ATTEMPT TO WRECK PASSENGER TRAIN.
Failed Because the Express Was Fifty Minutes Late. Extra Freight Instead Runs Into Open Switch.
Engineer Killed, Fireman Hurt and Brakeman Seriously Injured - Local Officers Assisted by Detectives.
Every Effort Being Made to Discover the Guilty Party - Southern Pacific Offers a Reward of $300.
Sunday morning at 3:30 a dastardly attempt to wreck passenger train No. 8 known as the San Antonio express at Landry's switch miscarried, and instead an extra freight running on the passenger's time was ditched, and Engineer William Whelan was killed and Fireman W. H. Brownfield were seriously injured. All were from New Orleans.
At first the accident was supposed to have been caused by a spreading of the rails, but investigation disclosed the fact that some miscreant had broken the lock and thrown the switch, and in order to make sure of his deadly work had removed the light and bent the staff so that it could not be replaced.
Had the passenger train been on time the loss of life would have been fearful. It would have run into the switch at a rate of more than forty miles and hour, which would have resulted in a complete demolishment of the train, with possibly the horrors of fire added to it. But a merciful providence seems to have been guarding the train. First one little thing and then another caused a loss of time.
The passenger train was due at Lake Charles at 12:09 a. m., but arrived a few moments late. Then a washout caused loss of time; a hot box made it still later, and at every station passengers were picked up adding a little more delay, so that when the train reached Lafayette it was fifty minutes late.
A half hour before the passenger train arrived it was decided to run extra freight 670, which was very late, on ahead of the passenger train. The freight was an unusually heavy one, being made up of mostly loaded tank cars of sulphur for export.
Landry switch is about twenty minutes run from Lafayette, and when the freight reached it, it was going at a speed of fully 25 miles an hour. When the engine struck the switch, according to statements made by trainmen to Supt. Shakford, the train leaped from the track and turned over twice. The momentum of the heavy train drove it into the ground and piled five cars of sulphur in a heap beside the switch. The rest remained on the track, but a number of tank cars collapsed and almost every one sprang a leak, and the oil poured out into the ditch.
The crash of the wreck awakening people living near, who rushed to the scene, and whose timely arrival and prompt work prevented fire from the completing the destruction. Some of the oil had taken fire, but effective work soon extinguished the blaze.
Engineer Whelan was caught beneath his engine and killed instantly, his head being fearfully crushed. His body could not be taken out until the wreckage was cleared. Fireman Brownfield was thrown out of the car to one side of the track and was seriously injured. Brakeman Coine, who was riding on the engine, was also thrown to one side but was caught by some of the wreckage. He was badly hurt about the left ankle, one leg broken and his head bruised. The injured were sent to New Orleans for treatment as soon as possible and Engineer Whelan's body as soon as removed the wreck.
No reason is known for this dastardly attempt to wreck the passenger train. The people of the town and parish of Lafayette have always been most friendly towards the Southern Pacific and especially so at this time when they are contemplating giving us connection with Baton Rouge. No one here can imagine any motive for it. Who the miscreants were or what their purpose was is a mystery. The local officers are making every effort to get trace of the criminals and the people are rendering every assistance possible. A number of special detectives are also working on the case.
The investigation carried on by Superintendent Shackford lasted until late Sunday night, and was most thorough. After returning here Mr. Shackford made the following statement.
"The wreck was caused by the malicious tampering with the switch at Landry by some unknown scoundrels. We are forced to believe it was for the purpose of wrecking the through passenger train. We have not the least clue to who the miscreants were. Our special agents, together with the Sheriff and a number of citizens, have been scouring the country surrounding the scene of the accident, but have found no trouble with anyone in this part of the country, and I am at a loss to understand why anyone should make the attempt to wreck the fast train which would have resulted in the death of so many innocent people. It may have been done by someone who had some fancied grudge against the railroad, or else it might have been some crank who had read of train wrecking. Our own men are furious over the attempt, which cost the lives of some of their number, and I believe that they would be willing to go out and shoot the man or men who did it.
"When I arrived at Landry I found that the switch had been broken and opened, and switch light removed. Later I found that the light had been placed in the center of the main track, but that it had been extinguished when removed.
"We got the main track cleared of debris this afternoon, and it is now passable to all trains. It will be several days before the siding can be used, as the track has been plowed up for several car lengths.
"We will continue the search for the scoundrels who committed this horrible act which was evidently intended to wreck the fast train, and at the same time we will use every precaution a repetition of the matter." Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
The Morgan's La. & Tex. Railroad & Steamship Co., hereby offers a reward of Three Hundred Dollars for information that will lead to the arrest and final conviction of party or parties guilty of tampering with switch at Landry, La., July 16, causing accident to its freight train.
E. B. CUSHING,
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
GROWTH REQUIRES ACTION.
It is exceedingly gratifying to every citizen of Lafayette that the town has made such progress in the last few years, and we all wish and hope for a steady continuance of its growth. But merely wishing and hoping is not a dependable quantity as regards accomplishment.
To assure a continuance, energetic effort directed with a special object in view must be applied and applied persistently until the desired and is attained.
And as a stimulant to action we must not forget that it is not possible to stand still. Towns like all other mundane things, must either go forward or backward. No exertion is required to slip down hill, gravity will attend to that. But going up demands push, not spasmodic push, but never ceasing push, if we want to see Lafayette grow, we must not entertain the idea that the town has so many advantages it is bound to grow, whether we act or not. That kind of an idea has wrecked many a promising town with just as many colors to its rainbow as Lafayette has. And we especially should not become so absorbed in our rainbow that we can't see the cloud rising on the horizon in the shape of railroads threatening to surround us and curtail our territory. This requires action and vigorous action at that. Instead of allowing ourselves to be surrounded and cut off we must secure additional railroad facilities and increase our territory. The Baton Rouge road is offered us and we must get it. We simply can't afford the folly of failing to promptly and fully meet the condition required for securing it.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
THE ROAD QUESTION.
To the Honorable Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette.
...Gentlemen: Having had a great deal of practical experience in working public roads under different systems in different countries, I most respectfully take the liberty of suggesting for your consideration the outlines of a progressive system for working our public roads, which if your honorable body sees fit to adopt I think will work extremely well in this parish. The times are rushing ahead with such gigantic strides that it requires every department in the parish to be on the move to keep pace with them on the road system. I think that you have started out in the right direction by first widening and draining the roads thoroughly, one of the most important moves that you could have made. We hope that you will not stop or look back until you have given us one of the best and most up-to-date systems for working our public roads that can be found in the State. Every intelligent man must see that our past system of working the roads is a failure, and far behind the times. Our parish is so large and extends over so large an area of country, all needing good roads at the same time that it is impossible for one board of works to look after the whole parish, when most needed, and do justice to every ward. Therefore I would respectfully suggest that the parish be divided into eight road divisions No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and so on the same as wards. And that each ward or road division shall have the right to receive the full proportion of its pro rata share of all the road taxes collected in the parish. And that each ward or road division shall have the full control of the road work to be done in its own ward under the laws and rules laid down by the Police Jury, independent of any other ward. If any ward sees fit to contract with one man to do all the road work required in the ward for a certain sum not exceeding its share of the road tax it should have the right to do so - or if they think kit best to let part of their roads out to work by contract and part by job or day work they should have the right to do so.
I think that it is quite necessary after we have had a long spell of rain and floods that has carried after we have had a long spell of rain and floods that has carried away the bridges and culverts in many places so that the people can't get out to town or market with their crops, that each ward should have the right to go ahead and at once and repair its own roads without waiting to consult anybody outside of the ward. I am quite well aware that many of the measures that I have suggested are in operation now, but not sufficiently organized to work well.
If your honorable body should see fit to adopt the above system of organization it will be necessary for each ward to organize a board of works composed of the three drainage commissioners, the road overseer and the police juror representing the ward, who will be the chairman. The Board should meet at some convenient place every three or four months or in case of emergency at the call of the chairman, to discuss the best methods of working the roads in general and roads that require immediate attention. The board should report the proceedings of each regular meeting to the Police Jury. I think that the time has come for some such a change to be made.
