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"Here Shall The Press The People's Rights Maintain, Unawed by Influenoe and Unbrlbed by Cain."
The Boys From the West of
Parish Mop Up With
In the athletic meet, held in
this city, on Saturday April 19,
the home boys were completely
outclassed by the Eunice team;
they were also beaten by the
Washington team. Eunice came
out victorious with 56 points to
her credit, while Washington
came out second with 31 points
and Opelousas third, having
scored 27 points. Grand Prairie
and Lawtell were among tbe
"also ran," the former bS
fourth in the contest with:'"iw
points, while Lawtell had three
The Opelousas boys had can
ceded the victory to the Eunicee
aggregation, but it was never
thought that they would be
swamped so heavily. Neverthe
less, Eunice had the strongest
team and thers was nothing to
'prevent her from winning the
contest. Of course the people
here would have been very glad
to see Opelousas come out on top,
buit if it couldn't be helped there
is nothing more to say about it.
Master Fred Bailey, of Wash
ngton, won the gold medal for
being the best athelete, having
scored the highest individual
aumber of points. Master Guy
Burleigh of Eunice coming out
second to the best athelete, was
awarded a silver medal, as was
also Master Willie Read, of
ZEuniee, for having come out
O.pelousas showed herself
vastly superior to her opponents
in the literary contest, coming
out considerably in the lead.
Eunice was awarded the cup
as this the third year it has won
the meet, but Mr. Griffith, being
under the impression that Wash
inton should be entitled to have
this cup in its possession for one
~ at least, since it did not
save a cup four years ago,
the property of the Eunice High
School and Washington will un
doubtedly return it to Eunice
after the expiration of one year,
or after the meet of 1914.
Following were the winners in
the events:
50 yd. dash
1st, Fred Bailey, Washington;
2nd, Guy Burleigh, Eunice; 3rd, 1
Frank St. Cyr, Opelousas. Time, E
52-5 seconds.
1st, Adolphe Lafleur, Grand
Prairie; 2nd, Michel Miller, Eu
nice; 3rd, Prentiss Obier, Ope
lousas. Distance, 131 feet.
Half Mile Run- t
1st, Foster Tate, Eunice; 2nd, e
Lalanne Gibson, Washington; a
Frank Daly, Opelousas. b
ime, 2 minutes, 24 seconds. t
ole Vault- t
1st, Willie Moreau, Opelousas; F
2nd, G u y Burleirh, Eunice.
Height, 9 feet, 3 incnes.
100 yd. dash- d
1st, Fred Bailey, Washington; s
2nd, Guy Burleigh, Eunice; 3rd,.
Frank St C y r, Opelousas.
Time, 10 4-5 seconds.
Shot Put
1st, Mitchel Miller, Eunice;
2nd, Prentiss Obier, Opelousas;
Fred Bailey, Washington. Dis
tance, 30 feet, 7 inches.
Running Broad Jump
1st, Guy Burleigh, Eunice; p
2d, Fred Bailey, Washington;
Octave Castille, Opefousas. Dis- v
tance, 18 feet, two inches. e
440.yd. Run- t
1st, Fred Bailey, Washington; '
2nd, Fester Tate, Eunice; 3rd,
Arthur Thompson, Opelousas.
TImE 5&4 minutes. e
220-yd. Low Hurdles
1st, Willie Read, Eunice; Wil
lie Moreau, Opelousas. Time,
29 1-5 seconds.
Running High Jump
1st,r Guy Burleigh, Eunice; a
Octave. Castille, Opelousas. S
eigfht, 4 feet, 8 inches. v
zz0-yd. Run- s
lst, Fred Bailey, Washington; S
d, Frank St. Cyr; 3rd, Guy n
Eim i. Eunice. Time, 23.4 p
12t-yd. High Hurdle
I~t, Willie Read, Eunice; 2nd,
Pmr Bailey, Wiashinton 3rd,i
ave Catstille, Opelousas.
Th 1 seconds.
