From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 6th, 1898:
The Advertiser's Show Window.
J. O. Broussard, B. W. Comeaux and Eraste Patin sent this week canes having ten and twelve red joints, ready for the knife.
Mr. Stephane Soulane, of Great Scott, brought us some corn which speaks highly for his community.
Grapes from the vineyard of Mr. Arnaud Bacquet were very fine.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/6/1898.
Dissolution. - In this issue of the Advertiser: The public is given notice of the dissolution of the well known firm of Moss Bros. & Co. The new firm of "Moss & Co.," composed of Mr. F. E. Moss and Mr. Arthur Bonnet, will continue the original business with the exception of the Drug Department, which is now the individual property of Dr. N. P. Moss.
NEW FIRM - The new firm of Moss & Co., will have a good foundation on which to build its prosperity and Messrs. Moss and Bonnet, being experienced hands at the business, will easily hold their own in the field of competition. Lafayette Advertiser 8/6/1898.
A New Safe. - Upon the invitation of Mr. J. J. Davidson, cashier of the Bank of Lafayette we went to see his new safe. It is called a "Screw door safe" as the door opens only after unscrewing the door by means of a lever. It is manufactured by the Mosler Safe Co., of Hamilton Ohio. Lafayette Advertiser 8/6/1898.
KIND DEEDS. - There are many ways to kill a cat, there are many ways to feed a dog, and there are many ways to do deeds of kindness. It is not the size of the deed that make it most valuable, but rather the spontaneousness of its execution. So, the reporter of this sheet is indebted to Mr. T. M. Biossat, for a fine pair of spectacles which permits him to see clearly and write almost correctly. All in need of such utilizing tools will do well to call on Mr. Biossat, besides obtaining good glasses they will have the privilege to be waited on by a most interesting and practical young lady, who knows how to test eyes and adjust the lenses to the frame. Laf. Advertiser 8/6/1898.
Contract with the Southern Pacific. - Graser Bros., of Lafayette, have contracted with the Southern Pacific for the tin work of the depots at Breaux Bridge and Arnaudville. Lafayette Advertiser 8/6/1898.
Want to Build a Road.
Mr. Alcide Judice of Great Scott proposes to built a goo road from Scott to Lafayette. Already he has $250 subscribed. All who are interested in the constructing of such a road will do well to give Mr. Judice all the help he needs. A citizen of Lafayette stood good for you. Let us all come to the help of Mr. Judice as this is a necessity. Mr. Judice will begin to work next Monday. Lafayette Advertiser 8/6/1898.
Lecture on Good Roads.
A lecture on good roads will be delivered on Saturday Aug. 13th, at 3 o'clock at the Court House by Mr. James O. Chachere members of the Police Jury of the Parish of St. Landry. Every body is invited. No admission charged. Lafayette Advertiser 8/6/1898.
Will Leave for New York.
Mr. B. Falk will leave for New York, about the 12th of this month, to replenish his stock. Before leaving, Mr. Falk would be pleased to cordially receive many of his creditors with the cash. Lafayette Advertiser 8/6/1898.
A Delightful Party.
The doors of the hospitable home of Misses Eugenie Philomene and Cecile Doucet were thrown wide open last Sunday night for the reception and entertainment of a great number of their friends.
As one approached the house, a grand sight was to be been. Every tree of the spacious yard was loaded with Japanese lanterns, and artistically entwined by evergreens, with here and there a knot of flowers. The decorations were splendid and reflected highly on the tastefulness of the young ladies.
These gave a cordial welcome having a pleasant word for everyone and dispensed the hospitality of their pretty home with grace, elegance and modesty.
Songs and other pastimes were indulged in by the great throng present.
Delicious and cooling refreshments were served and partaken by the guests.
Music was furnished by Comeaux's Brass Band, and very soon the lover's of Therpsichore's art were gliding along gracefully wherever there was room. The dancing continued until the shining moon's orbit was seen descending toward the western horizon.
Everybody went home well pleased, keeping a sweet remembrance of the charming Misses Doucet. Lafayette Advertiser 8/6/1898.
