From the Lafayette Gazette of August 13th, 1898:
The Post Office.
Paul Demanade has been appointed by President McKinley postmaster for Lafayette. Mr. Demanade was postmaster under Harrison's administration and during his tenure of office the postal service at this place was all that could be desired. Hence the satisfaction with which the news of his appointment was received. He was highly recommended by people of this town regardless of political affiliations. The most conclusive proof of the his recommendation is his appointment. There were several applicants for the positions among whom were Messrs. J. M. Jones, Felix Salles, C. M. Parkerson and Dr. Guidry, all prominent Republicans, and the fact that Mr. Demanade's claims upon the officer were recognized over so many others with strong backing, is regarded by his friends as a compliment not only to his qualifications but to his Republicanism as well. Mr. Demanade is essentially an original Mckinley man. Long before the present chief executive was nominated for the presidency Mr. Demanade pointed to him as the Moses that would lead the Republican hosts out of the wilderness.
The outgoing postmaster, Chas. O. Mouton and his assistant, Joe E. Mouton, have every reason to be proud of the very satisfactory manner they have administered the duties incumbent upon them during their term of office. They have looked after Uncle Sam's interests with unremitting attention, at the same time giving the people a thorough and efficient service.
The Gazette does not know if the post office will remain where it is or whether it will be removed elsewhere. A petition has been circulated by persons living and doing business in the vicinity of the present location asking the postmaster not to make any changes. We are informed that citizens living near the depot are very anxious to get the post office and will make their wishes known at the proper time. Folks around the court-house would not object to having the post office somewhere in their neighborhood and it is not altogether improbable that they will soon be circulating a petition.
Lafayette Gazette 8/13/1898.
Near Drowning. - After the heavy rains had filled all the gutters and transformed our streets into veritable lakes a young negro fell head foremost into one of the ditches near the depot and The Gazette has it from eye-witnesses that had it not been for the timely assistance of Arthur Hebert the little fellow would have been drowned.
Lafayette Gazette 8/13/1898.
Sheriff Bitten. - While Sheriff Broussard was returning from the depot last Monday night he was attacked by one of Henry Senac's dogs and bitten on his leg. The dogs, which are said to have been very vicious, were taken out of town the next day and killed.
Laf. Gazette 8/13/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 13th, 1898:
Important to Carpenters.
Chief John T. Allingham of the Fire Department requests all carpenters to furnish half-a-day's work to erect the bell tower. This is a work that will benefit all, and we hope that the chief will have a prompt response.
Laf. Adv. 8/13/1898.
Street Committee, Awake! - Drain the town or furnish boats. A few holes should be filled in the streets without delay. The cost will be trifling. The Advertiser subscribes 15 cents for filling one. Laf. Adv. 8/13/1898.
Hobson Social Club. - The members of the Hobson Social Club enjoyed a delightful drive to "Beausejour Park" Friday night in honor of Miss Lena Kleb of Patterson, and Miss E. Holland of New Orleans. Quite a pleasant time was had by all present. After enjoying themselves with various amusements, the members and guests were invited to the hospitable home of Mrs. Deffez where cooling refreshments were served.
Owing to the departure of a number of the members, the Club will not entertain for a few weeks. Laf. Advertiser 8/13/1898.
Obituary. - On last Monday, August 8th, 1898 at 10:15 a. m., the grim angel of death snatched from a useful life of Lilian Anna Mouton, daughter of Maurice Mouton and Adrienne Salles. During her sickness which lasted about a month, she showed a Christian fortitude worthy of her faith. The funeral took place on last Tuesday at 5 o'clock p. m., at the Catholic Church, where an immense congregation had assembled, thus testifying to the many qualities of the deceased who was recognized, by the Rev. Father preaching the sermon, as the "example of the Parish."Our sympathy is with her parents in this sad hour.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/13/1898.
NEGROES IN THE ARMY.
