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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 18th, 1903:

Day of Advertiser Publication Changed to Wednesday.

Hereafter The Advertiser will be published on Wednesday instead of Saturday. The reason of the change is primarily for the benefit of the public, as we be that where more than one paper is published in a town, if one appears in the middle of the week, it gives them the advantage of a semiweekly home news service; and as it is the aim of this paper to do all in its power for the advantage and best interests of the people, we have decided to make the change.
                               Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903. 

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 office and are prepared to do anything to any jobs of printing.
Laf. Adv. 7/18/1903.

BLACKSMITHS UNION.  - The blacksmiths of Lafayette have formed a union for the general interest of all blacksmiths of the parish of Lafayette and all adjoining parishes, who may feel interested in said union.

 This movement is for the advancement of the blacksmith trade and to protect themselves from being beat out of their labor by bad debtors. We invite the hearty co-operation of all the blacksmiths of the parish. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

A Liberal Gift. - Maj. P. L. DeClouet last week donated a cistern to the Mouton Switch school. Our schools are badly in need of a great many things; libraries, apparatus, charts, etc., and it would be a graceful act for other generous citizens to follow Maj. DeClouet's lead, and give to each school something that is most needed.  Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

Melon Party. - A delightful melon party was given at the residence of Mrs. Adonis LeBlanc on Wednesday evening. Those present were: Misses Louise Nollive, Martha Broussard, Rita Eval, Francis Clark, Laurence Crouchet, Lydia Broussard, Attie Clark, L. Bellamin, and Antoine Lacoste, Harry Lindsay, Gaston Toussel, Arthur Trahan, James Breaux, Claude Schmidt and Lloyd Delahoussaye. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

D. H. Holmes Co., Ltd. - We call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of the above firm in this issue. The D. H. Holmes Co., Ltd. is one of the largest department stores in the South, and they are known for their promptness and courteous treatment of patrons. They conduct a large mail order business, and those who find it inconvenient to go to the city, may send them their orders by letter, and obtain the advantage of city prices, as well as the wide selection offered by an immense variety. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

Teachers Elected.

 The Parish School Board, through its appointive Committee, Pres. Olivier, Dr. Young and Superintendent Alleman has made the following selections of teachers for the ensuing year: J. C., Broussard School; Notely Arceneaux, Mathieu School; E. A. Edwards, Miss L. Carter, Alex Martin School; Philip Martin, Alex Broussard School, H. H. Hays, Isle de Cannes School; Geo. P. Lessley, Burke School; Miss Julia Johnson, Miss Fanny Dunn, Indian Bayou School; Irving Foote, Bonin School; Hugh Wagner, Mouton Switch School; J. C. Martin, Lafayette High and Primary School.  Assistants: Misses E. Close, Z. Christian, C. A. Dixon, F. Holmes, M. Bagnel, E. Horton and P. Larche, Sellers School; Miss Odile Smith, Youngsville School; Miss Iola A. Young, Comeaux School; Miss Nesbitt, Broussard School. Misses M. E. Trousdale, Annie Candy, Vivian Fair and Evelyn Vaughn, Carencro School; Miss L. Swett, Roger School; G. J. Labauve, Domingue School; A. Broussard, Miss V. Younger, Verot School; Miss E. Mayer, Miss Alice Senette, Bertrand School; Misses Agnes D. Hays and Jeanne Villere, Cormier School; O. J. Poland. The committee did not fill the vacancy made by the resignation of Prof. LeRosen as principal of the High School. The position is a very important one, and realizing the necessity of securing a thoroughly competent and qualified teacher, the committee deferred action. Vacancies exist in several schools. Superintendent Alleman will endeavor to supply them with efficient teachers in time for opening. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

Closing Exercises.

 Closing exercises were held at the Ridge School Thursday night, at the Bertrand School Friday night, and to-night the Begnaud School will hold theirs. The Sellers and Comeaux Schools will have their exercises to-night, but instead of separately it will be a joint affair. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

Close of Schools At Pilette.

 The exercises at the Pilette School, Prof. Alcibiades Broussard principal, on last Sunday, were very interesting. A large crowd was present and total receipts amounted to $107. The four ball games, of which Pilette won three, were well played and proved satisfactory. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

Death of Jacques Domengeaux.

 One of the saddest events of the past week is the death of young Jacques Domengeaux, which took place at the home of his parents, near Carencro, this parish, last Sunday at 2 p. m.

 Soon after his return home from the Institute, where he had been a student for two years, Mr. Domengeaux took typhoid fever. During the last week or his illness his case was complicated by pneumonia and throat trouble, and death came as a relief to an intolerable condition of his human frame.

 Mr. Domengeaux was an upright, faithful and amiable young man. During his two years at the Institute he made every one, teacher and student, his friend. He enjoyed the sincerest esteem and respect of the faculty, and proved his popularity among the boys by his unanimous election to the captaincy of the foot ball team for the next year. In his studies he stood well, always discharging faithfully the duties devolving upon him. At the recent commencement of the Institute he graduated in the manual training department, being the only one completing the course. His good work on the athletic field was manifested during the two years of his attendance, distinguishing himself particularly and eliciting flattering commendations from a New Orleans paper on the occasion of the game played with the Eagle football team last December.

 Mr. Domengeaux was buried in the Catholic cemetery at Grand Coteau. A number of his friends from Lafayette and Carencro attended the funeral.

 To his friends from Lafayette and the Institute the saddest circumstances connected with the death of Mr. Domengeaux is the fact that, throughout his illness, he did not see a single representative of the school, teacher or student. How he must have yearned in his soul to look again on some loved schoolmate or press the hand of some faithful friend !  What message he may have wished to leave for some loved one, who did not even know that he was ill.

 Nothing but time can heal the wound which his death inflicted upon loving parents, relatives and friends, but to his family it will be a solace to know how his many friends of Lafayette and the Institute grieve for one gone all too soon to the undiscovered country.
Lafayette Advertiser  7/18/1903.

Blacksmith's Union.

 The blacksmiths of Lafayette have formed a union for the general interest of all blacksmiths of the parish of Lafayette and all adjoining parishes, who may feel interested in said union.

 This movement is for the advancement of the blacksmith trade and to protect themselves from being beat out of their labor by bad debtors. We invite the hearty co-operation of all the blacksmiths of the parish.
W. H. ADAMS, President,
W. E. ADAMS, Secretary,
BEN MILLER, Treasurer.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

 For Use of the Post Office.

 The Post Office Department will lease covering five years suitable apartment for use of the post office of Lafayette, La., a subject to form of lease approved by the Postmaster General.

 The lessor will provide sufficient number of lock boxes, lock drawers, etc., to meet public needs, also such furniture - mailing table, distributing case, etc - as may be required, a safe or vault, together with necessary heating, lighting, water, etc., making the rooms satisfactory for the said office and keeping same in good repair; he will also supply additional boxes, etc., as the needs of the service may require.

 Blanks on which to submit bids will be furnished by me on application - at the address given below.
    Very respectfully,
      M. M. WARREN,
Post Office Inspector,
New Orleans, La.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

Notice to Public.
Notice is hereby given that I have to-day by notarial act, duly recorded and cancelled the grant authority heretofore executed in favor of Mr. Samuel R. Parkerson to bore or drill for oil on my property situated in this parish. - Thomas S. Singleton, Laf., La., July 13, 1903. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

School Board Proceedings.

 The following accounts were allowed at the last meeting of the School Board:

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 Following is a statement of fines collected by I. A. Broussard, sheriff, terms of court Sept. 1901 and April 1902, and paid to treasurer June 23, 1902:

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 I hereby certify that the above statement is a true and correct statement of all fines collected by me from the Sept. term of court, 1901, to June 23, 1902.
Sheriff and Tax Collector,

       Lafayette, La., July 2, 1903.
  I. A. Broussard, sheriff and tax-collector, in account with School Board, for poll taxes for years  1901 and 1902:


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 The above is a correct and true statement, of all poll taxes collected by me since the last final settlement made by myself with the School Board for the parish of Lafayette, La.
Sheriff and Tax Collector.

   Sheriff's office, Lafayette, La., July 2, 1903.
   Sworn to and subscribed before me this July 2, 1903.
Clerk of Court.

 Following is a statement of fines collected by I. A. Broussard, sheriff, terms of court Sept 1902, and paid treasurer July 2, 1903.

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Sheriff and Tax Collector.

        Lafayette, La., July 2, 1903.
  State of Louisiana, Parish of Lafayette - Before me, personally came and appeared I. A. Broussard, sheriff who being duly sworn says that the above and forgoing is a true and correct list of fines and bond of forfeiture collected me from September 1902 to July 1, 1903, to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Sheriff and Tax Collector.

