SERVING RAYVILLE AND RICHLAND PARISH ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT LIBERTAS ET NATALE SOLUM VOLUME LXIX. RAYVILLE, RICHLAND PARISH, LOUISIANA, SATURDAY, JUNE 26th, 1937. NUMBER 20. James F. Broussard Honored By French University, Town I S. U. Romance Languages Head Receives Honorary Degree, Citizenship BATON ROUGE, La., June 24. In recognition of his work in the promotion of interest in French language and culture in the United States, Professor James F. Broussard, head of the University department of Romance languages and former dean of administration, has been honored by the University of Toulouse and the town of Bordeaux, France. At the conclusion of a series of lectures which he gave recently at the University of Toulouse on the subject, "L& Survivance de la langue francaise en Louisiane," the rector of the university conferred upon him the honorary degree. Following the lectures at Toulouse Professor Broussard went to Bordeaux, where he gave six lectures on French literature, customs and traditions, dialects, and folklore of Louisiana. At the conclusion of this second series, the city government of Bordeaux conferred on him honorary citizenship. In his speech of acceptance. Professor Broussard received the honors "not personally, but as a gesture of friendship toward the Louisiana State University and a recognition of what has been accomplished in our department of Romance languages." Professor Broussard was awarded the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1935 and several years ago was decorated by the government as "Officier d'Acade-mie" in recognition of his services as a member of the French faculty at the United States Naval Academy, where he was associate professor of French from 1916 to 1922. At the invitation of the two French universities, Professor Broussard went to France early this year to partici pate in the series of programs which they have held in a study of French languages, customs, traditions, and culture and the developments and variances noted in each in different sections. Professor Broussard's lectures were devoted to a consideration of the various phases of French culture as seen in Louisiana today. While in Europe, Professor Broussard Is spending some time in research and travel. lie expects to return to the University for the opening of the 1937-38 session in September. 5,390 Claims For Old Age Benefits Filed With Social Security Board MONROE, La., June 23. The Social Security Board announced today that 5,390 claims for lump-sum and death payments had been filed with the Bureau of Federal Old-Age Benefits, as of June 1. These claims were received from each of the 48 states and from the District of Columbia. None had been received from Alaska and Hawaii on that date. The report, issued by P. L. Dark, manager of the Monroe, Louisiana, field office of the Social Security Board, showed that New York, with 776, and Pennsylvania, with 610, lead all states in the number of claims filed. In the southwestern region, 127 claims had been filed in Texas, 52 in Louisiana, and four in New Mexico. Only 43 claims have been disallowed for payment out of all of those filed, according to the report. "There has been little delay in the payment of these claims," Mr. Dark stated. "The average length of time for payment of lump-sum benefits to eligible employees at age 65 after the receipt of .the claim is approximately 3 weeks. However, payments to estates of eligible wage earners take an average of about 1 week longer." This difference in length of time, it was explained, is due to the necessary variation in procedures. A life claim, it was pointed out, involves little more than checking the name and account number and establishing the age of the claimant and wages received. In the case of death claims, state laws relating to priorities and exemptions, If funeral and last illness expenses have not been paid, must also be considered. In addition, there is a considerable variation of procedure depending on whether or not a will has been probated and who files the claim. "Until January 1, 1942, the only claims that are payable are those involving lump-sum and death payments, amounting to 3 per cent of total wages received from covered employment," Mr. Dark continued. "After that date, the major program of monthly benefits to qualified workers in commerce and industry will begin. Benefits are based on wages received for services in covered employment from the beginning of the year 1937 to age 65, and the wage record in the worker's social security account will be used in determining benefits. Possession of an account number, therefore, is essential in the maintenance of proper wage records." Archibald Presbyterian Church Rev. Harry L. Walton will preach Sunday night at 8 o'clock, subject: "Pentecost Essential." ? "Not by might, but by my spirit, i-aist the Lord. C. Houlk of Satillo, Miss., has trans-oiuited