From the Lafayette Gazette of June 23rd, 1900:
Ceremony is Brilliant Affair - The Program Carried Our Without a Hitch.
Over Four Thousand People - Participate in the Exercise Notable Addresses.
Thursday was a red-letter day in the history and Town of Lafayette. The corner stone of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute was laid with appropriate ceremonies, witnessed by multitudes of people from this and surrounding parishes. From early morning Thursday they began coming in from all sections of the parish and later the trains bearing visitors from other portions of the State arrived. At the same time appointed for the flower parade, the route march was lined by large groups eager and anxious to see it. The weather was ideal. The heat of the June sun was cooled by a refreshing breeze making it a pleasure for our gallant fire laddies and the others to participate in the parade.
The idea of locating an industrial school in Southwest Louisiana was conceived in the mind of Senator Martin, in 1896, when he first went to the State Legislature to represent this senatorial district. But it was not till 1898 that the plan received executive sanction and became a law.
For a short while our people remained inactive and nothing was done by them to capture the much-coveted prize. It was not before the next year that all our people, factions and dissensions disappearing for the while, united in one grand effort to uplift the educational standard by obtaining for themselves this everlasting boom.
By a practically unanimous vote, the people of Lafayette parish voted to tax themselves for their own benefit and that of the whole of Southwest Louisiana, giving to the State an example of disinterested generosity seldom equaled. Then it was that the Board of Trustees voted upon Lafayette as the proper location for the school, and the earnest endeavors of those who had worked hard and indefatigable were rewarded by success.
Thursday the corner stone of the first building of that institution erected on the land so generously donated by Mrs. M. A. Girard and Mr. Crow Girard, was placed in its position by Senator Robert Martin amid solemn and appropriate ceremonies. The most sanguine of all could not have wished for a more propitious beginning. There, on one of the prettiest spots in the old State of Lousiana, were assembled thousands who had come from near and far to witness the consummation of their hopes. The saw the reverend man of God invoke the blessings of the Almighty upon the edifice and heard words of congratulation and welcome from men who have shown by their works their heartfelt sympathy with the cause of education and the uplifting of the youth of the land.
Lafayette, town and parish, did themselves proud on that day, the beginning of a new epoch in their history. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1900.
Grand March to the School.
The members of the bicycle, firemen and flower parade assembled at the court-house square there the Grand Marshal, Hon. Chas. D. Caffery, and his assistants placed the men in carriages in position for the march. First in order were the three companies with the chief, Dr. F. E. Girard, mounted on a handsome horse and energetically marshaling his men. First came the sturdy warriors of No. 1 with their foreman, Paul Castel, in the lead. The followed with graceful tread the ever vigilant boys of Home Company under the leadership of Foreman J. Alfred Mouton, and last but not least, marched the true and staunch soldiers of the Hook and Ladder Company with their faithful foreman, Henry Church. The parade passed by the Catholic presbytery where the clergy was provided with carriages. Then the parade continued along the main street of the town and found its way to the Star and Crescent Hotel where distinguished visitors, including a Legislative committee, composed of Honables Will A. Steidley, Overton Cade and Homer Durio, awaited it and entered carriages. From the hotel to the school grounds the parade made its way along densely crowded streets. It is estimated that there was over a mile of carriages, from the pretentious phaeton drawn by proud steeds to the humble gig pulled by the native pony. The grounds were covered with people. There was not a foot of vacant space. It was not only the largest crowd ever assembled here, but one of the most orderly and best humored.
The distinguished visitors were given seats on a platform built for the occasion. The clergy was represented by Bishop Rouxel, and Revs. Doutre, Langlois, Vigroux, Forge and Baulard of the Roman Catholic church, and Rev. Fontleroy of the Opelousas Methodist church.
When all the people had found places around the platform and quiet was secured, Dr. James A. Lee, president of the meeting, arose and announced that the exercises would begin. Dr. Lee said his duty was not to speak, but it was merely to preside. He introduced as the first speaker, Bishop Xavier Rouxel. This distinguished clergyman is no stranger to the people of this parish by whom he is greatly beloved. When he arose to speak he was tendered a hearty ovation. He said this was a memorable day for Lafayette which should be in letters of gold in the annals of the parish. Last year when he visited this town little he thought that he would have the pleasure to return to-day to invoke the blessings of God upon so worthy as institution, which was destined to do so much good. He thanked the board of trustees of the school and the mayor of the town most sincerely for the invitation which had been extended to him to take part in this celebration. Lafayette was dear to him years ago when he lived here as the parish priest but its people had, if possible, grown in his affection, and they were honored by the church. He spoke feelingly of the people of his old parish and referred in eloquent terms to the present occasion which was a great step toward the uplifting of the educational standard of this section. In his opinion the fact that a representative of the church had been invited to open the ceremony of the laying of the corner was proof of the Christian character of those in whose hands had been placed the destinies of the institution.
After an appropriate song by the choir which has so well rendered the national hymn, "America," at the opening of the exercises, Dr. Lee introduced Hon. Robert Martin as the next speaker.
As is well-known, Mr. Martin is the father of the bill creating the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute and it was but natural that his appearance elicited a spontaneous ovation. Mr. Martin said that he was proud of the success of his efforts made in behalf of the people who had honored him by electing him to the State Senate. When he was elected to the senate he was appointed a member of the Legislative Committee which visited the Ruston Industrial School. It was there that he thought of framing the bill whose passage has given the State another great institution. He did not think that anything he would have done while a senator would have conferred as great a boon upon his constituents. Hence his efforts in that direction. Mr. Martin spoke with much earnestness and was listened to with interest, and was listened to with interest.
At the conclusion of Mr. Martin's address a telegram from Hon. Overton Cade, one of Lafayette's representatives in the Legislature, was read, stating that the appropriation committee of which Mr. Cade as a member, had decided to appropriate $59,000 for the institute. This was very good news judging from the manner it was received by the audience.