 Sworn to and subscribed before me this July 2, 1903.
Clerk of Court.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/18/1903.

 Alfred Francois, who was convicted of burglary at the last term of court, was taken to the penitentiary by Sheriff Broussard Thursday.

 The Lafayette Mattress Factory is now located in its new building on Buchanan street, and are doing a fine business.

 Some interesting races will take place at the Carencro Race Track to-morrow.

 Ball Game To-morrow. - The Lafayette Juniors will cross bats with the Pilette team to-morrow at the ball park.

 The quarterly report of the School Board will appear in our next issue.

 Pierre Gerac and Rene Delhomme have bought from Mrs. E. Nicholls the vacant lots, 100x25 feet, corner of Lincoln an Grant avenues, for $8,500. The sale was passed through Nickerson's real estate agency.

 An excursion from New Orleans to Galveston will pass through Lafayette next Monday.

 Mrs. R. M. Delaney left Friday of last week for her home in Greenville, Tex, after a lengthy visit to her parents Dr. and Mrs. T. B. Hopkins.

 Miss Anna Hopkins went to Crowley Monday. She will visit Miss Mayme Duson.

 Mrs. O. B. Hopkins is visiting her parents in Greenville, Tex.

 George Debaillon is on the sick list this week. His many friends wish him a speedy recovery.

 We regret to state that Charlie Martin is quite seriously ill.

 Mrs. J. D. Cotter and Miss Callie Alpha returned Sunday from Franklin where they were called on account of the death of their aunt, Mrs. Horace Blakesly.

 After spending several weeks in the Crescent city, Miss Ruby Scranton returned last week to her home in Lafayette.

 Walter Torian left Monday for a trip through old Mexico.

 H. A. Van der Cruyssen and Dr. H. D. Guidry, of Scott, left last week for Boerne, Tex, to remain some time for the benefit of their health.

 Prof. V. L. Roy, Alex Whittington, Henry Young, Minor Merriwether, L. D. Nickerson and Willis Mills went to Grand Coteau Monday to attend the funeral of Jacques Domengeaux.

 Gabriel Beadle, one of our live, progressive truck farmers, brought to The Advertiser office Thursday two large fine tomatoes, for which we extend him thanks.

 Mr. Albert Robichaux, manager of Biossat's Jewelry Store, has gone to Sour Lake for his health.

 Willie P. Mills, and Moore and Rushing Biossat left Wednesday for a visit to Avoyelles and Rapides parishes.

 Mr. J. C. Nickerson made a flying trip to Abbeville last Thursday.

 Scott Heywood of Heywood Brothers, oil men, was in town this week.

 Mr. and Mrs. Felix Demanade and son Harold, after spending ten days at Ocean Springs, Miss., returned home last Wednesday.

 Leo Judice returned from Washington, D. C., and Richmond, Va. Wednesday night.

 Misses Lucille Revillon, and Clara and Bertha Hebert are spending some time at the Lake Arthur camp meeting.

 Clifton Young, a graduate of the New Orleans College of Pharmacy, is now employed at Guerre & Broussard's drug store.

 Supt. Alleman and family have moved into their pretty new cottage home in Johnston Ave.

 The festival given by the Juvenile Mission Society at Mrs. Girard's was a pleasant affair and satisfactory financially. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.


 From the Lafayette Gazette of July 18th, 1903:

 A Medical Society.

 At a meeting of the physicians of Lafayette held last Saturday, the Lafayette Parish Medical Society was organized, with the following officers:  Dr. J. P. Francez of Carencro, president; Dr. J. D. Trahan of Lafayette, vice-president;  Dr. F. E. Girard of Lafayette, secretary and treasurer. A constitution and bylaws on the lines suggested by the State society were unanimously adopted and signed by the following:  Drs. J. D. Trahan, F. J. Mayer, A. R. Trahan, F. R. Tolson, M. R. Cushman, J. F. Mouton, L. A. Prejean, Z. J. Francez, Thomas B. Hopkins, George Strahmor, H. D. White and F. E. Girard.

 The following resolution was unanimously adopted:

 "That the Lafayette Parish Medical Society returns thanks to the State society for having selected Lafayette for its next annual meeting, and assures the profession of the State a hearty welcome."

 The society will hold another meeting this morning at 11 o'clock at the City Hall. The secretary, Dr. Girard, has sent invitations to all the physicians of the parish and a large attendance is expected. A matter which will receive the attention of the society is the meeting of the State society is the meeting to be held here next year.
Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.

 The Martin Well.

 Yesterday morning the bailer was used at the Martin well a short while. The bailer was drawn out five time and in each case a good showing of oil was made. The bailing was discontinued on account of the size of the bailer which was too large for the well. Though the depth contracted for has been reached, the company will make a thorough test of the well before it is abandoned. Capt. Dorlan and Mr. Williams, who are here, are greatly encouraged by the indications and they will join Mr. Martin in an effort to have the well completely tested. Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.


 For Use of the Post Office.

 The Post Office Department will lease covering five years suitable apartment for use of the post office at Lafayette, La., subject to form of lease approved by the Postmaster General.

 The lessor will provide sufficient number of lock boxes, lock drawers, etc., to meet public needs, also such furniture, mailing table, distributing case, etc., as may be required, a safe of vault, together will necessary heating, lighting, water, etc., making the room satisfactory for the said office and keeping the same in good repair; he will also supply additional boxes, etc., as the needs of the service may require.

 Blanks on which to submit bids will be furnished by me on application, at the address given below.
        Very Respectfully,
            M. M. WARREN,
                Post Office Inspector,
                      New Orleans, La.
Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.

Organized Last Monday - Officers Elected.

 The blacksmiths of Lafayette met at Miller's shop last Monday to organize a union. The following were present:  B. Miller, J. Dauriac, E. T. McBride, D. B. Vanderwater, W. E. Adams, Louis Butcher, W. H. Adams, Alfred Billeaud and J. C. Hopkins. W. H. Adams was elected president of the organization, W. E. Adams secretary, and B. Miller treasurer. Steps were taken to protect the trade against a certain class of people and to establish a standard scale of prices.

 There is no disposition among the blacksmith to overcharge for their work, but they simply desire to protect themselves against impostors and unfair competition. They wish to cooperate with the blacksmiths of the parish for mutual protection, and a cordial invitation to join the union is extended to all engaged in that line of business.

 A second meeting was held Thursday night when important matters affecting the usefulness of the organization was attended to. The union has issued the following:

 "The blacksmiths of Lafayette have forced a union for the general interests of all blacksmiths of the parish of Lafayette for those of adjoining parishes who may feel interested in this union. This movement is for the advancement of the blacksmith trade, to protect themselves from being beat out of their labor by bad debtors. We invite the hearty cooperation of all the blacksmiths of the parish.
W. H. ADAMS, President,
W. E. ADAMS, Secretary,
BEN MILLER, Treasurer.
Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.

Of Superintendent Alleman to be Secretary of the Educational Committee.

 The appointment of Superintendent Alleman to be secretary of the Louisiana Central Educational Campaign Committee is a deserved recognition of the services rendered by that gentleman to the cause of education and shows that his fitness for the position is appreciated by the well-known educators who are members of the Louisiana committee. The committee, which is composed of Gov. Heard, Prof. Calhoun, Prof, Boyd, Prof. Caldwell and Dr. Alderman, is engaged in great work. It has already been of much help to the cause of education in Louisiana and it will continue to assist those communities which are making an earnest effort to improve their schools. It is not the policy of the committee to give pecuniary assistance, but it extends aid in a more sensible manner by co-operating with communities that wish to levy special taxes. By sending able lecturers to different parts of the State to advocate the levying of special taxes and by distributing literature on the subject the committee does very effective work.
Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.

 At Breaux Bridge.

 Lafayette people who were in Breaux Bridge last Sunday say that the citizens of that enterprising town are to be complimented upon the great success of their celebration. The parade in which 50 Lafayette firemen participated is said to have been very interesting. All agree that the flower parade was a really fine display.
Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.

 Electric Fans.

 We understand that an effort will be made to secure enough subscribers to justify the town to operate electric fans during the day. Messrs. E. Pellerin and F. E. Davis have interested themselves in this movement and it is hoped that they will meet with proper encouragement. Lafayette should have electric fans as well as New Iberia and other progressive towns. Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.

Receive an Air Compressor and are Ready for Business.

 Scott Heywood, who has been directing the work for the Heywoods at Anse la Butte, is now engaged in fitting up the air compressor received a few days ago. The machine will first be used to get the oil out of well No. 1 whose capacity to produce oil in paying quantities is assured.

