From the Lafayette Gazette of August 1st, 1903:
ANSE LA BUTTE.
Increased Activity in the Field - Several New Wells to be Drilled.
NEXT WELL WILL BE A GUSHER.
Tanks of Oil Sold to Neighboring Derricks.
Through the courtesy of Mr. Alfred Hebert a representative of The Gazette visited the Anse Labutte oil field last Tuesday morning. An opportunity was had to see the air compressor in operation at Heywood No. 1. Though this well is considered to have been spoiled it produces enough oil to convince the most skeptical that Anse Labutte only needs development to become, what nature intends it to be, one of the great oil fields of the Southwest. Thanks to the energy and intelligence of the Heywoods the existence of oil at Anse Labutte in paying quantities is no longer in doubt. Not only is it a settled fact that Anse Labutte will become one of the great oil producing sections of Louisiana, but the experience of the drillers of Heywood No. 1, justify the prediction that the prediction that the next well to be bored will, in all probability, develop into a gusher. This opinion is based upon the knowledge gained from observations made.
Now that oil has been found and it is positively known at what depth it is, increased activity in the field is promised within the next two or three weeks. The Heywoods will drill several new wells, one of which will be on Mr. Babb's property, a short distance from No. 1. Robert Martin's company will drill a few acres away on the Breaux tract. What the next few months will bring forth it is impossible to foresee.
When one sees tanks, filled with the precious fluid, hauled to the different derricks to be used for fuel he is impressed with one important fact, which is that the long, vexations period of "indications" is past. The real thing is there and in large quantities. The only discouraging feature is that much of the oil territory is owned by a corporation, which, it has been said, never develops a field, but that, if true, will be overcome, because there are others who will dig for the oil.
Lafayette Gazette 8/1/1903.
THREE TO TWO.
In Favor of Lafayette is the Score of Thursday's Game.
One of the most interesting games of base ball played on the local diamond this season, was last Thursday's game between New Iberia and Lafayette. The whole game was played quietly and without any wrangling on either side.
The teams were nearly equally matched as was shown by the runs made on both sides. For seven innings the score was one to one, and would have remained so had not New Iberia made errors in the two last innings.
The game was called at 4 o'clock, with Lafayette on bat, hit to center and was put out on first: Labbe and Dillon being retired on first, New Iberia came to bat with Hayden up who opened their first inning with a fly to short stop which Alpha very skillfully handled. Robb was put out on first, and Foster was retired on three strike.
In Lafayette's second Suarez got struck out, Hinz hit to center and reached first safe. Broussard and Alpha were victimized on first. Lafayette made quick work of New Iberia in the second, striking out Cordova, retiring Bradford on second and Hines on a foul catch.
In the third inning neither side scored.
Lafayette showed its mettle in the fourth inning. Labbe landed the ball safely in right field, reached first and stole second. Dillon hit to center, made first and brought in Labbe. Suarez came next and knocked the ball the pitcher who killed Dillon on second: Hinz batted a fly to short stop which was held, doubled to first and killed Suarez. In New Iberia's fourth Robb got to third and was knocked out in an attempt to reach home: next came Foster who made a sacrifice hit, got to first and was killed on second. Cordova was struck out.
In Lafayette's fifth three men were retired in quick order. New Iberia had little more luck in this inning. Patou sent a fly to the left field which was held by Broussard. Perry reached first on four balls, stole second and came in home on an error. Levy came next and was fanned. Hayden hit to right field and made his first base. Robb hit to left field, got to second and advanced Hayden to third. Foster sent the ball to left field which was held by Broussard.
In the sixth and seventh innings neither side scored.
Alpha opened the eighth by sending a ball to the left field which was held by Bradford. Broussard was retired on first. Peck hit to right field, reached first, stole second and scored on a wild throw. Schuling was killed on three strikes. In New Iberia's eighth, Hayden hit a liner to Peck who held it, making one of the finest catches in the game. Robb hit a fly which was caught by Broussard, Foster hit to center, reached first and tried to steal second but was put out by Tierney.
