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Vernon Parish Democrat
Vernon Parish—the Homeseekers' Best Opportunity Leesville—the Hub of the West Louisiana Empire Vol- 4. LEESVlLLE, VERNON PARISH, LOUISIANA. THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1921. No. 5. NEW STATE HIGHWAY THROUGH VERNON PARISH Word was received in Leesville last week that the State Highway depart ment had decided to go ahead on the building of the highway through the Parish. Columbus Pitre has finally prevail ed upon the State to accept his prop osition, and work will soon be begun -m four roads ^-Leesville. These roads will be graveled roads and will run north and south, and east and west, through the Parish. $220,000 is the Parish's shaTe of the expenses, the state agreeing to fur nish a similar sum, making a total of $440,000 for good roads in Vernon. The construction, it is said, will be done by the state department, thus in suring a quick and reliable job -LEESVILLE EDITOR IS OUT ON BAIL Belmont L. Shields, editor of the "Wampus Cat," published at Leesville is in the limeligbt this week, having surrendered to Federal officers at Shreveport on a charge of forwarding obscene literature by express in the state of Texas. Mr. Shields went to Shreveport and arranged his bail of $1500. Shields is also editor and owner of the "Leader" of Leesville, a weekly The Colony Diary Being a Daily Report of Colony Life at Llano. Wednesday, July 6—We are having our hot weather now; the thermometer has been up to 95 in the shade and that is about as hot as it will get "Hot or no hot" I am going to try to keep up my diary work and also an swer your letters to date. I am great ly behind on the correspondence and I need some more help in the office. Last night I went to the card party and they made me sit out of the game until I finished my writing the diary, and I didn't gfet to play a single game; But when the ice cream and cake came on, I rushed the job and got in on that part of the entertainment. The saw mill is getting out lumber for the new sh^ck for Baldwin and family and soon the Langridge family will lose some of their star boarders. The dairy is a busy place these days. You must remember the goats, hogs, and cattle are "all tended at this same place, and to touch off the job, the bees are also left for the live-stock crew. As I never hear a complaint from out there I take it for granted that the workers there are too busy to get into each others' way, or troubles. Trouble! yes, we have it; not just like yours, as oyrs are all imaginary or brought on by someone listening to what someone else says. Often I get letters from the outside, in which the writer says, "You folks should be the happiest bunch of people in the world," but you must re member, we still have some of our old traits of character to conquer, and as long as we are looking for faults in each other, we can find them- We all I have them and we haven't learned to entirely look for the virtues in each other all the time. Yes, we have the paradise right here, and most of us see it,; others let their vision be clouded by selfishness, jealousy, or suspicion, —which is the'only reason for trouble in this place. Can you put yours aside and be a real happy co-operator? If so, you are "thrice welcome" and can help balance the uneven scale against the* rest of the world. Our troubles are only in adjusting ourselves to each other. Just compare our conditions tcj what people have who are not here. Plantings nearly over. Kemp in plant ing corn and Noel Alexander is getting the ground ready for planting more peanuts .where our latest sweet pota toes were last year. Van and Carlson are plowing in the same field and will soon finish it. Hoover and Lloyd are building fences, and the rest of the farm crew is hoeing at the orchard. The Democrat will come off press to day and the Colonist will come out to morrow- A shed has been built over the shingle machine and the wrecking ■crew is.still tearing away at the big, shed at the railroad. Satnan, Caron, and Vernon Boyce are hauling logs from the woods south of the C'^fjy k BOONE ENDORSED . BY LEESVILLE BAR The following resolutions have been adopted by members of the Leesville bar: Whereas, Hon. John H. Boone, judge of the Twelfth Judicial District court of Louisiana has announced his candidacy for Associate Justice of the supreme court from the second dis trict; and and Whereas, The members of this bar, through intimate association and ac quaintance with Judge Boone, both as a lawyer and a judge, have come to know the sterling qualities of manhood and pronounced ability as a jurist pos sessed by him, and Whereas, The members of this bar are appreciative of the fact that the state would be better served by ad vancing him to a larger field of en deavor. Therefore be it Resolved, by the bar association of the town of Leesville, That the candi dacy of Judge Boone be, and the same is hereby heartily and unamimously endorsed, and that we individually and collectively pledge ourselves to the ex ercise of such effort that lies within our power to bring about the success of his candidacy which he so richly merits. True thoughts are real forces — liv ing messengers of power.