Two Victims in Theater Shooting Remain Hospitalized.
Only two victims of the July 23 theater shooting in Lafayette remain in the hospital, according to Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police public information officer.
The final shooting patient at Lafayette General Medical Center was released early Monday evening, Mouton said. Two victims remain hospitalized: one at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center and one at the Regional Medical Center, he said.
UPDATE 4:35 P.M.
As of 4 p.m., three victims of the July 23 Grand 16 Theatre shooting remain hospitalized at each of the area hospitals, according to Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police public information officer.
A journal type book was found inside of Houser's hotel room and has been turned over to specialists to be analyzed, Mouton said. Police are not releasing any information at this time as to the contents of the journal.
Police have finished processing the scene at Grand 16 Theatre where a gunman opened fire during a showing of "Trainwreck" killing two people and injuring nine more before taking his own life.
Corp. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police spokesperson, said the theater has been turned back over to the owners who have requested police presence remain on site.
The Grand 16 Theatre is owned by Southern Theaters, LLC, a New Orleans-based chain that operates three brands including Grand.
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PHOTOS OF THEATER GUNMAN'S VEHICLE EMERGE, DETAILS OF DEATH RELEASED.
Houser re-entered the theater, fired three more shots, then shot himself in the head.
Jillian Johnson, 33, and Mayci Breaux, 21, were killed and nine others were wounded. Twenty-five people were in that screening room of the theater when Houser began shooting.
A report from the pathologist shows Houser, 59, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Keith Talamo, chief medicolegal investigator, told The Daily Advertiser Tuesday.
The full autopsy report can take up to three months, but probably won't change much, he said.
Talamo said he has been in contact with Houser's family and he expects the shooter's body to be claimed in a few days.
Mouton said the theater has been given back to its owners Monday, and investigators are currently working on processing evidence. Mouton said he couldn't say how long it'll take to do that.
Houser, who lived most of his life in Georgia and Alabama, had a history of mental illness. Police are still trying to piece together why he ended up in Lafayette in early July.
State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson told ABC News that Houser wrote in the journal about his plans for the shooting.
"Everything's in there. He made comments that he was coming here. It was written down — the movie theater, the time. Everything," Edmonson told ABC reporter Ryan Owens.
In February 2014, he purchased the High Point .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun from a pawn shop in Phenix City, Alabama, which was used in the July 23 shooting.
Mouton said Tuesday that 911 calls should be released soon. The calls are being scrubbed for callers' personal information before they can be released.
By Claire Taylor and Seth Dickerson, Advertiser reporters.
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From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 28th, 1966:
EVANGELINE AREA GUIDANCE CENTER OFFICIAL DETAILS AGENCY'S PROGRAM.
A recognized expert in the field of child psychology and special education cited the need for understanding the problems involved in handling socially maladjusted or emotionally disturbed children.
Dr. Harley A. Smith, vice-president the Evangeline Area Guidance Center board, specifically mentioned a news story in The Advertiser on July 17 concerning a juvenile brought into court and in which the Center was mentioned as an agency concerned in the case.
"I feel that clarification needs to be made concerning the services available for certain exceptional children in Lafayette Parish," Smith said. "I have served in various capacities on the Guidance Center board throughout the years. I feel that I should point out the procedures that must be followed in such a case and stress, again, the urgent need for a facility to serve children who come into difficulty with the law."
CENTER PRIMARILY USED.
The court may refer a child who is in legal difficulties to an evaluating agency in the area. The Special Education services of the Lafayette Parish School Board and of the University of Southwestern Louisiana are often used. The services of the Evangeline Area Guidance Center (which covers seven parishes) primarily are used because it is under the direction of a medical doctor, and a youngster may receive medical as well as psychological or educational evaluations there.
The staff of any diagnostic agency in the parish is far too small to meet the steady demands, so there may be a lapse of time between the referral by the court and the ability of the agency to evaluate. During this period of time, the court has little choice in the placement of a child. The child must either remain in jail or be placed in the custody of his parents for home detention until an adequate appraisal can be made.
There is little choice in the matter because there is no detention home in Lafayette Parish or in the surrounding area.
In certain cases, residential placement is needed for a longitudinal study - a child needs to be observed over a period longer than a few hours. In addition, complete medical evaluations, such as a neurological work-up, may need to be made, and such services are not available locally. In some rare instances it is possible to place a youngster at the Southeast Louisiana Hospital at Mandeville for such evaluation.