At this juncture the laying of the corner-stone took place. Mr. Martin, followed by the ministers, repaired to the corner of the building where the two walls were to be united by the memorial stone.
When the religious portion of the ceremony was concluded, Mr. Martin placed a little cement under the stone with the use of a small trowel. He then gave the signal to lower the stone which was done by means of a pulley. On one side of the stone are inscribed the names of Robert Martin, vice-president of the Board, and Jno. C. Buchanan, James A. Lee and Brown Ayres, members of the building committee; A. E. Mouton, contractor; Favrot & Livadais, architects.
The exercises were then resumed on the platform. Dr. Lee introduced Prof. Calhoun, State superintendent of education, who spoke on behalf of the governor. Prof. Calhoun is always a good speaker and his address was very interesting.
Prof. E. L. Stephens, president of the institute, was the next one to speak. Prof. Stephens has already shown by his unremitting work that he is in heartfelt sympathy with the cause of education and with him at the head of the institution its success is assured. Mr. Stephens' address was a scholarly one. The earnestness with which it was delivered made a most favorable impression upon the bearers.
Congressman Robert Broussard, being present, was invited to speak. He said he came unprepared to take an active part in the celebration, but it gave him much pleasure to speak on so auspicious an occasion. He complimented the people of Lafayette upon their disinterestedness in taxing themselves for the good of the whole State.
Mr. Crow Girard made a short and well-worded address. He spoke of Lafayette's future as an educational center and of the gdd account Lafayette had recently given of itself.
Prof. A. T. Prescott, of the State University, delivered a very instructive and interesting address on education.
On behalf of Mr. Alcide Judice and the people of Scott, Congressman Broussard presented to the school a crayon portrait of Mr. Robert Martin. Prof. Stephens responded for the school and called upon Hon. Charles D. Caffery to further express the thanks of the institution to the citizens of Scott for their generosity. Mr. Caffery responded in a few felicitous words.
This closed the day's exercises.
FLOWER PARADE AND BALL.
Very fittingly indeed were the ceremonies of the day preceded by a magnificent flower parade, which formed promptly at five o'clock on the court-house square. Like a phalanx of soldierly, gayly-attired bicyclists opened the way for the carriages, and as they sped along the scintillating masses of color like flashes of brilliant sunbeams dazzled every eye. Very amusing and picturesque was the Chinese costume of Mr. Felix Salles, and as he road along beneath the indispensable umbrella his queue floating in the breeze, he presented a true picture of the Orient.
No. 2. - Radically beautiful indeed was the float of Fire Co. No. 1, which was a mass of pink roses delicately blended with fresh green foliage. Seated within a large golden crescent was little Miss Henriette Lacoste very daintily attired in white, a glittering crown of golden leaves upon her fair head. Marching beside this float were the visiting Fire Fire Co. from Crowley and Fire Co. No. 1, headed by the two respective chiefs, Sheriff Lyons of Crowley and Dr. P. E. Girard, who presented a martial appearance, as mounted upon their fiery steeds they led their companies.
No. 3. - Like a vision of beauty appeared the carriage wherein was presented the beautiful queen, Miss Marie Mouton, with her two tiny maids, Yolande Mouton and Martha Pellerin. Queenly indeed was she in her rich robe of white duchesse satin elaborately trimmed with silver lace, pearls and lilies of the valley. A jeweled diadem crowned her royal head and flashed its brilliancy from the clustering raven locks.
No. 4. - Very beautiful was the chrysanthemum carriage with its harmonious combination of yellow and white. Miss Lizzie Parkerson gracefully presided over the reins and was accompanied by three little misses, Bessie Caffery, Alice and Eppie Moss, appropriately dressed in white and yellow.
No. 5. - The Ladies' Tea Club carriage was a creation of purple and white, the Club's colors. Festoons of purple and white morning glories with streamers of the same colors formed a pleasing combination. The president, Mrs. F. E. Davis, with the other officers, Mrs. C. D. Caffery, Mrs. W. A. LeRosen and Miss Flo Ramsay, occupied this carriage.
No. 6 - The carriage containing the sponsor of the Home Fire Co., Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton, was most handsomely decorated with lilac and white natural flowers forming a most attractive decoration. Two little children, Claudia Mouton and Michaelle Martin, were the charming attendants to the sponsor and were sweetly pretty in their gauzy white robes.
No. 7. - The Home Fire Co.'s float was resplendent in gilt and tinsel and arising from a large tulip in the center was a lovely little tot, Hinda Schmulen, who looked like a flower herself in her immaculately white dress. The members of the Home Fire Co. marched beside this float and presented a striking apperearance in their blue and white uniforms.
No. 8. - A veritable bower of roses and petunias was the truck of the Hook and Ladder Co. and seated beneath a canopy of flowers like a tiny fairy, was little Emily DeBlanc.
No. 9. - Gorgeous in glowing shades of red, pink and green was Mr. E. Mouisset's carriage, drawn by two magnificent black horses, and no less beautiful were the costumes of the charming young girls within - the Misses Monique Lacoste, Martha Chargois and Frances Clark.
No. 10. - Very pretty was the tiny conveyance covered with masses of white and magenta roses and occupied by Misses Clotilde Rigues and Marie Sontag.
No. 11 - Messrs. J. Tanner and L. Broussard were the proud occupants of an attractive vehicle garlanded with bright-hued flowers and ribbons.
No. 12 - Draped with wreaths of pink roses, the carriage driven by Mr. H. L. Monnier, accompanied by Mrs. Monnier and the Misses Mouton, was the cause of a great deal of favorable comment.
No. 13 - Very light and airy was the butterfly carriage with its glint of silver sheen, occupied by Mrs. Alcee Mouton and family.
No. 14 - Delicate sprays of pink and white flowers, gracefully arranged, formed the attractive decoration of Mr. J. Weigal's carriage.
No. 15 - Bringing up the rear was the very ludicrous advertisement of the popular steam-bread represented the "long eared population" of Lafayette.
