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From the Lafayette Gazette of August 27th, 1898:

Lafayette's Stock Law.

The Gazette thinks that so long as the stock law is not repealed it ought to be strictly enforced.

 The stock law is a splendid law. Without it our town is little better than a cattle pen. Horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and even hogs, roaming on the principal streets of the town at at all hours of the day and night is hardly in keeping with the rules that ought to govern a civilized community.

 The idea that stock will keep the weeds down can not be seriously entertained. They eat the tender grass, but leave untouched the more obnoxious weeds, which have, in some places, completely filled up the ditches, forcing the water to accumulate in the middle of the streets, thus making the latter almost impassable after a heavy rain. The stock not only fail to rid the streets of the weeds, but break the plank walks, get into people's gardens and make themselves generally obnoxious to the community. They are a nuisance, pure and simple, and there isn't a good reason why they should be allowed to roam. Its a common thing to see whole droves of mules running at breakneck speed through the streets, threatening the lives of the children and terrorizing everybody else.

 Let the Council enforce this ordinance, and compel the owners of stock - including the festive and odoriferous goat - to keep their property at home. Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898. 


 While the chances are that the yellow fever, or rather the quarantine epidemic, will not repeat itself this year, the public should be prepared to act with sense and moderation should the course come. Late from Franklin would indicate another case of fever has made its appearance in that town and the fears which existed a few days ago when the first case was reported may be revived.

 The Gazette has every reason to believe that the days of shotgun quarantine are ended. Like all babarous customs it must give way to progress and civilization. If it ever a raison d'etre it has done to-day. That is has ever been employed is a blot upon our past history. If we lay any claim to intelligence communities in the future we must let shotgun methods of fighting Yellow Jack severely alone.

 Last year when the reports reached our people that yellow fever was prevalent in New Orleans it was the most natural thing for our people to think of the former devastating epidemic that had previously swept over this country carrying to the grave nearly half of those who were so unfortunate as to fall within the deadly grasp of the disease. When out people thought of the misery that they had to endure in the past, they pursued the only course that was left to them. Their only protection in the past had been been the shotgun. They knew no other. It had been effectively used before and they were confronted with an impeding danger which permitted of no delay. They very naturally utilized the only means within their reach.

 This year, however, the same condition does not exist. We know that more scientific and less ruinous methods were shown to be successful. The system of fumigation which was tried by this town in the latter part of the quarantine season last year has afforded all reasonable protection, without causing all the loss and injury to business which shotgun quarantine incurs. Should it become necessary, we have no doubt that the people will prefer to rely upon intelligent methods for protection. The experience of last year is still fresh in the public mind and it is not probable that any one wishes to see a repetition of the general paralysis of commerce which was the result of the unsatisfactory quarantine last season. Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.

 For the Scott Road.

 The following subscriptions were obtained through the efforts of T. M. Biossat. The money raised will be used to repair the Scott road. The readiness of the people to subscribe shows how they appreciate the value of the work that is being done:

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 Lafayette Advertiser 8/27/1898.

...From Jackson Barracks at New Orleans...

The Lafayette Gazette clips the following from the Barracks Bugle:

 Miss Clye Mudd, of Lafayette, was a most welcome visitor to the Lafayette boys one day last week. Miss Mudd is a loyal friend of the American volunteers, and it was a source of much pleasure and satisfaction to the Lafayette boys to know that their welfare is taken to heart by such a true friend as Miss Mudd. The prayers and applause of noble women are inspirations alone that lead to deeds of unselfish chivalry. 

 Messrs. Benjamin Falk, D. V. Gardebled and S. B. Kahn of Lafayette, paid an appreciated visit to the Lafayette contingent of battery C during the week. They were on their way to New York.

 Sergeant Mouton of battery C, received two checks recently sent from Lafayette and St. Martinville for money to be distributed among the boys from those places. Of course the boys feel happy for being remembered by their friends at home.

 Mr. Fernand Mouton, a Lafayette boy, visited his home friends in battery C during the week.

 Mr. Felix Salles, a business man of Lafayette, was in the city on Monday and came to see the boys. 

Got Left.
[From the Barracks Bugle.]

