From the Lafayette Gazette of July 31st, 1897:
At Scott a Great Success - A Handsome Sum Realized.
Two Days of Uninterrupted Pleasure - A Well-Managed Affair.
Last Saturday and Sunday it was Great Scott sure enough! There was nothing small about that thriving little town. Its people had donned their holiday attire for the fair whose success meant so much for the future prosperity of that thrifty community. The men, women and children turned out and welcomed the visitors from neighboring and distant towns, who had come to have a good time and to lend a helping hand in a worthy cause. The large number of people present and the representative character of the crowd was indubitable evidence that in their present laudable undertaking the enterprising citizens of Scott have the support of the entire population of this parish, with the exception perhaps of one of more egotistical persons whose narrow vision will have the support of the entire population of this parish, with the exception perhaps of one or more egotistical persons whose narrow vision will not permit them to see some good in any movement or undertaking which is not calculated to swell their bank accounts. Fortunately those pay-triotic citizens are generally known to be actuated by motives not altogether disinterested and their opposition to the church movement will do no appreciable injury to the noble cause which the good people of Scott and vicinity are so energetically engaged in promoting.
Early Saturday the people began to arrive and every indication pointed to the fact that the first day of the fair would be a success beyond the expectations of the most sanguine. Throughout the day the different booths were visited by many people and before night enough money had been realized to insure the success of the undertaking. Messrs. Alcide Judice, Alex Budro, Leo Judice and Albert Trahan and their able corps of assistants were indefatigable in their efforts to carry out successfully every feature of the day's program. At night the entertainment was pronounced by all present as a most creditable affair.
The program was as follows:
Overture, instrumental music.....Misses Lizzie Mudd and Bella Judice.Song, "In the Baggage Coach Ahead".....Miss M. Alford.
Recitation, "The Son's Return".....Mrs. Robichaux.
Song, "French Therese".....F. W. Price, Misses V. Price, P. Doucet, N. Breaux and M. Price.
Tableau, "Olden Times"
Song and dance.....A. O. Budro.
Piano, "Jeunesse Dore".....Miss Martha Mouton.
Recitation.....Miss L. Bourgeois.
Song, "Little Bunch of Whiskers on His Chin".....Dr. F. E. Girard.
Tabeau, "Modern Times".
After the rendition of the program the young folks indulged in dancing and kept time with the melodious strains of the Breaux Bridge and Loreauville bands until the small hours of the night. Sunday was an eclipse. A vast throng of people moved about the beautiful Cayret grove from the early morning hours till the lusty chanticleers of the neighborhood announced the advent of another day. During the day a very interesting game of base ball was play by the Pilette and Scott, clubs, which resulted in a score of 16 to 10 in favor of the Scott club. The defeated nine immediately after the game challenged the victors to another game.
The shooting tournament, under the direction of Leo Judice and Nathan Broussard, proved to be a howling success. The Crowley Gun Club was represented by Sheriff E. W. Lyons and Fleet Coleman; the New Iberia Gun Club by A. and Geo. Cousin, Sidney Harry and Alice Landry; New Orleans City Park Gun Club R. Steckler, A. Cordona and Alexis Voorhies; Century Club of Lafayette by Dr. F. E. Girard, J. C. Nickerson, S. R. Parkerson and others; the Scott Gun Club by twenty members, Sheriff Lyons, Lionel Lyons and Sidney Harry scored six out of a possible six, and all three shot again to decide the contest. This time Mr. Harry emerged the victor, Lionel Lyons and Acadia's genial sheriff made only five points.
The concert was equally good as the one given the previous night. The following was the program:
Comic Song, "Grangalet".....Ed Voorhies.
Song, "Me dire Adieu".....Miss Louise Revillon.
Recitation, ..... Miss E. Price.
Song,.....Misses Lodo and Martha Mouton, F. V. Mouton and H. A. Van der Cruyssen.
Tableau, "The Past Woman"
Song, "Mamselle Boutte-en-train".....Miss M. Dubernard.