In the case of the youngster mentioned in the news story, the Evangeline Area Guidance Center was able, with the support of the court, to get him placed on a temporary basis at Mandeville for a complete evaluation on July 15. This service, unfortunately, is not available to all youngsters who violate the law since the facilities at Mandeville are limited. The Mandeville agency is the only place in the state for evaluation, treatment, or education of emotionally disturbed children on a twenty-four hour basis.
"The news story points up the desperate need for two things," Smith added. "(1) An understanding of the complex problems involved in the diagnosis and placement of socially maladjusted or emotionally disturbed children, and of all children in difficulty with the law, (2) The acute need for a detention facility for youngsters in legal difficulty - for the necessary period of time to determine their social, intellectual, and emotional status."
"I believe that when the citizens of Lafayette Parish understand the complexities involved in evaluating the behavior of children who are in conflict with the law," Smith said, "there will be little difficulty in getting a detention home with an adequate staff to evaluate the needs and to help determine the proper placement of juveniles in legal difficulties." Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1966.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 28th, 1894:
The "Advertiser," VOLUME XXX - NUMBER 1.
*With this number THE ADVERTISER enters upon the thirtieth year of its existence.
Thirty years of active and uninterrupted service in the field of journalism is an incident of not common occurrence and it is with pardonable pride we make special reference to the event that marks another epoch in the career of a veteran journal that enjoys so large a share of the confidence and support of a people whose fortunes it has followed and recorded for more than a quarter of a century. (Here we will digress for one moment from the regular trend of our remarks to recall the suggestion pleasantly that THE ADVERTISER was not of large size considering its age. We admitted the truth of the statement but in formed our friends that this apparent lacking found sufficient compensation in the modernness of its ideas, to which he readily agreed.)
The year just concluded for us has been one of comparative prosperity and witnessed a satisfactory measure of success for our efforts in behalf of the public welfare; and for the recognition of our labors evident in the prompt manner clients and subscribers, generally, have liquidated their obligations toward us, we feel quite thankful.
In our humble way we endeavored to promote the common good by inaugurating and encouraging the discussion of questions affecting the public interests and believe we have been we have been instrumental in accomplishing much in that direction. The subjects of free and universal education and public roads received a large share of attention at our hands, and possibly a goodly portion of the improvement visible relating to these two most important questions is due to the interest we have manifested in them. We shall continue our exercise for advancement of these and similar matters in which are so closely involved the progress and prosperity of the country.
In our desire to contribute to the welfare of the community we elected to open up a useful field for the mental improvement of the little (and large) children of the parish, by allotting to them a standing space in the columns of the paper. It is true that our youthful friends have not availed themselves as fully as they might, of this opportunity for (unreadable word) their learning, yet the (unreadable) already involved is sufficient to (unreadable words) the good intention to (unreadable paragraph-we pick up with)...and have never willfully intended to injure the sensibilities of any person. We recognize full well that not only there can exist an honest difference of opinion between men, but also, that proper enlightenment on the real merit of an issue can be obtained in no other way than by a dispassionate presentment of both sides of a question.
We hope for an indefinite continuance of the most pleasant relations that have existed heretofore between THE ADVERTISER and its well-wishers, and trust that the new year in which we are now entering will add much prosperity and advancement in every avenue, to the career of our people. Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1894.
The Advertiser's New Home. - We are now settled down in our new quarters, ready for business as of yore. We like the new location very much and feel well pleased with our new surroundings. We miss many of the old familiar sights though, that had endeared themselves to us - the town hall, the county jail, the court buildings - and when we think farther of the kind friends we can no longer claim as neighbors, emotions of sadness have to be repressed at times. We derive much consolation, however, from the knowledge that we are not so far removed from our neighbors as to make it inconvenient for them to "look us up" frequently, and to them, as well as to all other friends and acquaintances, we extend a most cordial welcome at our new home in the Advertiser building. Come and see us often. Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1894.
The Post Office. - Last Thursday postmaster Mouton gave formal notice to the public, by means of bulletins, that on Wednesday, August first, the post office would be moved to its new location in the Advertiser building. No more central and convenient position could have been selected for the post office, and those were the reasons that actuated the postmaster in making an alteration. The removal of the post office from its present its present unsavory environments will meet with the hearty approval of the female element of the population, especially, for it cannot be otherwise than distasteful to the finer sensibilities of the ladies to be compelled to submit to the objectionable surroundings of the location it is now proposed to abandon. The postmaster and the public, alike, are to be congratulated on the change of location. Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1894.
