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ABSORBED THE ST. LANDRY COMMONER ON JULY 2, 1912.
"Here Shall The Press The People's Rights Maintain; Unawed by Influence and Unbrlbed by Cain." VOL. XXIII.--NO. 31. OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, MAY 1 7, 1913. $1P YEAR P.MI.4 RICE CROP IS EX CELLENT THIS YEAR St. Landry Will Be On Top As A Rice Raising Community.- Country Will Be Prosperous. Over three thousand acres of rice being raised right in the vicinity of this city sounds good to the well-wishers of Opelousas. It means that the country people situated close to the gigantic canal of the Union Irrigation Company will be prosperous once more when the leaves of the silent oaks will be turning golden and the cool breezes of Autumn will be on their annual visit to this country. It means that there is no need of saying that the farmers of St. Landry are having hard times. Rice will be raised in abund ance this season and if the mar ket prices are anywhere close to being suitable our banks in Ope lousas will be doing a wonderful business during the winter months. St. Landrv farmers were al ways afraid to undertake raising rice, as they were compelled to trust to the rainfall for their water, but now that Mr. Schell has accomplished a wonderful feat-that of establishing a mam month canal right here in our 'midst, in old St. Landry parish, the people living around Opelou las and Washington, havye gone; to raising rice, as they re 1 S-ways sure of floodingºtheir P just as muchas is needed. Asaina tmt erFIf the rmce this chit ii Is a pretty for the season: as a.y one cai fin, +ma atter if hfsiould go, to tJ ioerh ric. e country of this state, Ab' ti e osreal was ti eop; + ep ..s m :Un;ion. ration Canal. DI. FRED. J. MEYER iUEST OF TEXAS IEDlIIES. ;r Fred. J. Mayer, the Presi the Louisiana State Med l ociety returned home Mon ofrm San Antonio, Texas, he had been attending the s of the Texas State Med ~iE Society, having been in ited to address the citizens of cthat ity, under the auspices of the Texas Medical Association, the night of the 5th of May. The following night, at the r intlane Alumni banquet, . Mayer made an earnest plea reciprocity, pointing out the ,that the President of Texas Board of Medical Ex Niners, as well as many of the t surgeons and physicians of were Tulane graduates yet no medical graduate of lane University could practice the state of Texas, without jre-examined by the State M&eal Examining Board. iD. Evans, the distinguished of the Texas State Medical ning Board, as well as ay other prominent physi ans of the Lone Star state, tomised the able President of he Louisiana State Medical So .e, to do everything in their wer to rectify the anomalous At the installation of the erselect, of the Texas Medi SAssociation, Dr. Meyer was n called on for an address, which he discussed "The lher Duty of the Pro tasio n-Prevention." In course of his remarks he al to the fact that this was it. fith time he had enjoyed the bounded hospitality of Texas. tribute to Dr. Brumnnby, Health Officer, under administration and with assistance it had been his i to hold the First Popu- Ih lttute of Hygiene, held in ( at Corpus Christ, in 1906. yer also spoke of the I tphilanthropy of Mr. Hol of the Holland's magazine, i d financed a scheme of i Ppar education in Hygiene, I Sthe lines of a Louisiana 3 *Jee Bill of 1900 and 1902, Wnch unfortunately for the was vetoed by the Gover W. Heard, which scheme a the eloquent Dr. Car-i i of Dallas, to evangelize the I eas towns, on a clean-up cru sd.; that judging by the imme- 2 sItte rults following these re ~ M. a's philan-. 1 tpp was of greater value than I · lishment of the great1 +o,+.* DUJNBAR'S LAWYERS GO TO SEE WALTERS District Attorney Garland and Mr. Veazie Visit Columbia to Secure Evidence Against S Walters. District Attorney-R. Lee Gar land and Mr. Edward P. Veazie went to Columbia this- week in order to secure e ,ough evidence to have W. C. Waiters, the al leged kidnaper of Robert Dunbar iJr., extradited to Louisiana, and it is reported that these two men have found more evi dence against the accused than was ever thought of. The most sensational feature of the trip to Mississippi was the identification of the alleged kid naper by five very reliable per sons from McComb City, who were brought into the crowded court room at Columbia and im mediately, without any difficulty picked out W. C. Walters as the man who had told them in the Illinois Central station, at Mc Comb City, one night during the month of December, 1912, that he (Walters) was a detective and that the little boy with him was little Robert Dunbar, whom he was bringing back to his parents