 The other evening we were sitting on the gallery of our quarters in a very pensive mood, brought on by a letter from our best girl, that never came, when we heard breaking into the stillness of the night these words, accompanied by a tune of despair: "I had a good home, and I left, left, left, left - ." We concluded that somebody was in a fit of despair, and at once went on a tour of investigation. We proceeded towards the direction, whence the voice came, and what do you think we found? Keep still, we are going to tell you who it was. Guess. 

 Nobody but Private Allie Sprole of Battery C. 

 After questioning the despairing youth we found out that after he had left home he had kept up a correspondence with a certain young lady, and on the day of the evening we found him sitting in a lonely corner, dejected and down-hearted. He had gotten a letter from this fair lady protesting her love for him. With a light heart he went about the barracks congratulating himself on his good luck in life, when a scrap of newspaper attracted his attention. Stooping down and picking it up, he saw the marriage announcement of his presumed lady's love to another fellow. This and only this was the cause of the poor boy's sickness of heart. After offering our sympathy, for we've been there ourselves before, we persuaded him to go to bed, and seek relief in sleep. The poor boy awoke next morning, and with his body refreshed with potato stew and hash his spirits began to ascend, and now while he is not quite himself, every hope is entertained for his ultimate restoration to his former self. 

 From the N. O. Jackson Barracks Bugle and in the Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.

Mrs. Edmond Martin.

 The mortal remains of Mrs. Edmond Martin, nee Cecilia Acadie Mouton, daughter of the late Gen. Alfred Mouton, were borne to their resting place last Friday, and the portals of the tomb were forever closed between a mother and a husband and nine little children.

 To grieve for those we love on earth alone gives solace to the sorrowing heart, and the most stoic nature gives vent to feelings of sympathy and love when grim visaged Death crosses the threshold of the family and takes away from its circle one of its dearest ornament. The death of any one is deemed by friends and relatives an irreparable loss. The father, the son the sister are snatched away from earthly associations not without causing intense sorrow to those who knew them well and loved them so much. But no one who has not sustained the loss of a mother can feel the keen anguish that the filial affections must endure when that saddest hour in one's life comes around. What other affliction so overwhelms the heart with sorrow as the death of a mother?

 The death of Mrs. Martin has deprived a once happy home of one who was interwoven with its very existence and indispensable to its happiness. Nine young children, the oldest of whom is about 15 years old, will engage in life's unequal struggle without the assistance of a mother. In health they will miss her unselfish advice and in illness the sweet ministrations of the maternal hand. In future years they will look back to those days of their childhood when her admirable character shone in all its resplendent lustre. Even though they have been bereft of her assistance at a tender age it is a great privilege to have known and felt her benign influence at a period in life when principles of honesty and virtue are stamped upon the innocent heart. Before the rude contact of the world renders the soul impervious to the moral influences of the home every lineament of the youthful character receives the impress of the mother's example.

 The death of this splendid Christian woman may well be mourned, for she was a kind and dutiful mother. She practised rather than preached the principles of revealed religion. She performed that most difficult task. She did her duty as a mother well while she lived, and when she was summoned to the eternal home of all human-kind she answered the call from the great white throne with that spirit of humble submission that distinguished the true Christian woman.  Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.

Will Meet in Lafayette. - Chas. O. Mouton, returned last week from Little Rock, Ark., where he attended the meeting of the A. O. U. W. which was held in that city. Next year the State lodge will hold its convention in Lafayette this place having been selected for that purpose. There were several Louisiana towns that contested for this honor, but Mr. Mouton succeeded to convince a majority of the delegates that Lafayette was the most suitable place to hold the meeting of the association. Our people should not fail to recognize the compliment thus paid Lafayette and we are confident that they will show their appreciation when the time will come. Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.

Base Ball To-morrow. The Joe Wheelers of Lafayette will tackle the Misfits of Rayne to-morrow afternoon at Oak Avenue Park. Both are good teams and an interesting game is expected. An admission of 25 cents will be charged and 10 cents for children. The ladies will be let in free.

 The following are the teams in regular order:

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 Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.

Want a School.

 At the last meeting of the Police Jury an appropriation of $150 was made to build a school-house in the north-eastern portion of the second ward. Alexandre Broussard and Israel Prejean, two public-spirited citizens of the ward, were appointed a committee to have the home built and to attend to other matters connected with it. Now that the citizens of that section have a school-house they ask the School Board at its next session to give them a teacher. As a large number children of that portion of the parish are without school facilities it is to be hoped that the Board will see its way clear to give them a teacher. Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.


