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From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 13th, 1904:


The numerous accidents at the Power House, with their attendant inconvenience and discomfort, emphasize the fact that duplicate dynamos and engines should be installed just as soon as the Council can figure out a way for paying for them.

 The dynamo and engine we have now, have been in continuous service for over seven years and considering that they are both high speed machines and the dynamo necessarily a very delicate piece of mechanism, it is not to be wondered at that break down occur. They are bound to occur, and the only way in which good service can be secured is to have two sets, one to relieve the other; and then in case of an accident we won't be left in darkness.

 The City is not now in a financial condition to install duplicates; but the purpose may be kept in view and some step taken to accomplish it, it not this year, then next, or as soon as possible. We will never have a satisfactory light service until this is done. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.

Large Refrigerator Ordered. 

J. Doucet, who recently opened a meat market in the building formerly occupied by the Castel Bakery, has ordered a large meat refrigerator 5 x 6 feet and 10 feet high. Mr. Doucet has a clean, neat looking market which is nicely fitted up. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.

 Ice Cream Festival.
 Lafayette Lodge No. 91, Brotherhood of Railway Clerks, will give an ice-cream festival at Parkerson's Grove Monday evening, July 25, at half past seven. The Sontag Military Band will be present and give one of their delightful concerts. A small fee of ten cents will be charged. The public is cordially invited.Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.

A Book-Keeper Employed.
 In order to meet the requirements of their greatly increased business, the Vordenbaumen Lumber Co., Ltd., has secured the services of A. E. Gauthier as book-keeper. Mr. Gauthier is a son-in-law of judge Galbert Bienvenue, and has been an employee of the Billeaud Mercantile Co., of Broussard, for the past seven years, He will move his family here in a few days.

 The Advertiser extends Mr. Gauthier a warm welcome and is sure he will find Lafayette a pleasant place to live.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.

A Handsome Office.
 Judge Julian Mouton's law office on the south side of the court house square is completed and occupied. Judge Mouton has certainly kept his promise as to erecting a modern office building. It is 32 x 32 feet square built of brick with a handsome imitation stone front. Inside it is comfortably divided into an entry half and two rooms, the larger extending the full length of the building. A four foot wainscotting extends around the walls which are plastered in white. The rooms are light and airy and look very inviting. The office does credit to the Judge's taste and progressive spirit.

 Judge Mouton shares his office with his brother, Jerome Mouton, with whom he has recently formed a partnership, and with his father, Judge C. H. Mouton. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.

 A mild sensation was sprung Monday morning by the marriage at Carencro of Miss Marcelle Blot and Manager W. B. Parker, of the Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company, Rev. Father Gremaud officiated. In order to forestall parental objections the couple had been quietly united Saturday evening by an Iberia magistrate. The bride is the winsome daughter of Gaston Blot, of Carencro, and graduated at the last session of the Industrial Institute, winning the Julian Mouton gold medal for debate. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.


For the Construction of an Iron Bridge Over Bayou Vermilion at D. O. Broussard Ferry.

Friday the Police Jury and Capt. J. C. Buchanan and F. G. Mouton, appointed on the committee to confer with a committee from the Police Jury of Vermilion parish, met at the court house with the Vermilion parish committee composed of Messrs. Jas. Williams, Ernest Broussard and Sidney Andrus to open bids for the construction of an iron bridge across Vermilion bayou at the D. O. Broussard crossing. Ten bids were submitted. It was decided to award the contract to E. P. Alsbury, of Houston, Tex., at $5,490. The Jury and committees met again Saturday morning and the Jury authorized President Billeaud, and Messrs. Spell and Connolly to sign contract on the part of Lafayette parish. Messrs. J. E. Kee, of this parish and Jas. Williams, of Vermilion, were designated by a unanimous vote to superintend the construction of the bridge at a salary of three dollars per day leaving it to their discretion as to how often it would be necessary for them to inspect the work. The Jury and committees then adjourned. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.

Band Concert.

 The Sontag Band Concert Friday night was as usual, delightful. Mr. Scott Heywood's solos on the cornet were particularly fine. A fair crowd was present but a larger one should present next Friday night. An unusually good program will be rendered. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.

Admitted to the Bar.
[From the Franklin Watchman.]

 Messrs. Raphael J. Labauve and J. Gabriel Martel, two promising young men, worthy sons of noble sires, were admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court last Monday after a most rigid examination by that tribunal. Both young men passed through the ordeal and came out wearing the glories of victory. Mr. Labauve was born on February 17, 1879, and is a grand nephew of Judge Zenon Labauve, a justice of the Supreme Court. He attended the public schools of Vermilion parish and graduated in 1897, and taught school in Lafayette, Vermilion and St. Mary. He read law in the office of Hon. P. Sigur here and was an apt and industrious student. He will practice in Vermilion parish.

 Mr. Martel was born in Charenton twenty-one years ago and is the eldest son of Mr. J. Sully Martel and Margnerite Brownson; attended St. Anthony school in Franklin, and studied law in his father's office.

 Our congratulations are extended to both young men, and we hope they will carve out for themselves an admiration among their fellows as bright as their start in life. Lafayette Advertiser 7/12/1904.

