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 From the Lafayette Gazette of August 4th, 1900:


A Colored Boy Falls From the Upper Story of the Crescent Hotel.

Willard, a young son of Valmond Lemel, the colored man who is head waiter at the Star and Crescent Hotel, had a narrow escape last Monday afternoon. He fell from the rear porch of the second story of the hotel building, a height of about 25 feet. The carpenters who are repairing the building had placed a temporary railing in lieu of the banisters.
 The boy, although warned of the danger, leaned against the railing which gave way. The boy held on to the plank which and fell to the ground with it. The hotel people ran to his assistance. Dr. Dreyfous, of New Orleans, who was present, thoroughly examined his body and was quick to ascertain the fact that he had received no serious injury. The next morning the boy was well. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900.

Wilson Arrested. - Sheriff Broussard received a telegram last Wednesday from Deputy Sheriff Dees of Lake Charles to arrest a white man named Jack Wilson, wanted in Calcasieu for theft. The sheriff located Wilson early Wednesday morning and placed him under arrest. Deputy Ryan came from Lake Charles on the noon train and returned in the afternoon with Wilson in custody. It appears that Wilson is not only wanted in Lake Charles, but it is also much wanted in Orange, Texas. He is said to be a dashing fellow and a very smooth individual. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900.

Could Have Killed More. - Dr. F. E. Girard returned from New Orleans Thursday. While in that city Dr. Girard visited the building in which negro Robert Charles was entrenched and from which he did such deadly work with his rifle. The doctor says that the murderer could not have selected a better place to carry out his murderous intents, and that is is surprising he did not kill more men. He was in a position to pick out his victims and was afforded almost absolute immunity from the bullets of the police and citizens.
Laf. Gazette 8/4/1900.


Holds Its Regular Monthly Meeting - Contract Made With Sheriff Broussard.

 The Police Jury met last Thursday in regular session with all the members present. Minutes were read and approved.

 Mr. Alex Broussard was authorized to purchase lumber and repair Middle Bridge in the second ward. Mr. Broussard was further authorized to advertise for bids to construct a new bridge at Pascal Molaison's. This bridge connects Lafayette and Acadia parishes and it is estimated will cost not less than $800 the length being over three hundred feet.

 Mr. Wm. Campbell appeared and addressed the Jury in behalf of Cadets McBride and Herpin, urging the absolute necessity of reappointing the young men as beneficiary cadets of the State University at Baton Rouge.

 By motion the Jury unanimously reappointed the cadets and made the usual appropriation for their maintenance. This action will meet with the unqualified approval of the people of the parish and is a source of extreme satisfaction to the ambitious young men. Cadet McBride has received the highest commendation and endorsement from Col. Boyd, president of the University, and will graduate next session.   

  Messrs. Mouton, Lacy and Labbe, appointed to report on the advisability of contracting with Sheriff Broussard, submitted a report giving in detail the result of their investigations and recommending that the Jury refuse to contract with the sheriff for $6,450.

 The sheriff then made a second proposition, offering to the criminal work of the parish for a yearly consideration of $6,000, or $5,600 if the jury would furnish a janitor to keep the jail. The Jury accepted the $6,000 proposition. Under this contract the sheriff will do all the criminal work of the parish, including the feeding of prisoners and the proper keeping of the jail. He will bear the expenses incurred in the capture of criminals in and out of the parish and State and the expenses made in conveying prisoners to the penitentiary and patients to the insane asylum; he must also furnish deputies for elections, with on the court and do all the civil work for the parish, excepting the collection of taxes, licenses, forfeited bonds, fines and costs in criminal cases. Sheriff Broussard was asked why he had made a reduction from his first proposition. He stated that it was made at the request of Mr. Billeaud, the president of the Jury, who was of the opinion that a contract was to the interest of the parish but asked the sheriff to make this concession, to which the sheriff acceded although confident that his salary under the law would have exceeded the sum fixed in his first proposition.
 Messrs. Buchanan, S. Broussard and Mouton voted nay on the proposition.

 Mr. Alex Broussard was authorized to exchange a portion of the public road near Alex Domingue's for an equal right of way on the west side of Domingue's land.

 Messrs. Mouton, Whittington and Buchanan were appointed to confer with a committee from the City Council of Lafayette as to the drainage of the territory North of the town of Lafayette.

 The Jury accepted the report of a Jury of freeholders opening up a road between Broussardville and Duchamp station.

 The sum of $600 was ordered paid into the school treasury on account of balance due. This leaves the Jury yet $400 behind on last year's appropriation to the schools.

 After approval of accounts the Jury adjourned. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900.

Accidently Killed. - Last Wednesday morning an unknown Mexican was accidentally run over and killed by a train at Duson. Acting Coroner, F. R. Tolson went to Duson and held an inquest ascertaining the fact that the cause of death was purely accidental. Laf. Gazette 8/4/1900.


 Miss Mattie G. Torian, the beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. B. Torian, died Thursday morning at the residence of her uncle, Mr. Walter S. Torian. Miss Torian was 31 years of age. Her death was not unexpected for some days ago it was announced that her betrayed symptoms which led her friends to believe that her once robust constitution would finally yield inroads of the malady. The tenderest nursing and the best medical skill failed, and the life of one so dear to family and to friends was brought to an untimely end.

 The deceased was a person of uncommon intellectual force and of distinguished personality. She was held in great esteem by all who knew her and was admired and loved by her associates. A favorite at home and in society her death has created a void and has elicited many sincere expressions of regret from those who had occasion to become acquainted with the splendid qualities of heart and mind which are the inheritance of Southern womanhood and which the deceased enjoyed in a marked degree.

  The icy hand of death ever inflicts its blows with merciless severity, but it seems that at times its dread visitations are accompanied by circumstances that even the stoutest heart is ill able to endure. For the death of this estimable person many friends and relatives will mourn, but the profoundest grief has been reserved by an Allwise Providence for the aged parents who can seek consolation only in the Christian truth that the Father of the universe knows best what should be. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900.

