A LYNCHING AVERTED.
An Intending Negro Ravisher Left to the Law.
A lynching at Franklin was narrowly averted Sunday night a week ago through the firm stand taken by Sheriff Sanders and the appeals of Senator Foster, Judge Allen and others. A negro named Esau Lovely stopped Mrs. Rene Hebert on the way to church, and robbed her. His actions, however, showed that his intentions were criminal assault, but he seemed to have weakened and contained himself with robbery. He was soon caught and placed in jail. That night several hundred people surrounded the jail with the purpose of lynching him, but were finally deterred, and the law left to take its course. A special term of court was held the next day at which the negro plead guilty to robbery. He was sentenced to the penitentiary and was started at once for Baton Rouge, hardly 48 hours after his crime.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.
The Cause of Lynching.
In our last issue we stated as our belief that the cause of lynchings lay in the dilatoriness of the courts, their almost interminable trials, and the great uncertainty attending the infliction of a legal penalty when they are appealed to. The fault is not in the character of the American people, for thousands of instances prove that they are law abiding and have the highest reverence for establishing authority. It requires a deed of unusual atrociousness to cause them to usurp the function of the courts and execute vengeance themselves, for they fully understand the great importance of leaving the courts to deal with offenders, and, unquestionably, they would always, even under the greatest provocation, let the law take its course, did they feel justice, sure and certain, would be quickly meted out. Criminal assault by a negro, recognized as the unpardonable sin, is the cause of nearly every lynching, and yet in two instances in Louisiana have the negroes been granted a trial, because of confidence in the courts.
The people of no section of the Union whatever are more prompt to resent an insult, or more ready to defend their wives and daughters than those of the parishes of Lafayette and St. Mary, and yet in the former parish not a great while past, a negro accused of criminal assault was not lynched, which resulted in his prompt conviction and punishment. In St. Mary parish, a few days ago at Franklin, a negro was arrested on a charge of attempted criminal assault. A mob formed to lynch him, but when assured that a special term of court to try him would be held the next day, they yielded and permitted the law to take its course. In less than 48 hours after the commission of the crime the negro was on his way to the penitentiary.
If punishment certain and swift would always follow as in these two cases, then mob violence would soon disappear, for it is but the manifestation of the people's impatience with the slow machinery of the courts, and their lack of confidence in the certainty of the courts measuring out sure and adequate punishment. This belief or attitude of the people can only be removed by remodeling our legal procedure so that every law violator and criminal shall have a speedy trial, promptly followed by either acquittal or punishment.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.
NO DOUBT ABOUT OIL!
At Anse La Butte -
- and Plenty of It.
Heywood Wells Nos. 1 and 2 Producing a Good Quality of Oil Paying Quantities.
A visit to the Anse La Butte oil field last Sunday disclosed the fact that as an oil field Anse La Butte gives every promise of being strictly in line with Jennings and Welsh.
Two wells belonging to the Heywoods have already "come in," and are producing a first class quality of oil. Heywood well No. 1 on Friday before the valve was closed gushed a strong fully 30 feet high, and No. 2 Sunday with the valve on constantly forced the oil through the valve. Saturday the powerful air compressors ordered by the Heywoods were placed in position, and on Sunday morning, when tested, soon filled 42 barrels of oil. These two wells settle beyond a doubt the status of Anse La Butte as an oil field. There is oil there and plenty of it, and all that is needed now is facilities to handle the output, and they will be furnished as soon as practicable.
The Southern Pacific well, which is down somewhere near 1,400 feet, has yet realized only salt water, but is expected to touch the oil strata when the salt bed is passed. The two wells of the Moresi Bros. are still unproductive, but they are very hopeful of good results from their well No. 2, located in Armoyen Breaux's field, about 1,500 yards from the Heywood wells.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.
Parish Medical Association.
Last week the physicians of Lafayette parish met at the court house and organized a parish medical association 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 by-laws on the lines suggested by the State Society was 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, Thos. B. Hopkins, Geo. Strohmer, H. D. White, F. E. Girard. The following resolution was unanimously adopted:
"That the Lafayette Parish Medical Society returns many thanks to the State Society for having selected Lafayette for their next annual meeting, and assures the profession of the State a hearty welcome." Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.
