From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 26th, 1903:
POLL TAX QUALIFICATION
Ignored by the Parish Executive Committee. Protest Filed.
The Parish Democratic Executive Committee at its meeting last Saturday, as will be seen in the proceedings published in this issue, ordered a primary for Sept. 24,and decided by a vote of 6 to 3 to allow all registered Democratic voters to participate in the election regardless of the poll tax qualification.
The minority of the Committee objected to the decision of the majority of the committee to ignore the poll tax qualification was obligatory under the law authorizing and governing primary elections in the State.
The action of the majority of the Committee in this instance may carry with it much of good intention, but there is a strong reason for believing that a primary held under such a ruling would be irregular, and on that account illegal.
An appeal has been taken to the State Central Committee by the protesting members of the Parish Executive Committee, and an official decision to that point involved will be awaited with interest.
This "split" in the Parish Committee is only another indication on the vigorousness that is going to mark the contest between the two Democratic factions for the control of public offices in Lafayette parish. If they wish to enjoy the respect and confidence of all good people, the leaders of the political factions will see to it that the campaign is carried on with decency and in a spirit of generous rivalry. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1903.
Nays-Elias Spell, R. O. Young and John Whittington.
In support of these resolutions Hon. R. W. Elliot addressed the Committee by permission of the Committee. Hon. John L. Kennedy also addressed the Committee in support of the resolutions and presented the following pledge:
"Lafayette, La., Aug. 22, 1903. - To the Hon. Chairman and Members of the Democratic Parish Executive Committee of the parish of Lafayette. - Gentlemen, the undersigned candidates for office in the parish of Lafayette, do hereby respectfully consent and agree to submit our names as candidates before an open white Democratic primary election, to be held under authority of your Hon. Committee upon a registered vote, without regard to poll tax qualifications, promising faithful submission to the result of said primary election."
Respectfully, (Signed.) Ed. G. Voorhies, Louis Lacoste, P. L. DeClouet, J. F. Mouton, M. D., J. Gilbert St. Julien.
On motion duly seconded the Committee adjourned.
(Signed.) JOHN HAHN,
Chairman Democratic Executive Committee.
P. L. DECLOUET, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1903.
Lafayette Home Institute.
This deservedly popular school, will open its seventh session on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1903, Prof. Greig, the principal and founder of the school, has been engaged in educational work here for many years, and he has won an enviable reputation as an instructor. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1903.
Good to Look At.
One of the prettiest show windows in town is that of T. M. Biossat. It is very tastefully dressed, and its beautiful display of watches and novelty articles will compare most favorably with stores in much larger places than Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1903.
Out of Hospital.
Aladin, the negro who shot some time ago by Sheriff Broussard by mistake, has returned from the hospital. He has not entirely recovered, having to use crutches, but will probably be all right again soon. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1903.
The day after the fire at the Compress Manager B. N. Coronna sent a check for Ten Dollars to the Fire Department as a token of his high appreciation for their prompt assistance on that occasion. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1903.
A Progressive Firm.
The Falk Mercantile Company is one of the most progressive firms in our little city, and are always on the lookout for ways and means to give their customers the very best, latest, and choicest goods on the market. In the matter of purchases they are wide awake, and if there is a chance to buy under the market price, they are prompt to take advantage of it, and then give the public the benefit of their shrewd buying in the way of bargains. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1903.
The Advertiser has received the new catalogue of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. It is neatly gotten up and contains a number of views of the buildings and grounds. Messrs. Roy, Woodson, Mayer and Lillibridge, and Misses Mayfield, Dupre and McLaurin will teach again this year. Miss Huger and Prof. Smith resigned and will be replaced before the opening of the session, which will be on Wednesday Sept. 16. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1903.
In a Few Days.
The finishing touches are being put on the handsome two-story brick store of the Merchants Wholesale Grocery Co. They are daily receiving stock and will open for business in a few days. A fine delivery wagon for the local trade has been received. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1903.
A Fine Ear.
A thirteen and one-half inch ear of corn, closely covered with large full grains was a present made to The Advertiser Friday by Mr. Joe Breaux, who is successfully engaged in truck farming near Lafayette. This parish is certainly a favored region of the earth, for almost anything will grow here and grow well. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1903.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/26/1903:
Edgar Landry, Chas. Cochrane and Elias Peck left for Hot Springs, Arkansas, Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mouton and child returned Saturday from Louisville, Ky., where they spent some time.
Dr. F. E. Girard and J. C. Nickerson, the real estate man, left Monday for High Island (Tex) for a few days recreation. Before returning they will "take in" the Sour Lake oil fields.
Mr. John Torian returned home Thursday after several weeks spent with his brother, Tom Torian.
Mrs. J. A. Parker returned home Saturday after a visit of several weeks with her daughter, Mrs. Tom Hopkins.
T. J. Breaux of Carencro is building a handsome home near President Stephen's residence just beyond the Industrial School.
Friday Jeanmard purchased through Nickerson's real estate agency the handsome home of Minor Merriwether for $7,000.
Mr. Frank Hopkins spent Sunday in Opelousas.
Mrs. G. C. Comstock and son Creyton, have returned home after spending several weeks at Ocean Springs.
