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re THE FIRST SUNDAY m CLOSING ORDINANCE W to While the Spanish authorities were m charged by the revolutionists who suc- fr ceeded them with undue oppression sc and extortion, the order of the Span- ni ish commandant closing all stores, sa- a loons, factories, cock pits and other ai establishments during Sundays until o' after Church hours, that is, until one o'clock, p. m., may have been consid ered oppression of the most grevious nature for if we are to form an opin- te ion by reading the old Spanish records b. the English speaking element of the al district of Baton Rouge was composed r' of a most unholy set, for no sooner W were the Spanish authorities de- u] throned than establishments of every rt character were thrown open and the P' wildest revelry indulged in. W Up to the breaking out of the Civil U' War business of every description S was carried on openly and brazenly si on Sunday. In fact, Sunday was the g principal trading day and day for fun t( and frolic. It was on that day me- y chanics, sugar makers, overseers and i others from neighboring plantations u visited this town in greatest number d and they were many, due to the fact n that every plantation has its sugar 0 house in which cane was converted n into sugar. Gamblers were numerous A and gambling openly practiced. u Under the bluffs along the river front was where the toughs, composed t of raftsmen, flat boat men, levee workers and roustabouts mostly con gregated and where the barker's voice calling Keno numbers and the whirr of the roulette wheel could be heard P at all hours day and night. c It is not to be understood by this r statement that Baton Rouge lacked a large and respectable element of God-fearing, law abiding and peace loving people among the citizenship for I doubt that for good citizenship, a better or more moral people could be found anywhere than among our permanent residents, but at a time V when all classes demanded the largest measure of personal liberty, the rowdy element was permitted to go to the F devil by its own chosen route without c interference so long as laws made and provided were not violated. Horse racing and cock fighting were consid ered neither sinful nor demoralizing, but a legitimate sport gentleman might and did indulge in and both were conducted honestly, fairly and gentlemanly. It was at the close of the Civil War with the town crowded by recently emancipated negroes, discharged white and black Federal soldiers, re turned young Confederates, unprin cipled camp followers, gamblers, all W the aftermath of Civil War, that vio lations of the Commandment "Remem ber and keep holy the Sabbath day" reached high tide, the zenith of Sun day desecrecation. Under such de- ti moralizing conditions home people ul were powerless, but with the depar- tip ture of Federal troops and exodus of th most of the undesirable characters, w from a minority, permanent residents st soon became sufficiently strong in qi number to impress their moral views bi and principles upon the body politic fc and to demand of the city council an n ordinance closing on the Sabbath all ce stores, saloons and other money mak- o1 ing establishments. f Of course, Sunday closing was bit- 1o terly opposed by many merchants and T by all saloon keepers, but the church n' attending element supplemented by G respectable non-attending church men a who desired to bring their families 0o up in more decent and moral sur- a rounding, as well as employees com- C pelled to labor seven days of each t( week, were triumphant after a stren- ti uous struggle. "To Hell wid der H Sunday law. Ven dey shut oop der sthores dey broke de merchants," d growled one. "But you get what is s to be spent during the week days, do m you not?" "No ve dond, for de hands o is vorking on der plantations all week j, und if they can't buy whiskey on Sun- f day dey gives der money to der wim mens to buy dresses und shoes and I oder trash. Der profit is in whiskey, 1 my friend, und dond you forget id." t A local gambler of consideramle pop ularity with a certain class circulated a around town asking each acquaintance a he encountered, "How is a poor man a to make a living if the reformers win I and close saloons. Where are we to I conduct our games?" t Notwithstanding the indignation ex- 3 pressed by the opposition, the advo- i cates of the Sunday closing moved t right along with their reform move- c ment and after considerable agitation t called a mass meeting to be held in t the Court House where gathered an j assemblage of such magnitude that the most active and ardent worker in I the cause was astonished at the pres ence of so many whom it was thought I were indifferent or opposed to the i movement. The City Council falling into line passed an ordinance closing all places i t of business, the market excepted, and I this action was followed shortly there e after by the legislature when for the [ first time since the expulsion of the SpAnish authorities a Sabbath quiet n ness enveloped the city on the Iord's h Day. d True, there were a few spasmodic efforts to defy the authorities but ,r several heavy fines brought saloon y keepers to their senses. Baton Rouge d was free from the demoralizing in - fluences which had pievailed for many - decades and made a place fit to bring Waxin' Fat HEN your figure's getting dumpy And your chin is hanging low, When your waist line's disappearing Aria your gait's becoming slow; It's time to do some thinking In a calm and sober way; For you're getting fat-yes, dearie, Getting fat-perhaps pass'e. Now when a woman's mirror Shows she's getting fat, Something