Yours Respectfully, J. NICKERSON.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
DONATED. - Eighteen Miles of Right-of-Way for Baton Rouge-Lafayette Road.
From the Baton Rouge Times.
Senator Wilbert has donated eighteen miles of right of way for the Baton Rouge-Lafayette branch of the Southern Pacific road, or about half the distance from Port Allen to the Atchafalaya river. If a few more land holders will follow this public spirited example, the road should be operating within a year or a year and a half.
It were superfluous to say that the right-of-way so cuts a small property as to virtually destroy it, the owner should be compensated; but a hundred-foot right-of-way through a big property enhances the value so much as to enable the owner to have more value left, after giving away a strip, than he had before giving a way a part.
From the Baton Rouge Times and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
Bank of Lafayette to Erect a Handsome Building on its Lot on Pierce Street.
The bank of Lafayette has let out the contract for its new building corner of Pierce and Congress streets to Reynolds and Taylor, of New Iberia, for $9,375. The building to be delivered Dec. 1 or sooner if possible.
The building will be two stories in height with an ornamental cupola on the corner. It is to be built of pressed brick with terra cotta ornamentation. The interior will be tastefully furnished and a large vault and all necessary facilities. Entrance to the bank will be at the corner through a vestibule, on each side of which will be a large stone column. When completed the building will be a handsome addition to the town. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
Stereo Opticon Received. - The Sontag Lafayette Concert Band received the fine stereoopticon ordered some time ago. It is one of the finest machines on the narket. It is the intention of the Band to give two concerts a week. Thursday and Sunday nights and at each concert entertaining and instructive stereoopticon views will be shown. The first concert will be given next Sunday night. The price of admission will be 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children. Those holding season tickets willk be charged 15 cents and children 5 cents. Laf. Adv. 7/19/1905.
New Oil Co. - The Southwestern Oil Co., of Houston, have opened an office here with John I. Bell in charge. They handle illuminating and lubricating oil, and are located in the building near the High School formerly the Denegre ginnery.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
MARRIED. - Wednesday Mayor C. O. Mouton and Miss Leonie Labasse of New Orleans were quietly married in that city. Mr. and Mrs. Mouton returned to Lafayette Sunday. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
Burglars Captured. Sunday night Sheriff Lacoste and Officer Chargois and Veazey, while looking for a negro wanted in Vinton, found two negroes in the east end of the railroad yard acting suspiciously. They arrested them and on searching them found two bundles of clothes, five pairs of shoes, four razors, forty knives and a box of combs, evidently stolen. The negroes confessed to having stolen the goods from a store in Gueydan. The Vermilion authorities were notified and Monday Sheriff Boudreaux came and got them. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
The Cane Crop.
[La. Planter and Sugar Manufacturer.]
An excess of rain is still being reported from the sugar district and some dry weather is desired by our sugar planters in order that the final working may be given to their cane crops. The last two or three days have shown an improvement in the weather conditions, and advantage is being taken of this to get actively to work in the fields and a continuation of dry weather for a few days longer will materially assist our sugar producers and enable them to accomplish the work of laying by the crop. From the La. Planter and Sugar Manufacturer and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
New Grader for the Roads.
The council has purchased an Austin road grader to be used in working the streets.
Laf. Adv. 7/19/1905.
G. T. C. Entertainment.
The members of the G. T. C. club treated their friends to a most enjoyable "Poet Evening" at the residence of Mrs. Jagou, Friday, July 14.
Each guest was requested to dress so as to represent some poet. Mr. Ashton Beraud represented Cable by pinning a rope upon his coat sleeve. Miss Warsaw showed partiality to Read by suggestively carrying a reed. The four judges, Misses Gertrude Coronna and Challie Tolson and Messrs. Kahn and Block, considering Cable and Read the best represented poets, presented Mr. Beraud and Miss Warsaw with two beautiful pictures.
In the quotation contest Miss Eleanor Compton won the pretty box of note paper, while in the poet contest Miss Rena Hopkins won the first prize - a book of poems, and the consolation prize, a picture of the "The Dam Family," fell to the lot of Miss Quintilla Morgan.
Many other interesting games were played until a late hour, when the following young people were loath to say good night, but expressed much pleasure and gratitude to the G. T. C. club for a most delightful evening:
Misses Quintilla Morgan, Clara Harper, Claudia Upton, Rena Hopkins, Gertrude Coronna, Edith Mouton, Edith Trahan, Mabel Hughes, Eleanor Compton, Amy Young, Marie Mouton, Jean Siadous, Adelyne Toerner and Miss Kaufman; Messrs. Beraud, Biossat, Tolson, Debaillon, Block, Pickard, Hahn, Nickerson, Schmulen, Fortune, McNaspy, Young, Courtney and Siadous. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
The Michel Club returned from their annual outing on Shell Island Friday after spending six most enjoyable days on the gulf. Fish was plentiful, appetites good, the mosquitoes away on a vacation, the sailing fine, bathing extra nice, everybody in good humor and full of fun - all of which stands for a great big time. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
Rev. Kendrick, pastor of the Baptist church, began a series of meetings Wednesday in the Jewish Synagogue, which is being used, through the generous permission of the Jewish congregation, until the Baptists can build themselves a house of worship. Rev. W. T. Tardy, of Monroe, and J. Dean Adcock, of Bunkie, are assisting. Services are held daily at 8 p. m. and 11 a. m. on Sunday. The public is cordially invited to attend. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
Sealed bids for the construction of schoolhouses in Scott, Royville, at Milton in 4th ward, at Wm. Whittington's 2nd ward, will be received until and including August 5th, 1905.
Plans and specifications of Scott and Royville schools may be seen at A. Judice & Son's, Scott, and and at Dr. P. A. Dupleix's, Royville. Plans and specifications of all schools may be seen in my office on Saturday's and Wednesdays between 9 a. m. and 12 a. m. and 2 p. m. to 4 p. m.
Contractors are bid to work and all material. No bids for work ONLY, will be considered. Standard paints such as Acme, Monarch, Mastic or Hammar may be used. Rights to reject any and all bids reserved.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., July 12, 1905.
The Police Jury met as a board of reviewers with the following members present: M. Billeaud, Jr., presiding; P. R. Landry, L. G. Breaux, Cornelius Spell, Albert Theall, J. A. Begnaud, Valery Boudreaux, J. H. Connolly, J. Ed. Mouton.
President Billeaud explained that the business before the board was to consider the revision and equalization of the assessment with the Assessor Marcel Melancon was sent for, and after some discussion the Assessor stated that the assessment would have to remain as made.
The Lafayette Sugar Refinery Co. appeared through their attorney, O. C. Mouton, to contest the assessment of their plant. The refinery is assessed at $62,500.00. Mr. Mouton asked for a reduction to $50,000.00. After a general discussion it was moved by Mr. Edmond Mouton and seconded by Mr. Boudreaux that the assessment of the Lafayette Sugar Refining Co., Ltd., be reduced to $50,000.00, the vote resulting as follows: In favor of the motion, Mouton, Boudreaux, Connolly, Breaux, Landry, Theall. Against: Spell, Begnaud.
Moved by Mr. Boudreaux, seconded by Mr. Spell that all applications for a reduction of assessments by the citizens of the parish be agreed to in the same proportion as other property is assessed. Carried unanimously.
Mr. Edmond Mouton offered the following resolution:
Resolved, that the Police Jury accepts the assessment as prepared by the assessor with the following protests: We find that the valuation placed on horses, mules, buggies, etc., is very unequal and in many instances too high; we also find inequality of assessment of lands, which are low, or of inferior quality and of lands far removed from market facilities; that the Police Jury used their best endeavors, after conference with the assessor, to have said assessments equalized, so that the taxes in Lafayette would be equal and uniform; but the assessor refused to concur with the Police Jury, and the Police Jury now declares that all their efforts to equalize the assessments have been of no avail.
Moved and seconded that the resolution be adopted. In favor of the resolution, Mouton, Landry, Boudreaux, Billeaud, Breaux, Spell, Theall, Connolly. Against, Begnaud.
There being no further business before the Jury as a Board of Reviewers the Jury went into regular session, having previously adjourned subject to call.