 Reports from different parts are not at all encouraging. Caterpillars have made their appearance almost everywhere and the frequent rains make it impossible to use paris green effectively. The water washes off the poison before it can produce the desired effect. Should the rains continue the loss will be very large.
Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.

 Appointed Commissioners.

 Judge Debaillon has appointed J. Edmond Mouton, Arthur Greig, Gus Lacoste and Edward Estorge commissioners to serve under the new law. They met last Wednesday and drew the venire for the September term of court. The jury, as can be seen from the names printed in another column, is an exceptionally good one, and much work can reasonably be expected of it. Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.

 Entertainment at Falk's.

 To-night the ladies of the Episcopal church will give an entertainment at Falk's Opera-house. A very interesting program, consisting of vocal and instrumental music, has been prepared and all who attend will be fully repaid. Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.

 The Concert To-night.

 The concert to be given at to-night at Falk's opera-house, promises to be an enjoyable affair and, no doubt, will be liberally patronized on account of the laudable object in view - that of raising funds for building an Episcopal church in Lafayette.

 The program prepared for the occasion will afford a pleasant evening to those present, and at the close of the entertainment light refreshments will be served to further contribute to the enjoyment of patrons.

 The doors will open at 8 o'clock, the curtain will rise at 8:30, and the very moderate price of admission (25 cents) ought to assure a good house. Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.

 To Advertiser the Parish.

 Mr. Ambroise Mouton, the real estate agent, informs The Gazette that he will, if properly encouraged, have printed a large number of pamphlets containing a write-up of this parish, giving its manifold advantages and resources. The subscribers to the fund will be given space in the pamphlet in proportion to the sum subscribed. In this manner Mr. Mouton hopes to realize enough money to thoroughly advertise Lafayette. Mr. Mouton informs us that he has already met with much encouragement from the business men of this town and he has no doubt of the success of his undertaking. Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.

 Base Ball.
The boys at Pilette will give a ball in Broussard's hall on Sept. 3, for the benefit of the local baseball team. They have arranged for a game with the Red Hill nine, which will be played on the 3rd and one the next day with the Welcomes from the eighth ward.
Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.

To L. S. U. 
 We are informed that the following young men from this parish will attend the Louisiana State University next term:  Kossuth Olivier, Frank Broussard, John Tolson, Dudley Mudd, Ovey Herpin, William Nevue, Leoene Nickerson and Andrew McBride. This school is fast gaining in popularity in this section of this State. Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.

 The First Bale.

 The first bale of cotton ginned in this parish this season was brought last Saturday by B. D. Coronna of Lehman, Stern & Co. at 7 cents a pound. The bale weighed 420 pounds; it was raised by Gilbert Delhomme and ginned by Gerac Bros.

 Clement Romero, a prominent farmer from the 5th ward, was in town a few days ago. He stated that the blind staggers had killed a number of horses and mules in his section. No remedy has been found. Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.  


  Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/27/1898.

 Fred Mouton, of Grand Coteau, was in Lafayette a few days ago.

 B. D. Coronna made business visits to New Orleans and Opelousas during the past week.

 Miss Louisa Tolson entertained a number of her friends with a delightful "tacky" party last Tuesday evening.

 The Mount Carmel Convent will re-open on Thursday, Sept. 1.

 Paul Demanade, the new postmaster, has been commissioned and has furnished the necessary bond. He will take charge of the office on Sept. 1.

 In another column appears the advertisement of Isadore Ber who has opened a tinshop in the building next to Leopold Lacoste's blacksmith shop. Mr. Ber is an experienced workman and guarantees prompt and efficient service.

 We are informed that the following young men from this parish will attend the Louisiana State University next term:  Kossuth Olivier, Frank Broussard, John Tolson, Dudley Mudd, Ovey Herpin, William Nevue, Leoene Nickerson and Andrew McBride. This school is fast gaining in popularity in this section of this State. Lafayette Gazette 8/27/1898.    





 From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 27, 1898:

Lafayette to the Front!

 We are pleased to inform the citizens of Lafayette parish that this section of Louisiana has never been on such a boom as we have now, which can be easily, and which is highly appreciated by all. Over one hundred men are now at work on our refinery, and a large force is also at work on the large Cotton Compress.

 The Cotton Seed Oil Mill has been adding extensively to their large capacity and so have our other refineries.

