be handled only through
the initative of congress we will find
many congressmen reluctant to ,go
Into a general scheme like the Missis
sippi river improvement unless their
local schemes. are dovpled with it.
Others who have no creek they want
drained will have a federal building
they want constructed. The essential
; problem should be considered as a
whole; the treatment of the levees of
the lower Mississippi as a part of the
problem, and another part the pre.
vention of freshet water striking the
Mississippi from the Ohio. and Mis
Where the Flood Begins.
*The flood that dbvastates MtIels
-sippi and Louisiana starts in Pennsyvl
vania, 0141o, Montana and Wyoming,
therefore the problem is one which
must be considered in its entirety and
must be considered by 'the national
government. Only the national gov
ernment can deal in matters of that
Importanes, and the national govern
_ ent will not deal with it unless you
take an interest in it I speakas One
having bad experience.
*It is fortunate that the need for
federal action has been impressed
upln our people at the time when the
federal authorities ae able to de
velop the very instrument for meet
ing the need. We have at Panama a
store of Individual and collective skill
nhlah-ma be agged fo the pur
pose of treating the problem of the
. IssIstpPi as we treated the problem
Theo lel told how he had m e
01 ·i. 44declared that he ould not
have accomplished what lie did in
that respect without the support and
assistance of Senator James P. Clarke
"If it'had not been for the activity
of Senator Clarke," he declared, "at
best, the completion of the Panama
canal would be two or three years far
ther of than it is, because we couldn't
go on with the Panama canal until
the treaty was ratified, and the sena
tor exercised his influence to get the
senate to give the president this
treaty. The pressure brought to bear
on Senator Clarke to prevent him
from doing as he did would have been
too much for any but the strongest
and gamest men. I am not able to
speak this way of all United States
senators, and therefore it is not only
a pleasure, but a duty, to bear test.
mony now for what. t.he. aetor'dld,
convince him was for the goqd of the
country as a whole. The longer I
live the less regard I have for the
man whose principles are good, but
who lacks the courage to carry them
"We have at Panama," Col. Roose
velt concluded, "the machinery and a
great body of experts, and we ought
not to let them get scattered. We
ought to take this machinery and utl
lize it as it can be untilized in this
country. The great plan is to under
take the task of treating the Missis
sippi basin as 'a whole, by utilizing
the waters, securing levee protection
and a channel for deep water naviga.
tion, and reservoirs for storage of
Col. Roosevelt was the guest of
honor at an informal luncheon given
by the waterways association, at
which addresses were made by Gov
ernor-Elect Joe' T. Robinson, Senator
James P. Clarke and Col. Roosevelt.
H. F. Auten of Little Rock, acted as
toastmaster and Judge U. M. Rose,
who was appointed by Col. Roosevelt
while the latter was president, as a
representative of the United States
at the Hague Peace conference, occu
plied a seat of honor at the right of
,the former president. Mr. Robinson
and Senator Clarke both paid tribute
to the service rendered by'Col. Roose
velt in securing the construction of
the Panama canal.
Governor-Elect Robinson of Arkan
sas also spoke at the second day's ses
sion of the waterways convention. He
declared himself strongly in favor of
immediate governmental action in
aid otfa. deep channel frdm the lakes
to the gulf.
Isham Randolph of Chicago, cona
suiting engineer for the Chicago
Drainage canal, urged the importance
of a 14-foot channel from the lakes
to the gulf and declared that the fed
eral government should do the work.
He declared that it would cost $90,.
000,000 to build levees and properly
strengthen the banks of the Missis
sipi river. Mr. Randolph told how
Chicago and the state of Illinois have
completed the drainage canal at 'a
cost of millions of dollars and declar
ed that the canal can be, extended to
Cairo at a cost of $40,000,000. He
contended that the federal govern.
ment should, undertake the remaining
portion of the work.
Another feature of the convention
was' an address by Lyman E. Cooley,
consulting engineer for the Lakes.to.
the-Gulf Deep Waterway Association.
