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"Here Shall The Press The People's Rights Mantain, Unawed by Infueno 8and " APili.
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Irecrd to Shew Thqr ateds-e
All They Asked Fer,
ag the Uayor'sCesteuiee...*le Futre
floe Could Abrogate A Contract
Segally Made by This oard."
the Editor of the Clarion:
~ the last issue of your paper,
rs, under large-typed head
i two column tirade with
ance to the "Stave Factory"
proposed 'to be located
and now being established
It not for the fact that
article may injure this comr
ty abroad, I, as Mayor, and
person directly attacked,
treat it with the silent
t whichk it richly de
But, in order .that peo
from here, and citizens
nmunicipality may not be
upon, I desire to give a
of these matters, and let
e know what the rer
May 2d, 1912, Mayor Hal
called the Board of Alder
in special session, for the
of appointing. i commit
look into the matter of ex
the water system tO the
the proposed Stave : Fsac
The following comnaittee
pinted: Messrs. Larcade,
and Loeb, with the Mayor l
sMay 7th, 1912, the Board
; rmt en being in session,I
mmittee submitted the fol -
report: C
Mayor and Board of l
Aldermen of the City of oI
committee appointed to
Sinto the matter of sup
water to the ed a
factory and of thebest J
;. oonstructingtha nain*
s riose, beg.t sayt o it
pay for the cost
ngsame and the crTY P
THEM by crediting S
meathly with the amount t
indebtedness to the city
ervice, until said amount ti
be liquidated, and provided P
, that the city shall have C
vilegeof making such con- d
for private use mr said
as may become ne essary. ti
Mayor. t4
report was unanimously
by the Board, and met
approval of those inter
mn the factory as expressed
June 10th, 1912, Mayor
having been succeeded
in that office, Mr. Danel
me to call a special
"for the purpose of ap
a committee to draw up
nce to amend Section
the General- Water a n d
ordinance, and for the
purpose of acting on the
of extending the water
to the western corporate
on Grolee street, for the
ousas Stave Company." This
Pwas issued, meeting of Board
and Messrs. ~ Danel and
her were appointed on said
ttee. Under directions of
bommittee, City Attorney
n R. Sandoz, drew the or
e changing the rates for
service to suit the de
of these factory people.
June 29th, 1912. at a meet
of the Board of Aldermen,
said committee presented
ordinance. Mr. Sandoz had
this ordinance with me a few
before this meeting. I had
ally gone over the same,
`discussed the whole matter
some of our business
. and - with the
ntendent of the Water &
Plant. After a full and
te consideration of the
matter from the stand
of the Water Plant's con
I became convinced that
pt to operate the same,
the proposed lowered rates
int a short time, result in
ailure on the part of the city
nue supplying water to
.ihabitants and tax-payers,
e simple reason that the
rates were lower than
to the city, for furnish-i
r to said factory. That
correct in this conclusion
inued on page 5)
T Primary elections will be held
throughout the State on Tues
day, Sept. 3d, for three Justices
rof the Supreme Court, eig h t
3 Congressmen, and Judges, Dis
trict Attorneys and members of
the Schovl Board in every parish
and judicial district.
Railroad commissioners w il I
, also be elected.
- In the New Orleans district
h Judges Somerville and Frank
t McGloin are opposing each other
d for Associate Justice. •
d For Judge Breaux's seat on
the Supreme bench there is a
t cloud of candidates, among them
the Judge himself, Judge O'Nieil
d of Franklin, Judge Caillouet of
Thibodaux, Judges Guion and
t Pugh of Assumptien, Judge Reid
of Tangipahoa, and possibly an
s For the seat made vacant on
the Supreme bench by the resig
Snation of Gov. Hall, Judges Land
t and Watkins are candidates.
jI In the first congressional dis
etrict Judge Otero is opposing
Estopinal, the incumbent.
In the second Sheriff Lebour
geia is opposing Garland Dupre,
the incumbent.
