Fever in Lafayette.
Yesterday afternoon a report soon became widely spread that a genuine case of yellow fever had made its appearance in Lafayette and upon investigation the report proved to be true. Dr. J. D. Trahan was called to the residence of Raoul Gentil to see F. K. Fahey, a surveyor for the Southern Pacific, and pronounced the case yellow fever.
The case is a very serious one. Mr. Fahey stated that he went to Waggaman, near Harahan, on a passenger train and returned Friday on a freight. Has not been in New Orleans lately. The health officers at once isolated the case, provided screens and are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of the disease, and it is believed that the measures taken will succeed. In this emergency alarm will naturally be felt; but if possible all should remain calm and be sure to fumigate their homes with sulphur to kill the mosquitoes and also screen their homes. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
YELLOW FEVER SYMPTOMS.
As Given by a Famous Fever Expert of Lafourche.
The Lafourche Comet published the following symptoms of yellow fever, according to the notes of Dr. Cherot of Lafourche, as famous fever expert:
1st. - A violent headache.
2nd. - Severe pains in the back.
3rd. - Weakness in the lower limbs.
4th. - Sickness of the stomach.
5th. - Excessive heat about the nape of the neck.
6th. - A sense of general uneasiness.
7th. - The tongue rose tinged, and encircled on the edges and tips by a red girt which, however, only encircled on the tongue completely at the end of a few hours.
8th. Frequently the eyes are bloodshot at the outset, and this symptom develops with the disease.
N. B. - When symptons 7 and 8 are well defined on first taking sick, it is a sure sign that the case will be a serious one - as often occurs to persons corpulent, strong, bilious, or given to late hours or hard work.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
Board of Health Adopts Rules Promulgated by State Board.
Then Adopts Rules of Convention of Boards of Health Held Here Aug. 8 - Council Ratifies Action.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 11, 1905.
Board of Health met this day at 2 p. m. all members present.
On motion of P. L. DeClouet, duly seconded, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:
Whereas, the State Board of Health has adopted rules and regulations fixing the terms and conditions under which persons from infected and non-infected points in the State must be allowed in all other points within the State; and whereas, this Board is powerless under the law creating it to establish any rules contrary to, or inconsistent with those adopted by the State Board of Health, however inadequate; therefore, be it resolved, that this Board recommends to the City Council of the town of Lafayette, that the rules and regulations adopted by the State Board of Health fixing the terms and conditions under which persons and property must be allowed to enter the town of Lafayette, is paramount; provided, however, that all other rules and regulations heretofore recommended and adopted not inconsistent with those adopted by the State Board remain unchanged.
In offering this resolution and voting for it, Mr. P. L. DeClouet wishes to go of record as opposed to the restrictions placed on the local Boards of Health by the State Board of Health in the protection of their home and he has acquiesced only in obedience to law, thereby relieving himself of all responsibility in the premises.
Moved by Dr. R. D. Voorhies, that the resolutions passed by the convention of Boards of Health previously laid on the the table by this Board be now taken up for reconsideration. Motion seconded and carried.
Moved by Dr. L. O. Clark, that the above mentioned resolutions be adopted by this Board as a whole with the exception instead of five as mentioned in said resolutions. Motion seconded and carried, P. L. DeClouet voting "No."
Moved by P. L. DeClouet, that any and all certificates issued by this Board will be null and void twenty-four (24) hours after the date on which given. Those authorized to issue said certificates, are Dr. F. R. Tolson, Dr. Geo. C. Babcock and Dr. L. O. Clark. Motion seconded and carried.
Moved by P. L. DeClouet, that a committee composed of three members of this Board, with full power, be appointed by the President to inspect the town as frequently as possible and report to the Board any doubtful or suspicious case or cases of fever that may come within their observation. Motion seconded and carried.
The President appointed on the above committee, Dr. Geo. C. Babcock, Dr. R. D. Voorhies and Dr. L. O. Clark.
On motion duly seconded, the Board adjourned.
F. R. TOLSON, President Board of Health.
GEO. C. BABCOCK, Secretary Board of Health.
By P. L. DeClouet, Asst. Secretary.
The following are the rules promulgated by the State Board, adopted above:
1. That no parish, town, village or community in Louisiana shall have the right to refuse to any person provided with a certificate not more than twenty-four hours old, signed by the legally qualified health officer of a non-infected locality, stating that the holder of such certificate has given satisfactory evidence that he or she has not been in any infected locality for six days prior to date of certificate, or to any person presenting a certificate of discharge issued within the preceding twenty-four hours by the officer in charge of any detention camp of the United States Public Health and Marine Hospital Service.
2. That no parish, town, village or community shall have the right under any circumstance to interfere with the passage of trains and boats, provided no attempt be made by persons on such trains or boats to violate quarantine regulations legally in force.
3. That no parish, town, village or community shall refuse to admit mail, freight or express matter from infected localities, provided such mail freight or express matter shall arrive in cars loaded outside of an infected locality, or bearing a certificate that such cars have been fumigated by the United States Public Health and Marine Hospital Service before leaving the infected locality.
The resolutions adopted by the Convention of Representatives of Boards of Health that met here Tuesday, Aug. 8, and adopted at above meeting will be found in the proceedings of the Parish Board of Health published in another column.
The City Council met at 5 p. m. with Mayor Mouton presiding, and A. R. Trahan, S. Begnaud, O. B. Hopkins and C. D. Boudreaux present, and adopted above resolutions of the Board of Health. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
BOARD OF HEALTH.
Rules Formulated by Convention Here Last Tuesday Not Adopted.
Residents of Town Absent Upon Application Allowed to Return If Provided with Health Certificate.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 9, 1905. - The Board of Health met this day at 2 p. m. all members present.
Moved by Dr. R. D. Voorhies, that the resolutions of the committee on rules and regulations adopted by the convention of Doctors be now taken up for consideration. Motion seconded and carried.
Moved by P. L. DeClouet, that the above rules as a whole be laid on the table indefinitely. Motion seconded and carried by the following vote: Dr. F. R. Tolson, Dr. R. D. Voorhies, P. L. DeClouet, "yea". Dr. Geo. C. Babcock and L. O. Clark, "no".
Moved by Dr. Geo. C. Babcock, that besides the telephone and telegraph line repairers mentioned in resolution passes on Aug. 6, that all other persons living in this town be allowed the same privilege for the same reasons. A permit to be issued for each absence and such permits be given by the president of the Board of Health, or the sanitary officer, with another member of the board. Motion seconded and carried.
Moved by Dr. L. O. Clark, that all known residents of the town now absent upon application to the Board of Health and upon approval shall be allowed to return home, being provided with a certificate from proper authorities duly attested, showing they have not been in any infected area in the last ten days, the party or parties not being allowed to pass through New Orleans. Motion seconded and carried, P. L. DeClouet voting "no".
Moved by Dr. Geo. C. Babcock, that applications made by Dr. F. E. Girard, Miss Rose DeBlanc, B. N. Coronna and family, J. Gilbert St. Julien and wife, Geo. DeBlanc and family, C. C. Mallard and J. E. Von Horn be approved. Motion seconded and carried.
On motion duly seconded the Board adjourned.
F. R. TOLSON, M. D., President.
GEO. C. BABCOCK, M. D., Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
City Board of Health.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 14, 1905. - The City Board of Health met this day at 11:30 a. m. with all members present.
Moved by P. L. DeClouet, that health certificates from officers of the U. S. P. H. and M. H. Service and from other authorized health offices will be honored by the quarantine officers of this town, provided that the party or parties presenting such certificates be held in the detention camp until the genuineness of such certificates may be investigated; and that any resolution passed conflicting with this resolution is hereby revoked. Moved further by P. L. DeClouet, that the City Council is requested to pass as soon as possible such ordinances as may be necessary to carry out the intent of this resolution, in establishing a detention camp and in placing guard on dirt roads leading in to the town, or having said roads guarded by mounted patrols, or in such other way as they may deem more proper or more economical for the protection of the town.
The above motions receiving no second and consequently being voted down, Mr. P. L. DeClouet hereby enters his protest against this action on the ground that believing most sincerely that our greatest danger is in strangers coming into our town; and being unable by a bad law arbitrarily enforced to prevent this, and being moreover deprived by the action of this Board of the lawful right to investigate the genuineness of certificates, he desires to place the responsibility where it will belong if a stranger comes in on one of these certificates and falls sick of yellow fever in this town.
On motion duly seconded the Board adjourned.
F. R. TOLSON, M. D., President.
GEO. C. BABCOCK, M. D., Secretary.
By P. L. DeClouet, Assistant Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
Parish Board of Health Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 3, 1905.
The Parish Board of Health met this day with members J. E. Martin, and M. Billeaud, Jr., present. Dr. L. A. Prejean being absent.
The following resolutions were adopted:
Resolved, 1st. That no strangers be allowed to enter the parish limits with or without certificates. All inhabitants or the parish now absent will be received in the parish of Lafayette on proper certificate until the last train on Sunday the 6th inst. and after that time such persons will be detained at the detention camp for ten days.
Resolved, 2nd. That railroad passenger trains will be permitted to pass through the parish, but no one thereon will be allowed to get off, the United States mail only will be allowed to enter the parish on these trains. The crews of passenger and freight trains once leaving the eastern limits of the parish will not be permitted to return to the parish. Station porters are not permitted to board the trains.
Resolved, 3rd. That no freight train will be allowed to stop in this parish any longer than to get water and fuel, and to leave the cars containing freight for this parish, and all such cars must be thoroughly fumigated before the freight is taken therefrom.
Resolved, 4th. That east and west bound crews will not be permitted to mingle at meeting points. All previous rules in conflict herewith are hereby annulled.
Moved and seconded that there be built at each detention camp a building 10x12 provided with screens. So ordered.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned.
FELIX H. MOUTON, Secretary.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 5, 1905.
The Parish Board of Health met this day with M. Billeaud, Jr., and Dr. L. A. Prejean in attendance, J. R. Mouton absent.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
Moved and seconded that one day and one night guard be placed at the east end of the parish on the public road near Boulee store and in the 4th ward near the place of Albert Theall. So ordered.
Moved to adjourn.
