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The Lower oast Gazette.
DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF THE LOWER COAST: AGRICULTURE, HORTICULTURE, FISHERIES AND COMMERCE.
VOLUME I. POINTE-A-LA-IACHE, LA., SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 1909. NUMBER 5.
PRESIDENT SENDS
STRONG MESSAGE
ACCOMPANYING REPORTS
OF THE CONSERVATION
CONGRESS
URGES NEEDED LEGISLATION
Document in a Measure Is a De
fense of the Retiring Administration
"-Duty of the Present Generation to
Its Descendants Pointed Out-Obli
gations of Citizenship-Urgent Need
for the Development of the Coun
try's Water Power.
Washlhgton.-With the transmission of
the report of the national conservation
commission and accompanying papers.
President Roosevelt also sent a message
to. congress. The following is a com
prehensive synopsis of the document:
The president declares his entire con
currence with the statements and con
clusions of the report and proceeds:
"It Is one of the most fundamentally
important dbcuments ever laid before the
American people. It contains the first in
ventory of its natural resources evbr
made by any nation. In condensed form
it presents a statement of our available
capital in material resources, which are
the means of progress, and calls atten
tion to the essential conditions upon
which the perpetuity, safety and welfare
of this nation now rest and must always
continue to rest.
"The facts set forth In this report con
stitute an imperative call to action. The
situation they disclose demands that we,
neglecting for a time, if need be, smaller
ase .less vital questions, shall concentrate
an effective part of our attention upon
the great material foundations of na
tional exlatence, progress, and prosperity.
"The Brat of all considerations is the
permanent welfare of our people; and
true mal' welfare, the highest form of
welfare can ,.not permanently exist save
on a Arm and lasting foundation of mate
l being. In this respect our situ"
A .'to'"far from satisfactory. After
every €lsible allowance has been made,
and WhI' n every hopeful indication hab
bet4agen its full weight, the facts still
give temo for grave concern. It would
be un ithy ,o our history and our in
elisd ,, and ilisastrous to our future,
to to O ur ye to these facts or at
.t{ pt ilaug then out of court. The
'tgpie iShould 4hd *ill rightly demand
,1 t agreat fundamental questions
IIb ell ~given' attention by their rep
redtii elvesa . do not advise hasty or ill
opem cttfi on disputed points, but
; d.. J ige, where the facts are known,
, ' the publlc interest is clear, that
- nelthr indifference and inertia, nor ad
w~le prlvate interests, shall be allowed
to stand, In the way of the public good.
'te 'e grbat basic facts are already well
r hatProa - We know that our population is
ng about one-fifth to its numbers
"" f . ears, and that :by the middle of
t century' perhaps I50(,001,
. ;:: Y and by its end very many
'more, must' be ted and clothed
pe t roducts of our soil,
S : now sow that our rivers can and
.,be made to serve our people ef
4u-tfamportti-n, bu t that the
.1 npqq t udt rt for our waterways
i.:'' in ~mintainlng, much
piit.: ii .faitland navigation,
Oes let us take immediate steps to
S taoxin ths reasons and to prepare and
,t ºeast bepuiveapla for Inland.
S y n~a that, will result In
ji o t bntefits for whfiOh
ea p Mtut srhwhIte they have not
j . Wekoa nosqw that our for
s dtinpiis* that less than
if $hew teS bWIng Mconserved,
jodp urpose can be met by
tO I the relatively small
e ,fb prOtection, use, and
4)  ball r still owned by
eact lairs to
:?p 1ow thlat our mineral re
i ituod eihawtefl are gone for
, kitE tha t he 'esedlse, waste of
tp.u r e of' huan lves
a year. Therefore,
kitOut 4 delay the in
h..es 5t)q before our people
etio, thrbugh state saetion
.. end to this huge
rve both our
thd I'elv of the
ht reeafr;mdn the earth,
t l ehacieved
·(n: t a lsg hat
Idb O.. ots btitt. Aae it
,0 lr.s akt alAt$ieat o+but a
nO,- eforat to se
h* r ! the' ontrieot ot dppor
atefu R c n rsd of thes
ta We are ttiito con
'ki~i~~~S o4 *0 our social sys
o w -tstulvln# toWiard thli
*P Qdeavor tod;ao a way with
*4 n :ess aa bi made too
'.0 1i* atti* made too east
*t ;. Tha rewaras of coulmme
Shrift ra  be tosmarl
ford low others, and on the
get laSalhittes which are real),
itktr itidpolnt, undesir
F~pktkiit~6 4 to become too
' pti is sofar aspossible
soa cohittoa.4tia ethat these
it of opportunity where
of net, Odeiltyand
a psbtheye iasa reasoan
oldebriddi r the das.
