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-º ' " Here a It the Pross the Peoplse Rights Maintain, Uiawed by inflteuas and ~Ubibed by taia."
"carious Propositions Made
As to Extending Time,
of Session
Tree Plans Mentioned,
One to Take Recess Un
til Fall of Year
Baton Rouge, La., April 26.-Wil
T. I Peterson of Franklin, chair
L3sn of muncipal, and parochial at
wis, conzeded to have been one of
tb hbadest worked committees of this
maple convention, 'handling over 70
odd ordinances, in recessing his com
'mittee at noon, declared in open
't' that it was his candid opin
` chat when all schedules are in
''-s convention should adjourn until
January, after the harvest sea
when we have perhaps reached
y7mssma cy and conditions are more
jged, and return here and act on
fise ordinances, after having had
to consider them carefully. With
this matter in band and with con
as they are, I do not believe
will give the people the constitu
%s tbey are looking for."
may members expressed similar
"That meets my view" said Eugene
eassedessus of Baton Rouge, "ani
this committee reconvenes, I
offer a motion that this expres
of Chairman Peterman be made
sense of this committee."
lihe constitutional convention has
a critical hour in its existence.
g here Monday and Tuesday
to enter upon the ninth week*
gitsconvention members were im
with a doubtful and uncer
soidition hanging over the con
kor the balance of its exist
ider the call.
was a unanimity of mind in
beid that there was no longer
datce for the convention to com
71 ita labors within the call of 75
whbh will expire at midnight,
rNwnbere were agreed that, with
three weeks remaining and only
working days. it would be im
ls to complete the labors and
der the most vital subjects such
taxation, suffrage, judicial re
_isation,, redistricting and re
>r ptiontmept, civil service, good
and its sustining license sys
aphools, a new state manage
prish form or government, a
rquipete re-organization of the state
ive plan; conservation and a
ire of other equally vital subjects
tin these 15 days.
1 formulating some way out and
'Itemporary solution of this serious
*V-ii n, there was a division of opin
' Members by Tuesday morning.
g from the gossip and talk in
and in committee rooms, are
g into three groups.
-.> would prefer to extend the life
4 h convention for thirty days, com
the work along lines nqw laid
, and take chances on getting
for the additional month.
tr group of delegates favor
g this 'convention now, and
,;lig to a small working committee
(ask of drafting a short and con
; e constitution from the material
Win hand and meet back here
aever that committee is able to
VOamplete Its work and pass upon it
A third plan, prominently suggested
$ to wait until all schedules are In
2 then appoint the conventioin del
Aftes a committee of say two from
[(ah congressional district, making a
of sixteen, to take all the com
*ted schedules and sift them down
organic matter, and report back
Q the convention in four or six
4-'eanwhile there are rumblings of
afaction in the 'country over
that taxation will be raised
an lowered and members are
deluged with letters, petitions
" telegrams to heed the call of the
40091, "Cut out extravagance, don't
"*a taxes."
Ig such petitions is one pre
° by citizens and taxpayers of
l0 parish, addressed to dele
opom that parish and to the two
from the sixth congression
t. It reads:
5 the citizens of Iberville pai -
earnestly protest against the in
of any taxes, and we protest
the devoting of the severance
: e building of a monument.
bi time our people are in sore
and are overburdened with
Protest against the proposed
Scheme. Ex rience teach ;s that
Paid into he state t easury
e ' to -the peopl
Resumptipa of 'through passenger
service over the Galt Coast Lines and
Santa Fe, from New Orleans to, Cali
fornia, is scheduled for Suday, May
1, when a Pullman sleeper will )be.
hooked on to train No. 1. leaving the
union station at 9:15 that night.
This service was diseontinued at
the beginning of the way and its re
sumption is expected to, bring a. big
tide of travel from, the ,eat via this
new line. The train runs from Hous
ton west over the new line of the
Santa Fe system, connecting up with
the main line at some point in New
Mexico. It is the shortest route and
most picturesque one between New
Orleans and the Pacific coast.
