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From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 29th, 1903:



Southern Pacific Improvements.

 The Southern Pacific about six months ago began laying eighty pound rails from Lafayette west, and has completed as far as the Sabine River with the exception of thirty miles, which gap will be closed in time for the fall traffic.

 The roadbed has been greatly improved, curves cut down, and the road put in shape to make faster time possible. New equipment has been added, and 1,200 freight cars of the very latest make delivered for the Louisiana line so that there will be no freight blockages next season. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.






New Real Estate Agency. - Messrs. Hugh C. Wallis, Louis F. Guerre and J. R. Domengeaux have entered the Real Estate field under the firm of J. R. Domengeaux & Co. These young men are well and favorably known in this community, and as all three possess recognized business ability, there is no doubt but that the firm will be one of the many successful ones of the town. Their ad appears in another column of this paper, to which we call the careful attention to our readers. Laf. Advertiser 7/29/1903.



Western Rough Riders. - Arrangements are being made to have the Western Rough Riders appear at Surrey Park August 15, 16, and 17. The exhibition given by them is unique and interesting and illustrates the life of the cowboy and the sports of the plains. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.


Under New Management. -  We call the attention of our readers to the advertisement, which appears in another column, of Mr. Adolph Mouton, who has leased the Lafayette Wood and Coal Yard and Pelican Grist Mill from Geo. DeBlanc. Mr. Mouton is well and favorably known, and the business under his management will be maintained at the high standard for which it has been noted. The Advertiser  joins his many friends in wishing him an unstinted measure of success. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.





GOOD GAME.
Lafayette Crossed Bats With Berlucheau Sunday.

 The game Sunday was advertised to take place between Lafayette and Jeanerette, but for some reason the latter team notified the home boys Saturday that they would have to cancel the engagement. Arrangements were then made to play the Berlucheau nine. A large crowd was at the Ball Park at 4 p. m., when the game was called, and had the pleasure of seeing some first-class playing Lafayette first-class playing. Lafayette was a little too strong for the Burlucheau boys, but the game was close all the way through until the eighth inning when Lafayette rolled up five runs and shut out Burlucheau from any chance of winning.

 Burlucheau got the first run in the second inning, but never succeeded in making another round. Lafayette made a run in the third, then got another in the fifth, and piled up five in the eighth. All through the game both sides made good plays. Suares carried off the palm for batting by making a three-base hit. Alpha and Tierney did some splendid work, and won cheers by difficult plays. Robichaux's catch in right field was well done. Hinz did some fine pitching, and got a round of applause by taking a ball straight from the bat, and placing it on time at first, although in catching the ball it threw him.

 The game was pleasantly and agreeably played clear through, not a single contention, and considered from all points, was one of the most interesting and enjoyable games that have been played during the season. The score by innings was:

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 The Pilette boys played a game of ball against the St. Martinville Sunday, resulting in a score of 4 to 2 in favor of Pilette.

 Next Sunday Pilette will play the Lafayette boys at the Ball Park. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.




GAME TO-MORROW.
New Iberia Professionals and Lafayette Team.

 There is a treat in store for all lovers of the national sport to-morrow, Thursday, afternoon. A game has been arranged between the home nine and the New Iberia professionals, who were formerly members of the Sugar Belt League, and it will place our boys on their mettle to take the game away from the visitors. There will be a strenuous times and lively work, and the professionals will have to do some tall hustling to pile away any scores on the Lafayette boys. Everybody come out and enjoy one of the best and "warmest" games of the season. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.



Race at Surrey Park.

 There will be a match race at Surrey Park, Sunday, August 2, between May S., entered by Don Louis Herpin, and Didier, entered by D. Broussard, for a purse of $200, distance three-eighths of a mile. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.






Prof. Sontag Complicated.

 Friday evening at Parkerson's Grove just before the concert opened, while Prof. Sontag was busily preparing for the opening selection, he was most agreeably surprised by Dr. G. A. Martin, who is a graceful little speech presented him with a handsome leader's baton. Prof. Sontag, though taken unawares, nevertheless, expressed his high appreciation of the gift in a neat and happy manner. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.




Under New Management.

 We call the attention of our readers to the advertisement, which appears in another column, of Mr. Adolph Mouton, who has leased the Lafayette Wood and Coal Yard and Pelican Grist Mill from Mr. Geo. DeBlanc. Mr. Mouton is well and favorably known, and the business under his management will be maintained at the high standard for which it has been noted. The Advertisement joins his many friends in wishing him an unstinted measure of success. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.



Real Estate Transfers.

 For week ending July 29, the following real estate transfers took place:

 Southern Development Co. to Jack A. Delhomme, lot $213.

 Samuel Haas to Alcide Delhomme, 63 arpents land, $2,000.

 Mrs. V. Guidroz et al to John Henry, 50 arpents land, $1,893.

 L. Doucet and J. E. Trahan to Raoul Dugas, two lots in Lafayette, $150.

 Esteve Comeaux to Hypolite Comeaux, 35 arpents land, $600.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.


To Republicans of Lafayette Parish.

 Considering the fact that the next election is approaching, and from advices received from the State Central Committee that a full Republican State and parochial ticket will be submitted to the voters of Louisiana at the general election of April, 1904, the Republicans of this parish are hereby warned not to participate in any manner in the Democratic primaries soon to be ordered.
               Respectfully,

                      GUS. A. BREAUX, Member State Central Com; J. R. DOMENGEAUX, Secretary Parish Committee.
Lafayette L., July 20, 1903.


SPECIAL ROAD TAX.
Amount Received by Wards.

 We believe that the following statement of amounts received from the special road tax, kindly furnished by Mr. F. V. Mouton, will prove of interest public.

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 Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.



City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., July 6, 1903. - A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: A. E. Mouton, D. V. Gardebled, H. L. Fontenot, M. Rosenfield, G. A. DeBlanc. Absent: F. Demanade.

 On motion duly seconded and carried, the following ordinance was adopted:

 AN ORDINANCE to prevent the spread of fire in the town of Lafayette, La.