Sheriff's Animal Collection. Sheriff Broussard has added a catamount to his zoo. Some days ago he was presented with an eagle to complete the pair, but the recent acquisition is a very handsome animal and promises to become the star of the zoological collection. Laf. Gazette 8/4/1900.

 A. O. U. W.
Grand Lodge Holds Its First Biennial Meeting in Lafayette.

 Last Tuesday morning the grand lodge of the A. O. U. W. met at Falk's hall. Grand Master W. C. Perrault presided and there were about fifty delegates present, nearly all the towns in the State being represented. When the meeting was called to order there were half a dozen persons of the town present. Six members of the Lafayette orchestra kindly volunteered their services and played some very acceptable music.

 Judge Perrault rapped the asseembly to order the Hon. Wm. Campbell an address of welcome on behalf of the mayor who was unavoidably absent. Mr. C. O. Mouton, of Ideal lodge, spoke in behalf of the local fraternity. Judge Perrault responded to the addresses of welcome and returned thanks for the hospitality so unselfishly tendered. The judge dwelt at considerable length upon the merits of the order explaining both its insurance and benevolent features. He referred to the large increase in the membership rolls in this State and to the great help given to the widows and orphans of deceased members. At the conclusion of Judge Perrault's address the lodge convened in executive session and transacted much business. The reports of the officers were received and referred  to appropriate committees and disposed of in regular order.

 The following officers were elected to serve during the ensuing two years:  W. C. Perrault of Opelousas, grand master workman;  George J. Martin of New Orleans, grand foreman; James Fortier of Donaldsonville, grand overseer; D. J. Dearcy of New Orleans, grand recorder; Charles E. Peroncel of Shreveport, grand receiver; C. O. Mouton, of Lafayette, grand inner watchman; H. R. Silvernail of Crowley, grand outer watchman; W. W. Whittington of Alexandria, grand guide; Dr. Clarence Pierson of New Iberia, grand medical examiner; W. C. Perrault, T. J. Shepherd, W. W. Whittington, Sr., supreme representatives.

 Donaldsonville was unanimously selected as the next place of meeting.

 Employment Wanted. - A machinist and engineer; a book keeper, and experienced clerk in dry goods and clothing; offer their services. Recommendation O. K. Apply to Ambroise Mouton.

 Tuesday night Mr. Webb McNall, of Kansasm installed the newly elected officers and delivered an address to the lodge. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900.

 A. O. U. W. Entertained.

 Last Tuesday the members of the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias tendered a reception to the delegates of the A. O. U. W. convention. The local knights prepared a lunch and refreshments for the visiting brethren at their hall in the National Bank building and a good time was had by every one. Messrs. Shepherd and Perrault delivered appropriate addresses on behalf of the visitors and Messrs. Falk, Vigneaux, ad Staley spoke for the local lodge. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900.

To Purchase New Stock.

 Wille Levy, of the firm of Levy Bros., will leave in a few days for New York to purchase a fall and winter stock. Mr. Levy requests The Gazette to state that he is going East with the determination of buying a beautiful line of goods. He has provided himself with all the information that could be secured to give his customers the benefit of not only the best material, but also of the most advantageous prices. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900. 

Judge Blackman in Lafayette.

 Judge Blackman, of Alexandria, was in Lafayette Wednesday and paid The Gazette a much appreciated visit. The judge speaks entertainingly of the Kansas City Convention, which he classes among the greatest political gatherings in the history of this country. Judge Blackman was the Louisiana member of the committee on resolutions, a body which was composed of exceptionally and influential men. The judge had occasion to speak with the best informed leaders of the various States and he reports that the consensus of opinion among them was that Bryan had a splendid chance of winning. The large gains made by the Democracy in the middle West and in other sections of the country are most encouraging and would indicate a victory in November. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900.

Base Ball.

 A game of base ball will be played at Oak Avenue Park Sunday, Aug. 5, between Pilette and New Iberia, for a purse of $100. Game will be called at 3:30 p. m. Admission, 25 cents, children 10 cents; ladies, free. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900.

Incapacitated Enumerator.

 Prof. Robert Broussard returned last Saturday from Acadia parish where he had gone to complete the census in a ward, the enumerator having been incapacitated by success. Mr. Broussard took the census in a ward, the enumerator having been incapacitated by sickness. Mr. Broussard took the census in the 7th ward of this parish, but we got through in time to do some work in Acadia. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900.

To Opelousas.

 Miss Mayre Littell, the manager of the Western Union office at this place, left yesterday for Opelousas, where she will spend a month among relatives. During Miss Littell's absence the Lafayette office will be in charge of Miss Elina Roy, of Opelousas. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900.

A Young Acadian Couple Endure Many Trials to Secure a License.

 The Beaumont correspondent writes the following to the Houston Post:

 Last evening a Mr. Ambroise F. Yocum and Miss Mary Gonzales, accompanied by a brother and an uncle came to the residence of G. L. Nash and asked to get lodgings for the night. The party were accommodated. During the evening there were many surmises and conjectures indulged in by the boarders about the house as to the intent and purpose of the young people, there being a lingering suspicion that matters concerning Cupid were involved. The matter was made clear this morning. The young people live in Mermentau parish, Louisiana, and they have long wished to get married, but a paternal objection stood in their way, so they decided to take the matter in their own hands and hie themselves away to more favorable climates. Mermentau parish is many miles from here, and if the curious will examine a map they will find that away down in the lower part of the parish the Mermentau river lies between the parish and this city. The young people feared pursuit and decided to come to Beaumont overland. They walked from their home to the river, a distance of nine miles, and there there the lover put his fair one on and log and he, with his companions, swam across the river, pulling the logs by means of a rope. Across the river they secured horses and rode to Sabine Pass, a distance of eighty miles. At the Pass they took the train and came to Beaumont. This morning the young man secured a marriage license and the services of Judge Ward who performed the much desired ceremony. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900.