 The Heywoods have demonstrated one thing in their operations at Anse la Butte. It is their determination to drill for oil rather than for speculative purposes. Those interested in the Anse la Butte field owe these enterprising oil men a debt of gratitude. While other companies have been satisfied to hold large tracts under lease without even making a pretense to drill, the Heywoods, though they controlled comparatively small holdings, went to work in earnest and as the result of their intelligent efforts Anse la Butte is to-day a proven oil field.

 Now that the Heywoods have shown that there is oil in that section, it is to be hoped that a way will be found to compel lessees of valuable tracts to take steps toward their development.

 It is a pity if owners of oil lands can be deprived of the benefits of their property by a sort of lease which imposes no responsibilities upon the lessee. If it is so, then the owner of the land is afforded no protection  and is simply the victim of a one-sided game. Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.

 A Long Campaign.

 The candidates on the Lacoste-Voorhies ticket announce that they will hold a meeting at Beausejour Springs on August 2 "to submit their candidates to the people, subject to Democratic primaries."  As the election in nearly a year off it can be seen that the local campaign will be a long one. It remains to be shown of the people will enthuse this early in the game. Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.

 A Big Deal.

 Mrs. Nichols' lot in Lincoln avenue, which measures 100 x 125, was bought by Rene Delhomme and Pierre Gerac for $8,500. The buildings on this lot were destroyed by fire some time ago. The sale was made by J. C. Nickerson, real estate agent. It is the intention of Messrs. Delhomme and Gerac to build a two-story brick structure on this property. Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.

Jack Domengeaux.

 In common with many people in Lafayette, The Gazette was sincerely sorry to hear of the death of Jack Domengeaux which occurred last Sunday afternoon at his home in St. Landry parish. Young Domengeaux attended the Industrial Institute at this place. He was one of the most popular boys in that institution. He completed the branches of manual training last session and expected to finish the academic course. As a scholar he ranked among the most deserving, and outside the class-room he was the same courteous, respectful young gentleman who possessed the esteem of the faculty and students. That so fine a young man, who gave promise of a career of usefulness, should be taken away in the flower of his youth is sad beyond expression. When the boys and girls of the Institute resume the work of another year there will be genuine sorrow in their hearts, for one who was well-liked by all will not be there to answer the roll call. Young Domengeaux was one of the leaders in the college sports. A born athlete, he was one of the best players in the foot-ball team of which he was recently elected captain. Praise-worthy as a student, a favorite among his school-mates and possessing the qualities which won the good opinion of his fellows, young Domengeaux seemed well-equipped to make a success of life, ad his death, when he was just entering upon his nineteenth year, is the decree of an all-wise Providence and can not be understood by human reason.

 It is one of those mysteries which can not be explained this side the grave. That some who do but little good live out the allotted span while persons of worth like this departed youth should be called away from a world filled with hope and promise is strange indeed. But there is consolation in the great truth that it is better to live well than to live long. Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.


 By a Member of the Attakapas Literary Society and Editor of the "Attakapas."

 The sad tidings of the death of Jack Domengeaux, who died Sunday at his country home near Grand Coteau, was a most painful shock to his numerous friends an acquaintances.

 The burial services took place at the Catholic church in Grand Coteau and many followed him to his last resting place.

 Several of his old friends from the Industrial Institute came to pay their last tribute of respect to the dead and his newly made grave was wholly covered with the snow white flowers that had been gotten of him.

 Mr. Domengeaux possessed a charming and most genial personality, and was not only the pride of his parents, but the favorite and most popular boy of the Industrial Institute which he had been attending since its first session. He was also a worthy member of the Attakapas Literary Society, and that organization is yet to recognize his loss. In the name of the members of that Society I offer our heart-felt sympathies to the bereaved parents of the dead youth.

 His untimely passing way, just in the prime and vigor of his young manhood, is sadly deplored by all his friends and the more largely by his teachers and schoolmates, whose friendship he had won while pursuing his studies at the Industrial Institute.

 Jack, "Our Jack," has he was often called, was the best beloved student of the Institute and many were the regrets expressed when news of his death was spread, and many more to be uttered in September when some distant friends will come back to the old class-rooms and not finding their little friend there will ask for him, and then will be the sa awakening dawn upon us all.

 But were we really blind never to have noticed the premonition of an early death on that sad countenance? He was too good for the word and so God called him unto Himself.

 Could we but extol his qualities we might then realize that his place was not among us! There have been others like Jack, but their names are always on gravestones, and their sweet smiles, heavenly eyes, their singular words and ways are among the buried treasures of yearning hearts. In how many families do you hear, the legend that all goodness and graces of the living are nothing to the peculiar charms of one who is not.

 When you see that deep spiritual light in the eye, when the soul reveals itself in words sweeter and wiser than the ordinary words of youth, hope not to retain that favored one, for the seal of heaven is on it and the light of immortality looks out from his eyes. So it was with Jack, fair star of his dwelling! He was not for this world and yet those who loved him dearest knew it not and he is mourned for at home, but fond parents, "Weep not for the one whom the veil of the tomb, In life's early morning hath hid from our eyes."

 He was a model for our young men and those who knew him will never mention his name but to praise him.

 Fear not, kind parents, the one you have just laid away is not so soon to be forgotten. His office was to sojourn for a season here below and endear himself to the wayward human heart. All those who knew him were attached to him, and they mourned his early death so sincerely, that they cannot help but appreciate the memory of his friendship in life, and now it seems that the earth is more sweet to live upon, more full of love because of him.

 Farewell, a long farewell to thee, but in your heavenly home do not cease to remember us, and when, one by one, we are called away, come to meet us with your smiles. Though these words are to be the last perhaps written for thee, yet we thank God for the pleasures of memory. From the Attakapas Literary Society and in the Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.

 A Good Word for Lafayette.
[From the New Orleans Picayune.]

 Mr. Leo Judice, merchant and planter, of Scott, La., reached the city yesterday on his say home after a visit to the east. Mr. Judice said in the St. Charles Hotel yesterday evening that while he had been away several days, his latest advices from home report a very satisfactory condition of affairs. From an agricultural standpoint, that section of the State is unsurpassed anywhere, Mr. Judice says, and as a general agricultural proposition, it cannot be equaled anywhere outside of California.

 Lafayette Parish is one of the leading parishes of the State in education." Mr. Judice said, "The people of Lafayette have just levied upon themselves an additional 2-mill tax for six years for public school improvements. As it stands now, the public school system of the parish is unsurpassed anywhere, but it is to be further improved. It was by levying a 2-mill tax for ten years that the parish procured the Southwestern Industrial Institute."

 Mr. Judice said that there is still a great deal to be done in Lafayette in oil development. There are two good producing wells in the Anse la Butte field, and another will soon be brought in on Mr. Martin's place, about a mile out of the town of Lafayette. Mr. Judice is personally interested in oil, and he has carefully followed the development of the industry. He thinks that the prospects of Lafayette developing an important field are very good.

 Located as is Lafayette, all the staple crops of this section are produced. Sugar is found to the south, cotton to the north and rice to the west. Mr. Judice says that all three crops are doing very well, and, while the crops are a little behind, the planters look for a good production in all three staples.
Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.


 The Lafayette team went to Jeanerette last Sunday and, owing to the absence of two of their best players, they were badly defeated, the score being 20 to 5 in favor of Jeanerette.

The boys have only praise for the Jeanerette people by whom they were so hospitably treated. Mr. George Linesetter, proprietor of the Jeanerette Hotel, contributed largely to their enjoyment.

 Sunday afternoon Lafayette will play Pilette. Both teams will be in good shape and a fine game is expected.
Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.

 A Wise Politician.

 A local politician, who is noted for his keen sense of humor and profound knowledge of human nature, recently visited a neighboring town where a great celebration was going on. A distinct feature of the exercises was what is commonly known as a baby show. That part of the country is famous for its blue-eyed, ruby-lipped cherubs and the judges who were called upon to decide the contest had no easy task. And here is where our Lafayette friend showed that good sense is a part of his make-up. He was invited to be one the judges to pass upon the respective merits of the many pretty, lovely and charming babies, but he courteously though emphatically declined. No politician who wants to enjoy his share of popularity can afford to judge a contest for cherubic honors, and no politician who has a wholesome regard for his success as a vote-getter will rashly place himself between a score of fond mothers and premium at a baby show. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, but politicians don't, as a rule. Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/18/1903.

Mad Dog. - A mad dog made his appearance near the court-house square last Monday afternoon. After biting two dogs and causing quite a scare in the neighborhood he was killed by Deputy Trahan.

 A New Paper. - It is rumored that persons interested in the success of the Voorhies ticket will start a new paper in this town which will support that faction in local politics. 

