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"V"*' - STAR-PROGRESS XI—NO. 10 OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1919 SUBSCRIPTION —$2.00 PER YEAR, IN ADVANCE PSpI HAPPY HEW YEAR PARKER RECEIVES A BIG OVATION AT MANY POINTS HERE Gubernatorial Party Royally Welcomed In Several of Par ish's Six Wards BIG AUDIENCE HEARS HIM IN COURT HOUSE Candidate for Governor De nounces Ring and Predicts Election on January 20 The Parker forcis swept St. Lan dry like a prairie fire, during the week just closed. Overflow meet ings were held in many precincts in the old parish, and the sestiment now indicates that Join M. Parker and Hewitt Bouanchaui will receive tre mendous majorities in tlis parish on January 20. The first meethg of the week in this parish was bid at Leonville on Sunday morning. Dr. F. 0. Pavy, president of the police jury, intro duced Mr. Parkerat this meeting and predicted an ovewhelining majority at that point fr the independent candidates for gvemor and lieuten ant governor. At Amaudvill, where practically the entire town und a large number of voters from arious points in St. Landry and St. Iartin parishes gath ered to listen t<!John M. Parker and Hewitt Bouanckud, Dr. A. C. Durio introduced the peakers and here, to, indications are;hat the independent candidates willreceive a handsome majority. The Sunset eeting on Sunday af ternoon was frgely attended, al though weathe conditions were very unfavorable. 7 . J. Boudreau, prom inent merchau and planter of Sun set, was chairon of the meeting and expressed thehope that Grand Co teau would buhe burner St. Landry Parker poll, tarry Fitzpatrick, elo quent speakerrf N«w Orleans,joined the gubematdal party at this point and delivereda magnificent address in support « tip candidacies of Messrs. Park« and Bouanchaud. On Mondr nnraing the party went to Mel'.lle, vhere the largest political gatbringin the history of the Atchafalya tivn was present to greet the cariida^s of their choice. Hon. Kemp r . Caiett, veteran mem ber of the ;oliej jury, a life long friend of Join MlParker, was chair man of the neejig and took occa sion to "rate thfri over the coals." The Melville me jng was one of the best ever hell int. Landry. At Opelouias Monday night the court house was immed to hear the speakers. Hon. Lee Mills, presi dent of the S Landry Farmers' Union, and on« f the most promi nent planters ii Bellevue section of St. Landry vas introduced by Hon. Dudley IGuilbeau as chair man of the meng. Mr. Mills pre dicted that nil y-five per cent of the farmers of »is parish was sup porting the Pa: r ticket. Mr. Parker's ice had almost com pletely gone b on him, and after making his e: ses, first denied a statement mad i a local newspaper relative to his nd on the Board of State Afairs a deliberate untruth. He then went to his political rec ord, showing at he had always stood for whi supremacy, that his father had foi ; and his family had bled for the < «. He said that he "was responsil that Roosevelt and Taft had nev ppointed negroes to office in the ith, and that he had not joined th regressive party un til it had ac ed a resolution ex pressing itsel i a white man's par He said t if he were elected will 2, R. had up has the had had of the in up ly the on to is L. ty. governor he laws that wo cted to have enacted give this state a bet- ter road sysi a more comprehen- sive educati program, in order ! 1 j ■ ed PORT BARRE MILL TO START Large Plant on Courtableau is Preparing to Resume Ope rations on January 2 The Port Barre Tie and Timber Company's big sawmill at Port Barre will resume operations on January 2, according to the announcement of R. O. Marsh general manager, who stated on last Saturday that the mill had been thoroughly overhauled and would be ready in a few days to start up again. Three miles of railroad has been constructed in the past few months to connect the mill with some sixty-five million feet of timber in the woods. Mr. Marsh stated that the company had sufficient timber in sight and contracted for to operate at least fifteen years, and now that the mill had been placed in splendid condi tion, and the lumber market was so favorable as to allow a good margin of profit in the manufacturing of lumber, he expected the mill to op erate without any interruption for several years to come. The Port Barre mill was erected about ten years ago and has changed hands repeatedly. It is one of the largest hardwood mills in the South and when in operation employs a large number of men. The citizens of Port Barre