From the Lafayette Gazette of August 5th, 1893:
A BURNING OUTRAGE.
The hope is fervent and general that the waiting rooms in the new depot - one for the white, and the other for the colored people - be thrown open at the earliest possible time, because as it is now it is a source of great aggravation to the white people.
Last Monday a party of colored people, male and female, invaded the waiting room, and a number of them made themselves so decidedly obnoxious by the smoking of the most vile smelling tobacco, that three white ladies and children were compelled to leave the room. At present there is but one waiting room for the use of the general public, and the darkey with his well known predilection to grab for all when given an inch, in such kindred matters, is not slow in making his odorous presence felt. For the condition of affairs which makes possible such outrageous incidents no blame can be attached to the local official. The opening of the doors of the waiting rooms will prevent the recurrence of such scenes in the future.
Lafayette Gazette 8/5/1893.
FAIR ELECTIONS. - Several of our State exchanges have, of late, touched upon the question of elections, and have advanced the request that the committee appointed recently and soon to convene to revise the constitution, take up the subject, alleging that in the past twenty-five years there had not once been a fair election in the State.
With this sweeping declaration The Gazette does not agree, but is free to confess its belief that there has been some illegal voting in a few parishes. For such cases the laws on our statute books sufficiently provides to prevent their recurrence. If a man presents himself at the ballot box and deposits his vote, of which some person knows that he has no right, under the laws, to do, and would report the fact - as his duty of citizenship demands - to the law officers that respect their oaths, will see that the illegal voter is brought up before the legal tribunals, and it is further incumbent that the knowledge held be given before a jury. If the evidence is clear, then upon the shoulders of the jurymen will lay the responsibility to place an effective check upon the illegal voter. And no mock sentiment, or high and extended family connections should be allowed to intervene to cheat the laws.
If this be done, we feel that the certain that the cry of unfair elections shall never more be heard. Lafayette Gazette 8/5/1893.
Should Be Removed. - A vice is flaunted with impunity and coarse boldness in the face of a community must be curbed and restricted to limits whereby its presence cannot contaminate either the sight, or permit the birth of thoughts that can have but ill results. While some vices are passed upon lightly, because it is though to be a necessary one, in no wise gives that vice the power to render itself offensive - when it reaches that stage it must be suppressed. We have in view a vice that has found a lodgment in a variegated house, within a Brobdingnag enclosure. It should be removed to more isolated quarters. Lafayette Gazette 8/5/1893.
Beausejour Springs. - A well known citizen of Lafayette who has been in the habit of visiting Grand Isle and other summer resorts decided to stay at home this year and try the waters of Beausejour Springs. In conversation with a Gazette man this gentleman stated that he was delighted with his experiment and was more than pleased with his change as his avoirdupois had increased ten pounds and half in one month and his health was better than it has been for years. With such results it is no wonder that Beausejour Springs is gaining so much popularity. Lafayette Gazzette 8/5/1893.
From the Lafayette Gazette of August 5th, 1899:
A GROWING EVIL.
A gentleman engaged in farming a short distance from this town has informed us that the greatest difficulty with which he has to contend is the scarcity and unreliability of the labor that he must employ to work in his field. In view of the fact that this town is filled with idle negroes this condition of affairs is, to say the least, deplorable. While farmers are unable to find laborers for farm work, the town is tolerating gangs of lazy and worthless negroes who no doubt live upon the earnings or booty of their women. Those who have no female providers must get a living by hook or crook. Anyone may see at all times of the day well-dressed and sleek-looking bucks congregated about their favorite haunts, discussing the probable effect of McKinley's last anti-civil service proclamation or the price of Southern delegations at the next Republican nominating convention.
