It is intended that this industrial school shall provide a thorough academic and literary education, Kindergarten instruction and applied knowledge in telegraphy, stenography, bookkeeping, painting, engraving, needle work, designing and the other arts and trades, as also practical instruction in the domain of agricultural and mechanics, molding the mind and training the hand of the child of both sexes in the ways that will promote independence of character and assure self reliance.
Would it be a BENEFIT or would it be a DETRIMENT to a boy or a girl, or to a young man or young woman to learn one of the arts, trades or avocations just enumerated? Would they not be a better for earning a livelihood on account of such special education? If it be a good thing to know a good trade should we not encourage as many young people as possible to learn trades, especially so if we have a direct interest in their welfare? What could ensure greater dissemination of knowledge and education in the arts, trades and sciences than the presence in our very midst of the active source from whence springs such knowledge and education - a State Industrial School? It must be admitted that many more of the youth of the parish could, and undoubtedly would, derive the benefits of an industrial school located in the parish that if the same school were at a greater distance. And, certainly, the greater number of our boys and girls who would reap the beneficent effects of the school, the greater would be the gain to the parents of these children and to the community at large. It is quite true that the location of the industrial school at a distant point would not seriously interfere with the attendance of the child of the more wealthy citizens of our parish, but it is most certainly would debar the child of the poor man, for the latter could not afford the expense of board, lodging, washing, etc., that would be entailed.
If located in our parish the industrial school will not only bring, a valuable education to many who could not afford to go after it elsewhere, but it would further greatly benefit the parish by attracting to us a large number of students from all the neighboring parishes, who would come to live among us in order to be near the school. The living expenses of these students would amount to thousands of dollars each year, and this money would go to the baker, the butcher, the milkman, the truck-gardener, the grocer, the shoe-maker, the tailor etc., and in the regular course of its circulation would eventually would profit every man in the parish, directly or indirectly.
The faculty of teachers and instructors necessary to the school (and whose salaries would be paid by the State) by residing in our midst with their families would be a decided acquisition, socially and intellectually, to the community, and, besides this the commercial gala from the maintenance of these families among us it is not to be overlooked.
But because of this BONUS the people want to consider the judiciousness of the investment, and in this they are right. No man cares to buy a horse or a cow unless he can profit himself in some way by doing so. He will pay more for a horse or a cow that will bring him large returns in the way of work or milk, or for breeding purposes, than for an inferior animal. In this matter of the industrial school the people of Lafayette must weigh well all the benefits and all the advantages, immediate and remote, that would result to the whole people from the establishment of a modern industrial school in the parish, and maintained at the expense of the State. Then, having made up their minds on that point, the people of Lafayette must decide if the price to be paid is justified by earning capacity of the industrial school. The price asked is 2 mills on the dollar for 10 years, on the assessed valuation of property. Let the taxpayers among us who is assessed for $25 decide whether the industrial school can be worth 5 CENTS A YEAR to him and his family, and his relatives and his wife's relatives, and his neighbors and his friends; let the individual whose assessment is $100 consider if the school might be worth 20 CENTS A YEAR to him and his; let the one who pays taxes on $500 determine if the school could be worth $1 a year to his personal and his property interests; let every man propound the question to himself, honestly:
This school that is bound to distribute so many and such rebounding benefits to the people of my parish (even though I would deserve no direct personal advantage from this school,) is it not deserving of my support and good will ? Let each man ask himself if it would not be wrong, for him to use his power or his influence toward preventing the rest of the people of the parish from benefiting as an industrial school implies simply because of some personal or sordid motive lurking in his heart. Aye, let his conscience speak out if it would not be committing a great social crime against his own kith and kin in the present and coming generations, for him to jeopardize the magnificent prospects that would be opened to them by a powerful (unreadable word) of education such as is contemplated !
In the settlement of this solemn question, pregnant with so much (unreadable word) for the whole people of Lafayette parish every year must do his duty to himself and his neighbors, and heaven pity the man who would strike down the chances or who would retard or obstruct it progress in the direction of (unreadable word) and civilizing influences, rather than lead them into the higher and brighter realms of the like.
In having secured for ourselves so great a blessing for ourselves and our children, we will congratulate ourselves day by day over our good fortune, and each of us will feel well repaid in the comforting thought that we all did our share toward securing the industrial school. Lafayette Advertiser 7/8/1899.
Lafayette's 4th of July Celebration of 1899.
The celebration of the Fourth of July in Lafayette, this year, will ever be remembered as a memorable occasion.
The day was ushered in by the regular noise of the small boys and the residences were gayly decorated with the Stars and Stripes.
However the Fourth was fittingly celebrated at Beausejour's Park, where a large crowd of about 2,500 people were assembled to hear the speaking about the Industrial School and to partake of the abundant barbeque which had been provided by the ladies of Industrial School Association. And a jolly and enthusiastic crowd it was in favor of the school.
The meeting was called to order at 11 a. m., by Hon. Wm. Campbell, mayor of Lafayette, who announced as president Mr. Alex. Delhomme, of Scott.
The following gentlemen acted as vice-president: Chas. A. Boudreaux, Louis Ansle, Israel Prejean, Ludovic Billeaud, Thomas P. Webb, Jr., Odillon Blanchet, Aurelien Primeaux, Aurelien Olivier, Martial Billeaud, Alphonse Guilbeau, Dr. J. P. Francez, J. O. Broussard, Severin Bonin, John S. Whittington, Jr., and Alcide Judice.
Messrs. Homer Mouton and H. A. Van der Cruyssen acted as secretaries.
Speeches teeming with patriotism and earnest endeavor in instructing the people about the Industrial School, relating the benefits to be derived from the location of this school in our midst were delivered in an able and eloquent manner in french and english by Judges C. Debaillon and Julien Mouton and Col. G. A. Breaux.
The people listened with especial attention to the speakers and by the applause bestowed upon their discourses, it could be plainly seen that the crowd were in full sympathy with the subject presented to them.
The people who belonged to the farming element came from all points of the parish, even we noticed good many from Breaux Bridge.
The speaking concluded, the barbecue was served. Separate tables for ladies and gentlemen had been arranged and the great crowd present partook of the abundance of good things to their complete satisfaction. Mr. Ben Benoit, who filled the position of chief cook with many assistants had prepared the menu in a very appetizing and succulent manner. 1,400 lbs. beef and mutton and 800 loaves of bread were used. The occasion was delightfully enlivened with good music by the Carencro brass band.
A great number of signatures to the tax petition, far beyond the expectation of all concerned, were obtained at the meeting.
Thanks are due to all, who by devoting time and energy contributed to the success of the occasion; to Gus Schmulen for donation of cloth and to the Moss Pharmacy for emblematic napkins which besides a national center flag, bore the significant motto: "Lafayette Industrial School."
Lafayette Advertiser 7/8/1899.
A farmers' institute will assemble in Lafayette, on Monday, July 17th, at Falk's Opera House.
The Institute will be in charge of Prof. Stubbs and other speakers will be in attendance.