—Henry Wood. Kaas is still on the job at Leesville, but will probably finish to-day. The Esperanto classes met to-night a/id an orchestra practice was held at the ho tel until 9:00 p.m. * * * » Thursday, July 7.—The laundry has a new master mechanic: Pete Car on is now taking Dad Thomas' place, running the engine, washer, and ex tractors, and generally being bossed by the women who work there. Comrade Alexander and family are now moved to the house where the Crawfords used to live and the Murrells have the house that Alexanders moved from. Ole and his crew are wrecking the big shed and working out oak lumber to make flooring for the roof garden and new hotel and other permanent buildings Violet Alexander joined the hotel crew and the children in their garden work. Elmer Murrell and Family have come to stay and are ready to join us in a capacity where they can serve to best advantage. Now, that is the real spir it; if you are willing to assist in any way necessary and want to help build a co-operative commonwealth, — well, you will do what is a Colony service. Did you ever realize that we are social beings and that we owe to society all that we are to-day? that our first du ty is to society as a whole? the next duty to our families, and the last to ourselves? Can we ever bring about an unselfish world unless we do believe and act upon this theory. As long as you are selfish and want special priv ileges for yourself or your family, you will be miserable in a co-operative society. This is one of our many prob lems. The Farmers are working about the same as yesterday, excepting that 'the hoeing crew finished at the orchard and are now in the lower north cane field, and the extra teams are culti vating. W- Collingwood returned from a short trip into Arkansas and says that Newllano looks better than ever before; it might be a fine thing for us all to find out just what the other fellow just over the hill has to con tend with. It looks like rain and we would be glad to have a little of it to day. Our store is stocking up and shaping itself for a better and larger business, and Comrade Winter will soon have the commercial department organized and operating. I have been getting letters from several brick ma sons who want to come to help us build our permanent city, and if the call reaches our comrades who are out of work it should receive a response that will permit us to live in permanent and modern homes before winter sets in again. The looked-for rain came, but it did not stop the psychological meeting at all, and a good attendance was present. Fred Hemman and I played for a dance at the Leesville Hotel until midnight. Scouting for a New Scenic Road *r * * - ■>. < < , J >> T 1 s» ' Sis:« 5 * Hj'-f- \ » -, ' -"-ate - * .... J: : ' "v. '-'W ^rW. - ' m Mrs. Mary J. Burton of Los' Angeles Is pointing, for the benefit of Miss Barbara Bab^oek of Salt Lake City, to the wonderful view of southern Utah's "Dixie country" as they stand on a high plateau. The girls are members of a party opening the new scenic road from Zlon National park, Utah, to the north rim of the Grand canyon. MIND Back of the deed is the doer. Back of the doer the dream. Back of the^world as we see it. Science of things as they seem Waits the invisible spirit Weaving an infinite scheme. Mind is the monarch of matter, Will is the master of fate; Whatever the soul may determine That can it reach soon or late; Thoughts have the gift and the power That which we think to create. More than the tongue ever uttered, More than the eye ever saw, Out of the uttermost glory Unto yourself you may draw. Ii> you are all things potential When you discover the law. —James A. Edgerton CHRISTIAN ENDEAVORERS CONDEMN DANCING Christian Endeavorers at their con gress up in New York, condemned dancing as has been the custom of yore. These well-meaning people ne ver seem to learn anything. Condem nation practically curses the thing ex ecrated, and no matter what the good qualities or characteristics of the thing or practice may be, it is bound to per vert it and cause it to be harmfully indulged in. Instead of condemning anything, a proper understanding of it should be acquired, its usefulness and good fea tures discerned and ajbuses obviated. Dancing, when properly indulged, is a wholesome pleasure and compatible with the highest ethics. At least the people ijit Newllano find such to be the case and the experience of all. participators endorses that con clusion Last Saturday night's dance clinch es the argument. It ^vas fine and a joy forever. Everyone had a good time as a large number of visitors from Rosepine can attest. We have discovered that premedi tated, orderly thinking for a purpose matures that purpose into fixed form, so that we may be absolutely sure of Al «;suU.pf «iir dynamic MMÉMÉfe MOTION PICTURES DUE AT COLONY JULY 16 The Home Demonstration Agent is the title of the pictures which are due at Newllano on July 16 from the De partment of Agriculture of the United States, according to word received this yeek by W. A. Dougherty, manager of the U. S- Demonstration Farm. The reels will be shown at the Col ony theater free of charge, and