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THE ST. LANDRY CLARION. deert hlmPe T ee the best edie4d prin t gist M twe y u ea U r dn "Here Shall The Press The People's Rights Maintain, Unawed by Influence and Unbrlbed by Cain." -:; VOL. XXI[L---NO. i. OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1911. $1 PER YAR S. O. MELANCON TO BE TRIED ON OCTOBER 30TH. The Washington Bank Embez. zlement Case Fixed for Trial In the District Court. S. O. Melancon, charged with grand larceny in a bill of in dictment returned by the Grand Jury last Saturday, will be tried here on the 30th inst. Messrs. G. L. Dupre and E. P. Veazie represented him on his arraign ment in Court last Monday, and will have charge of his defense. This is the charge that grew o u t of, the Washington State Bank matter when four thousand dollars mysteriously disappeared from the Bank's vault between one Sunday afternoon and the next Monday morning. Young Melancon was at the time assist ant cashier of the bank, and had been so employed for several years, but was said to not know the combination of the vault. Detectives were put on the case and so far as known to the pub lic, no clue was found which would point with any degree of certainty to the culprit. This was over one year ago. Last may, however, it was reported to the bank that Melancan was in New Orleans and had in his possession a large sum of money, stated to be about $1500. He had been away frwn home for some little time and had already severed his connection with the bank when he made the trip to the city. These facts being re ported to the sheriff and he hav ing learned that Melancon was on his way back to Washington, boarded the train when it reach ed here and the young man was arrested. He has at all times since then maintained that he was innocent of the charge and said that he would at the proper time account for the money in his possession, which is understood to have been considerably less t h a n the amount reported from New Or leans. He was admitted to bail, his bond being promptly signed, and but little was heard of the case since his arrest until the Grand Jury reported a bill against him last Saturday. COURTABLEAU Q U E S TION COMING UP OCT. 25. The Atchafalaya Levee Board adopted a resolution at a recent meeting providing that the ques tion of the diking of Bayou Courtableau at its junction with the Atchafalaya should be set tled at the meeting to be held on October 25th. This matter is a` evidently considered very im i portant by many of the towns along the Bayou Teche as com mittees have been appointed by ..several of the Mayors already. SThese representatives of these : different municipalities are sure : to work for the closure of the -:Courtableau as they need the : water for the Teche. SWhile it is understood that the : people of Washington and Ope Slousas are generally opposed to :any scheme which means that ·:the Courtableau will be diked, it i is necessary that their represent : atives be present at this meeting : on the 25th inst. Surely the en gineers in charge of the levee construction on the west bank of Sthe Atchafalaya can find some Iproper means of constructing :their levee without destroying < the utility of the Courtableau for <drainage, navigation and ,iii rrigation purposes. We ::profess to know very little ic :a::bout the matter, but it occurs , ;to us that a lock could be put inI f at the mouth of the Courtableau, which would meet the exigencies t [of the case. The First Cold Weather. i SFollowing the down-pour of iwt Monday, which lasted nearly I all day, the weather turned cool, STuesday, and we have ex prienced some real cold nights i ce that time. The days have v eea delightful since, the temper- - iture being just right for out oor hlife. Though our streets :e in need of much repair, they C mere dry by Wednesday, proof e tbatt our soil is well adapted for s good building. We ought to have Sthe best dirt streets in the coun a little more a teation was to them. a THE FRISCO EXHIBIT CAR WILL BE HERE NOV. 4. ,ommissioner White Will Hold A Farmers' Meeting at 1:30 That Day, and Urges That A Large Crowd Be Present. Commissioner F. S. White, o: the Frisco Railroad Co., will ar ith rive here with his exhibit car or in Friday, Nov. 3d, and will remair over until Sunday. He has a lo: of good things to tell out farmer" r. and our people in general an( wants them to meet him on the d Court Square on Saturday after noon, Nov. 4th, at 1:30 o'clock, e. when he will have with him some fine samples to show them. Our people always turn out t, meet Commissioner White anc ed we trust that those who reac en this article will tell their friends and neighbors that he will be herE ag on November 4th. The greatesi a publicity is desired and it is hoped al that a large crowd will be pres ent. The exhibit car. containing fine samples of the products of se this State, will be open to the in bh spection of