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From the Lafayette Gazette of August 6th, 1898:

Young Hoodlums.

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.


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.

Among other business, the following report was read:
LAFAYETTE, LA., July 5, 1898.

 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.
Lafayette Gazette 8/6/1898.

 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. 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.

 New Specs. - 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 waived on by a most interesting and practical young lady, who knows how to test eyes and adjust the lenses to the frame. 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.

 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.

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
Treads down the privileges and rights
Means for all men the privilege to toil,
 To breathe pure air, to love, to woo, to wed --'
 And earn for hungry mouths their need
    of bread.
 The Socialist is he who claims no more
 Than his own share from generous na-
    ture's store.
 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
    his pleasure.
 Who on the Golden Rule shall dare insist -
 Behold in him the modern Socialist.
                     ELLA WHEELER WILCOX.
                                                  Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1901.

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