Year 1907 - Pictured back row -  left to right Raphael J. LaBauve and Walter J. LeBlanc. Middle row - left to right Leon Feray, Romain Francez, A. M. Smith, Robert Addison, Rex LeBlanc, Felix J. Sampson, Athanus Meaux, Simonet LeBlanc & Ovey Broussard. Seated left to right Avery Theall, A. O. Landry and Adam Boudreaux.

 1897 pictured published in a 1907 calendar from The First National Bank of Abbeville.

New Legal Firm.

 We call to the attention to the card which appears elsewhere, of Judge Julian Mouton and Mr. Jerome Mouton, who have formed a partnership for the practice of law. Judge Mouton has just closed a term as circuit judge, in which position he won the highest praise from the bars of the parishes in which he held court. Mr. Jerome Mouton is a rising young lawyer who is steadily making his way upward in his profession. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.

 Jean A. Begnaud Appointed.

 Jean A. Begnaud has been appointed police juror for ward one in place of J. R. Davis, who was elected, but resigned, being unable to qualify on account of a technicality. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.  

Good Spirits.

 Good spirits don't all come from Kentucky. The main source is the liver - and all the fine spirits ever made in the Blue Grass State could not remedy a bad liver or the hundred-and-one ill effects it produces. You can't have good spirits and a bad liver at the same time. Your liver must be in fine condition if you would feel buoyant, happy and hopeful, bright of eye, light of step, vigorous and successful in your pursuits. You can put your liver in fine condition by using Green's August Flower - the greatest of all medicines for the liver and stomach and a certain cure for dyspepsia or indigestion. It has been a favorite household remedy for over thirty-five years. August Flower will make your live healthy and active and thus insure you a liberal supply of "good spirits." Trial size, 25c; regular bottles, 75c. For sale by Lafayette Drug Co. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.       


Can Be of No Advantage.

 The section of the Parish Executive Committee Saturday in ordering a primary for August 16 to nominate an assessor and members of the School Board to be recommended to Governor Blanchard for appointment, appears to us to be rather late and ill advised, particularly, as in all probability, those officers will be appointed and receive their commissions before that date arrives. And if not, Governor Blanchard will hardly consent to appoint the nominees because.

 First, he does not believe in election of assessors and members of the school boards.

 Second, the Legislature has just sustained his position by refusing to pass a bill for the election of assessors and members of school boards, showing, if the Legislature be a representative body, that a majority consider appointment preferable in these two instances. Besides, Governor Blanchard, when a candidate refused to promise to appoint nominees of the primary for these special offices, although repeatedly urged to do so. He was elected by a big majority notwithstanding his position in this matter, and is therefore doubtless right in assuming that a majority of the people endorse his stand for appointive school boards, in which assumption the action of the Legislature sustains him.

 Third, in regard to the school board specially, Supt. Aswell is directly opposed to election as shown by his opposition before the Legislative committee, and his stand on this subject would naturally have due weight with the Governor, who has declared that he believes Mr. Aswell to be an able man and specially fitted for the office he holds and that he did not intend to interfere with Mr. Aswell's educational plans. The situation being as it is, it seems useless to hold a primary as it certainly can be of no practical advantage. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.


Games Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Local Diamond.

 Friday and Saturday Lafayette played Welsh on the local diamond and both games were good. The first day Welsh won by a score of 4 to 2. Saturday the game resulted 5 to 3, again in favor of Welsh, but was closed in the fifth inning to allow the Welsh boys to catch the 5 p. m. train home. The chances are that had the game been played to a finish Lafayette would have won. Pilette and New Iberia occupied the diamond Sunday and played to a fine crowd. The game started off all in favor of Pilette but at last New Iberia changed pictures and the game from then on was interesting. The score stood 10 to 1 favor of Pilette.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.

 Meeting of Presbytery.

 A call meeting of the Presbytery for this district met Thursday morning at eleven o'clock at the Presbyterian church to receive as candidates for the ministry George Thompson, of the Atchafalaya church, and Louis E. Gravet of of the First French Presbyterian church of Calcasieu. Both young men after examination were received. The following ministers and elders were present: Dr. J. W. Allison, Lake Charles; Dr. Chas. Herron, Crowley; Rev. B. L. Price, Alexandria; Rev. F. E. Roger and Elder A. A. Morgan, Lafayette; Elder Gordon, of Atchafalaya.

 The two accepted candidates will not enter into the ministry until they have taken a course at a theological seminary, which they will begin in the fall. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.

In Session at Industrial Institute Auditorium - Interesting Discussions Daily.

 The Institute for the parish of Lafayette met at the Industrial School Monday morning, with Supt. L. J. Alleman and Miss Agnes Morris, of the State Normal School, as conductors.

 There were thirty-five teachers and several visitors present.

 The Institute was opened by singing America, after which Dr. Stephens in a short, but pointed talk welcomed the Institute to the Industrial. Mr. Alleman then outlined briefly the work to be done during the week. He said that the teachers were there to give and receive inspiration and suggestions rather than for doing academic work; that the teacher who had no interest and no school problems or troubles would get nothing from the work; that each would receive help and inspiration from the work in proportion to what he put into it; that the teachers should set aside all formality and reserve, and prepare for five full days work as required by the State.

