From the Lafayette Gazette of August 14th, 1897:
A Negro Politician Severely Punished for his Impudence.
Telemare Paddio, better known as "Naco," at one time a notorious negro politician of this parish, and a prominent figure in the black wing of the Republican party of this State, was, from all accounts, severely flogged by the white citizens of Carencro and vicinity during the night of Thursday last.
It appears that Paddio acted in a very insulting and impudent manner toward Judge Frank Abbadie, a respected citizen of Carencro. Mr. Abbadie was quietly reading a newspaper in one of the stores of the town when Paddio entered and without the least provocation insulted him, using language of a most abusive nature. Mr. Abbadie ordered him out and subsequently proceeded to the mayor's office and made an affidavit against him charging him with insult and abuse. A warrant was placed in the hands of the constable and before dark Paddio was in the town calaboose.
The people of Carencro and vicinity are not to be trifled with by impudent negro politicians, and as Paddio had upon different occasions rendered himself obnoxious to them, a number of them, it appears, went to the calaboose during the night and took possession of the distinguished prisoner before the rising of another sun, it is safe to say, he was administered the maximum dose of the very efficacious remedy which the good people of Carencro generally prescribe in cases of that sort.
The people of Carencro are disposed to accord to the negroes even-handed justice, but they want it distinctly understood that no impudence and arrogance will be tolerated.
Lafayette Gazette 8/14/1897.
A Web Party.
Mrs. C. M. Parkerson entertained on Tuesday evening in honor of her cousin, Miss Thompson, of Texas. It has generally been an accepted fact that spiders rarely invade new houses, but into this pretty new home on Tuesday cautiously crept a gigantic spider and wove between the folding doors, dividing the dainty dining room from the cozy parlor, a web of unusual proportions and beauty, and from this extended silken threads throughout the whole house. In the meshes of the web two victims were ensnared - one of a june-bug, (gold, pearl-eyed june-bug stick-pin,) the other a poo unfortunate worm, (a rubber one;) the sympathizing, tender hearted guests were everyone anxious to liberate these victims of the wary spider, and worked for that end, but the successful ones were Misses Ethal Perkins and Lea Gladu. The decorations of the dining room were pink and white roses. This color scheme was furthermore carried out in the refreshments. Each guest received as a souvenir of this enjoyable occasion a card bearing an appropriate quotation. Mrs. Parkerson was ably assisted in receiving by Mrs. Biossat, Miss Parkerson and Miss Thompson, the latter a symphony in pink and white organdy, adorned with natural flowers. Those who participated were the following: Mesdames N. P. Moss, B. Clegg, T. M. Biossat, S. R. Parkerson; Misses Haydee Trahan, Lea Gladu, Adele Young, Ethel Perkins, Jennie Torian, Lizzie Parkerson, Bessie and Leila Cornay, Cly and Lizzie Mudd, Eliza and Susie Hopkins; Messrs. O. Hopkins, P. B. Torian, S. R. Parkerson, T. M. Biossat, A. R. Trahan, J. C. Nickerson, F. E. Girard and Leo Judice. Lafayette Gazette 8/14/1897.
The Five O'clock Tea Club was in full attendance on Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. F. J. Mouton, who ever proves a hostess par excellence. On account of an unusual amount of business being on hand the musical programme of the occasion was dispensed with. A game of "Progressive Lotto" was enjoyed - the prize a pretty receptacle for odds and ends falling to the lot of Mrs. T. M. Biossat. A case of a poverty-stricken family was looked into and their wants relieved. Refreshing sherbet, a variety of cake and fruit formed the menu. Through the moonlight each guest wended her way home, and wafted by the night's breezes resounded the joyous voices bespeaking the pleasant hours just spent. Misses Perkins, Thompson, and Annie Andrus were welcomed on this occasion. Lafayette Gazette 8/14/1897.
