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--'tit" a ` r ' " ' .. .... J:'. .. ..r ''N ý!'Pumýfl Pf º M .'$ * 1 0hS 1 Mr 4,b SOnw ad AIgr4 My 6i1. r r VOLUME XXVII-NO 9. OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 18, 1916. .$100 .E A1, "EVANGELINE HIGHWAY"' MEETING AT COURTHOUSE LARGE DELEGATION OF "GOOD ROAD BOOSTERS" HELD THEIR MEETING HERE ON THURSDAY IN THE COURT HOUSE A large and thusiastic meeting of citizens from Bunkie, White ville, Washington, Opelousas, Grand Coteau and Lafayette was held in the CourtHouse at Opelousas last Thursday at ii A. M. to promote the building of what is known as the Evangeline Highway Route from Bunkie to Lafayette to con nect the Jefferson Highway and the old Spanish Trail which passes through Lafayette from San An tonio to New Orleans. Mayor Loeb of Opelousas, called the meeting to order and asked Rev. Father Grace, President of the St. Charles College of Grand Coteau to act as temporary chartman. Hon. C. J. Pope addressed the meeting and stated its purposes, the body ;tha went into permanent organisation with Father Grace as President sad Mr. J. G. Lawler as Secretary and an executive committee from aeoh town throgh the whict pro posed Highwary ..is . aus witt be Ianed by the President in a .few dMys thus allowinw. him sufflnt MAme to confer with those Interest ed and witll rept at a mass meet ing to be helddhare at Oplousas in te court Hoeus on Dec. 14th at !d o'lock A. M. This is one of the grandest move ever made in this parish, when we eonlder what a model road is. dang for other parish which are fortunate enough to have a Highway. Over a hundred representative eitizens from the neighboring towns were present *t the meeting in eluding Bunkie, Whiteville, Wash ngtson, Grand Coteau, and La fayette. The movement was re eeilved enthusiastically by all pre sent. There is rather a sharp rivalry between Washington,: Bayou Boeuf, Melville and Ville Platte as. to the location of the road after leaving Opelousas, and hence the call for a meeting at Opelousas on above mention date, thereby giving the those contesting points sufficient time to prepare their claims to show why the EEVANGELINE HIGHWAY should pass by their town. Among the prominent speakers at the meeting were, E. B. Dubisson, President of the Opelousas National Bank, a large land owner and an Attorney of World-wide reputa tion. Mr. Dubuisson is highly in accord with the move and made a very forcefull address advocating the same. other prominent speakers were Dr. Davis Hon. C. J. Pope, Dr. Mathews of Bunkie, Mr. J. P. Columb of Lafayette, and Mr. A. Thistlewaiste of Washingtoi. Mr. Mathews stated in his short but pointed address that it was' istimat ed that Tourist spends at the rate of one dollar per mile. For instance if a five passenger touring car passes trough our town which is say 2 miles long, they will have left here with us ten dollars and if three hundred Automobiles passes our little city they will have left with us something like twenty-five hundred dollars however, be that as it may, should they leave with us two thousand dollars, per month and add this amount to our re venues and we will soon realize what a National Highway means for a locality. Father Grace in ac Cepting the nomination as Perma nent' President of this Proposed Evangeline Highway. delivered a amss0ly speech, reciting histary both encient and modern, as a proff of what Good Roads have donr and what they do for a cm.ltry. \\ ith them a country will prosn"r an-t on the other ha:i'! with oti them how they dwindle down and pass into obscurity, a matter of history record. This great project is of such im portance not alone to St. Landry but especially so for Opelousas, its County Seat. It is hoped and we know that a hearty welcome will be given the visitors on day set for meeting and hope that the citizen of Opelousas will get out in large numbers to greet them. It was rather disappointing to note how few of the Opelousas people came out for the meeting. why, several ladies from the little city of Bunkie braved the weather courageously and endured the fatiguing and dusty ride through the country to show their interest, their en thusiasm in this progressive move. When there . is a call made by progressive citizens or set of citizens to attend a meeting at which matters partaining to the welfare of the city, and country at large are to be discussed, our business as well as our professional men should attend. None are exempted from this duty. It is not alone the duty pf the merchant to attend meetings of this nature, but. it is clearly the duty of paofesisonal men, the lawyers physicians and others. Why do we say this? Be cause ,they are the reapers of benefits accruing, the same as any other citizen, nay more. This is r .allt ale re piaded that a call is issued in another column of this piper, to attend a mass meeting. or put themselves, out a little and repair to the place of gathering and lend their helping hand in the best way they can. The prosperous cities and towns are those which boast of progres sive. citizens. No city, or, parish ever did