From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 24th, 1899:
THE INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL.
Our Main Selling Point is Location, Location, Location!
The Weekly Iberian published at New Iberia filled three columns of its last issue in bringing to the front the advantages of New Iberia for locating the Industrial School there, to the detriment of the other competing towns.
Taking the words of the Weekly Iberian as unvarnished Gospel, the paradise of old must have been located near New Iberia.
Our contemporary is exactly right in booming its town but it has been unfortunate, very much so, in the beginning of its statistical diatribe against its competitors.
We let our readers judge for themselves.
"An exceedingly important question for the Board of Directors to decide in connection with the Industrial School is that of location. In fact it is perhaps paramount to the matter of mere dollars and cents."
In other words, gentlemen of the Board, if we are not able to come up with our dollars and cents, we have the very best location, the most desirable portion of the district and must be, gentlemen, paramount (vastly superior) to the matter of mere dollars and cents; at least this is what The Advertiser gathers from the above few lines of the Weekly Iberian.
Further, reducing it to its simplest form, it means: We (Iberia) would like to have something (Industrial School) and in return will give you nothing (best location from our standpoint.)
And the Weekly Iberian goes forth to show conclusively what constitutes the best possible location, viz: Density of population, accessibility, health and future prospect of the place in which the school is to be located. And of course, all of these are to be found in New Iberia, and in the greatest degree as the statistics from the U. S. Government" Compendium of the Eleventh Census" will prove. And the Iberian shows in a tabular statement the density of the population of each parish competing for the Industrial School adding in a charitable-type manner, that the figures have for all three parishes been computed on the basis of Iberia's increase, which is treating them very liberally.
And the liberality of the Iberian begins to crop out in giving six wards to the parish of Lafayette, while there are eight, and in giving us a population of 20,755 souls.
Now, notwithstanding the liberality of the Iberian we would submit that from the official books of the Parish, Lafayette is credited with 3,449 resident property tax payers and that the population of the parish is near 27,000; a difference of 6,245 in our favor, which brings us nearly to New Iberia which claims a population of 27,296.
As to the ACCESSIBILITY, Lafayette has the four or six passenger trains of the trunk line of the Southern Pacific and is the terminus of the Alexandria Branch, which brings her 22 miles nearer than New Iberia in a direct communication with a densely populated (unreadable words) to reach Ruston,
...there's a number of unreadable words for the rest of this paragraph, but from what I can gather the Advertiser is pointing out the difficulty in transportation that one would find if attending a college in Ruston. Their highlighted point of contention being the number of car changes that one would have to make to go to Ruston as opposed to attending a college in Lafayette. There was also mention of using the Bayou Vermilion to reach Lafayette.
The rest of the article is quite legible and we can pick up with the Advertiser touting Lafayette's "health advantages.."
"... sides a parish Board of Health, we have an ever-alert city Board of Health; we are fanned by the salt, health giving breeze of the Gulf farther distant inland from it than New Iberia but not subject to malarial germs emanating from marshy lands. As for drainage we are nature placed on a more elevated position than our Iberian sister, as the letter hereto appended shows.
From the SOUTHERN PACIFIC COMPANY.
Maintenance Of Way Dept:
Houston, Tex., Dec 1 1898
Mr. Amb. Mouton
Dear Sir --
In reply to your letter of the 29th, I would advise that the elevation of the base of our rail front in front of the passenger depot at Lafayette is 40,05 above the mean level of the Gulf of Mexico whilst the same elevation in front of our New Iberia passenger depot is 20,35 making a difference of 19,7 between the elevations of New Iberia and Lafayette.
J. S. MAHB,
Engr. M. of Way
Lafayette parish is very healthy, with no undertaker having been known to prosper here.
The FUTURE PROSPECTS of Lafayette are indeed very bright. We have now the finest water works and electric system in operation, a cotton compress, a cotton oil mill, an ice factory, three sugar refineries, five rice mills, twenty-seven cotton gins and one of the largest brick factories in the state; two banks, one high school, numerous private schools, seven churches, twelve first class hotels, four livery stables and other things too numerous to mention.
In the near future we will have a foundry, a soap factory, a cotton mill and other industries.
We will add that the hammer of the carpenter can be heard in Lafayette from the rising of the sun to its setting and that new and up-to-date residences are going up as if by magic, and that in less than ten years she will treble her present population. Can New Iberia say as much?
Further, within a radius of eight miles of Lafayette city we have the following towns: Broussardville, (now Broussard)Royville, now Youngsville) Carencro, Scott, Duson and Breaux Bridge-in the parish of St. Martin-with a population far in excess of 15,000.
And now, in conclusion, we have a strictly law abiding people, less crimes being commited in this parish than possibly and other parish in this State. Every inch of land in this parish is cultivatable and the soil being light and fertile is better adapted to the purposes of the Industrial School.
We have the best roads.
A company has just been organized to develop a gas mine located between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge.
We have a grove of Magnolia trees containing one hundred and fifty acres within one mile from town, with valuable springs, the finest in the state of Louisiana, and Lafayette will offer the greatest inducements both in location and in "the matter of mere dollars and and cents." Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1899.
Industrial School Meeting.
A public meeting in the interest of the Industrial School will be held in Carencro to-day (Saturday) at 4 o'clock p. m. The program will consist of addresses in French and English, interspersed with music. A large attendance is expected as Carencro is distinctly in favor of the special tax proposition for securing the Industrial School. Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1899.
ONWARD TO VICTORY.
The Industrial School Campaign Committee is doing grand work in the parish, and with each day it grows plainer that with an intelligent understanding of the question our people will leave no stone unturned to secure the Industrial School for Lafayette parish. The proposed special tax is now an assured fact and the round sum this will guarantee will be further increased by other measures yet to be carried out by the Campaign Committee. Lafayette has gone in to win and is determined to take no chances as to the result.
All praise to the public spirited ladies and gentlemen who have taken up the good cause, and all success to them for they are laboring in the interest of the whole people, and especially of the poorer people whom a State Industrial School will be a God-send, as providing the only means by which they can ever hope to obtain the practical education and the useful business training to be obtained free of cost at an institution of this kind. Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1899.
The meetings in the Parish in favor of the tax proposed to be levied to secure the Industrial School for the parish of Lafayette began last Saturday at Pilette in the forenoon and at Broussardville in the afternoon.
Since Carencro, Scott, Duson and Ridge's School House have been visited and at all points large and enthusiastic crowds all in favor of the proposed tax have met the speakers.