 Be it ordained by the City Council of the town of Lafayette, La., that in order to prevent the spread of fire in said town, the building of buildings of wood commonly known as frame buildings, within the following limits is hereby prohibited and declared to be unlawful to-wit:

 1. In that part of square No. 5 in McComb addition in said town which is bounded Northerly by an alley, Southerly by Lincoln avenue, Easterly by Walnut street and Westerly by Chestnut street.

 2. Also in that part of square No. 25 in said McComb addition bounded Northerly by Lincoln avenue, Southerly by an alley, Easterly by Walnut street and Westerly by Chestnut street.

 3. Also o lots 1 to 17 both inclusive of square No. 4 of said McComb addition.

 4. Also on lots 1 to 6 both inclusive of square No. 24.

 5. Also on the land lying between square No, 24 and Morgan's Louisiana and Texas railroad in said McComb.

 6. Also the Southern 1/2 block No. 3 of said McComb addition which bounded Northerly by an alley, Southerly by Lincoln avenue, Easterly by Grant avenue and Westerly by Cypress street.

 7. Also the square of ground in said McComb addition bounded Northerly by Lincoln avenue, Southerly by Sixth street, Easterly by Grant avenue and Westerly by Cypress street.

 8. Also the Southern 1/2 block of No. 2 of said McComb addition which is bounded Northerly by an alley, Southerly by Lincoln avenue, Easterly by Cypress street and Westerly by Vine street.

 9. Also the block in said McComb addition known as the "Mansion Block" bounded Northerly by Lincoln avenue, Southerly by Sixth street, Easterly by Cypress street and Westerly by Garfield street.

 Also on the southern half of block No. 1 of said McComb addition including the portion on the southern end thereof which is not numbered, said southern half being bounded in part by an alley and in part by Julie avenue, south by Lincoln avenue, East by Vine street.

 11. Also lots 198 to 202 both inclusive in the square, bounded North by Buchanan street, South by Pierce street, West by Congress street and East by _________.

 12. Also on lots 203 to 207 inclusive in the block in said town, bounded Northerly by Pierce street, Southerly by Pierce street, Easterly by Garfield street and Westerly by Congress street.

 13. Also on lots 197, 196, 195, 124, 120, 127 and 125, all in the block bounded Northerly by Jefferson and Pierce streets, Easterly by Congress street and West by Vermilion street.

 14. Also on the lot 208 and the West half of the block bounded Northerly by Jefferson and Pierce streets, Southerly by Monroe street, Easterly by Congress street and West by Vermilion street, said West half including lots 151 to 154, both inclusive as well as said lot 208, and lot 155 in same said block.

 15. Also on lots 238, 242, 250 and 230 according to the plat of the town of Lafayette and in that part known as the old corporation.

 16. Also on the following lots fronting on the South side of Vermilion street in said town to-wit" lots 231, 232, 237, 84, 83 and also the following lots fronting on Jefferson street, to-wit: 81, 82, 83.

 17. Also on the entire block which is bounded North by Vermilion street, south by Main street and West by Madison street.

 18. Also on lots 116 and 118 lying on North line of Vermilion street.

 19. Also on the entire block bounded North by Vermilion street South by Main street, East by Madison street and West by Lafayette street.

 20. Also on the North half of the block which is bounded North by Main street, South by Second street, East by Jefferson street and West by Madison street.

 21. Also on the East half of the block which is bounded North by Vermilion street, South by Main street, East by Lafayette street and West by Washington street.

 22. Also on the East half of the block which is bounded North by Main street and West by Washington street.

 23. Also on the North half of the block which is bounded North by Main street, South by Second street, East by Madison street and West by Lafayette street.

 Be it further ordained that no building even of brick or other inflammable material such as is prescribed by this ordinance shall be built in said limits unless and until a permit for the same shall have been issued by the mayor of said town.

 Be it further ordained that no building shall be constructed within the limits herein above prescribed of any other material than brick, stone or iron, and all roofs shall be constructed of some recognized fire proof material; provided that this ordinance shall not apply to any frame building now actually in the course of construction.

 Be it further ordained that the City Council shall have the right to remove any material intended to be used in the construction of any building in contravention of this ordinance and same to be done at the expense of the person violating the same.

 Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect immediately.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.  





 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/29/1903.

 Quite a large number of people have visited the Anse la Butte oil field in the last few days.

 Mass Meeting and Barbecue. -  There will be a Democratic mass meeting and barbecue at Beausejour park on Sunday, August 2, at which the candidacies on the Lacoste-Voorhies ticket will be submitted to the people for ratification. A cordial invitation is extended to the ladies to be present.

 J. C. Nickerson went to Jennings Sunday.

 Judge and Mrs. Jno. Clegg are spending a few days at the home of Mr. Wm. Clegg.

 Judge O. C. Mouton returned Saturday from a short business trip to New Orleans.

 Jasper Spell, of Indian Bayou, was a welcome visitor to The Advertiser office Monday.

N. Abramson returned Thursday night after an absence of several weeks on account of sickness.

 Mrs. Alma McBride, of Houston, after a week's stay in Franklin came Saturday to visit relatives in Lafayette.

 Chas. Debaillon and Jerome Mouton, returned Thursday from a delightful sojourn of seventeen days at Asheville, N. C.

 Miss Lola Pharr, has accepted a position in the Post Office, and we compliment Postmaster Domengeaux upon securing her services.

 The many friends of Mr. Van der Cruyssen, who is at Boerne, Texas, will be glad to learn that his health has been improved by the change of climate.

 Tuesday afternoon Mrs. B. N. Coronna gave a most enjoyable euchre party in honor of her guest, Mrs. Dreyfus.

 Mr. and Mrs. Victor Levy and little son returned Friday from New York. Mr. Levy while there, purchased a large and well selected stock of fall and winter goods.

 S. Kahn, of the Lafayette Clothing Store, will leave for New York and the East Friday to purchase his fall and winter stock. Mr. Kahn expects to buy one the handsomest lines of clothing ever brought to this market. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.



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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 29th, 1899:

TO RECEIVE BISHOP ROUXEL.

The people of Carencro are making elaborate preparations to do honor to Bishop Rouxel of New Orleans, upon the occasion of his visit for the purpose of administering the sacrament of confirmation to five hundred and forty applicants.

