Can Fearful Vengeance Be Stopped?
The thrill of horror which has run through the country at the news from Wilmington, Del., of the fearful vengeance wreaked by a mob upon a negro fiend has tended to blind us to the awful enormity of the crime - the most terrible known to humanity in its utmost degradation. That an innocent young girl should be first dishonored and then mercilessly butchered by a satiated brute, whose mere touch in familiarity the instinct of ages has taught her to consider a pollution, rouses the masses to a feeling of frenzy. Every circumstance of the criminal's brutishness, his strength, the baseness of his motive, his groveling cowardice, the infinite pitilessness and hopelessness of the fate of the victim - pleads for speedy and stern retribution. Beneath the veneer of civilization man is still a savage, and the old Babylonian and Hebrew idea of a tooth for a tooth, an eye for an eye, appeals to him, while reason says that no expiation which the criminal can suffer can equal the pangs inflicted on the victim. Our history from the rude times of pioneer and frontier life has made the idea of "lynch law" - phrase of grim irony - familiar, and, regret it as we may, when such enormities are perpetrated, this idea springs at once to the mind of the primitive man just under the surface of our ordinarily law abiding citizen. The primitive men, Celts or Teutons, from whom our people are descended, were generous in their virtues and their vices, and the brutal aberrations of their descendants are not altogether ignoble. Deep down in our hearts some instinct pleads in palliation of the acts of a mob who lynch a criminal of this base type, and combats the horror which we feel at their more than savage cruelty. But when we sit calmly to reason of the thing and its consequences, we all admit that lynch law is wholly bad and pernicious. It weakens our respect for all law, that sentiment, yet so imperfect in us all, whose gradual advance through ages of successive ebb and flow has made possible the great world states of to-day and our boasted civilization. We cannot hope to crush out such outbreaks in an instant, but public sentiment and all legislation should be directed to that end, and we may hope that future ages will see their utter extirpation when the crimes whence lynch law draws its life shall become rarer than they are among half savage elements of our population. We may realize upon what a delicate adjustment of social forces these outbreaks depend, when we consider that the acts and utterances of one man prominent in official life may stir up sentiments leading to an orgy of lawlessness in various parts of the country.
Bacon has contributed no profounder truth or grander sentiment to human thought than when he said, "The duties of life are more than life." Whether he knew it or not, upon that maxim the sheriff of Evansville, Ind., acted in repelling the mob who were seeking the life of the negro murderer in his custody. That thought, acted upon with calm bravery by the officers of the law, will effect much in lessening the occurrence of lynchings. Until the day of its final extinction shall come, here is one help in minimizing the evil : the selection of the right man for the office of sheriff, not the smooth politician, but the man who regards the duties of his office which he as sworn to perform - as more than his life. How much one man can do who does both act and know the history of a few brave sheriffs in Alabama, in Indiana, and elsewhere has taught us.
But with our present standard of duty by sheriffs and sworn officers of the law, the evil of lynching seems increasing, not becoming less - life is of more value than the duties of life to these men. A dissenting opinion by the chief justice of North Carolina in a recent case, State vs. Cole, 44 S. E. Rep. 391, examines the growth of lynching in a way interesting and suggestive if, it must be confessed, somewhat irrelevant to the legal question before the court. "There is nothing that is more subversive of good government," says Chief Justice Clark, "than lynching, yet more men have been executed in this mode in North Carolina in the last fourteen years than by lawful process, and some years twice as many, as appears by the reports of the attorney general. The last message of the governor of the state reports eight executed by lynch law in the last two years, of whom three only were lynched for rape, and in the same period only five were executed by the sheriff for all offenses." This increase of lynching the chief justice traces to the feeling of the people that flagrant crimes should receive sure and swift capital punishment, and a distrust of the criminal law and an administration of the criminal law which in the past twelve years has seen the number or murders in the state doubled, while manslaughter has increased fourfold and other crimes seventy per cent. "In a trial for any capital offense, apart from other reasons, the mode of trial prescribed by the legislation of itself renders a conviction for murder in the first degree almost an impossibility [in North Carolina] except in cases of sheer poisoning or lying in wait, if the prisoner is able to obtain able and skillful counsel." For, in an effort to mitigate the barbarism of the common law, the legislature has gone on giving greater and greater advantages to the defendant, until now he has twenty-three peremptory challenges, while the state has but four. "Our statute law says murder shall be punished with death. In practice, in this state and some others, the punishment is ordinarily a fine paid by the accused to his counsel as a fee, and a far heavier find paid by the law abiding people for the costs of the useless trial." It is "useless to denounce lynchings, by statute or otherwise, in any locality where men in any considerable number believe that in no other way than by fear of lynching can grave crimes be prevented, and that the fear of punishment by law is too vague and indefinite to deter men from the commission of capital offenses. The ever increasing tide of crime should be repressed in an orderly and legal way, by the administration of the law by the courts, and resort to any other mode is evil, and evil only." Thus the practical abolition of capital punishment in communities where popular sentiment regards it as essential to repress crime is one cause which fosters lynchings.