Lo alstenc o monop
tible Wth equalIty of
The fedhoh tot the ex
i l iqpual oplportunity.
I tuL fot corpbtiratns.
8 on~et e 'ftem t otio x
1*
the control of a public necessity in
volves a duty to the people, and that
public intervention in the affairs of a
public service ('orporation is neither
to be resented as usurpation nor per
mitted as a privilege by the corpora
tions. but on the contrary to be ac
c.pt.d as a duty and exercised as a
right by the government in the in
terest of all the people. The effi
ciency of the army and the navy has
been increased so that our people may
follow in peace the great work of
making this country a better place for
Americans to live in. and our navy
was sent round the world for the same
ultimate purpose. All the acts taken
by the government during the last
seven years, and all the policies now
being pursued by the Government, fit
in as parts of a consistent whole.
"The enactment of a pure food law
was a recognition of the fact that the
public welfare outweighs the right to
private gain, and that no man may
poison the people for his private protit.
The employers' liability bill recog
nized the controlling fact that while
the employer usually has at\stake no
more than his profit, the stake of the
employe is a living for himself and
his family.
"We are building the Panama canal;
and this means that we are engaged
in the giant engineering feat of all
time. We are striving to add in all
ways to the habitability and beauty of
our country. We are striving to hold
in the public lands the remaining
supply of unappropriated coal, for the
protection and benefit of all the people.
We have taken the first steps toward
the conservation of our natural re
sources, and the betterment of coun
try life, and the improvement of our
waterways. We stand for the right
of every child to a childhood free from
grinding toil, and to an education; for
the civic responsibility and decency
of every citizen; for prudent fore
sight in public matters, and for fair
play in every relation of our national
and economic life. In international
matters we apply a system of diplo
macy which puts the obligations of
international morality on a level with
those that govern the actions of an
honest gentleman in dealing with his
fellow-men. Within our own border we
stand for truth and honesty in publio
and in private life; and we war stern
ly against wrongdoers of every grade.
All these efforts are integral parts
of the same attempt, the attempt to
enthrone justice and righteousness, to
secure freedom of opportunity to all
of our citizens, now and hereafter, and
to set the ultimate interest of all of
us above the temporary interest of
any individual, class, or group.
"The nation, its government, and its
resources exist. first of all, for the
American citizen, whatever his creed,
race, or birthplace, whether he be rich
or poor, educated or ignorant, pro
vided only that he is a good citizen,
recognizing his obligations to the na
tion for the rights and opportunities
whic l he owes to the nation.
"TIa obligations, and not the rights,
of citizenship increase in proportion to
the increase of a man's wealth or
power. The time is coming when a
man will be judged, not by what he
has succeeded in getting for himself
from the common store, but by how
well he has done his duty as a citizen,
and by what the ordinary citizen has
gatned in freedom of opportunity be
cause of his service for the. common
good. The highest value we know is
that of the individual citizen, and the
highest justice is to give him fair
play in the effort to realise the beat
there is in him.
"The tasks this nation has to do
are great tasks. They can only be
done at all by our citizens acting to
gether, and they can be done best of
all by the direct and simple applica
tion of homely, common sense. The
application of common sense to common
problems for the common good, unddr
the guidance of the principles upon
which this republic was based, and by
virtue of which it exists, spells per
petuity for the nation, civil and indus
trial liberty for its citizens, and
freedom of opportunity, in the pursuit
of happiness for the plain American,
for whom this nation was founded, by
whom it was preserved, and through
whom alone it can be perpetuated,
Upon this platform-larger than any
ptrty differences, higher than class
prejudice, broader than any qGestion
of profit apd loss-there is room for
every American who realizes that the
common good stands first."