Prof. G. C. Young left Saturday for Berwick, after spending several days as the guest of Dr. Tolson's family.
Jim Breaux, a compositor at the Gazette office left Saturday for a week's visit in New Orleans.
McBride Mouton returned Monday to Des Allemands, where he is employed.
Supt. Allemand's little boy was kicked by a horse Monday and seriously though not dangerously hurt.
WANTED - Board and lodging in a private family by two young men. Address A. B. C. this office.
The pretty new cottage home of Edwin Chargois near the post office is rapidly nearing completion.
Sheriff Joe Murrel of Acadia spent Saturday in town. He came after a negro named Mary Fontentot, accused of larceny, who was arrested here by Deputy Sheriff Trahan.
The large two story brick store of M. Rosenfield is very nearly finished and will be ready for occupancy about Sept. 1.
Who Will Get It? - Mouton Bros. will donate a barrel of "Best Flour" to the farmer who shall gin the first bale of cotton this season.
The Sontag Military Band and a number of others from here took in the Charenton Excursion Sunday and spent a most delightful day.
Mr. Wm. Nevue and Miss Lucille Riu will be married at the Catholic church to-day.
McBride Mouton returned Monday to Des Allemands, where he is employed.
It is reported that caterpillars have made their appearance in large numbers in Rapides parish. So far Lafayette has not been troubled with them.
The buyer for Abramson's is now in New York making purchases.
Judge T. A. McFaddin and L. Stelly of Carencro left Wednesday by way of Vermilion bayou for the gulf, on a fishing trip. They returned Monday, having had a fine time.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1903.
From the Lafayette Gazette of August 26th, 1899:
Will do a Large Business This Year.
Indications Point to a Busy Season.
The Lafayette Compress and Storage Company has begun the season with the determination to do a large business. A thoroughly modern gin enables the company to offer exceptional inducements to the farmer this year. A representative of this paper visited the compress this week and found everything in readiness for the increase of business which is expected. From all accounts there will be a good crop of cotton and the compress people are full prepared for it. Efficient men under the direction of the president of the company, Mr. B. N. Coronna, and all the modern facilities to handle a large amount of cotton, insures a splendid service to the patrons of the company. The gin, under management of Mr. J. E. Martin, is thoroughly equipped to handle cotton at terms most favorable to the farmer. The gin is up to date in every respect and is guaranteed to give satisfaction. The following gentlemen have charge of the gin: J. E. Martin, manger; Joseph Falcon, engineer; Aimar Guidry, fireman ; and Alfred Peck, watchman.
The compress building is situated a few acres from the gin. The same men who ran it so successfully last year will operate it this season. E. H. Bower, is the manager; J. W. Chambers, engineer; W. M. Sturges, receiving clerk; and Lem Gustine, weigher. Owing to the limited crop last year only 15,000 bales were compressed. Considering the smallness of the crop it was a fair season. From all appearances the number of compressed bales will reach 30,000 this year. At one time last year there were over 5,000 bales stored in the compress. On some of the cotton, advances had been made to the farmers by the company. In this way the farmer is enabled to wait for better prices. The compress employs a large force of men who earn good salaries.
The Lafayette Compress and Storage Company and Lehman, Stern & Co. are not the same firm as some people believe. Mr. Coronna, who is president of the former company, is manager at this place for the latter. Lehman, Stern & Co. are cotton buyers. Their representatives here are: B. N. Coronna, manager D. Schwartz, cashier and book-keeper; Jas. R. Taylor, classer; Charles Martin, office boy; Miss Cora Martin, type-writer; H. Hawkins, a colored man, is sampler and maker. The firm has buyers stationed at over twenty places. Its office is in a very neat and commodious building near the compress company, has communication with three telephone lines - the Cumberland, Hoggsett and a private line. A large amount of business, involving great sums of money, is transacted in this office the books of which are in charge of Mr. Schwartz, an excellent book-keeper.
The Gazette could say much more about this great enterprise and of the good it has to Lafayette, but is has not the space to do so this week.
Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.
Death of Young Butcher.
Edwin Butcher, aged 20 years, son of Mr. Wm. Butcher, died last Wednesday at the home of his father in this parish. Young Butcher's death was unexpected.
He had always enjoyed exceptionally good health and a robust constitution and it was not believed that his illness would have ended to seriously. Those who knew the deceased speak of him as having been an industrious, honest and manly young fellow, possessing in marked degree those virtues and traits of character which constitute the good citizen. Although quite young he had impressed his acquaintances with the fact that in him were combined those qualities which shone in all the acts of his live. He was an obedient son, a true friend and in all his dealings an honest man. His funeral took place Thursday evening and was largely attended. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.
Needs Work. - The Gazette would again call the attention of the City Council to the necessity of immediate work on the streets. The condition of the streets after the heavy rain this week made it very apparent that unless they are repaired before fall they will be absolutely impassable. Our streets should not again be permitted to into the condition they were in last year. The members of the City Council are all businessmen and they know the necessity of having good streets during the business season.
Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.
