From the Lafayette Gazette of August 20th, 1898:
The patriotic school children of America propose to pay a most beautiful tribute to Lafayette, the French hero who crossed the sea and helped our forefathers to gain their liberty. It is announced that President McKinley will issue a proclamation designating a date, presumably Oct. 19, as "Lafayette Day" for general observance in every school in the United States, and a move will be made to raise $250,000 to purchase a monument to mark the grave of America's great friend. It is proposed to unveil the monument at the Paris exposition on the Fourth of July, 1900.
Lafayette Gazette 8/20/1898.
A BUSY SEASON.
The Gazette may take an optimistic view of the dim and misty future, but it can not fail to think that the approaching season will be one of the busiest in the history of Lafayette.
Every indication points to a prosperous season and unless we are greatly mistaken our business men will have every reason to be satisfied when the time will arrive to count the profits and losses of the next business season.
For years we have suffered in a commercial way from the lack of a cotton market. Almost any little town on the Southern Pacific road offered superior advantages to the cotton farmers and the consequence was that a comparatively small amount of cotton was shipped from this place. Buyers visited the different gins to buy cotton and in many instances the cotton was shipped through some of the neighboring towns. This, it is clear, did no good to our local trade.
This year it will be different. The building of the compress insures to the cotton seller a live, reliable market, where the very highest prices will always be obtainable. We understand that the compress company guarantees to pay one dollar more per bale for cotton sold in Lafayette then when purchased elsewhere. This dollar the company saves on transportation and it will go on to the farmer. This inducement, we are sure, will be readily recognized and taken advantage of. Aside from the good resulting from the establishment of a market the compress has brought to Lafayette a large number of people who will live in our town. Already several houses have been rented for the families of the men engaged in this business and the registries of our hotels contain a number of the names of gentlemen in the employ of the company.
Not only have we first class cotton market, but the cane-grower will find a purchaser for his wares. S. Gumbel & Co., are now engaged in building right at our doors one of the largest refineries in the State, and all who have cane for sale will not find it necessary to ship to distant points. The fact that the company operating the refinery will raise no cane, but instead will buy all the cane it needs, should be a source of much satisfaction to our people. Large sugar plantations on the Teche and Mississippi raise the cane necessary to run their mills, have their plantation stores and do very little good to the neighboring towns. Not so with the Gumbel refinery. The money, or at least a portion of the money, paid to laborers is sure to find its way to our town, and the same can be said of the money paid for cane hauled to the refinery by the farmers.
It is only reasonable to expect that these two new industries will give a decided advantage to the local trade over that of previous years. The building of several business houses, the establishment of a new bank, the appreciation of the value of town property and a number of straws which show which way the wind of prosperity is blowing, are unmistakable evidences that the people of Lafayette - and we believe they are right.
Lafayette Gazette 8/20/1898.
Will Soon Be Home. - Among the volunteers to be mustered out of service are included the three batteries of light artillery now at the Jackson Barracks near New Orleans. Therefore it is safe to say that the Lafayette boys, who enlisted with the Donaldsonville Cannoneers, will be home shortly, probably before the 1st of next month. The boys will doubtless be glad to return home. Lafayette Gazette 8/20/1898.
At the Jail. - Seventeen prisoners are now in the parish jail. Among them are only two white men, all others being of African extraction. The next session of the criminal court will convene on the 1st Monday of next month when the jail will doubtless be relieved of its boarders. Since a hydrant has been procured for the use of the jail it is possible to supply all the cells with a sufficient quantity of pure water and ablutionary exercises is now one of the luxuries of prison life not formerly enjoyed by the prisoners. With plenty of water and the electric lights which have been placed in the corridor of the jail the only thing needed is some method of the refuse. Lafayette Gazette 8/20/1898.
Road to Scott.Thanks to the energy of Mr. Alcide Judice, and the assistance of public spirited citizens, the road to Scott will be put in a good condition. Mr. Biossat has succeeded in collecting $50 from citizens of this town, which will be used to partially defray the expenses. Laf. Gazette 8/20/1898.
A Man Dies on the Train.