 The gentlemen of the parish as well as the ladies are eager to cooperate with their esteemed pastor, Father Leforest, in giving a welcome suitable to the distinguished visitor, and will spare no pains to make the affair a success.

 A cavalcade will meet the Bishop half way between Grand Coteau and Carencro, accompanied by the band; after a short and formal reception, firing off of a salute, etc., the procession will proceed as far as the outskirts of the town where another welcome by Father Leforest, the ladies and children of the town will await the prelate.

 From this point they will move on the church grove where after ceremonies in honor of the event the examination of the applicants for confirmation will take place.

 Father Laforest will have the assistance of a number of his friends among the clergy who will participate in the solemnities of confirmation on Tuesday. Friends of St. Peter's parish are cordially invited to join in their celebration. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1899.


Off for New York.

 Vic Levy, of the firm of Levy Bros., leaves to-morrow for Galveston, where he will board a steamer for New York. His visit to New York is for the purpose of buying a stock for the fall trade. Levy Bros.' success during their first year in business has been most encouraging and they have every reason to expect a large increase in their sales next fall. They have decided to purchase in the most advantageous Eastern markets an absolutely up-to-date and complete stock. Vic Levy, the senior member of the firm, who will leave to-morrow, goes with the determination to get the best goods and the latest styles. If necessary he will remain away two months in order that he may have the time to select his goods with care and due regard for the wants of his customers in Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1899.



School Exhibition.

 Miss Emilie Olivier, principal of the Roger school, deserves special credit for the very interesting exhibition given by the pupils of her school last Thursday. The program consisted of songs and recitations in the French and English languages, which were rendered in an ample manner. The exercises took place in the open air, and all present were generally surprised by the tact and self procession shown by the children. Several ladies and gentlemen from town were present among whom was Judge Julian Mouton, who made a short address, complimenting the teacher upon the creditable manner in which everything had been managed, and incidentally mentioning the question of the Industrial Institute.

 It is to be hoped that the parish authorities will find a way to give (unreadable word) accomodation to the large number of pupils now attending the school. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1899.


Back from the Army.

 The friends of Mr. E. W. Chase were pleased to meet him upon his return to Lafayette after an absence of over a year spent in the service of the volunteer army of the United States. Mr. Chase was a member of Company I, Hood's regiment. He will resume his position at the Southern Pacific depot, which he left when he enlisted. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1899.


Wrote Home.

 The Gazette has received a letter from its young friend, Caneado Mouton, son of Mr. Alex. Mouton, who is now at the United States Naval Training Station near Newport, R. I. Caneado enlisted in the navy on the 13th of last April at Norfolk, Va. From the cheerful spirit which pervades throughout his letter we judge that he does not at all regret his enlistment in the navy. He has already been encouraged by a promotion, a fact which his friends here will be pleased to learn. The Gazette wishes its plucky young friend a successful career in his adopted profession. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1899.




 Murder Near Breaux Bridge.

 A telegram from Breaux Bridge gives the account of the killing, near that place, of Fred Romagosa by Armand Angel. From the facts as stated in the telegram the killing was a brutal and cowardly murder. Romagosa was unarmed and was trying to pacify Angel when the latter shot him down with a Winchester rifle. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1899.


Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., July 20, 1899. - The Police Jury met this day pursuant to adjournment with the following members present:  C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Alfred Hebert, Alonzo Lacy, Jno. Whittington, Jr., M. Billeaud and Jno. E. Primeaux. Absent: R. C. Landry.

 The president being absent the secretary called the meeting to order and by motion duly made Hon. Ben Avant was elected president pro tem.

 The sum of $12.50 each was granted unto Jean Bourque, Octavie Bourque and Adelbert Gathe, indigents.

 The sum of $45.94 was ordered paid Albt. Labbe, road overseer, out of special tax, fifth ward.

 The Jury proceeded to the parish jail and examined the evaporating vault, after the reduction of all refuse by Mr. Hull and the same proving satisfactory, final payment on the jail contract was ordered made, Mr. Hebert voting nay.

 The jury of freeholders to perfect the public road leading from the Lafayette and St. Martin public road leading to Bayou Tortue, submitted the following  report:

 State of Louisiana, Parish of Lafayette. - We do solemnly swear that we will lay out the road now directed to be laid out by the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette to the greatest ease and advantage of the inhabitants and with as little prejudice to enclosures as may be without favor or affection, malice of hatred and to the best of our skill and abilities. So help us God. And furthermore that we will truly assess all damages to proprietors caused by said road to the best of our judgment and ability. Signed: J. G. St. Julien, Anatole Monte, Ambroise Broussard, A. D. Girouard, Clemard Girouard, J. O. Girouard. Subscribed and sworn before me, this 15th day of July, 1899.
               SIDNEY GREIG, Notary Public.

REPORT.

    State of Louisiana, Parish of Lafayette.

 We, the undersigned committee appointed by your Hon. body, the Police Jury of said parish, as a board of freeholders, to perfect a public road, leading from the Lafayette and St. Martin public road, leading to Bayou Tortue, have this day met at Broussardville, in said parish of Lafayette, and after due conference with Mr. W. F. Owens, representing the Southern Pacific railroad company, a length of land eighty-eight and two-thirds feet in length by forty feet in width, and have assessed damages. Signed: J. G. St. Julien, Anatole Monte, Clemard Girard, Ambroise Broussard, A. D. Girouard, J. O. Girouard. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 15th of July 1899.
                     SIDNEY GREIG, Notary Public.

 On motion of Mr. Billeaud, duly seconded, it was resolved, that the report of the Jury of freeholders of date July 15, 1899, to perfect and complete the public road leading from the Lafayette and St. Martinville public road to Bayou Tortue, be and is hereby accepted and the property condemned be and is hereby appropriated for said public road.

 Be it further ordained, that, the public road leading from the Lafayette and St. Martinville public road to Bayou Tortue, expropriated by report of freeholders in part and already accepted by this body and in part by the report of the jury of freeholders of date July 15, 1899, be and is hereby declared a public road, under the laws and constitution of this State and the sum of nine dollars and ten cents is hereby set aside to compensate the damages allowed by the jury of freeholders.

