NO STOPPAGE OF FREIGHT.
Railroad Will Receive and Deliver All Merchandise Ordered by Lafayette. Express Can Be Sent to Scott.
Town Favored With Daily Mail Service East and West Through Kindness of Supt. Shackford and Chief Dispatcher Domengeaux -
Only One Day Missed. An Advertiser reporter upon his rounds came across the rumor that the railroad had ceased hauling freight to Lafayette, that not more than ten days supplies were on hand and that after that time the question of food would become very serious. The reporter placed very little credence in the rumor, knowing that the railroad officials, all during this yellow fever scare, have been so clever and accommodating; but for fear that the rumor had become widely spread and to check it with an authoritative statement, he called on Supt. Shackford and asked him if there was any truth in the statement that no more freight would be hauled here. Mr. Shackford seemed much surprised at the question, but answered at once, "Certainly not. We have hauled all the freight ordered here and we will continue to do so. Just order what you want and I'll see that you get it. We are not going to let Lafayette suffer for anything." He further stated that express matter could be sent to Scott and would be promptly delivered at Scott. Mr. Shackford spoke very kindly of Lafayette, which the reporter fully expected, because of the uniform kindness he and all the railroad officials have manifested towards this town since the outbreak of fever and we believe that the people here appreciate it. Mr. Shackford and his assistants have willingly aided in protecting Lafayette from the fever and in every way promptly co-operated with the local authorities. Every suggestion made by the Health Board has been pleasantly received and cheerfully carried out, and since a fever case has been announced here, the Southern Pacific Company has been especially nice to us. Lafayette has wanted nothing or asked nothing that the railroad has refused, provided State laws did not forbid it. In the matter of mail they have particularly favored us. While other infected towns have been deprived of mail for weeks at a time, Lafayette has missed but one day, and that day was day fever was pronounced here. Postmaster Domengeaux immediately called upon Mr. Shackford and requested him to arrange to deliver mail here. Mr. Shackford agreed at once, and to show his earnestness in accommodating the people said, "I'll see that Lafayette gets mail if we have to bring it in a wheelbarrow.
That a case of fever has developed in Lafayette and that case should be an employee of the railroad is unfortunate; but inasmuch as the case has occurred in spite of the careful precautions taken by the railroad officials, we can only consider it an untoward event that could not be foreseen. As far as is known, Mr. Fahey, the victim of the fever, has never been exposed to infection. He went down on the passenger to Waggaman this side of Avondale, where he at once boarded a freight and returned. He made the trip in the line of his duty, just like all the other railroad men have been doing ever since the outbreak of fever in New Orleans. None of them had contracted the fever and it was not supposed that Mr. Fahey would. Railroad crews have been running in and out of Avondale ever since Mr. Fahey became sick and not one has taken the fever. With these facts before us, we can not in any way lay the fault of fever in Lafayette upon the railroad officials. Indeed, taking into consideration the fact that through the entire period that fever has prevailed in New Orleans and elsewhere, the railroad officials have shown a most zealous and commendable spirit of helplessness, kindness and accommodation, accepting cheerfully the frequent changes made by the Board of Health and Council, and promptly endeavoring to carry out their wishes. The Advertiser believes that our affliction with yellow fever is simply an unfortunate event that could not be foreseen. We do, however, feel a sincere appreciation of the very friendly and accommodating spirit shown by Lafayette by Supt. Shackford and all the Company's officials, and we feel confident that the citizens generally share our feelings in the matter. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
To Find Its Meat and Milk Supply Cut Off. Parish Authorities Soon Remedy Matters.
The first days after the pronouncement of yellow fever in Lafayette, the town discovered much to its surprise that meat and milk had been cut off in a night and that eggs, chickens and vegetables had taken on a sacredness that wasn't at all delightful.
Some people raised "sand" with their butchers and said harsh things about their milkmen, until it dawned upon them that the Parish Board of Health had put on an iron bound, double-riveted, tight-squeezing quarantine, and then - well, we didn't see any kind of a joke sticking the least tiny piece of its anatomy our from any angle of the quarantine, and it may be emphatically said that that special brand of parish quarantine wasn't popular even a little bit. However, our parish friends didn't intend to make the quarantine work so hard. When they put it on, it was simply with the object of protecting the parish, which was strictly all right, and they didn't think about the milk and meat question. But as soon as the town authorities called their attention to the unnecessary hardships the quarantine was causing, they promptly consented to a conference at Pin Hook Thursday afternoon and relaxed regulations so that the butchers could supply the town with meat, the milkmen furnish milk, and so as to let inside the limits all those who, are really part of the town.
And it came to pass that the people of Lafayette ate their meat and drank their milk in a thankful spirit.Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
Town Fumigated Friday. - Friday as requested by the Mayor was set aside by everybody as fumigation day and beginning at ten in the morning the citizens began burning sulphur in the homes and places of business. It was thought that with everyone fumigating at the same time that the sulphur fumes would be very annoying, but such did not prove to be the case.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
Duty Well Done. - The Advertiser desires to express its sincere appreciation of the zealous, earnest and conscientious work of Dr. L. O. Clark and Dr. Geo. Babcock, of the Board of Health, in taking every precautionary measure to prevent the spread of yellow fever upon the announcement of a case here. Both gentlemen worked fast and effectively in screening and fumigating, in isolating and quarantining and in doing everything necessary, and though we believe that the gentlemen find ample reward for their endeavors in the consciousness of duty well done, nevertheless we wish to make this acknowledgement of our appreciation in which we believe the citizens of Lafayette will heartily join us.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
Not to Report for Duty. - Supt. Alleman has sent out postal cards to teachers notifying them not to report for duty until further notice. As to when the schools will open depends upon yellow fever condition.
Laf. Adv. 8/23/1905.
Guards Removed. - The City Council took off the guards on the roads leading to town, as Lafayette being infected, guards were no longer necessary. The parish, however, has entrances to town well guarded and have passed stringent resolutions forbidding people from town entering the parish. Laf. Advertiser 8/23/1905.
Civil Engineer Fahey, Pronounced Ill of a Mild Case of Yellow Fever.
Civil Engineer Fahey, who was taken sick on Aug. 12, with what was pronounced a mild case of yellow fever on Tuesday, is now convalescent, and is expected to be up and able to resume his duties in the railroad office in a few days. No other cases, it is thought, will develop from this one. The health officers have taken every precaution possible, and Dr. L. O. Clark states that all places where Mr. Fahey visited before taking to his bed have been thoroughly fumigated and all mosquitoes which could have been infected, have been killed. That a second case will result from the first may be reasonably considered as scarcely probable, and as far as the people of Lafayette are concerned, they can spare any worry over the matter, and begin thinking how to convince our friends and neighbors in the parish that one case of fever isn't so bad, nothing specially to lose sleep over. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
PARISH BOARD OF HEALTH.
Held Meeting Wednesday and Quarantine Town. Not Citizen of Lafayette Permitted to Enter the Parish.
Parish of Lafayette, Aug. 16, 1905. - The Parish Board of Health met this day with members M. Billeaud, Jr., J. Edmond Mouton, and Dr. L. A. Prejean in attendance.
On motion resolved that, in view of the fact that a case of yellow fever has been declared to exist in the town of Lafayette, the Parish of Lafayette hereby quarantines against the said town of Lafayette.
