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THE ST. LANDRIY CLARION
"Here Shall The Press The People's Rights Maintain, Unawed by Influence and Unbribed by Cain." VOLUME XXIV-NO. 50. OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1914. $1.00 PER YEAR ALL ABOARD FOR THE POPULARITY CONTEST Everything Indicates To The Ultimate Success Of The Clarion's Big Popularity Contest Which Opens Monday. Everything is in readiness for the opening date of the Clarion's big school popularity contest. Six schools have already notified the Clarion Contest Manager that they wou!d be in the race to the end and it is expected that the contest will prove of great interest to the teachers, pupils and patrons of the respective schools entering this contest from the very beginning. Although the St. Landry High School of this city does not open until Monday, October 5th. the contest will not be delayed any longer, as Professor Prescott, who will be ably assisted in this contest by Miss Belle Dupre, stated that plans would be formu lated for the local school's fight in this contest during the week and that the pupils and teachers would set to work from the very first day. Indications are that the Clarion school popularity contest has grown very popular over the en tire parish and the ultimate suc cess of the contest both to the schools of St. Landry and the St. Landry Clarion seems assured. Mr. Kingsbury, who has charge of the contest, is totally blind, but at the same time he is fully able to see everything that will DIOMEL DURIO DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS Confederate Veteran An swers Last Bugal Call - Prominent in Parish. Diomel Durio is dead; another Confederate veteran has answer ed the last bugal call and has gone to his reward. Mr. Durio died at his home on West Belle vue street. on Monday night at 8 o'clock, after a long illness. Hon. Diomel Durio, Police Ju ror for the first ward since 1896, was a native of St. Landry, hav ing been born June 30, 1843. Even before he attained man hood "Mel," as he has always been known, became prominent in the history of St. Landry par ish. He always led an active life. was a brave soldier during the (ivil War, exercising much of his energy towards the ex terminating of the "Jahawkers" a band which pillaged the homes of the lone women and children, during the war. When he joined the army he was eighteen years of age. His first company was Company B., First Louisiana Artillery. in which he served two years. In 1863 he organized a company of Home Guards for defense against the ".Iahawkers." From that time on until recentiy Mr. Durio was a prominent factor in the politicai affairs of Sr. Landry, although he never seeketd high oifis ,r himself, being content ed w it.h servin. his neocple as miemtber ouf the police ju;r:: r'm the ,!,rst ward since 1t')d. . otceas ed it::es , i.an o W\O r. among" the. mliost prI)Oi TI: fai I:-ince on WT st Be'ie vu, st. -t to th>. , tth} i. Church e: t-t~·'i < i:.= m ...:-.7 m e in · _lr:thy. killedi on ntie baittleried. go on during the contest. He is an able newspaperman, having worked successfully in every state of the Union and came to Opelousas nearly a year ago with very praiseworthy recommenda tions. He will put forth his very best efforts to make this contest a howling success. The voting in the contest will begin promptly at one o'clock Monday afternoon. For the con venience of those desiring to cast their votes in favor of their schools the Clarion will place a ballot box in front of the office, which will be at the disposal of the voters daily from nine to twelve and from one to four in the afternoon. The f ee coupons printed else where in this paper should be voted and the heads of the schools entering this contest should in terest their friends in clipping them out and to immediately send them to the Manager's office. The management of the Clarion assures the schools that nothing will be left undone to give thorough satisfaction to every school entering the contest. A suitable prize will be provided for all. none risking the chance of not receiving something valuable. FARMERS URKED TO CUT DOWN ACERAGE Alexandria Conference Of Farmers Advise 50 Per Cent Decrease. The Louisiana Division of the Southern Cotton Association, headed by President Paul M. Potts of Natchitoches, assembled in convention at Alexandria on Tuesday, At the afternoon session W. L. Foster, of Caddo, chairman of the committees on resolutions, submitted a resolution urging every member of the Louisiana Division of the Southern Cotton Association to pledge himself to aid individually in having the cotton acerage in this state re duced 50 per cent. The sturdy Louisiana cotton farmers who assembled at Alex andria during the week will en deavor to secure the aid of every cotton grower in this state in the campaign to be waged for cotton acreage decrease. They will al so endeavor to secure the co operation of the merchants in this matter of most vital impor tance to the cotton industry of the south. A committee was appointed to submit the same resolution at the national convention to con vene in New Orleans on Sept. 29th and urge its adoption. Farmers of Louisiana will be urged to decrease their cotton acerage 50 Oer cent and plant something else. The v:ork of mainta'inin the