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THE MADISON JOURNAL.
E BROS, Publi4ra. TALLULAH, MADISON PARISH, LOUISIANA, SATURDAY I)ECEMBER 21. 1912.
GIVEN LIBERTY AT ONE TAME
WHEN CHIEF EXECUTIVE t
DECIDES TO ABOLISH
LEASE SYSTEM. r
Donaghey Says He Had Made I
Efforts to Obtain Better
Conditions In Camps but
Hao Failed. ]
TEMENT TO LEGISLATURE
Explains Attitude and Reo-e
enmendations for Changes-Cites
Instances of Cruelty.
Newspaper Union News Service.
Rock, Ark.---Governor Dona
has' pardoned 360 convicts In
He gave as his reason that
>P a n and unbear
and /a ed efforts to ob.
relierf methods had failed.
bsee cnvict camps in Arkansas
be wiped out by the wholesale
of pardons. These camps
tie ones where convicts are leased
atractors and do not include the
where convicts are employed ln
w.hoesle pardon of 360 con
Sdirect practical assault upon
lease sysate t Arkansas.
eam that when the lease of
t oemtractots is asked to be
ea Janbary 1, the Peniten
AggE either wil bsvy to aban
ejl- Sart of the work on the1
or refuse to renew the
i ri ettin Is such that it
euh convicts to
t far, and it will be
the number .o
*p b to such an ex
ean be leased to contractots.
the governor will recom
ha t.be legislature amend the
laws so as to do away with
thre convict farms effected are
Mississippi aad Jefferson
Deonaahey his prepared a
tsaiemeat to the legislature in
be gives all his reasons for the
issuance of pardons.
be1as his message as follows:
the 'Thlrty-nlnth General Assem
iOeasistently fought the con
l system ever since I have
i pubic office. In every pub
I have denounced it. As a
ea the Penitentiary Board. I
#osed it in every Instance
l was at Issue. Time after time
i lead with the legislature to
it. But in spite of my appeils
sad the repeated protests of
of this srfte.and the eports
bard of PeIaftntiary mlsanae
rt its chaifssa to the gorezadr.
mesages tirransialtted by the.
to t.e.past two eparel As
, all in.opaepnnatrcm of this
psaltentlary and coaty - farm
system, so adequate rellef ha
given. The smbJect ha been
suected by the benerhl: As
,partly due to a eafo::Iof
Sto what plan bet to -d)-t.
duo to . dipositeO.s by,
to let the matter remaina ait Ist
the statement that the paeit
wasu not desa d for Snao.y
Diab e gMl ese ona to say
aonvict system of hAr as
desined for a "reveUgef-l
He. says he ba repeatedly
at actto 1 the matter trom
governor tub hao be obtained
regardnig these camps
eme eald ha#dly believe the
WIl ,et Chesem Seeeseo.
- PresideaMnt Taft an
throgh Secretary Hillis that
of iambassador to GreOat
made vaeat l thbo death of
Reid wil not be filled by
ha eanounement follwed a
between the prrident aad
KEos. The president be
lmgaportant diplomatic ques
ling Great Britain and the
States am be handled msccess
Washnlgton by Mr. Knor and
ambassador. He under
Aa, CaL-.-In a fight in the
ad Tmala Sprligs between a
rlerado, name unknown, and
W yu. old sad 'ore than 100
etfars, guardhmen and citi
the outlaw, who tad attfpeked a
hgirl recently wra killbd; Un
o~bert Squires also ias
di ~e bof hb deputies were
.5 iPda MteMs~i
stories told of it were not for papers
to back up the truth. Following are
a few examples given by the govern
S"Instance No. 1: In Phillips county.
according to the court records. two na
groes jointly forged nine orders foi
one quart of whiskey each. Fbr this
Sffense, one of them was convicted
and reht to the penitentiary for .t
years, and the other for 18 years
When the record of the circuit court
convicting them was .obtained by me,
I at o»le issued pardons for both of
them. They had no one to appear in
their behalf, and at the time I issued
the pardons I was notified by the pep
itentiary officials that after serving
n-arly two years of the time, the ne
gro convicted for 36 years had died.
"Instance No. 2: During the year
1912 it was reported by the citizens
T of oMalvern that while working near
that town for a contractor on the rail
road, a young white boy convict was
compelled to work in the hot-sun while
de he had a burning fever on him, that
be was refused the necessary atten
tion, and tha* the next day he died.