Speeches will be delivered in french and english, so that everybody may understand the proceedings.
Three sessions will be held morning, noon and night.
At the night session, the committee in charge has arranged to have vocal and instrumental music.
Prof. Stubbs has been requested and will deliver an address on the Industrial School.
All the farmers with their wives and children are expected to attend the institute, which will prove very interesting to them.
Don't forget the date July 17th.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/8/1899.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., 7/3/1899.
The City Council met in regular session with Mayor Campbell presiding, members present: H. Hohorst, Geo. DeBlanc, C. O. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, F. E. Girard, J. E. Martin. Absent: F. Demanade.
Moved by Girard seconded by DeBlanc that E. L. & W. W. committee be authorized to arrange a new schedule as to rates for water & lights, and to report at next meeting. Carried.
The finance committee made their report to the council which was accepted as follows:
To the Hon. Mayor and Councilmen of the City of Lafayette, your undersigned committee beg to make this their report.
Amount overpaid by Clegg $55.00 for which we recommend that a warrant he issued. The collector has collected and paid into treasury in taxes and licenses. $90.24 his commission at .04 per cent $3.61 for which amount the council should issue warrant in payment to date, we recommend that the out going collector & treasurer be given a quietus for all collection to date.
CHAS. O. MOUTON, GEORGE A. DEBLANC, Finance Committee.
Moved by Girard seconded by Martin that the mayor be authorized to draw resolutions for Election industrial school. Motion carried.
Moved by C. O. Mouton seconded by J. O. Mouton that L. Levy be refunded, the amount of $1.00 paid for stock law.
The petition of A. D. Martin was read, moved by DeBlanc seconded by Girard that same be turned over to street committee for investigation. Carried.
Moved by Hohorst seconded by Girard that the property holders of the corporation of Lafayette, be compelled to cut down all weeds and grass on side walks and ditches around their properties in failure thereof they will be cut down and property holder will be sued before any court of competent jurisdiction.
Ordering a special Election in accordance with Act No. 181 of the sets of the legislature of this state for the year 1898 and Article No. 232 of the constitution, whereat shall be submitted to the property tax-payers of the incorporated town of Lafayette, Louisiana, entitled to vote under the general election laws of said state, the question of levying a special tax at the rate of two (2) mills on the dollar per annum of the assessed property therein, for a period of ten years, beginning with the first day of January A. D. 1899 for the purpose of securing the location of the state industrial institute, provided by Act No. 162 of the general assembly, approved July 14th, 1898, in the parish of Lafayette, La., in conformity with the petition of more than one third of the property tax-payers of said town, hereto annexed and made part of providing for the mode of (unreadable words) making returns & etc.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the City Council of Lafayette, la., in (unreadable word) session convened that a special election is hereby ordered and shall be held in said town of Lafayette, La., on Saturday August 30th A. D. 1899, at which election shall be submitted to the property tax-payers of said ton, entitled to vote under the general election laws of the state, the question of levying a special tax of two mills on the dollar of assessed valuation on all taxable property in said town, (unreadable word) for the period of ten years (unreadable word) with the first day of January A. D., 1900 for the purpose of securing the location of the State Industrial Institute provided by Act No. 162 of the general assembly approved July 14, 1898 in the Parish of Lafayette, La. is conformity with the Petition of more than one third of the property tax-payers of said town hereto (numerous unreadable sentences).
Desiring to secure the location of the state industrial institute provided for by Act No. 162 of the general assembly approval July 14th, 1898, in the Parish of Lafayette, the title thereof to be in the Public and not having in the Treasury of said town any or sufficient means to achieve said object: and realizing that the funds necessary to secure the location of said industrial institute under said act in the Parish of Lafayette, can only be obtained by the levy and collection of a special tax for that purpose, we respectfully petition your Honorable Body be forthwith to order a special election in said town of Lafayette, La. under provisions of Act No. 131 of 1898 and Article No. 232 of the constitution of 1898 for the purpose of ascertaining and determining whether or not it is the sense and desire of the property tax-payers of said town of Lafayette that a special tax of two mills on every dollar of the assessed property of said town according to the official rolls for ten years, beginning with the year Nineteen Hundred be assessed, levied and collected for the purpose hereinabove set forth at the rate of two mills aforesaid per year for and during ten years, beginning with the year 1900 and ending the with the year 1909 inclusive, said special tax when collected shall be used for the benefit of said industrial institute to be located in the parish of Lafayette and shall be subject to the order and paid to the proper authorities of the state of La. as may be provided by law.
Ed G. Voorhies, Chas. D. Caffery, Mrs. W. D. Huff, Mrs. H. F. Landry, F. Lombard, A. J. LeBlanc, H. LeBlanc, Mrs. C. Josse, Mrs. W. B. Lindsay, W. Lewis, H. Hohorst, H. Gankendorf, A. Mouton, F. Pointboeuf, E. Olivier, N. P. Moss, F. H. Landry, J. A. Landry, A. D. Martin, D. V. Gardebled, G. A. Martin, Aug V. Labbe, B. Falk, L. Levy, M. Rosenfield, Arthur Hebert, Mrs. E. Nichols, Geo. A. DeBlanc, John Givens, A. Delhomme, J. A. Delhomme, Mrs P. LeDanois, C. R. Peck, Thos. B. Hopkins, Crow Girard, C. Trahan, J. D. Trahan, A. R. Trahan, Mrs. G. M. Esswein, Mrs. R. Herpeche, J. S. Rand, R. Salom, Mrs. W. B. Bailey, Mrs. P. Gerac, P. Gerac, Mrs. C. H. Eastin, Mrs. J. M. Judice, J. E. Martin, Girard & Clegg, J. Vigneaux, Ed. J. Lehman, Mouton & Salles, Vic Levy & Co., Levy Bros., Sidney J. Veazey, Est. O. J. Sprole, R. J. Tanner, C. H. Lusted, Erwin Mouton, Aurelia Veazey, P. Demanade, Mrs. Robert Rand, Wm. Guchereau, F. C. Triay, A. R. Lisbony, P. Krauss, Raoul Guidry, G. Schmulen, L. Lacoste, Mrs. T. Hebert, Jr., J. Ducote, M. Debaillon, A. T. Caillouet, Alex Delahoussaye, Bailey, A. Albarado, L. M. Creighton, M. Creighton, F. Begnaud, Mrs. E. Nevue, Mrs. Philip Mouton, S. R. Parkerson, F. O. Broussard, People's Oil Co., by C. M. Parkerson, Sec'y & Treasurer, C. M. Parkerson, E. Pefferkorn, L. F. Rigues, Mrs. L. F. Rigues, Leon Plonsky, Plonsky Bros., Lorena Marsh, Miss Louise Revillon, Mrs. J. J. Revillon, Dr. J. F. Mouton, Mrs. O. C. Mouton, T. Sonnier, C. D. Caffery, F. E. Voorhies, Ulysse Duhon, F. R. Tolson, M. D., L. Locke Nevue, I. A. Broussard, Alp Peck, Pellerin Bros., J. Nickerson, Mrs. E. Priollaud, J. Pointboeuf, Mrs. J. G. Parkerson, Mrs. T. S. Mouton, Mrs. Maurice Mouton, Miss Ida Mouton, O. C. Mouton, Mrs. Estelle Mouton, Sidney Mouton, L. E. Lacour, Mrs. Eraste Mouton, A. J. Moss, W. J. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, F. S. Mudd, M. D., T. G. Mouton, Marie Julie Mouton, E. Mouisset, T. A. Mcfaddin, B. Miller, J. A. Boyer, H. Church, Mrs. C. Williams, B. J. Donlon, P. M. Girard, M. D., Robt. Richard, Holt & Carter, J. B. Vandergriff, Thos. Richard, E. T. McBride, F. K. Hopkins, Manuel Partano', J. J. Marsh, R. C. Greig, A. A. Bonnet, H. C. Salles, D. D. S., Jean Bonin, Anne Eliza, A. Mouton, Elodie Guidry, Mrs. S. T. Givens, T. O. Broussard, J. A. Robichaud, C. Debaillon, W. Campbell, Julien Mouton, Leon Plonsky, Wm. Clegg, J. J. Davidson, U. Broussard, Mathilde Gardner, Mrs. P. Castel, Mrs. Ellen Rand, Geo. Doucet, Willie Levy, Mrs. M. F. Rigues, Chas. O. Mouton, Alb. Doucet, J. G. Parkerson, F. H. Clark, Mrs. P. D. Beraud, Mrs. Adele Cornay, Mrs. Felix Duhon, J. J. Mouton, Mrs. J. M. Abbott, J. W. Clifford, J. T. Allingham, Mrs. L. M. Domengeaux, John I. Bell, John Bunt, Mrs. C. P. Alpha, E. Bodenheimer, T. M. Biossat, Horace Broussard, Mrs. E. Constantin, Dr. J. L. Duhart, Baxter Clegg, Paul Castel, F. E. Moss, F. H. Gregory, Ulysse Pointboeuf,
State of Louisiana, Parish of Lafayette.
