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TOOLE COTTON SEED
WE HAVE BOUGHT A LARGE QUANTITY
Early Prolific Cotton Seed,
which we offer for sale in lots to suit, from a
single sack to a car load.
Lafayette Compress and Storage Company
JIr. (Guilbeau Takves Ixga .
St. Martinville, La., Jan. 7, 1909.
Mr. Editor :
Believing that any citizen, how
ever humble, should have the right
to express his views before any de
liberative body created by the peo
ple, upon any subject affecting the
interests and welfare of the com
munity of which he is a citizen, a
tax-payer, and a qualitied elector,
I respectfully ask you to publish
the remarks I should have made
at the attempted organization of
the Board of School Directors at
a meeting last Monday. My right
and privelege to make any remark
having been denied to me by mem
ber elect J. R. Olivier.
The object of the meeting was
the organization of the Board of
School Directors in and
for this Parish. Mr. Favrot eta
ted that as a secretary of the old
Board he would call the roll of all
members-elect, which he did, and
would proceed to the organization
of the Board.
Mr. Favrot then stated that the
election of a President for the
Board was in order and called for
nominations. Mr. Carline nomin
ated Dr. Olivier whose nomination
was seconded by Mr. Dupuis; Mr.
Gauthier nominated Dr. Guilbeau,
Mr. Bienvenu seconding this no
mination. Mr. Favrot then called
for a vote of Dr. Guilbeau's no
mination which resulted as fol
lows: For Dr. Guilbeau: Messrs.
Bienveau, Gauthier and Guilbeau,
against Messrs. Olivier, Dupuis
and Carline. There being a tie,
Mr. Favrot stated "I declare Dr.
Guilbeau defeated", and imme
diately called the roll on the no
mination of Dr. Olivier. The vote
being as follows: For Dr. Olivier:
Messrs. Olivier, Carline and Du
puis, against Messrs. Guilbeau,
Bienveon and Gauthier. There
being a tie Mr. Favrot stated "I
declare Dr. Olivier elected Presi
dent of the Board of School Di
Dr. Guilbeau immediately arose
and protested against the illegal,
uncalled for action on the part of
Mr. Favrot, and stated that he
would not suffer such indignities
from any one, and that he would
retire from the meeting in order
to protest against such assumption
of authority, and would go to law
to be protected in his rights. He
then left accompanied by Messrs.
Gauthier and Bienvenu.
It was then that I attempted to
speak when Dr. Olivier who, as
suming the authority of President,
denied a citizen of the Parish, and
of this free commonwealth, the
right to address the represents
tives of the people in session as
Mr. Favrt. lbeiitig asked his Anl
thority for his arbitrary and un
called for action, read a letter from
Mtate Superintendent Harris or
from the assistant attorney genter
al, stating that there was no law
upon the mnater, but advised Mr.
Favrot to follow the rules of pro
cedure of the House of Represen-I
tatives of the Congress of the Ltni
In doing so Mr. Favrot lhas
shown either absolute ignorance
of the said rules or has attempted
to clothe himilIf with a power il.
legal, arbitrary, niull and void, thus
endeavoring to force himself upon
and to dictate to the people of this
Parish what should be done in tihe
management of their affairs.
The position assumed by Mr.
Favrot is illegal and the election
of Dr. Olivier null and void for
(I quote the C'ngressioul KRe
cords of the House of Represeuta
tives of the 53rd Cougress, at pageI
"Th' tii,. delsignated by this
pr°claunation having .rrived fior
the mleetini of the 53rdl C,egress
of thle Lnuited States, the' Cl('rk of
the preceeding House of Reprr
sentatives will call the roll, which
by law, he is authorized to pre
pare, of the members-elect."
We therefore grant that Mr.
Favrot had thei right to call the
Mr. Favrot had not the right to
call for the election of a president
before being authorized by the
board to do so.
"(I read from C. R. folio 200 &
"The CLERK. The Clerk an
nounces that upon the roll call 348
Representatives answered to their
names, being more than a quorum.
The Clerk is now prelpared to re
ceive a motion to the election of a
"ELECTION OF SPEAKER"
MR. HOLMAN: Mr. Clerk I move
that the House proceed to the elec
tion of a Speaker.
The motion was agreed to."
In our case it appears that Mr.
Favrot did not need any authority.
The creature had become greater
than the creator.
