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THE ST. LANDRY CLARION
"Here Shall The Press The People's Rights Maintain, Unawed by Influence and Unbribed by Cain." VOL. XXIV.---NO.I i. OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1913. $1 PER Y SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT ST. LANORY CLOSED Pupils Are Given Vacation from Last Tuesday Until Jan. 5th. The public schools throughout the parish of St. Landry closed their doors on last Tuesday morning for the Christmas vaca tion, which will last until Janu ary 5th. This is a considerably long vacation and there is no doubt, judging from the manner in which the little boys and girls left their class rooms, with books under arms, and dashed into the streets, imbued with the gay spirit of Christmas for their respective homes, that it will be an enjoyable vacation. Christmas vacation is the one generally preferable among the school children, since the old proverb "short but sweet" in variably prevails with the sons and daughters of old St. Landry. So many have such fond expec tation that when the Christmas holidays are at hand there is nothing in the world sweeter to them than the few days vaca tion granted to them by the pub lic school authorities. A rest from the monotonous routine of school life is always welcomed, especially at such a time in the year as Christmas. Even the studious boy or girl, who has the ambition to become best cultured citizen of Opelou ass, is glad to be able to have a few days in which he can- devote his attention and time to some thing else besides the books so dear to his or her heart. The High School in this city has been most successful this year. The school spirit has seized the pupils and all are more than pleased with their Almar l ater.. The attendance has been splendid and the New Year- bids fare to 'ecome the best yet at the St. Landry High School. The professors and teachers have been satisfied with the work of the pupils, and on the other hand the children are equally satisfied with their teachers, often a dfficuit task indeed for many a.school boy or girl. It is hoped that every pupil at tending the high schools in St. Landry will return and bring his little brothers and sisters with him, then the illiteracy of St. Landry would be greatly re duced. College Boys And Girls Here For Christmas. Among the college boys and girls spending their Christmas vacation with their parents in this city are: Messrs. Loms Crouchet, Hart Littell, Hilton Sandoz, and Octave Castille, who are attending the Louisiana State University; Messrs. Oscar Mis tric, Percy Walker and Sidney Roos, Tulane University; Mr. Edwin Boagni, Staunton'Military Institute, of Virginia; Mr. Ed. Littell and J. Wilkins, Port Gib son Military Academy; Mr. Law rence Fux, Loyola University, New Orleans; Mr. Alex Swords, Southwestern Louisiana Indus trial Institute; Mr. Lawrence Lassalle, Edward Dubuisson and two sons of Mr. J. P. Mistric, St. Charles College; Mr. James Saizan, Jefferson College, Con vent; Messrs. George Dubuisson and Lionel Bienvenu, Spring Hill College, Mobile; Ala.; Miss Mar garet Sanders, State Normal; Misses Marie and Stella Andre pont and Eleanor Issacs, Sacred Heart Convent, Grand Coteau; Miss Lena Marine, Lafayette In dustrial institute. Mr. Moise St. Cyr, who is a member of the Senior Class at St. Charles College, Grand Co teau, is spending the holidays in this city, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. St. Cyr. Messrs. Ix Frugee, T. Landry, O. Perkins and Steve Durand spent Sunday in Lafayette. SCHGOL HOUSE TO BE COMPLETED BY MARCH New Opelousas School Building to Be Finish ed in Two Months If nothing happens to retard the work which is at present be ing done on the new $100,000 school building in this city, the people of Opelousas will be able to see this splendid structure completed by the first of March. Foreman Ewing stated during the week that as soon as the roof of the building would be finished, which is already well under way, it would only be a question of a couple of weeks, before he would turn over the building to the parish board of school directors. The new school is attracting a great deal of attention not only from the local people, but from visitors coming into Opelousas. It will be one of the finest build ings of its kind in this state and the tax payers will never have any cause to regret voting for the tax by which means suffi cient money was raised