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From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 11th, 1903:


 Visit Lafayette and Purchase Land in the Lafayette Oil Field.

 Lieut. Gen. Nelson A. Miles, U.S.A., and ex-Gov. Hogg, of Texas, spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Lafayette. They stopped here to investigate the Lafayette and Anse La Butte Oil Fields. Monday morning in company with Mr. A. D. Martin, Col. Gus. A. Breaux and as number of our prominent citizens, they visited the Martin Oil Well. where they spent several hours examining the property. On their return Gov. Hogg and Gen. Miles, who is a personal friend of Col, Breaux, were driven out to the lovely southern home of Col. Breaux, where they dined with him. In the afternoon the party drove out to Anse La Butte and thoroughly looked over the oil field there. Visits were paid to the fields again Wednesday.

 Both Gen. Miles and Gov. Hogg expressed themselves as most favorably impressed with the field, and showed their confidence in the Lafayette field by purchasing from Mr. Martin the mineral rights in two arpents from the Martin well, with the attention of boring in the near future. The price paid was $500.

 While here Gen. Miles spoke in glowing terms of Louisiana's fertile lands, its products and its future.

 They left Wednesday on the 5 p. m., train for Jennings, where they stopped to visit the oil field.

 Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.


The Lafayette Oil Field. - Last Sunday a reporter for The Advertiser visited the Martin Oil Well, and found the work of boring being rapidly pushed forward. The indications for a gusher are most excellent. The well has now reached a depth of 1100 feet and as the water comes up it shows streaks of oil and plenty of gas bubbles. There seems to be no question but that there is oil in big quantities, and from the energetic way in which the Martin Oil and Mineral Company are pushing drilling and there is no doubt they will get it. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903. 

Confirms One Thousand Communicants.


 The confirmation Monday at St. John's Church of over 1000 communicants by Bishop Rouxel was a most impressive occasion. Saturday and Sunday were spent in preparing them, and early Monday morning, the administering of communion began, lasting from 5 o'clock until 8, at which hour they were formed into a procession which passed once around the open space in front of the church and then re-entered, when the rites of confirmation began.

 Appropriate music was rendered by the choir during the ceremonies, which concluded at 11 o'clock. The communicants received included many from various parts of the parish.

 The Bishop and Father Forge, the Pastor, were assisted in the duties of the occasion by the following visiting clergy: Revs. Cremers, Peeters, Dantre, Roger, Theirling, Embring, Stockalper, Ritmayer, Grimaud, Langlois, Thebault, Bollard, Giraud, Castel and Cambrier, the last having been appointed Vicar under Father Forge. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.    

For the Convenience of the People.
The Ice Factory has established an ice depot at Bernard Miller's blacksmith shop opposite the First National Bank. Ice is sold there at exactly the same price and the same weight given as at the ice house, and plenty ice is kept at all hours day and night.    Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.

Phone 125.  - The Advertiser now has a telephone, No. 125. If you need anything in the printing line, ring us up and we will call and get your order. We have a well equipped job office and are prepared to do all kinds of printing promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.

Southern Pacific Loses Good Man.
 Last Saturday evening Chas. Fiero, a cousin of W. V. Nicholson of this place, died in New Orleans of typhoid fever, after an illness of about three weeks.

 He had been in the employ of the Southern Pacific Machine Shop at this place nearly a year, and had made such progress that he was soon to be promoted to a much better position. During his residence here he won the high esteem all who came to know him. Two trained nurses were with him from the beginning of his illness. His brother, Ray Fiero and Mrs. W. V. Nicholson were with him at the last. His remains were taken by his brother, Ray, to Dowagiac, Michigan, his old home, for interment. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903. 

 The death of Raoul Guidry on Thursday at 3:15 p. m. came as a great shock to his many friends.

 He was sick only four days when the fatal summons came. He was a man of many fine traits of character, and was esteemed highly by all who knew him. He was a valued employee of the Southern Pacific, having been with the road 15 years. The funeral took place Friday at 3 p. m. at St. John's Catholic church in the presence of a large number of friends, Morgan Lodge No. 317, of which he was one of the oldest members, accompanied the remains to the church in a body. He was 42 years of age, and leaves a wife and four children.

 Armand Pellerin died near Lafayette Sunday at 6 a. m. Funeral services were held at St. Johns's Catholic church at 6 a. m. Monday. The sincere sympathy of many friends is extended to his bereaved wife.

 Mrs. Eloi Bonin died Saturday afternoon in the seventh ward. The funeral took place at St. John's Catholic church Sunday. She leaves a husband and several children.

 Mrs. Horace-Blakesley died at her home in Franklin, Friday at 1 o'clock p. m. She was the only sister of the late C. P. Alpha of Lafayette, and leaves a husband and three children.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.

Now that the parish has voted a three mill tax which assures the future of the country schools, the town should fall at once in line and provide for as modern school building to afford necessary facilities for educating its children.

 That the people are willing to do so has already been demonstrated, and all that is needed is for the movement to be started and the opportunity given them to express themselves. There is no need to delay longer and the sooner the better.

 We are in urgent need of more room to accommodate the largely increased attendance in the schools, and, if possible, the new building should be ready early in the fall. Delaying action is not only useless, but actually detrimental, and those who should take the lead in this matter, ought to do so at once and push it through. Absolutely nothing is to be gained by further procrastination, and if we intend to put the question of building a modern school building before the people, the time to do it, is right now.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.

The Scene Is Shifting.
 [From the N. O. States.]

 The recent tragedy at Wilmington, Del., and the uprising of the people at Evansville, Ind., yesterday furnish conclusive evidence that the scene of lynchings and race riots is being rapidly shifted from the South to the North. This is due, as we have frequently asserted, to the rapidly increasing influx of negroes into the Northern States, and we observe that it is giving our Northern friends something to think about, as the race question is now pressing against their own doors. The emigration of the negroes from the Southern States is not being retarded in any way, but on the contrary is encouraged. We have noted of late that quite a number of Georgia newspapers have urged the repeal of the State law imposing a tax of $500 on emigration agents, because it is the experience of that State, as it has been of others in the South, that as the negroes move out, thrifty white settlers from all parts of the country come in.

 Several recent object lessons, however, have convinced the people of the North that negro immigration is not desirable, and the newspapers of that section realize that as the influx increases in volume the number of race riots and lynchings will also increase. Those newspapers are now admitting that lynching is no longer popular in the South, but must be discussed as a national question, because the same horrible crime which provokes mob law in the South is now committed by negroes in Northern communities. The Philadelphia Press, one of the most rabid Republican papers in the country, says "The way to prevent lawlessness in the criminal," and it goes on to suggest methods of prevention as follows: "No man ought to leave a State prison after a conviction for this offense (rape,) or its attempt until the prison surgeon made it impossible to repeat the offense of attempt."

 Several years ago some Southern man suggested this as a fit punishment for what a Northern writer has since termed "the negro's new crime," but the Northern press almost without exception protested against it as barbarous, brutal and inhuman, and as another evidence of "Southern hatred for the negro." Now we find the same punishment being suggested by a Republican newspaper in the Republican city of Philadelphia, but in our opinion the best way to dispose of the criminal is to hang him, and that done it will be impossible for him to repeat his offense or attempt it, or to commit any other crime. In discussing lynching Crum, the negro collector of customs at Charleston says:

 "Lynching is not a race problem. Such punishments savor og barbarism; but the crimes that provoke them are so atrocious that no punishment is too severe. If the law was quick and decisive there would be fewer lynchings. When a man is guilty he has no rights. The remedy is to exterminate the horrible wretches who commit the crime, promptly, and legally if possible. If this is not done, lynchings will continue."

 In this respect Crum shows that he is not without some sound sense, but we fear that the views expressed by him will have no effect whatever in deterring the vicious and criminal element of his race which seems to be constantly on the increase, and that mob lawlessness will continue until, as the Philadelphia Press put it, somne means are found of preventing lawlessness in the criminal. This view, it is well to remark here is held by all intelligent people of the country.

From the N. O. States and in the Lafayette Advertiser of July 11th, 1903.


A Wrong Habit.

 It seems to be the regular habit of some children here to tear down posters, and even death notices. This may possibly due to thoughtlessness, and also to ignorance of the fact that there is a city ordinance prohibiting it; but it should be stopped, and it would be well for the officers to keep a sharp lookout for the offenders. Lafayette Advertiser  7/11/1903.

Lawn Party.

 The Juvenile Home Mission Society will give a lawn party at Mrs. Crow Girard's residence on next Tuesday evening at 6 p. m. Ice cream, lemonade and cake will be served, and the proceeds will be devoted to charitable purposes. Everybody invited. Lafayette Advertiser  7/11/1903.

Pilette School.