Accompanying the message are ex
planations and recommendations of
work to be done for the future good of
thu country. The president says: "It is
espesially important that the develop
ment of water power should be guard
ed with the utrpost care both by the
national government and by the states
in 6rder to protect the people against
'the upgrowth of monopoly and to In
sure to them a lair share in the bene
fits which will follow the development
of this great asset which belongs to
the people and should be controlled by
them,
"I furge that provision, be made for
both protection and more rapid devel
opment of the national forests. Other
*ise, either the increasing use of these
forests by the people must be checked
or their. protection against fire must
be dangerously weakened. If we
coamlre the actual fire damage on aim
ilar ageas on prilvat and national for
_at -tlands tduring the past year, the
gcternfelet gre patrol saved commer
cial timber worth as much as the
total cost of caring for all national
forests at the present rate for about
-Ten years.
'1 espeeially commend to congress
the facts presented by the commie
sion as to tlb relation between fow
eats and stream flow in its bearing
upon the importance of the forest
lands in national ownership. With
out an iuiderstanding of this ultimate
relation the conservation of both these
natural resources, must largely fail
."The time has fully arrived jior ree
ograsing in the law the respohulbllity
to the community, the state, and the
nattio which rests upon the private.
ownership of private lands, The own
ershuip of forest land is a public trust.
The man who would handle his, forett
as to cause erosion anid. to injure
stream flow must be not only educated,
out he' must be controlled."
In conclusion the Rresldent urges
up6n' congress the desirability o(
maintaining a national cemuission on
L.tb conservation of the resources of
the contry, Re adda: "I would also
adise that an. appropriation of at
leist $50,000 be mede to cdv'r the ex-.
peuae of the national conservation
conummssion for necessary rent, assist
. and traveling expenses. This is
a very small sum. I aoow of no
other war i- Itwhieh t Apreoptsiation
.f so manas sum w uld result in so
l4tgva benefit to the whole nation."
gmpublic parlE yield a large roe-e
'~~~ privatte eiceggons may be
*p w eqestlon,-thit so 1oig as they
aM t6b attraotlontat the'pez'k they
Me 4M~ pis~sbletteat the publUe
1ep$t.The i~rs~rrnotable
WHITE STAR LINER SINKS
Thrilling Fight Made by Crew to
Save Doomed Ship.
Newv York.--The Republic has sunk,
according to a wireless dispatch received
frim Siarc, iet Sunday night. The dis
patch reads:
"lHepublic gone down. No one aboard.
All crew safe on revenue cutter
New York.--The wireless telegraph on
Sunday spoke but the prologue of the
great drama Ieing enacted out upon the
sea behind the curtain of fog where the
steamship Florida, with 1,100 souls
aboard, had rammed the White Star liner
Republic with upwards of S00 souls
aboard.
The efTort.s to save the Republic, even
after her passengers had been safely
taken off, was one of the most desperate
and thrilling fights in the history of the
sea, in which grent personal courage and
skill, aidedl by the latest achievements
of the sciermc of shipbuilding, were
matched against the ever-menacing ele
ment with which the lot of the liner was
cast.
A.fter the ship had been rammed early
Saturday morning, quick measures were
taken to preserve the lives of those
aboard.
The crew went to their posts at the
lifeboats and stood by while the officers
looked after the passengers, awakened
from their sleep by the shock of the
collision and frightened into a panic.
There was a period of frightful suspense
while the liner gradually settled, and
no living soul could foretell at that time
the fate of passengers and ship.
When, after this period of suspense,
the officers of the Republic were thrilled
with joy to see looming out of the fog
the form of a big steamship. The fate
of the vessel which had rammed the Re
public was still a mystery, but *'hen the
Florida crawled up closer to the Republic
and cleared the fog so that her battered
and twisted bow could be made out, it
was known that she had rammed the Re
public and had come back to her rescue.
SENSATION IN COOPER CASE
Former Sheriff Cartwright Arrested
on Charge of Perjury.
'Nashville, Tenn.-=A volunteer secret
service organization drawn from the
ranks of the friends of the late Senator
Carmack, is the force behind Attorney
General McCarn that is sifting the past
and the prejudices of the prospective ju
rors to try the Senator's slayers.
Factional lines are drawn sharply here
by the champions of each side.
The arrest of former Sheriff T. E.
Cartwright for perjury was made possible
by the volunteer secret service of Car
mack's friends. Cartwright, as a venire
man, swore he was without prejudice,
out he was not accepted. Next day
came a flood of information from the
Carmack investigators that Cartwright
had, contrary to his sworn answers, ex
pressed himself with most extreme force
in favor of the Coopers.
Cartwright's arrest has given fresh
fuel to the ill feeling already engendered
uy the shooting of the Senator, and little
else was discussed about the streets and
hotels.