 Wanted for Burglary. - Deputy Trahan arrested a negro named Dickerson last Saturday. Dickerson is wanted in St. Martin for burglary.

 Alex Dugas and Lessin Foote, colored, were arrested last Monday. They were charged with fighting at the baseball game Sunday evening.

 Prof. Roy, Henry Young, Minor Merriwether, Alex Whittington, L. D. Nickerson and Willie Mills attended the funeral of Jack Domengeaux at Grand Coteau lat Monday.

 The up-to-date editor of the Crowley Signal wants the country press to quit saving the State just long enough to boom things a bit.

 Mr. Walter Torian left this week to spend some time at Corpus Christi, Texas.

 Sterling Mudd arrived here Thursday. He and Mrs. Mudd will spend several weeks in Lafayette.

 Simonet Breaux, of Carencro, was in Lafayette Wednesday. Mr. Breaux says that a movement is on foot at Carencro to drill for oil.

 As may be seen in its new advertisement the Southwestern Industrial Institute will open the third annual session on Wed. Sept. 16. From all accounts the institute will begin the next session with a greatly increased attendance.

 A communication from J. Nickerson received this week will be published in our next issue.

 The New Orleans Glee Club will give an excursion on Aug. 1 from New Orleans to Beaumont, returning on the 4th. The fare for the round trip from Lafayette is $2.00. Read the club's advertisement in this paper. Lafayette Gazette 7/18/1903.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 18th, 1896:

Struck By Train.

 On Saturday last as Octave Bertrand and Edgar Guidry  were crossing the Southern Pacific Railroad at Guidry's switch, their team and wagon was struck by a passing train. Both men were thrown some distance and rendered unconscious by the shock, but at present writing are doing nicely the injuries sustained being light, one horse was killed, and the wagon was a total wreck. We understand Mr. Bertrand will enter suit for damages.
     Laf. Adv. 7/18/1896.

The Police Jury and the Cotton Oil Mill.

 The Police Jury was addressed at its meeting of July 6th, by a committee from the Business Men's Association, for the purpose of advocating the passage of an ordinance by the Police Jury exempting taxation for a term of years, The People's Cotton Oil Co. mill, soon to be erected at this place. Not a long while back when there was a question of locating a cotton oil mill by outside capital at some point in this section of the state, the Business Men's Association of Lafayette took it upon itself to offer exemption from taxation as in inducement to locate the mill here. Matters had reached a juncture that called for prompt action and there was no time allowed for obtaining the official consent of the parish and town legislators in the regular way. The representative character of the Business Men's Association gave the assurance that it might count on the support of the authorities in the event the Association would be called on to make good its promise in this connection. In the negotiation pending between Mr. Landry, representing the capital seeking a location for a cotton oil mill, and the Business Men's Association, when the point was reached where exemption from taxation or similar inducement meant a 40 ton cotton oil mill for Lafayette, whilst the withholding of the inducement meant NO cotton oil mill, the Business Men's Association felt that it was only reflecting the sentiment of the entire population in choosing the course that would ensure the mill. That the action of the Association had the effect intended is well attested by letters received by its president and laid before the association. At the eleventh hour, however, LOCAL CAPITAL determined to control the enterprise and all further negotiations with Mr. Landry were suspended. Later, when organization of a local company had been effected, the general manager of the company made a claim on the Business Men's Association for the exemption of taxation to which his company felt entitled under the offer of the association, and this forced the association to undertake the work of carrying out its promise. It was in this mind that the association, through a committee, sought the good will and support of the Police Jury to the extent of exempting the mill from paying the 3 mill tax levied on the property situated within the corporate limits of the town. The Police Jury approved of the action of the Business Men's Association by voting an exemption from taxation for a term of the four years covering the tenure of office of the present body, and in doing so, manifested a progressive spirit that, it persevered in, will redound in much good to the parish.

 The granting of special privileges is not to be considered pernicious when applied with discretion, but, on the contrary, may be utilized with signal advantage, and when exercised within reasonable bounds is recognized to be a good policy to follow.

 The action of the Police Jury in the present instance is severely criticised by some, but is an ardently commended by others. The criticism, we are inclined to believe, is calculated simply for political capital and in this position we are fully borne out by the fact that the leader of the opposition to the measure at the time of its discussion before the Police Jury had promised distinctly to serve on the committee  selected to advocate the passage of the measure, of which we must presume he was in favor until the moment the spokesman for the committee Mr. Wm. Campbell, in introducing the committee to the Police Jury, inadvertently omitted the name of Mr. I. A. Broussard as a member of the committee. The circumstances surrounding the incident are so well known as to make it unnecessary to do more than refer to the fact at this time.

 No one believes that the Police Jury has committed a grievous wrong in this matter. In the same way that objections may be raised to the position taken by that body, equally strong reasons may be advanced in favor of adopting such a policy, and it is a compliment to the members of the Police Jury that they are pervaded by the broad-minded spirit indicated by their action in the matter of the cotton oil mill. As to the question of the the legality of the act, that has to be considered as a separate proposition. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1896.

Of the Peoples Cotton Oil Co. Ltd.,

of Lafayette, La.


 Be it known that on this 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 and appeared the several persons whose name 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 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. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1896.


(Letter to the editor)

 While I very much deprecate newspaper controversies, I must needs take up the gauntlet thrown at me, by name, in the J. I. C. communication of July 4th.

 So many malicious statements have been made about the Lafayette Sugar Manufacturing Co., while building, that I have sometimes wondered whether the erection of that institution has always been a public benefit, as all proclaimed it would be. I think it may safely be asserted now however that both the cane grower and the business working people have been, and are being benefited by it, just as they are being benefited by the Ice Factory, and will be by the Cotton Seed Oil Mill; all of which are not eleemosynary institutions assuredly. Does the community realize that in the two months of grinding season, we will spend over $60,000 which will remain here?

 Turning to the communication, Mr. Nickerson, he whom the descriptive coat of the X. Y. Z. communication fitted so absolutely, that he at once put it on a straight jacket armor and sallied forth Don Quixote like to do me battle, asking at the outset whether I am posing as a philanthropist? Be undeceived ye valiant warrior! I am not following your bad example. I am not, and have never posed either as a philanthropist, nor yet as a public spirited citizen, contributing largely, indeed copiously, of my advice, but none of my substance to enterprises, then criticising those who act and accomplish for no sounder reason than that they have gotten along by disregarding officious advice, and in spite of the critics non financial aid, I undertook to, and did build a sugar factory, of which the locality was in great need, to the advantage of the community and I trust eventually to the benefit of the stockholders among whom are many citizens of our parish, to whom both their pecuniary aid and for the kind words of encouragement they have spoken, I return grateful acknowledgements.

 I contracted to have the refinery in running order for Oct. 25 1895., and without promise of any kind, other than such as might be inferred from my purpose, I bent every energy, and every effort, under all discouragements to its accomplishment. Surely no one was more greatly disappointed than I was when the contractor failed to comply with his contract.

 Whether I did well or ill, I am content to leave an unprejudiced and fair minded men to decide.

 The difference between him who supposed that he was settling favorably to himself a grievance which he found in a communication, by shifting it to an arraignment of myself in asking some indication of exultation whether I am posing as a philanthropist, is, that he did pose with the pretention that he, in common with the whole community, wanted a Sugar House built, and sought me out, to volunteer, at an interview not of my making, composed of some of my excellent neighbors, lots of good advice such for instance as that all cane growers, he among the rest, should agree to give the factory a bonus for three years; a plan which was declared impracticable, except for the year 1895. The advice and promised bonus, was all he could contribute.

 We all know the disastrous results of delays of construction. As soon as it became evident, among the very first, I advised all to ship all they could; and when we finally commenced grinding all gave us their cane and paid the promised bonus. When asked to send us his cane according to promise what did Mr. Nickerson reply? "The thing has been mismanaged, there have been many damaging rumors, which you Col. Breaux have not contradicted." And that is the countenance he has furnished to an enterprise which he had plastered over with the pretentious but worthless advice of a public spirited citizen.

 Possibly he thought that a happy combination of his free advice, and corner street denials of idle rumors, when applied to the spot, like Aladdin would cause a fifty thousand dollars sugar house to rise from the (unreadable word).

 No parent could have dreamed of greater efficacy for so cheap and an offspring.

 With this, I can pass aside the (unreadable word) of promises made which were not fulfilled, remarking only that no promises that I am aware of, went unredeemed except those made by Mr. Nickerson in the presence of a number of gentlemen.

