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The Lower Coast Gazette :
F. C. MEVERS, Pr aident; S. B. MEVERS, Secretary.
Entered at the Pointe-a-la-Hache, Post Office as second class
mail matter
The food Roads Movement in The Parish of Plaque
On Wednesday, April 7, at the meeting of the Police Jury of
the Parish, a good roads movement was inaugurated that we trust
will go on with increasing force until the Parish of Plaquemines
can hold its head up with any parish of the state and properly
claim that it is doing for its roads all that it can properly do, and
is doing also as much as any other parish in the state with the
same resources. The Parish of Plaquemines is practically the
-suburban, tropical garden of New Orleans. We can't get away
from our own homes up 'into the United States anywhere, without
_ passing through New Orleans as the gate city which controls us
and our interests are so intimately bound up with the city of New
Orle ins that we should carefully arrange for every possible means
of transportation to and from the great city. When we get up
into the Central West, say at Indianapolis, and in a section of
country apparently no more thickly settled than is ours, we find
hundreds of miles of interurban railroads and hourly trains going
to distant points, making the whole country quickly and easily and
cheaply accessible.
Within two or three decades we shall unquestionably see
hourly trains on each side of the river, going through the cane and'
rice fiields and far down in the orange orchards and to our great
oyster fisheries. We now have two railroads giving us reasonably
prompt access to our parish, but we really need more and until we
get relief in some way our parish will remain comparatively terra
incognita to the rest of the world.
A few years back it was the custom of the country to compel
the riparian owners to maintain the public road near the public
levees. At a still earlier date it had been the custom to compel
the riparian owners to maintain the public levees. In fact, the
K original concessions or land grants from the government to the
plantation owners were conditioned upon the fact that these
owners should maintain the public levees as far as lay in their
power. This was one of the considerations for which the conces
tiions were made, and sometimes the only consideration. After the
Civil War, levee districts were formed and the state and district
" authorities took over the construction of the public levees, leaving
: their maintenance and repair to the riparian proprietors, under the
di tion of the police juries. The police juries have never been
deprived of this power, ever since the general change in our levee
i system, but as our present levee boards have the power of taxation
-fard thus securing funds for the construction, repair and mainten
ii~e of the public levees, the police juries do not take any hand in
their naintenance, as they would have the right to do if any dan
: r was threatening. Until the present control of public levees
sinaugurated the control was found to be very imperfect.
Splanter with great familiarity with his own levee and confi
t in his ability to take care of it, would gradually be led to be
S. in its entire safety, when all the rest of the world would ar
e at different conclusions. This over confidence led to many
When the work was transfered to the regular levee
then the owners of the land and the residents on the land
Ives became the severest critics and requested the rapid and
improvement in the levees, in order to insure their own
, au well as the safety of'the public in general.
iThi p advance in the levee system led to the constitutional con
of 1898, to authorise the police juries of the various
of the state td levy a per capita tax and a vehicle tax on
ule bdied men between the ages of 18 and 55 years for the
ovement of the public roads, This tax hbs been levied by
S6the parishes and has been disregarded by others, which
their oklsystems, or, we may say, do without any road im
ut whatever, or occasionally get some limited amount of
done by the parsish authorities out of cash on hand, col
prpbably on a budget that did not contemplate any road
SSome of the parishes of our state levied a special tax in
the majority of the taxpayers in number and in dollars
to a speci ed special tax for a certain number of
Our Omqwn parishhas been levying the per capita tax and
cle tai, but has been rather chary about enforcing it,
 underur moentitution the tax can be readily collected by
process, itf it be hot promptly paid. The tax is so small,
r ctap'ita r anumn, that it ought to be paidpromptly
lbeading men of each ward of the parish would aid the
an lrltff in the matter of the collection of these taxes
ynii tbeir powerthere is no reason in the world why
hould ot realize from the tax some $2500. If such an
gps collecte this, supplemented by whatever the parish
itelf! lb to give out of the common fund, would be
to faugmuate the matter of general road improvement
~ egnnection with the city of New Orleans.
