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'he True Democrat.
TiAE ROBINSO)N Eitor
IRS. MAY E'.ROBIINSON i
Official Journal of the Parish of
ieet Feliciana, the Towns of Iayot
ara and St. Franciaville, and o1
oe School Board.
We also own and publish the Feli
ana Record, a weekly newspaper
ºr the town of Jackson, La. Ad.
artisers will do well to get Joint
ites for both papers.
Entered at the Post Office at St.
rar.cieville, La., as second class
,abcrlption $1.50 a Year in Advance.
Saturday, January 11, 1913.
IN UNION, STRENGTH.
The consolidation of the two local
inks is not a "step backward" as
,me few people seem to think, but
real advance in financial economics
wo banks in a small town,or sparse
settled community like ours pro
ice the same situation that two
-wspapers would. The one will
casper only at the expense of the
her, the field not being large
.ough to divide between them. Be
les one strong big bank is better
an two smaller ones. The increas
capital stock makes a bigger show,
d one bank can keep a better eye
credits than two competitive
These observations occur even to
e most unlearned in finance. How
er most of us are saddened to see
a People's Bank go out of exist
ce. Its career was short but hon
able, and in the hard times
rough which this section has been
asing, that bank and its officials
I their part nobly, manfully, to re
ve the situation and help the peo
i out of their financial distresses.
ese men will continue in the larg
institution to act as public-spirit
ly, the Bank of West Feliciana
Ving always shown this wide vis
t and policy.
the lessons have all been learned,
3 the public, being convinced that
new arrangement is best for all
Icerned, will unite and work for
:ter times for us all. For such a
irse of action, good speed and God
the board of directors of the Bank
'Jackson held its regular monthly
Feting Wednesday and received a
-ort from the committee appointed
)make the usual semi-annual exami
':Ion of the books. This report
'wed the affairs to be in sound
I profitable condition. A dividend
5 per cent on the capital stock
AS TO ALARM CLOCKS.
knother pithy statement recently
de by Gov. Hall was that the farm
were throwing away their alma
4 and buying alarm clocks. It
a~ little but it means much. Most
us know homes where Hostetter's
nanac has hung by a string to the
mney corner through the years and
disemboweled man on the froat
, as closely consulted, and more
y~ obeyed, than the family Bible.
and the moon's phases guided the
-time farmer. We shall not pre
ne to say that those old farmei's
'e entirely wrong, for we have ob
Ved that even the queerest oid
toms brought results, not for the
son usually attributed but for
ie cause unknown to the unlearn
dwellers near to Nature's heart.
example, old-time people used
say that making a smoke around
i's dwelling was a preventive of
low fever. In the light of later
,wledge, it a readily seen that
i idea was not absurd, as smoke
Ve away the yellow fever mos
toes. So, we shall not dare say
t there is nothing in the old farm
S"signs," but we believe that the
pntific knowledge of agriculture
By is surer and therefore safer.
t Governor, in suggesting that
am clocks were growing in favor
mates that the gentleman farm
in passing, he who lies in bed
sends out hands alone to start
day's work on the plantation as
it unguided fancy suggests. the
weevil has had much to do with
tging all that, but the more wide
Ake methods of today have, let us
e, even more to do with accom
iing redical changes along that
RINGING COUNTRY SCHOOL
CHILDREN TO TOWN.
ferring from the minutes of the
ool. Board that the board is pay
$50.00 per month merely for con
ing the pupils of Solitude school
In from the high school, we ia
ed of Dr. Brooks, a member of
executive committee of the board,
:o the inner facts of the case. He
Sthat the Board instead of pay
Sfifty dollars to a teacher for Sol
e school turns that amount over
tfr. DeGrummond and he expends
a the rent, board, etc., for the
ren's staying in town during the
o1 days of the week. as well as
glng them back and forth. As
most of the 13 or 14 pupils are mem
bert of the Smith family, the ar
rangement does very well. The four
dollars per month for the rent of
the Solitude school building is saved.
Uilt what of the other children that
went to the Solitude school? How
does the Board care for them?
"They are included in the arrange
nmen, if they wish to take advan
tage cf :" was the answer.
All of which gives the gray hdrse
a slightly different color, but in
bringing the country schools to town
without any lessening of expense, the
high school will soon need more
teachers in the face of a deficit al
BETTER LIBRARY NEEDED.