Concerning this matter, it was pub.
liehed in the Times-Journal, a paper
at Malvern, that information had been
obtained from the convicts that they
were fed mostly on sour pork and
beans and were herded in cars at
night. 24 or 25 men to the car, where
they slept amid filth and vermin, and
that the slightest complaint upon the
part of any convict brought him a
lashing on his back with a leather
strap six feet long and four inches
wide, and that men sent out from the
walls, unaccustomed to labor, or to
work on railroads were made to do
ca the hardest work in the hot sun from
a- the start: and that, if they lagged or
showed inability to do the work, they
at were thrown to the ground and lashed
with a strap to the extent of ten licks
and sometimes as many js 15, accord
d. ing to the humor of the warden.
as "Instance No. 3: It was reported
le from Ward Station that, while working
p on the railroad for a contractor, a
'ed white boy convict, convicted of a
he minor offense, was shot down and *
in after being delivered to the station to
be transported to the hospital, while
n t lying on the platform of the depot in
on the burning hot sun, his blood trick
_as ling down the planks of the platform,
of that many people passsd by and offered
be to give him relief, the warden refused c
en- to permit any one to go near him. He a
an' was transported to the hospital, and ;
he next day died." " c
The present penitentiary system of t
it the state Is attacked and recommend. c
to tion made tor a change in manage t
be ment.. In concluding a long statement
-M. pesagIe- n. -_ : , a
e~x- -yr concluding what I have to say
u. pon this subject, permit me to say:
in- That I favor law enforcement. That
the I have been conservative in granting i
ith pardons. That I have not been unduly
exercised from sentimental causes.
are That I have not issued pardons for
ion political favors. That much of the
opposition I have had has been from
I a parties disappointed in gaining par
in dons. That I believe it is right and
the just to legally punish criminals in se
verity and terms of confinement ac
: cording to their crimes. But enfore
em- ing law by putting criminals in the
renitentiary. and then selling their
on- flesh and blood to contractors after
Wve they have been bound and manacled
b- in chains and driven and lacerated
s a with shackles and lashed under such
I. I conditions thbt the contractors are en
I:. abled to make fortunes, while from
lie cruelty the lives of the convictl are
to snuffed out, is a different matter alto
of "Such abuse of power is a reflection
rts' on our intelligence, a repudiation of
e. the principles of elvilisation, a crime
1o, against humanity, and, if continued.
thewill cause a forfeit of that respect
As- which a state should maintain among
this the sisterIop pof states of this nation
rm In a qommitment which accom,'aniees
has a convict to the penitentiary that,
en though he is deprived of his liberty as
A a-etizen, he still is granted the right
i f to five-and to be cared for in a man
at. ner commensurate with sounmd reagon.
by gbosd.Judgment and human mercy.
is s The state does not inteand, nor
tp- sould it longer permit, conditions to
s8 arJia -by which convicts may be sub
jected to such treatment that their
ay imprisonment carries the combined
sas penalties of lOe of liberty, hard labor
etal and severity of punishment until deatb
dly itself may end their lives. If for the
rom protection of the state and the presetr
vatio of society the death pealty
aed must be give, the Qcourta sad the
psjures are the proper forum from
the which it must be pronounced.
S stands that President-elect Wilson al
an. reads is coasidering a man for the
that London poet and he does not wish to
reat appoint some one who can serve. ol
Sof a few moath.
a We*drew Wileon RIeterm.