BRYAN WOULD NOT HAVE IT
Opposes State University Accepting
Carnegie Pension.
Omaha, Neb.-In a signed communica
tion WVm. J. Bryan opposes vigorously
any action on the part of the Nebraska
Legislature authorizing the State Uni
versity to become a pensioner of Andrew
Carnegie or the steel trust. Mi. Bryan
discusses at length the pension system
devised by Mr. Carnegie, anid gives nu
merous reasons why, in his judgment,
professors of the Nebraska University
should not be permitted to become pen
sioners under that system.
Mr. Bryan suggests that the State it
self increase the salaries of the teachers
in her university after due consideration
of their compensation by the Legislature.
If the beneficiary of this increase in
salary, he says, should prefer to reservp
a part of the increase for old age, for
which the Carnegie pension system is de.
signed to make provision, then the privi.
lege might be allowed of leaving a part
payable on demand and drawing interest
rates.
LA RUE COUNTY IS DRY.
Lincoln's Home Votes Against the Sa
Sloons.
Hodgenville, Ky.-In an election Sat
urday LaRue, Abraham Lincoln's native
county, voted dry by a majority of 1,i
085, the vote being over four to one
against license. The bells in the churches
were rung at intervals during the day,
children marched and a brass band fur
nlished music. Prayer meetings were
also held and not coffee was served by
the ladies at the voting places.
She Drove the Engine.
Gainesville, Ga.-Mrs. E. L. Douglass,
'u young and handsome wife of the gen
eral manager of Georgia Midland. rari
rosA, last night .andled the throttle of
the locomotive that drew the train from
At sa to thds plee,, adistance of sixty
i 3lesh . Mrs: Donglass had learnud how
to handle a1o~inotius i 4 trips with
HIS GRiM TOLL
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~LOOO
WENT THERE TO LYNCH HIM
Mississippi Blind Tiger Keeper Has
Narrow Escape.
Austin, :Miss.-Several of the most
prominent planters of Tunica county
Sunday came near lynching the stranger
who was operating a blind tiger on the
sandbar near here, claiming that it was
Arkansas territory and Misssissippi au
thorities had no jurisdiction over it.
Just as they rode up to his place they
discvored him in a boat in midstream
pulling for dear life for the Arkansas
shore. He had been warned that these
men intended lynching him, and escaped
in the nick of time.
A few days ago some of these plant
ers went to this man and told him that
he was defying the law and stirring up
trouble among their laborers by selling
them liquor, and they would advise him
to leave. He paid no attention to their
advice, and they resolved to make an ex
ample of him b: taking the law into
their own hands and hanging him.
WE ARE A PRODIGAL NATION
Says President in Presenting Report
of Conservation Commission.
Washington.-"No man and no set of
men should be allowed to play the game
of competition with. loaded dice," said
President Roosetelt Friday in a message
to congress, accompanying the report of
the national conservation commission.
"We should do all in :our power to de
velop and pirotect individual. liberty, in
dividual initiative, but subject always to
the need of preservmg and promoting
the general good. When necessary the
private right must yield, under due proc
ess of law, and with proper compensa
tion to the welfare of the common
wealth. The man wno serves the com
munity greatly should be greatly re
warded by the community; as there is
great inequality of service, so there must
be great inequality of reward."
Mineral production of the United
States, 1907, value $2,000,000,000;
waste, over $300,000,000.
Available coal supply, 1,400,000,000,
000 tons; threatened with exhaustion
by middle of next century.
High-grade iron ore, 3,840,000,000
tons; threatened with exhaustion by
middle of next century.
Petroleum supply, 20,000,000,000 bar
rels; wastage enormous; supply not ex
pected to last beyond middle of present
century.
Natural gas daily wasted, over 1,000,
000,000 cubic feet, enough to supply
every city of over 100,000 population.
Iire losses per year, $450,000,000;
four-fifths preventable.
Forests burned yearly 50,000,000
acres.
Of 70,000,000,000,000 cubic feet of
water annually flowing into the sea, less
than 1 per cent is redrained and used
for municipal and community supp .
.Annual mortality from tubercul is,
150,000.
Estimated economic gain annually
from mitigation of preventable diseases,
$1,500,000,000.
Big Texas Wharf Afire.
