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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 27th, 1904:


The City Council Contracts for New Engine and Dynamos.

 At a special meeting of the City Council on the 18th propositions for increasing the motive power and capacity of the electric light plant were considered and a contract awarded to the Standard Electric Light Company, of New Orleans, represented by Mr. Henry Widmer, vice-president, for the installation of one 250 horse power engine and two dynamos of 75 kilowatts each. The new machinery will be shipped within 75 days and when duly installed will afford the town 3000 additional lights giving the plant a total of 4500 lights. By advice of Mr. Widmer the Council decided not to change the system from direct to alternating current, any change necessitating too great additional outlay without compensating advantages. The price agreed upon is $6353.00, an expenditure which will treble the capacity of the plant and it is to be hoped will furnish reliable and efficient service.

 Mr. A. E. Mouton, chairman of the Electric Light Committee, represented the town in the contract arrangements and deserves much credit for his conscientious discharge of duty in the interest of the public. The Advertiser congratulates Mayor Caffery and the gentlemen of the Council on the prospect of placing this important adjunct to public comfort and welfare, upon a substantial efficient basis. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

Work Stopped. - The stoppage of work on the First National Bank building, the opera-house and the hotel Monday excited considerable surprise. Inquiry developed the fact that Contractor Gelvin was losing money on the construction and was forced to give up the contract. Arrangements are being made for a resumption of work and it is expected that the delay will be for only a few days. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.


 There was a good attendance at the mass meeting held in the court house last Saturday, and the gathering was a representative one, though it is but right to state that it was entirely factional, and for that reason the action of the meeting can not be said to fairly reflect the popular will. 

 It will hardly be denied that the factional spirit in politics in Lafayette parish is still alive, as much as this circumstance may be lamented by the less militant ones among our public men; and neither side can successfully lay claim to a monopoly of the good people, because both factions have a strong following. This fact cannot be eliminated from our deductions and conclusions in weighing the work of the mass meeting, a fact attested by the work itself. And The Advertiser would not feel called upon, as a non-partisan newspaper, to offer an explanation of this kind, but for the misleading claim that the action of the mass meeting stands for a "united Democracy" instead of a tactful move for factional political advantage.

 With this point made clear, The Advertiser willingly acknowledges the worth as a whole, of the selections made by the mass meeting, as appears from the official proceedings published in another column.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.


 We are authorized to announce the candidacy of Philip S. Pugh, of Acadia, for Judge of the 18th Judicial District, composed of Lafayette and Acadia Parishes, subject to the Democratic Primary to be held Sept. 10, 1904.

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 We are authorized to announce the candidacy of Wm. Campbell for District Attorney of the 18th Judicial District, composing the parishes of Lafayette and Acadia, subject to the primary election to be held September 10, 1904. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.


Official Proceedings.
House Saturday.

      Lafayette, La., July 23, 1904.
  Pursuant to call and resolutions of the Parish Democratic Executive Committee, duly published in the local paper and by posters throughout the whole parish, the Democrats of the parish of Lafayette, in mass meeting assembled, this day met at the court-house in the town of Lafayette, La., for the purpose of electing and recommending for appointment an Assessor and nine members of the School Board.

 Hon. P. L. DeClouet, Chairman of the Democratic Parish Executive Committee called the meeting to order.

 On motion duly made, seconded and carried, Hon. P. L. DeClouet was elected as Chairman and Alcibiades Broussard and R. W. Elloit, Esq., as Secretaries.

 The Chairman then announced that nominations for Assessor were in order.

 Hon. J. G. St. Julien placed in nomination was duly seconded.

 Hon. J. O. Broussard placed in nomination Mr. Robert H. Broussard, whose nomination was duly seconded.

 On a vote being taken Jules J. Mouton was declared duly elected, and declared the choice of the meeting for Assessor.

 On motion of Mr. Robert H. Broussard, Mr. Jules Mouton's election Assessor was made unanimous.

 The Chair then announced that nominations for members of the School Board were then in order.

 The following named persons were duly nominated as members of the School Board of this parish, and on motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried were declared duly elected for recommendations as members of the School Board for the Parish of Lafayette, to-wit:

Crow Girard, (at large)
1st. Ward, Alexander Delhomme,
2nd. Ward, Jasper Spell,
3rd. Ward, J. A. Roy,
4th. Ward, Lucien S. Broussard,
5th. Ward, J. H. Bernard,
6th. Ward, Dr. W. W. Lessley,
7th. Ward, J. O. Broussard,
8th. Ward, Alcide Judice.

 On motion the following resolutions were unanimously adopted, viz:

 Be it resolved, that we earnestly and heartily endorse the course of our representatives, Hon. P. L. DeClouet and J. Gilbert St. Julien in the General Assembly.

 Referring to local history, we are reminded that the people of the parish of Lafayette have not been unmindful of their duty and obligation to public education, special taxes being voted by certain wards in addition to special taxes voted by the people of the parish and town to the extent that a special tax voted by the people of the town of Lafayette was discovered to be unavailable for having exceeded the Constitutional limitation;
   And believing that the people are as competent of local self government to-day as they will be two years hence, the statement being given out as with authority, that the heads of various departments would recommend at the next session of the General Assembly that the people be permitted to fill these offices by election.

 And considering that there should be no taxation without representation, and considering the proposed million dollar bond issue in aid of public education.

 We, the people of Lafayette in mass meeting assembled, do most earnestly claim the right to a voice in the selection of the Board of Managers who shall have control of the portion of that fund which shall be allotted to our parish.

 In view of the fact that Hon. P. L. DeClouet, Chairman of the Parish Democratic Executive Committee, has been informed by Hon. J. B. Aswell, State Superintendent of public education, that appointment of members of the School Board would be made on or about August 1, 1904, and therefore before the date fixed for the primary election called for that purpose.

 Be it resolved that the persons selected at this mass meeting be and they are hereby respectfully recommended for appointment.

 Resolved that we fully endorse the course of L. J. Alleman as Parish Superintendent of public education, and tender him our sincere congratulations upon his efficient services, and hereby recommend his reappointment as such.

 We hereby extend to him and the School Board our hearty co-operation in their efforts to build up a perfect system of public education in this parish.

 Resolved that this meeting recommend that the Parish Democratic Executive Committee do meet and change the date of the primary election previously called and fixed, and refix said primary election for Assessor on the same day fixed for the Judicial primary.

 On motion meeting adjourned.
Chairman Democratic Parish Executive Committee.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

Parish Executive Committee.

        Lafayette, La., July 23, 1904.
  By special call, The Democratic Parish Executive Committee this day met at the court-house, the following members answering to their names: Arthur Bonin by proxy, J. Edmond Mouton, P. L. DeClouet, J. O. Broussard, Albert Guidry, Moise Brasseaux.

 On motion of Mr. A. Guidry, duly seconded, it was resolved that the primary election fixed for August 16, 1904, for the purpose of electing a candidate for Assessor be postponed to September 10, 1904, the same day as the primary election for the judicial officers.

 The same Commissioners and Clerks of Election appointed to serves at the August election are hereby reappointed to serve at the September election.

 There being no further business, the Committee adjourned.
Chairman Parish Democratic Executive Committee. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.



 Mr. Editor - Will you kindly allow me space in your valuable columns to express some thoughts suggested to my mind by the mass meeting lately called together to voice the will of a unified democratic party?

 I observed that the crowd in the court-house was about 99 per cent Voorhies faction, and upon studying the list of names endorsed by the mass meeting for assessor and members of the School Board, I find them to be virtually or one complexion, and so that makes me think that the element of unity insofar as the two political factions are concerned, was entirely wanting the make-up of the assembly.

 When I examined the list of names still more closely, I was surprised to note the absence of the name of one who has earned distinction throughout the parish as a school officer, and who has endeared himself to the people on account of his unselfish and patriotic devotion to the cause of public education to the cause of public education. And this makes me think - that the member of the School Board from the third ward does not enjoy the political favor of the faction under whose auspices the mass meeting was held; hence exit Dr. Moss, regardless of the great value of your past and prospective services to the public.

 And after I put the two foregoing thoughts together it makes me think - that the meeting was nothing more than a little political coterie gotten up for the purpose of taking the appointive power out of the hands of the Governor of Louisiana and giving it into the keeping of the Voorhies faction in Lafayette parish.

 And all of this, Mr. Editor, makes me think more and more - that there is no real difference anyhow between one set of politicians and another set of politicians - after election. They are all after the same thing - the "machine" with which to work the dear people.

 All coons look alike to me, etc.
              (Signed)  AN "OUT."
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

A Fair Question.
To the Advertiser:

 The political faction in our parish which triumphed recently, through an ingenious play on the prejudices of the people and a generous campaign fund, was not as successful in State politics as in parish politics, and because the wrong man (for them) landed in the gubernatorial chair they are being put to their wits ends trying to control the patronage of the parish vested by law in the Governor and the State Board of Education. And if a primary long after the election happens to work too slowly for this resourceful faction, then a flashlight, made-to-order mass meeting is called into requisition to compel, if possible, recognition of a trio of leaders at the hands of the State administration.

 Of course, nobody blames these traditional anti-administrationists for endeavoring to snatch favors from the State administration, especially the kind of favors that can be turned to such an excellent account in their interesting political game. BUT if Gen. Jastremski had been elected governor in lieu of Judge Blanchard, what would this same faction in Lafayette parish think of their friends on the "other side" who strenuously opposed the election of Gen Jastremski, if THEY would try to secure the "plums" by the methods being employed by the aforesaid political faction in the hereinbefore named parish?

 This is a question with a point to it, but it is a fair question, and the correct answer should be "what is sauce for the goose ought to be sauce for the gander."

 This may not be brotherly love,
but it is practical politics.
    (Signed) THEOTHERSIDE.
Lafayette, La., July 24, 1904.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.


New Court of Appeal. - The Supreme Court, just previous to adjournment for summer vacation announced the judges to compose the courts of appeal established under the constitution to succeed the judges whose terms have expired. Judges Couvillon and Allen will preside in the district composed of Lafayette, St. Martin and Iberia. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.



To Take Place at Surrey Park, July 31. Big Crowd expected. 

 Some fine sport is promised admirers of fast horses in the events which are dated to take place at Surrey Park Sunday, July 31. There will be three extra good match races. The first, a pacing one-half mile heat, best 3 out of 5, with three entries - Joe, entered by Sidney Veazey: Eula Lee, entered by Dr. J. R. Melancon; and Lillie C, entered by Dr. Ben Guilbeau. Purse $500.

