From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 19th, 1903.
FIRE AT COMPRESS.
Very Little Damage, Fully Covered by Insurance.
he shrill of whistles of the yard engines sounded the alarm of fire Monday at 2 p. m. and in an incredibly short time a large crowd had reached the Compress where dense clouds of smoke showed the fire to be. Prompt and energetic work soon subdued the flames and prevented any extensive damage. The fire originated in the boiler house, just how is not known, but is supposed to have caught from a small fire which had been used for melting pitch. The alarm was given by a colored man who went to the boiler room for a crow bar, and in a few moments the entire force of the Compress assisted by a number of rail road men, were fighting the flames. The Compress is well equipped for such emergencies, having a 20,000 gallon reservoir, besides being connected with the city waterworks, and it took but a moment to attach the hose a full supply of which is kept at the Compress, and begin throwing several streams into the blazing building. The Lafayette Fire Company, as usual, was promptly on hand, and deserves special mention for the promptness with which a hose cart was brought to the scene and put in quick action. The time occupied until the fire was under complete control, was not more than twenty minutes. The rapidity and success with which the fire was handled fully sustains Manager Coronna's assertion that the Compress force, with the prompt assistance always to be counted on from the Lafayette Fire Department, can handle any fire that may break out at the Compress in the day time. The damage is small and will scarcely amount to $125, which is fully covered by insurance. Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
Death of Mrs. Thos. B. Hopkins.
It is our sorrowful duty this week to chronicle the death of Mrs. Thos. B. Hopkins, which sad event took place last Sunday morning at twenty minutes to seven. She had been sick for a long time, and though her death was not unexpected, yet when the end came it was a great shock to the community. Mrs. Hopkins, whose maiden name was Miss Susan Kennedy, was born in Claiborne parish, but came to Lafayette with her parents while still a child. She was married to Dr. Hopkins about 35 years ago, and with a devoted husband and loving children, enjoyed a happy married life. She was a consistent member of the Methodist church, and throughout her life exemplified the religion in which she had an abiding and trusting faith. She was indeed a true christian, and daily and hourly practiced the precepts of the Master. Her heart was filled with charity for the shortcomings of others, and those whose privilege it was to know her well, felt the sweet influence of her beautiful soul, which shed love, kindness and sweetness upon all whose dear pleasure it was to be near her. She was so unselfish, always ready and so pleasantly willing to sacrifice herself for others. She never seemed happier than when doing some gentle kindness for others are ministering in little unobtrusive ways to their pleasure or comfort. Her home life was indeed lovely. each member was devoted to mother, and she was the gentlest and sweetest of mothers, and while it was God's will that he should take her to himself, only He can give comfort and solace to these bereaved ones, for He alone can know how her dear presence and sweet ministrations will be missed from the home. During her long illness she was a great sufferer, but bore her sufferings uncomplainingly and with the highest christian fortitude, and even while suffering was forgetful of self and so thoughtful of others. She had such a happy cheerful disposition, carrying sunshine wherever she went, and while sick and in pain bore up so bravely and cheerfully, that she might spare her family grief for herself.
Her life has been a beautiful example, and it may be truly said that the world is the better for her having lived in it.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church where it was ever one of her highest pleasures to attend and worship God. Rev. A. C. Smith, her pastor, preached the funeral sermon, and in a simple and feeling manner paid tribute to her many virtues and lovely character. During the services the congregation sang "Nearer My God to Thee" and the beautiful hymn, "Asleep in Jesus." At the close of the services the remains were borne to the Protestant cemetery and there laid to rest.
The high esteem in which Mrs. Hopkins was held was shown by the very large number of friends who attended the funeral which was the largest which has ever taken place here. As the funeral cortege passed through our town, all the stores were closed as a token of respect and esteem. Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
Died on the Train.
Andrew Tehvis, son of Mr. Alonyuis Tehvis of Roberts Cove near Rayne, died on the train here Thursday. He was on his way to New Orleans to submit to an operation, but was too weak for the trip. His remains were carried back to his home for interment. Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
A Call for a Meeting of the Parish Democratic Executive Committee.
Pursuant to a request signaled by a majority of the members of the Parish Democratic Executive Committee, the Parish Democratic Executive Committee of the parish of Lafayette is hereby called to meet at the Court House in Lafayette, La., on Saturday, August 22, 1903, at 10 o'clock.
(Signed) JOHN HAHN, Chairman Democratic Executive Committee.
Lafayette, La., August 14, 1903.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
Back from New York.
S. Kahn, the wide-awake manager of the Lafayette Clothing Store returned Thursday from New York where he has been particularly fortunate in securing a number of big bargains, which he promises to give the benefit of to his numerous customers. He states that he has purchased a full line in gent's furnishings, clothing, shoes and hats and will have one of the finest and best selected stocks ever shown here. Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
Contract Let. - The Lafayette Oil Co. closed a contract Monday with T. H. Keoughan at Jennings for two wells, the first to be drilled on a large tract owned by the Company between Jennings and the oil field, and the other on the Company's holdings in Lafayette or St. Martin parish. Work on the first well will be put down immediately. Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
Again at the Industrial. - The music department at the Industrial School will be in charge of Prof. F. Sontag the coming session. Prof. Sontag is leader of the Sontag Military Band which ranks as one of the finest musical organizations in the State, and is a teacher of exceptional merit. Under his charge the music department of the School will be of high standard.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
Charbon Reported. - It is reported that several cases of charbon have been discovered in the western part of the parish. It is to be sincerely hoped that such is not the case and that the parish will be spared such an affliction. Earnest precautionary measures are being taken, and everything will be done to check the disease it if really exists. Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
Society. - One of the pleasantest social affairs of the past week was the ice-cream party at the residence of Miss Francis Clarke last Thursday evening. The young people all had a most enjoyable time, and when the hour for parting came, it was found that the moments had flown all too swiftly on golden wings. Among those present were, Misses Louise Nollive, Elva Brun, Lydia Broussard, Mary Miller, Martha Broussard, and Joe Bienvenue, Arthur Trahan, Eastin Sprole, Lloyd Delahoussaye, Antoine Lacoste, Gaston Toussel, Pierre Brun and Cleveland Miller.