ad Princeton, N. J,--Atter $ moth's
be letisuere ad recreat in t t~e Bermuda
ne- Islands, Woodrow Wilson retumre
the home and took ap in earnest the many
ma- tasksthat confront him as goverr
and of New Jersey and president-elect of
der- the United States. r
- ltifc at the headquartero of the rad
the I here3e to Miss Helea-M. Goald this
at telegram ongratulato an the.an~
aid louicement K her engagemat t19
O100 iFnley .j. Sheppard: "You areo ver7
citi- dear to the hearts of the Missou Pa
sd a cific cplboyes and -head the a
Un- notfaoeement that youa are to beaome
tas the wife of one of our. naumber, a'model
rere man, whom we esteem mosthighlY. is
exceedlingly gratifying to -atb on.of
- us. Pieas be assured tha the s' i
cer ejcordil wishes f o a bliagtu
MISCARRIED CHRISTMAS MAIL
t ýr ýý - LOT
D CHCAG AMOIC L
t .-.-. -~
0 CHCAG AUr nCA.. .
1912 COTTON CROP
Arkansas Raised 854,000 Bales, u
Louisiana 435,000, Okla- a
Boma 1,039,000. 11
Washington.-Tbe American cotton t
crop for the season of 1912413 will t
amount to 13,820,000 bales of 500 j
pounds, (not Including linters) as
cording to the first estimate made by
the government this year through the c
crop reporting board, bureau of sta- t
tistics, Department of Agriculture. t
This compares with 15,692,701 bales a
of 500poadaqselpastvq of litaters. t
duced in the record crop of last year, a
when the total crop inclusive of linters
was 16,250,000 bales of 500 pounds;
11,608,616 bales in 1910, which, iUlud- a
Ing linters, amounted to 12,005,688 1
bales: 10,004,949 bales in 1910, which,
including linters, amounted to 10,815,- 1
382 bales: 13,241.709 bales in 1908, 1
which, including linters, amounted to 1
13,587.306 bales, and 11,107,179 bales
in '1907, whleh, including linters,
amounted to 11,371,461 bales. Thel
average total production, exclusive of
linters, for the five years from 1906
to 1910 was 11,847,270.
The value of the crop, including
sesd,, for the same period, averbged I
$775,822000, while last year's record
crop is estimated to have been worth
$859,840,000 and the 1910 crop $963;,
180,000, the most valuable ever pro
The country's cotton crop this year
will amount to 6,612,336,000 pounds of
lint, exclusive of linters, the Depart
ment of Agriculture estimated in its
annual report. This is equivalent to
13,820,000 bales of 500 pounds gross
weight and makes the crop this year,
in point of quality second only to the
great record crop of 15,692,701 bales,
exclusive of linters grown last year.
The estimated production, exclusive
of linters and stated in 500-pound
bales, hy states, with compariuons, fol
Arkansas-Total production 854,000
bales, compared with 939,302 bales last
year, and 856;708 bales, the average
1906-10. The value of the crop last
year was $51,060,000.
Oklahoma-Total production 103.
00oo bales. ompared with 1,l22,092
bales last year, and 783,796 bales, the
average 1901-10. The value of the crop
last year was $55,070,000.
louismana-Total produetlon 485,000
bales, compared with 384,591 last year,
and 536.481 bales, the average 1906-10.
The value of the crop last year was
North Caroina-Total production
878,000 bales, compared with 1.OT5825
bales last year, tad 627,668 bales, the
average 1906-10. The value of the
crop last year was $58,810,000.
CaJIfornla-Total production 9,000
compared with 9,790 bales last
/Jjilp-l=-Ttotal production 1.109,.
oe esal compared with 1,203.545
bales, the average 190-10. The value
of the crop last year w as $66,530000.
South Carolina-Total production 1,.
184,000 bales, compared with 1,648,71
bales last year, and 1.085895 bales.
Vtrglan--Total production 24.000
bales compared with 29,891 bales last
I ar, and 12,004 bales, the average
190.-10. The value. of theo crop lst
year was $1,380,000.
Tennessee-Total production 280,000
bales, compared with 449,737 bales last
year, and 200,,67 bales, the average
190610. The voalue, of the crop last
year ws $234,680,000.
I som -Total production 59,000
bales, waied with 36,008 bales lst
year, and 51,456 bale, the average
1906-10. The mis, of the. 'Op lut
ALLENS ARE SENTENCED
Men Who Started Trouble In Court
house Accept Compromise Terms.
W"extern Newspaper Union News Service.
Wytheville.-Final settlement of all n
t!e cases resulting from the kiling r
of five persons in the Hillsville court
house by the Allen clan on March 14 E
last, was reached when Sidna Allen i
pleaded guilty to second degree mpr
der for killing Sheriff Webb and Wes- I
ley Edwards pleaded guilty to three f
charges pending against him.
Thirty-five years in the pe- "'ntiary a
is the penalty Sidna Allen wif^ pay for I
the part he played in the shooting.
Allen's nephew, Edwards. will spend a
27 years in the penitentiary.
Allen, already had been found, guilty I
of second degree murder at a former
trial for the killing of Judge°'Thorn- I
ton M. Massle, for which he had been I
I sentenCed to 15 years In the peniten. .
tiagy. TIto othterr et nding
against him forfte e itff
I Webb was compromised by letting him 1
plead guilty to second degree murder (
and take a 15-year sentence, the com
I bined sentences making 35 years.
