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 From the Lafayette Gazette of July 7th,

Death of Miss Philomene Judice.

 Miss Philomene Judice died last Tuesday at 5 o'clock p. m. at the home of her brother-in-law, Mr. J. Alfred Mouton. Miss Judice was born in this town and at the time of her death was 23 years and 6 months old. For many months the deceased was very ill and awaited the final summons with the resignation born of the true Christian belief. At last the crucial moment came and the pure soul of this estimable young lady winged itself away to a far better home where the virtuous receive their reward. Her mortal remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery Wednesday afternoon here they were laid to rest by the side of their dear relatives who had preceded her to the grave. Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1900.  

Lafayette Boy Gets a Medal.

 Among the graduates from St. Stanislaus College, who acquitted themselves with credit, is a young man from this parish. In the newspaper account of the closing exercises of that well-known institution appears the name of Thomas W. Brown, of Carencro. This young man graduated with honors in the various branches and was the recipient of a medal for declamation. The following sketch of young Brown appeared in the New Orleans Picayune:

 "...Thomas W. Brown, another St. Stanislaus graduate, is the worthy descendant of a fine line of ancestry. His father, Mr. George E. Brown, is a prominent merchant at Carencro, La., and attended school there until his entrance, four years ago, into St. Stanislaus College, where by his superior talents, he has merited distinction, each year adding new laurels to his crown of success. He leaves the noted institution of learning with the respect and esteem of students and teachers alike. ..."
Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1900.

Holds an Important Meeting - Salaries of Justices and Constables Fixed - Other Business Transacted.

 The Police Jury held its regular monthly meeting last Thursday. President Billeaud called the body to order. The following members were present:  Alonzo Lacey, Alexandre Broussard, Jno. C. Buchanan, F. G. Mouton, O. Blanchet, Saul Broussard, J. A. Labbe, John Whittington.

 The first matter taken up was the reading of the minutes of last meeting. Capt. Buchanan moved to correct that portion of the minutes referring to the fixing of the salary of the treasurer. Capt. Buchanan's motion was to the effect that the minutes should be corrected so as to read that the treasurer's salary was fixed after the election of that officer.

 Mr. F. G. Mouton argued that the minutes should stand as read.

 The question was put to a vote and Capt. Buchanan's motion prevailed. The vote stood: For correction - Whittington, Lacey, Blanchet, Alex Broussard, Buchanan.
  Against - Mouton, Saul Broussard.

 Mr. Whittington reported for the committee appointed to look into the condition of Cormier bridge. He recommended that the bridge be lengthened and rebuilt upon the main public highway.

 Jerome Mouton, the attorney appointed to assist the sheriff in the collection of licenses, appeared before the Jury and submitted a proposition in behalf of A. E. Guilbeau against whom suit had been brought for the collection of a liquor license. Mr. Guilbeau offered to pay the license, provided the 25 per cent penalty was not collected from him. After some discussion Mr. Guilbeau's proposition was accepted.

 Messrs. Alex Broussard and Lacey were appointed to confer with the Acadia authorities relative to the rebuilding of Middle bridge on the line between Lafayette and Acadia parishes.

 Sheriff Broussard asked that the Jury appoint a committee to contract with him for his criminal services during the ensuing year. Messrs. Mouton, Labbe and Lacey were appointed members of this committee.

 The question of electing a printer for the parish was taken up. The proprietor of this paper submitted his candidacy under provisions of act 138 of 1894. The proprietor of the Lafayette Advertiser offered to do the parish printing for a yearly consideration of $95.

 After considerable wrangling Mr. Blanchet made a motion to elect the proprietor of The Gazette parish printer. The vote was:

 Yeas - Whittington, Lacey, Buchanan, Blanchet, Alexandre Broussard.
 Nays - Frank G. Mouton, Saul Broussard, J. A. Labbe.

 Permission to buy some lumber was granted to Messrs. Lacey, Whittington and S. Broussard.

 The committee on auditing accounts submitted a report which was accepted.

 By motion of Mr. Whittington the contract with the justices and constables for criminal work was renewed at the same rates as under the old agreement. This leaves the ward officers under the same salary received by their predecessors. An exception was made in the case of the justices of the third ward, where the salary of $15 per month, which was allowed Judge McFadden, will be divided between the present incumbents.

 The Jury transacted other business the account of which could not be gotten up in time for to-day's issue.

 we understand that the Jury has decided to work the roads under the same methods as last year. In the third ward, however, the jurors are authorized to have the work done by contract. The majority of the funds available for road work the contract system is impracticable. They argue that under the methods employed last year the results were reasonably satisfactory and that under present circumstances a change is inadvisable.

 Having failed to go through with all the business, the Jury met again yesterday.

 The official proceedings will appear in this paper next Saturday.
Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1900.

Ice Cold Watermelons.

 Ring up John givens at the ice factory and order one or more of those delicious watermelons. They are the largest, juiciest and sweetest melons ever sold in Lafayette. The far-famed Lone Star or Sand Hill melon always on hand. Lafayette Gazette 7 /7/1900.

City Council Proceedings.

   Lafayette, La., July 2, 1900.
 The City Council met this day in regular session with Mayor Chas. D. Caffery, presiding, Members present: J. E. Martin, F. E. Girard, F. Demanade, J. O. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, C. O. Mouton, H. Hohorst.

 Minutes of last meeting were approved as read.

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 Moved and duly seconded that the committee on railroad crossing be extended further time to make their report. Carried.

 Moved by F. E. Girard seconded by H. Hohorst, that W. W. & E. L. committee investigate the purchase of light meters and report at next regular meeting. Carried.

 Moved by Geo. DeBlanc, seconded by F. E. Girard, that the mayor appoints a committee of three to confer with the parties interested to open a street through the race track leading to the Industrial School. Carried.

 The mayor appointed Messrs. G. A. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard and F. Demanade.

 The communication of Mr. J. Nickerson was laid over to next regular meeting.

 There being no further business Council adjourned to next regular meeting, August 6.
Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1900.

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

Special Notice. - The Lafayette Building Association will sell money to its shareholders at its next regular meeting, Wednesday, July 18, 1900. New series opens August 1.

 Miss Virgie Younger is the guest of her sister, Mrs. F. C. Triay.

 Delinquent tax-payers for parish and town taxes are once more reminded that the sale will take place to-day at 11 o'clock.

 Before going to press we learn that the condition of Ignatius Weigel, who was shot by Mr. Shannon, is improving and that it is now believed that he will recover.

 Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mayfield and children are visiting relatives and friends in Lafayette. Mr. Mayfield will return to his Texas home this week, but Mrs. Mayfield and children will remain in town a month of more.