The following petition was read:
July 12, 1905.
To the Honorable President and Members of the Police Jury of Lafayette Parish:
We, the undersigned taxpayers of the Seventh ward, petition your honorable body to appoint a committee of free-holders to lay out and trace a road starting from one public road between Mrs. J. E. Bonin and P. R. Landry, at one point, then running a northwesterly direction until it strikes the other public road at Elvie Benoit and others; we to grade the said road and build the necessary bridges, the parish to furnish the lumber.
(Signed.) Alcee Comeaux. Pierre Broussard, Elio Broussard,
Ulysse Bonin, R. W. Beadle, Alex. D. Verot, D. E. Broussard, Numa Benoit, Luke Broussard, D. M. Verot, Edmond E. Bonin, Remi Broussard, Alphe Broussard, Ed. St. Julien, Sevigne Bernard, Onezine Langlinas, Philibert Langlinais, Luc Langlinais, Homer Langlinais, R. Langlinais, Emile Langlinais, Norbert Bernard, Momere Bernard, Eloi Bonin, Gille Benoit, Romain Comeaux.
Moved, seconded and carried that a committee of free-holders be appointed to trace the road as per petition. The following committee was appointed, Eloi Bonin, Onezine Langlinais, Wallace Beadle, Didier Verot, Alphonse H. Broussard, Alphe Broussard.
M. BILLEAUD, JR. President.
F. V. MOUTON, Secretary pro tem.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/19/1905:
The Crowley Rifles, thirty-three strong, passed through Lafayette Sunday night for Alexandria where the State military encampment began Monday.
Wanted - to make arrangements with some farmer for a supply of fresh eggs each day. Apply to Lafayette Refinery Boarding House.
Misses Alina and Celeste Pellerin, of New Iberia, are visiting at the home of their brother, B. J. Pellerin.
Saturday J. C. Nickerson went to High Island, Texas, where Mrs. Nickerson and baby Lucile are spending some time. He returned yesterday.
Mrs. Jacques Doucet and Miss Philomene Doucet drove to Scott Sunday.
The Falk Mercantile Co. have a new rubber-tired hearse, and are well equipped to attend to funerals and grave-yard work.
Get ready for the Galveston excursion; it passes Lafayette at about 2 p. m., Monday, July 24, and returns Saturday, July 30. The fare from Lafayette is only $6.00.
The young men of Carencro have issued invitations to a dance at Sibilles' hall, Carencro, on Friday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Judice were over from Scott Sunday.
Mr. B. N. Coronna and family will leave Thursday to spend about a month on the coast.
Mrs. R. M. DeLaney is visiting at the home of Dr. T. B. Hopkins.
Moore and Rushing Biossat left Sunday for Alexandria to attend the encampment.
Gen. Passenger Agent F. E. Batters was in Lafayette Monday.
S. S. Boneil, assistant division freight and passenger agent, with headquarters at Lafayette, went to Crowley Saturday to make arrangements to bring the Crowley Rifles to Lafayette, and returned with them Sunday night.
Ben Schmulen went over on No. 9 to Crowley Sunday, returning on the early morning train.
Little Misses Lillian Guilbeau and Mary Ruger left yesterday for Huron plantation to spend a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Primeaux spent the day Sunday in Youngsville.
Mrs. J. E. Primeaux and Mrs. A. J. Alpha drove to Royville Friday.
Mose Levy, of Levy & Son, will leave Thursday to take the steamer from Galveston to New York where he will purchase a complete line of clothing, dry goods, shoes and everything pertaining to men's and ladies' wear. His father will accompany him on a pleasure trip. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1905.
From the Lafayette Gazette of July 19th, 1902:
Important Meeting of School Board - Graded Schools Established in the Several Wards.
Lafayette, La., July 17, 1902.
President A. Olivier being absent the secretary called the meeting of the Board to order. The following members answered to their names: Alex Delhomme, Jasper Spell, Dr. N. P. Moss, Dr. R. O. Young, A. C. Guilbeau, P. R. Landry. Absent: President A. Olivier, H. Theall, S. J. Montgomery.
The next thing in order was the election of a president pro tem. Dr. Moss moved that Dr. Roy O. Young be made temporary chairman. This motion was duly seconded, and Dr. Young was unanimously elected.
The reading of the preceding meetings was taken up. The minutes of April 3 were read and the word "town" was ordered stricken from the resolution, by Dr. Young, relative to securing aid from the City Council to help maintain the schools.
The secretary stated that as a committee from the Isle de Cannes school was present, he requested that his report bearing on that school should be deferred to the time when the committee would be given a hearing. The request was granted.
The secretary asked for further time for investigating the merits of the Duson petition for the erection of a public school at that place, and the Board extended the time. Further time was also granted for the engagement of an engineer for the survey of the 16th section in the fourth ward.
Dr. Moss moved that a surveyor be employed to find out if the public school land in the fourth ward has been encroached upon and to report to the Board at once if he so finds it. If the land is intact the surveyor it so lay it off into sixteen equal lots marking the corners of the lots. Mr. Landry seconded the motion and it was carried.
It was moved by Mr. Spell and seconded by Mr. Guilbeau that a standing committee be appointed to audit the books of the treasurer and of the sheriff quarterly. The chair appointed the secretary, Dr. Moss and Mr. Guilbeau.
On motion of Mr. Spell duly seconded by Mr. Delhomme, Dr. Moss, Mr. Spell, Mr. Landry and Dr. Young were appointed a committee to wait upon the Police Jury and upon the Town Council in order to arrive at some understanding as to appropriations for the maintenance of the public schools for the coming session.
On the suggestion of Dr. Young, Pres. pro tem Dr. Moss offered the motion that a committee to be known as the "committee" on building of school houses" be appointed, whose duty it shall be to submit plans to the Board for the erection of all school houses to be built in the future; that no school house be accepted by the Board in the future unless it be built on plans submitted to the Board and accepted. After being seconded by Mr. Landry, this motion was carried. The chair appointed Dr. Moss, Mr. Delhomme and the name of Dr. Young was added by the Board. The object is to secure a uniform, comfortable, hygienic school-house.
The superintendent read his first annual report which was received and filed.
[The superintendent's report will be printed next week.]
It was moved by Dr. Moss and seconded by Mr. Guilbeau that there be established in each ward a graded central school of the first grade, that all other schools of the different wards be continued to primary work, up to and including the fourth grade as outlined by the superintendent, and that the pay in all schools be regulated according to the grade of the school; that all pupils above the fourth grade in the different wards be required to attend school at the central school; that central schools be established in the following places and maintained provided they have the required daily average attendance: Carencro, Scott, Broussard, Royville, Pilette, Duson and Ridge.
It was moved by Dr. Moss, and seconded by Mr. Guilbeau, that the scale of salary for the parish schools be fixed as follows: Principals of graded central schools, $60; principals of primary schools, second grade, $45; teachers of the third grade, $35.
Moved further, that the teachers of the parish be required to teach twenty full days to the month; that no pay be given for any holiday whatsoever; that in case of bad weather, the teacher will be entitled to pay only by presenting a certificate from the local trustee showing that the teacher remained at school until 10 o'clock and that no pupils were present, that in case of sickness no pay be allowed for the time lost by the teacher; that the teachers be requested to comply with the law requiring the monthly report to be signed by the local trustee.
Mr. Landry moved as a substitute that the recommendations of the superintendent be accepted. The substitute was lost the original motion was carried.
It was moved by Dr. Moss and seconded by Mr. Spell that the proposition of Mr. Eloi Duhon and neighbors offering to donate to the parish a school building and one acre of land be accepted, provided the school be built according to plans and specifications furnished by the committee on building of school houses; provided further that Mr. I. A. Broussard contribute $15 per month toward the maintenance of the said school during the time it is in session as has been proposed by Mr. Broussard, and provided further that the Isle des Cannes school be moved not less than three quarters of a mile to the east to a location approved by the superintendent; and provided still further that the said Isle des Cannes school be enlarged and repaired. Carried.
