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"Here Shall The Press The People's Rights Maintain, Unawed by Influence and Unbrlbed by Cain."
The Regular Democratic Candidate for Governor Enthusi
astically Supported by His Home People.
The Largest Meeting Ever Held in Honor of a Candi
date in that City Takes Place
on Last Tuesday.
No chieftain, returning from
some great accomplishment,
could have been more honored
than was John T. Michel, candi
date for Governor on the Regu
lar Democratic ticket, by his
home people, the people who
know him and knowing him know
his worth and capacity, on last
Tuesday night, at the Athe
neum, New Orleans.
Without in the least going
beyond the. plain facts, it was
the biggest demonstration ever
tendered a candidate in New Or
The roomy auditorium was
packed both downstairs and up
stairs, and five overflow meet
ings were in progress on the
Two blocks of ground, and the
streets leading to the Atheneum,
were a congested mass of human
ity. Not a third of those present
heard the speakers-but they
heard, and joined in, the shout
ing, Cheer after cheers rolled
up, enthusiastic, gentlemanly
cheers, cheers full of the spirit
of the occasion, cheers from
throats that felt they were cheer
ing for the winner.
Before We Forget,
Right here we desire to say
something about the composition
of the audience.
It had been intimated that the
hoodlum element would fore
gather there, and some of the
smooth-bores of the Good Govern
ment League went so far as to
try and frighten people away by
saying that there would be a
"rough house" for certain.
There was never a more gentle
manly lot of people assembled.
There never was better be
havior exhibited at such a large
If there were hoodlums there
(and there are some of this class
in every public assembly) the
spectacle evidently awed them
into good deportment.
The Times-Democrat, although
fair in its account of the meet
ing, shows its ears in an editorial,
in which it intimates that office
holders composed much of the
If New Orleans is fortunate
enough to have as office holders
such men as were at the Athe
neaum meeting Tuesday night,it
is to be congratulated, and there
is certainly no reason for a
The audience was mostly made
up of the business element of
New Orleans-its bankers, its
merchants, its artisans, as well
as its toiling laborers.
It was a crowd composed of
the people!
It was a crowd of the people
of New Orleans, foregathered to
do honor to a distinguished son,
and to show the people of the
country who have heard that
favorite son villified that those
who knew him knew him to be a
courageous, upright, honest, effi
cient man.
The meeting Tuesday night
was the lie flung into the very
teeth of the political charlatans
who would get into office by any
"hook or crook."
Judge Lawrason Speaks.
Among the speakers at Tues
day night's meeting was Judge
S. McLawrason, of East Feliciana
parish, the man who, although
he has been in politics for many
years, not a word against his
character, honesty and ability
has been said.
Judge Lawrason was a candi
date for Lieutenant.Governor at
the last election, and heartily
supported Col. Wilkinson for
Governor. He has held many
offices of importance, and stands
as one of the foremost men of
this State.
Judge Lawrason said that he
had picked out Mr. Michel in this
race because in his opinion Mr.
Michel was the best man for the
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the judge, "and I am convinced
that he will make the best gover
nor of all the candidates."
He said there was nothing in
the old prejudice against a man
of the state or from the city of
New Orleans. In fact, there had
been times when the splendid
vote of the New Orleans White
Democracy had saved the State
of Louisiana from grievous condi
tions. The country had often
times depended upon the city to
save it from negro domination.
The ward boss bugaboo has
lost its fear in the country.
"It is a pleasure for me to
know that I am supporting a man
whose candidacy has carried with
it no abuse of his opponents,"
said Judge Lawrason. "It is not
so with the others."
Here the speaker spoke of the
abuse which Dr. Aswell and
Judge Hall are heaping upon each
"'In contrast to this sort of
campaign, John T. Michel is go
ing about with this message: 'If
you find we worthy of your sup
port on my record, give me your
votes,' and the people of this
state are going to do it," supple
mented Mr. Lawrason.
Mr. Michel's Address.
Mr. Michel was in splendid
"form" Tuesday night, and
spoke with kindness and logic.
It was a plain, home-made
speech, touching every vital
point, and ringing with sincerity.
It was quite a while before he
could speak, so overwhelming
was the demonstration. Men
would get on chairs and whoop;
ladies would waive'their handker
chiefs, and even little tots would
prattleout: "Hurrah for Michel."