Tuesday evening a party of young people enjoyed a tallyho ride. They assembled at the home of Mr. Ben Falk and drove to Scott where they were entertained at the hospitable home of Mr. Alcide Judice. A number of songs and recitations and instrumental solos proved highly entertaining. Those present were: Misses Maud and Blance Bergman, Lucille and Julie Revillon, Emma Falk and Laura Plonsky; Omer Patureau, John Greig, Charles Debaillon, Paul Bailey and Cornay Gross. Lafayette Gazette 8/14/1897.
Again On Top.
The President of the Union Club of Pilette writes The Gazette the following: "The boys went over to Carencro last Sunday and played a game of ball with the club of that town. The score stood 20 to 6 in favor of the Unions, once more exemplifying the fact that our club was well named Union for in it there is strength. Our boys desire to express to the Carencro people their appreciation of the hospitable treatment they received while in that splendid little town. The Unions have authorized me to extend a challenge to any club in this parish. They also wish me to state that they would be pleased to hear from any club anxious to play a friendly game for a side of $25.00. Lafayette Gazette 8/14/1897.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., August 2, 1897.
The City Council met this evening in regular session, Mayor Caffery in the chair with the following councilmen present: Hahn, Hopkins, Martin, Mouton and Landry. Absent: Bru and Davidson.
The minutes of the meeting were read and adopted.
Reports of committee were called for; the water-works and electric light committee reported as follows:
We, the committee on water-works and electric lights, as a report, present to the council the signed contract and bond of James M. Ferguson, which were accepted and the contract ordered to be spread on the minute book and published in the official journals of the corporation.
The following is the contract:
State of Louisiana, Parish of Lafayette, City of Lafayette. - Be it known, that on this twenty-fourth day of the month of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and ninety-seven, and the independence of the United States of America the one hundred and twenty-second, before me, Edward G. Voorhies, clerk of court and ex-officio a notary public in and for the parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana, duly commissioned and qualified, in the presence of the witnesses hereinafter named and undersigned, personally came and appeared, the Hon. Chas. D. Caffery, mayor of the city of Lafayette, La., acting in his official capacity as mayor, and also came and appeared Mr. James M. Ferguson, of the City of New Orleans.
And the said Chas. D. Caffery, mayor, acting in his official capacity and for and on behalf of the city of Lafayette, and under and by virtue of the authority vested in him by ordinance No. ___ of the City Council of the town of Lafayette, passed on the 6th day of July, 1896, and on confirmation of the agreement made and entered into on the 8th day of July 1896, between James M. Ferguson and the mayor and City Council, of Lafayette.
The do by these presents grant, bargain, convey and confirm unto the said James M. Ferguson and assigns the construction of a water-works and electric light plant in the city of Lafayette, La. The whole in strict conformation to the plans and specifications and the written proposal of the said James M. Ferguson, based on said plans and specifications of the day of _________ 1896, and for the consideration and on the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.
The said James M. Ferguson and assigns are hereby bound to perform this contract well and faithfully, strictly in accordance with said plans and specifications, to observe and comply with all of the conditions and stipulations therein contained in every particular and at all times to abide by and be held amenable and subject to the terms, penalties and conditions and of the written proposal of the said James M. Ferguson for the said work and of this contract.
CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT.
A. Under the conditions and accompanying plans and specifications the contractor and his assigns are required the furnish all material and labor required in the construction of a complete system of water-works and electric light plant in the town of Lafayette, La., and as appear incorporated in the body of this contract under the head of divisions, in accordance with the plans and specifications hereinbefore alluded to and made part of this contract.
B. The said contractor and assigns is and are hereby further bound and obligated to execute this work well and faithfully in accordance with the said hereinbefore recited specifications; to observe and comply with all the conditions and stipulations therein contained in every particular, and at times to abide by, and be held amenable and subject to the terms and conditions of specifications and of this contract and under the supervision and direction and to the entire satisfaction of the corporation engineer, who shall examine the work and material, and test the work when completed.