For the hard working, honest negro The Gazette bears no ill-will. He should be given a chance to make a living and afforded every protection, but it thinks that the thriftless negroes who move into town because they will not work, ought to be made to get away. The other day one of our farmers had some work which had to be done at once. He sent one of his hands to town to see about getting some laborers. The messenger returned to his employer with an answer which illustrates the situation better than anything else we have yet heard: "De town," said he, "is full of darkies, boss, but dey all says it's too hot to work in de field." And the work was not done and the farmer was compelled to stand the loss, which a failure to secure labor entailed.
What is true in this case we know is true in many other cases of a like nature.
It is a notorious fact that a vast number of negro men are satisfied to depend upon the "basket" for their daily rations. It is one of the time-honored customs which have flourished since abolition. The negro woman who cooks for a white family carries home a well filled basket out of which she feeds those upon whom she bestows her affections. And to this basket more than any other cause can be attributed the unwillingness of the negro to work.
The Gazette believes that the farmers who are made to suffer for want of hands to work their fields have the right to complain. The municipal authorities should give this matter their earnest attention.
The farmer, particularly the one who raises cane, can not have his work done without laborers and so long as the town permits this abuse to continue unchecked he will be confronted with the same difficulty. This is an abuse which has already been suffered to take deep root in our community and unless attended to by the proper authorities is calculated to result in no little injury to both the town and country.
Lafayette Gazette 8/5/1899.
AN EVIDENCE OF PROGRESS.
The Iberian has regaled us with several editorials dwelling exhaustingly and exhaustively upon the unparalleled advantages of New Iberia, endeavoring to show that progressive town was by reason of its undisputed superiority the proper place to locate the Industrial School.
The Gazette takes a pardonable pride in the growth of this section of Louisiana and the rapid strides made by New Iberia toward attaining metropolitan proportions afforded us no little gratification. But in its zeal to lay before the world the great advantages that New Iberia possess the Iberian has failed to note one thing which was entitled to at least a few words of praise. We will not mention it ourselves, but will quote what John Watts of the Jeanerette Herald says:
The associate editor of the Herald has followed with a charmed interest the reminiscent letters of Col. Burke in the Enterprise. But in his delightful review of the old associations and historic landmarks of New Iberia, Col. Burke omits the mention of a prominent landmark that was most forcibly impressed on our youthful mind. We refer to the old time water works of New Iberia. How distinctly and vividly does the mind's eye conjure up this ancient and primitive water tower. It was built by our grandfather and stood near the little shop he kept, by the old ferry crossing. The tower was built from a large, hollow cypress log, about 60 feet high, sawed off square and a bottom nailed on, and mounted on a platform. Long years have elapsed since we wandered from the beloved city of our nativity and sought fields more green and pastures new, and we would like to know if the old water tower is still standing. However, cypress is a lasting wood, and it may be possible be that the reason the historian of New Iberia makes no mention of this ancient water works system is because it is still used by the city and Col. Burke regards it as being too modern for a place in his charming reminiscences of the historic city.
Lafayette Gazette 8/5/1899.
To editor of Lafayette Gazette.
Mr. Editor: - I feel constrained to ask for space in the columns of your valuable paper, in which to say a word in behalf of the wheelmen, who alternately ride and walk the streets and sidewalks of the city of Lafayette. There are many persons, whom we frequently meet, who seem to feel that we are intruders; and if their fiery steeds would permit, would force us into the ditch, or cause us to dismount - not once thinking of, or respecting our legal rights. These persons are not wheelmen. The difference between them and those who are the machine-horse -- as manifested in meeting -- is so marked, that one can readily decide whom he is approaching -- "a friend or a foe." The wheel can be used only in dry weather. When there is the least mud, wheel-riding is both unpleasant and very fatiguing. Hence, we would respectfully ask those, who so frequently use the "moistening element," that they would leave a narrow path -- say 12 or 18 inches in width, on each side of the street, so that we would not be compelled to submit to the mortification of dismounting in the center of our fair city, and to ascend the banquet, rolling our wheels for the distance of one or two blocks. Persons frequently leave unsprinkled, a passage to their homes, when they happen to be across the street. Why not be as considerate in reference to our comfort? Not only is it unpleasant to ride a watered street, but it also quite dangerous. We have respectfully asked a small favor. May we not hope that it will be granted?
