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The True Democrat.
MI . ,\ ~" i, ItINiitors. () wl, , rna* ,f the, I',irli of , W'est lFeli icata. ithe T I)'wnl of IH tiL Sarai St. Fran. Oisyile, and of the t.ch,,, l Hoard. We iso wn arI I p~utlish Silughter Enter rise,a Reekl\ noe. tlalsel for the toi n of Slaughter. L I. Altcrtietler i ill ito we to get joInt riate for tth pa;pers. Enter'ed it th ( I" lt Omcea:t .t Ir'anlei\ ille, La . uas ,econ clawi ail utattel. Subscription $1.50 Per Year in Advance. Satuiiday, Jlitnualy 1. I11). 7'1,1 /-, ( '(JL~1IIJEL .I NI I7 Thie l)1,t)h1 of L,,uitina wouk ld tind the e(Xl)rst' sed ldesir l of the t Starte Botard of EdlucatioI for' a rigid inwi sti'~.t tiol1 l thet t(e xt b)1k cIhar I('S inure cionill\incl('ig had the llha rd m1ade a liifer ent sele(tionl of 11,n foi its inv-.s'ti gatOing .()iinuitt'e. Not that allny tio1(' W lte I w (uld ust an aspersio u)o11 th,' honor and r,,li:blfility of any 1inIelllb lr of that con)llnlittee, 1 all of whtl ar' well and iavora- 1 bly knotwn, iut s ix n1t of the nine a1 0 S lbor(lillilt('i (of tlhe State Board, and it isn ontrary I to all law and custom to make se lections of that sort in a matter of any seriousne'ss. A business house that would suggest its trusted employees as investiga tots into its soundness would meet with derision. A lawyer that would insist upon two-thirds of the jury's being composed of his client's friends and relatives would be lauglhed out of court. Hence the public will not need to have a very keen sense of humor in order to regard the Board's action with am used skepticism. When too) it is considered that the charges made are not such as to be i:roven easily, although convincin'g enough on their face, it is evident that the findings of the committee at best will only result in the Scotch verdict, "Not proven," although more likely to be of a distinctly whitewashing nature. Wlhat can be expected of a committee, for the most part thoroughly in sympathy with, and co-workers ot their superiors in office' No invidious reference has ever been made as to the price of the new books, quality of printing, or anything of that sort, or has any serious intimation ever been ad vanced that the Board pIrofited one penny by the changes made. The charges are that the change of text-books was unnecessary, and in the present crisis, cruel extravagance, tlere being no de mandl for a ch(ange and no neces sity to construe the law as man datory which at most merely gives pel1rm ission to change the text-books every four years. The charges later rIefer to the faulti ness of certain b1)oks, tihe manner of tlheir selection in manuscript and in tlhe face of oplposition. These are tlie chlarges. The Iolks :witni'ss for themnselves the justice of tllese coml)laints, while the walls of the State Capitol are not sutlicient to contain the wit nesses, who mtiglit come up to testify of the expense and suffer ing, and the loss of educational adlvantages they incur by the heavy tax on text-books. DO) NOT' KNOCK, BUT BO,0'. If we had thle time we would go out and organize a Society of Good Cheer. that is, if we could comrnmand sutfficient eloquence to convert any complainer of hard times from the error of his way. Nothling is more needed than such a society pledged to words of good cheer, to boost and not to krmock. The signal failure of the cotton cropl naturally causes some con sternation, anxiety and distress. It isn't pleasant to come out at the little eindI of the horn, to owe people and not be able to pay them, to lack the means of doing and having what you want. But, these things admitted, treat them as past. Set your face resolutely to the future which is yours, and -"'ich you may work and pay +s and make money for All is not lost withl a single cro, failure in a country like t; ours. The boll weovil cannot de stroy the soil. Storms cannot f engulf our fertile highlands. r Creditors wvill trust you if you s show yourself trust-worthy. If f somebody else starts something t don't prophesy failure, but help with kind word(l at least. Don't a bewail the taxes - more than you can help. And don't dread their growing more. lResolve that next year you will be better able to I pay taxes. In a single admoni tion, again, let it be, "Bloost and not knock.'' So you will come into a gr'eaterl fullness of service to others and .conte.nt for .our self. THE JIIAN (' COIESXTIOiS. 