C. The work embraced in this contract shall be begun within sixty days after the contract has been signed. The work then to be carried on regularly and uninterruptedly with such force as to secure its completion within ninety working days thereafter, provided, however, that the said contractor or his assigns shall be entitled to an extension of time equal to that lost by stoppage of work caused by rain, floods, strikes, legal process or from failure to receive material, provided further, that in the event the said contractor commences work at any time before the expiration of the sixty days herein fixed, then the balance of the said sixty days unexpired shall be added to the ninety day in which he has to complete the work.
D. The said contractor or assigns hereby agree, that the said town, is hereby authorized to deduct or retain out of the monies which may be due or may become due to him under this contract, the sum of twenty-five dollars, which amount shall be, and is hereby agreed upon as ascertained and liquidated damages, for each and every day the aforesaid work may be incomplete over and beyond the time stipulated for its completion, provided that the said town shall have the rights to extend the time for the completion of said work. But neither any extension of time for any reason than that fixed herein, for the completion of the works called for by this contract, shall be deemed to be a waiver by the said mayor of the right to abrogate this contract for abandonment in the manner provided for in this contract.
E. The right is reserved to the said engineer, if it should be required to give the special dimensions, alterations of details to meet the condition found, provided, that if said special dimensions or alterations entail any additional expense on the part of the contractor or be of such a nature as to necessitate the employment of labor or the construction of work not contemplated in the specifications or contract, the cost is to be paid by the corporate; the price for such extra or additional works or labor to be determined and agreed upon before the commencement of the said work.
F. The whole workmanship and materials used in said work to be of the best of their respective kinds.
G. The said contractor and his assigns shall furnish at their own costs, charges and expense, all material, labor or assistance which may be required for the proper execution of the work herein contracted for, and all material used of whatever kind shall be of the best quality of their respective kinds.
H. The contractor or his assigns upon being so directed by the engineer shall remove or reconstruct at his own cost any part or parts of the work in a manner satisfactory to the engineer, which may be decided as not having been done in accordance with the specifications.
I. The contractor or his assigns shall observe and obey, all town ordinances in relation to obstructing streets, keeping open passage ways and protecting same where exposed, provided the said contractor or assigns are furnished with copies of all such ordinances.
J. The contractor or assigns shall employ no convict labor in the construction of these works, and it is further provided that preference in all cases shall be given to the employment of unskilled home labor.
K. The contractor shall indemnity and save harmless the town of Lafayette, La., and its mayor and City Council from all suits or actions for any injuries or damages sustained by any party or parties by or from the causes, under the control of said contractor or assigns in the constructing of the work or any part thereof or any negligence in guarding same or by on account of any act or commission of the said contractor, his assigns, agents or employes.
L. The said contractor or assigns, further agrees to be responsible for the entire work, enumerated in this contract until its completion and final acceptance, and that any unfaithful or imperfect work that may be discovered at any time before such completion and acceptance, shall be removed and replaced by good and satisfactory work without charge.
It is fully understood by the contractor that the inspection of the work shall not relieve him of any obligations to do sound and reliable work as herein prescribed. In addition to the stipulations herein contained it is further agreed that should any defective work be discovered within four months after the thirty days limit for acceptance of work; the contractor shall be notified to correct the same and upon failure to do so, the correction shall be done at his expense.
M. It is hereby understood between the said two parties to this contract that any and all differences of opinion between the engineer and contractor or assigns as to the quality of the material furnished, the amount of the extra compensation, allowed the contractor under the provisions of this contract any and all differences of opinion that may arise during the construction of this work shall be submitted to the mayor and Council of Lafayette, La., whose decision shall be final and absolute.
N. No person shall be employed on any part of the work where he may be considered by the engineer incompetent or disorderly.
O. In the event of abandonment of said work at any time by said contractor the surety on his bond shall be notified and upon their failure to make satisfactory arrangements with the mayor and City Council for the continuance thereof then said mayor and Council shall have the right to take charge of said work.
