FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION.
Impressive and Solemn Services at St. John's Catholic Church --- Archbishop Chapelle Present.
One Hundred and Seventy-five Make First Communion --- About Four Hundred Confirmed --- Many Priests Present.
Tuesday morning at 7 o'clock St. John's Catholic church was crowded with parents, relatives and friends to witness one of the most important events in the lives of children of the Catholic faith, their First Communion.
Father Forge, pastor, assisted by his vicar, Father Charles, and Fathers Bollard of Charenton, Langlois of Breaux Bridge, Girault of Patoutville, Garde of New Orleans, Peeters of Jennings, Mattern of Grand Coteau, and Trainor of Franklin, conducted the impressive ceremonies.
The sight was an inspiring and at the same time solemn one, as the 175 communicants approached the altar carrying the symbolizing purity of life and all carrying the symbols which indicated something of the meaning of the sacred obligations of the occasion.
The girls dressed in pure white wore a crown symbolizing purity of life and all carried candles signifying a burning light that their lives might shine to those around them by good example. The wore also all their communion badges and souvenirs.
At the close of the communion rites Archbishop Chapelle addressed the communicants, expressing pleasure with the ceremonies, and complimented the children upon their excellent behavior.
At 9 a. m. the communicants again assembled at the church for the renewal of their baptismal vows, to renounce Satan, his works and his pomps, and to vow to remain faithful to God forever and aye. After which each went to the altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary and made to her a present of his or her candles and crowns, praying to her that she would intercede with God to keep them in their good resolutions.
Father Mattern, S. J., spoke a few appropriate words to the children urging upon them to remain faithful to their vows, which ended the services.
To-day confirmation services will be held by Archbishop Chapelle, of the diocese embracing Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama, Auxiliary Bishop Rousselle, Monseignor Lavalle, and Chancellor Scotti, of New Orleans. Thirty-two priests will also be in attendance.
The class to be confirmed numbers about 400.
A very large crowd was present at both services yesterday and would have been even larger had not the heavy rains Saturday and Sunday rendered the roads difficult for travel, many bridges having been washed away. But to-day a much larger crowd is expected as the good weather Monday and Tuesday allowed for repairing bridges.
An interesting incident connected with "confirmation day" is the fact that Archbishop Chapelle will celebrate to-day the fortieth anniversary of his elevation to the priesthood, and he has chosen to celebrate this important and pleasant occasion here out of esteem and regard for Father Forge, the pastor. The priests present are being entertained by Father Forge. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
CHANGE OF ROUTE. - Entering in Town Investigated by General Superintendent Cushing. Surveyor Sent to Lay off New Line. Saturday in response to the wishes of the right of way committee General Manager E. B. Cushing accompanied by Chief of Maintenance Kellogg came to Lafayette to look into the feasibility of changing the established line of right of way for the Baton Rouge and Lafayette road so as to avoid crossing the compress and brick yard. Supt. Shackford and a committee of citizens composed of C. D. Caffery, P. L. DeClouet, L. Lacoste, E. G. Voorhies, C. Girard, and Dr. G. A. Martin met with Mr. Cushing and showed him three routes, one south of the compress, one north of the round house out Seventh street and one south of the round house. Mr. Cushing carefully inspected each route, but did not express himself further than to say that it was their policy to always meet the wishes of the community unless it conflicted with a fundamental rule of road building. He said that he would send a surveyor here Monday to look into the matter.
The surveyor came Monday and yesterday was busily engaged in laying off new lines. He will probably be very busy several days. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
THE BATON ROUGE ROAD VITAL.
A railroad from Lafayette to Baton Rouge has been long wished and desired by the people of Lafayette, and now the opportunity to realize our wish has come, and come in a way that makes it possible for us to take advantage of it. The condition we are to meet is to furnish the right of way through this parish. This is not a hard condition; on the contrary, would we all contribute our fair share towards the expense, the cost to each would not bear unduly heavy or burdensome upon anyone, while the corresponding advantage would be many times the small outlay.
And at this particular time with a road to Crowley and Opelousas our close neighbors on the west and north almost a certainly and one to New Iberia on the east contemplated, with one to Abbeville on the south already constructed, Lafayette will be practically cut off and confined to a very restricted territory. A town to grow must have territory, must have railroads to reach out for more trade, and if through shortsightedness its citizens allow it to be surrounded with railroads, leaving it isolated, then its future prospects become gloomy, in fact blank, unless the most strenuous and necessarily costly, exertions are made to repair the damage.
As we see it, this Baton Rouge road is vital. It means either appreciation or depreciation of property, and we feel certain that should we by negligence or indifference fail to get this road, that the loss that is bound to follow sooner or later, because or depreciated values of real estate, shrinkage of business and empty rent houses, will a thousand times offset any tax which may be needed to raise money to pay for the right of way.
And we must not imagine that the railroad in asking us to give the right of way is asking something for nothing - not by any means. They know, and we know, that this road means enhanced property values, enlarged trade territory, a larger pay roll, permanent division headquarters and other things, and as we are getting so much it is but just and right that we contribute our fair share towards the expense. The building of the road is an investment upon which the builders hope and expect to realize a fair return - with each it is simply business, and if we fail to do our part it will be a manifestation of exceedingly poor business judgment, considerably worse than when the citizens of this town and parish let the branch to Abbeville go from New Iberia when energetic action could have had Lafayette as the terminal. Because of that Abbeville branch the roundhouse score has been worked for years to the financial injury of property owners of times in excess of the tax that would have been required at that time.
Don't let us make the mistake this time. That the Baton Rouge road is a necessity, a big necessity in view of the active and projected road building going on which threatens to shut us in to ourselves.
We have the chance to get it now, not three years, five years or ten years hence, but not NOW, now at a time when Lafayette is on the upward move, and every step forward makes the next step easier. Let us not hesitate; but everybody lend a hand and the thing will be done easily and promptly to our present and future satisfaction and advantage. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
Caught in the Act.
Percy Arthur, colored, is in jail charged with larceny, as the result of a little detective work by Mr. Geo. DeClouet.
For some time past Messrs. Pellerin & DeClouet, for whom Percy worked, have been missing small sums from the cash drawer which was kept in a roll top desk. At first it was supposed that the shortage in cash was because of errors in change; but when the shortage continued to turn up with too much regularity a suspicion developed that someone was tampering with the cash, and the suspicion soon became a certainty. Then it was decided to lay a trap for the pilferer. A number of coins were marked, and for three mornings Mr. Geo. DeClouet concealed himself in the store to watch. The third morning his patience was rewarded by seeing Percy, when left alone in the store, quickly step to a desk, take out the key and then walk to the desk, much to Mr. DeCouet's surprise, for he had no idea that a key to any other desk would open that desk. Percy drew out the drawer and was proceeding to help himself when Mr. DeClouet held him up and then made him telephone to Mr. Pellerin, who came down promptly. They then telephoned Deputy Sheriff Saul Broussard, who on searching the negro found several marked coins in his pocket.
