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"Here- hall the Press the People'.s Rights alaain. ULib ed igr fte~ a and -u by gan."'- .
ock Subscription Com
plete and Work Will
Be Begun
`pirectors and Officers of
Company are Named
This Week
Only one things now stands in the
ay of continued development on the
well location. Certain of the
je.e given require a renewal and
as soon as this has been secured
p.rk will immediately be begun. No
di~ff{ulty is anticipated on this score,
Iowever, as all land owners in the vi
ity are extermely anxious for de
went and they will secure this
soon as the leases arn renewed.
John Deblieux, of Soniat and De
' lei, has consented to act as vice
9ireuident and general manager of the
S: w company and the subscribers to
t4he stock feel that he is exactly the
for the position. With him" an
!' ge they feel that the work will h
eieinguted intelligently and rapidly.
. eatual drilling operation will be
perrdsed by Messrs. Tip Dearmon
adJim Ji aniel who have been on the
d since the work was first be
These young men have establish
enviable seputations for themselves
Opelousas through their faith in
oil proposition and their bearing
they have been here.
- rhese drillers have had experience
±'- -.. the big oil commpanies in
.h. wild cat and proven territory and
s the entire confidence of the lo
4iad management. It depends very
:rgely upon them as to the success of
"fthe well, as they are the ones to find
'e oil sand and upon their judg
i1gt: very .largely, will rest . the
Qltio of- testing out the various
su.ds, when they 3re struck.
h.i :at they have every confidence In
5 proposition is evidenced by the
:t that they have been staying here
*iutlng for development whep they
vi:O5d have been elsewhere drilling.
fe2 y have also lmasde a very liberal
SpTiltion to the company ,in the mat
tof rig rental and are doing all in
SAedr power to further the proposi
tIon In keeping down expenses and
lpttlig the work done.
"'With these two men in charge of ac
.al dievolpment, with Mr. Debliux as
".r"sager and with Dr. Haas as treas
the company starts off with a
_iQ1nnel which couldn't be improved
So With the stock all subscribed
e now remains nothing to do but
a~re the extensions on the leases
i54 find the oil.
ile many people are generally
pliar with conditions here prob
SIT not so many know upon what is
~d the hope that oil will be found.
.' e first place both government
: private geologists have pronounc
Sthis immediate vicinity as being
g the best structures in the
ry. The formation of the land
vbt urface indications all point to a
~ ful location.
ae years ago ago when a well
4.;drilled not far from here, on the
structure, gas was found at 280
aud at 600 feet an oil and -gas
nut was hit. It Is hoped to find
a ring sand at less than 700 feet
Whether or not it will pay to de
this cannot be told.
the city well was drilled in
a very strong gas flow was en
ed at a depth of 1450 feet,
threatened to rwrerk the der
*. This was cased off and the well
ýght In for water.
time to time the city water is
y impregnated with oil and it
at first -thought that this was
by surface leakage. However,
A. C. Jones, then superinten
of the light and water plant made
lerOugh investigation in February,
he reported as follows:
seems to me that there is a
Iocket of oil sand somewhere
in the well, as there Is a con-!
supply of crude oil with the wat
:hich is not coming from the topi
:the ground."
e directors of the Opelousas Oil
hlc., will be as follows: John W.I
, Dr. John A. Haas, John De-i
Dr. Chas. F. Boagni, J. A. Per
F ,and Remy Mornhinveg of Ope
John Thistlethwaite of Wash.
and James Barry and B. H.
der of St. Louis.
Gasoline Sells at 28 Cents
K:elrowing the recent drop in the
of gasoline, announcement of
was made by the several big
fag companies, local dealers an
ed this week a retail price of
Y-eight cents per gallon at fill
stations. Crude oil dropped from
cY ents to one dollar per barrel,
ing to grade, and the cost of
".uiceu ' natural followed.
Ladies of the Episcopal church have
completed arrangements for their an,
nual Mardi Gras ball and entertain
ement w.hich will be held Tuesday in
Barrilleaux's hall.
In the afteraoon,. from 2 until 6, the
children's party. will be given and
from 8 until 12 the older membersaof
the church and their friends will en
joy dancing.