I. A. M. Martin, assessor of the Parish of Lafayette State of Louisiana, after a careful examination of the assessment rolls of the town of Lafayette, La., do hereby certify that the property tax-payers whose names are affixed and signed to the foregoing petitions constitute over one third of the number of property tax-payers of the corporation of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Witness my official signature this 3rd, day of July A. D. 1899.
"Signed" A. M. MARTIN,
Assessor Lafayette Parish La.
Sec. 2. Be it further ordained by said City Council of Lafayette, Louisiana, that said election shall be held under the general election laws of the State of Louisiana, and at the polling place established in said town and the ballots to be used at said election shall be printed or written according to law.
Sec. 3. Be it further ordained, etc. that the Board of Supervision of election for the Parish of Lafayette, La., are hereby authorized to appoint commissioners and clerks to serve at said polling place; to give due notice of said appointment and the time and place of the holding of said election and to make returns of said election to the City Council according to law.
Sec. 4. Be it further ordained etc. that the assessors of the Parish of Lafayette, La., shall furnish to the commissioners of election as herein before authorized a complete list of the tax-payers with the amount of their assessment respectively in the unincorporated limits of said town, duly certified and shall also furnish a duly certified list of the electors of said town to the commissioners of election.
Section 5. Be it further ordained etc. that the commissioners of elections shall receive the ballots of all property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, entitled to vote at said election under the laws of the state of Louisiana, and before depositing the same in the ballot box shall endorse thereon in the presence of elector, unless the ballot shall have been so endorsed, the name of the voter and the amount of the assumed property, and the commissioners shall make returns of the number of votes and the amounts of the assessed value of the property voted for or against levy of said special tax.
Section 6. Be it further ordained etc. by the said city council of the town of Lafayette, La., that this ordinance and the said petition of the tax-payers be published in the Lafayette Advertiser and the Lafayette Gazette, official newspapers of the said town of Lafayette, La., for thirty days prior to said election, in the same manner as provided by law for judicial advertisements, and that this ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage.
Section 7. Be it further enacted that in addition to the announcement of said election to be made by the Board of Supervisors of election of said parish, and the publication of this ordinance, the mayor of said town of Lafayette, La. is hereby authorized to issue his proclamation calling said special election and stating the rate of the proposed increased taxation and the purpose which it is intended according to the terms of this ordinance. Votes Yes: Dr. F. E. Girard, J. E. Martin, Geo. A. DeBlanc, Chas. O. Mouton, H. H. Hohorst and John O. Mouton.
The following bills were approvd:
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WM. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/8/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of July 8th, 1899:
FOURTH OF JULY
Was Fittingly Celebrated by an Enthusiastic Meeting at Beausejour.
The natal day of American independence was celebrated at Beausejour Park in a fitting manner.
The campaign committee of the Industrial School Association did well to select the brightest day in America's history to hold a mass meeting, having for its object the establishment of an institution for the education of the young. Independence and public education are almost synonymous terms, for one is impossible without the other.
Our forefathers builded better than they knew when they laid it down as one of the fundamental principles of human liberty that an educated and intelligent citizenship is the only safeguard of free government. The gentlemen who spoke so eloquently for education began their addresses with touching references to that memorable day upon which the young, but mighty republic of the West served notice upon the tyrants and oppressors of Europe that man was born to be free and would be free.
Beausejour, the most beautiful and picturesque spot on the Vermilion, was the rallying point for the citizens of Lafayette who wished to celebrate the "Glorious Fourth" and to listen to what the speakers had to say on an issue whose solution means a great deal for the future of the parish.
Hon. Wm. Campbell called the meeting to order and requested the well-known, public spirited citizen, Hon. Alexandre Delhomme, of the first ward, to preside. Mr. Campbell nominated the following gentlemen vice-presidents: Charles A. Boudreaux, Louis Ancelet, Louis Whittington, Israel Prejean, Ludovic Billeaud, Thos. F. Webb, Jr., Odillon Blanchet, Aurelien Primeaux, Aurelien Olivier, Martial Billeaud, Jr. Alphonse Guilbeau, Dr. J. P. Francez, J. O. Broussard, Severin Bonin, Jno. Whittington, Jr., Alcide Judice.
There were at least 2,000 people present. Every section of the parish was represented and many persons had come from adjoining parishes; and a striking feature noticeable in the vast assemblage was the splendid unanimity of sentiment which prevailed. Few there were who did not sympathize with the cause which had brought them together. The utterances of the speakers were cheered to the echo and every declaration in favor of the tax elicited applause of the liveliest description.
Judge Debaillon, Judge Julian Mouton and Col. G. A. Breaux delivered able and stirring addresses. They exposed the sophistry of the opposition and showed how unreasonable it was to argue that the Industrial School would be inaccessible to the children of the poor. Their appeals to the voters to rally under the banner of progress and education were, judging from the applause, very effective.
After the speaking the crowd was treated to some excellent barbecued meat which had been prepared under the supervision of Mr. J. D. Mouton, who is entitled to much credit for the way in which he managed the commissary department. The meat was well cooked and it was served with appetizing neatness and a generous hand.