 To-morrow, Sunday, evening the pupils of the Pilette School will give some interesting exercises for the benefit of the school. In the afternoon a series of good ball games have been arranged for. Col. Gus. A. Breaux will be the speaker at the evening entertainment. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.

A Nice Compliment.

 Superintendent Alleman, who is recognized as one of the most progressive and able superintendents in the State, has been appointed secretary of the Louisiana Central Educational Campaign Committee, which is composed of Gov. W. W. Heard; J. V. Calhoun, State Superintendent of Education; Thos. D. Boyd, President Louisiana State University; B. C. Caldwell, President State Normal School; and Edwin A. Alderman, President Tulane University. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.

 Merchants' Protective Association.

 At an interesting meeting of the Merchants' Protective Association, which was held at the truck house of the Home Fire Co. on Monday night, the following officers were elected: Chas. O. Mouton, president; L. F. Salles, vice-president; H. A. Van der Cruyssen, secretary; B. J. Pellerin, treasurer; Chas. O. Mouton, L. F. Salles, B. J. Pellerin, Louis Lacoste, F. E. Davis, I. Bendel, Gus. Schmulen, W. V. Nicholson and Louis Guerre, directors. Other matters of importance were considered and acted upon during the progress of the "smoker" which followed the election. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.   


Holds a Special Session and Sits as a Board of Reviewers.

 The Police Jury met last Monday, July 7, with all members present except Mr. F. G. Mouton.

 The Special Road Tax roll for 1903 was, after due examination, accepted, and same ordered turned over to the Tax Collector with instructions to collect said taxes forthwith.

 By motion of Mr. Whittington the polling booth of the 8th ward at the Whittington school was transferred and fixed at Cyprien Monte's store, and on motion of Mr. Lacy the polling booth of the 1st ward, located at Guidry's hall in Scott, was changed and fixed at Baptiste Peres' building in Scott.

 The Jury then resolved into a Board of Reviewers and proceeded to examine the assessment list submitted by Assessor Martin.

 The contest filed by the Planter's Compress Company on the assessment of the Lowery round bale presses at $4,000 each, was taken up and after due hearing, by motion of Mr. S. Broussard the assessment reduced to $2,750 per press. A motion by Mr. Buchanan to fix the assessment at $3,000 per press was lost by a tie vote.

 The Board, finding many of the assessment lists submitted dated for years 1900, 1901, 1902, and it being apparent that no complete assessment for 1903 had been made as contemplated by law, on motion of Mr. Landry, adopted the following:  Resolved that in the future unless the assessment is taken in person by the assessor or his deputies on a house to house visitation throughout the parish, and unless said assessment is spread upon new assessment blanks as directed by law, this Board will refuse to accept the same and reject all claims based thereupon.

 The assessment was then approved, and the Board adjourned.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.

City Council Proceedings.

     Lafayette, La., July 6, 1903.
 A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: A. E. Mouton, D. V. Gardebled, H. L. Fontenot, M. Rosenfield, G. A. DeBlanc.  Absent: F. Demanade.

 Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read.

 The committee on water and light reported progress of reservoir at plant; also pump had been ordered.

 Moved and duly seconded, that existing contract with Industrial Institute for water and light be renewed for another year at the same price, $250 per year. Carried.

 The treasurer's report was accepted as follows:


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 The following bills were approved:


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 The Lacoste Hardware Store presented a bill for hose ordered by the chairman of the water and light committee, under resolution of Council adopted May 18, 1903, amounting to $420, and on motion duly seconded it was ordered that the bill be referred to the committee from the fire department who applied to the Council for same, the Council desiring to know whether or not said hose comes up to specifications as asked for by committee.

 On motion duly seconded and carried, the following ordinance was adopted.

 AN ORDINANCE to prevent the spread of the town of Lafayette, La., that in order to prevent the spread of fire in said town, the building of buildings of wood commonly known as frame buildings within the following limits is hereby prohibited and declared to be unlawful, to-wit:

 1. In that part of square No. 5 in McComb addition in said ton which is bounded Northerly by an alley, Southerly by Lincoln avenue, Easterly by Walnut street and Westerly by Chestnut street.

 2. Also in that part of square No. 25 in said McComb addition bounded Northerly by Lincoln avenue, Southerly by an alley, Easterly by Walnut street and Westerly by Chestnut street.

 3. Also on lots 1 to 17 both inclusive of square No. 4 of said McComb addition.

 4. Also on lots 1 to 6 both inclusive of square No. 4.

 5. Also on the land lying between square No. 24 and Morgan's Louisiana and Texas railroad in said McComb addition.

 6. Also the Southern 1/2 of block No. 3 of said McComb addition which is bounded Northerly by an alley, Southerly by Lincoln avenue, Easterly by Grant avenue and Westerly by Cypress street.

 7. Also the square of ground in said McComb addition bounded Northerly by Lincoln avenue, Southerly by Sixth street, Easterly by Grant avenue and Westerly by Cypress street.

 8. Also the Southern 1/2 of block No. 2 of said McComb addition which is bounded Northerly by an alley, Southerly by Lincoln avenue, Easterly by Cypress street and westerly by Vine street.

 9. Also the block in said McComb addition known as the "Mission Block" bounded Northerly by Lincoln avenue, Southerly by Sixth street, easterly by Cypress street and Westerly by Garfield street.

 10. Also on the Northern half of block No. 1 of said McComb addition including the portion on the Southern end thereof which is not numbered, said Southern half being bounded in part by an alley and in part by Julia avenue, south by Lincoln avenue, East by Vine street.

 11. Also lots 198 to 202 both inclusive in the square, bounded North by Buchanan street, South by Pierce street, West by Congress street and East by __________.

 12. Also on lots 203 to 207 both inclusive in the block in said town, bounded Northerly by Pierce street, Southerly by Pierce street, Easterly by Garfield street and Westerly by Congress street.

 13. Also on lots 197, 196, 195, 124, 120, 126, 127 and 125, all in the block bounded Northerly by Jefferson and Pierce streets, Easterly by Congress street and West by Vermilion street.

 14. Also on the lot of 208 and the West half of the block bounded Northerly by Jefferson and Pierce streets, Easterly by Congress street and West by Vermilion street, said West half including lots 151 to 154 inclusive as well as said lot 208, and lot 155 in same said block.

 15. Also on lots 238, 242, 250 and 280, according to the plat of the town of Lafayette and in that part known as the old corporation.

 16. Also on the following lots fronting on the South side of Vermilion street in said town, to-wit:  lots 231, 232, 237, 84, 83 and also on the following lots fronting on Jefferson street, to-wit:  81, 82, 82.

 Also on the entire block which is bounded North by Vermilion street, South by Main street and West by Madison street. (now Buchanan)

 18. Also on lots 116 and 118 lying on North line of Vermilion street.

 19. Also on the entire block bounded North by Vermilion street, South by Main street, East by Madison street and West by Lafayette street.

 20. Also on the North half of the block which is bounded North by Main street, South by Second street, East by Madison street.

 21. Also on the East half of the block which is bounded North by Vermilion street, South by Main street, East by Lafayette street and West by Washington street.

 22. Also on the East half of the block which is bounded North by Main street and West by Washington street.

 23. Also on the North half of the block which is bounded North by Main street, South by Second street, East by Madison street and West by Lafayette street.

 Be it further ordained that no building even of brick or other inflammable material such as is prescribed by this ordinance unless and until a permit for the same shall have been issued by the mayor of said town.

 Be it further ordained that no building shall be constructed within the limits hereinabove prescribed of any other material than brick, stone or iron, and all roofs will be constructed of some recognized fire proof material; provided that this ordinance shall not apply to any frame building now in the course of construction.

 Be it further ordained that the City Council shall have the right to remove any material intended to be used in the construction of any building in contravention of this ordinance and same to be done at the expense of the person violating the same.

 Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect immediately.

 The communication of city draymen was read and referred to chief of police.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/11/1903.

 Little things make up life, and the small articles show the well dressed man. Out ties, collars and cuffs and such things put the finishing touches. Lafayette Clothing Store.

 The Southern Pacific will sell round trip tickets to Breaux Bridge Sunday, July 12, at the rate of one fare for round trip leaving here on train No. 6 at 11:45 a. m., returning Sunday night on train No. 3.

 Prejean & LeBlanc will shortly move into their handsome new store, and to reduce stock to facilitate moving, will offer entire stock at a considerable reduction.

 Work on the 90,000 gallon reservoir at the Power House is rapidly proceeding.

 Lightning burnt out about thirty telephones at the central office Wednesday during the heavy rainfall which occurred that day.

 It seems to be the regular habit of some children here to tear down posters, and even death notices. This may possibly be due to thoughtlessness, and also to ignorance of the fact that there is a city ordinance prohibiting it; but it should be stopped, and it would be well for the officers to keep a sharp lookout for the offenders.