are looking forward to the resumption of operations at the mill with much anxiety and pleasure and believe that things will "hum" in their village when the mill steams up on Friday, January 2. <y EUNICE SECTION WELCOMES ARIEL Candidate for Sheriff Attends Rousing Meeting Arranged By His Supporters On last Monday morning" „ Ariel Fontenot, popular candidate for she riff, received word to go immediate ly to Eunice. Never questioning the motive of his friends, he boarded the first train out of Opelousas and on arriving at Eunice was met by a number of friends who escorted him to the Tasso section of the Eunice precinct where a rousing meeting had been arranged. At this meeting several hundred voters assembled to lsiten to the can didate lay his claims for the office, which his friends can now safely pre dict will be his. The meeting was one of the greatest and most suc cessful yet staged in that section of St. Landry, and Mr. Fontenot was as sured that he would receive a flatter ing majority at the hands of the vot era of the sixth ward on January 20. ..—John P. Desmarais, native of Opelousas but now prominent in the insurance circles of Houston, Texas, is spending the holidays here with friends and relatives. —John E. Boagni, student at the L. S. U., Baton Rouge, : s home for the holidays. that the best of schools could be in the reach of the poorest of children. He advocated the establishment of the best agricultural ( college in the United States, and promised the peo ple of Louisiana that if elected he ! would not appoint a "ring man" to 1 any of the appointive offices. He was given tremendous applause throughout his discourse and it was evident that the packed house was j practically one hundred per cent for ■ Parker. Hewitt Bouanchaud, candidate for lieutenant governor, proved a dis tinct favorite with the large audi ence. He spoke of his love and de votion for his opponent, and graph ically 'exposed Judge Gilbert's re publicanism. The St. Landry tour was complet ed with a rousing meeting held at Grand Prairie on Tuesday morning. DRAINAGE TAX WAS CARRIED BY BIG MAJORITY Third Bond Issue in Mallet Plaquemine District Once Again Successful NO HITCH EXPECTED ON MONDAY'S RESULT Only Two Votes Recorded Against Measure Which is Drain Much Fine Land For the third time in recent years the taxpayers of the Bayou Mallet and Plaquemine Drainage District, which covers that territory west of the city limits to the Evangeline par ish line, voted , taxes on themselves for the purpose of securing better drainage. The election was held on last Mon day. The bond issue voted is for $95,000, calculated to be sufficient to scientifically drain the vast fer tile area comprising the ditstrict, within the next twelve months. The result of the election was nev er doubted by the promoters of good drainage for the district. Only tow votes and $5,280 valuation was cast against the measure, while fifty-two taxpayers, with a total assessment of $161,420, voted favorably for the bond issue and thus returned a hand some majority for better drainage. As soon as legal limitations ex pire, the bonds will be sold and the work of dredging the bayous and lat erals of the district will begin with out delay. A few years ago a bond issue was I voted, but due to informalities, the tax was called off, after being col lected for two years. The taxpayers were refunded their money and the recent election for the $95,000 bond issue called. J. Franklin Schell, who will supervise the work of the drain- age contractors and who will be the chief representative of the board, is given the major portion of,credit for Monday's victory. He is the one man responsible for the district to be placed in a position where it could do something for drainage, and as a con- sequence he is receiving the commen- dation of the vast maojrity of the property owners in the Mallet and Plaquemine district. -o- REVENUE OFFICE ACCEPTS CHECKS Deputy Collector Stagg An nounces That Certified Ones are O. K. Deputy Collector of Internal Rev enue A. L, Stagg sends the following communication to the Star-Progress : "As a matter of interest to the general public, I desire to state that in compliance with the ruling of the internal revenue department, the of fice in New Orleans will accept cer tified checks, New Orleans exchange and money orders in payment of the following çlasses of taxes: "Brokers, customhouse pool tables, pawnbrokers, automobiles, documentary prietary stamps, shooting boats and narcotics. "I would appreciate it very much