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The True Democrat.
LIE L  NSON "'ditols
Official Journal of the Parish of
West Feliciana, the Towns of Bayou
Sara and St. Francisville, and of
the School Board.
We also own and publish the Feli
ciana Record, a weekly newspaper
for the town of Jackson, La. Ad
vertisers will do well to get joint
rates for both papers.
Entered at the Post Office at St.
Frar.cisville, La., as second class
mail matter.
Subscription $1.50 a Year in Advance.
Saturday, November 16, 1912.
Those, who so successfully opposed
tax revision as planned in the pro
posed constitutional atmendrments,may
well enjoy their present triumph, for
be it soon or late, it will not always
continue. Nothing is ever settled un
til it is settled right, and the anti
quated, clumsy, unequal and therefore
unjust system in present use in Lou
isiana, and which is continued by
grace of the voters Nov. 5, assured
ly belongs to the order of things,
which not being "right" will call
aloud for a better settlement later.
How long it will be before that
good time of betterment comes, no
one can say, but any one who knows
Gov. Hall is fully persuaded that he
will not acknowledge one defeat as
decisive. His personal pledges to
the people, the promises of the plat
form on which he was elected alike
require that he shall leave no stone
unturned to accomplish these ends.
His honor and his duty are at stake.
Furthermore the needs of the pubsic
require it.
Without being in his confidence,
we believe however that the plea set
up for the need of a constitutional
convention to settle the question, wil:
not be heeded by him. The persons
making the demands, are for 'he
most part, neither friendly to the
administration nor distinguished for
reform in any degree, hence their
influence for good would be as doubt
ful in such a convention as their mo
tives now are questionable.
Desire for a new deal may be safe
ly surmised to be behind most of the
deliberate calls for a convention, par
ticularly as all the platforms of can
didates pledged tax reform, and in .o
doing, all were tacitly ,pledged to sup
port any practicable means to se
cure it. A constitutional convention
would not be any more representa
tive than was the Tax Commissio,,
which framed the measure, that a
thousand selfish motives consplred
to repudiate and destroy. It would
probably be less so. No means would
be left untried to load it with non
We hope that Gov. Hall will devise
a way to secure tax revision without
resorting to anything so dangerous
as a constitutional convention.
The Era Club is justly indignant,
as should be all intelligent, not to
say educated, women in Louisiana,
over the defeat of the proposed
amendment to Article 210 of the State
Constitution, permitting women to
serve on boards of charity and educa
tion. It is made the more insulting
that this shameful rebuff should be
given the sex at a time when a
large vote was cast for an extension
of time in favor of the illiterate
white male suffragans of the State;
and further amendments were approv
ed taxing the property of women, al
belt they are denied all representa
tion in government. This is also in
view of the notable services that
women have rendered the State in
educational and charitable work.
It is a bitter commentary on pub
lic gratitude and men's sense of jus
tice, or would be, if it were true that
it was done deliberately and with due
consideration of the circumstances.'
But because we do not believe that it
was done with men's serious thought
that we deprecate the Era Club's
scheme of retaliation in proposing to
bring the lesson home to the suffra
gans by attacking the legality of wo
men's holding any public position
whatsoever in Louisiana, one member
even suggesting that women as pub
lic school teachers was unconstitution
al. While it cannot be denied that
this would be a logical direction of
the argument and would bring con
sternation into the camp of "the ene
my," if man be indeed an enemy,
yet it is unwise for the women's
cause to attempt anything so drastic.
Not only because it would cause gen
eral confusion and much suffer!nag
among persons entirely innocent of
offense, but for the paramount reason
that it would be unjust to the voters
themselves, who in voting agaplst
the amendment did so from lack
of proper information rather than
from any strong opposition to :.:e
Education, not retaliation, is the
proper course for the Era Cluti and
all others fnterested, This amend
meat, like some other amendments n
pproposed, which were entirely meri- p
torious, but on which the general pub- d
lic required instruction, were forced v
into the background by the active t
campaign necessary for Amendment a
No. 1. Press and people were alike s
overworked and could not properly e
consider every measure offered. s
Better luck fiext time ladies. In- 8
stead of planning to conquer by war, c
determine to wage a campaign of ed- a
ucation, with all the gentle arts of i
peace. You can win that way the
truest victory.
The State Department has sent out t
programs for the observance of Knapp {
Agricultural Day on the 28th inst. in r
all the schools. As one purpose of C
these exercises is to reach the peo- T
ple, Supt. Hendon has asked the C
teachers to try to get some of their I
patrons to participate in them and to I
make a special effort to get all of t
them to attend. The exercises will <
be given at 2:30 p. m. in all of the t
schools and all who will attend will f
have an opportunity to do so.
