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From the Lafayette Gazette of June 30th, 1900:
It was stated in the last issue of The Gazette that the appropriation committee of the Legislature had decided to give $59,000 to the Industrial Institute. Since that announcement was made the committee has altered the bill to meet the revenues of the State. The appropriations for the various institutions have been curtailed. Instead of $59,000 the school at this place will get $49,000. Of course, it is to be regretted that it was necessary to cut down the appropriations, but the friends of the school have no reason to complain. No doubt the bill was amended because the State was unable to meet the amounts originally allotted to the different institutions. Considering the sums given to the schools hospitals and asylums throughout the State the Southwestern Louisiana Institute has fared well.
With the known business ability of the management of this institution there is no reason to apprehend any trouble for want of adequate funds.
In this connection The Gazette wishes to compliment Representative Overton Cade for his good and fruitful work in behalf of the school. Mr. Cade, who is a member of the appropriation committee, was, by reason of his wide acquaintance and experience, in a position to ably represent the interests of institution. He was seconded by Senator A. O. Clark. Representative Durio and Senator T. J. Labbe, who gave him all the assistance in their power. Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1900.
On Uncompressed Cotton Between Lafayette and Opelousas - Question to Decided by the Railroad Commission.
Judge O. C. Mouton and Mr. B. N. Coronna went to Baton Rouge this week to look after the interests of the Lafayette Compress and Storage Company and citizens of the town in a case before the Railroad Commission. This case grew out of a certain agreement which, it is alleged, existed, fixing prohibitive rates on uncompressed cotton from Lafayette to Opelousas and vice versa. This it appears, was done for the mutual protection of the compresses.
It transpired that the Opelousas Compress people appealed to the Railroad Commission to reduce rates on cotton from points below Lafayette to Opelousas, but they did not ask for any alteration of the prohibitive rate of $1.25 from Lafayette to Opelousas. Pending the application of the Opelousas Compress the Lafayette Storage and Compress Company asked for the Commission to abolish the prohibitive rate on cotton from Lafayette to Opelousas to Lafayette.
In passing upon the question the Commission fixed the rate between Lafayette and Opelousas at 25 cents per bale with a rebate of 10 cents when reshipped. To this ruling the people of Opelousas objected. They filed another petition asking at the $1.25 rate be re-established because it had been originally done by mutual consent. Then it was that a number of citizens of Lafayette intervened, objecting to the re-fixing of the old rate on the ground that the agreement, if any was entered into as alleged, by the two compresses and the railroad company by which it was proposed to secure to each compress exclusive operation in its own territory, was in restraint of trade and contrary to the public policy of the State.
The case was argued on a re-hearing before the Railroad Commission at Baton Rouge last Monday. Messrs. Thos. H. Lewis and Kenneth Baillo appeared for the Opelousas compress and citizens of Opelousas and Judge O. C. Mouton represented the interests of the compress and citizens of Lafayette.
Should the Commission decide that the present rate of 25 cents be not altered, both compresses will be on an equal footing. Such a decision would seem to be fair to all parties as it would no doubt encourage competition among the cotton buyers at Lafayette and Opelousas, who would not be hampered by prohibitive rates either way.
The Gazette has faith in the judgment and fairness of the Commission and whatever may be the character of its decision in this case it will be based upon an honest conception of its duty.
It can not but hope, however, that the decision will be such as to promote unrestricted commerce, unhindered by the caprices of railroads or the selfish interests of corporations.
Let there be a free and fair competition among the cotton buyers. Laws are intended to protect the many against the in-satiate greed of the few, and not to foster any special interests at the expense of the majority. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1900.
A REAL TREAT
For Those Who Like to Hear Good Singing.
Miss Mathilde L. Bruguiere, a gifted singer, who has received the most flattering encomiums of cultured audiences in the large cities of America and Europe, will be at Falk's opera-house, on Sunday, July 15. Miss Bruguire is a native of New Orleans and possesses a wonderful voice. Wherever she sang the press has spoken of her in the most eulogistic terms. The newspapers of Berlin, New York, New Orleans, Mexico and other cities have vied with one another in saying nice things about this favored child of the Crescent City.
The Gazette is unable to reproduce the many press notices complimentary to Miss Burguiere, but it prints below what the Picayune said of this gifted songstress when she visited New Orleans last April. The Picayune said:
Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1900.
Circuit Court Completed.
In a late issue the New Enterprise of Marksville pays the handsome compliment to the judges of the circuit court of this district. At its recent session held at Marksville the circuit court disposed of a heavy docket, consisting of some 27 cases. Speaking of the court the New Enterprise.
The decisions were rendered too late to go in this issue. Every case, with but few exceptions, was fought to a finish by the representative attorneys. This is the last term of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals with Judges Blackman and Mouton presiding. These gentlemen have given general satisfaction in the manner of their disposition of the cases submitted to them. Judge Blackman needs no words of introduction from us, he is as well known in this parish ha he is in his own - where he holds a life tenure to some judgeship. Judge Mouton came among us at the inception of his term, but long before his advent, his name had become a household word in the homes of our parish and so he met with a ready welcome. We trust the next presiding judges upon that court will uphold for it the same dignity given it by the present judges. Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1900.
On to Crowley !
Our firemen of Co. No. 1 have just received some very handsome hats for their officers. An elegant white hat for the chief will distinguish that officer from the rest of the boys. The boys are looking forward to the 4th of July with anticipation of much pleasure. They have been invited by the firemen of Crowley to join them in a celebration which is to take place in that town. The Crowley boys have several times in the past shown a very friendly regard for their confreres of Lafayette and the fire laddies of the latter town are delighted to have an opportunity to testify their appreciation of the friendship of Crowleyites. A large number of the boys have expressed a desire to visit Crowley on the Fourth of July and join hands with the citizens of that enterprising city in commemorating the Republic's natal day in fitting style. Lafayette has just had its day which was on the 21st and it can do no better than to help the wide-awake people of Crowley to celebrate the Glorious Fourth. Lafayette Gazette 6/29/1900.
A Sad Accident.