Percy is now in jail with a fair prospect of a trip to Baton Rouge at the State's expense.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
Town Overflowed Sunday.
The past week was a record breaker in the way of wet weather for Lafayette. It began raining Thursday and continued until Sunday when the downpour reached the largest proportions ever known here. Almost the entire town was flooded, water standing in places 6 to 15 inches deep everywhere except in a few high places. Lincoln Avenue was a lake and a number of boys amused themselves by riding skiffs and pirogues, produced for the occasion much to the mystification of everybody, who had no idea a boat was this side of Bayou Vermilion.
The high water made the streets dangerous for travel as nearly all the bridges were afloat or were floated off. Monday morning the street committee went actively to work, secured crews and by noon had most of the bridges in position and by night all of them replaced - for which promptness they deserve the thanks of the community.
The unusual overflow is accounted for by the prolonged rainy spell, but it emphasized the fact that some means must be taken to prevent the emptying in the town of water draining from as high up as the Torian place.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
New School Houses to be Built.
The next session will find the children of a number of communities much more comfortably and pleasantly situated in regard to their school houses, for the School Board is now advertising for bids to construct modern school houses at Scott, Royville, Milton, Bonin and Whittington schools and has just let the contract for a greatly needed addition to the Broussard school. The building of these schools is a continuation of the endeavor of the School Board to replace all the old buildings with properly constructed, arranged and ventilated school houses all over the parish. and just as soon as funds will permit it will be accomplished. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
Bids for Schoolhouses.
Bids for the erection of schoolhouses at Scott, Royville and Whittington's will be received until July 1. Bids for the erection of schoolhouses at Milton and Bonin's will be received until July 15, plans and specifications for the Scott and Royville may be seen by applying to A. Judice & Son, at Scott, and Dr. P. A. Dupleix, Royville. All plans may be seen at my office. Right to reject any and all bids is reserved.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary, Building Committee. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
RIGHT OF WAY COMMITTEES
Meet in New Orleans Tuesday - Reports Showed Little Difficulty Would Be Met.
Secretary Instructed to ask J. M. Lee, Jr., for Further Information.
The following account of the meeting of the right of way committees for the Baton Rouge-Lafayette railroad in New Orleans Tuesday, is taken from the Baton Rouge Times. Lafayette was represented by C. D. Caffery, Crow Girard, Louis Lacoste, A. M. Martin and P. L. DeClouet.
"The representatives from Baton Rouge, who attended the meetings of the right of way committee from the different parishes through which the Southern Pacific road proposes to build from Lafayette to Baton Rouge, held yesterday in New Orleans, have returned to the city.
The meeting was largely attended, all of the parishes being represented by several members of their respective committees, and the committeemen from the different sections came to a thorough understanding.
The reports from the different sections showed that the people were, as a rule, willing to assist the committee in securing the rights of way, and that very little difficulty would be encountered in this undertaking. Some of the representatives reported that several parties through whose property line of the road is projected wanted to know the reason for making the right of way 300 feet wide, and there were a few other questions which had been asked the committeemen in regard to the right of way which they unable to answer, and upon which they were anxious to secure information from the officials of the Southern Pacific road.
Unfortunately, J. M. Lee, Jr., general agent of the Southern Pacific road, being detained yesterday in Baton Rouge could not be present.
The committee thought that it was necessary that they have further information in regard to the right of way. The committees from one of the parishes reported that by making a slight change in the route, they could secure much of the right of way free, as the road would then run through one of the committeemen's lands, and he was willing to make a donation of this right of way to the road.
In view of the fact that much information along the line was desired, the secretary of the meeting, Mr. Fournet, was directed to communicate with J. M. Lee, general agent of the road, and arrange to have the engineers of the road visit all of the parishes and confer with the committees. The secretary was asked to hold this conference with Mr. Lee as soon as possible, so that the committees can get their information at an early date.
Dr. Charles McVea, who with Ben R. Mayer, D. M. Raymond and Gen. Leon Jastremski, attended the conference yesterday, returned to the city yesterday afternoon, and informed Mr. Lee of the result of the conference. Mr. Lee wired Secretary Fournet and he will doubtless hold his conference today and make the arrangement that the conference suggested. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
The contract for building a two story addition, 28 x 32, to the Broussard school has been let to Anatole Montet for $900. When the addition is completed Broussard will have a large, roomy and very comfortable school building. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
Three salesmen for our new County, Township and Railroad Survey of Louisiana; counties and towns fully indexed and populations given; all railroads shown; congressional districts outlined and numbered; railway distances between all stations plainly shown. A splendid opportunity for energetic men. Rand-McNally & Company, Chicago, Ill.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
MOUNT CARMEL CONVENT
Closed Fifty Ninth Session Friday. - List of Prizes and Premiums.
The 59th session of Mt. Carmel convent ended Friday after a very satisfactory and successful session. No special exercises were prepared to mark the closing owing to the preparations for First Communion which follow so near the end of the session. The enrollment was 160.
Father Charles gave the Benediction and Blessed Sacrament, instead of Father Forge who was too unwell to be present, and distributed the prizes and premiums as follows:
Gold Medal for Christian Doctrine - Merited by Misses Philomena Broussard,Ida Boulet, F. Broussard; won by Miss P. Broussard.
Silver Medal for Deportment, Senior Department - Merited by Misses J. Richard, F. Broussard, Alice Campbell, P. Broussard, Marie Roy, M. L. Mouton, Ida Boulet, Paola Mouton, Marie LeBlanc, Ruth Mouton.
Junior Department - Merited by Misses M. Bejean, L. Lusted, M. Bonnet, F. Adams, A. Martin, H. Poimboeuf, Y. Mouton, L. Landry, F. Church.
Primary Department - Merited by L. Mouton, A. Guidry, M. Duhon, K. Landry, N. Theall and A. Langlinais.
Gold medal for highest average in attendance - Won by Master H. Bourgois; next in merit were Masters L. Church, H. Siadoux, Misses M. Pellerin, A. Campbell, and M. L. Mouton.
Gold medal for highest honors in English studies - Senior department awarded to Misses P. Broussard, I. Boulet, T. Richard and F. Broussard.
Gold medal (Junior Department) for next highest average - Merited by Misses M. Pellerin, L. Mouton and won by Miss Anne Mouton.
Gold medal for application in French studies - Merited by Misses I. Boulet, T. Richard, P. Broussard, and the happy winner was Miss F. Broussard.
A silver medal was awarded for plain sewing, darning, fancy needle work and embroidery to Misses M. Roy, F. Broussard, I. Boulet, T. Richard, M. Pellerin, M. Duhon, M. LeBlanc, H. Poimboeuf.
A large number of the other pupils also received premiums and honors of promotion in various departments.
The reading if the list required almost an hour.
Examinations were all very successful. Miss Ida Boulet deserves special credit for a spelling match and Miss P. Mouton won the contest for a composition "The Scholastic Year."
Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
The Teachers' Institute to be held next Saturday at the Primary School particularly for the benefit of the teachers of the rural schools numbering 45 now teaching and will continue until September 2, promises to be an interesting one. A good program has been prepared and is expected to be both entertaining and instructive.