 New two story business building have been added and many extensive improvements are being made in all parts of the town.

 Carpenters and all kinds of skilled and common laborers are scarce.

 What is also gratifying is the fact that our ever hustling Real Estate Agent is preparing a pamphlet, setting the advantages and resources of this parish, for free distribution to home seekers and capitalists, in which he has met with great encouragement by all of our leading industries and capitalists, in a generous financial and moral assistance. In this respect we have been lacking for years, but from now on we will be to the front, and our people irrespective of occupation will reap the benefit, as other parishes have done.

 We feel confident that Mr. Ambroise Mouton will succeed in his undertaking and we hope that each and everyone will give him the assistance he needs, and which he will ask in a most business like manner. Success is our most sincere wish for him.

 "Pro bono publico."
Lafayette Advertiser  8/27/1898. 


Gumbo by "Clericus."

 "What is the matter with our local press?" - This is a question asked by "Clericus" in the LAFAYETTE GAZETTE of last week in an article in which he gives vent to his feelings about mossback mowers, council, municipal election and local press.

 We are only speaking for the Lafayette Advertiser.
 We have the honor to inform "Clericus" that the municipal officer salary is too small, and as we don't care to act as a supernumerary, we will not allow our name to be put in nomination for that high office.

 Further, we think the cat has jumped a long time ago, in fact he has been jumping since he came out of Noah's ark.

 We would like to tell "Clericus" that the Lafayette Advertiser has repeatedly asked that the swampy appearance of our town be done away, but we are sorry to say that our influence has not been felt and that the cat has not jumped our way.

 We can't see for our life, as the mules, cows and horses are to be "political voting machines" unless they are to kick the nominees into office.

 About the "stock law" we know not. This is "war times" and the council is supreme.

 We ought to be glad that our "city fathers" have not put us under martial law.

 Reviewing the whole question we think it is a disgrace to the people of Lafayette, to have the public streets in the condition as complained by Clericus.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/27/1898.

Prospectors of the African Cotton. - Mr. John M. Ware, brother of Senator Ware of the parish of St. Landry, and Mr. F. M. Pinkney, brother-in-law of the same senator, telephoned last Monday morning to the Editor of the Advertiser to meet them at the noontime train, as they were coming to Lafayette to inspect Dr. T. B. Hopkins' famous cotton field.

 The editor and Mr. Ambroise Mouton met these gentlemen, and all together went to admire Dr. T. B. Hopkins' field.

 The strangers expressed themselves freely and were so well pleased that they immediately placed orders for seed.

 Messrs. Ware and Pinkney are large experienced cotton growers of Bellevue, parish of St. Landry and they proved their keen insight by grasping the opportunity to improve their agricultural condition.

Lafayette Advertiser 8/27/1898. 

A Feast of Music. - Lovers of music who will attend the entertainment at Falk's Opera House to-night will find enjoyment in the vocal and instrumental selections to be rendered on this occasion.

 Other interesting features will be drills, tableaux and recitations considering the low price of admission and the good object contemplated it is expected that a large audience will be in attendance.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/27/1898. 

For a Good Cause.

 It is a high privilege to help a good cause and we are very slow, sometimes, to grasp the opportunity, therefore don't let to-night pass without the  honor of your presence at the concert given at Falk's Opera House for the benefit of the Episcopal church building fund. Lafayette Advertiser 8/27/1898.

 Mount Carmel Convent.

 This institution, which needs no words of praise as its success of the past is well known, will resume its scholastic session on Thursday, September the first.

 Parents of young ladies who desire a thorough classical christian education, may well confide their children to the Sisters who have the charge and direction of training young minds.

 Nowadays, the world is in need of women, who besides fully knowing home duties, can at any time grasp with the complex questions of the age.

 Furthermore the vicissitudes of life are many and it takes great fortitude to bear and bridge over them.

 There is no place like an institution as Mt. Carmel Convent, to receive the proper training to prepare young ladies growing to full womanhood, to be able to bear the bills and burdens of this life with christian fortitude and courage.

 Besides receiving a classical education education, the young ladies who will choose to attend this institution will also receive an extensive musical training.

 The Sisters have also a primary department where young boys are admitted.

 We hope for the Convent a prosperous and successful educational year. Lafayette Advertiser 8/27/1898.

 Cotton Worms.

