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From the Lafayette Gazette of August 18th, 1900:

Wreck on the Southern Pacific.

The West bound train which passed through Lafayette Sunday was wrecked at Lacasine a point near Lake Charles. The train was going through a trestle while it was going at a high speed and nearly all the coaches were badly demolished. One passenger was killed and few others were more or less injured.

 A relief train, with Drs. Tolson and G. A. Martin on board left Lafayette as soon as possible and proceeded to the scene of the wreck. The passenger coaches were well filled and it is remarkable that no more persons were hurt.
Lafayette Gazette 8/18/1900.  

Collis P.Huntington Dead.

 Collis P. Huntington, President of the Southern Pacific and Central Pacific Railroad Systems died Tuesday at his lodge in the Adirondacks. Mr. Huntington's name was closely associated with the Southern Pacific Railroad, he having directed its mammoth interests for a number of years.

 He was a type of millionaire of this century who have amassed fortunes, though starting their business career with no capital but their own natural endowments of energy. The Crescent News Hotel here and all Southern Pacific trains have been draped in black as a testimony of respect to the dead President.
Lafayette Gazette 8/18/1900. 

Concerning Train Wrecks....  

 We do not believe in the eccentric philosophy of Eugene V. Debs, but no one ever uttered a greater truth than did this brilliant labor leader when he said that human life in this country was fast becoming to be cheaper than money or some other commodity. The alarming increase in railway accidents shows that Mr. Debs is justified in his assertion. Surely there is something wrong. There is gross negligence or reckless carelessness somewhere.

 In Monday's Time-Democrat are printed the accounts of four wrecks with usual horrible details and long death lists.

 In Slatington, Pa., a train ran into an omnibus and fifteen persons were killed and others were seriously injured.

 Near Denison, Texas, a train was ditched and a baggage-man was seriously wounded.
Not far from Wheeling, W. Va., a train jumped off the track and the engineer was killed and the fireman and brakeman were badly injured.

 Nearer home, only about fifty miles from Lafayette, a Southern Pacific passenger train was thrown from a bridge into a creek instantly killing a boy and wounding a number of people and causing a world of anxiety and uneasiness to a much greater number of persons.
The question that presents itself is: Who is responsible for this loss of human life?

 When a private citizen takes the life of one of his fellows he must answer to the courts of the country and the question of his guilt or innocence must be clearly established. Not so when a railroad corporation kills one or more citizens. Sometimes an inquest is held in a perfunctory manner, but as no one can show any criminal intent on the part of the trainmen the investigation is brought to an abrupt end. Of course no one will for a moment hold the trainmen guilty of murder because they merely happen to be on the train when an accident occurs, but we believe that in nearly all cases where loss of life results from wrecks, collisions, etc., a rigid and honest investigation would fasten not the guilt, but the responsibility upon the railroad corporations.

 Whose fault is it that the bridge at Lacassine was crushed under the weight of the train where men, women and children were made to go through so terrible an ordeal and the poor boy, Fred Chatten, was buried beneath the debris of the wreck? This question is yet unanswered and judging from the past it is safe to say that it will remain unanswered.
Railroad accidents are becoming altogether too frequent. This slaughter of human beings can not be tolerated. No doubt if railroad companies were made to pay dearly for these dreadful wrecks they would soon realize that human life is not a thing to be trifled with. They should be made to take every precaution, so that a man when he boards a train with his wife and children should be able to enjoy reasonable immunity from the dangers of wrecks, collisions and their concomitants.

 In the nature of things traveling on trains is accompanied by a certain risk which can not be guarded against by any kind of diligence, but this fact should not absolve railway companies from blame in all cases.

 There should be, there must be, there is a way to prevent the frequent occurrence of these life destroying accidents. Lafayette Gazette 8/18/1900.

Telephone to Carencro.
The people of this town will be pleased to learn that a telephone line between Lafayette and Carencro is now being constructed by the company of which Mr. Hogsett of New Iberia is president. The posts have already been hauled along the road, and before many days we will be able to talk through the phone with our neighbors of Carencro.
Laf. Gazette 8/18/1894.

Married. - Last Thursday evening Mr. John Vigneaux and Miss Louise Bourges, were united in marriage at the residence of the bride's mother, by the Rev. E. Forge. A large number of friends of the couple treated them to the customary "chivary."

 Mr. and Mrs. Vigneaux left on the 11 o'clock train for Galveston where they will spend the next few days after which they will return to their home in this town.
Laf. Gazette 8/18/1894.