Left Lafayette Over Two Weeks for This City.
[From the Crowley Signal.]

 A. Amuny, A Syrian, who conducts a grocery store in Coontown, came to the Signal office this morning to inquire if we had heard anything of a Syrian woman being murdered or killed on the Southern Pacific railroad between Mermentau and Jennings about the 27th inst.

 Amuny says that a Syrian woman by the name of Annie Nejore left Lafayette about two weeks ago headed for this place and since that time she has not been heard from. Amuny was in Lafayette at the time she left, and as she was peddling small trinkets for a living, did not take the train but decided to walk. Amuny, who also has a store in Lafayette, decided he would come down to this city and see how his business here was getting along. Upon arriving here last week he made several inquiries about Annie Nejore, but was informed by all the Syrians here that nothing had been seen of her.

 He was told by someone in Coontown that a woman had been killed on the railroad track about the 27th inst., between Mermentau and Jennings, and that several arrests had been made charging different parties with the murder, and that they had been taken to Lake Charles and imprisoned. He left for Lake Charles and upon arriving there the authorities informed him that they had heard nothing of the matter and had made no arrests on that charge.

 Returning to Crowley, Sunday, Amuny is about ready to give up on the search. He describes the woman as being very short and thin with black hair and looks to be about thirty-five years old. Any information concerning her whereabouts will be thankfully received by him. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900. 

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/4/1900.

 For rent. - A small dwelling house, near centre of town. Apply at this office.

 Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Davidson left Friday for the Seashore Camp Grounds near Biloxi. They will attend the meeting of the Epworth league being held there and will spend some time on the coast.

 Dr. J. F. Mouton visited New Orleans this week.

 Miss Virgie Heard, of Avoyelles parish, who has been on a visit to Mrs. C. C. Wier, returned home this week.

 Miss Jennie Hacker, of New Iberia, is visiting Misses Evelyn and Nora Darby.

 Louis N. Brueggerhoff, a member of the reportorial staff of the Shreveport Evening Journal, was among the delegates who attended the meeting of A. O. U. W. held here this week. While in Lafayette Mr. Brueggerhoff paid The Gazette an appreciated visit.

 The jury commissioners met Wednesday and drew the venire for the September term of court which convenes on the 10th of that month. The venire is published in another column.

 There will be services Sunday at the Methodist church at 11 a. m.

Judge H. L. Monnier has completed his office. It is very neat and tasty and looks well.

 Mrs. F. C. Triay returned home Monday afternoon making a visit to relatives at Bunkie.

 The Epworth League of the Opelousas district will meet in Lafayette on Sept. 4 and will continue in session until the 6th.

 Mr. R. C. Landry and daughter returned home Saturday from Hot Springs, Ark., where they remained five weeks for the benefit of their health.

 Hon. O. Cade was in Lafayette Thursday. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1900.


 From the Lafayette Gazette of August 4th, 1894:

Cattle Thieves.

Eraste Foreman, Abram Perry, and Harrington, three young men living in the western part of the parish were brought to town by Sheriff Broussard last Saturday and lodged in jail on a charge of cattle stealing. They were arrested at Crowley by Sheriff Lyons whose suspicions were excited by their queer actions. It appears that they stole four head of cattle, one from Buck Leger, two from Mrs. Perry, and one from Alex Hoffpauir, and drove them to Crowley. The parents of these young men are good, honest people and the downfall of their sons is sincerely regretted by the whole community in which they live.
Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.

A Fatal Fall. Last Monday evening, an old negro named Alexandre Broussard, better known as "Sonny," while returning home from this town fell from his gig near Pin Hook bridge and fractured his skull. Dr. Mouton was called; he dressed the wound, relieving the old negro and as it was possible only to prolong his life a few hours he died the next day. Laf. Gazette 8/4/1894.

A Cheap Gold Watch. - A gold watch, estimated at $30, was stolen from Laurence Curnell, a colored man, while working on Mr. W. S Torian's plantation. Curnell reported the facts to the town authorities, and a search for the watch was begun. Mr. Vigneaux suspected a certain young negro of the theft and arrested him. He admitted having stolen the watch and said that he had sold it to an Italian from Houma for 50 cents. Information was sent by mail to the Sheriff of Houma, who located the Italian, secured the watch and forwarded it by express to Sheriff Broussard.
Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894. 

 Killed by Lightning. - Miss Marie Hebert, a daughter of Theodore Hebert, a farmer living near Royville, was struck by lightning last Sunday and instantly killed. Mr. and Mrs. Hebert and four children received severe shocks. At the time of the sad accident a large number of children were in the house and many of them were considerably injured. Miss Hebert, the young lady who was killed was 19 years of age.
Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.

Promising Prospects.

 Reports come to The Gazette from every part of the parish that the crops are in a promising condition. Cotton and cane are growing nicely and the farmers are wearing a broad smile in anticipation of bountiful harvests. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.

Selected by State Board.

 Dr. J. D. Trahan, of this place, is on the list of the physicians selected by the Louisiana State Medical Society to be presented to the Governor, and from which he will appoint five members of State Board of Medical Examiners in accordance to the bill passed by the Legislature. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.

Popular Saloon.

 Jno. O. Mouton has one of the most popular saloons in the State. It is known far and wide for its choicest liquors, ice-cold beer and first-class service. The bar has just been replenished and the experienced "mixologist," Bob Richard, is now thoroughly prepared to wait on the public. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.

No Lynching In New Iberia.

