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The True Democrat.
Official urnal of the Parish of
. W the Towns of Bayou
Francisville, and of
Iso own ind publish the Feli
nua lte .or, a weekly nFwspaper
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.
irarcis:'ille. La., as second class
:nail matter.
iubscription $1.50 a Year in Advance.
Saturday, January 4, 1913.
Prav whir dos ; not. siake good Ils
u(lutit i , at Ic.w y,,ar, not to speak of r
thiose inala at sutndry (other times?
I:vry onie does. Or, he who does id
noit hals l(,t all hopl and courage
1nld( has loolied his soul in with that
;rim tOlrtri'" despair. So long as
Lope lil ."'otrage animate a hit 1ann
rl'(,l , anid wanting h lope, if onily
coulltrage hi, s tindlauitedlly there, the
mipuls 1 to letrn fr1om lithe past atld o
I, improve in the future is unfailing. ,
I: nmatters not what the resolution
may he. It m(iay even sound slight c
and frivolous enough to another, but It
so long as YO()' have made it in all p
seriousness anid earnestness it has ii
a soul dignlitvy. and its keeping means
*more to your spliritual welfare than e
perhaps a finer resolution does to
sonme one else. Thus we rise on lad
tiers of (ffort to higher things. o
However, good resolutions can nev
er amount to very much if they do
not include in one form or another
these intents: to be honest, to be
true, to be kind, to be brave, for
these foot up the whole sum of hu
uman perfection.
Whatever else the year 1913 may I
nte famous for, at the head of the
list, not only in point of time, but
in usefulness of achievement, will
i-tand the starting of the parcels post.
To be sure it is handicapped by many
provisions that must necessarily in
time be swept away, as it grows in
favor with the government and the
people. For grow in favor it will,
notwithstanding the fact that Con
gress has been a most unwilling do
nor of this gift, bestowing it as one
rudely throws a bone to a hungry 1
dog. There has been no appropria
tion to carry on the service, but it
is safe to predict that it will pay its
own way, as it ispopular with the
people from the start, needing as
they do, ampler and cheaper means
of conveying small packages than the
express companies afford.
To the opposition of these compa
nies and the mistaken objections of
country merchants is due the delay
in starting the parcels post, first plo
posed for the United States by John
\Vananlaker when he was postmaster
general. He has lived to see its par
tial consumnmation-a beginning made,
and he will nd to live only a few
. more years to see it perfected to be
at least. on a par, with the post of
other civilized countries. The Oppo
sition aforementioned has been over
ruledl, and while the parcels post will
undoubtedly injure '.the express com
lanies, it rests with them whether
they will allow it to destroy them,
by continuing their present arrogant
and unprogressive methods.
For the country merchants there
is even less danger of loss or ex
tinction, if they pursue ordinary bus
m iness push and foresight. It has not
destroyed the local merchants in Eng
land and other countries, who in
stead emnploy thie parcels post to re
plenish their stock quickly, and to
offer a larger srlection to their cus
tomers. The Amnrerican small mer
chiant need (1o no less. He will have
to be a huntdredl timnes more alert
arnd progrcssi-ve thIan he was two d .
ades ago, for prtesent conditions ar'e
not alone due to the parcels post. Al
rd;ady, thie city d(lelartment stort s
have made great inroads into the
'ountry nierchiants' butsitness, not bie
cause, as so many mlistakenly b?
lieve, the I)eople prefer buying from
thie city, but siimply because that that
has pIroved to be the more certain
antd frequently the cheaper irethod
of getting what thiey want. With ithe
piarcels post, those conditions will be
even nrore pronoutnced. It is up to
the country mercthant to look alive, to
keep up with the times, andti shlr)w
that he can supply goodtls as well ai
can thie city stores.
Above all, he must advertise. Peo
pl)e will not go to thie trouble of
looking himi and his goods up, whlen
a few lines by mail will bring the
correct article from the city. But
if hie lets it be known that he has
the goods-other things being equal,
he will get the trade, parcels post
or no parcels post.
The country store that is not ad
vertised will certainly either be ex
tinguished by the parcels post, or
become a mere depot for staple ar
ticles-as so many of them are a!
ready, and which is the reason they
mlost persons are familiar with the N4
atisfactory operation of the single licia
.ax in British Columbia. but are wont con(
.o argue that that is because it is iron
rnder another system of government grot
rrom ours, using the same delusive site
.:gument that the express companies C.
