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 From the Lafayette Advertiser July 17th, 1869.

Prospects for Railroad Through Vermilionville.

How long have we been listening to the bright prospects of having, one day, a Railroad in our midst. How long have we been indulging the (unreadable word) hope of having the iron horse snorting and puffing and seeing the smoke from his nostrils (unreadable words) over the lightning track--and all was but (unreadable word) deception, sore disappointment--but not so now. The dreams of by gone days are about being realized, if it be true that coming events cast their shadows before them ; we have had in our midst Mr. Walton, chief engineer, and Mr. Thomas Kleinpeter, assistant engineer of the Memphis, New Orleans and Chattanooga Railroad Company. They have reached out town, or rather the Bayou Vermilion, at or near Col. Creighton's, in their survey of the projected route from New Orleans to Texas, running two lines, one in close proximity South and the other in close proximity North of Vermilionville. Some may again prove unbelieving to the realization of the grand, much and long wished for scheme, but we can assure them that there is nothing in the world that guarantees more the advent of a steam car, or looks more like a Railroad than an Engineer, representative of a wealthy and determined Company of Capitalists laying out different routes, susceptible of being run over the cars. We hail the advent in our midst of Mess's. Walton and Kleinpeter and those under them with unfeigned delight ; may success attend their efforts and our wishes.

 While on the subject of Railroads, we must add that we are to have a Road sure. Even supposing that the Chattanooga Company do not build the Road, we will state that a few days ago, as we were coming from New Orleans, we met C. A. Whitney, Esq, of the house of C. A. Whitney & Co., of that city, agent and son-in-law of Mr. Charles Morgan, who with experienced hands was fathoming Berwick Bay to ascertain what point would secure the most advantageous, easiest and least costly crossing, stating with this, we are told, that it is the intention of Mr. Morgan to push through, the now existing line, from Brashear (Morgan City) over the old grading to Texas. If all this does not bid fair to give us a road soon, then all signs must fail--viz: On the one hand the Chattanooga Company is serious and determined to build the road from Mobile, via New Orleans, the Coast, St. Martinville to the great Empire State of the Southwest ; and on the other hand, we see the well marked determination of Mr. Morgan, whether in a feeling of self defence, or self preservation, to keep from burning his ships, or a feeling of speculation, to carry on the work already commenced for years back, to its original destination.

 Our citizens can rest assured that all these signs are not and cannot be deceiving--they mean a great deal, they mean Railroad, Railroad at no distant day, and destined to strike Vermilionville. Let us look up and be of good cheer.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/17/1869.

A New Political Movement in Louisiana.
The following, cut from the Radical Standard, published in New Orleand, was  sent to this office by mail, but the (unreadable word) of which it complains was not sent. We will publish the circular, if we can find it and the columns of any of our exchanges, that the people may see what this monstrous thing means.
 - From the Banner.

 Reader,  have you seen that mysterious circular addressed to the people of Louisiana ?  It was evidently written by a "go-between" as Wendell Phillips would call him. It proposes to take a middle, conservative course in politics, and build up a party whose creed is to be "honesty and intelligence." As the negro is generally supposed to be ignorant, of course he is not expected to have a finger in the pie. We don't know how to account for it, but such things will come into our hands. People will continue to send us such secret things, and we think it would be rather greedy on our part if we did not give our readers a share of them. The circular is worded with great care, and here and there can be found such morsels and are served out from Camp street. The concern is evidently the embryo of a "white man's Party," and it tends mightily in the interest and support of our State Government. The language and plans of the circular are dictated by the mysterious 'w ." but there are no names signed at the bottom. It is certainly the work of a soulless compromiser, and its hidden designs are to sell out the colonel men. In order to keep the eyes of the colonel men open, we publish this circular on another page. Let every colored man read it, and satisfy himself that somebody who is feeding at the State club is making plans to sell him out. Lafayette Advertiser 7/17/1869.         

Advertiser Office Moves. - The office of the Advertiser has been removed from its former stand to the office lately occupied by M. E. Girard, Esq., on the corner of Main and Madison streets. (Buchanan) Persons having business with the Editor or Journal in any way will not the change.

 M. E. Girard, Esq., has removed his law office to the brick building formerly occupied by Mr. B. P. Paxton, corner of Vermilion and Lafayette Sts., where he will be found at all times ready to attend to his profession.
Laf. Adv. 7/17/1869.

Unseasonably Hot. - The weather is dry and the heat oppressive, more so than is usual at this season of the year. Old Sol pours down upon us his most scorching rays and we have heard some of our oldest citizens say that never before had they experienced each summer heat, as early in the season.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/17/1869.


 Crops Look Good. Our crops are such as none better can be desired, and we will further state that the impending drought, was cheerfully relieved by copious and beneficent showers, during the past week. Our already parching fields have again donned their rich green and now present to the tiller and the community generally, richer promises of harvest, than they did before. In fact we must frankly state the fact that with the present condition of our crops, no unforeseen accidents befalling the planters, there will be again peace and abundance, nay, wealth in the old Attakapas country.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/17/1869.

HEALTH. - With the exception of a few cases of measles and scarlet fever - the health of our parish is good. Those who from the North and West of our country or any other portion thereof, would be disposed to immigrate in our midst can do so in all safety - they must not be deterred by vague or false rumors of the unhealthy condition of our section of country. Its health is equal to that of any other.  Lafayette Advertiser 7/17/1869.

Killed With Buckshot. On last Tuesday evening, one Lastie, colored, was shot and killed on Cote Gelee, in this parish ;  three buckshot piercing the left breast and producing instantaneous death. A Coroner's inquest was held over the body, but all testimony elicited before the presiding magistrate, could give no clue as to the perpetrator of the deed, or the causes which led to the act.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/17/1869.

