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From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 22nd, 1903.


       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.


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.

Crowley Company to Develop Holdings There.

 [Special to the N. O. Times-Democrat.]

 It is stated on good authority to-day that there is a big deal on foot in this city, by which local capitalists are to make some heavy investments in the Anse la Butte, twenty-two miles of this place. It is said that a sum of money nearing the six figure mark has been raised, and that if nothing unforeseen interferes with present arrangements it will be invested in the development of this oil field, about which so little is known to the outside word. Several of the local capitalists who are largely interested in oil have been making frequent trips to the Anse la Butte field during the past few weeks, which only adds color to the report of the big deal which is now thought to be pending. Crowley and New Iberia oilmen own several large tracts in the proven field of the Anse la Butte territory, and it is said that if the deal pending now is really consummated the money raised will not be devoted so much to the purchasing of additional holdings as it will be to the development of what are already held. To-day another large party left Crowley on the morning train for the oil field, and it is thought that some time next week something definite regarding their intentions will be made known. Since the recent visit of ex-Gov. Hogg of Texas and Gen. Miles to the fields, much of the old time interest has been revived throughout Southwest Louisiana. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.

Will Bore for Oil.

 The New Iberia Oil and Mineral Co. has contracted for the boring of a well on their property at Anse la Butte, and work will begin at once. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.     

Special Meeting Parish Medical Association.

 The Parish Medical Association held a special meeting Saturday to consider ways and means of entertaining the State Medical Association, which will meet in Lafayette in May, 1904, with Dr. J. P. Francez in the chair, Dr. F. E. Girard secretary, and a good attendance present. After a full discussion of the question, it was decided to appoint two committees for preliminary work, the two committees to report at a meeting called for the first Saturday in September. Drs. F. R. Tolson, F. E. Girard and J. F. Mouton were put on a committee to interview the citizens in regard to receiving the visitors in their homes. Drs. F. J. Mayer, F. E. Girard and J. F. Mouton were placed upon the second committee to see the City Council, Police Jury and Business Men's Association for the purpose of securing their co-operation.

 It has hoped that the citizens generally, and the above bodies will give these committees every assistance and encouragement, for their is nothing calculated to be of more benefit to a town, or to give it wider and more substantial advertising than conventions of different kinds. New Orleans recognizes this, and because of its efforts to secure them and its success in so doing, has become known far and wide as the convention city. This convention has come to Lafayette almost without solicitation on our part, and we feel confident that Lafayette will live up to its high reputation and show these visiting gentlemen the extra find brand of hospitality that Lafayette always has on hand. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.

Cormier School.

 Saturday morning the closing exercises of the Cormier School took place. A large number of parents and friends were present. The children all acquitted themselves well, and their progress reflects great credit up Prof. O. J. Poland who has charge of the School. At noon a find dinner was spread which everybody enjoyed. The afternoon was devoted to social pleasures, and was most agreeably spent buy all. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903. 

  Races Near Carencro.

 Some good races will take place at Martial Hebert's track near Carencro next Sunday. The principal event will be between Daisy B. belonging to P. H. Mouton of Scott, and Rose, owned by Valsin Leger of Sunset, 5 arpents for a purse of $100. 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.

Seriously Hurt.

 Little Hazel VonEye was accidentally kicked in the head by a horse at her home in Carencro Thursday. The wound is serious, but she will recover unless some complication ensues. 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.

 A Musicale. 

 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.

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.

Fine Prospects.

Lafayette parish certainly has cause for congratulation upon its fine outlook for a most excellent crop. Cotton and corn are especially well grown and fruited, and there is every reason to believe, unless some unforeseen condition arises, that the biggest corn crop for years will be harvested. Cane is not as well advanced as the other two staples, but without any setback it will yield heavily and be most satisfactory. With good prices for cotton, which is almost a certainty, this parish will enjoy unexampled prosperity next year.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.

Death of Dan Meyer.

 The sad news was received in Lafayette yesterday morning of the death of Dan Meyer in New Orleans, at 2 a. m. Tueday, as the result of an operation for appendicitis. Mr. Meyer was one of Lafayette's progressive business men and had many fine traits of character. His large circle of friends, whose high esteem he possessed in a marked degree, were shocked and grieved at his untimely death. His remains were brought to Lafayette on the 5 p. m. train, where they were met by a large number of friends, who accompanied the funeral procession to the Jewish cemetery, where he was laid to rest. Mr. Meyer was 29 years of age, and was a brother of Myrtle Meyer of this place. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.

Base Ball Game.

 The game between the Lafayette and Pilette teams Sunday was very interesting. A large crowd was present and thoroughly enjoyed the game. The score was 6 to 1 in favor of the home team. Next Sunday and Monday the Lafayette and Jeanerette nines will cross bats at the ball park and some extra fine playing can be expected. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.

In Favor of Compress.

The suit of D. B. Hudson vs. the Lafayette Compress and Storage Co. was tried before Judge Debaillon and a verdict rendered last week in favor of the defendants.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.

Collectable Now.

 The special road tax roll for 1908 has been filed in the tax collector's office, and by resolution of the Police Jury the taxes have been ordered collected at once, and will become delinquent October 1. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.

Parish Treasurer's Report.

 To the President and Members of the School Board of Lafayette Parish, La.

 Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the school funds since my last report.

page 3 column 4

 Respectfully submitted,
J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., July 2, 1903.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.

Selected News Notes 7/22/1903.

 A. B. Denbo went to Abbeville Thursday on business.

 Lee Reihl, of Washington, took advantage of the excursion Sunday to run down for a day with friends here.

 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.

 John Tierney, of the Motive Power Department of the Southern Pacific Railroad, at New Orleans arrived in Lafayette Friday night and spent a few days with friends and relatives.

 Prof. O. J. Poland, principal of the Cormier school, will leave for Natchitoches Thursday to take a special course.

 Judge Debaillon went to Crowley Monday to take up the case of D. Caffery & Son et als vs. Morris Oil & Mineral Co., and the Bienville Oil Co,

 Dr. Oliphant, of New Orleans, spent a few days with relatives here last week.

 Dr. C. G. Salles, Fred Voorhies, J. D. Nickerson and Lessley Phillips went to Galveston on the excursion Monday.

 The Republican party contemplates putting out a complete State and parish ticket at the next election, as is announced in an official notice published in another column.

 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.

 Ed Chase has returned from Clinton, La., where he was called on account of his mother's illness.

Crowley is planning to build a pipe line from the Mamou field.

 Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Duson and children, Miss Mayme Duson, and Misses Meta and Lola Duson and Mrs. C. W. Foreman, all of Crowley, will leave in day or two for Cloudcroft, New Mexico where they expect to remain until Sept. 1.

 Quite a number of Lafayette people took the advantage of the low rates to Galveston 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.

 Dr. C. J. Salles, Fred Voorhies, J. D. Nickerson and Lessley Phillips went to Galveston on the excursion Monday.

 Miss Bessie Caffery, after spending some time visiting friends in San Antonio, Texas, returned home Tuesday.

 Albert Robichaux returned Saturday from Sour Lake, where he had gone to recuperate. He is looking much better from his trip.

 We are glad to state that Geo. Debaillon is very much better, being clear of fever, and will soon be able to be out on the streets again.

 Mr. J. C. Daspit, one of Breaux Bridge's most promising young lawyers, was in Lafayette last Friday. While here he presented to Prof. Sontag of the Sontag Military Band a goat as a mascot for the band.

 Little Clayton Pellerin gave a party to his little friends on Monday evening in honor of his fifth birthday. The little folk all had a jolly time, and when time to go came round, all left wishing Clayton would have a birthday "e'v'y" week.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1903.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 22nd, 1899:

 To the Editor:


 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. 

(Unreadable portion).

 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.
                                  (Signed) FARMER.
                        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

!st. Ward.
Whites - 483
Colored - 283
Males - 422
Females - 344

2nd WARD:
Whites - 593
Colored - 160
Males - 378
Females - 175

3rd. WARD:
Whites - 375
Colored - 460
Males - 448
Females - 387

4th. WARD: (Royville)
Whites - 602
Colored 331
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.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.      


 The farmers' institute convened last Monday at Falk's Opera House, under the leadership of Dr. C. W. Stubbs, assisted by Dr. Dalrymple, State veterinarian, and other scientific and practical gentlemen.

 Mayor Wm. Campbell opened the institute, delivering the address of welcome; Dr. Stubbs replying in a most instructive and scholarly address, which elicited great applause from the audience.

 Mr. O, M. Jenkins, a practical dairyman of this parish, a hard student in all the phases of his calling, read an important paper, filled up with timely suggestions on the subject of dairying in Southwest Louisiana. From the manner Mr. Jenkins handled the subject, it could be seen that he had given it a practical experiment.

