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nt Tuesdaly, October 22nd. Vote to Place YOUR Parish Seat t K <
i in the Center of YOUR Parish, the Approximate Center of , . n
'Wealth and the Only Place that can Ever !ope to be th
Center of Population. Vote to Place the Pari.h Sea at Weos ,
J,}I XI \ LSH," ' ' • , , ' " ' { 1"
 d t Benefits Him
pase He Has Suffered WO
From PreseS Tax
BE. E. o.e)
rs;and othe"r Anl,. tax:pay
most by the prop;ted tax re
they have su!TerhtCd most de"
. lities and abuses of the
tem, which has madethe
tpradise for tax dodging pal
and other co:,'Eerns that Th
their wealt!, :.r the true
fir property. The farmer aP
1 his property. He Is tio
ied on it all, whether asses- pal
.ish be h!.h orilow. The in
uiallity between one man
the same parish, which chi
has resulted in one man
the taxes of another on thi
sd the same value, will be no
bY the provisions of the to
The situation created by
amendments is a(lmira- of
plint of view of the farmer in
and as the beneficiary ,
performed by the parish lo(
prernments. These asser
asily proved from the facts pa
complicated argumnent. inl
to parishes levy the full 10 or
e by the constitution. ti
x, once six mills, is now five ni:
poodroads tax is one-quarter 10
eConfede'ate Pensions Furd
mill. As the other special di
inm any way affected by the in
amendment, they need not at
The farmer is therefore at
.tal in taxes affetctl by the so
of 15.920 mils. This is, of nt
in the parishc:; that levy
tfor the Cife erate Pen- th
raises their tax ,'ro a to
Smill. The'e is not the
'bubt in the miud of any
person that Louisiana wil ul
me mill tax for tbe old sol
Its theretore certain that if
amendment be defeated,
rate Pensions tax added
present taxes, he will tl
ill more. That will make p
.20 mills, or 16 14 mill.
ore plainly eaident that in
Will be the farmers' taxes, g
the special parish taxes
schools, etc.
ameildment permits ei
a levy their 10 mills and
state tax for their own
jr`'hes are therefore ti
8 mills for their own '2
parishes that do not h
mills today, it will prob-.
.led in the future. But e
aia quarter of a mill re
and by thb adoption of
tendmlment the farmers'
Sown pocket books, t
and schools are better c
tlhan they are today. This V
amendment gives the I
&a year from the state a
another $100,000 from the I1
tax. Half thea uto- .
bespent on the roads by '
sit and the parishes t
bail and are directed to a
- same way. All the i
Z. in the parishes (ex
tx of 14 mill mentioned t
the same. They will 5
attpresent onghe proper- I
taxation and may be
on all property, just i
in the future. It is thus I
Ic roads will be better
they are today. 5
;re guaranteed $1,030,
yearly appropriation 1
Thirns amount is the S
in the appropriation 4
The last session of the 1
Under the 'present tax
Ptobably be less as as- I
h overflowed sections
SIt is ive per cent
.iloney t(he schools ac
year., Yet the tax
t garantees it as
the estimate of what I
under the new
ysear. None of the
are affected. They
Rt present and may be
on all property,
Segregated to the
What happees to
fund? The e
provides that it
nd over $550,000.
aliendment provides
get less than $550,.
* :; even break either
consideration for
tendment permitlig
the taxes to the
Table from his house
sbhould be adopted.
-ote for it,the ex
emption will be made.
These are not all the arguments in
favor of the adoption of the amendments
submitted to the people for the ele3
tion oý Novem~r 5t1- But they are V
t lfeatures that should appeal pnrtivu
larly to the farmers, who save the
quarter mill, get better schools and
roads and may have their buildings ex
empted if they wish.
The removal of state licenses except I
from saloons is another good feature of
the tax reform.