Another cause is the delay in bringing to trial and punishment the perpetrators of flagrant offenses. The famous twenty-ninth chapter of Magna Carta shows that seven centuries ago our rude forefathers ranked a tardy administration of justice with its denial or its maladministration. Conditions have not altogether changed, and instances in recent years have illustrated that a confidence that the courts would deal out swift punishment to the guilty is a strong deterrent to the feeling which makes for lynchings. To create a strong impression upon them the minds of the people require that cause and effect should be in close relation, and while a crime is yet fresh in memory the punishment of the guilty should follow, if it is to have its greatest effect as a warning to other wrongdoers, and as an illustration of abstract justice.
The tendency to resort to lynching may be partially met by a stern and swift enforcement of the law, and by special legislation directed against this evil, such as the statutes which exist in some states rendering the community or the sheriff liable in damages in cases of lynching. All these remedies deserve trial, and each will contribute its quota to render lynchings less numerous. As to the lynching of negroes, one thing is more important than all others. Can moral instruction be so diffused in this race that its bestial members may be taught to shun that crime of crimes before whose perpetration all common sentiments of order and humanity are lost in feelings of outrage and desire for vengeance? We frequently hear it said that rape is a crime for which negroes are lynched in the south, and the suggestion tossed contemptuously aside when bare murders or lesser offenses are revenged in the same way. Yet this is the crime for which lynching originated and in certain sections is lauded. Only the lessened respect for the legal administration of justice caused by the lynching of ravishers leads to lynching for other offenses, and it is probably true that if all semblance of justification for lynching were wiped out by the stopping of unnatural rapes, lynching would cease. Now when so many offenses of this kind are being reported, it is significant to find in a paper of the Pacific coast, the Portland Oregonian, these editorial utterances: "There is one remedy for lynching that is little discussed, but which would prove effective, and that is for these negro ravishers to let white women and girls alone. If they will stop this one crime, justice will be permitted to take its measured way with their other offenses. This it is which sets every woman in the country against them, and is rapidly losing for them the sympathy and forbearance of erstwhile denunciators of the lynching-bee. The negro can stop lynching to-morrow. Let him let white girls alone... It is the only way. We have heard enough of pleas for the poor negro burnt at the stake. Let us hear something now for these helpless children, in virgin innocence and the beautiful freshness of youth, in whose thoughts nothing ever came but prayer that God would bless 'all the world' who are condemned to a fate infinitely worse than death by one whom they have never wronged. Lynch law is irregular and burning is unnatural, but neither is more irregular and unnatural than the crime avenged." Here a thought arises. Rape is not a capital crime in many States, but popular sentiment in cases where it is unprovoked approves of the death penalty for it. A law which punishes rape with a mere term of imprisonment is an invitation to lynch the vile perpetrator of this offense.
Back of this whole question lowers the dark cloud of race hatred, and we have been surprised to observe some respectable papers, such as the New York Law Journal, expressing satisfaction that the negroes are arming to resist lynchings. So far as lynching is concerned, the wrong is not directed against the negro race, but against individuals who are a loathly disgrace to any race. Why should the respectable part of the negroes band together as a race to defend these creatures? Such action is not demanded by racial self-respect, and its adoption by the ignorant people to whom the advice is addressed would lead to miseries untold which would fall with far heavier hand on them than on whites. Speaking generally, negroes are ignorant, excitable, not schooled to think or deliberate, without high ambition or standards of life. Like all people of such a type, they are easily carried away by feeling and emotion, as is amply illustrated by their religion. These are people whom some thoughtless, if well-meaning, persons are advising to arm to resist lynchings threatened against criminal fiends. What must be the result? Meetings or speechmakings among the negroes, the excitement of feeling which in their untrained minds will become indiscriminate race hatred, collisions with whites, bloodshed, - and then, as surely night follows day, stern vengeance on the negro and a period of real persecution for him. No advice more fraught with evil consequences to both races, more absolutely suicidal to the negro, could be given. Every well-informed person who has the negro's well-being at heart must lament such pernicious and irresponsible suggestions.
