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  From the Lafayette Gazette of July 28th, 1900:


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.

For this District Nearly Completed - A Few Enumerators Still at Work.

 Mr. Clegg, census supervisor for this district, and his assistants, Mr. Ralph Elliot and Miss Lizzie Bailey, are still very busy. Nearly all the enumerators have completed their work. Mr. Clegg is satisfied with the work of the enumerators and is confident that enumeration in this district is thorough and reliable. Mr. Clegg was fortunate in securing efficient men in all the wards and towns. The returns are of a character which shows that the enumerators were not able to do the work, but were conscientious and painstaking. The enumerators of this parish, who were among the first to get "through, have no doubt taken a census which will furnish authentic information concerning the progress made by Lafayette in the last decade in the increase of population and the advancement of agricultural and other industrial pursuits. In two or three wards, where the census taking delayed by sickness or other causes, the enumerators are still working. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1900.


 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.

 Contract for a Warehouse.

 The People's Cotton Oil Company has contracted with Mr. Alcide Broussard for the construction of a 40 x 16 feet warehouse at Carencro which will be used for the storage of cotton seed bought in that section. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1900.

Gordon Was Right.
Those were eloquent words uttered by Gen. Gordon at the Atlanta reunion of the Blue and the Gray. Gen. Gordon is right. The South is willing to shake hands over the bloody shirt but she is not willing to dishonor herself by any cringing subserviency. The South believed she was right and she believe so still. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1900. 


 In another column appears the notice of Registrar Martin. Mr. Martin is acting in accordance with the instructions from Attorney General Guion, who in a letter on the subject has expressed the following opinion:  "My opinion is that you should open your registration office for the purpose of registering all voters who desire to take part in the election to be held in November. I think that Section 32 of Act No. 199 of 1898 bears out the construction that the office should be open during sixty days before each election, and in view of the fact that the registration offices throughout the State must close thirty days before each election, it will be necessary for you to open your office ninety days before the election of November." Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1900.

The Model Library.

 Books for boys - this is a series of the best works from the most famous writers, for boys. Such as Olion Optico, Edward Ellis, Horatio Algier, Jr., etc. Books never before offered for less than $1 each. Our price is ten cent each. Parents! We would be pleased to have you examine this collection of books, that you may see their real value. The books are interesting and instructive. We do not carry or offer for sale any of the cheap, trashy books. This series cannot be counted as such, but is classed with the best juvenile books. Remember the price, 10 cents. Moss Pharmacy. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1900.

Drainage Badly Needed.

 A citizen has complained to us of 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. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1900.

 Religious Notices.

 There will be services at the Presbyterian church to-morrow (Sunday) at 11 a. m. and 8 p. m. Sabbath school at 9:45 a. m. Y. P. S. C. E. at 6:45 p. m., Mr. W. G. Webb, leader. Prayer meeting on Wednesday at 8 p. m.; subject, "Palestine." W. J. Sechrest, Pastor.

 Services at the Methodist church to-morrow (Sunday) at 11 a. m. and 8 p. m. C. C. Wier, Pastor.

 The Epworth League gave an entertainment at the Methodist church Thursday evening, music and recitations. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1900.


 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/28/1900.

 Mr. O. P. Guilbeau, of Carencro, has moved to Lafayette with his family and has rented one of Mr. P. B. Roy's cottages.

 O. H. Simpson, of New Orleans, is spending some time at the home or Mr. Singleton on Vermilion river.

 For Rent. - A small dwelling house, near centre of town. Apply at this office.

 Miss  Alma Mosely, of Alexandria, is the guest of Mrs. Felix Landry.

 Alcide Judice, F. E. Voorhies and F. E. Moss went to New Iberia Wednesday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Alexis Voorhies.

 Miss Genie Simmons, of Avoyelles parish, was the guest of Mrs. C. C. Wier last Thursday.

 S. R. Parkerson, cashier of the First National Bank, visited New Orleans this week on business.

 Misses Corinne Domengeaux and Amelie Olivier, of St. Martinville, are guests at Mr. Jules Mouton's home.

 Misses Burnice Rideau and Ollie Chesnut, of Algiers, were visiting friends in Lafayette a few days ago.

 Miss Madge Scott, of Crowley, is visiting in Lafayette. She is the guest of her friends, Misses Estelle and Aimee Mouton.