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Anderson entertained a number of young people last Tuesday evening in honor of their charming guests, Miises Bertheau and Soileau. The evening was delightfully spent with games of various kinds interspersed with music and vocal selections from Misses Creighton, Robichaud and Hebert. Dainty refreshments, consisting of ice, cakes and bonbons were served by the hostess assisted by her sweet little daughter May. After enjoying the delightful hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, who are the pleasantest of entertainers, until a late hour, the guests bade them good night with high appreciation for a most agreeable evening.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
A Credit to Lafayette. - We had the occasion to drop in at Pellerin & DeClouet's store a few days ago and while there was greatly impressed with the size and completeness of their stock of furniture. Their present small building doesn't nearly display the style and quantity of stock they carry, which is decidedly a credit to the town, but when they move into their new building, everyone will realize it fully. And another thing thing which strongly impressed us is the fact that they sell fully as cheap as New Orleans.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
Crank Pin Broken. - The street lights have not been lighted for several nights on account of an accident to one of the engines, on which a crank pin in some manner became broken. The damage will be repaired as soon as possible. Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
Concentration Needed. - During the last five years particularly, the attendance at our town schools has been steadily and largely increasing, and with the opening session is September will come the pressing and stubborn problem of how to furnish accommodations for all children who shall apply for admission. Some provision, of course, must be made, so that no child will turned away, and the only present solution seems to be to secure another building somewhere for the purpose.
There are already two buildings widely separated from each other, and now if it becomes necessary to procure a third, it will make supervision by a principal more impossible than ever. To achieve best results in any business requires one central directing force, and this is particularly true of teaching. There should be a directing head to supervise and control, and this should be the office of the principal, so that the work may be carried forward uniformly and progressively. With two buildings and two principals in the same school system,m as we have now, it is utterly useless to expect to obtain the full benefits that accrue by having all the grades in one building under the eye and control of the principal, where he may supervise the work and direct the efforts of the teachers. Economy is really the art of spending money to the best advantage, and there is certainly no economy in employing a number of teachers and leaving each to do his or her individual will or inclination, when their united and correlating efforts are expected to accomplish a certain progressive, definite object. Supervision is absolutely necessary, and that can be had only concentration in one building; and, to secure best results, this building should not only be ample, but modern and having beauty sufficient "to reflect the thrift and enterprise and civic pride of the community" as "A Native" expressed it in our last issue. We have reached the point where such a building is imperative, and The Advertiser believes that ere long a vigorous movement will be inaugurated to supply this missing link that is needed to make our school system complete. Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
AN OPEN LETTER:
Addressed to the Republicans of Lafayette Parish.
"Gentlemen - As your vice president, I feel it incumbent on me to endorse the statement of the political status of the Republican party in Louisiana recently issued by Dr. Guidry, executive commitment of the first ward of this parish. I desire to emphasize particularly, and to endorse, the allusion to 'reciprocity with Cuba,' which will have the effect of destroying the sugar industry of the State; and the policy of imperialism and expansion, which will have the effect of bringing these tropical islands in disastrous competition with the chief products of our own State; and for the further reason, upon which the doctor did not dwell, the favoritism which has made it possible for an obscure army surgeon to rise rapidly, until to-day he stands within measurable distance of the commandership of the United States Army, over the heads of the two score of veterans who have grown gray in the service of their country; in view of the travesty of justice which sought to discredit the hero of Santiago, Winfield Scott Schley, and gave the emoluments, as it sought to give the honor, to a nonparticipant in the decisive battle of the Spanish war, simply because he was a pet of the Crowninshield clique, upheld by Roosevelt.
"And now comes the post office scandal, the rottenness of which is a stench in the nostrils of all decent citizens, regardless of their political affiliation; the whole capped by the negrophilism of the President, and his efforts to force social equality, as part and parcel of good Republicanism, makes it an utter impossibility for any decent, self-respecting Southern Republican to longer affiliate with the Republican party, and shows the necessity of changing the national administration, as too long a lease of power has evidently made honesty in Republican politics an impossibility.
"For these reasons, I join my esteemed friend, Dr. Guidry, in advising the Republican voters to affiliate loyally with the Democrat, national and State, and to stand by the nominees of the next primary.
"Vice President, Member of Republican Parish Executive Committee."
"Lafayette, La., Aug. 10, 1903.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
Rewarded With a Trip to Paris.
Fernand Mouton, one of Lafayette's enterprising young men, who has made a record for himself with the New York Life Insurance Co., left for Paris, France, by way of New York Wednesday, where he has been by the Company, as a reward for his splendid work. He will be connected with the main office in Paris, and act as one of their best solicitors. Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
First Boll of Cotton.
So far the first fully opened boll of cotton we have seen was brought to the Advertiser office by Dolze Broussard informs us that he has 20 acres just like it, and that he began picking Monday.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
Real Estate Transfers.
For week ending Aug. 19, the following real estate transfers took place:
Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/19/1903.
Mr. Albert Labbe and Miss Alice Breaux were married at the home of the bride's father last Thursday afternoon, by Judge C. Debaillon.
So far the first fully opened boll of cotton we have seen was brought to the Advertiser office by Mr. Dolze Broussard, an enterprising farmer of the fourth ward. Mr. Broussard informs us that he has 20 acres just like it, and that he began picking Monday.
Teachers' Examinations. - Examination for teachers' certificates will be held in Lafayette Aug. 20 and 21.
Mrs. B. J. Pellerin has returned from the seashore where she has been having a most delightful outing.
Mrs. T. M. Biossat and little daughter Ines, returned Monday from Hot Springs, where she went for the benefit of her health, very much improved.
Mr. C. K. Darling, of Houston, spent Sunday with his family, who are visiting Mr. and Mrs. J. Nickerson, Mrs. Darling's parents.
Mrs. J. C. Nickerson and baby, Lucille are visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. Alcide Judice, in Scott.
J. D. Mouton paid a short visit to New Iberia during the week, returning Monday.
Homer Mouton visited New Iberia Saturday. His brother Frank who has been spending a few days with him returned with him.
Mr. Albert Labbe and Miss Alice Breaux were married at the home of the bride's father last Thursday afternoon, by Judge C. Debaillon.
Mrs. B. N. Corrona, accompanied but her charming daughter, Miss Ula, left for St. Louis Saturday where they will spend a couple of weeks visiting friends.
Sidney Alpha has returned from Franklin after a pleasant week's stay.
N. Abramson, of the famous Blue Store, left for New York and East Friday where he expects to buy one of the largest and choices stocks ever brought to Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1903.
From the Lafayette Gazette of August 19th, 1899:
of Young Martial Sorrel at Olivier Station Near New Iberia.
Last Tuesday during the early hours of the morning Martial Sorrel, a most estimable young gentleman who was keeping a store at Olivier station, in Iberia parish, was murdered in his bed by parties who had broken into house for the purpose of robbery. Several ugly gashes on the head of the young man told the awful story of a most dastardly and fiendish crime. Some thirty dollars are believed to have been the booty of the murderers. Young Sorrel was the nephew of Mr. Robert Olivier, well known in Iberia parish.
