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V OLUME OPELOUSAS, LA., WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 1921. SUBSCRIPTION—$2.00 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE ITE REJECTS DUPRE MEASURE 1 TANGLE RESULTS ^ministration Has Whip /Handle on Restricting Legislative Action TWO HOUSES TAKE 1 OPPOSING VIEWS Tilt Occurs Between Lieu tenant Governor and One State Senator To restrict or not to restrict the in troduction of bills—that fa the ques tion before the Louisiana legislature jj jtg special session. One element «ants to keep things down to the pas np of laws putting Into effect pro tons of the new constitution, and Vben that is accomplished then ad jxun. The other is equally positive tbst to restrict the introduction of KU« is absolutely unconstitutional *aal that the bridle should be taken s(f and every member allowed to in troduce measures to his heart's con tent. Along these conflicting lines of thought and belief two concurrent «solutions have passed. The one in troduced by Smith was of the restrict tfye class and passed the house, it be ing stated afterwards that many mem bers who voted aye did not realize the ■cope of the resoution nor the amount of dynamite ft contained. The "St. Landry Hornet," Judge Gilbert Dupre, got busy and drew up and introduced a resolution remov ing the "bridle" and urged Its pass age in characteristic style. The ayes and nays were called and the Dupre resolution went through by a safe majority. Its passage placed the house of representatives in a very anomalous position, as having blew hot and cold on directly opposite prin ciples, and this has caused consterna tion to soma extent ' The Duprs resolution was not kindly received in the senate, how ever, and when it came up for pass age Friday it was given its death blow when the clerk called the roll on final passage. During the course of the debate that preceded the roll call it became apparent that the administra tion forces, headed by Lieutenant Governor Bouanchaud, had the uppir hand and whatever they supported would have the right of way at all times. Incidentally the administra tion favors the passing of such laws ss are needed and then adjournment In the quickest possible time. The adoption of the 1 Dupre resolution would have been a death blow to the gdministration's Ideas and hopes, lienee it went up salt creek with a rush. There was a lively tilt, following the adjournment of the senate, be tween Lieutenant Govenor Bouan ebaud and Senator Williamson. The senator claimed that the presiding of ficer had overlooked him when he asked for recognition in order to change his vote so that he could move a reconsideration. The Lieutenant governor stated that Senator Delos R. Johnson had the floor and that he recognized him first becanse of that ftict, and that there was no intention on his part to be discourteous to Senator Williamson. The tilt was smoothed over without any further friction developing, but it is felt cer tain that there will be another and peraijps more lively fight waged over the Dupre resoultion, and right now things are in such a choatic con dition that even the "time killers" and "time savers" do not know exactly where they stand. v NEW DRUG STORE OPENS FOR BUSINESS HERE Mr Donald G. Pellerin, formerly of Sunset, has opened his drug store in this city, in the Veazie building cor ner Landry and Market. The fix tures in the establishment are first class, the stock of drugs, patent mrticlnn and sundries quite large, MUl, Mr. Pellerin the customers. He will cater to -he wants and needs of everyone and his place will be kept open early and late,. including Sundays. Already he is ing a nice business, he states, and is expecting much more in the near fu tore. -- mi Pr ° John M. Ware of Plaisance nent farmer and stockman of that prosperous section of St. Landry, was a visitor to Opelousas Monday. Louis Hebert, one of the leading farmers of the Little Teche, was an Interested spectator at the special meeting of the polie ejury on Monday Mr. Hebert is much interested in the jponstruction of better roads in his »action of the first ward. LOCAL K. OF C/S ELECT OFFICIALS OPELOUSAS COUNCIL SELECTS M. A. FIELDS AS PRESIDING OFFICER FOR TERM Opelousas council of the Knights of Columbus hed a largely attended meeting Sunday, the principal busines before the body being the selecting of new officers to serve the council for the ensuing term. The election was very harmonious and the ballot show ed the following selected to guide the council through the new term: M. A. Fields, Grand Knight; A. A. Mendoza, deputy grand knight; Y. Andrepont, financial secretary; Louis Guidry, recording secretary; Paul D. Pavy, chancellor; Albert ßt. Cyr, war den; L. A. Dominique, inner guard; Lawrence Lassalle, outer guard. The appointive offices will be filled later, and the entire roster will be formally installed at some date in October. VETERAN REUNION IN CHATTANOOGA TENNEESEE CITY SELECTED FOR ANNUAL GET-TOGETHER OF DELEGATES IN 1921 Commander James O. Chachere, noted St. Landrian and one of that fast thinning gray line, issued notice this week of a called meeting of R. E. Lee Camp No. 14 of the Uni ted Confederate Veterans, the same to assemble