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From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 26th, 1905:

Special Council Session:

 To Take Measures to Protect City from Yellow Fever Reported in New Orleans.

 Decided to Put Town in Best Sanitary Condition Possible. Meeting of the Board of Health Called.

A special meeting of the Council was held Saturday night with all members present except Messrs. Girard, Krauss and Coronna. Mayor Mouton stated that the object of the meeting was to adopt precautionary measures for the safety of the city in view of the reported existence of yellow fever in New Orleans.

 It was resolved to use every endeavor to put the town in good sanitary condition, and the Mayor requested by resolution to issue a proclamation urging upon the people the necessity of co-operating with the town authorities in cleaning up the city.

 F. A. Pyatt, who was appointed sanitary inspector at a previous meeting, was also made garbage man at a salary of $50.00. He is to furnish his own team and his duty will be to pass over town and remove all garbage which the citizens are requested and expected to put in boxes or barrels handy for him to empty as he makes his rounds.

 His duty as sanitary inspector will be to inspect all premises in town and when needed order them  cleaned, and in case of failure to comply, to have the premises cleaned at once and collect the same.

 A committee was appointed to see about the Brown-News closet concerning which considerable complaint has been made.

 Messrs. Boudreaux and Trahan were appointed a committee to confer with the railroad officials in regard to taking  measures of protection against yellow fever in New Orleans.

 The Board of Health was requested to meet at 4 p. m. Monday to consider the fever situation, also if necessary, it was decided to have a called meeting of the Council Monday night. The Council then adjourned.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.

Decided on By Board of Health, Rules and Regulations Adopted to Carry Into Effect.

The Board of Health held an adjourned meeting in the parlor of the Gordon Hotel yesterday morning. The following telegrams were read:

Bunkie, La., July 25, 1905.
President Board of Health, Lafayette:
   One case genuine yellow fever, died last night.
       DR. R. B. DAVIS.
              New Orleans, La., July 25, 1905.
Dr. A. Gladu, City Health Officer, Lafayette:
   Marine Hospital Service working on Detention camps. One case at Bunkie. In New Orleans seventeen cases known to me with six deaths.
             President State Board.

       Lake Charles, La., July 25, 1905.
  Dr. A. Gladu, Pres. Board of Health.
    No yellow fever. Reports false and absolutely without foundations.
       Dr. A. J. PERKINS,
 Pres. Board of Health.

   After discussion as to the most advisable thing to do it was decided to quarantine and the following resolutions offered by P. L. DeClouet were adopted:

 It being officially declared that yellow fever now prevails in the city of New Orleans and the town of Bunkie, La.

 Resolved, that the town of Lafayette, La., do hereby establish a quarantine against the cities of New Orleans and Bunkie, La., under the rules and regulations to be hereinafter enacted.

 Resolved, that the town of Lafayette, La., do hereby quarantine against all non infected localities which have not quarantined against New Orleans, or such localities which may hereafter be infected.

  Resolved, that the following certificate in substance will be required from all persons coming to Lafayette, viz:


 To whom it may concern:
   This is to certify that the bearer of this certificate, M_________, a description of whom is as follows: Race_____, age_____, height_____, weight_____, color of hair_____, color of eyes_____, has continuously resided in the town of ________, parish of ________, and has not been exposed to the contagion of the yellow fever for a period of over ten days.

 That there is no yellow fever in the town of ________, and the parish of ________, have quarantined against the city of New Orleans and all localities infected with yellow fever and against all non-infected localities which have not quarantined against New Orleans or other infected localities.
         Signed ________,
  President of Board of Health.

 Whereas it is our aim and purpose to assist the progressive and patriotic citizens of New Orleans in stamping out  the yellow fever within the limits of the city and prevent its spread, which could cause irreparable injury, and believing that the prosperity of New Orleans would redound to the benefit of the whole State,
  Resolved, that with that end in view we hereby tender our assistance financially and otherwise to the good people of New Orleans in order that with system and co-operation the spread of the fever be prevented and with that object in view we invite the co-operation of all the constituted authorities of the towns of the State,
  Resolved, that in the name of the State of Louisiana we appeal to the Governor of the State of Louisiana to lend all efforts possible in the premises,
   Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the Governor, the mayor of New Orleans, and the mayors of the other towns of the State.

 Then the following rules and regulations were adopted:

 1. Passengers with or without baggage from points intended in resolutions shall not be admitted.

 2. No merchandise or freight shall be admitted unless duly stamped as having been been fumigated by the U. S. Marine Hospital Service.

 It was moved by P. L. DeClouet and adopted,
   That Dr. Geo. C. Babcock, the sanitary officer, shall be empowered in full to carry out the resolutions and rules and regulations adopted and to be adopted by this body, to be fully empowered to employ men to assist him therein, with the co-operation of the Council, and to exercise authority in the discharge of such duties.

 After which the Board adjourned.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905. 


Latest News of Fever in New Orleans to Date with 17 Under Treatment Now.

 The latest news obtainable in regard to yellow fever in New Orleans is that there have been fifty cases to date with 17 now under treatment and 6 deaths. The authorities are using every means known to science to restrict the  disease to the infected section and stamp it out.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.

 Let Everybody Help. - Mayor Mouton and the City Council have begun a vigorous campaign for a thorough cleaning up the city, realizing that every precautionary measure possible should be taken in view of the fact that yellow fever exists in New Orleans, and, from Dr. Souchon's statement of 17 cases and 6 deaths, of a severe type. In their efforts to put the city in the best sanitary condition possible, they should have the prompt and vigorous co-operation of the citizens. And while we do not consider the situated alarming at present, yet as an act of prudence we should take every measure to prepare for all contingencies. Every householder should at once thoroughly clean and disinfect his premises, drain all stagnant water, and either screen his cisterns or put a small quantity of coal oil in them. Get the town clean, get rid of mosquitoes and we will then be in splendid shape to ward off yellow fever. The Board of Health as will be seen by perusal of proceedings in another column have taken steps to keep out the disease and they can be relied on to do their best in every way to protect us. But we must help and help by cleaning up thoroughly. 
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905. 


 To the Citizens of Lafayette.

 As per resolution of the Council at meeting held by July 22, 1905, you are hereby notified to have your premises thoroughly cleaned and disinfected within five days of this notice, of in default, be subject to a fine and cost of having same attended to by the Sanitary Inspector. Sufficient quantity of lime and disinfectants for that purpose will be furnished by the city FREE.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905. 

Both Meet Monday Evening to Consider the Situation Caused by Fever in New Orleans.

 A meeting of the Board of Health was called for Monday afternoon at 4 p. m., but upon assembling it was found that two members were out of the city. The mayor and a number of the members of the Council were present. Before any steps were taken to organize the Board, Clerk of Court E. G. Voorhies stated that the Board of Health as constituted, having three members of the Council as members was contrary to law, the law requiring that the Board be composed of three registered physicians, none to be members of the Council. Mayor Mouton at once called a meeting of the Council and as soon as the absent members arrived a meeting was held and elected Dr. A. Gladu, Geo. Doucet and Jerome Mouton to replace the three Councilmen on the Board.

 A session of the Board was immediately held, the oath taken and Dr. Gladu elected president, Dr. Babcock, sanitary officer and Jerome Mouton, secretary. There was much discussion as to the action which ought to be taken, Mr. Boudreaux during the discussion telephoned to the chief dispatcher in regard to the detention camp proposed to be placed at Avondale and stated to the Board that the dispatcher stated that the detention camp would be established Wednesday (to-day).

 It was finally decided to telegraph at once Dr. Edmond Souchon, president of the State Board of Health, for information as to how soon the detention camp would be established, also if to his knowledge fever existed in Bunkie and Lake Charles, and to state to what extent fever prevailed in New Orleans and death rate. A dispatch was also sent to Superintendent E. B. Cushing inquiring as to the detention camp.

 The Board then asked the Council to state what precautionary measures had been taken in town. Mayor Mouton replied that a sanitary officer had been elected to remove all garbage and order premises cleaned when needed. In case of failure he was to clean and collect from the person occupying premises, who also was liable to a fine. That the street committee had employed gangs of men and were draining all the stagnant water and cleaning up the streets. The Board expressed satisfaction with these measures and left the Council to continue. And then adjourned to meet at nine Tuesday morning.