 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
BEN AVANT, President pro tem.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1899.


Police Jury Proceedings.

[NOTE - In justice to Superintendent Latiolais, we desire to state that these proceedings were sent us in time for publication last week, but were inadvertently left out.]

 Lafayette, La., July 6, 1899. - The School Board met this day with the following members present: Messrs. Alex. Delhomme, Jasper Spell, H. M. Durke, A. Olivier, J. O. Broussard, and Dr. Hopkins. Absent: Messrs. B. Clegg, V. E. Dupuis and J. S. Whittington.

 Mr. Spell was appointed on the following committees: Special committee to settle with the sheriff, and standing financial committee.

 The following trustees were appointed:

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 On motion off Mr. Broussard duly seconded, the following committee was appointed to attend to the proposed change of the location of the Broussardville School: Messrs. A. Olivier, R. U. Bernard, Jules Girouard and C. F. Latiolais.

 It was resolved that the teacher of Indian Bayou School be paid one month's salary in view of the fact that said school had remained closed the greater part of last term.

 The report of the sheriff's collection of fines was accepted as follows, and quietus granted him:

 To the President and Members of School Board of Lafayette Parish, La. - Gentlemen: Following is a statement of fines collected for the school fund from the February term of court, 1898, to date, as follow:


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 We, the undersigned committee appointed by your honorable body to investigate the report of the fines collected by I. A. Broussard, sheriff and tax-collector, beg leave to report that we have investigated same and found that he has collected fines to the amount of twenty-four hundred and eighteen and sixty-hundredths dollars from the Feb. 1899, term of court to date, and holds parish treasurer's receipt for the amount, We therefore recommend that a quietus be given him for all fines collected.
       J. O. BROUSSARD, JASPER SPELL.

 The report of the treasurer was accepted as follows:

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

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 Respectfully submitted,
                      J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
    Lafayette, La., July 6, 1899.
    Approved and filed.
    Mr. Joseph Ducote was appointed on the examining committee.
    Mr. Caffery was authorized to rent the tract of land situated near Mr. P. L. DeClouet's, belonging to the School Board.

 All petitions for new schools were laid over until the next regular meeting.

 Mr. J. S. Whittington, Jr., was appointed a committee of one to confer with his father about the advisability of removing the Cormier 8th ward school.

 The following teachers were appointed by the members of the respective wards present:

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 The following accounts were approved:

 R. U. Bernard, one broom ...$0.25
 A. L. Chapuis, sundries 2d ward ... $3.25

 The following was rejected:

 W. A. LeRosen, coal, High School ... $15.40

 Mr. Durke and Mr. Spell were authorized to have closets built for schools in their wards.

 The Board adjourned,
C. F. LATIOLAIS, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1899.






 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/29/1899.


 Mr. T. N. Blake is at the Cottage Hotel enjoying a well earned rest after a busy season.

 Candidates should not forget that the best means of announcing their candidacies is the local press. The Gazette offer its space to the gentlemen for a reasonable.

 General Frank Gardner Camp U. C. V. will meet next Saturday, August 5. Election of officers and other important business will transacted. A full attendance is desired.

 Short-haired women of Boston are addressing negro meetings and denouncing the lynching of black rapists in the South. While the people of the South will interpose no objection to this, it might not be improper to express some surprise that the aesthetic dames who are bubbling over with sympathy for the negro ravishers have not uttered a kind word for their unfortunate sisters in Dixie who were the victims of African lust. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1899.


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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 29th, 1893:

LAFAYETTE MUST HAVE FIRE PROTECTION.

 An alarm of fire at 7 o'clock last Saturday evening sent a heavy thrill of uneasiness through the minds of our citizens,who have the painful fact forced on them each time an alarm sounded, that property in this town is helplessly at the mercy of the flames, and that trusting entirely to chance as do for protection against this devouring element, it is only a question of time before all our homes are in ashes.

 In this instance the origin of the fire due to the ceiling in the store of Mr. Geo. M. Derouen becoming ignited from the flame of a large metal lamp having no shield above the chimney. The burning of the ceiling directly around the hook from which the lamp was suspended caused a loosening of the hook, and the lamp fell to the floor spreading burning oil over an area of several feet. It was only through the very timely efforts of Messrs. Edward Higginbotham, Edward McBride, Gus. Lacoste, Raoul Gentil and G. M. Derouen, that was prevented what might have resulted in a very disastrous conflagration. These gentlemen, of whom Messrs. Higginbotham and Derouen sustained slight burning of the hands, deserve special mention for the manly way in which they conducted themselves in the face of immediate danger.

 The fire truck with a full contingent of the boys, responded promptly, but fortunately their services were not needed.

 The Advertiser takes this occasion to impress anew on all property holders of Lafayette, without exception, that it is their solemn duty to give substantial support to the lately organized Lafayette Hook and Ladder Fire Co. No. 1, in its worthy endeavor to provide for our homes and our families that protection, the absence of which we deplore so much and whose indispensableness we recognize so keenly as to experience the sensation of terror that pervades our entire being every time an alarm of fire pierces our hearing.

 Our City Council, whose willingness to promote the public welfare is undoubted, should make the task of securing a convenient and reliable system of water-works, the crowning effort of their administration, and thereby earn the everlasting gratitude of their fellow-citizens. In its labors to accomplish so laudable an undertaking, the council should enjoy the confidence and earnest support of all persons bearing the serious responsibilities of citizenship. There is a strong desire on the part of many members of this community for the provision of an effective means of protection against the ravages of fire, and this sentiment can be turned to good account by our city fathers if they will but take up the question of water-works and not let the matter rest until the municipality shall be possessed of a system, both practicable and reliable.

 Lafayette must have fire protection ere it no longer will be needed, so citizens, get to work, at once. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.


Hottest Weather of the Season.

 The mercury which makes up the record for this place indicates the hottest weather of the season during the past week, and we are satisfied that people generally will approve its work as correct. The highest mark reached was 100.5. On the next day a Mr. Boyston, employed by Mr. Satterfield the road contractor, was picked upon the road where he had been at work, by Mr. Faustin Vincent. Boyston was completely prostrated by the heat and was unable to speak for quite a while. After a time he was able to ask for "shade." We learn that he is likely to escape any serious consequences. On the same day Mr. Satterfield lost one of this work oxen from being overheated. He started to work early and quit about ten o'clock and shortly after the beef dropped dead. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.