A most unfortunate accident happened in the second ward of this parish last Sunday night. While young Ornan Spell and his friend, Tom Hayes, were returning from a social party, Spell drew a weapon to shoot a dog and while turning around on his horse toward the direction of the dog, the weapon was accidentally discharged, the ball penetrating the head of Hayes and causing his death. Coroner Mouton held an inquest Monday morning. After hearing all the facts the jury rendered a verdict discharging young Spell.
The evidence adduced showed clearly that the killing was purely accidental. The young men were good friends and the accident is very much regretted, particularly by Spell and his relatives. Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1900.
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 6/30/1900.
Of Prof. LeRosen's school for the month of June:
Nannie Buchanan, Moore Biossat, Rousseau Mouton, Perry Singleton, Orres Babin, John Bachert, Edwin Cunningham, Gaynier Hebert. Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1900.
Dangerously Shot by B. H. Shannon, Who Gives His Version of the Affair.
At about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon Ignatius Weigel was shot, and it is believed fatally wounded, by B. H. Shannon, a liquor dealer who keeps a saloon near the Sunset Hotel.
Immediately after the shooting Mr. Shannon surrendered to Sheriff Broussard and was incarcerated in the parish jail. A representative of this paper called upon him and obtained his version of the shooting which is substantially as follows:
Ignatius West came to Shannon's saloon in the company of two lewd women. Shannon objected to the women entering his house, stating that his wife was living on the second story of the building and he would, under no circumstances, permit the women to enter the place. This, it appears, angered Weigel, who, after applying some vile language to Shannon, left the place. After remaining away a short while he returned to the saloon. When Weigel returned to the saloon he reproached Shannon for having refused admittance to the women and again used some very offensive language. A man named Lynch, very much under the influence of liquor, tried to take Weigel away. Weigel knocked him down. Then it was that Weigel advanced toward Shannon who was standing behind the counter. Shannon seeing Weigel coming toward him a the same time reaching down for a nail-puller which was on the floor, felt that his life was in danger. He told Weigel not to get nearer, but seeing that his words were of no avail he leveled his pistol, a 41 Colt, and fired. He fired three times.
The Gazette tried to find out if there was another side to the story. While there appears to be another and conflicting evidence, were were unable to secure any in time for publication this morning.
From all accounts Weigel was drinking during the day.
After being shot Weigel walked over to the Sunset Hotel where he received medical help. He was attended by Dr. J. F. Mouton. He was found to have been pierced through and through, the bullet having entered the stomach and gone out through the back. Late yesterday evening the chances were against the wounded man.
Wiegel is well-known in this town. He was charged with shooting Frank Prince some two or three years ago. The grand jury failed to indict him for the shooting.
B. H. Shannon came here about six months ago from Sharkey County, Miss. He is 29 years of age. Since here Mr. Shannon has been a peaceable man and is well thought of by those who had dealings with him. Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1900.
We publish in another column a dividend notice of the First National Bank of Lafayette, in which it will be seen that two thousand dollars has been added to the surplus fund of this staunch home instutution. The figures will now read: Capital stock $50,000.00; surplus $10,000. Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1900.
Mrs. Graser Gets Pension.
Mrs. John Graser, of this town, has been granted a pension by the Federal government. The deceased husband of Mrs. Graser was in the Union army during the Civil war, having enlisted from New Orleans. Mrs. Graser received $1,000 as back pay and will be paid a quarterly pension of $24. Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1900.
A young man of about 25 years of age, the son of Mr. Felix Malapart, became violently insane at his home near Carencro, a few days ago and was brought to town and incarcerated in the parish jail. His insanity was of so violent a form that it required several strong men to carry him into the jail. There are three insane persons in the jail. Two of them are negro women. As soon as possible these unfortunate people will be interdicted and taken to the asylum where they will receive proper care. The State should so arranged it that insane persons can be sent immediately to the asylum to and not made to remain any length of time in the jails, often among criminals of the most depraved character. The institution at Jackson should be provided with adequate funds to accommodate all the insane of the State. As it is Dr. Hayes, the superintendent, does remarkably well with the means available, but he should not be hampered in his work by inadequate appropriations. If there are people entitled to the most generous treatment that a State can give they are those bereft of their reason.
Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1900.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/30/1900.
The Gazette was pleased to receive from Miss May Bailey an invitation to attend the closing exercises of the Home Institute of New Orleans. Miss Bailey returned home this week.
There will be a special meeting of the Young People's Christian Temperance Union on Sunday, July 1, at which all members are requested to be present: Visitors are cordially invited. The meeting will be held at the Methodist church.
Judge Debaillon has been busy during the past week holding court in Acadia.
Sam Dugas and Louis Obey, negroes, were arrested by Officer Peck last Wednesday, charged with stealing some meat from the store of J. A. Delhomme.
In another column appear the advertisement of the Lafayette Sugar Refining Company, offering more advantageous terms to cane-growers.
Our esteemed confrere, Oscar Alpha, wants the young negro to either come up to the standard or get off the earth. If Oscar's drastic solution of the race problem is essayed Sambo will be placed in a rather embarrassing predicament.
Notice - Shareholders in the Building and Loan Association are requested to avoid fines and forfeitures, by prompt payments of dues every Saturday afternoon, at from 5 to 7 o'clock.
Don Greig visited Lake Charles this week as a delegate to the Christian Endeavor Convention.
Oran Clark, son of Dr. A. O. Clark, has just returned from Centenary College. He is spending the vacation at his home in this parish.
Mr. Adonis LeBlanc has rented the Veazey home where he will live with his family. Mr. LeBlanc is a traveling salesman for a New Orleans firm.
Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1900.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 30th, 1894:
THE GLORIOUS 4th!
Next Wednesday will be July 4th., the date that commemorates the declaration of independence of the American people.
It is an occasion that is suitably observed in almost every city and hamlet in the United States. In our part of the country, St. Martinville is making native preparations on an enlarged scale, as we have been made aware by the posting of bills and posters, to do honor to the event. In Lafayette parish, our lusty little sister town, Broussardville, has heralded to the world the joyful manner in which it proposes to observe this greatest of American fetes, and, to that end, the citizens of the place have arranged to celebrate the day after a fashion that bids fair to divide honors with St. Martinville.