To the Republicans of Lafayette Parish:
Considering the fact that the next election is approaching, and from advices received from the State Central committee that a full Republican State and parochial ticket will be submitted to the voters of Louisiana at the general election of April, 1904, the Republicans of this parish are hereby warned not to participate in any manner in the Democratic primaries soon to be ordered.
GUS A. BREAUX, Member State Central Com.
JOSEPH A. CHARGOIS, Chairman Parish Executive Com.
J. R. DOMENGEAUX, Secretary Parish Committee. Lafayette, La., July 20, 1903.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.
Mass Meeting and Barbeque. - There will be a Democratic mass meeting and barbeque at Beausejour park on Sunday, August 2, at which the candidacies on the Lacoste-Voorhies ticket will be submitted to the people for ratification. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.
Wedding Bells. Porter-Mouton. Last Saturday evening at 6:30 o'clock Mr. T. A. Porter and Miss Blanche Mouton, daughter of Mr. Jacque Mouton, were married at St. John's Catholic church, Rev. Father Combier officiating. Mr. A. S. Foot was groomsman and Miss Irma Voorhies bridesmaid. A reception was held at the home of the bride's parents after the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Porter left for Slidell for a short visit, after which they will go to Victoria, Mexico, where they will make their future home. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.
Last Friday Miss Gladu's music class gave a delightful musicale at her home which a few friends of her pupils were present by invitation. All of her pupils showed good progress and executed their selections with taste and skill. The following interesting program was rendered:
Festival Day March, duet, Streabbog...Misses R. and A. Mouton.
Valse Op 34 No. 3, Chopin...Miss Sadie Mouton.
The Georgian New Port Richards...Miss V. Martin.
Little Fairy Waltz, Streabbogg...Miss Yolanda Mouton.
Flirtation Mazurka, Eckert...Miss Natalie Hohorst.
II Trovotore, Dorn...Miss Edith Mouton.
Cry Baby Waltz, Charles Kinkel...Miss Anne Mouton.
Fan Tau, Two Step, Anthony...Miss Martha Mouton.
General's Grand March, Martin...Miss Louise Martin.
Faust Fantasie, Theo von La Hache...Miss Ruth Mouton.
At the close of the program delicious ices and cakes were served, and the evening closed with a number of pleasant games which afforded much pleasure to pupils and friends. The guests present were: Misses Helene Gerac, Genevieve and Odeide Mouton, Alice Campbell, Stella Roy, Thelma Landry and Effie Lindsay.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.
FIRE PREVENTION IN McComb ADDITION.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., July 6, 1903.
- A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor Chas. D. Caffery, presiding.
An ordinance to prevent the spread of fire in the town of Lafayette, La.
Be it ordained by the City Council of the town of Lafayette, La., that in order to prevent the spread of fire in said town, the buildings of wood commonly known as frame buildings within the following limits is hereby prohibited and declared to be unlawful, to wit:
1. In that part of Square No. 5 in McComb addition in said town which is bounded Northerly by an alley, Southerly by Lincoln avenue, Easterly by Walnut street and Westerly by Chestnut street.
2. Also in that part of square No. 25 in said McComb addition bounded Northerly by Lincoln avenue, Southerly by an alley, Easterly by Walnut street and Westerly by Chestnut street.
3. Also on lots 1 to 17 both inclusive of square 4 of said McComb addition.
4. Also on lots 1 - 6 both inclusive of square No. 24.
5. Also on the land lying between square No. 24 and Morgan's Louisiana and Texas railroad in said McComb addition which is bounded Northerly by an alley, Southerly by Lincoln avenue, Easterly by Grant avenue and Westerly by Cypress street.
7. Also the square of ground in said McComb addition bounded Northerly by Lincoln avenue, Southerly by Sixth street, Easterly by Grant avenue and Westerly by Cypress street.