Local Weather Report.

 Temperatures, rainfalls, wind and weather for the week ending Thursday, July 27, 1893, furnished by the Lafayette Advertiser, by Mr. J. J. Davidson, observer Louisiana Weather Service, Lafayette, La.


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 Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.



 Railroad Talk.

 The Valley of the Teche, published at Breaux Bridge, is just teeming with railroad talk over the prospect of railway connection with the Southern Pacific either at Lafayette or New Iberia. Both of the latter towns have been prompt to cooperate with Breaux Bridge in this matter, each one pressing its claims on the officials of the Southern Pacific Co., for preference if the branch is constructed at all. As yet, the question remains unsettled an investigation to be instituted by General Manager Kruttschnitt, Lafayette means to put forward its best efforts at the appointed time, and we do not believe he preferred claims will be disregarded by those in authority if the Southern Pacific Co. decides to build a branch to Breaux Bridge. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.








The Signs are Everywhere.

 A veritable epidemic of business sign painting has taken Lafayette by storm recently. An Advertiser observer has noticed attractive new signs swung from the business houses of the following persons: E. Constantin, livery stable; Leopold Lacoste, Agricultural implements; Leonce Guidry, bakery; Fred Mouton, blacksmith and wheelwright shop; Mrs. Alfred Chargois, hotel; Leon Plonsky, general store; Gus. Lacoste, buggies, harness, stoves, etc.; Lacoste, buggies, harness, stoves, etc.; John Vander Grift, barber shop. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.


Biossat's Innovations.

 Mr. T. M. Biossat has made a number of innovations in his jewelry establishment lately, that not only improve the appearance of the place but add to the convenience and comfort of himself and patrons. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1903.


Construction at Convent.

 Contractor Fred Mouton is busily engaged since a few days constructing a large and airy class room for Mount Carmel Convent, that will materially facilitate the maneuvering of the large class that attend this institution yearly.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.



 To Grand Isle.

 Mr. Crow Girard accompanied his mother and sister, Mrs. Beraud, to Grand Isle, last Thursday, where they will spend a few weeks enjoying the healthful outdoor life of that splendid water resort. Mr. Girard will remain but a few days himself, multitudinous duties requiring his constant present at home. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.



Working the Roads.


 We learn that on last Thursday Mr. I. N. Satterfield started to work anew on the roads with a large force of men, teams and implements. He had at his command twenty good mules and fine yoke oxen and the necessary implements. We learn that he met with the most discouraging results. After a few hours work one man was prostrated and had to be carried off the work and a beef lay dead and the others were thoroughly exhausted. That ground was so hard that it turned up in boulders and it took three pairs of mules to do that. Although anxious to go ahead with the work he is compelled to desist for the present. It was too much for man or beast. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.


Beautiful Picture.

 A canvass picture, painted in very attractive colors, of the pretty Beausejour Park near town has been on exhibition at the Moss Pharmacy for several days. The healthful virtues of the water furnished by the fine spring located on this plot of ground is destined to attain more than local celebrity.


Fishing.

 Fishing in the Vermilion and tributary streams has been poor this year. The finny tribe, as well as other things, evidently have their "year." It seems to be conceded that this is a water-melon year by a handsome majority. Fish had their "inning" last year, as well as pecans. By the way, what about the pecan crop, will there be any this year. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.




 Broussard Back from B. R.

 Sheriff Broussard says of his trip to Baton Rouge that he had no trouble with Willie Foreman in going over. Foreman was put to work in the tailoring department. He says further, that he saw Dominique Claverie and John Meaux, who are taking lessons in tailoring. The former asked to be remembered to his old friends. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.



Street Sprinkling.

 The street sprinkler has been doing good work lately. It dosen't cost much while the results are grand. Just think of it, to be able to keep your doors wide open when our people are shut up, and besides the tables and chairs and such like are not covered with dust from morning until night. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.



Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/29/1893.


 City Marshall John Vigneaux went to Alexandria Thursday and returned Friday.

 Mr. J. Mitchell, of the S. P. R. R. made a trip to New Iberia this week on business.

 Judge C. Debaillion is having a commodious law office built on his lot opposite the dwelling of Mr. Louis Mouton.

 Sheriff Broussard settled with the Auditor on recent trip to Baton Rouge for taxes and licenses for the second quarter of '93.

 Mr. Jos. Hannen has been for a few days relieving Mr. Sheely, the Engineer of the work train running between this place and Iowa Junction.

 Dr. E. J. Chargois will move with his family, from Algiers to this place next Monday. The doctor has decided to cast his lot with us and the Advertiser extends a warm welcome to him.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/29/1893.

 Notice is given that Mr. A. C. Ordway's connection with the LAFAYETTE ADVERTISER ceased on the 20th of June. Lafayette Publishing Co.

 Mr. James Younger took possession of his cosy little home in Mouton addition, last Saturday.

 Formal announcement has just been made by the engagement of Mr. Samuel Bendel of this place, to Miss Rosa Reims of Lake Charles.

 Painting of the High School building was begun last Tuesday, by contractor H. A. Eastin, and will be rapidly pushed until completed.

 The Southern Pacific pay-car made one its regular visits to this place on the 21st instant, giving a perceptible impetus to business this week.

 Less talk and more hard work is one of the greatest needs of Lafayette, to make it lunge forward. Some other towns we know, are affected very much the same way.

 The Advertiser is willing to wager that Lafayette has more pretty girls than any other town of equal size in America. We do not recognize Europe at all, in the competition.

 To receive for nothing is too unreasonable to expect. The citizens of Lafayette could enjoy many conveniences they greatly desire, if they would only be willing to pay for them.

 The moonlight pic-nic will be given to-night in the oak grove of Judge Parkerson by the ladies of the Episcopal Guild, will no doubt be largely attended. Light refreshments of all kinds will be served and good music furnished.


 City Marshall John Vigneaux went to Alexandria Thursday and returned Friday.