Negro Run Over. - Robert Williams, a negro, tried to jump a freight train last Tuesday and fell and had a leg crushed by the wheels of a car. Drs. Tolson and Martin were called to attend to the negro who had been carried to the power-house by friends. It was found necessary to amputate his leg beneath the knee. The operation was successful and Williams was taken to his home at Jennings on the Wednesday afternoon train.
Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.
Died. - Mr. Frank Cosme Triay, aged 63 years, and a native of Barcelona, Spain, died in Lafayette Friday, Aug. 17, at the home of his son, Mr. F. C. Triay. Mr. Triay came to this country when a mere lad settling in the city of New Orleans and subsequently moving to Washington, La. A few years ago he came to Lafayette to live with his son. Mr. Triay was the father of several children who were all devoted to tell him in his old age. His remains were interred in the Protestant cemetery Sunday morning.
Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.
The Election To-day. - Let every one who has the necessary qualifications vote for the two-mill tax. The election will be held to-day. The Gazette hopes that the vote will be unanimous and in the affirmative. No citizen who has the prosperity of Lafayette at heart will vote against the tax. The advocates of the tax should see to it that a large vote is polled. That is essential. Let the election be a brilliant victory for progress.
Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.
You Boys, Fight it Out. - All is not lovely between St. Martinville and New Iberia. A few days ago an eminently respectable lady of New Iberia went to St. Martinville to give an entertainment there, but failed to receive the courteous treatment which the citizens of that chivalrous town usually extend to visitors. And this is not all. An Iberian swell drove up to St. Martinville on a Sunday evening and while passing through through the main boulevard of that quaint and historic town was shamefully hooted at and greatly humiliated by some young men who had adopted this means to express their dislike for the "metropolis of the Teche." This has so angered the Iberian that Brother Weeks retorts by saying all kinds of ugly things about St. Martinville, and suggests that this antipathy has grown out of the contest for the Industrial School. To a disinterested spectator such petty acts appear extremely puerile. Lafayette yields precedence to none in its earnest endeavors to secure the Industrial School, but it will not stoop to the tactics which seems to characterize the rivalry of its neighbors. Lafayette prefers for no loss of its self respect.
Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.
To My Patrons. - After the most pleasant relations, extending over a quarter of a century, with the patrons of the "Lacoste Blacksmith Shop," I have decided to close that business on the first day of September, 1899, in order to devote all my time to the management of my store, whose rapidly increasing trade demands, my undivided attention.
Before closing the old blacksmith shop, however, I desire to thank most sincerely those who have favored me with their patronage. With pardonable pride I will refer to the splendid record of the "Lacoste Blacksmith Shop," established, as it was, when our now flourishing city was a mere hamlet. In those days, the plow and the harrow were practically the only farming implements used, but now it is different. The progressive farmer must take advantage of the latest improved labor-saving inventions, and with a view of adapting myself to the changed conditions, I have fitted up and equipped a thoroughly up to date store where the farmer can get everything necessary to work the soil.
I have in addition to this department all kinds of Blacksmith Supplies, Hardware, Buggies, Wagons, Pipes and Pipe Fittings, Ready Mixed Paints, etc.
Again thanking those who have so generously patronized me in the past, I hope to have a continuance of their valued patronage in the future.
Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.
To the Lafayette Gazette.
The Kindergarten is to be the great nursery of childhood in the future. It takes the little tot of four, five and six years of age standing as it were, at the threshold of existence, quickens every intellectual, moral and social faculty of its being, and brings out in bold relief its loving and hopeful nature.
The Kindergarten is founded on the principle that activity is the first law of childhood. It is not natural for a child to sit still. It must be actively employed to be happy. It delights in being helpful, in serving others, in the feeling that he has a task to perform in this great work-a-day world.
The marches, songs and games all tend towards building up a harmonious character. All the work required of the children is done in a neat, methodical manner. The tables on which they work, the circle around which they must march and every duty that devolves upon the little "helpers" as they are called, tend to emphasize and impress upon the childish mind. "Heaven's first law" - order.
The teacher does not, as in the old methods, sit back as a mentor, directing the children what to do; but becomes, for the time being, a little child herself, and leading off with the song, game or other occupation, the little one immediately catches the spirit of the same and follows in her wake.
Children, like monkeys, are great imitators. For this reason, example is better for them than precept. They learn to be kind, generous and helpful in Kindergarten, by seeing others so. There is never any censuring, scolding or fault finding. The teachers and trainers endeavor always to be what they wish their children to become.
They know that it does not make a child good to call it bad that it does not make it industrious to call it lazy; that it does not make it bright to call it stupid; but on the contrary such discouraging processes will, spoil the best and most promising children. The object is to always encourage, to lead on, and though the child is kept in harness by a method, practiced only by Kindergarteners, it is hardly aware that there is any restraint.
All bright children, without exception, are enthusiastically fond of the Kindergarten. It is the one place of all others where they can be supremely happy in the realization that they are little men and women, rushing on with hearty good will in the great work of the world. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1889.
The Sunday School Convention.
As previously announced a Sunday school convention will be held at the Methodist Episcopal church in Lafayette, on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 9 o'clock a. m. State Superintendent A. M. Mayo will be present to conduct the meeting and Revs. C. M. Atkinson and C. W. Carter have accepted invitations to discuss subjects pertinent to Sunday school work. Others will address the meeting and in addition an excellent musical program will prove an important feature of the occasion. Everybody is invited to attend. There will be three sessions arranged as follows: morning from 9 to 11, this afternoon from 2 to 4, night from 7 to 9. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.