In the third Senator Gueydan
is opposing R. F. Broussard, the
In the four* Representative
Clayton and --.-- are op
posing Judge' Watkins, the in
cumbent. l
In the sixth T. Sambola Jones,
Lewis L. Morgan, A m o s L.
Ponder and Ferd. Claiborne are
candidates for the seat m a d elI
vacant by the death of Congress- i
man Wickliffe.
In the seventh John W. Lewis'.
Dr. L Lazaro and P. J. Chap I
puis are the candidates.
In the eighth Dr. J. B. Aswelt8
and T. W. Perrin, a lawyer of I
Jena, are the only candidates..
In the nSt I dry-Evangeline y
judicial disrt dge Pavy ap
OQertoi is uopoed TA.
Sdwards and G. F. aGie, forte
principal of the Opelousas Hfigh
Shool,., are eandidte- for Di.
In the Lafayette-Acadia ,- J
trict Judge Campbell is a .no
posed. C. B. De Bellevue, P... 3j
Ogden and H.I E. Bruner are can- 1
didates for District Atiorney. iii
In the St. Martin-Iberia dis-.S
trict Judge Simon is opposedf f
by L. 0. J.iEa r District Ate- i
torney Muller is,. opposed by t
Gordon A. Sandoz. a
In the Rapides-Grant district e
Judge Blackman is opposed by I
Judge Andrews., h
Cut this oiit and paste it in i
your hat. Though incomplete, c
it may be of use,when you read J
the papers a day or two after G
the primary. i k
At Opelousas, Aug. 18, 191Z,
at midnight, Jos. A. Gil, Sr.,
aged 60 years.
Mr. Gil was a native of Baton!
Rouge, but has been a resident !
of St. Landry for about 35 years.
He leaves a wife and daughter
at Lake Charles, a brother, Jules
Gil, Esq., at Arnaudville, and
several nephews and nieces
throughout the parish.
Advanced thinkers throughout
the country are still discussing
ways and means whereby to do
away with loud and unnecessary
noises. And we rise to remark I
that, while Opelousas is no t
cursed with the nerve-racking
and ear-splitting noises that
afflict large cities, we know of
no good reason why the steam
whistles hereabouts should per
sist in prolonging and lengthen
ing out their unearthly screeches
in the early morning, to the ut
ter dismay of people who have
gone to bed late and are trying
to make'up for lost time.
William Booth, commander in
chief of the Salvation Army,
who died in London on Tuesday
night at the age of 83, was the
father of Ballington Booth, head
of the organization in America.
Rev. J. M. Schleyer, a Catho
lic priest, inventor of the arti-I
ficial language called volapuk,
died a few days ago in Switzer
land, aged 74 yearc
A Battle-Scarred Veteran With
A Glorious Record.
We are pleased to be able to
present in this issue of the Cla
Id rion a good likeness of the ven-s
erable Rosemond Pierre Fisette,
5 a native son of St. Landry parish!
t and one of the noblest veterans
f of the civil war, still living and
i enjoying excellent health at the
h age of 741 yYears
Like his neighbor, Francois C.
1 Carriere, he has a military rec
1ord for distinguished gallantry
equalled by few and probably
d II
d t
dI f
. not surpassed by any of the sur- t
Svivors of the lost cause. He f
participated in nearly all of the
great battles fought by the Army t
of Northern V'rginia, was d
wounded several times, taken b
prisoner three times and on each i
occasion, as soon as released v
went back immedietely into the ti
'confederate army. He was born a
near Port Barre, May 31st, 1839, s+
attended two sessions of public i
school, became a fatrmer by occa- p
pation, and at the breaking out p
I of hostilities between the States h
was engaged in the public serv
ice .n the capacity of/mail ear- p
.Tir. ýiut"d in . , S
I Infantry, Army of Northern Vir- h:
glnia, under command of Stone- it
wall Jackson, Ewell, Early, and st
Maj. Gen. Gordon, Brigadier I
Gen. Harry Hayes, 1st Brigade; h;
Capt. J. C. Pratt, 1st Lieut. Dr. C
John Taylor, 2 Lieut. G. W. If
SHudpeth, 3d Lieut. Albert De- cc
jean. Reorganized April 25th, w
1862, elected Albert Dejean Cap-' cc
itan, John Taylor 1st Lieut., E.