The following bills were approved:
Moss Pharmacy, blackboard, cloth - $9.75
L. J. Alleman, stamps - $.75
The following bills were laid over:
J. F. Martin, stationary two years - $2.50
R. B. Martin, expended on Mathieu School in addition to appropriation from Police Jury - $7.85
The being no further business the School Board adjourned.
ROY. O. YOUNG, President Pro Tem
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/19/1902.
THE NEW ROAD
The Surveyors are at Work - Baton Rouge Appears to be their Destination.
The Gazette announced last week that a corps of surveyors had arrived in Lafayette and were taking steps to survey a new railroad through this section of the country. The report that the men are in the employ of the Southern Pacific and are here to trace out a road from this town to Baton Rouge appears to be well-founded. There seems to be little doubt that such is their mission. Two or three days after their arrival here they began to work on a preliminary survey, the direction of the line indicating that their destination will be somewhere near Baton Rouge. The men are not talking and it is impossible to state positively what they are here for, but we have every reason to believe that the account published in this paper last Saturday will prove to be substantially correct.
Judging from what has already been done, it seems that the new line will run parallel with the projected road of the Louisiana Central which was surveyed in 1884 and subsequently abandoned.
If the work continues, it will be possible in a few days to have more definite information on the subject. Lafayette Gazette 7/19/1902.
The District Parsonage.
The regular quarterly conference of the Methodist church of the Crowley district met last week at Abbeville. Rev. A. C. Smith, represented Lafayette. The question of locating the district parsonage came up for decision and provoked quite a rivalry between Lafayette, Crowley and Rayne. Although these two enterprising sister towns offered many tempting inducements, Lafayette finally won the prize. Mrs. M. E. Girard's proffer of a fine lot, a handsome bonus in cash subscriptions, the superior advantages possessed by Lafayette from a geographical standpoint and the splendid management of the Rev. Smith were arguments too potent to be resisted and hence the decision of the conference. The residence to be built will be a handsome modern structure and will prove an ornament to the town. Or course the location of the parsonage will be in the future be the official residence of the presiding elder of the district. All the churches in the district will contribute toward the building fund and it is expected to have the erection of the building under way before long. Lafayette Gazette 7/19/1902.
Meet in the Court House - Institute Held by Prof. Dodson of the State Board.
The farmers' institute held here last Wednesday was very largely attended and was in every respect a great success. The lectures were listened to with much interest by the farmers present, many of whom participated in the discussions. Col. Schuler and Prof. Dodson stated to a representative of this paper that the intelligent interest displayed by the farmers was a most encouraging sign. Nowhere had the farmers been so eager to learn and to make inquiries and give to others the result of their experience. The splendid lunch and refreshments, prepared by the committee appointed by the Police Jury and served under the watchful eye of Judge Hirsch, was thoroughly enjoyed. Mr. Hirsch is to be congratulated upon his success in satisfying the exacting demands of the inner-man. Mr. Hirsch should be made the permanent chief of the commissary, to serve at all farmers' institutes to be held in the future.
The Institute was called to order about 10 o'clock in the court-room which was pretty well filled with farmers from the different sections of the parish.
Hon. R. C. Landry was chosen president of the meeting. Mayor Caffery made a very appropriate address of welcome which was responded to by Dr. Fred Mayer in eloquent words. Then the institute proceeded with the following program:
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The speakers showed a thorough knowledge of the subjects which they discussed. Prof. Dodson, who was conductor of the institute, made a most interesting talk, filled with valuable information on the question of seed selection. Prof. Dodson is an earnest worker and is doing a great deal for intelligent farming in this State. As usual Col. Schuler had much of interest to say to the farmers. What the colonel does not know about hogs he knows about hominy, and as these two things are dear to every farmer's heart, the colonel never fails to highly entertain his audience. Mr. Morrow made a most practical talk in French and Mr. Avant read a good paper. Prof. Starnes handled his subject with much ability.
When the institute was about to adjourn a farmer's club was organized with Hon. R. C. Landry as president and Mr. J. A. Roy as secretary.
Prof. Dodson and his assistants expressed themselves as greatly pleased with the meeting. They agreed that it was one of the best held in the State. Lafayette Gazette 7/19/1902.
SHOULD WOMEN VOTE?
The Gazette has received a copy of The Progress, a newspaper published in New York City in the interest of woman's rights. The Progress contains many intelligently written articles intended to show that women should vote and enjoy all other political privileges accorded to the "lords of creation." Much space is devoted to the utterly useless task of demonstrating that women are as well qualified as the men to participate in the affairs of government. It it were only a question of mental qualification and moral worth the contention of the fair advocates of women's suffrage would be cheerfully acceded to be even the most stubborn men. Whenever the sweet daughters of Eve have taken a hand in politics their co-operation has been an undisguised blessing. Thanks to the superior wisdom of Louisiana statesmanship the women of this State have been clothed with the franchise to be exercised upon all questions submitted to the tax-payers. It is in a large measure due to their beneficent influence that many communities in Louisiana have levied special taxes for schools and for needed public improvements. They have always been found on the side of progress and good government. It is only the supreme egotism of the alleged superior man which sometimes causes him to regard the interference of woman in public affairs as a piece of officious inter meddling.
The fitness of woman to wisely exercise the franchise is conceded. Were it only her fitness to be considered no one would be so unreasonable as to place the least impediment between her and the ballot.
But while it is acknowledged that woman would exercise a wholesome influence in politics does any one believe that she would be benefited? Admitting that her entrance into the political arena would have the effect of purifying the ballot, is it to be doubted that society would lost more than it would gain? Thoughtful men and women will try to answer these questions before they decide to espouse the cause of women's suffrage. Lafayette Gazette 7/19/1902.
THE ONE-HORSE NEWSPAPER.
One of our esteemed friends, who is also a valued subscriber of this journal, complains that Lafayette should have a newspaper commensurate with its growth and importance. Our good friend thinks that Lafayette needs a newsy, up-to-date newspaper - a newspaper that will print all the news and exercise a wholesome, irresistable influence by reason of its virile, forceful editorials. To all of which The Gazette cheerfully subscribes. It is conceded that a first-class newspaper published in this community - containing all the news and filled with learned disquisitions on scientific and social problems - would be a splendid thing. It would not fail to be a great factor in the development of the town and its influence for good would be felt far beyond the narrow limits which generally mark out the sphere of usefulness of the unpretentious country weekly.
But has our friend ever thought that the publishing of such a newspaper would entail the expenditure of a great deal more money than is usually possessed by the man who runs a country newspaper? And even if the unhappy man owned more money than he knew what to do with, would it be reasonable to expect him to spend it in so un-remunerative a venture? If the day of miracles had not gone the way of all obsolete things, and our friend had ever betrayed any symptoms of philanthropy, we would invite him to make the experiment here. We know of no field of human endeavor so fraught with glorious opportunities and one which holds out more alluringly to the victim of the immortal crown of martyr.
Such a paper, as was conceived in the mind of our friend, we fear was intended for Lafayette. At least, not for a while yet.
No one is more keenly conscious of its own weakness than the country newspaper. It knows, or it ought to know, that it is filling but a small space in the world's economy, but like all things human it experiences some degree of joy from the knowledge that it about measures up to the local standard. It soothes its wounded pride with the balm of comparatives estimate. To be more explicit; the one-horse newspaper, printed in a one-horse town, does not rejoice over the imperfections of the one-horse store, the one-horse factory, the one-horse drugstore, the one-horse lawyer of doctor, but an inherent craving for company causes it to enumerate all these one-horse things as a sort of apology for its own shortcomings.
Whatever may be said to the contrary, a paper can always be depended upon to be as good as the town in which it is published. Sometimes it is better, but never worse. Lafayette Gazette 7/19/1902.
Hatch Wanted to Fight.
A man named Hatch was brought to town late Thursday night by Justice Begnaud of Scott. The man had been drinking and was in such a fighting mood that it was necessary to tie his hands and feet to take him to jail. It appears that Hatch got into trouble with the operator at Scott and was so bent on fighting that he had to be arrested and brought here. Before Hatch was incarcerated, he swore vengeance against the Scott operator and said he would get even with him. The trouble is said to have grown out of some disparaging remark which Hatch is alleged to have made concerning a lady at Scott. Hatch denies having said anything about the lady. Lafayette Gazette 7/19/1902.