 Miss Besire Fuqua, of the musical department, Evergreen College, is the guest of Mrs. C. C. Wier.

 Little Hyder, son of Mr. J. J. Davidson, fell from the banisters last Tuesday and broke an arm.

 Coca-Cola has come to stay. Every year it is more popular. It is one of our leaders. Moss Pharmacy.
Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1900.









From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 7th, 1894:

Lafayette's Fourth of July-1894.

The Fourth of July grand ball, given by the young men of Lafayette was a grand success. The Grand March struck up at 9 o'clock p. m., sharp, was led by Mr. Ed. McBride and Miss Lydia McDaniels. Amongst the visitors were Misses May Pefferkorn and Augustine Desbres, of Opelousas, and many others. Amongst the ladies in Lafayette were, Misses Ida Pefferkorn, Clara Martin, A. Richard, I. McDaniel, Mamie Lisbony, Eunice Pefferkorn, Daisy Mouton, T. Eves, Miss Bauzin and Mrs. Parker. Amongst the gentlemen were Messrs. C. E. Harnish, Chairman L. Lacoste, Raoul Pellerin, A. Voorhies, F. Guidry, Jos. Lisbony, Ed. Prudhomme, C. T. Bienvenu, C. Olivier, W. E. Bowen, A. Comus, T. Eves, H. L. Fontenot, A. Theall and A. J. McBride.

 The evening was a brilliant one, the music was furnished by Mr. Baudier, Lafayette's famous pianist, who played Mr. H. Van der Cruyssen's Coxy march.

 Boys, come together and you will have the grandest ball ever given in Lafayette for this coming fall.
                              A. DANCER.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.

Un-encouraging Support for Fire Dept.  
The gentlemen composing the committee that had offered to take charge of a fund that the citizens of the town might create, if they chose, to be devoted to the purchase of devices and apparatus for extinguishing fire, available for immediate use, feel compelled to decline to proceed further further in the undertaking owing to the un-encouraging support of the property holders of Lafayette have given to the movement. Whilst a few of the persons appealed to responded very liberally, the committee regards the smallness of the number of citizens who evinced a proper appreciation of the committee, as an indication of the absence of that interest and active support that would attend the committee's future exertions, without which the task it was proposed to undertake would become more irksome than the members of the committee could reasonably be expected to endure. It is now in order for others who have good ideas on the subject to give expression to them, in the hope that out of the whole there may develop a plan that will receive the endorsement of a sufficient number of citizens to make it possible to carry it on to completion.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.     


The 48th. annual session of Mount Carmel Convent closed Monday morning, and as the girls were congregated in the hall, the scene was beautiful to behold these maidens were the picture of happiness. 

 The opening address was made by Miss Celeste Thibodaux, of Bayou Boeuf, and the Valedictory by Miss Revillon. Then came the distribution of prizes, which made many faces beam with joyous expectancy as their names were called and the prizes received.

 After the premiums were distributed, the audience repaired to the beautiful little chapel to receive the benediction.

 Then came the sad scene. Kisses were exchanged, good-byes said and tears were shed. As the tears trickled down those rosy cheeks, there was a mingling of joy and sorrow - the girls were glad to return to their homes for vacation, but sorry to part with teachers and school-mates.

 The papers by the Salutatorian and the Valedictorian are published in this issue, also a list of the prizes awarded and merited. Lafayette Advertiser  7/7/1894.

By Miss Celeste Thibodaux.  

 Venerated Pastor, Honored Friends, Kind Teachers and dear Companions.

 The ringing of the bell at length ushers in the morning which brightens up the walks of our Convent School. Every thing wears a holiday garb announcing the Vacation day. The joyous voices and happy recollection of home gives one and all the endless divers on of merry and eager hopes.

 But the usual routine of life is this, the brightest of hopes and drawn back when casting one long hungering glance behind and with apprehensions of fear in our breast that our happiest days have been spent. Our kind teachers have often warned us against the mistaken frivolity and self complacency of the world. Dear kind Sisters, how can we acknowledge with expression of gratitude all our indebtedness to you. Our hearts overflow with boundless thanks and never will cease to echo the like feelings for our dear Convent School in which we have been provided with an ample provision of credit, honor and responsibility.

 Another beneficent hand has reared religion in our hearts. Venerable and beloved Pastor your presence renders still, this festival day. You have ever been to the gleam of light in our dark parth, your worthy lessons will ever counterbalance a thousand volatile propensities in our nature, we promise you to do all in our power to answer to your  anxious hopes.

 Honored gentlemen, we trust you will receive our thanks, your worthy pen a few weeks ago manifested itself in our favor. May it ever serve as a cheering stimulus to the exertions of our good teachers.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894. 


Graduating Medal:  Awarded to MISS MARIE REVILLON as a testimonial that she has conmpletede the prescribed course of Studies in French and in English.

 Gold Medal for Honor: Awarded to Miss Celeste Thibodaux who has given general satisfaction to her teachers during the Session.

 Gold Medal:  Awarded to Miss Amelie Comeaux for Proficiency in Music.

 Gold Medal for Fancy Work :  Between Misses Henrietta Thibodaux and Della Broussard.

 Gold Medal for Order: Miss Ida Savoy.

 Gold Medal for attendance at Church: Miss Virginie Hebert who has the greatesr number of notes.

 Silver Medal: Miss Julie Revillon who has the next greatest number of notes.

 Golf Medal: Between Miss Louise Gerac and Virginie Hebert who have not missed one day during the school term. 

 Silver Medal: Given by Rev. Father Forge For Application to Music: Misses Alice Lalanne, Celeste Thibodeaux, Della Broussard, Emelie Breaux, Florence Mc Keon, Elvina Himel, Melina Broussard, Emma Falk, Laura Melancon, Florence Gerac, Camilie Mc Keon, Edna Ettee, Bella Judice, Marie Broussard, Isa Savoy, Louise Gerac, Cora Guidry, Emma Wiegel, Marie Revillon, Bertha Naquin, Lavinia Torian. Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.

City Council.

Among other items of business.... 

...A petition of the town asking that the crossing at 3rd. street over the railroad track be open, on motion and duly seconded, was referred to the Street committee nd they to report to the council at next regular meeting.....

.....A petition from  the citizens of the town asking that an ordiance be passed to our Representive asnd Sanotor in the General Assembly of the state to pass an act authorizing, the town of Lafayetter to issue bonds for the purpose of constructing and erecting a system of Water Works was read....    Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.

14th OF JULY. - The anniversary (July 14th.) of the great French fete will be made a gala occasion in Lafayette, this year. Elaborate preparations are under way to celebrate the event of great eclat. The beautiful Beau Sejour Park of Major J. S. Mouton, lining bayou Vermilion has been appropriately chosen as the seat of action. This lovely spot of ground will be rendered doubly attractive by profuse decoration with bunting, Chinese lanterns and the French and American national colors. The park will be in readiness as early as  seven o'clock in the morning and free transportation from the court house square will be provided for the occasion, arrangements having been made for wagons and other vehicles to leave at regular intervals throughout the day.