 Citizens of Iberia held a meeting last week and denounced the recent lynching there in unmeasured terms. Resolutions were adopted that the lynching was done by "citizens of Iberia" as reported in a city paper. In all seriousness, who did it? Certainly, nobody would accuse the people of Iberia of lynching a nigger. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.

Public School Annex.

 The Police Jury as appropriated $100 and the School Board $200 toward building the Lafayette public school annex. The committee in charge find that these appropriations, together with cash on hand, will fall short of the amount required; now, if the City Council would, and we have no doubt that it will, but give a small sum in aid of the cause, the success of the measure will be insured. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.

The New Jury Law.

 It is probable that the jury recently drawn by the jury commissioners for the October term of court will not be legal under the present law, as it is believed that its promulgation binds the coming session of the court. Under the law the jury commission is formed of five members appointed by the district, three of whom constitute a quorum. They first select twenty-four names from the voting population of the parish, these names are placed in an envelope and sealed and on the back they write "Grand Jury," they then select thirty names in the same way and place them in a sealed envelope and upon that write "Petit Jury." A list of both must be furnished by the Sheriff within fifteen days before the term of Court, so that the persons so selected can be regularly notified. From the envelope marked "Grand Jury" the sixteen names are drawn and they form the other envelope; the petit jury is selected as it is needed during the trial of cases. The present law dispenses with the publication of the jury list and greatly shorten time for the selection of the venire.

 The exemptions from jury duty are about the same as in the old law; the age is sixty years and service on a prior jury is the same. The new law is thought to be an improvement on the old one and it is hoped that the test next October will prove the wisdom of the lawmakers in its enactment. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.

Base Ball.

 Pilette 5, Lafayette 4 was the score of the base ball game played at Pilette last Sunday. Another game between the same nines will take place here on Sunday, the 12th instant.

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 Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.

 Coxey Honored.

 Gen. Coxey has already been honored by one of our citizens, who composed and dedicated to the famous commonwealer a march which elicited the applause of thousands. Another of our citizens, Henry Hebert, has honored the great hobo king by giving the name of "Coxey" to a rooster, the hero of nine hard fought battles. "Coxey" is the undisputed champion of McComb addition. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.

The Ladies Meet.

 The Ladies Society of Good Will for Fire Protection met at Falk's Hall, Tuesday, July 31, 1894, with a good attendance of the regular members. Several names of new members was added to the list.

 Mrs. C. H. Eastin, president, called the meeting to order, and presented her resignation of the presidency, stating her reasons, which were accepted.

 Mrs. John O.Mouton, vice-president, was called upon to preside. She declined, saying she was pleased with the office she held and did not wish to be president.

 Mrs. Wm. B. Bailey was then placed in nomination and declared to be unanimously elected president.

 The members then proceeded to appoint the following ladies as directors for the organization of a dramatic club:  Mmes. J. J. Revillon, H. L. Monnier, Louis Mouton, and W. B. Bailey.
 On motion the following gentlemen were selected, and are requested to serve with the ladies in their endeavor, to form and complete their programme for the entertainment of the public and for the welfare of the town of Lafayette:  Messrs. Wm. Campbell, C. Debaillon, Eli McDaniel, Louis Mouton, A. T. Caillouet, Pierre Gerac, Sr., O. C. Mouton, Charles D. Caffery, James Hannen, B. Falk, H. Van der Cruyssen, Antoine Close, Homer Mouton, H. H. Hohorst, T. M. Biossat, Alb. Delahoussaye, N. P. Moss, Dr. Frank Mouton, F. C. Triay, F. Lombard, R. C. Greig, John O. Mouton, Ed. Voorhies, I. A. Broussard, and all others who may wish to join.

 On motion a regular monthly meeting was fixed for the first Monday of each month at 5 p. m. at Falk's Hall.

 On motion the meeting then adjourned.
MRS. H. BILLAUD, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894. 

 Sunday School Convention.

 The Sunday School Convention will be held next Thursday at the Methodist Church. The first session will open at half past two o'clock p. m. and an evening session will be held at 8 o'clock at night. Several speakers from other parishes will address the convention. All are invited to attend. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.


 Saturday evening Mr. Robert Richard and Miss Lilly Alpha were married at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. C. P. Alpha, by the Rev. A. Armstrong, of the M. E. Church of Franklin. The ceremony was witnessed by the relatives of the contracting parties. Miss Alpha, the bride, was born and reared in Lafayette, where many charming qualities have made her a favorite among a large circle of friends, and the groom, who is familiarly called "Bob," is a native of Breaux Bridge, but has been for several years a resident of this town; he enjoys the esteem of all who know him, as well as the confidence of his employer, and his marriage was the occasion of many congratulations, to which The Gazette begs to add its own good wishes. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.  

Death of an Estimable Lady.

 After a lingering illness of nearly two months, Mrs. Azema Martin, wife of Col. A. D. Boudreaux, died Thursday night at her home near Scott in this parish. The death of this most estimable lady marks the close of a very useful and honorable life, characterized by an unswerving devotion to the duties which generally fall to the lot of the wife and mother. During her long life of over the allotted three scores and ten she always remained the kind mother, good wife and true christian woman. Among those whom she leaves to mourn her death are, an aged mother, an honored husband, and four sons, Messrs. Simon, Charles, Olivier and Valery Boudreaux, all respected citizens of this parish. Her remains were entered in the Catholic cemetery in this town. The funeral ceremonies at the church were attended by a large number of people. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.  

 The Police Jury.

 The Police Jury met last Tuesday. The official proceedings will appear in our next issue.

 The sum of $100 was appropriated for the benefit of the Lafayette Public School Fund.

 Alfred Hebert and R. C. Greig were appointed a committee to take measurements for the construction of a bridge over Vermilion bayou at Creighton's place and to advertise for bids.

 Alfred Hebert was authorized to build a bridge over Coulee Christophe.