In order to be able to accept the appointment of census supervisor for this district Mr. Wm. Clegg has resigned his membership on the State Board of Education. Mr. Clegg was appointed by Gov. Nicholls in 1888 and had served since that time having been reappointed by Gov. Foster in 1882 and 1896. Mr. Clegg was a most useful member of the Board, and he will no doubt prove as efficient in the performance of his duties as supervisor. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.
Last year the Lafayette compress bought the first bale of cotton on Aug. 29, and this year on Aug. 23, it had purchased one hundred bales. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.
Meeting of Veterans.
A regular meeting of Gen. Frank Gardner Camp U. C. V. will be held next Saturday, September 2, for the election of officers and for considering other business of vital importance to the camp. A full attendance is earnestly requested. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/26/1899.
Prof. Greig has been busily engaged in renovating and furnishing his school for the opening, Sept. 4. The kindergarten department will be inaugurated with a complete outfit of new material and furniture and under the direction of an experienced and competent teacher. Miss Lessie Thorpe, of Iberia, will afford unexcelled advantages for the little folk.
Mrs. Jno. Clegg, of New Orleans, is visiting the family of Mr. Wm. Clegg.
Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Hopkins left Wednesday for Greenville, Tex.
Miss Marie Mouton entertained a number of her young friends last Thursday evening. A most pleasant time was had by every one present.
A. E. Mouton, the lumber man, went to Lake Charles last Wednesday.
B. J. Pellerin the Southern Pacific agent at this place, went to New Iberia one day this week.
Alex Delahoussaye is building a store next to the Delahoussaye bakery. As soon as it will be completed Mr. Delahoussaye will open a store.
Theling is the name of the new and very popular perfumery, sold in any quantity at the Moss Pharmacy. Fifty cents an ounce - there is none better.
Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 26th, 1899:
NOTICE OF ELECTION.
By virtue of the power in us vested by law, and by virtue of the adoption of ordinance by the police jury of the parish of Lafayette, and the proclamation of the president of said body, notice is hereby given that an election will be held in the parish of Lafayette, La., on Tuesday the 26th, day of September A. D. 1899; submitting to the tax payers of the parish of Lafayette, entitled to vote under the General Election Laws of this State, the proposition to levy a special tax of two mills on every dollar of the assessed value of the property situated in said parish and subject to taxation therein, in excess of the time limited by law for a period and term of ten years, beginning January 1st, A. D. 1900, for the purpose of securing the location of the State Industrial Institute provided for by Act 162 of the General Assembly, approved July 14th, A. D. 1898, in the parish of Lafayette, La., the title thereof to be in the public in conformity to Article No. 232 of the Constitution of 1898 and Act No. 131 of the General Assembly of 1898. The election shall be held in the different precincts and polls therein established before the 1st Election; the polls shall be opened from six a. m. to seven p. m.
That the ballots to be used at said Election shall be printed as follows:
"For the special Tax of two mills for ten years to be devoted for the purpose of securing the location of the said Industrial Institute provided for by Act. No. 162 of the General Assembly, approved July 14th, 1898 in the parish of Lafayette, La. The title thereof to be in the public under the terms and conditions set forth in the property tax payers petition.
"Against the special tax of two mills for ten years to be devoted for the purpose of securing the location of the State Industrial Institute provided for by Act No. 162 of the General Assembly, approved July 14th, 1898, in the parish of Lafayette. The title thereof to be in the public under the terms and conditions set forth in the property tax payers petition.
That the Commissioners of Election shall receive the ballots of all property tax payers of the parish of Lafayette, La., entitled to vote at said Election under the law of the State of Louisiana, and before depositing their votes in the ballot box, the Commissioners of Election shall endorse on the Official ballots to be cast by each voter the amount of such assessment, but not the name of the voter, as will be shown by the Official Roll of the year 1899. Said Commissioners shall make return of the number of votes and the amount of the assessed value of the property voted for and against, the levy of the said special tax, and otherwise, according to law.
The following named persons are hereby appointed Commissioners of Election to hold said election at the different precincts throughout the parish:
Ward 1, Poll at Jules Guidry Hall. Commissioners: Alfred Delhomme, Felix Bernard, Jules Guidry. Clerk-Charles A. Boudreaux.
2d. Ward, Poll at Ford Hoffpauir's Plantation. Commissioners: Hugh Wagner, William B. Foote, Hugh Hutchinson. Clerk-Ben Avant.
3d. Ward, Poll at Court House. Commissioners: Ludovic Billeaud, C. Galbert, Bienvenu, Thomas F. Webb, Jr. Clerk - Ralph Elliot.
3d. Ward, Poll at Mouton Switch. Commissioners: Ovey Savoy, Laodice Broussard, Gile Bonnemaison. Clerk - Pellerin.
5th. Ward, Poll at Farmer's Alliance Hall Commissioners: Aurelien Olivier, Chet Leblanc, Jr., E. L. Estorge. Clerk - Alexandre Billeaud.