 Waxing wrath like his prototype, the Don Quixote of Sterling Grove, defend rights, which were never assailed he defiantly, determines to buy cane without asking X. Y. Z. or Col. Breaux. Well! who said you shouldn't?

 What X. Y. Z. did say and what I repeat is that you, either directly or through your agents must cease to misrepresent the Lafayette Sugar Manufacturing Co. as a means of buying cane.

 Comply with this demand and there shall be no controversy between us. I ask not to be misrepresented, that is all.

 That communication distinctly charges that in order to buy cane which should ordinarily go to the Lafayette factory, the representation was being made that the factory charged a bonus on this year's crop, and that the Co. had more cane than it could take. Does Mr. Nickerson deny these charges? Not at all, he simply advises (and is an adept at the business) that "before, publishing broad cast, all the stories told them by Tom, Dick and Harry to halt and make some inquiries whether they are true or false."

 Now the inquiry was made, the statements were traced to Mr. Nickerson's emissary in the purchase of cane, and when charged with them he admitting having made them. Did he do so in the purchaser's interest? and that purchaser morally responsible for these misstatements?

 Distinctly, I don't care a "bawbee" whether Mr. Nickerson buys cane or not. I object simply to the untruthful injurious statements concerning the factory, whose interest it is my duty to protect, being made to bolster up its trade.

 If he can extort a small profit to himself by persuading a few people, who struggling alone without the benefit of an education, that is to their advantage to sacrifice forty-five cents a ton on their cane, and waiving other evident advantages when selling at home, just to sell to him then, being neither a philanthropist, nor an officious adviser under the guise of public spirit. I shall have no reason to complain, it is none of my business. Mr. Nickerson asks what assurances have the planters that these promises will be carried out this year? Yes! what assurances have they? Thanks for the opportunity of proclaiming to all parties interested, that the sugar house was built and operated for nearly forty days, in the season of 1895--96; that is a fact that can't be denied.

 That during the months of May, June and up to now, thousands of dollars have been spent and the best mechanics have been busy in putting the house in complete order from the engine and mills ti the further end, including piping, pumps, centrifugals, pans, etc. The boilers have been completely overhauled, improvements have been made for coal bin, scales have been re-arranged so as to facilitate the delivery of cane, the water power has been re-arranged and altogether the establishment has been pronounced, upon recent inspection of competent judges, to be as good a one as there is in the state, of its capacity. These are facts. Come and see for yourselves.

 Why, even a very St. Thomas, would be ashamed to convey, the insinuation of doubt covered by the question asked. Yes! planters, have every reasonable assurance that their cane will be received, ground and paid for at more remunerative prices to them at Lafayette, then by shipping them away.

 Is there a factory in the state that does more to insure a successful grinding season. Nor is that assurance lessened by that other statement made to help the "little spec" that people are surer to have their cane ground in the large concerns, than with us, because of less liability to accident. All who know anything about it know that accidents by breakages are as liable to occur to one class of mills as in another, each class being required to do an amount of work proportionate to its capacity.

 a six hundred pound horse is as likely to pull a 12oo pound load out of a mud hole, free from accident, as a 1200 pound horse can pull a 2200 pound load out of the same hole; one need not have learnt the business of cane raising and cane grinding in the lumber trade of Canada to known that much, and ought not to need to be it by Col. Breaux. 
      Singed, COL. BREAUX.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1896.



 There will be racing all day on Aug. 16th, at Oak Avenue Park.

 There will be a three year old mile trotting race, two best in three heats. Sweepstake, Entry, $2.00.

 Mile trotting race free for all horses in the parish of Lafayette, Sweepstake, Entry, $5.00.

 One half mile running race (creole ponies,) Sweepstake, Entry $1.00

 Handsome cash prizes will be offered by the management of the park, and all entries are strictly limited to horses belonging in the parish of Lafayette, and it is hoped to hereby encourage the raising of better stock throughout the parish.

 A number of entries have already been booked and those having horses to enter had best do so at once as all the races are limited in number.

 All entries must be in by Aug. 5th.
   Communicate with
       F. E. Girard,
           Clerk of Entries.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1896.   

 City Council Proceedings.

         Lafayette, La., July 6, 1896.
  The City Council met this evening in regular session.

 The following members were present: C. D. Caffery, Mayor; Messrs. Leo Doucet, J. O. LeBlanc, Orther C. Mouton, B. Falk, Jos. Ducote, T. M. Biossat and Dr J. D. Trahan. Absent: None.

 On motion, O. C. Mouton was elected temporary secretary, B. Clegg, secretary, being absent.

 Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

 Report of finance committee showing settlement with out going collector on motion was accepted and committee discharged and the secretary is authorized to issue warrant for 31 cents, amount due said collector for collection, which report is as follows:

        Lafayette, La., June 13, 1896.
 To the Honorable the Mayor and Members of the City Council of Lafayette.

 Your undersigned finance committee, authorized to settle the account between the city and the outgoing collector of taxes and constable, A. L. Bourg, beg leave to report:


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 Due collector 5 010 commission on 6.37 1/2 of taxes and licenses collected since last report, thirty-one cents, for which amount warranted should be issued to him.
  Respectfully submitted,
Finance Committee.

 On motion of Dr. Trahan, seconded by Leo Doucet, to postpone consideration of bill of C. Girard for expenses to Baton Rouge in interest of the bill pending in legislature for authority of the town to issue bonds for electric lights and water works plant for the town, the yeas and nays being called for the town, the yeas and nays being caled for resulted as follows:

 Yeas: Leo Doucet, Dr. J. D. Trahan, J. O. LeBlanc, Jos. Ducote.
 Nays: T. M. Biossat, B. Falk, O. C. Mouton.

 The consideration of the bill was then postponed.

 The following accounts were approved:

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 Account laid over:

 Expenses Crow Girard, Baton Rouge, interest W. W. bill .... $50.00.

 Mr. Nickerson then appeared before the Council and laid before the Council his reasons why there should be a street crossing at second street McComb addition over the L. W. R. R. track and M. L. & T. tracks.

 On motion the subject was referred to the street committee and to report t next meeting of Council.

 To the Hon. Mayor and City Council of Lafayette:

 Gentlemen :  I have collected since being appointed Constable and Collector by your Hon. body, the following sums to-wit:


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 Respectfully submitted,
      Constable and Collector.
Ordered recorded and filed.

        Lafayette, La. July 6, 1896.


To the Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council, Lafayette, La.

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 Respectfully submitted,
   D. V. GARDEBLED, Treasurer.
Ordered recorded and filed.

 The Mayor reported that he collected during the month up to date.

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 Council then adjourned.
BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1896.


       Lafayette, La., July 6, 1896.
  The City Council met this morning in special session. The following members were present: Mayor Caffery; Messrs. Biossat, LeBlanc, Doucet, Ducote, Falk and Dr. Trahan. Absent: O. C. Mouton.

 The mayor stated that this special meeting had been called for the report of the water works and electric lights committee.

 The following is the report:

 To the Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council of Lafayette, La.

 We, the undersigned members of the committee on water works and electric lights, appointed by your honorable body under resolution adopted, having spent several months negotiating with persons desiring to take the contract for the erection of the contemplated water works and electric light system in our town, and having thoroughly considered the situation in its various phases, beg leave to report that we have accepted the proposition of Mr. James Ferguson, of New Orleans, as indicated by agreement hereto annexed and made by part hereof and recommend that you approve the same and authorize the mayor to sign the contract in accordance therewith.
(Signed.) T. M. Biossat, Chairman; John I. Bell, Thos. B. Hopkins, Orther C. Mouton, Wm. Campbell.

 Moved by Dr. Trahan, seconded by Mr. Ducote, that the water works committee report be accepted and that the mayor be authorized to sign contract specification.

 Yeas: T. M. Biossat, B. Falk, J. Ducote, Dr. Trahan, Leo Doucet, and J. O. LeBlanc.
 Nays: None.

 The following agreement was signed by Mayor and Council:

 This agreement made this 8th day of July, 1896, between the Mayor and Council of the town of Lafayette, La., party of first part, and James M. Ferguson, of the city of New Orleans, party of the second part.

 Witnesseth :
 Whereas, the party of the first part having had certain legislation provided that they may contract for the erection of a complete water works and electric light system for the use of the corporation of Lafayette and desiring to contract with the party of the second part for the erection of the above plant according to specifications and plans provided by the engineer for the said party of the first part, the plant to be accepted by said engineer when completed.
 The party of the second part hereby deposits a certified check on the Metropolitan Bank of New Orleans for the sum of five hundred dollars as a guarantee that he will within 30 days give a good and satisfactory bond for the sum of $10,000. When said bond has been accepted by the party of the first part, the above check for $500 is to be returned to the party of the second part.