,nd other enemies of the parcels post mos
have used concerning that useful !n- his
novation. "The single tax is not to
practical. The theory is all right, tlon
but it would not produce sufficient ert
revenue for the United States" has lect
been the general conclusion. But peo
the tax commissioner of Houston, wa(
Texas, has given a practical demon- if I
stration to the contrary. This tax stu
commissioner, J. J. Pastoriza, as is the
lc arned in the current issue of the Ian
American magazine, is a strong belies F
fer in the single tax, and although wo
not authorized by the constitution of wo
rexas, he has reduced the tax rate tha
from $1.70 to $1.40, by putting his be
ideas into partial operation. He as- if
sessed land values at a hundred per br(
cent., improvements at twenty-five in
per cent of their salable value, and far
personal property of all descriptions
not at all. els
Houston was aghast with visions lift
of municipal bankruptcy in the fore- stE
ground. su'
But the result justified Pastoriza's ck
confidence in his venture. There was so:
more money than there was any tr(
need of at the rate of taxation then as
in force. The tax rate went down. gu
Most of us convinced of the entire as
equity of the. single tax, and more er
or less sure of its practicability, will "n
be much encouraged by this instance th
of its operation in part at Houston. th
Now jthat the labor leaders have
ueen properly punished for unlaw- RI
ful destruction of life and property, at
t, would be refreshing to see some at
(.1 tile wealthy plunderers of the peo- bl
pile given a dose of the same medi- or
':ful.-Lake Charles American-Press. w
.Obt rtadrs will idly approve the ly
Juove remark, at the same time real- ei
i.inig that there is absolutely no way m
o 'eachl the wealthy plunderers, as t
they keep themselves snugly within hi
(he p,'otection of the law, even while
violating its cardinal principle of
equal justice to all. But is it cor- B
rect to say there is "absolutely no c(
way'?" To say so is to ignore un- bi
justifiably the conclusions reached in am
the able articles by Thomas Lawson tl
in a popular magazine. 1t
Lawson contends that the finan- c1
ci.al distresses of the mass of the e;
people of this country, and the high tc
cost of living are traceable to gam- %
bling in stocks and bonds, and to tl
the interlocking directorates of the g
trusts. He believes that the manipu- ti
lations of the New York Stock Ex
change (and presumably like organi- j.
zations) in creating fictitious values
int: stocks, not only enable men to
get more than their rightful share of
the wealth of the country, more t
than they do or could earn possibly;
,but it also has the effect of produc- a
ing the continual unrest and insta- a
Sbility in financial affairs. t
Mr. Lawson recognizes however s
that no new law aimed at this evil ,
- and at the oppressions of the trusts a
1 could pass Congress and not be ti- t
- nally knocked out by the Supreme a
rCourt, judging by the experiences of ,
,the past. But he claims to have found t
t out the way to deal, with these pow- t
erful evils, namely, in the same way
Sthat the Louisiana State Lottery was
put out of business, that is, through
-the powers given the postal depart
t ment of the government by the con
Sstitution of the United States. Che
- Louisiana Lottery was denied the
- use of the United States malls, and
ol despite its vast wealth and power,
- it went out like a snuffed candle.
r- Thos. Lawson believes that the same
e method would apply to the stock ex
t changes and the trusts. Deny them
-the use of the mails, and since the
e courts have already ruled that this
1power of regulation of mail matter
s inures to the postal department, Lhe
e legal battle is already fought and
e- won.
Lawson's idea-or should it not be
1 called discovery?-seems gntirely fea
it sible. and to get it put into practical
n execution is worthy of the best ef
id fort. of the country press of the
ic nation. We say country press advis
(c udly, for, although Mr. Lawson's ar
:o ticles have been running for several
to months, they have been treated with
wva cold silence-neither favorably nor
I unfavorably-by the hordes of critics
that the press in the cities Is reput
o- ed to employ. Hence, if there be
of any good in Mr. Lawson's suggestion
an the country press removed from the
ie influences of the money power will
ut have to push it. And this fact alone
as should give a clew to the situation.
1l, Testing it, will, at least, be more
,st practical than merely wishing for
"the wealthy plunderers" to put
.d- themselves within the power of the
x- law. which they will never do, un
or der present conditions, as they have
tr- able attorneys to show them how
2l- closely they may steer into law
cv breaking, without actually being
caught in its maelstrom.