 Mr. Ben Avant, a practical and successful stock raiser of our parish read a paper giving his experience and what knowledge he had acquired in stock raising in Southwest Louisiana. This paper was much appreciated.

 Careless farming in Southwest Louisiana was handled in a well carefully prepared paper by Mr. W. R. Foote. Our farmers would do well to give heed to the suggestions advanced by Mr. Foote.

 Dr. Dalrymple read a most scientific paper, containing much valuable and useful information on "Beef raising in Louisiana." This subject is of great importance to our farmers. Those present seemed to be greatly interested in this subject, as a number of questions were propounded the doctor who fully and clearly explained them, giving much useful information and throwing much light upon certain points which heretofore have greatly hindered the success of stock raising in this section.

 Gen. Leon Jastrenskli, Commissioner of Agriculture, followed with a very entertaining talk, strongly advocating a diversification of crops and the co-operation of the country and the town toward the building of factories.

 At the afternoon session Drs. Stubbs and Dalrymple furnished the farmers with some valuable information on agriculture, stock raising and other farming subjects.

 At the night session Dr. Fred Mayer presented a most interesting subject the building of cotton factories upon the co-operative plan.

 The session was enlivened by good music furnished by the Lafayette Orchestra and those present were delightfully entertained in the rendition of a song "Waiting" by Miss Marthe Mouton, whose charming, melodious, well-modulated voice kept her listeners spellbound. She was warmly applauded.

 The institute was well attended by both sexes and conducted in a highly intelligent manner, and no doubt that the information acquired by the farmers will in time bear good fruit.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.

Attention No. 1.
To the Editor Lafayette Advertiser:

 The attention of the Mayor, and Members of the City Council, of the corporation of Lafayette, is respectfully called to the present condition of the plank walk on Lee Avenue, which in many places is in a great measure dangerous, and a constant menace to the people who are compelled to use this walk, there are many loose planks, and planks of uneven thickness, which causes pedestrians to trip, and in many instances to stumble and fall, and ladies are liable to get their dresses torn. It certainly seems to be negligence of the grossest sort on the part of the plank walk repairer, or incompetency, for this condition on Lee Avenue has existed and been an eye sore to us for a long while. Our wives, have been compelled to abandon this street as a promenade, on account of its dangerous condition, and it is our wish, and request, that Lee Avenue, sidewalk be repaired and put in a safe condition, is the complaint of
Lafayette, La., July 19. - 1899.

No. 2.

 What about the analysis of the water?

 Are the members of the City Council perfectly conscious of their responsibility in this much important matter?

 No. 3.

 Now that the weeds are generally cut down by the property holders, it is high time that the city council should open all street bridges so the water may run out. After a raining spell some of the streets of our town are emanating stinking odors due to the stagnancy of the water in the side ditches, which is a disgrace to any civilized community without speaking of the noxiousness to the public health caused by such abnormal conditions. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.


 We hear nothing but words of praise from our farmers who have planted this thriving variety of cotton. Others who have not planted it are regretting now their failure to do so. The stalks are well loaded with fruit and grown well developed bolls.

 On the first of July we had open bolls and the seeds of these have been replanted and are now growing up thus demonstrating the prolificacy of this cotton. 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  few days ago where we noted many marked improvements.

 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 wheat 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 R. R. section house which will save about two miles to the farmers coming from a Northern direction.

 These improvements show the great faith Messrs. Lehman, Stern & Co., have in the future of Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.

Lightning Kills Horse and Cattle.

 On last Monday afternoon during an electrical storm near John Whittington's place, one horse and three cows belonging to Mr. Louique Broussard, which were grazing three arpents apart, were killed at the same time by a strike of lightning. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.

The Gas Source.

 On last Wednesday afternoon we visited the Gas Source between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge and were quite surprised of the amount of escaping gas. All the machinery is upon the ground and nothing but favorable weather is expected to begin operations. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.

Good Write-Up.

 The special southern industrial edition of The Boston Traveler, of Wednesday, July 12, 1899 has been received. The New England Newspaper Men's League are lavishing words of praise upon the South, its resources, its industries and its possibilities. Two columns are devoted to Lafayette, La. There is no doubt that this write-up will bring many inquiries to our town by those who are seeking either to invest capital or to locate in a more congenial climate. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.

House Warming Party.

 A pleasant little party enjoyed the hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. A. Judice and family of Scott, in their handsome and hospitable new home last Tuesday evening. Miss Bells assisted her mother in receiving and proved a very charming little hostess.

 Those present were Dr. and Mrs. F. E. Girard, Dr. and Mrs. R. B. Raney, Misses Lizzie Mudd, Florence Ramsey, Frankie Foucher, and Mr. J. C. Nickerson. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.

Correspondence from Lt. Moss.

 A letter from Lieutenant James A. Moss, written at sea on U. S. A. transport Sheridan, on July 1st, and mailed at Honolulu (Hawaii Islands) on July 2nd., conveys the intelligence to his father that he expected to reach Manila by July 20th. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.

A "Cuoumis" Party.

 One of the most enjoyable as well as fashionable reunions of the season was the watermelon party given Saturday night by Mr. J. C. Nickerson at his beautiful home, "Sterling grove," in commemorating his 25th., birthday. The lovely grounds were elaborately decorated with Chinese lanterns of different hues and the reflections sent forth by the bright colors had a most desirable effect. The inimitable "Jack" assisted by his estimable mother and Dr. Raney exerted their kindest in attending to the comfort of the many guests. The luscious melons had been iced for the occasion and the sweetness of Jack's melons was the theme of conversations the whole evening.

 Dancing was indulged in by a few, a string band had been engaged for the evening and sweet music was discoursed the entire time. In fact Mr. Nickerson never forgets anything, and all that can be done for royally entertaining his guests is done in a manner so original. We will long remember the affair. The party was unique, interesting and enjoyable.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.

A Surprise Party.

To the Editor Lafayette Advertiser.

 Even though the heat of the past few days has been oppressive, still our young people lullabye 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" were 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 crowd forcibly demonstrated their appreciation of the kindness so lavishly extended. Vocal and instrumentals 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  reluctant good-night, and amidst the sweet recollections of the affair, all admitted that such pleasant reunions should occur much oftener. Those present were Misses Zerelda and Lizzie Bailey; Rita Trahan; Lucie Judice;  Medora Lindsay; Bertha Naquin; Marie, Louise, Julie and Lucile Revillon; and Messrs. P. Krauss; Paul Bailey; Chas. Debaillon; Frank Broussard; J. R. Domengeaux; John Greig; L. Nickerson; and Ralph Voorhies.
(Signed) "ONE OF THE CROWD."
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.

Police Jury Proceedings.

      Lafayette, La., July 6th, 1899.
 The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Jno. Whittington, Jr., J. E. Primeaux, Alonzo Lacy and Alfred Hebert. Absent: M. Billeaud, Jr.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 Mr. Primeaux reported the sale of oxen for $32.50 which was ordered placed to credit of drainage fund of 4th ward.

 Hon. O. Cade here appeared and represented the necessity of contracting railroads and tramroads to encourage the development of the agricultural resources of the parish. He asked that the jury exempt from taxation all such roads under provisions of Article 230 of the State Constitution and by motion duly made the following resolution was unanimously adopted. Resolved that under provisions of Article 290 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana there shall be exempt from taxation for a period of ten years from the date of its completion any railroad or part of such railroad or tramroads that may hereafter be constructed in the parish of Lafayette, La., and completed prior to January 1st, 1901.

 Mr. Primeaux was authorized to construct a new bridge south of B. F. Flanders place.

 By motion Theodule Baudoin appointed Constable of the 4th, ward, vice Napoleon Melancon resigned, was declared, entitled to the fixed salary of his predecessor in office from date of qualification.

 The sum of $10.00 additional was allowed Jasper Spell, for right of way of public road.

 The committee appointed to check up the tax collector's accounts for Special tax and licenses, submitted the following report which was adopted:

 To the Hon. Police Jury. Your undersigned committee has verified the accounts of The Sheriff and Tax Collector Broussard in the Collection of Special road and license tax up to May 1st, 1899 and find the same correct exhibiting the following amounts to the credit of the various wards:

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 Very Respectfully,
        M. BILLEAUD, JR.

 The following report of jury of freeholders was read, duly adopted, the road traced, declared a public highway and the sum of $12.00 appropriated and set aside to meet the expropriation therein mentioned.