 Miss Leona Matthews has returned to her home on the Vermilion river, after a most pleasant stay of two months with friends and relatives at Morgan City. Miss Matthews was accompanied on her return trip by Miss Lelia Johnson, who will spend some time here.

 Judge Debaillon and mr. Ozeme LeBlanc will leave to-morrow for Roll Over, a summer resort on the Texas coast.

 J. E. Trahan, is at Manitou Springs, Colorado. 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.

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.
                       NUMA SCHAYOT.
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. 


Sold Out Stock of Merchandise.
On Wednesday, Mr. N. Schayot sold his entire stock of general merchandise to M. Rosenfield, of Port Hudson, La.

 We welcome Mr. Rosenfield to Lafayette, and trust he will meet with much success in his new home. Mr. Schayot leaves for New Orleans in the near future where he will engage in business, and we bespeak for him continued prosperity wherever he goes. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1894.

Grader Working Well.

 Mr. Paul Blanchard, of Arnaudville, has been doing splendid work on Mr. P. M. Gerac's farm with the road grader he recently invented. We understand that orders have been received from Police Juries elsewhere for this machine and suggest that if our Police Jury would test it, they might find it to the interest of the parish to purchase a number for roadworking here. Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1894.

Illinois Publisher Enjoys Visit.

 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 natural advantage. 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 7/27/1895.  

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 illness of one of the pitchers prevented the baseball from coming off last Sunday, between the Carencro and Lafayette teams. The game will be played to-morrow evening, though.

 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.

 Mrs. E. J. Sullivan returned to her home in Alexandria, Wednesday, after a pleasant visit of several days, to Mrs. T. M. Biossat.

 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.

Keep perfectly cool during the hot weather! Drink the cold, sparkling soda water so nicely served at the Moss Pharmacy.

 Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Parrish of Palmetto, Fla., and Mrs. G. M. Parrish of Orange, Tex., are the guest of Mr. Andrew Cayard.

 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 traveled in company with Mr. Alexis Voorhies, of New Iberia. These gentlemen are authority of the statement that pousse cafe come high on Coney Island.

 Mr. A. B. Banks arrived in Lafayette last Monday, to join his wife who has been on a visit to her father, Mr. T. A. McFadden. Mr. and Mrs. Banks will return to their home, Fordyce, Ark., during the coming week.

 In this issue is published a list of the names of the jurors drawn for the October term of court, with which it might be well for the people to get acquainted.

 We have been informed that Messrs. St. Julien, Olivier and Reaux have contracted for an extensive cotton gin to be erected in the town of Broussard, in time for the coming season.

 Rev. J. A. Dunning will preach at the Presbyterian church at 11 o'clock to-morrow. All are cordially invited to attend.

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.


 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.

Cotton Gin Sold.

 The cotton gin which was advertised for sale by Mr. A. Olivier, of Broussard, in the two last 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. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1894.

Saint Martinville Not "That" Backward.

 St. Martinville is indeed very unfortunate with newspaper correspondents. In last Tuesday's N. O. Times-Democrat appeared another "write up" of St. Martinville with 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.," while writing a very pretty story, 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 ancient lineage, proud of their isolation, etc.," is the same nonsense of which they have been the victims for many years. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1894.

 The Society of Good Will.

 The Gazette is requested to announce that a meeting of the Society of the Ladies of Good Will will be held at Falk's Opera House, Tuesday, July 31, at 5 p. m. All the members are urged to be present as some important business will be transacted. An invitation to join the society is cordially extended to all the ladies of the town. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1894.

"Coming too Slow."

 Tani Heurtravant, who was employed at the Falk & Guchereau brick yard, is in serious troubles. He is charged with burglary. He, and a young man, named Coville Gonor, are accused of having entered the residence of J. Medici in Opelousas early Monday morning for the purpose of robbery. Fortunately Medici's wife heard the burglars and called for help, which frightened them away. They dropped a hat and coat button, which proved to be the clues that led to the arrest. Pursuant to instructions from Sheriff Fontenot of Opelousas, Sheriff Broussard arrested Heurtravant who was found at the brick yard. He was turned over to an officer from Opelousas where he is now in jail. When Heurtravant left for Opelousas before the commission of the crime, it is reported that he remarked to some one that "money here was coming too slow to suit him."
Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1894.

Sunday School Convention.