p-'ic.. of cotton to :t oint whiiere nhinters can realize a i-'otit w ii i)f accomplish ed only through th,: ac-rage de crerse campaign. Church Notice. There w-iil be divine services at the Episcopal Church in this city on Monday evening, Sept. 2Sth at 7:30 by the Rev. fMr We ed. On Thursday morninrg it :30( Hoiy Communion will be iven. ',I. Remi IMarnhinveg :s;)ent a , k.ars in Iota wi'h frlends i?; reiatives. Mr, 11i_" rr~hinveg announces that business conni tions in the little Acadia town are excellent. BUY-A-BLE SCHEME Several Opelousas Business Men Join the Pro gressive Move. The Buy-A-Bale movement has seized the merchants ant business men of Opelousas. Sev. eral merchants have already pur. chased their bale at ten cents pec pound and many others are con. templating following suit. Af. ter Sheriff Marion Swords start. ed the Buy-A-Bale movement ir this city, Ben Riseman, a promi nent merchant was the next tý show his faith in the Buy-A-Bale scheme. Others then followed in Messrs. Swords' and Rise men's footsteps. The Buy-A-Bale movement had been meeting with the ready ap proval of the American people sc rapidly that it has forced the cotton exchanges to open at the same time compelling the price of cotton to increase. This how ever will not stop those interest ed in the Buy-A-Bale scheme, as it is realized that the more cot ton taken off the market the higher prices will cotton demand, when the farmers will be willing to dispose of their cotton through the cotton market. Many merchants in St. Landry have signified their intentions of taking cotton on account, giving 'their customers ten cents per pound. Among the Opelousas business men who have joined the Buy-a Bale Club are: M. L. 8words, Ben Riseman, M. Winsberg, A. Marsiglia, B. Bennett, A. More si, Albert Clary and the St. Lan dry Lumber Co. Contest Notes. Mr. Toole, principal of the Grand Prairie Agricultural High School says, "We are not saying a word but watch out for us we are going to worry those big fel lows a great deal." Brother Bittle of Washington says, "There is no chance for the rest as we are determined that your piano will be a splendid addition to our school. We are going in to win, so watch out for Washing ton." Scholastic Doonan, of St. Charles High School Department has this to say, "St Charles has always made a name for itself and it is to b.0 52'0 thn t it vill k,:ep up its good name in the Clarion schoio popularity contest. Look out for our higi schooi de partment. we are in to stick to the last." "What's the matter with the Eunice High School? She's al right, watch her come to the front in the Clarion school popu larity contest," says Professor Griffith of the Eunice High School. Brother Perrault writes from the Melville High School, "Watch us make a home run in this con test. We will make the other schools in the parish hustle for that $400 Kingsbury piano." Principal Prescott says, "'That if work wins the first prize, the Opelousas High School will not be found lacking, as we are made of the stuff that wins.' Youngest In Pan=Ameri= can Insurance. Master Alexander W arnd Swords. son of Sheriff Swords, of this city, h;as the distinction of being the youngest person hold ing an insurance policy in' the Pan-American Life Insurance Company of New Orleans. Tho Opelousas young man became a policy-holder in the company tvwo years ago. During the week young Swords received congratulations from Crawford H. Ellis. president of the P'-.- merican Life Insurance Comp.an' upon his approaching irthda. The message was -7e ce.:ed with great del'i rght i. Alex Swords, who is 'qiite 2" young man. ST. IN RY11 1 H11 TO OPEN OCTOBER 5TH s Au horities Compelled To Delay Opening of School Another Week. t The St. Landry High School d! will open on October 5th, accord -ing to an announcement made by -iParish Superintendent C. J. r Thompson during the latter part - of the week. This announce ment came after all hopes of the - local school opening on Monday, n September 28th as was previous - ly announced, were blasted. o On account of transportation e' facilities being very slow this , month the furnitures for the Opel -ousas school have not arrived, although the school authorities s have been on the watchout for - the desks and other paraphanalia a for the past three weeks. e Both Superintendent Thomp a son and Professor Prescott are e very anxious for the Opelousas - school to open and it was with a - great deal of disappointment s that they concluded that it was - practically impossible for the school to open even one week after all the other schools in the parish had been in operation. They are almost positive now that the school will be ready for the opening date, Monday Octo ber 5th. The fifteen teachers employed in the St. Landry High School have all been notified to appear for work on Monday morning of next week and it is expected.that as soon as the first bell rings to warn the pupils that school has - begun everything will be running smoothly at the local school. lRoos & Dejean Buy First Big Lot Of Cotton. The cotton firm of Roos & De jean, local representatives for McFodden Brothers was first to purchase a lot of cotton in thiscity on open market. The first lot of cotton placed on the local mar ket consisted of twelve bales, all of which classed good middling and brought 8:15 cents per pound. The cotton belonged to Sam Evans, a prominent merchant re siding about four and a half miles from this city on the Prairie Ronde road. Whilst Messrs. Roos & Dejean were the first to purchase a lot consisting of several bales, they were not the first to buy cotton on the open market. J. P. Bar nett. well known manager of the Opelousas compress holds that dinstintion, he having bought two bales several days ago. Mr. Barnett shipped ths cotton on consignment to John M. Parker. With the opening of the New Or leans cotton exchange it is ex pected that cotton will demand a better price in the near future. 