The program which will begin at 10 a. m. is as follows:
Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
THE ROAD QUESTION.
(Communicated from J. Nickerson.)
The road ordinance that was so judiciously passed by our Police Jury May the sixth last appears to be gradually vanishing out of hearing. The short spell of dry winds and sunny days seems to have had a tendency to dry it up. Now the rains and floods have come again with much greater violence, it is sincerely hoped that our Police Jury will rush the ordinance so wisely passed for widening and draining our public roads.
The whole question of bad or good roads rests with the grand jury and the Police Jury. Our last grand jury in their report cast all the blame and responsibility for having bad roads upon the shoulders of our Police Jury. I claim with all due respect to the members of the grand jury is equally responsible and just as much to blame for the bad roads as the Police Jury is. I claim that it is one of the most important duties that the grand jury owes to the parish, that they should look into the state of the public roads by observation and inquiry, and it they find them universally bad it is their duty to look into the system of working them and the system of taxation for road purposes. If they find that they are all bad, or not satisfactory, they should propose or recommend a remedy. Any man can find fault; but it takes a man with brains and knowledge to find a remedy for old and long standing faults.
Our police jurors are chosen by the people from amongst our be best agricultural business men; they are men who are supposed to have a general knowledge of all the important business affairs of the parish; but they are not expected to be professional expert road builders. I don't think that it is necessary that they should be. I think that at one of their sessions in May last they made one of the grandest and most important moves in the way of improving our roads that has ever been made in this parish by appointing three commissioners in each ward to attend to the drainage and the widening of our public roads from forty to fifty feet. If this ordinance is strictly carried out it will five us a foundation for building the best roads to be found in the State.
I think that our Police Jury showed a very liberal and patriotic spirit when they made a grant of two hundred and fifty dollars towards paying the expenses of a State expert with a long string of State machinery to come and show us how to make good road beds.
But I think that it would have been much more judicious if the grant had been made towards paying the expense of hiring an expert land surveyor to show, (if necessary), how to widen our roads and properly drain them. Our road beds are not the principal cause of our bad roads. In nine cases out of ten they are caused by narrow roads and bad drainage, and in some cases by not having any road bed at all.
I will guarantee that if the wards will widen the roads to forty or fifty feet and properly drain them that any man who understands road making can take his outfit and build a mile of good road bed in one day that will stand for years, if the weeds are all cut down and the ditches thoroughly cleaned out not once in two or three years, but once each and every year.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
Saturday a horse hitched to a light wagon slipped and fell in front of Mouton Sisters' store. The two young men in the wagon fortunately were not thrown out, and save for a broken shaft, no damage was done. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/28/1905.
A very wet day greeted the excursionists Saturday and made their pleasure trip to see the town and the races very disappointing. It rained practically all day and sight-seeing was out of the question.
Sheriff Lacoste took Mac Mouton to the insane asylum at Jackson last week.
The many friends of Dr. J. L. Duhart will be pleased to learn that he has entirely recovered from his recent illness and has again resumed his position.
W. J. Black, representing the New Orleans Picayune, was in town Wednesday and paid The Advertiser a welcome visit.
Paul Salles, Paul Debaillon and Raoul and Robert Gerac who attended Jefferson College last session, are home for vacation.
Mr. Andrew McBride paid our office an agreeable visit Friday. Mr. and Mrs. McBride are spending the summer with Mrs. McBride's parents in Breaux Bridge.
First class groceries at lowest prices is what you get at Bernard & Meaux's. Give them a trial order.
M. Rosenfield and S. Kahn left Thursday to spend several weeks at Hot Springs for the benefit of their health.
Mrs. F. E. Davis and little daughter Dorothy and Mrs. J. C. Nickerson and little daughter Lucille, left Saturday to spend several weeks at High Island, Texas.
S. L. Plonsky, who is traveling for a New Orleans firm, spent several days in Lafayette during the past week visiting relatives and shaking hands with old friends.
We are closing out our entire stock of base ball goods at cost. Lacoste Hardware Co. Ltd.
Mr. Milam of Shreveport, La., has moved to Lafayette, and is Mr. Ricker's stenographer.
Harold Demanade, who is at present employed with a wholesale grocery company in New Orleans, came up Saturday and stayed over Sunday at home.
Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Duvernet, of Honduras, C. A., spent Saturday and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. F. Demanade.
Miss Anna Kilpatrick, daughter of Sheriff C. M. Kilpatrick, of Rapides, is visiting the family of her uncle, Chas. D, Caffery.
There will be services at the Episcopal church Sunday at 6 p. m.
Mrs. O. B. Hopkins and little daughter, Bessie, are expected home this week.
Mrs. Fred Bradt and little daughter, Flavilla, visited at the home of Mr. T. M. Biossat's this week.
J. E. Martin's handsome home corner of Main and St. John streets is rapidly nearing completion.
Last week N. Abramson moved into his handsome new brick store next to the Episcopal church.
J. Nickerson is having two rent houses built on the lot factory Ulysse Duhon's home.
There are a number of streets in town which have no name and it would be a good idea for the Council to name them.
Silk Cocoons. - A reporter for this paper was shown a number of silk cocoons grown at Abbeville by A. Gabriel, a Syrian, who is experimenting with silk culture in this section.
Misses Elizabeth and Evie Caldwell left Monday for their home Natchitoches, after enjoying a week's visit with Dr. N. P. Moss's family.
Mrs. A. B. Denbo and children, Marshal and Elizabeth, and Miss Lea Gladu left Saturday night for High Island, Tex., to remain several weeks.
Presiding Elder Drake will preach at the Methodist Church Sunday, July 2.
There will be a regular meeting of the Parish School Board on Thursday, July 6, 1905. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 28th, 1902:
To Members of Parish and Town Boards - Visit to the Summer School.
Addresses by Col. Copeland and Dr. Dillard.
It was a splendid thought of the Chautauqua managers to set apart a day for a reception of the parochial and municipal bodies. The members of the Police Jury, School Board and City Council have always taken an enlightened view of matters pertaining to public education and nothing was more fitting than to afford them an opportunity to visit the summer school and see for themselves the work which is being done there, and at the same time give them a chance to meet the eminent educators who have charge of the normal. The police jurors, school directors and councilmen are often called upon to furnish the sinews of war in the crusade against illiteracy, and it was eminently proper to have them see the teachers at work and meet with some of the leaders of educational thought in the State.
After visiting the various class-rooms and listening to a good speech delivered by Col. Copeland, the lecturer, the party, composed of the following gentlemen, repaired to Domengeaux's restaurant where a splendid dinner awaited them; Dr. J. H. Dillard, Prof. Geo. Williamson, L. J. Alleman, L. V. Roy, Jasper Spell, Jno. O. Mouton, Odillon Blanchet, M. Billeaud, Jr., Alonzo Lacey, Julian Mouton, Alphonse Peck, Alex M. Broussard, Alex. Delhomme, Edwin Campbell, Saul Broussard, J. A. Labbe, F. G. Mouton, N. P. Moss, W. A. LeRosen and Chas. D. Caffery.