His delivery was as clear as a
bell, but his voice could not
reach the entire audience.
He was very emphatic in de
claring that he had made no
dicker or deals.
"Judge Hall, in his Lafayette
speech," said Mr. Michel, "is re
ported to have said that I ignored
my platform promises in my can
vass of some of the country par
ishes and made 'dickers' and
'deals' to suit local issues. Since
all of the New Orleans news
papers, in their reports of the
Lafayette meeting, declare Judge
Hall made this statement I as
sume he did make it.
"There is not a shadow of
truth in the charge. I defy any
man to prove that I have made
any promises, in my canvass of
Sthe state, beyond the assurance
that I would give the state, if
elected, a sound, conservative
administration of its affairs,
based on an intimate knowledge
of its needs and resources, and
would carry out in letter and
spirit, my platform pledges. I
have made no secret promises,
and have authorized no one to
make a secret promise for me. I
expect to be elected governor in
January, and do not propose to
go into that office in May tied
down with promises of any kind.
"They have also accused me
of acting improperly in purchas
ing state lands. I have held for
sixteen years one of the highest
offices in your gift, and I held it
without the breath of suspicion
ever having rested on my record;
those of the citizens of Louisiana
who believe in me and have
fairly and impartially read the
record of these transactions, I
know, still have faith in my
honor and integrity. But as for
those who previously politically
opposed me, no evidence that I
could produce would clear my
name of this or any other charge
that my personal enemies have
made or are likely to make in
this campaign against me. If
you believe in me you will sup
port me, for in these transactions
I have
of an honest man."
The brass bands, fireworks,
and other noises made it very
difficult to hear any of the speak
It is estimated that there were
117,000 people present-and they
were Michel men, not men there
lout of curiosity.
One on Cousin Bob.
Congressman Robert Brous
sard, one of the candidates for
the United States Senate, had
hired several small boys to stand
at the door and give each person
who entered a picture of himself,
with a pretty red ribbon so that
it could be attached to the lapel
of the coat. The little fellows
would hand the picture with the
blank side up, and many thought
at first that it was a likeness of
Michel. But when they would
find out that it was the Third
District Congressman who was
using the occasion to distribute
his handsome mug, down would
go the picture, and the boys
would chuckle. There were
several wheel-barrowsful of Bob
Broussard pictures on the floor
when the meeting adjourned.
It Was A Decisive Verdict.
There is now no question, even
in the minds of the right-think
ing Good Government men, that
New Orleans is going for John
T. Michel by the largest majority
ever received by a candidate for
The conservatives in New Or
leans freely admit that there is
nothing to defeat Michel for the
Democratic' nomination for Gov
Mielly's Business College.
T h is well-known business
school has made arrangements
to open a branch here, and has
leased the lower floor of the San
doz Opera House for that pur
pose. Mr. C. G. Keller is the
manager of the local school and
has headquarters here where he
may be seen at Jacobs News
Depot Co., or a letter addressed
to him will receive prompt at
tention. Liberal discounts will
be allowed students who enroll
promptly, and it is believed that
a class will be speedily formed
to take advantage of the fine
business course taught in this in
Change In Lighting System.
The electric light plant has
been undergoing some important
changes during the past week,
the newly erected system having
been connected with the service
wires. This caused some com
plaint from the patrons of the
lighting system, but most of the
trouble was doubtless unavoida
ble, as much work was necessi
tated in making the changes from
the old plant to the new, and
the wires were disconnected
from the plant for several nights
and for irregular periods even
after the connection was made.
By this time the the new system
is working satisfactorily and the
service should be much improved
by the changes made.
NOV. 29TH.
We publish in our advertising
columns a notice to the effect that
Senator Murphy J. Foster will
address the people of Opelousas
and vicinity at the Courthouse
here on the 29th inst.
The Senator is a candidate to
succeed himself in the United
States Senate and is being op
posed by Congressman Joseph E.
The hour set for the meeting
on the 29th is 8 o'clock p. m.
Work on the Streets.
We are pleased to again be
able to note that some much
needed work on our streets has
been done lately, particulaaly on
the approaches to the bridges
and crossings, where earth has
been thrown and the crossings
made safer and more agreeable
to persons driving over them.
Much more of this kind of work
remains to be done, however,
and it is hoped that there will be
no cessation until all such places
are repaired. There is a very
bad hole near the bridge at the
corner of Court and Cherr y
streets and this should be filled
at once.