Residents of said town will not be permitted to leave the corporate limits and they are hereby enjoined to abide by the rules and regulations of this quarantine, under penalty of a fine of $10.00, and in default of payment of fine ten days in jail or both. That ministers and physicians, in the discharge of their duties as such, are hereby exempted from the observance of these rules.
Residents of the parish, or any other persons who, for any reasons, once enter the corporate limits of the town, will not be permitted to come into the parish.
Be it further resolved, that three guards be placed at each road leading out of the town of Lafayette, the said guards to receive a compensation of $2.00 per day without board. The guards are hereby notified that should they be found careless or negligent in the discharge of their duties they will be immediately discharged, in which case they will have forfeited the time they have already served.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned.
FELIX H. MOUTON, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
This is the official report issued by the United States Public Health and Marine Service, for the twenty-four hours ending at 6 o'clock p. m., yesterday:
One case reported at Rayne Wednesday died. No new cases. Case at Alexandria died during week. No new cases. Ten new cases at Patterson Monday, only two deaths to date.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
Of Police Jury and Parish Board of Health - Heavy Penalty Imposed for Violation of Quarantine Regulations.
Scott, La., Aug. 21, 1905 - Joint meeting of the Police Jury and Parish Board of Health in and for the parish of Lafayette. President Billeaud called the meeting to order and there were present Messrs. J. A. Begnaud, C. Spell, J. E. Mouton, Valery Boudreaux, M. Billeaud, Jr., and L. G. Breaux, for the Police Jury; Absent: P. Landry and Theall.
For the Board of Health were present Dr. L. A. Prejean, M. Billeaud, Jr. and J. Edmond Mouton.
Leo Judice was appointed secretary pro tem. Mr. Billeaud, president explained the cause of the meeting, held at the request of Dr. L. A. Prejean, who thereupon stated that he wanted his authority and those of quarantine guards more especially defined; that persons had forced their way through guarded avenues in and out of the town of Lafayette and to prevent a repetition wished to know if guards had authority to enforce the existing quarantine regulations.
A general discussion ensued. President Billeaud read a letter to the secretary of the Parish Board of Health, written by Dr. Souchon, worded as follows:
"New Orleans, Aug. 14, 1905.
Mr. Felix H. Mouton, Sec. Board of Health, Lafayette, La.
I beg to acknowledge with much satisfaction the receipt of yours of August 13, enclosing copy of rules and regulations adopted by the Parish Board of Lafayette Parish.
I have carefully read those rules and not only signify my approval of same, but wish to compliment you and to express the hope that all over localities should follow your example embodying a system of rules combining safety with good sense. Every such action on the part of a local Board of Health serves as an object lesson to others. I shall take pleasure in giving you regulations to the press.
Yours very truly,
President Louisiana State Board of Health."
Thereupon, it was resolved and unanimously adopted that health officers in charge should instruct their guards to strictly obey the duties of their position and to carry out the regulations of the Parish Board of Health by force if necessary.
Dr. Prejean stated that he had been notified by the City Council of Lafayette that their guards would be removed this evening at 6 o'clock, as they thought the danger over. The Board therefore accepted their withdrawal and ordered the replacement of the number withdrawn.
Moved and seconded to appoint two extra guards, to be immune, mounted, and to serve around and in the town of Lafayette as supervisors of other guards and carry out requests and go on errands when possible. Motion adopted.
The following was offered by Dr. L. A. Prejean and unanimously adopted:
Be it resolved that we hereby call upon all the citizens of Lafayette parish to assist us in all their power in our efforts to enforce our quarantine regulations as established, and we hereby command the officers of the law to see that these regulations are put in force.
And, Be it further resolved, that any person violating these regulations or any party or parties, residing in this parish, who shall receive, harbor or protect any person violating these regulations, as published, while quarantine is in force, upon conviction, be fined in the sum of twenty-five dollars or thirty days in jail, as the law directs. All resolutions conflicting being hereby repealed.
The Board authorities the health officers to place guards wherever and whenever necessary.
Thanks expressed to Judge Pugh for attending the meeting and for advice rendered and also to Dr. Ellis, of Crowley, present.
The minutes of this meeting authorized to be published in the Lafayette papers. Meeting adjourned.
LEO JUDICE, Secretary Pro Tem.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
Monday Parish Health Officer L. A. Prejean sent the following telegram to Dr. Edmond Souchon, President of the State Board of Health:
Dr. Edmond Souchon, New Orleans.
Lafayette infected. We have quarantined that town. What shall we do? L. A. PREJEAN,
To which the following reply was received:
Dr. L. A. Prejean, Health Officer,
Scott, Lafayette Parish.
Lafayette being infected can not issue certificates. You have power to place under arrest persons endeavoring to pass your guards.
NOLTE, Acting President.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
Whatever may be said of the Southern Pacific, that company is doing best for the benefit of the people of this section of the State, in the hours of their deep misfortune. Not only is its business handled with promptness, and properly embellished with courtesy and satisfaction to the general public, but their trains are at their disposal of the authorities, in their trips to relieve less fortunate communities than our own, and assist in stamping out the fever, and free of any cost whatever.
Though this is not a competitive point, the fact is evident that the Southern Pacific, under its present management, over steps mark in extending courtesies to the public. Aside from a small abstract questions, a general vote of thanks is due Mr. Davis and the great concern he represents. The fact is that they could not be better to the public. - From the Franklin Watchman and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
A BAYONET QUARANTINE.
[From the Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.]
After having maintained our equanimity for nearly four weeks; after having refused to be stampeded when many of our neighboring towns went quarantine mad and by their senseless course paralyzed business and excited the public imagination to fever heat; after having cleaned up and done everything in our power to prevent the spread of infection if we should by any remote chance get a case - in a word, after being sane and sensible since the yellow fever was first announced, Crowley has yielded to the pressure brought by those who refuse to believe where only senseless terror can doubt. Even Crowley has established an armed quarantine. Not an old-fashioned shotgun quarantine, but a quarantine backed by Krag-Jorgensens and gleaming bayonets.
The Crowley Signal proposes to back the mayor and the board of health in their action, because in times of public danger the properly constituted authorities should receive the undivided support of all good citizens. We shall support the authorities in the action even if they put a Gatling battery on every road leading to Crowley and plant a Hotchkissgrun at every street corner; but the Signal believes it to be its duty to point out wherein it thinks the authorities have acted hastily. After stating our belief and apologizing to Lafayette, Lake Charles and Jennings for roasting them for taking to the tall timber, the Signal will come back to the reservation and be good. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
No Cause for Alarm.
[St. Louis Star - Chronicle, Aug. 16.]
Funny what fools a panic will make out of plain, ordinary sensible men and women, isn't it?
Take this yellow fever scare, for instance. New Orleans and some other Southern cities has the disease. In other cities which have escaped the pest, grim-faced men, armed with Winchesters, guard the railway stations and threaten to shoot down healthy men and women, whose only offense is that they may have passed through the afflicted cities.
True, there are over a thousand cases in New Orleans alone, with something like 150 deaths. This gives a death rate of about 15 per cent. Sounds pretty bad dosen't it? But stop and think a moment.
New Orleans is a city of 300,000 people. According to statistics, there are at least 2,500 victims of consumption there, and the death rate for consumption there, and the death rate from consumption is over 80 per cent. Yet there is no panic over consumption, which is contagious, while yellow fever is not.
