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ABSORBED THE ST. LANDRY COMMONER ON JULY 2, 1912.
"Here Shall The Press The People's Rights Maintain, Unawedby influence and Unbrbed by Cain. VOL. XXII.---NO. 3. OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 1913. PER YEAR m m ll m m m m m 'm m m r WOOIMEN INSTALL Local Camp Installs Offices And Then Banquets Willow Camp No. 47, W. O. W. held its regular meeting on Thursday night, and after the business session was concluded, proceeded to install the recently elected officers for the year 1913. Forty-two sovereigns were pre sent and participated in the im pressive ceremonial of the order. Past Consul Commander Leon S. Haas conducting the install ation. -After the installation the Camp adjourned to the Durio restaurant where a sumptuous banquet had been prepared for the occasion. Toasts were drank, jokes told, and general merri sent indulged in until a late hour, all present expressing themselves as highly pleased with the evenings pleasure and Wcording a vote of thanks to the Committee and to Sovereign ·)rio for the elegant spread which had been prepared for them. A feature of the evening, manifesting the strong tie of fraternalism that exist within the order, was the prompt and generous response of the sov ereigns present to the distress of a brother sovereign, where their attention was called to it, paus Singin themidst of the merry-mak ing to assist in alleviating mis fortune and thereby exemplfying in a practical manner one of the noblest attribites of Woodcraft "sweet charity. Willow Camp has a member ship of over one hundred and is still growing $--CI· C Died. . WESTBROOKS.--At her home _h Melville, La., December 29th, Eii 1 Mrs. Clara Westbreoks, (nee Cason). , The subject of the above notice was born at Big Cane in St. Lan dty parish, La., October 25th, 1887. Her parents being F. B. Cmson and Eula Ward Cason, wi o now reside in Melville, La. The late Dr. S. P. Ward, of Big Cane, being her grandfather on the mother's side. The deceased resided with her parents at Big Cane, and later came to Melville until February 10, 1907, on which date she was married to Mr. Ira Westbrooks, from which union sprang three sons, the youngest being two months old, all of whom with the father survive: In early life Mrs. Westbrooks was impressed with the beauty of holiness, and gave her life to the service of God, uniting with ,he Methodist Episcopal Church, SDuth, the church of her choice amd also the church of her par mnts, under the ministry of the1 Slte Rev. J. M. Johnson. And -.e it said to her credit, that she a.ntinued to live a consistent : Christian life up to the time of her death. Her last sickness lasted two months and a day, all of which she bore patiently and uncom Splaining. Mrs. Westbrooks pos aessed those characteristics which exemplified all the relations she sustained to life, a dutiful daugh Ser, a loving sister, a devoted W'- e, a faithful mother and a: true friend. Begides her immediate family, her death is mourned by her father and mother, one sister, six brothers and a large number f other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held nn the Methodist church in Melville in the presence of a crowded house, conducted by the pastor of the church. All the leading iness houses of the town were d in respect of her funeral. er remains were laid to rest in; e Methoudist cemetery in Mel ile to awai resurrection. Peacefui i,., t.h silent slumber, Peacefi. I~n he grave so low, For thou no more will join our: Thou no nore our presence know. HER PASTOR. t the session of the police of the parish of Concordia Monday the application for n license made by parties Vidalia was refused, the se to the tragedy that occur*. tIere some weeks ago when ;en were killed. Primaries For Postmaster A bill has been introduced into Congress providing for primary elections for all applicants foi the position of postmaster, the patrons of each office being the only qualified voters. From press despatches tne indiciations are that the bill will go through, as the members will then be re lieved of the onslaught that is being made upon them by scores who want these jobs. Should this be the case, and President Wilson can and will take post masters out of the civil service rule, where they were recently placed by President Taft, then lookout for a scramble for this office, as the woods are full of candidates. Improved Cotton Seed On the last page of this issue will be fond