Lafayette Gazette 8/5/1899.
Cumberland Telephone. - The Gazette has it from an authentic source that the Cumberland Exchange just established here is thoroughly modern in every particular. In fact more so than any other exchange in the State. It was put up under the personal surveillance of Mr. C. G. Davidson, a man of much experience in the telephone business. An efficient telephone service can not be too highly appreciated.
Lafayette Gazette 8/5/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 5th, 1893:
The Moonlight pic-nic in the Parkerson Oak Grove last Saturday night was largely attended and proved a success, both socially and from a financial standpoint. The grounds were prettily illuminated with a variety of Japanese lanterns and were rendered attractive in other ways. The late arrival of the musicians, as also the moon, with whom engagements had been made for the occasion, may have caused some disappointment, but the general good cheer that prevailed throughout the evening was sufficiently compensatory. We hope to have repetitions of so pleasant an affair, especially for so laudable a purpose as the building of a church edifice.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1893.
FIRE PROTECTION. - The numerous expressions of approval elicited by our remarks last week, on the urgent need of a good and reliable system of protection against fire in this town, is a strong evidence of the favor with which our citizens would regard any measure promising such a guarantee. The cost of securing a useful and effective system would be considerable, we know, but not beyond our reach if the means provided by special taxation, as they must. The reduction in the ruling rates of insurances at present imposed, that will obtain as a direct result of having protection against fire, will more than cover a 5 mill tax, and, property would be protected besides.
We have reason to believe that this question will be brought up in all its seriousness, at the next sitting of the City Council, and we hope the members will consider it their solemn duty to push the matter to a rapid and satisfactory conclusion. Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1893.
Parish Blessed. - It seems to be generally agreed that Lafayette parish is blessed with the finest crop in several years. It consists of cotton, corn, rice, cane, sweet potatoes, etc., and barring such things as storms and cotton worms there is going to be a magnificent harvest. We learn that cotton picking has commenced in the neighborhood of Carencro, and no doubt it will be general by the middle of the month. Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1893.
Advertiser's Town Notes:
A little dust during the week, and a little rain. Variety is the spice of life.
We notice in passing around that Judge Debaillon is having a new office erected. Well, we might have a new one sometime, if we had an old one, but faith, we have not so much as an old one.
We called during the week to examine our new High School building, and we are much pleased with it. It is about done, and Messrs. Easton and Apesh are giving it the finishing touch. Let it be well advertised, and opened this fall by all means.
What has become of our booms? Some months ago, our people were enthusiastic about a Lafayette and Abbeville railroad, a sugar refinery, and other things, but now all is quiet. We ask what about them, and echo answers what.
A number of our pleasure and health seekers have returned home, and seem to be in good health and spirits. Well, we stretchy and are aching in our bones sometimes, but stay at home and soon feel as well as anybody.
The beef man, milk man, vegetable man and woman, and bread man jingle their bells right at you. There is no trouble to get them all, if you have the wherewith, of course.
Moss Bros. & Co.s Emporium is a hard place to pass without calling in. Since that elegant sprinkler has been running, the doors stand open and in plain view and there are ice cold drinks, of all refreshing kinds.
On Saturday night last we attended the ice cream festival, given at Judge Parkerson's which was highly entertaining and enjoyable. During our stay, we were brought under lasting obligations to Judge Parkerson, Mr. C. D. Caffery and Miss Viola Kelly, for special favors.
The Methodist Church is a safe place to go. We noticed there last Sunday three of Lafayette's best physicians, preaching on the first and third Sundays.
We met with a gentleman this week from Colorado, who said this was the most beautiful and attractive country that he had ever seen. He is a good judge we think, of country at least.
