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 From the Lafayette Gazette of June 25th, 1898:


 The sugar manufacturers of the Hawaiian Island are very much in favor of annexation. They want a free market for their sugar. They have maintained a lobby at Washington to promote the annexation scheme, but they are trying to conceal their game by pretending to be prompted by a patriotic feeling. They are very solicitous for the safety of the nation and they advocate annexation because, they say, we must have an island somewhere in the Pacific to use in case of foreign attack. In view of the fact that Uncle Sam has been getting along admirably well all these years without an island, no one, excepting those pecuniarily  interested in this scheme, can understand this great necessity for an island which has so suddenly dawned upon the minds of the annexationists.

 There is another class of patriots who are howling for annexation. They, too, want an island for Uncle Sam in the event of a foreign war. They have gotten to be so terribly patriotic they are spending large sums of money to convince Congress of the necessity of having the Hawaiian Island. A little investigation has disclosed the information that these rabid annexationists are not in this business either through patriotism or for their health. They hold several millions of Hawaiian bonds, which accounts for their eagerness in this matter, Champ Clark in the course of an able speech delivered in Congress a few days ago in opposition to annexation, had this to say about this infamous bond speculation:

 "Why is this meritorious proposition made? Let us be plain and state the truth through it shame the devil. This crime against free government is to be committed for three reasons:

 "Because some $5,000,000 of Hawaiian bonds have sold in this country at about 30 cents on the dollar. We are asked to guarantee the payment of $1,000,000 of these bonds. The moment we annex the islands those lands will (unreadable words) and certain favored patriots possessed of inside information will reap a profit of 70 cents for every 3o cents invested, making a (unreadable word) of $3,500,000 - very comfortable nest egg to have in the family."

 The whole thing is a rascally job, without a single redeeming feature. It is a dastardly conspiracy entered into by the sugar millionaires, bond speculators and unscrupulous politicians. But strange to say some Democrats are to be found assisting the Republicans in carrying out this disgraceful job. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.


 The Skelly bill, which has passed the lower House of the State Legislature, will, should it go through the Senate and receive the Governor's signature, do away with some of the obnoxious features of the Sunday law in New Orleans and Shreveport - the only cities in the State which can show a population of over 20,000 souls.

 Under the proposed measure the country parishes will have to endure all the oppressive, absurd and on popular provisions of the law, while New Orleans and Shreveport will be the only beneficiaries.

 Why the Legislature should be willing to give to the people of the cities a more liberal Sunday law and deny it to the parishes, is pretty hard to say. If the Skelly law is a good thing for the city, it is equally good for the country. The people of Lafayette are no more in favor of the Sunday law than those of New Orleans, and they are entitled to the enjoyment of the same rights.

 Mr. Marks' proposition for local option would have given a solution of the whole matter. Those parishes which are opposed to the law are not at all anxious to enforce it upon others. Mr. Marks desired to give each parish the privilege of deciding the question for itself, and surely no one should object to this.

 Under the Skelly bill a citizen of New Orleans and Shreveport will be able to sell a cigar on Sunday without becoming a law breaker, but not so in Lafayette or New Iberia. He will be violating a law and will become a criminal. The Orleanian will be able to take beer at the restaurant instead of claret, but the New Iberian or the Baton Rougean will be compelled to drink wine or water with his dinner.

 The Skelly law may do a great deal toward relieving New Orleans of the evils resulting from an unpopular law, but it offers no solution of this vexing question to the people of the towns and parishes. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.


 Another evidence of the progress being made by this town is given in the establishment of the Bank of Lafayette. This year has been a notable one in the history of our town. Already we have had occasion to speak of the building of the refinery and the cotton compress. These two new enterprises marked the advent of a new era in the life of our prosperous little city. Coming as they did upon the heels of two important improvements - the waterworks and electric light plant - they gave a particularly brilliant aspect to the future. During the last few years Lafayette has made rapid strides in the march of progress. It has gone ahead with unusual speed. On every hand can be seen signs of prosperity. New stores, new residents, news industries are springing up everywhere. Our population has gone on steadily increasing until it has reached a point not far from the 5,000 mark.