"Chivary" : "Part of a post-wedding ceremony where the bride and groom were teased and pranks played on their wedding night." (Source:

A New Industry. The Gazette has often wondered why it was that Lafayette did not have a tannery, but it was pleased to learn Thursday evening that Messrs. LaDenois, Degrez and Alminte, recognizing the many advantages offered by this locality for such a business, had purchased a lot from Dr. Mudd with the intention of erecting a tannery on it. We understand that Mr. Aliminte, a tanner or experience will have charge of the work.
Laf. Gazette 8/18/1894.

Jordon Vien Captured.

 Sheriff Broussard returned yesterday from Winn  parish with Jordon Vien in custody. Vien is charged with stealing some two hundred and fifty head of cattle last November from a number of citizens residing near Carencro. The sheriff has already caught the two others charged with the same offence, Henry Ducote and Lovel Jeansonne. Vien was the last of the gang to be caught. Ducote was arrested about three months ago in this parish, and Jeansonne, it will be remembered, was caught only last week in Vernon by Sheriff Broussard. The three parties charging with this wholesale stealing of cattle are now behind prison bars awaiting trial, and the people of the parish owe thanks to our sheriff for his zeal in these captures.

 At first Vien protested his innocence and maintained that he had not ever been in this parish, but after some questioning he finally admitted that he knew something about the matter, saying that he had been hired by Jeansonne to drive the cattle.

 Ducote is an ex-convict, and there are now charges of horse-stealing against him pending in St. Landry and Avoyelles. Jeansonne is an escaped convict for stealing, having been sent to the penitentiary from Avoyelles, and the capture of these two are important as they are badly wanted by the authorities in these parishes.

 Sheriff Broussard says that Mr. Bailey, the sheriff of Winn and his deputies did all in their power to aid him in the arrest of Vien.

 These three parties have been at large for several months, and have been quite adept at keeping away from the authorities. It is due to Sheriff Broussard's indefatigable energy that they are at last to stand trial for the offenses charged against them.
Lafayette Gazette 8/18/1900. 

An Enjoyable Evening.

 Miss Ophelia Broussard entertained a large number of her young friends last Thursday evening at her beautiful country home near Carencro. A delightful supper was served. Dancing was indulged in all present spent a most enjoyable time. The invited guests were Misses Courtney, Sarah Brown, Marcelle Blot, Rita Trahan, Heloise Olivier, Lilly Brun, Mercedes Broussard and Messrs. Emmick and Freddie Courtney, Ralph Voorhies, Paul Bailey, Albin Bechet, Weston Brown, Aristide Francez, Jerome Mouton,  Aristide Mestayer and Frank Broussard. Lafayette Gazette 8/18/1900.


 Mrs. M. P. Young, proprietor of the Cottage Hotel, and Dr. George C. Babcock, formerly of New Orleans, were married Wednesday evening at the home of Mr. J. E. Trahan, Rev. Father Baulard officiating. Dr. Babcock has been an employe of the Bradstreet Agency for a number of years, and is well known among traveling men in the State. A large number of mutual friends were present at the ceremony.
Lafayette Gazette 8/18/1900.  

 A Select School.

 The Lafayette Home Institute will be reopened Monday, Sept. 3, 1900. Thorough instruction and conscientious oversight given all pupils. Only the best text books and standard classical literature adopted. Kindergarten and primary department under supervision of a competent teacher.
R. C. GREIG, Principal.
Lafayette Gazette 8/18/1900.

New School Board.

 The State Board of Education, which met at Baton Rouge during the week, appointed the following gentlemen, members of the Parish School Board:

 Alex. Delhomme, Israel Prejean, Dr. N. P. Moss, H. Theall, Dr. R. O. Young, Aurelien Olivier, A. C. Guilbeau, Pierre Landry and Sam Montgomery.

 A resolution was adopted by the State Board providing for the examination of teachers for certificates twice a year, in May and October. Lafayette Gazette 8/18/1900.

L. S.U. Alumni Association.

 Mr. L. S. Graham, the President of the Alumni Association of the State University, accompanied by Mr. Henry Favrot, are organizing local branches of that association throughout the State. We hope the gentlemen will visit Lafayette. There are many alumni and cadets from L. S. U. here, who would undoubtedly take interest in the organization of a branch in this parish.
Lafayette Gazette 8/18/1900. 

Citizens of Cheneyville Act.

 A few days ago Bennie Wall, a young white resident of Cheneyville, was killed by a negro. The negro disputed Mr. Wall's right of way over the side-walk. They exchanged shots, the negro receiving wounds from which he afterwards died, and young Wall being killed outright.

