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TIIe ST. LANDRY CLARION
'"ere Shah the. Press the People's Rights Mantain. Unaw*4 by lofiience and Unbribed by Gain."
VOLUME XXXI--NO. 11. -OPELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1920 TWO DOLLARS PER YEAR IN ADVANCE
EFOR LITTLE CHILDREN EVERYWHERE I WE BRING OUR PRECIOUS GIFTS TO THEM
A JOYOUS SEASON STILL WE MAK I EVEN FOR THE DEAR CHILD JESUS' SAKE.
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WINTER TERM OF
FEDERAL COURT
FOR JANUARY 3
Liquor Cases Are to be
Cynosure of All
Eyes
PETIT JURY DRAWN
FOR THE TRIALS
New Arrests Made by Offi
cers for Volstead Lawi
Violation 1
Judge G. W. Jaok-will open the reg
ular winter term of the federal dis
trict court for the western district of
Louisiana, Opelousas division, in this
city on Monday, January 3, and Jury
Comrnini reer Dr. Charles F. Boagni,
in the presence of Deputy Clerk Rob
ertson end- Chief Deputy Marshal
O'Malley has already drawn a petit
jury toi service during the terin. No
grand jury was drawn, however, and
it is supposed that-the one selected
last June will be called into action
on cases brought before this term :of
the court.
Liquor Cases Principally
Prosecution of dases for violation
of the p-ohibition law will occupy
practically the entire time of the
court at this term and as this is some
thing new in the state these cases no
doubt will draw considerable atten
tion. Several of these cases originat
ed in St. Landry and several come
from the adjoining parish of Lathyet- 1
T. . 'ersons Icharged with making
and selling liquor in violation of law
are to be brought up, and a strong
legal battle is epected to follow the
calling of these cases. There is at
least one case for making/ illicit liqT
quor and quite a number for the sell
ing of it. o
Sugar House Beer Sets Bad
Several new arrcrts were made thb
past week for selling intoxicating 1.,
quors. One man in Plaieance, near
Opelousas, was arrested on the 1
charge of selling "sugar house beer"
--a fermented concotion which b1i-I
ginates from the skirpmings during
the boiling of syrup. The case in
question, it appears, originated when
several young men from Grand Pra
Irie visited the accused party, and
bought ~ is ";car",and returned. ome
drunk. Closely questioned by the
officers as to where they obtained the
"Oh-bg joyful," they broke down and i
told the source of supply t. ad the
charge was immediately made against
the seller of the concotion.
Something New Under the Sun
A unique development in the differ
eat phases of the Volstead law came
about when Albert Breaux, white man'
of Lafayette, was arrested during the
week by federal officers charged with
"advertising and giving informatlF'n"
where intoxicating liquor could ,be ob
tained. He was brought to. Opeloa3 asI
and lodged in jeil in ,default of furn
ishing bond. This it is admitted,' is
a test case, and if tihe defendant is
found guilty it will establish some
thing new in the enforcement law, in
that a person who tells another Whore
he can buy contraband liquor is as
guilty, perhaps, as the one who 3ells
It.
Charles Buckley, Lafayette :9~:.,
was also taken in charge for the ille
gal selling of liquor and he, too, :is I
placed in jail in default of furnieh
ing bond for his release.
Chief Deputy Marshal O'Malley has
been in the city for a number of days,.
completing details for the court term
and serving papers on witnesses and E
jurors summoned to appear before the
THIEtODEAUX WILL HAVE
LADY AS TAX-COLLECTOR
"her~ff Charles Thibodeaux an
1ounced this week that he had em-:
ployed Miss Johnne Barry to assist
in the tax-collecting department of
his pffice and that she would qualiy i
nd enter on the discharge of her du-i
ties on January 1. Miss Barry has:
been with the assessor's office for
some time and is eminently qualified
to ai? in the collecting of taxes and!
issuang receipts therefor. She is the J
aughter of Hon. and Mrs. J. J. Barry
prominent citizens of Grand Coteau.
(LEDnID TIME FOR
FEE OPELOUSAS ELKS
BANQUEf ,AND DANCING AS EN
TERTAINMENT FOR MEMBERS
AND VISITORS 'It(
ii
The long-heralded banquet and en- #I
ertainment for members of the Ope- se
ousas lodge of Elks was held accord- o:
ng to program last Monday night. ai
lore than one hundred were present. (
it the home of the lodge, and not a
one went away disjatisfied with p
vening's entertainment. d
Colonel Campbell had made full pre
aration for the blow-out and the elk
'enion, ordered some time ago from l
:olorado, had arrived in fine shape tE
nd furnished the cheif item on the
nenu. Wild ducks, cooked in many di
vays, also occupied a prominent place ti
on. the menu, and there were other
hings that tickled the palate and sat- t
stied the hunger of the members and d
,uests who assembled at the banquet
oard.