Great Scott has some very fine stock. Three two year old calves belonging to Messrs. Simeon Begnaud, Felix Bernard and Jean Callier, tip the scales at 950, 950, and 1,040 pounds. Lafayette Advertiser 8/6/1898.
Selected News News 8/6/1898.
The building known as the Racket Hotel occupied by Pellerin Bros., has been entirely remodeled and presents quite a fine appearance. The work has been done by Mr. Daly, of New Iberia.
Mr. Pierre Ader of New Orleans is the guest of Mr. Henri Gerac.
Mrs. Saul Broussard, of Carencro, was on a visit to friends in Lafayette during the week.
Miss Kate Smith, of New Iberia, is visiting relatives in Lafayette.
Miss Carrie Siess a niece of Mr. Cochrane is visiting her numerous relatives in our City and parish, she is at present the guest of her cousin Mrs. G. A. Martin.
Mrs. Frederick W. Brandt of Alexandria La., with her little daughter Flavilla, is the guest of her sister Mrs. T. M. Biossat.
The disease "Charbon" has appeared, in our parish. Mr. J. A. LeBesque's stock has taken the disease and he has lost a great number.
Mr. Sidney Veazey will be home to-morrow or Monday with the best horses ever brought to Lafayette. Mr. Eraste Patin brought us a cotton stalk 8 feet, 3 inches high having 251 bolls.
Mrs. H. L. Zike of Jefferson Island spent a week with the family of her father Mr. Ambroise Mouton.
Miss Lena Kleb returned this week from Crowley where she has been visiting.
The apperance of charbon in our parish is causing a general use of anthrax vaccine by owners of stock and cattle.
Judge O. C. Mouton and Col. Gus. A. Breaux were among the the first to utilize this means of protecting stock from charbon.
At the solicitation of many of his friends, Mr. Overton Cade informs us, that he has allowed his name to be used for the nomination of Railroad Commissioner.
Grand races at Carencro, Saturday and Sunday, September 3rd and 4th 1898. We will give the program next week.
Mr. Harmon Plonsky, went to Lecompte last Monday on business.
Mrs. H. A. Van der Cruyssen and children went to Breaux Bridge last Wednesday.
Mr. T. M. Biossat made a flying trip to Carencro during the week.
We have been crowded this week with Job work. Come again.
The Ice Cream Festival for the benefit of the Episcopal church held last Tuesday night at the residence of Judge J. G. Parkerson, was a great success socially and financially. The event of the evening was the "cake walk" in which Mr. John Hahn won as prize a very fine cake presented by Mrs. Blake.
Editor H. A. Van der Cruyssen made a flying trip to Breaux Bridge this week and returned bearing as a trophy a magnificent stalk of his African's Cotton.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/6/1898.
From the Lafayette Gazette of August 6th, 1898:
The young hoodlums who have made themselves obnoxious to the good people of the second ward by breaking prayer meetings and committing other acts of hoodlumnism should be severely punished, if the accusations against them are substantiated by the evidence.
People who have not enough decency to behave themselves at places of worship should be made to do so by the law. There are laws expressly for that purpose and they should be rigidly enforced, for those who violate them deserve no sympathy and should receive none. Hoodlumnism should be crushed in its incipient stages, and young men who aspire to become hoodlums to terrorize women and children are entitled to no leniency at the hands of the community and the court. The budding hoodlumnism, of the second ward should be checked before it becomes stronger and more dangerous. By meting out just punishment to young men with hoodlumnistic propensities a desire to break the laws is subdued and the youthful disturbers of the peace are taught before it is too late that the "way of the transgressor is hard." Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
THE TOWN'S ANSWER.
Filed in The District Court, Charges Fraud and Collusion.
The answer filed by the Council's attorneys, Messrs. Caffery, Girard, Mouton and Campbell makes, makes certain charges which, if sustantiated, will seriously reflect upon the character and reputation of the Consolidated Engineering Company and Robert R. Zell, the town's consulting engineer.