Johnson, a negro lieutenant in Crane's regiment of immunes camped at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, was on the warpath the other day and made things unusually lively among the colored soldiers. He was arrested and turned over to the civil authorities for trial. When he appeared before Recorder Arnauld he was very indignant that a colored gentleman holding such an exalted position in Uncle Sam's army should be dealt with as if he had been an ordinary coon. Overwhelmed with indignation he said to the court: "See hyar, Jedge, I'se a commissioned officer in the reg'lar army, and I wonts to be tried by a United States court martial, if I'se got to be tried - Dis court's got no authority to confer charges 'gainst me. I'se Lieutenant Johnsing, and I'se entitled to respeck, sah." Johnson is a fair example of the negro officers in the United States army. Is it a wonder that the negro regiments are degrading the service with such officers. Their presence in the army, is sure to stir up racial prejudices, and to create a spirit of insubordination among the men of both races. Not only in the South is the enlistment of negroes regarded with disfavor, but even the people of Massachusetts, who are so fond of lecturing Southerners upon their behavior toward the colored brother, are beginning to object to Sambo as a comrade in arms. The colonel, lieutenant-colonel, major and a captain of the Sixth Massachusetts, have all resigned because of a negro company in their regiment. These gentlemen refused to co-operate with negro officers upon terms of social equality and preferred to retire from the service than to put up with African impudence.
Our Northern friends insist upon social equality, but they want to force it upon Southern gentlemen. When they are confronted with the necessity of swallowing a dose of their own medicine they invariably object, as did the Massachusetts officers. "Social equality for the South, not for us," they argue. The resignation of these Northern gentlemen from the army because of the presence of negroes in their regiment will probably have a salutary effect on these demagogues in the North who delight in vilifying Southern men because they refuse to salute negro officers and treat negroes as social equals. Lafayette Gazette 8/13/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 13th, 1912:
L. J. ALLEMAN TO SUCCEED SUPT. WRIGHT.
The Parish Board of School Directors accepted the resignation of Supt. Wright last Saturday and elected L. J. Alleman as his successor. Mr. Wright was directly instrumental in bringing about this step taken by the School Board, which will undoubtedly redound to the advantage of the public school system of Lafayette Parish. The change will go into effect Sept. 15th.
The causes which have led to this action are, first the recent failure of the State Board of Education for political reasons to reappoint Mr. Alleman to the the office of State Institute Conductor, and secondly, the intention of Supt. Wright to accept in the near future a highly remunerative State agency for a valuable encyclopedia or work of reference. By his desire and willingness to facilitate the School Board in getting Mr. Alleman back in his former position of superintendent of schools in Lafayette parish at a time when prompt action was necessary to make it possible, Supt. Wright displayed a very commendable spirit.
The good judgement shown by the School Board in dealing with this question is admitted by all, Mr. Alleman's creditable record as an educator and administrator of schools from 1901 to 1908 in Lafayette parish having earned for him a secure place in the minds and hearts of our people. And it is a splendid tribute to the worth and ability of Mr. Alleman that his selection for the incumbent school board meets with the approval and endorsement of the school board to be elected next November, in advance of their inauguration into office. Lafayette Advertiser 8/13/1912.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 13th, 1909:
PELICAN FIRE CO.
Chief Wm. Graser has been busy for some time reorganizing Pelican Fire Company on the North side of the railroad. As a result of his efforts the company roll now shows twenty-seven active members. The Chief and all the officers of the department are anxious to bring the service up to a high standard of efficiency and to make special preparations for the reception and entertainment of the State Convention of firemen to be held at Lafayette in May next. Chief Graser is now in correspondence with the secretary of the State Association as to appointment of committee, etc., and will no doubt soon call a meeting to consider plans for the convention.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/13/1909.
An Auto Party.
Monday afternoon Col. Sam Parks and party, of Beaumont, Texas, arrived at the Gordon Hotel at four o'clock and after a brief stay sped on their way to New Orleans, stopped for the night to rest (unreadable words) New Iberi, Mr. R. H. Broussard went with the party as pilot as far as New Iberia. Mayor Martin and Mr. M. Patin escorted the party as far as Broussard with Mr. Ed. Higginbotham in his fine new auto. In the party were Col. Parks and wife and Geo. J. Gardner of Beaumont; Hon. J. W. Link and son, Dr. E. W. Brown of Orange; Miss Elaine Pujo, daughter of Congressman Pujo of Lake Charles, Nyles Orvens chauffeur of the "White" and Kennedy of the Pierce. Col. Park is making a trip from Beaumont to New Orleans, having left Beaumont Friday at 4 p. m. He is doing all he can in favor of good roads and the building of a highway from San Antonio to New Orleans. Lafayette Advertiser 8/13/1909.