A. J. Moss Presides Over Parish Court. - The Parish Court which has been in session since Monday the 5th inst., Judge A. J. Moss, presiding has closed it labors ;  we are happy to state that a great many cases, some of long standing and of most intricate legal nature have been disposed of. At this term of our Parish Court we were happy to meet Col. A. Deblanc, Col. D. O'Bryan, Jos. A. Breaux, Esq., and Felix Voorhies, Esq., members of the Bar from the adjoining parishes. Lafayette Advertiser 7/17/1869.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 17th, 1907:


 The proceedings of the first meeting of the first City Council of the Town of Vermilionville were as follows:


     SITTING OF MAY 9, 1836.

 Members present:  Messrs. Cornelius Voorhies, Desire Judice, Emlie Claix, Jean Humbert and Jean Bte. Mudd.

 The members of said council having verified their powers and taken the oath according to law, organized to their charter of incorporation and proceeded to the election of their officers.

 The results was that the following persons were duly elected, to-wit:  Cornelius Spell, president; Joseph Beraud, treasurer; J. J. Nevue, secretary; and William Reeves, constable.

 The following ordinances were then passed:

  ORDAINED:  That a direct tax of $100 for the present year be levied proportionately on all properties situated in the limits of the corporation.

  ORDAINED:  That the tax on public houses, merchants, slaves and buggies be the same as that of the State.

  ORDAINED:  That merchants conducting stores or shops or dry goods shall have to close stores or shops on Sundays at 2 o'clock in the evening; under penalty of $50 for each contravention, recoverable before any competent authority, and shall not sell any merchandise whatever after that hour except that which shall be necessary to bury the dead.

  ORDAINED:  That idle slaves shall have to leave the limits of the town on Sunday at 2 o'clock in the evening except those who shall have a pass signed by their masters or mistresses and sent on commissions, or authorized by them to work in the limits of the town. Those who shall be found in said limits after that hour, in contravention to the present ordinance shall be whipped.

 From the City of Council of Vermilionville, May 9, 1836. Printed for historical purposes in the Lafayette Advertiser of July 17th, 1907.      


From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 17th, 1911:


 Drinking even out of one's own flask on railroad passenger trains in Louisiana will become a misdemeanor punishable after the 20th of next month. The rail road lines are preparing to give their assistance in enforcing the law which is along the lines of the Texas statute.

 Act No. 79, which was introduced by Mr. Smart of DeSoto, and will become a law by the 20th is sweeping in its character. It makes it unlawful for any person to drink intoxicating liquors of any kind in or upon any railway passenger train or coach or closet or vestibule or platform, except in case of actual sickness, and makes the punishment a fine not to exceed $25 and imprisonment not to exceed thirty days. After a hard fight a section was added which makes the law inapplicable to stimulants taken with meals in a regular dining car.

 Trainmen are vested with authority as police officers and the various companies will see that their employes are given instructions not to permit any violations of the law. Lafayette Advertiser 7/17/1908.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 17th, 1966:

Local Juvenile Committed To Hospital For Exams.

 A 16-year-old youth who snatched a purse from a woman at a local shopping center has been sent to Southeast Louisiana Hospital, Mandeville.

 City Judge Kaliste Saloom, Jr., ordered the youth sent to the hospital during a session of juvenile court Thursday. The action was taken upon recommendation of the Evangeline Area Guidance which had reviewed the youth's case at the request of the court.

 The boy had approached a woman leaving the shopping center; tried to take her purse away, and when she held on to it, hit her about the head. She received a cut in the struggle and required two stitches.

 "We cannot have men like you running around our streets and hurting women," the judge said. "At the same time, the law entitles you to be examined and treated for mental illness.

 "This is why I am sending you to the hospital for further evaluation. If you are mentally ill, maybe they can treat you and cure you. If you are not sick, then you must return to this court for further disposition," the judge said.

  Saloom cited the lack of a juvenile detention home in the Lafayette area as the reason why the youth could not undergo the tests in this area.

 In a heavy schedule Thursday, the court also heard several cases of juveniles involved in traffic accidents, and seven non-support cases, involving 23 children. Lafayette Advertiser 7/17/1966.




Under this heading the Monroe Telegraph, of June 30, brings to light certain documents bearing damaging evidences of "disloyalty" on the part of Senator Ray and his brother in the days when the fate of "the best Government the wor'd ever saw" was trembling in the balance.

 The documents are the joint oath of John and Robert Ray, as attorneys at law, taken and subscribed to March 17, 1864, before the District Judge -- this was the Confederate Test Oath -- and oath taken by John when accepting the appointment of district attorney pro tem. At the same time he was holding the position of parish treasurer and that of State agent under Gov. Allen. In this latter oath the affidavit swears that he will "preserve, protect and defend the constitution of this State, and of the Confederate States, so help me (him) God." On the organization of the Senate, Mr. Ray took what was known as the Federal iron clad oath, wherein he swore, among other averments, as follows:

 "That I have voluntarily given no aid, countenance, counsel, or encouragement to persons engaged in armed hostility thereto ; that I neither sought nor accepted, nor attempted to exercise the functions of any office whatever, under any authority or pretended authority in hostility to the United States ;  that I have not yielded a voluntary support to any pretended government, authority, power or constitution within the United States, hostile or inimical thereto."

 The editor of the Telegraph has been tumbling over the dusty tomes in the office of the Quachita Parish Clerk, and these are few of the damning documents that have fallen under is weary pen. Give us all ;  let us blazon to the world the record of every one of these "renegade rebels" now waxing fat and insolent in the spoliation and humiliation of their country.

 From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/17/1869. 


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