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grt~a3in r~ 18101 sm- mulc ___~~-+ TH ST. LANDR CLRIN UWSPAPEt I.X.o H est Aa I o:~~~~ ,,.- ,.,.,, ABSORBED THE ST. LAkDRy COMMONER ON JULY 2, 19128 "Here Shall The Press The People's Rights M* taIn, Unawed by Influence and Unbribed by Cain." VOL. XXIII.---NO. 21. OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, MARCH.8 1913. $1P SSON A(NDO TAK ONQOOD..ROADS. S... . ..... . 4 , -Goernor deliveiee ett ighwato Several Hundred Parish Solons at the Courtho.is "THE TIME FOR SPEAKING HAS PAST, NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION" Tells people of the Parish "When the Time" Comes to Make Campaign for Gooa Roads He Will Come Here and Talk at Every Voting Precinct J. Y. Sanders, ord i nar y laborer in a saw mill, clerk on a steamboat, farmer, printer, edi tor, legislator, Speaker of the , House of Representatives, Lieu tenant Governor, a n'd n o w the champion of the greatest cause before the consideration of the people of Louisiana, was here Tuesday, to address the Police Jury, and the people of the parish generally. He spoke at the courthouse, to .an audience representing nearly every section of the- parish be cause "Good Roads" is the slo gan now. Good Roads mean cheaper transportation to market-and that means a larger profit for the farmer. It means the saving of the farmer's teams. It means the saving of the wagon, and the buggy, and the carriage, and the harnesa.. And it means that-when the farmer leaves home, he can tell wife "I will be home by four o'clock," or whatever time he may set. Governor Sanders is the pio neer in this move in Louisiana, and his talk to the people of St. Landry Tuesday night was high ly appreciated. It rung out as clear as a bell, and displayed "horough famili arity with the ;it (ect. "I love Louisu-i a,. and its peo ple, and everythl +g that lives in Louisiana, and I believe that the time has come when we should awake to the realization that Good Roads is one of the most important factors in the great good of Louisiana," exclaimed the Governor, with great feel "Time for talking and making speeches has past, now is the tine for action," said the worthy gentlemen. In the course of his talk he, spoke upon the building of roads by capitalizing the surplus funds of the parish to build one road and then submit a vote to the - people for a tax, thereny enabl ing the building of better roads throughout St. Landry. The farmer the one who derives more good out of good roads,' is the one who will have to pay less f6trthis luxary; Corporations will have to pay from-75 per cent to -80 per cent on the dollar ,spent on good roads, whilst the country people enjoy them most. "Don't say you can't do it, Mr. Juryman, say you can and you will do it,"said J. Y. -Good roads is not an expeltdi ture, it is an investment, which pays an enormous revenue each year, to all who travel on the road. There is no such a thing as loss of time, as is the case in bad roads, there is never any break uown, on account of be ing stuck in an impassable mud-' hole. Instead of going on the trains, as one has to during bad roads, one would be able togoby buggy or automobile, and remain as long as he wishes, without any fear of being left behind and having to remain over night at a strange place. Wagons would be able to come to town and farmers send their products to market with ease and no difficul ty of going over the roads. Bad weather wotiuld not be a source of great loss, as is the case at present, no matter how bad it would be, the country peo ple would be able to come to town. Mr. Sanders in his speech, said Sthat it was well known that he was the presid;lent~i a gaek4eas building company, but that he didnot come to St. Landry to preach good roads and expect to force the police jury to accept his proposition. When the time came for the bidding on the con struction of roads, he would help St. Landry in every manner shape or form, to secure better highways, without any compen sation whatever, from the hands of the Police Jurors. That when it was time to start a good roads campaign, he would go in every voting precinct, in the parish of St. Landry, and try all that talk ing could do. He is interested in the wel fare of Loisiana and by his many speeches throughout the State has done wonderful good to his people. He is an authority on good roads and is willing to lend all his knowledge and ener gies to bettering the thorough fares of the State in general ' St. , dry wiit eventually have ~~b roads, and a hard fight will be made toobtain them, no matter if it takes ten years to accomplish it. There is no rea son why this Parish could not do like other progressive parishes of the State and