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:THE ST. LANDRY CLARION.
Thl St l a dIry (La.) Clari on Is withatl pL ARlO dee on. oa th.head eoprt e lenal ofeve hl i bodl the arish - 1 IEISPAPEI NION. 0 clplattles of Opelousas. Sunset and Melv1Jl. "Here Shall The Press The People's Rights Maintain, Unawed by Influence and Unbribed by Cain." VOL. XXI.---NO. 14. OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 1911. $1 PER YEAR CLERIK UILLORY IS SEVERELY CONDEMNED Clerk of Court of Evangeline Parish Censared by Home People and Knights of Columbus. ARCHBISHOP CLOSES CHURCH His Grace, However, Has Promised tha! dass Will Be Held In Capitol of Evangeline To- Morrow. The J~gloged assault of Clerk of Court 0. E. (;uillory, of Evange line parish, upon Rev. L. .1. Savy, of the Ville Platte Catholic Church, on Sunday, the 8th, has created an unnsual state of af fairs in the capital of the new parish of Evangeline, as well as the old parish ofjSt. Landry. For the first time in many years, there was no Mass held in the Catholic (Church of Ville Platte last Sunday. is (;race, Archbishop tllenk, ordered the church closed upon hearing of the assault upon the priest, and it req uired the persuasive powers of a strong delegation of Ville Platte Catholics, which went to New Orleans, to finally obtain a promise, tentative in character, that Mass would be said there to-morrow, and probably the church be reopened. Condemnatory resolutions pass ed by a mass-meeting of citizens of Ville Platte at the action of Mr. Guillory had much to do with the decision of the Archbishop to re-open the church. The meet ing was held Sunday, and was at tended by a large and represen tative number of people of that community. The resolutions condemning the hasty action of Mr. Guillory in striking the priest were passed without opposition. The charges against Mr. Guil lory, for assualt and battery, and assault with a dangerous weapon I with intent to commit murder, are still extant, and the judicial officers here have expressed a determination to press them. The Catholic community of this section are emphatic in their con demnation of Mr. Guillory. The Knights of Columbus, a strictly Catholic order, last Sunday passed the following resolutions: "Opelousas, La. Jan. 15th., 1911. "At a regular meeting of the Opelousas Council No. 1173, Knights of Columbus, held this day, the following resolutions were adopted: "'Whereas, it has come to the knowledge of the Opelousas Council No. 1173, Knights of Columbus, that one E. O. Guil lory, on the pretense of authority as an officer of the law, has com mitted an unjustifiable and crim inal assault on the person of the Rev. L. J. Savy, the pastor of the Catholic church at Villle Platte, La., while said priest was robed in the vestments of his sacred calling; and " 'Whereas, it has been rumor ed that the said Guillory is a member of the order, and this untruthful report is doubtless made to give color to his false version of the affair to the effect that the priest was the aggressor therein: " 'Therefore, he it resolved, that this Council, in regular meeting assembled, deprecates in the strongest terms, this crim inal conduct on the part of the said O. E. (Guilory, and d(ecl:res that no provocation ex isted for his asssault on the per son of the IRev. L. J. Savy, a minister of the church; and be it further "'Resolved, that copies of these resolutions he mailed to Rev...1,. . Savy and also to the publishers of the several news papers throughout St. Landry and l'vang;eline parishes, and to the lress of the city of New Orleans. A tlrue copy. GEORGE VIDRINE. Recorder. "Best SidewalKs in the (oun= try," Says Abbeville Mayor Mayor Adolph Brasseux. Alder man Nelson. City Attorney Broussard, and Messrs. HTonnall and Leblanc, all of Abbeville, were in Opelousas last Sunday, coming over by automobile, with the object in view of inspecting the sidewalks of Opelousas. They had previously been in other cities, and the expression of Mayor Brasseaux, which was* approved by the other members of the delegation, "That Opelou SCHELL CANAL WILL BE READY BY MARCH IST Positive Announcement Is Made to that Ef fect, and Work on Project Bears It Out. GREAT ACTIVITY