(I READ AGAIN FROM THE AUTHO
RITY, same page.
THE CLERK. Nominations for
the speaker are now in order.
MR. HOLMAN: I nominate the
Hon. Chas. F. Crisp.
MR. HENDERSON: I nominate
the Hon. Thomas B. Reed.
MR. KEx: I nominate the Hon.
THE CLERK: The Clerk will now
proceed to call the roll.
Mi. BuaRows: Mr. Clerk, I
believe it is usual to appoint tell
ers to ascertain the result of the
election for Speaker.
THE CLERK. The gentleman is t
correct; the matter was momenta
rily overlooked. Caruth, Bing
ham, O'Niel, Hopkins were ap
At the concldsion of the roll call, t
Mr. Caruth said: The tellers re
port that the total number of votes
is 313, of which Hon. Charles F.
Crisp of Georgia has received 213,
Hon. Thomas B. Reed, of Maino,
121, and Hon. Jerry Simpson, o,f
THE CLERK. Hon. C. F. Crisp,
having received a tmijoriy( of allt
votes cast, is duly elected speaker (
of the House of Representatives." º
In the case of the School Board 1
Mr. Favrot saw fit to dispense will
tellers, counted the votes, pro.
claimed the count, and passed up
on the result simply by veetitg
himself with proper (?) auth,,rily;
declaring Dr. Olivier elected upe,.,
a tie vote.
(Reading from the record folio
Mit. Cltrs'. (At Speaker's delsk )
I am now ready to tare the oath of
With us that formality was dis
pensed with, (at leastas long as 1
Now admitting that the rules of
Congress should govern us in the 4
organization of the Board, to show
how absurd and illegal the assnm
ed power of Mr. Favrot was, I will
show that the Clerk ot the House
of Representatives has absolutely
no power or riKht to exercise any
authority, act as a functionary or
do any act tending toward the or
ganization, except preparing the i
roll, calling same, and announcing
(1 quote from the same Record,
"Speaking of the provision (LEu
thority the clerk to make up the,
roll, is also constitutional it itei
Seffects htrmi,tlr with the Ireptr
atiot of the roll. For it is no vioe
lation of the Constitutional provi.
Ston, which makes the house the
sole judge of the credentials, for a.
Clerk of the preceding House to
pass judgment thereon if that
judgment is to reimin with the
Clerk, and is not to be in any way
Ithrust up(on the House. lBut if
the ore'tI andl t:effel of the statute.
either standing alone or connected
with the rules of the preceding
Hoole. e, were to 'Dut.r.)t,.tg ' tili
Crler in any ulhe.ll to imusqosr'
his judgment upon tlhe House at
its orgltti:aliit it wouldi be un
cn'.slitiSWioal anti rcid. Tile pow
er to judtlge of the elction, returns,
and quall.icatlio)ll of its melmbers
to determine its own rules, and to
clihoose itS (il't qfli.ers is in its
characte'r absolucr ald ercluosir'.
No other Ibody, tribunial or autho
rity can in any case ('.c'ercise that
power or aHty ljarl of it.
Of coillrse it was competent for
Congress to iutholrizie any citizen,
whether he had or had not ever I
been a clerk of the house of ]Re
presentative to make such a roll;
but. if there was any alttempt in
this act to a/tltorize the e.r-cle'rk
to appear, as a fJuliour!/ at the t
orgltnizattiot of the new House, or
to give his roll any constitutional
place in the proceedings, or to I
furnish any rules or regulations t
for the occasion that tlleh'pl was H
wholly anconstiltlionlt and roild.
Thus that I have shown you that
under the law and tile very statn
te-s under which Mr. Favrot claims
to have acted, the whole attemp
ted organization proceedings of
the Board are illegal, null and J
without effect. To submit to them
would be ridiculous. In order to
protect our rights shall we be for
ced by injunction? We hope not.
I wish to assure you, and through
you the good people of the Parish
of St. Martin that they will not
find better, more law abiding citi
zens, greater lovers of education, 0
of progress, and of all that is no
ble and true than Messrs Gauthier, J
Guilbeau and Bieuveun. But they
will be true to principles that ne
ver die, true to themselves, true to
their friends, true to justice and
equity, true to honor.
They love the little children of
this fair land of ours, they look up
to the moment when none of them
will lack education as the greatest
accomplishment of modern civili
zation. To achieve such results
will be their constant aim.