Typhoid fever is always more or less prevalent, and people are so accustomed it that cases are seldom reported. Yet the death rate from typhoid is 38 per cent.
Ever heard of a panic over typhoid?
Medical science knows that the sputum from one victim of consumption, thrown into the street, spread broadcast by the wind and inhaled by pedestrians, is enough to inflict the disease upon thousands of healthy persons. Yet we take no precautions to avoid the danger.
It knows that the deadly typhoid germ in a city's water supply will infect thousands who drink it.
It knows that the only way yellow fever can be transmitted is by the bite of a mosquito within a certain time after it has bitten a person already suffering from the disease.
It has demonstrated that the mosquito can be exterminated, and in the meantime it is a simple thing to prevent being bitten by one.
The conclusion is apparent. Exterminate the mosquito and keep cool. There is no sane reason for the slightest fear of yellow fever, and a panic is a childish superstition unworthy of twentieth century men and women. From the St. Louis Star-Chronicle and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
Council Removes Guards.
The City Council took off the guards on the roads leading to town, as Lafayette being infected guards were no longer considered necessary. The parish, however, has entrances to town well guarded and have passed stringent resolutions forbidding people from town entering the parish. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
YELLOW FEVER EPIDEMICS.
Disease First Recognized in 1691 in West Indies Since When It Has Been Epidemic There.
Story of Its Visits to the United States, Invading Northern as Well as Southern Cities, and Destroying Many Lives.
A special from Chicago to the Enquirer says: The history of yellow fever in the United States, with the awful memories of the summer and fall of 1878 still rising like ghostly specters, is well calculated to arouse dread of what may ensue between now and the frosts of autumn. With the frightful lists of the past before them it is small wonder that the people of the Southern cities are in a condition bordering on panic.
In New Orleans yellow fever prevailed to some extent every year as far back as the records go and up to 1880, with the exception of the years the city was under the military control of Gen. Ben Butler. Then the regulations of wartime completely interdicted traveles from the trophies.
In 1880 the city changed its system of quarantine from the absolute interdiction of commerce, which offered incentive to "run the blockade" to a more reasonable detention of vessels from infected parts that kept the suspects from seeking entrance to the city surreptitiously.
The mortality in New Orleans in the years of the greatest yellow fever pestilence from 1847 to 1878 was:
Yellow fever was first recognized definitely in the West Indies, and since 1691 it has been epidemic there.
In the latter part of the eighteenth and the first part of the nineteenth centuries the disease created havoc along the whole Atlantic Coast of the United States, spreading to seaports as far North as Maine and into the Cities of Canada.
In 1893 the city of Philadelphia, then having a population of 40,000, was stricken, and 4,000 persons - 10 per cent of the population - died.
Four years later Philadelphia suffered another visitation with a death loss of 1,300, and in the year following 3,645 deaths from the fever occurred.
In 1798 New York was attacked by the epidemic, 2,080 persons dying, while Boston gave 200 victims to the disease in the same year. In 1802 Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Wilmington and Charleston suffered extensively from the spread of the fever along the coast, but since that time epidemics have been confined more nearly to the Southern States, New York, however, has never been immune.
In 1853 there was a widespread epidemic, taking in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. In 1867 there was another epidemic, more limited in area, but particularly virulent in Galveston, Texas, where the mortality reached 1,150. Then occurred the great epidemic of 1873. In that year Memphis furnished 2,000 victims. New Orleans proper lost only 225 from the disease, bu the neighboring town of Shreveport lost 750.
Then came the most terrible year of all - 1878 - a year whose mention causes a shudder throughout the land, and whose numerals are synonymous with death in the cities of New Orleans and Memphis.
The fever invaded 132 towns in Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky. There were more than 74,000 cases, and the death roll reached the tremendous total of 15,934.
Thousands upon thousands of citizens fled from Memphis and New Orleans, but of population that remained in the former city - about 19,600 - or 70 per cent, sickened, and 5,150 or more than 25 per cent died. In New Orleans the mortality was about the same. It is estimated that the loss to the country in a commercial way as a direct result of the epidemic was above $100,000,000.
The epidemic of 1878 furnished heroes whose names will live with those who fell in the Civil War of a decade and a half before. The North not only sent thousands of dollars and train loads of supplies to the stricken cities - whole train loads of coffins, for "send coffins" was the cry from the South - but physicians, nurses, ministers, priests and others volunteered by the hundreds with their services.
After fighting valiantly for weeks the epidemic invaded the ranks of the nurses and doctors and those who came as the emissaries of God. In Memphis seventeen resident physicians and twenty-eight volunteers from other cities sacrificed their lives. Ten Roman Catholic priests, eleven Sisters of Charity of the same church, a half score of ministers of Protestant denominations, also were among the volunteer workers who died in their heroic work.
There has been no outbreak of the fever since 1878 to excite widespread alarm until this year. In 1893 there was a scare, 1,076 cases prevailing at Brunswick, Ga., but only 46 persons died. In 1897 there was another scare, 59 deaths occurring out of a total of 620 cases.
Previous to the Spanish-American War Havana had been the chief infected port from which yellow fever penetrated into the States. Science and the warfare on the stegomyia faciata, following American occupation, cleansed Havana of the scourge. A Panama victim is believed to have brought the fever to New Orleans and started the present epidemic there.
From the Chicago Enquirer and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
DR. JUAN GUITERAS.
Great Fever Expert Discusses the Fever Mosquito Theory.
[From the Crowley Signal.]
Dr. Juan Guiteras, of Havana, one of the greatest living yellow fever experts, discussed the mosquito theory in New Orleans Thursday night. He said since 1762 Havana was known to be the greatest center of yellow fever in the world. That the island was not without it winter or summer, and that every year there was an epidemic. After such a record it hardly seems possible that no fever exists there to-day, but Dr. Guiteras stated that since Sept. 28, 1891, there had not been a case of yellow fever in Havana excepting those that were imported from Mexico and Central America.
Dr. Guiteras said that this state of affairs was brought about primarily by the people having confidence in what was being told them, and being ready and willing to adopt any measures for the prevention of the fever. They obeyed instructions and obeyed them well. The speaker said that this phase of the question was not to be overlooked, and that nothing could be accomplished if the people did not co-operate and work together. The mosquitoes were fought in Havana. He said that if the people in the city, State, and South would get so terror-stricken, they could accomplish more, and the task of ridding the city of the disease would be comparatively easy.
If neighbors would help in screening a yellow fever house, instead of running away and establishing a shotgun quarantine, matters would be greatly benefited.
"Suppose" said Dr. Guiteras, "that a boat should come into our harbor at Havana on which there was a yellow fever patient. Would we get out shotguns and drive the victim away? Indeed, we would not. Yellow fever patients are welcomed to the city of Havana, after they get there. In case there was a victim in the harbor, a steam launched would be sent out armed with a mosquito bar. The launch would be met at the shore by a screened ambulance, such as you have here now, and that patient would be taken directly through the busiest part of the city to the other end of the town to the screened hospital. This has been going on since 1901, and not a single case of fever has developed during that time. In cases where the fever victims were accompanied by companions, by husbands, or wives, fathers or mothers, we have allowed the companions to occupy the same room with the yellow fever patients, and without bad results. One case I recall to mind was of two ladies with their husbands. Both of the ladies were stricken, but the men were allowed to remain with them in the respective rooms. One of these women died, but so certain that the disease could not be transmitted by any other means than by the mosquito that we allowed the man to walk out in our city within an hour after the death of his wife, with whom he had been during all her illness.
