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-The Lower Coast Gazette Co. beir
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Pointe=a-4I.Hache, Louisiana. the:
Entered at the Pointe-a-la-Hache Postoffice as
Second Class Mail Matter.
Possible Corn Culture in Louisiana. de
SECRETARY James Wilson, chief of the U. S. yea
Department of Agriculture, has recently stated but
that he thought the South would be the great Thy
source of the future meat supply of the country. wa
A country wherein the grass grows so prolific- Bu
ally that millions of dollars are annually spent fire
in combating it would seem to be the ideal vet
place for meat production, whether beef, pork tur
or mutton. As an incident to this, however, me
the question of corn comes up predominantly of
and our people have been disposed to think that ne
the production of corn could not be carried on Ne
here as well as in the more arid lands of the mi
West, where the weeds grew with less freedom
and where clean culture, and that comparatively of
inexpensive, was very possible, The least neg- th
lect here throws the.vwhole crop into the weeds W
and grass and. as during the year 1912, we may th
lose the crop practically entirely. ml
The bottom lands uo in the central west, ot
somewhat similar to our alluvial lands here in er
the Mississippi Valley, have produced in some
cases a hundred bushels of corn annually per in
. acre for nearly a century. This has been more of
s particularly the case on- some lands that were U
p, annually overflowed, say near Chillicothe, Ohio. w
1 The valley of the Scioto is often spoken of as hi
being one of the most fertile in the world and it
near Chillicothe corn fields are reported to Have d,
_ grown a hundred bushels per acre since the 'd
_£ early settlement of that town, more than a hun- o0
dred years ago.
There would seem to be no insuperable diffi- T
culty in our planting our corn here either in c"
closer rows, to prevent the growth of grass and n
weeds, or in some manner well understood by a
:good agriculturists, to take measures to prevent ii
loss of crops by inadequate cultivation. We cer- o
B tainly have the soils that will produce, as we n
--:know here now, 40 to 50 bushels of corn per t
acre if it be made the principal crop and if such t
% attention be given to the corn crop as we know *e
11it needs. If this can be done, as has been done a
by planters of our acquaintance, the figures re- r
ed by them can certainly be raised consider- t
Shigher with still more careful preparation, c
tioi, sefeetion "of sed corn and with such r
utions as our advati~ed agricultural data
'indicate as desirable.
Some inspiration comes from the Texas In
:lustrial Congress, under date of January 7, the
eport is now made of the results the ten year
average of corn and cotton production in Texas
ais compared with that accomplished by con
itestants for $10,000 in cash prizes, offered an
Dually by the Texas Industrial Congress for the
Ist yieldls of these crops.
· The average yield of' corn in Texas for the
past ten years was but 19 bushels per acre.
There were four thousand competitors in the
912 contest and their corn production averaged
1 bushels per acre. Similarly, the ten year
age for the state was a third of a bale of
tton to the acre and yet these contestants
averaged L04 bales and the leading contestant
irofluced 2.38 bales on oro acre.
;:As was ascertained by the boys' corn clubs
.nthis state and in Mississippi last year, von the
l lands the prize crops ranged from 100 to 150
shels per acre. These things can be done and
hile we don:t have that confidence in prize
*ork that would justify us in expecting such
elds ifl our ordinary industrial way, still the
se work shows what can be done and the
erdl average: in Texas shows 250 percent
id by the 'four thous~lnd'contestants as com
red with the state's aveirage production for
We are led to these reflections and to these
iderations by the feeling of disappointment
ptCprevails now among so many of our people
te of the several successive failures of our
truck gardening industry to be profitable.