ADIOS. Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1893.
A Scott Resident's Account of the World's Fair.
Whilst in town last Tuesday, that accomplished raconteur of Scott, Mr. Alcide Judice related to a number of his friends a most interesting account of his recent visit to the World's F Bair, in company with Mr. Antoine Guidry and J. B. Perez. It is the Wonder Land itself, and Mr. Guidry advises all of those who can, to not fail to see the supreme grandness of the White City.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1893.
Selected News Notes 8/5/1893.
Mrs. E. Pefferkorn visited friends in Alexandria this week.
Mayor Campbell returned from Grand Isle on Wednesday.
Dr. Chacher's office will be located in the building adjoining the bank.
Miss Irene Rushing, of Alexandria, is visiting her sister, Mrs. T. M. Biossat.
Mr. L. J. Serret, the day operator at the Western Union office in this place left Friday for Chicago.
We here of several of our prominent citizens who intend leaving for the World's Fair about the 12th instant.
Mr. Locke Neveau, now stationed at Algiers in the employ of the Southern Pacific has been spending a few days with his aged parents.
Mr. J. K. Darling of Abbeville, and Mr. Leo Judice were "moonshiners" at the moonlight pic-nic last Saturday.
Mr. W. M. Cantine of New Iberia, is engaged at present in boring a well and erecting a windmill for the use of Mr. Jean Vigneaux's livery stable.
All aboard for Lake Charles! To-morrow is the day; 9:25 a. m. is the hour; $1.50 for the round trip, is the fare. Who is going. Don't all speak at once.
Mr. John Hahn and wife left for Biloxi last Thursday, where they will spend one month on vacation. Mr. Thos. L. Freeland will be in charge of the Crescent Hotel, in the mean time.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 5th, 1903:
Friends of the Lacoste-Voorhies Ticket Present in Large Crowds.
All the Candidates Endorsed Unanimously and Strong Resolutions Adopted.
One of the largest political meetings ever held in the parish took place at Beausejour Park last Sunday. An immense crowd from various parts of the parish, estimated at between 2,000 and 2,500 people were present, the occasion being a mass meeting and barbecue advertised to be held for the purpose of submitting the candidacies on the Lacoste-Voorhies ticket to the people for ratification. About 10 a. m. a procession formed in the front of the Catholic church and led by the Sontag Military Band started for the park, with over 600 vehicles in and many horsemen. At 11 o'clock the meeting was called to order by Gilbert St. Julien, who explained the object and purpose of the meeting. Numa Breaux, of Carencro, was elected chairman, and J. J. Mouton, secretary. The following vice-presidents occupied seats upon the platform: John Begnaud, Jean Hebert, Louis Ancelet, Ben Avant, Norbert Simon, Philosie Trouvay, J. Aymar Labbe, Numa Martin, Sosthene Breaux, Francois Hebert, Jean Bourque, John Landry, J. O. Girouard, R. U. Bernard, Ozeme DuBois, Clemile Cormier, Moise Brasseaux, S. E. Guilbeau, J. O. Broussard, Ben Benoit, Aymar Comeaux, Jules Meaux, Lastie Roy and Gustave Trahan.
The first business of the meeting was the report of the committee on nominations appointed at the last meeting of ward delegates which was as follows:
To the Democratic voters of the parish of Lafayette in mass meeting assembled.
The undersigned committee appointed by the mass meeting of the 14th day of June 1903 for the purpose of selecting candidates for parish officers to be submitted to white Democratic primaries, beg leave to report the following selections:
For Sheriff, Louis Lacoste; for Clerk of court, Ed. G. Voorhies, J. Gilbert St. Julien and P. L. DeClouet were then appointed to draft suitable resolutions, and a recess taken to allow them time. When the meeting was called to order again the committee submitted the following resolutions, which were adopted enthusiastically.