 At the park there will be various amusements of exciting interest to cause the hours to flit away, and to contribute to the greater success of the celebration splendid lunches will be served for the trifling sum of of ten cents. The price of admission to the grounds will be: adults 25 cents; children 10 cents. All the proceeds are to be devoted to the building of an annex to the Lafayette public school house and the laying of a plank walk to the High school building.

 This being an undertaking chiefly in the interest of the School children of the town and parish the intention is that they should be well represented on this occasion. To that end there will be a general reunion of the pupils of the private and public schools, under the leadership of their respective teachers and instructors, at 8 o'clock a. m., on the court house square. These will form themselves into regular line at a given hour and parade the principal streets of the town under the inspiring influence of music, each group of children bearing a banner aloft designating the name and location of their school. The children who will participate in the parade will be given free admission to the grounds and the concert at 7:30 o'clock in the evening.

 At the close of the concert a grand ball will be inaugurated and, thus, in the delightful maize of the dance will be ended one of the most brilliant and memorable occasions it will have been the privilege of our people to witness in many a good year.

A Railroad Commission.

 In the issue of The Advertiser of June 23rd, we took occasion to express the conviction that it would be ill-advised and impolitic for Louisiana to adopt at an immature time the character of legislation contemplated by House bill number 28, relative to the creation of a state railroad commission. We advanced, in support of this belief, some plausible reasons which need not be repeated now. We felt there could be no impropriety in presenting to our readers one side of this important question that was deserving of more than passing consideration, and believed that this action on our part might be productive of much good by awakening a new avenue of thought in the minds of many. Later developments confirmed us in the latter opinion, for it happened, as we afterward learned, that we had voiced the sentiments of a not unimportant proportion and element of our population. It is a source of gratification to report this fact when it is considered we were not appealing to the prejudices of the people rather than to their sober reason and spirit of fairness, on the principle at issue, in the application we made of it to Louisiana in general, and to ourselves in particular.

 When we first broached this subject we were aware there existed a strong difference of opinion affecting it, irrespective of extenuating circumstances that should excuse the more emphatic views held by some persons on this question - a position we can well appreciate. We submit that the opinion expressed allegiance is quite rational, and expect it to command that respect from those not concurring in our views that they would care to have accorded to their own. Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.

Bakery Closed.

The Guidry bakery has had to suspend business for a few days on account of a mishap to the oven. The defect is being remedied as quickly as is practicable so that patrons of the bakery will be incommoded the shortest time possible. Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.  

Issue of Fire Protection.

 In the issue of The Advertiser of June 23rd, we took occasion to express the conviction that it would be ill-advised and impolitic for Louisiana to adopt at an immature time the character of legislation contemplated by House bill number 28, relative to the creation of a state railroad commission. We advanced in support of this belief, some plausible reasons which need not be repeated now. We felt there could be no impropriety in presenting to our readers one side of this important question that was deserving of more than passing consideration, and believed that this action on our part might be productive of much good by awakening a new avenue of thought in the minds of many. Later developments confirmed us in the latter opinion, for it happened, as we afterward learned, that we had voice the sentiments of a not unimportant proportion and element of our population. it is a source of gratification to report this fact when it is considered we were not appealing to the prejudices of the people rather than their sober reason and spirit of fairness, on the principle at issue, in the application we made of it to Louisiana, in general, and to ourselves, in particular.

 When we first broached this subject we were aware there existed a strong difference of opinion affecting it, irrespective of extenuating circumstances that should excuse the more emphatic views held by some persons on this question - a position we can well appreciate. We submit that the opinion to which we have expressed allegiance is quite rational, and expect it to command that respect from those not concurring in our views that they would care to have accorded to their own. Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.


 The committee on resolutions composed of Messrs. J. T. Barrett, R. C. Greig, Amos Lindsay, Philip Martin, A. Broussard, Mrs. E. W. Glenn, Misses F. S. Greig, B. Dupre, Anita Verrier an Minnie Williams, appointed by Hon. H. Toll, Superintdent of the public schools of Lafayette parish, submitted the following concerning the State Teachers Institute held at this place:

 Be it resolved, That it is the sense of the teachers here present:

 1st - To express unfeigned gratitude to Hon. L. M. Curry, administrator of the Peabody fund, for the deep concern manifested by him in popular education and particularly for the liberal appropriations by which these Institutes are maintained.

 2nd - To sincerely acknowledge and endorse the thoroughly skillful and practical manner in which Professors R. L. Himes, C. C. Harris and R. G. Ferguson have conducted the Institute work.

 3rd - To tender thanks to those able and zealous advocates of the cause of public education for their very earnest and conscientious efforts exerted in behalf of the teachers' profession and for the importation of many new ideas and better methods of instruction.

 4th - To deeply deplore the apparent indifference to the to the benefits of this Institute, displayed on the part of many teachers by their non attendance.

 5th - To have a copy of these resolutions sent to the following papers for publication: N. O. Picayune, Times Democrat, Lafayette Advertiser, Lafayette Gazette and Crowley Signal.
PROF. J. T. BARRETT, Chairman.
MISS F. S. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/7/1894.

 It is our opinion that Lafayette has just lost the opportunity of a lifetime for getting a good system of fire protection Mayhaps we are mistaken, though.

 Miss Estelle Gerac returned from the Crescent City Monday.

 Fine Sewing Machine Wagon for sale by T. M. Biossat, liberal terms.

 Father Healy formerly assistant priest at this place was in town this week.

 Mr. Alcide Judice, of Scott, left for New York City, the 2nd instant, on a business and pleasure trip.

 Mr. L. Ledet left this week for New Iberia having accepted the position of fireman on the Salt Mine Branch.

 Mr. Neuville Landry will open his confectionery and soda fountain, on Lincoln avenue, to-morrow. Splendid accommodations for ladies have been provided.

 The Rail Road Photo Car is the place for you to have all your Photographs taken. You should get the worth of your money from them. Call at once, do not wait.

 At the regular annual meeting of the stockholders of the People's State Bank, held on the 3rd. instant, the old board of directors was unanimously re-elected.

 Railroad agent J. J. Davidson set aside his regular duties, yesterday, to enjoy is favorite way of travelling, one month's leave of absence granted him by the railroad company.

 We hear that the Police Jury have come to the conclusion that many, if not all, of the roads which they have recently been buying, already belong to the parish by good and efficient titles. How about this?