Three indictments against Wesley
-Edwards also were compromised, he
taking a sentence of nine years' Im
prisonment on each..
The seccnd trial of Sidna Allen when
enlled closed so far as the courts. are
a concerned the courthouse tragedy.
f On the 14th 4 last March, follow- I
6 ing the conviction of Floyd Allen of
an offense which would have sent him
to the penitentiary for one year, mem
hers of the Allen family, clannish
mountaineers, opened fire on the court
officials. At the first volley Judge
Thornton Mas"e fell mortally wound
ed and when the death toll was com
pleted, Sheriff Webb and Common
r wealth's Attorney Foster were found
,f dead. On the following day one of the
t. three jurors who were shot, died of
s his wounds, as did Miss Betty Ayers,
D who had been a witness against Floyd
e Ku Klux in' Action.
s, Dalton. Ga.-A revival of the days
r. of the Ku Klux Klan occurred here.
e when a band of masked men wearing
d robes -took John Watkins from his
I- home to the center of the town, where
he was giyen a severe whipping. Wat
0 kins was then given three days" to
it leave town. The action is said to
e have followed Watkins' refusal, after
it being named, to get rid of sevral al.
leged disbrderly white women living
, n'one of his houses.
e M eco City.--Sixty rebels of the
p Cheche Campos command were killed
In n engagement near SBopbrerete,
l state of EZkateeps, according to offt
r, clal telegrams received here. Colonel
). Guagirdo, -commanding the rurals.
as mkes no reference to the death of
Campos which was officially reported
15 Disease ks Ipreadlng.
to Washington.-Pellagra Is spreading
te in the United States and ln six years
it has been known to medical authori
IS ties has claimed not less than 30,600
st victims with a fatality rate in excess
of 40 per cent, according to a report
*i of the Public Heal:h Service. It has
reached, the report contends, "the
dignity of a public health question of
1, national importance." The report
1I gives these figures by states for the
a, period of 1907-11.
t Hyde Sentenced, Freed on Bond.
i New York.-Chs . H. Hyde, former
at city chamberlain, convicted of bribery
in connection with the manipulation of
e0 city funds, was sentenced by Justice
at Goff to serve not more than three
Syears and six months and not less
than two years in state's prison. The
justlee, however, granted a certifleate
Sof resjonble doubt and issued a stay
of exeocution, agreeing to admit the
a prisoner to $25,000.balil, pending arge
meat ofhis aPpeal.
NEWS OF LOUISIANA'
Pardon Board Acts Favorably "'
in Canton Case--=Several h|
Get Reductions. ca
DOWUNG CONDEMNS JAIL a'
Visits Monroe and Finds Conditions to eel
Be Bad-Prisoners Are Removed pr
Western Newspaper Union News Service H.
New Orleans.-No, Rene Canton will it
live. . J
Such was the determination of the Ja
board of pardons. Attorney General m
Pleasant dissenting. 'The pardon was TI
voted for by Lieutenant Governor Bar- St
ret and Presiding Judge Chretien, in- 6.
cidentally contradicting the opinion of In
the twelve freeholders who condemned St
the murderer to die while sitting as be
a Jury. The following were shown
clemency by the board:
Emile Delon, convicted of arson in
the parish of Orleans in 1883, and sen
tenced to a term of 15 years.
R. IH Gregory, convicted in parish
of Calobsieu of selling liquor without a
Joe White, convicted of forgery, par- al
bsh of Vernon, sentenced to 10 years in
hard labor, commuted to five years. D
Adolus Lajeune, convicted of mur- m
der In the parish of St. Landry, sen- m
tenced to penitentiary for life. ai
John Pilkington, convicted in parish t
of Rapides and sentenced to 14 years t
in the penitentiary, commuted sen- k
tence to six years. 1
Lee Bryce, convicted of larceny in p
perish of Bienville and sentenced to b,
I nine ontlis in the state penitentiary, f
g restoration of citizenship.