will be doing And mighty quick at that. When a woman's really worried It's of very litle use D To try to keep her happy When she's trying to reduce; For every friend's advising In a most amusing strain Some new and wondrous system That'll get her thin again. But when she's tried their methods And yet she stouter grows, It's no funny situation, As every woman knows. So we're coming to the rescue Of that fat and overwrought, Whose hip line keeps enlarging And whose corset strings grow taut If they'll only wear a MODART For just a litle while, They'll all turn into marvels Of attractive grace and style. For you all remember Venus, That statue most divine; Most lovely form on record, Yet she "measures 29." MISS EFFIE REX The Women's Shop WHAT WILL BECOME OF hav HOMES AND FAMILIES? as She (Communicated) all It looks as though it were about sin, time for the country women to wake our up and call a halt upon the activi- voc ties of their city sisters. Otherwise, she there is no telling what miseries they Go( will inflict upon us. They forced suffrage upon us, and, because we of quietly submitted, they propose to wil bury us under an avalanche of duties, ing for which we are totally unfitted by nes nature. The women at large, who the constitute a majority, have not auth- I orized these suffragists to make laws Ed for them, nor have they sent them to del lobby in the Legislature and Congress. the The suffragists claim that we are ig- of norant and behind the times. Thank tha God we are behind the times they an advocate, and we may be ignorant gr of some things, but we are not ignor- an ant of the teachings of the Bible, nol God's word, and so far, we have tried mu to follow its instructions, to the ex- A tent of staying in the sphere in which wa He placed us. to Our lives are full of God-assigned del duties, and we have neither the time, set strength nor inclination for men's as work. It is very evident that a lot eig of women have fallen down on their ha jobs for juvenile courts and more re- an formatories for both boys and girls. gh There is sore need of "Back to the ha I Bible" clubs, instead of Suffrage, New el Thought, Psychic and Bridge Socie- it3 ties. inj Is not the Saviour saying to us, I as he did to Zaccheus: "Make haste tei and come down, for to day I must ga I abide at thy house"? He is ready to I bring us a blessing as he did to the in Slittle home at Bethany. Will He find St us at home waiting to receive it? DoL - you women of Louisiana think He cll - would approve of the suffragists and gi I their platform, women retaining their of - own names after marriage, having th 1 their own domiciles different from h n that of their husbands, sitting on at Sjuries and holding offices? t What will become of the homes and s families, under 'l}-,onditions ? What will the' next generationlu t know of "Home, sweet home" and ` e what will they care for the Heavenly Il Home? "The hand that rocks the e cradle rules the world." The family H s is the symbol of government. The bi d man is the head of the family as s Christ is the Head of the Church. A w e fanily can no gore have two heads ,e than can a government. Who ever ti t- heard of even a committee without a a' 's chairman, a club or society without a president or a government without a ic head, though it be but a figure-head? it "A house divided against itself must in fall." So saith Scripture. The man is head and bread-winner; the woman, his complement and cradle-tender. One trouble is, so many women ob ject to the cradle because they do 5 not wish to lose their youthful appear ance, nor be tied at home. They de sire "to be free and live their own lives", a la modern fiction heroines; hence the advocacy of birth-control. All honor to Archbishop Shaw for his bold, uncompromising stand on that subject. God honored women by mak ing a woman mother of His Son, but no mere man was allowed to be His father. Other object to rocking the cradle, and so leave he' sacred task to alien hands. "Train up the child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it," is a precious fible promise. If we assume men's duties and leave our own to alien hands, as we will be forced to *do, what can we say when our husbands and children rise up in the Judgment day and condemn us? W'e are not needed to do men's work. Our men are on their jobs and are fully capable of attending to them. Deborah is the only female office holder mentioned in the Bible that I can recall. We are told that there was but one man capable of leading the armies of Israel to battle, and he refused to go unless Deborah agreed to go with him. No such condition confronts us. Our men have always been strong and capable and the train ing and experience of the late war, made them not only more able, but more earnest and serious. They came back ready to respond to the call to a better and higher standard of liv ing. They wanted peaceful christian homes, and sweet, pure wives. In stead, their ears were assailed with degrading jazz, and nearly every wl.re they beheld gambling at bridge, sensual movie pictures, and soul sickening dances. There is where reforms should be gin, and'women can accomplish that without leaving their homes to do it. It is still the old story; women lead and men follow. Eve at the forbid den fruit and gave it to Adam and he did eat. No doubt he ate it to up families, but unless the bootleggers and contra4Yar~,dj iets !a suppressed the work of the faithful few of years ago will have' be i'ftr dan. have peace and please his wife, just tra' 3? as men today yield to modern Eves. sch She sinned and brought a curse upon hea all animate and inanimate