"There is laboratory, where many tests are made, and where many different kinds of insects and secretions of yellow fever patients are daily examined, but that laboratory is absolutely free from fever, and my daughter, who was born in North Carolina, visits this room, even though she be a non-immune. She is very much interested in the work, and often visits yellow fever patients that have been imported to the city, but I entertain absolutely no fears for her. The daughter of the President of the republic; born in New York, is also an earnest worker, and she also, is a non-immune. I am simply telling you these things so that you may see for yourself exactly how your city stands. It is within our power to eradicate the fever, now and forever; better now than wait until it has too good a hold, for then it will be a hard, up-hill fight, and I think now that you will succeed." From the Crowley Signal and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
Not to Report for Duty.
Supt. Alleman has sent out postal cards to teachers notifying them not to report for duty until further notice. As to when the schools will open depends upon yellow fever condition. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
The town of Lafayette has been complimented by the selection of one of its citizens as a delegate to the National Conference on Immigration to be held in New York city Dec. 6-7, under the auspice of the National Civic Federation. Hon. P. L. DeClouet, member of the State legislature from this parish, has received the appointment. Lafayette Advertiser 8/22/1905.
Mrs. T. M. Biossat.
At 10:15 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 20, Mrs. T. M. Biossat, nee Mary E. Rushing, died at the family residence in Lafayette, aged 39 years. Although it was known that she was quite ill, it was not supposed that fatal consequences would ensue, and the announcement of her death came as a sudden and heavy shock to her wide circle of friends. Mrs. Biossat was born in Evergreen, La., and was a daughter of the late Dr. S. H. Rushing. The family moved to Alexandria in 1880, and it was there she met and married Mr. T. M. Biossat. About twelve years ago they moved to Lafayette. Mrs. Biossat was a lady of culture and refinement and was one of the most esteemed members of the social life of the community. Several years ago upon her initiative the Ladies Five o'clock Tea Club, now the Woman's Club, was organized and she has been one of its most active and earnest members, serving as president a number of times, and holding the office of recording secretary at the time of her death. She was also an officer and zealous worker in the Lafayette Sunshine Society and was a devoted member of the Episcopal church. She was a woman of large sympathies and great charity, ever being enlisted in all good works and doing as fell to her hand that which she could to make life brighter and sweeter to those around her. It was mainly through her efforts that the Woman's Club established a scholarship at the Industrial Institute for a deserving youth or girl who was unable to pay his or her own expenses. In all that pertained to the schools of the town and parish she was deeply interested and when the opportunity came for securing the Industrial Institute, Mrs. Biossat was foremost among the ladies to take the initiative in calling a meeting of the ladies of Lafayette of which she was made chairman, to organize for a campaign to secure the school. This meeting was the beginning that started and carried to a successful issue the endeavor to capture the Industrial Institute. Mrs. Biossat was a lady of charming manners and possessed a large number of sincere friends who admired and esteemed her for her most estimable qualities, and who feel her death as a personal loss. She was a devoted wife and mother and sadly indeed will her presence be missed from the home that she graced with so much love and care. May God in his infinite goodness give comfort to the husband and three motherless children.
Funeral services were held at the home by Rev. J. D. Harper. A large number of friends accompanied the remains to the Protestant cemetery, where Dr. Kramer, pastor of the Episcopal church, who was unable to enter the city on account of quarantine, read the services of the church, then paid a tribute to the dead and in touching language spoke of death and gave comfort to the living. With sad and solemn words of the burial service the body was laid to rest. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
Death of R. C. Landry.
Lafayette parish has lost a prominent and highly respected citizen in the death of Mr. R. C. Landry, which occurred Saturday, Aug. 19, at 9 p. m. at his (unreadable word) about three miles from Lafayette. Mr. Landry has (unreadable words) ... being nearly 82 years old at the time of his death. He was born near Loreauville, now Iberia, but at the time St. Martin parish. The family moved to Lafayette parish when he was quite young and he has been a resident of this parish ever since. During the civil war he served gallantly as a member of Company I, under Capt. Polk Bailey in the Eighteenth Louisiana Regiment commanded by Gen. Alfred Mouton. He took an active part in political affairs in this parish and for a number of years was president of the Police Jury. He was also a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1898. At the time of his decease he was one of Lafayette's most prosperous farmers, having accumulated a considerable property. Mr. Landry was an honest, conscientious and upright man, a man whose word was as good as his bond. He possessed the full confidence and esteem of his neighbors and friends and held a high place in the estimation of all who knew him as a good citizen in every meaning of the term. He was a devoted husband and father.
Mr. Landry was married twice. Mrs. Eraste Bonin is the only surviving child by the first marriage. Miss Felicia Doucet, sister of Mr. Z. Doucet of this city, became his second wife who survives him. Of this union four children are living, Mr. Pierre Landry, Miss Edna Landry, Mrs. Leonard Broussard, widow, and Mrs. J. H. Comeaux.
The remains, accompanied by a large number of relatives and friends were taken to Broussard, where funeral services were held in the Catholic church, and then deposited in a vault until the quarantine is raised, when interment will be made in Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
The Cane Crop.
[La. Planter and Sugar Manufacturer.]
Our correspondents throughout the sugar district report this week that the cane continues to grow under favorable weather conditions and that the prospects continues very good for a large crop. Vigorous development is apparent in the cane and the planters seem satisfied and free of apprehension, except that they anticipate trouble in getting labor to handle the crop expeditiously. In fact the labor problem in the sugar district promises to be very serious. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/23/1905.
It gives a man a lonesome feeling to stroll around the depot. It is so quiet one can scarcely realize that Lafayette is on the main line. Trains come and go, but they don't stop, and it makes a fellow have a decidedly "left" feeling to see them roll on by as if Lafayette wasn't on the map.
Thursday morning a horse hitched to a light wagon went tearing past the Gordon Hotel. He was turned down Vermilion street and stopped just beyond the Hotel. A by-stander remarked, "That horse has evidently just heard of the yellow fever case and got a panic."
Some of our panicky citizens who thought they would spend a while in the parish for the benefit of their health have changed their minds since interviewing certain citizens of the parish who are stationed on the roads leading out of town specially to interview and be interviewed.
"There goes a drummer," remarked a gentleman a few days ago, "who certainly is in hard luck. He had just stayed six days detention at Sunset so he could travel, and the next day dropped into Lafayette when fever was declared here."
They say fishing is fine, bayous full of fish - but we don't want to fish. At least not until our parish friends let us out of town.
Two cases of yellow fever were reported to be in New Iberia Monday, but it was afterwards found to be false.
B. N. Coronna, who has been at High Island for the past month with his family returned Monday, but his family went on to New Iberia.
Mrs. L. Campbell arrived Sunday, being called here on account of the death of her sister, Mrs. T. M. Biossat.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1905.
From the Lafayette Gazette of August 23rd, 1902:
Transferred to the Lacoste Building - Steady Increase of Business - Long Distance Rates Reduced.