A number of young men of this town met last Monday and organized a military company to be mustered into the State Guard. The following temporary officers were elected: Jerome Mouton, captain; Rodolphe Domengeaux, 1st lieutenant; Louis Guerre, 2d lieutenant. Twenty-five members joined. The Gazette does not know what name will be given to the company, but it takes the liberty to suggest that of Alcibiades DeBlanc as eminently appropriate. Col. DeBlanc let to battle many of the best soldiers that his section gave to the Confederacy, and a braver soldier and more chivalrous man never lived. Lafayette Gazette 7/19/1902.
Offer of a Scholarship.
To the Lafayette Gazette:
At our recent General Conference the office of a Deaconess was created, and placed under the immediate control of our Woman's Home Mission Society.
A two-year's course in the Scarritt-Bible and Training School, Kansas City, was prescribed as necessary preparation for the work.
The Woman's Home Mission Society of the conference, which embraces the entire State, have a scholarship now ready to offer to some worthy applicant. The applicant must be a member of our church, in good standing, and must be at least twenty-three years of age - as single woman or a widow. She must also have a good English education, and a certificate of good health.
Have we not in our midst some consecrated woman, who will undertake this great work? The good women of our church have long since demonstrated their fitness for God's service; and we believe that he is calling them into his vineyard.
Any one wishing to make application for this generous offer should do so at once by conference with Mrs. E. R. Kennedy of this place of Mrs. F. A. Lyons, 1526 Washington avenue, New Orleans.
The next session opens in September. Hence they want your application now.
A. C. SMITH.
Lafayette Gazette 7/19/1902.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/19/1902.
Sheriff Broussard returned from Vermilion Monday. He says that despite the unfavorable condition he and Mr. Durke will make a pretty fair crop. Generally speaking he says the prospects are not at all encouraging.
Mr. and Mrs. Felix Demanade and their son, Harold, left Wednesday for Pass Christian where they will spend some time. Mr. Demanade has been unwell lately and it is hoped that a stay sea-shore will benefit his health.
Philip Clegg, who has been attending the State University at Columbia, Mo., arrived here a few days ago.
Miss Cammie Allen, of New Orleans, is visiting her friend, Mrs. S. R. Parkerson.
The marriage of Mr. George H. DeClouet and Miss Rose Leila Cornay will take place in St. John's Catholic church, in Lafayette, at 7 o'clock p. m., Tuesday, Aug. 5. No cards will be issued, but relatives and friends are expected to be present.
Dr. Duhart has moved into his new home, which is one of the handsomest and most comfortable dwellings in town.
Joe Colomb is building a neat cottage next to Louis Lacoste's residence.
Sterling Mudd who is employed in the Southern Pacific offices in New Orleans, spent a few days home recently. Lafayette Gazette 7/19/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July the 19th, 1902:
The Power of a Newspaper.
The power of a newspaper to aid a town is well recognized in some communities and they show it by a liberal support. As cases in point: Kaplan is a small town on the Abbeville-Rayne branch of the S. P. railroad, which has just been started. To assist the building up the town a paper was felt to be a necessity, and so the residents subscribed $5000, to start one. The same thing was done at Estherwood, a small town near Crowley. Crowley was started the same way, and the people know that their confidence in printer's ink is not misplaced. That is why they have always supported their papers and they have two splendid ones because they are supported. Two weeks ago the Crowley Signal was organized as a stock company with a capitol of $50,000, and the Crowley News, which we consider one of the brightest papers in the country, is also backed by heavy capital. In the town of Breaux Bridge the merchants showed their hearty appreciation of their paper by signing an agreement to patronize only those wholesale houses that give their local paper an advertisement. Such practical support given to home given to home papers is more than repaid by the papers which all do much and often for the upbuilding of their homes. The people of Lafayette should like other progressive towns should remember the services that their papers render the town and on all occasions, give their hearty support, financially and otherwise.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1902.
Fourteenth of July. A large number of the French residents of Lafayette celebrated the Fourteenth of July, the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, by decorating their homes and places of business with French flags and by social gatherings which toasts were drunk to the prosperity of France, and many pleasant memories recalled of the days in the old country.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1902.
Cumberland Telephone Co. Fined.
The railroad commission has fined the Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company $2000 for permitting Marcus Levy, one of the company's subscribers at Gibson, to charge more than legal rates for use of his telephone. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1902.
Struck By Lightning.
Friday afternoon of last week a young negro man by the name of Ceaser Martin was killed by lightning while plowing in the field two miles north of town. After striking him the bold shattered the plow handles, split the beam of the plow and passed into the ground without injuring the two horses pulling the plow. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1902.
Monday night about twenty-five young men met at Falk's Hall and organized a military company. The following officers were elected temporarily; Jerome Mouton, Captain; J. R. Domengeaux, First Lieut., Louis Guerre, Second Lieut. Another meeting will be held at Fire Co. No. 1 on next Monday night at 8 p. m. and it is expected more will join. A cordial invitation is extended to all the young men of the town to be present and enroll with the company. It is greatly desired to have a full company. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1902
At a meeting of the district conference at Abbeville a week ago it was decided to build a district parsonage at Lafayette. Crowley, Rayne and several other towns made a bid for it, but the offer of Lafayette was the best. A lot and several hundred dollars were offered by Lafayette. The conference will build a parsonage to cost not less than $3,000. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1902.
Retail Merchants' Meeting.
There was a meeting of the Directors of the Retail Merchants Protective Association at the Advertiser Office on Monday. A full report was submitted by the secretary, and proved to be very satisfactory. A complete inquiry into the workings of the Association, showed that is is admirably answering the purpose for which it was organized, and indicates that the Association will be a most decided success. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1902.
Entertaining Time in Broussardville.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Mouton of of Broussard entertained a merry crowd from Lafayette Tuesday evening. After delicious refreshments, music and dancing were indulged in until a late hour. Then came a delightful moonlight ride home. The guests all report a most enjoyable time.
Those present were: Misses Anna and Anito Bernard, M. L. and A. Robichaux, Annie Royster of Morgan City, and H. Landry, Messrs. R. Howard of San Antonio, M. Russel of New Orleans, R. James, O. C. Gross, N. Hebert, B. Chopin, M. Gray. Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Boudreaux chaperoned the crowd.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1902.
The Farmer's Institute.
Wednesday a very successful farmers' institute was held at the court house with Prof. W. R. Dodson as conductor. A large number of farmers, estimated at 200 were present, and manifested great interest in it. Mayor, C. D. Caffery delivered the address of welcome, after which Prof. Dodson began the work of the institute by an able discussion on Seed Selection as a Factor in Progressive Agriculture Hon. Chas. Schuler spoke of farming as an occupation; Mr. A. A. Morrow on General Farming; Hon. Ben Avant on Deep Wells for Rice Irrigation; Prof. Starnes on the Mission of the Legume and Fertilization.
At the close of the addresses the question box was opened and many subjects were discussed. The institute proved of great value in a practical way to the farmers present. Constable Hirsch, chairman of the arrangement committee, served a nice luncheon with refreshments. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1902.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., July 9, 1902.
A special meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor pro tem J. O. Mouton, presiding members present: H. Hohorst, F. E. Girard, G. A. DeBlanc, A. E. Mouton. Absent: F. Demanade.
The object of the meeting was to decide whether or not the council should repeal the half year liquor license law,
On motion by H. Hohorst seconded by A. E. Mouton, the following resolution was adopted.
Be it resolved that the license clause relative to issuing a half year license be and is hereby repealed for year 1902.
Moved and seconded that the chairman of W. W. & E. L. be authorized to accept N. F. Broussard's proposition to clean out well at plant and take out strainer if necessary and replace same for the sum of $100.00 if the council sees fit. Motion carried.
Moved and seconded that chairman W. W. & E. L. committee be authorized to contract with the R. R. Company for light. Carried.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1902.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/19/1902.
We are glad to see Mr. Chas. Lusted on the street again after quite a long spell of sickness.
At an election held at Rayne to decide the question issuing $20,000 in bonds and levying a five-mill tax for thirty years to construct a waterworks and electric light system, thirty-three votes were cast in favor of the proposition and only two against it.
