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The True Democrat.
Vol. XXII St. Franisille, West Feliiana Parish La., Saturday, February 8. 1913 No.2
We Are Receiving
9IA Car of Triumph, White
Star and Peerless Planting
qAlso 16 Per Cent. Phos
phate, Cotton Seed Meal
and Mixed Fertilizers.
INew Simpkins Cotton Seed
direct from Raleigh, N. C.
M. 8 E. Wolf.
Our Prescription Department is
our Pride and we make the filling
of Prescriptions a Specialty. We use
only materials of highest standard of
Purity and Strength.
Close attention to this Department
and years of experience have won
for us the confidence of both Phy.
sician and Patient.
ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA,
S. I. Reymond Co., Ltd.,
Cor Main and Third Streets
Baton Rouge, La.
Dry Goods, Notions, Shoes Hats,
Clothing, Housefurnishing, Etc.
"Do Unto Others As You Would
Have Them Do Unto You."
This is to inform the pcople that I have moved my store in
the old Gastrell building, where I shall be glad to see my cus
tomers and to serve them.
As the high water has crippled me.considerably and as I had to
go to heavy expense, I would like to see everyone I have favor
ed come forward and do unto me as I have done to them.
Columbus and Weber Wagons, Parry Buggies, American Wire
Fence 192 Ibs. to the roll and 26 inches high, Deering Harvester
Tools, International Engine, and all the leading hardware imple
ments obtainable always on hand or on short notice.
Champion Potato Digger-the kind to dig peanuts and sweet
and Irish Potatoes-can be seen in operation at W. Daniel's, Jr.
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Estimates Furnished onH
Wire Doors and Screens tO
Window and Door Frames,
Mantels, Etc. tel
First.Class Heart Shingles .h
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Pictures of the Past.
Extracts from the files of The True Democrat,
published twenty-one years ago.
JAN. 10, 1892.
The parish prisoners were being
used to close the cave in the Bayou
The decision in the Supreme Court
of the United States against the lot
tery was celebrated in St. Francis
ville by the firing of anvils.
Mme. Sarah Bernhardt was making
one of her farewell tours of the Unit
ed States and was to sing in New Or
An informal croquet party was held
on Mrs. Golsan's pretty lawn.
Young Chas. Tadlock was clerking
for Jacob Flonacher.
Mr. Howard Spillman and Miss Su
sie Roberts were married at the home
at the bride's parents, Rev. Dr. Doug
The Woodville Republican, Pointe
Coupee Banner, Pointe ,Coupee Dem
ocrat, and the Feliciana Sentinel all
had kind words for the first issue of
The True Democrat.
The True Democrat was handling
the political situation without gloves.
The heading "Personal But Polite"
appeared in the first issue of this pa
per, and has been running ever
The True Democrat was entered
ar the Bayou Sara postoffice, as there
was then no postoffice in St. Fran
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ISTATE'S HEALTH TRAIN
WILL VISIT BAYOU SAR
The health exhibit train belonging
to the Louisiana Board of Health, in
charge of Dr. Oscar Dowling, will
make its second visit to Bayou Sara
c.n next Monday, Feb. 10th, arriving
at 10:05 a. in. and leaving for Na
ples at 10:12 1. m.
The present tour is being made
over the lines of the Louisiana Rail
way & Navigation Company and com
pletes the itinerary which was inter
I upted last spring by the high water.
Besides Dr. Dowling, there will be in
the party Miss Agnes Morris, who
will give lectures on hygiene; Mr. J.
11. O'Niell, sanitary engineer; Miss
F. B. Nelken, stenographer-demon
strator; Mr. Cary Robertson, electri
cian; and one or two sanitary i:1
The exhibits on the train will be
open to inspection during the great
er part of the day, and different lec
tures will be given. Moving pictures
and lectures will be given at night,
if arrangements for a hall and mov
ing picture apparatus to and from
train are furnished by citizens.
It is expected that a sanitary in
spection of the two towns will be
made, and it is to be hoped that Dr.
Dowling will find an improvement
over conditions as they existed at
the time of his former visit two years
This health exhibit train is the
means of disseminating valuable ,n
formation to the public, and it is to
be hoped that all our citizens who
can will visit the train and hear the
WITH LITTLE FUEL.
To boil a ham without much fuel
place it in a boiler, cover with cold
water and allow it to boil one hour.
then cover up all crevices to keep
in the steam and leave for about
twelve hours. The ham will be tho
roughly cooked, and if the hour's
boiling is done in the afternoon it
will be ready for vise next morning.
If the buzzards go, then farmers
must ply their spades the more. this
is reason, not rhyme.
SIXTEEN YEARS IN THE CABI
When his successor is named, Sec
retary of Agriculture James Wilson
will return to his home in Traer, ra
ma County, Iowa.