1915 Hupmobiles Arrives, Here. The 1915 model Hupmobile is now on display at Borderlon's Garage, in this city. The car, which attracted considerable at tention. was driven into Opelou sas by State-distributor Perkins. on Monday morning. Lae n : ..-.miobie is pro nounced one of the pretrtiest of the smaller cI'ars on the market. Ho1. E. B. Dubuisson feii for a 'ar, %when Joseph Bordelon sold him i 1:915 ;)adster on onlda3y morin , :lr. Dubuissi n's car has rot arrived yet, but it is ex " -1 -- _. ,, ...... L- " "" X" c the neat few days. Free Coupons. In another column of this paper wi he found a free coipon good for 25 votes and also a counon oocd for 2C50 votes when accom pani'ed wi th one year's subscrip tion to the St. Landry Clarion. Thfre f -re co'.,po", shouid be clipp ed and :nailed i,,mmedialtel, to the Contest 'tanager. St, Landry Clacion, Opelousas. La. Don't fail to vote for your schools. TO HELP BUILD UP A MODERN CREAMERY Business Men of Opelousas Show Considerable Inter est in Enterprise. The business men of Opelou sas are determined that this city, will have a creamery, which will afford farmers from every nook and corner of St. Landry parish an opportunity to dispose of their surplus milk fat. A meeting was held at the, Elks Hall during the past week, where several business men, in cluding merchants and bankers, gathered to discuss the proposed creamery for Opelousas. It was the consensus of opinion that the farmers should be given every aid possible to erect this new enterprise an1 the busi ness men of Opelousas have as sured those interested in the erection of the creamery that Opelousas would subscribe a large portion of the stock in the event that a stock company be; organized. Mr. Lorenzo Mornhinveg, pres ident of the Progressive League, whose hobby it is to push every thing that is progressive, and who has been arousing consider able interest in a creamery for this section during the past few years, was responsible for the meeting held at the Elks Hall. 1 He summoned some of the most 1 prominent merchants and busi- ( ness men of St. Landry parish, I so that every section could be: represented. W. A. Fiegel, of: Garland, who had some expe-1 rience with creameries, being 4 unable to attend sent the follow ing letter to Mr. Mornhinveg, which was read with pleasure by those who gathered at the Elks Hall. Mr. Fiegel stated: "I am sorry I can not be with ' you this evening, but I can prom- 1 ise as much cream as any one, K every day in the year. .1 "Permit me to warn you against the professional creamery pro-* moter. His trail can be followed: all over the United States by dis appointed dairymen. "Be sure that there are enough cows in your territory; COWS that make CREAM." A committee, composed of two members from every section in St. Landry was appointed, by the meeting, to ascertain the exact number of milk, cows which could be depended upon to furnish milk fat to the pro posed Opelousas Creamery. It is expected that the committee will report its findings at a fu ture meeting, which will be duly made public and to which every person interested in the proposed creamery is invited. The Farmers' Union of St. Landry, at a meeting held at St. Cyr's school house, appointed a committee to do the same work that the committee the Opelou sas ' business men appointed. Both committees are to work for the same ultimate results, as the business men and the farmers of St. Landry are hand-in-hand on this proposition. It is proposed to have the creamery in running order by the first days of March. It was not exactly a meeting, only a few interested in and out of town folks got together last Friday and appointed one, two or three good hustiers on each road leading out of Opelousas to gather cow statistics preparatory to building at creamery. If these various committee-c turn in good reports and the sum total will show up rO0 cows to patronize a creamery the plant will be built, otherwise the herd owners will be a!pjeaei! to for an increase in the herd, The -followinr constitute ihe committees: Washington i.. uOpeousas: : Jackson, D. ,. Fntenot. K. J. Morgan. Plaisance road: Joe Borda~ir, O. A. Durio, A. Sover. EAST ROAD MEETING UNIVERSAL APPROVAL Many Are Willingly Subscribing To Proposed Melville Port Barre Highway--Mr. Brown Is Working Strenously. The proposed Melville public road is meeting with universal approval and the ultimate suc cess of the scheme originated by Police Juror Brown seems assur ed. Many of the most prominent land owners in this parish, who own land in that section of the parish, have either written or assured Mr. Brown that they would liberally subscribe to a fund for the erection of an up to-date public