Mrs. Dr. J. A. Martin returned Monday from Biloxi, where she spent a few days.
The Gueydan Ice and Waterworks Company, capitalized at $15,000, has been organized, at Gueydan, with W. L. Dess as president, H. L. Gueydan vice-president, and J. C. Neelis secretary and treasurer.
Mr. S. Kahn left Wednesday for New York, where he goes to purchase his fall stock.
Dr. Duhart's handsome new residence has just been completed and is quite an addition to the town. The painting and papering of the house is very artistic and shows fine work. It was done by C.E. Carey, the up-to-date painter and paper hanger.
Mr. Felix Demanade left during the week for Pass Christian, Miss., where he expects to remain three weeks.
Dr. Felix Girard left last week for a visit to Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Mr. Philip Clegg is home again after a good year's work at the University of Missouri of Columbia, Mo.
A day to remember Monday, July 21. That's the day of the excursion to Galveston. Fare from Lafayette for round trip, $6.00. Train leaves Lafayette at 2:10 p. m.
The Southern Pacific will sell tickets from Lafayette to New Orleans and return July 19, with return limit July 20, at a rate of $2.25. Train will leave Lafayette at 7:15 a. m., and returning from New Orleans at 1 p. m. Sunday.
The railroad commission has fined the Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company $2,000 for permitting Marcus Levy, one of the company's subscribers at Gibson, to charge more than legal rates for use of his telephone.
A Lafayette stock man wrote to a prospective buyer; "If you want to see a fine hog come to my farm and inquire for me." Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 19th, 1890:
Reception of HON. OVERTON CADE.
Lafayette, La., July 13th, 1890.
Agreeable to call there assembled this day in the Court House some three hundred enthusiastic admirers of Hon. Overton Cade, to greet him on his return from Legislative duties at Baton Rouge. The meeting was called to order by Julian Mouton, Esq., and on motion Judge O. C. Mouton, was elected chairman, with J. P. LeBesque secretary.
The following vice-presidents were chosen: Messrs. Adolphe Comeau and Sidney Greig.
A committee of four were appointed to receive the honorable representative and escort him to the Court House, which consisted of the following gentlemen: Dr. N. D. Young, chairman, Dr. F. S. Mudd, Alex. Delhomme, and Thilogene Landry.
By motion duly made, a committee consisting of Messrs. J. Massie Martin, chairman, W. B. Bailey, J. A. Roy, Emile Creighton, and C. H. Bradley were appointed to draft suitable resolutions expressive of the sense of this meeting.
At half past one o'clock the committee appointed to receive Representative Cade appeared and escorted the gentleman to a seat at the right of the president. Mr. Julian Mouton in most eloquent language welcomed the distinguished guest, and paid glowing tributes to one who had taken such an invincible position against the flood of corruption hurled at the dearest and most sacred principles of Democratic government, by that arch fiend of corruption, the Louisiana Lottery Company. The speaker welcomed one who returned as he was sent, and whose name would ever be revered as the symbol of all that is honorable and incorruptible.
Mr. Cade in a few well chosen but modest remarks, thanked the assembly for such marked manifestation of approval of his course, and related some of his experiences at Baton Rouge, during the recent efforts to again fasten upon the State that monster monopoly and gambling institution, the Louisiana Lottery Company. The speaker concluded by pledging himself heart and soul in the struggle for the preservation of Democratic government and white supremacy as opposed to bribery and corruption. The speaker was frequently cheered, and resumed his seat amidst wild bursts of applause.
Mr. J. Massie Martin, on behalf of the committee on resolutions submitted the following report:
Whereas, an effort has been made by Jno. A. Morris, in violation of his solemn promise and in opposition to the present Constitution to extend the charter of the La. Lottery for twenty-five years more, by amending the fundamental law of the State, and
Whereas, This Lottery had its origin during the darkest days of black Republican rule, and proven to be a blot upon our history, a canker upon our commonwealth, and has a tendency to impoverish, debauch and debase our people, and
Whereas, But for divine interposition, the late General Assembly would have yielded, by brute force, promises and other vicious methods, two-thirds of its members to this octopus.
Therefore be it Resolved, That we heartily endorse the action of the noble Spartans, who battled for the right; and we do hereby express our entire satisfaction in the noble stand of our worthy Senator, Hon. John M. Avery, and our incorruptible Representative Hon. Overton Cade. God bless them.
J. MASSIE MARTIN, Chairman.
EMILE CREIGHTON, J. A. ROY, C. H. BRADLEY.
The resolutions were adopted amid unbounded demonstrations of approval.
The Farmers' Alliance, represented by Mr. R. W. Elliott, then presented Mr. Cade with the following complimentary resolutions, adopted at their meeting July 12th:
At a meeting of the Farmers' Parish Union, held at Mr. B. Avants, this 12th day of July, 1890, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, our Legislature in its last session has been attacked by fraud and corruption, and
Whereas, we have seen men in all things else honorable and above reproach go down before the damning tide of bribery, and
Whereas, our Senator, Hon. John. M. Avery, and our Representative, Hon. Overton Cade, stood firm to their guns, nobly for the honor of their God, their State and their people; and
Whereas, we feel it is our duty to show some mark of everlasting gratitude to those heroes whose name on history's page shall go sounding through ages to the nither end of time, and
Whereas, we believe that among the brightest names that shall illuminate the page of Louisiana's history, will be those of Avery and Cade.
Therefore be it Resolved, That we heartily approve their political cause in the late struggle of our beloved State for liberty and honor, and we hereby tender them our heartfelt thanks, feeling assured that generations yet unborn shall rise up and call them blessed.
Be it further Resolved, That we tender our thanks to His Excellency Governor Francis T. Nichols, Hon. J. M. Foster, and others, who stood true to their State in that trying hour.
Be it further Resolved, That a committee be appointed to deliver a copy of these resolutions to Hon. Overton Cade, and that a copy be forwarded to Hon. John M. Avery, and to the "Lafayette Advertiser," the New Orleans "New Delta," and to the "New Iberia Democrat."
R. W. ELLIOTT,
H. E. TOLL,
J. E. MOUTON,
A. A. DELHOMME.
Julian Mouton, Esq., and Judge O. C. Mouton delivered stirring addresses in French, placing the issues at stake in no uncertain light and demonstrating beyond question the vital importance to the moral, social and political welfare of the State, to defeat the efforts now being made to consign her into the hands of man whose very names are symbols of dark Republican rule and demoralization of the reconstruction period.
Drs. Fred J. Mayer, F. S. Mudd, and Messrs. J. Massie Martin and C. H. Bradley, also made eloquent speeches upon the issues involved, and were vociferously applauded by the enthused audience, the speakers frequently being interrupted by the prolonged cheering.
Mayor W. B. Bailey, representing the ladies of Lafayette, presented Mr. Cade with two handsome bouquets. Dr. Mayer making the presentation address in his usual happy style.
Mr. Cade, in reply, expressed his profound appreciation of the compliment, and in touching allusion to the chivalric devotion of Southern women to the cause of right and everlasting principles of Southern Democracy.
The services of Hons. M. J. Foster and John M. Avery were tendered through Mr. Cade, and were accepted with hearty applause.
On motion, the chair appointed a committee of ten to arrange for a mass meeting to be held early in August, at such time and place as the committee may see fit. The committee was appointed as follows: Dr. Fred J. Mayer, Ben Avant, Julian Mouton, Simonet LeBlanc, J. A. Roy, A. C. Guilbeau, Jules U. Broussard, Aime D. Landry, Overton Cade and W. B. Bailey.
These proceedings were ordered published in the "Lafayette Advertiser" the New Orleans "New Delta," and the New Iberia "Democrat."
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.
O. C. MOUTON, Chairman.
J. P. LeBesque, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1890.
NOTIFIED TO MEET.
The following named gentlemen are hereby notified to meet in the town of Lafayette on Saturday the 26th day of July, 1890, for the purpose of fixing a time and place for holding a mass meeting in the Parish of Lafayette, to-wit: Dr. F. J. Mayer, B. Avant, Julian Mouton, J. A. Roy, Simonet LeBlanc, A. C. Guilbeau, Jules U. Broussard, Aime Dr. Landry, Overton Cade and W. B. Bailey. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1890.