 After a short but most delightful visit to relatives and friends, Miss Arsene Hollier returned to her home in Opelousas.

 M. M. Warren, post office inspector, of New Orleans, was in Lafayette Wednesday. His visit here was in regard to securing a new and permanent site for the post office. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.

Phone 125.  - The Advertiser now has a telephone, No. 125. If you need anything in the printing line, ring us up and we will call and get your order. We have a well equipped job office and are prepared to do all kinds of printing promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.  
Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.




 From the Lafayette Gazette of July 11th, 1903:

Spend Two Days In Lafayette and Visit the Oil Fields.

 The Governor Invests In Land.

 Other Investments May Follow - Believes it is a Good Field.

 Gen. Nelson A. Miles, of the United States army, and Ex-Gov. Hogg, of Texas, arrived in Lafayette in their special car Tuesday morning. Their arrival here was expected as it had been announced in the New Orleans papers that they were making a trip through this section and that they would spend some time at this point.

 After breakfast the distinguished visitors left with Col. Breaux and Assessor Martin to visit the Martin well, the object of their visit here being to look into the oil field with a view of investing. They remained a while at the Martin well. Gov. Hogg seemed particularly pleased with the prospects of the well and said that he had seldom seen a more beautiful country. After their stay at the well the party drove to Oakbourne, the home of Col. Breaux. After enjoying the hospitality of Col. Breaux's family until a late hour in the afternoon Gen. Miles and Gov. Hogg, in the company of Col. Breaux and Mrs. Simonds of Charleston, visited Anse la Butte where an opportunity was given the visitors to see the great productivness of that field. Mr. Scott Heywood, who is directing the work of bailing Heywood No. 1 preparatory to the use of an air compressor, led the way to No. 1 and then to No. 2 where enough pure oil was shown to prove that both wells will produce oil in paying quantities. Gov. Hogg, who has been a very successful oil man and a great factor in the development of the Texas fields, made a close examination of the wells and expressed the opinion that the Anse la Butte field was a "good thing" and needed only to be developed to yield great wealth. Other wells were visited all making a most favorable impression on the visitors.

 The big Texan and his friend remained here until Wednesday when another visit was made to the Martin well. After his first visit the day before Gov. Hogg said that he believed this field would be a good one and Wednesday he offered additional evidence of his faith by buying from Mr. Martin the oil rights on two arpents of land situated about three acres from the well. The governor interested his friend Gen. Miles in the transaction as his name figures in the sale as one of the purchasers. Gov. Hogg said that he was greatly influenced in making the investment by the favorable opinion of Mr. Scott Clay whom he knows to be a reliable and competent driller. The sale was passed by Mayor Caffery in the governor's private car. The price for the two arpents is $500.

 It is believed that Gov. Hogg will make other investments in this section. Before leaving he secured information concerning a number of tracts adjacent to the oil fields.

 The governor's visit here and his investment are the cause of great satisfaction among the local oil people as he is recognized to be one of the most successful and enterprising oil men in the Southwest.

 Gov. Hogg and Gen. Miles left Wednesday afternoon for Jennings.
Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

Will Develop the Field.

 H. W. Carver, John Green and W. E. Lawson, of Crowley, were in Lafayette. These gentlemen are members of the Lafayette and Crowley Oil Company and the purpose of their visit was to take steps toward developing the company's holdings at Anse la Butte. This company is composed of people of Lafayette and Crowley. Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

For the Next Session of the Public Schools.

 The School Board held a meeting last Monday and appointed the following teachers upon the recommendation of the appointment committee.


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 The position of principal of the Lafayette High School, made vacant by the resignation of Prof. LeRosen, has not been filled. There are a number of appointments yet to be made. Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

The Home Institute.

 The Gazette omitted to mention in its last issue the close of Prof. Greig's Home Institute. This meritorious institution is deservedly popular in this community. Besides the advantage of the most intelligent methods of teaching the children entrusted to the Home Institute are under the watchful care of conscientious teachers who have had years of experience in the school room and whose work in this town is the best proof of their efficiency. Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

Famous Practical Joker Whose Pistol Practice is Marvelous.

 [From the Crowley Signal.]

 Sheriff Ike Broussard, of Lafayette, who is probably the most widely known peace officer in the Southwest shook hands with a few of his Crowley friends on the Fourth.

 Not only the Sheriff Ike the most famous taker of criminals on the Gulf Coast, but he is known throughout the Southwest as a most inveterate practical joker. "Why that bald-headed thief-taker would thing nothing of going hungry for a week and walking from here to New Orleans to get a chance to play a practical joke on his best friend," said a Crowley friend of the Lafayette Sheriff.

  Why he has not been killed a thousand times by the victims of his pranks is a mystery. He must bear a charmed life. There are hundreds of his friends who have been tempted to cut his heart out for some ridiculous joke he has played on them, but there is probably not one of them that would not take a long chance of losing his own life in the defense of big-hearted Ike if he needed it.

 Capt. Dodge, chief of the Southern Pacific detectives, whose knowledge of "bad" men is very wide, declares that Ike Broussard is the best practical pistol shot he ever saw. On a recent occasion Broussard was showing a magnificent magnolia tree in full bloom to a party of Texans, among whom were several ladies.

 "Can't you give us a couple of those beauties toward the top of the tree?" asked one of the ladies.

 "Girls, your Uncle Ike is getting some old," answered the sheriff, as he mopped his bald head, "and that's a might tall tree to climb, but I might shoot you down a couple."

 The Texans, who knew something about pistol practice, grinned as the sheriff produced a Smith & Wesson and cracked down on a bud about twenty feet from the ground. To their astonishment the magnolia came floating to the ground, the stem having been neatly clipped by the sheriff's bullet.

 A second flower was selected, nearer the top of the tree, and again the sheriff's gun cracked and the flower's stem was clipped as if by a knife. Finally a third bloom was selected at the very summit of the tree, which was an unusually tall one.

 "Rather a long shot for an old man," remarked Sheriff Ike, as he sighted carefully for the stem of the flower. But the few true to the mark, and as the sheriff presented the third flower to one of his fair guests he added with a (unreadable word), It's getting a bit dark for an aged man like me to see magnolia stems forty feet from the ground, but with your bright eyes to light up the mark I believe I could clip the smallest stem at the of the tallest tree in the State of Louisiana at midnight. Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

New Discoveries Create New Interest in the Field.
[From the Crowley Signal.]

 The recent new discoveries in the Anse la Butte oil field have caused so much good feeling among local oil men, as Crowley capital was invested heavily in that quarter soon after the strike at Beaumont. A great portion of this field was bought outright while even more was secured on extended leases.

 Several companies of late have struck good wells at 400 and 500 feet, and instead of boring deeper with a hope of bringing in a gushing well, they have been content to operate them at that depth, securing from 50 to 400 barrels of oil per day.

 A party of Crowley capitalists, who are largely interested in Anse la Butte expect to make a trip to Breaux Bridge some time this week for the purpose of closing arrangements for a well to be sunk on their holding immediately.

 Northern capital is said to have been attracted to this great undeveloped oil field and boom in lands during the next month promises to surpass that which Sour Lake, Saratoga and other Texas cities are now undergoing. Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903. 


Lafayette Win Two Games and Lose One.

 The Lafayette Baseball team have been having a busy time of late. One game against Crowley Saturday and two games Sunday and Monday with St. Martinville make up the record for one week. Right here The Gazette wishes to congratulate that clever player Meaux who pitched three games in succession. The boys had an easy time of it at Crowley as is shown by the following score by innings:


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 Sunday's game against the St. Martinville boys would have been very interesting if there had been less wrangling. Though the umpire, Mr. Bracken, is known to be a fair man, St. Martinville was displeased with his decisions from the start and kicked fiercely until the eighth inning when they withdrew and the game was never finished. But eight innings were sufficient to show that the teams were pretty well matched. The St. Martinville team is composed of clever players and fine young fellows, but they are inclined to kick too much. The following is the score of Sunday's game by innings:


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 Considerable ill-feeling was engendered and it was announced that there would be no game Monday, but the peacemakers effected a compromise and the second game was played with Ovey Comeaux as umpire. Monday's game was not as close as that of the day before. While a majority of the Lafayette team played good ball, some of the players made costly errors and lost the game which should have been a tie at least. The St. Martinville youngsters are very smooth players and can hold their own with any amateur team. The following is the score:


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 The teams were lined-up as follows: Lafayette - Tierney, 2 b; Peck, 3 b; Suarez, c; Schuling, l. f.; Alpha, s. s.; Labbe, r. f.; Meaux, p.; Shows, 1 b.; Riu, e. f.;  ... St Martinville - Eastin, 2 b.; Durand, l. f.; Halphen, s. s.; Besslin, 1 b.; Soulier, r. f.; Delahoussaye, c. f.; Voorhies, c.; Fournet, 3 b.; Broussard, p.  Monday Delahoussaye pitched for St. Martinville and Broussard played left field. Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

Against Prominent Citizens of Acadia Parish.