Lafayette Gazette 8/22/1903.
Saves Compress From Destruction by Fire.
Last Monday about 2 p. m. the boiler house of the Compress was discovered to be on fire, and the alarm was quickly sounded by the Southern Pacific yard engine. A fire is believed to have originated from a small blaze which had been previously used for heating purposes. The fire did not have a chance to spread on account of the quick work done, and in less than twenty-five minutes the fire was under complete control, and was extinguished before any great damage was done.
The prompt and effective work done by the Compress people shows that they are well equipped to protect themselves against fire. Manager Coronna has manifested his appreciation of the assistance of the Lafayette Fire Department by a gift of $10. The department responded very promptly and valuable service.
The loss amounted to less than $125, which was covered by insurance.
Lafayette Gazette 8/22/1903.
To Hold a Meeting at the Court-house Tuesday.
At the request of Messrs. Jean Begnaud, P. L. DeClouet, J. O. Girouard, M. Brasseaux, Albert Guidry and R. H. Broussard, members of the Parish Democratic Chairman John Hahn has called a meeting of that body to be held to-day. The other members of the committee are Messrs. Elias Spell, John Whittington and Dr. R. O. Young.
The purpose of the meeting has not been stated, and we do not know what questions will come up before the committee. It is said that that the adherents of the Lacoste-Voorhies ticket are anxious to have an early primary. Lafayette Gazette 8/22/1903.
Baseball at Broussard.
A good game of baseball was played at Broussard last Sunday, in which the local team, the Seniors, defeated the Primeaux Grays, and some are wondering why the latter were permitted to score at all. The score stood 26 to 5 in favor of the Seniors. The batteries were: Broussard - C. Sorrel and P. Girouard. Primeaux - Gabalus and Delahoussaye.
Sunday, Aug. 23, the Seniors will play with the Star Team which is full of knack and vim.
The Seniors have recently organized with the best players in Southwest Louisiana and they expect to lead in a series of games. They would like to hear from the teams in neighboring towns. Lafayette Gazette 8/22/1903.
NEW INSTITUTE CATALOUGUE.
The Gazette has received the catalogue published for the approaching session of the Louisiana Industrial Institute. The faculty will be the same as last session, except in the department of drawing and music and and the classes of Latin and mathematics. Prof. Sontag will teach music instead of Miss Montgomery. The vacancies cause by the resignations of Prof. Smith and Miss Huger will be tilled in time for the opening. The members of the faculty who remain with the institute are ; V. L. Roy, Ashby Woodson, Lionel W. Moyer, Miss Gertrude Mayfield, Miss Edith Dupre, Miss Hugh D. McLaurin, J. W. S. Lillibridge, Mrs. Elizabeth F. Baker. Lafayette Gazette 8/22/1903.
We are informed that partisans of the Lacoste-Voorhies ticket have circulated petitions among the people of the parish, asking that the executive committee, which meets here today, order a primary election in which all registered voters, regardless of the poll tax qualification, be allowed to participate. The question will probably come up at the meeting to-day for discussion. Lafayette Gazette 8/22/1903.
NEW CANAL PROJECT.
Scheme to Irrigate Rice Fields of Acadia.
[From the Crowley Signal.]
Mr. C. S. Babin, a civil engineer of Lafayette, La., has been exhibiting to people interested in irrigation in this vicinity plans for an irrigation canal to supply Lafayette, Acadia and Calcasieu parishes with water for irrigation purposes from the Atchafalaya river.
Engineer Babin's plan contemplates the construction of a dredged canal connecting Atchafalaya with the Teche, a distance of about eight miles. It is proposed to tap the Atchafalaya at a point a little northeast of Breaux Bridge and connect with the Teche at the bend east of the town of Gecko. From this point the canal will follow the bed of the Teche about four miles, to a point just north of Breaux Bridge. Here the water is to be lifted into an irrigation canal. The lift will be about 12 feet. Four miles west of Breaux Bridge, at the bluff, it will have to be relifted a distance of about fifteen feet. From this point it can be carried to the Mermentau river without relift.
It is proposed to make the dredged canal between the Atchafalaya and Teche 300 feet wide and six feet deep, and the irrigation canal 250 feet wide. Engineer Babin believes the canal can also supply water to the Vermilion in sufficient quantities for the use of the rice lands dependent on that stream. Water for Acadia and Lafayette parishes will be carried across the Vermilion by a flume.
Mr. Babin has been working on his project about eighteen months and believes he has reached the solution of the irrigation problem. Lafayette Gazette 8/22/1903.
