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THE CALDWELL WATCHMAN
Published Every' Friday at Columbia, La. Ocial Journal of Caldwell Parish, Caldwell Parish School Board and the Town of Columbia I. A. TURNER - . - - - - - - EDITOR AND PUBLISHER SUBSCRIPTION . .ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR Entered at the postoffice at Columbia, La., as second-class mail matter. ___. . . . . . . . . .. ... .. .... . . .. . . ..___ _ _. Convention or no Convention nb As predicted in the columns t of The Watchman some weeks p ago, the extra session of the f( legislature ha; degenerated into a political scramble which will zc result in no good to the general tl welfare of the state, and per- tl haps to the hurt of many of the fi politicians who are now in the Lt limelight at the state capital. p, We have pointed out to our ce readers the unwisdom of under- tl taking to hold a constitutional 01 convention during the progress ti of a st. te campaign, and have a' even given it as our opinion that tl there is no pressing need for a it new constitution; and unless the, i people could be assured of a vast ti improvement over the constitu-11 h tion of 1898 as revised in 1913, i11 the tax payers would not feel justified in incurring the expense j necessary to the holding of such sa a convention. The cost of hold- n ing a constitutional convention is can not be less than a hundred rn and fifty thousand dollars, and i under the pretext of lessening tl this cost, the politicians are now fi talking of the plan of framing d such a fundamental law without t submitting it to the people for I ratification, but this is not the w real purpose of these politicians. t Their purpose is to prevent the n, voting down of any jokers which tt they might slip into that instru- w ment. hi There is and has been for al months past a desperate effort tt on the part of the politicians of 01 ~the state to instill into the mind w of the public that there is a n< great popular demand and out- z] cry for a new constitution, but be when the sentiment of the rank and file of the people is sounded tl on this subject, it will be found bi that there is no such popular ct demand and outcry. So far as tl The Watchman is concerned it d .hd~r'desire to advance or re- it tard the political fortunes of ri any candidate except that of our choice for governor, the Hon. L. E. Thomas, and if he a stood any where else on this a question than where he does,our tl position in the premises would t, not be different from what it is; o for as a newspaper man we feel y that it is our peculiar province, r as well as our duty to our read- t ers to place these matters be- t fore them to the end that they t may judge of the wisdom of our a course, and to render their I own verdict'after hearing our ( argument. The Watchman has not believ ed from the start that there was any overpowering necessity for the holding of another constitu tional convention, nor has it be-, lieved that there was any insis tent demand for it on the part 1 of the masses of the people. In truth and in fact there has not been heard from any quarter of the state any clamor by private citizens and tax payers for the convocation of a constitutional convention. They are not now and have not in the recent past been making any demand for 1 such an expensive proceeding; and even those who are crying for it and who think their politi- 1 cal fortunes will be increased by it, have not put forth any very convincing reason why it should be held. They argue that the very fact that not a single sess sion of the legislature has been held since the adoption of the constitution of 1898 without numerous amendments being of fered is proof of itself of the ne cessity of a new one, but what assurance has the people that a new one would be any better than the constitution of 1898 since it is inevitable that the framers of the new one will be of about the same mental and moral clabre as those who framed the constitution pf 1898. And even if the new con stitution should turn out to not be a political makeshift, there could searcely be any way to pre vent the offering of amendments thereto by our representatives in the general assembly. The complaint that the consti tution of 1898 contains too much matter that is purely legislative in character, is no doubt true, but what assurance have we, or who wjill offer to uarantee us that -a new one, I! adopted will be any better m that respect? It is a ed bY omre that the ,oly wayto determine whether te. hpople want a new conatitu t~nan iovt hean t outaPPort41 nity to vote on that question, th but as a general thing when ial jthere is a demand even on the th ipart of a minority of the people ( for any governmental changes, you will hear some private citi- fe zen in the various sections of be the state calling for it, but at CO this time we hear no such call fit from any quarter except by tnose who are feeding at the public crib and are anxious to continue doing so. Whenever the rank and file of the people of Louisiana come to feel that there is urgent necessity for the T1 adoption of a new constitution of t;they will rise up and demand it 4 in no subdued tone of voice, but in a tone so loud and so impera t tive that nd'man whether he has Shis ear to the ground or not will s 1fail to hear it. A general primary election Si will be held throughout the ! state next January for the nomi I' - nation of all state, district, par ish and ward officers, and if we tU 1 must