The meeting was a great success.
Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1899.
It has been currently reported that in order to enter the Industrial School a child must be able to stand an examination. This is not so. Section five which provides for the course of study to be pursued establishes a kindergarten department in which beginner will be instructed. By kindergarten instruction is meant the very first lessons taught to a child. Nothing could be farther from the truth than the statement that before being received into the Industrial School the child must have already gone through a regular course of study. Under the act creating the school any child can enter it even though it is not able to distinguish the letter A from a horseshoe. Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1899.
The people of our town will be glad to know that Prof. Greig has definitely decided upon establishing a kindergarten department in connection with the Lafayette Home Institute. Plans for enlarging the present capacity of the school, and providing for the new department have been adopted, and a competent and experienced teacher will be placed in charge. While the kindergarten training has already been successfully introduced into this school in a modified plan, there is evidently a growing demand for the establishment of an independent department, incorporating the complete system. Nothing more vitally important could be inaugurated to advance the prosperity of our town and we bespeak for the enterprise the liberal patronage so richly deserved.
Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1899.
AN EXCELLENT MOVE.
Hon. Overton Cade, Dr. R. O. Young and Mr. B. F. Flanders, of the fourth ward, were in Lafayette Thursday. They appeared before the Police Jury and asked that body to adopt a resolution exempting from taxation any railroad built in this parish before Jan. 1, 1904. The Police Jury acceded to the request and enacted the desired legislation. The people in and around Royville (now Youngsville) are greatly in need of railway facilities and they are making strenuous efforts to secure them. As the people of this town are equally interested in such a move it has been decided that the Business Men's Association will hold a meeting next Monday, when a delegation of gentlemen from Royville will be preset and the matter will be fully considered and discussed with a view of devising some plan of operation.
It is to be hoped that next Monday's meeting of the B. M. A. will be largely attended and that the business men of this town will show an earnest desire to co-operate with their neighbors of Royville for the success of a movement which means so much to the prosperity of Lafayette, Royville and the intervening country.
Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1899.
Mrs. Sophia Stephens Webb.
This godly woman, beloved wife of Rev. Thos. F. Webb, departed life Tuesday morning, July 4, at the old homestead near Lafayette.
Mrs. Webb was a daughter of the late Guideon Stephens and was born in 1829 in the city of New York. In 1848 she was married to Rev. Webb in the city of St. Louis and in 1869 removed with her family to Lafayette where she has continued to reside up to the time of her death. Six children survive - T. F. Webb, Jr., W. G. Webb, Edward Webb, Misses Mary G. Webb, Lizzie Webb and Annie Webb, and until this sad bereavement the happy family circle remained unbroken. Misses Mary and Lizzie Webb have devoted their lives to the missionary cause in Turkey and are now absent in their chosen field of labor. All have been reared by a pious mother to the estate of useful and honorable manhood and womanhood.
Mrs. Webb, while leading a quiet and unobtrusive life, has nevertheless exerted a most potent influence in the social and religious life of this community for thirty years. Purity of character and simplicity of manners added charm to her many excellent qualities of heart and mind. A faithful member of the Presbyterian church, Mrs. Webb ever gave evidence of that joy and peace, which the world knoweth not and which the world cannot take away. Her loss is indeed a sad blow to the christian people of this community but we sorrow not as those who have no hope. May the Divine Master heal the broken hearts of husband and children and grant them grace to bear with christian fortitude this sad dispensation of Providence.
The funeral ceremonies were held Wednesday morning in the Presbyterian church and were conducted by Rev. P. H. Hensley assisted by Rev. I. T. Reams. A large number of friends congregated to pay the last tribute of respect and mingle their tears with those of the sorrowing family. The remains were interred in the Protestant cemetery. The Gazette would proffer most profound sympathy and condolence to the bereaved husband and children and pray that God in his mercy may lighten their burden of grief by the consolation of His divine Spirit. Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1899.
Old Man Honore Bernard.
The Gazette is a friend of the little boy and it would not curtail his time-honored privileges, but it must enter a protest against the manner in which many boys act toward old man Honore Bernard. The old fellow is inoffensive and if let alone will not annoy anyone, but he is teased so much that at times he is provoked to acts of violence and it would not be surprising to find one of his tormentors seriously hurt. The Gazette calls the attention of the police to this matter. Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1899.
Newspaper for Crowley.
The Gazette is pleased to learn that Capt. Jno. M. Taylor is meeting with much success in his efforts to organize a company for the purpose of publishing a newspaper at Crowley. Capt. Taylor is a high-toned gentleman and an able writer. For years he was a member of the Signal staff and was subsequently connected with the editorial management of the Mirror. He is a Democrat of the old school as well as a gentleman of the old school and we desire to extend to him a cordial welcome to the ranks of journalism for which he is eminently fitted. Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1899.
J. A. Martin, Dentist.
Brother to our townsman, Dr. G. A. Martin, having located permanently in Lafayette, desires to buy a home situated in a locality suitable to the practice of his profession. Any one having such property to sell is respectfully requested to call on him at his present office with Dr. Tolson, where he can always be found.
Dr. Martin guarantees all dental work and at prices to suit the times.
Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1899.
SAINT ANN'S CONVENT
Closes the Session With Interesting Exercises - A Large Attendance and a Successful Entertainment.
The commencement exercises of St. Ann's Convent conducted ably by the sisters of Mount Carmel, took place last Sunday night before a very large and appreciative audience.
The different features of the programme proved very attractive not only to the parents and friends of the pupils, but all present were enthusiastic over the evening's entertainment.
The following programme of exercises was carried out accurately and promptly, the Carencro Brass Band discoursing sweet music between the different numbers.
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The choruses, drills and little French drams were not only admirably rendered but proved quite a surprise to the audience who did not expect the grace and aplomb of the children, who nobly responded to the training of their excellent teachers.
Where all strive to please and all are so successful, special praise would seem out of place, still we cannot fail to mention particularly Miss Lena Martin's rag-time melody, "Down on the Ohio," which would have done credit to a Vaudeville performance anywhere. The "Revels of the May Queen and her Fairies" and the "Indian Huntress Drill," were also especially beautiful, the young ladies of the senior class delighting the audience by their grace and lovely costumes.
Premiums were distributed by Rev. Father Laforest to deserving pupils, after which the large crowd scattered and enjoyed a pleasant time in social intercourse, so that it was quite late when the adieus were said.
Mother Joseph, the Superior, has scored another triumph with her pupils, by this entertainment and should feel gratified that her arduous duties have been so productive of good results; while the children having worked so well during the session and won the commendation of their friends, are entitled to a joyous vacation. Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1899.
The Farmer's Institute will take place in Falk's Opera-house on the 17th of this month. Three sessions will be held at which interesting addresses will be delivered by Prof. Stubbs and other distinguished gentlemen. A musical program has been arranged for the night session. Let everybody attend.
Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1899.
THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE TAX.