Awarded $5.00 in Gold. - Master Fernand Mouton having turned in the largest number of subscribers for THE ADVERTISER under the special offer recently made by us, he is entitled to the premium of $5.00 in gold that we agreed to present the most successful canvasser. We congratulate our young friend and request him to call on us for the prize he has earned.
We extend our thanks to all who interested themselves in the movement, we inaugurated for increasing the subscription list of THE ADVERTISER, and hope for a continuance of their good will and support.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1894.
A New Firm.
Lafayette, La., July 26th., 1894.
I have this day sold my entire stock of general merchandise to Mr. M. Rosenfield who will hereafter conduct the business on his own account.
In retiring I desire to thank all my friends and the public, for their liberal patronage in the past, and hope that the name will be extended to my successor, Mr. M. Rosefield, whom I cheerfully recommend to them.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1894.
The Calhoun-Herald Visits Lafayette.
Mr. J. D. Rose, editor and proprietor of The Calhoun-Herald published at Hardin, Ill., was in Lafayette last Tuesday, and through the courtesy of Mr. C. B. Porch was enabled to gain some practical knowledge by personal observation, of the beauty of the surrounding country and its great natural advantages. The visit to Huron plantation near Breaux Bridge, was especially interesting to Mr. Rose, and the impression he received of this portion of the state were none but favorable ones.
We should have formed one of the party on this little tour of inspection, and regret the incident that prevented our getting word in time.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1894.
Selected News Notes 7/28/1894.
The pay car made its monthly visit here Thursday afternoon.
Work has begun on the brick walks in the Court house yard.
Mr. Arthur Ransonnet of Breaux Bridge was in town Monday.
Cows for sale. Good milch cows at reasonable terms. J. A. LeBesque.
Conductor Wm. Kelly and wife returned Tuesday from a visit to relatives in Alabama.
The Times-Democrat, N. O. Picayune and Houston Post are on sale every day at Moss Bros. & Co.
Miss Lea Gladu left Friday, to visit relatives and friends in Houston and Galveston, Tex.
We are informed that there will be a parish Sunday School convention held here in the near future.
Her many friends will be pleased to learn that Miss Ida Hopkins has returned home after a very prolonged absence.
The Evening State Base Ball nine, of this place, will cross bats with the Isle Pilet nine out of Pillete, to-morrow evening.
Miss Lou Hafkesbring of New Orleans arrived here Wednesday and is the guest of her aunt, Mrs. R. C. Greig.
A new-comer in the home of Mr. A. E. Mouton, last Monday, is a B. B. (bouncing boy). We offer our congratulations.
Mr. F. J. Tillotson, of Franklin, is now acting as assistant railroad agent here, until the return of agent J. J. Davidson.
Lieut. J. A. Moss returned, Wednesday, from an extended visiting tour in which Baton Rouge, New Orleans and New Iberia were comprised.
John Sing is the name of a Chinese man who intends running a laundry in Judge Moss' building back of the *Peacke hotel. He means to open up for business August first. (*The spelling was difficult to ascertain, but it looked like Peacke.)
The Teche Railroad will soon be completed to Breaux Bridge, to the great satisfaction of the people of that neighborhood who have large cane crops to harvest. St. Martinville Messenger.
Mr. Alcide Judice, of Scott, returned from an extended trip north last Saturday, and reports having had a very enjoyable time. He travelled in company with Mr. Alexis Voorhies, of New Iberia. These gentlemen are authority of the statement that pousse cafe come high on Coney Island.
The Railroad Photograph car leaves for New Iberia August first. Mr. P. L. Britain, the manager, and his associates, Messrs. A. I. Holton and J. P. Swan, have, by their gentlemanly manner, made many friends here whose best wishes go with them in their travels.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of July 28th, 1894:
A "Bad Man" in the Toils. - Sheriff Broussard received information last Friday from Sheriff Ellis, of Houston, that a desperate character named Hemnessy, alias W. M. Dean, and wanted for shooting a woman almost to death, had been located somewhere in this parish. Sheriff Broussard at once started to work and soon found out that a stranger answering descriptions had secured employment and was living near Broussardville. Saturday morning the sheriff went to the house where the fugitive was stopping, found him there and placed him under arrest. As Sheriff Broussard had been told by the Houston official that Hennessey was a dangerous man and would, if given a chance, resist arrest, he lost no time in covering him with his pistol. Hennessey made no resistance, but he informed the sheriff that it was an unfortunate thing that he was unarmed as he would have made it interesting for him. He also reproached the officer for having taken him in an unguarded moment. Hennessey was delivered to Sheriff Ellis who left immediately for Houston.
Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1894.
Refused Bail. - Young Numa Angel, who is accused of killing Melancon, a boy of about 12 years of age at a ball near Breaux Bridge some weeks ago, was denied bail by Judge Voorhies of St. Martinville, and will have to remain in jail awaiting the next session of the criminal court of that parish. Angel is the son of J. B. Angel, a prominent citizen of St. Martin parish. Laf. Gazette 7/28/1894.
Hung In the Gallery. - Vance McClure, a young negro, was hung to an inside gallery in the parish prison of New Iberia last Monday by a crowd of citizens. The negro entered a residence in the night and attempted to criminally assault a young lady and threatened her with death if she divulged his visit. He got his just deserts.
Laf. Gazette 7/28/1894.
Newspapers Not Kind to South Louisiana?
St. Martinville is indeed very unfortunate with newspaper correspondents. In last Tuesday's Times-Democrat appeared another "write up" of St. Martinville with the usual rot about the romantic "Petit Paris" "the grave of Evangeline" the "quaint old town with the provincial manners and customs of the people." The last writer, who signs himself "J. M. S.," would make it appear that the people of St. Martinville have not progressed a bit during the last century without any prospects of improving during the next. The fact is that the people of St. Martinville are as progressive as those of any town in the State. The statement that they "are proud of their isolation, etc., is the same nonsense of which they have been made victims for many years. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1894.
TIRED OF NEGRO POLITICS.
Past experience with the negro as a voter, and especially this recent election, demonstrates that he is a corruptible and corrupting influence in our politics and that instead of using his freedom and the opportunities given him for education to cast his ballot intelligently and honestly, he has become, if possible, more corrupt and corruptible than ever before. The fact that the negro voters of this parish equal in number the white voters, and that they can easily be massed together and voted solidly against the interests of society, under the influence of money and whiskey, distributed by a few unscrupulous white men, is a constant menacing danger to the society and the existence of law and order in the parish. The time has come to do away with dominating influence of the negro vote and to establish the supremacy of the white voters in all matters that pertain to the public welfare. We have elections of supreme importance to our parish and state coming on in the near future; elections that will deeply concern our permanent as well as our temporary welfare. Those elections in this parish will certainly be controlled by the negro vote, holding the balance of power and directed by a few unscrupulous white men, unless determined and concerted action be taken by the white voters throughout the parish. While the negro vote, as a class, are willing tools, still they could not and would not organize themselves and vote solidly against the interests of the white people were it now for the aid and leadership of a few white men who control them. And these few white leaders could accomplish nothing with the negro vote here unless there be some division among the white voters. Unfortunately there has been much factional spirit among them and always enough division to make the negro a controlling factor in our elections. A measure then of supreme importance is to unite and solidify the white people of our parish. To do this, we must put away all factional spirit and forgetting all past differences come together in perfect accord. Let the patriotic, right-thinking, unselfish white citizens throughout the parish, of all factions, now work together to accomplish this indispensable public good, and the effect of combined effort and organization will soon give assurance of absolute white supremacy in the parish of St. Landry.
The above taken from the Opelousas Clarion shows that he good people of St. Landry are tired of being ruled by the negroes. The white people of this parish came to the conclusion, some time ago, that the negro had to take a back seat and the question of white supremacy was permanently settled. There may be a few who would like to see a return of negro reign, but fortunately for the good of the parish their number is too small to accomplish anything. We venture to say that if our neighbors in St. Landry succeed in their present move for white man's rule, they will never again submit to be governed by vicious white leaders and the poor ignorant negroes who are invariably the victims of their own folly. Unite gentlemen, and success is yours. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1894.
Selected News Notes 7/28/1894.
Sam Levy returned home Monday from Beaumont, Texas.
Miss Lea Gladu is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Louis Domengeaux at Houston.
One of Alfred Chargois' little boys fell off a horse Friday morning, but fortunately escaped unhurt.
Frank J. Bernard, an enterprising young business man of Rayne, was in Lafayette last week and visited The Gazette office.
An open boll of cotton, raised on one of Gerac Bros', farms, was brought to this office Thursday morning.