FELIX H. MOUTON, Secretary.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 9, 1905.
The Parish Board of Health met this day with the following named members present: Dr. L. A. Prejean, M. Billeaud, Jr., and J. Edmond Mouton.
Moved and seconded that the rules and regulations submitted by the Convention of Doctors held at the Gordon Hotel, August 8, be rejected indefinitely. Carried.
Moved and seconded that repairers of telephone and telegraph companies and all other persons, residents of this parish be allowed the privilege to go out and return into the parish upon valid reasons, a permit to be issued for each absence; said permit to be issued by any two members of the Board. Carried.
Residents of this parish now absent upon application to Dr. L. A. Prejean, president Parish Board of Health, and upon approval shall be allowed to return home being provided with proper certificates from proper authorities, only attested showing that they have not been in any infected area for ten days, party or parties, not being allowed to pass through New Orleans.
Moved and seconded that persons wanted in this parish upon application to a member of the Parish Board of Health may be admitted with proper certificate provided the purpose of his application is considered justifiable by two members of the Board of Health. Carried.
Moved and seconded that the detention camps be provided with thermometers and that the captain of each camp be instructed to take the temperature of detained persons every morning, that any such person showing a temperature of 100 degrees or more be immediately placed in the screened building provided for that purpose and that a physician be promptly summoned and a report made to the members of the Board of Health nearest to the camp. Carried.
Moved and seconded that un-costly buildings be provided for the protection of the guards. So ordered.
There being no further business, a motion to adjourn prevailed.
FELIX H. MOUTON, Secretary.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 12, 1905.
The Parish Board of Health met this day with members J. Edmond Mouton, M. Billeaud, Jr., and Dr. L. A. Prejean in attendance.
Moved and seconded that the rules and regulations submitted by the convention of health officers held at the Gordon Hotel August 8, be re-considered. Carried.
Moved and seconded that the above mentioned rules and regulations, recited below in full, be adopted with the modifications following. Carried.
Rules and regulations as submitted by convention of health officers held August 8, 1905.
Moved by Davidson, seconded by Perkins, that the following health certificates be adopted as follows:
Moved by Davidson, seconded by Perkins that the names of the officers who are authorized to sign the certificates be printed thereon. Carried.
Moved by Perkins, seconded by Webb, that it is the sense of this meeting that passenger traffic be established on proper restrictions and Health certificates as adopted between non-infested districts. Carried.
Moved that all passengers, transferred at Harrahan to Avondale under the usual restrictions under the U. S. P. H. and H. M. Service holding transfer from same be honored by the parishes herein represented. Carried.
Moved that passengers from the city of New Orleans after detention of five full days in any detention camp under the supervision and management of the U. S. P. H. & H. M. Service and holding certificates of free pratique signed by Surgeon J. H. White of the U. S. P. H. & H. M. Service shall be admitted without detention into all parishes and towns herein represented. Carried.
Moved while recognizing the pressure under which certain localities have quarantined against shipments of merchandise from New Orleans we recommend that no such restrictions be imposed after it becomes known that all freight cars from New Orleans are being fumigated by the U. S. P. H. & H. M. Service before leaving the city.
Moved by Dr. Young, seconded by Webb, that all trunks and baggage belonging to parties holding five days detention certificates be properly fumigated by the U. S. P. H. & H. M. Service in order to destroy all mosquitoes which may be contained therein. Carried.
Moved by Dr. Young, seconded by Edwards, that all members of Health Boards be requested to report all cases or suspicious cases in their territory each night to the State Board of Health and that bulletins be published in New Orleans papers. Carried.
Be it resolved by your committee on resolutions that each parochial and municipal health officer of the several parishes along the line of the S. P. Railway between Avondale and Echo and Lafayette, New Iberia, Eunice and Alexandria shall appoint as many reputable health officers as the convenience of the public will require to issue health certificates, same to be of form as adopted by your committee.
Be it further resolved that a list of all such authorized deputy health officers together with the signatures of such officers shall be exchanged between each of the said parochial and Municipal Boards.
Be it further resolved, that one inspector shall be appointed for each passenger train between Avondale and Lake Charles and one on Lafayette and Alexandria Branch and one on the New Iberia and Eunice branch. It shall be the duty of such inspectors to see that no passenger get on the train without a proper certificate. Also that complete list of names and signatures of those authorized to issue said certificates be furnished to each inspector. That the printed form of the certificate employed by the respective boards of health, shall bear the name of the duly authorized health officers of their locations.
Be it further resolved that each inspector shall be furnished a stamp with which he shall stamp all satisfactory certificates.
That the expenses and salary of inspectors will be prorated equally between such parishes as adopted these resolutions. Carried.
Moved and seconded that persons from infected localities must possess a certificate showing that the holder thereof has been out of any infected place for six days. Carried.
Moved and seconded that no certificate will be admitted unless issued within twenty-four hours of time of presentation. Carried.
Moved and seconded that train inspectors be cautioned as to the dates, erasures on, or otherwise the genuineness of certificates, should any doubt arise as to the genuineness of any certificate the holder thereof must be detained at the camp until the Health Officers investigates. Carried.
All previous rules and regulations in conflict with the above are hereby annulled.
There being no further business a motion to adjourn prevailed.
FELIX H. MOUTON, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
Placed at All Entrances to Town.
The City Council held a special meeting Monday afternoon and to provide funds to pay guards for entrances into town and other quarantine expenses, added 2 1/2 mills to the present tax.
A committee was appointed to select 14 guards, which they did that night, and yesterday morning the guards were sworn in and placed on duty. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
ADMITTING HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES.
Under the impression that they had full power to adopt such rules and regulations as they might judge necessary for their protection, parish and city boards of health all over the State established quarantines upon the announcement of yellow fever in New Orleans.
The rules adopted were in many cases very extreme, resulting in great hardship both to individuals and communities until conditions became so bad that the State Board, which under the law has complete control, felt compelled to interfere. Accordingly last Thursday it announced rules to be observed by every parish and town in the State, and instructed all boards of health to adopt them.
These rules provide that anyone holding a properly attested health certificate showing that he has not been exposed to yellow fever within six days must be admitted by all communities. This provision may and probably does seem like letting down the bars; but upon consideration it should not do so. There is no reason whatever why a person who has not been exposed to yellow fever should be denied admittance to any town or parish. If he has not the fever, he certainly can not communicate it, and if he holds satisfactory evidence to that effect he should undoubtedly be received. But while being willing to accept certificates, no town should be careless; the officers should exercise the greatest care in examination of all certificates and when the least suspicion is aroused, the holder should be placed in the detention camp until his certificate can be absolutely verified. If this is done and done and thoroughly, we do not believe the town will be any more exposed, provided proper guards are placed at entrances to town to examine certificates, than under shotgun quarantine.
The adoption by the various boards of health of the rules adopted by the conference held here on the 8th, will add a further security, in that more safeguards are placed over the issuing of certificates. Besides the placing of reliable inspectors on the trains from Avondale to Lafayette, to Echo and to Alexandria will make protection more sure than inspectors from parish line to parish line, in that by accompanying the trains they will be able to prevent parties entering the cars without certificates and can keep watch at all times.
If the proper vigilance is observed by guards and inspectors, and we believe such will be the case, there ought to be no uneasiness; for with every parish and town in the State doing the same thing, immunity from the fever is, we are confident, perfectly secured. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
The members or the Stegomyia Club held an extraordinary session in front of the Gordon Hotel lobby Saturday, and as their name signifies discussed the mosquito theory, the woolen goods theory, the dry goods theory and yellow jack generally and particularly and some more. Experience, jokes and incidents formed part of the meeting and among other things, one of the members sprang the following: Two men yesterday were discussing the mosquito theory, or rather one was arguing for the theory and the other was Doubting Thomas. After going over the grounds from beginning to end and walking down the middle, he of the "pro-theory" challenged the "anti" to doubt any longer. "Well," the latter remarked, "may be you have lots of confidence in the mosquito business, may be, eh!" "Yes," he replied, "I have the fullest confidence," .... That's all right; but, now would you sleep in a bed where a yellow fever patient had died?" "Well, when it's a proven fact that you can't take the fever from bed clothes, do you think I am fool enough to sleep in a fever patient's bed just for fun?"
After the laugh had passed around, another member remarked, "Your 'pro-man' evidently dosen't believe in doing things just for fun, especially when he has a proven fact behind him, but I saw a man yesterday who from appearances had mighty little faith in the proven fact. He wasn't trusting to theories or to luck either, but was armed and equipped for yellow jack good and strong. In one coat pocket he had camphor balls and in the other asafoetida. Around his neck he carried a bag of garlic and had placed sulphur in his shoes. In addition he is zealously taking arsenious tablets strictly according to Dr. Leach's directions and hopes to pull through until the first case of fever makes its appearance, when he expects to make a desperate and hurried break for Texas."
The member ceased, then looked upon his fellow members, his fellow members looked upon him - not a cachinnation broke stillness. Silently the club melted away - perhaps to meet another day, who can tell?
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
DR. LEACH TO TEST ARSENIZATION THEORY.
Now in New Orleans to Submit Himself to Stegomyia Attack Under Supervision of Physicians.
[New Orleans Picayune.]
For the first time in the history of this country experiments are to be made to prove or disprove the efficacy of arsenization as a preventative of yellow fever. According to Dr. Reginald B. Leach it has been amply proved in Brazil. But arsenization had never been given a trial in this country, and Dr. Leach is the first to bring it to the attention of the American medical world.
Dr. Reginald B. Leach, of St. Paul, Minn., arrived here yesterday morning and went to the St. Charles Hotel. Several weeks ago, when yellow fevers was first reported here, Dr. Leach wrote to an old friend of his, Mr. E. L. Prescott, who now makes his home here, and suggested to him arsenization as yellow fever preventative. Mr. Prescott took up the matter and gave it publicly. The idea immediately became so popular in some quarters that many people took it up. Dr. Leach subsequently offered to come here and make experiments on himself in order to demonstrate the truth of the theory. Through Mr. Prescott, Colonel A. R. Blakely, of the St. Charles Hotel, who placed a suite of rooms at the disposal of the Doctor, and certain railroad officials, arrangements were made for Dr. Leach's coming.