 District Attorney Campbell came up from Crowley last Saturday for a short visit to his family. Mr. Campbell is being kept very busy during the present term of the District Court in Acadia as several cases of great importance are up for trial. Two of the most serious charges are against Simmie Lysns, a former deputy sheriff, for criminal assault upon his daughter, and Howard Hoffpauir, a preacher, for an attempt to assault his daughter. Both of the accused have large family connections and a strong effort is being made to prevent a conviction in either case.
Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

 The Band Complimented.

 The Sontag Band, which was engaged to play at the Fourth of July celebration in Crowley, has made quite a hit in the rice city. In an account of the exercises the Crowley News says: "It is one of the best known and justly famed musical organizations in the State, and aside from their elegant appearance the music they rendered was of the highest order." Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.


Meet and Elect a Board of Directors - The Freight Question.

 Last Monday the Retail Merchants' Protective Association met at Home Fire Company's hall and elected the following board of directors:  C. O. Mouton, B. J. Pellerin, L. Lacoste, Louis Guerre, F. Salles, W. V. Nichols, Gus Schmulen, F. E. Davis. The association discussed at length the question of freight and appointed a committee to find out the cause of the delay in the delivery of shipments from New Orleans. The members agreed that the freight service between New Orleans and Lafayette has been unsatisfactory, due either to delay in transportation or delivery. It is the intention of the association to ascertain where the blame rests and to remedy the trouble if possible. Lafayette Gazette  7/11/1903.

1,200 Confirmed.

 Last Monday Bishop Rouxel administered the sacrament of confirmation. The bishop and Father Forge were assisted by the following priests from the adjoining parishes: Revs. Cremeis, Peters, Doutre, Roger, Theirling, Enbring, Stockalpter, Pitmeyer, Grimaud, Cambier, Langlois, Thebault, Bollard, Giraud and Castel.
Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

New Quarters.

 Prejean & LeBlanc have moved their store to the new building in Lafayette street. In these quarters Messrs. Prejean & LeBlanc will be better prepared to make a display of their fine stock. Mr. Prejean, who has charge of the store, is an experienced salesman and will spare no pains to give the purchaser exactly what he desires to buy. The firm invites the public to visit the new store. Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

Raoul Guidry.

 Raoul Guidry died at his home in this town Thursday afternoon at 3:15. Though is health was somewhat impaired for many months it is only since Sunday that he was compelled to go to bed. He made his last trip Sunday as brakeman on the Alexandria branch. For years he was regularly engaged on the trains between Lafayette and Alexandria and he will be greatly missed by the passengers on that line. He was a good-natured, accommodating trainman, faithful to his employers and always ready to contribute to the pleasure and comfort of the traveling public. A prominent trait which won for the deceased the esteem and respect of many people was his great devotion to his wife and children to whom he gave all his earnings and whose happiness and his sole aim in life. He was worthy member of Lodge 317, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, which organization attended his funeral in a body yesterday afternoon. Mr. Guidry was 42 years of age. He was a native of St. Landry where many relatives and friends mourn his untimely death. Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

Charles Fiero.

 Charles Fiero, the young man who was ill with typhoid fever and was taken to the Charity Hospital at New Orleans died on July 4, the day after his arrival there. Mr. Fiero was 19 years of age. He came here about six months ago from Dowagiac, Michigan. He was employed in the machine shops of the Southern Pacific at this place where he was working at the time he was taken sick. During his short stay in Lafayette he made many friends by his genial qualities. He was an honest, industrious young man and was liked by all who knew him. He was a relative of Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Nicholson. His remains were taken to Dowagiac for interment. Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

One Year Ago.

 On the fourth of July one year ago Lafayette celebrated the republic's birthday in a most becoming manner. One of the best speakers in the State, former Senator Don Caffery, made a memorable speech which for loftiness of sentiment, patriotic fervor and elegance of diction is not easily surpassed. The speech was a splendid expression of the best thought and the highest sense of civic virtue in the community. It was clearly evident that Lafayette was not lacking in that spirit which impels one to commemorate the nation's natal day. But how different it was on the Fourth of July which has just passed.  Nothing was done to show that this community remembers the greatest day in American history. With the exception of a very meager display of bunting the anniversary of American independence was allowed to pass unnoticed. The usual ceremonies of a Fourth of July celebration may seem meaningless to those who are possessed of the materialism of the times and the words of the Declaration of Independence may sound a little bit trite, but it will be a dismal day for our free institutions when the anniversary of that glorious event will fail to arouse in the hearts of American citizens emotions of civic fidelity. It will be an unfailing sign that the spirit of '76, which made this country great and the title of American citizen admired and respected throughout the world, is dying in the land of its birth, a victim to the sordidness of an age that worships the dollar. Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

Hoft-Feitel Wedding.

 The wedding of Miss Mina Feitel, daughter of Hon. Henry Feitel, of Estherwood, La., and Mr. James Jennings Holt of Fort Worth, Texas, was quietly solemnized last Monday the 6th., at high noon at the beautiful home of the bride's sister, Mrs. J. Kollitz at Estherwood.

 The marriage ceremony was perfored by Hon. Judge Debaillon, and immediately afterward luncheon was served. They left on the evening train for their future home in Fort Worth, followed by the good wishes of the community. Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

A Dainty Birthday Supper.

 Last Wednesday night Lee Delahoussaye entertained a few intimate friends at a dainty supper at Domengeaux's restaurant. Those present were: Lee Delahoussaye, Chas. O. Broussard, Aleck E. Whittington, Robert Tierney and Rousseu Dugas.
Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

Hold a Regular Session and Meet as a Board of Reviewers.

  Lafayette, La., July 2, 1903 - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present:  M. Billeaud, Jr., J. C. Buchanan, F. G. Mouton, J. O. Blanchet, Alonzo Lacy, Alex. M. Broussard, Saul Broussard.  Absent: Jno. Whittington, P. R. Landry.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 Messrs. Broussard and Abel Hoffpauir of the committee on dams in the second ward asked for further instruction and time to report. Granted.

 Mr. Mouton on behalf of the committee appointed to confer with the Vermilion Police Jury relative to rebuilding the bridge at D. O. Broussard's ferry reported having called upon that body in person and having used all honorable means to reach a satisfactory adjustment of differences. Every proposition of the committee was either ignored or evaded. By motion of Mr. Buchanan the report was accepted, all committee on conference with Vermilion discharged and the following resolution adopted:

 Resolved, that it is the sense of this Jury that all means to induce Vermilion parish, to rebuild D. O. Broussard bridge have been exhausted and this Jury declares its inability to proceed further  in the negotiations, until the Vermilion Jury offers something that is fair and practical on the question at issue.

 A donation of public road by Messrs. Therence Guidroz, Gabriel Dugas, Simeon Chiasson, Veleur Richard, J. P. Guidroz, Numa Chiasson, Homer Chiasson and L.E. Bernard, was read and sung duly accepted and ordered recorded; said road being a continuation of the Lebesque road having a width of thirty feet throughout its length.

 Road overseer A. P. Labbe, of the 5th ward, having resigned April 1, by motion the salary of said office was ordered paid into the special road fund of that ward.

 By motion of Mr. Buchanan all officials subject to appointment and election by the Police Jury were re-elected and reapportioned at same salaries.

 President Billeaud appointed the following committee to settle with the parish treasurer and grant him a quietus: J.C Buchanan, Alonzo, Lacy, R. C. Greieg.

 Mrs. Pierre Guilbeau, was allowed a pension of $12.50 as indigent.

 The supervisors of election submitted an official statement showing the result of the special election held June 18, 1903, on the question of levying a special tax of three mills on the dollar for public school purposes. Said statement shows the result of said election to have been as follows:  For said tax, 400 votes. Against said tax, 262 votes. Property valuation in favor of said tax, $477, 670.00. Majority vote for tax, 138; majority vote for tax, $287,023.83.

 Whereupon considering the foregoing statement of the result of said election by motion of Mr. Buchanan duly seconded the following ordinance was unanimously adopted:

 AN ORDINANCE to levy a special tax for the support of the public schools, building and maintaining the public schools, in the parish of Lafayette and to enforce its collection.

 Section I.  Whereas by an election held in the parish of Lafayette, on the 18th of June, 1903 A. D., a majority of the property tax-payers and voters of said parish, both in number and assessed value of property, have authorized the levying of a special tax for the support of the public schools and building, improving and maintaining the same.

 Be it ordained that a special annual tax of three mills on the dollar be and the same is hereby levied on all the taxable property in said parish for the year 1904 and every subsequent year during six consecutive years, including the year 1909.