Tierney started Lafayette's ninth with a fly to left field, made first and reached second on a wild ball. Labbe was killed by a foul catch. Dillon hit to short stop, was thrown out on first and advanced Tierney to third who came in. Suarez sent the ball to left field which was caught on a fly. New Iberia rallied in the last inning but it was too late. Bradford hit to left field, made first, stole second and third and scored on an error. Cordova sent the ball to short stop, made first and second and was put out on third. Hines hit to right field and got put out on first. Patou hit to center, reached first, and stole second. Perry was killed on three strikes.
As usual Hinz did magnificent work.
Lafayette Gazette 8/1/1903.
Had a Winchester.
A negro, who says his name is Charley Hamilton, was seen prowling in the railroad yards Wednesday night. As the negro acted in a suspicious manner and carried a Winchester rifle Deputy Trahan armed himself with a similar weapon and went out to arrest him. Mr. Trahan found the man in the yards and arrested him. Hamilton could give no satisfactory explanation of his peculiar doings and was jailed. Lafayette Gazette 8/1/1901.
The friends and relatives of Jules Poimboef, who was convicted to the penitentiary from this parish will be pleased to learn that the Boars of Pardons has recommended that he be granted a pardon. The Board met in New Orleans last Saturday and considered Poimbouf's case. Judge O. C. Mouton appeared before the Board in behalf of Poimbouf. Lafayette Gazette 8/1/1901.
C. A. Cochrane, who represented the Surrey Park Association at the meeting of race track owners, held at Lake Charles last Saturday, reports that an organization was effected under the name of the Louisiana and Texas Southwestern Circuit, with the following officers: F. M. Welch, of Alexandria, president; Mr. Lewis, of Franklin, vice-president; L. A. Safford, of Alexandria, secretary. It is the intention of the association to have weekly meetings during the fall, the first to be held in Shreveport in September. As Lafayette now forms part of the circuit it is safe to say that the Surrey Park will be the scene of some first-class races during the fall. Lafayette Gazette 8/1/1903.
Referred to in Complimentary Terms at the Knoxville Summer School.
Lafayette parish has earned the good opinion of the friends of public education everywhere. The other day Superintendent Taylor, of Bastrop, La., delivered an address at the summer school which is being at Knoxville. Mr. Taylor made an able address, describing the growth of the educational movement in Louisiana. In the course of his remarks he referred to Lafayette parish in the following complimentary terms.
"As an illustration of the educational possibilities of the State, the results already realized in two parishes might be mentioned. Morehouse parish, in the character, temperament and the degree of prosperity of its people, is fairly representative of the northern section of the State. The same may be said of Lafayette parish in its relation to the southern section. Educationally each is somewhat in advance of its neighbors. But what they have done, their neighbors may reasonably be expected to do in the near future.
"Omitting New Orleans, the entire State on the average derives less than 32 per cent of its school revenues from local property taxation. But the parishes of Morehouse and Lafayette derive considerably more than 50 per cent of their funds from that source. The average school term for the State was six months in 1901. In Morehouse parish it was eight months and nine months in Lafayette, in 1903. As already explained in Morehouse parish all local taxes for school purposes are levied by the police jury. This is the result of a steady, natural growth of the public school sentiment. It is not due to educational campaigning or special agitation. The people of Lafayette parish have recently voted a three-mill tax to supplement the liberal appropriations of the police jury. For this purpose a special campaign was waged under the leadership of the parish superintendent and school board ably seconded by Dr. Alderman, Gov. Heard and other distinguished speakers. What these two parishes have done, others can and certainly will do. There is encouragement in their example.
"Louisiana supports two technical schools, one of which is the Louisiana Industrial Institute at Ruston, with a faculty numbering twenty-two and an enrollment of over six hundred students. The other is the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, situated at Lafayette. Its doors were first opened to the public in September, 1901, making it our youngest State school It is under able management and is rapidly widening the circle of its influence." Lafayette Gazette 8/1/1903.
Principal of the High School.