After dinner Mayor Caffery made an appropriate talk, in the course of which he threw out the suggestion that Lafayette be made the permanent home of the South Louisiana Chautauqua and Summer Normal School. Mr. Caffery dwelt at considerable length upon the advantageous location of this town for a summer school. He referred to the facilities afforded by the Institute buildings and to other great advantages possessed by this town. At the conclusion of his remarks, Mr. Caffery called upon Dr. Dillard for an expression of his views. Although Dr. Dillard has been in Lafayette only a couple of weeks the people here have already learned to know him and to like him, and as he arose to speak he received an ovation which was genuinely sincere, Dr. Dillard said in part; "Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen - "Permit me to express my great pleasure in being here on this pleasant occasion. My pleasure is not only a personal one, but I am glad to be here as conductor of the South Louisiana Summer School. I am glad to have any opportunity to express my personal appreciation of the many courtesies that have been shown me by the hospitable people of Lafayette; and I hope you will let me say a word about Summer Schools. It has been my fortune to attend summer schools as a pupil or to teach for a number of years, and I believe in them. A teacher does not always realize his or her needs until the actual work of teaching has begun. Then it is that the desire to learn is strongest.
"Now the summer schools fulfill this purpose, and they benefit in two ways:
"First, in the matter of methods of teaching. The teacher has the opportunity of seeing others teach, and also of teaching under criticism. Besides, there are subjects taught of purely professional nature, with the aim of elevating the teacher's work and giving it a solid, technical, professional basis.
"But second, teachers have in these summer schools the opportunity of extending their own knowledge. The first requisite of a teacher is to know thoroughly the subject to be taught, and not only this but to know BEYOND the subject to be taught. The greatest of our early advocates of public education was that greatest of the world's Democrats, Thomas Jefferson, and how did Jefferson begin his great scheme of pubic education for his native State? He knew that to have efficient schools for all the people, he must have efficient teachers, thoroughly instructed themselves and imbued with the principles of sound learning. So the first step he took was to establish the University of Virginia - nor for its own sake, one might say, but for the sake of his larger scheme."
Here Dr. Dillard told of a visit he made to one of the great institutions of learning in Michigan, which State has perhaps the best educational system in the Union. Dr. Dillard said he was pleased to hear from the lips of the president of that university that Michigan was indebted to a Virginian - to Thomas Jefferson - for the basic principles of its magnificent educational system.
"What was Jefferson's great purpose?" continued Dr. Dillard, "What did he clearly see? This, that Democracy - of course, I mean Democracy in its large sense - that Democracy could not live, could not continue except by educating not a class only, but all the people. This is the great truth which we are beginning to take to heart to-day. Virginia, his own State, is only to-day beginning to do what he set out to do nearly a century ago. Jefferson, like all supreme men, was at least a century ahead of his own day. This is the truth which we in Louisiana must take to heart if we are to keep abreast of sister States in thrift and intelligence. I say thrift, because education does bring thrift. Education pays. It is a good financial investment, as statistics prove. We do not make this the highest end of education, but it is nevertheless an inevitable result. NOT A DOLLAR COULD BE SPENT BY THIS PARISH OF LAFAYETTE THAT WOULD NOT RETURN WITH INTEREST TO THE TAX-PAYERS OF THE COMMUNITY."
Then Dr. Dillard gave a short history of the organization of the Southern Educational Board, its origin, its aims and the great power it is destined to wield in the cause of public education in the South. Dr. Dillard concluded his address by paying a deserved tribute to the South Louisiana Summer School which is being held here. He referred to the un-excelled advantages offered by Lafayette for the establishment of a permanent summer school. The address of Dr. Dillard was thoroughly enjoyed and his very thoughtful utterances were heard with every evidence of appreciation by every one present.
Prof. Roy, Prof. Williamson, Judge Mouton, and Prof. LeRosen being called upon, made short talks which were very much to the point. Mr. Billeaud, Dr. Moss and other representatives of the local boards, expressed great satisfaction at the results accomplished by the summer school and promised to continue to do all in their power to promote the cause of public education in their official capacity and as citizens of the parish. Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
Will Lecture at the Chatauqua, Lafayette, Wednesday, July 2.
Will be accompanied by His Famous Quartette.
Gov. Bob Taylor, the greatest entertainer of the lecture platform in America, will deliver his new lecture, "The Old Plantation," before the South Louisiana Chautauqua, at Lafayette, Tuesday night, July 2. Gov. Taylor will be assisted by his famous quartette. No one should fail to hear this king of American entertainers. Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
Address by Bishop Sessums.
Bishop Sessums, the distinguished New Orleans diving, will deliver an address to the teachers of the summer school at 10 o'clock, Monday morning, at the Industrial Institute. The people of Lafayette are invited to be present.
Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
Bids will be received from this date to July 5th, 1890, for a plank walk from Wm. Clegg's Drugstore to the Convent gate; also, a plank walk from Revillon's store to the western corner of Lafayette street, opposite Jos. L. Mouton's residence. The walk to be from 4 to 6 feet in width.
The committee reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
O. C. MOUTON, PIERRE GERAC, W. B. BAILEY, Committee.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.
A Reception to the Teachers.
A reception will be tendered the faculty and teachers of the Summer School by the citizens of the town, next Monday night at the Crescent Hotel. Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
Father Biever, S. J., of New Orleans, Gives Interesting Exhibitions.
Thanks to the indefatigable energy of Father Biever, ably seconded by Mr. Russell Palmer, the summer school was highly entertained last night by an instructive lecture on liquid air, illustrated by a number of interesting experiments.
Father Biever's lecture was announced for Thursday night, but owing to a railway accident the supply of liquid air needed to make the experiments was not received and the lecture was postponed, as another shipment was expected in New Orleans on a Friday morning train from Washington where the air is manufactured. Though greatly disappointed. Father Biever came to Lafayette Thursday and kindly consented to entertain the people at the auditorium with a lecture intended to prepare the audience for the scientific experiments which it was hoped would be made the following night.
Yesterday morning while Father Biever was speaking to the teachers in the auditorium he was delighted to receive a telephone message from New Orleans announcing that the second shipment had reached that city and had been forwarded to Lafayette on the fast train. It is needless to say that this message was a source of great satisfaction to Father Biever who has worked so faithfully to secure the liquid air in order to be able to explain to the school and to the people of this section the mysteries of this wonderful discovery.
The management of the summer school and the people of Lafayette are greatly indebted to Father Biever and Mr. Russell Palmer for the interest which they have taken in this matter. Without their intelligent and persistent efforts the experiments would have been impossible and the summer school would have been deprived of a rare intellectual treat.
Father Biever is vice-president of the Jesuits' college of New Orleans. Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
A Good Show.