 Mr. T. D. Coleman has accepted the position of engineer on Local No. 535 running between this point and Morgan City, and has been relieved on the Salt Mine Branch by engineer J. Jas. Hannen. Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.

PHOTOGRAPHY RAIL ROAD CAR. - The Southern Art Co., with their Palace R. R. Car, will be in Lafayette. July 11th, and will be here about two weeks. During their stay here, you can get the very finest photos of yourself, family or friends at a very low price. Cabinets only $1.50 per doz. Come to visit our car and be convinced. Car located near the depot.  Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.

ATTENTION  BOYS AND GIRLS. - All the children of our town and parish are earnestly requested to meet Monday July 9th, at 10 o'clock A. M. at the School House for the purpose of making arrangements for a grand procession on July 14th to be formed exclusively of children from the various schools both public and private. The procession, headed by a band of music will parade the town wagons, and then proceed to Beau Sejour Park. Let all boys and girls report at the school house next Monday for instruction.
 R. C. GREIG. Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.  

City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., July 2nd. 1894.

 The following members were present: Wm. Campbell, Mayor; A. T. Caillouet, A. Delahoussaye, Andre Martin and J. O. Mouton.  Absent: Henry Church, A. Cayard and Felix Demanade.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and on motion duly seconded, approved.

 A petition of the citizens of the town asking that a crossing at 3rd street over the railroad track be open, on motion duly seconded, was referred to the Street committee and and they went to report to the council at next regular meeting.

 A petition from the citizens of the town asking that an ordinance be passed addressed to our Representative and Senator in the General Assembly of the state to pass an act authorizing the town of Lafayette to issue bonds for the purpose of constructing and erecting a system of Water Works, was read.

 On motion duly seconded it was resolved by the City Council of the town of Lafayette that viewing the necessities of a system of water works for the protection of our town against conflagration, that our representatives and Senators are hereby requested to have a law passed at this present session of our Legislature authorizing and empowering the town of Lafayette to issue bonds for the purpose of obtaining a desired system of Water Works.

 On motion the following accounts were approved:
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 The Council adjourned to next regular meeting.
A. NEVUE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/7/1894.

 Miss Ada Moss and her brother, James A., are visiting in Baton Rouge.

 Mrs. Robt. Hafkesbring is on a visit to her father Mr. Hugh Jamaison.

 Father Healy, formerly assistant priest at this place was in town this week.

 Mr. L. Ledet left this week for New Iberia having accepted the position of fireman on the Salt Mine Branch.

 Mr. Neuville Landry will open his confectionary and soda fountain, on Lincoln avenue, to-morrow. Splendid accomodations for ladies have been provided.

 Another fine baby girl was added to the household of Dr. G. W. Scranton, of Royville, last Monday. We congratulate you, Doctor.

 It is our opinion that Lafayette has just lost the opportunity of a lifetime for getting a good system of fire protection. Mayhaps we are mistaken, though.

 Raiload Agent J. J. Davidson set aside his regular official duties, yesterday, to enjoy in his favorite way of travelinbg, one month's leave  of absence granted him by the railroad company.

 Mr. T. D. Coleman has accepted the position of engineer on Local No. 535 running between this point and Morgan City, and has been relieved on the Salt Mine Branch by engineer J. Jas. Hanneu.

 The Guidry bakery has had to suspend business for a few days on account of as mishap to the oven. The defect is being remedied as quickly as is practicable so that patrons will be incommoded the shortest time possible.

 Mr. W. S. Parkerson and family, of New Orleansd, arrived last Tuesday and took immediate posession of the Dowdell residence in Mouton Addition, that they have engaged for the summer. We hope their sojourn of three months in our midst may be highly enjoyable to them.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.

  From the Lafayette Gazette of July 7th, 1894:


 The discordant notes of the negro band was the only thing that reminded the people of Lafayette that Wednesday was the Fourth of July. But we must congratulate friend Lisbony for having thought enough of the greatest of American days to decorate his hotel with a large number of pretty flags. That's right, Gus, show that you are as true an American as you were a "reb."
Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.

 Will Close on the 14th.

 We, the undersigned, agree and obligate ourselves to close our places of business Saturday afternoon, July 14, from the hour of 5 p. m in order to give everybody to participate in the grand fete at Beausejour on that date.

 Mouton & Salles, B. Falk, L. Nollive, H. Hohorst, A. M. Martin, Hebert Bros., Elie McDaniel, J. O. Mouton, L. F. Rigues, L. Doucet, Trahan & Doucet, T. M. Biossat, J. Higginbotham, F. Demanade, Mrs. O. J. Sprole, E. Priollaud, Wm. Clegg, F. Lombard, Mrs. Lafond, Mme. P. Castel, Z. Doucet, Mrs. J. O. Mouton, Gerac Bros., J. E. Martin, Miss L. Revillon, J. J. Revillon, Mrs. H. Plonsky, M. E. Simpson, Felix Begnaud, Mouton Bros., Moss Bros. & Co., Gus. Lacoste, Alex. Delahoussaye.
Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.

To Issue Bonds for Waterworks.

 As will be read in the proceedings of the Town Council a petition signed by citizens was presented to that body asking it to call upon the Legislature to pass an enabling act giving the town the power to issue bonds for the purpose of constructing a system of water works. It it unfortunate that this step was not taken sooner, as the Legislature will adjourn next week, and as it has its hands full with other business more important to the State at large it is not likely that the act desired by the citizens of this town will be passed.
Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.



 Last week Sheriff Rees of St. Martin visited Lake Charles with a warrant for the arrest of Prof. S. A. Knapp, who is charged with embezzlement. The complaint alleges that John Domec, Darmas D. Guidry and H. L. Durio have been defrauded of a quantity of sugar cane. Prof. Knapp being in Tennessee was telegraphed for and has returned home.

 Whether Prof. Knapp is guilty or not it is for the court to say. If he is innocent, a thorough investigation of his alleged dishonest transactions will prove his innocence. Before the holding of the last term of our criminal court The Gazette expressed the hop that the proper authorities would take the matter up and sift it.

 The many victims in this parish of what Mr. Knapp terms the "temporary embarrassment of the Teche Railroad and Sugar Company" will watch with keen interest the result of the accusation. If he is not proved guilty, they will be glad to see him honorably acquitted, but on the other hand, if he is proved guilty of the alleged crookedness they desire that justice be meted out to him. No wishing to misrepresent or to do him an unjustice in way we publish his explanation in regard to the charges mentioned above:

 "... Editor Picayune. Upon My return to Lake Charles to-day I was confronted with an item in your paper headed as follows:

 'Dr. S. A. Knapp wanted on a charge of embezzlement.' and your correspondent states that  "The particulars could not be gotten other than that the charges are made by one A. H. Guilbeau for about $78,000, alleged crookedness in the matter of the affairs of Huron plantation and the Teche Sugar and Railroad Company, Limited."

