From the Lafayette Gazette of August 4th, 1894:
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.
Selected News Notes 8/4/1894.
Our confreres please credit our articles to the "Lafayette Gazette" instead of "The Gazette."
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.
C. Mabray is "holding down" the agent's office at the railroad depot with satisfaction to everybody.
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.
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:
LAFAYETTE BAKERS COMPROMISE.
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.
Lafayette News Notes 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 Clye Mudd left Thursday for a visit to Centreville.
Miss Gussie Plonsky is visiting relatives in Washington.
Miss Hortense Guidry is visiting friends in Abbeville.
Mr. I. N. Satterfield is now connected with Constantin's Livery Stable.
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, 1900:
A NARROW ESCAPE.
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.
Police Jury Meeting.
Among other business....
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 4th, 1911:
NEW SALOON LAW.
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.
EFFECT OF INCENDIARY LITERATURE.
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.