We learn from the New Orleans Picayune of yesterday that Prof. J. W. Avery has been appointed principal of the Lafayette High School. Lafayette Gazette 8/1/1903.
THE NEW POST OFFICE.
The Gazette is informed that Mr. Leo Doucet has made a proposition to the proper authorities to build a suitable post office for this town. Mr. Doucet's proposition conforms with the conditions required by the government. Should Mr. Doucet's offer prove acceptable, the new post office will be built in Pierce street, between the residence of Mr. Demas Delahossaye does not believe that a better site could be selected for the new post office. It is, as near as possible, the center of the town and is easily accessible to the entire community. Being in one of the principal streets it will no doubt be satisfactory to the commercial interests, and for the same reason it should prove acceptable to all other classes of the population. We understand that Mr. Doucet proposes to put up a brick building adequate to the needs of the community and agrees to do so at a very reasonable cost to the government. It is safe to say that if this proposition is accepted, the action of the postal authorities will meet with the approbation of a large majority of the patrons of the post-office. Lafayette Gazette 8/1/1903.
Wholesale Fruit Co.
Chas. Jennaro, agent for the Lafayette Wholesale Fruit Company, has his headquarter in the building next to John O. Mouton's grocery. He is prepared to supply retail dealers with all kinds of fruit and vegetables. Lafayette Gazette 8/1/1903.
A delightful party was given by a number of boys at the home of Miss E. Sprole, Wednesday night, which was greatly enjoyed by all. Those present were: Misses Francis Clark, Martha Broussard, Louise Nollive, Lydia Broussard, Mary Miller, and Bessie Roth of New Iberia; Arthur Trahan, Harry Lindsay, Joe Bienvenu, Eastin Sprole, Lloyd Delahoussaye and Cleveland Miller. Lafayette Gazette 8/1/1903.
Selected News Notes 8/1/1903.
A number of persons of this town went to Lake Charles on the excursion of Saturday.
John Torian left Wednesday to spend a few days in New Orleans.
Miss Marie Mouton spent a few days with relatives in St. Martinville this week.
Judge Debaillon went to Crowley, this week.
Miss Marie Mouton spent a few days with relatives in St. Martinville this week.
Mrs. Louise Lacoste and children returned home Monday after spending nearly three weeks in Humbolt, Tenn., visiting Mrs. J. Fletcher.
Mrs. Louise Domengeaux and daughter, and Miss L. Gladu, returned to Lafayette Sunday after spending a short while in Galveston.
Fred Voorhies, Lessly Philips, Lorne Nickerson and Dr. C. C. Salles returned from Galveston Saturday where they had been spending a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. Vic Levy returned to Lafayette this week after spending quite a while in the East.
Miss Bessie Cornay returned to Lafayette Tuesday after a short visit to Patterson.
Mr. Sid Kahn left Friday for New York to buy his fall and winter goods.
Lester Kahn, of New Iberia, is spending some time with friends in Lafayette.
Mrs. T. M. Biossat, Mrs. Geo. DeBlanc, Mrs. S. R. Parkerson and Misses Emily DeBlanc and Inez Biossat left last Sunday to spend some time at Hot Springs.
Alba Heywood, who used to entertain Lafayette audiences with his inimitable impersonations, was in Lafayette this week looking after his oil interests.
Lafayette Gazette 8/1/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 1st, 1896:
Died at his home in Lafayette, on Sunday morning at 9 o'clock, Mr. W. B. Bailey. Mr. Bailey had just returned from an excursion to Galveston, the day previous, and was apparently in the best of health. He retired early that night complaining of fatigue, but nothing serious was apprehended, until Sunday morning when some member of the family entered the room and discovered him in the struggle of death. His death is attributed to heart disease. Deceased was 56 years of age, and leaves a wife and five children, and a host of friends to mourn his untimely death. He was a most affectionate father and esteemed citizen. His remains were interred in the St. John's Cemetery on Monday evening at five o'clock. We extend our deepest sympathy, to the bereaved and heartbroken family.
