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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 31st, 1904:


Dr. N. P. Moss Elected President, and L. J. Alleman, Superintendent.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 27, 1904. On the above date -

 Messrs. Alex Delhomme, Sr., Jasper Spell, J. A. Roy, Dr. N. P. Moss, Arthur Comeaux, J. H. Bernard, C. C. Brown, assembled in the meeting room of the Parish School Board and having presented their commissions as Directors of the Public Schools of the Parish of Lafayette were duly sworn by Deputy Clerk F. K. Hopkins, and after having taken the oath of office they were called to order by the secretary of the retiring Board who acted as temporary chairman and called for nominations for the position of president of the Board. Dr. N. P. Moss placed Mr. J. A. Roy in nomination. No other nomination being made Mr. Roy expressed himself as pleased at the honor tendered him by his colleagues, but said that the office should be filled by one who has more experience with the details of school administration and by one who had sufficient time to give to such a responsible position. Mr. Roy then nominated Mr. C. C. Brown who withdrew for reasons similar to those given by Mr. Roy., Messrs. Brown and Roy then joined in nominating Dr. Moss who was unanimously elected president. In accepting the chair Dr. Moss made a few well chosen remarks which were ordered spread on the minutes of the Board.

 The election of a secretary and superintendent was next taken up and on motion of Mr. Brown, duly seconded, Mr. L. J. Alleman was unanimously elected superintendent and secretary. In accepting the position Mr. Alleman said that he realized the responsibility of the office and promised to do his very best to uphold the public school system of the parish.


 Gentlemen - I feel complimented in being your unanimous choice for presiding officer of this honorable body, numbering among its members others well able to fill the position more worthily than myself.

 I sincerely thank you for this expression of your confidence, and in obedience to your wishes I shall apply myself to the duties enjoined by the office with the same fidelity that I know each one of you is going to discharge the obligations you have assumed in taking the oath of office of Director of Public Schools.

 Your acceptance of this great trust signifies to the world that you believe every good citizen has political duties to fulfill in a democracy; that he rightly owes a part of his thought and his action to the direction of public affairs; that this duty to the State can best be accomplished by his own personal efforts for the progress of humanity. And my friends, there is no more fruitful opportunity for the exercise of patriotic duty than in the field of school work and public instruction.

 The child, as you know, is the foundation stone of the republic, and the school house and the teachers are the finest forces at work in modern times for the training of our youth in lives of usefulness, and out of service to mankind. With this thought as the guiding motive in all we do as guardians of the public schools, we may hope for definite and substantial benefits to attend all our labors in that direction.

 It must be remembered, however, that our best endeavors in behalf of the school children of the parish will be advanced or retarded according to the extent and degree of interest and support the school authorities and teachers receive from parents and public spirited citizens; because in the natural and unavoidable division of school work between the school house and the home, it is inevitable that the parents and the public have a direct and equal responsibility.

 In the all-important work of public education which has been confided to our hands by the State, I earnestly trust that we shall we shall do our own part well; and, for the rest, I have an abiding faith in the plain sense and patriotism of the people we have been elected to serve, and whose welfare is inseparably bound up with our own.

 The election of a secretary and superintendent was next taken up and on motion of Mr. Brown, duly seconded, Mr. L. J. Alleman was unanimously elected superintendent and secretary. In accepting the position Mr. Alleman said that he realized the responsibility of the office and promised to do his very best to upbuild the public school system of the parish.

 The Board then spent a few minutes reading the school laws which bore directly on the duties of the directors.

 It was resolved that the president be authorized to accept two arpents of land from Mitchel Breaux for a site for the Milton school and to sign the act of sale.

 On motion duly seconded the following committees were appointed: Examining Committee, Dr. E. L. Stephens, Dr. Moss, and Mr. Alleman. Appointing Committee, the president, superintendent and Mr. C. C. Brown. Auditing Committee, the president, Mr. Roy and the secretary. Building Committee, Mr. Judice, Mr. Bernard, Dr. Moss and Mr. Alleman.

 Resolved that it is the sense of this Board that every member be prepared to present at the next meeting the names of three persons to serve as local transfers for each school in his ward and that these men be selected with the sole view of promoting the cause of education.

 On motion duly seconded the following teachers were appointed for the session 1904-1905:

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 It was resolved that the town schools begin the session of 1904-05 on September 19, 1904.

 The parish Treasurer was authorized to borrow the amount necessary to cash the warrants until the fall revenues are forthcoming.

 Resolved that the following scale of salaries be adopted for the Parish of Lafayette; State Normal Graduates, fifty dollars, and after five years' service in the parish of Lafayette, or upon presentation of certificate of satisfactory service in other parishes or counties, fifty-five dollars.

 Holders of First Grade certificates, Forty-five dollars, after one year's service, Fifty dollars, and after six years service as above mentioned, fifty-five dollars.

 Holders of Second Grade certificates, forty-five dollars and after five years' service as above, fifty dollars.

 Third Grade, thirty-five dollars.

 On motion duly seconded the required average attendance for each school for the session 1904-05 shall be 20 instead of sixteen as heretofore.

 Resolved that twenty dollars per year be allowed janitor.

 On motion of Mr. Spell, duly seconded, The Advertiser was made the official journal of the Parish Board at the legal rates.

 After forbidding corporal punishment in the schools for one session it was decided to revoke that rule and under permit corporal punishment under the following conditions. First, that no teacher be allowed to strike a child in the heat of passion, and that no child be punished until twenty-four hours after the act deserving such punishment shall have been committed.

 Second, that is the sense of this Board that corporal punishment shall be used only as a last resort.

 On motion of Mr. J. A. Roy the Board expressed its appreciation of the efforts of the Woman's Club in behalf of the cause of education and especially for the generous act of endowing a scholarship at the Industrial Institute to be awarded to some worthy young man or woman who is not able to bear the expenses of attending upon the Institute.

 It was further resolved that the members of the Board from different parts of the parish be requested to recommend applicants for this scholarship to the secretary of the Parish Board.

 Mr. J. H. Bernard offered the following which met with the approbation of the Board:

 Resolved that it is the sense of this Board that the efficient efforts of the outgoing the board are fully recognized and that it shall be the aim of the present Board to carry forward the work so well inaugurated by the retiring Board.
N. P. MOSS, President.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.  


 Executive Committee Meets - Plan's for Boy's Dormitory Adopted - Prof. E. F. Gale Elected to Succeed Prof. V. L. Roy Resigned.

 The executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Industrial Institute met Friday afternoon with Hon. Robt. Martin, vice-president of the Board, Capt. J. C. Buchanan and Mr. C. D. Caffery present, to consider plans for the boys dormitory for which $20,000 was appropriated by the last Legislature and to elect a successor to Prof. V. L. Roy, who has accepted the superintendency of schools of Avoyelles parish.

 Mr. Chas. Favrot of the firm of Favrot & Livaudais submitted plans and specifications which were adopted and the architects instructed to advertise for bids.

 It is hoped that the construction of the building can be completed in time to be used in accommodating the 300 teachers who are expected to attend the State Teachers' Association which meets here during the Christmas holidays.

 The large new two story residence on the lot adjacent to the Institute grounds which will accommodate 25 pupils was rented from Mr. Crow Girard for a young ladies' dormitory as the present dormitory will be used for boys until the new dormitory is completed.

 The Committee received with regret the resignation of Prof. V. L. Roy, of the Science Department, to take effect Sept. 1. Prof. Roy's services as a member of the Institute faculty have been eminently satisfactory both to the Board of Trustees and to the patrons of the school, all of whom sincerely regret to lose his valuable services; however his friends recognize that a larger field has opened for the exercise of his high abilities and believe that in his new work he will be in a position to increase his usefulness in the grand cause of education, and wish him great success in his endeavors.

 Prof. Edwin F. Gayle, principal of the Lake Charles High School, was elected to succeed Prof. Roy. He is a native of Point Coupee parish, about 30 years of age and is well equipped for his new work both in capacity and experience. He is a graduate of the State University, has spent a year at Columbia University, New York, and has taught successfully in Opelousas, Lake Charles and other places. He was one of the teachers sent to the Philippine Islands by the United State government, where he made a fine record during the two years he remained there. Prof. Gayle is a live, energetic and progressive teacher, standing high in his chosen profession and will, we think, prove a valuable addition to the faculty of the Institute. He was recently elected chief editor of the Louisiana Review, which will now be published in Lafayette.

 The prospects for a large attendance and a prosperous year for the Institute are very bright. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.

1904 Catalogue. - We have received a copy of the 1904 Institute Bulletin and Catalogue of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. It is a neat pamphlet of 50 pages exclusive covers and contains besides announcements for the coming session, a history of the school, a sketch of Lafayette and an account of the educational movement in the parish. It is profusely illustrated, showing views of the buildings and grounds and scenes in connection with the school and its work. The enrollment last year was 191, 93 of which were from other parishes than Lafayette. 
Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.

Will Re-open First Monday in September.

 Mt. Carmel Convent will reopen its 59th session the first Monday in September. The patronage of the public is solicited, and parents are cordially invited to call and investigate our superior advantages for the instruction of the young. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1904.

Accommodations For Boys Needed.

The executive Committee of Board of Trustees of the Industrial Institute met Friday afternoon with Hon. Robt. Martin, vice-president of the Board. Capt. J. C. Buchanan and Mr. C. D. Caffery present, to consider plans for the boys dormitory for which $20,000 was appropriated by the last Legislature and to elect a successor to Prof. V.L. Roy, who has accepted the superintendency of schools of Avoyelles parish.
 Mr. Chas. Favrot of the firm of Favrot & Livadais submitted plans and specifications which were adopted and the architects instructed to advertise for bids.

  It is hoped that the construction of the building can be completed in time to be used in accommodating the 300 teachers who are expected to attend the State Teachers' Association which meets here during the Christmas holiday.
 The large new two story residence on the lot adjacent to the Institute grounds which will accommodate 25 pupils was rented from Mr. Crow Girard for a young ladies' dormitory as the present dormitory will be used for boys until the new dormitory is completed.

