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From the Lafayette Gazette of August 8th, 1903:

Too Much Fighting.

The fighting which has been allowed to interfere with the sport at the Baseball Park should be stopped. The Gazette appreciates the fact that occasional difficulties among men are unavoidable and will occur at baseball parks as well as everywhere else, but there is no excuse for the belligerent spirit which has broken out at the park. If the fighting is permitted to continue, baseball will be at an end in Lafayette. Already a number of ladies have refused to go to the park because of the fighting which has recently taken place there. Ladies like to see a good game of baseball, but as a rule they don't enjoy a fight. The thing ought to be stopped. Lafayette Gazette 8/8/1903.




BASEBALL.

Lafayette vs. Berlucheau - Each Wins one Game.

This has been baseball week in Lafayette. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday games were played at the park. On the first two days the Lafayette boys tackled the crack team from Berlucheau. On Wednesday Berlucheau had an easy time of it, owing to the absence of some of Lafayette's best players. Thursday Lafayette was better prepared to meet the boys from the cove. The team was strengthened where it was shown to be weak the day before, and the men from the country were shorn of their freshly won laurels. Lafayette realized they had to be equipped to go up against the real thing, and they they secured the help of Shows, Donohoe and Martin. Of course, this did the work and the hard-hitting, fleet-footed players from Berlucheau went down in defeat. The score was 5 to 1 in favor of Lafayette.

The Gazette, in common with all the local devotees of the diamond, wishes to congratulate Hinz on his good work. The Lafayette team has been fortunate indeed in securing the services of this splendid player. He has made the local sport forty times and more interesting. He is ever the same earnest, watchful, player. But Hinz is not only a good ball player. He is a fine fellow. A machinist by trade, he carries with him evidences of his industry, sobriety and reliability. It was a lucky day for the Lafayette team when Hinz struck town. He has been a source of encouragement to the boys ever since his arrival.
Lafayette Gazette 8/8/1903.




LOCAL POLITICS.

 Adherents of the Lacoste-Voorhies ticket held a meeting at Beausejour Springs last Sunday. There were a large number of people present and the advocates were afforded an excellent opportunity to present their arguments to the voters of the parish. A feature which showed that the voters are willing to hear what is to be said on both sides of the question was the presence of a considerable number of people who are known to be supporters of what may be called the Broussard-Scranton ticket. We repeat for the partisans of the Lacoste-Voorhies ticket to give their reasons why they should receive popular endorsement. But we believe that if any attended the Beausejour meeting confidently expecting that the speakers on that occasion would give any valid reason why the opposing ticket should not receive the support of the people parish, they have been sorely disappointed. At the outset the writer desires to state that two speeches which he had occasion to hear were unexceptionable from the standpoint of legitimate political discussion. They were well within the bounds which should not be transgressed by gentlemen engaged in a political controversy. The Gazette desires now to state that in discussing the issues of the present campaign it will endeavor to do so without indulging in personalities of any kind. Quoting the words of a speaker at the Beausejour meeting, The Gazette, "prefers to win on its own merits than by proclaiming the demerits of others."


But let us come to our mutton. The movement sought to be advanced by the Beausejour meeting seems to be directed against Sheriff Broussard. The defeat of that officer would appear to be "the consummation most devoutly to be wished." The whole strength of the movement must be employed to retire that gentleman to private life. Why?
Is it because he has not been a good officer? That is not the reason, as it is conceded that Sheriff Broussard's record as an officer has been an exemplary one. It is merely, as one of the speakers of the opposition has said, because the sheriff has been in office too long and that his re-election would be a violation of the principle of rotation in office. That appears to be the only argument offered why the people of Lafayette parish should not elect Sheriff Broussard to another term.


It is well-known that the Democratic party has endorsed this principle, but is has been deemed advisable to apply it only to offices where the distribution of much patronage and the exercise of great power were involved. When the father of his country refused to serve three terms as president, it is hardly probable that he considered it necessary to the perpetuation of the republic that sheriff and other parish officers should do likewise. A sheriff has the appointment of a number of deputies and it is clear that with this enormous patronage he could not in a thousand years shatter the frailest government in the world even if he possessed the genius of Napoleon.


But conceding that the re-election of Sheriff Broussard would be a violation of the principle laid down by Washington when he would not serve a third term, are not our friends demolishing their own stock argument by supporting Mr. Voorhies, who is a candidate for clerk of court for the third time?