Two very handsome specimens of this race were ridden by Messrs. Deffez and Campbell Webb who were fantastically arrayed in the costumery of clowns.
A most fitting finale of the day was the elegant dance given at the Crescent Hotel.
At 9:30 o'clock the grand march, participated in by over fifty couples, was started.
Very imposing indeed was this magnificent array of youth and beauty. Inspiring music, glittering lights and airy costumes lent a brilliant beauty to the scene and as nimble feet kept to the rhythmic, music, ripples of merry laughter attested the keen enjoyment of the Terpsichore-an art. The queen was the cynosure of every eye, as she majestically surveyed her subjects from her flower-decked throne, and many were the admiring glances bestowed upon her. 'Twas not until a late hour that the delighted guests reluctantly departed feeling that June 21st, 1900, would be ineffacably engraven upon their minds and hearts.
THE MAIN BUILDING.
The main building will be a very handsome brick structure of 65 x 161 feet. Its cost when completed, is estimated at $44,000. It will consist of two-stories with basement. It can almost be said to be a three-story building, as the attic will be thoroughly ceiled at eight to ten feet high. The attic will be used for school purposes. One end will be utilized for a gymnasium, and the other end for a literary society. It will also provide for a music hall. The building will contain ten large class and lecture rooms, laboratories, two offices and a reception room.
In the basement will be located several other several other classrooms belonging to the various departments. The plan of the building was drawn with a view of affording ample facilities for instruction in the several branches of industrial education. Apartments for class work, for the library, gymnasium, assembly, commerce, the departments of cooking, sewing and music will be built and equipped according to the most modern plans.
An additional building is to be erected for a machine shop, providing for woodwork, carpentry, ironwork, blacksmithing and other corresponding branches.
The Board of Trustees have taken the necessary steps to bond the two-mill parish tax. With the money to be derived from this source, it is intended to erect other needed building. With this money, added to the appropriation to be made by the State Legislature, it will be possible to open the school with all the buildings and appliances needed for an institution of this kind.
The Ville Platte Brass Band played well and loud.
The crowds were very orderly. The day's pleasure was not marred by a single disturbance.
The crowds at the grounds easily exceeded 4,500 people.
Dr. Lee is an ideal presiding officer. He lets the speakers do their own talking.
Crowley was very well represented.
St. Martinville and Breaux Bridge helped to make the celebration a success.
The merchants carried out the agreement faithfully. They all closed at 2 p. m.
The members of the choir did well. Their singing was a feature of the day.
Next time Lafayette has a flower parade it will be a "peach."
President Caldwell, of the State Normal School, was among the visitors.
Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1900.
The Crossing on Second Street.
Superintendent Owens (of the Southern Pacific) appeared before the Council last Monday evening to confer with that body in regard to the opening of a crossing on Second street. Mr. Owens is naturally opposed to a new crossing, but he has expressed a willingness to agree to it, provided the railroad company is permitted to build a switch along Grant avenue. It appears that the switch would greatly facilitate the unloading of freight and many of the local merchants are in favor of it for that reason. A committee, composed of Messrs. Hohorst, Girard and C. O. Mouton, was appointed to meet Mr. Owens and to visit the grounds and report to the Council at its next meeting upon the advisability or inadvisability of allowing the railroad company to build a switch on Grant avenue. We understand the committee is of the opinion that Mr. Owens' request can be complied with without incommoding the public. Although it would seem that the railroad company can be compelled to give the crossing without any concession on the part of the town it is best that the question should be settled in a manner that will prove satisfactory to both sides. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1900.
A Winning Carriage.
The Gazette was shown the picture of the carriage which was awarded the first prize at the flower show the State Fair recently held in New Orleans. This beautiful specimen of floral decoration was the handiwork of the Mount Carmel Orphan Asylum of which Sister Angelica is the mother superior. Sister Angelica, who is the daughter of our townsman, Mr. A. T. Caillouet, has been highly complimented by the New Orleans press for this splendid contribution to the flower show of the State Fair. The picture of the carriage, which no doubt presents but an imperfect reproduction of the work, is an evidence of the industry and good taste of Sister Angelica. The prize awarded by the Fair Association was $1,000. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1900.
Mr. Sontag, Soloist.
In the last number of Harlequin, Stede Bonnet pays the following compliment to Mr. Sontag, the cornetist:
".. Mr. Florent Sontag, the cornetist, was a conspicuous part of Band-master Paoletti's very tasteful and entertaining musical programmes on Sunday and Tuesday evenings last, rendering solos. Harlequin has predicted a brilliant future for this cornetist, and these first essays before a New Orleans audience as a soloist seem to have convinced the judicious of the solid foundation for this prophesy. Mr. Sontag phrases with exquisite taste. His tone is as sweet as the caress of a mother-voice. There is none of the flashy display of the Levi method in his work, but there is music - music which would be as much in place and as beautiful in the solitude of the deep woods or by the side of the sea, as before a great audience. The thought is suggested by a story I once heard related about Levi. This technical master of the instrument was once telling a musician of his greatness when the other asked him, "How do you think, sire, your cornet would sound in the quiet of the woods where the birds are making their music?"
The thought of the connection between nature and music was possibly lost on Levi, but it comes back to one as he listens to Sontag. He will figure among the great cornetists, or I mistake me much. From "The Halequin" and in the Lafayette "Gazette" 6/23/1900.
Business Men's Association.
Regular meeting and annual election of officers, Falk's Hall, Monday night, June 25. All members earnestly requested to be present and take proper interest in election of officers.
Chas. O. Mouton, President.
Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1900.
THE POLICE JURY.
In the last issue of The Gazette appeared a short account of the first meeting of the newly elected Police Jury.