Dr. Leach desires as little as possible advertising in this matter. He wants to see the arsenization theory advertised because it is for the benefit of humanity. He is a legitimate practitioner, who loves his fellow man. He is ambitious in his profession, as every man should be. Dr. Leach was graduated in Medicine from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, Nov. 14, 1882. He subsequently received his diploma from Bellevue Hospital, New York City. He was in New York when his health failed, and he had to abandon the work he was doing. To recuperate he went to sea, and for some time ran on steamships between New York and Vera Cruz. He settled in Paris, Tex., for a while and served as Secretary of the Paris Board of Health for seven years. He first saw yellow fever in this city in 1884. He left Paris, Tex., in 1897, and went to St. Paul, where he has since made his home. Dr. Leach comes here with full credentials, including his medical diplomas and letters from the Governor of Minnesota and the Mayor of St. Paul.
Anticipating the possibility of coming to New Orleans, Dr. Leach began subjecting himself to the arsenious acid treatment before his arrival. According to Dr. Leach one is arsenized after two weeks of this treatment. His two weeks will be up to-morrow night, and he will then be ready for experiments. He will let an infected stegomyia fasciata mosquito bite him and see whether or not yellow fever develops as a result. Dr. Leach has never had yellow fever, and is, therefore, non-immune. In conducting this experiment he wants to put himself in the hands of a committee of physicians who will carefully observe the progress and result of the experiments.
Dr. Leach says that in the thousands of instances in which arsenization has been been tested there were only twenty instances in which the subjects contracted yellow fever. And of those twenty the cases were very mild, and every subject recovered. These experiments were made in Rio Janeiro, Para and Companias, Brazil, in 1892, 1896 and 1897. Dr. Leach has the affidavits of the physicians who conducted these experiments. In 1896 a sail factory in Rio De Janeiro had nearly all its employes laid up with yellow fever. In 1897 the employes were subjected to arsenization and not a single case of fever developed, though 350 hands were employed in the place.
Dr. Leach says that he theorized this whole thing and submitted it to the United States Senate in 1898. Two years later he found that he had been forestalled by Brazilian doctors who had already proven the theory. In advocating arsenization Dr. Leach wants it distinctly understood that he is seeking to no reward and wants none. He wants to establish what he knows to be a scientific fact and have it accepted by the medical fraternity. Thirteen years ago Dr. Leach spoke of arsenization to a physician in Texas. That physician asked him why he did not patent the prescription and put it on the market. When Dr. Leach told him that he did not care to do anything of that kind his Texas confrere called him a fool.
Arsenization is not only a preventive for yellow fever, according to Dr. Leach, but it is also a preventive of Asiatic cholera. He thinks that it might also serve to ward off bubonic plague, but in the absence of conclusive proof he will not claim that.
He says that if the authorities and physicians of New Orleans will accept arsenization, yellow fever can be stamped out in a few weeks. If every person in the city takes this treatment there can be no new cases and the disease will therefore die out of itself as the soon as the present cases die or recover.
While of course no two human beings are alike, and therefore everybody has to be treated to himself, even as he is a law unto himself, still, Dr. Leach says, he has found that the arsenious acid tablets prepared in the proper way do no harm to anyone, regardless of the physical condition of that person, especially as there is a gradual reduction in the dose, and after the first two weeks only one tablet a day is taken. Two tablets a day for two weeks makes the body arsenized, and one tablet a day thereafter keeps it so.
One of the leading arsenization propagandists in the world, Dr. Antonio de Campos Salles, was president of Brazil in 1900, and he did much in proving the arsenization theory. Dr. Leach was the first to give the method a name. He coined the verb "arsenitize" and the noun "arsenization." The Brazilians adopted the word after Dr. Leach, making it in Portuguese "arsenico." Dr. Leach studied Portuguese in order to familiarize himself with the Brazilian experiments, to the study of which he has devoted several years. From the New Orleans Picayune of 8/13/1905 and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
Yesterday a new train schedule went into effect, Train No. 9, west bound, arrives at 5:08 p. m. and leaves at 5:28 p. m. Train No. 10, east bound, arrives at 1:40 p. m. and leaves at 2:00 p. m. Trains on Alexandria branch arrive at 12:50 p. m. and leave at 5:30 p. m. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
In Excellent Order.
An Advertiser reporter visited the Power Plant Wednesday and was shown through it by Supt. Breeding. The plant seemed to be in excellent order, the machinery being clean and all brasses polished until they shone. Cupboards for keeping all necessary parts provided and altogether the appearance of the whole place showed careful attention.
That afternoon the City Council visited the plant and expressed themselves greatly pleased with the appearance of everything. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
Division Headquarters of Southern Pacific Railroad.
[New Iberia Enterprise.]
Much interest has been taken in a movement started a few days ago for the removal of Division Headquarters of the Southern Pacific Railroad to this city. A large number of citizens readily signed a petition that was circulated by Mr. E. F. Millard asking the company to make the change at once. Mr. Millard also appeared with the petition before the City Council Monday night and in a strong speech requested the Council to take action in this matter which it did adopting a resolution cordially inviting the Company to enter this city as set forth in the petition, which resolution and petition have been forwarded to the official of the Company. Many of our substantial citizens have promised financial support and Mr. Emile Gajan has offered to donate fifty acres of land in the city limits if the company sees proper to move their headquarters here. This is a matter of prime importance to our people and will meet the hearty support and encouragement of every one.
It means quite an accession to our population and the transfer of an industrial plant that will give employment to a great many, a quickening of the avenues of trade and the development of much business. New Iberia would be proud to welcome the company to our city with open arms. From the New Iberia Enterprise and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
To Attend National Association of American Road Makers at Port Huron, Mich.
Governor Blanchard, at the request of James H. MacDonald, Hartford, Commissioner, Conn., Highway Commissioner of that State and President of the National Association of American Road-makers, has appointed delegates to attend the Convention of the Association, at Port Huron, Mich., Aug. 29 to 31. Mr. MacDonald says the membership of the Association is composed of the highway commissioners who have charge of the work in their respective States, the Directors of public works, selectmen, road supervisors, and all who are officially employed in a practical way in road building. The object of holding the Convention is to disseminate the information furnished at the Convention as widely as possible for the purpose of creating a sentiment in State that have not as yet taken up highway improvement.
Following are the delegates appointed: Hon. T. J. Kernan, Lexington Hotel, Chicago, Ill., Hon. John Dymond, Belair; E. L. Woodside, Mount Clements, Mich.; Hon. T. C. Barrett, Shreveport; W. C. Davis, Sodus; J. O. St. Dizzier, Newroads; James O. Chachere, Opelousas; Sebastion Roy, Arabi; W. C. Doterer, New Orleans; J. H. Whyte; Shreveport; H. M. Mayo, New Orleans; George W. Kile, Natchitoches; Charles V. Moore, Shriever; C. J. Barrow, Baton Rouge; Lucien Soniat, Camp Parapet; T. V. Wingate, Leesville; Howard Stringfellow, Coushatta; Eugene Holloway, Plaquemine; Isaac Johnson, Evergreen; Thomas McCardle, Franklin; J. E. Adger, Alden Bridge; T. J. Howell, Lake Providence; Albert Estopimal, Estipinol; N. P. Moss, Lafayette; H. A. Dugas, Napoleonville; John F. Ervine, Bayou Sara and Adolphe Dugue, New Orleans. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
The Public Roads.
[To the Lafayette Gazette:]
The Parish of Lafayette has been all agog especially during these 5 or to years - over the question of public roads, and what system of public roads, and what system best to adopt in order to secure good roads.
Men otherwise well informed, who have attained to success in other fields have proven as disappointing as road builders as the barren fig tree which Christ cursed. We often hear road overseers say they would do this, that, or the other for the roads, but have not the funds at command. No man is expected to do more than he reasonably can with the means at hand, but in this instance, what is really meant is that they lack the energy to do.
The present system of working our public highways is good enough for anybody, if less talk were indulged in and more devotion to duty displayed by some of those engaged to perform the work, and as evidence and proof of our assertion we would fitly invite the attention of all parties to the present splendid condition of the main road between Scott and the town of Lafayette, - thanks to the executive ability of Mr. Alcee Dugas, road overseer of the third ward, to whom all of us who have to travel over the said road owe a debt of gratitude.
Get you a purpose and object; aspire and strive to conjure up the spirit and courage of Alcee Dugas. Do it now, it's a waste of time to put off, as imagination increases the difficulties in the way while it remains to be done.
Lafayette Gazette 8/16/1905.
New Hose Tested. - The 12oo feet of new fire hose arrived Wednesday and in the afternoon was tested by Chief A. E. Mouton and Foreman Gus Schmulen near the depot. The hose stood a test of 140 lbs pressure and when bent held the pressure. The patent couplings enabled a coupling to be made in one minute. After a thorough test, the hose was accepted, and each company allotted 400 feet.
Laf. Advertiser 8/16/1905.
Small House Burned. - Saturday morning a small house at the end of Vermilion street in Free Town burned. The three fire companies responded promptly, but were unable to be of any service as no fire plug was within reach. The Pelican Fire Co. deserves credit of being the first to have their home coupled.
Laf. Advertiser 8/16/1905.
Big Smoke, Little Fire. - A rap or two on the fire bell and a rapidly rising column of smoke caused a considerable quantity of excitement Saturday afternoon at Schmulen's corner. Big smoke, little fire - only a trash pile burning.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
...Oyster Bay Not In it with Lafayette, Says an Enthusiastic Citizen...
An Advertiser reporter on his rounds yesterday met an enthusiastic believer in Lafayette, who believes the town at every opportunity.
