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
Everything Indicates To The Ultimate Success Of The
Clarion's Big Popularity Contest Which Opens
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
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
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 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
FARMERS URKED TO
CUT DOWN ACERAGE
Alexandria Conference Of
Farmers Advise 50 Per
The Louisiana Division of the
Southern Cotton Association,
headed by President Paul M.
Potts of Natchitoches, assembled
in convention at Alexandria on
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
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
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
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
Several Opelousas Business
Men Join the Pro
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
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
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.
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
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
"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
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=
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
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
ST. IN RY11 1 H11 TO
OPEN OCTOBER 5TH
s Au horities Compelled To
Delay Opening of School
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
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
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,
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
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c the neat few days.
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;
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
"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
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
Washington i.. uOpeousas: :
Jackson, D. ,. Fntenot. K. J.
Plaisance road: Joe Borda~ir,
O. A. Durio, A. Sover.
EAST ROAD MEETING
Many Are Willingly Subscribing To Proposed Melville
Port Barre Highway--Mr. Brown Is
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
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
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.
Swr,. road: P. P Hidalgn.
Lawtell road- Dr. Paul Foster.
Bellevue roa.1: Hebert Phillips,
Prairie Basse roacd: James
Port Barre road: Walter Smith
Little Teche road: Albert St.
Cyr, A. J. Carron.
General or R. R. R. com" Adolph
.Jacobs, S. C. Lawler, L. H.
All committees shouid hustle
and hand in reports promptly.
one of the finest sections in the
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
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
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
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
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"
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
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.
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