Immediately upon hearing of the murder of young Sorrel Sheriff Broussard set to work and searched high and low for suspicious persons hoping in this way to effect the capture of the murderers. The following night he, in company with deputies, watched every incoming and outgoing train. Near the old brickyard he came across a gang of very suspicious-looking negroes who started to run as soon as they saw the officers. The negroes refusing to stop, several shots were fired, but only about half of the gang were caught. Others who were found concealed in the weeds very reluctantly gave themselves up. Every indication showed that these negroes had been doing some mischief or were getting ready to commit some crime. When taken to the jail their contradictory statements, added to some very suspicious circumstances, decided the sheriff to hold them and to inform the Iberia authorities or the facts. The next day Deputy Sheriff Henderson, Robert Olivier and Aleck Mouton and a negro came from New Iberia for the purpose of identification. The negroes said that the night the murder was committed they were at the house of a negro near Mauriceville. Thursday night Sheriff Broussard and Deputy Henderson drove to that place and ascertained that it was a fact that the negroes had spent there. The prisoners were released the next morning. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1899.
THE CRY AGAINST FOSTER.
The Lafayette Gazette has never at any time been a zealous and blind follower of Gov. Foster. It is not now and has never been an admirer of that gentleman it does not endorse all his political acts. He had done much that is commendable and some things which are reprehensible. If we wrote that Gov. Foster has been an ideal executive and we believed him a patriot and statesman we would be writing ourself a hypocrite and we would do violence to our conscience. Therefore when we say that his administration of the affairs of this State has been clean and honest, we say what we believe to be the truth. The indecent and vulgar attacks upon his administration by a hostile press and a spurious gang of howling reformers is sickening to us and should be so to every fair-minded man. Among his most severe critics we find men who were the unblushing partners of Kellogg and Warmoth during the dreadful days of the scallawags and the carpet-baggers. These worthies who helped to perpetuate the rule of venality and ignorance and dragged the fair name of Louisiana into the very mire, have now the cool audacity to speak to us of pure politics and an honest ballot. A fine set to talk about bossism and ring rule! Gay birds to preach to prate of an honest administration! The whole gang boiled down and analyzed would not give one thimble full of the genuine stuff.
Place them in power and in less than six months the people of the State would be in the throes of a bloody revolution. Give them the reins and in less than a month the devils of reconstruction would be preying upon the vitals of the old Pelican with their insatiate hunger of former days. But the most humiliating feature of it all is that these old time enemies of the Democracy are not alone in vilifying a Democratic administration. They have been joined by a few discontented Democrats whose fierce denunciation of the present State administration seems to be inspired by hatred and prejudice. We repeat that we are not a partisan of Gov. Foster and are not willing to uphold all his methods and the embodiment of political wisdom and lofty statesmanship, but as the editor of a Democratic paper we are certainly not willing to join the enemies of the party in denouncing a Democratic administration which has been singularly free from any scandals and which is conceded by its leading opponent to be honest, clean and economical. It were folly, absolute folly, to attempt to defend certain abuses which have been committed during the eight years of Gov. Foster's administration, but it is criminal to try to hold alone responsible for them. He is no more responsible for them than any of his Democratic predecessors. He was simply an heir to a system which was made necessary by the rascality of the carpet-baggers and the impudence of the negroes. Those methods which he employed were the inevitable results of African rule. They were used to oust Kellogg and his gang from power and to keep them out. In due time laws were passed to eliminate the negro from our elections and we confident that the Democratic party will so arrange it that every man's vote will be fully protected and fairly counted. If there is going to be any reform it will be done by the Democratic party. It will be done within the ranks. Not outside. Deserters have never reformed an army nor stragglers won a battle. Democrats who are sincerely in favor or reform will not accomplish anything by joining the Republicans in abusing and denouncing a Democratic administration. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1899.
The Gazette is pleased to announce that a first-class kindergarten is now assured the people of Lafayette in connection with Prof. Greig's Home Institute. Miss Lessie Thorpe, of Iberia, a most competent and estimable young lady, possessing in an imminent degree those qualifications of heart and mind so essential to success in the management of little children, will have charge of the new department and we predict most satisfactory results to all parents fortunate enough to secure the advantage now proffered them. Miss Thorpe is a graduate of Miss K. W. Hardy's Kindergarten Training School, in New Orleans, and has had actual experience of three years in the school room. The young lady therefore is not only thoroughly qualified by training and experience but possesses remarkable adaption in a charming personality.
Prof. Greig desires to assure the public that the kindergarten will hereafter be a permanent feature of the Institute, constituting as it does the only true groundwork of the educational system. Invitation in due season, will be extended to all to visit the school, in order that the the beauty and practical benefits of the system may be fully demonstrated. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1899.
Sunday School Convention.
The third annual convention of the Lafayette Parish Sunday School Association will commence in the Lafayette Methodist Episcopal Church Thursday, August 31, at 9 o'clock a. m. Eminent speakers have been invited and an interesting program will be formulated. Rev. I. T. Reams and R. C. Greig have been appointed a committee on arrangements and Miss Lizzie Mudd and Mrs. Crow Girard, have charge of the musical department. The public generally and all Christian people interested in Sunday school work are cordially invited to attend. The hospitality of our people will be extended to all who come from a distance. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1899.
Moss in Michigan.
Dr. N. P. Moss, who is spending some time at Charievoix, Michigan, had an opportunity to hear Wm. Jennings Bryan the other day and his usual fondness for the best things of this earth impelled him to go out to listen to the matchless giant of the West. The doctor is eminently practical and is a close observer and this is what he writes us about it: "Bryan is an unadulterated American, and he is chock full of common sense." Put 'tis that Prof. Greig and other Lafayette gold-bugs weren't out there to be converted to the true faith. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1899.
Wait to Buy a Horse.
If you want to buy a horse just wait until Sidney Veazey returns from Missouri where he has gone to get the finest lot of horses and mules ever brought to this town. Mr. Veazey will give special attention to this business and will be put in a position to offer the people here some exceptionally good bargains. Read Mr. Veazey's ad in another column. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1899.
The Gazette believes that there are too many idle negroes loafing in and around this town. Lafayette seems to be the headquarters of all lazy and worthless negroes. Every freight train brings a fresh load of them. They should be made to move on. They are here for no good. We call the attention of the local authorities to this matter. With so many vagrants here it's no wonder burglaries are so frequent. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1899.
Cleaning the River.
T. M. Biossat left Wednesday for New Orleans for the purpose of putting in a bid for the contract to Vermilion river. It is to be hoped that nothing will prevent will prevent the early completion of this work as it is of great importance not only to the people of this town but to those living along the river. It will give the transportation facilities to a large number of farmers who will be enabled to ship their crops by steamboat as far as the Southern Pacific road.
Mr. Biossat returned Friday morning. He informed us that there were four bids, each bidder obligating himself to furnish a boat and crew. The bids were as follows: Capt. Wengel, $62.50 per day; T. M. Biossat, $47.00; Paul Leguenec, $54.50; Victor Von Schulen, $42.25. Mr. Biossat believes that his bid is the most advantageous to the government and he hopes to be awarded the contract. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1899.
New to Greig's School.