 The party of the second part hereby agrees to commence work by delivery of material within 60 days from this date, and the party of the first part agrees to pay the party of the second part the sum of $36,000 in payments as follows:  $10,000 when pipes and hydrants, etc., are delivered at Lafayette; $16,000 when balance of machinery has been delivered and work of construction has commenced; $10,000 when the plant is completed ready for steam and the balance $6,000 after the plant has been operated 30 days and has been tested and accepted by the corporation.

 It is part of this agreement that the party of the second part is to accept $36,000 in bonds of the town of Lafayette at par. Said amount of bonds of the First National Bank as trustee and paid to the party of the second part as above described.
  (Signed.) C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor, J. M. FERGUSON, Contractor, J. D. TRAHAN, J. DUCOTE, B. FALK, L. DOUCET, J. O. LEBLANC, T. M. BIOSSAT, O. C. MOUTON,
Councilmen. Witnesses: John I. Bell, Baxter Clegg.

 Council then adjourned.
BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1896.


        July 18, 1896.
  Council met in special session this morning. Members present:  T. M. Biossat, Dr. J. D. Trahan, Joseph Ducote, B. Falk, J. A. LeBlanc and O. C. Mouton.  Absent:  Leo Doucet.

 The mayor stated the purpose of the meeting was to consider the matter of bonds to be issued.

 Chairman Biossat informed the council that from all correspondence he had received it would take about thirty days for the lithographers to finish said work.

 Mr. Chapman of Clarke & Courts appeared before the council and gave them prices, etc.

 Moved by Biossat, seconded by Falk, that a committee of three be appointed by the mayor to select style and contract for a two-colored bond, not to exceed seventy-six of $500 each, at 6 per cent interest. Unanimously adopted.

 The mayor appointed on said committee T. M. Biossat. Joseph Ducote and B. Falk, with Mayor Caffery ex-officio member.

 Moved by Mouton, seconded by Dr. Trahan, that said bonds be made payable in good and lawful money of the United States.
Yeas: Unanimous.

 Council then adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1896.








From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 18th, 1891.


AU LARGE, July 9th, 1891.

Mr. Editor, - After a drought of nearly three months duration, on Saturday the 5th inst., the rain began to fall in earnest, and the parched and blighted crops, spread out their leaves to the refreshing shower. The half famished cattle slackened their thirst in the pools of water, and all nature seemed to revive and rejoice. But a long needed and plentiful rain, that has been watched and prayed for, for months is one side of the question and a regular old Noah's deluge is another. As I said before the storm began on Saturday and the rain fell in torrents attended with wind, more or less in places. By Sunday evening the corn had all been beaten down and lay across the rows floating in water. In places where the cotton had been planted during the drought and had never had enough rain to sprout, by Monday it was all up, and spreading its fair like head above the water. Some planters say it is soon enough to expect an average crop. The storm continued with more or less violence until the 7th inst., when it terminated in the neighborhood by the passage of a whirlwind, that carried death and destruction to all in its course. From an eye witness I learned that its first appearance was a curling white column, whirling above the oak trees in Mme. J. Bernard's yard, as if from the clouds it started on its downward path, gathering up the water in a pond near by and throwing it into an adjoining cornfield. Next a small building belonging to Mme. A. Constantin, was upset. Then taking a North easterly direction, it struck another small house on Mr. Preston Benton's plantation, occupied by old Mr. Hampton Benton and wife. In the space of a minute their building was flying into atoms and the unfortunate lady, Mrs. Benton, lay dead under the fallen chimney and rafters. The deceased was a native of South Carolina, lady of education and refinement, and although a resident of this neighborhood but a short time, had already won the many warm and sincere friends. Old Mr. Benton had his arm and shoulder badly mashed and is otherwise hurt. Two little boys who were in the house at the time, were whirled against a wire fence, but otherwise escaped injury. Away went the wind bellowing like a herd of kine, across the prairie, to Mme. Victor Martin's place where it mashed a negro cabin full of inmates, all of whom escaped with but slight injuries. The next place, where it mashed a negro cabin full of inmates, all of whom escaped with but slight injuries. The next place in its path was Miss Carmelite Mouton's plantation, here the wind took a general frolic throwing down four cabins and twisting the tops off pecan and oak trees, that have stood the fury of the elements, while generation after generation of the children that played under their broad spreading branches have passed away from the face of the earth. The whirlwind played sad havoc with the old trees, some are torn up by the roots and others stand with bared and riven trunks lifted to the summer sky. Their appearance is both ghastly and pitiful. Strange to say the dwelling and inmates were unharmed. This is a most extraordinary circumstance, as the house is simply an ordinary frame building and situated in the midst of trees. Verily, the ways of Providence passeth all understanding. The next place visited was that of Mr. T. Dupuis, here comparatively little damage was done with the exception of the throwing over of a few out-buildings, including two corn cribs, and tearing a gigantic oak to splinters, that stood only a short distance from his house. Mr. J. Bourgeois living on the bank of Bayou Vermilion, was the next in turn and the wind lifted his kitchen from its foundation, carrying it bodily across the Bayou and setting it safely on the opposite bank. The other out-buildings were tumbled into the water and broken to pieces. After doing all this damage the wind disappeared in the woods and the storm was over. The rain fall was unprecedented. The Beau Basin is flooded and many of its inhabitants were obliged to vacate their homes. The bridges were all floating, and the cattle whose range lies between Bayou St. Clair and Vermilion stood for at least four days in three feet of water, and many of them were drowned. It was pitiful to hear them bellowing like human beings for help. Yesterday, the 9th, a large body of horsemen went to rescue them and succeeded in driving them to high land. Bayou Vermilion is one foot higher that it was in 1882 and is still rising.

  I hope I have not taken too much of your valuable space and will close until next time.
  Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.


 It's Raining, uh, Fish! During the storm of Monday, the 6th inst., thousands of fish, from one to three inches in length, fell from the clouds into the streets of the town of Plaquemine, and on the same day a shower of broken window glass fell in the city of Baton Rouge. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.

Carencro, La., July 11th, 1891.
 Editor Advertiser. -
Will you be kind enough to explain for the benefit of several of your subscribers how "rainfall" is measured. I believe there are erroneous statements reported by the correspondents relative to the amount of rainfall at different stations.

 For instance I saw in the Daily Picayune of last Wednesday, "Rainfall at Lafayette 9 inches during the three days storm." I was under the impression that Lafayette had as much rain as Carencro, but nine inches was only a shower to what we had here.

 It rained here in those three days a French wash pot, 18 gallons capacity, 121 inches deep, twice full during those three days, besides what (unreadable word) over the pot, so you see this is at least 25 inches.

 But this may not be the way nor the kind of vessel unused to measure rainfall. I thought a washpot in the middle of the yard, where there is no obstruction, set up level, and correctly measured would be a good way. When I hear you, through your valuable paper, it will be a great relief to me to know the exact way adopted.  Yours truly,

The Louisiana weather service has a station here under the management of Mr. J. J. Davidson, and all the necessary instruments. The rain gauge is a pipe, about 6 inches in diameter, set upright in an open space, with a funnel cap. This funnel runs into a smaller pipe inside of that, which receives the rainfall. It is measured by running a rule to the bottom which is graded to one hundredth of an inch. The height of the water on that rule is the rainfall. The measurement was correct here. You must have had a water spout burst over your washpot, or you were so paralyzed by the storm that thou forgot to empty it, although you think you did now. - Ed.]Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.

The large central altar for St. John's Church, which Rev. E. Forge has taken so much interest and trouble in procuring to reach his aim of making St. John's beautiful church, arrived last Tuesday.

 It was designed and executed by the celebrated sculptor and designer, Daems, of Turnhout, Belgiam. It is grand in conception, intricate and beautiful in execution, and as a whole most attractive and impressive. To give a just conception of a thing of beauty like this would require more space than we have to spare. The statuary, of which there are a dozen pieces, are exceptionally fine, the contour and the expression of the features being most lifelike; and the embellishments show good taste and excellent merit as to workmanship. Its fine effect cannot be appreciated until it is set up and finished. When this is done it will be a monument in which every parishioner of St. John's will find an ever recurring pride and a constant joy. It is a large work, and will occupy the space in the rear of the sanctuary between the two illuminated windows, reaching from the floor to the ceiling. The altar was shipped on the 26th of March and lay in the custom house at New Orleans a month and half awaiting the decision of the customs officials as to the payment of import duty. A duty of $192 was required. This makes the cost of the altar delivered here over $800. Notwithstanding these vexatious delays, Father Forge is hopeful that he will have it ready for the visit of the Arch-Bishop in September. Mr. Sarrasin Broussard has the work of erecting the altar.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.  