Oge's band from Eunice has 'been
secured for the occasioni and refesh
ments will be served during the
evening and night.
City Fathers See Wisdom of
Reducing Cost' of Local
No Kicks Registered at
Board's Action at Tuis
day Meeting
The Opelousas city ,council met in
regular monthly session' Tuesday
night, the mayor and all aldermen be
ing present. The official proceedings
published elsewhere toddy, are short
but they speak volumes.
The bond of ~Herbert U. Callahan,
former city clerk, and who was re
cently appointed assistant city tax
collector, was fixed at the same
amount as is now furnished by the
city clerk and tax collector. Office
hours of the clerk and tax collector
'were fixed from 8:30 o'clock in the
morning until 5 o'clock in the after
Alderman John W. Clark of `the
fourth ward was the center of attrac
tion when. he arose acid moved that
then monthly salaries of the superin
tendent of the electriE power plant,
the chief of police, the night police
and the street commissioner be re
duced. The motion was duly second-,
ed and carried without division.
Under the motion the superinten
dent of the power plant will receive
a monthly stipend of $235; the chief
of police, the two night police and
the street commissioner $110 .each, a
I clear saving of $15 per month each o,
all five -named, or a total of $75 pei
month. No kicks were, registered
against the change in pay, as all re
cognize that the long existing high
cost of living is getting a serious set
back and that the necessity of con.
tinuing to pay the old scale was a
hardship on the city treasury.
The city tax roll for 1920, recently
prepared by Ariel Fontepot, was ar.
proved, on motion of Mr. Clark, and
the bill of Mr. Fontenot for the work,
$125, was approved and ordered paid.
The Louisiana state live stock san
itary board, under date February 1,
has sent out a warning to the stock
raisers of the state about the danger
of charbon among their stock this
year. The circular letter is as fol
lows :
"To the Live Stock Owners of the
"Due to the prevalence of charbon
infection, in various -sections of the
state last summer, this board earnest
ly advises early inoculation, 'or vac
cination, this season on the part of the
live stock owners in order to anticip
ate any probable outbreaks of this
disease and for the purpose of hav
ing their stock protected i.- ample
time before the advent of warm
weather, whi;h is the charbon season.
"Past experience hasi demonstrated
that best results are obtained when
animals are vaccinated against char
bon early in the spring so as-to allow
a sufficient time in which to secure
protection before the season Ap
proaches when charbon infection
usually develops.
"The state live stock sanitary board
strongly urges, therefore, that in those
sections of the state in which charbon
infection has been known to exist in
previous years, vaccination of ani
mals should be commenced not later
than the early part of March.
"If stock owners will give thfp mat
ter their careful attention it *il in
crease the number of protected ani
mals at the beginning of the charbon
season and materially limuit ttb spread
of. the disease, should the coming
summer prove favorable to the devel
opment of charbon infeetita.n
Z. T. Cary, Sr., of near t laburg
was in Opeloussas Thurad orning,
'Dr. "Buster" Littell Is Chief.
For,a Third- -
Installation of Newly Chos
en Officers to Occur
February 22
A rousing and enthusiastic meeting
of Hope Hook and Ladder company
was held at the organizat~ l lz he:dd
quarters Thursday night. It was the
occasion of the annual election of
officers to serve the company for the
next twelve' months, and fully twenty
five members were on hand. In the
absence of President Thibodeaux, the
meeting was called to order by Chief
B. A. Littell. Secretary A. S. Brown,
Sr., was at his desk.
Routine business was taken up, a fi
nancial report of the company being
submitted. and read by Secretary
Brown; claims were approved and al
lowed, and the donation of ten dol
lars by Mrs. Alfred Perry was re
ceived and on motion a vote of thanks
was tendered the donor. Mrs. Perry
has been donating a like sum to the
company each year, thus attesting her
appreciation of the organization's
work in protecting property from fire.
Dr. B. A. Littell, who has served
as chief for the past two years,. r
dressed the members present and st.'
ed he could not see his way clear to
wards accepting a third elertion. He
stated his reasons for making the an
nouncement, but the members turned
a deaf ear to all he said along that
Finally the matter of electing offi
cers to serve for the following twelve
months came up. Dr. A. J. Perrault
and W. Alex. Robertson were appoint
ed tellers, and, nominations being in
order, the fun began.