He took up in detail the program for
the improvement of the Mississippi
river and its tributaries and showed
from an engineering standpoint how
the deepening of the chanel could hbe
accomplished. His main statement
was that the 14-foot channel through
the vally could be provided at a less
cost tihan the construction ,of 'the
Panama canal and the benefits would
be infinitely greater to hIle people liv
ing in this grept inland paradise. His
general text as he stated in the be,
ginning was "'What nature has made
possible is the measure of Man's oP
IT. F. Aitten of Little Rock, spoke
on the subject "The Arkansas River."
Mr. Auten declared that the business
men of Little Rock alone pay out
millions of dollars annually which
would be saved if the cheaper rates
So_ water transportation were in ef
"At present," he said, "the freight is
$1.23 a ton to haul coal from the Ark
ansas fields to Little Rock, while up
in Illinois coal is hauled the same dis
tance for 60 cents a ton. See the
difference? With a deep channel in
the river the same product can be
hauled to Little Rock for 15 cents per
In mentioning the increasing use of
cement for building purposes Mr.
Auten declared Arkansas has more of
the material from which cement Is
nmade than any otilea state. He as.
serted that in ten years the cement
trust would make the steel trust
seem like a pigmy alongside it.
"Elect men who will work for tne
people's interest," he demanded, "anl
work for the deep waterway project,
which is all that in needed in this sac
lion to give our people commercial
d Among others who delivered ad
e dresses were George H. Maxwell of
New Orleans, executive director of
the National Reclamation Association
and former Congressman Edgar i
Ellis of Kansas City.
John Maynard Harlan of Chicag
and former Congressman J. Adan
Bede of Minnesota appeared .befdre
the convention as representatives of
3 "What is needed at the outset is a
dream," Mr. Harlan said. "You have
got to employ expert dreamers, and
the dreams should be evolved by a
commission. Every interest affected,
in general should be represented on'
this commission. The work is going
to be done by some one. If ,I were
a citizen of Arkansas I could not be
prevailed upon to wover
"I would like to see some definite
program arranged at this convention.
I would suggest that a committee be
appointed to memorallze congress and
arrange some sort of a program. This
question is not in politics; it is so big
it cannot get into politics; cnd poli-.]
tics may be kept out by holding it on
a broad patriotic basis for the good I
of the whole people."
William K. Kavanaugh of St. Louis
was re-elected president of the asso- t
ciation and most of the other officers I
were re-elected. The other officers
named are as follows:
First vice president-Col. E. S. Con.
way, Chicago. t
Second vice president-Sidney M.
Third vice president-Crawford H.
Ellis, New Orleans.
Fourth vice president--Chas. Scott,
Fifth vice president-Col. F. B. T.
Hollenberg, Little Rock.
Treasurer-Edwin S. Monroe, Joliet,
Secretary-Thomas iH. Lovelace, St. I
Honorary secretary-William F.t
Saunders, St, Louis.
Judge W. M. Kavanaugh of Little
Rock was named as a member of the
board of governors and Judge Kav I
anaugh and H. F. Auten of Little Rock t
were placed upon the executive com- z
Peoria, Ill., was selected as the next
meeting place. New Orleans and Mo
bile were seeking the next convention
but the Illinois city won because of t
its geographicai location. -
The closing feature of the conven- t
tion Cas an old fashioned Southern a
barbec:ue given by the citizens ~, Lit- 1
tle Rock for the entertainment ot e I"
Better Railway Service for Helena.
Helena.--The installation of the/ew
motor car, which will be run on the
Missouri and North Arkansas between
Heber Springs and Helena will give P
Helena another connecting train with
the Rock Island and will add much '
to the passengem traffic between this '
city and Memphis and Little Rock, the
motor car making direct connection
with the fast train on the Rock Ifr
Rate ReldJustment Refused.
Helena. - Industrial Commissioner
W. W. Martin, who, with a number of
other local business men attended a
conference with the general freight
agents of the three lines entering
Helena at Memphis in which a reduc
tion of freight rates was sought, stat
ed that their efforts had failed and
that they would probably appeal to
the Interstate Commerce Commission.
Mr. Martin stated that a few minor
reductions were offered by the agents ,
of the roads, but nothing commensu
rate with the real needs of the city.
e A e Bad Man Meets Match
hen Deputy Sheriff
.t I Kills Him.
