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"Here Shall The Press The People's Rights Maintain, Unawed by Influence and Unbribed by Cain." VOLUME XXIV-NO. 28. OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 1914. $1.00 PER YEAR EUNICE BOYS CAPTURE FIRST PRIZE AliAIN Athletic Meet On Last Sat urday Proves Successful Weather Was Bad. The Eunice high school boys, accompanied by scores of rooters and admirers journeyed to Opel oasas on Saturday and once more captured the first prize of the Parish Athletic Meet. The field meet was attended by only a few people of Opelousas, but considering the inclement weather a representative crowd was present. The Eunice boys proved to be a little too strong for their opponents and easily carried off the laurels of the day. The literary program was ex cellent and interested spectators remained in the school auditorium until eleven o'clock Saturday night cheering their favorites to victory. Following are the track events and winners of each event: 50 yard dash, Dana Jenkins, Eunice; F. L Bailey, Washing ton; Arthur Thompson, Opel ousas. 100 yard dash Dana Jenkins, F. L Bailey and Arthur Thomp son. 220 yard dash, Dana Jenkins, F. L Bailey, and Clinton Morn hinveg, Opelousas. 440 yard dash, Dana Jenkins, David Thistlethwaite, Washing ton, and Willie Moreau, Opel ousas. One mile, Albert Putnam, Eu nice; Lane Gibson, Washington, and Albert Clary, Opelousas. Half mile, Foster Tate. Relay, Dana Jenkins, Willie Reed. Foster Tate, Guy Burleigh and Steve Guillory, Eunice, first; Willie Moreau, Arthur Thompson Albert Clary and Raymond Richard, Opelousas, second. 120 yards high hurdles, Willie Read, Eunice; F. L Bailey and Arthur Thompson. 220 yard low hurdles, Willie Read, F.L Bailey and Arthur Thompson. High jump, Arthur Thompson, Willie Read and Adolph Carriere, Washington. Pole Vault, Willie Moreay, Guy Burleigh and Adolph Car rire. Shot Put, Frank Savoy, Eu nice; Lumay Meyeaux, Washing ton; and Adolph Lafleur, Grand Prairie. Discus, Adolph Lafleur, Willie Read and F. L. Bailey. Tennis, Edward Estorge and Howard Voorhies, Opelousas, first; Frank Savoy and Guy Bur leigh, Eunice, second. Opelousas scored 36 points in literary contests, being awarded the pennant. Eunice was second with 32 points and Washington 13. The total points of each team were: Eunice 96, Opelousas 58 and Washington 46. Medals were awarded to Dana Jenkins, as the best athlete, F. L. Bailey as second best and Willie Read as third. Clifford Edwards Has A Visitor. The home of Mrs. Dan Ed wards was all quiet in the latter part of the night, Monday, when a step was heard in the next room. Mrs. Edwards heard the man when he turned on the light and thinking that it was her son Clifford she asked him if it were Clifford. However the man in the room, who came in boldly smoking a cigarette, did not answer and nothing more was thought of the incident, un til at the breakfast table Tues day. Mrs. Edwards asked her sons who had come into the room for a short while and then left. Neither answered and when Clifford ran his hands down his pockets he discovered that the several dollars he had in them the night before were all gone. Luckily however his watch was not stolen. Some People Are Cheeky. An unknown man attempted to make his way into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Castille, on Monday night, where Miss Lucille Castille, was entertaining a number of her friends. The man was told to go back to town, but he said that he had just as much business there as anyone and would get in. How ever when it was seen that he would not depart the police de Ipartment was called and Officer Goodloe escorted the stranger to the city court. BDI INITIATION WAS HELD IN LAFAYETTE Opelousas Team Works Suc cessfully On Large Class of Candidates. The local Knights of Colum bus were invited to attend an in itiation at Lafayette on Sunday evening and the Opelousas de gree teams were summoned to that little city. About fifteen to twenty seized the opportunity to go to the in itiation. The Opelousas degree team put on the best work in Lafayette, on Sunday evening, since the organization of the; lodge. Opelousas has the reputation all over Louisiana and Mississippi as being the best initiating team in the state. The local Knights have the distinction of initiating more members of the Knights of Columbus than any other de gree team either in Mississippi or Louisiana. After the initiatory work the Opelousas members remained in Lafayette for a dance and a smoker which followed; of course no one was worried about coming