China to Be A Republic.
Strange as it may seem, it ap
pears now as though the revolu
tion in China, which has been
successful, will result in the es
tablishment of a Republican form
of government.
The royal family, including the
baby emperor, has fled from the
capital, and it is evident that the
princes will be entirely shorn of
their power.
The dominating spirits seem
opposed to even a limited mon
arehy,.and aleader will soon be
chosen for the new government.
Leslie Moriarty and Alfred Vid
rine Have Been Appointed
Leslie C. Moriarty and Alfred
Vidrine have been appointed as
mail carriers for this city and
will go on duty on December 1st,
when the free mail delivery will
be inaugurated. This is quite
an important matter to the peo
ple of Opelousas and it is hoped
that they will show their appre
ciatian of the efforts of the De
partment by facilitating t h e
carriers in their work. This can
best be done by providing at
once a suitable receptacle for de
positing mail at each place where
it is desired mail should be de
livered, this being necessary ac
cording to the Post Office De
partment. These boxes can be
provided at a nominal cost, be
ing small metal boxes large
enough to contain any reasonable
number of letters. Another
thing which is of much assistance
to the service is that those who
desire their mail delivered to
street and number ask their
correspondents to so address
Mail will be delivered to all
residences and business places
located on cement or brick side
walks, or where such sidewalks
are on the opposite side of the
street. There will be two deliv
eries daily-morning and after
As we went to press last week
the case of the State vs.
ISam Melancon was
about concluded, and a verdict
was rendered early Friday night
on the case, the jury deciding
that the young man was not
guilty of the offense charged
against him. It will be recalled
that Melancon was accused of
grand larceny in connection with
the disappearance of a package
containing $4000 from the Wash
ington Bank some time last year.
The mystery surrounding the loss
of this money remains unsolved.
The ion Ami theatre.
This popular place of amuse
ment is putting on some excel
lent pictures now, among them
being some twocolor pictures
that have attracted a number of
the patrons of the house. Some
good things are in store for
those who attend this theatre, as
the management propose to fur
nish the best pictures that can
be had, as also vaudeville per
Minimum License $600.-City
Tax Remains Same As
This Year.
The Police Jury at its session
this week adopted its revenue
ordinance for the year 1912, the
liquor license remaining at $600
minimum for retail dealers.
The Board of Aldermen also
met last Tuesday and fixed the
minimum license for dealers in
I liquors at $600. The city tax will
also remain at the same as this
year, seven mills.
The American Bankers
Six thousand bankers from all
over the United States, members
of the American Bankers Asso
ciation, will meet in New Or
leans on Monday, Nov. 20th.
This will be the largest con
vention the Crescent City has
had in a long time, if not the
greatest in her histo y, and ela
Vrate prepariba ns-fors receiving
&n Automobile Club.
Now is a good time to organ
ize an Automobile Club. There
are enough of these machines in
this parish now to make it advis
able that their owners take an
interest in such a club, and by
so doing much good could be ac
complished, not only for the peo
ple who use this modern convey
ance, but for the general public.
For instance, a proper interest
in our public roads and streets
would enure to the interest of
all. "Good roads" has become
almost a household word in this
State, and the pleasure of travel
and the facility with which busi
ness traffic could be accomplished
if our roads and streets were in
good order, would be not only a
great satisfaction to those who.
use these thoroughfares, but it
would prove a paying investment
to the entire public. In this pro
gressive day there are few men
who are not in favor of providing
the best roads and streets, even
if it costs a little more to do so,
but our Police Jurors and Boards
of Aldermen should be reminded
of this important matter occa
sionally. This fact suggests the
organization of an Auto Club,
and we understand that such a
plan is on foot. We believe that
it will accomplish considerable
Miss Laurence Dossmann, the
daughter of Hon. L. J. Doss
mann, was married to.Mr. W. A.
Hayes, on Sunday last at noon,
at the Catholic Church, Rev. J.
Engberink officiating. Both the
contracting parties are promi
nent in social circles here and
Mr. Hayes is the book-keeper of
the Union Bank & Trust of
this city. The couple left the
same afternoon for a short trip,
and will return here to reside.
The Clarion extends felicitations.