Manager W. A. Broussard, of the Cumberland Telephone Company, successfully completed the transfer of the local exchange from the Moss to the Lacoste building last Saturday, August 16. The changes necessitated and the delicate manipulation required in making the transfer of instruments and their installation in the new office demanded skilled workmen and so the company detailed Mr. R. G. Gooch of Nashville, electrician, assisted by Mr. Homer Jones, of same city, for the work. These two expert workmen together with a number of linemen labored industriously for over two weeks before everything was ready for the final transfer of the office.
On the 16th at 7 a. m. the transfer with the least interruption of business and Mayor Caffery and Mr. R. C. Greig were called upon to exchange the first "Hello" to test the efficiency of the new switchboard. The trial was eminently satisfactory and much credit is reflected upon the management for the excellent service now assured the public under the new system.
The office fixtures consist of an iron route board, a two-section multiple switch board with positions for four operators, and a long distance board outside the office proper, with two booths attached for public use. The multiple switchboard with all the most improved attachments for rendering convenient and reliable service, constitutes the principal feature of the many innovations. By means of this the operator can perform her duty with as much ease as playing the piano.
An intelligent and efficient corps of operators has been employed, the following young ladies constituting same: Miss Lucy Judice, chief operator; Misses Corinne Guidry, Henrietta Landry and Marguerite Ruger, day force, while Misses Ella Bertand and Laura Magnon compose the night force. The company has done everything possible to contribute to the comfort and convenience of the young ladies in charge and with larger and airy rooms and an up-to-date installation the hello girls may well smile as they give the number.
Manager Broussard reports 220 phones in service and orders for 20 more. The reduced rates will doubtless add considerably to the number of subscribers.
A neat and complete directory has just been issued.
Lafayette Gazette 8/23/1902.
Water Supply. - For several months the supply of water from the city works has gradually shown signs of failure and about ten days ago engineer Melchert under direction of the council removed the strainer from the old well, finding it almost completely clogged with sand, gravel etc. The feat of removing the strainer screwed to the pipe some three or four hundred feet below the surface was accomplished only after repeated and persistent efforts. A new strainer fifty feet long and constructed on a different plan has been made by Mr. Melchert and will be attached to a six inch pipe and lowered into the eight inch well. The new strainer is made of brass and protected with a net-work of rust proof wire which it is hoped will effectually prevent any future clogging. If this scheme succeeds as there is every reason to believe, the city saves the expense of boring a new well, something over $1,000 and thus will have solved the most serious problem which has confronted it for some time. Mayor Caffery and the waterworks committee have in the meantime kept the stand-pipe full in case of emergency and also arranged with Mr. B. N. Coronna of the Compress company for supplying a limited quantity of water for stock and necessary house-hold purposes. The public should bear with patience any inconvenience resulting from the predicament in which the city finds itself as to water supply remembering that the present year is altogether without parallel in small amount of rainfall. Many of the deepest wells and some of the largest and finest springs in the country have failed this summer, in numerous instances altogether. And this condition has not been local but has existed throughout the Southern States, affecting very seriously the growth of crops generally. Lafayette Gazette 8/23/1902.
Brick Factory. - The Lafayette Brick & Tile Manufacturing Company have completed the installation of all machinery necessary to operate the plant and Thursday raised steam for testing. All parts worked smoothly and Manager Mouton expresses extreme satisfaction over the success which has so far crowned the efforts of the promoters of this enterprise. Next Monday the plant which has a capacity of 30,000 daily will be put in full operation and the manufacture of brick actually begun. Nearly all the process is by machinery, very little manual labor being required either to mold the brick or place them in kiln. Lafayette Gazette 8/23/1902.
The following delegates representing Lafayette parish, elected at the Democratic primary Dec. 9, 1899 will attend the convention called to meet in Baton Rouge Sept. 16 for the purpose of nominating a candidate for railroad commissioner to represent the second railroad commission district: Simeon Begnaud, Bazile Sonnier, P. A. Delhomme, Drs. A. O. Clark, N. D. Young, Eraste Broussard, C. Deballion, I. A. Broussard, Wm. Campbell, P. R. Roy, Overton Cade, A. M. Martin, J. O. Blanchet, H. M. Durke, E. G. Voorhies, C. D. Caffery, Jules Langlinais, Lucien St. Julien, C. O. Mouton, Antheole Bernard, A. C. Guilbeaux, Marius Roger, J. S. Broussard, Judge Julien Mouton, Hon. R. C. Landry, Homer Mouton, A. D. Landry, Alcide Judice, J. N. Breaux and Lewis Whittington.
The above delegates were elected to serve at all Democratic nominating conventions, those present to cast the vote of the parish as a unit. Several candidates have announce themselves, prominent among whom are Hon. Overton Cade of Lafayette the present incumbent and Hon. J. A. Loret of St. Mary. Lafayette Gazette 8/23/1902.
The Cousa Murder.
During the past week the officers have been busily engaged in ferreting out the perpetrator of the crime fully chronicled in last issue. Five negroes are under arrest - three men and two girls - and while mystery seems to shroud the entire affair Sheriff Broussard has doubtless ere this discovered the motive as well as the criminal. Some positive evidence has been secured and the sheriff is now gathering all the circumstantial proof necessary to fix responsibility for the crime. In a few days the truth will be revealed. Lafayette Gazette 8/23/1902.
Industrial School Catalogue.
The catalogue of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute of the session of 1901-1902 with announcements for 1902-1903 has been distributed to patrons and the public generally to the number of 2,000 or more. The Gazette acknowledges receipt of a copy with compliments of President E. L. Stephens. The catalogue is neatly printed and contains full information of the school, faculty, curriculum etc., besides several beautiful photographic views of the school buildings, surrounding scenery and students at work in the various industrial departments. Copies of this interesting booklet will be forwarded to anyone inadvertently omitted in the distribution, by addressing Prof. F. V. L. Roy acting secretary. Get a catalogue and keep it for reference. The Institute opens its second annual session Wednesday Sept. 17 and judging from present indications as well as from the splendid roster of last session, the outlook for the institution is exceedingly bright. Under able management the school has already attained an enviable reputation among its sister state institutions and bids fair to take rank second to none.
Lafayette Gazette 8/23/1902.
Vanilla Most Popular.
Vanilla is by far the best and most popular flavoring extract used. Judging from our sales there is more used than all the other extracts combined. It is a pleasing fact to us that many have said, "your vanilla is the best we have ever used." We guarantee all our extracts to be strictly pure and have fifteen or twenty different kinds. When you want something nice, try the vanilla extract. Moss Pharmacy. Lafayette Gazette 8/23/1902.
Anse la Butte Field.
A visit to the Anse la Butte oil field revealed very active operations by the two companies now sinking wells there. Moresi Bros. have finally succeeded in removing the bailer lodged in their pipe and now are endeavoring to clear the well of accumulated sand, stones and gravel some forty feet in depth. To do this drilling was assumed yesterday and together with hydraulic pressure the brothers hope to remove very shortly all obstruction in their well. Oil still continues to flow into the pipe and whenever the bailer or pump has been used considerable oil has been obtained. In fact the well has furnished the full supply of fuel for running the plant, besides the oil has proven an excellent lubricant for the machinery. Considerably gas pressure has been indicated in the well and Mr. Moresi has strong hopes of yet bringing in a gusher. The quantity of oil indicated in the well furnishes a substantial basis for the most sanguine expectations. So soon as the well has been cleared and the exact value of the flow has been ascertained Messrs. Moresi will begin the laying of a pipe line to Lafayette, the Southern Pacific people have agreed to take all the immediate supply. Future development of the field Mr. Moresi stated would enable his company to furnish fuel for sugar refineries and factories of Lafayette and also render the necessary the establishment of a line of boats and barges on Vermilion river to convey the fluid to all points along the banks of that stream. Mr. Moresi seemed greatly impressed with the advantages of Lafayette as a distributing center and will doubtless first extend his pipe line to this point. Lafayette Gazette 8/23/1902.