From what we can learn and hear the speakers receive careful attention and a hearty reception at all places and there is no doubt that the proposed measure will be carried unanimously throughout the parish. Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1899.
THINK ABOUT THIS!
The People Cotton Oil Mill, of Lafayette, made a shipment of cotton seed meal to New Orleans on last Thursday which consisted of 12 cars; each having a capacity of 30 tons. This meal-shipment is to be transferred to Port Chalmette to be forwarded to Europe where it will be given as food to the stock of the European wide-awake farmers.
And to think that this meal is discarded at home ! ! !
Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1899.
Lafayette Art Gallery. - Miss Estelle Mouton has opened in the building formerly occupied by by the post office - an Art Gallery. She is doing oil painting and her work is indeed very commendable. She has already received quite a number of orders. Call and see her work and you will be delighted with it. Laf. Adv. 6/24/1899.
4th of July.
The fourth of July will be fittingly celebrated in Lafayette.,
The Ladies Industrial School Association will give a free grand barbecue at Beausejour's.
Every man, woman and child of the whole parish are invited to come and partake of the abundance of good things that will be provided for on that day, which will be made one never to be forgotten in the annals of the parish of Lafayette and to which the coming generations will point with pride and pleasure remembering what their forefathers have done for their intellectual advancement and their prosperity.
There will be orations by speakers of wide renown.
Substantial edibles and refreshments of all kinds will be served free of charge.
Don't bother yourself about bringing a lunch basket as there will be plenty on the grounds, to satisfy everybody.
Music will be furnished and dancing will be indulged in.
Leave apart all the cares and worries of life and let us meet at this grand free barbecue resolved to have a good, jolly old time.
Remember that the ladies are inviting everybody to come and be one of their guests. Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1899.
RECEPTION of BISHOP ROUXEL.
Bishop Rouxel arrived in Lafayette yesterday at noon and was met at the depot by Rev. Father Forge accompanied by the Lafayette Fire Dept., headed by the Lafayette Brass Band. Besides, a grand concourse of people repaired to the depot to meet the Bishop.
Upon the arrival of the Bishop and his followers at the church square where a platform handsomely decorated had been built, the reception proper took place.
Upon the platform were seated besides the Bishop, Rev. Father Langlois, of St. Martinville; Father Juan, of New Iberia; Father Doutre, of Rayne; Father Grimeaud, of Mauriceville; Father Forge, Father Baulard and others.
Addresses of welcome in English were made by Hon. Wm. Campbell and and Judge C. Debaillon.
Bishop Rouxel replied in French in a few well chosen words, full of feeling and pathos. Amongst other things he said, "that he was older now than when he were here as rector but that Lafayette had grown younger. I am delighted, said he, to see before me, men who made their first communion under my ministry." He referred feelingly to the terrible scourge of yellow fever in 1867 to which Judge C. Debaillon had alluded in his address and said that he had only done is duty as a priest and christian.
The Bishop returned thanks to those present for the hearty welcome he had received.
During the reception the Lafayette Brass band discoursed music and the children of the convent under the charge of the Sisters sang sweetly a welcome to the Bishop.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1899.
Services at St. John's Catholic Church.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24th.
At 10 a. m., renewal of covenant, followed by the benediction of the Holy Sacrament and the remittance of scapularies.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25th.
First Mass at 5:12 a. m.
Second Mass at 6:00 a. m.
Third Mass at 7 a. m. Msgr. Rouxel will be the celebrant at this Mass.
Last Mass at 8 a. m.
At 10 a. m., the sacrament of Holy Confirmation will be administered by the bishop.
At 8 p. m., Benediction of the Holy Sacrament. The church will be lighted by electricity. Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1899.
Festival at Martin's Grove.
Great preparations are being made for a grand Festival to be given under the auspices of the Ladies Industrial Association, at Martin's grove, on Tuesday, June 27th. A cake walk in which some of the parish's most graceful dancers will participate will be one of the attractions. Refreshments of all kinds will be sold and a glorious time is promised to all. Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1899.
Selected News Noted (Advertiser) 6/24/1899.
News from all sections of parish reports the crops in excellent condition and with a continuance of favorable weather it is expected that the husbandsman will reap a large harvest.
Miss Moss, of Waco, Texas, is visiting relatives in Lafayette.
Mr. Jean Jacques Mouton left last Saturday for Port Bolivar, Texas.
Mr. C. F. Latiolois attended the parish superintendents annual meeting in Natchitoches during the week.
Dr. F. E. Girard has been elected a member of the Alumni Association of Tulane University of Louisiana.
Rev. Fathers Forge and Baulard have been quite busy during the last few days, imparting religious instruction to seven hundred children preparatory to First Communion and Confirmation.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 24th, 1899:
J. A. Martin, Dentist.
Brother to our townsman, Dr. G. A. Martin, having located permanently in Lafayette, desires to buy a home situated in a locality suitable to the practice of his profession. Any one having such property to sell is respectfully requested to call on him at his present office with Dr. Tolson, where he can always be found.
Dr. Martin guarantees all dental work and and at prices to suit the times.
Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
Carencro Ladies Organize.
A number of ladies and gentlemen of Carencro last Thursday afternoon to co-operate with the people of that town in effecting an organization whose efforts will be directed toward the success of the Industrial School movement. The ladies of Carencro are thoroughly in sympathy with the cause and they have organized in order to do effective work. The following officers were elected: Mrs. C. C. Brown, president; Mrs. G. H. Guilbeau, Mrs. L. G. Stelly, Mrs. G. Blot, Mrs. Geo. E. Brown, vice-presidents: Mrs. Geo. Melchoir, secretary; Mrs. L. G. Stelly, treasurer. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
"Rip Van Winkle."
The fellow who signs himself "Rip Van Winkle" and takes three columns of The Iberian to tell how he slept five years in Lafayette has mistaken a plain jag for a protracted sleep. Irving's Rip Van Winkle or Edward Bellamy's man could not have dreamt of the things that the Iberian slumberer saw and didn't see. From all accounts the fellow loaded on Broussardville whisky, struck a landing at Pin Hook and the next morning believed he was in Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
Ginnery Under Construction.
The ginnery which is being built by the Lafayette Compress is nearing completion. Three Munger gins will be in operation thus assuring prompt service to the patrons. The company has entered into an agreement with Mr. J. E. Martin who will be manager of the ginnery. Mr. Henri Hebert has been engaged as night watchman. These gentlemen are well and favorably known and the management has exercised good judgment in selecting them. Manager Coronna thinks that the cotton season will open early this year and that with propitious weather the yield will be unusually large. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
The Pilette boys will make an effort to retrieve the laurels which they lost in their recent contest with the "Levy's"
of Jeanerette. The game will take place at Cleophas Broussard's race track, near this town, to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon. In order to enable the people of the town to see the game the Pilette boys offer free transportation. Vehicles will leave the Southern Pacific between the hours of 2 and 3:30 p. m.
Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
Moss Ordered to Philippines.
Judge Moss received a telegram last Saturday from his son, Lieut. James A. Moss, stating that his regiment had been ordered to the Philippines. The Gazette joins the many friends of the young soldier in the wish that he may meet with no harm in the campaign which he is about to undertake and that he may return to the United States in good health and with freshly plucked laurels. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
Our old friend "Looloo" desires us to state that he has in a tent, near the "flying horses," the wonder of the century in the shape of a two-legged horse which can be seen for the modest sum of 10 cents. "Looloo" says this is the only two-legged quadruped on earth and should be seen by everybody.
Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
VISIT OF BISHOP ROUXEL.
The reception tendered Bishop Rouxel was a spontaneous outpouring of people who wanted to do honor to a good man. It was not confined to Catholics, but members of other churches and persons who profess no creed attested their esteem for the eminent clergyman by a most generous greeting. Many in the assemblage had known the bishop when he was he was the parish priest at this place and none knew better than they that it was meet to welcome him back to his old home where he had lived and labored with characteristic zeal for his church and unswerving love for his flock. During the terrible scourge of yellow fever which swept over this country in the sixties no one displayed more genuine love for his fellowman than the young rector of St. John's church. In him the afflicted had a friend whose benevolence lightened their burdens and whose sacred ministrations were a sweet consolation to the dying. It was not strange that this good priest should have been given so hearty a reception and one which bore every evidence of sincerity. In his brief address he referred feelingly to the seven years which he spent in this town as rector of the Catholic church, and said that he was glad to see so many signs of progress.
Mayor Campbell and Judge Debaillon spoke for the town and in eloquent language expressed the satisfaction everybody felt over the visit of Bishop Rouxel. In the course of his remarks Judge Debaillon alluded to the time when the bishop was in charge of the spiritual welfare of the Catholics of this parish and how well he performed his duties during the terrible epidemic of yellow fever in '68.
A large crowd met the bishop at the depot and from there proceeded to the church green where a formal reception was held. In the procession were the three fire companies headed by a brass band which was improvised for the occasion by some of our energetic young men.
The purpose of the bishop's visit is to administer the sacrament of confirmation. Today over 200 children will receive their first communion and Sunday about eight hundred persons will be confirmed by the bishop. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
Gratitude to Mr. Biossat.
Mr. T. M. Biossat, chief of the commissary department of the Industrial School Campaign Association, it entitled to the everlasting gratitude of those who enjoyed the excellent lunch which he prepared last Sunday. The splendid victuals and wines which made up the feat were such as to meet the most exacting demands of the inner-man.
Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
WHO PAYS THE TAX?
The transparent demogogism of the assertion that that the proposition to levy a two mill tax to get the Industrial School is a movement in favor of the rich and against the poor should deceive no one. How can a free school, supported by the tax-paying citizens of the country, be in the interest of the rich? One might as well say that the public school system is an engine of oppression, a means of the money power to hold the masses in subjection. The free and unlimited dissemination of learning among the people is the greatest barrier in the way of the wealthy oppressor. Without free education there is no free government possible, and those who are going about telling the people that the Industrial School proposition is a scheme of the rich man to make the poor man pay for the education of his (the rich man's) children, is either a fool or a demagogue. How many poor but deserving youths, whose parents did not own a cent worth of property, were educated in the public schools, which are supported, in a great measure, by the money collected from the wealthy? How many the poor children of Lafayette parish would be able to read and write if it were not for the public schools? Public education is the only enemy which aggregated wealth fears. It is the one thing which the poor man ought to cling to, because when that is gone, free government will perish from the earth and he will be no more than a miserable serf.
The proposed Industrial Institute will be an absolutely free school - open to rich and poor alike. It will be a public school, where the child will acquire not only an academic education, but he will be taught a trade. He will be equipped for the world's battle, trained to successfully compete with any one from any section of the country.
But we are told that the poor man will pay the tax. Let's see. The whole assessment of this parish will amount to about $3,000,000. Of this amount the corporations, which, we are told, have no souls to be damned, no bodies to be kicked and no children to educate, are assessed $956.007. Although under the law they can not vote they will have to pay nearly one third of the tax. Does this show that the poor man will pay this tax to educate the rich child? Not much.
Some designing persons are attempting to array the people of the parish against the town of Lafayette, claiming that they will be made to bear most the burden while they derive the least benefit. This is as ridiculous as it false. As the figures show the white citizens of the parish will pay only a little more than a third of the tax, while they will be in a position to receive their full share of the benefits - both moral and material. Nearly two-thirds of the tax will be borne by the corporations, non-residents, the colored people of the town and parish and the white people of the town. These are assessed $1,800,000, leaving the parish white residents an assessment of $1,200,000.
Let those who are trying to influence the ill-informed voters of this parish by glaring misrepresentations and despicable appeals to their passions and prejudices look over these figures.
The Gazette appreciates the condition of the destitute farmer and sympathizes with them, but it advises them to beware of the loving embrace of those whose sympathetic hearts have suddenly grown so solicitous for the trials and tribulations of "the man with the hoe."
The following sums have been put together by Judge DeBaillon who used them in the able argument at Carencro and Scott last Sunday. They were taken from the official records and any doubting Thomases can verify them. They speak for themselves:
Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
THE IBERIAN'S DEDUCTIONS.
Editor Weeks, of the Iberian, uses three columns of his valuable space in an effort to prove that New Iberia ought to get the Industrial School regardless of any pecuniary consideration.
By a most wonderful feat of mathematical legerdemain the Iberian arrives at the remarkable conclusion that in the year 1900 New Iberia will have a population of 8,000 while Lafayette will have only 3,000 souls, within its municipal lines. We have neither the time nor the desire to go over the Iberian's figures, but will simply call the attention of intelligent people to the absurdity of such a statement. The delightful nerve of the Iberian in claiming a population of 8,000 for New Iberia is equaled only by its characteristic magnanimity in giving 3,000 and St. Martinville 2,300 people. We are tempted to thank Editor Weeks for conceding at least one thing and that is that Lafayette and St. Martinville are on the map. In the present state of his mind that is evidently quite a concession and we are sincerely thankful for that much.