 Perhaps the most substantial indication of our advancement is the third organization and establishment of the new bank, which will open under most encouraging auspices with a capital stock of $24,000. It will be a State bank, and will do business under the banking laws of Louisiana. The officers are all well known citizens who enjoy the confidence of all classes of the community. They are:

 Crow Girard, president; Wm. Clegg, vice-president; J. J. Davidson, cashier; Wm. Campbell, attorney; directors: Crow Girard, Wm. Campbell, P. B. Roy, A. Judice, Jules L. Mouton, F. N. Gregory, Gus. Lacoste, Wm. Clegg, E. G. Voorhies. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

 On the 2d, 3d and 4th of July the people of Lafayette will have an opportunity of seeing one of the most hotly contested series of baseball ever played upon a diamond in this State. The White Caps of Alexandria will, on these dates, try conclusions with the Lafayette team. The Alexandrians are said to be among the very best players in the Southern States, while the Lafayette boys have concededly the first and foremost ball players that can be found this side of Mason and Dixon's line. With such superior forces pitted against each other it is no exaggeration to say the game will be intensely interesting to lovers of this sport. It is for the people of Lafayette to say if they want a first-class team. If they do, they should encourage the sport by seeing the games which will be played here during the first days of the next month. If the teams receives enough popular support several good games will take place here this season. Without any support the club can not be sustained. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

 To Build a Church.

 The lady members of the Episcopal church in Lafayette met this week and decided to raise the funds necessary to build a church. Already quite a handsome amount has been donated and the ladies have met with much encouragement. They have agreed to give a number of fairs the first of which will take place next Thursday evening at the home of Dr. N. P. Moss, where refreshments and cakes will be served at very reasonable rates.

 The ladies of the Episcopal church should be assisted in the laudable efforts to secure for themselves a place of worship. A town can give no better evidence of its progressiveness than by contributing liberally toward the building and maintenance of churches. If those denominations which already have their churches will extend to the ladies of the Episcopal church the support to which they are entitled, it will not be long before they will have succeeded in raising enough money to build their church. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

 Fourth of July Celebration.

 In order to raise enough money to build a tower and buy an alarm bell the firemen of the three companies will give a celebration on the Fourth of July.

 Mr. A. M. Martin has offered the use of his beautiful grove, and the celebration will take place there. A very interesting program has been prepared and all kinds of refreshments will be sold. There will be a flag raising, a national drill under the direction of Prof. Greig, and patriotic speeches. Hons. Laurent Dupre and A. C. Allen have been invited to speak. A firemen's parade, starting at the court-house at 5 o'clock, will pass through the principal streets of the town. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

Fourth of July.

 It is desired in behalf of the firemen's celebration that several hundred children participate in the parade and flag-raising at Mr. A. M. Martin's grove. Boys and girls desirous of assisting in this patriotic demonstration, will please report at Falk's opera-house this Saturday evening, June 25, at 5 o'clock sharp. Flags and banners will be supplied to all. R. C. GREIG.
Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.


Notice to Volunteers:

 All those who have made arrangements to join Col. T. D. Boyd's regiment and others who wish to go the front immediately will call at The Gazette office as soon as possible. Important news has been received and all those interested are requested to call immediately. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

The Breaux Bridge Road.

 The Lafayette Compress Company and the People's Cotton Oil Company, appreciating the importance of a good road between this town and Breaux Bridge, have each offered to subscribe one hundred dollars toward that end. Several citizens of this town have expressed a willingness to add their names to the list and subscribe liberally. With private subscriptions to about $300, a parish appropriation of $100 and the co-operation of the St. Martin Police Jury, it is believed that this need can be put in condition.

 Now that Lafayette has superior advantages to offer as a wagon market for cotton, the necessity of good roads should not be lost sight of. It will not do to have a ready and competitive market without good roads, over which the farmers can haul their cotton to town. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

 At the Compress Company.

 Manager Coronna, of the Compress Company, and Mr. D. Schwartz, the book-keeper, have been pretty busy arranging all the preliminaries for the coming cotton season. The company will have its own telephone line from here to Washington with offices at Mouton Switch, Carencro, Sunset and Opelousas. The large amount of business which it expects to do throughout that section has made this line necessary. The office of the company in the Lacoste building being is fitted up and will soon be in first-class shape. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

 Elected Captain.