We, of the town of Lafayette, mean to commemorate "the great and glorious 4th" is a less eventful way, but because there is no unfurling of bunting with us, nor boom of cannon, we must not be judged as lacking patriotism. It is our native modesty and the deep reverence we feel for the time honored custom in this community of never making any outward display of the magniludinous conceptions that have, from time immemorial, illuminated our minds with brightest anticipations never to be realized, that forbids us from being other than silent lookerons again, in the year of our Lord 1894. And if there be any virtue in sacredly clinging to images of the past, we certainly deserve recognition from the world for our extreme faithfulness in that direction.
We do not believe it would be a flagrant violation of the tenets of our people to visit Broussardville on the 4th. instant and enjoy the right interesting attraction the worthy citizens of that little town intend providing for the occasion. A hearty welcome awaits all visitors.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/30/1894.
For Fire Protection.
We publish by request the subjoined circulars, etc., that are self-explanatory. The gentlemen who compose the committee have thought the plan here unfolded, of sufficient worth to place it before the property holders of Lafayette for their consideration and if they have adopted a somewhat original method of obtaining the sense of the community, they believe it to be one offering the minimum amount of objectionableness and, withal, as satisfactory as any other they might have chosen. The committee (unreadable words) sincere in their offer and their intention to work out a solution of this momentous question, on the line mapped out. They are always aware of the fact that they plan submitted by them is open to a number of objections just as would be the case with whatsoever plan that might be suggested, but believing the method they have proposed of laying the foundation for a useful and effective fire department to be quiet practicable, they place it before the public, being perfectly content to abide by the decision of the latter, as regards their wishes in the matter. If the movement fails to enlist the necessary amount of support from the citizens of the community for the committee to feel authorized to continue its exertions, the undertaking will be simply abandoned as far as the members of the committee are concerned, and other hands may take up the work with the assurance of having the individual sympathy and support of the disbanded committee. The latter will wait a reasonable length of time to hear from the property owners to whom the literature we reproduce has been sent, and will then inform the public of the outcome of its own doings with reference to the action of the said committee. Lafayette Advertiser 6/30/1894.
(Communicated to Advertiser.)
Lafayette, La., June 19th, 1894.
To the Person to whom this is addressed:
Six of your fellow citizens have (under the strain of circumstances calling for action) to take the initiative in a practical effort to provide some useful means of combating fire in Lafayette.
The gentlemen to whom will be entrusted care and management of the fund to be thus created may be relied on to do everything for the best, and as the nature of the task they are called upon to perform will entail a considerable amount of personal sacrifice, they will look for a cheerful cooperation on your part, in order that their labors may be lightened as much as possible.
The "chronic kicker" if he is still extant among us - the fellow who is never at a loss for a plausible (?) argument in opposition to the best of undertakings, for no other reason than to shield his impecuniousness or lack of public spirit - is asked no other favor than to simply refuse, without argument, to contribute to the fund it is proposed to raise. By doing this he will render the work of the solicitors much less disagreeable, for they are not beggars, in any sense of the term. They are respectable and thrifty members of the community who have pressing need for their own time, but who are willing to suffer a reasonable amount of self-sacrifice for the general good of the people, because it is the call of duty.
The need of an active fire department in Lafayette is imperative and you have a direct interest in the success of the movement, for your own home may be the next one to succumb to the fire element.
As a property-holder you are expected to lend, as your doubtless will, substantial aid in the furtherance of this new departure. Within the next few days you will be given an opportunity of placing your self on record for such amount as your means will justify, or your liberality may prompt you to donate.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/30/1894.
ORGANIZE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.
Realizing that it is imperative for the citizens of Lafayette to provide means of some kind to protect their houses and property against destruction by fire, and recognizing the force of the old saying "half a loaf is better no bread" we, the undersigned, do hereby obligate ourselves to pay, in the manner prescribed, the amount of money we have placed opposite to our names below, to be expended in the procuartion of apparatuses and devices of acknowledged utility in combating fire.
We agree to pay to the committee of gentlemen appended here to, the amount of our subscription according to the terms stipulated below, and said money we authorize this committee to invest in such manner their good judgement shall indicate will offer the greatest security to property against fire, according to the sum of money received.
The terms of payment of subscriptions are :
One Half in cash July first 1894:
One quarter in cash July first 1894:
One quarter in cash Sept. first 1894:
We will furnish our simple notes for payment of second and third installments, bearing date of July first 1894. This we will do to simplify the labors of the gentlemen composing the committee, who are kind enough to lend their time and services in furthermore of the success of this very good movement.
No subscriptions will be accepted for less than Ten (10.) dollars.
MAYOR WM. CAMPBELL, CHAS. O. MOUTON, T. M. BIOSSAT, B. FALK, JAMES HANNEN, N. P. MOSS.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/30/1894.
THE LADIES ORGANIZE FOR FIRE PROTECTION.
Pursuant to call a large number of the ladies of Lafayette assembled at the Court House, last Wednesday, to testify their earnest interest in the matter of procuring fire protection for the town. There can be no question of the imperativeness for definite action in this regard when our mothers, sisters and our sweethearts themselves, feel overcome by a sense of the pressing need there exists for a fire department. They had learned that another effort was being inaugurated to secure some practical form of fire protection available for use in the immediate future, and feeling anxious for the success of the movement with all zealousness of their minds, the ladies have stepped forward (be it said to their great credit) to offer a helping hand to the sterner sex, to ensure the accomplishment of the undertaking. That the ladies can be of immense assistance in a movement of this kind is a well recognized fact and the earnest tender of their services they have formally made to the gentlemen engaged in the work of laying the corner stone of a reliable and effective fire department, will ever be a shining mark on the noble womanhood of the women of Lafayette.
The meeting was largely attended and was a thoroughly representative one. An invitation having been extended to the gentlemen of the town to be present, a goodly number of them were on hand, and these felt it an honor to figure in the assembly on an occasion that could not fail to impress (unreadable word) with the deepness of its significance.