Miss Lessie Thorpe, of Iberia, visited Lafayette during the past week and was the guest of Prof. Greig and family for several days. Miss Thorpe has accepted the position of kindergarten teacher in Prof. Greig's Home Institute and will return soon to form the acquaintance of our people before the opening of school in September. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1899.
The Werlein Methods.
The Werlein Methods are becoming famous in the piano world. A few years ago it was deemed necessary to pay $500.00 for a piano that to-day may be brought for two hundred dollars less. This change is directly attributable to Werlein's methods. The profit on each piano to-day is small, but the business of the old house has increased many hundred fold. A comparison of pianos and prices of others are all convincing. We recommend Philip Werlein Limited, of New Orleans. Particulars about relative values of pianos may be obtained from them. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1899.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 3, 1899. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Jno. E. Primeaux, Jno. Whittington, Jr., M. Billeaud, Jr., Alfred Hebert and Alonzo Lacey.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Mr. Chas. Davidson appeared for the Cumberland Telephone Company and asked that the tax of $1 per mile levied on all lines of said company be rescinded. By motion duly made the resolution granting right of way and fixing said tax adopted June 1, 1899, reconsidered and amended to eliminate the provision for said tax, the jury reserving the privilege of making any future regulations to conserve the public interest.
On motion of Mr. Billeaud the proposition of Mr. W. F. Owens, superintendent of the Southern Pacific railroad, to construct a crossing at Broussard for $100 was accepted, provided said crossing be completed by Sept. 15, prox.
Hon. Wm. Campbell here appeared and asked in behalf of the Gerac succession. Chas. A. Boudreaux and Col. A. D. Boudreaux, that a certain street in the Boudreaux addition be changed. By motion duly made the following was adopted: Resolved, that the course of Gen. Green street be changed in order to run at lot 26 eastward to the eastern corner of lot 26 and then northward along lots 26, 27, 28 and 29, striking the railroad between the above mentioned parties.
The sum of $150.50 was ordered paid out of the general fund into the special road fund of the 2d ward.
A petition from the bar praying for the reappointment of Aby Demanade as court stenographer for the ensuing fiscal year was read, the petition granted and the sum of $300 allowed for the services of said stenographer.
The appropriation of $350 per annum to defray the expenses of Cadets McBride and Herpin was renewed and said cadets reappointed for the next scholastic year.
The following amounts were ordered paid out of the special road fund: K. Blanchet, $25, V. Primeaux, $25, A. Broussard, $104.55.
The treasurer submitted the following reports:
To the President and Members of Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of special road tax since my last report:
J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 3, 1899.
To the President and Members of Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La. Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since my last report:
J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 3, 1899.
For the justice of the peace and constable criminal fund:
Amount received of L. A. LeBlanc ... $4.95.
Amount received of J. O. Savoy ... $6.00.
Total receipts ... $10.95.
J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
The petition of the property tax payers of the parish of Lafayette, La., praying that a special election be ordered for the purpose of ascertaining and determining whether or not it is the sense and desire of the property tax-payers of the parish of Lafayette, that a special tax of two mills on every dollars of the assessed valuation of parish property, believed for the purpose of securing the location of the State Industrial Institute in the parish of Lafayette, was received, and the following ordinance duly adopted in reference thereto:
AN ORDINANCE ordering a special election in accordance with Act No. 131 of acts of the Legislature of this State for the year 1899, and Article No. 232 of the constitution, whereat shall be submitted to the property tax-payers of the parish of Lafayette, La., entitled to vote under the general election laws of said State, the question of levying a special tax, at the rate of two mills on the dollar per annum. of the assessed property therein for a period of ten years, beginning with the first day of January, A. D. 1900, for the purpose of securing the location of the State Institute, provided by Act No. 162 of the General Assembly, approved July 14, 1898, in the parish of Lafayette, La., in conformity with the petition of more than one-third of the property tax-payers of said parish, hereto annexed and made part hereof, providing for the mode of holding said election, making returns, etc.
Section 1. Be it ordained by the Police Jury of Lafayette, La., in legal session convened, that a special election is hereby ordered and shall be held in said parish of Lafayette, La., on Tuesday, Sept. 26, A. D. 1899, at which election shall be submitted to the property tax-payers of said parish entitled to vote under the general election laws of the State, the question of levying a special tax of two mills on the dollar of assessed valuation on all taxable property in said parish annually for a period of ten years, beginning with the first day of January, A. D. 1900, for the purpose of securing the location of the State Industrial Institute provided by Act 162 of the General Assembly, approved July 14, 1898, in the parish of Lafayette, La., in conformity with the petition of more than one-third of the property tax-payers of said parish hereto annexed and made part thereof; said tax to be levied and collected according to law on the terms of this ordinance, said election being ordered upon the following petition, signed by more than one-third of the property tax-payers of said parish of Lafayette, La., to-wit:
To the Hon. President and Members of the Police Jury in and for the parish of Lafayette, La., - We, the undersigned property tax-payers of the parish of Lafayette, La., being and constituting one-third of the total number of property tax-payers of said parish entitled to vote under the provisions of the State constitution, desiring to secure the location of the State Industrial Institute, provided for by Act No. 162 of the General Assembly, approved July 14, 1898, in the parish of Lafayette, the title thereof to be in the public, and not having the treasury of said parish any or sufficient means to achieve said object, and realizing that the funds necessary to secure the location of said Industrial Institute under said act, in the parish of Lafayette, can only be obtained by the levying and collection of a special tax for that purpose. We respectfully petition your Hon. body to forthwith order a special election in said parish of Lafayette, La., under provisions of Act No. 131 of 1898, and Article No. 232 of the constitution of 1898, for the purpose of ascertaining and determining whether or not it is the sense and desire of the property tax-payers of said parish of Lafayette that a special tax of two mills on every dollar of the assessed valuation of property of said parish according to the official rolls for ten years, beginning with the year nineteen hundred, be assessed, levied and collected for the purpose hereinabove set forth at the rate of two mills aforesaid per year and during ten years, beginning with the year 1900 and ending with the year 1909, inclusive. Said special tax when collected shall be used for the benefit of said Industrial Institute to be located in the parish of Lafayette and shall be subject to the order and paid to the proper authorities of the State of Louisiana, as may be provided by law. Respectfully submitted:
Lafayette, La., August 3, 1899. - I, the undersigned, assessor of the parish of Lafayette, La., having carefully examined the names of the signers of the petition hereto annexed addressed to the Police Jury of said parish, calling for an election to take the sense of the property tax-payers of said parish on a proposed tax for an industrial school provided by law, do hereby certify that the signers to said petition constitute that the signers to said petition constitute more than one-third of the property tax-payers of said parish of Lafayette. Witness my official signature this August 3, 1899.
A. M. MARTIN, Assessor Lafayette Parish, La.
Section 2. Be it further ordained by said Police Jury of Lafayette, La., That said election shall be held under the general election laws of the State of Louisiana, and at the polling places established of said parish and the ballots to be used at said election shall be printed or written according to law.