 The sum of $200 was allowed Mr. St. Julien on account of drainage fund of the 5th ward, and $54.45 was allowed Mr. Hebert for the 3d ward.

 It was resolved that bids be received at the next meeting for the painting of Pin Hook bridge. All material to be furnished by the contractor.

 The jury of freeholders appointed to trace a public road from P. A. Chiasson's place to Scott made a report.

 The treasurer's report showed a balance on hand of $1,536.43.
Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.   

Budget Committee.

 The committee on Budget reported the following which was adopted and ordered published 30 days according to law:
       Lafayette, La., July 5, 1894.
 To the President and Members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette:
   Your undersigned committee beg leave to report the following as the probable expenses of the current fiscal year from July 1, 1894, to July 1, 1895.

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 Respectfully submitted,
Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.

The Gazette's Correspondent's Weekly Resume of Items of Interest in and About Carencro.

 Cotton picking will commence this week on Mr. Lucien Cayret's place. Mr. Cayret informs us that cotton in his neighborhood is in fine condition, and the indications are that a good crop will be made.

 When it comes to raising water melons, Prof. J. Armas Guilbeau deserves the "ribbon." Your correspondent saw two melons from his farm, each weighing fifty pounds, which are by no means the largest raised by him.

 Mr. Cyrus Guidry, a popular citizen of Breaux Bridge, has secured employment with the Carencro Sugar Company and we trust he may become a permanent resident of Carencro.

 Hons. O. P. Guilbeau and Simonet J. Breaux, two of our leading citizens, were put to a great deal of unnecessary trouble and annoyance some days ago, by an irresponsible, half-witted negro, who made a frivolous affidavit against them. These gentlemen are recognized, as being among the most upright and conscientious officials that have ever served their people. We know of cases where such malicious and wanton attacks, have brought disaster upon the accuser.

 There is an air of activity and "hustle" in the vicinity of the Carencro Sugar Company property that is delightful to witness.

 Every "road call" proves that our town is very fortunate in having Mr. Saul Broussard as its street commissioner.

 A party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Stelly, Misses Florina Grenier, Madeline and Antonia Melchoir, and Messrs. Geo. Melchoir, S. P. Brown and F. C. Latiolais, have returned home from Oberline, La., whence they had gone on one of those glorious old-time camping expeditions. They brought with them two large tents, and everything they might possibly need on such a trip. They report having had a splendid time; fishing, hunting, and lots of fun. Their three weeks' stay passed like a day.

 The Catholic church of our town celebrated the feast of St. Ann on July 26, by a high mass solemnized by Father Forge, of Lafayette, assisted by Father Pacquet, of Lafayette, and Father Dhomey, of Washington. There was an immense crowd present, all taking a great interest in the festival. There were some six-hundred communicants. After the mass, benediction was given in the grove back of the church, when anthems in honor of St. Ann were sung by the choir, and the 166 members of the "Congregation of the Ladies of St. Ann." Several new members were received into this admirable society, which has for its object the edification of Catholic wives and mothers. During the three days preceding the feast, our people enjoyed several fine sermons delivered by the eloquent Rev. Father Dhomey, of Washington, Father Pacquet delivered a very impressive sermon at the High Mass.

 The Carencro and Belleview baseball clubs tried conclusions at Belleview last Saturday. The score was 13 to 14 in favor of the Belleview team.

 Miss Madeline Melchoir went to Crowley last Saturday, to spend a few days with friends here.

 Miss Yetta Heichelheim returned to New Orleans last Sunday.

 Dr. T. D. Courtney was a welcome visitor in town Sunday last.

 We had the pleasure of greeting Mr. Ramagosa of Huron, last Sunday.

 Mr. Marc Lazaro, of Ville Platte, was the guest of Mr. J. H. Guilbeau last Saturday.

 Rev. Father Laforest and his nephew, Master Viator Grenier, left last Tuesday for Baraga, Michigan, where they will spend a short while with relatives. They will then go to Montreal, Canada, where Master Viator will be placed at one of the principal colleges of that city. Father Laforest expects to be absent some five or six weeks. We extend our wishes for a pleasant journey, and safe return.

 We are informed that Mr. Chas. Jeanmard, of Breaux Bridge, is now employed by the Carencro Sugar Company and will make our town the future home for himself and family.

 With the exception of one store building there is not a single vacant house in town.

 Mr. I. Bernard has been quite ill.

 Mr. Sibille, a prosperous merchant and leading citizens of Sun Set, was in town last Monday.

 Work on the new Carencro sugar house is being pushed with a vim. Mr. Jacob Smith, of New Iberia, has charge of the erection of the machinery.
    (Signed) TOTIDEM VERBIS.
(The Gazette's correspondent in Carencro.)
Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894. 

Selected News Notes 8/4/1894.

 Our confreres please credit our articles to the "Lafayette Gazette" instead of "The Gazette."

 Dr. A. R. Trahan left Monday for New Orleans.

 A. C. Guilbeau, of Carencro, was in town Tuesday and Wednesday.

 Mr. Wm. Clegg spent Tuesday and Wednesday the guest of Gen. Myles at the Salt Mines.

 Preston L. Guilbeau, of the St. Martin bar, paid us a visit Tuesday.

 Mr. Wm. Clegg spent Tuesday and Wednesday the guest of Gen. Myles at the Salt Mines.

Miss Clye Mudd left Thursday to visit her friends, Misses Carrie and Ella Foote at Centreville.

 The war among the bakers has been amicably settled and bread is now sold at its former price.

 Cotton picking will soon be commenced on the Latiolais place near Pon-des-Mouton.

 Mrs. Ben Donlon and Miss Louise Bourges, made a short visit to New Iberia Wednesday evening.

 Alex. Delahoussaye has recovered from his recent illness and is now waiting on his customers.