"What's the matter with you fellows?" he remarked. "You never say a word about the fine fishing around Lafayette. Oyster Bay isn't in it, and yet you never mention a word about it." The reporter apologized for the oversight by offering as an excuse that he had often heard that he fish ere biting, but that when he went fishing the fish wouldn't bite, and, of course, with such experience, he couldn't enthuse worth a copper cent. "Well," he responded, "I went out yesterday and in a few moments caught a fine mess. You come meet with me and I'll show you the best sport you ever had; but we will have to take a boat." The reporter explained that he had never taken a boat and perhaps that was why he couldn't catch any fish. "No doubt of it. In high water especially. I'll take you out, say Thursday". "All right. What sort of a boat have you got?" "A pirogue." "One of these round bottomed things cut out of a log that turns ever it you happen to wink to hard." "Yep." "Well hardly", replied the reporter. "I would enjoy a fish, but not fishing in a pirogue is most too strenuous on these hot days, and likely to be most too wet for comfort. However, on your say so, Oyster Bay isn't in it with Lafayette - when it comes to fishing.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
A Surprise Party. - The following young people gave a surprise party to Miss Quintilla Morgan Thursday night and had a most enjoyable time: Misses Bessie Caffery, Rena Hopkins, Mabel Hughes, Challie Tolson, Marie Mouton, Claudia Upton, Lucile Mouton, Clara Harper, Edith Mouton, Adeline Turner, Wilhem Schmulen, Messrs. Moore Biossat, Ashton Beraud, Willie Mills, Eben Morgan, E. Fortune, Willis Roy, Leon Schmulen, Henry Young, Jas. Caffery, Herbert McNaspy, Tom Tolson, Arthur Hughes, Oswald Darby, Rushing Biossat, Sterling Parkerson, Lorne Nickerson. Chaperones, Mr. and Mrs. Ashby Woodson. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
Old Colored Resident Dead. - Jerry Montgomery, an old colored man, died at his home in Lafayette parish Friday at the ripe age of 105 years. He was born in the early part of 1800, and remembered many incidents in the war of 1812 although but a lad of 12 at that time. He was a fine specimen of the old slave type that is fast disappearing. The younger generation have listened to many a stirring and fascinating tale from the old man. Although he was raised in ignorance his listeners were often thrilled by his vivid descriptions of olden times. He came to Louisiana during the early 40's where he remained until his death, respected by all who knew him, both white and black.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
The Cane Crop.
[La. Planter and Sugar Manufacturer.]
Our reports from the country this week continue to indicate good prospects for the cane crop, which is now growing vigorously. There seems to be no complaint of the crop situation from any quarter, and all the prospects point to a bountiful harvest. From the La. Planter & Sugar Manufacturer and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/16/1905.
There will be a band concert at the city park Thursday evening, 8 o'clock. New stereopticon views. Everybody invited. Admission: Adults, 25 cents. Children, 15 cents.
We have received the June bulletin of the S. W. Louisiana Industrial Institute, which is the catalogue number. It is nicely gotten up and contains a number of interesting views of the buildings and scenes connected with the Institute. No changes in the faculty are announced.
Dr. N. P. Moss has received a commission from Gov. Blanchard as a delegate to the National Association or Roadmakers to meet at Port Huron, Mich., Aug. 29 to 31.
Mose Levy and father L. Levy returned from New York Monday. Mose besides purchasing a fine fall and winter stock, brought back a huge bunch of dates and a lot of coconuts taken from trees growing at Key West.
Jeff Caffery is attending school at Seewanee, Tenn.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Judice and Miss Rose DeBlanc, returned Thursday from High Island, Tex., where they have spent a number of weeks enjoying the gulf breezes and delightful bathing.
Mr. Geo. DeBlanc and daughter, Emily, returned yesterday from the City of Mexico. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1905.
From the Lafayette Gazette of August 16th, 1902:
THE NEW RAILROAD.
The Route Changed to Take in the Oil Fields.
One of the questions upper most in the public mind is: "Are we going to have a railroad to Baton Rouge?"
All the indications point to an affirmative answer, but time alone will tell definately.
After tracing a line from this town to a point east of Bayou Teche, the movements of the surveyors would seem to show that another route, taking in the oil fields, is to be surveyed. The surveyors are now camped on the Pourcio place, a short distance from the Moresi well. Of course the men are not telling their business, and no outsider is able to find out exactly what they intend to do. But there does not appear to be any doubt that the intention is to run the new road over the oil territory. Such a road would place Lafayette within a five-minute's ride of Anse Labutte. This would greatly facilitate the operations there and would do incalculable good to this town.
From a conversation which took place between two prominent Southern Pacific officials it is safe to say that system is back of the movement to a build a road to Baton Rouge. A road from here to the Capital will give a big boost to Lafayette. Even though it should not be a competing line, the benefits to be derived from such a road would be very great. Lafayette Gazette 8/16/1902.
THAT OIL FIELD.
Those who believe that the discovery of oil at Anse la Butte will benefit one community and that the good results that will flow from the development of this great industry will be industry will be circumscribed by parochial of municipal lines are very badly mistaken. Those who imagine that the dividing line between two parishes is a great Chinese wall are painfully restricted in their intelligence. These things merely indicate the boundaries which govern the legal relations between parishes. They were never intended to prohibit industrial and social intercourse.
In the old days it was well enough to have armies to repel the invasion of barbaric hordes, but surely in these times of peace and plenty, of good government and free schools, of wireless telegraphs and railroads, of telephones and liquid air, no community, however remote from civilazation, should be pardoned for entertaining any fear of being kidnapped.
The Gazette believes that the discovery of oil at several points in South Louisiana will serve as the greatest incentive to the development of the manufacturing interests of this section. No town with the required amount of enterprise will be denied the resultant benefits. Every live community within a radius of one hundred miles will enjoy its share of increased prosperity. There is no necessity for any community to view any particular oil well with the solicitous affection that a little girl regards her first doll. It is hardly possible that all these years bountiful Nature would have hidden this vast treasure for the exclusive use and amusement of a few persons, however worthy they may be. Lafayette Gazette 8/16/1902.
THE OIL FIELD
Ineffectual Efforts to Remove the Bailer from the Well - Other Items of Interest.
Owing to the failure of Mr. Moresi to take the bailer out of the well, things at the oil fields have been rather quiet during the past week. As soon as the bailer is removed from the well, we may expect to see increased activity in the oil circles. Several ineffectual efforts have been made, but Mr. Moresi continues to work at it without being the least discouraged.
Over at the Heywood well Mr. Harper is still drilling through salt.
Scott Heywood was in Lafayette this week. He said that everything at Anse la Butte and Bayou Bouillon was progressing very satisfactorily.
Assessor Martin hopes to be able to make arrangements to drill on his place. A large number of oil men have visited Mr. Martin's place and they all agree that the indications there are very good.
Col. Breaux is in New York where he was called by wire to meet some capitalists who have expressed a willingness to join him in drilling operations on his plantation near this town. Lafayette Gazette 8/16/1902.
Capt. J. A. Moss Back in U. S.
Capt. James A. Moss, who has been with the American army in the Philippines for the past three years, has returned to the United States. He is now at Helena, Montana, where his regiment is quartered, Capt. Moss expects to visit Lafayette same time in December. Lafayette Gazette 8/16/1902.
Mr. McIlhenny to Run His Electric Railway Through Town.
The City council held a special meeting last Monday and acted favorably upon the proposition to grant a franchise to Mr. John McIlhenny to build an electric railway along several streets in this town. One of the conditions stipulated in the franchise is that the work of construction shall be begun in twelve and completed in eighteen months. Mr. McIlhenny has secured a right of way along the proposed route. He has every reason to believe that the Police Juries will act favorably on his proposition and the right of way for the entire line will be obtained. Laf. Gazette 8/16/1902.
A Splendid Selection. - An increase of business necessitating the service of a book-keeper at the First National Bank, the position has been offered to, and accepted by, Mr. Joe E. Mouton, who entered upon the discharge of his duties yesterday morning. With Mr. S. R. Parkerson as cashier, Mr. F. V. Mouton as assistant and Mr. J. E. Mouton as book-keeper, the First National as an office force which will compare favorably with that of any banking institution in the State. For the past seven years Mr. Mouton has filled most acceptably the office of assistant-postmaster of this town. In the performance of his new duties it is safe to say that his work will be equally satisfactory to the bank and to its patrons. Lafayette Gazette 8/16/1902.
Will be Built Across the Bayou on Woodlawn Plantation.
Jim Williams, Aristide Picard and Babilas LeBlanc, representing the Police Jury of Vermilion parish, met at Durke & Broussard's Woodlawn Plantation last week and made final arrangements to build a bridge over the bayou at that point. They contracted with J. E. Key who will do the work for $400, the parish of Vermilion furnishing the material. The contract provides for a good, substantial bridge, fully adequate to the needs of the people of that section. Some means to cross the bayou at that point was very much needed, and the action of the Vermilion Jury will be endorsed by the people living on both sides of the bayou. Lafayette Gazette 8/16/1902.
Found Dead on the Gallery of a Negro's House.
Five Negroes Arrested and Charged With the Crime.
Jacob Coursa, a Syrian peddler, was killed last Tuesday in the forenoon on the plantation of Hon. R. C. Landry, in this parish. Coursa was found dead on the gallery of the house of a negro tenant, named Charles Paddio.
Coroner Mouton, who was informed of the killing, went immediately to the place and conducted an inquest. The man was lying on the gallery with his face to the floor. The upper part of his head was completely torn off. Pieces of the brain and skull were found scattered in all directions. The people present were at a loss to know how the Syrian had been killed. It could not have been done with an ax or any other instrument of that character. There were no evidences of burnt powder and a close investigation made by the coroner failed to show any shot. The members of the Jury did not think that a shotgun could have caused a wound of that nature. Some believed that the peddler had committed suicide and had used an explosive of some kind. A number of witnesses were examined, but nothing was elicited to solve the mystery. The testimony seemed to prove that the inmates of the house were away at the time of the killing. The negroes at that place had seen nothing and heard nothing.
The Jury did not know how and by whom the Syrian had been killed and said so in its verdict. It could arrive at no other conclusion.
Subsequently Sheriff Broussard arrived and conducted a further investigation. A thorough search made by the sheriff resulted in the finding of a blood stained shell under the steps of the gallery where the dead man was. A short distance away a wad, marked with blood, was found. In the house was a shotgun, with both barrels loaded, but one of the barrels appeared to have been recently discharged. These facts satisfied the sheriff that a shotgun had done the work, and he arrested Paddio, who occupied the house, and two other negroes who were said to have been with him in the woods at the time of the killing.