W. B. Bailey was born in Lafayette July 29, 1839. His father was a native of Tennessee and his mother of St. Landry parish, La. W. B. Bailey served as an apprentice in a printing office and at the opening of the civil war enlisted in the Girard Artillery, Confederate States service June 18, 1861. His field of operation was chiefly in Virginia. In the following engagements he was a participant. The Seven Days Fight around Richmond, Harper's Ferry, Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and the battle of the Wilderness 1863. Mr. Bailey was captured and held prisoner until the following June, where he joined Gen. Lee's army just before the battle of Appomattox Court House. He was present at Lee's surrender . When the war ceased, Mr. Bailey found himself in the condition characteristic of the Southern soldier, penniless and far away from home. He walked through portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, finally reaching home in Lafayette parish June 26, 1865. Shortly after his return home he became a partner in the management of the Lafayette Daily Advertiser, the first copy of which was dated Sep. 22, 1865. Three years later became the sole proprietor of the paper and edited it up to the year 1893. In 1893 he was appointed by Gov. Foster to succeed E. Creighton, deceased. Mr. Bailey was also mayor of the town of Lafayette for four consecutive terms. Lafayette Advertiser 8/1/1896.
In Memory of W. B. Bailey.
"Not my will, oh Lord, but Thine be done."
We speak of W. B. Bailey, who departed this life Sunday morning July 26 1896, only as he always appeared to us in the tenor of his every day life, sincerely upright, and a man with a memory of the heart's gratitude; these were a few of the memorials, attesting to this man's intrinsic worth.
To his many friends, better acquainted with the historical side of his quiet character, we leave the pleasing task of saying more.
The seducing glitter of the world had no charms for him. Bill was essentially a domestic man; his faithful, brave wife, and four daughters, were the alpha and the omega of life for him; and now, he has only travelled ahead, and will be waiting for them on the other shore, the only place where happiness abideth, we neither trust, nor believe those who say that happiness exists here below, they say what is not true. What joy on earth is there that has not its sadness, pleasure which has not in pain, hope its snares, and desire even which has not its regret?
It is becoming a brave, a good Christian mother than, such as is our friend Mrs. Bailey, to bear up against the storm, in this season of her great bereavement, and to fortify her soul with the reflection of the wise man, - "Who knoweth what is good for man in this life; all the days of his vain life, which he spendeth as a shadow."
It is all for the best as it is, no doubt, the battle is over. May God comfort the bereaved. Not my will, oh Lord, but Thine be done. Be your rest a happy one friend Bill, and your inheritance in the other world everlasting. They say that the memory of man passeth away like the remembrance of a guest who hath tarried but one night. Not so always, however, for your kind, quiet words, of just a little while back, to me, one gloomy morning, when all else, and the world was darkness, still linger, and shall ever live fresh within the heart's memory or your FRIEND.Lafayette Advertiser 8/1/1896.
Our Ice Factory. - The rapid increase of business at the ice factory is both tickling to the palates of its genial proprietors Messrs. Mouton and Hebert, and pleasing to the progress loving people of our enterprising little city. Since these gentlemen have assumed management they have extended their patronage considerably, and have secured the cold storage contract for the N. O. Brewery. Their orders from adjacent towns are increasing daily, and business is altogether prosperous with them. The grade of ice being manufactured by this plant is recognized a superior article, and the public are beginning to appreciate. Lafayette Advertiser 8/1/1896.
The New Oil Mill. - The contract for the New Oil Mill was let out to Mr. Chas. Stewart of Opelousas last week. The building is to be delivered on the first of October. Machinery for the plant is already ordered, and a real genuine oil mill will soon be a substantial reality.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/1/1896.
Water Works and Electric Lights. - Contractor Ferguson informs us that the engine and piping for the water-works plant, will arrive here by the 10th, or 12th, of next month, and that operations to water and light the town will be immediately begun, upon their arrival. Lafayette Advertiser 8/1/1896.