'Th,'ie HIlighl Slchool Principals Were ordered to meet at Shbreve p)ort i on.onference, this week. A few short weeks ago the Su perintendents had a demlonstra tion in Avoy\'llhes. When the time coiies to buy spring hats, the girl teachers et als will be ordered to meet in convention. Later, the high school pupils will rally at Baton Rouge, even as good Mohammedans make pil grimage to Mecca. And so it goes. We use the word, order ed, advisedly, because it practic ally amounts to orders. There vras a time when school officers could exercise their wishes or discretion upon such matters, but with the present stern mili tarism exercised in school af fairs, a very strong moral, if not physical, coercion presses upon each person in school employ. We would not minimize the value of conferences and conven tions for people of like occupa tions, but certainly some regard should be had for proper times or seasons for such functions, and voluntary attendance is the only sort that is iroductive of good. The constant breaking into the school year is very harm ful to the pupils, distracting their attention and destroying salutary routine. Without dwelling however un on the doubtful morality of using the employers' time for outside purposes, we can assert that these conventions are costly, and school boards, in these hard times should resolutely set them selves against l)aying exlpenses for such junkets or allowing time for them. The West Feliciana Boardtl recently dleclined to pay SProf. Lowrey's traveling and oth er expenses fo' the Principals' Conference. Tlhey were right. At this time of year, princilpals and teachers are most needed in their schoolrooms, and the taxlpayers n:oney should go fomr that )urI pose alone. Tile consolidation of da ily newspapers, in the smaller cities of the state, or their total disap pearance, is still going on. Mon roe has a News-Star where once grew a News and a Star, and Lake Charles has an American Press, a good stalwart hyphen ated name, much stronger than either name separate and alone. The Daily Iberian has been eclipsed by the Weekly Iberian of New Iberia. The stringency of the times is probably the pri mary cause for these changes, although there is an impression growing among business people that there is waste in many news papers for the small town. The time was that any change in poli tics, any need for the discipline of a newspaper man, meant a new paper in the average town. Such a paper would get enthusi astic suplport while the ardor of the campaign was on, after which, either it or its competitor would sputter along, like an un snuffed candle, finally going out. The men who contribute the money for these dead presses find it an expensive taste to in dulge. One strong paper in a community is better than two weak ones. Application and industry are enemies to the "blues." TiA J)AY. • New Orleans is to have another tag day soon. Miss Sophie B. \'Wright and others are arranging for it. It is anomalous that wo men too "womanly" to become suffragists, who tremble with fear at the thought of a polling booth, will join in Tag Day, that abomination of philanthropy, which buttonholes and puts tags on strange men on the streets of a city. all in the name of some charity, and for the sake of a few pennies! Fancy young girls meeting the taains at city depots and accosting strangers for this )purp)ose! They would do n1 such violence to their womanly modesty by casting a vote on some great pub lic question at the polls, the chances all being in favor of their voting right. Tag Day in a word is only another instance of wo manly women straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel. Tile "rhi)Odlaux t' 0)1110rci0 l Journal is a cont,)inporary with whose opinions we usually coin cide, but when it suggests that the state press busy itself with suggesting "new legislation for the Legislature to grind out," we urgently say, Don't. The fact is that there are enough laws already and there is very little real demand for more, while the prospects are that a very determined effort will be made to repeal some of the most beneficent of the new laws. A powerful lobby is already mak ing to repeal the Locke law, the Gay-Shattuck law, and the child labor law, if the country editor may judge by the circular letters from New Orleans, which reach his desk-and waste basket. The plea of those letters is for conservatism, "a conservatism that