6th Ward, Guilbeau Hall. Commissioners, Alphonse L. Guilbeau, George Melchoir, Gaston Blot. Clerk - O. P. Guilbeau.
6th Ward, at Hervillon Simoneaux. Commissioners: Adolphe L. Guilbeau, C. C. Brown, John M. Jones. Clerk H. E. Toll.
7th Ward, Poll at Pilette School House. Commissioners: J. Aymar Labbe, Eloi Bonin, Robert Broussard. Clerk - J. Sam Broussard.
8th. Ward, Poll at Whittington's School House. Commissioners: Aime D. Landry, John Whittington, Jr., Leopold Guidry. Clerk - Leo Judice, Clerk.
We, the undersigned Board of Supervisors, P. A. Delhomme, Arthur Comeau, and A. M. Martin, being present, having appointed the above named Commissioners of Election as above stated, this 8th, day of August A. D., 1899.
(Signed) ARTHUR COMEAU, P. A. DELHOMME, President, A. M. MARTIN, Registrar.
A TRUE COPY.
Attest: A. M. MARTIN.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1899.
A. O. U. W.
Is the only fraternal order which guarantee to its members payment by them of not more than 12 assessments in any one year, at the following rates per $1,000 viz:
Ideal Lodge, No. 25, A. O. U. W. located in this town is a subordinate lodge of the Grand Jurisdiction of Louisiana, and invited all male persons over the age of 18 years and under 45, who are of good moral character, capable of earning a livelihood and who believe in the existence of a Supreme Being the Creator and Preserver of the Universe, to become members of the order.
Applications should be addressed to: C. O. Mouton, J. T. Allingham, Sidney Mouton, B. Falk, J. J. Davidson, Paul Castel, E. Ledet, E. C. Mabrey, J. W. Whitmire, Frank Poinboeuf, J. E. Weigler, Thos. Roger, H. A. Van der Cruyssen, Ambroise Mouton.
The next session of The Grand Lodge of Louisiana, A. O. U. W., will meet in Lafayette, on fourth Tuesday in July 1900. The most distinguished members of the order in the State will be present on this occasion. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1899.
Falk Up North.
Mr. B. Falk is visiting the Northern and Eastern markets buying all the goods he is in need of for his customers. He has so far bought a quantity at prices that will be a revelation to those who will visit his place of business during the coming Fall. Especially had he found a tremendous bargain in Stoves and Heaters, which will save quite a considerable amount of fuel. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1899.
Lost His Footing.
A negro who attempted to board a freight train on last Tuesday, near the Water Works missed his footing and fell under the wheels of the moving train and had one his legs crushed. Drs. F. R. Tolson and G. A. Martin attended the wounded man.
S. S. Convention.
The Convention of the Lafayette Parish S. S. Association will meet at the M. E. Church, South, Thursday, Aug. 31st, at 9 o'clock A. M. under the leadership of Mr. A. M. Mayo, president of the State Association.
The convention will have two sessions during the day and one at night. Morning session from 9 to 11; afternoon from 2 to 4; night 7 -9.
The following program has been arranged:
Mrs. Crow Girard and Miss Lizzie Mudd will have charge of the music.
President A. M. Mayor, of the State Association will lecture on subjects pertinent to S. S. work and discussion will be open to all.
A cordial invitation is extended to all interested in this important work to participate in the exercises. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1899.
Prof. Greig has purchased an entirely new outfit of material and furnitures for the Kindergarten department of his school and invites, all interested in the inauguration of the system, to call and inspect the accomodations provided especially for the little folks. The Kindergarten opens with the Home Institute Monday Sept. 4. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1899.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/26/1899.
Mr. Vic Levy returned from New York last Thursday.
Messrs. N. B. Coronna and T. M. Biossat, made a trip to Shreveport, La., during the week.
Mr. Clemille Trahan brought to our office a stalk of corn having on nine ears. It is one more testimonial of the fertility of our soil.
Miss Bagnal is now clerking at Moss & Co., where she will be pleased to serve her friends.
Miss Mable Alford, of Houston, Texas, is visiting the family of Mrs. Alfred Mouton. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of August 26th, 1893:
In the hurry and lateness in getting our last issue, we were compelled to leave out many of the details of the capture and subsequent identification of the negroes arrested and charged with the atrocious attempt to murder and the robbery of the railroad station at Iowa, some 75 miles east of here.