Instrumental Music....Jno. O. and Walter Mouton, H. A. Van der Cruyssen.
Song and Dance,.....A. O. Budro.
Song, "Knocked at the Window".....Miss V. Price.
Instrumental Solo, Miss M. Mouton.
Recitatation, "The Church".....Mrs. Robichaux.
Irish Character Song,.....Dr. F. E. Girard.
Tableau, "The Coming Woman"
The ladies and gentlemen in charge of the various booths were kept very busy during the entire day and the greater portion of the night. The visitors spent their money with unstinted liberality.
The different booths and tables were conducted by the following ladies:
Dining Table: Mmes. Antoine Guidry, Louis C. Breaux, Joseph Begnaud, Jno. Price.
Gumbo: Mmes. Alcide Judice and Aurelien Patin.
Coffee Stand: Mmes. Simon Boudreaux and Eugene Breaux.
Fancy Articles: Mrs. Louis Dubernarde.
Refreshments: Mrs. Antoine Bacquet, Miss Octavie Cayret.
Fruit Stand: Miss Adele Delhomme.
Ice Cream Counter: Mrs. Alfred Delhomme, Miss Marie Pellisier.
Lemonade: Mrs. Jacque Doucet and Miss Marie Breaux.
Sherbets: Mmes. J. B. Perez, Albert Trahan.
Fish Pond: Misses Issure Delhomme and Eugenie Pellisier.
Grab-bag (donated by Mrs. Emile Mouton of Lafayette) Miss Emilia Breaux and Miss Boudreaux.Raffle Committee: Misses Mimie Cayret, Mable Alford, Anna Dubernard, Lucille Boudreaux, Laperle Gillard.
Among the gentlemen who worked for the success of the fair were:
A. O. Budro, Alcide Judice, Leo Judice, Alex Delhomme, Sr., Alfred Delhomme, Jno. Billeaud, Albert Trahan, Aurelian Patin, Jules Dubernard, Adelma Martin, D. Morvant, Pierre Mouton, Clerfait Sonnier, H. Blanchard, Desire Doucet, Jno. Price, Antoine Bacquet, Simeon Begnaud, Nathan Broussard, Antoine Pellisier, A. Bourgeois, J. T. Mulkern, L. S. Breaux and others whose names we do not now recall.
The following prizes were won:
A lap robe, A. B. Denbo; nickle-plated harness, Euclide Leger; rubber-trimmed harness, Lafayette Sugar Manufacturing Company; pair of lamps, D. Doucet; flower vases, Leon Mire; umbrella, Paul Dubernard; umbrella, Elfege Pelltizer; walking cane, Lucien Judice. Toilet set was won by No. 43. Name almost illegible, but appears to be that of Komo Guidry. The winner is requested to claim this prize. Lafayette Gazette 7/31/1897.
INFANTRY BICYCLE CORPS.
Lt. Moss and Company Company Ride 2000 Miles in 40 Days.
St. Louis, July 25. - The Twenty-fifth United States Infantry Bicycle Corps., which reached this city last night, completing their 2000-mile ride from Ft. Missoula, Mont., in forty days, thirty-five of which were actually spent on the road, are encamped at Forrest Park.
Despite the rain that fell last night and this afternoon thousands of people visited the troopers at the park. During their stay here the officers, Lieut. J. A. Moss and Surgeon J. M. Kennedy, will be entertained by prominent citizens, while the troopers are the guests of the local bicycle club, and later will be transferred to Jefferson Barracks.
The Twenty-fifth United States Infantry bicycle corps left Fort Missoula, Mont., on June 14, twenty-three in number, Lieut. J. A. Moss, Surgeon J. M. Kennedy and E. H. Boes, the official reporters and others stationed at Fort Missoula. During the trip one of the men was returned to Fort Missoula on account of not being able to keep up. The distance covered on the trip was 1900 miles, the average per day being 52 2/3 miles. After leaving Nebraska the average was over 60 miles per day.