Section 3. Be it further ordained, etc., That the board of supervisors of election for the parish of Lafayette, La., are hereby authorized to appoint commissioners and clerks to serve of said polling places to give the notice of said appointment and the time and place of the holding of said election to the Police Jury according to law.
Section 4. Be if further ordained, etc., That the assessor of the parish of Lafayette, La., shall furnish to the commissioners of election as hereinbefore authorized, a complete list of the tax-payers with the amount of their assessment respectively in the corporate limits of said parish duly certified and shall also furnish a duly certified list of the electors or said parish to the commissioners of election.
Section 5. Be it further ordained, etc.; That the commissioners of election shall receive the ballots of all property tax-payers of the parish of Lafayette, entitled to vote at said election under the laws of the State of Louisiana, and before depositing the same in the ballot box shall endorse thereon in the presence at elector, unless the ballot shall have been so endorsed, the name of the voter and the amount of his assessed property, and the commissioner shall make returns of the amounts of the assessed value of the property voted for and against the levy of said special tax.
Section 6. Be it further ordained by the said Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, La., That this ordinance and the said petition of tax-payers be published in the Lafayette Advertiser and the Lafayette Gazette, official newspapers of said parish of Lafayette, La., for thirty days prior to said election, in the same manner as provided by law for judicial advertisements, and that this ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage.
Yeas: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, M. Billeaud, Jr., J. E. Primeaux, Jno. Whittington, Jr., Alonzo Lacy, Alfred Hebert. Nays: None.
The following account was laid over:
E. W. Lyons, sheriff fees ... $26.70
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1899.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/19/1899.
The governor has appointed Alcide Judice member of the School Board from the eighth ward, vice John S. Whittington, deceased, and Ludovic Billeaud to serve in place of Baxter Clegg who as resigned.
The friends of Louis Lacoste were glad to see him on the streets last Thursday. Louis has had quite a severe attack of typhoid.
Mr. Jas. E. Mouton and daughter, Miss Alida, spent several days at the home of Mrs. E. E. Mouton.
Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Davies are at the Cottage Hotel. Mr. Davis is putting up a round-bale press at Gerac's gin.
Dr. Rene Martin, of Crowley, visited his brothers, Drs. G. A. and J. A. Martin, of Lafayette.
The Gazette is pleased to see that the Council has taken steps toward the repairing of the streets. The main street running from the court-house to the depot is particularly in need of being worked. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 19th, 1893:
The contested election case, involving the seats of five councilmen of this town, was called for trial by Judge Allen on Monday, and defendants interposed as their first plea, that the Court was without jurisdiction ratione materiae because of the want of any law authorizing such a suit to be brought.
A full statement of the case may not be amiss at this time. It would seem that that the plaintiffs believing a number of illegal votes had been cast in the late election for Mayor and councilmen of this town, and believing further that they were cast for their opponents, and the expurgation of these illegal ballots would change the result in their favor, brought suit to achieve this result.
We are informed that it is an undisputed proposition of law that Courts will not try cases of contested elections unless they are specially authorized to do so by law. They cannot of their own accord, try such cases, however important, unless they are warranted in so doing by existing laws.
The plaintiffs in support of their right to bring the suit and to ask for relief at the hands of the Court, cited Sec. 1386 of the Revised Statutes which provides in substance, that "In any parish precinct, ward, city or town in which on any day of election there shall be any riot, tumult, acts of violence etc.," it should be the duty of the Commissioners of election to make a full statement to the Governor and to the District Attorney, and after providing what the Governor and District Attorney shall do on receiving such report, it proceeds and says, "And be it further provided, that nothing in this act contained shall be construed so as to prevent the contesting any election by any candidate who may claim to have been rightfully and lawfully elected to any office, but that such person may implead his opponent in any court of competent jurisdiction of the parties and subject matter and demand that he has adjudged to be duly elected thereto and if the Court, after hearing all the facts and considering the law in the case shall render judgment final in its favor and there be no appeal, or, if, appeal from this be affirmed, the said claimant shall be inducted into the office which he claims and the commission to the incumbent shall be thereby annulled and revoked etc."
The defendants took the position that this law was repealed by subsequent legislation on the same subject matter, but even if not repealed that it was not of itself sufficient to authorized the suit.
The question was argued at length on Monday and Tuesday, by counsel on both sides and we finally decided by Judge Allen in favor of defendants.
This decision is manifestly one of importance to the people in the towns and cities in the State, and discloses a very considerable casus omissus in the law. Unless reversed by higher authority Judge Allen's decision is bound to be the law in such cases in this town and will likely be accepted in other places. But it is safe to say the Legislature will be called upon to make up the deficiency.
Of course it is plain that the merits of the case lately before the Court have nothing to do with the present question. It matters not who is plaintiff or who is defendant, if parties believe themselves aggrieved, they should be able to seek redress in the Courts. If it be true that no such redress is provided in election cases for town office it is well the people know it at once that a remedy may be provided. Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1893.
Southern Pacific Officials Inspect Lafayette Facilities.
Manager J. Kruttschnitt, accompanied by a number of Superintendents of the S. P. Railroad, came through Lafayette last Thursday on a general inspecting tour of the road. It is reported on good authority that the Southern Pacific Co. will soon inaugurate between New Orleans and San Francisco, one of the fastest train services in the country; a scheduled running time of fifty miles an hour, the effect of which will be a reduction in time between those two points of nearly one half. There is to be one train each way, daily, and as it will be strictly a through mail and express and passenger train, no local traffic will be handled, nor will any stops be made excepting for water and the largest cities.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1893.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/19/1893.
Mr. E. Constantin, the liveryman is making substantial improvements to his stable.
Mrs. M. E. Girard and daughter, Mrs. P. D. Beraud, returned from Grand Isle last Wednesday.
With a few more business men interested in our town's progress, there would be no chance against us getting that railroad to Breaux Bridge.
Mrs. Jeff. Caffery of San Antonio, is on a visit to the family of her son, Mr. Charles D. Caffery.
Our presses have been full of job work for several days past, and our readers are requested to over-look the scarcity of reading matter this week in our local columns. Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1893.
From the Lafayette Gazette of August 19th, 1893:
THE CONTESTED MUNICIPAL ELECTION.
...AS THE LAFAYETTE GAZETTE SEES IT...
The contested municipal election case was called up Monday before Judge Allen. Much interest was manifested in the issue, and the court house was crowded during argument of the lawyers.
After court opened, counsel for defendants (of what is known as the Vigneaux side) submitted to the court three exceptions, to-wit:
First - That defendants except to the jurisdiction of the court on the ground that being a contest for a municipal election, and there being no express statutory authority giving the court jurisdiction, it has no power to pass upon the merits of the case.
Second - That the town charter provides no salary for the office of councilmen, and plaintiffs, therefore, have no cause of action.