 Mr. J. Mitchell, of the S. P. R. R. made a trip to New Iberia this week on business.

 Judge C. Debaillion is having a commodious law office built on his lot opposite the dwelling of Mr. Louis Mouton.

 Sheriff Broussard settled with the Auditor on recent trip to Baton Rouge for taxes and licenses for the second quarter of '93.

 Mr. Jos. Hannen has been for a few days relieving Mr. Sheely, the Engineer of the work train running between this place and Iowa Junction.

 Dr. E. J. Chargois will move with his family, from Algiers to this place next Monday. The doctor has decided to cast his lot with us and the Advertiser extends a warm welcome to him. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.

  









  From the Lafayette Gazette of July 29th, 1893:

A Terrible Accident.

 When train No. 2. and engine No. 25, with Engineer W. T. Dorman and Conductor Harrison, pulled out from Houston Monday morning bound east, engine No. 635 was on the side track. A few minutes thereafter engine No. 635 started on a wild run. Parties who saw her pass the I. and G. N. crossing state she was moving at the rate of 60 miles an hour, with not a soul to hold her down. She soon overtook train No. 2, and crashed the caboose, in which were Conductor Harrison and Brakeman  Watts, and both were killed and terribly mangled. Both of the unfortunate men leave families - Harrison a wife and Watts a son and daughter. The men earned and enjoyed the regard of the company, as they were faithful employees. It is the general impression that a leaky throttle was the cause of engine 635 starting on its mad career. The accident delayed the regular passenger train four hours. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1893. 


[From the St. Martinville Evangeline.]
The charming artist-pianist of Lafayette, Miss Martha Mouton, is sojourning in our town, the guest of Mrs. James Simeon.
Laf. Gazette 7/29/1893.


Called to the Mother House. - Mother Hyacinthe, an aunt of Mr. H. A. Eastin and 12 years superior of the Mount Carmel Convent in this town, has been called to the mother house in New Orleans by the mother general of the order, where her services are needed. Mother Hyacinthe had been for the past six years superior of the convent at Washington, which under her wise administration has attained a reputation as an educational institution. Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1893.


Lafayette Racket.

  Rain in spots....Weather reminds of us summer....Health of the town and vicinity very good.  A bad season for our M. D'a. ....Very seasonable to date, and crops very promising....There is said to be a financial pressure, and great scarcity of money. We cannot say from experience.  All seasons are the alike to us.  We never have any cash worth naming....The late stock law, we believe, is duly enforced, and we hear of no grumbling among the stock, but some of our people growl furiously....Mrs. Albert Delahoussaye, who has suffered so long with fever, has begun to recover....Mrs. George Esswein, who had been in Houston, Texas, quite awhile, has returned, and is living in her home....If rice and cotton do bring a poor price, melons, eggs and chickens are salable....Mr. Emile Mouton is improving his dwelling house by making a handsome addition to it....Mayor Wm. Campbell is absent rusticating....Rev. John A. Miller and his sister, Miss Lou, are below Abbeville taking recreation....Mrs. Mary Hilliard, of New Iberia, is visiting at Mr. Wm. Clegg's....Mr. Geo. Derouen's is selling out at cost. Has failed perhaps. That must be an unlucky stand, if their is anything in luck....We learn there will be a preaching next Sunday at the Methodist church at 11 o'clock a. m. and at 8 o'clock p. m.

 Culled gen'men to a white a white man yesterday in our hearing: "Boss, what is de mint, what sum of the Lafayette gen'men got appointed to?"  "The mint Sambo, is where money is coined. Loads of money made there."  "Well sah dats gist de pintment I'd like to git."
Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1893.


The Road Contract.

 We learn that Mr. I. N. Satterfield, the road contractor, has perfected arrangements whereby Mr. W. S. Torian has taken charge of the work. Mr. Satterfield retaining but a nominal interest in the business. Several teams have been put to work plowing and grading the public road leading from Lafayette to Whittington's schoolhouse, and it said to be the intention to push forward the work in order to comply with the terms of the contract within the limited time granted by recent resolution of the Police Jury.

 The time allowed the contractor it will be remembered is until October 1, next. This in effect implies that Mr. Satterfield has accepted the extension of time granted him with the provision that he forfeits $500 to the parish. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1893.



Home Again.

 Mr. C. H. Bradley returned from Baton Rouge Monday where he had gone with Sheriff Broussard, they having in charge Willie Foreman, a young man of large family connections convicted of manslaughter at the last sitting of the District Court for a term of 19 years in the penitentiary, and having also in charge, one Spell, who was conveyed to the insane asylum at Jackson. Mr. Bradley reports that while delivering Foreman over to the prison officials he was offered the opportunity to hold a short conversation with Dominique Clavery, sentenced for life from this parish. He also saw Campbell attaining his freedom, has never voted any other but Democratic sent up from this parish for passing counterfeit money. Clavery says that he is in good health, and is well treated by the prison authorities. He sends his regards to all his old friends.

 Foreman, during the trip appeared perfectly unconcerned as to his future. When the portals of the prison opened to receive him he walked in with the utmost indifference, and showed not the slightest sign of emotion, and when told to strip and put on his variegated suit, proceeded to do so in the most matter of fact manner. Throughout this trying ordeal he never flinched. He will remain within the prison walls, unless he misbehaves, in which event he will be sent out to the levee gang.

 This ends indeed a sad life drama, in which not only the chief actor suffers, but a father, mother, wife and children are given a heavy cross to carry. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1893.



IT IS EASILY DONE.

 The people of Carencro saw a chance to get a railroad to their town by a little effort on their part. The effort, as a matter of course, was forthcoming. In other words they got together, and the result of their coming together is the railroad now in course of construction and which will be in operation within the next four months. The people were possessed with the right spirit - that of unity, which will win nine times out of ten.

 As we said they all got together. A few citizens took the initiative step and invited the concurrence of every man in the community, and the response was practically unanimous. And every man did his share, to the best of his understanding, but with an eye single to the main object on view, casting aside his propensity for grabbing everything in sight for himself, if he had any such propensity ;  nor did any one endeavor to turn to his individual profit a move made for the common good of the general public. And as a result of their unity they are pleased to note the near realization of their fondest wishes.