 We were pleased to learn that Edwin S. Broussard has been elected captain of Company I, Hood's Regiment. Mr. Broussard is a graduate of the Louisiana State University. He is a brother of Congressman Broussard. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

First Communion.

 One hundred and sixty-four children received their first communion at the Catholic church last Sunday. Rev. E. Forge conducted the ceremonies, in which he was assisted by the following priests:  Revs. Holtgreve of Patterson, Gassler of Point-aux-Loups; Longlois of St. Martinville; Branche of Rayne; Grimaud of Mauriceville; Baulard of Lafayette; Rev. Grimaud preached a very interesting and instructive sermon to the congregation, which was a very large one. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

F. N. B.

At the meeting of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank, last Tuesday, the usual semi-annual dividend of 4 per cent, was declared, and another $1,000 carried over to surplus. This institution is justly held in high esteem by the community, having always been conducted along the most approved lines of banking. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

Payment Withheld.

 At a meeting of the City Council held last week it was decided to hold back a payment of $1,000 which was to have been made to the Consolidated Engineering Company. This step was taken by the council because of the unsatisfactory work done by the boilers at the power-house. Much trouble has already been caused by the boilers and at no time did they give satisfaction. When the plant was accepted it was with certain conditions, one of which related to the boilers. The boilers, it appears, consume too much coal which is the main objection to them. The Council has acted wisely in withholding the payment from the Consolidated Engineering Company.

 The services of a reliable engineer will be secured and the Council will try to ascertain the cause of the trouble. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

Improve Your Property.

 I represent an association that has loaned a large amount of money in Lake Charles and other towns through the State. It has loaned more money than any other association in the South. This money is loaned on both town and country property at a very low rate of interest and easy payments.

 For further information in regard to our plan please call on me at The Cottage Hotel.
                W. E. BLAND.
Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

Budro Arrested.

 Sheriff Broussard arrested A. O. Budro in Birmingham, Ala., last week and brought him to Lafayette Saturday morning. Budro, it will be remembered, was charged with abduction. An effort was made by his wife to get him out on bail, but without success. He is still in jail awaiting the action of the grand jury. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

Pastureau Leaves for Franklin.

 Omer Pastereau, Esq., proprietor of the Railroad Shaving Parlors, having severed his connection with that tonsorial establishment and having accepted a position at Franklin for which place he will leave next week, requests The Gazette to throw out a gentle reminder to those who owe him for professional services to come up with the spondulicks and settle before his departure. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

Death of Leonce Abbadie.

 Leonce Abaddie, a young man about 21 years of age, died Wednesday at his home near Carencro after a lingering illness. Leonce Abbadie was a young man of sterling qualities and lovable nature. He was an honest man, a dutiful son and a sincere friend. He was buried Thursday afternoon in the Catholic cemetery at Carencro. His remains were followed to the grave by a large number of relatives and friends who mourn his death. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

The Anti-gate Bill.

 Two petitions were circulated in town - one for and the other against the anti-gate bill. The petition in favor of the bill was much more popular, if we are to judge from the number of signatures. Both petitions were sent to the Legislature. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

 At the Convent.

 The Mount Carmel convent will give an entertainment next Monday in Falk's Hall. The pupils of the convent have been rehearsing for some time and will, as usual, give an exhibition well worth seeing. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

 City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., June 7, 1893. - The Council met this day. The following members were present: Mayor, C. D. Caffery, Dr. T. B. Hopkins, John Hahn, J. J. Davidson, A. J. Landry. Absent: A. J. Bru.

 Minutes of May 2 and June 4 were read and approved as read.

 Reports of collector and treasurer were read and ordered recorded and filed.

 Following is a report of waterworks and electric light committee:

 Lafayette, La., June 3, 1898. - To the Hon. the Mayor and Members of the City Council of the Town of Lafayette: In view of the fact that the revenues of the Waterworks and Electric Light Plant of the town far below the expenses of operating it, the following statement and suggestions are respectfully submitted:

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 At this rate, the expenses over revenues, will reach over $25,00.00 a year, and will take all the special taxes of 5 mills to run the plant ;  leaving nothing to pay the plant in interest and capital, which should be avoided, as the bondholders which have honestly parted with their money which was used for the people. Under the circumstances, the following reductions in the expenses are suggested:

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 It will be seen that even with this reduction the expenses will exceed the revenue by $89.70 per month; but it is believed that with an increase of patronage which is to be expected, this will be covered in a short time.
         Yours respectfully,
                   A. E. MOUTON, T. B. Hopkins, of the W. W. & E. L. Committee.