The town avers that the Consolidated Engineering Company has used inferior material in the construction of the plant, and not of the kind stipulated in the concert; that the work was done in an unworkmanlike and defective manner; that although the time for the completion of the plant has long since past, it is still incomplete.
The defendant specially charges that the boilers, which seem to be the source of most of the trouble, are inferior and defective in capacity, economy and safety; that they are badly set and not up the the requirement of the contract.
The charge is made "that by collusion and fraud between them, the Consolidated Engineering Company and Robert R. Zell, the town's superintending engineer, the inferior and defective material was used and the unworkman like work was done, and the same afterward fraudulently, erroneously and to the great injury and damage of defendant, was certified by Zell as having been done in accordance with the contract."
It is further charged by the defendant "that the boilers nominally acquired by plaintiff from the Alabama Bridge and Boiler Works, were in fact acquired from R. R. Zell; all of which has come to the knowledge of defendant since delivery of the plant."
The town's counsel allege that "although duly notified to do so, the Consolidated Engineering Comapany, has failed and refused to comply with the terms of the contract by placing boilers of the kind and quality required by the contract, and removing other inferior material therefrom."
The town claims that by its failure to comply with the contract the company has caused the corporation loss, injury and damage to the amount of $3,700, and owing to the "fraudulent machinations of plaintiff" $500 is the sum sued for as attorneys' fees. All rights against the American Surety Company, on the bond of the Consolidated Engineering Company, are reserved. The town also reserves the right to claim compensation for "defective material and work not now known as well as for the maintenance of work not now known as well as for the maintenance of said plant, and for general relief."
Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
Hornsby's Story. - We note in the Iberia Enterprise that Mr. Fred Veazey, who was the leader of the posse that was claimed by Elijah Hornsby to have been captured by him, denies that part of the story which gives to the desperado the credit of having accomplished so extraordinary a feat. It may not be amiss to state here that Hornsby was very positive about what he said in regard to the alleged capture of the posse. While Mr. Veazey admits the correctness of the other parts of the story he emphatically denies having been taken to town by Hornsby as a prisoner. Mr. Veazey concedes in his statement that Hornsby capitulated only after obtaining the acceptance of certain conditions. He held a parley with the officers, offered his terms in regular diplomatic style and they were accepted before a treaty of peace was agreed upon. One of the conditions was that "Frenchy," who was a member of the posse, be placed under arrest and disarmed. "Frency" was the companion of Castro when the latter was killed by Hornsby, hence the advisability of placing him in a harmless condition. Other terms were that Hornsby would not be hand-cuffed and that his family be permitted to accompany him to New Iberia. Hornsby stated in the presence of the writer that he never gave up his rifle until he reached New Iberia. The members of the posse were: Fred Veazey, Hartwell Hart, Henry Laughlin, Jean Marie Senac, Mr. Pilet and "Frenchy."
During his stay in this parish Hornsby was behaved very well. Mr. Mabry, the lessee of the Long plantation, where Hornsby lived, spoke of him in favorable terms. Though quick-tempered he did not nurse a grudge against anyone. Several persons who did business with him said that they always found him honest in his dealings.
Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
A Visit to the Lafayette Boys. - The Jackson barracks, where the Lafayette boys are camped, was visited by us last Satuday and Sunday. The boys were all looking well, cheerful and evidently glad to be in the service of their Uncle Sam. The health among them was remarkably good, the only trouble being that some of them were suffering from the results of vaccination. All expressed themselves as being satisfied with their present home, but hoped that they would not be kept there too long as they would not object to getting a taste of real warfare. The barracks, where they are encamped, is a most delightful place and as healthful as can be found anywhere at this season of the year. The boys make a splendid appearance in their blue uniforms and some of them look really handsome -- Frank McBride and Ed. Matthews for instance. Only three of the boys are accused of being in love. If they are not it is evidence that they have betrayed some strong symptoms since their enlistment.