give its citizens good substantial highways, which water could not injure. Mr. Sanders, however, is of the opinion that the fundamental principle of road building, is to have good drainage and the only way to do that is 'by scientific methods, in order to know the exact rainfall of this parish and have enough laterals to take the water away, as soon as it falls from the heavens-not the next day or next week. The craze. wwih is going all over the Lnr"&a~taý is, seems to have struck Opcl,,as, and this craze has~ome tostay as lo. g-a this parish does not have bitter highways and injdes of facilitat ing transportation to and from the towns With the $25,000.00 that St. Landry spends annually- on its roads it could capitalize this sur plus and issue bonds for. ten years. thereby having ' enough money to build some fitymiies of rainproof, travessable and lasting roads. When this.is done, good roads would be appreciated and instead of the Police Jury trying to get better roads the 'eople *ould,. " of their. own accord, obtain means of constructing some-throughut the- parish.-- Now is the time for action, and decisive action, too. Something must be done to better the pre sent situatiuon and must be done at once. Every man in. this parish with the interest of his communityand his fellow-citizens at heart, should feel in duty bound to something to accomplish this worthy cause. . A thorough cam paignis neccesary all who can be of service to attain this end should busy hijnself to advancing it,- so that when a tax is voted it will not be turned down by, the people of this Parish In securing better roads, lands that one can scarcely give away, much less sell, would demand fabulous prices and prosperity would make its advent in St. Landry, with a determination of staying with its people as long as the earthhrolls on. This par ish is not one hundredth time as prosperous as it could be. Itis rich, but all its riches are latent and awaiting something which would make them of use to this country. Louisiana has the greatest resources of anystate in the Union, but it is a sure thing that these resources can not be of advatage to its in 1 uniieJ°Jese inhabi tants are of tbl toiaiSone' thing and not let the others doet while they are mere lookers-on. "God helps the man who helps himself," as the old saying goes, and the time is at hand when the people of this parish have to help themselves. Their Creator has helped their country more than any other spot on the face of the earth. The building of good roads is a good solution t o the lack of progressiveness which St. Landry is at present experi encing. Have better highways upon which people from all parts of the surrounding country can come to the parish-seat, with out any fear of sticking in some mud-holes or breaking down. Have roads upon which the farmers are not afraid to travel at any .time during the year, whether it be during the rainy reason or not. day or night, rain or sunshine, as long as they are goodroadg, and not roads like St. Landry has had for the last years. Mr. Sanders has :ofered his services to this parish and its Police Jurors in every possible way in which he can be of as sistance, whenever they call upon him; for this the progrese sive citizens of this community feel grateful to him. They feel that they could never forget "J. Y." and know that 'his mighty physique and genial face wiJllever be in their hearts. NO MORE SKATING ON BANQUETTESNOW. Cty Authority Put Step On The Skaters of bibSlity.-- -Teugsters lave To 6o To The RiSk Hereafter. In last weeks issue the Clarion, stated that skating on the 'out skirts of the city was not prohib ited by the authroities, but since then, it has been discovered that there will be no more skating on the side-walks any where in the city limits. as the privileges, which were allowed to the lovers of that copular sport, were abus ed and there were so many skaters on the streets that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of this city have decided that skat ing on any of the banquettes of Opelousas would hereafter be prohibite.