Mr. and Mrs. Percy Dunbar, of Opelousas, to claim the $6,000 reward. One would say that it was very easy for them to recognize Wal ters, an account of the pictures f : theý ... _a which they saw times an again ii· l New Or leans and other papers, but those Sawegre: presnt realised the ~fat that it wad .nideed dcificult to pigck i t i 'alleged :iduaper or -crwd of ,two hundred se #t"vespecially since Wal-: rs w~al "lean shkven, and again I there were two men from Colum bia brought into the Court Room, on account of'their personal re semblance to the accused. The men who picked Walters were A. MI Ritchie, W. D. Holmes, B. L. Morgan, Joe L. R, WIi51ilNS MOVlNG " lACL TO OLD HOME Many Years A Resident Of This City, But Now Going Back To Yllie Platte. Mr. R. Lee Wiggins, for many years a prominent citizen of this community has made arrange ments to move his family to Ville I Platte, next month, where he has accepted a position with the1 progressive and thriving Evange- I line Bank and Trust Co. In his departure Opelousas loses one of its foremost yopng citizens. Several years ago Mr. Wiggins I moved to Opelousas, from Ville Platte, to enter the employ of I the sheriff's office, where he t worked under Sheriff Swords for I quite a while, when he was tak- t en up in the Clerk's office, by Clerk of Court Yves Andrepont. r He worked there for some three r or four years. At both places c he applied himself faithfully and l excellently, and drew the admira tion not onr of his fellow work- t men, but also of his superior I officers. Whilst in the employ of- the Sheriff an* the Clerk of Court of St. Land y, Mr. Wiggins was thrown in contact with hundieds of people from all over the par ish, thereby getting acquainted with everybody in old St. Landry, e and all these people liked Mr. Wiggins forhis honesty and open heartedne~s. He made friends with all those who knew him, t and these wish him the greatest e success of his life in Ville Platte, t his once up-on-a-time old home. Correction. In last Saturday's issue, in giv- 1 ng an account of the death P of little Ewell D'Avy the t larion, on account of being mis-informed, stated that the e little baby had died whilst the t mother was taking him to Mrs, . Cahanin, when in reality he died n the arms of Mrs. Cahanin, at her home, where the mother had L been with the child for a week a penditure of millions. t Dr. Mayer thinks San Antonio Sgreat town, which will not, Y however, reach the acme of its V businesshope to be the Tourist fiecca of Texas, until the citi .ens allay the dust, destroy the breeding places of flies, and pre- 3, erve every shred of its historic o past, instead of pullilng down the C ra1s of theO Od Monstery Clois v ~irs, naerdsr :i·: l ·~ ti - Johnson. nand W. L. Ricardo. a They all picked out Walters, without one mistake, going " around the court room very slowly and looking at each and every person present, until they were opposite the man they were looking for. At one time Wal ters was so excited that when Mr. W. D. Holmes identified him as the man whom he had seen with a little boy, whom Walters called Bobbie Dunbar, on or about the 18th of December, 1912, he (Walters; stood up and extended his hand to the pro truded hand of Holmes, thereby making the recognition mutual. Mr. Dunbar's attorneys have discovered so much evidence in the vicinity of Columbia that they are confident that there will be very little difficulty in proving that William C. Wal ters is the kidnaper of Robert Dunbar, Jr. Neither Mr. Gar land nor Mr. Veazie have given out a single statement for publi cation; they seem to prefer to keep everything to themselves, not even divulging one secret to Mr. Dunbar, father of the kid naped child. Besides this evidence which District Attorney R. Lee Gar land and his distinguished as sistant prosecutor, Mr. Edward P. Veazie, Mr. Percy Dunbar was in the vicinity of Alexan dria, where he discovered that Walters had been around this section of the state at the time that the little fellow disappear ed. He, too, would not say very much, as he and his attorneys are preparing to give the people here a great surprise when the trial will have been well under way in the near future. LOCAL ELKS VISITED BY DISTRICT DEPUTY District Deputy Grand Ex alted Ruler Frank Dimmick paid the Opelousas Lodge 1048 B. P. O. E., his annual visit on Tues day night. Some two weeks ago he was billed to appear at the local Elks home and was to be given a splendid banquet, but on account of the death of little Elizabeth Hollier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred. Hollier, was unable to be present. Although he was not tendered a banquet by the "Billies," Mr. Dimmick had a very