The amendment orders the assessors
to print maps of the parishes and mark
on each piece of property the figure at
which they value the land and the fig
ure at which they value their improve
ments. They are then ordered to assess
at a percentage of the value, and this
percentage must apply equally on all
property in the parish. This does away
with favoritism and avoids mistakes
that are often found when assessments
are made alphabetically, as they are at
Another feature of the tax reform is
that local assessments do not affect the
state's income. The state will not tax
property taxed by the parish. The par.
ishes may raise or lower their assess
inents without sending more or less
money to the treasury at Baton Rouge.
This prevents unequal sharing in the
state taxation. Despite its hard work
and long endeavor, the Board of Equil
ization was not able to do this. Only the
separation of local and state taxes can
do it. That is the reason why the two
were separated.
In addition to the benefits noted above
all the parish governments but three.
Webster, Jefferson and St. Bernard,
make a profit on the change. The state
is obligated to pay them what they
lose. A certain complication caused by
some towns paying parish taxes and
other towns not paying them will oe
settledlia a fair way by the same re
Imbursement. First the parish reim
burse the towns that pay parish
taxes. They do this out of their proltse
If it should wipe the proits out, the
state makes good to tht parishes. In the
case of towns that pay no parish taxes
Sand lose by the new system, the state
Smakes good to the towns. This ar
Srangement is make clear In Article
E ilht of the amendment.
SEThe many other benefits of the tax
Sreform amendment cannot be discussed
r In this article, for lack of space. Later
articles will fully explan them. In the
r meantime, any person, not a subscriber
to a paper that is printing the amend.
e menu maY obtain a copy of the tax re
e form ameudment oy seing his name
i. and address on a postal card the
. ooeraor's Office at Haton Rouge.
Would Consider Posterity Rather
Than Present Wishes in Locat
ing the Parish Seat.
In a lengthy article signed "Citizen"
appearing in Wednesday's issue of the
Jenrings; Record, the writer advances
t.he following argument that is hi ighly
pertinent to the question of locating
the parish seat in the CENTER of the
parish rather than over on the bcrder.
The writer says:
"An error made in thi.-canepa;nl is
a permanent wrong to coming genera
tions. The man that votes to place
parish seat of Jeffe;ron Davis parish
in the wrong place is voting upon his
posterity and the posterity of his
children for gent rations to come a ioad
of labor and regret. It may be a nice
thing to crow over and laugh about
now, but it may cause their children
to curse their memory."
This is sound argument and worthy
of all consideration. An error made
in the election Tuesday is a permanent
wrong to coming generations. The
location of the parish seat at this time
on the extreme eastern border of the
parish, where it will force many of the
inhabitants of the parish to take two
or three days to go to court and re
turn, merely in order to satisfy Jen
nings' greed, when the same could be
located in Welsh the center of the
parish, and be within easy driving
distance of the entire parish, would
indeed be grevious wrong to gener
ations yet unborn. While, as the
author says it might Ue something for
some to "crow about and laugh over
now" it would certainly cause future
generations to conde;nm and curse the
cupidity of their forefathers, who
through motives the most selfish, had
taken such an unfair advantage of
generations yet unborn.
Mr. Voter are you going to be one
upon whose head unborn generations
will heap condemnation, simply to
f gratify the greed of a bunch of Jen
nings politicians? We do not believe
you are. We oelieve you will go to
1 the polls next Tuesday and vote to
e place the parish seat in the CENTER
of the parish where it will work no
t injustice upon any section, or com
" munity.
