January 3, 1900
This year 1900 opens up especially bright for the farmers of Union Parish. They are in better condition financially than they have been for years. They are through with the harvesting of last year’s crops and many of them have their fences repaired and in good shape for making another crop.
While it is true that the cotton yield of last year was short, yet the enhanced price received has enabled the farmers to liquidate current expenses and settle up much old indebtedness that has been hanging over them like a mill stone since the drought of 1896.
The merchants have made good collections, the agricultural and laboring classes have more money than they have had for years; and withal the future for this section of the country is quite bright. May it so continue.