With the enthusiasm of a boy, Sec
retary Wilson reviews his achieve
ments since first accepting the port
folio under President McKinley. It
is not always the case where a retir
ing official grows enthusiastic, but
Secretary Wilson, according to re
ports from Washington,seems to 'lave
entered a period of renewed youth.
Among things he recently is quoted
as saying is that there are no poli
tics in the Department of Agriculture.
This may be his honest belief, but
there are two recent cases so con
clusive of the fact that political mat
ters play a prominent part in the af
fairs of the department that Secre
tary Wilson must be credited wi,th
having made a mistake. The Ballin
ger-Pinchot controversy is still fresh
in the memory of the people, while
the controversy growing out of the
resignation of Dr. Harvey Wiley is
no less suggestive of political feel
But it is the good the department
has done for which Secretary Wil
son should be remembered and hon
ored, not the mistakes he may have
One of the best things accomplish
ed was when Dr. Knapp was sent
over to the Orient in search of a
hard variety of rice that would not
break up in the threshing machines
and that was suitable for cultivation
in the South. The very rice that Dr.
Knapp brought back from the Phil
lipines is now being shipped back
to the islands from points in the
It is in developing agricultural in
dustry that Secretary Wilson has
shown his wonderful ability. He has
not figured conspicuously in the lime
light as some of his associate cabinet
officers, but he has gained the confi
dence of the farmers of theUnited
States, and when he retires it will
o: i' nulch regret.
That he has served under three
presidents and for sixteen years is
decidedly to his credit, for no other
minister in the history of the cabinet
has ever duplicated this record.
THE TRUE DEMOCRAT PURCHASES WONDERFUL
MACHINE AS COMPOSING ROOM EQUIPMENT
As mentioned briefly in these col
umns, last week, The True Democrat
has let the order for a Model 8 Stand
ard Multiple Magazine Linotype to
replace the Junior Linotype installed
two and one-half years ago. The Jun
inr Linotype is a good machine and
N as the means of developing The
True Democrat's Job and book print
ing business to a very great extent.
However, its limitations were such
that The True Democrat has reached
the point that it must either mark
time or put in a better machine.
Choosing always to progress where
progression is possible, The True
Democrat ordered the new machine.
The Model 8, Multiple Magazine
Linotype is one of the latest pat
terns put out by the Mergenthaler
Linotype Company. In fact, there are
but four in use in Louisiana now
three in New Orleans and one in
The new machine is equipped with
three magazines of two-letter matrices
which gives three different sizes of
type and six different faces. It is
so arranged that any size of face can
be set from 51, point to 42 point,
merely by substituting different fonts
of matrices. The length of line can
be regulated by the operator from
two-thirds of an inch to five inches.
The change of length of line and
face of type takes no longer than
thirty seconds, and the operator does
not have to leave his seat.
The True Democrat will carry a
large line of matrices, advertising
figures, etc., and will be able to take
care of any kind of newspaper, book
oi job composition. The range of
work that can be done on this ma
chine is practically unlimited.
The Model 8 will be in operation
in this office in about three weeks.
Due announcement will be made and
tihe public will be invited to visit
this office and see it in operation.
* EMPLOYMENT FOR THE UNEM
SThe following paragraphs are taken
from a sermon by Rev. J. M. White,
pastor of the First Methodist Church,
New Orleans. They take a sympa
thetic and comprehensive view of a
great social problem:
ie The problem of the unemployed
has become a national problem. We
may divide these into four classes.
e First there is the tramp, who scorns
to labor with his hands. He is as
II free from suspicion of toil as the
scion of Europe's great nobility.
Then there is the "hobo," who occa
g sonally deviates into toil. Whilst he
has no great love of labor, still he
has no conscientious scruples against
occasional work, provided that the
r hours be not over-long. Then there
is the "gay-cat," or migratory work
er, who follows the wheat fields or
e labors amid the lumber camps. To
these might be added the superan
nuated hobo, or "mush fager." He la
bors at mending umbrellas or grind
ing scissors or some other form of
light but very precarious work. All
these have one thing in common, they
have no home, no local ties, no so
I cial aims. They are more to be pit
iE:d than blamed.
There are 350,000'of this class In
the United States. If all were gath
ered into one city it would be much
larger than New Orleans. Before the
war a tramp was never seen. The
first known in the annals of hoboism
was two discharged soldiers known
by the sobriquets of "Erie Grip" and
"Philly Pop." One of them fell from
grace and became a justice of the
peace in a Western state, but the
other remained true to his ideals and
established the order of "Weary Wil
lies." What are the causes that have
produced this truly modern phenom
Hard times deprives the honest,
but not overly-capable workman of a
job. Vainly and helplessly he looks
about him and then begins to drift,
becoming more helpless and hopeless
with the passing days. Or because
of a strike he is blacklisted and vain
ly seeks employment until wandering
becomes with him a habit. Then he
may have a trade, which some inven
tor renders useless and unable to ac
commodate himself to changed con
d!tions he floats with the tide. The
sectacle is a sad one and ought to
stir our hearts to earnest endeavor
for their social and spiritual salva
The way we are dealing with this
problem would scarcely commend us
to Solomon for wisdom. In many sec
tions of our country the fee system
obtains. The constable and magis
trate are supported by sums collect
ed from prisoners known as costs.