more than 100 trees from i-lgn countries on his front lawn. Boy Badly Injured As Gun Discharges DELHI, La., June 23. Billy Duplis-sey, 15-year-old son of Mrs. J. E. Holt, of near Delhi, is in a local hospital with a bullet in his brain, inflicted when his .22-caliber rifle accidentally discharged on Bayou Macon Wednesday afternoon. The bullet hit him just above the left eye. His physicians stated he has a slight chance to survive. A portion of the bullet has been removed. Physicians said the bullet had broken into three pieces and they had been able to remove one, but had not yet been able to dislodge the others. Although there were no witnesses to the accident, it was stated that young Duplissey had been shooting turtles along the bayou bank and that he was accompanied by his sister, who had walked about 100 yards away to drive the car to the point where her brother was shooting. It was thought he dropped the rifle, causing it to discharge as it hit some object. Duplissey is the step-son of J. E. Holt, banker and planter of Louisiana and Arkansas. State Farm Chemurgic Progressive Movement Council Is Hailed As NEW ORLEANS, La., June 23. Formal organization of the Louisiana Farm Chemurgic Council last week at Baton Rouge was today termed "a 'seven league' forward step toward the successful accomplishment of the state's current campaign to attract industry" in a report issued by the All- South Development Council which summarizes possibilities of putting chemistry to work fo rthe farmer which is what farm chemurgic means. Louisiana, as one of the nation's most versatile and prolific producers of both agricultural and industrial raw materials, should be in the forefront of the farm chemurgic movement which is sweeping the South, the report declares. It hails the action at Baton Rouge as marking the beginning of a new era of industrial growth in which the farmer will work side by side with the factory, supplying and, in many cases, even processing the products of his fields, not for their food values, but for ultimate consumption in industrial applications. In addition to its vast pine forests which constitute one of the most valuable physical resources for chemurgic application, Louisiana's coming leadership in this field is based on possession of "the makings" for virtually every other conversion industry embraced by the chemurgic idea and the Pelican state needs only to match its physical wealth with vision and enterprise to lead the whole parade, the Council's report said. Photographic film "grown" in Lou-isiana rice fields, houses built of okra, sweet potato automobile fuel, soy bean telephones, cotton-upholstered highways, cottonseed "silk" stockings, automobile fenders made from sugar bagasse, and "home-grown" fireproof building materials these are a few of the chemurgic possibilities which in the next decade will bring wealth to agriculturists and an unprecedented wave of industrialization to the South, the report predicted. Louisiana, it continued, is fortunate in the caliber of the men elected to direct its organization. "The board of directors not only includes representatives of nearly every top-flight Louisiana industry, men who have proved their fitness to direct a program of this importance, but it also numbers in its membership successful farmers and highly regarded scientists and educators," the Council pointed out. "With this wise balancing of interested groups it is certain that the Louisiana association's objectives will be carried through successfully." The directors, elected at the Baton Rouge meeting, are: E. D. Kemper of Franklin, manager of Sterling Sugars; Dr. Charles S. Williamson of Tulane University, New Orleans; Walter God-chaux of New Orleans, sugar manufacturer and agriculturist; Dr. Charles E. Coates of Baton Rouge, dean emeritus of the college of pure and applied sciefice of Louisiana State University; Dr. H. L. Griffin of Lafayette, dean of Southwest Louisiana Institute; E. S. Richardson of Ruston, president of Louisiana Polytechnic Institute; J. M. Sentell of Dixie, prominent cotton farmer; H. G. Chalkley of Lake Charles, president of the Louisiana Bankers Association; Joseph Lallande of New Orleans, Southern Pacific Lines; Frank Dimmick of Sunset; M. J. Rathbone of Baton Rouge, president of the Standard Oil Company of Louisiana; and Arthur Gayle of Lake Charles, president of the Louisiana Cattlemen's Association. While praising the formation of the Council, the report pointed out that more than 22 other states either have already set up similar organizations or plan to do so and declared that competition for rapid chemurgic development among the states will prove to be as keenly contested as the current scramble for the benefits of general industrial decentralization. It warned that other Southern states are vieing strenuously for industry, that strong representations of friendliness and fair treatment for