Later two young negro girls, who testified before the coroner's inquest, were also arrested. All protest their innocence and say they know nothing of the crime.
The motive of the crime was evidently not robbery. The general impression is that jealousy was the cause of the homicide.
On Coursa's body was found a purse, containing a certified check on the First National Bank of Lafayette for $400. A small amount in cash was also found in his clothes. Lafayette Gazette 8/16/1902.
The Water Supply. - The trouble in the well at the power-house is being remedied and it is believed that a large of excellent water will be obtained within the next few days. The town is still getting its supply of water from the Compress, Manager Coronna having generously tendered the use of the company's well for that purpose. Lafayette Gazette 8/16/1902.
Wanted for Horse-stealing.
Mason Perry, a negro, wanted in Acadia parish, for horse-stealing, was arrested by Constable Labbe. Perry is not a stranger to the officers here as he was sent to the penitentiary from this parish some years ago. Perry was taken to Crowley. Lafayette Gazette 8/16/1902.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 7, 1902. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: M. Billeaud, Jr., F. G. Mouton, Alonzo Lacy, J. C. Buchanan, John Whittington, J. A. Labbe, J. O. Blanchet, Alex M. Broussard and Saul Broussard.
The minutes of the previous meetings were read and approved.
Mr. Blanchet reported the completion of the connecting road from Lafayette to Abbeville by Mr. H. M. Durke. Said road had been properly graded and bridged throughout and by motion of Mr. Mouton the same was accepted and $20 ordered paid to Mr. J. E. Kee, contractor.
Mr. Whittington reported the failure of the committee appointed to examine into the advisability of tracing a new road from the pest-house to the Industrial School, to secure the consent of all property holders concerned. Dr. J. F. Mouton had refused either to sell or donate. By motion of Mr. Mouton the report was accepted and the committee discharged.
Messrs. Mouton and Whittington appointed to investigate the complaint made as to the condition of certain roads in the first ward reported having found said roads in fair condition but not altogether properly graded. The roads in general showed much improvement.
Messrs. Chas. D. Caffery and George DeBlanc, representing the City Council of Lafayette, here appeared and asked that the Police Jury appoint a committee to confer with a similar committee from the Council, in the consideration of the whole subject matter of appropriations for schools in the town as well as in the parish. Said committee to make such recommendations in the premises as might seem best. By motion of Mr. Mouton, Saul Broussard and Jno. Whittington were appointed on said conference committee with President Billeaud as ex-officio chairman.
Mr. Louis Whittington appeared and asked for an appropriation for the repair and extension of a school house in the second ward on land donated by himself. By motion of Mr. Mouton a sum not to exceed $75 was appropriated for said school subject to the direction of the School Board.
Mr. L. G. Breaux was refunded $5.60 amount of parish taxes paid in error.
The report of the Farmer's Institute committee showing a total expenditure of $39.65 was accepted and approved.
Mr. Lacy presented the verbal request of citizens of the first ward for tracing a new public road north from the proposed new town at J. C. Broussard's but the petition not being in form the matter was laid over.
The secretary was instructed to write to Messrs. Geo. K. Bradford and Arthur Thibodeaux notifying these gentlemen to remove their fencing from the public road in the first ward, else same will be done at their expense.
Messrs. Whittington, Mouton, Lacy, Billeaud and Alex Broussard were authorized to purchase lumber for bridges in their respective wards.
Mr. Billeaud reported repair of Bayou Tortue Bridge at expense of $5 one-half to be borne by St. Martin parish. Approved.
Attorney Mouton submitted the opinion that inasmuch as Act No. 60 of 1896 repealed Act No. 179 of 1898, the Jury could not adopt any ordinance prohibiting the destruction of fish in the streams of the parish. This function now resided entirely in the State and its constituted authorities.
By motion the sheriff and tax-collector was requested to furnish the road-overseers of the respective wards with lists of delinquents for special road and per capita tax and said delinquents shall be notified to pay said tax or serve twenty days road duty as provided by law. After August 20 inst. the collector is hereby authorized and instructed to collect 25 per cent cost per capita on all delinquents, said cost of penalty to be paid the road-overseer notifying the delinquent.
The following by Mr. Buchanan was unanimously adopted: Whereas this Police Jury has been informed that A. Moresi and Sons wish to apply for a franchise to run an oil or gas pipe line, or both, from Anse la Butte, to Lafayette through the public roads of this parish, be it resolved that it is the sense of this Police Jury to grant said franchise as soon as authority is conferred upon this body so to do, by the law recently enacted but not yet operative.
By motion of Mr. Mouton the secretary was authorized to fit up the Police Jury room, with all necessary conveniences.
By motion of Mr. Mouton the following general financial statement by the secretary was ordered spread upon the minutes and published in the official journal:
To the Honorable Police Jury - The present administration assumed charge of the parochial affairs June 14, 1900, with a total indebtedness of $5,200 and a cash balance in the treasury of $75.93.
The following statement shows the total receipts and disbursements on the general fund for the two fiscal years beginning July 1, 1900, and ending July 1, 1902:
Over ten thousand dollars has been contributed to public education and three thousand and two hundred dollars added to the special road fund for drainage purposes. This statement shows the parish is now virtually on a cash basis, the first time since 1888.
Following is a statement showing receipts and disbursements on the special road fund for the two fiscal years ending July 1, 1902:
R. C. GREIG.
Lafayette, La., July 2, 1902.
The treasurer submitted reports as follows:
To the President and Members of Police Jury, Parish Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the parish funds since my last report:
J. E. MARTIN,
Lafayette, La., Aug. 7, 1902.
To the President and Members of Police Jury, Parish Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the special road funds since my last report:
J. E. MARTIN,
Lafayette, La., Aug. 7, 1902.
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 8/16/1902
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/16/1902.
Dr. F. E. Girard and Louis Lacoste left Saturday for Old Point Comfort, Va. From there they will go to New York and return home by way of Cincinnati.
Messrs. Durke & Broussard have put up a first-class ginning plant on their place, which will greatly facilitate the cotton farmers in that section in disposing of their crop. The gin will use the round bale system.
Mr. Independence Alpha, of Franklin, was in Lafayette this week visiting relatives. This venerable gentleman was 85 years of age on the last Fourth of July, but he us as cheerful, active and patriotic as a young man of 21.
New Buildings. - Mr. J. A. Leblanc intends to put up two new buildings on the lot near Mr. Lombard's purchased some time ago from Meleton, the fruit dealer. Mr. LeBlanc's intention is to build a 30x50 brick store and a 24x35 frame structure.
Supt. L. J. Alleman, and Pierre Landry, school director for the seventh ward, left this week to spend time on Last Island.
The picture business seems to be on a boom. F. F. Carter says he is busier than ever before at this time of the year.
Mr. Jos. Ducote has been appointed notary public for Lafayette parish.
Sheriff Broussard left Wednesday for Baton Rouge to attend a meeting of the executive committee to be held for the purpose of devising the means to nominate a Democratic candidate for railroad commissioner.
A team ran away in the vicinity of the Cotton Oil Mill Thursday and caused considerable damage. Several collisions took place before the horses were stopped. Fortunately no one was hurt.
It is reported that a new depot will soon be built by the Southern Pacific at this place.
Mr. George Debaillon who has been working as assistant in the post-office had replaced Mr. Joe E. Mouton.
Mr. H. K. Ruger, who for several years has been in the employ of Mr. T. M. Biossat as jeweler, will soon open a jewelry store in the Lacoste building next door to Caillouet's store.
Lafayette Gazette 8/16/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 16th, 1902:
OIL GUSHER IN WELSH !!
Up In the Air OVER TWO-HUNDRED FEET ABOVE THE DERRICK.
The Greatest Gusher Yet Discovered.
500 Feet of Pipe Blown From the Well.
And now Welsh has a gusher right and no mistake.
The well that has been going down for the past weeks had not been talked about much as the people who were interested in the enterprise did not care to make any statements until they had something to talk about.
But Tuesday at a little after 7 o'clock the well which had reached a depth of about 1,500 feet suddenly broke loose with a great noise and a solid stream of oil and gas went tearing up through the derrick to a height of 200 feet.
The force was so great that 500 feet of pipe was blown out of the well and the people who were about the field made a mad rush to get to a safe distance.
It will be remembered that in this same field a few months ago a well being drilled by the same company, was down to a depth of about 1,200 feet when a gas pocket was struck and the pipe was blown from the well completely demolishing the derrick and making it necessary to start a new well or abandon the field, but the stockholders believed that where there was so much gas there was bound to be oil and they backed their faith with money, and as a result they have one of the most powerful gushers that has yet been discovered.
According to the latest reports from the Welsh gusher the well has been capped and steps will immediately be taken to compete it.
Those who witnessed the gushing of the well while it was uncontrolled said that while there was considerable mud, and water came up with the oil, there is no doubt that it will be a first class gusher when it is cleared. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1902.
The Kidnapping of Anse la Butte.
The Times-Democrat and Picayune are two widely read papers; both are taken as authority on subjects of importance, not matter what nature. Generally both have been known for their impartiality and the reliable sources of information, they have made it their business to establish throughout the country. We had never before known those two publications to willfully give publicity to reports which, by their untruthful and malicious character are pregnant with such harmful effects to a certain section, as they have been doing lately. We would like to know how they could publish - consistently with their claims of reliability and of fairness to all - the reports sent out lately from Lafayette, concerning our Oil field.
Every day of the week, articles from the Times, coming undoubtedly from special correspondents, have appeared, in which Anse la Butte is spoken of as the "Lafayette Oil Field" and putting the distance of that place to Lafayette, variously as four, four and half miles, and saying that "Lafayette is the nearest place to the oil field," etc.
It is a good policy for a paper to blindly publish any article? Not, much. And we did not think that such papers as the two above mentioned were blind to that fact.
We claim, and justly so, that it is the Breaux Bridge Oil Field, and not the "Lafayette Oil field," and we lay claim to this from the fact that Anse-la-Butte is situated in St. Martin Parish, two and a half miles from Breaux Bridge, and we suggest that these two papers take cognizance of the fact.
And you Lafayette Advertiser and you too Gazette, cram this way down yonder in the depths of your pipe and puff away. From the Valley of the Teche.