Admitting that the principle of rotation in office applies to parish offices, it is not fair to use it as an argument against the sheriff and ignore it as to the clerk in office, we should be willing to "rotate" at the time indicated by the illustrious patriotic of Mount Vernon. It is not good politics nor wise statemanship to try to improve on such eminent authority. If it is intended to make a partial application of the principle through expediency, it would be interesting to know in what particulars the principle is to be amended, enlarged or restricted. If the tenure of office should be extended beyond two terms fixed by the unselfish act of the first president and accepted by succeeding generations, to avoid confusion in the future it would be well to know just how many terms a Democrat can hold office without violating this tenet of the Democratic faith.


It is a great tribute to Sheriff Broussard's worth as an officer that after his long tenure of office his leading opponents can find but one reason why he should be defeated and that reason is that he has been too long in office.
Lafayette Gazette 8/8/1903.











A PRESSING NEED.

 The Gazette believes that the following editorial from its local contemporary, The Advertiser, will meet with the endorsement of the entire community: 

 "The two public school buildings now in use in Lafayette  is inadequate in capacity and equipment, and they are otherwise unsuited to satisfy the requirements of an enlightened and progressive people. The present buildings have no excuse for their existence at this time and are a standing reproach to the wealth and intelligence of this community.

 "A spacious and modern school building surrounded by attractive grounds is one of Lafayette's most pressing needs, and valuable time is being lost and by delaying action in this regard. The education of our children under the most advantageous conditions is a duty and a responsibility we should meet and discharge willingly and in a deeply earnest spirit, and let posterity enjoy the resulting fruits of good citizenship and enlarged life. Could money be put to a better use than this, or invested in a way which would bring more valuable and more enduring results? "A building specially constructed and arranged and equipped for school work is secondary in importance only to the teaching itself, because it affords the same beneficent aid to the teacher and pupil that vegetation receives from sunshine and rain, or that the workman obtains from his hands and his tools. The child must go to school in his own interest, but if he is attracted to his class rooms and not driven to them, and his work is made agreeable and interesting instead of monotonous and irksome, he will assuredly derive greater and more lasting benefit from his course of instruction.

 "A building of pleasing architectural design and intelligently planned for school work, not only positively and distinctly contributes to the well-being and the intellectual growth of the school-child, but it honors the community whose thrift and enterprise and civic pride it reflects. "Let the people of Lafayette move in this matter as did, nobly, the people of the parish one month ago. Little hands are knocking and little feet are patting at the door for admittance into the new school building, and they can not wait any longer. This is a question that concerns the whole people, and is the leading issue and must take precedence of all other local or factional questions now before the public."

 From the Lafayette Advertiser and in The Lafayette Gazette 8/8/1903.




The Band Concerts. - Few towns of the size of Lafayette are privileged to boast of a musical organization like the Sontag Band. The concert at Parkerson's grove on the 7th of August was unquestionably one of the finest musical entertainments presented in this section of the country. The rendition of Miserere by Messrs. Scott Heywood and Elie Billeaud, one performing on the cornet and the other on the baritone, was the kind of music seldom heard outside of a great city. The entire program was rendered with classical taste, not a single number falling below the standard of true artistic merit. It is no doubt a source of encouragement to the members of the band to see the large crowds who are attending the concerts, as it is an evidence popular appreciation of their disinterested efforts to give the community music of a high order. To those of our citizens who do not go to the seashore or the mountains on account of domestic responsibilities or for pecuniary reasons these delightful concerts help powerfully to break the monotony of the dog-days. Those who remain in their carriages instead of paying the small admission fee should be willing to stand a little discomfort. While they are seated in their vehicles, enjoying the concert, they should remember that they are contributing nothing to help the thing along. The music has to be paid for, the instruments must be bought and there are other expenses that are to be met.
Lafayette Gazette 8/8/1903.




















From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 8th, 1896:




Battle Abbey.

At the special request of Camp Gen. Frank Gardner A. C. S., The Lafayette Minstrel Company under the auspices of the ladies' of Lafayette will give their performance on Aug. 21st at Falk's Opera House, for the benefit of the Confederate Battle Abbey.

The ladies of Lafayette by a series of entertainments hope to be able to help raise the necessary amount, which will secure for this state this noble monument to patriotism, and beautiful repository for emblems and memorials which have been battled for by our sons and brothers.

New Orleans has nobly left the van in this endeavor, and many other towns in the state are coming forward with pleasingly large contributions, and now to us is given the opportunity to demonstrate the practical side of our sympathy, and let every one respond with a cheerful generosity which will place Lafayette well to the front in the roll of honor.

Lafayette Advertiser 8/8/1896.



Guilty or not Guilty.

 After a thorough and painstaking investigation of the case of constable Hymel the City Council found him guilty of the charge preferred, and suspended him from the force for ten days - "Behold the mountain labored and brought forth a mouse."