  The Committee received with regret the resignation of Prof. V. L. Roy, of the Science Department, to take effect Sept. 1. Prof. Roy's services as a member of the Institute faculty have been eminently satisfactory both to the Board of Trustees and to the patrons of the school, all of whom sincerely regret to lose his valuable services; however his friends recognize that a larger field has opened for the exercise of his high abilities and believe that in his new work he will be in a position to increase his usefulness in the grand cause of education, and wish him great success in his endeavors.

 Prof. Edwin F. Gayle, principal of the Lake Charles High School, was elected to succeed Prof. Roy. He is a native of Point Coupee parish, about 30 years of age and is well equipped for his new work both in capacity and experience. He is a graduate of the State University, has spent a year at Columbia University, New York, and has taught successfully in Opelousas Lake Charles and other places. He was one of the teachers sent to the Philippine Islands by the United States government, where he made a fine record during the two years he remained there. Prof. Gayle is a live, energetic and progressive teacher, standing high in his chosen profession and will, we think, prove a valuable addition to the faculty of the Institute. He was recently elected chief editor of the Louisiana Review, which will now be published in Lafayette.

 The prospects of a large attendance and a prosperous year for the Institute are very bright.     Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.   


 Pellerin & DeClouet Secure Contract to Furnish New Boys'  Dormitory, Being Lowest Bidder of a number of Bidders.

 Lafayette has again captured a big contract, this with New Orleans, St. Louis and Baton Rouge competing.

 Bids were advertised for to furnish the new boys' dormitory. Messrs. Pellerin & DeClouet, the wide-awake furniture dealers, submitted their bid and captured the contract, which is the best of evidence that they are in a position to undersell New Orleans or any other place in this market. Mr. Pellerin states that the Lafayette Mattress Factory with furnish the moss mattresses. They, it will be remembered, secured the contract to furnish the Alexandria insane asylum some time ago, and now another contract against outside bidders, speaks high for them.    Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.

 Died. - Died at the residence of her father, Mr. Gustave Judice, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1904, at 7:25 a. m., Miss Eliza Judice, aged 38 years. Funeral services were held at St. John's Catholic Church Thursday, Aug. 25, at 9 a. m.
 Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.

Match Race at Surrey Park. - There will be a match race at Surrey Park Sunday, between Maganagale, entered by Alphe Fontelieur, of Iberia, and May S, entered by Wm. Hane, of Lafayette, for a purse of $1,000. Race will take place at 2:30 p. m. There will also be other races. Admission 25 cents, ladies free. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.

Little Folks' Entertainment.

 The entertainment given by a number of little children Saturday on the lawn at Dr. Moss' to raise funds to assist in painting the High School was quite a creditable affair and won much praise for them. The program was very nice. It was varied, well selected, and each performed his or her part in an excellent manner. Those present thoroughly enjoyed it. The financial part was also quite satisfactory, the entertainment realizing $26.oo. The program was as follows:


 Address of Welcome...Ida Roy.
 Story Without Words...Raoul Mouton and Clayton Pellerin.
 Hiawatha...All the Children.
 Recitation - Scholar...Lilla Mouton,
 Harmonica Solo - My Kentucky Home...Wilfred Moss.
 Play - How the House Was Cleaned...James Blake, Paola Mouton, Martha        Pellerin, Patrick Mouton.
 Piano Selection...Eva Mouton.
 Recitation...Stella Roy.
 Recitation...Alice Moss.
 Song - Let Me Kiss Your Tears Away...Martha Pellerin, Paola Mouton.
 Selection from Father Time...Patrick Mouton, Clayton Pellerin, Raoul Mouton, Tommie Guilbeau.
 Piano Selection...Eva Mouton.
 Play - The Lost Dollar...All the Children.
 Fan Drill...10 Girls.
 Recitation...Alice Moss.
 Song - America...All the Children.
 Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.

Ordered September 10, to Nominate Circuit Judge.

A Democratic primary election had been ordered by the Democratic Committee, of the First District of the First Circuit to be held Saturday, September 10, for the election of a circuit judge and for the purpose of electing for each parish of the district one member of the Democratic Committee for the district. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.

Will Re-open First Monday in September.

 Mt. Carmel Convent will re-open its 59th session the first Monday in September. The patronage of the public is solicited, and parents are invited to call and investigate our superior advantages for the instruction of the young. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.

Little Folks' Entertainment.

 The entertainment given by a number of little children Saturday on the lawn at Dr. Moss' to raise funds to assist in painting the High School was quite a creditable affair and won much praise for them. The program was very nice. It was varied, well selected, and each performed his or her part in an excellent manner. Those present thoroughly enjoyed it. The financial part was also quite satisfactory, the entertainment realizing $26.oo. The program was as follows:


Address of Welcome...Ida Roy.
 Story Without Words...Raoul Mouton and Clayton Pellerin.
 Hiawatha...All the Children.
 Recitation - Scholar...Lilla Mouton,
 Harmonica Solo - My Kentucky Home...Wilfred Moss.
 Play - How the House Was Cleaned...James Blake, Paola Mouton, Martha        Pellerin, Patrick Mouton.
 Piano Selection...Eva Mouton.
 Recitation...Stella Roy.
 Recitation...Alice Moss.
 Song - Let Me Kiss Your Tears Away...Martha Pellerin, Paola Mouton.
 Selection from Father Time...Patrick Mouton, Clayton Pellerin, Raoul Mouton, Tommie Guilbeau.
 Piano Selection...Eva Mouton.
 Play - The Lost Dollar...All the Children.
 Fan Drill...10 Girls.
 Recitation...Alice Moss.
 Song - America...All the Children.
 Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.


 Arrangements have been made to paint the High School building. Two coats will be given inside and out. Mr. Avery, the principal, has secured part of the money by popular subscription, to which amount the proceeds of the Little Folks Entertainment has been added. The amount on hand is not enough; but through the liberality of several of our public spirited citizens, he has been able to arrange to have the work done at once, the amount lacking to be raised by means of concerts during the year. The people of Lafayette have never failed to assist the schools, and it is certain that there will be no difficulty in raising the fund in this way to settle the debt incurred.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.

First Bale This Season. - The first bale of cotton for this season was ginned by Mr. J. Edmond Mouton Saturday a week ago. The cotton was raised by Baptiste Magloire,  a negro tenant on Judge J. G. Parkerson's place in Prairie sorrel and made a bale weighing 320 pounds, which Mr. Mouton bought, paying 11 1/4 cents a pound.
Laf. Advertiser 8/31/1904.

 Reunion of Confederate Veterans. - The annual reunion of the United Confederate Veterans will be held at Baton Rouge, on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 7 and 8. Sons of Veterans, Daughters of the Confederacy, and citizens in general are cordially invited. Reduced rates on all railroads.  Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.

Picnic To-day. - Morgan Lodge No. 317, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, will give a picnic at Chargois' spring to-day, complimentary to Mizpah Lodge No. 300, Ladies Auxiliary B. of R. T. A;; trainmen and families are cordially invited to participate in the pleasures of the day.
 Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.

 A New Enterprise. - Messrs. Otto Wischian and George Domengeaux have rented the Voorhies store building next to Prudhomme & McFaddin and will open a high class cake stand and barber shop about 25. Mr. Wischian has for several years been pastry cook at the Crescent News Hotel and is an expert in his line. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.

  New Firm. - B. Negrotto, of New Orleans, an experienced man in his line has located in Lafayette and opened a plumbing and carnice work shop on Buchanan street near the Lafayette Mattress Factory. The business will go under the name of B. Negrotto & Co., and their line of work will be sanitary plumbing and gas, steam, water and ammonia pipe fitters.  Laf. Adv. 8/31/1904.


 The Baton Rouge Times, which is one of the best and neatest exchanges that come to our table, pays a handsome compliment to Lafayette parish in the following article, speaking of Prof. V. L. Roy's election as superintendent of schools for Avoyelles parish:

 At this meeting (of the new school board) the services of Prof. V. L. Roy of the Southwestern Industrial Institute, were secured to superintend the parish schools. Prof. Roy is considered one of the ablest and most progressive school men in the State. He is a graduate of the Louisiana State University, a fluent French scholar, and being a native of Avoyelles parish, is familiar with the needs of the people in the matter of education.

 Through the public spiritedness of some of the most progressive citizens of Avoyelles the parish funds have been supplemented by individual contributions to the extent that the new superintendent's salary will be $2,000 a year - a sum sufficient to guarantee his full time and attention being devoted to his public duties. Four men have stood responsible for an annual contribution of $100 each, which, in itself is an evidence that the proper interest is being manifested and that the schools of Avoyelles have taken a mighty stride along the road to progress.

 This is a splendid example for other parish boards to emulate, and one that commends itself to the careful consideration of all who have the interest of their public schools at heart. Lafayette parish was the first in the State to seek and employ a practical and competent educator to supervise her public schools and to pay him sufficient salary to justify the devotion of his entire time to his public duties. The brilliant record of Superintendent Alleman and the Lafayette schools is a matter of history, and Avoyelles has followed with an earnestness which promises to be equally as effective.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.


 Personals Mixed With Ads. 8/31/1904.

 Miss Cora Desbrest returned from Hot Springs, Ark., yesterday, where she has been spending some time. She will return to work at Levy Bros. on the first.

Handmade cisterns, guaranteed - J. C. Broussard.
 Mrs. Ursin Broussard, is quite seriously ill in the seventh ward.

 Grain, hay and feed stuffs at Magnolia Mills. Prompt delivery. Phone 65.

 Miss Bessie Cornay left yesterday for Patterson to teach in the High School there.

Phospho, a most elegant and effective preparation for the relief and cure of constipation, indigestion, torrid liver, head ache and that distressed feeling after eating. For sale at the Moss Pharmacy. You are requested to call at their store for a sample bottle. (See Lagniappe Below)  The best goods at lowest values at Schmulen's.

Miss Estelle Mouton is expected to return to-day or to-morrow from St. Louis, where she purchased a beautiful line of millinery., Miss Hattye Shannon, who was milliner for Mouton Sisters last season will return with her much to the pleasure of her many friends.

 Leo Judice, of Scott, was in town Monday.