 The Council which was continuously in session during the meeting of the Board placed sanitary officer Pyatt under orders to Dr. Babcock. The Council adjourned immediately after the Board's adjournment.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.

Two Good Moves.

 The appointment by the Council of a sanitary officer and garbage man are two splendid moves for which they deserve commendation. Lafayette has grown too large for the premises to be allowed to be neglected, and we are glad to see a sanitary officer appointed whose duty will be to see that premises and especially all closets are kept clean. And we trust he will thoroughly do his duty.

 A garbage cart to remove all waste and refuse has been badly needed, and now that such a cart has been provided, the sanitary officer should see that every householder provides himself with a barrel or box to place refuse in, in a handy place for the cart to get it. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.

Notice to Colored Teachers. Notice is hereby given that a regular semi-annual examination of applicants for certificates to teach in the public schools of this parish will be held at the Superintendent's office on Aug. 11 and 12, from 9 a. m. to 12 p. m., and from 2 p. m. to 4 p. m.

 No teacher can contract to teach a public school in the State unless in possession of a valid parish certificate or a normal school diploma.  L. J. ALLEMAN, Parish Superintendent.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.

Will Build a Home. - Mr. E. T. McBride was the successful bidder at the loan meeting of the Lafayette Building and Loan Association Wednesday, and will erect a pretty cottage home on his lot at the corner of Monroe street and Hopkins avenue. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.


 Every industry added to a town contributes that much to its growth and development and the more industries, the larger becomes the town, which makes all towns eager and anxious to have enterprises of various kinds established within their borders. And they should, for they are most desirable in many ways. But unfortunately it too frequently happens that in their desire to secure factories, foundries and such, indulging in air castles in many cases, they overlook what is at hand, and is really the chief and principal reason for the existence of the town and its only dependable support, which is the trade from its surrounding territory. Factories and enterprise may fail and do fail, and these strenuous times of high finance are often closed by the trusts, but the surrounding territory is always there, its trade ever ready to go where it is most appreciated, and this territory, this trade should receive our first and best consideration and be cherished early and late.

 And how shall we give it our first and best consideration? First and foremost by making the town as accessible as possible, by using every endeavor to have the best of roads leading into town from all directions. This will cost time and money, but time and money that will be well invested. If trade is to be held facilities for it must be provided. It is unreasonable to think because a town happens to be named Lafayette and happens to be in a parish of Lafayette, that the farmers of Lafayette are going to pull through mud, overwork their teams and take up a day going from and back home which under proper circumstances should take only three or four hours, just to trade at Lafayette, when they can go elsewhere with less trouble and more convenience.

 Good highways from all directions should be the first aim and object of any town. And it should not stop there. Conveniences for the accommodation of our country friends should be provided. A ladies rest room is one of them, and there are others that would suggest themselves to thoughtful hospitality.

 Not alone should the adjacent territory be assiduously**cultivated, but every effort should be made to extend the territory by means of railroads as far as possible. Every acre of additional trade territory added means that much in growth and substantiability.
 Good roads and more railroads should be our present serious care.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905. 


 Annual Reunion of the United Confederate Veterans to Be Held Here August 23 and 24. Sons of Veterans Will Meet at Same Time. Railroad Rate of One Fare for Round Trip. Lafayette has been selected as the scene of the forthcoming reunion of the Louisiana Division of the United Confederate veterans. These orders were issued Thursday:

 Headquarters Louisiana Division,
     United Confederate Veterans,
   New Orleans, La., July 20, 1905.
 General Orders No. 5.

 1. The Major General Commanding desires to inform officers, Camps and ladies of the division, that the fifteenth annual State Convention and Reunion will be held at Lafayette., on Wednesday and Thursday, August 23 and 24, 1905.

 2. A railroad rate of "One fare for the round trip," from all points in Louisiana has been secured. Tickets can be bought, and are good, going on August 22 and 23, and will be good for return up to Sunday, August 27, inclusive. This rate is open to the public generally, so that all who who desire to visit Lafayette upon the occasion of our convention, are assured this cheap "round trip rate."

 3. The United Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their annual State convention at Lafayette upon the same date.

 4. Every Camp of the Division is urged to appoint a sponsor, and as many maids of honor as they may choose, from eligible young ladies, who can be present at our State reunion. Those who are members of any of the ladies Confederate organization in the State are eligible. The daughters and grand-daughters of Confederate soldiers are also eligible, even if they are not members of any Confederate organization.

 5. The members of the committee on history are requested to send to the adjutant general the respective reports for which they have been detailed, in special orders No. 5, not later than August 13, in order that time for necessary compilation may be had. These reports constitute by far the most important business of the convention, and are secured at the cost of both time and labor, on the part of those comrades who patriotically prepare them.

 6. All staff and camp officers are urged to endeavor to secure the largest possible attendance, not alone from the members of our organization, but also from among other veterans and the people generally, and especially the young of both sexes, who by attendance, may possibly be impressed with the fact that they should associate themselves with some of the Confederate organizations, and thus aid in perpetuating a true history of our country.

 7. At this convention, a major general is to be selected to command the division for the ensuing year, to enter upon his duties on the 5th day of November, 1905.

 By order of A. B. BOOTH,
     Major General Commanding Official:
                   T. W. CASTLEMAN,
  Adjutant General and Chief of Staff.
 Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.


Died, Sunday, July 23, at 4:30 p. m. at the residence of her father, Mrs. Alcide LeBlanc, nee Marie Helena Peck, aged 31 years and 8 months. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905. 

Southern Pacific Extension. - Baton Rouge, La., July 20. - A. V. Dubroca, who was elected by the local committee in co-operation with some of the citizens of West Baton Rouge to secure the rights of way for the Southern Pacific Road in that parish, began work this morning.

 Mr. Dubroca's long residence in West Baton Rouge and his official duties in the past have brought him in direct connection with the people of that section, and he is well fitted for the work of getting the title to the land, over which the Southern Pacific Company propose to build its line from Lafayette to Baton Rouge.

 Fred Wilbert, of Plaquemine, had donated eighteen miles of right of way through his places in West Baton and Iberville Parishes. Mr. Dubroca thinks that he will have little difficulty in getting the land for the road through the remainder of the parish. The people, as a rule, are giving encouragement to the enterprise.

From a special to the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.

Anse La Butte.
Martin-Lake Grow Well Friday Gushed Oil and Mud above Derrick.

 The Heywoods and Moresi Putting Down Wells.

 News from the Anse la Butte field has been very quiet for some time. The quest for oil, however, has been continued steadily, the developments so far having given assurance that there is oil there in large quantities, it being only a question of locating the right spot. At present three wells are being bored; one by the Heywoods, another by Moresi, and a third by Hon. Robt. Martin, Lake Grow and others. The last is known as the Martin-Lake Grow well and came Tuesday of last week it "came in" as a tremendous gas gusher and continued a number of hours when it got stopped up. It remained quiet until Friday when the pressure broke through the swivel cup sending a stream of pure oil and water above the derrick, and is still gushing. The well has reached a depth of 1,100 feet. Before going deeper the well will be thouroughly washed out and its full capacity or pure oil will be ascertaned. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.

The Cane Crop.
[From the La. Planter and Sugar Mfr.]

 The weather during the past week has been decidedly drier, and hence more suitable for the requirements of our sugar planters than that which prevailed the week before. Nevertheless complaint of too much rain is still being made, and it has not been possible to lay by the came properly in a number of instances. In spite of all this, however, the general crop prospect is favorable, and proud planters and mangers are already exhibiting specimen canes with eight, nine and ten red joints, raised in different portions of the sugar belt. 
From the La. and Sugar Planter and Mfr. and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.

A Serious Charge.

 Walter Hebert, alias Walter Keys, a negro, was arrested by Sheriff Broussard Saturday morning on a charge of entering the home of B. H. Wilkins and making an assault with intent to rape on the person of Mr. Wilkins' daughter. Keys served a term in the penitentiary and was under bail for larceny at the time of the alleged assault. He resisted arrest and had to be tied to be taken to jail. Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902. 

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/26/1905.

 Dr. F. J. Mouton left Wednesday to spend two, and possibly three months in the hospitals of Chicago and New York. During his absence Dr. A. Gladu will act as coroner.

 Mrs. Paul Robichaux and little baby girl, of Batson, Texas, arrived in Lafayette Wednesday to spend a few weeks at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Robichaux.