The bicycles stood the trip remarkably well, but few accidents of a serious nature having occurred, those that did occur being through carelessness.
According to Lt. Moss, the trip was a success from a military standpoint.
In an interview Lt. Moss said: "The trip has proved beyond peradventure my contention that the bicycle has a place in modern warfare. In every kind of weather, over all sorts of roads we averaged fifty miles a day. At the end of the journey we are all in good physical condition.
"Seventeen tires and half a dozen broken frames is the sum of our damage. The practical result of the trip shows that an army bicycle corps can travel twice as fast as cavalry or infantry under any conditions and at one-third the cost and effort.
"I am not sure whether we will return on our wheels or not, but will know as soon as orders are received from Washington. Lafayette Gazette 7/31/1897.
THE ELECTION CONTEST.
The Lafayette Municipal Case Before the Supreme Court.
Judge Miller Deems the Case Important Enough for a Full Bench.
The following was filed in the state supreme court Saturday.
"To the Honorable the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court: The petition of the State of Louisiana on the relation of A. E. Mouton, Dr. G. A. Martin, Dr. T. B. Hopkins, John Hahn, J. J. Davidson, J. A. Landry and A. J. Bru, residents of Lafayette parish, respectfully represents: That, with Charles D. Caffery for the mayoralty, they were the candidates of the Democratic party for councilmen of the city of Lafayette, in this state, at the election held in said city on the 3d day of May, 1897; that they were elected by the people at said election over their opponents, William Campbell and others, with Crow Girard for mayor, candidates of the 'People's Ticket'; that your petitioners were duly returned elected, were commissioned, and have qualified as councilmen of said city under said election.
"Petitioners further represent: That William Campbell and the other candidates for councilmen on the said People's Ticket have filed in the district court of Lafayette parish a petition at said election of your petitioners at said election of May 3, 1897, by suit entitled C. Girard et als. vs, C. D. Caffery et als., No. 4019 of the docket of said court; that the Hon. C. Debaillion, judge of the Seventeenth Judicial District in and for Lafayette parish, having recused himself in said suit for cause, has appointed Hon. Stephen D. Read, a resident of Calcasieu parish, judge of the Twelfth Judicial District, to try said cause.
"Petitions further represent: That said court is without jurisdiction ratione materiae of said demand, because Act No. 24 of 1894, attempting to confer jurisdiction in such cases, are unconstitutional and in contravention of articles 115 of the constitution of 1868 and articles 29 and 30 of the constitution of 1879, and that in absence of statutory authorization, courts without jurisdiction to entertain the contest of an election.
"Petitioners further represent: That said court is without jurisdiction ratione materiae, because there is no pecuniary interest involved there being no salary, fees or emoluments attached to the offices of councilmen of said city under the statutes of this state or under the charter or ordinances of said municipal corporation.
"Petitioners further represent: That they filed an exception to the jurisdiction of said district court on the grounds above specified, as shown by a certified copy of said exception hereto attached and marked exhibit A; that after trial thereof the said Hon. S. D. Read, judge aforesaid, has arbitrarily and illegally maintained and usurped jurisdiction of said cause, notwithstanding said exception, to the great damage and injury of your petitioners; that your petitioners have notified said judge, in writing and in open court, as appears by certified copy thereof hereto annexed and marked exhibit B, of their intention to apply to this honorable court for relief; that your petitioners have no remedy by appeal or otherwise to obtain relief against the usurpation of jurisdiction and power by said judge, except to apply to this honorable court to exercise its supervisory power over inferior courts under the constitution of the state; that writs of certiorari and prohibition should issue directed to the Hon. S. D. Read, judge aforesaid, forbidding him to proceed further in this cause, and to send to this honorable court a certified copy of the proceedings in said suit to the end that their validity may be ascertained.