 Mr. Davis Church brought to this office Friday a very large cane, with seventeen joints. The cane is fully 12 feet high, and was raised on Judge Bienvenue's place near town.

Pickled pork and sauer kraut at Prudhomme & McFaddin.
 Mrs. Albert Breaux, of Church Point, on her return from New Orleans spent a day with her brother, M. A. Hargroder in Lafayette.

 Good groceries at the very lowest prices at Morgan & Debaillon's.

 Paul Mouton, after a little vacation spent with relatives near St. Martinville, returned Friday.

 A few second-hand bicycles on hand; come early. A. J. Bonnet, the bicycle doctor.

Heinz' Tomato Chutney seasons soup and meats just to the taste. Try it. - Prudhomme & McFaddin. (See more in Lagniappe).  Miss Louise Chiasson has accepted a position at Rosenfield's Dry Goods and Clothing Store.

 Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Greig have returned after having spent several weeks in New Orleans and Mississippi.

 Ride a Crescent Bicycle!

 Mrs. O. Theriot and family have moved from Youngsville to Lafayette and is occupying the Campbell cottage, near Dr. Moss. Mrs. Theriot has moved to Lafayette in order to take advantage of the splendid schools of the town.

 Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Nickerson are enjoying a stay in St. Louis.

 Fresh saur kraut and spare ribs and pig's feet at Bunt's.
 The home of Supt. and Mrs. L. J. Alleman was gladdened by the arrival of a sweet little baby girl.
 The walk on the side and front of the Cottage Hotel is about completed. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1904.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of August 31st, 1901:

For the Opening at the Industrial Institute - Faculty Preparing for the Work.

 Work goes on unabated at the Industrial Institute in preparation for the opening September 18.

 Mr. Roy, who is to have charge of the work in science, has arrived with his family, and is now settled comfortably in one of the Bienvenu Roy cottages in Clinton street, Mr. Ashby Woodson, of Albermarle, Virginia, director of manual training, is also here, and is pleasantly situated at the home of Mr. B. J. Pellerin. Both of these gentlemen have started very industriously upon planning the work of their departments, and express themselves as very well pleased with the original equipments assigned to them. The rest of the faculty are expected within the next two weeks.

 President Stephens reports that the dormitory is being pushed vigorously to completion - and that it has every prospect of being entirely complete for the opening day. In any event, it will be ready for occupation, even if another week were necessary to make all the finishing touches.

 The splendid equipment for the dormitory, sewing-room and kitchen has been shipped from St. Louis - and consists of the most modern appointments and conveniences. The furniture for the dormitory will also be in from Tell City, Indiana.

 Work has now been started on the machine shop - at the south end of the main building. This is to be a small structure, covered with galvanized iron, and can be finished very quickly. The boiler will be placed in the rear of this building and will furnish steam both for the power to run the engine and machinery of the shop and also to heat the main building.

 The pipe for connecting the school with the city waterworks is now on the ground ready to be laid, additional walks, and drives are being planned, work will soon begin on a fence around the entire school property, and industry of all sorts is very much in evidence at the school.

 Inquiries for circulars of information are coming in from all sections, and every indication is for a goodly attendance on the first day of school.

 The first school work to be conducted in the Industrial Institute was in the interest of public education for the parish - and consisted of the teachers' examination held there last Saturday by Superintendent Alleman, assisted by Dr. Moss and Mr. Stephens. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901. 


Lafayette needs a public school building. The present buildings are not only too small, but they are unsuited from every point of view.

 The growth of this town requires increased facilities to accommodate the large number of children of educable age. A modern building, erected on suitable grounds, is a necessity, which all who believe in public education will recognize. The fact must not be overlooked that the only way to secure good schools is through taxation. That is the way the great West had built up its splendid system of public schools.

  No people can hope to enjoy the blessings of civilization without good public schools. Public education is the basis of all real progress. And the person who is not willing to be taxed for the public schools, is not only devoid of civic pride, but he is lacking in the most important elements of citizenship. He is at very best a poor citizen.

 The poor man, of the man of moderate means, is more interested in having good public schools than the man of wealth. The former must depend upon the local schools for the education of his children, while the latter can send his children away from home to be educated in the colleges which are to be found in all the States of the Union. We can never understand the wisdom of the citizen who complains about paying a small tax which is to be used in the education of his children. By paying an annual tax of five of six dollars he is enabled to send his children to a good school, supported by all the people, whereas if it were not for the public schools he would be compelled to pay several hundred dollars of his children would be deprived of an opportunity to learn how to read and write.
To have an efficient system of public schools is not only the best policy to be pursued by a community; but it is its duty to place within the reach of every child a common school education at least. The Gazette hopes that no resident of Lafayette will put himself on record as opposing the movement just inaugurated for the construction of a school building commensurate with the growth of this community.

 Lafayette has made a good start on the highway of educational progress, To go backward now would be suicidal. It would be worse than folly. A retrogressive step would be hard to retrace, And it would be a declaration to the world that our avowed intention to make this town an educational center was but an idle boast.
Lafayette Gazette  8/31/1901. 

Examination of Teachers.

 A special examination of teachers was held at the Industrial Institute last Saturday by the committee composed of Superintendent Alleman, President Stephens and Dr. N. P. Moss. Eleven teachers were examined. The results of the examination have not yet been announced. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901.

 Satisfactorily Settled.

 As will be seen in the proceedings of the Board of Health the ordinance, adopted relative to the poisonous water which is thrown into the bayou by the refineries, will not interfere with the operation of those industries. It appears that the large volume of water which finds its way from the refinery to the bayou contains no poison and is not injurious to the fish. It seems the acidated water which is so destructive to the fish, can be easily disposed of without allowing it to run into the bayou. The solution of the trouble was eminently satisfactory to Judge O. C. Mouton, who represented the refineries before the Board, and to the health authorities, as there was no disposition on either side to be unreasonable. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901.   

An Old Landmark. - The old brick building in Main street, which was used for a long number of years by the late Mr. J. Revillon, is being demolished to make way for a residence for Mr. P. Krauss. The Revillon store is possibly the oldest building in Lafayette. It was built by a Mr. Chaix 68 years ago. For half a century it was the business stand of the late Mr. Revillon who was the principal merchant in this section. One by one the old landmarks are disappearing, but there is some consolation in the fact that they are being replaced by better structure. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901.


Local Plant Being Put in Better Condition with a Number of Improvements.  

 Mr. Melchert, the superintendent of the waterworks and electric light plant, has been quite busy lately making some much needed improvements at the power-house. Mr. Melechert has also been engaged in putting a neutral wire to meet the increased capacity furnished by two new dynamos. With these improvements the capacity of the plant is about 1400 incandescent lights of 16 candle power each. The City Council is on the eve of buying a new boiler, it being impossible to run the plant with less than two boilers. It is the policy of the authorities to make all needed improvements in the hope of ameliorating the service and rendering the plant self-sustaining. It is expected that the use of oil and fuel will result in a clear saving of at least 40 per cent. Preparations have already been made to use oil. The change will be made within the next few days. There is every reason to believe that with the increased capacity and the reduction in the cost of fuel the revenues will be considerably more than the running expenses. During last July the collections for water and light amounted to over $400 and exceeded the current expenditures of that month, excepting, of course, the money expended for improvements.

  Few persons are aware of the difficulties that have confronted the municipal administration in the management of the plant. Of course, several mistakes were made, but many of those were due to inexperience and could not very well be avoided. The only fellows who do not make mistakes are the wise-acres who refuse to do anything, but prefer to keep their light hidden under the proverbial bushel, from which luminous sparks of wisdom are periodically permitted to escape.

 A number of men are engaged in laying the pipes to the Industrial Institute and the work is being pushed as it is desired to supply that institutions with water not later than Sept. 18.
Considering the several straits through which the plant has had to pass, its present condition should be a source of satisfaction to the people of the town. First hampered by the ruinous Zell boilers, then by a dry well and subsequently by a number of mishaps, the City Council has had quite a hard time of it. With the improved conditions, it is believed that it will be possible to make the plant not only self-supporting, but a source of revenue to the town, while, at the same time, giving the people the benefit of light and water for private use at very reasonable terms.

  From what The Gazette is able to learn Lafayette has done better with its plant than any of her sister towns.  Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901.

Lafayette's 1901 Telephone Book.

The Cumberland Telephone Exchange has just issued its latest directory. It contains over 200 phones, and its evidence of the growth of the Cumberland's business here. The Gazette feels safe in saying that no town enjoys a better telephone service than that given to this community by the Cumberland.
Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901.

 Moving Pictures. -
The Great Passion Play, the living pictures of the life of Christ; stereoptican views of the Boer-English war from the battle fields in South Africa. Instructive and interesting throughout. At Falk's opera-house, Sept. 2. Admission, 25 cents; children 15 cents.  Laf. Gaz. 8/31/1901.

 Scarcity of Labor. - A Planter living in the vicinity of Lafayette informs The Gazette that labor is so scarce in this section that if something is not done it will be impossible to harvest the cotton and cane crops. It is stated on good authority that farmers have not been able to secure laborers to gather corn at one dollar per day. The gentleman who spoke to us about this matter suggests that the president of the Farmer's Association call a meeting of the organization for the purpose of discussing the question and adopting some remedial measures.    Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901.

To Be Wed. - Cards are out announcing the marriage of Mr. Edward T. McBride, of Houston, to Miss Florence Sontag, of this town, to take place at St. John's Catholic church in this town, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1901, at 2:30 p. m.
Laf. Gaz. 8/31/1901.

Already Wed. - Mr. and Mrs, Fred Mouton (nee Marie Barry) of Grand Coteau, were in Lafayette this week. Laf. Gaz. 8/31/1901.

Will Burn Oil.

 The Lafayette Compress and Storage Company and the People's Cotton Oil Company have received a lot of Beaumont oil which is to be used for fuel. The Lafayette Refinery will also use oil and so will the Billeaud Refinery. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901.

Of the new Episcopal Church will be Laid on Sept. 11.