She Has Changed Her Mind Ee- V'W
fore and May Dc It
A saying of the ancients, that ha,'
Leen hadndetad c',. n to tthe pr'se:it ,
tinme, "\\ hen the Greeks come. bear
i;g gilt;, beware, is worthy of all
dt.e consideralion in COnInection with tht
ti:e apparently alluring offer that
.Jenuings is making of the use of her dot
city 1111al free to the p)aris h for a ,m
period of ten years. Perhaps v re
should bo less inclined to doubt the W;
sincerity of this pre-elthction p.ro:nie nie:
if we had not precedent to guide us
and had not sat for two days in the be
police july room and witnessed the cal
.Jennings members of that body cornm- s
bat with consummate skill and per- nit
sistency every measure that came mi1
before that body, in which the towns pa
competing for the parish seat were
to be obligated to contribute some- ha
thing for the good of the parish in si.
consideration of the parish seat be- ne
ing located in them. Mr. Conner, th
one of Jennings' most brilliant leal- an
ers, opposed to the last the dona
tion of the court house site, a!- th
though both the other competing
towns were ready and willing to .';
give the site. lie opposed the or- di+
dinance requiring Jennings, if she lth
should become the parish teat, to cc
house the parish officials for a vi
pericd of THREE years. lie opposed t..
the bonds of $0O.000 and $20,000
demandeI as a g;uar:antee of good w
Sfaith from the town that should be St
e tile parish seat. Nor was he alone V'
e in this matter, as the day following o0
> the passage of these measures Jen- in
dl nings sent a delegation to Lake jl
f Charles to confer with THEIR legal rt
advisers relative to contesting this t`
e action of the police jury as working T]
S an unwarranted hardship upon Jen- P
r nings. With this sentiment pre- et
1vailing in Jennings but a few short C
c weeks ago, what grounds can the J'
o people of the parish have for placing h}
'a much faith in the sincerity of her
R present promises. Promises are like
Siuale crusts, easily .broken, and Jen
z' nings has been known to break them
It is easily in the memory of peo- T
ple now living when Jennings sub
I scribed large sums of money for the
is erection of a Methodist college,
should the Methodist church;
u through its conferfnce, contribute
to !!herally and authorize the location
id of the college there. Scarcely had
x- the necessary legal documents been
t signed binding the church to their
2f part of the agreement before Jen- o
nings, or Jennings" people, began 7
Slegal proceedings to have their sub- .
t scrlptions annulled, and after the (
Smatter had been carried into the t
courts they were finally annulled
Safter long and expensive litigation
11 upon the payment, on the part of I
Y the Jennings folk of a small sum is
a compromise. Anl the METH- t
Ies Is it inconceivable that similar
action might be taken in this In
r* stance long before ten years ex
S* pired?
However, it may be asserted that
he this was the action of individuals,
rk and not of the town in her corporate
I capacity. Possibly true, but is the
an action of the Jennings city wthers
vo infallible?
Only a few years ago, when "pub
Slic pride and the sentiment of the
'd, people" seemed to demand that ce
te ment walks be substituted for the
ey dilapidated wooden walks that were
d a disgrace to their city, the Jennings
De city council passed ordinances forc
g ing the laying of walks and the put
sh ting in of curbing. This action of
ts. the council was vigorously de
the nounced by a large portion of the
he citizens of Jennlngs, among whom
ate was the present mayor. And be
ar- fore this matter was finally adjusted
iceit Ipund its way into the courts,
tax where the action of the city council
ed was materially modified.
ter Is it unfair to presume that the
the actie of the present city coucil li
offering the free use of the.peqple'5
re building to the perish for a period
Lme .of ten years weuld meet a similar
the fate long before the ten years ex
Nqr does the distrust with which
the beople of Jennings hold their
city officials and their acts end
here. Not content with repudiating
the official acts of her officers within
the past two years Jennings insti
tuted impeachment proceedings
against her mayor, and forced his I
resignation, and within the year she
has also brought impeachment pro
ceedings against members of the
city council, which resulted in an
appeal to the courts.
Since Jennings herself esteems
her promises and the action of her
city officials so slightly, why should
they expect the people of the parish
to put much faith in them?
It is a well known fact that it is
very d fRfult to enforce any law or
regulatioli unless the sentiment of
the people are back of it. There is
no evidence to indicate that the
sentiment of the people would sus
tain the action of the city council in
its offer to donate the use of their
city hall for a period of ten years.