Proceedings were begun by Mrs. W. B. Bailey calling on Mayor Campbell to address the meeting. Passing from jest to the more serious phase of the motive that prompted the ladies to enlist themselves in behalf of so important a step as meant the founding of a fire department for Lafayette, the mayor strenuously urged upon every member of the community the need of making systematic preparation for defending properly against the ravages of fire. He commended the ladies for the interest they were manifesting in this direction and suggested a number of different ways in which they might render valuable assistance to himself and others who were at this very time exerting themselves to secure a beginning of protection against for the town. At the conclusion of his remarks he advised the ladies to enter into permanent organization at once by electing a set of executive officers and hold themselves in readiness to work in conjunction with the male element of the population to the end that the object in which we all feel such deep concern might be accomplished at the earliest date possible.
The mayor's remarks were loudly applauded and acting in consonance with his suggestion the ladies present proceeded to choose officer by a rising vote, with the following result:
Mrs. Columbus Eastin, president; Mrs. John O. Mouton, vice president; Mrs. Hebert Billeaud, secretary; Mrs. Jules J. Revillon, treasurer.
The organization is peculiarly fortunate in the selection of its first set of officers, as the ladies who have been chosen to fill the various positions combine all of the necessary qualities for successfully conducting the affairs of the association. The utmost good feeling prevailed throughout the evening and the absolute unanimity of action on all questions that came before the meeting clearly demonstrated the determination of every person connected with the movement to work with a single mind in the cause that the ladies of the community deem worthy of their support.
The assembly adjourned to meet again to-day, at the residence of the president, Mrs. Columbus Eastin.
The Advertiser feels much pride and gratification to be able to chronicle this decided evidence of public spiritedness on the part of the ladies of Lafayette and expects only good results to flow from the public manifestation made of it in the court house last Wednesday evening. The cooperation of the ladies is desirable at all time and it is specially needed in the present undertaking; and now, as always, The Advertiser places its services at the command of the ladies of the community, without reserve. Lafayette Advertiser 6/30/1894.
Another Affliction for John Nickerson.
The many friends of Mr. John Nickerson were very much shocked to hear, on Wednesday last of the accident of which he was the victim. As will be remembered this gentleman had the misfortune, something over a year ago, to break one of his legs, which caused him much suffering, but apparently he recovered from it completely, and could get around alright even without the aid of a stick. On Wednesday morning while walking in his garden his leg suddenly yielded and he had to be carried into the house. Examination disclosed the fact that the bone had given way at the old break, we deeply sympathize with Mr. Nickerson in his affliction, which no doubt is trying in the extreme, but his manifest fortitude and courage will, we sincerely hope and believe, bring him safely to his feet again.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/30/1894.
Back Home Again!
In honor of Lieut. J. A. Moss, who returned a few days since from West Point,m N. Y. a full fledged graduate of the United States Military Academy at that place, a very pleasant gathering of relatives and friends was had as the hospitable home of Dr. and Mrs. N. P. Moss in this town on Tuesday evening last. Considering that he left home a strippling some four years ago, and in the meanwhile has run the gauntlet of one of the most thorough and rigid schools of learning in the country, it seemed to be but a timely act to applaud him for what he has achieved, and to welcome him home. No trouble or pains were spared to make the occasion thoroughly enjoyable to all. The house was well illuminated and Chinese lanterns were used with excellent effect. At the side of the house a large platform had been erected, the floor of which was waxed in a way delightful to the heart of all true dancers, and to the music of the Mexican band quite a number of devotees of this fascinating art whiled away the hours. Several of the young ladies present added not a little to the evening's enjoyment by their performances on the piano, and singing, notably among them being Miss Genvieve Salles whose charming voice captivated her hearers. Refreshments of the choicest kind were there in abundance, which were nicely served; and altogether it was quite a pleasant social event, enjoyed by all, no less on account of its ordinary agreeable features than because of the interest and appreciation they have for the success of one of Lafayette's boys. As is known Lieut. Moss is a son of Judge A. J. Moss of this place and a brother of Dr. Moss, the host. Lafayette Advertiser 6/30/1894.
THE TEACHERS' INSTITUTE.
The Peabody teachers' institute opened here on Monday morning under the management of Professors R. L. Himes, R. G. Ferguson and C. C. Harris, with an enrollment of twenty-nine teachers, active and proactive for the session. This is a very small number for an institute meeting and strengthens us in the belief that summer Normals should be held in a number of places, for a month or two, a week in every parish and better arrangements made for teachers and teaching.
Education, educational subjects and practical methods of teaching have been ably discussed which no doubt will infuse new life, new ideas and encouragement into the professions of teaching. Subjects, too, have been discussed that would benefit any one to hear, that parents should have (unreadable work) should work harmoniously with the teacher for the upbuilding of a school. We regret to state that our people have not encouraged these meetings by their presence as we expected.
A program was arranged for Thursday evening which was well attended. Prof. Greig announced the program, and the exercises began with an execution on the piano by Miss Lea Gladu. Prof. Harris made an address on Louisiana History, touching on its early settlement, its admission as a State, it secession from the Union, her great men, and of the variety of its soil, climate and productions. We agree with the Professor that Louisianians should study her history, touching on its early settlement, it admission as a State, its secession from the Union, her great men, and of the variety of its soil climate and productions. We agree with the Professor that Louisiana should study her history.
The High School pupils sang a song, which was followed by a duet from the Misses Jones with Mrs. E. W. Glenn at the piano. Then came the little folks of the public school in uniform with their spears and shields, a scene beautiful to behold. We believe the little tots appreciated their position and the occasion, for they looked, even in their innocence, as though they felt they could conquer a might army.
When is man Educated? the objects and aims of education was discussed by Prof. Himes who soon caught the attention of the audience by some witty remarks. He said that graduating from a University does not mean that ones education was complete, but its beginning; that education was living a real, a true life, life in its highest sense. He spoke of the desire to become rich and famous, opposed the oppression of the poor, the ill gotten gains of the rich and said that all people could not become Washingtons, for then there would be no Washington. The Professor's address contained thought for serious reflection and study.
The program for Friday night was too late for this issue.