 Section 2.  It is further ordained that the assessor of the parish of Lafayette is required and ordered, in making the assessment of the taxable property in said parish, to assess on the valuation of said property, three mills on the dollar, as a special school tax to be placed as a separate item in the tax roll of said parish.

 Section 3.  It is further ordained that the sheriff and tax-collector in and for the parish of Lafayette is hereby authorized required and ordered to collect said special school tax at the same time in the same manner, and with the same formalities as he is by law authorized and ordered to collect the State and parish taxes.

 Section 4.  The sheriff and tax-collector of the parish of Lafayette shall render account of the amounts collected by him, of this special tax, accompanied with a list of the names of those who have not paid at the same time and in the same manner as he is required to account to the Police Jury of the parish for other taxes.

 Section 5.  The sheriff and tax-collector shall be entitled to and be paid the commission allowed by law on all sums collected and paid over to the parish treasurer.

 Ayes: Billeaud, Buchanan, F. G. Mouton, J. O. Blanchet, Alonzo Lacy, Alex M. Broussard, Saul Broussard.
Nays: None.

 The treasurer submitted his monthly statements as follows:

 To the President and Members of Police Jury Parish Lafayette, La., - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the parish funds since my last report:

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 Respectfully submitted,
          J. E. MARTIN,

    Lafayette, La., July 2, 1903.
 To the President and Members of Police Jury Parish Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of special road funds since my last report:


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 Respectfully submitted,
              J. E. MARTIN,

      Lafayette, La., July 2, 1903.
 The following accounts were approved:

 Leo Judice, S. J. Montgomery, Jno. Whittington, Pierre Breaux, A. L. Dyer, Joseph Boudreaux, Olivier Simon, Ed. Parent, Alex Billeaud, Aug. Richard, Ophe Melancon, J. G. St. Julien, Jr., J. S. Broussard, O. F. Comeaux, R. H. Broussard, T. H Thompson, J. E. Martin, Alcee Landry, T. J. Breaux, A. B. Francez, S. J. Breaux, Geo. Melchoir, J. A. Begnaud, Felix Bernard, Jos. B. Dugas, J. E. Mouton, Gabe Martin, Wm. Couret, J. C. Martin, H. Hutchinson, Wm. Wagner, Jasper Spell, H. Simoneaux, C. C. Brown, Marius Roger, J. M. Broussard, P. R. Landry, Chas. A. Boudreaux, commissioners of election, each $3.00.


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 By motion the Jury adjourned to meet Monday, July 6, inst., to complete public business.
M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.

    Lafayette, La., July 7, 1903. - The Police Jury met this day pursuant to adjournment with the following members present: M. Billeaud, Jr., J.C. Buchanan, Alonzo Lacy, Alex M. Broussard, Saul Broussard, J. O. Blanchet, John Whittington and P. R. Landry.  Absent: F. G. Mouton.

 By motion of Mr. S. Broussard the special road tax assessment roll tendered by the assessor was accepted and ordered turned over to the tax-collector with instruction to collect said tax forthwith.

 By motion of Mr. Whittington the polling booth for the 8th ward at the Whittington school house was removed and located at Mr. Cyprien Monte's store in the same ward.

 By motion of Mr. Lacy the polling booth in the first ward at Scott was transferred from Guidry's hall to Baptiste Peres' building in Scott.

 The account of Antoine Broussard for road work was approved for $9.75.

 The Jury then by motion duly made resolved into a Board of Reviewers of the assessment and proceeded to examination of the assessment lists.
M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

 Board of Reviewers.

 Lafayette, La., July 7, 1903. - The Police Jury sitting as a Board of Reviewers of the assessment lists submitted by Assessor Martin convened this day and continued in session July 8 and 9, with the following members present:  M. Billeaud, Jr., J.C. Buchanan, John Whittington, Saul Broussard, Alex M. Broussard, P. R. Landry, Alonzo Lacy and J. O. Blanchet.  Absent: F. G. Mouton.

 The Board proceeded to consider the assessment and first entertained the contest filed by the Planters Compress Company on the assessment of the Lowry round bale presses at $4,000 each. The company asked for a reduction to $2,000 per press. A motion by Mr. Buchanan to fix the assessment at $3,000 was lost by a tie-vote. By motion of Mr. S. Broussard the assessment for the said Lowry presses was fixed at $2,750 each. Carried.

 The Board finding many of the assessment lists submitted, dated for the years 1900, 1901, 1902 and it being apparent that no complete assessment for 1903 had been made as contemplated by law, on motion of Mr. Landry, adopted the following:  Resolved that in the future unless the assessment is taken in person, by the assessor or his deputies on a house to house visitation, throughout the parish, and unless said assessment is spread upon new assessment blanks as directed by law this Board will refuse as directed by law this Board will refuse to accept same and reject all claims based thereupon.

 The assessment was then approved and the Board adjourned.
M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/11/1903.

 Lightning burnt out about thirty telephones at the central office Wednesday during the heavy rainfall which occurred that day.

 M. M. Warren, post office inspector, of New Orleans, was in Lafayette Wednesday. His visit here was in regard to securing a new and permanent site for the post office.

 Mr Don Caffery of Jennings, spend Sunday afternoon in Lafayette.

 Miss Mamy Duson, of Crowley, spent Wednesday and Thursday with Dr. Thos. B. Hopkin's family.

 The Sontag Military Band serenaded Father Forge and Bishop Rouxel Sunday night.

 The Southern Pacific will sell round trip tickets to Breaux Bridge Sunday, July 12, at the rate of one fare for round trip leaving here on train No. 6 at 11:45 a. m., returning Sunday night on train No. 8.

 Prejean & LeBlanc will shortly move into their handsome new store, and to reduce stock to facilitate moving, will offer their entire stock at a considerable reduction.

 Crowley celebrated the Fourth with a grand military spectacle, including a sham battle between Fillipinos and Americans. Rain interfered somewhat but did not prevent it from being a grand success. The Sontag Military Band of Lafayette furnished music for the occasion.

 Home Fire Company, at its meeting Thursday night, passed a resolution directing all members of the Company to report at Breaux Bridge in full uniform at 10 a. m. Sunday.

 Armand Pellerin died near Lafayette Sunday at 6 a. m. Funeral services were held at St. John's Catholic church 6. a. m. Monday. The sincere sympathy of many friends is extended to his bereaved wife.

 Mrs. Eloi Bonin died Saturday afternoon in the seventh ward. The funeral took place at St. John's Catholic church Sunday. She leaves a husband and several children.

 Messrs. J. F. Tanner and A. Prudhomme, returned from their outing at Leesburg, much benefited from the trip.

 P. B. Roy returned Thursday from Hot Springs where he spend about ten days.

 Jerome Mouton, Chas. Debaillon and Sam Levy left Wednesday for a summer outing at Asheville, N. C.

 Joe Marsh is building a neat cottage home on Madison St.

 Miss Cora Desbrest, Mrs. Louis Lacoste and Mrs. E. McDaniel left Wednesday for Rutherford, Tenn., where they will spend several weeks visiting friends and relatives.

 Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Davidson and little son, Hyder, and Mrs. E. R. Kennedy left for Mont. Eagle, Tenn., for a nice summer outing.

 Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Nicholson are in San Antonio, Tex., where they will remain some time for the benefit of Mrs. Nicholson's health.

 Miss Irma Voorhies has accepted a position as stenographer in Supt. Alleman's office.

 Dr. Tolson made a flying trip to Texas, returning during the week.
Lafayette Gazette 7/11/1903.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July the 11th, 1896:

Oak Avenue Park.


 The grand stand was comfortably filled at the Park on last Saturday to see the races; and the Ball game in quarter stretch attracted its quota of admirers. The day was perfect, but a shower threatened at any time which kept many persons indoors. The gate reported 300 paid admissions and counting those that saved their quarter and took in the races from the outside, the crowd was fully as large as the one that attended last year.

 The track was quick and in good condition for fast work, but the events were not evenly matched and showed no close finishes.

 The Bicycle race with four entries was won by Chas. Broussard.

 The mile trotting race with four starters was the principal event of the afternoon. This won in an easy trot by "Nancy Hanks, Jr," owned and driven by Dr. F. E. Girard. The other entries did not show sufficient handling.

 The half mile pony race was the grand stand event, with five starters; after two trials for a "go" they got away in a bunch and ran close until the last turn when Veazey's pony broke away from the bunch and lead down the stretch, finishing first by two lengths.

 As usual every one laughed at the mule race. Delhomme's came in first, and the last one "froze up" on the stretch.

 The tournament, the last number on the track programme, was won by Gaston Veazey.

 The Lafayette Base Ball Team, as usual showed up in good form, and demonstrated that they are "hot stuff" by wiping up the earth with the visiting club to the tune of 15 to 3. The Crowley boys are all gentlemen and play good ball. They took their defeat good naturedly seeing they were fairly out classed.
 Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1896.