will not injure the business of the city," and most persons would be inclined to this course did they not well know that the conservatism asked for means li cense. At any rate, there will be strong fighting along these lines. From the country will come a vigorous onslaught against the Game Commission and against some of the other sinecures and appointive offices that are giving the governor so much power. The repeal of much of the vicious legislation of 190K, in this direc tion, will be work enough for the legislator. The next Legislature promises to be a scene of battle. The country press can best do its duty by urging the people to re quire of their representatives less slubserviency to the chief executive and a more lively rec ognition of what they owe their constituents. It is along this line the press should work,-the repeal of laws, sapping the inde pendence of the people, not the making of new statutes. The fewer "trades" the country leg islator need make the more inde pendent can be his course at the capital. WOMEN NEED NOT EXPECT JI'STICE. The Picayune is no advocate of wo man suffrage. On the contrary, it is as far from it as possible, but it can not but deplore that justice in many cases is strongly tinctured with poli tics. Apparently, such conditions are inseparable from a democratic-repub lican system. The above utterance is from a recent editorial in the Picayune, concerning Mrs. Susie Campbell, who is held for murder, on ac count of shooting at, and incident ally killing one of the defilers of her home. Her case does not con cern us but the above quoted re mark of the Picayune should be regarded by the suffragist as a valuable admission from an avowed anti-suffragist. In the space of one sentence the Pica yune gravely asserts its unalter able position and then admits that without political affiliations justice cannot be had in many cases! It denies woman the suf frage in one breath and admits in the next that she cannot get justice without it. This is enough to make the Era Club chuckle with wicked mirth for a week. THE STAMPED ENVELOPE QUES'TION. This paper has previously dis cussed the stamped envelope abuse, envelopes being furnished by the U. S. government at prices with which no printer can com pete. The injustice of this, not only to the trade, but to taxpay eirs, who must bear the burden of the free carriage of such an immense amount of merchandise has been fully discussed. But a new phase of the question has been presented to us by the member of a leading mercantile firm here, who says that there is not such a great saving, as at first appears, to the buyer of these government envelopes. For example, a man or firm buy ing in large quantities, must pay in advance, wait sixty days for his envelopes, and still have his money tied up till he can use all the envelopes. Work it out on a basis of a purchase of fifty dol lars' worth of envelopes, and it will be seen that the stamped en velope does not show such clear profit, such unadulterated cheap pess as one might judge at first. The firm referred to, a large user of envelopes, has decided to buy at home, thus helping the local printer, and keeping the money here at home for the gen eral good. In this way, smaller quantities can be purchased of either stamped or unstamped en velopes, involving less outlay and tying up of funds. To encourage other users of government envel opes to do likewise, we shall be willing to do the work on as close a margin as possible. Confer with us before buying the pic ture envelopes. Parish Farm Demonstrators. N. O. States: If he be a benefactor who "makes two blades of grass grow where one grew before," what shall we say of him who will make fifty bushels of corn and whole herds of cattle and droves of hogs, to grow where none grew before? And such are the things that are needed in Louisi ana, that need having brought out the suggestion from The States that the parish Farm Demonstrator, or agricultural doctor, should be considered just as important as any officer of the local government. A St. Francisville special con veys the information that the State agent of the Department of Agriculture has assigned such a man to the parish of West Feli ciana for the purpose of assisting the farmers of that parish in tid ing over the crisis, which has borne especially heavily upon the cotton planters of that particular section. This is not exactly the plan suggested