Brutal Treatment by Deputy Marshal. - A most shameful and brutal assault was perpetuated upon the unfortunate and unoffending person of George Sheer, a carpenter residing in town, by Ulysse Hymel, deputy Marshal of the town, on Monday afternoon at Alphonse Peck's saloon. The sum and substance of the evidence as testified by responsible witnesses before the mayor's court on the following morning, is to effect, that about 6 o'clock on Monday afternoon George Sheer who was under the influence of liquor, was standing in front of Peck's saloon, when Hymel rode up on his horse. Sheer accosted him in a rollicking manner, and remarked that he ought to have arrived five minutes earlier, so that he (Hymel) could have arrested him. Sheer continued in this jocular strain, and recalled to Hymel their younger days Hymel used to bulldoze every one then, but that could not work his racket on him (Shear). Hymel became irritated at Shear's familiar vain and replied that he (Shear) never spoke to him on the street when he was sober, but that as soon as he got drunk he attempted to be familiar. Witnesses assert that Shear laughingly returned that Hymel was lying if he said that, whereupon Hymel became angered and sprung from his horse and made a rush at Shear with the intention to arrest him him, but Shear was unwilling to this, saying that he had not disturbed the peace or otherwise violated the law, and he objected to being lodged in jail just for "fun." Hymel attempted to raise his club and parties interceded and grabbed the club. Hymel insisted that they release him, which was finally done, and the moment his club was free he proceeded to use it with great vigor inflicting divers blows (some five or six) upon the head of Shear, bruising his scalp severely and causing considerable hemorrhage from the wounds. Shear was then dragged over and incarcerated in the town lock up. Affidavit was filed against Hymel and he was also arrested and lodged in jail, but subsequently released on a bond of $750, to appear before the next term of the District Court.
Now in as far as Mr. Hymel's provocation to inflict such severe chastisement upon his offender is concerned we do not seek to examine. The only feature which impresses us, is whether Mr. Haydel has violated his authority as an officer of the law, or not. If he were acting only in a private capacity then he had no right to abuse the power vested in him as an officer, by using it to lodge a man in jail simply because he had received personal grievance not in conflict with the law. If he was fulfilling his duty as an officer, he is equally culpable for the law does not allow police officers to use their clubs at pleasure, but only in case of resistance where peaceable means prove of no avail. We think that this is a matter worthy to be investigated by the City Council. We understand that the case is now before them. We hope that they will not hesitate to show firmness if necessary, leniency if deserving. Lafayette Advertiser 8/1/1896.
SPECIAL MEETING CITY COUNCIL.
Lafayette, La., July 25, 1896. - The City Council met in special session this day. Present: C. D. Caffery, Mayor; Messrs. L. Doucet, T. M. Biossat, J. Ducote, B. Falk, O. C. Mouton, J. D. Trahan. Absent: J. O. LeBlanc.
Mr. B. Clegg, secretary, being absent Hon. O. C. Mouton was elected secretary pro tem.
The Mayor then stated that the purpose of this meeting was to consider a statement from Mr. Ferguson, contractor for the water works and electric lights concerning proposed issue for bonds for payment for contract price, and the Mayor then read the following communication.
Lafayette, La., July 25, 1896.
To the Hon. Mayor and members of the City Council of the town of Lafayette La.
Basing all negotiations for my bond and material (water pipes, stand pipes, boilers, pumps, engine, electric light plant, etc.) upon the understanding that the bonds to be issued by your town in payment for the water works and electric light plant were to be paid in gold it being the legal tender of the government, I had closed nearly all negotiations by the 20th of this month.
About that time I received from the Hon. Mayor notification that by action of your Hon., body it had been decided to make the bonds payable in legal tender of the government. I at once notified the various manufacturers of the decision of your body, and proposed to pay them in the currency I was paid in.
Without one single exception I was notified by the parties with whom I had closed contracts that they would not accept anything except gold bonds or cash, and further that they would hole met to contracts. As they had traded with me upon a gold basis and were ready to carry out their contract, they would require of me a fulfillment of my part of the agreement.