visitors from its ar of rival on Friday, the 3d, until is Sunday morning. st A letter from Commissioner °d White, addressed to Mr. J. G. as 'I Political Meetings at Ville Plate and Euniie. ly Dr. J. B. Aswell ai.dco-gress ie man Broussard addressed the to voters at Ville Plate and Eunice e- on Thursday of this week, both v- meetings being well attended. is A number of gentlemen from a, Opelousas attended the Eunice h- meeting and report a large crowd is and some enthusiasm. It is said that' Dr. Aswell made an ex mn cellent speech on this occasion, it being in fine trim. He went af le ter his opponents in a manner to it please his supporters and to a, correspondingly depress those of n Messrs. Michel and Hall, of ie whom, it appears, the audience r- was largely composed. Some 1, amusing incidents are reported i, in connection with this meeting Le but we are not at liberty to go ºe into details. 11 - "-- --- - Extra Attraction at Bon Ami. The Southern Pacific will fur nish to the Bon Ami Theatre about the latter part of next week or the first part of the week following, two moving pic ture films showing interesting scenes in Louisiana. These films were taken for the Chicago Lou isiana Exhibit of 1910 and are d very fine. No extra charge will it be made on the occasion when ;- these pictures will be shown, u they being displayed in addition h to the regular pictures. n Mat (onor Shoots at "Nazrus." s Mat Gonor, a young mulatto, shot at Robert Wilson, alias "Nazrus," a negro, during some kind of an altercation between e the two on Thursday night, but e missed his aim. The police hav e ing learned of the shooting ar e rested Gonor and the City Judge bound him over on two charges: e shooting with intent to kill and violating the City ordinance pro o hibiting the discharge of fire t arms within the city limits. t Gonor will probably secure a bondsman, if he has not already I done so, as he has some friends. j THE TRIAL OI-F THE McREE CASE FIXED FOR OCT. 23d. r The Grand Jury having re I turned a true bill against Mrs. J. P. McRee on last Saturday, charging her with the murder of 3 Allan T. Garland on September 1 21st, the next step in the case was her formal arraignment on this charge. T h i s proceeding was carried out on last Monday morning, when the accused was brought into Court by Sheriff Swords, she being accompanied Eby her husband, who has been in almost constant attendalce upon her since her incarceration. When the indictment was read !by the clerk and the question was asked: "Guilty or Not Guilty," Mrs. McRee answered clearly a n d distinctly: "Not Guilty." She betrayed but little excitement during the brief time she was present in court, and was conducted from the court room immediately a f t e r her arraignment. But few persons ,f Lawler, advising of his visit here, follows: n "Springfild, Mo., Oct. 12, '11. n "Mr. J. G. Lawler, "Opelousas, La. s "Dear Sir: d "We have arranged to be in e Opelousas with our exhibit car, arriving there at 4:20 P. M., November 3d, and remaining e over until Sunday. If agreeable, would like to hold a meeting o with the farmers at 1:30 P. M., j Saturday, at the Courthouse. I j am very anxious to get a large s delegation of your farmers at e this time, as we will have some t very nice samples to show them. "We also want to gather some - nice sugar cane to be used at our Land Congress here. Will also , want to buy some molasses while r I am there. "Any publicity which you may _ give the matter will 'be appre 1 ciated by, "Yours very truly, r "F. S. WHITE, "Commissioner." Pujo Adopts Sanders' Argu ment Against Broussard. At a meeting held in Shreve po0rt last Wednesday, at which Judge Hall and Congressman Pujo made speeches in support of their respective candidacies, the latter attacked Congressman Broussard for the first time, and in doing so adopted the line of argument against the Iberia man which Governor Sanders began in his Baton Rouge speech open ing his campaign. Mr. Pujo quoted from the Congressional Record to show that Mr. Brous sard had persistently and contin uously voted with the Repub licans and against the Democrats in the great fight in Congress over the rules governing that body on March 15, 1909, and that with his help the Republicans and speaker Cannon had triumphed over the Democrats led by the present Speaker, Champ Clark. He further showed that imme diately following this contest that Speaker Cannon had ap pointed Mr. Broussard on the Ways and Means Committee, a position which he coveted by reason of its great power and prominence in the affairs of the nation. While Governor Sanders need ed no assistance in substantiating his argument against Mr. Brous sard on this important point, the fact that a colleague of Mr. Broussard now comes forward with further details of this de sertion of the Democratic stand ard by the Third Districter, will undoubtedly give added force to the argument of the Governor