& - This decree of the City Coun cil will greatly increase the popularity of the skating rink' which is being run by Mr. Leonce Roos, in the rear of his father's warehouse, on Main Street. Every night since its opening it has been visited by crowds of young couples and has developed to be a rendezvous for the boys and girls of this city. "WORK.IS NECESSARY IN ALL TitINS" Police Juror Isenbans~n sturdy German, Believes In Toll Police Juror Isenhausen, of the third ward of St. Landry parish believes that success in farming depends as much :upon the brain and energy .of the farmer, as upon .the soil and the weather conditions, etc. · . "A farmer that is not alert and hustlingecan not make a crop on the best soil and in the most favorable weather." Said Mr. [senhauseh "k found that out hortly after J went into the in. working for a iyini. i- TIEDnt Predeace R.klftrety-Taiun Ag. Is - Tkirs tbs1 Past., NOW RiGE IETI IFSWOILD It. Landry, wth fb h.. 6hrir -S.chu : Cauli msafsrls to tf.aIs ta r of Yearfago~say zabout twenty years back=sinall patches of rice, cultivated 6`nly by those who had a pond in their field, constitited the rice industry of this country>° :'Not a sack was ever sold. except to a peighbor., And roW this is the Rice Belt -the greatest rice producing country in the world. And the future promises much more for this section. The Union Irrigation Canal, one of the most gigantic con cerns in the South, is destined to make rice cultivation cheap and the yield profitable almost beyond conception. Rice mills are to be established at several points--one at Ope lousas for certain; planters along the canal are to use lands here tofore idle; and the water from this same canal, while primarily for the irrigation of rice, will also be used for the irrigation of cotton, and, corn, and truck. So the agricultural prospects of St. Landry iparish are great, very great. DR. J. A. SHAW. Dr. J. A. Shaw, recently chos en by the Elks of Opelousas as their Exalted Ruler, is a promi nent dentist an4 useful citizen of this City. He came here but a few years ago, biut notwithstanding his short residence here,, has easily won the esteem and confidence of the not only his brother mem bers, but also of the whole peo ple. He was born in Homer, La., in 1882, and received his educa tion in the public schools of Clai borne parish, and. in . Atlanta schoolof .Technology. He gradu ated in dentistry from the Louis deil Co11llegeof Den tistry in 1904. Besides being a hustling dent ist and a prominent member of the Elk's Lodge, Dr. Shaw is a members of the Board of Alder men of Opelousas, .and is coni sidered exceedingly popular, His many friends complement him upon the distinguished honor he has received at the hands of his brother Elks. 1IUEH1 POINT IN PROSPERUS CONDITION Ir. Theltsuar 6.ldry, Starny C!!Is:U 1S Lautlrtly For The Ilmmflar s. Mr. Thelesmar Guidry, one of the sturdy citizens .of Church Point, just over the lbouidry line separating St. Landry:and Aca dia, was a visitor to Opelousas Monday. Mr. Guidry spoke enthusiastic ally of the crop prospects of Acadia parish, and of. general con.litions existing there. "Our farme-rs as a rule, are not heavily involved, and if the~ crop 'pans ount this year, as it promises, they will be in good shape, " said Mr. Guidry Church Point is environed by a splendid country, and when everywhere. ON BEIER STREETS. Mr. Basel In A Commalusatli To The Clares Says Why lau aowOpeleusas Shoeld e i s. d Streets. One who might believe that the people of Opelousas- are not going seriously, after . better streets will readily see his mis take by perusing carefully the communication, which the Clar ion received from Mr. L. L. Dan el, Alderman from. the second ward. His ideas are- very good and is well worth the best-atten tion that one can give to this subject. If his example would be followed by some other pro minent men of this community, Opelousas would be a city worth speaking about-that is to say, a city in which its citizens would take the greatest pride and whose fame for progressiveness and beauty would be unbounded. Mr. Danel feels assured that it is time that the people of Opel ousas consider building streets in a serious manner and not"en pasence." Opelousas is in a better po i tion to spend money on its streets than at any time in its existence. In former years it took practical ly all the revenues of the City to run the Power plant, but now, swing to our ever industrious Mayor E. L. Loeb this enterprise is no longer a burden to the city but a real paying thing. While Opelousas is getting out of debts and making money is the time to pave the streets. Let other gentlemen of this community follow in Mr. Danel's footsteps and give their views on this subject, the Clarion will be glad to print them and to comment on them accordingly. Below follows Mr. Danel's worthy communication: Opelousas, La., March 5, 1913. Mr. Editor:- There seems to, be a consensus of opinion that Opel ousas cannot afford to face another fall and winter traffic without something being done for its principle streets. That while the town is high and well drained, travel is too great for the best dirt roads to resist when subjected to the softening effect of the winter rains. That the loss of trade experienced in the last two winters must not be re peated. That we must do some thing, but what is to