  C. C. Mabray is "holding down" the agent's office at the railroad depot with satisfaction to everybody.

 Jos. Plonsky left Wednesday for Lecompte on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. Weinberg.

 The war among the bakers has been amicably settled and bread is now sold at its former prie.

 The Franklin Vindicator reports that Tonis Heurtevant, who robbed several people in Opelousas, was captured in Lafayette last Saturday by that king of all officers, Isaac A. Broussard.

 Mrs. H. M. Bailey and her daughter and son, Emilie and Homer, spent a week visiting relatives in New Iberia and St. Martinville.

 Labarthe Judice left Tuesday for Abbeville where he is to be employed as clerk in the store of Nevue & Coffey.

 C. B. Porch, agent of the Waters-Pierce Oil Company, went west this week on business.

 Judge Debaillon was called to Lake Charles Monday by the serious illness of his friend, Col. A. R. Mitchell.

 Miss Lou Hfkesbring, of New Orleans, arrived in our city last week, and is the guest of her aunt, Mrs. R. C. Grieg.

 Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Olivier and children, of St. Martinville, were the guests of Mr. E. G. Voorhies last Monday.

 Mr. Von Eye, the night operator at this place for the last few months, was transferred Friday morning to Morgan City. Mr. Von Eye has made many friends here who regretted his departure.

 The advertisers of The Gazette are all safe and reliable businesses and will give you better rates than anybody else. Besides, they solicit your custom.

 Dr. J. D. Trahan, of this place, is on the list of physicians selected by the Louisiana State Medical Society to be presented to the Governor, and from which he will appoint five members of State Board of Medical Examiners in accordance to the bill passed by the recent Legislature. Lafayette Gazette 8/4/1894.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 4th, 1894:



Any close observer could have told that there was a 'baking' of something besides bread going on among the local bakers last Sunday, and effectually, the following day a truce was declared in the rife competition that had been waged for several weeks past, in which the people were very much interested. Then it was fun for the people, but now it is the baker's turn. Then the 5 cts. loaf of bread weighed 32 ounces and looked as large as the town hall; now the 5 cts. attracts attention on account of its diminutive size (20 ounces) for like the ol' darkey;s fish it has "swunk" nearly out of existence, and it is being generally whispered around that the bakers may not have consulted their best interest by going to the opposite extreme, as no doubt many persons who had wholly given themselves up to using bakers' bread at its previous low price, will return to their former practice of making their own bread, for the sake of economy. "It is an ill wind that blows nobody good, though." The merchant will now sell more flour.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/4/1894.


Mother Patrick Leaves Mt. Carmel. - We have learned with regret of Mother Patrick's severance of connection with the Mt. Carmel Convent at this place, though, we are pleased to know that her removal is in the nature of a promotion. As superior of the Lafayette convent for the past eleven years she fully demonstrated her fitness for the grave responsibilities of the position she occupied. Recently, when the superiors of the different convent of the order of Mt. Carmel at New Orleans met for the purpose of choosing one of their number to preside as General Mother Superior, over the destinies of their convents to Mother Patrick fell this honorable distinction. Mother Incarnation has assumed charge of the Convent and there is no reason to not believe that under her guidance the institution will continue to prosper as of old.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/4/1894.


Death of Alex Broussard. -  A mulatto man bearing the name of Alexander Broussard was the victim of a violent death, recently. It was last Monday evening whilst returning home from town that his horse took fright at the old iron safe that for many years has adorned the public road at the corner of Mr. Sigusmend Bernard's pasture. Broussard was roughly dumped from his vehicle and dragged for a considerable distance. He was picked up in an insensible condition and died a few hours later from the injuries sustained. The deceased was a native of this parish and followed the avocation of saddler.'
 Might not the old rusty iron safe that has cost Alex Broussard his life be the cause of other equally direful disaster if allowed to remain where it is longer yet?
Lafayette Advertiser 8/4/1894.


Jailed For Larceny. -  Messrs. Eraste Foreman, David Harrington and Omer Perry, young me of the Indian point neighborhood, are now in jail charged with larceny. Early on the morning of the 28th. ult., they drove two yearlings belonging to Mrs. Perry, and two cows, one belonging to Mr. Alexander Hoffpauir and the other to "Buck" Leger to Crowley, and while in the act of selling them, were arrested by Sheriff Lyons who informed Sheriff Broussard. They were lodged in our parish prison that same day, and we are informed that they confess their guilt as charged. Lafayette Advertiser 8/4/1894. 

Little Girl Killed By Lightning. - Miss Marie Hebert, daughter of Mr. Theodore Hebert, near Royville, was struck by lightning and instantly killed, July 29th. Mr. Hebert, his wife and four children received severe shocks. The sad accident occurred during the progress of a children's party, composed of a number of little ones gathered from the neighborhood. The young folks all sustained more or less injury from the thunderbolt, but fortunately none were fatally hurt. Lafayette Advertiser 8/4/1894.


MARRIED. - On Saturday evening July 28th, at the residence of the bride's mother Mrs. C. P. Alpha, at 7 o'clock, Mr. Robert Richard to Miss Millie Alpha, Rev. H. Armstrong of Franklin, officiating.

 We congratulate friend "Bob" on his success in "wooing and winning" this estimable young lady and wish them a long, prosperous and happy life.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/4/1894.

Bitten By Spider. Mr. W. S. Parkerson was bitten by a venomous spider Friday of last week and for 48 hours succeeding the inoculation of the poison into his system suffering inordinately. The effect of the venom did not completely wear off for several days. Lafayette Advertiser 8/4/1894.

New Bridge Needed. - A new and substantial bridge is badly needed across bayou Vermilion, to take the place of the old one that stands near Beausejour park. The Police Jury has called for bids for the construction of a bridge at that point. Laf. Advertiser 8/4/1894.


Lake Charles Views Laf.'s Waterworks.
[From the Lake Charles Echo.]