Last Thursday a very important meeting composed of some of the principal oil magnates and prospectors of Southwest Louisiana was held at Lafayette for the purpose of considering the proposition to consolidate the interests of all concerned in the development of the Lafayette and Anse la Butte oil fields. Owing to the absence of two very prominent gentlemen, now in New York, the project, after some discussion, was postponed until some future day. The proposition embraces vast interests, and the new company will be capitalized at $5,000,000, backed by some of the wealthiest and most influential corporations in the field. Hon. Robt.Martin, John R. Todd, F. Borah and P. J. Mentz, representing the Martin-Heywood Company are prominent in the new movement and it is probable the new concern will be styled the Martin Development Company. Judging from all appearances a gigantic scheme to control the entire mineral resources of Southwest Louisiana, and the Southern People seem to be watching, very closely every phase of the manipulations, with apparent determination to secure their main supply of fuel oil at this point. Lafayette Gazette 8/23/1902.
Lafayette, in common with many portions of the country, has for several days during this month experienced some discomfort from the excessive heat. While however the thermometer has ranged up into the nineties, no serious consequences have resulted, the extreme temperature having been greatly modified by gulf breezes. Although prostrations have been chronicled all over the United States especially in northern cities, nothing of the kind has been noted in south Louisiana and our people should lift up their hearts in gratitude and not growl at every encounter: "Is it hot enough for you?" Lafayette Gazette 8/23/1902.
The Cotton Crop.
Cotton in considerable quantity is being gathered and almost constant streams of wagons loaded with the fleecy staple are pouring into the various ginneries. The dry weather has caused the fruit to mature rapidly and farmers are rushing the product to market. All agree however that the crop will fall at least one half the short of the usual yield by reason of the plant maturing too quickly. Sugar cane while holding its color shows a slow growth, the plant requiring much moisture for favorable development and this has been woefully deficient throughout the entire season. Lafayette Gazette 8/23/1902.
The new buildings referred to in our last issue as being constructed by Mr. A. J. LeBlanc on Lafayette street in reality being built by Messrs. A. J. LeBlanc built by Messrs. A. J. LeBlanc & Co., and The Gazette hereby acknowledges its error in the matter. Lafayette Gazette 8/23/1902.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/23/1902.
Misses Callie Alpha and Loula McBride returned from Franklin Saturday, after spending a week in that town visiting relatives.
Regular services at the Episcopal church in Lafayette at half past five o'clock to-morrow evening.
Miss Nellie Cornay returned to her home in Baton Rouge last Thursday, after a pleasant sojourn of a month in Lafayette, the guest of her nephew, Dr. N. P. Moss.
Supt. Alleman and Mr. P. R. Landry returned yesterday from a pleasant seashore outing at Last Island and neighboring resorts.
The regular semi-annual examination of public school teachers was held last Wednesday and Thursday, at the Industrial Institute. Lafayette Gazette 8/23/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 23rd, 1902.
Free Oil From Anse la Butte.
The barrel of oil from the Moresi No.1 at Anse la Butte that has been expected so long by Dr. F. R. Martin has arrived and is now on tap in front of the McAyeal Hardware (store) where samples of the oil, that is said to be a good lubricator, can be obtained free of cost. All you have to do is bring a bottle and help yourself. The barrel of oil in question is the first one that was shipped from the well and has been on the road about ten days.
Mr. Moresi's well is a pumper but is claimed that the oil is of superior quality, and as a lubricator is worth about $2 per barrel.
Experienced oil men say the reason the oil is a lubricator is because the product comes from the surface of the great strata of oil that lies under the field, and that the naphtha and other properties that generate gas has evaporated from it, leaving only the black, or lubricating oil oil, and had the drillers gone deeper they would have found gas and a gusher, but an entirely different grade of oil.
From the Crowley News and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1902.
Bunt Secures Larger Building.
Mr. John Bunt has rented the Chargois building near the Post Office and will move in at once. Mr. Bunt's increasing made it imperatives that he secure larger quarters, where can meet the demands of this trade, Mr. Bunt is a very large dealer in oysters, fish, game and vegetables of all kinds, which are kept constantly on hand. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1902.
Meeting of Dairy Men.
The dairy men met on Monday and after considering affairs pertaining to their business, decided to sell sweet mill at 25 cent a gallon. The public are fully aware that the long dry spell, shortness of grass and the great cost of feed stuffs have made it hard on the dairymen, and while they will have to foot the extra expense, nevertheless they will do so uncomplainingly, as they appreciate the very hard time the dairymen have; for we all know that a good part of the dairyman's work is in the early hours of morning when we like best to lie abed. But the hard conditions of the present will not last long, we hope, and then we expect our clever dairymen to drop back to regular prices. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1902.
Mt. Carmel-New Session Pending.
The Mount Carmel Convent, which has for so many years trained the youth of both sexes, will on Monday, Sept. 1, open its doors for the work of another year. This school in charge of the sisters has for many years done a splendid work in Lafayette, and this year expects to do even better work than before. This school will no doubt receive the hearty support that it deserves. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1902.
In response to the invitation of Mr. Nickerson and the Advertiser to the public to help themselves from the barrels of Anse la Butte oil in front of their offices, about 400 people took samples of the oil. Some used the oil of one purpose, some for another, a few using it medicinally, and some for softening leather. What disposition most of them made of their oil, we don't know, but doubtless it was used in a satisfactory way. There is still some oil left. Those who have not secured any, come up and take some. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1902.
Visited Anse la Butte.
Mr. John M. Lee, general agent of the Southern Pacific was in Lafayette Wednesday and in company with Sheriff I. A. Broussard visited the Anse la Butte oil field. Mr. Lee states that it is the intention of the Southern Pacific to bore a number or wells in the field and secure their oil supply at this point. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1902.
Telephone to Anse la Butte.
The Teche and Vermilion Telephone Co., have put in a line to the Anse la Butte oil field, and all those desiring to communicate with parties at the Butte can do so now. Office in the Advertiser building. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1902.
At the Cumberland.
The Cumberland Telephone Co. has finished moving and is now pleasantly and comfortably located in the second story of the Lacoste building. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1902.
A Good Opportunity.
For sale, one block from R. R. depot, an up-to-date hotel and restaurant, the property having a front of 75 feet in Lincoln Ave., and consisting of 28 well furnished rooms, 3 business rooms 25 x 50, one large hall 26 x 50. Electric lights in every department. Large and spacious dining hall. Buyer will be given the privilege of inspecting the business for thirty days before sale is made. Terms easy. Reason for selling; retirement from business. For all particulars apply to Advertiser office. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1902.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/23/1902.
Mr. Samuel J. LeBlanc purchased on Tuesday 7 desirable lots in the Mudd addition.
Mr. Albert Robichaux has accepted a position at T. M. Biossat's jewelry store.