 The second, a trotting or pacing one-half mile heat, best 3 out of 5, 3 minute class. Entries for this race to close July 30. Entry fee $25, and winner takes all.

 The third will be a running race, one-quarter mile dash, between Sister, of Arnaudville, and Exine, of Lafayette, for a purse of $100.

 The races will begin at 2 p. m. sharp and a big crowd is expected owing to the high class of the horses entered.

 The Surrey Park Association announces that the services of Mr. Baxter Clegg have been secured to manage the grand stand for the occasion, and that the best of order will be maintained at the track. Lafayette Advertiser

Lafayette - Breaux Bridge.

 The Lafayette boys went over to Breaux Bridge last Sunday and played a swift game.

 The Breaux Bridge team made it interesting for them, but our boys have a rattling good nine, and it is sort of habit of theirs to pick up just enough runs to walk off with the game, and in this particular instance they piled up three to the good, the score stood 12 to 9 in favor of Lafayette.

 The same teams will cross bats on the local diamond to-morrow. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

Sold His Interest.

 Last Thursday morning Mr. C. J. Jordon, sold his interest in the meat market conducted under the firm name of C. J. Jordon & Co., to Messrs. Gray and Miller, the other members of the firm, who will continue the business under the same name. Mr. Jordon has been a resident of Lafayette parish for quite a long time and of this town for about two years, during which time he has made many friends, who, with The Advertiser, wish him much success in whatever he may undertake.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904. 

Accidentally Shot.

 Walter Donlon, son of Engineer Donlon, accidentally shot himself with a pistol last Wednesday night. The ball passed through the flesh part of the thigh producing only a slight wound. Dr. A. R. Trahan was called and attended the case. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

Released on Bond.
Marcel Broussard, a white man arrested by sheriff Lacoste for breaking into Mr. Alcide Judice's store on the night of July 17, was released last Thursday on furnishing $500 to appear for trial.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

Festival Monday Evening. - The Ice-cream festival given by the B. of R. C. at Parkerson's Grove, Monday evening was a big success. An immense crowd was present, one of the largest ever present at an affair of that kind, and the matter of receipts was very satisfactory.

 The Sontag Band discoursed sweet music during the evening.

 The prize offered for best receipts was won by Miss Bertha Hebert.
 Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

Wedding Bells.

 Last Wednesday afternoon at six o'clock Miss Laurentine Gucherau, daughter of Mrs. Antoine Gucherau, of this town and Mr. Jules Clement, Jr., of Carencro were quietly married at St. John's Catholic Church, Rev. Father Ballard, officiating. Immediately after the ceremony the young couple left for Carencro, where they will make their future home. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.


 To the Chancellor Commander and Brother Knights - Your committee appointed to draft resolutions of memorial upon the untimely loss of Brother H. Durio beg to report that:
   Whereas, by a decree of Almighty God, supreme chancellor of the universe, our late brother, H. Durio, has been taken from this earthly life and it is meet that we should put upon our record an expression of our appreciation of his virtues and our sorrow for his loss, therefore be it
   Resolved, that the death of Bother H. Durio, struck from the roll of the order of Knights of Pythias and Lafayette Lodge No. 37 the name of one whose kindly manner and genial disposition won him the fraternal regard of his brother knights and the good opinion of his friends and fellow citizens generally.

 Resolved, that our heartfelt sympathies are extended to the bereaved wife and children and to her relatives bereaved by his untimely death, and that in token of our regret copies of this memorial be forwarded to the family by the keeper of the records and seal, after publication in the Lafayette Gazette and Advertiser.

 Be it further resolved that a page of the minutes of the Lodge be inscribed with his memorial in memory of our late brother, H. Durio, and the Charter be draped in mourning for the period of thirty days.
      Fraternally in F. C. B.
          J. VIGNEAUX, Chairman,
          J. P. COLOMB,
          G. B. KNAPP.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

The Cane Crop.
[From the Sugar Planter Journal.]

 Only occasional and scattered showers have fallen in the sugar belt this week, and if the planter had had the making of the weather he would not have desired to improve on the climatic conditions. The let-ep in the rains came most opportunely, and during the week the days have been sunshiny to a degree that warms the heart of the cane grower who now is seeing his crop making excellent progress beneath the combined influences of the elements. With the cane of good color, enough moisture in the ground to do good for some weeks to come, and high temperatures with plenty of sunshine, the outlook for the sugar crop is most encouraging. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.


Selected News Notes July 27, 1904.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Gauthier was gladdened Saturday morning by the advent of a sweet little baby girl.

 Albert Alpha and Harry Guess, of Franklin, spent Thursday and Friday right pleasantly in Lafayette.

 A. J. LeBlanc left last Wednesday for New Orleans with his little son, Earl, for the purpose of having an operation performed upon the eyes of the little fellow.

 Delicious Ice Cream and all cold drinks served at E. F. Morgan & Company's fine fountain. Also a fine line of WILEY'S Crystalized fruits and chocolates. There is none better.

 Frank E. Moss visited New Orleans this week on business.

 Mrs. C. Doucet and daughter, Mrs. J. E. Primeaux were visitors to Mauriceville Thursday.

 The excursion last Wednesday from Alexandria to New Orleans, given by the Southern Pacific, was well patronized.

 Little Inez Van der Cruyssen, of Breaux Bridge, who has been spending several weeks in Lafayette, has returned to her home.

 Mr. and Mrs. Leo Judice returned Thursday from a visit to Mrs. Judice's parents in Richmond, Va. They came back by way of St. Louis and took in the World's Fair.

 Mr. S. E. Yandle's neat brick building near the post-office is nearing completion and will, when finished, be occupied by him as a confectionery.

Moses Levy, of Beaumont, came over Sunday for a short visit to relatives.

 Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Brown have moved from Carencro to Lafayette and are living with their son, Mr. Sam Brown, in the Hopkins addition.

 Mrs. J. Alfred Mouton and children left last week for Boerne, Texas, to join her husband, who is spending some time there for the benefit of his health.

 Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Williams left Thursday morning for a three weeks' visit to the St. Louis Fair.

  Mr and Mrs. Felix Demanade and son, Harold, left Wednesday for a few weeks' stay at Pascagoula.

A. A. Mouton returned Saturday from a visit to San Antonio, Galveston and Houston. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904. 

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 27th, 1901:


 Edwin Mouton, extra fireman, left Monday, on train No. 6, for Franklin, where he will do the firing on the Cypremort Branch engine. As the train pulled away Eddie was heard softly warbling, "The girl I left behind me."

 Pay master Huder came up last Friday with the Ranger, and dispensed huge chunks of gladness to the boys, the Ranger is always a welcome monthly visitor.

 Engineer Lawrence Stenger, is laying off this week, George Donelly replaces him during his vacation.

 John Minor, Engineer on the Morgan division and Frank Stowe on the Louisiana-Western, division enjoy the distinction of being the two tallest men in the railroad service.

 Supt. W. F. Owens, was here on business, last Friday, he also went over the Alexandria Branch.

 Locke Nevue, is now doing the flagman at Lincoln Ave., crossing.

 Engineer Dick Tanner, of the East Local, is taking a much needed rest, Dick says, that the East Local is no soft sap.

 Bat Coumes, desires some of the boys to give him the copy of Rock-a-Bye-Baby.

 Engineer John Walter of the Lousiana Western division left Saturday morning on a trip to Buffalo, and other points East.

 Mr. C. B. Ellis, division passenger agent was in town Tuesday.

 Conductor Louis Judice of the East Local freight is taking a vacation. Conductor Pennsion is replacing him.

 Supt. White of the Louisiana Western was in town Wednesday.

 Engineer Frazer Bettis, of the Louisiana Western division has gone to Gadson Ala., on a visit to relatives and friends, after which he will visit the Pan-American.

 Florian Cornay road masters clerk, went to Washington Tuesday on Co., business.

 The Voss bridge gang is making some repairs to the curbing of the Round house well this week.

 A tank of oil from the Heywood Co., of Beaumont, went through here to Opelousas Wednesday, for use at the power station in that town.

 Bob Sahman, and a party of congenial spirits left Monday for a few days recreation on the seashore.

 Postal clerk John Breen, on the New Orleans and Lafayette local who has been laid off for some time on account of an injury to his knee, we are glad to note has recovered and resumed his run.

 The many friends of Engineer Peter Danenhauer, will be sorry to learn that he is not improving at all and grave fears are entertained by his family and comrades in service.

 The Southern Pacific, ran two excursions to New Orleans last Sunday, one from Washington and intermediate points, and one from Franklin, including all branch connections ;  both were overflow excursions.

 That hustling excursion agent A. J. Richter, is kept quite busy these days billing excursions ;  one is scheduled to leave Washington to-morrow for Abbeville.

 Charlo Mouton says "He is never going to let his mustache grow any more, it interferes with his vocal powers, when he wants to yell at his helpers, so he is now wearing a clean face.

 George Pefferkorn of the Round House force has bought a fast roadster, George says, "Now he can go to Breaux Bridge oftener.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1901.

Burglaries in the Hub Town.

 Last Monday night Lafayette was visited by a band of burglars, probably the same that has been working our sister towns. They made a light haul here, however, realizing about twelve dollars for their risk. They were strictly after cash as nine of the stores entered report nothing missing in goods or stock. Their method was very simple ;  they merely took a crowbar, pried open the front door and walked in. Their attention was particularly given to to cash drawers, and a number of our merchants found those articles badly wrecked when they came to open their stores. The burglars were very considerate, they never failed to carefully close the doors when they left. While the robbers were making an entrance to Cunningham's store, the noise awoke Mr. Ed. Higginbotham who went to his door and seeing some men breaking in, he fired twice and the robbers returned the fire and made off. Mr. Higginbotham states that as near as he could judge there were three men in the party, and all white.

 The following stores were entered :

 F. Demanade, loss 30 cents ;  Cunningham, loss $8.00 ;  Tanner Bros., loss $2.50 and a broken cash register ;  Lafayette Drug Store, nothing ;  Alex Delahousaye, loss 50 cts ;  Lafayette Clothing House, nothing, and D. V. Gardebled's drug store, nothing. An attempt was also made to enter the Post Office, but the door resisted so well that no entrance was effected.

 There is no positive clue to the burglars, but three suspicious white men were seen about town previous to the robberies. The police are diligently working on the case, and it is to be hoped that they may succeed in running down the robbers. 

Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1901.