dirt highway. Dr. John A. Haas was among the first tax-payers of St. Lan dry to contribute to the Melville road fund. In a letter to Mr. Brown the well known Opelousas financier stated: "I wish to sub scribe $100.00 and assure you I am ready to assist you all I can and am sure the people all over the parish will appreciate your work in 'building this road." Dr. Haas is in hearty accord with this move and he feels confident that it is the beginning of the building up of the finest and richest section in St. Landry par ish. It will place the river coun try and Opelousas in closer rela tion in every way and will be the commencement of the building of homes along and through that rich section of country. R. A. Honsberger, president of the Honsberger-Monro Lumber Co., of Fort Smith, Ark., which company owns several thousand acres of land along the Opelousas Gulf & Northeastern Railway, is another one who is very enthu siastic over the proposed road paralelling the O'Gee tracks, be tween Port Barre and Melville. He has assured Mr. Brown that the company would donate the right-of-way and in addition a cash subscription of $100. Aldermen E. K. Eastham, of this city, who is agent for some large real estate owners, is confi dent that he can obtain money from the firms he represents in this section for the erection of this road, which would open up To Teachers and Pupils All teachers and all scholars from the Fifth Grade-to the Eleventh Grade inclusive are re quested to be present at the new St. Landry High School building at 10 a. m. Monday, September 28th as businees of great impor tance, both to the teachers and pupils, will be transacted. Parents should interest them selves in seeing that their child ren attend this meeting as it is of vast importance to the welfare of the Opelousas school. W. B. PRESCOTT, Principal. Vote early and vote often, bal lot box opens at 1 o'clock Monday evening Sept. 28th. Be sure to decide for yourself what school you are going to vote before com in- to vote as none of the em ployees of the " larion can give you any advise on this matter. Prairie Ronde road: Edgar. Andrepont. Edgar Dupre. West Bel!evue road: F. A. Fdha:'. Swr,. road: P. P Hidalgn. Lawtell road- Dr. Paul Foster. Bellevue roa.1: Hebert Phillips, F. D:zauche. Prairie Basse roacd: James San ders. Port Barre road: Walter Smith Veilland Chachere. Little Teche road: Albert St. Cyr, A. J. Carron. General or R. R. R. com" Adolph .Jacobs, S. C. Lawler, L. H. ,iornhinv .egs All committees shouid hustle and hand in reports promptly. one of the finest sections in the entire state. Besides getting those whom he represents to subscribe Mr. Eastham has placed his name on the list of subscribers to the ex tent of $25, and in addition giv ing nearly two miles of right-of way. Mr. Eastham is of the opinion that the road should start at a point only a couple of miles from this city, named Randell, instead Port Barre claiming that this would reduce the Opelousas-Mel ville route by several miles, at the same time passing through a fertile country, which has not as yet been opened. The people residing in the Eastern section of St. Landry have at last realized that a road connecting them with Opelousas and the outside world is a possible thing and in all probability it will not be many months before they finally realize that which they have thought and wished for for these many years. There can be no objection to the proposed Melville road and it is to be hoped that the project will be given the same accord by the taxpayers of that section in the future as it has in the past. Every persons able to contribute to the road fund should willing do so as it means the settling by good, thrifty and progressive farmers of a section which hse * brought a very small proportion ofithe tax money into the parish treasury that it would bring were the citizens of Melville and surrounding country given a de cent highway leading to the par ish seat. Mr. Brown, the citizens of Port Barre and Melville, are all enthusiastic over this move and it is to be hoped that the citizens of Opelousas will give this prop osition the just approval that it deserves, at the same time liber ally contributing to the funds for the erection of this impor tant road. WILL HAVE ELECTION FOR POLICE JUROR Vacancy in the First Ward Caused by Durio's Death to Be Filled. Opelousas will have another election real soon. On account of the death of Fion. Diomel Du rio, member of the police jury from the first ward, there is a vacancy in the body of parish lawmakers. There has been no one men tioned for the vacancy as yet, but it is expected that within the next few days there will be a candidate for the place held for many years by "Uncle Mel" Durio. It is expected that Governor Hall will issue his proclamation of electicn to fill the vacancy in the police jury as soon as he is notified, after which the parish Democratic Executive Commit tee will in turn issue its procla mation. The first ward, which com irises Opelousas. Be!ievue and And'epont, is entitled to fo.ur members; the three members now in the police jury from the first ward are Presidcent of the Police Jury, Frark Dimmick, Judge A.olphe 'Giir and J. Whet you r ai~1. t world 1laughs with y., ,'ot io weet you weep alone, bt when you vo )t goo Vot a1l toC.,g'ether.