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Published Every Friday by W: elsh Printing Company, Ltd. `lgi DOLLAR A YEAR IN ADVANCE. 'Eatered at the postoffioo at Welsh. La., as aseond clas matter. FRIDAY. DECEMBER 25, 1903. Announcements. DILSTRICT JUDGE. The Journal is authorized to announce the of A. B. McrraJr as a candidate for ric Jud of the Fifteenth Judicial Dis of Louian a. sulbeot to the acotion of the a'- cratic primary election. b the People of Calcasieu and Cameron Par ibhes: I respeotally uannounce as a candidate for n to ofice of District Judge (sub o the Dmocratio primary election) and your favorable consaideration and sup i; wtilt not be possible for me to make a full on l m oLadvas as I am engaged i. the die rge of Yt duties of mTpresent term of mat ofce. s D. MILLER. DU1 RECT ATIiOBNUY. " ,The Jo l s authorized to announce the of 088 as a candidate for Die. Attroiy of the Fifteenth Judicial Die of oulsianla. subject to the action of the tie rimary election. yif fe Jonu I BEW saG Ssto announce the So A' e of the Fifteenth Judicial otof O ian saubject to the action of , orate wimary eteotion. UUP3=E=RTwATIVE. 4 as a @adldate for PBepresen, sh e Assembly subject to the i n of the Dmoeratic primary. We arauthaed to announce the name of ~ VA u asr a candidate for Sheriff of S.a sb. subject to the Democratic We are authorized to announe the name S a a didate for" Asses , V of Calasi.aish subrt to the action We re authorzed to announce the name of . . al as a candidate or Assessor aioaasien Parish, subject to the Democratic he Journal is authorized to announce the ' The JOuMnl Is au khot~d to announce the of Jasras W. Gatnn n as a candidate C~~alerk of Ct. subject 'o the decision o Sthe Voty of Oalcaieu Parish: " hAereby announce myself as a candidate for k of Court subject to the otion of the emocratic Pash primary and respectfully --eiicit your support. S. P. W ETHERILL. '!b the Voters of Calcasieu Parish: I respec tfunly announce myself as a caudi G ate for Clerk of Court and solicit your sup. Scrt. If elected, I will discharge the duties of te office carefully, promptly and accurately as I have endeavored to do in the past. Very respectfully, H. C. GILL. . the Voters of Ward 2. Calcasieu Parish : ;.At the request of several of my friends I a. ]ve consented to announce myself .a candi Sdate for Police Juror of this Ward, in this 'Par ish subject to the Democratic primary. If S'! ; s0ect I zpropose to expend the public money tth a little more economy than it has been. "r' rwithout depriving the public of necessary im Sovements. I favor the reduction of the tax I; 71asteadofinoreatsing it. With the big amount y. of new settlers I think the assessment has Splred enough to defra ou expenses without - .increasing oa fax. PAUIN FONTENOT. J1STLICE OF TUE PEACE. .T'he Journal is authorized to announce J. R. eof Wrd s .2 of Calcasieu Parish, subject .. the Democratic primary. e-: I t ledtepbl oe When the people begin to talk hard times and dull trade they will be cer tin to get them. ' The Crowley News and the Jennings M mes-Record have both issued very Sb.disdsome Cbristmas editions. C ifongaes does no more at the ar session than it did at the spe afiission it would be an act of ' ohrlyor it to, stay at home. .. here are very few sections of the .- Thited States that o'er such splendid opportunities to the average man to acquire a home as Southwest Louisi A Texas jury recently sentenced a negro to 1900 years in thepenitentiary on a chafge of attempteq criminal as sault., By;good behavior he may be able to' :educe his sentence to 999 years. / Calc sleu parish pays annually for the a pport of the State a hundred tho and dollars, practically none of w ch ever find their way back. She . s this year that one of her honest, cient, trustworthy citizens, Hon. ll A. Steidley, be chosen as custo d1anp of the State funds. In view of '.i Ltct-that those funds-go entirely to ,t or parishes, her request does not unreasonable. *", GENERAL I4i ("ONFIDENT. Jastremski Sentiment Growing Sitrong Throughout State. "I feel justified in stating that pres ent indications point to my nomina tion for governor on January 19 by a decisive majority," said Gen. Jas tremski Saturday night at the St. Charles Hotel. He had just left a