Counting only the white people it is not so sure that New Iberia has a larger population than Lafayette, but we will concede to it a few hundreds more, anyhow.
But after all what has that to do with selecting a site for the Industrial School? Not a bit. Had the State wanted to establish the school in a large city it certainly would not have left the choice to a town in one of the parishes in the 13th senatorial district. It would have gone to New Orleans, Shreveport or Monroe, but the tendency is to remove public institutions from large centers, and in attempting to give New Iberia an inflated census The Iberian is unwittingly working against its own interests. Take Louisiana for example. The State University, the institutes for the deaf and dumb and blind are situated at Baton Rouge, only a short distance from New Orleans, which city, we hope, Editor Weeks will admit, is much larger than either Baton Rouge or New Iberia. The Insane Asylum is located at Jackson, a town of about 1,500 people. The Normal School is at Natchitoches, whose population will not exceed 4,000 persons. The Industrial Institute was put at Ruston when that thriving town was but an insignificant pine-wood village. Had the Iberian thought of this it would not have been necessary for it to place the population of New Iberia at ridiculously high figures. For the sake of argument let us say that New Iberia is a modern Colossus, that it is a very great city, that it has such a large population, but the Iberian should remember that a State Industrial Institute is not to be established and supported by the people of Louisiana for the benefit of one town. It is to be a State institution and open to the people of all the commonwealth and not for the exclusive benefit of the people of New Iberia.
One of the many advantages that Lafayette possesses is its geographical location. It is questionably within easier reach of more people in Louisiana than any other town in this senatorial district. Its soil and healthfulness are unsurpassed by any other section in the State, and its people will back up the natural advantages of their parish with the cold cash and in this way they propose to get the school, regardless of the alleged superiority of any other competitor.
Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
All Working Together.
The campaign which is being carried on by the advocates of the special tax is progressing very satisfactorily. Last Saturday meetings were held at Royville, Pilette and Broussard where the question was explained to many people who had not heretofore had an opportunity to ascertain the facts relative to the proposition to levy the tax. Sunday meetings were held at Carencro and Scott where everything indicated that the people were in favor of the tax. The gentlemen who have taken the lead in this matter are doing very good work. Their whole hearts are evidently enlisted in the cause and they are exerting all their energies to win. They have never worked for a better purpose and it is safe to say that their unselfish efforts for the public welfare are appreciated by all fair-minded persons. Without unity success would be impossible; with it there is no such a thing as defeat. The manner in which all factional differences and petty bickerings have been brushed aside in one harmonious endeavor for the advancement of the whole community bespeaks a brilliant future for our town and parish. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
THE INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL.
[From the Jeanerette Times.]
Next Tuesday night at the Firemen's Hall a meeting of the property tax payers will be held to consider the proper means of securing the Industrial School to be established in the Thirteenth Senatorial District, composed of the parishes of Iberia, St. Martin and Lafayette.
This is the first move of any kind that has been made by the people here, and while rather late in the campaign may be productive of good. Every citizen is earnestly urged to attend and take part in the meeting so as to begin work immediately. We hear it said that New Iberia has made overtures to Jeanerette and wishes both town to join together and work in harmony to capture the school for the parish, after which the location in the parish can be decided, but knowing the spirit of our metropolitan brethren, their latest step will hardly receive recognition from those who are in the work to have the school established here. Although Jeanerette has only begun to work, she is in earnest and intends to be successful. From the Jeanerette Times and in the Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
A Case Before the Commission.
A gentleman of this town has written to the Railroad Commission for the purpose of ascertaining if a telephone company has the right to refuse to transmit a written message to any given point. The gentleman in question received a message from New Orleans through the Cumberland Telephone. He called at the local office of that company and wrote a reply which he wanted transmitted. He was informed that no written message to New Orleans would be accepted and that he would have to use the phone himself for which he was charged 60 cents. Whether this is the result of an agreement entered into by the telephone and telegraph lines, we can not say. The gentleman has appealed to the Commission for enlightenment. The commissioners are paid each $3,000 a year and if any of our citizens have any grievances against the railroad, telephone and telegraph corporations, they should make them known to the Commission. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
Opens Art Studio.
Miss Estelle Mouton has opened a studio in the room recently occupied by the postmaster. Miss Mouton has developed a marked ability as an artist and handles the brush with unusual skill. Several portraits, which are on exhibition at her studio, are samples of her work. The Gazette wishes the young lady success. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/24/1899.
The festival to be given next Tuesday evening at Martin's Grove should be patronized by all the people of our town. It is for the purposes of raising money to defray the expenses of the Industrial School Association.
The contractor, B. A. Anderson, is building a dwelling house in Mouton's Addition which will be used by himself and family.
Mrs. Avery Theall, of New Orleans, accompanied by her children, is spending some time at the home of her mother, Mrs. Louis J. Mouton.
The City Council must not forget to have the Main street worked before it becomes too late.
The Gazette returns thanks to Cadet Andrew McBride for an invitation to attend the commencement exercises at the State University.
There will be a cake-walk at the festival Tuesday night.
Mr. William Pellerin, the well-known and popular representative of the firm A. Gumbel & Co., was in Lafayette this week. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 24th, 1893:
It is admitted that there has been no systematic effort made to bring the merits of our rich soil, genial climate, and other material advantages before the world of homeseekers. Except in the instance of the Southern Pacific railroad and the Watkins syndicate, no effective efforts have been put forth, and these companies have been instrumental in bringing in a large immigration, but these efforts have been confined to Calcasieu parish. That parish is to-day settled by a thrifty and intelligent set of people, just that kind that make the prosperity of a country. From being way down in the scale that parish is to-day well up, and all because her people have spent the time and means necessary to correctly inform the world, just the sort of country they have got.
We do not believe the statement that the lands of Lafayette are by far more fertile and better variety of plants, can be successfully controverted, yet for every immigrant that stops in our parish, Calcasieu receives fully 500, and the reason lies in the fact that they know absolutely nothing of our lands.
No one can with justice feel jealous of Calcasieu; she deserves every immigrant that steps within her borders, because she has gone after them, and she should reap the benefit our her labors.
In penning this article we simply wish to show that the prosperity of the parish depends entirely on the efforts of her people, and that the mention of Calcasieu is for the purpose of showing that her growth and prosperity came, not by any element of chance, but solely by intelligent effort on the part of her people, and teaches a lesson well worth emulation. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
Royville Wants Telephone Service.