much in the growing proposition that had as business and professional men, those who hold back and say "Let the other fellow do it" All alike, farmers, business and pIirofessional men, all must lend a helping hand, go to the: meeting, have your say, and give your ideas. This is the way to build up a country. Of course it is much easier to say "I am tired to-day, or that the world is treating, me well enough, I am getting my share of its revenues, or I dont need any roads, I never go out, I may never use them, or let the people do now as they use to. If the' roads were good enough for our ancestors they ought to be good enough for us, that is not good logic if you stand by and let the other ad journing parishes build their high ways, linking their little cities or towns with good highways, they will draw all the trade away from us Our people will learn its necessities. They will leave the bad roads and look for a place where, when they do want to go somewhere, they know they can get there, without having to have all the inconvenices that a bad road will give. See how the business men's leagues and unions in progressive cities are adding to their numbers. They are wide awake, and their attitude is making their cities grow and is adding prosperity to .their people. Indeed it is easier to say, I am tire I, and dont feel well enough or I can not aford to leave my place of business to go, and the farmers may say, I cannot leave my comfortable home, neglect the many duties that re puires my constant supervision, and besides it is niuch more agree able to be near my fire. But re member while you are enjoying your ease. your town, your parish .: r EM O ,EMARKABL PHOTO.: : O " THE. WRE. .O. TE T. .RIE Mi REMIARKABLE PHOTO OF THE WRECK OF THE U. S. CRUISERI MEMIPHISS and your country at large is losing something, losing your influence, your counsel in important moves. Proj)ably it is not only your town or parish, but your own business is being made to suffer. The conges tion of population in great cities is caused in a large part by the lack of good roads in this country. The reason that France is one of the best agricultural country in the world is because she has good roads. There are many benefits derived from good roads, besides making it more pleasant to drive, it will save enough of the money now spent, caused by bad roads, in repairing vehecles and harnesses every winter to more than repay the outlay for good substancial highway, in the taxes that we would have pay to build and main tain these roads. It will improve the attractiveness of rural life, besides it will improve the value of all the lands in and around the routes -tihis preopoed EVAGNO5 LINE HIGHWAY. It is stated that lands that were selling at nominal prices immediately commanded nearly fabulous prices, as soon as the Highway is constructed. It is nearly a matter of impossibility to mantain our antidated dirt roads, with the advent of the Automobile which are always working havoc with the roads generally all of you who have traveled in this parish in the last year or so know how rough our roads are and how im passable they would have been had we have had a wet season in stead of a dry one. We are living in an age of progress and sooner or later we have to adopt ourselves to it, the sooner the better. Take up your history and read and yop will see that as long as the powers that were, kept their highways in per fect construction as long as they prospered. Take Rome, what made Rome great, it is her good roads. The facility of. converting her soldiers from one place to another in time of dangers. Take in our own time, in the terrible war now waging across the ocean, why can little Germany hold her own with powers far superior to her in num bers? It is her system of Highway, her railroad facilities. That Country is litterally cut to pieceswtih HIich- ways and other traaw *r: atit,n fu'!ll0iS* DIED Mrs. H. Sovet died Sunday night at her residence after a suffering illness of almost a whole year. She was 69 years and one day old. A native of Whuy Province of Liege, Belgium. ,This venerable old lady came over from Belgium in the year 1883 and settled in Plainance where they have lived a beautiful life. She is survived by her husband one son, Armand Savot, and three daughters, Mrs. Pierre Pitre, Mrs. Albert Dupre and Mrs. Moise Briley all of Plaisance. A large crowd attended the funeral services which were held at the Catholic Cemetary, Opelousas La., on Nov. 13th. at noon. Palaisance, La. Nov. 13th. 1916. GRAND CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF SISTER IN GRAND COTEAU Grand Coteau, La., Nov. 14, 1916 Never were poets words so fully realized, as on Nov. 13th. 1916, when Sister Bridget Walsh celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of her solemn Profession. If the great consecration was' made with the exultant love and joy of youth, how can we measure the depth, or realize the sublime height of the love and joy. that have been in creaseing during fifty golden years of prayer and intimate union with Christ our Lord. The ceremonies were simple yet impressive. The