FARMERS' ALLIANCE MEETING.
Avant's, La., July 12, 1890.
The Lafayette Farmers' Union met, as appointed, at B. Avant's, on the 12th of July. Present, B. Avant, H. Hutchinson, H. P. Kocj, Jos. Begnaud, Able Huffpauir, A. D. Martin, J. K. Grier, Felix Bernard, Frank Steiner.
On motion carried, the following committee was appointed to draw up a resolution to be published in the official journal; A. D. Martin, J. Edmond Mouton, R. W. Elliot and B. Avant. The committee reported the following resolution, which was adopted:
Resolved, That every member of the Alliance use all the means in his power to have cotton bagging used to cover the coming crop of cotton in this parish.
On motion carried, the President appointed a committee consisting of one member from each sub-Union in the parish to decide when and where the Union should give a picnic. The committee reported as follows: That all of the sub-Unions in the parish, and also the Knights of Labor, and the editor of the Lafayette Advertiser, be invited to meet on Mr. S. J. Montgomery's land, near Valerie Breaux's, and participate in a grand basket picnic. Due notice of the date of this picnic will be given.
On motion carried, the following special committee was appointed to draw up resolutions and express a vote of thanks to our representative in the Legislature, and also to Governor Nichols, for the stand they have taken against the La. Lottery Co., and also to wait upon Hon. O. Cade when he arrives in Lafayette and present him with a copy of the resolutions: R. W. Elliot, Alf. Delhomme and J. E. Mouton.
A motion was carried that a vote of thanks be given the ladies for their presence; and also to Mr. B. Avant, for the pleasant way in which he entertained the meeting.
There being no further business on hand, the meeting adjourned until the second Saturday in October, to meet at Francois Broussard's.
After the meeting the assemblage was treated to short speeches by Able Huffpauir, R. W. Elliot and B. Avant.
B. AVANT, President.
H. P. KOCH, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1890.
In Charge of Laboratory.
Mr. F. H. James, Ph. G., late of New Orleans, entered the employ of Dr. N. P. Moss this week, and is now in charge of the laboratory and dispensing department of the Moss Pharmacy. Mr. James is a German-American pharmacist and an experienced prescriptionist, and comes to our town highly recommended. We welcome him here. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1890.
School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., July 10th, 1890.
The Board of School Directors of the Parish of Lafayette met this day with the following members present: J. P. Francez, Jasper Spell, T. Begnaud, M. Billaud, J. O. Broussard and S. LeBlanc. Absent: J. S. Whittington and D. Hulin.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
The President of the Board, Judge O. C. Mouton resigning, Dr. J. P. Francez was unanimously elected President pro tem.
On motion of Mr. Billaud, duly seconded, J. O. Broussard and Jasper Spell were appointed as a committee to examine the books of the Treasurer.
The committee appointed to examine the poll book, and refund the poll taxes erroneously assessed, made the following report which was accepted, and the committee discharged.
Lafayette, La., July 9th, 1890.
To the Hon. the President and Members of the School Board of Lafayette parish:
The undersigned committee appointed by your Hon. Body to refund the Poll taxes of 1889, erroneously assessed and paid, and also to pass the roll in the possession of the Sheriff, for the purpose of ascertaining the erroneous assessment of Poll taxes not collected, beg leave to report: That since your last meeting we have refunded Twenty-one Poll taxes to the person named on list marked continuation of "D", hereto annexed.
We will further report that it is very difficult to ascertain erroneous assessment of Poll taxes on the roll without canvassing the parish. That the Sheriff is now and has been collecting the Poll taxes since our last meeting, and that at his suggestion we have postponed the same, that it may be done after the returns of the several deputies shall have been made. We respectfully desire to be relieved.
CARTER H. BRADLEY, ORTHER C. MOUTON.
On motion of Mr. Billaud, duly seconded, it was resolved, that the assessor be paid according to the Poll taxes paid, and the balance of this account to be paid when the number of the erroneous assessments are ascertained.
On motion of Mr. Broussard, duly seconded, the Secretary was instructed to draw a warrant in favor of Desire J. Broussard for a poll tax erroneously assessed and paid.
The Treasurer submitted the following report, which was accepted:
To the President and Members of the Board of School Directors for the Parish of Lafayette:
Gentlemen, - The following is a statement of the receipts and disbursements of the School funds for the past quarter.
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Treasurer School Funds.
Lafayette, La., July 1st, 1890.
On motion of Mr. Spell, seconded by Mr. LeBlanc, it was unanimously resolved, that the Teachers of Public Schools of this Parish, shall be paid according to their certificate. Those holding a 3rd grade certificate to receive $30.00 per month, those holding a 2nd grade certificate to receive $45.00 per month, and those holding a 1st grade certificate to receive $50.00 per month; and that all teachers shall be re-examined every year, and that all conflicting resolutions are hereby repealed.
The following petition was received, and upon motion duly seconded, was laid over:
To the Hon. President and members of the Board of School Directors, in and for the Parish of Lafayette.
The undersigned patrons of Public School respectfully beg leave to submit this their petition:
1st. Mr. Hugh Hutchinson obligates and binds himself to donate to the School Board of the Parish of Lafayette, for public school purposes, one acre of land on his place to be located on the public road leading to Duson, La., it being on the N. E. 1/4 corner of N. E. 1/4 of Sec. 33 T. 9 S. R. 3 E., and we the undersigned obligate ourselves to haul on the place the lumber to erect a school house there, and to erect said building free of cost; provided, your Hon. Body furnish the lumber, nails and other necessary fixtures for the building of said school house.
Signed by: Hugh Hutchinson and twenty-two others.
On motion of Mr. Spell, duly seconded, the schools in the 2nd, 3rd and 6th wards were ordered to be closed on and from July 18th, 1890, until further notice.
A communication from the School Board of Acadia Parish was received and read, and the Secretary was instructed to answer some according to instructions.
The following accounts were approved:
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There being no further business, the Board adjourned.
J. P. FRANCEZ, President pro tem.
H. E. TOLL, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1890.
Selected News Notes.
Oh yes! The weather has been warm; but what else could do the work on the crops? The health of the community is comparatively good notwithstanding.
We have needed rain for several days past. The dust gets oppressive at times in town; and especially so since we have had so many of our country friends in to see us during the week, whose stirring ways managed to raise the dust.
Our crops in this parish are magnificent, and each day of the fine weather that we have been enjoying has added just that much to the prosperity. From the present outlook Lafayette parish will be on a boom this fall.
The many friends of Mr. Charles D. Caffery are glad to welcome him home again after his arduous and efficient laborer as Secretary of the Senate.
Miss Henriette Crouchet, of Rayne, is the guest of Mr. J. Vigneaux and family.
If it fails, money refunded; Preston's "Hed-Ake."
Miss Aline Levie, of New Orleans, was a guest at the Rigues Hotel last week.
Hon. Overton Cade was in town last Thursday, and dropped in to see us.
We are glad to note that the practice of whitewashing, which we have been advocating so long, is becoming general in our village. This is right, keep it up.
Our town is crowded with vegetables, melons and produce; and despite the fact that this is the Summer season. Lafayette is by no means a dull place.
An Ice-cream festival will be given on the premises of the Lafayette Presbyterian Church, on the 24th of July for the purpose of enabling the Church to place around the building and yard a suitable enclosure. All are invited to be present and assist.
Mr. W. G. Vleck, General Superintendent of the S. P. Railroad, came up from New Orleans Wednesday night in his special car "Tuscon," and met Division Superintendent W. F. Owen in consultation at the Crescent Hotel.
Mrs. Maurice Martin, with two of her little girls, called at our office Wednesday evening with some remarkably fine ears of corn, grown this season by Mr. W. D. Owen, who is working Mr. Mouton's place near town. Mr. Owen has gained a reputation in our parish for being a fine agriculturist, and his energy is doing much to show the capacity of the country for production.
The many friends of Mr. Charles D. Caffery are glad to welcome him home again after his arduous and efficient labors as Secretary of the Senate.