 Be it known that on this day June 7th, A. D. 1899, before me Ben Avant Notary Public came and appeared Emile Lepine, Austin Darby, Silas Hoffpauir, Moise Baker, Emile Tero, Oneal East having been duly sworn to lay out a public road from Indian Bayou to meet a certain road on opposite side of Bayou Queue Tortue now open and in use for public travel in Acadia parish, La. Starting from northwest corner of land of Martin Sarver, Jr., running south seven acres, twenty-feet wide, which he hereby donates on west side, and thence on east side of land of Joachim Leger for a distance of seven acres, twenty feet wide, which he hereby donates; thence fourteen acres on south side of same land, twenty feet wide which he also donates; thence seventeen acres on north side land of Emile Lepine, twenty feet wide, which he hereby donates; thence eleven acres on north side of land of Emile Tero, twenty feet wide, which he hereby donates; thence fourteen acres running west on south side of land of Mrs. Celestine Baker, twenty feet wide, which she hereby donates; thence about seven acres running north on land of unknown owners, forty feet wide, which we expropriate and value at the sum of twelve dollars; thence making connection with a public road in Acadia Parish. We, the undersigned, do hereby donate unto the parish of Lafayette, La., all the lands described in the above plat for a public road; Emile Lepine, Joachim (his mark) Leger, Martin Sarver, Jr., Emile (his mark) Tero, Celestine (her mark) Baker, and is fully described on plat hereto attached and marked B. Thus done on the day and date first written in presence of Charles D. Harrington Raleigh Avant also signed with donors and committee, appointed by Hon. Police Jury: Emile Lepine, Oneal (his mark) East, Emile (his mark) Tero, Moise (his mark) Baker, Austin Darby, Silas Hoffpauir.
BEN AVANT, Notary Public.
Witnesses: Charles D. Harrington and Raleigh Avant.

 The treasurer submitted the following reports:

 To the President and Members of Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since my last report.

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 Respectfully submitted,
     J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
  Lafayette, La., July 6, 1899.
To the President and Members of Police Jury, Parish Lafayette, La., - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the special road tax since my last report:
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 Respectfully submitted,
    J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette La., July 6, 1899.

 The following amounts were ordered paid out of the special road tax fund of the respective wards:

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 The following accounts were approved:

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 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned to meet Tuesday, July 14, as Board of Reviewers and also to meet July 20, for the transaction of ordinary business.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/22/1899.

 These days are very warm, in fact unbearable, but Providence now and then sends refreshing showers. On last Monday night we had quite a season. The atmosphere being loaded with electrical power the sight was magnificent. 

 John Tolson left last week for Sewanee, Tenn., to attend college.

 Mr. W. S. Parkerson, of New Orleans is visiting relatives in Lafayette.

 Miss Charlotte Kleb, of Patterson, is visiting her friend Miss Cora Desbrest.

 Mr. S. R. Oliphant, of New Orleans, is visiting her mother Mrs. E. R. Kennedy.

 Mr. John O. Mouton has the inside of his store repainted anew by the prince of painters, C. E. Carey.

 We are sorry to learn that Mrs. J. S. Bowen is quite sick and we hope that ere long she will have regained her usual health. 

 Mr. Holloway, of Union Parish, La., was in Lafayette investigating our soil and this fall will return to locate with us.

 Messrs. John O. Mouton, Frank Moss and many others went to Galveston, Tex., taking advantage of the excursion on last Monday. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1899.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of July 22nd, 1899:

Listen to Instructive and Interesting Addresses Delivered by Drs. Stubbs, Dalrymple and Others.

 The farmers' institute held here this week was a great success. It was not well attended as it should have been, but those that were present have no doubt learned a great deal and will disseminate the information they have acquired among the neighbors and in this way the seed planted by the institute instructors will bear good fruit in due time. The papers read were of a high order of excellence and showed that their authors had given much thought to the subject assigned them.

 An address of welcome was made by Mayor Wm. Campbell, who spoke for the town, extending to the visitors a most cordial greeting.

 The response and introductory remarks by Dr. W. C. Stubbs, director of the institute, it is needless to say, was an exceptionally able and scholarly. As it well known, the doctor has few equals in the State, and never fails to instruct and entertain those who listen to him. He spoke as follows:

 "... Ladies and Gentlemen:  It affords me great pleasure to respond on behalf of the State to the cordial greeting which has been extended us. We have met for the purpose of interchanging ideas on subjects near and dear to the hearts of all tillers of the soil. Our theme is agriculture; our song is peace, plenty and prosperity. We aim to develop upon broader and more intensified and diversified lines of our chosen profession, feeling assured that when the agriculture of this State is prosperous, all other trades and professions will share its profits.

 A distinguished traveler found upon the walls of the Museums of Belfast, a unique but painfully true picture illustrative of the great burdens which the agriculturist has to carry. On the top of the picture was the king, in royal robes, a diadem on his head and in his hand a scepter, issuing from his mouth was the legend "I rule for all." To his right was the priest in sacerdotal robes, with uplifted hands, uttering the words "I pray for all".  To the left was the soldier, dressed in prescribed regimentals, sword in hand standing firmly by the cannon, and exclaiming "I fight for all".

 Underneath, and to the right of this trio, was a lawyer, holding in his right hand a code, and with the left hand uplifted in a powerful effort to impress upon the jury the innocence of his client, while below him were the words "I plead for all".  To the left of the trio was a doctor with pill box and lancet, and from his lips were escaping the words "I cure all".

 Beneath these was a modern Ajax, the farmer, with his hand on the plow and with his face uplifted, contemplating the heavy load he was called upon to carry, loudly ejaculating "I feel and clothe them all."

 Yes, my friends, he who holds the plow feeds and clothes the world, oils the wheels of commerce and propels the machinery of manufactures.

 In earlier historical periods agriculture was among the most degraded of the arts, as attested by the words villain, clown, boor and heathen, the Latin, Danish, Dutch, and English of farmer, epithets even to-day of the highest opprobrium. Nearly all words expressive of refinement and culture are borrowed from the city of inhabitants. Polite, urbane, civil, yea, even civilization, and our word citizen, are from the Latin and Greek words which mean a city. In the past therefore, all refinement and culture was confined to the city, and ignorance, superstition and infidelity to the country. Later on the farmer was regarded as a civilized individual, but his occupation was regarded as a simple art - rather a series of motions put into practical operation at the right time of the moon. Schools of instruction were provided for every other profession save farming. Doctors and dragoons, barristers and ministers were required to graduate in special schools of instruction ere they could practice their profession; but he who clears forests, builds cities, furnishes the raw materials for factories and commerce, yea, he who feeds ad clothes the world, needs no special instruction to aid him in his vocation. But the nineteenth century declared agriculture to be the profoundest of sciences. A wonderful revolution in the march of progress, exploding old theories and establishing new ones, was accomplished when Baron Von Liebig launched his new agriculture on the tide of time. With the keen eye of science men began to look down into the soil to see the transformations produced by air, water and sunshine. They followed the little rootlets into their subterranean home and watched their frolics after water and their struggle for food. Other observers noted the effect of light, heat, moisture and electricity upon leaf growth. It was soon found that the soil kept keys to its pantry and hid away its sweetmeats from over-voracious plants, making up and doling out their daily rations in its underground commissary. Thus a vast fund of useful knowledge has been obtained and placed at the disposal of every planter and farmer by the scientific investigations of the nineteenth century. So great has been the demand for this information, that all civilized governments have established experiment stations especially for research in agricultural matters. The first station established was the evolution of the action of a few farmers who combined and hired a trained observer to test and experiment for them. The act itself was a simple one, but the thought was a revolution, resulting in the establishment of an experiment station in every State, in every civilized community. When Jubal Early was thundering at the very gates of Washington in 1863, Abraham Lincoln was engaged in affixing his signature to the Morrill or land grant bill establishing agricultural and mechanical colleges in every State and territory. These schools were designed to give to the industrial classes a scientific and practical education in the liberal arts. They have been established in every States, and to-day every young man has the opportunity of receiving a scientific and practical education in agriculture. Nor is this all. While the college has been founded for young men (and only these have the time to attend them) an institute, a home school, peripatetic in character, has been organized in nearly every State and goes from parish to parish, carrying the new gospel of agriculture to every farmer. Thus he who was born and raised before agriculture was recognized as a science, is receiving at his home the latest intelligence relative to agricultural development, while his grandson in imbibing, simultaneously, the same principles in an extended course at the State Agricultural College. Surely the close of the nineteenth century finds the farmer elevated from his degraded position and made the object of attention and solicitude by both national and State governments.

 Fellow citizens - we live in a State of marvelous agricultural resources. We have but to strike Mother Earth right and she responds with liberal harvest. Nature has blessed us with a wealth rarely vouchsafed to any people. Have we the facilities for acquiring the knowledge necessary for the development of these grand resources? I answer yes. Our Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge has able and laborious instructors bending their energies towards giving your sons that education that will enable them to become men of thought and men of action in the grand material drama that awaits us. Tuition is free to all, and nearly three hundred young men are attending its sessions.

