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VOL. XXII.---NO. 3. OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 1913. PER YEAR
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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
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
Willow Camp has a member
ship of over one hundred and is
. WESTBROOKS.--At her home
_h Melville, La., December 29th,
Eii 1 Mrs. Clara Westbreoks,
, 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:
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
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
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
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
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
The program for the second
week is being completed, and
the full list of speakers for two
weeks will be announced in She
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,
MAJOR ARTHUR SIMON,
Camp No. 14, U. C. V.
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
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
Miss Helen Voorhies returned
to her home in Opelousas Sunday
after visiting relatives here.
A. D. Smith was an Opelousas
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
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
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
The first week of this year
was spent in review of the com
ing examinations which will be
gin on Monday the 13th. Un
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.
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
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
Herman Bodemuller, Jr., left
on Saturday last for Ruston, La.,
where he entered the Louisiana
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
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
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.
At High School Auditorium'
Saturday, Jan. 25th, 1913, at
9:30 A. M.
1. Opening Exercise,' Miss
2. Roll Call, Quotations from
3. Model Recitation, 3rd.
Grade Reading, Miss Mathilde
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.
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
10. Assignment and adjourn
W. B. PRESCOTT,
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
DAUA HTEIS ARE AIAINSI
REMOVAL OF STATUE
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
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
Under Auspicious Of P. B. O. E.
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
ST. LANDRY MEDI
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
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
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.
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