Miss Amanda Smith, of New Iberia, and Mrs. Pierre Theaux, of Lake Charles, have been the guests of Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Salles, during the week.
The Advertiser office has been moved into the building recently erected near T. M. Biossat's store. The post office will be located in the same building on August 1.
The cotton gin which was advertised for sale by Mr. A. Olivier, of Broussard, in the last two issues of The Gazette, was sold last Monday to Mr. Carlos Olivier of St. Martinville. If you have anything for sale insert an advertisement in The Gazette and you will soon find a purchaser.
The Southern Pacific Co. will build a switch for the "Carencro Sugar Company" a quarter of a mile south of the Carencro station.
Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of July 28th, 1900:
THE NEW ORLEANS MOB.
Last Wednesday night all the lawless men and boys of New Orleans seemed to have congregated to do all the harm in their power. The account of their ugly work in the New Orleans papers surpasses, in barbarity and cowardice, almost anything that we have ever read or heard about, not even accepting the fiendish acts of the Chinese Boxers. Surely all the murderers, hoodlums and scoundrels of the city were in that disreputable crowd. No doubt the dastardly killing if the two policemen was enough to stir the blood of all men and no punishment could be too severe for the black-hearted demon, Robert Charles. But we do not see how all the negroes of New Orleans can be held responsible for the criminal act of one member of that race.
Judging from the newspaper accounts, which are doubtless true, the mob did not consider the question of guilt, but was bent on killing as many negroes as it could. Fortunately the cowards were poor marksmen and many of the shots prove ineffective. The accidental wounding of several white persons shows the reckless and irresponsible character of the mob. Such little regard for human life has seldom been shown in civilized countries. It reminds me of the reign of terror in Paris and of the Armenian butcheries.
It is but fair to say that the good people of New Orleans were not in sympathy with it. The New Orleans papers have denounced the disgraceful affair in the strongest terms. The Daily States, which is always the champion of the rights of the white man, closes an editorial as follows:
There was no reason or cause for this mob. The guilty negro was out of reach and there was no negro they could reach in any measure responsible for the murder of Day and Lamb. With a meanness as low and contemptible as that of ignorant negroes themselves, they were inspired or pretend to be inspired by a race hatred against the negro. We presume they imagined they were imitating the language of gentlemen when they howled "Down with the Niggers!" But there are thousands of good, honest and industrious negroes in this city; indeed, the large majority of negroes are such, and every gentleman will seek to protect them in their rights of property, liberty and life. It is only the lowest and meanest class of whites who cry out for a war or a raid on the negroes indiscriminately.
The members of this mob have done several things which they congratulate themselves on. They have put foul disgrace on New Orleans; they have perhaps rendered the negotiation of our bonds more difficult; they have disgraced humanity; they have disgraced the white people; they have as far as they could, disgraced the Democratic administration, and they have established this: That hereafter, when some lousy scullion ventures to say a negro is as good as a white man, every chivalrous gentleman, instead of mauling him in the mouth, will be impelled to say, "Yes, and some negroes are better than some white men in New Orleans."
From the New Orleans Daily States and in the Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1900.
The Troubles in Alabama.
As the Gazette Sees It.
The Gazette is not disposed to condemn the action of the mob at Huntsville, Ala. The people of any other community in the South would no doubt have acted in the same manner. Elijah Clark, the black fiend, could not expect any better treatment. There is something so inexpressibly horrible about the crime of rape, particularly when committed upon the person of an innocent white child by a negro brute, that the reason or ordinarily cool-headed men is temporarily dethroned and the most law-abiding and peaceful communities are transformed into furious mobs, and the life of a culprit must be had before the culprit must be had before the people are restored to their senses. It is unwritten law of the South that negro ravishers forfeit not only their lives but the right to be tried by juries. The victims of African lust must not be further tortured by being taken into the courts. Long-distance theorists and negro sympathizers who know nothing of the character of the negro may continue to denounce what they are pleased to call "Southern outrages," but swift and condign punishment will always be meted out to black rapists. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1900.
Cumberland Telephone Expands. - Manger Wm. Broussard, of the Cumberland Telephone Company, informed the Gazette that he would soon build a line to Hunter's Canal. The Cumberland Company is pushing ahead rapidly under its present management. Nothing is left undone to give the people a first-class service.
Laf. Gazette 7/28/1900.