Many peopled are likely to underestimate the importance of the office of police juror. Upon the honesty, efficiency and diligence of this offer depend in a great measure the wise and economical administration of the affairs of the parish. As the juror is poorly paid for his services it is necessary that he should be a citizen who is imbued with public-spirit and civic pride. Without these qualities, which constitute good citizenship, the juror would, fail to satisfactorily fulfill his obligations to his constituents. An un-progressive Jury is bound to retard the growth of a parish. Good government is inseparably linked with the prosperity of those who are governed. It is, therefore, a source of gratification to the tax-payers of the parish that their public affairs are in safe and honest hands. The Gazette thinks that in stating that the present Police Jury in eminently trustworthy it is simply sharing the opinion of a large majority of the well-thinking people of the parish. The new members, as well as the old members who have been honored with re-election, enjoy the confidence and respect of their fellows and we feel assured that their administration will be a creditable one. In the election of officers we believe they have acted wisely. The president, Mr. Billeaud, has served four years as the juror from his ward and his unanimous re-election by his constituents and selection as presiding officer by his colleagues, show how well he has done his duty. The secretary, Mr. Greig, and the treasurer, Mr. J. E. Martin, are thoroughly equipped for these officers in which they have already served the public with efficiency.
The Gazette repeats that is has confidence in the ability and integrity of the present Jury and believe that it will give the parish four years of clean and wise administration. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1900.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., June 18, 1900. - The City Council met this day in special session with Mayor Wm. Campbell in the chair. Members present: Messrs. J. O. Mouton, C. O. Mouton, H. Hohorst, Geo. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard, J. E. Martin and F. Demanade.
The object of the meeting was to confer with Mr. W. F. Owens, superintendent of the Southern Pacific railroad, regarding a crossing on Second street.
Mr. W. F. Owens, in behalf of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, proposed to give the city a crossing on Second street, provided he would be given the right of extending an additional side track on the north side of the present track.
Moved by H. Hohorst, seconded by F. Demanade, that the mayor appoint a committee of three to meet Mr. Owens and see if said street would permit granting Mr. Owen's request and report at the next regular meeting. Carried.
The mayor appointed as a committee Messrs. H. Hohorst, Chas. O. Mouton and Dr. F. E. Girard.
There being no further business the Council adjourned to the next regular meeting, July 1.
WM. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1900.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/23/1900.
The rules of the Methodist church will be read at 11 o'clock Sunday. There will be preaching at 8 o'clock p. m. All invited.
Buy no other flour but the Parrot, the highest patent and the best made, $1.05 per sack at Bruner Bros'.
There will be services at the Presbyterian church on next Sunday at 11 a. m. and 8 p. m. W. J. Sechrest, Pastor.
Coca-Cola has come to stay. Every year it is more popular. It is one of our leaders. Moss Pharmacy. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1900.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 23rd, 1894:
A NEW JUDICIAL DISTRICT.
A bill was recently introduced in the Legislature to make a new judicial district of the parish of St. Mary, leaving Lafayette and Vermilion to themselves, and we think it ought to pass. As is well know The Advertiser is opposed to increasing governmental expenses without absolute and certain need, but we conceive that the bill in question aims to supply a demand of this character. The seventeenth judicial district is in need of relief, either in the manner proposed, or by simply giving it two judges. The present judges and district attorney of this district are faithful and vigilant officers, but it takes their uninterrupted time and attention in one form or another to look after the duties devolving upon them. Judge Allen does more work than any other judge in the state. He holds court every month in the year, and very often sits four weeks in a month. Fortunately he seems to have great power of endurance, and to have the faculty of expediting work, otherwise business would be very much behind.
The Advertiser unreservedly endorses the bill in question and trusts that it may become a law at an early date. Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
The Court House Grounds.
To the Editor:
Dear Sir: - On first visiting the Court house grounds after the fence had been torn down, we were surprised to see the great change it had made in the appearance of the buildings and grounds; we think it will be a great improvement, when all the arrangements are completed.
We also highly approve of the very nice course the Police Jury has taken in this matter; they have saved the parish six or seven hundred dollars by doing away with the building of the iron fence, and have not gone to one dollar's extra expenses by doing so. The tearing down of the old fence, leveling the ground, and building the side walks would had to have been done in either case. Now they can well afford to spend twenty or twenty-five dollars out of their savings to haul dirt for leveling the grounds, and seeding it down with lawn grass in front of the Court house, which we have no doubt they intend to do before the walks are put down as it cannot well be done afterwards. Then after a year or two if the people are not satisfied they can petition the council to build an iron fence (or a stone wall) if they choose.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
A Suggestion From the Lafayette Gazette.
The suggestion made by a Gazette correspondent last week, that the ladies of Lafayette might, and doubtless would, give a fair or festival in aid of a fire department, is timely and we hope to see the idea carried on at an early date.
We will state in this connection that a number of our citizens have gone into the movement in an earnest spirit, and purpose to raise as large an amount as possible from private contributions. There are many ways of raising money to further this good work and every person in Lafayette having a spark of generosity or public spiritedness should take the first opportunity to give evidence of it to those who have the heaviest part of the burden to carry. Let us make a good beginning by all means. Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
State Teachers' Institute.
The committees appointed to make arrangements for the State Teachers' Institute, to be held at Falk's Hall, next week, beginning Monday morning June 25th, have concluded to give two entertainments complimentary to the professors in charge and teachers in attendance. Thursday and Friday evenings have been fixed for the entertainments and in interesting program of of vocal and instrumental music, etc, will be arranged for each evening. The public in general are invited to attend. Addresses upon educational subjects will be delivered by able speakers and a rare treat will doubtless be afforded all who attend. The friends and patrons, of the public schools are earnestly requested to be present Thursday evening to consider measures for the extension of the of the present school building. To the $70 proceeds of the Public School entertainment a sufficient sum has been added to buy an adjoining lot, and earnest efforts are now being made to secure the erection of a suitable annex for the fall term. Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
[From the N. O. Picayune. New York, Montreal, Lafayette and Morgan City papers please copy.]
On Tuesday, June 19, 1894, at 12:25 a. m., Joseph Vallier, aged fifty-three years, a native of Montreal, Canada, and a resident of this State for the past thirty-eight years.