Venerable jubilarian entered the beautiful adorened chapel, while the sweetly solemn tones of the organ voioed the sentiments of the friends pretmit, and sounded the first chord of the jubilant chorus which was to echo through out the day. A crimson velvet prie-dieu was prepared for her just before the altar rail, and lighted taper silently bore witness to the light of joy and love which filled her heart and was to find expression when the trembling accents of old age, i'enewed the consecration pronounc ed in early youth, just fifty years ago. Asermon, most appropiate to the occasion was delivered by Reverend • Father Grace,S. J. President of St. Charles College, whose Mother for sonie years a pupil of the Sacred Heart, had been the object of the special care and devotedness of the Sister Jubilarian. TIte rest of the day was spent in receiving congratulations and many tokens of esteem and affection from friends far and near; the most appreciated being the Papal Benediction of Our Holy Father Benedict XV, and the blessing of Our Reverend Archbishop Blenk, whom the dear sister had so often served when his Grace, as a young priest ministered so generously to the spiritual wants of the St. Michael Convent, Near Jefferson College. In the evening the young ladies of the Academy gave a reception and entertainment expressing in word and song, their felicitations on the accomplishment of this golden cycle of fifty years. This year of 1916 is indeed a golden number in the annals of the Convent of Grand Coteau, since December 14th, is to commemorate another golden jubilee, the fiftieth anniversary of the apparition of St. John Berchmans on the occa sion of the miraculous cure of Miss Mary Wilson, a young candidate for admission into the order of the S'acred Heart. She was dying, all hope abandoned by physicians, nurses, friends, when the Saint appeared and cured her instan taneously. Several witnesses of the miracle will bepresent at the cele hratinn and CGrand C~nteau Convent will open wide hospitable doors to welcome numeous friends, who are most cordially invited to attend the Pontifical High Mass, and other ceremonies on the gala day of Coteau's second 1916 golden jubilee. There ane several ladies of the world in Grand Coteau who were pupils at the Sacred Heart Convent when the miracle osutsed. NEW TRAIN SERVQ ON SOO'IQiRN PACIF G Elsewhere iiR the columnis of this paper appears the adveztisemeakn of the Southern Pacifei Rilroead in which the schedul of a new .pa sengr titian service getween La fayette and Alexandua.. This is the traiR. bt the. amaber of C9m* Fme€c. in Al~asria aske. the Railroad Commission to supply several months ago and which.was fought in the court by the railroad. This new train will be a grest aecomodation note only to thios along the line butrt the publies in general. This train is not a mixed trian, but it is a full fledged pas senger train, with express, baggage coach and chair car. On this train one can leave Opelousas on the 6:56 mornning train raech Alexandria at "m "dg 1n oaoql Su!AOal ' uI . 09:6 and get back to Opelousas at 4:54 p. m, allowing a person to spend nearly a day in Alexandria. Or you may leave on the 4:45 p, in. train and catch the Nos. 8 and 12 out of Lafayette for New Orleans, reach ing the city at about 7 o'clock a. m. leaveing there at 11:30 p. m. arrive at Opelousas at 6:56 a. m. Y. ANDREPONT TO BUILD GIN Hon. Yves Andrepont, several times honored to positions of trust by the people of this and Evange line parishes, and for several years business manager of the St. Landry Clarion, announces that work on his new cottcn gin at Point Blue, Evangeline parish, will start immediately. M..Mr. Andrepont has a modern and up-to-date gin at Ville Platte, and in building another plant at Point Blue, he feels that "King Cotton" is coming to its own once more. Hav ing gone into the cotton ginning and cotton buying business rather exstensively Mr. Andrepont contem plates establishing a chain of cot ton, gins throughout St. Landry and Evangeline, and fondly expects to have several gins in operation be fore very long. Point Blue is a little station .on the Texas and Pacific between Ville Platte and Eunice and is considered one of the best cotton centers in this section of the state. Mr. Andrepont, it will be rem embered has turned down all political preferment so as to be able to give his entire time and attention to this, his pet business, in which he has always been very successful. ----:o:--- A CARD. We take this method of showing our appreciation for the beautiful presents received from our many friends and relatives on the happy event of our wedding day. MR. AND MRS. SIDNEY GARY. JAMES GRANT, NEGRO, LYNCHED IN MELVIllE NEGRO WHO CUT WHITE MAN WAS TAKEN FROM JAIL IN DA.