Meslsrs. Thibodeaux, Robertson and
Perrault were duly nominated for the
office of president. On the first bal
lot neither of the three received a
majority and Mr. Thibodeaux being
the low man. his name was dropped
and on the second ballot Mr. Robert
son won by a scant majority. He ac
cepted the position.
Dr. B. A. Littell was nominated for
chief and there being no further nom
inations he was declared elected un
Clarence Reynolds was chosen cap
tain after spirited balloting; Leo La
fleur was selected for lieutenant; A.
S. Brown, Sr., was re-elected secre
try; H. Bodemuller, long the com
pany's treasurer, was again chosen;
and Vincent Garbo was elected ste
ward without opposition.
The installation of the new officers
will take place on Tuesday, February
22 (Washingtdln's birthday), but ow
ing to the fact that the lenten sea- I
son will then be on, it .was decided
to postpone the annual banquet until
after Easter. Wednesday, March 30,
was selected as the date for the big
blow-out, and a committee composed
of A. D. Guchereau, Dave F. Hollier
and Joseph Lafond was appointed,
with full power to appoint sub-comfnit
tees, to arrange for the spread. Mem
bers Will be allowed to invite any -lady
guest or a male guest who resides
without the city of Opelousas.
The company is in a most prosper
ous condition, as regards finances and
members, and starts out another year
of its long career with full intention
Zto abide by its motto: "Ready for
Duty." No city in the state has a
more enthusiastic band of volunteer
fire-fighters than has Opelousas, and
this city, its citizens and property
owners certainly owe a lasting debt of
gratitude to Hope Hook & Ladder Co.
No. 1.
Dr. Lester J. Williams of Baton
Rouger formerly .a citizen of both
Opelousas and Melville, was a visitor
here the firs: of the w-_r.
Dave J. Higginbotham and son of
Prarie des Femmes were in Opelousas
W.ednesday and gave the Clarion of
fice i call.
Charles Thompson Bihm
Died, at his residence, near Law
tell, La., at 4:30 a. m., Saturday, Jan
uary 29, 1921, Charles Thompson
Bihm, aged 72 years, 4 months and 25
days. He leaves his wife, ten chil
dren, one adopted daughter, one sis
ter, fifty-four grandchildren and four
great grandchildren. He was a very
prominent man of this section of the
parish, and was highly esteemed by
all who knew him. The ceremony
took place in Lawtell Catholic church
at 10 a. m. Sunday, after which his
remains were carried to the Catholic
cemetery at O1elousas for burial. He
was married to lmerite Richard flif
ty-one years .ao.
State Fire Marshal Coprad J. Le
coq announced his appointments some,
days ago. Among the number we note,
the names of two formercSt. Landry:
boys as assistants; Thomas H. Lewis
and Anthony Dietlein, Jr. Tbe former
was 'engaged in the insurance busi
ness in Opelousas for many years, hav
ing been junior member of the old
firm of Clements & Lewis and later
senior member of the old firm of Lew
is & Lacombe. He removed to New
Orleans a number of years ago. Tony
Dietlein, Jr., is a son of A. Dietlein,
native and former rOsiddnt of this
city. The young man is a° nephew of
Mrs. E. M. Boagni, F. J. Dietlein and1
Joe T. Stokes, all of this city.
Latest figures issued by the bu
reau of census, department of agricul
ture, show that the cotton crop of St.
Landry ginned up to January 16, was
20,198 bales, compared with 15,318
bales of the 1919 crop ginned up to
the same date a year ago.
Framer of Notorious Act
Asks for "Sug
Buyer of Illicit Liquor too
Be as Guilty =as
Washington, Jan. 31.-Prolibilton
leaders in congress are hoping to
tighten up the Volstead la .
They are planning new legislation
to provide a flat jail * Ge for
the first offense of selling liquor,
without giving the courts the optional
right of imposing a fine. Oth'er
changes being discussed among the
prohibition leaders relate 'to the
search and seizure clause, so as f3
reach the home brewer and to make
more sweeping the present law un
der which a person buying liquor may
be punished equally with the person
selling it.