 You have three experiment stations, one in New Orleans, known as the Sugar Experiment Station, one at Baton Rouge, and the third in the hill country of North Louisiana. These stations are solving for you many intricate problems and giving you freely their results. The burden, labor and expense of private experimentation have been taken from the individual farmer and are now borne by the stations. You have a State department of Agriculture and Immigration, with headquarters at your capital, where information of every character can be obtained. This department has organized a series of farmers' institutes, and during the present summer nearly every parish in the State will be visited. I am authorized to say that every parish desiring a farmers' institute can get it upon application to the Commissioner of Agriculture.

 Add to the above, the great educational influences of Farmers' Clubs and Parish Fairs, and the necessity of remaining ignorant on the part of the farmers can scarcely be admitted.

 The agricultural press, now well represented in this and adjoining States, is also a powerful factor in rural education. The low price at which our agricultural papers are published places them within the reach of every farmer, be he ever so impecunious.

 Fellow farmers, we are here on a mission of education. We have come to learn as well as to teach, and while we disseminate agricultural principles from patient and careful investigation, we shall hang with breathless attention upon your recitals of practical experiences, and trust that each may be mutually benefited. Remember what delightful emotions permeate the heart of the devout and intelligent farmer as he sees the plow walking in rustic majesty adown the furrows, opening the genial bosom of Mother Earth to sunshine, rain and air, scattering the seeds of rapidly multiplying ferments throughout the soil, when he views the waves of light chased by the South wind run over his fields of dark green corn with silky ears and deep brown tassels. How exhilarating it is to witness the fleecy staple glowing with immaculate whiteness as its tender stems bend with their burden of silky fibre, how inspiring to your efforts at further light in agriculture when you see your fields of cow peas, lespedeza and clover sparkling with the emerald and ruby tints of restored fertility imparted to them by their own parasites with whom they live in symbiotic union.

 All of these are your own products, produced by an intelligent co-operation with nature.

 Listen to the hum of improved implements guided by intelligence, relieving partially the toiling millions from the curse of Adam's fall.

 Did you ever reflect upon the fact that during the growing season that you and your beasts of burden alone enjoy a respite from labor, that while you are resting and while you are sleeping, God's chemistry which we can not see, God's physics which we can not illustrate, God's bacteriology no microscope can fathom; in fact, God's laws for the benefit of the farmer go on beneath the soil. Millions upon millions of vegetable cells ferment with elementary life, and conspiring with gentle rains, falling dews, bright sunshine and genial air, transform dull inert mineral water into protean forms of chamaleon tints of leaf and stock, boll and fibre, flower and fruit.

 "Truly the undevout farmer is mad."

 One other point and I am through. The farm is the home of the farmer. We are a nation of wanderers; here to-day and gone to-morrow.

   We roam through this world like a child at a feast
      Who but sips sweets and is off for the rest
   And when the profits begin to be small in the East
      We order our winds and are off for the West.

 This must stop ere any country can prosper. Every farmer should throw out the sheet anchor of his life and resolve that let others do as they may, that he and his family will reside here forever. Yes, build a home worthy of that angelic creature whom you are proud to call your wife. Improve it. Surround it with comfort and luxury. Plant your orchards and gardens, raise live stock and in every way improve and beautify your possessions. Let your children plant trees, and weave around them those cherished romances of youth shall draw them with the tender affection back to the charmed spot when your old age shall come. Yes, a home, where mother lives, where children are born and fathers are to die. Into the fields come and reap new generations. Out of the fields and into the family graveyard pass old generations. Yes, a home, the fittest earthly type of heaven; and my word for it that each succeeding generation will look with increasing affection upon it, and use increasing efforts to enhance its charms and multiply its advantages. Yes, more, in that home will reside the highest type of citizenship, obedient to its laws, a supporter of church and school, and a promoter of all good enterprises.

 In conclusion, the farmer who cultivates the soil exclusively for the lucre it brings him, or regards the farm as a temporary abode to be impoverished and abandoned as early as possible, is truly an object of pity, but he who rises to the height of an intelligent understanding of the many principles which underlie his work, and a proper application of the latter to the needs and requirements of his soil and plants, and views each day the responsive growth to his own intelligent action, builds a home, lives with nature, communes with God, is a devout Christian, a good citizen and should be a happy, prosperous, contented man. Then

   Clear the brown sward to meet the coulter's gleam,
      Lo! and he comes behind in his smoking team
   With toil's bright dewdrop on his sunburnt brow,
      Lord of the earth, the hero of the plow.

 Mr. O. B. Jenkins, of this parish, read a very well-considered  and practical paper on dairying in Southwest Louisiana. The next issue of The Gazette will contain Mr. Jenkins' paper.

 Mr. Ben Avant's paper treated of stock-raising in Southwest Louisiana. Mr. Avant was quite humorous at times and caused considerable laughter. His paper was a good one.

 Dr. W. H. Dalrymple, the well-known State veterinarian, entertained the audience with a very learned treatise on beef-raising in Southwest Louisiana. No one is better qualified to speak on all that pertains to stock than Dr. Dalrymple. We will publish the doctor's able paper in a future issue.

 Careless farming in Southwest Louisiana was a well-handled by Mr. W. R. Foote, a successful farmer of the second ward of this parish.

 During the afternoon session Gen. Leon Jastremski, who, by the way, was a resident of this town in his boyhood days, made a sensible talk on diversified farming. The general spoke in French.

 A night session was attended mostly by the people of the town.

 A paper entitled "Irrigation, Factories and Immigration" was read by Gen. Jastremski, commissioner of agriculture. This was followed by Dr. Fred Mayer, who argued in eloquent language and sound logic that "the only relief of the cotton farmer is in a co-operative cotton factory."

 Col. Gus. A. Breaux was called upon by Dr. Stubbs to speak on industrial education. The colonel is always ready to make a good speech, but last Monday he seemed in particularly fine trim. He was at his best and for about thirty minutes commanded the undivided attention of the audience.

 A most pleasing feature of the evening's entertainment was a song by Miss Marthe Mouton, one of the best amateur musical organizations in the State, generously volunteered its services for the occasion.

 The institute was brought to a close by a few remarks from Dr. Stubbs, who expressed the grateful appreciation of himself and colleagues of the manner they were treated by the people of the town and parish. Lafayette Gazette 11/22/1899.

Farmers' Institutes Held Statewide.

 The institutes being held throughout the State under the direction of Dr. W. C. Stubbs, of the experiment station, will no doubt result in much good to the agricultural interests. Those farmers who think that scientific men like Dr. Stubbs and Dr. Dalrymple can not teach them anything make a big mistake. These gentlemen have devoted years of study in their respective professions and they have not only acquired theoretical knowledge, but are eminently practical. The Gazette is reliably informed that the institutes held here in the past have been the cause of the dissemination among our farmers of some very valuation information which, being intelligently applied, has been followed by very satisfactory results. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1899.


 At the farmers' institute last Monday afternoon Gen. Leon Jastremski, a man of wide experience and good judgment, made a very sensible talk on the subject of co-operation among the country and townspeople toward the upbuilding of the centers of population, thereby creating a demand for the products of the soil. Gen. Jastremski argued with much reason that it is to the interest of both town and country to join hands in any movement calculated to benefit one, for, just as certain as night follows day, the prosperity of one carries with it the prosperity of the other. A narrow spirit of antagonism is hurtful to both. If one pulls against the other, both are bound to suffer. On the other hand if they work together in harmony the bright sunshine of progress smiles with equal benignity upon the two. It is only the arrant demagogue or superannuated mossback who tries to array the country people against their brothers in the town. It is the little 2x4 fellow who, with mulish instinct, kicks against the progress of the world, and persists in viewing this vast universe through a gimlet hole. The welfare of the town is dependent upon the that of the country and vice-versa.

 Recent developments in the commercial world disclose a very strong tendency on the part of capital to combine, and by methods not less criminal than those employed by the highwayman, to control the markets and fix the prices on the products of the soil. And upon almost every article that the farmer has to buy there is a royalty for some capitalist who spends his time in Europe to marry off his daughters and to escape the payment of taxes levied by the American government upon his personal property. These conditions, as aptly said by Gen. Jastremski, should cause the farmer to open his eyes and see if he cannot find some way out of the dilemma of trust-made markets. The time of 10 cent cotton has passed and in order to keep the traditional wolf from his door the farmer must look to the local market which he must help build and thereby create a demand for the fruits of the earth. This he can do by working with the people of the town and striving with them to build a city where there will be a market for those things which the farmer can not use at home and which can be transferred into ready cash.

 One of the gentlemen who came here with Dr. Stubbs, and who is one of the best informed men in this State, told The Gazette that the parish of Lafayette is, in his opinion, the best in Louisiana for the prosecution of agricultural pursuits; that it offers unparalleled advantages for diversified farming. Divided as it is, in small farms and having a splendid soil, adapted to the cultivation of all kinds of cereals and the raising of stock, it seems to have been divined for the building and maintenance of a large city affording a ready market for the products of the thrifty husbandman.