 Moved by Mr. Hahn, seconded by Dr. Martin, that the report be accepted and action be deferred to some future time. Adopted.

 The resignation of F. S. Mudd, Jr., as secretary was read and approved.

 Moved by Dr. Martin, seconded by Mr. Hahn, that Mr. Baxter Clegg be appointed secretary for this body. Then being no dissenting vote Mr. Clegg was declared elected and was authorized and instructed to call on the retiring secretary for all papers and books pertaining to the said office and archives of said body.

 Following accounts approved:

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 Moved by Mr. Hahn that the Consolidated Engineering Co., to receive the $1,000 still due them on their contract. Said motion receiving no second, was lost.

 Moved by Emile Mouton that the mayor in connection with a committee of two appointed by himself, besides the waterwork committee to whom is referred the report of the Hartford Steam Boiler & Inspection Co., on the condition of the boilers of the waterworks and electric light plant and also to examine into the matter of the foundation of the engines. The mayor added for this special purpose Dr. G. A. Martin and J. J. Davidson.

 Moved by Dr. Martin that the mayor be authorized to purchase from L. Doucet a strip of ground 15 feet wide by such depth as it may have to extend from Lincoln Avenue to Julie Avenue and being part of the lot acquired by him from Alfred Hebert. Said strip to lie north of his fence on the ditch bank for the purchase price of $100. Yeas - unanimous.


 Lafayette, La., June 6, 1898. - To the Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council of Lafayette. Gentlemen: - I have collected since last report the following amount to wit:

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 Very respectfully submitted,
        S. W. MCFADDIN, Collector.

 Ordered recorded and filed.


 Following are receipts and disbursements since last report waterworks and electric light fund June 6, 1898.

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     BAXTER CLEGG, Treasurer.

 Recorded and filed.


 Following are receipts and disbursements since last report.

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  BAXTER CLEGG, Treasurer.

 Recorded and filed.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/25/1898.

 Miss Lou Gardiner, of Grand Coteau, is the guest of Miss Mercedes Broussard.

 The Gazette thanks Hon. R. C. Landry for a copy of the constitution and a journal of the convention.

 If you wish to borrow money at a small rate of interest, and easy payments see W. E. Bland, Cottage Hotel.

 Some culprit shot Sam Plonsky's horse last Monday night in the Oak Avenue Park.

 L. Klein, of New York, representative of the International Collars and Cuffs Company, was in Lafayette Sunday and spent the day with Sam Plonsky.

 Louis Veazey left Monday with Mr. Rogan to take charge of the fence gang on the Southern Pacific.

 A letter, received by Judge Moss from his son, Lieut. Jas. A. Moss, was written on board one of the transports that left Tampa a few days ago bound presumably for Santiago.

 Theo Sellers was killed by lightning last Wednesday while plowing in his field, a few miles from Royville. Sellers was instantly killed, but his horse escaped uninjured.

 An ice cream freezer contributes much to the enjoyment of life during a long and hot summer. A full assortment of freezers, at popular prices, at Moss Bros. & Co's. Lafayette Gazette 6/25/1898.




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 25th, 1898:


 The Fourth of July will be celebrated in Lafayette with great pomp and imposing ceremonies.

 While all towns around about us has flag raisings Lafayette was not inactive, but was laying plans for the celebration of Independence Day in a fitting way. Lafayette Advertiser 6/25/1898.


 We hope that the members of our Police Jury have read our article "Good Roads" published in out last number, and that they have determined that in the future we shall have good roads; and if it was not that we know that an editor is akin to a doctor so far as to the administering of their respective medicine, we would put our prescription on file and would not repeat the dose, but we fear the first dose has not been quite effective yet and therefore we are repeating it.

 The plan as put in practice by the Police Jury of Vermilion parish through our liking is full of oppression. The people's taxes are large enough now and before placing upon them an increase it might be proper to submit the question to them and let them decide their willingness to be taxed for the betterment of their public roads.