to con struct this modern and up-to date school building. As soon as the board of alder men will be in a position to build cement sidewalks to the school house walks will be laid leading to that end of the city, all of which will enable the children from every portion of Opelousas to attend school without any difficulty. It is proposed to hold the an nual exhibition of the graduating class of the St. Landry High School in the new building in June. This will be the first time that the beautiful audito rium, which will grace this splendid building, will be made use of. Thus far the+ contractors.,have found no trouble in constructing the new school house, and only some unforseen mishaps can prevent them from completing the entire building by the first of March. As soon as the roof will have been completed the rain will not interfere with the work, as heretofore. Those who have not as yet seen the building should certain ly avail themselves of the oppor tunity to watch this interesting work. The 1914 Calendars The Clarion was the rr :ipient during the week of seve: al beau tiful calendars. The first to give one of the many 1914 cal endars in this city to the Clarion was Mr. Jacques Dupre, the livery and sale's stable man. It must be said that it was a pretty one indeed, the cover being graced with an exquisite picture of a beautiful woman and a very pretty horse. Theodore & Ballas, the con fectionery firm in this city, whose building is always one of the best decorated in Opelousas were the next to show their friendship towards the local paper. Their calendars, of dif ferent varieties, are among the best ever seen here and it is a credit to their business to have such pretty advertisements. Their store building has been decorated with various colors and with these calendars, all of which give a very attractive ap pearance to their place of busi ness. The Qpelousas Motor Car Company also remembered The Clarion in the distribution of its fine line ot calendars. The pop ular manager of the concern, Mr. Audebert McClelland, came to the office in person with the cal endar. Mr. and Mrs. George Vidrine and family left on Sunday for the Crescent City, where they will spend the holidays with friends and relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Numa Bertrand, of Lawtell, were in Opelousas one day this week. GROWLEY HOSPITAL DESTROYED BY FIRE Dr. Ellis' Institution in Acadia Capital Burned With Heavy Loss While Dr. E. M. Ellis was pre paring to perform a serious oper ation on a patient Friday morn ing fire broke out in the Crowley sanitarium. The patient was hurriedly clothed and rushed to safety with the other four in mates. Miss Mary Morris, one of the nurses, was injured while help ing to remove the patients. A foot was struck by falling tim ber, causing her ankle to be sprained. The Crowley sanitarium was completed about one year ago and cost $14,000. It was in sured for $8,000. The loss on furniture and fittings brought the loss to approximately $20, 000. There was but one instru ment saved, that being an X-ray machine, recently installed by Dr. Ellis. the head of the hos pital, valued at $1,200. A careless negro filling a gas oline stove while it was lighted was the cause of the fire. The building was razed to the ground withip the space of an hour, leaving the sanitarium a mass of coals and ashes. The patients saved are: H. H. Powell, Estherwood, La.; Dr. Adams, of Eunice; Mrs. Perry, of Rayne, La,; Ova Stutts, of Morse; Mr. Smith, of Mermen teau. Mrs. Neil, night nurse, and Mrs. Bowman, day, both es caped without an injury. ;HEVIS MANAGER OF DEVELOPMENT BUREAU Editor of Country Review Is Elected Head of Boost* ers' Organization. Mr. William N. Chevis, editor of the Country Review, was elected as manager of the South west Louisiana Development Bureau, by the executive com mittee, at a meeting held at Lafayette on last Friday. Mr. Chevis had the matter under con sideration for quite a while and he was finally convinced of the practicability of the plans of the bureau; consequently he did not. hesitate in accepting the position tendered him by the newly or ganized bureau. A few facts in connection with the territory in which this organi zation is operating might be of general interest to the public. The territory consists of thirteen parishes, that section of Louis iana known as the Southwest, lying between the Atchafalaya river and the Texas line, south of the parish of Rapides. This