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The St. Landry Clarion
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A COMPULSORY EDUCATION LAW
The ladies of the Lake Charles City Federa
ltion of Clubs thave started, with all earnestness,
sa campaign for a compulsory education law.
They have secured the signatures of a number
.of Lake Charles citizens and intend to press the
smnatter before the city authorities.
Lake Charles like all other cities in Louisiana
its suffering from want of proper education
l:: aws; a large number of children do not attend
school, the majority of whom turn out to be
"worthless citizens, who will' loaf from town to
'r ' town rather than work.
Under the present law a municipality, a ward
er parish has the right to enact compulsory edu
'eation laws and is given the power to see that
'this law is enforced.
The question has not gained much popularity
S among the general public, but those who look
forward to the progress of Louisiana firmly be
' liteve that we will have to resort to this means
Sfor stamping out illiteracy entirely from the
state. Since a state-wide compulsory law is
;^' mpracticable at this time many localities are
,contemplating compulsory education law for lo=
The Lake Charles American Press, speaking of
the campaign inaugurated by the ladies of the
,'City Federation of Clubs, says:
"Upon the question, 'Shall all children be
-compelled to attend school?' the arguments are
il1 in favor of the affirmative. The states owes
in the child a certain amount of education to
ý-.prepare it for an industrious and useful life.
This e ::cation is as much the right of the child
Ss is protection against brutality and ill usage;
or against enslavement in some factory at a
tender age. If the parents are neglectful and
i.ndifferent to the proper training of the child,
::,;; the state should compel them to perfbrm this
uty, just as it would compel them to support
itheir children, clothe them decently and not ill
M:uch is said of the need of children to help
fl'i" pport the home but these cases are rare in
i`-ake Charles. While there are exceptions, the
tgreat majority of parents who keep their chil
;lren out of sthool to work do so through greed
fori money oxr a desire to make life easier for
themselves, not thinking perhaps, that the chil
l dreni's future is being sacrificed. But most of
'the children who, do not attend school do not
'work at home or elsewhere. Too indulgent par
"eats permit them to idle about the streets, fall
.itr'nag. into 'bad habits and evil companionship
:litaying the Toundation for lives of uselessness if
:not of actual criine.
"It is the turning of these children into the
right path that the community is mostly con
,iberaed. Laying aside the moral obligation upon
ti e public to see that these children have a
":,fair chance in life, the community has an eco
y':,;:mic excuse to compel children to attend
school, and that is that it costs less to educate-a
ibiild than to keep guard against a criminal or
iare for him when he falls into the hands of the
::~law. School teachers are cheaper than police
'lpzen. chool superintendents cost less than
ri'wardens. The man at work supporting himself
i is an asset to the state; the man whom the state
Mis forced. to support is a menace.''
k*::2· THE DIPPING BILL
A'.3: proposed state compulsory dipping law is
. ..-zning much popularity throughopt the state
i::and it is believed by many wvill be' rushed
i through the senate and finally placed on the
(?. :ratte dipping with the parish as a unit has
: ben progressing very siowly in the last several
y: .'ars; many parishes have adopted local com
; ",ulsory dipping laws and in some localities the
i " w worked well, while in others the measure
h.. Ias been vigorously opposed.
Mississippi has had more experience with cal,.
: t le dipping than any other state; the legislature
oi t that state, however, was impressed with the
fact that on account of opposition in certain
counties to dipping the only feasible way to
eradicate the tick in Mississippi was by legisla
tive enactment, forcing every cattle owner in
t. he entire state to dip his cattle.. It is figured
I .that in that state within the next couple of
years the whole of Mississippi will be thorough
, i Louisiana cattle men believe that a compul
ory cattle law, like in Mississippi, is the only
"thing which will finally, drive the tick from tais
·state; authorilties on the subject claim that
S within three years, after the state compulsory
S law becomes effective, the Federal quaranteen
. ill be lifted from this stale, and Louisiana
<r attle will be worth from five to ten dollars
:er head more than at present.
Nj ; .aturally with tick out of the way cattle will
' ~e in better condition the year round and will
demand handsome prices; hence Louisiana
! .ould establish permanently an induslry des
4ined to pour millions of dollars into the pockets
; of its citizens each year.