enjoyable evening. At this meeting of the Elks Mr. P. W. Linsley, manager of the Opelousas branch of the Port Barre Lumber Company was put through the order. Having had so much exercise on .his "Yale" motorcycle for the last few months, Mr. Linsley showed the old fellows that he could ride the goat with ease. He made a ood subject, so everyone says, and the old members of Opelousas Lodge welcomed him intheir order with glad hearts and open hands. Weather Warm Enough for Fans. The electric fan, which gener ally makes its appearance in Opelousas at about this time each year, has not shown itself as yet, but it is the hope of the people in this city that it will not be long before the current is turned on and one will be able to enjoy a fine breeze from an elec tric fan. The power house of this city is in a better condition at pres ent to afford the people of Ope lousas good service and it is ex pected that there will be no trouble this season with the fans, which has been experi enced here before. It is also thought that the current will be able to remain on the whole day, instead of being cut off, at cer tain hours, like in days gone by. Leave it to the Mayor and his able Board of Aldermen and things will come outall right in the end. There is no need of worry on the part of the citizen, you will have your fans in the very near future. Memorialda willibe on June Brd, on which day theconferring of crosses of honor by the U, 1.. C. Gordon GChapter upon . six veterans and five descendants of the veternan, willtakepls# . COlMMiTEEiS MEET TI nISiiSS SOO ROADS Meeting Held at the Courthouse on Monday Highly Enthusiastic. A representative from nearly every incorporated town in the parish, a committee of three from the Police Jury and the Mayor of the City of Opelousas met at the courthouse on Mon day evening to discnss things about things. The subject is up permost in the mind of every true St. Landrian and was thor ouughly discussed by those in the courthouse and these men came to the conclusion that the people of this parish were al most universally in favor of Good Roads, but the principal steps to take would be how to go about it to secure the money for the construction of permanent highways. The ordinance passed bv'the Police Jury sometime last month was found to be defective, so the meeting of these men on Monday evening was for the pur pose of formulating plans by which this parish could be ad vised as to the fact that it was hardly probable that any money could be secured on the face of the ordinance adopted at the April meeting of the Police Jury. The following resolution was adopted: "Be it resolved, that it is the sense of this meeting, thati whereas, a vast majority here present favor the bond issue for good roads, nevertheless, due to the fact that there is a serious doubt as to whether or not the bonds could be disposed of with the ordinance in its present shape, be it resolved, that it is the sense of t h e meeting that the Police Jury rescind the pres ent ordinance and draft a new ordinance that will command the support of the mass of the voters of this parish." Chairman Pavy, of the com mittee froth the ice ...Jury,- is of the opinion tt,.-this is the proper course ta pursue under the present citsumstances and he expressed himsetf to the effect that he would recommend the resolution to thePolice Jury It is hoped that there will be no difficulty in erecting the or dinance adopte4 hby the Police Jury of this parishsometime ago, if it is really incorrect. Good roads being the most im portant topic, since the Dunbar case has been quited down, in this community, the meeting held at the Courthouse, on Mon day evening, was of great im portance, not only to the people present, but also to each and every citizen of the parish of St. Landrv. It was not of their own accord that these men met' to discuss such a vital question, but on the contrary it was because of the interest of the citizens, at large of this parish. As soon as the ordinance will have been remedied and the good roads campaign will be w.ell under way it is expected that there will be very little trouble in convincing any one that St. Landry cannot do without good roads. When the election will be called to take the sense of the majority of the tax-payers ofthe parish, it will be found that the big tax-payers as well as the small ones will fallin line to vote the Good Roads Tax. This tax is the most important of any tax ever put to the vote of the peo ple of St. Landry and it is expect ed that the wise and intelligent men of this parish will all go to the voting booth and cast their votes for the tax, thereby rend ering their country, their neigh bor and themselves a service, which will stand as a monument totheir good name, even after their death. Er. lalpaen Dolig Spludedd IeriL Mr. Michael Halphen, the City Street Commissioner, has done splendidly in fixing up the streets. A short while after he took charge of the streets, due to the terrible winter weather, Opelousas was nothing but o n e mnudhole from one end of the city to the other. This natural ly put the streets in a very bad condition, but now, due to the efficient work of the Street Coin missioner, the sttreets are being: improved each day; it will notbel along before every street int this city is a4s. level as poesib.e,. if thing,.. to prevent[ his, duty. 