back, until investigations were begun. The men who were to attend to having the team sent back left for their homes and the boys remained in Lafayette until two o'clock wait ing for automobiles from Opelou say to come back home. Prob ably that was the reason that so many were looking so badly on Monday morning-it was not the initiation which caused it. The Opelousas team made many more friends in Lafay ette, lasting friends who will never forget them and the ma jority of the new members have stated that they would 'be pres ent at the next initiation put on by the Opelousas degree team, no matter in what section of the state the ceremony might take place. LOCAL INIGHTS WILL li0 TO LAKE CHARLES Opelousas Council Accepts Invitation To Attend Lake Charles Initiation. The local council of Knights of Columbus has been invited to attend a grand initiation at Lake Charles on next Sunday and it is expected that a large delegation from Opelousas, Washington and Sunset, will avail themselves of the opportunity to witness the initiatory work put on several candidates. A special coach, for Knights and their lady friends only, will be attached to the excursion which will run between Wash ington and intermediate points to Beaumont, Texas. As initiations always bring crowds, it is thought that several hundred Knights of Columbus from various sections of South west Louisiana will be at Lake Charles on Sunday. The Opelousas lodge has al ways been recognized as one of the most important in the state, and whenever there is an initia tion in this territory it is always extended a special invitation to attend. The Grand Knight, State Dep uty, and nearly all of the officers of the local lodge, besides several members, are anticipating the trip to Lake Charles, as they have always been treated gor geously by their brother Knights in the Southwestern metropo lis. The excursion train will leave this city between 5:00 and 5:30 o'clock Sunday morning, April 26. Arcade Entrance to Prin' cess Theatre. Mr. W. F. Nolan is having arn arcade entrance to his moving picture constructed and it is be lieved that in the next few days it will be completed. The entrance will be made from Landry street to Princess Theatre. Moving picture goers will have two entrances now in stead of one. The new entrance which is next to Shute's drugstore will be very attractive and beautiful. Soft drinks will be served under the arcade and Mr. Nolan ex pects to make it a very popular. place. JURY TO BE GIVEN CASE BY TO-NIGH T The Fate of William C. Walters Will Soon Rest In The Hands of The Twelve Jurymen-Arguments Were Started This Evening-Verdict Not Expected Until Monday Morning. The fate of William C. Wal ters, itinerant tinker, who is accused of kidnapping little Bobbie Dunbar of this city, will soon rest solely in the hands of the twelve jurymen, who will render a verdict either late to night or early Monday morn ing. After Dr. F. C. Shute testified the state closed its case and the court adjourned until three o'clock so as to allow the attor neys of both sides to prepare their arguments. It is not known how long the arguments will last but it is supposed that each at torney will be allow one hour in which to discuss this mysterious problem. The accused is not afraid of the verdict. He stated on Sat urday morning that no matter how the verdict, whether he would be convicted or acquitted, he would take the virdict as a man. He is confident, however, that in case he is convicted he will be able to get a new trial from the Louisiana Supreme Court. It is the consensus of opinion that the verdict will be either a conviction or a mistrial, the lat ter is apt to be the one decided upon the jury. This case is telling upon the attorneys and the court officials, all seem to be worn out and a general satisfaction existed when the State closed its case against the alleged kidnapper of little Bobbie Dunbar. On Monday North Carolina, Georgia and Mississippiwitnesses attempted to prove an alibi for the accused. The North Caro lina witness testified to remem bering when Walters left that state, in February, 1912, with Julia Anderson's chili, whom she had named Bruce. The defense on Tuesday still attempted to prove that Walters wis not in the neighborhood of Swayze lake at the time that Bobbie Dunbar was lost, wit nesses from Mississippi testified of seeing William C. Walters with the same little child, whom the Dunbars claim as their son. From the latter part of July un til after Christmas, 1912. J. T. Thigpen testified that William C. Walters was at his home on the 23rd of