It should be well understood that i
the day primarily is named to honor '
the memory of Dr. S. A. Knapp, who l
diid such fine pioneer work in point- i
ing out to the people of the South i
better farming methods. It is fitting
that such exercises in memoriam
should be devoted to thoughts and
subjects along the lines of his life- `
work: improvement in agriculture.
The program for the day as outlin
ed by the State Superintendent of
Education will be very interesting ifu
carried out with any enthusiasm, as
for example if some of the topics
suggested are intelligently treated by
the boys and girls themselves, it will
certainly be helpful to the community
in general.
No youth could write on "How to
make the land produce better crops,"
"Value of deep fall ploughing," "Crops
that increase the fertility of the soli"
without helping himself and helping
others as well. No girl could study
reasons for the "Value of improved
poultry," or "Advantages of screen
ing our homes" without receiving
personal benefit and imparting like
btenefit to others.
We hope that Knapp Day exercises
will be held throughout the Feliciana.
The Savior was taunted on the
cros by mockers who said: "He say- 1
ed others, Himself He cannot save."
That expression often occurs to us as
applicable to the press, that of this
state particularly. The press is cred
ited with great powers, undoubtedly
not exaggerated. Even the smallest
country newspaper, however much it
may be looked down upon as a genern
thing is recognized as a most useful
instrument when anything of conse
quence is to be done, whether for
church, charity, education or politics.
And the newspaper as a rule responds
liberally, cheerfully, earnestly. And
how praises go up concerning what
it has done,
But let the newspaper want any
thing! That is something else alto
gether already, as Montague Glass
would say.
The above reflections impress
themselves upon us at this tims, be
cause the newspapers that have pub
lished the proposed constitutional
amendments must wait till after Jan
unry 1st for their pay. Every one
melse connected with the election has
nbeen paid, but the newspapers-who
•have borne the expense of publishing
the amendments, besides giving
much ,space free for their exposition,
-must wait. This is no new experi
ence, nor is it any special reflection
Son the Hall administration. Louisi
t ana never pays cash in full for pub
Slishing constitutional amendments.
It is usually part down, at sixty days,
and wait two years for the remain
What other so-called business men
e would submit to such an arrangement,
I money out two years without inter
test? It seems to us that since the
t press is so powerful it might exert
s some of its power to its own benefit.
There should be one of its leisure
class at the legislature to see that
arrangements are made for the State
ato pay its obligations to the newspa
~r. pers promptly.
S The defeat of the proposed road tax
f in this parish was not unexpected. In
- far it had been a foregone coiclu
-sion for weeks before the election.
, It was not on account of lack of in
S ter& st in the subject of good road.;,
. but it was thought by many persons,.
- tivu the plan as outlined was inconm
g plete, undigested, There was a fear
)t that efforts would culminate in sim
mply a job for somebody, possibly
's some one who would know very little
t about building good roads. This feairl
k( militated greatly against success, and
,n addedl strength to that aggregation,
e who like the poor are always with us
thosa who are dead against new tax
e es for any purpose whatever.
. It is encouraging to observe that
r- the citiaens of Star Hill, tecond to
none in the parish for energy and
progressiveness, are undismayed by
defeat, and have already arranged
with the Police Julry to call an elec
tion on a road tax for their ward
alone. Almost to a man they have
signed the petition, asking for an
election, and the chances all are that
such an election will carry. When the
good people of this ward show what
can be done with roads, it will prob
ably incite the remainder of the par
ish to do likewise.
In the disastrous wreck of Sunday
night, while there can be no question
that the flagman's own admissions
convict him of both dilatoriness of
movement as well as absolute disobe
dience of the company's rules and
regulations, other considerations will
obtrude themselves. It may be tor
much to expect the railroad manage
ment to put in a block system where
the returns from the traffic possibly
do not warrant, this being a point
the Railroad Commission should care
fully determine, but it may naturally
be inquired if the company had pro
vidced good engines for this excur
sion. Some have said the engine was
in !bad condition. If this be true, it
is obvious that if the engine had not
broken down, no wreck could have
occurred. In the investigation of a
catastrophe of this character, before
deciding upon certain human beings
as scapegoats, it Is well to see if thei
corporation itself is blameless. In
this instance, outsiders like ourselves
are not prepared to say whether or
no the corporation has done its whole
duty in the premises, but this fact
should be established.
