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Vernon Parish Democrat Vernon Parish-~the Homeseekers' Best Opportunity \ Leesville—the Hub of the West Louisiana Empire ■ > Vol- 4. LEESVILLE, VERNON PARISH, LOUISIANA, THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1922. EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY A BIG SUCCESS Anyone who paid a visit on the first of May to Llano Colony at Stables, on the occasion of its eighth anniversary celebration, and who remembers the awful eyesore that that section of Ver non Parish presented after the Gulf Lumber Company ceased operation, must admit that the Colony is a big asset to Vernon Parish in general, but more especially to Leesville and the im mediate neighborhood. The debris of rotten lumber, of trestles and unsightly sheds have been removed, and hun dreds of acres of land have been clear el and stumped, and cut-over lands transformed into smiling gardens, fruit ful fields and promising orchards. Tl*p colonists are amon tghe most law-abid ing citizens of the parish and have brought many thousands of dollars in to the parish that were spent in Lees ville for needed supplies. They have come to redeem the waste places, to turn the abandoned acres oLAiJiuded woodland into proluctive farms and green meadows. The exhibits displayed in domestic and needle work, in bakery goods, in farm and garden produce, preserves, home-made shoes, etc., are certainly a highly satisfactory proof of the effi cient workmanship, both of man and woman in the Colony. Attention wast called especially to the newly-arrived herd of pure-bred Toggenburg milk goats, a splendid ad dition to the animal industry of the Parish. The Colony also has the only herd of pure-bred Holstein cattle in the Parish, pure-bred hogs and poultry, and takes front rank in progressive stock raising and in the ■agricultural forward movement, as well. The celebration proper began with foot races in the forenoon, in which men, women, and children took part, -and all of them evidenced good phys ical stamina, although of course only a few could come in first. Speeches and music by a large or chestra, corisßting of 26'perso']ft;"raTig ing trom 10 to nearly 60 years of age, filled out the rest of the forenoon. The music was exceptionally good, highly creditable,- rnd furnishes a reliable in dex to. the p .aiseworthy cultural aims of thé community^ The idea. s of the Colony, as elucida ted by one -of the speakers, is to imi tate the example set by the Christians, as recorded in the Acts of the new testament of the Bible. Com munity ownership of all productive pro perty, everyone doing his share of the necessary work, and all sharing alike in the fruits thereof. Well, if it suits them, no one else has any kick coming. A bountiful dinner was served in the hotel, just the best ever, at 25c; else where it would have cost from 75c to $1.00. It was a great spread all right, and, best of all, all Colony-raised. During the afternoon there were folkdances by the children of the school, under the direction of Mrs. Mar tin, their teacher, music being furnish er by the Colony brass band. The children acquitted themselves most ad mirably—they seem to make play of everything they do. Next, baseball had its inning on the Colony diamond, Leesville and Llano both doing good work. At night there was a cabaret ball in the lobby of the Colony hotel, the at tendance being the largest for years. Leesville people and neighbors had turned out in large numbers to help in the celebration. They are always wel come to the Colony's entertainments free of charge. The celebration really started on Sunday night when a fine show of mus ical numbers, sketches, and other stunts was pullel off at the Colony theater. The Colony people at Stables are making a fine showing, and should be given every encouragement possible in their onerous self-assumed task of sub dueing the wilderness. QUIET WEEK AT JAIL Hon. Sheriff D. F. Turner and his deputies had a quiet week up to yes terday, no arrests^ for serious crimes haying been necessary; but a small number of violators of ordinances and young fellows who committed various misdemeanors had to be put into the "cooler" of the splendid new jail, from where most of them were re leased after having been fined by His oor the Mayor. your copy of the lis know aobut it. Funeral on Sledge and Skates in Germany Ji * c;.x; . W J,. .. .t.. An