Reunion to be Held at Alexandria Next Week.
Mr. D. A. Cochrane, of the local camp of Confederate Veterans, has received the following letter, which will be read with interest by members of the Confederate societies and all other persons who desire to attend the reunion at Alexandria :
To the Confederate Veterans of the Louisiana Division :
The United Sons of Confederate Veterans, Louisiana Division, invite you to come with them to Alexandria on the 25th. We have arranged for special through (free) chair-cars, to leave here on the morning of the 25th, 6:45 a. m., via Southern Pacific railroad, due to arrive in Alexandria that evening.
We are particularly anxious to have as many of the veterans accompany us as possible, so that we may, even in this small way, endeavor to show them how anxious we are to deserve and merit their utmost confidence and esteem.
General J. B. Levert, our sponsor, and aids, as well as a large delegation of sons, will go with us, and we would appreciate the veterans honoring us in this way. Delegations of veterans who contemplate joining our party en route will kindly let me know as soon as possible how many there will be and where they will get on, so that we may have ample accomodations reserved for them. Fraternally yours, HARRY H. CLARK, Commander. TILLY S. MCCHESNEV, Division Adjutant.
Lafayette Gazette 8/22/1903.
Ready for Business.
The Merchants' Grocery Company has received several shipments of goods and will be ready for business within the next few days. The company has received a very fine delivery wagon for the local trade. Lafayette Gazette 8/22/1903.
A Fine Building.
The Rosenfield building in Lincoln avenue, is nearly completed and presents a very attractive appearance. it is possibly the finest store building in town. It is the intention of Mr. Rosenfield to begin business in his new quarters on the first of September. Lafayette Gazette 8/22/1903.
The large building of Pellerin & DeClouet will soon be completed. This firm will have one of the finest and most up-to-date furniture stores in Southwest Louisiana. Lafayette Gazette 8/22/1903.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/22/1903.
Camp Gardner, United Confederate Veterans, met at the court-house and appointed the following delegates to the Alexandria reunion: Judge Hirsch, D. A. Cochrane, Louis Breaux, Numa Breaux and Alcide Begnaud.
The Lafayette Oil and Mineral Company contracted with L. H. Keoughan for the drilling of two wells, one at Jennings and the other at Anse la Butte.
Shell Beach Fair. - Elaborate preparations have been made by Father Bollard to entertain a large crowd at Shell Beach to-morrow. The train which leaves here at 5:30 will enable passengers to board the excursion boat at New Iberia. The trip from New Iberia and return will cost 75 cents.
Prof. Ashby Woodson has returned to take his position at the Industrial School after attending the summer school at Knoxville, Tenn., and visiting relatives in Virginia.
Mrs. T. M. Biossat and daughter Inez returned from Hot Springs, Monday.
Dr. Zack Francez of Carencro, made a visit to Lafayette Sunday.
S. J. LeBlanc has taken up his former position in M. Rosenfield's store.
N. Abramson left for New York to purchase his fall and winter stock of dry goods.
Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Pellerin and children returned from Ocean Springs last Saturday.
Mrs. A. Dupre, of Opelousas, is spending a few days in town as the guest of Mrs. L. F. Salles.
J. R. Jeanmard returned from Thibodeaux, last week after spending some time with relatives.
Mrs. S. R. Parkerson returned last Saturday from Hot Springs.
It is reported that Caterpillars have made their appearance in the sixth and eighth wards of this parish. We were unable to find out if these reports are well founded, but it seems quite probable that they are authentic.
Dr. N. P. Moss and A. J. Alpha were registered guests at the St. Charles Hotel (in New Orleans) Thursday.
S. Kahn returned from New York last week, where he had gone to purchase his fall and winter goods.
Mr. C. K. Darling, of Houston, spent Sunday in town with his family who are stopping with Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Nickerson. Lafayette Gazette 8/22/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 22nd, 1896:
With this issue the Lafayette Advertiser enters on the 32nd year of its publication, the first issue being published under the able editorship of the late Wm. B. Bailey.
As in the past the Advertiser has always been known as the "people's paper" arraying itself on the side of right and battling with unswerving fidelity for the best interests of the parish, so in the future we hope with your support to be able to still continue in the front rank of journalism in the state. We thank you for your kindly interest one and all in past years, and hopes to be able to merit your esteem in the future. Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1896.
The Gazette & Hymel.