that Mr. Broussard cannot be nominated in a Democratic pri mary. Thus we see that the Democracy of Mr. Broussard is called in question not only by one of his opponents but by both, and there can therefore be but little question of the correctness of that argument of Governor Sanders, who has been urging its consideration by the party who is to name one of them its standard bearer. - were in court during this formal. ity. Acting District Attorney Du buisson then moved that the case 'be fixed for next Monday-the first day of the term, and the counsel of the accused, after a short cansultation, agreed upon the date. Mrs. McRee was represented by Messrs. Lewis & Lewis and Peyton R. Sandoz, of the local bar, A. D. Henriques, Esq., of New Orleans, and Judge E. G. Hunter, of Alexandria. These lawyers will have charge of her defense in the trial which will begin next Monday. Mr. Du buisson will have the assistance of E. P. Veazie, Esq., and per haps others, during the trial. It 1is evident that the case will be hard-fought from start to finish. Much interest is being mani fested in the case and it is prob able that the court-room will be taxed to its full capacity during the trial. SHERIFF SWORDS AN SWERS "OBSERVER" WITH PAST RECORD Opelousas, Oct. 18, 1911. Editor St. Landry Clarion: The St. Landry Commoner of 14th inst., has a communicatior which is hereto attached: "On Monday afternoon, at the old Lacombe Hotel, some fifty representative citizens from Leonville, Arnaudville, Grand Coteau, Coulee Croche, Mallt, Barbreck, Big Cane, Morrow, Grand Prairie and other points, assembled to voice their senti ments in favor of Mr. Thibo deau and against Sheriff Swords. "Judge E. T. Lewis called the meeting to order. He made a ringing address in favor of the candidacy of Mr. Thibodeaux, Judge Pavy, District Attorney Garland, John W. Lewis, Dudley L. Guilbeau and Louis F. Sibille also addressed the meeting. The arraignment of Sheriff Swords was terrific. He was charged with inefficiency. Gentlemen in a position to know so declared and pointed to many instances evidencing this fact. "Mr. Thibodeaux was eulog ized as an honest man, a debt paying one, a hard-working citi zen, who had succeeded in life under every adverse circum stance. "This is a straw indicative of how the wind is blowing in this parish. "Swords is at the end of his rope. His political star has set. The tide has turned Thibodeaux ward. He is going to be elected sheriff by a handsome majority. Monday's gathering attested and emphasized this fact. "OBSERVER." I had hoped to go through this campaign without reference to any local candidate, except my self, but when I am attacked be hind closed doors and in genuine star chamber process arraigned terrifically, I deem it proper to state my past political record that the young voters may know for what and for whom I have stood in the past. My first vote was cast in Point Coupee. I was a delegate from the first ward of that parish and seconded the nomination of Sheriff E. G. Beuker for his sec ond term, and he is still Sheriff of that parish. I was a delegate from Point Coupee to the Sena torial and Judicial Conventions in the year 1879. After return ing to St. Landry, my native parish, in 1881, I was a delegate to every Democratic Convention held in St. Landry, except one. I supported that gallant old hero, Francis T. Nicholls, with all the ardor of youth for his second term. I was a delegate to nearly every State and Congressional Convention since my advent in politics here, and attended the National Convention in 1900 as a delegate that nominated Bryan at Kansas City. I was a dele gate to the District convention that nominated Judge E. T. Lewis for the Senate, when he succeeded Hon. T. S. Fontenot, resigned. I supported Murphy J. Foster for both terms. I was elected Chairman of the Demo cratic Party by an overwhelming vote in convention for faithful work, and was the Chairman of a united Democracy until the Louisiana Lottery campaign split the party in twain, after which I acted as Chairman of the anti ottery or regular Democratic party, and Mr. H. E. Estorge was selected as the Chairman of he lottery wing. After years of wrangling the state Central Committee ordered he divided party to submit their ilaims to a white primary, and .r. Estorge was declared the Chairman of the re-united Demo racy. A convention to nominate a )emocratic State ticket was i alled to meet in December 1895 n the city of Shreveport. The ?hairman called mass meetings n each ward on a Sunday toe elect delegates from each ward. Che object to eliminate the hurch people did not work, and fore than three-fourths of the jelegates were elected from the 'ontenot-Lewis faction. I was ne elected from the fourth ward. ( have supported the Lewis fac- r ion in every fight. I have . tumped the parish and paid my wn bills in every fight made by udge Lewis since my return to t. Landry. In the last Judicial < lection I worked for Judge ewis with unwavering fidelity. had my deputy-tax-collector naking speeches for him in trench for weeks, whilst I made (Continued on page5) I - AWARDS TO CONTEST ANTS IN CORN CLUB. -Boys from Eunice, Leonville and Opelousas Enter the Lists and Are Delighted With Their First Efforts. ýI l As announced in the loci papers sometime ago, the e ihibits and contests of the Boys ' Corn Clubs of this parish too place on Saturday, October 14tl 1 in the Police Jury Room. Out of one hundred member there were only six contestant for prizes, showing that at leas some of our boys have the per sistence and tenacity of purpos to prosecute an enterprise to it limit. This spirit of persistenc and bulldog determination i what counts most in the achieve ment of results in our worldl: struggles, and generally meet with commensurate reward. Ii the case under consideration i also won out, and the young con testants were all delighted witl the results of their endeavors and went home jubilant over th4 fruits of their victory, realizin€ that they had accomplished some thing in their;first effort wher< they had been brought in actua contact with the busy and bustling world. These contests have a valuablh side to them from several view points. They not only teach the boy the practical elements o0 successful agriculture, but the3 develop traits of character in him which will be of use to him in his after life; they throw re sponsibility on him, and call into exercise his physical as well as mental energy, his judgment and reason, the weighing of facts AN IMPORTANT ARREST. Alfred Dixon, Charged With Murder, Arrested In St. Landry. Alfred Dixon, who is charged with having killed his father in Pointe Coupee Parish about a month ago and who has been a fugitive from justice since that time, having been reported in this parish, Sheriff Swords was notified to that effect and sent two deputies after him on last Wednesday week. The officers "detailed on this work were Deputies Nicholas La haye and Ashton Dejean, who after a long and tedious journey through the swamps in the east ern portion of this parish suc ceeded in finding their man and arresting him. The prisoner was brought here on last Friday night and lodged in the parish prison. The officers deserve much credit for this work as the Sheriff considers it was well ex ecuted. On Saturday Deputy Joseph Desomme, of New Roads, ar rived here to take charge of the prisoner and took him back. SENATORIAL COMMITTEE FIXES JANUARY 23d FOR PRIMARY, Since the State Committee of the Democratic Party has fixed January 23d, 1912, as thfe date for holding the Primary to select a full State ticket, calls have been issued by the Senatorial, Parochial and Muncipal Commit tees of the Democratic organiza tion 'for the purpose of fixing a date for the nomination of these respective candidates. We announced last week that the primary for the selection of Parish candidates would probably be fixed for the same date as the State Election, and the Senatorial Committee for the parishes of St. Landry, Acadia and Evangeline has just fixed January 23d as its date. The following is the offi cial report of the meeting of the Senatorial Committee: Opelousas, La., Oct. 18, 1911. The Democratic District Sena torial Committee, for the Four teenth Senatorial District, met this day pursuant to call, at Opelousas, La., the following members being present: Thos. H. Lewis, Sr., Robert Chachere, and Raymond Breaux and 0. Broussard by proxy, pnd a quorum. Upon motion of Robert Cha chere, duly seconded, the follow ing resolution was unanimously adopted: Resolved, that at the general primary to be held on January ,l from an economical standpoint - so as to enable him to produce at a minimum expense the greatest r amount of profit. Besides this, the honesty and honor which he is required to observe in the cul s tivation and display of his pro s duce develop in him ideals which t assist in the formation of ele ments of character which are essential to good citizenship. While the test, so far as the exhibits were concerned, was a not good enough to enter the lists = away from home, it served, nev ertheless, the purpose of making sa beginning, and gives us hope that from this beginning we may Sexpect much better things in the coming contest, which will take place in the fall of 1912. The prizes awarded were as follows; Best Yield on One Acre-First, Clarence Dalfrey, Leonville, $10; second, C. T. Ledoux, Eunice, $7.50; third, John Dore, Leon ville, $5. Best Ten Ears-First, A. J. Bercier, Jr., Opelousas, $10; sec ond, John Dore, Leonville, $7.50; third, Clarence Lotz, Eunice, $5. Best Essay on Corn" Growing- A. J. Bercier, Jr., Opelousas, $10; second, Bryap Gil, Eunice, $7.50; third, John Dore, Eunice, $5. Cheapest Production-First, Clarence Dalfrey, Leonville, $10; second, John Dore, Leonville, $7.50; third, Bryan Gil, Eunice, $5. ASWELL SUPPORTERS CALL MEETINi FOR OCTOBER 25TH. There will be a meeting of the friends and supporters of Dr. James B. Aswell, candidate for Governor, at the Band Auditor ium, in this city, on Thursday, October 26th, at 3 o'clock, for the purpose of discussing the situation in the Parish of St. Landry, and for the main pur-. pose of permanently .organizing the "St. Landry ,Parish Aswell Club." The out-of-town friends andi supporters of Dr. Aswell, espe cially, and all other friends and supporters of his, are cordially invited to be present. There. will be good short talks and re-i freshments. L. AUSTIN FONTENOT, LEONARD S. ISACKS, AARON JACOBS, 4 C. J. THOMPSON, JAS. M. SANDERS, Committee. 