The friends and acquaintances of his family are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, which will take place this evening (Tuesday) at 5:30 o'clock from the funeral parlors of Thos. E. Lynch, 301 and 303 Tulane avenue. N. O. Picayune.
From the Advertiser:
The news of Mr. Vallier's death was received with a degree of surprise in this community of which he was an esteemed member, for not many hours before his demise an improvement in his condition had been reported here.
The deceased gathered innumerable friends around him during the many years he "pulled the throttle" as a trusty locomotive engineer on the Morgan Railroad, and by them his loss will be greatly mourned.
He leaves a wife, son and several daughters on whom the affliction falls heavy, and to them the Advertiser joins the entire community in extending a heartfelt sympathy.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
Fair at the Convent.
The festival at the Convent on the 17th and and 18th inst. for the benefit of St. John's church proved to be a success, both financially and socially. As soon as mass was over Sunday, the people began to wend their way towards the convent grounds. Among the trees and shrubs, tables had been scattered, presided over by devoted ladies and gentlemen where light refreshments and appetizing meals could be had. The outdoor music was furnished by the Scott Brass Band, under the leadership of Prof. R. Van Laer. The theatrical entertainments both nights were largely attended.
How the efforts of the young people were appreciated was shown in the hearty applause and the close attention with which the scholars were honored. The programmes, while lengthy, were never dull, and were gone through with dispatch, and showed the care which the good, kindly religieuses bestowed upon their faithful charges, who in turn, fulfilled the hopes of ambitious parents, and realized the bright anticipation of friends.
Despite the bad weather in the evening a large crowd was present at the raising of the curtain, to enjoy "Sweet Bells of Kenmard" by the senior pupils. "Cheval de bronze", (Piano) was exquisitely rendered by Miss A. Comeaux, Le Lutin du Pesnionnat" sang by Miss. B. Maquin was charmingly rendered. "Domestic Squabbles", Duett, by Misses E. Falk and L. McDaniel was well executed. The scarf drill was then presented, the graceful movements of which were watched with interest by all. The event of the night, however, was the charming drama in 3 acts, entitled "Grace of Gods". The young ladies taking part in it performed their roles admiringly well. "Red Riding Hood", drama in 3 acts, followed, and was a success.
The entire programme must have been highly appreciated if we have to judge by the number of persons present when the curtain rose Monday night.
A "Waiter Drill" by the junior pupils was the first number on the programme, each little girl going through the drill with a waiter. Miss A. Lallane next delighted the audience with " 'Sulut a Pesth' (Piano,) "The Chinese Mother" drama in 3 acts was well acted, and was followed by a broom drill. The last play given was a drama in 3 acts, this time in French, entitled "La Sorciere du village, oul le volet le Mensonge Decouvert, which reflected much credit on the personnel. All the accompanying of the vocal parts was executed most creditably by the scholars themselves.
When the spectators went out the hall the moon was inundating the earth with a flood of silvery light, and great was the number of persons who remained on the grounds, and the festival was prolonged till late in the night. When we think that the net proceeds $401.90 shall go to increase the church fund, we can but thank each and every one, the good sisters and pupils, for their zeal; the ladies and gentlemen who presided over the tables for their devotion; and the public, for their generosity. Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
Grand Festival at Carencro.
Large numbers of our people will visit Carencro to-morrow, on occasion of the grand festival taking place there. There will be room for everybody, though , and comforts as well. At this writing every preparation that could be made in advance of the day itself, is completed and all is in readiness to welcome the throng of people that will be attracted to the place. Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
Excursion to Houma.
Next Sunday is the time appointed for the grand excursion from Washington to Houma and judging from present indications it will be the largest and most successful excursion of the season. A great fair by Houma Fire Co. No. 1, will be held for the occasion and a first-class restaurant will be open at the Fair Grounds. The services of three first-class brass and string bands have been engaged to furnish music. Races at Houma Driving Park and various other amusements will be furnished for the diversion of visitors and guests. The fare for the round trip from Lafayette is $2.00 and the train will pass this station at 7:50 o'clock a. m. Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
Matinee of June 24th.
Following is the Programme which will be rendered at the Matinee, Sunday June 24th.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
Everything is in readiness to receive the Excursionist's who will honor our little town (Houma) with their presence Sunday. We sincerely hope that the weather will be appropriate, that the neighboring town's may be represented. The gentlemen who compose the committee of arrangements have done their duty well. Through their efforts, tents have been put up to protect visitors from the warm rays of the sun. A number of booths have also been erected, and benches placed in every available place on the grounds.
Thanks Mr. Editor, for the many good things you have written concerning our town, its people, and the Fair.
(Signed) "That Yankee."
Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
Moss in Washington.
A special to the New Orleans Times-Democrat of the 19th instant says:
Judge A. J. Moss, of Lafayette, with his son, Lieut. J. A. Moss, and Lieut. Pegram Witworth, of Shreveport, arew spending a few days in Washington (La.). Lieut. Miss and Lieut. Witworth graduated at West Point Military Academy, and are now on leave of absence. The former was appointed a cadet by Congressman Price and the latter by Congressman Blanchard, and these gentlemen speak with pride of the success of their young military proteges.
Lieut. Moss and his father are expected home this afternoon. Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
Ready for High School.
Mr. Editor: As I made a few errors and omissions in the list of pupils published in your last issue, as being ready for entrance into the High School, permit me to revise and correct, as follows: Edna Sprole, Belle McBride, Lou McBride, Inez McBride, Lena Sache, Ruth Huff, Aleina Fleshman, Geo. Domingeaux, Jno. Creighton, Blanks Allingham, Chas. Montgomery, Eben Morgan, Alcee Bourk, Voorhies, Foreman, Elwin Mouton, Raoul Montague, Arthur Sanders, Hugh Wallis, Jos. Thompson, Jno. Guidroz, Willis Eaves, Ovey Herpin, Ned Torian, Wm. Nevue, Frank Broussard, Robt. McFadden, Armand Dephez, Ned Voorhies.