have the soil and the climate to produce
great staple crops. We can also produce
 truck garden crops, but they are very
uial in their characteristics, .as when a
e crop is offered here there may be large
s also offered from other localities, and the
t- in the markets and consumption are
-disastrous. On the other hand, if we
Id divide up our risks and take a share of
b-i:each one of three, four, five or six crpos
cultivate these six crops in the best manner
eable and not in a large way and not by
::ini debt for the cultivation, Louisiana
poon become one of the richest states in
re than a generation ago the Duitch farm
-ii Rolland who made their money out of the
 ha grew in their rainy and low lying
ithat grass being fed to cattle and con
tI~ butter and other dairy products,
omuch money that iii order to invest it
rily to themselves and to gratify their
- iany quite ordinary household utensils
e of solid silver and used by these
D t)utch hfarmers. In the palmy days
siuiindustry in Louisiana we have been
told that in an open kettle sugar house of 1830 se
to 1840 the fixtures about the cane mill were all w'
very handsomely, brass mounted, every effort se
being made for adornment. Such expenditure m
as that hardly meets with popular approval in St
these sterner industrial days,. but when we re- tu
alize that we have the natural resources it would m
seem to be our own fault if we do not avail of bh
them and utilize our lands to their full capacity,
not taking hazardous risks, but so dividing S(
them that disasters shall not come in any over- i
whelming shape, as it has come to some of us a
in very recent years.
United States Department of Public a
Health. tl
IN the earlier organization of our Federal b
government there were comparatively few sec- n
retaryships to be filled by them. Some of the e
departments now in existence were created t
years afterwards, but were first organized as a
bureaus under some of the more general titles. o
The United States Department of Agriculture i
was one of these and it was known as the U. S. t
Bureau of Agriculture in 1884 under Cleveland's r
first administration, when the bureau was con
verted into the present department of agricul- t
ture, which has gradually become one of the I
most extensive and extraordinary departments
of the public service, exceeding in its effective
ness the departments of State, War and the
Navy and, in fact, consumes now over 100
millions of dollars annually.
Notwithstanding the wonderful development
of this great department and specially under
the hands of its chief officer, the Hon. James
Wilson of Iowa, it is one of the most popular in
the United States and has apparently done.
more to make the country wealthy than any
other of the departments and it meets with gen
eral commendation at all times. .
We are led to these reflections by consider- fc
ing what good an equally skillful management inl
of a public health department could do in the as
United States. When we reflect as to what a sit
wonderfully complex piece of mechanism the or
human machine is and how difficult it is to keep co
it in fine order and to obtain from it its highest sa
degree of effectiveness in carrying on the se
duties of the human machine in this world of ce
ours, we think of the automobile, which has fi4
come into such common use of recent years. ci
The automobile is simply an abc of simplicity as ai
compared with the complexity of our human tE
mechanism. At the same time anyone who has 0oi
an automobile knows with what extreme care a:
it must be handled, what great danger there is d
of accidents and when any-trouble occurs in the g
machine, how wonderfully difficult it is at times c
to account for the trouble. Our automobile en- h
thusiasts are willing to sacrifice, time and mon- 1¢
*ey to keep their metal machines in good order c
and yet are singularly careless about their hu
man mechanism and sometimes are unwilling a
to pay doctor's bills and unwilling to give fair a
consideration and fair protection to their own t
mechanism, and ''thiis tiaany of them seriously t
damage themselves and their families and die 1
earlier than they should for a lack of better un
derstanding of their own mechanism and for a
lack of that care that they should take of them
selves all the time. When the slightest de
rangement of their mechanism occurs they
should go to their own selected experts, their
local doctors, and learn just what is the matter,
just as they would take their automobile to a
garage, there they pay without, grumbling.
They should pay the cost of the human repairs
just as they pay liberally for automobile re
The United States Department of Agricul
r ture by its intelligent management and develop
ment has simply worked wonders in increasing
the agricultural wealth of the United States.
t During the year 1912 over 3000 millions of'
bushels of corn were produced worth over 2000
s millions of dollars." The investigations of the
e U. S. Department of Agriculture reach alorig all
0 lines of agriculture and its development in
d every direction has been accelerated by the in
e telligent work of the Hon. James Wilson, its
h distinguished head. .
Now, if we could have a U. S. Department
of Public Health, with hundreds of thousands
of dollars, or even millions under its control for
the stuidy of all health questions, we could per
haps in the course of time learn something
about the origin of whooping cough and measles.