After spending some time here
John M. Prescott departed last Sun
day for his home in Houston, stopping
in Crowley to take part in the K. of
C. Initiatien staged there that day.
Ben Anderson of Pal tto was a
business visitor to Opelousas last
Monday morning.
Three Rigobn Ground To
Begin search For
Greasy Fluid
Big Concern Said To 'Be
Behind the Recent Move
ment in Old Field
Oil was discovered at Phie Prairie
some ten years ago, Twenty wells
or more were put down i ,a small
spot, in the woodse wesi " of Easton
station, on the Rook- Island rallrodd
Two or three of i 'wells were ac
tnal produpers, h, gthers ;dry holes.
Gil was shipp d `1 is time and then
all operations eesae rho the mark
et price dropped to very low levels.
Two years ago the 'two *-producers
were again opened ,up and on the
pmp,. Several '4 t, were
put down, two in tho pro en field,
three some distanc away, and all
were failures. In , mpaz -time the
producere "sanded, up" ' and were
abandoned. Since" en there has
been litlte doing there anntR recent
Now- it is reliali s)ated that a
big Engli*h syndi , has secured
leases surround old field and
have ilready begua'operations. Three.
drilling rigs were recently shipped in
and one is said to bd now at work,
not far from the proven field and
nerer one of the dry holes' sunk sowne
months ago, on the wagon road lead
ing from the field to Pine 'airie vil
lage. The location of th+ ;e'r three
rigs is not definitely known, or
whether they arf a vart ad the pro-.
gram of the bik syndicate.
The syndicate drto under the
name of the Invincilpl a)il company
and is said to rivalipe 1a size the Stan
dard. It has extensive' holdings in
the great Mexican oil fields surround
ing Tampico, according to statements
made by those supposed to know, and
its invasion of the Pine Prairie field
is edid to portend -great 'doings there
within a short time. Quite a number
of Opelousas people own considerable
land surrounding the field and are
watching coming developpients. with
,much interest, as any big discovery
of oil would send the vinae of their
holdings up into high figures.
"It is understood that , holdings
of the people represented by J. W.
Champion, driller, who brought in the
first well there and who has pinned
great faith on the future possibilities
of the field, have passed into other
hand$ and that the new owners will
take up the development work where
Champion left ottL ?
For a considerable ' 4tat after
lhinapion started& #nmpint the old
*ells some two years ago the oil
was shipped out in tank adr, the lat
ter bearing the name of a named
Price. It was thought W he was
The actual owner of the ducing
wells and all drilling o ions car
tied on under his ownership. Wheth
er he hAs sold out to some ig syndi
date or not is: not known.
Several Opeloness ,parties have
been considering the advisability of
making 'a trip of investigation to the
Pine Prairie field within a short time
to view the situation at close range.
is reduced 50' pet cent san grafters
and cheap politicians are largely the
beneficiaries of sucth tax.
"We further protest against the or
naments who suromnd the 'State
Board of daucatil, whom we con
sider to a largettent political
Giant Black Murders Peace
Maker at Turpentine
Camp Sunday
Confesses to Officers But
Left in Jail Here For
Sunday afternoon, at a turpentine
camp .in the pinewoods of Allen par
ish, not far from the Beauregard par
ish line, a negro named Henry Davis,
a giant in size, shot and killed . a
white man named Henson. The ne
gro made his escape and travelled
east, reaching Opeloussa Tuesday.
He was caught that night by Marshal
of the City Court Horn at a negro
cabin in the eastern section of the
city Tuesday night, the officer hav
ing been advised by Shexiff Oden of
Allen parish to be on the lookout for
the black murderer. A reward of five
hundred dollars will be paid Mr.
Horn for his quick work.