9. Also the block in said McComb addition known as the "Mansion Block" bounded Northerly by Lincoln avenue, Southerly by Sixth street, easterly by Cypress street and westerly by Garfield street.
10. Also on the southern half of block No. (unreadable digit) of said McComb addition including the portion on the southern end thereof which is not numbered, said southern half being bounded in part by an alley and in part by Julie avenue, south by Lincoln avenue, east by Vine street.
11. Also lots 198 to 202 both inclusive in the square, bounded north by Buchanan street, south by Pierce street, west by Congress street and east by _________.
12. Also on lots 203 to 207 both inclusive in the block in said town, bounded northerly by Pierce street, southerly by Pierce street, easterly by Garfield street and westerly by Congress street.
13. Also on lots 197, 196, 195, 124, 120, 127 and 125; all in the block bounded northerly by Jefferson and Pierce streets, easterly by Congress street and west by Vermilion street.
14. Also on lot 208 and the west half of the block bounded Northerly by Jefferson and Pierce streets, southerly by Monroe street, easterly by Congress street and west by Vermilion street said west half including lots 151 to 154 both inclusive as well as said lot 208, and lot 155 in same said block.
15. Also on lots 238, 242, 250 and 230, according to the plat of the town of Lafayette and in that part known as the old corporation.
16. Also on the following lots fronting on the south side of Vermilion street in said town, to-wit: lots 231, 232, 237, 84, 83 and also the following lots fronting on Jefferson street, to-wit: 81 and 82.
17 Also on the entire block which is bounded North by Vermilion street, south by Main street and west by Madison street.
18 Also on lots 116 and 118 lying on a north line of Vermilion street.
19. Also on the entire block bounded north by Vermilion street south by Main street, east by Madison street, east by Madison street and west by Lafayette street.
20. Also on the north half of the block which is bounded north by street, south by Second street, east by Jefferson street and west by Madison street.
21. Also on the east half of the block north by Vermilionville street, South by Main street, east by Lafayette street and west by Washington street.
22. Also on the east half of which is bounded North by Main street and west by Washington street.
23. Also on the North half of the block which is bounded North by Main street, South by Second street, east by Madison street and West by Lafayette street.
Be it further ordained that no building even of brick or other inflammable material such as is prescribed by this ordinance shall be built in said limits unless and until a permit for the same shall have been issued by the mayor of said.
Be it further ordained that no building shall be constructed within the limits hereinabove prescribed of any other material than brick, stone or iron, and all roofs shall be constructed of some recognized fire proof material; provided that this ordinance shall not apply to any frame building now actually in the course of construction.
Be it further ordained that the City Council shall have the right to remove any material intended to be used in the construction of any building in contravention of this ordinance and same to be be done at the expense of the person violating the same.
Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect immediately.
Chas. D. Caffery, Mayor
Louis Lacoste, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.
Historical Find? - Two negroes from Vermilion parish, who came to Lafayette day before yesterday driving a hack, stated that they had found an old cannon buried in 6 feet of water near the mouth of the Vermilion river, filled with old Spanish gold coins. They went to Crow Girard and inquired about disposing of their find, but did not show any of the coins, saying they had not brought any along. They promised to, however, to express some samples to him. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.
Selected News Notes 7/22/1903.
A. B. Denbo went to Abbeville Thursday on business.
Smith Alpha, of Franklin, was in Lafayette Saturday and Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Mudd, of Algiers, are spending a few days in Lafayette.
Wm. Neveu is building a neat cottage on Washington street near the court-house.
Prof. O. J. Poland, principal of the Cormier school, will leave for Natchitoches Thursday to take a special course.
Dr. C. G. Salles, Fred Voorhies, J. D. Nickerson and Lessley Phillips went to Galveston on the excursion Monday.
L. J. Serrett, formerly connected with the Southern Pacific here, is now relief agent on the Iron Mountain railroad in Arkansas.
Mrs. Louis Domengeaux and daughter Louise, Mrs. J. F. Mouton and children and Miss L. Gladu, went to Galveston on the excursion Monday.
