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From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 6th, 1904:


Witness the Lafayette-Franklin Games Sunday and Monday.

 The Second Game One of the Best of the Season. Two Franklin Players Get. Hurt.

 Sunday's Game. - The ball game Sunday between the home team and Franklin was rather disappointing. The visitors took hold of the game from the start and carried their way right along until the eighth inning when Peck started the score for Lafayette by a home run. The home boys were pretty blue, but Peck's run put life into them and they put three more tallies to their credit. The game closed with 10 to 4 in favor of Franklin. Lafayette has a first class team and could have "put up ball" all right had all the regular players been present; but Sunday they were short several and had to substitute.

Monday's Game. - Lafayette and Franklin played their second game Monday, all the Lafayette team was present and it was a different affair from Sunday.

 From the time the first ball was pitched until the game closed interest was at a high pitch. The teams were about evenly matched and both were strictly "on" to their business. Franklin went to the bat first and made a tally. Lafayette followed with 0, but in the second inning captured three and shut out Franklin. Nothing was made until the 6th inning when Franklin scored one, taking four into the seventh and picking up one in each of the succeeding innings. Lafayette simply "sawed wood" till the ninth when they took a jump and pocketed four tallies, and were in good shape to add another tally, when an unfortunate accident stopped the game. Randolph Davis, short-stop, and George Gooch, left fielder, for Franklin, both ran to catch a fly batted by Pellerin Labbe, and neither knowing the other was after the ball, they ran into each other, striking their faces. Gooch was not hurt, but Davis was very seriously injured, having sustained a fracture of the orbital bone. He was attended by Dr. F. R. Tolson. He returned home on the early morning train.

 The batteries were as follows: For Franklin - Gauthreaux, Ozene, Campe. Lafayette - Suarez and Labbe.

 Franklin made 10 hits, Lafayette 9. Ozene and Campe struck out 6, Labbe 8.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1904.

Wedding Bells.
One of the prettiest weddings of the year was that of Miss Lavinia Torian and Mr. Archibald A. Morgon, which was celebrated in the Methodist church Wednesday evening in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives.

 The bride is the daughter of Mr. W. B. Torian, a prominent planter of the third ward, and is a young lady of many charming traits of character, possessing in a marked degree those qualities that are most lovable in women. Mr. Morgan is a member of the firm of Morgan & Debaillon, a progressive young firm that stands high in business circles.
 The church was beautifully decorated with arborvitae, palms and ferns, and just over the altar, which was surrounded with cut flowers, hung a horseshoe of arborvitae and white roses with the letters M and T in the center.

 At nine o'clock the bridal party entered, and while Mendelsoln's beautiful wedding march was played on the violin by Mr. Geo. Melchior, of Carencro, accompanied by Mrs. Benbrook, of Arkansas, who is visiting Mr. Melchior's family, marched down the center aisle. The ushers, Messrs. P, B. Torian and G. W. Harris, went first, next came Miss Jennie Torian, sister of the bride, who was the maid of honor; then the bride leaning on the arm of her father. The bride was joined at the altar rail by the groom and his brother, Mr. Eben Morgan, who acted as best man. Rev. J. D. Harper, the pastor, then performed the impressive marriage ceremony of the Methodist church.

 While the contracting parties were signing certificates in the ante room of the church, Mrs. John Torian sang "Call Me Thine Ann."

 The bride was handsomely gowned in white crepe de chine and chiffon over peau de soie and wore a flowing veil gracefully arranged with orange blossoms. The maid of honor was most becomingly dressed in white organdie over white satin and trimmed in point lace.

 Mr. and Mrs. Morgan received a large number of very handsome and useful presents.

 After the ceremony a reception was given at the residence of the bride's father at which only relatives and very intimate friends were present.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1904.

Fourth of July. - The Fourth was quiet in Lafayette. All public business was suspended and with few exceptions, all of the stores closed half of the day.
Laf. Adv. 7/6/1904.

Another Bakery. - J. E. Primeaux opened a bakery Monday at the stand formerly occupied by G. Veazey on the east side of the railroad. Mr. Primeaux intends to secure the services of a first class baker and hopes to merit the patronage of the public by furnishing the best of bread and prompt service. Laf. Adv. 7/6/1904.

New Business. - Among the latest additions to Lafayette is a first class Harness Shop, where harness is both made and repair. It is conducted by J. S. Gabriel, who has been engaged in that line for many years and is a first class workman. He guarantees every piece of work turned out. Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1904.

Charged With Criminal Assault. - Wednesday Sheriff Lacoste arrested and jailed a white man named Adelat Racca, living in the fourth ward, who is charged by his wife with having criminally assaulted their fourteen year old daughter.
Laf. Adv. 7/6/1904.

Boy's Dormitory Assured. - The appropriation bill passed both houses and was signed by the Governor. The S. W. Louisiana Industrial Institute receives $50,000, of which $20,000 is for a boy's dormitory. President Stephens states that architects are engaged on the plans for the dormitory, and while it is hardly expected to have it ready for the opening of the school, it will be finished as soon as possible. Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1904.

Watermelon Party.

 Tuesday night of last week the Social Club gave a delightful watermelon party at the home of Mrs. J. A. Robichaux. About seventy-five were present, and all spent the evening enjoyably in games, etc. The watermelons were nice and ripe and received a full share of attention.

 The club will shortly give a dance to their young lady friends. Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1904.

State Institute.

 A State institute will be held at the Industrial Institute Auditorium for one week beginning Monday, July 11. A corps of competent instructors will have charge of the institute, and the work of the week is planned to be of great benefit to those attending. All parish teachers, whose schools are now in session, are expected to be present, and will receive pay for the week.

 The sessions of the institute are open to the public and, everybody is cordially invited to attend. Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1904.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/6/1904.

 It has rained nearly every day the past week, not hard, but enough and a little more. As far as we can learn the crops have not been injured by the excess rain, but on the contrary look fine and promising.

 Cards are out announcing the marriage of Miss Louisa Tolson, to Mr. Ashby Woodson, to take place at the Methodist church Tuesday evening, July 12, 1904, at 9 o'clock.

 Rev. J. D. Harper brought to this office Friday a cluster of five large tomatoes, raised in his garden. The cluster weighed five pounds.

 Jas. Hannen, of New Iberia, paid The Advertiser a welcome visit yesterday morning.

 Miss Bessie Cornay, after a short visit home, returned to Patterson Thursday.

 Mr. and Mrs. Geo. DeBlanc and child left for Lake Charles Sunday for a short visit.

 C. R. Morrell, engineer for the Louisiana division of the Southern Pacific, has been transferred to the El Paso division.

 Frank Castille, of Sunset, passed through Lafayette last week en route to the Crescent City.

 Misses Alive Voorhies and Cecile Durand, of St. Martinville, are visiting at the home of Mrs. C. H. Voorhies.

 H. Blakesly, of the Lafayette Marble Works, visited Centerville, Franklin and New Iberia leaving Friday and returning Sunday. He booked quite a number of orders in those towns.

 Mrs. C. W. Campbell and children, after spending three weeks at the home of her father, Mr. Emile Falgout in Schriver, La., returned home Thursday. Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1904.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of 7/6/1901.