John Pryor, convicted of robbery in o
4 Bossier parish, sentenced to five years' p
r- Grant Wilson, convicted of man
h- slaughter in West Felicisna parish,
e five years in the penitentiary. p
C. A. towns, convicted of liberating c
y a prisoner and sentenced to one year tl
r from the parish of Webster. f
C Rex Ramsey, convicted of breaking p
d and entering in the night time and b
laresny and sentenced to seven years'
r Adam Oath, convicted of manslaugh- 'j
i- ter in Iberville palish and sentenced ,
n to sine months' hard labor, restore
- tion of citizenship.
g ' James Meebam, convicted in parish
ft o nf %0 fotr petty csy an dSent
a to penitentiary for one year, restora-e
tr tios of citsenship.
I-' James Robinson, convicted of man- a
slaughter in parish of Orleans and
7 sentenced to 20 years' hard labor in 4
e penitentiary, commuted sentence Feb
o- ruary 7, 1913. f
. JAIL IS CONDEMNED
r- Dr. Dowling Visits Monroe and-Causes
A Removal of Prisoners.
1- Western Newspaper Union News Service.
h Monroe.-Dr. Oscar Dowlin,. presi
rt dent of the state board of health, spent
ie four hours here last week during
d- which time he wrought havoc with
a- things. He came in response from lo
a- cal physicfans to look over the situa
id tion relative to meningitis. Dr. Dow
le ling also noted the filth that has ac
ef cumulated since his last visit, also to
a, more unmolested places. Upon invite
rd tien from C. P. Gray, parish coroner,
Dr. Dowling, in company with Dre.
Wright and Gladden, visited the parish
jalkand found conditions there so deo
Splorbshle, owing to the crowded condi
e. ti nof the jall, that the Jail was con
ag demned and steps taken to remove the
Lt- New Instrutet Arrives
to Baton Ro·ge. - First Lieutenant
o Manfred Lansa, of the United States
army, has arrived here and assumed
ld his duties asu inspector general and
g nstructor for the Loulslans National
Guard, provision for which is made
under the terms eot the Dick bill. He
he succeeds Captain Danforth, who has
been assignped to his regment
el Exhibit Attreat Attention.
Baten Rouge.-. &. Bruner, corn
of misiomer of arlulture and immigra
o thn, retarned from Cdhicago, where he
had been with Juastin Denechand, Sere
tary .Barracks, of the Baton Rouge
BDdrid of 'trade, and others attendinlg
g the Clhicago Land Show, handling the
SLoualasina exhibit. Mr. Brnner con
ri- firms reports from Chiago that the
0 LouIdslana exhibit thisa year was a great
a success and attracted unausual atten
he Ric Urlging Good ries.
C(rowley.-Although the supply has
been greatly decreased by an active
Smarket, many buyers are offering
he larger prices than the association's to
obtatin rough rice. Most of the crep
was disposed of at growers' price.
er prenmh Ship Pays Visit
'y New Orleaas.-The Preach warship
of Descante arrived in the port lasut
ice week for a short visit. While here
the otice s and men of the battleshlp
were entertained by the citizens of
Sthis city. The Prech captain of the
e ship expressed hiMnelf plesed with
the hoasptality shown by the people
tay of Loaisasn. The people of PFrench de
the eant made the occasion a gala one.
in They eatertaJilag the officers and
men withn banqmeb and asihttseela
NEW ELECTION TANGLE +
Negligence in Reporting Returns +
Wr . "t'rr \erpaemr Union Nevw" Fervir*.
Shreveport.-One man receiving the
highest number of votes. but his op- ter
ponent getting the commission be- is
cause one of the boxes was not offi- the
cially returned, is the puzzling situar in
Lton growing out of the contest in the ter
Eighth Ward of Caddo parish for the nOt
office of justice of the peace, in which ma
Walter Jacobs and H. M. Sutton were
candidates. Jacobs received the high
est number of ballots polled in the two
precincts, Forbing and Caspiana. but co
Sutton got the commission, due to the tri,
failure of the election commissioners to
to present the returns to ('hairman W. St
H. Scheen, of the board of supervisors. tes
It was a race for successor to the late co
Judge B. R. Jacobs, father of Walter in
Jacobs, who resigned as constable to ch
make the race at the last election. m
The vote stood: Forbing, Jacobs 7, fra
Sutton 8; Casplana, Jacobs 16, Sutton a
6. Jacobs had nine majority, but the
lack of returns from Caspiana caused
Sutton to be declared elected. A court
battle is expected. Co
DR. DOWLING ACTIVE
Inspects Shreveport Department wb
Stores-Finds Law Violations of
Western NSewipaTer Union News Services.