A Small Blaze. - Last Tuesday the home of Mr. Albert Delahousaye was threatened with loss by fire. About 12 o'clock, the kitchen was discovered in a blaze. The alarm was sounded, and in a few moments willing hands were pouring buckets of water on the flames. The Home Fire Company made quick speed and soon had a stream of water playing. It required only a few minutes to extinguish the blaze, so that the other fire company which was equally as prompt but had so much farther to go, did not get a chance to use their hose. The fire originate from a defective flue, but fortunately did little damage. This fire again illustrates, the great value of the water works, and shows the necessity of having the water mains extended to every part of the town. Water works may seem a little expensive sometimes, but when they demonstrate their usefulness as in this case, where a destructive fire would certainly have occurred, the small expense they are to each is forgotten and we heartily congratulate ourselves that we have them, for it might be our turn next.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1901.

Sontag Wanted at Industrial.

 An effort is being made to induce Prof. Florent Sontag to accept the position of instructor in music at the Industrial School. A number of our citizens are much interested in having Prof. Sontag remain here, both because he is an accomplished musician, and because they desire to organize a brass band and secure his services as leader, in which capacity he has had considerable experience.

 Later - We were informed by Dr. F. E. Girard that Prof. Sontag has accepted the position and will be here Sept. 1st.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1901.

Boring Another Well.

 At a meeting of the Anse la Butte LeDanois Oil Co., at the office of Burke and Burke, held at New Iberia, Tuesday, for the purpose of satisfying the share holders as to existing conditions, it was decided to continue as previously agreed, that is abandon the present site, and locate at the summit of the hill. The derrick is already in its new position and everything will be in readiness to begin drilling Monday. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1901.

Making Buys for New Season.

 Mr. Willie Levy of Levy Bros. Firm will leave to-morrow for New York where he will buy a large assortment of Ladies Dress Goods, Clothing, Shoes and Gents Furnishing goods. Mr. Levy told us that it will be the largest and best assortment ever seen in a Lafayette store. Levy Bros., are a very popular firm and their success is increasing every year. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1901. 

Minstrel Entertainment.

 The Greig Minstrel Co., of St. Martinville will give a first class minstrel entertainment at Falk's Opera House Sunday, July 28th, at 8 o'clock p. m. At 6:30 p. m, there will be a grand street parade by the entire company. Greig's Cornet band which will assist the company has the reputation of being one of the best in the State, and we will be glad to have the opportunity of hearing it. Our friends of St. Martin promise all who attend a pleasant evening entertainment, and we hope that Lafayette will give the young men a large audience. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1901.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/27/1901.

 C. E. Carey, the up-to-date painter and paper hangar has secured the contracts for painting the new brick Episcopalian Church, also the new store to be erected by Mr. P. B. Roy for Mr. Abramson, next to The Advertiser office. Next ! ! !

 Mr. Gustave Siadoux of Houston, Tex., is visiting his parents. Mr. and Mrs. F. Siadoux, Gustave left Lafayette about four years ago. He is now employed in a large drug store in Houston.

 Don't forget the Good Roads meeting Thursday, Aug. 1st, at 10 o'clock a. m., at the Court House.

 Miss Mayme Duson of Crowley spent the last week in Lafayette, the charming guest of Mrs. Dr. Hopkins.

 Mr. Willie Huff who is now located in Jeanerette, visited Lafayette on Wednesday and spent several days. Mr. Oren Hopkins and his guest Mr. Phillips of Greenville, Tex., passed two days pleasantly in Biloxi, Miss. Wednesday and Thursday.

 Mr. Demas Delahoussaye, while cleaning his pistol last Tuesday, accidentally discharged it, shooting himself through the fleshy portion of his hand. Fortunately the wound is slight.

 Dr. F. R. Tolson and family left Monday for Covington to spend a few days.

 The machinery for the Lafayette Oil and Mineral Co., arrived Monday.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1901.

Interesting Entertainment.

 Miss Mercy Westphal, assisted by the local talent in music, gave a very interesting entertainment last night at Falk's hall. Miss Westphal is quite a young lady, a resident of Houston, and in company of her mother, is giving a series of musical concerts preparatory to her taking a course in a conservatory abroad.

 She is an accomplished performer on the violin and mandolin. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1901. 

 From the Lafayette Gazette of July 27th, 1901:


 Tuesday night burglars gave an exhibition of the most daring and reckless work in Lafayette. They entered and ransacked several stores located in one of the Main streets of the town. They began at one end and were not satisfied till they got together, where probably, the reception accorded by them by one of our citizens put a sudden termination to their depredations. Luckily their looting was of little benefit to them, about ten dollars in all having been stolen.

 Gardebled's  drug store and the Lafayette Clothing House were the first victims; then they came up the street and broke into Alex Delahoussaye's store and the Lafayette Drug Company's establishment. Then they visited Tanner's, Demanade's, the Post-Office, where they failed to break in, and Cunningham's. At the last named place they received a quietus to their before interrupted robbing. Ed Higginbotham, who live in the rooms adjoining the store, was awakened by the noise made by the burglars, and taking a pistol he stepped to the sidewalk. One of the burglars was evidently keeping guard for as soon as Mr. Higginbotham came out of his room, he leveled his pistol on him and almost simultaneously shots were exchanged. Hearing the shooting those in the store escaped and were fired upon by Mr. Higginbotham as they ran away, but it is not supposed that any of the shots took effect.

 Not a clue has been found as to the identity of the guilty persons. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1901.

Good Roads Convention.

 President Billeaud has in conformity to a resolution of the Police Jury called a Good Roads Convention to be held at the court-house, Thursday August 1, at ten o'clock. At this meeting Hon. C. C. Brown will preside and it is proposed to organize a parish association to act in harmony with the State organization and secure uniformity and system in the matter of working public roads. Reports will be received from the various wards as to methods adopted, mileage graded, and actual condition of roads in general. Distinguished speakers have been invited and practical addresses in French and English will be made.
 The transcendent importance of good roads need not be emphasized and The Gazette only desires to impress the necessity of unity of action among the people in order that the best and most lasting benefits may be obtained. The senseless policy so long pursued in may parishes, allowing each ward to work independently and without regard to what plan adjoining wards were pursuing has run its natural course and come to its timely end. Throwing in a few spades of earth for the evaporation of water in the mud holes may now very properly be called antiquated if not obsolete methods of maintaining public highways. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1901.


 The following real estate transfers were recorded in the clerk's office during the past week:

 W. B. Clark to Joseph Morgan, 13 acres in 2nd ward, $650.

 Joseph Morgan to W. B. Clark 2 acres in 2nd ward, $50.

 Alfred Broussard to Dr. Roy O. Young, interest and title to 11 1/2 arpents, $19.15.

 J. G. Parkerson to wid. Anna C. Dittmar and wid. Ernestine Dittmar, 2 lots in McComb, $800.

 Onezime Broussard and others to Valerien Duhon, title etc. to 50 arpents, $43.40.

 Eloi S. LeBlanc to Martin Girouard, lot in Broussardville with improvements, $125.

 Lafayette Building Association to R. Guidry, lots in McComb.

 R. Guidry to Lafayette Building Association, $600.

 P. A. Dupleix to C. K. Olivier, 2 lots in Broussardville, and improvements, $450. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1901.

Minstrel Troupe from St. Martinville.

 A minstrel organization composed of amateurs from St. Martinville, together with the Greig Cornet Band, will give an entertainment at Falk's Hall to-morrow evening. The Greig band is justly considered one of the best in the State, and the lovers of music in our midst will undoubtedly be delighted to hear it. The minstrel troupe has given successful entertainments in the neighboring towns, and promises to give those of our people taking advantage of the opportunity to-morrow an interesting program. We hope their visit here will be both a pleasant and successful one.
Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1901.

Forty-two Applications.

 The Gazette has been informed that Dr. N. P. Moss, acting superintendent, has received forty-two applications from teachers from this parish and various other points in the State for positions in the public schools of our parish. The appointing committee, composed of Superintendent Alleman, President A. Olivier and Dr. R. O. Young, will soon meet and consider them. Mr. Alleman will report for duty next Monday, and proposes to make a complete canvas of the parish to familiarize himself with the local condition of each school. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1901.

[From the New Iberia Enterprise.]

  The announcement that work would soon begin in the construction of the Gulf, Rice-Belt and Northern Railway, extending from Nacogdoches, Texas, to the banks of Vermilion Bayou, crossing the Kansas City Southern at Leesville, Vernon parish, and the Watkins road at Oakdale, in Calcasieu, has aroused an interest in this section for connection with this road.

 On Friday, Mr. Overton Cade and Mr. O. E. Gammil,superintendent of the Hunter irrigation canal, visited New Iberia for the purpose of enlisting the business people of this city in the movement.

 At night a largely attended meeting was held and the project discussed.

 In the absence, on account of illness, of Mr. J. P. Suberbielle, who had taken a lively interest in summoning the business men to assemble to consider the matter, Mr. J. B. Lawton was requested to call the assembly together and was made chairman, with Mr. L. R. Gaidry, secretary.

 Mr. Cade addressed the meeting, pointing out the need as well as the advantages of a road from New Iberia to tap the Rice-Belt road at Crowley, following the line of the Hunter canal, running into New Iberia by way of Royville. Mr. Cade urged immediate organization, the survey of the route and the securing of the right of way.

 Mr. Gammil seconded Mr. Cade's suggestions, and pointed out that the rice crop alone irrigated by the Hunter Canal would contribute to the support of the road 1,000 carloads of rice, to say nothing of the mass of freight brought in. The entire country along the projected route is remarkably fertile and thickly populated, and would promptly attract the attention of capitalists seeking investment in paying railway property.

 After a number of suggestions had been mad as to the best method of procedure, it was finally moved by Mr. Jules Dreyfus and carried, that a steering committee of ten be selected to confer with the citizens of Crowley with a view to co-operating in the organization of a company to further the project.

 It was agreed that the committee be selected by the chair, assisted by Messrs. Cade and McMahon, the three to be members of the committee. As selected the committee is composed of Overton Cade, chairman; R. S. McMahon, J. B. Lawton, O. E. Gammil, J. P. Suberbielle, Jules Dreyfus, P. R. Burke, Edward Estorge, Henry Smith, E. T. Weeks.

 A fund then subscribed by those present to defray preliminary expenses, and the meeting adjourned subject to call of the committee.

 Beyond the local advantages of this road, its connections with western lines would open communication with St. Louis and Kansas City markets.
Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1901. 