IN WORK Ten to Twenty-Five Thousand Acres of Land Will Be Watered This Year--Irrigatlon for Cane, Corn and Vegetation. The Doubting Thomases who are doubtful of the successful ter mination of the Union Irrigation C:ompany's canal should visit the work being done in the final com pletion of the first installation. That visit should convince them that the canal is not only assured, but that it will be ready for next season's crop. It was the pleasure of the Editor of the Clarion to view the work now being done on the canal. (Great gangs of teams, scrapers, men and other pare phanalia necessary to the con struction of such a gigantic canal, are at work, and there seems to be no lack of either money or material for the quick completion of the project. The automobile trip to the pre sent head of the canal was taken last Monday evening, in company with Messrs. Schell, the promoter of the enterprise, Col. Frank Randolph, of the Crowley Signal, and Mr. Constance, in charge of the construction work. Mr. Randolph's deductions are as follows: "P o s i t i v e announcement is made that the famous Schell ca nal project in St. Landry parish is nearing completion and the great pumps will be in operation about the first of March. From 10,000 to 25,000 acres of land will be watered this year and the plant will have a capacity for watering a much larger acreage. Eleven miles of main canal and lateral have been completed and several miles more will be finish ed in time for this year's plant ing. It is probable that about 10,000 acres of rice will be wat ered this year and irrigation will be applied to cane, corn and veg etables. "The actual installation of the U n i o n Irrigation Company's plant began just three years ago, although the project was set on foot by J. Franklin Schell about eleven years ago. The UTnion Irrigation Company has a capi talization of $1,600,00 and the completed plant will cost in the neighborhood of half a million dollars. The pumping plant in stallment h a s been completed and all that remains to be finish ed is the intake from the canal leading from Bayou Courtableau to the pumps, on which 175 men are now at work. This will be finished before March 1st. "The Union Irrigation Com pany's main canal is 350 feet wide and will eventually extend across St. Landry parish, from a point just south of Washington to the western boundary of the parish. Wide laterals will ex tend south to the Lafayette boundary and to Acadia Parish. The main canal will have a suc cession of reservoirs and the to pograplhy of the country is such that relifts will not be necessary. The main canal will be able to supply water for half a million acres of land. The present in stallment will be able to furnish water for 25,000 acres. "The people of St! Landry parish feel the utmost confidence in the success of the Schell canal. .1. Franklin Schell, the promoter, has personally supervised the en tire construction, from the be ginning, and local investors in the stock and bonds of the com pany who have kept close watch of the enterprise say that the work has been accomplished at surprisingly small cost. "The opening of the canal in March will mark a new era in the history of St. Landry and Southwest Louisiana a g r i c u 1 turne." sas has the best sidewalks of any city of the State of its size,' shows that the efforts of our municipal authorities in that line have not been in vain. The Abbeville authorities pro pose building sidewalks in that town, and secured valuable infor mation from City Clerk Stagg on the subject. Mr. Chas. Thibodeaux, who is temporarily in Abbeville, was with the party, and entertained in his usual way. EVANGELINE PARISH HAS ITS FIRST LYNCHING Shot the Chief Deputy Sheriff of the New Parish, and the Act Was Met With Swift Retribution' Oval Poulard was found dang ling from the limb of a tree just a few hundred yards from the improvised jail of the new par ish of Evangeline, yesterday morning. A rope around his neck told the story of a lynching --the first lynching in the new parish of Evangeline. Poulard had, just a few hours previous to his hemp-rope death, shot an officer of the new parish --Mr. Edgar Lafleur, who occu pies the position of Chief