Reports from the various wards of the parish are very encouraging to the advocates of the special tax. Instead of gaining ground the opposition is weakening every day. Many persons who had been deluded into the belief that the Industrial School would be accessible only to the rich have been correctly informed and are fast coming over to the side of progress and education. When exposed to the searchlight of truth the arguments of those who would array the poor against the rich are shown to be petty and frivolous.
The people are beginning to question the sincerity of the latter-day saviors who want to be crucified for the salvation of the poor. The little army of philanthropists who have suddenly developed an abnormal solicitude for the welfare of the poor farmer can not withstand the arguments of truth and reason. And The Gazette will venture to predict that the opposition will experience a complete collapse before the election. No amount of sophistry can convince the intelligent voters of this parish that is is to their interest to vote against the special two-mill tax. The people of Lafayette appreciate the fact that they have an opportunity to secure an institution which will be a blessing to themselves and their posterity. Those who go about the country prating of their love for the poor are emissaries of discord, and whether sincere or not, they are sewing the seeds of ignorance and illiteracy and encouraging the very thing which is, in a great measure, responsible for the destitute condition of some of their more unfortunate fellow-citizens.
Lafayette is, everything considered, the best parish in the State. With adequate educational facilities she is destined to become the leading parish in Louisiana. She needs an institution of learning where her boys and girls will be given a thoroughly practical education. She is offered such an institution by the act creating the Industrial School. Will she take advantage of the present opportunity? Let her broad-minded, progressive men and women answer this question by voting for the tax. Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1899.
A Neat Book.
The Gazette is under great obligation to Lieut. James A. Moss, of the 24th U. S. Infantry, for a copy of a well written and neatly gotten up book, entitled the "Memories of the Campaign of Santiago." The book contains an itinerary of Company G, which played a very creditable part in the battle of El Caney. As Lieut. Moss was an active participant in that now historic fight, his book no doubt gives a faithful and authentic description of what took place. The excellent manner in which it is presented makes it a precious souvenir to the officers and men of the Twenty-fifth, to whom it is affectionately dedicated. The clear, unaffected style of the author, the good taste displayed throughout the book, the splendid pictures, an evident disinclination to indulge in any fulsome praise and a manifest desire to give credit to whom it is due, are pleasing features of Lieut. Moss' book. Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1899.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., July 6, 1899. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Jno. Whittington, Jr., J. E. Primeaux, Alonzo Lacey and Alfred Hebert. Absent: M. Billeaud, Jr.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Mr. Primeaux reported the sale of oxen for $82.50 which was ordered placed to the credit of the drainage fund of the 4th ward.
Hon. O. Cade here appeared and represented the necessity of constructing railroads and tramroads to
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/8/1899.
Senator Don Caffery and his son, Don Caffery, Jr., passed through Lafayette Wednesday. They were returning from Rayville and were on their way home.
Mrs. F. E. Davis left last Monday for Tecumseh, Mich., where she will spend some time among relatives.
Miss Mathilde Gremilion and Master Albert Couvillon, left last Friday for Avoyelles parish to spend vacation with their parents.
Messrs. Oscar Couvillon and Alexandre Lemoine, of Avoyelles, visited friends and relatives in Lafayette and Carencro this week.
Jack Preager, the old reliable mixologist, will be found at Louis Domengeaux's in the future for a good joke and always a good, fancy drink. Call on Jack. He will be pleased to see all his old friends. Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of July 8th, 1893:
In the matter of the public printing the members of the Police Jury have shown themselves worthy of the trust they hold. They understand their duty toward the public and that duty toward the public and they performed faithful.
As in duty bound, they let out the contract for the public printing, and decided that bids should be received sealed.
The wording of the call The Gazette did not clearly understand, whether bids would be received sealed or opened, hence has prepared none, but stood ready to put in one in any manner that would be determined upon. It being decided that sealed bids only would be received The Gazette wrote its offer there and then proposing to do the work free of charge. The Advertiser, has its offer already written and sealed and which contained the proposition to do the work and pay a bonus of $10 for the privilege. And the Police Jury accepted the bonus and awarded the contract to The Advertiser.
This action of the Police Jury is commendable, for it goes to show that they mean to perform their duties without fear or favor.
The Gazette is perfectly satisfied with the outcome. Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1893.
A delegation of the Business Men's Association of Lafayette met the citizens of Breaux Bridge on the 4th of July, at the latter place, for the purpose of organizing a railroad company to build a road between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge.
After a sumptuous repast at Bourdier's Hotel, the delegation was escorted to the office of Dr. F. R. Martin where the meeting was called to order by the mayor of Breaux Bridge, the Hon. Charles Delhomme.
On motion of Mr. C. O. Mouton, Mr. Chas. Delhomme was elected chairman and Mr. Preston L. Guilbeau secretary.
On motion of Dr. N. P. Moss, the company was called the "Lafayette and Breaux Bridge Railroad Company."
On motion of Mr. Preston L. Guilbeau, a committee of six, three from each parish, was appointed by the chair to frame a charter and for the further object of finding out what inducements the two towns would offer for the building of this road.
The following gentlemen were appointed by the chair.
St. Martin Parish - Preston L. Guilbeau, J. K. Melancon, Dr. F. R. Martin.
Lafayette Parish - Crow Girard, T. M. Biossat, Dr. N. P. Moss.
On motion of Dr. F. R. Martin, a committee of six, composed of three from each parish was appointed to obtain the right of way and to secure the services of engineers to survey the line.
The following gentlemen were appointed on the committee:
Parish of Lafayette - C. O. Mouton, H. Van der Cruyssen, Julian Mouton.
Parish of St. Martin - Chas. S. Babin, Jr., Alph. J. Guilbeau, A. F. Domengeaux.
On motion of J. K. Melancon it was resolved that these proceedings be published in the papers of the two parishes.
On motion of A. F. Domengeaux the meeting was adjourned to meet again in Lafayette on the 12th instant at 10 a. m.
PRESTON L. GUILBEAU, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1893.
MT. CARMEL CONVENT.
The commencement exercises of the Mount Carmel Convent held in the spacious convent hall, were attractive and interesting, and were in keeping with the splendid achievements of this model institution.
The exercises of the young ladies' department were held on Saturday, and the following programme was most creditably carried out:
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The following is the valedictory delivered by Miss Isaure McDaniel, which was rendered in a most pleasing and effective manner, and which drew forth many compliments for the fair young graduate:
The days of youth advance,
The bounding link, the ardent glance,
The kindling soul they bring,
Its lites burning summer time,
Reverend father, kind teachers and loving companions.
Life bears us on like the stream of a midnight river. Our boat at first glides down the narrow channel through the playful murmuring of the little brook and the windings of its grassy borders. The trees shed their blossoms over our young heads, the flowers seem to offer themselves to our youthful hands; we are happy in hope and grasp eagerly at the beauties around us, but the stream hurries us on, and still our hands are empty.
Reverend and beloved pastor, to enumerate the advantages I have derived from your noble instructions, both in school and in church, would be needless to those cherished ones of Mt. Carmel Convent who are always ready to acknowledge the fruits of your exertions.