The evidence is exactly the opposite,
as Jennings, through her police Jury,
but a lew webks ago absolutely re
fused to donate ANYTHING to the
parish, and when the donation of
i the court house site and thh housing
i of the parish officials were passed
I over Jennings' negative vote, she re
r iterated her unwillingness to con
- cede anything to the parish by OB
JECTINO through the vote of her
polioe juryman to give bonds insur- I
ing the faithful performance of the
prescribed acts. Anything that Jen
nings has offered to the parish here
tofore has been forced from her,
and her present offer of her city hall
savors altogether too strongly of a
carry much weight with it.
Don't be deluled, Mr. Voter, if
Jeaniangs gives you anything you
will pay for it.
Uio ý.. L. i1: WGl . li F
vksh Wi!! Show Subar stanta Gaiis "
in Every Pox in the Parish and
Will Carry Fourteen ef
Sixteen Boxes.
Fo'r w: ekaI-; o onl thei eve of the 1
firs:,t l aiish e.t primary the JOURNAL
conta .....i tl. f jwin, - prediction of
the re-,ult,; of. the primary: (l
"Voters of Je:rfeeon Davis Parish,
don't be deceived by certain of the
nemi:: e:; of Wielsh, wiho in liut of any
rial aru;ment are asserti:g 'that
Welsh ha, ni chancie in the Election
nex t Tue:d:y.d
"Welsh's chance; have constantly
bees growin :,.ilt,:' ever sirce the t
caimpaign began. l)xes that were .1
strongly :lain;..t Welh at the begin
ning of the c(amlpaigll v, ill give a big
imajo *ity in lfavOI of the center of the t
parish T'ueday.
"It is safe to asvert that Welsh will
have a majority in every one of the t
sixteen voting precincts of the parish I
next Tuesday, with the exception of
three, and will receive more votes than
any other cf the competing towns.
"You can vote for Welsh and know
that your vote will not be lobst."
The re-:ults of the election verified i
every phase to thtis prediction. Welsh
(lid receive a majority in every one of
the sixteen precincts of the parish ex
I cepting three, and :.he did receive more
votes than any other of the competing
Upn tihe eve of the e:ond primary,
I with ii.formaiion gathere fro:n tie
scl.;e sotir.:es as that publi-;hed four
weeks ago, we are l'clpared to assure
our readers that Wel ,h has been mak
ing substantial ,aii;s in cvery voiing
precinct in the ip it , an:d that she wil l
receive more votes: in every proec;ict in
the :.aish than s;he did fu,' weeis ago.
exceptions, and that SHE WILL BE
eI efersocn Davis Parish, next Tuesday,
by a handsome majority.
Dou;t be deceived or in anywise dis
e in.yed by the dying wails of Jennings,
or the "confldence" of her citizens.
They were confident they were going
to win out over both their competitors
four weeks ago, BUT THEY DIDN'T.
They were confident they were going
to carry Elton by a handsome majority,
e BUT THEY DIDN'T. They were con.
fldent that they would receive a ma.
jority of the Roanoke vote, BUT THEX
DIDN'T. They were confident that
n they were going to get a substantial
vole for Jennings out of Welsh, BUT
r now confldent they are going to win
' out in the election Tuesday, BUT
n THEY WON'T, because the people of
the parish want the parish seat in the
e CENTER, and the people will rule in
e this instance in spite of Jennings and
d her Ring.
3elow We Gi'e a Few Cf the Many '
Reasons why Welsh Should be
Chosen for the Parish Seat
Instead of Jennings.