Mitle Ran- a
1st, Lindesay Fontenot, Eu
de. 2nd, Linus Cortez Lawtell; di
Lamlde Gibeon, Washing- t.l
-'Time 56 minmtes,,% 5&i4sec- a'
Tuesday's Election Big Victory For Traction Tax.-
239 Votes Cast For the Tax
And 16 Against.
On Tuesday the citizens of
Opelousas showed the world that
they wete as progressiave as any
in the world. For years Opelou
sas has been considered one of
the .mst retrogressive cities in
the state socount of the few
tax payers ~ hf6eld every wel
fare of the city in their hands
and would never sacrifice their
selfish interests to allow their
town to grow into a large city,
what Opelousas would now be,
but on the contrary as often as
thisa city would have the oppor
tunity of securhig an enterprise
which would mean the up-build
ing of this community, these
men would go out and wage a
terrible fight against whatsoever
enterprise, which would en
deavor to enter the gates of Ope
lousas. However, that time has
passed and n*d we people of the
little city of Opelousas are be
ginning to realise that our city
has a great future in store for
her, by the very fact that the
first step to a progressive career
was taken last Tuesday when the
Louisiana Traction and Power
Company's two and one-half mill
tax passed by a great majority.
In the early part of the day the
voting was going on very slowly
and the boosters of the Traction
company began to fear that the
necessary amount of votes could
not be gotten. But in the after
noon these few men got together
and in the space of a few minutes
there was a crowd of voters who
rushed in at the twelfth hour to
cast their votes in favor of the
tax. The lack of interest taken
in the election in the early part
of thoe da s due to the fact
that the vto {ho had to work
were of the opinion that there
would be no difficulty whatso
amontt of voters, But to be on
the safe side the admirers of the
Louisiana Traction and Power
Company went out and hustled,
and to them Mr. Shackford and
the citizens of Opelousas owe a
great debt of gratitude, as they
are the ones who secured this
enterprise for Opelousas.
Not one cent of this tax will
be collected until t he elec
tric road is actually constructed
and in running order. There is
hope that by the beginning of
next year Opelousas will be con
nected with the other little cities
and towns around here by the
Louisiana Traction and eower
Company. This move is the first
step to securing something oet
ter for this community and it is
expected now that the progres
sive element has shown itsetl to 3
be the more powerful of the two,
that Opelousas will not stop at
the Louisiana Traction and
Power Company, but go on ever ý
with their head up in the air and a
determination of go-forward .ess. 1
If this is done this city will one
day be the ideal little city of any
state, or as far as is concerned, '
On monday evening Miss idna
Wallior and Mr. Adam Guidry
were married at the St. Landry
Catholic Church, Rev. Father
Engberink, officiating, in the
presence of a few members of
the respective families. The in
vitations were sent out to the
effect that the wedding would
take place at 6:30 Tuesday morn
ing, but the couple getting the
"cold feet," decided that they
would get married on Monday
evening to evade the crowd that
was expected to be present at
the ceremony.
Mr. Guidry, fearing that a
crowd would be at the depot to
see them off on the evening
train, asked Mr. William Stew
art to bring his suit cases to the
Southern Pacific depot and to be
very careful not to let any one
see him with them. But Mr.
Stewart thinking that he would
play a joke on his friend, Adam,
passed through town and filled
up his automobile with boys and
went to the S. P. depot to bid
the newly-weds good-bye but
upon their arrival at the depot
they discovered. that the bridal
pair had slipped one on them
and had boarded the evening
train for Baton Rouge.
The entire affair was con
ducted in a puzzled manner, but
the couple had a time getting
r. the wtidrl eyese
Mr. and Mrs. Guiry * spent
if of any country.
t Some of the, people here said
that they could not vote.for the
L- tax since they could not see how
f they could be personally bene
flted out of it. What a foolish
thing to say-! Why the most il
literate person in existence
s Iould, almost without a thought,
r see that a person who 'has the
r welfare of his community at
heart should not be so selfish as
to say that if it did not greatly
s benefit him personally he would
not vote a tax, which meant a
source of great deal of good to
his community and fellowmen.