 What the people of Carencro have done, the people of other towns can do. There is no secret about it - no need of an Aladin's lamp - all that is necessary is to
       Get together !
Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1893.





Lightning Strike.

 On Thursday July 20th, the house of Mr. Caliste Comeaux, about two miles from town was struck by lightning. It completely demolished a large chimney, and tore out the gable end of the building. A door was wrenched from its fastenings without injuring it or the hinges. A clock standing on the mantel was broken to pieces and thrown a distance of fifteen feet. Mrs. Comeaux was seated in a chair holding a glass of milk in her hand, the glass was shattered into fragments but the lady sustained no injury. Two bricks were thrown with great force into a cradle from which the baby had been removed but a minute before the shock came. Although all the inmates felt the effects of the lightning, none were hurt. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1893.



 To Raise Pork.

 Our friend Alfred Hebert proposes to demonstrate that it is cheaper to raise pork in the this section than to buy it from the Western packing houses, and besides having a much better grade of meat, and The Gazette is confident he will succeed in his efforts, because he has got the range as well as the enterprise to make a success. Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.


Painful Accident.

 A Mr. J. W. Johnson met with a very painful accident Tuesday that might have resulted in death. It seems that when the west bound night passenger train pulled out from Berwick, this gentleman was leaning on his umbrella on the platform and from the jarring the umbrella broke and he was precipitated to the ground while the train sped away at a 20-mile an hour rate. No one on the train saw him fall. When he struck the ground he fell on his side and dislocated his shoulder blade. His injuries were such that he was helpless, and remained all night in intense pain on the spot where he fell. Fortunately early next morning a negro passing discovered him and helped him on to Morgan City where he received medical attention. He came to Lafayette Wednesday evening on the freight train. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1893.




 Succumbed to the Heat.

 A white man named John Boydston, living on Mr. Alfred Hebert's place, at 8:50. Thursday morning, while working on the public road, fell a victim to the oppressive rays of the sun. His condition was discovered just in time to save his life. He complained of feeling slightly unwell in the morning and was advised not to go to work, but he went and experienced the unlucky result just mentioned. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1893.


 Laf. Boy Falls Under Train.

 Little Theophile Guillotte jumped on a train yesterday at the depot (New Iberia) depot that was moving rapidly through the yard; he lost his hold and fell beneath the moving train, but fortunately rolled off the track just before the wheels reached the point where he fell. This was a narrow escape for his life, and should be a warning to the boys who make a practice of jumping on moving trains. The boy lives in Lafayette. - From the Daily Iberian and in Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1893.




No Stamps in Royville.

 Our town has been two weeks without a postage stamp. Whether negligence here or at Washington, we cannot tell, but at all events it proves to be very inconvenient, especially to merchants and other business men. Several complaints have been made, and we hope in the future that our postmaster will get a supply that will last some time. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1893.



 Big Stalk of Cane.

 Mr. J. C. Couvillon brought to The Gazette office Tuesday a sugar cane having nine red joints and measuring three feet high, cultivated by Mr. Victor Couvillon on his plantation near Carencro. The sample is from a 20 odd acre lot. There are many acres planted in cane this year in that section, and it is all growing finely thus showing the adaptability of the soil to its cultivation. And it is but another proof of The Gazette's oft-repeated assertion that anything that will grow from the soil anywhere can be grown from the soil of Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1893.



 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/29/1893.

 While we have been blessed with frequent and copious showers in town and vicinity, that section two miles north of Scott have not had so much as a sprinkle for five weeks.

 Reports reach us that some sickness prevails in the parish, due it is said, to the excessive hear. Malarial fevers and whooping cough seem to be the ailments most frequent.

 Sheriff I. A. Broussard, returned from a business trip, visiting Baton Rouge, Jackson and New Orleans.

 Walter J. Mouton left Tuesday for Galveston where he will remain several days.

 Mr. Wm. Clegg, our efficient parish treasurer, made a short business trip to Franklin Tuesday.

 All those who wish to buy pears will do well to call on Sidney Mouton at the store of Mouton Bros.

 Mr. Paul Bailey took advantage of the excursion train Monday night for a trip to the Crescent City.

 During Mayor Wm. Campbell's absence to the seashore, it is Mayor pro tem A. M. Martin.

 In order to meet the demands of his increasing trade Mr. John Vandergriff has secured the services of Frank Riddell, who in adept in the tonsorial art.

 Mr. Ernest Constantin the popular livery stable man has been applying the white wash brush to his premises.

 We heard that Moss Bros. & Co. will put in a Paquette gas machine, when gas will be used for illuminating purposes in their emporium.

 We understand that a practice game of base ball took place last Saturday between two pick up nines and resulted in a score of 6 to 7.

 There are no indications of the dreaded caterpillars, but that does not prevent some of our cotton planters laying in a supply of paris green in case of necessity.

 The charming artist-pianist of Lafayette, Miss Martha Mouton, is sojourning in St. Martinville, the guest of Mrs. James Simon.

 Remember the moonlight picnic at Judge Parkerson's beautiful oak grove to-night commencing at 6 o'clock, and will be under the auspices of the ladies of the Episcopal Guild. The general public are invited.

 W. F. Nickel, a first-class photographer, and L. F. Miller the well known artist of this town, have been at work taking views of residences and other objects of interest in and around Lafayette.

 In passing in front of Mr. T. M. Biossat's jewelry store Tuesday we heard the tap of the carpenter's hammer which would go to indicate that some improvements are being made.

 Frank Bowen is the first successful applicant from Lafayette in the U. S. Mint. He left Wednesday and will occupy a position as day watchman. Every one is glad that Frank has been provided for, and he is one of Lafayette's most deserving young men.

 Dr. E. J. Chachere left Friday for New Orleans to get his household goods, and will return Monday and open an office at Mr. Bradley's residence pending the time that he will have an office built, carrying out his purpose of locating permanently in Lafayette.

 L. F. Salles, of the popular firm of Mouton and Salles, left Monday night for New Orleans on a purchasing trip. As a result of the trip, the firm will soon display a most elegant and seasonable stock of fresh goods, to which the most fastidious will not find fault. Lafayette Gazette 7/29/1893.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 29th, 1913.