"Wherefore, premises considered: Petitioners respectfully pray that writs of certiorari and prohibition issue from this honorable court directed to the Hon. S. D. Read, judge aforesaid, forbidding him to proceed further in the trial of said cause, so far as your petitioners are concerned, until further orders from this court, and that he be ordered to send a certified copy of the proceedings had in said cause in his said court, and after due hearing had said writs be made peremptory, and the proceedings declared null and void. And they pray for all other orders and decrees necessary in the premises and for general relief, etc. And as in duty bound, etc.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY,
ORTHER C. MOUTON, "Of Counsel, State of Louisiana, Parish of Lafayette.
"Before me, the undersigned authority, personally came and appeared A. E. Mouton, G. A. Martin, J. A. Landry and John Hahn, who, being first duly sworn, say: That they are some of the applicants in the foregoing petition, and that all the facts and allegations of foregoing petition are true and correct.
G. A. MARTIN,
J. A. LANDRY,
A. E. MOUTON."
"Sworn to and subscribed before me this 23d day of July, A. D. 1897.
(Seal) "Ed G. Voorhies,
Clerk of Court."
"Service of above and foregoing application waived and notice thereof accepted."
"S. D. READ, Judge ad hoc, Lafayette, La., July 23, 1897."
"Order of Petition - The importance of the questions in this application and the fact that it relates to an election contest now on trial, impresses me with the propriety of obtaining, under the Act No. 66 of 1896, the action of the court instead of that of a single judge. With the view of that action in the least delay, the lower court is hereby directed to stay all further proceedings under the order herein, of which notice will be given. The lower court is requested to make a return and the counsel on both sides are requested to submit briefs within five days.
"HENRY C. MILLER,
Associate Justice Supreme Court.
New Orleans, July 24, 1897."
Lafayette Gazette 7/31/1897.
A BLAZE. - Last Saturday, what might have been a disastrous fire had help not been at hand, started in Mr. T. M. Biossat's corn-crib, and in a few minutes the building was totally consumed by the destructive element. Luckily willing hands began to work and the surrounding buildings were saved, but at a time it seemed as if the fire would spread and destroy a large part of the town.
Laf. Gazette 7/31/1897.
There is to be just one more week of the "clearing sale" at the busy, big store of Moss Bros. & Co. The large stock of this firm must be reduced to the greatest possible extent to lighten the labor of taking an inventory, and an unusual reduction in prices of goods of every description is being made to accomplish this end. This will be the third and last week of the sacrifice sale and the consuming public will not fail to profit by it to the full extent of their means. Lafayette Gazette 7/31/1897.
Two young men suspected of being connected with the gold-brick robbery committed in New Orleans a few days ago, were arrested by Deputy Albert Delhomme at Scott yesterday and brought here. Awaiting further particulars from New Orleans, they were detained. They are said to have acted in a suspicious manner while at Scott.
Deputy Sheriff Leblanc wired Chief Gaster for descriptions of the men wanted. About an hour later Mr. Leblanc received a telegram giving the descriptions which did not at all correspond with the parties arrested. Lafayette Gazette 7/31/1897.
Left Baby Near Breaux Bridge.
Wednesday morning at half past twelve, Mr. Charles Dautreuil of Anse St. Clair was awakened suddenly by the cries of small baby. Unable to account for these cries, he opened his door, and on the gallery found a young child about fifteen days old which he took inside. Thursday some persons claiming relationship with the child, came to claim it, but Mr. Dautreuil refused to deliver the little one without seeing the mother herself. - Breaux Bridge Valley.
Some time ago a couple of registered at a boarding house in this town. A few days later the woman became the mother of a child and as soon as it was old enough the pair left, taking with them their progeny. From what can be ascertained they are the same persons who left the unfortunate little stranger at Mr. Dautreuil's door. It is to be regretted that those guilty of this outrage are not caught and severely punished. Lafayette Gazette 7/31/1897.
Tournament at Century Club.
The members of the Century Club are making elaborate preparations for the tournament on the 26th of August. Committees have been appointed to look after the various forms of amusement which will be on the program. From all indications the 26th of August will be a gala day in Lafayette. The Century Club will leave nothing undone to make it so. Lafayette Gazette 7/31/1897.