 Following Mr. Alleman's talk was an address by Miss Morris who said "Did you ever feel that you were quite glad you are living? To feel that way is really worth while. I have been feeling that way for six weeks, ever since beginning Institute work. There are many reasons why we, as teachers, should feel so; for the outlook is now brighter than at any time in the past. There is great hope for those who are willing to give up to the world the next twenty-five years in real service. Now is the critical period in the public school system of Louisiana and of the South. Sentiment favors education; the law makers at Baton Rouge have done a great deal for the schools of the State, and now to prevent a reaction in public opinion all true teachers should put forth their best efforts to realize what is expected of the schools. Now is the best time in the history of Louisiana to do real self-sacrificing service for the State.

 The teacher should have a conscious idea of service to the State, to the children, and that, in a large measure, leaves one's self out. A greater professional spirit should prevail, and teachings should become a real profession to be regarded as such by teachers and the public.

 Her address was full of thought, food and inspiration.

 The lessons have been interesting and profitable, especially for those whose duty it is to continue teaching through the summer.

 Miss Morris will address the Ladies' Club to-day.

 There will be an open meeting Thursday evening at 8:30, at the Industrial, the addresses to be made by Miss Morris and Dr. G. A. Martin. Music will be furnished by local talent.

 On Friday morning there will be a Mother's Meeting, at which it is expected all the mothers in town will be present.

 The Institute will be addressed the same day by Supt. J. B. Aswell.

 The public is cordially invited to attend any and all meetings, especially the Specials. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904. 





 We respectfully beg to suggest to the City Council for consideration at their next meeting.

 That a number of people fail to give proper attention to their closets and premises, much to the detriment and health of the community.

 That in disregard of the stock law horses and cattle are allowed to run loose in different parts of the town to the annoyance of the residents near by.

 That the gutters on Jefferson and Pierce streets are clogged up allowing water to stand in them to the discomfort of people doing business on those streets.

 That tin cans, old shoes, glass bottles and other refuse are thrown in the streets, which not only do not add to the beauty of the streets, but are a danger to horses and a constant source of expense to bicycle riders.

 That a number of people keep dogs which run out and bark at passersby and threaten to bite them, which is not only very disagreeable but may result seriously.

 And that many sidewalks and ditches about town are covered with grass and weeds and need shave worse than a Populist orator. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904. 


 M. Billeaud, Jr. Elected President and Resolution Ratifying Acts of First Meeting Passed.

 Considerable Attention Given the Public Roads.

 Contract Made With Sheriff Lacoste at $5,900.

 Cement Walk Around Court House Square.

 The Police Jury met promptly at ten o'clock Thursday morning with all present. Immediately upon assembling the election of a president was taken up as at their initial meeting June 11, no president had been elected. L. G. Breaux and M. Billeaud, Jr., were placed in nomination and Mr. Billeaud was elected on a rising vote by one majority. Mr. Breaux's name was submitted first, the vote standing as follows:

 For Breaux, Connolly, Mouton, Boudreaux, Breaux.

 For Billeaud: Landry,Theall, Lacy, Spell, Billeaud.

 The legality of the acts of the Jury at its first meeting, owing to the failure at its first meeting to elect a president and thus actually become an organized body capable of acting, being brought into question, President Billeaud stated that he had gotten advice on the subject from his lawyer who had stated it as his opinion that the acts were legal. However, to remove all double, the Jury passed a resolution confirming the acts of their first meeting.

 Before proceeding to business the minutes of the previous meeting were corrected in some minor details.

 Reports of special committees were called for, and the first to report was the one appointed to find out amount of additional work now imposed on the Treasury and recommend adequate recompense. Chairman Billeaud stated that in the opinion of the committee an increase of $100 be granted and the Treasurer required to keep a special book showing all amounts and for what expended, so that an investigation of the books could be readily made and the sum on hand ascertained at any moment.

 Treasurer Martin, who was present, objected to doing the increased work for $100 additional and refused to do it for less than $400 salary, as to carry out the plan would involve keeping separate books for every fund greatly increasing his already heavy work. Mr. Billeaud's idea was a good one and the Jury very properly granted the $400 salary asked by the Treasurer.

 Assessor Martin submitted the parish road tax assessment amounting to $6,189. Mr. Boudreaux raised the question as to the liability of the town vehicles to the road tax. After some discussion it was decided to consult the Jury's attorney as to whether the Assessor ought to include them in the assessment. President Billeaud asked for the corporation assessment rolls. Mr. Martin stated that the city was having a house to house assessment made and the rolls would not be ready for several days. The parish roll was accepted.

 The Jury committee on the Odillon Broussard bridge reported that the joint committee would meet in Lafayette July 15, to let contract for an iron bridge. The Jury added Capt. J. C. Buchanan and F. G. Mouton to the parish committee, then decided that the whole Jury would meet on that date to consider the bids.

 Mr. Connolly reported having sold old lumber from the Carencro bridge for $40 which amount he had turned over to the Treasurer.

 The Jury accepted the report of Messrs. Saul Broussard and Connolly as to the completion and acceptance of the Lafayette part of the Carencro bridge, and authorized Mr. Connolly to brace the bridge as a precaution against high water.