have a new constitution ti why not submit the matter to cc the people at that time and save ui fifty or seventy five thousand P1 dollars to the tax payers? Is s t there a private citizen any where in the State of Louisiana ti 1who would have the hardihood t( to say that the necessity for a new constitution is so urgent that he would not be willing to b' wait until then and thus save al himself and others, this addition a' al expense, and this in face of the fact that the state is heels b' over head in debt already? No, we do not hesitate t, say that no such private, taxpaying citi- C zen can be found within the borders of the whole state. It is admitted on all hands that the State of Louisiana is a bankrupt institution, and if a constitutional convention is held this year at an expense of a hun t dred and fifty thousand dollars, it will be as bad off as two bank r rupt institutions. Some of our would-be states ' men and patriots tell us that the main reason for the holding' of a constitutional convention at r this time is to change the sys I tem of taxation in the state and obtain more revenue, but when you come to think about it, the , raising of more revenue means I- the raising of the rate of taxa - tion-had you thought about y this? Again, those who are in ir a positioh to know, say that four ir hundred thousand dollars more ir of revenue can be raised without the aid of a new constitution. - It is openly charged that a cer Lt tain click of politicians now at )r Baton Rouge has said that they ' propose to hold a constitutional - convention in September, wind - ing up in November, by which t time the state campaign will be n so far advanced that there will t be no opportunity for changes, f and that by the terms of this e constitution they propose to ex e tend the terms of all present al office holders to January 1st, W 1917 and hold the general elec t tion in November 1916-and as r to this scheme the people would ; have no say, since these politi. g clans would so frame the consti i- tution, that its adoption would Snot be submitted to the voters. y Fellow citizens, you had bet d ter wake up before you find e yourself tied hand and foot; for Sdemagogues like these wil halt at n nothing to accomplish their ends e and aims, t Committee Considers School e- Land Fight t A special to the Item under a date May 25 says: er "House committee on education 38 Wednesday at 10 a. m. will con. e elude its hearing of the bill in. e troduced by representative Mc id Clanahan, of Caldwell, to au o thorize the school board of the 8. parish to bring suit to recover - lands of the Pine Grove acade t my, sold by the board of direc e tors of the academy. The school e board claims the sale was illegal. ts "J. J. Meredith, member of e the academy board, spoke in op position to action by the legis-. i* Isture. Members of the acade Smy board claim that action to ef e feet the sale of the land may e, injure innocent purchasers. or "Those who will appear be S fore the committee Wednesday Sare: Frank P. Stubbs, attorney for the Louisiana Central Lumb ei or Company: G. T. Martin ,res er ident of the school board: Jud e - . A. Gunby, attorney for the ii- school board and C.P.ThornBlhlL" Sheriff Sale State of Louisiana -Parish of Caldwell Thi 30th District Court J J Stallings vs No. 1,111 A M Grayson Fai By virtue of a writ of fi fa issued out E Z of the 30th District Court of the Par- out ish of Caldwell, State of Louisiana, Pai and to me directed, I have seized and and I taken into my possession and will offer tak for sale at public auction to the last for and highest bidder at the principal ant front door of the court house in the fro town of Columbia, Louisiana, between tov the hours prescribed by law for judic- hot i ial sales, on sal Saturday Jun, 12th, 1915 SA the following described property towit: lob e (1) one printing press and accessories, pod Seized as the property of the de- p.o fendant, A. M. Grayson and will ula f be sold to satisfy said Writ and all 832 costs in the above and entitled cause. fer Terms of sale, cash, with the bene. wil fit of appraisement. all W. E. GODFREY, bei Sheriff, Caldwell Parish, La. 1 pColumbia, La.,May 27th, 1915. fit r - e Sheriff Sale Co e Thirtieth District Court-Parish n of Caldwell-State of Louisiana. T t Wooten-Hyle Implement Co. vs t No.1334 J. M. Bennett Lo By virtue of a writ of fi fa is- I sued out of the 30th District ou Court of the Parish of Caldwell, Pa n State of Louisiana, and to me di- t rected, I have seized and taken fei 9 into my possession and will of- hit fer for sale at public auction to do the last and highest bidder at Cos ne the principal front door of the SA court house in the town of Col- the o umbia, La., between the hours thi d prescribed by law for judicial to sales on be Saturday June 12th, 1915 we a the following described property d d towit:  Ford Automobile in Seized as the property of the de- ca fendant, J. M. Bennett, and will be sold to satisfy said writ and ap e all costs in the above entitled and numbered cause. Ca n Terms of sale, cash, with the - benefit of appraisement. W. E. GODFREY, Sheriff' Caldwell Parish, La. TI . Columbia, La., May 27, 1915 of e- V : The Crossett Hd INGE DOOR SILO/ f i at in re t ut er 0 b as Crossett, Arkana ti- PLAN OF COLUMBIA WORK FORl 1915 METHODIST CHURCH c !t- Columbia Church--Preaching every Is nd and 3rd Sundays, 11 a.m.and 7;30 pDm. o Prayer Meeting-Every Wednesday at evening at 7:30 o clock. EpworthLeague-Every Friday