Our honorable contemporary the Gazette chooses to accuse us of being "actuated by sinister motives and blinded by partisan prejudice,"
b-(?)-e-u-c-h) with its lucid and limpid (?) (Advertiser's question mark) explanations; whereby its endeavors to bury facts under an avalanche of words and attempts to attract attention from the real cause of dissension by a malicious onslaught of our article of Aug 8th.
We said then and we repeat now that Hymel did not receive sufficient punishment for his offence.
"The mere reprimand of an officer, when the charge of "striking and beating with a club with intent to kill and murder" is placed opposite his name, shows an undue leniency on the part of the Police Board, which can only be attributed to some unexplained and possibly unexplainable cause.
Again the fact that a petition signed by thirty-four respectable and reputable citizens asking for this mans immediate release from duty should carry no weight with the investigating body remains unexplained.
Furthermore, this is not the first offence of the same kind, using undue violence toward a prisoner, this same officer has been guilty of. We admit there is little parallel between the Salomon and Hymel cases; Salomon was incarcerated and finally discharged from the force on a charge of "conspiracy to commit murder," a charge which can only be proven by a confession of some party or parties interested, this case was not pressed by the district attorney, for lack of evidence. Hymel on a charge of striking and beating a with a club with intent to kill and murder," sustained by direct evidence, is released with slight reprimand, and the minor charge of "conduct unbecoming to an officer" is given ten days.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1896.
At Falk's Hall last night "The Battle Abbey" benefit was attended by a good size audience which showed their appreciation by patronizing the refreshment tables and attending the Ball. Such a success is resultant of an amount of financial good and much will come of the efforts of the aid given such a noble cause.
Willing hands had decorated and beautified the interior of Falk's hall and deserve the praise that was justly earned. Our people always lend a willing hand to the deserving and we feel proud of our towns people to have that perseverance that characterizes success.
The home talent was well represented, and their Minstrel performance under the able management of Dr. F. E. Girard, proved to be equal to the occasion. The programme was carried out in an admirable manner.
Our musicians "Home Orchestra," distinguished itself, and Lafayette can boast of having a corps of able and talented musicians.
We recommend that our people encourage our young energetic, and willing amateurs for this tends to spread our name and hospitality to other cities and may bring at some future day returns which are bound to come by a public sentiment.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1896.
Lt. Moss Outlines Experimental Military Bicycle Corps.
It Will Be a Severe Test.
Missoula, July 11.- At Fort Missoula the men who are in the new bicycle corps are at work preparing for the hard work that is before them in the experimental work with the wheels that has been outlined for the summer. Lieutenant Moss, who is in command of getting the work in shape and will be ready for the real work about the first of next month. In the meantime, in their spare time, the men will be training for the long ride that they are to make when their field service begins. In speaking of the work to an Anaconda Standard reporter to-day, Lieutenant Moss said:
"During the past four or five years, the bicycle as a practical machine for military purposes has been attracting the attention of Military men, both in this country and abroad. In foreign armies, however, the matter has been brought to a more practical stage than in this country. As early as 1870 the bicycle was used in the Italian army. In France, Austria, Switzerland and other European countries, there are now in the armies regularly bicycle corps. Recently there have been numerous experiments made in this country both by officers of the regular army and by the National Guard. The interest in the subject has so increased that there is no doubt that in the course of the next few years every regiment in the regular army will have its bicycle corps. General Miles is an enthusiast on the subject and in the last report recommended the organization of a regiment of bicycle infantry.
"I have just completed the organization of a bicycle corps of men at the post, which will make exclusive experiments during the summer. The work will probably be continued into the fall as there is much to be done in this line and as the experiments are the most extensive that have ever been made in this section of the country and the nature of the (unreadable word) there is such that the work is purely experimental in this respect. The bicycle has never been used in such a way in the infantry as this, and it has been assumed that the wheel is not suitable to the infantry in which our operations are carried on and they will encounter terrain that is not passable to wheels. On this account this experimental work will be of deep interest to the military profession.
"The work that has been laid out includes the rapid conveying of messages from Ft. Missoula to other posts several hundred miles distant; the rapid establishment of signal stations; route sketching, scouting road patrolling and reconnaissance, and practice rides with blankets, rifles, rations and shelter tents."
The experiments outlined by Lieutenant Moss, under the existing conditions, will be a severe test of men and wheels. It is proposed to make forced rides of 70 to 90 miles a day and the men will need some training for this work. That is what the time between now and August 1 will be devoted to and by the the time that the first trial is made the men will be ready for the severe work that is before them. The wheel that has been selected for the work is the one used by Lieutenant Wise, U. S. A., in similar experimental work in the East. It is known as the Spalding wheel and is especially designed for this class of work.