 Mr. R. B. Hewitt, consulting geologist and mining engineer, and also President of the Southwestern Oil and Mining Co., spent a few days in Lafayette in the interest of the company. Mr. Hewitt informed The Advertiser of the following facts:  The Southwestern Oil and Mining Co., has two proven oil wells in St. Mary's Parish, eight leases near l'Anse LaButte and in the Parish of Lafayette, also 192 acres near Sulphur well. Our oil company, said Mr. Hewitt has ordered two boring outfits and expect to receive them in 30 days and they will start work without delay. The Southwestern Oil and Mining Co., has a capital stock of $350,000 divided into $350.000 shares of $1.00 each. Shares will be sold on the following plan: 25 cts., when bought, 25 cts., when machinery will arrive, 25 cts., when boring will commence and 25 cts., when oil be found.

 For further particulars see advertisement on fourth page of this issue. Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1901.



 "It was a grand success." The ball given Thursday night June 27th, by the Brotherhood of R. R. Trainmen. The magnificent hall of Gus Lacoste, decorated for the occasion, was a fitting back ground for the youth and beauty who were present to grace the occasion. The costumes worn by the fair dancers took on the varied and iridescent hues under the glare of two immense arc lights, and under the inspiring influence of strains of sweetest music the ball was formerly opened by a march, led by Judge Coffey. Chesterfield himself could not have looked more dignified than the Judge, and after the grand march, the programme of dancer was gone through, and in spite of warm weather, every one present seemed to have enjoyed themselves to their "hearts content. At all times, the floor was filled until the band played," Home Sweet Home.

 The Algiers Lodge, R. R. T. was well represented at the ball. Among the visiting Brothers, were Messrs., Kidd Brooks, Mike Ryan, Steve O'Donnel, Louis Brier, Frank Hotard, Ed. Radeau, and others.

 Didn't Felix Landry, and Allie Sprole, floor managers, look warm in their prince Alberts.

 Locke Nevue, made the gasd fly, at the pop table.

 George Coniff, introduced the Tulane step, in the polka, "boys, get on to it, it is worth imitating.

 Conductor Kidd Brooks, hardly missed one set, if every one enjoyed the dance as much as he did, we were satisfied.

 Among our visitors from Houston, Tex., was genial Al Ritchie.

 Lucien Chopin "says," the reason why he didn't dance was because the floor was too slippery, and he hadn't brought any sand along.

 Several young ladies remarked, that when it comes to eating ice cream, Edwin Mouton, takes the freezer.

 Morgan City, well represented at the ball, besides the band of fifteen in dainty shirt waists, a fair quota of young ladies accompanied them.

 Henry Church, did the ticket act at the door and Henry did it well.

 Boys, this must not be the last dance, we must repeat it, when the weather gets cooler.

 C. W. Calvatt, a young and popular fireman, on the L. W. division, was married last Thursday to Miss Theresa Patin, of this town, the happy young couple left on the afternoon train for Houston their future home, bearing with the good wishes of their many friends.

 The excursion to Opelousas last Sunday, was over patronized, it was simply a crush, over 325 tickets being sold at this point.

 Jack Guidry, says that climbing box cars, spoils a man's grace in dancing, but after he had made a few turns he got the kinks out of his feet, and made things hum.

 A solid train load of 26 tank cars going east passed through here Saturday.

 The many friends of switchman Gus Joret, sympathize with him and family in the loss of their infant baby, which died Monday last.

 Willie Mouton of the car repairers force says, that, it must be the hot weather that causes hot boxes.
                       Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1901.

Rice and How to Cook it.

 The Southern Pacific - Sunset Route is out again with a decided innovation. The passenger department is teaching the people of the country how to cook rice. "Two Hundred Receipts for Preparing Rice," is the title of the rice cook book just issued by passenger Traffic Manager S. F. B. Morse, and a perusal of the unique volume will, of a surety, make the mouth of the reader water for more of the delectable dishes set forth, in which rice is entirely or in part used.

 Fifty thousand copies of the books are being distributed at the Buffalo Exposition by the Southern Pacific, and copies will be forwarded on receipt of ten cent stamps, sent to Mr. S. F. B. Morse, passenger traffic manager Southern Pacific, Houston, Texas.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1901.

City Council Proceedings.

          Lafayette, La., July 1st, 1901.
 The City Council met this day in regular session, Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: A. E. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, H. Hohorst, F. E. Girard, B. Falk, J. O. Mouton, F. Demanade.

 Minutes of the last meeting were approved as read.

 Moved and duly seconded that Reports of Treasurer and Collector be accepted as follows:


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The chairman of the E. L. and W. W. Committee reported that the contract to furnish pipes and hydrants to run the water mains to the Industrial School, had been awarded to L. Lacoste as the lowest bidder, among three bidders, at $28.00 per ton F. O. B. Lafayette, La.

 The following bills were approved:


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Moved and duly seconded that Mayor appoints delegates to attend The Trans Mississippi Commercial Congress, July 16th., to 19th. Carried.

 The following delegates were appointed. Messrs. B. N. Coronna, C. O. Mouton, S. R. Parkerson, C. S. Babin, T. M. Biossat, Crow Girard, J. A. Roy, B. Falk, A. B. Denbo.

 Moved and duly seconded that the City buys (10) light meters. Motion carried.

 The Mayor appointed Messrs. A. E. Mouton and J. O. Mouton as a committee of two, to visit the City Market at Crowley with a view of obtaining informations necessary as to the probable cost.

 The Mayor reported that service had been made upon him to the case of A. Peck, against the City Council claiming to be recognized as Constable and Ex-officio Collector of Taxes. The Council authorized the Mayor to make the proper defense.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1901.


 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/6/1901.

It has been very dull this week with no happenings to relate.

 The Fourth of July in Lafayette was as quiet as that cannon in the show-window of Moss & Co's. Store.

 Messrs. B. Falk and S. Kahn will leave next Monday for New York, Cincinnati, Boston and other towns.

 An athletic club in Lafayette would be a good improvement. Let some young men start the movement.

 Dr. and Mrs. H. C. Salles and little son Paul, visited friends in Royville, last Sunday.

 Died at Lafayette, La., Tuesday, July 3rd. Miss Agnes Etta Domengeaux, aged 15 years, after a long spell of illness. The remains were taken to Breaux Bridge where the funeral services were held.

 Dr. F. R. Tolson made a flying trip to Houston, Tex., Thursday.

 Thanks to Mr. Paul Demanade for cotton bolls sent to The Advertiser.

 Mr. F. Lombard has opened his saloon facing the Court House.

 No Fourth of July without rain and as usual Jupiter has pleased the planters by copiously pouring all that was needed.

 The Cashier of the First National Bank, Mr. S. R. Parkerson left for New Orleans Thursday on business.

 Mr. J. Camille Broussard has bought out Mr. Numa Broussard's carpenter and planing shop. Mr. L. S. Broussard will assist his son in the shop and all orders will be promptly filled.

 Miss Cora Desbrest resigned her position with the Teche and Vermilion Line and Miss Aimee Mouton, took charge of same.