The Gazette hopes that before our boys are called to the front, peace will have been established and their services, so unselfishly tendered to their country, will not be requried. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
CHARBON REMEDY. (Cattle Anthrax)
Mr. T. D. Wier sends The Gazette a remedy for charbon which has been tried and found to be very successful. Those who have charbon among their stock are urged to try this remedy. It has been very effective and there is no reason why it should not be so now. The following is the remedy: Equal parts of ammonia, turpentine and iodine; add a little carbolic acid, enough to cause it to mix thoroughly. Apply iodine around the swelling first, them the liniment to the swollen part. Drench with half pint whiskey, half pint water, one tablespoonful chlorate of potash. Use this remedy two or three times a day.
Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
Mapping Lafayette. - H. T. Higinbotham, insurance surveyor, representative of the Sanborn-Perris Map Co. of New York, has been in Lafayette this week for the purpose of remapping the town. The Gazette does not know to what extent our insurance rates will be reduced, but it is believed that they will be considerably less than heretofore. Insurance rates have been so high in the past that comparatively few of our people have been able to insure their property. The change will doubtless greatly increase the insurance business in Lafayette. Low insurance is one of the main benefits to accrue from the establishment of the water works plant. Laf. Gazette 8/6/1898.
Help the Boys. - Some of our patriotic citizens have been making preparations for a general blow-out at the Oak Avenue Park to-morrow evening. A very interesting game of ball will be played by local amateurs. Refreshments will be sold at reasonable prices. The proceeds will be sent to the Lafayette boys now camped at the Jackson Barracks in New Orleans. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
Bank of Lafayette Ready for Business.
The Bank of Lafayette is now ready for business. Its temporary quarters in the Clegg building have been very neatly fitted up and Cashier Davidson is prepared to accommodate all who have any banking business to transact. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
The City Council held a meeting last Tuesday and effected a plan to curtail the expenses of running the waterworks and electric light plant. It was agreed to pay the engineer $75, an assistant $50 and a fireman $35. Besides his other duties the engineer will have to attend to the collection of the dues. A committee, composed of Drs. Hopkins and Martin and Mr. Mouton, will give its attention to the management of the plant.
The resignation of Don L. Caffery was received and accepted by the Council. A vote of thanks was tendered Mr. Caffery for efficient and faithful performance of duty.
John Givens applied for certain permissions relative to the establishment of a steam laundry The matter was referred to the street committee. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
The Tramway Case.
In the suit of Breaux vs. Bienvenu Judge Debaillon has granted a mandatory injunction giving authority to the plaintiff to replace the tramway over the property of the defendant. The road, which is used to carry cane to the refinery, runs from Col. Gus. Breaux's plantation and passes upon Mr. Galbert Bienvenu's farm. When the road was built Mr. Bienvenu leased the right of way to Col. Breaux, the constructor of the road, for a term of three years. This was done under certain conditions. At the expiration term of the lease Mr. Bienvenu notified the owner of the road take his track away from his property. Upon the latter's failure to comply with this request, Mr. Bienvenu proceeded to do so himself. The injunction just granted by the Judge empowers the plaintiff to put back the track on the defendant's property. Mr. Bienvenu's counsel will make an appeal from the judgment of the district court. The parties to this case are making a hot fight. Mr. Bienvenu is represented by Messrs. C. D. Caffery, Crow Girard and Judge O. C. Mouton.
The case has not yet been tried upon its merits. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
Patriotic Service at Carencro.
Father Laforest and his congregation celebrated on Saturday a solemn requiem mass for the American soldiers who have fallen during the present war. A very large congregation assembled to take part in the ceremonies which were of a most inspiring character. Father Laforest was assisted by Father Destakalper, of Grand Coteau, who delivered a fine sermon in English appropriate to the subject. A magnificently decorated catafalque surmounted by a handsome coffin, occupied by the centre of the church, guarded by a squad of armed men. A salute was fired at the elevation of the Hos, there was fine music and the service for the dead heroes was carried out with all the pomp and grandeur of the Catholic church. From the portrait of the American eagle, draped with the flag and streamers of crape at the entrance, up to the decorations of the brilliantly lit altar, all bespoke patriotism, the inscription at the door reading this: "Glory and honor to our brave soldiers." Father Laforest, always capable, surpassed all former efforts upon this occasion, and he and his assistants are to be congratulated upon this most impressive and beneficial ceremonial. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
Moss Bros. & Co. Dissolve.