A body of a man was brought to Lafayette on the east-bound passenger train yesterday morning and turned over to the local authorities. The man died on the train, it is believed, between Rayne and this place. When the body was searched it was learned from papers that his name was pretended to be James Berna and that he had been working as a section hand at Welsh. Letters found on him gave the information that he was traveling under an assumed name and that he had been a fugitive from justice. The letters were written at North Warren, Pa., by his mother, sister and brother who made pathetic appeals to him to return home stating that all had been fixed and he would not be molested by the officers. His real name was Slaven as was inferred from the fact that his brother signed "J. F. Slaven." The man was apparently about 35 years of age. He was buried in Potter's field by the town.
Lafayette Gazette 8/20/1898.
Burglars at Work. - One of Bennet's houses was broken into by burglars Thursday night between 12 and 1 0'clock. They were discovered just in the act of walking out of the house with a bundle of clothes. Two shots were fired at them, but it is not known if any of them was at his home sleeping, was on the scene immediately after the shooting, but the culprits were already out of sight. The sheriff worked the balance of the night trying to catch the thieves. He raided a box-car near the oil house and pulled four negroes who were sleeping there. One of them was subsequently identified as one of the thieves by one of the inmates of the house which was burglarized.
Lafayette Gazette 8/20/1898.
An Ideal Place. - Judge Julian Mouton, who returned a few days ago from High Island, Texas, speaks in most complimentary terms of that new summer resort which is fast growing in public favor. The hotel, which is under the efficient management of Col. and Mrs. Geo. M. Robertson, is all that can be desired. The fare is splendid, the service is excellent and the rates are such as to suit the pocket of the man with moderate means. The surf bathing can not be excelled and everything else at High Island is calculated to make this the ideal place for health and pleasure seekers. Laf. Gazette 8/20/1898.
Lafayette News Notes (Gazette) 8/20/1898.
Miss Maude Boas will open a private school on Monday, Sept. 5th, in the house next to the Presbyterian church. After school hours she will give lessons in vocal and instrumental music and at residence of desired.
Mr. Crow Girard's law office has been hauled to the lot in the rear of Clegg's drugstore to make room for the new bank building which will be a two-story brick structure.
With the new bank, Begnaud's two-story building and a new coat of paint on the court-house the square will be decidedly in the swim this fall. That portion of town is not dead by any means.
The road running from the refinery to Beausejour Spring has been repaired in a manner that reflects no little credit upon those who did the work. We understand that the thanks of the traveling public are due to Messrs. C. A. Mouton, J. D. Mouton, A. Cayard, W. V. Nicholson, Singleton and Landry for this road.
Romain Francez, the civil engineer from Carencro, visited Lafayette Wednesday.
Felix Salles, of the firm of Mouton & Salles, left last Sunday for New Orleans.
H. Vandercruyssen, editor of the Advertiser, visited his cotton farm near Breaux Bridge, this Thursday.
Professor W. A. LeRosen, who will be principal of the Lafayette High School, will be here on the 1st of September. The school will open on the 5th.
Lieut. James A. Moss wired his father that he arrived at Montauk, N. Y., last Thursday afternoon.
Judge Julian Mouton and family and Miss Marie Mouton returned home Thursday morning after spending some time at High Island and Galveston, Texas.
Lafayette Gazette 8/20/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 20, 1898:
With this number THE ADVERTISER enters its thirty-fourth year.
Its existence so far has been varied and a number of generations have melted away during its life.
As in the past, THE ADVERTISER will in the future be the guardians of the interests of the community, without fear, seeking no favor.
It will try to be a newsy sheet giving all the happenings of its immediate neighborhood.
If our friends help us financially and otherwise, the thirty-fourth year of THE ADVERTISER will reach a still higher standard in the newspaperdom.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/20/1898.
A Petition. - The following petition, addressed to the incoming postmaster, Paul Demanade, has received the endorsement of a large number of persons:
The undersigned residents and property-holders of Lafayette respectfully submit for your consideration the following valid reasons for making no change in the location of the post office:
(1) The present location is about the center of the population and the business portion of the town.
(2) Being on the principal thoroughfare it is easy and convenient of access to a large majority of the people.