unusual funeral cortege passing over the frozen waterways from a tiny village in the Spreewald, near Berlin, Mississippi Breaks Banks; Menaces 1,500,800 Acies MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOODS CAUSE OF SUFFERING Red Cross officials completed estab lishment of camps for refugees at Har risonburg and Rhinehart and are pre paring for organized relief work thru out the northern parts of Calahoula and Concordia parishes, where they have been assigned for duty. These campe are aquipped however tc provide shelter for only a few hundred persons and as victims of the flood are begin ning to come in large numbers' those in charge say they are facing a serious situation. "We need more tents and food," said Captain W. W. Cooper, commanding Company G of the Louisiana National Guard, on duty at Harrisonburg to- night. "The food supply is insufficient for the several hundred destitute women rnd children hare and we e::-!crt dou ble the number tomorrow with a con stantly increasing number as motor boats seek out the flood refuges thru out Concordia and Catahoula." "It is well for the people of Louisi ana tc awake to the situation and be gin sending in supplies to Harrisonburg and Rhirieheart, for we are going to need food and clothing as weli as tents." The Louisiana and Arkansas rail road, which runs thru Catahoula and Concordia and which can reach as for east as Rineheart has offered to carry supplies free. Flood waters prevent operation of the railroad farther east than Rhineheart but the supplie., may be taken by boat to Harrisonburg, Jonesville, and other points. Captain Cooper said the National Guardsman are doing guard duty and every effort is being made to keep re fuges comfortable. Supplies are pur chased at Harrisonburg, but the little town is inadequate to meet great de mands and additional provisions will have to be sent by boat: The Missouri Pacific railroad will be unable to operate trains in the flood ed sections of Catahoula, and Concor dia parishes prior to June I. "Virtually every man, woman and child who would leave home has been brought out of Catahoula and Concor dia parishes," said Mr. Taylor. "Some refused to go and were left behind, but the rescue work has been for the most port thorough and systematic and large numbers of refuges have been taken ont of flooded areas by the . Missouri Pacific." ? Mr. Taylor said water is slowly rising thruout Catahoula, Condria and Tensas parishes and that by 7o'clock Sunday morning the country between Clayton and Sicily Island would be flooded. The futhermost point in Catahoula parish that the flood would reach is Sicily Island, he sfcid. PRINTER'S "DEVIL" ERRS COURT TO SIT MAY 8TH The May term of the Twelfth Judi cial District Court, as fixed by the pre siding Justice Hon. John H. Boone, will open next Monday, May 8th, at the Vernon Parish Court House, in Lees ville, and not on May 18th, as the Printer's Devil made us say last week. The Vernon Parish Democrat can be purchased ait the Cozy Fruit Parlor. WATER OVERFLOWS IN FIVE PARISHESS TENSAS PARISH.—Largely over flowed; total area, 410,240 acres; cul tivatable area, 86,461 acres; pasture area 23,271 acres; population, white 1769, negroes 10,314. CONCORDIA PARISH.—All under watér; total area, 425,000 acres; cul tivable area, 62,341 ; pasture area, 9,334 acres; population: white, 2643; negroes, 9823. CATAHOULA PARISH.—All affec ted by levee break; total area, 197, 220; cultivable area, 59,161; pasture area, 6868 acres; population: white, 5952; negroes, 5122. LA SALLE PARISH. — Probably effected, about One -fourth. Total area, 666,780; cultivable area, 8736 acres; pasture area, 2481 acres. Population: white, 8308; negroes, 1525. AVOYELLES PARISH.—May be come three-fourths under water, if Red river fails to held as barrier be tween Concordia and Avoyelles par ishes. Total area, 539,520 acres; cul tivable area, 124,391 acres; pasture area, 16,623 acres. Population: white 25,000; negroes, 10,300. BONUS FIDDLING AT WASHINGTON Republican members of the senate finance committee to-day divided into two definite groups over the soldiers' bonus bill. As a result, two different bonus bills will be thrown into the committee's lap next week and a tussle will begin between the two groups to force adop tion of their pet ideas. MsCumber's new plan would give the veterans hitherto unheard-of con cessions and privileges with respect to borrowing. Both