industries are now general among industrial-minded states, and stated that only through tangible evidence in the form of legislative restraint in the imposition of new taxes and speedy action in the lowering of existing restrictive imposts can industry be convinced of Louisiana's sincerity in seeking additional industrial payrolls. The prize to the state most energetically and successfully pursuing the development of chemurgic industries will be the lion's share of an annual increased national production amounting to $1,225,000,000, the amount of new wealth which officials of the National Farm Chemurgic Council pre- 12 Cups Offered In Fishing Rodeo DELHI, La., June 23. Twelve loving cups will be awarded in the Bayou Macon fishing rodeo here July 9th instead of five as had been previously announced, according to J. H. Willey, chairman of the rules committee. Mr. Willey said the increase was caused by the widespread interest in the event and after a conference with B. Skidmore, chairman of the rodeo, and other officials, it was decided that seven extra cups should be awarded in addition to about 50 other prizes consisting of fishing tackle and merchandise donations by Delhi and Monroe merchants. Cups will be awarded for the following events: The biggest game fish caught by a man, the biggest fish of any kind caught by a woman, "the biggest fish that got away," the biggest gar caught and killed, four cups for women in fly and bait casting, and four cups for men in fly and bait casting. J. W. Stegall, in charge of judging committees, announced that Mayor L. P. Garcia and J. Howard Fore of Bunkie, Representative H. W. Le-Tissier and A. J. Swayze, conservation agent, both of Jonesville; Representative R. S. Wilds of Wildsville and Sheriff A. J. Sevier of Tallulah will serve as judges of all events. Oak Grove Seiver Is Nearing Completion Oak Grove, La., June 23. The new sanitary sewerage system being constructed by the Works Progress Administration at Oak Grove, La., is nearing completion, according to an announcement this week, and may be ready for operation by the end of the month. The system and the sewage disposal plant, said to be one of the finest in the state, is costing a total of $61,000, and has given employment to 55 men. Co-0p Is Planned By Richland Planters DELHI, La., June 22. John J. Cer-niglia, of Delhi, announced today that plans were almost complete for a cooperative organization of the farmers of Richland parish to assist in the marketing of farm products, fruit and poultry. The organization itself, Mr. Cer- niglia stated, will aid and assist farm ers in securing a market for all excess and salable produce, and will not be operated for profit. It plans merely to maintain a central shipping station, from which produce of all kinds will be marketed at prevailing prices and shipped to the points of demand. Farmers who are interested in this project are urged to get in touch with Mr. Cerniglia, if they have not already done so, in order that they may register with the association and benefit from its activities. Cushion Shoulder Is New Tire Development Cushion shoulder, a new development in truck tire construction which dissipates heat and thereby lengthens tire life, is announced by U. S. Tire Dealers Mutual Corp. Cushion shoulder consists of a section of special compound, cool-running stock built into the truck tire tread, deep down in the shoulder below the point of smooth tread wear. This new construction feature generates less heat in the shoulder area, which is the dangerously high heat area, and it dissipates heat generated by the constant flexing of the cord body. In commenting on cushion shoulder, H. G. Noss, manager of U. S. Truck Tire Department, said: "Truck tires, especially in heavy-load, high speed operation, build up excessively high temperatures. Readings as high of 365 degrees have been found under tread shoulders. Temperatures as high as 290 to 300 degrees are common. When you recall that water boils at 212 degrees, you appreciate just how hot truck tires become in operation. "It is a well-known fact that high heat reduces tread mileage, destroys cord bodies, causes tread separation and dangerous blow-outs. In short, heat is, one of the greatest destroyers of tires. Truck design and construction today is all toward heat reduction. Cushion shoulder, a logical, -practical, proven development, is a major advancement in this direction." Cushion shoulder construction is now standard in all sizes of U. S. Royal Fleet Delivery, and in a number of sizes in U. S. Royal Fleetway and U. S. Royal Rayon Cord truck tires. University To Have Its Own Post Office Baton Rouge, La., June 21. Louisiana State University will probably have its own post office, to be known as University, La., within the 1937-38 session, it has been announced. Establishment of the post office, pending check of business requirement of individual offices, was