 Mr. Breaux reported that a number of citizens wished to donate a road in the 8th ward, but no action was taken.

 Mr. Boudreaux of the special committee on court house and jail repairs, handed in bills for work done.

 Ludovic Billeaud was appointed road overseer of the third ward; and Norbert Simon west part of 2nd ward, and Valentine Duhon east part.

 W. A. LeRosen of The Lafayette Advertiser, here appeared before the Jury and stated a plan he had for advertising the parish and town of Lafayette requesting the Jury to donate $200 to assist in the work provided they believed that the plan was meritorious, and if carried out would result to the advantage and benefit of the parish. The matter was taken under advisement to be acted on at the evening session.

 The Jury then discussed the advisability of meeting Friday as a Board of Reviewers, which they decided to do. It was probably an oversight that they did not postpone meeting as reviewers until the date of meeting could be advertised so that interested parties could appear before them to make complaints should they wish to do so.

 Mr. Breaux asked that Chas. Alleman, Ignace Montet, Jean Gyat, Dolze Duhon and Odillon Broussard be appointed to lay out a road in the 8th ward from Severia Duhon's to a point near Onezime Trahan's, which was done.

 Mr. Spell brought up the drainage question and after a discussion of all phases, an appropriation of $200 yearly was made for each ward and $200 additional for wards 1, 2, 4 and 6 for one year. The increase in the four wards is necessitated by the extra amount of low lands in those wards, making it more expensive to drain the roads properly.

 As soon as the Jury convened for the afternoon session, a committee from the School Board consisting of Dr. N. P. Moss, Mr. Delhomme and Supt. Alleman requested ad advance of $2,000 on the sum appropriated for the schools. The Jury declared themselves perfectly willing to do so; but could not for lack of funds.

 By resolution of the old Jury road taxes became delinquent July 1, but as the new Jury has just organized and appointed road overseers it was deemed best to extend the time until August 15.

 Sheriff Lacoste appeared before the Jury and asked for a contract lie one previously had with Sheriff Broussard, excepting that instead of $6,000 the amount should be $5,900, one hundred dollars less. The contract was made without a dissenting voice.

 At the meeting June 11 a majority of the Jury refused to make a contract with Sheriff Lacoste at $6,000 a year, giving as a reason that the amount was excessive, as had been demonstrated to the satisfaction of some of them by an investigation of the actual expense of the office.

 Sheriff Lacoste stated that he had a petition from members of the City Council and others asking that the Jury give 8 feet all around the square for the purpose of widening the street. They were addressed at their meeting on Friday by Mayor Caffery on the same subject. but declined, consenting only to take up the matter again at their meeting on the 15th.

 Mr. Billeaud of the committee on moving city buildings from the square asked for further time which was granted.

 Two bids for constructing cement walks about the court house square were opened. Placide Breaux offered to do the work according to specifications at 19 cents a square foot and pay the parish $100 for bricks and cement in present walk. A. E. Massicot's bid was 14 1/2 cents per square foot and him to have the old bricks and cement.

 M. Breaux was awarded the contract, the work to be received Nov. 1.

 Chas. A. Boudreaux, L. G. Breaux and Valery Boudreaux were appointed a committee to see about a bridge in Mr. Breaux's ward and report at next meeting.

 Mr. LeRosen's request for the Jury to assist in advertising the parish was taken up. All the members expressed themselves favorably, and were willing to give $150, but doubted their right under the law. Judge C. H. Mouton was called and asked for his opinion. He stated that in his opinion the Jury had no right whatever to appropriate money for such a purpose. Mr. LeRosen then withdrew his request.

 A number of gentlemen from the 5th ward with Mr. A. Olivier as spokesman presented a petition asking for repair of the road passing by Mr. Olivier's place and leading Broussardville. Messrs. Mouton, Landry and Connolly were appointed to investigation.

 Mr. Theall was appointed to find out how wide a road belonged to the parish from Leo Decou's to P. Savoie's. The road is at present only 25 feet wide.

 Miss Annie Bell was appointed beneficiary at the State Normal from June 1 to October 1 and $85 appropriated to defray her expenses.

 Some minor business was transacted, then bills approved, after which the Jury adjourned. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.


 Meets and Orders Primary to Nominate Assessor and Members of the School Board to be Submitted to the Governor for Appointment.

       Lafayette, La., July 9, 1994
 Pursuant to call the Democratic Parish Executive Committee met this day at the court-house at Lafayette, La.

 On roll call the following members, and a quorum answered to their names Arthur Bonin, J. Edmond Mouton, L. S. Broussard, Lucius Duhon, J. O. Broussard, Albert Guidry, and Moise Brasseaux.

 In the absence of Hon. P. L. DeClouet, chairman, on motion duly made seconded and carried, Mr. Albert Guidry was elected as chairman.

 On motion of J. O. Broussard, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted.

 Whereas, the united Democracy of Lafayette Parish are now urging their rights to have a voice in the selection of their public officers, and believing firmly that his Excellency, N. C. Blanchard, Governor of the State of Louisiana, and the State Board of Education will heed the voice of our people, who have always been true and loyal to Democracy and white supremacy, therefore, be it resolved:

 That a Democratic and white supremacy, therefore, be it resolved:

 That a Democratic primary election be held in each ward and voting precinct of said parish of Lafayette as now fixed by law on the 16th day of August, A. D. 1904, between the hours of 7 o'clock a. m. and 6 o'clock p. m.