 Mr. Don Caffery is now connected with the W. V. Nicholson buggy and carriage house.

Divine services at Methodist Church every Sunday at 11 a. m., and 8 p. m C. C. WEIR, Pastor.

 The annual meeting of the shareholders of the Bank of Lafayette will be held at their banking office, Tuesday, July 9th, 1901, at 10 o'clock a. m. J. J. DAVIDSON, Cashier.

A. Peck is running the store formerly kept by Peck & Broussard and sells cheaper than ever. Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1901.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of July 6th, 1901:


 Last Thursday in many towns in the United States the republic's natal day, July 4, was celebrated. The declaration of independence was read and the story of the struggle for the rights of man on this side of the ocean, was told again.

 Though their rulers are engaged in subjugating an alien race in Asia and secretly sympathizing with England in its war to exterminate the brave Boers, the plain people of the land may well continue to commemorate the Glorious Fourth. The declaration of independence should be read in every home, school-house and church in the country. It is the best, most effective antidote to the poison of sordid commercialism. It should be printed on every school-book and memorized by every pupil. Teach every boy and girl to regard the immortal declaration with the veneration in which the Lord's prayer is held in the Christian home, and it will not be long before materialism and the twin evils, imperialism and commercialism, will vanish, and the spirit of '76, which inspired the pen of Jefferson and the sword of Washington, will live again.
Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.


 Editor Lafayette Gazette:

 As the time approaches for the opening of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute it is most satisfactory to note the degree of interest manifested throughout the parish and State in any item of information bearing upon the institution or it future prospects. It is with pardonable pride and a keen sense of appreciation of all that the Institute augurs for the future moral, intellectual and material development of the State and particularly of Southwestern Louisiana, that the people of Lafayette point to the stately edifice with all its splendid appointment and modestly boast of their industry and self-sacrifice in locating the school at Lafayette. The people have done themselves high honor and it has been proclaimed throughout the State, from press and rostrum, that no other institution of a public character in the State has ever received at the hands of the people so munificent an endowment.

 It is with regret, however, that the writer would not the exceptions taken and criticism expressed by some as to the standard adopted by the Board of Trustees for matriculation. It is claimed that the bill creating the school provides for a kindergarten department and that the people have been led to believe therefore that children from wee tots of three and four years up to young men and women would be admitted; that under this impression and understanding the tax was voted and that the authorities will be guilty of bad faith if this department is not established.

 At a meeting of the Board of Trustees, the writer being present, Hon. Robert Martin, father of the bill, explained to Capt.Buchanan and the Board that the bill had been copied from the Ruston school bill and this last in turn had been copied from a State institution in Mississippi which provided for a normal department, never intended for either the Ruston school on the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. This view met the approbation of Gov. Foster, presiding and of the entire Board with the possible exception of Capt. Buchanan who had raised the objection of too high a standard.

 As a basis for argument it must be admitted, first, that the Institute in a State school and under its control; second, that the management has been and is now in the hands of competent and patriotic officials and educators, and third, that there is not a single individual in Lafayette parish who does not earn desire and pray that the fullest measure of success and efficiency may crown the administration of the institute.

 Without covering the whole ground let it be recalled that the Board, before entering upon the work of outlining the policy of the Institute and adopting its curriculum, sent President Stephens on an inspection tour throughout the United States, for the purpose of gathering all possible information and acquainting himself with the practical operation of the finest industrial institutions in the country. After several months of investigation and comparative study President Stephens returned to Louisiana and submitted the result of his researches to the best educators in the State. With the advice and approval of Prof. Brown Ayres, of Tulane and other prominent leaders of thought, President Stephens formulated a system of industrial education which met the unanimous approbation of the Board. This provides for a standard of qualification for admittance, corresponding to proficiency in the seventh grade in the ordinary school course. Considering the above indisputable facts, who shall question the wisdom and honesty of the Board of Trustees in the matter under consideration?

 Finally; considering the deep interest felt by all for the future development of this grand institution in its largest and most comprehensive sphere; considering the vast army of youth trained, head, heart and hand, to be sent forth from its walls; a power and a blessing to the world; considering the mighty impulse this school will impart to the educational world in Southwestern Louisiana, and considering that Lafayette will be, must be, and, in fact, now is, the center of that educational world by virtue of the Industrial School, who shall foolishly jeopardize consummations so devoutly desired by insistence upon any measure that would hamper or interfere with the proper and efficient administration of the school?

 To lower the standard would of course localize the school and impair if not destroy, its usefulness ;  but this phase cannot be argued now. The writer would conclude in expressing the sincere hope that the intelligent people of Lafayette will continue to give their moral support to the Institute as generosity s they have contributed their material assistance.

 The people of the town and parish have done their part. They have, by their public spirit and generosity, secured the Industrial Institute for Lafayette. It's now up to the management, which, we have every reason to believe, is capable, honest and, no doubt, has the welfare of the institution at heart.

 Now that the institution is here, on the eve of beginning the fulfillment of its great mission, the question is: what is best to be done to obtain the most beneficial results?

 Leave the affairs of the institution in the hands of those who have been selected to shape its destinies.

 We believe such a course is the only sensible one to pursue.

 It is a vast undertaking to set in motion the machinery of an institution like the Industrial Institute. It is not a day's job; not even the work of a year. It is a task which requires much preparation; the thoughtful, earnest efforts of experienced educators. All the men connected with the management of the institution are eminently fitted to judiciously direct its affairs. Prof. Brown Ayres, a member of the Board, is known throughout the country as one of the foremost and best informed educators to be found anywhere, and the character of Lafayette's representative in that body is a guarantee of a fair and square deal. Premature and unreasonable criticism can have no good effect. It can only retard the growth of the institution, whereas the community's loyal and intelligent support will strengthen the management, increase its power for good and make things much pleasanter all around.

 It must be remembered that it will take much time to enable any one to judge of the quality of work that will be done by the Institute. Until it has had an opportunity to do its work and to give proof of its worth, it is but reasonable for us to withhold our judgment. In the very nature of things an institution of this character must be accorded ample time to fulfill its obligations to the public. As we stated in the foregoing it is an undertaking of great magnitude. It must, of necessity, be incomplete at the start. No great institution has ever reached the zenith of its power during the first year or decade of its existence. Slowly but gradually it will establish its various departments. The trunk of the tree must grow before the sprouting of the branches. Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.

A Gang of Men Called at a Negro's House Tuesday Night and Tried to Kill the Inmates.

 Cornelius Cormier, a negro, came to town last Wednesday, and stated that during the preceding night eight or ten men, mounted on horses, called at the home of his mother, Celeste Cormier, in the second ward, and fired promiscuously at the house. Ten or fifteen pistol shots were fired, one bullet grazing the cheek of Celeste and another bullet finding lodgment in the leg of Pierre Cormier, a brother of Cornelius. Cornelius showed a couple of bullets which he found the next morning. While making the statement the negro answered all questions in a seemingly straightforward manner and appeared to be telling the truth. It would seem, from the negro's statement, that the shooting was done by an organized band of murderers bent on killing some one or anyone in the house. Cornelius stated that one of the gang said he was a deputy sheriff from Abbeville and was in pursuit of a criminal.