Our Royville correspondent says that he intends to go right on agitating the question of placing his town in the telephone circuit. That's right, keep on pegging away. But The Gazette would suggest to the people of Royville that they get together and open up communication with Mr. Hogsett, in New Iberia, and we have no doubt he will heed their appeal. Get together. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
HELD FOR THE DISCUSSION OF ROAD AND IMMIGRATION MATTERS.
Proves a Success, and a Permanent Organization Follows.
In response to the call issued by the Business Men's Association of Lafayette, to the Police Juries of the parishes of Southwest Louisiana, delegates from Acadia, Calcasieu, Iberia, St. Martin and Lafayette, met the court-house in this town last Wednesday to discuss matters relating to Roads and Immigration and Immigration, a perfected a temporary organization by calling Julian Mouton to the chair, and selecting C. D. Caffery as secretary.
The roll of delegates was then called, and showed the following representatives present:
Acadia- - P. S. Lovell, L. S. Scott, J. G. St. Medlenka, and B. R. January.
Calcasieu - E. M. Bowers and L. O. Hills.
Iberia - J. L. Mattingly, Capt. C. T. Cade, and J. M. Whyche.
St. Martin - C. Delhomme, Dr. F. R. Martin and A. V. Fleming.
Lafayette - W. B. Torian, C. C. Brown, J. E. Mouton, A. Landry, I. N. Satterfield, Wm. Campbell and D. C. Caffery.
The election of permanent officers being in order, on motion made and carried Chas. Delhomme was elected president, and on further motion, C. D. Caffery was selected permanent secretary.
The president then called on the members to open up the discussion, and to express their views on the subject of road and immigration, for which purpose he understood they had met.
Julian Mouton, J. G. Medlenka, W. B. Torian, C. Delhomme and J. L. Mattingly spoke on the road question, and some interesting matter regarding same was brought out, and wise suggestions advanced.
Upon motion of C. O. Mouton, it was decided that the delegates present organize a permanent association to be known as the Southwest Road and Immigration Association. This motion being adopted, the following committee was appointed to draft resolutions, suitable to the organization of said association: W. B. Torian, C. C. Brown, J. E. Mouton, I. N. Satterfield, C. D. Caffery, C. O. Mouton.
After a recess of an hour the committee made the following report which was adopted:
Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention:
We your committee appointed on resolutions, would respectfully recommend -
1. That you effect a permanent organization to be known as the Southwest Louisiana Road and Immigration Association. Said association to be composed of three members from each parish.
2. That the object of said association is declared to be to declared to be to promote the adoption of the best measures and methods towards maintaining a good and thorough public road system throughout Southwest Louisiana, and to induce desirable immigration.
3. That this convention do now proceed to select the members of said association from the parishes herein represented, and that a committee of three be appointed by the chair to communicate with the Police Juries of other parishes composing Southwestern Louisiana, to-wit: St. Landry, Vermilion, St. Mary, and Cameron, requesting the appointment of a like representation in said permanent organization.
We further suggest the ultimate extension of this association so as to invite and secure the co-operation of all parishes of the State.
4. That the chair appoint a committee of three from the delegates present to call upon the State commission on Constitutional Amendments and on the General Assembly of the State to urge the changing and remodeling of our laws on the subject of roads.
6. That we would suggest the creation of State and local road boards with the right of local direct taxation.
6. That our representatives and senators in the General Assembly are specially requested to take into consideration the questions touching our road laws.
7. That we further recommend that the association specially requests the governor of the State to call at an early date a State Road Convention.
W. B. TORIAN, C. T. CADE, C. O. MOUTON, J. L. MATTINGLY, DR. F. R. MARTIN, J. G. MEDLINDGA, P. S. LOVELL.
The following committee was appointed to call upon the State Commission, who are empowered to suggest changes in the organic law and the General Assembly of the State to urge the changing or remodeling of the laws relating to public roads: C. O. Mouton, C. T. Cade, and L. G. Medlenka.
E. M. Powers, W. B. Torian and Dr. F. R. Martin were appointed a committee to correspond with the Police Juries of the parishes unrepresented and urge that representatives be appointed the next meeting.
The following resolution was adopted:
Be it resolved, That a vote of thanks be extended to the B. M. A. for taking the first step toward the improved of our public roads, as well as to induce immigrants to settle in our fertile section.
A vote of thanks was, also, extended to C. H. Bradley, for appreciated favors.
Mr. Delhomme thanked the convention of the honor conferred upon him by electing him President of the body, and in a few well chosen words extended his best wishes towards the future usefulness of the association.
The convention then adjourned to meet in Crowley, August 5th at 8 a. m.
Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
Refinery & Waterworks.
With a central refinery and a system of waterworks as a starter Lafayette would, in a few years, be one of the most prosperous towns in Southwest Louisiana. It is not a difficult task to get them, if the people will only make up their minds that they want them. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
PROCEEDINGS TEACHERS' INSTITUTE.
Lafayette, La., June 20, 1893.
The Teachers Parish Institute met in regular session this day with the following members present: J. L. Fletcher, Philip Martin, Ben Toler, J. C. Martin, W. G. Webb, Ed. St. Julien, R. C. Greig, Hugh Wagner, C. A. Boudreaux, A. L. Guilbeau, A. Meaux, Mrs. E. W. Glenn, and Miss Kate Rand.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved:
Hon. Julian Mouton then addressed the association upon the general subject of education and the duties devolving upon teachers in the important and responsible positions occupied by them. The teachers were impressed with the sacred character of their profession and urged to renewed diligence in the performance of the various functions incumbent upon them in the administration of their schools. The remarks of President Mouton, struck the keynote of the practical and progressive ideas embodied in the new education movement of the 19th century and were received with marked attention and evident appreciation.
Prof. Ben F. Toler then discussed primary reading, illustrating many practical ideas connecting with the successful teaching of this branch of study. Miss Kate Rand, Mrs. Glenn, Profs. Boudreaux, Webb and Greig also participated in the discussion. President Mouton here suggested that the teachers prepare written essays to be read before the association, and when sufficiently important, published in the local press.
The association then considered several matters concerning the proper administration of public schools, affording to all present much benefit and encouragement.
The following subjects were assigned for the next meeting:
"Primary numbers," Prof. Boudreaux; "Primary Language," Miss F. S. Greig; "Declamation," Prof. Webb; "Learning by heart," Prof. J. C. Martin.
Institute then adjourned until Saturday, Sept. 2d prox.
R. C. GREIG, President.
MRS. E. W. GLENN, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
Carencro Public School Picnic.