A tax like the Traction Com
pany's, if it does not benefit one
r personally it is a sure thing that
- it is because he does not want it
to be of any use to him, and if
he does not get dollars and cents
out of the company, he will have
the service and conveniences,
which that enterprise will be
built for. In short, there is no
fear that a tax like the Traction
Company's or the good road's
tax will injure or impoverish any
one person in the entire parish
of St. Landry.
By voting tbht tax on last
Tuesday the people of Opelousas
have rendered themselves the
greatest service that they ever
have in all their lives. When
the electric line will have been
completed they will more fully
realize what a good turn they
have done for their city and
those few who voted against the
tax will open their eyes and see
that they have made a mistake.
Every man has a right to have
an opinion of his own, and those
who voted against the Traction
Company's tax, did really and
conscientiously think that they
were right in doonwnw the
bx, but i is hoed that they
will at some future date com
prehend differently and will ever
afterwards feel that it is betteir
to stand for progressive prin
The election day was very
quiet, although there was a
great deal of excitement around
six o'clock, as then the votes for
the tax began to pour in and a
victory for the progressives was
Mr. Shackford, Superintend
ent of the Louisitna Traction
Power Company, was very well
pleased over the outcome of the
election and he himself said that
he would start on the construc
tion of his road as soon as he
possibly could and would make
a headway for this city. He
hopes to have the entire road
completed and in running order
within the next few months.
When all the ballots were
counted it was discovered that
the tax had passed- very easily
with 230 votes in favor of it and
16 against, while the prorerty
valuation was over $600,000.00
for and about $46,000.00 against.
their honeymoon in the capital
city, reaching Opelousas from
Baton Rouge on Thursday.
They will make Opelousas their
Mr. Eddie Durio, the popular
clerk at the Lacombe Hotel,
went to the Crescent City on
Wednesday to get him a charm
ing and fascinating little wife.
The wedding of Miss Hazel Long
and Mr. Eddie Durio took place
in New Orleans on April 23d.
Upon their arrival in Opelou
sas on Thursday' the wedding
couple discovered there was a
a big banquet being prepared in
their honor at the Lacombe Ho
tel, one of the best hotels in this
portion of the state. At this
elaborate spread were the many
friends of Mr. Durio and his
loving wife. Had the weather
not been so bad there wouldhave
been three times the amount of
people who participated in the
grand affair.
The entire community con
gratulates Mr. Durio in having
as hislife-long companion one
of the sweetest of the New Or
leans belles.
The dance which was to be
given by the Daughters of the
Confederacy, on last Thursday
night, bas b n posstponed, on
ae&t a wesdbt upk
nett M day night
- Opelousas, La., April 6, 1913.
The meeting opened at the
High School at 8 o'cloek sharp.
The interval of waiting for all
to arrive was filled in a pleasing
manner by the song Dixie being
played by Miss D. Mouille, and
d the strain sung with much feel
e ing by a number of school girls.
v After .this the, meeting was
called to order b'i the President
h' of the Chapter, Mrs. C. P. Rich
- ard, introducing as chairman of
e the meeting our estimable young
, friend, Leon S. Haas, a son of
e Capt. S. Haas. He accepted in
t glowing language the honor con
s ferred upon him. The chairman
' next introduced Mrs. Carrie M.
i Young, the Historian of the
Chapter, who recited an original
poem suitable for the occasion:
"1U. D. C."
We wish to forn~a goodly band,
Of the Daugters scattered
o'er the lands
Who will revere, for aye and aye,
The memory of those who
wore the gray.
There are just a few now, left
And soon, they too, will cross
the line,
And stand before God's righteous
Beyond the pale of cruel war.
And there, the y' - join their
friends .fPoore,
Who have crossed the border
line before,
Who 'fore the bullets would not
And laid down their lives on
the battlefield.
Ah, yes, we'll revere, for aye
and aye,
The memory of those who
wore the gray,
For heroic deeds of valor done,
We'll remember -the men of
How many filled n untimely
So young, so th lliand
Oh, let us ever be loyal and true,
To the memory of themen of i
Grand, noble men, so strong and
Laid down their lives in de- f
fense of right;
So, sacred, let the memory be,
Of the gallant men of sixty
Outdone in numbers, yet they
A grand, a noble, - though rag
ged band;
So we will cherish forevermore, I
The grand old men of sixty
The end is near, so let us pause,
And bow to the heroes of the
dear "Lost Cause;"
They fought, they believed, for
justice and right;
They did their best, in the un
equal fight.