 If Hymel was guilty he deserves the full penalty for such cases which the public by a petition signed and present, to consider to be permanent suspension from the force. If not guilty then why impose even a conciliatory punishment on an innocent man.


 Four years ago a deputy constable by the name of Salonion, was arrested on a similar charge of "assault with intent to kill" C. H. Bradley; Wm. Campbell then acting mayor discharged Soloman at once from the force, which action the City Council in called session fully approved. Hymel under a 750 dollar bond to appear before the District Court to answer to a similar charge, after due consideration by the Police Board is given the laughable sentence of ten days suspension, which owing to the existing conditions of the weather we are inclined to view as a very pleasant summer vacation. We do not publish the council proceedings including the testimony of witness in this case, although we appreciate the public right to demand such; first, because under our existing contract we are only called on to publish the executive proceedings of all closed sessions having been omitted. This is the offence of a public officer acted on by a public body for the people, and these same people have a right to demand a full report of the same. Lafayette Advertiser 8/8/1896.





City Council Special Meeting.
July 31, 1896.

 Council met this evening in special session, members present; Messrs. Biossat, Ducote, Falk, Doucet, Mouton, LeBlanc, and Dr. Trahan.
Absent none.

 The Mayor stated this special meeting was called for the purpose of hearing a report from the police board.


 The following petition was submitted to the Council.


 To the Hon. Mayor and Police Board of the town of Lafayette, La.


 We the undersigned citizens and residents of said town, voicing by far the sentiments of the people of said town, would respectfully submit, that on the morning of the 27th, day of July A. D. 1896, one Jacques Delhomme made charges against Ulysse Hymel, a Police Officer of said town, charging him with conduct not becoming to an officer, and on the evening of the same day the said Ulysse Hymel did commit an assault upon the person of George Scherer, and that an affidavit was made against the said Ulysse Hymel charging him with striking and beating with a club with intent to kill and murder said Geo. Scherer; and we now in the name of the people of said town ask that the said Ulysse Hymel be forewith suspended until due and final investigation of said charges.

Lafayette Advertiser 8/8/1896.



In Memoriam..
When court met Wednesday morning July 29, Hon. Wm. Campbell a arose and stated that as chairman of the committee appointed to draft suitable resolutions upon the death of Mr. W. B. Bailey he was ready to make a report. After the reading of the resolutions Judge Debaillon spoke feelingly of the deceased. He said:


 "The last tribute which friends can pay to a departed brother, is to unite in the expression of their common sympathy and recall to memory the virtues of him they will see no more. Such is the position at present. One of us with whom we have been familiar for years has left us forever.

The affliction to his family and friends was not alleviated by the soul consolation of ministering to his last wants on the quiet bed of death, but he has been torn from them, by a sudden, terrible and ruthless blow, which overwhelms even grief, and leaves nothing but blank despair.


After such a calamity, it becomes a solemn and mournful duty of the friends of the departed, to offer a public testimony of their appreciation of his high qualities, not only as a just tribute to his worth, but in the hope that such an expression of their sympathy may, in some slight degree, console the grief of his family.


The life of our departed friend, W. B. Bailey, from his birth has been passed among us." Lafayette Advertiser 8/8/1896.




SLANDER !
Mr. Editor:

 Under the above caption, I shall offer a few words, the oppositeness of which to some folks at least, living not 1000 miles from your office, they will not have to read between the lines to see who I mean.


 "That abominable tittle-tattle,

The end eschewed by human cattle."
(Byron.)

 Human insects and reptiles live and fulfill the ends of their existence by tormenting others. Criminal, and yet to be undeceived, who builds his pleasure over my pain and discomfiture of earthly hopes, and false his glory, who thinks he may rear it over my misfortune.


 The atmosphere of society is ever hazy and laden with the loathsome habit some people have, of pandering to the morbid instinct of a goodly portion of nearly all communities, i. e. of slandering their neighbors. These carrion eaters gloat over the discomfiture of men, always their superiors in every way, but who may be overtaken by misfortunes not of their own making.


 These cormorants and vultures have often classical mouths and musical voices, who do this work, but their souls are too deeply stained for he'll use even.


 Much of the premature extinction of family peace, and life even, are coeval with the work of these vultures, who do nothing but hover over society and peaceful homes, to discover whose peace and reputation they may devour. We all know it ---, next may be your turn; of all the great host of pilgrims on earth, who are now on their way through life, many among us there be, whose journey lies through a valley of tears, this is no wail, it's only to say, that I believe each unfortunate of us, should be allowed by his more fortunate brother in arms, to trudge along, as best he can without others offering to beset him with new burdens and difficulties while on his way to the land, where "Those who are weary and heavy laden now, shall be weary and heavy laden no more, who have trusted in Him who alone can give rest, and in Whom alone we can trust.