if you would give this ruling as much publicity as possible in order that it will be brought to the attention of all persons concerned." ■OB brokers, theatres, and pro galleries, —Mr. Arthur Allen, former Ope lousas boy but now of Houston, Tex as, is the guest of his brother, Cliff Allen, for the holidays. —Miss Evan Dejean is spending the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Armand Dejean. ST. LANDRY WILL BE REPRESENTED ON WESTERN TRIP Proposed to Send Eight Boys From This Parish on Agri cultural Special SCHOOL AUTHORITIES FAVOR MOVE ON FOOT Tour of Iowa, Wisconsin, Illi nois and Other Progressive States is Planned St. Landry will be represented on the tour of agricultural states pro posed by State Superintendent T. H. Harris, for some time next August. This is a settled fact, as Superin tendent W. B. Prescott of this parish has already pledged sufficient funds to defray the expense of a portion of the delegation, and has instructed A. A. Mendoza, local federal demonstra tion agent, to prepare plans for the selection of the boys w'ho will repre sent this parish on the trip. Accarding to Mr. Mendoza, the po lice jury and school board will be asked to assist in defraying the ex penses of one boy from each of the six wards and two from the parish at large. Individuals will probably be asked to follow the example of J. Franklin« Schell in volunteering to de fray the expense of one young man. on his trip, in which event St. Lan dry may send one of the strongest delegations from the state. As proposed by Mr. Harris, the trip will be made some time next August. I At least one hundred country boys will be assembled for the trip, and a the party will leave New Orleans on a special train which will carry them on a trip of two or three weeks through the agricultural sections of the states of Iowa, Wisconsin and Il linois, with a view of studying ag riculture in those prosperous sections of the United States. The univer sities of these states will be visited, and in each institution the' boys Will be assembled and one or more of the professors will give lectures explain ing what the universities are doing to advance agriculture. A day or two will be spent in the city of Chi cago. The trip wil cost each boy ap proximately cne hundred and fifty dollars. Each parish in the state is requested to send at least two repre sentatives. According to Mr. Men doza, however, St. Landry will send a much larger delegation than prob ably any other parish in the state. -o SCHELL TO GIVE ENTERTAINMENT Candidate for Legislature to Celebrate Twentieth An niversary in Louisiana Hon. J. Franklin Schell, candidate for the legislature, will celebrate the twentieth aniversary of his arrival in the state he has learned to love so dearly, when on the 12th of Janu ary, he proposes to entertain his friends at a string band dance at his beautiful country home near Wash ington. Mr. Schell announces that every body is invited to this dance. He will not send any special form of invita tion, but has asked the editor of the Star-Pogress to cordially invite all his friends through this newspaper. He will make arrangements to take care of a large crowd—and says "there is always room for one more." The popular candidate for the leg islature and his charming wife will be hosts to all of their friends. This will be a celebration—not political, but of appreciation of the good will and friendship of the people of St. * AURELIS MOREAU DIES SUDDENLY Former Opelousean Expired at His Residence in Swords Station Last Saturday Aurelis Moreau, for many years a well known citizen of Opelousas, a native of the sixth ward, died very suddenly at his home in the Swords Station section of St. Landry last Saturday afternoon at 3:15 o'clock. Mr. Moreau had not been in very good health for some time, but it had never been thought that he would pass off as rapidly as he did. The deceased was well known here, having resided in- this city for nearly fifteen years. He had but recently moved to Swords Station, where he expected to farm the coming year. He is survived by his wife, two chil dren, Miss Elia and Willie, and a number of relatives and a host of warm personal friends. Funeral services were conducted at his residence in Swords Station at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon, and in terment took place in the Catholic cemetery at that place. A delegation of Woodmen of the World, of which Mr. Moreau was an esteemed mem ber, attended the funeral and paid homage to their deceased brother . -o THOSE