P. The said contractor agrees to be responsible for the entire work enumerated in this contract; that he will give his personal attention to the fulfillment of this contract will not sublet the aforesaid work, but will keep the same under his control, provided that this contract may be sublet with the consent of the City Council.
MODE AND METHOD OF PAYMENT.
In consideration of the faithful compliance with and performance of all the foregoing requirements, in relation to the construction and completion of said water-works and electric light plant by said J. M. Ferguson, contractor or assigns, the said J. M. Ferguson, contractor or assigns, shall be entitled to charge and receive payment from the city and corporation of Lafayette, La., for all work done by them and accepted by the corporation's engineer, the following sum to-wit:
For the said work complete the sum of thirty-six thousand dollars ($36,000) payable as follows:
Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) when the pipes, specials, hydrants, valves and boxed are delivered at Lafayette, La.
Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) when balance of machinery has been delivered and work of construction commenced.
Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) when the plant is complete and ready for steam.
And the balance six thousand dollars ($6,000) after the plant has been operated thirty days and has been tested and accepted by the corporation's engineer.
It being part of this contract that the said James M. Ferguson, contractor or assigns, is to accept thirty-six thousand dollars in the bonds of the town of Lafayette, La., at par, issued for the purpose of this work under authority of Act No. 90 of the General Assembly of Louisiana, in general session of the year 1896, and in pursuance and in conformity to the various laws and ordinances of the town of Lafayette, La., relative to the said issue of bonds, and of the constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, and also in accordance with the decisions of the Supreme court of the State of Louisiana, in the case of said court, entitled State of Louisiana, ex-rel J. M. Ferguson vs. Chas. D. Caffery, mayor of Lafayette, La., the whole issue of said bonds to be delivered to the said James M. Ferguson, contractor or his assigns, at the times, in the manner and in the amounts of the contract price by the cashier of the First National Bank of Lafayette, in whose keeping said bonds are to be deposited as trustee, immediately upon signing these presents.
And now comes and intervenes herein Mr. S. R. Parkerson, cashier of the First National Bank of Lafayette, La., who acknowledges having this day received seventy-two (72) bonds of the issue hereinbefore described in the denominations of five hundred dollars each, amounting in all to the sum of thirty-six thousand dollars ($36,000;) the said S. R. Parkerson, cashier of the First National Bank, accepts the trust imposed in him and agrees and binds himself to deliver the bonds to the contractor or his assigns as herein stipulated.
And the said James M. Ferguson, contractor, does herewith file his bond or obligation in the sum of ten thousand ($10,000) dollars, which bond or obligation is hereto annexed and made part of the contract, which said bond or obligation the said Chas. D. Caffery, mayor, herein acting in his official capacity and in the interest and for the corporation of Lafayette, deems satisfactory and does hereby accept same, at the same time authorizing and directing the return to the said James M. Ferguson of his certified check on the Metropolitan Bank of New Orleans, for the sum of five hundred dollars ($5,000.00) as stipulated and set forth in the agreement entered into between the mayor and Council of Lafayette on the 8th day of July 1896.
Thus done and passed on the day, month and year first above written in the presence of Orther C. Mouton and Homer Mouton competent witnesses of lawful age who hereunto sign these presents together with said appearers, intervenor and me, notary.
(Signed) ORTHER C. MOUTON, HOMER MOUTON, J. M. FERGUSON, CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
S. R. PARKERSON, Cashier First National Bank, Lafayette La.
E. G. VOORHIES, Clerk of Court.
Filed August 3, 1897, and recorded same day and date in book of mortgages No. 2 at folios et seg.
ED. G. VOORHIES, Clerk of Court.
The following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That this check signed by J. M. Ferguson for five hundred dollars as a guarantee of his good faith upon assuming the contract for the construction of water-works and electric light plant in this town, be returned to him.