-Following the spread, dancing was w
ndulged in until a late hour, the mu- a:
Ic being furnished by the famous ,it
c.hriever band, brought here for that it
pecial purpose. The lodge is in a a
rosperous condition tLnd gaining in Je
tombership steadily and this enter-i
ainment is but one of a series that
ill be staged during the present win
er. -
VTEES URGED TO
PAY THE POLL TAX
SLOW PAYMENT, WITH ONLY FEW
MORE DAYS REMAINING, SHOWS
BAD TENDENCY
Only five days remain in wlich to
pafthe annual poll tax and thus keep
In trim for voting the next two years.
Voters of this parish have beep un
usu lly slow in coming up this year
and paying the tax and unless they
take hjasty steps to do so at once
many will be disfranchised for "thp
ext two years. Sheriff' Thibodeaux's
o~rcnot deputy tax-collectors have no
a.rti.ziar work on hand right now and
. ill gladly help every man to keep
himself in good stanlding as a voter by:
asuing the tax receipt on payment of
:he dollar. They can rush the wogrk
:hrough in record time if the voters
nly cme forward, as the collection of
3roperty taxes has not yet started.
Remember, only five days remain
n which to keep your standing as a'
iualitied elector of city, state and par
sh, so be prompt, otherwise you will
lave to stand aside on election day and
gee the other fellow do the voting.
'USLIC SCHOOLS CLOSE
FOR HOLIDAY SEASON
Public schools throughout the parish
losed Thu:sday at noon for the
ihristmtas holidays and will not reop
;n until Thursday, Janua, y 6. Ih e
vill be a teachers' institute during the
ioliday period.
TWO EGINES OUT
AND CITY PLANT IS
OJT OF BUSINESS h
Both Large Units Suffer a
Serious Breakdown
Last Eaturday "h
REPAIRS RUSHED AND
LIGHTS NEXT MONDAY
Only Working Unit is Kept n
for Pumri: o Water for ,
City Supply
Mr. Jordan, plant superintendent,
states that he expects to turn the
"Juice" on next Monday, nothing ser- a
fous happening to prevent; Obstacles tl
to this program, however. nmay occur, in
in which event the resumption of T
service will be further delaoEmd. Users r
of lights and motors are .caa'.ionsd si
again about using too much culrcnt qt
for adding to the load as to do .so
will farther strain the engines and
perhaps cause another serious break- or
down, tB
Two Engines Go Out in
Everything was running smoothly s
at the city power plant up to late af- b3
ternoon Friday of last week when the g'
crankshaft of the "north" engine sud- lo
denly broke, putting that big 'unit en- to
tirely out of the running. This shaft cc
had recently been welded at Aleandria ci
and on its return to Opelouras it was
deemed that the repair job was a
poor one and the jhsbft likely to
break at any time. This fear was
well founded, for the repaired shaft Ei
did not hold up very long and broke
in the old place. The superintendent
immediately took out the broken part
and personally took it to New Or
leans for repairs. it
Troubles never comes siggly, and It
Saturday morning, about 2 o'clock, the of
shaft of the other big unit, the t,
"south" engine, also developed a b=
break and it joined its silent broth- cr
pr on the north. This left the plant p.
with only the small 'middle' eng'ne, R,
and with this curtailment OM motive bE
power the plant had to suspend' fur- f
nishing electric current, reserving the m
small engine for the purpose of w
pumping water alone. it being entire- I
tirelp inadequate-to furnish electri m
power to the city., fr
Repairs are Rushed
A new shaft for the big "eonth" gi
engine had been ordered by the mayor tl
some time ago and was shipped from ic
the factory in New York by express g
on the 15th instant and will reach
promptly and the work of installation tl
immediately begun. This was wise al
foresight on the part of the mayor 0
and prevents a long tie-up of the plant. p
With the repairs of these two engines H
and the recent addition of a. new
shlaft to the small center engine, all
three will now have complete work
ing parts and the plant should be abli
to furnish all-day "juice" to consum
ers.