Be it resolved that we, the Democrats of the parish of Lafayette in mass meeting assembled, ratify the selections of the candidates of the Lacoste-Voorhies ticket, chosen on the 19th day of June 1903, by convention composed of delegates from the different wards of the parish; and that we pledge our support to them subject to the result of the white Democratic primaries to be held in the parish.
2nd. Be it resolved, that having the appointed power of the Governor as a denial of the right of the people to choose their own officers, we favor the election of all State, parochial and municipal officers, executive, judiciary and legislative in this State, including assessors, members of the school board by popular vote.
3rd. That being opposed to the method of nominating State, parochial and municipal officers by conventions, we favor direct primaries for that purpose.
4th. Considering that the law which requires the payment of a poll tax as a prerequisite to the right of voting, obnoxious to the people and not in accord with the spirit of popular government, we therefore favor its repeal.
5th. We favor all laws fostering public education, and disseminating it among the masses, so as to place it within reach of every child in the State.
6th. We favor liberal legislation and appropriations regarding the opening and maintenance of our public roads.
7th. We ask that the Democratic Executive Committee of this parish order a primary election for the nomination of parish and ward officers, that at said primary election all white male persons of twenty-one years and upward, belonging to the party, be allowed to register and vote.
Signed: J. GILBERT ST. JULIEN, ED. G. VOORHIES, P. L. DECLOUET.
The following gentlemen addressed the meeting in the order named, beginning immediately after the adoption of the resolutions: P. L. DeClouet, Jno. L. Kennedy, J. Gilbert St. Julien, R. W. Elliott, Alcibiades Broussard, and J. O. Broussard. Owing to the lack of space, we can not give a synopsis of their remarks. At the close of the speaking about 2 p. m. a bountiful and appetizing barbecue dinner was served to which all present did full justice.
A noticeable feature of the occasion was the presence of a large number of ladies, showing that the fair sex are very much interested in the present election.
Another noticeable feature was the presence of a large number of friends and sympathizers of the I. A. Broussard, took no active part in the meeting.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1903.
An Open Letter to the Republicans of Lafayette.
Gentlemen - The recently published advice signed by Messrs. G. A. Breaux, Jos. A. Chargois and J. R. Domengeaux, advising the Republican electorate of this parish not to "participate in any manner in the Democratic primaries, soon to be ordered," on the ground that "a full State of parochial Republican ticket will be submitted to the voters of Louisiana at the general election of April, 1904 is before you, and calls for an expression of opinion from me as a member of the executive committee from the first ward.
There comes a time in history of all parties when they must rise above party, when the principles of a party are violated, and the machinery is hopelessly placed in the hands of the violator, then a direct respect for those principles calls for a severance of party ties until such time as the party returns to its moorings.
I earnestly advise the Republican electorate of the first ward and of the parish of Lafayette, to participate in the next Democratic primaries, and to loyally stand by the nominees in the ensuing general election for the following reasons to wit :
The Republican party which, under the late lamented and martyred McKinley, was making every effort to break down sectional prejudice, and build up a respectable white party in Louisiana, which would have commanded the same degree of respect that the Whig party did in ante bellum days; a party which would be true to the principles of protection, and would have earnestly desired to protect Southern agricultural interests from foreign slave, has now also, fallen into the hands of a violent reactionary, whose idea of statesmanship is to subvert the policy of his predecessor, and whose consuming vanity and egotism will soon earn for him the title of "party buster" as well as "broncho buster."
Roosevelt's influence with the party through the cohesive power of public "pap," is driving into him the party leaders, and conventions, to be the agents of his imperial will, as evidenced by the recent action of the Ohio Republican convention is strongly condemning the limitations placed on negro suffrage in the South, and calling for reduction of Southern representation in Congress (and of course in the nominating conventions;) the Northern Republican papers are unanimous in their condemnation of this restriction, and the New York Commercial Advertiser (Rep.) declares "that it is an utter subversion of the principles upon which popular government is based, and as a means of keeping the negroes in subjection can hardly be tolerated any longer."