 The attention of the Grand Jury is called to this affair. It is possible that an investigation will bring out the facts of what seem a cowardly attempt at assassination. Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.

Southwestern Oil and Mining Co.

 The advertisement of the Southwestern Oil and Mining Company appears in this issue of The Gazette. As will be seen on the list of officers Mr. Israel Falk, owner of the Falk oil well, is vice-president of the company. The advertisement states that the company has some very valuable holdings in Lafayette, St. Martin and Calcasieu parishes. For the convenience of people of moderate means who wish to invest in this company, Mr. H. L. Monnier, of this town, has been authorized to sell a limited number of shares the payment of which to be made in installments. Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.      

Kills Seven Horses and Two Cows and Damages Property in Fourth Ward.

 A section of the fourth ward was visited by a storm of rain and lightning last Wednesday which caused much damage. Although the rain was greatly needed in certain places the rainfall was so heavy as to prove injurious to the crops.

 Within a radius of about three miles the electrical storm raged with terrific force. The lightning was singularly disastrous among the stock of the locality, the following being a list of the horses killed:

 Donatien Duhon, 1 horse.
 Adlar Baudoin, 2 horses.
Gustave Guillotte, 1 horse.
Francois LeBlanc, 2 horses.
Alcee Levy, 1 horse.

 Two cows, one belonging to Jules Langlinais, Sr., and the other to Edmond Comeau, are reported to have been killed.

 In several places considerable damage was done to property.
Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.

Farmer's Institute.

 The Gazette is pleased to state that the Farmer's Institute held here was well attended. Lafayette farmers are among the most intelligent in the State and are always anxious to learn the best methods of farming. This, in a great measure, accounts for the prosperity of the parish. Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.


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

 Adam Allen to Dr. Roy O. Young, interest in succession of Mrs. Casimere Allen, $50.

 Aristide Smith to J. H. Bernard, 14 arpents of land in fifth ward, $350.

 J. H. Bernard to Emile Bernard, 14 arpents in fifth ward, $470.

 Succession of Edward Isidore Broussard to Eloi E. Broussard, land in seventh ward, $1,730.

 Succession of Edward Isidore Broussard, land in seventh ward, $1,600.

 Eloi E. Broussard to Pierre Broussard, land in the seventh ward, $1,812.

 Succession of F. Otto to Baxter Clegg, 14 arpents in third ward, $120.

 Baxter Clegg to Francois Gueble, 14 arpents in third ward, $200.

 Mrs. Elizabeth Mills to Chas. D. Caffery, one lot in Mills addition, $100.

 The partition of the estate of the late Judge A. J. Moss was recorded, the whole amount footing up to $12,142.
Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.

Caused by Foolish Talk.

 The terrible tragedy at New Iberia which terminated in the hurried flight of a prominent citizen and a self-inflicted wound that may end in the death of a young lady of irreproachable character, is said to have been caused by the foolish talk of a woman. The man who fled for his life and the unhappy girl who lies at death's door with an ugly gash in her throat inflicted with a razor in her own hands, are held guiltless of any wrong doing. The man's unmerited punishment is a hard one to be sure, but far more to be pities is the innocent young young lady. Crazed by undeserved reproach, she knew not what to do to free her reputation from the stigma which had been placed upon it by the unguarded tongue of a woman. Jealousy and gossip have brought more genuine unhappiness to the human race than all the distilleries and breweries have caused since the time of Moses. Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.

Back from Franklin.

 Prof. LeRosen returned from Franklin Thursday, after attending the summer normal held in that town. He reports held in that town. He reports the school as a great success and of much benefit to all those present. The Lafayette teachers in attendance are: Misses Emily Olivier, Agnes and Stella Guilbeau, Maria and Maggie Bagnal, Virgie Younger, Edna Sprole, Bascle, Mary Webb; Messrs. Jordon, Claude Martin, Kossuth Olivier, Ovey Comeau, Sampson. Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.

Dr. Mayer Approves.

 Dr. Mayer returned from Lake Charles Tuesday. He speaks in the highest terms of the hotel kept by Mme. Delhomme at Crowley. It is only six weeks since her hotel opened, and yet she had found it necessary to build an annex. Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.

Special Rates to California.

 On July 2, and 16, and August 6, and 20, and September 3, and 17, The Southern Pacific-Sunset Route will sell from all stations, round trip homeseekers' tickets to all points in California at rate of one first-class limited fare, plus $2.00. The transit limit on these tickets will be fifteen days, and final limit twenty-five days from date of sale. In making preparations for this trip the traveler should not overlook the fact that the excursion cars used in this service are operated by the Pullman company on the same plan as first class sleepers and that the berth rate is less than half that charged in first-class sleepers and that the berth rate is less than half that charged in first-class sleepers. For rates and further information, write. S. F. B. Morse, L. J. Parks, P. T. M. G. P. & T. A., Houston, Texas. Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.

Low Rates on Southern Pacific.

 Southern Pacific - Sunset Route will sell tickets from Lafayette to San Francisco, and return July 6 to 13, 1901, with return limit Aug. 31, 1901, at a rate of $47.50, on account of Epworth League; meeting stop over on going trip, in Texas and west of San Antonio and Colorado on return trip. For additional particulars apply to local agent or to C. B. Ellis, Division Passenger and Freight Agent, New Iberia, La. Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901. 

Lafayette to Iota.

 Southern Pacific - Sunset Route will sell tickets from Lafayette to Iota, La., and return until Sept. 30, 1901, with return limit 30 days, at a rate of $1.75 on account of Point Aux-Loups Springs. For addition particulars apply to local agent or to C. B. Ellis, D. P. A. Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.

Meets, But Fails to Elect a Superintendent - One Will be Elected Monday.

 The School Board met at the court house yesterday. The following members present: A. Olivier, president; Dr. N. P. Moss, acting superintendent; Dr. R. O. Young, Alex Delhomme, A. C. Guilbeau, Jasper Spell.

 The Board decided to continue the Guidroz school in the first ward and, if possible, reopen the Matthieu school.

 The election of a superintendent was considered, but no definite action was taken. The Board will meet next Monday for the purpose of deciding this matter. The Gazette hopes that the Board will elect a thorough school man to fill this position, regardless of personal preferences. The services of a competent, energetic superintendent should be secured. If a proper person can be had, the consideration of a few hundred dollars should not be permitted to stand in the way. Whoever is elected should be paid a salary large enough to justify him to give all his attention to the schools of the parish. No one can satisfactorily fill this office unless he gives all his time to it. An efficient, active, well-paid superintendent is the life and soul of the public school system of a parish. A poorly paid official can not be expected to do good work. This is a case where the cheap article comes high. Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.

Notice to School Teachers.

 Applications for positions as teachers in the public schools of Lafayette parish for the session 1901-1902, will be received until July 25, 1901. All applications must be made in writing to: N. P. Moss, Acting Parish Supt.
Lafayette, La., July 5, 1901.
Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.    

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/6/1901.

 Miss Maud McMorries, of Bryan, Texas, is the guest of her friend, Miss Louisa Tolson.

 Miss Nella Alpha, who has been attending the summer normal at Franklin, will return home to-day.