Allie Sprole, A. A. Mouton, Locke Neveu and Wm. Lallane returned yesterday from California. They report a glorious time.
The Sontag Band Concert Friday night was one of the most enjoyable affairs of the season. The band has learned quite a number of new pieces which makes the concert the more attractive. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 22nd, 1899:
To the Editor:
...THE INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL.
I am an old worn out broken up campaigner now in my 74th year., not so much worn out mentally as physically, having been unfortunate enough through numerous accidents to be crippled for life ; yet I am like an old worn out hunter, when I hear the sound of the huntman's horn and the cry of the hounds it brings me to my feet. I can't sit still without taking a hand in when such important game is turned loose.
On the 4th., of July I managed to get out to the great barbecue at Beausejour's Springs where I met at the residence of a friend of mine quite a number of farmers from the country, one farmer who owns land living ten miles out of Lafayette, another five, another two and my friend who lives within a mile of town has about two hundred acres. The conversation naturally turned to the Industrial School question. One farmer said to me, it is all very well for you people living in Lafayette and owning property there to work hard and do everything in your power to get the industrial school, believing it will be one of the great starting points of doubling in a few years your population and very materially drawing the value of your property ; and if you get it, the School or University right to your doors where you can give your children a first class education free of cost, while we farmers living so far away can't send our children, and although we pay the same amount of taxes in proportion that you do, we will receive no benefit from it whatever.
I said: My dear sir, your arguments sound very plausible viewing them from your standpoint, but I must say that with one or two exceptions you are laboring under a VERY, VERY great mistake. It is true that the people of Lafayette are doing all they can to have the Industrial School located in their town believing that they have the best, healthiest and most suitable location to be found in the state. As to its being the starting point of doubling our population in a few years I believe it will be one of the principal ones, and the rise of property always keeps pace with the population. It is true comparatively speaking that it will bring the University to the door of every one living in the town of Lafayette, but it would be impossible to bring it up to the door of every one living in the Parish. In regard to the farmers living eight or ten miles out receiving no benefit whatever is a very great mistake. I claim that the average farmer living within eight of ten miles from the town will receive more benefit and more real wealth in the rise of value in his lands and other property than the average citizen living in the town of Lafayette. This I think I will be able to prove before I get through to the satisfaction of every reasonable minded man. The majority of our farmers who live six, eight and ten miles in the country own from one to three to four hundred acres of as fine farming lands as there is to be found in the country, yet many of them do not get enough out of their crops to carry them through (and as the old saying is "make both ends meet at the end of the year"). They have to borrow money to carry them through the next. You ask the farmer why this is so, he will tell you that there is no excuse of making any more crops than you want for your own use, for we can't sell them, we have no market for any thing we can raise except cotton and that dosen't pay expenses.
I don't think that the business men of the Parish or those who profess to run it have paid sufficient attention to our bad roads or market.
We are an agricultural people and without good roads and a good market we cannot prosper.
Here the question arises : How are we to get them? "Just the same as all other agricultural countries got them."
The farmers and land owners, the merchants and mechanics work together, they do everything in their power to build up a populous, industrial and commercial city in their midst, knowing that the necessities of the people must build up a market for all the products of the farmers and help them to build good roads to get in. They hold out every inducement in their power to get railroads, manufactures of every description to locate in their city.
Let our farmers and the people of Lafayette follow their example. Let us double our population by getting the Industrial School, then we are sure to get a good market and good roads.
I claim that every one thousand of population that we add to the town will add from one to five dollars to every acre of farming lands in the Parish.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.
In company with Mr. B. N. Coronna, the courteous manager of the Lafayette Cotton Compress, we made a visit to the compress a few days ago where we noted many marked improvement.
A substantial structure has been erected in which is found the manager's private office, with their own telephone to all points of the parish and neighboring towns and the Cumberland long distance telephone that connects them with the East and the West. This office is provided with an accessory that is welcomed these warm days - an electric fan.
One one side of the manager's sanctum is the book keeper's office where everything in the way of furniture is up-to-date, while on the other side is to be found a large sample room where the cotton will be classed. The building is furnished with water and electric lights from their own plant.