 There shall be three election commissioners, and one clerk at each voting place, who are hereby selected, as follows:

 First Ward - Jean A. Begneaux, Alfred Delhomme, Alonzo Lacy, commissioners; Charles A. Broussard, clerk.

 Second Ward - Clarence Avant, Cornelius Spell, Jasper Spell, commissioners; Veramus Spell, clerk.

 Third Ward, Court-house - Jerome Mouton, Felix E. Girard, R. H. Broussard commissioners; J. C. Nickerson, clerk.

 Third Ward, Mouton's Switch - Edmond Martin, J. Horace Mouton, Gariel Martin, commissioners; Arthur Martin, clerk.

 Fourth Ward - J. Edward Pellerin, Edward Parent, Lucien S. Broussard, commissioners; Smedes Cade, clerk.

 Fifth Ward - R. U. Bernard, Paul Billeaud, Lucius Duhon, commissioners; A. Olivier, clerk.

 Sixth Ward, Simoneaux - Alexandre Brasseau, George Melchoir, H. E. Toll, commissioners; Sam P. Brown, clerk.

 Seventh Ward - P. R. Landry, O. F. Comeaux, Aymar Comeaux, commissioners; Hugh Wallis, clerk.

 Eighth Ward - Louis G. Breaux, Odillon Broussard, Jules Meaux, commissioners; Leo Judice, clerk.

 All white Democrats legally qualified shall be allowed to vote at said Primary.

 The returns of the election shall be duly sworn to by the commissioners and returned to the chairman of this committee without delay.

 This committee shall tabulate the returns and declare the result which shall be certified to by the chairman of this committee.

 This Primary election is called for the election of an assessor, and nine members of the School Board, one member from each ward and one at large.

 That the assessor elected at this primary and members of the School Board elected be recommended to the State Board of Education for appointment.

 Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the Governor and to the President of the State Board of Education, who are hereby respectfully requested to appoint to office the persons elected at said primary election.

 We suggest that the Democratic Judicial committee of the 18th Judicial District, composed of the Parishes of Acadia and Lafayette, order a primary election for the nomination of District Judge and the nomination of District Attorney, to be held on the same day as hereinabove fixed.

 Resolved, that the commissioners of election and clerk this day appointed are hereby requested to serve as such without pay, so as not to impose a tax for the purpose on the candidacy.

 On motion the meeting adjourned.
J. O. BROUSSARD, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.

City Council Proceedings.

         Lafayette, La., July 4, 1904.
  A regular meeting of the City Council was called to order by Mayor pro tem John O. Mouton.

 Members present: M. Rosenfield, Henry Fontenot, D. V. Gardebled.
Absent; Geo. DeBlanc, A. E. Mouton, Felix Demanade.

 Moved and seconded that meeting be postponed to July 5. Carried.

           Lafayette, La., July 5, 1894.
  Pursuant to adjournment the City Council met in regular session, with Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: D. V. Gardebled, Henry Fontenot, M. Rosenfield, John O. Mouton, F. Demanade. Absent: A. E. Mouton, Geo. A. DeBlanc.

 Moved and seconded that minutes of June 6, 1904, regular meeting, be approved as read. Carried.

 Moved and seconded that regular order of business be dispensed with and that accounts be taken up for consideration. Carried.

 The following bills were approved:

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 Moved and seconded that communication of property owners of Lafayette, La., asking for a continuance of water-works from Lincoln avenue, and Magnolia street to Lincoln avenue, and East avenue, a distance of four blocks along Lincoln avenue, be referred to Water and Light committee with instructions to ascertain the probable cost and report at the next regular meeting if possible. Carried.

 Moved  and seconded that question raised by Mr. LeRosen for advertisement for the good of the town be referred for consideration until there be a full attendance of the City Council. Carried. Moved and seconded that City Council adjourn until Monday, July 18, inst. Carried.
J. P. COLOMB, Asst. Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.

Selected News Notes 7/13/1904.

Miss Estelle Mouton returned Thursday from a pleasant visit with friends in New Iberia.

Fresh stock of WILEYS Famous candies just received. There are none on the market better. A trial will convince you. E. F. Morgan & Co. agents.

 A. J. Sprole left Saturday by rail to be gone about two months, during which time he will visit Texas, Mexico, California, Colorado, and the big fair at St. Louis, from where he will return by water.

 Hammar Paints; good brushes. Denbo & Nicholson Co. Ltd.

 Miss Lucie Martin, of New Orleans, sister of the Hon. Robt. Martin, is visiting her cousins, Dr. G. A. Martin and family.

 Delicious Ice Cream and all cold drinks served at E. F. Morgan & Co.'s fine fountain. Also a fine line of WILEY'S Crystalized fruits and chocolates. There is nothing better.

 Miss Mattie Wier, of Houston, is the charming guest of Dr. F. R. Tolson and family.

 Louisville Slugger bats, 85 and 75 cents at the People's Pharmacy.

 Miss Philomene Voorhies left Sunday morning to visit in Houston, Texas.