Third - That petition of plaintiffs is defective in that it is not accompanied by a petition of citizens interested in the case as provided by law.
After hearing argument, pro and con, on the first exception, part of Monday and part of Tuesday, the court sustained the defendants' contention of no jurisdiction in the premises, and, in consequence, the case was dismissed.
It is perhaps, unfortunate that the case should end in this abrupt manner, because the allegations of illegal voting remains uncontroverted in a legal sense.
Or course, had the case been settled on its merits, instead of an exception, it would have cleared up the charges of illegal voting advanced in the case.
It is to be regretted that these serious charges, of illegal voting, should remain on the records of the parish, legally uncontradicted, to blot its fair name, inasmuch as it has been, heretofore, exceptionally free from any taint of fraud in elections, and it was for that reason that The Gazette, in its last issue, expressed the wish that no technicalities would taken advantage of, and that the case should be decided solely upon its merits.
To prevent the possibility of grounds for such charges in the future, there is one effacious remedy left, and that is, that the citizens who are interested in the matter lodge complaints before the grand jury against each and every one where there exist reasonable proof of having illegally voted. If innocent they will come out of the ordeal spotless, but it found guilty the future safety and sacredness of the ballot box require that they should expiate their misdoings in the pen at Baton Rouge.
Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
THE OPPORTUNITY HERE.
Million of dollars are invested in United States bonds at 3 per cent, if interest, per annum; because they afford a safe guarantee of protection to the original investment.
If some of these investors felt that they could place their money in enterprises of reasonable assurance of safety to the money placed, with prospects of from 30 to 150 per cent profit, they would in all probability be glad to embrace the opportunity.
But they must know that such opportunity exists, and the people who have knowledge of such if they wish to see them utilized, should devise some means to make that knowledge known to those holding the money.
The Gazette has contended time and again that, not one but many opportunities for the profitable employment of money exist right here in Lafayette. For instance, let us take one opportunity in the shape of a central sugar refinery. Would it prove a safe investment? Yes, because the cane crop is a sure crop. Would it pay? Yes, instances are many where the capitalization was equaled by one season's output. Would the erection and operation of one in or near this town pay? Yes, because the possible acreage would be more than sufficient to make it pay.
Let us take a glance at the situation. Within a radius of a couple of miles of Creighton's switch - a mile from town - a half dozen planters will sell some 5000 tons of cane at $4.25 a ton at the switch, or $4.75 delivered at a refinery 75 miles away. Now, taking the figures of offered by the refinery at their mill, a refinery here would save 50 cents a ton. Say the erection of a refinery in Lafayette would cost, (put it high) $100,000, with a capacity of only 10,000 tons, it would receive, without the turn of a wheel, the freight paid on the cane which would be $5,000 or 5 per cent, a per cent more than is earned in United States bonds. In this we do not take into consideration, as stated, the profit that would follow from its operation, which would range anywhere from 30 to 150 per cent.
Can any other investment offer a large and surer return? We think not.
Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893
Mr. Martial Billeaud, one of our most successful and enterprising sugar planters, has just completed the sinking of a very deep well on his sugar plantation near Broussardville. The object in view was the testing of the water supply to be obtained there. The purpose of Mr. Billaud being the establishment of a sugar refinery upon his place next year, if sufficient water was found of easy access. A short time since the Planter's Well Co., of New Orleans, Mr. Paul Tauzet being in charge, undertook the contract of boring the well, after 8 days labor succeeded in obtaining a depth of 301 feet and 11 inches, from which a large flow of the purest water was obtained. The well is 4 inches in diameter and 2 1/2 inch pipe pump tested 150 gallons per minute. The volume of water in the well increased rather than diminished during the test, lasting 24 hours. Rock bottom was reached, and the water issues clear and cold. It is understood that Mr. Billaud intends sinking several additional wells on his plantation, so well pleased is he with the results of his experiment.
Messrs. Billaud, Estorge & Co., of Broussardville, are erecting a large ginnery near the depot in that town, and Mr. C. W. George, of New Iberia, the contractor, promises to complete the same by September 1. Such enterprises as these deserve the highest praise as exhibiting the energetic and progressive spirit of the promoters. The real prosperity of Lafayette parish lie, it is now clearly evident, not in ephemeral and spasmodic efforts to establish doubtful railroad connections, but it lies in the steady and normal development of the material resources of the country, such as indicated in the two instances above recited, as well as certain industries wherein the people can contribute and reap some of the advantages of their operation, as for instance sugar refineries. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
With a hand-spring, the shake of his shillelagh, and a "don't ye trade on the tail ind av me coat" the writer of The Advertiser failed dismally in hiding his "baby act," brought forth because the Secretary gave The Gazette the proceedings of the police jury first. By the way, will The Advertiser tell the public how and where it got its information? For obvious reasons, we don't think it will tell. But we'll let this pass. The Gazette lays down the claim that Wednesday morning is ample time in which to hand in proceedings containing less than 4,500 ems, to be in inserted in a Sunday issue, as this represents a little over five hours work for an ordinary type-setter, therefore affording more than ample time for the fulfillment of the conditions of the contract, and lead us to believe that every one not biased saw through the pretext. However, let us hasten to assure the writer of The Advertiser and its editor that in spite of their threats and Bob Acresisms The Gazette intends to publish regularly the proceedings of the police jury. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
Attempted Murder and Robbery.
A bold robbery was committed at Iowa Junction, sixty miles west of this point. Under the pretext that a white man had been run over, Mr. O'Connell, the agent at that station, was enticed a short way out by a negro and murderously assaulted probably fatally. The negro returned to the depot at at the muzzle of a pistol compelled Mrs. Connell to keep quiet. The depot was then robbed. As the station is an isolated one Mrs. O'Connell was compelled to remain alone until the next train arrived, and informed the trainmen of what had occurred. Search was at once instituted for Mr. O'Connell who was found laying unconscious on the track. He and wife were taken on the caboose to Welsh for medical assistance. Mr. Connell said that two of his assailants were white, and the third being the negro who had called him. The authorities along the line were wired to keep a sharp look-out and Ike Broussard, our sheriff, was on the alert, and bagged six men, two were turned loose and as the other four, Allen Colman and Joseph King, colored, and Carl Strong and Hugh Fenner, could not render a satisfactory account of themselves were held on suspicion awaiting investigation.
Yesterday evening Mrs. Connell accompanied by Calcasieu's sheriff and the railroad company's detective came in on the evening train, and the lady was shown the parties; she unhesitatingly identified one of the negroes as the one who decoyed her husband and robbed the depot. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
The Advertiser vs. The Secretary of the Police Jury.