 Your correspondent is in error. The case is as follows: A. H. Guilbeau, a man with whom neither I nor our company, to may knowledge, have ever had any business relations and whom I do not know, (but who is represented as irresponsible financially), made a charge of embezzlement in three specific cases where cane was purchased by the Teche Railroad and Sugar Company. No amount is named.

 The affidavit was made before a justice of the peace and the warrant issued by him. It is at least peculiar that a man who knew nothing of the facts and was in no way interested, should make oath before a magistrate who has no jurisdiction.

 In the three specific cases named in the affidavit we hold complete vouchers, properly signed and witnessed, covering in detail every point in the accusation and refuting the same. The charge is without foundation and without excuse in the minds of all just men.

 The future must determine the sinister motive which instigated it. The temporary embarrassment of the Teche Railroad and Sugar Company was due solely to a failure to secure funds, pledged by responsible parties, upon the faith of which a railroad was built. Simply this and no more. I have the honor to remain yours truly,
Lake Charles, La., July 2, 1894.
Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.

 Not Enough Room.

 When the fact is known that 57 children were refused admittance to the public school during the year for lack of room, we have no doubt that the people will appreciate the urgent need of the school annex which it is proposed to build with the money realized at the fair at Beausejour Park on July 14. Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.

Apaches Pass Through Again.

 Some of our people will remember that about six years ago there passed through this place a tribe of Apache Indians and their famous chief, the warlike Geronimo, who were captured by the United States troops in Arizona and sent to Fort Marion, Florida, and placed under surveillance. After becoming somewhat civilized, the government decided to take them in the army and make soldiers of them. Monday evening about sixty members of the once blood thirsty tribe passed through Lafayette on their way to Fort Keogo, Arizona. Those who had seen them six years ago were surprised to see the transformation from a wild Indian to a civilized soldier of the United States. Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894. 


The Parish Printing.

 For the year beginning July 1, 1894. The Gazette and The Advertiser will be the official journals of the parish of Lafayette. At the meeting of the Police Jury Thursday the managers of both papers presented a joint bid offering to do the parish printing one year for $75, the price formerly paid to Mr. Bailey when The Advertiser was the official journal of the parish. The bid was accepted by the Police Jury and in the future all official matter will appear in both papers. Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.

Something New.

 The Southern Art Company with their Palace Railroad Car will be in Lafayette July 11, and will remain until the 25th. During this time you can get some of the finest photos you ever had made in your life. Don't fail to come and see our car and work. We have every thing that money can buy. We have the largest crew of artists in the South. The Southern art car is the "4-Paw" show of the photo business. Come and see for yourselves. Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.

The Sunday Law in the Parish of Lafayette.

 Carencro, La., June 28, 1894.

 Dear Little Miss Hatchet.

 The second next big bull of the parish of Lafayette, the 6th ward, says that you did not consult the people and citizens of this ever wishing free section about the obnoxious and infernal Sunday-Law, but ventured a protest against its repeal after having consulted only a few scattered neighbors of yours. Said big bull has almost four hundred voters and out of this respectable number of a dozen would vote for the Sunday law; yet, they as well as those of your section would crack a toddy on Sunday, as well as any other day of the week and wade smoothly the threshold of the barroom.

 We want a civil government and civil laws, but none of that having the shadow of some book written in the long past and not exactly known by whom. The first settlers of this great country have left their homes, on the other side of the Atlantic to get away from church thralldom; those of 1776 fought for liberty and in framing the Constitution by which we are governed to-day, have separated state and church - no concordat - Why then, as a daughter of the soldiers of 1776, do you approve of a law that is religious? The Sunday law teaches men and boys to violate the laws of the State, makes them hypocrites and pharisees.

 Necessites egentum medacen fecit.

 It is well known that all European countries have associated their civil government to church authority for centuries past and that despite clerical influence, became a notarial law. I say European countries, meaning that Protestants as well as Catholic or Greeks have state and church associated. They are tolerant enough to admit liberty of conscience and of creed which some of our sectarians here refuse to recognize. The Roman and Greek church, mother of all modern divisions of religion are not opposed to the Sunday business. Then theologians do not consider this Biblical command, of resting one day, supreme. Be generous; observe your Sunday as you judge best and grant us the same privilege. How would you like to be compelled, by law, to go to church with a sun bonnet, drink tepid water, not allowed to converse more than five minutes a "seance" with your beau or have picnics prohibited?

 Mala eat medicina ubi aliquid naturae perit.

 Hon. Julian Mouton was right when he presented the bill for the repeal of the obnoxious and infernal Sunday law. Mr. Mouton is plucky and is a genius and should be kept, as our representative, for twenty years. I do not mean to say that he is faultless, but he is just the man we want and in the right place.

 Now, dear little Miss Hatchet, I'll bet that if the Legislature were to permit the good people of the parish of Lafayette, to vote for or against the Sunday law, that twenty to one would go against.

 As a lady you might wish to have the last word, if so, speak and I'll sleep.
  (Signed)  ZAMBO.
Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.

"The Ladies of Good Will."

  Lafayette, La., July 2, 1894.
To the Lafayette Gazette:

 At a meeting of the ladies of Lafayette held at the home of Mrs. Columbus Eastin, on June 30, all the officers were present with forty members. The name of the society will be : "The Society of the Ladies of Good Will."

 The president was appointed the following committee or arrangements: Mmes. Eraste Mouton, H. L. Monnier, Leon Plonsky, F. Cornay, Jos. L. Mouton and Wm. Bailey, who will meet with the officers to devise the ways and means to raise funds.

 The ladies of this town, who wish to become members of this Society will please send their names to Mrs. Hebert Billeaud, Secretary of the Society.

 Mr. Editor, it is with pride that I see that the noble ladies of our town, have begun their laudable work and will make it a grand success; all they ask of us, men, is to work with them; not only in money matters, but also in giving them advices if asked for, to enable them to carry out their object.
  (Signed) PROTECTION.
Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.

Resolutions Adopted by the Institute.

 The committee on resolutions composed of Messrs. J. T. Barrett, R. C. Greig, Amos Lindsay, Philip Martin, A. Broussard, Mrs. E. W. Glenn, Misses F. S. Greig, B. Dupre, Anita Verrier, and Minnie Williams, appointed by Hon. H. E. Toll, superintendent of the public schools of Lafayette Parish, submitted the following concerning the State Teachers' Institute held at this place.

 Be it resolved, That is is the sense of the teachers here present.

 1st.  To express unfeigned gratitude t Hon. J. L. M. Curry, administrator of the Peabody Fund, for the deep concern manifested by him for the liberal appropriations by which these Institutes are maintained.