 The laying of the corner stone of the new Episcopal church, which is being built in Lincoln avenue, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The Rt. Rev. A. C. Garrett, D. D. of Dallas, Texas, a very eloquent and attractive speaker, will be here to preach a sermon for the occasion. The citizens of Lafayette are cordially invited to be present at this interesting ceremony. The hour of the service will be announced next week.

 The building of the Episcopal church makes four houses of worship for white people in Lafayette, representing the following denominations: Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian and Episcopal. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901.

 Real Estate Transfers.

 The following real estate transfers were recorded in the clerk's office during the past week:

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 Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901.

 Indications Favorable.

 O. L. Aldrich, an experienced oil man, came up from Beaumont and registered at the Cottage Hotel last Thursday. Mr. Aldrich visited Anse la Butte and looked into the situation there. He informed The Gazette that he considered the indications very favorable. Mr. Aldrich represents some large oil interests, but he would not speak of the purpose of his visit here. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901.

 Church Resigns.

 The Gazette is informed that Henry Church, who has bee employed in the Southern Pacific yard at this place for a long time, has tendered his resignation to take effect his resignation to take effect Aug. 31. It is stated that A. A. Mouton will succeed Mr. Church. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901.

 Board of Health.

 Lafayette, La., August 28, 1901. - The parish Board of Health met this day in special session pursuant to call by the president with the following members present:  Drs. H. D. Guidry, J. P. Francez and Messrs. L. G. Breaux, J. O. Broussard, Jasper Spell and D. A. Cochrane. Absent: Drs. R. O. Young and Geo. Delanreal.

 President Guidry explained the object of the meeting to be the consideration of complaints made against refineries discharging acids, etc., into streams of the parish.

 Several citizens living on Bayou Vermilion testified to the wholesale destruction of fish at certain seasons and consequent annoyance and inconvenience to the people residing along said stream. Judge O. C. Mouton appeared for the Lafayette Refinery, claiming that no acids were discharged into the stream and that water discharged into the bayou from the refinery contained nothing deleterious and could not possibly kill fish.

 By motion of Mr. Breaux, seconded by Dr. Francez, the following ordinance was unanimously adopted:

 1st Resolved, That from and after the first day of October, 1901, emptying or discharging any skimmings, molasses, sweetened or acidulated waters from steam trains, vacuum pans and double effects into Bayou Vermilion, Bayou Carencro, Bayou Tortue and Bayou Queue Tortue or any canal, ditch or tributary of said streams shall and the same is hereby prohibited and declared to be a public nuisance.

 2d. Be if further ordained, That any person or persons violating this ordinance shall be liable to a fine of not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or to imprisonment in the parish jail for not less than thirty days nor more than six months or both at the discretion of the court, for each and every offense.

 3rd. Be it further ordained, That one-half of the above fine when imposed and collected shall be paid into the criminal fund of the parish and the other half shall be paid to the person or persons furnishing information and evidence for the arrest and conviction of any party or parties guilty of violating this ordinance.
H. D. GUIDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901.  


Opelousas, La., Aug. 25, 1901.

 To the Editor of The Gazette - I have been a subscriber to your paper for some time and I welcome its arrival weekly. It is superior to many of its contemporaries and exercises a certain amount of independence that is rarely to be met with in these days of Democratic ascendancy in this State. But whilst I command you in this respect I most always observe that in the discussion of party policies you are wedded to your idol, the Democratic party. Notably in this to be seen in your editorial of the 24th instant, headed "Two White Parties." Any reader of the same will readily observe that while you give expression to the idea that two political parties to be healthful to the body politic, in the next breath you portray Democracy's scare crow "negro suffrage." Welcoming opposition in the one breath, and frightening it away in the other will never beget it. There can be a party composed of White Republicans in the South there is going to be. There can be one in this State and there ought to be. If ever the Democratic party is made to reform the present infamous laws whereby the power to elect most of our office-holders it taken from us, and lodged into the executive where it does not belong, it is going to be through the instrumentality of a Republican organization composed of white men only.

 The White Republicans of this State (I do not mean Wimberly and his gang) are as much in favor of maintaining White Supremacy as are the Democrats - but they see no necessity of concentrating all authority with the executive whereby he dominates and controls the politics of this State. All this talk about reforming those evils within party lines, is mere rot. You are already bound hand and foot and the forging process continues. You must be subservient to the wishes of those in control if you wish to approach the pie counter, or participate in the Councils of the party. Inasmuch as human nature is weak, and the desire to feed on pie is very great, and the desire to feed on pie is very great, the pie eating instinct overcomes the patriotic impulses - and in this way Democracy finds itself entrenched.

 Take away from the executive of this State the power of appointment to office, lodge it with the people; provide a simple registration and election law at which white men only might vote, and the so-called Democracy of this State would be swept out of existence the first general election thereafter. With the vast army of appointees to do his bidding always on the increase, with unfair registration and election laws and unscrupulous appointees to carry them into effect - you may as well attempt to dive in the Mississippi river after a needle, as to reform the party from within. If you are really sincere in welcoming opposition, advocate it, but do not attach to your utterances the fear of "negro domination." Do not frighten from its ranks the ignorant and prejudiced. Do not hole in one hand the white flag and in the other the black one. Help reduce the governor's influence. Destroy his power to appoint office-holders; give your White Republicans an equal chance in coming elections, and you will see a strong, healthy opposition throughout this entire State. It is bound to manifest itself sooner or later. Drunk with power it (the Democracy) has left to its opponents no vestige of rights. It own followers are getting restive. They cannot much longer tolerate the making of a governor, or the selection of a congressman as was done in the last gubernatorial race and the canvass for congressman in the year 1900 in this the sixth district. But for Foster's domination where would Heard have been? But for this latter's interference in behalf of Robertson where would he have been? No Mr. Editor, lodging the power of appointment with the governor where it does not belong, and divesting the people from this right, which is inalienably their's, is sapping the vitality and manhood of the State - and unless you welcome (without frightening it away) a strong, healthy opposition from the White Republicans, you are doomed to witness the forging of additional fetters, whereby Democracy in this State is going to securely bind, hand and foot, the people who serve at its altars.
                 Very truly yours,
                        A WHITE REPUBLICAN.

 The Gazette pleads guilty to the soft impeachment. It is wedded to its idol, the Democracy. It has reason to be wedded to the Democracy and would not be divorced from it if it could. So long as the party upholds the principle of constitutional liberty in the nation and of Caucasian civilization in the South, The Gazette will not blush for kneeling at Democracy's shrine.

 The Gazette reiterates its statement of last Saturday that it would welcome the organization of a white party in Louisiana to oppose the Democracy, but it is yet of the opinion that a white party does not mean the Republican party. It has never meant that and it never will. A white Republican party is an anomaly. It is meaningless as a black Democratic party. We are not speaking of individuals, but of Republicanism as a political organization. A Republican who is opposed to negro suffrage may be sincere - we question no one's sincerity. But he is as inconsistent as the Catholic who rejects absolution and accepts the Eucharist.

 Our learned correspondent is in error. "Negro suffrage" is not Democracy's scarecrow, but rather an issue forced upon it by the Republican party. It is not a question of any individual's opinion of negro suffrage. Personal views cut no figure in the case. If a levelheaded Republican should think that negro suffrage is wrong, his thinking that way does not change the policy of the Republican party. A handful of Republicans in Louisiana can not convince several millions of men in the United States that the party of their choice was wrong to give the franchise to the negro and is wrong to-day in upholding that unspeakable infamy as the loftiest stroke of statesmanship of the past century. The Republican party made the negro voter. It is irretrievably committed to the pernicious doctrine that the negro has as much right to vote as the white man. It points to that mischievous clause in the constitution as one of its proudest achievements; it has proclaimed in every platform, State and national, since the war, its unqualified endorsement of African enfranchisement. Only a month or two ago the Republicans of Ohio held their State convention and embodied in their platform denunciation of the South because it dared to rid itself of negro suffrage. This, it must be noted, was done in Hanna's State, and even the whitest Louisiana Lily White recognizes the immortal Marcus as the high priest of modern Republicanism. A few days ago the Republicans of Virginia included the following in their platform:

 We denounce all attempts to discriminate in favor of or against citizens of Virginia on account of race or color, because in violation of the Constitution of the United States, which we respect and obey as the supreme law of the land.

 Here you have it in plain English. "No discrimination on account of race or color." The Republicans of Virginia are not unlike those of any other State. They are simply Republicans and no more.

 The Gazette hopes its friend will admit that President McKinley is pretty good authority on what constitutes true Republicanism. and that the Hon. M. A. Hanna knows the genuine article when he sees it. Well, who are the advisers and appointees in Louisiana or these eminent members of the g. o. p. ?  Who are the accredited representatives in this State of the Republican administration? Surely not the Lily Whites. These perfectly estimable gentleman have not enough influence at Washington to control the appointment of a cross-road postmaster. And they will never occupy the place of "honor" at the pie counter until they have embrace the true faith - and the Lord knows it's pie they want.

 The Republican party is now and has always been the champion of negro suffrage. It has never failed to proclaim the negro the political equal of the white man, and no organization which does not claim the franchise for the black man has a right to call itself Republicanism even though it should prefix "white" to its name.

 The Gazette knows that its correspondent does not favor negro supremacy. If he did he would be unworthy of his name and parentage. It is more with his judgment than his motives that we find fault. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901.


Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/31/1901.

 Prof. R. C. Greig's Home Institute will begin its session on Monday, Sept. 2.

 Misses Louise and Ellen Gerac returned to Lafayette Wednesday, after spending several days in St. Martinville.

 There has been on exhibition in the post-office a cotton plant bearing 456 bolls. It was grown by Henry Robertson from seed furnished him by Mr. Paul Demanade. The seed if of the Bander variety.

 Gus Schmulen went to Crowley Thursday.

 Mrs. Hazard Eastin and Miss Lucy Judice returned from St. Martinville Wednesday.

 Miss Callie Alpha went to Franklin Saturday and returned Monday.

 Cards are out announcing the marriage of Mr. Edward T. McBride, of Houston, to Miss Florence Sontag, of this town, to take place at St. John's Catholic church in this town, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1901, at 2:30 p. m.