Galveston, Tex.-The most expensive
wharf fire in the history of the port oc
curred here Friday. The fire originated
on pier 12, from the explosion of a
watchman's lantern, and spread rapidly
until the entire wharf and wharf sheds,
including contents, were destroyed, en
tailing a los sof $425,000. The wharf
and Wharf sheds were valued at $60,000,
fully covered by insurance. On the wharf
were 7,000 bales of cotton, 200 tons of
cotton seed meal, 850 barrels of cotton
seed oil and 30,000 feet of lumber, logs,
etc.
FRAME UP FOR BRYAN.
Niebraska Legislature Adopts Plan to
Elect Senator.
Lincoln, Neb.--The house Friday
palsed a bill providing for the eleetjon
of UnTed States senators by the, Ore
gon meh~dl of pledging the legislators.
The.purpose of ti measure is to send
&ryan to the sesakt froidl Nebraska two
essit~J1Eencsoe, h c: ebr
HOBSON SEES WAR WITH JAPS
Only Way to Avert It Is to Send
Fleet Back to Pacific.
Boston, Mass.-"War with Japan is
inevitable unless the L'nited States im
mediately otdlers the Pacific fleet back to
the Pacific ocean," said Richmond P.
liooson at Hlarvard.
"The nation must at once get control
of the Pacific ocean and maintain it.
That is the only way to prevent war.
"Japan has just emerged from feudal
ism with a great army and a great navy.
She is flushed with her victory over
mighty Russia. There is no nation in
that half of the world now to hold the
balance of power.
"Our possessions in the Pacific are al,
solutely at the mercy of Japan today.
She can capture the Philippine Islnds
tonight, and once she puts 100,000 troops
there how are we going to get those is
lands back?"
RUTH BRYAN ASKS DIVORCE
Grounds Set Forth Are Non-Support
and Desertion.
Lincoln, Neb.-Ruth Bryan-Leavitt,
oldest daughter of William Jennings
Bryan, Friday filed suit for divorce from
hpr husband, William Homer Leavitt. In
an effort to prevent publicity, the family
is making every effort to suppress the
matter and withdrew the petition from
the court immediately after it was filed,
thus preventing the grounds upon which
the divorce is asked from being made
public.
Family friends say the petition defi
nitely sets forth non-support as the
cause of divorce. Desertion is also said
to be one of the grounds. The custody
of the children is.asked by Mrs. Leavitt,
but nothing is said about alimony.
"LINCOLN WAY" PLANNED
Memorial Provided in Joint Senate
Resolution.
Washington.-Feb. 12 next was Fri
day declared to be a special legal holi
day and a survey and plans for a high
way from Washington to Gettysburg
to be known as "The Lincoln Way" as a
memorial to Abraham Lincoln, was pro.
vided for by a joint resolution passed by
the senate after an extended debate. The
resolution did not commit congress to
the construction of a highway when sur
veyed.
Action was also taken on the legisla
tive, executive and judicial bill, the sen
ate refusing, by a vote of 41 to 27 to fix
at $75,000 the salary of the president
Ipreviously increased by an amendment
to $100,000.
Man 112 Drops Dead.
Gallipolis, O.-Henderson Cremeans,
claimed by relatives to be 112 years old,
and the oldest man in West Virginia,
fell dead last night near Glenwood, 20
nmiles from here, while on his way to a
store.
PROTECT AMERICAN PATENTS.
Secretary of State-Urged to Incorporate
It In Treaty.
Washington.--After a heated discus
sion, the National Board of Trade ap
pointed the special commitee to urge
the secreta'ry of state to icorporate in
a treaty about to be consummated with
England some provision for the protec
tion of. American patent rights. The
proposed appropriation of $200,000 for
this government of the participation
from the Belgian exposition this year
was indorsed.
Angry At Bonaparte.
Washington.-Attorney-General Bona
parte's letter to the senate committee on
judiciary, declining to appear today to
explain the merger of the Tennessee Coal
an Iron Company and the United States
Steel Corporation, was.not made publio
by the committee. The members of the
committee said that the attorney-general
could give it out if he pleased, but they
would not give him the authority to
do so. The impression prevails that the
correspondence has made a breach be.
tweeh the committees and the depart
ent of justic, .
LAI[SI NEWS
IN LOUISIANA
Esterwood.-Mlany of the farm'e.rs in
this section have concluded to feed
the low-grade rices to Mtock, which
is cheaner than corn and oats, and
will save hundreds of dollars.