To Visit Crowley.

 Mayor Caffery and the entire City Council will visit Crowley next Monday to investigate the methods of that progressive town and in particular, the circumstances of the new market house. This is a good move and should be practiced by individuals as well as municipal corporation, for the result must be a broadening of views and profiting by the successes as well as by the failures of others. Columbus did the same and the world known the fame he got and the good he accomplished. May the gods propitiate the "seas." Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1901.

Improvements at Protestant Cemetery.

 The Lafayette Protestant Cemetery has been much improved by the erection of a beautiful ornamental iron fence along its front and the construction of a substantial woven wire fence all around, side and rear. Mmes. Beraud and Demanade have displayed commendable spirit in the work and are now having the cemetery put in order by cleaning away trees and brush and leveling the grounds. The association in charge will hereafter conduct the affairs of the cemetery systematically and all interested are invited to join and assist. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1901. 


Heading East.

 Willie Levy, of the firm of Levy Bros., of this town, accompanied by his brothers, Sam and Armand, and his brother-in-law, Dave Mossiker, or Orange, Tex., leave to-morrow for New York. Mr. Levy will purchase for the fall and winter the finest and most complete line of dry goods, clothing and men's furnishings, that has ever been seen in Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1901.

Back Again.

 C. E. Carey, the up-to-date painter and paper hanger has returned to Lafayette and is ready for business. Bids given on application. Work done any and every where in this town or parish. Headquarters at L. Lacoste's hardware store. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1901.

Oil Lease Transfer.

 The J. M. Guffey Company which held leases on 7,63 acres of land in this parish, has transferred them to the J. M. Guffey Petroleum Company, a corporation organized under the laws of Texas. Many of the members of the first named company are in the other, Capt. Lucas being one of them connected with both companies. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1901.

Kitchen Fire.

 Fire broke out in the Mr. Albert Delahoussaye's kitchen Tuesday about noon. The fire companies promptly responded to the alarm, and the fire was soon extinguished with but little damage done the building. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1901. 


 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/27/1901.

 Mr. Marvin Cunningham, of Rayne, was in town this week.

 Wanted. - A relief night operator. Apply Cumberland Telephone Office.

 Gus Siadous, now a resident of Houston, is in Lafayette visiting relatives and friends.

 Last Thursday morning Mr. Aurelien Patin's house near Scott, was struck by lightning and somewhat damaged. His wife was struck by the bolt and remained unconscious for a while.

 Miss Lucie Hebert entertained a number of friends last Sunday evening.

 Charbon is reported to be quite prevalent in some parts of the parish.

 C. C. Higginbotham, Bob and Lee Salsman, Willie and Sid McFaddin, Don Greig and Walter Torian left Monday for Cheniere-La-Croix to spend a couple of weeks.

 The work on the Episcopal church is rapidly progressing under the supervision of Contractor Phillips.

 Mr. Eug. Olivier and wife, of St. Martinville, were guests of Mr. Ed G. Voorhies' family Tuesday.

 Miss Lorena Marsh, of Crowley, was in Lafayette Monday.

 A number of Miss Mabel Dauterive's friends met at Mr. Maurice Boudreau's home last Sunday upon the occasion of that young lady's birthday.

 Miss May Pierce left for her home in Bunkie Wednesday, after spending several days in Lafayette the guest of Mrs. T. N. Blake.

 Mrs. Ed Prudhomme is in Lafayette visiting friends and relatives.

 Mr. Felix Mouton's residence has been completely renovated preparatory to his moving into it.

 Misses Lou Ella and May Hafkesbring of New Orleans are visiting their aunt, Mrs. R. C. Greig.




From the Lafayette Gazette of July

 27th, 1895:


 In our local columns (next article in blog post) is an account of the killing of a negro named Ovide Belizaire by a band of masked men. The evidence brought our the examination held by Coroner Gladu while placing the guilt on no one, shows beyond the shadow of a doubt that a cowardly, premeditated and unprovoked murder has been committed by a gang of desperate hoodlums bent on the shedding of human blood. The evidence shows that this negro was shot down in his own house where he had a perfect right to be; that he was peaceably at home with his family when a number of armed men forced their way into his humble cabin and killed him under the very eyes of his wife and children, who unfortunately were too frightened to recognize any of them. After being shot and fatally wounded with a bullet in his head and one in his lungs, he jumped out of his house through the window and walked a few feet away where he was found the next morning a corpse with his shot gun near by.

It appears from the testimony of the coroner's inquest that the party of men were searching for the negro Soulouque who seems to have given offense to some people in that section, but we have failed top hear any excuse advanced for the killing of Belizaire. What this poor negro had done to deserve such punishment no one seems to know. What crime was he guilty of that he was shown so little mercy? None that we know of. He was probably killed for trying to defend himself in his own home. Everything connected with this horrible midnight tragedy points to it as a most barbarous and revolting crime.

 In cases wherein negroes are guilty of great crimes the people are justified in dealing out summary justice to them, but when the necessity exists these extreme measures are carried out in the day light and without masks to avoid identification accomplish no good. The simple fact of masking themselves shows unmistakably that they are afraid to face the consequences of their acts - and no well-meaning and honest man should. The Gazette hopes that the parties responsible for this murder will be brought to justice and will receive condign punishment.
Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1895.

By a Band of Masked Men.

 Last Sunday morning news reached here that during the night before a negro named Ovide Belizaire had been killed at his home in or near the town of Royville. The news was that a band of masked men had called at Belizaire's house in search of a negro named Souloque and were fired on by Belizaire who was subsequently shot and killed.

 Coroner Gladu left Saturday morning for Royville in company with Deputy Sheriff Mouton, Sheriff Broussard being in Baton Rouge on business connected with his official duties. Coroner Gladu swore E. Primeaux, Julien H. David, Nelson Higginbotham, J. O. Blanchet and Adam Primeaux as a jury and proceeded to hold an inquest.

 We give below the evidence adduced at the inquest, which shows that a most cowardly and horrible murder has been committed.

  Jean Taberlet testified that he saw several persons pass on horseback and about five minutes later saw them return. He heard the reports of about forty pistol shots.

  Cilla Burns being sworn, said: "Last night I saw some ten or more persons masked, and on seeing them I was too frightened to notice what was going on. I heard shots from the masked men. I do not know if my father, Ovide Belizaire, shot and returned the fire for I was too excited. I believe he was sitting on the bed when he was shot."

 Wilson Beilzaire said: "Last night at about 10 o'clock some twelve men entered my father's (Ovide Belizaire) house and asked for Sououque. My father then told them that Soulouque was not there and they could look for him. They then struck me on the head with some blunt instrument and then the firing began. I found the gun near by father in the yard."

 Honore Burns said: "Some 12 to 13 men asked with handkerchiefs entered Uncle Ovide Belizaire's house and made inquiries about Soulouque. Uncle Ovide said Soulouque was not there and they could look for him. They (the masked men) then shot at Ovide and he returned the fire. After having been shot he jumped through the window with his gun in his hands, and this morning we found the gun near him."

 Sarah Belizaire, wife of the murdered man, gave the same testimony as above.

 Cornelius Belizaire said: "Last night right about 10 o'clock some 12 or more men entered my father's house and asked for one Soulouque. The men were masked. My father told them that Soulouque was not there and they could look for him. They then shot my father (Ovide Belizaire) and myself in the thigh."

 After hearing the evidence the jury rendered the following verdict:

 "Said Ovide Belizaire came to his death by the hands of unknown parties who feloniously entered his house and shot at him inflicting wounds of which he died." Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1895.

Thieves at Scott.

 Burglars made a raid on our little neighbor, Scott, last week. They effected an entrance into Alcide Judice's house and stole a gold watch and chain; they also visited Simeon Begnaud and relieved him of $5 surplus cash, a watch and chain. They then called on Dr. Wadlington and got away with a pair of pants and shoes; they were light on Albert Delhomme and only took his pipe and tobacco. The home of Mr. Mulkern was also entered. Miss Cayret, who is living with the Mulkern family, saw the burglars but threats from them prevented her from awakening the gentlemen in the house and the thieves escaped. The chain stolen from Mr. Begnaud was found on the railroad track. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1895.  

The Charter.

 The charter of the Lafayette Sugar Manufacturing Company is being published in the New Orleans Herald. The capital stock of the corporation is fixed at $100,000. The board of directors are G. A. Breaux, Wm. R. Taylor, R. J. Sobral, Jno. H. Murphy and P. J. McMahon. Article VIII of the charter reads:  "No stockholder shall ever be held liable or responsible for the contracts or faults of said corporaton in any further sum than the unpaid balance due on shares of stock owned by him nor shall any mere informality in organization have the effect of rendering the charter null out of exposing a stockholder to any liability beyond the amount of his stock." Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1895.  

Breaux Bridge - Lafayette Road.

 J. O. Bourdier has contracted with the parish of St. Martin to repair that portion of the public road running from Breaux Bridge to the lines of this parish. We understand that Mr. Bourdier has already started to work. The authorities of this parish have not yet taken steps toward repairing the Lafayette end of this road. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1895.

An Ice Factory.

 Now that it is a settled fact that we are to have a refinery, there is something in the air which may develop into a movement that is likely to result in the erection of an ice factory. That we have not already an ice factory is a puzzling question to every one who has given the matter thoughtful consideration, for a rich harvest awaits those who will be the first to invest some money in such an enterprise in Lafayette. Some days ago the Messrs. Moresi were in Lafayette with a view of ascertaining the probable support an ice factory would receive from the people of this town. The Gazette thinks that the Business Men's Association should act upon this matter. The prompt and intelligent action of this organization was to some extent instrumental in enlisting the assistance of the people toward the refinery and we believe that it can do as much in the present instance. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1895.  


 Contemplating a trip West or East, the Southern Pacific Co.'s advantages are worthy of consideration. We can save you time and you can save by asking any of her representatives for the information you desire relative to Ticket Rates, Routes, Time, etc. We especially call your attention to the train service, which comprises the latest modern improvements in equipment. Her road-bed is the best in the South, and her facilities for Speed, Safety and Comfort assure you of a pleasant journey and a safe arrival at your destination. Her trains run through all the largest cities in Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. At New Orleans her trains connect with all Railroad and Steamship Lines for the North and Northeast Through Pullman Sleepers of the latest design and Pullman Tourist Sleepers between New Orleans, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Her courteous employes will aid the traveler and solicit your patronage. Apply to nearest Southern Pacific Agent or write to S. F. B. Morse, G. P. & T. A., New Orleans, La. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1895.