City Council Proceeding
LAFAYETTE, La., July 6th, 1891.
 At a regular meeting held this day, the following members being present to-wit: Wm. Campbell, Mayor; Gustave Lacoste, Jas. Hannen, Numa Schayot, J. E. Martin, Alfred Hebert, Felix Demanade and L. F. Rigues.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and, upon motion of J. E. Martin, the report of the finance committee was ordered to be spread upon said minutes, otherwise the minutes stand approved as read.

 Report of the Finance committee upon the lease of the City Hall to Robt. C. Greig, as per resolution of Council of May, 1891, said report was accepted and ordered placed upon file and spread upon the minutes.

LAFAYETTE, La., June 1st. 1891.

 This is to certify that we have this day leased the City Hall to Robert C. Greig, for one year from June 1st, 1891 to June 1st, 1892, at Fifty dollars a year, as authorized by resolution of Council of May 1891. The said Hall to be used by Robt. C. Greig, as a Justice of the Peace Court. The said Robt. C. Greig is required to settle with the Treasurers quarterly, and in default thereof this contract to become then null and void.
  [Signed.] R. C. Greig, J. E. Martin, F. Demanade, Alfred Hebert.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.

Board Reviews Police Jury.  The Police Jury sat as a Board of Reviewers for three days, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, examining the assessment lists. No material changes were made, however, as the work corresponded very closely to that of last year, being about $20,000 short, and this shortage being accounted for by the large number of double erroneous assessments placed upon the roll of last year. The Board adjourned last Wednesday after having accepted the assessment as corrected. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891. 

Anti-Lottery Cause. - The Anti-Lottery cause based as it is upon principle is like the man who takes his sunglass, catches the different rays of the sun, concentrates them upon the tobacco in his well-filled pipe, ignites it and enjoys a good smoke. So upon the Anti-Lottery side of this great question, we find gathered in one solid invincible phalanx men of all religious creeds, all nationalities marching as a band of brothers to a glorious victory. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.


        Mouton Switch. July 10th, 1891.
 The Parish Farmer's Union of Lafayette parish held its regular quarterly meeting on Thursday, July 9th, 1891. A. M., presided over by Mr. Ben Avant and John P. LeBesque secretary.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted:

 Reports from the various committees were read and unanimously adopted.

 The following officers were elected to serve for the ensuing year, to-wit:  President F. V. Dupuis; Vice-President Henry Durke; Secretary John P. LeBesque; (re-elected); Treasurer Jos. Begnaud (re-elected); Lecturer Louis G. Stelly; Chaplain Jasper Spell (re-elected); Doorkeeper Thomas Morgan; Asst. Doorkeeper Frank Steiner; Sergeant-at-arms Omer Vincent.

 Messrs. A. D. Landry, Jasper Spell, Hugh Hutchinson were re-elected on the Executive committee.

 The State delegates elected were J. Ed. Mouton and Ben Avant.

 An appropriation of $30 to meet the expenses of the State meeting was adopted and ordered to be paid.

 Subscription lists were caused to be issued in the various sub-Unions of this parish to defray expenses for the State meeting.

 The Parish Lecturer reported that the Parish Lecturing Bureau had decided to give a basket picnic on the 25th of this month, where able speakers both in French and English, were to make addresses, which was unanimously adopted, and the Parish Secretary was ordered to have same published.

 The next meeting was ordered to be held at Mouton Switch on Saturday, October 10th, 1891, at 9 o'clock A. M.

 Mr. Ben Avant was appointed a committee of one to tender Mr. Jno. S. Whittington, Sr., Steiner Union and the ladies for the royal reception tendered the delegates on this occasion.

 The Fair committee asked for extension of time.

 The various arrangement committees reported progress in matters concerning the State meeting to be held next month.

 On motion the meeting adjourned to October 10th, 1891, at Mouton Switch at 9 o'clock a. m.
Parish President,
Parish Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.


 The State Convention of the Farmers' Alliance is to meet in Lafayette on the 4th of August next. There will be from four hundred to five hundred delegates present, representative farmers from every parish in the State, men selected for their standing and ability among the farmers. The session of the Convention will last five or six days. This respectable and influential body of men has done the Town of Lafayette the honor of selecting her, out of all the great State of Louisiana, as the place for their deliberations. This is a great benefit which we should prove that we properly appreciate. This is Lafayette's golden opportunity to place herself in a right light before the whole country. These gentlemen are to be our guests, and with Southern men this term invokes the extent of hospitality. First, it is incumbent upon our Town Council to take some official action for their reception; and they know best how to do that. Next, our citizens should actively assist and co-operate with the Citizens' Committee which has been requested to act by the Farmers' Alliance of our parish. Nothing should be left undone to insure our guests comfortable quarters and a pleasant sojourn, and every advantage should be given them to form a right impression of our people, our truly beautiful and fruitful country, and the inducements we have to offer capital and immigration. As each delegate forms his impressions, so will the name and fame of the Town of Lafayette go out to the world. Not to appeal to any sordid consideration, but simply to show the direct advantage this assemblage will be to our town, we believe these delegates, and the number of their friends who will be here from the country, will put in circulation here at least $1,000 per day of money which we would not have acquired otherwise. It needs not argument with a man of any comprehension of business to show how greatly all classes of our citizens would be benefited. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.


Police Jury Proceedings.

         Lafayette, La., July 6th, 1891.
  The Police Jury met this day with the following members present: C. P. Alpha, R. C. Landry and A. A. Delhomme.  Absent: - J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, Ford Hoffpauir, A. D. Landry, and O. Theriot.

 There being no quorum the Police Jury adjourned to Friday the 10th instant.
C. P. ALPHA, President,
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.

          Lafayette, La., July 10th, 1891.
  The Police Jury met this day with the following members present: C. P. Alpha, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, A. A. Delhomme, R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry and O. Theriot.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The following road overseers were appointed to serve for the ensuing year:

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 By motion duly made, all the officers of the Police Jury were re-elected to serve for the ensuing year at salaries as heretofore fixed.

 By motion of Mr. Brown, the following Committee on Budget for the year 1891-92 was appointed: C. C. Brown, C. Debaillon and R. C. Landry.

 On motion it was resolved, that Sheriff Broussard be allowed to place two horses in the Court House yard, subject to agreement with Police Jury.

 By motion of Mr. Brown, the sum of $25.00 was allowed the President for extra services during the past year.

 The following ordinance by Mr. Hoffpauir, was read and laid over under the rules.


 1st. Be it ordained by the Police Jury in regular session convened, that the present public road law be and is hereby abolished, and a special tax impose and set aside as a special relief road fund.

  2nd. That a poll tax of one dollar ($1.00) be imposed upon all make inhabitants of the parish, from the age of twenty-one and upward.

 3rd. That two mills on the dollar be imposed on all taxable property as a special road fund.

 4th. That the public roads of the parish be laid out in districts and let by contract to the lowest bidder.

 5th. That any one taking a contract to work the public roads in the parish, shall give a bond in value of one half the contract price which shall be forfeited if the work is not done according to stipulation.

 6th. That each member of the Police Jury shall have power to contract, overseer, and receive public road in his own ward.

 7th. Be it further resolved, that the sense of the voters of this parish be taken on this ordinance on the same day as the State election in April, 1891.

 The following accounts were laid over:

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 The following accounts were approved:

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 There being no further business, the Police Jury adjourned, to meet Monday, July 13th, as Board of Reviewers of the assessment lists.
C. P. ALPHA, President,
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.



  Selected News Notes of 7/18/1891.

 Frequent showers during the week have laid the dust on our streets and kept them in magnificent condition of driving.

 The Attakapas Vindicator has removed to Franklin, La. Bro. Alpha says he was induced to this move purely by personal preference for Franklin and because his greater interests lie there. We are sure we wish him all good luck and success in his old home - financially, of course; not lotterycally; and we will try and scuffle along under the burden of responsibilities here alone. After 26 years of continuous service, we have got sorter used to it.

 Just as we go to press we learn the sad news of the death of Mrs. Aymar, Labbe, which occurred at her residence, on the 15th inst.

 Miss Rose Bendel, after a pleasant visit of six months ago to friends in New Orleans, has returned home. 

 Miss Carrie Goldstein, of New Orleans, and Miss Seraphine Heiman, of Clinton, La., are here on a visit to the family of Mr. B. Falk.

 Mr. D. V. Gardebled, the gentlemanly and polite druggist of Mr. Wm. Clegg, left the latter part of last week to visit friends and relatives of his old home in Bay St. Louis.