Water Works & Electric Lights. - On Wednesday last a special meeting of the City Council was held to receive a report from the committee on Water Works and electric lights announcing the acceptance by them of a proposition for the doing of the work. The contractor is James M. Ferguson of New Orleans, who proposes to furnish a $10,000 bond - that the work will be well done; this board will be given in 30 days, and to guarantee the giving of the bond M. Ferguson has deposited a five hundred dollar certificate check. The contractor is said to stand well in New Orleans and appears to be altogether responsible. He was in attendance at the meeting of the Council on Wednesday and in a general way discussed the various phases of the work. The agreement requires that he shall do the work in 60 days but he says he will begin much sooner. He is to be paid $36,000, when pipes, hydrants &c. are on the ground. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1896.


 After a lingering illness of many months Ella Vigneaux peacefully passed away on the morning of July the 4th at 4:30.

 She was called Home at the early age of 19 years, 10 months, and 13 days. Thus in the midst of life we are death.

 She leaves a father, sister and brother to mourn her loss, and mother having preceded her to the other shore.

 Funeral services took place at the Catholic Church Sunday July 5th at 10 a. m. where a host of sorrowing friends gathered to pay their last tribute to the departed one. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1896.

Of the Peoples Cotton Oil Co. Ltd. of Lafayette, La.


 Be it known that on the twentieth day of the month of June "Anno Domini" One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety Six and of the Independence of the United States of America the One hundred and twentieth, before me Ed. G. Voorhies, Clerk of Court and ex-officio Notary Public, in and for said parish and State, as such duly commissioned and qualified, and in the presence of the witnesses hereinafter named and undersigned: Personally came appeared the several persons whose names are hereunto subscribed who declared, That availing themselves of the provisions of the law of this State relative to the formation of Corporations they do by these presents, covenant and agree and bind themselves and those whom they represent and those who may hereafter become associated with them, to form and constitute a corporation and body politic in law for the purpose and under the following agreements and stipulations following.

ARTICLE I.  The name and title of this corporation shall be People's Cotton Oil Company, Limited. Its domicile and place for doing business shall be in the parish of Lafayette State of Louisiana, and its capital stock shall be "Fifty Thousand Dollars" divided into five hundred shares of One hundred dollars each:  The appearers being share-holders and their places of residence, and the number of shares held by each of them respectively, being set opposite their names, which said shares are to be paid for in installments of not more than twenty per cent every sixty days beginning with the first payment on the first day of August Eighteen hundred and ninety-six, subject to the call of the Board of Directors.

 ARTICLE II.  Said corporation shall commence its existence from the date of these presents and shall continue for a period of Ninety nine years and by its corporate name may sue and be sued plead and be impleaded appear answer and prosecute in any and all courts of justice here and elsewhere. The president of this corporation shall be the officer on whom citation may be served, and in his absence on the vice-president.

 ARTICLE III.   This corporation is organized for the purpose of erecting and operating a Cotton Oil Mill for the manufacture of Oil, and all other products from cotton seed, and conducting and operating all businesses incidental thereto. Said corporation shall also have power to acquire, hold, receive, purchase and convey by and under their corporate name real and personal property, said corporation shall have power through its board of Directors to pledge mortgage or hypothecate its real and personal property for the purposes of its business.

 ARTICLE IV.  Said corporation shall be managed by a board of Nine Directors who shall be citizens of this State and actual stockholders of said corporation to be elected by ballot on first Tuesday of June of each year and said board shall hold office for one year or until their successors are duly elected and qualified. All elections shall be conducted under the supervision of three stockholders to be appointed by the board of directors for that purpose and in case of any one of said commissioners of elections declining or failing to act, the president shall appoint another to fill his place. The nine persons receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared elected. In case of a tie between any two or more among the number exceeding nine receiving the highest number of votes, then the tie shall be determined by casting lots. The said board of directors shall elect from their number a president and vice-president who shall serve without salary and from the other stockholders a secretary who shall be book keeper, a treasurer and a general manager whose salaries shall be fixed by the board of directors. The board of directors shall have power to fill vacancies occurring on the board.

 ARTICLE V.  The said board of directors shall make and ordain such bylaws for the proper management of the corporation, as may be necessary and proper in conformity with law and such bylaws to alter or amend or repeal at pleasure. They may adopt for the use of the corporation a seal of such device as they may deem fit and appropriate.

 ARTICLE VI.  The names of the shareholders, their places of residence, their number of shares respectively are as follows:  


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 ARTICLE VII.  This article of incorporation may be changed, modified or altered or said corporation may be dissolved at a special meeting of the stockholders convened for that purpose after thirty days prior notice by publication in a weekly newspaper published in the town of Lafayette with the assent of three fourths of capital stock of said corporation.

 ARTICLE VIII.  No stockholder shall ever be made liable or responsible for the contracts or faults of said corporation in any further sum than the unpaid balance due by him, nor shall any mere information in organization have the effect of rendering this charter null or of exposing a stockholder to any liability than the unpaid balance due on said stock.

 ARTICLE IX.  The following named persons shall constitute the first board of directors :  Pierre B. Roy, John S. Whittington, J. Omer Broussard, Ed. J. Estorge, Crow Girard, Charles O. Mouton, Chas. D. Caffery, James J. Davidson, Samuel R. Parkerson.

 ARTICLE X.  At all meetings of stockholders for the election of directors or for any other purpose each stockholder shall be entitled to one vote for each share owned by him.

 ARTICLE XI.  This corporation shall begin business when twenty thousand dollars of stock shall have been subscribed for.

 Thus done read and signed on the day and date first above written at my office in said parish in presence of Hebert Billeaud and Abraham Hirsch competent witnesses who sign with appearers and me Notary Public.
"Original signed"

J. G. Parkerson, Moss & Mouton, per A. J. Moss, Chas. O. Mouton, Chas. D. Caffery, P. B. Roy, B. Falk, J. W. Taylor, Alfred Hebert, J. O. Broussard, S. R. Parkerson, W. S. Parkerson per S. R. P., C. M. Parkerson per S. R. P., J. S. Whittington, T. M. Biossat, Estorge & Billeaud per Ed. L. Estorge, Puech & Freret per F. W. Freret, Ernest Bernard pp. C. Girard, J. J. Davidson pp. C. Girard, Crow Girard.
E. G. VOORHIES, Clerk of Court.

 I do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the original filed June 25th, A. D. 1896, and recorded same day and date in Book of Miscellan's Accounts T2 Folio 146, 147, 148.

 In faith whereof I have signed my name and affixed the seal of my office at Lafayette, La., this 25th. day of June A. D. 1896.
Deputy Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1896.

Police Jury Proceedings.

      Lafayette, La., July 6th, 1896.
 The Police Jury met in regular session this day with the following members present:

 R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Jno. E. Primeaux, Alonzo Lacy, Martial Billeaud, Jr., Jno. Whittington, Jr., Alfred Hebert and Benjamin Avant.
Absent: None.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 By request the secretary read the rules governing the body and by motion duly made they were re-adopted.

 Messrs. Wm. Campbell, N. P. Moss and T. B. Hopkins, representing the Business Men's Association here appeared and were granted (unreadable word). Mr. Campbell, in behalf of the committee, proceeded to explain that in view of the enterprise undertaken by the People's Cotton Oil Company it was desirous that the Police Jury should exempt the said company from all parish taxation for period of ten years, after the discussion it was moved and carried that the People's Cotton Oil Company be and is hereby exempt from all parish taxation for a period of four years from date, Mr. Martial Billeaud, Jr., voting against granting the exemption.

 The Jury then proceeded to ballot for treasurer, as follows: Clegg four votes, Parkerson four votes, Gardebled none. A recess of ten minutes was taken and on reassembling the Jury again proceeded to ballot for treasurer as follows: J. E. Martin seven votes, D. V. Gardebled one vote. Mr. Martin was declared duly elected treasurer.

 By motion it was resolved that all ward officers under previous contract with the Police Jury be paid their full salary for last quarter ending July 1st, 1896. This resolution to apply only to those officers holding over their respective positions.

 By motion it was resolved that a new contract be made with all ward officers for the performance of service on criminal cases and the following accounts were stipulated for various wards:  2d ward $5.00 per month each, for constable and justice;  3rd ward, (unreadable word) McFaddin $15 per month and (unreadable word) per month each month to the constables; 6th ward, $7.50 per month each to Justice and constables. The remaining wards were postponed until July 16, when (unreadable word) contract will be drawn, and all officers interested are requested to the present and sign said contract.