One of the progressive teachers of
the high school, Miss Latane, is much
concerned about the imperfect libra
ry facilities of the high school. le
yond some good reference books,
and the standard poets and travels,
there are comparatively few other
volumes, and even these kept in an
open bookcase are subject to myste
rious disappearances. Children, who
have drawn books in former years,
have failed to return them, and so
on. Naturally, Miss .Latane, who
was named librarian, is exercised
over such conditions, and is casting
about for some ways and means to
add the necessary volumes and to
make the library worth while in ev
ery respect. She says that on Mr.
Leo Favrot's inspection last year he
threatened to have this high school
omitted from the list of approved
high schools if the library were not
All of this is important, and every
one will agree that something should
be done, if only in a small way for
the library. We would suggest some
thing on the style of "penny read
ings", that is, little social affairs
where the children provide a liter
ary program and charge 5 or 10 cents
admission. Refreshments could also
be sold. The benefits of such a
plan are obvious, apart from the mon
ey returns. We feel sure that the
patrons of the school will cooperate
gladly in making such a plan a suc
Moreover, parents should see to
it that the children return the library
books now in their possession.
Th subject of more credit for tnt
farmner, which is engaging more gen
,:ral attention in this country than
ever before, was referred to by Gov.
Hall in his address before the State
farmers at Baton Rouge. He men
tions that to encourage rural credits,
the measure passed to exempt from
taxation, banks and other financial
organizations organized to lend farm
ers money at six per cent. Last week
we cited th, instance of the bank at
Grenada, Miss., that will lend a man
buying a farm in that county, tlhe
funds nece'sary at four per cent.
These si.ow an awakening to the
great need of financial relief for the
farmer in its most practical form.
P-ut pending the arrival of six per
cent banks there should be growing
the dletermination no longer to milk
the farmer dry, as opportunity offers,
a-n on him the welfare of all is based.
NEGRO ASYLUM INMATE KILLED.
A tragedy occurred Monday at the
iFarm Colony near McManus station
ny which one of the patients of the
East Louisiana Hospital for the nlu
sane lost his life and a negro laun
dress and her young son were co.1
signedt to the parish jail, suspected
of having been the cause of his
The patient killed was Hilarie Ja
cobs, negro, who was sent to ithe in
stitution from Avoyelles parish. He
was considered one of the most
harmless inmates of the asylum, and
was detailed to the farm colony at
McManus, where the most trusted
of the patients are used as farm la
On Monday at noon Jacobs ate his
dinner with the balance of the colo
ny patients in the dormitory building
about a mile from McManus station.
It is customary to allow the patients
a- hour of recreation after dinner
before returning to work, and tusual
ly they spend this time in a skirt of
woods in the rear of the dormitory,
vwlere i.heY amuse themselves by
trapping and otherwise.
Jacobs went from the building to
the woods at about 12:30, and when
the call was made to return to work
an hour later he did not come. A!
most immediately a message was
brought in that a man was found dead
in the woods. Jacob's body was
found with a load of birdshot in the
right breast, which evidently causPd
May Ellen Houston, a negress who
does laundry for some of the em
ployees at the colony, had just been
to the dormitory to get clothing, and
returning to her home had passed
through the woods where the body
was found. With her was her -on
Napoleon Houston, 11 years old, who
carried a shotgun.
Circumstantial evidence points to
Jacobs having met the negress and
her son in the woods, and for some
reason had been shot by the boy.
This was the view taken by the cor
oner's jury, which was impaneled by
Dr. Harry Johnson, coroner of East
Feliciana parish, who returned a ver
dict, after investigation, that "Jacobs
had come to his death from a gun
shot wound probably inflicted by Na
poleon Houston, aided and abetted
by May Ellen Houston."
The two Houstons are now con
tfned in the parish jail at Clinton.
NOTICE OF NEXT TEACHERS' EX
The next examination of appli
cants bor teachers' certificates will
bt held in the Court House in St.
Francisville, on January 30, 31, and
February 1, beginning at 10 a. m.
promptly, the first day. All appli
cants must be present at that hour,
and if any cannot get here by that
hour, they should not attempt to
come at all.
Teachers now teaching on por
visional certificates who failed in the
August examination are required to
give up their positions immediate
ly and their places must be filled
by those who have been duly cer
tificated. Provisional certificates
will not be granted to those who
failed in the August examination,
but they have the privilege of tak
ing this next examination. For fur
ther information, enquire of the un
A. M. HENDON,
Parish Superintendent, West Felici
TO THE COLORED PEOPLE OF
THE TOWN AND PARISH.