 Mr. Jos. Billeaud and family left Thursday for Mansura, Avoyelles parish, to spend a few days with his wife's mother.

 S. S. Boneil, Assistant Division Passenger and Freight Agent, took up the first section of the excursions which were run to Alexandria Saturday.

 Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Parkerson visited relatives in Jennings Saturday.

 J. A. Deffez of the Lafayette Mattress Factory went to Alexandria Saturday on business.

 On or about August 2nd I will open the Lincoln Avenue Blacksmith Shop and will do all kinds of blacksmithing to the best of satisfaction. E. P. PARENT.

 Gonzague Gladu, after two weeks spent at Cheniere au Tigre for his health, returned Saturday feeling much improved.

 Harold Demanade returned from New Orleans Sunday. He has resigned his position and will remain at home.

 Robt. Broussard, who has been dangerously ill with typhoid, is steadily improving and his friends hope to seem him on the streets again.

 Willie Montgomery returned from New Orleans Monday night.

 The Century Club will entertain with a Euchre Wednesday evening. All members are requested to attend.

 Misses Maggie Williams and Lula Robichaux and Messrs. Eben Morgan, Alex Whittington, T. Wyble, Mike Crouchet and Drs. Tolson and H. P. Beeler attended the dance in Carencro Friday night.

 Eloi Duhon, of Ridge, paid The Advertiser an appreciated call Saturday. Mr. Duhon brought the transfer wagon for the Burke school to town to be repaired. He states that the roads are very hard on wagons.

 Father D. H. Cassall has charge of the Carencro Catholic church during Father Grimaud's absence in France.

 Cards are out announcing the marriage of Miss Idolie Girouard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. O. Girouard, to Mr. J. Gilbert St. Julien, which will take place Tuesday morning, Aug. 1, at nine o'clock at the Sacred Heart Catholic church in Broussard, La.

 Deputy Sheriff A. V. Johnson, of Crowley, was in Lafayette Friday on business.

 Mr. and Mrs. M. Billeaud, Sr., of Broussard left Friday for Pass Christian and Pascagoula, Miss Effie Guidry and little granddaughter, Claudia Broussard went with them.

 Dr. Felix Girard left Monday to spend a while at High Island, Texas.

 Ashton Beraud and Tom Tolson returned from Alexandria Monday.

 Rev. Drake, of Crowley, was in town last week seeing about the building the district parsonage.

 Mrs. C. C. Brown and little granddaughter, Nina Brown, returned from Carencro Friday.

 Jas. Breaux left Thursday for Houston where he has accepted a position with the H. E. & W. T. railroad, in the office of Supt. Gallagher, of the transportation department. Jimmie has a large number of friends here who wish him rapid promotion in his new field of work.

 Henry Francez of Carencro, spent Saturday in Lafayette.

 T. M. Biossat left Sunday for Alexandria on business.

 Tom K. Lewis, operator on Southern Pacific, returned last week from a visit to his home in Alabama.

 Ulric Darby, Jeff Caffery and F. R. Church took in the excursion to Alexandria Saturday, returning Sunday night.

 Mr. and Mrs. Jas. I. Younger and children, of Houston, Texas, arrived in Lafayette Sunday morning to spend a while with friends and relatives.

 F. E. Davis, manager of the Moss Pharmacy, left Monday for High Island, Texas, where Mrs. Davis and baby, Dorothy, are spending a month.

 Miss Ella Bell, of New Orleans, arrived in Lafayette several days ago to spend a while at the home of her aunt, Mrs. C. H. Lusted, who is ill and has been for the past month. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 26th 1902:

Oil at Anse la Butte.

 Oil in paying quantities has been found at Anse la Butte by the Moresis'.

The fluid was reached at a depth of 1100 feet, and from present indications a 6 inch gusher will be brought in very soon. The Advertiser has always contended that oil existed in Anse la Butte and this well proves conclusively our prediction. This new industry will be of great financial value to this parish and state and it will not long before Lafayette will be the ranking city of Louisiana. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1902.

Steam Test Proves a Success. - Chemicals Did Not Have to be Used - How the Great Fire Was Extinguished.

 The oil well fire is out. The deed was done at 1:45 Monday afternoon. When the big crowd saw the flames were checked it went wild with enthusiasm.

 Nine boilers of large capacity were set in the field to the northwest of the burning well. They were connected with two lines of four inch pipe. One of the lines was stationary and the other movable, so as to follow the flames. One man was stationed at each boiler to keep the steam pressure up to 135 pounds. It is estimated the combined boilers gave a 225 horsepower force. Two four inch water lines were laid from the north with four two-inch connections and fifty feet of hose on each connection, and were so arranged that the flames could be covered from the east, north and northwest.

 One of the pumps on Jennings Heywood oil syndicate well was used to force water and the other to force chemicals. Each pump had one hundred pound pressure A man was stationed at each pump to keep the pressure up. The four inch pipe to carry the chemicals was run in from the north and had two two-inch connections, with fifty feet of hose attached to each connection.

 Jack Ennis, of Beaumont, was in charge.

 Just before the attempt he called the men together and gave each explicit instructions.

  The steam did the work, extinguished the flames which have been raging for a week. The chemicals did not have to be used.

 The oil fire at Beaumont was a good advertisement for Beaumont and it will be the same for Jennings. People know that it has oil, but after the wonder of Beaumont, people were rather disposed to think of Jennings as something on the small order. A few photographs of the Jennings fire will satisfy the world that she has struck oil and struck it on a grand scale.  The fire will be an immense advertisement for the Jennings field, and though a million barrels of oil be destroyed, there are plenty more at the bottom of the well, and the loss will all be made up in the end. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1902.

On the Galveston Excursion.

 Simonet Breaux, Edgard Kilchrist, E. Francez and others from Carencro and P. Krauss, J. E. Martin, L. Nickerson, E. G. Voorhies, Aby Lester, Willie Clifford, and Misses Corinne Guidry, Lucie Judice, Lizzie and May Bailey, and Mrs. Constantin of Lafayette took in the Galveston excursion. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1902.

 Painful Accident.

 Last Monday, young Emile W. Lusted, son of Mr. Chas. H. Lusted met with a painful accident. He was standing on a ladder whitewashing when the ladder slipped and the boy received the lime pot in his face, the lime burning his two eyes to a certain extent. He received immediate medical attention and it is expected he will recover soon. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1902.

Happy Birthday Alice Moss.

 Little Alice Moss was a charming hostess, on last Saturday afternoon, when she entertained a number of little friends at the lovely home of her parents. The occasion was the tenth anniversary of her birth, and it royally was it celebrated. A score of more of dainty children danced the merry games on the lawn, and after partaking of choice melons, all took their departure wishing for little Alice "Many more happy birthdays".
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1902.

Presbyterian Meeting.

 A series of meetings were begun last Thursday evening at the Presbyterian church Rev. Wm. Thorburn of Carollton, Miss., conducting and assisted by Revs. J. N. Allison of Lake Charles and D. F. Wilkinson of Crowley. The services Thursday evening were very impressive, the sermon being intensely earnest and practical. The meetings will be continued several days with services every night opening at 8 o'clock. The public is invited. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1902.

Notice to Teachers.

 The next examination of applicants for certificates to teach will be held Aug. 20 and 21st from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m. in Lafayette at the Industrial Institute.

 In addition to the regular questions there will be a few questions on methods of teaching, and some general questions on the Constitution of the United States and of Louisiana. Applicants for examination should notify me at once. The above examination displaces the examination heretofore held in August.
    (Signed) L. J. ALLEMAN, Supt.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1902.


 Vaudeville Wonders. - Many of our citizens have been visiting large cities attended Vaudeville performances. Lafayette is to have the pleasure of having a company of first class Vaudeville artists, next Sunday, July 27th, at Falk's Opera House.

 The company which is coming to our town includes a lighting sketch artist who came from Paris four months ago, and who, has travelled all over Europe drawing pictures of Dreyfus, General Lafayette, Roosevelt, McKinley and others. In the comedy act, which was a great hit in New York, pictures of all kinds will be made of rags, paints, ribbons and human beings.

 The latest French songs will be sung, also a descriptive trip in French will be given.

 In the monologue sketch will be introduced some of the funniest things ever heard here.