 The Jewish Synagogue Association will meet to-morrow at Falk's opera-house, at 2 p. m. As business of importance will be transacted all members are requested to attend.

 Harry Lessly resumed his work his work at the Clegg drugstore after spending two weeks at the seashore in Cameron parish.

O. B. Hopkins, returned this week from Greenville, Texas, where he spent several days.

 S. R. Parkerson is spending some time at Pass Christian as the guest of his brother, W. S. Parkerson, Esq.
Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.


 From the Lafayette Gazette of July 6th, 1895:

Celebrated in Lafayette in Fitting Style.

 The Fourth of July celebration in Lafayette, was a success despite the inclement weather, and it is no exaggeration to say that the townspeople as well as the guests were pleased with the way the day's program was carried out. Celebrating the Fourth was a new thing in Lafayette, hence the many expressions of surprise at the success which has crowned the efforts of some of our public-spirited citizens. To the committee on grounds, headed by Dr. Felix E. Girard, are due the thanks of the community for their prompt and intelligent co-operation toward making the celebration what it was - a signal success. With only couple of weeks in which to work, and handicapped by the daily rains, they succeeded in constructing a park, with a stand, grounds and a track, that would do credit to any town.

 Early in the morning hundreds of people began to arrive in town until our streets were well nigh filled with visitors who soon wended their way to Falk's Opera House, where speeches were to be made, after which the much talked-of baby show was to take place. The large opera house was crowded to its utmost capacity there being only standing room. In the audience could be seen an unusually large number of babies, who behaved well at first; but later the confoundedly sweet little things grew impatient and gave the old bachelors present an object lesson on the dark side of married life.

 At 10 o'clock Mr. Chas. O. Mouton, president of the Business Men's Association under whose auspices the celebration was undertaken and carried to a successful conclusion, addressed the vast audience in behalf of that organization. He spoke briefly and closed his address by introducing the orator of the day, Judge Conrad Debaillon, whose appearance was greeted with with applause of a most pronounced description. The judge spoke with a strong, clear voice, and it is well that he did, as he had a full accompaniment from the dozen ill-natured babies who seemed to take special delight in making all the noise they could. Judge Debaillon's address was not of the spread-eagle kind; it was patriotic, thoughtful and concise and was couched in pure, strong English. It was received with marked attention.

 At the conclusion of Judge Debaillon's address, Mr. Wm. Campbell announced that the baby show would take place immediately. The stage was soon crowded with proud parents and petted offsprings. Messrs. W. B. Torian, Omer Marin and Will Webb were requested to serve as judges. They kindly consented and at once entered upon the performance of their onerous duties. After weighing the claims of all claimants thoroughly and conscientiously, they decided to award the medals as follows:

 One day to 6 months - Nora Cotter, prettiest; Eddie Lacour, finest.

 Six months to 1 year - Corinne Voorhies, prettiest; Ruth Couvillon, finest.

 One to 2 years - Berthum Cayard, prettiest; Alphe Broussard, finest.

 Two to 3 years - Frank Debaillon, prettiest; Beverly Earl Clark, finest.

 That the baby show a success is putting it mildly. Among the competitors for the prizes there were babies from different parts of the parish, and some hailed from other parishes - one little fellow, who came from a distant point in the Lone Star State, was brought to the hall a few minutes too late to be entered in the "show," but his grandfather assured The Gazette that he would have captured the first prize beyond doubt; the idea of his inability to do so was preposterous.

 In the afternoon about 2,000 people found their way to Oak Avenue Park to witness the races, tournament and base-ball. The most interesting feature of the program was the mule race. It was won by Archie Morgan's fast mule. There were several running and trotting races, but owing to the muddy condition of the track it was impossible to have the bicycle races and the tournament come off.

 A game of base-ball was played by the "Nine Devils" of Lafayette, and the Union Club of Pilette, resulting in an easy victory for the latter. Our boys say their defeat is due to unavoidable circumstances and that they will redeem themselves if Pilette will only give them the opportunity.


 Hundreds of flags waved over homes and business houses and Lafayette was indeed in holiday garb.

 The arch at the head of Lincoln avenue was the work of Mr. H. VanderCruyssen and displayed much taste.

 The Rigues Hotel deserves special mention for the nice display of flags during the day and Japanese lanterns at night.

 The number of foreign flags showed that Lafayette is quite a cosmopolitan town.

 As usual "Old Glory" floated triumphantly over Prof. Greig's school house which was fittingly decorated.

 The Italian fruit vendor at the corner near the old post-office building expressed his love through the American and Italian flags between which stood life-size pictures of George Washington and King Humberto.

 Crowley, Rayne, Opelousas, Carencro, Royville, Broussardville and Scott were well represented on our streets.

 The Pelican band boys under the leadership of Prof. Henri Gerac, covered themselves with glory by playing well and often. Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1895.


 Mr. Stokes, of Sunset, was in town last week the guest of Dr. W. W. Lessley.

 Mr. and Mrs. Claude Latiolais  were visitors in Opelousas last week.

 Several of Carencro's brightest young girls attending the Grand Coteau Convent, returned home last week at the conclusion of the scholastic session. Among them should be mentioned Misses Sarah Brown, Graziella Francez, Lea Couret and Adele Francez. The following prizes were awarded: Miss Graziela Francez, who will next session enter the graduating class: First prize of "success and application;" in French first prize in Grammar, history, style, recitation and moral sciences; English, 2nd prize Grammar, History, Geography and Catechism; and also 2nd prize in penmanship. We are informed that other young ladies were also very successful in their studies, and carried off a number of prizes.

 Mr. Henry Crouchet has been quite sick, and confined to his home for a number of days; but is now on the road to recovery, and will shortly be among his friends as of yore.

 A number of our people availed themselves of the opportunity of visiting Opelousas last Sunday, with the excursion given by the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. It is a conceded fact that all entertainments on the excursion given by the brotherhood, are the highest standard.

 Miss Birdie Palmer was the guest of friends in Lafayette this week.

 Carencro was out in full force, at Lafayette on the 4th and had a jolly good time of it too. Our Lafayette friends, as usual fulfilled every promise made, and consequently one could not help but enjoy himself.

 It is really amusing to see how deeply concerned the average politician is about the people's welfare. As each election rolls around he is put to his wits end to invent some scheme, or present some so-called vital interest, regarding which he expects the people to entertain the same opinion as himself. Occasionally it is the tariff, sometimes the negro question, now it is the money question. It is always something. If the people ever expect relief through such channels, then they will be a sadly "left" set. A shoemaker would certainly not consult a lawyer as to how he should work his leather; and there is less reason why the commercial and agricultural classes should permit a lot of politicians to run the country, the real interests of which they are as ignorant as "Adam's off ox." Any an with common sense should be able to form an opinion of any question, no matter how complicated or complex, it may appear, and not permit any man or set of men to dictate to him, what that opinion should be. There are two sides be studied or heard, before a conclusion is drawn.

 Mrs. W. A. Robertson is spending a few days with relatives in Ville Platte.

 We are informed that the 4th of July celebration at Huron was a glorious success.

 The corn crop this season, will be the largest that has been raised in a number of years.