Outnumbered, four-fold, they
gave it up,
And drank the drugs of the 1
bitter cup;
So we'll remember and ever
To honor our heroes of sixty
" five.
Their souls may be gone to meet
their God;
Their bodies resting 'neath
the sod,
Yet we, the daughters, of those
brave men,
Will still love, honor, and cher
ish thezm.
Next was the pinning of the
badges upon the lapels of the
old veterans by Miss P. Walker;
which recalled to them the days
of long ago, when the girls of
the 60's pinned flowers upon
them, and bade them aurevoir.
Next on the program was in
troduced the Hon. A. J. Mor
rough, of Ville Platte, who ad
dressed the audience in a feel- C
ing and forceful manner on the r
subject of the day and which o
will long [be remembered by the o
Daughters, and we vouch that a
these sentiments were shared o
by the veterans as well. Then a
Mr. Haas requested that Dixie n
be rendered again which was ii
loudly applauded by the veter- n
ans. After this the procession as
was formed headed by a squad e
of young volunteers: H. D. fi
Larcade, Jr., sergeant and t
bugler, The other young men I
in the squad were: S-J. Brown, I
Jr., Gil Vidrine, Sydney Garland, I
R. H. Pricee, Eugene Chachre,,d
James Dominiqne, Howard Voor- C
hies, bugler. Asaflute was fired, i
taps sounded, and all piceeded a
to the Catholic and Protestant lE
menta whes, flwhereowers were 8
The Little Tot Who Disappeared at Swayze Lake Is
Found in Columbia, Miss.--Whole Population
Turns Out to Greet fim at the Depot.
:d :, I:,. - .=., r* . .•
The little fellow who caused
so much anxiety and worry, some
eight months ago, when for a
week the O'Gee was running
from one to two special trains
to Swavze lake each day,
crowded with men from Opelou
sas and vicinity, who went out
there, some- spending one day,
others a couple and some more,
but they were all looking for the
same thing. With anxious and
everwatchful eyes they kept on
eagerly peeping into the under
brush, in Ithe canebrakes, even
diving into the lake searching
for the little fellow, whose name
has been in every.lip in this city
and almost on every mouth in
the United States-the little lboy
who caused so much excitement
and rejoicing in this city yester
day afternoon when the evening
Southern Pacific came in-little
Robert Dunbar.
It has at last come to pass that
the little fellow who disappeared
so suddenly at Swayze lake, dur
ing the month of August, from
his parents' fishing camp and
whom all thought dead at the
aottom of the lake, was not dead
botis alive and in the hands of
bis parents, who have spent
their every dollar for the pur
4f bringing back the lost boy to
those who love him dearly.
Now that the battle is won
and little Robert is no longer in
the hands of vile kidnapers the
entire city of Opelousas, as well
the states of Louisiana and
1ississippi, rejoice alike with
(r. and Mrs. Percy Dunbar for
the restoration of the little tot,
wpho had a rough road to travel
or the last eight months, and
whom the whole world thought
The eafie o Clumbia a
re responsible for the capture
if Walters, the stove-pipe
nender, who had Robert Din
ar in charge, and whom it is
Ileged is the kidnaper of the
ittle :sellow. When Opelousas
ad almost given up the fight,1
hese people still had in mind `
he missing boy and kept their
yes on every tramp who had a
hild with him, stopping each
md every one and putting him
hrough a severe ordeal of ques
ions. They were the ones who
iotified Mr. Dunbar of the fact1
hat there was a tramp in that
icinity who had a little boy i
,hose description followed to
he letter that of Robert Dun
Par. To these people Mr. Dun
ar as well as the citizens of
)pelousas will be very grateful.
Mayor E. L. Loeb sent a tele- 1
ram, in behalf of the popula
ion of this city, thanking the i
itizens of Columbia for all they t
ave done in the last week f9r I
Ir. and Mrs. Dunbar and the
mg lost child, Robert.