To the Editor-Lafayette Gazette:
The Lafayette Advertiser, in its last issue, proceeds in rather pompous and bombastic style to arraign the Secretary of the Police Jury because of "in utter disregard of his duty, delays giving us the Police Jury proceedings owing to the fact that his personal friends in the office of The Gazette have to be served first" etc. Now, so far as any threats or efforts at bluff contained in the article is concerned, they are as "sounding brass and tinkling cymbal" and deserve no consideration whatever. If the Advertiser has any rights that have been violated, of if that journal has suffered any pecuniary loss owing to the "utter disregard of duty" on the part of the clerk it is most respectfully suggested that the Police Jury, and the courts, if necessary, provides ample recourse in the premises. The Advertiser should not sleep upon its rights.
A smile of incredulity involuntarily passes over one's countenance as the able editorial repertoire proceeds to unburden its aggrieved spirit in the following pathetic language: "We are really shocked that so utterly conscientious a person, should allow his personal liking to override his plain official duty." This is truly the hardest hit of all. Shocked ! yes, shocked ! The peculiarly sensitive temperament of the journal is admitted, and it must be confessed by the "conscientious" secretary that he had no intention whatever to disturb the evenly balanced complacency or composure as the case may be, of the worthy organ. Everybody knows from the experience of recent events in this parish and town that the Advertiser has been shrewdly conducted with an eye single to "business," and when such sentimental gush is expressed it must be certainly be taken with a grain of salt. But this self-sacrificing public servant very artfully tunes "fiddle" and plays "jig" the keynote of which is the popular chord. In truth the entire matter is narrowed down to a matter of personal pique, as between The Advertiser and The Gazette. But inasmuch as this article might drift into quite an extended discussion of the issues involved, without interest or benefit to the general public, the writer deems it proper to conclude the entire matter, by making a statement of the facts, in the case, in order to correct any misapprehension which might exist as to any injustice or hardship alleged to have been perpetrated upon The Advertiser. Had these facts been stated by that journal no reply would have been necessary to the criticism under discussion. The Police Jury meets on Monday, and adjourns at a late hour, the secretary being detained in the office very often until after dark. As a general rule, owing to fatigue, work in preparing the minutes, arranging accounts, etc., is deferred until Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning "copy" is furnished the official journal without fail, which any fair-minded person will readily concede gives ample time for publication on the subsequent Saturday. However, on the occasion referred to the secretary completed the minutes by Tuesday noon, and personal convenience and not personal preference, allowed The Gazette the "copy" for that afternoon. This done that both journals might be accommodated, without prejudice, or that any inconvenience might result to any party interested. It may be necessary here to explain that The Gazette, or any other journal for that matter, has the privilege of examining the official record and taking therefrom a copy of the Police Jury proceedings. This would very often prove disagreeable and exceedingly inconvenient to the clerk, who is responsible for the safekeeping of the parochial archives. The contention of The Advertiser that it has preference by reason of a contract to print the official proceedings is not conceded and that there was any unusual "delay" in the transmission of the proceedings is emphatically denied, as the "copy" was placed in the hands of the editor at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning by the secretary and what is further the editor lost page 2 of the copy and requested and obtained from the secretary a duplicate thereof. If the official journal receives a copy of the proceedings on Wednesday morning, as has been the ease all along during the present management of The Advertiser and for that matter a practice followed by the secretary since his installation in 1888, there certainly can be no valid grounds for complaint. The contention of The Advertiser to be served first is extremely puerile and animated by personal pique as is evidenced from the fact that the complaint is based upon no other ground than that of precedence.
The proceedings will be given whenever practicable on Wednesday morning, and while The Advertiser will be accorded fair and honorable treatment so far as lies in the power of the secretary, yet in justice to all an impartial attitude will be maintained as to the conflicting interests of the respective journals. The Gazette is entitled to and shall certainly receive due consideration in its efforts to advance the general interests of the community. No doubt The Advertiser will graciously accord the secretary some little latitude in the matter of personal convenience as long as it comports with a fair and reasonable allowance of time for publication of the official proceedings.
R. C. GREIG.
Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
Col. Nicholson's Lecture.
The lecture of Prof. Nicholson, illustrated by stereopticon views, was delivered to a small but appreciative audience at the court house last Tuesday night. The speaker was introduced by Julian Mouton Esq., President of the Board of School Directors, and the Professor then addressed the audience, demonstrating the character and scope of the A. & M. University at Baton Rouge. During the lecture views of the buildings, grounds, class rooms, mess halls, bedrooms, workshops, laboratories, officers and cadets, striking pictures of artillery manoeuvres, concluding the series with pictures of extinct animals, describing each scene to the evident interest of his hearers. We have heard only expressions of pleasure in regard to the lecture, and it was both interesting and instructive. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
Southern Pacific Layoffs.
The Southern Pacific Railroad has laid off, within the past few days, all their carpenter gangs, at this point, and several of the crews. It is an unusual thing to lay off any one at this time of the year, and the boys are unaware whether there being laid off is due to the financial crisis. However, as the crops will soon be moving, it is to be hoped that they will all be re-employed soon. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
Mock Court-Trial in St. Martinville.
Something unique in the way of an entertainment will be given on the 5th of September next in St. Martinsville. It is a mock trial wherein all the court officers are ladies, and is intended as a satire on Woman's Rights. The performance will take place at the court house, will take place at the court house, and will be in "strict compliance with the rigid rules of court procedure." It will be a novelty well worth seeing. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
Hoe Cake Soap Coming to Laf. !
G. R. Wilson, of Houston, Texas, representing the old firm of P. C. Tomson & Co., Philadelphia, Penn., has been in our city selling the famous Hoe Cake Soap. A laundry soap that softens hard water, and washes the clothes whiter, cleaner and in one-third the time required when using yellow soaps. It is said to please every one. Give Hoe Cake a trial and you will use no other laundry soap. Call on your grocer for it. The merchants we understand will have it on sale in twenty days. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
Repaired Then Swiped.
One J. M. Pipes, a pocket edition of the lamented Ordway, left Breaux Bridge in a somewhat mysterious manner, says the Valley of the Teche. Pipes is a jeweler and departed taking with him some watches etc., belonging to some of the town people, which had been left with him for repairs. The paper don't say whether he carried away a Colt revolver borrowed from a "friend."
Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
Duson Church Goers Robbed.
Protracted meetings began last Sunday night at Bethel school house and while divine services were going on some petty thieves were in their work outside, by stealing and such other things as they could carry away, and not content with this they added general cussedness by cutting harness, and some ladies who had come alone were compelled to borrow some rope to patch their harness in order to get home. These rascals should be ferreted out and brought to justice. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
Visiting His Sister in Lafayette.
Mr. B. J. Collins, of Algiers, brother of Mrs. W. E. Bowen, is in Lafayette. Mr. Collins is a marine engineer on the Macheca line, plying between New Orleans and Central American ports. Some two weeks ago his ship was reported lost, and he had been given up as dead, consequently his safe return spread joy and gladdened the hearts of his relatives and many friends in Algiers and Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/19/1893.