 Mrs. Chas. Heichelheim left for her home in New Orleans last Thursday, after spending  couple of weeks with relatives and friends in Carencro.
Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.

City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., July 1, 1895.

 At the regular meeting of the City Council held this evening these were present: Mayor A. J. Moss, Dr. J. D. Trahan, Messrs. J. O. LeBlanc, O. C. Mouton, Jos. Ducote, B. Falk and T. M. Biossat.

 Reading of the minutes of June 3, and June 10, were read and approved.

 Following is report of finance committee:

       Lafayette, La., July 1, 1895.
 To the Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council of Lafayette.

 Your undersigned finance committee, authorized to attend the settlement with J. Vigneaux and A. Nevue, outgoing collector and treasurer, in accordance with their report, beg leave to say:  That they have settled in full with Mr. Vigneaux, for all claims with its affairs arising from his relations with its affairs from May 1893 to May 1895, as shown by the itemized account of settlement signed in duplicate, self explanatory, hereto attached and made part of this report.

 We allowed him a credit for his salary as constable from May 1, to 13, although not germane to power conferred on us; but knowing that it was due, we did so.

 As to the Treasurer, A. Nevue, he has informed us that owing to sickness he has been unable to examine into the correctness of the report, but would do so as soon as possible; and if found correct, would settle with your committee.

 We would therefore recommend that our settlement with Mr. Vigneaux be ratified and a quietus and discharge be granted him; and that this committee be allowed more time within reach to settle with the treasurer.
     Respectfully submitted,
     Lafayette, La., June 21, 1895.

 Settlement in full between Jean Vigneaux collector and constable of the corporation of Lafayette and the finance committee of the city council of said town, for all claims and counter claims resulting from his relation with the affairs of said corporation in his said capacities from May 29, 1893 to May 13, 1895, according to resolution of said council of June 10, 1895, a report of said finance committee to said council of same date.


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 Signed in duplicate.
Finance Committee.

 Upon motion of Dr. J. D. Trahan, seconded by Jos. Ducote, the above report was unanimously accepted.

 O. C. Mouton in behalf of committee (of which he was member) to confer with the Police Jury in regard to having all bridges on line of old corporation leading into parish put in perfect order, informed the council that they (the police jury) have consented to defray one half of said expenses, material and labor included.

 Mr. Alfred Hebert was appointed by police jury to act in conjunction with street committee.

 In regard to bridge over coulee at Dr. Franklin Mouton's place they (police jury) promised to put same in perfect order immediately, they to bear all expense.

 It was moved by B. Falk, seconded by Jos. Ducote, that report of Mr. Mouton in behalf of committee be and is hereby accepted and ordered recorded. Committee to be discharged from further duty.

 The following accounts were approved.


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 Respectfully submitted,
Constable and Collector.

 The reports of the treasurer, constable and collector were accepted and ordered recorded in minutes of council.

 Moved by O. C. Mouton, seconded by Jos. Ducote, that commission of collector on collection of taxes and licenses be and is hereby fixed at 5 per cent. Adopted.

 It was moved and duly seconded that secretary should issue to Victor Breaux a warrant of $200 in part payment for wages due him by corporation (as per contract of preceding council) for work done on streets.

 Upon motion of Dr. Trahan seconded by Jos. Ducote, the finance committee was given further time to settle with ex-treasurer.

 By O. C. Mouton -
       An ordinance to amend an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of fire works within the corporate limits of Lafayette passed March 5th, 1894.

 Be it ordained by the city council of the town of Lafayette in council convened; that the ordinance adopted March 5, 1894 be amended and reenacted so as to read as follows: That in consideration of having no fire protection and the danger that is occasioned by the discharge of fire works within the corporate limits of the town, that from and after this date it is prohibited to discharge fire works of any kind or torpedoes within the corporate limits of Lafayette, and any one discharging same within said limits will be fined not less than one dollar and no more than five dollars, or be confined in the town jail for not more than three days or both at the discretion of the Mayor.

 Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage.

 Yeas: - Dr. Trahan, Jos. Ducote, B. Falk, J. O. LeBlanc, Leo Doucet and O. C. Mouton. There being no dissentry vote the ordinance was unanimously adopted.

 Ordinance regarding bicycle riding on side-walks and without danger signals offered by T. M. Biossat.

 Ordinance regarding bicycle riding on side-walks and without danger signals offered by T. M. Biossat.

 Be it ordained by the mayor and council, That the riding of bicycles on the side-walks is prohibited, and that all bicyclists are required to be provided with a red light or danger signal at night, and any parties violating this ordinance shall on conviction before the mayor, be fined not less than one dollar and costs nor more than five dollars and costs, and in default of payment shall be confined in the city lockup, not less than 12 hours and no more than 48 hours for each and every offense.

 Votes. Yeas: - J. O. LeBlanc, Dr. Trahan, Jos. Ducote, B. Falk, Leo Doucet and O. C. Mouton.  Nays: - None; carried.

 The following resolution was submitted by B. Falk:

 That the stock law is hereby amended by leaving sucking calves to roam at large in day time.

 The votes stood as follows:  Yeas: - B. Falk, Jos. Ducote and O. C. Mouton.  Nays: - Dr. Trahan, J. O. LeBlanc and Leo Doucet.

 There being a tie it developed upon the mayor to cast the deciding vote. The mayor voted no and it was lost.

 There being no further business the council adjourned to meet to-morrow evening Tuesday, July 2, 1895 at 4 o'clock p. m.
A. J. MOSS, Mayor.
BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1901.

        LAFAYETTE, LA., July 2, 1895.
  Pursuant to adjournment, the council met this day. There were present: A. J. Moss, mayor; Dr. J. D. Trahan, Messrs. J. O. LeBlanc, O. C. Mouton, B. Falk, Joe Ducote.

 Absent: Leo Doucet, T. M. Biossat.
 Returns of commissioners were delivered to his Hon. The Mayor and same laid before council as follows:

 Statement of votes cast at the court house, 3rd ward, parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana, at an election held on this first day of July, A. D. 1895, by virtue of the proclamation by this Honorable A. J. Moss, Mayor of the town of Lafayette, to ascertain the will of the residents of the Mills, Mouton and McComb Additions, and other territory proposed to annex and incorporate within the limits of said town. The said territory being the same as described and surveyed by Romain Francez, parish surveyor, on the 18th day of May, 1895.

 For Annexation, 53 as per list. Against annexation, none. Total number of votes cast, 53 as per list. Total number of votes contained in box, 53.

 And having completed said count which we certify to be correct, we have replaced the ballots thus counted by us in the ballot box which was sealed by us and we have delivered the same with a duplicate of this statement of votes kept by us and with the list of votes of this election to the mayor of the town of Lafayette.

   State of Louisiana parish of Lafayette.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 1st day of July, A. D. 1895.
     W. B. BAILEY, Clerk of Court.

 Moved by O. C. Mouton, seconded by Joe Ducote, that the returns of election held on July 1, 1895, turned over to the council by His Hon. the Mayor, be recorded and transcribed in the public record book wherein the ordinances or official proceedings of the corporation of Lafayette are usually kept and that same be permanently preserved among the official records of said town and list of voters and tally sheets be preserved.