 Many of us, our faces are scarred by years of toil and suffering, and still the slanderer goes on plying his wicked avocation, and with remorseless persistence, and with pity for none.

After all, the only sure and certain way of peace on this side the grave is the consciousness of one's own rectitude of purpose.

 "Trust not a horse's heel, or a mad dog's tooth," they are almost as dangerous as the slanderer's tongue.

B. T. P.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/8/1896.




Selected News Notes 8/8/1896.  

 The continued dry weather of the past few weeks will be the cause of a material decrease in the yield of cotton, especially.

 A. M. Martin sold his bar room Saturday to Mr. H. D. Delahoussaye.

 Rev. Mother Patrick, spent several days this week with the sisters of Mr. Carmel Convent.

 Mr. Hebert Trahan replaced Mr. Ulysse Hymel "on the force" during the latters suspension.

 The Houston Daily Post is now on sale at The Advertiser office, Miss Cora Desbrest is agent.

 Many thanks for the serenade tendered us on Monday night by a few members of the Lafayette String Band.
 
 Rev. Mother Incarnation after a pleasant visit to Sisters at New Orleans and Biloxi returned Tuesday.

 Mr. Ulysse Poinbeauf brought us an egg plant this week weighing 5 pounds, 2 and three-quarter ounces, this is the largest up to date. Who's next?

 Mr. August Degrez, manager of the new cotton gin being erected on the lot lying between the Rice Mill and High School building wishes to inform the planters that he is now ready to purchase cotton at the best market price. the proprietors of the gin will also build a saw mill at the same place. Lafayette Advertiser 8/8/1896.








  

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 8, 1874:
 



The crops of this parish will promise to be abundant and the dry weather has checked and delayed the cotton worm, and our farmers are cheerful.
 


 COME ONE, COME ALL.- It is expected that every Democrat in the parish and every friend of reform will be present at the Court House next Saturday the 15th inst. and take part in the proceedings of the meeting called for that day.

  

 "MURDER WILL OUT."- Last Monday Deputy Sheriff Edgar Mouton arrested Charles Simon and Eugene, they being charged with the murder of Robert Dickerson, in this parish, in the month of January 1867. The accused were incarcerated to await a preliminary examination on the 11th inst. 
  

 We would call the attention of our readers and especially our White League friends, to the letter of the Hon. Albert Voorhies to Gov. John McEnry, and to the telegram of R. H. Marr, Esq., and Gov. McEnry's reply thereto, to be found in another column. Lafayette Advertiser 8/8/1874.


 A MAGNIFICENT PLANTATION  situated in the Parish of Lafayette, in the Southwestern part of the State of Louisiana, (in that section known as the Attakapas District), and being three miles Northwest of the flourishing town of Vermilionville, and one mile North of the New Orleans, Mobile & Texas Railroad, containing Two Hundred and Twenty-five superficial arpents of well improved land, together with a large, commodious dwelling with three double chimneys and galleries above and below ; a kitchen with all necessary conveniences ; comfortable buildings for laborers ; a carriage house, a hen house, stables, &c. Over 125 arpents of the land is now enclosed by a cypress pieux fence and Bois d' Arc hedge.

 The Dwelling, Kitchen &c., are surrounded with good fencing and the yard is beautifully shaded by oaks, Pecans and other trees ; there are also a number of fig, peach, plum and pear trees and a vegetable and flower garden, and a lot of Beehives on the place.

 The land is generally level, it is well drained and never subject to overflow, and has natural facilities for draining. The land is rich and fertile, and well adapted to raising Cotton, Sugar cane, Rice, Potatoes, Tobacco, Vegetables of every description and fruit trees for all kinds suitable to this climate.

 There is also a fine tract of WOODLAND containing Forty-five (45) superficial acres, situated three miles from the Plantation on the west side of the Bayou Vermilion (being on the same side of said Bayou as the Plantation). This tract of land is on a high hill and is thickly covered with the different kinds of Oak with Ash, and a variety of other useful trees. It is a most desirable location for raising hogs, goats and sheep. The Railroad Line surveyed in 1872 by the N. O. Mobile and Texas R.R. Co. crosses this tract of land.

 The whole of the above property can be purchased on the following terms to wit : $5500 Cash, Or, $6000, $3000 CASH and $3000 payable in equal annual installments.
For further information.
Address A. D. MARTIN, or to the Lafayette Advertiser, Vermilionville.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/8/1874.