 The Gazette has not attempted to write a treatise on the subject because it has neither the time nor the ability. It merely wishes to emphasize what has been said by others. The suggestions offered by Gen. Jastrenski are based upon broad lines of thought and are entitled to the earnest consideration of our people, particularly at this time when an effort is being made to unite the people of the whole parish in a movement whose success means a long step forward. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1899.


A Typical Southern Feast.

 In response to unique invitations a jolly crowd of pleasure seekers assembled at the suburban home of Mr. John Nickerson at Sterling Grove to help celebrate Mr. J. C. Nickerson's birthday at a grand melon feast. The beauty of this typical Southern home was enhanced by decorations, palms, and cut flowers which were arranged with harmonious effect. The lawn was ablaze with the vari-colored lights of Chinese lanterns which cast their soft shade beneath the bending boughs of the grand old oaks which so characterize Sterling Grove. By nine o'clock over one hundred guests were present and the parlors, galleries, and lawn were filled with a merry gathering composed of both old and young who alike imbibed the contagious mirth of the occasion, and ringing laughter and bright conversation were wafted on the balmy summer breeze.

 Promptly at ten o'clock a long procession wended its way to the tables which were daintily spread on the lawn and upon luscious ice-cold water melons lay, their ruddy color contracting prettily with the snowy linen of the table and presenting a most tempting appearance to all present. After having partaken generously of this fruit the disciples of the Terpsichorean art repaired to the spacious dining room where strains of the sweet music of stringed instruments were discoursed, and dancing was indulged in until near the "mytic hour of midnight" when the guests, after wishing the host many happy returns of the day, reluctantly departed, feeling that this melon feast would ever remain a green spot in their memories. Lafayette Gazette 11/22/1899.



 Brother to our fellow townsman, Dr. G. A. Martin, having located permanently in Lafayette, desires to buy a home situated in a locality suitable to the practice of his profession. Any one having such property to sell is respectfully requested to call on him at his present office with Dr. Tolson, where he can always be found.

 Dr. Martin guarantees all dental work and at prices to suit the times. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1899.

Special Meeting.

 The Police Jury held a special meeting Thursday and decided to make the last payment to the Pauly Jail Company for jail repairs. Mr. Hull made a test of the evaporating apparatus in the presence of the members of the Jury, and the resolution ordering the payment was subsequently passed. Lafayette Gazette 11/22/1899.

Advantages of Lafayette Parish.

 The Gazette has received a copy of the Boston Traveler, containing a two-column article on the advantages of the parish of Lafayette for which a certain sum of money was paid to the New England Newspaper League by the public-spirited citizens of this town. The article is well gotten up and, barring a few slight discrepancies, contains much useful information. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1899.

Clothing House Enlarged.

 The salesroom of the Lafayette Clothing House has been enlarged in order to enable Manager Kahn to meet the increasing demands of his trade. No better proof of the intelligent methods employed by this firm can be offered than its growing popularity among the people of the town and country. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1899.

Feast of St. Ann at Carencro.

 The feast of St. Ann was celebrated last week at Carencro by a tridium terminating on Sunday by a general communion of the ladies of St. Ann, and a grand high mass at which Monseigneue Meerschaert, bishop of Indian Territory, presided in full canonicals, the mass being sung by his nephew, Father Depret, assisted by deacon and sub-deacon. The distinguished prelate delivered a fine panegyric on St. Ann which was highly appreciated by a large and attentive congregation.

 The music of the grand high mass, which was chanted in honor of the feast, added to the solemnity of the occasion, the excellence of the program being greatly due to Miss Sarah Brown, who lent her accomplishments and earnest efforts to making this branch f the celebration a success.

 Bishop Meerschaert left Carencro on Monday for Indian Territory, having won the thanks of his friend, Father Laforest, and of Carencro for his appreciated services. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1899.

Negro Nearly Roasted.

 Last Thursday while an experiment of the evaporating process at the jail was being made a young negro named Joe Portalis entered the vault to do some work. Some one, who evidently did not know that the negro was in the vault, set fire to some oil which had been poured into the vault, thus placing the negro's life in imminent peril. He was confronted with what seemed a certainty of being baked. Persons on the outside cried out to the negro to get out of the vault, but he hesitated a moment as in order to reach the door, which was the only avenue of escape, he was compelled to pass through the flames which burned fiercely and threatened to envelop him. Realizing, however, that the critical time had come, he dashed out of the fiery furnace with the rapidity of a cannon ball. He was pretty badly burned. Dr. Mouton was sent for and Portalis was given medical attention. Though not serious, his wounds are very painful. Portalis came very near being roasted.
Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1899. 

Of News from Broussard and Vicinity for Our Readers.

 We are pleased to be able to say to Mr. Rosemond Landry's many friends that the genial-hearted gentleman is, at present writing, (Wednesday evening) reported a little better. We earnestly hope that he will soon be up with the blessings of health.

 On Friday of last week the people of Broussard were pleased to meet their former fellow-townsman, Mr. C. F. Latiolais. He came to attend to business connected with his office. He returned to Carencro the same evening.

 Mr. Albert Malagarie, one of our good friends, passed through Broussard en route from Carencro to Adeline, on last Wednesday's train.

 Hons. C. Debaillon and Wm. Campbell visited Broussard during the past week. They came in the interest of the Industrial School, and, judging from Judge Debaillon's beaming face, their portion of work seemed to be satisfactory.

 Mr. Ed J. Comeaux visited Royville and Lafayette last Sunday - and of course, he went on pleasure.

 Dr. N. D. Young and son, Chas. S., of Royville, were seen in town a short time back.

 Prof. J. D. Hunter passed through Broussard last Sunday on his way to Royville, where he will resume his duties.
 (Signed) HORATIUS.
(Gazette's Broussard Correspondent.)
Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1899.

Board of Reviewers.

        Lafayette, La., July 11, 1899.
  The Police Jury met this day as a Board of Reviewers with the following members present:  R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Alfred Hebert, M. Billeaud, Jr., J. E. Primeaux, Alonzo Lacey and Jno. Whittington, Jr.

 The Board proceeded to examine the assessments lists submitted by Assessor Martin and then adjourned until to-morrow, July 12, for further consideration.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.

          Lafayette, La., July 12, 1899.
  Pursuant to adjournment the Board of Reviewers met this day with the following members present: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Alfred Hebert, M. Billeaud, Jr., J. E. Primeaux and Alonzo Lacey.  Absent:  Jno. Whittington, Jr.

 The Board resumed consideration of the assessment and received the protest of Mr. Leopold Von Tresckow, manger of the Lafayette Sugar Refining Company, Ltd. Judge Mouton appeared for protestant and argued for a reduction of assessment from $125,000 to $75,000. Assessor Martin objected to the consideration of the complaint on the ground that petitioners had not complied with law, and it was now too late to raise the question of alleged excessive assessment.

 By motion the assessment was reduced to $100,000, which valuation proved acceptable to all parties concerned.

 The Police Jury then adjourned to meet July 20, for the consideration of ordinary business.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1899.     

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/22/1899.

 Hon. W. S. Parkerson, a leading member of the New Orleans bar, is spending some time at the home of his father, Judge J. G. Parkerson.

 The Gazette received a visit last Tuesday from Gen. Leon Jastremski who was in Lafayette to attend the farmers' institute. Gen. Jastremski is on old newspaper man and though not an active member of the press is a staunch friend of Louisiana journalism.

 The Rayne Tribune came out in the National Colors on the 4th and 14th of July commemorating the two greatest days in the history of the American an French Republics.

 The parish political pot is beginning to show a few degrees of heat. Let's keep politics in the back-ground until we hae carried the school tax. It's of infinitely more importance than the election of any officer.

 Lieut. James A. Moss in a letter dated July 1, and mailed at Honolulu, July 2, states that his health was good, was having a pleasant and comfortable voyage, and expected to reach Manila on the 20th.

 Judge Debaillon returned Thursday morning with his boys, Louis and Thomas, who have been attending Jefferson College.

 Mrs. S. R. Oliphant of New Orleans, is visiting her mother, Mrs. E. R. Kennedy.

 Gilbert Bonin, of Abbeville, and Albert Durand, of St. Martinville, will run a bicycle race at Oak Ave. Park, Sunday at 3 p. m., for a purse of $100.

 Col. Gus. A. Breaux entertained at his home last Tuesday Drs. Stubbs and Dalrymple and Gen. Jastremski, of the farmers' institute.

 The Gazette has received a communication signed "Many Citizens." As it is not accompanied by the name of the author it has not been published. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1899.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser July 22nd, 1893. 