 But why not adopt the famous proverb "What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander" in the present system of working our roads (unreadable words) perpetuate the (unreadable words) a usurping minority. We protest against any and all additional taxation - , we are now loaded down with taxes and certainly object to any further burden in that way. Whilst dealing with this subject of taxation permit me one more word.

 With no sale for his plantation produce, and no pity or let off coming from the shameless gamblers in state politics - our statesmen - (?) the planters are at their wits' end and what next to do but pay taxes and make a living.

 The reckless excesses in power, committed by, and the extravagant claims of the governing class in La. nowadays is such, it is not far fetched to say, these usurpers of political power are mustering to themselves the elements of a catastrophe the like of which, when it does come may have but few parallels in the annals of government.

 Viewed with reference to the unjust discriminating use mode of power by the ruling minority in La. today, it need surprise no man to find arisen at no late day the coalition of misery, poverty and desperation to crush to earth usurpation, its blood-suckers and their putrid forms.

 The antecedents and surroundings leading to the French revolution of 1789, which, when considered in the light of these antecedents and surroundings was a natural sequence, were not much more appalling in the recklessness and extravagance of its nobility than these are now the ways of usurpation in the State of Louisiana.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/25/1898.


 Through the efforts of one of our wide awake citizens quite a sum of money was raised to put it in good order the public road between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge. Notwithstanding their new Railroad, the citizens of Breaux are but half satisfied because it (unreadable words) them to go around the (unreadable words) Lafayette by rail, and the same disadvantage will apply to freight also. They desire to see direct communication with Lafayette, as our towns possesses a Cotton Oil Mill and will have a cotton compress. Therefore Mr. T. M. Biossat, the energetic and successful manager of the People's Cotton Oil Co., has inaugurated this movement and so far has collected as follows: People's Cotton Oil Co., $100.00; Cotton Compress, $100.00; Police Jury, $50.00; Dr. Moss, $10.00; B. Falk, $10.00.

 The subscription list is now open and we hope our merchants will see that their interest is to respond promptly and subscribe liberally. Push and energy and wide-awakedness are the qualities required for a town to succeed. Lafayette Advertiser 6/25/1898.


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/25/1898.

On next Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m., a flag raising will take place at the Century Club. The flag was given to the Club by some of the ladies of Lafayette. 

 We are afraid that if the rain goes on, the cotton will be rotten in the field.

 Mrs. T. M. Biossat went to Alexandria during the week.

 Valuable estrayed cattle have been found by their owners, after having been advertised in this paper. 

 Mr. Louis A. Veazey, through Mr. Rogan, has accepted a position as manager of the fence gang. Mr. Veazey left last Monday morning to take charge. 

 On next Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m., a flag raising will take place at the Century Club. The flag was given to the Club by some of the ladies of Lafayette.

 Mr. Louis Domengeaux, left last week to attend court at Houston Texas.

 Misses May and Ruby Scranton were visitors to Dr. A. Gladu's family last Sunday.
 Trimmed hats and fancy ribbons at reduced prices, at Mrs. Bailey's.

 There is a class of citizens in Lafayette who are truly thankful to the street committee for their inactivity. 
Mr. Snake, three feet long, was seen emerging from his swampy side ditch residence on Congress street last Thursday morning by our reporter. This is truly wonderful for the nineteenth century.

The flag raising of the Fourth of July will be in honor of Lieutenant James Moss and of those men who volunteered from this parish.    
Lafayette Advertiser 6/25/1898.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 25th, 1870:

New Attorneys.


 The many friends and acquaintances of CONRAD DEBAILLON, in this parish, will be pleased to learn that he was admitted to the Bar, during the session of Supreme Court in Opelousas, last week. We understand that Mr. Debaillon will practice his profession in his native parish, St. Landry. We wish him honor and success.

 MR. LAURENT DUPRE, a son of the late Lucius J. Dupre, ex-Judge of the District and ex-member of the Confederate Congress, was also vested with all the rights of the legal profession, by the same tribunal. May he attain that lofty position among the members of the profession, once occupied by his late honored father. Lafayette Advertiser 6/25/1870.

 Last night about 10 o'clock a shoemaker, named Grand, whilst returning to his room. was shot and severely wounded, six buckshot having been lodged in his body. To-day, Thursday 23rd., he is lying in a very critical condition, but there are hopes of his recovery, Mr. F. Bourges of this place, is accused of the deed and has been arrested and lodged in jail to await an investigation of the case. Lafayette Advertiser 6/25/1870.