A correspondent sends us a clip
ping from the Fayette Chronicle
which relates that citizens of that
place are assisting by private sub
scription in the building of good
roads. There can be no doubt that
when it comes home to people that
they need good roads so much that
it is wise for them to spend their
own money for them, something w;ll
indeed be accomplished. Like it was
in the old story, when the farmer
determined to reap his wheat him
self, it was time for field larks to
It is noteworthy however that the
subscribers to the road fund will let
out the work under the contract sys
tem, which in itself has served w( ll
in producing good roads, and which
will be even better when the men,
who are paying out their own money,
will be the supervisors.
A special meeting of the board of
the East Louisiana Hospital for the
Insane was held at Jackson Tues
day and the following members pres
ent: Gov. L. E. Hall, vice president;
J. W. Lea, J. W. Nicholson, P. G.
Borron, H. W. White, Max Samson,
Julius Adler.
The meeting was called for the pur
pose of discussing the building opf a
criminal insane building-the lost leg
islature made an appropriation of $40
S000 and the funds were not available
- under the promises laid down unt!L
1'1913, but Governor Hall made suita
Sble arrangements whereby this
•amount could be had at once and the
iwork commenced.
I he board also bought the antebel
lum Taylor place and on its lands
will be 'rccted this building. There
is a fin? old covered slate building
that will be converted into suitable
Squarters for 60 inmates. It will be
steam-heated, have water-works and
-all modern sanitary equipment nec
essary. This will carry out the co!o
ny idea, for there is a fine pressed
brick and concrete colony building
now in successful operation just op
posite the site now selected for the
criminal insane building. After the
two buildings are completed the pop
e ulation will be about 200.
.t -
The city press argues for a land
Ie show in New Orleans. The very
4 thing. That city has for so long
eishown people )at Mardi Gras( how to
,.spend money, that it is good for that
alone is a general impression: a city
of pleasure. But to show peoplehow
they can make money and save mon
ey is a better mission, and one from
Iwhich all Louisiana would profit.
,- The investigation by officials rf
.the Y. & M. V. railroad in the re
i- cent wreck met, Wednesday, finding
;, that Flagman M. H. Cunningham wa:.
a. guilty of negligence in not observing
1- the company's rules, therefore prin
r cipally responsible for the wreak.
- The conductor, W. D. Stinson, is also
v blamed for not seeing that the flag
e man did his duty, and Assistant
- Trainvnaster R. W. McBurney for not
d assuring himself that the conductor
1, was doing his duty. The Railroad
s Commission,assisted ;by the Interstate
c- Commission, have yet to pass upon
the case.
Its rarest historical treasure-the
plant of the old Cherokee Advocate,
a paper which for halt a hundred
years was a part of the national life
of the Cherokees, was recently sold
by that nation.
It was the only newspaper in the
world printed in an Indian language,
in Indian characters. It was sold as
junk because there was no further
use for it and no place to store it.
This once powerful agent, now a
souvenir, was purchased at public
auction by J. S. Holden, editor of the
Fort Gibson Post, more as a matter
of sentiment than anything else. He
paid $151.00 for it, which was more
than anyone else would bid. rime
was when Cherokee politicians would
have paid hundreds of times that
much merely to have controlled :'.
The Cherokee Advocate was first
published in Neuechotah, Ga., prior
to the migration of the Cherokees to
Indian Terrtiory in 1836. Elias Bou
dinot was its first editor. Its mission
was to disseminate the teachings of
the Bible and further Christianity
among the Cherokees.
When the Cherokees moved to In
dian Territory the plant of the Cher
okee Advocate was brought along,
just as if a part of the records of
the nation, but it was not until 1852
that its publication was resumed in
the new country. It was published
continuously until the Civil War,
when it again suspended. Then
the Cherokee national council raised
money for its support.
A number of men, most of them
Cherokees, tried to keep the paper
going, but it was a costly experiment
and all of them failed to make it a
success. It was largely a matter of
sentiment with them. The field for
a paper of this character had vanish
The types for the paper were man
ufactured by a type foundry in Chic
ago and were very expensive, the
molds having to be made especially
for this one order.
In order to keep the paper going
it was necessary to take young Cher
okees and teach them to set type.
No one except Cherokees could read
the characters, of which there were
86. The Cherokee national council
saw to it that there were always as
many as four compositors in the na
tion who could set this type.
It is not generally known that it
is a pretty custom of the Altar Guild
of Grace Church after each Sunday
morning service to place the flowers,
that adorn the altar, upon the grave
of their former rector, Rev. W. K.