Opposite this building is to be found the gin house, the seed houses and the office of the ginnery manager which this Fall will be Mr. J. E. Martin.
Here the farmers will have all the modern improvements to handle their cotton quickly and safely and the whole business will be in the hands of Mr. J. E. Martin who is fitted to hold the position.
Two watchmen are in constant duty and they are checked by electrical clocks which every morning records any duty neglected during the night.
A corn and what mill will be added to the gin and even bones will be ground for fertilizing purposes.
Mr. B. N. Coronna, the manager, had a new road cut from the compress to the Rail Road section house which will save about two to the farmers coming from a Northern direction.
These improvements shows the great faith Messrs. Lehman Stern & Co., have in the future of Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.
The number of educable children between the ages of 6 and 18 years in the corporation and 1st., 2nd., 3rd. and 4th. wards of the parish are as follows:
Whites - 426
Colored - 349
Males - 398
Females - 377
Whites - 483
Colored - 283
Males - 422
Females - 344
Whites - 593
Colored - 160
Males - 378
Females - 175
Whites - 375
Colored - 460
Males - 448
Females - 387
4th. WARD: (Royville)
Whites - 602
Males - 494
Females - 439
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.
From Someone Who Was There...
News of a Big Surprise Party!!!
Even though the heat of the past few days has been very oppressive, still our young people lullaby off the time in very pleasant occupation. The surprise party given Wednesday night to the Misses Revillon and their charming guest, Miss Naquin, of Thibodeaux, was a most agreeable as well as successful affair. The crowd was a jolly one, and our fair hostesses although taken by "surprise" more than equal to the occasion. The generous and hearty treatment received at their fair hands will necessarily induce us to again duplicate the occasion. Ices, cakes, etc., were served and the crown forcibly demonstrated their appreciation of the kindness so lavishly extended. Vocal and instrumental music with dancing and euchre, (with of course the conventional tete-a-tete) consisted the impromptu program of the evening. At about 11:30 our friends were bid a reluctant good-night, and amidst the sweet recollections of the affair, all admitted that such pleasant reunions should occur much more often. Those present were: Misses Zerelda and Lizzie Bailey ; Rita Trahan ; Lucie Judice ; Medora Lindsay ; Bertha Naquin ; Marie, Louise, Julie and Lucille Revillon ; and Messrs. P. Kraus ; Paul Bailey ; Chas. Debaillon ; Frank Broussard ; J. R. Domengeaux ; John Greig ; L. Nickerson ; and Ralph Voorhies.
"ONE OF THE CROWD."
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser July 22nd, 1893.
THE LAFAYETTE AND BREAUX BRIDGE RAILROAD.
On the 20th. instant, in the parlors of the Crescent News and Hotel Company at this place, Drs. H. P. Guilbeau and F. R. Martin, and Messrs. A. F. Domengeaux, Chas. Babin and L. C. Guidry of Breaux Bridge, and our own fellow townsmen Messrs. Crow Girard, H. A. Van der Cruyssen, Julian Mouton and Dr. N. P. Moss, met by appointment general Manager Kruttschnitt, Supt. W. F. Owen, Judge J. G. Parkerson and Mr. Randolph Natili of the Southern Pacific Railway Co., to confer with these railroad officials on the possibility and feasibleness of building a branch road from Lafayette to Breaux Bridge and Arnaudville, to develop the wealth of dormant resources of that section of country.
Manager Kruttschnitt confessed he was very deeply impressed with the eagerness and plausibility of the representations made to him by the committee and promised to give the subject as thorough investigation preparatory to laying the undertaking before the Southern Pacific Company for action. He frankly informed the committee, however, that in the event of the branch road being built, no actual work in that direction could take place this year.
The interview ended very pleasantly and it is hoped will result in positive good.