in this city on Monday, October 3, and tbe business to be transacted will be the election of of ficers and also selecting delegates to represent the camp at the annual re union which is to be held at Chata nooga, Tenn., on October 25, 26 and 27, inclusive. v Mr. Chachere stated to a reporter this week that he had been notified that the railroads had granted a fare -«re- *r*v tor Chattanooga, and this low rate ought to induce many to attend the annual reunion of the "old boys." For a meeting place no better sel ection could have been made than Chattanooga. The city is noted for its many picturesque sights and Lookout mountain is one of the grefct attractions. The hospitable people of the city propose to give the old vets and the other visitors who flock there for 'the' reunion' just the 'besfc I time of their lives. Naturally the at tendance of the veterans this year I will be slimmer than of old because j many of the old fellows have joined the silent hosts since the last renn- ! ion, and those wh oassemble in the i shadow of Lookout mountain will ; shed a tear as they witness again the ' stirring event dur- i ' scene of many ing the civil war. Perhaps many are, going to attend the last reunion with their comrades of the Lost Cause, for before tbe next the silent bugler will have played "taps" to old fellows who} more than a shouldered a musket half-century ago and marched to bat tle amid the strains of "Dixie." Mr. Chachere is determined to at tend the reunion himself—he sel doms misses one—and he would like to have some of his comrades here join him in the trip to Chattanooga. PAYING HIGHIER PRICE FOR SEED BUYERS SHOW COMPETITION BY OFFERING AND GIVING THIRTY THREE DOLLARS PER TON | There has been a marked increase in the price paid for cotton seed the ! past week. The market opened at til the quoi tattons^ tl ^ s about fifteen or «ixteen dollars a ton and has mounted steadily upward un past week reached tbe mark of about thirty three dollars per ton, the same figure the buyers in Mississippi were paying j eliout >"*j" 4 " > ' h " < ' s tt | s „ir price tor .be crop i. , a . _ ___, ! undeniably short and seed will be Prices for cotton-seed pro short also. ^ oilgas well as ' u ^ 5 ~" ea certain to fol hulls and » ^ cQgt of feed j tow adT "* 6 u " ^ bat ~ cooking oil ! „„nrprtahlv a year ago until ! thT^war price'was reached, but this healthy rise in the cost of seed will react on th oil market and house holders will have to pay higher fig ures for their cooking oil. The twflve-year-old son of Dr. and Mrs *B. A. LitteU, William, was oper ated oJ'by Dr. O. P. Daly, Jr., at the local sanitarium Monday for acute ap pendicitis. SCIENCE TO DWARF NIAGARA FALLS ■...... .* ml ■Sr i . MH»/, c&z::. ' 'r mwm m 91 à ■i trnmrn Safe. m ■ ~ The water pouring over Niagara Fall* represents seven million« horse power, and not one-tenth of it is used. The great electrical scientists are now planning a "superpower system which »hall run all factories, railroads, street cars, lighting plan»* «a». 1 - 0 * * h ® Alcgh *L y j mountains from Maine south to Washington. Their idea u to use prac^. tically all the water in the falls and make Niagara the head center of, the system. «The picture shows power houses (above) and the tails (below). 4 Copyrighted picture by spe c laL arrange me nts^between^tm* l»cwspape?}an<LPopular..Science^Monthly.r ~ OPELOUSAS BOY GETS HONOR MEDAL JAS. F. VOORHIES, AED 19, LEADS CLASS AT NAVAL TRAINING SCHOOL, GREAT LAKES Score another for boy! Jas. F. Voorhies, aged 19 years son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Voor hlea of this city, won the honor med al at the Great Lakes naval Training station, Chicago, for proficiency in aviation mechanical school, young Voorhies leading the class. He entered the training station eighteen months ago and has made wondreful headway ever since. Long before he enlisted in the naval arm of the service he showed unmistak able signs of mechanical ability, and many Opelousean recall a unique I home-made automobile that young an Opelousas ' Voorhies constructed and which I drove about the streets almost j The entire turn of his mind was bent towards mechanics and he indicated ! a desire to enlist in the navy w ere i be could secure a thorough training ; ,n his chosen field of ac y. • a ' uraily his proficiency, as a es e i a letter received from one of the head ' men of the training station, is we. come news to his father, mother an other members of the family as well as a large circle of friends here and relatives in the adjoining parishes of a ! Lafayette and St. Martin. Young Voorhies has another brother or two | in the naval service and ft appears that the entire Voorhies family, espe cially the Opelousas branch, has a tendency towards that arm of the gov ernment service. His promotion is looked for and naturaly expected by relatives and friends. NEARLY 900 ARE ENROLLED AT HI NUMBER WILL INCREASE AS SOON AS FARMERS FINISH HAR VESTING THEIR CROPS The enrollment at the Opelousas high school reached almost the nine hundred mark last week and as soon ! as the harvesting of the crops aro at through that number will be materia un ly increased, state those who are in a position to know. Many farmers are forced