be done is the question now debated. To satisfy myself as to what was best to do, I have examined the different kinds of streets in Alexandria, La., and while Ifind the Brick and Asphalt streets good and nice to look at, I think that the Gravel street is what we want. -Bear in mind that we must cut our garment according to the cloth. From my obser'ations, a good gravel street 28 feet wide can- be laid for about $4000.00 per mile, and itmakes a fine, first class durable roadway. I did not realize what a fine roadway gravel made until Irode over it. The other kind of streets are in my judgement too costly for us. My plan is for the City to build 10 miles of graveled streets running froi corporate limit to corporate liit, .both East and West, and orth and South. This woul cost approximately 40000.00 iich can be paid by anticipating our revenues. The townhas run on a 7 mill tax, even w, en deprived of the whiskey licnse, and meeting a heavy monithly deficit at the Power. Plnt. Now that we have the li4i~ens and the Power Plant is on paying basis, a levy of 10 mills wit give 3 mills to de vote to strt improvement, and I think easily give funds to ac domplish w'aatI propose above. The benefit, would like the,,Ib.r den, be equally divided; no' one would feel the hardship as in the case where only abutting pro prietors are made to stand the whole ebstof the work. In the central poriion the pavement might be made of higher class where the abltting proprietors are wlling to pay the inerease ad~a T A SIGNAL VIC Wilson and Marshall Inaugurate; Amidst, Popular Acclaim As President and Vice-President. The people of the United States, af ter sixteen years of Republican. ~l are now under the wing of the D cratic party.. Woodrow Wilson as President, a Thomas R. Marshall as Vice Presideng were inaugurated on last Tuesday, March 4th, amid~ t a great popula demonstration, not only in Wash t ton, but in all the large cities of country. The inauguration of President W marks the renaissance of the Der cratic party. Much is expected of his dmini tration. True he is but a. school Profe and b his election -t the~ iirship o :bfN w Jersey, ureii SThe lare r ajiority, of the Elec College by which he was elected of the confidence the American have in him. Mr. Wilson received 240 el votes, Presiden Taft 8 .votes,:: Theodore Roosevelt 88. ELECTION FOR CAR LINE'S TAX CALLE Board of Aldermen Fixes April 22nd as the :Da Decide Whether or not the Voters Here Want an Interurban'Line The petition ealling f1r the Traction Company's tax has been signed by the nencessary one third voters of this city and an election will be called off in the fiture to decide whether or not Oplousas will have an. electric car liner This company When itis being castructed .Am even after its construction will employ a great namber ofimens, who wil-make Opelousas one of their head quarters. These will bring money into this town and: there by place some currency in cir culation. There is .no city in central Louisiana, which needs more money in circulation than Opelousas. besideb an internrban line. It is expected t.hat there. will be very little oposifion to the tax as a community. which wants to be progessive must, almost .of necessity, have both, good roads andan electric car line. Opelousas people want their city to be rec but we must fix our streets and the quetion is, what is the best way to d4oit? I have ventured this communi cation to start the ball rolling. What have you to say Citizens? Speak up! We must get out of the mud. - Member Board of Alderman. N.LL. WhiteladJ. A. Livesey went on business to Eunice and .points fokther west last Monday, reaoining several days. ington, was in town Monday. ognixed by all whe eOa,; u as one of the best and most gressive cities that they_ seen. Many cities in theN and West, not half the siz this city, have interurban and paved streets; many not half as rich as have more spirit of - Sess than ours. reason for the peoplef and cities -that are a aso': disgust to touridstsa. There will ba hard fight hand, but whet camb 'a . vil ,be1 tairedi1 be, thia the diffc ult ahae va and the men who ,re wilin do some good for t~heir ity have an easy road.to trave The ition was presented;: fore eMayor and Aldrmen of nesday night and an eletion been eamled by thrieal -n body.for cTueday, Apriel.i n Madames Joe Chamnt Kinder, Marion McNabb L. Senie of Oberlin friends and relatives here week. IMrs J. Claerenei IDe , t New-Reads id Mie Stellte lA drepont of the 8mos#a-s. Convent, Grand Co arthe gests of their parents Mr. Mrs Yves Abidrepont. Messrs -Edi.' Mindrei ot,; .C Fruge and Stephen Durad w to Lafayette on Sundays" t: ` Mr. George Barry, of: Grt Coteau, was hereoe-ently. ington, was .