 We learn from The Advertiser that our sister town of Lafayette is about to issue bonds for the construction of waterworks. Our advice would be to go slow and guard well every point. Profit by the experience of your neighbors, some of whom have paid dearly for their whistle. Lake Charles Echo.

 Advertiser replies...

 With reference to the above it is proper to explain that owing to lack of the necessary time of notice to the general assembly prescribed by law, the bill it was purposed should be enacted at the last session of the legislature authorizing the municipality of Lafayette to issue bonds in payment of a system of water works, had to be abandoned.

 It would be wise for us to heed the advice proffered by The Echo, and make thorough investigation of a subject of so great an importance, that we may avoid paying too high for our "whistle." Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1894.

Sunday School Convention.

 Mr. C. A. Tiebout will hold a Sunday School Convention at the Methodist church in Lafayette, Thursday, August 9. First session at 2:30 p. m., and second session at 8 o'clock p. m. Several speakers from other parishes are expected and the public is invited to attend. Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1894.

Notice to Contractors.

 Notice is hereby given to contractors that sealed bids will be received by the Police Jury at its next sitting, August 27th, for the construction of a bridge across Bayou Vermilion, at Creighton's Bridge. Said bridge to be 175 feet in length, 14 feet in width, and _____feet above high water mark. Central span 20 feet clear in width. Plans are specification may be submitted by contractors to the Police Jury. Lumber and other material required shall be strictly first class, and the successful bidder shall obligate himself to perform the work in first class workman-like manner. The right is reserved to reject any and all bids.
Lafayette, La., August 2nd, 1894.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/4/1894.

Notice to Contractors.

 Notice is hereby given, that the undersigned committee, duly authorized, will receive, sealed proposals Saturday August 11th, inst., for the construction of an annex to the Lafayette Public School house. Plan and specifications may be had on application. Contractors desiring to bid, will please submit the same at the Court House, between the hours of 9 o'clock A. M. and 12 M. on the above mentioned date. The right is reserved to reject any and all bids.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/4/1894.

A New Firm.

    Lafayette, La., July 26th, 1894.
  I have this day sold my entire stock of general merchandise to Mr. M. Rosenfield who will hereafter conduct the business on his own account.

 In retiring I desire to thank all my friends and the public, for their liberal patronage in the past, and hope that the same will be extended to my successor, Mr. M. Rosenfield, who I cheerfully recommend to them.
      (Signed) NUMA SCHAYOT.

 Referring to the above card, I would say, that I shall make every endeavor to merit your patronage which I respectfully solicit.
     (Signed)  M. ROSENFIELD.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/4/1894.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/4/1894. 

 After a pleasant sojourn of a couple of weeks in Houston, Tex., Miss Lea Gladu returned home Wednesday accompanied by her aunt and and little cousin, Mrs. Louis Domengeaux and son Rex, who are the guests of Dr. A. Gladu.

 Mrs. A. Cornay came home from Patterson last Monday.

 Miss Isaure McDaniel returned home Saturday, from a pleasant visit to friends in Patterson.

 For some reason, the nature of which we have not learned, the match game of baseball that was to have come off last Sunday between the Lafayette and Carencro clubs, did not take place according to engagement.
 Miss Clye Mudd left Thursday for a visit to Centreville.

 Miss Gussie Plonsky is visiting relatives in Washington.

 Dr. E. J. Chachere, of Algiers, at one time a resident of Lafayette, was in town Saturday, renewing the acquaintanceship of his friends. He left for Opelousas by the evening train.

 Dr. A. R. Trahan attended the State Medical Association in New Orleans this week.

Notice. - The Meeting of Lafayette Lodge K. of H. No. 3194 to be held August 14th., will be one of special importance, and all members are requested to attend. A. Labe, Reporter.

 Miss Hortense Guidry is visiting friends in Abbeville.

 Mr. W. S. Torian, after occupying apartments for several weeks at Mrs. C. Young's home, moved out the country residence of his brother, Mr. Wm. B. Torian, on the first instant.

An excursion from Morgan City to Alexandria for Aug 26th. Fare for round trip from Lafayette is $1.50.

 The Police Jury, at its last meeting appropriated $100.00 to help defray the cost of the proposed annex to the Lafayette public school building. This act of the parochial authorities will meet with general approval.

 Mr. I. N. Satterfield is now connected with Constantin's Livery Stable.

 On the 31st. ult., Mrs. I. Vest moved from her last place of residence south the Rigues Hotel, to the dwelling house across the street from Walter J. Mouton's home, belonging to Mr. H. H. Hohorst.

 Mr. M. Rosenfield went to the Crescent city this week where he purchased a large stock of merchandise.

 Miss Laura Plonsky is home again from her sojourn in Patterson and Morgan City, where she had been visiting relatives.

 According to notice given by the Post Master the post office was moved to its new quarters in The Advertiser building.

The School Board met last Monday, but we can not publish the proceedings in this issue as they were not received till yesterday afternoon.

 Mrs. H. M. Bailey returned Wednesday, from a two weeks visit in New Iberia.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/4/1894.


From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 4th, 1911:


 There have been numerous inquiries as to the nature of the new law regulating the saloons. Therefore a brief resume is here with given:

 This measure prohibits a saloon from being run under the same roof with a grocery store.

 It however, does not affect those grocery stores here liquor is sold in the original packages, and not by measure, and not consumed on the premises.

 It prohibits any obscene pictures and banishes the mechanical piano, which is a supposed attraction of some of the saloons.

 Somewhat summarized the title describes the bill as "An Act to regulate the business of conducting a barroom, cabaret, coffee house, cafe, beer saloon, liquor exchange, drinking saloon, grogshop, beer garden, beer house, where alcoholic or spiritous, vinous and malt liquors or intoxicating beverages in quantities of less than five gallons are sold." Further, the stipulation is made that the law is not to repeal any local option or "wet or dry" conditions in any section of the State.