At this juncture Mr. Walton, attorney for Mr. Ferguson, submitted the following petition from Mr. Ferguson.
The council having considered the foregoing petition adopted the following resolution:
Resolved, That permission be granted to James M. Ferguson, contractor, to sublet the contract, for the construction of a water-works and electric light plant in this town, to the Consolidated Engineering Co., Ltd,, of New Orleans, provided that the said Engineering Company renew the guarantee bond in its own name.
After it was discussed by the council as to the validity or negotiability of the present bonds, it was moved by Dr. Martin and seconded by Mr. Mouton, that if the bonds prove not negotiable that other bonds be provided and that in case of new bonds being printed, the mayor is authorized to have others printed immediately. Carried.
It was moved, seconded, and carried, that all matter pertaining to the construction of the water-works and electric light plant be placed in the hands of the water-works and electric light committee.
To the Honorable Mayor and City Council of Lafayette, La.: The petition of James Ferguson, of New Orleans, La., and the Consolidated Engineering Co., Ltd., also of New Orleans, La.; respectfully represents, that one of a water-works and electric light plant in your city, by public act before E. G. Voorhies, Clerk of Court, and ex-officio notary public of the parish of Lafayette, under date of July 24, 1897; that the said contract now under way; the material having been ordered and the work of construction about to commence.
Under the terms and provisions of said contract, the contractor is prohibited from subletting same, and is required to keep the same number under his control; provided that it can be sublet with the permission and consent of your Honorable body. Now, your petitioner, James M. Ferguson, respectfully represents, that he desires with your consent, permission, and approval to assign, convey and set over said contract unto the Consolidated Engineering Co., Ltd., of New Orleans, La.
And your petitioners, the Consolidated Engineering Co., with respect, represent that they are desirous of assuming and accepting said contract from Mr. James M. Ferguson, and to carry out same in every respect according to the contract, and ask that your honorable body approve, permit and endow the transfer and the assignment of the said contract from Mr. J. M. Ferguson unto your petitioners, the Consolidated Engineering Co. Ltd.
For the full information and guidance of your honorable body, the Consolidated Engineering Co. further represent that they are in every way capable and competent to carry out the said contract to completion according to the terms thereof, and submit for your consideration, the recommendations and endorsements of the various individuals and firms hereto annexed.
J. M. FERGERSON, Consolidated Engineering Co. Ltd. per C. M. PASQUIER, Vice- president.
To the Honorable Mayor and City Council of the City of Lafayette, La., and to all whom it may concern: We the undersigned individuals, merchants and corporations of the city of New Orleans, and State of Louisiana, recommend the Consolidated Engineering Co., Ltd., of this city, and believe from our knowledge of the gentlemen who compose the corporation, that they are in every way competent and qualified to carry out properly the contract for the erection and construction of the electric light plant, water-works in the city of Lafayette, or any other similar work:
Respectfully submitted, RENEEN G. BUSH, CHARLES A. WORSLEY, LEVERT BURGENERES & CO., FRANK RODER, S. GUMMEL & CO., D. M. LICHTENSTEIN, DASPIT & LEVERS, VERMILION DEVELOPMENT, CO., LTD.
H. DASPIT, Vice-president.
New Orleans, La., July, 30, 1897.
According to a resolution adopted at the preceding meeting, the mayor added Mr. Hahn and Dr. Martin to the W. W. and E. L. committee.
The sanitary committee reported as follows:
LAFAYETTE, LA., Aug. 2, 1897. - To the Hon. Mayor and Councilmen of the City of Lafayette. Gentlemen: Your sanitary committee, to whom was referred the ordinance known as the meat inspecting ordinance, would most respectfully beg to report that they have made a critical examination of the matter and while they appreciate the motion of the former Council, which enacted said ordinance,and while a necessity for it may exist, at the same time we think the execution of it is wholly impracticable in this city, unprovided with a public slaughterhouse and the necessary appliances for the inspection of meats and in our judgment the attempt to execute said ordinance would not accomplish the end of which it was enacted. Very respectfully, THOS. B. HOPKINS, G. A. MARTIN, Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried that the inspector be instructed to proceed with the inspection of meat under the ordinance heretofore adopted and referred to in the above report.