 Fred Courtney and George Carroll went to New Iberia Sunday and returned in company with Misses Cora Desbrest and Florence Bush.

 Felix Salles has returned home after a business visit in the East.

 Both the Compress and Gerac's gins were in operation this week. Several bales were ginned and the season has begun in earnest. The price of cotton is very fair and things seem bright enough for the farmer.

 Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mouton, of Grand Coteau, were in Lafayette this week.

 Dr. G. A. Martin visited Beaumont last Wednesday. The purpose of his visit was to see the oil fields.

 Miss Bessie Cornay has returned to Patterson for the opening of the schools Sept. 2.

 The Gazette is authorized to state that the next session of the Mount Carmel Convent will begin on Monday, Sept. 2. The Mount Carmel nuns have made arrangements to accommodate a large number of pupils, feeling confident that the enrollment this term will be greatly increased. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1901. 





 From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 31st, 1901:

 Old Landmark Gone.

 The old brick store on Main street known as Revillon's store is being torn down, and on the site Mr. P. Krauss, the jeweler, will build a residence.

 Revillon's store, the name by which this building has been known for a generation, was erected by Mr. Joachim Revillon about 1832, and has been used as a place of business continuously by some member of the family until very recently. Revillon's store was well known. In the past it numbered among its customers some even as far away as Mermentau. And such was its reputation for honest dealing that as long as the store was kept open, it never lacked patronage. But the old store has seen its last days, and one more landmark has passed away. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1901.

 District Court.

Judge Allen adjourned court last Tuesday. The following business was transacted:

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 Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1895.

Mapping the Town.

 Mr. H. Giles, representative of the Louisiana and Texas Long Distance Telephone Co. was in town Monday and Tuesday, mapping out the town to place the new telephone line. Nearly one thousand phones will be placed, and no building will be without one. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1901.

 Electric Fans.

 The city council should have a solicitor out taking orders for electric fans for next summer. This new innovation added to the electric and water works plant would double its present revenues. In many towns the ladies are running their sewing machines by electricity. New Iberia with its new plant has already electric fans in nearly every business house. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1901.

 Building New Tank.

 The Southern Pacific R. R. Co. is building a tank near the roundhouse that will contain 59,000 barrels of fuel oil. Monday last an engine which using fuel oil passed Lafayette and it was strange to see no smoke coming from the stack. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1901.

 Anse la Butte Notes.

 Thursday afternoon the drill of the Le Danois Co. went through 205 feet of salt and is now boring in rock.

 Mr. O. L. Aldrich, and expert driller was at the Cottage Hotel Thursday and in company with Dr. Babcock visited the Anse la Butte well. Mr. Aldrich very closely inspected the log of this company and from his investigations report prospects excellent. This gentleman drilled the first artesian well in Louisiana. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1901.

Vitascope Exhibition.

 A vitascope entertainment will be given at Falk's Opera House, Monday, Sept. 2, for the benefit of the Catholic Church. The great Passion Play, showing the beautiful moving pictures taken by Rev. Thos. F. Delaney from the drama presented at Ober-Ammergau, and stereopticon views of the Boer-English War, in connection with a number of highly interesting views, will constitute the entertainment, and afford both instruction and amusement to all who attend. Admission, 25 cts; children, 15 cts. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1901.

 Price of Cane.

 There seems to be nothing positive yet as to what price will be paid for sugar cane, although we understand that a number of mills have made contracts on a basis of 80 cents for each cent that sugar is quoted at on date of delivery.
Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1895.


 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/31/1901.

 I will open a private school Monday, Sept. 2nd, at the High School, and continue until the opening of the public school term. W. A. LeRosen.

 Remember that the Industrial School will be open Sept. 18th.

 Miss Florence Bush of Franklin us the guest of Miss Cora Desbrest.

 Lafayette needs a new school building badly. Help the children.

 Mr. I. A. Broussard left last Sunday for a trip to Mermentau.

 Mr. H. A. Van der Cruyssen, of The Advertiser, was in Carencro Sunday last.

 The water work pipes are now being laid to the Industrial School.

 Miss Marthe Mouton has accepted a position at Schmulen's Racket Store.

 Misses Irma Mouton and Nellie Alpha and Mr. M. Levy of Grand Coteau have accepted positions in the new store of Mr. N. Abramson.

 Mrs. M. F. Rigues returned Tuesday from Prompt Secours plantation, near Opelousas, where she spends two weeks.

 The members of the new Brass Band met at the Century Club last night and steps will be taken to form a first class organization.

 Last Saturday 14 teachers met at the Industrial School by appointment of the parish examining board and stood examination.

 Messrs. A. Courtney, Ben Schmulenski, Frank Broussard and Frank Mouton attended the Polyscope entertainment at Carencro, Tuesday.

 The People's Cotton Oil Co. will use oil for fuel, and have just received two large storage tanks with a capacity of more than 20,000 gallons.

 Miss Cora Desbrest, after spending several weeks in New Orleans, returned home last Sunday. Miss Desbrest has accepted a position at the Lafayette Shoe Store.

 The Board of Health of New Orleans is making war against mosquitoes and have employed men to pour petroleum in every cistern in that city. Let Lafayette take the hint.

 The Advertiser has received an invitation to the marriage of Miss Florence Sontag to Mr. Edward T. McBride, which will take place on Tuesday evening, Sept. 3rd, at St. John's Church, Lafayette.

 The show fixtures in Lafayette Shoe Store are modern and remind one of the New Orleans stores.

 Mr. M. Abramson is receiving goods by the car load daily.

 Prof. Greig's school will open Monday, Sept. 2.

 We are glad to announce that Miss Louise Bendel has about recovered from here severe illness. She was able to leave for Lake Charles on Wednesday. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1901.





 From the Lafayette Gazette of August 31st, 1895:


 The railroad men at this place received the news of a sad accident which happened on the Midland branch Wednesday. Clarence Jackson, a brakeman, was run over and killed. It seems that while in the attempt to couple a car with the drop bar in front of a locomotive he fell and was killed by the pilot or cow-catcher. Young Jackson was a most estimable young man and his death is doubly sad when it is learned that he was the main support of a widowed mother living at Crowley. The body of the unfortunate young man was taken to Opelousas Thursday for burial. About four months ago, Jackson, who was regarded as a bright and promising youth, joined the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, which association took charge of the body and attended to the burial. Twelve hundred dollars will be paid to the deceased's mother by the brotherhood, this being the amount of insurance. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1895.

 Death of a Good Citizen.

 Mr. Jean Gerac, one of the oldest business men of Lafayette and a gentleman highly esteemed by the people among whom he spent over thirty years of his life, died here Thursday afternoon at the age of 61 years. Mr. Gerac was a native of Suave Terre, Department de la Haute Garonne, France, but he came to America and settled in Lafayette when a young man. For over a quarter of a century he has been a successful merchant of the town, having always been prominently connected with its industrial life. He was a kind, charitable man, and his death will cause much sorrow to many people. His burial Friday afternoon was very largely attended. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1895.

 School Picnic.

 Prof. Chas. Boudreaux, the well-known school teacher, made the hearts of the little ones under his care happy last Wednesday by giving a picnic at Mouton's bridge. The parents of the pupils were there and also their grown sisters and brothers had availed themselves of the opportunity to spend the day under the unbrageous oaks on the banks of the Vermilion. Aside from the many good things to eat and the old conventional games, without which a picnic would not be a picnic, those present were treated to some brief speeches and a few very charming songs, to say nothing of the entertainment by the pupils of Prof. Boudreaux. Superintendent Toll spoke in English and Messrs. Julian Mouton and Edward Voorhies addressed the assembly in the French language. The speeches, though short, were interesting, being received with such enthusiasm that left no doubt of the profound interest which all present felt for the cause of public education. Mr. Laberge was called upon and he delighted his hearers with two pretty songs, rendered with that beautiful voice of which he is the happy possesser. The following is the program of the children's entertainment, which was carried out with much success, reflecting much praise upon the painstaking and popular teacher.

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Shanties Demolished.

 All the old shanties on the lots recently bought by Mouton & Salles have been demolished and removed to make room for the new building which it is proposed to erect. E. W. Phillips, of New Iberia, will supervise the construction of the new structure, which, we learn, will be one of the handsomest and most commodious in Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1895.

 Bicycle Excursion.

 There will be an excursion to-morrow from this place some bicycle races by the champion wheelmen of the State. The fare for the round trip will be one dollar and the train will leave the depot here at 10 a. m. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1895.

W. C. T. U. Convention.

 The members of the W. C. T. U. will hold a convention at Falk's Opera House in Lafayette, on Sept. 4, 5, and 6. An invitation is extended to the general public to be present. There will be lectures on the subject of temperance. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1895.

 E. V. Debs - Railway Times.

 A limited number of copies of the Railway Times, published by the famous labor leader, E. V. Debs, containing twelve pages with fine illustrations, a picture of Woodstock jail, the prisoners, and articles on the burning questions of the day by prominent labor writers, and a list of all the telegrams received by the president of the A. R. U. on labor day, will be on sale at Moss Bros. & Co's., at 5 cents a copy. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1895.


Who Will Build It?

 Last week The Advertiser called attention to the fact that rent houses were pretty scarce and in great demand. This week we want to call attention to another fact, and that is that Lafayette needs more boarding houses. There are numbers of people who  come here, who desire to board either from preference or from the temporary nature of their stay, but find it difficult and often impossible to secure accomodation. A large first-class boarding-house designed specially for this class of people would, no doubt, prove a very satisfactory investment. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1895.


 A special from Carencro to The Times-Democrat of Aug. 29 says:

 "The cotton caterpillar has made its appearance in this section, and is playing havoc with the cotton. Our farmers are doing the best they can to protect the crop, but there is no doubt that it will be greatly reduced. Cane and rice are in fine condition." Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1895.