Amite ('ity.-.lames Delaney, a
young white man who was convicted of
forgery and sentenced to two years
in the peuitenrtiary, escaped by crawl
ing down the heating pipet into the
fireroom and into the street.
Esterwood.-ThIs section of south
western Louisiana will be bcnetied
menre than a million dollars by the
intercoastal canal going through the
coastal country. It will help freight
rates at least half, in getting rice and
other produce to market.
Monroe, La.-Details of the new
service on the Arkansas, Louisiana
and Gulf and the Rock Island rail
ways, between Monroe and Little
Rock, have all been worked out, and
the definite announcement is made
that the service will be inaugurated
February 1.
Baton Rouge.--The Louisiana Rail
road Commission has received a pe
tition from the Mississippi Packet
Company asking .that the commission
allow the steamboats to install rates
higher than railroads at Plaquemine
and Baton Rouge and other railroad
competitive points.
New Orleans.-Clarence L. Smith,
a member of the Louisiana State Uni
versity football eleven, and one of the
Smith brothers accused by Tulane of
being a professional ringer, died of
typhoid at the university. He had
been critically ill for weeks. The
body was shipped to his home, Alle
gan, Mich.
MIonroe.-The largest order for feed
ever placed in Monroe, and possibly
one of the largest in Louisiana, was
taten by L. W. Long, who represents
a Chicago concern, when he
closed a deal with a local whole.
sale grocery house for two thousand
tons of Banner feed. It will require
over 130 cars to move the shipment.
Amite City.-News reacher here at
midnight that B. Bleland, a well
known farmer, his wife and step
daughter had been assassinated near
Tickfaw, 10 miles south of here, about
8 o'clock Friday evening. They
were fired upon from ambush while
driving in a buggy. Further details
are lacking. Sheriff Saal has arrived
on the scene with dogs and a posse.
Baton Rouge.-According to the re
plies which are being received by the
department of education from the
parish school boards, a majority of
them have signified their willingness
to pay the expenses of the parish
superintendent to the meeting of the
superintendence department of the
National Educational Association,
which is to be held in Chicago in
,February,
Mansfleld.-The case against Shelby
Prude, charged with murder, was
tried before the District Court at this
place, the jury rendering a verdict of
not guilty after being out one hour.
This case has created great interest
throughout this section because of
the .prominence of the accused. He
was charged with the murder of a
negro about twelve months ago, and
the defense claimed that the killing
was accidental.
Monroe, La.-The cotton men of
Monroe have taken up the question
of readjustment of rates into Monroe
on cotton over the Iron Mountain and
the Arkansas, Louisiana and Gulf
railways. They claim the rates are
discriminative and work a hardship
on them and the town. If the rail
roads do not grant the request the
matter will be taken up with the rail
road commission.
Baton Rouge.-Governor Sanders is
now licensed to hunt in the State of
Louisiana. It develops that several
days ago Governor Sanders secured
his hunting license from Sheriff Ran
dolph, of East Baton Rouge, but the
Governor his been so busy with offi
cidl duties during the past several
weeks that he has not had an op
portunty to do any hunting. How
ever, so far as the State license goes
he is ready to hunt.
Shreveport, La.-Wllliam Buchan
an and F. H. Drake, president and
vice president respectively of the
Louisiana and Arkansas railway,
have filed a petition with the city to
grant them Lermislson to lay tracks
across several streets, from the levee
to Marshall street. This is consid
ered positive evidence that they will
soon begin building terminals here
for a branch from Minden, La.
Monroe, La.-Engineers of the
IMonroe, Farmerville and Northwest
ern road left here for Farmersville
to make a preliminary survey of the
I road between that place and Junction
City. Before leaving the field, they
may run the line all the way into
Hope, Ark., to which place the road
is projected. El Dorado is making
an effort to secure this road and the
Board of Trade in that city has taken
the matter up with D. H. Nichols,
vice president and general manager
of the new line,
New Orleans.-A decision of vast
importance to the South and South
west becaulse it effects the question of
an increase in freight rates on prac
tically all the railroads in these sec
tions was handed down here Wed
nesday by the United States ('ircuit
('ourt of Appeals, reversing the de
cree of .Judge Emory Speer, of the
Sout hern distriot of Georgia which ie
strained the defendant railroads from
p)utting the, pr'opl)so d increased freight
tariffs into effect.