The following accounts were approved:
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BAXTER CLEGG, Treasurer.
Mr. L. Creighton asked that the Council appoint him as plank walk and bridge repairer at a salary of $18 per month. By motion this petition was referred to street committee.
There being no further business the Council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
STERLING MUDD, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 8/14/1897.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., August 5th, 1897. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Jno. E, Primeaux, Alonzo Lacy and Alfred Hebert.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Mr. A. B. Denbo, representing the Lafayette Sugar Refinery, here appeared and asked permission to extend a switch track across the public road near the property of said company. By motion, permission was granted to construct the said switch, provided that at no time shall any empty of loaded cars stand across the public highway or interfere with public traffic. Provided further that the said company shall maintain said crossing in good traveling condition, at all times flush with the surface of the road.
Judge O. C. Mouton here appeared and addressed the jury in behalf of two young men, Masters Andrew McBride and Ovey Herpin, applicants for appointment as cadets to the State University at Baton Rouge. By motion of Mr. Brown, Masters Andrew McBride and Ovey Herpin, were appointed cadets to the State University and the sum of $350 was appropriated for their maintenance at said school.
A free license to keep a fruit stand at Scott was granted unto Rodolph Prejean.
The sum of $30, or as much there of as necessary, was appropriated to repair the public school-house at Octave Bertrand;s in the 8th ward.
Messrs. R. C. Landry, Jno. Whittington, Jr., and Jno. E. Primeaux were appointed a committee to report the acceptance of the bridge at Darmas Broussard's.
Mr. Alonzo Lacy was authorized to accept a sale of land being a part of the public road traced from the eastern to the western boundary of the first ward.
The petition of road overseers for an increase of salary was read and laid over.
The application of Mrs. Melanie Hanks for pension was rejected.
One car-load of lumber was granted to Mr. Avant for 2d ward, and Mr. Landry was allowed necessary lumber for 7th ward.
Antoine Broussard was appointed road overseer of the 8th ward.
A communication from Hon. V. E. Dupuis, school director of the 6th ward, representing the urgent necessity of erecting a new building for the Carencro public school was read and by motion the sum of $250 was appropriated in aid of said building.
Constable N. Breaux submitted a statement of stock sold showing balance in favor of parish $2.
By motion the following was adopted:
Resolved, That in view, of the great increase in the east of keeping prisoners in the parish jail, that Hon. Ben Avant be appointed a committee to consult the District Judge as to the best means of reducing the expenditure of public revenue for this particular item.
The jury proceeded in a body to inspect the jail and adopted the following:
Resolved, That the attention of the sheriff and keeper of the parish jail is hereby called to the complaint made by prisoners as to the quality and quantity of food provided.
Resolved, Further, that the jury finds that sufficient attention is not given to keeping the jail clean and in proper sanitary condition.
The secretary reported licenses cancelled as per resolution to-wit: 1894, $2,977; 1895, $2,614; $3,417.50.
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 8/14/1897.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/14/1897.
Miss Gussie Plonsky returned home Wednesday from Washington, where she spent several days among relatives.
Gus Lacoste left last Sunday for Cincinnati for the purpose of buying a large stock of goods.
Coca Cola will brace you up when you feel depressed. Served at the Moss Pharmacy soda fountain.
The members of the Century Club are devoting all their spare time to the preparations being made for the celebration on the 25th instant at Oak Avenue Park.
Alexander Azore, a negro in the parish jail under a charge of horse-stealing, is reported to be in a dying condition. It is believed that he has consumption.
Miss Mary Sprole returned from New Iberia Monday evening.