Next to the cemeteries of West Fe
liciana parish, one wculd naturally
conclude that if any place were safe
from depredation, it would be the
grounds at Wyoming plantation, the
site of the home of the late Robert
C. Wickliffe, and now the property, Evi
most beloved of, almost sacred to,
his wife and child. We put it next
to the cemeteries in the considera
tion of the thoughtful, because Rob- t
ert Wickliffe while congressman neg- ed,
lected no opportunity to serve this cate
people. No need of his constituents clan
was so small as to be insignificant, imp,
if he could relieve it, no effort too mar
stupendous for him to undertake, if vice
thereby he could benefit West Felic- ure
lana. holc
For this reason, if no other, it COI
would seem that his property here C
would be secure from depredation, for
that the hand of the vandal would TEl
be stayed by some strong sensibility, it
if stretched out to pluck a flower or
break a bough of the shrubbery with- CU
in those precincts, a shrine of his
family's devotion to him.
And yet a legal notice published
elsewhere in this paper by Mr. Wick
liffe's widow has been a necessary
step to protect this property froml J
such vandalism. The gates have been
closed, but this did not prevent per
sons from climbing the fence and
treating the flowers and shrubbery
as treasure trove. It is a strange
guise for friendship or admiration,to
assume: that of destroying the prop
i erty of the one beloved' But since
"more offend from want of thought
than from want of feeling," we hope
that with the matter brought before
them, in this manner, the Wyoming
- grounds will be held inviolate in fu
When one reads that John D.
- Rockefeller prays for guidance in his
affairs and believes that he receives
arnswers to his prayers, the charita
. ble-minded may be able to explain it
. on the ground of self-deception; but ha
when this same John D. persistent
ly hides from the process-servers, his m
evidence being wanted in the Pujo th
Y money trust probe, all must conclude
s that he is a canny wretch that does a
1 his own answering of prayer. or
f That proposition of the Grenada th
Bank to lend money at four per
o cent interest to any man who will P1
buy a farm near Grenada strikes us ar
a as being the best thing to promote
a the development of a community we
have yet seen proposed.. Nearly pv
L- ry bank has a surplus of cash mon
e ey on hand, and this ought to be put
i to work. To lend it to a man who
L- will buy a farm and improve it in
o the bank's territory means a much
e greatei+ return than four per cent in 81
t- the years which are to come.
'f Quoting our article on the subject, c
e the Bosialer Banner says:
SWe agree with the Democrat that c
-a high school visitor "is not neces
a sary." Why pay a State Superin
tendent of Education an excessive
r salary of $5,000 per annum and then n
11 pay other men to do work that he
Sshould do? There are a large num
i-ber of men fully as competent as t
e any Superintendent the State has
ever had-and all have been compe
d tent under Democratic administra
v- tions-who would gladly accept the
iY office of Superintendent at a less
a salary than $5,000 a year, and do a
;h whole lot of hustling for the easy
t- money. The State should pay liber- -
n' ally for what it gets, buot it should
he get what it pays for. While on the I
te subject, 1ve again enter our humble ii
d protest against frittering away annual- v
r, ly $15,000 good tax money on so-call- F
le. ed State Institutes? Why not put it 1
ne where it will do the greatest good
x- for the greatest number-in the pub
m lic school fund?
he Both the High School Inspector
is and the State Institute Instructor
er are estimable gentlemen, worthy and
he well qualified, and we have no ob
nd jection to them. Our complaint is -
that our Five Thousand Dollar State
be Superintendent should himself do the
ea- soqrk that they are doing, and then I
:al have a day off, when he wants it,
ef- and welcome to it, provided he does I
he not devote it to political fence-build
'is- ing, as was almost the chief occupa
ar- tlon of his predecessor.
ral (And the present superintendent
ith has not been guiltless.)
ion D
on. TRADE M ESam
for Anyone lendlnf a sketcb and description masy
quickly eae.rtaln our opinion free wh ether an
Iput invention I probably ittb. Communles
t ions _striotl·.ndt N[} |00 oPotndte
the lent fre, u,,dt eyt, seeurrng
Pataenta ume t hrou1 Yunn & COa (oeelve
- lpdc without o arg, lut the
SScitentifklI Jntrica.
A handsomely illistrted weekly. airrwet el
W- culateun of any lesattlle uournal. Terms. 3 a
ear: tour monthS, SL Sold byaUll newideiler.
Branch O . St. Webtuton. D.