From the Anaconde Standard and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1896.
To the Lafayette Advertiser:
Mr. Editor: - The Methodist Church of this place, wishing to keep abreast with the rapid improvement that is now going on in our city, have decided to pull down their old house of worship and build one up-to-date with all modern improvements. So the Ladies Aid, a society of said church, have concluded to raise the means and pay for one of the windows which will cost $50.00, to do this they will give a series of mite meetings. Their first was given last week at Dr. Hopkins' residence, and should their future mites be as successful as the first, there will be no trouble in obtaining the money for the above purpose.
Mrs. Hopkins and her daughters had arranged everything with an artistic hand, the house and the Doctor's office were both beautifully illuminated with Chinese lanterns, all conspiring to give the place the appearance of a Fairy-land. About 7:30 the guests commenced pouring in and continued to pour in until the house, gallery, office and yard were full to overflowing with young and old, each one marching up to the "mite-box" and bestowing their mite's. When the box was opened it was found to contain the handsome little sum of $11.75. The most prominent feature of the evening was music and songs, music upon the violin was most beautifully rendered by Prof. Von Hofe and Rev. Reams; upon the piano by Miss Perkins of New Orleans and little Anna Hopkins; songs by Miss Roucet of New Iberia; Miss Ida Hopkins and little Charley Tolson. The entertainment was closed by the recitation by Miss Robertha Kennedy of New Orleans, all acquitting themselves very credibly. It was the expressed opinion of all present that the entire evening was a most enjoyable one. Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1896.
THE ADVERTISER'S PHONE.
Hello! Biossat, is that you ?
Yes, Van, what can I do for you.
I see you have a new watchmaker at the bench, he seems to be kept quite busy and from all appearances understands his work, I have been wondering if it would pay you to employ him.
Well, Van, did you ever stop to think how little the first cash of most things figures in determining whether they are dear or cheap ? An article at one fourth the cost may be more expensive than another for the same purpose costing four times as much. This rule applies especially to the watchmaking business, I have employed a first-class highly recommended workman and I expect to turn out work accordingly, work that will give entire satisfaction and that will reflect credit upon my establishment and you will see that it will pay me.
Yes, T. M., under the circumstances I think it will pay you and since you generally succeed in your undertakings, I hope this one will be a success also, say, have you heard anything of the Water Works and Electric Light plant lately ?
Yes, I understand the work will start in ten or fifteen days. I've been too busy with the oil mill to attend to much else. The Oil Mill will be in full operation by October 1st, and I am happy to say our seed house is complete and we are receiving seed and paying market prices of same. Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1896.
Struck by Lightning.
On Wednesday evening at about 6 o'clock during a thunderstorm, Eloi King, a colored man working on the farm of Mr. Alex. Domingue near Scott, was struck and killed by lightning; when found he showed the works of the burns on his person, and his hat was torn to pieces. He had been at work in the cotton field and still grasping the cotton sack. Coroner Trahan held an inquest over the remains and returned a verdict in accordance with the facts. Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1896.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/22/1896.
Miss Maud Boas left for Texarkana, Ark., to spend a couple of weeks with friends and relatives before the opening the school.
If the street sprinkler would shut off the water at street crossing, it would make it much nicer for ladies to cross the street then having to pick their way through the mud.
The venerable Mr. Chas. Peck of Opelousas spent Wednesday in town with friends. Mr. Peck at the advanced age of 91 retains all his faculties and displays a wonderful memory of past events even to the happenings of his boyhood.
Mr. Willie Levy went to Lake Charles Sunday.
Miss Bessy Cornay accompanied by her brother Mr. Florian Cornay left for Patterson during the week.
Misses Louis and Lucille Revillon after spending a week with friends in St. Martinville, returned Tuesday.
Gilbert Bonin one of our bicycle sports wheeled himself to Royville and Abbeville last Sunday within twelve hours. Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1896.
50th Session at Convent.
The 50th annual session at Mont. Carmel Convent, Lafayette, La., will open September 1st. Every advantage for a sold, refined and religious education is afforded to the pupils, with the advantage that while the mind is being eminently cultivated, the heart and morals receive a very special attention. This Institution has already sent forth from its portals many accomplished young ladies fitted for any position in life, and they are now the ornament of our best and most elegant society. For terms and informations apply to the Mother Superior. Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1896.
Sunday School Convention.
The third annual convention of the Lafayette Sunday School Association will convene next Tuesday, August 25th, in the Presbyterian church.
