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Official Journal of the Police Jury of Jefferson Davis Parish : : : : : : : Official Journal of the Board of Trustees of t e Town of Wels7
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(By J. O. Modisette)
.'press of the State is presenting
0y views on the subject of the com
WConstitutional Convention, or the I
o Constitutional Convention.
y of these contributions are in the
hof letters from the people,express
dierent ideas and views on the
pitof the proposed convention. the
Wgionl of its membership, the
don and nomination of candidates,
J1any other interesting topics.
Wme are strongly opposed to any
~gvntion. Others object to one at
{jzme. Still others share the opin.
Litat little good :can result in so
at time with such a large member
ree, there are those who prophesy
Ita1y convention will be dominated
~eg Orleans' political machine.
believe that nobody but a farmer
mgod be eligible to membership in
vention, and a few ,people for
best known t o themselves,
all lawyers should be barred or
iulled perse. Persons who enter
in these views are generally honest
bltem. Selfishly speaking the writer
illO not object to a provision barring
lawera, or providing the convention
il beowmposed entirely of farmers,
giess men, or doctors. He is con
l*ld when we adopt a State Constitu.
*ie written entirely without the aid of
blegal profession we will be nearer
ea mlleeium than we now are.
I-ce Louisiana became a State we
Ipe had seven Constitutions. The
lit document endured longer than
.,other. It was shorter than the
ltrs, Since the adoption of the con
gIItlon of 1898, there have been sub
;tted to the electorate over one hun.
ble proposed amendments to the Con.
dilttion. These sulbmissions to the
~mpie have cost the taxpayers more
tin one hundred thousand dollars.
-ut all of the amendments proposed
Slit i t costs as much to
t an amendment as to adopt it.
two years, the voters of the
are confronted with the proLlem
on from one to eighteen pro
amendments to the Constitution.
a has a record for such, being
in this custom by only a few
among which are Oregon and
other western states.
states of the Union have had
Ie or two Constitutions and are
older than Louisiana. Neither is
Organic law amended so often as
3 We must all concede that condi.
arechanging and some changes
thbe fundi~m stal law of the land,
and nation becomes advisable and
necessary. Economy would
that these changes come only
really demanded, and that in or
tb~ frequent necessity for chang.
 I Constitution be avoided, this in
t should be written in such a
ts to deal with vital principles,
and elastic enmit, that the ordin
: agei ia legislation may be ef.
from tine to time by the legis
too much legislation. Too
sW are our lot. Fewer and
$aW should be the slogan in the
-- paign for the membership in
'ason why our Constitution
tobe amended so often is be
ltis devoted too much' to legisla
~~ope~ l belongini to the law
body of the government. Cer
Ctons and limitations are
on the legislative authority,
y have to be removed or
from time to time, but we
far too many of them now.
Iag Constitutional Conven
be composed of the ablest
mea available from each par
task. If the best men for
are doctors, farmers or busi
then they should be sent, but
men for this task are law
send them. The character of
tutlon written will not rise
ability, capacity and charac
membership of the Conven
t you waut first in a dlele·
bood and character; second.
t a man who is fitted and
who Possesses ability, capac
.Industry; and thirdly, you
Sour delegate the very best
tMaterial in the parish. Legal
and ability would add won
toiany man's equipment for
Sjust as the knowledge of
- adds to the use.ulness or a
tcr coroner. There is just
:easo 1 why a lawyer should
as a doctor a member of a
Constitutional Convention. Some law.
yers would lLe Letter coroners than
docters, while possibly some doctors
would be better Constitutional dele
gates than coroners, politics, factional
ism, and party considerations should v
be cast aside, and the most competent a
and best equipped man for the office i
should be chosen, regardless of his
business or calling.
I believe in submitting to the people
a Constitution which when adopted r
will stand as a monument to the intel
ligence, industry, and progress of this
commonwealth, I believe in submitting
a constitution that will be written in
plain and clear cut English. I believe
in submitting a constitution that is
short and brief; one that deals with
fundamental and vital principles of
government. I believe in submitting a
constitution that will not require an
amendment every time a new enter
prise is inaugurated, or a new improve.
ment is contemplated. I believe in
submitting a constitution that will re
flect the sovereignty of the people, and
will be indeed a government of the
people, for the people, and by the peo
Sweet Potatoes and Their
Food Value for Hogs
Sweet potatoes grow well in all por
tions of the State, and in all soils ex- i
cept occassional areas that are exces
siyely rich in nitrogeneous matter.