F"il,.t--Th!e ai' r.:h' of ,Tertuig ' Is
been a " pur Yl. :i -:1.h 010 tith ref
idivi -ion fight years ago, until the s
lre' e ,nt time. il
Sr c nd--.ienitings is wholly ac.
cou;nil. le i' th cfýr' oked lines on the i
we;t and et'erl y well inforllted mltn. in
tfp p!arish knows it. at
Thll;rd--In the initial meeting of ll
the Jefferson Dtavis parish police jury, e
*.Ien:huink. through her representative, lii
iMr. Id 'o:newr,, opp()osd every meas- r
lire ofiered that sought to relieve the fo
tI: paye,'vr" of the parish of any part ci
off the ibutden of taxaalion that wouldl
ne'cesatrily fail upon theml, incidcnt:al1 I
t. the building and equippling the new 111
!parish building, by denmandilng that
the parish seat town, that would be si
immediately enetfited, should bear tt
a:n :additional portion of this expense. a]
ourth--.lc:nmilgs was unwilling to i
grant the country dlisric'ts of the par
i'hi the samte l;rivlleges of which sihe S
:.ailetd lhe c.lf in rgcisterinC her 0
Fifth-Welsh is in the exact geo
graphical center of the parish, and is;
w ithin ea cy dtlyving distance of prac
ti'aI y every poertion of the iparlis,
Sixth--A circle with a radius of
11 miles sirounding Welsh Would
(contaiii 370 squaire miles or more
th:an three-fifths of the entire parish, $
while similar circle with Jennings as
its center would leave approxinately C
I400 squtarc miles, or l'R.lCfTICAIY A
T O..THIfil)S of the entire parish a
outside rf the 11 mile circle, thus d
throwing practically two-thirds of thJe
entire parish MORE THAN 11 MILES c
Seventh--Welsh is nearer the cen- I
ter of the Material Wealth of the 1
parish than any other town comipet
ing for the parish seat.
Eighth-Because being loealed in C
g the geographical center of the parish, f
s Welsh will eventually be the center
r. of population, a thing Jennings is not
e now, nor never can be, since being lo
cated within a couple of miles of the
1. eastern side of the parish no consid
erable population can ever accnmnu
ite EAST of Jennings, hence prae
t tic:ally all the increase ever made in
.l the population of the parish must be
T made west of Jennings, and will, of
'e course force the CENTER OF POP
3 Ninth-Every point in the parish
e of Jefferson D)avis outside of a strip
iseven miles wide on the eastern bor
dder is nearer Welsh than it is Jen
nings, and of the nine wards of the
parish all but three of them are
h nearer to Welsh than to Jennings.
.r -.= o ·,----..
d An Illipels Man Sees the Justice of
'"Welshs Claims For Parish Seat.
j- Virginia, I11. Oct. 14, 1912.
* Rice Belt Journal, Welsh, La.
is Dear Journal:
e Before another number can reach
. Virginia, doubtless I shall be on my
e way to JLouisiana, therefore please
n change my address from Virginia, Ill.
to'917 So. Div. St. to Lake Charles, La.
The Journal has made a fair, strong
er fight for the Parish Saat anl deserves
to win.
d Thepeople of Jefferson Davis will
sh make a mistakelif they locate the par.
ish seat at one side of the parish,
when the opportunity is
is offered to locate it in the center. It will
or not be fair te the people who must
of make up the record in the future.
is Hoping Welsh may win, I am
Very Repectfully
c JU hii ' - i t n a
De~nmar.s AýbsoIl:tae R,.- i
Fired by "Man Nam;:;, Scihr :i:
pre': ! 'tln hI h' .)or'' I;\.- ,, , .Was
shot '.ina- seriously \vonui;,i 'i:.;t!i:i y
night, i); (iem: ttl c l av! ani k, neiii nd
Joe '"hrank. The 1'-''* .1 ,
ju t ,.- "h. : '1..:ev(2, v, ' ii
Gil :a u -k ,Jot I in - :1 lit ~."t , I he
Auditor.(;i::tn, W ,01r, h1, w to do iv'qP
an adr e.i . Tfa :,., 2 .,a. s l:e(I at
close ;:ang from a .  : ., it '.' i lle t
enteting a littleh t t lthe ,i ! ant a
little belowV the :i';ht ,tiý',e. and
rangil t!nwal.l',i at) i r.(o ii e' a ,' a,;.; t
four ii lie::. 'he htp- :1ot ot th y ; ' Z :.i
cians atten:lting ihe Ci' :; 1 i, th:at
whileun t ieeSt:,a .i ti.(iL i" .0 , i e
wound will re:liili'e a.!)solte r'et for ia
nuimber of (lday's.