Yet we say in the presence of these diseases,
that we seem to know no more of them than
.we did fifty years ago. When we reflect on the
fact that the average family doctor, and es
pecially the country doctor is kept going over
his various routes day and night, rain or shine,
constantly, we. can see that if he is faithful to'
his patients and answers their calls, he has but
little time left for research work, The great
institutions established by Rockefeller in Wash
ington.and the Astor family in New York I and
doubtless many others, have done and are doing
" now very fine work in the matter of research,'
but thus far they cannot tell ':us much about
whooping cough or measles. They do seem to
have solved the question of malaria and are now
making it possible to exterminate the anopheles:'
mosquito that is presumed to be almost the.only
carrier of the malarial poison. It has been"'
suggested by some that the establishment of
such a department would be destructive to our'
standard medical practice.. We might as well
say that the establishment of the U. S.: Depart-.
ment of Agriculture would be destructive to:.
that great art, agriculture. The fact of the:
matter is that improvement in any art or.science,
leads at once to greater availment of the newly.
secured data. When the happy thought occured:
to Howe' to put the eye of the needle in. thei
point and the sewing machine became a. reality,'
about sixty years ago. it was thouht: that the
sewing women .of the world
would be ruined and that all the
sewing work would be done by Goo
machines and the poor seam- and
stresses would suffer. The A
tual result was that there was
more sewing done than ever, Wo
but done with machines by these Soul
same poor sewing women, or
seamstresses, at double the earn- New
ings they had previously secured,
and all the world at once became
better dressed. Today the Amer
ican sewing machine has pene- FOR
trated the entire civilized world andi
and is in use in many countries JOH
that we are disposed to call semi
barbarous. Every advanced move
ment that is made in' art or sci
ence is quickly availed of and
the economies derived therefrom
are expended in the promotion
of the comfort of mankind and
increased efficiency is not known
to have diminished in any man
ner the general welfare.
So it would be in;the. care of
the public health by a great De
partment of Public Health. The
benefits of the research work of
such a departmerit would be
spread broadcast in all the land.
There would be. a higher degree
of appreciation of the science of
medicine, and of medical men
and of the.absolute necessity for
their services in the communities
wherein they reside. We have
. no doubt that many of our read
ers find right in their, own com
munities many persons who call
in a physician only when some
crisis is reached in disease that
t indicates positive danger, where
as the early calling in of a phy
. sician to consider and to endeav
e or to remedy the slightest dis
) comfort would probably have
t saved all suffering and quickly
e secured complete health. We
f care for our cane fields, our corn
s fields, our rice fields, orange or
. chards and our truck gardens C
s and watch them with intense in
n terest. We do the same with I
s our automobiles. Any noise or
e any trouble suggests possible
s danger and possibly great dan
e ger and therefore the intense
s care that is taken of them. Our
1 human machinery we have neg
_ lected too long and the time has
r come for us to start out with the
, new resolutions of the New Year
g and take better care of ourselves
ir and one way to do this would be
n to educate public opinion up to
..y the :inauurafit"b of a pablic
ie health departmerit by the federal
a government.
l At Least Knew His Vatue.
A native, named Appu, of Kotahana,
Ceylon, recently attacked his father
y and mother with a mallet while they
ir were asleep, and nearly killed them.
The excuse he subsequently gave
r, was that he was disgusted with his
a "miserable parents for.having such a
ig. lowdown son."
Ge- Girl'a De'initlon of Good Taste.
In the Woman's Home Companion
a writer reports his adventures with
U1- his niece B th, who went to Boston
p to get culture. Beth was 18 years
old, and after a visit at the art gallery,
n made this remark: "Well, of course
es. I don't know anything about critics,
of but I know what I'd like. I'd like a
critic who would tell me which the
things are that nice people can keep
ih Find Market in United States.
in- Of the exports of Jamaica, 61 Der
its cent. go to the United States.
Cypress and
Long :Leaf
Yellow Pine
Rough anid Dressed,
Flooring, Ceiling, Sid
ing, Shingles, Lathes,
Address :::: :
Charles E.
719 Whitney Bank Bldg.,
New Orleans,: Louisiana
Agent; for
Great Southern
Lumber Company,
of Bogalusa, La.,
manufacturing excel
'. lent longleaf piie lum
ber; -agent :of :
Chalmette .
:.Cypress Company
of Cha: mite, La.
manuifaituring: Cy
press Iumber shingles
lathes, et
Good Sound Boiler Shells
and Flues sLitable for
Culverts for Plantation
Southern Scrap Material Co. Ltd.
P. O. Box 734
New Orleans - R = - - La.
"cy tA Five Hundred Acres
of First-Clh.ss Rice
FOR RENT Land on Belair and
Fanny Plantations,
and in Quanties to Suit.