The basket picnic given by the teachers and pupils of the Carencro School on Thursday June 15, proved a most enjoyable event. As a general thing the
children succeeded in getting the most pleasure out of such occasions, but in this instance the parents, and invited guests seemed as happy and contented as the little ones.
Mrs. E. W. Glenn, the talented principal of the school, was untiring in her efforts to see that all enjoyed themselves; and she certainly succeeded most admirably.
The picnic party left town at 9:30 a. m. A number of large wagons were fairly loaded down with children, their light and pretty costumes, and sweet smiles, formed a most striking and pretty picture. After a pleasant ride along a road skirted on both sides with beautiful plantations of cotton, corn, and sugar cane, the happy party reached the Carencro springs, where they decided to spend the day. And a picturesque spot it was. Shaded by large majestic oaks, the bright sun shining through occasional breaks in the boughs above, like so many shafts of silver, adding beauty to the scene and the running hither and thither of gayly attired children, their shouts and laughter, ringing through the woods left a memory that will not soon be lost.
At one o'clock covers were spread along the green sward, and children and guests were invited to partake of a meal made up of the outpouring of over seventy baskets. Imagine the assortment.
Everything was choice and dainty and although there were many healthy appetites to appease, all were provided for.
After the feast those with musical inclinations were entertained by a duet charmingly rendered by Misses Emma and Lula Jones. Miss Birdie Palmer also sang a beautiful solo.
The event of the day, - the one that so fully spoke of the efficient and painstaking training of Mrs. Glenn, and Prof. Heichelheim, - were the recitations of several little boys.
The applause accorded Master Dalton Courtney's recitations of the "Burial of Sir John Moore," was well deserved. Master Dalton is a very bright lade and a good representative of the Carencro school.
The recitation of Masters Henry and Valsin Guidroz, were well rendered. The recitation concluded with a song entitled, "The Animals," was given perfectly by Master Luke Crouchet, Carmelis Sonnier, Louis Maynon and Leonce Prejean. These are very small boys, who evinced careful training at the hands of their teachers.
Hon. H. E. Toll, parish superintendent of public schools, were present and much pleased, and expressed his satisfaction at the wonderful progress of the pupils.
At half past five, the merry picnic party started for home all feeling that they had spent a most happy and enjoyable day.
(Signed) D. * * * *
Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
Duson is the Place.
Duson is a small place, but her people and neighbors think that it is the place. The merchants are progressive and enterprising, and the people of the town as well as those who do their trading there stand right up for their town. There is considerable business transacted every year. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
Bookcase for Court-room.
A large bookcase, the work of Mr. Alfred Bonnet, was placed Wednesday in the Court room, and will be used to keep all the law books belonging to the parish. In this connection it may not be amiss to state that Mr. Bradley is taking an inventory of all the property in the Court House belonging to the parish, and will present the list to the Police Jury at its next sitting. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
A gentleman remarked to The Gazette that the short, many and puzzingly laid out streets of Lafayette, reminded him of a man who started to go to a saw-mill situated some miles from a certain town. He said the road was so crooked that in coming back he ran against himself. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
Prisoners Put to Work.
The city authorities had five prisoners at work Tuesday cutting down the thick hedge in the public road near Dr. Mouton's residence. It had spread out and covered part of the road, and threatened to prove a source of inconvenience, especially at the corner.
Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
The Gazette wants to see Lafayette go-ahead, and stands ready to do its share towards that end. While the local papers can do a share they can't do everything. Let the people get together, and work in harmony. In unity of action, we have a lever that can do wonders. Let's all get in line and work for the common good of all.
Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
Tuesday last the children, parents, and friends of the public schools under the respective charge of Professors Meaux and Martin joined hands and gave a most delightful picnic in the woods back of Mr. Joachim Revillon's plantation. There were fully 200 persons present and a look on the scene was sufficient to assure one that the party were having a fine time. The children of both schools, though unprepared, gave recitations that were well delivered, and appreciatively applauded. Hon. Julian Mouton, the indefatigable President of the Board of School Directors delivered one of his instructive and interesting talks on education, a subject which he is well versed upon. The professors and parents are to be congratulated on the evident prosperity of their schools and with such feelings it will not be long before great benefits are felt. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
2nd Ward Picnic.
Last Friday the people of the 2d. ward interested in public education gave a school picnic to which some 250 persons, grown and children, attended. A most agreeable day was spent, and Hon. Julian Mouton, the President of the Board of School Directors, delivered addresses in French and English, and his remarks were well received. Prof. Wagner, has every reason to be proud of his school. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
Hon. Julian Mouton, President of the Board of School Directors, is kept quite busy attending school picnics. He was out at Whittington's last Friday, where the children of Prof. Toler's school had given a picnic, and he by request by people in French and English on the importance of educating their children, and that while the School Board was giving its best efforts towards that end, the people should not be indifferent. It is just such talks as those of Mr. Mouton that are creating the strong sentiment in favor of public education that dominates this parish. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
Ye Old Folks Concert.
Ye Old Folks Concert drew a good crowd to Falk's Opera House Wednesday to witness its second entertainment. Judging by the applause elicited each and every one scored an artistic success, and the wish is general that the pleasure will soon be afforded the public to witness such another well-conceived, and delightful performance. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
The crying need of the hour, the most urgent demand of the day, the one thing that will surely give Lafayette the start to reach the position destined for her by the fact of her magnificent advantages, is a central sugar refinery. This is the firm conviction of the intelligent business man, of the progressive farmer, in short, it is the conviction of all those who have carefully looked over the situation. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
With their usual liberal spirit the railroad boys are circulating a list for the purpose of securing funds to relieve the necessities of Mr. Holeman caused by the sad accident to his little boy Frank, who, it will be remembered, was so severely mangled by falling from, and being run over by a train he was trying to catch on. Already a good sum has been subscribed and collected, and The Gazette takes pleasure in saying, well done, boys. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
Come One, Come All.
On Tuesday June 27th and attend the lawn party in front of the M. E. Church South given by the Ladies and for the benefit of the Church. Ice cream, cakes and lemonade will be sold. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
William Davis, alias Roy, a negro is behind the bars. He sold a horse in town Wednesday for $10 and when the Sheriff heard of the transaction his suspicion was aroused that something was rotten this side of Denmark, and in consequence the arrest and incarceration of Mr. Nigger followed. The prisoner claims to be from St. Landry, and says he was recently employed on Dr. Boagni's place. Sheriff Broussard wired to the Sheriff of St. Landry who answered that, with the owner of the horse he would be here Friday to investigate. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
Wanted to Die.