I submit to your Hon. body the above brief statement of the facts, and further submit the fact that owing to the present disturbed condition of the finances of the country that it is utterly impossible to place any bond no matter how or by whom issued unless the bonds be made payable, principal and interest in Gold.
Respectfully asking permission to appear before you that I may explain more fully the state of affairs.
I am respectfully,
J. M. Ferguson.
The Mayor then read the following communication on water works and electric lights.
To the Hon. Mayor and members of the City Council of Lafayette:
Your committee on water works and electric lights having taken under consideration the statement of Mr. J. M. Ferguson concerning bonds recommended that the Council make them payable in gold, the same being of the present standard money of our country.
T.M. Biossat, Chairman.
Members: O. C. Mouton, Wm. Campbell, J. I. Bell.,
Mr. Ferguson appeared and addressed the Council on the subject matter of his above communication.
Dr. J. D. Trahan moved and duly seconded by B. Falk, that the water works and electric light bonds (principal and interest), be made payable in gold and that the resolution heretofore adopted be and is hereby repealed. Carried unanimously.
On motion City Council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
O. C. MOUTON, Sec. Pro Tem.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/1/1896.
Selected News Notes 8/1/1896.
Miss Viola Young, youngest daughter of Mrs. A. C. Young, is enjoying a visit to relatives in Abbeville.
We note from the New Orleans papers, that Dr. F. E. Girard has been appointed President of the L. A. W. for this district. Why doesn't the doctor best ride his tandem and lend the procession for the organization of a League in Lafayette? We are putting on considerable airs now over our "progressive spirit" and to keep "in the Push" we ought to have a cycle club.
Miss Marry Little, the popular and accomplished manipulator of the Western Union Telegraph key, escorted by Drs. Irion and Girard visited Opelousas on Saturday.
Miss Bessie Cornay, returned on Monday from a short visit to friends in Royville.
Pretty little Miss Bella Young of Royville, and her charming guest Miss Sandoz of Opelousas were in town on Thursday.
F. O. Cornay has been appointed by Mr. J. M. Ferguson (contractor for the water-works) to solicit the patronage of the citizens for this worthy enterprise. We wish him much success.
Mr. Henry Gerac, made a flying trip to Jeanerette and St. Martinville last week.
On Thursday July 23rd., the doors of the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Plonsky, were thrown open, the occasion being a soiree tendered the numerous friends of Miss Gussie Plonsky.
About forty young people had gathered and their sweet young hostess received them with her natural grace and kindness. Lafayette Advertiser 8/1/1896.
THE SAME EVERYWHERE.
The ex-slave congress, which met in Memphis last week, adopted the following resolution:
"Since it is a fact the Yankees in the North have become our enemies and by recent lynchings, be it resolved, That this council ask all the fleeing negroes of the North who are now being chased by the Northern mobs to return to the South for protection. We further endorse the Southern papers in exposing the present outrages."
The grim irony of the foregoing will hardly be relished by the Northern fanatics who have been shedding tears for poor, down-trodden negroes of the South. It is to be hoped that the negroes who have gone to the North to live with their good friends will stay there long enough to become well acquainted. It would be a great pity if the Northern negroes would accept the invitation of the former slaves to return to the South to enjoy life. Nothing tends to a correct understanding of the race question in the North than a few lynchings in that section. That, and that only, will prove to Sambo's long range sympathizers that Southern white men who hang and burn negro brutes are not barbarians and that rapists are not martyrs and black angels. Heretofore a certain class of people in the North have been filled with pity and compassion for negro ravishers without manifesting any sympathy for their victims. But recent developments would seem to indicate that while these same people were ready to weep for the negro who was put to death by the Southern mob, they are prompt to kill without mercy and without pity the black monsters that most that commit these horrible crimes. Only a few days ago in Illinois, the State of Abraham Lincoln, a race riot was caused by a negro who committed an assault on a white woman. It is the unwritten law of the country, in Illinois as well as in Mississippi or Louisiana, that the negro who commits this crime forfeits his right to live, and is not permitted to choose the manner of execution.
Original source unknown. Printed in the Lafayette Gazette 8/1/1896.