portion of Louisiana has been known and consistently termed as the Garden Spot of the state, as well as of the entire south. It is a section in which the small farms prevail and for the last six years has been reaching out for the diversified crop man. Mr. Chevis will assume com plete charge of the managerial department of the bureau on the first day of January. He will not, however, sever his connec tions with the Country Review, which paper has been one of the greatest boosters in the state. With the co-operation of the people of Southwest Louisiana there is no doubt that a man of the ability and energy of Mr. Chevis the bureau will succeed. This bureau means the up-build ing of this country and it is the duty of every citizen of this sec tion to co-operate, heart and soul, with Mr. Chevis in building this organization into such a formidable enterprise that it will never have any danger of fail ing. St. Landry is one of the thir teen parishes which compose this district and the people of this parish should have the interest of the bureau at heart. This parish should have a large mem bership in this organization, as it is to the welfare of every busi ness man and farmer to be in close touch with the doings of the Southwest Development Bureau. HAPPENINGS OF THE WEEK IN LOUISIANA Wife of Judge Campbell Dies At Lafayette---Two Negroes Are Lynched In Shreveport---Other State News. Ernest and Frank Williams, two negro brothers, were lynch ed by an infuriated mob at Shreveport on December 16th. The negroes confessed to the murder of Calvin Ballard at Vivian, La. The Civic League in Washing ton will soon get busy about im proving the condition of the high school there. This organi zation has also placed a ban on carpenters working in the build ing on Sundays. A. A. Bethany killed Virgil Killmain in the public road near Cotton Valley, in Webster par ish, on December 10th. The two men were brothers-in-law and the shooting grew from family trouble. The survey of the road system is already well under way and the actual work on the constuc tion of the splendid good roads system, which will be the best in the state of Louisiana, will be started in the early part of the year. The parish of Calcasieu has sold its $900,000 good roads bond to the lake Charles Trust and Savings Bank, at par, with a re fund of the accrued interest. The bonds are serial, running from 1 to 36 years, the last series matur ing in 1939. Phillip Werlein, Jr., of Tulane University, and son of the well known New Orleans piano deal ers, was elected Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, England, by the Rhodes scholarship com mittee. The election was be tween George B. Baldrige, of Marksville and Mr. Werlein. The dedication of the new Im maculate Conception Church in Lake Charles last week was at tended by hundreds of people. Archbishop Blenk and Bishop Laval, of New Orleans, as also OPELUUSAS NATIONAL CHOSEN FISCAL A5ENT City Receives Two Bids For Agency--Dubuis son's Bank Appointed. The Opelousas National Bank, of which Hon. E. B. Dubuisson is the president. will for the next two year be the fiscal agent for the city of Opelousas. Bids were received and opened at a meeting of the Board of Al dermen on last Monday night, the National Bank being award ed the agency. For the first time in many years, perhaps in the history of the city two bids were received from banks for the fiscal agency. It has often been the case that the Board of Aldermen had to advertise for bids more than once. This time however the Union Bank and Trust Company and the Opelousas National Bank sent in their bids. The Union Bank and Trust Company has been acting in the capacity of fiscal agent for the city during the last two years; the proposi tion of this bank was 3 per cent on average daily deposit, whilst it would charge the city 5 i-2 on loans. The Opel ousas National Bank bid was 3 per cent on daily deposit, 3 per cent on loans to the amount of the average deposit and 8 per cent on amount exdeeding aver age deposit. The bid of the Union Bank and Trust Company was not al together in accordance with the law and was consequently thrown out, whereupon the agency went to the Opelousas National Bank. The financial standing of the city has been vastly improved Bishop Van de Ven, of Alexan dria, were conspicuous in the ceremonies. Several o t h e r church dignitaries were present at the dedication. Henry C. Boyd, Jr., 18-year old son of