 We are informed that the Police Jury will meet on Sept. 7 in special session to consider the petition asking that an election be ordered to obtain the sense of the voters on the question of prohibition. If the required number of signatures are affixed to the petition we believe that the election should be ordered as soon as practicable. There are, we are reliably informed, quite a large number of our fellow citizens earnestly in favor of prohibition and their views are entitled to a respectful hearing. This is one of the questions without passion and prejudice. Some of our best people are of the opinion that should a law prohibiting the sale of liquor be enacted much good would follow. The Gazette believes that they are mistaken and sincerely hopes they will find out their error before the election comes off. We print below a letter written by that great statesman, Jefferson Davis, in the year 1887, when the people of Texas overwhelmingly defeated the proposition of State prohibition. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1895.

Police Jury Proceedings.

 The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present:

 R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, Alf. A. Delhomme, Alfred Hebert and H. M. Durke.  Absent: Jos. W. Broussard.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 By motion, Mr. Alphonse Girouard  was appointed road overseer of the fifth ward instead of J. E. Langlinais, resigned.

 A petition from the citizens of the 8th ward praying for bridges to render safe several crossings in that ward was read and Messrs. A. D. Landry and Antoine Broussard appointed to examine the locations of the proposed bridges, and report the best method of accomplishing the desired object.

 A petition from the citizens of the 7th ward praying for the repair of several bridges and offering to make said repairs if material was furnished, was read, and on motion it was resolved that the prayer of petitioners be granted, and the material necessary for such repairs is hereby allowed.

 By motion of Mr. Brown, the following jury of freeholders was appointed to trace, and lay out a public road thirty feet wide from a point on the public road, leading from Scott at Alcide Mouton's, to the town of Carencro; the said jury shall trace said road to the best advantage of the proprietors interested, and assess all damages. The jury appointed were: John Roger, Alcide Mouton, Antoine Hernandez, Homer Dugat, Alphonse Roger and John Johnson.

 Assessor N. Reaux submitted a statement showing the total amount of property valuation in the parish for 1895 to be as follows:

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 By motion the rate of taxation for the year 1895, was fixed at ten mills on the dollar in accordance with the budget of parochial expenses.

 Mr. Durke was authorized to buy lumber for building bridges near Olivier Blanchet's.

 The jury of freeholders appointed to trace a public road from Olidon Broussard's bridge to the property of J. A. Laneuville, submitted the following report:

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 By motion duly made, the above report was adopted, the road so traced, declared a public highway, and the road overseers instructed to place the said road in good traveling condition. The sum of $29.00, amount of damages assessed is hereby appropriated and set aside to meet the various expropriations of lands, as per report.

 By motion the sum of $100.00 was appropriations of lands, as per report.

 By motion the sum of $100.00 was appropriated in aid of the Carencro and Ophelia Broussard schools; said amount to be equally divided between the two schools.

 Messrs. Durke and R. C. Landry were authorized to purchase lumber for the construction of bridges on the new road, near Olidon Broussard bridge.

 The donation of a strip of land by Alcide Broussard bridge.

 The donation of a strip of land by Alcide Broussard for the purpose of draining Marais Copal, was accepted and ordered recorded.

 Mr. Brown was authorized to use the lumber from the old bridge at Coulee Roger to make certain repairs on the bridges at Coulee Comeaux, as an accomodation to farmers in that neighborhood.

 The sum of $12.50 was allowed Rodolph Prejean, indigent.

 By motion the Police Jury resolved to change the regular sitting from the last Monday of every month.

 The following accounts were laid over:

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 The following accounts were approved:

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  The Police Jury adjourned until Saturday, September 7, prox at the usual hour.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1895.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/31/1895.

 Ed. Higginbotham is out after a long and serious spell of typhoid fever.

 S. R. Parkerson, of the Peoples Bank, went to Royville Monday.

 Miss Anna Hopkins, who was on a visit to friends in Opelousas, returned home Wednesday.

 Emmanuel Pellerin, the ever obliging clerk at Jno. O. Mouton's, left Tuesday evening for Galveston, where he will enjoy a much needed rest.

 The Business Men's Association will hold a regular meeting Monday.

 Our genial friend, Louis Tapissier, of Carencro, was at the ball at Falk's Opera House last Saturday.

 The several committees have been busy making arrangements for the reception and entertainment of the delegates to the W. C. T. U. convention which will be held here on the 4th instant.

 All styles of race-horse watches at Biossat's.

 Misses Nita and Ruby Scranton and Birdie Palmer, accompanied by Mr. J. R. Domengeaux, came from Royville Monday and spent the day in Lafayette. 

 Mr. I. A. Broussard left last Sunday for a trip to Mermentau.

 Mr. H. A. Van der Cruyssen, of The Advertiser, was in Carencro Sunday last. Lafayette Gazette 8/31/1895.





 From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 31st, 1889:


 [A Washingon special to the New Orleans States, of the 26th inst., says:

 "...Congressman Rowell, of Illinois, who was a prominent member of the Elections Committee last Congress, and who is pretty sure to be Chairman of the Elections Committee in the next Congress, has left for Louisiana to take part in the Third Louisiana District campaign. As Powell is to be Chairman of the Elections Committee of the next House, whoever may become speaker, his presence in the Third District during this campaign is looked upon as very significant. Peters, of Kansas, who is a prominent Republican, also goes, and will probably be one of the Elections Committee. It looks as though there was a deliberate plan to have Republican members of the Elections Committee on the ground. If any sort of exercise is given by the slightest showing of intimidation, the House can at once proceed to unseat the Democratic member, if elected. What a spectacle ! that of a chairman of an Elections Committee leaving his chair to testify in what he had himself seen and gathered in the District. It would be novel, but powerful in its effect. ..."

 These gentlemen will find nothing in the action of the Democrats of Lafayette during the present canvass to be used against Mr. Price in any proceedings to unseat him. The Republicans have conducted their campaign and held their public meetings with perfect freedom and immunity from interference, except that offered by Republican strikes from a distance. Lafayette parish will poll a Democratic majority on a free and fair election, and all efforts should be directed to that end. Any and all show of intimidation or interference with the right of voters should be studiously avoided. Any other course might, and probably would be, fatal to our candidate; and would be in furtherance of a scheme planned and relied upon by Republicans for success. Democrats, be on your guard; and devote your energies to polling the entire strength of the party. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1889.

DUSON, LA., August, 26th, 1889.

     Mr. Editor: The cool mornings make me feel pretty lazy, almost too much so to write; but I will give you a few lines, anyhow, if for nothing else but to tell you of a good one I heard on Mr. Oberon. He, in company with some friends, during the summer, were taking a trip to the Mermentau. It was very hot and dry, and Mr. Oberon got very thirsty. It happened that they were passing what they supposed to be a watermelon patch at the time, and some of the crowd suggested that Mr. Oberon get out and get a melon. Now, we all know that Mr. Oberon is noted for his honesty, and hooted at the idea; but after some persuasion he did get out, and after selecting the largest and finest looking melon he could find, took a dime from his pocket and put it on the top of the post as pay. He then got into the wagon again, and they drove on some ten miles before cutting the melon - which proved to be a pie melon, of of course not fit to eat. Well, Mr. Oberon the maddest man I ever heard of. After cavorting around for awhile, and using all the pet expressions he could think of, he happened to think of that dime; and, sir, he pulled off both shoes, threw down his hat, and took the "gravel train" back to the melon patch, walking the distance of twenty miles for one poor little dime. I always knew that Mr. Oberon was stingy, but didn't know he was that bad.

 Caterpillars are webbing up and preparing for a second attack, but will be met with a "John L." in the shape of Paris green. The cool, dry weather is making cotton open very fast, and cotton picking and haymaking are the order of the day.

 Mrs. Bass has returned to the home of here daughter from a trip to Lafayette and Franklin, where she had been visiting relatives.

 What's the matter with that cotton gin we were to have at Duson? A sugar mill wouldn't do a bad business, either, and would be a great help to the farmer.

 Rice is ripening, and the blackbirds are feasting. Wouldn't it be a good idea for the farmers to combine and poison the little cusses? Seems to me it would be a much more effective and cheaper way of exterminating them than by shooting.
                    Yours truly,  PLOUGH HORSE.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1889.


 At a joint meeting of the Atlantic and Crescent Base Ball Clubs, held on the evening of the 27th inst., the two organizations  were merged into one, under the name of "Crescent Base Ball Club of Lafayette, La."  The following officers were elected:  W. E. Bowen, President and Manager; S. Plonsky, Secretary; Emile Cayard, Treasurer; J. Bowen, 1st Captain; A. Cayard, 2nd Captain.

 Much disappointment was expressed at the non appearance of the Abbeville club to play the games proposed for last
Sunday. This disappointment was no doubt shared by the Abbeville boys. Sickness of a couple of their strongest players deterred them from coming. It would not have been doing justice to either Lafayette or Abbeville for them to have put forward a crippled nine. A game will be arranged for Abbeville in the near future.

 Correspondence was had with the St. Martinville club, which resulted as follows:

         ST. MARTINVILLE, Aug. 27, 1889.
   W. E. Bowen, Captain L. B. B. Club:
 Dear Sir: It will be with great pleasure that we will cross bats with the Lafayette boys, conditionally; that ie., if you have got no "curve pitcher" for we are all boys of from 18 to 20 years except two, who are 25 to 30 years. We wish to have a friendly game, and as little betting as possible. Of course, we are willing to play for a small sum. If you are willing to play upon these conditions, let me know by to-morrow's mail, so that we can have a little practice and try to make the game as interesting as possible. I remain yours respectfully,
                  GEORGE EASTIN,
        Capt. Red Stocking B. B. C.
  P. S. You can surely expect us on Sunday, if you agree to our conditions - and are willing to give us a game afterwards. The only thing to keep us away is - if it rains.       G. E.
     Manager Bowen informs us that he has no "curve pitcher" in his team. The nearest approach to it he has seen was to observe some of his boys "curve" into an open doorway where they keep something good to dr----ug store, you understand, to get a little Arnica Liniment. The St. Martinville boys are up to all those curves. So the game with St. Martinville will be played Sunday afternoon, September 1st, at 3 o'clock p. m., on the commons in front of Dr. Hopkins' residence, deo rolente. The "Crescents" have ordered a full uniform, which the hope to receive in time to be worn in to-morrow's game. The ladies are especially invited to witness the contest and encourage the players by their presence.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1889.