 TRICKS AND INTRIGUES EXPOSED.
 When it was charged that the White League movement would come in conflict with the democratic party, it was promptly and vehemently denied. The Champion of this parish asserted, that they were all democrats and would act with the democratic party. When the wire pullers were accused of designs upon the local offices, the same disinterested patriot, denied it most indignantly. The deceit and hypocrisy of these denials and assertions are now apparent.

 At a meeting held here on the twenty-eighth of June last, the leaders announced that there were but two parties--the white and the black--ignoring entirely the Democratic party. Although a Democratic state convention has been called, a bolting convention of White Leaguers has also been called to meet at Alexandria. In the same obstinate spirit, the intriguers of this parish are persistently increasing and perfecting their organization to the detriment of the Democratic party. Efforts are being made to induce the W. L. Clubs to nominate a ticket for parish officers, and to attend the Democratic meeting on the fifteenth inst., with the evident intention of the wire pullers, to control it's action. Now, as the White League generally, is not a political party and is acting in concert with the Democrats, the movements in this parish are more than suspicious and reprehensible.
 

 The friendly and generous invitation of the Democrats, extended to all persons desiring reform, to participate in their meeting, was not intended to include bolters and dis- organizers, by whatever name they may chose to call themselves. The intention and spirit of the invitation was to encourage and promote harmony and good feeling and not to afford a pretext for the smuggling in of wolves in sheep's clothing to create discord and dissension. If such impertinence be attempted, it will merit and receive its proper rebuke. All who participate in that meeting will be expected to give satisfactory assurances that they will act in good faith with the Democratic party and no other.
 

 There exists no material difference of opinion between us and our honest and intelligent White League friends. We wish to accomplish the same objects, but by different means. If we are divided, neither of us will succeed. Designing and intriguing persons are magnifying our little differences of opinion and it is for you to decide whether you will be humbugged by and become the tools of such men. We can all stand on the Democratic platform. The people of the parish are competent to select their parish officers as heretofore, without trickery or dictation from any quarter. therefore, we again earnestly appeal to every voter, to discard all minor differences and unite in working out our political redemption.  Lafayette Advertiser 8/8/1874.




From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 8th, 1906:

 Plans for New School Building.

 The plans adopted for the new school building calls for a building two stories high with a basement, 174 feet by 110 feet, containing 12 class rooms and a large auditorium besides library reception room, principal's office and cloak rooms. The basement contains four rooms that might be available for class rooms when the attendance should demand extra class rooms, and also play rooms, etc. The building is to be of St. Louis pressed brick with stone trimmings and steps. The height of the first floor ceiling is to be 12 feet and that of the second 18 feet, the height of the building to the cornice will be about forty-five feet.

 For protection against fire, there are four steel enclosed stairways leading from the first to the second floor and at each each end of the building by the main stairways automatic fireproof doors are provide. The cost of the building as given by the architect is $41,500.

 The building to be place on the east side of the railway is to be two stories in height, of rough brick with stone trimmings, and contain eight rooms, the price given is $8,000. Lafayette Advertiser 8/8/1906.  
  





Lagniappe:
THE NEW POPE.
Biographical Sketch of the  New Head of the Church.

 Cardinal Guiseppe Sarto was born at Riese, Province of Venice, July 2, 1835. He was created Cardinal and Patriarch of Venice June 12, 1803. He was very learned in the ecclesiastical doctrines, is modest, energetic, a good administrator and organizer, a patron of the arts, and his seriousness always has been proverbial.

 Early in April, Pope Leo, in a conversation with Father Perosi, the Italian composer, said, in speaking of Cardinal Sarto:

 "Hold him very dear, Perosi, as in the future he will be able to do much for you. We firmly believe he will be our successor."

 He has been known for many years as one of the greatest preachers in the church.

 Cardinal Sarto belonged to the Ecclesiastic Congregation of Bishops and Regulars, Sacred Rights, Indulgences and Sacred Relics. He enjoyed great popularity in his diocese. He is honored by all for his purity, for the strict uprightedness of his life and for liberal ideas. He is a modest and agreeable man, highly cultivated, very kindhearted and still strong and robust in spite of his 89 years. He has never taken great part in the political and public life of the church, but divided his time between study and good works. Although most faithful to the Holy See, he was presented to the king and queen of Italy in Venice. He was considered among the more liberal members of the Italian Episcopate and Sacred College. It is said that Leo XIII sided with him on one occasion when Sarto disapproved of Rampolla's policy.

Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Gazette 8/8/1903.

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