Before parting, the members forming the committee from Breaux Bridge and Lafayette, decided to effect a permanent organization of the Lafayette and Breaux Bridge Rail Road Co. as was originally intended, and proceed to secure a right of way of their own so that if the company be compelled to fall back on its own resources to carry out the object of the organization, it will be prepared to do so in a large measure. We believe the plan proposed of effecting the permanent organization of a local railroad company as indicated above, is well advised and will materialize into something tangible at no far distant day.
It behooves all our progressive and public spirited citizens to lend their good will and unstinted support to this new public measure that can be made to result in so much good to our town and parish. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.
WILLIE FOREMAN GONE.
On Thursday last, Sheriff Broussard, assisted by Deputy C. H. Bradley, left for Baton Rouge with Willie Foreman in charge, the Supreme Court having, at its recent session at Opelousas, affirmed the finding of the jury and the ruling of the Court in this case.
Foreman is said to have been apparently indifferent as to his future. Neither by word or sign is he said to have shown regret or depression. Nineteen years in the penitentiary is the sentence of the Court against him.
The conviction of Foreman probably ends a long chapter in the history of the parish.
Sheriff Broussard also had in charge Sosthene Broussard in interdict, who will be taken to the asylum in Jackson. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.
Selected News Notes 7/22/1893.
Gathered and Arranged for the Benefit of our Readers.
The Advertiser office is still the office of the Teche and Vermilion telephone line, which is doing a splendid and increasing business.
Mayor Wm. Campbell left yesterday for an outing at Grand Isle, the famous summer resort of Louisiana. Mr. Campbell will be absent about 15 days.
Work on the two story frame store building of Mr. Clemile Trahan on Lincoln Avenue is being pushed rapidly and the place will soon be ready for occupancy.
The special train of General Manager Krutschnitt that arrived here Thursday evening at 3 o'clock, went up the "tap" as for Alexandria before returning to New Orleans.
The stock-law, which was maintained last Thursday by an election confined to the property owners of the corporation of Lafayette, goes into effect next Monday the 24th.
Mr. E. O. Schuh arrived from New Orleans a few days since, to take charge of the attractive lunch stand at the Crescent News and Hotel Company will open in the new rail road station house the Southern Pacific Co. has just erected here.
Lafayette is a stopping-place for every denomination and kind of tramp, peddler and the like, but all such gentry are made to pay for what they get by the town authorities, otherwise we believe our town would soon become an asylum for the outcast.
The Crescent News and Hotel Company's commodious dining hall at the depot has been freshly painted and otherwise renovated, and presents a very inviting appearance. Mr. John Hahn, the popular local manager of the hotel, spares no pains to make it one of the most attractive places of its kind in the South.
Notice is hereby given that Mr. A. C. Ordway's connection with the LAFAYETTE ADVERTISER ceased on the 20th. of June.
Miss Clara Martin returned home Sunday, from a trip to Carencro.
Miss Agnes Trahan, after spending a few days at Scott, returned home, this week.
Mr. Robert Richard is back among us, after a trip to Breaux Bridge and Sour Lake.
The Washington State bank at Washington La., will open for business on August 1st.
Two coaches filled with Chinamen, passed through here Tuesday, en route to Havana.
R. W. Elliot Esq., returned yesterday from a visit to relatives in Houston of then days or more.
Messrs. J. B. Perez and Antoine Guidry returned Tuesday from their trip to the World's Fair.
Mr. J. Edmond Mouton, the prosperous planter of Mouton Switch, was in town Thursday on business.
Mr. J. J. Ryan, G. M. M. of the Southern Pacific from El Paso to Algiers, passed through here Tuesday, in his private car Victoria.
Supt. Overton Cade, of the U. S. Mint, at New Orleans, in company with Dr. Roy Young, of Rayville, were in town last Tuesday.
Trains No. 17 and 19 were delayed about four hours Sunday, on account of a wreck on the San Antonio division of the S. P. railroad.
Don't forget the grand excursion from Morgan City to Lake Charles on Sunday, August 6. Fare for the round trip from Lafayette only $1.50.
Mr. Maybrick the freight agent at this place left Tuesday with his family for Georgia. Mr. Maybrick is expected back in about ten days.