Well-known Salesman Marries.

 Mr. Louis Godfroy, the popular and well-known drummer who counts his friends in these parts by hundreds, is by no means an old man, but he has already demonstrated his admiration of the sex and his firm adherence to the doctrine that man should marry, in such a practical and convincing way that in our opinion the pet argument of the cynics about the blissful happiness of married life should disappear like the dew before the morning Sun. Our good friend has taken unto himself a wife in the person of Mrs. Edmond Dejean, an estimable lady of St. Landry parish, and Monday afternoon he and his newly made partner passed through Lafayette on their way to New Orleans. The Gazette wishes them many years of happiness. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1895.  

Died at His Residence.

 Mr. Philip Richard died at 10:20 o'clock Tuesday night at his residence in this town after a lingering illness. Mr. Richard was a good citizen, a man of sober and industrious habits, a devoted husband and father, and his death has filled a home with gloom and sorrow. A  wife and two daughters are left to mourn his loss. His remains were buried in the Catholic cemetery to which place they were followed by many relatives and sympathizers. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1895.

City Council Proceedings.

        Lafayette, La., July 23, 1895.
  A special meeting of the City Council was called by Mayor A. J. Moss, Dr. Trahan, J. Ducote, O. C. Mouton and J. O. LeBlanc.  Absent:  Leo Doucet, B. Falk and T. M. Biossat.

 The following resolution was offered by O. C. Mouton and seconded by Dr. Trahan;
   Whereas the treasury of the town is not in a condition to cleanse or cut the grass and weeds not growing  on the sidewalks; Therefore be it resolved that the sum of seventy-five dollars be and is hereby appropriated out of sum of money in the treasury to be applied by the street committee to the cutting down of weeds on the side-walks of the town in those places where most needed or as in the judgment of said committee may appear most urgent. Said committee to enter into contract at the lowest figures with responsble party or parties by blocks or by streets.

 The vote being taken, resulted as follows:  Yeas: O. C. Mouton, Dr. Trahan, J. O. Leblanc.  Nays: None.

 The mayor appointed J. O. LeBlanc member of the street committee during the absence of B. Falk.

 There being no further business the meeting then adjourned.
A. J. MOSS, Mayor.
J. DUCOTE, Secretary pro tem.
Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1895.


Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/27/1895.

 The murder of the negro Belizaire was a cruel and brutal crime and should be condemned by every white man in the parish.

 C. O. Mouton visited New Orleans on business during the week.

 Mrs. Dollie Green, of Morgan City, is visiting Miss Lizzie Cayard.

 Miss Nita Lacoste visited relatives at Carencro this week.

 Mrs. A. Robichaud has returned from St. Martinville.

 Felix Voorhies visited his father's home at New Iberia Saturday last.

 Andy McBride returned from Houston Monday.

 Judge Simon, of St. Martinville, was here Monday.

 Eugene Block, of Opelousas, visited Dr. Irion Monday.

 Miss Maud Boas, of New Iberia, assisted by Mrs. Homer bailey who will teach French, will open a primary school on Sept. 2, 1895, in the Antonio Carro building. Stenography, vocal and instrumental music will be taught.

 Prof. Greig has returned from New Orleans.

 Johnny Craser has returned to Lafayette after several months spent in New Orleans.

 Ed Prudhomme came back Sunday from Biloxi where he had gone for pleasure.

 Emile Babin, the inveterate traveler from Breaux Bridge, was in town Monday.

 Misses Odele and Ophelia Delhomme, of Scott, were among their Lafayette friends Wednesday.

 Mrs. Geo. Sontag, and daughter, Miss Florence, were in Lafayette Tuesday.

 S. C. Boas, of New Iberia, visited his daughter, Mrs. L. P. Bagarry, this week.

 Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Melchoir, of Carencro, were in Lafayette Monday.

 Miss Lea Robichaud, of St. Martinville, is visiting relatives in Lafayette.

 Charley Broussard and Lucius Prudhomme went to Opelousas on their bicycles last Sunday.

 Prof. Simmons, the efficient school teacher at Scott, was in town last Saturday.

 Misses Zerelda and Nellie Bailey were in St. Martinville this week visiting friends.

 Judge C. H. Mouton, of St. Martinville, was in town in Lafayette Sunday and Monday.

 Misses Laura and Ida Lester have been visiting friends in Carencro.

 Mme. Chambaudu, of Galveston, has been the guest of Mrs. Henry Hohorst.

 Edward and Henry Judice are visiting relatives in St. Martin parish.

 Editor May, of that excellent journal, the Rayne Tribune, was in Lafayette Monday and called on us.

 Mrs. Hazard Eastin, Mrs. Numa Judice and daughter, Miss Lucie, went to Galveston Monday.

 Judge J. G. Parkerson, of this town, registered at the  Royal Hotel in New Orleans last Tuesday.

 Jno. O. Mouton and Emile Pefferkorn were recuperating at Clear Creek Springs, Rapides parish, during the past week.

 Gaston Blot, Homer Durio, Maurice Colomb and J. A. Smith were among the visitors from Carencro last Wednesday.

 Sidney Bouchard and family have moved and are now comfortably located on James Younger's property.

 Paul Blanchard and Mrs. Richard, of Arnaudville, attended the funeral of Mr. Philip Richard Wednesday.

 Mrs. Albert Delahoussaye and children left Thursday afternoon for Opelousas where they will remain several days visiting relatives.

 Miss Alida, daughter of Judge James Mouton of St. Martin, and Miss Anit Berard, are the guests of their friend, Miss Irma Mouton.

 Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Theall, of Royville, and Mrs. Frank Pointbeuf of this place, were among the excursionists to Galveston this week.

 Miss Josephine Mouret, of Jeanerette, left Wednesday for her home after spending some days with Mrs. L. P. Bagarry.

 J. R. Domengeaux passed through town Sunday on his way to Breaux Bridge. He returned to Royville Monday evening.

 Dr. Irion's Dental Parlors, over post office, are always open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p. m. and to 3 to 5 p. m.

 C. P. Moss and Chas. A. Poirson will run a foot race at New Iberia for a purse of $200. Julien Creig will be stake-holder and referee.

 Editor Bentley, of the Donaldsonville Chief, and Col. York Woodward, of New Orleans, called on us Monday.

 Miss Elvina Veazey, of New Iberia, who was the guest of Miss Cecile Veazey, left Monday on a visit in Carencro.

 Henry Hohorst, C. D. Caffery, Baxter Clegg, George Doucet, Wm. Campbell, T. M. Biossat availed themselves of the excursion Monday and went to Galveston.

 G. B. Richard, formerly a resident of this town and now of New Orleans, was a visitor in Lafayette this week.

 Mrs. M. Rosenfield, wife of the well-known merchant, and Miss Lena, daughter of Leon Plonsky, took their departure last Tuesday for Baton Rouge.

 D. S. Taylor, the popular young agent of the Crescent News Company at San Antonio, passed through here Monday from New Orleans. He was met at the place by his friend, Lee Walker, the company's local agent.

 Passenger train due here at 5:16 a. m. was 3 hours and 50 minutes late Wednesday on account of a freight wreck at the Trinity bridge. There were two bales of new cotton on the freight consigned to firms in New Orleans.

 Lee Begnaud, editor of the sprightly Valley of the Teche, was in Lafayette Sunday. Lee's visits to this town are quite frequent of late - and isn't looking for subscriber's either.

 Miss Alice Daigle, a charming young lady from New Orleans who has been on an extended visit to relatives at Carencro, pass through Lafayette Wednesday on her way home.

 Miss Maud Boas, of New Iberia, who was in Lafayette this week, has made arrangements to open a private school on Sept. 2, in the Antonio Carro building. She will be assisted by Mrs. Homer M. Bailey who will teach French. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1895.




From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 27th, 1889:

 Watermelon Time.

 Watermelons are still coming in plentifully, but have not yet fallen to the "nickel apiece" notch, and we are still hungry. Bro. Scott, of the Welsh Crescent, indulges in the mean pride of laughing at our poverty while he is luxuriating in this, his favorite berry, at "three for a quarter." Well, "pride must have a fall," and so must the watermelon season; and then Bro. Scott will have to "fall back" on dry "subscription rice," while we will be luxuriating in cotton seed meal cake. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Fish Fry Time. - The streams are fast shrinking to their normal condition, and fish are biting finely. Now is a good time for fish frys. After the labors of the week, a day spent in the cool woods, on the banks of one of the clear bayous, with a pan of fried-brown perch, a chunk of ice and a bottle of good red wine, makes a fellow feel like a lord - don't I wish I was there! Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Roller Skating Time. - Lafayette is to have a new amusement and recreation - a roller skating rink - which opens to-night at Falk's Opera House, at 8 o'clock. Hereafter it will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at same hour. Here, for the small fee to ten cents, two nickels or a dime (walk right in, gentlemen, you can rest comfortably and gaze upon the "poetry of motion" mingled with the stern realities of life ;  and for the further expense of a quarter you can "join the procession" - and see stars. It is a healthful and exhilarating amusement, and we trust it will be liberally patronized. Ladies are admitted to the hall free of charge. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Died. - In the town of Lafayette on Sunday July 21st, 1889, LUCIE AIMEE, child of Leopold and Euphemie Lacoste, aged 2 months and 7 days. Laf. Adv. 7/27/1889.  

L. B. A.

 At the last meeting of the Lafayette Building and Loan Association two loans were made, one of $1,000 at 84 per cent, and one of $700 at 28 per cent. The Association is doing nicely, and these loans will make the total loans outstanding $10,900.00. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Their Business Booming.

 Probably no one thing has caused such a general revival of trade at Wm. Clegg's Drug store as their giving away to their customers of so many free trial bottles of Dr. King's New Discovery for Consumption. Their trade is simply enormous in this very valuable article from the fact that it always cures and never disappoints. Coughs, Colds, Asthma, Bronchitis, Croup, and all throat and lung diseases quickly cured. You can test it before buying by getting a trial bottle free, large size $1. Every bottle warranted. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Crop Reports.

 Crop reports from the parish continue to be most encouraging. No worms or other pests reported, and the only worry is the grass; even this drawback is not general with our farmers. We should not be surprised if we should have to report the "first bale" next week - maybe several of them. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Crops at Duson.

 Our old friend Mr. Hugh Hutchinson, and Mr. F. Sidoux, both from the Duson neighborhood, paid us a pleasant call last Monday. They report the crops in their section in excellent condition, and growing finely. Throughout their portion of the parish the prospects are excellent. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Nice Peaches.