 2nd.  To sincerely acknowledge and endorse the thorough skillful and practical manner in which Profs. R. D. Hines, C. C. Harris and R. G. Ferguson have conducted the Institute work.

 3rd.  To tender thanks to these able and zealous advocates of the cause of public education for their very earnest and conscientious efforts exerted in behalf of the teachers' profession and for the importation of many new ideas and better methods of instruction.

 4th.  To deeply deplore the apparent in difference to the benefits of this Institute displayed on part of the many teachers by these non-attendance.

 5th.  To have a copy of their resolutions sent to the following papers for publication: New Orleans Picayune, Timed Democrat, Lafayette Advertiser, Lafayette Gazette and Crowley Signal.
J. T. BARRETT, Chairman.
Miss. F. S. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.

The Arabs in Court.

 Last Tuesday morning the whole Arabian population of Lafayette was in the Mayor's court. Two of these worthies were arrested for fighting and disturbing the peace and fined each $7, which was readily paid. The people of Lafayette welcome the right kind of immigrants, but these Arabian peddlers are becoming too numerous and it is to be sincerely hoped that their present number will decrease instead of  increasing. Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.

Some Fine Horses.

 Mr. Louis Domegeaux is is offering for sale some of the finest horses ever brought to Lafayette. Out of the fifty-two head that he received from California about 10 days ago there are only sixteen left, all of them being handsome drivers, saddlers, and very fine brood mares. We would advise those who are looking for bargains to visit Mr. Domengeaux's stable. Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.

 Attention, Boys and Girls.

 All the children of our town and parish are earnestly requested to meet Monday July 9 at 10 o'clock a. m., at the school house for the purpose of making arrangements for a grand procession headed by a band of music will parade the town in wagons and then proceed to Beausejour Park. Let all boys and girls report at the school house next Monday for instruction.
(Signed) R. C. GREIG.
Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/7/1894.

 Don't forget the excursion to New Orleans on the 14th of July.

 Henry Gerac went to New Orleans this week on business.

 Misses Florina Grenier and Madeline Melchoir, of Carencro, were in Lafayette Wednesday.

 We regret to announce that our friend, Alex Delahoussaye, is still confined to his room with sickness.

 Elie Bernard has opened a first-class bar-room near Carencro in the building adjoining the store of Esdras Breaux.

 The many friends in Lafayette of that popular priest, Rev. Father P. J. Healey, were happy to see him this week.

 Have pictures of yourself and family taken at the Photo Railroad Car. Don't wait, but go at once, for, remember, they will be here only a very short time. Cabinet photo only $1.50 per dozen.

 July 14 will be a "red letter day" in the history of Lafayette. Everybody is taking an interest in the celebration.

 James, son of our railroad agent, Jas. Davidson, arrived home a few days ago to spend vacation. James is attending the Chenet Graded School at New Orleans. During vacation he will, in company with his father, visit Louisville and other cities in the North and West.

 Charles Harnisch, assisted by a number of other young gentlemen, celebrated the Fourth by a very enjoyable dance at Falk's Opera House.

 Dr. Guidry informed The Gazette that brick layers were at work repairing his oven and that in a few days he would be able to wait upon his many customers.

 About forty scholastics from the Jesuits' seminary at Grand Coteau visited Father Forge Tuesday afternoon. They were going to different parts of the country to spend their yearly vacation. Lafayette Gazette 7/7/1894.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 7th, 1908:


 Work to Be Resumed as Soon as Water in Atchafalaya Recedes.

[From the New Orleans Times-Democrat.]

 Railroad in process of construction on the west side of the river between the Mississippi river and the Atchafalaya, namely the Colorado Southern and the Southern Pacific, expect to begin work as soon as the waters in the Atchafalaya river recede sufficiently to allow work on the bridges across the that stream to be resumed. Both roads have laid rails from the Mississippi river to the Atchafalaya or an near that rive as the conditions would permit, and both expect with favorable conditions to complete crossings of this stream during the low water season in the latter part of the current year, and to open their roads to traffic in the coming fall, in time to handle this year's crop. The opening of these two roads which have their terminals in this city will be marked with proper observances and will place Baton Rouge in communication with all the trunk lines of West Louisiana and make it accessible to any part of the State. Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1908.    



 The barking of a dog on earth can be distinctly heard by baloonists at an elevation of four miles.

 A DIRECT telegraph cable line between Australia and Canada is expected to be completed in two years.

 A RETIRED French naval officer has invented a rifle that is capable of firing two kinds of explosive bullets, both having immense power of penetration.

 A RUSSIAN physician has discovered by numerous experiments that a crow can count to ten; that a dog can count twenty-seven if he is given time enough, that a cat can be taught to count up to six, while a horse learns to count the mile posts he passes frequently.

 TWENTY-THREE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED AND SEVENTY patents were granted by the American patent office last year, which has just issued the annual report of its labors. The American system has been developed to higher perfection than that of any other country. 

Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894. 

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 7th, 1911:

Celebrated by Big Fireman's and Industrial Parade and Opening of New Fair Grounds.

 July 4 was celebrated by a big firemen's and industrial parade and the opening of the new Fair grounds, where races, base ball and other things served to make the occasion enjoyable.

 The day opened cloudy but fortunately the rain came late enough not to prevent carrying out most of the program at the grounds.

 The parade started at 1:30 from the court house and went out East Main to St. John, to Vermilion, to Jefferson to Lincoln avenue (now Jefferson Blvd) to the Fair grounds. The Lafayette Concert Band was in the lead, next Chief of the Department, Gus Schmulen on horseback, then the mayor and city council in carriages, then Fire Co. No. 1, Couvillon, Home and Pelican companies. Then came the floats.

 Gondor Joseph, general merchandise, was represented by a very prettily decorated surrey. R. H. McFaddin, grocer, had a very fine float displaying artistic arrangement various goods of his store, all adorned with bunting and flags making a striking effect.

 Chopin & Toussel, grocers, had a tastefully decorated delivery wagon. They were followed by Mr. Mercier, truck farmer, who had a novel float showing a garden growing, that evoked much complimentary comment.

 The Oak Ave Bakery had a well decorated delivery wagon.

 The Lafayette Wholesale Grocer Company was represented by a very elaborate float, very striking and pretty. On the float were Misses Chiasson, Hopkins and Bonnet.

 The Vordenbaumen Lumber Company had a beautiful float showing a cottage with trimmings and fancy decorations. Inside were little Bessie and Ida Katherine Hopkins who threw bags of candy to the spectators as they passed. Following was an imitation of the old time prairie schooner, filled with immigrants who in this case were members of the H. R. U. Society, a boy's organization, and what the initials stand for only the initiated know.