The hostess of the Ladies' Club for the past week was Miss L. Gladu, who with her usual tact and winning manners, made the occasion an agreeable one. After business of unusual interest all repaired to the pretty dining room, where tempting dainties were enjoyed. "Dickens' Characters" proved an instructive mode of entertainment and after a tie among Misses L. Parkerson. Haydee Trahan and Mrs. B. Clegg, the prize, "Pickwick Papers," fell to the lot of Miss Trahan. Musical selections by Musical selections by Misses Mudd, Hopkins and Perkins were enjoyed, as was a vocal solo by Miss Young.
Misses E. Perkins and M. Thompson were welcomed as guests at this pleasant gathering. Lafayette Gazette 7/31/1897.
Good Work. - The people who travel over what is known as the Pin Hook road owe a debt of gratitude to Messrs. C. A. Mouton, I. N. Satterfield, the Hamilton brothers and Police Juror Alfred Hebert for having repaired that public highway which is now in thorough condition. For years that road has been not only an eyesore to the public, but it has been a source of constant annoyance to a large number of people who were compelled to drive or ride through the ugly mud holes which were a serious menace to the life and limbs of the traveler. The road has been splendidly graded and well drained and there is no doubt that it is in better condition than it has ever been.
The work done by these gentlemen shows conclusively what can be accomplished by intelligent and conscientious labor.
Lafayette Gazette 7/31/1897.
Selected News Notes 7/31/1897.
Miss Mary Littell, the amiable and popular manager of the Western Union office, will leave next week, having received a leave of absence of a month. Miss Sallie Alexander of Abbeville, will take her place during her absence.
Don't forget to attend the grand celebration to-morrow at the Oak Avenue Park.
Extra-fine watch repairing at T. M. Biossat's.
Miss Lizzie Duffy, of Algiers, arrived in Lafayette Wednesday and is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Landry.
Miss Louis Hitter, of St. Martinville is the guest of Miss Estelle Gerac.
Citizens Mix it. - Mr. J. C. Sanders called at the mayor's office Friday morning and surrendered to the municipal authorities, stating that he had a difficulty with Mr. C. Girard with whom he had engaged in a physical encounter. Several blows were exchanged by the gentlemen, but nothing of a serious nature has resulted.
An Important Arrest. - Constable Hirsch made a very important arrest yesterday evening. He arrested Ed Goodwin, a young negro, who is charged with assaulting another negro whose condition is reported to be very critical. It is said that he will die.
Corn & Oats. - Farmers who are out of corn will do well to call on J. C. Nickerson at his feed store near the depot. He has a large quantity of corn and oats on hand, which he will sell at very low prices.
B. F. Anderson, the ever-hustling contractor, informs the Gazette that he will soon commence to build a large store for Mr. Alcide Judice at Scott. The new building will be 40 x 92 in size and modern in every respect. Score one for Scott.
S. R. Parkerson, the efficient cashier of the First National Bank, will soon open an insurance agency in Lafayette, and will employ Felix Mouton as manager of the office.
The base ball game at Oak Avenue Park to-morrow between the Washington and Lafayette Clubs will be well worth seeing. The game is advertised for 1:30 o'clock.
Armand Levy of Lake Charles and Victor Levy of Lafayette left Tuesday for New Orleans, where they boarded a Cromwell steamer for New York. They will purchase their fall stock in that city.
Sheriff Broussard and T. M. Biossat left Wednesday for New Orleans.
Mr. J. C. Caillouet, of Rayne, will take charge of the Moss Pharmacy, the first of next month. Mr. Caillouet is a druggist of many years' experience, having been in the drug business in Rayne for several years, and is, no doubt, a competent druggist.
Abram Hirsch and Henry Hebert have been appointed deputy policemen and the people of Lafayette can now rest easy with the good police protection they have. There will now be two policemen on duty at all hours.
Alley Sprole has leased the Oak Avenue Park and has made extensive repairs on the track and grand stand.