 Last Thursday we were favored by Mr. Alfred Hebert with a bag of fine peaches, from a large consignment shipped to him by Mr. Emmanuel Sturlese, of Grand Cheniere. Mr. Sturlese has a very large orchard, containing many varieties, with proper facilities for transportation could keep this market supplied at cheap rates with fine peaches. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Successful Festival.

 The festival for the benefit of the Methodist Church on last Tuesday night, notwithstanding the unfavorable weather, was quite a success, and netted in the neighborhood of forty dollars. There were quite a number of young people in attendance, and all seemed to enjoy themselves heartily.

 The ladies having charge of the conduct of the festival for the benefit of the Methodist Church desire to offer their thanks for the many kind donations of cakes, creams, fruits, etc., and for the liberal patronage they received from those not connected with the denomination. They also desire to especially thank Mr. A. A. Mouton for his kindness in hauling benches, etc., to and from the grounds free of charge. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Base Ball.

 The "Crescent" and "Louis Oueilhe" Base Ball Clubs will play a match game of ball to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon, on the green near the depot, for $10.00 a side and the championship of the parish. This is expected to be a good game, as the umpire can whip any man in either nine. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889. 

 Found the Bean.

 Mr. John Walters, the finder of the bean in the sake at the Methodist festival, having the privilege of crowning a young lady, stated that if he crowned the prettiest maybe Mrs. Walters might get jealous, so he would select the best dressed; and he accordingly placed the crown on Miss Martha Mouton, a choice in which the company agreed. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Fish Tale.

 Dr. Puffingrunts figures up our Devil about right, he is a terrible "blower." Last Sunday when he got back from the bayou he swore that he had hooked a catfish seven feet long and wrestled with it three quarters of an hour. Fortunately he got his foot against a root, or the fish would have pulled him in the bayou. Finally the pole broke and the fish got away. All this was done with a small perch line. A remarkable incidence of science and skill as opposed to mere brute strength. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889. 

Royville, La., July 21, 1889.

 Mr. Editor:  Our simple view of the South then, as compared with the present time. Born and raised in this (Lafayette) parish, and though but a mere boy when the internecine war broke out, how vividly do we remember those days when great plantations existed; when along the edges of the woods that lined our beautiful streams and in the clusters or clumps of trees that dotted our prairies, the vast comfortable and peaceful home of the planter rested, and the village of cabins that sheltered our slaves, surrounded by their broad acres, proclaimed that the owner was lord of his possessions. There and there the humbler home of some one, whom accident rather than any intention of circumstance had brought, there stood in the verge of the greater domain; but there were no general settlements of busy farmers to make the lane teem with productions of all kinds. Great fields were cultivated by the docile slaves under the exclusive control of the master, and while he grew rich, the poor man toiled with very little heart and poor success. Necessarily the comparison was never instituted between free white labor and slave labor, and always to the detriment of the former - equally as much as convict labor is now compared with free labor. The system of slavery resulted, in the natural order of things, in the acquisition of the soil by the few in immense bodies; he who acquired more slaves, by birth or otherwise, must needs have broader acres; and vice versa, he who owned broader acres must of course have more slaves. The result was unavoidable; the small owner, at some time or another, was crowded out of his home and land, and he naturally sought a home on the outer skirt of civilization, as it were. The "teney" and wealthy formed a class apart; princely hospitality was theirs, to dispense; their children were educated abroad; men of culture and learning took up politics as a pastime; and while this favored class prospered, the general prosperity of the land, and the advancement of the State in power and influence and intelligence, was not great. Common schools were few, and of no general utility in a sparse and unambitious population. Well do we remember the vast, uninhabited prairies, reaching out to the setting sun, whose soil was held in such poor esteem as to be deemed fit only for the substance of wild cattle of the rich. Only now and then a bold adventurer planted his home in a secluded spot but to live in poverty and to be pitied by the more fortunate, who owned lands nearer the eastern woodlands. This was our parish as far back as we can remember, to 1860. What a wonderful, surprising change has been wrought over it in a few years!  Of its former self but little remains besides its attractive, God-given climate and its soil, which, far from being worthless in same localities (see Crowley, Rayne, etc.,) as formerly believed, proves to-day excellent and adapted to other things than crayfish and turtle raising  jadis. Slavery, that held the wealth of the State in its paws, has passed away; the great estates were razed to the ground, and with us have not been re-integrated; yet, out of the ashes of a wll nigh forgotten past, have arisen smiling, prosperous and happy homes. The poor, ragged, barefooted soldier returned to his father's land endowed, fortunately for him; for slavery no longer existed to suggest to him that labor of any sort was not honorable or worthy of any sort was not honorable or worthy of the "old dressed-in-grey;" hence the coat out at elbows found its proper place on a peg, while its owner, with a powerfully stout and unfailing heart. and a new-born purpose (whether or no), followed industriously his plough from early morn until late of evening. And now, behold!  golden harvests rewarded his honest labor. This labor proved remunerative because it was thoroughly, more intelligent, and consequently more economical. Indeed, the few years that have passed since the new order of things have brought changes but little short of the wonderful. It takes but a cursory examination to demonstrate that the vastly increased, and yet increasing population of our parish is now enjoying a much better state of affairs. There is no great wealth in the lands of any - or, of but a few; but all industrious, careful people have enough, or a competency; all, or nearly all, own comfortable homes (and if they do not it is their own fault), and live safe and secured in the possession of the necessaries of life. All those who have been attracted to our midst by the mildness of our climate, the fertility of our soil and the healthfulness of our region, are unquestionably doing well, and a general and absolute contentment reigns supreme with them and all. Now, our people have much t learn in the way of hygiene; the laws of health, like other laws, cannot be disregarded and violated with impunity without just punishment; but with better homes, more comforts in them (which, en passant, we are proud to say are being added yearly,) more efficient schools to teach the children, better law to care for themselves, it is unquestionable that the enjoyment of good health will become much greater, without their noting it, in this so much favored land of ours. If it be really true, that he who can make two blades of grass grow where but one grew before is a benefactor, how shall we characterize that system, that new order of things (for a better phrase), which has replaced the great plantations of yore, that were surrounded as by a desert, with many and teeming homes of farmers, where now wide acres are made to yield a golden harvest for the greater happiness of the many, until no waste is left and every tract of soil is made to contribute its share to the contentment and happiness of a frugal, good and honest people? Thus seems our parish as seen twenty-five years after the war. Pray, who will say that the change has not been for the better In conclusion we say:

     When comes that dark, uncertain day
         That frees us from our toil,
     Oh, may the sod that hides our clay
         Be Louisiana's sweetest soil.
      (Signed) CREOLE.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Duson, La., July 18, 1889.

 Editor Advertiser; Dear Sir; I am sure it will interest your many readers to know something of the early history of some of your valuable correspondents. Little Hatchet and myself were raised in the same neighborhood, not far from the great State of Texas, at a day when the Bowie knife and six-shooter were freely used on all occasions. Living near the line, and hearing of so many daring deeds of bravery. Little Hatchet and myself held a consultation, and decided to buy each one a large navy-six and cross the line, and raise a fuss, and scare someone nearly to death. We reached the bank of the Sabine river opposite Orange and halloed for the ferry man, who crossed us over into the town of Orange. We decided to charge the first man we met, which we did. I drew my six-shooter, gave a whoop and run at the fellow, who took took to the woods at once. You could have played cards on his coat tail. Going a little farther I saw some eight or ten men at a saloon. I marched up to said saloon, drew my pistol, rushed up to a large, rough-looking fellow and gave a whoop! But he did not run worth anything. He drew a large whip and fell abroad of me. I ran up one street and down another to get away from him, he still cutting my coat all to pieces with said whip. Finally I saw chance and crawled under a store, and got away from said Texan. While I lay under the store my man was standing in the street pawing the dust and bellowing; which conduct, and the large words of cursing he used, made me ashamed of him for his poor mother's sake. When he found that I would not come out, he went away to get something to drink; then I skipped out. When I reached the river I saw Little Hatchet most back across and swimming for like, while a fellow stood on the Texas shore shaking a whip at him. I followed Little Hatchet's suit without making any unnecessary delay, and want to hear no more about Texas. Afterwards I learned that the first man we tackled in Texas was from Louisiana.
        Respectfully, OBERON.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Selected News Notes 7/27/1889.

A few light showers during the week materially added to the comfort of our citizens by laying the dust on our streets, but we learn that they have given the country roads, which were fast drying off, a considerable set back.

 Usually when we have hot days here the Gulf breeze brings us cool and refreshing nights, but this week we have had hot days and close, hot nights until near morning. In commenting on the weather our Devil remarked that "he hadn't felt so much at home in a long time."

 The weather is so hot that our farmers can put in scarcely more than half a day's time wrestling with the grass in their crops. It requires a cast iron constitution to work all day in the field exposed to this fierce sun with such weather as this.

 Judge Wakeman W. Edwards, of Abbeville, was in town Wednesday.

 Our young friend Mr. Homer Mouton, Jr., publisher of the St. Martinville Reveille, was in our town last Monday.

 Mr. Armand Levy has put a neat and substantial iron roof on his store on Washington street.

 Mr. W. D. Huff is remodeling his large shop at the railroad crossing, near the oil house, into a dwelling house.

 The residences of Mr. Frank Church and Mr. Albert Judice, east of the railroad, are fast nearing completion.

 Jim Mouton has greatly improved the appearance of his store and premises on Main street by a free use of whitewash and paint.

 Miss Mary t. Rand returned home from Grand Cheniere last week, where she has been teaching school, and will spend the vacation with her mother.

 Mr. F. Lombard has had his premises, on the corner of Lafayette and Main street by a free use of whitewash and paint.

 Last Tuesday night the East bound passenger train ran over one of Captain Pat Drewry's dogs, in front of the Crescent Hotel, and cur-tailed it of its head. Pat wept, which put out his cigar.

 Last week our young friend Alfred M. Gardner departed for the Kenner, La., Experimental Station, where he will spend some time studying sugar making under the instruction of Prof. Stubbs.

 Mr. Gus. A. Breaux, Jr., an occasional contributor to our columns in the past, arrived in our town a few days since, and is the guest of his relative, Mrs. Albert Judice. We join his many friends in extending him a hearty welcome. 

 Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 27th, 1878:

Held at Vermilionville Saturday July 20th 1878.