 Those interested in Sunday School work will be pleased to know that a Sunday School Convention will be held in Lafayette, about August 6 or 7 - exact date will be fixed later. Mr. C. A. Tiebaut, representing the State Sunday School Association, will conduct the convention and be assisted by several earnest workers in the cause. All having at heart the welfare of this important branch of Christian labor are cordially invited to attend and participate in the proceedings. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1894.

 A Trip to Huron.

 Tuesday morning, J. D. Rose, editor of the Hardin (Ill.) Herald, C. B. Porch and a representative of this paper, visited the Huron plantation situated on Bayou Teche in St. Martin parish. This is Mr. Rose's first visit to Louisiana and naturally he was very anxious to see a sugar plantation before returning to his northern home. The drive to Huron proved to be an exceedingly pleasant one and revealed to the northern editor many interesting and novel sights.

 At Huron the party had the good fortune to fall in charge of the genial and gentlemanly book-keeper of the company, Mr. L. T. Bailey, who entertained his guests in true Southern style and with proverbial Acadian hospitality. The large sugar refinery erected about a year ago was visited. It is one of the largest mills in the State, the machinery being complete, new and in splendid condition for the approaching grinding season. Mr. Bailey understands thoroughly the working of the mill and explained, in a clear and comprehensive manner, how sugar is made and refined. After thanking Mr. Bailey for the cordial treatment extended them, the party drove to Arnaudville where a few hours were agreeably spent with those whole-souled gentlemen, the Messrs. Rogers, after which the party drove back to Lafayette. Mr. Rose expressed himself as delighted with this section and promised that he would return home and sing the praises of the loveliest country he has ever seen. Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1894.

Carencro News.
[From our Regular Correspondent.]

 The crops in this section, with the exception of corn, are in first-class condition. Cane and cotton could not be better. The corn owing to the long dry spell, has not succeeded so well.

 Mr. O. P. Guilbau, was in Breaux Bridge last week visiting relatives and friends.

 Mesdames J. P. Francez and Dom Cayret, with Miss Graziella Francez returned home last Friday, from a visit to the sea-coast in the neighborhood of Cheniere la Croix, where they passed a most pleasant time.

 The Southern Pacific Co. will build a switch for the "Carencro Sugar Company" a quarter mile from the station.

 Shippers of cotton often suffer heavy loss, owing to their cotton being sent to the "pickery" after delivery to New Orleans, where the bale goes through a general overhauling, stained cotton removed and rotten bagging renewed. This loss could be greatly reduced, if not wholly prevented, if our ginners, would only exercise a little more care in handling the bales. Parallel scantling or "skids" of 4 by 4 lumber should be laid on the ground, and the cotton placed on top, which would keep it out of the mud, and permit a free ventilation of air beneath. Of course this would only apply to such bales as are thrown on the ground awaiting delivery. We trust that those gins that do not already follow this plan, will make arrangements to do so the coming season, and thereby save their patrons this great loss.

 Mr. T. L. Bailey, the general Huron Agent of the Teche road, was in town last Friday.

 The erection of the buildings of the Carencro Sugar Co., is now under way, and work will steadily continue until completion. The Hart Well Co. has been awarded the contract for furnishing a sufficient supply of water.

 Rev. Father Lambert of New Orleans, was the guest of Father Laforest a few days ago.

 Capt. Cook is now working with his men on the grading between Grand Point and Breaux Bridge, and will complete the Teche road to that point about October the 1st.

 Rev. Father Laforest will leave in a few days for Canada, where he will enter his nephew, Master Victor Grenier, on one of the leading colleges. He will avail himself of the opportunity of visiting relatives in Michigan. We trust that his trip may prove a thoroughly enjoyable one. Our best wishes are with him.

 Mrs. E. W. Glenn and Miss Lulu Jones went with the excursion to Galveston, and had a delightful time.

 Mr. Randolph, Southern Pacific Claim Agent, was in Carencro a few days since.

 Between politicians on one side, and strikers on the other, it is wonderful how the railroads manage to exist. There is no interest on the face of the earth so continuously and so sorely tried.

 Mr. A. C. Guilbeau went to New Orleans some days since on a business trip.

 Mr. Simon Latour has jut completed his new residence which now presents a very nice appearance.