President T. D. Boyd of Louisiana State University disappeared from his home in Baton Rouge last week, and as yet no clew to his whereabouts has been discovered. Boyd was a member of the junior class un til recently. when he resigned on account of ill health. Scores of cadets went out in search of the missing boy, and lately the Burns detectives have been sent out for him, but the young man has not been found yet. Mrs. William Campbell, nee Ellen Eastin, wife of Judge William Campbell, of the dis trict court composed of the par ishes of Acadia and Lafayette, died at her home in Lafayette, at 8 o'clock Saturday morning. She was 60 years old and had been ill for five months. Mrs. Campbell is survived by her husband and ten children. The funeral took place from the Catholic Church in Lafayette on Sunday morning. At a meetingtin the offices of the Lafayette Chamber of Com merce on Saturday evening, the farmers of Lafayette parish or ganized the Farmers' Marketing Association. The object of the organization is to promote inter est in the improvement of pres ent methods of . growing and marketing farm products of all sorts that may be grown in that section, and to stimulate and as sist the growing and marketing of live stock....C. M. Porter of this city made a very interesting address before the newly organ ized Farmers' Marketing Asso ciation. during the present administra tion, as everyone interested in the welfare of Opelousas is aware. There was a time when checks given by the city would be discounted as low as 20 per cent, but by the careful busi ness principle of the present ad ministration the checks are no longer discounted, and there is an indication that the bank ac count of the city will swell up hereafter. Consequently t he banks are in a position to accept the fiscal agency with pleasure instead of having same reluct antly pushed down their throat. After Two Years Couple Returns. After an absence of almost two years from this city Mr. and Mrs. Leo Lassalle came in Opelou sas from Pennsylvania during the week to spend the holidays with their parents, Mr. and,Mrs. Jos eph Lassalle and Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Mistric. About two years ago the young couple were married at Leon ville, where the parents of the bride were living. Immediately after the ceremony the couple left for San Francisco, Cal., where they boarded a steamer for various points in Asia on their way to Manila, Philippine Islands, where Mr. Lassalle had been assigned a position in the University of Manila. During the summer Mr. and Mrs. Lassalle left Manila for Pennsylvania State College, Philadelphia, by wa y of Europe. Mr. Lassalle is at present a professor at this well known institute. - When Mr. and Mrs. Lassalle arrived in Opelousas they com pleted a trip around the globe. They will remain here a few days, after which they will de. part for their home in Pennsyl. [ vania. DI. JAMES A. SHAW I IN CONTEST WITH LOEB Present Alderman At I Large Announces As A Candidate. Dr. James J. Shaw, present member at large of the Board of I Aldermen of this city, has an-. I neunced himself as a candidate a for Mayor E. L. Loeb's job. He I is the second candidate to an- a nounce, Mr. Loeb having made c known publicly that he would be i a candidate to succeed himself I in the municipal election, which ( is to come off sometime in Jan uary. Dr. Shaw hails from Houmer, C La., having come to Opelousas 3 about seven years ago. He is connected by marriage with one of the most prominent families 1 in this parish, having wedded M i s s Catherine Thompson, t daughter of the late Dr. W. M. t Thompson. i At the last city election Dr. Shaw led the ticket as a candi- c date for alderman at large,[ which office he has been filling [ creditably for nearly two years. t He is aggressive and progressive ( and has made a success, thus far, i in his profession as a dentist. , Dr. Shaw was elected Exalted t Ruler of the local order of Elks about one year ago, and is very , popular in fraternal circles in a this city, being a member of sev eral lodges. " For several months the friends of Dr. Shaw have been boosting him up as a probable candidate against Mayor Loeb, and now they have succeeded in getting 1 the well known dentist to make the fight. Both sides claim their 1 opponent will be sucessful, but as municipal elections have al ways been very close it is expect ed that the fight for mayor this yest will be ezce.pt nally close. 