to keep their children at home until the cotton is all gathered as they find it Impracticable and a financial burden to employ labor to 1 pick the cotton and have to keep their ___i.11 «rn.lr la j Andren at tome until that work is i. misted. ; lt \ s thought that when the full num be , pro ber is enrolled at the school there will as be about one thousand on hand, and fol- 1 this number wiil tax the capacity ^ btlilding an d keep the teachers oil busy in handling their large classes, So relief can be expected until thej but new building, now under course of construction, is completed and that will not be in time for use at this fig- ; session, Miss Vivian Cain of near Leonville and 1 visited friends in Opelousas this week. Mrs. Edna McAllister of Lafayette the J motored to Opelousas one day last ap- week with a party of friends from , Crowley. WOODMEN ASSEMBLE IN OPELOUSAS FOR BIG RALLY SUNDAY Music and Speeches Feature Splendid Program of the Big Get-Together of Choppers of J The well advertised rally of mem ' bers of tbe Woodmen of the World of camps in St. Landry and two from Acadia was staged here Sunday ac cording to program-. There was quite à Ta^ge crowd of members aaÀ the function was held in the Wood men hall, second floor of the Rise man building. The Church Point band furnished music for the occa sion and there was an abundance >f refreshments on hand to supply the needs of the members present. Speeches were delivered, extolling the merits of Woodcraft, and the new members taken into the order dur ing the recent campaign were shown he^how good a thing the order really is. these members when death overtakes latter. Willow Camp No. 47 of this city was host for the other camps, as Ope lousas is centraly ocated lousas is centrally located in this dis trict, and naturally District Manager Hargroder chose this city for the final rally of the membership campaign be cause of its accessibility to camps of this parish and Acadia. More than three hundred new members have been added to the list of the camps named in the program and the Wood men are starting out again with a re newed intention to push their order a tto very front ranke of sternal I insurance orders to tins section ol the state. The rally Sunday was thoroughy enjoyed bl all and there wasn't a slip in the splendid program arranged for the occasion. Every member exert ed himself to make the day one long to be remembered in the annals of Woodcraft in southwst Louisiana. CITY HAULS TILE FOR SUB-SURFACE DRAIN ON GROLEE Wagons and Men Haul Vitrified Pip ing to Be Laid Under Thorough fare by J- E. Allen to la Hast Grolee street begins to pres ent a businesslike appearance this week. Contractor J. E. Allen is evi dently fixing to start work in con structing the system of sub-surface is drainagq on mat street from me cor the hauling and placing of the big ner of Main. Wagons and men started Monday I vitrified sewer pipe which will be laid of| ben eath the surface for the drainage, j gys tem. Tuesday morning there was j a long stretch of the big tile lined thej a iong the gutter on the north side of of the street and several wagons were unloading and adding to the imposing array __ Thomas Lewis, second son of_ Mr and Mrs. John W. Lewis, will return to Baton Rouge in a few days where he will resume his studies. B. F. Jones of New Oreans attend ed to business in Opelousas on Thurs day of last week. EAST AND WEST HIGHWAY NOW IS ASSURED PARISH In Providing For its Con- struction Old Plans Not Abandoned - r ^ ■ ■ — PROFILE AND DATA TO BE READY IN OCTOBER President Pavy of Police Jury Makes Impassioned Plea Monday The special meeting of the police jury Monday forenoon was a lively af fair, many people flocking to watch what they thought would be fireworks and oratory as the matter of the Port Barre and Lawtell east and west high way was brought up for attention. The members of the board of super visors of the eleventh road district were on hand and the whole subject matter was 'threshed out and every thing fixed up satisfactorily to all sides of the ong-drawn controversy. The program of the supervisors as already mapped out has not been abandoned by any means, but the board agreed to take up the matter of constructing the east and west highway and submit to the police/ jury at its next meeting the profile and other data relative to this highway following which event steps will be immediately taken to get things un der way with the state highway de partment in the letting out the con tract for the construction work on the road. In order to meet the expenditure necessary for the building of the road, if necessary, the other roads project ed will be somewhat shortened as to mileage, but this may not be requir ed as it is thought that there wil be sufficient funds on hand to not only build the east-and-west road but also the laterals radiating from the Per shing highway in Bellevue as well as the Prairie Ronde road. T>r. ~Färy, prasraent rot The jury, was the principal figure in the meeting, and his speech on the sub ject matter was listened to with rapt attention. He expained his position on the matter and made such position so clear that even the most dense could understand the justness of his stand. He did not