 The building of the new Catholic Church, will be commenced early in the Fall. The plans are now on exhibition at Father Laforest's office, which would go to indicate a most beautiful and imposing edifice; and when completed Carencro will have a church that it can well be proud of.

 Mr. Mamere,  a farmer living on Mr. Geo. E. Brown's plantation, while working in his field last Saturday, was severely bitten by a moccasin snake, and suffered excruciating agony for several hours. Dr. J. P. Francez, who has proven himself very successful in several such cases, was called in and applied the proper treatment, relieving the man instantly, and there is no doubt of his recovery.

 Mr. Placide Breaux was a visitor in Lafayette this week.

 Misses Yetta and Anna Heichelheim of of New Orleans have passed a couple of weeks in Carencro with the family of their brother, Prof. Chas. Heichelheim. Both young ladies are accomplished musicians, pleasant and charming, and their visit will long be remembered with pleasure, by those who formed their acquaintance.

 Mrs. Ouber of Texas Landing, La., is a visitor among friends in Carencro.

 The school board's decision to assist in the establishment of a public school at Prairie Basse, in the neighborhood of Mr. L. G. Stelly's place, meets with general approval.

 Mr. F. Otto, that thorough old Jeffersonian democrat, was in town this week.

 Mrs. Daigle of New Orleans is spending a while here with her sister, Mrs. V. E. Dupuis.

 It is well that the Louisiana Legislature has informed us that it "embraced the brains of the State", otherwise we might not have noticed.

 The Huron Social Club is to give another one of its charming receptions in a few days.

 The building of the Carencro Sugar Mill is giving employment to a number of our mechanics and laborers, which comes in very nicely this season of the year.
     (Signed) TOTIDEM VERBIS.
Lafayette Gazette 7/28/1894. 


Police Jury.

 The committee on Budget reported the following which was adopted and ordered published 30 days according to law.

        Lafayette, La., July 5, 1894.
  To the President and Members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette:

 Your undersigned committee beg leave to report the following as the probable expenses of the current fiscal year from July 1, 1894, to July 1, 1895.

page 2 column 4

 Respectively submitted,
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.

 Dr. Lessley and Albert Guidry, of Carencro, were in Lafayette Thursday.

 W. S. Durke, of Washington, spent several days this week with his brother, Harry, near Royville. He left Friday for Washington.

 Miss Emma Castille, has returned to her home in Grand Coteau after a pleasant stay of several weeks in this city. She was the guest of the Misses Lafond.

 An opened boll of cotton, raised on of Gerac Bros.' farms, was brought to this office Thursday morning.

 Wm. Hutchins, of Lake Charles, was the guest of Mr. B. A. Salles, Saturday.

 Frank J. Bernard, an enterprising young business man of Rayne, was in Lafayette last week and visited The Gazette office.

 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 Aug. 1.

 J. E. Trahan returned home Sunday morning from San Antonio, Texas, where he spent several weeks.

 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.

 W. S. Durke, of Washington, spend several days this week with his brother, Harry, near Royville. He left Friday for Washington.

 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 Advertiser of July 28th, 1911:


 The Pin Hook road to which we called attention in our last issue, has been fixed and placed in a good condition by Mr. Felix Demanade, between whose farm and the Protestant cemetery the almost impassable place lay. Mr. Demanade deserves the thanks and appreciation of the traveling public for his public spirit, and which if emulated by others near whose places the roads become bad, we would soon have splendid roads over the entire parish.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1911.

High School Walls Being Seriously Damaged by Water from Leaks in the Roof.

 Prompt attention should be given to the roof of the new High School and the leaks stopped before another rain if possible. The plastering on the outside walls of every room is damaged, the upper rooms worse than the lower, but in several of the rooms down stairs it is pretty bad. The outside wall of the auditorium is badly watersoaked. The plaster wherever the leaks are, was very soft and wet Tuesday and the mortar between the bricks was soft. In two or three places the walls are bulged some, and unless repairs are made at once, the city will find itself with a badly damaged school that will cost a great deal to make safe. Also the gallery in the auditorium, where it is supported on the inside wall, has given down part of the way from one to two inches. This should be investigated at once and examination made to see if there is any danger. It would be a terrible calamity to have this gallery fall some time when filled with people and people under it.

 The condition of the walls from the leaks makes imperative that the Council should at once attend to this costly building and not postpone action until serious damage is done. Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1911. 