On last Wednesday morning at 9
o'clock, I was at the colored school
building in St. Francisville. There
were present at that time fewer than
a dozen pupils and the principal was
rot ready to open school because of
his late arrival and the condition of
the house. The assistant teacher ar
rived aft r time for opening school
and when I left the building there
were about twenty pupils present. I
told the teachers what is required of
them and I shall see that they meet
I take this means of telling you
that the law requires every public
school to open not later than 9 a.
na. every school morning, and if you
do not take sufficient interest in the
schools to get your children to the
same on time, their doors will be
closed and the state's money which
we are spending to operate them
will be put to better use. An ad
joining parish is giving the colored
people a school term of five weeks,
while schools of four months have al
ready been taught in different por
tions of this parish, and now we are
opening for you other four months
schools. The Parish School Board
is unwilling to squander the funds at
its disposal, and, therefore, insists
upon all the schools being conducted
strictly in accordance with the law. If
y'ou want the schools, you must send
the children to them regularly and
punctually. Very little good can be
secured from a four months' school,
except by the pupils that attend ev
The law requires an incidental fee
of fifty cent per pupil to be paid each
session, except by aparent that has
more than three children in school,
an' he must pay a dollar and a half.
This fee should be sent with the pu
pils the first day they enter school.
The teachers are put to more trouble
than is necessary to collect these
A. M. HENDOIN,
Parish Superintendent, West Felici
State of Louisiana, Parish of West
FIellclana, 24th Jud. Dist. Court.
Chas. Weydert vs. J. 8. & E. T. Mi;
nor No. 853.
John F. Irvine Co. LId., vs. J. S. &
E. r. Minor No. 852.
Bank of West Feliciana vs. J. S. &
E. r. Minor No. 851.
By virtue of write of Fieri Ficias
to the Sheriff directed by the Hon.
Court aforesaid, in 'the above entit
led causes, I have seized and will of
fer for sale to the highest bidder at
the front door of the Court House in
the town of St. Francisville, La., at
the hour of 11 o'clock a. m. on
Saturday, February 15, 1913,
the following property of defendants,
1 20 horsepower engine.
6 pumps. l '
1 lot of piping.
i lot of burned copper.
1 lot of metal junk.
2 buildings complete.
1 building not complete.
Terms of sale-Cash, with benefit
J. H. CLACK. Sheriff.
TOWN COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.
St. Francisville, La., Jan. 7, 1913.
At a regular meeting of the Board
of Aldermen held this day, the fol
lowing members were present: *
A. B. Briant, Mayor; G. W. New
loan, O. Lejeune, Geo. Rettig, R.
Minutes of last meeting were read
Mayor and Marshal reported 15
Engineer's report read and filed
Clerk of Board submitted statement
of r ceipts and disbursements for
the month of December.
St. Francisville, La., Jan. 1, 1913.
Statement of receipts and disburse
ments for the month of Dec., 1912:
Cash on.hand, Corporation
Dec. 1, 1912.............$1,516.75
Water service .....$279.67
Light service ..... 282.29
Notices ...... .. 2.45
Taxes (1912) ...... 299.08
G. S. Davidson .... 20.00- 883.49
Salary ...... .... $175.00
Labor ........... 8.88
Expense ........ 72.11
Fuel (coal)...... 146.02
Fuel (oil) .. .. .. 227.48
Repair ......... 5.00
Lub. oil waste .... 10.84- $645.33
Salary .. .. .. ...$105.00
Commission.. .... 15.00
Road .... .. .. .. 52.75
Expense ........ 28.75
Mule expense, team 25.65
Electric meter .... 9.80
Board of Health ... 16.68
Fuel oil installation. 11.50- $265.13
Total receipts ...... ......$2,400.24
Total disbursements ........ 910.46
Add Plant O. D., Jan. 1... 939.64
Less Plant O. D. Dec. 1.... 856.27
Cash on hand, Corporation.. $1,573.15
G. L. PLETTINGER, Clerk
Motion made, seconded and carried,
That Mr. Dennett make an inspec
tion of the electric light wires once
every week and keep them in tho
rough repair. Also, keep the May.r
and Marshal advised as to the condi
tion of tho telephone wires.