As appears from a notice published elsewhere, the mercantile firm of Moss Bros. & Co. was dissolved by mutual consent, the 1st instant.
Under the terms of the change Messrs. Frank E. Moss and Arthur Bonnet (both closely identified with the firm of Moss Bros. & Co. for many years.) succeeded to the "general merchandise" portion of the former business, and Dr. N. P. Moss takes charge of the "drug department," for his individual account. The members of the two new firms that have sprung from the parent firm, are all men of sound business training with a large following of friends, and this fact is ample guarantee of their continued success in the world of commerce.
This change in the business affairs of Moss Bros. & Co. was effected in the interest of Dr. Moss, the senior member of the firm, to facilitate him in meeting the increasing demand being made on his time as president of the First National Bank of Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
Crop reports from all parts of the parish are very encouraging. A gentleman, well informed in agricultural matters, stated to us that he had never seen the crops looking better at this season of the year. Corn, he said, promised an exceptionally large yield and sugar-cane is not far behind. Cotton could hardly be better. The farmers everywhere seem to have worked this year with more than usual energy, and the result is that their fields indicate a most bountiful harvest. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
"Sons of Confederate Veterans."
The entertainment given by the "Sons of Confederate Veterans" was witnessed by a very large audience. A money order for $41 of the receipts was sent to the Red Cross Society at Washington. This was society's share of the proceeds. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
Candidate for Railroad Commissioner.
Mr. R. N. Sims, Jr., of Donaldsonville, was in Lafayette this week. Mr. Sims is a candidate for railroad commissioner for this district. Mr. Sims is a leading Democrat of Ascension and has the support of the united Democracy of this parish. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
Ice-Cream Party Postponed.
The ice-cream festival for the benefit of the Episcopal church building fund, that was announced to take place last Tuesday at the home of Judge Parkerson, was postponed to next Tuesday, August 2. Well-wishers are invited to attend on that day. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
Lafayette Received Fire-Alarm Bell.
The fire alarm bell has been received. It weighs 957 pounds. It will be located somewhere near Doucet's drugstore. Mr. Allingham informed us that F. B. Williams, the lumber man of Patterson, had donated the heavy lumber to put it up. The well-known painter, George Barnes, has generously offered to do the work free. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
Dr. A. O. Clark spent Saturday and Sunday at Lake Arthur.
A little stranger of the gentler sex arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Abel Hoffpauir on Tuesday.
The prospects for a large crop in this neighborhood are very flattering.
Miss Mary and Etta Spell, Mary Webb and Mrs. Dallas Hayes, Varanus Spell ad John Falk attended the social hop at R. Perry's Wednesday evening.
Misses Isaure and Anita Breaux attended a dance in Rayne Wednesday evening.
Preston Steen and Ed Wimberly, of Rayne, were in this vicinity Tuesday.
Revival services are not being held at the Indian Bayou church by Rev. J. W. Davis, aided by visiting preachers.
Miss Etta Avant left Sunday for Sour Lake, Tex., to be absent for some time.
Elias Spell was recent visitor to Abbeville.
(Signed) O. C. P.
Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
Police Jury Meeting.
The Police Jury held its regular monthly session Thursday.
A resolution was passed calling upon the Pauly Jail Company to comply with its contract in regard to the evaporating system of disposing of the offal in the parish jail, otherwise the parish will make the necessary changes at the expense of the company. An appropriation of $350 was made to defray the expenses of Cadets Andrew McBride and Ovey Herpin at the State University next session.
By motion of Mr. Billeaud the following was adopted: Be it resolved that the Southern Pacific Railroad Company be and are hereby notified to construct forthwith, under penalty of law, a crossing in the town of Broussard, at a point between the properties of V. Broussard and J. G. St. Julien, and opposite the public road known as the Old Lane. The secretary shall transmit a copy of this resolution to Superintendent Owens.