While the above pupils have exhibited various degrees of proficiency in study, they are as a rule, well grounded in all branches of their grade and deserve credit for application and general deportment.
R. C. GREIG, Principal Public School.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
(Note : Compositions and manuscripts of any description received for publication in this column will be printed exactly as the original, so that each production may stand on its own merits.)
Several school children who entered the canvass in earnest for the 100 new subscribers wanted by The Advertiser, have expressed to us a feeling of great discouragement at the fact that every person they accost on the subject proves to be a subscriber to the paper, already.
There is nothing like perseverance, children. We know that nearly everyone in the parish who can read, is a regular reader of The Advertiser, but by trying hard you'll find somebody, now and then, who is not an old subscriber. Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
The Whistling Oyster.
That the whistling mania should go as far as the oyster is not at all astonishing, for why should not a bivalve do what a woman does? It was an enterprising oyster who lived in a shell in the year 1840 and was exhibited in London. If we can believe the words of thousands who saw it, the thing somehow actually whistled. Douglas Jerrold, who saw it, surmised that the oyster had undoubtedly "been crossed in love and now whistled to keep up appearances, with an idea of showing that it didn't care." From the publication "London Answers" and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/23/1894.
Mr. J. P. Nolan of the Southern Pacific was in town Thursday.
Mr. J. Mitchell made a flying trip to New Iberia Wednesday.
Miss Maud Boas, of New Iberia, is visiting Mrs. T. A. Hebert.
Mr. Jacques Arceneaux made a flying trip to Mermentau river last week.
Go to Demanade's store where you will find a large supply of watermelons.
Misses Lena Kleb and Terzille Broussard, of Patterson, are visiting friends here.
Hon. C. H. Mouton, of St. Martinsville, was a visitor in our town recently.
Sheriff David Rees, of St. Martin parish, was a pleasant caller at our office on Thursday.
Nellie Bly, belonging to Mr. Paul Declouet, came out victorious at the races last Sunday.
Miss Martha Mouton returned Monday from Duchamp, La., having spent a few days at that place.
Miss Lulu Jones of Carencro was here last Sunday and - how happy was one of our boys.
Miss Edna Olivier returned Sunday from Royville, where she had been visiting her sister Mrs. Scranton.
Mr. C. C. Couvillan spent several days at Moreauville recuperating, and returned home Monday.
The new ADVERTISER building is nearly completed and will soon be ready for occupation.
Hon. Julian Mouton took leave of the State Capitol long enough to pay a visit to his family, a few days ago.
Mrs. Alma McBride returned home Wednesday from Franklin, where she had been called to the death-bed of her mother.
Mr. G. B. Richard, a popular traveling salesman for Arthur S. Rose & Co., of New Orleans was in Lafayette Friday.
We learn with pleasure that after an illness of a few days, Mr. Von Eye, the night operator at the R. R. Depot has resumed work.
Dr. Thomas will give an exhibition of snakes at Falk's Hall this evening, beginning at 8 o'clock, which no doubt will interest all who attend. Admission 25c.
Thursday, for the first time this year, a water melon car was uncoupled from the train at this place, and the inhabitants enabled to enjoy this delicious fruit.
The suggestion made by a Gazette correspondent last week, that the ladies of Lafayette might, and doubtlessly would. Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 23rd, 1894:
The vote in the Legislature on Mr. Mouton's railroad commission bill was very close, being 39 for and 4o against. This is certainly encouraging to those who favor such Legislation, when the small and almost insignificant support such measures received at previous sessions is taken in account. One of the arguments of the opponents of a commission is that the State should not interfere with the business of the railroads any more than in other enterprises such as sugar factories, livery stables and the like, because those who invest should be left free to manage their own affairs according to their own ideas of fairness and justice, and to their best advantage and profit. This proposition, when applied to these enterprises, is incontrovertible, because they are purely private in the sense that they are entered into by the interested parties for the primary and exclusive purpose of profit, without regard to any obligations to the public. They are on a level with ordinary mortals. It is evident, however, that such reasoning does not apply to railroads, which are established for the purpose of assisting commerce by the transportation of articles produced or manufactured, in other words, to facilitate and expedite the exchange between man and man and between communities, of the fruits of the labor of every individual.
In order to encourage the construction or railroads nearly all the States have enacted laws giving them extraordinary and most efficient powers and privileges. In Louisiana railroads have the right to construct and operate lines between any points, or to intersect, connect with or cross any other railroad; to expropriate property by simply going to a Judge and obtaining a judgment without having to wait until a session of court is called. They have even more power than police juries have to establish public roads. The State has delegated to railroads a part of the sovereign power to take your property without your consent.
These are some of the reasons why railroad cannot and should not be considered purely private enterprises. They are a part of the machinery of the State government, with certain delegated power, and are amendable to its control and supervision, for the same reasons that the parishes and towns are, as a part of government.
The State would certainly have been recreant to its duty had it not reserved to itself the right to act towards railroads as it has of acting toward parishes and towns. In consonance with these principles the constitution of the State declares that railways are public highways and railroad companies common carriers. This means that the State has reserved the right to supervise them. This power of the State may be likened to that of Police Jurors in the supervision and control of public roads.
No honest and intelligent citizen should harbor any feelings antagonistic to railroads because the State has given them extraordinary powers and privileges. They are necessary evils to which we should gladly submit to secure the beneficent effects therefrom in the development of the material resources of the country. But, on the other hand, laws should be enacted to protect the people against unjust transportation rates, or discrimination against individuals or communities; or against what sometimes happens criminal and malicious exercise of despotic power to frustrate and impede the development of commerce and industries in certain localities. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
THE CONVENT'S FAIR.
Two Whole Days of Pure Pleasure - A Success Financially and Socially.