 Pursuant to public notice, the Democrats of the parish of Lafayette assembled at the Court House in mass meeting for the purpose of selecting six delegates to represent the parish in the Convention to be holden at Baton Rouge on the 5th of August next, and to appoint a Parish Executive Committee and a member of the State Central Committee.

 The meeting was called to order by Edward E. Mouton, Esq., and on his motion proceeded to organize be electing Judge A. J. Moss as president and Charles D. Caffery as secretary.

 In accordance with a motion carried to that effect, the Chair appointed Messrs. Ed. E. Mouton, Dr. N. D. Young and Sidney Greig a committee to wait upon and invite the Hon. Joseph H. Acklen to a seat upon the platform, who in response to a call addressed the audience, and gave a condensed account of his course in Congress, and was warmly applauded.

 The Chair stated that regular business was now in order, and on motion of Ed. E. Mouton the following was adopted:

 Resolved, that a committee be appointed by the Chair to draft resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting and that said committee be composed of three representatives for each ward and three for the parish at large.

 The Chair appointed on said committee for:

 Ward 1 - P. O. Richard, Alexander Delhomme, J. O. LeBlanc,
 Ward 2 - Preston Hoffpauir, I. S. Brown, Nathan Foreman
 Ward 3 - Victor Martin, Jean Bernard, C. P. Alpha
 Ward 4 - Dr. N. D. Young, Jos. Boudreau, F. P. Parent
 Ward 5 - Sidney Greig, Valsin Broussard, Dr. A. Mouchet

 For the Parish at large - Ed. E. Mouton, M. E. Girard, Judge Eraste Mouton.

 The committee then retired and after taking a recess, the meeting was called to order, and Ed. E. Mouton, Esq., chairman of the committee, submitted the following preambles and resolutions, which were unanimously adopted.

 Whereas, we the people of the parish of Lafayette in mass meeting assembled, desire to express in unmistakable term and in this solemn manner to Governor Francis T. Nicholls our appreciation of the services rendered us in the skillful manner in which he succeeded, without firing a gun and without shedding a drop of blood, to supplant the carpet-bag rule inaugurated in Louisiana, by the followers on a victorious army and establish in its stead the government of the people for the people. Considering in this connection that we had during the late war been doomed to witness th conflagrations of our homes, the depredation of our fields, the imprisonment of our mothers, our wives and children, the desecration of our alters by ruthless invaders who bore before them the great American flag, the stars and stripes heretofore known as the emblem of liberty, of freedom and democracy ;  considering the wrongs to which we have been subjected, the impoverished rates of taxation imposed by usurping governments ;  considering how greatly and gratefully we rejoiced at the return and restoration of peace and happiness ushered in by self government at the hand of Gov. F. R. Nicholls,
  Be it therefore resolved, that the gratitude of the people of Louisiana is due to and abides with Francis T. Nicholls for his noble efforts and heroic sacrifices in their behalf and in behalf of home rule and constitutional liberty - that his honored name and well earned fame are dear indeed to the hearts of the people and that in him Louisiana recognizes a son worthy of the highest honors the people can bestow, and well fitted to champion that people on any field where their rights or there interests may be involved.

 Resolved further, that we tender to the Hon. Jos. H. Acklin, our representative in the United States Congress, our full and unqualified approbation of the course pursued by him in Congress.

 And the following was reported by the same committee and adopted :

 Whereas, we the Democrats of the parish of Lafayette consider that the State of Louisiana is at this present day without a constitution, that in 1868 under reconstruction tyranny, a convention was gathered together, composed of partisans who framed what they chose to call the constitution of the State of Louisiana ;  that it was never framed by the people and for the people, never had in its birth in the will and consent of the people ;  that being in the will and consent of the people ;  that being the result and effect violence and fraud, it is without force or value - it is as if it never was - the tyranny that conceived, upheld and protected it having been overthrown by the people at the ballot-box - that Louisiana being free once more, her people must and do ignore the illegal and fraudulent combination known as and styled the constitution of the State of Louisiana - and they will be satisfied with nothing less than a convention of people called for the purpose of framing a true and lawful constitution for the people of Louisiana, regardless of race, color and political opinions and sentiments ;

 Therefore be it resolved, That we regard the calling and assembling of a constitutional convention at the earliest convenient moment as a measure of paramount public necessity and as a measure to which the Democratic party stands pledged by every consideration of honor and duty.

 The following resolutions were also submitted and adopted :

 Resolved, That this convention elect six delegates to represent the Parish of Lafayette in the State Convention which is to assemble at Baton Rouge on the 5th of August next.

 Resolved, That the delegates or as many of them as will attend said convention shall cast the vote of this parish on all questions which may come up before said convention, said votes to be cast by the delegates present in person ;  provided, that no delegate shall give his proxy to any person other than one of the delegates to said convention.

 Resolved, That our sole aim being to have for candidates and to instruct our delegates for whom to vote, trusting to the wisdom and patriotism of our delegates and of the convention, to select and nominate honest and competent candidates.

 Resolved, That the delegates this day appointed to the State Democratic Convention, be and they are hereby authorized there to meet in convention with the delegates from the other parishes forming the Third Congressional District for the purpose of selecting and nominating a candidate to represent said district in our next Congress.

 And the following was also submitted and adopted :
   Whereas, it is a matter of public notoriety that in order to elect a Democratic State Senator from the Eleventh Senatorial District, it is absolutely necessary that the Democracy of the district have a candidate for said position nominated by them through their representatives in a convention
   Resolved, That this meeting recommends and advises the holding of a District Senatorial Convention to nominate a candidate for the Senate from the 11th Senatorial District, composed of the parishes of St. Martin, Iberia and Lafayette
   Resolved, That the Parish Executive Committee be and is hereby authorized to correspond with the Executive Committee of Iberia and St. Martin in order that delegates from this parish may meet the delegates of St.Martin and Iberia at Royville, on the _____, day of _____ 1878, or at such other place or time, as may be determined upon by the Executive Committees of said parishes, for the purpose of nominating a Democratic candidate for the office of State Senator from this District.

 Resolved, That the Secretary of this meeting be and is hereby requested to forward without delay a certified copy of the proceedings of this meeting to the chairman of Executive Committees of Iberia and St. Martin and request their immediate action thereupon.

 On motion the following resolutions were adopted :

 Resolved, That this meeting resolve itself into Ward meetings and proceed to the election of one delegate to the State convention for each Ward of the parish and that the Chair appoint the sixth.

 Resolved, That the Parish Executive Committee be also chosen by each of said Ward meetings and to be composed of nine members - one for each Justice of the Peace ward and two to be chosen by the Chair.

 On motion of Judge Eraste Mouton, a recess was taken in order that the ward meeting might elect delegates and members of the executive committee in accordance with the foregoing resolution, - which being done the following result was declared :

 Ward 1 - elected A. D. Boudreaux delegate to convention and J. Ozeme LeBlanc member of parish executive committee.

 Ward 2 - F. S. Holt delegate and Nathan Foreman member parish committee.

 Ward 3 - Ed. E. Mouton delegate - Conrad Debaillon and Victor Martin members parish committee.

 Ward 4 - Overton Cade delegate - Dr. N. D. Young and J. Homer Broussard members parish committee.

 Ward 5 - Sidney Greig delegate - J. G. St. Julien member parish committee.

 The Chair declined to appoint one delegate and two members of the parish committee, whereupon Onez. Broussard was elected as one of the delegates to the conviction and Jean Bernard and John Clegg were elected members of the parish committee.

 On motion, it was resolved, That the credentials of the delegates to the convention be delivered signed by the President and Secretary.

 Resolved, That the President of this meeting be and is hereby authorized to call the Parish Executive Committee together at the earliest practical date.

 Resolved, That the thanks of the convention be tendered to the officers of this meeting for the able and impartial manner in which they have discharged their duties.

 Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the Lafayette Advertiser.

 On motion, the meeting was adjourned.
A. J. MOSS, President.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1878.

Stormy Weather.

 We experienced a rain and thunderstorm, accompanied by some strong wind and hail, on Sunday last. Much water fell and the flashes of electricity were vivid and frequent, followed by sharp and deafening reports. The only damage done worthy of mention, so far reported, was the killing of a mule, and the scorching and stunning of a colored woman in the outskirts of our town. The woman was in her house and neither received any serious harm. Evidences of the terrible playfulness of the lightning in the house, showed how Providential was the escape. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1878.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/27/1878.

 Sporadic cases of yellow fever are reported in New Orleans.

 The full and official proceedings of the Meeting of the Democrats are published in another column.

 The member of the Parish Executive Committee are notified in another column, to meet at the Court-House, next Monday at 10 o'clock a. m.


 Lagniappe #1.
Total Eclipse of the Sun.

There will be an eclipse of the sun next Monday and this place will be but a short distance from the path of totality. It will begin about 3:50 p. m., and reach its middle phase at 4:40 p. m., and end at 5:48 p. m. We advise all, old and young, to be prepared with pieces of smoked glass, and if the day is clear, they will be enabled to better observe a phenomena very rarely visible. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1878.    

Lagniappe #2
1889: Flying Machines.

Attempts to make birds the models upon which man should construct a flying apparatus are almost without number. History is full of such attempts and their failures. Three years ago, at the meeting of the American Association for the advancement of science, a certain professor, Isaac Lancaster, read a paper before the Buffalo Convention, in which he professed to give the results of many years study devoted to the observation of birds in flight. "In 1876, said Prof. Lancaster, "I went to the Gulf coast of South Florida, below Tampa Bay, and resided there for five years continually engaged in this matter. From Tampa Bay to the Keys, soaring birds are found in profusion. These consist of buzzards, frigate birds, various cranes, gannets, eagles, pelicans, gulls, heron, and others of less importance. The buzzards would habitually rest in the sea breeze along the inner or bay coast, between thirty and fifty feet above the water, facing the wind for hours at a time on motionless wings. They were birds of from four to six pounds weight, with an equal number of square feet of wing surface. I watched a score them on one occasion for fourteen consecutive hours, during which time not a dozen flaps were made for each bird. If a bird can float indefinitely in calm air without using muscular exertion, being for mechanical purposes as rigid as a board, then a board or metal body of the right shape and position ought to be able to do the same thing. In construction it must preserve the essential features of the birds wing." The professor said that nothing was necessary to success but a nice imitation of the figure of a bird when floating in the air. 

 Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 7/17/1889.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 27th, 2015:


 Though Johnson was a powerhouse whose success could be intimidating, her friends said her vulnerability underneath made her special.