the advertisement of the Mebane Cotton Seed, an improved variety, which has been cultivated extensively in Texas, and is said to be a wonderful producer and to pos sess a longer staple than other varieties. Mr. Isador Isaac, of this city, is the distributer for this section and will be pleased to hear from anyone interested inproving both the field and and quality of their cotton crop this year. Fifth National Corn Fxposition Will Open Jan. 27. Columbia, S. C., January 3 - -(Special)- -With six feature days, each carrying a special program of addresses by dist inguished speakers, the' opening week of the Fifth National Corn Exposition will offer a splendid variety of topics of special in terest to every visitor. THis great agricultural event, stressing every phase of agricultural progress, and the culmination of two years careful planning and preparation, will open on the 27th of this month. With only three weeks remaining before the buidings will be thrown open to the public, the hundreds of details are rapidly nearing final perfection. The National Corn Exposition will continue two weeks, closing on February 8th. Like the first week, the second week will have a number of feature days, but it will also be characterized by conferences on rural life and community work, which are expected to prove of great ben efit to all visitors interested in the social development of the rural community. Monday, Jan ua.y 27th, will be strikingly celebrated in a significant manner as the Opening Day of the Exposition. Tuesday will be Sduth Carolina Day, when special events representative of this State will be featured. Wed nesday will be National Live Stock Day Thursday, National Farmers Union Day, and Friday National Educaton Day. On each of these days there will be spcial addresses by prominent speakers pertinent topics: Saturday' will be Boys Day, marking the close of the Exposition School for Prize Winners, to be conducted during the first week of the Exposition. The program for the second week is being completed, and the full list of speakers for two weeks will be announced in She near future. Notice. The members of R. E. Lee Camp No. 14 U. C. V., are fra ternally requested to attend the annual meeting to be held for urgent measures, on Friday, Jan uary 17th, 1913, at Judge Arthur Simon's office in the city of Ope lousas, La., at 11 o'clock a. m. MAJOR C. P. RICHARD, Lieut. Commander. MAJOR ARTHUR SIMON, Adjutant. Camp No. 14, U. C. V. ANOTHER HOLD-UP Early Tuesday morning, as "Marcella," Mr. C. H. Comeau's well known milk delivery man, was coming to town with his milk wagon from Ave Maria Plantation, was stopped on the Washington Road at a lane near Mr. D. M. Fontenot's residence, by two highwaymen, and robbed of about $26.00, partly his own money and partly that of his em ployer. It was very dark at the time, and as both men carried lanterns and shoved them up close to his face, he was dazzled as well as scared and cannot ident ify the parties, in fact can't say weather they were white or black. He says they called for his bag, ands when he denied having any and failed to produce his money, one told the other to hit him. He heard an iron bar strike on the wagon wheel and was soon persuaded to "come across." Parties who saw Mar cella later 'n the same morning say he still looked badly fright ened. The officers are investigating the matter and trust will ap prehend the guilty parties. Work on the Ville Platte Elect ric Light & Ice plant is progress ing right along, and from all appearances Ville Platte will soon injoy the comforts of well illuminated streets. Mr. R. L. Dossman, promoter of the plant, informs us thati lights will be flashed over the town within the next fifteen days. When the plant was started about two months ago, it was thought that electric light would be furnished on the first of this month, but there had been some delay in the shipment of materials. Grand Coteau Notes The students of St. Charles College and the Sacred Heart Convent came in Friday and Monday respectively after spend ing the holidays at their respect ive homes. Miss Helen Voorhies returned to her home in Opelousas Sunday after visiting relatives here. A. D. Smith was an Opelousas visitor Saturday. Mrs. J. J. Olivier and son Whitney visited relatives here Monday and Tuesday. Mrs. E. V. Barry and daugh ters Helen and Viola were Sat urday visitors to Opelousas. Miss Florence Barry returned from Opelousas Tuesday after visiting relatives