he tWest jsapk of the river the railroad cut off now in use
eAftve miles from river to river and some three miles
land tq hibg land. The esse with which the road bed
ii onwhlih to build the Grand Island road under
th's adminaitration suggests that that cut off road, or
t a o.ild sh~d ineltdde 4 new Maeadamized road, cornm
SorJtdinary trafle and especially competent for the use
whiqh wopld lead many visitors to take a quick run
,ver at any time of the day they might choose to look at
cpwntry ip the lqwqr parts of the parish. On the East
- th enterprising perish of St. Bernard will soon
Sr9.ipleted as far as the parish line or at least
Sas.s Bsuxfd s road, which would leave only about
-a o this side of the iver to be put in goo4
-i elasm route fom'Ifew Orleans to Pointe-a
....ol Jur at its recept meeting seemed deter;
a i ew of the roa questlo amid for certain
Sh h eronsideralq distances of unmade roads
ll that illr be teompetont to open the
S einIn repnably good order. Commit.
rlamsl•o, over the road work in the various
)aiA~P work done in the most etee.c
.... .e w c ytrust that the work
4 t pre appropriation of
t appropriations will be
-:1 i'
ested in the semi-tropical conditions that obtain with us who reside loac
down so much closer to the Gulf. Let us have good dirt roads at cag
once and then let us have good shell roads and these lattdr would ket
be quickly followed by hourly suburban trains and our section of six
the state would become more popular as a winter or summer resort Ne'
than the towns "across the lake." c
Intensive Agriculture. be
The development of the truck gardening industry in -this par- wil
ish is an object lesson to every cane planter and to every rice
planter, teaching them what can be done by intense cultivation. on
By intense cultivation we don't mean that we shall stir cou
our crops every day and hour and pull the potatoes out of the ads
ground to see if the young tubers have come, but we mean the the
very best cultivation that we know of as proper for the growing exL
crops. Many of us doubtless do the best we can with the resoui- ox
ces we have, but we are over cropped and we can't practice inten- the
sive agriculture.
Many years ago some of our Lower Coast sugar planters planted t
" Irish potatoes in the cane middles in January hoping to harvest a ite
successful crop of potatoes by the time the young rattoon canes
needed airt in April and May. The ventures were not successful.
t Now we find some of our cane growers planting cucumbers in the
cane middles and they have been successful, getting good cucum- gi,
ber crops and good cane crops. The secret of their success seems da
to lie in their use of large quantities of cottonseed meal for ferti- ýn
lizing the crop. This in addition to the previous excellent prepar
ation of the land forces first the garden crop and later the cane N.
crop to satisfactory results. Sometimes as much as a ton of cotton cf
seed meal is used in such fertilization; and those who use the most D
claim that the results justify this large use.
1s S
Years ago in a certain field we had corn and peas growing and de
is after the corn was harvested the peas were plowed under with six w
p mule plows preparatory to planting sugar cane in the autumn. AM
f change of plan led to the abandonment of the land for cane grow- Li
d ing and to its use as a rice field. The reader will note then that 1
this land was six mule fall plowed and with an ordinary crop of G
id cow peas plowed under. The result on the land handled in this
way was a rice crop of 30 to 35 barrels per acre. While Carolina n
ee seed rice was used and the yield was in barrels of 162 pounds of cc
1d rough rice.
at The intense culture that this rice got by accident or by a B
ly change of plans, secured to us double the yield of rice expected. ,
e And yet we doubt if any one now ever dreams of plowing rice land i
ra with six mules and much less to plant peas in rice land as a ferti- M
lizer for the rice crop. The new rice experiment station at Crow- C
)el ley may teach us all to fertilize rice lands as carefully as we do
lic cane lands, The results hereinbefore referred to would seem to
lI indicate it,
he In a recent discussion of fertilizers at a meeting of the Louisi- a
he ana Sugar Planters Association, the fact was brought out that in d
se using cotton seed meal as a fertilizer for sugar cane, a ration of I
sir 300 pounds per acre would not be as proportionately profitable as a
a ration of 600 pounds per acre. In other words it actually pays b
he better to fertilize heavily than to fertilize lightly. U
ict Intensive agriculture is not confined to fertilizing alone. The
ng handling of the soil is perhaps the chief featuire of successful agri
he culture. Deep plowing came very much in vogue three or four de- d
en cades ago and then fell from grace. It has been found that the a
ee old soil in any given field was the best. If new soil be thi'own up
on as on a ditch bank, it will hardly grow weeds for a year. Soil s
-n. must become full of the microbes incident to plant life and growth
in and these microbes are in the top soil. Deep plowing, 'however, is
-n coming into vogue again, lut now for a reason quite different from
es that formerly gyivpn: . The lands to raise good crops. must be well
ct. draiped, and then be plowed deeply in order to allow the rainfall
fi-. to penetrate deeply into the land where it does its work by carry- c
.- ing its ammonia into the land and from its lower' levels supplying
ar. the moisture that the growing plants must have. Hard, compact j
ny lands and hard pan lands don't allow.the rainfall to penetrate and
ee benefit the land. The rain must enter into the land to accomplish
nd its good work. This is so well recognized that the Dupont Powder
,nd Co. is advertising dynamite and other high explosives to be used
wn in breaking up the hard pan of the soil. The air and the rain will
do the rest.