Motion made, seconded and carried,
That the following salaries and com
missions be paid:
F. B. Dennett, salary........$100.00
H. R. Anderson, salary ...... 56.00
G. L. Plettinger, salary...... 60.00
G. S. Davidson, salary........ 55.00
G. Rettig, attending meeting 1.00
G. W. Newman, same ...... 1.00
0. Le)eune, same ............ 1.00
A. Yunkes, same............. 1.00
A. B. Briant, commission..... 30.00
G. S. Davidson, commission.. 15.00
Motion made, seconded and carried,
That the following appropriations be
Road fund ................ ...$ 75.0
Plant fund .................. 250.00
Motion made, seconded and carried,
That the contract with the True Dem
ocrat be renewed, at $150.00 per an
num for the publishing of minutes,
Motion made, seconded and carried,
That the following bills be paid:
16. Newman, supplies..........$ 1.40
Chas. Weydert, supplies...... 7.44
A. M. Lockett & Co., supplies 1.55
Standard Oil Co., fuel oil.... 231.17
Port Wayne Electrical Co., re
pair meters ................ 29.82
A. M. Lockett & Co., supplies 12.87
R. C. Brasseaux, maintaining
prisoners .................... 13.40
I. Sansoni, oyster shells ... ..50
Prank Sansoni, oyster shells. 3.40
M. & E. Wolf, oats.......... 13.50
Chas. Weydert, wagon........ 37.50
no. F. Irvine Co., oats...... 11.25
On motion meeting adjourned.
A. B. BRIANT, Mayor.
0. L. PLETTINGER, Clerk.
I hereby certify that the foregoing
Is a true and correct copy of the
original minutes as they appear on
pages 237 and 238, minute book "4."
G. L. PLETTINGER, Clerk.
If you are a millionaire you do
not need our assistance. If you are
paying rent we can interest you.
The Mutual Building & Loan Associ
The streets, and presumably the
roads, look like a making of soft
Boap. The merciful man hesitates to
put his beast into such a mese.
An exchange is go unfair as to say
tbat Gov. Hall has been unduly par
tisan in his appointments, when so
many instances to the contrary immo.
idiately occur to even the most for
When David said in his haste that
all men were liars, he probably con.
firmed it, in his leisure.
We accept monthly payments as
low as $1.00 per month.-The Mu
tual Building & Loan Asociation.
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to those who act as
the local representa. BEING GIVE
tives of EVERYBODY'S
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LINEATOR-all in addition A W A Y
te liberal commissions. Let us
show you how you can
Secure a Share
simply by forwarding the subscriptions of your
friends and neighbors and collecting renewals 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
BUTTERICK PUBLISHING CO.
Butterick Building, New York City.
Ground Corn Cob and Shucks, Cotton Seed
Meal, Black Strap Molasses For Sale by
RICHARDSON & PERCY.
"THE SOUTH'S GREATE SOTLE COLLEGE.
8CHOOL OF BUSINEUB.
NEW ORLEANS, LA.
Should be given the best trainflpto
pare them for sucncess in business.
YOUR Personal Instru'tion, Free amplo
ment Department. atomplete Colle
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(Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co.)
THE SHORT LINE BETWEEN
New Orleans, Baton Rouge,
Alexandria, and Shreveport.
The Comfortable Route for Passengers.
Ouickest Route for Freight.
LESS THAN CARLOAD SHIPMENTS HAN
DLED IN PACKAGE CARS IN
...In the Market Again...
We will, beginning Monday,
Sept. 30, buy corn and other
produce at best market prices.
RICHARDSON & PERCY
BAYOU SARA, LA.
FOR SALE-Pine and Oak Wood;.
cord and stove lengths-MISS LUCY
WATCH LOST-No. 4,379,367 Elgin
movement; solid gold double (ca;
ladies size. On fob of black velvet
was an Odd Fellow charm; a square
inch of pearl or ivory with enamn.led
letters "F. L. T." diagonally across.
MITTIE F. FUGLER.
FOR SALE-Grade Hereford Cattle,
Lespedeza Hay and Seed.
St. Fran-cisville. La.
A cold ,nap predicted came on wit
rain and wind, Tuesday afternoon,
bu' Wednesday was-clear and bright,
The Baton Rouge-Hammond-Coving
ton road association, formed for the
purpose of building a permanent road
way between Baton Rouge and Cov
ington has been permanently organ
ized. Governor Hall promised his co
operation in securing the Federal aid.
which carr;,d an appropriation of $10,
Our funds are invested in first
mortgage securities; no second mort
gages taken.-The Mutual Building
& Loan Association.
Planter and Farmer
is having telephone service install
ed, that he may instantly communi
cate with the merchant, the physi
clan, 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, of the house.
hold-it keeps every one perfectly
Call or write our nearest Manager
for information regarding FARMER
TELEPHONE SERVICE. Interestl; '
literature will be sent also.
CUMBERLAND TELEPHONE &
Harold B. Newman, Commissioner
or Public Safety, of New Orleans,
seems disposed to take up his duties
very earnestly. tle served notice on
the police force, that its membels
must show better results or-. The
first result is that the cops are ale:'t