Whii ether the compulsory dipping law will
g~wepopular or not is a matter of conjecture;
p ed, however, that opposition will crop
up in various localities, but after some time all
cattle owners will come to realize the measure
as a sound and sane law and will follow the
dictate of the state.
The supporters of the proposed law will un
doubtedly meet with some opposition, but it is
reasonably certain that if he bill is submitted
at the present session of the legislature it will
MAYOR'S TERM OF OFFICE
From certain sources opposition to the
lengthening of the mayor's term of office from
two to four years has cropped up. This opposi
tion, however, we believe, comes from very f'e'
citizens of Opelousas.
Why one should oppose the election of the city
officials for a term of four years is really in
comprehensible. The two year term works
enough hardship on the officials, prevents those
who would, to devote all their energies and all
th"eir time to the perfo'mance of their duty, as
they are forced by law to go before the people
every two years to seek re-election. A fool will
understand that the officer, no matter who he
is, is forced to play politics to a certain extent
in order to win favor from the voters, and con
sequently is not in a position to give his entire
attention to the city's affairs around an elec
tion. Consequently too many elections tend to
perpetuate politics in governmental affairs.
We believe that the mayor and the other city
officials should be elected for four years; peo
ple in every community are clamoring against
the burden of too many elections, and surely
Opelousas should not remain in the rear.- The
officials, as we have repeatedly shown, would
be in a better position to devote their efforts to
the betterment of conditions and the four year
term would serve, in a measure, to do away with
politics, as on the present plane, in city affairs.
If the Opelousas charter is changed and if the
city officials are elected for four instead of two
years, the voters of this city will be called upon
two years hence to choose their officers for.the
regular term of office. Hence, the idea of
lengthening the term of office is not to perpet
uate any one in office, as has been charged iu
private conversation by certain individuals op
posed to the change of charter.
GULF COAST LINES
The Gulf Coast Lines, since being divorced
from the M. L. & T. R. R. Company, and with J.
S. Pyeatt as president,- has made wonderful
strides of progress; the popular railroad, whichi
traverses St. Landry from east to west, prom
ises to be one of the greatest raitroads in Louis
The Gulf Coast Lines has made arrangements
with the Illinois Central for the use of tracks
between New Orleans and Baton Rouge and the
officials of the company. expect to inaugurate
a faster freight and passenger service on uine
For a while it was thought that the Gulf Coast
Lines would fall by tire way-sides, and' that tine
road would never accomplish the end for which
it was erected; now,° however, bright prospects
are held out by the railroad officials and the
road has made such strides as to startle the
A New Orleans offtice will be opened next
month with Roy Terrel' at the Ielkn; it is pro
posed to make New Orleans the principal ship.
ping point, and at the same time Louisiana will
be greatly benefited by the many improvements
which will be mad~e' by thie Gulf Coast Linesi.
We find a large number of newspapers
grumbling about too much politlcs and yet in'
the next breath they tell all about the prospec
tive candidate fbr Congress, Judge or District
Attorney. The newspapers are the ones who
keep politics agoing all the time; if they are op
posed to discussing political conditions- they
should not give glowing accounts of the politi
cal aspirations of some of Louisiana's. favorit.'
That terrible rain on Sunday and MondayS
played the devil with t'he energetic members. of
the Hook Worm Club who n'ever fail to answer
roll call, under the historic oaks on the court
house square. Now that old man Sol is on duty
again there is no doubt that the Clab will round
into shape and be in a position to discuss all
political and financial needs.
By this time Ruffin G. Pleasant must have
come to the conclusion that it is easier to be
attorney general than governor.
As far as the sheriffs are concerned, if they
do not want their salaries (ut down the general
public can not blame them. It is human nature
you know to "hollow for more money."
Our old friend Bill Bryan, once Secretary of
States, is billed to speak in Alexandria on June
the ist. Bill will undoubtedly tell his hearers
all about the horrors of war, at the same time
explaining that he resigned his office because he
was "too brave" to fight in honorable defense of
We should judge that our friend Dairid Hol
lier, the only new member of the city council,
will soon realize that the job he is holding down
is not the sweetest in Opelousas by any means.