announced by U. S. Postmaster General James A. Farley. Official check of mail volume on the campus is now being made. diet will be produced when the "wedding" of agriculture and industry is completed. An additional 50,000,000 acres of land will be needed to grow crops for industry, and employment will be provided for approximately 3,-000,000 more people within the next decade, they estimate. STATE TAX ACT RULED ILLEGAL Supreme Court Kills Statute Providing Redemption of Property NEW ORLEANS, June 21. The state supreme court held unconstitutional today the act allowing redemption of tax-claimed property by payment of taxes due only for the year of adjudication. Under the act No. 1S3 of 1936 a person whose property was sold for taxes could redeem it by paying only the taxes due in that year and did not have to pay taxes that might have accrued before or after its sale. The high court upheld and incorporated in its opinion the lower court judgment rendered by Judge Charles A. Holcombe of East Baton Rouge parish. That feature of the law cancelling taxes accruing after adjudication of the property to the state was incorporated in act 161 of 1931 and act 14 of the fourtn extra session of 1935. These acts were subsequently held constitutional by the state and federal supreme courts. Then, in 1935, the new law was passed, providing also for cancellation of taxes due before adjudication of the property. The court held that the legislature knew this action was unconstitutional and therefore adopted a resolution providing for an amendment to the state constitution to assure its validity. This amendment was defeated in the election of November 3, 1936. The court held that the entire act should be held unconstitutional. "While it is true," the court said, "that the legislature had the constitutional right to continue the benefits and relief to the subsequent (cancellation of taxes after adjudication) type of distressed property owners at the expense of the other taxpayers of the state, as it had done for two years prior to the passage of act 183 of 1936, in view of the language of the, state and the history of the legislation, it cannot be logically or fairly stated that the legislature intended to continue to grant further relief and benefits solely and only to one type or class, while the greater number and more distressed property owners, because of constitutional inhibitions, were beyond legislative relief." Today's decision is expected to nullify several thousand homestead redemptions and affect other taxpayers who were waiting for a court decision to take advantage of the act. Field Offices To Assign Social Security Account Numbers After June 30 MONROE, La., June 23. With only a few days remaining during which social security account numbers will be assigned by postmasters throughout the country, the Social Security Board today announced the virtual completion of its plans for taking over the job on July 1. Applications for account numbers under the Federal old age benefits program were made at the rate of approximately 41,000 a working day during the month of May, the Board said. It is added that this rate probably will be lessened after June 30. The total of assigned account numbers in the Records Division of the Bureau of Federal Old Age Benefits on June 1 was 27,787.838. P. L. Dark, manager of the Monroe office of the Social Security Board, explained that workers may continue to obtain blank application forms from the post offices after June 30 except in cities where the Board has established field offices, but that the actual assignment of account numbers will be made in Louisiana through designated field offices in New Orleans and Shreveport. Applications received by the Monroe field office will be forwarded to the Shreveport office for assignment of account numbers, Mr. Dark said. Mr. Dark stated that the reasons for requesting all wage earners in occupations covered by the Social Security Act to apply for account numbers without delay are: First, because it is essential to the subsequent setting up of their accounts, which are used in determining the benefits to which they may ultimately become eligible: Second, because it will simplify the employer's task when he hires new employees if these employees can give their account numbers. Third, because it will be helpful in keeping the records maintained by State unemployment compensation administrations. Until July 1, the Board explained, an employee may choose any one of four different ways to file his completed application. They are: (1) by giving it to his employer, (2) by giving it to his labor union, (3) by delivering it to his local post office, (4) by mailing it in a sealed envelope addressed ."Postmaster, Local." By the last day in June every employer in industry and commerce will have to make sure that each of his employees has a social security account number in order to make a required report