(3) The present location is so well know that any change would be a disadvantage to the public.
For these reasons, and knowing your desire to satisfy the convenience and wishes of the public as postmaster, we request that no change be made in the location of the post office.
It is not known what may be the intentions of the new post master with regard to the location of the post-office under his regime, but it is certain that it is impossible to improve on the present location from the standpoint of the greatest convenience to the greatest number of the patrons of the office.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/20/1898.
Musical at Falk's. - A musical concert, interspersed with drills and recitations, will be given by the ladies of the Episcopal Church guild on Saturday, the 27th instant, at Falk's Opera House. An enjoyable programme is being arranged for the occasion. The doors will be open at 8 p. m. and the curtain will rise a half hour later. There will be no reserved seats, but a general admission fee of 25 cents will be charged. After the entertainment ice cream, cakes and other light refreshments will be served. The proceeds will be a contribution to the Episcopal Church building fund, and all friends of the cause are invited to lend their assistance. Lafayette Advertiser 8/20/1898.
Escaping Scott. - Whilst Scott shall have reason to regret the loss, by change of residence of one of her best and and most progressive citizen, Mr. Simeon Begnaud, certainly the town of Lafayette may well congratulate itself upon this addition of another honored name to her already long list of distinguished citizens. Mr. Begnaud, having lately acquired by purchase the corner property now occupied by Mr. A. Peck, will soon begin erection thereon of a modern two-story building, intended as Bachelor Hall got himself, combined with business. Though he goes, we know our old friend will ever look back to Scott for the sake of o'auld lang-syne. Lafayette Advertiser 8/20/1898.
Mishaps. - Last Monday, the horse of Mr. J. Vigneaux ran away and in turning the corner of the street opposite Caillouet's Drug Store threw him down, suffering no serious injury.
Mrs. Louise Lacoste, her child, and Miss Nita Martin were taking a buggy ride, a few days ago, enjoying the cool breezes of the evening, when one of the hind wheels of the buggy got out of order and the occupants took a fall upon the street. Fortunately the horse was gentle. Lafayette Advertiser 8/20/1898.
The Old Mossback Mower.
To the Lafayette Gazette:
Does our honorable Council expect by going back to the old mossback days to reconvert these old mowers into ditch, sidewalk and street cleaners?
Do they think they can teach these herds of cows, horses and mules to eat the old, dead, dry weeds and grass in the ditches, streets and sidewalks, instead of the nice, tender, young grass to be found everywhere, to say nothing about the fine fields of corn, oats, peas and cane lying open on every side of them? If they can, I have no doubt they will think it a very wise stroke of economy, and the councilmen who voted for it should be presented with leather medals having their names inscribed in full on each side; for there is no doubt the people of Lafayette will feel proud of them.
Strangers, when they come into town stop and look and wonder if this is the city of Lafayette of which they have read so much as regards its spirit of enterprise and goaheadiveness. The old mossbacks, as they walk through the streets, take off their hats and bow, glad to see so many of their old acquaintances roaming at large up and down the streets and sidewalks, while the officers walk with their hands in their pockets and dare not touch them.
You will hear old Mossy muttering to himself, "I told you so." I told you that proud Lafayette would have to come down and back to old times again.
Some of our Council, the proposers and introducers of this old time mower, can be seen on the streets every day watching the good work and rapid progress made by this machine in cleaning up our streets and sidewalks within the past four or five weeks that it has to be used as a "political voting machine" at our next municipal election.
What is the matter with our local press? It is as silent as the grave on this very important question. Is it possible that its members intend to be candidates for municipal honors at our next election, or are they waiting to see which way the cat is going jump? I can't think so. I think an important question like this should be thoroughly discussed through the press so that every person would intelligently understand it. We would like to know if we have any stock law or not. The first man we asked said: "No! the stock law had been repealed and the stock is running at large all over the town." The next man we asked said: "Yes, we have a good stock law, but no one can be found who is willing to enforce it."
The next man says: "Yes; we have a stock law, but the Council has suspended it for three months until the field crops and gardens are gone."
What a supreme, legislative act! They certainly should be promoted.
Laf. Gazette 8/20/1898