brief conference with the local work ing committee, says the New Orleans Times-Democrat. "The sentiment in favor of my elec tion is growing from day to day, and all indications point to large majori ties in the greater part of the territory traversed. The feeling is confined to no section, and it seems to be so uni form and the earnestness of the people so marked, that I feel confident of a very large majority in the country parishes. The receptions everywhere have been most cordial, and in many places enthusiastic. In not a few places neighborhoods have been found where the Blanchardites were counted on the fingers' ends. "In New Orleans my campaign is progressing very satisfactorily, and I have found the same sentiment spread ing rapidly which is perceptible in the country parishes. "The tactics of the opposition, con sisting in systematic misrepresenta tions, suppression and distortion of facts, also in making extravagant claims, indicate that they feel that they have lost all grasp of the situa tion and have nothing left but expedi ents of this sort to bolster up their waning chances. The much-puffed-up Baton Rouge meeting was a striking example of their desperate tactics. I was informed that the attendance at this meeting, at which Mr. Blanchard was reported to have received an ova tion, consisted principally of the uni versity cadet corps and the members of the State Legislature. The Baton Rouge contingent proper consisted mostly of my own friends, wearing Jastremski badges. The people of Baton Rouge were astounded at the reports of this meeting which found their way in the columns of some of the New Orleans papers. The failure of Judge Blanchard to reply to a tel egram from a leading citizen of Baton Rouge inquiring if he would appoint Mr Milligan, the nominee of the re cent primary, for the assessorship, is being extensively criticised." Gen. Jastremski spent Saturday in part with his political friends and ad visers.here. He is looking as if he had been on a pleasant and profitable vacation trip instead of an active campaign tour of thirty days, begin ning in South Louisiana and closing temporarily at Bernice, in Union par ish, last Wednesday. He left here Monday for Clinton, where he spoke the 22; Mansfield 26, Leesville 28, Ma ny 29, Homer 31, Monroe Jan. 2, Far mersvelle Jan. 4, and Bastrop Jan. 5. In this itinerary Gen. Jastremski will be accompanied to some of the points by ex-Senator Jonas and Judge Barks dale, both of whom spoke Tuesday at Clinton. It is Gen. Jastremski's intention to return to New Orleans about Jan. 7, and to devote the remaining twelve days to Orleans parish. Details for his campaign here have not been com pleted. Officers of the various Jastremski ward clubs met Monday night in Judge Duggan's office, in Gallier Court, to perfect parish organization and to map out the Orleans parish closing of the General's campaign. W. E. Dodsworth, who has been a resident of Jennings the past year, has assumed charge as secretary of the working committee of the local Jas tremski campaign committee. The Massachusett Supreme Court has decided that it is not unlawful for a man to sell his vote, and, therefore, it is not libelous to accuse a man of doing so, but it is a violation of law for a man to buy a vote. There is a good deal to recommend this view. It is the man who sells his vote who gets most of the denunciation and at whom most legislation against politi cal corruption is aimed. But is the man who buys votes who tempts the other to sell, and he is in most cases a man of means and standing in the community, and is infinitely more ca pable than the vote seller. The vote buyer is the promoter of corruption and the man whose punishment is es sential to good government. Reports from all over the State in dicate that the reople are flocking to the support of Gen. Jastremski in large uumbers and it looks very much like that splendid man, true Democrat and old soldier is going to win in the primary. General Jastremski is very strong in Southwest Louisiana and will get a big vote in this section. It is generally conceded that Presi dent Roosevelt will be the Republican nominee for the presidency in 1904. As yet the Democrats have not settled on any pat ticular man, but Judge Parker, of New York, is