.- Some of our own experi'nce comes in apropos in considering c
uB this matter. In answer to our inquiries years ago we were told'
on that the best treatment for orange orchards was to let the Ber
dhe muda grass grow in them; that any cultivation hurt the roots of
by the trees and that we couldn't well improve qn nature's methods,so
ich far as oranges were concerned, Farmers from the North flocked
m. into Florida, fertilized the soil about their orange trees, kept down
of the grass and weeds, and made wonderful crops. One acre of
1. alluvial Louisiana land is worth as much as from'two to ten -acres
Sof Florida lands, and yet for a while Florida was "it" in orange
i, eulture and Louisiana wasn!t in the game at all. We learned,
E however, what Florida was doing, We began to plow and to fer
of tilise our orange orchards and to plant cow peas in them. The
md old method was gone and tle new was come. Now our orange
it, growers have their groves as clean as their kitchens, everything in
by fine order and at the proper time cow peas are planted and the
all, whole situation is thus kept in hand and our orange crops are
tly doubled and the trees are scarcely able to support their immense
the, loads of fruit.
es We owe much to our truck gardners and to our orange growers.
hy They have taught us the vplue of intensive agriculture and better
an cultivation is.prevailing in every direction. When the parish of
ish Plaquemines becomes one vast truck garden as it will in the course
be of time we must build a monument to the Meyers, father and sons,
eat who sEt the pace for all the rest of us. The work was hard, but
they accepted the burden of "the than with the hoe," and accomp
us liah,4 it, They demonstrated the possibility of ,producing on an
ile acre of Plaquemines parish land double, triple and even quadruple
.j the money tirlue in their crops of our crops of sugar cane, rice and
der corn, Garden culture has come to stay in Plaquemines parish and
or the.gpresent show on Woodlawn plantation from endto end, in Mr.
m- Mever's fields at Pointe-a-la-.Hache, in Mr. Perez fields in the 7th
ae w'rd, farther down in the Moore, Bayhi and B~eenel settlements,
r11 Home Place and in the 9th ward and including the whole orange
at qountry ought. to make every citizen of Plaquemines parish feel
at gla of his citizenship and proud of his parish, the land of the
on orange and the sugar cane, of sweet figs and head lettuce, of crisp
a cucumbers and delightful muskmelons, of luscious oysters and
out seductive shrimp. Surely we live in "the land of the lotus eaters
a where every day is summer afternoon."
Mrs, Geo. Lory and littledanghter Er
ais, sprnt several days in Buras last
week, the guestn of Mrs. F.* Baurs.
The many friends of Mrs. M. L Butcb
er wila) gladto know that slhe is re
cqvwrig from her recent illneps Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Budewich visited
Boothville and Pointe-a-la- laec during
we week.
Mr. Victor Carr went to New Qrleans'
on the launch, Dependent, Wednesday.
iThi ieotiin was visited by'a -much

ieeded rain Wednesday, but yet there
was not enough. to replenish the cis.
terns. Mr.: Abert Conway. little launch
the Maud, presents: a %eq pretty ap
pearance aace she is freshly painted
and has her cabin e'iodled.
Major Lindhe', 'Engineer in charge
of the Improvement of Southwest Pass,
and Mrs. Lindhe' attended East. r
Servieas in New Orleans, returning to
Bur*wood on Tuesday.