The Advertiser sympathizes with Breaux Bridge and her good people, but at the same time understands that the course of events like the flow of a stream always has a tendency to go towards large centers of commerce. Don't worry, Brother, the field is large enough for both towns. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1902.
Rip Van Winkle Out-Rip. Winkle.
Hello ! Ho there ! Ho you ! Correspondents of the New Orleans Papers. You Rip Van Winkles you. Here's your coffee. Stir up ! Stir up there, won't you ? What in the Dickens ? Well I declare. What in the d---l is the matter with you ? Do you think Breaux Bridge can keep on letting you lie there with cobwebs growing all over you ? Shucks ! If you really can't be pulled out of that comatose condition, why just pass your checks, and let some one who can keep up with the progress of the town take your place.
Gee whizz ! Is your blood frozen ? Can't get around at all, at all ?
Don't you know that oil has been found at Anse la Butte ? Don't you know that Anse la Butte is in the parish of St. Martin two and half miles from Breaux Bridge, and not under the Court House of Lafayette ?
Eh, I heard it rumored you say ? Why, sure thing, that happened this year. If you don't believe me, ask the Lafayette correspondents. Savvy ?
From the Valley of the Teche and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1902.
The Judge "Chimes In."
Judge J. O. Bourdier of Breaux Bridge was in town Tuesday airing his views about the unmerciful manner in which Anse la Butte was magically made an "addition" of Lafayette. The judge was indeed exasperated at the complete indifference the people of this city exhibited regarding so slight a matter as one or two miles distance to and from the fields. Our friend J. O. returned to his beautiful Teche in the afternoon disappointed because the Lafayette people would not discuss the matter with him. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1902.
NOTICE TO VOTERS.
The office of the Registrar for and in the Parish of Lafayette for a supplementary Registration according to Act 113 of 1902 for the election to be held on Nov. 4th, 1902, will be open on the following dated :
A. M. MARTIN, Registrar.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1902.
Notice to Teachers.
The next examination of applicants for certificates to teach will be held Aug. 20 and 21st from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m. in Lafayette at the Industrial Institute.
In addition to the regular questions there will be a few questions there will be a few questions on methods of teaching, and some general questions on the Constitution of the United States and of Louisiana.
Applicants for examination should notify me at once. The above examination deplaces the examination heretofore held in August.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Supt.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1902.
New Bookkeeper at First National.
Mr. Joe E. Mouton, who has filled the office of assistant postmaster so efficiently and acceptably, has resigned and has entered the First National Bank as bookkeeper. This is a deserved compliment to Mr. Mouton, and at the same time indicates the prosperous condition of the bank, since more employees are needed to handle its increased business. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1902.
McKIlhenny (Electric Railway.)
The City Council, in session, granted the McIlhenny Electric Railway Company right of way through several of the principal streets, the grant being conditioned on the inauguration of work within one year and completion within eighteen months. Surveyor Babin has been engaged to survey the route over the public roads of the parish, and the police jury will be asked at its next meeting in September for right of way. The road will approximate 100 miles in length, connecting some of the most prosperous and progressive towns in the state, and traversing a district unsurpassed for beauty and scenery and fertility of soil, the garden spot of the Attakapas. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1902.
A Syrian Peddler Murdered.
Tuesday morning a Syrian peddler, Jacob Cousa, was murdered on the plantation of R. C. Landry. The body of the unfortunate man was lying on the front porch of Chas. Paddios' cabin with the upper part of the skull blown off and blood scattered all about the body. Coroner Mouton and Sheriff Broussard left for the scene of the tragedy at once. Nothing was developed at the inquest which was held; but later Sheriff Broussard made a thorough examination and discovered in Paddios' cabin a double barreled shot gun with one chamber recently discharged. Following this clue he found the cartridge and wadding, both blood stained, under the front steps. This evidence with some other circumstances pointed to Paddios and Matthew and Henry Payne as the guilty parties. Sheriff Broussard immediately placed them under arrest.
The accused claim that they were in the woods and away from cabin when the deed was committed, but evidence in the possession of the officer points pretty straight to the guilt of at least one of the prisoners.
Cousa's pack had not been opened and no money seemingly had been taken from his pockets, in one of which was a certified check for $4.00. Cousa was a married man, his family living in Syria. He came to this country about four years ago. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1902.
A Youthful Escapade. - A pretty little romance was nipped in the bud when Deputy Sheriff Alcide Landry took the youthful swain and placed him behind the cruel bars of the parish jail, with a charge of kidnapping to face. The young man, whose name is Leopold Hebert hails from Acadia parish and has not yet reached the age of 20. His would be bride, Miss Antoinette Louviere, is a charming little girl of this parish and lives near Scott, and she is less than 14 years of age. Deputy Landry interrupted their delightful dream of love at Prairie Mamou, whither they had fled to escape parental wrath. Hebert takes his hard fate much to heart and weeps continually.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1902.
A Musicale. - Miss Lea Gladu entertained her pupils at a musicale last Thursday afternoon. An interesting program was tendered by the Misses Sadie and Edith Mouton, Natalie Hohorst, Ruth and Anne Mouton, Vivian and Louise Mouton and Yolanda Mouton. Misses Genevieve and Gertrude Mouton lent their talent to the occasion and little Misses Girtie Scranton, Effie Lindsay, Louise Domengeaux and Odeide Mouton brightened the gathering with their presence. Dainty refreshments were served and merry games concluded a very pleasant affair. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1902.
A Good Opportunity. - For sale, one block from R. R. Depot, an up-to-date hotel and restaurant, the property having a front of 75 feet on Lincoln Ave., and consisting of 28 well furnished bed rooms, 3 business rooms, 25x50, one large hall 26x30. Electric lights in every department. Large and spacious dining hall. Buyer will be given the privilege of inspecting the business for 30 days before sale is made. Terms easy. Reason for selling; retirement from business. For all particulars apply to Advertiser office.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1902
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/16/1902.
Lafayette needs an up-t0-date express delivery wagon.
Mr. N. Abramson left Saturday for New York to buy his fall and winter stock.
Mrs. Dr. Ducrocq, who has been on a short visit to her parents, Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Trahan, left Saturday for her home at Lafourche Crossing, Mrs. Dr. Raney, of Crowley accompanied her.
Misses Aimee and Estelle Mouton and Mr. A. V. Labbe returned from Leesburg Tuesday where they spent ten days.
Mr. T. M. Biossat, Mgr. of the People's Cotton Oil Co. spent a few days in Baton Rouge, on business.
Mesdames S. R. Parkerson and F. V. Mouton left Tuesday for Mandeville where they will remain for some time.
Dr. Geo. Tolson of St. Tammany parish visited his brother, Dr. F. R. Tolson during the week. Dr. Geo. Tolson is the proprietor of the famous Ozone Rescue, known widely for its curative principle for consumptives.
Dr. F. E. Girard and Mr. Louis Lacoste left for an extended trip through the West. Mr. Lacoste will during his trip visit the different manufactories of agricultural implements and buy his fall stock.
Lafayette Home Institute. - 6th Annual Session Opens Monday, Sept. 1, 1902. - The merits and advantages of this school are respectfully submitted and share of the public patronage solicited. - R. C. Greig, Principal. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser 8/17/1890:
THE LOTTERY ISSUE:
To the Editor-Lafayette Advertiser:
Encouraged by the favorable reception a recent communication of mine of the lottery question met with at your hands, I have make bold advance a few more arguments why our people should not fasten upon themselves for twenty-five years such a monstrous and infamous institution as the Louisiana Lottery,
Christian statesmanship has always reprobated the employment of extensive lottery schemes as agencies for the raising of revenue. If this were not true, there would be no country in the world where the cumbersome and expensive system of taxation, as t0-day employed, would flourish. Practical statesmen, seeing no advantage of such an easy and expeditious mode of supplying the financial necessities of States, would not be slow in making lotteries indispensable adjuncts to the State government, and the treasury department would become the lottery department. The fact that no such agency is employed by the Government in lieu of the assessor and the collector, is conclusive proof that such institutions fall under the ban of sound and enlightened principles of Government. Government prostitutes its powers when it uses for any of its purpose an agency subversive of public morals and destructive habits of economy and thrift. Lottery gambling leads to illness and thriftless indolence; and by generating in the human breast a passion for gambling. It creates a tendency which eventually leads youth and manhood to the card table, and to the worst forms of this vice. The gambling tendency is one which needs no fostering developments - as, indeed, no tendency towards vice does; for such the unfortunate condition of humanity that these views apparently develop themselves. In morals as well as in physics there is a law of gravitation whose tendency is every downwards. Facilis descensus Averno. No practical legislator of any mental grasp can fail to take into consideration the existing conditions of human nature in calculating whether a proposed institution will be productive of good or evil to a people. An institution which generates, or tends to generate a vice is necessarily injurious to a people. Its evil effects may not immediately be perceptible, but they nevertheless exist, will eventually be disclosed. It is wiser to prevent the formation of a vicious and depraved habit than to await its formation, and then strive to eradicate it. The policy of prevention is wiser and more effective in legislation, as it is in medicine. The evil effects of lotteries, inasmuch bear upon human character and human habits, are necessarily silent in their operations and necessarily slow in their progress; but universal experience has pointed them out, and lead to the suppression of such institutions. It has been shown, that they contribute to demoralize the people, to sap the foundation of their moral manhood, to destroy economical habits, to paralyze industry, and to impair the integrity of moral character; for too often, when once vice has involved a character, a breach has been made for the entrance of others. The moral force of resistance to all evil influences is weakened by surrender to one. Other things being equal, I would be quicker to believe that a gamblers had embezzled money than that one who did not gamble had! The gambling vice which lotteries generate weakens the moral integrity of man, destroys the force of moral restraint, and tends to make a gap in the human character for the invasion of other vices; and the fact that the injuries and evil effects of this vice are of slow manifestation must not blind us to their existence as pointed out both by the principle and by experience. Are not such institutions as bull-fights, prizefights, slavery, etc., injurious to a people? And are not their evil effects very slow of manifestation? But what student of history has read to so little purpose as not to know that these institutions affect the national character unfavorably and injuriously? can any money consideration compensate for the introduction of a vicious and degrading element in the very character of a people? Does thirty-one million dollars compensate Louisiana for making of her children a race of gamblers and idlers - a thriftless and vagabond population? This question has been answered by the history of many State in this Union where lotteries existed; by the history of France and England and Italy, where lotteries have existed and been universally suppressed. To charter a lottery is to ignore the plain teachings of history, the principles of Christian morality and to run counter to every principal of sound legislation. Every Christian commonwealth exacts its tribute from the people by the legitimate and orderly methods of taxation, by assessment of real and personal property, by licenses and by tariff. In Louisiana alone is the sad and debasing prospect presented of an honable, humane, Christian and enlightened people, called upon in the full blaze of the civilization of the nineteenth century to deliberate whether the pecuniary needs of the State shall be obtained through the instrumentality of the gambler's wheel? For twenty-five years it is proposed that we shall set aside the usual and honorable appliances for raising revenue for the State, and resort to an agency reprobated by all mankind; shown by experience and history to be iniquitous, and an agency which is at war with the spirit of our institutions, and which is repugnant to American morality. American instincts, and American civilization? Nay, not only this to be done for twenty-five years, but virtually for all time; for at the end of the proposed new charter there will exist the same alleged necessity for the lottery. It is said the lottery is necessary now to put our finances on a solid footing. When the charter expires in 1919, why will not the lottery be necessary to keep our finances in good condition? Taxes in the meantime been reduced, accustomed to the support of the lottery, we will not wish the lottery withdrawn. The more potent argument will then be addressed to the people that a removal of the lottery necessarily means a recurrence to the same high rate of taxation which existed in 1890; and thus this infamous corporation will have so in-woven itself into the affairs of this State that it will become an almost indispensable adjunct to the State Government; - in fact, the revenue department - and a Christian and enlightened commonwealth will have allied herself forever in unholy union with an institution which is an insult to all Christendom, a disgrace to American civilization, and a crowning infamy to this State. That our people will not tolerate this detestable union is apparent, when we consider the widespread, earnest and determined opposition which in an incredibly short time has sprung up against this institution; a movement of the masses of the people against organized vice, which gains in vigor every day, and is destined to bury the Louisiana Lottery Company beyond resurrection beneath the execration and contempt of a virtuous and intelligent people.