Sandy soils in the alluvial lands are
generally better suifed to potatoes
than stiff lands. In the hill lands, the
loams and mixed sandy soils are the
best. In some localities, distinctly
clay soils produce the best potatoes.
This crop requires only a moderate
amount of mcisture. Plahts may be
put out from early spring until the
early part of August. When planted
early in the spring, they do not pro
duce large roots much in advance of
plantings made later. For this reason
they are especially adapted for plant
ing after spring crops have been har
vested. Oats and clovers harvested in
May and June may be followed by
sweet potatoes to advantage. If early
plantings are made in small areas they
will afford vines for planting in June
for extensive areas. The large yams
or some of the large white varieties
are to be preferred, The Southern
Queen produces large yields. A bush
el of seed potatoes put in a hot bed
early in the spring will give slips
enough to plant sufficient acreage to
afford vines for two acres of planing
soon after oat harvest, or two or three
times this area for late planting,
Planted in June and early July, they
will be' ready for feeding about the
middle of October. An acre of potatoes
should feed eight to tefi hogs, one
year-old, for sixty days, if one uses
some supplemental food in the form of
rice bran. We have uniformly secured
good results from feeding hogs in
this way.
The writer considers sweet potatoes
the best root crop for hogs for fall and
early winter grazing. The cut-over
pine hill lands will likely have their
agricultural. development as a hog
.raising country from the fact that
these soils are pre.eminenty suited to
Sthe production of sweet potatoes, pea
1nuts and cowpeas, and they produce
Sfair winter oats for winter growing.
SW. R. Dodson, Director, Experiment
Stations, L.S. U.
Note the Contrast.
In a letter from a friend mn South
- Dakota dated July 5th, the writer sta
ted that the weather was so cold on
that day that a fire was reqmured to
a keep warm, and that some of the mildly
clad young chickens chilled to deata;
and that vegetables and corn were very
Ibackward, and unless warm weather
showed up very soon such crops would
be t total failure.
t -That people will continue to live in
- such a cold country where one is cornm
f pelled to spend the greater part of his
Searnings to keep warm, and pay from
- $75 to $125 per acre for land, when land
- of equal value can be had here, where
one may grow two and three crops per
Syear, and have growing vegetables ia
l his garden every month in the year,
- and buy lands at from $25 to $50per
I acre, and live in one of the most God
t blessed lands nm this great United
l States, where the gentle gulf breezes
are wafted o'er the fields and homes of
r the most beautitul women and (hard
I working) men, always contented with
a what nature supp!ies and always after
t more of the same kind. Come, come
d~ to the laurd of the mocking-bird and
Slive without a shiver.
Under date of July 5, George Hatha
way, who is at Greencastle, Indiana, on to
a visit, writes the Jennings Times.Rece ce
ord regarding his trip and says: m
"Your issue of June 24th contains an M
interesting communication from Dr. th
Cooper, president of the Police Jury in H
regard to the coming election for Good w
Roads Bond issue, want to compliment b(
the Doctor in what he says and the C,
forceful manner in which he expl.ils rc
himself, and I want to approve of the di
position he has always taken in this th
good roads movement. ei
I am sure he has never had a thought st
but for "fair play" for every part of ai
the Parish. He and I have argued in ti
almost every proposition and if you be- o;
lieve I an loyal to theward I represent cf
on the polile jury you must give the vi
Doctor credit for being fair and honest it
to the entire parish including Ward 2. ct
I would like to emphrsize the foolsh
ness of some people in their remarks n,
about gravel roads but the Doctor has tl
expressed it so much more forceful than C
I can, therefore I will desist. 81
There is not a single good argument o
that can be advanced against gravel g
roads; the foolishness of the talk you h
hear only emphasizes the virtue of the d
proposition. Since I have been in Indi. b
ana I have traveled over hundreds of s
miles of improved roads. I have studied s
their construction, their cost, the bene- s
fit to the communities where located n
and I hope the knowledge gained will ti
be of some benefit in making sugges- f,
tions in construction of roads in our
good parish. a
I am sure that if our people at home q
could have gone with me, with an open n
free mind to learn, and then decide they o
would not hesitate a moment in voting
for, the bond issue. Ignorant preju- :
dice only could defeat it. Land in this t
territory is not nearly so valuable for >
what it will produce as lands in Jeff. s
erson Davif parish but is selling at v
from three to five times more than our t
lands and nothing has given it real val. ,
ue as much as improved roads and a
If our people don't want our lands to .
increase in value, don't want to s
live in greater comfort and [have more ,
of the profit and pleasure of this life t
then vote against good roads.