1 and interesting. The friends and supporters of both candidate* for mayor have begun to work in earnest for their leader and it is thought that the fight will progress and be come more interesting as the election approaches. Celebrates 80th Birthday 4 Our fellow townsman, Judge E. D. Estilette, was entertained at.a dinner tendered him by his daughter, Mrs. G. L. Dupre, upon his 80th birthday, Friday of last week. There were present Mr. and Mrs. "G. L. Dupre, his grand daughters, Mesdames Pavy and Litton, Mrs. Johnson and Miss Helen Cain, friends of the fam ily and several of his great grand children, including his name sake Edmond Estilette Pavy. Mrs. G. L. Dupre, Jr., and baby girl, Lucille, graced the oc casion having come to spend the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Dupre. The old gentleman was dressed in his Sunday's best. He wore a japonica with ferns on the lapel of his coat. His friends naturally desired to know why he had been thus bedecked, and upon his announcing he was cel ebrating his 80th birthday, con gratulations were in order. The reporter is informed the Judge ate and drank his share. That after dinner he was as: lively as a cricket, for having been the recipient of a nice pres ent from one of his lady friends addressed "To my honey." The Clarion wishes the old gentleman many more years upon this earth, fraught with that peace of mind and happi ness which surpasses all under standing. Mr. Willie Healey, who is at tending the Tulane Dental Col lege, New Orleans, is spending the holidays in this city as the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Healey. Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Ellis are back after several days in the Crescent City, on a visit to Mrs. Ellis' mother, Mrs. Robertson. CLAIBORNE ,CHOSEN JUDiE OF APPE UnsuccessfulCandidat New Orleans Mayorl Appointed by Hall On last Saturday Gove Luther Hall appointed C H.kClaiborne to succeed the and lamented Judge H)rac Dufour, as judge of the cou appeals of Orleans parish, w courtihas jurisdiction in the ishes of Orleans, St. Bern Pla q u em in e, Jefferson Charles, St. James and St. J Mr. Claiborne was the Government candidate for m of the city of New Orleans year, but was defeated by M Martin Behrman :by"[a maj of 9,600 votes. It was at thoughtithat J. Zack Spea chairman of the ;state orga tion, would be awarded the" tion, but Mr. Spearing final clined this high position. Mr. Claiborne is a scion o of the most illustrious of th Louisiana families, being a scendant of the first Govern this state. His appointmen Governor Hall, meets with general approval of the peo this state, as he is peculiarl tedifor this position,Ihavin many years past been num among the leaders of his p slon in the Crescent City. The newly appointed Jud the New Orleans court o peals has many friends an mirers in this section of lana, all of whom are h pleased with Governor pick to fill the vacancy caus the death of Judge Horac Dufour, who had recently meuced his term of ofice. Claiborne is well known th out the state and it .-s ing to the voters of Loui that the Governor should en such a responsible position i hands of such an able and 1 ed jurist. AECIDENTLY SlOT BY UITLE BlOT Girl-Wife of Harry Pl mings Meets Tra Death. One of the sadest events I history of the town of Was ton occurred on last Sa evening, when little 14 ye Herbert Larribe accidentall charged a 22 calibre riffle, bullet lodging in the body sister, Pearl, three months of Harry Flemmings, po pharmacist at Mary's drug Mrs. Flemmings died on S morning and was buried on day. Mrs. Flemmings was daughter of a well known L ette planter, who moved a distance from Washington ral months ago to assume c of one of the Union Irri Company's large planta She was a popular young - her community, and her came as a great shock an. prise to the entire populati Both Mr. Flemming an girl wife were new-comr Washington, one coming Alexandria and the other Lafayette. They readily a ed hosts of friends; the Wa ton people at once exte their hand of welcome. T however, tfhe people of th town on the Courtarblea sympathizing with Mr. mings and the parents of t fortunate young wife. Mrs. Flemmings had friends in this city all of were very much grieved of her tragic death. The joins these friends in ext i its condolence to the be family. Miss Lily Dupre, men the Southwestern Indust. Sstitute is spending her Ch Svacation with her mothe Laurent Dupre.