The following are the names of the teachers registered:
New Iberia, Miss Anite Verrier; Lafayette, Misses Maggie Jamieson, Adele Young, Carmelite Mouton, Kate Rand, Frances Greig, Leila Elliot, Annie Webb, McClye Mudd; and Messrs R. C. Greig, Robert Randle, C. A. Boudreaux, Phillip Martin, J. L. Flechet, A. D. Martin, Alex. Meaux, W. G. Webb, R. R. Randle, B. F. Toler, Supt. H. E. Toll. Carencro, Mrs. E. W. Glenn, Chas. M. Heichelheim; Crowley, Misses Minnie Williams, Inglis Frazer, and Messrs. J. T. Barrett, Amos T. Lindsey; Opelousas, Miss Bernadette Dupre; Alexandria, Misses Fannie and Bunkie Kelso.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/30/1894.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/30/1894.
Mr. Baxter Clegg went to New Orleans Wednesday.
Mrs. B. Falk and her little grand daughter are visiting at Leesburg.
A new shingle roof has been put on Mrs. Nevue's house, and other repairs made.
Night telegraph operator Voneye is off on a leave of absence since the 15th instant.
Miss Lorena Marsh has had erected a neat cottage which is about ready for occupancy.
Mr. Leopold Lacoste left for Galveston, Thursday, for a few days rest and recreation.
Mr. George DeClouet returned from college on the 23 instant, in fine health and spirits.
Mr. A. E. Mouton took possession of his new attractive and commodious dwelling house last Thursday.
Supt. W. F. Owen and J. C. Schriever, Traffic and Passenger manager of the Southern Pacific railroad, were here this week.
Mr. C. J. Sanders has opened a Saddle and harness shop on the corner near the Convent. He will also do repairing in his line.
Dr. F. S. Mudd went to New Orleans last week, to meet his son, Sterling, and daughter, Miss Lizzie, returning from school for their regular summer vacation.
Hope Lodge No. 145 F. & A. has changed its day of meeting from "the Saturday on or before full moon of each month" to the first and third Saturdays of every month.
Misses Minnie Williams and Inglis Frazer, charming young ladies from Crowley, attended the teachers institute here this week, and were the guests of Miss Annie Webb.
Mr. Joseph Ducote recently purchased the Boyer property adjoining Mr. Alfred Bonnet, for the sum of $1,200.00 cash. Possession will not be given up until September 1st.
The town of Thibodaux voted for a special tax of five mills for ten years, recently, for water-works. There were but four votes cast against the measure. Lafayette should do likewise. Lafayette Advertiser 6/30/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 30th, 1894:
THE RAILROAD COMMISSION.
Lafayette, La., June 27, 1894.
To the Editor of the Lafayette Gazette:
In the last issue of The Advertiser appeared a specious argument in opposition to the Railroad Commission bill introduced in the Legislature by the representative from this parish. It should be noted however, that this progressive and wide-awake journal never expressed itself on the subject while the bill was under consideration, but bracing itself on its defeat, and since then only, come out condemning it. For what purpose this action is taken, at this late hour, is not apparent. Certainly, it cannot be for the purpose of defeating the bill? That is an accomplished fact. Believing that its only object could be to enlighten the people on the subject, and to be used for future reference, I have considered it my duty to lay before the readers of your paper, a few authorities on railroad management and railroad legislation, which I believe will in a measure, if not altogether counterbalance the views of your esteemed contemporary. The action of that journal, to say the least, was very inopportune, when the threats by the management of the Southern Pacific Company against this community made after the defeat of Mr. Mouton's bill, are considered.
It is with this reluctance that I enter into this discussion, at this particular time, and it is only a high sense of duty that impels me to defend what I consider to be the rights of a free people, against tyranny and oppression.
I will not attempt in a newspaper correspondence to refute seriatim the several arguments presented by that journal. For the present I will only submit for the consideration of your readers, a few authorities on railroad management; on the effect of railroad legislation; on the cry of "we need more railroads" and on competition in railroad traffic.
I will certainly not contest the correctness of the position taken by that journal that restrictive legislation is detrimental to the unrestricted exactions of railroads. My purpose is only to show that restrictive legislation, against unwarranted taxations by railroad companies, is beneficial to the people to whom as their masters, they owe considerate treatment. On the cry of "more railroads" and its effect under certain circumstances, the Hon. Mr. Taylor, U. S. commissioner of railroads, in his report to the Secretary of the Interior on Nov. 1, 1889, says:
"The unparalleled development of the vast resources of the western states and Territories has attracted capital there, and railroads have opened inviting fields to investors. As a result railroad building has been carried on far in advance of the needs of the country," and again, "I believe that in many sections of the West, conspicuously in the states of Iowa and Kansas, the mileage of railroads is greatly in excess of the legitimate needs of the carrying trade. If this be true, then many of the investments in railroad properties must fail to yield remunerative dividends of the schedules of rates be fixed so high as to prove ruinously burdensome to traffic. For this unfortunate condition of affairs neither the people nor the railroad companies are wholly to blame. Both have contributed to bring it about. The people have encouraged railroad construction wherever it could be secured, regardless of existing necessities or future complications, and the railroad companies have been unduly eager to control trade by building new lines and feeders for established ones where the volume of traffic was not sufficient to support them. This condition of things presents a problem difficult of solution. It is safe to say that the remedy is not in the levying of extortionate charges or the waging of reckless rate wars. The security of a railway system lies in administering it with careful respect to justice and the public welfare. If its oppressive hand is laid too heavily upon the people, revenge and revolt will be sure to follow. If investors in railroad properties have expended their capital in the construction of lines not demanded by the present trade, they must share the fate of all who invest in improductive enterprises. Relief can only come through increased settlement stimulating business and developing natural resources."
So much to show that the cry of "more railroads" should not be heeded blindly; that railroad builders, like any other enterprise, should be gone into, only when population, business development and the natural resources of the country justify it; that the people should not encourage and investors should not undertake, the building of railroads, regardless of existing necessities or future complication, and that whenever these principles are ignored, railroads are detrimental to the public as well as to the investors.
On the question of railroad management; or railroad competition and necessity of the enactment and restrictive legislation, I find the following in that same report. He says:
"I do not agree with the claims so persistently made by railroad managers that the recent losses sustained in railroad business are mainly due to the restrictive laws which have of late been enacted by Congress and in many of the western states. Most of the legislation for the regulation of railway traffic within the State has been wisely conservative, and was as surely demanded for the protection of the public against unjust charges and discrimination in local trade as was the interstate commerce law to protect commerce between the States.