oppose any part of the program of the board of super visors but he thought it absolutely necessary that the east-and-west high way should be constructed, as it would form a very important link in the main highway across the state, and at the same time serve a large number of people, many of whom had been induced to vote for tbe tax under the belief that the road wood be built and that, too, long before there was any general talk of a main highway across the entire state. Mr. W. F. Brown, one of the fourth ward members, has been especially active In bringing this road to an issue and he naturally feels gratified #hat his efforts have produced suits. His people, as well as hun dreds who live in the third ward, are absolutely dependent on this road in order to reach Opelousas and unless of in be I ^ taken w the bleh ol ^ ^ w)I| ^ >hut 0 „ [rom ltle court house town of this parish when the road gets almost impassable dur ing wet weather. Incidentally, if the parish takes the lead in having this long link of highway built we can ap proach the state authorities with a of clean program when the request is big made that the highway be construct ed across the state, from the Mississ ippi line to the Sabine river. It was Stated Monday evening that Mr. J. E. Borner of tbe Bomer-Blanks Lumber company, a Pointe Coupee corporation, was here Monday and said that his parish had sufficieut funds available to build Its share of the highway from the Atcbafalaya river east of Krotz Springs to Livonia, where it will connect up with the Jefferson highway running into Baton Rouge. All of this indicates that as soon as money and men can get into operation the east-and-west highway will be an actuality from Eunice east to Baton Rouge, a part of which link j the entire state - Hon. Frank Dimmick of Shuteston. is the most expensive to construct of former member and president of the police jury, was here Mondy for the of ; special meeting of the Jury. He j chairman of the board of supervisors j of the eleventh road district Simon Levy of near Grand Coteau ; transacted business in this city on ; last Monday. Thomas P. Bow-den, prominently i connected with the executive offices i of the Gulf Coast lines with headquar ters in Houston. Texas, visited rela tives here the past week-end. to it in was an hun are in TWO BIG BANKS EFFECT A DEAL ST. LANDRY AND NATIONAL GET TOGETHER AND EFFECT CON SOLIDATION OF BOTH Announcement was made Tuesday evening of last week of the consolida tion of the St. Landry Bank and Trust company and the Opelousas Na tional, the name of the new institu tion to be "The Opelousas-St. Landry Bank and Trust company," and it will take over the assets and resources of the two old banks, the consolida tion to become effective some time in November, following the formal rati fication by the stockholders of both banks that the new one succeeds. The building of the National will be the home of the new bank and practi ally the entire set of officers of both old banks will hold official positions in the new one, with Dr. Haas as president and E. B. Dubuisson as vice president and attorney. L. J. Lar cade, cashier of the St. Landry, will be cashier of the newier concern, A. Leon Dupre retiring from active work and assuming the position as vice president. The capital stock is fixed at one hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars, the shares costing stockhol ders one hundred and forty dollars each, of which amount forty dollars will go to the reserve fund of the bank. The big financial deal was pulled off with unprecedented secrecy, no one in the city being wise to the deal except the parties thereto, until the charter was filed with the clerk if court for recordation late Tuesday evening. It will be one of the largest banks in southwest Louisiana. bleh ltle dur the this ap a STATE ENGINEERS RUNNING LINES LAYING OUT COURSE FOR PER SHING HIGHWAY FROM WASH INGTON NORTH ........ ,m * m * - After several years talk and the vot ing of a tax to aid in the construction of a modern highway from Wasington north to the Avoyelles parish line, near Gold Dust at last it seems that the road will be constructed. The preliminary survey was made some time ago and a few weeks ago the contract for the construction of the road was let by the state board of engineers, highway department and this past week several engineers were engaged in running the permanent lines for th contractors to follow in "pulling Bayou Boeuf out of the mud." . Work, as stated before. Is to start within a very short time and as there will be three outfits working on the twenty-three miles, completion ought not be long delayed. Every effort will be made to expedite matters anl get the highway completed In the shortest time consistent, with first class work. This is a part of the St. Landry parish link of the Pershing highway and was originally proposed as the Evangeline highway. Its completion will furnish the state, and especially this section, with a through trunk line passable at all seasons of the year. COTTON MAINTAINS STRONG POSITION is MARKET ADVANCED $7.50 BALE that and of the as into east link MONDAY AND FIRST CALL TUESDAY GAINED 39 POINTS a to to is After reading from first high fig ures, the cotton market