 The Lacoste Hardware Company had a striking float showing a 6 hp Fairbanks gasoline engine at work grinding corn into meal with a handy little mill. Mr. W. F. Taylor, representing the manufacturers, was on the float superintending the grinding and threw little bags of fine meal to the spectators.

 The Lafayette Wood and Coal Yard had a decorated cart filled with coal and wood and was suggestive of winter is coming.

 Chas. Borchers, tinner, had a float showing a bath tub and stove piping very well arranged and decorated.

 The Avenue theater adopted for its float a representation of a grove with a comic band of musicians beguiling music from some wonderfully constructed instruments.

 A. L. Preager's float attracted much attention, it showing a live sheep and some handsome garments in contrast, the raw material and the finished product. Mr. Preager gave away some interesting souvenirs of little pants enclosing, not the form divine, but a looking glass to see the face and some advertising matter.

 Shows and Falgout had their delivery wagon well decorated and gave out some novel and attractive advertising.

 A. J. Bonnet, automobile tire repairer, was represented with a pretty decorated automobile driven by Leo Bonnet and in which sat Misses R. Milstead and Flavia Bonnet.

 Bacque's Bakery had their delivery wagon tastefully decorated.

 A cotton farmer, victim of the one crop idea, was humorously portrayed by Ernest Olivier who presented a most dilapidated picture with his piece of a wagon and piece of a horse.

 The Chargois Springs and bathing pool was represented by the Springs transfer which was decorated with flags and bunting. Then came a long line of carriages following out to the Fair grounds.

 Fully fifteen hundred people were present at the Fair grounds and enjoyed the various amusements prepared for the occasion. The Lafayette Concert Band played a number of very fine selections which music lovers greatly enjoyed. There was a fine pacing race between Allen, owned by Lessin Dugas, Sam, owned by Rousseau Dugas, and Wilson, owned by Bennet Bienvenue of St. Martinville. Three heats were run, all won by Allen, in 1:08. There was a running race between Star, owned by J. D. Trahan, and Moon, owned by Gaston Begnaud. The latter won. Starter, Sidney Veazey; Judges Dr. Ben Guilbeau and Francois Arceneaux.

 A fine game of ball was played by Scott and Pilette. The rain stopped the game after five innings, score 2 to 2.

 A hose contest caused a lot of fun and interest. It resulted in a tie between Home and Pelican Fire Companies, time 23 1/2 seconds, but it was really indecisive as the Pelican's being short of three men, were lent three good men by the Home company.

 The athletic events were not had owing to the rain, but a running race was pulled off, resulting in Malcom Upton winning.

 Just before the parade started Chief Schmulen was surprised and greatly touched by the presentation to him of a handsome cap by Mr. C. D. Caffery on the part of the companies. Lafayette Advertiser  7/7/1911.

President Miller of Game Warden Commission Explains How to Distinguish Sun Fish and Bass.

 Fishermen with rod and line catching a great many of the fish which they call "Perch." These fish are either Sunfish or Bass, there being no true "Perches" in the waters of the State. Then species that are called "perch" are sunfish and two belong to the bass family.

 It is a little bit difficult to distinguish these fish  and in an effort to make the matter clearer and easier, Mr. Miller, president of the Game and Fish Commission, has prepared the following list which under the head of a color scheme may perhaps be of some use to the fishermen in an effort to find out the right names.

 All of these fish are found throughout the State in bayous, lagoons, rivers and lakes, in from 2 to 8 feet depth of water. Their color depends a great deal on the character of the water; the prevailing color, however, being green. Two of these species are green or greenish throughout; they are the:

  1.  Round Sunfish, Flier, (Centrarchus Macropterus), length 5 to 6 inches; found generally in clear waters; color, green or greenish with series of dark brown spots on both sides below the lateral line and thus forming interrupted longitudinal lines. A dark spot below the eye.

 2.  Goggle-Eye, Red Eye, Rock Bass, (Ambloplites Rupestris), length up to 12 inches; found in deep holes about old stumps or logs where the water is from 3 to 8 feet deep; color, olive green, conspicuously tinged with brassy and much dark mottlings; adults with a dark spot on each scale. A black spot on the opercular flap.

 Five species of Sunfish commonly called "Perch" that  are green, greenish, or olive colored on the side and back, and yellowish or golden on the belly.

 3.  Goggle Eye, Warmouth Bass, (Chaenobryttus Gulosus), length 8 to 10 inches; found in shallow, sluggish waters; color dark olive green, or sometimes rich brick red and brassy clouded with darker, usually red, or blue and brassy, a dark spot on each scale, three oblique dusky or reddish bars radiating from the eye. Belly yellowish or brassy.

 4.  Blue spotted, green sunfish, (Apomatis Cyanellus), length 6 to 8 inches, found in small streams, bayous and ponds, color variable, prevailing shade green with a strong brassy lustre on sides, becoming nearly yellow below each scale usually with a sky-blue spot and more or less of gilt edging dusky or obscure vertical bars are often present and the sides sprinkled with dark dots.

 Green sunfish can readily be told from all other species of sunfish by the fact that the black opercular spot covers only the bony or hard portion of the opercle (flap).

 5.  Red Breasted Bream, Yellow Belly (Lepomis Auritus), length 6 to 8 inches, found in almost all waters, color olive green, belly largely orange red, sides with reddish spots on a blue ground, vertical fins chiefly orange or yellowish. Opercular flap very long.

 6.  Blue Gill Sunfish, (Lepomis Palidus), lenght 12 to 14 inches, found in quiet streams, but generally in lakes; color rich greenish olive on back becoming paler on both sides, opercular flap rich velvety black, a small whitish spot above near its base, adults have belly coppery red or brassy, very abundant.

 7.  Scarlet Sunfish, (Lepmomis Miniatus), length six inches, found in bayous, lagoons and small streams, color side of male with about 14 rows of red spots, middle of side with some black spots, belly orange with red spots, opercular flap short and broad, entirely black or dark green.

 Five species of sunfish commonly called "Perch" which have other markings than green or greenish sides and backs and yellowish or brassy bellies.

 8.  Read Eared Sunfish, (Eupomotis heros), length about 6 or 7 inches, found in bayous, lagoons and small streams, color dark greenish above, gradually becoming brassy toward belly which is light brassy, opercular flap greenish black with a broad blood red border in the male, plain in the female, no dark spot on dorsal or anal fins.

 9.  Red Spotted Sunfish, Lepomis Humilis), length about 4 inches, found in sandy streams, color bluish with conspicuous green spots, belly and lower fins red, a highly colored species, opercular flap rather long, broad with a very broad red margin which entirely surrounds the black.