August, 1912, with the boy, whom the people of Opelou sas are positive is Bobbie Dun bar. Other witnesses testified that Walters was in and around their neighborhood in Pearl Riv er country from July, 1912, until he was arrested at Hub, Miss., charged with having kidnapped Bobbie Dunbar. On Wednesday the defense produced evidence tending to prove that Walters had, never been in McComb City, Miss., on on the night of thel18th of De-~ cember, when, it was claimed by state witnesses, the accused had passed off as a secret service man on his way to Opelousas with the Dunbar child and would Ireturn with the $6,000 reward. Other witnesses testified thatthe child now with the Dunbars is the same who was with Walters at the Thigpen home on the night that Bobbie Dunbar was lost, as well as several weeks be fore the 23rd of August, 1913. On Thursday local people, prominent in the social and busi ness world, testified that they jconscientiously did not believe that the little child in question is Bobbie Dunbar, the same they were in the custom of knowing so well before he mysteriously disappeared from Swayze lake, on August 2md. After this testimony was pro duced the state began its re buttal. After consuming practically the entire morning session in ar guing over an objection of the defense to allowing M. A. Cow art, of Baxterville, a stockman, who claims that Bobbie Dunbar revealed his identity to him, whilst Walters was working in his yard, the rebuttal was re sumed, when Judge Pavy sus- I tained the defense's objection. Miss Olympia Laas, who keeps a boarding house, on Union street, testified that Julia An derson had told her, when the North Carplina woman was here for the identification test last summer, that she was warned to claim the child as hers, whether the little fellow was Bruce or not, if she cared to go back to North Carolina again. She claims that the woman told her the next morning that the little fellow was Bruce Anderson. Mr. Dale, main attorney for the defense took the stand after Miss Lass and testified that it ap peared to him that the letter which was found in Walters' pos session at the time of his arrest at Hub, Miss., and addressed to Julia Anderson had been tamper ed with. Mr. Dale said that as soon as the letter was produced as evidence he had gone to the Lacombe Hotel with it, when a newspaper reporter asked him to let him have the letter so that a photograph could be made of it. When he next saw the letter it appeared as though the date had been changed. W. W. Pigford, local agent of the Southern Pacific, was called on the stand and he testified that he was at the Lass boarding ta ble when Julia Anderson said that she had been told to claim the child now with the Dunbars as hers, whether it was Bruce or not. North Carolina men warn ed her to do so, regardless of consequences. He also stated that the woman had said that she had been treated very nice ly at the Lewis home, D. C. Bennett, a Methodist preacher from DeRidddr, who arrived on Friday evening, testi fied that at the time he was liv ing at Longville, about the first of June, Wm. C. Walters appear ed at his side gate and asked him for work on his stove. He stat ed that he had spoken to the ac cused and that be had also seen Walters' brother, whom Walters had claimed had come from Mis sissippi to help in his work. He claims that the two men looked very much alike and that they were about the same age. On the wagon, which he could see at a distance was written "W.C. Walters, stove repairer." When asked which one of the two limp ed, Mr. Bennet said that the tall er, meaning the accused's broth er. He admitted that he was a voluntary witness, having writ ten to Mr. Dunbar on the previ ous day that he would offer his services as a witness in this case. He also admitted that it could be possible that he could be mistak Ien in the identity of the men, although he was almost sure that it was the accused he saw in the begging of June, 1912. J. H. Wymnberry, of DeRid der, another preacher, claims to have seen the accused at .his home during the latter part of June, 1912. He saw the two Walters brothers, but claims that the accused is the one who spoke to him about fixing his stove. He stated that W. C. Walters spoke to him for three quarters of an hour and that he is positive it is the same man who now stands accused of kid naping little Robbie Dunbar of this city. He described the two men, as being about the same age, having similar hair and moustache, but the brother of the accused was` the taller of the two and Wm. C. Walters limped. H. C. Scarborough, another witness from DeRidder, testified that he remembers Walters as being the same man who spoke to Mr. Bennet at Longville, in June, 1912. This witness also stated that he had seen these cused and his brother at his home near Forrest Hill, La. a short while after he saw Walters in Longville. He claims that the name of the tinker was written on the buggy. He could not re cognize the accused, neither by his eyes nor his voice. 