 This will be the first performance of the season and special prices have been made to give everybody a chance to see the first and only night of Vaudeville.

 Secure your tickets early at Guerre & Broussard's drug store. Prices are ; 50, 35 and 15cts. Remember the date, Sunday, July 27, at 8:15 sharp.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1902.

Disinfectant Free!

 To promote the public health, the City Council has procured a half barrel of Cloro-Naptholeum, one of the best known disinfectants; it may be had in quantities of one quart or less from either of the police officers or from the undersigned.
  CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
July 23, 1902.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1902.

School Board.

     Lafayette, La., July 17, 1902.
 President A. Olivier being absent the secretary called the regular quarterly meeting of the Board to order. The following members answered to their names Alex Delhomme, Jasper Spell, Dr. N. P. Moss, Dr. R. O. Young, A. C. Guilbeau, P. R. Landry.  Absent: President A. Olivier, H. Theall, S. J. Montgomery.

 The next thing in order was the election of president pro tem. Dr. Moss moved that Dr. Roy O. Young be made temporary chairman. This motion was duly seconded, and Dr. Young was unanimously elected.

 The reading of the minutes of the preceding meeting was taken up. The minutes of April 3 were read and the word "town" was ordered stricken from the resolution, by D. Young relative to securing aid from the City Council to help maintain the schools.

 The secretary stated that as a committee from the Isle de Cannes school was present, he requested that his report bearing on that school be deferred to the time when the committee would be given a hearing.

 The secretary asked for further time for investigating the merits of the Duson petition for the erection of a public school at that place, and the Board extended the time. Further time was also granted for the engagement of an engineer for the survey of the 16th section in the fourth ward.

 Dr. Moss moved that a surveyor be employed to find out if the public school land in the fourth ward has been encroached upon and to report to the Board at once if he so finds it. If the land is intact the surveyor is lay it off into sixteen equal lots making the corners of the lots. Mr. Landry seconded the motion and it was carried.

 It was moved by Mr. Spell and seconded by Mr. Guilbeau that a standing committee be appointed to audit the boos of the treasurer and of sheriff quarterly. The chair appointed the secretary, Dr. Moss and Dr. Guilbeau.

 On motion of Mr. Spell duly seconded by Mr. Delhomme, Dr. Moss, Mr. Spell, Mr. Landry and Dr. Young were appointed a committee to wait upon Police Jury and upon the Town Council in order to arrive at some understanding as to appropriation for the maintenance of the public schools for the coming session.

 On the suggestion of Dr. Young Pres. pro tem Dr. Moss offered the motion that the committee to be known as the "committee on building of houses" be appointed whose duty it shall be to submit whose duty it shall be to submit plans to the Board for the erection of all school houses to be built in the future ;  that no school house be accepted by the Board in the future unless it be built on plans submitted to the Board and accepted. After being seconded by Mr. Landry, this motion was carried. The chair appointed Dr. Moss, Mr. Delhomme, and the name of Dr. Young was added by the Board. The object is to secure a uniform, comfortable, hygiene school house.

 The superintendent read his first annual report which was received and filed.

 It was moved by Dr. Moss and seconded by Mr. Guilbeau that there will be established in each ward a graded central school of the first grade, that all other schools of the different wards be confined to primary work, up to and including the fourth grade as outlined by the superintendent, and that the pay in all schools be regulated according to the grade of the school; that all pupils above the fourth grade in the different wards be required to attend school at the central school ;  that central school be established in the following places and maintained provided they have the required daily average attendance ;  Carencro, Scott, Broussard, Royville, Pilette, Duson and Ridge. It was moved by Dr. Moss, and seconded by Mr. Guilbeau, that the scale of salary for the parish schools be fixed as follows ;  Principals of graded central schools, $60 ;  principals of primary schools, second grade, $55 ;  teachers of the third grade, $35.

 Moved further, that the teachers of the parish be required to teach twenty full days to the month ;  that no pay given for any holiday whatsoever ;  that in case of bad weather, the teacher will be entitled to pay only by presenting a certificate from the local trustee showing that the teachers remained at school until ten o'clock and and that no pupils were present, that in case of sickness no pay be allowed for the time lost by the teachers ;  that the teachers be requested to comply with the law requiring to comply with the law requiring the monthly report to be signed by the local trustee.

 Mr. Landry moved as a substitute that the recommendations of the superintendent be accepted. The substitute that the recommendations of the superintendent be accepted. The substitute was lost and the original motion was carried.

 It was moved by Dr. Moss and seconded by Mr. Spell that the proposition of Mr. Eloi Duhon, and neighbors offering to donate to the parish a school building and one acre of land be accepted provided the school be built according to plans and specifications furnished by the committee on building of school houses ;  provided further that Mr. I. A. Broussard contribute $15 per month toward the maintenance of the said school during the time it is in session as has been proposed by Mr. Broussard, and provided further that the Isle des Cannes school be moved not less than three quarters of a mile to the east to a location approved by the superintendent ;  and provided still further that the Isle des Cannes school be enlarged and repaired. Carried.

 The following bills were approved:

   Moss Pharmacy, blackboard cloth ... $9.85.
  L. J. Alleman, stamps ... $0.75.

 The following bills were laid over:

   I. E. Martin, stationary, two years ... $2.50.
  R. B. expended on Mathieu School in addition to appropriation from Police Jury ... $7.85.
ROY O. YOUNG, President pro tem.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1902.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/26/1902.

 Mr. and Mrs. Mousset returned last week from a pleasant trip to Abita Spring.

 Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Voorhies returned home after four week spent, in Biloxi and Bay St. Louis.

 Mr. Chas. Debaillon reported having had a nice time at Biloxi and Bay St. Louis.

 Mr. J. C. Sanders of Eunice was in our town Tuesday and will move his family here. Mr. Sanders is well known in Lafayette and The Advertiser welcomes him.

 Edmond Couret is enjoying  few days rest at Point-aux-Loups Spring.

 Mr. Geo. DeClouet's marriage to Miss Lelia Cornay takes place at the Catholic church on August 5th.

 Don't miss the Vaudeville Wonders, to-morrow night at Falk's Opera House.

 Mr. Geo. DeClouet's residence in the Mudd Addition is nearing completion.

 Mr. and Mrs. Jules Alciatore of New Orleans are visiting the Dupleix family at Royville.

 Mr. Martial Hebert, planter and merchant in the first ward was in town Thursday.

 Mr. Moses Levy of Jennings was in town Sunday.

 The Advertiser is glad to learn that Mrs. Felix H. Mouton is improving every day.

 The pictures made with rag and paints are worth seeing. To-morrow night, Sunday, July 27, at Falk's Opera House.

 Miss Rita Trahan has returned from a month's visit to her sister at Bayou Lafourche.

 Dr. N. D. Young and daughter of Youngsville visited Lafayette Wednesday.

 Mrs. Edmond Landry was very unfortunate to have her large barn destroyed by fire Monday night. Origin of the fire is unknown.

 The militia company is progressing very nicely. Every week the membership is increasing.

 Prof. W. A. LeRosen left Monday for Shreveport to visit his parents, and will remain absent for three our four weeks.

 Mr. A. M. Martin and family are sojourning at Sour Lake, Tex.

 Mr. Hector Prejean is enjoying a well earned vacation in Texas.

 Mrs. Geo. A. DeBlanc is visiting friends at New Orleans and Abita Springs.

 Miss Nina Sondoz of Opelousas is spending a few days in Lafayette guests to the Misses Deffez.

 Misses L. E. Hufkesbring, May Hufkesbring, Eleanor Jamieson and Marguerite Jamieson of New Orleans are spending a few weeks with their aunt Mrs. R. C. Greig.

 Mr. John Bagnal has purchased a lot on Lincoln and West Avenues, in the Nickerson's addition, on which he intends building an up-to-date residence. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1902.


 From the Lafayette Gazette of July 26th, 1902:


 Surveyors Move their Camp to a Point Near Breaux Bridge.

 The railroad surveyors who were camped on the grounds near the powerhouse have moved their tents and working apparatus to a point about one mile and a half north of Breaux Bridge. The men have been at work since their arrival here and there seems to be no doubt that they were surveying a line from this town to Baton Rouge. They have not followed the road surveyed some years ago for the Louisiana Central. No information of a more definite character has been obtained and it can not be positively stated which road is having the work done, but it is reasonably certain that the Southern Pacific has something to do with it. The men are losing no time and at the rate they are going, their point of destination will be reached before many days.