The Lafayette Juniors will cross bats with the St. Martinville Jrs. to-morrow at St. Martinville, and the following Sunday will play in Lafayette.
Mr. J. C. Nickerson the real estate man made a flying trip to Carencro and Grand Coteau on business Tuesday.
Mr. Alfred Jacobs has bought two lots in the Parkerson addition and intends to build a nice residence in the near future.
Mr. L. Locke Nevue has purchased six lots in the Mudd addition and expects to build a home seen.
Mr Moresi succeeded in removing the bailer from his well on Monday and work was at once pushed in the hope that only a short time would elapse before the long looked for gusher would make its appearance.
Mr. R. H. Broussard, who has been connected for quite a while with the Waters Pierce Oil Co., at this place, has resigned, and has opened up a general merchandise business in Lafayette.
Mr. Von Horn of New Orleans has located in Lafayette and will engage in the cotton business. We extend to him a welcome to our city. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 23, 1890:
NEAR COLLISION AVERTED.
Fast Action Saves Trainmen & Passengers.
A few days ago Morgan Train No. 12, under management of that conscientious conductor of tap, Chas. H. Lusted, and heroic engineer Bob Tanner, came near colliding with a T. P. freight train about a half mile west of Loyd Station, but as Bob is always wide-awake and has presence of mind ever remembering the lives that are entrusted to his safe keeping, he reversed his engine, called for brakes and succeeded in braking his train just in time to avoid a collision which would have beyond a doubt done considerable damage to both trains and probably injured trainmen and passengers. It was all that Bob could do to make Lafayette on time, for they were compelled to de-track, and after an hour's diligent search succeeded in finding brakeman Jagou and fireman Duffey about a mile and half out in the swamp up a persimmon tree.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1890.
The "Deering Special Train."
Last Friday at noon the long heralded "Deering special train," composed of 28 box cars and a coach, all tastefully decorated, reached Lafayette, and attracted considerable attention from a large number of persons who had assembled to view it.
A brass band accompanied the train, and discoursed some beautiful music. The train departed for Lake Charles, meeting with enthusiastic receptions along the route, and a grand welcome and entertainment at Lake Charles. This train was loaded with machinery sold by the Deerings throughout Southwest Louisiana and Texas. This new method of advertising has done both the Deerings and Southwest Louisiana much good. It has shown the states through which it came that our section is up with the times, and needs all their modern inventions to enable her to get her munificent tributes to market.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1890.
The Thought Struck Us. - Wednesday evening, after the heavy shower, as we gazed upon a string of people tip-toeing along the mud banquet to the post office to the post office, like a flock of turkey's chasing a garter snake, the thought struck us that a good plank walk along there would be a great benefit to the community. We merely offer this as a suggestion, as the subject has never been mentioned before.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1890.
For the High School.
On Saturday last a number of our citizen's met at Falk's Opera House and organized an association to be known as the "Lafayette Educational Dramatic Association." The object of said Association is to give entertainments, theatrical performances, balls, etc., for the purpose of raising funds for the benefit of a high school, to be located in the town of Lafayette. The following officers were elected: E. G. Voorhies, President; Ben. Falk, Vice-President; C. O. Mouton, Secretary and Treasurer; Albert Delahoussaye and Fred J. Mayer, M. D., State Managers. The Treasurer will be required to furnish bond. A committee was appointed to confer with the ladies in view to inducing them to form an auxiliary association. More than a year ago we succeeded in inaugurating a movement for building a high school in Lafayette, and it started out with some show of success, but failed. However, Lafayette parish has far brighter prospects now and then, and we wee no reason why this move should not succeed. It has our hearty sympathy, and we wish it God speed! Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1890.
And Peanuts, Too.
Last Monday afternoon we accepted an invitation from Capt. Joe Vallier to accompany him out to his place near town and take a look at the crops in his neighborhood. If the crops throughout the parish are as luxuriant and solid as they are on Capt. Buchanan's, Mrs. Hays', Dr. Mudd's and Joe Vallier's places, then the fortune of Lafayette parish is assured for this year. Joe has one of the handsomest and best finished farm residences in that section and his farm is otherwise well improved and equipped, and in a high state of cultivation. He believes in a diversity of crops which is the proper theory for small farmers. He has a large acreage planted in sweet potatoes, which present a fine appearance and will no doubt give a splendid yield. He has a large patch of peanuts. We believe peanut culture, if properly conducted, would pay our farmers well as an adjunct to their other crops. It is one of the leading sources of wealth to Virginia, and the product is always in demand on the market. It may not be generally known, but that is the way Joe got his start in life - "grabbing for goobers."
Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1890.
Farmer's Alliance picnic last Saturday at Vallery Breaux Springs, on the land of S. J. Montgomery, near town, was a grand success, notwithstanding the drawback of the threatening weather and final rain. Our friends know and appreciate that we were unavoidably absent, else we would have been there; but our French and English correspondents give a pretty good synopsis of the affair. It served its whole purpose - to bring the farmers of the different sections together in closer intimacy, and have them in a body listen to argument and "reason together." Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1890.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/23/1890.
The daily showers of the week, while they have benefited us here in town by cooling the atmosphere and laying the dust, have not done the crops any good. But as yet we have heard no serious complaint, and a streak of dry weather will put everything right.
Cotton picking during the week was inaugurated throughout the parish. Let us have dry weather next week, and then we cannot find enough cotton pickers.
We have been blessed this summer with splendid pasturage, and the hay made is of fine quality. Even now everything is verdant and luxuriant, and the general prospect is that of middle Spring rather than the shank of Summer.
Mrs. H. M. Bailey gives notice that she will re-open her school on the first day of September.
The pay car came in Thursday evening and dropped a few thousand dollars.
Business is picking up fast in our town, and our merchants already sniff teh coming breeze of Fall and Winter trade.
C. M. Parkerson, Esq., has gone to San Antonio, Texas, to accept a position in the General office of the S. A. & A. P. Railroad Company.
Misses Alix and Louis Judice, and Miss Carmelite Mouton, left Monday for New Iberia, on a visit to Mrs. Thomas Coleman.
We are informed that the contract for the building of the Carencro Bridge, which divides the parishes of Lafayette and St. Landry, was awarded to Mr. G. L. Singleton for the sum of eight hundred and forty nine dollars. One half of the amount is to be paid by St. Landry parish.
Mr. Pink Torian has got a brand new pair of pants with knee-pads, so that when he kneels down in the yard to pray he won't hurt the cinders.
Hillaire Mouton, a colored man, working in E. Constantin's livery stable, is building a cottage for himself just East of the late A. V. Jeffers' residence, in McComb addition.
Mr. T. T. Slattery, of South Butte, Montana, 2nd Vice Chancellor of the B. of R. T., was in town Saturday last, and spent a pleasant day with the members of Morgan Lodge 317, congratulating them upon the number of new members enlisted upon their rolls they organized.
Almost every farmer who comes to town has "a smile on his face"). He feels satisfied that he is safe on the crop question, and will start out next year on a solid basis.
We are under obligations to Mr. and Mrs. John Hahn and Clerk Ernest Monisset for appreciated attentions. Under its excellent management the Crescent News Hotel is growing in public favor.
It looks mighty ugly for gentlemen to stand on the street corners and look at ladies like they were wild animals.