Josh Caffery, a longtime friend, said Johnson’s life made sense despite the senseless mass shooting at the movie theater last week in which she died. He said her constant hard work had a purpose: she had things to accomplish before she left the earth.

“If you were a God living in that land beyond the sky... who would you pick to hang the skies with lights?” Caffery said. “Who would you choose to sing the glory amongst your angel band? If you had any sense, you would pick Jillian.”

In a melancholy service, Caffery delivered one moment of light laughter as he envisioned Johnson and her tireless work ethic entering Heaven.

“All I will say though, and I hope this isn’t sacrilegious, God better be prepared,” he said. “Because, as another old song goes, there will be some changes made. When Jillian Johnson walks through those pearly gates, there will be some changes made.”

As several speakers recited Bible verses and others eulogized Johnson’s life, her husband and stepdaughter sat with their fingers laced together in a front pew next to Johnson’s parents, Jackie and Sally, and brother, Bram.

Caffery read a message from Brown, who said his wife could convince him to do anything and everything, including quitting his job to start a business with her. Johnson and Brown opened the boutique Red Arrow Workshop in Lafayette’s River Ranch in 2012. The store expanded to New Orleans in 2014.

“I was in love with who she was, and who she wanted to be; what she knew, and what she wanted to know,” Brown wrote.

Light streamed through red and blue stained glass windows over Johnson’s casket and pews of friends and family. Next to the casket were wedding photos of Johnson, pieces of fabric and artwork, one of her hats, along with sunflowers and sprays of red and peach roses. A photo slide show played in the corner before the service started, with pictures of Johnson during her childhood, growing up and starting a life with her husband.

The Rev. John Wamsley told those at the service to hold onto the hope that they will see Johnson again, and when they do, it will be forever. He compared the grief of Lafayette in wake of the shootings to the grief that Jesus felt when he saw the death of Lazarus.

“You can look at the people here and say, ‘See how much they cared,’” he said. He told Brown and Johnson’s family to lean on the strength of others, and to let the people of Lafayette love them.

Christiaan Mader and Aileen Bennett, also both close friends of Johnson’s, recalled how her success drove them to be better.

“She was in touch with her limits, but she chose not to accept them,” Mader said.

The crowd joined hands and recited the Lord’s prayer, then joined their voices with The Figs to send off Johnson to the tune of “Amazing Grace.” Standing in between of two pews, Brown joined the chorus, then wrapped an arm around his daughter and kissed her forehead.

Hundreds of people behind them continued the verses of “Amazing Grace” as Brown and his daughter clung to each other and faced Johnson’s casket. A binder of Johnson’s song writings and musings sat nearby.

“Honey I pray for you each night sweetheart,” read one line of her writing. “Please know and do what’s right.”
 Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/2015.

Hundreds Gather to Remember Mayci Breaux.

FRANKLIN – More than 450 people crowded into the Church of the Assumption Monday to say goodbye to Mayci Breaux who was killed in a theater shooting July 23 in Lafayette.
“We here in Acadiana are a resilient people,” The Rev. Lloyd Benoit said. “We are family oriented, fun loving and faith filled.”
Everyone is asking why? He said.
“It’s a question for which I have no answer,” Benoit said.
The evil act that took Mayci’s life was not the will of God but “the result of a troubled person who made the decision to take innocent lives and no one knows why.”  Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/2015.

"Lafayette Strong" T-Shirts to Benefit Victims.

One Acadiana business owner has turned frustration and sadness over Thursday's tragedy into a fundraiser for the victims of the shooting.

On Thursday, drifter John Houser shot 12 people inside the Grand Theater during a showing of the movie "Trainwreck." He killed two people, Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux, and injured nine others before turning the gun on himself.

Eric Britt, owner of Grafx Plus in Sunset decided to print a special T-shirt for people who want to express their solidarity with those who suffered injury and loss, as well as support the Lafayette Strong initiative.

The shirts bear a special logo depicting a fleur de lis, the Acadian flag and the Lafayette Strong slogan.

"I drew it up Friday night," said Britt. "By Saturday we had already raised more than $4,000 for the victims."

Britt said the shirts will be available for purchase at Grafx Plus at 817 Napoleon Ave. in Sunset, and at E's Kitchen in the Le Marquise shopping center in Lafayette.

The shop owner is also encouraging people to come in with their own shirts and have the logo printed on them.

Britt said the original idea was to express outrage at some of the events surrounding the tragedy.

"It started out because some of our guys were getting angry with the Westboro Baptist Church," Britt said. "We printed up some shirts that said "Westboro Baptist Church sucks." Some people want to wear that. But then I said let's do something else for people who want to be more passive. Not everybody wants to wear that."

Britt said if customers bring in their own shirt it is a $15 donation. If Grafx Plus supplies the shirt the donation is $18. Stickers are $5.

For more information call Grafxplus at (337) 662-5732.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/2015.

Boustany Leads Moment of Silence in Washington.

WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Charles Boustany, flanked by other members of the Louisiana delegation, led the House in a moment of silence on Monday for victims of last week’s movie-theater shootings in Lafayette.
“Last Thursday, our community was shaken to the core,’’ Boustany said on the House floor, before calling on his colleagues to stand in silent tribute.
Louisiana Republican Reps. Ralph Abraham, Steve Scalise, John Fleming and Garret Graves joined Boustany at the front of the chamber to honor the shooting victims, including Boustany’s cousin, Jerry Ramsay.
Rep. Cedric Richmond, the lone Democrat in the delegation, is in Africa with President Barack Obama.
Ramsay and her husband, Bo, were wounded when the gunman, identified as John Russell Houser, 59, opened fire inside the Grand Theatre Thursday night. Both are expected to recover, according to their son, Court Ramsay.
Police say Houser killed two people and wounded nine before killing himself.
Boustany called the shooting “senseless, horrible violence.’’
“But it would have been a lot worse if not for the heroics of our law enforcement, who were promptly on the scene and got control of the situation,’’ he said.
Boustany also praised the actions of a schoolteacher who he said “jumped in front of another schoolteacher to save her life, and literally did.” Both were wounded, but one managed to pull the fire alarm to alert authorities.
Earlier Monday, funeral services were held for Mayci Marie Breaux, 21, in Franklin, La. Jillian Johnson of Lafayette also was killed in the shooting.
Boustany, dean of the Louisiana delegation, traveled to Lafayette, his home town, on Friday and spent the weekend talking to local law enforcement officials and others. On Sunday, he attended a vigil in Lafayette.
Boustany and others described Lafayette as a small, close-knit college town.
Louisiana GOP Sens. David Vitter and Bill Cassidy introduced a resolution Monday honoring the victims and recognizing the “heroism’’ of first responders and others.
Fighting back tears, Cassidy said Breaux and Johnson “exemplified the kindness and essence of the Lafayette community. Although they were taken from us far too quickly, their memories live.’’
Cassiday also called for efforts to reform the nation’s mental health system, which he called “badly broken.’’
“Too many innocent lives are being taken in senseless attacks in movie theaters, schools, churches and other places where we should feel safe,’’ he said.
Vitter called the two murdered women “completely irreplaceable.’’
“They’ll be so sorely missed,’’ he said.
 Advertiser reporter Claire Taylor contributed to this story.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/2015.

TIMELINE: A Collision Course With Disaster.

This is a timeline from when John Russel Houser purchased a gun until the day he opened fire at moviegoers at The Grand Theatre.
•February 2014 - Houser purchases the High Point semi-automatic .40-caliber handgun used to shoot 11 people at The Grand Theatre on Johnston Street at a pawn shop in Phenix City, Alabama.
•May 5, 2014 - Houser is evicted by court order from his home in Phenix City. He tampers with gas lines, pours concrete in the plumbing and glues the fixtures, but no charges are filed.
•October 2014 - Houser shows up on social media spending time with a friend in Dayton, Ohio, playing golf.
•March 24- Kellie Houser files for divorce from Houser, saying in court records that their relationship is broken. She also said Houser’s whereabouts are unknown. Court documents from Carroll County show his wife had filed for a Family Violence Protective Order against Houser in the past. The order included Houser’s wife, daughter, son-in-law, and his daughter’s in-laws.
•March 31- Kellie Houser says her estranged husband calls, threatens her, and then threatens to kill himself outside his mother’s retirement community if she didn’t give him money. Police say Houser’s mother gave him $5,000, to help him get back on his feet.
•July 2-3 - Houser rents a room at a Motel 6 in Lafayette.
•Early July - Houser reportedly begged Johnny Ha, owner of K D Seafood Express, for gas money. Ha offered Houser food, but Houser declined politely, Ha said. “I refused to give him money because I’m not going to just give out cash,” Ha said. “He didn’t get mad. He wasn’t rude, he just left.”
•July 4- Houser’s brother, Rem Houser, says this is the last time he spoke to his brother. He said he had no idea where he was during their conversation.
•July 16- Houser reportedly appears at a food bank in Lake Charles. “He stayed for a long time, just crying a lot. All our workers and volunteers tried to talk to him,” Pastor Tony Bourque told the Washington Post “He just kept saying he was severely depressed.”
•July 18- Houser, beer in hand, encounters Bonnie Barbier of Duson at Artmosphere Bistro. He describes to her how he tried to "euthanize" a  beloved pet by striking it on the head with a steel bar.
“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.”
•Days before July 23- The Washington Post reports that Houser visited the Cracker Barrel restaurant behind his motel.
He had come in to eat just three days earlier, but this time he handed the cashier a note. Houser had scrawled that he needed money and offered to do yard work for the restaurant. He also offered to sell his car for $600 and left his phone number.
Employees at the Cracker Barrel could not be reached for comment Sunday.

•July 23, 7 p.m. -  Houser places fake license plates on his blue 1995 Lincoln Continental and parks near a side exit of the theater, seemingly hoping to escape.
He buys a ticket for the 7:10 p.m. showing of “Trainwreck,” along with about 24 other people.
Houser opens fire on moviegoers about 20 minutes into the movie.
Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson are mortally wounded.
Moviegoers scramble for the exits as Houser calmly stands and fires at the fleeing crowd.
A teacher, wounded by the gunfire, pulls a fire alarm.
Within 60 seconds, Police enter the theater.
Houser attempts to leave through an emergency exit but goes back after noting the quickly growing police presence outside, including one patrol car near the exit door where he’d parked his car.
Houser reloads, closes the exit and fires three more shots into the theater before shooting and killing himself.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/2015.


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