It may be recalled that Mrs. Cantrell came in with Sheriff Reid of Calcasieu, and John Long, the railroad detective, and the lady positively recognized King, the negro, as one of the party who committed the dastardly act. This crime was committed at 9 o'clock p. m., and Sheriff Ike Broussard received the information from Calcasieu;s sheriff while in bed, a few hours later, and the plans of this vigilant officer were soon formed. There was a freight train due here at 2 o'clock a. m., and it was the caboose from the same train that took Mr. Cantrell to Welsh for medical aid, and it was not thought possible that the culprits would have the hardihood to board that train. Ike thought they would, and they did, riding between the cars. Ike, ever on the alert, with the assistance of some of the railroad boys, soon had everything in readiness when the train should arrive, and when it did arrive the two negroes walked into the net and were safely caged. Let us say here that the sheriff performed a skillful piece of detective work, and one that would credit to any professional detective in the country. The two negroes are in jail in Calcasieu parish, a living warning to every malefactor to give Lafayette a wide berth, for if they don't the sheriff will get him every time. But the part deserving special mention lies in the fact that Sheriff Broussard had secured sufficient evidence to convict, even if the lady had not recognized her assailant. Ike can wear a big plume in his hat; it is a right that no one can dispute. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
A Singular Accident. - Last Saturday night, at about 10 o'clock, in the neighborhood of Ridge, a serious and singular accident happened to two young men. It seems that four young men were riding together when D. Hoffapauir suggested that he take one of the young men home with him for the night, and H. Hoffpauir suggested that he take one of the young men home with him for the night. This was agreed to, and they then separated. After going some distance on their several ways they decided co-incidentally, to turn back, and gave their horses free rein. When near a copse, and owing to the shadow, they did not see each other, and coming at full tilt D. and H. Hoffpauir ran into one another, and from the collision each had a leg fractured. It appears that the young men have a habit of racing their horses, and these young men were but indulging in a usual pastime when the unfortunate accident occurred. Dr. Young, of Rayne, due to the inability of Drs. Clark and Lyons, of that locality to respond, was sent for and attended to the needs of the young men, who, late reports aver, are doing fairly well, and, luckily amputation will not be necessary.
Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
SCOTT, LA., Aug. 1893.
To the Editor of the Lafayette Gazette:
The road between Lafayette and this place is in a very bad condition. I noticed three bridges, especially one on the north of Adelma Martin; this bridge is at least two feet above the grading with a mud hole at each end. The other two are between Charles Breaux and D. Boudreaux - this is another fine sight, with holes on both sides and bridge in the middle, and yet this road is worked under contract of $50 per mile, part pay in advance. This is a shame for our Police Jury to permit such.
The Gazette has received a half dozen complaints in regard to the bad condition of the public roads. These complaints came from Scott, Carencro, Royville and Breaux Bridge. The Scott and Royville roads are particularly, are reported to be in nearly an impassable condition.
From "Humbugger's" letter it can be seen that the road spoken of is under the charge of the road contractor. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
BUILDING A CITY.
By this time we are fully cognizant of the truism that booming a city is one thing, advertising it is quite another thing.
To start a boom it is necessary to have some special attraction and wind, particularly wind, which can be paraded before the world. A Mr. Leslie, it may be recalled, furnished Lafayette - some months ago - the attraction in the form of a proposition, that, coupled with what Kind Nature haf' done for this highly favored country and the "boom" began to grow. In Mr. Leslie's proposition every man who favored it began congratulating himself on the glorious prospect before the city. Coincidentally appeared a co-adventurer - professional boomer - a cross between the "greatest show on earth" and a political barbecue. But it is a waste of time and space to got into details - they are known. Well, we have experienced the sequel following the "boom" and we are now reaping the whirlwind of reaction that resulted.
But it served one good purpose. It has tended to make us rely more upon ourselves. Consequently when a fleeting chance that promised to connect us with a sister town passed by, with others we grasped at it with the eagerness of a drowning man for a straw. But, we are pained to say, it begins to dawn upon The Gazette that what appeared as a rainbow full of promise is but an "iridescent dream" and in this we are supported by the trend of events. From a source that we have no reason to question, it has been stated that the Southern Pacific officials will in no wise interfere with the plans of Mr. Knapp and his associates, and one of those plans it is declared is to have two outlets, one at Carencro and the other at St. Martinsville ; therefore assuming our information to be correct, and as we said, we have no reason to doubt its correctness, Lafayette and New Iberia might as well pucker up their lips and whistle, insofar as those contemplated railroads are concerned.
Now, we know it is totally beyond the power of the people themselves to build this road, and even admitting that the railroad companies would be willing to extend help, conditions are such that years must elapse before work thereon could be undertaken ; hence, considering these facts would it not be far better to let go and concentrate our efforts on an enterprise that we can land inside of twelve months, one that will put thousand of dollars more in circulation in our city? The Gazette's faith in the ultimate erection of a refinery near town had never wavered. It has been, lately, intensified from conversations heard, and of which we will speak in a future issue. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
Some Fine Canes.
Mr. R. C. Landry, favored The Gazette with a sugar cane having 18 red joints, weighing 3 pounds and 13 ounces and measuring 6 feet and 9 inches. Mr. Landry has forty acres, which, we understand, will be sold to Mr. Billeaud.
Another cane came from the field of Mr. Babtiste Dupuis and had 15 joints, was 8 feet long and weighed 5 pounds and 11 ounces.
It is clearly evident that Lafayette soil is adapted to the cultivation of the sugar cane and with facilities for its manufacture into sugar, in a few years it would be the crop of the parish, and inasmuch as it is the best paying of all crops our farmers would be enriched to the extent of its cultivation. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
Owens in Town.
Southern Pacific Superintendent W. F. Owens, of the Morgan division, was here Tuesday, to see about the building of side tracks. He leaves to-day for Philadelphia to join his family, and will be absent about three weeks. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
Shutting Down Shops.