 The citizens of Cheneyville met and adopted the resolutions below reproduced. They are written in a conservative spirit, and would appropriately apply to many Louisiana towns. While a large part of our negro population are well-behaved and polite, a few young negroes are apt to show signs of impudence which will not be tolerated by the white people:

 1.  Resolved, That there is a certain set of negro men in the Cheneyville community who have no visible means of gaining a livelihood, and that they are considered a detriment to the better element of the negro race and injurious to the quiet and peace of our neighborhood; that we notify them to immediately provide means of sustenance, or in default of same they be compelled to leave the community.

 2. As there is situated in the ward, gambling places where the negroes congregate to gamble during the night and daytime, rendering them perfectly unfit to work, we do hereby pledge ourselves to break up said gambling places and severely punish all persons caught therein.

 3.  As there exists a custom among a certain class of negroes to carry concealed weapons upon their persons, and of riding up and down the public road firing off said pistols; also, of getting out in front of their houses and carrying on a continuous firing, that whenever caught in such practice the said pistols be taken away and the party be properly dealt with.

 4.  That there exists an indisposition among a saucy and impudent set of young negro men and women to yield said side-walks and road to ladies and children; that anyone caught failing to do so, on being reported to the committee, shall be severely dealt with.

 5.  And whereas, nine-tenths of the colored population of our ward are law-abiding and worthy people, and deserving of our aid and protection, we hereby ask their aid and co-operation in executing the law and carrying out these resolutions, guaranteeing to said better element all assistance and and protection in carrying out these resolutions. Lafayette Gazette 8/18/1900. 

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/18/1900.

 On Monday last the illness of Mr. Crow Girard necessitated the return from Biloxi of Cashier J. J. Davidson, who was off on a vacation. Mr. Girard is now better.

 Mr. R. E. Johnson, who conducted the music for the Fife meeting, was here visiting Mr. W. B. Torian this week.

 Joe Pizzo, the fruit vendor, is improving his place of business.

 The Cumberland telephone posts in town have been painted, giving them a neat appearance.

 Rev. C. C. Weir went to Whitecastle this week to visit his former congregation.

 Mr. Sylvio Broussard, of New Iberia, brother of out townsman, W. A. Broussard, visited Lafayette last Saturday. Mr. Broussard has just fitted up an electric light plant at the Billeaud refinery.

 Mrs. Cleobule Doucet in company with her brother, Mr. Jules Guidry, went to Royville the early part of next week.

 The Southern Pacific bridge gang, which has been working on the new railroad bridge across the Vermilion, left yesterday for New Iberia.

 Mrs. R. N. Delaney and Miss Anna Hopkins returned Tuesday from Port Arthur. They had gone there last week with Mr. Duson and family, of Crowley.

 Miss Lizzie Bailey left Saturday for Patterson to spend some time with friends.

 Miss Fannie Greig, who has been the guest of her brother, Prof. R. C. Greig, went to New Orleans on Tuesday.

  Rev. W. P. Fife, the gentleman who conducted a revival in our midst some time ago, passed through Lafayettet Wednesday on his way to Atlanta. He was joined here by Rev. Mr. Sechrest and his wife, who will accompany him to Atlanta, where a religion convention will be held in a few days.


From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 18, 1894:

Objectionable Immigrants. 
Through a misdirected application of the sentiment "the refuge of the oppressed of all lands" America for many years has been serving as the dumping ground for the scum and off-scourings of European countries. This senseless policy of unrestricted immigration has already borne a vast deal of evil fruit and with not much more encouragement would be distinguished as a standing menace to the integrity of our republican institutions. Already we have seen the socialistic spirit of this imported genus pronounce itself in this country on several occasions, notably at Chicago, and these evidences brought to our notice should be a warning emphasizing the danger of further persisting in admitting foreigners without regard to their class or qualification for becoming desirable American citizens. Stringent laws should be enacted by the nation to effectively restrict the wholesale landing on our shores of the hordes of Huns, Bohemians, Pollacks and others, of strongly pronounced anarchistic tendencies, who generally make up the bulk of all riotous demonstrations in this country. Unless firm measures be adopted with the view of correcting this evil of already formidable proportions we may look for complications of a very serious nature, as it is certain that if urged on indefinitely by the same cause, the strong sentiment among natives of "America for Americans, only" will refuse to be confined longer and will manifest itself in a form of unmistakable significance.
 Immigrants of a good character, industrious, law-abiding persons, who upon arriving in this country enter into the real spirit of our people and our free institutions, should never be unwelcome, but, as a rule with rare exceptions, good citizens of other climes are not the kind who seek other homes. But no matter how well recommended a foreigner may be who applies for admission here, he should not be permitted to exercise the right of suffrage that can be ours by birth only, until he has proven by a sufficient length of his life spent among this people that he breathes the true spirit of American institutions and is entitled to citizenship because it is not his purpose to make an abuse of the privileges that it gives to him.