Launch Standard
RAS and M. G. BURAS, Own.
ers; Eng ae Armas, Mas
l ters: J. C. £)E ARMAS, Clerk
Leaving Wednesdays and Sat
urdays at 6 o'clock a. m. Wed
W nesdays for Port Eads. Satur
days for Veniceº Returning
Thursdays and Sundays.
Freight received Mondays,
Tuesdays and Fridays foot of
Ursuline Street.
The Clebrated Russell
Big Boll Cotton Seed
grown on the Belview
Plantation. For from 2
to 10 bushels $2 per bush
el. For over 10 bushels
$1.50 per bushel. Per
S ton $60 F. O. B. Free
from boll weevil and a
i1 big producer. Suitable
to our soil. Apply to J.
te G. Pervis, Nero, La,
George H. Conrad
: 5005 Dauphine St.,' or 413-314
SHibernia Bank Bldg., New Orleans
Address Warren Buckley,
Trees Phoenix, Louiisiana.
pi s
.N .
- o=and
Leaves Terminal Station
S 11:45 PA M
Successor to APPEL UiFFY.
Orape ruit and veg
eranves Tdearins,ti
!~;~' ·~I 2Po.a.s "
r. Favret Bon.
Best line of gents furnishing goods, dry goods, gro.
ceries, flour, feed, hardware, etc. in the parish, come
and give us a trial. Our Brandenburg linens are the
latest thing in dress goods. Also just received a finE
line of flanneletts,. ginghams, fine laces and embroid
eries. The best of service guaranteed at all times
The Courthou s Store
President. Vice-President. Sec. & Treas.
ii a srichlrdsn C., Unmited
importers and Jobbers of Dry Goods, Notions,
and Men's Furnishing Goods. 209=211-213=
&=215 Magazine Street. 512 Common
Street. 515 Gravier Street.
hNew Orleans, : : :: : : Louisiiaa
Phone Main 462
The Open Day and Night House.
Biggest General Supply House in the
South. Everything in Hardware,
Ship Chandlery, Mill Supplies and
Groceries. Full and Complete Line
of Game Traps, Paints, Loaded
Shells, Cutlery and Stoves. ,Motor
Boat Specialties, Gas and Gasoline
Engines, Batteries, etc. Traveling
Representative :-:-:- :-: -:- :
Have your Animals Vaccinated NOqW and use snly Pasters Vaccine rm'inI
ciIAr s sIvi aIIoG PLaO
Between Canal and Customhouse, Crockery Glassware,
CHARLES H. WiCtiTERICH, P oopriaftr. 108-10 Magazine St 6' OtRLEAN~
S .Thra oorr i$6
(Complete With Salt Water Fittings.) A Complete line of Yacht Sup
piies, Batteries and Spark Plugs. ARTHUR DUVIO, 126 Ohartra St.
New Orlear.s, Louisiana.
Schwartz Carts! -
Are made right and of best
material. A full line of
Carriages and Buick Auto
mobiles. Write for Cata
S log and Prices :-: -:
N : ew Orleans9 ouisiana.
Highest Prices Paid For
Old Time Furniture, Jew
elry· and Bric a Brac.
Address: Miss S. Dia
mond, Diamond, La.
Manufacturing Stationers and
Office Outfitters,
Blank Book Makers, Printers,
Lithographers, Desks & Chairs,
Filing Cabinets and Bookcases.
Jewel Cafel
.Open day and night. We
serve the best wines, liquors
and oysters : : : : :
Hehart Raas - J. H. Majeau
' Bar Manser. - Proprietor.
Westfeld t
528 (ravier Stree t
New Orleans, La. ,
Direct Importersof Seed Rice
Worlds Bottling Co, Itd
Corner Montigut and Royal Streets.
Manufacturers of all highest
grade mineral waters and
carbonated drinks.
All orders given
prompt at
Country orders a specialty.
Ph'ni Hemlock 291
The Launch Protector
Will leave New Orleans every
Tuesday and Friday morning at
7:00 for all landings as far as
Venice - - - - - - - -
Building Materials,
Sand, Shells,
Gravel, Cement
ii Hcward Ave. Phone Main 455.
New OrIeans.

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