From the New Orleans States of Wednesday it is learned that the Southern Pacific is cutting down expenses wherever possible, and the latest move is the closing of the shops at Algiers; only a sufficient number of men are retained to do absolutely necessary work. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1893.
Broussard's Furniture Factory.
A Gazette Man happened to drop in at Numa Broussard's furniture factory and repair shop Tuesday, was amazed at the sight of the number of labor-saving tools and machinery that he has. He kindly showed us for what purpose most of them are designed, and they did such neat and quick work that we were lost in wonderment. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
Lafayette Lodge No. 3194 K. of H., is one of the most prosperous fraternal associations of this place, having a membership of about 70, mostly beneficiary members. A goodly attendance was on hand Tuesday to witness the initiation of Mr. Leon Plonsky. Active members are soliciting members, and meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at Falk's Opera House. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
Bridge in Bad Shape.
The Gazette was informed Monday that the bridge over Mine's coulee is in a dilapidated and dangerous condition, the planking being rotten and so badly decayed that driving across the forefoot of a horse went through and it was by the greatest luck that the horse was not permanently injured. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
Party at Mrs. Sprole's.
A birthday party given by Miss Lizzie Kavanagh, at Mrs. Sprole's residence Wednesday evening, was a very enjoyable affair and quite well attended. The votaries of Terpsichore were afforded all the opportunities to do reverence to their goddess which they did with full measure. Light refreshments were served and every one left at a late hour very much pleased with the enjoyable evening spent. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
L. Levy and Son.
Money being scarce just now it takes special inducements to make people part with some of their wealth. L. Levy & Son offer the special inducements at their store which the general public is invited to inspect. The goods are fresh and seasonable, and sold at the very lowest possible price. Read what they have to say in another part of this paper. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
The Cowboy Preacher.
Protracted meetings have been held at the Methodist church since Saturday and will continue till to-day noon. The "cowboy" preacher, Rev. Mr. Montgomery has stirred up the sinners very effectively and many accessions to the church has been the result. Mr. Montgomery is a strong, lucid, and effective speaker and his whole soul is in his work. The resident pastor was much pleased to see the large number of meetings - in fact the number was so large that Thursday evening many could not secure entrance inside the church. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
A Singular Accident.
Last Saturday, at about 10 o'clock, in the neighborhood of Ridge, a serious and singular accident happened to two young men. It seems that four young men riding together when D. Hoffpauir suggested that he take one of the young men home with him for the night, and H. Hoffpauir take the other. This was agreed to, and they then separated. After going some distance on their several ways they decided, co-incidentally, to turn back, and have their horses free rein. When near a copse, and owing to the shadow, and coming at full tilt D. and H. Hoffpauir ran into one another, and from the collision each had a leg fractured. It appears that the young men have a habit of racing their horses, and these young men were but indulging in a usual pastime when the unfortunate accident occurred. Dr. Young, of Rayne, due to the inability of Drs. Clark and Lyons, of that locality to respond, was sent for and attended to the needs of the young men, who,late reports aver, are doing fairly well, and, luckily, amputation will not be necessary. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
Advertising in Bad Times.
There is one kind of enterprise which pays even better in such times as these than in good times. This is enterprise in advertising. Skillful and persistent advertising is useful and profitable at any time; but nowadays the man who keeps the bargains he offers most conspicuously before the people especially profits by it. In these days people are looking for bargains. They want to spend their money to the best advantage and notwithstanding the cry of hard times, there is some money, and more soon coming to spend. The merchants who do the most and the best advertising will get the most of it and will have business to do, while those who seek to save money by refraining to let the people know what they've got to offer to them, will likely find that the buying public will not hunt them up to ascertain if they have got any bargains. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/26/1893.
The convent school will re-open Monday September 4. The Sisters have also under their tutelage and guidance for boys, which will re-open on Sept. 4. The system of education includes the English and French languages.
The pay car is unusually late this month, but is expected to-night or Monday and will gladden the railroad boys.
The Southern Pacific company will extend their depot platform along the track of the Teche R. R., at Carencro.
Ex-Conductor W. H. Parrot who has been absent for several weeks on a vacation returned last Sunday looking hale and hearty.
A World's Fair party composed of Judge Parkerson, Dr. N. P. Moss, Mrs. Mills, the Misses Lizzie Parkerson and Ada Moss left Lafayette this week.
That enterprising gentleman, Mr. Ernest Constanin, is having an addition put to his livery stable, made necessary by his growing business.
The Lafayette public school, Mr. R. C. Greig, principal, and Miss Maggie Jamieson, assistant, and will open for the fall session Monday, Sept. 4, in the old school house.
Mr. and Mrs. L. Wienburg, of Alexandria, the latter the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Plonsky, have been spending some days in Lafayette.
Dr. J. D. Trahan attended the special session of the Grand Lodge Knights Honor recently held in New Orleans. Dr. Trahan was elected grand chaplain at the last regular session of the grand lodge.
We understand that Mr. Albert Delahoussaye is having some repairs made to his bakery oven. This gentleman spares neither pains or money to secure all the necessary appliances to make this bakery modern in every particular.