. This week has been a very. busy onr.
The tt:.,fie. were- :rkid of " ear'
loads; of which five cars left for Chi
t cago, and one is being held over until F
Monday, in order not to crowd the Mar
ket. This does not include some five or
f six hundred bbls. that were shipped to
t New Orleans.
Our lettuce is growing harder every
day and the weight has increased from
22 to 30 lbs. per hamper, If any is to
be kept for seed I presume the farmers
will have to split the heads with a hat
chet in order that it may go to seed.
Some of our gardners have missed fire
* on the lettuce crop this season on ac
r count of planting a new variety. My
e advice to you brothers, is to stick to
e the old and well known "Big Boston."
I believe in novelties, only to a certain
extent. Have your wives never said to
you, "John, change not the old one for
1- the new."
There are many other varieties of let
d tuce that are worthy of praise, never
theless.. The Big Boston is the favor
ite at Bertrandville.
Pilot Town
e A very enjoyable ice cream party was
1- given by Miss Deborah Wright Satur
is day evening, music, singing and danc
*. ing being enjoyed by all until a late
hour. Among those participating were
Mr. and Mrs. R. Gordon, Mr. and Mrs.
1e N. Lory, Mr. and Mrs. R. Wright,
)n Capt. and Mrs. G. Logs, Mrs. G. W.
St Delesdernier, Misses Annie Sauvage,
Jennie Wilson, Birdie Sauvage, Alice
Sauvage, Elsie Wright, Beulah Deles
Id dernier and Messrs J. B. Sauvage, E.
ix Wright, J. Clark, W. Krueger, W. J.I
A Miller, E. Guillot, A. P. Mitchell, T.
,. Lincoln, A. Buras, J. Brown, O. Eidem,
at I. Cox, C. Smith, A. Rosine, G. Gibbon
G. Cade and quite a number of the pu
plis of Pilot Town School.
iS Miss Annie Sauvage entertained her
na numerous friends with an ice cream
of contest, Monday evening.
Misses Lillie and Lulu Hansen of
Burrwood visited friends in Pilot Town
Sunday. On Sunday evening a sailing
' party was enjoyed by Misses Annie, Al
id ice and Birdie Sauvage, Deborah
ti- Wright and Messrs. J. B. Sauvage, J.
w- Clark, E. Guillot, I. Cox, H. Wright.
to Dais .
People coming from the neighborhood
of Harris' Canal Sunday morning were
astonished by seeing water one foot
in deep on the public road. Thinking the
of levee had broken, they spread "the
ag alarm of crevasse", but were assured
by the residents that this was nothing
unusual; Mr, John Roberts was only
flooding his rice field.
'he Mr. U. Hoffman of New Orleans,
ri- was the guest of Mr. H. W. Fox Sun
le- day. Rev. J. W. Lee, resident preacher
;he at Kentwood, La., visited his mother,
Mrs. G. W. Lee at Daisy. Mr. H. W.
Up Fox, Jr. shipped several hampers of
foil snap beans to New Orleans last week.
rth -
is . Buras.
nm Mr. Matteo Picinich of Olga spent
tell Sunday qnd Monday in Bunas. Miss
a *Olivia Popich. the charming and ac
complished daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
y Anthony Popech, has returned from
ing Bayou Cook, where she has been en
act joyig a two month stay, the guest of
Lnd her sister Mrs. John Marinovich.
ish Tne wedding bells will e pretty live
ly in Buras after Easter.
Home Place.
The young men of this place enter
tainened their young lady friends to, a
ing dance last Sunday evening at the Home
old Place Social Hall. They had as their
r- guests many young ladies and gentle
men of Happy Jack and a nice time
of was had by the participants,
1,SO Mr. Walter Deinandre visited rela
red tives in Venice last week. Mr. L. L,
wn Conrad was the guestof Miss B.Giordano
of last Sunday. Mr. Walter Richards of
New Orleans was the gust of Miss
Aghes Lyons on Sunday.
ge Miss Birdino Giordano attended the
ed, Teachers' convention at Alexandria.
er- She stopped enroute in aston Rouge
rhe for a few days, the guest of her friend
Misa Gertrude Lockwood. Miss Annie
Ballay is spending some time in New
SIn Orleans with relatives and friends.
are Empire
nse Miss Jeanette Brown, our tainted and
popular school teacher at Empire, vis
P ted relatives and friends in the Cresent
erCity during the Easter holidays.