favorably mentioned in connection with the nomnination. The Machine and the Bosses. The Star gave last Saturday as a reason for its opposition to Judge Blancbard for governor and support of Gen. Jastremski the Judge's wab bling position on the issue of the cur tailment of the executive patronage and Gen. Jastremski's unequivocal stand for the return to the people of their undeniable right to select and elect all their officials. This is the very essence of Democracy and any man who does not believe it is either not a good Democrat or is lacking in confidence in the patriotism and abili ty of the people for self-government. Judge Blanchard may take either horn of the dilemma he pleases. If the peo ple are capable of selecting their gov error they are certainly capable of se lecting their assessors and school board members. We challenge Judge Blanchard to say they are not. With the elimination of the negro as apo litical factor the electorate of Louisi ana was made the equal of any in the world and the last reason for vesting the vast appointive power in the hands of the governor now enjoyed by that official disappeared forever. Then why should the men who dominate the affairs of this State desire to eontinue the exercise of this undemocratic, au tocratic power? Simply to perpetu ate themselves in office. And so long as the power exists so long will ma chines and bossism continue to thrive and do business at the expense of the people. Judge Blanchard has said he has been unable to discover any machin or ring in Louisiana, but that if exists he has no connection with I He admits there are bosses, but 0/s he has made no dicker with thenjind is under no obligations to themWe will take his word for these sta Ients, but we are compelled to say iltsearch for the machine or ring apst have been in the dark without ap ntern. The governor with his Pdusands of appointees throughout -State con stitute a machine and a ring that has more than once thwartd the will of the people. It thbr~tened even the party once with a free ballot and a fair count, but after an understanding over a famous collation in Baton Rouge, in which a seat on the Su preme Court bench was assured, the threat was changed to one to "revolu tionize the State from the Arkansas line to the gulf," and the order went forth to "suspend the law until the danger was past." Gen. Nicholis was elected! the then governor, the present senior United States senator, Samuel Douglas McEnery, became a justice of the Supreme Court, and in a subse quent memorable campaign, himself the weight and power of the ma chine that he wielded with such effect by being counted out of the governor ship and seeing installed his political enemy, Murphy J. Foster, for whom he now counsels and advises the Dem ocrats of Ouachita to vote. The bosses of New Orleans consti tute another machine or ring that a blindfolded man ought to be able to locate. It was in'evidence at the last State convention when its steering committee found the headquarters of W. W. Heard instead of those of R. H. Snyder and the former became the nominee for governor and the latter lost on a cinch. The entire delegation controlled by the bosses was trnsferr ed from Snyder to Heard like so many sheep. We will not say the consider ation was the enormous State patron age of the parish and city of New Or leans, because we have not the proof to substantiate it, but the fact is, the bosses got the patronage. It was al so in evidence when the bosses pledged their united support to Judge Blanch ard. We will not say there was an agreement, expressed or implied, when they did so, but the bosses are not in politics for their health, and Judge Blanchard himself has told us they will be recognized and rewarded in proportion to their weight and influ ence, just as other supporters of his will be if he is elected governor. There you are. If the people do not take advantage of this opportunity offerd them by a primary election to restrain the ap pointive power and regain their rights, smash the machine and give the boss es and bossism a solar plexis blow, we will have four years more of the old ulcer and we very much fear there will be no redress for many elections. But we forget. This is treason and a slander upon the Democratic party. Treason, did