 10.  Long-eared Sunfish, (Lepomis Mepolomis Megalotes), length 7 or 8 inches, found in most streams especially in clear waters, color extremely variable depending on the kind of water in which it is found, but is always one of the most brightly colored of fresh water fishes, generally blue and orange, the belly entirely orange, and opercular flap very long and broad with a pale blue or red margin, Iris red.

 11.  Perch (Eupomotis Holbrooki), length about ten inches, found in bayous and ponds, color dusky olive, silvery below; throat yellow, fins dark with yellowish rays, no black spot on dorsal or anal fins, opercular flap short, broad, with a broad orange margin below and behind.

 12.  Perch, (Apomotis Symmetricus), length 3 inches, found in bayous and ponds, color brown covered with small coffee colored specks, this sunfish is somewhat rare. Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1911.

 From the Lafayette Daily Advertiser of July 7th, 1966:


 By Jim Bradshaw - Advertiser Staff Reporter.

 Lafayette area Boy Scouts returned this weekend from a week-long stay at Camp Thistlewaite, the Evangeline Area Boy Scout Camp, located above Opelousas.

 Over 175 Lafayette scouts spent the week at the 125 acre camp, participating in various handicraft and woodcraft activities. Additionally, boys from Crowley, Scott, Basile and Youngsville spent last week at the camp.

 The 42-year old layout from serves Scouts from throughout the area, hosting youngsters from St. Mary, St. Martin, Iberia, Lafayette, Acadia, Vermilion, St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes, during a summer's operation. The Evangeline Area is divided into regions, and the camp allots two weeks each summer for Scouts from different regions.

 The Lafayette Scouts were hosted during the third week of the camp's operation this summer.


 The camp, last week was operating at its capacity to handle the youngsters, according to William P. Lucas, program director and assistant camp director. The camp played host to 174 scouts and approximately 40 troop leaders and permanent camp staff members.

 Lafayette troops represented at the camp were Troop 50, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 1286; Troop 52, sponsored by the Teurlings Council Knights of Columbus; Troop 58. from the First Presbyterian Church; Troop 140, of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension; Troop 152, sponsored by the S. J. Montgomery Elementary School PTA; and Troop 159, from the Grace Presbyterian Church.

 Complete recreation facilities are provided at the camp, and boy scout officials are hoping for more to be added soon.

 The Evangeline Area Boy Scout Council is beginning a $200,000 capital campaign for long term improvements to the camping facilities. The campaign has been endorsed by area Rotary Clubs.

 There is no lack of facilities for the Scouts, not only for recreation, but for lodging, food and medical care.


 The camp dining facilities can handle as many as 250 people, providing well balanced meals for the youngsters.

 "And can they put away the food," said Lucas. "At a normal meal, the kids will consume, for example, as much as 80 gallons of milk."

 The camp infirmary is equipped to handle any of the minor emergencies that may come up with 200 youngsters in the woods. The ordinary cuts and scrapes and bug bites are handled at the infirmary, and, in addition, the camp has a working arrangement with Opelousas doctors to handle anything larger that may arise.

 "We've handled everything from bug bites to appendicitis out here," Lucas said. "You never are quite sure what will happen next."

 Camp staffers are professionally trained in the various fields in which they serve. The food services director and medical director are permanent employees of the camp and supervise these functions.

 Other camp staffers are proven Boy Scout leaders screened from applicants through an interview process on the basis of their background experience.

 The scouts are housed in tents at a number of campsites located throughout the sprawling woodland, each scout troop assigned to a campsite. The troops have competition for the best campsite and a daily inspection of the quarters.


 There is a great deal of competition among the various troops, according to Lucas, but the scouts are encouraged to compete against a standard, rather than against each other, he said.

 "We encourage competition," the program director said,"but the ultimate goal is for excellence, and sometimes direct competition among the Scouts tends to disregard the standard excellence and the scouts work only to be better than someone else."

 The youngsters are charged $16 for the weeks stay at the camp to defray food expenses, but receive their money's worth in activities and instruction.

 Facilities include a lake for boating and fishing, swimming pool (a full time aquatic director is employed at the camp), archery range, rifle range, as well as instruction in the use of camping equipment and in camp crafts.

 Youngsters may apply to attend the camp through camp director Warren E. Landry at the Evangeline Area Boy Scout Office in Lafayette. The camp will again be opened to Lafayette Parish scouts at the end of this month. Lafayette Daily Advertiser 7/7/1966.

Pictured above: A young Boy Scout "Tenderfoot" from  K. of C.'s Troop 50 is ready for his first encounter ever with Camp Thistlewaite four years after the above article in 1970.



From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 7th, 1894:

 On today's date in 1894, Advertiser Readers  had this most interesting article to ponder....

How an Alabama Captain Brought Them from Africa on a Wager.

From the St. Louis Globe Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894. 
An interesting historic episode of which so little is known as to make it decidedly a novelty was the sketch given at the meeting of the Woman's Anthropological society on the last load of slaves ever brought to this country from Africa.The paper was by Mrs. Caroline Dall who has been busy for months preparing it (unreadable) facts well difficult to obtain and Mrs. Dall even went so far as to employ two persons to visit the spot.

 In 1857 a bet was made by the captain of a river steamboat in Alabama with four northern passengers on board that he could bring over, within two years, a load of slaves from Africa in spite of the strictness of the laws against it. The captain secured vessel and crew, and one afternoon in the autumn of 1859, hardly two years before the war broke out, as he was seated on his (unreadable word-might be  plaza), a mounted messenger told him that the vessel had arrived. Taking another boat he started to meet the ship, took off the living cargo and the crew and sent them away scuttled and sunk the ship and sailed up the river to a place of safety where the negroes were to remain until the planters who had agreed to take them should be able to do so. The federal officers getting word of the affair started in pursuit but the captain was on the alert. Handing a bill of a generous denomination to a trusted friend, he told him to see that the men on board the government vessel had plenty to drink. He himself got up steam on the river, took the negroes on board and went farther up stream. The federal officers delayed by the incapacity of their crew gave up the search and left, and as the planters did not dare to take the negroes they were never separated. After they were freed they settled a few miles above Mobile, in what is known as "Little Africa." These negroes are Dahomeys,  finer both mentally and physically than the Dahomeys at the world's fair, and superior to most of the negroes of the surrounding country. They are the only pure blooded in the country not, however mixed with the whites, but the only ones who have never mixed with the other blacks, and to-day "Little Africa" has distinctive race characteristics not to be found elsewhere in this country.

 The subject is an interesting one anthropologically, and a more thorough study of it will be carried on. A fact worthy of notice is that out of every one hundred and sixty-four persons who we brought over only only two died on the voyage.

 From the St. Louis Globe Democrat and reprinted in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/7/1894.


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