 Our dress goods department is complete in every particular. Ladies will find we have a large and beautiful assortment of summer fabrics. - Levy Bros.

 We acknowledge receipt of the 1904 catalogue of the Louisiana State University and a pamphlet, the Life and Services of David French Boyd.

 Mrs. T. M. Biossat returned yesterday from Alexandria, where she was called on account of the illness of her father Dr. Rushing. She left her father much better.

 Miss Hattye Shannon, who has been employed during the past season as milliner for Mouton Sisters, left Saturday for St. Louis. Miss Shannon is a most charming young lady and during her stay here has made many warm friends who regret her departure.

 Good groceries, fresh-groceries, prompt service, that is what you get when you trade with Morgan & Debaillon.

 Mr. Sam Brown, of Carencro, has moved his family to Lafayette, and is living in one of Dr. Hopkin's cottages. Mr. Brown is connected with the The Lafayette Wholesale Drug Co.

 Miss Philomene Doucet left yesterday morning for a visit to the World's Fair at St. Louis and other points. She will be gone about one.

 Mr. A. J. LeBlanc has sold his meat market to Mr. Honore LeBlan and will hereafter devote his entire time to his clothing and gent's furnishing business.

 Cards are out announcing the marriage of Miss Corrine Guidry, daughter of M. Billeaud, Sr., to Mr. Walter St. Clair, an employee of the Southern Pacific, to take place on Thursday evening, July 28, at St. John's church at six o'clock.

 Mr. P.B. Torian left Sunday for Goliad, Texas, to be gone several days.

 Forty cases of canned goods just received. Prudhomme & McFaddin.

Mrs. O. B. Hopkins and Misses Rena Hopkins and Quint Morgan left for Greenville Thursday to visit relatives. Mr. O. B. Hopkins left Tuesday to join Mrs. Hopkins in Greenville, and from there they will go on to the World's Fair at St. Louis.

After spending two weeks in Franklin Miss Nona Alpha came home Friday accompanied by Mrs. Chas. may and two little children, Nora and Blaine Cotter. Mrs. May will return to Franklin to-morrow, accompanied by Miss Nella Alpha, who will spend a week or more with her.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1904.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 13th, 1901:

A Victory for Education.

A quarter of a century, or even a decade, is a long time to wait for a needed reform, but 'tis better late than never, and future generations will rise and call the present School Board blessed for having cut loose at last from the "ancient landmarks" and taking a most advanced position along educational lines, by the election of a professional Superintendent of public schools. The people will now have an opportunity of making a comparison between the old wasteful method of handling the school funds in our parish and the contemplated intelligent management of the public schools.

 Prof. L. J. Alleman, the newly elected Parish Superintendent of Education, is well qualified by education and training to fulfill the intricate and responsible duties of School Superintendent, and there is cause for sincere gratification in the fact that the schools of the parish will hereafter be conducted in accordance with the most approved principles and methods, and a notable improvement in the educational advancement of the school children is bound to follow as a natural consequence.

 The Advertiser congratulates the people of Lafayette upon the important innovation to be inaugurated in the educational affairs of the parish, and the Police Jury is entitled to the thanks of the people for the enlightened view it has taken of this subject by making a special appropriation of $500 to assist the School Board to engage the services of a competent professional Superintendent of Education. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1901.


 E. W. Wright a popular brakeman on the Louisiana Western division is visiting the Pan American.

 Louis Pizzo has closed his barber shop, and secured a position as wiper in the Round House, last week he was duly initiated into the order by the boys.

 Pink Torian formerly night ticket agent, is now replacing freight agent Mabry.

 Onezime Mouton is holding the night ticket office down at present.

 William Lindsay will give you rates, any route to the Pan American.

 July 4th., was very quiet in Rail Road circles here, the boys on the switch engines and yard crews used to decorate, but some how this year no attempt was made at decorating.

 Fourteen Apache Indian youths passed through here on No. 9 Thursday afternoon on their way home, they have been attending the Indian College at Carlisle, Penn.

 Sam Jones, the Evangelist passed through on No. 10, last Thursday.

 Last Friday the 5th., inst., 3 extra coaches attached to No. 10, containing the members of the Alabama Press Association passed through here, there were about 121 in the party, and all availed themselves of the stop to take a view of our City, from chance remarks they seemed to be very much impressed with our Parish and town what little could be seen of it in a brief stop of twenty-five minutes.

 Bob Salzman, the vigilant night watchman, is building a very neat fishing smack. Bob is an ardent disciple of Isaak Walton, and promises to make it interesting for the goggle eyed perch in Lake Martin this season.

 Did you see that automatic coffee-dripper at Nicholson's.

 Lafayette is getting to be famous for nice turn outs and rigs of all kinds, but Allie Sprole enjoys the distinction of owning the swellest  rig in town.

 Dan Coleman can just give any of the engineers cards and spades in perspiring "he is a regular water-fall these torrid days."

 Switchman Bazin caused quite a commotion Monday noon when the crews in the yard changes watch, he actually appeared in a brand new hat and was given an ovation by the boys. Uncle Ben Donlon on Engine 528 blew his whistle and fireman Chopin rang his bell.