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. 



 In (unreadable word) of the Texas and Pacific Railroad (unreadable words) yesterday there was a (unreadable word) which was printed (unreadable words) that this road was selling tickets to Chicago and return for $23.50. This goes to prove that the impression which yesterday prevailed among other roads that the Texas and Pacific men had read their instructions wrong was not well founded. The Texas and Pacific have put on the cheap rate deliberately and with open eyes. They said yesterday that not only had the new rate been made, but that it was here to stay, reports to the contrary notwithstanding. They do not claim, however, that this step has been taken with a desire to cut rates, and do not regard it in that light, for they claim that it is an excursion rate, made only once a week, and then with a limit of ten days on each ticket. The report, however, that the Texas and Pacific do not furnish sleepers upon the new rate tickets is untrue. Passengers can secure sleepers as far as St. Louis. It is true that from this point they cannot be procured on the excursion tickets yet the ride from St. Louis to Chicago is made during the day, when sleepers are not so necessary.

 The Texas and Pacific is one of the largest roads in the South, and is in a condition to make its own rates regardless of what other roads may do, for the reason that it territory is apart from that of most of the other roads and their rates do not come within the line of active competition. As to railroad facilities, they possess as good as any in the country, perhaps. Their cars are as handsome, their roads as smooth, and they are able in every way to compete with other roads should they dispose to do so. As had been said, however, they traverse territory not tributary to other roads leading into the city, and consequently do not regard themselves has infringing upon others or violating any pledges. From the New Orleans Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 7/22/1893.       



 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.


 The best method now before us to secure that sugar factory is to get our people into the notion of raising more sugar cane. There is not sufficient cane raised in any single locality in this parish to maintain a sugar factory, and the profits of the concern would be otherwise swallowed up by railroad and other transportation charges. A sugar factory situated in Lafayette, or even near here, could hardly afford to get its principal cane in Vermilion and Iberia parishes, and be expected of both places for the raw material, therefore Lafayette parish must be the nest-egg for this industry, and make efforts to give all the aid necessary before a bid can be made for foreign cane. A syndicate in Calcasieu parish gave birth to the very novel idea of erecting a fie mill there, with the intention of hauling the necessary cane from the Teche bottoms and other places that appear to produce a surplus, but satisfactory returns could not be got, and we have been informed that the establishment has been converted into a rice mill, for which the parish offers wider advantages.

 Lafayette parish must produce sufficient cane of its own, if it hopes to ever have a Central sugar refinery within its borders. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.

In a Terrible and Dangerous Condition.

 There are a couple of places in the public road between Lafayette and Mouton Springs that are in terrible and very dangerous conditions. The one half of the road seems to have lowered several feet below the other, and at a place too, where vehicles are compelled to occupy both parts, on account of the tremendous hills on each side through which the road has been permitted to cut its way. It may be a good idea, some of these days, to whittle the highways down to evenness at these respective points throughout the parish, the road space is needed every day by the traveling public. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893. 

Chewing Gum.

 A popular craze that is daily growing is that of chewing gum. Men chew it openly and above board as much as girls, and the practice has gone so rapidly beyond its old confines that the fame of Vassar college as a shrine where taffy tolu received its greatest share of worship has long ago died out. The popularity of the gum chewing habit is due to the fallacy that some health journal promulgated awhile ago that as gum chewing preserves the teeth and develops the gums it should be encouraged.

 The fact is that gum chewing stimulated the salivary glands to a degree that is draining and exhaustive, and when the increased secretions of these glands are swallowed it has an injurious effect upon the stomach by increasing the digestion without a pabulum upon which to act save the stomach itself. It, at the same time excites the glands of the stomach, the liver, the pancreas - in fact the entire glandular system connected with alimentation ;  it wastes the products of these glands, or diverts them from their proper use, and by so doing injures the system. So you see gum-chewing is not only a ridiculous and a vulgar habit, but is harmful to health and should be stopped. From the Lake Charles Commercial and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 7/22/1893.

Scott Dramatic Club.

 As will be learned from the appended communication our little sister town, Scott, is now the possessor of a Dramatic Club.

       Scott Post Office, July 20th, 1893.
  Mr. Editor:  Herein enclosed please find a list of the Amateur Dramatic Association of Scott. The following are the officers and members: A. D. Martin, President; Sim Boudreaux, Vice-President; Charles Boudreaux, Secretary; Louis Broussard, 2d Secretary; Adele Delhomme, Treasurer; Alex. Delhomme, Jr., Marshal; Aurore Dubernard, Ophelia Delhomme, Leda Delhomme, Emerite Boudreaux, Rosita Boudreaux, Anna Dubernard, Arsan Duhon, Louis Dubernard, Ned Mouton, P. A. Delhomme, Adolph Boudreaux, Drauzin Boudreaux, Roi Broussard, Rose Boudreaux, Alex E. Whittington, Cecile Begnaud, Emily Foreman, Paul Dubernard, Isabella Guidry, Sophie Boudreaux, Quorum Daigle.

 The above named persons have effected a permanent organization and have set themselves to work immediately to learn a repertory for next season.
     Yours truly,
       One of the Amateurs.
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.      

Lafayette a Stopping-Place.

 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. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.

To Attract Progressive People.

 In order that we may get progressive people among us, we must offer them something in the way of inducements, and not stop at the first failure, but continue to encourage immigration of a thrifty class, as other places have done, with great benefit to themselves. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.

Cade to the Mint.

 We were pleased to hear that another one of our deserving citizens has been favored with a position in the U. S. Mint, at New Orleans, by Honorable Overton Cade. So far then four sons of Lafayette have been provided for in this direction, viz :  Messrs. C. H. Bradley, O. H. Simpson, Samuel Plonsky and Frank Bowen. It is believed that two or three ladies from this parish will also secure desirable positions in the mint. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.

 Wee Alice Moss is 1 Year Old.

 On last Wednesday, at the home of Dr. and Mrs. N.P. Moss, there occurred a social incident of a most unique and pleasing character. The occasion was the first anniversary of the birthday of wee Miss Alice Moss, and, in response to cute little invitations sent out, the following diminutive folks whose pilgrimage on earth accidentally began about the same time, assembled at six o'clock in the evening to do honor to Miss Moss; Miss Inez Biossat, Yolande Mouton, Effie Tolson, Laurence Robichaud, Lillian Van der Cruyssen, Masters Paul Beraud, Beverly Clark, and Wilfred Moss.

 Appropriate refreshments were partaken of and much baby talk indulged in, and the little people seemed to have an enjoyable time, generally.

 The hope of The Advertiser is, that the foundation of friendship thus so happily begun between this circle of tiny folks may be very enduring and that they may all live to enjoy together "many, many pleasant returns of the day." Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.


 The Lafayette Parish Farmers' Alliance will hold its July meeting at Scott, on the 29th instant. All members of the order are cordially invited to take part in our annual friendly greetings.
V. E. DUPUIS, Pres. Ph. Union.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.  

Fence for Court-house Square.

 We are counting upon that iron fence around the Court House square. At a recent meeting, of the Police Jury, a committee was appointed to communicate with some manufactory, to ascertain the cost of erecting one, and there is no doubt that their report will be favorable. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.

 Moonlight Picnic.

 The moonlight picnic to be given by the ladies of the Episcopal Guild on the 29th. inst., notice of which appears in this issue, will no doubt prove a most enjoyable affair, and as the appeal is for such a good cause our citizens should, as they will, patronize the undertaking liberally.


 The ladies of the Episcopal Guild will give a Moonlight Picnic from 6 to 11 o'clock p. m. on Saturday July 29th., under the beautiful oak trees at the home of Judge J. P. Parkerson. The proceeds will go to a fund to be devoted to the building of a church Edifice in Lafayette, for the Episcopal denomination. Light refreshments of all kinds will be served and good music furnished. A cordial invitation is extended to all. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893. 

Melon Man.

 Mr. Boniface Baudoin living near Royville is one of the most successful growers of water melons in the parish. He has brought several wagon loads to town this season and on Tuesday last gathered two magnificent specimens, one weighing thirty pounds and the other forty pounds. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.

Distance to be Covered in 10 Days.

 Mr. D. Desdune of New Orleans, who has undertaken to travel from that city to Galveston, a distance of 412 miles, on a bicycle within 10 day, arrived here Thursday evening at 8 o'clock, after a varied and very trying experience.

 Mr. Desdune left New Orleans on the 15th inst. and is due at Galveston on the 25th. He informs us he traveled most of the distance to this point on the rail-road bed.

 He has kept a faithful diary of his trip that we are sorry lack of space presents us from presenting to our readers, as the data would be quite interesting to peruse. Wherever he was compelled to stop for food, rest, or through an accident, Mr. Desdune met friends willing to receive and entertain him, and render him every assistance possible, and for this he is warm in the praise of the people along the route with whom he came in contact.

