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ficial Journal of the Police Jury of Jefferson Davis Parish Official Journal of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Welsh
gUE XVI. 'ELSH, JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH, LOUISIANA. FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1915. NUMBER4 S t OFFICERS MEET IN NEW ORLEANS bprove health conditions in a ty or a State. the people, the ~a1s and the State department ,k together with unity of pnr. ,laclear idea of pratical, reme. aures. first requisite to success is of conditions; the second,con* tion to establish the essentials health. 0mend the State Board of Health g dfor July 15-16. 1915. New a conference of health officers, snd municipal, with an invita. Dl other physiciaus Interested. has been made to the Polcce 0Ach parish and the Mayor aud of each incorporated unit to iti amount sufficient for the of its health officer. Cobstitutional Convention. Elton, La., June 28, 1915. ing State Constitutional con* houalddeeply interest the rea. f your paper, because this dis. ilibave a voice in the framing of iaostitution for this, great and state, and it behooves the vo. test intelligently and select our ggdcilaos to boost for them m ortiant matter. That our con. needs Irenovating-in fact, in the trash box, there is no We have now an opportunity Pmodern ideas in a new consti. It remains with the people of tate to decide whether this act Me accomplished. Too long al. have we relegated the duties Iaus to bosses and self inter. me, regardless of their fitness, the relt that Louisiana is the Wete in the Union following blind. ldrut of antequated ideas and Ime. no constitution is a serious ,-oe worthy your best thought, Let the bosses and old Wheel horses get control of tion and good.bye, modern good.bye to your 'dream of govrnment through and under f0astitution. It won't occur, yt your sacred duty to help broadminded enough to see than his own selfish interests. who has given study to the E Louislana as a state; send a has studied the modern state ,with the sole idea of ap. the good in each to a great con. for a great and grand Louisi. la man you will find in Dr. of Elton, one of the leading the upbuilding of this state. n, his modernity and his at once suggest that we send to the coming convention, Dnot only be an honor to us work intelligently for an intel. tlean constitution. H, G. FLETCHER. Mthe Methodist Church feivlservices were begun et Church Sunday and till July the 18th. The pe-aching each evening. - 5eaei Evangilist and Proi. director of Miss., will M y and have charge Rev. Cassels is a and will help you if him. Pror. Halford is tIager and you will enjoy si"z the good songs of welcome is extended Keep POt. Alabamma a boy, unable Stnggling in the water ashing around and tell what to do, were thirty men, several of whom ::While they were piddling heboysank. Not even of the "men" plunge in the Sto rescue the little fellow iefofre their very eyes. fiestloned by other aston thbrave fellows explain their Sunduy clothes 'triWh to undress and pull ildout of the pond. 16teoas indignation has ~Stown and these Sunday oYcotted and cut dead, tae PIeparing to leave the attcle is written for the tisng, should it meet Of the thirty, that we do of his kind in our commu HON, L. E. THOMAS, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE f Gives Facts Regarding the Consti. i tutional Convention Bill and Re cent Contest in the General C Assembly. Inasmuch as those members of the C house and senate who exercised their t independent, honest judgement in vot. r ing on the constitutional convention t bill in the general assembly were un. r able to obtain fair and just treatment c at the hands of the New Orleans press, because of all three of said papers were lined up solidly with the state s and city administrations on the propo. I sitions, I propose to show the facts in order that the people of the state at large may see for themselves the true situation and contest that was waged r successfully in their behalf. When the effort was begun in behalf of the rights of the people against en. trenched authority and an established plan agreed upon by the state adminis, tration, represented by Governor Hall, and the city administration of New Or. leans, with the combined press of that city, all connected with said effort be. came at once the object of ridicule and gross misrepresentation, as has been amply demonstrated from time to time during the controversy. We could not obtain fair treatment or even a "look in" through the columns of the New Orleans papers. It is the first time in the history of legislation that the com. bination between the state and city organizations has been iefeated in its plans by the house of representatives, and I attribute this solely to the justice and equity of the principles for ,which the country representatives stood, nothing more. It is true that many members in the house, myself included, did not believe this a wise time to hold a constitution al convention costing, with its special elections, over $150,000, when the state was already bankrupt. I also doubted t the wisdom of the convention jest now because I believe it will be thoroughly f politicalized. Why, by next September, t when the convention assembles there will be numerous candidates for state offices. who will have friends therein, and my deliberate opinion is that a convention held at such a time