C LED 'LEATHER BREECHES'
It- H Made the Assertion That He
I old Never Be Taken Alive.
e W Newbpaper Uiion News Service.
Charles.-Chas. Smith, alias
7 er Breeches," a well-known
,f oh er, was shot and instantly kill
r. . Deputy Sheriff D. J. Charlan,
, 'l Merryville, while resisting arrest.
9 T deputy used a double-barrel shot
8. gu emptying both barrels into
it S S body. The killing of "Leather
It Br es" Smith, as he was commonly
kn , created quite a sensation in
e th orthern part of the parish, and
I1 al Lake Charles. Smith was an
de dictment on two charges, mur
Sde highway robbery, in connec
1 (ti th the Grabow labor troublhs
S t July, and has been dodging
d" ti leers ever since. He had made
t, it is said, that he would
a taken alive, and he kept the
lately after the trouble at
G in which four men lost their
l nd in which he was a proni
tor, Smith took to the woods
ued his defiance. Many of the
nts of the northwestern part
parish, it is said, helped to se
aim, most of them acting through
a Smith was regarded as a dan
e man. He always went about
with two revolvers and a Win.
a rifle, and the people were a p
afraid to refuse him a ia
the Grabow affair the officers
e en constantly on the lookout
S Ith. Sheriff Reid has made
ixprni ps Into the pine woods
e atilt .er being able to come up
t. thii him.
8 Deputy Charlab got aline on where
SISmith was in hiding for the time be
d lug, in a small hut about six miles
from Merryville. Mr. Charlan left
- Ludington in the night and arrived
' at Smith's hiding place before day
1 light. Charlan lay concealed near
the haut until daylight, when Smith
came out armed as usual with his
two revolvers and Winchester. Char
B Ian was about forty feet from Smith
s when he covered him with his shot
gun and ordered him to surrender.
Smith wheeled and brought his rifle
to his shoulder, but as did so Charlan
fired both barrels, literally riddling
Governor Inspects Canal.
New Orleans.-As a result of the
visit of Gov. Luther E. Hall to the
New Basin Canal and shell road it is
probable that a concrete wall will be
constructed along the canal and road
all the way from the head to West
End. Governor Hall suggested that
Superintendent Burke have palms and
trees planted by the side of the road
way and take steps toward beautify
3ing It. Superintendent Burke point
s ed out to the governor the various
landings and improvements made dis
Stinguishing for Governor Hall's infor
mation those which are paying ren
tal and those which are not.
Operator Held for Murder,
I Baton Rouge.-Detective Coyle, of
Sthe New Orleans force, took back to
New Orleans Richard Wallace, :lino
type operator, who was wanted there
I on the charge of murder. Hels a.l
leged to have killed J. P. Morris. Wal
lace gave himself up to Chief of Po
lice Huyack when he saw in the morn.
ing papers that he was wanted for
murder in New Orleans, which place
he left to accept a position in
Baton Rouge. Wallace says that ice
was in an argument with Morris and
pushing him over and he fell, cutting
his head. He had on idea at the time
he left New Orleans that the injury
was a serious one.
Beevea Are Selling High.
Eden.-Beef buyers have invaded
this section and are paying the high.
eat Price in the history or local cattle
men for the beeves. The farmers, too,
are at present receiving $1.50 per bush
el for sweet potatoes, the demand be
iag larger than the supply. After six
weeks of drought, a good rain fell
here recently refreshing the crops
and miass on the range.
Another Big WVell Bought in.
Shreveport.-It is reported by a Jo
cals oil man, returning from the Caddo
fields, that the Busch-Everett Com
pany, of this city, bought in a 20,000
barrel oil well just east of Caddo City,
where they have extensive holdifns.
LEESVILLE BANK CLOSE)
Exanminer Says Bad Management Is
Found in Its Affairs.
Wtestern Newspaper Union News Service.
Leesville.-The btate Bank of st,:;
ville, capitalized at $50,000 has been
closed by order of State Bank Exam
iner W. IL. Young.
Judge James C. Palmer, pres;idern
of the institution, states that the em
barrassment is only temporary, and
that in a few days they hol)e to open]
the bank for business.