began last week to show signs of recovering and making further advances. This in dication became material Monday when the staple showed a net advance of 150 points, or a net gain over Sat urday of $7.50 per bale. Tuesday's opening per bale Increase over Mon day's close. Greater advances are expected as the season advances and the short crop becomes more appar ent. It is reported that many small far mers of this section have already fia of 1 ished the work of picking while the harvest is well advanced all over the the the on rela belt and producers are selling as rap idly as gathered and ginned. The holdings of last year's crop are also being turned loose at prevailing prices and the flow of money into tbe country is having a better effect on business conditions. Rev. Father A. B. Colliard, pastor of the local Cathoic church, return ed to Opelousas last week from a sev eral months visit to relatives in France, bis native land. He has re sumed his work as pastor of the Ope lousas church. BILLION NEEDED in be as A. no if vot line, that ago of and were in start there the ought effort anl the first the line BALE TO PAY BONUS TO FORMER SOLDIERS May Loosen Up on Bone Dry Prohibition to Get The evenue LIGHT WINE AND BEER WOULD SOLVE ISSUE Impossible to Enforce Dras tic Law, State Many Congressmen A Michigan member of congress who voted for the ratification of the eighteenth amendment when he was a member of the senate of his home state, is out in a statement that the only way the federal government can. raise a billion dollars with which to pay the ex-service men the bonus is to lighten up on the bone dry pro position and allow the sale of light wines and "two-eix-bits" beer under government supervision if not alto gether for government profit. He says that the present dry law to in effective and impossible of strict en forcement, especially in the border states where a flood of liquor pours across the boundary and is subse quently bootlegged by hundreds of dealers. It is cited that the breweries, all of whom are now engaged in manufac turing nera-beer, would gladly pay the government twelve dollars per barreL tax for the privilege of making and'* selling of 2.75 per cent beer, and this, with the income from the manufac ture and sale of wine, would bring into the government coffers an im mense amount of revenue, sufficient to pay the bonus without resorting to direct taxation of people. Raising the money to pay this bonus is a problem of finances that even the federal officials dislike to ftaiekie, thoufeh they recognize that is only a question of a brief time before congress will order the pay ment to the men who served in tha last war. Loosening up on prohibition regulations and allowing the sale of such wine and beer would tend in great measure to the abatement of moonshine and bootleg evils that It is admitted are a great menace to the country at the present time, causing the government a tremendous amount in the effort to oversome and not bringing in a single cent of revenae. Even the federal prohibition com missioner, who took office but two months ago, has requested a report from every state commissioner as to the status of prohibition ltt each state and how the enforcement of the law is progressing and the way In which federal Juries render verdicts in cases charging violation of the law. He aso wants to know the opinions and beliefs of the people as to the law and its enforcement. What has prompted the official to order this in vestigation and the filing of reports by the state commissioners has not been given out. Some seem to be lieve that it protends a loosening up of the air-tight regulations by con gressional atctlon or otherwise, and while this view is accepted by the wets, the radical drys are buckling on their fighting armor and propose that there will be no let-up in exist ing regulations without there being i fight, and those who are in the posi tion to know state that the drys are thorough adepts at the art of fighting any move to nullify the prohibition law. The outcome, therefore, Is be ing watched with keen interest by all elements. , fig last and in Sat LAZARO VISITING POINTS IN THE ENTIRE DISTRICT Congressman L. lAzaro departed from Opelousas the latter part of last week for a swing around the seventh district before returning to hls con gressional duties In Washington. Tbe 1 congressman stopped over In Crow Mon- jgy and shook hands with friends and are and appar far fia the the rap The also tbe on supporters and then drifted further west to Lake Charles, Jennings and Welsh, as wel as other large places. As stated some time ago, he will not be able to make a thorough canvass of the district because of lack of time Congress is due to reconvene today, following the four weeks recess, but actual legislative work will not be re sumed until October 3. pastor return sev- ! city on last Monday. Misses May and Jennie Stubbs de parted Sunday for Baton Rouge where they entered the Iroulsiana State University for the session. Leon Wolff of Washington, prom inent merchant of the neighboring town, was a business visitor to this in re Ope Leandje L. Lavergne of lower Belle vue was an interested spectator at the special meeting of the police jury Monday.