 Yeas: - O. C. Mouton, Dr. Trahan, J. O. LeBlanc, B. Falk, Joe Ducote.  Nays: - none. Carried.
 The following resolution was offered by O. C. Mouton.

 Resolution proclaiming result of election held in the town of Lafayette July first 1895, for the purpose of submitting to the electors residing in and upon certain lots or land contiguous and adjacent to the corporate limits of said town of Lafayette, whether they desired lots or land to be annexed to and included in the corporate limits of said town of Lafayette, under provisions of Act No. 105 of the General Assembly of this State, approved July 7th, 1892.

 WHEREAS, The returns of the election held at the court-house, in the town of Lafayette, on July 1st, 1895, submitting to the electors residing upon certain land or lots contiguous and adjacent to the corporate limits of the town of Lafayette, well defined and accurately described in the proclamation calling said election, in the survey plat thereof and in the petition asking said proposed election, all duly transcribed and recorded upon the public record book wherein the ordinances or official proceedings of the city council of the corporation of Lafayette, are usually recorded, whether they desired such lots or lands should be annexed to and included in the territorial corporate limits of the town of Lafayette, have been made to the municipal authorities within forty-eight hours after the closing of the polls at said election of July first, 1895; and WHEREAS, said returns and transcribe in the public record book wherein the ordinances or official proceedings of the corporation of Lafayette are usually kept, also permanently preserved among the official records of said town; THEREFORE, be it resolved by the city council; That proclamation of the result thereof is hereby given, in accordance with said returns to have been as follows, to-wit:
  Votes cast at said election, fifty-three;
  Votes cast in favor of said annexation, fifty-three;
  Votes against said annexation, none.
  NOW THEREFORE, proclamation is hereby made that a majority in number and value of the qualified electors residing in and upon the lots or lands proposed to be annexed to and included in the territorial corporate limits of said town of Lafayette, voting at said election, have voted in favor or the annexation thereof, as provided and authorized by Act No. 105 of the General Assembly of the State of Louisiana, approved July 7th, 1892.

 Be it further resolved that this proclamation of the result of said election be published for ten days in the "Lafayette Advertiser" and the "Lafayette Gazette" newspapers published in said town.

 Following vote. Yeas: O. C. Mouton, B. Falk, J. O. LeBlanc, Dr. J. D. Trahan, Joe Ducote.  Nays: None. Unanimously carried.

 There being no further business the council adjourned to next regular meeting.
A. J. MOSS, Mayor.
BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1895.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/6/1895.

 Albert Theall has returned to Lafayette and will be found at the store of Mr. B. Falk.

 Mr. Derbes, of Washington, has accepted  the position of salesman in the store of L. Plonsky.

 John Vandergrift has moved in the barbershop recently occupied by Leon Bagary, and the latter will be found in the Lacoste building next to The Gazette office.

 Messrs. O. Blanchet and Joe LeBlanc, of Royville, were in town Wednesday.

 There will be some races at Mr. Cochrane's track on July 7.

 Races are advertised to take place on Theall's track Sunday, July 14.

 Ed. Lehman requests The Gazette to make the announcement to his friends that he is now in the employ of Mr. M. Rosenfield and he will be pleased to have them call on him.

 Miss Marie Mouton returned last week from Grand Coteau where she attended school during the last session of the Sacred Heart Convent.

 Mr. P. S. Sweeney and Miss Mathilde Creighton were married last Thursday by Rev. T. S. Randle at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. Leonidas Creighton, in this town.
Lafayette Gazette 7/6/1895.



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 6th, 1878:

 Published by WM. B. BAILEY,
 Saturday---July 6, 1878.

 If there are any democrats in this parish who oppose a constitutional convention, we extend to them the use of our columns. Let us have a free and fair discussion of the question. So far, the principal reasons for opposing a convention, are based upon fears that some office-holders and monopolies might be disturbed. We want to hear other and better Democratic objections.


 We referred last week to the opposition of office-holders to a constitutional convention and the selfish grounds upon which that opposition is based. There are however, some worthy exceptions, and so far as the officers of Lafayette parish are concerned, to their honor and credit be it known, we are not aware of a single one, from District Judge to constable, who opposes a convention. What other parish can make such a showing as that ?


 In two weeks from this day, on the 20th inst., the Democrats of this parish will assemble in mass meeting at the Court House, for the purpose of selecting delegates to the State convention to be held at Baton Rouge, and a Parish Executive Committee. Very probably, other matters of importance will also be considered. We hope to see on that occasion a large attendance, or at least, a fair representation from every portion of the parish.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1878.      

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 6th, 1909:


 A Beautiful Parade of Hose Trucks, Buggies and Surreys Decorated Artistically With Flowers.


 Home Fire Company Takes First Prize for Best Decorated Truck - Winners of Other Prizes.

 The Firemen's celebration of the Fourth Sunday was a great success, and over three thousand people witnessed the beautiful flower parade and gathered at the Band Stand on the green in front of the Catholic church, and listened to the inspiring and patriotic addresses.

 The day was very hot till about 4 p. m., when a brisk south breeze came up accompanied by clouds. It appeared that rain would prevent the parade, but fortunately none fell and the change in the weather came as a relief from the heat, making it much more pleasant for all taking part in the exercises of the day.

 The parade formed promptly at five o'clock at the court house and proceeded out East Main Street to Lee avenue, down Lee avenue to the depot, out Lincoln avenue to Crouchet's residence, then returned over Lincoln avenue, across the railroad up Jefferson street to Vermilion up to the Band Stand. Grand Marshal Raoul Pellerin headed the parade followed by Chief Wm. Graser in a buggy, next Sheriff Lacoste, Chief of Police Martin and Assistant Chief J. C. Broussard on horseback then the Lafayette Concert Band, Company G. of the L. N. G. Next came Mayor G. A. Martin and Albert Landry, Assistant Marshal, and members of the Council in a carriage, Rayne Firemen about 15 in number with Chief Oneil Comeaux, then Fire Co. No. 1 with a lovely and artistically decorated truck on which little Hazel Comeaux sat. The Junior Fire Co. No. 1, bearing the banner "Junior Hoboes," came next and the little fellows in uniform looked very much like firemen, pulling their little truck. Phil Crouchet, Assistant Marshal on horse back, came next and was followed by the Junior Home Co., a very bold company of young fire fighters with their imitation steamer. Then Home Company followed with a beautiful truck, one mass of flowers and bearing in it little Florence and Georgia Doucet, Aline Voorhies, Dora Martin and Mackey, Mouton. The Hook and Ladder truck followed, driven by Miss Eunice Blanchet and seated upon it little Gussie Mouisset, Ethel Graser, Theresa Dugas and Lucette Savoie.

 The Pelican Fire Company was next and their truck, covered with flowers tastefully and attractively arranged, bore little Edna Lopez, a visitor from New Iberia.