would Le subject to dickers and trades and not that solemn deliberative body it should be. However, we let that pass, and no contest over the calling of a constitutional convention was entered into. Now as to the controversy at Baton Rouge. When I arrived there I had de. cided to make no fight on holding a convention this year provided the pe 1 pie were treated right in the act call. ing the same, and they had fair and just representation. As soon as the famous Sundberry bill was introduced we ascertained that it provided for only one delegate from each country parish and seventeen from Orleans parish and twenty-five delegates at large,.and that it also did not provide for any resubmission to the people for their ~ratiflcation of the constitution after adoptiond. As soon as we saw the bill was drawn in that way we openly declared that the bill should never pass the house in that form, and we went to work vigorously to get votes enough to amend it, as we had no desire to de. feat the convention itself. After we had secured sixty.five pledged votes in favor of our amendment providing for resubmission to the people, which was a clear majority of the house, the state administration, seeping open defeat star ing it in the face, yielded this point and agreed to resubmission, and we knew positively that they did not desire to give the people a "look in" on the prop osition, This was the first victory in ] behalf of the people. In justice to the New Orleans organzation, I desire to state that they really favored resub- I mission, but yielded to the governor's I wishes in tbis particular. After re- I submission was conceded, we still con. 1 tended that it should be held on the 4 date of the general primary, for the reason that there would be a full repre i sentative vote of at least 130,000 votes cast, and in addition it would have cost nothing to the state and parishes, I where as at a special election there 1 will not be over 40,000 votes, and it will cost over $50,000 to hold the elec- 1 tion. We were defeatcd on this point 1 by only one vote in the house, but we I still think our position was correct. I Now, as to the next issue, that of fair 1 and just representation, we were com. i pelled to carry the fight to the floor of 1 :he house, and won out by a vote of 58 o 55., and establised the house of rep. ^esentatives as the correct basis, being Iounded on population. This elimina. ted these delegates at large, which would have held the balance of power and controled the convention. The Times.Picayune claimed that the :onvention would be a weak one if they lid not have delegates at large, as the :ountry would send up men of rather iediocre ability, I believe that if the :lass of men who wili go to the conven. :ion from the country parishes it will >e easily demonstrated that the state. nent was a gross perversion of the :ruth. We also had adopted an amend. nent providing penalties for any fraud ilent or fictitious returns of the elect tion on either the call or on the ratifi. ication of the draft of the constitution The foreging statement of the exact situation is made that the public may be informed of the correct issues on which the contest was waged and not e misled by erroneous and false re. ports by those who color their reports to suit themselves. I belive those representatives who stood firm and roted their honest convictions, with" )ut being swerved by executive or 3ther influences, which pressed hard upon them. are entitled to the thanks 3f the public in which the people will have fair representation and also an opportunity to pass upon the new or. Zanic law when framed, neither of which things would they have had, if the contest in their behalf had not been Successfully waged in the house of representatives. The administration papers all say the state administration won great victories in the extra ses* lion, and yet if you will look over the record you will see the administration was afraid to even introduce the bill making the register of voters appoin. tire. also the register of voters appoin. tive, also the Caddo levee board land grat bill was killed in .the house, and the primary election law was passed as the general assembly wanted it, and hereby guaranteed genuine democrat Ic primaries for democrats only, and the governor vetoed it while the con. rention had ten amendments written into it by the house and so completely changed it from the governor's wishes that its original introducer hated to rote for it, and it was unrecognizable from its orignal form. All the legisla tion passed by the extra session had io opposition whatever, and if the povernor had not had the aid of the New Orleans citylorganizations he would have been impotent to have done anything where there was a contest. With the finan. cial affairs of the state broken down, with the peniteutiary board so deep in debt another bond issue must be piled on the backs of the people for years td come, and with a bond sale that com* pelled the issuance of $424,000 addition. al bonds to pay the discount, the busi. ness end, of the resident adminmstra" tion cannot commend itself very favorably to the people of the state, This is not personal, but simple facts that are well known -and cannot be successfully contradicted. Three extra sessions of the general assembly aud two constitutional conventions, all costing thousands of dollars, speak volunms concerning procrastinatig policies, that have been exceedingly costly. Sober consideration'of all these matters should certainly be given by the electorate of Louisiana. Canada's Wealth In Coal. The province of Alberta, Canada, is believed to have 90,000,000,000 tons e coal available. Walt Mason's Clean-up Creed Now let us give the war a rest, the rout, the siege, the sally and gally shed our coats and vest and go and clean the alleyl Lets gather up the dogs and cats which have this life de parted, and let tin cans and bricks and hats, off to the dump be carted. In winter you may :voice your views, which you believe important, and base long sermons on the news, but In the spring you ortn't. Then every able bodied man should whoop the "Clean. Up" slogan, and chase the old tomato can, the cast-off hat and brogan. So let us clear bulging brows of trifling thoughts and narrow, and gatherup the old dead cows, and work the rake and harrow, The rubbish left by carel less men and lazy human cheeses, wil bring a host of germs again, and they will bring punk diseases. And forty billion fles will come as many microbes bearing, and round our weary heads they'll hum, and keep us busy swear* Ing. Clean up! Clean up! On every block let all the workers rally! No man should stand around and talk un til he's cleaned his alley! IS A GALA CAY IN MANY LANDS, The Fourth of July is here again, with the usual round of festivities, be ginning with the morning rain that threatens to spoil the day, but never does, and ending with the glorious fireworks at night, writes Frederic J. Haskins in the Chicago Dally News. Nor are the orator and the greased pig conspicuous by their absence. This is an old, old story here at home, but how our Independence day is celebrated abroad, in many different lands, is a story that is seldom told. Wherever Americans go they take their Fourth of July with them. It is not too much to say that the strange folk among whom we carry our nation al custom soon learn to watch for the day with a great deal more interest than they do the holidays of the other countries, their own holidays excepted, of course. Even under this head, how. ever, our day competes with their own time honored jolifications for the sim pie reason that many of the countries have no "independence day" of their own. Most foreigners are utterly indiffer ent to the comings and goings of other nations, they who should be their brothers, or els they exhibit only contempt for everything that does not conform to their own pecular way of doing things. This is not so of the American Fourth of July. They all seem to have for our great event of the year a feeling that varies from kindly tolerance to spontaneous enthu siasm. This is Interesting in the light of the fact that so many other lands have their own independence days. With the possible exception of France's however, they attract no attention outside of their own country. Norway has two independence days, May 17 and and June 5. The French date is July 14, which commemorates the fall of the Bastile in their great revolution, Other independence days are; Brazil. September 7; Mexico, Septem ber 16; Uruguay, May 25: Chile, Sep tember 18: Colombia, July 20; 'Haiti January 1; Cuba, February 24. The Cubans also look to our indepeidence day as theirs in a sense, since we are the givers and guardians of their liber ty.July 20, the day on which Colombia makes merry, is the birthday of Gen, Simon Bolivar, the Venezulan. who freed Venezuela, New Granada, Peru and Boliva from the yoke of Spain. Bolivar united Venezuela and New Granada under the name of Colombia of which nation he was president foI nine years, until his death in 1830. Bol. Ivia was a new state carved out of what had been royalist Peru and sc named in honor of Bolivar, who was also its president. His birthday serves as an additional national testival ir Venezuela, Peru and Bolivia and is gen erally observed in a more or less offi eial way all over Central and South America. Willing to Work Cheap James Ward, farmer, who lives neai Warren, O. was presented the othei day by a farm hand, who had workec for him a year, with a list of things the farm hand thought the boss should pu' up for him to retain his services for ax other year. Here they are: Houst rent free; garden for truck; eight load! of manure; 'six hundred eggs to set half of young chickens raised; half o! eggs produced; half of milk from eight good cows: half of ;butter from eighl good cows; 100 pounds of flour pel month: twenty bushels of apples, forty eight gallons of cider; apples for apple: butter; seven tons of coal, three of this fall's pigs or four spring pigs to be tec and fattened free: one-third of the calves when old enough to veal an, twenty dollars a month salary. That's all! POLITICAL PRAYER MEETIN6S It is a sad day for Christianity whehr the church bells call the communicants together for a political prayer meet ing. Such gatherings mark the high tide of religious political fanaticism put bitterness into the lives of men; fan the flames of class hatred and de stroy Christian influence in the com munity. The spirit actuating suck meetings is anarchistic, un-Christlike and dangerous to both church anc state. The success of the nation is in the hands of the farmer. CITRUS FRUIT GROWING. The editor of the Journal had the pleasure last Friday of a visit to the orange farm of Mr. C. McLaughlin, of Kansas City, Kans, situated two miles north of Woodlawn, and just west of: the Iron Mountain