there. Mr. J. J. Barry and family are home again after spending the Christmas with relatives at umont and Port Arthur Texas. Mr. Edgar Burleigh of Jean erette visited relatives here a few days this week. Mr. Robert Barry Jr. returned from Jeanerette last week. Mr. Eugene Petetin is visiting at Lafayette. HIgh School Notes. On the 0th of January school opened for the New Year. All of the pupils of the High School were present and all were speak ing of the fun they had had during the two weeks of the Christmas holidays. The first week of this year was spent in review of the com ing examinations which will be gin on Monday the 13th. Un lucky day! Many will be exempt this year because of a new rule. Those who get above 90 per cent aver age are exempt, while those re ceiving between 60 per cent and 90 per cent will be allowed to take their examinations, and those receiving below 60 per cent will not be allowed to take the term examinations. MARGUERITE BRAMD. Mrs. E. K. Wallior went to Houston this week on business. LOCALS AND PERSONALS A. L. LaCombe, the genial "Larry," left on Tuesday morn ing for Atlanta, Ga., and Men phis, Tenn., on a business trip, and will be gone for about a wee . Mrs. R. G. Porter, of Boyle. Miss., arrived here during the holidays on a visR to her daugher, Mrs. C. M. Porter, and will iremain here during the winter months, after which she will visit other daughters who reside in dfferent Stath, We wish her la pleasant time. Drs. E. M. Ellis, of Crowley, and Dr. T. S. Adams, of Eunice, were here Wednesday, in attend ance upon the meeting of the Parish Medical Society. John B. Fontenot, a former Opelousas boy but a resident of Crowley for the past ten or twelve years, was here during the holidays and part of this week shaking hands with old friends and visiting relatives. John recently underwent an operation for a serious ailment which had afflicted him for a number of years, and we were pleased *o know that it was en tirely successfull and to notice his steady impovements. He was operated on at the new Crowley Sanitarium, being its first patient. Herman Bodemuller, Jr., left on Saturday last for Ruston, La., where he entered the Louisiana Industrial Institute. Mrs. Pavy, Misses Kate Sud duth and Alice Chachere, and Messrs. Gordon Smith and John Skiles have returned to S. L. I. I., after spending the holidays with relatives and friends. Misses Lillian and Sophie Boy kins have returned to their home at Bayou Current af ~ee nding the holidays at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Wilson. Miss Mable Garland and cousin of New Orleans spent the holi days with relatives in Opelousas. A most enjoyable event which occurred during the holidays was a "fudge party" given at the home of the Misses Wilson. There were twelve boys and girls that witnessed the candy mak ing. The house was beautifuly decorated with holly, fern, moss and mistletoe. After the fudge was completed many games were indulged in until a late hour. I All went home wishing Christ- 1 mas would come twice a year. Master Lawrence F. Lassalle, after spending a delightful time during the holidays with his par ents, returned to St. Charles College last Friday. At the New Orleans Poultry Show just closed, St. Landry raised fowls scored some sen sational winnings. Mr. R. B. Wilkins who breeds the "None Whiter" Wyandottes and "Quali ty" Pekin Ducki was down with quiet a string of birds and many visitors stated they were the best they had ever seen, while as to the Pekins, the Judges were high in their praise pro nouncing them the very finest specimens that had ever been called upon to Judge anywhere. This is some feather in the cap of St. Landry Parish and the breed ing of pure bred poultry as well as other pure bred stock should be on a more extensive scale here-it pays. Wyandottes won as follows; 1st, 2d and 3d Pens, 1st, 3d and 4th Cock, 4th and 5th Cockerels, (while the 1st cockerel was a bird bred by Mr. Wilkins) 2d pullet and 5th hen, also many cash specials and 3 handsome silver cups. Pekins won 1st, 2d and 3d old drakes, 1st, and 2d and 3d old hens, 1st and 3d young drakes and 1st aid young hens well as all specials. Sales were good and Wilkins "None Whiter" Wyandottes af d Pekins are in good demand. The talking moving pictures are now an assured fact accord ing to a statement made by its inventor, Thomas Edison, the wizard. Within the next sixty days theatres in New York City will introduce them. 0. G. & N. E. May Be Extended To Lake