Omer Patureau, an experienced and competent clerk from Plaquemines, is now employed as salesman in Mr. Falk's store.
Lafayette Gazette 7/31/1897.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 31st, 1869:
Another Phase in the Great Railroad Fight.
A FLANK MOVEMENT.
[From the New Orleans Times.]
The advent in New Orleans at this season the year of President Raynor, of the Chattanooga Railroad Company, has been deemed significant, both by the friends and enemies of his road, but it was not until late yesterday evening that the latter obtained a clue, or thought they had obtained one, as to his intentions. Great was the excitement, therefore, among Mr. Morgan's henchmen; like Boots and Brewer, when (unreadable-looks like Veneering) was nominated for Parliament, they immediately "rallied round" their chief, "took cabs" and dashed down to the Fourth District Court with the following petitions:
Charles Morgan, residing in New York, respectfully represents that he is the owner of the road franchises, privileges, etc., of the corporation formerly known as the New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad, running from New Orleans to Berwick's Bay, ; that he is also the owner of bonds and other obligations of the company, which claims to own the franchises and certain rights in the road beyond Berwick's Bay.
That, being a creditor for a large amount of said railroad, he is deeply interested in the proper administration of the assets of said company.
That he is informed and believes that the directors of said company, and also some of the stockholders are about to lease, for a nominal sum, all the property, rights, privileges and franchises of said company, from Berwick's Bay to the New Orleans, Mobile and Chattanooga Railroad Company, and that several of the stockholders have combined to lease and transfer said property to the prejudice of the creditors thereof.
That the debts being larger than the assets of the company the stockholders have no interest in the same, and propose to sell or lease to the exclusive prejudice of the bondholders and other creditors.
Petitioner therefore prays, the premises considered, that the Honorable Court will enjoin the President and Directors of the New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad Company, and also H. C. Warmoth, Governor of the State, and others, John R. Conway, (unreadable words) the holders, from selling or leasing to the New Orleans, Mobile and Chattanooga Railroad Company, or any other party whatever, and property or other franchises belonging to said company, and for general relief and costs.
Signed by CHAS. A. WHITNEY.
Attorney in fact for Chas. Morgan.
The injunction was issued, by order of Judge Theard, about 4 o'clock last evening, bond being required and furnished in a sum of $5,000, with George Pandely as surety.
John I. Adams of New Orleans, represents that he is a stockholder in the New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad Company, and has been informed and believes that the President and directors of that company, as well as some of the stockholders are about leasing and transferring the property and franchises of the company to the New Orleans, Mobile and Chattanooga Railroad Company for a nominal consideration, thus sacrificing petitioner's interests, and that unless restrained, and enjoined, said parties will cause petitioner a pecuniary loss.
Wherefore he prays writ restraining and enjoining the President and Directors of said company, as well as Warmoth, Governor, and John R. Conway, Mayor and other stockholders from leasing, transferring, or otherwise disposing of any the property or franchises of said company to the New Orleans, Mobile and Chattanooga Railroad Company or any other part etc., etc.
The injunction was granted on $5,000 bond, George Pandely, surety. As soon as the legal (unreadable word) had been complied with, (unreadable words) called into acquisition and the deputy sheriff dispatched post herein to the Chattanooga Railroad office .... (rest of article unreadable.)
Lafayette Advertiser 7/31/1869.
The Morgan Texas Railroad.
The following encouraging information as to the above road we take from the New Orleans Times of the 17th. instant. Our people are much interested in the construction of this road, (unreadable words) everything in connection to it :
Mr. Morgan stands before the people, pledged to extend the Opelousas road to Texas. He is amply able to do so, with or without the aid of others. We think furthermore, that it is his interest to make such extension. He has already commenced, on a large and expensive scale, the thorough repair to Berwick Bay. It is hardly to be imagined that he would incur all these expenses without an intention to extend the road. But more than mere inference - we have Mr. Morgan's word for it, and that should be sufficient. In that case we need not say to our readers, that the Times will unite in the general tender of thanks and gratitude to the man who applies his large capital and means to the construction of this most important avenue for our city's trade. There is abundant business for two great railroad projects to connect this city with Texas. They should warmly and zealously supported and encouraged by all who have at heart the interests of the city. The rivalry between them should never descend to party-ism and factious opposition. The Times at least, will always be superior in such feelings. Lafayette Advertiser 7/31/1869.