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 28th, 2015:

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.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/2015.


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.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/2015.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 28th, 1966:


 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."


 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 Daily Advertiser 7/28/1966.

Ceremonies Yesterday.

Advertiser Staff Reporter

 Dedication ceremonies at the Freshwater Bayou Channel locks yesterday culminated an 8-year project to "realize a dream for progress" for Vermilion Parish and Acadiana.

 Ceremonies at the locks near the Gulf of Mexico officially dedicated the Freshwater Bayou Channel to the development of a rich, oil gas and agricultural area in Vermilion Parish.

 Primary speakers at the ceremonies, at the lock site at noon yesterday were Jimmy Voorhoff, Abbeville mayor and president of the Abbeville Harbor and Terminal District, and U. S. Senator Russell B. Long.

 The Freshwater Bayou Project is a navigational channel extending from the Gulf Intracoastal  Waterway near Intracoastal City to the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of 19.8 miles.

 A prime feature of the channel is the lock at which ceremonies were held yesterday.

 The lock, 84 feet wide and 600 feet long, is designed to prohibit the intrusion of salt water from the Gulf into the channel.

 The primary reason for the project is to make water transportation available to an area between the mouth of the Atchafalaya River, a distance of 125 miles.

 Prior to the opening of the new channel, the only access from and into the Intracoastal Canal between these two points was the undependable Southwest Pass.

 With the completion of this new channel there is now an outlet with sufficient depth to accommodate larger vessels for commercial fishing, offshore oil development and the possibility of Southwest Louisiana rice being shipped through the canal and up the Mississippi River by barge.

 Construction of the locks was begun in July, 1965. The project was designed by personnel of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' New Orleans district and constructed under the supervision of Col. Thomas J. Bowen.

 The channel-dredging contract was let to Williams-McWilliams Industries, Inc., and a contract was let on June 29, 1965 to Farrell Construction Co. Inc., for the construction of the navigation lock.

 The estimated cost of the lock is $4,235,000. The estimated total cost of the project is $9,576.000 of which approximately $9.4 million was federal and $206,000 was non-federal money. Additionally, the U. S. Coast Guard provided  navigation aids at a cost of approximately $23,000.

 The waterway, authorized by Public Law 86-645, generally follows the existing channels or Schooner Bayou Cutoff, Schooner Bayou, Six Mile Canal, the Belle Isle Canal, and Freshwater Bayou.

 The opening of the channel brings closer to reality the establishment of Freshwater City, a projected 900-acre "self contained floating city" specializing in in servicing offshore industry.

 The envisioned city will center around four large slips that that will be bulkheaded and lined with docking facilities. Space will be provided for oil services and supply companies, offices, pipe storage warehouses and terminals, a radio tower, boat houses, heliport, storage tanks, parking, power plant, employe housing, commercial stores and ship building.

 The area surrounding the locks is also envisioned as a potential top recreation area for Acadiana.

 Long, in speaking to about 100 persons gathered at the lock site, praised the backers of the project for their dedication in bringing it into being, and noted its recreational potential.

 He suggested building a road - possibly from Pecan Island - to the lock site and developing its beach area into a recreational haven.

 Long outlined in general terms the establishment of a recreational-industrial complex at the lock site, just above the Gulf of Mexico, with marinas, beaches, and complete facilities. He noted, however, that a road would have to be built to the area - now accessible only by boat or seaplane.

 He said that eventually the area opened to industrialization by the freshwater channel would provide eight to ten thousand jobs in the area.

 The senator - up for re-election this year - used the occasion for a little politicking, blasting recent Supreme Court decisions which he claims contributed significantly to a 400 per cent increase in the U. S. crime rate over the last several years.

 He said he would vote against the confirmation of President Johnson's appointment of Abe Fortas as Chief Justice of the U. S. high court.

 The senator also commended the backers of the Vermilion project for taking a step to realize the potential of the natural resources in Acadiana.

 "Louisiana has more resources and has done less with them than any other state in the union," he said.

 Voorhoff, acting as master of ceremonies, introduced key figures in the realization of the project, and, speaking briefly to the throng gathered in 100-degree heat, echoed the sentiments of Long in regard to the completion of the project.

 He said the channel would open vast new opportunities to Vermilion and surrounding parishes and thanked those who took part in its creation. Lafayette Daily Advertiser 7/28/1968.



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