The telegram read as follows:
he Mayor of Columbia, t
Columbia, Miss.
On behalf of the entire popu- I
taps sounded. After this all
In conclusion, we beg to ex
tend our heartfelt thanks to.the
public, and those who partici
pated in rendering this our Feast
of Remembrance a success.
Signed by
Pres. Gordon Chapter, 124.
I1. D. C.
Columbian Woodmen.
Opelousas Household No. 109,
C. W., will meet again on Wed
nesday night, April 30th at 8
o'clock, in the W. O. W. hall
over Ben Riseman's store. This
meeting is for the purpose of
obligating additional members
who have joined since the last
meeting on April 11th, and to
install the officers elected at that
meeting. The membership is
still growing steadily 'and it is
expected will not be less than
fifty by that time. Following is
the list of officers and members:
Ennis S. Kerr, Worthy Consul;
R. Lee Gil. Worthy Vice-Roy;
Floyd H. Phillips, Worthy Car
dinal; H. Bodemller, Worthy
Clerk; Edward Mornhinveg,
Warthy Banker; James S. Tat
man, Worthy Counsellor; Dr. W.
R La Worthy Physician;
8mzlSe . Berthes,. Worthy
(Iterggl~t:~ aL:T6"Bkli~~;Sgl
H Peu;_~v~c' * IkwqP
i lation of this city, I desire to ex
tend through you, to the noble
i men and women of Columbia our
profound thanks for their un
selfish and magnanimous efforts
in locating and delivering into
the arms of his parents, little
Robert Dunbar. We only wish
we could indulge in a joint cele
bration of this most memorable
(Sgd) E. L. LOEB,
Mayor of Opelousas.
In this telegram Mayor Loeb
voiced the sentiment of every
mother, and father, as well as
every citizen of this community.
Long before the Southern Pa
cific two-thirty evening train
pulled in Opelousas there was a
crowd of several hundred peo
ple at the station, patiently
waiting the advent of little Rob
ert Dunbar in his native city.
The brass band was on hand and
produced some very pretty
pieces, thereby keeping the
crowd in a happy mood.
When the train came in at
about 2:35 the fire whistle and
the different whistles in the city
began blo~ing for the appear
ance of the boy who was lost in
the jungles near Swayzee lake
in the month of August. The
crowdbean to cheer, as little
Robert was lifted off
the train and carried to the fire
truck, by Mr. Paul Mizzi. The
poor little fellow was so fright
ened by the noise, which the
enthusiastic on-lookers w e r e
making that he started to cry
and patively refused to go on
the prepared for him, with
out hayi .is father in there
with a, .Attim Iwas gently
placed into the fire track he was
of his parents, on Union street
Mhehe. found hisp _ittle chair,
in which he was wat to sit, -be
fore his mysterious disappear
ance some eight months ago. As
soon as he was seated there was
a mob of several hundred people
eager to get a glimpse of the
little fellow, but little Bobbie
began crying once more and in
a few minutes ran away into
one of the back rooms.
The home of Mr. Dunbar, as
well as the fire truck and the
little chair in which Robert was
placed in was beautifully deco
rated in red white and blue
colors, together with pretty
native flowers.
This evening there will be a
big celebration on the court-]
house square in honor of the I
finding of little Robert Dunbar,
from four to seven o'clock, when
there will be men and women
from all over this portion of the
state. Robert Dunbar will be
the center of attraction and the
entire population will join with ]
the happy parents in rejoicing
over the return of one of our
little youngsters.
flele, Worthy Pickett; P. L. B.
Titard, Worthy Guardsman; V.
F. Hinton, R. J. Marine, Ken
neth E. Sandoz, Arthur D'Avy,
Stephen P. Gasperecz, Alexis D.
St. Cyr, Ben L Guidry, Sidney
S. Guidry, Auguste Amy, Rich
ard Amy, Purcel Amy, Whitney
D'Avy, E. D. Vellion, R. Lee
Finnell, Wade H. Andrun, M. A.
Wilkinson, C. M. Richard, Henry
Lastrapes, Jr., David A. Steffy,
Isaac Goetz, Isaac N. Guidry, H.