'COUNCIL TO ISSUE BONDS TO PAVE STS. Ordinance Passed at Last Meeting of the Board to Bond This City for $36,000 The City Council, at its last meeting adopted an ordinance reserving 3 mills of the present miliage of the city, for ten years, in order to levy $36,000 to better the existing condition of the streets of Opelousas. It is the hope, however, of the Mayor and the members of the Board of Aldermen, that with this money the city of Opelousas will be able to assist its property owners to pave the streets of this city. It is understood that if the tax-payers on Main, Lan dry and other prominent streets of this city, desire to have these streets paved, the city will pay one third the cost:of construction besides the intersections; this would thereby impose only one third of the cost for the building of the streets, on the property owner on each side of the streets. Bids will be received by the Mayor from now on for bonds amounting to the sum of thirty-six thousand dollars. The Mayor and the city- coun cil have always showed, since the first day they were sworn in office that they were progressive and would be such until their term would be at end. They are without doubt fulfilling all their pledges and it is hoped of the community that these wise and intelligent men will persist in ad ministrating the affairs of this city in the same manner in which they have done for the last year. It will not be the fault of the present administration if this city does not secure paved streets and other such luxuries which a city like Opelousas should by ST,. U1NY PARlSI F16Ia TIll STEl The Once Largest Cotton Grow ing Parish Ii State Is Lag King Baek. St. Landry parish took eighth place this year in the number of cotton bales ginned in the year 1912. It was at one time the largest growing cotton parish in the entire state and now it ba, the eighth place. It is truet that when St. Landry's output would be in the neighborhood of 60,000 bales and over Evange line parish had not been carved out of this parish. If we were to take the figures of St. Landry and Evangeline combined St. Landry would be but 51 bales from second place. Under the existing circuam stances for the last eight years 14,226, bales fora parish the size of this one should be considered very good, especially since many of the large cotton farmers have gone into raising diversified crops. St. Landry and Evange line combined had an output of 25,249 bales of cotton for th e year 1912, nearly double the output of 1912. which was 15,378. Cotton; seems to be coming back to its own once more and in a few years St. Landry will be as prosperous as it was up to the boll weevil time in the year 1905. Besides raising a considerable lots more cotton next year, the parish will have to be contented with for the supremacy in the rice raising race, and other crops. The total number of bales ginned in the state was 374,742 a slight decrease from the output of 1911, but an increase of nearly 30,000 bales over the year 1910, Accordming to the report releas ed for the use of morningppgr Tuesday 29, 1913, by the Dept ment of Commerce, Washington, the out put of the respective par ishes of the state is as follows: (Giving only the first eight par ishes.) Caddo, 39 479; De Soto 25, 800; Natchitoclies, 22S.; C~aIbo~rei 22,687; Bo~asier, 21,811; More house, 18,838; Riehland, 165i05; 8t. Ladr, -14,@s' If nothingi haLpens to the cotton formera of this parish St. In.dry vri1 be near the top when Sthe report wl be given out exxt -earsr.fr thet ear 191:8. It is t parish will go al. tp Pti'it takes itsplace once morea at the lead the cotton raising parishes .of Louisi right have. Once one street is paved here it is the opinion of nearly every one in favor of better streets that the property owners of Opelousas will not ask the city to help them to pave the streets, on the contrary they will do like the people of progressive cities are doing every day of their lives-they will pave them of their own accord, doing the same thing which our citizens have