Railway. This farm is very nicely located on a high rolling piece of cut-over pine timber land, and has all the qualities that are necessary to grow good fruit. Mr. A. B. Laidlow, the manager of this farm informed us that there is one hundred and twenty acres in this tract, of which there are tweny.six acres in fruit trees, all growing finely. Among them are two varieties of grape fruit, eight kinds of oranges, peaches of all kinds, English walnuts, figs, pecans and plum. This farm was opened up 18 months ago and some of the trees have fruit on this year. There are several acres in corn and about 10 acres in rice. This farm is watered by a 10.inch Layne & Bowler well 310 feet deep, and pump driven by a 60 horse power Rumley oil engine, which furnishes ample water for all purposes. The fruit trees show every evidence of care, and peas have been sown in the orchard which will serve as a cover crop and at the same time there will be some remuneration from the peas. From the way the trees are growing it will be but a short time until this farm will be furnishing quite a large share of fruit to this town, which now comes from other places. .This is a business that will soon be bringing in large returns on the investment; and should be a splendid example for some of our friends to follow. We are look. ing forward to the time when there will be many more farms of this kind in our section of the country. The " boosters" of Lake Arthur have been busy for some time on the good roads proposition and are now happy to state that the knockers have all be come booster s for the good cause. We .have often wondered if the good Lord had anything to do with creating a knocker. Traveling through the country one may see field after field of waving corn which presents a scene beautiful to be. hold; and reminds one of the middle west of years ago. G. N. AYLESWORTH WELL NEAR ELTON There are over 4000 Wells completed their Rice before 5A, M, June 27th with Layne Patent Screen and equip- ! We can do as well for you. ed with Layne Patent Pumps watering If your pump is installed in a dug pit the present Louisiana' Rice Crop, all and is not producing the amont of was of which are giving ABSOLUTE SATIS- ter it should, let us install a steel pit FACTION. and Layne Pump for you and greatly We are prepared to start on a new increase the amount of water you are well for you TOMORROW and run now producing. DAY and NIGHT unlil same is complet If you have a steel pit 'pump which ed. We started drilling a new well is not a Layue, that is not giving sat for Hollins Bros., near Fenton, La., isfaction let us install a Layne Pump June 21st at BP. M. and had same com. in this same pit for you on a guarantee pleted, including the installation of the Iof ABSO LUTE SATISFACTION OR NO leted PinldLye Pmtatminihe MONEY. Any pit 24 inches inside di Steel Pit and Layne Pump at midnight ameter will peruit the installation of a June,26th, and tieiy were pumping on Layne Pump. We will take the risk, you can be the judge Remember, all Layne Work and Materials Fully Gutranteed WRITE WIRE PHONE Layne & Bowler Co., Welsh, La. Crowley, La. THE LAYNE PATENT Oil and Water Well Screens Were Awarded the Gold Medal, and the, LAYNE PATENT TURBINE PUMP Was Awarded the Silver Medal, at the Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco. GRAYELIN THE STREETS, Quite a 'oirce of men under the direc tion of th ý city officials are at work on the streets preparing for the gr iveling of same. This is just the beginning of the work that will be done, which will mean a great deal to our citizens in Welsh; for with the developement of our country, and the pressing demand for good roads, it will only be a very short time until all of the small towns will have all their streets graveled. This is a splendid move and in the right direction. There is nothing that is more convincing than to be able to place right before our people a good sample of the real thing, and that is of the kind that will become more plenti. ful in the near future. We certainly endorse the movement and ask all to join in to get all of this kind of work done that we possibly can; and in the language of our old time friend and good roads booster, C. E. Carr, "why muzzle the dog and turn the knocker loose?" Why not reverse the thing ana muzzle the knocker? Self Praise. No Praise Irving Cobb, the famous war corres* pondent, story iwriter and ;lecturer, was approached by a stranger who asked him what sort of a fellow Cobb was. Cobb replied: "Cobb is related to my wife by marriage, and if you don't object to a brief sketch, with all the technicalities eliminated, 1 should say that in appearance he is rather bulky, standing six-feet high, not especially beautiful, a light roan in color with a black mane. His figure is undecided, but might be called bunchy in places. He belongs to several clubs, including the Yonkers Pressing Club and the Park Hill Democratic Marching plub, and has always, like his father, who was a Confederate soldier, voted the Delpocratic ticket. He has had one wife and one child and still has them. In religion he is an Innocent Bystander Mr. W. E. Coffin, construction mana* ger of the New Precess Roofing Co,. of Jennmings, La., is in Welsh this week, re.roofine the Welsh Warehouse Co. building. This company is doing con. siderable work in our section of the county. If in need of a new roof, or the old one repainted, write G. B. EVANS, 1.tp Jennings, La.