Details of the killing indicate that
there was a general row among the
negros at the turpentine camp on
iSunday afternoon. Henson, who was
a. foreman, went to the scene of the
trouble and tried to quiet the negroes
and Davis Whipped out his big "gat"
and shot Henson mortally. The
wounded man was rushed to a sani
tarium In DeRidder, court house town
of Beauregard, where he died short
ly thereafter. The negro made his
way through the woods to the Gulf
Coast Lines tracks and walked along
the railroad to Eunice where he beat
his way on a freight train to Opelou
Officer Horn states that he saw the
negro on the streets some time Tues
day and sized him up as a stranger,
owing to his size, the black standing
six feet and several 3-r!hes tall. Mr
Born received the official notificatioa
from the sheriff of Allen, Dr. Oden,
notifying him to be on the lookoit
for the black and stating that a re
ward of five hundred dollars was of
fered for the criminal by the turpen
tine company. Horn felt certain that
the negro was either here or close
by and Tuesday night got busy on
the trail, locating the negro - very
shortly thereafter. He was arrested
without difficulty and landed in jail.
The gun he used with deadly effect
on the white man was found in a
small traveling bag, It is some "gat"
being a large size 45 calibre, Colt, and
the negro was plentifully supplied
with ammunition. On being taken to
jail he confessed that he was the man
wanted. It is thought he is a negro
from the north and that after doing
the killing was attempting to return
to that section of the country. The
night of his arrest he was awaiting
the arrival of an eastbound freight
train and expected to make his get
away by that means.
Wednesday afternoon Sheriff Od
en arrived here, in company with
two deputies, and they interviewed
the negro in the St. Landry jail. Ow
ing to the -sentiment against the ne
gro in Allen parish it was concluded
to let him remain for a time in the
Opeloussas jil' until things became
quieter in Allen. Then he will be
taken there for speedy trial in Oberlin
Sheriff Oden and his deputies re
turned home on the night train Wed
nesday. -
Last Sunday a . fatal duel was
fought,.witi shotguns as the weapons
between two white men at Red Cross,
the settlement in Pointe Coupee par
ish across the Atchafalays river from
Melville. As a result of the fight both
men ahte dead.
It is stated that there had been
previous trouble between the two on,
account of a woman, and as one of
the men was physically the superior
it was agreed to settle the., matter
with guns on Sunday. They 'met that
day, acoerding -t. agreement, and the
battle was short and fatal to both
fighters. We have been unable to
learn the names of the two men.
Mrs. A. It. Dossmann and children
of Beaumont, Texas, are visiting rel
atives in Opelousas this week.
Mrs. J. Adam Budd and Mrs. 'Anna
Pherris of this city were in Franklin
last week to witness the dedication
"'t~i ' lip i t# blopt cit Oy.
News was received In Onplousas
Thursday morning of the suicide of
Dr. Stanley Guilbeau. which occurred
at his home in Johnson Cove, Mamou
prairie, Evangeline parish, not far
from the Reck Island railroad track,
Wednesday night. Gullbeau shot him
self with a rifle, death being instan
taneous. The only resaon assigned
for the act of self destruction was
temporary insanity.
The suicide was a native of Breaux
Bridge, St. Martin parish, but moved
to Ville Platte some years ago where
he married and resided up to the time
he moved to Johnson Cove. He was
about thirty-five years of age and
leaves a wife and children.
Attorney Morton H. Thompson of
the St. Landry farm loan association
stated Wednesday that he was kep:
quite busy examining titles of pro
perty offered by farmers as security
for loans from the farm loan bank.
Many of the applications now pending
were on file when the injunction pro
ceedings stopped opefations and the
I matter of their consideration only
came up following the favorable de
cision of the supreme court on the
constitutionality of the. act of con
gress creating the loan bank. Many
new applications for loans are also
being received and tlte association,
its officers and attorneys, as well as
the appraiser, are expected to be kept
extremely busy for some time with
the legal end of these pending loans
to St. Landry farmers.
Play ball!'
An attempt Is being made to get
the national sport under way in One
lousas, in order to furnish admuse
ment to the taos and to help dispel
the dullness of at long summer days.