It is manifest to all who are willfully blind that the negrophilism of the President, whose social equality dinings with Booker Washington; whose appointment of the negro Crum to the collectorship of the ancient Southern port of Charleston, where there were a score of white Republicans who would have been acceptable to the business element, simply because he was a negro, and this right after partaking the whole-souled hospitality of the leading citizens of Charleston his arbitrary closure of the Indianola post office, where he was trying to force a negress on the people as post mistress, although she did not want it and voluntarily resigned, because, as she said, she knew she was not wanted, and being a woman of sense and wealth, did not care to remain in a position where she was persona non grata; his hysterical and petty malice in this affair, stamp Roosevelt either as a negrophile fanatic, whose views are repugnant to every free born American, and a deadly insult to every Southern-born man, or as a demagogic politician playing for the negro vote that holds the balance of power in Ohio, Indiana, and New York. In either case the results are the same, and are having the effect, North and South, of inciting negroes to crime, with the consequent lynchings and daily occurrences, and leading them to aspire to an equality that the Almighty never intended them to have, and which in the end is going to result in a train of evils that it will take a generation to rectify. Under McKinley there was no negro question, under Roosevelt it is a black cloud that looms up ominously and is daily assuming the deadly funnel shape of an approaching cyclone.
No self respecting Southern Republican who loves his race, his home or the principles of his party, can longer affiliate with a party that stands for social equality with the negroes, it matters not what his views on economic questions may be. But when we consider that Roosevelt has betrayed, not only his race, but the economic principles of his party, except in so far as protection of his party, except in so far as protection to the trusts is concerned, by his policy of imperialism and colonial expansion adding nonadjacent territory in direct violation of the spirit of the Constitution, the products of which comes in direct competition with those of Louisiana and other Southern States.
When we remember that Roosevelt stood with a whip in hand and lashed the party into unwilling acceptance of reciprocity with Cuba, and aims a deadly blow at the sugar industry of Louisiana and the tobacco industry of the South, then it behooves all decent, self-respecting Southern Republicans, who love their homes and principles of the party more than the organization itself, to cut loose from the latter because of its violation of its most cherished traditions, at least until such time when it returns to the high plane where Mckinley left it, and from whence it has been dragged by the "associated accident of an assassin's bullet."
For the reasons herein set forth I advise participation in the coming primaries and affirmation with the Democrats in the coming campaign, and until the Republican party's purged of Roosevelt-ism.
A Democratic primary in Louisiana is equivalent to an election. A parochial and State Republican ticket under the management of Roosevelt's lieutenants in Louisiana simply means a straw ticket put up to bolster a Roosevelt delegation and a continuation of the same policy of negrophilism and destruction to the sugar and other material interests of Louisiana.
H. D. GUIDRY, M. D.,
Member Republican Parish Executive Committee, First Ward Lafayette, La.
Scott, La., July 28, 1903.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1903.
A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY.
The Southern Pacific six months ago made the proposition, that would the people of Lafayette donate $500 in cash and furnish the reading matter, they would print at their own expense 50,000 copies of a pamphlet, containing as many as 28 pages, illustrated with cuts, advertising the resources, advantages, etc., of Lafayette parish, and would further distribute them among the farmers of the Northern Mississippi valley and northwest. Nothing has ever been done in regard to this generous offer; but it is not too late, even now, as the offer still stands.
This is certainly a great opportunity to thoroughly advertise the parish, and considering the immense benefit that must accrue, it is strange indeed that such a chance should be neglected.