('rowley.-('. C. Genung, the Evans
ville. Ind., engineer who surveyed and/'
built the Opelousas, Gulf and North
eastern Railroad, has returned from a
trip over the proposed route of the
railroad line projected by citizens of
Lake Arthur, to extend the Opelousas,
Gulf and Northeastern from ('rowley
to Lake Arthur, a distance of about
twenty miles. .1r. (Genung has made
an estimate of cost of the proposed line
and states that he will report favora
bly on its feasibility.
Baton Rouge.-Governor Sanders
will be accompanied on his trip to
Washington by a large number of his
military staff. It is possible that sev
eral private cars will be selected by
the party, and that the trip to Wash
ington and the stay in Washington
during the several days the party is
there will be made in these cars. The
governor and his pirty will probably
leave New Orleans the first of March,
so as to be in Washington in ample
time for the inauguration on March
4. The members of the governor's
staff are now writing to the adjutant
gereral and informing him whether
or not they will accompany the party.
Amity City.-The mild spring
weather which continues to prevail is
considered very injurious to the suc
cess of the strawberry crop, which Is
one of the most extensive agricul
tural industries In this parish. The
strawberry fields are white with blos
soms and ladened with fruit, ripe
berries being conspicuously in evi
dence. As a matter of fact, more
cold"weather is inevitable,, and when
it comes it will have the effect of set-..
ting the crop back and probably
cause a short crop. The fields are un
usually well cultivated and the truck
ers are busily engaged in strawing
the plants. There has been an in
crease in the acreage. /
Baton Rouge.--Secretary Bar
row of the railroad commis
sion has' compiled some inter
esting figures regarding the opbra
tiott of railroads in Louisiana for "the
year ended 'June 30, 1908, showing a
tremendous decrease in .the earnings
from operating of railroads in the
state for that year, as Compared with
the year ended June 30, 1907, The
total earnings of all railroads ope>r
ated in Louisiana, with the exceptil 'q
of t4e Colprado Southern, amounidil
to $28,000,976.32' for the year ended
June 30, 1908, while for the year end
ed June 30, 1907, the total earnings
in Louisiana amounted to $30,067,486."
12, showing a decrease for the year
ended Jupe 30, 1908' f' $2,06%,500.80.
Covington.-Since the recent repeal'
of the state law taxing foreign cap
tal invested in this state, there has
been a growing incllnationi from flnan
clers in the North and West for ln.
vestments in this section, and usere*:
have been several large deals on, for
'timber lands in this section, one: of.
the first of which has just been con
sumated. Dr. C. Z. Williams, Warrel
Thomas, Jones & Pickett Co., Ltd.,
and Thomas & Parker, severally and
individually, have sold 10,000 acres
of the finest hardwood timber lands
in this section to a Chicago syndigate
represented by A. L. Thompson. La
C. Black of Cincinnati has also sold
11,000 acres of the same kind of land
to the same parties. The land is in
the Pearl River and Rogue C'hitto
swamps, conyenient to the !itis of
Ithe New Orleans Greatl Northliern
railroad.
Calhoun.-The January mbeti~g of
the North Louisiana Agrlcultural So
ciety will be held in the Agricultural
Hall at the North Lonsataas Experi
ment Station, on Thursday, Jan. 28,
As many farmers in this section of
the States are thinking of planting
early truck for the market, it is the
proper time for the members of the
Society and others who are interested
to discuss the different' points In
volved in successfully growing and
marketing truck crops. Rev. I. T.
Reams, of West Monroe, who has
spent a number of years in the North
west, will address the Society on the
possibility of shipping some of the
I agricultural products of this section
Sto those markets.. Prof. Dodson will
be present, and E. J. Watson, who
I has had a great deal of experience
I in growing truck and fruit, will be
Spresent to answer any questions per
- taining fo experiments which he has
I conducted here at the Station and to
other truck work which he has been
engaged in at one time and another.
Lake Charles, La.-Rev. Asbury
Wilkinson, aged 91 years, is dead at
3the residence of his granddaughter,
Mrs. W. H. Cline, after an illness of
Sseveral weeks, resulting from a
stroke of paralysis. Rev. Wilkinson
Swas one of the best known ministrs
in the western part of the state. He
3 was a native of Delaware and entered
I the Methodist conference of Indiana
, in 1840. For twenty years he had
r been preaching the gospel in Louis.
iana,

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