 The following special from Baton Rouge, dated July 22, to the New Orleans Picayune will be of great interest in connection with the projected railway:

 Baton Rouge, La., July 22 - Recent developments lave me no room for doubt that Baton Rouge is to have at least one and probably two new railroads in the near future. The movement in the southwestern part of the State, said to be on the part of the Southern Pacific people, making a preliminary survey in the direction of Baton Rouge, has been heard from at this end of the line. Some of the papers in the organization of the movement have reached this city. It is stated that Meridian, Miss., is one of the objective points of this line. It is explained that it was in connection with this movement that the parties, recently referred to in these dispatches, were making inquiries and investigations concerning the landing on both sides of the river at this point and the ownership of the adjacent to these landings.

 There is no little enthusiasm here among those posted upon the subject as to these developments. From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.


Fined Fifty Dollars and Costs by Mayor Caffery - Oneal Foreman Also Fined.

 Thursday morning Willie Foreman appeared before Mayor Caffery to answer to a charge of fighting and disturbing the peace. It was proved by reputable testimony that Foreman entered the saloon of Begnaud & Comeaux, and without any provocation applied the most offensive language to Mr. O. P. Guilbeau at the same time striking him in the face with his fist. Mr. Guilbeau would have no trouble with Foreman and merely defended himself against the attack of his assailant. Foreman was taken to jail by Deputy Trahan, who was helped by Mr. Begnaud, one of the proprietors of the saloon.

 Mayor Caffery sentenced Foreman to pay a fine of fifty dollars and costs or to be imprisoned thirty days. In pronouncing the sentence Mayor Caffery gave Foreman to understand that his ruffianism would not be tolerated in this town and would always receive the severest punishment at the hands of the municipal authorities.

 Oneal Foreman, the father of Willie Foreman, who was arrested by Officer Edwin Campbell for disturbing the peace and interfering with his son's arrest, appeared before Mayor Caffery and was sentenced to pay $10 and costs or to serve 10 days in jail.

 Oneal Foreman paid the fine. Willie Foreman, having failed to pay the fine, is still in jail.

 A charge of fighting and disturbing the peace was made before Judge Bienvenue against Willie Foreman and the case will go up to the district court. Foreman is under a peace bond and it is understood that District Attorney Campbell will take the necessary steps to have the bond forfeited. Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.

Water Woes. - It is feared that it will be necessary to bore another well at the powerhouse. The town contracted with Mr. Nathan Broussard to clean out the well now in use, but so far the desired results have not been obtained and the scarcity of water continues. Laf. Gazette 7/26/1902.

A Serious Charge. - Walter Hebert, alias Walter Keys, a negro, was arrested by Sheriff Broussard Saturday morning on a charge of entering the home of B. H. Wilkins and making an assault with attempt to rape on the person of Mr. Wilkins' daughter. Keys served a term in the penitentiary and was under bail for larceny at the time of the alleged assault. He resisted arrest and had to be tied to be taken to jail.
Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.

 Nickerson Addition. - Mr. John Bagnal has bought about an acre of land from Mr. J. Nickerson, Sr., for $1,000. The land faces Lincoln Avenue and forms part of the Nickerson addition, which promises to become a most desirable portion of the town. It is the intention of Mr. Bagnal to build a home.
Laf. Gazette 7/26/1902.

At Anse la Butte and a Gusher Expected Within the Next Few Days.

 Oil has been found in small quantities in the well now being bored by the Moresi Brothers on the Pourcio place at Anse la Butte. After repeated efforts and a perserverence which deserves success the Moresi brothers have reason to believe that they are on the eve of bringing in a gusher. While others have undertaken the work and abandoned it, they have labored hard and without interruption. Cap Moresi, who has been directing the operations at Anse la Butte, has been on the grounds over fourteen months, and at no time has he been discouraged. If it requires work and intelligent supervision to find the oil, success will surely crown the efforts of the Messrs. Moresi. If there is a gusher at Anse la Butte we believe it will soon ooze out of its subterranean bed. An 8-inch pipe is now being put down and if the indications are not misleading it is safe to predict that some time within the next ten days there will be a gusher at Anse la Butte.

 The well that is being drilled by the Heywood Brothers is in operation. Scott and Dewey Heywood visited the place Thursday. Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.

Injured by Lime.

 While Emile lusted was white-washing an out-house at his father's home, the bucket containing the lime was accidentally upset and its contents were thrown in the boy's face, causing painful and serious injury to his eyes. The Gazette is pleased to learn that young Lusted is doing better and that it is not believed permanent harm will result from the injury. Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902. 

To the Schools - Sheriff Broussard Gives Fifteen Dollars a Month for Two Years.

 In the proceedings of the School Board published in last week's Gazette appeared a resolution to the effect that a new school will be opened in the second ward. It is also stated in the resolution that the Board accepted the offer of Sheriff Broussard to contribute $15 a month, during two years, toward the maintenance of the new school.

 The Board appreciated the need of another school in that section of the parish, but for financial reasons it could not act. Sheriff Broussard was told of these conditions, and as he recognized the necessity of the new school, he proposed to the Board to make the generous contribution which he was immediately accepted.

 This is not the first time that The Gazette has had occasion to refer to Sheriff Broussard's disposition to help the cause of public education in this parish. It is an additional evidence of his willingness not only to do what he can, but to give what he can, for improved educational facilities in this parish.

 The Gazette believes that the present campaign for education offers a fine opportunity to public men to do a great deal for the the commonwealth. If they are able to give pecuniary aid they can do invaluable work by supporting the movement for better and more schools. Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.


 Tuesday night the people of Lafayette will have an opportunity to help a very worthy young man.

 At that time a concert will be given in the Auditorium of the Industrial Institute for the benefit of Mr. William Haden, who is now spending some time in Lafayette as the guest of his friend, Dr. F. E. Girard. As is well-known, Mr. Haden possesses musical talent capable of the highest development, and is the earnest wish of his friends that he be given the opportunity to complete the course which he has already begun at the National Conservatory of Music in New York. Four years spent at that splendid institution by Mr. Haden has not only demonstrated that he is peculiarly gifted, but that he make excellent use of his opportunities. Without the help of his eyes having been totally blind since the age of two years - he has from the start shown a remarkable degree of proficiency in the study of his art. The great musicians who heard him on his favorite instrument, the pipe organ, have not been slow to detect in the deserving ambitious young man the qualities of the artist.

 Mr. Haden was born at Stonewall, in North Louisiana. At an early age he entered the School for the Blind at Baton Rouge. Showing himself an apt scholar and good student, he completed the course at that institution with great credit and won the esteem of his teachers and schoolmates. With the assistance of kind friends, who appreciated his merits and recognized the quality of his attainments, he was sent to the National Conservatory in New York. His work there has been of the most successful character. Gifted as he is and being a tireless student it could not be otherwise. The money realized at the concert next Tuesday will be used to enable him to return to the Conservatory.

 Aside from its laudable purpose, the concert is entitled to the liberal patronage of the public. A most interesting and high-class program is being prepared. Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.

More Power-House Woes.

 It is feared that it will be necessary to bore another well at the power-house. The town contracted with Mr. Nathan Broussard to clean out the well now in use, but so far the desired results have not been obtained and the scarcity of water continues. Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.

Galveston Excursion.

 Many Lafayette people boarded the excursion train for Galveston last Monday. Among them were: Mrs. Ernest Constantin, Mrs. Walter Mouton, Mrs. Hazard Eastin, Miss Lucie Judice, Misses Lizzie and May Bailey, Miss Corinne Guidry, Hon. R. C. Landry, Messrs. Edward Voorhies, Sidney Mouton and P. Krauss. Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.

Bought Into Nickerson Addition.

 Mr. John Bagnal has bought about an acre of land from Mr. J. Nickerson, Sr., for $1,000. The land faces Lincoln avenue and forms a part of the Nickerson addition, which promises to become a most desirable portion of the town. It is the intention of Mr. Bagnal to build a home. Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.

Presbyterian Services.