 The following roadoverseers were appointed for the ensuing year:  1st ward Lucien Arceneaux; 2d. ward, Clarence Avant;  3rd ward, Ludovic Billeaud; 4th ward, Clement Romero, Aristide Landry, Raphael Guidry, Firmen Broussard, Andre Simon; 5th ward, Anatole (unreadable last name); 6th ward, O. H. Breaux; 7th ward, Eloi Bonin; 8th ward, Antoine Broussard. The overseers for the 4th ward shall draw a salary of $2.00 per month.

 The following drainage commissioners were appointed for the various districts.

 1st. district, Lucien Arceneaux, (unreadable) nore Sonnier, Jean Begnaud; 2nd district Clarence Avant, Louis Whittington, David Spell; 3rd district, Ludovic Billeaud, T. B. Hopkins, J. Buchanan; 4th district, Clement Romero, Olidon Blanchet, Aurelien Primeaux; 5th district, Anatole Mouton, Edmund Comeaux, Lucas Bernard; 6th district, O. A. Breaux, S. Breaux, A. C. Guilbeaux; 7th district, Eloi Bonin, Alphonse L. Broussard, Dermas Comeaux; 8th district, Antoine Broussard, A. D. Landry, L. Breaux.

 By motion the regular meeting of the Police Jury was changed from the first Monday of each month to the first Thursday of each month.

 By motion Mr. Hebert was authorized to contract for the building of two bridges one near Mrs. Landry's and the other near S. J. Montgomery's. Said contract to be let to the lowest bidder after due advertisement.

 Coroner A. R. Trahan here appeared and represented the unsanitary condition of the parish Jail. Mr. Hebert was authorized to take measure for the abatement of the evil until, the sewage system could be placed in working order.

 Clerk Voorhies was authorized to frame the maps in the clerks office, and purchase two books.

 One car of lumber was granted to the members of the 4th, 5th and 7th wards and one care to the member of the 2nd ward.

 Mr. Whittington was authorized to buy lumber for the repair of bridges in the 8th ward.

 Mr. Billeaud was authorized to build four or five small bridges on a certain road in the 5th ward.

 By motion the following report of the Jury of freeholders appointed to trace and lay out a public road in the third ward was adopted, the road so traced declared a public highway and the sum of $7.00 appropriated and set aside for the damages therein assessed:

 State of Louisiana Parish of Lafayette.
 Gustave Mouton, D. Arceneaux, Nicholas Hoffpauir, Alex. Martin, Jr., Aurelien Dugas, Ralph Duhon, the undersigned, do solemnly sweat that I will lay out the road now directed to be laid out by Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette, to the greatest ease and advantage of the inhabitants, and with as little prejudice to enclosures as may be without favor or affection, malice or hatred, and to the best of my skill and abilities. So help me God, and furthermore that I will truly assess, all damages to proprietors caused by said road to the best of my judgment and ability. Alex Martin, Jr., Gustave Mouton, Aurelien Dugas, Ralph Duhon. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 10th day of June 1896. D. A. Cochrane, notary public.


 We the undersigned Jury of freeholders of the parish of Lafayette, duly appointed by the Police Jury of said parish to trace and lay out a public road leading from the Opelousas public road from Lafayette through the lands of the following named proprietors to-wit: Antoine Domingue, B. Moore, J. O. Mouton, Dr. A. Gladu, Mrs. Nevue, Prudent (col.) P. Gerac, Horace Broussard, Aurelien Dugas, on the North side of said road and on the South side Alex. Arceneaux, E. Massier, Mrs. Joseph Hernandez, Auguste Domingue, Mrs. Marcelin Dugas, Jules Dugas, H. Gerac, Mrs. Joseph M. Dugas, to the public road from Lafayette to Breaux Bridge, having been notified of our appointment and having severally taken and subscribed the foregoing oath and having given notice to each and every one of the aforesaid proprietors in writing at least three days previous of the time and place of meeting and of the intended laying out of said road through the lands of said proprietors, which notices were duly served on said proprietors, which notices were duly served on said proprietors, did meet on the 10th day of June, 1896, at D. A. Cochrane's office the place designated in said notices and did then and there in the presence of the following named proprietors t0-wit:

 Beginning at public road leading from Lafayette to Opelousas and running thence through the lands of the foregoing named persons for a distance of four miles taking a strip fifteen feet wide off of the land of each one along their common, boundary line, which boundary was mutually agreed upon, and shown us by said proprietors and by them designated to us by setting stakes and plowing furrows so as to be easily visible and recognizable and thence through the lands of said named persons to the termination of said road, which road is thirty feet wide throughout its entire length, and was so traced and staked out as to be plainly visible throughout its entire course and we have caused to be made a plat of said road showing the location and course of said road and the location of the lands of the different proprietors through which said roads runs and the distance and quantity of land expropriated from each owner of said road, which plat is annexed to this own report of said road for reference. And we further report that we said jury of freeholders did on our oaths aforesaid assess the following damages to proprietors in compensation for their land so taken and expropriated for said road as follows to-wit:  T. L. Levy, $2.50; John O. Mouton, $1.00; Mrs. Nevue, $1.00; Mrs. Joseph Hernandez, $2.50 and to the other proprietors no damages were assessed as in our opinion the benefit of said road fully compensates the value of the land taken. Done at the parish of Lafayette this 10th day of June 1896. Alex. Martin, Jr., Nicholas Hoffpauir, Gustave Mouton, D. Arceneaux, Aurelien Dugas, Ralph Duhon. Witnesses, J. R. Domingeaux, Wm. Campbell.


 I, one of the proprietors named in the written report do hereby consent to the location and direction of the road as described in the written report and accompanying plat and hereby agree to accept the amount of damages allowed me, by said Jury of freeholders as by he written report set forth in full compensation of all damages by me sustained by reason of the expropriation of my land for the use of said road. Signed and dated this 10th day of June 1896.

 Aurelien Dugas, Antoine P. Domingue, Auguste P. Domingue, Leonie Moore, Joseph E. Moore, F. Gladu, A. Gladu, P. Gerac, Arceneaux Alexander, Etienne Massic, Prudent Endress, Jules O. Dugas, Horace Broussard, Joseph M. Dugas, Pierre Gerac, Jr., per Henry Gerac.

 Witnesses: J. R. Domengeaux, Wm. Campbell, Charles Jenkins, D. Arceneaux.

 The following account was laid over:
B. Falk ... one bbl. lime ..... $1.75.

 The following accounts were approved:


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 The Police Jury then adjourned to meet Thursday July 16 to transact further business.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1896.

Selected News Notes 7/11/1896.

 Dr. H. A. Irion, dentist, is now located in Dr. F. R. Tolson's office opposite the post-office.

 The regular session of the Mount Carmel Convent school for boys and girls will open on Sept. 1st. 

 Governor Foster signed the bill authorizing the corporation of Lafayette to issue bonds.

Miss Julie Revillon, after spending a few days in Rayne, returned last Wednesday.

 Mr. A. Levy of the firm of Levy and Bendel left for New York on Sunday to make his fall purchases.

 T. M. Biossat, Genl. Mgr. of the Lafayette Cotton Oil Co., went to Opelousas Thursday in the interest of their mill.

 Victor Levy of the Firm of L. Levy left for New York on Sunday. He expects to lay in a large stock of fall and winter goods.

 Mother Incarnation and four other sisters accompanied by Mr. Emile Romero spent a day this week at Jefferson Island. They brought back several fine specimens of rock salt, secured from the borings of the new mine that is being opened by Gen. Myles at this place.  

From July 11th to July 18th, F. F. Carter the photographer at Moss Bros. studio, will take babies pictures free, but one picture will be given to each baby.

 Leonard Godie appreared before Judge C. Debaillon of the district court on Wednesday, for preliminary hearing for the murder of Valsin Benoit on May 7th. The district attorney having no witness to present, the case was taken under advisement by the Judge and finally dismissed. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1896.

In Royville. (Now Youngsville.)
We had the pleasure of being present at the performance given at Royville last Sunday night for the benefit of the Catholic church, by the young men of that place. Though the weather was exceedingly warm and the house pas packed to its utmost capacity, the entertainment was enjoyed by every one, despite the altitude at which the mercury stood. The young gentleman deserve credit of the ability and pains taking labor which they exhibited. Judging from the large audience present, the performance must have been equally as great a success financially as it was agreeable sociably.

 Miss Gladu of Lafayette assisted in the program by the rendition of a beautiful instrumental solo. Dr. F. E. Girard, and Mr. H. A. Vandercruyssen of Lafayette also contributed to the evenings entertainment with vocal music.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1896.     


From the Lafayette Advertiser from July 11th, 1874.


 Last Saturday, an affidavit was made against Gustave Mouton, charging him with the crime of manslaughter, in the killing of Joseph Thibodeaux, on that day. We learn that the accused immediately surrendered himself, and as offense charged was bailable by the Parish Judge, he was required to furnish bond to appear for preliminary examination, on Tuesday next, 21st inst. The parties were neighbors and connected by family ties. We refrain from giving the rumored details of this unfortunate affair. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1874.   