J will be home in a few days and will
put in my "best licks" for the success
of the election on the 27th. If that
should fail I will feel like selling out c
everything I own and get out of as
good country as I have seen in all my t
travels, for no fault of the country but
for the faults of the people who are not
willing to take advantage of their God
given opportunities and better their c
own their neighbors condition. I
I don't believe our people will lose
this opportunity to do the sensible t
thing and advertise to the world their
lack of enterprise and advancement.
Yours for Good roadr,
Unmanagable Horse Collides With
Monday morning a hbrse belonging I
to A. k. Arceneaux, and carrying two 1
small boys on his back, Eldridge, the
son of Mr. Arceneaux, and Travis La
Tour, became frightened at the bark- I
ings of a small but innocent dog, the i
proportions of which he was unable to i
determine owing to slightly impaired
visionaries, and dashed through the
streets at a terrible pace.
SMr. E. C. Barnett and son Frank
- were driving towardg the depot from
Sthe ice house when they spied the run
away and stopped with the intention of
catching the horse and thereby saving
'the youngsters from an uncertain fate.
The horse, not observing Mr. Baanett's
SFord car dashed into it at full speed,
St h r o w i ng the boys promiscuously.
Travis LaTour suffered several severe
cuts as he passed through the wind.
shield, while the Arceneaux boy escaped
3 much frightened, but with no serious
- injury.
s Mr. Barnett acknowledged that the
1 fact that his car was a Ford car is the
3 only thing that saved it from total de.
B struction. As it was the front of his
r car presented a sad appearance with the
6 wind shield gone. the radiator caved in
, and uselestand the fenders somewhat
r dislocated. HIe also thinks that the
- town ordinance requiring autos to
d have good and sufficient headlights
s should also apply to horses.
SWhen out for a drive
rgive us a call and see
e how the Welsh City Dairy
'puts up your milk.
The good roads meeting at the Audi
torium Friday night was a decided suc.
cess. Mr. C. E. Carr was elected chair- F
man and E. S. Goodreau, secretary.
Mr. Carr briefly stated the purpose of
the meeting and introduced Dr. John
H. Cooper, p:'esident of the police jury. C
who told how the police jury had la- t,
bored in accord with the Good Roads e
Commission in laying out the proposed s
roads so that the greatest good would
derive to the most people in the event
the election should carry. Mr. Cooper
explained his views very clearly, using ft
statistical records where necessary, t
and proved conclusively to the satisfac- a
tion to every one present that the prop. c
osition was a good one and should re
ceive the active support of each indi- A
vidual not only in casting their vote in P
its favor, but using their best efforts to ii
convince the opposition of its error. n
Mr. L. E. Robinson was called upon 10
next and in a few words explained that f
the tax propo, ition would in fact take a
care of itself in the event the election '
should carry. He showed that where t
other communities had voted bonds for f
good roads their property valuations i
had increased and their assessments
diminished proving that it was a good 0
business proposition. and nothing to t
scare anyone who had rears in that re- r
spect. He concluded by saying that all I
should favor progressive movements,
not only for good roads, but for any- t
thing that was a forward movement c
for the betterment of our parish, i
Mayor W. B. Gabbert made a strong f
appeal to the voters to stand by the
good roads movement, He stated that.
none of the good roads would pass by 3
or even near any of his holdings, but
nevertheless he was very much In fa. 1
vor of the graveled roads. He went on
to say that the good roads meant a
great deal to this country, and
should the election fail to carry it
would be many years before this coun
try would again have an opportunity to
vote for good roads. Since he became
a citizen of this parish Mr. Gabbert has I
worked and voted for every progress
ive movement, having worked inces
santly for the betterment of our public
school system, and his alility to cite
the elements of progress is unquest
Mayor John Gamble, of Jennings, ex.
plainen how the movement was gr:ining
vantage in his town and in fact thro'
out that section of the parish.
R. S, Greer was requested to expresst
the sentiments of the people through
out the diffefent parts of the parish
where he has frequently traveled dur.
ing the past month, he having been
over most of the territory traversed
by the proposed graveled roads, He
stated that most of the opposition to
the movement came from voters who
would spend more money .foolishly on
one trip to town than the road tax
would amount to for a year. He drew
an able contrast between the graveled
roads of other sections and a stretch of
ruts on one of our western thorough.
fares, concluding with the assertion
that he would hate to see the proposi- i
Stion voted down, asit would be a back
Sward movement and an irreparable er
a ror.