The Ivy Circle.

 The Young Ladies of the "Ivy Circle" desire to express their thanks to the public for its liberal patronage of their entertainment Thursday night, the 22d inst., and to Mrs. W. W. Wall and Mrs. Henry Fitel for generous contributions in aid thereof; and especially to those ladies of their own Church, both in the country and in town, who so generously aided them by taking upon themselves the greater portion of the burden of the occasion. They also make their acknowledgements to Mr. J. J. Burke for a very large and handsome photograph of St. John Church, and to Mr. Walter Mouton for discoursing pleasing music upon the cornet during the entertainment. The young ladies of the "Circle" feel very much encouraged by their success, and propose to give another entertainment in aid of the Church very soon, at which the really excellent and desirable photograph above mentioned will be raffled.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1889.

Bad Weather Doesn't Stop "Ivy League."

 Notwithstanding the inclement weather, the festival if the 22nd given by the Ivy Circle for the benefit of the Catholic Church was a grand success. We are always confident of the success of any Church entertainment; for although, according to the version of some Times-Democrat reporters, Lafayette pursues the wrong course upon some subjects, we gladly and confidentially assist, without fear of contradiction, that she will always be found on the side of right as refers to Church Festivals, for this is a liberal people. How pleasant these occasional gatherings are, they come like a "benediction after prayer" to shorten the warm, dull days or our summer estivation.

   "There was sound of revelry by night,
And Lafayette had gathered then
Her beauty and her chivalry and bright 
The lamps shone o'er fair women and
      brave men;
Many hearts beat happily and when
Music rose with its voluptuously swell.
Soft eyes looked love to eyes which spake
And all went merry as a marriage-bell."

 The young ladies composing the Ivy Circle: Misses Alix and Louise Judice, Stella and Haydee Trahan, Martha Mouton, Zerelda Bailey and Blanche Gentil, was most becomingly attired in robes of cream, pink, blue, white, black, and with wreaths of the ivy green and upon their brows they graced the occasion most becomingly; surely Hebe herself looked not more lovely. Dancing together with the melodious strains of the Piano and Cornet
  "That come o'er my ear like the sweet
That breathes upon a bank of violets
Stealing and giving odor"
were kept up till the late hour of 3 o'clock.
Many, many kind wishes for this already auspicious little Circle. And the next time you wish to spend a pleasant evening, have some cooling refreshments and a tete-a-tete with your sweetheart, just call on the Ivy Circle. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1889.

 A Soiree.

 An impromptness soiree was given at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Mouton Thursday evening in honor of Misses Edna and Lou Gardiner and Mr. Warren Gardiner, in which the young folks enjoyed themselves to their hearts' content. Among those present were Misses Estelle Gerac, Louise Bourges, Berthe Nevue, Caroline Martin, Lea Gladu, Zerelda Bailey and Carmelite Mouton, Marie and Louise Revillonl and Messrs. A. Mestayer, J. Comeau, L. Tapissier, Ed. Couret, Henry and Pierre Gerac, George Bailey, Felix Landry, Gaston Gladu and Jos. Ducote. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1899.


           Lafayette, La., Aug. 23rd, 1889.
  There was held this day a meeting of the Parish Democratic Executive Committee, for the purpose of considering the interests of the party in the coming election, Sept. 3rd, for Congressman to represent the Third Congressional District of this State.

 There were present: C. C. Brown, chairman; O. Cade, A. A. Labbe, W. B. Torian, J. O. Broussard and Dr. F. C. Latiolais by proxy.  Absent: M. L. Lyons, A. Delhomme, Sr., and A. C. Guilbeau.

 On motion duly made, R. C. Greig was elected secretary of the committee.

 The following resolution by Mr. Cade was adopted:

 Be it Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed for each precinct to conduct the campaign and make a house to house canvas.

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 There being no further business the committee adjourned.
C. C. BROWN, Chairman.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1889.

Railroad News from Carencro.

 As a large share of our earthly happiness is derived from Railroads, we feel considerable interest in those men who spend their lives on the rail. Few persons as they doze away the hours in fine parlor coaches ever consider their obligations to the man whose watchful eye never leaves the track while his noble engine is spinning her wheels around to the tune of forty miles an hour, or how gentle may be the fireman, brakeman, conductor, or baggage master, who are ever ready at a moments notice to risk their lives for duty's sake. Yet the time will come when the grand army of noble workingmen will be accorded the highest pages of history, when the monument of monuments will pierce the clouds in honor to those heroes who have breathed out their last breath at their post of duty. We lately went through a kind of a class meeting process with the Boys on the Tap; a regular old fashioned hand shaking, and give you, as an item of interest, the names of the different crews who run the Alexandria Branch:  Conductor Chas. Lusted; Engineer Thomas D. Coleman (in place of Jack Tierney off on leave); Fireman J. Poinboeuf; Baggage Master, U. A. Hebert (otherwise known as Tug Wilson); Brakeman John Younger.  

 Conductor William Bailey's crew - Engineer Robt. Tanner; Fireman, A. Deffy; Baggage Master, H. Caldwell; Brakeman, E. Judice.

 Conductor Pefferkorn's crew - Engineer, F. H. Gregory; Fireman, A. Poinboeuf; Baggage Master, Wm. Panoli; Brakeman H. Jagou.

Extra men, F. H. Landry and John Bowen.

Mail Agent - Paul Burke.
Express - George Bagnal.

 Conductor - O. J. Sprole is off on leave of absence.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1889.      

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/31/1889.

 The weather during the week has been quite favorable for gathering crops, and cotton is opening rapidly. Caterpillars are abundant, and no doubt will work considerable injury in spite of the Paris Green treatment. It will take another week to tell how we are going "to come out."

 Messrs. D. V. Gardebled and Baxter Clegg, who have been spending vacation where the soft breezes blow on the Gulf of Mexico, have returned, much invigorated in body and mind.  

 Mr. Chas. D. Caffery's new law office is about finished, and he will move into it next week. "Will you walk into my parlor," etc.

 The Mount Carmel school for little boys, situated on the Convent grounds, at Lafayette, will begin its regular Fall session next Monday, September 2nd.

 Mr. Numa Broussard, whose shop is located at the upper end of Lafayette street, is a first-class cabinet, door, sash and blind maker. His work is hard to beat.

 We are indebted to a "fair informer" for much of our society news, for which we are very thankful. It is to the ladies that are very thankful. It is to the ladies that we must look for pleasant items of interest in this line. We would be glad to have their constant assistance.

 "Tug," says when the express agent at Carencro received his "regulation cap" he smole a smile, and checked back: "Cap received, monkey and hand organ missing."

 A corps of artists of the New Orleans Opera will give a dramatic and lyric entertainment at Falk's Opera House, on Saturday and Sunday nights, August 31st and September 1st. It is seldom that our citizens have an opportunity of enjoying entertainments of such high order as this, and they should take advantage of the present occasion.

 Capt. R. W. Elliot is a gentleman and a scholar, and an A No. 1 farmer to boot. Last Tuesday he brought us what we considered a splendid specimen of watermelon. It was grown on his farm two miles north of Carencro, and tipped the beam at 40 pounds. The Captain informed us that he intended bringing us a really fine specimen of his patch, but when he came to try he found that this one was the only one that would fit into the bed of his buggy. It has not been a good season for watermelons, either.

 Mrs. H. M. Bailey would respectfully inform parents and guardians that she will open the next session of her school, for boys and girls, on Monday September 2nd. French and English taught at very moderate prices.

 We are too poor to be proud and too old to be vain, but The Advertiser rejoices in a brand new office which is both commodious and handsome. For its neat interior decoration we are indebted to Mr. A. Bonnet. It is situated on St. John street, fronting the Church square and midway between Main and Vermilion streets. We shall be happy to welcome to our new domicile all who feel inclined to pay is a visit.

 We note the following in the Abbeville Meridional, of the 24th inst., "Last Friday Mrs. Judge Edwards, who is yet convalescing, had the misfortune to fall and break the bone of her arm near the wrist. Unfortunately at the time Judge Edwards was at Lafayette attending to his duties as District Judge, and Miss Edwards was at Rayne on a visit.

 Remember the grand fancy dress and calico ball to be given by the Brotherhood of Railroad Brakeman of Lafayette, at Falk's Hall, on September 27th. The gentlemen having the management of this affair are determined that it shall be a decided success and reflect credit upon their Lodge. Already a large attendance is assured, yet they are still working earnestly to make it eclipse any entertainment of the kind heretofore given in Lafayette.

 Mr. E. McDaniel has sold his coffeehouse, in the Racke Building at the Depot, to Messrs. J. A. Landry and Philip Crouchet, who opened business on Friday, the 23d. These young men are both experienced in the business, are very popular with all classes of our citizens, and will no doubt build up a solid and increasing business.

 A grand Democratic mass meting will be held to-day at 11 o'clock, at Godard's Grove on St. John Street, and will be addressed by Hon. Mr. Ogden, Congressman, C. J. Boatner, State Senator E. A. O'Sullivan, and other distinguished English and French orators. As this is the last call, it is hoped that all patriotic Democrats will respond promptly, and give these gentlemen a large and enthusiastic reception.

 J. B. Cheppert, a well known colored citizen of Lafayette, has several banana trees in his yard. No extra care was taken of them during the past winter, but owing to the mildness of the weather they escaped injury, and are now bending beneath a load of rich fruit almost matured. They are worth seeing. With adequate protection during winter the banana could be successfully grown in Lafayette.

 Lafayette should be proud of the St. John's Brass Band. Their music at the Price meeting in Carencro was just splendid. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1889.





 From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 31st, 1878:


 The yellow fever news from abroad is of a very gloomy character. In New Orleans the disease is still on the increase and its spread in neighboring States is unprecedented. Its ravages in country towns are fearful, owing to a want of proper knowledge and competent nurses.

 For fear of injuring the business of New Orleans, the progress of the fever was concealed too long and there was too great a delay in declaring it epidemic. For the sake of a little business and a few dollars and cents, the disease has been transported and propagated in all directions, entailing immense suffering and loss of life, which a timely warning from New Orleans might have averted, to a great extent. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1878.