Wandering working men are oft-times
arrested, thrown into prison and
worked on the road, all because they
were unfortunate enough to be with
Gut a Job. The arrests were made
for the sake of the costs that accrued
to the officer. It is nothing more nor
less than judicial graft and where it
lb in vogue such methods should be
stopped. It is far better that 100
tramps should go by in freedom than
that one honest workman should be
made to suffer unjustly. And then
to put a man in jail because he is a
vagrant is absurd, because a man has
no work we place him where he can
have no work. I met a man at the
Parish Prison sentenced to a six
months' idleness because he would
ndt work for his family. I am well
aware that it is the law, but I agree
with one of Dicken's characters who
remarked: "If the law does that
well, the laws is an ass."
In the matter of social development 1
many European states are far ahead
of us here in America. First of all
there is the insurance Iature. By
the paying of a small we tkly stipend
thie workman has a poliy that, in
the event of his losing his job, for
two months will pay him a stipend
sufficient for the wants of himself
and family. That gives him time to
look around and readjust himself to
new work, or find a similar position.
Then the state has labor exchanges
under public control where reliable
information may be obtained con
cerning employment and the need
for labor at other places. The third
proposal, soon to be a part of Eu
rope's program, is the establishment
of trade schools. If a man has his
occupation destroyed by an inventor,
these schools will teach him a new
occupation. For example, the auto- I
mobile has thrown a great number of
hack drivers out of employment. A 1
school of instruction whereby the
hack driver might have been trans
MAY IMPROVE LOCAL
LIGHT & WATER PLANT
The Town Council of St. lrancis
ville is considering the proposition
of putting in a new plant at the pow
er house, which will revolutionize the
present method of furnishing elec
tric current and water to the consum
ers of the two towns.
It is not Intended to do away
with the old plant. The idea is to
keep it intact and use it as an aux
iliary to the new one, so that in case
of accident there would be no Incon
venience caused to the town's custo
The new plant will cost in round
numbers $6,000, a sum that will IA
no wise embarrass the finances of the
town and one which will put not one
cent extra burden upon the taxpay- -
Instead of using steam for power,
the new plant will be run by an en
gine that uses a mixture of crude oil
for fuel. The saving in fuel alone
will pay for the plant in less than
three years, without any addition to
the list of consumers the town now
has. If this new plant is put in, elec
tric current will be furnished day and
night, and the standpipe will be kept
filled automatically, thus affording
better fire protection.
The day current will be a boon to
every home and business house in
Ithe community, for with such con
trivances as fans, feed choppers, heat
ers, toasters, washers, etc., the cost
of comfort and productiot .if many
lines can be materially lessened.
Another advantage of the new
plant will be that after it pays for
"itself by the saving in fuel, the
charges for power and water cal be
There are several firms in town
who are ready to put in minters and
the demand will be greater when the
iplanet is Installed.
The members of the town councll
have the interests of the town in
mind, and while this matter is pend
ing they would like to have an ex
pression from some of the citizens.
formed into a chauffeur would have
been a godsend to many a poor man.
New York has established a farm
colony and Wisconsin a farm colony
and trade school to handle this ques
tVon. Louisiana could well follow the
example of these progressive Ameri
can commonwealths. The idleness of
this great army is costing America
in national wealth more than $300,
000,000 a year. Surely here is a con
servation problem worthy of ou; at
tention. Not only would we create
wealth by the wise handling of our
problem, but we would create some
thing for better manhood.
Louisiana has a vast area Of unde
veloped farm lands. The greatest
source of our wealth lies undevelop
ed. It might be well to take thee
derelicts and teach them the work
of the farm, instructing them in tie
rudiments of scientifle agriculture.
They ought to be kept, not like pris
oners, but like men who need a lit
tle help towards self-support; they
ought to be kept until the roving
habit can be interrupted, kept un
til social ties are formed and social
sanctions begin to have a value. We
ought to deal with this class on ,he
basis of our holy religion. I am con
strained to believe that many noble
characters might thus be formed.
They are our unfortunate brethren.
Easter hats will blossom earlier
this year than they have since 1858,
and earlier than they will burst Into
bloom for just one more century.
March 22 ie the earliest date on
which Easter can fall, but that ha
not occurred since 1818. This year
it will be March 28.-Monroe New.
Before we taste of food and drink,
A moment let us pause to think
How all the time in every land,
With active brain and busy hand,
Men toil, that we may eat.
Their number we may never know,
Nor can we pay the debt we owe,
With money. Only service given,
According to the law of Heaven,
Will render us complete.
Nor may we eat, that so we be
F'or service strengthened, and may see
Assurance of that coming day
When none shall want, when each
"To serve, indeed, is meat."