Jno. O. Mouton is repairing the plank walk in front of his saloon.
Mrs. Homer Bailey will re-open her school the 4th of September next.
Miss Estelle Gerac returned Wednesday after spending several weeks in Galveston.
We have had complaints about the bad condition of the public roads coming from Royville, Scott and Breaux Bridge.
The high officials of the Southern Pacific are on an investigating tour, and stopped at Lafayette Friday, and no doubt found everything in tiptop condition.
From the Gazette's Carencro Correspondent - The negroes of this section are undoubtedly the best behaved of their race to be found anywhere; civil, honest, and obedient; and the white people seldom find cause for complaint.
Last Sunday a nine from this town met the boys of Isle Pilette in game of base ball and suffered defeat by a score of 5 to 1. A return game will be played here to-morrow.
Mr. Cantine, who is putting up Mr. Vigneaux's wind mill, expects to be ready to pump on Sunday. The well is one of the finest we have ever seen.
That splendid master carpenter, Fred Mouton, can wear a feather in his cap, for having put up for Mr. P. B. Roy one of the neatest residence buildings in the town of Lafayette.
Dan DeBlanc, the affable railroad agent in St. Martinville was in Lafayette Saturday to consult Fred Mouton on estimates for a contemplated building of a residence in his town. While in town Dan gave The Gazette a call.
Bishop Durier, of Natchitoches, Father Langlois, of St. Martinsville, and Father Forge, of this town, left Thursday afternoon for San Francisco. They will visit Chicago and other cities during their trip. Lafayette Advertiser 8/19/1893.
lagniappe: From Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
From Our Regular Correspondent.
Miss Blanche Menier is spending a while with her aunt, Madame D. Micaud.
Mr. Thomas Elliot, of New Orleans, was a visitor in our town last week.
Sugar cane $4.25 per ton f. o. b., which means about $85 per acre. Cotton 7 1/4 c. per pound f. o. b., which means about $35 per acre. Can there be any question which is the most profitable crop? The difference almost pays the value of the land on which the crop is raised.
Track laying on the Teche Railroad has commenced.
A shanty situated near the depot, and occupied by negroes was struck by lightning on the 11th destroying the chimney and damaging the gable end of the building.
Mr. H. C. Lindlow and son returned to New Orleans last Saturday after spending a few days with the family of Mr. L. G. Stelly.
Cotton picking is actively underway.
Mrs. Charlotte Martin nee Mouton, the wife of one of our leading planters, Mr. Horace Martin, died at her residence on Saturday, August 13, at 6 p. m. Mrs. Martin was daughter of Gen'l Alfred Mouton ; she possessed a most lovable disposition, and was sincerely admired by a large circle of relatives and friends for her many womanly and noble qualities. To these friends and relatives The Gazette extends its sympathy in their sorrow. The interment took place in Carencro last Sunday.
Rev. Father Laforest has announced his intention of opening two parochial schools, one for boys and one for girls, on Sept. 4th.
Dr. Guilbeau, of Breaux Bridge, was the guest of our worthy citizen, Mr. A. C. Guilbeau, last week.
Father Moise, of Washington, La., and Father Forge were visitors at Father Laforest's, last Saturday.
The statement of the People's State bank of Lafayette issued August 1, shows that institution to be in a solid condition.
J. Blum went on a business trip to Opelousas last Sunday.
The negroes of this section are undoubtedly the best behaved of their race to be found anywhere; civil, honest, and obedient; and the white people seldom find cause for complaint.
Adam Sonnier and Francois Arceneaux have returned home from their visit to Blue Bayou on the Watkins Railroad where they passed several weeks in hunting and fishing. They report having had a glorious time.
(Signed) TOTIDEM VERBIS.
Lafayette Gazette 8/19/1893.
Historic Battle Ground.
The historic battle grounds which have recently received a new baptism of blood - a red rain which will fatten them for future harvests - have long been famous in the annals of continental conflicts. Those who, at the first news of the declaration of war by France, calculated so confidently on the immediate passage of the Rhine by Napoleon, his rapid march into the interior of Germany, and his probable arrival at Berlin in the course of a few days, calculated without their host, and were evidently not familiar with the topographical (unreadable word) of the two countries pitted against each other, their respective military situations and the history of their previous conflicts. We, on the contrary, held to the opinion that the scene of the first passage at arms would be, as it has been in the Rhenish Provinces. These Provinces are classic grounds in the military history of Europe. Theirs is the soil moved over by great armies in their deadly conflicts; a soil which has drunk more of human blood than any portion of the civilized world in modern times. It has been red with the gore, marked by the horrors, and scarred by the desolation of contending armies to an extent almost beyond parallel. The thirty years war, the war of succession, the seven years war, and innumerable other wars between the Gallic, Teutonic and Saxon races, which have contributed so many dark chapters to modern history, met with many of their successes and reverses on this same classic soil. Now, to the destructive power of former wars, added new implements of human vengeance, devised by modern ingenuity, and an embittered national animosity, which has been fostered for many years, which must add to the severity of the contest.
Napoleon's real reasons for the war were two-fold. First, he wished to give his son a new claim to the throne of France by adding to the glory and the territory of the empire, an achievement which he confidently thought was not only feasible but easy; and second, he wished to humiliate an ambitious neighbor, who held strategic positions on the Rhine, which he coveted. He thought that the chances were altogether in his favor; that his weapons were far superior to those of the enemy, and that the name he bore was in itself a host which would bring about him all the triumphs of ambition. But the German people have too great a love for the Rhine to part with it even for the grand Napoleonic purpose of rectifying the French frontier. As Allison in his history of European combats observes:
"The vast amphitheatre of the central Alps, from the snows of which that noble stream takes its rise; the sublime cataract by which it descends into the plains of Germany; the ancient and peopled cities which lie along its banks; the romantic regions through whose precipices it afterwards flows; the feudal remains by which the summits are crowned; the interesting legends of the olden time with which they are connected; the vineyards which nestle in the sunny nooks; the topaz blaze of the cliffs on which the (unreadable word) ruins are placed - have long sunk into the heart of this imaginative people, and, united to the thrilling music of Haydn, have touched the utmost chords of the German soul. They connected it, in an especial manner, with the idea of Germany as a whole; it was their great frontier stream; it recalled the days of their emperors and independence; it had become, as it were, the emblem of the Fatherland."
Being thus inseparably connected with her greatness and power, Germany, without the Rhine, would be a body without a soul. But the Teutonic idea has long been, that Germany is entitled to the Rhine, not simply as a boundary, but as a territorial artery. This is shown by an addition made to one of the German national songs so far back as 1813; which may be translated prosaically thus:
"The Rhine shall no longer be our boundary; It is the great artery of the State,
And it shall flow through the heart of our Empire."
Original Source Unknown - In the Lafayette Advertiser 8/20/1870.