 Original source unknown and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1894.


A New Firm. - I have this day sold my entire stock of general merchandise to Mr. M. Rosenfield, who will hereafter conduct the business on his own account.

 In retiring I desire to thank all my friends and the public, for their liberal patronage in the past, and hope that the same will be extended to my successor, Mr. M. Rosenfield, whom I cheerfully recommend to them.

 Referring to the above card, I would say, that I shall make every endeavor to merit your patronage which I respectfully submit. Lafayette Advertiser 8/27/1894.
     M. R

MARRIED. - Mr. John Vigneaux and Miss Louise Bourges were united in marriage Thursday, the 17th. instant, and shortly after the nuptial ceremony left on a bridal trip, with Galveston as the objective point. A host of friends wished the contracted parties a voyage of great happiness through life, and THE ADVERTISER offers it felicitations. Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1894.   

Civil Court.

 The regular term of civil court was convened here last Monday by Judge Allen, but on motion of the lawyers, court adjourned until the next regular term in October. Oliver Guidry and Hamp Benton, charged with the murder of B. J. Pope, in Carencro, June 3d, were admitted to bail and liberated, having furnished bonds, each in the sum of $1,500. The Judge reappointed Dr. M. L. Lyons, V. E. Dupuis, J. E. Pellerin and Leo Doucet jury commissioners under the recent act of the legislature and added J. C. Buchanan to complete the number required by law. Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1894.


 One of the most pleasant events of the season was the delightful "fish fry" given by Mr. Isaac Broussard, our worthy sheriff, and his estimable wife, who, inviting a few friends to accompany them, started early Wednesday morning for Martin's Lake. The town and suburbs were soon left behind, and also, alas!  the fine roads, but the good humor of the party did not fail although the mud splashed without regard to good clothes, and the jolting caused by the numerous mud holes and rough placed elicited laughter instead of frowns. Arriving at the place of destination, the gentlemen became interested in the fish question, while the ladies amused themselves with a quiet chat. But the skies which had promised a fair day soon became overcast and the rumbling of the distant thunder gave warning of rain, and later there was a rush to the various vehicles against the rain, which now fell in torrents. It was soon over, however, when preparations for dinner began, the fish caught were very fine, but how describe that dinner? The generous host had provided every thing to make it a success, and as the delicious preparations of fish were served, it was eaten with every expression of praise..
There were no condiments wanting to suit to taste of all present. Many amusing incidents occurred during the day. The two young ladies of the party wittily and gracefully entertained the young men, while the older ladies looked on with quiet amusement, no doubt, recalling their own youthful days. It is needless to sat that the married men devoted themselves to the dinner and coffee. The jolly party returned in great glee, and will long remember the enjoyable day for which they were indebted to the kindness of their entertainers.
  (Signed) A. I. W.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1894.

Back Home Again.

 Messrs. Eli McDaniel, Honore Begnaud, and Antoine Pelissier returned the first of the week from a sojourn of five days at Point-Aux-Springs, in Acadia parish, which is conducted by Mrs. Miller whose advertisement is in this paper. These gentlemen report the best of treatment, cheap rates, fine water and a pleasant time - and say it is an excellent place for any one to spend a vacation for rest and recreation. Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1894.

School Annex.

 The contract for building the public school annex was let to Mr. Fred Mouton for $761.00. The work will be pushed to completion as rapidly a possible in order to get it ready for the next school term.

 All the money has been raised, except $150.00 and we hope to see out public spirited citizens and societies lift that part of the debt at an early date.

 We wish to state in this connection that two teachers cannot do the work demanded in this public school, and we trust another teacher will be added thereto. Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1894.


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/18/1894.

Engineer J. Jos. Hannen, of the Salt Mine Branch, visited his family Sunday. Mr. D. V. Gardebled of Bay St. Louis, was seen on the streets of our town.

 A gay party of young ladies and gentlemen were out serenading friends by moonlight, Thursday night.
  To the ladies and gentlemen who serenaded us last Friday night at 11 o'clock, we return our hearty thanks.