We paid a visit to the Round house and had a nice time with the boys. Mr. James Mitchell, the Master Mechanic, gave us an old fashioned reception. 

 The St. Martinville Reveille has suspended publication.

 Mr. P. H. Koch, from near Duson, favored the ADVERTISER with a pleasant call last Monday.

 Misses Louise Revillon left Sunday for Lake Arthur, where they will spend several weeks. 

 Miss Mimie Cornay is spending some time with relatives and friends in Franklin and Patterson, La.

 Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Martin left this week for Grand Island. We wish them a pleasant trip and a safe return home.

 Judge John Clegg and Mrs. Clegg left last Tuesday night for the mountains of Tennessee. 

 Mr. and Mrs. Weinberg, of Alexandria, are the guests of Mr. Joseph Plonsky's family.

 Rev. F. E. Lambert, of the Church of Our Lady of Good Council, of New Orleans, was the guest of Rev. E. Forge this week.

 A number of our leading sporting men are organizing an athletic club, which materialize in a short time. 

 Our home-made watermelons have been coming in briskly during the week, the prices have dropped, and the colored gentleman and the average small boy are proportionately happy. 

 Sheriff Broussard has had the court house yard neatly mowed, and it now offers quite an attractive appearance. A few rose bushes and evergreens would add to it a great deal. A few slips of cape jessamine, or box shrub, planted on each side of the front walk would make a very pretty ornament in a few years.

 As the water on the bayou recede the fish bite as well as they ever did in the Spring, and piscatorial adventurers are now enjoying fine sport.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1891.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 18th, 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 the offence charged was bailable by the Parish Judge, he was required to furnish bond to appear for preliminary examination, on Tuesday next, 21st instant. The parties were neighbors and connected by family ties. We refrain from giving the rumored details of this unfortunate affair. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1874.

Peace and Harmony.

 The pernicious effects of agitating the question of races already apparent in this community. Among the men, it is not so perceptible but among the boys, is has culminated in personal conflicts. We objected to the White League movement, because it would lead inevitably, to plunge the country into a deplorable state of turmoil and excitement, if nothing worse. Fortunately, the movement has proven a failure, and is is to be hoped, that there will be nor more discussions. The white people can no doubt will, be united in effecting all necessary reforms. This can be accomplished in peace and many good and honest colored men will assist in doing it. Therefore, let us have harmony among the whites and peace between the races.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1874.

Died. - At his residence in the town of Vermilionville, on Wednesday the 15th inst., after a long and lingering illness, Benjamin Bailey, aged 41 years and 6 months. The deceased leaves a widow and six children to mourn his loss. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1874. 

Parish Court. - This court was opened on the 6th inst., and after the transaction of considerable business, was adjourned, sine die, on last Tuesday. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1874.

 Removed. - Mr. J. H. Wide has removed his stock of goods from Lafayette street to the large building on the corner of Main and St. John streets, near the Catholic Church. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1874.

Police Jury Proceedings.

        Vermilionville, La., July 13, 1874.
  The Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette, met pursuant to adjournment.

 Present: G. Dubau, President; Rosemond LeBlanc, R. C. Landry, Jean Bernard and S. J. Montgomery.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

 On motion of G. Dubau, Resolved that the Tax Collector of the parish of Lafayette, proceed to the collection of the parish taxes of 1873, according to the parish Roll upon his giving bond in the sum of three thousand five hundred dollar and in default of furnishing said bond, the District Attorney pro. tem., is hereby ordered to proceed against the Tax Collector and compel him to furnish said bond and to desist from the collection of said parish taxes, until he complies with this resolution.

 The Finance Committee reported that they had made arrangements with the Lafayette Advertiser to continue the publication of the proceedings of the Police Jury and all parochial printing upon same contract that was made with J. Y. Gilmore of the Cotton Boll, deducting the time during which the Cotton Boll acted as official journal of this body, which report was, upon motion of S. J. Montgomery. Adopted.

 On motion of G. Dubau, the District Attorney pro. tem. was allowed until the next regular meeting to make his report upon the progress of the collection of the Parish Tax.

 The following petition of the citizens of the fifth ward of the parish of Lafayette, praying for a public road from Broussardville to the parish of Iberia was presented and read:

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 (Signed.)  V. Broussard, Oscar Piatte, Belizaire Broussard, Paulin Desseux, Vve. Maximillien Landry, Duplessis Landry, Aladin Dubois, E. D. Pellerin, Leon Billaud, Hilaire Taylor, J. G. St. Julien, Jos. L. Landry, Jacques Duhon.

 On motion of R. C. Landry, Resolved, that the following persons J. G. St. Julien, Marcel Melancon, Joseph Levine Landry, Martial Billaud, Florentin Bourq, Valsin Broussard, E. D. Pellerin and Martial Fabre, be appointed a committee to examine into the propriety of establishing a public road as prayed for in the petition of Valsin Broussard and others, and report at the next meeting of the body.

 On motion of G. Dubau, Resolved that hereafter no warrants shall be issued for witnesses and jurors fees in criminal cases, before the same be ordered by the Police Jury.

 The delegates from Royville appeared and prayed for the establishment of a public road from Royville to Iberia Parish. And upon motion of G. Dubau, Resolved that the people of Royville are required to make their request by petition accompanied with a plot showing the road they asked for.

 On motion of Jean Bernard, Resolved that the sum of sixteen dollars and twenty five cents amount of parish taxes of 1866 paid by Wm. Brandt, for taxes wrongfully assessed, he being a resident of the Corporation of Vermilionville, be refunded to said Wm. Brandt and that a warrant issue in favor of said Brandt for said sum.

 On motion of Jean Bernard, Resolved that the Sheriff of the parish of Lafayette be and is hereby authorized to purchase for the use of said Parish, handcuffs and leg irons, provided the costs of the same do not exceed sixty dollars.

 On motion of Jean Bernard, Resolved that the following accounts be and they are hereby allowed, and that parish warrants issue for the same:  W. B. Lindsay, $5.70; L. Hirsch, constable fees $4; A. J. Moss, Parish Judge, costs in criminal cases, $33.50; F. E. Piquette, M. D. costs in criminal cases, $45; H. Eastin, sheriff, $100; H. M. Bailey, $3.50; F. E. Piquette, $3; John S. Rand, for work on public road, $41.20.

 And the following accounts were rejected:  C. M. Moss, $2.10; J. B. Lyles $2.10; H. HAwkins, $2.31; Paul Lalande, $15.

 On motion of R. LeBlanc, the Police Jury adjourned sine die.
G. DUBAU, President,
C. H. MOUTON, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1874.

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 to the collection of all taxes an 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.
A. MONNIER, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1874.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 17th, 1913:


 Ordered by Council - Action Rescided as to Second Street Crossing - Other Matters.

 The city council met Monday night and rescinded the action taken by it some time ago with reference to the opening of Second street by the Southern Pacific Company. This new stand of the council, it is said, is due to the complaint of Superintendent Knightlinger of the railroad company that if the city council persisted in its demand to have the street opened the company's storage tracks in that vicinity would be cut in tow and an improvement costing the company $75,000 would be of little value. The council adopted an ordinance providing for the construction of thirty to forty miles miles of additional cement walks.

 It is stated that the council took this step because it was demanded by the Post Office Department as a prerequisite before granting the city free mail delivery.

 The council turned over to the city board of health the matter of garbage removal and made an appropriation providing for two additional garbage wagons.

 An appropriation of $1,000 was made for the maintenance of the city board of health, in conformity with the judgement rendered recently by the district judge in the matter of the mandamus suit by the city board against the city. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1913. 

How Echoes are Made.

 To obtain, so to speak, an articulate echo, one that shall be a clear and exact repetition instead of a confused resounding of the speaker's utterance, requires that the speech shall be accurately timed in its delivery. An ingenious calculator has lately reduced the matter to an exact statement, based on the assumption that not more than four or five syllables per second can be distinctly uttered and clearly heard. The sound of each syllable has thus one-fifth of a second in which to reach a reflecting surface and to be returned by the echo, before the next syllable is pronounced. Taking the velocity of sound at 1220 feet per second, the syllable can make a round trip of 224 feet in the on-fifth of a second which is allowed it, and the reflecting surface must therefore be at half that distance, or 112 feet.

 For obvious reasons, however, the combined effort of articulation and attention in such minute subdivisions of a second is scarcely possible in practice. The rule would seem to be more satisfactorily tested by the utterance in one second of five syllables in succession, followed by a pause of equal length. If the echo is 560 feet distance, the first syllable of the five will return just as the last one has been spoken, and the last one will arrive just before the first of the next series upon its journey.

 From the publication Mechanical News and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.    

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