The theory that the recognized laws of trade (competition) would ultimately so far prevail as to sufficiently regulate the management of railroads in the interest of the public, has not proven to be a correct one. Events have demonstrated that these laws (of trade) have become practically inoperative, and that it is necessary to invoke the legislature to supplement the operations of natural laws in establishing legitimate rights and curbing the unwarranted pretensions of transportation companies."
That your readers, might not be led to believe that competition, the recognized law of trade, to which reference is made by Mr. Taylor, does not need legislation to supplement it in this state, but that on the contrary, railroad here are what they are generally in this respect, I reproduce the syllabus of a decision of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, reported in the 41 annual reports at page 970, entitled The Texas and Pacific Railroad Company et. al., vs. The Southern Pacific Company:
"All contracts which have a tendency to stifle competition, or to create or foster monopolies, with a view to unreasonably increase the market value of commodities, are against public interest and contrary to public policy, and hence such contracts can confer to the parties thereto no rights which courts or justice can recognize and enforce.
"Two railroad companies which have each a through and separate line of communication between two given points, are held to be competing companies for all traffic between such points.
"An arrangement by which two competing systems of railroads agree to divide their earnings for traffic between two given points, for which they were previously competitors, is against public interest, contrary to public policy, and cannot be judicially enforced."
What does this decision show? It shows, first, that the Southern Pacific Railroad Company entered into a contract with the Texas and Pacific Railway company and others, to stifle competition or to create of foster a monopoly.
2d. That the "high contracting parties" had through and separate lines between the two points, and were, previous to the contract, competing for all the traffic.
3d. That by an arrangement between themselves they agreed to divide their earnings between those points, and to thus put a stop to that natural law of trade - competition - which railroad magnates, so persistently claim will "ultimately prevail as to sufficiently regulate the management of railroads in the interest of the public.
Verily railroad managers use this law trade with very little consideration. When left at their mercy, the poor thing writhes in agonies of torture; they hug it, and caress it so that it never sees the light of day. As soon, however, that its disappearance is felt, they bring it up again to be used, as a pretext and a subterfuge. But such dexterity will never blind the intelligent. The above of our Supreme court demonstrates that in Louisiana as elsewhere, competition, if we may use the expression, does not compete. Mr. Taylor, a sworn officer of the United States Government, whose duty it was to take all statistics and other data concerting railroads, says so too.
The above authorities are from what I consider very high sources. I know very little about railroad management, but looking for light and information I came across these, and feel, that I, as well as a number of other citizens, may, with conscious satisfaction, differ with The Advertiser and those it terms "many of the more thoughtful people of our State."
I will not encumber this article with facts to show the railroad charges to this place are excessive and extortionate. The fact is too well known. Nor will I argue against the puerile position that railroad freight rates of to-day are less than when freight transportation was made in ox-carts.
(Signed) ORTHER C. MOUTON.
Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1894.
Fractured His Leg.
A sad accident befell Mr. John Nickerson Wednesday morning. While stooping to pluck a tomato he fractured his leg near the hip. Drs. J. D. and A. R. Trahan and F. J. Mouton were called and attended to Mr. Nickerson, who is doing well. Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1894.
The Coming Event.
In an excursion from Lafayette to New Orleans on July 14, returning on the next day. The train will leave Lafayette at 7:30 a. m. arriving in the city in time for the excursionists to witness the celebration of the great French tete. The fare from this place will be $3.50. The music will be furnished by the Breaux Bridge Band. Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1894.
A DAY OF PLEASURE.
The people of the Progressive Town of Carencro Entertained Seven Hundred Excursionists From Thibodaux, Houma and other places.
We had attached many church fairs, some of them real big ones, but last Sunday was the first time that we had the pleasure of being present at one of Father LaForest's fairs. The beloved pastor of the Carencro Catholic church is well known for his public spirit and zeal, and to his indefatigable energy is due much of the success of the fair and entertainment of last Sunday. It was through his well-directed efforts that an excursion train was run from Houma, bringing to Carencro six or seven hundred people, mostly from the towns of Thibodaux, Houma and Chacahoula. We believe this is the first time that Carencro had so many strangers within her gates, but judging from the way the hundreds of guests were taken care of, one would think that Carencro was an "old hand" at receiving and entertaining large crowds of people.
At about 12 o'clock the train, consisting of six coaches, full of people, arrived and stopped opposite the fair grounds. The tables were placed in a position to meet the view of the excursionists immediately upon their arrival.
The excursionists lost no time in getting off from the train and soon wended their way toward the place where the preparations had been made for their reception. Just at this time it began to rain, but thanks to the foresight of Father LaForest a sufficient number of tents had been erected to afford shelter to all. Fortunately the rain did not continue and in the latter part of the afternoon the weather was clearer and nothing else happened to mar the pleasure of the day.
Lovers of the national game had ample opportunity to indulge in their favorite pastime as several interesting games of base ball were played, the principal one being between the boys from Carencro bridge and a nine from this town. In justice to the latter we must say that they were out of practice, this being the first game this season. Here is the score.
The next game was played by the Lafayette boys against those of Chacahoula. By this time, our boys were beginning to feel like playing ball and they "wiped the earth" with the Chacahoulians.
The concert was commenced at 3 o'clock and was a very creditable affair from beginning to end. The children of the parochial school under the efficient management of Miss Medeleine Melchoir, did admirably well. The calisthenic exercises showed careful training, and too much praise can not be bestowed upon Miss Florina Grenier for this pleasing feature of the entertainment. "La Fete de Carencro," a song, was well rendered by Miss Melchoir's pupils. It elicited merited applause and made a decided hit. Miss Sara Brown's singing was so well received that she was compelled to favor the audience with an encore.
The others on the program, which follows, filled their parts well.
The prettiest and most attractive booth was in the tombola, decorated by and in charge of Mrs. D. A. Dimitry, assisted by a number of other ladies. On the long shelves could be found anything that one might expect to see at a fair.