Since my entrance into this happy convent, your lessons of wisdom have directed my childhood. How often have I heard you say that we should live above the word, that we should consider it our chief business on earth to glorify God and get to heaven.
Yes, dear Father, I will do all I can to be grateful for your noble instructions and hope you will pray to God to keep me faithful and that I may never be shaken in the path of duty.
Dear mother and loving sisters, my heart at this moment is over-flowing with regret and all that I can say is that during my stay at school you can say that during my stay at school you have been to me so many guardian angels by your gentle words of consolation, giving encouragement which never shall be forgotten.
Day after day, hour after hour, you have sat instructing us and implanting in our young hearts those sentiments which should adorn the Christian character.
When I reflect upon this, I see how weak and incapable I am of returning sufficient thanks, but I will endeavor to walk in the you have so often pointed out to us, and will invoke the blessings of heaven on this dear convent and its pious inmates.
Lovely little chapel, I will miss thee ! What happy moments I have passed at the foot of the Altars : Altars endeared to the hearts of Mount Carmel pupils; there we sang our Hymns of praise; there we implored the assistance of our blessed mother, and there we found strength to combat our wills. Dear companions again to enjoy this privilege ; but this dear hope is taken from me ; I must leave this dear home and like the big stream of a midnight river go on my way alone. Gladly would I remain and continue to store my mind with the inestimable lessons and treasures of wisdom, but time is hasty I must be resigned.
Who is now to guide me in the struggles of life ? I hear a whisper ! practice the lessons you have learned: "Honor your father and mother."
Dear parents, you have given me the advantages which I now enjoy. Your anxious wish was to see me arrive at this point, surely every motive of love and gratitude urges me to obey you. You have given me an education where the seed of obedience and religion were planted. I hope you will never find me defective in any respect I will try to be your consolation so as to obtain the promise made by our heavenly father to dutiful children.
Loving companions I must bid you farewell. Yes, I must leave your plays, songs and innocent pastimes, but do not forget me in your daily exercises, think of me, pray for me. It will be gratifying to know I am not forgotten by those privileged ones of dear Mount Carmel, but time hurries me on to say adieu !
"My golden hours are gone." Strive dear companions to attend to your duties, improve in some good every day of your life. Conscience now reminds me of many leisure hours, which I threw away; hours which would be to me now more than gold and pearls.
Boast not that you have so many years to attend school, thou knowest not what a day may bring forth; but listen to a warning. There is a great difference between the innocent joys of school days and the vain pleasure of the foolish world. Cherish in your heart a love for those kind sisters. You are still under their care. But for how long? Old time will not break his wing, he is at the door now calling some of you, and perhaps he is showing you the gaieties of the world, give no room to those shining bubbles or glittering toys to the thoughtless and the gay persuade others to imitate their example.
Venerated pastor may you receive a crown of glory that shall never fade, may this Sanctuary of wisdom and pleasantness be long under your care, and obtain the blessing of joy and peace which remind us,
That spangled firmament,
Are glittering dust beneath the feet.
Of thou who dwell with God.
Happy hours, gentle yoke of obedience, childhood and joys have rolled away with the stream. Oh ! blessings once enjoyed, but now gone forever, the bidding adieu to this dear convent home, the kind sisters, and loving companions are all that is left me now. It is true I looked forward with sweet anticipation to this hour. I thought of the pleasures I would have, but not of the solemn moment of separation from those whose cheering words and unnumbered acts of kindness have blessed my childhood.
Farewell ! dear companions, I leave you. Dearest sisters I must say a regretful . . . . . . Farewell . . . . . . Farewell dear Convent home.
After the programme had been presented then followed the distribution of 340 prizes. For this pleasant duty Father Forge was selected. Before presenting the prizes the reverend father made a short and appropriate address.
The only graduate was Miss Isaure McDaniel, but each of the scholars received some token by which to remember the good sisters who had labored so faithfully for their advancement.
The following medals were then delivered:
Graduating medal awarded to Miss Isaure McDaniel as a testimonial that she has completed the prescribed course of studies in English.
Gold medal for merit awarded to Miss Josephine Anding, who has given general satisfaction to her teacher during the session.
Gold medal awarded to Miss Henrietta Thibodeaux, who has given general satisfaction by her application to study.
Gold medal awarded for merit to Miss Lyda McKeon and Lena Kleb.
A gold medal for good conduct awarded to the young ladies of the boarding school whose conduct has been uniformly satisfactory during the session. Competitors: Miss Lydia Matthews, Celeste Thibodeaux, Amelie Comeaux, Rosalie Castex, Edna Etter, Della Broussard, Marie Broussard, Henrietta Thibodeaux, Laura Melancon.
Gold medal awarded to the boarders who were present from the first Monday of the opening Sept. 1, 1892, to July 1, 1893. Won by Miss Henrietta Thibodeaux.
Gold medal awarded for good conduct to the young ladies of the externa. Competitors: Misses Leila Cornay, Marie Revillon, Lucy Revillon, Lea Montet, Alida Campbell, Adrian Landry.
First silver medal for good conduct. Competitors among the boarders: Misses Melanie Broussard, Ida Savoy, Rita Jeanmard, Rosa Castex, Josephine Anding, Lena Kleb, Lyda McKeon, Anna Dubernard. Competitors among the young ladies of the externa: Misses Alida Campbell, Mary Abbot, Emma Falk, Lucy Judice, Gabrielle Guchereaux, Virginie Hebert, Rose Plonsky, Fedora Pellerin, Louise Doucet, Lydia McDaniel, Philomene Judice.
Second silver medal for good conduct. Competitors among the boarders: Misses Cora Girouard, Emilia Breaux, Ena Primeaux. Competitors among the young ladies of the externa: Miss Laura Plonsky, Philomene Doucet, Suzan Bienvenue, Euphemie Guchereau, Edmonia Landry, Agnes Trahan, Irma Mouton, Rose Mouton, Elodie Landry, Clara Martin.
Third silver medal for good conduct. Competitors among the boarders: Misses Anastasia Broussard, Bella Judice, Simonia Broussard, Florence McKeon and Marie Dubernard. Competitors among the externa: Misses Roberta Duhart, Ida Villere, Celeste Lafond, Lucy Vigneaux, Emma Wergel, Rosa Wergel, Clothilda Rigues, Mabel Labbe, Alice Abbott, Amy Martin, Henrietta Landry, Alice Ledet.
On Monday the exercises for the boy's department were held. There are 50 boys attending the school. The programme was most pleasingly performed, and elicited much favorable comment from the fact of having been so well carried out. All the boys received some reward at the hands of the good sisters. The following is the programme:
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Gold medal awarded to Pierre Gerac for penmanship.
Gold medal awarded to Raoul Pellerin for good conduct.
Medals of good conduct were awarded to the following pupils.
1st Division - Pierre Gerac, Andre Prudhomme, Jean Baquet, Eli Foreman, Gilbert Bonin, Rene Comeaux.
2nd Division - Sidney Comeaux, Nicholas Hebert, Raphael Thompson, Calbert Patin, Sidney Patin.