 Des Doucet, our station police officer, made what appears to be an important capture Wednesday morning at 3:30 a. m., by arresting a suspicious negro, who was riding on the coal tender of a passenger train. From a description furnished by the Lake Charles officials, this negro is wanted there for some crime, an officer of that city came after him and returned to Lake Charles with the prisoner for further identification.

 A party of 75 delegates to the Epworth League Convention to be held in San Francisco, Cal., passed through here Tuesday afternoon, they occupied two Pullmans attached to train No. 9.

 Division Master Mechanic Nolan was up here on business Monday last; he has just returned from Buffalo where he attended a convention of the Rail Road Master Mechanios, he speaks in glowing terms of the Pan American.

 Andre Hebert, formerly in the yard service, has been transferred to the East Local.

 One of our passenger engineers, it is said, bears a striking resemblance to Oom Paul Kruger, that is, when he lets his whiskers grow.
              SWITCHMAN.      Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1901.

New Equipment for Laf. Oil & Mineral. - The machinery for the Lafayette Oil and Mineral Company was shipped from Chicago Tuesday, and will probably arrive in Lafayette the latter part of next week. The company will lose no time, but begin boring at once upon the arrival of the machinery. A limited number of shares are still unsold and can be had at par. Buy now. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1901.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 13th, 1889:

At the Canning Company.

The Lafayette Canning Company has been packing tomatoes several days this week, and everything is now running smoothly.

 From what we know of the care with which the vegetables are handled - nothing but the choice ripe being used and packed whole, and by hand - we don not see why this company's product should not rank with as the best and bring good prices. It is the intention of the Company to put out only the very finest to be made. The past month's rain has, with the previous drought, been very unfortunate for its growing crops, and will cut off the yield very materially; but, if good weather is had from this on, it is expected a fair yield will be realized. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1889.

Surprise Party. - A party of our young ladies and gentlemen gave a most enjoyable surprise party at the residence of Mrs. Albert Judice last Wednesday night, a complimentary to Misses Alix and Louise Judice. Following are those composing the party of gay raiders. Misses Stella and Haydee Trahan, Blanche Gentil, Martha Mouton, Zerelda Bailey, and Mrs. L. Domingeaux, Messrs. Alfred and Sidney Mouton, A. M. Gardner, John Lebesque, Jean Comeaux, F. Cornay and L. Domingeaux. Notwithstanding the terrible surprise Mrs. Judice was equal to the emergency, and entertained her guests so royally that we would not be surprised if she has not laid herself liable to another raid.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1889.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 13th, 1878:

Railroad News.

The railroad talk has not created any "fever" here yet and the improvements going on in our town are not due to that cause. Our people have been attacked by that "fever" several times and consequently are not much subject to it now. Among the improvements in progress, Mr. T. Hebert, Jr. has nearly completed a dwelling house near his Livery Stable ;  J. O. Mouton Esq., is building an addition to his store ;  Dr. J. D. Trahan has commenced erecting a spacious and elegant dwelling ;  and we learn that among the projected improvements, Mr. F. Lombard will erect an additional building on the property he occupies near the Court House. Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1878. Pictured above "The Sabine." First locomotive to arrive at Vermilionville, La.

More Railroad News. - We have lately had frequent confirmations of the preparations and contracts made by the Morgan Railroad Company, of which C. A. Whitney, Esq., is President, to extend their road from Berwick's Bay westward. The charter under which the company is operated, was granted by the Legislature and was approved March 8, 1877. It stipulates that the work must be commenced during the first year, forty miles completed from the Bay the second year, the same amount each, the third and fourth years, and thirty miles the fifth year. A failure to comply with these conditions will forfeit the rights and privileges granted by the charter to the portions not completed. In order to conform to the letter of the law and preserve the charter, a very slight commencement of the work was made before the expiration of the first year. Present movements seem to indicate that the company intend to complete the first forty miles before the 8th of March next. Whether the work will be pushed forward more rapidly than the charter requires, time will determine.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1878.

The ROAD TO TEXAS. - We had the pleasure yesterday evening of an interview with Mr. G. L. Coulon, just returned  from Morgan City, who reports that the Morgan Railroad is fairly up to its work. The steamer Porter, now under repairs in Algiers, will soon be ready to transport the rails across the gulf, and in the initiatory movement to Texas is in a fair way of being brought to a final terminus.

 The road Lafourche Crossing, or, to speak more specifically, the road that is to start from one mile beyond Lafourche Crossing is now in progress. Contracts have been awarded for building the necessary bridges, and the work is expected to be finished in about two weeks. There is no doubt that the road will soon be built up to Thibodaux.

 These are only incidental items. The Morgan men are determined to be up to the mark in every way, and before long our citizens may expect a good road at least as far as Vermilionville.

From the N. O. Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1878.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 13th, 1909:

At Institute Saturday Night and Tells of Danger of Extinction in this Country.

 Louisiana the Richest State in Union in Forestry.

 And of 550 Varieties of Trees in United States -  160 Found in This State.

 Friday night Prof. W. J. Avery delivered an interesting lecture at the Institute on Soil Erosion, illustrated with stereopticon views, which proved very interesting.

 Saturday night Prof. R. F. Cocks, of Tulane University, gave a very interesting and instructive lecture at the Industrial School on the subject of trees.