ev ds ening at 7:30 o'clock. Woman's Mission Society--lst and e 3rd Wednesday in each month 3 p. m. J 1 Women's Prayer meeting-.very Business meeting of Board of Stew on ards Monday night after 1st, Sunday ' -in each month. - GRAYSON BOARD c-• Preaching every 4th Sunday at 11 a. m. and l:30 p.omp. BEOUF RIVER CHURCH he Peaching every 2d Sunday at 11 a1 ' m. and 7:30 p., m . le- Sunday School every Sunday at IC sunay Shool at Woolen Lake ol p(Richland Pah) every Sunday after. Tednoon at 3 p. m. . of RIVFRTON CHURCH - Preachilng every 1st Sunday after is- noon at 3 m le UNIONe eCHURCH(Near Holum p0) Snoon 8 o cigck. Sna at e Y Preachin at Indian Mound every S. Mn ALFORD, Pa30or, e SubCtribe for 'TH h Watchmne $a peta. yrm : Sheriff's Sale Thirtieth District Court--P'arish of Caldwell-State of Louisiana. Fairbanks, Morse & Co., vs No. 1441) 1 G. T. Martin & Sons t By virtue of a writ of ii fa issued, out of the 30th D)istrict Court of the |Parish of Caldwell, State of Louisiana i and to me directed, I have seized and r taken into my possession and will offler t for sale at public auction to the last I and highest bidder, at the principal e front door of the court house in the r town of Columbiay, La., between the Shours prescribed by law for judicial sales on SATURDAY June 5, 1915 the fol lowingdescribed property tow it:(1) One( portable saw rig with (d) six horse powethorizontal tank engine with reg I II ular equipment, complete out fit No. II 832. Seized as the property of the dle fendants, G. T. Martin & Sons, and will be sold to satisfy said writ and all costs in the above entitled and numn bered cause. Terms of sale,cash,without the bene fit of appraisement. W. E. GODFREY, Sheriff, Caldwell Parish, La. Columbia, La., May 21, 1915, 1 Sheriff Sale - Thirtieth District Court -Parish of - S Caldwell-State of Louisiana Loula Miles vs No. 1220 J. P. Duke By virtue of a writ of fi fa issued t out of the 30th District Court of the Parish of Caldwell, State of Louisiana N ' and to me directed, I have seized and taken into my possession and will of n fer for sale at public auction to the highest bidder at the principal front door of the court house in the town of 0 Columbia, La., between the hours pre *t scribed by law for judicial sales, on e SATURDAY the 12th day of June 1915 I. the following described property towit: the n e of n w 2 of section 25, in " township 12, n r 2 east, containing 40 L acres of land more or less, lying and k being situated in the Parish of Cald well. La., seized as the property of the i defendant. Loula Miles, and will be sold to satisfy said writ and all costs in the above entitled and numbered "- cause. II Terms of sale, cash, with benefit of d appraisement. W. E. GODFREY, d Sheriff, Caldwell Parish. La. Columbia, La., May Gth, 1915. Sheriff Sale L Thirtieth District Court-Parish of Caldwell-State of Louisiana - Virginia Carolina Chemical Co. vs No. 1467, Peoples Mercan tile Company By virture of a writ of fi fa is sued out of the 30th District Court of the Parish of Caldwell, te of Louisiana, and to me di ieted, I have seized and taken itto my possession and will off er for sale at public auction to the last and highest bidder at the principal front door of the court house in the town of Col umbia. La., between the hours prescribed by law for judicial sales on SATURDAY June 5, 1915 the following described proper ty, towit: One lot of genefal merchandise, books, notes and accounts, safe, scales, show cas es and all other store fixtures and goods situated in the store building occupied by the Peo ples Mercantile Co., in the town of Columbia, La., known as the Douglass building. Seized as the property of the r defendant, the Peoples Mercan tile Co., and will be sold to satis fy said writ and all costs in the above numbered and entitled cause. Terms of sale, cash with the F* benefit of appraisement. W. E. GODFREY, Sheriff Caldwell Parish, La. Columbia, La., May 21st, 1915. Notice to Road Contractors U Public notice is hereby given that tj pursurnt to a resolution of the police jury adopted jn regular session ay 3, 115 1915, sealed proposals for the work of the public roads for the year 1915, ac- Y cording to the specifications in the hands of the special committee ap - pointed for that purpose, of which C. m. R.Benson, is chairman, will be re ay ceived by the undersigned up to noon Monday June 7th, 1915. tv* The contractor will be required to give a solvent bond in an amount equal nd to one-half of the contract price, sub m. ject to the approval of the police jury. SAll bids must be accompanied with the names of the bondsmen who will 10 act as sureties in the event contract is awarded. w- The right is reserved to reject any and all bids. H. H. ROGILLIO, Pres. Police Jury. Columbia, La,, May 4, 1915. oi' or tn&' ttWI ',tt A~W""~tii oho ue, was a caller on Governor 1* 1 at the St Charles hotel . The -"blind tiger" legislation nought the special session of the legisla ke by the Anti-Saloon League was r subject of the conference. embers of the Senior class of the rt 's High School of New Orleans sate i ning to give a dance at the gold b *) of the Grunewald Hotel on the r- of June 4. The affair will be a by the graduating elass joint or fith the class of next February. d otr selecting Baton Rouse as the Sconvention city and electing oR- of for the ensuing year, the State a entino of the Knights of Colum held at Shreveport was adjourned die. 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