The ice-cream and lemonade tables, with the young lady in appropriate costume as "Rebecca at the Well" was also very well arranged.
The post-office was exceedingly neat and showed much taste. The latest approved way in which the special delivery system was managed by the young ladies would put to shame Uncle Sam's most experienced employes.
The dinner tables were well kept. A good, substantial meal was sold for a reasonable price, and we don't think any one can reasonably complain of this part of the fair.
There was plenty of music. The Scott, Landry and Thibodeaux bands discoursed sweet music during the whole day.
At about 6 o'clock the guests made their way toward the train which was getting ready to leave. If we may judge by the gay faces of the crowd, they were perfectly satisfied with their visit to Carencro.
The Gazette congratulates Father Laforest and the people on the splendid reception they have extended to their guests. We dare say that in the future there will be no difficulty in getting a crowd to visit Carencro.
The proceeds of the fair, amounting to $750 net, will be added to the church fund. Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1894.
Sambo's Weakness for Watermelons.
Quite an interesting fisticuff took place Tuesday evening near the postoffice, with Joe Camara, the fruit at the corner, and the notorious young negro named William, as principals, and Camara's wife and Joe Crapo, as accessories. It appears that Williams, who is always doing some mischief, was engaged in counter-marking the watermelons which Camara keeps for sale. This Camara objected to and landed his right fist against Williams' ribs. The two men grappled and a hot fight followed. Some witnesses testified that Camara's wife and his brother-in-law, Joe Crapo came to his rescue, while others denied this statement. The next morning Camara, Crapo and Williams appeared before the mayor, who discharged Crapo, fined Camara $2.50 and cost, and gave the negro $10.00 or 20 days on the street.
Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1894.
A Good Showing.
The Gazette compliments its young friend, Charles Debaillon, upon his creditable showing at the closing exercises and distribution of premiums of the Jesuits' College in New Orleans last Monday. His name figures on the roll of honor for deportment and application to study. He has received first premiums in English, History, Geography; second premiums in examination, Excellence, Arithmetic, and in Book-keeping he is marked "distinguished." Charley will enter the superior commercial college class next session. Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1894.
An extension to the public school house.
More public spirit.
A sugar refinery.
A cotton seed oil mill.
More newspaper readers.
More people who patronize home industries.
Fewer dogs running on the streets.
Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1894.
THE LADIES ORGANIZED.
An Enthusiastic Meeting is Held at the Court-House * * * Officers are Elected and the Work is On.
According to the announcement in last week's Gazette about seventy-five ladies and twenty-five gentlemen met at the court house last Wednesday evening for the purpose of effecting an organization whose mission will be to raise funds to procure fire protection for this town. This meeting was by the ladies, and for the ladies. The gentlemen present were asked to come, but it was understood that they were to be silent spectators to the proceeding without any voice in the election of officers, etc. The men folk were simply "not in it."
By request Hon. Wm. Campbell addressed the assemblage explaining the purpose of the meeting and the object of the proposed organization. At the conclusion of Mr. Campbell's remarks, the ladies proceeded to organize and the following officers were unanimously elected: president, Mrs. Columbus Eastin; vice-president, Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton; secretary, Mrs. H. Billaud; treasurer, Mrs. Jules Revillon.
After some discussion of the future action of the organization, and an exchange of ideas, it was decided to adjourn. The next meeting will be held to-day at the home of Mrs. Columbus Eastin. As a full attendance is desired all the ladies are requested to be present. Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1894.
The session of the Teachers' Institute closed last night. It was commenced Monday at Falk's Opera House holding two meetings every day during the week. The lecturers were Profs. C. C. Harris of Montgomery, R. S. Himes of the State Normal at Natchitoches, and R. G. Ferguson of New Iberia, all of whom handled the different educational topics with great ability. Night sessions were held Thursday and Friday.
The following were in attendance: Misses Amita Verrier of New Iberia, Bernadette Dupre, Opelousas; Mrs. E. W. Glen, Carencro; Misses Carmelite Mouton, Kate Rand, Maggie Jamieson, Frances Greig, Leila Elliot of Lafayette, Minnie Williams of Crowley, Annie Webb, McClye Mudd of Lafayette, Amos T. Lindsay and J. T. Barrett of Crowley, A. Broussard of Vermilion, Robt. Randle, Chas. A. Boudreaux, Philip Martin, J. L. Fletchet, A. D. Martin, Alex. Meaux, W. G. Greig, B. F. Toler, Chas. Heicleheim, Rev. R. R. Randle, of Lafayette.
Among the ladies who kindly volunteered their aid toward the entertainment of the teachers are Mrs. E. W. Glenn, Miss Lou and Emma Jones, Ada Moss, Genevieve Salles, Nellie Bailey.
In answer to an invitation from Major J. S. Mouton the teachers visited the Beau Sejour springs Friday evening. Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1894.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., June 25th, 1894.
The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Ford Hoffpauir, C. C. Brown, J. G. St. Julien, H. M. Durke, R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, A. A. Delhomme and Alfred Hebert.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
By motion Mr. Gordy was authorized to have printed 100 copies of the Road Law for guidance of the Road overseers of the parish.
By motion it was resolved that sealed bids be received by the Police Jury at its next sitting July 5th, 1894, for the public printing of the fiscal year beginning July 1st prox. The Police Jury reserves the right to reject any all bids.
The following Road overseers were then appointed for the ensuing year of 1894-1895.
Resolved, that all Road overseers before they are paid for the 1st quarter of the current year, be required to make a report by July 1st of all implements on hand, together with a complete list of all persons subject to road duty, in their respective wards. The report shall be filed with the secretary and shall exhibit the actual number of days served by each of said persons, for the year ending July (unreadable date), 1894.
By motion, Mr. Alex. Verrot, was appointed in place of Lucien Broussard, Drainage commissioner for the 7th ward.
Mr. Delhomme was authorized to purchase lumber for the creation of a bridge 100 feet long.
Mr. A. D. Landry was authorized to purchase lumber for the erection of a bridge in the 8th ward.
Mr. St. Julien was authorized to buy a car load of lumber for the use of the 4th, 5th and 7th wards.