 On account of a perforated cushion tire this plucky young wheelman is under the necessity of remaining in Lafayette until a new one he has ordered arrives from New Orleans. Whilst here Mr. Desdune will be the guest of Mr. Fred Mouton to whom he is connected by marriage.

 Mr. Desdune, who is a most affable person and interesting conversationalist, will take pleasure in meeting any local amateur cyclist and entertain him on the mysteries of the wheel. Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.

In Response to the Gazette.

 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 conservation of the interests 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 unreasonable 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 moneys of the people of the whole State were as sacred as those of our parish. It occurred to us that the funds of widows and orphans in charge of our Courts should be safeguarded 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 captandum argument. Not designedly so but much is the effect of it. If this method we repeat, is good for the State and for the State's Court why is not good for the parish? Do not funds of the State "jingle in the coffers" of the Whitney Bank of New Orleans ? and will it be contended 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.    

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/22/1893.

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 Advertiser has been receiving its friends, since last Saturday, in its new quarters, the building occupied as a law office until recently by Judge Debaillon.
 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.

 Mr. E. O. Schuh arrived from New Orleans a few days since, to take charge of the attractive lunch stand the Crescent News and Hotel Company will open in the new rail road station house the Southern Pacific Co. has just erected here. 

 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.

 The special train of S. P. General Manager Krutschuitt that arrived here Thursday evening at 3 o'clock, went up the "tap" as far as Alexandria before returning to New Orleans.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 Last Tuesday Moses Levy, the son of Mr. L. Levy, was struck on the forehead by a stick in the hands of little Rufus Mouton whilst playing. The wound was pronounced not serious by Dr. Mudd, who dressed it.

 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. A. J. McBride made a flying trip to Iowa Junction last Saturday.

 Mr. Chas. O. Mouton, president of the Business Men's Association made a flying trip to Galveston this week, leaving last Sunday and returning Wednesday.

 Mrs. Alma McBride came up Thursday from Franklin, La., with the intention of making Lafayette her future home.

 Miss Estelle Gerac left for Galveston last Wednesday where she will remain for two weeks for pleasure and enjoyment.

Mr. Mac Bride Mouton formerly of this parish, but now at St. Martin's spent some time lately at his mother's. Mrs. Edgard Mouton.

 Mr. Maybrick the freight agent at this place left Tuesday with his family for Georgia. Mr. Maybrick is expected back in about ten days.

 A fish-fry and pic-nic under the auspices of the Torian and Givens families, at Bayou St. Clair last Tuesday, was greatly enjoyed by a bevy of our young people,

 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.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 22nd, 1893:


 An informal election was held last Thursday to get the sense of the property-holders for or against the stock law recently enacted by the city council. It had been given out that the city council would be guided by the majority vote cast, which tended to make the contest quite spirited. The total vote cast was 107 ;  57 for and 50 against, consequently the stock law will not be repealed. Several negroes voted ;  some in person and some by proxy. The commissioners were Messrs. Alfred Chargois and R. B. Martin. Yesterday morning Marshal Jean Vigneaux asked The Gazette to state that he would begin to enforce the law next Monday. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.  


 It can serve no useful purpose to hide the fact that the people of Lafayette are not working with that unity and fixedness of purpose that achieve results.

 Every one, we believe, is fully alive to the needs of the town, and have, in the main, the desire to see the town get those needs. But some how we can't get a harmonious pull.

 In the mean time opportunities are escaping from us. This won't do.

 Lafayette has had several towlines out. They have either parted, or there were not enough willing hands to hold fast and pull in, and consequently several opportunities that would have enhanced the prosperity of the community, to a certain extent, have drifted away.

 It would be a loss of time and space to recapitulate.

 The people of Lafayette might as well put on their thinking caps and look at the situation square in the face, and ask themselves seriously :

 Is the progress and prosperity of town such as her magnificent situation and resources entitle her?

 By a little personal sacrifice and a willingness to put a shoulder to the wheel, would the town not be higher in the scale of prosperity?

 And if she is not occupying the position that she should, that her natural advantages intended that she should, who is to blame?

 Around us we have seen what civic pride and a perfect accord among the people have accomplished.

 Is the example worth emulating?

 If so, get together.
Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.


 In a neighboring town, some days since, The Gazette's attention was most forcibly, at the same time pleasantly, fixed upon the splendid appearance of the streets which had been recently worked. One street in particular, extending along a distance of nearly half a mile, was striking noticeable by its evenness - from the centre it sloped down to the curb preserving a uniformity in a manner that, perforce, arrested the attention. All of them, were beyond any doubt, the best worked, and promise the best practical results, of any streets that we have heretofore seen.

 The stretch of half-mile worked street, noticed above, was put in its present fine condition at an expenditure of just $19, not considering the machine, the amount being paid for labor and team. One of the other streets, of about the same length, worked two years before by the old methods of ploughing, spading, shoveling, dirt barrow's, et., and which gave far less satisfactory results, had cost the corporation $160.

The road machine, used by the corporation to-day, and which we have seen gave the very best results, is very simple in construction, with detachable parts. Any angle wanted can readily be secured by simply moving the adjustable screws and the blade can be moved beyond the wheel so as to reach and touch the curbing. It is strongly built, and its parts are interchangeable. The authorities of the town of which we write are much pleased with its workings and feel they have found the solution to the question of how to keep the streets of a town in good practicable condition. Considering that this machine has been tested in clay land and given such good satisfaction, it should certainly, in The Gazette's judgment, give the very best results in sandy loam land, such, for instance, as the streets of Lafayette.

 The cost of this machine is below $200. And to investigate its claims would cost but little, if any thing. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.

Humbuggery of Humbugger.

 To the Lafayette Gazette:
 Mr. Editor - In your last issue an article appeared signed by one "Humbugger" setting forth in rather pettish and peevish language several complaints against the Police Jury, Grand Jury and District Attorney, and the present system of road laws. With one fell stroke of the pen, "Humbugger" has solved the road problems, indicted the parochial authorities for negligence in the administration of public affairs and inflicted upon a suffering and suffocating public the harrowing details of a "mule-colt" story. The sad disappointment experienced in early life has doubtless so obscured or narrowed Humbugger's mental vision that the can scarcely view man and things other than through his "six-inch lane." So puerile and pessimistic is the spirit of the article in question that but for one most ridiculous and preposterous charge no attention would be justified. Mr. Arceneaux went before the lawmakers asking them to have the road opened, the result was they laughed at him." Humbugger admits right upon the heels of this charge that whenever he spoke to the lawmakers he "always had a good word, but no road opened." No fair-minded man would make so gross and unjust a charge against a body composed of right, sober-minded and reasonable men, all of whom, with one exception, are of mature years and experience. The Police Jury, on the contrary, has accorded to every person who ever came before them the most respectful and considerate attention, even when private and personal interests were involved rather than matters of public concern.

 The writer had attended every session of the Present Police Jury since its organization in 1888, and can truthfully say that no such unseemly conduct as "laughing at him" ever disgraced its legislative deliberations. The gentlemen who constitute the Police Jury may have their quota of human weakness and shortcomings, but that they ever ridiculed an officer or citizen who appeared before them, for the presentation of any serious business proposition, is so utterly preposterous that had Humbugger reflected a moment he would not have made such a statement.

 Taking for granted that Humbugger represents the people of the 1st ward that the "six inch lane" referred to is a public road and that the Police Jury continues to "laugh at him" would not the natural conclusion, of the entire matter be that the "gods help those who help themselves? Mr. Arceneaux's duty as road overseer at the time, was to proceed under the law, and remove all obstructions to the road in question. But Humbugger and others will wait in vain for the parish authorities to intermeddle in private and personal disputes over surveys, boundary lines, etc., between neighbors. It appears very singular indeed that a petition of some fifty citizens should be addressed to so many different authorities and yet obtain absolutely no consideration. If the road is necessary for public traffic a personal representation to Mr. Alfred Delhomme Police Juror, of the ward on a petition addressed to the Police Jury at its next sitting will certainly receive prompt and considerate attention. Let the matter be presented fairly and squarely before the Police Jury and if Humbugger doesn't get that mule colt of his he may then go out and perform the Judas Iscariot act. Of course the public are not concerned in the petty grievances of every disgruntled individual but as Humbugger propose a revision of the road laws and offers some valuable suggestions as to taxations, road notices, etc., it might be well for him to appear before the constitutional committee soon to convene and give them the benefit of his advice as well as to relate that very funny mule-colt anecdote. Give us another next time friend Humbugger.
    (Signed) SCRIBULUM.
Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.

Going to World's Fair.