Mr. C. C. Higginbotham has purchased the fixtures and other appurtenances of the barber shop formerly occupied by Mr. Eugene Vidal, and intends operating the place in connection with his depot business, as a "down town" shaving saloon.
Mr. Oscar Vidal left Sunday for New Orleans, where he will probably make his home for the future. We wish him success in all his undertakings.
At the residence of Mr. J. T. Dowdell in the town of Lafayette, on Monday the 14th day of July, 1890, WILLIAM J. CAFFERY, aged 36 years.
At the residence of her parents, John and Noemie Vandergriff, in the town of Lafayette, La., on Thursday the 17th day of July, 1890, at 9:30 o'clock, a. m., EDNA, aged 5 months and three day.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 19th, 1879:
It has been out intention for some time to call attention to the public to our roads and the expediency of repairing them at this time. That they are in absolute need of repair, is patent to say every one who rides over them. Experience has shown the utter uselessness of a dependence upon the proper authorities, and unless our citizens take it in had themselves we will never have good roads.
The different roads in the immediate vicinity of town are especially in need of repair. Since the Police Jury and road oversees will do nothing, it devolves upon those living in the vicinity of those roads to repair them. We have good reason to believe that they will receive them. We have good reason to believe that they will receive the hearty co-operation of the business men and merchants of the town, and now that the crops are laid by the planters could devote their entire attention to the work. It is useless to wait for relief from the Police Jury. There is but one way by which good roads can be secured and that is by the volunteer efforts of the planters aided by our merchants. We suggest that a meeting be held to consider this matter - say, the 26th inst., at the Court House.
We appeal to our people to give this matter their serious attention.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1879.
Two-Year Mudhole. For two years there has been a mudhole on St. John street, near Mr. Godard's, that would almost bog a mosquito and was at least forty feet wide. Last Saturday this hole was filled, the street graded, the ditches opened and the crossings repaired. Work was done, which good judges say, if it had been let out at contract it would have cost the town between forty and fifty dollars. A warrant for four dollars paid the bill.
At the solicitation of the committee on streets, Messrs. Gerac Bros. furnished a wagon and driver, Mr. Theodule Hebert, Jr., did the same. A. J. Godard, Daniel Alexander, Frank Conway (Aleck), and others furnished labor gratis. The work was all done quietly and without parade.
The City Council and citizens are and ought to be grateful for such evidences of public spirit. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1879.
OUR RAILROAD. - The second locomotive has arrived, and several hundred tons of steel rails, etc. Track laying has commenced, east and west of Lake Charles depot. The general manager of the railroad company advertises in the Houston Daily Telegram for one hundred track men. Work goes right along. From the Lake Charles Echo.
News Notes 7/19/1879.
We were favored with a copious shower of rain last Thursday. It was very much needed, but we fear it came too late for a portion of the corn crop.
B. A. SALLES informs his friends and the public that he will have ice cream and fresh cakes for sale every Sunday, at his saloon on Lafayette street.
Mr. E. ANGELLOZ, of Morgan City, will open a first class Grocery in this place on the 10th of August next.
NEW FANCY FAMILY FLOUR for sale at John O. Mouton's, corner of Vermilion and Washington streets. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1879.
Mr. A. A. Mouton, of New Orleans, has been in our town during the past week on a visit to his relatives and friends. Mr. Mouton has opened a Planters' and Merchants' Agency for the sale of cotton, sugar, molasses and country produce, at No. 38 Union street, New Orleans.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 19th, 1873:
Sent Up. - The investigation of the case of Stainville Bay was concluded last Saturday and was required to appear at the Parish Court, to answer to the charge of larceny. He furnished an appearance bond. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1873.
Held for Trial.
The examination of the shooting affair before Judge E. Mouton, resulted in binding the parties accused, Jean Camille, Celestin Dilhan and Dominique Claverie, to appear before the District Court. Bonds of $2,000 each were furnished. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1873.
Our Police Jury.
William Pitt Kellogg, of Illinois, the so-called de facto Governor of Louisiana, fairly and legally defeated at the last election, after endeavoring to force upon as a Police Jury not acceptable to the people and who consequently refused to accept and qualify, has at last, recognized the Police Jury elected by the people. It is very seldom, these days, that the wishes of the people are respected or recognized. Our agents would not be entitled to thanks - our masters perhaps are. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1873.
On a Visit.
Mr. Edmond Breaux and family of New Orleans, are now in our town, on a summer visit. The numerous friends and acquaintances of Mr. B. will be glad to learn that he is enjoying excellent health and is in good spirits. We wish Mr. Breaux and family a pleasant sojourn among us. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1873.
Master Charley Caffery, son of our worthy citizen, J. J. Caffery, Esq., returned home from the Centenary College, Jackson, La., a few days ago, after an absence of ten months. We were glad to see Charley looking so well and contented. He speaks in the highest terms of the college and of the professors, which goes to prove that it is a first class institution. We hope that Charley will enjoy himself, whilst at home, to his heart's content, and return to his studies at the reopening of the next session with renewed energy and a determination to complete his studies. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1873.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Regular Session, July 7th, 1873.
Present: Aug. Monnier, Mayor, and Councilmen L. P. Revillon, F. C. Latiolais, H. Landry, Jos. G. Girouard, C. O. Olivier and R. L. McBride. Absent: W. Brandt.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
On motion it was resolved, That the petition of Anatole Garnier asking for a half license as retail liquor dealer, be and the same is hereby rejected.
Resolved, that the constable be and is hereby instructed to rigidly enforce the law in regard to all persons retailing liquor, with first having procured a license of the Collector.
The following accounts were approved:
Treville Bernard, Constable, $28.35.
I. Creighton, for work on market house, $12.00.
Cotton Boll, publishing work, Election notice, $6.00.
On motion the Council adjourned to next regular meeting.
A. MONNIER, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1873.
Police Jury Proceedings.
June 30th, 1873.
The Police Jury met this day pursuant to adjournment.
Present: G. Dubau, President; Messrs. S. J. Montgomery, R. C. Landry and R. LeBlanc. Absent: Mr. Jean Bernard.
The President called the meeting to order, when
On motion, W. B. Bailey was appointed Secretary pro tem.
The following report was presented and unanimously adopted !
To the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette :
The committee appointed by your Hon. Board to inquire into and make a proximate estimate of the amount of money necessary to defray the expenses of the Parish for the current year, (1873), respectfully submit the following report to-wit:
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M. F. RIGUES, S. J. MONTGOMERY, R. C. LANDRY, Committee.
The Parish Treasurer presented his report, which was on motion, approved, and the Secretary authorized to issue a warrant in favor of the Treasurer for the balance due him.
On motion it was Resolved, that the delinquent tax payers of the Parish of Lafayette be allowed until the 1st of December next, for the payment of their taxes without penalties.
Resolved, that the Assessor be and he is hereby required to make the tax-rolls of the Parish for the year 1872, for which he will be allowed the sum of $100.
Resolved, that after the legal delay the Tax Collector is hereby required to proceed to the collection of the Parish taxes for the year 1872.
Resolved. that the Tax Collector be and he is hereby authorized to receive Parish warrants in full payment of all Parish taxes, all laws contrary to and inconsistent with this resolution is hereby repealed.
Resolved, that the Tax Collector be and he is hereby required to furnish a bond in the sum of $5,000 to the President of the Police Jury before the proceeding to the collection of the said taxes.
Resolved, that the License on all trades, professions, &c., are hereby fixed at the same rates as heretofore.
Resolved, that each member of the Police Jury be and is hereby constituted the road overseer in his ward, and that the sum of $300 be appropriated to each ward for the purpose of keeping the roads and bridges in good order.
Resolved, that no member of Police Jury shall receive any pay whatever for his services as road overseer.
Resolved, that the sum of fifty ($50) dollars be and is hereby allowed to Mrs. P. Steatmen for the use and support of an old and indigent colored man named Noel Guidry.
The following accounts were approved and the Secretary authorized to issue warrants for the same:
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On motion, the Police Jury adjourned.
G. DUBAU, President.
W. B. BAILEY, Secretary pro tem.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1873.