Frank Redle, the barber, desires to inform the public that he has charge of the Lombard barber shop. Mr. Redle is an experienced barber and guarantees to give satisfaction.
Mr. Joseph Ducote, who had been closely confined to the house by a severe spell of sickness, has so far recovered as to be able to walk about some. Appearances indicate that Joe will soon be his old self again.
Mr. Thompson, the contractor from Duson, passed through town Tuesday, being on his way home from Patterson, where he had gone to purchase some material to be used on the dwelling house which will soon be built at I'lle Navarre for Dr. P. M. Girard. Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 26th, 1893:
The new depot was taken possession of this week by employees of the Southern Pacific and is confessedly a great improvement over the former arrangement. It is neat, substantial and convenient.
Miss Martha Mouton is the renowned artist of Southwest Louisiana, and the number of her admirers is growing rapidly. - Evangeline.
W. S. Parkerson, Esq., was a visitor at the house of his parents during the week. He leaves today for Toronto, Canada, where he will spend the month of September with his family.
The Advertiser is the happy recipient of an invitation to attend the marriage of Marie Gadrat, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ambroise Mouton, to Mr. Sidney Mouton, which auspicious event will take place at the Catholic Church, Lake Arthur on September 12th at 4:30 o'clock.
When soil can produce the quality of sugar cane that Lafayette has already done, there is no use in planting cotton any longer. We need only that railroad to Breaux Bridge and a few mills stationed here and there in the parish, when we will go down as a cane-producing parish of some distinction.
Among the departures for the World's Fair this week were Judge and Mrs. J. G. Parkerson and daughter Miss Lizzie and Mrs. Mills, and Dr. N. P. Moss and sister, Miss Ada, all of the same party. They expect to devote three weeks to their mission of sight-seeing. The Advertiser wishes them a pleasant trip and a safe return.
There is a lot of stealing going on in and around our town, and in fact in almost every other town. The cause is laid principally to the scarcity of money, brought about by the stringency that has brooded over the whole country. The financial figureheads declare a lull in the maelstron, and better times are expected in a short while.
The Mt. Carmel Convent School at this place will reopen on Monday, September 4th. The Sisters have also under their tutelage and guidance a school for boys which will reopen on that day. The system of education includes the English and French languages. The Convent is a graded institution of learning, and its prospects for the approaching session are very promising.
Rev. Father Forge of this place and Rev. Langlois of St. Martinville.
The reference of the Gazette to the difference between the Clerk of the Police Jury and the Advertiser is a piece of gratuitous inter-meddling. It is matter of no concern whatever to us whether the proceedings of the Police Jury appear in its columns; but we are fully determined that the Clerk of the Police Jury shall not inconvenience us while he serves his friends. The statement that there is another motive for our complaint is untrue. If the publishers of the Gazette want war, we will give them war. Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1893.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 14th, 1893. - The council met in regular session, with the following members present, Wm. Campbell Mayor, I. N. Satterfield, A. M. Martin, John O. Mouton, A. T. Caillouet, Alf. E. Cayard. Absent: Fred Mouton and Felix Demanade.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and accepted.
The Finance Committee report for quarter ending July 31, 1893, was accepted and ordered put upon the minutes. It follows:
Lafayette, La., Aug. 12, 1893.
To the Hon. Mayor and Council of Lafayette :
The undersigned Finance Committee having examined the Treasurer and Collector's books, for quarter ending July 31st, 1898, do make the following report to-wit:
The Treasurer's book shows on hand as per report and settlement of Finance Committee with the outgoing Treasurer to be ... $1,352.69.
To the Finance Committee of the Corporation of Lafayette, La.:
Collector's report for quarter ending July 31st, 1898.
Total ... $118.00.
Respectfully, JEAN VIGNEAUX,
Constable and Collector.
On motion it was duly moved that the ordinance ordering the Southern Pacific Co. to have a flagman at the Lincoln Avenue be changed, giving said Co. the right to have a flagman or Electric Bells and the vote being taken, said amendment was defeated as follows against: A. M. Martin, John O. Mouton, and I. N. Satterfield; for A. F. Cayard and A. T. Caillouet.
On motion duly seconded, it was ordained by the City Council that, any stock impounded by the Constable and upon the failure of any such owner or owners to pay the fine imposed or upon the failure of the owner or owners claiming stock, that it shall be the duty of said Constable, after 10 days advertisement in the official journal of the Corporation to sell stock at public auction to the highest bidder, and that all laws in conflict with this ordinance to be and are hereby repealed.
The following accounts were approved to-wit:
On motion the Council adjourned.
WM. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
A. NEVUE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/26/1893.
Traffic of Young Girls in the North.
Another instance of the high moral tone of the North is the traffic in young girls reported in Public Opinion. It is alleged that at least 100 girls from Allentown, Pa., have been shipped to New York on a pretext that they could earn extraordinary wages there, and been disposed of the keepers of the disorderly houses. The chin-whiskered bedlams of Boston ought to call the committee together and do something to stop this hideous traffic, but as long as there is no rapist in the case for them to sympathize with, the chances are that a dense silence will prevail in their vicinity.
From the Commercial-Appeal and in the Lafayette Gazette 8/26/1899.