The Officers of the bank all have the
fullest confidence of the people ,'!
Leesville, and from every indication
there is no possible chance for the
depositors to lose a cent.
The last report of the Leesville
State Bank to the state banking de
partment, dated at the close of hui
ness, September 4, showed: Resources,
$124,387.8.1; liabilities, capital sto'.l:
and undivided profits, $57,719.52: de
Evidence of bad managenment was
PLANNING FOR DISPLAY
Governor Appoints Commission to
Look After Exhibit.
Western Newspap r Uniou News Service.
Baton Rouge.-An immediate .alli
will be issued for the meeting of the
commission which was named by Go"
ernor Hall for the purpose of raising,
funds to arrange for an exhibit from
Louisiana to the United States lanI
show to be held in Chicago during
November and December. The col
mission will probably meet in Baton
Rouge anid arrange for a campaign to
raise the funds. It is the idea of Gov.
Frnor Hall and t.,ose interested in the
plan that just at this time it is im
portant that Louisiana make a good
display at Chicago in order to show
that the state of Louisiana "has come
back" from its overflow. It will take
nearly $4,000 to arrange a proper ex
hibit, keep it supplied with fresh .hip
ments from the state, have plenty of
Louisiana literature on hand and have
a lecturer there to talk on Louisiana.
s The stock exhibit can be secured as
New Law Causes Tangle.
Thibodaux.-Who and how many
members constitute the board of elc.
e tion supervisors of Lafourche parish
is the question which has been pre
sented to the attorney general's office
to answer. Since the new. act of 1912
r abolishing the registrar's office or
1 right to hold mhembership on the board,
this vacancy has been left unfilled.
The clerk of court is now required to
act in the rigistrar's capacity as re
gards registration, but no provision
has been made to elect him a member
of the board of election commissioners.
Parish Seat Is Unsettled.
Jennings.-A second primary will
be necessary to decide which town is
to be parish seat of Jefferson Davis
parish. The returns received show
that Jennings and Welch ran almost
neck and neck for the coveted honor,
while Lake Arthur received slightly
over 200 votes. This means that Jen.
nings and Welsh will enter the second
race. Never before has so much in
terest been manifested here in an
election. The entire parish was scour
ed, and probably every qualified vot
er of the fifteen precincts cast his bal
lot for the place of his choice.
Louislsianian Has Patent.
Lockport.-H. McCoy, one of the
Delta farm settlers, has invented an
appliance which he calls an automo
bile host, designed to take the weight
off the tires of an automobile while
the machine 'Is at rest in the garage,
and which, it is claimed, will largely
increase the life of automobile tires,
and he proposes building a factory at
Larose to manufacture the hosits.
The plant will start with ten employes
and will be increased to forty.
Washington. - Louisiana postmast
ers appointed are Willis J. Hanna at
Acy, vice A. M. Marchand, resigned;
Henry C. Braud Jr., at Burnside, vice
H. C. Braud, resigned; Arthur S. Bliss,
at Oak Grove, vice A. Jackson Jr., re
New Iberia Paving Streets.
New Iberia.-The board of supervis
ors of this city has let a contract for
7,000 feet of paving on Main street,
beginning at the postofflce and extend.
ing to the southern limit, so as to
connect with the model road to Jean
erettte. Work has already begun.
Assessments Show Decrease.
Baton Rouge.-The assessment rolls
of two parishes have been received,
which show a decided decrease in as.
sessments. St. Helena's assessment is
$1,247,470 for 1912, a decrease of $7,
740 compared with last y'ear, and St.
Charles parish assessment for 1912 of
$2,659,00000. a decrease of $444.980.
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Believe Dead Man Texas Criminal.
l..ake Charles.-Th' iden; ificatio n of
Charles Smith, alias "Leather BreWch
Ies." the notoriouls despradto who who w
killed by Deputy Sheritff ('harlan, a
M Verryville, has. it is Ibelieved, bent-I
definitely establishe!. The dead ma;
is said to be fnoe other than Heln
Myatt, a note (d criminal, who is walti
ed in Texas on iwo h Elllr'(es of murder.