The Gazette desires to congratulate the young ladies who originated and so successfully carried out the burlesque entertainment which first took place at the Industrial dormitory and which was repeated in the auditorium. It is incredible that so excellent a performance could have been gotten up in so short a time. The young ladies displayed histrionic talent of a high order and an unusually keen sense of humor. The young lady who wrote and read the profoundly scientific treatise on cats really deserved a medal, not the one which was presented to her, but something far better. The one who skillfully directed the band is also especially deserving of credit, and, in fact, every one else who participated in the entertainment merits a full measure praise. The Rev. Isiah Pillsberry, in his unique character songs and his splendid impersonation of the superannuated minister, afforded much enjoyment to the audience. The essay on paper hats, the recitatation, the Delsarte poses, the valedictory, were all very creditable. Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
Convent Closes Another School Term - Distribution of Premiums.
The Mount Carmel convent has just brought another scholastic term to a successful close. The attendance during the term averaged 140 pupils. The final examinations proved highly satisfactory, showing good work on the part of the pupils and careful and intelligent training on the part of the teachers. Parents of children attending this school have only words of commendation for the nuns of Mount Carmel who have given additional evidence of their fitness as teachers.
Monday evening the convent hall was filled with the pupils of the school who had gathered for the distribution of premiums. The clergy was represented by Rev. Father Forge, Stockalper, Bollard and Roger.
After the singing of "Le Carillon" by the pupils, Rev. E. Forge made a brief address expressing his satisfaction at the success of the school and speaking words of encouragement to the children.
Premiums were distributed as follows:
FIRST DEPARTMENT MEDAL.
Merited by Misses Emma Verret, Sadie Mouton, Agnes Breaux, Teresa Weber, Ida Girouard, Vivian Martin, Euphemie Bienvenu, Horta Lombard, Louise Martin, Alice Campbell.
SECOND DEPARTMENT MEDAL.
Merited by Misses Gertrude Theriot, Regina Theriot, Irene Girard, Hattie Mayfield, Effie Guidry, Felicia Broussard, Emily Whittington, Louise Bienvenu, Estelle Crouchet, Agnes Ledet.
THIRD DEPARTMENT MEDAL.
Merited by Misses Lillian Landry, Nora Tierney, Ula Mayfield, Ruth Mouton, Anne Mouton, Yolande Mouton, Flossie Adams, Agnes Scanlan, Henriette Duhon, Steeny Wilkins, Annie Wilkins.
GOLD MEDAL FOR THE HIGHEST AVERAGE IN CATECHISM.
Merited by Misses Emma Verret, Sadie Mouton, Teresa Weber, Agnes Breaux, Vivian Martin, Alice Campbell, Euphemie Bienvenu.
APPLICATION TO ARITHMETIC.
Merited by Misses Emma Verret, Sadie Mouton, Agnes Breaux.
Merited by Misses Teresa Weber, Ida Girouard, Euphemie Bienvenu, Blanche Theriot, Horta Lombard, Annie Coleman, Vivian Martin, Regina Theriot.
Gold medal for highest average in attendance, department and perfect lessons merited by Masters Paul Debaillon, Paul Salles and Leon Breaux.
The following young ladies received one or more prizes for excellence and application at the various exercises: Misses Emma Verret, Sadie Mouton, Agnes Breaux, Teresa Weber, Marie Daigle, Ida Girouard, Euphemie Bienvenu, Vivian Martin, Louise Martin, Regina Theriot, Blanche Theriot, Gertrude Theriot, Horta Lombard, Lillian Weber, Alice Campbell, Annie Coleman, Irene Girard, Felicia Broussard, Hattie Mayfield, Julia Coleman, Effie Guidry, Louise Bienvenu, Yolande Mouton, Nora Tierney, Agnes Ledet, Marie LeBlanc, Emily Whittington, Ula Mayfield, Estelle Crouchet, Ruth Martin, Anne Mouton, Henrietta Duhon, Agnes Scanlan, Steeney Wilkins, Anne Wilkins, Lillian Landry, Annie Bant Ellen Bant, Katie Bant, Flossie Adams, Sandra Saloom, Florida Saloom, Miera Tierney, Odile Bourgeois.
Paul Debaillon, Paul Salles, Leon Breaux, Frank Moss, Maurice Duhon, Frank Debaillon, Eastin Campbell, Herbert Campbell, Alfred Olivier, Rex Olivier, Adolphe Wilkins, Felix Duhon, Laurent Boudreau, Leonce Stadous, Henri Siadous, Francis Tanner, Wilfred Moss, Alfred Moss. Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
Crop In Good Condition.
Mr. J. R. Verret, who is growing cane on the farm which he bought from Sheriff Broussard some time ago, informed The Gazette that his crop is in good condition and promises a large yield. Mr. Verret, who is also interested in the cultivation of cane in St. Mary, says that the crop on his place here is as good as the crop in St. Mary. Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
On Friday, July 4 - Flower Parade - Address by Congressman Broussard.
The firemen will celebrate on the Fourth of July. Arrangements are being made for a flower parade, for which the cooperation of the ladies of the town has been enlisted. Congressman Broussard has accepted an invitation to make a speech. The exercises of the day will be as follows:
The parade will start from the court house at 5 o'clock p. m., sharp. The route will be as follows: Main street to St. John, St. John to Vermilion, Vermilion to Lincoln avenue, Lincoln avenue to New Street, New street to Second street, Second street across railroad to Grant avenue, Grant avenue to Lincoln avenue, then to Parkerson's grove where an address will be delivered by Congressman Broussard.
The following persons and firms have agreed to close their places of business at twelve o'clock on account of the celebration:
First National Bank, Bank of Lafayette, W. J. Mouton, Prudhomme & McFadden, J. A. Landry, C. Jeanmard, J. A. Delhomme, Lafayette Clothing Co., J. J. Radcliffe, Moss & Co., M. Rosenfield, A. T. Caillouet, L. F. Bellemin, Gus. Lacoste, Wm. Neveu & Co., Levy Bros., Alex dela Houssaye, L. R. Rigues, L. Lacoste, W. V. Nicholson, Bernard & Meaux, Mouton Bros., Plonsky Bros., G. Schmulen, Prejean & LeBlanc, Leon Plonsky, Mouton & Salles, Pellerin & DeClouet, Mrs. B. Falk, L. Levy, F. Demanade, J. F. Tanner manager, Leo. Doucet, Broussard Bros., Vordenbaumen Lumber Co., N. Abramson. Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
Site Located for New Church.
A special from this town to the New Orleans Picayune of June 26 says:
"The site for the new Catholic church in this parish was today selected by Rev. Father Forge, of Lafayette, assisted by Fathers Stockalper, of Grand Coteau; Roger, of Church Point; Doutre, of Rayne; Grimaud of Carencro and Bollard, of Lafayette. Recently Father Forge was delegated by Archbishop Chapelle, of New Orleans, to consider the needs of the people in this portion of the diocese, and authorized to establish a church where needed. The new church will be, geographically, intermediate between Lafayette, Rayne, Grand Coteau and Carencro, distant some ten miles respectively. Subscriptions have already been obtained to a considerable amount."