Shreveport.-Continuing his crusade a
against violations of the health laws
in Shreveport, State Health Officer
Dowling huas been inspecting depart
ment stores and ordering improve
ments, especially as to toilet rooms
and lavatories, which he found in bad r
condition. "I found the law against an
the individual drinking cut and roller- C
towel being violated indiscriminately," n
said Dr. Dowling, who exhibited a se
package in which he said were a num- eX
ber of "contraband" bottles purchased In
from department stores in Shreveport o
-drugs that are permitted to be sold
only in drug stores by a registered Op
Prisoners Savel From Fire. gr
New Iberia.-Fire broke out in the
parish prison, where 17 prisoners were
I confined. Their cries for help gave
r the alarm, and soon all were trans
ferred to the city jail. The parish
5 prison is a modern brick and steel
d building, with concrete foors, and ire. o
proof throughout, fire having originat
ed in the wood rafters in the attic. n
iº The damage, covered by insurance,
d will probably teach $3,000.
Franchise Granted. w
h Shreveport.--Tle city coune l passed a
it -rlir l Iain i n ihfl a rd g to the H
4 Louisiana-Tesas Traction Company a
franchise to build terminal properties
1- and use streets here in connection
d with an interurban electric line the
n company proposed to build between A
Shreveport and east Texas points. The
franchise was granted without requir
ing bond; due to the people at refer- p
endum authorizing it.
Another Train Mix-Up. '
Laplace.-Freight train No. 58 going C
north ran into mixed log and cane
train extra No. 93. also going north. 01
No. 93 was endeavoring to switch in 8
the spur at Laplace to allow No. 58 to g
it go by. It seems that falure to use the ri
stop signal by No. 93 caused the wreck. 9
h Four box cars were reeked on the main (1
line, while two cae cars were over- L
turned on the spur. 8
N Negro Desperado Captured.
0 Shreveport.-Ous Kinley, alias Will g
Taylor, a negro farmer, who on No- li
r vember 26 killed Constable G. W. 4
Tucker, of Omaha, Morris county, Tex.,
h while the officer was making a sels- L
ure, and for whose arrest rewards ag 6
gregating $650 were offered at ID
' gerflield, Texas, was captured in a tr- II
'pentine swamp near Fields, L., in y
Calcalaeu parish. p
To Vote on Drainage.
It Alexandrls.,-The property taxpayers 1
s of Horseshoe District No. 1, near this 8
4 city, will vote on January 15 on the 5
id propositilon to authorise the Incuringa
ml of a debt and issuing $12,500 of bonds
is for the purpose of providing drainage
Ke system in the district. The bonds are
as to run for 15 years and bear interest
at a rate not exceeding 5 per cent.
City budget Jumpes P3,0.
S Shreveport.-The 1913 city budget,
. pessed by the eonulcl estimates expen
me ditures at $241,583, agaytst $213,643
. last year. A total lncrease of nearly
S$6,000 is shown in the fireand pollUe
a departmentr. Improvemeut get a ta n
Screase exceeding $5,000. Charity et I
a- $6,000 nacrease.
at Kill8 elf In Jall.
S Doyle.-AlleM C. Jones, who was
eanfined tn the prish Jail at Spring
ville on the charge of murdering P.
W. Sulltrvan during the latter part of
as November, committed suicide by cut
ye ting his throat with a pocket knitfe.
ag The graMd jury had Just acted In his
to case, but the result was not known, aj
g the verdict was sealed, and sent to the
Judge, who lves at Amite.
Seretary Hebert Returns
Baton Roause.-Alvin Hebert, seere
Stary of state, returned from New York,
Swhere he attended the meeting of tho
lp state Insurace emmissuioners
O Delegates Are Appointed.
Ith Alexandrla.-The president of the
pie Progressive Leatae has appolted I.
do W. 8ylvester and J. A. Bentley as del
me. gates to the Natioul River Regulation
nd and Flood Prevention Conference, to
lag be held ta New Orleans, January 0
Crowley.- Wilma Robinson, daugh
ter of .\lack Robinson, a.ed :, years,
is in a serious condi'ion with lockjaw,
the result of a small splinter stuck
in her foot four weeks ago. The splin
ter was removed at the time and the
wound apparently healed. but inflam
mation set in.
Georgia Secretary Summoned.