Charles Information from what is re garded as strictly reliable sources has it that the Texas & Pacifiic Railroad Company contemplates an early entrance into Lake Charles with a branch of its system. The information is that the Opelousas & Gulf Railroad Com pany will be extendid from Crowley, its present terminus, through Lake Arthur, propmtly, to this city. Upon the question of the exact route of the proposed extension from Crowley to Lake Charles nothing is as yet made definitely known, and another course than the one referred to may be selected. The Texas & Pacfic has long itched for a direct inlet and out let at Lake Charles, and in view of the increased activities in the way of industrial and agricultural development in southwest Louis iana. A confirmation of the report could not be obtained today from local railroad sources, although the information secured from an official of the Opelousas & Gulf of New Orleans is taken as authorative. The Opelousas & Gulf operates from Opelousas through Rayne to Crowley. Teachers' Institute.' At High School Auditorium' Saturday, Jan. 25th, 1913, at 9:30 A. M. PROGRAM. 1. Opening Exercise,' Miss Lena Jones. 2. Roll Call, Quotations from Shakespeare. 3. Model Recitation, 3rd. Grade Reading, Miss Mathilde Estorge. 4. Sociology and M o oder . Social Problems, Chapters 5 and 6, Mr. Paul Pavy. 6. Louisiana, Historical Sketch, Mr. R. C. Childs. 6.-Louisiana, Rivers a n d Water Ways; Railways, Mr. W. E. Persons. 7. The Teacher and the School, Chapter 8, Miss Rogets. 8. How to Have A Good School, Miss Myrtle Shelby. 9. :Quotation Box. E a c h teacher will Le required to de posit at least 'one question, and these will be made the subjects of discussion. 10. Assignment and adjourn ment. Respectfully, W. B. PRESCOTT, Conductor. Gussie Garland Heard From. Our popular young Opelousas attorney and Representative in the State Legislature from this parish, Mr. Augustus H. Gar land, who caused considerable concern to his relatives and many friends here and elsewhere by leaving Baton Rouge at the adjournment of the last session of the Legislature for parts un known, without advising his constituents and relatives where he was headed for, has finally been heard from. Of course as Mr. Garland is considerably above the age of majority, is a bachelor, and has no strings tied to him, he has the right to go where he chooses, without a "by-your-leave" to anyone, but his unexplained absence was quite a source of speculation to many. It now appears that he has been on an extended West ern trip, and is atrpresent in the state of Montana. A small blaze broke out last Thursday morning at the home of Mr. Ernest J. Richard, due to a defective flue in the kitchen. The "fire boys" were on the spot a few minutes after the alarm, but were too late to ren der any assistance. It required but a few minutes to extinguish the flames. DAUA HTEIS ARE AIAINSI REMOVAL OF STATUE OF JACKSON. During the celebration Wed nesday of the anniversary of the battle of New Orleans with their usual brilliant banquet in the red room of the Grunewald hotel in New Orleans, the United Daughters of 1776-1812 took the occasion to register their pro test against the proposal of the Louisiana Historical Society to remove the statue of General Andrew Jackson from Jackson Square and replace it with statues of La Salle and DeSoto. Mrs. H. M. Stem, recently re elected president of the Daugh ters, presided as toastmistress. Toasts were also drunk to the Ursuline Ladies, to whom Gen eral Jackson once gave personal thanks for their prayers for the success of his arms. Mr. T. P. Bowden, a resident of this city for many years, and holding a prominent liosition with the O. G. railroad, left the early part of the week for Alex andria where he is now holding a position to which he has been promoted by the Texas & Pacific railroad. He was also a member of the Board of Aldermen of this city and his absence has created a vacancy in that body. It will be necessary to have a special election to choose a successor to Mr. Bowden as a member of the Board. Several have already expressed the desire to run f or the place. Hchool Board Qualities. The newly-elected members of the School Board last Saturday qualified and elected officers and a superintendent, as follows: Dr. O. P. Daly, president; J. G. Carriere, vice-president a n d Prof. C. J. Thompson, superin tendent, to serve four years at a salary of $2,000 per annum. In making the allotment for the term of service