The prevalence of charbon in the parish being brought to the attention of the Jury the following ordinance, relative to the disposition of carcasses of animals dying from that and other diseases, was adopted: Whereas there is now prevailing in this parish, very fatal diseases among horses and cattle, therefore, be it resolved that any owner, lessee of possessor of any horse, mule and cattle, who shall fail to bury any such animal dying from any disease, within ten hours after its death, at least three feet below the surface of the earth, on conviction before any court of competent jurisdiction, shall pay a fine of $10. One half of the fine shall go to the informer. Be it further resolved that this ordinance take effect from and after its passage. Ayes: Brown, Billeaud, Lacey and Avant. Nays: Hebert and Primeaux.
The Jury appropriated $300 to pay for the services of a court stenographer for one year. A stenographer will expedite court proceedings, and from a standpoint of economy the Jury has acted wisely in making this appropriation. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., July 7, 1898.
The City Council met this day in regular session. Present: Mayor Caffery, Messrs. John Hahn, A. E. Mouton, Dr. Hopkins, J. A. Landry. Absent: A. J. Bru and J. J. Davidson.
Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted as read.
Following is the report of the W.W. and E. L. committee:
Lafayette, La., July 5, 1893.
Your Electric Light and Waterworks Committee beg leave to make this their amended report as to the management and costs of running the plant:
They respectfully suggest, that instead of appointing a special officer or employee to collect the revenue as heretofore submitted, that the collection be placed in the ahnds of the tax collector on the same percentage as that paid for collection of taxes; and that he be required to keep a seperate set of books for that purpsoe and report them thereon every regular meeting;
That the police officers be instructed to light the street lights at sundown every evening, except when there is moonlight; and to put out all the street light, with the exception of the one at the crossing of the railroad on Lincoln avenue, every morning at four o'clock;
That someone of this committee be authorized to employ all extra labor necessary to wire buildings for electric lights and tapping of water mains, and all necessary materials may be used and found necessary for these purposes, as well as what is needed to operate the plant.
A. E. MOUTON, THOS. B. HOPKINS, E. L. and W. W. Committee.
To the Hon. Mayor and City Council:
Gentlemen: - I beg to report that the revenue from water and light for the month of June was $20, an increase of $25 over the month previous.
I beg further to report that we have utilized the full capacity of one dynamo, and until more street wiring has been done, no more lights can be placed in stores or houses.
If the finances of the city will permit it, I would respectfully recommend that this work be done as soon as possible, as a number of lights can be placed as soon as the other dynamo can be used. I estimate the cost of this work at $700, to $800. This work will consist of two heavy copper wires run from the power-house to Garfield and Lee avenue, wires to be run on the same old poles.
In the matter of operating expenses for the month of June, I beg to report that we used 50 tons of coal during the month, ten less than the month previous. This is accounted for by strict economy in the use of coal, and by turning off the arc lights during the early part of the evening, when street lights are not needed. The expenses of June are as follows:
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Thus it will be seen that there was a deficit of $186. As nearly or the greatest part of the work of placing hydrants into private houses, etc., and nearly all changes necessary have been made in and around the power-house.
I respectfully recommend the following change in operating force. One man whose duty it shall be to make rates for water and lights, keep all accounts, collect revenue, attend to all street lights, repair all accidents to private installation, tapping and flushing all mains, etc., whose salary shall be $60 per month.
One fireman ... $35.00
One engineer and electrician ... $75.00
Coal (estimated 50 tons) ... $172.50
Oil ... $6.00
Waste ... $2.00
Total ... $350.00
This will reduce the operating expenses to $350.50 per month, leaving a deficit of $120.50, which, I am sure, will be greatly reduced as soon as more lights can be placed.
D. L. CAFFERY.
Collector McFaddin made his report showing that he has collected $45.00.
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Very respectfully submitted,
W. W. & E. L. FUND.
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The following communication from the Mayor was read:
Lafayette, La., July 7, 1898.