There are thousands of sturdy, independent farmers every year immigrating from the northwestern States into Canada, who could easily be induced to come to Southwest Louisiana were its delightful climate and fertile soil truly known; and just think for a moment what an advantage it would be to have those thrifty, industrious men settle among us, and occupy our spare lands. They belong to a class who have learned the secret of striving with a rigorous climate and poor soil, yet wrestling from both comfortable even fine homes, and laying up money in the bank. Such a class would be an object lesson to us. Their work and industry have raised the value of those northern lands to $125 and $150 an acre, and it is safe to say that a few hundred desirable immigrants of that sort will cause our land, which is many times intrinsically more valuable, to jump from the present low prices of $30 and $35 an arpent to $150, and more.
These people also believe in schools. There are none more liberal in taxing themselves for educational purposes than are these, and in our efforts to make Lafayette's schools the best to be had, their hearty cooperation is assured.
Money given to advertise the parish is not money spent, it is money sensibly invested. Our neighbor Crowley knows this and is liberal with printer's ink. It has made Crowley. A few years ago Crowley was a barren prairie, to-day it is a bustling, wide awake little city of over 5,000 inhabitants. And they never quit advertising. Only a few days ago Crowley appointed a delegate to the Trans Mississippi Commercial Congress which meets this month Seattle. We want to do likewise, if we are to grow. The proper course is to spend freely and judiciously, and we can rest assured that the returns will be large indeed.
We have a Business Men's League whose purpose and object is to benefit the town. Let them take up the Southern Pacific's proposition and move it straight through, and also if possible see that Lafayette, too, has a representative at Seattle when the Trans-Mississippi Convention meets August 18th.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1903.
Otto Wishand is building a nice little cottage on the corner of Chestnut and Eighth street.
Edwin Chargois has let out the contract for a residence to be built on his lot opposite the post office.
The Rosenfield brick store is nearing completion and will be ready for occupancy in a short while.
Pellerin & DeClouet's handsome three-story building is moving rapidly to completion.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1903.
Selected News Notes 8/5/1903.
Miss Cora Desbrest returned home Thursday from Tenn.
Miss Nella Alpha, on of the Blue Store;s efficient sales ladies, is taking a short vacation.
Dr. Raoul Olivier, of St. Martinville, visited friends and relatives here Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Comstock and son Creighton left Monday night for New Orleans.
Rev. S. S. Keene was a guest at the home of Mrs. P. D. Beraud this week.
A. L. Dyer, Youngsville, left yesterday for New York to buy his fall and winter stock of general merchandise.
Misses Irion Everett spent Wednesday on town as the guest of Mrs. F. R. Tolson.
Misses McGuiley and Martha Andrus were the guests of Mrs. Frank Hopkins Wednesday.
Agnor Broussard, Blake Theall and Louis Butcher returned Saturday night from a pleasant vacation at the seashore.
Miss Gabriel Guchereau has accepted a position at the Blue Store, in place of Miss Philomene Doucet who has resigned.
Miss Antonia Campbell, who has been employed at the telephone exchange, has resigned and accepted a position with The Advertiser.
While Mrs. Louis Lacoste was out driving Sunday, her horse became frightened and ran away, but fortunately he was stopped before causing any injury.
B. G. Hoeck, a thoroughly qualified pharmacist, with ten years experience in New Olreans, has accepted a position at the Moss Pharmacy. He takes the place of Felix Dantin who returned to Morgan City Tuesday. The Advertiser extends him a cordial welcome to Lafayette.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 5, 1899:
At Carencro. - Bishop Rouxel was welcomed by the grandest demonstration ever witnessed in that sociable town.
The bishop, coming overland from Grand Coteau, was met by several hundred horsemen, with a brass band about three miles north of Carencro, and accompanied to the town limits amidst the firing of rifles and cannons. The Hon. E. L. Estilette, mayor of Carencro, welcomed the bishop as he entered the town.