Miss Clara Hingle returned home af
of ter a visit of three weeks in New Or
rse leans. The Bowers Brothers broke the
mn, record this week, catching 45 bbls. of
but fine shrimps which brought them $12
I per bbl. Mrs. Vanhest of Algiers haes
built. a fine summer home on the
an shores of Bay Adam for their
Iple own family use. Jduge Hingle had
and the pleasure of coupling together Mr.
nd Leon Moizant and Mrs. Frank Lynch,
Mr both qo Sunrise, La. We understand
that the wedding bells will soon be
ringing for Mr,Benny Stockfleth and
n Miss Lillie owers. Anthony and Ed.
nge ward Pelas, of Empire, left Sunday for
teel a trip to SCranton Miss., to visit rela
he tives. We are very sorry to hear of
the death of Mr. Albert Metcalf. He
ws 29 years of age and was well liked
and by all who knew him. Misses Alma
ers and Dorette Johnson of New Orleans
are visiting their uncle, Henry Kamlah
this week.
cia. Nairn.
anch Our popular school teacher, Miss Elia
ap- Mongrue, returned Sunday evening
nted after having spent the Easter holidays
with relatives in Algiers.
age The egg-hunt given to the children of
Sthe Nairn school was greatly enjoyed
st by all. Mrs. Theo. Brown spent Eas
to t !r holidays in New Orleans the guest
of her sister Mrs. C. G. Louderbough.
Mrs. William O'Brien and her children
of Pilot Town were the guest of her
sister, Mrs. Geo. Lincoln, early this
one. week.
ari Mesnv. Albert Mntriiich, nm! P'ran
Free! Freel Free! Free! Free! Free!
Louis Leonhard & Son
Free Boat and Railroad Transportation.
Freight Prepaid. New Methods, New Ideas.
Come to New Orleans and return without
One Cent Of Expense To You.
On all purchases of $25.00 and over we will
pay both your freight charges and passage
way by either Railroad or Boat, between
Enabling you to get your goods to your
house absolutely free of any charges and
Visit New Orleans Without One Cent
of cost to you. We have one of the largest
and most complete lines of merchandise in
the city. We have separate and distinct
departments of :-: : -: ": : - :-:
Clothing, Hats, Shoes, Mat=
tings, Carpets and Shades,
Millinery, Dry Goods,
Fancy Goods and
e Each department by itself a store. We pay
freight charges on every purchase from $5.00
Supward ..............,........
u Louis Leonhard & Son
Stockfleth were the guests of the Misses
Gauffrry Sunday. Miss Borita Brown
spent the week end in New Orleens,
the guest of her cousin, Mrs. Jos Ta
Messrs. Menge and Sims were the
guests of Mr. Geo. Lincoln Monday.
Mr. Robert crown and his daughter,
Miss Nettie, of Daisy, spent the Eas
ter holidays in New Orleans, the guest
of his sister, Mrs. Burton.
Now that Lent is over, dancing and
other amusements will be indulged in
extensively. Among those who atten
ded. the dance at Visco Sunday were
Misses Marguerite and Mary Lincoln,
and Oneita O'srien; Messrs Bud Ben
nen, Sidney Johnson and EmmettKelly.
From all reports no one wanted to come
Those who attended the religious
service in Home Place Sunday morning
from this place were Misses Oneita
and Angele O'Brien, Mary, Margue
rite and Agnes Lincoln, Louise and
Johanna Gauffray; Messrs. Tim and
Maurice O'srien and Hays Lincoln.
Mr. P. Lyone and family were the
guests of Mrs. Geo. Lincoln Sunday.
Ste. Sophie.
Mrs, S. Leopold and daughter May,
came from New Orleans to Phoenix
last Friday, returning to the city Sun
day evening. Miss Nellie LaFrance
came home, from the city Thursday,
and went back to herschool Sunday eve.
Master Foster and Eddie Dobson of
this place went to Pte-a-la-Heche Fri
day, also Mr. Felix LaFrance, to at
tend the funeral of a relative.