The ADVERTISER has just laid in a fine lot of new type in the latest styles of faces, which better equips us for the disposal of commercial job printing.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.
A Gay Old Time. - The nineteenth birthday of our young friend, Mr. Jack Nickerson last Saturday, furnished the occasion for a very gathering of his at the hospitable home of his parents. Dancing, singing and feasting were indulged in to the full satisfaction of the gay young party, and the event will ever be associated with pleasant recollections by the participants. Among those present were Misses Alix Judice Gladu, Stella Trahan, Bessie Cornay, Ida Moss, Zerelda Bailey, Lizzie Parkerson, Jennie Torian, Leilla Singleton, Mattie Hopkins, Irene Banks, Louise Givens, Lizzie Mudd, Eliza Hopkins and (unreable first name) Nickerson; Messrs. C. K. Darling, J. Davidson, Frank Hopkins, Alfred Mouton, Edwin Givens, Thos. Hopkins, Sterling Mudd, Oren Hopkins, Leo Judice, John Givens, Crow Girard, S. R. Parkerson, John Kennedy, P. M. Girard and Raoul Trahan. Together with his other friends the Advertiser wishes Jack "many happy returns of the day."
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.
They May Not Be Dropped from the Rolls in All Cases.
WASHINGTON, July 15. - It is learned at the pension office to-day that 2,500 pensioners have been suspended up to date under recent ruling, requiring beneficiaries of the act of June 27, 1890, to prove total disability where they are drawing pensions of $12 per month. The suspensions are not confined to any particular locality, but are well distributed throughout the country.
No pensioner has yet been dropped under the decision, for the reason that the sixty days allowed the pensioners in which to make proof of disability have not elapsed.
Many of the cases suspended will not result in the dropping of the pensioner, but may be confined to a reduction of pension, according to the degree of disability and its cause, as shown by the proofs submitted. Original source unknown. Printed in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893. The reply of our neighbor the Gazette, sustaining the action of the Police jury in refusing the proposition of the People's State bank to pay interest upon parish money deposited with it, is ingeniously conceived but the position taken is wholly untenable.
The first proposition is stated at length but may be put in a few words and it is this, there is no law for it. This is no answer to our proposition. If there was positive law for it there would be no room for argument. It is contended in all seriousness that the Police Jury could not accept the Bank's offer because the words Parish or Police Jury do not appear in the law creating the State Fiscal Agent, or providing that funds held under orders of Courts should be deposited with Banks paying interest. Police Juries are, it is true, public corporations with specified powers but the conversation of the interests of the whole people is one of the whole people is one of their inherent powers; such powers belong to them and may be exercised when not in conflict with positive law or recognized public interest.
There is no law authorizing Police Juries to elect officers every year when they themselves are appointed for four years, but lately considering the public interest was promoted by it, the Police Jury of this parish entered into such an election and declared that hereafter they would elect annually.
It would be equally as reasonable and fully as correct to say that a decision of the Supreme Court establishing a given principle of law, in a case appealed from the District Court should not control a Justice of the Peace in a similar case because the words "Justice of the Peace" did not appear in the opinion.
We beg to say that we have no quarrel with the Police Jury and regret any bitterness we have shown. We have simply endeavored to point out the fact, as we believe that the Police Jury acted hastily in refusing the Bank's offer. We believed that the money of the people of the whole State were as sacred as those of our parish. It occurred to me that the funds of widows and orphans in charge of our courts should be safe-guarded by every means possible and that if Banks were a safe place for them, they were equally so for parish money.
The reply of the Gazette, on the whole is an ad captanduin argument. Not designedly so but such is the effect of it. If this method we repeat is good for the state and for the State's Courts why is not good for the parish. Do not the funds of the State "jingle in the coffers" of the Whitney Bank of New Orleans, and will it be contented that any harm comes to the State because of there being so deposited?
We have no desire to prolong the discussion. We merely adhere to the position that there is no reason why the parish should not profit by the Bank's offer; and that to reject it is a loss to the people of a sum of money worth looking after.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.