THE SIDEWALKS TO BE CEMENTED.

 The Street Committee made the following partial report, which report was unanimously accepted:

       Lafayette, La., July 14, 1913.
Hon. Mayor and Councilmen:

  We beg to make this our partial report of the different places where we think it is necessary to build or construct cement walks:

 On South side of East Main Street, from Jefferson to Madison Street. (Now Buchanan).

 On both sides of West Convent Street, from St. John Street to Jefferson Street.

 On North side of East Convent Street, from Lee Avenue to Gordon Street.

 On East side of Lee avenue from Convent to East Main Street.

 On East side of Johnston Street, from Industrial Avenue (now University Ave) to Garfield Avenue. Both sides.

 On West side of Lamar Street, from Oak Avenue (now Jefferson) to Vermilion Street.

 On both sides of Jackson Street, from Lamar Street to Lee Avenue.

 On both sides of Stewart Street, from Lamar to Lee Avenue.

 On North side of Vermilion Street, from Lamar Street to Lee Avenue.

 On both sides of Gordon Street, from Oak Avenue to Garfield Street.

 On both sides of Clinton Street, from Gordon Street to Lee Avenue.

 On South side of Garfield Street, from Gordon to Johnston Streets.

 On North side of Garfield Street, from Johnston to Lee Avenue.

 On North side of Cypress Street, at the intersection of Cypress and Johnston Streets, to Buchanan Street.

 On West side of Third Street, from Buchanan Street to South Railroad Avenue.

 On South side of Cypress Street, from Buchanan to Monroe Street.

 On West side of Monroe Street, from Olivier to Voorhies Street.

 On East side of Monroe Street, from Olivier to Hopkins Street.

 On both sides of Olivier Street, from Monroe to Madison Street.

 On both sides of Compress Street, from Voorhies Street to Hopkins Ave.

 On West side of Madison Street, from Voorhies to Olivier Street.

 On North side of Olivier Street, from the intersection of Olivier and Madison Streets to Washington Street.

 On both sides of Jackson Street (in front of A. M. Martin's residence) from Lafayette to Buchanan Street. 

On both sides of Vine Street, from Third Street to Lincoln Ave.

 On North side of  Simcoe Street, from Sterling Ave. to Buchanan Street.

 On North side of Main Street, from Buchanan to Lafayette Street.

 On Southside of Voorhies Street, from St. John to Lafayette Street.

 On both sides of Washington Street from West Main to _________.

 On North side of Voorhies Street, from Madison to the intersection of Voorhies Street, from Madison to the intersection of Voohries and Monroe Streets.

 On South side of Congress Street, from Lafayette to St. John Street.

 On both side of St. John Street from _______ Street to Brashear Street.

 On both sides of Industrial Avenue (now University Ave.) from the intersection of St. John Street to Lee Avenue.

 On East side of Lafayette Street, from Court House Square to West Convent Street.

 On West side of Johnston Street from Street North of Eureka Nursery to Industrial to Industrial Avenue.

 On North side of Chestnut Street, from Lincoln Avenue to Seventh Street.

 On North side of Railroad Avenue, from Lincoln Avenue to Third Street.

 On East side of Third Street from, Railroad Avenue to Sterling Avenue.

 On West side of Third Street, from Magnolia Street to Sterling Avenue.

 On both sides of Second Street, from Chestnut to Simcoe Street.

 On Walnut Street, from Simcoe to Seventh Street, both sides.

 On both sides of Magnolia Street, from Simcoe to Eighth Street.

 On both sides of Sterling Avenue, from Mudd to Lincoln Avenue.

 On South side of Pine Street, from Lincoln Avenue to Eighth Street.

 On both sides of St. Charles Avenue from Lincoln Avenue to Eighth Street.

 On both sides of Orange Street, from Lincoln Avenue to Eighth Street.

 On East side of Orange Street, from Buchanan Street to Grant Avenue.

 On South side of Grant Avenue, from Lincoln Avenue to Second Street.

 On both sides of Polk Street, from East Main to Garfield Street.

 On South side of East Congress, from Polk to Taylor Street.

 On both sides of East Main Street, from Lamar to Johnston Street.

 On West side of Taylor Street, from Vermilion to Garfield Street.

 On West side of Buchanan Street, from West Congress Street to Hopkins Avenue.

 On both sides of Lafayette Street, from Industrial Avenue to Brashear Street.

 On both sides of Dunreath Street, from Industrial Avenue to Two blocks.

 On North side of St. John Street, from Brashear Street to St. Julien's residence.
              Respectfully submitted,
                            (Signed)
                     R. DELHOMME.
                     W. A. MONTGOMERY.
                     J. DOUCET, 
                                              Committee.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1913.






LAGNIAPPE:
TERRA FIRMA.
The Resistance of the Earth's Surface to Deformation.

 A very large part of the educated public believes that the earth is a molten globe, superficially enveloped by a chilled crust, and a magazine article in support of such a theory has recently attracted much attention. Very many of the natural philosphers consider it most probable that the rocks at and near the surface of the globe would expand in melting. If the earth were thus constituted a time would come when the solid crust would crack from its own weight, or from some moderate internal disturbance, and then block after block of the crust, region after region of the world we know and love so well, would plunge slowly and heavily to meet the rising, molten flood, while whirlwinds of scalding steam would shroud perishing humanity.




 Aside from ignoble fears, there seems scarcely any topic better suited to excite a legitimate intellectual interest among men than this most fundamental question concerning that little planet, our world. Is it a molten globe, with a pellicle of cool dry land, or is it really terra firma, a solid earth?

 The public may accept the theory of terra firma in peace, as all the arguments which have not been shown to be inconclusive or false indicate that the earth presents a resistance to deformation about as great as if it were a solid steel ball, and that it actually is solid to, or nearly to, the center. The permanent deformations to which it has been subjected near the surface are enormous, and their amount is seldom appreciated, by astronomers or physicists; but these deformations have been produced for the most part by the "flow of solids," and there is no known incompatibility between such distortions and the theory of a solid earth. -


 George F. Becker, in the North American Review and published in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/29/1893.


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