 Last Thursday evening Rev. Wm. Thorburn of Carollton, Miss., began a series of meetings in the Presbyterian church. Revs. J. Y. Allison of Lake Charles, and D. F. Wilkinson of Crowley, were also present to assist. The meetings will be continued every night for a time, opening at eight o'clock. A good congregation gathered last Thursday evening and listened to an earnest and thoughtful sermon by Rev. Thorburn. All are invited.
Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.   

Submit An Interesting Report to the School Board - Changes Recommended.

 Supt. Alleman submitted the following report to the School Board at its meeting held on July 17:

 To the President and Members of the Board of School Directors:

 It is some degree of satisfaction that I submit my first annual report on the conditions and needs of the public school system of the parish. This Board has reason to congratulate itself on the fact that it has been one of the first Boards in the State to break away from the old spoils system of selecting teachers. In Lafayette parish the teachers are appointed on their merits, and the whole administration of the important public matters entrusted to this Board has been systematic and economic. The record of this year will bear out this statement.

 I wish to thank the members individually for the support which has, almost without exception, been given to those measures calculated to elevate the standard of our public school system. The past year has been marked by a remarkable absence of petty wrangling over matters of minor importance which so often mars the proceedings of public bodies and make intelligent systematic work impossible. But notwithstanding the fact that we have done well, we should not close our eyes to the fact that we have only begun and that there are matters of paramount importance which need our immediate attention. The most important of these is

 Our revenues are not sufficient to elevate our system of school up to the standard of efficiency so much desired. We have been compelled to employ a large number of teachers holding third grade certificates at thirty dollars a month. A teacher should know vastly more than is required to teach, and it is a self-evident proposition that if we wish to improve our schools, the first thing for us to do is to require our teachers to improve themselves. Our school system can not possibly rise above the average teacher.

 We must depend upon our Police Jury for a larger appropriation and now that we have demonstrated to the public that we will put its money to the best use, we have a just claim on the public funds, and, I venture to say, the people and their representatives on the Police Jury are prepared to vote the much needed increase. This parish has a fairly good system of public roads and there is no reason why she should not have an equally good system of public schools. Good roads and good schools go hand in hand, and they are good index to the general intelligence of the community supporting them. Exactly the same conditions which have brought about good roads will bring about good schools. These conditions are ample funds and an intelligent of the community supporting them. Exactly the same condition which have brought about good roads will bring about good roads. These conditions are ample funds and an intelligent expenditure under the scrutiny of a healthy, active public sentiment. The only thing we lack is the funds without which we can not hope to move forward.

 As has been already suggested,
are too low. The average salary to white teachers in this parish is $36, and it should be about $42.50. This increase of salary would require an additional $2,460 per year, but it would give us a high standard of teachers and it would elevate our system of schools to a level with the most progressive communities. Under the present arrangement our third grade teachers are paid $30; second grade teachers, $40; and first grade teachers, $45. This is not an equitable adjustment of salaries for the reason that the teacher is not paid in proportion to his attainments. It takes a very limited amount to obtain a third grade certificate. The second grade certificate is much more difficult to obtain, and no one can pass a first grade examination unless he has received a college education or its equivalent. Yet the inducement offered in this parish to holders of first grade certificates is only five dollars more than is offered the second grade. I recommend, therefore, that a readjustment of the scales of the salary be made, giving third grade lady teachers $30, gentlemen $35; second grade, ladies $35, gentlemen, $40; after five years of satisfactory service, an increase of five dollars to the salary of each sex on the recommendation of the superintendent. Teachers of the first grade should not be paid less than $50; and to enable us to get young men of experience as principals of our graded schools we should offer $60 for those positions.

 This scale beside offering an inducement to our home teachers for self-improvement, would enable us to get the best teachers when it becomes necessary to employ teachers from elsewhere.

 In recognition of long and faithful service on the part of the principals of the Domingue school, the Broussard school, the Mouton Switch school and the Alex Martin, Jr., school, and on account of special work done by these teachers during the past session, I recommend an increase of five dollars per month to their salaries for the coming year.


 At present we defray the expenses of our teachers at summer schools, costing us from $400 to $800 per year, and we allow pay for the holidays (Christmas) costing the parish an additional $400, to which if we add the time lost on account of sickness, church holidays, legal holidays and bad weather, about $400, we have the sum of from $1,200 to $1,600 annually given away for which the parish gets no return.

 It would be infinitely better to use this money to increase the salaries, abolish the allowance made for attendance at summer schools, and require the teachers to teach twenty full days to each scholastic month, and make no allowance of pay for any cause whatsoever, This system would be more business-like and would enable us to use the money for which we now get no returns as a stimulus to our teachers to elevate their moral and intellectual standard.


 It should be our aim to give at least  session of ten months next session. With the proper support from the Police Jury we can have it. In country schools the attendance is always more or less irregular and unsatisfactory, especially where the teacher is of inferior quality.

 The attendance during the past year was exceedingly poor throughout the parish and especially in the country schools. While we have had a session of nine months only 71 per cent of the children were in regular attendance in the parish, and in some individual schools the average attendance fell to 50 per cent. Our session, therefore, has accomplished only six months of work throughout the parish, and only four months of work have been done in the schools whose average attendance was 50 per cent. The cost per child per month has been excessive in several schools. We have over four thousand white children of school age, and for this reason the required average monthly attendance should be raised from twelve to twenty. Of the four thousand children of school age are in monthly attendance. The children are here, and they should be made to attend school regularly, and it is the duty of this Board to see to it that they do. When poor attendance is clearly the fault of the teacher he should be removed for cause at once. Some of our schools are over-crowded and others have barely the required attendance. The following statistics speak for themselves.

[Name of school and average attendance for the year.]

Alex Martin, Jr. ... 80 per cent
Guitroz ... 63 per cent
J. C. Broussard ... 61 per cent
Matthieu ... 76 per cent
Louis Bonin ... 68 per cent
Duson ... 54 per cent
Alex Broussard ... 59 per cent
Indian Bayou ... 50 per cent
Ridge ... 50 per cent
Lafayette High/Primary ... 84 per cent
Mouton Switch ... 64 per cent
Sellers ... 66 per cent
Theall ... 56 per cent
Royville ... 60 per cent
Broussard ... 73 per cent
Comeaux ... 69 per cent
Domingue ... 72 per cent
Stelly ... 75 per cent
Carencro ... 76 per cent
Pilette ... 70 per cent
Verot ... 70 per cent
Bertrand ... 70 per cent
Scott ... 88 per cent
Whittington ... 61 per cent

 The average attendance of 80 per cent and above was reached by only three schools in the parish, the Alex Martin Jr., the Lafayette, and the Scott school which heads the list with an average attendance of 88 per cent was reached by only three schools in the parish, the Alex Martin Jr., the Lafayette, and the Scott school which heads the list with an average attendance of 88 per cent for the entire year. What can be done at Scott, should be possible at Lafayette, at Broussard and everywhere throughout the parish.


 Many of our school-houses are a disgrace to the parish, and it would be well for the Board to adopt a systematic plan to have them enlarged and repaired.

 It is advisable to open the town schools on the first of September. The country schools are best attached in the spring and summer schools.


 In order to place higher education within the reach of every child in the parish, central ward schools should be established in every ward in the parish - or at least in every ward which will support one. These schools should do work of the grammar school from the fifth to the eighth grades inclusive. The most convenient location for these schools would be Carencro, Scott, Duson, Broussard, Pilette, Royville and Ridge. The schools should be put into operation next session.
      Respectfully submitted,
         L. J. ALLEMAN,
            Parish Supt. of Schools.
Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/26/1902.

Rev. C. C. Kramer will hold regular services at the Episcopal church, Sunday afternoon, at 5:30 o'clock.

 Card of Thanks. - We desire to express our appreciation of the kindness of neighbors and friends shown us during the sickness and death of out mother. Their kind sympathies will ever be remembered. - Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Jenkins.

 Mr. Jos. A. Loret, clerk of court of St. Mary parish, was in Lafayette Sunday and Monday Mr. Loret is candidate for the Democratic nomination for railroad commissioner.

 A vaudeville entertainment, consisting of popular French songs, comic scenes and a comedy will take place at Falk's hall, Sunday, July 27. Prices: 50, 35 and 15 cents.

 Miss Florence Bush, of Franklin, is the guest of Miss Cora Desbrest.

 Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Mayer are spending some time with relatives at Opelousas.