It is believed that if a church is built on the site selected it will greatly lessen Scott's chances to have a priest, and as a consequence the people of that community are are very much disappointed. It will be remembered that the people of Scott and vicinity raised quite a large sum by donations and fairs and built a church, but so far they have failed to secure the services of a priest. The diocese seems disinclined to form a new parish at Scott, as is evidenced by the selection of a new site about four miles from that point. In the meantime Scott is permitted to enjoy the luxury of an empty church, but is denied the comforting aid of a spiritual director.
Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
The Promenade Concert.
The promenade concert given in Parkerson's grove evening was a most enjoyable affair. It was very largely attended, there being at least five hundred people present. The handkerchief drill by the children of the model school under the direction of Miss Pitcher, and the motion songs by the children in charge of Miss Knott, were very interesting. As usual the Sontag Band distinguished itself and rendered some exceptionally brilliant pieces of music. The congregation of the Episcopal church and the Sontag Military Band, for whose benefit the concert was given, request The Gazette to publish the following card which explains itself:
CARD OF THANKS.
The Sontag Military Band and the congregation of the Episcopal church unite in expressing their appreciation of the generous support given their benefit entertainment by the public, last Wednesday night; and to the kind friends who contributed so largely to the success of the occasion through donations of refreshments, etc., and by their personal services, they extend their profound thanks. Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
The Redistricting Bill.
It is stated in the Baton Rouge dispatches that the following bill forming new judicial districts will fail to pass the Legislature. If such is the case Lafayette will remain with Acadia, forming one district as heretofore. Had the redistricting bill passed, the proposition to join Lafayette to Acadia and Vermilion would doubtless have gone through without any opposition. Our delegation has evidently no objection to it and the people of this parish, including the bar, seem to be satisfied with any old thing. Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
The publication of delinquent tax sales of property brought in the State during Several years back has given fresh evidence of the failure of assessors in this parish to properly and accurately assess property. There is no reason for the existence of so many double and erroneous assessments. This careless manner of assessing property causes endless trouble to real estate owners. It is conceded that mistakes are unavoidable, but there should not be so many of them. It is to be hoped that hereafter more pains will be taken by those whose duty it is to assess property in this parish. Erroneous assessments are carried on the books from year to year and instead of decreasing the number seems to be increasing. Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/28/1902.
The windstorm the other day blew down the smokestack of the ice factory. The factory suspended operation for a day and a supply of ice was secured from one of the adjoining towns.
It is now a settled fact that the Century Club will build a new home. The lot has been purchased from Mr. Tolson and as soon as practicable the work of constructing will begin.
All the teachers attending the summer school agree that the Industrial Institute buildings offered unequaled advantages for a summer normal. How would it do to have a summer school here here every year?
According to census reports cotton crop in Lafayette parish for the last three years has been as follows: 1899, 14,935 bales; 1900, 14,1610; 1901, 15,315.
Bricks for Sale. - Thirteen thousand bricks at $7 per thousand. Apply at Levy Bros.
The people of Broussardville are making preparations to give a entertainment on Sunday, July 13, for the benefit of the public school. The money realized will be used to buy much needed furniture.
A benefit concert will be given at the Industrial Institute to-night by Mr. Wm. Hayden assisted by the Sontag band and other local talent.
Mr. Burlow, foreman of the carpenters working on Mr. Biossat's house fell from a scaffold last Wednesday at a height of about forty feet, but fortunately sustained no serious injury.
Mr. Edwin Chargois and Miss Agnes Mouton were married Thursday afternoon at the Catholic church, Rev. E. Forge officiating.
Two Hundred bushels of Irish potatoes for sale. Finest quality. O. B. Jenkins.
Special services will be conducted in the Episcopal church at half past five o'clock to-morrow evening, by Bishop Sessums, of New Orleans, assisted by Rev. C. C. Kramer, of New Iberia.
Mr. Pfarrer, an experienced tailor, has opened a shop in the building formerly used by the Hoggsett telephone company Mr. Pfarrer will do all kinds of work in his line at reasonable prices.
Lafayette Gazette 6/28/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 28th, 1890:
The Lafayette "Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen" have perfected all of their arrangements for their grand excursion from Franklin to Washington, Sunday, August 3rd, 1890, and judging from their programme it promises to be the most attractive and interesting excursion of the season. The fare is very reasonable. From Franklin and Jeanerette, $1.50, from Iberia, Cade and Broussard $1.25; from Lafayette, $1.00, Carencro, 75 cts. The train will arrive at Washington about 10'oclock, when the fun will immediately commence. Following is a list of the sports for the day, in which all can join. Foot race, sack race, Potato race, mixed shoe race, bottle knocking match (for ladies), foot race for boys, best lady dancer, best gentleman dancer, greased pig race, obstacle race (something new and very interesting), to conclude with the exciting match game between the Crescent and Camellia base ball clubs for $1.00 and a gold ball, emblematic of the championship. A prize will be awarded the winner in each of the above named contests. Among the prizes are 2 boxes of fine cigars, 2 silk handkerchiefs, 1 ladies' scarf, 1 crayon photograph and frame of Jeff. Davis, 1 photograph album, etc. If that doesn't suit you for an excursion and one day's amusement for one dollar, we will send for Jay Gould and divide the world between you and him. Save your dollar for the railroad men's excursion. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.
On Wednesday, June 25th, 1890, at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. Wm. Campbell, Sr., near the town of Lafayette, La., by Rev. Father Healy, MISS MARIE CAMPBELL to Mr. P. D. Roussel, Jr. of Carencro. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.
Died - Just as we go to press we receive the sad intelligence of the death of two old and highly respected citizens. Gen. Alexandre Etienne DeClouet died at his residence near Lafayette June 20th, aged 78 years. Mrs. Pierre Dugas died at Oreville, California, Thursday, June 20th. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.
"Lo! Sol looks down with radiant eye,
And throws a smile around his sky,
Embracing hill and vale and stream,
And warming nature with his beam.
Behold the lark in either float,
While rapture swells the liquid note!
What warbles he with merry cheer?
"Let love and pleasure rule the year?"