S. Taylor .2d Lieut., Albert re
Moore 3d Lieut.; E. S. Taylor be- tI:
ing the third and last Captain of tr
the Company. He was present at
and took part in the following di
engageinents: Bull Run a n d ti,
Manassas, July 18 and 21, 1861; M
heid in reserve May 23d, 1862; le
Front Royal, .May 24th, Win- di
chester, June .8; Cedar Keys, th
June 9; Port Republic, June 27; cc
Gaines Mills, hit by a minnie ball M
knee; June 28 Cold Harbor; July ec
1,' Malvern Hill; Aug. 10, Cedar th
Mountain; Sept. 17, Sharpsburg, of
Maryland; belt .buckle broken by i
fragment of shell; Dec. 13, Fred
erickburg, V.; May 4,1863, Fred
ericksburg; May 24, Winchester, I
where the gallant Capt. Albert! fo
Dejean was killed; July 1I and 2, i F
Gettysburg, PL., wounded in the fo
.breast; Sept 15,. Raccoorf Ford;B
Sept. 20, Broad Run; Nov. 7, tb
Rapphannock.Bridge, taken pris- yc
oner with bulk of companiy; ex
changed 1863; Nay 27, 1864, lic
Gaines Milis; July 9, Frederick at
City, Md.; Aug. 4, Sniggers Fer-I be
try; Aug. 25, Shepherdtown, I
wounded in leg by fragment of ipa
shell, Maj. Gen. J. B. Gordon co
istruck by same shell in temj!e, PCc
ten feet distant from the spot hil
where he Wvas wounded; General oc
G.ordon had to he assisted off of a
his horse, otherwise he would an
have fallen to the ground; Sept. he
2, Charleston; Sept. 16, Martins- a
burg; Sept. 19, Winchester, tak- go
en prisoner and exchanged Nov. -
10: remained in Petersburg siege i Fi
from Nov. 20 to March 23; charg-iof
ed Federal Fort Heil, slightly in
wounded and taken prisoner and'on
held at Point Lookout, Maryland, he
until July 4th, 1865, paroled and be
furnished his transportation of
home, arriving Aug 8, 1865. to
Since his dischdrge from the pr
Army he has industriously I du
occupied his time in different lis
ways, farming, carpentry, ma-1gr
chinery, clerking, assessing the hi!
property in his district for Asses- in
sors E. T. Lewis, Alfred Stag hir
and W. M. Prescott. For some 'an
time he was afflicted with mus-- to
cular rheumatism and partial th
blindness from cataract, but is th
now able to see and is enjoying ito
good heaith. Mr. Fisett. has a'.co
large family of children ,and of
grandehildren (a son, M., P..aLof
h The Sewerage System Under
Constrnetlin is First Class
and Up-to Date.
Ground was broken the latter
-;part of last week by the con
tractor on the construction work
i of the sewerage system, when
excavation was begun at the
e place where the purification plant
was located by the Board of Com
missioners. This plant was lo
cated on the property of E. M.
y Boagni, between the Camn Ham
ilton road and the right-of-way
of the Frisco Itroad, near the
eastern boundary of the city.
The plant when completed will
be the most perfect of the kind
ever erected in this part of the
country, every precaution having
been-. n to avoid contamina
tio he bayou in which the
Sfi water will be discharged
Bthe sewage passes through
ification plat. The plant
mists of three large Imhoff
ks, a dosing tank and a dozen
filter beds, and :when the water
passes out into the bayou it will
be clear as crystal and free from
bad odors.