23d, 1912 two candidates for the nomination as members of the State Senate from said district, comprising the parishes of St. Landry, Evangeline and Acadia, be voted for by the Democrats in said parishes -a majority being required to nominate' under the law; and a second primary elec tion, in case one should become necessary, shall be held on the 20th day of February, 1912, that being the date fixed under the law for the second State Primary election. Resolved further that all can didates for said position shall de clare their intention to become candidates within ten days from this date, by filing writtefi notice of such intention with the Sec retary of this committee, Mr. E. L. Loeb, Opelousas, La., within ten days from this date, accom panied by a fee of fifteen dollars. Resolved further that at said primary election a new District Senatorial Committee be elected, consisting of two members from the Parish of Evangeline, .two members from the Parish of Acadia and three members from the Parish of St. Landry, who shall also file their intention with the Secretary of this committee within the, time limit above re luired. On motion duly seconded, the -ommittee adjourned to meet at )pelousas, La.. on Oct. 30th, 9.11. E. L. LOEB, Sec'ty. . NUMBIER'OF TRUE I1W RETURNED BY -RAND JURY. The Grand Jury, after having been in session all that week, on last Saturday: morning rendered it their report, returning true bills in the following cases: it Mrs. J. P. McRee, murder; Joseph Wyble, assault with in tent to kill; - Jasper Coneglia, murder; Dan Gilbert and John Martin, h carrying concealed weapons; Nathan Eaglin, assault and e battery; Preston Green, larceny; 1e Theophile Soileau et als., lar L ceny; SEdward Mayfield, petty lar . ceny; Gabriel Prejean, wounding less e than mayhem; - Wesley Lofton, carrying con .e ctaed weapons and earnal know Sledgl etc~ Sidney Fruge, (col), cutting with tent to murder; Nolle Chachere, ding liquor without a license; Willie Brown, b ;gl .y; Edward Bell, burglary; S. O. Melancon, a nd - Walter Comeau, -at battery and trespass; Armand Guidry, assatit by shooting at; ' Lawrence James and :E. Wright, murder; Henry Williams, bufigary; Dave Gilbert, catrymg con cealed weapons; Andrew Bennett, criminal as sault; .. Edward Dalcour, e ctig :tim ber land of another Gauthaer . :: ,t - int z to d Foster Dixot,. sever~~ it froma *the soil; N.; ' L: : " Arthur Holden, murder; i(oo Johnson, cuti with in tnirt to murer. d High School Oild Meet and Elect,. Officers for, Enuing Session. The High School girls met this [ week and roganized the Basket Ball Team, tdmit nw mam Ibers and seleted their e or the: ensuing seion, :s :o. [lows: Miss Nellie Leach, ana ger; -Miss Eunice Dejean ap ftain, and -Miss Ella ;More., treastier. The other me;Wo erw of the team are: Misses Thima Healey, esie Major, Ollie WU'i sons Aline Brown, CoainneýTros clafr Eileen Oge, Etta Obier, Judy Breaux, Gertde Sanders Henry Ethel Estorge and Noemi Burr, The team is composed chlety of new members, butt the olde members feel confiden at -tthe new members will soon b: me: very good players, since the tea will have its same coac~h, MiBsE Lilly Pupre. Miss iDupre is not only willing to do ang~jgpoi : ble for the team, but being coam pete't is able to train the tea... so t~at it can play any other team "sans craindre." We are pleased to note this interest in out-door sport b.ytb girls. The boys recently organ ized a basket ball team, andnoe doubt will soon organize other teams and clubs. AN ALL HALLOWE'EN PFA UT sDakters of Isabella PveadV E.albllWs Eotelartlallant for BealwiS "slls The Daughters of Isabellahiave announceg that they are prepar ing an All Hallowe'en Party for the night of October 31St, th·% proceeds to be applied to the. fund being raised to purchase a new bell for the Catholic Church,. It is proposed to make this an elaborate affair and no efforts will be spared to that end. Ex eellent music will be pro4vided and everything necessary for the enjoyment of the guests is being carefully planned. The entertainment will takel:: place at the Home of thae Knights of Columbus in Main Street, asd the admissio, fee will •be_ oly Afty cents. No children will, 1 admitted. Fuller details wib:e: announced next week.