Special Fever Meeting.

 The call for a meeting of the citizens of our town this evening at 5 o'clock, to consider the subject of the scourge which threatens to spread over the whole country, and to organize a volunteer police force and for other purposes, will doubtless meet with a general response. It will require great activity and vigilance, as well as harmony and concert of action, to assure the safety of the community.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1878. 



 A severe rain and thunder storm was experienced here last Monday, during which a column of wind struck the place of Mr. Gerassin Doucet, upsetting and demolishing a double tenement house in which were a colored woman and four children, who fortunately escaped injury, Mr. Doucet's corn-house was un-roofed and scattered in all directions, and within the path of two or three hundred yards fencing was prostrated and corn and cotton uprooted. We learn that some damage was done at several other places, but could obtain no details. Judging from the different points struck, it is probable that this column of wind had a circular or winding course and occasionally swept down with great violence. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1878.  

Mount Carmel.

 Mount Carmel Convent will open its next session on the 2nd of September next. It is desired and it is certainly to the advantage of the pupils, that they should enter at the beginning of the session. The salubrity of the location and the high reputation of the Convent, should attract within its comfortable and extensive buildings and grounds, patronage from surrounding and distant parishes. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1878. 

 Police Jury Proceedings.

 Pursuant to a call of the President, the Police Jury met at the Court House on Wednesday the 14th day of August, 1878. Members present: Onez Broussard, president; Adolphe Comeaux, M. G. Broussard and Alfred Peck.  Absent: Aurelien Primeaux.

   The President stated the object of the meeting
      On motion the following ordinance was read and adopted:

 An ordinance entitled an ordinance to provide for the quarantining of the parish of Lafayette, against the introduction of yellow fever and all other infectious diseases ;  setting forth certain offenses and providing penalties therefore and defining the duties of quarantine and health officers.


 Whereas, it has been ascertained by the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, that Yellow Fever exists in the city of New Orleans, and at other points ;  therefore be it
      SECTION 1.  Resolved, by the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, That any person of persons, coming from the city of New Orleans, or from any other district which may hereafter become infected with said disease, shall not be permitted to enter or remain within the limits of said parish, until ten days shall have elapsed since they were in such districts ;  and if any such person shall enter said parish, he shall immediately be removed without the limits of the same and shall be subject moreover to a fine of fifty dollars.

  SECTION 2.  That no dry goods, merchandise, coffee inclusive, or any other object supposed to convey or communicate said disease, coming from the city of New Orleans, of from any other infected district, shall be introduced or brought into the said parish, and if any person or persons shall introduce any of the specified articles so denominated as aforesaid contraband of disease, the said dry goods, merchandise, coffee or other objects communicable of disease, so attempted to be introduced, shall be seized as forfeited to the said parish, and sold after ten days' advertisement, to the highest bidder, the proceeds thereof to be paid into the treasury, and the person or persons thus contravening the provisions of this section shall be subjected moreover to to a fine of fifty dollars to be recovered before any court or competent jurisdiction.

  Section 3.  That no person or persons residing within the limits of the parish of Lafayette, going into an infected district, shall be permitted to return into the said parish within ten days from the time of exposure to said disease, resident ministers of the gospel, physicians and nurses, when on duty excepted ;  and any person contravening the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine of twenty dollars for each and every violation thereof.

  Section 4.  That any person or persons having charge of a public conveyance, who shall convey into said parish any person or persons who are known or suspected to have been in any district infected with yellow fever, within ten days previous, shall be subject to a fine of one hundred dollars each and every offense ;  and that any person or persons living within the limits of said parish, who shall retain any such person or persons, coming from an infected district, in their houses, shall be subject to pay a like fine of one hundred dollars, to be recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction, and that it is hereby made the duty of the Sheriff of the parish of Lafayette, his deputies, all constables or any citizen of said parish to enforce this ordinance.

  Section 5.  That no person or persons who shall have died of yellow fever, outside of the limits of the parish Lafayette, shall be interred within the limits of this parish.

  Section 6.  That in the event of any death from yellow fever occurring in this parish, the body shall be enveloped and buried as speedily as possible, and the apartments in which the death occurred shall be cleansed, fumigated, and such other disinfecting agents as may be designated by the Board of Health, and all such articles as may have been used by said deceased persons shall immediately be buried or disinfected.

  Section 7.  That the several practicing physicians of the parish are hereby constituted a committee of vigilance for the purpose of reporting any case of cases of yellow fever which may occur in their practice in said parish to the Board of Health, in order that such measures may be taken by them as the case may require.

  Section 8.  That the Board of Health, Health Wardens and all parish officers, are hereby severally charged to carry into effect the foregoing resolutions, and the said officers are hereby authorized and empowered, should it become necessary in the execution of this resolution to call to their assistance any or all of the citizens of said parish.

  Section 9.  That one half of the fines collected under the ordinance shall be paid to the informer and the other half to be paid into the treasury of the parish of Lafayette.

  Section 10.  That any and all persons residing within the parish, who shall go to any place in said parish, which is infected or supposed to be infected with yellow fever, shall remain at said place for the space of ten days from the time said disease ceases to exist in said locality.

   Section 11.  Be it further ordained, etc., That the following persons, to-wit: A. D. Boudreaux, Alex. Delhomme, Dr. W. H. Cunningham, Nathan Foreman, Norbert Landry, Dr. F. C. Latiolais, Dr. G. W. Scranton, P. Roy, Dr. F. S. Mudd, Dr. J. D. Trahan, Dr. T. B. Hopkins, Jos. Plonsky and J. J. Caffery, be and are hereby constituted a Board of Health of the parish of Lafayette, and they are hereby delegated full power and authority to make all needful rules and regulations for the proper discharge of their trust ;  and any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this ordinance or any of the rules or regulations of the Board of Health made in pursuance shall forfeit and pay, except as herein before provided, the sum of not less than twenty-five nor more than fifty dollars, recoverable by suit in the name of the parish before any Justice of the Peace in the ward in which the violation shall occur, one half of the amount recovered to be paid to the informer, and the other half to the parish treasury.

  Section 12.  That the Board of Health hereby constituted shall be informed by the President of the Police Jury of their appointment and their first meeting shall be held at the time and place by him appointed ;  and the President of this body is empowered to fill vacancies in the Board of Health.

   Section 13.  That this ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage.

 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
J. N. JUDICE, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1878.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/31/1878.

 The heavy rains and local storms predicted by Prof. Tice have been verified to a limited extent in this locality. During the week we have had several moderate storms and copious rains, which did some damage to the crops.

 Our town is clean and healthy. Let us keep it so by proper sanitary precautions and a strict and rigid quarantine.

 Our daily mail reduced to tri-weekly has become a weekly one. Means should be devised to disinfect mail matter expeditiously and to forward it promptly to its destination.

 The names of the Democratic nominees, C. H. Mouton, Esq., for Senator and C. Debaillon, Esq., for Representative, are placed this week at the head of our columns.

 The painful news was received here by private dispatch, that James G. Brookshier, of Morgan City died there last Thursday at 5 o'clock P. M. Mr. Brookshier was Editor of the Attakapas Register, a genial and whole-souled gentleman and a true friend. May his spirit have eternal rest. Lafayette Advertiser 8/31/1878.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 31st, 1908:


 The School Board, at a special meeting Wednesday called particularly for the purpose of considering the question of considering the question of the Lafayette city schools, after thorough discussion, where greatly to their regret, unable to set any date for the opening. In the School Board proceedings appearing elsewhere in this issue, a detailed statement in regard to the matter will be found, but briefly the Board has funds in sight for only 4 1/2 or 5 months of school. At this season of the year teachers will not contract for less than 8 months, so that being unable to get the teachers, it becomes a physical impossibility to open. Only one thing remained to do, which they did, and that was to instruct the Superintendent to open the schools as soon as teachers could be secured as the teachers now available will no doubt be able to obtain 8 or 9 months contracts elsewhere. As the demand for teachers exceeds the supply, the probabilities are that the opening of the town schools can not take place until in January, when mid-term graduates from the Normal be open for engagement.

 This delay in opening the schools is regretted by no one more than by members of the Board. But the matter is one entirely out of their power to remedy. They have just so much money, derived from the State, from the parish for tuition and from the City Council, and they can simply use it the best they know how.

 But it is very unfortunate that the schools can not be run for the full 8 months.

 A little over $6,000 more is needed for an 8 months session. Nothing more can be expected from the State or from tuition from the parish, so that if the deficiency is to be made up, it must either be given by the City Council or supplied by private subscription.

 The Council state their inability to give more than they have already given.

 There remains then either to keep the schools closed until probably in January or for the citizens to subscribe the amount.

 The schools ought to be opened and run at least 8 months and it is to be hoped that not alone will the people respond liberally, but that the Council will also use its best endeavors to economize in some way and help to raise the needed $6,000.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/31/1908.



   Jennings, La., Aug 27 -- There was a little excitement in the office of the Jennings Oil Company last night and this morning, due to the fact that another flow of oil was struck about 6 o'clock last night at the Mamou well. The well had reached a depth of 1078 feet and was entering a strata of shale, when it was noticed that oil was coming in quite noticeable quantities. The flow increased and drilling operations were suspended for the night, but were continued this morning. The strata of shale was penetrated and a small stratum of genuine oil sand was found. As the drill sank through the stratum, the gas and oil spouted out the top of the pipe and the spectators began to show additional signs of genuine oil fever. The oil-bearing sand was found about noon. Driller Dobbins continued sending the four-inch pipe down at the last report, and the officers of the company are on the ground anxiously awaiting the result. The Heywoods have been notified of the strike, and they will arrive on the early train to-morrow.

  The indications for a first-class well were never better at Beaumont and many well-informed men will be greatly disappointed if a gusher is not discovered. Late this evening it was reported that the flow was very great, and that active preparations were being made to take off the flow. The oil is of a much higher quality than the Beaumont oil.        
Lafayette Advertiser - August 31, 1901.

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