Prominent speakers will address the convention on subjects pertinent to this most important branch of christian work. On Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock will be held a preliminary meeting at which the "Value of the Sunday School", will be ably discussed. The good people of Lafayette will spread a sumptuous picnic Tuesday at 2 o'clock p. m. in Judge Parkerson's grove for the entertainment of all delegates. Rev. Thos. F. Webb the president of the association anticipates a most successful meeting and resulting benefit to the Sunday School cause in this and adjoining parishes. The musical program, under the direction of Rev. H. W. Wallace will form an important feature of the convention. All interested in the work are cordially invited. Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1896.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 22nd, 1874:
The Democratic Meeting.
The meeting called for last Saturday brought together a very large number of citizens from every part of the Parish. It was a gratifying evidence of the vitality of the good old Democratic party. The proceedings of the meeting to be found in another column, were harmonious and expressive of sound and conservative sentiments and reflects credit upon the people of this Parish. Delegates were appointed to represent the Parish accordingly at Baton Rouge.
The good sense of our people was manifested by avoiding any question or issue which might create discord and it is to be hoped that the same prudent and wise policy will continue to prevail. It would be reckless and suicidal to raise unnecessary issues, to disturb the harmony and good feeling which should reign and endanger the cause of reform and good government. The conduct of our people last Saturday, is a happy illustration of the feasibility of a thorough union upon the vital questions of the day. If we have any differences of opinion among us, they should and certainly will be, finally determined by the Convention at Baton Rouge. Then, we will all stand on the same platform and discarding all minor and local questions, as one man, as one voice, we will rescue and save our suffering State from the fatal grasp of ignorance and corruption. Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1874.
DEMOCRATIC MASS MEETING.
HELD AT THE COURT HOUSE OF VERMILIONVILLE, PARISH OF LAFAYETTE.
Saturday, August 15th, A. D. 1874. - On motion of W. B. Bailey, Col. John R. Creighton was unanimously elected President and L. P. Revillon and F. P. Patent Secretaries.
The following resolutions offered by C. H. Mouton, Esq., and seconded by Ed. E. Mouton, Esq., were unanimously adopted:
Whereas it is the wish of the people of this parish to be united and to present a solid and compact opposition to Radical Rule in the coming election therefore
1. Be it resolved, that this parish convention endorse the address of the Democratic State Central Committee and the address of the Committee of Seventy.
2. Be it resolved, that whilst we do not contemplate interfering with the constitutional and legal rights of any one, the members of this parish convention, having confidence in the wisdom of the State Convention which is to assemble at Baton Rouge on the 24th inst., and hopeful that said Convention will adopt and present to the people of this State, a platform or political declaration of principles that will unite them in one solid and compact opposition to Radical Rule and negro supremacy.
3. Be it resolved, that on William Pitt Kellogg we look as a usurper of the State Government of Louisiana and that we do unreservedly denounce him as such, and his government as illegal, unjust and oppressive.
Be it resolved, that this convention elect five delegates to represent this parish in the State Convention to assemble at Baton Rouge on the 24th instant ; That these five delegates of as many of them as shall attend said convention shall cast the vote of this parish as a unite on all questions which may come up before said Convention, this vote to be decided by a majority of the delegates present at said Convention : That no proxy shall be received in said State Convention from any of the delegates this day appointed, except in case there be none of said delegates present in said Convention, it being the will of the members of this parish convention to be represented in said State Convention by the delegates this day appointed for that purpose or by such of them who will be present at said State Convention.
On motion of C. T. Patin, the following persons were elected by acclamation delegates were elected by acclamation delegates to the Baton Rouge Convention : Victor Martin, Gustave St. Julien, Alexandre Delhomme, C. H. Mouton and John Clegg.
On motion of E. E. Mouton, Esq., resolved, that the thanks of this meeting be tendered to the president of this meeting for the able and dignified manner with which he presided over it.
On motion of E. E. Mouton, Esq., resolved, that the thanks of this meeting be tendered to R. H. Marr, Esq., of New Orleans, Chairman of the Committee of Seventy, for his noble and disinterested conduct in defending the rights of the people of Louisiana.
On motion of E. E. Mouton, Esq., resolved : That the proceeding of this meeting be published in the New Orleans Bee and Bulletin and in the Lafayette Advertiser.
On motion of C. H. Mouton, Esq., the meeting adjourned.
JOHN R. CREIGHTON, President.