 By section 1 the license shall be based on the annual gross receipts of said business, as follows:

 First Class - On gross receipts of $50,000 and over $1,600.

 Second Class - From $40,000 to $50,000, license $1,400.

 Third Class - From $30,000 to $40,000, license $1,200.

 Fourth Class - From $20,000 to $30,000, license $900.

 Fifth Class - From $20,000 to $30,000, license $900.

 Fifth Class - From $20,000 to $30,000, license $600.

 Sixth Class - From $5,000 to $10,000, license $400.

 Seventh Class - Less than $50,000, license $200.

 No license shall be charged on the sale of refreshments for charitable or religious purposes, and no establishment disposing in less quantities than one pint shall pay a license of less than $200.

 For establishments selling malt and vinous liquors exclusively in quantities less than five gallons, the license shall be one half of that provided above for general sale of alcoholic beverages. Druggists shall not be exempt who sell intoxicating beverages, on the prescription of a physician or otherwise, although the act shall not apply to the sale by druggists of compounds in the preparation of which such intoxicating beverages are sold on the prescription of a physician or otherwise, and which compounds are not intoxicating beverages prepared in evasion of this act or of the local option law.

 Upon the police juries of the several parishes, the city councils and boards of alderman of the cities, towns and villages is laid the duty of collecting "a license of not less than $500 on the business of operating a barroom," etc., except as above, that places selling only malt or vinous liquors shall pay only one-half of the license so imposed.

 For operating such drinking places without a license, the offender shall be liable to a fine of from $50 to $500, or by imprisonment in jail for a term not to exceed two years, or both.

 In section 4 is found the provision that no such drinking place s any of those first specified "in connection with or as part of a grocery," unless "separated from the grocery store by a solid partition reaching from the floor to the ceiling, with a double-acting door behind the counter, fitting the door frame, for the use and convenience of the proprietor and male help only." This section, however, shall not apply to groceries where liquor is sold in the original package and not by measure, and is not consumed on the premises. Nor shall there by any entrance from the grocery into the barroom and the entrance to the barroom shall be from the street, only. The same penalty as above noted is imposed for violations of this section.

 That no retail license shall be issued to any woman is the next stipulation, while "no woman or girl or minor shall serve" in any drinking place.

 By section 5 it is made unlawful for any proprietor to sell or give intoxicating liquors to girls or women or minors, or to set aside such apartments where persons may frequent, hotels and boarding houses, however being excepted when such beverages are sold "in connection with the service of meals or supplied to guests." The serving of whites and negroes in the "same building for consumption on the premises," is also forbidden by this section, and the same punishment as above noted is prescribed for violations.

 Any person convicted of violating any of the above provisions, or permitting the conduct of "any game prohibited by law," or of renting or letting such premises for such purposes, shall, in addition to the punishment mentioned, be permanently deprived thereafter of the privilege of conducting a drinking place, and the court of jurisdiction shall revoke such privilege and impose the penalties specified.

 Before receiving a license, continues the act, an applicant shall address a sworn petition to the proper authorities, giving the location of the proposed establishment, his name and place of residence, with "allegations" that he is of good moral character. This petition must be accompanied by the affidavit of two reputable citizens of the place, corroborating the petitioner, and notice of the filling of the petition must be published during ten days in a local daily newspaper, or three times in a weekly paper. In case of opposition to such application, the case shall be tried by the proper local authorities.

 No license shall be granted for a place without the written consent of the majority of the bona fide property owners, or their agents, within 300 feet front of the proposed saloon; and even with such consent the authorities are not obliged to issue such license, and the authorities may at any time revoke a license. Not shall any license be granted for a place with 300 feet of any church, or any school where children are taught.

 Any person previously convicted, in this or any other State, of felony, shall be incompetent to hold a State or subdivision license.

 According to section 10, it shall be unlawful for a proprietor to use or exhibit any musical instrument in such establishment, or to permit sparring, wrestling or cock fighting, or gambling of any description, while immodest, vulgar or obscene pictures, books or mechanical contrivances are also proscribed. The usual punishment is here provided, also.

 No brewing or distilling concern shall have any interest in a drinking place.

 From the New Iberia Enterprise and re-printed in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/4/1908.



 It surprised no one to learn that the murderer, Robert Charles, was a disciple of Ida Wells and other writers who have been filling the minds of Southern negroes with the supposed wrongs inflicted upon them by the white race. The worst enemy of the negro is his theoretical friend who never tires of telling him that he is very badly treated and that he is as good as the white man and is being robbed of his rights and all that sort of thing. The soundest thinkers do not believe that education has benefited the negroes of the South. The main cause of the failure of education to improve the negro has been his proneness to read the trash served out to him by his alleged friends of the North. He is apt to ignore the wise counsels of Booker Washington and accept the pernicious doctrines of fanatics whose aim is to incite negroes to acts of violence against their white neighbors. Unless the negroes put their ability to read to a better use than they have heretofore done the school-house will prove for more detrimental to them than illiteracy. There are a few isolated cases in the South where education has made better citizens has made better citizens of negroes but generally the results have not been of an encouraging character. The average negro is arrogant, impudent and conceited by a little learning. It instills in him false notions of his importance, and he imagines that knowing how to read and write it were degrading for him to work with his hands. Being unable to decently earn a living as a professional man he becomes an agitator, reads the incendiary literature of his Yankee friends and proceeds to cause all the trouble that he can.

 Nine-tenths of the race troubles that have occurred in the South are traceable to the malevolent and slanderous writings of officious inter-meddlers who know nothing of the character and habits of the negro. The Tourgee, the Ida Wallses, the Chandlers and others of their ilk have done more to disturb the peace and retard the progress of the South than can ever be estimated.

Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Gazette of 8/4/1900.

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