Hon. S. Leopold is very busy, now
that the levees need so much attention
he scarcely waits for light to get out
and rush away in the morning. Miss
Alice Dobson and brdthers with Mr.
Leopold visited in Monsecour Sunday.
Mr. Henry Dolese and family, moved
to Burbridge from Garyville, lately.
Mr. A. Leopold went to Belair Saturday.
Mrs. Hatton failed to reach the school
Monday, on account of the high wind.
Mr. Davis Dobson, Mr. Cross and
,Mr. Wilts LaFrance, were prevented
by the high wind on Monday, from
reaching Pte-a-la- Hache in time to
serve on tha jury.
Hon. S. Leopold came home Tuesday
very ill with a severe chill, cause dby
continued exposure to cold and aver
exertion. Dr. Seagle. was immediatly
called in and Mr. Leopold is much bet
ter now and on active duty again.
River News
The Grand Easter Ball, which was
given at Mr. Oscar Buras spacious hall,
in Venice on Saturday, 10th inst. proved
a big success. Mr. Buras' trim little
power boat "Standard" conveyed the
pleasure seekers to and from the scene
of gaiety. Many a;iair maiden there
tripped the light fantastic with a happy
heart, glad that the ordeal of the
Lenten season was past, and feeling
that the merriment at hand was a just
compensation of her strict Lenten duties.
We had the pleasure of meeting Mr.
J. W. Mongst, on of the staff of the
State Board of i;nginee:s, enroste *
from the Babtiste t o.eotte U::p to Ntv
Orleans; who stated to is tlat tLe
levee cross the Gap v as io uinng weil
and that in his estimatiou; tht r. was no
danger to fear; that the storm of Mcn
day 12, caused no damage there at all.
This is most excellent weather for the
oyster fishermen. The Lenten season
being over and the sale of oysters
diminished considerably, they have
gone to bedding oysters. From the
"scene of action" at Quarantine Bay
canal locks on Tuesday, quite a number
of the bivalves will be bedded this month
the canal being strung with a line of
boats about four acres long, which
went through the locks before 12 m. on
that day. We understand it is the big
gest toll record the canal has ever hat'.
The Bayou Cook fishermen are getting
a hustle on them for they fear now that
with the closing of Babtiste Collette,
they will have fair competitors in the
fishermen at the Salt Works. The atme
of machine shops is being erected by
the Fairbanks Co. of New Orleans at
Burrwood; for the U. S. government.
It will be equipped with the latest im
proved machinery and when in oper
ation will be able to turn out any kind
of work, no matter how massive.
The two U. S. dredges, St. John's
and Benyard are still plowing away
the bottom of the channel in Southwest
Mr. Geo. J. Clay, moved his interest
ing little family to Burrwood this
past week, where they intend mak
ing their home. The population
of Burrvood, from the ladies'
standpoint, is growing fast and we un
derstand social functions will soon be
in order. Everybody at Burrwood ob
served Easter Sunday in proper form.
We regret to learn of the departure
from Burrwood, of our good friend, Mr
S. Myer "the wireless man." Mr.
Myer intends leaving shortly for centr l
and South America and intends serious
ly to make that land of the continert
his home, although he claims he will
always be in hearing distance of this
friendr. M. P. Eskald and his manag
er Mr. S. E. Herbert, were down on a
tour of inspection to Bitrrwoodon Tue -
day looking over t..e ground of th i
new contract there. Mhr. Eskald will
begin work on :oome of the cottage.;
there by the 15th of May.
Card of Thanks.
We desire to - extend our sincere
thanks to ail who offered their kind at
tention and sympathy to us in the hour
of our sorrow, the death of our hus
band and brother-in-law, David Gleasor.
We are slpºheilv syr atful t, Mr. Dy
mond and family and Dr. Charles Sea
gle for their kictd con: olation and ser -
ices at the burial.
Winter in Plaquemines Parish.
Thermometer at sixty-fi'e,
Fresh and cool the breeze;
Out of doors tne house-plants thrive.
Hardly ever treeze.
We flind fresh vegetables and fruits
Growing the winter clng;
Weather, that for an outi _utita
Air full of wild bird's song.
O~b B"F.~

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