Judging from the heavy fruitage of the little tree in our yard, there will be a splendid pecan crop this season.
Mr. Charles Ackerman, an expert and accomplished barber, is engaged in the shop of Mr. John Vandergriff. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1890.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 23rd, 1873:
W. B. Lindsay Moves His Store.
Our young merchant, W. B. Lindsay, has removed his stock of goods from his old stand on Lafayette street to his new building on St. John street, where he will be pleased to see his friends and customers. Don't fail to give him a call.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1873.
We do not think we can put a portion of our columns to a better use than to the subject or Railroads in western Louisiana. Their importance in developing the finest portions of our State and connecting, by direct routes, New Orleans with Texas, Arkansas and the great pacific road, justifies this belief.
Since our last issue we have read Mr. Bayley's communication to the New Orleans Picayune. We are glad to see that this able Engineer has turned his attention to this subject - his long residence among us, and his thorough knowledge of every locality, together with their resources and condition enables himself in calling public attention to this all important work.
Mr. Bayley says :
"The one trunk line already built from Westwego to Bayou Goula, will suffice for the New Orleans end of the three lines indicated. There are, however, several lines, including Mr. Morgan's, via Berwick's Bay, which might be specified for the eastern portion of the trunk line to Central Texas, but a line to Houston is too indirect to meet the present requirements. Houston and Galveston are now our rivals on or near the Gulf coast, and St. Louis and Memphis are our competitors on the Upper Mississippi ; to compete successfully with them we must tap the country between, and furnish direct short trunk lines to New Orleans. The shortest route to Alexandria is from Bayou Goula, via Plaquemine, Rosedale, and the Louisiana Central line, from the Atchafalaya River crossing. We cannot do better than to encourage and support the newly revived Louisiana Central Company. At Alexandria, the North Louisiana, and the Marshall and Shreveport trunk lines would diverge from each other. Each of the three main lines will pay very large dividends upon their cost, if judiciously and properly constructed and managed."
Without presuming to know any thing about the relative merits of the main trunk lines, which Mr. Bayley advocates, yet we must be permitted to express our doubt, as to the route from "Bayou Goula, via Plaquemine, Rosedale, and the Louisiana Central Railroad line, from the Atchafalaya River crossing," being the one which should be favored and adopted. That is more direct, and somewhat shorter to Shreveport we do not deny ; but we can hardly think Mr. B. would say that it can be built cheaper, and in a shorter time than the other lines already advanced in construction.
MORGAN'S ROAD is already graded and ready for the cross-ties and iron, from Brashear to Vermilionville, and beyond this latter point, with very little exception, as far as Opelousas.
THE N.O., M. & T. RAILROAD from Doaldsonville, where is is now running, has a whole line of the road, to within twenty-five miles of Vermilionville, graded and the bridges on the Lafourche and Grand River built--besides much piling. There is, besides, forty-eight miles of grading completed west of Vermilionville, and also a considerable amount of piling done at the Lake Charles crossing.
So that as far as early communication is concerned, with important points aimed at, it appears to us as that either of these two lines would be preferable to the one by Plaaquemine, Rosedale and the Atchafalaya crossing.
Besides there is another consideration, which should operate in favor of Mr. Morgan's, or the N. O., M. & Texas Railroad, which is, that the construction of either of these roads would develop the great Attakapas and Opelousas sections, by affording more expeditious and cheaper communication with New Orleans.
We think New Orleans need apprehend no fear from the Rivalry of Houston and Galveston, Mr. Bayley's opinion to the contrary not withstanding.
Also in this edition: Colonel T. H. Scranton, general superintendent of the New Orleans, Mobile and Texas Railroad Company, has been called suddenly to New York on important railroad business. He left town on Friday evening.-- N. O. Republican, Aug. 17.
Charles Morgan and the Texas Road.
Mr. Charles Morgan has proposed in New York to resume his engagement to extend his road from Brashear (now Morgan City) to Houston, on the conditions originally proposed by him, to wit, that he will make the road bed, crib work, and assign all his rights and privileges in the extension of the Opelousas Road to Houston, provided the New Orleans and Texas Company will supply the iron, the two parties to have each half of the road. Mr. Morgan is willing to enter into an arrangement of this sort with Governor Sprague, as President of the road. It is a very important arrangement, both for Mr. Morgan and the New Orleans and Texas Railroad. Recent experience has demonstrated that the Opelousas Road, terminating at Brashear, will not be very profitable and productive property on the investment made therein by Mr. Morgan.
The Missouri and other more northern roads from Texas will be pretty certain to draw off the trade and travel from this new Southern route. Should the Louisiana Central be completed to Shreveport, so as to connect with the several lines which from that point are to pierce the State of Texas, Mr. Morgan's business would be largely affected. Many of his boats are already laid up, and the revenue from his line enormously reduced since the opening of the road from St. Louis to Galveston. It becomes, therefore, a matter of great need and urgency to Mr. Morgan to extend his Opelousas road to Texas. It is equally important to our city, and we fervently hope that the arrangement indicated, or some other will be made, so as to enable our people to realize the incalculable benefits so long deferred of such a connection. - N. O. Herald.
The New Orleans, Mobile and Texas Railroad.
At the last monthly meeting of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce a resolution was passed recommending that the charters of the New Orleans, Mobile and Texas and Backbone Railroads be annulled. The Chamber entertained no doubt as the necessity of this measure ; the only question as as to whether it could be effected. This latter point was submitted to the consideration of a special committee, with directions to take the necessary steps to secure complete and satisfactory information in regard to it. We feel assured that the gentlemen of the committee have too much at heart the interest of the city to neglect this important trust. There is an imperative demand for the building of at least one of these roads and yet the companies upon whose activity and enterprise we have been relying, and which have received the substantial aid and encouragement of franchise and subsidy, have shown themselves unequal to the work. They are idle, ad meanwhile the immense trade of the upper Red River country is diverted elsewhere. It is estimated that for want of such a line of road as the proposed Mobile, New Orleans and Texas Railroad we lost last season the handling of 125,000 bales of cotton together with the incidental business their receipt would have brought us. Planters of that section are no longer compelled to wait their chances and ship to this point when the upper Red River is navigable. The newly completed roads of Texas afford an easy and constant communication in all seasons of the year with Galveston and St. Louis, and it is to those points that their trade will find its way unless we are in haste to prevent that. - N. O. Picayune
Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1873.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 23rd, 1910:
A CITY PARK.
One of the needs of Lafayette is a city park. No provision so far has been made for one, and since the larger the town grows, the greater will be the need and the cost, it would be a wise and excellent thing for our City Council to take some action towards acquiring a park now while a suitable site can be secured at a price possible to pay.
There has been practically no agitation on the part of the public as to a park, although all are no doubt unanimous that a city park would be a fine thing to have. The reason is that no pressing urgency has been experienced in the matter, and the lack of money, has always been ready as an excuse.
But cities do acquire parks and why not Lafayette? When the matter of school grounds was first broached several years ago, it was put up as a problem where to get the money. To-day we have fine school grounds both the High School and Primary School. How did we get them? When it was resolved to get the ground it was and paid for.
When the real need of a park becomes a centered fact in our minds, we will get a city park. But the longer the realization is put off, the more it will cost, so the time to begin considering the acquirement of a city park is now. Lafayette Advertiser 8/23/1910.