The people of Lafayette have seldom had an opportunity to witness more interesting entertainments than those given by the pupils of Mount Carmel Convent, under the able supervision of the kind sisters of that famous institution of learning. The sisters never undertake anything without carrying it to a s successful conclusion and when the people of the town and parish heard that preparations were being made to give entertainments had a fair on June 15 and 16, they knew that it meant two whole days of pleasure.
There is not in the State a place better suited for a fair than the beautiful convent grounds, and this fact is so well known and appreciated by all that is is only necessary to mention that a fair will be held there to draw crowds of people from all parts of the parish. Last Sunday was no exception to the rule; the grounds were beautifully decorated, and at every point were evidences of the tasty handiwork of the convent girls. Under the umbrageous trees stood dozens of tables laden with all the good things imaginable, the choicest meats, cakes, fruits, lemonade, and every thing that is kept at a fair, including the traditional tombola with post-office attachment without which no well-managed fair can get along. All these were in charge of the ladies who had generously volunteered their assistance toward the success of this enterprise toward the success of this enterprise, having for its object the raising of a fund to be used to paint the Catholic church and to build pews.
The inclement weather prevented many country people from coming, but nevertheless the grounds were visited by a large number of people, many of whom took dinner there - and an excellent dinner it was.
At night the spacious hall was filled with people who had come to see a good entertainment and at the same time help a worthy cause. The following program was rendered in a way that would do credit to any troupe of amateurs:
Monday was also a gala day at the fair grounds and as the weather was more propitious than on Sunday, more people were present, and long before the hour fixed for the beginning of the performance had arrived the hall was packed and only standing room was left. The program, which follows, was equally as interesting as that of the night before.
After the performance the people remained on the grounds several hours and spent their money without restraint. The supper tables were spread under the trees from the branches of which hung a large number of colored lanterns, making a most picturesque scene.
As the people of the town and country had responded so generously to the calls for contributions the expenses amounted to $33.20, so thus enabling the sisters to net the handsome sum of $401.90 out of the gross receipts of $435.10.
Among those who contributed largely, The Gazette is requested to mention the people of Broussardville, who were very liberal in their donations.
Mother St. Patrick requests The Gazette to extend here sincere thanks to the members of the Scott Brass Band, who kindly furnished the music on Sunday, and to the ladies, who, by their untiring efforts and commendable zeal, contributed so much to the success of the fair.
Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
Lafayette, La., June 16, 1894.
The Teachers' Institute met this day with the following members present: R. C. Greig, Philip Martin, Chas. Boudreaux, J. Flehet, Chas. Hiechelheim, W. G. Webb, Misses. Kate Rand, Carmelite Mouton, Lelia Elliott, F. S. Greig, M. Jamieson, and Mrs. E. W. Glenn.
By motion of Mr. Martin, the following committee was appointed to represent the interest of the teachers before the School Board, in the matter of attendance upon the State Institute. Misses Kate Rand, Lelia Elliot, Philip Martin and Chas. Boudreaux. The Institute then adopted the following amendment to the above resolution.
Resolved, That it is the sense of the teachers present that, inasmuch, as. all teachers in attendance upon the State Institute are subject and acting in obedience to instruction from the school authorities they are entitled to remuneration for the time so occupied.
By motion of Mr. Boudreaux the following committee was appointed to act in conjunction with a like committee appointed by the School Board, in providing entertainment for the State Institute: Misses. C. Mouton and F. S. Greig.
Mr. Philip Martin then entertained the Institute with a complete exposition of the Metric system of weights and measures, together with a history of its origin and adoption by France.
Institute then adjourned.
R. C. GREIG, President.
MRS. E. W. GLENN, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
STATE TEACHERS' INSTITUTE.
The committees appointed to make arrangements for the meeting of the State Teachers' Institute at Falk's Opera House, beginning Monday morning, June 25th, will give on Wednesday and Thursday evenings entertainments complimentary to the professors and teachers in attendance. They have prepared interesting programs of vocal and instrumental music. A general invitation is extended to the public who will be afforded a rare opportunity to hear some instructive addresses on subjects of education by distinguished educators.
The friends and patrons of the public school are urgently requested to be present Thursday evening, to take steps toward the extension of the present school building. A sufficient sum has been added to the $70 realized at the public school exhibition and an adjoining lot has been purchased and a movement is now on foot to secure the erection of the much needed extension for the next term. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
Address by Dr. Knapp.
Dr. S. A. Knapp, well known Lafayette, and especially by the people of Carencro, delivered an address the other day on the subject, "Let us Enlarge the Domain of Industrial Knowledge." The learned doctor should select this for his next theme: "How to Run a Refinery Without Paying for the Cane." He is said to be thoroughly acquainted with this subject. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
Addition to His Store.
Mr. A. M. Martin, is having an addition made to his store building on Lincoln avenue and will move his family into it in the near future. He has rented his present residence to Mr. Geoffroy, the well known New Orleans drummer.
Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
Farm for Sale.
Read in another column the advertisement of Mr. I. H. Knight, who offers to sell one of the prettiest farms in this parish. It is situated on the bayou near Pin Hook. It is a splendid location for a truck farm. A good dwelling house is on the place and a large number of fig and other fruit trees. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
For Fire Protection.
A committee of gentlemen have sent out circulars calling upon the tax-payers of the town for subscriptions to a fire protection fund which these gentlemen are trying to raise. This is one way to raise money and The Gazette trusts that the committee will meet with the success that the cause for which they are working deserves. Let the good work go on. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
A Wealthy Man Charged with Stealing.