the Smoot and McCumber bills will eliminate the land reclamation pro visions of the house bill. At to-day's conference no attempt was made to map out a method of financing the bonus. Committee mem bers said the first task is to get an agreement among themselves on the general plan of the bill and then dis cuss the problem of financing. The way things stand now, agreement is likely to be considerably delayed, com mittee members admitted. The two bills will be: 1. By McCumber, chairman of the committee, providing for the adjust ed certificate plan of the house bill, with modifications greatly broadening the benefits to service men. 2. By Smoot, Utah, providing a 20 year insurance policy without any bor rowing provision as a, substitute for the house plan. < After a conference of Republican senators to-day, McCumber ordered committee drafting experts to have a bill ready by Monday. TAX NON-PAYMENT TO BE ADVERTISED The date of limit for paying the 19 21 taxes in Lesville having passed, sev eral weeks ago, the Mayor, Hon. Os car E. Morris, is now preparing his announcement that those citizens who neglected to pay their taxes will have to forfeit their property, the sale of which is about to be advertised in a few days. FAIR WEATHER PROMISED W. A. Dougherty, Observer for the United States Weather Bureau station, at Newllano, promises that we shall have a week of generally fair weather, with normal temperature, but with the probability of local rains at any time throughout the week. During the week ending May 1 st, in clusive, only .30 inch rain fell, and the temperatures were as follows: April 25—max. 80, min. 63 April 26—max. 80, min. 62 April 27—max 81, min. 64 April 28—max. 81, min. 61 April 29—max 81, min. 57 April 30—max. 73, min. 50 May 1—max 73, min. 62 WILL TAKE $32,000,000 FROM PUBLIC'S POCKET Sees Retail Cost Jump; Note Plan Would Create Huge Pool. The New York World prints the fol lowing: A gigantic price-fixing proposal in j volving an increase in the cost of su gar that would take $32,000,000 from the pockets of American consumers this year, has been made to 12 refiners of Cuban cane sugar on the basis of pending tariff legislation before Con gress. Information collected by the World reveals the details of this amazing scheme, designed solely for the benefit of the beet and cane sugar interests of the United States. The disclosure sheds more light on the inside work ings of the powerful sugar lobby at Washington which the World recently showed was instrumental in attempting to force the Cuban government to lim it its output of sugar to 2,500,000 tons or suffer an increase in tariff on Cu ban raw sugar imported'into the Un ited States. Each of the 12 large refiners of Cu ban sugar has been asked to sign a bill of exchange or promissory note for $1,000.000, payable in monthly install ments, in consideration of congression al action to be taken on the sugar tariff. These payments are to be made in 12 successive installments. ** * MARRIED To these happy young couples, mar riage licenses were issued this week, at the Leesville Court House, by Hon. A. R. Hicks, Clerk of Vernon Parish: Mr. Willie Eastwood and Miss Jewel Braly, both of Hutton; Mr. Charles Carey anl Miss Lonie Severance, both of Leesville; Mr. Carlton C. Tatum, of Beaumont, Tex., and Miss Pearl Kay, of Leesville ; Mr. Clarence Hodison and Miss Inese Mclsac, both of Neame; Mr. Samuel Tinkley and Miss Sallie Spikes, both of Leesville; Mr. Nelson A. Stephens, of Leesville, and Miss Grace Hollifield, of Gandy; Mr. I. S. Parker, of Leesville, and Miss Nelva Ricks, of Slagle. PICKERING HIGH SCHOOL The contract for erecting the new High School building at Pickering has been awarded by Hon. Finly Stanly, Superintendent of the Vernon Parish School Board, to Mr. Herman Weber, the well-known builder and contractor. SCHOOL BOARD WILL DEPOSIT AT FIRST STATE The First State Bank of Leesville has been chosen by the Vernon Parish School Board, president Hon. Dr. Jones, as financial agent and deposi tor of the Board's general fund. STATE EXCHANGE BANK NOW WELL ORGANIZED The officials of the newly-establish ed State Exchange Bank at Leesville report that business is progressing fa vorably with them. They intend to proceed on a conservative basis, ex pecting the number of their depositors to be increasing rapidly when farmers have sold their crops in the fall, when deposits of money will be