0. L Mason, justice of the peace of the town of Merriville, testified that he saw Walters in May, 1912, during the famous Grabow riot. This witness, how ever, could not state whether there were two men in the party. He also saw Walters name on the wagon. Mrs. M. Sloane of New Roads, claims to have seen Wm. C. Wal ters and another man, with a child of about 6 or 7 years of age at New Roads in January, 1912, at the same time that the accus ed was supposed to have been in North Carolina. The men stop ped at her house. She claims to know Bobbie Dunbar and testi fled that the child whom Walters had at that time does not resem ble the Dunbar child whatever. The witness became angry when the defense attorneys put her through a severe test of cross examination. However she still persisted in saying that she was positive about the man and the time she saw him. Dr. Lawrence Daly, a practis ing physician of Bellevue, testi fled that he has had experience with severe burns and claims that a burn under proper treat ment will not cause a permanent scar. He gave as an example one of his patients, Sam Walker, caused by gasoline explosion and whose hand has very few signs of a scar. It has been the doc tor's experience that medical at tention would act better and quicker on children than on adults. Archie Dunbar, an uncle of the child testified that the child1 new at the home of his brother cannot say grace. He tried to say grace. He tried to have the child say grace and never was successful. Dr. R. fM. Littell, testifled thatj there was nothing abnormal about Bobbie Dunbar's foot when he was born, but he had not examined it since the burn and could not tell whether or not it was deformed after it was burned. Dr. F. C. Shute had the dis Itinction of being the last witness BISHOP [AVAL WILL BE HERE NEXT MONTH Confirmation Will Be Held On May 3rd-Lawtell Church to Be Blessed. His Lordship Bishop Laval, of New Orleans, will be in Opel ousas on May 3rd to give confir- I mation to several Catholic chil- I dren of this parish. On May 5th c his lordship will go to Lawtell, 4 accompanied by Father Enger- i brink of this city, where they will bless the Catholic Church. Father Engerbrink is training 4 the children to receive the holy sacrement and instructions are 4 held every Sunday morning, after I High Mass, and every Thursday evening at 3 o'clock in French I and English. The local pastor expects to have First Communion Day in I the latter part of next month, or I beginning of . June. For that I purpose he is instructing the 1 children in French and English, I every Sunday morning, imme-' diately after High Mass, and on i Wednesday evening he ves I English, Instructions, w-h 11st 4 on .Friday he attends to the I French speaking children. Oakland Cars Come O r. land from N. O. to Opelousas. The Bird Motor Car Company, of New Orleans, through its salesman, Mr. W. M. Brand, de livered last week to Mr E. M. I Boagni, capitalist of this city, two Oakland cars, nee a 6 cylin der, 62 Hp. 7 passernger car and the other a 4 cylinder, 36 Hp. I runabout, he also delivered one Model 6 cylinder 48Hp. 8passen ger to Mr. Pierre Mistriet, an other of our 'capitalist, and a Model 4 cylinder, 42 Hp. 5pysa senger touring car to Mr. F. J. Dietlein, one of our progressive 'ewelere. Dr. J. Brown of Washingtn, purchased ; 4 eyl, index, 42 p'. 5 passeng!r touo ing car, which wass delivered with the other cats. The Oaklapd cars are very pretty in design and are ap parently built for comfort and the fact that so many of them have been sold is a good sign that' the cars are making good. Mr. Brand says he will in town all of this week and ex pects to return shortly with a half dozen more cars for our city. Opelousas is certainly push ing forward with the motor car transportation, its good roads and paved streets; motoring in and around our city has become very popular and we expect to see many more automobile buy ers join the present army. The Oakland cars left New Orleans on Easter Sunday, April 12th, went by road to Baton Rouge, arriving at Baton Rouge in the afternoon, making the trip in five hours. The cars were