done with concrete side-walks When it was first proposed that Opelousas have concrete side walks, some of the old fellowo here wanted to fly up tothe skies as they thought that the people were getting to be too expensive, now the city does not even pay one third for the construction of concrete side-walks, for some of e entrpriing and hustl ltizens of this city go to w* apd have the banquettes passing in front of their residences and pay for these with their owa personal money. It is hoped that Opelonsms will be able to. boast of splendid streets in the very near future. If it were left entirely in the hands of the men who are at the helm of the affairs of Opelousas and these men were in a position to pave the streets this city would not have one single dirt street to its name. These men, the Mayor and Board of Alder men, are doing a1l they can for their communimtyit is up to the citiens of Ope to do some tng for thems ve at thesame te rendering valuable service to eirtown. Al SEUIEE Mr. H. W. Sheridan, General Superintendent of the Morgan's iLodiana &Texas Bailroad and Steamship Co. Louisiana West ern Railroad 0Go and the Iberia and Vermillion I~alraad Co,, was in this city dn Wednesday, ac companies Mr. J. W. Knight linger, and. -Mr. W. . MIiddle mas, Assistant Supedntendenta and Mr. A. . . Hermna, Ins ec tor of Trasp aton. These offcialsof 1the Southern Pacifie were in Opel ouasa for a few hours, being kept busy the en tire time they emained here. They expresso4 themselves to the effect tet there was no play with them, and they were not dressed like one would picture the owner,-of thegreatSouthern Pacific railroad, and his. asiat ants, would be. When the Clar ion representative aslked for M Sheridan and a stouty built man, attired in overals, walked up and.said "Herea he is," the representative eould not restrain from having a massled look, -ie soon found o, however, by the manners of the dist nguishedman that he was lr. Sheridan, .the Vice President and owner of the Southern Pacific, Mr. Sheridan is. of the opinion that Opelo eas should have a metor car service and is willing to give his line a motor e.agr.rn inng from Morgan: City to Wash-. ington and harek. each day, but he says that he has to know how the people of this city feel about it. Anyone who has ever ridden on the Mary Jane ought to be overjoyedat tbentg offered such a prposltln, asthis motor car is to hreplae te slow girl. Thferfe is no doubt that Oelonu 5s needs. this service and that it would be gretly beneflcial to jt~br~~ino~is ·4 Olii as very often tris ( quneed ing to souse P~mtaon the mae line of .the& Pi after the cannot be do. on. aceount of presQntj ae odtion - Some teople of this -omm oemmui4Mte with Mr. and makel4sa aware of tof that *te pee te here wil J. r!ehavry _.idre LOCA AMLAiiATIUN MIAIN VIlTORIlOU Veltin's' Piteain and Dejeae"'s Hitting Feiatres of atpleen. did Ball G(ae. The Kinder team, the oone which had such a good repute tion all through this country for its wonderful ability to hit the ball all over the lot, journeyed to this city on last Sunday, withý.. large crowd of its rootera , to get a good trouncing. They also brought with them their "pill flinger," who threw his bells so swiftly. that there were no bsat tersin this portion of Louisiana who could even come anywhere close to hitting him, he was what you may call a wonderful being. Opelousas was to be shut out and the Kinder pitrh - would not hve any pity whatso ever on the local bunch of be. ha , one :bit:- " ubth sieae book aad you m~al ii1 a ~t what that second 'qibe Wad. del" - at o lastm what th: d ki to tho . Toby ., tm U ~ hea was on' .the moun wit tq goods, and he cehienly did iver them to the Kinder nine. They were undoubted of othe o.pinon ithat O~ ad plwaer. Nerlsy tsamkie bw of plaer o the 0l* .ellsble "Ox out . of the sometime last anumer, Veltin, but they learne Toby was there to star $ As -- bm ox and a aeb time would rmake the g~t away from s plate. ,:ey seemed a to the7 weea ex erising thems iles for a days work in the pine w oed AILen paris.h;L. · : : . The featsureof Sdy 's was the heavy hlttgfin Charlie Dejn as4dl -I6e P -eans hits meoati. o. time." _ the semev t ,on to opiat4 -+;-.s A +:i, ath tel . ,l*.s bs s l;i the . url m i m th wi everwi nds. The wis st, fl~s "amon th'paeno .lasts ai a..ny. team inl help th end ra nied the team ., tmar~In t .henai d, of the aSherit -'M 1 rs tehafala h iven, an anmer diately gPrceeded to ans- t a ae in await the meeting a t is now evident that the o nesthoritieskn this seetilo te audtr- res who do not ceson l ntwo ay s hunter whoa o t he abthorythe for t8oltjuWe: of Y~ -w c~dlnst.·tid L~,l: /ss'a-·i\lt$1g~.~ e~~~ ,Aict: