PURE DRINKING WATER FOR ALL.
The full function of a water works system is to furnish an abundant supply of water for all purposes.
Our system is lacking in one essential particular, it does not furnish an abundant supply of pure, wholesome drinking water. There has been no agitation of the subject because we are accustomed to drinking cistern water and, being satisfied, little attention has been given to the kind of water works; in fact, fire protection has been the chief object. But this is a mistake, a rather serious mistake, too, for the health of a community depends largely upon the purity of its supply of drinking water, which some of us realize too late, when the physician tells us that the typhoid and other fevers, which strike our loved ones, owe their origin to impure drinking water.
And cistern water is not pure. Some few have "cut offs" and manage to keep reasonably good water in their cisterns, but the great majority let the washings of their roofs fall into their cisterns without let or hindrance and the result is that the average cistern has from 6 to 12 inches of slimy mud alive with disease germs in the bottom. The only reason we are not all prostrated with disease is that nature has mercifully provided the human system with great resisting power, and it is only the weak, and we are all weal at times, who succumb to the active microbes.
This matter of pure drinking water is important and should receive our earnest attention, and the sooner the better. The water works system ought to supply good, pure drinking water and we believe it can. It will necessitate boring another well, perhaps several, and it may cost some money, but money should be no object in a case of this kind. Pure drinking water for everybody should be the object and whatever the expense it should be got if it can be got. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1904.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSING.
Pupils From the Kindergarten and High School Entertainment Tuesday Night.
Wednesday Night Program Rendered by High School Large Audiences Present at Both Exercises.
Tuesday night of last week the second of the three closing exercises took place at the Auditorium, by pupils from both the High School and Kindergarden. as on the previous night the hall was filled, many standing.
A very entertaining program was given consisting of two little plays, a chorus and a talk by Supt. Alleman.
Nymphs of the Elements was the name of the first play and was presented by pupils from the Kindergarten. It was very good and won appreciative applause.
Supt. Alleman followed with a short talk on educational matters, in which he spoke of the proposed bond issue and in what way it would advantage this parish. His remarks were both appropriate and interesting.
The Milk Maid's Chorus was sung in costume and was one of the best numbers on the program. Mother Nature's Festival was a nature play in which the characters were birds, beasts, trees, etc. It was presented by High School pupils.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1904.
MT. CARMEL ACADEMY.
Closing Exercises Held Wednesday Night in the Presence of a Large Audience.
A Fine Program Presented - Prizes Awarded for Excellent Work in the Various Departments.
The commencement exercises of the fifty-eighth year of the old and distinguished Academy of Mt. Carmel took place last Wednesday evening before a large and cultured audience. The session just closed has been a most successful one; as attested by the results of the thorough examination to which the pupils were subjected. In every department the work of the students has been most excellent.
All day Wednesday the students entertained their parents and friends who took pleasure examining the exhibit of class work, such as book-keeping, mathematical problems, essays, exercises in other various studies, etc., also the plain sewing and fancy work was admired and commented on most favorably by all the visitors.
The exercises took place in the large hall, and as the curtain rose upon them all robed in snowy white and smiling faces the pupils greeted the audience with the chorus, "Thrice Happy School Girl Days."
After this came a long and varied program, comprising plays, songs, garland dances, piano solos and duets.
Thursday morning the awarding of medals took place and premiums were distributed to the following pupils:
First Senior - Misses Philomene Broussard, Euphemie Bienvenu, Horta Lombard, Alice Campbell and Irene Carroll.
Second Senior - Misses Teresa Richard, Felicia Broussard, Paola Mouton, Ruth Mouton, Pauline Caillouet, Cecile Caillouet, Ida Boulet, Louise Bienvenu, Martha Pellerin, Julia Coleman; Masters Frank Debaillon, Wilfred Moss, Hebert Campbell.
First Intermediate - Misses Anne Mouton, Ula Mayfield, Yolande Breaux, Gertrude Mouton, Henrietta Lacoste, Yolande Mouton, Sarah Mouton; Masters Paul Leblanc, Eastin Campbell, Warren Lacoste, and Felix Campbell.
Juniors - Misses Lilla Mouton, Flossie Adams, May Bonnet, Heloise Poimboeuf, Eva Mouton, Alida Martin, and Marie Bijeaux.
First Preparatory - Misses Louise Domengeaux, Claudia Broussard, Vivian Mouton, Aurore Labet, Mary Whittington; Masters Azare Leblanc, Grover Mouton, Leonard Broussard.
Second Preparatory - Misses Lucille Roy, Neta Theall, Ida Roy, Anna Crouchet, and Master James Lacoste.
Third Preparatory - Misses Mabel Moss, Anna Mousset and Theo Bottorf.
Gold Medal for Christian Doctrine - Miss Euphemie Bienvenu. Merited by Misses Philomene Broussard, Felicia Broussard, Pauline Caillouet, Ida Boulet and Horta Lombard.
Gold Medal for Church Attendance - Miss Effie Guidry. Merited by Misses Marie Leblanc, Teresa Richard, Horta Lombard, Felicia Broussard, and Edna Landry.
Gold Medal for Highest Average in Mathematics - Miss Euphemie Bienvenu. Distinguished: Misses Philomene Broussard and Horta Lombard.
Gold Medal for Application to Arithmetic. Merited by Misses Paola Mouton, Ida Boulet, and Cecile Caillouet.
Seniors - Miss Pauline Caillouet. Merited by Misses Felicia Broussard, Philomene Broussard, Teresa Richard, Alice Campbell, Euphemie Bienvenu, Horta Lombard, Marie Leblanc, Louise Bienvenu, Cecile Caillouet, Paola Mouton, Ida Boulet and Oddie Bourgeois.
Gold Medal for Deportment. Juniors - Miss Lillian Landry. Merited by Misses Ruth Mouton, Martha Pellerin, Yolande Mouton, Marie Bijeaux, Gertrude Mouton, Heloise Poimbeoeuf, Anne Mouton and Eva Mouton.
Gold Medal for Deportment. Primary - Miss Helena Bijeaux. Merited by Misses May Bonnet, Louise Domengeaux, Lilla Mouton, Flossie Adams, Natalie Boulet, Lucile Roy, Vivian Mouton and Ida Roy.
Silver Medal for Plain Sewing - Miss Alice Campbell. Merited by Miss Ida Boulet, Philomene Broussard, Marie Leblanc, Odile Bourgeois, Teresa Richard, Cecile Caillouet, Pauline Caillouet, Felicia Broussard, Horta Lombard, Sarah A. Mouton, Martha Pellerin, Anne Mouton, Edna Landry.
After the distribution of premiums all repaired to the beautiful Chapel, and Rev. Father Forge gave the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, then after a solemn act of consecration to the Blessed Virgin, the pupils bade farewell to their Alma Mater.
School will reopen on Monday, September 5.
The Sisters extend warmest thanks to their friends for the kind assistance and interest manifested the occasion.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1904.
A large crowd again filled the Auditorium Wednesday night, which was High School night. The program was rather short, but good, and consisted of a Hiawatha drill, a talk by Prof. Avery and a play, The Kingdom of Mother Goose.
Fourteen boys dressed as Indians with bows and arrows and feathered caps took part in the drill, going through a number of new and attractive motions, done in fine time.
Prof. Avery's talk was interesting. He spoke of the progress of the town schools, and of the interest, and co-operation of parents, the efforts of the teachers and other forces which had made this progress possible, and referred to the need of larger accomodations for the schools in the future. The Kingdom of Mother Goose in three acts closed the program. Sixty-three children took part. It was a fairy play, introducing fairies, nymphs and the various characters in Mother Goose's rhymes. All of the children carried off their parts well. Possibly Daisy Louaillier as Mother Hubbard made the biggest hit. The singing was much enjoyed.
The exercises both nights showed hard work on the part of the teachers and pupils, and both deserve appreciation for their earnest efforts to entertain the parents and friends of the schools. That they did entertain them was evidenced by the frequent applause that was given.
The teachers the past session were as follows: High School: Prof. W. J. Avery, principal; Misses Zelia Christian, Alicia Dickson, Edna Close and Maggie Bagnal. Primary: Misses Fadra Holmes, principal; Emily Horton and Kathleen Read. Kindergarte: Misses Pearl Larche and Virginia Robertson.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1904.
E. B. CUSHING
Appointed General Superintendent of the Southern Pacific Lines in Louisiana.
E. B. Cushing has been appointed general superintendent of the Southern Pacific lines in Louisiana to succeed Thornwall Fay. The Crowley Signal notice his appointment in the following complimentary way:
The new appointee is thoroughly equipped for the position he is to occupy. He is forty-three years old, and has been a railroad man twenty-five years. He began his career with a good education, and while most of his time has been spent in the engineering department he has acquired a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of all branches of the railroad business. Personally he is popular with the employees of the road but with the general public. This is due to his attractive personality and to the fact that he takes an active interest in the industries along the line of his road.
Like his predecessor, Mr. Cushing is a man of few words, and when he has granted or refused a request or favor it is generally final. He is a hard worker, like all successful men in any line of business, and he owes his promotion to his own merit. He now stands as one of the big men of the Harriman system, and his friends in the rice belt will watch his future career with great interest. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1904.
Long With the State.
Ex-Sheriff I. A. Broussard returned from Baton Rouge Friday where he went to make final settlement with the State Auditor. In checking up, the Auditor found that Mr. Broussard had overpaid the State $884.38 for which sum he gave Mr. Broussard a certificate. Representative DeClouet at once introduced a bill to order the money refunded, which has already passed the House and will promptly be passed by the Senate.
Mr. Broussard has made a splendid record as sheriff and tax collector and is entitled to the highest credit for the efficient and satisfactory manner in which he has performed his duties. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1904.
Wedding Bells. - Mr. John Torian, son of Mr. Wm. B. Torian, of this place and Miss Celeste Stelly, the charming daughter of Mr. L. G. Stelly of Carencro, were married Tuesday, June 21, in Abbeville by Rev. Father Laforest.
Laf. Adv. 6/29/1904.
New Supt. For Southern Pacific.
L. B. Cushing has been appointed general superintendent of the Southern Pacific lines in Louisiana to succeed Thornwall Fay. The Crowley Signal notes his appointment in the following complimentary way.
The new appointee is thoroughly equipped for the position he is to occupy. He is forty-three years old, and has been in railroading twenty-five years. He began his career with a good education, and while most of his time in the engineering department he had acquired thorough and comprehensive knowledge of all branches of the railroad business. Personally he is popular not only with the employees of the road but with the general public. This is due to his fact that he takes an active interest in the industries along the line of his road.
Like his predecessor, Mr. Cushing is a man of few words, and when he is granted or refused a request or favor it is generally final. He is a hard worker like all successful men in any line of business, and he owes his promotion to his own merit. He now in stands in line as one of the big men of the Harriman system, and his friends in the rice-belt will watch his future with great interest. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1904.
Sold His Barbershop.
M. A. Hargroder last week sold his barber shop on north side of court house square to Luc Crouchet and Ulysse Broussard, and purchased the Central Barber Shop, corner of Pierce and Jefferson streets, from L. S. Johnson. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1904.
Lafayette, La., June 1, 1904.
At a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Lafayette held this day at their office, a semi-annual dividend of five per cent was declared, payable July 1, 1904. J. J. Davidson, Cashier. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1904.
Misses Kathleen Read and Virginia Robertson entertained a number of friends at the residence of Mrs. H. Jagou Thursday evening. It was a most enjoyable affair and time sped swiftly on golden wings. During the evening delicious refreshments were served.
Those present were: Misses Hattye Shannon, Estelle and Aimee Mouton, Gallway, of New Orleans, Adeline Toerner, Rosalie Coronna, Mrs. B. N. Coronna and Mrs. N. Abramson, Dr. A. R. Trahan, Messrs. John O' Donohoe, Amb. Marshall, Ben H. Schmalinski, C. C. Mallard, W. Stephens, F. Sontag, Geo. B. Harris,Eben Morgan, N. Abramson, B. N. Coronna and P. B. Torian. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1904.
Gave a Dining.
Messrs. Alfred Mouton, E. G. Voorhies, Louis Lacoste and Saul Broussard were among the guests entertained at a dining Wednesday, given to seventy-five of his friends by Mr. O. P. Guilbeau at his home near Carencro. It was a delightful occasion. Mr. Breaux knows just how to act the host, and the dinner, refreshments and cigars couldn't be excelled. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1904.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/29/1904.
The Misses Plonsky left Sunday for Alexandria to spend two weeks.
Miss Nona Alpha went to Franklin Monday for a short visit.
Dr. F. E. Girard has returned from a visit to Texas.
Miss Corinne Guidry has let the contract to Emes & Alexander for the erection of pretty cottage on the lot opposite Mr. F. Demanade's home.
Delicious Ice Cream and all cold drinks served at E. F. Morgan & Co's fine fountain. Also a fine line of WILEYS Crystalized fruits and chocolates. There is none better.
Miss Elva Alpha and little Nora Cotter, of Franklin, were guests at the home of Mrs. C. P. Alpha from Friday until Monday.
Isaac Plonsky, of Washington, spent several days in Lafayette during the week.
C. O. Mouton visited Grand Coteau Friday.
Mrs. A. T. Comeaux and two little girls, Jeanne and Agnes, were in town Saturday.
The many friends of Mr. W. G. Butcher will regret to know that he is confined to his room suffering from an old wound.
Tom, Dan and Paul Debaillon, Raoul Gerac, Paul Salles and Adam Mouton, and Simon Prejean and Rosemond Breaux, of Carencro, who have been attending Jefferson College, came home Thursday.
Mr. John Torian, son of Mr. Wm. B. Torian, of this place and Miss Celeste Stelly, the charming daughter of Mr. L, G. Stelly of Carencro, were married Thursday, June 21, in Abbeville by Rev. Father Laforest.
Mr. Gabriel Beadle kindly presented us yesterday with three very large peppers.
Leon Bacque was seen in our town Saturday.
Miss Lucile Mouton, who has been attending St. Mary's Dominican Academy, New Orleans, returned home Wednesday to spend vacation with her parents.
Everybody is talking about that delicious cherry phosphate served at the Moss Pharmacy fountain. Have you tried it? If not come and get a sample glass FREE.
Major P. L. DeClouet spend Sunday and part of Monday at home. He left on the Monday afternoon train, accompanied by Judge Lewis, of Opelousas, for Lake Charles on legal business.
G. A. Martin and the Misses Mouton, daughters of C. O. Mouton, Helene Martin and the young daughter of Louis Stelly have all returned from the Sacred Heart Academy of Grand Coteau, to spend their vacation at home. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1904.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 29th, 1901:
LEAVING THE COMPRESS.
E. H. Bower, who has been superintendent of the compress at this place during the last three years, has accepted a similar position at Alexandria. Mr. Bower left this week with his family for his new home. During their stay here Mr. and Mrs. Bower made many friends who will regret to learn of their departure. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
Count Bagnaud of Parish, France, in the City.
Count Bagnaud, of Paris, France, accompanied by Col. Vider, of Louisiana, were the guests of Marion E. Taylor yesterday. Count Bagnaud has come to look after his extensive sugar properties at Indian Point, in the parish of Lafayette, Louisiana. The distinguished guests were shown through the Old Charter distillery and the tobacco breaks, and were taken to the parks yesterday afternoon. Count Bagnaud expressed himself as greatly pleased with the beauty and cleanliness of Louisiana and was surprised at the volume of business transacted here. - Louisville, Ky. Commercial, June 12.
Count Bagnaud has returned to Lafayette after a most enjoyable trip in the East, visiting the Buffalo Exposition, Niagra Falls, Coney Island and other points of interest in that section of the country. While at the Pan-American the count spent most of his time listening to the music of Sousa's band, though showing a decided penchant for the midway.
Count Bagnaud, however, wishes it to be understood that he considers his stay in Kentucky as the feature of his trip. While there he was the guest of Col. Marion Taylor who introduced him to some of the famed belles of the Blue Grass State and incidentally initiated him into the mystic realms of Kentucky mint juleps.
The Gazette is informed that Count Bagnaud has decided to remain permanently in this parish, his vast sugar interests at Indian Point necessitating his personal supervision. In the meantime he will entertain matrimonial propositions from American heiresses. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
MOUNT CARMEL CONVENT
Closes its Fifty-fourth Year - Distribution of Medals and Premiums.
Last Year One of the Most Successful - Large Attendance.
Fifty-four years of faithful work in the education in the education of the young is indeed a record to be proud of.
More than a half century ago the nuns of Mount Carmel Convent came to Lafayette and laid the foundation for an institution which has, from the very beginning, exercises a most wholesome influence on the intellectual and spiritual life of this community. Many years before the war these good nuns, who were among the pioneers of education in this parish, began to sow the seeds of scholastic learning and religious culture in this community, and the harvest has been a most bountiful one. The large number of bright and noble women who have been sent out into the world from the classic walls of Mount Carmel is an eloquent tribute to the great work done by this deserving institution. Too much praise can not be accorded the nuns of Mount Carmel. Their unselfish work in educating the girls and boys - equipping the youth for the serious duties of life - is worthy of emulation.
The large attendance at the Convent during the term which has just closed shows the large measure of popularity enjoyed by the school. Under the management of Mother Patrick the convent has received a full share of the public patronage, the enrollment this year being upwards of one hundred and fifty. The commencement exercises held Thursday morning was a fitting close of a most successful term. The exercises, which were witnessed only by the pupils and their relatives, were unusually interesting. The program was rendered with perfect order and was greatly enjoyed by all present. The distribution of medals and premiums was as follows:
Lafayette Boys Graduate.
The Gazette is pleased to note names of John and Robert Tierney on the list of graduates from the Jesuit College of New Orleans. John and Robert are the sons of Pat Tierney, of this town. They are bright and popular boys and their friends in Lafayette will be glad to learn that they have completed their studies at one of the best colleges in the country. We are informed that John will real law and Robert will take up the study of mechanical-engineering. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
Back from Cincinnati.
Miss Lizzie Mudd, who has been a student at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music since last January, returned home Thursday. Miss Mudd will enjoy a short vacation after which she will go to Chautauqua, N. Y., to take up another course in the study of music. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
AN INSANE WOMAN.
An unfortunate white woman, afflicted with insanity, was placed in the parish jail this week, awaiting the time when it will be possible to take her to the asylum at Jackson. The asylum has no vacant room in the white women's department, and in the meantime this unhappy creature must be detained in a place which is intended for persons accused of crime. A sad commentary on our boasted civilization ! This poor woman is guilty of no crime, and a common jail is no fit place for her. Surely Louisiana is rich enough to provide for her insane. Surely she can do better than place behind prison bars those whom a cruel fate had bereft of their reason. The next Legislature should find a way to deal more humanely with the insane. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
Lawsuit Over Oil Property.
Adelbert Broussard has filed through his attorney, John L. Kennedy, a suit to nullify a lease made to P. Ledanois, involving the oil and mineral rights on 200 acres of land, situated a short distance from Anse la Butte. This is the first suit of this character filed in this parish but it is believed that in the event that oil is found many others will instituted. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.
The following real estate transfers were recorded in the clerk's office the past week:
Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
Peck vs. The City Council.
Judge Debaillon having recused himself, Mr. Ralph W. Elliot has been appointed Judge ad hoc to try the suit of Alphonse Peck vs. the Mayor and City Council of Lafayette. A preliminary writ has been issued and is returnable on July 8, when some disposition of the matter will be made. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
The Trainmen's Ball.
The ball given Thursday night in Lacoste's hall by the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen was a brilliant affair. It was by far the most notable social event of the season. The railroad boys worked hard to make the ball a success. A splendid band of music from Morgan City was secured and nothing was left undone to contribute to the enjoyment of those who attended. Many young people from the adjoining towns were among the dancers. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
Lafayette to Buffalo.
The following are the rates from Lafayette to Buffalo and return, on account of Pan-American Exposition: $36.85, limit 18 days; $47.80, limit 33 days; $50.75, limit Oct. 31, 1901. For additional particulars apply to local agent or to C. B. Ellis, D. P. A. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
Gold Watch Stolen.
Last Thursday night a burglar entered the room of Mr. John L. Kennedy and stole a gold watch and chain. By cutting a lattice the thief made an opening sufficiently large to raise the latch from the outside and entered through the window. On the watch the following is engraved: "J. L. K., presented by mother, December 25, 1900." The thief was evidently an expert in his line as he did his work without being heard by anyone in the house. The thief was satisfied with this booty and did not take anything else. The watch is valued at $60, and is an Elgin stem-winder. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
Meet in the Court-house and Listen to Discussions of Agricultural Subjects.
The farmers' institute in the court-house last Saturday was the best attended and the most interesting ever held here. The committee appointed by the Police Jury did its work well and the crowd was liberally provided with lunches and cooling drinks.
At 10 o'clock Dr. W. C. Stubbs called the institute to order. Dr. Fred Mayer delivered an eloquent and well-worded address of welcome. Dr. Stubbs responded in his usual felicitous style.
The first number on the program was a paper on diversified farming by Ben Avant of Duson.
"Forage Crops" was the subject of a very able paper read by Prof. W. R. Dodson, of the Louisiana State University.
"Corn and Its Uses to the World," by Wm. R. Foote, of Ridge, afforded a subject for some animated talks. At the conclusion of Mr. Foote's paper the institute adjourned until 2 o'clock.
The afternoon session was begun by an interesting and well-conducted paper on "Cane Culture and the Benefits of a Central Factory" by Col. Gus. A. Breaux.
Col. Breaux was followed by Mr. A. A. Morrow, president of the St. Martin Planters' Association, Mr. Morrow spoke on cane culture. At the request of the audience he spoke in French. His talk proved to be one of the most effective of the day's meeting. Mr. Morrow's very clear and practical remarks were greatly appreciated by the farmers, many of whom were anxious to hear the views of so successful a cane grower as Mr. Morrow.
Hon. Geo. E. Scott, a citizen of the State of Ohio, favored the institute with a striking address on agriculture. Mr. Scott made an earnest appeal for the employment of intelligent methods in agriculture. Mr. Scott is superintendent of farmers' institutes in Ohio.
Upon the invitation of President Stephens, of the Industrial Institute, a night session was held in the auditorium of the college. The night session consisted of excellent music by Prof. Hayden and an instructive lecture on Hawaii by Dr. Stubbs.
The institute was a decided success. The farmers present evinced the deepest interest in the discussion and listened attentively to the reading and listened attentively to the reading of the various papers.
Dr. Stubbs expressed himself as greatly pleased with his work here. He was impressed with the intelligent and representative character of the audience and its evident desire to find out the best methods of agriculture. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
Promotion of Capt. James A. Moss.
The following army order will be read with interest and pleasure by the friends of Capt. James A. Moss in Lafayette:
It may be explained that the regimental adjutancy is a position of influence and responsibility, the adjutant being, in effect, private secretary and adviser to the regimental commander. Capt. Moss enjoys the distinction of being the youngest adjutant of the army, by several years. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/29/1901.
Married. - At Scott, Tuesday, June 25, 1901, Rev. E. Forge officiating, Mr. John Cameron Nickerson and Miss Bella Judice.
Miss Mattie Wier returned to her home in Houston Wednesday after spending several weeks among relatives and friends in Lafayette.
Harry Lessly has gone home to enjoy a vacation of two weeks.
R. D. Gribble, of Houston, and J. W. Callahan, of Washington, La., were in Lafayette Thursday to attend a meeting of the lumber dealers. Messrs. Gribble and Callahan paid The Gazette a visit.
Minor Merriweather, of St. Louis, Mo., had bought three acres of land from Dr. Mudd for the purpose of building a home with a view of building a home here in the near future, Mr. Merriwether has decided to come to Lafayette to send his children to the Industrial Institute.
Miss Monique Lacoste, who has been very ill at her home in this town, is improving. The Gazette hopes to be able to report in its next issue the complete recovery of Miss Lacoste.
Next Thursday being the Fourth of July the Police Jury has postponed its meeting to Monday July 8.
Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 29th, 1901:
RAIL ROAD NOTES.
Last Sunday afternoon at about 4 o'clock quite a large crowd of town people were attracted to the rail road yards, the excitement being caused by the arrival of two sections of train No. 9 containing 700. Puerto Ricans, bound for Hawaii, each train carried 3 baggage cars, and 7 tourist sleeping cars, the baggage cars are fitted up with all the appurtenances of a cuisine, and carries a complete corps of cooks, waiters, etc., as it is necessary to feed these people three times per day en route to San Francisco, from which point they are transferred to a steamer of the Occidental Line, to Hawaii.
Quite early, Monday morning, Bat Coumes, could be seen doing the cake walk, on top of a box car, the boys thinking perhaps that the sun's rays had affected his mind, inquired of him, inquired of him, the reason for his queer antics, when Bat, blushingly replied. "It is a boy," the future little railroader's papa is receiving the congratulations of his many friends.
Last Monday 24th., inst., by order of the officials, another switch engine and crew were put on, in order to properly handle the business which comes into this yard, one engine and crew not being able to do the work at this season of the year, which proves that Lafayette is growing quite important as a division terminal.
The first car load of watermelons of the season came in Monday.
Hebert Mouton, the dandy little clerk in Round House Foreman Nichols' office parts his hair in the middle, and practices the scales on his Smith Premier, with ease and rapidity.
Local passenger No. 5, last Monday afternoon had a solid coach load of Italians, men, women and children from the Lafourche country, en route to Trinidad, Col., where they will work at coal mining.
Boys, watch your switches, or else the Brown will get you.
Mr. H. H. White, acting Supt., of the L. W. division, was here on business Tuesday.
The many friends of Section Foreman Jake Weigel, were glad to note his return from Gretna Monday afternoon, where he has been under medical treatment for some time he is much improved and was greeting friends in the yard Tuesday.
Mr. Sid Mayo, of Algiers, is now permanently located here being foreman of the day force of car repairers.
Blanks Allingham, machinist helper, says, that he is going to invent a patent jack, to raise engines up, without turning screws.
Conductor Emile Pefferkorn, of the Alexandria Branch, is erecting a handsome cottage on the lot adjoining his present residence.
Don Greig, and Locke Nevue, are experts on the bicycle.
Richard Mills, is doing call work in the Round House department, Dick is a hustler, and gets the boys, out on time.
Mike Danehaur, machinist in the Algiers shops, arrived here Sunday morning, to replace machinist Pat Tierney, who left Monday morning for New Orleans, on a short vacation.
Erenest Lalande, foreman of the night force, of car repairer's says, it may be hot, but, he will stay with them till times get better.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1901.
J. C. Nickerson Marries Miss Bella Judice.
Mr. J. C. Nickerson was married Tuesday to Miss Bella Judice of Scott. The wedding was a quiet home affair, only close relatives of both families being present. Bella is a most accomplished young lady and The Advertiser hastens to congratulate its friend Mr. Nickerson in his good selection. The happy couple left on the noon train for a sixty days wedding tour through the north of Canada. Fair sailing and much happiness is The Advertiser's toast. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1901.
Saint Anthony Statue.
Sunday last the benediction of a Statue to St. Anthony of Padua took place at the Catholic Church. The ceremony was indeed an imposing one. The sermon was preached by Rev. Father Peters. The magnificent chorus of voices composing the choir also distinguished themselves. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1901.
Walks Crowded on Sundays and Holy Days.
On Sundays and Holy days the banquettes and walks leading from the Catholic Church are blockaded by numerous young couples discussing their love affairs and dreaming of the future, much to the inconvenience of others anxious to reach their homes. This practice should be discontinued, as it is not at all too pleasant to be compelled to follow these lovers for blocks and blocks. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1901.
Lafayette, June 22. - A large and intelligent body of farmers listened to a number of able and interesting papers read before the farmers' institute held here under the direction of Dr. W. C. Stubbs. The courthouse, in which the institute was held, was filled with farmers who had come from the different sections of Lafayette parish.
Dr. Stubbs called the institute to order and introduced Dr. Fred Meyer, who delivered an address of welcome.
Dr. Stubbs responded, expressing great pleasure at the active interest shown by the people of Lafayette in the cause of scientific agriculture.
Ben Avant of Lafayette parish read a paper on diversified farming which brought out several interesting talks by the farmers present. Mr. Avant was followed by W. R. Dodson, who treated the audience to an exhaustive discussion of forage crops. This paper proved of particular interest to the institute, the farmers evincing the deepest interest in the information given by Prof. Dodson.
"Corn and Its Uses to the World" was the title of a practical paper read by Wm. R. Foote of Lafayette, which proved an interesting subject for discussion.
"Cane Culture and the Benefits of a Central Factory" was the theme of an admirable paper read by Col. Gus. A. Breaux of Lafayette. The subject of cane culture was thoroughly discussed.
A. A. Morrow spoke in French on the subject of cane growing, and made one of the most effective talks of the day. Mr. Morrow is one of the most successful cane growers of this section. His talk was a feature of the day's exercises. The last on the programme was the Hon. Geo. E. Scott, special lecturer and superintendent of farmers' institutes of Ohio, who delivered an able and stirring address on agriculture and kindred subjects.
Upon invitation of President Stephens of the Southwestern Industrial Institute the institute held its night session in the hall of that institution. The night session consisted of an illustrated lecture on Hawaii by Dr. Stubbs and Prof. Dodson. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1901.
School Board Notice.
Lafayette, La., June 27th, 1901.
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to resolution adopted April 20th, 1901, the question of changing the location of the "Guidroz" school in the First ward to the site occupied by the "Mathie" school house, will be decided at the regular meeting of the School Board on Friday, July 5th, 1901. The school patrons of the First ward who will be affected by the proposed change are invited to present their views in person, for the guidance of the Board.
N. P. MOSS, Acting Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1901.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/29/1901.
Races will take place at Carencro, Sunday, June 30th., between horses entered by Sandoz Arceneaux and Alex Domingue, distance 7 arpents, purse $100. Also Pierre Mouton's mare with Anasta Breaux's cold, distance 7 arpents, purse $100.
Sunday last the benediction of a Statue to St. Anthony of Padua took place at the Catholic Church. The ceremony was indeed an imposing one. The sermon was preached by Rev. Father Peters. The magnificent chorus of voices composing the choir also distinguished themselves.
On Sundays and Holy days the banquettes and walks leading from the Catholic Church are blockaded by numerous young couples discussing their love affairs an dreaming of the future, much to the inconvenience of others anxious to reach their homes. This practice should be discontinued, as it is not at all pleasant to be compelled to follow these lovers for blocks and blocks.
Mr. J. R. Domengeaux has been absent from town for several days this week in the interest of his Insurance business.
All kinds of farm products exchanged for groceries and dry goods at Broussard's store.
Miss Lizzie Mudd has returned from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she had gone to take a course in music and singing.
A. Peck is running the store formerly kept by Peck & Broussard and sells cheaper than ever.
Miss L. Gladu left Tuesday for a northern trip. She will visit her Uncle at Willston, Ohio, will see the Exposition at Buffalo and will also travel in Canada, the home of her ancestors.
The excursion last Saturday from Morgan City to Lake Charles, passed through here with seven coaches comfortably filled, returning Monday morning at 1 a. m.
All the hydrants of the water works have been cleaned and greased.
When will a new bell-tower be built?
A telegram from Abbeville to the New Orleans Times-Democrat says that there are several cases of leprosy in that parish and that arrangements are being made to send the afflicted to the Leper's Home. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1901.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 29th, 1895:
The New Race Track.
In order to have a suitable track within more convenient distance that the old established ones, on which could take place the horse and bicycle races for the 4th if July, a committee appointed for the purpose by the Business Men's Association set to work and procured a most desirable spot within a stone's throw of the court house, and with commendable enterprise, this committee has busied itself in getting ready for the occasion a regulation half mile circular track together with a grand stand capable of accommodating 500 persons.
The plot of ground selected adjoins the Caillouet truck farm and borders on the beautiful Alexander Mouton oak lane, and is admirably well adapted to the purpose to which it has been applied. With fair weather it is an assured fact, then, that the feature of the 4th. of July celebration relating to horse and bicycle racing, and the tournament, will be a complete success and will prove a source of special satisfaction to those persons in particular who have directly invested themselves in making such a promising result possible.
It is not amiss to mention in this connection, that the invitation to the public to participate in the sports and amusements arranged for the 4th. of July in Lafayette, is meeting with a hearty response both at home and from neighboring towns, the liveliest interest being manifested on every hand. It is safe to predict that the celebration of Independence Day will be grand and patriotic in Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1895.
Assault On Estimable Lady of Abbeville.
On Wednesday last, about 8 o'clock in the morning, while Miss Jones, an estimable lady of Abbeville, La., was returning home about a mile distant, she was assaulted by a negro tramp who knocked her down and robbed her of her purse and was only deterred from the commission of a far more serious crime by the approach of other persons. The negro made his escape but was afterwards captured and the purse found upon his person. When taken before the young lady he was fully identified, and thereafter, while being taken to jail, a posse of armed men took him from the officer in whose charge he was and there is now one less brute in the world than when the young lady started home.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1895.
Police Jury/Telephone Cables. - By motion of Mr. Brown the Teche and Vermilion Telephone Company was granted permission to construct telephone lines along the public roads of this parish provided that the said lines shall be so constructed as not to obstruct or interfere with public traffic upon said highways. Laf. Adv. 6/29/1895.
To the White Democrats of the Parish of Lafayette La.
All those interested in the restoration of Silver to the place it occupied in our National finances from 1792 to 1873 and who believe in the free unlimited coinage of both Gold and Silver at a ratio of 16 to 1, are requested to meet at the Court House in Lafayette, La., on Saturday July 13th A. D. 1895 at 11 o'clock A. M. for the purpose of organizing a Parish Bi-Metallic League. Laf. Adv. 6/29/1895.
Annexation. - Next Monday the residents and property owners in the Mills, Mouton and McComb additions will vote on the question of annexing these respective additions to the original corporation of Lafayette, in accordance with a petition presented to the city council and the publication of an election notice based thereon. In view of the manifest advantages to secure from the proposal annexation under the special law providing for such cases, it is safe to assume that the measure will be carried with slight, if any opposition. This done, the question will next have to be submitted to a vote of the residents and property-owners of the old corporation, and here too, only favorable action is to be expected as the desire is general to reinstate the status existing heretofore between the old corporation and the additions. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1895.
A Compromise. - A compromise has been effected between the parish authorities and the merchants and dealers doing business in the additions adjoining the old corporation of Lafayette. The parish has agreed to accept $478.50 in acquittance of back licenses and the merchants and other tradesmen bind themselves to pay the parish in addition to this amount, full licenses and taxes for the year 1895. Laf. Adv. 6/29/1895.
New Advertisements. - In this issue, we publish two new advertisements, one of Schwartz Bros. & Co., and the other William H. Lee & Co. The active member of Schwartz Bros. & Co., is Mr. Victor Hebert, who is well known as a gentleman of good qualities and amiable disposition. Mr. Arthur Voorhies who is the representative of William H. Lee & Co., is so well known by the traveling public, and the people of Lafayette Parish, that it is unnecessary to speak of his jovial nature. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1895.
A call for a meeting of Democrats at the court-house on July 13 to organize a Parish Bimetallic League was handed to us yesterday afternoon for publication. The meeting will doubtless be largely attended as there is practically no opposition to the silver movement in this parish. Nearly all the prominent men of this parish, (among them the members of this parish, (among them the members of the bar with whom we have spoken on the subject have expressed themselves strongly in favor of bimetallism. We were thought surprised to hear of this proposed meeting, as we did not know that there was such a move on foot, and we were also surprised in not seeing among the signatures the names of some of the leading and pronounced silver men of this parish. Probably the list was not presented to them, but, nevertheless, we are satisfied they will be present at the meeting on the 13th of July. All the towns in the parish are represented on the call with the exception of Carencro. Is it possible that they are all goldbugs over there? or perhaps they have not been consulted.
Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1895.
TO PAROLE PETTY OFFENDERS.
In an editorial on the 6th of last April, The Gazette said "* * * Let the Grand Jury consult the District Attorney next week, and if legal, call every justice of the peace in the parish and instruct them that whenever a person accused of breach of contract, carrying concealed weapons, or any other minor offense, shall fail to furnish bond for appearance before the district court, it shall be the duty of the justice to allow the prisoner the privilege accorded by law of signing his own recognizance."
The above suggestion was made by The Gazette in the hope that something would be done to relieve the tax payers of the unnecessary expenses of feeding a lot of worthless negroes and tramps who are kept in jail for months awaiting the action of the Grand Jury. The idea of keeping a man charged with a minor crime in jail indefinitely at a heavy cost to the parish is supremely absurd. The Gazette thought that by calling the attention of the authorities to this senseless practice would be sufficient and the proper remedy would be applied, but we are sorry to say that nothing has yet been done.
We believe that when a person is charged with one of the offenses stated above and is not able to procure bail he should be released from custody on his own bond. Let us suppose that many will run away and fail to appear before court for trial. In such cases it will be happy riddance for the whole community, for the man who would rather flee the country than face a jury on a trivial charge is not a desirable citizen and the parish can well afford to spare him.
We are informed that in St. Landry parish persons charged with offenses of a minor nature are paroled, and in this way the parish saves quite a sum of money and at the same time it gets rid of undesirable citizens. Can any one show to us wherein lies the wisdom of unnecessarily spending one hundred or more dollars on some worthless character, probably some migratory bum accidentally caught in the toils of the laws?
In all seriousness this thing has gone on long enough. If the parish has too much money better use it to repair the roads than spend it in caring for petty criminals who ask for nothing better than to be kept in idleness and fed at the expense of the public. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1895.
POLICE JURY PROCEEDINGS.
Lafayette, La., June 24, 1895.
The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, H. M. Durke, Alfred Hebert, A. A. Delhomme, C. C. Brown and J. W. Broussard. Absent: J. G. St. Julien.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved:
The following petition was read and Messrs. O. C. Mouton and C. C. Brown appointed a committee to consider and report upon the subject matter.
To the Hon. R. C. Landry, President, and to the Members of the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, La., June 24, 1895.
Your undersigned petitioners respectfully represent;
That under the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of the parish vs. Numa Schayot, your petitioners who are merchants, liquor dealers, hotel-keepers, dealers in lumber, in groceries, etc., doing business in the additions the town of Lafayette, have been decreed subject to the payment of parish license taxation to the parish of Lafayette; that as a compromise for the taxes due by them to said parish for the years 1893 and 1894 they offer your honorable body (473.50) the sum of four hundred seventy-three dollars and fifty cents in full settlement for those two years, and which they believe ought to be considered an equitable adjustment thereof. For the year 1895 they admit their liability to the said parish, to the full amount of the parish license tax due by them individually and respectively, and will pay the same in addition to the amount aforesaid, provided that the forgoing parish to the full amount of the parish license tax due them by individually and respectively, and will pay the same in addition to the amount aforesaid, provided that the foregoing for a compromise be accepted, otherwise this proposition and all that is herein written to be null and of no effect.
John O. Mouton, P. Demanade & Co., Alfred Hebert, P. Crouchet, Moss & Mouton, L. F. Rigues, A. Degrez, J. A. Delhomme, E. H. Vordenbaumen, Sidney J. Veazey, H. Church, Sophie Mouton.
The committee appointed to consider and report upon the petition of Messrs. Jno. O. Mouton and others in reference to licenses due the parish reported as follow:
Lafayette, La., June 24, 1895.
To the Hon. President and Members of the Police Jury of Lafayette Parish.
Your undersigned committee appointed to examine into and report upon the ability of accepting the compromise offered by John O. Mouton, Alfred Hebert, Moss & Mouton, A. Degrez, E. H. Vordenbaumen, H. Church, P. Demanade & Co., P. Crouchet, L. F. Rigues, J. A. Delhomme, Sidney J. Veazey and Sophie Mouton, persons doing business in the additions adjoining the corporation of Lafayette during 1893 and 1894, by paying four hundred and seventy-three 50/100 dollars, instead of the full amount claimed by the parish from them for these years, as a full and complete settlement of their differences for those two years, and binding themselves to pay their full licenses respectively and individually for 1895, over and above the amount covered by this compromise, beg leave to report, that whereas these persons have in good faith paid the licenses of 1893 and 1894 to the corporation of Lafayette upon the belief that same was due to that corporation instead of to the parish, and whereas, the amount offered is fifty per cent of the total amount that could be recovered from them by suit, and whereas they bind themselves respectively to pay the licenses of 1895 in full, and all this without expense to the parish, we would recommend, that same be accepted, and the sheriff of this parish be informed of this settlement between these parties for the licenses of 1893 and 1894.
C. C. BROWN, ORTHER C. MOUTON.
By motion the above report was accepted and the recommendations of the committee endorsed and approved.
By motion of Mr. Brown, the Teche and Vermilion Telephone Company was granted permission to construct telephone lines along the public roads of this parish provided that the said lines shall be so constructed as not to obstruct or interfere with public traffic upon said highways.
The clerk reported the "index book of Conveyances" rebound and repaired in substantial style at a cost of $13.50, express charges included. The report was approved.
Mr. Durke reported the cost of building a bridge-keeper's house at Olidon Broussard's bridge would be $93 and on motion he was authorized to proceed with the building.
The following changes were made in the various drainage committees: 6th ward, O. H. Breaux appointed instead of H. Durio; Eloi Bonin instead of Onezome Langlinais; 4th ward, F. O. Broussard instead of Octave Theriot.
By motion of Mr. Hebert the following preamble and resolutions were adopted:
Whereas numerous complaints have reached the Police Jury that the public balls and bazaars given in many portions of the parish are intolerable nuisances and sources of considerable disturbance and crime, therefore, Be it resolved, that any person or persons giving any public ball or bazaar with the limits of Lafayette parish, where admission is charged and refreshments, etc., are sold, shall be and is hereby required to secure the presence of a constable or other peace officer for the purpose of maintaining good order and quiet at any such gathering. Further resolved that the said officers shall be paid, by said person or persons giving any such entertainment, the sum of $2.50 for each and every occasion when his services are required. Further resolved that any person or persons violating this ordinance or failing to comply therewith, shall be subject to a fine of $25 or imprisonment in the parish jail for a period of ten days. Said penalty to be executed before any court of competent jurisdiction. This ordinance shall be effective and in force on and after its official promulgation, and all ordinances and resolutions in conflict therewith are hereby repealed.
By motion Mr. Joseph Ledoux was granted a free peddler's license for the half year ending Dec. 31st, 1895.
Messrs. C. C. Brown and R. C. Greig were appointed a committee to investigate the treasurer's books and accounts, and if found correct to grant him a quietus.
The petition for an appropriation to build a school house in the first ward was read and laid over.
Judge Mouton, and Mr. T. M. Biossat of the town council here appeared and represented the dangerous condition of several bridges on the boundary line between town and parish. The committee asked that the Police Jury bear one half of the expense in repairing said bridges and by motion Mr. Alfred Hebert was appointed and authorized to act in conjunction with the street committee of Lafayette in the repair and construction of said bridges.
Mr. Hebert was authorized to advertise for bids for the construction of a new bridge over the coulee near Dr. Franklin Mouton's place, and report at the next meeting. The bridge shall be the same length as at present and 16 feet wide.
The committee appointed to investigate the treasurer's books and accounts, submitted the following report which was accepted.
LAFAYETTE, LA., JUNE 24, 1895.
To the Hon. Police Jury:
We the undersigned committee appointed to investigate the books and accounts of the parish treasurer and grant him a quietus would respectively report that we have performed the duty assigned finding a cash balance of $377.97 in favor or the parish. We have found all accounts correct in every particular, and therefore have granted the treasurer a quietus up to date.
Signed, R. C. GREIG, C. C. BROWN.
The Police Jury then proceeded to the election of officers for the ensuing year of 1895-1896 with the following result: President R. C. Landry, secretary; R. C> Greig, treasurer; Wm. Clegg, constable; L. Hirsch.
The Lafayette Advertiser and The Lafayette Gazette submitted a joint bid to publish all the official matter of the parish for the sum of $275 per annum for the year 1895-1896 and by motion the said bid was accepted and both papers declared official journals of this parish.
The following road-overseers were then appointed for the new year:
1st ward, Felix LeBlanc
2d ward, J. W. Broussard
3rd wrd, Fred Webb
4th wrd, F. O. Broussard
5th wrd, J. E. Langlinais
6th wrd, O. H. Broussard
7th wrd, Eloi Bonin
8th wrd, Antoine Broussard
By motion it was resolved that Sheriff and Tax-collector I. A. Broussard be and is hereby authorized and instructed to collect forthwith all licenses due the parish, ad if said licences be not paid within sixty days after this official promulgation then and that case the said sheriff and tax-collector shall proceed to close up all delinquent establishments and suppress all illegitimate traffic within the limits of Lafayette parish.
A communication from J. W. Labouisse, president of the Anti-Toxine Board of New Orleans, asking aid in the establishment of a proposed plant for the preparation and manufacture of the remedy known as Anti-Tonxine, was read and favorably considered, but owing to a depleted treasury was laid over for future consideration.
The secretary was authorized to index all the proceedings of the Police Jury from the organization of the parish in 1823, to the present date, in consideration of $75.
The treasurer submitted his monthly report as follows:
To the Hon. President and Members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette.
GENTLEMEN: - The following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since last report:
WM. CLEGG, Treasurer, Lafayette, La., June 24, 1895.
The bid submitted by J. W. Barnes to paint the court-house was read and lad over.
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned until Monday August 8, prox at the usual hour, for the purpose of sitting as a board of reviewers of the assessment lists.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1895.
Selected News Notes 6/29/1895.
Notice. - On the 24th instant, Mr. Geo. M. Goolsby severed his connection with the Lafayette Advertiser.
Mr. J. Ross brought us the largest and finest sample of sweet corn we have seen this year.
It is claimed by some writers that "bloomers" have come to stay -- God save the country!
The internal revenue tax for the sale of alcohol, liquors, etc., is done and payable not later than July 1st.
Mrs. Alfred Voorhies will soon open the New Orleans Hotel, and we wish her success and prosperity.
The 4th, will be a gala day in Lafayette. Much interest is being taken in the coming celebration.
We regret to learn of the serious illness of Mrs. P. B. Roy, and hope to hear of her recovery in the near future.
Every Lafayettean must make a display of his patriotism on July 4th.,, and contribute her mite to the success of the celebration.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Jeanmard of Carencro are now residents of Lafayette. Mr. Jeanmard will be employed on The Lafayette Advertiser.
On the 4th. of July Mr. L. P. Bagarry will transfer his barber shop to the Lacoste building lately occupied by Mr. C. C. Higginbotham.
Last Monday, Sheriff Broussard, arrested a negro, by the name of Ben John who stole a $10.00 bill from a trunk at Dr. A. O. Clark's last week.
Our readers must excuse the scarcity of locals, many of them had to be laid over for want of space to make roomn for the communications sent in.
Young Iphis Deffez, on Monday last brought to our office a wild-cat which weighed 28 pounds and was 35 inches long. The cat was killed by Mr. A. (unreadable name) on his plantation.
Our readers may miss the "musings of a mossback," this week , that have failed to materialize on account of an attack of gout precipitated by too high living at the Carencro fair.
Master Chas. Debaillon who attends the Jesuits College at New Orleans, came home Wednesday. We were glad to read in the N. O. papers that many premiums were awarded to young Debaillon.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1895.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 29th, 1889:
THE ABBEVILLE RAILROAD.
The committee appointed at the mass meeting held here on June 15th met at the court house last Monday, with all the members present. Mr. W. B. Torian was elected chairman. A number of subcommittees were appointed, and a certain line of duty allotted to each. Vigorous measures were adopted towards the building of the proposed road from Lafayette to Abbeville. The committee which will waited upon the city council (in special session that day) obtained from that body a pledge of financial support and hearty co-operation in the enterprise. A committee will wait upon the police jury and solicit its aid, either in the way of an appropriation or by levy of a special tax. The country bordering Vermilion bayou and which would be tapped by the proposed line, is one of the richest sections in the two parties. The rapid development of this fertile region, and the consequent increase in parish revenues, in a few years would more than repay the parish for a reasonable outlay at the present time. Judge John Clegg was added to the committee which is to attend the mass meeting at Abbeville on the 13th of July. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1889.
LET US BEGIN.
It is well known that the cost of securing efficient fire protection, will be more than can be raised by subscription, hence it will be necessary to raise the amount required by taxation. For such an important purpose, the taxpayers would doubtless be unanimous. In this way, the burden would be light and borne equally by those most interested.
If we are going to do anything, let us begin at once. We are quite confident that the City Council would comply with the wishes of the property holders, make the necessary investigations, prepare a suitable ordinance and submit the same to a vote, as the law requires. All this will required time, and the sooner it is begun, the sooner we will enjoy that security against fire, so much to be desired. Our present helpless condition is lamentable. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1889.
Dangerous Lightning Strike.
On Friday, the 21st. inst., during a severe thunderstorm about noon, lightning struck the chimney at the South end of the residence of Dr. J. L. Duhart, of this place. It shattered the chimney from top to button, demolished the grate and any valuable articles in the room, and passed out through the weather boarding on the West side. Mrs. Duhart and her little daughter, Miss Guillot and a young servant girl were knocked down and burned, Mrs. Duhart more severely than the others. Dr. Duhart was absent. Fortunate for them they were not in the (unreadable word) room. A portion of the electric current leaped to the cistern, near the chimney, and shattered every stave in its structure. This is easily accounted for in the fact that water is one of the best of conductors, and the current was simultaneously conveyed to everything the water touched. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1889.
Base Ball. - The Crescent and Atlantic B. B. Clubs will play a match game of ball Sunday evening on Parkerson's lot. The Atlantics not only declare their intention of winning the game, but assert that they will make more runs in one inning than the Crescents will make in nine. The public are invited to witness the game. Go and see the Atlantic's great battery -- Bowen and Kinsey. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1889.
Selected News Notes 6/29/1889.
The rains have brought out the clover and grass in luxuriance, and the stock find good grazing ground in abundance. They have improved in condition rapidly since the drought was broken.
Grading upon the Kansas City, Watkins and Gulf Railroad was commenced at Lake Charles on Monday last,
Last Thursday was a gala day in Lafayette, and in spite of the rain the relatives and friends of the young communicants thronged the Church square from early morning. On that day one-hundred and eighty-five children, of both colors and sexes, received the Sacrament of the First Communion. Rev. E. Forge was assisted by a number of visiting priests.
Our enterprising young merchant Mr. Armand Levy, is building an extensive addition to his store, for the accommodation of a "choice selection of dry goods" which he has selected with good taste and sound judgement.
Mr. C. C. Higginbotham has built for himself a neat and tasty cottage in the Mouton addition. There is one thing certain, Cornelius is too much of a society young man to have built such a neat residence to live in "all by himself."
Mrs. Ed. Steele, and children, who have been here several months on a visit to her mother, Mrs. E. Nichols, at the Racket House, returned to San Antonio, Tex., last Tuesday. Capt. Ed. Steele, formerly conductor on the Southern Pacific, is now punching tickets on the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad.
Rt. Rev. Edward Fitzgerald Bishop of Arkansas, was in town last Tuesday on a short visit to Rev. E. Forge, returning to Little Rock Wednesday morning.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1889.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., June 24th, 1889.
On the call of the Mayor a special meeting of the City Council was held this day, and there were present Wm. B. Bailey, Mayor; O. J. Sprole, J. G. Parkerson, A. J. Moss, Pierre Gerac, F. Lombard and Jno. O. Mouton. Absent: Ed. Pellerin.
The Mayor stated the object of the meeting to be to take into consideration the vacancy in the office of Constable caused by the appointment of Mr. J. Vigneaux as U. S. Marshal.
The following petition was presented and read:
To the Mayor and Council of the Town of Lafayette, La.
The petition of Jean Breaux, a resident of said Town with respect represents, That having heard that your Hon. Body was about to appoint a new Constable for the Town of Lafayette and being desirous to get said appointment; he avers that he would accept the Constableship of said Town at even a lower salary than has been heretofore given, should your Body think fit to make any reduction therein and that it appointed to said office, he will endeavor to perform its duties, with as much credit to himself and to said Town as did the out-going Constable.
Wherefore he respectfully prays that your Body appoint him to said office after agreeing with him on the salary. And as in duty bound.
On motion, the Council proceeded to elect, by ballot, a Constable to fill said vacancy and for the unexpired term, and the result was as follows:
Louis Oueileh - 6 votes.
The Finance Committee were instructed to receive the books and examine the accounts of the outgoing Constable.
Messrs. C. H. Bradley and J. C. Buchanan from the Abbeville railroad committee here appeared before the Council and stated that they had been authorized to ascertain what aid the Council could extend toward the building of the railroad to Abbeville.
In view of the fact that no definite action could be taken in the matter at a special meeting, Judge Moss offered the following, which was adopted:
Whereas, the City Council of Lafayette view with much favor the building of a railroad from this point to Abbeville, which would develop a fine section of country and prove a great advantage and benefit to our town and parish:
Resolved, that this Council will assist and encourage the enterprise financially and otherwise.
And the Council thereupon adjourned.
W. B. BAILEY, Mayor.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1889.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 29th, 1878.
The public school in this town for white male children will open next Monday under the direction of Mr. Will. Rogan.
We congratulate the farmers of this parish upon the fair prospects of their labors being satisfactorily remunerated this year. Barring mishaps, the yield of all crops promises to be abundant.
The Court House at Colfax, in Grant parish was lately consumed by fire, destroying their entire records. What would be the consequence if our Court House should burn ? Would a single scratch of the pen be saved ? Our Police Jury has the full and extensive control of this matter, and has it considered to what extent, titles to property and other valuable records of this parish, are exposed to an accident ?
The preliminary examination of the parties charged with being accomplices in the hanging some time ago, of a colored man near Royville, came up again last Thursday before Judge Mouton. The circumstances of the case justifying it, by agreement, the examination was waived and the accused held to answer at the next term of the District Court. Rumors and reported threats to the contrary, everything passed off very quietly, which was due perhaps, to a determination of the authorities to resist any illegal demonstration of the vigilance committees. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1878.
May Answer to District Court.
The preliminary examination of the parties charged with being accomplices in the hanging some time ago, of a colored man near Royville, came up again last Thursday, before Judge Mouton. The circumstances of the case justifying it, by agreement, the examination was waived and the accused held to answer at the next term of the District Court. Rumors and reported threats to the contrary, every thing passed off very quietly, which was due perhaps, to a determination of the authorities to resist any illegal demonstration of the vigilance committees. Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1878.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/29/1878.
The public school in this town for white male children will open next Monday under the direction of Mr. Will. Rogan.
We congratulate the farmers of this parish upon the fair prospects of their labors being satisfactorily remunerated this year. Barring mishaps, the yield of all crops promises to be abundant.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1878.
A Remedy Against Flies.
The remedy is a very simple one, said a good housekeeper, "and I learned it years ago from my grandmother, when I used to watch her putting bunches of lavender flowers around to keep the flies away. My method is simpler. I buy 5 cents worth of oil of lavender at the drug store and mix it with the same quantity of water. Then I put in a common glass steamizer and spray it around the rooms wherever flies are apt to congregate, especially in the dining-room, where I sprinkle it plentifully over the table linen. The odor is especially disagreeable to flies, and they will never venture in its neighborhood, though to most people it has a peculiar fresh and grateful smell."
I shall certainly give it a trial, said the other woman.
From the Southern Weekly Review and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/29/1895.
WHO WILL TAKE THE NEGRO'S PLACE."
Mr. J. W. Dickinson, of Arkansas City, Ark., has an article in the Cotton Planters' Journal under the caption of "Who Will Take Negro's Place?" The writer takes the position that the negro is dying out and will soon disappear and that it will be necessary to replace him with other negroes from the West Indies and the Philippine Islands. As the premise is without foundation the reasoning falls by force of logical gravity. The negro is not decreasing (except in capacity for labor.) In the face of the race problem and the disaster it has brought to this country, and the certainty that trouble will follow it as long as the races exist in juxtaposition, it seems strange that any white person, unless actuated by the basest motives of selfishness, should desire to restore the present condition if it should ever be changed for the better. If the negro race in this country should settle this troublesome problem by dying out (which they will very properly refuse to do) no enemy of our country could wish it a greater calamity than to restore the problem by importing more negroes. Mr. Dickinson declares that white men "cannot work land whose soil is six to ten inches feet deep." White men do that very thing in Texas and have excellent health and good profits. On alluvial soils, drainage and artesian water has settled the question of healthfulness for white men. Let the farmers of the Mississippi delta try this plan. The "negro's place" is already "taken," and Mr. Dickinson's great-grandchildren will find it fully occupied, just as it is now, when they will have the same difficulties with the race problem that we have at the present time. - West Baton Rouge Sugar Planter.
The Planter is quite right. The negro race is not dying out and a fresh importation will not be necessary for several centuries to come. Even if the negro were to become extinct in the United States as Mr. Dickinson apprehends, it is not probable that more negroes would be imported. In the light of history it is incomprehensible how a white man could advocate negro importation. There are few white people who would not favor exportation if it were practicable. Exportation alone offers a true solution of the race problem. Of course much can be and is being done to ameliorate the racial conditions in the South; a magnanimous and patriotic course and a spirit of toleration on the part of the whites have been conducive to the happiness of both races, but who doubts that it is in the power of God alone to bring about permanent and lasting peace between the white and the black man.
Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1901.