- Mr. Carr closed the meeting with a
- glowing appeal to those present to use.
e every effort to forward the good roads
, movement and secure the bond issue.
SHe explained how the boosters were
e securing converts in every part of the
parish. In order to give the lady voters
I of the parish an opportunity to judge
afqr themselves the value of graveled
- roads dr. Carr announced that they
if would be taken in autos over the Calca.
g sieu highways and to this end he a;*
. pointed a committee of ladies, with Mrs.
Anna Prentice as chairman, to com
Splete the arrangements for this trip.
e Lantz Cement Silo is Popular
SChas. Lantz is the busiest man in
the country now. His ~emforced
Sconcrete silo having stood thetestis
creating a demand for itself.
e Mr. Lantz completed a silo last week
Son the farm of E. C. Barnett. This
week he is building one for Jack Ben
oit, and will in a few days go to Alex
e andria to erect one on the farm of
W. B. Gabbert.
Farmers who are contemplating the
e erection or silos should see one of
Sthese Lantz Cement silos in course of
construction. Its advantages would
appeal to them.
Charley states that he has orders
e enough ahead to keep him busy ior a
long time.
y For Sale--Une span of
mares. -E. C. WILLARD.
Publisher of the Journal:
1 wish to state that I am a candidate a
for delegate to the State Constitutional 1
Convention and as such, I also desire
to say that as the position is one ieith.
er of emolument or prcfet that I am c:
seeking to represent the parish with ti
no desire or motive other than to Y
serve the public interest. Therefore
for your consideration you will find in
the contents of this letter my views on
a few of the many subjects that will c
come before the convention. A
Our present constitution conta'ns 325 t
Articles and is complex, bunglesome, i
poorly arranged and is packed full of f
ideas and statutory law and does not A
meet the present demand for mouern
ideas of government support. There-o
fore, I am in favor of drafting and
adopting a plain, simple, concise law
with only about 20 Articles with sec
tions under each, to cover less than 70
pages and as free as possible from leg- t
islative law.
The state has spent more than $160, s
000 during the past five years for, and f
have added only a very few amend- a
ments to its constitution. Therefore
I am and if elected, will bitterly oppose t
and fight any effort to incorporate in t
the new document the present promis- 1;
cuous haphazard methods of amending r
the law as now provided for. I am in
favor of drafting and adopting a con
stitution that will automatically call
its own conventions in multiples of 20
years and give the legislative assem- t
bly the authority to call a limited con
vention ten years from promulgation t
of the new document, and every 20 d
years thereafter if need be, to amend
or revise any minor portion thereof,
reserving for the people the iniatia
tive right and authority to amend any c
Article or section thereof at all times.
I am in favor of all provisions, limita.
tions, restrictions and powers given 1
the legislative department to be explic
it delineated and incorporated in one
Article diyided into sections and not
distributed throughout the entire doc
ument as is the present case.
Our constitution now provides for
four Supreme Court Listrlcts and five
Justices at a salary of not less than
$5,000 each. Now, in my opinion three
distr.cts with four judges is sufficient.
Supreme Judges may retire under the
present constitution on full pay at the
age of 75. Does the latter part of this
paragraph meat with your approval?
It does not meet with mine.
The costitution provides for two as
sistant attorney generals, one of which
recieves a salary of $4,000 and the other
$3,500. Now, as this office cost the state
some fifteen thousand dollars I am inI
favor of reducing their salaries $1,000
each. In fact, I will favor the combina
tion of all minor and abolishing all un
necessary oflces, curtail clerical ex
pense in all state departments and re
duice the salaries of the state and dis
trict officers at least ten per (ent ex
cept that of the governor, attorney
genelal and district judges in an effort
to prevent an increased cost of govern
ment to the tax payles.
I am not in lavor of abolishing the
board of appraisers created by the
piesent constitut:on cumposed or nine
members with tneir compensation fixed
by the general assembly, but am in fa
vor of having it opel ated and maintain
ei with but l.ttle cost to the state by
removing all salaried membors and
add in lieu thereof as its members, the
Governor, Sect. of State, Auditor,
Treasurer, Attorney General and Com
missioner of Agriculture tn serve with
- out compensation.
I am in favor of the land office being
abolished as a department of the state
adornment and placed in charge of the
Auditor's department w.thout adi
3 tional cost except for clerical work.