 Misses L. E. Hafkesbring, Elenora Jamieson, Marguerite Jamieson and May Hafkesbring, of New Orleans, are visiting their aunt, Mrs. R. C. Greig. Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 26th, 1873:


 The literary exercises and distribution of prizes at the Convent of Mt. Carmel will take place on Tuesday next. As usual, that day will be one of joy and pleasure to the teachers, pupils, parents and invited guests. The programme of the literary exercises is well gotten up, and judging from the names of the young Misses who are selected to act and perform the different parts and characters assigned to them, will be quite a success and reflect credit on all interested as well as to the community in general. The opening address will be delivered by Miss Aimee Salles. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1873.


 Mr. John Gardner requests us to inform the public that he will continue his school during the summer months.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1873.

Police Jury Proceedings.

 Vermilionville, La., Lafayette Parish, June 14, 1873.

 The members appointed and commissioned, to-wit:  G. Dubau, 1st ward ;  S. J. Montgomery, 2d ward ;  Jean Bernard, 3d ward ;  R. Leblanc, 4th ward ;  R. C. Landry, 5th ward ;  met at the Court House ;  all present and having qualified (except Mr. Bernard) proceeded to organize by electing Mr. Dubau President ;  and the following officers were elected, and their respective salaries per annum fixed, for the unexpired year ending December 31st next, as follows :  A. J. Moss, Clerk, $150 ;  M. E. Girard, Treasurer, $150 ; Edgar Mouton, Constable, $100.

 The annual report of the treasurer was received and referred to a committee composed of Messrs. Montgomery, Landry and M. F. Rigues, and the same committee was instructed to prepare an estimate of the debt and expenses of the parish for the current year. The committee presented the following report, which was unanimously adopted :

 To the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette :

 The committee appointed by your Hon. body to prepare an estimate of the debt and expenses of the Parish for the current year, respectfully submit the following report, to-wit :

page 1 column 4

 Respectfully submitted, M. F. RIGUES, S. J. MONTGOMERY, R. C. LANDRY, Committee.

 On motion, a warrant was authorized to be issued in favor of the Treasurer for the amount due him.

 The following resolutions were adopted without objection :

 Whereas, an agreement having been entered into with the Cotton-Boll and Advertiser for publishing the proceedings of the Police Jury, therefore
   Be it resolved, That one hundred dollars is hereby allowed to each of the above papers in full to January 1st next ;  the Cotton-Boll to publish in English and the Advertiser in French.

 Resolved, That hereafter, the tax collector shall receive parish warrants in payment of all parish taxes.

 Resolved, That the licenses on professions, occupations, &c., are hereby fixed at the same rates as for the past year ;  provided that no license shall be imposed on wagons.

 Resolved, That each member of the Police Jury be and is hereby constituted the road overseer in his ward and that the sum of three hundred dollars be appropriated to each ward for the purpose of keeping the roads and bridges in good order.

 Resolved, That no member of the Police Jury shall receive any pay whatever for his services as road overseer.

 Resolved, That the sum of fifty dollars be and is hereby allowed to Mrs. P. Steidman for the use and support of an old and indigent colored man named Noel Guidry.

 Resolved, That all accounts approved and warrants issued and other acts done since the organization of the Police Jury, on the 3d day of February last, except those relating to the levying and collection of tax of 1872, be and they are hereby approved.

 [For accounts approved, see French page.]
G. DUBAU, President.
A. J. MOSS, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1873.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 26th, 1912:


 Upon the eve here departure from Lafayette Miss Ethel Northern, Supervisor of Primary Schools in Nashville, Tenn., who for ten days entertained and instructed the teachers of the Summer School at Lafayette, was given the opportunity she greatly desired of setting foot on a spot made famous by Longfellow. The wish of Miss Northern to see "Evangeline Oak" standing on the bank of bayou Teche in the town of St. Martinville was gratified in a most pleasing way while she was the guest of Dr. and Mrs. N. P. Moss last Tuesday.

 Miss Northern expressed in glowing terms her delightful experiences on this pilgrimage to the land made memorable by the poet Longfellow, which pilgrimage included a visit to the grand and typical old Southern home, St. John plantation, founded by the late General DeClouet, and a ride through what is admittedly one of the most picturesque bits of natural scenery in the world - Banker's Lane. Banker's Lane, named after the former owner of the place who conceived and carried out the idea, is an avenue one mile long formed by parallel rows of massive oak and pine trees alternating in their position and relation to each other. This seemingly endless colonnade of towering giants of the forest arched overhead and made still more imposing by the great tufts of silvery gray moss dangling from the interlacing boughs of the trees, presents a view that is truly sublime and which should be seen by every lover of the beautiful in nature.

 A fitting episode in the excursion of Miss Northern into the country of Evangeline was the presentation to her by Dr. and Mrs. Moss of a volume of "Acadien Reminiscences" containing the true story of Evangeline as recorded by Judge Felix Voorhies, a native of St. Martinville and the author of this interesting and entertaining little book. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1912.


Good Spirits.

 Good spirits don't all come from Kentucky. Their main sources is the liver - and all the fine spirits ever made in the Blue Grass State could not remedy a bad liver or the hundred-and-one ill effects its produces. You can't have good spirits and a bad liver at the same time. Your liver must be in fine condition if you would feel buoyant, happy and hopeful, bright of eye, light of step, vigorous and successful in your pursuits. You can put your liver in fine condition by using Green's August Flower - the greatest of all medicines for the liver and stomach and a certain cure for dyspepsia or indigestion. It has been a favorite household remedy for over thirty-five years. August Flower will make your liver healthy and active and thus insure you a liberal supply of "good spirits." Trial size, 25c; regular bottles, 75c. For sale by Lafayette Drug Company. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 26th, 2015:


 City-Parish President Joey Durel, speaking not to his native Lafayette but a vast world beyond, reminded a crowded news conference early Friday that our town had been named the happiest in America a scant year ago.

Ours is a family-oriented place, he explained pointedly, a community that extends itself past artificial geographic lines to embrace all of our Acadiana neighbors.

Then a stranger came to town.

John Russel Houser’s mean work in a Lafayette movie house cut through an ordinary Thursday evening to rattle our hometown’s psyche.

Lafayette will recover, Durel said Friday morning, as sunlight peeked over the city’s horizon, but we must work through a world of pain that the gunman delivered to us all.


We will recover, not because the damage was not deep — it was devastating: three dead, at least nine wounded at last reckoning — but because our strength and resilience are deeper.

Lafayette and Acadiana is place of beauty and learning, warmth and tradition, faith and industry. It is a community built by gritty, resolute people who rejoice in what we ourselves have built upon the land of our Acadian ancestors.

Beausoleil and company did not wash up on Louisiana shores to shrink from danger, disappointment or despair. In building this brave, beautiful city, generations of our ancestors proved themselves hardy and resolute.

A lone, deranged gunman will not change that. We disdain his effort to try.

As Houser rose to fire 13 gunshots at innocent people, he did not know that our newspaper was hosting a community event that featured a local entertainer called Cupid, a symbol of love, who once released a single entitled “Happy Dance.” As Cupid connected with our Community Room crowd, Houser, an angry and hate-filled drifter, fired his weapon in the Lafayette Grand’s theater No. 14, a room filled with people watching a romantic comedy. The ironies are painful to consider.


What Houser stole was the best of what Lafayette had to offer. His fatal victims were a 33-year-old successful, beloved businesswoman and accomplished musician, and an aspiring student, just 21. We all know them, or someone like them, and we will press our neighbors’ memories close to our hearts. We’re that kind of town.

We will recover because we are that kind of town.

We will recover because we don’t shrink from danger, because tomorrow’s sunrise will reveal a place still beautiful, because we will ever welcome strangers.

We will recover because we will keep our faith and be guided by it, because we will work harder to make our community one where Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, Thursday’s fatal victims, would find unending joy and fulfillment.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/2015.

#Lafayette Strong is More than a Hashtag.