 Complaints are heard from all over the parish about the cotton worms. It was to be expected with such unusual fall of rain as we have had for the past weeks. We advise our friends who are bothered by this pest to use the Paris Green freely, to sprinkle the plants in the morning while the dew is on. Repeated applications of the mixture will help keep the worms in check and finally will destroy them. Lafayette Advertiser 8/27/1898.

 Attention Republicans.

 A general mass meeting of the regular republicans of Lafayette will be held on September 3rd, 1898, for the purpose of electing delegates to Congressional convention to be held at Morgan City, September 6th, 1898.
J. L. JONES, Chairman,
WM. MARKS, Secretary,
Lafayette Advertiser 8/27/1898.

 Deaf and Dumb Institute. - Prof. Jas. Goodwin, in charge of the Dumb department of the above Institute, called on us a few days ago and (by tablet and pencil) we had an interesting talk.

 We learned that the Professor was canvassing this section to recruit students for his Alma Mater, and that while visiting Breaux Bridge he found therein a blind boy, Alexson LeBlanc, 11 years old, who will become a student of the Institute next fall.

 The professor made visits to Broussardville and Rayne and secured students in both places.

 The Institute is in a very flourishing condition and deserves the help of our people.

 Since writing the above we learned that the professor had secured ten students in this parish. Lafayette Advertiser 8/27/1898.

 From a Friend.

      NEW YORK, AUGUST 22-1898.
            LAFAYETTE, LA.

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 Please put in your valuable paper next Saturday, if you have no daily since I left, that I am here and bought the cheapest and best line of goods that has every been brought to Lafayette.

 I have seen the grand naval review; were about 4,000,000 people to see them.

 The President will be here this week and will call on him. - Nit. -
     Please send me your paper of last week at 44, E. 10th. St. N. Y.
                          I remain your friend,
                                    B. FALK.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/27/1898.  

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/27/1898.

Masters Leonce Gladu and Willie Lindsay made a flying trip to New Iberia on last Saturday.

 Mr. Emick Courtney of Carencro was in town last Sunday.

 Miss Effie Hollier, of New Orleans is on a visit to Lafayette.

 Miss Anna Brun of Carencro, is visiting relatives in Lafayette.

Mr. F. M. Pinkney, of Belleview, spent a few hours in Lafayette last Monday.

 Mr. P. Ader left for his home in New Orleans last Sunday, accompanied by Mr. Henry Gerac.

 Public schools will open September 5th.

 Lafayette Advertiser 8/27/1898.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 27th, 1870:


   Mr. Editor. - In a former article we endeavored to present to your readers, the importance, as well as the feasibility of a stock law. A further consideration of our subject brings us more directly to its leading features. Let us here then consider the justice, the equity of such a law. No one will deny the planter the right of raising, upon his own land such agricultural products as he may see proper to raise, so long as such produce remains upon his own soil and cannot or does not trespass upon the land or premises of others. And certainly we would not deny the stock raiser the same rights upon his own premises, but we could not justly allow him more - so long as his stock is to be raised at his own expense, he should be all means have the privilege of doing so.

 But certainly, such has not heretofore been the case. On the contrary the planter has always been, and is to-day, taxed annually for the support and encouragement of the stock raiser. Such a tax has already too long been in existence, whereby millions of money are annually spent by agriculturalists for the benefit of a few stock raisers, that might have been, under a more judicious system, invested in machine shops and manufacturing establishments, the yearly dividends of which would be worth more, intrinsically, than all of the stock in the State. The fact that each planter is compelled by law to expend hundreds of dollars to enclose his own property upon his own premises, because the said property would be stock - instead of forcing the proprietor of the transgressing property to the expense, we can only regard as law of unscrupulous injustice and oppression.

 And upon this ground alone we verily believe the planter has the right to demand a speedy reform. And again, aside from the equity and justness of such a law, there are still other reasons in support thereof, worthy of consideration. Under the present enormous be debt of our State it is evidently to the interest of all classes to get rid of such an odious indebtedness and taxation as early as possible. We can conceive of nothing, in legal enactments, that would add such a boundless revenue to our State, as the passage of such a law. It would not only soon absorb the immense State debt thereby decimate the present taxes, but it would add a population and a presige to the State, heretofore unknown, overflowing with wealth and prosperous.
                        Yours Truly,
Lafayette Advertiser 8/27/1869.

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