The White League - The Opelousas Courier, the organ of the White League (unreadable word),  referring to the parish of Lafayette, says, "the programme now is to organize clubs throughout the parish, after which they will doubtless enter the field with a full ticket."

  Just so. It is precisely what we knew, it was all got up for. They want office. Show your hands and come out with your full ticket.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1874.  

Peace and Harmony. - The pernicious effects of agitating the question of races is already apparent in the community. Among the men, it is no so perceptible, but among the boys, it has culminated in personal conflicts. We objected to the White League movement because it would tend inevitably to plunge the country into a deplorable state of turmoil and excitement, if nothing worse. Fortunately, the movement has proven a failure, and it is to be hoped, that there will be no more discussions. The white people can and no doubt will, be united in affecting all necessary reforms. This can be accomplished peace and many good and honest colored men will assist in doing it. Therefore, let us have harmony among people and peace between the races.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1874.


 The reader will notice in another column the advertisement of Mr. P. Moses. This active, energetic and enterprising citizen has established a warehouse and lumber yard at the Wilkinson landing below the Vermilion Bridge, two miles from Vermilionville; all persons who desire anything in his line can be accomplished by calling on him. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1874.

City Council of Vermilionville.

 On this 6th day of July 1874, the City Council met at the Court House in regular session.

 Present: A. Monnier, Mayor and Councilmen Mouton, Revillon, Bourges and McBride.  Absent: Chargois, Landry and Salles.

 The Council was called to order, and on motion, the reading of the minutes were dispensed with.
' On motion it was resolved, That the Collector be and is hereby ordered to proceed to the collection of all taxes and licenses due this Corporation.

 Resolved further, That ten days after the publication of this resolution, the Collector is hereby authorized to bring suit against all parties failing or neglecting to pay their taxes and licenses.

 On motion the Council adjourned.
A. MONNIER, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1874.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 11th, 1911:


 The Consumers Cold Storage and Canning Company through their president, Fernand Mouton, has purchased from the Compress Company, represented by Dave Schwartz, four and three quarters acres of land which the compress plant stood, with all buildings, for $6,500. It is the purpose of the company to start operations in the fall. The company is now considering a label or brand for their products and has decided to offer a prize for the best suggestion. Particulars will be given later. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1911.

Express Office Uptown.

 K. R. Hood, route agent of the Wells-Fargo Express Company was in the city Saturday and states that the company has rented the building now occupied by Boyd & Bertrand and will open an uptown office there about the 15th of this month. Boyd & Bertrand will move into the building vacated by the express company on the east side of the railroad. Mr. Hood also said that the company would build a frame office at the railroad where the old signal house was, facing Lincoln Ave., to place the packages in arrange for sending them out on the wagon as soon as taken from the cars. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1911.

Robbed Contribution Boxes.

 Milton Stafford, a young white man from New Iberia, was caught robbing the contribution boxes at the Catholic church Thursday by Father Teurlings who informed the officers, and Officer Domengeaux got him at the depot. Stafford had a police record and is wanted in Crowley. Mr. Alfred Martin came over and identified him as being wanted in Crowley for breaking into a residence. Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1911.


 Mr. Editor:

  Taint no use prognasticatin too soon but I done read one kumanikashun in yo paper from er man in de second ward and from his kinversashun am sho that man is some lost relashum of mine, and what he sez is right too. He sez things are warmin up in old second ward, I kin tell him its purty hot yeah in this town right now; tho most people make believe they don't notice it; but yo look at de papers; them small fellows done gone vide up all de space amongs em with they nouncements and de news paper man kant find nuff space to wege in de price of corn and pork. One kandidate whut takes up haf de alfabet to sign his name done tuck a hole kollum in de paper.

 Well they say dis is gwine ter be a frenly political kontest but yo just watch for yorself wren they start get tin on de stump, bizness gwine to pick; Mistah Meshal done kum yeah and pass round with Mistah Andree tin and Judge Gilbo, and Mistah Meechel done tole him to say as de masheen, de Banks, de state and de people belongs to him. Dr. Askwell he wants to try and keep kool and sho a big level head, but forelong yo watch some one gwine ter ax him what boss Jared done him, an he gwine ter lose his koolness and say something sho.

 Now yo take it from me, Judge Hall ain't no bluffer, he done see how de masheene is gwine ter play de game an he sho gwine to call de bluff an sprize things.

 They say boss Jared done lost out he'll have ter tell de people something else dis time, you know when he run for govnor, he went round an tole all de poor farmers he was a poor farmer boy hisself and had a poor ol me to support an they ought to put him in de Govnor's chair an when they would kum to Baton Rouge they would be at home cause he was gwine ter meet them at the door hisself an anyhow Col. Wilkinson was too rich to be Govnor of Louisiana, as de people believed Col. Wilkinson would buy de State of Louisiana an make a big orange orchard out of it so they voted fur de farmer boy. Now de poor farmers all sore cause taxes bout to eat em up, boss Jared went into a country town he saw a bunch of farmers and sez hello boys, one em turns to me an sez (unreadable words) woin comment grand (unreadable words) pousse la ou y sor, but I tell yo Judge Hall done with him he gwine ter ax him whut he done to them poor people what pay taxes.

 I believe some place they'll have to cut some big trees they wont be nuff stumps fur de kandidates.
    Yours truly,
Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1911.

 From the Lafayette Daily Advertiser of July 11th, 1968:

Citizens with two-way radio have been requested to contact Major Chester Guidry of the Lafayette Police Department to discuss the possibility of a citizen-police communications linkup in the event of natural disaster or criminal violence here.


 The program is a part of the Police-Community Relations Program now being implemented by the city department.

 Guidry, in a press statement, today, said, "I am in the process of implementing plans of our Police-Community Relations Program which is designed to make both the neighborhood and the city safer and better place to live and work. It is my hope that you may be willing to assist us.

 "Part of the PCR Program is the maintenance of contact between our department and key citizens of the city, particularly those with a two-story system or Citizen's Band radio.


 "If you have two-way communications in the car which you use, I would appreciate you contacting me so that we can discuss ways we can work together in case of either natural disaster or criminal violence which may erupt.

 "Please understand that this is not meant to indicate that there is anything of the above nature anticipated now or in the near future. But it is our resolve to be prepared."

 Guidry can be contacted at the city police headquarters on S. Pierce St. or via telephone at 235-6411. Lafayette Daily Advertiser 7/11/1968.


 HAHNVILLE, La. (AP) - A coroner's report shows that head injuries caused the death of an unidentified "hippie type" whose body was found July 1 in wooded area near here.

 Dr. Earl Alleman, St. Charles Parish Coroner, said the young man died of a fractured skull. He classed the death a homicide.

 A rope found around the victim's neck and looped over a tree limb did not figure in the death, the autopsy report showed.

 The rope apparently was used to drag the victim after he had died. Sheriff John O. St. Amant said three fingerprints were obtained from the dead man's hands and will be kept on file as a possible means of identification.

 The man was described as in his early 20s, about 5-foot-7 and wearing dungarees, a polo shirt and pointy-toed shoes. His hair was grown hippie-style. Lafayette Daily Advertiser 7/11/1968. 




J. C. Nickerson.
Real Estate Agency.
Land and Immigration Agent for Southern Pacific Railroad.

Town Property for Sale.

 One of the finest houses in Sterling Grove. Lot has a front of 180 feet on Sterling Avenue by a depth of 420 feet.  Two story residence.

 Five lots on Lincoln Avenue, and Pine street with improvements. Price $4,200.

 Lots 6 and 7 Mills addition with improvements. Price $1,600.
 Lot 119 with up to date bakery and other buildings. Price $5,000.

 Lot with improvements corner Vermilion and Adams. Price $2,500.

 Lot 175 and 176 old Corporation with three residences and other improvements. Price (unreadable).

 A fine home on St. John street with the latest modern improvements. Price $6,500.

 5 acres in the Kennedy addition with a two story residence and two small cottages. Price $5,000.

 Two corner lots fronting Rail Road and Lincoln avenue. One of the finest business sites in the town. Price $7,000.

 Lots 155 and 156, Mouton addition with two story building and other improvements. Price $3,000.

 Tanner Bros' store building and lot on Vermilion street. A bargain price $2,625.

 Two lots with a nice cottage of five rooms. Mudd addition. Price $1,800.

 A complete grist milling outfit with wood and coal yard, grain warehouses in connection. Price $2,000.

 I can sell you lots in the town of Jennings that are sure to double in value in the next two years, three blocks from depot at $200. per lot.

 Two lots 16 & 17 on Lincoln avenue, McComb addition fine store building, and good trade. Price $6,500.

 Lafayette Advertiser 7/11/1903.

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