L. P. REVILLON, F. P. PARENT, Secretaries.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1896.
PUBLIC SPEAKING. - Last Saturday at 7 o'clock P. M., an audience of nearly three hundred gentlemen and ladies were assembled at the Court House. Mr. Wells made a short but sensible and plain spoken address, holding the Republican party responsible for the political evils which have cursed the country since the war and saying that a remedy for those evils was to be found only in the success of the Democratic party. He urged the importance of giving the colored man fair play in the exercise of his legal and moral rights, but again declared emphatically, that the political redemption of Louisiana lay in its restoration to the control of the white man's government.
Mr. Wells' opponent, Dr. W. H. Kirkman, was then introduced to the audience, and excused himself from making a formal speech on account of his not having received notice of Mr. Wells' appointment until Wednesday previously. The Doctor stated that he was a candidate at the request of many Democrats of Calcasieu, St. Landry and Cameron, and complimented the Democracy of Calcasieu as presenting always an unbroken front against radicalism, and as being a force around which the Democracy of the other parishes might rally.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1874.
A FINE PLANTATION FOR SALE.
Magnificent Plantation situated in the Parish of Lafayette, in the Southwestern part of the State of Louisiana, (in that section known as the Attakapas District), and being three miles Northwest of the flourishing town of Vermilionville, and one mile North of the New Orleans, Mobile & Texas Railroad, containing Two Hundred and Twenty-five superficial arpents of well improved land, together with a large, commodious dwelling with three double chimneys and galleries above and below ; a kitchen with all necessary conveniences ; comfortable buildings for laborers ; a carriage house, A hen house, stables, &c. Over 125 arpents of the land is enclosed by a cypress pieux fence and Bois d' Arc hedge.
The Dwelling, Kitchen, &c., are surrounded with good fencing, and the yard is beautifully shaded by oaks, Pecans and other trees ; there are also a number of fig, peach, plum and pear trees and vegetable and flower garden, and a lot of Beehives on the place.
The land is generally level, it is well drained and never subject to overflow, and has natural facilities for draining. The land is rich and fertile, and well adapted to raising Cotton, Sugar cane, Rice, Potatoes, Tobacco, Vegetables of every description and fruit trees of all kinds suitable to this climate.
There is also a fine tract of Woodland containing Forty-five (45) superficial acres, situated three miles from the Plantation on the west side of the Bayou Vermilion, (being on the same said side of the Bayou as the Plantation.). This tract of land is on a high hill and is thickly covered with different kinds of Oak with Ash and a variety of other useful trees. It is a most desirable location for raising hogs, goats, and sheep. The Railroad line surveyed in 1872 by the N.O. Mobile & Texas RR. Co. crosses this tract of land.
The whole of the above property can be purchased on the following terms to wit : $5500 Cash., Or $6000, $3000 Cash and $3000 payable in three equal annual installments.
For further information
Address A. D. Martin,
Or to the Lafayette Advertiser.
Vermilionville, (ad running since March 1874.)
Laf. Advertiser 8/22/1874.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 22nd, 1913:
Miss K. M. Pollard, one of the nurses at the Sanitarium, who has been taking a vacation, returned Wednesday, having had a most enjoyable time.
Dr. Daly, of Jackson, Mississippi, came over and operated on a patient of his, Mr. Walker of Opelousas. Mr. Walker is doing fine.
Owing to the lack of room two laparotomy patients had to be turned away this week.
Little Catherin Hazel Alpha, who has typhoid, is still improving.
Wednesday Miss Hilda Delhomme, who was operated on a year ago, surprised nurses with a delightful treat, which was greatly appreciated.
On account of the great demand for rooms and service at the Sanitarium, it has been decided to enlarge the building and plans have been made to begin constructively shortly.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1913.
The Size of the Sun.
The sun, provided we measure only the disk seen with the smoked glass is 866,000 miles in diameter, i. e. 108 earths could be comfortably arranged side by side across the disc. To cover the surface would require may thousands. To fill the interior we should need 1,300,000. On a smaller scale we might represent the sun by a ball by two feet in diameter and the earth by a good sized grain of shot. Let the sun be hollowed out, then place the earth at its centre, and let the moon revolve about it at its real distance of two hundred and forty thousand miles of space between the moon's orbit and the enclosing shell of the sun. Indeed to journey from one side of the sun to the other, through the centre, would take on of our fast express trains nearly two years and a half. So vast a globe must be heavy. Since its density it only one-quarter that the earth, it only weighs as much as three hundred and thirty-two thousand earths, or two octillions of tons! The attraction of gravity on its surface would cause a man whose weight was one hundred and fifty pounds to weigh two tons.
From the Ladies Home Journal and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1896.