to the Treasury Department on wages paid for employment since January 1, 1937. If an employee has failed to obtain a number, a Treasury regulation stipulates that the employer must file an application for an account number in his behalf. The employer must file this initial information return on or before July 31st. E. C. Henthorn, truck driver of Buckner, O., has equiped the rear of his truck with electrical signs that tell following motorists whether the road ahead Is clear or dangerous. Kiwanians Enjoy Delightful Program The luncheon of the Kiwanis Club was made delightful on last Wednesday by a splendid program of music and dancing, which took the place of the regular program of All Kiwanis Day scheduled. Mrs. Roy Williams gave several beautiful vocal selections, accompanied on the piano by Mrs. W. L. Calhoun. The dancing was under the direction of Miss Clarice Roane, teacher of the school of dance at Rayville, with Miss Taliaferro at the piano. Little Miss Elaine Jones, pretty and petite daughter of Sheriff and Mrs. J. Foster Jones, with a tap dance, and Little Misses Claire Aycock and Charlotte Ann Eddins. with a song and dance, delighted the Kiwanians. The dance feature of the program was a beautiful and marvelous acrobatic dance by Miss Roane. Horace Mangham told what Kiwanis had done for him, and what it had meant to the community, giving only in part in the brief time allotted him the manifold blessings that Rayville and Richland parish have received from this organization. The luncheon was in charge of Warren Hunt, vice-president, in the absence of President Hull, who was in attendance upon the Kiwanis International Convention at Indianapolis, Ind. The program was ably handled by Doc Green, chairman of the Committee on Kiwanis Education. He has the thanks of the Club for the splendid entertainment the program provided. Louis Wakeman gave a report on the progress of the soft ball teams. The visitors were Mrs. J. Foster Jones, Mrs. Roy Williams, Mrs. W. L. Calhoun, Misses Clarice Roane, Taliaferro, Little Misses Elaine Jones, Claire Aycock and Charlotte Ann Eddins. The Presbyterian ladies had charge of the preparation and serving of the delicious luncheon. 0. E. S. Meeting Bethel Chapter O. E. S. No. 185 held its regular meeting Thursday night, June 17th. At this time Friendship Night was observed and visitors from Ruston, Monroe and Delhi were pres ent. Each officer of Bethel Chapter had asked "a friend" to fill his or her station. A most profitable meeting was held, and at the conclusion a social hour was enjoyed. On July 1st, Bethel Chapter will hold a patriotic meeting. All mem bers are urged to attend and visiting Eastern Stars are always welcome. ANNA FERGUSON, Reporter Magruder Visits On Pacific Coast Mr. J. M. Magruder, President of the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank, returned last week from a trip to the Pacific coast, where he attended the conference of Federal Intermediate Credit Bank presidents. He also took the opportunity to visit and study at first hand some of the operating and financing methods on farms in northern and western land bank districts. In a special interview Mr. Magruder said that one of his most impressive observations was the splendid progress which had been made by north-central farmers in diversifying their crops and balancing the year's income. "Most northern farmers," he said, "maintain dairy herds or raise beef cattle, which supplement the income from other crops and balance the farm income." Mr. Magruder pointed out that progress along this line has begun in this district. Quoting from the figures of the Department of Agriculture, he says, that cattle raising on farms in this district increased 39 per cent between the years 1930 and 1935, whereas for the nation as a whole the increase was only 10 per cent. Millions of dollars of milk products are being imported by southern states from the north-central states each year. Farmers in this section could very well divert this income to themselves. Cattle and dairy herds can more easily be raised in the Gulf States where the climate i3 milder and the normal grazing season is longer. Mr. Magruder expressed the hope that southern farmers will continue to expand their cattle and dairy operations and diversify their crops, which inevitably will increase their prosperity. "Cover crops in the north are more generally used than in this section of the country. As a result the expenditure for fertilizer on northern farms is much less than on the average cotton farm," Mr. Magruder pointed out. "Here in the fifth district farmers are depending too much on commercial fertilizer and not taking advantage of the many benefits to be gained by the use of soil-building cover crops. It is, of course, necessary to use some commercial fertilizer, but if we are to attain a higher degree of efficiency and prosperity on our farms, we must rotate crops and