Unless a pending bill, which would
permit federal commissioners to try
minor liquor cases, is passed, a pro
posed amendment to the law would
take care of this. Federal court dock
ets are now badly congested :*ith
charges of Volstead violations- and
government officials have reported a
iehange of procedure necessary.
A big fight for amendment will
start with the opening of the new
session in April, according to dry,
leaders. They say they have enough
votes in the house now to pue
through any added restrietions they
might desire, but that there is not
enough time left.
Meanwhile, Chairman Volstead of
house judiciary committee, on whose
shoulders will fall the bulk of revis
ing and tightening up, is awaiting
word from prohibition enforcement.
officers as to suggestions for making.
the law "bullet-proof." He wants the
advice of the men charged with re
sponsibility of breaking up the out
law traffic,
Chairman Vokstead has expressed
satisfaction with the law, believing
it was born with teeth but in talksy
with members he has expressed the
belief that others might be added.
Reports showing heavy transporta
tion of liquor and wholesale smug
gling prompted the movement to put
persons transporting and selling it in
jail right off the bat.
In the effort to stop home brew and
operation of kitchen or garret distil
leries, turning out small quantities of
liquor for sale, prohibition leaders ad
mit that they will run into a storm'
of opposition.
When the Volstead bill was before
congress in 1919 the big fight was on
the search and seizure prevision.
This, as finally defeated, stipulated
that no search warrant ahould be
issued to search any private dwelling
o cupied as such, unless it were being
used for unlawful sale of liquor con
taining more than one-half of one
par cent of alcohol. Elimination of
this provision, it was said, would leave,
any place open to search.
Mrs. Melanson and daughter, and
Mrs. D. P. Martin of Arnaudville
were the guests of Mrs. Elise Durio
Rev. Father A. B. Colliard made a
visit to the. Crescent City 'this week.
W. M. Hathorn, one of the leading
citizens and business men of Melville
was a visitor to Opelousas last Thurs
Jno. P. Savant of Whiteville was
here last Sunday on a brief business
G. W. Morgan Field Man
ager in Charge of Local
Geologist Will Make Final
Location for First Well
This Week
G. W. Morgan, field manager for
the American Oil and Refining Co.,
Inc., has opened an office in the La
combe hotel and is making active pre
parations to begin drilling on the com
pany's location in Mallet woods,
Evangeline parish.
Last week Mr. Lloyd Bender, a.geol
igist from Shreveport, was. on their
holdings at Mallet woods and made
three possible locations for the well.
He was not -just satlsfied in his own
mind as to which one is the best and
is here again this week to make the
final location. As soon as he has fin
ished his work operations will be be
gun. Mr. Bender assured Mr. Morgan
that they would find oil at a depth of
500 feet.
There is, of course, no way of
knowing just what will be found at
this depth but Mr. Bender was very
emphatic in his statement and told
Mr. Morgan not to let the drillers go
through this sand without giving it
a thorough test.
In. addition to their holdings in
M allet wood this company also has
'leases at Church Point and are con
dnctin¢ active drilline onerations in
~he Caddo field. They have now two
wells producing in the Caddo field
and are about to drill a third.
Besides the office here the comn
pany has another branch office in. New
Orleans and the home office in
Shreveport. The company has been
entirely ~e-organizisd-and MizrE Mor
gan expressed the utmost confidence
in the present management.
The contract of the company on the
Mallet woods location calls for ac
tive drilling to begin prior to March
first. The geologist reports that he
finds the formation here very similar
to that at Damon Mound, near Hous
ton, Texas, where some - extremely
paying producers have been found.
Some time ago a representative of
the Louisiana fire prevention bureau
visited Opelousas with a view of in
specting the city's methods and e4uip
ment of, fighting fires. He made a
full investigation, saw what was on
hand and what was really needed and
required in order to take Opelousas
out of the third class and place it in
the second. The report, which is
an exhaustive one, has been issued
and copies of same have reached this
Putting down of water mains on
certain streets is recommended, par
ticularly an eight-inch main on Rail
road avenue and Block street. Other
mains of various dimensions are also
,ecommended, but the ones above
mentioned in order to perfect the pre
sent water system.