The excavation for this plant
is progressing rapidly and nearly
eight thousand cubic yards of 4
earth will have to be removed to
make room for t~he works. The I
place where the tanks will be 4
placed will have to be excavated 1
to a depth of about twenty-five 4
feet, due to the fact that the I
ground at that point is high, but I
the tanks will le seventeen feet
deep. They will be built of
brick and cement, reinforced i
with steel, and,-will be covered
with iron covers, the construe- t
tion being thoreiughly scientific
and up to date ;throughout. As i
soon as the gro~d has been ,re
moved actual construction of the t
plant will begin, and when com
pleted this part of the work will a
have cost about0$17,000. f
The sewer pipes are being
placed along treet as fast a
ement, sand aid-other mate s
have arrived. The large trench- o
ing machine, which digs by a
steam the trenches wherein the o
(sewers will be placed, P
has been shipped here from Lake t
Charles and is due to arrive be
fore this paper is read. Actual k
construction of the sewer work t
will begin as soon as the machine t]
comes and can be set up. a
Mr. Ruderman is on duty as tt
resident engineer, Mr. Stanley is V
the represenstative of the con
tractor, Southern Asphalt& Con- 0
struction Co., and Mr. McCorker- C
dale is in charge of the excava- P
tion for the purification plant. a
Mr. E. H. Reeder, thecompany's P
leading man, came in on Thurs- ti
day and will from now of make b
this city his headquarters. The g
company, under Mr. Reeder and ti
Mr. Chisholm, has about complet
ed the Lake Charles contract, d
the time limit being a long ways p
off yet. n
Francois Fontenot.
We publish, in this issue, the
formal announcement of Mr.
Francois Fontenot as a candidate
for the membership on the School
Board, from the fifth ward of
this parish. Mr. Fontenot is a
young man of sterling worth,
devoted to the cause of the pub
lic schools, and enjoys an envi
able reputation among his neigh
He has always taken an active
part in the public affairs of the
community, has held the office of
Constable, and now represents
his ward on the parish Dem
ocratic Committee. He will make
a valuable member of the Board,
and it is pretty well assured that
he will be elected. "Frans" is
a fine fellow, and will render
g'ood service.
Fisette, being a useful member
of our police jury), and not only
in his family circle, but through
out the neighborhood in which
he resides, is he respected and
beloved like one of the patriarchs
of old. The ardent devotion
to country such as that which
promnpted the noble old Roman
during his young manhood to en
list, on the Southern side in the
great civil war and to offer up
his life in that notable struggle
in defense of what he believed
his country's rights ought to be'
an example to the young men of
to-day and ought to inmeite in
their breasts love of country and
the ambition to respondpromptly
to the call of duty when our
country nfoes the song arms
of her sons to defend the ibetie
of the pjeople.
1- A banquet was tendered to a
k number of visiting railroad offi
cials by the Commercial Club of
n Opelousas at the Lacombe Hotel
. on last Monday night. These
it gentlemen are prominently con
- nected with the Frisco and New
Iberia and Northeastern Rail
roads and were fully empowered
' to represent them in the matters
under consideration. They gave
y our people the assurance that a
e double daily motor car service
between Charenton and Opelou
sas would be inaugurated .soon,
probably by the end of next
I week, via New Iberia and Port
Barre, and that it would not be
long before the service would be
extended to Franklin. The mot
Sor car has been malfing daily
trips to Opelousas from New Ibe
Sria since about a week or ten
t days we, believe.
Mr. Dudley Guilbeau acted as
toastmaster at the banquet. He'
acquitted himself of this impor
1 tant function in a strikingly hap.
py manner and kept the company i'
in a good humor with themselves
and the balance of mankind from
start to finish. -Mayor Loeb wel
comed the visitors, and Mr. L.
H. Mornhinveg, President of the
Progressive League, was parti
colarly warm and emphatic in
giving expression to the pleasure
of the people of Opelousas at
meeting their distinguished
Mr. E. H. Buffington, General
~gent of the N. L. & N., was
the next speaker. He briefly and
entertainingly discussed the ques
tion of the relations of railroads
with the people and made a fine
Judge G L. Dupre inade a fine
talk. The Judge is al
ways at home at
a talkfest, biton this occasionthe 4
fairly surpassed himself.