D. Littell J. G. Lawler, Joseph
B. Hidalgo, Yves D'Avy, Ernest
Fuselier, Joseph Anslem, Thurs
ton F. McKinney, Jules A. Stel
ly, Robt. D. Lea, Abner S. Tat
man, Alfred Vidrine, Adrien
Amy, John Fontenot, H. W.
The police of this city have
been notified to bring before
court, without exception, any
person or persons violating an
ordinance of the city counnil
which says that no one shall be
allowed to throw into the streets
any garbage, cast irom, tin cans,
or trash of any kind, under pen
alty of fine. The city adminis
tration intends to keep the
streets clea, even if they have
A'ame one yfrjg
yae g a airy the.treeb.
CHUl! l; IN MiT
Jesuit Fathers Power and Bea
ver to Preach Gospel.-First
Communion on May 4.
The second annual mission at
the St. Landry Catholic church
will begin on May 4th and last
until May 11th. Two of the
most celebrated Jesuit mission
aries, Fathers Powers and Beae
ver, will be on hand to preaec
the word of God and it is expel
ed that a larger crowds than
those of last year will turn 6st
to hear these two well-known
pulpit orators deliver their ser
Last year's mission was sus
cess in every way possible and
the people of Opelousas will eve
remember Fathers Power
Cummings, for their abiJityb
deliver masterpieces on religli
subject. This year the Cat
lie element, as well as then
Catholic people of this city,
miss Fadher Cumming, but '.
the same time they are glad to
note that Father Power
have with him a missionary
nation-wide reputation, in Fath4
Beaver, and those here. w
have already heard Father
ver on similar occasions;
confident that he will aid,
in making the coming mn
one of the most successful et
had in this city.
The first communion will ti
place on May 4th, when tlr
will be several hundred lttfi
boys and girls to receive th I
holy eucharist for the first tb
in their lives. The retreat .
fore the communion will -be
preached by Rev. Father i
Stockalper, S. J., pr-p
at Grand Coteau, and one of th
best known philosophers in e
South, from Assencion day ia
the first communion day.
tight p ..a
Industrial Institute .,-e, s out
a 5-..,victory over-St. Charles
Collegeon the senior campus, be
fore a large gathering of people.
Though both slabmen were in
excellent form, Broussard, St.
Charles star flinger, proved te :
better marksman, mowing down
15 Industriali"es and allOi
five scattered hits. ou&
for the Industrial sent d
eleven by the air line. The LaI *
fayette boys won by taking ad
vantage of the Collegian ml
For the Industrial tBo
Gado atnd oBer s tgr ie
while for the college Broussard
B. Bilesad and Petitjan few.
The Industrial boys felt hibly
pleased over the treatmentIt gen
tliem and aiother ga isto be
scheduled at an eary date.
The following is the box score:
Inn. 128456789H. I. E,
S.L 080002000 5 56
S.C. 010200000 3 3 10
Earned runs: S.C. C., 1; In
dustrial, 0. Two base hits Gaed
and Pettijean. First on balts
odff Broussard I, off Boudreau :4.
Strucek out by Broussard 1,
Boudreaux 2. Prssed baills, M
laneon 2. Left on bases, In .
trial 5, college 5. Hit by Brouo
sard, Bees. Double plays,
Billeaud to Tanner.
A game between the State
Normal at Natehitoches and the
Sit. Charles College will be .
played on the senior campus at
Grand Coteau this afternoon. A
large crowd from Opelousas and
surrounding country is expected.
Hon. Rene L Dosmann and
Miss Bessie B. Vidrine wereL
married at Ville Plastte, La., on
Monday afternoon, April 2st, .
at 5-.30 o'clock, the Rev. I J.r
Savy, uniting the happy conle
with the impresaive service of
the Catholie church.
Mr. Doesmann is a staniue
citizen of Ville Platte, is Jute~c
of-the-Peace of the Ward,
and is also Chairman of the
Democratic Executive Commit
tee of Evangeline parisb. His
bride is the accomplished daugh
terof Mr. and Mrs. Fabius Vid
rine, formerly of f .ayet~.a.
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