Mr. Dougherty invites farmers to come in and see them. "FROM DUSK TO DAWN" WILL BE SHOWN SUNDAY The five-reel motion picture "From Dusk to Dawn" a labor film, depict ing the struggles of the women work ers in a laundry and the men workers in an iron works, will be shown Sun day at the Llano Theater. , This picture was produced and writ ten by Frank E. Wolfe, who is a stock holder in the Llano Colony, and for some years was its assistant secretary. No charge will be made for admis sion, and all are invited. The old thoughts never die; iny mortal thoughts outlive their thinkers, and are ours forever; no true thought HOT WEATHER IS COOLER YET HOTTEST OF YEAR This week has been the hottest in the history of the Colony, according to the thermometer, but when the colon ists read of the terrible suffering in the northern cities during the week, they felt that, after all, the hottest day of the year was cooler than elsewhere. While friends in Chicago and New York and even in far-away Montreal were sweltering in the parks at mid night, gasping for breath, the colonists were snuggled comfortably 'neath a sheet, sleeping with comfort and re pose. Weatherman W. A. Dougherty, of the United States Bureau, says the average temperatures for the first nine days in July, 1920, was 87, while this year, for the same time, it averaged 92; while the minimums for the same periods were 65 and 75, respectively. Rain fell this week on two days, breaking the hot spell with cooling showers, so that the maximum fell from 93 to 81. Almost two inches fell dur ing the 9th and 10th. Following is the temperature for the week ending July II, at the Newllano station : July 5—max. 97, min. 69 July 6—max. 100 min- 70 July 7—max. 97, min 72 July 8—max 93, min. 71 July 9—max. 72, min. 71 July 10—max 93, min. 72 July II—max. 88, min. 72 PAY YOUR POLL TAX AND REGISTER The State Constitutional Conven tion extended the time in which pay ment of the poll tax may be made, and those who have not registered since January should do no now in order to vote at the coming election. There, chip in and pay pour poll tax this next week and register again for the next election. PARISH FAIR DATES Alderman J- M. Oakes has announc ed the dates for the next Parish Fair in October. Entering date for exhibitors will close October 19th and the Fair will be,on for three days, October 20, 21, and 22. Work is already under way to make this year's exhibit the best ever, and to this end the management has de cided to dispense with the gate receipts and admission will be free. irjçœzxssjœrjg&z?. zu JOB PRINTING Of The Better Kind The Printing Plant of the Vernon Parish Democrat has been replenished and reorganized, and they are now able to exe cute all manner of Job Work in quick time. There will be no better printing obtainable th«n the Dem ocrat kind. Franklin Prices The Franklin Printing Price List is used by the Democrat. This list is compiled by experts and covers almost every line of printing. With this list in use we are assured pf a reason able profit on each piece of work and the consumer is pro tected against overcharge. OUR MOTTO; GOOD WORK FAIR PRICES QUICK SERVICE Send Your Printing to THE DEMOCRAT PLANT AX NEWLLANO COLONY $1 Phone 179 WRECKING COLONY SHED FOR STATE HIGHWAY The new state highway will be start ed soon, and the survey will take the new road clear through where the warehouse and broom factory now stand, adjacent to the railroad. Columbus Pitre, of the Parish Po lice Jury, has made the necessary ar rangements to have the building re moved, and work was begun this week with a crew of men tearing it down. When the new road has been com menced,, the Colony will put a garage and blacksmith shop with gas-filling station, on the new road- This build ing will be of brick and will be the first permanent building erected by the: Colony on the newly acquired town site. SHIP CAR-LOAD BRICK TO SABINE PARISH The Colony brick yard shipped an other carload of Colony brick Monday. This was sent to Many. La., in the next parish, Sabine. Colony brick are getting better each kiln, and manager Synoground says the third kiln which was burned, and is just cooled off, are the best brick yet made.' FARMERS IN VERNON One of the lacking elements in the tood production of this parish is the fruits. It seems as if improper culti vation or no cultivation at ail has re sulted in the false belief that fruits will not grow in Vernon. Attention is drawn to the advertise ment of the Shahan Bros., of Winches ter, Tenn., in this issue of the paper They have listed a wonderful lot of pure-bred nursery stock in their cat alog, which should be on the table of every farmer in the "parish. The editor of the Democrat is inter ested in farmers in this section plant ing more trees and is prepared to make special prices to Vernon farmers de siring to secure their stock through Shahan Bros. Call in and make ar rangements for your trees now for fall planting. Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than material force — that thoughts rule the world. —Emerson. Those who have finished by making all others think with them have usual ly been those who began by daring to think for themselves.—Colton.