Fire Prevention Day Octcber 9.
Baton Rouge.-- ,ovrnor liall issiu i
his lp)ro ala atioln a ti g (O'tob'"r r
as Fire Prevenltion day in l.oiisiaa;.
In his proclamation the o\vernor cal!.
uplon the people to re ,mnove all ruti,ish
from their premllies, anl i have liite'.
inspected and mad- safe for the iil
ter. le ,alkst the a aors(l' of tO\w,
and (ities of Louisiana to issue .,rocl;e
maliotls urging 1u, alionl agaitnst fir,
vwaste, and asks that October !I he
m:de a state wvide t'lan-tip daty.
Gcvcenor Makes Appointments.
Baton Rou;ge.--Governor liall ain
l:ounced the followin, ;appointmcnlts:
Jo ih S. Hoatn(.r as a tntmlher of 1 ho
toard of adminstrattors of the Sou;h
Iern University for the Fifth district.
vice Baxtter S. Brasswell, who taile.l
to qualify; W. Hutch leo as a IImn
iber of the board of administrators or
the Southern Iuiversity for the Fotri't!i
district, vice Charles Rlbert't, Vh lw
failed to qualify: (George K. tiradforn.
as a member of the i)oard of admints
trators of the Southawestern liai;.
trial Institute for the Seventh district.
Nice H-lampden Story, who failed to
Chases Horsethief in Nightclothes.
C('rowley.-Albert Norbert, colored.
went to the r'osidence of William Heii
3 ly, who lives on North Parkerson
avenue, and took from the stable one
l- of Mr. Reilly's horses and rode oftf.
If Mr. Reilly's daughter saw the negro
e leaving, and called her father, who
1. gave pursuit in his night clothes. He
is was losing ground, when an auto
a driv ' r.er. Z. J. Frances, coroner,
hot pursuit was con e
negro, who was finally overtaken,
iy and, after a hard tussel, was finally
'. overpowered, arrested and turned
over the jailer. The whole affair was
over in 30 minutes.
2 COMMISSION RULINGS
*' Several Changes in Rates Ordered
Made at Last Session.
i* Wp-e-t. Nirteaper Unln News 1ervlce.
n Baton Rouge.-The Louisiana Rail
r road Commission issued a series of
orders covering a week's session.
the most important of. which was that
providing for a concentration of cot
ton. The rule is effective October I.
It provides that railroads are requir
ed to concentrate cotton without ad
ditional charges at any available
t point. The station at which the cot
ton is concentrated must be in the di
rection of final destination.
The case of the Monroe Progressive
League vs. the Texas and Pacific, for
a reduction in rates on classes and
c6mmodities between Baton Rouge,
Lake Charles and Crowley, was dis
missed, no evidence on the case hav
ing been submitted.
The Kansas City Southern and the
Louisiana Western were ordered by
January 1, 1913, to have insfalled and
operating an interlocking device at
Lockmore. The Iron Mountain and
the Louisiana Western were directed
by January 1, 1913, to have installed
and in operation an interlocking de
vice of the "tower type" at Iowa. The
Kansas City Southern was authorized
to remove its agency at Ayres.
Reduced rates on cordwood between
points in Louisiana were ordered ef
fective within fifteen days over the
Texas and Pacific.
A three-cent a hundred pounds rat"
on brick was ordered over the Vicks
burg, Shreveport and Pacific from
Jimerson, Ruston and Lincoln to
Shreveport and Rayvi!le.
The New Orleans and Great North
ern was ordered to establish an agency
station at Clifton and erect a depot.
The Texas and Pacific was given
permission to change the name of its
station from Morville to Jefrls, and lo
cate it at the crossing of the South
ern Railway and the Texas and Pa
A general order was adopted that
when freight cars are loaded to their
physical capacity no more than the
actual weight shall be charged for.
A general rule was adopted that
when a passenger train is delayed by
wreck or other cause for a period of
more than one hour, this train must
back to the first station where there
is an agent and telegraph office, and
remain until the line is cleared.
The Frisco road was ordered to es
tablish its through train service be
tween Baton Rouge and Southwestern
oolnts not later than November 15.