A Mr. Smith living in the neighborhood of Royville attempted to shuffle off the mortal coil last Monday. On the pretext of suffering from the toothache he secured some laudanum from a druggist and swallowed the contents of the bottle. While under the stupor of the drug, he was discovered, and a physician, Dr. Scranton, hastily summoned who immediately responded and applied the necessary restoratives and soon had him out of danger. If seems that in regaining consciousness his first remark was that the one who called in the physician would have to pay the cost of the visit, for he be eternally - if he would. Family troubles are given as the cause for the rash act. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
A Sad Accident.
John L. McHam, a stranger who had just arrived in town and who was on his way to see his mother in Terry, Mississippi, met with a sad death, at 2:30 p. m. Thursday. It seems that he was walking on a track opposite the round-house, when a road engine came backing along; a railroad man who was standing near cried to him to look out, but instead of stepping aside, he got in the centre of the track and was run over and instantly killed, the wheels passing over his body and nearly severing it.
McHam was about 23 years of age. The following articles were found on his person:
Certificates of $200 worth of stock in Copper and Silver Mining and Milling Company of Rawlins, Wyoming; a gold watch and chain, $112 in money, card No 219 showing that he was an associate member of the Young Men's Christian Association of San Antonio, a certificate of membership of Marshall, Texas, a certificate of Rawlins K. of L., traveling and transfer card from the National Brotherhood of Boiler Makers issued by lodge No. 75 of Rawlins, a badge of that association, and a baggage check from Houston to New Orleans.
Coroner Gladu received a telegram Thursday night from the Young Men's Christian Association of San Antonio stating that McHam had been employed there as a boiler maker and that he was on his way home to his mother's home either in New Orleans or Mississippi. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
Mr. Antonio Caro, aged 63 years, a native of New Orleans, died very suddenly early last Saturday night, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Chas. Lusted. Deceased was sitting in his chair, apparently in good health, when all of a sudden he was stricken with heart disease, and in a few moments expired in the arms of his daughter. Mr. Caro had long been a resident of Lafayette, and was well and favorably known as a man of sterling character - affable, honest, charitable. His mortal remains were conveyed to the Catholic church where the imposing services of the last sad rites of the church were held. The funeral cortege was one of the largest seen in Lafayette for years, and was a testimonial of the high esteem held for him. The Gazette begs to tender its most sincere condolences to the bereaved family. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
The Gazette job office has been so crowded with work for the past two weeks that we were compelled to somewhat neglect the paper. Many items were forced out, especially a couple of communications. Some interesting items that were sent to this office by kind friends were also left out in the rush. We trust our friends will continue to send us items, and as we have about cleared up the job work, we will be able to devote more time to the paper, and we wish, also, to inform our friends that we are at all times prepared to handle their job work, and will always, as heretofore, deliver same on time agreed. We trust that they will continue to favor us, and we will do our best to give them satisfaction, both as to price and quality of work. Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/24/1893.
We heard an old farmer remark the other day that he did not like these continuous rains, as it is sometimes a forerunner of the dreaded caterpillar. This is one of the times we hope the sign will fail.
Mr. Charles Baudier has opened up a bakery in the McComb addition.
Oscar L. Alpha, editor of The Attakapas Vindicator gave The Gazette a pleasant call Thursday.
There will be a regular meeting of the Board of School Directors on Saturday July 1, 1893.
The assessor Mr. N. Reaux, and his deputy Mr. Alfred Voorhies, have been at work this week on the assessment rolls.
Have you ever thought what a long distance the street lamp lighter has to travel every evening to light the lamps?
To Master Charles Debaillion The Gazette is indebted for an invitation to attend the commencement exercises of the Jesuits College, which took place in New Orleans on the 22nd instant.
Keep your eye on Royville. She is moving right along, and one of these fine mornings you will hear that Southern Pacific officials have decided to build a branch to that town from Cade.
Mr. Joseph Plonsky and Mmes L. Levy and B. Falk left Thursday for Washington where they were called to the bedside of their sister, Mrs. C. Wolf, who is very ill.
Mrs. L. T. Miller desires to inform the public that at her stand will always be found ice-cream cakes, lunches, and nice creole coffee, all at moderate prices.
Broussardville is right in the swim, and with the completion of Billeaud's refinery, will take a step forward. She has some enterprising men who will see that she keeps up abreast of the parade.
If unremitting attention to details, and constant hustling count for anything we predict a big success for the excursion to be given by the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen on the 2nd of July. There will be plenty of room for every one.
The dance given at Mr. Lisbony's residence was an enjoyable though not largely attended affair. From the sale of refreshments about $14 was realized which was turned over to Mr. Pointboeuf, the blind man, for whose benefit the entertainment had been given.
The public schools throughout the parish closed their session last Friday, and the teachers will enjoy a rest until September 1.
Carencro is pushing right ahead. She don't wait for time or tide, but the people have taken off their coats and gone to work, and that work is telling in their favor.
Now, let's all get together and pull together for the upbuilding of our town. The opportunities are here, will the people take hold ?
Mr. Thomas J. Tanner left Thursday for New Orleans, where he will enter a confectionery, and will return to Lafayette with his diploma to open a confectionery and bakery.
To Mother St. Patrick and Sisters of Mt. Carmel Convent, The Gazette returns its sincere thanks for an invitation to be present at the distribution of school premiums on July 1.
The city authorities are having some filling put in the street in front of Lisbony's boarding house, and are, also, having the side of the ditches cut down, which will facilitate draining.
We notice that Jennings and St. Martinsville are making preparations to celebrate the glorious 4th of July in an elaborate manner. Can't Lafayette get up something to be in line with her neighbors ?
Lafayette Gazette 6/24/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 24th, 1893:
A PUBLIC MARKET.
Last week we published a communication from Mr. John Nickerson on the above subject, and we believe nothing would result in greater benefit to both the people of our town and the farmers of the parish, than the establishment of a public market house and square together with the inauguration of one or more market days each week.
As things now are, farmers do not raise vegetables and poultry to any great extent because of the uncertain market. A farmer may bring in a load of vegetable and poultry and remain in town all day without disposing of them, while at the same time there a number of families wanting just what he has to sell, the reason being that there is now no place for buyer and seller to meet, and a farmer does not care to make a house to house canvass to dispose of his products. You will hear housewives complaining of the scarcity of this and that, and at the same time hear the farmer say that there is no demand and no market for the same things simply because they have not met. Mr. Nickerson's idea is a good one and should be acted upon as soon as possible. Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1893.