Just such a dry day was last Sunday, with vagrant clouds now and then whisking across the face of the sun while their shadows chased each other over the green award; just enough to relieve the day of monotony and dull glare. After high mass the gay party, ripe for merriment and pleasure, and exhilarated by the excitement of rapid motion and flying scenery, drove out to the beautiful woods surrounding the popular resort - Martin's Spring. The spring and its surrounding present a very pretty scene. It is situated in a sort of basin. Sloping back and upward on every side, save one, are gently undulating surfaces almost devoid of undergrowth, and covered with a carpet of brown and green, formed of grass and faded leaves. The sight may wander at will between the trunks of the trees with many rods in any direction. Overhead spreads a magnificent forest growth of live oak, magnolia, ash, and other trees, the whole bound together by the cordage and festooning of grape, muscadine, rattan, and other vines, and brightened by the contrast of the virgin white of the magnolia with the scarlet bloom of the trumpet flower; and everywhere the tress like trail of Spanish moss. But it takes the pen of a Longfellow or Chateaubriand to describe the Louisiana scenery. The day was spent here most delightfully in social intercourse and those games and merry incidents inseparable from such a happy occasion, aside from that ineffable content such surroundings bring to those who love "communion to hold with nature sweet." The young gentlemen spread an elegant lunch, which was attacked with an appetite born of the open air and the novelty of the surroundings. Far too early in the afternoon we were warned by the sullen boom of "heaven's distant artillery" that if we "wished to fight another day" we must retreat - which we did quite reluctantly. Those participating in this most enjoyable outing were Misses Nita Hohorst, Martha Mouton, Alix and Louise Judice, Stella and Haydee Trahan, Mimie and Zaza Cornay, Carmen Gentil, Zerelda Bailey; Messrs. D. V. Gardebled, Alfred and Sidney Mouton, Geo. Richard, Emmanuel Pellerin, John Comeau, Arthur Breaux, Ned Mouton, P. Doucet, J. P. LeBesque and Mr. Bauvieres, of New Orleans. The thanks of the party are tendered Mrs. Albert Judice and Mrs. Edouard Mouton for their uniformly kind and eminently successful supervision of the affair. Young gentlemen, most worthily have you made your confession and freely are you shriven, but we cannot find it in our heart to say "go" and sin no more.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.
Coffee House to Open. - Mr. Timon Guidry has rented from Dr. Beraud the store on the corner of Main and Lafayette streets, and has altered and thoroughly renovated it for a first-class coffee house. He expects to open business about the first of July. The really neat and artistic painting and ornamentation of the inside was done by that thorough painter, Mr. Hebert Eastin. We are glad to see him buckling down to his old trade and making good headway. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.
St. Charles Commencement Exercises.
The commencement exercises at St. Charles College, Grand Coteau, always possess a peculiar interest for our people, as several Lafayette boys are pupils there each term. Last Wednesday quite a number of our citizens attended the exercises and entertainment, where they met quite an assemblage of people from throughout the Attakapas region. The scholars acquitted themselves very creditably, and met the approval of those present. The string band ball, Tuesday night, was largely attended, and was a grand success. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.
On Wednesday, June 25th, 1890, at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. Wm. Campbell, Sr., near the town of Lafayette, La., by Rev. Father Healy, Miss Marie Campbell to Mr. P. D. Roussel, Jr., of Carencro.
Our congratulations and best wishes attend the happy young couple through life. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.
A MADEMOISELLE MARIE CAMPBELL.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.
New Coffee House.
Mr. Timothy Guidry has rented from Dr. Beraud the store on the corner of Main and Lafayette streets, and has altered and thoroughly renovated it for a first-class coffee house. He expects to open business about the first of July. The really neat and artistic painting and ornamentation of the inside was done by that thorough painter, Mr. Herbert Eastin. We are glad to see him buckling down to his old trade and making good headway. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.
Watermelons are quite plentiful around town now, but they are not quite within our financial grasp just yet. Let us see, we believe it was Capt. R. C. Elliot, near Carencro, who brought us that tremendous melon last year. We don't know that we shall ever see a larger one, unless we lay Orberon on his back and paint his upside green.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.
The Wind Through His Whiskers.
If you should happen to notice Capt. Drury at night wandering about the yard with his sorter set to one side like a duck looking for thunder, or a war horse that "Scenteth the battle afar off," do not imagine that he has turned astrologer and is studying the heavens; he is simply letting "the wind blew through his whiskers." Sweet spirits of Lake Gilles and Jagou, you are revenged. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.
Selected News Notes 6/28/1890.
Pretty heavy rain fell Monday. Weather sultry and showery during the week. Grass gaining on the cotton, and both growing finely.
Notwithstanding the frequent rains, our well drained streets keep as dry as a local newspaper reporter after a hard day's loafing.
The steamer Mary Rose is now making regular trips between Pin Hook and Abbeville, and is building up a good trade.
Capt. Louis Oueilhe has been studying "hogology" of late, and has discovered that musk melons impart a wonderfully fine flavor to pork. He is now feeding his hogs on musk melons.
On Sunday the 6th of July, 1890, there will appear near Alex Caulder's store a Magic Lantern, Sleight of Hand, etc., by Messrs. S. H. & C. H., who promise to give those attending a full account of what they can do.
Rev. F. W. Lewis will preach in the Presbyterian church at Lafayette, La, at 11 o'clock a. m., Sunday, June 29th.
Master John R. Conniff (who has just graduated at Tulane Univerisity), and Masters George L. and Robert B. Conniff, all sons of Jno. H. Conniff, Esq., General Manager of the Crescent and News Hotel Co., are spending some time here on a visit to their aunt, Mrs. John Hahn, at the Crescent Hotel.
Out of the 177 appointees to West Point this year only 78 passed and will become full-fledged cadets. Of this number is "James Alfred Moss, Louisiana." Hurrah for Lafayette!
Rev. F. J. Lambert, pastor of Our Lady of Council, of New Orleans, was here during the week visiting Rev. Fathers Forge and Healy.
Vegetables of all varieties are now plentiful on the market, and cheap enough to be within the reach of the poorest. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 28th, 1879:
THE FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI.
It being one of those most revered by the Catholic Church, the feast of Corpus Christi is unusually attended with much solemnity and devotion. The celebration of this feast in our town on last Sunday was no exception.
At high mass the church was filled. Lafayette Fire Company, in uniform, was in attendance, whose presence in that capacity had been requested by Rev. Father Branche. After the regular devotional exercises, the Fire Company's banner was presented and blessed, which brought forth a few happy and well timed remarks from Rev. Mr. Whitman, on the symbolical use of the banner. This concluded the ceremonies of the morning.
At five o'clock in the evening the celebration proper of the day was begun. People from various parts of the parish and neighboring towns had gathered to witness the proceedings. The devotional exercises were commenced by Father Branche assisted by Fathers Whitman and Surriray. After certain preliminary ceremonies at the church, the procession proceeded to the court house where, after the elevation of the host, an English sermon was delivered by Father Whitman, His text being, "But will God indeed dwell on earth?" I Kings, VIII, 27. After which the procession winded its way to the Convent, where the exercises were repeated, and from there back to the church and the celebration of the day was concluded with the benediction. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1879.
The railroad depot at Lake Charles is finished except painting, which is begun. It is a large building, two stories high, with twelve rooms, and a gallery running all around it. The general manager of the company with all his other assistants, has moved into it. A more particular description of the depot will appear next week. The river piling for the bridge is nearly ready for the tubing, which is on the way. The schooner Piper, with the locomotive, got aground on the inner bar of Calcasieu Pass, but it is expected here to-night. Grading between Orange and the Sabine river is completed, and the entire grading outfit from there, including 25 teams, will be here t0-morrow and will be immediately employed east of Lake Charles. The work on the road between Franklin and New Iberia (owned by the Morgan company) which was recently suspended on account of low water in the cypress swamps, making it impossible to get out cross-ties, has been resumed in consequence of late rains, and work is progressing all along the line. The employees here are delighted with our healthy climate and cool summer breezes, and a dozen of them have already sent for their families and more will do so.