Wires are Dangerous H
Mr. Jordan bas already issued a
warning about the danger of the elec
tric wiring about -the city. In many
places, owing to poor suppo-ts, the oj
wires are dangerously near the 0
ground, and owing further to the fact C
that iingulation on many high-voltage A
wires is in bad shape the danger to D
life is accentuated. People, and es
pecially children, are warned to be E
"'.^"9 on the lookout for these low- R
hanging wires and to avoid- coming A
iL. contact with them, as to do so a8
would mean almost certain death w
when the current is charging through g]
them. e1
OPPOENS TO THE
PHONE RATE HIKE
THANK -HUEY LONG
Wire Shelby Taylor to Also
Cast His Vote Against
Raise
INDICATIONS POINT
TO ITS REJECTION
Police Juror Brown of 4th
Ward Tells Reasons 3
Why
Opelousas and St. Landry were well *
represented tg the recent hearing be
fore the state railroad commission on
the application of the Cumberland
company for a twenty-five per cent
hike in rates charged for telephone
service to patrons all over Louisiana.
Walter F. Brown, member of the po
lice jry from the fourth ward, rep
resented the parish's interest at the
heig, while Mayor E. L. Loeb and
Alderman Simon Stelly, were on hand
t olook after the interests of the city
of Opelousas. Their presence added
to the stronglarray of opposition on
hand - protest against any increase
in telep e charges.
Loe .First to Object
Huey P. Long, member of the com
mission from the third district, resid
1ig in Shreveport, since the commis
sion adjourned has given out his opin
ion that the increase is not justified
and that he will vote against grant
ing it. Local people have wired Shel
by Ti#yior, chairman of the commis
slon'id member of that body fromj
this. dlustic, o ilMne-up with Mr. Long
in opposliton to to the increase. If Mr.
Taylor acced to this request, it
means that at.`-iority of the commis
sion will beW opposed and that the re-j
quest will be rejected.
Mr. rowpff; who is a rigorous fighter
on' matters .affbetlng the welfare of
the people, has sent to us the follow
ing oorrespenden~e and telegrams
sent tufH pey P. Long as well as Shel
by Tayr0, the first being one of con
gratlatt ohe latter asking Mr. Tay
lor to also oppose the request of the
telephone company. Mr. Brown's ac
count of his Stewardship 4s also in
cluded in: the correspondence:
Mr. Brown Gives' Account
December 22, 1920.
Editor Clarion, Opelousas, La.:
Gentlemen-IInclosed I hand you
two telegrams that I sent last night.
I trust you will give space to them
in this issue of your paper to show
the people, of St. Landry and the
state of Louisiana, a further protest
of the good People of this city against
the unreasohable request of the Cum
berland,Telephone Co., for another in
crease in rates. I was sent by the
police jury of our parish to' Bton
Rouge on the 15th and 16th to appear
before the railroad commission, to file
our objection both in written state
meat froth the people and verbally,
which I did to the best of my ability.
I wish to say that Hon. Huey Long,
member of the railroad commission
from Shredeport, took an active part
in the hearing of. this ease, and fully.
understopds the situation and it is
gratifying, to see him come out in
the newspa;persand express his opin
!on agailnst ;tis halQma ion dollar
grab
grab. I consider his expressions on
this matter a real Christmas gift to
about sixty-five thousand phone users
of this state. So I will consider it a
personal favor' If you will give Hon.
Huey Long some mention in your
paper ,`
W. FP. BROWN.I.
-Wire to Mr. Long
Opelousas,' La., Dec. 21, 1920.
Hon. Huey'`Long, Member Louana,
Raitroad Commision, Shre ort,
Loul~ana.
Messrs!B. :. Pavy, E. L. Loeb, may
or, Henry- Lastrapes, J. J. Healey, Dr.
Octave Pavy, J. R. Pavy, E. M. Boagni,
C. P. Dunbar, Archie Dunbar, James
A. Plotner, Raoul LeBourgeois, S. M.
"Durand, J. A. Budd,- Robert Budd,
John W. Lewis, H. E. Estorge, Ed. E.
Estorge, Alex Swords, A. L. Fontenot,
Willie Gelvin, Chas. Thibodeaux, J.
A. PerklJ, J. A. Deyo with St. Landry
and Op.iusas chamber of commerce,
wish me; to express to you their con
gratituitlons upon your stand in refer
ence to telephone rates. They think
T'ley:
TO YOU AND YOURS
OUR CHRISTMAS WISH
It does not require the occasion of Christmas, with
its joys, cheer and prevalent good will, to arouse in
us a due sense of the appreciation which is due to
the subscribers and patrons of The Clariui.
We have gratitude and good thoughts for all of
you every day, everjr week, of the entire year; but
this Yuletide season hallows and endears our senti
; meats, our feelings and causes this slight expression
both fitting and timely.
. What little we have accomplished and what little
good that may be traceable to our efforts would
never have been possible without your sustaining
power and hearty co-operation with our labors. If
any sense we have upheld a lamp, you have generous
ly supplied illuminant for the same. If ours has been
the vehicle, your has been the motive power which
has driven it on its way.