(Signed) HENRY L. GARLAND, JR.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1890.
Election of Officers.
At the election of officers for Morgan Lodge 317, "Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen," of Lafayette, held Aug. 4th, the following were elected: C. Lusted, Jr., W. M.; E. P. Mayfield, V. N.; H. P. Church, P. M.; F. C. Triay, Financier; H. Jagou, Secretary; Dr. J. D. Trahan, Medical Examiner; W. E. Bowen, delegate to the Convention to be held at Los Angeles, Cal., in October. At the meeting held last Tuesday the following officers were appointed: W. H. Parrott, Journal Agent; J. F. Bowen, Conductor; A. J. Bru, Chaplain; J. J. Louallier, Warden; E. Pefferkorn, Inner Guard; Thos. Hebert, Outer Guard. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1890.
Advertiser is the "Official Journal."
This rumor no doubt originated in the fact that at the last meeting of the Police Jury, when Mr. Huffpauir, moved to declare the ADVERTISER the official journal of the parish, Mr. C. C. Brown, seconded by Mr. Justave St. Julien, (two very promising anti(?) lottery men) moved to amend by striking out the words "Lafayette Advertiser" and inserting therefore the words, "New Delta." Of course, the motion could not carry. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1890.
Collision in Railroad Yard.
On account of a switch in the railroad yard here being misplaced a collision occurred last Wednesday, and the flatcar attached to the yard engine was wrecked; but, owing to the rapid work of all hands, under the direction of yardmaster Church, the wreck was cleared in time for the passenger trains to pass. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1890.
Moving to Algiers.
Our genial and accomodating young friend, Mr. J. G. Davis, who has for several months had day charge of the telegraph office at this place, left yesterday for Algiers, where he will remain for a couple of weeks before going elsewhere. We regret exceedingly to part with him. He is succeeded by Mr. Roome. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1890.
Moving to Jeanerette.
That handsome and amiable young gentleman, Mr. E. W. Howell, night operator in the telegraph officer here, left yesterday for Jeanerette, to take charge as railroad agent for a month of so. He made many friends here, and will be sadly missed. Perhaps he may return. He is succeeded by Mr. B. J. Pellerin. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1890.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/16/1890:
The weather has been delightful during the week, but now everything is getting parched and dusty, and a good shower now would be a great comfort.
The town presented a much livelier appearance this week, and business is certainly picking up.
Plenty of drummers in town, and they all seem well pleased with the prospects for a good fall and winter trade.
Lafayette's promise of extraordinarily fine crops may now be considered assured. We have heard of no appearance of cotton worms, and the only real fear we have just now of a set-back is a heavy storm.
Mr. Isaac A. Broussard, our sheriff, in company with Sheriff Lyons, of Acadia, went to Baton Rouge and made their settlements with the State in full. We are pleased to say that not an arpent of land in this parish has been adjudicated to the State by tax sale.
Miss Kate Owen, the accomplished sister of Superintendent W. F. Owen, is here on a visit to Mr. and Mrs. John Hahn, of the Crescent Hotel.
Mr. W. B. Carriere, recently railroad agent at Washington, La., has charge of the railroad agency here during Mr. J. J. Davidson's absence.
Bennett Lilly lost a mule, mare and cold killed by the passenger train last Saturday.
Mr. A. A. Mouton has retired from the Livery Stable business, and is now switching for Yard Master Bowen.
Pink Torian's horse did not care about waiting too long at church Monday night and concluded to take sulky along, and run down the railroad tract. The last seen of him he only had the shafts of the buggy with him.
We have seen some cotton picked out already, and no doubt ginning will be general throughout the parish next week.
Miss Lorena Marsh, who until recently was connected with Miss Revillon in the millinery business, has accepted a situation in the dry goods establishment of the Moss establishment, where she will be pleased to meet her friends.
Don't forget grand basket picnic, given to-day by the Farmers' Alliance on the land of Mr. S. J. Montgomery, near Mr. Valery Breaux's. You are certain to have a good time if you do go. Everybody and is his neighbor will be there.
Mr. Frank Steiner brought us some fine, large pears from his father's place. This is the first fruit we have had this season, and Frank has our thanks.
The little steamer Mary Rose brings up each week fine shipments of chickens, eggs and ducks. Poultry raising must be carried on extensively on the lower bayou.
Fishing in the bayou is now fine, and sportsmen are having good luck.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1890.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 16th, 1879:
Yellow fever continues its ravages in Memphis, and has finally been proclaimed epidemic. There were twenty-two new cases and six deaths in the city on the 12th. The following is the number of deaths since its appearance up the 9th instant, as report to the office of the Board of Health ; For the week ending July 12, 3; for the week ending July 19, 6; for the week ending July 16, 34; for the week ending August 2, 25; for the week ending August 9, 29. Total number of deaths to date, 97.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1879.
Work on the Louisiana Western Railroad is progressing steadily all along the line, notwithstanding the yellow fever scare. So it appears from our exchanges. We learn from Capt. J. T. Van Slyck that three steam pile drivers are kept busy and from sixty-eight to eighty piling per day are being driven on the Sabine river bottom. The tiers for the bridge have been put in. The central tier, or one on which the bridge is revolve, is made of one hundred and twenty piling, driven as close together as possible. A casing is to be put on the outside of this mass of piling, and filled in with cement. The bridge was to have been shipped from Philadelphia on the 15th ult., but it has not been heard from yet. The track from Orange is laid to within three quarters of a mile of the river bottom, and the grading is completed all the way. The work has been retarded somewhat by the non-arrival of iron, a large quantity of which is shipped on the vessel with the bridges. Bridging the Sabine river will about the last job on the whole line, and if nothing turns up to stop the work, that will will be finished by the first of December, and the connection between Texas and New Orleans will be complete. From the Orange Tribune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1879.
During the past week we were favored - if it can be expressed - with a heavy fall of rain, we don't think the crops have been injured to any extent. Possibly the open cotton was thrown to the ground, but that would not amount to much. The great injury to the corn crop, and in some portions of the parish to the cotton crop, resulted from a scarcity of rain. In the northern section of the parish we are informed, that the corn crop has been damaged to such an extent that not more than a half crop will be made. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1979.
NEW STORE. - Mr. E. Angelloz has opened his store on Lafayette street, and is now prepared to wait upon all who may honor him with a call. He has a large stock on hand and is selling at extremely low prices. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1879.
Bayous to Be Surveyed.
Hon. J. H. Acklen returned from his district Thursday to see Major Howell, of the engineer corps, about the various surveys which he secured for that part of the State. Major Howell is quite sick, but the surveys will shortly be made. Bayous Terrebone and Vermilion will be the first surveyed ; then Bayous Teche and Courtableau, and finally the Charenton canal, in St. Mary parish, which is to connect Grand lake with the Bayou Teche. Mr. Acklen informs us that he is anxious to have these surveys completed by the meeting of the next Congress in December in order to present the recommendations of the engineers to the Committee on Commerce, so that the appropriations for the completion of of these works may be obtained at as early a day as possible. It is needless to add that the work in contemplation is of great commercial importance to the State, and Mr. Acklen deserves much praise for the energy he as displayed in pushing it forward. - From the N. O. Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1879.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Pursuant to adjournment the Council of Vermilionville.
Pursuant to adjournment the Council said this 5th of July, 1879.
Present: John Clegg, Mayor, and Councilmen W. B. Bailey, L. Lacoste, Edward McBride and Jos. Mouton. Absent: C. P. Alpha and H. L. Landry.
The reading of the minutes of the last meeting were dispensed with and adopted as recorded.
On motion, it was resolved, That the sum of $20, now in hands of the Treasurer, be and is hereby appropriated towards repairing the bridges and streets.
On motion, resolved, that the Constable be authorized and directed to bring suit against all persons owing a license, after ten days notice from the the 7th inst.
Resolved, That the Secretary be and is hereby authorized to settle with and withdraw all accounts in hands of W. B. Lindsay, J. P.