Carpenters in Lafayette Busy. - It is safe to say there is not an idle carpenter in Lafayette. This speaks well for Lafayette and is quite a variance with the statement made recently by a correspondent, strange to say, has found extraordinary signs of progress at Cade, Broussard, Burke and other places, but could not see anything going on in Lafayette. The fact is that many substantial buildings are being erected in Lafayette at the present time and that it was necessary to send to the adjoining towns for carpenters. The unfriendliness of the Iberian for this town is proverbial, although we are sure Brother Weeks is well treated when he comes here in the interest of the journal.
Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1900.
Drainage Badly Needed. - A citizen has complained to us the condition of the public road from the crossing of the Louisiana Western's track to the lane near Mr. Jos. Breaux's. It appears that the road there is covered with water and that drainage is badly needed. The course of the water in the drains is impeded by weeds, the removal of which would greatly facilitate the draining of the road.
Laf. Gazette 7/28/1900.
From the Lafayette Gazette of July 28th, 1900.
One of the Largest in the Country - Ten Thousand Acres Planted in Rice.
Mr. H. M. Durke, Sheriff Broussard, Judge O. C. Mouton and the writer drove to Hunter's rice canal last Tuesday. The roads, covering a distance of twenty-five miles, were in good condition a part of the way. In the third, eighth and a portion of the second wards of Lafayette parish the roads were found to be splendid. From a point beyond Dr. Lyon's home until the canal was reached bog-holes were not lacking. The water from the canal flooded portions of the road in Vermilion and at one time an enforced bath seemed to be one of the immediate possibilities of the future. Had it not been for the kindly assistance of a trio of negro laborers and a pair of mules three of the party would have been compelled to take a very unwelcome bath.
The home of Mr. Gammel, part owner and manager of the canal, was reached at about 10 o'clock. Mr. Gammel is not only a very enterprising businessman but is a thoroughly hospitable gentleman and extended every courtesy to the party.
Hunter's canal is one of the largest rice irrigating plants in the United States and perhaps in the world. It is nearly twenty miles long and about 200 feet wide. Although only a year old and in a section of the country where the rice culture is in its infancy the canal will irrigate this season over 10,000 acres of land. This area is inconceivably large when it is considered that a year ago most of the land now planted in rice was not in cultivation. If the enterprise is as successful as it is hoped it is expected that next year 20,000 acres will be supplied with water. Mr. Gammel, who is a rice planter of experience, has every reason to hope for a bountiful crop this season. All indications point to a large yield and to a good market.
The construction of the canal has added greatly to the price of the adjoining lands, which have more than quadrupled in value. Most of these lands were not adapted to the cultivation of cotton nor cane and were either planted in corn or not used at all. An effort will be made to run one of the laterals several miles into the second ward of Lafayette parish. The citizens of that section are very favorably impressed with the idea.
Hunter's canal has transformed thousands of acres of prairie land into rice fields. A large area of country heretofore unproductive will now yield sustenance to thousands of families and handsome returns to the capitalists who have invested their money in the enterprise. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1900.
Reunion of Louisiana Confederates.
[N. O. States.]
At Alexandria, La., the people are making active preparation for the entertainment of the Confederate Veterans who will attend the State Reunion to be held there a little more than a month hence. In addition to the general reunion held every year, in which delegates and veterans from all the States participate, it has become the custom of each State to hold a reunion in which matters pertaining to the State organizations within the limits of the State in which the reunion is held, are attended to.
It is, of course, impracticable for all the veterans in every State to attend these great general reunions, for the reason that many of them are poor men who cannot afford the expense of a trip to some distant city. The State reunions held annually within the limits of each State is in many respects a replica of the general reunion, and being accessible to all it furnishes to those unable to attend the general reunions an opportunity to renew past friendships and to revive many sacred memories. To such State reunions frequently come many who now live in other and distant States, but who, when the tocsin of war sounded, were citizens of the State and helped to uphold her honor upon the bloody battle held.
Such reunions help to keep alive State pride, to furnish the veterans with an opportunity to meet comrades who stood shoulder to shoulder with them through many a trying scene, and we believe that such meetings are a positive good to the State. Therefore it is to be hoped that a goodly band of surviving Confederates will make the pilgrimage to Alexandria this year, for they may rest assured that the hospitable people of that beautiful little Louisiana city will receive them with a warmth of welcome typical of a people of proud ancestors, noble traditions and generous hearts.
From the N. O. States and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.