All things that appeals to our endeavors to enter
tain the reading public must be given a certain meed
of applause or such can not exist. With those en
gaged in the tedious labor of editing, printing and
publishing a newspaper, the thanks comes in the in
terest which tis readers take and show in its columns
and, occasionally, in a casual word of approval of its
method of handling current happenings or its edi
torial expressions.
We have endeavored to give readers of The Clar
ion a readable weekly paper. If we have succeeded.
to their satisfaction, we feel anply repaid for our
effort. If we have fallen down, then the. blame
rests upon us alone. However, the generous patron
age accorded us speaks of our success, and we would
not be keeping within the bounds of journalism if
we did not express our thanks for this patronage, and
while extending thanks wish for you, one and all, a
Merry Christmas anda a Happy, Prosperous New
Year.
THE PUBLISHERS.
it is a real Christmas gift.
W. F. BROWN.
Asks Taylor to Oppose
Opelousas, La., Dec. 21, 1920.
Hon. Shelby Taylor, Chairman, Louis
S!ana Ra!!Nr-' '^mmission, Baton
Rouge, Louisiana.
We, the undersigned, most urgently
request you to east your vote and in
fluence against any increase of rates
of Cumberland Telephope Co.
B. H. Pavy, E. L. Loeb, mayor,
Henry Lastrapes, clerk of court, J. J.
Healey, Dr. Octave Pavy, J. R. Pavy,
E. M. Boagni, C. P. Dunbar, Archie
Dunbar, James A. Plotnei, Raoul Le
Bourgeois, S. M. Durand, J. A. Budd,
Robert Budd, John W. Lewis, H. E.
Estorge, Ed. E. Estorge, AlexsSwords,
A. L. Fontenot, Willie Gilven, Chas.
Thibodeaux, J. A. Perkins, A. L. An
drus, C. B. Chachere and W. F.
Brown.
STATE DELEGATION
TO REMAIN SAME
THREA'fTO CUT NUMBER OF
REPRESENTATIVES HAS DIED
A-BORNIN'
A dispatch in a New Orleans pa
per, fromn Washington City, states
that the congress has practically
agreed that there will be no change
whatever in the apportionment for
the purpose of representation, and
that under this agreement' Louisiana
will retain its eight congressmen.
There had been a threat to reduce
the number of representatives of sev
eral of the southern states because of
the 'elimination of the negro voters
but the radical element in congress
that backed this plan was in the min
ority and could not force its views
on the more liberal majority. Repre
sentation in congress is based on
population and not on the number of
votes registered and cast.
It may be possible and probable
that the congressional distrk.ts of
the state will have to be re-arranged,
but if so that is a matter entirely
up to the state legislature, as congress
has nothing whatever to do with the
arranging of the districts and the
state can, if it so desires, elect rts
entire delegation at-large instead of
from districts.
FORMER CANDIDATE
SERIOUSLY ILL
EDGAR LAFLEUR OF VILLE
PLATTE IN CRITICAL SHAPE
IN 'HOSPITAL
Information has reached Opel.usas
that Edgar Lafleur, prominent eit4sen
of Ville Platte, is confined to his bed
in a New Orleans hospital from\the
effects of an old bullet wbund inflict-.'
ed some years ago. Mr. Lafleur was
a candidate for sheriff off Evangeline
parish a year ago aid made a wonder
ful race, being defeated -by, only a
small majority.
Some years ago he was seriously
wounded by a negro but the wound
had long since healed and apparently
there would be, no bad after-effect.
Lately complications set in and it, be
eamne necessary for him to, go to the
hospital for treatment and the last
news received was that he was in a
bad way and was threatened with
blood poisoning from, the wound.
TRADE DAY WILL
BE ON TESDAY
CHRISTMAS. HOLIDAYS CAUSES.
POSTPONEMENT UNTIL
NEXT WEEK
The chamber of eommerle Trade
Day, which would ordinarily have been
held today, as the last Saturday ia the
month, has been postponed until next
Tuesday; December 28, owing to the
fact that Christmuas this year fals ,on
the last Saturday.
Arrangemnents have been made to
make this one of the best Trade Days
the pigs foa the first award having al
ready been bought and other pfemi
ims arranged for.
Just what these other premiums are
to bet we are unable t ostate at this
time, but they will be in keeping with
those awarded on other days,
CIHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT
COLORED CATHOLIC CHURCH
Rev. Father Hyland, pastor of the
colored Catholic church, announced
that there will be celebration of
Christmas by mass th-Fe t,4ftr t
hours today. He urges his floek ih
be in attendance as this specs, *.A ' -
ice is the first of the kind undertaten
since the recent establishment of the
congregation.

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