Resolved that when the penalty for the violation of any of the ordinances or resolutions of the City Council, is fine or imprisonment, or both, the same shall be and is hereby left to the discretion of the Mayor ; provided, the fine and imprisonment shall not exceed the limits fixed by the charter of the Act of Incorporation.
That all part of ordinances or resolutions in conflict herewith, be repealed only so far as they conflict herewith.
The following accounts were presented and approved:
Chas. O. Olivier, Jailer fees ... $14.00
H. A. Easton, commissioner of election ... $2.10
U. A. Hebert, commissioner of election ... $2.10
W. H. Williams, commissioner of election ... $2.10
On motion the Council adjourned.
JOHN CLEGG, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1879.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 16th, 1873:
In nothing is the energy, enterprise and success of the American people displayed more than her extensive system of Railroads - having a greater number of miles in operation than "the whole world and the balance of mankind" put together.
ONLY LOOK AT IT.
The whole of New England traversed by railroads like as net work, all centering at the wealthy commercial hub of Boston.
In the middle States, every point is in direct communication, by a few hours of travel by rail, with the great cities of New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Going West we see Louisville, Cincinnati, and Chicago, each the central point of innumerable Railroads.
The advantages resulting from such facilities of communication and transportation are incalculable ; hence, their greatly increasing prosperity. It should be mentioned, that the whole system of Railroads, work in connection with that great Railway crossing the immense plains and the Rocky mountains to the Pacific.
The most ambitious of these western cities if probably St. Louis. Independent of the advantages already enjoyed by her, she is making great strides to secure the trade of the Southern States ; she has built a road traversing Southern Missouri, through the Indian Territory, extending through the whole of Texas, North and South, terminating at Galveston on the Gulf of Mexico within commercial sight of the West Indies, Mexico and Central America - a work indicating great foresight. This road crossed at right angles the great Texas Pacific, now in progress of construction and will soon be the highway to Texas and Northern Mexico, from all points North and East. Already, the Morgan Railroad and line of Steamships to Texas have experienced a great reduction in their number of passengers and amount of freight.
Illinois is not idle in the same direction. In a few months the Cairo and Fulton Railroad will connect with North Louisiana and also with the Texas Pacific.
Memphis also, by means of her Memphis and Little Rock road will meet the other two roads on the borders of Texas. Mississippi, in a few days, will be aiming at that great trade through her Vicksburg road. Lower down on the Mississippi river, on a point of land projecting on the Gulf of Mexico, and about 100 miles from its mouth, the map marks on old town, called New Orleans. Some say it is finished, if so it wants no Railroad ; but others think it is already quite a city, and it has natural advantages, if properly developed, would make it second to no other city in the whole country in commercial importance.
It is admitted by all that her future prosperity depends mainly upon direct communication with Texas, the Valley of the Red River and the Texas Pacific railroad. But, alas ! what has been done thus far to accomplish that object ! Little or nothing. It was supposed that when the State assumed responsibilities to about $11,000,000 to aid in its construction by the Chattanooga alias New Orleans, Mobile & Texas Railroad, that it would certainly insure its completion. But it is not built, and God only knows if it ever will be. Much work has been done it is true, between New Orleans and Vermilionville, and much beyond this last point ; but for about six months all work has ceased, and thousands of dollars, advanced by the merchants of Vermilionville and other points on the line of the Road, for supplies, &c., are unpaid. In the mean time, the tax payers are already oppressed by excessive taxes, are saddled with an immense among for railroads which will probably never be built with that money.
The Chamber of Commerce, of New Orleans, have lately taken action looking into the doings of these railroads, and we have assurance that everything that "red tape" can accomplish will be done. But "red tape" will not build roads. It takes something more efficient.
The press of the city of New Orleans with their better opportunities for correct information and their large circulation, could do much in bringing sound public opinion to bear upon this important matter.
Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1873.
ATTEMPT TO ROB U. S. MAIL.
Yesterday morning whilst the U. S. Mail coach was coming from New Iberia to this place, five disguised men stopped the driver, Mr. Desire Ducharm, near Malain's cotton-gin in Iberia parish, and demanded of him the mail bags, which he refused to deliver and drove on at a rapid gait, but on arriving near Lesalle's coulee he was again stopped by the same ruffians, who attempted to take forcible possession of the bags, and fired on the driver. One of them got on the front wheel of the coach for the purpose of taking out the bags, when Mr. D., shot him and he fell to the ground, his four companions immediately picked him up and carried him off, and Mr. D. made his escape, and arrived here in safety. He thinks that he shot is mortally wounded. Mr. C., has his oil cloth coat, pants and drawers cut and his thigh slightly scratched by the man who got on the wheel. One of the bags was cut open but none of the contents were lost. Mr. D., deserves credit for the manner in which he thwarted the efforts of the robbers in their nefarious designs. We hope that they will be caught and dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1873.
We are happy to state that our worthy fellow-townsman, Mr. H. Gonellaz, received his patents from the Patent office the same day for his new inventions, the dredging Machine and the ditching Machine. We learn from Mr. G. has received a very liberal offer from a rich (unreadable word) in Boston for one of his patents. Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1873.
To the Lafayette Advertiser:
MR. EDITOR. - DEAR SIR : - In resuming the subject of our local public affairs, we trust their importance will avail as a sufficient apology for further requisition on your columns. We are not deterred in the least, by the recent acts of our local legislature, from reasserting our opinions as expressed in a previous communication, particularly as we know them to be endorsed by the intelligent public. The criminal negligence with which our public affairs have been conducted in the past can be ascribed in a great measure, to a want of a proper manifestation on the part of the intelligent and law abiding citizens. And if a like indifference prevails in the future, an equally unsatisfactory state of affairs will continue to exist, which if not very creditable to the parties immediately concerned in bringing them about, is none the less so to the public who have submitted to them. While there are a few, perhaps, who can claim to have remained unaffected by the demoralizing influences of an arbitrary government, there are some, who can at least, claim the benefit of a doubt.
As to the ends proposed to be obtained, by the plotting and counter-plotting, with which the public have been lately entertained, we can afford to wait for time and circumstance to develop. For the present we can only surmise why the figures of the Collector, which our Police Jury refused in the first instance should be finally accepted, as we understand to be the case, we leave them to explain. We hope in the future that the propriety of extending charity to tax-payers, will be a matter left to the discretion of the Police Jury and not to collector.
As a matter of inquiry, we might, perhaps without impropriety, ask how a party, can justly act as Treasurer for the parish and attorney for the Collector at the same time ! We always thought the Treasurer acted as a check on the Collector. If this is not the case we see no use for a Treasurer at all, and if it we can't see where the check comes in, when the Treasurer acts in both capacities. The fact of it is, that irregularities have existed so long, that they are looked upon now as a matter of little moment, and often pass unnoticed.
There is another matter that perhaps might to do no harm to call attention to. Every citizen of Vermilionville is allowed a voice in electing our parish legislators, we think they ought to have been satisfied in nominating them. We have no fault to find them with them on this account, but as we have no voice in their city council, we might be very consistently allowed to conduct our parish affairs without their assistance.
In conclusion it may be well to state, that while we do not propose to let any personalities enter into our comments on matters of public interest, we intend to exercise our privilege to its utmost limit, to express our individual opinion on whatever subjects of public interest that may arise, in the hope that eventually some one more qualified, both by inclination and capacity may undertake to sentinel out parish interests and until then, we will endeavor to remain,
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1873.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Regular session, Aug. 4th, 1873.
Present: Aug. Monnier, Mayor and Councilmen L. P. Revillon, F. C. Latiolais, H. Landry, Jos. O. Girouard, and R. L. McBride. Absent: Messrs. Brandt and Olivier.
The meeting of the minutes were dispensed with, and
On motion it was resolved, That the Committee on streets wait on Mr. A. Judice, street Contractor, and confer with him as to the fulfillment of his contract, and that said Committee make their report to the Mayor on Monday the 11th inst.
The following accounts were presented and approved:
C. C. Bailey, Commissioner of Election ... $2.20.
L. Hirsch, Police Officer ... $2.20.
On motion, the Council adjourned.
A. MONNIER, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1873.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/16/1873.
Confirmation. - We learn that the Rev. Archbishop Perche will visit our town on the 18th, and will confirm all those prepared for confirmation on Thursday the 21st instant.
Mr. J. M. Kokernor, Photographer, has removed his photographic gallery to Washington, La., where he will remain for a short time. We commend Mr. K. is the good citizens of Washington, as an excellent workman and perfect gentleman.
Public Schools. The public schools of this parish will be opened on first of September next. See proceedings of the Board in another column.
For Cash Only. - Messrs. Plonsky & Roger, merchants, corner of Lafayette and Main streets, (opposite the Court House), have adopted the cash rule; and will hereafter sell for cash only. They are the only agents in this place of the famous Buck's Brilliant Cooking Stoves and the celebrated Ringen Washing Machines.
Taken Up. - By the undersigned near his plantation on Cote Gelee, one light bay creole horse, about five or six years old, branded on his left shoulder - F D. The owner is requested to come forward, prove property, pay costs and take it away otherwise it will dealt with according to law. - Calvin Moss.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/16/1873.
Boys and Girls and Slang.
The latest defender of slang is Prof. G. S. Hall, president of Clark University. In an address to a gathering of teachers at Chicago on Tuesday he is reported to have made the following statement: "Boys and girls need slang. It's good for them. Let them use it. It keeps them from becoming tongue-bound. If a youngster tells you a 'hunch,' or a 'straight tip,' or a 'pipe,' don't correct him and give him a stiff substitute. He has found the right word."
This is very bad advice. The teachers are said to have "gasped with astonishment" when Prof. Hall defended the use of slang. The English language is not so poor as the Clark University professor seems to think. It abounds in words of good origin which express accurately, geographically, and sensibly any idea which a man may desire to clothe in decent garb. If Prof. Hall's advice were accepted by teachers generally, children would never learn how to speak with any degree of elegance. "Slang," says the professor, "aids the young man or young woman to acquire fluency." It would be better for them never to be "fluent" than that they should clothe their ideas in a vulgar garb.
From the Baltimore Sun and in the Lafayette Gazette 8/16/1902.