 A carriage in which sat President C. O. Mouton and ex-president Maj. P. L. DeClouet, of the Fire Department came next and was followed by a beautiful flower-decked buggy of the Southside School Improvement League, in which sat Misses Paola Mouton and Martha Pellerin accompanied by four young riders, Patrick Broussard, Patrick Mouton, Alfred Moss and Lionel Jagou. Mrs. Jack Preager's lovely decorated surrey came next, and Miss Horta Lombard's buggy next, tastefully decorated. The Waters-Pierce Oil Co. had a handsomely decorated float on which sat Shirley Guilbeau, Clayton Pellerin and Jeanne Tanner.

 The Webster Oil Co. also had a beautiful float on which Mrs. R. H. Comeaux and Mrs. J. P. Colomb rode.

 Next was a little carriage pretilly decorated in which was Hilda Kahn, Lucille Pellerin and Adam Chargois.

 A small decorated wagon drawn by a goat occupied by Willis and William LeBlanc, twin sons of Mr. Jno. LeBlanc, attracted a great deal of attention, especially from the little folks.

 A burlesque float gotten up by Antoine Lacoste on which were seated with him Adam Judice, Claude Broussard, and Odo Blanchet, bore the legend "Hobo Company," and excited a good deal of merriment, as also the comic buggy in which Mr. Irwin Mouton rode. Several black-face clowns helped to add fun to the occasion.

 The flower parade of the Firemen was a beautiful sight and every decoration showed both taste and art, altogether the parade was well worth seeing, for it was distinctly a lovely flower show and a credit to those taking part. The success of the day should mean another celebration and flower parade next Fourth.

 The parade ended at the Band Stand. Mayor G. A. Martin acted as master of ceremonies. Preparatory to the addresses Mayor Martin made a brief introductory and then Miss Mattie Mouton raised the United States flag to the top of the 56 foot pole which had been erected for the occasion. Mayor Martin then in appropriate words introduced the several speakers. The first was Rev. W. J. Teurlings, pastor of the Catholic church. Father Teurlings said in part that he was glad to see so many people assembled to celebrate Independence Day, and that patriotism. The raising of the flag has a meaning and the ceremony shows what we love and glory in. It is strange that to-day, if we believe the certain magazines, there are people who cry down the flag, those who ridicule our institutions and the constitution, and there are some who teach that democracy is a failure. It would not be worth mentioning if it did not come from such high places. These people see only one side. Our institutions stand for liberty, but true liberty does not mean do as you please, it is limited by the rights of others, and means duty to our neighbors as well as ourselves. Religion and patriotism go hand in hand. He closed by wishing success to the department in extinguishing fires and kindling high sentiments for the upbuilding of our institutions.

 Judge Campbell spoke next saying that we celebrate the Fourth as a day memorable to the people of the country. The Romans named the month of July after a great citizen and honored it; the French observed it for on the fourteenth of the month the Bastille was destroyed; we respect the fourth of the month because on that day 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed, declaring the British yoke overthrown. We celebrate the day in commemoration of what our ancestors have done and the firemen chose that anniversary for observance, and can well declare as written in the Declaration of Independence. Believing firmly in Divine Providence, we, the Firemen of Lafayette, promise and swear we will sacrifice fortune and our lives in the protection or our fellow citizens. Be it night or high meridian or any hour, when the bell tolls the alarm of fire the fireman arouses full of vim, ready to meet any emergency, ready to sacrifice life if need be for the protection of his people. We ought to be happy of having a department to come to our assistance. He then closed by complimenting the visiting firemen, who he declared were ready to respond to our call for help, just as every firemen would answer their call.

 Judge Julian Mouton was then introduced and said that it was very hard to entertain an audience on the Fourth of July, since the best in oratory and literature had been exhausted on the subject. But he gave his heart to the sentiment of the occasion. He spoke of the part the ladies took in the day's celebration and paid a tribute to their elevating and refining influence in affairs. He referred to the Civil War declaring that the wounds of the past were gone and that a new day had dawned. He spoke of the progress Lafayette had made from a little village to a fine town and he hoped to see it grow into a city. It was at the bottom of the educational list, but now was among the foremost. We should not only train the intelligence, but should also train the heart and make a perfect man or woman. He referred to the Catholic church which set the cross to the world as a great force for educating the heart and declared that as long as church and state marched side by side, the one educating the mind, the other the heart, our civilization would grow in strength and development, along the lines of citizenship.

 Hon. C. O. Mouton, ex-President of the Fire Department, spoke next. He began by saying three cheers for the Lafayette Fire Department. It gave him pleasure to talk about men who do something, who are doing something, and will continue to do something, and such men were our firefighters. On many occasions they had prevented disastrous conflagrations and have rendered services to the people they can never forget. He congratulated them in every respect and for the glorious day they had chosen for their day. It is meet and proper to commemorate the Fourth of July, a day the American people will never forget. Would not make any oration, but would encourage the men who have done something, and continue to do something and are determined to do something.

 Major P. L. DeClouet was the last speaker and stated that it was edifying and gratifying to see the beauty and chivalry of our land assembled in such numbers to celebrate the day. It was a complete success. He was proud of the distinction paid the firemen of the town. It was customary all over the land to gather and celebrate the birth of liberty. He knew nothing of a spread eagle celebration, but was content to join his voice in commemorating the birth of liberty. The occasion inspired not only the mature, but also the younger men and women and the children as shown by the presence of so many children. It is a lesson to them that they have a country to love and defend. And we can surely be proud or our country, which is a century ago was a child in the cradle, as it were, but has moved with gigantic strides - and is now a world power, the equal of any nation in the world. Admiration of the flag may seem strange coming from an old man wearing the Confederate button, "But," said Major DeClouet, "we wish it understood that when we laid down our arms, overcome by overwhelming odds, we did so in good faith and have acted manfully ever since as good American citizens, and claim to be as good as any, not excepting our friends who wore the blue." He then cited the action of General Wheeler, Hobson and others and the youth of our land who flew to the protection of our land when called upon. Now Southerners will defend the flag against any and all comers. He spoke of the old veterans and closed by appealing to the sons and daughters and the grand children of the old veterans not to forget their ancestors and the sacredness of the cause which they defended.

 Father Teurlings then announced the winners of the prizes as follows: Home Fire C., first prize $15; Fire Co. No. 1, second prize $10; Pelican Fire Co., third prize $5; Mrs. J. L. Preager, the best decorated surrey $10; Southside School Improvement League, best decorated buggy, $5; Aurelien Caruthers, booby prize $1. The Home Fire Co., truck winning the first prize was decoration was decorated by Messrs. J. C. and Louis Broussard. The judges of the decoration were: Miss Laurence Robin of New Orleans, Mrs. Gaston Francez of Carencro and Mr. Oneil Comeaux, chief of the Rayne Fire Department. At the conclusion of the exercises the Lafayette Concert Band which furnished music for the parade and between the addresses, rendered a delightful selection that was greatly enjoyed.

 At night a grand ball took place at Armory Hall and those in attendance had a most enjoyable time.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1909.


The Field of Armageddon.

The task of predicting Armageddon, the grand finale of the world's history, is fascinating to some men, who, however, do not know anything about it. A correspondent of the Rochester Union insists that the United States will take a prominent part in the battle of Armageddon, which he says is to be fought in the valley of Jehosophat, near Jerusalem, and that the American army will be badly

 From the Troy Press and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/6/1878.


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