by The States, but the fact that the Depart ment, doubtless upon the recom mendation of leading planters, has found it necessary to do this, would indicate the practical im portance to the parishes of hav ing their own demonstrators permanently with them, to in struct and lead the farmers, to conduct agricultural classes in the schools and to make scientif ic investigations in soil treat ment and in the plant and animal life of the parish. This would open a new field for the educated young men of the State, it would fill the halls and classrooms of the State Agricul tural college and it would give an impetus to scientific agriculture which would result in making the farmer the richest class of our population. The parish that will take the lead in such an important move and, through its police jury or school board, engage a competent agricultural scientist, just as it engages its school superintend ent and principals, will not have to wait long to be convinced of the value of the experiment. Well, hasn't West Feliciana Idone this? Wednesday, the weather was much milder, but it is now cold again, and delightfully clear. Improve Your Parks and ar Hinderer's Iron W 1112-1118 CAMP STREET, NEW ORL IRON FENCES CHEAPER THAN WOOD. Iron Chairs, Tables, Settees. Flower liox,.. flanging Pot~, Arbors, Anrhes, Vases, Fountains and bem hncs for Public Parks, Office Railing, Roof Cresting, Sta:rwayii. Stable Fix. tures, Hitching Posts, ('arriage Steps, Bridle Plates, Ask Doors. Cesspool Ring.s, iBrakesho _buMTA Grate Bars. Malleable and Gray Iron Castings, Drinking Fountains, Felce Mater.al. CEMETERY FENCES and MEMORIAL CROSSES. ue THE 80UTH'8 GREATEST SA Y t SCHOOL OF BUSINESS." NW NEW ORLEANS, LA. Should be givete pare them for "eown S mert Dmpnumt, Bank, Couege Ater OfBce, ,oo misro-,oaoatfi 1D= deBntes. TIouh thee 22000 former tMas, Is recognised ai 0so. ki.nz THE SAFEST AND QUICKEST W TRANSFER MONEY IS BY LONG DISTANCE TELEPINI FOR RATES APPLY TO LOCAL AIa . CUMBERLAND TELEPHONE & TELEG INCORPORATED ' Miscellaneous Advertisements. Two Houses for Rent. Ap ply to J. M. BELL, Agt. FOR RENT OR SALE-My residence now occupied by Mor ris Burgas. For particulars in quire or write SAM ROSENTHAL, St. Francisville. On account of removal I offer for sale a portion of my house hold furniture, also my milch cows and cattle and mules, one surrey. Apply to MORRIS BURGAS. For Rent. My place, two miles from Wakefield, containing 196 acres, of which 150 acres are in cultiva tion. I have also for sale a fine young mule worth $150, and 1410 barrels of corn. Apply to Miss NELLIE RICHARDSON, St. Francisville, La. For Sale. 5 large In ules in good condition. 1 8inch Ericsson Hot Air pump. 1 10 ft. Imperial Windmill with 50 ft. steel tower. Also grade Hereford cattle. Horse and Mule Colts. Lespedeza Hay and Seed for fu ture delivery. EDWAIU BUTIER, St. Francisville, La. FOR SALE-Seed Oats, Les pedeza Hay, Berkshire pigs, reg istered stock. W. B. SMITH, Solitude. La. FOR RENT OR SALE-Land known as the H. M. Williams' river plantation, also the Burgas tract, adjoining Myrtle planta tion. The former place is well adapted for rice culture or truck growing. For terms, apply to MRS. H. M. WILLIAMS. WANTED TO BUY-One wag on scale. Must he in good condi tion. Apply to MORRIS BURGAS. FOR SALE-My entire truck farming and plantation outfit, implements, harness, tools, hay and feedstuff and other items on hand. For particulars phone me. H. M. GASTRELL, Phone 20 X. The jury commissioners will meet Monday and draw the venires for the spring term of the ITwenty-fourth Judicial District Court which convenes on the first Monday in February. Mr. Wilmon N lSW i and entomologist I Crop Pest Comm tomologist of the tI ment stations, has acc.Pl't the lositiao df tomologist of TezM located at the Texu and Mchanical College Station. 9 , the causec. 1)r. (Cook is aphasia it is said. on one subject on1al time. This givres portunity to range : . he has told. There is a deadO sissippi iegislature loting for senator daiman's friends howeever of his For Sale RED RUST-PROOF GOrde Red Polled Proof Oats, Native Orass Hay. J. BURRUSS For Spanishfl J. M. St. . Port Hud PLANTA ,,,FOR SALE The Raccotrdl near Smit acres; 1000 class for cotton, and rice. Add 416 Carondelet Orleans, La. 4 PLANTA FOR SMLE Hagan Plante ' the Lindsey Pointe Coupee, chafalaya River, 0. 213 acres ton, corn and rifu E. Aaron, 416 St., New Orlesfl