Mr. R. E. Tremble, an exper
of the General l ectric C,, C f
operation of chkseonew srs.gave
a technical acout of the wBikii
of the system which thougt sup.
posedly dry pr otedý tobe e ry in
Mr. Parker of-New tberia f- i
lowed with a humorous d rip- I
tion of the. "shotgun oo on' t
that the com pany hato meet):
and peacefully overcome in er- .
tain backward localities through. s
which the line rans,
Mr. Morton H. Thompsonspoke
of the aims of the Commercial
(.ub, what it had already aom- t
plished and what it hoped to a-e
complish in the near future, and e
painted a coUVEiJR DER Ess pie A
ture of what this country would c
become undler the Club's wise
guidance and skilful manipula
Mr. H. . Thompson, a
dent of the Commercial Clu, ex- i
patiated on "~Sentiment' ins usi
ness," and was listened towith
Mr. H. e Owens, of New Iberia,
extended a cordial invitation to
our people to visit the pretty lit- r
tie city on the Teche and assured t
them of a heirty welcome.
The Publie o.~)ls.
All the public schools in St,
Landry will open on Monday,
September, 2d.
The following teachers have
been assigned to the Opelousas
W. B. Prescott, principal; Paul
D. Pavy, assistant; Missess Belle
Dupre, Leah Hareld, Gertrude
Sandoz, S. B. Crawford, Inez
Dezauche, Eleanor Littell, Ma
thilde Estorge, Lolita Wilbert,
Elizabeth Bain, Josephine Ward,
Edith. Mayer, Noemie Richard,
Lelia Sandoz and Mrs. F. War
We can not too strongly im
press upon our readers the im
portance of sending their child
ren promptly on the opening day
and of permitting no trivial ex
cuse to interfere with their re
gular attendance. The educa
tion of the children of any com
munity is a duty which bears up
on every citizen thereof, and par
ticularly is it the solemn duty of
every parent and guardian to see
that their children and -wards
never to miss a day *without the
gravest reasons. An educa
tion is the best and richest legacy
that a parent can leave his child
ren. The state generously pro
vides a school house at almost
every -mIan'sdo. 'The man who
fails ft sed his children to
school under thete circstaes
fails to perform one t othe plaei
e 4Uties t~of d @itaenship
The eight constitutional amend
ments prepared by the Tax Com
mission and submitted to the
General Assembly in extra ses
a sion have all been formally
i- adopted by the latter body, with
f a few minor changes, and will in
;I turn be submitted to the vote of
e the people at the electiou in No
- vember.
These eight amendments con
stitute and embody a plan for
i assessment and tax reform which
S their authors declare is in most
~ respects superior to any yet der
1 vised by the mind of man.
- The consensus of opinion among
'those who possess an intimate
knowledge of the subject seems
t to be that the gentlemen who
t so patiently, laboriously and in
Stlligently worked out this plan,
:so full of` promise to the people
-of Louisiana, are.entitled to the
everlasting gratitude of all our
citizens, irrespective of politics
ºor factional alignments. The
commission was composed of Hall
men, Michel men and Aswell
jmen-Regulars and Good .Gov
ernment men-and close observ
,:ers of their proceedings have de
clared that in no instance did
`.politics ever cut atty figure in
irtheir deliberations, all of them
being apparently solely latent
upon giving to, the whole people
unselfihbly and in full measure
their best thought, their most
patriotic effort.
There seems to be no doubt,
but that their exhaustive workt
will be almost unanimously rati
fled by the people.
Parochial Ballot Disttitrt From
All State Ballots.i
Baton Rouge, La., Aug. 19
Orleans :andevery other parish
of the state will havea parochial
ballot separate from n plo
or the statesmprene eot -
essoal and railroad cmWise
have to print ,1, ý.WIT t ".
lots for the prim
ing all the candido
lot, believing that to
tent of primary law, as
by the last , aturei1
provided that S o
state- should print the 4lll
all races, state, on
The law, however , · f
-that;section .of t.
law which r eq iiir"E' e l p
parate bealls. , one e pan
chial and -local dffces, , te
other for state.