The School will reopen Monday, September 4, 1893.
Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1893.
News From Carencro.
We are pleased to note the return home from Grand Coteau Convent of Miss Antoine Melchoir and Miss Graziella Francez. This grand old institution closed its doors for the session of '93, on Thursday June 29th on the morning of which the annual commencement exercises were held, and usual premiums or prizes were awarded to the several successful pupils, who had excelled in the different branches during the year. Grand Coteau Convent is conducted by the the "Sisters of the Sacred Heart," which is essentially an order of teachers, devoting their every energy and whole life to the training of the young, entrusted to their care. Their methods are praiseworthy, and unique, as young girls under their charge are expected to a certain extent to comport to the rules by which they are themselves governed. Their entertainments or exercises are void of all frivolous show. Theirs is a school of long, tried, and established reputation, and from its doors the most refined and accomplished women of our state have came forth. At the exercises just referred to Miss Antonia Melchoir, was awarded the First prizes, for Success, Instruction, English and French Grammar, Translation, Style, French History, Recitation and application. And 2nd prize in English History and Geography. She was also the recipient of the blue ribbon for deportment. Miss Graziella Francez received for the 3rd Class, 1st prizes for application, French Grammar, History, Recitation, Translation, Arithmetic, Catechism, and premium for Style. Successful in English, and to enter the 2nd Class at the next session. Carencro's reputation seems to be safe in the hands of these young ladies. Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1893.
Sunday School Picnic.
A representative of The Gazette attended a very pleasant picnic given by three Sunday schools, who had joined forces for the occasion.
The Bethel School, of which the writer was a member, left Duson at quite an early hour for the scene of festivities on Indian Bayou. Arriving there we were met by Mr. Tom Spell, the Superintendent of the Kimble Sunday School, greeted us with most brotherly courtesy that could be shown. We were all soon in ranks, and marched into the chapel headed by our superintendent Last Hoffpauir, followed by Mr. W. B. Clark, carrying the banner with Misses Eula Hoffpauir and Myrtle Clark holding the streamers. We then occupied seats, and a few moments thereafter the superintendent called the assembly to order, and an opening song, chosen for the occasion, was rendered by a fine chorus of voices. Next came the opening address by Mr. Ben Avant, which was followed by addresses in succession by members of class 1, Mrs. India Clark, teacher; class 2, Mrs. John Trahan, teacher; class 3, the speakers being all young ladies, and class 4 being young men. The addresses were indeed very good. A recess till noon was then taken, and upon re-assembling our minister in a few appropriate words gave thanks to all and we then partook of a fine feast. After dinner we had the pleasure of meeting some old friends from Rayne.
The young folks, romped, sang, and had a most pleasant time. In a word the picnic was a most enjoyable one and every body expressed themselves well pleased with the day's frolic, and the hope is general that we will soon have another one.
Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1893.
Selling Stolen Excursion Tickets.
A negro hailing from Abbeville named John Smith is in limbo, and was arrested in the act of disposing of the last of a lot of five excursion tickets at reduced rates, last Sunday. He claimed that the tickets had been given to him by a negro girl who told him she had found them. John Smith stands a fine chance to do the State some service on the levees. Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1893.
While Mrs. Bagnall was preparing a meal on the stove, and was in the act of turning over the steak with a spoon, a turkey stalked in, and raising her arms to shoo it away struck herself in the temple with the spoon cutting a gash which bled profusely, but fortunately it proved nothing serious. Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1893.
Police Jury Proceedings.
(Note - The Gazette will publish from the official record the same week of its sitting, the proceedings of the Police Jury.)
Lafayette, La., July 3, 1893.
The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: W. B. Torian, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, Ford Hoffpauir, A. A. Delhomme, H. M. Durke, R. C. Landry and A. D. Landry.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Mr. Durke reported that the repairs on the Odillon Broussard bridge would probably cost $150 but no action was taken in the premises.
The road overseers of the respective wards, made report under resolution of the Police Jury, giving a detailed statement of the work accomplished of which the following is a summary.
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On motion duly made it was resolved that the stock law be and is hereby amended in order that a limitation of 12 months is fixed for the reimbursement to owners of any proceeds, of sales under the said law.
Napoleon Melancon, constable of the 4th ward, reported one horse sold under, the stock law, the net proceeds being $8.50 which was ordered turned over to the treasurer.
By motion of Mr. Durke the Police Jury proceeded to the election of its officers.
Mr. Chas. D. Caffery here arose and stated that he had been requested to ask that all salaried officers be put to bid.
The following communication was also read:
To the Hon. President and members of the Police Jury of Lafayette parish La.
The undersigned submits his name for the office of parish treasurer at a salary of two hundred dollars per annum, with the further agreement that the parish funds will be deposited with the People's State Bank, and be credited with interest at the rate of two per cent per annum on daily balances.
The Police Jury then proceeded to ballot for the various officers with the following result.
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Messrs. Ford Hoffpauir, R. C. Greig, C. H. Bradley and Wm. Clegg were declared duly elected and their salaries fixed the same as last year.
Bids were received for the public printing for fiscal year as follows:
The Lafayette Advertiser bid to print the proceedings in French and English for $100 or print in English alone and pay a premium of $10 therefor. The Lafayette Gazette bid to do the work for nothing.
By motion of Mr. Brown, the proposition of The Advertiser to pay a premium of $10 per annum for the public printing in English was accepted and that journal declared the official organ of the parish for the fiscal year beginning July 1st, 1893.
Messrs. W. B. Torian and E. G. Voorhies were reappointed as auditing committee.
It was resolved that hereafter the Police Jury shall elect all its officers annually.
The following committee was appointed to examine the treasurer's office and if found correct, authorized to grant him a quietus: R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, and W. B. Torian.
The following committee was appointed to examine and receive the "Index Book of Conveyances," now being transcribed by Dr. H. D. Guidry, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown and A. A. Delhomme.
The sum of $25 each was granted unto the following indigents, to-wit: Madeline (colored), Adrien Sonnier and Emerenthe Bonin.
The sum of $200 each was appropriated to 4th and 5th wards for the purpose of erecting suitable school houses for the education of white public school children. Said appropriation to be paid out of funds collected for the year 1893-4.
Mr. Bradley, the court-house keeper submitted an inventory of all public property in the court building including a complete list by volumes of all law books in possession of the parish.
The following road overseers were then appointed for the ensuing year:
1st ward ... Felix Bernard
2d ward ... Ford Hoffpauir
3d ward ... T. F. Webb, Jr.
4th ward ... Firmin O. Broussard.
5th ward ... ----------------------------.
6th ward ... O. H. Breaux
7th ward ... Eloi Bonin
8th ward ... Jno. H. Landry
A communication from Mr. I. N. Satterfield, the road contractor, asking an extension of ninety days in order to comply with the requirements of his contracts was read ad on motion the following was adopted: Resolved that I. N. Satterfield, road contractor, be and is hereby cited to appear before this Police Jury, Monday July 10th instant, to show cause why he has failed to comply with the terms of his contract.