 Mrs. E. W. Glenn, Miss Emma Jones, Geo. Melchoir, and Mr. Meyteyer, of Carencro, left last Saturday for Chicago, to "do" the World's Fair. It looks as if Carencro is going to be very well represented at the Exposition.
Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.

Carencro and the 14th of July.

 On the fourteenth, the patriotic Frenchmen of Carencro celebrated with great enthusiasm the anniversary of the fall of the Bastille. With a Frenchmen, there is no adversity, and no prosperity that can destroy that great and glorious love of Mother Country, the feeling that predominates in every patriotic heart. The fourteenth of July is to them, what the "4th" is to the American. It marks the anniversary of the day that brought the freedom and happiness to a noble, if downtrodden class. It was one of the principal events in history that taught the people their power, which they were not slow in exercising. Is there anything surprising in our French population celebrating a day that meant so much to their race 104 years ago.

 The celebration was a great success and heartily enjoyed by those who were present. The grand stand of the race track formed a most admirable place for the spreading of the feast, which was of the very best. There was a perfect good fellowship pervading all present, and gaiety reigned supreme. Prof. L. Tappissier, delivered a very brilliant address, citing the reasons that controlled the French, and prompted them to assert their rights. It covered every point of interest and kept his hearers spell bound during its delivery. He concluded with a eulogy on America and Americans which was received with rounds of applause. Doctors F. W. Courtney, J. P. Francez, and W. W. Lessley, and Messrs. Bedau and Albert Guidry made a few remarks appropriate to the occasion. After each address the great gun would "boom" forth a salute, and taken it up altogether it was a very pleasant celebration. From the Gazette's Carencro Correspondent. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.

Finest in the Parish.

 In Carencro, Mr. G. L. Singleton can truly claim to have the finest pear orchard of the parish, your correspondent received from him a number of pears measuring eleven inches in circumference, and weighing 12 ounces each. It is an admitted fact that Mr. Singleton has the finest crop of cane in this vicinity, and yet all crops are in a first class shape. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.

A Carencro - Breaux Bridge Railroad.

 While Lafayette and New Iberia are drawing straws to see which shall get the road to Breaux Bridge; do not be surprised if Carencro gets the prize. In fact the matter has already been placed in the hands of a committee of the Carencro Progressive League. This committee is composed of men who know how to go about accomplishing a thing when they want it. They talk very little, but work like beavers. Once more, "keep your eyes in this direction." We feel sorry for you, but it is really not our fault. Our people can not stand quietly by and see Iberia give us another "black eye." As soon as this road is built or commenced, we will pick out a nice healthy location for the Court House. From the Carencro Correspondent to the Gazette. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.

A Conference.

 The Gazette was pleased to meet Thursday Dr. H. P. Guilbeau, who informed us that with Mr. Charles Babin, they had been appointed a committee of the citizens of Breaux Bridge to meet a committee of the Business Men's Association of this place, and both committee in a body would hold a conference with Mr. Kruttschnitt, the superintendent of the Southern Pacific railroad company with a view of talking over the building of a railroad branch between this town and Breaux Bridge. The Gazette tried to get the details of the conference but it was thought best, for very good substantial reasons, it is claimed, to withhold all mention of what took place. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.

A Street Sprinkler.

 Inadvertently we failed to notice last week the advent of a street sprinkler owned by and operated for Messrs. Biossat, Moss, Tolson and the Bank. We understand that they get the water from the big well at the canning factory. Now that the first step has been taken it would be a first rate idea for a few others to join in the procession. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.

For Lack of Space.

 The Gazette has received a half dozen communications this week, and as much as we like to publish them all in one issue, this is impossible on account of lack of space. The Gazette would beg of its friends to make their communications as short as possible, in which case we could find room for several each issue. However, in course of time, we shall endeavor to insert them all. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.

 Bicycling from New Orleans to Galveston.

 A ride on a bicycle from New Orleans to Galveston is being made by Delphin Desdune, a young man who left the former city some days ago and passed through town Wednesday, looking fresh and strong and was confident of reaching his destination without much trouble. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.

Let's Clean Up This Place.

 The city authorities are serving notices on the public to have their premises cleaned up. This a wise move, inasmuch as "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure." The health of the town is good, and ordinary care exercised in sanitary matters will keep it so. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.

Hallucinated He Would be Hanged.

 In a moment of mental aberration Mr. Odillon Hebert inflicted some injury on himself by striking his forehead and face with a bottle, cutting a gash under the eye, being under the hallucination that has he was going to be hanged that afternoon he might just as well killed himself. He was detained Sunday in a place where he could not hurt himself, and his brother was written to about his condition. His brother came in Wednesday and took the unfortunate man to Patoutville for care and treatment. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.

Moonlight Picnic.

 The ladies of the Episcopal Guild will give a moonlight picnic from 6 to 11 o'clock p. m. on Saturday July 29th. under the beautiful oak trees at the home of Judge J. G. Parkerson. The proceeds will go to the building of a church edifice in Lafayette for the Episcopal denomination. Light refreshments of all kinds will be served, and good music furnished. A cordial invitation is extended to all to attend. Lafayette Gazette 7/22/1893.   

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/22/1893.

 Sheriff Broussard and his deputy Col. Carter H. Bradley left Thursday having in charge of Willie Foreman who goes to the penitentiary for 19 years and the young man Spell, who will be taken to the insane asylum at Jackson.

 Now is the accepted time while the future is roseate with promises of great prosperity to the enterprising and energetic, that the people of Lafayette should get together and show they are equal to the emergency. 

 That very popular and genial young gentlemen Mr. P. D. Alpha, was in Carencro last Sunday, visiting friends.

 Mr. Samuel Plonsky made a flying trip to Alexandria, Saturday.

 Miss Eloise Olivier, of Duchamp, has been on a visit to her friend Miss Marthe Mouton.

 R. E. Cunningham, editor of the Rayne Ranger, was in town Tuesday.

 The Carencro Union Ginnery Company are building an extension to their gin building, which is to be used as a meeting hall.

 Prof. Chas. Heichelheim will commence a private school in Carencro, on the 1st of August, and continue until the opening of the public school.

 Miss Estelle Gerac is sojourning in Galveston, and will enjoy the gulf breezes for some weeks.

 Mr. Numa Broussard, the furniture repairer, took a trip to New Orleans on business Saturday.

 Miss Regina Debaillon of Opelousas, has been spending some days in Lafayette the guest of Mrs. Eraste Mouton.

 Sam Levy left by Monday's early morning train for New York, where he goes to purchase a large stock of goods.

 Mr. Adam Saunier of the neighborhoold or Carencro reports an open boll of cotton on his place.

 Hon. O. Cade returned from New Orleans Thursday; he will remain home for a few days seeking rest and recreation.

 Misses Nydia and Alida Campbell the two charming daughters of Hon. Wm. Campbell have been spending some days with the family of Dr. J. P. Francez.

 Clerk of Court A. V. Fournet of St. Martin parish and Louis Guidry representative of the same parish, were in Lafayette Wednesday.

 The Misses Zerelda Bailey, Louise Revillon and Lucile Revillon left last Monday to spend some days at that elegant resort Lake Arthur.

 Drs. Scranton, N. D. Young and R. O. Young were visitors to Lafayette this week.

 Messrs. F. Lombard, Jean Gerac and Henry Gerac, made a flying trip to New Orleans on Sunday on business, and returned Monday.

 Two carloads of Chinamen, in bond, passed through Lafayette Monday, bound for the sugar plantations of Cuba.

 Rev. J. H. Nall, D. D. will preach at the Presbyterian Church Saturday and Sunday. The public are invited to listen to this eloquent divine.

 Among the many pretty signs that now ornament the business places in town none surpass in beauty that of Mr. L. Lacoste.

 Mr. J. R. Domengeaux was called to Breaux Bridge Wednesday to his mother's bed side, who was very ill.

 Mr. Raymond Breaux, formerly connected with the St. Landry Clarion, passed through Lafayette Tuesday on his way to Opelousas, and found time to call on The Gazette before train time.

 Mr. C. O. Mouton, the popular president of our Business Men's Association was in Houston and Galveston this week business bent.

 Mr. D. Bonnemaison, the efficient postmaster of Royville, passed through Thursday on his way to Beaumont to join his family who have been sojourning in that town for some time past.

 While in the act of uncoupling a passenger train at this point, last Tuesday night, Mr. Loney Hayette, the brakeman, had the bad luck to mash his hand quite painfully.

 Dr. E. J. Chachere, dentist, will soon have built an office which he will occupy as soon as completed, having decided to locate permanently in Lafayette for the practice of his profession.

 Our young friend Joachim Revillon brought to The Gazette office a sugar cane having nine red joints, cultivated, on the plantation of Sevigne Saunier. It is a sample from a 20 arpent lot. Lafayette Gazette 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.

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