Of course the other patriotic citizens who have
already served as councilmen have found that
We have heard many definitions of,' a soft
job; the best examiliflcation of the meaning of
a "snap" is the jobs now being held down by
Rev. Mr. Turner aid J. 9i. Sullivan.
Alexandria is getting itself on the map of
scandal; suicides and murders are becoming as
frequent there as among the roughnecks of
Caddo and the Italians of New Orleans.
Bob Broussard was given a warm reception at
Baton Rouge by the delegates to the state demo
cratic convention. Quite different from the
action of the 1912 delegates.
The city council is apparently against in
crease of salary. The mayor's salary was once
more fixed at $750 per year.
ANOTHER NEGLECTED JOB
Eunice Gall: Now that the election is over
would it not be apropos for our citizens to de
vote a little of their spare time to cleaning up
the town and beautifying same. There are lo
calities in town that would cause a trash heap
to fade into insignificance from the amount of
old cans and trash being promisculously dump
ed on vacant lots and alleys and our town au
thorities should impose a fine on anyone doing
such sets. Let's get together on a clean-up
THEY HAVE HIS PERMISSION
Franklin Watchman: According to reports
from Washington, the price of gasoline will ad
vance to approximately $18.00 per barrel, and it
will be exceedingly scarce at that price, unless
some unknown oil field is discovered, wbhic
will supply the deficiency., Owners of automo
biles will have to confine theitm riding to cold
blooded necessities, with the pleasure cut out.
As long as the supply lasts, all of them have our
permission to ride until the tanks run dry.
WILL 4AKE THE USUAL COURSE
Farmerville Gazette: Col. R. G. Pleasant next
Monday. Aboit thirty days thereafter, will
take his oath of office and will be formally in
ducted into the office of Governor of Louisiana
aind throughout the succeeding four years, we
will be regaled with the wailings of the dis
gruntled disappointed office seekers-those fel
lows who support: a candidate for governor not
because of htis worth or ability, but because
they have a hankering for' the fleshpots and he
Iooks like a winner.
A HARD JO'B'
Lake Charles American-Prress: In a letter to
the Item, Paul Fortler tells why, in his opinion,
Decatur, Illinois, is; taking a mamrfactury from
New Orleans. He says: "In, Decatur, Illinois,
people think and do'not' stamp the- rooster." You
are perfectiy correct; Paul; the ~stamp-the
rooster habit" is not' prevalent in Decatur, Illi
nois. They stamp the elephant or the bull
moose, and, it is as Hard to break them of the
habit as to induce a New York millionaire to
make an honest income tax return.
BETTER CONDITIO $ PREVAIL
Assumption Pioneer: Even the biggest crit
ics of Uncle Sam's policy in Mexico,are admit
ting that Villa is gradiually being run down, and
law and order in tiat country is being restoredi
without any sacrifice of our brave soldier boy;.
The yellow press and the sensationalist are'
WILL HARMDONY PREVAIL?
Lafayette Advertiser:, Bills providing for
placing sheriffs, clerks of court and assessors
en a salary basis. have been, introduced in tie
general assembly. This is the first step; it now
remains to be seen whet'er the matter wilt be
,(cted unpon promptly without protracted
squabble over thre size of the salaries.
ANXIOUSLY,. EVEN APPREHENSIVELY
Vinton Booster: The state legislature conven
ed on Monday lasgt and all eyes will be centered
on Baton Rouge for the next few weeksi ans
iously reading the proceedings,
LOOKING OUT FOR OWN HOUSEHOLD
Plequemine Protector: They tell us that self
preservation, is the first law of nature and we
noticed it will be closely observed by many of
jhe new state and parish officials. Judge A. V.
Coco wiflt appoint his son assistant in the attor
ney general's office and Secretary of State Jas.
J. Bailey will select his brother.
DRAWBACKS TO EDUCATION
Plaquemine Protector: With a score or more
of mosquitoes puncturing their anatomy how
canl a child intelligently apply itself to the
studies at school. The school board should'have
all school buildings screened.
THE MONEY GRABBER
Monroe News-Star: What benefit to the world
is the man who selfishly devotes his every atom
of energy to the garnering of gold? Does gold
make a man more neighborly--does it make him
a better man? Will it buy real pleasure, real
peace, real happiness? Will it be worth the
fbrice you must pay?
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