Atlanta.-Secretary of State Phil
Cook has been summoned by the dies
trict attorney to Ike Charles, La.,
to be present at a trial in the United
States District Court December 16 to
testify to certain articles in the statutes
covering alleh-cd! Georgia land grants
in a case where a Iouisiana man is
charged with fraudulent use of the
mails in attempting to dispose of a
fraudulent land grant in Georgia to
an innocent prospective buyer.
TO STOP WASTE OF GAS
Co-Operation Between Conservation
Commission and Owners.
Western Newspaper l'nion Ne-ws iService.
Shreveport.-At a conference among
whom were President M. L. Alexander,
of the State Conservation Commis
sion; representatives of valsous oil
and gas interests, including former
Governor Blanchard. it was decided
that President W. E. Glassell, of
the Chamber of Commerce. who pre
sided, appoint a committee of nine oil
and gas men to prepare rules and
regulations for checking the enormous
and Indifferent waste of gas in the
Caddo oil field. The committee will
report January 15, and then the Con
servation Commission will appoint an
expert inspector to spend all his time
In the field to see that the law is
Mr. Alexander appealed for the co
operation of the oil and gas operators,
so as to have as little friction as pos
sible. If this cooperation is not
granted, however, the commission will
act independently, for it has determia
ed, with the law behind it. to stop
this waste of one of Louisiana's big.
Governor Blanchard and others
thanked the commission for its pirit
of fairness and predicted that the
necessary co-operation would be fur
nished, as all the operators realised
the danger of the wastefulness. It de.
veloped that the principal waste is not
from the use of gas in bringing in oll
wells, but wild and burning wells, ua
d neessary opening ot wells d aadet
e geeleks Dms!e ,lse e!r
a drains em the supply.
n RICE FARM REPORT
n Acreage and Other Figures Given by
e, U. S. Census Department
* Western Newspaper rUnon News service.
Washington. - statistics of irrigp
tion for rice for Louisiana are sooe
'o be issued by the Bureau of the
e The acreage, production and value
t. of rough rice grown in the United
a States, and in Louisiana in 1900, are.
o given in the foinwing table in the
e report: Acrease harvested, United
C. States 610,175, Loulsiana 317,517; yield
a (bushels), United States, 21,838,580,
. Louisiana 10,839,973; value, United
States $16,019,607, Louisiana $8,053,
' The number of farms reporting irri
II gation for rice In Louisiana was 2,690
a in 1909 and 4,531 in 1900, a decrease of
7. 40.6 per cent.
I. Acreasge Irrigated for rice-growaing I
a Leulglana was 380,200 In 1909 and 201,
* 685 in 1900, a galn of 88.5 per cent
B The average yiel#-of irrigated rkie
r-in Louaisiana for the acreage for which
b yields were reported was 34. bushels
per acre, and the average value was
p85.70 per acre.
Cost of Irrigatio enterprises i
r Louisiana up to July 1, 1910, was $
is 859,166, as agalust $2,529,319i 190,
o a ain of 171.2 per cent.
SPENSION BOARD MEETS
New Tax Not Yet Efofetive-Ne
Change Made in OMld Roll.
Western Newspaper Union News ervie'
Baton Roouge.-The State hard at
it, Penson Commilsioers met her last
l week. State Auditor Cpievtlle, e.*
43 officio member of the board, eled at;
1y tention to the faet that the sleMda
e oneill Cenfederate tax amenmlet
n-lratified by the people November 5 s
tanot effective until 1913, and is eae
collectable until after the fillng of the
tax rolls of 1913. Many had ,bees
ander the impressioem that the tax .
5 colleetable now and available for use
'6 by the pension board at the quarter.
*. Until this one-mill tax is available the
of board will depend upop the present ap
propration apd the revenue from the a
e. one-fifth of a mill. The amount e
Sthe pensions will not be ehanged at
as this meeting and no additional names
he will be added.
Falls From Trestle.
Shreveport-While walking oea a
Srailroad trestle at Moorinpport MU
rk, Murphy, oil field worker of Oil City,
h became dizzy and fell, landing on the
groand forty feet below, sustainng
a broken back and other injuries
that are expected to cause death.
I. Asslstant Attorney Named.
t Baton Rouge.--C. E. Hardin..of Iee
ion rlle has been named by Governor Hall
as attoraev to assist the tax collector
Sfor the parish of Vernon.