The American, on post in going
to help the move and lend its aid
in every respect toWtrd attaining, the
desired goal. Inbidettally a number
of public-spirited citizse will act as
a committee to visit the business man
of this city and soli t subscriptions
to the fund to and the local club in
putting the game over. This com
mittee Is under the chairmanship of
Mr. J. B. Clements, and the fact that
he heads it means success from the
start. The other members are Mr.
Remi Mornhinveg, Mr. H. D. Larcade,
Jr., and Ed. H. Ehtorge, all of them
being enthusiasts for the ball game.
The proposed team will be known
as "Opelousas Post No. 45, American
Legion Baseball Team.' Those who
are members of the team went out
for practice on Thursday and have
promised to continue doing so every
day if the local people will respond
to their appeal and give them the ne
cessary financial and' mnoral support.
(Arrangements have already been
made to place the Giron park in first
class condition for the coming games
Albert Clary, Jr., will be playing man
ager and Ed. Estorge business man
eger of the team. The first game
which may be played is scheduled for
Sunday, May 8, at Opelousas.
The following is a list of the boys
who will be members of the team;
Toby Veltin, pitcher; Picot, who was
on the Arnaudville teaem last sea
son; Charles Dejean ("Big Injuen");
Albert Clary, Jr.; 'Alphonse Clary,
Leo Larcade; Ed. 'Littell; John
Brown; smith ,now playing with. St.
Charles college; Martin and Guilbeau
who played with Arnaudville last
year; Charles Thibodeaux, Jr.,; John
Lewis, Jr.,; "Shorty" Mesrch; Ira
Guidry; Felix Richard, and anyone
else who wishes to. take a hand in
the sport and help things going for
the good old summer time.
Efforts are going to be made to
stage the initial- game with the team
from St. Charles college, as this lat
ter team is located neet Opelousas
and there will be little expense in
geting the collegians here for the
contest. Other games with near-by
towns wit laeso be arranged in the
near future, and the Opelousas boys
'hope to establish a winning record
for their team.
Attorney George P. essly of Lafa
yette was a visitor to Opelousas Thurs
day, having business before the dis
trict coart.
Pierre Vidrine, Respect)A
Citizen, Shot. Whit&'at
Work in Field
Two Men Arrested and Jail
ed at Ville Platte Charg
ed With Crime
Pierre Vidrine, well known and re
spected farmer living at Turkey
Creek, Evangeline parish, not far from
the Rock island railroad tracks, was
shot and mortally wounded Monday
while plowing in his field. The assas
sins were concealed and fired, buck
shot into the body of the unsuspect
ing man, inflicting wounds on his per
son that are considered fatal and his
death is momentarily expected. Mr.
Vidrine is between fifty and sixty
years of age and considered one of
the best citizens of that section of
Evangeline and the crime of which
he is the victim has stirred the peo
ple up to a high pitch and they are
demanding that the assassins be cap
turned and brought to face the bar of
justice and answer for the crime.
Thursday, according to reports
reaching Opelousas from Ville Platte
two young men named Andrus and
Vidrine were arrested in the Turkey
Creek neighborhood and taken to
Ville Platte and lodged in jail, charg
ed with lying in wait and shooting
and wounding with intent to murder.
The motive actuating the crime is
supposed to have arisen because
of a disturbance a to dance
given at the wounded man's house
a shot time ago. Some of
the young men grew boisterous
and attempted to pull off some "rough
stuff" and one or more of the rowdles
were ejected from the 'house by Mr.
Vidrine. This acording to the meag
errepoirts reashing here# esuppsed.
to have been the motive that caused
the shooting of the man -from ambush
Monday afternoon.
The crime of lying in wait and
shooting, under th3 Louisiana law, is
punishable with death, and the
Evangeline authorities will make ev
erv effort to capture the guilty party
or parties who shot Mr. Vidrine and
bring them to account for their hens
ousa crime.
The victim of this diabolical at
tempt at assassination is reputed to
be quiet and law-abiding and his
neighbors at Turkey Creek, as well as
friends and aicquaintances throughout
Evangeline, deplore the fate which
befell him. Everyone gives him a
splendid name and reputation had
they look on, the shooting as a blot
on the law-abiding citizenship of the
parish. Sheriff Wiggins and his dep
uties are doing everything possible
to trace the criminals and fasten the
deed on them with convinrtg evid
ence which will give them their just
deserts when they are haled before
the criminal court.