A number of other improvements
are recommended for the fire station.
The central station for the electric
alarm system should be removed to
the electric power plant, installed in a
fire-proof room and placed in charge
of the superintendent. Regular in
spections should be made. A number
of new alarm boxes also should be in
stalled, and the purchaseof more wat
er hose for the company and the old
hose that is past good service should
-be abandoned.
A number of other recommendations
are also made, but whether the advice
will be followed is not now known.
By following it, however, a reduction
in insurance premiums is certain to
follow, and it is therefore to the in
terest of property owners to see that
these recommendations are followed
out in 'full.
Card Party at K. C. Home
The regular eard party and enter
tiinment at the Knights of Columbus
home was held Wednesday night. Mrs.
-A. S. Brown was again the winner of
the ladies' first prize, while Alfred Vi
drine was fortunate in winning the
gentleman's first prize. These enter
tainments are regular features at the
order's home.
E. K. Eastham, general manager of
the Bennett Stores, now managing a
large mercantile establishment in
.New Orleans, was here this week on
a visit to his family.
Tuesday night was past exalted rul
ers' night at the local lodge of Elks
and the rooms were well filled with
those who attended the feature nikht.
The past exalted rulers who. attended
were Frank Dimmick, F. Cliff Allen
and F. F. Hollier.
After the regular meeting a Dutch
lunch was served by Col. Campbell
and the members -enjoyed weiners,
sandwiches, potato salad and Bud
Monday's Collections Total
Sum of About
Amount Ran from $1,000 to
$1.98, Or One Receipt
Two Minutes
The tax collector's offiee of St. Lan
dry established a record Monday
,which can hardly be beaten by any
tax office in the state. In fourteen
and one-half working hours four hun
dred receipts for taxes paid were is
sued, the entire number totalling ap
proximately $36,000. Intdividual re
ceipts ranged from the small sum of
$1.98 to $1,000 ecah.
The office force started to work at I
7:30 o'elcok in the morning and did
not wind up until l0 'o'cloek that night, I
or a total wgrking hours as above set 1
forth. "Each receipt require about two
minutes working time of the 'office
deputies, and; Sherif.f Thibodeaux is I
justifiably proud of the achievement I
of his force of *or#es.
ColectiOa of aniual taxes began
just' one month ag. today, Since
which tiiimethieei i b has d nait
and steady stream of tax~papyBrs via
iting the office for the purpose of set
tling up with states and parish. Heret
tofore the matter of issuing a receipt
has been slow indeed, _on - Jcount of
the awkward blank receipt then in
use. This year .Mr. Thibodeaux saw
the necessity of a change tii eceipt
form and to that end frame~ such a
receipt that would facilitate matters
in the rush time of the offi.e; The
record of issuing a receipt each two
minutes shows how well the offbi~als
succeeded in his aims.
However, even with the improved
methods now in vogue, it is found tin
possible to accommodate every taxpay
er in St. Landry before the time limit
expires. 'It is so manifestly wrong
to. Impose penalties on ttxpayers for
non-payment of taxes by today, which
is the, limit set by law, that the S~.
Landry sheriff is going to make a
great effort to have the penalties re
mitted until every taxpayer in the
parish has had the opportunity to
pay up. The sheriff recognizes that
even if every taxpayer of St. Ladnry
had been present in the office the day
the work of collecting started and
remained until he secured his receipt
it would have been impossible for the
office force to issue. the sought-for
rea.elpt. Therefore it IS unjust to 'pen
alize the tarpayer because the offite
force could no thaudle -the rush.'i
the brief time of thtrty days, olEctd
ing Sundaye.
The pink boll worm o~mmission
held a meeting at Lake Charles Tues
day for the purpose of discussing the
advisability of reducing the quaran
tine zones existing around Eunice,. Al
exandria and Broussard. The meet
ing was attended by cotton seed oil
and cotton- gin men from a number of
places in this part of the state, in
cluding Opelousas.
The control zones around Alexan
dria, Eunice anli Broussard is ten
miles in radius. It was agreed to re
duce the radius of the zones at Al
exandria and Broussard to a radius
of five miles, but the Eunice zone
must remain as originally establish
ed, in view of the fact that in the sea
son of 1918 cotton seed from Cameron
parish had been planted in that zone.