Ben Falk and S. Kahn left yesterday for New York and other Eastern points to purchase their fall and winter stocks.
Sheriff Broussard visited New Orleans this week.
The Castel brothers have had their bakery repaired and put in first-class shape.
Hires Root Beer is holding its own easily among the various soft drinks dispensed at the Moss Pharmacy Soda fountain.
The Gazette returns thanks to Wille Graser for a bag of large, delicious peaches, raised on his mother's place in this town. They were unusually fine and sweet for Louisiana peaches and were in every way equal to the Western fruit. Lafayette Gazette 8/14/1897.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 14th, 1869:
The rains this week have been more than abundant, and in their plentifulness, may prove detrimental to the crops; a continuance of such wet weather as we have had during the last week, would certainly be injurious to the planting interests.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/14/1869.
We see a new building going up in our town, a building of goodly proportions, at the corner of the old Rigues lot; that is right - keep on it, build and invest in town property, the Railroad is coming and Vermilionville will be the great point. Lafayette Advertiser 8/14/1869.
Lukewarm and Indifferent.
It is with sorrow that we remark a certain feeling, of lukewarmness and indifference gaining the minds and souls of all the members of our Agricultural and Mechanical Association.
This will not do, we must not so soon abandon the work begun by us, but a short time ago with such buoyant and determined spirit. The hour for action and progress has arrived, it is at our doors and bids us to heed its advent. We must not be deaf to its timely admonitions or blind to the numberless facts and circumstance, which every day in serried combinations, force upon us the unavoidable result of a new era in our midst; already two regular meetings have gone by and nothing done, no one present or accounted for. Such dereliction is but a poor illustration of the feelings which presided over the establishing of the association. Let us shake off this supineness, this lukewarmness and indifference, and as men carry out our original purpose, let us quicken our hearts and souls, and all our energies to new action in the cause of improvement. Let it not be said that intelligent men, pledged together to do, have shrunk from doing, that which is so easy and so useful to achieve. We do think that a call meeting by the President would be appropriate and beneficial, and would go very far towards reviving the spirit which at first actuated all the members of the association.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/14/1869.
THE PAPABOTTES. - Those delicious birds are fast filling our prairies and in defiant security whistle their arrival and presence to the passerby, but we see many guns being brightened up and other preparations made to hunt them, and in a few days we have no doubt, that our planters will have great sport, and their festive boards will be made redolent with this highly prized summer game.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/14/1869.
Teachers Selected. - The Directors of Public Schools in and for our Parish received their commissions on Tuesday last. We have had occasion to examine the list kindly furnished us by one of the Board, and must congratulate the powers that be, upon their happy selection. We hope they will meet forthwith, in the performance of the good work entrusted to them. Lafayette Advertiser 8/14/1869.
THE NEW ORLEANS GERMAN ASSOCIATION.
We call the attention of our readers to the address of the "New Orleans German Association" on the subject of immigration and the developing of the resources of our western country. The spirit which animates them should be responded to by us; we have attached to the Mechanical and Agricultural Association of the Parish of Lafayette, an immigration committee and a standing committee on correspondence they should immediately go to work and in answer to the address of the committee of the German association, furnish them with a correct and detailed account of the character of our soil in different localities, of the climate, health, etc. And thereby make some effort to draw public attention to our our rich and uncultivated fields, and thereby induce new and intelligent labor in our midst. Lafayette Advertiser 8/14/1869.
PURSUANT to a call by the Mayor, the City Council of Vermilionville met this 31st day of July A. D. 1869.
A. Nevue, Mayor, presiding ; Members: Messrs. Mouton, G. C. Salles, Landry, Monnier, Smith, B. A. Salles and McBride.
The council was called to order and the object of the meeting explained by the President.
F. Martin, Esq., tendered his resignation as Assessor of the Corporation, which on motion was accepted.
On motion, it was unanimously resolved, that the regular meetings of this council be and are hereby fixed for the first Monday of each and every month instead of the first Saturday.