Deputy Sheriff of Evangeline. Information at this time is meagre. The telephone is work ing awry, and the people of Ville Platte seem somewhat excited over the occurrence. It seems, however, that the in cident occurred in this way: Oval Poulard, the negro lynch ed, has an unsavory reputation in that section. Some time ago he had to leave that section on account of killing another negro, a cold blooded murder "not proven," it is said. His old father, who subsequently drove a dray for Mr. Oscar Dardeau, in Opelousas, spent considerable money in clearing his son, but the boy did not seem to have an inclination to reform. They moved to the place of Mr. Jos. u,,,i l,, ,,, ..-. .,nn. rn aon nrý FARM R F A L ESTATE MORE IN DEMAND THAN SINCE PANIC OF 1907. Several Important Deals In St. Landry In Past Few Weeks.---Little Demand for City Property. Mr. R. L. Walker sold to J. As Roy of Lafayette his plantation containing 767 acres for $19, 000.00. Mr. Walker paid $7000.00 for this place ten years ago, but has put it in much better condi tion and made some improve ments. Trade was made by Mr. Mouton of Lafayette. Messrs. L. E. and A. C. Evans, of Barbreck, bought Mr. W. E. Kelley's place, in the same neigh borhood, for $5000.00. Littell & Lawler made two good sales this week. They sold to Mr. R. L. Walker the planta tion, known as the Stokes' place, the property of C. D. Kemper, of Franklin, La. The price was $7,750.00. Messrs. Littell & Law ler sold this place to C. D. Kem per in 1909 for $5,250.00. They also sold to McDonald Brothers, of Macland, La., the timber on Mr. I. W. Sylvester's Holly Grove Plantation. We understand the price is something over $10,000.00. We hear there were several more deals made in the last ten days and several pending. Mr. Lawler, of the firm of Lit tell & Lawler says: "Real estate is more in demand now than it has been since the panic of 1907, that is farm and timbered lands, but there seems to be little or no demand for city or town prop erty. " MRS. LARADGE WILL MOVE. Popular Milliner to Occupy the Larcade Balldlag, Just Across the CourtLouse. Carpenters are at work reno vating the Larcade building, on Bellevue street, just across from the City Market and the Court house square, and Mrs. H. D. Larcade will occupy it as a milli nery store as soon as the im provements are completed. The entire front will be glass; the show-cases now in the pre sent store of Mrs. Larcade near Tesson bridge will be used for the new quarters. Mr. Ledoux. who has been oc cupying the Larcade Building as a hotel, has moved to the Vila seca Bnilding. recently occupied by Mr. Wm. Lina. Pastor Appointed At Washing ton. Rev. Tessier has been appoint ed pastor of the Catholic church! at Washington to succeed the late lamented Rev. Schmitt. He will conduct Mass to-morrow. the old man died a short time after. After the death of the old father, the son moved back to his old home in Ville Platte. There he was corsidered trifling and dangerous. Wednesday evening he went into town, imbibed freely, and shot his pistol in the town. Mr. Edgar Lafleur, the Chief Deputy, gave chase to the nigger. With Mr. Lafleur was Mr. Eli Vidrine. When the two reached the cabin of the negro, he was barricaded therein, and immediately opened fire upon the officers. Both of ficers fired back, but the chief deputy fell from a pistol-shot wound in the shoulder. Mr. Vid rine kept up the battle with the desperado, and finally ran him to another building, where he was captured. The negro was brought to Ville Platte, where he was incar cerated in the wooden jail. Early risers yesterday morn ing saw the body of a negro dangling from the limb of a tree. It was Poulards body. It is believed that the lynching mob assaulted the jail at about 3 o'clock in the morning. They had no trouble whatever. "MARY JANE" IS NO MORE. Southern Pacific Abolishes All-Night Trains - - Freight Still In Service. If you have ever made the trip from Opelousas to New Orleans on the "Mary Jane," or vice versa, you will not shed a tear for the deniibe of the "Mary Jane." The "Mary Jane" was an ac commodation train of the South ern Pacific-an "all night train." It was supposed to leave Opel ousas at 11 o'clock in