Antonio Caro, aged sixty-five years, seven months and fifteen days, died suddenly of heart disease, Saturday night at 10 o'clock, at the residence of his son-in-law, Chas. H. Lusted, and was buried from St. John's Catholic Church, Sunday at 5:30 p. m. A large concourse of friends and acquaintances followed him to his last resting place.
Mr. Caro was a native of N. O. but a resident of this city for the last fifty-five years; his wife and two oldest daughters preceded him to the grave; two other daughters Mrs. C. H. Lusted of this city, and Mrs. A. Falgout of N. O. survive him, also several grand children.
Always kind in disposition, gentle in manners, and generous to a fault, he was a friend to all; always willing to give a helping hand, he will be sadly missed by many; a devoted and affectionate father his life was spent in working for the happiness of his family.
Farewell, dear father, sweet thy rest.
Weary with years and worn with pain.
Farewell, till in some happy place,
We shall behold thy face again.
"T is ours to miss thee, all our years.
And tender memories of thee keep;
Shine in the Lord to rest, for so,
He giveth his beloved sleep.
Had He asked us, well we know,
We should say, "O spare the blow;"
Yes, with streaming tears should pray,
Lord, we love him, let him stay.
In love he lived, in peace but died.
His life was asked; but God denied.
From his two daughters.
CARD OF THANKS.
We wish to offer our thanks to the many friends who have been so kind in giving assistance in our recent loss in the death of our dear father, also for kind words of sympathy and consolation.
From the family.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1893.
Dog owners are notified to procure collars with proper stamp as per corporation regulation: All dogs found roaming in the streets without the stamped collar, will be killed from and on the 26th day of June 1893.
JOHN VIGNEAUX, Constable.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1893.
We take pleasure in calling attention to the appended receipt which explains itself.
Lafayette, La., June 23rd, 1893.
Received from E. G. Voorhies for account of Lafayette Educational Association, the sum of $155 30/100 dollars, for credit of High School fund.
C. O. MOUTON,
Secretary and Treasurer.
The above represents the net proceeds of the entertainment given on the 27 May by Lafayette Educational Association for the benefit of the High School fund, and the amount netted is gratifying not only account of its size but, also, as a testimonial of the appreciation of our people, of the effects of those public spirited ladies and gentlemen, kindly assisted by the god people of Breaux Bridge, who so zealously contributed their time and talent to the success of the undertaking. Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1893.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/24/1893.
We have had no need for a street sprinkler during the past ten days.
Mr. S. R. Parkerson went to New Orleans last Sunday and returned Wednesday.
Miss Lizzie Parkerson spent several days this week at Franklin, La., visiting relatives.
The police made eight arrests last Saturday night for drunkenness and disturbing the peace.
The city prisoners were put to work on the streets this week, and we presume that there will not be so many misdemeanors in the future.
Miss Estelle Gerac was the fortunate winner of the beautiful steel engraving entitled "Baffled" that was raffled for the benefit of the High School found last Wednesday night.
The Advertiser returns thanks to the Sisters of Mount Carmel of this place for the invitation tendered to be present at the annual distribution of prizes to take place in the convent at 8 o'clock A. M. on the first day of July.
Quite a number of people from Lafayette and surrounding country intend visiting the exposition in Chicago. Why would it not be a good idea to join in and charter a special car or train and thus form a little private excursion?
Many persons will no doubt lend their presence to the Lawn Party to be given for the benefit of the Methodist church of this place, on next Tuesday evening. Refreshments of all kinds will be served and those who attend may look for an enjoyable time.
The Southern Pacific pay-car gladdened the hearts of the rail road boys Saturday. It is an always welcome visitor to our town.
F. S. Mudd, Jr. and Don Greig returned home yesterday from Port Gibson, Mississippi, where they had been attending school at the Chamberlain-Hunt Academy.
There will be a regular meeting of the school-board on Saturday July 1st. A full attendance is required. Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 24th, 1882:
Vermilionville, June 10, 1882.
Edward Lilly and Marcelle Gathe, fighting and disturbing the peace, fined $3.00 each costs of five days in jail.
Rosa Robertson, using profane language and disturbing the peace, fined $2.50 and costs or six days jail.
June 19, 1882. - Louis Basken, disturbing the peace at colored church, fined five dollars and costs and to be imprisoned in parish jail for 24 hours.
Laura and Marie Jeanne, disturbing the peace, fined $2.00 and costs each, or four days jail. Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1882.
If you wish to have fun and frolic get a ticket and join the Galveston excursion. There can be nothing to detract from the real solid enjoyment on such a trip, but one's moroseness or ill humor. The road bed is smooth - as a motionless sea, the coaches are superb - as they can be made ; the officers are polite, what more then is required ? Ah ! the destination - Galveston, the Island City ; this place is one of the most attractive spots in the South, and its beach is not surpassed by any in the world. Therefore, take notice and govern yourself accordingly - on July 3rd.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1882.
Remember the Firemen's excursion from Opelousas goes down next Tuesday. It affords an opportunity for a pleasant and cheap ride, giving ample for sport at West End and fun at Spanish Fort. Tickets from here only $4.00. Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1882.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 24th, 1913:
GIFTS TO INSTITUTE.
Maj. DeClouet Presents Confederate History and Sun Dial - Letter Sent With Donation.
During the past week Major Paul L. DeClouet visited the Industrial Institute to bring his gift to the Library of a Confederate Military History in twelve volumes. Major DeClouet also presented to the Institute a beautiful sun dial which will be placed upon a concrete pedestal at some appropriate place on the grounds, serving them a useful and an ornamental purpose. The inscription upon the sun dial shows that it was made for Mr. Pierre Severe Wiltz, a relative of Major DeClouet, in the year 1859. These gifts were publicly acknowledged at the recent commencement exercises with words of thanks and appreciation by President Stephens. Accompanying the gift to the library was a letter from Major DeClouet as follows:
Dr. E. L. Stephens, Pres. Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, Lafayette, La.
Dear Sir: -
Permit me to present through you to the great State Educational Institution over which you preside a Confederate Military History in twelve volumes, which I hope, will be useful to the youth of our land attending the Institute in competing for the medal established by the Mouton Gardner Camp No. 580, U. C. V. of Lafayette, La., and to be awarded annually to that student who shall write and deliver the best essay or oration on any subject relative to the War between the States and justifying the cause for which we fought. In making this donation, small token of my great and continued friendship for our Institute I desire to add the expression of my best wishes for its President, its faculty of professors, and its student body, and I pray to you to believe me, as ever,
P. L. DeCLOUET.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/24/1913.