From the Lafayette of July 31st, 1908:
THE CITY SCHOOLS.
The School Board, at a special meeting Wednesday called particularly for the purpose of considering the question of opening the Lafayette city schools, after thorough discussion, were greatly to their regret, unable to set any date for the opening. In the School Board proceedings appearing elsewhere in this issue, a detailed statement in regard to the matter will be found, but briefly the Board has funds in sight for only 4 1/2 or 5 months school. At this season of the year teachers will not contract for less than 8 months, so that being unable to get teachers, it becomes a physical impossibility to open. Only one thing remained to do, which they did, and that was to instruct the Superintendent to open the schools as soon as teachers could be secured as the teachers now available will no doubt be able to obtain 8 or 9 months contracts elsewhere. As the demand for teachers exceeds the supply, the probabilities are that the opening of the town schools can not take place until in January, when mid-term graduates from the Normal to be open for engagement.
This delay in opening the schools is regretted by no one more than by the members of the Board. But the matter is one entirely out of their power to remedy. They have just so much money, derived from the State, from the parish for tuition and from the City Council, and they can simply use it the best they know how.
But is very unfortunate that the schools can not be run for the full 8 months.
A little over $6,000 more is needed for an 8 months session. Nothing more can be expected from the State or from tuition from the parish, so that if the deficiency is to be made up, it must either be given by the City Council or supplied by private subscription.
The Council state their inability to give more that they have already given.
There remains then either to keep the schools closed until probably in January or the citizens to subscribe the amount.
The schools ought to be opened and run at least 8 months and it is to be hoped that not alone will the people respond liberally, but that the Council will also use its best endeavors to economize in some way and help to raise the needed $6,000. Lafayette Advertiser 7/31/1908:
Southern School Histories.
[Cincinnati Commerical Tribune - July 19, 1897]
For several years there has been a disposition in the South to criticize as unfair school histories written in the North. The position of the South in regard to the Civil War, according to its partisans, was not placed in the proper light by many writers, who gave all the glory to the North and rigidly excluded the slightest point in favor of the Lost Cause of its supporters. As these complaints grew the newspapers took the matter up, and before long a vigorous crusade against the Northern school histories was in progress. The natural result was the appearance of scores of school histories written by Southern men from a strictly Southern standpoint. Several of these books bore the marks of hasty preparation, and nearly all so extolled the Confederate cause and its exponents and so magnified the achievements of the Southern warriors and minimized those of their enemies that the ex-Confederates themselves were quick to see the folly of using them in the schools. This, however, was not until after these books had been favorably reviewed by the Southern press and received grave sanction from the pulpit.
It did not take long to demonstrate to the Southern people that they had made a mistake. In their resentment against what they looked upon as slight from Northern school book writers.
The spirit of patriotism which prevails through the South was plainly evident from action on the school book question taken at the recent reunion of ex-Confederate soldiers at Nashville. A committee had been appointed to investigate and report upon the entire question. This committee sensibly decided not to endorse or condemn any particular book, and declared that its sole purpose is to encourage truth in history, This paragraph from the committee's report, which received the endorsement of the reunion, shows the sentiment: "No sectional history is wanted in the schools of this country and we desire history taught in the schools of the South but what ought to be taught in the schools of the country everywhere."
This declaration from the old soldiers themselves ought to put a stop at once to the foolish Southern school history and with it in the New England slurs upon the South. The folly of teaching children what is not true is recognized by the men, North and South, who fought in the war, and school boards should take heed of it and throw out all books that fail to do justice to both sides.
From the Cincinnati Commercial-Tribune and in the Lafayette Gazette 7/31/1897.