To the City Council - In view of the necessity at this time of reducing the expenses of the town to the actual needs of the people, I desire to state, in my official capacity that there is no need for three constables, and that a saving of a least forty dollars per month can be made in that direction, and I therefore recommend that the force be reduced accordingly.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY,
Upon hearing the following was adopted.
That the salary of each constable be reduced 10 dollars per month thereby making a saving of thirty dollars per month.
Lafayette, La., July 1, 1898.
Chas. D. Caffery, Esq.
At your request I have this day examined externally the two boilers located in the waterworks and electric plant of Lafayette, the condition of which is exceedingly bad and dangerous. In the first place the construction of the boilers is not mechanical in any sense, and it will be an impossibility to put them in a condition to run for any length of time with safety or economy.The fire brick supports are so designed that they can never be made to perform the work for which they are intended. The connections from the front headers to the equalizing pipe are too small and weak, and are placed in such a position that they will tend to impede the circulation of the boilers and cause foaming, and I consider them very dangerous. The provision for cleaning the tubes properly has been neglected, which will cause a very low efficiency in practical running or operation. The insulation of the boilers is also very inefficient and the workmanship of same is very bad, allowing cold air to enter at all points where it should be carefully excluded, causing the use of a large extra amount of fuel in operation and decreasing the draft which will cause very poor combustion. In fact the entire boiler plant is cheap and of very poor construction, and I would advise that you take the out and replace them with boilers of proper and modern construction. If this is not done you are liable at any time to be compelled to shut your plant down. I also examined the engine foundations and find them too small and light to perform the service for which they were intended.
G. A. GAINES,
3268 Canal St.,
New Orleans, La.
Upon hearing the above report the following was adopted:
After consideration of the foregoing report, and other information in relation thereto, the following was adopted:
"Whereas it has been established to the satisfaction of the City Council of this town, that the boilers placed by the Consolidated Engineering Company in our waterworks and electric light plant, do not come up to the requirements of the contract, and whereas the stand-pipe continues to leak, the steam-pipe leaks, and said plant being incomplete and defective in many other respects; therefor, be it resolved that the Consolidated Engineering Company contractors, be are hereby of the quality and condition of said boilers, and the defective condition of said waterworks and electric light plant generally; and that said company be and are hereby called upon and required forthwith to replace said boilers with the kind and quality provided by the contract with them, and to remedy and correct other defects herein above specified.
"Be it further resolved, That the said Consolidated Engineering Company, and the surety on their bond be notified that the City Council of Lafayette, La., will insist upon the payment of all damages that have been or may be caused to this town directly or indirectly by the failure of said Consolidated Engineering Company to comply with its contract.
"Be it further resolved, That the copies of these resolutions be forwarded to te Consolidated Engineering Company, to the American Surety Company and to R. R. Zell, and in the event of the failure of said contractors to replace said boilers and remedy said defects by August 1, 1898, the water and light committee is authorized to proceed at once to negotiate for new boilers and otherwise repair and remedy the defects in said plant, and the mayor is authorized to take such legal steps as may be necessary to recover the cost thereof from said Consolidated Engineering Company and their surety; and all other damages caused by the failure of said company to comply with its contract.
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Thee mayor was authorized to secure Council to assist in carrying on suit filed against this corporation by the Consolidated Engineering Company.
There being no further business Council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/6/1898.
A mite meeting will be given at the Methodist parsonage, on next Tuesday, beginning at 5 o'clock p. m., for the purpose of raising the balance on the new seats of the Methodist church.
Miss Francis Greig left Friday morning on the west-bound train to visit relative in Waco, Texas.
Now that the fish have commenced biting well again Moss Bros. & Co. would like to supply you with good hooks and lines to land some of the finny tribe.
Judge O. C. Mouton went to Opelousas on legal business Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Lacour have returned home after spending several days with relatives and friends.
Sidney Veazey has a car-load of fine horses and mules recently bought in Missouri which he will sell at bargain prices. Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 6th, 1870:
Address to Mount Carmel.
Delivered by Miss Emeranthe Olivier, Wednesday the 27th of July 1870.