 Miss Inez Rushing, of Alexandria, arrived in Lafayette on the 14th. instant, to visit her sister, Mrs. T. M. Biossat.


 Births. - Mrs. A. Cayard, a boy, August 10th; Mrs. Sidney Mouton, a boy, August 1oth; Mrs. B. J. Williams, a boy, August 12th; Mrs. P. M. Girard, a girl, August 12th.  Internal Revenue Collector Hewitt, located at Shreveport, was in Lafayette this week looking after the interest of Uncle Sam.

 Mr. E. Prudhomme machine helper in the Southern Pacific Round House let a brass fall on his foot Wednesday, which inflicted an ugly gash.

 The Young Men of Lafayette will give a ball at Falk's Hall to-night. Beautiful invitations were sent out and we predict a pleasant time for those who attend.

 Railroad agent J. J. Davidson returned from his regular summer vacation, last Saturday, in good health and spirits, and reports having had a most enjoyable time. 
 Messrs. Sam and Armand Levy, and Mr. Isaac Bendel took advantage of the excursion that came down from Lake Charles last Sunday, to visit relatives in Lafayette.

 Mr. G. E. Von Hofe, of New Orleans, has been in our city this week tuning pianos and organs. We suggest that it would be well for those who need work in this line to inform him to-day, at the Advertiser office. Mr. Von Hofe is an excellent musician, understands his business and the work he has done here giving general satisfaction.

 A corn crib belonging to Mr. R. C. Landry was destroyed by fire, the 11th. instant. A small quantity of corn was the only loss besides the building. The origin of the fire is unknown.

 Last Thursday, Mr. R. L. McBride moved his family from their late residence opposite the Lisbony Hotel to the Monnier dwelling Mr. John S. Whittington acquired from Mr. E. Delmony.

 The site for the new bridge the parish contemplates constructing across Bayou Vermilion for the Creighton public road recently traced, will be to the northside of Beausejour park instead of where the old bridge now stands.

 Mr. Lee Walker, who for several months was employed at the Crescent Hotel lunch stand, took leave of our town on the 11th. instant, for his new home in, Columbus, Texas. Mr. Alfred Voorhies, Jr. is now filling the position vacated by Mr. Walker.

 There were large audiences at the two masses held at the Catholic church Wednesday, which was the feast of the Assumption.
 The rendition of the Farmers' Mass, by the choir at high mass, was beautiful and well executed. Father Stockalper, of Grand Coteau, officiated.

  Mrs. B. Falk will leave Monday, to attend the marriage of her son, Mr. Henry Bendel, formerly of Morgan City, to Miss Blanche Lehman, an accomplished young lady of New York city, Sept. 25th. Mrs. Falk will be accompanied by her son, Mr. Ike Bendel, of Lake Charles, and they expect to take in the Knights of Pythias, grand Conclave, in Washington City, on August 28th.

 The contract for building the public school annex was let to Mr. Fred Mouton for $761.00. The work will be pushed to completion as rapidly as possible in order to get it ready for the next school term.  All the money has been raised, except $150.00, and we hope to see out public spirited citizens and societies lift that part of the debt at an early date. We wish to state in this connection that two teachers cannot do the work demanded in this public school and we trust another teacher will be added thereto.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1894.

 The Problem Before Navigators Is How to Protect the Steel.

 Nobody is foolish enough to pretend that we can coat our iron-clads externally with sealskin or porpoise hide, and undoubtedly we are at a great disadvantage as compared with nature and her living forms. Very possibly the ultimate solution of this question may be found in the application of some new material altogether to the external coating of our vessels. Compressed paper, or compressed ramen fibre, which are now increasingly employed in America for railway wheels and steam pipes, would seem promising materials for that purpose. They admit of being molded externally into any minute grooves, or tiny overlapping plates like the scales of fish.

 Little or no expense will thereby be incurred, as an enormous hydraulic pressure, capable of forming any required surface, is already employed in the regular course of manufacture. Or they can just as easy be molded into a rough shagreen, which in form can be made a fac-simile reproduction of the skin of the shark. And by their tough and strong retentive structure they would effectually protect the steel, or real skin of the vessel, from corrosion by the salt water. But all this is mere conjecture. Any such suggestions which any man can propound will be nothing more than conjecture, so long as we are content to remain in our present deplorable darkness and ignorance of the real governing conditions of the problem. What we most require is, therefore, light.  

From Contemporary Review and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1894.

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