DISCHARGED IN 1918 MUST PAY POLL TAX NOW Attorney General Coco Says Soldiers Discharged in 1919 Do Not Have to Pay IMPORTANT RULING IS HANDED DOWN Many Service Men Laboring Under False Impression May Be Disqualified Attorney General Coco wrote to Clerk of Court Henry Lastrapes this week, announcing that according to law, soldiers discharged in 1918 must pay their 1919 poll tax in order to participate in the election next month. Recently newspaper articles stated that discharged soldiers,who had par ticipated in the world war, were ex empt from the payment of poll taxes for the years 1918 and 1919. Mr. Coco's ruling, however, made public this week, reveals the fact that such was an erroneous impression and that if service men, discharged prior to January 1 of this year, do not pay their 1919 poll tax, they will be dis qualified. According to Mr. Coco's decision, service men are exempt from the payment of poll taxes the year they were in the service. As a large number of St. Landry soldiers received their discharge pa pers the month following the signing of the armistice, it is probable that if publicity is not given to the attor ney genexpl's decision, many voters will be prevented from participating in the January election. As there is only a few days remaining in which to pay ones' poll tax, friends and par ents of soldiers who were discharged in 1918 should not lose any time in seeing that such poll tax is paid promptly. o Landry, who have proven real friends of the former Pennsylvania couple who settled here twenty years age All who can avail themselves of the genial hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Schell should not fail to attend thiB splendid entertainment, at which dancing will be the feature. o v P —Prof. W. C. Perrault, superin tendent of public education of St. Mafim parish, came in Wednesday to '-pend Christmas with home folks. REGISTRATION GOES TO 5,380 IN ST. LANDRY PARISH Opelousas Biggest Precinct, With 911, While Barbrpck « is Smallest, With 38 SIXTH WARD LARGEST IN ENTIRE PARISH Indications are Four Thousand Votes Will be Cast on Jan uary 20, Next ' The net total registration of St. Landry parish on December 20, the last day on which to qualify, amount ed to 5,380. The original total was 5,555, but 175 names were stricken off the roll for various reasons. The sixth ward, composed of Eu nice, Mallet, Plaquemine Point and Foquetaique, is the banner ward of St. Landry, when it comes to voters, having a registered strength of 1, 320. Opelousas is the largest pre cinct, with 911 registered voters, while Barbreck, in the fifth ward, with only 38 votes, is the 6malest. According to well posted men, St. Landry should cast at least 4,000 votes on January 20. Some figure that this amount may be increased by 200, if weather conditions are favc.'•able. It is expected that the largest vote cast since division of the original parish, eight years ago, will be recorded in the January primary. The registration by precincts and wards is as follows: 1 First Ward Opelousas ........ 911 Bellevue ....... 87 Plaisance .............. 214 Total for ward............1212 Second Ward Coulee Croche ...............382 Grand Coteau ...............335 Total for ward ............717 Third Ward Leonville ............... — . 365 Amaudville .................280 Notleyville ................ 6 Total for ward ..... 707 Fourth Ward Krotz Springs .'■» ..... 47 Bayou Current ....... 48 Morrow ............ 63 Melville ................ 175 Big Cane ............... 82 Port Barre .................. 191 Waxia ....... 48 Palmetto ..............91 Total for ward ........... 74.5 Fifth Ward Washington .................364 Grand Prairie................313 Whiteville .................. 95 Barbreck .................. 38 Garland ........ 44 Total for ward ............. 844 Sixth Ward Eunice ............ 757 Plaquemine........... 268 Malle« ........... .252 Faquetaique ...... 43 Total for ward............1320 Total ofr parish.............5555 Less stricken off. .............J75 Net total ................5380 Poll taxes paid to-date amount to approximately 3600. There is but few days left in which to pay the poll tax. Indication are that the total amount will be over 4,000 but unless a rush is made within the next two two or three days many voters may be disfranchised. -o —Mrs. Freeman Burr and daugh ter Hester of Houston, Texas, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Burr in this city. —Mr. and Mrs. John Tujaque of Lafayette are spending the holidays with relatives here.