Therefore, there m sep
arate tickets.
Under Attorney Geneal Ple
ant's interpretaton, the r± ,
tive committees willhave t
nish all I? Paparaphq:aliaothar a
ballots, just as they were n.
ent sections of the r law
has developed wh ih ay n
a little trouble. ,i. one
it is provided that the Seet
of State shal print one-reg"
ballot and one sample ballet *&
each voter~. In anotboeeit ianree
vided that a votesr sall a.v.|e
right to use as many as t- sam
ple ballots. If,. thePah vta
desires to isrt g
there will be one ha3ft
be left out
A New Ide..
It has been sugsted that iit
would be a goa idea (and qite
inexpensive besides if etery
merchant and business =man in
Opelousas, as well as every citi
zen, whose place of business or
residence is near a street cross
ing, would cause the dust to be
removed every morning ifrom
these crossings in dry weatherj
and the mud in wet weather. ItI
is pointed out that such action
would facilitate and make more
pleasant the app eaChes to such
places of business ande residenes
and contribute ii no small de
gree to the comfort of the gen
eral public and the education of
the public taste, beside eviA
dencing some public spirit at lit
tle or no cost. Who will give
the example?
Dr. MikeL Lyons, of Crowley,
died last Sunda~y aged &,. He
was bon int St.Landrand two
of hiisters are living at Lake
Charles. Heerved in the Con
federate arny, graduated at
'Thiane and leaves wife at
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S JOIN W. [ES W11W <
He Addresses a heelfln He~r
Tuesday Night on theiro
e Public Sqpare.
The first public speaking of
the campaign took place herewi
last Tuesday night on the Couat
House square.
Electric lights over and
he iarksome shadows throw*
r by the. nobleoaks which arethe
pride of:)pi usas and reflecte#
back the smiles of the ladies wh
filled all the seats. Ifor the meri
there was only standing r<ion
sure enough. But they stood ti
the end nevertheless, interest,
listeners like the ladies to a ve
interesting .expositio of tbe
litical situation as it donerns
contest for Congress in the S
enth District.
The meeting was called to ,
der by Judge E. D. Estile
whz presidced with grCa an4
dignity an d introduced te
speakers in his usual sehola
manner. He paid a. glowin
eloquent tribute to Mr.L
and earnestly and felicSous~lye
horted his hearers to givrd .hi
their united support.
~Mr. Morton Thompson fol
lowed in a brieftbut well-conIsi
ered address, : ~cefully set
f1th the claims and: qualii
tions of Mr. Lewis for the
tion hand eloquently mait
t, at he was the best enppe
for the position and cnseq
Iould render to the people .
best and most effitient service. ,
Mr. John W. Lewis wa s -
lashtprcker« `He. a as f
rat t ~i d case, an
l and eq0en1jt
.e voters of his native town
their votes., He urged str
sfor the sufragei o
i of the- Dtri, anid.
Mr. Lewis -wag p
a beautiful bowyuet bly. isE
,. 'r.n. ofrfe
aIn a fke 4
fiatu e it ief adrefgvultr
eiteown T okea Thsý
doiest tJd bet ovsingers
omsth se. Itaipho, was
shfue of appore e. oeny
nfeature in itshelf i reck e
personall superl Thendn a he
m ddoaubtedly the best singers aVr
in this city ain lpaticular e. .
some localtiseent is asit
Our S'.reets.
a Comiiat nerrasmst peope ight
a full force of w ornen, has
bten doing some i rexcellent wr
on our streets this week. He o at
peseonally superintending thm
work and rs giving iet Mhsbt t
tendon, taking particular are tow
inprove the, drainage'' which, i
some localitie, ise not as siale
a matter as, most people migt
take it to be. H is _proceeding
with caution in such locai;tie
and being a oem obsrve ema ,j
be depenzded upo oget
exactly ihet fi
.ldoies. not l h ee to
Tet mandEti fe
.lof theJve0

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