In this issue of the Clarion on page
five appears an advertisement an
nouncing a reduction in the price of
drinks, effective May 1, by the Can
dy Kitchen.
Last summer, when there was an
ice famine In Opelousas, the soft
drink establishment had to inport
ice by express from distant pints
and so high was the cost that it be
came necessary to rease the tar
iff on drinks in order to prevent loss
of money. However, now that ice is
being furnished by the local factory
in any quantity and the first cost of
many articles used by the Kitchen
has dropbed considerably, Mamalilkas
& Ballas have concluded to get back
to the old-time prices, and by $o do
ing fully expect their trade to in
crease during the warm weather.
Look at the double, column advrtise
ment in this issue and note the re
ductions they have made.
The May meeting of the police jury
will be held beginning ,Monday,,,while
the Opelousas city council is billed
to hold its monthly meeting Tuesday
night. Court will stst a two-reeks
term Monday.
Some time ago tie Clar .n publish
ed a local article based state
ment made by Assistant Secretary of
State Charles F. Bailey that Sit. Lan
dry parish automobile owners had not
been very prompt in paying their car
license for the year 1921, and that
his department of the seeretary of
state's office had a man here looking
after the delinquents.
In conversation with Mr. Bailet
last Sunday morning a newspaper mah
was informed that, since the publia
tion of the story in question mane of
the delinquents had sent in tSe hon
ey for the proper license tags fir the
current year, thus complying1*ftb the
requirements of the stateýlaw. We
note several cars that sported the
1919 tag are noy cnarrying the new
1021 tag.- Mere are still quite a num
ber, however, that carry the 1920 tag
yet and these owners who persist in
refusing or neglecting to aseure the
1921 tag are the ones that Mr. Ba!
ley's department is after, and unlpas
they pay up soon many will experiewice
the unpleasant feeling of being called
to time and witnessing the seizure
of their cars because of their refusal
or neglect to pay the stipulated sum
for the privilege of operating over the
"Pay as You Go" Draws
Majority to Side of
Former Governor
Tax on Cr d Gas to Pay
Cost of Big Road
Baton Rouge, La., April 27.-More
eloquent than ever and lacking none
of the old time mastery which made
him such a powerful figure in the
legislature a few years ago, former
Governor Jared Y. Sanders assumed
complete control of the constitutional
convention Wednesday night. He had
things his own way in having it to
adopt his "pay as you ,go plan" for
the development of a state system of
highways connecting every parish
A tax of two cents a gallon ol gaso
line to be used- by the shite highway
department in the development of
state highways is one of the principal
features of the ordinance.
This feature stood two determined
onslaughts, one to kill it, and the other
to change it from making it manda
tory upon the legislature to levy the
tax to leaving It optional with the
Another hard= attack was made on
the special license tax to besue t;d
on automobIles, the minimum of *hieh
is fixed at $15 In the ordinge. An
effort to reduce this to $; rus de
feated 68 to 60.
Mr. Sanders took 'the Iin. be
halg of the ordinance ahort before
8 o'clock Wednesday night. ~alg still
was conducting the fight foe' it at 11
o'clock with prospects of the session
lasting until after midnight.
There *ere 56 amendments offered
by different delegates to the ogdi
nance, which was the schedule ,and
final report of the committee on good
roads and drainage, of which he is
chairman. These amendments had
been printed in the'fournal made
it possible for each delegatt keep
complete tab on the quqstions.
One by one, Mr. *8anders moved
these amendments down. Oo.aslon
ally he accepted one. As Saniders
moved, the convention voted, . and
early in the count L. O. Pecot of St.