employ some of the soil-building agencies provided by Mother Nature." Household Hints When doing top-of-stove cooking on a gas or electric range, fuel can be saved by turning the flame or heat down after the boiling point is reached so cooking will be maintained just at that point. Squeaky door hinges can be silenced with a drop or two of oil or a little soap. Peeled apples can be kept white until used by keeping them immersed in water to which a little salt has been added. Mrs L. J. Brooks of Phoenix, Ariz has trained her Boston terrier, Toodles, to gather the eggs each morning from the hen houses. Big June Clearance Sale An outstanding event in the business life of Rayville for the summer months is the June Clearance Sale of the Delta Sales Company, Inc., Mr. George W. Bolton, proprietor. Several thousand sale bills have been printed by the job department of The Beacon-News, and a page ad appears in this issue of the paper, heralding this big bargain event. The Delta Sales Company has been in business, under the able management of Mr. Bolton, for a number of years, and has grown in the friendship and confidence of the citizens comprising this trade territory until it is one of the leading mercantile establishments in this section. When the Delta Sales Company advertise a sale it means just what the word implies. Bargains and buying opportunity is sincerely offered, and money can be saved by all who take advantage of it. You will profit by calling at this store early in this big sales event before the stock has been too greatly reduced by the rush of buying. Notice To Members of Legion Auxiliary All members of Tommie Cook Post American Legion Auxiliary are urged to attend a special meeting at the Richland Amusement Park dance hall for the purpose of electing delegates to the convention at Monroe. Rayville Presbyterian Church "THE WONDER OF CHRISTIAN IT V Rev. Harry L. Walton will preach on the above subject Sunday morning. Oh, could I tell, ye surely would believe it! Oh, could I only say what I have seen! How should I tell, or how can ye receive it, How, till He bringeth you where I have been. Whoso has felt the spirit of the Highest Cannot confound, nor doubt Him nor deny! Yea, with one voice, O world, though thou dimest. Stand thou on that side, for on this am I. Methodist Church Sunday, June 27th The Rev. Lastie N. Hoffpauir, pastor of the Rayville Methodist Church, will fill his pulpit at the 11 o'clock hour and also at the 8 o'clock hour. You are most cordially invited to hear the sermons at both these hours. The Sunday School opens promptly at 9:45 a. m., with good classes and teachers for all ages. If you are not in some Sunday School, why don't you try this one? You will find a big welcome awaiting you. Don't miss classes Sunday. Baptist Church Sunday, June 27th 10 a. m. Bible School, classes for all ages. 11 a. m.. Morning worship. 7:15 p. m., B. T. U. organizations meet. 8:00 p. m. Evening worship. Note I shall be in the Mangham community for the next eight or ten days, assisting in revival services at the Baptist church there. In my ab sence the pulpit of the Rayville Bap tist church will be supplied Sunday, June 27th, by Rev. Roger Baxter of the Mangham Baptist church. Bro. Baxter is one of our most active and effective pastors. You are most cordially invited and urged to attend all these services and hear Bro. Baxter's messages. Most cordially yours. JNO. H .HOOKS, Pastor o EXAMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR BUREAU OF PRISONS The United States Civil Service Commission has announced open competitive examinations fo rthe positions of chief of probation and parole service, $5,600 a year, supervisor of probation, $4,600 a year, and assistant supervisor of probation, $3,800 a year, in the Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice. Certain specified education and experience are required. Full information may be obtained from A. L. Page, Secretary of the U. S. Civil Service Board of Examiners, at the post office in this city. o PRESBYTERIAN AUXILIARY Mrs. J. W. Summerlin was hostess to the Presbyterian Auxiliary on Monday, July 21st. Mrs. H. L. Walton opened the meeting and read the 16th Psalm as devotional. Mrs. L. N. Dun-away led in prayer. After the business was concluded, Mrs. W. T. Hodge led the program on Religious Education and Publication. Some of the interesting subjects discussed were: Teaching in the Week Day Church School, How the Bible Can Be Correlated With Week Day School Work, and Suggested Week Day Church School Curriculum. The hostess, assisted by Miss Florence Jane Morley and Miss Martha Wood, served a delectable iced drink and cake for refreshments. The Auxiliary was glad to have Mrs. L. F. Wakeman and Mrs. C. G. Smith as new members and Miss Laura Baker as a guest. The meeting on Monday, June 28th, will be at the Presbyterian church, and the meeting on July 5th will be in the home