of the respective members as, an overlapping board the distribution was as follows: Dr. L. A. Guidry. Arthur Fogleman, Frank Fonte not, Dr. A. C. Durio, and Edgar Andrepont were drawn for the term of two years. J. A. Per kins, Regis Boudreaux, R. L. Hawkins, J. G. Carriere an d Theo. C. Dejean were drawn for. the term of four years. Dr. H. S. Joseph, Dr. O. P. Daly, J. W. Lyman, H. D. Larcade, Jr., W. B. Baker and J. A. Sibille were d-awn for the term of six years. New Year Present Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Gregory have the congratulations of the Clarion upon their good fortune New Year's day. The stork re membered them with a most precious gift in the shape of a sweet little baby girl. It is hardly necessary to all that papa Gregory was duly appreciative upon the arrival of the third little lassie to swell the pleasure of his happy home, and wears that "smile that never wears off." Crawford's Comedians Under Auspicious Of P. B. O. E. No. 1048 On Monday night, Jan. 13th, Crawford's Comedians will pres ent the great emotional drama, entitled "Her Life For His" under the personal direction of I the author, Mr. Joseph D. Clifton featuring Miss June Agnott, formerly of the Park Theatre Stock Company, of Philadelphia. Crawford's Comedians come well recommended as being of the best dramatic organizations now on the road. They are playing this week in Patterson, and will play here all of next week on the Elk lot next to the Elk home. ST. LANDRY MEDI COS MEET. The annual meeting of the St. Landry Medical Society con vened in this city Wed nesday with an after noon and evening session. A large delegation of out-of-town physicians in addition to all the most prominent doctors of the city met in assembly. The after noon session which opened at 2:30 o'clock was devoted entirely to the general business of the society. Papers were read by Dr. Ellis, a prominent physician of Crowley and Dr. Ledbetter of New Orleans after which the subjects were discussed by the members. At the election of officers which took place immediately after the discussion, the follow lowing officers were elected for the ensuing year: Dr. Adams, President; Dr. Z. T. Young, Vicew President; Dr. Lafleur, $ecre tary; Dr. Paul Foster, Treasurer`: and Dr. C. A. Gardiner and Dr. Hawkins of Palmetto and Dr. B. Littell of this city were appointed dele gates to the state convention. At on open meeting held in the evening, presided ~i*vy.by Dr. Gardiner, a very interesting program was carried 'out. Dr. Dowling was slated for this meeting, but on account of im-: portant office duities, Dr. Ledbet ter was sent in his stead. Dr. Ledbetter is a member of the, State Board of Health and pies- J ident of the State Medical o ciety. His subject, disachse~g the aim of the State Medical Society was well receiyed and emphasiszfd that the ndia-s il ciety is not organized for seMdtif motives, but purely for the so cial benefit derived from their frequent gathering. He did not devote his entire time to 'this particular subject and spoke. along the lines of sanitation, urging the individual. and them, housekeeper to co-operate with, the health officer to better health conditions. He also mentioned the fact that the small salary of two hundred dollars a year paid to a physician as parish health inspector was considered very small and for that reason he was considered a joke in many parta - of the state. An amount of not less than nine hundred dollars should be paid this officer and if the officer carries out all the work that is expected of him by the Board a sum of twelve hun dred dollars would not be too much. Dr. L. LLazaro, Dl,. D Dr. Gardiner and Dr. Hawkins are others whose addresses were well received by both the inedi. cal men and the public. The society closed the sesion at a banquet at the Lacombe hotel with members ;of their families and a few invited friends. Dr. Fred, J. Mayer acted as toastmaster, and toasts were responded to by the mem bers arid guests. Ag guillard---A erillsrd. Mr. Edward Aguillard, a pop ular young merchant of Lower Mamou, and Miss Lillie Aguil lard, one of our attractive Cre ole girls of the same section, were joined in the bonds of mat rimony last Wednesday morning. The ceremony was perfermed at the Catholic church in Eunice, and was attended by friends of the young couple. Misses Gladys Perrault and Rose Wallior, S. A. Stanley, Jim Morris, P. W. Linsday and S. M. Durand attended a dance at Port Barre last Saturday night.