From the Lake Charles Echo and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1879.
Sheriff G. B. Shaw, of Vermilion parish, arrived here last Tuesday with three convicts, sentenced to hard labor in the State penitentiary at the late term of the District Court of that parish, and delivered them to Capt. Hayden, who commands the squad of convicts now at work on the Louisiana Western Railroad near this place. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1879.
Prof. Rogan's School.
The exhibition of Prof. Rogan's school on the evening of the 24th instant, was creditable both to teacher and pupils. The various exericses consisting of declamations, dialogues, &c., were presented in such a manner as to impress us with the belief that his pupils have not been idle during the past session. Music - vocal and instrumental - enhanced in a great degree the pleasure of the evening.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1879.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/28/1879.
There will be a meeting of the Parish School Board on Saturday next, the 5th of July.
Lafayette Fire Co. #1 will have regular meetings on the first Thursdays of each and every month at 7 o'clock p. m.
H. H. Bailey, Secretary.
District Judge E. E. Mouton and District Attorney J. A. Chargois returned home last Tuesday, after an absence of four weeks attending a special term of the District Court at Abbeville. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1879.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 28th, 1873:
Improvement. - Out active and energetic Town Constable, Troville Bernard is now busily engaged in putting our market house in thorough repair. Having new stalls made and the floor neatly laid with brick; when the work is completed it will add greatly to the looks as well as to the cleanliness of our Court House square and vicinity. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1873.
Water Travel. - The steamer Flora, Capt. John Pharr, Master, will hereafter make regular trips from Brashear City (now Morgan City) as high up the Bayou Vermilionville as Wilkinson's landing near Pin Hook. Laf. Adv. 6/28/1873.
Burglary. - Last Wednesday, John Dennis alias John Pepe, colored, was arrested on complaint of Pierre Naud, charging him with forcing open his bakery and stealing therefrom. john was discovered in the bakery about one o'clock that morning and in making a hasty retreat was fired at and recognized. Unfortunately for him, this is not his first offence. His case way examined and he was sent up to the District Court to answer to the charge of Burglary. Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1873.
The Steamer Flora, Capt. John Pharr, Master, will herafter make regular trips from Brashear City as high up the Bayou Vermilion as Wilkinson's landing near Pin Hook.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Special Session, June 9th, 1873.
Present: Aug. Monnier, Mayor; and Councilmen L. P. Revillon, F. C. Latiolais, H. Landry, Jos. O. Girouard, W. Brandt, C. O. Olivier and R. L. McBride.
The minutes of the meeting were read and approved.
On motion it was resolved, that T.Bernard be and is hereby appointed on the Market-house committee.
On motion it was resolved, that the petition of the Quarterly Conference of the M. E. Church South, be referred to the District Attorney and that he be requested to take immediate action on the same.
Resolved, that a committee of three be and is hereby appointed to submit said petition to the District Attorney. Messrs. Latiolais, Revillon and McBride were appointed on said committee.
Resolved, that the constable be directed to see that public peace and quiet is preserved at the coffee-house of Villemont Huback on Washington street.
On motion, the Council adjourned to next regular meeting.
A. MONNIER, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1873.
THE AMERICAN TRAMP
[From the N. O. States.]
Mr. Zed H. Copp, the probation officer of the District of Columbia, has made a careful study of the tramp in his social, moral and economic aspects and has written the result of his investigations to the Washington Star. Mr. Copp estimates the number of tramps in the United States at 20,000, and after eighteen years of study and association with these circumambulatory individuals there is no reason to doubt that he is capable of speaking with authority. He finds that the genus tramp of America is divided into four divisions - the roving, restless hobo, or "American Arab," who is accountable for 60 per cent of the total, the ambitious class composed of trifling men and boys who wish to see the country and have a vague idea of picking up a gold mine lying around loose somewhere, who constitute 15 per cent of the total; the unskilled labor class among them who may be found union men who are cast adrift from work or have struck, this class making about 24 per cent, and finally there is the really unfortunate man who makes up 1 per cent of the army of tramps.
Mr. Copp reports that he found men of ability or vigor or sense or of any other human quality or accomplishment which could be used to great and truthful advantage for the purposes of idealization. He never found or heard a whisper among the tramps themselves that there were in their ranks enough Yale men on the road to form a Skull and Bones graduate club, or that on the old back lot down by the stream near Kalamazoo former members of Harvard's Hasty Pudding Society met in such numbers at certain seasons of the year that a good play could be staged by the old grads. No Sanscrit scholars prowled across his path, and no Dusty Willie answered the harsh and metallic tones of a New Jersey housewife's "turndown" with profanity couched in the choicest Attic Greek. Listen to this downright and unimaginative person:
"The educated tramp is the hardened old rascal who knows all the low and dirty tricks of his trade of getting a living without work out of others who work for it."
Mr. Copp does however corroborate some of the time-honored statements about tramps and their practices, which in a skeptical age have been seriously doubted. The hoboes are in the habit of leaving those mystic marks and signs to serve as a guide to others, For instance:
"I soon found that a plainly drawn square in white chalk means a 'square meal.' A hand roughly sketched, with forefinger pointing, indicates that a 'hand-out' may be expected from this place. A circle with two crossing diameters means a 'cross dog,' A long, narrow rectangle stands for a bed, and a triangle with a small circle at the upper angle for a head lets the 'weary Willie' know that 'a woman runs the joint' and there is 'something doing' in the eating line. A plain, empty circle means 'nothing doing,' "
The results of Mr. Copp's investigations have convinced him that there is nothing romantic about the tramp, but on the contrary, he is merely a human parasite who deserves neither sympathy nor help, because his one aim is to go through life without working which few can do. The tax collector has no terrors for him, the higher the prices of commodities the better he feels, because he is getting more than ever for nothing; he cares not a rap about the size of the bank clearings or the excess of imports, and if a five-cent loaf of bread goes to ten cents he will others repine. He regards the world as his own without its burdens and responsibilities, and so well does he like his job that he never asks himself if life if worth the living. From the N. O. States and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1905.
THE FRENCH ARMY.
The latest comparison between the armies of France and Germany places the former ahead numerically, while the latter is preparing to close the gap with the aid of the recent law. France, on a peace footing has 520,518 man, and the law of five years' service recently enacted permits her to add 600,000 men to her territorial army. Other reforms increase the annual contingent by 60,000 men, and this brings it up 220,ooo. By counting the twenty-five contingents under the law, with their total losses, which are estimated at one-quarter, the effective force for mobilization amounts to 4,125,000. In Germany the annual contingent is 161,000 recruits, 9,000 yearly volunteers and 17,450 reserves, giving a total for this contingent of 130,450. For the 24 contingents, and taking into account the losses, we arrive at a grand hotel total on a war footing of 3,300,000 men. Consequently, France could mobilize at the present time 775,000 trained soldiers more than Germany.
From the N. O. Times-Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/28/1890.