Mary parish, moved that in view of
the sentiment being displayed that all
amendments be rejected without furth
or ado. But Mr. Seanders objector and
the other delegates called loudly for
a further slaughter of the amen
P. G. Borron of Iberville parish led
a hard fight to strike out a provision
is the ordinance reading that the legis
lature "may require parishes, cities.
towns, villages and road districts to
contribute a certain proportion of the
cost of constructione Of state highways
and state highways and bridges,"
etc. His effort failed, however, the
vote being 61 to 60 against it.
Mr. Borron attempted to stem the
tide of Mr. Sanders eloquence. "By
the eloquence of the gentleman from
W uip .op,, Dhave almost been per
Will Match Dollars to Ex
tent of Five Thousand
Rural Sanitation is Idea
Back of Unique Move
ment, Says Dowling
Will the parish of at. Landry.
through its police jury, appropriate
five thousand dollars annually for the
purpose of aiding in sanitation and
the promoting of public health?
This is the question whoh the state
board of health; of which Dr. Oscar
Dowling is president, is puttiig
square up to the people of the state. .
Only Dr. Dowling's offer is to three
parishes in he state as the tunde' at
the comqiand of the state heattk
board are limited and it can not ait
more than three fortunate ones to
get the aid of the state board.
Covering this important subject, De
Dowling, under date the 25th iastant,
Dear Sir:
"Doubtless you have heard of tue
plan of the state board of. health to
give $5,000.00 annually to each of the
first three parishes where polioe jn
lea will make a like, appropriation,
with the understaning that the $19,;
000 thus provided shall be used to
provide a staff of trained workers
consisting of a physician, a sanitary
inspector, and public health nurses.
It is understood the staff will devote
their entire time to coarrying out a de
finite routine of health work to de
crease the parish death and slckesa
"We have requests from a number
of parishes to be considered for the
demonstraton, but as our approp "'
tlon is .imited we sMal be oblited to
deaile in favor, of the three perishes
which first make the $5,000 alpopria.
"Dr. P W. Covington and Dr. EUgs
tMuench. Jr., 'hare. been loane4 us by
the international health boar -
teet the work in rural sanitatlop They
will be pleased to visit yoa pa lsh at,
request. As the doctors are o*0W #"
the field, send your requeut h#*o."
i The state board of health 1 the
following ircular, givi ime
ly advice relative to pulell health
.and sanitaton:
The state board of hahith 4
to offer some financial assistnlee to
every community -that w1I e tablla;
an etficlents health 4eaptmt9 0 witI
a full-time health offler
Dr. Covington, director of riialsan
itatton, has been loned us by the Ia
ternatonal health board and sand
his assistant Dr. Muench will visit
your community and discuss the mat.
tsrwytb your offlieals it they are 11
e can contribite daelas fr dci.
Jar1 therefore, $2,OO wig be went to
your community for etees . appre
priated by your officials.
Sickness Tax
As you know, the numbef of pr
ventabe deaths which ocetyr; =a Louis
l4qa every year is appealing. Win
bave officials for the prevention of ,
fire, district Judges,-4dstii r attorneys
and shertffs to enionse loan ;against
murder, larceny, etc. Why not an, ts
tive health officer to dinlItsh our
sickness and make the death rite low
er which he could do with pilopers.
tion on the part of the citizens?
Malaria, hookworm, typhoid, diph
theria, cost Louisiana milliong of dol
lars annually In death, wages, salaries
loss of time, and bills for doctors,
nurses, druggists, undertakers. These
could be eliminated. We kn&w how
to do this. Co-operation of the pe.
ple under Intelligent leadership .ith
necessary funds with which to carry
on the health camprign are needed.
We deplcoe h!gher taxes but seem
not to know that better health would
mean lower taxes. It we scould drive
home the economic value of health
the results would show In our tax
We have funds for a limited nmss
her of parishes only. Will yours ap
Assessor Rene C. Fontenot *as
among the number who went to Crow
ley last Sunday to witness iie. K. of
C. initiation ,and while there-was
puest of relatives in the A sdl j.
suaded against my better ament(
be said "I wish to aongratt him sn
the success with which he heas beepw
'putting it over' in this ocevaethe
for the last hour."

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