In conclusion I will state that I
have shown by the very rules in-.
yoked by Mr. Favrot that lie had
no right to participate in the elec
tion of the officers of the Board;
that Iby attempting to cast his vote
in order to elect Mr. Olivier as
President of the Board he has as
seued a power not delegated to
him by law nor by the people, and
fthat in consequence Mr. Olivier
is lit t atll Callll t pretelnd to lie
lhe Irel'elenti of the Board.
Should Mr. Favrot's actioti be
upheld by hIis friends, this will
iiuntdiute'lly brtilg a clash in our
school s3om, ant ui engeitter I lti
gation. In the meanwhile school
olperations wotuld bel suspeildedl to
the great IUjury f thlle school chtl
dlre and the iwhole blame for such
a dleplorable cindititn w ill sit
inset rest uponi Mr. Favrot alnlI hII
FlIANK 'I'. (GrI'LBEAL
The Bonin Grocery Co.,
lieg to iufoirm Ihe Pialite,, sthu
they haive iou llll! THREE CArltS
,,f sEED POI'A'OEB, hlio heatt
tilhe inlikei citul ,ffer. Heitce,
we take itle'aeure in anynlg thati
we aill have ion t'tnmlpittitir itnli.
far aa Seld Potatuoes,, Rice, ~iUrg,,
Coffee, Flhur, Cort, Oat, lii,,h.
Hay, \\ Ilikies, Wiiesandltl all sotl.
of Liq1uts. Now, rt.ueusilhor ,,itr
celebratedl Never Fail Flour.
Bonitt (l'riccelry Co.
The Lafayett,. Gaizette issued a
pretty illustrated ch.llim on Newi
Years day, which crtiaiied stVe-
ral gool articles Ihout Lafayette,
town and parish, and a golod num
ber of large advertisemeuits. This
ledition was nicely printedl andt al
together was a fine paper.
FOR SALE 324 acres f( of section 12
back of Wi'm. Thotuas place near Cata
houla lake at $5 per acre rash. wootilantd
oak, ash, sweet coUl trees. See L. Blen- i
venu, real estate ageut.
T'lhe Wednesday Afternoon club
was entertained Wednesday, by
Mrs. J. S. Martin.
We experienced a strong wind,
heavy rain and hail Monday night.
The. hailstones were numerous and
The Bonin (Grocery Co., who in
tendled to open a white bar, have
decided to open a negro bar in
stead, which we believe will be a
profitable decision, as there are
two white bars one colored peo
IIn .January let. the Clerk at the
railroad office here was discontin
ed and tihe agent is now alone to
do the hbusiness of the office. I'u
less there is a great decrease in
thie business of this station, the
ageant will nave a hard time to
keep up with the work.
j Loulou Duchamp. Frank Ducrest.
IDUOHAMP & DURCEST ;
Hardware, Furniture, ..
Carries at all times a full line of 01j
Fancy and shelf hardware, paints,
I oils, stoves, ranges, carpenters and .
ý1 machinists' tools, wall paper, fish- 1
. ing tackle, plumbers suppies etc. 11
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molasses. Give it a test and be convinced of its
quality. For prices and sample apply to
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St. Martinville, La. Loreauville, La.
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The Teacher lunstitute which met in
St. Martinville the past week was con
cluded with two interesting sessions ort
Thursday and Friday. The latter lasted
for only half a dlay.
The programs consisted of lectures on
"Geographic Iflulences." "Algebra,"
"Arithemetic" and other things by Prof.
Foote. Miss Newell and Supt. Favrot.
Miss HIelen Johnston made her report on
the teachers convention which she at
tended recently at Natchitoches. Fol
lowtng this a "League of School Im
provement" was organized. A commit
tee of live was then chosen to attend to
the business of the league.
On Friday morning, Dr. Olivier, Presi
deut of the Board, gave an interesting
talk to the teachers. At the close of the
morning work, a rising vote of thanks
was tendered Miss Newell for her effi
cient service to the institute after which
she made a brief farewell speech.
Supt. Favrot closed the meetlng with
a few words of encouragement to the
teachers. The benefit derived from the
Institute was by all considered to be
Mr. and Mrs. G(illaume Barras
had the misfortune to lose their
dear little boy, Ernest, aged three
months. The funeral took place
at five o'clock Thursday evening.
For rent - the old Bassett place with
eight acres land see L. Bienvenu.