 Previous to the lecture about thirty members of the Summer Normal rendered a fine chorus.

 Prof. Cocks was introduced by Conductor Taylor and spoke of the gratification it was to him to have noticed in recent years the increase of societies all over the country whose object was the cultivation and protection of trees. The ravages made in the destruction of the great forests had been gradually forced to the attention of the people, and they were becoming alarmed at the great danger of total extinction that threatens many of our valuable varieties of trees.

 "Wherever man makes his way," said Prof. Cocks, "the advance of civilization works the destruction of the beautiful in nature. The great beauty of our natural forests does not appeal to us, because, like the stars, we see them so often and so many of them, we have become callous, and their beauty has no charm for us.

 "Not along are our trees worthy of our notice, and protection for their beauty alone," the lecturer continued, "but their great age should at least command our respect; the many uses to which their wood can be utilized appeals to the material side of our nature, as does also the knowledge of the beneficial effect trees have in purifying the atmosphere. The tree leaves are so constructed that they absorb from the carbonic acid gas we breathe out of our lungs and throw out the pure oxygen from the gas, which helps make the surrounding atmosphere purer and more beneficial to health."

 Prof. Cocks stated that of 550 varieties of trees found in the United States there are upward of 160 varieties found in Louisiana, which makes it the richest State in that respect of any. California with its great reputation for trees immense in size, does not have more than sixty-five varieties; New York, a State much larger in size, can only boast of about eighty, while the combined territory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales contains only forty-five or fifty varieties. There is no country known, with the possible exception of Japan, which can lay claim to having more different varieties of trees than Louisiana. Some of the trees found in profusion in this State, said the lecturer, posses a certain power of adaption to circumstances which is truly wonderful. There is a certain variety of ceder found in great profusion in this State that comes from the slope of the Himalayas. This ceder is found in Louisiana growing in high ground, low ground, and in Cameron parish there are large clumps that are growing and thriving well in two feet of salt water. A variety of cypress that grows well on dry ground is also found in Louisiana swamps, but in the swamp growth the base of the tree is greatly enlarged and large knees grow out a short distance up the trunk of the tree.

 According to Prof. Cocks there are twenty-two varieties of oaks found in Louisiana, and two more about which there is still some uncertainty. About the live oak the professor stated that contrary to general belief, it was one of the fastest growers of the oak family and that Spanish moss, which is found in large quantities on the live oak, does not in any manner injure the life of the tree. The moss hanging on dead trees has not caused the death of the tree, but moss can and does grow on dead trees, even a year after life is extinct, thus giving rise to the belief that moss is injurious to the trees.

 Prof. Cocks showed the leaves of the different varieties of trees found in the State and explained what varieties were best for planting, which were the longest lived, and which had the most beautiful appearance.

 Among the trees illustrated and described by Prof. Cocks, which thrive in this State are maple, magnolia, sweet bay, hackberry, sweet gum, dogwood, red bud, three varieties of holly, honey locust, poplar, paper mulberry, beach sycamore, linden or lime, ironwood, true hornbeam, catalpa, chestnut, elm, the ash and many other varieties.

 Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1909.





Have We a Constitution ?
[From the N. O. Democrat]

 Has the State of Louisiana a Constitution? This is a momentous question, and one which we desire to propound to the anti-conventionists. Constitutions have their birth in the will of the people, and exist by their consent and not by their mere sufferance. That the present exists by sufferance only, none can deny ;  and the Democratic party of this State stands on record as denying the validity of the constitution of 1868  and protesting by all things holy and sacred against the doctrines it embodies, against the manner in which it was framed, and against the methods by which it was thrust upon the State. At the time of its promulgation the Democratic party denied that it was made by the people or for the people, and if they would be consistent they cannot allow it to remain in force, or by amending it acknowledge its binding force. In proof of the fact that this constitution was not adopted by the people we have only to refer to the ordinance submitting it for approval. This provides that it "shall be submitted for ratification to the registered voters of the State in conformity to the act of Congress" known as the reconstruction act, under which nearly all the intelligence and virtue of the State was disfranchised. "Electors who were qualified under the reconstruction acts of Congress shall vote, and none others." This is the language of the ordinance submitting this instrument for ratification. Who were the persons qualified under these acts ?  Answer this question and then say if this instrument was called into existence by the will of the people of Louisiana - if by them it was made the fundamental law ?

 Let us take one article of this constitution of 1868 and ask it is is the will of the people of this State. Article 99 disfranchised three-fourths of those whom the Democratic party maintains are the true people of the State.

 "Those who held office, civil or military, for one year or more, under the organization styled 'The Confederate States of America.' those who registered themselves as enemies of the United States ;  those who acted as leaders of guerilla bands during the late rebellion ;  those who in the advocacy of treason, wrote or published newspaper articles or preached sermons during the late rebellion ;  and those who voted for and signed an ordinance of secession in any State," are among the persons disfranchised by this so-called constitution. Can any honest man say that this was an expression of the will of the people of Louisiana ?  Can any consistent man, can any citizen with a modicum of self-respect, allow a constitution in which this clause was embodied to remain the fundamental law of his State ?

From the N. O. Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/13/1878.

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