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PUBLISHED WEEKLY. Mrs. J. VOL BROCK, Editor. Lntered as second class matter April 5, 1910 at the post office at Franklinton, La., under the Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Advertising Rates on Application Address all Communications to Era-Leader, Franklinton, La. Advertisements and subscriptions will be continued at regular rates un ii all past indebtedness is paid up. SUBSCRIPTION $1.00 A YEAR Franklinton, La., May 13, 1915 Announcements For Clerk of Court The Era-Leader is authorized to announce CARTER C. WELCH as a candidate for Clerk of Court of Washington Parish subject to the act ion of the Democratic Primaries. The Era-Leader is authorized to an nounce ROBERT BABINGTON as a candidate for Clerk of Court of Wahsington Parish subject to the action of the Democratic Primaries. For Sheriff The Era-Leader is authorized to an nounce O. C. STRATMAN as a candidate for Sheriff of Washing ton Paris subject to the action of the Democratic Primaries. For Assessor The Era-Leader is authorized to an nounce CHARLES L. VARNADO as a candidate for Assessor of Wash ington Parish subject to the action of the Democratic Primaries. The Era-Leader is authorized to au thorized to announce J. M. BYRD as a candidate for Assessor of Wash ington Parish subject to the action of the Democratic Primaries. _' SAFETY FIRST Deposits Guaranteed Dollar For Dollar ,K)/,,, ,,_. ,, . Your Account Solicit When one makes a de- v,/ .,ed, No matter IT, how Small posit in any bank, the \ertificate oA9uaranfy question arises---Will is sto Certify I h ,at tAe _ __ My Money Be Safe? TYLERTOWN PAON TIME My / 7PAID ON TIME _ BA o CERTIFICATES BANK 715 ~4/!e/'tow/n ,/'tississtppi Our De its Arhas complied with the provisions of Our Deposits Are the Missississippi Banking Law of Correspondence Now Guaranteed 1914, and that its depositors are now Invited i-1 uaranteed by the Bank Depositors' " against any loss, by the Guaranty Fund of the State of Missis. `-_ e t sissippil Depositors' Guarantee Given under my hand and the seal of the DIRECTORS State Banking Department of the State ofR ECTORS Fund of the State of -) Mississippi, this the 6th day of April, 1915. L. L. LAMPTON ............. President i s\ [SEAL] S. S. HARRIS, J. C. RIMES . .... Vie-Pres. Mississippi. -State Bank Examiner. 2? W. H. MORSE ........ -.......Cashier -ic THAD B. LAMPTON. ~r,~ ýý.4ýiýi~Iý\ /i,Fi,ir,, ~T. R. McDONALD Deposit Your Money Where Y-ou Know it is Safe Deposit Y ,our Money Whre Yu Know it is Sf To The People of Washington E Parish a I have received many letters ince mailing the statement of 'arish affairs, am more than ,leased to find that so many are hinking of our financial condi ti.n and that practically all those writing are anxious .to pay our indebtedness, most of them believe the Plan of 1 1.2 mill specialtax the best, some want 2 or 3 mills voted. A number of points are mentioned in the let ters that I shall try to explain so that all may have a clear under standing of the matter, if there are any points that are not covered I wish you would write me and I shall be glad to answer them. Several letters say that they think we should keep the ex pense down as low as poosible, this we are doing but we must have the help of the people in keeping costs down. There are many cases brought into court that should not be, each one means added cost to the Parish. The suggestion has been made that everyone should read the report of the Police Jury each month and see what our court costs amount to as well as other matters of expense, if you would do this I am sure you would think twice before taking a trivial matter into court. Some suggest a higher assess ment valuation but this would mean paying practically as much into school fund as to the state as we would receive to apply to our indebtedness, so that one half the amount of increase in revenue,if voted and a special tax would be applied only on the in debtedness and could be used for no other purpose lawfully. One says this was to be paid from surplus revenue, this is true but when the debts were contracted the idea was that there would be enough surplus to care for them. The situation is the same as though a farmer was furnished supplies during the summer to be paid for out of his crop and failed for some reason to get a crop that would enable him to pay for what he had been furnished, he would not say that he did not owe for the supplies but would make every effort to meet the debt in 8 another way. We must do this s for we do not want it said that s we have refused to pay our just debts even though we are not I able to pay them in the manner l1 inwhich we expected. a A number ask what t assurance would they have s that the money would be used a for the purposeof paying the in- a debtedness, In regard to this woulid say that ary tax voted and I any money set aside from regu- i lar funds could not be used le- 1 gally for any other purpose and - if we or any future Police Jury I should use any of these funds for other purposes we would be criminally liable, except that I when the debt and interest was 1 all paid and the balance could be 1 transfered to the General fund. If holders of certificates should bring suit it would mean additio nal costs and the Supreme Court that indebtedness incurred holps must be paid even though it was agreed that payment was to be made from surplus revenue so that we would have no chance of wining in a suit and in addition would be dishonored in the eyes of the business world and the other Parishes of the State. Gov. Hall has included in his call for a special session of the Legislature the consideration of an act allowing Police Juries to issue refunding bonds. There is little doubt the bill will pass, I we could then vote our special tax and have the Pat ish on a sound financial basis. None of us want a raise hi taxes it is a question of raising money to pay our honest dLbts and 1 1-2 mills would increase ou r taxes only 15 cents on each hundred dollars of our assessm,'»nt,. On last years' assessment ,y Lax', would have been increased about $100.00 by such a tax, this would be hard on me but I