The Police Jury then adjourned to meet at 10 o'clock a. m. July 10, 1893.
FORD HOFFPAUIR, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1893.
School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., July 1, 1893.
The Board of School Directors of the parish of Lafayette met this day in regular session with the following members present: Julian Mouton, President, Jasper Spell, J. O. Broussard, and J. S. Whittington. Absent: H. Theall, Dr. W. W. Lesley and A. C. Guilbeau.
The meeting of the previous meeting were read and approved.
The finance committee reported that they had examined the books of the Treasurer and found the same correct with a balance on hand of $2,420.36.
The Treasurer submitted the following report which was accepted:
State of Louisiana, Parish of Lafayette. - Public Education. - Wm. Clegg, Treasurer School Fund.
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Treasurer School Fund.
The superintendent submitted a report of the schools of the parish which was accepted and ordered filed.
The resignation of Mr. F. C. Latiolais, teacher of the Broussard school, was received and accepted.
Reports from the Trustees of the Comeaux school, Isle Pilette school, Duson school and Lafayette colored school were received, read and ordered filed.
Mr. A. D. Martin, teacher of the Begnaud school 1st ward, appeared before the Board and stated that his school is so situated that it is very inconvenient for many of his pupils to attend, and that several parties had offered the land if the location would be changed.
On motion of Mr. J. O. Broussard, seconded by Mr. D. Bernard, the trustees of the Begnaud school are requested to select a more desirable and suitable location for said school, provided that the land be donated and that they report to this Body at the next regular meeting (October 7, 1893).
On motion of Mr. J. O. Broussard, seconded by Mr. J. S. Whittington it was resolved that the public printing of this Board be given to the lowest bidder per year, said bids to be handed to the Secretary of this Board at the next regular meeting, October 7, 1893, in open session. The board reserving the right to reject any and all bids.
On motion of Mr. J. O. Broussard, duly seconded, it was resolved that the teachers of this parish shall receive the following salary for their services to-wit: 1st grade, $45 per month, 2d. grade, $40 per month, and, 3d. grade, $30 per month, and that all conflicting resolutions are hereby repealed.
The following accounts were approved.
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There being no further business the Board adjourned.
JULIAN MOUTON, President.
H. E. TOLL, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1893.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/8/1893.
The Gazette will publish, next Saturday, the delinquent tax list for the parish of Lafayette.
The Gazette is still in the ring ready for the next round.
The proceedings of the Police Jury in this issue are worth reading.
Mrs. Wm. Brandt has removed to her residence where she will continue to receive boarders.
Miss M. L. Younger, of Avoyelles parish, is the guest of her nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Triay.
Misses Lea Gladu and Alex Judice spent Wednesday in Royville as guests of Dr. Scranton and family.
Miss Emily Bailey, a student of the Academy of the Holy Cross, Opelousas, is spending her vacation at home.
It is a positive pleasure to note how finely the crops are growing, and promising such a bountiful yield.
People who were heretofore blinded by plausible sophistry are beginning to see how the feline is going to jump.
Mrs. Alfred Voorhies, and daughter, Miss Philomene, went over to St. Martinville Tuesday, to witness the 4th of July display in that town and returned home Wednesday.
Wednesday, a negro living on Col. G. A. Breaux's plantation near town, were prostrated by the heat while working in the field and died from its effects.
Constable Wm. Graser arrested Sunday a negro named Joseph Babin accused of stealing a pair of shoes from another citizen of the same hue. Hoe is resting easy behind the bars.
Miss Julia Hearne and sister, of Houston, Texas stopped a few days here on their way to New Orleans. They were guests of Miss Alix Judice.
Dr. F. E. Girard who is not occupying the position of resident physician at the Ear, Eye, Throat Hospital, New Orleans was a visitor to his home and friends this week.
The appointment of Mr. Overton Cade to the superintendency of the mint has probably set the bee buzzing in the bonnet of several parties, for The Gazette has heard on the dead quiet that several gentlemen are being groomed to enter the race. The Gazette will be heard from in due time.
Lafayette Gazette 7/8/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July the 8th, 1882:
Invalids suffering from sluggishness of the liver, feeble action of the heart, a feeling of suffocation and debility arising from various causes, find sure relief in Brown's Iron Bitters.
ICE. - Mr. Jean Vigneaux has made arrangements to keep a supply of ice constantly on hand during the summer.
The attention of the members of the School Board is called to the notice for a meeting - to be found in another column.
Messrs. G. B. Shaw, E. Dechamps, J. A. Brookshier and J. T. Labit of Vermilion were in town on July 4th.
At or near the Jennings station the La. Western railroad on the night of the 4th of July, a man was run over and killed by the West bound Texas express.
Mr. J. F. Ferris, who for the past year or more has been connected at this point with the La. Western Railroad, left last Saturday to take charge of the station at Rayne. Mr. F. was efficient and thorough in the performance of his duties here and will, no doubt, do equally well at his new post.
The ceremony of receiving applicants into the bosom of the church was administered last Thursday at the Catholic church by the Rev. Forge assisted by Revs. C. Jacquet of New Iberia, Rivolan of Franklin, Ponchon of Charenton, Suriray of Carencro, Antonio of Rayne, and Rodhuit of Grand Coteau. There were one hundred and twelve youthful communicants, who seemed to realize fully the importance and solemnity of the occasion.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/8/1899.
Notwithstanding the disgraceful course of the majority of the United States Senate in refusing to deprive themselves of an odious privilege, which Napoleon III, Pope Pius IX and Queen Victoria are not able to use - we are glad to note several recent improvements in our postal arrangements. The postage on half ounce letters to the North German Confederation and the Austrian dominions has been reduced to seven cents, by the German line of steamers, while it continues to be ten cents when the letters are sent via England. A contract has also been concluded between the Postmaster General and the Cunard and Inman lines of steamers by which these lines will hence forward carry mails from this country to Europe on their days of sailing. This is a result especially important to that portion of of our business community who have mercantile relations with England, as there is no doubt of the superior speed of the Cunard and Inman boats making the ocean journey on an average of eleven days the year round.
These steps are in the right direction. But the postage of letters from the United States to European countries is still too high ; and we may add, three cents is too much postage on letters within the limits of the United States. There are not wanting advocates of a "world's penny (two cent) postage, and there is no doubt that men are living who will see that consummation, the times are, however, not just yet ripe for such a millieu for letter writers, autograph collectors and wholesale merchants.
The statesmen of most countries do not seem yet to have learned that the surplus postal revenue of Great Britain has very greatly augmented ever since the reduction of the postage, in 1840 or thereabouts, to one penny the half ounce. The argument which was used against Senator Summer that there is no analogy between the cases of England and America, because our larger and sparsely settled area makes it much more expensive to carry the mails, is an argument which in these days of competitive railways is at best feeble, and which will grow more and more feeble every day. We hope that our senior Senator will persevere in his plan to reduce our letter postage ; it is an enlightened and progressive idea, and worthy the attention can be spared from the personal squabbles of its members.
From the Boston Bulletin and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/9/187