creation- disi iut sin, sorrow, suffering and death. Like goc ke our suffragist sisters, she did not ad- an> vi- vocate any of the evils that followed; lior se, she only desired to be equal with tioi icy God, knowing good and evil, tor ,ed Adam sinned in following the line dis, we of least resistance. I hope the men tial to will rise up and present an unyield- to es, ing front to this whole suffrage busi- to by ness, lest another curse come upon rho the world. the th- Picture to yourselves the garden of so vws Eden! A home of marvellous beauty, bel to delightful odors and heavenly music, ed ss. the music of the spheres, an anthems ass ig- of praise of the morning star! In ink that matchless home, a perfect man iey and woman, and, to crown it all, a TI ant great God for their friend, who walked or- and was contented, apparently, but le, not so Eve; Equal with Adam she (T ied must, perforce, be equal with God. ex- A wilful woman will have her own Th ich way and the Devil is always ready to help her. "She ate of the forbid- Th ned den fruit, alas, and our teeth are me, set on edge." Eves of today are just To en's as ambitious and discontented. For lot eign women say the American women A leir have the best husbands in the world, re. and we know we live in the most Of rls. glorious country in the world. We H; the have the blessings attendant upon tew civilization, education and christian- Gi cie- ity. What more can we ask? Noth ing; but woman is the most unreason- F4 able creature in the world. "Con ste tentment with godliness is great Fi lust gain." Let us get back to the Bible. toIf that little group of women, back A the in the sixties, had organized a Bible find Study club, and a prayer meeting, like Ir Do Lydia of old, instead of a Suffrage He club, there would be neither suffra- S and gists nor suffragettes today. Instead heir of keeping suffrage lobbies bi:sy in 'l ling the Legislative and Congressional rom halls, why not set up prayer lobbies": on at home? If we would take our l,*oub'eŽ. t~ S and the Lord instead of to Miss Alice Paul and her cohorts, God will give S tionus what is best for us, and no sorrow and will be added thereto. "His arm is F enly not shortened that it cannot save." the If Miss Alice Paul is moved by the F miHoly Spirit as she claims, I do not believe she would be at the head of I as suffrage clubs, nor do I believe she would be persuading women to use V eads their God-given means to biuld poli ever tical headquarters and to advance the E ever activities of such clubs. On the con trary, she would urge them to build 1 schools, hospitals and churches, in heathen lands and in the mountain F - districts of this country. There are godly men and women waiting and F anxious to go to those places and mil lions are dying and going to perdi- A tion because of lack of hospitals, doc tors and nurses, to care for their poor S diseased bodies, and for lack of chris- V 1 tian men and women to point the way - to Heaven; but then there is no money - to send them. 1 As surely as the women get what they advocate in their "Blanket Bill", f so surely will a curse come upon our , beloved country, because it is foster , ed by rebellion against our God- F s assigned lot in life. Annie Sanderson Kilbourne. a THE FOOL ABOUT FASHIONS I SOCIETY'S MUTT. t - - e (Toast read at a Woman's club ban I. quet). n The fool about fashions, Society's j Y mutt, - Thinks of clothes above all things, e from the way they are cut, t To the fabrics they're made of; and each little thing, n A clasp, or a button, bit of lace or ear ring, t Or even the bow of a tiny shoe-lace e Has in her gray matter an important n place. I- Gray matter? What matter? Nol - matter, I say, 3- For brains do not figure in this fi n- gure, lay, at For she's only a clothes-rack for the e. latest in style. k And her brains are the ones served le at table the while Ce In fashionable attire, at a fashion' ýe able board a- She dispenses choice viands to a fash ad ionable hoard, in Who dine with her now, but later wi9 al say, es "Now what do think that that goose wore to-day?" t^ Should the weather be cold, or the' ce weather be hot, ve She wears what's en regle, believe )W me, and not is Furs for cold weather, and chiffons for Spring, he For should Autumn be pleasant, but iot furs the late thing, of In furs milady goes swathed to her he neck ise With muff and neckpieces and trim di- mings, a peck, he But should Paris say muslins though )n. the weather be cold .luslins she'll wear and declare with a bold Face that she's just as snug as can be, For one must be in fashion, though frozen you see! And now when short skirts are Dame Fashions' decree Society's mutt wears skirts to her - Well, no not quite, but the thinner she's made It seems that more pleasure she takes when displayed To the gaze of the public: but why waste our while, On this silliest creature, let's pals with t smile, For really she's in a most small mi nority, For club women rule in a most large majority. And they know the lovely, artistic and neat And dainty creations are worn when they meet, For beautiful woman likes her soul to express In exquisite, appropriate, beautiful dress. LUCY M. COBB. We editors may dig and toil Till our finger tips are sore, But some poor fish is sure to say, "I've heard that joke before." -Penn Punch Bowl. Super Safety - . l. .. -? For your greater protection Whenever you write checks on unprotecte, unnured form, then you invite os through Ifrmadul entheeion or rnng. Why do that. when theeINSURED Supa*Salesy cbheck.u *vailable for your me? 2":i:·;:·E;)LCOM ING T"" .AT I. 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