On motion the Council adjourned.
A. NEVUE, Mayor.
WM. B. BAILEY, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/14/1869.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Session of August 2nd, 1869.
On this day the council met in regular session ; A. Nevue, presiding: Present: Messrs. Mouton, Monnier, McBride, Smith, G. C. Salles, Landry and B. A. Salles.
The minutes of the preceding meetings were read and adopted.
On motion it was resolved that a poll tax be and is hereby levied within the Corporation.
On motion, Resolved, that the Mayor and members of the City Council petition to the Hon. President and members of the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette, to open a road from the town of Vermilionville to the Southwest portion of the Parish.
Resolved, that Mr. H. Eastin be and he is hereby authorized to repair the Market House.
Resolved, that a fine of Twenty-five dollars be and is hereby imposed on any one keeping an animal in the Market house.
Resolved, That the Constable be and is hereby authorized to have a rack made for the use of the market house.
On motion it was resolved, that the fine on all merchants, refusing to close their stores on Sunday evening in compliance with the rules and regulation of the Corporation of Vermilionville, be and is hereby fixed at twenty-five dollars.
F. Martin, Esq., Constable and Collector of the Corporation, tendered his resignation which was accepted.
The Council then proceeded to the election of a Constable and Collector, whereupon Gilbert Elmer, Esq., was unanimously elected.
Resolved that the Constable and Collector furnish bonds in the full sum of Eight hundred dollars.
On motion the Council adjourned.
A. Nevue, Mayor.
W. B. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/14/1869.
A Brave Deed.
From the N. Y. Times.
An interesting little ceremony took place yesterday forenoon on board the United States sloop of war Guerriere, the flag-ship of Admiral Davis, lying off the Navy Yard. It consisted of the presentation to Midshipman T. Bailey Myers Mason of a gold medal by the Life Saving Benovolent Association of New York, as a reward for his brave and manly conduct in saving the lives of two sea-men in the waters of Rio de Janeiro on the 8th of February last. There were present between decks, on the occasion, Admirals Stringham and Davis, Captains Strong, Parker and Ramsey, Paymaster Cunngham and the officers general of the Guerriere.
As soon as the midshipmen were drawn up in line, Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, who was accompanied by Mr. Moore, of addressing Midshipman Mason, said that it gave him great pleasure to be the instrument of the Life Saving Society, in manifesting their appreciation of manly qualities so canoodling to human nature as had been exhibited by the young midshipman.
It was a great thing to save a human life, and a much greater thing to save two. Such a transaction not only served to elevate the tone of every shipmate on that noble vessel - every officer and sail or in the navy ; it excited an influence on men everywhere, and developed in the hearts of the people generally admiration and love for any man who could forget self and remember duty. He was sure that not only Midshipman Mason, but all his associates and superior officers as well, felt proud of the distinction thus awarded - as which so as if the act thus acknowledged had been their own. Mr. Beecher then presented the gold medal to Mr. Mason, who responded as follows:
GENTLEMEN. - In doing what I did, I merely carried out a lesson imbued in me by my superior officer - that an officer should look out for the safety of his men. Any officer, under the circumstances, would have done the same thing ; but as my conduct has merited your approbation, I accept your testimonial with pleasure and thanks.
Midshipman Mason's superior officer then shook hands with him and formally complimented him, and the party dispersed. Mr. Mason is a modest, plain, substantial young man, without sentimentality, as his short reply to Mr. Beecher's long address will indicate.
The medal bears the following inscription :
"Presented to Midshipman T. Baily Myers Mason, of the United States navy, who with generous heroism, twice in succession hazarding his own life, rescued from drowning two of his shipmates, enlisted men of the Guerriere, in the harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Feb. 8, 1869."
The Guerriere will go out of commission on Friday. From the N. Y. Times and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 8/14/1869.