City Council of Vermilionville 
Special Session.   

BY order of the Mayor a special session of the City Council was held on Saturday the 4th day of June A D 1870.

   Present : W. O. Smith, Messrs. Landry, Wise, Brandt, and McBride. Absent Messrs. Monnier, Salles and Gagneaux.

   The meeting was called to order, and On motion, W. B. Bailey, was appointed Secretary
pro tem.

 The Mayor explained the object of the meeting  , when upon motion the following resolutions were adopted :

   Resolved, that a committee of two be and is hereby appointed to receive in the name of and for the Corporation the sale of such portions of the lots on Lafayette street, belonging to Hon. A. Mouton and Aureline Schnecksneider as will be necassary for the opening of said street. The Mayor appointed E. E. Mouton , Esq. on said committee, and on motion his Honor the Mayor was added to the committee.

   Resolved, That a committee be and is hereby appointed to wait on the Hon. Police Jury of the Parish at its next regular session, and request the Hon. body to aid and assist the Corporation of Vermilionville, in opening a road Southwest of the town to that portion of the Parish called "the Cove."

   The Mayor appointed Messrs. J. H. Wise and J. J. Revillon ; and on motion the Mayor was added to the committee.

   Resolved, That fifteen days after the passage of this resolution, hogs will be allowed to roam at large within the limits of the Corporation, provided that they have rings in their noses. All hogs running at large without nose rings in their noses, will be taken up by the Constable, and (after notice to the owner, if the owner be known, and he pays a fine of one dollars per head, he will be allowed to reclaim his property,) will be sold to the highest bidder by said officer.

  On motion the council adjourned.

  W. B. BAILEY, Secretary, pro tem

   W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
Lafayette Advertisxer 6/25/1870.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 25th, 1909:


And Also a Number of Dogs, Pigs, and Other Animals Before He is Killed By Mr. Joe Sonnier, Who Dashed its Brains Out.

 All the Injured Taken to New Orleans to Undergo the Pasteur Treatment.

 Tuesday morning a vicious mad dog that ran through the village of Scott attacking and biting everything in its way. Before the brute could be killed nine persons had been bitten and quite a number of dogs, pigs and other animals. The dog, a small rat terrier, the property of Mrs. J. B. Perez, had really been affected on Monday, and bit several children on that day. No one, however, suspected that the animal was affected with rabies and it was not till Tuesday about noon that the real gravity of the situation became apparent. The dog at that time reached the home of Joe. Sonnier, and bit three of his children. Mr. Sonnier was so enraged that he seized the animal and dashed its brains out against a tree. The news soon spread about town and the anxious people called in Dr. L. A. Prejean, who examined the dead dog and gave it as his opinion that the dog beyond doubt had been affected with hydrophobia. Upon investigation it was found that the following persons had been bitten by the dog: Lena Foreman, five years old, daughter of Felix Foreman; Litty Sonnier, aged eight years, May Sonnier, aged 10 months, and John Sonnier, aged three years, children of Joseph Sonnier; Mrs. J. A. Landry, wife of the railroad agent J. A. Landry; Louis Delhomme, aged twelve years, son of Alf. A. Delhomme; Sidney Obin, aged eight months, son of Adam Obin, Jeanne and Pearl Trahan, aged eight and six years respectively, daughters of Assessor Albert Trahan. Messrs. Adam Maitre and Zack Mouton were attacked by the vicious little animal, but fortunately its teeth tore only sleeves and did not penetrate the flesh.

 The entire community was in a state of intense excitement and distress over the ravages of the brute and steps were immediately taken to convey all the victims to New Orleans for treatment at the Pasteur Institute. Accordingly, Wednesday, all affected boarded the early train and will undergo the inoculation that prevents development of the dread disease. To prevent any further spread of rabies the people of Scott promptly began the slaughter of all dogs and animals suspected of having been bitten.

 Mr. Luc LeBlanc and other energetic citizens immediately started a relief fund and soon obtained a good sum from the people of Scott and Lafayette to assist in defraying the expenses of the unfortunate while undergoing treatment, which will require about twenty days. Lafayette Advertiser 6/25/1909.  

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