The following letter has just
been received by the "Clarion"
from the Secretary of the New
Orleans Progressive Union:
"The special train of Merchants
and Manufacturers Bureau of the
New Orleans Progressive Union
carrying a large number of the
heads of firms and leading mer-
chants of this city, will reach
Opelousas, Thursday, Novenger
19, 4:20p. m. on a tour over the
line of the Southern Pacific to
Lake Charles and return.
"This trip, primarily, is for the
purpose of permitting the New
Orleans jobbers to become better
acquainted with the customers in
their territory, a most desirable
condition from every, point of
view. We feel that a visit of this
character can be of the utmost
benefit, not only in increasing
personal acquaintance, but in
straightening out any difficulty or
misunderstanding that rmay hap
pen to exist, and in general per
mit the jobbers and customers to
get on a better footing.
"Thle members of the Bureau
and particularly those who will be
of the special party, send you and
the citizens of Opelouisas a most
cordial invitation to visit them
aboard the special train, and trust
that you and many others will find
it agreeable and expedient to ac
"New Orleans has often been
criticized for not seeking trade
in her own territory. This may
or may not be true, however, if
it existed in the past it cannot
be said now, for thirogh
activity of the Merchants-and
Manufacturers' Bureati of the
Progressive Union, these trips of
acquaintance an d fellowship
terminating in busines onl
dence, have been inaugusted
with the best results. This is
the second trip of the Bureau
since its organization as a part
of the Progressive Union. and
there will be many others.
Groceries and ]iquors at Au'
We direct attention to the
Sheriffs sale puImblished in a
other column announcinges that
the stock of goods of Johlb .
David would be so;d this mn
ing ateleve o'de4 ttbe star
Streetsi;: pnity.5faS~;
Frisco Will Probably ,m
Service to Opelousas t f
Near Fatura
The Frisco Railroad has pt I n
a motor car service between
Crowley .and Eunice, with th
promise that this service wod
be extended to Opelousas.:
As there is decidedly moretis
tercourse between Etnice.d.
Opelousasthan between CrowitY
and Eunice, due to the fact th.a
Eunice is in St. Landrya
and it is often necessary f' the
people there to come her0 it
hoped that the Railroad Ctm
pany will ektend the motor car
service to Opelousas without
At present while there are two
trains each way between this
city and Eunice, the schedules
are so arranged as to make it
practically impossible for pes
sons at either point to make the
trip in one day, and even if t.be
impracticable for the
Company to give a dotrib
motor service, one tr a=:
way would be a great advat
to the people of Eunife c m
DistrictJudge Pavy
an order on laset oeaa on
admitting Mfr M4eRea to l
the ,wn o% $504 , thebond a
aged atVile Pltte next week
where a criminal term was fxed
several weeks agoit seems that
the Judge acted wisely, It is
not known when the cuse will
come to trial again, but It like
Sthat it will await its regular
werat a regular term wso kort.
the t Judge ac It
The boli to assure ihe a
pearance of the acensed when
the case is againt lled o l
was signed by Messra. Andew
Moresi, F. L Sandoz M < F i
Allen and James . Sanders.eM
Mr. and Mrs. M te and their
two youngest sons left t'e fol
lowing day for the railroad con.
struction camof the Jl`ris o
Railroad situated about twenty
miles west of Beaumont,,will
the oldest boy has gone to `ort
Worth where he will ride with
Mrs. McRea's sister and attend
school. The little girl wil fo9 r
the present visit another sisterof
Mrs. McRea in Mississippi.
It is said that the MoResahome
has been sold and that their
small farm.near town is for sale.
Mar$rs ille Vs. Opelou ss.
An interesting basket . b I.
game will take place on the High
School campus this (Saturday)
afternoon between a teamrfrom
the Marksville High School d
the local High School,: .aitt
expected that a large croo wi_
be present to witness the,- o
test. The admission fee is a. l
and those who would eneorageg
athletics should attend.
Francois Damon Pitre.
Francois Damon Pitrei .ied 4t
his residence ip Plaisanice" i
parish on Nov. 5th, 911i. at;
p. m., aged 73 years. º s
was one of the oldest
known citizens of that vicinity,
and leaves, a large fanly c
nection to .mour his loss. Th=
Catholic Churc here ,onas:
-Mr. Price Pierson,
Ordeas was the guest o s
sister, Mrs. Jack on.i
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