Sheriff Broussard went to St. Martinville this week and returned with Paul Melancon, who is charged with having stolen a bull from Mr. Sidney Martin, of this parish. Melancon was accompanied by his attorneys Judges J. E. and C. H. Mouton, who applied for bail which was readily furnished and that the accused released to appear at the next term of court. It is reported that Melancon is a man of some means, owning considerable property and cash, and his arrest created quite a sensation in St. Martin parish, where he is well known. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
The marriage of Miss Anna Guidry, a charming and popular young lady and Mr. Arthur Broussard, a prominent planter of this parish, was solemnized last Wednesday evening at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. Antoine Guidry, near Isle des Cannes in this parish. Rev. Father Paquet, of this town officiated. It was a very quiet ceremony, only the family and a few intimate friends being present. Several toasts were proposed to the health, happiness and prosperity of the happy couple. Mmes. Ernest Constantin, J. T. Allingham, I. A. Broussard, Judge Debaillon, and Sheriff Broussard, of Lafayette, Mr. and Mrs. Cleophas Broussard, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Trahan, Mr. Cleobule Doucet, Mr. T. J. Broussard, of Vermilion, Mr. Singleton, of St. Martin, were among the guests. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
A deplorable shooting affray took place in St. Martinville Saturday night between Chas. H. Voorhies and Michel Fournet, the former receiving two bullets in the hip and one in the foot, but the latter was not touched. It is said that three or four shots were fired by each party. The cause of the trouble was of a trivial nature. Mr. Voorhies' wounds are serious and painful but they are not considered dangerous. At last reports he was doing well.
Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
There were very interesting races at Cleophas Broussard's track last Sunday, the principal one being between Mr. P. L. DeClouet's mare, Mr. Narcisse Dugas' horse Prescott, and Scott belonging to Mr. Thibodeaux of Breaux Bridge.
The distance was twenty-one arpents and as the judges decided that there was an irregularity in the first race it was run over in the afternoon; but Mr. DeClouet's horse was the fastest and came out victorious both times.
Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
THE LADIES TO THE RESCUE
The Ladies of Lafayette Have Made up Their Minds and that Settles it - Meeting at Court House June 27.
The ladies of this town are decided upon one thing and that is that Lafayette shall have fire protection. They say that the men will not move and there is only one thing left for them to do - go to work themselves and do without the sterner sex if necessary, and having this end in view they have requested The Gazette to announce that they will hold a meeting at the court house at 5 o'clock next Wednesday evening for the purpose of organizing. All those in sympathy with the movement, gentlemen as well as ladies, are invited to hear some of the ladies speak upon this subject and we were very much impressed with the their earnestness in the matter. They have already met with a great deal of encouragement and from the present outlook it would seem that the good ladies will be the first to inaugurate a movement that will result in the procuration of fire-protection for out town. Let everybody attend the meeting Wednesday. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
In our last issue we stated that "from the reports of Drs. Trahan and Gladu, who were appointed as experts in the case of Primeau, it appears that the crime charged was not committed." The physicians has simply reported that after careful and diligent examination for marks or traces of injury establishing proof of the perpetration of the crime they had "failed to discover any signs of violence, tending to prove the accomplishment of such an act." Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
Jos. Burt Acquitted.
Jos. Burt, who is well known in railroad quarters here, and who it will be remembered killed an engineer, named Sullivan, in Houston about a year ago, was acquitted by a jury last Wednesday. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
Joseph Vallier, a highly respected citizen of this place and one of the best known engineers on this division of the Southern Pacific, died at 11:40 o'clock Tuesday morning after a painful illness of several months. Mr. Vallier, was born in Montreal, Canada, in the year 1841 and came to this State in 1860. Immediately after his arrival here he entered into the employ of the Morgan, Louisiana and Texas Railroad as switchman, and subsequently served the company in the capacity of firemen being finally promoted to the position of engineer, which he held to the time of his death. He was one of the first engineers on the old Morgan line, and was ever found to be a faithful employe, possessing in an eminent degree, the confidence of his employers and the respect and esteem of his coworkers. He possessed a genial nature and a kind heart. He was one of the most popular men on the road, numbering among his friends hundreds of residents along the road from here to Algiers, by whom he will be sorely missed.
He leaves a wife and four daughters to mourn his loss. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
A Gallant Fight.
I was happy to read in the Picayune of the 14th instant that our representative had made a gallant fight for his railroad commission bill, coming nearer than any one before, to the passage of a law for the protection of the people against the railroads. The people may well be proud of their young representative, who received the following compliment from the Baton Rouge correspondent of the Picayune:
"Mr. Mouton, of Lafayette, made an able fight in behalf of his railroad commission bill, but to no avail. This bright young lawyer, who has just made his debut in the General Assembly, has forced a recognition of his ability."
Let the people rejoice over the fact that they have sent a man to the Legislature, who is not afraid to do his duty, though he may incur the emnity of the powerful railroad corporations and all their mighty magnates. Mr. Mouton's bill was indefinitely postponed by a vote of 40 to 39 and all acquainted with the conditions of things at Baton Rouge, will consider this defeat somewhat of a victory.
I, for one, thank Mr. Mouton for his noble stand for the interests of his constituents.
Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/23/1894.
The Police Jury meets Monday. Mrs. Carrie Girard returned to her home in New Iberia Monday.
Mrs. Carrie Girouard returned to her home in New Iberia Monday.
The hustling Royvillian, J. R. Domengeaux, was at the fair Sunday.
Julian Mouton came from Baton Rouge last Friday and spent two days at home.
Chas. Debaillon came home Thursday to spend vacation with his family. Charley is attending school at the Jesuit's in New Orleans.
Dame Rumor says that one of the railroad boys will soon fall in possession of a handsome fortune.
Prof. Greig gave a party to his pupils at his home last Saturday evening.
Mr. Jos. Plonsky, left for Lecompte where he will spend some time as the guest of his daughter, Mrs. Weinberg.
The dwelling house, being built near Mrs. Jules Revillon's for Miss Lorena Marsh is nearly finished. Mr. Sarrazin Broussard is doing the work.
It is rumored that the matrimonial fever is raging in railroad circles, and it is reported that several of the boys will soon become victims to cupid's dart.
Conductor E. P. Mayfield, of the Cypremort branch, was in town during the week, and left Wednesday for New Orleans accompanied by his little son, Ferris. Lafayette Gazette 6/23/1894.