we say? If it is, make the most of it! Slander? A thousand times no! It is the truth and they know it. Senator McEnery knows he was elected governor by a majority of something like twenty-five thousand votes and that he was counted out, and yet when ex-Senator Jonas refers to a matter of history, making a tell ing comparison by alluding to the rape of the presidency when HIis Fraudlency Rutherford B. Hayes was seated instead of Samuel J. Tilden, they cry out treason! slander! It may also he treason to say it, but it is an open secret that Don Caffery told his cousin, MIurphy J. Foster, that he knew he had been defeated and that he could not afford to accept the gov ernorship under such circumstances and conditions. if it L- t .llr Sn and slander to point out these outrageous wrongs and to join with good men in an effort to purify the party and restore the rights of the people, then we for one are con tent to be classed as a traitor and a slanderer. But it is not treason, nor yet slander; because we serve the party. Neither are we a traitor to or slanderer of the machine and bosses, for we have not been of it or wi them. Therefore, we are neither tr or nor slanderer.-Monroe Star. At last the long-felt-want of 4°m petent Democratic leader in Cc ross seems to have been fully met. .e ap pears to have suddenly blos ed out in the person of John Shar illiams, a representative from sssissppi. He is both a lawyer and "Ptton plan ter and has been in C ess for ten years. He is highly ated, speaks several languages, omewhat of a wit, a good deal of tory-teller, and can make a hun .us speech if the occasion demand' These attributes make him no r with his fellows, and added to are a wide knowl edge of leg ive methods, a keen mind and Instant readiness in de bate. Never }d whether an investigation of the 1pal frauds will injure any politil party or not. The people are gater than any party, and the peoidemand that the rascals be n out and punished. Engine for Sale. I have for sale one double cylinder, Buffalo Pitts 27-horse power portable engine. Has been in use two pump ing seasons. Guaranteed to be in good condition in every particular. Will sell on time to the right parties. S. A. WINTERTON, Welsh, La. Billon Bros DRUGGISTSi Welsh, - - Louisiana John tl. C0ooer, I. 11D., Physician and Surgeon, Welsh, La. Office over Cooper's Drug Store. 4+ Office Phone, 15 Residence Phone. 26. William Epler, SURVEYOR, Canal and Field Levee Work prompt ly done. At Rowson & Co.'s office, WELSH, LA. FRHANK COTTOI, Civil Engineer and Surveyor, Welsh, Louisiana. Plats of Welsh oil field showing all subdivisions will be furnished upon application for $1.00. Office with Davison-Martin Real Estate and Loan Co. Telephone No. 91. G. D. lYTHER, DEALER IN Common Brick, Fire Brick, Fire Clay, Cement, Lime, Sand, Paints, Oils, Varnish and Wall Paper, Cisterns and Oil Tanks. Phone 53. Toys and holiday goods in profu sion at Daniels. PRENTICE & PRENTICE Hardware and Groceries Notice to Rice Farmers. Why rent rice lands and give to the land owner each year half your crop raised, when we can sell you with a very small payment down good lands and let the land make the payment on your home by giving each year half of crop raised as a payment each year. For further information call on Robinson & Carr, ! WELSH, LA. ........+++++++++++++++++++ . .+ . ++++++++++. Lath, Shingles, S!ash, Doors, Blinds, Cis. terns and Tanks of all kinds Estimates Cheerfully Furnished. SCall and see us opposite Cooper's Drugstore. LABIT LUMBER CO., i. WELSH, LOUISIANA. ".ý®-ý -mooa*'*S Welsh Meat Market, A. O. FONTENOT, Proprietor. DEALER IN Fresh, Salt and Canned Meats, FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. Oysters and Fish. Phone 74. Ice always on hand. ' Completely Equipped in Every Department t The First National Bank S Welsh, Louisiana, continues to solicit business, promising all of the courtesies that are usually ex 4 tended by an obliging and prudent bank. L. E. ROBINsoN, Prest. F. D. CALKINS, Cashier. PAUL W. DANIELS, Vice-Prest. E. C. WILLARD, Asst. Cashier. "1/111ý1111 ®ý1ý"ý1111ýr111ý DEALERS IN Rice Bran, Polish and Feed. We make free deliveries to all parts of the town, handle the best brands of feed and are moderate in our charges. Give us your next order.