I learned that the only way to persevere through trouble is to find silver linings in storm clouds. They’re everywhere you turn in Lafayette.
The day after the Lafayette shootings, I spent three hours on air talking to the people of Acadiana in order to make some type of sense of what happened. Mostly, I just tried to get through the day like everyone else who had to try to work through the shock. I cried on air, which I tried to hide and probably failed miserably at doing.
On my way across town to spend some time with somebody I love, I stopped at the intersection of Ambassador Caffery and Johnston Street (the worst intersection in Lafayette) and rolled my windows down. I was listening to the song “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers. This is where the heart of Lafayette comes back into play.
The car next to me rolled their windows down and asked, “What radio station is that?” I responded by simply holding up my phone and saying, “All me.”
The driver and his wife then bobbed their heads in satisfaction. The next time I looked over at these two complete strangers, they asked me to turn the song up, so I did.
We sang the chorus together. I pretended to pound the keyboard on my steering wheel along with the man in the car next to me. His wife laughed at both of us, then the light turned from red to green. We waved at each other with a smile, rolled our windows back up and drove away. For about 50 seconds, three people in a city of grief all felt normal again.
Since that moment, I can’t listen to that song without the hair sticking up on the back of my neck. I replayed it three or four times after I parked just to bask in the reflective catharsis.
“Lafayette Strong” might be a hashtag, but it’s much more than an internet trend. It truly is an aspect of our great city. When we band together, it’s a thing of beauty.
Grief is a real part of loss. It is proper to shed tears. Death doesn’t fight fair, so there isn’t any real formula for overcoming it. It takes time. Day by day, the city of Lafayette will come together to find a return to normalcy. Our city is built on love, and that is the first aid our city will recover on.
We will return to the good times, Lafayette. That’s not an inspirational message. It’s a fact.
With that being said, I still can’t drive down Johnston. I’m not ready yet. It will take a lot longer to get back into the Grand-16 Theater. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be back. I couldn’t let John Houser have the satisfaction of ruining one of the safest, happiest places in my city.
My children will watch movies at the Grand-16. We will laugh together and eat popcorn. The movie will end, and all of us will go home happy.
That takes time to get to. We can get there together. Just remember to find the silver linings. Sadness can’t stand it when you smile, and smiles come around a lot more often than storm clouds in Cajun country. We are Lafayette.
Ryan Baniewicz covers sports for ESPN 1420.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/2015.

Honor These Women by Living Good Lives.

Two women slain by a deranged gunman’s hand were at different stages of their careers and lives.
But both women — unforgettable in their ways — left legacies and memories that should inspire the shaken world they left behind. Let’s embrace — tightly — what their lives meant.
Jillian Johnson,  a creative force for good in Lafayette, was an artist, merchant and musician whose gentle hand worked in myriad ways, large and small, for a better community. She was a wife and family woman whose talents resounded locally with successful businesses, she had a vital part in a popular local band and a well-regarded show on public radio.
But at a Saturday vigil, a neighbor recalled that Johnson, who moved into his Simcoe Street neighborhood four years ago, also planted colorful trees and plants in her neighborhood to brighten the landscape. Planting trees and fostering beauty is a neighborly act; her street would be “very sad without her,” her neighbor said.
Mayci Breaux of Franklin, just 21, had a promising career unfolding before her: She’d studied at South Louisiana Community College and LSU-Eunice, and was days from starting her training in Lafayette General Health System’s X-ray program. A dancer for 17 years, she had been active in her community and in ministry and she had plans.
No one could foresee four days ago that both women would be eulogized today — one at a Lafayette funeral home, the other at a Franklin church — 90 minutes apart. No one could predict the heartache this community bears from their sudden loss. But that’s what has happened. Life, no matter how well planned or executed, can turn tragic in an instant.
Lives lived well should not be remembered solely in terms of unforeseen, untimely ends. People know too well what happened last Thursday at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette; now let’s remember first and always the joy these women created and the love they left behind.
While people knew Jillian Johnson as a success story, Morgan Munzing, 14, who shopped at Johnson’s store, spoke at a vigil of her big smile and recounted her hugs. A gunman could steal Johnson’s life, but he can’t erase that.
A weekend vigil was held for Mayci Breaux, too. Friends and family gathered at a Franklin funeral home to pray the rosary and honor her life. “Dance on the clouds, Mayci,” wrote one Facebook writer.
What better way to honor these beautiful lives today but to emulate them. “Do good work” was what Johnson’s father taught her; she did just that. On this day, honor these good women by doing the same.
Plant a tree. Hug someone. Share your smile. Sing your song. Dance on the clouds.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/2015.

Houser Recounted Pet Death Story for Duson Woman.

Houser said there needs to be an inexpensive way to euthanize pets when they’re sick, Barbier recalled. Then Houser said he had to share a story about a cat he loved.
It was an outdoor cat that showed up at his house one day. After a few years, the cat got sick, its paws started turning in.
Houser told the women it would cost $25 for the vet to euthanize the cat, plus he didn’t want to traumatize the animal by locking it in a pet carrier because it had never been in one.
“One day he followed the cat outside, grabbed a piece of rebar and smashed it in the head,” Barbier said Houser told her.
As Houser recalled that event, Barbier said he “clenched his fist and shook it and made a yell like it pained him,” she said.
“You could tell how he was talking it hurt him,” Barbier said. “In some strange, twisted way he thought he was doing the right thing. It seemed like he was doing it out of love or compassion.”
Houser continued talking about the need for an inexpensive pill to put a pet to sleep so an owner could “finish it off with an ax,” she said. “And there I was with my two dogs, my babies.”
By then, Barbier recognized not all was right with the well-groomed man in a Hawaiian shirt and khaki shorts who had pulled up a chair at their table uninvited.
“He kept talking and talking and talking,” she recalled.
Houser said he was a lawyer but wasn’t practicing law. He said he tried to write letters to the editor to newspapers about political topics but they wouldn’t be published unless he “dumbed them down,” she said.
He looked normal, but the words he used and the thoughts he expressed didn’t jibe with his appearance, Barbier said.
Houser mostly talked about money, about how Americans spend so much money on things they shouldn’t, she said.
Barbier started to tune him out and think of a way to ease herself away from him without upsetting him.
“I knew I had to be gentle and not just say leave me alone, you’re scaring us,” she said.
Barbier texted her niece, asking her to call her cell phone and pretend there was an emergency. When her niece didn’t reply, Barbier made the excuse that they had to be somewhere at 7 and needed to shower and change.
“He said, ‘That’s OK. I understand’ and he got up and walked out of Artmosphere,” she said.
The day after the shooting, when she saw his photograph, Barbier said he looked familiar. When she heard the description of his vehicle, an older blue car, it clicked.
“My stomach dropped. I think I even started to cry,” she said. “I couldn't believe the person who did this unspeakable act was standing next to me. He touched my dogs.”
Barbier said she was in shock about her close encounter with the killer and wonders ‘what if?
“What if it had happened here?” she said. “Was there anything I could have said? But I know there 's nothing I could have done.”
Five hundred miles away in Houser’s hometown of Columbus, Georgia, some former neighbors say his life was a decades-long collision course with disaster.
“He’s been known as a lunatic and a fool around this neck of the woods for years,” said Patrick Williams, an antiques dealer who once filed a police report alleging Houser sold him a stolen iron fence at a flea market. “He was a highly intelligent guy but mean as a snake and dangerous. I wasn’t a bit surprised when I saw his picture on TV. And no one else that knew him was surprised either.”
Houser, who went by Rusty, was known as odd and eccentric in the cluster of towns near the state line between Georgia and Alabama where he lived nearly all his life.
Neighbors said he filled his in-ground pool with hundreds of koi. He flew a Confederate flag, passed doomsday fliers around his neighborhood, pounded out angry online missives about corruption and injustice and spouted admiration for Adolf Hitler.
He fit the familiar mold of mass shooters, said James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University, author and prominent expert on massacres. Houser was paranoid, blamed everyone but himself, alienated his family and survived in a world of self-imposed isolation.
“If you gave me a list of names, I would have picked his out as the one that done it,” said Vince Woodward, who was then active in local Republican politics.
But many towns have a resident crackpot. And hindsight is an inaccurate lens, Fox said.
“There’s a very large haystack of people who have these characteristics, but very few needles that will indeed carry out a rampage,” he said. “They’re not red flags. They’re yellow. The only time they turn red is after blood is spilled on them.”
Mass shooters often sound a lot like Houser, he said. But thousands of men who sound a lot like Houser don’t become mass shooters. Fox compared the relationship to another sort of tragedy: most planes that crash do so in bad weather. But most planes withstand storms without plunging from the sky. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/2015.

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