the even ing, and reach New Orleans at 8 o'clock next morning. And then it was scheduled to leave New Orleans, returning, at 9 o'clock at night, and reach Opelousas at 4:30 next morning. But it didn't. It took better care of freight cars, which were annexed to the passenger coaches (or rather the passenger coaches to the freight cars) than it did to the comfort of the passengers. And it didn't pay, because often it took twelve hours to run from New Orleans to Opelousas. And the people wouldn't pat ronize the "Mary Jane," and the "Mary Jane" had to go out of business. The freight train still runs on schedule time, but the passenger connection has been discontinued, and so has the mail service. NEGRO CHARGED WITH STAB BING WHITE CONDUCTOR. Negro Brakeman Was In Fight With Negro Fireman, and White Man Interfered and Was Stabbed. While West-bound f r e i g h t train, Frisco lines, was taking water at Courtableau station Wednesday, Walter Walker, a brakeman, and the negro fire man of the same train, "mixed" in a fisticuff, (from information received in the engine room.) The white conductor interfered, and was stabbed by one of the ne groes, presumably Walker. The wounded conductor was taken to Beaumont, and the rail road authorities at that point wired the officers here to appre hend Walker, who it was sup posed had left the train on which the trouble occurred. and would board another. All trains were searched that night by Sheriff Swords and Police Officer Horn, but Walker had gotten off at Port Barre. Thursday intelligence was re ceived here that Walker would be on the 1 o'clock Frisco passen ger, and Police Officer Horn, Dis trict Attorney Garland and Mr. Diomel Durio laid in wait for him, and when the train arrived captured the negro who was con cealed in the coal tender of the train. He is now in jail here, but disclaims having stabbed the white man. s 0. STEWART STRIKES iUSHER AT VINTON And Hoe. Thos. H. Lewis Is in the Deal for A Good Amount...Reward of Perseverance. LATTER HAS OTHER HOLDINGS Mr. Lewis Considere L'Aose La Butte Field A Promising One...Cootracts Beyond Capacity of Well. The people of Opelousas, as well as acquaintances throughout the State of Mr. Chas. D. Stew art, formerly a resident of Opel ousas. and Hon. Thos. H. Lewis. one of the prominent citizens and distinguished lawyers of this city, will be glad to learn that they have "struck oil." The strike was made in a Vin ton field, now considered one of the best fields in the country. Both Mr. Lewis and Mr. Stew art have been persevering in ex ploiting for oil, and their success is richly deserved. Having called on Mr. Thomas H. Lewis, Sr., for information as to recent development in the oil field at Vinton, he stated that he had just returned from Vinton and that the reports circulated as to the gusher developed by the Stewart Oil Company do not seem to be exaggerated. The acre upon which the well is situated is in the center of the developed field surrounded on every side by derricks. Previous to the devel opement of the Stewart oil well the field was producing daily an aggregate of 27,000 barrels. The capacity of the Stewart Oil Com pany being in excess of 15,000 barrels per day. The well is now producing 8,000 barrels per day which is more than one-half its capacity, there being no facilities for storing and handling more than that quantity. The contract has been signed with the Texas Oil Company for 135,000 barrels of oil, 15,000 to be delivered daily for three months at .45e per bar rel. Another contract has been agreed upon for the delivery to another company of 15,000 bar rels per day for 60 days. These two contracts, however, will not exhaust more than one-fifth the daily capacity of the well. Oil men expressed the opinion that the flow, owing to the great depth of the stratum of oil-bear ing sand penetrated, will con tinue for a longer period than other gushers of similar flow. The company is capitalized at $30,000, $26,500 of the capital stock having been actually issued. Upon being asked whether he had any objections to state the amount of his interest in the Company, Mr. Lewis answered that he had no objection to giv ing the information, and that he owned $500.00 