The woul be asas..i:n who i:'a:l the
shot that came near addclgi in ne 'tve
to the long list oe pli;;al :ct dis : at
already di: grace our coUiilt y'I t!i'd,
is said to be a mal at of' -;ill Ii
who has been living in lw ,,:' , to:
so me ear ;, but hl I! 0, blii i,,
obses.e'l with th the idea that ·t y's
called :1 (it , to kill the :i' .id'-ut
because o( !i. third t(1: I. Itin:,h,
had becen "oli ''ing hhm it:i'n ,ity o ,iy
for sever'al weeks 1::. s,, :;.. l
op),ortunity tfr thie Iatal shot. Sch n",k
was inl iliately caJ;ptur e:l an, p' ed
ill c Usted i' of p)iice C iu're. e ;
arraigned the fclowi i:o: r' .1t1, :,;
plead gulty, an is being h(ioe i,: of
$5,000 bond.
InIr.:etiately Following the :p.To g
Col. Roosevelt wa con:uctel ti .e
Auditorium, where he delivCer,:d a t
address to the waitiing audlien'. lie
declared that he wa.; notrtwotie b t:he
least in regard to himself, and that tie
cause for which he wa fitii weuiI
go right on, whether he lived ou r (e,,
Following his speech at the Au:,itov.um
he was convwye:l in his special car to
Chicago, whhe was p!ace it: ilhe
Mercy Hospital,whe:'e he is under c" e
of expert physicians. The late : relrt
from his physicians is that his: wouuil
is not a mere tlesh wound as at fist
supposed, but that it is a vi'y serious
wound will require i)erfec o uiet 2'l
careful nursing for a numtber of days
in order to a lsure the C )lOe1c' re
. Liberal Prizes Offered to Each Club.
-Members of the Club Doing
Good Work.
SThat our school, tihe boast of our
a town, is fully abreast with the progres
sive spirit of the times whose slogan is
"To the farm" is fully attested by the
excellent report renderaed by the ghrls of
the Tomato ldurl. ' his club have to
f thi ir credit 1715 quarts of tomatoes
On acccur:t of some erntries that will
not be ready ore judging until after the
. Parish Fair, the prizes generously
offered to the contestants in the Welsh
School will not be awarded until after
h the Parish Fair.
y The following prizes have teen off red
e to this school alone,
1$5.00 by A. T. Jones for the largest
number of quarts of tomatoes tanned
by a member of the Tomato Club.
g $5.00 by the Welsh Warehouse & Sup
Is nl Co., for the largest heg raised by a
member of the Hog Club.
$5.00 for the best yield of corn cults
vated by a member of the Corn Club Is
offered by the Meridian Fertilizer Co.,
or Swift Fertilizer Co., provided the
winner used their fertilizer in the culti
vation of his crop.
Our clubs will also be in the foremost
ranks as contestants for prizes offered
by the Parish and by the S~ate.
- Mr. C. M. Marihall, an Elton gentle.
men, whose patriotism has burned at
such a low ebb in time past that be
r- has failed to pay his poll tax, arnd is
ie therefore not even a voter in the par
n- ish, comes out with a column aril a
half article in Wednesday's is.ue of the
Jennings Record, founded upon the an
r, sertion of a traveling salesman, that
at he did not see why a man would want
to vote ftol Welsh for the location of
a parish seat, when he could 'ole fnr
to Jennings. Mr. Marshall, although ie.
vottug a column and a half to a d; cus
slon of this weandr "Find" of his,
failed to noteas wedoubt not ., ir,.t
have done, that the said r[rnat,.or
lived iw Jennings. *

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