Fully two thousand men, women and children were in the line of procession to receive and escort the bishop to the church, where L. G. Stelly delivered an address of welcome which was responded to by the bishop. On Tuesday, Bishop Rouxel administered the sacrament of Confirmation to 508 children. He was assisted by Father Teurling, of Washington; Wildman, S. J., of Grand Coteau; Bollard, of Lafayette; Peters, of Jennings; Maluchet, of Leonville; Leautier, S. J. of New Orleans; Schmidt, of Opelousas and Vanderbilt of Delcambre.
Bishop Rouxel expressed to Father Laforest, the zealous priest of the parish, and his parishioners, his full appreciation for the grand welcome tendered him on his initial visit to Carencro since his ordination.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1899.
Hon. J. S. Whittington.
Hon. John S. Whittington died at his residence in Lafayette at 6:30 a. m. He had been sick for the last few months, had rallied several times, but the grim monster of death came at last to claim his life.
The deceased was a man well known and liked all over the parish. He had the fullest confidence of the people, having represented the fourth ward on the Police Jury and being a member of the School Board.
Since a number of years he was closely connected with the political and commercial affair of the parish, and was already ready to help a struggling farmer to tide over the hard times.
His funeral took place last Monday morning at 6 o'clock and his body was laid to rest on his plantation near Bayou Vermilion.
Friends and acquaintances to the number of three hundred, visibly affected, followed the remains to their last resting place.
His widow and two children survive him.
In this sad hour of bereavement, consolation is to be found only at the feet of Him who suffered so intensely for us. \
Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1899.
Local News Notes 8/5/1899.
The weather being rather too warm to saw off planks and driving nails, contractor L. S. Broussard left this week going to Pattersonville, La., to take a well-earned rest and visit relatives.
The Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Co., will begins its business in Lafayette with the following force: W. A. Broussard, local manager; Edward Mouton, night operator; Miss Lucie Judice, day operator; and Eddie Chargois, messenger boy. We return thanks to Mr. Edward Lehman, for a case of his "pop." It is a good beverage and is universally commended by its numerous customers. Mr. Lehman is doing a thriving business.
Rev. Father Ballard went to Carencro last Monday to assist at the Confirmation ceremonies.
Hon. C. C. Brown, of Carencro, was in Lafayette last Thursday, returning from a business trip to New Orleans.
We visited the inside of the office of Hon. Wm. Campbell and we are compelled to pronounce it the best in Lafayette.
Mr. Billeaud's gin as been overhauled and is ready for the season. The interest of the farmers are well taken care of at Billeaud's gin.
Mr. Coronna, the wide-awake manager of Lehman, Stern & Co., informs us that their new cotton gin will receive its initial trial next week.
Miss Bertha Naquin, after spending several weeks the guest of the Misses Revillon returned to her home in Thibodeaux, last Monday, to the regret of her many admirers. Miss Naquin was accompanied home by Miss Lucille Revillon.Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1899.
POLICE RECORD FOR JULY.
TOWN OF LAFAYETTE.
July 3, Thos. Clark, fine $2.00 and costs of five days.
July 4, John Watson Will Casimer and F. Dickerson, fine $2.00 each or five days work on the streets. C. D. Stewart and H. D. Harrison ordered out of town.
July 5, Wm. Flornay, fine $2.50 and costs or five days.
July 7, Richard Dunkins ordered out of town. Samuel Peltier ordered out town.
July 10, Herman Marshal ordered out of town.
July 12, J. P. Phillips, fine $1.00 or five days.
July 18, Ben Vanderwaters, fine $1.00 or five days.
July 22, Wm. Allony, fine $2.50 or five days. Julia Arceneux, discharged, no case against her.
July 24, J. B. Jones and Palmire, fine $20.00 as to B. Jones, $5.00 to Palmire and costs of each or 20 days in jail. Loomas Jones, $2.50 or five days. John F. Caffery, 48 hours in jail. John Comea, Oscar Ackman, fine $2.00 each or five days in jail. Henry Griffin, fine $1.00 and costs or 3 days.'
Lafayette Advertiser 8/5/1893.