of the capital stock, paid up and non-assessible. The promoter of the company is C. D. Stewart, formerly a resi dent of Opelousas, now of Baton Rouge and well known as a popu lar and successful contractor and builder. Upon being asked what other oil fields, if any. Mr. Lewis had an interest in, he said he still owned stock in oil companies at Beaumont, Jennings and Anse LeButte. His holdings in the latter company, however, being considered of much value. He owns an interest in a sixty acre tract just north of and adjoining the old oil well developed at that point. One well only has been developed on the sixty acre tract, having a depth of less than 1400 feet and which has been steadily producing oil for four months past, averaging a daily produc tion of about 200 barrels. More than 30,(000 barrels have been sold from that well, and oil men are of the opinion that that well has solved the question as to the successful development of the Anse LeButte, a field that is strewn with failures and wrecked fortunes, though it has been dem onstrated beyond question that the oil is there and in unlimited quantities. The inflow of the salt water has caused the trouble. Other wells are soon to be put down on that sixty acre tract following its example, and valu able results are expected. The development of the Stew art gusher was immediately felt by the oil market, lowering the prices. -Misses Minnie and Lulu Lott, of Mobile, Ala., are here, the guests of relatives and friends. -Mrs. J. Frankel and Miss Regina Loeb, of Crowley, are the guests of their brother, Mr. E. L. Loeb, this week. -Mr. Sol Miller, of New Or leans, transacted business~ here this week. CITY PRISONER TO BE PUT IN CLEAN JAIL Sheriff Swords Agrees to it, and There Will Be Segregation of the Races. CITY HAD TAKEN ACTION, IAnd Police Jury Had Left Matter to the Sherlff...Alderman Loeb and Clarion Man Call Upon Officers. "Of course you. can have room in the parish jail for city prisoners. I will send at once to the jailer, and tell him to accomodate the city pris oners. I don't believe in blacks and whites being locked up in the same cell, nor of any human being being subjected to the filth and inconvenience which I am told exist in the present town calaboose." These were the expressions of Sheriff M. L. Swords, when call ed upon by a Clarion representa tive and Alderman Loeb, of the Fourth Ward, in regard to secur ing quarters in the parish jail for city prisoners. The Clarion three weeks ago exposed the insanitary condition of the present city jail, and an nounced that it would see that the authorities would provide better quarters for the unfortu nates who fell from grace and had to go to jail. The Clarion not only "touched up" the matter editorially, but got in correspondence with the State health authorities, with the full determination that such con ditions should not and could not exist in Opelousas. At the time The Clarion did not know that the present city council had at a previous meet ing, held some two months ago, passed a resolution asking quar ters in the parish jail for city prisoners, and that a request had been made of Sheriff Swords that room should be assigned for them. Upon being informed of the fact by Alderman Loeb, of the Fourth Ward, The Clarion sug gested that Sheriff Swords be called upon, and the matter in vestigated. The Alderman and the newspaper man went togeth er to the Sheriff's office, and Mr. Swords admitted that such a re quest had been made of him, but at the time he had no room in the parish jail. "However, I now have room, and I want the city prisoners incarcerated in the parish jail, because the calaboose is insanitary and unsafe, and I don't like the idea of negroes and whites being together," said the Sheriff. It was understood that one room of the parish jail is to be for negroes, and that whites are to be incarcerated in separate rooms--any room vacant in the jail. DARDEAU & FIELDS. New Grocery Firm In Opelousas...Both Geso tlemen Well-Known In CommuIolt. Dardeau & Fields is the name of a popular grocery firm located on Court street, in the Dardeau Building. It is the successor of Dardeau & Ventre, who had been conducting a successful business of the