SI am in favor of and if elected will do
Smy utmost to have incorporated in the
new constitution a article entitled,
S"P a r i s b and Ward Organization."
s Said article to deal only with patish
- and ward government, but must con
- tain threuin everything pertail.ing
f thereto, taming offices and describ ng
fully the duties, powers and term of
a officers, both parish and ward.
f I am in favor of electing the parish
f supe intendent of education as other
Sparish and ward oefficers are elected.
I am opposed to any office being filled
s by the same person more than two
a consecutive terms.
Upon the promulgation of the new
Constitution I will be in favor of
Sauthorizing the Governor to appoint
). three persons, leaned ,n the law, a
comimissioners to revise both Statue
andi Civil Lxiw o' oar State, and pre
P:'re ? iendments thereto, to the end
that all laws may con;orm to and ef
fectuate the new Constitution. Such
ameneilnnints and revisions to be laid be
fore the next General Assembly for
adoptioo of rejection, in whole or in
part, and then make it obligatory on
the part of the State to 'compile pub
lish and bind in book form, immediate
ly atter adjournment of the flrs;t Gen
•ral Assemihly alter the new Constitu
tion gt-s into eriect and every four
years thereafter and furnish to citi
zens of the State at actual cost a code
of laws both Civil and Statutory.
I voted for and am in favor of re
peating in the new Constitution Arti.
cle 190 of the Convention of 1913. This
Article has for its object the protec
tion of the industrial and agricultural
interest of the State. I will also be in
favor of ull provisions in line with this
Article and the Fon tenot-Vincent Anti.
Trust Act passed by the recent session
of the Legislature for the realization
of our own resources and their protec
tion is the overshadowing question
now before the people of Louisiana.
As it would take considerable space
to delineate my views on the subject
of education and taxation, suffice it to
say, however, that I will if elected be in
favor of provisions that have for their
object the betterment of our public
schools and taxation and all provisions
that have for their object a better sys
tem of catching the tax dodger, be he
large or small, for assessing and tax
ng the great wealth of the State that
is now hoarded or unassessed will
meet with my approval and receive my
very best support.
In conclusion, let me assure you
that I will, if elected discharge my
duties faithfully, honestly, conscien
tiously and impartially and political
differences and personal feelings will
have no bearing with me.
Now friends after seriously consider.
ing my views on the above subjects in
connection with my constructive abill.
ty, practical efficiency and experience
as a member in the convention of 1013,
let me ask with at least some degree'
of sincerity and conviction, that if in
your opinion I am worthy of the trust
to which I aspire, elect metand if not,
defeat me, that is all I have to say.
With every expression of regard and
good will, I am. I hope and trust,
Your choice
" Resolutions of Democratic Fxecutive
At a meeting of the Democratic Ex.
ecutive Committee for Jefferson Davis
parish, held at Jennings July 13th, the
- following resolution was adopted by
I the committee:
r We, Dr. S. A. Pennington and J. 0.
3 Modisette, candidates in the democrat.
1 ic primary for membership in the Con
D stitutional Convention, to be held in
SNew Orleans, Sept. 14, 1915, do hereby
- agree with the Democratic Parish Ex
- ecutive Committee of Jefferson Davis
- Parish, for the purpose of saving the
- parish and people the additional ex
- pense of an extra set of commissioners
' and clerks of election, to waive and
Srenounce any and all technicalities and
- formalities and objections to, and con
sent that the same commissioners and
e clerks of election now appointed by the
SPolice Jury to hold the good roads elec
e tion July 27th, 1915, be appointed also
Sto hold this primary for electing a nom.
- inee to the Constitutional Convention.
SBe It Posolved, by the DemocratlO
e Executive Committee of Jefferson Da
vis Parish, that pursuant to the writ
' ten consent of all the candidates in the
SDemocratic Primary for membership in
the constitutional convention to be held
2pursuant to Act 33 of 1915 That
e the same commissioners and clerks and
e offcers of election already appointed by
the police jury by ordinance No. 75S,
passed and adopted March 4th, 1918, to
o hold the good roads election July 27,
e 1915, in all the precincts of this parish,
1, be and they are hereby appointed as
" such commissioners and clerks and oif.
i cers of election, respectively, at and for
- each following precincts, and that said
Ig officers of election act as commissioners
'2 and clerks in the Democratic Primary,
of July 27 1915.
Be it further resolved that this reso
;h lution be published and that said ofe
ar cers of election be duly notified and
commissioned as required by law.
ed Signed: J. S. RICHARD,
w Chairman,
of C. E. CARR,
at See.
a Adopted July 13, 1915.

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