ferried across to Port Allen on Monday afternoon and went by road to New Roads, from there to Siinsport, and were ferried across the Atchafalays, and from Simsport went by road to Bunkie, and arrived in Opelou sas Tuesday night, the milage covered by roadway was two hundred and ninety-five miles. Weather conditions were not favorable owing to excessive rains, but the time made on the trip showed that the cars are built for mud as well as paved streets. Miss Gertrude Simpson, a pop ular school teacher of Sunset. spent Friday and Saturday in this city, returning on Sunday. Miss Rowena Delahoussye, of Lafayette, is here on a visit to friends. in this famous kidnaping case. Dr. Shute testified that he treat ed Bobbie Dunbar when he was severely burnt on the floor, when a little tot and that he examined Bobbie upon his arrival here and did not perform any operation. After hearing this testimony the Istate closed its case and the Leourt adjourned until three o'clock Saturday evening. I ;~The regrularannual meeting [~JI8of the Stockholders of the Jacobs News Depot Co., will be held at the office of the com pany on Monday, May 11th, 1914, be ltween the hours of 4 and 5 p. m., for 1the purpose of electing a board of Iii rectors to serve for the ensuing year. AARON JACOBS, President. *~J. F. DEZAUCHLE, Secretary. Sapr 4-3t HARD JOB ANFAD OF NEW CIIT COKIA Various Appointed Positions To Be Dished Out At First Meeting In May. When the new council will or ganize next month it will have a hard job distributing jobs to their faithful friends. Fr every appointive position there are seW eral prominent physicians see. ing appointment. It is a pleasure whichanqffcpr elected by the people mnt dread, because it matters uad whom he appoints he will caise discord in his political rank and file. The last political campain this city was carried on so terly, that practically every zen in Opelousas took the fight. -Generail whc n fights fora man andh 1iesI ted something is f .,' the successful te Ti time -however there are who think that they sheool b appointed because th fa hard for the su dates for mayor and meb*¶K the board of alderen. It is however, gratiftyie the citizens who have t t eat of this ommunity at ht to learn that the city oou =wI appoint the men who are' suited for the positi aui on account of political m aflt It is admitted that there wilt e some changes made, but council proposes to give . - positions to the men who Pi qualified to hold down the jb~* if it is possile, of "coursethe who voted for the successful~ pirants for the municipal~a " will get~their, share, if they s suited for the places.. MEETNi -L¶EUSSE5 INSURANCE LA Fire Preventien eau r Attend to Ha airdete Lowered in Citya A conference was isfld Tuesday night at the Mate office, betwE#n the if committee; of ciiesazi4+ Sol Blocdworth. head ofth isiana State Fire Prevention reau. This meeting Was for purpose of 'discussing the p~s reducing the present Are king: ance rates and to have sas placed into the secodl cities instead of the third c Mr. Bloodworth assured the ` meeting that the Fire Preveptiok Bureau would have the rate duced at least twenty per on the present fire i premiums, if the city would certain improvements. A representative of the Burwa, willibe seat to Opelonsas in th ver near future to look over the field an invetigte what with the second classd cties of' Louisiana. Mr. Bloodworth stated at tJlg Tuesday nig ht conference that the cost of the improvemeste needed to have Opelousas pa~ in the column of second se cities would not exceed $I10O In order that the insuranse rate can be reduced at least- ~Ig per cent Opelousas will Jiave to install the modern fire alavea system, which it has already con* tracted for, besides extending the water mains and purchasi*sg an automobile fire truck as weBI as organizing a second fire do- K partment. Many claim that the automo bile truck is not absolutely nec essary, but Mr. Bloodworthi ad vised the committee that it would be much better for the safety of Opelousas, if the fire department owned an satomobile truck, au the scene of fire could be quickly reached then. A Card. We desire to extend our heart. felt thanks to our friends in Eu< nice for the many kindnesses shown to our children during the recent illness of our son-in-law, Leon Hines. The kindness did much to alleviate the suffering and hardship of a serious illness and our hearts are full of grati tude to our friends. MR. AND MRS9. R. M. MIL STED. ap 251t Mr. Lawrence 0. Barry, of Grand Coteau, was the guest at relatives in this city on Monday. '