same kind for several years. Mr. Ventre retired, and SMr. Fields succeeds him. Mr. Dardeau is a veteran in the mercantile business of this parish, while his new partner is a man of pronounced business ability and integrity. The Clarion wishes the new firm success. St. Landry Horses to be Sold in New Orleans St. Landry has long been famed for its splendid horse flesh. Many products of the Empire Parish have won laurels on cir cuits-came home from Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and other states, crowned with glory. This St. Landry stock has at tracted the attention of the out side fanciers of blooded horses, and there has been a demand for them-so much so that the Lin wood Stock Farm, owned by Gen. J. J. Thompson, and situated two miles from Opelousas, has concluded to have an annual sale of race, road and pleasure horses. The first sale will take place in FRIENDS URilNh LEON HAAS FOR THE SENATE So Says the Chlcot Correspondeant t the Clarion. -Ideal Weather In That Sectioa. A RETURN TO KIN C;OTTON 1800 A Bale for the Fleecy Staple Has In duced Chlcot People to oi Back to Their First Leoe. Chicot, Jan. 18. -It is rumored that the many friends of Hon. Leon S. Haas, that sterling young Democrat, are urging him to be come a candidate for the State Senate. Mr. Haas has many friends throughout the parish, and particularly in this section. where he was born, and where his venerable father, Capt. Sam Haas, lives. He is doubtless splendid Senatorial timber. A large acreage in cotton will be planted in this section this year-much larger than last year. The fact that many farmers gotas much as $100 per bale (including the seed) has put the farmers in these diggin in the notion of returning to their first love, yet undethroned King Cotton. Capt. Sam Haas, after spend ing a week at Opelousas, drove in Saturday evening, as fresh as, a sixteen-year-old. We are having real Spring weather, but look out for that February spell. Miss Ora Walls entertained her young friends Saturday night with numerous plays. Excellent refreshments were served during the evening. The many friends of Mr, Wm. Green sympathize with him in, the loss of his infant child, 5: months old, which died Sunday, Jan. 15th, at 5 a. m. Mr. A; S. Baker of Iota has moved to Chicot, and with his family has leased the Heath plantation. Mr. H. L. Erlich and Dr. W. E. Hawkins purchased two lots in Pine Prairie this week. 'Tis to be regretted that the Police Juries of St. Landry and Evangeline parishes made the liquor license so low. Many peo ple were in favor of open saloons, but high license. Henry Forman and L. R. Thompson and family were visit ing the Capital of Evangeline last Saturday. 'Tis said dancing makes girls' feet large; also ice cream makes freckles. Doctors are of the opinion that hanging on the front gate produces rheumatism. A few more opinions like these and the girls won't have any fun left them. Judge Singleton, of Pine Prai rie, gave us a pleasant call on Tuesday. Capt. Sam Haas and I'd. Thomas were visitors to St. L.n dry on Tuesday. Weather as fine as could be ex pected. ONLY ONE LAND OFFICE. New Orleans and Natchitoches Offices Are CGonsolldated. Washington, Jan. 16.--Lack of sufficient business for two offices is given as the reason for the conso!,'ation of the U n ited States land offices at New Or leans and Natchitoches, La., in accordance with an executive ordler just issued by the presi dtent. The consolidated office will be located at Baton Rouge. Title to approximately 97,571 acres in the New Orleans and 109,729 acres in the Natchitoches district remained in the govern ment at the beginning of the fiscal year. New Orleans on January 24th, and will be conducted by the New Orleans Horse Exchange. The horses to be sold will include Eva Moore, 2:26 1-4, trot; Elmira Moore, 2:26 1-2, trot; Linwood Queen; Abe H. 0., trotter: Fran cis T., 2:19 1-2; Brandy H. O.. pacer. 2:19 1-4; Tansia H. O., pacer. 2:13 1-2: Edonia H. 0., trotter; Ada H. 0., trotter: Un zaga H. 0., pacer: Celina H. 0., trotter; Linwood Boy H. O., trot ter. The H. O's., are scions of "Horace Onward," one of the best bred horses ever brought to St. Landry. He is the property of Gen. Thomnson.