Every Progressive
Planter and Farmer
io having telephone service install
ed, that he may instantly communi
cate with the merchant, the physi
cian, and, in fact, every one of any
importance. He can secure daily
market quotations. Telephone ser
vice on the farm is a source of pleas
ure to every member o' the house
hold-it keeps every one perfectly
Call or write our nearest Manager
for information regarding FARMER
literature will be sent also.
Smanent and the paint proven to be
,the most durable on the market.
Nearly a quarter of a century we
have been manufacturing high grade
Prepared Paints. The colors are per
manenlt and the paint proven to be
the most durable on the market.
We will send free upon request
a handsomte booklet, 50 sample col
ors showing many buildings in col
ors just as they are painted with I
Sthis great paint.
We operate the most modern Paint
I Plant in the country. Buy direct
and save money.
State of Louisiana, Parish of West
Feliclana, 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
Scan, why the application of Robinson
M. Leake, praying for Letters of Ad
ministration on the Succession of
SFrancis M.Mumford, deceased, should
Snot be granted.
e Witness the Hon. Joseph L. Gol
san, Judge of the 24th Judicial Dis
trict of Louisiana, this 20th day of
December, 1912.
Clerk of said Court.
4 WATCH LOST-No. 4,379,367 Elgin
Le movement; solid gold double case;
le ladies size. On fob of black velvet
1- was an Odd Fellow charm; a square
. inch of pearl or ivory with enamrled
it letters "F. L. T." diagonally across.
-Ready to set out, $1 per thous
or and, or 75c per thousand in lots of
or 5,000. Cash with order. Pointe Cou
Id pee Truck Growers' Association,
b New Roads, La.
te FOR SALE-Red Rust-Proot Seed
he Oats and Pea Vine Hay.--.IAS. P.
es FOR SALE--Grade Hereford Cattle,
Id- Lespedeza Hay and Seed.
St. Francisvtile, La.
The annual meeting of the stock
hlolders of the Bank of West Felicl
ana will be held at the banking house
in St. Francisville, La., on Thursday,
January 16th, 1913, at 3:30 o'clock p.
m., for the purpose of electing a
Board of Directors to serve during
the ensuing year.
J. R. MATTHEWS, Cashier.
o Next week, beginning Jan. a
o 6th, will be my last week this a
o season for buying potatoes. a
o Take notice. a
o W. R. DANIEL..
..In the Market Again...
We will, beginning Monday,
Sept. 30, buy corn and other
produce at best market prices.
No lces etatito3 to rse __t
23000 form.* students soule
SLINEATOR-ctia n addition
to thosere who act asommlone. Let s
tives of EVERYBODY'S
te liberal commlislons. Let us
show you how you can
Secure a Share
simply by forwarding the subscriptions of your
friends and neighbors and collecting rnewals of our
present subscribers. Try for THIS month's prizes. There
are lots of prizes that can be won by persons living In
towns same size as your own. Write at once to the
be Butterick Building, New York City.
sit (Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co.)
New Orleans, Baton Rouge,
Alexandria, and Shreveport
The Comfortable Route for Passengers
of QOickest Route for Freight.
f Ban of West Feliciana
I ,CAPITAL , 50,000 sURPLus 18,000
8. McC. LAWRABON. President. W. H. BUQUOI, AssiFtett Cashier
I J. R. MATTHEIWS. Cashier.
, DIRECTORS-Checton Folkee Vincent M. Jackson, John F. Ir
1gmn he, Thomas W. Butler, O.D.Brooks, Joeeph Stern, JoMDph L
; Goleao, 8.McC.Lawrason, J. R. Matthews.
lare This Stro,, Concervative and always Progreselvo Bank off
Sled its services to you for your Checknag Acooust, your 8avIb
Os. count or your tuads to be placed oi Certiiolates of Depost. W
Spay 4 per oent interest on all kinds of Savings Accouin,
AL * comnpound interest seNi-annually. You will have safety for you
ous- money and convenience for your busiaees transactions it you
s ofbusinese with this good bank.
:ock- Ground Corn Cob and Shucks, Cotton See
ulc-. Meal, Black Strap Molasses For Sale by
o You are hereby notified that the regular Ann
1 meeting of the stockholders of the Mutual Buld
. & Loan. Assoelation will be held at the office of
L o Association on Tuesday, January 14th, 1913, a
So'clock, p. m., , n.
o W. T. FORRESTER, Secty

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