of Mrs, II. C. Watson. New Automobile Dealers In Rayville Taylor & Pitman Will Handle Hudsons and Terraplanes Taylor & Pitman, who have been operating a service station and garage in Rayville, on the Dixie Overland highway, for a number of years, are now Hudson and Terraplane dealers, and an ad announcing this appointment is published in another part of this issue. The present building occupied by the firm will be demolished and an modern new building to house the service station, garage and provide show room for the ears will be built right away. This building will have an attractive brick front, with side and rear walls of corrugated iron, making it fire-proof. Taylor & Pitman solicit a share of the auto business of this territory which they have served so satisfactorily in the service station and auto repair business for a long time. Federal Land Bank Making More Loans More land bank loans to farmers were made by the Federal Land bank of New Orleans during the first five months of this year than were made by the bank during all of last year, according to a report received by Mr. A. F. Stanton. Secretary-Treasurer of the Boeuf River National Farm Loan Association. "There are many interesting angles to the report sent out by the bank." Mr. Stanton said. "The record shows that of all applications received during the first five months of last year fifty-eight per cent were approved for loans, while up to the end of May this year the bank has approved eighty-six per cent. This indicates a much healthier financial condition of the individual farmers who are seeking credit this year. Another important and encouraging fact is that the number of applications for loans to be used for the purchase of farms has increased twenty-nine per cent over last year. These facts reflect the improvement which has taken place in agriculture during the last several years in the fifth Federal land bank district." Just A Serious Question I am just wondering how many-friends of all us realize what a few are facing on the pavement debt. I was born and reared in this, my loved home town, and just until right now I see an "some selfish" no, it is just "lest we forget." A few years have passed since a portion of our town was placed in a pavement debt, and only those who are in it can realize the seriousness of the situation. I for one who have always owned a home and tried to work for the upbuilding of my town, have always voted and stood for the things I knew would help my home town. I have never said no to one thing or work for the public in a way that I knew would benefit others schools, churches and every organization of moral to the upbuilding of my home town. I have always given of my time, my worldly goods in a most unselfish way to help and never have I refused to help in sickness and sorrow, and always received a blessing in helping others. Now I feel 'tis really useless to cling to something I know I cannot master. I seek then some way, some how, somebody who will come to the relief of us with this awful burden. I have never asked nor received one penny compensation from the Town of Rayville, though it has been my childhood home and is till now. I have never spent one year from Rayville in all my years and it seems to me one who cherishes a home, a home town, as I, and then to face a problem which you cannot see how it can be helped. You know I would not be happy with God giving me these worldly goods if I could not share it with the more unfortunate, so I am right here asking our town officials if the Town of Rayville can not bear some of this burden placed on us home owners. Tis for the benefit of your town. You are serving as city officials. We all made this sacrifice for isn't there some way a minor tax could be placed on all alike to help defray this awful burden? Must so many lose their homes to benefit the entire town and those who are fortunate enough not to have the pavement, and we the only ones to bear the burden? Now I am writing this with a sincere heart and trusting others will see this proposition as I do, that others will be willing to help us meet the test. This is not an idle thought, but a very serious one, and I for one feel the awful sting of having nearly 300 feet of pavement to face, 150 east and west, 125 north and south. Please, city officials, take this matter up as a business proposition and try tj help us, the unfortunate ones, trying to struggle for the upbuilding of the town of Rayville. Trust some- one has consideration with me. MRS. C. A. BLATCHFORD Baseball at Sacksionie Next Sunday Mr. W. E. Coats, popular manager of the Dunn baseball team, announces that his team will play a good team from Monroe at Sacksionie on next Sunday afternoon, June 27th. The game starts at 3 p. m and the admission is free to all. A close game Is expected, and an enjoyable time is promised all who attend.
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