`".i WHILE THE OFFICER WAS AWAY AND LYNCHED James Westbrook, line walker for the Standard Oil Company was brutally assassinated by James Grant, a negro. Wednesday at 2:30 A .M. at Melville Louisiana, just outside Paul Artalle's saloon. James Grant was in the employ of the James Powers' levee camp which is now located on the opposite side of the river from the Town of Mel ville. The assassin's 'victim and brother were having a good natured scuffle just outside the saloon, when Grant attempted to interfere and when ordered by Mr. West brook not to ."But Ins instantly pulled out a razor and pouncing of his victim, slashed his neck from ear to ear, causeing instant death. Paul Artal the salon .keeper rush ing out to ,the s.a the negro assassin making and attempt to escape, drew bis revolver and shot four -times at the fleeing negro. An immediate ·nd thorough search was amade and Grant was located In the camp wIth a frebs bb llet dw-oud in. hbig left arm, proving' beyond a doubt that be was the one who bad perpetrted this horrible .eed, the lik, bad nseverbeen . eard of In that aelsias of the parish. lHe was brought bslk Taes #e. river tand pl iid I jfta td SlieIf 1eoatenot at Oneloas wad inafonrmed £ -1 7 c1f " Is and Personals .' -Mr. and Mrs. It, Frige of Elton were in our midst Monday, return ing home the same day. -Mr. Arthur Aucoin of Chatai guer was a visitor here Monday. -Mr. and Mrs. Lee Miller of Coulaee Croche were the guest of Mr. and Mrs. P. Baqute during the week. -Mrs. L. Le Blanc and children of Port Barre visited Mrs. A. R. Lamorandier during the week. -Mr. Willie West of Elton motored here Monday. -Mr. and Mrs. K. Jennings of Prarie Basse took in the show here last week. -Mrs. Willie Elter of Washington was a visitor here this week. -Miss May Bents and Mrs.! Octave Pavy of Leonville were visitors here Monday. --= Mrs. Roy and daughter of Arnaudville were shoppers here this week. -Miss Susan Gibson of Wasuing ton was here during the week. - Miss Stella Andrepont accom pained by Rev. Mother Ftszwilliams of the Sacred Heart Convent left for New Orleans last Thursday where they will remain several days. -Mr. H. D. Larcade Sr. the popular Police Juror of the first ward, and proprietor of the Lar cade Millinery Store, left Wednes day for New Orleans, where he will purchase his Xmas stock of Holi day goods. -Mr. Armand Savet of Plaisance was a pleasant caller at the Clarion this week. -Mrs. A. Veltin and daughter Miss Nita and Mrs. J. B. A. Stagg and children motored to Carcencro Sunday. " -Miss .Lucille Castille returned from Lafayette after a most de lghtful stay with friends and relatives. - -Mrs. Winsberg, left the latter part of the week for the Cresent City. -Mr. and Mrs. O: Dardeau and Mr. and Mrs. Alex. Castille, motor ed to Sunset, Sunday. who instructed Marshall Hamilton to convey the prisonor to Palmetto6. by automobile where he, Fontenotj would meet him there and t Grant in charge. It was at thi crucial- moment when Deputy. Sheriff Hamilton, leaving his po.t to go over to his office toxpt 4 pair of handcuff with a o: g secretly motoring away with i; prisoner as per insait~itio received, that a few well dealtja and determined men seizing: opportuned moment when the Marshall and Deputy were s ;en having gone over to, the M.OiiiVl Ham!lto's offlce ; for a palir t handcuff quitely and delubera:la walked over to the Jail i emmiedt*ee broked Into the rather imawk jrt ture, ..eised, the deor ti,. rushed him overr apace oof M sixty. yards from the. JaiL, ., fore any one was ewaro efof dad tra spIred4 tie blaet -a`c of thi brutl negro stood' j on toa end of rope seMrw1 $)s ed on al ts*o of the T .z a . road bridge.: ara 'ati* -id thae proeetd that few I what was golf Njon ae 4i at th u a west wbshu was hik aftbir teadiscvetrf the mlil -Mr L L BeJoth& of M transacted business here . -Mr. A. Lavergpe and: W 4e Ville Platte visited bhere Fida - Mr. Aaron Wolff; of Wsshl* ton attended the play here Wen day night, .. -Dr. Euilbeau and Wife of ulu set were visitors here Wednsd - Mr. J. L. Wyble of Shrjee was the guest of his uncle, Jut =i' E. 8. Kerr during the week.' Mr. and Mrs. Raould Manu.t of Chatiagnier were visitors t$g city Tuesday. - Mrs. J C. Deouir of )Anc~i spending some time here as guest of her parent. Mr. Y. Andrepont, .. -Maedames: Clay and were among the shoppers hbr Monday. - Miss Mable Hollier and mo~i! of Elton are spending sopm e w t fiind d e a v with friends and relatives. - Mrs. Romain Castille and M. J. I. Derby of Sunset were visfit here Saturday. Mr. Elden Oil of EZknie web in 'i our city Sunday. -Mr. Lee Danel Visited friends iL Port Barre Sunday. -Miss Irine Shute left for Nw' Orleans Saturday where she will:-i` remain several days at the bedside of her sister Mrs. B. Boagni who ~.i improing rapidly. -Misses Smith and Miller of S... set accompanied by Mr. Bypolite Miller motored here Saturday. ----o-- The undersigned hereby wish to express their applrciatiod Q t thL devotdness and interest manifest ed by the ladies of the Parish, es.i the occasion of the Penny Fair./: held last Sunday for th'e benefit of the Convent. Among those who signalised ? themselves in bringing the affair to a successful issue, the ladies in charge of tie booths are entitled to special mention. To these and to a host of other kind friends whose deeds of god ness drop silently from wifling hands, this tribute of thanks i_' respectfully tendered. SISTER M. OF HQOTY ;,ROS.