lave niver failed to pay a debt yet and do not want,to start now. I consider this a personal deb; as it was made by a Police Jury that was elected by the people, and who I know have tried to do the best they could. You have no idea what presure is brought by the citizens on members of the Jury to get them have improvements made and you should carefully consider any petition you are asked to sign and unless it is tE something very necessary do not ye sign it. t42 This is no doubt that some peo ple give in their property at a tt lower valuation than it should be O and if you know oJ any such ins e; tances you should call the As- ti sessors attention to the matter cU as he is anxious to make a fairl assessment of every one. b, I certainly want to thank you at I for the expressions of confidence o in your letters. I have given li much time and spent consider tl able money to inform myself as K to the condition of the Parish o, 3 and to formulate some plan by a which we could get our affairs in h t better shape, have tried to get c 3 things arranged for the best in- ; 3 terest of the Parish and that t means for you interests which v I are the same as my own. r One or two mentioned Parish u t warrants as being of little value, s in this connection would say that it 3 there is money in the Bank to a e to pay every warrant we issue ) and every one will he paid at full t f face value. i 3 The salary of road Supervisor s is paid from the road e fund. I believe that you will t agree with us that it is the best a 3 and cheapest way to keep our t e roads up, if it does not prove so i, flI shall be ready to make a r 0 change. s The Police Jury is reducing i expenses wherever possible rl without injury to the people of a the Parish. If we attempt to pay off the 1 s indebtedness in ten years it y would mean at least a 5 milli 2 special tax and that would be a* s hard chip on the tax payer and - d while it is true that considerable t n timber will be cut during that t tiiie still farm values will mater- a t ially increase and I firmly d believe the revenue will be re r duced very little if any, o The present members of the r Police Jury are very very anx s ious to get the Parish on a sound s financial basis and you may rest I I assured that any money set .t aside for the purpose of meeting a our outstanding indebtedness e will be used for that purpose only I y It would be illegal for us to use s it for any thing else. y We are doing the best we know e how for the Parish and if you think we have failed in any way you will have a chance next Fall to elect someone in our place. Mention is made rergarding the flowers and grading of the Court House square as an unnec essary expense. Will say that b this has not cost the Parish one cent a: the expense has been, met by the Great Southernz Luem ber Co., who had the work done t and are keening it up at thieir !own expense. We have Mr. Sul- h livan. their Vice-President to thank for this work, which adds greatly to the looks of the city 1 of Franklinton. None of the special Road Fund li has been transferred to the General Fund and it would be illegal for the Police Jury to I transfer these funds as they a were voted to maintain present roads, therefore could not be e used for other purposes. While the doors to our meet ing room are closed to keep out noise, we shall hb glad to have jou come in and ,hall be pleased I to have your su~zgestins, the meetings are ,1oln to all. r My idea in keeping this before 1 you is to have everyone give the matter careful consider t ation. If you have any sugges F tions to offer write me, for this > is a new proposition to me and I a need all the assistance possible. H. L. SANFORD, Zona, La. f Constable Sale No. 526 3rd Ward Justice Court For e Washington Parish Louisiana. t Dyer Bros., & Co., I VS Peoples Drug Store Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a writ of fierre facias, issued out of e the Third Ward Justice Court, for t Washington Parish Louisiana, in the Sabove named and entitled cause, to me , directed, I will proceed to sell at pub lic auction to the las t and highest bid. der, on May 22, 1915 Sat Hackley, Washington Parish, Lou isiana, between the legal sale hours d for judicial sales the following describ it property ,to wit: 1 lot of drugs; 1 lot of fixtures; 1 iron safe; 2 show cases and 1 lot of g jewelery. is Terms of sale cash with benefit of y ap praisment. e This the 11th day of May, 1915. J. N. Simmons, w Constable 3rd Ward, Washington u Par'sh, La. All In A Day. Robert Babington. T. J. i'j1 and Robert Bateman starte Magnolia for the day Mond : a car driven by Ogden Dore but when within eight mikl Miagnolia an accident halpp. to tl.& engine )putting the cal tir .ly out of commission, , the quart tt, had to walk the little city and telephone I home for:omeone to come re, them. That there was a 'Jo in the crowd was evident District Attorrny Brock as lief at;en , drove rapidly to little Mississiplpi town with misslhp and corralled his pa bat on te recturn trip had , puncturei and then a "blow-o andl sorme. other li;ttle inter 1s ence, Ic,1.,s.it, ting in all a de of 45 minutes for puttingon t tires, but withall nobody seeu to suffer much as the party bi into town at 7 o',;lock as gay a: band of college boys just off lark. Which Was It? j It is hard to decide which wu the most injured party, the ai tomobile, the cow or Dr. Broc in an encounter Monday nigl when the Doctor was returnin from a late call and camne upon bunch of cattle, some of thet scattering to the right, and som to the left as the alarm wa sounded. One sleepy old "moo cow" tlhe decided to continue hei rest and so is resting indefinite ly as she refused to budge and e as the doctor couldn't see her it lying stil in the shadows, the rcar run upon her killing both t 8 the cow and the engine and" º. causing no end of trouble to the I- Doctor. Commencement Exercises i Franklinton High School. On Sunday. May 16th at 11 o.clock, the Commencement Ser- i mon will be preached by Dr. m Werlein. Thursday night fol lowing will he the grand cancert ~4 with the graduating exercises, ý. n address by Col. R. G. Pleasant, delivery of diplomas and medals.