Messrs. J. O. Broussard, O. C. Mouton, and R. C. Greig here appeared and represented the urgent necessity of a suitable annex to the present public school building. The Jury was asked to appropriate a sum, in aid of the proposed measure.
It was Resolved that action upon the petition be postponed, until the next regular meeting when the jury would better understand the exact financial condition of the parish. A liberal appropriation was however assured the gentlemen.
Messrs. C. C. Brown, Alfred Hebert and H. M. Durke, were appointed to examine the Treasurer's office, cancel his vouchers and grant him a quietus.
By motion the following jury of freeholders, to-wit: Jules David, Olivier Chiasson, Jno. Bertrand, J. C. Bernard, Sr., P. A. Chiasson and P. A. Delhomme be and is hereby appointed to trace and lay out a public road 30 feet wide beginning at Olivier Chiasson's and running west to Acadia parish, to connect with the Lafayette and Duson road. The Jury of freeholders being appointed and authorized, provided that no expense incur to the parish for appropriation of lands, etc.
The following officers were then elected for the ensuing year, of 1894-1895: President, Ford Hoffpauir; Secretary, R. C. Greig; Treasurer Wm. Clegg; Constable, L. Hirsch.
By motion the following committee on Budget were appointed to estimate the probable expenses of the parish for the fiscal year beginning July 1st, 1894 and ending July 1, 1895, O. C. Mouton, C. C. Brown, R. C. Greig.
The committee appointed to procure estimates for painting the court house was continued.
The following was adopted:
Resolved, That, no person shall be allowed, to drive or hitch, any horse, buggy, wagon, or vehicle of any kind, on the court house square, and that the same is hereby strictly prohibited. In case of any violation of this ordinance the constable of the Police Jury, is hereby empowered to collect from each individual so offending a fine not less than $1 or more than $5 for each and every violation.
The Treasurer submitted his monthly report as follows:
To the President and Members of the Police Jury Parish of Lafayette, La.,
Gentlemen - The following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since last report.
WM. CLEGG, Parish Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., June 25, 1894.
The following accounts were laid over:
A. Gladu, coroner's fees ... $10.00
A. L. LeBlanc, Sheriff's fees ... $35.00
Albt. Denis, repair on bridge ... $1.25
The following accounts were approved:
The Police Jury then adjourned until Thursday July 5, at the usual hour.
FORD HOFFPAUIR, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1894.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/30/1894.
Hon. O. Cade was in Lafayette Thursday evening.
Four Mexicans gave two performances at Falk's Opera House. They are fine musicians and their concert was fully worth the price of admission.
District Attorney, M. T. Gordy was in town Monday attending the meeting of the Police Jury.
It is reported that the Southern Pacific will build a branch road from St. Martinville to Arnaudville. Two surveys of the proposed road have already been made.
The distribution of prizes at the Mt. Carmel Convent will take place next Monday at 8 o'clock in the morning.
Don't forget that to-morrow morning at 7:50 o'clock the excursion train will leave the Southern Pacific depot here for Houma. Round trip will cost you $2.00.
Mrs. B. Falk and her granddaughter, Wilhelm Schmulen, and Miss Lena Plonsky, left Sunday for a few days stay at the gulf in Cameron parish.
Lafayette Gazette 6/30/1894.
THE ELECTRICAL WORLD.
A Swiss electrical firm is to establish a central station at Cairo, Egypt.
A Passaic, N. J., firm is at work on the model of an electric fire engine which will propel itself and work the pumps.
It has been asserted by some physicians that persons struck by lightning can often be restored by artificial respiration.
Philadelphia's new Broad street station on the Pennsylvania railroad when completed, will contain over 100 miles of concealed electric wiring.
Industry and Iron, of London, published a letter from Mr. Hiram Maxim, in which he claims to have discovered the process of treating filaments of incandescent lamps in hyrdrocarbon vapors, but lost the United States patent by fraud, and that it was due to his testimony that the patent became public property.
In a recent lecture in London it was stated that there are now 700,000 incandescent lamps in use in London, and 425,000 in the other parts of Great Britain. In London there are electric companies, and in the United Kingdom 60 to 70 towns have a public electric supply. The total length of the underground mains now laid is about 700 miles.
The total expenditure of the British government post office telegraph service during the last year were 165,682 pounds more than the total receipts, which were 2,526,312. There is a total balance on the wrong side of the ledger of 500,706, of expenditures over receipts, covering the whole period since the state took over the telegraph service from the private companies.
The Paris-Lyons Railway Co. has followed the recent lead of the Paris Havre Co., and initiated the use of electrical locomotives for running its trains. The former company has decided to abandon entirely steam as a motive power. The express trains of the Lyons Co. to Nice are now run by electric engines. One novel feature of the engines is that the entire forepart is wedge-shaped.
Arrangements are in hand for holding an international electrical exhibition in Paris in 1895. The exhibition is to be opened on July 1, and will continue until October 31 of that year, will be divided into two parts. The generating plant will be in the Palace des Machines, at the Champs de Mars, while the various kinds of electric plant accessories will be shown in operation in the Champs-Elysees. An electric road will connect the two sections.
A correspondent of the London Electrical Review describes a simple form of a very sensitive adjustable microphone. It consists of two blocks of carbon secured to a vertical sounding board, and a round cylinder of carbon connecting one with the other and suspended by light, threads, the inclination of the sounding board being adjusted so that the cylinder is just in contact. Numerous experiments are described showing its extreme sensitiveness. Among others, it was stated that a rushing sound was heard when the hand was placed on the sounding box, which was said to be that of the rapid circulation of the blood through the veins.
It is stated that there has been working for sometime and with most satisfactory results on one of the London, Deptford & Greenwich Tramway Co.'s cars a car starting apparatus, in which the energy of a car while being stopped is stored up by a spring, put into tension by the winding up of a chain on a drum mounted on the axle of the vehicle. The spring is retained in tension by a clutch mechanism until released by the first pull of the horses, when it moves the car forward. The principal is not new, but the details have been carefully worked out, and the result reported to be satisfactory. This invention is as applicable to electric cars as to horse cars.
Exact sources of the above Electrical News Notes is unknown. It was published in the Lafayette Advertiser of 6/309/1894.