A. B. Pickett, for many years: a re
sident of Opelousas but now living in
Shreveport where he is connected
with a farm implement manufacturing
company, was a recent visitor here,
the guest of his daughter, Mrs. Os
wald Perkins.
Miss Dot Jackson of Palmetto was
here for a few hours Saturday.erening,
visiting home folks.
Large Crop Grown Here
Being Rapidly Shipped
Price for Porto Ricans
Ranges Around Three
Dollars Barrel
Porto Rican sweet potatoes in 192
seems to be the solvent for the flnaa
clal problem facing the farmers living
in this territory. To grow 'a large
crop of these tubers promises inde
pendence if not fortune for the wise
men who follow the advike so freely
tendered them by men in the know.
Last season quite a large crop of
sweets (especially the famous Porto
Ricans) was raised in St. Landry.
These potatoes are being sold and
shipped out at a. rapid rate and the
demand for them does .not appear
to be slacking in the least. In fact,
it appears to be increasing daily, and.
it is certain that if the' supply on
hand was several times as large the
farmers would experienece no trouble
whatever in disposing of" all.
A newspaper man bais been making
a few inquiries the last weak relative'
to suplply and prices. It was as.
certained that the supply is getting
shorter daily, many farmers having
already disposed of their surplus and
are not in a -position to supply say
part of the big demand for the tuber .
The- price, we underaýtand;i Is · bout
three dollars per barrel; or dne dollar
per bushel, for the Porto Rico variety,
and this is the high mark. Other
varieties do not appear to :be in as
-great demand, and therefore it IlIa
patent that farmers *onid be ulrise
to plant any other kind but
1921. . They are great yielde
good keepers ,and .thesetwo ..a
ttami - the-' exesfen e r ' he a'r
grower, the merchant and the con
sumer. Securing a supply of .pl
ing seed should not prove difSft,
and no matter what the first cost .uh
farmer should not hesitate to invest
in this variety rather thian" in aay.
other kind.
Recently the secretary of the diam
her of commerce received, a.a*
munication from J. A. Taylor, pr;
prietor of the City Hotel, (ainestºlle, .
Texas, inquiring for prices per b.n
dred pounds on sweet potatoe L . b0,
cars O()elousas. The Texa.s an
wants three, carloa4s of the sweets,
"and his inquiry Indic) tee -at t`,?he
fame, of the, Louisiana i to has
reached this city in North '.. as8, as.
Gainesville is near rho Red River'anl
many miles north of Fort -Wotk
This confirms the statement of .Mt.'
John, Sibille of this city, recetly pib
lished, that Texas Sad other wester,
states are detnandiji more r et :
every season. :
As to profits of the growers, If they
produce only fitty'mbarrgie o rte
Ricans per acre (and that is net a'
large yield), they will ieceive a gpige
Income of $150 per acre. Cut this
return in half as net profit ana ths
beats cotton or rice or any other crop
as a money prodncer.
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BIG anImT.rnf
The big initiation of the Knights of
,Columbus, originally planned for, an
early date, has been postponed .util
some time in April, on account of the
Ienten season beginning next week.
Applications for membership are still
being received, however, end the eom
mittees appointed to make all ar
rangements for this initiation are still
actively engaged, and the class of
candidates to the the degrees is fully
expected to be a very large one.
Misses Lena and Della Bo urd.
left Tuesday afternoion for Batjaa
Rouge and New Orleans, for the car
nival season.
Uncle Jim Baldridge of Barreek
was a pleasant visitor to Opelousat
the first of the week.
Attorney and Mrs. L. L. Perrault
spent last Sunday in Lafayette as
guests of Mrs. Perrault's mother, Mrs.
Andre Martin.
E. V. Hudspeth of Rosa was a visi
tor to Opelousas last Sunday.
Attorney E. A. Edwards of Ville
Platte was a visitor to' 'iselonsas the
first of the week.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Anderson and
Willie Roger of Palmetto were here
Wednesday afternoon.
Leon L. avergne, promineat farm
er of lower Bellevue, wras ..i ng.uf9
visit3l I D Opelosus Wednoesar mora

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