Douglks. It is fitting that there
should be this weekly act of remem
brance for hiin, who like his Master
"went about doing good" all the days
of his earthly life.
Much needed rain fell Tuesday
night, followed by weather slightly
5 or 6 doses 666 will break any case
of Chills & Fever; and if taken then
as a tonic the Fever will not retrrn.
Price 25c.
The Love Letters of a
Confederate General
We begin in the November issue
a series of real love-letters written
over fifty years ago by one of our
national heroes to his sweetheart dur
ing 'the period of '61 to '65. This
great general will go down to posteri
ty as having accomplished one of the
most brilliant feats of arms in the
history of the world. He was as
great a lover as he was a general,
therefore these letters combine au
thentic history and exquisite ro.
mance. They sound a human note
that no other work of literature has
done in a decade; it is war, it is ro
mance, it is history, it is literature.
You simply can't afford to miss this
wonderful series-an inside story of
the Civil War now published for the
first time and containing all the
freshness of a contemporary happen
ing. These letters will grip you hard
and hold your interest from first to
last. Fill out the coupon and send
it now before you forget it.
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vice on the farm is a source of pleas
ure to every member of the house
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of the Christmas shopping problem:
don't shop, but sit puietly at home
and subscribe for The Youth's Com
panion. The chances are, too, that
no present you could buy for the
young friend or the family you de
light to honor could confer so much
pleasure as this gift of The Youth's
-fifty-two weeks' issues, and the
fifty-second as keenly anticipated
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There will be stories for readers of
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good things for every member of the
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maining issues of 1912, as well as
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I will be in the market for sweet
potatoes the year round. See me for
prices and shipping inetructions.
St. ]Francisville, ia.
FOR SALE-Red Rust-Proof Seed
Oats and Pea Vine Hay.-JAS. P.
One black mare mule about 11 years
old, 15% hands. Suitable reward for
her return to
J. F. IRVINE CO.. Ltd.
FOR SALE--A few tons of fine
sugar cane. For particulars apply to
MRS. H. M. WILLIAMS, St. Francis
ville, La.
Public is requested not to purchase
corn from tenants on Rosedown, In
heritance and Hazlewood plantations
until settlement for rents has been
made. JAS. P. BOWMAN.
FOR SALE---Grade Hereford Cattle.
Lespedeza Hay and Seed.
St. Francisville, La.
Miss Lise Allain, custodian La. Div
U. D. C., is sending out the annual
appeal for the Christmas feast for
the veterans at Camp Nicholls, the
State Confederate Home. In a per
sonal letter to West Feliciana Chap
ter, Miss Allain says: "I hope you
will be able to respond as gener
ously as you have always done."
This will serve as a reminder ta
those who give so freely, each year,
to cheer the old soldiers' declining
years. Donations of the usual kind
will be received at this office for
shipment to the Home, with the pro
viso that every thing be sent in be
fore Dec. 1.
0 0
o 1 self-measuring 120 gal "Bow. o
o ser" oil tank, cost $60, sell o
o $15; 1 Standard computing o
0 scale, cost $45, sell $15; 2 dou- o
o ble-story counter show cases, o
o each $5. o
o Wilhelm, La. o
o 0
Don't forget when fall house-clean
ing to send your old magazines to
this office to be sent to the State
Farm a Angola. No reading matter
has been sent there since the high
water, and the supply must be run
ning short. As soon as a box can be
tilled, it will be shipped. Mrs. Wnm.
Kahn has sent in donations of read
ing matter.
State of Louisiana, Parish of West
Feliciana, 24th Jud. Dist. Court.
Notice of Application for Letters of
Notice is hereby given to all whom
it doth or may concern to show
cause within ten days from the pres
ent notification, if any they have or
can, why the application of Waldo
Beale, praying for Letters of Admin
istration on the above entitled and
numbered succession, ,hould not be
Witness the Hon. Gco. J. Wood
side, Judge of the 24th Judicial Dis
trict of Loulsiana, this 7th day of
November, 1912.
Clerk of said Court.
The Flower and Magnolia places
are hereby posted against all hunt
ing, under penalty of trespass. No
exceptions. W. J. FORT.
Chas. P. Johnston, who ran for
state land office, has .been appointed
cattle inspector. If there must be
one, we should rather see him have
the place than 'most any one else.
Senator Foster's friends want to
see him Collector of the Port. But
Senator Broussard has a few words
to say about that.
A mushroom plant, recently estab
lished in New Orleans, has already
outgrown its capacity. Verbum sap.

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