Mount Carmel dear ! my Convent home !
How very fair thou art to me !
Alas ! that e'er a day must come
When I shall turn my steps from thee ;
From thee, dear home, where I have spent
So many days of sweet delight.
For every thing to be is dear :
The study room, the chapel wall,
The very bell that rings so clear,
The clock that ticks in yonder hall,
The walk that leads around the place.
The trees that shade our convent ground,
Each tender voice, each loving face.
Within my heart of heart is bound.
I wish old time would break his wing.
And leave me always thus a child ;
Then to Mount Carmel I would cling.
For like the garden blushing there,
With flowers of every shade and hue,
Has been my life beneath the care
Of our sweet mother's kin and true.
Their gentle hands have plucked the weeds
Of evil thoughts and idleness ;
And sown instead all virtuous deeds
With brightest buds of holiness.
And while we've learned our Saviour's will,
Earth's science too we've understood ;
For they have tried with tenderest skill To make us wise as well as good.
And though I am so young and small,
One truth I know at any rate,
And on it we must ponder all ;
'Tis better to be good than great.
Still our kind teachers strive to make
Us truly great in the eyes of man,
And good holiness and truth
Upon our blessed Saviour's plan.
Then let us try while yet we may
To be Mount Carmel's brightest flowers,
To bloom when life has passed away,
Within our maker's heavenly bowers. Lafayette Advertiser 8/6/1870.
Mr. E.P. Goodwin, Census Enumerator having completed the Census Returns of the Parish of Lafayette, a work containing 939 large pages, and having placed a copy of the same on file in the Clerk's office, we have been permitted to (unreadable words.)
Total population of the Parish of Lafayette ... 10,398
Town of Vermilionville ... 777
Number of deaths in the Parish for the year ending June 1, 1870 ... 177
Births (same period), ... 344
Farms making a crop of $500 and upwards ... 667
Establishments doing work to the amount of $500 ... 113
Persons 100 years and upwards ... 4
Persons between 70 and 100 years ... 107
Males (white) 31 years of age and upwards... 1,081
Males (colored) 21 years of age and upwards ... 825
Number of Insane persons 2;
Number of Blind persons 4;
Number of Deaf and Dumb persons 14;
Number of Dumb persons 2;
Number of Idiotic persons 24;
Number of Deaf, Dumb, Blind and Crippled persons 1. Lafayette Advertiser 8/6/1870.
For State Senate.
At the request of many friends I have consented to become a candidate for the State Senate, for the Senatorial District comprising the parishes of St. Landry, Lafayette and Calcasieu. FRANCOIS DAIGLE.
We are authorized to announce A. J. MOSS, present incumbent, as a candidate for Parish Judge. Election in November.
We are authorized to announce Mr. D. A. COCHRAN, as a candidate for State Representative. Election in November next.
Mr. Editor. - Please announce Mr. J. N. JUDICE, as an independent Democratic Candidate for the Legislature, at the next election. (Signed) MANY FRIENDS.
We are authorized to announce GERARD LANDRY, present incumbent, as a candidate for Sheriff, at the election in November. Lafayette Advertiser 8/6/1870.
Who is a Socialist.
Who is a socialist? It is the man Who strives to formulate or aid a plan
To better earth's conditions. It is he Who, having ears to hear and eyes to see,
Is neither deaf nor blind when might
roughshodTreads down the privileges and rights
whichMeans for all men the privilege to toil,
To breathe pure air, to love, to woo, to wed --'
And earn for hungry mouths their need
The Socialist is he who claims no more
Than his own share from generous na-
But that he asks, and asks too, that no
Shall claim the share of any weaker
And brand him a beggar in his own domain
To glut a mad, inordinate lust for gain.
The Socialist is one who holds the best
Of all God's gifts is toil - the second
And that no idler fatten on his neighbor,
That all men be allowed their share of
Nor thousands slave that one may seek
Who on the Golden Rule shall dare insist -
Behold in him the modern Socialist.
ELLA WHEELER WILCOX.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1901.