made at the bank more briskly than just now. From the defunct West Louisiana Bank the State Exchange Bank will receive a considerable sum due to former deposi tors and now shareholders of the new institution, it being expected that the first dividend of about twenty percent will be paid in about thirty days, or the first week in June. THE DANGEROUS GUN AGAIN The careless handling of firearms was again demonstrated last Saturday when Ed. Powers used a 41-caliber revolver at a salamander. Although the shot was fired 300 yards away, the bullet, glancing, went through the win dow of W. E. Herring's home and pass ed directly between the two children, Beatrice Herring and Thelma Spear. The oldest of the two was lying on the bed reading to the other, and had a little kitten between them. It is just possible that, had the kitten not been there, one of the children would have been hit by the bullet, and likely as not fatally injured. The bullet lodged in a mattress on another bed across the STATE TO GET FEDERAL LAND Public Schools WH1 Be Aided by 7512 Acre Grant Following Check-np Baton Rouge, May 1.—After all the legal tangles have been straightened out, Louisiana will receive from the federal government 7,512 acr<^ of land which will be devoted to the use of the state's public schools—Orleans excepted. The lands will indemnify the state for sixteenth section school Ir.nds found to be short. The wo k cf checking up the law nnd the land has been done by the State Inventory commission which just submitted its report to the governor Another copy also will go to the legis lature when it meets next month. We have extended the $1.25-a-year price for the Democrat for a limited time. Phone in your subscriptions If you fail to get your copy of the Democrat, please let us know aobut it. Phone 179. JOB PRINTING Of The Better Kind The Printing Plant of the Vernon Parish Democrat has been replenished and reorganized, and thiey are now able to exe cute all manner of Job Work in quick time. There will be no better printing obtainable than 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 of a reason able profit on each piece of work and the consumer is pro tected against overcharge. GOOD WORK OUR MOTTO: FAIR PRICES QUICK Send Your Printing to THE DEMOCRA PLANT AT NEWLLANO COLONY Phone 179 VERNON PAÏ PURE-BRED Mr. G. M. Yates from Modesto, 1 arrived at Stables station, Lii ony, last Saturday, with nearly a dred milk goats—as fine a one would want to see. They are genburg stock, conceded the best goats in this or any country. The shipment came thru witho mishap, although nearly eight the road, Mr. Yates remaining the goats the entire trip. One of the young does was sold t one of the train men, residing at Te pie, Texas, the end of the freight ion on the Santa Fe R. R. There were two other car-loads milk goats on the same train, bound I Chicago, none of them of better than those of Mr. Yates, although wer shipped to high-class custon Goats' milk is conceded to be à much better for children, in health! not, that it is being substituted cows' milk wherever this fact I known. There are several very reasons for this. First its easy ibility over all other milk. Sec greater richness in butter fat twice. Third, goats are not subji tuberculosis. It costs almost no to keep a goat, where one has a plot of ground. A milk goat will from two to four quarts of milk a when properly fed, and it is twice as müch for food as cows' The advent of this fine strain goats to Vernon Parish should mutual benefit. There are who do not keep a cow, esp towns, but find little difficulty in ing for one or two first-class goats. Besides, by establishing a of well-bred animals, there is larger profit than in any other because the demand far exc supply. NO FISH They couldn't get to the cause of the water—that's the Messrs Charles "Peetz, A. B. Kyle Ferguscn, and E. Une who went to The Calcasieu river 75 miles south of here to-day. report the waters spread al! over ir. vicinity of the fishing club house I they intend to establish, but a si distance frrm Lake Charles and far from the Câlcasieu River, trip had two purposes: To arran building of the club housce; bring home a basket of fish. The I was accomplished, but the high ters made fishing impossible, refort a fine time, .however, ar_ home in time for supper. Anyway, always thought going fishing was fun than Pshing—that is, it son turns out that way.